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

Author: Trudy Wyman (Page 1 of 22)

Old Deeds, 75 Penobscot Ave.

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

When Frank and Emma LePage came to what would become the town of Millinocket, there was little here. In a news article interview several years ago Emma described the area as “rough” and there was only a portion of “one street with some buildings on one side and swamp land on the other.”
The museum recently received several old deeds including three that give background to the start of the LePage family’s business undertakings in Millinocket. These were received from Linda LePage Boyd. The earliest (1899) is an “articles of agreement” between a Coughlin of Massachusetts and “French LePage and King Bishop both of the village of Millinocket, Indian Township #3, County of Penobscot and State of Maine.” These “articles of agreement” stated that LePage and Bishop were borrowing money from Coughlin and that “the said owners will purchase a lot in the village of Millinockett” (yes, two t’s) “the same being Lot #3, block 27” and “will erect thereon a two-story building for a barber shop and tenement, lot and improvements to cost, approximately one thousand, four hundred dollars.” In addition, up to another $225 would be spent on improvements.
They borrowed the money from Coughlin and on Feb. 22, 1900, LePage and Bishop signed a quit-claim deed with Great Northern Paper Company for the plot of land in Lot #3, block #27. In the legal wording on this document are some conditions. One, “no intoxicating liquors of any kind, either malt or spirituous, shall ever be manufactured or sold upon the premises, or any part thereof.” We know from a photo of the building that early on the building had a pool hall, shooting gallery and bowling alley. Were they liquor free? Another condition was the building had to cost at least $1000 to construct and that a barber shop was the planned business. Frank LePage was a barber. In the 1930’s LePage’s Dine and Dance was located in the building.
The third document regarding this building is dated April 12, 1904. King Bishop deeded his interest in the building to Frank LePage. This early building, using the address 75 Penobscot Avenue, would be replaced by the Millinocket Theater and more recently by Pins and Cues Bowling Alley. The lot is currently vacant.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
***2022 Calendars, Everybody Loves a Parade! $14.00 each, add $5 each by mail
*** 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; “The Nighthawk,” (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) $15.00; “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.
*** By mail at Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, Facebook or on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.
***By email MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net

The Peavey

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

Still found in many garages, basements and barns around central and northern Maine, the logging tool known as a peavey has an interesting story. This tool, with a wood handle of 30-50 inches and a large metal spike on the end, was the creation of Joseph Peavey of Stillwater, Maine in the mid-1850’s.
The Joseph Peavey story goes something like this! One day, Peavey, was on a bridge in Stillwater (c1860’s) watching where a log jam was happening as logs were making their way to the Penobscot River. As he watched the loggers struggle to loosen the logs in the jam with the tools they had at that time (a cant hook without a pick, a hookless handspike, a swing dog), he had an idea. He went to his blacksmith shop and with his son, came up with an improvement. Peavey added a clasp with lips through which a bolt could be placed. Then a hook (called a dog) was placed below the clasp and also a pick was added at the end of the handle. This adaptation kept the hook from swinging and made the tool easier to use. Peavey began to manufacture these tools “in a small way.” His operating capital was said to be “only $200 and he valued each tool he made at $230.” This tool became known as a peavey although many in this area still use the terms cant dog and peavey as interchangeable terms.
The museum has a swing-dingle on display (cant dog with a swinging hook – Dana Brown Collection) and a peavey made by the Peavey or P V Company. The Peavey Manufacturing Company still exists today in the Bangor area. A recent museum visitor from California who also happens to be named Peavy (no second e) was interested in learning more about the peavey. He hopes to connect his family tree to Joseph Peavey. Visit the Dana Brown Logging/River Drive Room at the museum to see examples of the many tools used to get the wood for the paper mill!
Information above from Peavey Manufacturing Co. website and museum reference books Lumbering in Maine, 1820-1861 (Wood) and Lumberjack Lingo (Sorden, Vallier). The second book calls the cant dog a “short-handled peavey for dislodging logs from the banks.” The book states, “A classic remark heard on the drive when a man fell in was ‘to hell with the man, save the cant dog.’” These and several other interesting logging/river drive books and materials are available for reference use at the museum.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
***2022 Calendars, Everybody Loves a Parade! $14.00 each, add $5 each by mail
*** 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; “The Nighthawk,” (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) $15.00; “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.
*** By mail at Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, Facebook or on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.
***By email MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net

July 1921 News!

