Millinocket Historical Society

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

Month: July 2019

Dam Report, 1930’s

Researching continues to be a part of museum volunteers’ routines. The latest is on Millinocket Lake and its dams. Sources checked include the Bill Geller book, Within Katahdin’s Realm and McLeod’s The Northern, the Way I Remember. In addition, a report in the Laverty Collection proved interesting. It is titled Report on Storage Dams, Particularly Small Ponds on West Branch Penobscot River. It was authored by E.W. Prouty after inspections by Prouty in the summer of 1936.
The report on Millinocket Lake Dam includes the following information. It is in Township 1, Range 8 on GNP land and partly on the estate of Garret Schenck. The original dam was of timber and located 500 feet upstream from the dam Prouty was inspecting. The original timber dam (mid- 1800’s) was constructed by the Penobscot Log Driving Company. Prouty describes the present dam as being constructed 1909-10 with a concrete gate section and spillway, a long earth embankment having a 4 foot diaphragm of plank at its center. In 1932, wooden gates were replaced with steel gates. The report states that Millinocket Lake is 14 square miles, stores 2940 million cubic feet of water, has an 8 foot draw-down, but holds eleven feet of water.
Three black and white photographs are included plus a sketch of the dam’s plan. Thirty storage dams are included in this report, Abacotnetic through Umbazookus and Yoke Pond. Prouty is also the photographer of a collection of glass negatives in the museum’s collection showing a variety of subjects. These have been scanned and can be viewed on the museum’s big screen. They are c1904-1907 vintage.
Join us at the museum on August 15 from 1PM – 2PM for a book signing by author Bradford Edwards. His book Tanglefoot is a work of historical fiction set in the Chesuncook Village, Chesuncook Lake area in the 1920’s. The characters are involved with making moonshine, carrying goods and men to the village and lumber camps and more. Two more novels are expected to follow in this Suncooker series. Edwards will have copies of the book available for purchase at the museum on the 15th.
Also available at the museum, Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers by Roger Moody. The book tells the story of OA Harkness and his influence on the logging industry.

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos/trivia from early 1900’s to more recent times featured. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** 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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
*** 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.

New books!

A book signing plus two new books and new 2020 calendar now available!

Join us at the museum on August 15 from 1PM – 2PM for a book signing by author Bradford Edwards. His book Tanglefoot is a work of historical fiction set in the Chesuncook Village, Chesuncook Lake area in the 1920’s. The characters are involved with making moonshine, carrying goods and men to the village and lumber camps and more. Two more novels are expected to follow in this Suncooker series. Edwards will have copies of the book available for purchase at the museum on the 15th. The museum currently has two of these books for sale and more will be available at and after the book signing.
Also available at the museum is a book titled Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers by Roger Moody. Moody spoke recently at the library and visited the museum. The book tells the story of OA Harkness and his influence on the logging industry.

Contact MHS at PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462 or at trudy18@beeline-online or on our Facebook page for mail order info!

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos/trivia from early 1900’s to more recent times featured. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.

****Tales of Little Italy, Part 2 will take place Tuesday, August 20 from 1-3PM at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall. Stories of growing up in Little Italy will be shared by several speakers plus stories by audience members. Come join us!

Jones Brothers Businesses

An earlier column about the old days of baseball in Millinocket brought a new question and also some information about an early Millinocket family. Billy Jones played for the Millinocket Baseball Club in the early 1900’s and briefly for semi-pro and Boston teams. We learned that Billy Jones and his brother had an insurance agency called Jones Brothers so we searched for more information on this. Jones Brothers Insurance Agents was a partnership between William (Billy) Jones and his brother Garfield Jones. This insurance business had advertisements in Stearns HS yearbooks from 1926 through 1938. We also found a listing for a Jones Brothers Grocery store printed in a Boston Herald in 1917. The address given was 3 Central Street. Other information about the two brothers’ business ventures was obtained from the Garfield Jones obituary. It states they had a fruit and confectionary business for fifteen years. Confectionary is an old term for a business selling candy and sweets. When they sold that, they ran a grocery business, a moving picture theater and a billiard hall until 1922 when they sold those businesses to enter the real estate and insurance field.
The Jones question came via Facebook from a gentleman in Ontario researching Canadian born major league baseball players who played between 1900 and 1919. A book about these men may result. Billy Jones was from New Brunswick.
Join us at the museum on August 15 from 1PM – 2PM for a book signing by author Bradford Edwards. His book Tanglefoot is a work of historical fiction set in the Chesuncook Village, Chesuncook Lake area in the 1920’s. The characters are involved with making moonshine, carrying goods and men to the village and lumber camps and more. Two more novels are expected to follow in this Suncooker series. Edwards will have copies of the book available for purchase at the museum on the 15th. The museum currently has two of these books for sale and more will be available at and after the book signing.
Also available at the museum is a book titled Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers by Roger Moody. Moody spoke recently at the library and visited the museum. The book tells the story of OA Harkness and his influence on the logging industry.

