Millinocket Historical Society

Preserving Millinocket’s heritage, one story at a time.

Month: October 2018

Little Italy Follow-up

Since the successful “Tales of Little Italy” event at the museum, photos and other memorabilia have been added to the museum’s collection. Photos of the Colangelo, Manzo, Pasquine, Gagliardi and DiNardo families have been scanned, printed and added to the appropriate family files. Thank you to Dot (Colangelo) Howard, Carmen (Manzo) Doe, Fred Pasquine, Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver and Sharon Machia for allowing the scans.
In addition Joseph Gagliardi donated a photo and two advertising items from Joseph Gagliardi, Sr.’s two local businesses. The photo shows Joe’s Tailor Shop (with Bilodeau’s Electrical Appliances store next to it. (207 Penobscot Ave., where small mini-park now located next to Municipal Bldg.). Joe was known by the nickname, Joe Pip. After running the tailor shop for some time, the business closed and Gagliardi opened Vesuvio Restaurant at the same location. People referred to the restaurant as Joe Pip’s. What appears to be the top portion of a calendar (1950’s era) was donated. It advertises the restaurant and has a picture of a pretty woman dressed in white.
Deanna Shepperd gave t-shirts from Little Italy Heritage Days plus a photo album filled with pictures. David Oliver brought in a disk with photos of the Little Italy monument dedication (2014) and Maureen (Delahanty) Calder sent a four page story of her recollections of growing up in Little Italy.
These new photos and other artifacts are currently displayed at the museum. Also on display are several large framed photos of DiNardo family members, a box of bocce balls, a 1937 calendar from Palmer DiNardo’s Italian Grocery , all previously in the museum’s collection.
Joseph Gagliardi, Jr. also brought several additional items. They included a photo of #6 rebuild crew (1947), basketball tournament program (1970), a 1949 and a 1953 Snoops and Scoops and graduation program and announcement from 1954. A photo shows the 1953 SHS basketball team standing near a B& A bus. Gagliardi said he was a member of that team and they were defeated in the state championship game. The team was then treated to a trip to the New England tournament as spectators. A small Millinocket bicycle license/ID card from 1948 was brought in also. This is the second one the museum has that has survived through time. The museum also has a bicycle license plate from the same era.
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours.
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00;
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more

***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

McLeod’s The Northern

One of the most used reference books at the museum is John E. McLeod’s condensed version of Great Northern. This version, The Northern, The Way I Remember, is only 172 pages and contains highlights of the much larger, complete story of the company. The condensed version is easily readable, contains some photos and can be used by students and others to get an impression of GNP’s history.
The seven volume complete version was researched and written between 1960 and 1974 and covers the company’s history from the beginning until approximately 1970. One bound set was donated to the Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono. Today it can be accessed there in the Special Collections section of the library. The only other known copies printed and bound were also presented by McLeod to the Maine State Library, Millinocket Memorial Library and the public libraries in East Millinocket, Bangor and Presque Isle. McLeod also donated to the Fogler Library much of his research material including glass negatives of photographs of the company’s early years. (Appointment needed to access the GNP Collection stored off-site.)
Recently a typed copy of Chapter XX1, Spruce Wood, Great Northern was donated to the museum. Containing 278 pages (one side only), it contains specific details of the company’s cutting operations, bookkeeping systems, bosses, supplies used, horses and equipment and much, much more. It appears the information was gleaned from many of the large ledgers and books kept by various departments of the company. Whether this particular copy of Chap. 21 was a draft copy before the final version is unknown. Are there similar copies of other chapters out there? This particular copy was given to donor Peter Grabber some time ago by someone who had worked in Woodlands. How it came to that person is unknown. This copy has heavyweight covers (similar to card stock) then holes were punched and the whole thing held together with an Accopress metal strip (a method used before the familiar 3 ring binders of today).
This book is now in the museum’s Logging Room. We would like to hear if anyone knows of any other chapter copies. The seven volume version was never printed and published for general distribution. The condensed version was printed for local distribution and copies are finding their way to the museum. Some are for sale as new audiences are interested in the company’s history.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00;
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
8. …and more

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

“Tales of Little Italy” DVD

Now available!
“TALES of LITTLE ITALY” DVD. A 73 minute edited tape of the museum’s Sept.20 afternoon of stories by descendants of Millinocket’s Little Italy. Presenters included Dick Manzo, Dorothy (Colangelo) Howard and Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver. Audience members participated by asking questions and sharing some of their own stories.
For a copy of the DVD, stop in at the museum or order by mail. Cost is $15.00 each (add $2.50 SH each for mail orders). Check or money order to Millinocket Historical Society,
PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462.
We hope to add more photos, artifacts and stories to the museum’s Little Italy collection. If you have something to share or donate, contact us at the above address or contact MHS Curator, Trudy Wyman at trudy18@beeline-online.net or 207-723-5477 or on the museum’s Facebook page.

