Millinocket Historical Society

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Post cards, Abstract & Katahdin Rangers

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

In any discussion of Millinocket’s history, the name Charles W. Mullen is sure to be mentioned. As a civil engineer and contractor for the B & A Railroad, he was familiar with the general area. Mullen is the one who made contact with Garret Schenck (paper mill expert). Together, they along with Hardy Ferguson and others set out to build the company that came to be known as the Great Northern Paper Company.
In recent weeks, a descendent of Charles Mullen has visited the museum and donated some items including several local area vintage post cards from the 1920’s and 1930’s. One has the printed caption Poowookamous Falls, West Branch. We assume that may be a misprint. Should it be Pockwockamus? Another item donated by Ronald Mullen is an original abstract (collection of documents) of the title to lots 1, 2 and 3, block 24 on Penobscot Avenue. These papers begin when Charles Mullen, Schenck and a man named Haskell gave title of those lots to GNP in 1899. The papers continue through the ownership by Charles Rush (Rush’s Hardware store) down to PE Ward in the 1950’s.
Bobbie Allen brought the museum two check writing machines and a collection of frames that came from other donors. Phyllis Gardner sent in a double size Ripogenus Dam post card with the caption 700 ft. long, 65 ft. high, 45 ft. wide, built1916. Jean Morse dropped off a large, original handmade flag used by the Katahdin Rangers and three photos of the group. Another donor sent in a St. Martin of Tours graduation ball dance card. It is from the class of 1964. Such cards were popular at dances years ago. High school students today would not know what a dance card was!

MHS is now registered as part of the Amazon Smile program. When you shop online at Amazon, go to Amazon.com:smile, choose Millinocket Historical Society from the list and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will be sent to MHS. It is a small amount, but it all adds up.
At Hannaford through October, purchase one of the specified blue and gold reusable bags and MHS will receive $1.00 for each one sold.

Information coming soon on the museum’s new heritage cookbook! Price, shipping information and availability will be announced. We can’t wait to see it (it’s at the printer’s now) and is expected in plenty of time for Christmas ordering.

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!

*** The 2018 calendars at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

New Items, Smiles & Bags

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Fall has arrived, but new items for the collection are still arriving. We continue to add photos and documents to the genealogy collection so anyone doing family tree searches, maybe the museum has something for you. We are working to get the family names into our computer program to assist in the search. Recent additions are from the Poirier/Jandreau/Levasseur families (photos) and the Morgan/Carroll families (photos).
Sue Jandreau donated a B & A Railroad time table from 1958 and other railroad papers. Alice Miller brought in a series of penmanship books for teaching cursive writing. They were from the 1930’s from Aroostook Avenue School. The museum has several advertising booklets from some of the old sporting camps. A local lady (wants not to be identified) brought in one from Togue Pond Camps (c1925). The museum already had a newer version of the same booklet. Camping in the 1920’s- 1940’s was quite different than today.
A Sno-Land Dairy half pint bottle is now displayed with other local milk bottles. It joins bottles from Rush’s, Keeley’s, Mulroney’s, Boddy’s, Sno-Land plus Grants and Footman’s dairies. Looking for a bottle from Jones’s Dairy! The half pint bottle was brought in by PI Perry along with a folding Eastman Kodak Brownie camera. Perry also gave the museum framed photos of the GNP crews of paper machines #8 and #5 rebuilds (1926 & 1954).
MHS is now registered as part of the Amazon Smile program. When you go online to shop at Amazon, go to Amazon.com:smile, choose Millinocket Historical Society from the list and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will be sent to MHS. It is a small amount, but it all adds up.
Hannaford has again chosen MHS for its Hannaford Helps program. Purchase one of the specified blue and gold reusable bags during October and MHS will receive $1.00 for each bag sold.
This time of year, more hikers and hiker’s families stop by the museum. On the Saturday of the Trails End Festival, we saw folks from Minnesota, New Hampshire and Virginia. We directed hikers to local eateries and lodging places and one of our volunteers gave a young couple a ride to McDonald’s and then back to their camping spot at Abol Campground!
Information coming soon on the museum’s new heritage cookbook! Price, shipping information and availability will be announced. We can’t wait to see it (it’s at the printer’s now) and is expected in plenty of time for Christmas ordering.

