Millinocket Historical Society

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

Author: Trudy Wyman (Page 1 of 6)

Notable Headlines

Newspaper headlines, there have been many notable ones and many people have saved them. Recently the museum received a number of Bangor Daily News issues with memorable headlines. They were donated by William Gallant (saved by his mother). Included were papers from the assassinations of JFK and RFK, early space exploration 9/11 and more. The museum previously had many of these same papers, but for many the condition was questionable. In this recent donation, the papers were never folded and kept wrapped in a dry location making them suitable for framing/display at some future time.
In 2013, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 SHS basketball team’s New England championship, a reunion was held. Patsy Huston donated a CD and several photos of the gathering. The museum has several scrapbooks containing news articles from the games. Another donor brought in a photo of the Baptist Church choir (date unknown) and several other small items. Susan Burke brought in a group of SHS senior photos and donated them in memory of Bill Burke. As most of these do not have the graduation year or student name on them, research will be done using yearbooks. It appears most are from the 1940’s.
The museum received a banner from the Rowdy Riders Riding Club (4H). It was found and saved during demolition of a building at the hovel. This location has a lot of history for 4H and others in the area. A reminder to those involved in area organizations that have disbanded or are thinking about it. The museum is willing to become a depository for historical memorabilia from any local group. We already have materials from several groups that no longer exist here. We are especially interested in photos, membership lists, a written history of the group, regalia and other smaller items. As the museum prepares to expand to the second floor, more space to display such things will be available. Currently, the museum has materials from the following: Navy Mother’s Club, Masons & Eastern Star, Odd Fellows & Rebekah’s, Rainbow Girls, Boy & Girl Scouts, American Legion, Literary Club, Millinocket Players and some items from a number of other groups.

*** Stop by the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (most are gently used) plus other items of interest. We recently received several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some copies of matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Building a mill!

On Friday, May 18, visitors to the Millinocket Historical Society had the chance to participate in Can you find it? and/or Where is it? activities. Some were unsure whether to try or not, while others went for it. We plan to keep the activities available for a while and hope others will give it a try. It’s a different way to learn about unique items at the museum or to test your knowledge!
It is impossible to imagine the physical labor the men who worked constructing the mill had to do. The 1900 reproduction of the Bangor Daily Commercial gives a few statistics related to this endeavor. At the newspaper’s publication date (June 2), over 100,000 yards of soil had been excavated and a total of three times that will need to be moved. This number includes the canals. The article states, “Just think how many shovelfuls of dirt that means and how many blows of the pick.” Over 6 million bricks had been laid plus 40,000 to 50,000 barrels of cement used. It says that when finished, over one million feet of hard pine, over one and a half million feet of hemlock and spruce, and about 900,000 feet of white pine will have been used. And it all would have been cut, sawed and moved by men and horses.
“Approximately 25,000 cubic yards of masonry was used in the foundation. Other statistics include 2,800 tons of structural steel, 1,600 tons of steel in the penstocks, about six acres of gravel roofing, some ten acres of concrete floor, and about 1,400 windows. Such a mass of material cannot be correctly placed in a minute and the wonder grows that so vast an undertaking of construction could so nearly be completed in a year.” The article goes on to say that there was more to be done. After “operations commence at the works, the company will use annually 40,000 tons of coal, 46,000,000 feet of spruce logs, 4,500 tons of sulphur and about the same amount of lime.”
The museum has many photos available for viewing of the construction of both Millinocket and East Millinocket mills. Many were donated by Roger Boynton and others by other individuals throughout the museum’s existence in the community (since 1979).

*** Visit the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (most are gently used) plus other items of interest. Some copies of matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Getting to town, 1900!

A reproduction of a portion of an issue of the Bangor Daily Commercial for June 2, 1900 makes for an interesting read. One is on display at the museum. My attention was caught by the statement “Millinocket is the next station north of Norcross on the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. About 80 miles from Bangor.” In this day and age, it is inconceivable to imagine not getting into a vehicle and driving out of town. However, in the summer of 1900, that was not possible. The construction underway at the Great Northern Paper Company meant many people were making their way to this area even there was no official town yet. If you took the train from Bangor to Norcross, you still had to find a way to get to Millinocket. If you stayed on the train to its nearest point to Millinocket where there was no station at first, you were still a mile and a half from the mill, boarding houses etc. You would either walk or perhaps find someone to convey you by horse and wagon. In the first days, even a horse and wagon could not be used as Katahdin Avenue had to be cleared of trees to allow a rough dirt path to emerge. All supplies had to come in the same way. Eventually a 1 1/3 mile spur track was built thanks to the B & A RR. The museum has photos of Katahdin Avenue early on with many tree stumps and then, later, as the houses began to appear.
This newspaper has a great deal more information about the beginnings of the GNP. You are welcome to visit the museum and read this interesting account.
New items donated to the museum include: 1944 SHS orchestra and Glee Club photos (Peter Pasanan); a WWII War Bond stamp book plus two French francs brought back by a soldier from WWII (Mary Ellen Haugen); and two blueprints for East mill oil containment, 1977 (Sandy Haynes).
Visit the museum on International Museum Day, Friday, May 18. The MHS museum will feature a special activity for visitors between 12 noon and 3PM. Test your knowledge of some of the museum’s local artifacts. Identify the items on the “What is It?” table and other mystery items scattered throughout the displays. Try your hand at “Can You Find It?” Come in and give it a try! Light refreshments available!

