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 email@example.com or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.