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!

*** The 2018 calendars at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***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.

Lamplighter, Pt. 3

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

Here continues the story of the adventures of young John Galvin, substitute lamplighter. He finally got Old Bill saddled and made ready to climb aboard. With left foot in the left stirrup, left hand on the saddle horn and reins in his right hand, Galvin tried to get his right leg over Old Bill’s back. Old Bill decided to dance around in a circle. Galvin then made the decision to walk the route leading Old Bill and using the sawed off pool cue with wire hook to turn the valves. After tending to a few lights, they were at the light by the Congo Church on Katahdin Avenue. Galvin decided to out-fox Old Bill. “I gave him some sugar cubes and backed him over to the church sidewalk steps. My plan was to mount at the highest step and catch Old Bill unaware and be on his back before he knew what happened. It almost worked. I got my left foot in the stirrup and my left hand on the horn. As I threw my right leg over, Old Bill jumped sideways and I found myself clinging to the horn and the reins, one leg in the stirrup, the other under Bill’s belly.” Galvin states he got out of the predicament when Bill stopped moving.
They continued walking and tending the lights until arriving at Oxford Street School (today site of VFW). Another high set of steps, but these had a “big flat railing that anyone could stand on and drop on an unsuspecting horse’s back.” Galvin got ready and just as he jumped “Old Bill moved gracefully aside and I found myself flat on the ground.” Back to walking! Eventually they were at a spot opposite the Baptist Church where there was a vegetable garden and gooseberry patch with a flat-topped fence. Again Galvin tried to get from the fence to Old Bill’s back and as you’ve guessed, he landed in the gooseberries! Gooseberry bushes have thorns. That was the last try. They finished the walk and finally Old Bill was back in his stall.
Later, Mr. Crommett, the lamplighter, came to the house to pay Galvin his fifty cents and thank him for helping. When asked how he liked riding, Galvin replied that he had decided to walk. Crommett replied that “he was glad, because he had forgotten to tell me that Old Bill would never let anyone mount him from the left-hand side!”

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!
*** The 2018 calendars at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***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.

Lamplighter, Part 2

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The museum will have a table with calendars, books, DVD’s and more at the Trails End Festival on Saturday, 9/16! Hope to see you there!
Several months ago, I wrote about the Millinocket Gas Company and the lamplighter who had the task of lighting and extinguishing the town lamps. Now the story continues! Ann Catherine Bonis, a 5th or 6th grade student at Maine Avenue School here in Millinocket (1970’s) wrote a family newsletter as a school project. Included is an editorial written by her grandfather John Galvin. In that, Galvin recollects his interaction with the lamplighter, his horse “Old Bill” and what happened the night twelve year old Galvin substituted as the lamplighter. The following is a brief look at Galvin’s four-page story and a few quotes from it.
The gashouse was located near the railroad tracks behind Katahdin Avenue. The superintendent (and lamplighter) was Orville Crommett. Instead of walking around to light the lamps carrying a short ladder and a sawed-off pool cue with a hook on the end to turn the valve, Crommett chose to ride Old Bill, leaving his hands free to turn the valve on and off. Old Bill was kept in an old woodshed near the gas company.
One day Crommett asked young John Galvin to tend the lamps so he could go fishing. It would earn Galvin fifty cents, a great sum for a young boy of that era. Dusk came, Galvin walked the route to light the lamps, but later when he went to get Old Bill for the extinguishing the lamps, things happened. “There was just room for Old Bill to squeeze through (the door), and in order to do that, he had to duck his head.” Galvin saddled the horse, turned Bill around and waited while Bill ducked his head and started through the door. “There was a loud crash and there stood Old Bill, half in and half out. The saddle horn had caught on the top of the door and the saddle had ‘slidden’ all the way to the back of Bill’s hind legs holding him fast.” And Galvin was still inside and unable to get out of the shed! The story continues, “I managed to slip the saddle down so Bill could step out. I then realized Mr. Crommett must put the saddle on outside the stable.” Thus begins the next chapter of this story…to be continued!

