Millinocket Historical Society

Preserving Millinocket’s heritage, one story at a time.

Month: August 2017

Lodging in 1905

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Many visitors have stopped by the museum in recent days including a young couple from the Czech Republic. They all need to find lodging. In 1905, one of the lodging options was the Mountain View House. A newspaper advertisement from proprietor J. H. Mulhern reads as follows: “I have opened the Mountain View House and solicit patronage from transient guests and boarders. The house is commodious, homelike, neat and well kept. We furnish a good table and are confident that those that board with us will be satisfied.” This was located across from the park where the telephone company building is today.
Thank you to Doug Kranich and others from SHS who brought 20+ Chinese students to visit the museum. They were in town for a week from a Stearns’ sister school in China. As usual, they were fascinated by the old Edison phonograph. Many photos of the record spinning on the old turntable have been circulated through cyberspace back to China. Also, five members of the newly formed Medway Historical Society stopped by to discuss becoming a non-profit and the other steps to accomplish as they head into their second year of organization. Good luck to them!
Time to catch up on the listing of new items. Barbara Waters gave a 45 rpm record (Blueberry Blues) by Norm Dubois, Carole Philbrook donated a SHS girl’s corduroy jacket, and an anonymous donor gave a SHS basketball jersey.
Many logging tools are displayed at the museum and we have others in storage, but sometimes a unique one arrives at the museum. Recently Lucille Allen brought in a peavey (cant dog). One is already displayed plus some peavey points, but this particular one has Snow and Nealley, Bangor, Maine on it. That company was the top maker of logging tools back in the day. The museum has several pickaroons (short handle, long handle, cut down for mill use). Allen donated two – one has GNP Co. stamped into it and the other has GNP2.
Judy Stevens Herrick visited recently and donated a collection of school related items including 1950’s dance cards from commencement balls and junior proms, report cards, a Junior Achievement certificate, class ring and two cheerleader basketball tournament ribbons.

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!
*** The 2018 calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers are now being taken for fall placement. 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, family, your own name or other wording..
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Milkmen, Carnival and Lace

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The May 5, 1905 newspaper in the museum’s collection continues to reveal information about the people, businesses and events taking place in Millinocket at that time. The museum has a collection of milk bottles from various local dairies of the past (Rush, Keeley, Boddy, Mulroney, Sno-Land). The 1905 newspaper has advertisements for H. S. Brown and Fred Clifford. Brown’s ad states: “Pure jersey cream and milk delivered every day. The quality of these goods speaks for itself. If you will let me know your needs, I will call and endeavor to please. H. S. Brown, Millinocket.” Does anyone have any information on this man and his business?
Fred Clifford’s ad says: “MILK – the best. My list of customers is constantly increasing. Are you one of them? Drop me a card and I’ll call. Fred Clifford, Millinocket.”
The museum does have one photo showing Clifford’s milk wagon with a house in the background. We are looking for more details on any local farms, dairies and local milk businesses.
For entertainment, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Millinocket chapter sponsored a week-long carnival at the Pavilion. (The Pavilion, ball field and grandstand were located in the area behind the new Bangor Savings Bank and the former Armory). On the program were five “premier high class vaudeville artists,” and a world famous musical duo. It boasted “three hours refined amusement, closing with a grand social.” Band concerts were held twice a day and a ten piece orchestra played for a “dancing festival.” Tickets were available for 50 cents from local businessmen D.J. Murphy, Thomas Pound, Roy Flaherty, E.J. Warren, Frank LePage, H.C. Gellerson, A.J. Gonya, James A. Rush.
Mrs. J. Gwynn (a local milliner) advertised a big saving on “Odd pieces of ginghams and laces at prices that will surprise you. Call for them.) The newspaper office reminder readers, “Now is the time you need shelf paper. Look at ours – 5 cents a roll. We invite the attention of Ladies doing Passe Partout work to our new stock of Mount
Boards received this week.” Passe Partout was the use of a strong paper gummed on one side used for mounting pictures. The newspaper also sold drawing paper for 5 cents a sheet.

