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

Author: Trudy Wyman (Page 1 of 18)

Millinocket Land Co./Medway Road

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

The Millinocket Land Company…this came up while researching a question about Medway Road. It appears that in the early days of Millinocket, that company is listed as owner of land on Medway Road. If any reader knows anything about that company, please contact the museum.
As early as 1901, Penobscot County Commissioners were contacted by town authorities about making a road from Central Street that would follow the old trail to Medway and Mattawamkeag. At that time Central Street crossed Millinocket Stream (first bridge can be seen in large photo displayed at museum) and continued past by what would be State and Congress Streets (the Flat). From there, the new road would follow the old trail to Medway. The first town dump was located near the bridge. Beyond the bridge, the road curved south and downstream over the high land that backed Little Italy. Many French families settled there. The town also planned for a burying ground on the high land there. Over time, new houses were built and Charles Tapley built a building that housed several things. There was a Chinese laundry in the basement, a social hall for parties and dances and rooms and board were available. Later the building was purchased by Mr. Barbian and eventually it became the original Hotel Terrace. (Information from Laverty book, Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness, available at museum.)
A bit of local election trivia! In 1943 Millinocket accepted the provisions for absentee voting in regard to town elections. This made it possible for WWII men and women to vote while away serving their country. And a timely piece of election news from a Nov. 3, 1924 news article. “It is desired that the citizens of Millinocket show the same amount of loyalty and cast an equally number of votes at the polls this week in the presidential election as characterized in the gubernational contest for their own state. Let us have no slackers.” FYI…in that presidential election, incumbent Calvin Coolidge won over Democratic opponent John W. Davis. In the governor’s race that year, incumbent Percival Baxter won over Ralph Owen Brewster.
Looking for mannequins (especially male w/head) and wig stands for future displays! Also could use a couple of two-drawer file cabinets.

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.

The Fruit Store

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

Several late 1940’s issues of The Millinocket Journal featured articles on local businesses. One is titled “Fruit Store Building One of Oldest Landmarks.” Many remember this business being run by the Matangelo family and being the place to go to purchase penny candy. However, there is an interesting history before that time.
The original building was constructed about 1899 (on the right side of the current town parking lot on Penobscot Avenue). It was originally the location of Hayden’s Photo Studio. In 1928 the building was sold by Mrs. Bowler to David Drago who came to town from Castine. He named his business Millinocket Fruit Company and operated it until about 1940 when he sold to Michael Matangelo. Chester Matangelo worked as clerk there as he had for Drago (seven years). During WWII, while Chester and John Matangelo were in the service, the Matangelo girls managed the business.
When the Journal article was written in 1946, it stated that there had been improvements to the building, but it “still stands as one of the familiar landmarks of the town, being considered the second oldest building on the main street.” This building burned in 1958 and was replaced by a similar size building on the opposite side of the parking lot (now Living Innovations). The “Fruit Store” continued in business for many more years.
The 1946 article mentions a few of the store’s offerings at the time included Hood’s Ice Cream, a full line of confectioneries and Schrafft’s, Donna Deane’s and Johnston’s Chocolates. There were fresh fruits, roasted peanuts, soft drinks and a miscellaneous line of cookies and pastry as well as the Pastene brand of groceries and macaroni. At that time there was a new model Dry Cool beer container and everything in tobacco and smokes. The article mentions that beer was in scarce supply since the end of the war, but they hoped to have a plentiful supply soon.
The original cash register that David Drago brought with him to Millinocket in 1928 is on display at the museum along with a copy of a photo of the original store. The Journal article states that as of 1946 Drago was living in Edgecomb, Maine and operating a filling station and night cabins.

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.

Queries

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

When did Fuller Furniture begin business in Millinocket? This is an example of a question posed recently to the museum and this week I write about this and several other questions that have arisen recently.
Fuller Furniture was in business early on Penobscot Avenue (site later of JJ Newberry) and started by Charles Fuller. Fuller genealogy at the museum has Charles Fuller’s occupation as “store owner, Fuller Furniture Co., 1910-1920” and son Almon as “clerk, furniture store” in 1930. In 1922 the store was purchased by Gerald Comstock and the name stayed the same. Later the business moved to the corner of Penobscot Avenue and Central St. where it remained until recent years. The building now houses an art gallery.
A small tintype donated by Dan Morrison shows Edwin Adams as a child. His name is written on the back of the paper frame. The museum already had an old photo labeled as the Edwin Adams house, 420 Katahdin Avenue. The question arose, “Is that house still standing?” A ride down Katahdin Avenue shows no 420 (two houses in the right area show no numbers) and one does have some of the photo’s features, a front bay window, correct roof line and two windows on second floor. The overall footprint is smaller today, but it could be the house.
Also donated by Morrison were a pair of early eyeglasses with wire earpieces. They are in a black case with Charles K. Sleight, Optometrist, Millinocket, Maine embossed on the case. The eyeglasses appear to be from the 1920’s or earlier. A tattered copy of The Merchant’s Bulletin (Dec. 1925) has an ad for this service. It was located opposite the fire station, upstairs. Sleight was an optometrist and optician and examined eyes and fitted glasses.
The museum also received a punch card from Munson’s Lunch. It was sold to Philys Barr on 3/22/1947. In five and ten cent increments, when fully punched, the card entitled the owner to $3.30 in lunch items for a cost of only $3.00. The states “no discount unless paid in advance.”
We are searching for photos of the B & A Millinocket roundhouse (another question posed by a visitor) as well as information/photos on any of the above topics. Thanks!

