Millinocket Historical Society

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

Author: Trudy Wyman (Page 2 of 13)

New Items Added

It’s finally spring which means many people are sorting through and finding new homes for some items. The museum is often the recipient of historical bits and pieces. In recent weeks, a wide variety of items have been donated. The newest and most unique piece is a commode chair that possibly is from the Millinocket General Hospital on Maine Avenue. Made of wood, the chair has a removable seat revealing a plywood bottom with appropriate opening. The opening is fitted with a plastic bucket with cover that appears to be original (identical photos on internet). There is also a soft toilet seat. This was donated by Ann Johnson Leavitt. This artifact is now on display in the museum’s rest room. By the way, there are also several chamber pots displayed there too! That seems to be the perfect place for them!
Barb Waters brought in a BF Rush quart milk bottle (great condition), Gary Stevens added another DVD to the collection (Early Snowmobiling in the Katahdin Area) and Rodney Gagnon added another Boy Scout handbook. A train set was donated by Bill French along with several wooden houses and fence pieces. These were made by Tom Hughes, Sr., for the donor’s grandfather. The houses are replicas of several actual homes in Millinocket. They need some tender-loving care, but it is hoped they can be fixed up a bit. We hope to identify where these houses are located. One is thought to be on State Street.
The sulphite pipeline was constructed in 1961 to carry sulphite laps to the East Millinocket mill and end the need to ship them by rail. The museum recently had several photos of this pipeline donated (John Beaupain) and soon after Sandy Haynes brought in a copy of a detailed report on it written by Nick Thompson in 1964. Another technical report is a daily GNP production sheet from May 8, 1946 given by Cal Wilson. It includes columns for total production, trim, basis, speed hours down and more. It also lists the customer names and how many rolls of paper were made for the orders on that day. The museum’s collection of various mill reports, manuals, blueprints etc. continues to grow. They are being archived and are available for anyone doing research.
Hannaford had chosen May for its $2.50 reusable bag program. For every Community Bag purchased at the Millinocket store during May, $1.00 will be donated to MHS. Also, the donation container that the Millinocket Hannaford has located just as you enter the store, all monies dropped in for an unspecified period of time will be donated to the museum. Thank you, Sally and Hannaford.

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Booklet -1903 Report on Millinocket & mill – interesting statistics – $7.00 at museum
3. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
4. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
5. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form; please order by mid-May for this year’s placement.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
***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.

Lower Mill Manager’s Residence

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Fairly early in the Great Northern Paper Companies history, it was the practice to maintain a residence for the mill manager/superintendent. In Millinocket, the first such residence is what most people refer to as the “guest house.” The house was built in 1912 for Garret Schenck, Jr. Later it was the home of mill superintendents, including Robert Hume. More recently, this home was used to house visiting company officials and others as the company guest house. It is now a private residence.
After the construction of the Lower Mill in 1906, the company built a mill manager’s/superintendent’s home in East Millinocket. The museum recently acquired twelve blueprints/plans for this building. Thank you, Jeannie Waite! The plans are labeled A, B, or C which was a GNP designation of the drawing size, C being 18” x 24” while A and B are larger. One is labeled location of residence for mill superintendent, north half block 45 and is dated Oct. 20, 1913. It was made by the GNP Engineering Dept., drawn by A.I.H. and number C145. Is shows the home located in the center of a large lot with Pine Street, Maple Street and High Street named. Another blueprint shows grading of the lot.
Other plans of various dates in 1913-14 are for details of the home including fireplaces and chimneys, windows for the sleeping porch, a detached garage and some 1957 changes. Plans are included for an interesting feature, a refrigerator to be constructed under the staircase. In these old ice boxes as they were often called, a block of ice was placed in the top section and the food was kept in the bottom section. These plans tell that the top portion was to be “thoroughly lined with 24 gauge galvanized iron with all joints soldered.” The outside of this ice box was “to be made of matched spruce or white pine. No hard pine to be used. The ice racks to be maple.” A drain pipe was attached. Ice for the ice box in those days would have been harvested from the river or a lake and stored in blocks in an ice house. The ice blocks were covered with sawdust to keep them frozen. Many towns had an ice man who delivered the blocks to customers who did not have their own ice house.
There are 1918 photos and a 1929 photo of this managers/superintendent’s house in the museum’s collection. We would be interested in compiling a list of the former residents of both the Lower Mill home and the one in Millinocket.

