Millinocket Historical Society

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

Author: Trudy Wyman (Page 1 of 8)

Roads

Join us this week, Thursday, September 20, 1-3 PM to hear a talk by several local residents sharing stories of Millinocket’s Little Italy. Please plan to join us for a few minutes or for the whole session!
Visitors from afar are amazed to learn that the building of the mill and soon after, the town, was commenced before there were any real method of getting here. The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad passed through the area, although at some distance from the proposed mill site. The only other access was by water (West Branch) or via the old Sourdnahunk tote road. It wasn’t until 1901 that a road was petitioned by the Penobscot County Commissioners for a road to connect to Medway and Mattawamkeag. Central Street would be extended by building a steel bridge with stone abutments over Millinocket Stream. The museum has a display a large picture showing this bridge (c1911).
Getting all the people involved in building the mill to the site wasn’t easy. Another early GNP photo at the museum shows the 1899 version of Katahdin Avenue complete with tree stumps. This first “street” was the way to get people, building materials and other goods from the railroad into town until a railroad station was added and a spur line constructed to the mill site. People came from all parts of the world as this was where there was work for many.
A visitor to the museum asked to look at timelines showing major events in the town’s history. One is in the booklet printed for Millinocket’s 100th birthday. This has both highlights of the mill as well as town events. Dorothy Laverty’s 1973 published history also has a timeline. Both books are available at the museum. We have also collected a number of other timelines that have been printed in various sources throughout the years. These are compiled in a binder for easy access.
MHS will have a table at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Join us there!

***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

*** Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale. We have SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Catching up with Donations

Reminder! Stories by descendants of Little Italy is the planned topic for the afternoon of Sept. 20 at the museum. Between 1PM and 3PM several local residents will talk about the history and people, their traditions, food and many other interesting tales of this historic area of Millinocket. Please plan to join us for a few minutes or for the whole session!
Recently added to the museum’s genealogy archives are several Madore family photos (Mark Sopko) and Walls family information (Don Howard). Mark’s mother Jacqueline visited a few weeks ago and shared stories of games played by children in the Little Italy area when she was young. A visitor from New Brunswick stopped in town (cemetery, museum and town office) while following up on his Boddy family line. He has been communicating via e-mail with us at the museum and with Boddy’s here in Maine.
Hayden was an early Millinocket photographer. His name appears on a number of photos at the museum. They are all matted to heavy black paperboard and each is embossed with Hayden’s name. Tom Oliver brought in several recently. One is thought to be Grand Pitch, another Stone Dam and the remainder are possibly Dolby Dam construction. The detail is great on these photos. Paul Allen donated several older photos also. Most of these are currently unidentified. One labeled Kimball’s Store is thought to be the original store located in the GNP mill yard near the bridge (Laverty book). Another shows an unknown logging camp. We were able to determine it is a copy from one of the glass negatives in the GNP collection in UMaine’s Special Collections at the Folger Library. It is listed as “unknown logging camp” there also. Another photo depicts a tall peaked barn or livery stable with men and horses in front. There were several livery stables in town as noted in some of the old local newspapers.
Enlargements of photos were donated by Gary Stevens. One, a sled of 4 ft. wood being hauled by a team of horses and another familiar photo of four river drivers “picking the rear” have found a spot in the Logging Room. The third is of #10 machine dated 3/26/1920.

***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

*** Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale. We have SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Movies at the Log Camps, 1927

The movie man’s arrival at the logging camps of GNP’s Spruce Wood Department was eagerly awaited in the 1920’s. As many of the camps had no electricity, the movie man would arrive with two movie machines, cans of film, Victrola and case of records for his Victrola plus a generator. This is described in the museum’s copy of The Northern, July, 1927. From fall of 1926 through May 1927, Stanley Bartlett spent time in camps on the Chesuncook-Chamberlain Railroad and at the Cooper Brook and Ellis Brook Operations. Another movie man, Don Pearson showed films at farm houses, Grindstone, Canada Falls and Seboomook. The route they traveled was known as a circuit. Careful records were kept and showed that from September thru June, 264 shows were presented to 12,996 spectators.
The usual show consisted of a news reel, a two reel comedy and a feature movie. On most evenings, a total of nine reels were shown. The article states that movies titled Shameful Behavior and Sporting Life were well received and “proved to be less shocking than their names would indicate.” Eight different Hoot Gibson cowboy films were shown and enjoyed by all. The Victrola was used to play records for the music that accompanied the film. Remember, the first talking movie, The Jazz Singer, had just come out in October of 1927 and had not yet reached the northern Maine woods.
All the movie shown at the various log camps were provided by GNP’s Social Service Division who also provided daily newspapers to the woodsmen. During December, January and February of that wood’s season, over 400 papers were furnished daily by that department.
Another pastime at the GNP log camps was the making of “crooked knives.” These were fashioned with blades made from used three-cornered saw files. Handles were wood and carved with individualized shapes. These are described in a book by Sylvio Caron. The museum has several on display from the collection of Dana W. Brown. They are unique! Some woodsmen used these Native American inspired knives to make spruce gum boxes. Several of these are also displayed at the museum.