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!
*** The 2018 calendars available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Lodging in 1905

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Many visitors have stopped by the museum in recent days including a young couple from the Czech Republic. They all need to find lodging. In 1905, one of the lodging options was the Mountain View House. A newspaper advertisement from proprietor J. H. Mulhern reads as follows: “I have opened the Mountain View House and solicit patronage from transient guests and boarders. The house is commodious, homelike, neat and well kept. We furnish a good table and are confident that those that board with us will be satisfied.” This was located across from the park where the telephone company building is today.
Thank you to Doug Kranich and others from SHS who brought 20+ Chinese students to visit the museum. They were in town for a week from a Stearns’ sister school in China. As usual, they were fascinated by the old Edison phonograph. Many photos of the record spinning on the old turntable have been circulated through cyberspace back to China. Also, five members of the newly formed Medway Historical Society stopped by to discuss becoming a non-profit and the other steps to accomplish as they head into their second year of organization. Good luck to them!
Time to catch up on the listing of new items. Barbara Waters gave a 45 rpm record (Blueberry Blues) by Norm Dubois, Carole Philbrook donated a SHS girl’s corduroy jacket, and an anonymous donor gave a SHS basketball jersey.
Many logging tools are displayed at the museum and we have others in storage, but sometimes a unique one arrives at the museum. Recently Lucille Allen brought in a peavey (cant dog). One is already displayed plus some peavey points, but this particular one has Snow and Nealley, Bangor, Maine on it. That company was the top maker of logging tools back in the day. The museum has several pickaroons (short handle, long handle, cut down for mill use). Allen donated two – one has GNP Co. stamped into it and the other has GNP2.
Judy Stevens Herrick visited recently and donated a collection of school related items including 1950’s dance cards from commencement balls and junior proms, report cards, a Junior Achievement certificate, class ring and two cheerleader basketball tournament ribbons.

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!
*** The 2018 calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers are now being taken for fall placement. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording..
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Milkmen, Carnival and Lace

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The May 5, 1905 newspaper in the museum’s collection continues to reveal information about the people, businesses and events taking place in Millinocket at that time. The museum has a collection of milk bottles from various local dairies of the past (Rush, Keeley, Boddy, Mulroney, Sno-Land). The 1905 newspaper has advertisements for H. S. Brown and Fred Clifford. Brown’s ad states: “Pure jersey cream and milk delivered every day. The quality of these goods speaks for itself. If you will let me know your needs, I will call and endeavor to please. H. S. Brown, Millinocket.” Does anyone have any information on this man and his business?
Fred Clifford’s ad says: “MILK – the best. My list of customers is constantly increasing. Are you one of them? Drop me a card and I’ll call. Fred Clifford, Millinocket.”
The museum does have one photo showing Clifford’s milk wagon with a house in the background. We are looking for more details on any local farms, dairies and local milk businesses.
For entertainment, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Millinocket chapter sponsored a week-long carnival at the Pavilion. (The Pavilion, ball field and grandstand were located in the area behind the new Bangor Savings Bank and the former Armory). On the program were five “premier high class vaudeville artists,” and a world famous musical duo. It boasted “three hours refined amusement, closing with a grand social.” Band concerts were held twice a day and a ten piece orchestra played for a “dancing festival.” Tickets were available for 50 cents from local businessmen D.J. Murphy, Thomas Pound, Roy Flaherty, E.J. Warren, Frank LePage, H.C. Gellerson, A.J. Gonya, James A. Rush.
Mrs. J. Gwynn (a local milliner) advertised a big saving on “Odd pieces of ginghams and laces at prices that will surprise you. Call for them.) The newspaper office reminder readers, “Now is the time you need shelf paper. Look at ours – 5 cents a roll. We invite the attention of Ladies doing Passe Partout work to our new stock of Mount
Boards received this week.” Passe Partout was the use of a strong paper gummed on one side used for mounting pictures. The newspaper also sold drawing paper for 5 cents a sheet.

