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

Author: Trudy Wyman (Page 1 of 21)

B & A RR and the Mill

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

The Bangor & Aroostook Railroad extended its line from Old Town to Houlton in 1893, passing near what would soon become the town of Millinocket. In February of 1899, F. W. Cram, vice-president and general manager of the B & A confirmed with Garret Schenck a verbal understanding regarding the railroad and what would become GNP. The Company would give the railroad “land for a station, freight house, roundhouse and turntable, yard space and other right of way; that the railroad would build the spur track from the main line to the mill yard boundary, and the Company would do the grading and lay the ties on the mill property.”
The cost of transportation was a concern for the new paper company due to the distance from its future markets and the large volume of materials and people both in and out. A quote in the McLeod book from Cram to Schenck years later said, “You made a devil of a fuss over the difference between paying $3.40 per ton paper Millinocket to New York, the rate we wanted; and $3.00, the rate you got: you said: “”no three dollars, no mill.’”
By June of 1899, 500 men were working on construction of the mill. The B & A planned an excursion train to the “magic city” so the curious could see what was being done. Three hundred folks came on the trip.
The first station was located near “the Pines” by a tote road and near the Rush sawmill. Later in the 1930’s, mill production was very high so changes were needed for the railroad to handle the traffic. The railroad yard was raised several feet and was surfaced. The station was moved across the main line and turned around. At the same time, the underpass was constructed to allow the continuation of Bates Street.
Daytime schedules later allowed for day trips to Bangor with a return home by evening. Some remember taking the “sleeper” to Bangor and on to Boston. It left in the evening for Bangor where the railroad switched the sleeping car to the Boston & Maine RR. This was good for businessmen, company officials as well as college students attending out-of-state schools. The Laverty book has this quote: “Does number 8 mean anything to you?” It was the night sleeper to Boston. By 1961, the Bangor & Aroostook RR ended its passenger trains. More people had cars and the roads were improving. A bus line run by the B & A existed for a few years.
The museum is looking for more railroad photos and memorabilia, especially photos of the roundhouse!

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars still available.
*** 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.

Penobscot Log Driving Company

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

The Penobscot Log Driving Company (PLD) was one of the companies controlling much of what was happening on the log drives in the early days on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. John E. McLeod, author of The Northern, the Way I Remember, gives some background. The PLD, in the mid-1800’s, handled the drives on the West Branch from Chesuncook Dam to Medway, and the delivery of those logs to the booms above Old Town. The logs would be turned into lumber in one of the numerous sawmills between there and Bangor. This company was in business through the long log era and into the four foot wood era well into the first half of the 20th century.
March 7, 1913 is the date on a Bangor Semi-Weekly newspaper brought to the museum by Doris Davis. It was hidden among other newspapers and old magazines. An article on the back page is titled “Log Driving on the Penobscot.” The article tells that the company’s annual meeting was held at their office in Bangor on Exchange Street. Directors and officers for the coming year were elected.
A detailed treasurer’s report from company treasurer Charles H. Adams was printed. Listed are receipts, expenditures, credits, liabilities, assets and more for the 1912 year. Here are some of the line items. In expenditures: Total cost of the drive – $13,572.57 (includes payment to GNP for labor and board of men, $715.67; labor and board of horses, $$169.00; boom chains $35.00; dynamite, $103.98; and bateau, oars, paddles, axes, etc., $62.75). Some PLD assets listed include: dam at foot of Millinocket Lake, $35,000.00; wangan, boats, canoes and scow, $1000.00; driving and tolls on logs now in boom, $500.00.
1864 –1954, these are the dates included in six ledgers from the Penobscot Log Driving Company in the collection at the Millinocket Historical Society Museum. Five of them are account books showing cash paid out for labor, materials and wood purchased. Some show each entity wood was purchased from, including the log stamp, number of pieces of wood passing a checkpoint and the person or company receiving the payment. Another volume is a record of annual meetings, 1932-1954.
A reminder that these ledgers and many other items in the collection are available to be used (at the museum) for research. We can set you up with a space where materials can be spread out and you can work. Photocopying is available for a fee.

