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GNP First Aid Room, Part 2

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

Following is the rest of the article (started last week in this column) titled First Aid Rooms- Millinocket Plant, Part 2 from the June, 1922 issue of The Northern magazine.
“The Company doctor, Edward R. Mansfield, has his office hours at the First Aid Rooms each morning from 8:00 to 10:00, during which period he, with the assistance of Miss Pluma Deane, the Company nurse, are very busily engaged.
The nurse is on duty at the hospital from 8:00 to 5:30 PM, ready to render her services to all employees for injuries and sickness which might develop at the mill. Of course, if accidents should occur at any other hours during the day or night, the nurse would be called – but as the greater part of the injuries take place during the regular day, the need of a nurse outside of her hours ‘on duty’ is seldom required.
Records are kept in detail of the number of injuries and dressings – in fact of any and all calls made to the hospital for treatment – the names of the persons to whom services are rendered. Causes, results, etc. Statistics for 1921 develop the following figures: 3172 dressings, 729 cases. In other words, an average of two critical cases per day and about ten dressings.
It is needless to add that the employees of the Great Northern Paper Company and the citizens of Millinocket more than appreciate the advantages afforded by our First Aid Rooms.”
The MHS Facebook page photo of the RN employed by GNP (when Dr. Young was medical director) has been identified. Thanks to those who recognized her as Marguerite “Peg” Dyer, GNP nurse from 1943-1962. The museum now would like to acquire a vintage white enamel basin (approx. 12” diameter) for display with the exam chair described in last week’s column. See photo on the museum’s Facebook page.
Among other items donated by Dr. Blum were two diagrams/plans for the first aid room. Neither is dated. One is labeled “renovated” so we are assuming the other is an older version. This version shows a doctor’s office, waiting room, physical therapy area, exam/treatment room and an operating room. Neither diagram shows a space for the nurse.
Current news from the museum: the 2021 calendars are at the printers and will be available soon ($12 plus $5 for mail orders); this years engraved pavers will be in place soon (later than usual, the virus plus the engraver had a bike accident). Reminder, the museum is open and waiting for you to visit (social distancing and masks, please)!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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 First Aid Room

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

Coincidence is defined as a “remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.” The coincidence that happened at the museum recently concerned an item donation and a reorganization project that unexpectedly coincided.
Dr. Blum (mill medical director for several years) visited the museum and donated an exam chair and accessories, a photo showing himself and another man next to #11, several forms/other papers from the mill’s first aid room and a metal sign indicating the mill manager’s office and production superintendent’s office.
The exam chair from the first aid room is metal, white and has a removable arm rest, a removable basin holder and place for a removable head rest (missing). With the chair are two white enamel containers and a stainless steel basin (original would have been white enamel). A few days later, Mrs. Blum dropped off a photo showing Dr. Ernest Young (mill doctor), Edward Healey (medical assistant) and an unidentified registered nurse in the mill’s first aid room and in the photo is the white metal exam chair! At first look, this chair was thought to be from the 1940’s or 50’s. Also seen in the photo are a white enamel sink and various white enamel wheeled carts, containers etc. This photo has to be 1978 or prior as Dr. Young died in 1978. (The museum’s Facebook page has a photo of the nurse…please help us identify her!)
The coincidence occurred when Leola (MHS Assistant Curator/Research & Genealogy volunteer) was sorting the museum’s collection of The Northern magazine. There on one page was a story titled “First Aid Rooms-Millinocket Plant.” This issue is #3, volume 2, June, 1922! It begins, “What was formerly known as the Old Pipe Shop at Millinocket plant of the Great Northern Paper Company has recently acquired the new dignity of a young hospital. This hospital, all modern-equipped, consists of a Ward (in which there are beds), a Surgery, a First Aid Room, Doctor’s Office, Waiting Room, Corridors and Bath. The First Aid, Surgery and Bath rooms are finished in white enamel; the Ward in buff, (all the windows in the Ward being hung with attractive two-tone curtains); the Waiting Room and Corridors are finished in gray.”
There are three photos (a bit grainy) accompanying the story and the exact exam chair (or a later one that looks just like the one donated by Dr. Blum) is seen in one of the photos. Other furnishings in the photos (including the sink) appear to be the same as in the photo with Dr. Young. So we are saying that the date on the exam chair is 1922, not the 1940’s or 50’s! More from the story next week!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.

