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

Month: April 2020

Rules for Employees

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

For about seventy years the wood-procurement offices of GNP were in Bangor and were completely separate from the mill offices. The following list of employee rules were said to have been posted in the Bangor offices where many woods clerks and others reported. This list is included in McLeod’s The Greater Great Northern (1973) and he states that he took the list from the Pittston Farm Weekly (also called Fenald’s Journals), March 1965.
Rules for Employees…
1. Office employees must fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks. Wash windows once a week.
2. Each clerk will bring in a bucket of water and a scuttle full of coal for the day’s business.
3. Men employees will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes.
4. After thirteen hours of labor in the office, the employee should spend the remaining time reading the Bible.
5. Each employee should lay aside, from each payday, a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefits during his declining years, so that he will not become a burden on society.
6. Any employee who smokes Spanish cigars, uses liquor in any form, or frequents pool and public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.
Signed: F.A. Gilbert

Received some information regarding a query posted a few weeks ago. Someone had contacted the museum about an artist who used to do paintings of Mt. Katahdin? It is believed she continued painting even after losing sight. Her first name may have been Chrystal. Last week, I received a nice note from Arlene Carlstrom who remembered a local artist who might the one. Chrystal Birt, in the 1970’s or so, painted scenes of Mt. Katahdin and gave private art lessons. She was a member of the Millinocket Art Society which was very active in the area for a time. I shared this information with the person who had asked and she was pleased. The lady would very much like to find and purchase one of the Mt. Katahdin paintings. Contact me if anyone knows of one that might be available.
Reminder, we are still taking paver orders for summer placement. Contact museum for information and form. Books and other items for sale in the museum store are available. Contact me for mail orders or a “social distance” porch sale. Hopefully the museum will be open for visitors soon!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Hairdressing Establishments

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

The Barber’s Journal, August, 1910, has a section titled Hairdressing Department. In this issue is an article on establishing a hairdresser’s shop. It states one must have a natural gift for shampooing, hairdressing and manicuring and that even then one must take a course at a hair parlor or go to a good hairdresser and get her to instruct you. Other suggestions include developing a list of private patrons by going house to house, do not manicure male customers and do not become the village gossip!
Any ladies remember the days of having a permanent wave while sitting under a contraption with octopus type tentacles with heated curlers on the ends? The museum does not have one of these in the collection, but it does have a few hairdresser items. These include older curling irons and various curlers. The description with one from c1927 says a lady only needed one of these. She would wind the hair around a curler, secure the hair with a bobby pin, then remove the curler and proceed to the next curl. The largest hairdresser’s item in the collection is a floor model hair dryer from the 1930’s said to be from Angie’s Beauty Salon. The salon was above Chapman’s Store (later Newberry’s). These items plus a framed certificate from the Wilfred Academy of Hair & Beauty Culture awarded to Josephine Pelletier in 1926 will be part of the future Hairdresser/Barber display planned for the museum.
The museum would like to add exterior and interior photos of Millinocket’s former barber shops and hair salons as well as photos of the proprietors of these establishments. Dates that these establishments were in business is helpful also. Can you help?
Another paragraph for hairdressers from the journal mentioned above states that it is best to have customers supply their own combs and brushes and cautions patrons against trying on hats or leaning their head against car seats and other cushions on public conveyances.
Reminder, we are still taking paver orders for summer placement. Contact museum for information and form. Books and other items for sale in the museum store are available. Contact me for mail orders or a “social distance” porch sale. Hopefully the museum will be open for visitors soon!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Millinocket Barbers

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

A barber is defined as one whose occupation is to cut, dress, groom, style and shave men’s and boys’ hair or beard. Millinocket has had many barbers through the years and the museum has items from some of the early barbershops. An exhibit is being planned to highlight these items and some of the men who were experts at their trade.
A 1940’s newspaper photo shows the interior of John Legassey’s barber shop as it looked in 1912. This shop was located in the Masonic Building, later Emerson’s Drug Store. It shows Alec Smart (in chair), barbers Phil Connors and John Legassey and one other man.
Another 1940’s Millinocket Journal photo shows a 1914 Maxwell car carrying several local barbers. The driver, John Henry “Crook” Mackin is seated beside Walter Trott. Behind the driver is George Morris who also operated the first bowling alleys in Millinocket (Newberry’s/Miller’s Building). The fourth man is Ben Morris (brother of George visiting from California). The men were gathered for the upcoming Labor Day parade. (Copies of both photos can be seen at the museum.)
A highlight of the future exhibit will be Paul Noyes barber chair. To go with the chair is a wooden cabinet where he kept supplies plus several rolls of paper to be used with the chair for sanitary purposes. Through the years a number of shaving related items have been donated to the museum and many will be displayed on shelves or in a display case. Included are razors (one made by the Rolls Razor Co. and one with a bone handle), razor blade sharpeners (yes, men used to sharpen and reuse blades) and razor strops. There are mugs and shaving brushes and electric clippers. There is a brass spittoon, a fixture in old barber shops. With it is a brass shaving brush holder.
A 12” X 15” cardboard sign gives the prices and hours of seven local barbers (no date). Hours were Monday/Tuesday 8 AM – 6 PM, Wednesday 8 AM – noon, Thursday/Friday 8 AM – 8 PM and Saturday 8 AM – 9 PM. Also stated was “Please do not ask us to break these hours.” Haircuts at all seven shops were $.50 for men, $.35 for children while shaves were $.20. There would be “no neck clipping on men.” The seven barbers listed were: W.E. Trott, C.E. Bosse, Tom Blanchard, Paul Noyes, Al Levesque, Wm. Myshrall and John Marino.
Reminder, we are still taking paver orders for summer placement. Contact museum for information and form.

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Computer Challenge

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

Thanks to a MacKenzie grant received late in 2019, the museum now has a new computer and updated software. The museum was originally in the town’s municipal building (1979) and was run by able volunteers until the early 2000’s. Then after a closure for a time, the museum reopened in 2007. The first fundraiser was a calendar for 2008. This project was very successful (thank you to all those first business sponsors and folks who purchased the calendar)! Funds from that project were used to purchase a computer, scanner, printer and software (Past Perfect 4.0) which was then becoming popular with museums large and small. I believe MHS was the first small museum in the area to purchase this software that allows for accession and cataloging of museum acquisitions. Those hardware components and software have been in use at MHS since that time.
Moving forward to March 2020! The new computer and software arrived and are ready to go, but not without some glitches and moments of stress. First, the new Past Perfect 5 was successfully loaded to the new computer (came with a disc). Here’s the story of the glitches…we do not have internet at the museum. The new computer needed Microsoft Word (for Past Perfect 5.0 to work) which necessitated a long phone conversation (from home) with a Microsoft lady who talked me through downloading an installer on my personal computer. Next step, copy the installer to a thumb drive, go to the museum and load it on the new computer. Success! Next step, take the portable hard drive that has been used weekly to back up the 4.0 and transfer all the accessions etc. (from 2007 to date) from the old computer to the new computer. Partway through, computer can’t find the backup. Read the manual, e-mailed Past Perfect, talked to representative and tried again. No go! Brought computer home to get internet connection, on phone with Ginger at Past Perfect who spent 45 minutes taking over the computer, performing numerous steps and finally getting everything sorted out and working. There was one step missing in the instructions that needed doing! Now to get familiar with everything! Still to come, connect with printer, order a new scanner (larger for up to 11” x 17” photos) and new photo printer! It’s been an interesting few weeks!
The museum can still be contacted via email, phone or Facebook. See below! Our sales items listed below are still available by mail. Save any items you wish to donate to the museum for when we reopen!
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.