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Booklet -1903 Report on Millinocket & mill – interesting statistics – $7.00 at museum
3. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
4. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
5. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form; please order by mid-May for this year’s placement.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
***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.

Logging Room Library

We get researchers at the museum! Some visit to view photos, check old newspapers or talk with volunteers about many different topics. We have seen students, professors, authors and more. In the museum’s logging/river drive room we have a small collection of books related in some manner to the logging industry, locally and statewide. Visitors may sit and browse through these books and other logging related materials on the small bookcase. Some of the books are quite old, others newer.
Just added to this collection is a new book titled Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers by Roger Allen Moody. It details the life of O. A. Harkness who helped develop technologies for the fleet of boats that contributed to the success of the Penobscot Log Driving Company and the Great Northern Paper Company (book sold on Amazon.com).
Other books available for research include:
1. The West Brancher by Charles Glaster who spent many years as a clerk, paymaster & superintendent for GNP;
2. Lumbering in the Millinocket, ME Area, 1930 thru 1959 by Sylvio Caron;
3. Woodsmen, Horses, and Dynamite by Max Hilton, (originally published 1942 & reprinted 2004 by University of Maine Press);
4. Tall Trees, Tough Men by Robert Pike &
5. The Penobscot Boom, 1825-1931by Alfred Hempstead which discusses the early Penobscot River drives before Great Northern Paper Company.

There are more resources there also with books on logging in the Allagash,
Thoreau’s In the Maine Woods and Lumbering in Maine by Wood. There are miscellaneous articles and photos plus photocopies of the Pittston Farm Weekly and a nearly complete set of The Northern magazine published by the GNP Spruce Wood Department in the 1920’s.
One interesting volume is Lumberjack Lingo, A Dictionary of the Logging Era by L.G. Sorden & Jacque Vallier. It contains primarily words from the Great Lakes area, but readers will find a great many of these terms were also used here in Maine. On the cover is an interesting sample.
“It’s five a.m. and the Gabriel blows. The bark eaters fall out of their muzzle loaders and head for the chuck house to bolt down a pile of stovelids with lots of blackstrap, some fried murphys or Johnny cake and maybe some logging berries. They dunk their rolling stock into their jerk water, growl at the hash slingers, pull up their galluses and head for the tall timber.”

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Booklet -1903 Report on Millinocket & mill – interesting statistics – $7.00 at museum
3. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
4. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
5. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form; please order by mid-May for this year’s placement.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
***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.

Sears Roebuck Kit Houses in Millinocket?

Looking to build a new home? From 1916 through the 1940’s, you could buy a “kit house” from the Sears Roebuck catalog! The kit included the entire house with numbered parts, instruction books, paint and nails. For several years previously, Sears Roebuck had been selling house plans and building supplies, but is was 1916 when they produced the first kits. Other companies also sold kit houses, but the Sears models were the ones that sprung up in the Millinocket area.
At the museum, we have heard that a number of these Sears houses were constructed here in Millinocket. Where are they? If you know of one, please stop in at the museum to talk with us about it or send along the information by email, letter etc. We are interested in the address, original owners, photos then and now and anything else you can share about these unique houses. Dorothy Laverty’s second book, So You Live in Millinocket does not make mention of them.
In the 1920’s Sears Roebuck put out the Sears Honor-Bilt Modern Homes catalog featuring over one hundred house models. It included summer cottages and garages in a variety of styles. One of the biggest sellers was the bungalow which came in several styles including Arts and Crafts and Tudor. Photos of many of the styles are found on the internet and may be useful in deciding if your home is a kit house.
Your kit house would arrive at the railroad station ready to be picked up and hauled to the building site. All lumber was pre-cut and ready to be assembled per instructions. A basic plan was purchased and then various embellishments (porches, inside bath etc.) could be added depending on the buyer’s pocketbook. If you couldn’t afford an inside bath, you could choose the outhouse option. Costs were kept down as the kits were shipped direct from the factory. A sample of one seven room with tower (similar to a style seen in Millinocket) was $871.00. This included lumber, lath, shingles, flooring, ceiling, gutters, sash weights, hardware, painting material, mill work, pipe and building paper. Guaranteed at the mentioned price, no extras. All labor, cement, brick and plaster were the responsibility of the buyer. Therefore, the total house cost was expected to be under $1600.00.
The museum has three reproductions of Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogs from 1894-95, 1900 and 1909. They do not show any of the kit houses (available after 1916) nor any building supplies. They have clothing, household furnishings, wagon scales, iceboxes, bicycles, boxing gloves, pianos and even cemetery monuments.