*** The 2018 calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Visitors have been checking out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are now being taken for fall placement. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

More on Old Newspapers

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The Millinocket Times, a local newspaper published during the pre-WWI era, was printed on the second floor of the so-called Miller’s Building (also Epstein’s, Day’s Jewelry, Newberry’s and more going back many years) on Penobscot Avenue. This was learned recently during a visit to the museum by eighty-nine year old Frank Miller, son of Burdette Miller, owner and publisher of the paper. Mr. Miller stated that his parents came to Millinocket around 1903-04 and lived just a few houses down the street from the current museum. He did not know when the paper started, but said his father sold it (unknown buyer) sometime in 1917 as he wanted to enlist in the army and help his country as the U. S. was entering WWI. However, Burdette Miller was turned down for service as he had a family and small children. At this time, we have no more information as to the fate of The Millinocket Times or any other local newspaper until the late 1930’s. If anyone knows of local papers from that time period, please contact the museum!
A few weeks ago I wrote about the June 15, 1917 issue of this paper in the museum’s collection. It is one of two known to exist and both are at the museum. The second is also a 1917 issue.
In recent days, we have also pieced together most of a May 4, 1905 Millinocket Journal which was published on Thursdays with EE Morse as editor and publisher. Much of the front page is missing, but portions of articles tell of a masked ball, a minstrel show and a meeting of directors of the Union Store. An inner page ad states that you could catch the stage for Mattawamkeag “every forenoon (Sundays excepted) on the arrival of the trains from Bangor and Houlton at 10:25. Stage leaves the Eureka House at 10 AM.” The Eureka House (also known as the Katahdin House) was partway up Katahdin Avenue toward the railroad station. More information from this newspaper in future columns.
The museum is having a banner summer! We’ve had a couple from the Czech Republic, an interesting young woman from Florida who volunteers with her grandmother at a museum there and many returning Millinocketites. Stop in!

*** The 2018 calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Check out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are now being taken for fall placement. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

What’s in the 2018 Calendar?

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

Remember the Katahdin Rangers Drum and Bugle Corps? A great photo of that group is found on the cover of the museum’s new 2018 calendar. Other photos in this calendar range from 1899 through the 1970’s and feature groups of people and scenes around Millinocket. Many of the photos have been added to the collection in the last year.
The earliest is from 1899 showing the penstocks being placed during the days of the mill’s construction. An early logging camp photo from 1941 has twenty-five or more men seated on the ground eating a meal. The photo is from the West Branch Drive and comes from the museum’s Laverty Collection.
Another early 1900’s photo is a view looking east on Central Street and the street appears to end about where the bridge is today. Further construction work seems to be happening. Check out buildings at the intersection (where the traffic light is now located) and note changes. The B & A Railroad Station is shown up on blocks ready to be moved to a new spot as part of the underpass construction project. This photo is from the 1930’s.
Do you know why Pockwockamus Rock was first painted with a scene? The 1979 photo in this calendar has the explanation. Another calendar photo shows tents and trucks at Foster Field with Mt. Katahdin in the background. This 1934 picture is of the 130th Company, Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was building camp sites, trails and more in the area.
It’s great when photos of groups arrive at the museum with names and dates! A large group of Onawa Chapter, Eastern Star (ladies group of the Masons) is depicted in 1959. Dressed in their finest gowns and adorned with corsages, the ladies posed for the photographer. A few men are also in the picture. All the names are there, except one. Two others with all the names are of a Brownie Scout troop from the late 1950’s and Stearns cheerleaders, 1949. The Millinocket Players presented The Music Man at SHS auditorium (original) in 1972. The SHS band made a cameo appearance. The calendar has a photo of the Company I,103rd Infantry baseball team in 1927-28. Another photo shows a few town dignitaries in period costume during the town’s 50th birthday celebration. They are on the steps of the new Municipal Building. Get your now!

