Bridge dedicated to the county's boys who lost their lives in the World War

Oct 11, 2019

Oct. 15, 1874

A prolific canary: A gentleman in this city has a canary bird which he thinks is remarkable. She was one-year-old last July, and has the past season laid twenty-nine eggs, hatched fifteen birds, fourteen of which were singers or males. The singers sold readily at $2.50 each, amounting in the whole to $35. The owner, who is not much of a bird fancier, considers her worth her weight in gold yearly.

Oct. 13, 1892

Monday afternoon the cigar store of Mr. John C. Wedemeyer on Main street was discovered in flames and an alarm was sounded. The department responded promptly and soon a stream was playing in at the front door from the hydrant at the corner of Main and High street, and another in the rear of the store from the hydrant in front of L. T. Shales store. The fire was extinguished in short order, but the interior of the store was gutted. Mr. Wedemeyer says that he was burning an oil stove in the back room for drying tobacco leaves used in his cigar business. He left the store and was absent six minutes, returning to find it in flames. People in the vicinity said they heard an explosion as though the oil stove had blown up. The whole interior of the back room is badly charred. The smoke filled the adjoining store of Pierce & Hurd, but did little damage. The fire and water destroyed all Mr. Wedemeyer’s stock, which consisted of cigars manufactured and unmanufactured. His loss must be severl (sic) hundred of dollars. The store is owned by Mr. Arnold Harris. All parties insured.

Oct. 13, 1921

Belfast had the pleasure of entertaining the largest crowd in its history Saturday, Oct. 8th, when the $400,000 concrete structure, known as the Waldo County Bridge, was dedicated to the county’s boys who lost their lives in the World War; and was later opened to the public …The two and one-half mile line of parade started at about two o’clock. It was picturesque, impressive, and business like. Thousands of people lined the streets with cars parked by the hundreds along the line as well as in the designated places black with them. The ovation was continuous especially for the Legion, our chief executive, Col. Sweeney and other officials …When the parade moved toward the bridge it was led by Gov. Baxter’s limousine, when his honor and other officials entered the reviewing stand to witness the passing of the 110 floats and many cars.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at Belfast Free Library.

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