Millinocket Historical Society

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

Author: Trudy Wyman (Page 2 of 13)

Wage Increase!

“Every employee necessary to the production of goods for interstate commerce in the Pulp and Paper Industry as defined shall be paid at least 40 cents an hour.” So says a US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division poster recently donated to the museum by Tom Griffin. The wage order was to take effect on and after September 16, 1940. The poster was to be displayed and violators could be fined $10,000 for each offense and prison time could be added!
A related item in the museum collection is a spinning wage scale from GNP dated 1939, one year earlier than the above mentioned poster. This wage scale was commonly used in payroll offices at the time to calculate wages. And, this shows that GNP was already above the minimum 40 cents an hour. It shows forty-six cents as the lowest going up to one hundred seventy cents an hour!
Other additions to the collection include a scrapbook of former local politician Leon Crommett donated by the library in Patten. This scrapbook also had several extra photos (1963 SHS championship basketball team visiting the Blaine House, local snowmobilers heading to Quebec City and one showing a tiny portion of the original library on Central Street. A few shelves of books can be seen through the front window).
The 1963 SHS basketball team will be inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame (Cross Center, Bangor) in August and Hank Madore will be honored in the legends category. Jon MacDonald and John Madore, members of that team, reached out to the museum for materials for a permanent display. Scans of several museum photos, news articles, tickets and programs were provided for possible use in the display. Jon donated copies of the 2014 and 2016 Hall of Fame programs and photocopies of a portion of the 2017 program.
The new 2020 calendars are available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos and trivia from the early 1900’s to more recent times are featured.
Mark your calendars for “Tales of Little Italy, Part 2” to be held Tuesday, August 20th at St. Martin’s Catholic Church (downstairs) from 1-3PM. This will be a story sharing session led by several descendants of early Little Italy residents. Attendees will have a chance to share their family stories. More information will be forthcoming. The event is sponsored by the Millinocket Historical Society. The first session, held last fall, brought a capacity crowd to the museum so part 2 will be at the church to provide more room.
*** 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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** 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.

Early GNP Worker from Spain

“We have a story to tell you!” Those words were spoken by a young man as he entered the museum a few days ago. He went on to tell the tale of a man who came to Millinocket in 1902 to work in the mill. The story teller, Maximo Plo Seco and his sister Isabel had driven to Millinocket from Massachusetts to learn more about Angel Corral Seco, their great-grandfather. Note that Maximo and Isabel (both in their twenties) live in northern Spain. Maximo spent this last school year at Harvard completing a master’s degree and Isabel came over to his graduation. They have been traveling around New England and drove to Millinocket before returning home.
They knew that Angel Seco traveled alone by boat to America in 1902. Angel’s boat arrived at Ellis Island, NY where some of his boat mates (a group of Italians) convinced him to travel with them to Millinocket, Maine where they were going to work in the new mill. Angel agreed. It is known he arrived here and that he was here in the area until sometime after 1910. It is also known that Angel returned to Spain briefly, married and then returned to this area late in 1912. His wife refused to come to America, so Angel returned with his brother Tomas. Supposedly, they were on a boat on the Atlantic Ocean when the Titanic sank.
Maximo and Isabel’s and those of us at the museum spent the next two hours trying to find out about Angel and Tomas time here, but the museum’s resources from this time period are limited. The family believed Angel was in the fire brigade at GNP. They shared a photo of Angel Seco, and a photo of Angel Seco’s union badge/ribbon. A clue!! I brought out the September, 1908 booklet from Millinocket’s C.L.U. Labor Day Celebration which lists GNP union members. Although, Seco’s name isn’t listed, a page on local union #69, International Brotherhood of Stationary Firemen matches information on the badge the family has. And we clarified, fireman, in this case meant stocking the mill’s fires, not putting out fires! A picture in the Labor Day booklet was shared with our visitors.
With assistance from Leola (museum volunteer) info from the 1910 US census on line revealed Angel Seco at that time resided in a boarding house owned by W. Scott & Margaret Ham on Main St. in East Millinocket. Maximo and Isabel left to return home to Spain pleased with their new information and promised to let us know if they found more. Anyone know of others from Spain who came here??

