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.