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New county proposed; fire at Mathews Bros.; Coast Guardsmen at Belfast Barracks

Jan 15, 2018

Jan. 18, 1856

The Proposed New County: We do not propose to take an active part in the question as to whether a new county shall be erected, with Rockland for the shire town, and for which it will be seen several petitions have gone to the legislature. It is a matter upon which the people of the towns proposed to be incorporated, and who are the interested parties, should not fail to represent themselves. We have received a letter from a gentleman in Camden, who is strongly opposed to the movement, and who unequivocally declares that the people of Camden are opposed to it. He with a great deal of force argues that Waldo is now a compact county - that our county buildings are new and have but just been paid for, and that Rockland offers really nothing to relieve the towns proposed to be taken from Waldo, from new and onerous taxations.

Jan. 17, 1862

Sailing of the Gunboat Penobscot: The gunboat Penobscot left this harbor on Monday at 1 o’clock, for Kittery navy yard. She started under sail, but met a Boston steam tug near the bluff, and was taken in tow. The engine of the Penobscot can be put in operation in a few days, and she will soon be ready to be put in commission. Of all the vessels of this class contracted for by the government, we venture to say that not one has been built with greater regard to the interests of the service for which she is intended, than has the Penobscot. We have seen the progress of the work almost daily from the laying of the keel, and know whereof we affirm, in saying that the best of material and the most skillful labor have been combined by the Messrs. Carter in her construction.

Jan. 20, 1887

Fire: What looked at one time as though it might be a serious fire broke out in one of the dry houses at Mathews Bros. sash and blind factory at midnight Monday. The watchman at the mill saw from the engine room a sudden flash in the dry house and immediately raised the alarm. The fire was confined to the dry house, which was destroyed with its contents. Loss from $1200 to $1500, upon which there is no insurance. It would have been a serious calamity to Belfast had the factory been destroyed. “Mr. S. W. Mathews, of the firm, did not hear the alarm of fire and did not know of his loss until he came to the factory Tuesday morning. The proprietors are well satisfied with their efficient watchman and the excellent fire department.

Jan. 17, 1901

Move for a Local Hospital: For some time the Waldo County Clinical Club, composed of the prominent physicians of the city and county, has been working to establish a local hospital in this city. Other places no larger than Belfast have a successful local hospital and in their practice our physicians have found urgent need for one here. They have been obliged to take patients to Bangor, Portland and Boston for treatment that could be given here, if we had the facilities. It is hoped to make the hospital self-sustaining, and also to furnish free beds for those unable to pay. The ladies of the city are now enlisted in the cause.

Jan. 17, 1946

Play Readers' Club Announces Program: Mrs. Ralph Clifford has the program for the next meeting of the Play Readers' club, the exact date to be announced. The More the Merrier is the screen play to be reviewed. The program for the remainder of the season is as follows: February, Casablanca, in charge of Mrs. Claude Clement; March, Cry Havoc, Mrs. Manley Ellingwood; April, Hasty Heart, Miss Louise Bryant. A supper meeting, with program to be announced, will be held in May, which will close the season.

Seventeen new men arrived at the Belfast Coast Guard Base Saturday, making a total of 226 men now stationed here. More men are arriving daily, according to officers at the base. Most of the men live in the Barracks in Belfast, but a few have their families here and are living in apartments or rooms.

Jan. 13, 1949

Whistle of Old Steamer Belfast: The whistle once the voice of the old steamer Belfast, now installed on the Belfast Packing Company plant here, has been repaired after long waiting for a valve and connecting parts, and the test on Tuesday morning electrified old inhabitants who recalled the sound once so familiar years ago. The big white steamer, Belfast, Bath-built in 1909, and her sister ship the Camden, plied this part of the coast on the Boston-Bangor division of the Eastern Steamship Lines, just before the decline of coastwise steamer traffic in competition with motor transportation. In 1935, the 'Boston Boats’ were discontinued.

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster in Sorry, Wrong Number.

 

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