By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

A bit of papermaking vocabulary from John McLeod’s The Northern, The Way I Remember.
1. Back-tender – the “second hand” or No. 2 man on a paper machine crew (museum has pharmacy bottles containing back-tender’s lotion so appears to have been a pain producing job),
2. Blade coater- the worker who applies coating material to the paper web and then scrapes off excess with a metal blade,
3. Bleeding – to draw steam from a boiler,
4. Broke – New paper that has been torn or damaged on its way through a paper machine,
5. Set – When a full width of paper roll is split into narrower rolls for a customer, they are called a set
6. Spear – Long pole with sharpened end used to cut through paper that has wrapped around itself around a roll,
7. Wire – A fine-mesh wire or plastic screen on which paper is formed from pulp as water drains away.

An earlier writing told a brief history of the Millinocket Post Office. It mentioned that for a time (before the post office building was constructed on Penobscot Avenue in 1937) space was rented in several downtown buildings. While viewing a 1916 Sanborn map at the museum, I noted that it showed the Millinocket Post Office on Central Street in what would be called the Decker-Gonya block. It appears to be where the Computer Rehab is currently located next to the alley. It is also where the original Millinocket Memorial Library would be located in 1919. The 1916 map indicates a variety store was next to the post office with a drug store in the corner spot.
The museum had a query recently about a William A. Johnston. He was believed to have opened a drug store in the Millinocket/East Millinocket area around 1906-07 and was in this area until about 1918. A family member has letters mentioning starting a drug store from “scratch” and investing $500.00 for “drug fixtures.” If anyone has knowledge of this person or drugstore, please contact the museum.
The first week of reopening went well with a few people stopping in and two with items to donate. Museum will continue to be open regular days and hours…plan to stop in with mask and social distancing!
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 or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at or on Facebook.