1921 Town Meeting

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

“A special town meeting will be held in the Armory, July 18th for the following objects: To see if the town will issue bonds to the amount of $150,000 in denominations of $1,000 for the construction of the George W. Stearns High school building, the proposed bonds to bear interest at 4 1/2% percent; to see if the town will increase the salary of the town treasurer, F. W. Rush, $200 for the year 1922; to see if the town will authorize the treasurer to borrow the sum of $1000 to construct sidewalks along such streets as have been designated by the U. S. Post Office as routes to be covered by the free delivery of the mail; to see if the town will authorize the selectmen to cause all houses on the carrier routes to be numbered, and place such numbers on the houses at the expense of the owners.”
The above paragraph describes some of the town business discussed at the Millinocket town meeting in 1921. The article is from one of the scrapbooks at the museum. In July, 1921, Millinocket’s first school building (Millinocket High School and Common School was still standing, but was very crowded so planning was under way for construction of a new high school.) This early planning proved to be a great idea, as later that same year, Millinocket High School and Common School burned to the ground in Nov. 1921.
The third item, regarding sidewalk construction, tells us that in that time period, mail was only delivered to homes on streets where sidewalks existed. I wonder which streets got sidewalks from that $1000? And only on one side or both sides of the street?
The 1921 town meeting was held at the Armory. At that time, a small building on Central Street (later site of Gonya’s Garage) served as the Armory. It was also the community center for plays, dances and boxing bouts. The small building had first existed at the corner of Katahdin Avenue and Cherry Street and was later moved to Central Street. The original had served as the town’s first church (interdenominational.)
The museum will be open on July 2, July 3 and July 4, 11AM to 3PM. Since this year July 4th looks to be a bit different without the usual parade etc., we will be open our regular hours. If there is good traffic, we will stay open a bit longer. The open sign will be lit. You can also call the number below to arrange an appointment at other times!
Remember to wear a mask and social distance! Stay safe!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.

Questions and Queries!

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

An earlier column stated that in the early days of GNP, Garret Schenck did not want “a typical company town with rowhouses and he determined that the company would retain control and would decide what was to be built and where.” A question has been posed to us by a museum visitor. When were Millinocket residents first allowed to own the land their homes were on? We, at the museum, would like to hear what readers know about this subject.
The two Laverty books discuss this issue briefly and that information follows. Laverty’s first book (the history) says, “As streets became realities, people applied for house lots.” Stearns (land agent) helped the locate their homes (value to be $750-$1000), placed 15 feet back from street and lot payments on pay-as-you-can basis as mill was just beginning production and money not always available. The book states that is it was in the 1920’s when land agent Seelye first started issuing quitclaim deeds when lot payments were completed.
Laverty’s 2nd book, So You Live in Millinocket (available to purchase at the museum) gives some additional information from McLeod’s GNP history. This says, “Between Nov. 1, 1899 and Dec. 31, 1927, Garret Schenck signed, as president, deeds to literally hundreds of lots sold by the Company in Townsites of Millinocket and East Millinocket.” It continues, “This may be a good place to spike the rumor which has persisted for seventy years that conveyances from the company for lots in these towns were not deeds, but 99-year leases…All conveyances of Company-owned land for house lots from the beginning were quitclaim deeds.”
Received information from the recent query regarding William A. Johnston opening a drug store in the Millinocket/East Millinocket area around 1906-07 until about 1918. Jay Robinson (lifelong bottle digger and collector) responded with photos of two Johnston Pharmacy bottles. The pharmacy was in East Millinocket (across from the present credit union) on the corner. At one time, visible on the door stoop, the words Johnston’s Pharmacy were visible. This information was passed on to the person who sent the query who will pass it on to Johnston’s descendant.
Author Brian Huey did a book signing at the former museum here in Millinocket in 2008 when his first book in the Perpetual series came out (three books in all with numbers 4 and 5 in the works). Much of the first novel is set in Millinocket. A recent email from Huey informs us that casting for Matthew and Maria (the two main characters) is in progress for a TV series pilot with filming hopefully to begin in 2021. All three Perpetual books are at the Millinocket Memorial Library when it reopens.
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.

