Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

May 6, 1864

Departure of the Battery Men

“The men who enlisted to man the Batteries at this place, one hundred in number, received a sudden call to leave on Friday last. They entered the service with the proviso that they should go to the front, if called, on the payment of $200 additional bounty, but the general expectation among them was that they would remain quietly here during the war. Some of the men who were married had made provision for their families to reside here, and other little comfortable arrangements. But in the general gathering of all the scattered forces, they did not escape notice, and were ordered to take passage on the Katahdin last Monday. They were joined by the same number from Rockland and will all be hurried to Washington as fast as possible”

May 5, 1892

Searsport Locals

“The hoodlums had full charge here late Monday night. No bombs were thrown, but almost every other kind of malicious mischief was indulged in. The constables have the names of the parties engaged, and legal steps are liable to be taken.”

“Northport Avenue – Nearly all the real estate transactions in Belfast this spring are on Northport avenue. Mr. E. F. Hanson has bought a large building lot, on which he will erect the present season one of the finest dwelling houses in Belfast. The architect, a Tennessean, is now making the plans. The master builder will be Mr. Fred V. Cottrell. The house and lot will cost about $13,000. Messrs. David W. Dyer, of Belfast, and H. H. McDonald, of Malden, Mass., who have bought lots on the avenue, will build either this year or next, and other parties are talking of building. This locality offers the most sightly and best available building lots in town, and the day is not far distant when handsome dwellings will line the avenue on both sides. Before that time it is to be hoped that the roadway will be improved.”

May 10, 1951

“A new diesel engine was delivered to the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad yards in Belfast Saturday night, May 5. Built in Erie, Penna. The new diesel cost about $75,000 and completes the line’s current need for three such engines. According to B&ML’s Willfred Hall the line has been using two engines to capacity and delaying some shipments due to lack of engine power. ‘If we had a breakdown,’ says Hall, ‘we were stuck, because we had nothing to fill in with while repairs were being made.’ The new engine will give the line more time for engine maintenance work.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Joan Crawford and Wendell Corey in “Harriet Craig,” and “Call Me Mister” with Betty Grable, Dan Dailey and Danny Thomas.

May 4, 1995

“People at Work – John Rakis, owner of Alexia’s Pizza, named after his wife with whom he runs the restaurant on High St. in Belfast, takes a pizza from the oven [image]. John and Alexia are no strangers to the pizza business. They have been making pizzas in the New England area for 25 years. ‘I do everything from top to bottom,’ says John of the business. John and Alexia put in some serious hours every day to bring you top-quality pizza.”

“Good news at the City Park in Belfast. The bathrooms are coming! The efforts of Parks and Recreation Commission members like Cathy Horne and Arlene Rauch have finally come to fruition. Look for the ground work to begin this week.”