In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars still available. 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.

Winter Cutting

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

Often museum visitors ask “Why did the lumbermen cut and pile the wood in the winter? Wouldn’t it have been easier to do it without snow on the ground?” The museum’s logging/river drive room has several photos on display showing teams of horses pulling loaded sleds and other photos showing wood piled along streams and on the iced-over ponds.
John McLeod’s book The Northern, the Way I Remember, discusses this topic. He states, “The actual felling of the trees and cutting them into logs was relatively simple, the transportation being the real problem.” Transportation in winter made moving wood easier since the ground was frozen as were the water surfaces. When covered with snow, large loads could be moved more easily. The wood was often piled along the streams ready to be pushed into the water in the spring when melting snow raised the water level making floating the wood downstream easier. In some areas the wood was piled onto the frozen lakes. In spring as the ice melted, the wood continued its journey to the mill.
McLeod also explains the difference between “lumberman,” “woodsman,” “lumberer,” “logger,” and “lumberjack”. He states that originally “lumberman” referred to anyone who worked in the woods. Lumberer, lumberman, logger and lumberjack were used to identify any woods worker although logger and lumberjack were not often used in Maine. (McLeod’s book was published in the 1970’s.) The same person working on the river drive was referred to as a “river-driver” or if he was an expert, he might have been called a “riverman”.
Before the lumbermen arrived to begin their work, an “exploration – sometimes by the lumberman himself. More often by a hired surveyor or “explorer,” later called a “cruiser”. This person, often with a guide or partner, would go into the woods in the spring to locate a good stand of timber. The cruiser would also estimate the quantity available and estimate its worth. He would examine the land, locate drivable streams and determine what might need to be done to get the logs. Early aerial surveys were done when the cruiser climbed a tree and counted all the pine tops he could see.
McLeod’s book is a great read. If anyone has copies they no longer want, consider donating them to the museum. We often have people looking for them and other out-of-print books by local authors. We sell extras in the Museum Store.
Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars still available, $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each. 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.

Katahdin Avenue School Keystone

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

A central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together. That is the dictionary definition of a keystone. Katahdin Avenue School had two elaborate keystones, one over each of the two original main entrances, placed there when the school was constructed in. The school opened in 1931. After 63 years as an elementary school, the building closed in 1994 and was demolished in 2002. Luckily, the two large keystones were saved.
Some are aware that one of these keystones, shaped like an open book, was then placed in one of the front flower beds at the Millinocket Memorial Library. During the library’s recent renovation, this keystone was again preserved and rests, for now, at one of the front corners of the library lot. At the museum, we were unaware until recently as what had become of the second keystone. Patric Santerre, architect of the library’s renovation, on a visit to the museum stated that that second keystone is safely stored at the town garage.
In recent weeks, several people have donated items to the museum. The Monson Historical Society mailed two early photos of Ripogenus Dam. Through the years, MHS has received several items from other historical societies and MHS in turn occasionally receives an item that is more appropriate for the collection of another museum, so we send it on to them.
Ronald Blum gave several sheets of holiday wrapping paper. It was GN Nekoosa produced paper that was used by the Maine Sunday Telegram and Portland Press Herald…it was printed with the GNN logo. The museum received a collection of Stearns class photos from 1942 and 1943, donor Ron Cyr. Randa Laplante Fitzgerald sent family history information and an interesting medicine bottle with a paper label from Wm. Heebner, Druggist. Sharon Machia added several local newspapers to the collection. A ladies’ eyeglass case with label from Dr. Shippee’s practice, was brought to the museum by Cal Wilson. Millinocket Players photo albums (Carousel and Irene) were donated by Lenny Berry and Martha Berry donated numerous scrapbooks and items from the Katahdin Red Hatters.
It’s great to keep receiving things for the museum collection…the variety is interesting. Be sure to check with us before tossing any item that might be of local historical value. We are going to be starting filling up the second floor display area soon!
Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars still available, $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each. 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.

