Millinocket Historical Society

Preserving Millinocket’s heritage, one story at a time.

Category: Curator (Page 1 of 6)

49 and 50 Flags Raised on Katahdin

A mystery solved! The location of the flags raised at sunrise atop Mt. Katahdin to mark the occasions of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states has been discovered. They are in the Memorial Room at the Millinocket Memorial Library. As we know, Mt. Katahdin is the first location in the U.S. to receive the sun’s rays and as such, an appropriate spot to be the first locations for the new 49 and 50 star flags to see the light of day on July 4,1959 (for Alaska’s new statehood) and on July 4th, 1960 (for Hawaii’s statehood).
Last year, the museum received a photograph of the new 49 star flag raising in 1959. Present on the mountain were members of American Legion Post and Boy Scout Troop 58. Shown with the flag are Alfred Jenkins, Everett Barnes, Scoutmaster Herbert Tucker, Frank Perry and Dana Burleigh (holding a small Alaska flag). Boy Scouts shown are Wayne Kidney, Bob Ellis, and John Barker.
Recently a donation of several items was made to the museum by Janice (McCauslin) Watson. Among the donations was a card with words spoken by John McCauslin as he presented two flags to the local library. Actual date of the donation is unknown. The card says, in part, “At this time I would like to present to the Millinocket Memorial Library the first 50 star United States flag to greet the sunrise July 4th,1960 at monument peak Mt. Katahdin. I would also like to present the official state of Hawaii flag which was given to Francis E. Elliot Post by Gov. Wm. F. Quinn of Hawaii, which also took part in the flag raising ceremony. The Francis E. Elliott Post would be honored to have these placed in the Memorial Room of this Library.”
I checked at the library, and yes, all three of these flags can be found in the Memorial Room high atop the shelves housing many of the library’s collection of military related books. Each flag is in an appropriate flag case and there is a label on each container. If anyone has photos from either of these occasions, the museum would be pleased to have copies or scans.
Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00 and if mailed, shipping charges will be added. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors (gently used) plus other items of interest. Several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

July 4th, Now (2018) and Then (1924)

“Wonderful, a great asset to the community, nice displays, it’s important to keep our history!” These are some of the words volunteers at the museum have heard this summer and especially during the ten day stretch the museum was open around the July 4th holiday. The museum’s front porch was lined with parade watchers as floats, boy scouts, golf carts and fire trucks passed by! The heat and humidity didn’t lessen the enthusiasm. The museum was visited by people in town for their 50th high school reunion, hikers, campers and locals. Many see items that bring back memories, others tell stories of their families. More items are being added to the museum’s collection also.
In 1924, the July 4th parade featured the town band, dignitaries and members of Company I, Maine National Guard (the local company). There were automobiles decorated with hand-made crepe paper flowers and colorful floats. The winning float from the Opera House had music provided by a pianist, violinist, cornet player and drummer. The float was covered with purple and white paper flowers. The parade ended at the old Armory where baseball games took place between Co. I and Brownville Jct. There was a midway and the popular merry-go-round. The Opera House and Dream Theater ran popular movies (silent) throughout the afternoon and evening. Fireworks and a dance at the Armory ended the day. Stop by the museum to read more of the details in the news article from July 4, 1924!
Thirty-six new laser-engraved pavers have been placed in front of the museum. These join others already in place. Many were purchased by people in memory of loved ones. Others honor a person, business, class, sports team etc. Orders are currently being taken for additional pavers to be placed next year at this time. Monies from this on-going fundraiser go towards completing the second floor renovations.
More copies of the Geller book are here!! Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps is available only at the museum. The author is generously donating much of the sale price to the historical society. Cost is $30.00 and if mailed, shipping charges will be added.
The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available for purchase at the museum, at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

