Millinocket Historical Society

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Safety Patrol

Do you remember the school safety patrol? This was in the 1940’s-50’s when 5th & 6th graders (usually) were charged with the task of stopping traffic to allow groups of younger children to safely cross the street. They wore white safety patrol belts complete with badge. Many schools in the state had this program. A recent discovery at the museum is an article in the Dec. 8, 1947 copy of The Millinocket Journal complete with two photos on the front page. The article tells of the origin of the safety patrol in Millinocket.
“The new school patrol is sponsored by the Donald V. Henry Post #80, American Legion. This patrol has been doing an outstanding job and deserve a great deal of credit for directing the school children across the busy roads near the schools.” There was a patrol committee and the idea was approved by the Selectmen, Police Chief, School Board and Superintendent of Schools. The Aroostook Avenue School patrol was under the direction of Principal Mr. Day. Katahdin Avenue School’s group was led by Miss Howe and St. Martin’s Parochial School’s group was directed by Father Quinn. “The purpose of this patrol is to eliminate traffic accidents around school zones by group crossing. It is requested that the townspeople drive carefully, and have an entire school year without accident.”
One of the photos in this newspaper shows the following patrol boys. Katahdin Avenue School, David Larlee, Wayne Nice, Robert Guptill, John Spruce, John Hale (Capt.); Parochial School, Gerald Burke (Capt.), Herman Morrow, Billy Rush, Llewellyn Baron; Aroostook Avenue School, Dale Smart (Capt.), Terry Healey, Frank McDade, Jerry Bearce, Charles Davis, Joe Gagliardi, Jr. and Barney Morrison. The second photo depicts a group of children crossing with the help of the patrol boy. Did Millinocket’s patrol have girls participating? Some schools did. I was a patrol girl in 6th grade at my school.
The museum has a Millinocket patrol belt complete with shiny badge on display. It is one of six used at Aroostook Avenue School and donated by the school at the time of that building’s closing. Visit The Millinocket Historical Society’s Facebook page for a peek at the two newspaper photos.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Skunk Hollow & More +Barnstormers

In the 1920’s and 30’s, “barnstormers” often made visits to small rural towns to present flying exhibitions in the small planes of the time. One of these men was Merle Fogg, a native of Enfield. He was the first pilot licensed by the state of Maine. The museum has some articles on this man. One shows him refueling his biplane at Mattaceunk Flats in October of 1927. He then flew to Millinocket where he landed his aircraft at the old ball field (location of old armory, today I Care Ministries). The article has also has a photo of Fogg with young Mary Bowler (sister of Dorothy Bowler Laverty). The museum has some photos of Fogg in the Laverty Collection.
Thank you to Don Howard for the article on Northeast Airlines and its Millinocket connection. New items recently added to the museum’s collection are: photo of WWII Navy nurse Verna Guimond (donor Joan Guimond) and two Appalachia magazines with articles “First Women on Katahdin” and “Logging, Maine Style” by Bill Geller (the author and donor).
Now back to last week’s topic…names of different sections of Millinocket! Skunk Hollow, the area where Forest Avenue curves into the “New” Development. By the way, this “new” development, begun in the 1950’s is officially Hillcrest. A man named Sutherland kept pigs at his place by the small stream that flows into Millinocket Stream. He collected barrels of swill (food scraps) from around town to feed his pigs. People believe Skunk Hollow got its name from the “stink” and somewhere along the way, “stink” became “skunk.”
Another story tells of Pork Barrel Hill (on the Lake Road). Supposedly, a wagon hauling several barrels of salt pork to a woods camp lost its load while going up the hill. The weight was too much, the barrels rolled off the wagon and salt pork was spilled. Thus, Pork Barrel Hill.
Several doctors and businessmen constructed larger homes in the area of Central Street and Highland Avenue including Dr. Ryan, Dr. Cody, George Parks (GNP manager of manufacture), William Heebner (first druggist), and George Stearns (GNP land agent). When Dr. MacKay built his home with a view of the mountain further up Highland Avenue, this street along with Maine Avenue became known as Society Hill.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Shack Hill, Little Italy, Tin Can Alley, The Flat

