Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Suffrage victories of 1917 in the U.S., difficulty securing high boots
probably will affect the length of skirts, and penalties will be assessed for men who have not registered for selective service were all hot topics in The Millinocket Times, June 15, 1917 recently received at the museum. This fragile copy of the 100 year old newspaper printed just two months after the United States entered WWI, reminds us that life was changing for Americans.
An ad on the front page from Millinocket Insurance Agency states Explosion Insurance was available and that it was “essential in these disturbed days.” Also available was windstorm, fire, plate glass, and automobil (no e on the end) insurance. Another front page ad asks, “Who Does My Vulcanizing? Why? A local could go to the Millinocket Vulcanizing Co. where they would “repair all kinds of blow outs, tread and rim cuts, splicing tubs and repairing of all kinds.”
The Millinocket Times and Weekly Exchange was published every Friday by the Reliance Publishing Company with Burdette D. Miller, manager and editor. According to the publication information, this paper was first approved for mailing at the Millinocket Post Office on April 23, 1915 so the Miller’s had been publishing from that date.
Much of the paper is filled with articles received from other entities. One of the inner pages has a section titled “Locals” and is followed by a smaller section of “East Millinocket Notes.” The following were deemed important enough for publication. “Geo. Stearns went to Norcross Wednesday on business. S. Hagerman, L. Dyer and B.D. Miller spent Sunday at Sandy Stream fishing, all report a good catch. The fire department was called out on Wednesday night about 11:15 to a fire at the Moore house.” There are a couple of names mentioned for being in court on charges of intoxication. They were given fines of $10.00 plus court costs. One noteworthy event rated one of the longest paragraphs in this section. “A railroad car of mixed vinegar and bulk pickles was unloaded on Monday. This is the first time that a car of this kind has been shipped to Millinocket merchants.” These old newspapers are a fun read!
*** The 2018 calendars are now available at the museum, Levasseurs and Save-a-Lot. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders. Info on the great vintage photos next week!
*** A new paver order has been placed in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are being taken. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
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