Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Feb. 14, 1862

Recruits Wanted

“One more chance for good Men to enlist in the GALLANT FOURTH REGIMENT. Co. H. G. Berry is still in command and his superior cannot be found in the Volunteer Service; and now is the time for all who think of enlisting to enlist in the best Regiment in the Union army. Good pay, good clothing, and a plenty to eat are all the inducements we have to offer. Therefore, RALLY, YOUNG MEN, AND COME TO THE RESCUE!”

“It is estimated Maine has furnished 4,500 horses for military purposes, which has raised prices and lessened the number of serviceable animals.”

Feb. 13, 1890

“Mr. Pierce has seventy men at work on his ice pond and work is rushing there. On Tuesday, 1,100 tons were cut and housed. Owing to the absence of snow the entire surface of the pond can be utilized, and Mr. Pierce thinks he can cut 20,000 tons of marketable ice.”

“Both of the night policemen are ill and off duty. Mr. Geo. Frisbee has not yet recovered from his illness, and last week his brother, Mr. Thomas Frisbee sprained his ankle. Mr. Llewellyn Jipson is now on duty.”

Feb. 10, 1927

“The signal for no school, two blasts of the whistle repeated three times at 7:30 a.m., was made necessary Friday morning on account of the drifted walks in the city and the same condition being reported on the avenues over which the school teams must come. Early in the day the walks were cleared and school convened at noon.”

“’Herbie,’ one of the handsome and intelligent pair of city horses, died Friday morning of lockjaw. Everything possible was done by Dr. R. B. Stanhope and a specialist was called from Bangor, who approved the treatment. ‘Tom’ misses his mate and is constantly watching for him.”

Feb. 13, 1958

“A new group of Boy Scouts in Belfast received official standing Monday night, February 10, with the presentation of a charter to Troop 29 at the First Baptist Church. Parents and adult Scouters attended the program which included the investiture of new scout members. The investiture ceremony was conducted by Sam Cassida, Scoutmaster of Troop 37, assisted by various members of his troop. The roster of Troop 29 Scouts lists Dennis Black, Gregory Black, Charles Bouchard, Victor Bouchard, Stephen Clark, Leawood Emmerton, Stephen Enon, Leon Gallant, David Glover, Charles Higgins, Clyde Holmes III, David Moody, Chipman Pineo III, Robert Randall, Scott Rodgers, Mike Rutigliano, Jr., and Bernest York.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Mickey Rooney and Kathy Grant in “Operation Madball,” and Jerry Lewis in “The Sad Sack.”

Feb. 11, 1993

Lady Lion – “Shelly Catanesye of Belfast, was inducted into the Belfast Lions Club last week, the first woman to join the local organization. Catanesye joked that she pitched in so often to help husband Bill with his Lion duties, she might as well join the club.”