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Booklet -1903 Report on Millinocket & mill – interesting statistics – $7.00 at museum
3. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
4. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
5. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form; please order by mid-May for this year’s placement.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
***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.

Log Stamps

We get questions about the log stamps on display in the logging/river drive room. Stories from museum visitors plus some research on these tools revealed information about these tools. Log stamps, sometimes called log hammers, are a vintage logging tool used across the U.S. to mark ownership of a particular log. The marks were placed on one end of the log and were used similar to the brands placed on cattle in the old west. In some places in this country, these identifying marks were registered with the state. Sometimes the marks were cut with an ax rather than stamped with the hammer-like tool.
The typical log stamp was made of cast iron (three to eight pounds) with a design on it. Like branding irons, the marks on log stamps were cast backwards so that the design can be read properly when struck into the wood. The wooden handles these tools varied in length.
On display at the museum are several of the stamps, all double ended. Two have the letters GN. One has a short handle and the other a long handle. Another has LAM and one has P. Two other stamps have no recognizable letters, rather the end is roundish with notches cut into it. The majority of these are from the Dana W. Brown collection. On display are two sections of a log, one having the GN imprint and one with LAD. The LAD “tree cookie” came out of Dolby Pond. An interesting ledger from the early 192-1904 tracks the number of pieces of wood passing through Stone Dam on individual days. These are separated by the individual log marks and some pages indicate that as many as twenty different log marks were recorded on any given day.
The museum was given a number of Hannaford cookbooks (2018) to use a fundraiser. We have decided to give them out while they last to anyone who stops in at the museum and gives a $2 or more donation!
Added to the books at the museum store are several photocopies of the 1903 report filed by the Bureau of Industrial and Labor Statistics for the State of Maine. An earlier column listed the many businesses that were in town in 1903. Much of the report is about the development and growth of GNP. Topics mentioned include: the Penobscot, water power at Millinocket, the canal, many details on the mill and workforce plus interesting facts about the growing town. This booklet is being sold at $7.00 each.

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
3. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form; please order by mid-May for this year’s placement.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
***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.

Girl Scouts in Millinocket

Great news was received by the historical society last week! The Davis Family Foundation has awarded the museum a $30,000 grant that will allow work to commence again on the second floor portion of the museum. We’ll keep you updated! Thank you, Mark Bigge and KEDC for putting this grant together for MHS.
A new exhibit will be appearing soon at the Millinocket Historical Society museum will feature photos and artifacts from the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Last week, I shared information relating to the Millinocket Boy Scouts. This week highlights the local Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts of America began in 1912 and within a few years, this organization became worldwide. In Maine, the first troop was formed in Augusta in 1917.
The earliest local artifact in the museum’s collection is a scrapbook compiled by Polly Segee. The scrapbook contains many newspaper articles featuring Girl Scout and Brownie events from, 1952-1963. Articles pasted into the scrapbook tell of the many activities from thinking days, skating parties, fly-ups, cookie sales (40 cents a box) and many more all under the direction of the Millinocket Girl Scout Association. One piece states that for 1958-59, the Millinocket GSA had 262 girls and eighty-five adults registered. Other more recent scrapbooks were donated by Dianne Bilodeau (Brownie Girl Scout Troop #181) and Bobbie Allen (2 scrapbooks mostly photos).
What else is in the museum’s Girl Scout collection? Posed photos from the Segee scrapbook (1953-54), one from 1960 showing older scouts and one from a 1950’s Brownie Troop. The last two donated by Carolyn Foster Willinski. In another photo, nine women (probably all GS leaders) are dressed in an attempt to appear as scouts from the early days. Front and center in a vintage GS uniform is Belle Rush. Among artifacts to be displayed are a sash from Troop 4 with several badges and pins and a GS handbook (Joan Carr) and patches (Ethel Kelley). Dianne Bilodeau gave GS handbooks. A Brownie Bonanza (date unknown) took place with Brownie Troops 64, 275, 122, 240, 62, 250, 63, 50 and 200 and all the participants are listed in the program for this event. Another program is for a Brownie Pow Wow in 1964. The number of local young people who have participated in scouting (Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) is large and the lessons they have learned have helped them become outstanding citizens!
The museum will gladly accepts photos and other memorabilia from any of the local scouting programs. And don’t forget to get your paver orders in soon for summer placement!

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
3. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form; please order by mid-May for this year’s placement.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
***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.

