Millinocket Historical Society

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Getting Out of Town!

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

Getting in or out of town in the early days of Millinocket was a challenge!
The people and most of the materials that went into the building of the mill, 1898-1901, came by rail. Roads (except perhaps a few logging tote roads) were non-existent. Dorothy Laverty’s book Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness describes the coming of roads to Millinocket. Very early, the Sourdnahunk tote road, a corduroy one-track road followed Millinocket Stream to near the foot of Millinocket Lake. As camps were built, what is now known as the Lake Road began to emerge. For the building of Rip Dam in 1916, a road came in from Greenville. After the dam completion, the road crossed the dam and was joined to the Sourdnahunk tote road.
The main highway connecting Millinocket to the outside world was Rte. 157, constructed in 1901. This is the now referred to as Medway Road (no East Millinocket then). Route 11 came years later. Frank Speed, John Ward and the Chamber of Commerce took the lead and in 1934 a road to North Twin was built on company land. Some folks crossed over the dam to get to Norcross. In 1946, after a hunting trip here by Gov. Hildreth, he was taken on a ride over what then existed as a road from North Twin to Brownville and Milo. This resulted in money being appropriated for a bridge across the West Branch. The bridge opened in 1948. People refer to it as the Green Bridge. Later, in 1966, Interstate 95 was extended north and automobiles could then access it at Medway.
The train was still a preferred way of “going out of town” even in the 1950’-60’s. Museum visitors have told of going to the tournament by train and often the teams, cheerleaders and band traveled by B & A. Shoppers could spend the day in Bangor or take the night train to Boston, spend the day and travel home the next night. Today, there are no passenger trains and there are still only two main routes out of town plus the secondary road (Lake Road to Rip Dam and on to Greenville). And of course, we should include the walking route, the Appalachian Trail.

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. At the museum, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** At the Museum Store:
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” by Roger Moody – $18.00 ($5 SH);
3. “Tanglefoot,” historical novel set 1920’s Chesuncook Village by BW Edwards – $15.00 ($5 SH);
4. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
5. “Tales of Little Italy, Part 1,” DVD, $15.00 ($4.00 each SH);
6. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
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.

Melting Pot

The Tales of Little Italy event was a great success and there is talk already about another event next year! Mention has been made of attempting to involve not just descendants of Millinocket’s early Italian population but those of other ethnicities as well. A walk through the Millinocket cemetery reveals names from many parts of the world. At the time of the Bicentennial in 1976, Dorothy Bowler Laverty and others visited the local schools as part of the celebration and shared stories of early Millinocket. Mrs. Laverty and fifth graders and their teachers at Granite Street School visited the cemetery where she walked us through the oldest sections telling us stories as we passed certain gravestone. Then she walked down along several sections where the immigrant names were prominent. And again, she had stories about many of them.
In the Laverty book, she lists the country of origin of some of these early residents. Mentioned are the French-Canadians from Quebec and the St. John River Valley. Many English, Scotch, Irish and Welsh came from Maritime Canada thanks to the Canadian Pacific Railroad that came through Maine. Eastern Europeans, “a strong and hardy lot” did construction. From Greece, Albania, Syria and Lebanon came several to open stores and become merchants as did some Jewish families. Some of these already had businesses in Bangor or knew tradesmen there. Some Swedes and Finns came here from the Kennebec area. Somehow the news that a great new mill was being constructed here spread to the far corners of the globe. There were also one or two Chinese laundrymen and at least one Spaniard (we learned about him this summer when his great-grandchildren visited the museum).
We encourage you to contact the museum if the idea of a multi-cultural Tales of Early Millinocket would be of interest next summer!
Currently the museum has Little Italy photos and other memorabilia on display as well as an expanded Boy and Girl Scout display. Thanks to Dianne Tinkham Bilodeau for donating Girl Scout and Brownie items! Copies of the group photo from the Tales of Little Italy, Part 2 is available at the museum.
*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. At the museum, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** At the Museum Store:
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” by Roger Moody – $18.00 ($5 SH);
3. “Tanglefoot,” historical novel set 1920’s Chesuncook Village by BW Edwards – $15.00 ($5 SH);
4. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
5. “Tales of Little Italy, Part 1,” DVD, $15.00 ($4.00 each SH);
6. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
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.

