“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.