***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

*** Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale. We have SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Tales from Little Italy, Upcoming Program

Stories by descendants of Little Italy is the planned topic for the afternoon of Sept. 20 at the museum. Between 1PM and 3PM several local residents will talk about the history and people, their traditions, food and many other interesting tales of this historic area of Millinocket. More later! Please plan to join us at the museum that day!
Remember the days in the 1950’s and beyond when there were planned and supervised activities at all the local playgrounds? The recreation department was responsible for these activities. The museum received three sturdy checkerboards (no checkers) that were used by children at the Little Italy Playground and perhaps at others. They were brought in by Kendra Pelkey.
Bruce Haines donated a copy of a 1939 Bangor Daily News with the front page story on Donn Fendler, still lost in the Mt. Katahdin area. The museum does not have any local papers with the Fendler story. Peter Fitzpatrick sent in two photos of the Katahdin Rangers, one showing the group on the steps of the original Stearns High School. This Drum and Bugle Corps had many members during its tenure and many museum visitors relive memories as they look at KR uniform on the mannequin at the museum.
Margot McDonald donated a photo of a large group of Boy Scouts, c1950’s. Close ups of sections of this photo may be viewed on the museum’s Facbook page. We are trying to pinpoint the year and identify all the young scouts. Thank you to all who have responded on Facebook.
A visitor from Pennsylvania (Liliane St. Peter Wasmund amd husband) here for her 50th SHS reunion, came with a collection of items to donate. Among them were her parents HS diplomas (large, framed) and her dad’s Millinocket Grammar School diploma (Phillip St. Peter). This is only the second grammar school diploma in the museum’s collection. Also donated were a 1957 zoning map of Millinocket and two vintage post cards (Togue Pond Camps and a team of horses pulling several long logs.
This summer has been our busiest at the museum…stop by, you never know who or what you might see there!

***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

***Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale. We have SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Company E and Company I

Company E and Company I were National Guard groups once located in Millinocket, Maine. The museum’s copy of National Guard, State of Maine (1939) states that in 1916 an act of Congress allowed for the raising of a regiment of field artillery. It would have three battalions with two batteries each, the closest being headquartered in Bangor. By 1918, permission was granted by the War Department for an infantry regiment to be formed for the protection of the state of Maine. To be known as the 103rd Infantry, twelve new companies were formed. One was Company E in Millinocket.
The Union Chapel had been erected (c1899) near the corner of Cherry Street and Katahdin Avenue to provide a place for religious services and meetings. As denominational churches were constructed, the Union Chapel was then moved to Central Street behind the Bishop Block (currently K &M Motors). This became the Millinocket Armory and was also used for meetings, dances and other events.
Millinocket’s Company E became official 8/31/1918 with Wm. Glenn as Captain. Other officers were 1st Lt. H.B. McMillian and 2nd Lt. Lawrence Gregson. When Gregson was called into Federal service, Burdette D. Miller succeeded him. Recently, this column told of a visit to the museum by B.D. Miller’s son Frank and grand-daughter June. They donated a photo of three men in uniform, one being B.D. Miller. According to Frank Miller, B.D. Miller was instrumental in getting the National Guard company here. Also donated was a copy of the Maine National Guard certificate naming Miller 2nd Lt. Two photos at the museum show Company E at Camp Keyes, Augusta in 1919 and at Fort Devens in 1920. The book mentions that “a beautiful monumental stone” was erected by the company in 1934 in memory of its first commander Capt. Wm. E. Glenn. Does it still exist?
Millinocket’s Company E was re-designated Company I in 1921 as Third Maine Infantry and in 1922 it was changed to 103rd Infantry. Company I would go on to serve well for many years including participation in WWII. The “new” armory was constructed on Spring Street in 1939.