*** Stop by the museum for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Salvation Army in Millinocket

The Salvation Army was established in England in the mid1800’s by William Booth. A minister, Booth eventually took his teachings to the streets where he preached to the poor, homeless, hungry and destitute. The Salvation Army concept spread throughout the world and is still active today in more than 100 countries. At the museum, we are looking to learn about the Salvation Army’s presence here in the Millinocket area. A recent donation sparked this interest. The museum received a black bonnet with ruffled brim, bow on one side and a long wide black ribbon tie. A red band with the words Salvation Army appears on the bonnet’s front. Several books of the group’s teaching were donated with the bonnet. The bonnet belonged to Marion Bradbury, long time Millinocket resident. Two of the books have the names Marion Bradbury and Grace Bradbury on the front. A framed certificate announces that Marion had passed several “classes” of instruction for the Salvation Army. This is dated 1930. A photograph (possibly late 1920’s) shows a large group of children on the steps of Stearns High School with several Salvation Army garbed adults in the back row. According to Anna Sears (museum volunteer), her mother is one of the children in the photo and is from a Christmas party held by the Army for town children. Donor of these items is John Ferguson.
A large stack of GNP plans, workbooks, conversion charts and more, all relating to various motors and some from the #11 rebuild were donated by Frank Crosby. They are available for use by researchers. Massachusetts visitors donated a six inch decorative plate made in Germany for Fuller Furniture. It has a picture of the GN Hotel and decorated with roses. It is on display with other dishes with hotel and mill pictures. Many businesses had similar items
Bill Geller’s book, Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps, has been well-received. The museum is currently taking names and contact information for those who would like to purchase a book. Cost is $30.00 and if mailed, shipping charges will be added. Stop in at the museum or contact me (see phone, email below) to be added to the list. There is a copy of the book at the museum so you can see what it is.
The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available for purchase at the museum, at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

*** Stop by the museum for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Beans and Book

Museum holiday hours from Thursday, June 28 everyday through Saturday, July 7 will be 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. On Wednesday, July 4, times will be 10:00 AM to 4 PM.
Queries come to the museum by email or telephone and usually it is someone wishing to learn more about a person, family history, home or business. The topics vary, but a recent phone query was a bit unusual. A lady is attempting to track down some heirloom bean seeds. Yes, bean seeds! This is her story. Members of her family lived in Millinocket in the 1920’s-1930’s. Somehow they had obtained seeds for green pole beans that grew long, flat, wide green beans. She mentioned that there was an old story associated with the beans, something about an old hunter shooting a duck and the duck had beans inside. Perhaps this was where the family first obtained the bean seeds. She went on to say that her family had grown these beans and saved seeds from them for many years, until a few years ago the saved seeds did not germinate. She hopes someone in the Millinocket area may have information/seeds from this line of pole beans. The final bit to this story….the lady’s last name is Bean!!
Bill Geller’s book, Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps, has been well-received. During his time in Millinocket (first week of June), he presented copies of the book to a number of people who provided him with information and research for the book. In addition, he kindly donated ten copies to the museum. Those copies were all purchased within a few days. Because of the interest, Geller has placed an order for a reprint and the museum will be the location for the sale and distribution of these books. Geller’s original intent was not to be a “seller of books,” as the project was a personal endeavor. The museum is currently taking names and contact information for those who would like to purchase a book. Cost is $30.00 and if mailed, shipping charges will be added. Stop in at the museum or contact me (see phone, email below) to be added to the list. There is a copy of the book at the museum so you can see what it is.
The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available for purchase at the museum, at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

*** Stop by the museum for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.

Author Visit & Additions

The first week in June, the museum hosted a visit by Bill Geller, author of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps. This book, the result of years of research and interviews, was introduced at the museum to those whose help made the book possible. A number of those involved in the project met with the author and received a copy of the book. Mr. Geller followed his two day visit to the museum with a presentation at the Millinocket Memorial Library. At this time, this book is not available to the public, but some copies expect be made available in the near future. Contact the museum regarding a waiting list.
New items in the museum’s collection include a small antique Victorian chair and doll given by an anonymous donor. Phil Sturman sent in a brass GNP paperweight in the shape of Maine and Bob Weisskerchen donated a GNP and a Great Northern Nekoosa stock certificate. One is dated 1966 and one 1971. Each is for 100 shares.
The museum’s genealogy section is growing by leaps and bounds. Sally and David Field brought in photos and information on Olaf and Annie (Anderson) Sandstrom, early Millinocket residents. Olaf died tragically in a mill accident in 1912. Due to the isolation of Millinocket, he had to wait several hours until the next train could transport him to Bangor where he died from his injuries. His obituary describes the funeral as “the largest ever seen in Millinocket.” A quartet composed of Mrs. Hinton, Mrs. Stearns, Judge Stearns and Dr. MacKay sang two selections. Many Masons were present and they “marched from the Masonic Hall to the residence, then to the church (Congregational), then to the cemetery, and back to the hall.” Mr. Sandstrom and some other family members are buried locally. Mrs. Sandstrom’s burial place is unknown. The museum continues to receive queries about genealogy.
Also added to the genealogy collection by Judy Donley Page are old photos from the Donley and Bishop families.
The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available for purchase at the museum, at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

*** Stop by the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from 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.
***Orders 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.
*** 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.