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.

Girl Scouts

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

The Girl Scouts were formed in the United States in 1912 by Juliette Low when she gathered eighteen girls in her hometown in Georgia and shared news about a new program in Europe. It would enable young girls to participate in an outdoor and educational program.
For a long time, the museum had few Girl Scout items, but in recent months that has changed. A child-size mannequin (found as a free item displayed in front of a local home) now shows off a Girl Scout uniform. The uniform belonged to Nadine Brown Webster and was sewn by her mother. It consists of a one piece dress plus a round felt hat and shorts and a regulation GS belt. Pinned to the hat is a photo of 12 year old Nadine in 1942.
An article in a scrapbook compiled by Polly Segee states that in the years 1958-1963 there were at least 262 Girl Scouts in Millinocket. This scrapbook and others donated earlier by Bobbie Allen and Dianne Bilodeau contain many articles of interest and may be viewed at the museum. Dianne recently donated a small Brownie Scout wallet to go on a belt (and other items). The museum collection also has several sashes with multiple badges, loose badges, a Brownie hat and handbooks.
Several photos of Girl Scouts and Brownies are in the collection, but one is particularly interesting. It shows nine women (local GS leaders) dressed in GS outfits of earlier days. Front and center in a vintage GS uniform is Belle Rush. Whatever happened to that uniform?
In other news, Judy Cyr and Dolly Jamieson brought in several issues of local newspapers. Dolly also donated am early photo that showed her father (Mike Creehan) driving a team of horses with a wood sled. The photo shows part of the mill in the background. Creehan hauled for GNP.
Packages continue to arrive from Randa Laplante Fitzgerald. Recent one contained kitchen gadgets, medicine bottles, opera glasses, camera, dolls and more. Now located in the Military Room is a large volume titled Collier’s Photographic History of the European War (WWI). Also in the Military Room book collection is a copy of Collier’s Photographic History of World War II donated by Ed Fitzgerald. These books and others are available for research use.

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.

Outing CLub

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

The original Katahdin Outing Club came into existence in 1936 when a group of local volunteers gathered nine miles north of Millinocket on the shores of Millinocket Lake and constructed a 40 foot by 65 foot log lodge with two fieldstone fireplaces. The group made two ski trails (half mile long North Tower Trail and Grand Pitch Trail), a jumping area, lighted skating area and a parking area. Near the lodge was a short rope tow for beginners and tiny tots. A ski patrol was formed and there was a ski school for beginners (Outing Club members). Quickly membership grew to 450-500 members with family memberships costing $5.00 a year. Tow rates for adult members was $1.25 a day, student members $1.00 a day and for non-members $2.00 a day. The Katahdin Outing Club lodge was destroyed by fire in April, 1948.
In March of 1972, Eddie Cyr and Tim Murray opened Black Cat Lodge as a year-round recreational area on almost the same spot with plans for numerous ski trails, T-bar lifts, toboggan sliding area and snowmobiling. The lodge would offer rooms for lodging as well as public rooms, a lounge and restaurant.
In the 1970’s, local authors Marion Whitney Smith and Kingman Smith wrote weekly articles for The Katahdin Journal. They were titled “Do You Remember.” The above information was taken from two of those articles published in March of 1972 when Black Cat Lodge and the area were under development. Looking ahead in 2020, new plans for that same area are underway. Anyone having information or photos from the original Katahdin Outing Club or Black Cat Lodge, contact the museum.
It’s hard to believe, but this is number 601 of the Odds and Ends column. When it was first suggested I write something for the local newspaper, I never thought it would go this far. At first it was in The Katahdin Times and then The Lincoln News. It is also found weekly on the museum Facebook page and museum website. Thank you to all who check in weekly for a glimpse into local history!

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.

