Wishing all the many MHS visitors and supporters a Happy New Year! The number of individuals and groups donating one or more items to the museum collection in 2018 rose last week to 95. These are some of the items recently donated.
A ticket from the Elks Thanksgiving Ball, 1949, was donated by Becky Drennan. The ticket was $1.00 plus $.20 tax. Darlene Kronholm gave a scrapbook of weddings, engagements and other 1940’s news articles made by Leatha Lyle. News articles such as these are added to the Research Room files. Mike E. Madore shared a 1905 The Engineering Record magazine. This subscription magazine was mailed to a Millinocket resident. George Hussey of Winn brought in several paper items including an ink blotter advertising The Millinocket Insurance Co., a business card from James W. Frost, local provider of chimney building and cleaning and a pocket size advertisement of Frank Rush as seller of Bestwall for construction of ceilings and walls. Rush was a noted businessman in Millinocket’s early days. A section of trim board from a house on State Street has a tie to the Rush family. Stephen Bailey, working on the home, thought this architectural piece might be of historical interest. This trim was used throughout the home. On the back, handwritten with some sort of black crayon or marker is J. Rush, Millinocket, Me. What is the story of this architectural piece? Another mystery to try to solve.
More items, Flo Berry of Indiana sent a Millinocket 50th birthday booklet and a Fernwood piece of the bandstand. Paul Haines showed museum volunteers a large collection of GNP stock certificates. He presented the museum with several dated the 1930’s and one GNP #92 dated May 21, 1901. Ed Hamm allowed the scanning of 50+ photos of mostly GNP East Millinocket workers, c1960-80’s. Darryl W. Perry, the marathon runner who set up a fund for the museum, donated a copy of his book, Lapping Everyone on the Couch. It details his story of a large weight loss to becoming a marathon runner.
The largest item donated at year’s end is the large cast iron coffee grinder given by Les Harriman. The grinder was once a fixture in the store of Harriman’s great-grandfather Frank Chase. Chase had a store on Katahdin Ave. and also rented rooms (23) and served meals. The coffee grinder, made by the Enterprise Manufacturing Co., Philadelphia, was patented in 1898. These grinders or coffee mills were designed to be used by customers, were often painted red and adorned with decals. The top hopper for beans was usually copper or brass and had an eagle finial atop the hopper. The finial is missing on the donated grinder.
***Available at the museum store………
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);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
…and more.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM weather permitting.
***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.