Shack Hill, Little Italy, Tin Can Alley and The Flat were names associated with certain areas of Millinocket in earlier days and some of those names are still used today. A recent museum visitor inquired about the origin of these names and it has had museum volunteers doing some research on the subject. Two sources have been helpful, Dorothy Laverty’s Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness and The Katahdin Times article from 1997 by Judy Heikkinen.
Shack Hill was the name given to the hill behind the mill site. It consisted of tents, hovels, shacks, lean-tos, larders and rough tarred paper shacks. There was no town yet so no regular housing was available. The Laverty book refers to this area as “the town’s first housing development.” This was also the area where the early businessmen set up shop. As the mill grew, some Shack Hill buildings were moved and the location became a storage area for tree-length long logs. Nearby, the other side of the stream, became known as Little Italy. This name came from the large number of Italian workers who needed housing close to the mill. This area has a rich history that needs to be documented.
An early town street was Aroostook Avenue and the section near the mill gate at first housed Greek and then Polish families. We found two different mentions as to why it became known as Tin Can Alley. One version suggests some houses had a shiny galvanized siding on them. Another version states that prior to becoming a housing area, it was a dumping spot for tin cans, metal and glass. (In early days, the only items folks had to throw away were glass bottles and metals such as tin cans as the pigs got any food scraps and wood stoves consumed what little other trash families had.)
Low land near Millinocket Stream became known as The Flat. The ends of State Street and Congress Street to Central Street near the bridge became the location of some early town houses. Across the bridge, a road was constructed to Medway. The museum has a large c1911 photo on display of the bridge and a portion of the town.
Later columns will describe other town areas with unique names. Please share your knowledge of these town area names with us as we would like to learn more!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Millinocket’s Airport

Did you know Northeast Airlines once made regular stops to unload/pick up passengers at the Millinocket Municipal Airport? A recent visitor to the museum posed this question and then gave some information on the subject. A look into the Dorothy Laverty book revealed some further details. The airport was constructed in the early 1930’s and in 1939 Northeast (one of the major U.S. airlines at that time) extended its service from Bangor to Millinocket, Houlton and Presque Isle. A small building served as office for passenger tickets, baggage weighing and waiting room. Northeast continued scheduled stops at the Millinocket Airport until the early 1950’s.
The museum has a small collection of local airport related photos, news articles and other paper items but would very much like to add to this. The Laverty book mentions several local pilots, flying clubs, military usage and more. It would be nice to have photos and information to add to the museum’s collection and research files. One local pilot currently in the museum’s file is Charlie Mack (Charles Mouckerezi, SHS graduate 1938). Among his accomplishments were record-setting flights in small aircraft. In 1989 he became the first man to fly a single engine solo non-stop flight from New York City to Paris retracing Charles Lindberg’s route. A few days later, he turned around and flew solo from Paris back to New York City. His plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza. The same year, he also completed a polar flight. His intention was to fly from Point Barrow, Alaska to Helsinki, Finland, but possible fuel complications (after he was in the air) made the flight extremely risky. However, he managed to complete the flight. The museum has quite a long article describing these flights.
Another article in the museum file tells of the 1956 “flaming crash” of a U.S. Air Force plane near Route 157 as it attempted to land at the airport. It was in route from Boston to Loring Air Force Base. The museum file also contains the program from a 1963 air show held at the airport featuring ground displays of WWI planes, home-built planes and many displays. There were sky divers, fly-overs from Loring and Dow Air Force Bases. There were stunt pilot demonstrations and a free plane ride for the oldest person attending the show,

