Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The stay-home order has allowed for some remote museum work. In looking through a box of paper items that had been donated to the original museum years ago, I came across some interesting items. One is dated Dec. 28, 1911 and appears to be a cancelled check. It from an account at the Millinocket Trust Company (first bank in town) and was made out to J. F. Kimball. Kimball was an early merchant with a store in the mill yard and later with the Kimball Trading Company at the corner of Penobscot Avenue and Central Street. The check was for the sum of $50.00 and signed by George M….. the rest of the cursive signature is illegible.
Millinocket Trust Company had a charter from the state about 1906. Business was first done from an office in the A.C. Smart building until the 2 ½ story brick building was completed in 1907. Later, a small addition was constructed on one side of the building. John J. Moore was the first president, John King was treasurer and Miss Emma Gonya was clerk.
The following is from the Laverty book Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness. “Bank robberies were not as prevalent in those days. Millinocket’s big robbery scandal concerned a young man’s theft of some mailbags, but the bank produced a scare that made all the newspaper headlines and was the talk of the county in 1909. On the afternoon of November 15. An inspector was about to check the bank’s vault. Daylight was waning that wintry day, and the man struck a match to light the lamp in the room. No one knew that the gas jet had been on all that particular day. A mighty explosion occurred, blowing out windows, scattering money everywhere and killing the inspector. Miss Gonya was later praised for her quick thinking in locking the bank doors to prevent curious onlookers from entering.”
In the 1920’s, the bank was part of Eastern Trust & Banking Company with presidents including George Stearns and William Newman. Other bank officers through the years were Carl Stockwell (who lived above the bank) and John Borodko. In the 1950’s a branch was opened in East Millinocket. In 1967, another branch opened in the Northern Plaza shopping center.
The museum has several coin banks and some money bags from the Millinocket Trust Company.
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.
*** 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.