*** The calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Check out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are now being taken for fall placement. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange 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 Additions to Collection

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

A seaplane on Katahdin Avenue!! I wonder what people thought of that occurrence when it happened sometime in the 1940’s or 50’s. Lois Pelletier brought in two small photos that show the plane there. Thanks to Jeff at the airport, we believe the plane piloted by Holt from Greenville made an emergency landing in the brook (near the old Pines swimming hole). It then was towed to the airport. I bet that incident was talked about for days!
It’s time to catch up on the other new items that have been finding their way to the museum this busy season. Recently a building was demolished on Aroostook Avenue. Jean McLean Corcoran brought in a framed collage of three photos showing the building and business that was located there in earlier years. Her family resided there. The business was the Blue Sunoco Garage and Gas Station and the owner, John ‘Elery’ Dumas, also had the local taxi and school busses.
Ann Weldon Blanke of Bangor sent two Clyde Folsom cassettes (he’s a great story teller) and two of her dad’s Stearns football sweaters. One, a lightweight long sleeved dark blue, is shown in the 1943 yearbook football team photo that includes Scott Weldon. Billie Jean Brilliant has made visits to the museum with a portable typewriter, possibly from GNP. This is now displayed for hands-on use by our young visitors. They enjoy trying out this “old” technology. They are also amazed that you had to actually dial a telephone. Also from this donor came her husband’s white cardigan baseball letter sweater and a homemade shoe shine box used by him as a young boy to shine shoes in the park.
More items came from Michelle Brundrette, a GNP West Branch Recreation Area map found at the Katahdin General Store; a scrapbook with photos and letters related to the DAVA (Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary) color guard from Nadine Webster; a Boynton Jeweler advertising ruler from Mr. Mullen; and two GNP reports brought in by Tony Foster. One is dated 1901 and the other 1902. I don’t think they are originals, but quite old copies. Some of the numbers such as assets of the mill in those years are really quite amazing for such a young enterprise!

*** The 2018 calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Check out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are now being taken for fall placement. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Blueberry Story

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

Bryan Seeyle, does the museum have any information on him? This was asked by a recent visitor and, as often happens, I turned to the Dorothy Laverty book on Millinocket’s history. There are pages about the Great northern Hotel where Mr. Seelye and his wife lived during their time in Millinocket. It states the Seelyes came to town in 1912 just after the GNP administration building was completed. Seelye was hired to set up the mill’s accounting department. The couple made their home at the hotel and later Mrs. Seelye became the housekeeper.
That sums up the information the museum has on Bryan Seelye at this time. A visitor, Jane Rideout Jones asked the above question and then proceeded to share a story about Mr. Seelye. She gave permission to share the following.
Some years ago, seventeen year old Jane worked in the dining room of the hotel. At that time, Bryan Seelye, widowed and elderly, lived on the top floor of the hotel and was cared for by a nurse, Mrs. Grumley (Dr. Grumley’s wife). Every evening, Mr. Seelye ate his meal at an assigned table, the big table by the bay window. No one else was allowed to sit there. One evening, Jane asked the gentleman, “May I help you?” Mr. Seelye asked for “fresh blueberries and cream and little cakes.” Jane placed the order and then went to bring the food through the swinging doors from the kitchen carrying the tray up in the air with one hand as required. Just as she started to pass through the door, someone pushed it from the other side and the tray and food landed on the floor. An embarrassed Jane scrambled to pick up the mess and hurried to the kitchen to replace the order. When she returned to serve Mr. Seelye his meal, he said to her, “I see you like to pick blueberries!”
The museum has an elegant black top hat complete with leather storage case that belonged to Mr. Seelye. The hat is made from a beaver pelt (as was the custom of the day) and it has his initials inside. The leather case also has his initials on the outside and it is lined in red silk. It is in wonderful condition!

*** The 2018 calendars are now available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** A new paver order has been placed in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are being taken. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. ***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net to arrange 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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