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

SHS Coach Jimmy Stevens

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

It’s basketball season and many are looking to finish out with an winning season and a trip to the tournament. This has long been a tradition in Millinocket with both the boys and girls high school teams. The museum has a scrapbook with many pages devoted to a former coach and physical education director at Stearns High School. His name was Jimmy Stevens.
Stevens graduated from Stearns HS in 1928 and was described as an outstanding athlete in spite of the fact he never weighed more than 125 pounds. He then attended Higgins Classical Institute and excelled at three sports there. His next schooling was at Springfield College where he was on the wrestling and baseball teams. He graduated from Springfield in 1933 and accepted a coaching position back in his home town of Millinocket.
During the next few years, Stevens’ boys’ basketball teams made the Eastern Maine tournament every year and the finals twice. An article in the scrapbook states. “Jimmy Stevens’ teams have had perhaps the greatest following of any team in Maine. Each time they worked their way into a tournament the whole town locked things up and boarded special trains to go and cheer the boys on.” In addition to boys’ basketball, Stevens also coached football, baseball and girls’ basketball at Stearns. Visit the museum and check out the yearbooks for photos and game highlights and statistics for the teams he coached.
A Bangor Daily News article tells of Stevens’ popularity after the announcement that he was leaving Stearns. He was called “Stearns Two Thousand Dollar Coach” by his admirers. He was applauded “as a coach, guide, mentor and friend of the Magic City’s famous Minutemen.” The students, in appreciation of their coach, presented him with an “expensive Gladstone zipper traveling bag.” Another article relates that Dr. Morey, school board chairman, called Stevens’ resignation as a “bombshell on the schoolboy sports front.” The new physical education director/coach hired for the 1940-41 school year was George Wentworth.
According to Jimmy Stevens’ daughter, Judyth, her father is primarily responsible for the Stearns’ teams being called the Minutemen. Judyth is a regular visitor to the museum. Stop in and check out the scrapbook, yearbooks and many photos of the Jimmy Stevens years at Stearns as a student and a coach.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Old Local Businesses

Custom and laws have changed the number of days and hours that businesses remain open. The Millinocket Journal dated January 17, 1902 has an announcement that states “The merchants made a strong effort this week to secure the closing of the stores in town for two evenings a week.” That announcement implies that many of the stores were open possibly seven evenings each week. It continues, “ We, the undersigned merchants and businessmen, do hereby agree to close our stores and place of business on every Wednesday and Friday evening at 6 o’clock of each consecutive week during the months of January, February and March.” Some of the signers included: G.B. Moran (clothing store), Higgins & Bach (?), Fred McLawlin, H. & J. Rush (clothing store), John Simon (groceries+), Mrs. J. Gwynn (seamstress), Asa Craig (dry goods), F.M. Peasley (hardware), Boston Shoe Store, Gonya Bros., James F. Kimball (groceries & more), G.S. Baker & Co. (furniture, crockery, funeral goods) and McAvey Bros. The museum continues to learn more about former local businesses to add to our research file. If you have information on any of the above businesses, their owners, dates of operation or photos, please consider sharing by stopping by the museum, sending a letter or an email.
The same newspaper has local news items from Millinocket, East Millinocket and Medway, but it also has a short column of items from Braggville. Anyone know where that might have been? It mentions that J. D. Leon, E. H. Townsend & Co. and Thos. Neddo are putting in their supply of ice for next summer. Another item tells that the bark teams of F.L, Robinson & Son are hauling some loads at present, while some of the outsiders have been tied up for the past few days. Was this an organized Maine town at one time or the name of a section of one of the area towns? It would be interesting to know!
The blizzard, high winds and extremely cold temperatures kept us from opening the museum last week. We hope that winter will be kinder to us for the remaining time that it is with us.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos –still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

