Millinocket Historical Society

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

Month: November 2017

Busy Holiday Season

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Do some Christmas shopping at the museum’s table at the craft fair at the American Legion, 9AM-3PM. We will have our new cookbooks plus calendars and other items from the museum’s store.
Old newspapers are very interesting! One Millinocket article in a 1922 Bangor paper mentioned the number of events and activities to be held during the upcoming holiday season. It states: “It is becoming difficult in our busy little community for churches, schools, orders and clubs to stage entertainments, plays, concerts, etc. without conflicting dates.”It goes on to suggest all groups provide their information to the newspaper correspondent soon “to avoid much difficulty.” Already scheduled were a play, Aunt Jerusha’s Quilting Party at the Baptist Church; a play, The Hottentot by the K of C; the annual Papermakers Ball; three evenings of plays by the May Edwards Stock Company; Bimbs, a musical comedy directed by Vinal Crommett for the benefit of baseball interests; the annual Chapman concert (Philharmonic Club); and the school’s Junior Exhibition. These were all planned for mid-December through early January. The article says:” All these, in addition to the regular club meetings, lodges, whist parties, dances, Christmas tree and the various appointments of the churches which should rank first, make us some busy little town for the next few weeks.”
The 1921-1923 scrapbook of local news articles I have been going through makes many mentions of functions being held in Friendly Hall. Does anyone have any idea where that might have been? Others mention Rush’s Hall built by Charles Rush on Penobscot Avenue. This would be used by the Modern Woodmen of America and for public functions. After a fire, the building was rebuilt as the Opera House.
The Friends of the Library gave the museum one of the Dick Manzo prints they were given. It is of the Great Northern Hotel that used to be on the site where the library and Episcopal Church are located. The FMML has several more of these for sale to benefit the library.
Now on display at the museum with other sports photos is one of SHS football coach George Wentworth with players Dana Burleigh, Lawrence “Buzzy” Hopper, Ozzie Porter and Bill McCluskey. This was Wentworth’s first year coaching football at Stearns. The photo was donated by Denise Burleigh Page along with snapshots of the Veteran’s monument construction and a flag raising ceremony at MRH. Another interesting picture (from a news photo) shows a group of local Boy Scouts and others placing a 49 star flag at sunrise atop Mt. Katahdin. It was said to be the first raising of the new flag, July 4, 1959, denoting Alaska becoming a state.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the new year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).

*** 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. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Lots of New Additions

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
It is time to once again catch up on the new items that have been donated to the museum. Lynn Walsh, who was a member of the Katahdin Rangers and took part in several of the drum corps trips, brought in a large collection of memorabilia. It included photos and many news articles. Photos of the Katahdin Rangers, Pink Panthers (in Washington DC), Stearns High School band (in Washington, DC) and town band are currently displayed at the museum.
Anne Erickson donated several books for the museum’s research room. We are continuing to add books by local authors and books about the local area. Anne gave The Allagash by Lew Dietz, Christmas Always, “In the Shadow of Katahdin,” by Clara Gordon Bartlett and The Maine Land by Marion Bradshaw. The research room is getting more use each year. Tim and Belinda Smyth visited the museum and brought advertising items from the former Belinda’ s Bakery and a unique old map. The map of northern Maine, undated, appears to be very early for this area. There is no Millinocket, and Medway is labeled as Nicatou. It appears to be an original map on linen.
The museum has quite a few things to eventually be placed in a barber shop display. Paul Noyes barber chair, shaving items, a sign, a photo of Mt. Katahdin that once was displayed in Walter Trott’s barber shop and more. Now we can add one of the fixtures of old time barber shops…a spittoon. A small brass one was just donated by Al Legassie.
A Singer sewing machine, circa 1921, is now at the museum. Donated by Ramona Cesare, this treadle machine came complete with vintage spools of thread and other sewing notions in the drawers. This sewing machine once belonged to the Nichols family. There have been many, many organizations in Millinocket through the years. Recently added to the collection is a large framed Master Mason certificate dated 1931. The name on the certificate is Ivan Alonzo Buck. Also with the certificate is a photo we assume is Buck, but it has not been confirmed. The certificate and photo were donated by Leo Bulley along with a US Air Force hat.
There will be a craft fair at the American Legion Hall on December 2 from 9AM to 3PM. The Millinocket Historical Society will have a table there with calendars, cookbooks, Laverty books, the Millinocket book and more. Please stop by!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the new year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).