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

100 years ago in July of 1921, these were some of the Millinocket newsworthy items that appeared in print.
1. “A huge new scoreboard and bleachers erected on the ball ground is a vast improvement on the old one and all visitors both on the grandstand and bleachers can keep well in touch with the score as the game proceeds. A fence has also been erected along the river to prevent balls going into the stream.” (Note, the ball park, grandstand and pavilion were in the area between Central St. and where the second armory building was later built.)
2. “A special town meeting will be held at the Armory July 18, 1921 to see if the town will issue bonds in amount of $150,000 in denominations of $1000 for the construction of the new George W. Stearns High School building at 4½%.” (Note, this building was in the planning stages before the fire at the Millinocket HS in November of 1921.)
3. “The Royal Neighbors will spend the day at the Rice Farm on Tuesday. Any are welcome whether members or not. Apply to George Oliver for conveyance.” (Note, this group was made up of wives of Modern Woodmen of America members.)
4. “Spring has come to Millinocket! If you doubt it look in the library window, gay with birds, flowers, poultry and bees. Doesn’t it make you want to plan a garden, keep a few hens or have some golden honey? Come in and borrow the books that tell you how to do it!” (Note, July seems a little late for this!)
5. “The custom of picking up an attractive kitten upon the street and appropriating it cannot be too strongly condemned. Some of us are fond of our pets and although faithful kitty has no legal standing, she ought to be able to step abroad without being stolen. Several Millinocket friends have had trouble and resent having their pets thus kidnapped.”
6. Chautauqua, an annual event was coming to town and residents were asked in July to set aside money for tickets. There would be “fine lectures,” musical events including the Fadette Ladies’ Military Band, a sextette from the Symphony Orchestra and the entire opera of The Mikado.” Note, Chautauqua was an education and social movement in the late 1800’s and thru the 1920’s. It brought entertainment and culture to communities. Teddy Roosevelt said it “was the most American thing in America.”

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
***2022 Calendars, Everybody Loves a Parade! $14.00 each, add $5 each by mail
*** 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; “The Nighthawk,” (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) $15.00; “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.
*** By mail at Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, Facebook or on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.
***By email MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net

Millinocket Fire Tower #71

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

Forest fire lookout towers were abundant in Maine’s North Woods in the early half of the 1900’s. They came about after a series of fires destroyed many acres of timber in New England in 1903 and were the idea of timberland owners. The Maine Forestry District was formed in 1909 and fire towers began to be constructed. How many readers know that one of these towers was the thirty-foot tall Millinocket Hill tower? Built of wood in 1934, this lookout tower was located just out of town near route 11 and in back of the area where the hospital would be constructed in the mid-1950s. The elevation in that area was 600+ feet.
Ronald LaPlante stopped by the museum recently and offered to donate his scale model Millinocket #71 tower. The model is currently on display at the museum…it is worth a visit to see it! Not only did LaPlante do a scale model of the tower that he admitted to climbing and playing around as a kid, he created a whole scene around the tower (surroundings not true to fact). Accompanying information from LaPlante states “the original tower that existed adjacent to Millinocket did not include the lower level shown. As an afterthought, this feature was included to show the viewer what the interior of the usually accompanying watchman’s cabin appeared like.” Millinocket’s tower was erected so close to town that the cabin was not necessary. Small details shown include everything from the wall telephone for reporting a fire to an outhouse complete with a tiny roll of toilet paper!
Most lookout towers were originally made of wood. During the 1930’s, the Civilian Conservation Corps replaced many towers with metal. Currently, only two are still active. The Millinocket wooden tower was removed in 1955. Anyone have a photo? We found a very blurry one on a photo CD when they were clearing the lot for the hospital in 1954.
New museum donations include: Print featuring Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide (donor Paul Jacques); address for Little Italy Heritage Days (Harold White); Hospital photo DVDs (John Sears); Donn Fendler book & Maine Game Wardens book (Jim Day).