2017 Summary

Happy New Year to all the museum’s visitors, supporters, volunteers and members! It’s been a great year with many donations to the collection, the new sign out front, the expansion of the paver project and progress on the second floor display space. The museum had nearly 1000 visitors who signed our guest book and there were others who did not sign, Visitors came from thirty-one states and Washington, D.C. in addition to Maine. There were visitors from Canada and China (the Chinese students attending Stearns HS and the large group here from SHS’s sister school). Other visitors stopped in from England, Morocco, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Okinawa and the Philippines.
Larger groups in addition to the Chinese students were the local 4th grade students, students from Millinocket Middle School and the entire eight grade from Medway Middle School. Other groups included the local Red Hatters, a group of quilters, several Friends of Baxter State Park, America Corps participants and some ghost hunters. The museum has something of interest for everyone!
The new sign out front has helped attract visitors. It was designed and constructed by MHS president and volunteer David Cyr. The paver fundraising project is on-going and more pavers were placed in 2017. Get your orders in now for placement by early summer. Some work was accomplished on the second floor display area late last winter and into the spring. More will be done during the remainder of this winter. Sheet rock placement is the next step. David, Mark and Stan have done most of this work on the upper floor.
More than seventy-five people have donated items to the collection with several of them donating multiple times. They have brought in photographs, newspapers and a wide array of artifacts. Our genealogy section with photos, stories and ephemera has expanded a lot. Items have come by mail, been found stuck in the museum door and handed to museum volunteers at various locations.
The final donation list for 2017 includes a photo of early GNP firemen (Bob Leet), a metal bedpan (Jerry Bulley), a signed copy of Georgia Manzo Joachim’s cookbook and photos and post cards (Don Howard). Rod Williams emailed interesting photos/papers about his lifelong interest in drawing and his military service. Joan Guimond donated the WWII Navy nurse uniform of Verna Guimond.
Thanks to volunteers Anna, Leola, Jane and Susan for all they do assisting visitors, organizing displays, cataloging and more!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos –still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Movie Star in Town

The Millinocket Journal headline, January 10, 1940 was: Visiting Movie Star to Be Given Keys to City Saturday Morning. The lead article complete with photo begins as follows: Excitement runs high in Millinocket this week as the town prepares to greet the first and only active moving picture star ever to appear here in person during the playing of a picture in which he starred.” Known as The Lonely Cowboy, Tex Fletcher was at that time a radio star for station WOR in New York, had appeared in several Broadway plays and recorded western songs for Decca Records.
Many activities were planned for Tex’s day in Millinocket beginning with his arrival at 10:00 AM. A cavalcade of cars furnished by Freeman Murphy (local Pontiac/Chevrolet dealer) met Tex at the town line. A tour of the town followed with first stops at the three hospitals (Millinocket General Hospital, Dr. Morey’s Hospital, Wyman Memorial Hospital) where he sang for the shut-ins and convalescents. The keys to the city were presented by the chairman of the Board of Selectmen Mrs. Bernice Buck. This took place on the Opera House steps. Next a tour of downtown with three minute stops at local businesses, many who had special deals for the day. Mr. Walker at the Singer Sewing Machine store had silhouettes of Tex for him to sign for people. Newberry’s offered a Range Rider sundae and Whalen’s Drug Store had a fountain special. Miss Hardy’s Gift Shop had Tex Fletcher autographed five-year diaries for sale.
Shortly after 12:00 noon, the star arrived at the J. J. Newberry store and was guest of honor at the new lunch counter. Afterward, Tex returned to the Opera House to rest before his first appearance at the matinee showing of his movie “Six Gun Rhythm.” Following the matinee, Tex was treated to a spaghetti dinner at Peluso’s restaurant in Little Italy. Another appearance was made at the theater’s evening performance.
Many autographs were signed throughout the day and the newspaper stated that “Tex Fletcher Day” will be long and happily remembered. One citizen said he hoped Tex would return to Hollywood and report Millinocket as “the friendliest and most hospitable town in America.”

