The Northern, a monthly magazine published by the Spruce Wood Department, Division of Social Services, Great Northern Paper Company existed for a few years in the 1920’s. It was referred to as “a magazine of contact between the management and the men.” The idea came from F. A. Gilbert as he wished to offer the people working out of areas such as the Grant Farm, Rice Farm, Pittston and Seboomook “opportunities for diversion which they could not otherwise get.” These magazines would offer a variety of entertaining and informative news of the time. The museum has almost, but not quite, a complete collection of these magazines available for reading, reference and research. The first issue came out in April of 1921 and consisted of only four pages. Until recently, the museum did not have the first issue. Now, thanks to Bob C. Leet, we were allowed to scan an original first issue and a copy has been placed with the rest. Here are the issues still needed to make a complete set. 1921 – May thru Dec.; 1922 – April, Aug., Sept., Nov.; 1923 – Jan., March, May, July, Aug.; 1924 – Feb., March; 1927- May, Nov., Dec.; 1928 – Nov., Dec. If you have an original you do not wish to give up, consider allowing us to scan it.
Gaile Nicholson donated a box of vintage kitchen utensils from her grandparent’s camp on Millinocket Lake. Most were from 1935 or a bit later. Some have been added to our kitchen display including a stainless steel tool to release ice from a metal ice cube tray, a small kitchen towel drying rack (fold up arms), an adjustable tool for opening screw-top jars and a sugar/flour scoop. We use such items for “What is it?” with the students who visit. Two original unopened boxes with great color graphics hold an early version of plastic household gloves and kitchen trash bags. The bags are advertised as moisture proof, super waxed and water repellent. They appear to be paper and said to have double pasted seams and triple pasted bottoms. The lady on one of the boxes is reminiscent of an early TV mom in a pretty dress and apron.

*** 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.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at or on Facebook.