Millinocket Historical Society

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

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Baxter Letter

The following letter was written by former Governor Percival Baxter in November 1959 to three employees of the Great Northern Hotel. Baxter always stayed at the hotel whenever he was in Millinocket. The letter reminds us of an earlier time when thank you letters were composed and sent, sometimes for small kindnesses.
“My dear friends, Alma, Margaret and Mary,
You are most thoughtful to remember my birthday by sending me the beautiful card with its cheerful message which came this morning. It meant much to me to have this expression of your friendship and I thank you from my heart. I always enjoy coming to your hotel. You take such good care of me and my friends that I want you to know I deeply appreciate the kindly attention you give us. The winter is just starting out, but as the poet says, ‘When Winter comes, Spring is not far behind.’ This card and this little quotation give me cheer and I look forward to being with you before many weeks. Meanwhile, I hope you all keep well and in good spirits. I am pleased by your remembering me. Sincerely, your friend.”
The letter is signed Percival P. Baxter and was written to Mrs. Alma Barnes, Mrs. Margaret Lesuer and Mrs. Mary Gerich.
The museum has some unused pieces of stationary and envelopes with the hotel letterhead as well as some letters written on hotel stationary. For years, not only visitors at the hotel made use of this stationary, there were usually semi-permanent tenants who called the hotel home.
Recently, I shared the following (plus some museum background information) with Gary Allen, creator of the local marathon. He responded and kindly shared it to his marathon websites and Facebook pages. “The Millinocket Historical Society is proud to share that marathon runner Daryl Perry of the Porcupine Athletic Club (NH) has started a Crowdrise fund for the museum. We hope you might help in sharing this news prior to the Millinocket Marathon and a Half. On the web go to: Porcupine Athletic Club on CrowdRise and click on Millinocket Marathon Runners Give Back or on Facebook at Millinocket Marathon Runners Give Back.”
Anyone can donate, not just runners! On Marathon weekend, the museum will be open extra hours. Watch for the open sign to be lit.
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours.
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).
***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 SH);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more

***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.

Birthday and New Items

The American Legion Post #80, here in Millinocket, was formed one hundred years ago in 1919. The first meetings were held in a tarred paper shack. By 1926, the group had purchased a small brick building on Penobscot Avenue. In the 1959, the Legion constructed and moved into a new building on outer Central Street. It was during the 1950’s that Central Street was extended up over the hill. Of the many organizations that have been in Millinocket, few can celebrate a 100th birthday. The museum has American Legion uniforms with insignia from Harry Carroll, Joe Stevens and Lawrence Mackin. There are souvenir canes from parades. Some items are displayed in the military room.
New items recently donated to the museum include Katahdin Times and other newspapers by Nadine Webster and maps by Nick LaCombe. One map shows the Woodlands of the East and West Branches of the Penobscot River. Maps such as this are helpful when showing museum visitors how the many logs and sticks of pulpwood made their way from the logging areas all the way to the mill. Mary Ellen Whalen brought in a T-shirt to add to the Little Italy collection.
Several small photos have been added to the collection. Celeste (Sturman) Poulin sent in photos of GNP, Jerry Pond and the old town pool. Belinda Smyth donated a photo of the Millinocket the Opera House showing several young men sitting on the staircase leading to the balcony. Roderick Fraser, Jr mailed two snapshots from an early photo album. One is labeled log jam at Millinocket Lake, 7/1937. The other says Ernest and Margaret (or Margot) Dyer, 10/8/49, married.
In the 1960’s and later, visitors were allowed to tour the GNP mills. Tourists, locals and school groups were given an overview and led on guided tours throughout the mill. I remember, in the late 1970’s, going through twice with my fifth grade students from Granite Street School. Recently the museum was given a photo and a set of six gold trimmed glasses by Donald Raymond. The glasses were presented to Raymond as a gift for being the 1000th visitor. A photograph of Raymond (about age 10) shows him receiving the gift. With him are his father and brother,
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours.
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).

***Available at the museum store for Christmas gift giving………

1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 SH);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more

