Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

March 20, 1863

“We have seen a letter written to his wife by Thomas Harmon, of Northport, a seaman attached to the Harriet Lane at the time of her capture at Galveston. He was at New Orleans, the crew having been paroled by the rebels and reached that place after a hard tramp through Texas, during which two of their number died. Mr. Harmon says: ‘We have lost our ship in a most desperate and bloody fight, in which we lost five killed and fourteen wounded. We fought them side by side, four hours and twenty minutes, and killed 450 of the rebels but they overpowered us. We have lost everything, but, thank God, we can try them again.’”

March 18, 1909

“A private subscription dance was enjoyed in Odd Fellow’s Hall Tuesday evening, by about thirty couples. The orders contained thirteen dances and three extras, and were well arranged. L.V. Keyes, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Drinkwater and Charles Harmon furnished exceptionally good music. Shiro served ice cream at the intermission, and the dance was one of the season’s pleasantest social affairs.”

“Norman A. Read, a graduate pharmacist, who for the past six years has been employed in the drug store of Poor & Son, will leave soon for Portland, where he has a fine position with H.H. Hay’s Sons, one of the leading drug firms of Maine. Belfast is sorry to lose Mr. Read, who is a general favorite and deservedly so, and he will have the best wishes of every one.”

March 22, 1928

“Of the twelve lawyers who hung out their signs in Belfast fifty years ago the only one left today is the Hon. F. A. Greer, whose office is at 31 Main street over Woodcock’s Book store. Mr. Greer is a well known figure on Belfast streets and his dry comments on the vissisitudes of mankind in general are very much listened to. Across from Mr. Greer’s office and entered by the same flight of stairs is the new Dinsmore Bargain Shoe Department. The room of this new store is finished in bright Colonial yellow with trimmings of black which gives it a decided Futurist effect.”


“In a sketch printed in a recent college publication, the name of William Goodell, Jr. is listed among the saxophone players of the University of Maine Band. The band has an enrollment of eighty members and has grown to be the State’s especial pride.”

March 22, 1962

“Thirteen spelling bee contestants from the Belfast elementary grades will gather at the George Robertson School on Friday for a spelldown that will determine the city champion. Competing for the honor are: Jeanne McMahan, Diane Withee, Joan Webber, Judy Lape, and Roger Knapp, all eighth graders. Also Gaynor Whitney, Linda Fuller and Patty Jones, from the seventh grade. Sharon Goguen, Lielis Merry and Jeffrey Pickering are the sixth grade representatives.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: “The Alamo” starring John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey and Frankie Avalon.

March 17, 1994

“Shuttle bus coming – On April 4, Waldo County Transportation will introduce a new in-town public shuttle bus, which will operate five days a week with a regular route five times each day in Belfast. Service will be available between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Regular in-town stops include Renys, the Shop ‘n Save, the IGA, downtown Belfast, senior citizen apartment buildings, the hospital and the Belfast Center.”