*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

International Museum Day at MHS

International Museum Day will be celebrated world-wide on Friday, May 18. The MHS museum that day will feature a special activity for visitors between 12 noon and 3PM. Come in and test your knowledge of some of the museum’s many local artifacts. See if you can identify the items on the “What is It?” table and other mystery items scattered throughout the displays. Try your hand at “Can You Find It?” Pick up a list of items and try to locate them in the museum. Come in and give it a try! Light refreshments available when you complete the task!
The Good Samaritan Shop donated a collection of local property maps from the 1970’s.These show most of the built-up sections of town at that time and clearly show all the streets, and the various house lots. These were thought to be a better fit for the museum than the than the downtown thrift shop.
Gaile Nicholson dropped off another box of items mostly related to GNP and later. Included were numerous booklets, pamphlets and the small novelties that the company used to give away. Anna Sears donated several photos of reunions of the class of 1937. It was her mother’s class. Mary Lou Monteith Libby sent the museum a nice old photo of the Millinocket Fire Department. It shows several of the firemen in uniform on and around the horse-drawn fire wagon in front of the Penobscot fire station. It is similar to other photos in the collection, but we did not have an original copy of this particular one. On the back are some names (don’t know how they match to the photo) and two or three names are missing. Libby also sent a photo of a priest. Written on the back was “Father Riley, first Catholic priest, 1901” and the names of a couple he married. We would like more information, as this is first hearing this name.
Recently, two volunteers from the Lincoln Historical Society visited. They were interested in learning more about the Past Perfect museum software we use for tracking the museum’s collection. This is used by many of the small museums in Maine as well as being suitable for the very large museums. One of its best features is that it is searchable by keywords and really helps locate an artifact. The only catch is, all the items need to be in the program’s database. At MHS, new items are added as they come in, however, the more difficult part is adding the several thousand older items that were in the collection prior to 2007 when the museum reopened.

*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

More Building Plans

Spring has arrived! The piles of snow that filled some of the parking spaces at the museum have finally melted away and all the sand and winter debris can be swept away. Thanks, Robert Whirty, for taking care of the shoveling duties this past winter and the outside sweeping! Thank you to Adam Qualey, Inc. for the snow plowing. Now attention turns to spring cleaning. Lots of items to be dusted, not an easy task. Floors need attention. Windows need washing…any volunteers? Flowers will go in the planters under both museum signs and in containers near the handicapped ramp soon. And work will continue on the second floor space!
Last week I wrote of several house plans donated to the museum. They are from the 1940’s-50’s and drawn by Delore Theriault, local engineer. Along with the house plans were a few other building plans of interest. From 1954, is the original plan for the Millinocket Fruit Company (now Living Innovations on Penobscot Avenue). The first Fruit Store was located on the opposite side of the parking lot opposite the Municipal Building. Started by David Drago in 1929, he came from Calais and brought with him the cash register presently on display at the museum. This building burned in 1958. I do not know the year the Matangelo family took ownership, but they had the plans drawn for the concrete block building that was constructed on the left side of the parking lot. That is the Fruit Store most remember and those plans are at the museum.
Another interesting plan is for the local library. The original library was on Central Street in the Decker-Gonya Block. It opened in 1919. As part of the town’s 50th anniversary activities (1951), a construction committee was formed to make plans for a new larger library. A plot of land opposite the Millinocket Trust Company on Penobscot Avenue was acquired from the Great Northern Paper Company. It would be located between the Rexall Drug Store and A.C. Smart’s store. Monies were voted at town meetings and committees were formed. A plan was drawn up (the one at the museum). This library was to have parking space for eight touring cars and had an estimated cost of $75,000. But time passed and in 1961 when the Great Northern Hotel was demolished, the town exchanged the Penobscot Avenue lot with GNP for the former hotel lot on Maine Avenue. So these first plans were never used.

