This week in history from the files of The Republican Journal, as complied by staff of Belfast Free Library.

March 17, 1836

Wood is selling for twenty dollars a cord in New York.

Died: In Little River Village, Mr. Elijah Littlefield of Durham, Me. a Revolutionary pensioner aged 78 year. He had walked half a mile from home to that village, and while engaged in conversation with some of his acquaintances, fell dead in the street.

LOST: between Belfast and Everett’s tavern in Montville, a camblet CLOAK, on Monday, the 7th inst. Whoever will return said cloak to this office or to S Whitaker’s shop on High street, shall be suitably rewarded. Isaac Whitaker.

A Mr. Kent (I believe that is his name) of Waldoboro is informed that he can have his whip in exchange for mine, which was changed thro’ mistake, by calling on the subscriber at Montville.

As for his kittens which he says he lost, I would recommend him to his good wife, if any he has, she without doubt it is presumed, will supply him with another pair, with all that alacrity which is characteristic of her sex.

I would say to the above named gentleman, before he accuses another of stealing, to clear up his own character, or at least, pay a certain young Lady a small trifle, which he owes her for services rendered.

Shepherd S. Stevens, Montville.

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.