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