Papermaking Vocab!

By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

A bit of papermaking vocabulary from John McLeod’s The Northern, The Way I Remember.
1. Back-tender – the “second hand” or No. 2 man on a paper machine crew (museum has pharmacy bottles containing back-tender’s lotion so appears to have been a pain producing job),
2. Blade coater- the worker who applies coating material to the paper web and then scrapes off excess with a metal blade,
3. Bleeding – to draw steam from a boiler,
4. Broke – New paper that has been torn or damaged on its way through a paper machine,
5. Set – When a full width of paper roll is split into narrower rolls for a customer, they are called a set
6. Spear – Long pole with sharpened end used to cut through paper that has wrapped around itself around a roll,
7. Wire – A fine-mesh wire or plastic screen on which paper is formed from pulp as water drains away.

An earlier writing told a brief history of the Millinocket Post Office. It mentioned that for a time (before the post office building was constructed on Penobscot Avenue in 1937) space was rented in several downtown buildings. While viewing a 1916 Sanborn map at the museum, I noted that it showed the Millinocket Post Office on Central Street in what would be called the Decker-Gonya block. It appears to be where the Computer Rehab is currently located next to the alley. It is also where the original Millinocket Memorial Library would be located in 1919. The 1916 map indicates a variety store was next to the post office with a drug store in the corner spot.
The museum had a query recently about a William A. Johnston. He was believed to have opened a drug store in the Millinocket/East Millinocket area around 1906-07 and was in this area until about 1918. A family member has letters mentioning starting a drug store from “scratch” and investing $500.00 for “drug fixtures.” If anyone has knowledge of this person or drugstore, please contact the museum.
The first week of reopening went well with a few people stopping in and two with items to donate. Museum will continue to be open regular days and hours…plan to stop in with mask and social distancing!
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.

Biggest Mill in World

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

“Immense Plant for Great Northern Paper Co. Nears Completion” reads the headline in the Bangor Weekly Commercial dated June 8, 1900. A secondary headline states “Biggest in World”. A copy of this newspaper page can be seen at the Millinocket Historical Society museum. Things happened quickly in 1899 on the Millinocket project once Schenck (founder & first president of GNP), Ferguson (engineer who designed the mill) and others got things started. Construction contracts were signed for a newsprint mill with facilities for groundwood and sulfite production and eight paper machines. It would have a capacity of 240 tons per day. This number would make GNP the largest mill of its kind in the world at that time.
The railroad figured prominently in this new business venture and in February of 1899, a deal was made with the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. The company gave B & A land for a station, freight house, roundhouse and turntable, yard space and the railroad would build the spur track from the main line to the mill yard.
The bulk of the construction work was done during the winter of 1899-1900. Some of the machinery had arrived in the spring and the 235 foot brick chimney, tallest in Maine at the time, had been completed in June. Work continued through the summer and fall. On Nov.1, 1900, President Schenck opened the gate that turned the water on the turbines. Then he turned on the electricity to the machines, pulled the lever to the log carrier and then moved on to start more of the links in the process. On Nov. 9, the first set of paper was turned up on No. 7 machine and six were running on Jan. 31, 1901. This was the beginning of GNP’s paper production referred to in the Bangor Weekly Commercial and the John McLeod book, The Northern, the Way I Remember.
Men of many nationalities worked on construction of this mill including a large number of Italians. Housing was a problem as there was no established town at first. Tents, boxcars and crude shacks provided shelter. Some barracks type buildings housed engineers and supervisors. Plans for the townsite were drawn up early by the company and some assistance was given by GNP to people who wanted to construct homes (on GNP land). Schenck did not want a typical company town with rowhouses and he determined that the company would retain control and would decide what was to be built and where.

