Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Feb. 7, 1862

“On Tuesday Capt. A. D. Bean, of the 4th Regt., took a squad of 80 men to Augusta. They were men enlisted by him for his regiment, and will proceed to Washington in charge of Lieut. Stearns. The Captain has given his strict attention to the business of recruiting, and has been deservedly successful.”

For the Journal – Tribute to the Late Col. Marshall

“Permit me, as a personal friend of the late Col. Thomas H. Marshall, to call attention to the fact that Hon. B. M. Roberts, in a recent speech in the Senate, paid a handsome and deserved compliment to the memory of that gallant officer. In behalf of the friends of the departed, I desire to thank Mr. Roberts for his kindly tribute.”

Feb. 8, 1906

“During the Month of January there were busy times at the Belfast Free Library. More than 2,500 books were sent out, and 126 persons received new book cards. Since the new registration beginning last September 700 names of persons using the Library have been added to the register. The largest number of books given out any one day was on Saturday, Jan. 27th, when 254 were delivered. This was just one year from the date of the largest delivery during 1905, when, Jan. 28th, 267 books were taken out.”

A Victor Recital and Dance

“A large and interested audience gathered in Memorial Hall Tuesday evening, by invitation of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Howes, to listen to a Victor Talking Machine recital. The stage was artistically arranged with pretty furniture, pictures and pillows, and made an effective background for the handsome instrument which occupied the central position. Mrs. R. H. Howes operated the machine.”

Feb. 3, 1938

Carroll A. Thompson Retires as Letter Carrier

“Carroll A. Thompson, familiarly know as Timmie, retired as a City Letter Carrier at 3:45 p.m. Jan. 31, after serving for 44 years for Uncle Sam. Mr. Thompson was born in North Vassalboro Jan. 5, 1874,and came to Belfast at the age of five years and, with the exception of about six months when he was employed by the Dana Sarsaparilla Co. traveling in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, has resided continually in Belfast. He resigned from the Dana Sarsaparilla Co. to accept the appointment as City Letter Carrier in Belfast on April 1, 1894.”

Feb. 8, 1968

Battle Of Bands Slated At BAHS

“The Belfast Jaycees announced this week that they will again sponsor a ‘Battle of the Bands’ as a fund raising project to carry out some of their youth projects. The ‘Battle’ which is expected to bring together more than a half dozen bands from the area will take place on Saturday, February 17, between 7:30 and 11 p.m. at Belfast Area High School. David Hovey, band director at BAHS, is acting as chairman of the event and is urging all interested band groups to contact him or Jim Willis, co-chairman of the program.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: James Garner, Jason Robards and Robert Ryan in “Hour of the Gun,” and Glenn Ford, Angie Dickinson and Chad Everett in “The Last Challenge.”