Millinocket Historical Society

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

Month: March 2018

Bowling

One photo of a GNP team was the only item the museum had if anyone asked about our “bowling collection.” Now the museum has more bowling memorabilia thank to long-time local bowler Robert C. Leet. Several Millinocket teams competed not only locally, but also took part in the Eastern Maine Bowing Tournament. Leet donated eight binders of EMBT permanent score cards. He noted many of these were typed by SHS typing class students as practice exercises. A detailed history of EMBT compiled by the donor, a photo of the 1984 American Legion state champions from Millinocket, several news articles, other ephemera and four bowling shirts are included in the donation. The EMBT material covers the years 1923-2001.
A large picture of North Twin Dam and another large one of a group of GNP firemen were brought to the museum by Merle Grant. A year is needed for the firemen photo. The men are listed as: John Hickey, Lugee Cyr, Junior Shanks, John Brown, Kenney Bartlett, Milton Hampton, Carl Sawyer, Bill Leino, Vincent DeCoursey, Ed Healey, Dudley Carter, Clarence Gonya, Frenchy Voisine and Bill Burke. If you can help with a year, please contact the museum.
Last week, I mentioned that members of the local post of the American Legion were seeking information in preparation for their 100th birthday in 1919. The Laverty book provides a bit of that history. Veterans of WWI formed Post 80 and named it for Donald V. Henry who was Millinocket’s first casualty in the war. Dr. Bryant returned from oversees and became the first commander. Mrs. Robert Hume, a former army nurse, became the second commander and first woman to hold the office. She was also the American Legion’s first woman Vice Commander of the Department of Maine. She organized the American Legion Child Welfare program for all of New England. First meetings of Post 80 were held in a tarred paper shack near the river. Later, a small brick building on Penobscot Avenue was used for meetings. In the 1950’s, the new building on outer Central Street was constructed. If any reader, has Post 80 historical photos or other information, the Legion would like to hear from you or stop by the museum and we will pass it on.

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from 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. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***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.

Projects and Requests

A recent snowstorm caused a one day closure of the museum, but when open, work goes on and visitors stop in! A damaged photo album from the Laverty Collection has been taken apart, the photos scanned and placed in archival sleeves and put into a new album. The photos are of GNP logging activities of the 1940’s at places like Schoodic Brook, Mud Brook, Rice Farm and Ripogenus. There are over 150 of these photos.
Another winter project includes the addressing and stuffing of envelopes for our annual mail fundraiser which once again is off to a great start with monetary donations coming from all over the country. Thank you all! If you have not received a letter and wish to help out with a monetary donation, to purchase a paver or one of the items from the museum’s store, see information below. Other projects include putting together the new calendar for 2019 and this time it will have a theme, something MHS has not done before. Several old local newspapers from 1939-40 are being cataloged, a slow process, as all local names, businesses, social activities etc. are being added to our computer program to allow computer searches that do not require the further handling of the fragile newspapers.
Research on various topics keeps volunteers busy! A recent request has been for photos and/or information on the history of the library (100th birthday coming up next year). Another by the American Legion for the local post’s 100th anniversary and including information on WWI local military. A third request was for photos for a Ross Manor event. A young man flew to Maine from Oregon to research his family tree in the Benedicta area and stopped at the museum to see if there might be a local connection. We found a distant link to the Rush family.
In addition to all of the above, MHS is preparing for visits from two student groups in early April. A group of about a dozen Barauch College journalism students are expected here as part of an “outdoor experience.” They are from Manhattan. The following week a group of 96 high school students from a Portland area charter school will be in the area for a week and plan to visit the museum for some historical background information. We will be busy!

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from 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. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***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.

Vintage Post Cards

Happy 117th birthday, Millinocket! The town was incorporated on March 16, 1901 by an act of the Legislature and the approval of Gov. Hill. Millinocket became the 467th town in Maine. The name means “lake of many islands” and probably refers to Millinocket Lake. During the month of March, Millinocket Memorial Library has its display cases in the entry filled with photos and memorabilia of the town’s early days and several of its birthday celebrations. The display courtesy of the museum.
The oldest postcard sent was in 1840 to the writer Theodore Hook in London, England. He sent it to himself and it had a hand-painted design. This idea of using a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard soon became the quick way to send a message without use of an envelope. A collector of old post cards is called a deltiologist. The museum has a fairly large collection of local area post cards including black and white, color and colorized. The colorized cards usually have “printed in Germany” or some other country as the process of adding color was not being done in the U. S. in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Many local cards in the collection were printed for businesses such as Warren’s Drug Store.
The museum has many interesting GNP and Penobscot Avenue cards along with the churches, schools and other public buildings. There are cards of the Mt. Katahdin/Baxter State Park area. Some were mailed with the postmark giving us their date of origin. Some were never mailed. There are several post card collectors in the area who have donated post cards. Others come from various sources. Recently, a letter arrived from Wisconsin. In it was a colorized post card (unused) of Lily Pad Pond, Sourdnahunk Valley. It was sent to the museum with a nice note by a gentleman who had acquired it, researched the location and sent it to MHS. He did not mention how he obtained it.
The museum also has a fairly large number of post cards for sale. These are not local. They have photos from all over the U. S. and several foreign countries. They sell for $1.00 each and include both used and unused. We have Stearns yearbooks for sale (1930’s and up) as well as some years of St. Martin’s, Schenck and Katahdin High School. These sell for $10.00 each.

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from 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. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***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.

Mystery Shirt

It’s always great to hear from readers about this column! The true origin of the name Tin Can Alley for the mill end of Aroostook Avenue may never be known. It may be from an early location of a dump or from the fact that some homes were covered with a metal siding. We have learned that Kick the Can was a popular activity there in the 1960’s and probably earlier. The young people would place a rock on top of a can and then hide. Then they would sneak out, try to kick the rock off the can without getting tagged by the person who was “it”. If one was tagged, they became “it”. I hope I’ve described this correctly. Thanks to Larry Bouchard for stopping by the museum to tell this story.
The article on the school’s safety patrol received much feedback on the MHS Facebook page. It was learned that this activity was not only in the 1940’s, but extended into the 1950’s and 1960’s and, yes, girls also participated. A number of people responded that they were safety patrol participants.
Today, the search is on for information on a new item at the museum. A black and gold sport’s jersey found its way to the museum (thank you to the several folks who helped with this). Possibly from the 1950’s or 60’s, it has Levasseur’s Hardware on the back. We are trying to determine which team it is from. So far, most believe it’s a baseball or softball shirt. One stated there was a fast-pitch league here in the 1950’s. Please help us identify this shirt and provide a bit of its history. A photo is on the Millinocket Historical Society Facebook page or stop in at the museum to check it out.
The museum has a large collection of senior photos. Recently Mary Ellen Haugen brought in sixteen more to add to the collection. They are all from 1953. At reunion time, MHS would be willing to loan senior photos for display at your get-together. Louise Boynton donated a newspaper with information about the building and dedication of the Jerry Pond recreation area. Stan Waterhouse brought in a GNP union booklet (woodlands) and a meal ticket from the Scott Brook logging operation. The collection continues to grow in many interesting and varied ways.

*** 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 $4.00 SH).
***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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