Company E and Company I were National Guard groups once located in Millinocket, Maine. The museum’s copy of National Guard, State of Maine (1939) states that in 1916 an act of Congress allowed for the raising of a regiment of field artillery. It would have three battalions with two batteries each, the closest being headquartered in Bangor. By 1918, permission was granted by the War Department for an infantry regiment to be formed for the protection of the state of Maine. To be known as the 103rd Infantry, twelve new companies were formed. One was Company E in Millinocket.
The Union Chapel had been erected (c1899) near the corner of Cherry Street and Katahdin Avenue to provide a place for religious services and meetings. As denominational churches were constructed, the Union Chapel was then moved to Central Street behind the Bishop Block (currently K &M Motors). This became the Millinocket Armory and was also used for meetings, dances and other events.
Millinocket’s Company E became official 8/31/1918 with Wm. Glenn as Captain. Other officers were 1st Lt. H.B. McMillian and 2nd Lt. Lawrence Gregson. When Gregson was called into Federal service, Burdette D. Miller succeeded him. Recently, this column told of a visit to the museum by B.D. Miller’s son Frank and grand-daughter June. They donated a photo of three men in uniform, one being B.D. Miller. According to Frank Miller, B.D. Miller was instrumental in getting the National Guard company here. Also donated was a copy of the Maine National Guard certificate naming Miller 2nd Lt. Two photos at the museum show Company E at Camp Keyes, Augusta in 1919 and at Fort Devens in 1920. The book mentions that “a beautiful monumental stone” was erected by the company in 1934 in memory of its first commander Capt. Wm. E. Glenn. Does it still exist?
Millinocket’s Company E was re-designated Company I in 1921 as Third Maine Infantry and in 1922 it was changed to 103rd Infantry. Company I would go on to serve well for many years including participation in WWII. The “new” armory was constructed on Spring Street in 1939.
***Just received for sale, five copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.
***Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store and Trailside Country Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & 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. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.