Aroostook Avenue School

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

In the early 1900’s, Millinocket’s population increased every year. Oxford Street School had opened in 1907 as the Millinocket High School and Common School was full and overflowing. By 1913-14, another new elementary building was needed. Plans were put together to have one by 1915 but delays kept it from opening until the fall of 1916. It had four classrooms and included a teacher’s room. Four more rooms were finished soon after and later basement space was converted for use. According to the town reports, for some time this building was referred to as the Brick Schoolhouse. Later is became known as Aroostook Avenue School.
The town report, Feb. 1914 – Feb. 1915, show the town had paid out $18,533 for this new building. Another entry states “the new school house will cost approximately $40,000 which leaves $10,000 to be raised by direct taxation.” Another $2000 each year would be raised yearly “to extinguish the debt.” A later entry by the superintendent of schools says “due to delays on the part of the architect and company furnishing the cement trimmings, it is doubtful we will use the new building until fall. When finished, this school will be one of the best north of Bangor.” The report issued in Feb. 1916 tells of payment for “the Brick School fence of $414.75. This included the wire fencing, posts and the building of a concrete wall. In addition, it is noted that the sum of $1.75 was paid to R. E. Elliott for hauling the fencing and other materials from the railroad station.
The superintendent’s report (1915-1916) sums up the student population situation at the time. “The number of school children in Millinocket is increasing so rapidly that it is becoming quite a problem to know what to do with them. We thought the new school building which was built to accommodate 400 children would solve the question for several years, but already there are over 400 in the new building and no teacher has less than 40 students.”
From there, plans were begun for another elementary school, but WWI happened and it would be fifteen years before the next elementary school would open.
Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars still available, $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each. 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.

Did You Know?

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

So You Live in Millinocket? Did you know Dorothy Bowler Laverty wrote a book with that title which explains the history of housing in the town of Millinocket?
Did you know…some people settled along the tote road that came from Medway, nearly 400 Italians were housed in crude shacks across the stream from the mill while a few folks built on higher ground back of the mill and others built near Millinocket Stream in the area known as the Flat?
Did you know that boarding houses were constructed on Penobscot Avenue near the mill, along Katahdin Avenue and in Tin Can Alley…all with different designs unlike those in many mill towns? Did you know that early house lots had only 60 foot frontage to cut down on water and sewer costs? There were many different designs (described in the book) including those with a small stained glass windows.
Did you know that most company officials did not plan to live in Millinocket, thus the Great Northern Hotel was constructed to house them on their visits? The more elaborate homes built near the four corners of Highland and Central Streets were done for early doctors (Ryan, Cody) and a druggist (Heebner). The Stearns, Parks and Ferguson homes did house company executives who lived here as did the Ingleton Schenck house (later known as the GNP Guest House)
Many families lived above the businesses on Penobscot Avenue. Frank Rush used train cabooses for his saw mill workers at his business near the railroad station.
Between the 1920’s & 1950’s, changes occurred. Little Italy homes grew to accommodate growing families. Granite Street (no one knows why called that as no granite in area) was extended to Medway Road. New houses on Medway Rd. were wrapped with mill paper! Water Street (a new street) was laid out and houses were being built along the Flat. Bates Street was extended when the railroad underpass was completed.
After WWII, new housing was needed for returning vets. Houses sprung up on Eastland Avenue and Maple Street. Plans were made for the Hillcrest Development (then and now referred to as the New Development). During the 1970’s, still more space for housing was needed so Wassau St. (apartments buildings) was laid out. Mobile homes came to the former Rush Farm and later to Pamola Park. Senior living facilities were constructed.
Laverty describes all of these in her book, So You Live in Millinocket, available at the museum (some copies are signed).

