Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Eukeka! I found one! Have been trying to fill the gaps in the timeline of newspapers published locally since 1901. While searching for something else in the three scrapbooks of local news articles, 1921-28, compiled by former librarian Carl Hull, I spotted two mentions of The Millinocket Press. Until now, it was not known if Millinocket had a newspaper between the years 1906-1912 and from 1917-1939.
On Feb. 11, 1921, it was reported that “The Millinocket Press has been the successful bidder for our town report this year and work is underway upon the same at present.” Then on June 26, 1927, “The Millinocket Press has just installed a new Whitlock cylinder printing press.”
So now the timeline gaps have become smaller and the search is on to find local newspapers from 1918-1921 and 1927-1939 although there were some short-lived small publications. The museum has one copy of the Merchants Bulletin (monthly) dated 1925 and one copy of the Millinocket Advertiser dated 4/21/1933. These two publication appear to be primarily advertising with very little news.
The Millinocket Times was owned by the Burdette Miller family from approximately 1905 until sometime in 1917 when Miller sold the business to go to war. However, even though he was a prominent figure in the National Guard, he was denied enlistment due to having a large family. Unfortunately, the newspaper had already been sold. This information is from Miller’s son, Frank Miller, who along with his daughter visit the museum every summer. He stated that his mother Emma was the one who turned the crank on the old printing press (coincidently, in what people recently refer to as the Miller’s building on Penobscot Avenue). Emma Miller’s name never appeared in the paper. No one remembers if the new owner ever published a paper. The museum has copies of one 1905 paper and two of the 1917 papers.
The earliest newspapers at the museum are fifty plus issues of The Millinocket Journal dated 1901-1903 including issue number two. Is issue one out there somewhere?
*** Little Italy DVD Part 2 now available, $15.00 each (mail, add $5.00 each SH), same for Part 1. Frank Crosby of Elbow Lake Media filmed Part 2 and created the DVD.
*** 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. At the museum, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, mail add $5.00 each 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. “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” by Roger Moody – $18.00 ($5 each SH);
3. “Tanglefoot,” historical novel set 1920’s Chesuncook Village by BW Edwards – $15.00 ($5 each SH);
4. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 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 ($5.00 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 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. New