*** The 2018 calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Visitors have been checking out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are now being taken for fall placement. 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, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

More on Old Newspapers

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The Millinocket Times, a local newspaper published during the pre-WWI era, was printed on the second floor of the so-called Miller’s Building (also Epstein’s, Day’s Jewelry, Newberry’s and more going back many years) on Penobscot Avenue. This was learned recently during a visit to the museum by eighty-nine year old Frank Miller, son of Burdette Miller, owner and publisher of the paper. Mr. Miller stated that his parents came to Millinocket around 1903-04 and lived just a few houses down the street from the current museum. He did not know when the paper started, but said his father sold it (unknown buyer) sometime in 1917 as he wanted to enlist in the army and help his country as the U. S. was entering WWI. However, Burdette Miller was turned down for service as he had a family and small children. At this time, we have no more information as to the fate of The Millinocket Times or any other local newspaper until the late 1930’s. If anyone knows of local papers from that time period, please contact the museum!
A few weeks ago I wrote about the June 15, 1917 issue of this paper in the museum’s collection. It is one of two known to exist and both are at the museum. The second is also a 1917 issue.
In recent days, we have also pieced together most of a May 4, 1905 Millinocket Journal which was published on Thursdays with EE Morse as editor and publisher. Much of the front page is missing, but portions of articles tell of a masked ball, a minstrel show and a meeting of directors of the Union Store. An inner page ad states that you could catch the stage for Mattawamkeag “every forenoon (Sundays excepted) on the arrival of the trains from Bangor and Houlton at 10:25. Stage leaves the Eureka House at 10 AM.” The Eureka House (also known as the Katahdin House) was partway up Katahdin Avenue toward the railroad station. More information from this newspaper in future columns.
The museum is having a banner summer! We’ve had a couple from the Czech Republic, an interesting young woman from Florida who volunteers with her grandmother at a museum there and many returning Millinocketites. Stop in!

*** The 2018 calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Check out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are now being taken for fall placement. 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, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

What’s in the 2018 Calendar?

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

Remember the Katahdin Rangers Drum and Bugle Corps? A great photo of that group is found on the cover of the museum’s new 2018 calendar. Other photos in this calendar range from 1899 through the 1970’s and feature groups of people and scenes around Millinocket. Many of the photos have been added to the collection in the last year.
The earliest is from 1899 showing the penstocks being placed during the days of the mill’s construction. An early logging camp photo from 1941 has twenty-five or more men seated on the ground eating a meal. The photo is from the West Branch Drive and comes from the museum’s Laverty Collection.
Another early 1900’s photo is a view looking east on Central Street and the street appears to end about where the bridge is today. Further construction work seems to be happening. Check out buildings at the intersection (where the traffic light is now located) and note changes. The B & A Railroad Station is shown up on blocks ready to be moved to a new spot as part of the underpass construction project. This photo is from the 1930’s.
Do you know why Pockwockamus Rock was first painted with a scene? The 1979 photo in this calendar has the explanation. Another calendar photo shows tents and trucks at Foster Field with Mt. Katahdin in the background. This 1934 picture is of the 130th Company, Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was building camp sites, trails and more in the area.
It’s great when photos of groups arrive at the museum with names and dates! A large group of Onawa Chapter, Eastern Star (ladies group of the Masons) is depicted in 1959. Dressed in their finest gowns and adorned with corsages, the ladies posed for the photographer. A few men are also in the picture. All the names are there, except one. Two others with all the names are of a Brownie Scout troop from the late 1950’s and Stearns cheerleaders, 1949. The Millinocket Players presented The Music Man at SHS auditorium (original) in 1972. The SHS band made a cameo appearance. The calendar has a photo of the Company I,103rd Infantry baseball team in 1927-28. Another photo shows a few town dignitaries in period costume during the town’s 50th birthday celebration. They are on the steps of the new Municipal Building. Get your now!

*** The calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Check out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are now being taken for fall placement. 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, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

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