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
***2022 Calendars, Everybody Loves a Parade! $14.00 each, add $5 each by mail
*** 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; “The Nighthawk,” (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) $15.00; “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. New email is MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Pool Halls

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

Pool halls and billiard parlors were popular hangouts in the earlier years of the 1900’s. Millinocket had its share too, sometimes located on the same premises as barber shops or tobacco shops. Most were located on or near Penobscot Avenue.
A museum photo of one of the first buildings on Penobscot Avenue shows a sign stating Bowling, Shooting, Pool. Another sign on the same building says Bowling Alley and Shooting Gallery. The building was at 75 Penobscot Avenue and was built and owned by Frank LePage. Later the Millinocket Theater was located on this site.
Some research of museum resources has uncovered several pool halls in the town’s business history. If readers know of others or have information or photos to share, we would like to hear from you! A token from SJ Hikel Pool Hall was recently donated. Hikel also sold tobacco products and was in this business possibly in the 1920’s and later other businesses. An advertisement in Stearns HS yearbooks in the 1950’s is for Phil Hikel’s Poolroom. Lemieux Pool Hall tokens are also in the museum’s collection. Lemieux is listed as having a cigar store and in one source it is Lemieux Beer and Pool Hall. The pool hall part of the business does not appear on some of the business records.
There was a bowling alley, pool room and barber shop in 1899 in the Decker/Gonya building (near the traffic light). Given’s Pool Room (Johnny Givens) operated in the late 1940’s further down Penobscot Avenue. In the 1970’s, Mac’s Pool Hall was located in the Morgan Block (Tanous Law Office today). Some early town maps (1904-1912) indicate there were more, but they are not identified by owner’s names.
A short article in a 1947 Millinocket Journal tells of Joe Civiello’s Pool Room located in the former Mrs. Gwynn’s Millinery Shop. After Gwynn sold the building, it had several owners including Givens (mentioned above) before it came to Joe Civiello in 1945. The article states “Joe’s is a popular spot and well known by many who go in and enjoy a game of pool. Incidentally, Mr. Civiello will have a brand-new pool table installed by Monday or Tuesday. He plans to have a new front on the building and other improvements. Civiello operates the business himself and is ably assisted by Mr. Stanley Thorpe, a veteran of WWII. Joe’s carries a line of candy, pop, cigars and cigarettes and many other things.”

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
***2022 Calendars, Everybody Loves a Parade! $14.00 each, add $5 each by mail
*** 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; “The Nighthawk,” (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. New email is MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

2022 Calendar

2022 MHS CALENDAR

Everyone loves a parade! In Millinocket’s early days the largest parade of the year took place on Labor Day. The local mill union representatives paraded down Penobscot Avenue wearing their union badges and carrying union flags and banners. The Millinocket Band would then lead the way up and down various streets, ending at the ball field. Rival teams, Millinocket and East Millinocket, would then participate in a high-spirited baseball game.
The Millinocket Historical Society 2022 calendar is now available! The cost is $14 each at the museum (+ $5 each mailed). The theme is…you guessed it….Everyone Loves a Parade! The cover features several young boys and girls representing the various town playgrounds. July 4th, Memorial Day and Labor Day parades are remembered with vintage photos. Those were not the only days that Millinocket celebrated with a parade of some kind. Thus this calendar has photo collages that include some of the lesser known parades. We think you will enjoy it!
There are parades of snowmobiles, circus wagons and vintage cars and other transports. Pictured are crepe paper covered floats, baby carriages and bicycles. We didn’t forget the fire trucks and there’s even an early horse-drawn hearse! There are canoes on Millinocket Stream, and all the marching groups (Katahdin Rangers, Northern Knights, Pink Panthers, SHS band and Millinocket Band). December photos are from the Santa Claus parade. Pick up a calendar for 2022 and take a trip down memory lane because…everybody loves a parade!