Boy Scout Artifacts

The Boy Scouts began in England early in the 20th century and in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America were founded. Scouting has been a part of Millinocket’s youth history for many years. Rodney Gagnon, a Millinocket native, rose through the ranks of local scouting and became one of many in this town who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Gagnon has been making regular trips to the historical society museum and has donated his complete scout uniform. On his most recent visit, he donated a 1970’s Boy Scout handbook.
We brought out the container of scouting artifacts that had been moved from the municipal building museum location and reviewed the treasures there. A display will be available for viewing soon. There is a 1916 copy of Boy Scouts of America, Handbook for Boys. It is the 3rd printing (1911 & 1914, 1st & 2nd printings). This makes it the updated original handbook for the scouts in America. Gagnon called it “a treasure.” A page near the front describes “The Boy Scout Plan” as Not Military, Teaching However Loyalty, Patriotism, Chivalry, and Advocating Universal Peace. One page is for recording the merit badges earned by the scout and the list includes angling, interpreting, marksmanship and poultry keeping among others. Advertisements include one for “The Boy Scouts Great Ally, Shredded Wheat. In a cross-country hike or the up-hill carry, in work or in play, in any emergency, shredded wheat furnishes the strength and stamina that fits him to hold up his end of the game.” The ad goes on for two more paragraphs. This book was donated to the museum in 1981 by the Wheeler family.
Other artifacts in the Wheeler donation are Boy Scout handbooks from and 1930 and 1932. John Wheeler’s membership card dated 5/2/1917 made him a scout in the early days of Maine Boy Scouts (first councils in Maine, 1915). The card has him in Fox Patrol, Troop #1 in Millinocket, ME. His 1920 card has him in Beaver Patrol. The collection also has his merit badges for electricity and first aid, plus his cards as assistant scout master, 1933.
Also at the museum are Bear Scout, Bear Cub Scout and Webelos scouting books donated by Joan Carr. From 1933 is a membership card for Troop #56 for Clayton Currie and a reproduction of a 1919 Boy Scout poster donated by Helen Currie. Shirley Tippens donated a small plaque with the scout oath. These last artifacts were all donated some years ago when the museum was on Penobscot Avenue.
Note: Limited, advance sale tickets for Bill Geller’s talk at the Millinocket Literary club’s spring luncheon, April 17, available at museum.

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
3. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form; please order by mid-May for this year’s placement.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM 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.

Opera House News

In today’s world, news comes to us in many forms, TV, internet, phone, etc. In the 1930’s, one way was via the local movie theater. Two events of note are described in Opera House News, Volume 1, No. 23 distributed by the local theater in June of 1937 (5 cents per copy). A major world event was the coronation of England’s King George VI. The Millinocket Opera House showed, not a newsreel, but a documentary feature. This innovation was described as “a most significant application of the instrument of the motion picture to world events.” And the event was “enhanced by Technicolor.” The article continues, stating that as the coronation was colorful with flashing jewels and purple velvet, the use of Technicolor enabled the viewer to enjoy all the splendor of the event.
The same issue (and only one in the museum’s collection) also announced that “the battle of the year,” the boxing match between James Braddock and Joe Louis would be shown on Wednesday and Thursday. Opera House patrons “will see for 35 cents what fight fans paid $16 for in Chicago.” This was shown at some time after the fight actually took place and the article gives away the ending stating “the entire match, which saw a fighting champion go down before a stronger challenger, has been filmed at close range.”
A previous column stated Frank LePage was manager of the Millinocket Theater. He was the owner. He and his family started the Millinocket Theater at 75 Penobscot Avenue in 1938. As mentioned in the previous column, The Crown Theater (1937, Milton Glickman) began at that location and was quickly renamed Keith Theater. Then Charles Madden purchased all the equipment and further up Penobscot Avenue started the Four-Star Theater. This apparently all happened within a short time period, 1937-1938. Details are sketchy and a bit confusing. Thank you, Linda LePage Boyd for helping sort it out! At the museum, we are currently gathering all the theater photos and ephemera (paper items) into one location for easier access. Paper items include tickets, coming attraction handouts (various sizes), student movie passes, posters and more. Some of these will be on display in the near future. Donations of other local movie memorabilia welcomed!
Bill Geller, author of “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” will be in Millinocket, Wednesday, April 17, 12 noon, speaking at the Millinocket Literary Club’s annual spring luncheon. Limited tickets, purchased in advance, available from club members, at the museum and at the library. Geller’s book will be on sale (benefit museum).

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
3. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
…and more.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM 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.