***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.

Little Italy Follow-up

Since the successful “Tales of Little Italy” event at the museum, photos and other memorabilia have been added to the museum’s collection. Photos of the Colangelo, Manzo, Pasquine, Gagliardi and DiNardo families have been scanned, printed and added to the appropriate family files. Thank you to Dot (Colangelo) Howard, Carmen (Manzo) Doe, Fred Pasquine, Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver and Sharon Machia for allowing the scans.
In addition Joseph Gagliardi donated a photo and two advertising items from Joseph Gagliardi, Sr.’s two local businesses. The photo shows Joe’s Tailor Shop (with Bilodeau’s Electrical Appliances store next to it. (207 Penobscot Ave., where small mini-park now located next to Municipal Bldg.). Joe was known by the nickname, Joe Pip. After running the tailor shop for some time, the business closed and Gagliardi opened Vesuvio Restaurant at the same location. People referred to the restaurant as Joe Pip’s. What appears to be the top portion of a calendar (1950’s era) was donated. It advertises the restaurant and has a picture of a pretty woman dressed in white.
Deanna Shepperd gave t-shirts from Little Italy Heritage Days plus a photo album filled with pictures. David Oliver brought in a disk with photos of the Little Italy monument dedication (2014) and Maureen (Delahanty) Calder sent a four page story of her recollections of growing up in Little Italy.
These new photos and other artifacts are currently displayed at the museum. Also on display are several large framed photos of DiNardo family members, a box of bocce balls, a 1937 calendar from Palmer DiNardo’s Italian Grocery , all previously in the museum’s collection.
Joseph Gagliardi, Jr. also brought several additional items. They included a photo of #6 rebuild crew (1947), basketball tournament program (1970), a 1949 and a 1953 Snoops and Scoops and graduation program and announcement from 1954. A photo shows the 1953 SHS basketball team standing near a B& A bus. Gagliardi said he was a member of that team and they were defeated in the state championship game. The team was then treated to a trip to the New England tournament as spectators. A small Millinocket bicycle license/ID card from 1948 was brought in also. This is the second one the museum has that has survived through time. The museum also has a bicycle license plate from the same era.
A reminder that the museum is open regular days and hours throughout the winter, with the exception of heavy snow days. We are, perhaps, the only small museum in the state to keep winter hours.
More DVD’s of the “Tales of Little Italy” are available for purchase at the museum, $15.00 (add $2.50 SH for mail orders).

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
3. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00;
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. …and more

***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.

McLeod’s The Northern

One of the most used reference books at the museum is John E. McLeod’s condensed version of Great Northern. This version, The Northern, The Way I Remember, is only 172 pages and contains highlights of the much larger, complete story of the company. The condensed version is easily readable, contains some photos and can be used by students and others to get an impression of GNP’s history.
The seven volume complete version was researched and written between 1960 and 1974 and covers the company’s history from the beginning until approximately 1970. One bound set was donated to the Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono. Today it can be accessed there in the Special Collections section of the library. The only other known copies printed and bound were also presented by McLeod to the Maine State Library, Millinocket Memorial Library and the public libraries in East Millinocket, Bangor and Presque Isle. McLeod also donated to the Fogler Library much of his research material including glass negatives of photographs of the company’s early years. (Appointment needed to access the GNP Collection stored off-site.)
Recently a typed copy of Chapter XX1, Spruce Wood, Great Northern was donated to the museum. Containing 278 pages (one side only), it contains specific details of the company’s cutting operations, bookkeeping systems, bosses, supplies used, horses and equipment and much, much more. It appears the information was gleaned from many of the large ledgers and books kept by various departments of the company. Whether this particular copy of Chap. 21 was a draft copy before the final version is unknown. Are there similar copies of other chapters out there? This particular copy was given to donor Peter Grabber some time ago by someone who had worked in Woodlands. How it came to that person is unknown. This copy has heavyweight covers (similar to card stock) then holes were punched and the whole thing held together with an Accopress metal strip (a method used before the familiar 3 ring binders of today).
This book is now in the museum’s Logging Room. We would like to hear if anyone knows of any other chapter copies. The seven volume version was never printed and published for general distribution. The condensed version was printed for local distribution and copies are finding their way to the museum. Some are for sale as new audiences are interested in the company’s history.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00;
5. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
6. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
8. …and more

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

New Books in Collection

The numbers 499 and 999 popped up this week on museum as tallies on museum related web postings. The first represents the number of these weekly writings I have done for, first, The Katahdin Times and mostly for The Lincoln News. I appreciate The Lincoln News for publishing them for so many weeks. The second number, 999, represents the number of people who have “liked” The Millinocket Historical Society’s Facebook page. To be counted, you have to like the actual page, not just a posting and you only get counted once. Many more people “like” and/or comment on individual posts and that can happen on any post. Facebook has proven to be one of the museum’s best way to get the word out of museum activities and other news. Many regulars check in every week to see what is taking place. Thank you!
The museum has a library of books by Millinocket authors and other books relating to this area. These are found in the Research/Genealogy Room. A collection of logging related books can be found in the Logging Room. All of these may be used at the museum for research or enjoyment.
Several new books have recently been added. “Chimney Pond Tales,” (new revised version), featuring stories told by Roy Dudley (guide, ranger) who lived at Chimney Pond. In the 1930’s, Clayton Hall recorded (on wax cylinders on an early Edison machine) and then transcribed the stories. Beth (Hall) Harmon and others compiled this book (first published in 1991). Harmon had these books on sale in Millinocket during the Trails End Festival and presented the museum with a copy. Another, more serious book, was donated by the author Randi Minetor. The title is “Death on Katahdin,” and is a factual, detailed description of several untimely deaths on or near the mountain. This book is one of a series on deaths in parks around the country by this author who visited the museum and other places in the area some months ago. Her information was collected from newspapers from the particular time period as well as interviews with individuals and BSP spokespersons. The Katahdin book focuses on a few untimely accidents, but also lists nearly all the deaths there including accidents, medical issues and a couple of murders.