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars still available, $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each. 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.

“The Northern” Magazine

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

The Northern, a monthly magazine published by the Spruce Wood Department, Division of Social Services, Great Northern Paper Company existed for a few years in the 1920’s. It was referred to as “a magazine of contact between the management and the men.” The idea came from F. A. Gilbert as he wished to offer the people working out of areas such as the Grant Farm, Rice Farm, Pittston and Seboomook “opportunities for diversion which they could not otherwise get.” These magazines would offer a variety of entertaining and informative news related to the GNP company woods operations, employees and the surrounding area. Also included were photographs and humorous anecdotes and poems. The first issue came out in April of 1921 and consisted of only four pages.
The museum is looking to complete its set of these magazines as assistant curator Leola Dubois is currently scanning the copies available. The library let us access their copies (which included several the museum didn’t have), but some issues are still needed. Here is the list of issues needed for the museum. The * indicates neither the museum nor the library has these issues.
1921 Began with April issue – need May*, June*, July*, Aug, Sept., Nov., Dec.
1922 Need April*, August, September, November
1923 Need January, March, July, August
1924 Need February, March
1925-1926 Museum has complete sets
1927 Need only December
1928 We have complete set (last issue was October). October included the index for all issues.
Any help is appreciated, even allowing us to scan issues if you do not wish to give them up. When done, we plan to make digital copies available in some way as we have had inquiries from people wishing to purchase digital or print copies.
Here’s a sample summary of an article in one issue. Labor Day was a special day for the Great Northern. In town, parades took place with representatives from the various labor unions marching. Not to be outdone, in 1924, a large “company get-together” took place at Seboomook to include men from the lumber camps plus guests from private camps and locals from Rockwood, Lily Bay and more. Some crews arrived in company “jitneys.” Men came from Pittston Farm, Forty-Mile Boarding House, Northeast Carry, Grant Farm and several other camps. Many camps provided teams for athletic activities. Private cars brought some of the well-to-do campers and boats brought others from private camps on Moosehead Lake. A chef was brought in (assisted by six lumber camp cookees) and a sit-down meal was served to two hundred people at one sitting.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars still available, $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each. 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.

Happenings…February 1921

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

Millinocket, February 1921-1926…some of what was taking place back then as found in news articles from that era!
“Looking forward to the annual Hayseeder’s Jig.” The Hayseeders, 50 prominent citizens of the flourishing community, planned the event. There was “a platform resembling a cow shed strewn with straw, a cart and water trough.” The Chateau Orchestra played for a grand march, square dance and vocal selections.
“The majority of our sick people and there are many, are recovering from the recent attacks of grippe and pneumonia. A letter received from a family member in Virginia reports the same health conditions in that Southern climate.”
“Manager Clyde Folsom of the Millinocket band announces the first rehearsal in the Armory at 7:30. Quite a number of new men will join and with them the band is hoped to number over 30 members. Eldon Morgan will lead this year and with the new beautiful new band stand as an inspiration, it is expected that the season will be most successful.”
“The proprietor of the Dream Theater will give a good-sized percentage from the picture to be shown on Tuesday of this week to the Baptist Church rebuild.” (Note: the Baptist Church had burned earlier and funds were being raised to rebuild.)
“A very delightful box social by the Ladies’ Loyal Orange Lodge was held at James Rush Hall. Auctioneers were Fred Gates and Harry Carroll.”
“The Laugh-a-Lot Club met this week for a literary and musical program.”
“The 3 Links Club held the second in a series of old-fashioned dances at the Odd Fellow Hall.”
“The Child Study Club met at the Brick School House. Mrs. G. W. MacKay had charge of the program.”
Among new books available at the library “for Mah Jongg enthusiasts” is Snyder’s Ma Jung Manual. “It has been accepted as the official rule book of the game as played in America. Two copies are in the library and are in great demand.”
“A Federal department collector will be at the Great Northern Hotel on Feb. 25-27 to assist anyone in filling out income tax returns.”
These are just a sample of the articles in the scrapbooks. There were a very large number of social clubs at the time plus various groups from churches and organizations. There were small “clubs” formed by neighborhood groups or those with a common interest.