*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477. New email is MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Parades/2022 Calendar

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

Everyone loves a parade! In Millinocket’s early days the largest parade of the year took place on Labor Day. The local mill union representatives paraded down Penobscot Avenue wearing their union badges and carrying union flags and banners. The Millinocket Band would then lead the way up and down various streets, ending at the ball field. Rival teams, Millinocket and East Millinocket, would then participate in a high-spirited baseball game.
The Millinocket Historical Society 2022 calendar is now available! The cost is $14 each at the museum (+ $5 each mailed). The theme is…you guessed it….Everyone Loves a Parade! The cover features several young boys and girls representing the various town playgrounds. July 4th, Memorial Day and Labor Day parades are remembered with vintage photos. Those were not the only days that Millinocket celebrated with a parade of some kind. Thus this calendar has photo collages that include some of the lesser known parades. We think you will enjoy it!
There are parades of snowmobiles, circus wagons and vintage cars and other transports. Pictured are crepe paper covered floats, baby carriages and bicycles. We didn’t forget the fire trucks and there’s even an early horse-drawn hearse! There are canoes on Millinocket Stream, and all the marching groups (Katahdin Rangers, Northern Knights, Pink Panthers, SHS band and Millinocket Band). December photos are from the Santa Claus parade. Pick up a calendar for 2022 and take a trip down memory lane because…everybody loves a parade!
New items donated to the museum include documents (GNP and B & A RR, 1970’s) for use and maintenance of a railroad crossing plus use of unusable railroad cars for storage and rent for an office at the station (donor Nick LaCombe). Similar agreements (GNP and Maine Central RR) to build and maintain a loading platform at #4 Kineo Station, 1917 (donor Stan Waterhouse).
Donations continue to be varied and unusual. New items include an Anah Temple wooden platter from a 1950’s Millinocket event (Dick Bishop); Fuller Furniture coupon books (Sandy Haynes); and an SJ Hikel Pool Hall token worth 5 cents in merchandise (Peter Hikel). Many businesses used tokens, coupon books or other methods to bring in business. Another new item is a 1930’s photo of a group of Aroostook Avenue school boys in front of the school (sent from Michigan by 90+ year old Warren Tibbitts. It’s a great photo…see it in the new calendar!

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
*** 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; “The Nighthawk,” (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. New email is MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Museum News

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

Author B. W. Edwards stopped by the museum with five copies of his book 2 in the “Suncookers” series. Edwards has spent summers in the Chesuncook Lake area since he was a boy. Searching for Native American artifacts, watching the towboats pull booms of wood down the lake and other experiences led him to begin the three book “Suncookers” series. Two years ago, Edwards did a book signing at the museum for book 1, Tanglefoot. This historical fiction work is “set in the Northwoods of Maine in an isolated logging community, Tanglefoot follows fourteen-year-old Charlie King as he learns the ropes of making, transporting and selling moonshine during the summer of 1920 right after prohibition begins.”
Book 2, The Nighthawk deals more with Charlie and Abby and a canoe trip to Abby’s Abenaki grandmother. What follows is a search for a cure for dying villagers. “The only problem is that it can only be found a long time ago, in the shadow of the Nighthawk’s homeland where Charlie has to face the black wings.”
Currently the museum has 2 available copies of Tanglefoot and five of The Nighthawk at $15 each (plus $5 SH if mailed). More may become available from the author when he is reachable…he’s a bit “off the grid probably working on book 3.” There is also the possibility of another book signing later this summer!
Museum news…
1. New 2021 calendars are here! Theme – “Everyone Loves a Parade!”
2. Covid update – Visitors welcome, but if unvaccinated, please wear a mask!
3. Internet available at museum as guest. Thank you to MHS member and volunteer JD!
4. Museum now has own email… MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com …and you can still contact us at PO Box 11, or the curator’s email and phone number listed below.
5. Floor surface of the handicapped ramp has been replaced and new railings are coming soon.
6. Work is continuing on a new book for the museum store – Millinocket Schoolhouses…A Look Back in Time! Hope to have it finished and printed by late summer!
7. New Millinocket Historical Society website is also almost ready to go on the internet. Thanks to Cathy Brown for all her work!
8. Some museum resources have been scanned and are searchable. Leola has completed scanning of The Northern magazine (1920’s GNP woodlands), Millinocket town reports thru 1951, 2010 Alumni book and work is beginning on Stearns HS yearbooks. Having these sources searchable is a great timesaver when doing research!
Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
*** 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; “The Nighthawk,” (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. New email is MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

