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Recap 2020

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

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

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. 2022 calendar will be available by summer!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

ABC Donations, 2020

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

The ABC’s of some of the 2020 donations to the museum…ordinary to the unusual!
A – Ash tray (DiNardo’s Store), aerial photo (Haugen & Morgan Lane), Abenaki of
Katahdin Area (book)
B – Boddy’s Dairy ¼ pt. bottle, bank (coins), blueberry rake, book (Neuropathy of
Zombies)
C – Class photos, certificates (Masonic), Camp Phoenix (history sporting camp)
D – Defense stamps, doll (1930’s), drum corps photos (Northern Knights)
E – Eyeglasses (1920’s, ephemera (lots of paper items)
F – Felt repair kit (paper machine), French fry cutter
G – Genealogies (Boddy, Mackin), garment bag Peter’s Family Fashions, golf club
(early, Hillcrest Golf Club)
H – Horseshoe
I – Irons (known as sad irons, heat on stove)
J – Jacket (Bomber jacket, WWII Army Air Force member)
K – Katahdin Times newspapers
L – Levasseur’s Hardware carpenter’s apron, lasts (shoe making, repair)
M – Medical chair (early GNP medical room), infra-red heat massager
N – Newspapers (The Millinocket Journal), news articles
O – Opera glasses
P – Pencil sharpener (SHS), papers (military, Pasquine), punch card (Munson’s Lunch),
photos (lots, all subjects)
Q – Quilt show program
R – Razors (straight edge), reunion photos, record adapters (for 45rpm)
S – Scouting (Girl Scout uniform, badges), stereoscope slides, skis (wooden, Johnson)
Shack Hill bottle
T – Tape measure, teamster photo (millyard), track medals (SHS), tintype (Adams)
U – Uniforms (WWI, WWII)
V – VFW hats
W – Wood carvings Olaf Johnson, milk wagon photo
X, Y, Z
Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. 2022 calendar will be available by summer!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Library Reports

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

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

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Library Story Time

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

Carl Hull was the librarian at the Millinocket Memorial Library at one time. At some point he undertook the project of cutting out and gluing into three brown scrapbooks “all items in the Daily News” that pertained to the happenings in Millinocket. The print is tiny, the articles are crowded together on each page of the three books and each date’s entry includes all the news run together as if it were one story…obits, birthday parties, organizations events, sports and more. The three scrapbooks cover the years 1921-1928. The scrapbooks are at the museum, have been scanned and are computer searchable (thank you Leola and Frank)!
The library is often mentioned and there are a number of informational bits about children’s story time. In February of 1923, Mrs. Weldon was the new storyteller. In the two Saturdays prior to the news article, an average of 50 children were “entertained and kept interested.” Another mention from 1926 states “the library will be open on New Year’s Day from 10-11 o’clock in the morning for the first Children’s Story Hour. Mrs. Evans will tell two stories, Fairy New Year’s Bracelet and a Kipling tale, The White Seal.” In January of 1927, Mrs. Ewings will share the story Jackanapes and a tale from Shakespeare. (Note the discrepancy … 1923 Mrs. Weldon the new storyteller and 1926 Mrs. Evans the first Children’s Story Hour.
Other library mentions…“Library will be open Sunday from 2-4 and time will be given to reading. No books to be returned or taken out. Time given to reading and it will be determined how many take advantage of these two hours of quiet reading.” Another…“Feb. 1924, the children’s collection is being added to and “many old favorites are just back from the bindery ready to be reread and enjoyed.” And a final reminder to those early patrons… “If any wish to borrow a book not in the collection, we have available books from the State Library in Augusta and constantly are sending to them for books on anything from Autosuggestion to how to take the smell out of cabbage.”

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Armory & Opera House Stars

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!

The “new” Company I, 103rd, Infantry, National Guard Armory held a formal opening and military ball on Tuesday evening, January 16, 1940. An invitation to this event is in the collection of the MHS museum. The event was to begin at 9 PM. The invitation stated that “uniforms with slacks should be worn. Kindly advise whether or not you can be present.” Ernest A. Perrow, Captain, 103rd, Infantry issued the invitation. The museum also has a dance card from this event.
Another event at the armory (date unknown) was a production called “Windmills of Holland” presented by the Junior Philharmonic Club. The program describes two acts with almost twenty musical numbers. Among the cast were: Ralph Jackson, Rita Thorne, Margaret Tippens, Catherine Jacobs, John Cotter, Stanley Seaver, Howard Tibbitts and Madeline Wilson.
Introducin’ Susan, a rollicking three act farce, was presented at the Armory. Sponsored by the Millinocket Elks, the performance featured a cast of all local doctors and dentists. Included were Drs. Grumley, Young, Stevens, Santoro, Harrigan, Brown, MacKay and Morey.
Down Penobscot Avenue at the Opera House, some well-known performers appeared. In 1927, Godfrey Ludlow, violinist performed assisted by Madame Lolita Cabrera Gainsberg, pianist. Ludlow, with his Stradivarius, had played before the King and Queen at Buckingham Palace. His Millinocket appearance was sponsored by the Philharmonic Club of Millinocket.
Rubinoff and his violin (a 1731 Stadivarius) also performed at the Opera House (1963) sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Katahdin. Programs for each of these violinist’s performances are in the museum’s collection. Taped inside the Rubinoff program appears to be a small piece of a violin string.
The museum has a photo post card depicting Rudy Vallee and the Venitian Melody Boys. A mega-star in the 1920’s, Rudy was a student for a time at the University of Maine before transferring to Yale. In 1930, Rudy had the #1 hit song in the country, The Maine Stein Song. Did he perform in Millinocket? Maybe…or perhaps someone from Millinocket knew him at UMaine or had attended one of his performances and acquired the post card.
These represent just a few examples of the many performances of all kinds that took place in Millinocket at the armory, Opera House, pavilion and grandstand at the ball field and at the schools and churches.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