***Just received for sale, five copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

***Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store and Trailside Country Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Genealogy and More

A rare rainy day lately brought several AT hikers, campers or family members of hikers to the museum. They shared stories of their experiences and appeared eager to learn of the area and the history of this town at the end of the AT.
At some point, the museum will curate an exhibit relating to the topic of medicine. The museum has numerous vintage (and scary) medical instruments from local doctors and dentists. We have Dr. Ryan’s medical bag (1st doctor) and signs from Millinocket General Hospital and Dr. Morey’s practice. We even have a hand-made model of the Millinocket Community Hospital (it’s currently in storage). A recent addition is a tiny t-shirt that a newborn baby wore home from the hospital. It was donated by Margie King along with a copy of a history of the hospital auxiliary. Also in the donation from Margie were several copies of the Granite Street School newspaper, The Echoes.
Robin Burgess brought in an office chair that originally resided at the Great Northern Hotel probably in the 1940’s. It has a very sturdy metal base with brass trim. It was possibly used by one of the managers of the hotel or perhaps by guests seated at a writing desk.
The museum’s genealogy section continues to expand as more family tree information and photos are added. Frank Miller and daughter June Miller Ouellette made their annual visit to the museum and contributed several Miller family photos. Burdette Miller and wife Emma were owners of The Millinocket Times over 100 years ago. The museum has two copies of this newspaper, both dated 1917. Burdette Miller sold this newspaper in that year with expectations of enlisting in the military when the U.S. entered WWI. However, he was turned down as he had too many children. Frank Miller was one of these children. He does not recall who purchased the newspaper and the museum has been unable to determine if there was a local newspaper after 1917. The next paper at the museum is dated 1939.
Other photos added to genealogy are from Sandra Lyons (photos of Archibald Lyons) and from Linda (York) Hardy. The Lyons photo is in a National Geographic magazine and shows him poling wood into a mill debarker. The Hardy photos are of Russell York (WWII and Air Force Reserve).

Just received for sale, five copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store and Trailside Country Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Tree Cookie and More!

New treasures have been arriving at the museum all summer! It’s hard to keep up with them, so here’s more of what arrived recently. Another small piece of the former “Palace in the Woods” (otherwise known as the Great Northern Hotel) now resides at the museum. A small round container (is it for sugar or something else?) that matches a creamer and oval plate that has been in the collection for years. All three items have the same blue pattern on white. This was donated by Janice McCauslin Watson. We appreciate having this item as such things from the interior of the hotel are difficult to find. The museum has many photos of the outside of this structure (torn down in the early 1960’s). Does anyone have photos of the hotel’s interior?
Watson donated a photo of her dad, John McCauslin, in uniform for the museum’s military display. Along with the photo are a uniform hat, a helmet and a roll-up canvas toiletry kit that still has original items in it. These are all WWII era as is a German helmet. A SHS jacket, a program from the town’s 50th birthday and SHS class of 1943 senior photos and reunion photos were donated.
Some young museum visitors know what a “tree cookie” is. It’s a section or slice of a tree cut so that the rings show. An interesting one was donated by John York. It was found in the water at Dolby and it has a log stamp on it. It is stamped LAD. The mark is faint and worn, but still legible in the right light. It is on display in the logging room. In the early days of the log drives, the end of each log needed a mark to identify it so that the company or logger would get paid at the end of the drive. Many different log stamps had to be noted and tallied in a ledger at the end of each day. Very early on, the marks were made with an ax and they could be quite intricate. Later, as in the one with LAD, a tool was used. Several can be seen at the museum as can an early ledger noting the log stamps on all wood passing through Stone Dam around 1904-05. As many as twenty stamps a day are tallied.
Dana W. Brown, 95, donor of the museum’s Native American collection and many of the logging era tools passed away recently. When able, he enjoyed visiting the museum and talking about the river drives and telling us about how he acquired the items.
Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store and Trailside Country Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