2019 Calendar is Here!

It’s here! The new 2019 Millinocket Historical Society calendar is now available and for the first time in twelve years, it has a theme, Sports for All Ages! All the photos and trivia are related to local sports, the earliest being 1909. The cover is a collage of several of the museum’s sports artifacts including a bronzed 1963 New England champ’s sneaker, an antique golf club and more.
To no one’s surprise, basketball is featured on many of the pages. One page is dedicated to SHS Coach Jimmy Stevens and shows two of his 1930’s teams (girls’ basketball, 1936-37 and boys’ basketball 1933-34). As mentioned in an earlier column, Stevens (who preceded George Wentworth as coach) is thought to have first used the term Minutemen for the SHS teams. St. Martin’s varsity and JV basketball teams from the 1950’s appear in the calendar as well as a group of St. Martin’s cheerleaders. A photo from a collage on display at the museum shows the Emerson Pills semi-pro team of 1940-42 along with tickets showing they played the Globetrotters and Boston Goodwins (later Celtics) at the SHS gym.
As the calendar enters the summer months, warm weather sports are featured. Young golfers (dates unknown) are shown on the May page. It is not known if these are from a school or recreation department activity. Three baseball teams come next. The 1909 Millinocket Baseball Club was coached by Dr. Cody, an early town physician. This page also has photos of the 1935 SHS team and a 1954 Pony League team. Four winners from Millinocket of the NE division of the Chevrolet Soap Box Derby are on the July page followed by a GNP machinists bowling team.
The fall and winter pages show a 1920’s SHS football team, another boys’ basketball team (1940’s) and a 1920’s SHS girls’ basketball team. Check out those uniforms! The December page has two photos of more recent vintage, the SHS cheerleaders from the mid-seventies and the early eighties.
These new calendars are available for purchase at the museum, at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store. The cost is $10.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).

*** Stop by the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from 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.
***Orders 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.
*** 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.

The Boarding Houses Near the Mill

O
By June of 1900, Millinocket (not as yet incorporated as a town), had about 100 homes. These were said to be “solid, substantial structures” that gave “an air of prosperity to the settlement.” However, since the mill construction began, living quarters for workers were in short supply. Boarding houses and hotels appeared along Katahdin Avenue and on the mill end of Penobscot Avenue. In 1899, Shine and Curran of Bangor built the Mountain View House (today, location of phone company building).In 1900, the Little Northern was built by Barney Kelley on Katahdin Avenue. It was destroyed by fire on July 4, 1901. The company erected the massive 52 room Great Northern Hotel in the center of town. J. P. Randall was the first proprietor. Other boarding houses on Katahdin Avenue were the Windsor, the Eureka (also known as the Katahdin House) and the Brunswick House. The Mountain View and the Windsor also had fires.
On Penobscot Avenue, across from the present park, were several more boarding houses with the site selected because of easy walking distance to the mill. Levasseur’s Boarding House was run by members of the Levasseur family until a few years ago when it was sold and new owners transformed it into the AT Lodge. Bossie’s Boarding House was in business until 1969. Mrs. Isabelle Atherton rented rooms and packed lunches for mill workers from her home across from the park. A Mr. and Mrs. John Sandstrom had a boarding house in this same area according to information accompanying an old photo printed in the Millinocket Journal, 1940’s. Other accommodations were provided by families named Moore, Hanley, Abbott, The Club House and the Riverside. No information available on the latter group.
Most of the above information is from Judge George Stearns address on the occasion of Millinocket’s 25th birthday, the Dorothy Laverty book Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness and from a copy of the Bangor Daily News, 6/2/1900.
The museum would like to collect photos, information and stories related to any of these establishments. Anything you are willing to share would be appreciated.

*** Stop by the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (most are gently used) plus other items of interest. We recently received several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some copies of matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from 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.
***Orders 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.
*** 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.

Notable Headlines

Newspaper headlines, there have been many notable ones and many people have saved them. Recently the museum received a number of Bangor Daily News issues with memorable headlines. They were donated by William Gallant (saved by his mother). Included were papers from the assassinations of JFK and RFK, early space exploration 9/11 and more. The museum previously had many of these same papers, but for many the condition was questionable. In this recent donation, the papers were never folded and kept wrapped in a dry location making them suitable for framing/display at some future time.
In 2013, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 SHS basketball team’s New England championship, a reunion was held. Patsy Huston donated a CD and several photos of the gathering. The museum has several scrapbooks containing news articles from the games. Another donor brought in a photo of the Baptist Church choir (date unknown) and several other small items. Susan Burke brought in a group of SHS senior photos and donated them in memory of Bill Burke. As most of these do not have the graduation year or student name on them, research will be done using yearbooks. It appears most are from the 1940’s.
The museum received a banner from the Rowdy Riders Riding Club (4H). It was found and saved during demolition of a building at the hovel. This location has a lot of history for 4H and others in the area. A reminder to those involved in area organizations that have disbanded or are thinking about it. The museum is willing to become a depository for historical memorabilia from any local group. We already have materials from several groups that no longer exist here. We are especially interested in photos, membership lists, a written history of the group, regalia and other smaller items. As the museum prepares to expand to the second floor, more space to display such things will be available. Currently, the museum has materials from the following: Navy Mother’s Club, Masons & Eastern Star, Odd Fellows & Rebekah’s, Rainbow Girls, Boy & Girl Scouts, American Legion, Literary Club, Millinocket Players and some items from a number of other groups.

