Millinocket Historical Society

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

Author: Trudy Wyman (Page 1 of 4)

SHS Coach Jimmy Stevens

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

It’s basketball season and many are looking to finish out with an winning season and a trip to the tournament. This has long been a tradition in Millinocket with both the boys and girls high school teams. The museum has a scrapbook with many pages devoted to a former coach and physical education director at Stearns High School. His name was Jimmy Stevens.
Stevens graduated from Stearns HS in 1928 and was described as an outstanding athlete in spite of the fact he never weighed more than 125 pounds. He then attended Higgins Classical Institute and excelled at three sports there. His next schooling was at Springfield College where he was on the wrestling and baseball teams. He graduated from Springfield in 1933 and accepted a coaching position back in his home town of Millinocket.
During the next few years, Stevens’ boys’ basketball teams made the Eastern Maine tournament every year and the finals twice. An article in the scrapbook states. “Jimmy Stevens’ teams have had perhaps the greatest following of any team in Maine. Each time they worked their way into a tournament the whole town locked things up and boarded special trains to go and cheer the boys on.” In addition to boys’ basketball, Stevens also coached football, baseball and girls’ basketball at Stearns. Visit the museum and check out the yearbooks for photos and game highlights and statistics for the teams he coached.
A Bangor Daily News article tells of Stevens’ popularity after the announcement that he was leaving Stearns. He was called “Stearns Two Thousand Dollar Coach” by his admirers. He was applauded “as a coach, guide, mentor and friend of the Magic City’s famous Minutemen.” The students, in appreciation of their coach, presented him with an “expensive Gladstone zipper traveling bag.” Another article relates that Dr. Morey, school board chairman, called Stevens’ resignation as a “bombshell on the schoolboy sports front.” The new physical education director/coach hired for the 1940-41 school year was George Wentworth.
According to Jimmy Stevens’ daughter, Judyth, her father is primarily responsible for the Stearns’ teams being called the Minutemen. Judyth is a regular visitor to the museum. Stop in and check out the scrapbook, yearbooks and many photos of the Jimmy Stevens years at Stearns as a student and a coach.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

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

Old Local Businesses

Custom and laws have changed the number of days and hours that businesses remain open. The Millinocket Journal dated January 17, 1902 has an announcement that states “The merchants made a strong effort this week to secure the closing of the stores in town for two evenings a week.” That announcement implies that many of the stores were open possibly seven evenings each week. It continues, “ We, the undersigned merchants and businessmen, do hereby agree to close our stores and place of business on every Wednesday and Friday evening at 6 o’clock of each consecutive week during the months of January, February and March.” Some of the signers included: G.B. Moran (clothing store), Higgins & Bach (?), Fred McLawlin, H. & J. Rush (clothing store), John Simon (groceries+), Mrs. J. Gwynn (seamstress), Asa Craig (dry goods), F.M. Peasley (hardware), Boston Shoe Store, Gonya Bros., James F. Kimball (groceries & more), G.S. Baker & Co. (furniture, crockery, funeral goods) and McAvey Bros. The museum continues to learn more about former local businesses to add to our research file. If you have information on any of the above businesses, their owners, dates of operation or photos, please consider sharing by stopping by the museum, sending a letter or an email.
The same newspaper has local news items from Millinocket, East Millinocket and Medway, but it also has a short column of items from Braggville. Anyone know where that might have been? It mentions that J. D. Leon, E. H. Townsend & Co. and Thos. Neddo are putting in their supply of ice for next summer. Another item tells that the bark teams of F.L, Robinson & Son are hauling some loads at present, while some of the outsiders have been tied up for the past few days. Was this an organized Maine town at one time or the name of a section of one of the area towns? It would be interesting to know!
The blizzard, high winds and extremely cold temperatures kept us from opening the museum last week. We hope that winter will be kinder to us for the remaining time that it is with us.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos –still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

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

2017 Summary

Happy New Year to all the museum’s visitors, supporters, volunteers and members! It’s been a great year with many donations to the collection, the new sign out front, the expansion of the paver project and progress on the second floor display space. The museum had nearly 1000 visitors who signed our guest book and there were others who did not sign, Visitors came from thirty-one states and Washington, D.C. in addition to Maine. There were visitors from Canada and China (the Chinese students attending Stearns HS and the large group here from SHS’s sister school). Other visitors stopped in from England, Morocco, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Okinawa and the Philippines.
Larger groups in addition to the Chinese students were the local 4th grade students, students from Millinocket Middle School and the entire eight grade from Medway Middle School. Other groups included the local Red Hatters, a group of quilters, several Friends of Baxter State Park, America Corps participants and some ghost hunters. The museum has something of interest for everyone!
The new sign out front has helped attract visitors. It was designed and constructed by MHS president and volunteer David Cyr. The paver fundraising project is on-going and more pavers were placed in 2017. Get your orders in now for placement by early summer. Some work was accomplished on the second floor display area late last winter and into the spring. More will be done during the remainder of this winter. Sheet rock placement is the next step. David, Mark and Stan have done most of this work on the upper floor.
More than seventy-five people have donated items to the collection with several of them donating multiple times. They have brought in photographs, newspapers and a wide array of artifacts. Our genealogy section with photos, stories and ephemera has expanded a lot. Items have come by mail, been found stuck in the museum door and handed to museum volunteers at various locations.
The final donation list for 2017 includes a photo of early GNP firemen (Bob Leet), a metal bedpan (Jerry Bulley), a signed copy of Georgia Manzo Joachim’s cookbook and photos and post cards (Don Howard). Rod Williams emailed interesting photos/papers about his lifelong interest in drawing and his military service. Joan Guimond donated the WWII Navy nurse uniform of Verna Guimond.
Thanks to volunteers Anna, Leola, Jane and Susan for all they do assisting visitors, organizing displays, cataloging and more!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos –still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

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

Movie Star in Town

The Millinocket Journal headline, January 10, 1940 was: Visiting Movie Star to Be Given Keys to City Saturday Morning. The lead article complete with photo begins as follows: Excitement runs high in Millinocket this week as the town prepares to greet the first and only active moving picture star ever to appear here in person during the playing of a picture in which he starred.” Known as The Lonely Cowboy, Tex Fletcher was at that time a radio star for station WOR in New York, had appeared in several Broadway plays and recorded western songs for Decca Records.
Many activities were planned for Tex’s day in Millinocket beginning with his arrival at 10:00 AM. A cavalcade of cars furnished by Freeman Murphy (local Pontiac/Chevrolet dealer) met Tex at the town line. A tour of the town followed with first stops at the three hospitals (Millinocket General Hospital, Dr. Morey’s Hospital, Wyman Memorial Hospital) where he sang for the shut-ins and convalescents. The keys to the city were presented by the chairman of the Board of Selectmen Mrs. Bernice Buck. This took place on the Opera House steps. Next a tour of downtown with three minute stops at local businesses, many who had special deals for the day. Mr. Walker at the Singer Sewing Machine store had silhouettes of Tex for him to sign for people. Newberry’s offered a Range Rider sundae and Whalen’s Drug Store had a fountain special. Miss Hardy’s Gift Shop had Tex Fletcher autographed five-year diaries for sale.
Shortly after 12:00 noon, the star arrived at the J. J. Newberry store and was guest of honor at the new lunch counter. Afterward, Tex returned to the Opera House to rest before his first appearance at the matinee showing of his movie “Six Gun Rhythm.” Following the matinee, Tex was treated to a spaghetti dinner at Peluso’s restaurant in Little Italy. Another appearance was made at the theater’s evening performance.
Many autographs were signed throughout the day and the newspaper stated that “Tex Fletcher Day” will be long and happily remembered. One citizen said he hoped Tex would return to Hollywood and report Millinocket as “the friendliest and most hospitable town in America.”

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the New Year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be placed before July 4.

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

1908 Local Businesses

The program booklet from the Union Parade in 1908 featured advertisements from many local businesses. Two weeks ago, I listed some of them and hoped to get some information. One local man came in and said Mr. Rachon (store on Medway Rd.) was a family member. I’m hoping that some other grandchild or great-grandchild will recognize a name from their family tree and recall a story or two passed down the line that they can share with us at the museum. Here are some more of the ads from that program.
1. Morris and Holt – Our cigar and tobacco department will be open all day. Any day you want a SHAVE we can do the job – in union hours.
2. Regis Cyr – Manufacturer of Harness, Moccasins, Boots and Shoes, prompt attention given to repairing.
3. Allen & Morris LUNCH CART – Open all hours of the day and until 12:30 at night. Your patronage solicited. Union Men.
4. McCaffrey Bros. Wood and Ice, Penobscot Ave.
5. W. M. DeVoe Pool and Billiard Hall, Barber Shop, Cigars, Tobacco and Pipes, Fruits, Confectionary and Soft drinks.
6. Millinocket Candy Kitchen – B. B. Stinchfield, 2500 New Souvenir Post Cards just received. All the latest novelties. Ice cream specialties for the week Chocolate, Caramel and Vanilla.
7. Henry S. Brown – dealer in Milk, Cream, Butter, Eggs and Country Produce. Oxford St., No. 29.
8. King Bishop – Barber Shop, Tobacco and Cigars, Refreshments of all kinds. Bishop Block corner Penobscot Avenue & Central Street.
9. J. D. Walker, Merchant Tailor, Doctor’s Block over Moran’s Clothing Store.
10. Mackin & Moreau’s New Tonsorial Parlor at the John Simon Building. Good work guaranteed. Come in & go out happy. Also 1st class massaging. Razors honed and set a specialty. We take orders for special designs for shaving mugs.
Several of these ads include the word Telephone or Telephone Connection but do not give a number. This program booklet and the old newspapers give evidence that the early years of Millinocket had plenty of pool halls, bowling alleys, tobacco shops and barber shops and other gathering places for the gentlemen of town. We are seeking photos and information for the museum’s business files.

Do you remember those wooden cutouts with pictures of local buildings made by a company called Fernwood of Maine? The museum is seeking those of local buildings for our museum store. We are able to resell them to benefit the museum. If you have some tucked away that you no longer want, drop them off at the museum. Thank you!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the New Year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Pavers still available also.

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

A Busy Time of Year

Have had a couple of busy weeks at the museum! The museum table at the craft fair at the American Legion hall was successful and then this past weekend Millinocket was bustling with the runners and their families and friends for the marathon. Many of the runners and their support groups were seen walking or jogging past the museum on their way to the park for the start of the race. Later, quite a few of the supporters stopped in at the museum. One small boy commented, “Wow! I’ve never been to a museum before!” He and his brother liked listening to the wind-up Edison phonograph. Cookbook sales at the craft fair, at the museum and by mail have been brisk.
A gentleman contacted the museum recently seeking information on a car Dr. Young once owned. He stated it was a 1940 LaSalle coupe that spent much of the time stored in a garage. The doctor did his medical rounds in a Packard automobile. The person seeking the information is a Mr. Williams who as a local boy was interested in cars and grew up drawing many pictures of different automobiles. This led to an adult career as a drawer/designer. He would like to hear from anyone who remembers Dr. Young’s vehicles. Did Dr. Young have any children who might provide details? Contact me, Trudy, and I’ll pass on the information. He also mentions a 1948 Packard convertible (he says it was spectacular) owned by a Daigle family. They had a garage somewhere near the Opera House. He would like to hear from anyone that remembers that car.
Other questions frequently asked at the museum are in reference to the Great Northern Hotel. They see the large photo on display and many visitors do not know what it was. Others ask, “Where was it?” “What happened to it?” It was constructed by Great Northern Paper Company as a place to accommodate company officials when they visited from the company offices in Boston. Construction started in 1899 and was finished in two years. It was a grand structure and was nicknamed “The Palace in the Woods.” It was located on the lot where today the Millinocket Memorial Library and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church stand. In 1961, the hotel closed, its contents auctioned off and the building was torn down. Some museum visitors have mentioned there was a fire, but the Laverty town history does not mention this. More information on this subject would be welcome.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the New Year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Pavers still available also.