A Genealogy Trek

Time to catch up with new items in the museum’s collection. We’ve been busy sorting and cataloging these along with enjoying visits with former residents, hikers, campers and other visitors to the Magic City. The states on the 2018 map of the U.S. are rapidly being colored in with Kentucky, Colorado, Texas and Tennessee just last week.
Thanks to Betty Steeves for donating bound copies of Stearns HS yearbooks 1928 through 1960. These have been placed in the museum’s archives. Other copies of SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks continue to be available for browsing in the museum’s Research/Genealogy Room. Bound copies of several years of GNP News were given by David Wollstadt, former editor of that business newspaper. These are located in the Research Room with other GNP scrapbooks, publications and news articles already in the collection. Wollstadt also donated unbound copies of McLeod’s The Northern, McCann’s Timber and papers relating to the mill’s history. One booklet has photocopies from glass negatives in the GNP collection in the Fogler Library, University of Maine Special Collections.
Two books of area interest have been added to the museum’s library. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, the Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail was donated by Leola Dubois. It takes place in the 1950’s when the trail was much different than now. This writer donated Cross Border Tales. Mostly a family genealogy researched and written by Charles McGowan. It covers his family history in Maine and New Brunswick. McGowan visited the museum earlier this month while in town awaiting a flight to Ragged Lake to retrace his great-uncle’s journey as a lumberjack in the early 1900’s. McGowan shared the story of his relative’s trek to Millinocket and Ragged Lake where he subsequently drowned as he and others were crossing the lake on their way back to the logging camp. The body was recovered, hauled by sled to Greenville, loaded on the train to Bangor where it was transferred to another train to New Brunswick and finally taken by raft down the St. John River to the man’s final resting place. McGowan emailed after his return home to Massachusetts that he had flown over the lake and to Greenville and then traveled to New Brunswick. He collected some water from Ragged Lake and poured it on his great-uncle’s grave. By the way, Dr. McGowan is 86 years old and drove himself from Massachusetts to Millinocket to pursue this family story. Both books may be seen at the museum and both are available on-line.
Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store and Trailside Country Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

1914-1919 Water Levels at Dams

Monday, July 20, 1914, Chesuncook. Two shallow gates opened 5’, 5:30 AM. Two gates in log sluice opened 5’, 5:30 AM. New sluice opened 5:30 AM. New sluice, two gates in log sluice closed 6:30 PM. Two small gates closed 4 ½ ft., 6:30 PM. Two small gates 3 ½”. Moosehead, 6:00 five gates and logway. North Twin, 493.05. 5:30 AM opened log sluice. 7:00 PM closed log sluice to 5’ 0”. Quakish, 5:00 AM, 30” = 460.50, 5:00 PM, 32”.
This is part of an entry in a small, black bound journal for 1914 donated to the museum by William Burke, Jr. This journal and two others (for 1915 and 1919) had been in the possession of William Burke, Sr. All three journals contain handwritten notations by several different people. On the covers of two of the journals, someone has written Water Levels. Although much of the information makes some sense to those of us unfamiliar with the dams and the drives, a lot is unclear. We would appreciate anyone stopping in at the museum to assist us in understanding these journals.
The 1915 journal does not contain any specific information on the dams. Instead it has sparse notations relating to the comings and goings of personnel and some notes regarding communication. For example, Monday, April 5, 1915 states: FCB at North Twin Dam, PM. Millinocket Mill began piling logs. (Assume FCB was Frank Bowler. Two different handwritings in this entry.) The July 31 entry states that I. Schenck left for Boston in auto, AM. The Oct. 24, 1915 entry: Drained canal to overhaul penstock headgates. Racks very dirty – large accumulations bark & mud in front of 11 ft. penstock. Estimate over 100 cu. yds. to be removed. The 1919 journal sentries are similar to the 1914 book.
Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00 and if mailed, shipping charges will be added. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store and Trailside Country Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

New book available!

Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps, a great area book researched and written by Bill Geller is now available at the museum. A limited number at $30.00 each plus $5.00 SH may be had by visiting the museum at 80 Central Street or by sending a check or money order to Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462.
The author did ten years of research, walked and canoed most of the area from Medway to Rip Dam and interviewed numerous knowledgeable people in preparing to write this very inclusive book. Get yours while they last. Note: A portion of your payment goes to the museum thanks to the generosity of the author.

Page 1 of 8

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén