The first week in June, the museum hosted a visit by Bill Geller, author of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps. This book, the result of years of research and interviews, was introduced at the museum to those whose help made the book possible. A number of those involved in the project met with the author and received a copy of the book. Mr. Geller followed his two day visit to the museum with a presentation at the Millinocket Memorial Library. At this time, this book is not available to the public, but some copies expect be made available in the near future. Contact the museum regarding a waiting list.
New items in the museum’s collection include a small antique Victorian chair and doll given by an anonymous donor. Phil Sturman sent in a brass GNP paperweight in the shape of Maine and Bob Weisskerchen donated a GNP and a Great Northern Nekoosa stock certificate. One is dated 1966 and one 1971. Each is for 100 shares.
The museum’s genealogy section is growing by leaps and bounds. Sally and David Field brought in photos and information on Olaf and Annie (Anderson) Sandstrom, early Millinocket residents. Olaf died tragically in a mill accident in 1912. Due to the isolation of Millinocket, he had to wait several hours until the next train could transport him to Bangor where he died from his injuries. His obituary describes the funeral as “the largest ever seen in Millinocket.” A quartet composed of Mrs. Hinton, Mrs. Stearns, Judge Stearns and Dr. MacKay sang two selections. Many Masons were present and they “marched from the Masonic Hall to the residence, then to the church (Congregational), then to the cemetery, and back to the hall.” Mr. Sandstrom and some other family members are buried locally. Mrs. Sandstrom’s burial place is unknown. The museum continues to receive queries about genealogy.
Also added to the genealogy collection by Judy Donley Page are old photos from the Donley and Bishop families.
The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available for purchase at the museum, at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store, $10.00 each (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.