*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

1940’s House Plans

After World War II ended and local military men and women started returning to Millinocket, the need for more housing grew. As a result, a new area west of Medway Road was made available by GNP who held title to all the land at that time. Eastland Avenue and Maple Street would become two new streets in that area and by the late 1940’s homes began to appear. The first is said to have been built by Wilber Culbertson in 1946 and later sold to Carl Stockwell, Jr. (see Laverty book). GNP also constructed three homes there.
The museum recently received twenty plus original house plans, and several were for homes on Eastland Avenue and Maple Street. Most were drawn by local engineer Delore F. Theriault. They were brought to the museum by Tom Plourde who came into possession of them through a job he was working on. It is believed they came from the former Theriault house on Highland Avenue. They are in good condition. It would be interesting to know if the final construction matched these plans and to know what changes may have been made through the years. On Eastland Avenue the plans are for the George Raymond house (#18, no date given); Vincent DeCourcey house (#28, 7/3/1947); Bernard Gerry, Jr. house (#52, 8/2/1948); George McCluskey house (#66, 4/24/1948); John Gonya house (#90, 10/10/1946); and the Kenneth King house (#32, 4/3/1947). On Maple Street are the houses of Fred Morrison (#28, 7/29/1947); William Edmonds (#33, 3/20/1946); Dana E. Edmonds (#37, 1/25/1947); and Harold Whitehead (#38, 4/18/1947), In addition there were also plans for a home on Medway Road (#47), and one each on Congress Street (#357) and Knox Street (#195).
In this same time period, new houses were built on the Flat (along State Street) as far as the athletic field. A new street, Water Street, was laid out near the stream. As mentioned last week, the former “pest house” on Water Street was renovated and became a family home. It is still someone’s home today. Bowdoin Street was extended to the area near the railroad making more space for new homes.
All of these plans may be viewed at the museum and we also have several aerial photos of different areas of town. Maybe you can pick out your home!

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Not too late to get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Epidemics and Pest Houses

A mention on Facebook regarding former “pest houses” in Millinocket sent me into research mode on the topic. Pest houses were buildings used for the isolation or quarantine of individuals afflicted with a contagious disease. In Millinocket, cholera, smallpox and typhoid were the main causes for the need of pest houses although some cases of diphtheria were found also.
A copy of a report by the medical inspector for the State Board of Health of Maine, Henry Hawkins, M.D. gives statistics, causes, and details of Millinocket’s cholera and typhoid epidemics of 1904. Early town reports also contain case statistics compiled by the local health officers. As early as 1902, a local Board of Health was appointed consisting of Dr. Cody, Dr. Bryant and Benjamin Bragdon, deputy sheriff.
Typhoid cases in 1903 were so rampant that a portion of the Mountain View House (hotel, boarding house on Penobscot Avenue across from the park) became a temporary hospital. At a later date, thirty cases of smallpox at Levasseur’s Boarding House resulted in those patients being quarantined there. As more townspeople were stricken, the town purchased a small building on the way to Stone Dam, This was the town’s first pest house. When this structure was not enough, the town built a two-story building on Medway Road. It had beds and cooking facilities. Five small camps were placed around it and each housed five or six patients who had to live there until the disease was no longer a threat to others. (Note that this last information is from the Laverty book which also has a photo of a pest house, possibly the Medway Road location. This photo was also reproduced as a post card view and as such may be recognized by some people. The museum collection has this post card.)
By 1912, the Medway Road pest house had burned. The Laverty book states that the Alex Resignol house was used for a time. (Where?) Then GNP built pest houses for both Millinocket and East Millinocket. They were a bungalow-type. The location is not mentioned, but a later reference, after WWII, is made of a pest being located in the area that is now Water Street. It stated the “old pest house was no longer needed.” New homes filled the area and the pest house became a home.

