Millinocket Historical Society

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Runner Donation, Millinocket Marathon and Half

The Millinocket Marathon and Half is done for another successful year! According to Racewire (site on the web, 1305 runners participated. The museum was busy and we even had some open time on Sunday. Many of the museum’s visitors were family and friends of the runners who were filling the time between the full and half races starting and finish times. People lined Penobscot Avenue urging the runners on as they neared the finish line. Several states were represented at the museum this year including Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia, Massachusetts and Iowa and people were interested in learning a bit of the town’s history.
On Sunday, Darryl Perry of the Porcupine Athletic Club of New Hampshire visited the museum and presented MHS with an oversized check (the real one will arrive later). His plan was to raise $500.00, but the end result is expected to be $600.00. He started a Facebook fundraiser and also organized the Sunday Fun Run Recovery Run 1k race that took place the day after the marathon. The Fun Run participants were encouraged to support the museum. Their 1k route brought them from the park, up Congress Street and to Central St. and right in front of the museum where we cheered them on. Perry chose the museum to assist as he stated he has always loved history. After the race and their awards ceremony, Perry, his girlfriend and about fifteen of the Fun Run participants returned to the museum to present the donation. Perry is already signed up to run again next year as are several others we met at the museum this week.
MHS thanks to all of them for the donation and support!
Even though it’s been snowy, cold and icy in recent weeks, people have been visiting and donating items for the collection. Rodney Gagnon spent an afternoon perusing volumes in the research room and also donated his complete Boy Scout uniform (shirt with pins & badges, hat, pants, belt scarf). James Nyman gave a large plaque with names of all members of Troop 57 who attained the rank of Eagle Scout between 1968 and 1997. Rodney’s name is on the plaque. He has spent many years involved in scouting as has Nyman. The museum would like to acquire Girl Scout, Brownies and Cub Scout uniforms as well as photos and other artifacts.
Reminder – the museum is open all winter, regular days and hours, weather permitting.

***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………
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. 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) (available at museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Spoiled Hair Salon;
6. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
8. …and more
***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.

Steamboats

The Crosby Steam Gauge and Valve Company of Boston started to receive patents for their steam whistles and parts in the 1800’s. In 1966, Gary Jandreau of Millinocket found a piece of one in a cove at the foot of Millinocket Lake. In November of 2018, he donated it to the museum. One can wonder what journey this piece has traveled! The piece, with a green patina (brass?) is approximately 4” tall and about 2” across and had threads top and bottom for other pieces to be attached. It is marked with the Crosby company name plus Patent, Feb. 23, 1875. The company still exists today. Some research leads us to believe it may be a part of a chime whistle of the kind used on steam boats. Note that the Titanic had three steam whistles (9 inch, 12 inch and 15 inch diameters).
Was this once a part of the whistle on a GNP towboat or was it from one of the boats that carried passengers from the train station at Norcross to one of the many sporting camps on one of the lakes in the early 1900’s? At least one of the towboats was steam powered.
The book, A Day’s Work, A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs 1860-1920, part 2, shows a photo of the steamer Gypsie. A canoe atop the steamer may have belonged to one of the passengers or “sports” shown waiting to board the Gypsie prior to a voyage up the lake to a sporting camp. Several passengers are shown waiting to board. Also visible in the photo are crates addressed to Sourdanahunk Dam Co. and West Branch Driving and River Driving Company. Thanks, Gary Stevens, for letting us borrow this book!
Fraternal and social organizations! There have been many in Millinocket through the years. The museum has items on display or archived from Odd Fellows, Rainbow Girls, Philharmonic Club, Emblem Club, Masons, American Legion, Art Society, Knights of Pythias, Katahdin Kiwanis, Eastern Star, and more. The collections consist of uniforms, pins, swords, photos, regalia and more. A recent donation from Suzanne and Jon Kendrick included three vests and one shirt from the former local Jaycees and Jaycettes. Lenny Berry donated a photo (Camelot) and treasurer’s books from the Millinocket Players.
A reminder – museum open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days or ice. Open extra hours during Millinocket Marathon and Half weekend. Some runners are supporting the museum with donations through CrowdRise at https://www.crowdrise.com/millinocket-marathon-runners-give-back. Look for the museum sign to be lit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and a while on Sunday!!
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).
***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 SH);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more
***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.