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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** 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.

The Bandstand in the Park

Band Concert Tonight! Those words were on at least one sign in the park calling attention to the weekly concerts by the Millinocket Town Band (formed about 1903). These concerts took place over a span of years and were popular with young and old. The bandstand was a gift to the town by GNP. The Laverty book states the bandstand was in place by 1928.
A book on Maine bandstands mentions the Millinocket bandstand on several of its pages and says it was actually constructed in 1923 as an octagonal granolithic structure in the neo-classical style. The Laverty book used these same words. The bandstand measures 23 ½ feet inside a perimeter of handsome cast iron railings and was designed by Great Northern engineers. There are Doric columns twenty inches in diameter at the base tapering as they near the top. Their height is twelve feet. The nearly flat roof is topped by a cannonball-type finial. Take a closer look next time you are in the park.
This book (in the museum’s collection) also notes that several Maine paper companies had their own bands, as did GNP. In 1903, the company band found a room at the mill where they could rehearse on Sunday mornings, twenty years before the grandstand was built.
The bandstand currently is situated in the park between Penobscot Avenue and Katahdin Avenue. The park location was used as an early cemetery and a few graves were relocated to a new cemetery (current one) when the park was laid out. The new park had flowers, shade trees and a brook. The brook was dammed to form a wading pool that was enjoyed by the young people in town. In 1947, the crowds attending the concerts grew so large that the wading pool was filled in to make more seating room.
The museum has a Band Concert Tonight sign (donated by Belle Rush) and several photos showing Town Band members (various years). There is also a saxophone played by Harry Carroll in the Town Band and a band uniform from this band’s later years (donated by Lenny Berry).
The museum will be open on July 4th from 10:30 AM-3 PM (longer if busy) and from 5 PM until 7:00 (longer if necessary). Friday and Saturday, July 5 and July 6, we will be open 10:30 to 3 and longer if busy. Come in and see our local history displays. Appointments for other times available, call Trudy at 723-5477.

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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** 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.

Pittston Farm Weekly

The Pittston Farm Weekly, a small mimeographed newsletter, was published for a time in the mid-1960’s. The editors were E. G. Fernald and S. R. Hall. A few years ago, the museum was able to photocopy all of these issues. Recently what appears to be a first run printing of Vol. 2 through Vol. 4 came to the museum. Some issues are missing. These newsletters make an interesting read.
According to one of the issues, Pittston Farm, located where the North and South Branches of the Penobscot River join, was purchased by the Great Northern Paper Company in 1906. C. J. McLeod was the first superintendent and Charles Glaster was the first clerk. In 1908 the company constructed several new buildings higher up the South Branch. A blacksmith shop, stables, storehouse, boarding house, ice house, and a water works were added over the next few years. Later a cannery, a new boarding house, henhouse and a potato house were built.
The stables could accommodate 128 horses, four cows and could house 550 tons of hay. For many years the Pittston Farm was an important part of the Great Northern Paper Company wood harvesting operation.
Humor is a big part of this newsletter. There are jokes and stories, often aimed at one or another of the employees or management. The weather is mentioned in every issue and snowfall amounts appear to have been carefully recorded. Poems abound. Many are written about the people and the work being done.
Of special interest to the Millinocket Historical Society are the historical articles sprinkled throughout the issues. There is information on the number of cords of wood cut and who was in charge of the crew. There are articles on the river drives, road building efforts in the area, the towboats and the dams. Many of these were reprinted from early publications such as “The Northern,” the Bangor Daily News and letters from GNP officials.
One historical note informs us that the first four foot wood cut by GNP “was cut by Charley Gilbert during the winter of 1912 and 13 on Township 1, Range 10 in the vicinity of Norcross. The first four foot wood on Sourdnahunk Watershed was in 1915. After Slide Dam went out there were many long logs left that couldn’t be floated out as the water was too low so W. J. Curran cut them into four foot pieces and drove them the next spring.”
This newsletter was printed in the 1960’s and The Northern, a publication of the Spruce Wood Dept. was issued in the 1920’s. Were there other similar publications in between? A recent visitor believed there might have been. Does anyone remember?