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.

Genealogy References

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

Searching one’s family tree continues to be one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. The museum frequently gets asked to assist with someone’s search. The Research/Genealogy Room has quite a bit of local material for people to look at. Recently, the Millinocket Memorial Library donated several books that might be useful to our visitors. The donated books, listed below, are focused on information mostly from New England and the Maritime Provinces and Quebec and from the 1700-1800’s. Some contain specific data on persons and some are indexes to other sources available at such places as the Bangor Public Library and Maine State Library. I personally referred to some of these same books in past years at those libraries (before computers and sites like Ancestry.com). 1. The Famine Immigrants, Vol.1, Jan. 1846-June 1847;
2. Maine Families in 1870 (Maine Genealogical Society) (2 volumes);
3. New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Torrey);
4. Index of Persons (New England Historical & Gen. Register) (3 vol.);
5. Index of Subjects & Places & Index (Vol. 51-112) (N Eng Hist & Gen Register);
6. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire (Noyes, Libby, Davis);
7. Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England (Farmer);
8. American Passenger & Arrival Records (Tepper) (has a few lists);
9. Nova Scotia Vital Statistics, 1852-1854;
10. Researching Your Ancestors in New Brunswick, Canada;
11. Genealogical Handbook for Atlantic Canada;
12. Dictionary of Families of Quebec, 1730.
*** Please go to www.bangor.com/cmm and do a write-in vote for Millinocket Historical Society in the Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis section. The Bangor Savings Bank provides this chance for people to vote in their Community Matters More program through the month of February as a way to help non-profits. With your help, MHS has a chance to win up to $5000 if we can get enough votes. Voters must reside in Maine or New Hampshire (if you do not, maybe ask friends who do to vote for MHS). Voting is simple and the rules are on the site. Thank you!
Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars still available! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. *** 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.

The “Blue” Photos

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

A recent visitor to the museum mentioned he had a “blue photograph.” These are referred to as cyanotypes and the museum has several of them. These photographic prints are from the late 1800’s – early 1900’s and show amazingly sharp detail for their size. Most are about 4” x 6”. This photographic process was first used in the early 1840’s. Simply stated, it involves sensitizing a paper with two types of iron salts. After drying, the paper is then placed in direct contact with the negative and exposed to sunlight until the image appears. The print is then rinsed with water to draw out the brilliant blue color. Early photographers used this method – thus the name blueprints.
One collection at the museum contains fifty-three cyanotypes and has scenes of homes under construction, the mill, Stone Dam, the first jail, a store that appears to be a bakery or candy shop, the Gas House, and ice cutting on Millinocket Stream. Among the homes shown is the George Stearns house on Highland Avenue with a woman, possibly Mrs. Stearns in a long black dress, standing on the porch. One photo is a view of work being done digging into the hill on Central Street. Another view, from the opposite direction shows the intersection of Penobscot Avenue and Central Street with several businesses visible. Four of the photos are possibly interior views of the GN Hotel (lobby, bedroom views, a barber chair, and an early industrial-type kitchen). A second group of these cyanotypes shows the exteriors of the Great Northern Hotel and the Mountain View Hotel. There are several views of Penobscot Avenue showing various stores and businesses as well as wagon and buggy ruts in the dirt street. Two pictures show a Fourth of July horse and buggy parade. The Laverty collection has cyanotype views of Shack Hill and very early Little Italy.
New items received in 2021: Millinocket Trust Co. money bag, dictionary of paper trade terms, photo SHS band in front of US Capitol (Sandra Michaud); photos, playbills, news articles from Millinocket Players productions (Patrick Welch III). Patrick Welch Jr. created many great characters in many performances with that local theater group.
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.