Preserving Millinocket’s heritage, one story at a time.

Month: January 2021

Perpetual Calendar

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Society Museum

Do you have unwanted paper items (historical ephemera) relating to Millinocket tucked away somewhere in your house? Old local newspapers, scrapbooks, programs from various events, business advertisements of different kinds…these and many other paper items are valuable to the museum. One such item recently received is a perpetual calendar. A perpetual calendar is one that is valid for many years, usually designed to look up the day of the week for a given date in the future.
The museum received one for the years 1906-1916. About 4” x 6”, it appears to be of tin with a decorative edge and made to be hung on a wall with a red string. It features a picture of the Millinocket Congregational Church with an oval inset picture of the pastor Rev. A. William Lewis. On the bottom portion is the calendar, the days numbered 1-31 and the years appear below. A circular paper card with days of the week and more is attached and made to be turned so that information one is seeking appears through slits in the tin. A bit confusing at first, after a few tries it can be figured out. It works for past or future dates. This calendar was provided by a Chicago company to be used as a fundraiser.
This calendar was donated by Dick McKeen. It was among his mother’s possessions (Verna Thorpe McKeen). Verna (born c1910) grew up on Katahdin Avenue with her parents Pearl & Benjamin Thorpe. Verna’s life story is told in the book No Time for Moss by Sid McKeen (another son). During her lifetime, Verna lived in many places in the state of Maine and several places in Millinocket and in other states, thus the book’s title. The museum has several of these books for sale…it’s an interesting read!
Another example of interesting ephemera is paperwork donated by Rod Angotti. The museum received motor boat registration certificates dated 1936 and 1937 for the boats Rex and Lizzie to operate on the Lower Lakes. The certificates are in the name of the Norcross Transportation Co. as are the operator’s licenses for Albert F. Fowler. These boats were used to transport “sports” from the train or the Norcross Hotel to the mouth of the river. The “sports” would then go on to various sporting camps for their outdoor adventures.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 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.
*** 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 trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Rooming Houses

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Society Museum

The Eureka House, or Katahdin House as it was sometimes called, was located on Katahdin Avenue. It was one of many rooming houses/boarding houses and small hotels that sprung up in Millinocket’s early days when housing was desperately needed. The Eureka House was a three-story building with an attic and porches/verandas for the first two floors. Advertisements in The Millinocket Journal, 1903, state the Eureka offered “home comforts” with J.W. Clifford as proprietor. There was barn set back from the house where Arthur Russell ran a livery stable and also a local taxi or hack as then called. The ad says, “Hack to all trains.”
Other rooming houses along Katahdin Avenue were the Windsor, the Brunswick House and the Little Northern. The Windsor was on the corner of Katahdin Avenue and Pine Street (later Eugene Rush house site, also burned). The Windsor was built by Mr. Crandlemire. A brief Republican Journal article (Belfast, Maine) dated February 21, 1904 states “The Windsor Hotel was destroyed by fire today. The loss is estimated at $8000; insurance $3000. The cause of the fire is not known.” The Little Northern was at the corner of Katahdin Avenue and Poplar Streets. This burned on July 3, 1901. The Brunswick House, a bit further up Katahdin Avenue also burned, but was rebuilt (later called Whitehall Apts.). A Millinocket firefighter, Joseph Perry, lost his life in this fire. It seems that fires were the major danger of that time.
The museum has a photo of the Eureka House and one of the Little Northern after the fire, both in the Laverty Collection. This large collection was donated to the museum in 2013 by Dorothy Laverty Carlson. The collection contains GNP photos from Dorothy Bowler Laverty’s father and husband, plus many personal photos of Millinocket, people and more. In the collection are local newspapers from 1901-1904 and other paper items. Little by little, this huge collection is being sorted, cataloged and accessioned as we also have many other donations to process as well.
Other rooming houses near the park were Bossie’s, Levasseur’s and Mrs. Atherton’s. The Riverside was at the head of Tin Can Alley. The Laverty book also mentions boarding houses run by the Hanleys and the Moores on Pine Street. The museum is seeking more information and photos on any of these.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 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 trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Recap 2020