Sanborn Map, 1904

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

Millinocket, Penobscot County Maine, population 2500, January 1904. This information is on page one of a map book by the Sanborn Map Company. This book and three more are in the collection of the Millinocket Historical Society. The 1904 book shows the layout of the downtown area with street names and information regarding water facilities and fire protection.
Water facilities at that time were listed as “Gravity system with water taken from log pond one mile distant. Mill pumps are conn’d to town system and are to be used in case of need. Pressure at P.O. 40 lbs. 40 hyds. 6 miles of water pipes. Fire Dept. Volunteer, 22 men. 2000 feet 2 1/2” hose.” Also indicated is that the fire department had no steam or hand engine. It had two independent hose carts and no hook and ladder cart.
The map key/legend tells that the following information can be found on the maps in the book: number of stories in the buildings; if roof is shingle, composite or slate; fire walls 6 inches, 12 inches or 18 inches above roof; metal or wood cornice; iron or wood doors and shutters.
This 1904 book shows streets fanning out from Penobscot Avenue to Water Street which wasn’t developed until later to Katahdin Avenue, Cherry Street and Essex Street. It appears Essex Street was intended to be parallel to Somerset St. The second book (1912), shows streets further out (Bates, Bowdoin, N. Terrace). Population was 3300 and the MFD had forty men, two horses, one H and L truck, two hose carts and a Gamewell fire alarm system (museum has main portion of this on display). Also mentioned are streets are unpaved and lighted by acetylene gas.
The 1916 map book states the population is 5000 and the fire dept. has added two chemical trucks. When fire alarm sounds, several pumps at GNP are connected to the village system. A map in this book shows streets off Medway Road (Granite, High, East, South) and also Wausau (that’s how it is spelled), Washington and Tremont.
It can be seen from these map books Millinocket’s street plan was carefully thought out early on with Penobscot Avenue, Katahdin Avenue and Central Street being the center.

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.

New Pavers Added

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

A bit late, but the newest pavers have been put in place in front of the museum by David and Mark. This fundraiser project began in 2016 and already there are nearly 200 laser engraved pavers in place and we are now accepting orders for next summer’s placement. In addition to the traditional “in honor” and “in memory,” there are pavers for businesses, school classes and sports teams, family last names, individual’s names and some that are more unique… a fishing derby, a 50th wedding anniversary and a pet are examples. Stop by the museum for the paver form or contact us for one.
The museum store has a variety of books, DVDs plus our own calendars for sale as listed below. In addition, there is a demand for preowned Stearns and St. Martin yearbooks and a demand for out-of-print books by local authors (McLeod’s The Northern and books by Marion Whitney Smith, Sylvio Caron, Dr. Morey and many more.) The list of local area residents who have written books through the years is astounding. The museum’s research/genealogy room houses a copy of each of the above for in-house research. The museum accepts donations of any of these items that the owner no longer wants as well as the Fernwood wood cutouts of local buildings.
Anyone wishing to donate to the “leaky roof” fund for the re-shingling/repair of the museum roof, send to Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462 or stop in at the museum. Every $5 or $10 helps. The roof needs to be done before winter and was not in the plan for this soon! Many thanks to John/Susan for the generous donation for this!
Recent item donations include: Mackin family tree compiled by former museum volunteer Mary Ellen Haugen (we miss her) donated by John Haugen; a 1951 SHS class photo, several GNP mill photos and a framed document titled Millinocket -1901;
(Carrie/David Shaw); and the book The Town That Paper Made (East Millinocket) given by Terry Johnson.
A number of military items of Earle Bickford, WWII, was donated by his nephew Ed Fitzgerald. The donation include several uniforms, photographs, books and documents from Bickford’s training and service as a WWII bomber pilot in Italy as a member of the US Army Air Force.

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 “Green Bridge”