Some WWII Enlistees

On October 14, 1941, a group of twenty-one young men enlisted in the military in Old Town. The museum has a photo of this group with the above date written on the back. With the photo is a card with a few names. The card may have been placed with the photo after its donation to the museum. The photo’s condition is poor (dark and stained), but since it shows Millinocket WWII era military and perhaps East Millinocket and Medway men, it deserves to be shown. The names on the card are Brown and Farnsworth (no first names), George Ferland, Dana Edmonds, and two Monaco brothers (Restant and ?). We would very much like to identify all these young men who enlisted shortly before Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into WWII. See this photo at the museum or on the Millinocket Historical Society’s Facebook page.
The museum has received a donation from John Beaupain of 50+photos taken by Roger Boynton, mill photographer. They include interior mill photos and several general subjects such as Mt. Katahdin, lakes, camps, fishermen etc. Beaupain also donated a number of 12” x 18” GNP photos which will be used for display purposes.
Do you remember blotters? Those rectangular pieces of heavyweight paper with a fuzzy coating on the back. They were used to blot ink when we used a fountain pen to write a letter! In even earlier days, they were a necessity when using pens dipped into ink bottles. There are several blotters in the museum’s collection. Many were given out as advertisements for businesses. The museum has one from the Millinocket Opera House. It says. “Opportunity of a Lifetime for Every Student.” It’s from 1940 and the theater was giving away one volume of an encyclopedia each week until the set was complete for a total of fifteen volumes. Other blotters in the museum’s collection advertise businesses such as Millinocket Insurance Agency.
A professor of animation from a Maryland college spent time at the museum. For a sabbatical project, he asked to look at GNP mill photos from the 1950’s -1960’s. These will provide him with information for his animated documentary. Can’t wait to see the result at some future date.
Several museum projects are in the planning stages: the museum’s 40th birthday, a second Little Italy story telling event, next year’s calendar and more. Stay tuned! Also, by July 4, we expect to place a new group of pavers out front. Order before May to be included. Honor an organization, school class, sports team, business, yourself or a friend. Plan a paver in memory of someone/family. Contact the museum for details!

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
3. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
…and more.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM 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.

Two Queries

Happy Birthday 118th, Millinocket! On March 16, 1901 Millinocket became the 467th town to be incorporated in Maine. Historian Dot Laverty’s version of the name’s origin of and spelling of Millinocket is this. The name was taken from Millinocket Lake and the stream of the same name. Millinocket means “lake of many islands.” Millinocket was spelled with two t’s on several early maps, but for the town the last t was dropped. Note, the museum has a couple of photos with signs showing Millinockett.
Historical Societies and libraries are two places people look to for historical research. Two queries came to MHS last week and on occasion, help from the public is needed. GNP owned many trucks and in Dec. 1962, they purchased two (twin) Mack trucks. Last year, one was purchased and restored by a Skowhegan man who hopes to learn more of its history. He contacted the Mack Museum in Pennsylvania and now has reached out to MHS. His truck is serial #22121 and the sister truck would be 22122. It has a flat-bed body that dumps, one rear axle and the original gasoline engine. He is looking for information and/or photos. A photo of the restored truck is on our Facebook page. Contact the museum if you have information.
A genealogy query involves an immigrant from Albania who came to work in the mill. His great-granddaughter provided this information. Pandi Dimitri, born 1882, arrived in New York about 1915. It is known he was married and died in Maine. The 1940 census has him living in Millinocket.
Museum sources checked include the 1900 Millinocket census, cemetery records, school census books and obituaries, all with no luck. One last resource revealed the name Pandeli Dimitri. A ledger listing Millinocket registered voters 1912-1938 has him registering on 3/2/1944. His signature is there along with the address 124 Bowdoin Street.
This volume is one of several at the museum. They include voter enrollment books from 1912-1938, indexed alphabetically by last name. Included are addresses, political party and town of last enrollment (if any, and date of filing.) Maine was heavily Republican at that time, so that book has more names than the Democratic book. One other book is for the Socialist Party, popular in the early 20th century. In Millinocket, this party had two enrollees in 1912 and one more added in 1926. The second one changed to Democrat in 1918 and the third changed to Democrat in 1940. Prior to being Socialist and Democratic, he had been a Republican. From a genealogy aspect, these enrollment books show where these people were living at some time during the years 1912-1939. One museum volunteer has already discovered addresses for several branches of her family tree! They are available for visitors to view.

***Available at the museum store………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH)
3. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
…and more.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM weather permitting.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

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