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Great Northern Hotel Menus

Many people today depend on social media to share information. A post recently on a Facebook group site called Millinocket, ME History that I follow had mention of original menus from the Great Northern Hotel. Readers responded with comments and suggestions and someone mentioned the museum as a possible caretaker of these items. I then corresponded with the holder of these three menus and as a result they are now in the museum’s collection after being mailed by Juli Pelkey Ratcliffe of Colorado. Her grandfather Joseph Tardy was head chef at the hotel. Julie stated that the typewritten menus were found in her grandfather’s personal cookbook. Each is on what seems like stationary with the words Great Northern Hotel, Today’s Specials at the top.
The earliest menu is for Christmas, 1946. The entire meal had a price of $1.75 and started with a choice of grapefruit juice, tomato juice or cream of mushroom soup. Main dish selections were roast turkey with dressing and giblet gravy or grilled tenderloin steak with mushrooms or grilled sirloin steak with mushrooms. A diner could choose boiled or mashed potatoes and creamed peas or mashed squash or salad. The desserts featured a choice of apple or chocolate cream pie, brownies, plantation cream cookies, date bars or plum pudding with hard sauce. Coffee, tea or milk were the beverage choices. Quite a meal for the price!
The second menu was Thanksgiving, 1949 and the price had risen to $2.00. Again a choice of two juices, but the soup was chicken with rice. Additional choices included oyster cocktail and corn fritters. The main dish options were roast stuffed native turkey with cranberry sauce and giblet gravy or grilled western sirloin steak with mushroom sauce or grilled premium ham. There were nine dessert choices including orange marmalade cookies, cream layer cake and ice cream. The museum would like to have copies of some of those recipes in case we do a volume #2 of our successful cookbook.
The third menu was dated 1/15/1956 with ten entries featuring beef, veal, chicken, pork and lamb dishes plus halibut steak. Prices ranged from $1.80 to $2.85. No sandwiches or other options are mentioned, but perhaps were included on the hotel’s regular daily lunch menus.

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

The Northern Magazine

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 of the time. The museum has almost, but not quite, a complete collection of these magazines available for reading, reference and research. The first issue came out in April of 1921 and consisted of only four pages. Until recently, the museum did not have the first issue. Now, thanks to Bob C. Leet, we were allowed to scan an original first issue and a copy has been placed with the rest. Here are the issues still needed to make a complete set. 1921 – May thru Dec.; 1922 – April, Aug., Sept., Nov.; 1923 – Jan., March, May, July, Aug.; 1924 – Feb., March; 1927- May, Nov., Dec.; 1928 – Nov., Dec. If you have an original you do not wish to give up, consider allowing us to scan it.
Gaile Nicholson donated a box of vintage kitchen utensils from her grandparent’s camp on Millinocket Lake. Most were from 1935 or a bit later. Some have been added to our kitchen display including a stainless steel tool to release ice from a metal ice cube tray, a small kitchen towel drying rack (fold up arms), an adjustable tool for opening screw-top jars and a sugar/flour scoop. We use such items for “What is it?” with the students who visit. Two original unopened boxes with great color graphics hold an early version of plastic household gloves and kitchen trash bags. The bags are advertised as moisture proof, super waxed and water repellent. They appear to be paper and said to have double pasted seams and triple pasted bottoms. The lady on one of the boxes is reminiscent of an early TV mom in a pretty dress and apron.

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Bowling

One photo of a GNP team was the only item the museum had if anyone asked about our “bowling collection.” Now the museum has more bowling memorabilia thank to long-time local bowler Robert C. Leet. Several Millinocket teams competed not only locally, but also took part in the Eastern Maine Bowing Tournament. Leet donated eight binders of EMBT permanent score cards. He noted many of these were typed by SHS typing class students as practice exercises. A detailed history of EMBT compiled by the donor, a photo of the 1984 American Legion state champions from Millinocket, several news articles, other ephemera and four bowling shirts are included in the donation. The EMBT material covers the years 1923-2001.
A large picture of North Twin Dam and another large one of a group of GNP firemen were brought to the museum by Merle Grant. A year is needed for the firemen photo. The men are listed as: John Hickey, Lugee Cyr, Junior Shanks, John Brown, Kenney Bartlett, Milton Hampton, Carl Sawyer, Bill Leino, Vincent DeCoursey, Ed Healey, Dudley Carter, Clarence Gonya, Frenchy Voisine and Bill Burke. If you can help with a year, please contact the museum.
Last week, I mentioned that members of the local post of the American Legion were seeking information in preparation for their 100th birthday in 1919. The Laverty book provides a bit of that history. Veterans of WWI formed Post 80 and named it for Donald V. Henry who was Millinocket’s first casualty in the war. Dr. Bryant returned from oversees and became the first commander. Mrs. Robert Hume, a former army nurse, became the second commander and first woman to hold the office. She was also the American Legion’s first woman Vice Commander of the Department of Maine. She organized the American Legion Child Welfare program for all of New England. First meetings of Post 80 were held in a tarred paper shack near the river. Later, a small brick building on Penobscot Avenue was used for meetings. In the 1950’s, the new building on outer Central Street was constructed. If any reader, has Post 80 historical photos or other information, the Legion would like to hear from you or stop by the museum and we will pass it on.

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

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