Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Society Museum
Following is the rest of the article (started last week in this column) titled First Aid Rooms- Millinocket Plant, Part 2 from the June, 1922 issue of The Northern magazine.
“The Company doctor, Edward R. Mansfield, has his office hours at the First Aid Rooms each morning from 8:00 to 10:00, during which period he, with the assistance of Miss Pluma Deane, the Company nurse, are very busily engaged.
The nurse is on duty at the hospital from 8:00 to 5:30 PM, ready to render her services to all employees for injuries and sickness which might develop at the mill. Of course, if accidents should occur at any other hours during the day or night, the nurse would be called – but as the greater part of the injuries take place during the regular day, the need of a nurse outside of her hours ‘on duty’ is seldom required.
Records are kept in detail of the number of injuries and dressings – in fact of any and all calls made to the hospital for treatment – the names of the persons to whom services are rendered. Causes, results, etc. Statistics for 1921 develop the following figures: 3172 dressings, 729 cases. In other words, an average of two critical cases per day and about ten dressings.
It is needless to add that the employees of the Great Northern Paper Company and the citizens of Millinocket more than appreciate the advantages afforded by our First Aid Rooms.”
The MHS Facebook page photo of the RN employed by GNP (when Dr. Young was medical director) has been identified. Thanks to those who recognized her as Marguerite “Peg” Dyer, GNP nurse from 1943-1962. The museum now would like to acquire a vintage white enamel basin (approx. 12” diameter) for display with the exam chair described in last week’s column. See photo on the museum’s Facebook page.
Among other items donated by Dr. Blum were two diagrams/plans for the first aid room. Neither is dated. One is labeled “renovated” so we are assuming the other is an older version. This version shows a doctor’s office, waiting room, physical therapy area, exam/treatment room and an operating room. Neither diagram shows a space for the nurse.
Current news from the museum: the 2021 calendars are at the printers and will be available soon ($12 plus $5 for mail orders); this years engraved pavers will be in place soon (later than usual, the virus plus the engraver had a bike accident). Reminder, the museum is open and waiting for you to visit (social distancing and masks, please)!
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.