Bonfires for Buchanan; weeping for Col. Marshall; fire at First Baptist

Nov 06, 2017

Nov. 7, 1856

Demonstration in Belfast – Last evening a salvo of artillery was fired in honor of the election of Mr. Buchanan, and bonfires kindled in various parts of the city. Several offices were illuminated, as also the two story house lately owned by Mr. Daniel Sweney, in Custom House Square. Mr. S. says the house has been occupied by democrats for more than thirty years, and is to be moved to day, the U. S. government having bought the land; therefore he thought it fitting that it be illuminated in honor of the election of a national candidate for president.

Now the election is over the Journal will be devoted more particularly to the uses of the general reader. We have in the drawer several tales from the best foreign magazines; poetry; literary and general matters. People will desire to subside, and relax the tension that has been drawing them into the excitement of politics, and nobody more so than ourselves.

Nov. 8, 1861

Col. Marshall. The correspondent in the Maine 7th, writing to the Portland Courier under date of the 27th ult., says: The 7th M. V. M. left their encampment last Friday. They left under the most disheartening circumstances. Their Colonel expired at about the same hour, (9 A. M.) that they were ready to march to the depot. Some of the men did not know of his decease, though it was known among the officers, but I saw some of those who had heard of the painful fact, and they were weeping like children at the loss of a father. Col. Marshall’s remains were escorted yesterday morning, by our regiment to the depot, en route for Maine. Chandler’s band performed several pieces adapted to the occasion, but one – Pleyel’s Hymn – was so touchingly effective as to break the motley crowd assembled as spectators, into tears. Strong men as well as little children sobbed aloud, as the body was borne the length of the line.

Nov. 5, 1891

The sloops Edna and Marjorie and schooner Clara have been hauled out in Dyer’s dock, in rear of the old head house, and stripped and covered for winter. Just below is the steamer Genevieve, and further south the pinkey Erma M. The sloop Jeannette is to occupy a berth south of the latter craft. Mr. Macomber will haul up the Cyclone south of the steamboat wharf, where the Idlewild has been hauled out. Sloop Louine is hauled up in the marine railway yard, and the pinkey Ella will also have a berth there.

Water Works Extension – Superintendent Bird says he expects to finish the extension of the water works over Primrose hill to-day or to-morrow, and turn on the water. He has worked from ten to twenty men, and as the distance must be 2,500 feet, has been very expeditious.

Nov. 3, 1904

The dealers in dry goods have signed an agreement not to use in connection with their business any trading stamps, punch cards, cash register checks, or to give premiums on purchases, for two years from November 10th.

Special Notice! Double Trading Stamps In Our Dry Goods Dept. Until November 10, or as long as the stamps we now have on hand last. They may last only two or three days. If you have a book to fill wouldn't it be well to get the stamps now? Carle & Jones, 2 Stores - 5 Floors - Main Street, Belfast.

Nov. 7, 1929

Kenneth Lovejoy, leader of the Waldo County Boys and Girls’ Clubs, acknowledges a gift of $5 from Mrs. William V. Pratt for the benefit of the clubs.

The B. P. W. Club will give a private masquerade and card party at Equity Grange hall Monday evening, Nov. 18. Prizes will be given for the best and the most grotesque costumes.

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Lucky In Love with Morton Downey and Betty Lawford; and Clara Bow in The Saturday Night Kid.

Nov. 9, 1944

The First Baptist Church of Belfast was damaged late Saturday afternoon by a fire which started in a basement partition around the furnace pipe and burned up through into the organ and choir loft, entirely destroying the excellent pipe organ and consuming the choir loft chairs and a large quantity of music stored in the organ pump room. Although the fire was confined successfully by the efforts of the Belfast Fire Department to the corner of the auditorium occupied by organ and choir loft, the steel ceiling and paint at the rear of the auditorium were blackened and blistered and it will be necessary to refinish at least the front pews.

Nov. 7, 1974

Robin Palmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Palmer of Belmont, was the first prize winner in the Apple Bread baking contest for the Maine State Grange. Robin is a member of Mystic Junior Grange of Belmont. Her prize was a $25 savings bond.


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