Millinocket Historical Society

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

Month: January 2018

SHS Coach Jimmy Stevens

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

It’s basketball season and many are looking to finish out with an winning season and a trip to the tournament. This has long been a tradition in Millinocket with both the boys and girls high school teams. The museum has a scrapbook with many pages devoted to a former coach and physical education director at Stearns High School. His name was Jimmy Stevens.
Stevens graduated from Stearns HS in 1928 and was described as an outstanding athlete in spite of the fact he never weighed more than 125 pounds. He then attended Higgins Classical Institute and excelled at three sports there. His next schooling was at Springfield College where he was on the wrestling and baseball teams. He graduated from Springfield in 1933 and accepted a coaching position back in his home town of Millinocket.
During the next few years, Stevens’ boys’ basketball teams made the Eastern Maine tournament every year and the finals twice. An article in the scrapbook states. “Jimmy Stevens’ teams have had perhaps the greatest following of any team in Maine. Each time they worked their way into a tournament the whole town locked things up and boarded special trains to go and cheer the boys on.” In addition to boys’ basketball, Stevens also coached football, baseball and girls’ basketball at Stearns. Visit the museum and check out the yearbooks for photos and game highlights and statistics for the teams he coached.
A Bangor Daily News article tells of Stevens’ popularity after the announcement that he was leaving Stearns. He was called “Stearns Two Thousand Dollar Coach” by his admirers. He was applauded “as a coach, guide, mentor and friend of the Magic City’s famous Minutemen.” The students, in appreciation of their coach, presented him with an “expensive Gladstone zipper traveling bag.” Another article relates that Dr. Morey, school board chairman, called Stevens’ resignation as a “bombshell on the schoolboy sports front.” The new physical education director/coach hired for the 1940-41 school year was George Wentworth.
According to Jimmy Stevens’ daughter, Judyth, her father is primarily responsible for the Stearns’ teams being called the Minutemen. Judyth is a regular visitor to the museum. Stop in and check out the scrapbook, yearbooks and many photos of the Jimmy Stevens years at Stearns as a student and a coach.

*** 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, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Old Local Businesses

Custom and laws have changed the number of days and hours that businesses remain open. The Millinocket Journal dated January 17, 1902 has an announcement that states “The merchants made a strong effort this week to secure the closing of the stores in town for two evenings a week.” That announcement implies that many of the stores were open possibly seven evenings each week. It continues, “ We, the undersigned merchants and businessmen, do hereby agree to close our stores and place of business on every Wednesday and Friday evening at 6 o’clock of each consecutive week during the months of January, February and March.” Some of the signers included: G.B. Moran (clothing store), Higgins & Bach (?), Fred McLawlin, H. & J. Rush (clothing store), John Simon (groceries+), Mrs. J. Gwynn (seamstress), Asa Craig (dry goods), F.M. Peasley (hardware), Boston Shoe Store, Gonya Bros., James F. Kimball (groceries & more), G.S. Baker & Co. (furniture, crockery, funeral goods) and McAvey Bros. The museum continues to learn more about former local businesses to add to our research file. If you have information on any of the above businesses, their owners, dates of operation or photos, please consider sharing by stopping by the museum, sending a letter or an email.
The same newspaper has local news items from Millinocket, East Millinocket and Medway, but it also has a short column of items from Braggville. Anyone know where that might have been? It mentions that J. D. Leon, E. H. Townsend & Co. and Thos. Neddo are putting in their supply of ice for next summer. Another item tells that the bark teams of F.L, Robinson & Son are hauling some loads at present, while some of the outsiders have been tied up for the past few days. Was this an organized Maine town at one time or the name of a section of one of the area towns? It would be interesting to know!
The blizzard, high winds and extremely cold temperatures kept us from opening the museum last week. We hope that winter will be kinder to us for the remaining time that it is with us.

*** 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, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos –still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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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