New Books in Collection

The numbers 499 and 999 popped up this week on museum as tallies on museum related web postings. The first represents the number of these weekly writings I have done for, first, The Katahdin Times and mostly for The Lincoln News. I appreciate The Lincoln News for publishing them for so many weeks. The second number, 999, represents the number of people who have “liked” The Millinocket Historical Society’s Facebook page. To be counted, you have to like the actual page, not just a posting and you only get counted once. Many more people “like” and/or comment on individual posts and that can happen on any post. Facebook has proven to be one of the museum’s best way to get the word out of museum activities and other news. Many regulars check in every week to see what is taking place. Thank you!
The museum has a library of books by Millinocket authors and other books relating to this area. These are found in the Research/Genealogy Room. A collection of logging related books can be found in the Logging Room. All of these may be used at the museum for research or enjoyment.
Several new books have recently been added. “Chimney Pond Tales,” (new revised version), featuring stories told by Roy Dudley (guide, ranger) who lived at Chimney Pond. In the 1930’s, Clayton Hall recorded (on wax cylinders on an early Edison machine) and then transcribed the stories. Beth (Hall) Harmon and others compiled this book (first published in 1991). Harmon had these books on sale in Millinocket during the Trails End Festival and presented the museum with a copy. Another, more serious book, was donated by the author Randi Minetor. The title is “Death on Katahdin,” and is a factual, detailed description of several untimely deaths on or near the mountain. This book is one of a series on deaths in parks around the country by this author who visited the museum and other places in the area some months ago. Her information was collected from newspapers from the particular time period as well as interviews with individuals and BSP spokespersons. The Katahdin book focuses on a few untimely accidents, but also lists nearly all the deaths there including accidents, medical issues and a couple of murders.

***Join us at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Copies of Geller and Westrich books, MHS cookbook, Tales of Little Italy DVD, Spirit of Katahdin DVD, 2019 MHS calendar and more available! 9AM -2PM.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 $5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

WWII Vet, Ellis Hall, Sr.

Ellis Herbert “Deacon” Hall, graduate of Stearns HS (1934), member of Company I (Millinocket) in Maine National Guard and US Army Captain during WWII. The Millinocket Historical Society recently received documentation, medals, photos and an Army jacket from his service to his country. This grouping of items now on display at the museum is the most complete collection on any local military person currently at the museum. It was donated by Hall’s son, Ellis Hall, Jr. (and MHS member) from Maryland. Another son, Robert and his wife, visited the museum two weeks ago and they plan to send some items (copies or scans) soon.
Ellis Hall enlisted December, 1933, in Company I, 103rd Infantry, Maine National Guard. Company I was here in Millinocket at the old Armory on Central Street. A few years later, 1939, the new Armory opened. Hall served with Company I in various capacities, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. With WWII fighting taking place in Europe, the US was getting ready and Capt. Ellis, along with others in Company I were inducted into Federal Service and assigned to Camp Blanding, Florida in February, 1941. Hall was transferred (with others) to Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he was made commander of an anti-tank company. (A book titled Historical and Pictorial Review of 43rd Infantry Division was donated along with a framed photo of Hall in uniform. In 1942, he attained the rank of Captain.
Hall and others (including many from Company I (from Millinocket area) arrived in
the Southwest Pacific Theater in October of 1943 where he served until January 28, 1943. He was severely wounded (unknown battle), spent time at hospitals (including (Michigan) until June of 1944 when he released. The document given to the museum states Hall was honorably discharged due to physical disqualification June 7, 1944. He was also discharged from the Maine National Guard as of October, 1946.
One of Hall’s US Army jackets is currently displayed at the museum along with a shadow box containing most of his insignia and medals. We are proud to display it!

***Join us at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Copies of Geller and Westrich books, MHS cookbook, Tales of Little Italy DVD, Spirit of Katahdin DVD, 2019 MHS calendar and more available! 9AM -2PM.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH) – tape of storytelling session at museum, 9/20/2018;
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 $5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. Other books and items on sale at museum. Cookbooks and calendars can also be purchased at several area businesses.

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

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