People of Millinocket

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

Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China…the early settlers of Millinocket came from all corners of the globe. Descendants of some of these courageous people have visited the museum or corresponded with us. Recently four generations of Daw/Dawe/Dawes stopped in. An English surname with three different spellings, family members were known to be in Millinocket in the years1911-1927. Names of several children are recorded in the school census books at the museum. The oldest was a graduate of Stearns High School in 1927. Sometime thereafter, this family moved elsewhere, with future generations settling in other New England states.
The museum was then visited by some Hikel relatives. The Laverty book tells how teenagers Miriam and Maria left their homeland of Syria/Lebanon and sailed to the U. S. to come to Millinocket. Their passage was arranged by the Simons who were here, but things went wrong and they ended up in Buffalo instead of Bangor. Eventually they did arrive in Millinocket where they settled and “lived happily ever after in the magic city.” The Laverty book (available at the museum) contains several other stories of how people came to Millinocket.
The 1900 Millinocket census shows how willing people were to leave their homes and come to far-away places to find work and get a better life. This census indicates there were many from the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I who came to work in the mill. Many of these brought their families. A large contingent of Italians is listed, mostly men, who are shown as boarders. Many are included with only a first name. Families in the census are listed as head, wife, son, daughter, sister or niece. Others as boarder, domestic, help or servant.
As of this 1900 census, countries listed are Canada, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Sweden as well as several U. S. states. The Laverty book explains that as the town and mill grew, people were drawn here to work in the woods, start businesses, and construct the homes. They came from Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and Austria and from Greece, Finland, China and more. Take a walk sometime at the local cemetery…one area in particular has a number of headstones of these early immigrants who helped make Millinocket the Magic City!
The museum now has internet thanks to a generous member of MHS. Our new email address is MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com. You may also still contact us at trudy18@beelineonline.net on Facebook and by mail. Museum visitors can now access the internet at our location as a guest.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
*** 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.

Photographers

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

Many professional photos in the museum collection were done by Crowell Studios. Crowell’s Studios, Crowell’s Photography, The Crowell’s Studios (all versions of the name were used) seem to have been in business in Millinocket from about 1936 until at least after 1951. Mr. Crowell did the official photos for the town’s 50th birthday celebration. Many families obtained black albums from Crowell containing many photos. The museum has been given several of these…they all contain photos from the various parades held during the celebration week, but each has a few pictures that may have been chosen especially for the family that was getting the album.
An article in a local 1947 newspaper states “the Crowell’s Studios have been at their present location for the past seven years.” That location on Penobscot Avenue was called the McCaffrey Block (Warren’s Drug Store, Chapman’s Variety). After a fire about 1913, another structure was constructed on that location (later housed Crowell’s, Reilly Bros. Gentlemen’s Clothing & Fashions, Landeau’s, and Newberry’s Department Store).
The news article states “Mr. Crowell is a graduate of New York Institute of Photography, Winona School of Photography for members of the Photographers Association, and the Army’s School at Astoria, L.I. Crowell’s is the first studio in Maine to be equipped with Stroboscopic Speed Flash equipment which takes pictures at 1/20,000th of a second. This studio is connected with the Black Star Publishing Co., NYC, for photo distribution nationally. Photos taken here have appeared in national publications, one being used recently in advertising in Popular Photography magazine. Mr. Crowell has had several articles printed in magazines published for the photographic field.”
Another photography studio to have its name on a number of museum photos is Hobb’s Studios. They were located in the Decker-Gonya Block (corner Penobscot & Central by light) and appear to have been in business from about 1933-1960. They did photos for many of the Stearns seniors. The 1941 Stearns HS yearbook has an ad thanking the class of 1941 for their patronage. The ad states they “did portraits of merit.”
Hayden was also the photographer for some of the early 1900’s photos in the museum’s collection. We do not have any information on this photographer.
The museum now has internet thanks to a generous member of MHS. Our new email address is MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com. You may also still contact us at trudy18@beelineonline.net on Facebook and by mail. Museum visitors can now access the internet at our location as a guest.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
*** 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.