Tales of Little Italy, Part 2

Stories were told of the games played in the streets of Millinocket’s Little Italy, of errands run to Caruso’s and DiNardo’s stores and of the sausages that were one man’s specialty. Tales of Little Italy, Part 2 was sponsored by the museum at St. Martin’s Catholic Church Parish Hall on August 20. It was attended by more than sixty interested people from Millinocket, several nearby towns and summer camp residents.
Thanks to Dorothy Colangelo Howard, Shirley Gagliardi Oliver and Dick Manzo for leading off with their stories to get things going. Dorothy Howard served as moderator and was able to coax attendees into standing and sharing some of their memories as a second or third generation Little Italy resident. The fact that Little Italy was a tight-knit community was repeatedly mentioned and how children were treated like family by their neighbors. One attendee started listing the names of each family who once lived there, going street by street. Many looked at on old GNP map on display by the museum which showed many of these same names. It was a successful and enjoyable afternoon!
Stop by the museum to see the new Little Italy display there. If you have items to donate to this display, stop in or contact the museum. Family photos (we can scan them or you can email them and you can retain the originals), info on stores and businesses, genealogy and more, it is all welcome. An announcement will be made when the DVD for Tales of Little Italy, Part 2 is available. Three different photos (matted) that were displayed at the event are available to purchase at the museum. The early views are of 1st bridge to Little Italy, early shacks in Little Italy and a Little Italy view showing several buildings and the mill.
The museum also hosted author Bradford Edwards for a book signing on August 15. His historical novel “Tanglefoot” is an enjoyable read. A few copies available at the museum. The same day Edwards donated an artifact to the museum. MHS has long hoped to have an original spiked logger’s boot to display with all the photos and tools in the Loging/River Drive Room. Edwards brought in a boot sole with remnants of spikes, a portion of a boot side and another leather piece. He found them near a former GNP camp on Unbazookus Lake. Pieces are better than nothing!

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** At the Museum Store:
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” by Roger Moody – $18.00 ($5 SH);
3. “Tanglefoot,” historical novel set 1920’s Chesuncook Village – $15.00 ($5 SH);
4. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
5. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($4.00 each SH);
6. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
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.

Variety

Variety… that word describes the items donated to the museum’s collection recently. Remember when there was a lot of activity and young horseback riders at the hovel? Several trophies were given to the museum by Barbara Hartwell. Charlene Deane donated a photo of a group of Masonic gentlemen. Kitty St. John brought in a 1957 B & A railroad magazine, In the Maine Woods. We are slowly filling in the gaps in that collection. A 1940’s map of Piscataquis County was brought in by James Bartlett. It was used that same day to show a group of tourists just how expansive are parts of northern Maine with large areas with no towns.
The museum’s scouting collection keeps growing. Sue Jandreau donated her Girl Scout sash with numerous badges and pins. The museum is still in need of a Girl Scout uniform as well as ones from Cub Scouts and Brownies. Can anyone help? The museum has many Stearns HS/St. Martin’s commencement programs and other graduation memorabilia including a program from SHS 1925. Carol Page added a 1976 program. A reminder that the museum has many years of both Stearns and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale at $10.00 each. We also have some Schenck yearbooks for sale.
Betty Hopper who donated the B & A Railroad station chair made a return visit and gave a lunch basket used by a railroad employee and a great photo showing a large group of people on the Baptist Church steps. We consider all the above items and others at the museum as “treasures” and there’s one more to mention. A key might seem like a small thing, but the one brought in by Nadine Webster is special. The museum has three or four of the small metal coin banks given out by the Millinocket Trust Company to children to encourage saving. When these were full, the bank would open them and the pennies, nickels and dimes would be added to a savings account. The only key to open the banks was in the possession of the bank. Nadine brought in a bank and attached to it with some yarn was the master key. She said her husband acquired the key from a bank employee (possibly when the bank ceased business or when they were no longer giving out the coin banks).

