Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Society Museum
A huge parade was held in town in 1951 as part of Millinocket’s 50th birthday celebration. Crowell, a local photographer, took many photos and many families selected numerous of these photos which were placed in black photo albums. The museum has several of them and we noticed that although most have the same photos of floats and such from the parade, each album has a few that are unique to that album. There is no identification on the photos. One recently caught out attention. It shows a rather elaborate hearse pulled by one horse. The driver is well-dressed and wearing a top hat. If you know which funeral parlor this hearse represented and the name of the driver, please contact the museum! This photo has caused us to want to know more of the history of the undertakers and funeral parlors in town. Contact us with information…thank you!
The following is taken from information provided by Ruth Morgan a several years ago. Charles Morgan decided to become an undertaker like his brother Roy. He went to Boston, took an embalming course and then returned to Millinocket. He worked as an assistant for Bragdon’s Funeral Home for a time and then decided to go into business for himself. He built an addition on his State Street home and started his business. He later decided to acquire a lot on Penobscot Ave. and build a cement block building to house his business. While working at the mill, he made a wooden block form that could be used to make several blocks at a time. After they were “cured” he could make more. He thus made all the blocks for his building. It was large enough for his family to live on the second floor. The embalming and casket display was on the first floor and there was a garage underneath for his hearse and the family car (a sedan). The State Street house was sold and the Morgan family moved to Penobscot Avenue. Today, Charles Morgan’s building is the location of Tanous and Snow Law Office.
It is interesting to note that Morgan was not the only one to make these cement blocks as there are several buildings in the older areas of town where these blocks can still be seen. More to this story next week!
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*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “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 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** 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.