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the New Year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be placed before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

A Busy Time of Year

Have had a couple of busy weeks at the museum! The museum table at the craft fair at the American Legion hall was successful and then this past weekend Millinocket was bustling with the runners and their families and friends for the marathon. Many of the runners and their support groups were seen walking or jogging past the museum on their way to the park for the start of the race. Later, quite a few of the supporters stopped in at the museum. One small boy commented, “Wow! I’ve never been to a museum before!” He and his brother liked listening to the wind-up Edison phonograph. Cookbook sales at the craft fair, at the museum and by mail have been brisk.
A gentleman contacted the museum recently seeking information on a car Dr. Young once owned. He stated it was a 1940 LaSalle coupe that spent much of the time stored in a garage. The doctor did his medical rounds in a Packard automobile. The person seeking the information is a Mr. Williams who as a local boy was interested in cars and grew up drawing many pictures of different automobiles. This led to an adult career as a drawer/designer. He would like to hear from anyone who remembers Dr. Young’s vehicles. Did Dr. Young have any children who might provide details? Contact me, Trudy, and I’ll pass on the information. He also mentions a 1948 Packard convertible (he says it was spectacular) owned by a Daigle family. They had a garage somewhere near the Opera House. He would like to hear from anyone that remembers that car.
Other questions frequently asked at the museum are in reference to the Great Northern Hotel. They see the large photo on display and many visitors do not know what it was. Others ask, “Where was it?” “What happened to it?” It was constructed by Great Northern Paper Company as a place to accommodate company officials when they visited from the company offices in Boston. Construction started in 1899 and was finished in two years. It was a grand structure and was nicknamed “The Palace in the Woods.” It was located on the lot where today the Millinocket Memorial Library and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church stand. In 1961, the hotel closed, its contents auctioned off and the building was torn down. Some museum visitors have mentioned there was a fire, but the Laverty town history does not mention this. More information on this subject would be welcome.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the New Year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Pavers still available also.

*** 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.

Union Parade 1908

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

On September 7, 1908 there was a big parade in Millinocket in honor of Labor Day. As in those early days, this was the largest parade and celebration to be held each year in town. All the mill’s union groups (referred to as the C. L. U.) marched as well as other groups. The following information is from the program booklet for that day.
The parade participants gathered at 8 AM at Union Hall and from there proceeded along Penobscot Ave., to Central Street to Katahdin Street and on to the depot to meet all trains. On the return march, the parade went to the mill office and back down Penobscot Ave. and from there to the Pavilion.
The booklet gives the names of all the union’s members at that time, making it a great genealogical resource. Some of the unions listed are: Firemens’ Union #69, Office & Papermakers’ Union, Federal Trades #11311, Carpenters & Joiners #1707, Electricians’ Union, Teamsters” Union #205 and Log Workers’ Local # 10.
One page lists sporting activities for the day and the prizes. Included were a 100 yard (for age 17 and up), a100 yard dash for boys under 16 and a two mile run (prize was $20.00). There was also a potato race, three legged race, fat men’s race (1st place $3,00, second place $2.00), a ball game, a canoe race, tug of war, greased pole ($5.00), horse race (3 bags of oats) and boxing in barrels ($5.00).
A Labor Day ball took place in the evening with a grand march, round dances, waltzes, contra dances and the two-step. The program also lists the Portland Fancy, the Boston Fancy and a Barn Dance.
The advertisements provide a wealth of information as to some of the early businesses. A few unfamiliar names included which the museum would like to learn more about include:
1. Don’t forget to visit THE GEM, continuous change of pictures from 8 AM to 10 PM;
2. W. D. Rachon Dealer in Family Supplies, New store to be located on Medway Road, Cottage Hill;
3. For a Good Time go to Tapley’s Dancing Pavilion, Just across the Iron Bridge;
4. H.W. Howard, Horseshoeing & General Jobbing, Carriages Repaired, Central St.;
5. Leo S. Warren, Jeweler & Optician, Engraving of all Kinds;
6. Powers’ Livery Stable, Carriage at depot with Great Northern Hotel upon back seat, Stable on Central St.;
7. H.F. Bragdon, For 1st class laundry work of all descriptions, Orders taken for Cut Flowers.

And more for later!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – don’t forget to get one before the new year. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Pavers still available also.

*** 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.

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