The Armory

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!

“Old Millinocket Armory To Be Torn Down” reads a Bangor Daily News item found at the museum. Date not given (probably late 1930’s or early 1940’s), but possibly after “new” armory came into use in 1939. The news item shows a photo of the old armory and gives this information. “The old Millinocket armory, a landmark in the Magic City, has been sold at public auction, and will be torn down for lumber. The building, originally near the Great Northern Paper mill but later moved to its present site on Central Street, has been used as a community center, a schoolhouse when the high school burned in 1922, plays, dances, roller skating rink, etc.”
The building’s first use was as an interdenominational chapel near the corner of Cherry Street and Katahdin Avenue. It was used for all churches and also as the town’s first attempts at a school. Shortly before WW1, the building known as Union Chapel was moved to Central Street behind the Bishop Block. This was done to accommodate Company I of the Third Maine Regiment. It was large enough to house military equipment and be a meeting place large enough for drill. The building became known as the armory.
After the high school fire, grades 9-12 were jammed into the armory. It was partitioned into four rooms with theater type seats (chairs attached in units of six) set up and plywood pieces served as desks.
The Armory also served as a community center and it hosted local plays, dances and boxing matches. The museum has a program from a variety show titled Henry’s Wedding, performed there October 19-20, 1931. The show was presented by 125 local people who “can’t put on a poor show.” Admission for reserved seats was 50 cents. Children’s non-reserved seats were 25 cents.
The “new” National Guard armory (1939) was built on Spring Street near Aroostook Avenue School in the area that had once been the site of a ball park with pavilion and grandstand. The old armory was eventually sold to Oville Gonya who operated a garage on the site for many years. Later a fire destroyed much of the original Union Chapel/Armory structure. Gonya then constructed another garage building on the site.

Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM, weather permitting!
In the Museum Store! Think Christmas Shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

GNP’s Hardy Ferguson

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!

Hardy S. Ferguson…that name keeps popping up in reference to the beginnings of the Great Northern Paper Company. A photo of Ferguson as a young man was recently rediscovered in the Laverty Collection at the museum.
Ferguson, born Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1868, was a young engineer who had just started his own business when he became resident engineer on the Rumford Falls Paper Company construction project. Five years later, he set up his own consulting business specializing in pulp and paper mill design. A year later (1898), Schenck hired him to make surveys for the water power development and to prepare preliminary designs for the new mill planned for Millinocket. His first bill to GNP was for $6.00 a day.
Ferguson worked for Great Northern drawing plans for various parts of the mill. The McLeod book states that it was also Ferguson who designed many of the barns, stables and other buildings at the company farms. An example, at Pittson Farm, the middle barn with a gambrel style roof followed Ferguson’s design and cost approximately $10,000. At Seboomook, in 1910, he designed two large 50 horse barns with storage for 275 tons of hay and portable pig pens in the basement.
Many of the early GNP maps have Ferguson’s name on them. The museum has copies of several including one titled Proposed Scheme for Development of Water Power on West Branch of Penobscot River, 10/1898, HS Ferguson. A December, 1900 plan shows the lay-out of a proposed cemetery for the town of Millinocket.
Another thing Ferguson probably had a hand in designing was his family’s home on Highland Avenue, currently the Knights of Columbus building. He moved his family there from the Great Northern Hotel where they had been living. Ferguson and his young family lived there until 1911when he left the company and they moved to New York City. The Laverty book states that Frank Rush then purchased the home, lived there until 1952 when he gave it over to the Knights of Columbus. During a later renovation, it was discovered that some of the house had been insulated with seaweed.