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

Union Parade 1908

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

On September 7, 1908 there was a big parade in Millinocket in honor of Labor Day. As in those early days, this was the largest parade and celebration to be held each year in town. All the mill’s union groups (referred to as the C. L. U.) marched as well as other groups. The following information is from the program booklet for that day.
The parade participants gathered at 8 AM at Union Hall and from there proceeded along Penobscot Ave., to Central Street to Katahdin Street and on to the depot to meet all trains. On the return march, the parade went to the mill office and back down Penobscot Ave. and from there to the Pavilion.
The booklet gives the names of all the union’s members at that time, making it a great genealogical resource. Some of the unions listed are: Firemens’ Union #69, Office & Papermakers’ Union, Federal Trades #11311, Carpenters & Joiners #1707, Electricians’ Union, Teamsters” Union #205 and Log Workers’ Local # 10.
One page lists sporting activities for the day and the prizes. Included were a 100 yard (for age 17 and up), a100 yard dash for boys under 16 and a two mile run (prize was $20.00). There was also a potato race, three legged race, fat men’s race (1st place $3,00, second place $2.00), a ball game, a canoe race, tug of war, greased pole ($5.00), horse race (3 bags of oats) and boxing in barrels ($5.00).
A Labor Day ball took place in the evening with a grand march, round dances, waltzes, contra dances and the two-step. The program also lists the Portland Fancy, the Boston Fancy and a Barn Dance.
The advertisements provide a wealth of information as to some of the early businesses. A few unfamiliar names included which the museum would like to learn more about include:
1. Don’t forget to visit THE GEM, continuous change of pictures from 8 AM to 10 PM;
2. W. D. Rachon Dealer in Family Supplies, New store to be located on Medway Road, Cottage Hill;
3. For a Good Time go to Tapley’s Dancing Pavilion, Just across the Iron Bridge;
4. H.W. Howard, Horseshoeing & General Jobbing, Carriages Repaired, Central St.;
5. Leo S. Warren, Jeweler & Optician, Engraving of all Kinds;
6. Powers’ Livery Stable, Carriage at depot with Great Northern Hotel upon back seat, Stable on Central St.;
7. H.F. Bragdon, For 1st class laundry work of all descriptions, Orders taken for Cut Flowers.

And more for later!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the new year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Pavers still available also.

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

Happenings, 1917

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

“It’s great! And, much more than the usual cookbook.” This was the response of a gentleman who had ordered one of the museum’s new A Taste of History cookbooks. He liked his copy so much he ordered another for a family member. See information below to purchase. They will also be available on Dec. 2 at the museum table at the craft fair at the American Legion Hall.
Donations come to the museum in all sorts of containers…folders, cardboard boxes, shopping bags and even garbage bags. A recent donation was a shoebox of letters to and from various members of the McLean/Shanks/Hale families. These have been placed in the genealogy section of the museum. They contain correspondence between family members on their family tree data and personal letters and notes. One group of typewritten letters shares information of one couple’s experiences during time spent in Africa and beyond. All these items were donated by Ethel Shanks Doyle.
The Hussey’s brought in photos and ephemera from the Wheaton/Joy family. These items came from a home on Lincoln Street. Again, these have been placed in the genealogy files which are getting more and more use.
From the 1917 town report some tidbits (note this report was from Feb. 1926 to Feb. 1917):
1. Fire chief Gates wrote he kept the horses close to the fire station all winter. He was concerned that if an alarm came, “it would be impossible to get the automobile on the back streets, and the sled with two chemical tanks and one thousand feet of hose would be too heavy to haul by hand. It would be folly to do otherwise.”
2. Dr. Stevens, Board of Health: Isolated cases of typhoid, four cases of tuberculosis (two died, two sent to sanitorium), so many cases of grip that it could be called an epidemic and many cases of measles. He states that people “think so lightly of it.” Over 300 cases were reported in town that winter.
3. A bowling alley or pool room license could be purchased for $10.00 and a lunch cart or innkeeper’s license for only $1.00. Six pool room licenses were approved. There was one merry-go-round license approved for $5.00. I wonder where that was?
4. Among other cases, the police department processed one drug fiend, seven for evading car fares, one perjury, one for running a gambling house and ninety-eight tramps. As a kid growing up on the outskirts of a small rural Maine town, I remember seeing tramps come up the road heading into town. They would often knock on the door our house to ask for food, money or to do odd jobs.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the new year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Pavers still available also.