Camp Baxter, CCC, part 2

Last week I wrote about the Thanksgiving dinner at the C.C.C. camp at Togue Pond. Coincidently, several new camp photos were just added to the museum’s collection by Paul Pasquine. A few show what the structures looked like where the men lived. Some were tents while others were no more than tarred paper shacks. The book titled In the Public Interest, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Maine (published 1988) states that side camps were erected in order that the proposed projects could be completed. One of these side camps was at Togue Pond.
One of the enrollees described this side camp as follows. “Togue Pond on the map is a beautiful lake within the game preserve of Mt. Katahdin, about five miles from its base and almost twenty miles from Millinocket. This camp, built of timbers, rough hewn, laid in place, nailed and chinked, and when finished gave the outward appearance of a ‘Fort Apache’ style, but within its confines. Two barracks to house 125 personnel, a large mess hall, a tool house, a blacksmith shop, an underground ‘refrigerator’ for food storage, plus latrines, a water pump from the lake and a garage to accommodate all the heavy equipment and trucks. This was all accomplished in the period of a couple of months, and I repeat, all built of heavy timbers, cut and hewn by hand by these same kids! And the location, a millionaires paradise, in the shadows of Mt. Katahdin. A truly beautiful setting, and when disbanded by the ‘C’s, was converted to a girl scouts camp.” This Girl Scout camp is Camp Natarswi and is still active today.
One Pasquine photo shows the mess hall with two rows of picnic style tables and benches. A wood stove occupies one end of the room and kerosene lamps are suspended from the ceiling. Another shows a bunkhouse with individual cots, wood stove and what appears to be a half wall separating the sleeping spaces. Another of the photos is labeled “washroom” with a row of washbasins, lines for drying clothes and a container for hot water. A photo shows a man, outside a barrack or the washroom, standing in the snow shaving with a straight-edge razor. A small mirror hangs beside the barrack’s door.
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days or ice. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours. Open extra hours during Millinocket Marathon and Half weekend. Look for the museum sign to be lit!
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).
***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 SH);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more
***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.

Baxter Camp, CCC, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner (1933) for the men of Baxter Camp, No. 2103 sounds great! These hard-working men who had been building roads and camps surely enjoyed it. This group of men, members of the 193rd Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.), had the task of constructing a road from Millinocket to Big Windy Pitch in Baxter State Park, about twenty-five miles away. The same crew also cleared brush and built bridges on the Appalachian Trail, cleared a right of way for a telephone line, built a fire tower and a wharf on Ambejejus Lake.
The Thanksgiving Day menu featured Roast Vermont turkey with giblet gravy and sage dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, boiled onions and Hubbard squash. This was accompanied by sweet pickles, Boston celery, green relish, hot rolls and creamery butter. Dessert consisted of pumpkin pie with American cheese plus grapes, apples sweet cider and coffee.
This is from a small printed menu/program that appears to have been given to each of the men present. In addition to the menu, it lists the roster of the 193rd and all the members of the C.C.C. A number of these men who were from other areas of Maine later decided to make Millinocket their home and still have descendants here. The program has encouraging words from the group’s leaders and also from Percival Baxter. There are 172 names of the C.C.C. men included plus names of the Army personnel, forestry personnel, leaders and assistant leaders.
A book on the history of the C.C.C. in Maine states the main goal of the 193rd was to build a road from town to the base of Mt. Katahdin. They took a group of “undisciplined and untrained kids” and “trained them to use a pick and shovel, to drive heavy road equipment, to blast the rugged terrain with dynamite, swamp and cut heavy timbers for bridges, all hewn with an axe, the adz and the crosscut saws.” Their campsite was at Togue Pond. The 193rd was at this location from June 1933 through October of 1935. More next week with a description of the camp at Togue Pond.
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours. Open extra hours during Millinocket Marathon and Half weekend. Look for the museum sign to be lit!
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).
***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 SH);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more

***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.

Baxter Letter

The following letter was written by former Governor Percival Baxter in November 1959 to three employees of the Great Northern Hotel. Baxter always stayed at the hotel whenever he was in Millinocket. The letter reminds us of an earlier time when thank you letters were composed and sent, sometimes for small kindnesses.
“My dear friends, Alma, Margaret and Mary,
You are most thoughtful to remember my birthday by sending me the beautiful card with its cheerful message which came this morning. It meant much to me to have this expression of your friendship and I thank you from my heart. I always enjoy coming to your hotel. You take such good care of me and my friends that I want you to know I deeply appreciate the kindly attention you give us. The winter is just starting out, but as the poet says, ‘When Winter comes, Spring is not far behind.’ This card and this little quotation give me cheer and I look forward to being with you before many weeks. Meanwhile, I hope you all keep well and in good spirits. I am pleased by your remembering me. Sincerely, your friend.”
The letter is signed Percival P. Baxter and was written to Mrs. Alma Barnes, Mrs. Margaret Lesuer and Mrs. Mary Gerich.
The museum has some unused pieces of stationary and envelopes with the hotel letterhead as well as some letters written on hotel stationary. For years, not only visitors at the hotel made use of this stationary, there were usually semi-permanent tenants who called the hotel home.
Recently, I shared the following (plus some museum background information) with Gary Allen, creator of the local marathon. He responded and kindly shared it to his marathon websites and Facebook pages. “The Millinocket Historical Society is proud to share that marathon runner Daryl Perry of the Porcupine Athletic Club (NH) has started a Crowdrise fund for the museum. We hope you might help in sharing this news prior to the Millinocket Marathon and a Half. On the web go to: Porcupine Athletic Club on CrowdRise and click on Millinocket Marathon Runners Give Back or on Facebook at Millinocket Marathon Runners Give Back.”
Anyone can donate, not just runners! On Marathon weekend, the museum will be open extra hours. Watch for the open sign to be lit.
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours.
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).
***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 SH);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more

***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.

Birthday and New Items

The American Legion Post #80, here in Millinocket, was formed one hundred years ago in 1919. The first meetings were held in a tarred paper shack. By 1926, the group had purchased a small brick building on Penobscot Avenue. In the 1959, the Legion constructed and moved into a new building on outer Central Street. It was during the 1950’s that Central Street was extended up over the hill. Of the many organizations that have been in Millinocket, few can celebrate a 100th birthday. The museum has American Legion uniforms with insignia from Harry Carroll, Joe Stevens and Lawrence Mackin. There are souvenir canes from parades. Some items are displayed in the military room.
New items recently donated to the museum include Katahdin Times and other newspapers by Nadine Webster and maps by Nick LaCombe. One map shows the Woodlands of the East and West Branches of the Penobscot River. Maps such as this are helpful when showing museum visitors how the many logs and sticks of pulpwood made their way from the logging areas all the way to the mill. Mary Ellen Whalen brought in a T-shirt to add to the Little Italy collection.
Several small photos have been added to the collection. Celeste (Sturman) Poulin sent in photos of GNP, Jerry Pond and the old town pool. Belinda Smyth donated a photo of the Millinocket the Opera House showing several young men sitting on the staircase leading to the balcony. Roderick Fraser, Jr mailed two snapshots from an early photo album. One is labeled log jam at Millinocket Lake, 7/1937. The other says Ernest and Margaret (or Margot) Dyer, 10/8/49, married.
In the 1960’s and later, visitors were allowed to tour the GNP mills. Tourists, locals and school groups were given an overview and led on guided tours throughout the mill. I remember, in the late 1970’s, going through twice with my fifth grade students from Granite Street School. Recently the museum was given a photo and a set of six gold trimmed glasses by Donald Raymond. The glasses were presented to Raymond as a gift for being the 1000th visitor. A photograph of Raymond (about age 10) shows him receiving the gift. With him are his father and brother,
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours.
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).

***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………

1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 SH);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more

***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.

Little Italy Follow-up

Since the successful “Tales of Little Italy” event at the museum, photos and other memorabilia have been added to the museum’s collection. Photos of the Colangelo, Manzo, Pasquine, Gagliardi and DiNardo families have been scanned, printed and added to the appropriate family files. Thank you to Dot (Colangelo) Howard, Carmen (Manzo) Doe, Fred Pasquine, Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver and Sharon Machia for allowing the scans.
In addition Joseph Gagliardi donated a photo and two advertising items from Joseph Gagliardi, Sr.’s two local businesses. The photo shows Joe’s Tailor Shop (with Bilodeau’s Electrical Appliances store next to it. (207 Penobscot Ave., where small mini-park now located next to Municipal Bldg.). Joe was known by the nickname, Joe Pip. After running the tailor shop for some time, the business closed and Gagliardi opened Vesuvio Restaurant at the same location. People referred to the restaurant as Joe Pip’s. What appears to be the top portion of a calendar (1950’s era) was donated. It advertises the restaurant and has a picture of a pretty woman dressed in white.
Deanna Shepperd gave t-shirts from Little Italy Heritage Days plus a photo album filled with pictures. David Oliver brought in a disk with photos of the Little Italy monument dedication (2014) and Maureen (Delahanty) Calder sent a four page story of her recollections of growing up in Little Italy.
These new photos and other artifacts are currently displayed at the museum. Also on display are several large framed photos of DiNardo family members, a box of bocce balls, a 1937 calendar from Palmer DiNardo’s Italian Grocery , all previously in the museum’s collection.
Joseph Gagliardi, Jr. also brought several additional items. They included a photo of #6 rebuild crew (1947), basketball tournament program (1970), a 1949 and a 1953 Snoops and Scoops and graduation program and announcement from 1954. A photo shows the 1953 SHS basketball team standing near a B& A bus. Gagliardi said he was a member of that team and they were defeated in the state championship game. The team was then treated to a trip to the New England tournament as spectators. A small Millinocket bicycle license/ID card from 1948 was brought in also. This is the second one the museum has that has survived through time. The museum also has a bicycle license plate from the same era.
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours.
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00;
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more

***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.

McLeod’s The Northern

One of the most used reference books at the museum is John E. McLeod’s condensed version of Great Northern. This version, The Northern, The Way I Remember, is only 172 pages and contains highlights of the much larger, complete story of the company. The condensed version is easily readable, contains some photos and can be used by students and others to get an impression of GNP’s history.
The seven volume complete version was researched and written between 1960 and 1974 and covers the company’s history from the beginning until approximately 1970. One bound set was donated to the Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono. Today it can be accessed there in the Special Collections section of the library. The only other known copies printed and bound were also presented by McLeod to the Maine State Library, Millinocket Memorial Library and the public libraries in East Millinocket, Bangor and Presque Isle. McLeod also donated to the Fogler Library much of his research material including glass negatives of photographs of the company’s early years. (Appointment needed to access the GNP Collection stored off-site.)
Recently a typed copy of Chapter XX1, Spruce Wood, Great Northern was donated to the museum. Containing 278 pages (one side only), it contains specific details of the company’s cutting operations, bookkeeping systems, bosses, supplies used, horses and equipment and much, much more. It appears the information was gleaned from many of the large ledgers and books kept by various departments of the company. Whether this particular copy of Chap. 21 was a draft copy before the final version is unknown. Are there similar copies of other chapters out there? This particular copy was given to donor Peter Grabber some time ago by someone who had worked in Woodlands. How it came to that person is unknown. This copy has heavyweight covers (similar to card stock) then holes were punched and the whole thing held together with an Accopress metal strip (a method used before the familiar 3 ring binders of today).
This book is now in the museum’s Logging Room. We would like to hear if anyone knows of any other chapter copies. The seven volume version was never printed and published for general distribution. The condensed version was printed for local distribution and copies are finding their way to the museum. Some are for sale as new audiences are interested in the company’s history.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00;
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
8. …and more

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***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 Books in Collection

The numbers 499 and 999 popped up this week on museum as tallies on museum related web postings. The first represents the number of these weekly writings I have done for, first, The Katahdin Times and mostly for The Lincoln News. I appreciate The Lincoln News for publishing them for so many weeks. The second number, 999, represents the number of people who have “liked” The Millinocket Historical Society’s Facebook page. To be counted, you have to like the actual page, not just a posting and you only get counted once. Many more people “like” and/or comment on individual posts and that can happen on any post. Facebook has proven to be one of the museum’s best way to get the word out of museum activities and other news. Many regulars check in every week to see what is taking place. Thank you!
The museum has a library of books by Millinocket authors and other books relating to this area. These are found in the Research/Genealogy Room. A collection of logging related books can be found in the Logging Room. All of these may be used at the museum for research or enjoyment.
Several new books have recently been added. “Chimney Pond Tales,” (new revised version), featuring stories told by Roy Dudley (guide, ranger) who lived at Chimney Pond. In the 1930’s, Clayton Hall recorded (on wax cylinders on an early Edison machine) and then transcribed the stories. Beth (Hall) Harmon and others compiled this book (first published in 1991). Harmon had these books on sale in Millinocket during the Trails End Festival and presented the museum with a copy. Another, more serious book, was donated by the author Randi Minetor. The title is “Death on Katahdin,” and is a factual, detailed description of several untimely deaths on or near the mountain. This book is one of a series on deaths in parks around the country by this author who visited the museum and other places in the area some months ago. Her information was collected from newspapers from the particular time period as well as interviews with individuals and BSP spokespersons. The Katahdin book focuses on a few untimely accidents, but also lists nearly all the deaths there including accidents, medical issues and a couple of murders.

***Join us at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Copies of Geller and Westrich books, MHS cookbook, Tales of Little Italy DVD, Spirit of Katahdin DVD, 2019 MHS calendar and more available! 9AM -2PM.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 $5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***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.

WWII Vet, Ellis Hall, Sr.

Ellis Herbert “Deacon” Hall, graduate of Stearns HS (1934), member of Company I (Millinocket) in Maine National Guard and US Army Captain during WWII. The Millinocket Historical Society recently received documentation, medals, photos and an Army jacket from his service to his country. This grouping of items now on display at the museum is the most complete collection on any local military person currently at the museum. It was donated by Hall’s son, Ellis Hall, Jr. (and MHS member) from Maryland. Another son, Robert and his wife, visited the museum two weeks ago and they plan to send some items (copies or scans) soon.
Ellis Hall enlisted December, 1933, in Company I, 103rd Infantry, Maine National Guard. Company I was here in Millinocket at the old Armory on Central Street. A few years later, 1939, the new Armory opened. Hall served with Company I in various capacities, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. With WWII fighting taking place in Europe, the US was getting ready and Capt. Ellis, along with others in Company I were inducted into Federal Service and assigned to Camp Blanding, Florida in February, 1941. Hall was transferred (with others) to Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he was made commander of an anti-tank company. (A book titled Historical and Pictorial Review of 43rd Infantry Division was donated along with a framed photo of Hall in uniform. In 1942, he attained the rank of Captain.
Hall and others (including many from Company I (from Millinocket area) arrived in
the Southwest Pacific Theater in October of 1943 where he served until January 28, 1943. He was severely wounded (unknown battle), spent time at hospitals (including (Michigan) until June of 1944 when he released. The document given to the museum states Hall was honorably discharged due to physical disqualification June 7, 1944. He was also discharged from the Maine National Guard as of October, 1946.
One of Hall’s US Army jackets is currently displayed at the museum along with a shadow box containing most of his insignia and medals. We are proud to display it!

***Join us at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Copies of Geller and Westrich books, MHS cookbook, Tales of Little Italy DVD, Spirit of Katahdin DVD, 2019 MHS calendar and more available! 9AM -2PM.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH) – tape of storytelling session at museum, 9/20/2018;
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 $5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. Other books and items on sale at museum. Cookbooks and calendars can also be purchased at several area businesses.

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***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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