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos/trivia from early 1900’s to more recent times featured. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** 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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
*** 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.

Cemetery Question?

In what year was the Millinocket Cemetery created? This question was posed via a Facebook message to the Millinocket Historical site last week. When we receive a question on Facebook, via e-mail or from a museum visitor, we do our best to see if we can find information and get back to the person making the inquiry.
This lady was seeking to locate the burial site of a relative who died from typhoid in 1904 in Millinocket. The family, from New Brunswick, was living here, but wished to have their twenty-nine year old daughter buried in New Brunswick. Their request was denied because of the typhoid. The inquirer knew some burials had taken place in the area of the present park and wondered if her relative may have been buried there or if the new cemetery had been created by then.
So far at the museum no date has been found regarding the present cemetery, but do know (from book titled Maine Bandstands and the Laverty book, that expansion of the park was a reason the park graves were moved to the new cemetery. The grave removal took place sometime after 1921 (information in a letter written 1994 by Ruth Morgan and included with the Morgan family genealogy). She was one of the daughters of Charles Morgan, a Millinocket undertaker. Morgan had the task of moving the graves of a man named Ossinger and of a young girl. If this is correct, the typhoid victim was not buried in the park. Is she at the present cemetery? We do not know as her name is not in any listing available to us. Also there are some unmarked graves in the oldest portions of the cemetery.
Early town reports have been checked and we have been unable to determine when the Medway Road cemetery was created. The earliest mention found was in the 1917 town report when $200 was appropriated for cemetery repairs. If anyone has more information, please let us know! Thanks! More questions explored next week.
The new 2020 calendars are available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos and trivia from the early 1900’s to more recent times are featured.
Mark your calendars for “Tales of Little Italy, Part 2” to be held Tuesday, August 20th at St. Martin’s Catholic Church (downstairs) from 1-3PM. This will be a story sharing session led by several descendants of early Little Italy residents. Attendees will have a chance to share their family stories. More information will be forthcoming.

*** 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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
*** 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.

Wage Increase!

“Every employee necessary to the production of goods for interstate commerce in the Pulp and Paper Industry as defined shall be paid at least 40 cents an hour.” So says a US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division poster recently donated to the museum by Tom Griffin. The wage order was to take effect on and after September 16, 1940. The poster was to be displayed and violators could be fined $10,000 for each offense and prison time could be added!
A related item in the museum collection is a spinning wage scale from GNP dated 1939, one year earlier than the above mentioned poster. This wage scale was commonly used in payroll offices at the time to calculate wages. And, this shows that GNP was already above the minimum 40 cents an hour. It shows forty-six cents as the lowest going up to one hundred seventy cents an hour!
Other additions to the collection include a scrapbook of former local politician Leon Crommett donated by the library in Patten. This scrapbook also had several extra photos (1963 SHS championship basketball team visiting the Blaine House, local snowmobilers heading to Quebec City and one showing a tiny portion of the original library on Central Street. A few shelves of books can be seen through the front window).
The 1963 SHS basketball team will be inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame (Cross Center, Bangor) in August and Hank Madore will be honored in the legends category. Jon MacDonald and John Madore, members of that team, reached out to the museum for materials for a permanent display. Scans of several museum photos, news articles, tickets and programs were provided for possible use in the display. Jon donated copies of the 2014 and 2016 Hall of Fame programs and photocopies of a portion of the 2017 program.
The new 2020 calendars are available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos and trivia from the early 1900’s to more recent times are featured.
Mark your calendars for “Tales of Little Italy, Part 2” to be held Tuesday, August 20th at St. Martin’s Catholic Church (downstairs) from 1-3PM. This will be a story sharing session led by several descendants of early Little Italy residents. Attendees will have a chance to share their family stories. More information will be forthcoming. The event is sponsored by the Millinocket Historical Society. The first session, held last fall, brought a capacity crowd to the museum so part 2 will be at the church to provide more room.
*** 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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
*** 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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