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.

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

Millinocket has had some form of a post office since the early days. The first mentioned was somewhere on the mill site (Fowler farm). Then the post office was located in various rented buildings. In 1937, the federal government erected a post office building on Penobscot Avenue.
The cornerstone was laid on April 17 with appropriate ceremony. A parade formed at the armory, marched to the park and back to the post office site. The Millinocket band played and school children sang. Acting Postmaster Garfield Jones (also chairman of ceremonies) welcomed visitors and the keys to the new building were given to Jones by Harold Gates, ex-postmaster. There was an address (The Magic City) by Robert Hume (Supt. of GNP) and other speeches by representatives of the US Postal Service and Governor Barrows. Tokens representing many civic organizations and citizens were placed in the cornerstone box.
Many organizations deposited items in the box (also referred to as a time capsule). A list of each group and what they deposited is on the program for the day’s events. The museum has several of these programs. When completed, the copper box was sealed and placed in the cornerstone. This was followed by more music, ceremony, taps and a benediction.
During the town’s 100th celebration, that time capsule was removed and opened. Its contents are displayed in a large shadow box in the Millinocket Municipal Building. The museum has a scrapbook of photos of each of the items that were in the box. The museum also has a photo taken August 23, 1937 (day after opening day) showing a man identified as George Jones (not sure this is correct) at one of the windows and the museum has a three cent stamp said to be the first stamp sold that day.
Many take note of the large logging mural in the lobby. The Laverty book states this mural was one of several commissioned for new post offices by the federal government as part of the Public Works Project. Garfield Jones was the first postmaster at the new post office, followed by Willis Gates.
Museum open again Thursday, June 4 with masks and social distancing in effect. Visit to make a donation of those items you have been saving to bring in. You can view the displays, share information and ask questions, all at a safe distance as individuals or small family groups. We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to accept items or monetary donations or sell you one of our books, DVD’s or photos. We plan to be open 11 AM to 3 PM, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Stay safe!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.

New Donations

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

Several items were donated to the museum prior to the virus shutdown. A pencil sharpener from Stearns HS was brought in by Barbara Waters and Mary Santerre sent in several local newspapers. We always accept newspapers as we are trying to fill in the gaps. A few books came from the Millinocket Memorial Library. One in particular, Seboomook, From Native Americans to POWS (Parker) has been added to the Logging Room library. James Day brought in a felt repair kit. This small box contains a set of felt repair tools used in the mill’s paper room. It was made by the Linday Wire Weaving Company, Cleveland. The museum had some of the same repair tools, but this is a complete kit. Cal Wilson donated a photo from one of his dad’s class reunions (Class of 1940). Copies of bills and receipts for services or goods are always interesting. A piece of furniture that once belonged to a member of the Corrigan family had a piece of paper tucked inside. It was a typed billing statement for labor on a camp in 1957. The work was done at the rate of $1.75 an hour and showed payments and balance still due. It was donated by Ellen Bozeman. A photo card received by mail recently from Janet Mishoe has two pictures of the Mishoe/Michaud children, Susette, Robert, Janet, Michael (1958 photo) and Shyla (1962 photo). We accept photos of any family or individuals who have called Millinocket home at some time.
Bill Geller, author of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps (available at the museum) has a new book. The title is 832,000 Acres, Maine’s 1825 Fire and Its Piscataquis Logging Aftermath. It deals with the east and west branches of the Piscataquis River, the fire and the years following the fire. Copies are available by contacting the author or the Monson Historical Society. Our Millinocket museum has one copy for research purposes.
Plans are underway to reopen the museum Thursday, June 4 with masks and social distancing in effect. You can visit to make a donation of those items you have been saving to bring in. You can view the displays, share information and ask questions, all at a safe distance as individuals or small family groups. We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to accept items or monetary donations or sell you one of our books, DVD’s or photos. We plan to be open 11 AM to 3 PM, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Stay safe!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.

