Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Feb. 21, 1862

A New Painting of War Scenes

“There are several panoramic views of the present war now before the public, possessing different degrees of merit, but none that have fallen under our notice give so vivid an impression of ‘proud war’s desolation,’ as a new one just finished in Searsport, and about to be opened for public inspection. The artist is Miss Smith, a talented lady of that town, whose productions have so often been admired at our County Fairs. Although the views are in most part adopted and enlarged from those taken on the spot by other artists, still, some are original, and among them the presentation of the banner to the Maine fourth in New York, at which Miss Smith was present. The last named includes portraits of Col. Berry, the late Col. Marshall, Col. Nickerson, and others. This painting will be exhibited at Peirce’s Hall, in this city, on Monday evening next.”

Feb. 18, 1897

“Belfast Hook & Ladder Co., No. 1, will hold its annual levee and ball at Belfast Opera House Friday evening, Feb. 26th. Supper will be ready at 6 o’clock. Music for the dance will be furnished by Sanborn’s Orchestra. The members of the company expect and intend to give as good a supper as was ever served on a similar occasion, and the list of dances and musical selections have been made with care.”

“The directors of the Base Ball Association met last Saturday evening and made arrangements for a systematic canvass of the city to raise funds for the season. They estimate that with $1,500 pledged at the beginning they can maintain a team for the season. More than a hundred applications for positions as players have been received by the Secretary to date.”

Feb. 16, 1933

“The Belfast Spiritualist Society will conduct afternoon and evening meetings in the Universalist vestry Feb. 23 with a public supper from 5:30 to 6:30. During the meetings there will be social programs and question boxes. Mrs. Lyda Campbell of Somerville, Mass., will be in charge and answer all questions.”

Colonial Theatre Notes

“Will Rogers in ‘Too Busy to Work,’ comes to the Colonial Theatre next Monday and Tuesday. Will plays the part of ‘Jubilo,’ in this production that will make you chuckle, cheer and choke back sobs. When he tickles America’s ribs he’s funny, when he joshes America’s politics he’s swell, but when he plumbs the depths of America’s heart – as he does in this picture – he’s simply great!”

Feb. 21, 1980

“Islesboro Central School’s orchestra is a most unusual group. It draws on primary grades through high school for its members. Only by accepting all interested, would-be musicians, would there be a sufficient number to have an orchestra – 18 this year, the largest membership in the last few years.”

Curling Club News

“So far this month has been the busiest of the season. This past weekend, Skip Bill Hanscom took a team to the Shrine Bonspiel in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. The team was skip Hanscom, mate Red Whitney, second Alan McLaughlin and lead Paul Hazard. This was a one-day bonspiel and there were 12 teams entered. The Belfast team came in second out of 12. Great curling, guys!”