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** 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 ($3.00 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 ($3.00 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 Railroad

Has anyone heard of a tree with the king’s mark in the Millinocket area? Going way back in Maine’s and New England’s history, the King of England had men cut marks into the bark of Eastern White Pine trees with a diameter over two feet. The marks designated the trees as the king’s property for use as masts on English ships. This mark was known as the “king’s broad arrow” (the shape was a broad arrow. This was done along the New England coast and inland from about 1711 to 1776.
The museum was contacted with an inquiry about one of these marks. Rumor has it that a tree still exists just north of Millinocket. If anyone has heard of this, please contact the museum.
The B & A Railroad’s proximity was one reason this area was selected as the site for the GNP Company’s new paper mill. Workers and supplies needed to be brought to the area. In the 1880’s work progressed on extending the railroad line into Aroostook County. In 1883 there was a caboose-office at Norcross and a station at West Seboeis. In October of 1893, the tracklayers passed North Twin and Millinocket and were near the East Branch of the Penobscot River. A 50,000 gallon water tank and pumping station, section house and one siding made up the Millinocket yard in 1893.
As the railroad was being extended, Charles Mullen and others were planning for the paper mill and in 1899, the railroad constructed a spur line from the main line to the mill yard. This track was mostly finished when work began on the mill. (See book titled Bangor & Aroostook, The Maine Railroad by Angier & Cleaves for more detail, copy at museum).
Many Millinocket men were employed by the railroad through the years. The museum now has a wooden chair that was formerly at the Millinocket station. It was donated by Betty Hopper along with a railroad worker’s lunch basket. The museum has a number of railroad photos, tickets, timetables, a stock certificate and a moose tag in the collection.
Join us at the museum on August 15 from 1PM – 2PM for a book signing by author Bradford Edwards. His book Tanglefoot is a work of historical fiction set in the Chesuncook Village, Chesuncook Lake area in the 1920’s.
*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos/trivia from early 1900’s to more recent times featured. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** 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.

Museum Visitors

Millinocket began with people coming from many parts of the world and from other locations in the U. S. They came to build the mill and to settle here. Over one hundred years later many visitors come to the area and again they come from all over the country and the world. The museum has been busy during July with some of these visitors and they have come here for many different reasons.
The museum has seen folks from Spain (genealogy questions), from China (students from a SHS sister school), India (employment) and from Canada family reunion). So far in 2019 twenty-one states plus Maine have been represented. AT hikers stop in to learn a bit of the local history and share some stories of their adventures. Many visitors have local ties and find the museum brings back memories of earlier times. Some, after seeing the various displays and seeing the kind of items the museum is interested in, make plans to donate memorabilia they have back home. We appreciate all offers to add to the collection.
Updates: 1.The latest Memories of Maine magazine is out and has an article on Millinocket’s Theaters by yours truly. David Branch, the magazine’s publisher/editor stopped by to drop off a bundle of the magazines to be given out (free) while they last.
2. A new group of pavers have been added out front by the museum sign. We are now takings orders for the next group which will be placed by next July 4th. See below for information. 3. The front porch now has two new seating spaces (swings) for everyone’s enjoyment. Come try them out when the museum is open. 4. A new exhibit has been curated by volunteers and show off many old (and strange looking) medical instruments plus prescription bottles from local drugstores (Warren’s, Emerson’s, Gonya’s, Whalen’s, Heebner’s) and more. There are several of Dr. Gilman’s instruments, dental tools of Dr. Leslie Frost and items from Dr. Bryant and Dr. Young. Come in and check it out!
Join us at the museum on August 15 from 1PM – 2PM for a book signing by author Bradford Edwards. His book Tanglefoot is a work of historical fiction set in the Chesuncook Village, Chesuncook Lake area in the 1920’s.
*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos/trivia from early 1900’s to more recent times featured. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** 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.

Dam Report, 1930’s

Researching continues to be a part of museum volunteers’ routines. The latest is on Millinocket Lake and its dams. Sources checked include the Bill Geller book, Within Katahdin’s Realm and McLeod’s The Northern, the Way I Remember. In addition, a report in the Laverty Collection proved interesting. It is titled Report on Storage Dams, Particularly Small Ponds on West Branch Penobscot River. It was authored by E.W. Prouty after inspections by Prouty in the summer of 1936.
The report on Millinocket Lake Dam includes the following information. It is in Township 1, Range 8 on GNP land and partly on the estate of Garret Schenck. The original dam was of timber and located 500 feet upstream from the dam Prouty was inspecting. The original timber dam (mid- 1800’s) was constructed by the Penobscot Log Driving Company. Prouty describes the present dam as being constructed 1909-10 with a concrete gate section and spillway, a long earth embankment having a 4 foot diaphragm of plank at its center. In 1932, wooden gates were replaced with steel gates. The report states that Millinocket Lake is 14 square miles, stores 2940 million cubic feet of water, has an 8 foot draw-down, but holds eleven feet of water.
Three black and white photographs are included plus a sketch of the dam’s plan. Thirty storage dams are included in this report, Abacotnetic through Umbazookus and Yoke Pond. Prouty is also the photographer of a collection of glass negatives in the museum’s collection showing a variety of subjects. These have been scanned and can be viewed on the museum’s big screen. They are c1904-1907 vintage.
Join us at the museum on August 15 from 1PM – 2PM for a book signing by author Bradford Edwards. His book Tanglefoot is a work of historical fiction set in the Chesuncook Village, Chesuncook Lake area in the 1920’s. The characters are involved with making moonshine, carrying goods and men to the village and lumber camps and more. Two more novels are expected to follow in this Suncooker series. Edwards will have copies of the book available for purchase at the museum on the 15th.
Also available at the museum, Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers by Roger Moody. The book tells the story of OA Harkness and his influence on the logging industry.

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos/trivia from early 1900’s to more recent times featured. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** 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.

Jones Brothers Businesses

An earlier column about the old days of baseball in Millinocket brought a new question and also some information about an early Millinocket family. Billy Jones played for the Millinocket Baseball Club in the early 1900’s and briefly for semi-pro and Boston teams. We learned that Billy Jones and his brother had an insurance agency called Jones Brothers so we searched for more information on this. Jones Brothers Insurance Agents was a partnership between William (Billy) Jones and his brother Garfield Jones. This insurance business had advertisements in Stearns HS yearbooks from 1926 through 1938. We also found a listing for a Jones Brothers Grocery store printed in a Boston Herald in 1917. The address given was 3 Central Street. Other information about the two brothers’ business ventures was obtained from the Garfield Jones obituary. It states they had a fruit and confectionary business for fifteen years. Confectionary is an old term for a business selling candy and sweets. When they sold that, they ran a grocery business, a moving picture theater and a billiard hall until 1922 when they sold those businesses to enter the real estate and insurance field.
The Jones question came via Facebook from a gentleman in Ontario researching Canadian born major league baseball players who played between 1900 and 1919. A book about these men may result. Billy Jones was from New Brunswick.
Join us at the museum on August 15 from 1PM – 2PM for a book signing by author Bradford Edwards. His book Tanglefoot is a work of historical fiction set in the Chesuncook Village, Chesuncook Lake area in the 1920’s. The characters are involved with making moonshine, carrying goods and men to the village and lumber camps and more. Two more novels are expected to follow in this Suncooker series. Edwards will have copies of the book available for purchase at the museum on the 15th. The museum currently has two of these books for sale and more will be available at and after the book signing.
Also available at the museum is a book titled Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers by Roger Moody. Moody spoke recently at the library and visited the museum. The book tells the story of OA Harkness and his influence on the logging industry.

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos/trivia from early 1900’s to more recent times featured. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** 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.

Cemetery Question?

In what year was the Millinocket Cemetery created? This question was posed via a Facebook message to the Millinocket Historical site last week. When we receive a question on Facebook, via e-mail or from a museum visitor, we do our best to see if we can find information and get back to the person making the inquiry.
This lady was seeking to locate the burial site of a relative who died from typhoid in 1904 in Millinocket. The family, from New Brunswick, was living here, but wished to have their twenty-nine year old daughter buried in New Brunswick. Their request was denied because of the typhoid. The inquirer knew some burials had taken place in the area of the present park and wondered if her relative may have been buried there or if the new cemetery had been created by then.
So far at the museum no date has been found regarding the present cemetery, but do know (from book titled Maine Bandstands and the Laverty book, that expansion of the park was a reason the park graves were moved to the new cemetery. The grave removal took place sometime after 1921 (information in a letter written 1994 by Ruth Morgan and included with the Morgan family genealogy). She was one of the daughters of Charles Morgan, a Millinocket undertaker. Morgan had the task of moving the graves of a man named Ossinger and of a young girl. If this is correct, the typhoid victim was not buried in the park. Is she at the present cemetery? We do not know as her name is not in any listing available to us. Also there are some unmarked graves in the oldest portions of the cemetery.
Early town reports have been checked and we have been unable to determine when the Medway Road cemetery was created. The earliest mention found was in the 1917 town report when $200 was appropriated for cemetery repairs. If anyone has more information, please let us know! Thanks! More questions explored next week.
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.

*** 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.

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.

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