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

The bridge across the West Branch on Rte. 11, sometimes called the “green bridge” is scheduled to be repaired or replaced. At the museum, an email from a Maine DOT representative asked for information regarding the bridge and road toward Brownville. This query led us to uncover several interesting pieces of information on the subject.
Talk began in 1926, but it was 1948 before the bridge was completed and all the previous bits and pieces of road were improved to make Millinocket to Brownville by automobile a reality. The museum has a pen (donated by the Speed family) used by Governor Hildreth to sign the order for the bridge and two photos of the governor and local dignitaries from the local Chamber of Commerce. People and businesses on the Millinocket side of the bridge were excited for this event.
A 1946 scrapbook in the collection had an article from another perspective. It looked at the need for a decent road and bridge and how the lack of such was costing the businesses in Brownville, Milo and surrounding towns.
Examples cited: 1) Ernest Ladd, owner of four sawmills (Brownville) had to get his pine logs via roads from Mattawamkeag and Lincoln; 2) John Lewis Industries 200 employees (Brownville) made tongue depressors for the Army and Navy and wooden knives, forks and spoons and used birch brought by truck from Howland or shipped from Ft. Kent; 3) In Milo, both American Thread Co. (used wooden spools) and B and A Railroad would benefit from a road direct from Millinocket.
Another resource (Sawtelle’s Ebeemee, North Brownville and the Prairie, gives this timeline for the road. In 1939, legislature appropriated monies to complete road; 1939-40, WPA & Dept. Transportation worked on Brownville end and construction reached North Twin dam area; WPA workers were transported in a dump truck with a canopy which was removed during day for construction work.
The Millinocket Chamber of Commerce was very much involved in this project from start (1920’s) to finish (1948). Some local men involved were: Frank Speed, Jack Ward, GB Moran, Carl Stockwell, Frank Rush and Frank Bowler.

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; “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.

Fred Gilbert, Spruce Wood Dept.

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

Fred A. Gilbert, in the early days of Great Northern, presided over the Spruce Wood Department. According to several sources available at the museum, Gilbert was described as colorful, controversial and energetic. He was continuously on the go, giving personal attention to even the most obscure details of his department. He was described as having a “rough tongue.” Novelist Holman Day gave Gilbert the nickname “Baron Fred, the lord of men.”
Gilbert knew how to handle men and his people at all levels were devoted to him. They called him Mr. Gilbert or F.A. He didn’t like if someone tried to put something over on him and was hard on malingerers and those who did not follow orders. On the other hand, if someone was in trouble he would help or if an old-timer was having a hard time doing a full day’s work, Gilbert might assign him an easy spot as dam tender or camp watchman.
Gilbert established conservative cutting practices, set up fire prevention policies and firefighting procedures. He suggested for years that all of the Bangor offices be moved to Millinocket and that the Boston and New York offices merge. It was said that Gilbert had in his head an inventory of all horses, machines and tools in the camps. He knew all the bosses and superintendents, contractors and supervisors.
In the 1920’s, after Garret Schenck’s death, Wm. Whitcomb took control of the company as president. It appears that there was a difference of opinion between Whitcomb and Gilbert. Whitcomb took over decision making for several aspects of the Spruce Wood Department and reversed some of Gilbert’s decisions. This finally led to Gilbert’s resignation in 1929.
The museum acquired the “Gilbert desk” a couple years ago from the library. A letter accompanying the desk states: the desk was purchased by Gilbert between 1918 and 1925 from a Boston store dealing in fine and rare antiques. It may have previously been in the Jordan family (founder of Jordan-Marsh stores). Gilbert used it as his personal desk in his home in Hampden. It was later used by family members before being given to the library by grandson Roger Smith. Smith recently contacted the museum and was pleased to know the desk is now on display at the museum in the Logging Room.

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; “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.

New Items at Museum

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

There has been a flurry of items being donated to the museum in the last few weeks…people have taken advantage of extra at-home time to do some sorting and weeding out! The museum’s military collection continues to grow. Rodney Gagnon added photos of Delores Graham (WWII Army Nurse Corps) and Dale Jandreau (USAF) and Bret Rideout (US Navy), both more recent military men. John Sears added some 1945 photos of Jim DeLois with other soldiers in Europe during WWII. We continue to display photos of local military men and women. The museum has also received a WWI military uniform (unknown owner) and Francis Elliott’s white navy uniform (no hat) and a large photo of Elliott (WWII). These were received from the former local VFW post, named after Elliott who died in WWII. Some VFW hats and other VFW items are now at the museum.
As usual, donated items cover a wide variety of topics. These include: a 2020 graduation program (Rick McGibbon); a 2001 Millinocket 100th birthday tea towel and a Levasseur’s True Value carpenter’s apron (Margie King); three 1940’s Great Northern stock certificates (Eric Vermeersh); and a Girl Scout vest, sash and several badges (James Day). More next week!
Progress is being made on the second floor renovations. Dry wall has been installed and painting is finished. Electrical work is in progress and the flooring is being laid down. Heating will be installed soon. In other news, the museum roof needs new shingles before snow falls. This had been planned as part of the third phase of renovations and grant seeking, but instead needs to be done this fall. If anyone wishes to help out, donations may be sent to Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462. Every $5 or $10 would help! Thanks!!
The 2020 batch of new engraved pavers are finally here and should be in place soon although later than originally planned due to this year’s unusual circumstances. Orders are now being taken for the next group of pavers to be installed hopefully by July 4th 2021. Visit the museum for information or contact us for a form to be mailed to you!

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; “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.