Millinocket Historical Society

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

Month: December 2018

Runner Donation, Millinocket Marathon and Half

The Millinocket Marathon and Half is done for another successful year! According to Racewire (site on the web, 1305 runners participated. The museum was busy and we even had some open time on Sunday. Many of the museum’s visitors were family and friends of the runners who were filling the time between the full and half races starting and finish times. People lined Penobscot Avenue urging the runners on as they neared the finish line. Several states were represented at the museum this year including Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia, Massachusetts and Iowa and people were interested in learning a bit of the town’s history.
On Sunday, Darryl Perry of the Porcupine Athletic Club of New Hampshire visited the museum and presented MHS with an oversized check (the real one will arrive later). His plan was to raise $500.00, but the end result is expected to be $600.00. He started a Facebook fundraiser and also organized the Sunday Fun Run Recovery Run 1k race that took place the day after the marathon. The Fun Run participants were encouraged to support the museum. Their 1k route brought them from the park, up Congress Street and to Central St. and right in front of the museum where we cheered them on. Perry chose the museum to assist as he stated he has always loved history. After the race and their awards ceremony, Perry, his girlfriend and about fifteen of the Fun Run participants returned to the museum to present the donation. Perry is already signed up to run again next year as are several others we met at the museum this week.
MHS thanks to all of them for the donation and support!
Even though it’s been snowy, cold and icy in recent weeks, people have been visiting and donating items for the collection. Rodney Gagnon spent an afternoon perusing volumes in the research room and also donated his complete Boy Scout uniform (shirt with pins & badges, hat, pants, belt scarf). James Nyman gave a large plaque with names of all members of Troop 57 who attained the rank of Eagle Scout between 1968 and 1997. Rodney’s name is on the plaque. He has spent many years involved in scouting as has Nyman. The museum would like to acquire Girl Scout, Brownies and Cub Scout uniforms as well as photos and other artifacts.
Reminder – the museum is open all winter, regular days and hours, weather permitting.

***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH) (available at museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Spoiled Hair Salon;
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
***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.

Steamboats

The Crosby Steam Gauge and Valve Company of Boston started to receive patents for their steam whistles and parts in the 1800’s. In 1966, Gary Jandreau of Millinocket found a piece of one in a cove at the foot of Millinocket Lake. In November of 2018, he donated it to the museum. One can wonder what journey this piece has traveled! The piece, with a green patina (brass?) is approximately 4” tall and about 2” across and had threads top and bottom for other pieces to be attached. It is marked with the Crosby company name plus Patent, Feb. 23, 1875. The company still exists today. Some research leads us to believe it may be a part of a chime whistle of the kind used on steam boats. Note that the Titanic had three steam whistles (9 inch, 12 inch and 15 inch diameters).
Was this once a part of the whistle on a GNP towboat or was it from one of the boats that carried passengers from the train station at Norcross to one of the many sporting camps on one of the lakes in the early 1900’s? At least one of the towboats was steam powered.
The book, A Day’s Work, A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs 1860-1920, part 2, shows a photo of the steamer Gypsie. A canoe atop the steamer may have belonged to one of the passengers or “sports” shown waiting to board the Gypsie prior to a voyage up the lake to a sporting camp. Several passengers are shown waiting to board. Also visible in the photo are crates addressed to Sourdanahunk Dam Co. and West Branch Driving and River Driving Company. Thanks, Gary Stevens, for letting us borrow this book!
Fraternal and social organizations! There have been many in Millinocket through the years. The museum has items on display or archived from Odd Fellows, Rainbow Girls, Philharmonic Club, Emblem Club, Masons, American Legion, Art Society, Knights of Pythias, Katahdin Kiwanis, Eastern Star, and more. The collections consist of uniforms, pins, swords, photos, regalia and more. A recent donation from Suzanne and Jon Kendrick included three vests and one shirt from the former local Jaycees and Jaycettes. Lenny Berry donated a photo (Camelot) and treasurer’s books from the Millinocket Players.
A reminder – museum open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days or ice. Open extra hours during Millinocket Marathon and Half weekend. Some runners are supporting the museum with donations through CrowdRise at https://www.crowdrise.com/millinocket-marathon-runners-give-back. Look for the museum sign to be lit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and a while on Sunday!!
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 at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………
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 ($2.50 SH);
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.

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