*** 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. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Heritage Cookbooks

A Little Taste of History, a 200 page cookbook filled with heritage recipes selected from vintage local community cookbooks is now available. Included are recipes from many of Millinocket’s pioneer ladies or family members, mostly prior to the the 1950’s. Cost is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH for each book). Compiled by MHS museum volunteers, this book has sections for families of Great Northern workers, town and school employees, businessmen and more. It is a unique cookbook with photos and personal notes!
To purchase a cookbook, visit the Millinocket Historical Society museum at 80 Central Street, Millinocket (Thurs. Fri., Sat, afternoons 12 noon-3PM), call 207-723-5477 or email trudy18@beeline-online.net or message via Facebook. Also at Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store in Millinocket.

New Heritage Cookbook

A Little Taste of History, a 200 page cookbook filled with heritage recipes selected from vintage local community cookbooks is now available. Included are recipes from many of Millinocket’s pioneer ladies or family members, mostly prior to the the 1950’s. Cost is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH for each book). Compiled by MHS museum volunteers, this book has sections for families of Great Northern workers, town and school employees, businessmen and more. It is a unique cookbook with photos and personal notes!
To purchase a cookbook, visit the Millinocket Historical Society museum at 80 Central Street, Millinocket (Thurs. Fri., Sat, afternoons 12 noon-3PM), call 207-723-5477 or email trudy18@beeline-online.net or message via Facebook. Also at Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store in Millinocket.

WWI Letters, Part 2

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Continuing this week with more from the WWI Murray Morgan letters. While on a short leave Morgan wrote to his friend Capt. Pepper that he was in “Merry England” but within the sound of the guns from France. There were about 10,000 Canadians there with men being sent to the front while others had leave. Morgan was a member of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He mentions a lot of activity in England and thinks “something is going to start here soon” as there were “2,000,000 soldiers in training this island alone and they are fully equipped.” He asks about the possibility of getting his trombone “for if it is not too much I will send you the money and you may get it for me. I may yet get into a band as there are so many skilled in that branch of service.” (Letter from July, 1915).
The letter dated Sept. 29, 1915 begins “will now drop you a line from the Front (France) which I have traveled several thousand miles to see, have been in the trenches which in places are only 45 yards from the Germans. We give them a lively time of it and throw ‘chestnuts’ at them which they don’t like.” He continues, “ don’t know if you can read this or not as my writing desk is part of a cartridge case across my knees but my trusty Waterman (fountain pen) is still working. My apartment here was formerly a ‘ecurie pour chevre’ (goat barn) but I have it fixed up some, the nearby canal affords us a good bathing place, we get lots to eat but would sell half my equipment for a piece of good pumpkin pie and a cup of American coffee the like of which I have never tasted since I left the old place.”
A November letter talks of the cold. “Snow fell on the15th and 16th but it has since gone off. The cold is much different from cold at home, it seems to penetrate more and although I wear thick woolen socks my feet get very cold at times.”
The letters continue through the fall and into December when Morgan sends some post cards for Christmas. One says, “Dec. 15, Somewhere in France. As the season of Yuletide draws near my thoughts travel back to the homeland and my friends. This year I will be unable to send any presents to friends but hope you will accept this little card as evidence of my friendship.”
Murray Morgan was killed few months later. He is one of the Millinocket soldiers for whom the Millinocket Memorial Library is named. Look for his name on the bronze plaque in the entryway (originally in first library, Central St.).

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General & by mail.

*** 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. 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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