*** Stop by the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (most are gently used) plus other items of interest. We recently received several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some copies of matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from 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.
***Orders 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.
*** 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.

Building a mill!

On Friday, May 18, visitors to the Millinocket Historical Society had the chance to participate in Can you find it? and/or Where is it? activities. Some were unsure whether to try or not, while others went for it. We plan to keep the activities available for a while and hope others will give it a try. It’s a different way to learn about unique items at the museum or to test your knowledge!
It is impossible to imagine the physical labor the men who worked constructing the mill had to do. The 1900 reproduction of the Bangor Daily Commercial gives a few statistics related to this endeavor. At the newspaper’s publication date (June 2), over 100,000 yards of soil had been excavated and a total of three times that will need to be moved. This number includes the canals. The article states, “Just think how many shovelfuls of dirt that means and how many blows of the pick.” Over 6 million bricks had been laid plus 40,000 to 50,000 barrels of cement used. It says that when finished, over one million feet of hard pine, over one and a half million feet of hemlock and spruce, and about 900,000 feet of white pine will have been used. And it all would have been cut, sawed and moved by men and horses.
“Approximately 25,000 cubic yards of masonry was used in the foundation. Other statistics include 2,800 tons of structural steel, 1,600 tons of steel in the penstocks, about six acres of gravel roofing, some ten acres of concrete floor, and about 1,400 windows. Such a mass of material cannot be correctly placed in a minute and the wonder grows that so vast an undertaking of construction could so nearly be completed in a year.” The article goes on to say that there was more to be done. After “operations commence at the works, the company will use annually 40,000 tons of coal, 46,000,000 feet of spruce logs, 4,500 tons of sulphur and about the same amount of lime.”
The museum has many photos available for viewing of the construction of both Millinocket and East Millinocket mills. Many were donated by Roger Boynton and others by other individuals throughout the museum’s existence in the community (since 1979).

*** Visit the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (most are gently used) plus other items of interest. Some copies of matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from 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.
***Orders 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.
*** 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.

Getting to town, 1900!

A reproduction of a portion of an issue of the Bangor Daily Commercial for June 2, 1900 makes for an interesting read. One is on display at the museum. My attention was caught by the statement “Millinocket is the next station north of Norcross on the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. About 80 miles from Bangor.” In this day and age, it is inconceivable to imagine not getting into a vehicle and driving out of town. However, in the summer of 1900, that was not possible. The construction underway at the Great Northern Paper Company meant many people were making their way to this area even there was no official town yet. If you took the train from Bangor to Norcross, you still had to find a way to get to Millinocket. If you stayed on the train to its nearest point to Millinocket where there was no station at first, you were still a mile and a half from the mill, boarding houses etc. You would either walk or perhaps find someone to convey you by horse and wagon. In the first days, even a horse and wagon could not be used as Katahdin Avenue had to be cleared of trees to allow a rough dirt path to emerge. All supplies had to come in the same way. Eventually a 1 1/3 mile spur track was built thanks to the B & A RR. The museum has photos of Katahdin Avenue early on with many tree stumps and then, later, as the houses began to appear.
This newspaper has a great deal more information about the beginnings of the GNP. You are welcome to visit the museum and read this interesting account.
New items donated to the museum include: 1944 SHS orchestra and Glee Club photos (Peter Pasanan); a WWII War Bond stamp book plus two French francs brought back by a soldier from WWII (Mary Ellen Haugen); and two blueprints for East mill oil containment, 1977 (Sandy Haynes).
Visit the museum on International Museum Day, Friday, May 18. The MHS museum will feature a special activity for visitors between 12 noon and 3PM. Test your knowledge of some of the museum’s local artifacts. Identify the items on the “What is It?” table and other mystery items scattered throughout the displays. Try your hand at “Can You Find It?” Come in and give it a try! Light refreshments available!

*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from 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 – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Orders 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.
*** 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.

Page 1 of 6

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén