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2020 New Items

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

A new year! New items being added to the collection! As we have done each year, a complete set of The Lincoln News, Katahdin Region News has been added. Carol Page gave a garment bag that once held a purchase from Peter’s Family Fashions, a clothing store on Penobscot Avenue. Advertisements of all kinds from long gone businesses are always welcome. Ed Hamm stopped in with a photo of the 1971 Millinocket Recreation Department All-star basketball team of which he was a player. He also gave a Stearns & Schenck basketball schedule (1967-68). Also of interest is a booklet for 25 cent U.S. Defense stamps from the WWII era. A person could purchase the stamps (they were available in different denominations) and when the booklet was full, the person could purchase a U.S. Savings Bond. Hamm said the booklet survived a fire.
Every once in a while a box arrives from Randa LaPlante Fiztgerald in Alabama. The latest contained a metal blueberry rake, two sad irons and two child size shoe lasts. Part of the vision for when the second floor becomes available is to have an area on one floor dedicated to some of the many businesses that have been in town. The Millinocket Shoe Hospital is one business that we have a couple of larger pieces from. Also many individuals had shoe lasts for the making/repair of their own family footwear and several people have donated lasts and stands.
Randa’s box had a book, The Big Little World of Doc Pritham by Dorothy Clarke Wilson. This has been added to the museum’s Maine collection. Doc Pritham of Greenville often traveled by early snow sled across frozen Moosehead and other lakes to treat men from the logging camps in the GNP area.
Do you remember the record players that played 78 rpm records? If you wished to play a 45 rpm record in the 50’s or 60’s, they had a big hole in the middle and in order for them to fit on the spindle, they needed an adapter. Some record players had one that stayed on the spindle and you raised it out of the way for a 78 and lowered it for a 45. There were also colorful plastic adapters that one could insert for the 45’s. Randa sent a bagful of metal adapters made by the Webster-Chicago Corporation. One of these could be inserted and left in the record. Now we need one of the small portable record players that used these.

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
***Museum open Thurs., Fri., Sat. Noon – 3PM, weather permitting.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Cemetery Questions

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

Questions keep arising regarding the Millinocket Cemetery and in the past I have researched and written about a few early burials in what would become the park. Recently, there have been some Facebook posts about the cemetery, and museum volunteers have been trying to uncover more information.
Plans for a cemetery in its current location were made early in Millinocket’s development. The museum has two maps showing how the basic blocks and plots would be arranged. They are labeled A-152 and A-550. The first is dated 12/31/1900 and the second 5/11/1912. At least one was drawn by Hardy Ferguson, chief consulting engineer for GNP. His name is on a great many of the early GNP maps.
A Facebook post indicates the existence of map B-4727 dated 1933 Plan of Lots Catholic Cemetery Deed plus three others. The B-4727 shows possible changes through 1958 and was done by GNP Engineering Dept. None of the above mentioned maps indicate any burials.
Another question through Facebook asks about the ownership of the land that would become the cemetery. The person asking states the belief his great-grandfather Boota (later Boutaugh) lived on East Avenue and buried his first wife and child (both died during childbirth) in the field nearby in 1901. There is a gravestone there for them.
Did Boota own the land and donate it for the cemetery as family lore suggests? Did the company own the land and donate it for the town cemetery? Are there records that show who did own this piece of land? If anyone has information on this, please contact the museum. We have also heard other names mentioned as having farmland there. The museum has one small photo showing several cows on the land that would become the nearby airport.
The early town reports have been checked with little resulting information. The museum only has a cover for the 1901 report. The 1902 report in the collection may only be a partial. In those pages, there are two items under the Poor Account where the sums of $28.25 and $27.40 were paid out for the burial of two men. Their names are included as in those early days all monies paid out for food, medical assistance to the poor, etc. were listed. For example, George Stearns was paid $10.70 for taking one of the men who died to Oldtown hospital. The town also paid for the man’s hospital stay, for Dr. C.S. Byant’s “attendance” and a Mr. Leeman for the man’s care.
Stop in at the museum with any information you may have on the cemetery!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
***Museum open Thurs., Fri., Sat. Noon – 3PM, weather permitting.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Stats, 2019 plus Schenck Plaque

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

On Jan. 6, 1928 a bronze memorial plaque on the front of the GNP administration was unveiled in honor of Garrett Schenck. The unveiling took place on the day of his funeral in Weston, Massachusetts. The plaque reads “To Garett Schenck, Founder and for Thirty Years President of the Great Northern Paper Company. He Planned and Constructed the Paper Mills at Millinocket, East Millinocket, East Madison and Madison, adding Much That Was Original in the Development of the Art of Making News Print Paper. As an Expression of Their Admiration and Friendship this Tablet is Erected by the Employees of the Company. He Died in Service Jan. 3, 1928.”
The unveiling was attended by an assemblage of employees, citizens and school children. The information appeared in a January article in the Bangor Daily News along with photos of the plaque and the crowd at the unveiling.
A few days after the above Schenck plaque unveiling, the Bangor Daily News noted Social Affairs of Interest, Local News of the Community. Included was mention of several group’s activities. The Royal Neighbors of America had a meeting scheduled. The Nollessemic Club were to meet at the Walker Camp. Onawa Chapter, Order of Eastern Star was having a special function. The Child Study Club was to meet with a program presented by Dr. Young. There also meetings of the Congregation Club, Dorcas Circle plus the Daughters of Isabella held a card party at the home of Mrs. Frank Rush. At the museum, we are interested in learning more about these and the numerous other clubs and organizations that once existed in town. Can you provide information/items?
Nearly 800 visitors signed the museum’s guest book in 2019 and there were others who came for a visit but did not sign. The museum continued to be one of few in the state that remained open through the winter months (only missed three or four days due to storms, most came earlier in the week). The Thursday, Friday, Saturday open days seems to work well for most folks, but appointments can be made for visits on other days and times.
2019 saw visitors from thirty-four U.S. states and nine foreign countries (Spain, China, India, Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Germany, and El Salvador). Groups included Cub Scouts, visiting Chinese students, Boy Scout Troop 57 reunion group, Wentworth College architectural students and two classes of Granite Street School fourth graders. Several researchers and genealogy seekers stopped in from as far away as Virginia, Georgia and Spain.
Approximately seventy individual donors added items to the collection. Currently more than 8400 items have been cataloged into the museum’s computer! Still working on items from the old museum.
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
***Museum open Thurs., Fri., Sat. Noon – 3PM, weather permitting.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

GNP Telephone System

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

Communication between the Great Northern farms, woods camps and the main office in Bangor was done in the early days by telephone, an amazing system for that time when many of the smaller towns and rural areas in central and northern Maine had no such system available. The following information is from Chapter 21 of John McLeod’s The Greater Great Northern.
In 1901, the same year that Millinocket was incorporated as a town, Great Northern built its first piece of telephone line. It went from Chesuncook Dam to Millinocket. Earlier, in the 1890’s, the Kineo & Northeast Carry Telephone Company was formed and ran a line to serve the hotels on the east side of Moosehead Lake and to Chesuncook Village. Another line was built to Rockwood. Then the New England Telephone & Telegraph Co. took over the Kineo company and added lines as far as Jackman, Seboomook and Pittston Farm.
McLeod states that information is “sketchy” on these early lines. The lines were of the grounded type, using a single iron wire, strung on trees. They were gradually replaced, first with two-wire circuits and later with multiple trunk lines on cross-arms. These main lines ran from Pittston Farm to Grant Farm. One lineman with help from timekeepers from area camps maintained the 100 miles of wire.
About 1911-1913, the system was placed under the Division of Forest Engineering. A second lineman was added. There were no switchboards or operators. If someone wanted to talk with some operation, he called the first place on the line, and the clerk or cook switched the call to the next point and so on. Switchboards and operators may have been added about 1921. By the time the West Branch system was completed, mid 1920’s, there were about 200 miles of pole line along the “turnpikes” and 500 miles of ground line in use. This system was used until about 1952 when the switch was made to a radio system.
A print copy of this Sprucewood chapter 21 may be viewed at the museum.

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
***Museum open Thurs., Fri., Sat. Noon – 3PM, weather permitting.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

End of Year News!

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

Happy New Year! Hope to see you at the Millinocket Historical Society museum during 2020! The museum is open all winter (excepting really stormy days) so drop in and check out the exhibits. We will be making a few changes, swapping out some of the photos and bringing out some of the interesting artifacts that have not been on display as yet.
We are getting closer to starting work again on the second floor display area. Grant funding was received earlier in 2019 for that, but have been met with some delays due to “red tape” approvals needed. Once work commences, grants will be sought for completing handicapped accessibility to the new display area and to finish exterior improvements (roof, siding, etc.). We are also happy to announce that we have been awarded a Gloria C. MacKenzie grant to update our museum computer and software (Past Perfect 5). The grant will also allow us to purchase a new scanner and photo printer.
We just received reprints (softcover) of the Dorothy Bowler Laverty book Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness. The museum has had copies of this book (the only history of the town written to date) for several years, but were nearly sold out. The reprints are great and are available at $25.00 each (plus $5.00 SH). Most local families had a copy of the original book, but through the years, the younger generations have come seeking a copy and newcomers to the area find the book is a great way to learn about their new community’s history thru the 1970’s. Anyone out there want to take on the writing of the sequel? The museum has a great many photographs that could be used.
Research questions continue to arise from visitors, via emails and letters. We are looking for information on the Rainbow Lake area and Rainbow Lake Camps through the years. The museum has some old brochures on the camps and have looked through reference books in the collection. Contact MHS if you can help!
An earlier column mentioned an inquiry about an early GNP fire (1901) and a fire at the GNP Engineer’s House. With information from the inquiry, three Maine Memory Network photos online and the help of one of our MHS members, a clearer picture has emerged. The Engineer’s House was on the mill site, and shows in many of the early photographs (from a different angle and appearing a bit different than in the Maine Memory Network photo). That building was the engineer’s workplace until some unknown date. At some point engineers were located at the old Oxford Street School (school closed 1943) and then moved to the new Engineering and Research Building which opened 1962.

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
***Museum open Thurs., Fri., Sat. Noon – 3PM, weather permitting.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

End of Year Items Donated

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

With 2019 nearing its end, it’s time to catch up with all the end of year donations to the museum. Thank you to those who have donated directly to MHS or through the on-line fundraiser as part of the Marathon/Half weekend. And a huge thank you to the seventy people who brought in, had someone else bring in or mailed items for the museum’s collection. Several of those folks have donated multiple times!
Rodney Gagnon visited with a collection of news articles, programs, etc. from his Graham family relatives. He also donated a great 1920’s Boy Scout campaign hat plus photos of himself and several classmates who spent time in the military. The museum is always looking to add to the photo/info collection of local military men and women. A group of items donated by Marian and Al Fowler included photos of the construction of Granite Street School in the mid 1950’s. Another group of photos show various buildings around town that were taken as part of a school project for students in the gifted-talented program (grades 1-5). A third group of photos donated by the Fowlers shows third graders participating in the “Great Spring Clean-up” and fourth graders with tree seedlings. Senior photos from the 1940’s were given also.
Jean Plourde brought in a panoramic photo (framed) of local area men at Camp Edwards (1948). This National Guard camp in Massachusetts was a training area for National Guardsmen during WWI and after. Most of the men in the photo are named. Sandy Haynes stopped in with a box of news articles from the 1963 basketball team’s success, a number of 2003 local newspapers with articles about the mill and several issues of Snoops and Scoops.
Added to the Girl Scout collection are two dolls (Junior Girl Scout and Cadette Girl Scout) in proper uniforms donated by Beth Eyles. They are from the 1960’s. Nadine Webster added more Girl Scout badges plus a poster from SHS spring sports 1986 and one from the SHS Thespians production of Oliver, 1971. Dick Labby gave an article about the recovery of his truck from an unexpected dunk in a local lake a few years ago. He also identified many of the first graders in a photo on display!
To finish, the Dexter Historical Society mailed a nice photo of SHS and Bruce Leavitt uncovered items in the walls of his home. Included were a bottle cap from Boddy’s Dairy and one that says Jones Baby Milk from TB Tested Cows. Would this bottle cap be from Jones Dairy? Randa LaPlante Fitzgerald sent a box that included her dad’s Navy hat (to go with his uniform on display) and several more household items.
We appreciate all the things that are donated through the year! Keep them coming!!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (BW Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Marathon, Donations & Christmas

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

The Millinocket Marathon and Half weekend was a great success! The museum saw a good crowd of runners, family members and friends. Many were interested in learning about this unique town and how it magically sprouted up here in the wilderness of early 1900’s Maine. A group also stopped in Sunday morning after a short Sunday Fun Run that brought them past the museum. Some in this group were instrumental in getting the word out about the online fundraiser for the museum. Anyone interested in participating in the fundraiser may go to Facebook, The Millinocket Historical Society page and scroll down a ways to the Dec. 1 posting. Click on the photo of last year’s oversize check presentation and it will take you directly to the site where you may donate. Or you may donate directly to MHS at the address below. Thank you!
Some tidbits of Christmas season goings-on from the newspaper scrapbooks of Carl Hull, Millinocket librarian 1921-1928, a brief look into Christmas in the Katahdin area.
1. Congo Church sale to benefit bell fund;
2. Young people and elders making wreathes at the Baptist Church;
3. Small fire at Gonya Clothing Store where “a dainty little cottage with its tissue paper and cotton snow caught fire in some way and its beauty was destroyed in short order. The force of clerks extinguished the blaze without outside help.”
4. Sale at Friendly Hall (where??) with chance to buy wonderful Christmas gifts and no need to go home for supper as the ladies are serving many good things from beans to oysters;
5. “Do not forget the Junior Exhibition in the rush of Christmas. Admission only 35 cents, not 50 cents as ticket accidently states;”
6. The Sunday before Christmas found Millinocket in the “intense throes” of winter;
7. And among many other mentions, “This year for the first time, the Post Office windows will be closed on Christmas Day in common with all offices in U. S.”

In the Museum Store great gifts for Christmas!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (BW Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

GNP Engineer’s House

Another search is on! Ever hear mention of the GNP Engineer’s House and a fire that possibly occurred there. Here’s what we know. A letter from Garret Schenck dated June 13th, 1901 was sent to Oscar Nickerson, Esq., Millinocket, Maine thanking him “for his promptness and willingness to act in an emergency and in successfully protecting the company’s property at a considerable risk to yourself.” A watch was sent to Nickerson as a thank you. Nickerson’s grandson Stan emailed a copy of the letter to the museum and asked if more information was available. Oscar, the company’s chief electrician (engineer), was injured in the event which is believed to have been a fire.
More recently, another communication from the Nickerson grandson, made mention of a fire at the company’s Engineer’s House and noted that three photos of this building are on the Maine Memory Network site. The building is shown near railroad tracks and there are power poles. However, as the Schenck letter to Nickerson is dated 1901 and the Engineer’s House fire occurred c1910, then the injury to Nickerson could not be from that fire. But as Nickerson was chief electrician (engineer), could the Engineer’s House contained his living quarters and/or work space? Any further information would be appreciated and shared with the Nickerson grandson.
Donations to be added to the collection continue to arrive at the museum. Nadine Webster brought in a 1920’s era “flapper” dress that belonged to her mother. A Girl Scout belt, three sad irons, a 1943 map of the Millinocket townsite and two mysterious black books were also give. The black books contain many names and addresses (many states, unknown purpose).
Peter Walsh brought in a framed photo of Albert Myshrall, Millinocket Fire Dept. Two 1905 maps from Stan Waterhouse appear at first glance to be identical, but he pointed out that one has both Millinocket and East Millinocket, but the other has only Millinocket. Both are dated 1905, so one must have been a second printing at a later date and therefore shows the new town of East Millinocket.
Scrapbooks were received from Linda Pangburn and Bill Campbell. The first contains photographs from the Thanksgiving dinners hosted by the Pangburn and Ellis IGA stores from 1994-2003. The second scrapbook was compiled by Helen (Farquahar) Campbell when she was a member of the Katahdin Rangers and it contains many news articles and other memorabilia of that drum corps travels and performances in the 1960’s. Also donated were recordings of the Katahdin Rangers and Girl Scout hat and sash. Phil and Peg Sturman gave a Reed’s Real Estate Agency sign that was placed in front of a house for sale. Bunny Pray donated a Millinocket phone book, 1984, that was a project of Boy Scout Troop #57.

In the Museum Store great gifts for Christmas!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahin.
*** 2020 Calendars – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (BW Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