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

Busy Holiday Season

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Do some Christmas shopping at the museum’s table at the craft fair at the American Legion, 9AM-3PM. We will have our new cookbooks plus calendars and other items from the museum’s store.
Old newspapers are very interesting! One Millinocket article in a 1922 Bangor paper mentioned the number of events and activities to be held during the upcoming holiday season. It states: “It is becoming difficult in our busy little community for churches, schools, orders and clubs to stage entertainments, plays, concerts, etc. without conflicting dates.”It goes on to suggest all groups provide their information to the newspaper correspondent soon “to avoid much difficulty.” Already scheduled were a play, Aunt Jerusha’s Quilting Party at the Baptist Church; a play, The Hottentot by the K of C; the annual Papermakers Ball; three evenings of plays by the May Edwards Stock Company; Bimbs, a musical comedy directed by Vinal Crommett for the benefit of baseball interests; the annual Chapman concert (Philharmonic Club); and the school’s Junior Exhibition. These were all planned for mid-December through early January. The article says:” All these, in addition to the regular club meetings, lodges, whist parties, dances, Christmas tree and the various appointments of the churches which should rank first, make us some busy little town for the next few weeks.”
The 1921-1923 scrapbook of local news articles I have been going through makes many mentions of functions being held in Friendly Hall. Does anyone have any idea where that might have been? Others mention Rush’s Hall built by Charles Rush on Penobscot Avenue. This would be used by the Modern Woodmen of America and for public functions. After a fire, the building was rebuilt as the Opera House.
The Friends of the Library gave the museum one of the Dick Manzo prints they were given. It is of the Great Northern Hotel that used to be on the site where the library and Episcopal Church are located. The FMML has several more of these for sale to benefit the library.
Now on display at the museum with other sports photos is one of SHS football coach George Wentworth with players Dana Burleigh, Lawrence “Buzzy” Hopper, Ozzie Porter and Bill McCluskey. This was Wentworth’s first year coaching football at Stearns. The photo was donated by Denise Burleigh Page along with snapshots of the Veteran’s monument construction and a flag raising ceremony at MRH. Another interesting picture (from a news photo) shows a group of local Boy Scouts and others placing a 49 star flag at sunrise atop Mt. Katahdin. It was said to be the first raising of the new flag, July 4, 1959, denoting Alaska becoming a state.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the new year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).

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

Lots of New Additions

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
It is time to once again catch up on the new items that have been donated to the museum. Lynn Walsh, who was a member of the Katahdin Rangers and took part in several of the drum corps trips, brought in a large collection of memorabilia. It included photos and many news articles. Photos of the Katahdin Rangers, Pink Panthers (in Washington DC), Stearns High School band (in Washington, DC) and town band are currently displayed at the museum.
Anne Erickson donated several books for the museum’s research room. We are continuing to add books by local authors and books about the local area. Anne gave The Allagash by Lew Dietz, Christmas Always, “In the Shadow of Katahdin,” by Clara Gordon Bartlett and The Maine Land by Marion Bradshaw. The research room is getting more use each year. Tim and Belinda Smyth visited the museum and brought advertising items from the former Belinda’ s Bakery and a unique old map. The map of northern Maine, undated, appears to be very early for this area. There is no Millinocket, and Medway is labeled as Nicatou. It appears to be an original map on linen.
The museum has quite a few things to eventually be placed in a barber shop display. Paul Noyes barber chair, shaving items, a sign, a photo of Mt. Katahdin that once was displayed in Walter Trott’s barber shop and more. Now we can add one of the fixtures of old time barber shops…a spittoon. A small brass one was just donated by Al Legassie.
A Singer sewing machine, circa 1921, is now at the museum. Donated by Ramona Cesare, this treadle machine came complete with vintage spools of thread and other sewing notions in the drawers. This sewing machine once belonged to the Nichols family. There have been many, many organizations in Millinocket through the years. Recently added to the collection is a large framed Master Mason certificate dated 1931. The name on the certificate is Ivan Alonzo Buck. Also with the certificate is a photo we assume is Buck, but it has not been confirmed. The certificate and photo were donated by Leo Bulley along with a US Air Force hat.
There will be a craft fair at the American Legion Hall on December 2 from 9AM to 3PM. The Millinocket Historical Society will have a table there with calendars, cookbooks, Laverty books, the Millinocket book and more. Please stop by!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the new year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).

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

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