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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.