Military Items Donated

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

The search goes on for more photos and information on local military men and women. This town has had an important military presence since the early days especially for WWI and WWII. Those are the eras that make up the majority of the museum’s military display.
Earlier this year, Paul Pasquine visited the museum and donated a number of items from his father Romus J. Pasquine, WWII. A copy of his enlistment record and discharge papers was included and a photo (in uniform). A field manual, a soldier’s handbook and two gunner’s instruction manuals for anti-aircraft artillery that had been issued to Pasquine are now in the museum’s military room. Another book titled General Marshall’s Victory Report on Winning WWII in Europe and the Pacific includes a list all the local men and women from all branches who served in that war. The book gives credit for the list to the Army Mothers Service Club of Millinocket. This club had officers Harriet Hatfield, Neva Rideout, Hazel Chase. Lillian Campbell, Margaret Carr, Mary Hikel, Claire Hatfield, Dorothy Hope and Stella Pound.
Many small photos were donated depicting men and scenes from some of the places where Pasquine served (Algeria, Sicily). They are being placed in a scrapbook. Four rolled panoramic photos from Camp Edwards in Massachusetts were also in the Pasquine collection. Camp Edwards was the jumping off point for many New England military in WWII.
Pasquine gave several books for reference including The Lakes of Maine (Merrill), Camp Phoenix (Horner) and The Long Search, Abnaki of the Katahdin Region (Donato). Camp Phoenix was a sporting camp in T5R10, Nesowadnehunk Lake. Robert Donato, author of the Abnaki book was from Millinocket. Another local author, Peter Cummings, wrote a fiction book titled The Neuropathy of Zombies. A copy of this was donated by Pasquine.
Books and other items for sale in the museum store are available. Contact me for mail orders or a “social distance” porch sale. At this time, we think the museum will reopen the first week in June when the 2nd phase of the state reopening plan goes into effect. Masks and social distancing will be in effect, but doable as visitors normally come as individuals or small family groups. We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to accept item or monetary donations or sell you one of our books, DVD’s or photos.

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.

Commencement

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

Graduations/commencements have been a spring ritual for many years in our schools and colleges. This spring has allowed time to reacquaint with some museum items that were added to the collection early on. At Millinocket High School and later at Stearns HS, small folded programs for the graduation exercises were handed out to attendees. Some of these had cords attached in the class colors.
The Millinocket High School class of 1913 had six members with Marion Bradley giving the salutatory address titled Our Flag, The Protection of Nations. The valedictory address was titled The Impossible is Un-American and was done by Leona Theriault. Annie Dwyer presented the class history, Winnifred Bragdon gave the class prophecy and an oration on the Panama Canal was given by Chester Hathaway. The class gift presentation was by Gladys Thorpe.
The museum has similar programs for the class of 1915 (eight students), 1922 (35 students) and 1923 (twenty-one students) and programs for many additional years. It is interesting to note that often the graduating classes had more girls than boys as many boys had left school to go to work. The 1922 and 1923 years followed the destruction of the Millinocket High School building by fire in November of 1921. School was held at the armory and various halls around town with double sessions which possibly affected the number of students who actually finished and graduated.
A 1921 newspaper article describes at length the 1921 graduation held at the Opera House. Small spruce trees were in place, greenery was in evidence around the orchestra pit where the school band performed and class colors adorned the chairs. The stage background held more greenery flecked with pink carnations. The four girls in the class wore white gowns (dresses, not traditional caps and gowns). The audience was described as “interested and sympathetic.”
Another article from 1927 states that over 700 people attended that year’s graduation ceremony. Miss Annie Bears, highest ranking female graduate, introduced the commencement speaker who gave a talk on education. Miss Bears later taught many years in the Millinocket school system.
Books and other items for sale in the museum store are available. Contact me for mail orders or a “social distance” porch sale. At this time, we think the museum will reopen the first week in June when the 2nd phase of the state reopening plan goes into effect. Masks and social distancing will be in effect, but doable as visitors normally come as individuals or small family groups. We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to accept item or monetary donations or sell you one of our books, DVD’s or photos.

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $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.