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Society Museum

Happy New Year! As we begin a “new year” 2021, this we take a look back at some of what occurred at the museum during an unusual 2020. We were able to be open all year (except for 2 ½ months) as space allowed for social distancing and volunteers and visitors wore masks. Unfortunately, the number of visitors was about 1/3 of a normal year. We missed our usual Millinocketites returning for the July 4 gatherings, class reunions and camp and family visits. We missed the AT hikers and the numerous hiker family members and friends who visit the museum while waiting to pick up the hikers after they finish their trek. We missed the school groups and other special groups who normally visit. With no marathon (and Sunday Fun Run that for two years has raised funds for the museum), the museum missed out on those visitors.
There were good things happening! Many took advantage of more home time to clear out unwanted items and the museum benefited. Thank you all! Great news! The upstairs is dry-walled and painted, flooring done, heating installed and electrical almost completed! Workers accomplished this by scheduling work one at a time to stay safe. Soon planning can begin for the displays. Grant writing is on-going for funding for the handicapped accessibility and exterior work that still needs to be done before the second floor can be opened to the public.
Many of you will be receiving letters soon explaining how you can support the museum and it endeavors. If you do not receive one, you can still help…make a monetary donation, buy something from the museum store or purchase a laser-engraved paver for placement out front. Over 200 are already in place and new orders are added each summer. Get your order in by end of April. Thank you to all who have helped in some way to support the museum.
Let’s have a great 2021! Contact the museum (see info below) by phone, e-mail, mail or through our Facebook page or website (a new improved website is in the works)!
Don’t toss those old Stearns or Schenck yearbooks or any out-of-print books written by local authors or about the area. Others look to the museum to find copies, so please donate them to us if you no longer want them.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. 2022 calendar will be available by summer!
*** 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 trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

ABC Donations, 2020

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Society Museum

The ABC’s of some of the 2020 donations to the museum…ordinary to the unusual!
A – Ash tray (DiNardo’s Store), aerial photo (Haugen & Morgan Lane), Abenaki of
Katahdin Area (book)
B – Boddy’s Dairy ¼ pt. bottle, bank (coins), blueberry rake, book (Neuropathy of
Zombies)
C – Class photos, certificates (Masonic), Camp Phoenix (history sporting camp)
D – Defense stamps, doll (1930’s), drum corps photos (Northern Knights)
E – Eyeglasses (1920’s, ephemera (lots of paper items)
F – Felt repair kit (paper machine), French fry cutter
G – Genealogies (Boddy, Mackin), garment bag Peter’s Family Fashions, golf club
(early, Hillcrest Golf Club)
H – Horseshoe
I – Irons (known as sad irons, heat on stove)
J – Jacket (Bomber jacket, WWII Army Air Force member)
K – Katahdin Times newspapers
L – Levasseur’s Hardware carpenter’s apron, lasts (shoe making, repair)
M – Medical chair (early GNP medical room), infra-red heat massager
N – Newspapers (The Millinocket Journal), news articles
O – Opera glasses
P – Pencil sharpener (SHS), papers (military, Pasquine), punch card (Munson’s Lunch),
photos (lots, all subjects)
Q – Quilt show program
R – Razors (straight edge), reunion photos, record adapters (for 45rpm)
S – Scouting (Girl Scout uniform, badges), stereoscope slides, skis (wooden, Johnson)
Shack Hill bottle
T – Tape measure, teamster photo (millyard), track medals (SHS), tintype (Adams)
U – Uniforms (WWI, WWII)
V – VFW hats
W – Wood carvings Olaf Johnson, milk wagon photo
X, Y, Z
Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. 2022 calendar will be available by summer!
*** 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 trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Library Reports

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Society Museum

The old Millinocket town reports contain a wealth of historical information. Last week’s column regarding Carl Hull’s preserving of every mention of Millinocket in the Bangor Daily (Commercial?) from 1921-26 led me to search the town reports for those years. Hull submitted the library report for the fiscal years 1922-23 and 1923-24. The 1924-25 report was authored by librarian Sara R. Coffin in February of 1925. Hull retired June 1924 and apparently kept on preserving the news articles even after he was no longer librarian.
The first town library opened 11/11/1919 on Central Street with Mae Shorey as librarian. The 1920 town report states the library was “established in the Stearns building.” The question – was the building with the library on Central St. referred to at that time as the Stearns building and later known as the Decker/Gonya block and then the Gonya Drug Store building??
That original library site was secured for “low rental” and “the furniture and equipment is of the latest and best adapted design.” GNP contributed $1000 for the furniture purchase. All the first books were donated by individuals and organizations. “A most appropriate and highly appreciated gift to the library during the year is the beautiful picture of Sir Galahad presented to the library by Mr. & Mrs. James Bradley as a perpetual memorial to their son Lawrence J. Bradley, one of Millinocket’s gallant young soldiers who fell in the late war.”
Reports submitted to the town, 1920-1926, were: 1920 – Report by Library Committee, mentions Mrs. Mae Shorey as attendant; 1921 Kathleen M. Snow, librarian; 1923 and 1924 Carl W. Hull, librarian; 1925 – Sara R. Coffin, librarian; 1926 – Lora D. Gagnon, librarian.
By early 1921, reports were already indicating the space was inadequate and more staffing was needed. A special area was needed for a children’s department. The 1923 report stresses the need for “a reading room as the space is very crowded and the children at present take up most of the table accommodation.” The new space for the library did not occur until December, 1963 when the library at 5 Maine Avenue was dedicated. And now, in 2020, a newly renovated library is here for the people of Millinocket!

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 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 trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.