Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

April 15, 1864

“Smith’s Mirror of the War – The new painting of war scenes by Miss Smith was exhibited in this city on Tuesday evening, to a very good audience, considering the unfavorable state of the weather. Of the painting itself, it is sufficient to say that it is superior in artistic skill to the former productions of the same artist, and in many particulars is of first rate excellence. It illustrates the most stirring scenes of war, since the former one was issued.”

“Its no use to kick and squirm about the high price of living, and to lay it to speculation. It is a part of the entertainment that the people invited themselves to when they elected Lincoln.”

April 19, 1900

“There was some excitement on lower Main street Tuesday over a disputed line between two lots, owned by Mary Christmas and Augustus Clark. After the fire of 1865 the line of Main street was changed, and the right of way in the rear of the lots was closed. The old deeds call for more land than exists between Main and Federal streets, caused by the taking off of land in changing the street, and while the property has had several owners the matter has never been adjusted.”

“The Belfast Base Ball team has elected Fred G. Spinney manager. They are negotiating with a first-class pitcher. The team is made up of the following players: Captain, George Darby, Ralph O’Connell, H. D. McLellan, Bert Darby, Fred Johnson, Thos. Berry, Herman Patterson, F. Morang, W. E. Dilworth, Carl McDonald, Alphonso Wood and B. P. Hazeltine. The Congress street grounds will be put in first-class condition. An interesting base ball season is assured.”

April 13, 1950

Events in Brooks by Donald R. Forbes

“Several changes in the telephones have been made during the past week as follows” Town Manager Eben L. Elewell’s residence telephone has changed from line 15, ring 11, to private line 3, ring 11 and the First National Store telephone has been changed from 8003 to 8001, ring 5.”

Playing at the Colonial – Mickey Rooney and Thomas Mitchell in “The Big Wheel” with an added Tom & Jerry cartoon.

“The Pier opened last Friday evening for roller skating enthusiasts of Belfast and vicinity. The Pier is a popular place for the younger set.”

April 17, 1986

Music Recital At Belfast High

“On Tuesday evening, Belfast Area High School band director John Cameron conducted a musical recital with the students who received superior ratings in the recently conducted MSAD 34 solo and ensemble competition. Twenty-five parents and grandparents were treated to an entertaining evening by the students who ranged from the sixth grade to high school seniors.”

Swanville by Margaret Clements

“Another beautiful evidence of the new season is with us. Fred Moylen’s sheep have approximately fifty lambs just waiting for the appearance of some green grass. The boys are busy putting up a fence to show them where they must stay.”