1920 Northern Lights Yearbook

Northern Lights, the Stearns High School yearbook has been published since1924. Previously, Northern Lights was the annual publication of Millinocket High School. The museum has a 1912 issue plus originals from1920 to the present (missing a few of the latest).
A copy of the 1920 book was brought to the museum by Sandy Haynes. The book has a soft cover and is 6” x 9” and has no photographs. Only a few photos appear in the issues from the 1920’s. Senior photos didn’t show up in Northern Lights until 1930.
The first portion talks of “school spirit and class spirit, for these are lessons to learn even before your Mathematics and Latin.” It says, “One way to increase and strengthen our loyalty to M.H.S. is to learn the songs and then sing the songs written in her praise.” Other paragraphs mention school pride, library behavior and good manners “in the home, the school and elsewhere.”
A few pages of “Literary” follows and includes student written essays, poems and more. Special mention is made of the resignation of school janitor Mr. Galvin. George, as he was called by the children, had been janitor for many years and also a mentor in the school sports programs. The Senior class presented the three act comedy, The Dutch Detective,” at the Opera House and also traveled to Brownville Jct. High School for a presentation there. The high school also had a boys’ quartet and presented the operetta “Sylvia” in the spring.
Sports were deemed important and all students were encouraged to participate in baseball, basketball or football even though there was no hall in which to play basketball and no sports available for girls. The baseball team played twelve games against teams from Milo, Brownville Jct., Patten, Ricker, Island Falls and Houlton. (Note that semi-pro baseball teams were active at that time.) Fernald Hodgdon was elected cheerleader and “promises to have an effective bunch of noise-makers on the side lines at the opening game.” Although they had no hall for practice, they played away games at Patten, Sherman, Smyrna and against the U. of M. Rovers. Scores varied from MHS 6 –Patten 4 to a high of MHS 39 – Sherman Athletic Assoc. 43. The outlook for the football team was discouraging, but a five game schedule was arranged.
The advertisements provide a snapshot into 1920’s Millinocket. You could eat at William Hickel (candies, lunches, soft drinks) or purchase everything from groceries and dry goods to a bale of hay at J. F. Kimball Trading Post. If your home didn’t yet have electric lights, you could stop in at J. C. Smith Appliances & Supplies in the Bishop Block. Spring clothing was from N. Liss and Phil Connors Barber Shop had two chairs for a shave or haircut.

In the Museum Store great gifts for Christmas!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices.
*** 2020 Calendars – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,”(BW Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Marathon, Calendars & Donations

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

Reminder – The Millinocket Marathon and Half is just a few days away! Darryl Perry of New Hampshire, ran for the museum last year and raised $600.00. He planned to run this year and started a new campaign for the museum. However, he is unable to run this year. We are asking that donations to the museum this year be made in Darryl’s honor. He is seeking another $600 or more for the museum to assist with ongoing projects. He hopes to run again next year. Go to the museum’s Facebook page, scroll to the photo from last year’s check presentation and click on Crowdrise.com to donate or donations can be mailed directly to the MHS address below. Thank you and get well, Darryl!
On marathon day as you meander around town watching the runners, visiting the craft fair, area shops and restaurants, don’t forget to stop in at the museum. We will be open from about 10 AM until 3 PM (later if it stays busy). Pick up the 2020 calendar (Beyond the Mill), purchase a DVD or one of the books about the area. New items include 8” x 10” photos of the logging days, Little Italy and the GNP mill. All are matted and backed, ready to frame. Forms to purchase an engraved paver available. Many interesting items in the Museum Store!
Many items have been added to the collection in past weeks. Ada Angotti brought in a collection of Katahdin Avenue School student photos and one of the school staff, tournament programs and a program listing from the Garden Club. At one time there was a school at Rip Dam. Angotti donated three report cards (Gr. 1-2-3) from 1950’s student Ruth Angotti. The museum would like a photo of that school!
Items donated include: news articles on Nugent’s Camps (Derward Shedd); two local cookbooks compiled by VFW Ladies Auxilary and MRH employees (Alice Morgan); class of 1947 senior photos (Toni Jean Murphy); and two albums of prints from GNP photos (Jennifer Mitchell). Doris Davis brought in a copy of the town’s 50th birthday booklet. Paul Haines gave a Camp Roosevelt plaque when he and several former Boy Scout Troop 57 members visited as part of a reunion.
Interesting older items arrive at the museum that once found use at camps on the lakes. Phyllis Allen donated an electric sandwich maker (the kind that made the best cheese sandwiches), a can opener, a two slice toaster and a stove lid lifter. The young people who visit the museum know nothing of these items and others on display so we use them for a What is it? game. Jane Disselkamp brought in another (different design) stove lid lifter from her camp at Cedar Lake.
Following the second successful Tales of Little Italy event, Arlene Cotton Carlstrom gave the museum a collection of Cotton family photos and items to be added to the Little Italy and genealogy collections. The DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or by mail order ($15 each + $5 SH).

***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” ( Bill Geller); “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” ( Moody); “Tanglefoot,”(BW Edwards); “Millinocket” D. Duplisea); “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

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