Happy Birthday 118th, Millinocket! On March 16, 1901 Millinocket became the 467th town to be incorporated in Maine. Historian Dot Laverty’s version of the name’s origin of and spelling of Millinocket is this. The name was taken from Millinocket Lake and the stream of the same name. Millinocket means “lake of many islands.” Millinocket was spelled with two t’s on several early maps, but for the town the last t was dropped. Note, the museum has a couple of photos with signs showing Millinockett.
Historical Societies and libraries are two places people look to for historical research. Two queries came to MHS last week and on occasion, help from the public is needed. GNP owned many trucks and in Dec. 1962, they purchased two (twin) Mack trucks. Last year, one was purchased and restored by a Skowhegan man who hopes to learn more of its history. He contacted the Mack Museum in Pennsylvania and now has reached out to MHS. His truck is serial #22121 and the sister truck would be 22122. It has a flat-bed body that dumps, one rear axle and the original gasoline engine. He is looking for information and/or photos. A photo of the restored truck is on our Facebook page. Contact the museum if you have information.
A genealogy query involves an immigrant from Albania who came to work in the mill. His great-granddaughter provided this information. Pandi Dimitri, born 1882, arrived in New York about 1915. It is known he was married and died in Maine. The 1940 census has him living in Millinocket.
Museum sources checked include the 1900 Millinocket census, cemetery records, school census books and obituaries, all with no luck. One last resource revealed the name Pandeli Dimitri. A ledger listing Millinocket registered voters 1912-1938 has him registering on 3/2/1944. His signature is there along with the address 124 Bowdoin Street.
This volume is one of several at the museum. They include voter enrollment books from 1912-1938, indexed alphabetically by last name. Included are addresses, political party and town of last enrollment (if any, and date of filing.) Maine was heavily Republican at that time, so that book has more names than the Democratic book. One other book is for the Socialist Party, popular in the early 20th century. In Millinocket, this party had two enrollees in 1912 and one more added in 1926. The second one changed to Democrat in 1918 and the third changed to Democrat in 1940. Prior to being Socialist and Democratic, he had been a Republican. From a genealogy aspect, these enrollment books show where these people were living at some time during the years 1912-1939. One museum volunteer has already discovered addresses for several branches of her family tree! They are available for visitors to view.
***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. “A Little 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;
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM weather permitting.
***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.