Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Fairly early in the Great Northern Paper Companies history, it was the practice to maintain a residence for the mill manager/superintendent. In Millinocket, the first such residence is what most people refer to as the “guest house.” The house was built in 1912 for Garret Schenck, Jr. Later it was the home of mill superintendents, including Robert Hume. More recently, this home was used to house visiting company officials and others as the company guest house. It is now a private residence.
After the construction of the Lower Mill in 1906, the company built a mill manager’s/superintendent’s home in East Millinocket. The museum recently acquired twelve blueprints/plans for this building. Thank you, Jeannie Waite! The plans are labeled A, B, or C which was a GNP designation of the drawing size, C being 18” x 24” while A and B are larger. One is labeled location of residence for mill superintendent, north half block 45 and is dated Oct. 20, 1913. It was made by the GNP Engineering Dept., drawn by A.I.H. and number C145. Is shows the home located in the center of a large lot with Pine Street, Maple Street and High Street named. Another blueprint shows grading of the lot.
Other plans of various dates in 1913-14 are for details of the home including fireplaces and chimneys, windows for the sleeping porch, a detached garage and some 1957 changes. Plans are included for an interesting feature, a refrigerator to be constructed under the staircase. In these old ice boxes as they were often called, a block of ice was placed in the top section and the food was kept in the bottom section. These plans tell that the top portion was to be “thoroughly lined with 24 gauge galvanized iron with all joints soldered.” The outside of this ice box was “to be made of matched spruce or white pine. No hard pine to be used. The ice racks to be maple.” A drain pipe was attached. Ice for the ice box in those days would have been harvested from the river or a lake and stored in blocks in an ice house. The ice blocks were covered with sawdust to keep them frozen. Many towns had an ice man who delivered the blocks to customers who did not have their own ice house.
There are 1918 photos and a 1929 photo of this managers/superintendent’s house in the museum’s collection. We would be interested in compiling a list of the former residents of both the Lower Mill home and the one in Millinocket.
***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. Booklet -1903 Report on Millinocket & mill – interesting statistics – $7.00 at museum
3. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
4. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
5. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form; please order by mid-May for this year’s placement.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
***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.