In the Museum Store! Think Christmas Shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Morgan Block Part 2

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

Continuing the Morgan Block story and Charles Morgan’s undertaking establishment. This information provided to the museum by Morgan’s daughter Ruth several years ago.
The main room in Charles Morgan’s undertaking business was the display room for caskets. An embalming room was off to the side. He had a lady assistant whose job was to care for the women (hair, clothing, and make-up, if needed). A large book of sample cloths was available for choosing casket linings.
Often, Morgan took care of the deceased without receiving any payment for his services. It was his wife’s job (Helen) to collect those unpaid bills and she would often walk to their homes on pay day to collect a few dollars at a time. One lady paid with Larkin coupons and occasionally someone would see Helen coming and lock the door or even let the dog loose.
Through the years that Morgan owned the building, various tenants rented other space in the building. This is the list as provided by Ruth Morgan: Alonzo Mann and wife; Cy and Annie Young and Freddie; Kitty and John Gilman & and Frank (they were underwater divers); Sammy Boyle and daughter Louise; Madame Maynard (a medium and fortune teller); Don Meyers (editor of the Millinocket Journal); Dr. Victor Hoy (chiropractor); Peter’s (sanitary) Meat Market, with Harry, Jim and Charlie Peters; Walter Trott (barber); E.B. Reed (undertaker) and wife and son David; Phil & Claire Hatfield (operated a ladies clothing store and later purchased the Morgan Block).
A “strange incident” is mentioned in the information. A later owner of the building while doing some renovation discovered a monument being used as a brace against an upright. A Morgan family member remembered that Charles Morgan had needed something to support the upright and the granite monument was in the building. A family had ordered it, but never paid for it or had it placed at the cemetery so Morgan found a different use for it. I wonder if it is still there!
Visit the museum for Christmas shopping and give local history books, calendars, DVDs or photos to those on your shopping list! No crowds to get around and masks and social distancing observed!

In the Museum Store! Start Thinking Christmas Shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Photo ID and Morgan Block

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

A huge parade was held in town in 1951 as part of Millinocket’s 50th birthday celebration. Crowell, a local photographer, took many photos and many families selected numerous of these photos which were placed in black photo albums. The museum has several of them and we noticed that although most have the same photos of floats and such from the parade, each album has a few that are unique to that album. There is no identification on the photos. One recently caught out attention. It shows a rather elaborate hearse pulled by one horse. The driver is well-dressed and wearing a top hat. If you know which funeral parlor this hearse represented and the name of the driver, please contact the museum! This photo has caused us to want to know more of the history of the undertakers and funeral parlors in town. Contact us with information…thank you!
The following is taken from information provided by Ruth Morgan a several years ago. Charles Morgan decided to become an undertaker like his brother Roy. He went to Boston, took an embalming course and then returned to Millinocket. He worked as an assistant for Bragdon’s Funeral Home for a time and then decided to go into business for himself. He built an addition on his State Street home and started his business. He later decided to acquire a lot on Penobscot Ave. and build a cement block building to house his business. While working at the mill, he made a wooden block form that could be used to make several blocks at a time. After they were “cured” he could make more. He thus made all the blocks for his building. It was large enough for his family to live on the second floor. The embalming and casket display was on the first floor and there was a garage underneath for his hearse and the family car (a sedan). The State Street house was sold and the Morgan family moved to Penobscot Avenue. Today, Charles Morgan’s building is the location of Tanous and Snow Law Office.
It is interesting to note that Morgan was not the only one to make these cement blocks as there are several buildings in the older areas of town where these blocks can still be seen. More to this story next week!

In the Museum Store! Start Thinking Christmas Shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

2020 Calendar/New Items

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

Reminder…get your MHS 2021 calendar soon! Christmas and the new year will be here before we know it! The calendar has collages of photos from the different areas of town including Shack Hill and Little Italy. There are photos from Society Hill, the park area, Medway Road/Eastland Avenue (built up after WWII) and in the 1950’s and 1960’s Hillcrest Development. Other town areas are represented by photos of some of the businesses through the years including Aroostook Avenue with some of its garages and hardware stores. Outer Central Street has the car dealerships that sprouted “on the hill” after the street was extended that way. We did not forget to include the areas of “across the tracks,” outer Bates Street and The Pines/Iron Bridge Road with Rush’s Sawmill and the old swimming hole. The calendar covers a wide range to photos through the years plus a recent great aerial photo by Josh Linscott on the cover. Stop in at the museum to get yours, just $12.00. Available by mail $12.00 each plus $5 each SH. Great gifts! Help support the museum!
Time to catch up with the new items donated in the last few weeks. Sandy Haynes brought in a Boddy’s Dairy ¼ pint clear glass milk/cream bottle and a photo of a horse-drawn milk delivery wagon filled with milk cans. There was also a scrapbook of SHS basketball (1930’s), senior photos from the 1940’s, yearbooks and out-of-print books by local authors. Gene Nice brought in a collection of Northern Knights photos from various competitions and parades. Pat Bouchard gave a Masonic certificate dated 1926 of George Alward. The many give-a-ways local businesses used to advertise are interesting. Sharon Machia brought in a small plastic coin bank from the Millinocket Trust Company. It has a lock and key and looks similar to a small bird feeder! She also gave an ash tray advertising DiNardo’s Store and a very small tape measure from Fred Hatt, Plumbing and Heating. Keep the advertisements from local businesses coming…they will make a great display! We’ve also added a genealogy book on French- Canadians and History of Madawaska (Sally Bouchard) and on Rideouts in America (Lenny Berry).

In the Museum Store! Start Thinking Christmas Shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.