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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** 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.

What’s New at the Museum!

Found an article in a 1902 Millinocket Journal on the Millinocket Baseball Club. It was formed in that year with FM Peasley, president; Frank Parsons, secretary; GB Moran, treasurer; W. Long, manager. It says that “Mr. Long will leave soon to visit colleges and large cities and secure the best talent obtainable. He has large experience in this line having been an umpire in the National League. He thoroughly understands the game. The GNP Co. will at once have the ball grounds fenced in and will build a grandstand with a seating capacity of about 300. Now let us have baseball as it should be played. Not a rough game, but good, clean baseball.” A photo of the club and the ballfield is currently on display at the museum. Stop in!
Millinocket has had many doctors through the years! One was Dr. Ernest Young who along with Dr. Martin Grumley started the Millinocket General Hospital in 1938. This was located in the former Curran house on Maine Avenue. The museum has a sign from that hospital on display. A recent donation to the museum is a daily log book kept by Dr. Young. No personal medical information is included, only notations such as medicine, house call, hospital visit, etc. The prices appear to range from 50 cents to about $5.00 with the most common charges being $1.00 or $2.00. This was donated by Jil Beaupain along with an antique set of podiatry tools. These tools have been added to the museum’s medical collection (some of Dr. Gilman’s instruments, antique dental tools, Dr. Ryan’s black medical bag, Dr. Morey’s sign, Dr. Young’s baby scale).
Sixteen white porcelain street signs arrived at the museum, thanks to Ralph Soucier. These include Congress Street, State Street, Bowdoin Street and more. Holly Hartley donated a large collection of SHS senior photos of her mother’s era, 1954-1957. The museum has several boxes of senior photos and can be available to borrow for class reunion displays. Also available are copies of many years of SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks (for sale, $10.00 each). Bruce Leavitt brought in an interesting diploma. It is Helen McGowan’s grammar school diploma, 1936, and is nicely framed. It is 16” x 20” as were the high school diplomas of that time. Denise Page gave a 1956 copy of the Millinocket Journal. Ann Nice gave a bunch of 2003 Katahdin Times and Bangor Daily News. They all had articles on GNP. Don’t toss those older local papers as the museum’s newspaper archive has missing issues!

***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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** 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.

Early Millinocket Baseball

It’s time for baseball! Do you know the Great Northern once had its own baseball team? Do you know that GNP used to provide uniforms for the Stearns baseball team? Do you know there was once a ballfield with a grandstand and a pavilion where the teams played? Do you know there was a town team called the Millinocket Tigers? Do you know there was a Millinocket Baseball Club that attracted players from the surrounding area? Do you know that one of those club players went to bat against pitcher Babe Ruth?
According to photos, news articles and magazine articles and the Laverty book, these are all true pieces of information! The GNP team included employees and also some college players and others who came to town for the baseball season. These extras were placed on the mill’s payroll temporarily. During the mid-nineteen twenties, there was lively play with teams from Houlton to Bar Harbor. Several players went on to have roles with big league teams of the time.
The museum has a photo of the SHS 1926 baseball team showing some uniform shirts with a GNP logo and others with an M. Writing on the back states that the company provided some of the uniforms. GNP also provided uniforms for the Schenck baseball team.
The ballfield was built on the flat area between Penobscot Avenue and Water Street (Water St. was not there until later and Aroostook Avenue School and the National Guard Armory were later located on that site). The ballfield came about due to the popularity of a town team known as the Millinocket Tigers. The 1909 team featured the names Pond, Good, More, Willey, Donley, Breen, Lemeur, Monahan, Ordway, and Jones. Dr. Cody was a sponsor.
A 1913 postmarked photo postcard has a picture of the 1909 Millinocket Baseball Club with the same players as the Tigers, so it seems they were known by both names. A player, Billy Jones, left Millinocket to join minor league teams. In 1914, he played briefly with the Boston Braves and during a game in Baltimore versus the Orioles, he went up to bat five times against an unknown pitcher at that time named Babe Ruth. That game Jones went five-for-five and stole five bases. However, that game wasn’t good enough to allow him to continue as a professional baseball player. After a time he returned to Millinocket. He is buried in the Millinocket Cemetery.
Some of the early baseball photos in the museum collection are now on display in our sports section. Stop in and visit!

