It’s here! The new 2019 Millinocket Historical Society calendar is now available and for the first time in twelve years, it has a theme, Sports for All Ages! All the photos and trivia are related to local sports, the earliest being 1909. The cover is a collage of several of the museum’s sports artifacts including a bronzed 1963 New England champ’s sneaker, an antique golf club and more.
To no one’s surprise, basketball is featured on many of the pages. One page is dedicated to SHS Coach Jimmy Stevens and shows two of his 1930’s teams (girls’ basketball, 1936-37 and boys’ basketball 1933-34). As mentioned in an earlier column, Stevens (who preceded George Wentworth as coach) is thought to have first used the term Minutemen for the SHS teams. St. Martin’s varsity and JV basketball teams from the 1950’s appear in the calendar as well as a group of St. Martin’s cheerleaders. A photo from a collage on display at the museum shows the Emerson Pills semi-pro team of 1940-42 along with tickets showing they played the Globetrotters and Boston Goodwins (later Celtics) at the SHS gym.
As the calendar enters the summer months, warm weather sports are featured. Young golfers (dates unknown) are shown on the May page. It is not known if these are from a school or recreation department activity. Three baseball teams come next. The 1909 Millinocket Baseball Club was coached by Dr. Cody, an early town physician. This page also has photos of the 1935 SHS team and a 1954 Pony League team. Four winners from Millinocket of the NE division of the Chevrolet Soap Box Derby are on the July page followed by a GNP machinists bowling team.
The fall and winter pages show a 1920’s SHS football team, another boys’ basketball team (1940’s) and a 1920’s SHS girls’ basketball team. Check out those uniforms! The December page has two photos of more recent vintage, the SHS cheerleaders from the mid-seventies and the early eighties.
These new calendars are available for purchase at the museum, at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store. The cost is $10.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
*** Stop by the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, 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.
***Orders 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.
*** 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 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.