***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. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** 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.

Happy Birthday, MHS!

Happy Birthday, Millinocket Historical Society! This spring marks the museum’s fortieth year of preserving the history of Millinocket! Much has happened in the town and at the museum in the ensuing years. The oldest paperwork indicates the museum became a reality in May of 1979. The museum has a new location (as of July 4, five years ago), the collection had grown substantially and plans are going forward to enlarge the museum’s display area, grow the collection and bring in new volunteers to assist with this endeavor.
The museum idea sprouted in 1976 as an offshoot from the country’s bicentennial celebration. The state’s Bicentennial Commission that had been formed in 1975 requested that any monies left over from the individual town’s celebration be used to create something that would commemorate the past and present and be something permanent for the future. The town had raised $15,000 and $6000 of that remained. That was how the Millinocket Historical Society and museum got its start. During the next four years, volunteers worked to find a location (old kitchen area, top floor of municipal building) and renovate that space. Many families and individuals were part of this endeavor. Thanks to town officials, that space would be home to the museum until July 2014.
Several news articles have interesting details of the museum’s origin. The original space was 22 feet x 17 feet. As work was underway, articles began to be donated. Among those first items was the original master clock system from Stearns High School, the original steam whistle from the mill and a B & A Railroad bell. These were moved (along with many, many other items from the first museum and are still on display in the current museum at 80 Central Street.
Most of the original members of the historical society are gone, but their vision continues. Stop by this summer and check out the displays and share your Millinocket stories with us! We are currently making some changes to several displays. We’ve put up different school photos and on one we are looking to identify the students (a grade one from Katahdin Avenue School). We were recently given several from the late 50’s and early 60’s). In progress is a change of photos in the museum’s sports exhibit and some changes in the military/service room.
It has been forty years since the MHS museum became a reality, and with the continued efforts of past, present and future volunteers and supporters, the museum will continue to be a focal point of our community.

***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.
*** 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.

Letters from the Past!

A letter from times past…finding one can reveal a family story, enlighten you about what an ancestor was like and much more. Quite a few of these old handwritten letters have found their way to the museum’s collection through the years. Many are military related including two large scrapbooks from the WWII era local Navy Mother’s Club. This group sent cards, letters and gift boxes of goodies to Navy and other local military personnel. The scrapbooks contain the responses from the recipients. The museum also has a few other letters sent by WWII servicemen. Copies of a collection of WWI letters written to a friend by Murray Morgan can be viewed in the Research and Genealogy Room as can the Thomas Clark letters about his time here in the early days of Millinocket.
Recently a query came via email referencing a letter in the possession of the sender. A copy of the letter accompanied the email. The query came from a descendant of Garret Schenck and was sent to Oscar Nickerson, Esq., Millinocket, Maine. Dated June 13th, 1901, the letter thanked Nickerson for helping protect “the company’s property” even risking his own life. The letter states that a watch was also sent as a token of thanks for “not hesitating to make the care of the valuable machinery under your charge your first thought.” The person making the query was seeking information on the 1901 event and believes it was a fire. He has the original letter and also the watch. A search of the oldest newspapers in the museum collection did not produce any information on the fire as the 1901 papers are for November and December of that year. One wonders if there are other letters and watches out there in the hands of descendants of other Great Northern employees who also risked their lives to save company assets in June of 1901.
New items received at the museum include several paper maker training manuals plus Katahdin Avenue School photos of Mrs. Arlene Neal’s grade one class, early 1960’s. These were brought to the museum by Germaine Anderson. Mr. Albert brought in a brochure from Kidney Pond Camps and an early brochure advertising Millinocket. Judy Cyr dropped off several Millinocket related DVDs. The museum’s copy of Ch. 21, Spruce Wood Dept. from The Northern by McLeod has been scanned to a searchable DVD by Frank Crosby.

***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.
*** 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.

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.

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