***Join us at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Copies of Geller and Westrich books, MHS cookbook, Tales of Little Italy DVD, Spirit of Katahdin DVD, 2019 MHS calendar and more available! 9AM -2PM.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 $5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***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.

WWII Vet, Ellis Hall, Sr.

Ellis Herbert “Deacon” Hall, graduate of Stearns HS (1934), member of Company I (Millinocket) in Maine National Guard and US Army Captain during WWII. The Millinocket Historical Society recently received documentation, medals, photos and an Army jacket from his service to his country. This grouping of items now on display at the museum is the most complete collection on any local military person currently at the museum. It was donated by Hall’s son, Ellis Hall, Jr. (and MHS member) from Maryland. Another son, Robert and his wife, visited the museum two weeks ago and they plan to send some items (copies or scans) soon.
Ellis Hall enlisted December, 1933, in Company I, 103rd Infantry, Maine National Guard. Company I was here in Millinocket at the old Armory on Central Street. A few years later, 1939, the new Armory opened. Hall served with Company I in various capacities, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. With WWII fighting taking place in Europe, the US was getting ready and Capt. Ellis, along with others in Company I were inducted into Federal Service and assigned to Camp Blanding, Florida in February, 1941. Hall was transferred (with others) to Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he was made commander of an anti-tank company. (A book titled Historical and Pictorial Review of 43rd Infantry Division was donated along with a framed photo of Hall in uniform. In 1942, he attained the rank of Captain.
Hall and others (including many from Company I (from Millinocket area) arrived in
the Southwest Pacific Theater in October of 1943 where he served until January 28, 1943. He was severely wounded (unknown battle), spent time at hospitals (including (Michigan) until June of 1944 when he released. The document given to the museum states Hall was honorably discharged due to physical disqualification June 7, 1944. He was also discharged from the Maine National Guard as of October, 1946.
One of Hall’s US Army jackets is currently displayed at the museum along with a shadow box containing most of his insignia and medals. We are proud to display it!

***Join us at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Copies of Geller and Westrich books, MHS cookbook, Tales of Little Italy DVD, Spirit of Katahdin DVD, 2019 MHS calendar and more available! 9AM -2PM.

***Available for purchase at the museum………
1. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD – $15.00 ($2.50 each SH) – tape of storytelling session at museum, 9/20/2018;
2. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
3. Taste of History cookbooks – $15.00 $5.00 each SH on mail orders);
4. 2019 MHS Calendars, “Sports for All Ages”- $10.00 ($5.00 each SH);
5. “Hiking in Baxter State Park” by Greg Westrich – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
6. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form;
7. Other books and items on sale at museum. Cookbooks and calendars can also be purchased at several area businesses.

*** During October at Millinocket Hannaford, purchase of specified reusable grocery bags benefit the Millinocket Historical Society. The Hannaford Bag program has been selecting and supporting local non-profits for several years. Thank you!

***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.

Little Italy Follow-up

Feedback from the museum’s “Tales of Little Italy” event has been coming in and everyone seems to have had an enjoyable time. Our Facebook page has received a number of comments, mostly of the “I wish I could have been there” kind. Maureen Delahanty Calder sent a story she had written previously. She had hoped it could have been shared, but unfortunately it did not arrive in time. This story will be added to the museum’s collection.
Copies of the 73 minute DVD of the Little Italy story-telling session are available for purchase at cost of $15.00 (SH $2.50 extra, check or money order to Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462). The DVD has short stories by presenters Dorothy (Colangelo) Howard, Dick Manzo, Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver plus stories and questions from audience members. This is a fundraiser for the museum. We have started off with a few copies and will be making more as needed.
Many new items for the collection received in past weeks include James Ebbett’s trumpet, music stand and several music books and copies of sheet music. James was in the Stearns HS band and later in the Millinocket Town Band. They were donated by Charlene Ebbett. Diane Bilodeau dropped off a Girl Scout scrapbook from Troop 181 (1980). She was the troop leader. She also donated several SHS class of 1944 senior photos and a small album of the class of 1944 when they were 8th graders. Stan Waterhouse gave the museum two photos of HO Bouchard’s triple trailer logging truck #77. This truck hauled huge loads of long logs on the Golden Road in the 1980’s. Deanna Shepperd gave T-shirts from past Little Italy Heritage Days and an album of photos from this event that was held for several years at Granite Street School. The shirts are from 1980 and 1985. Presenters and audience members at the Little Italy event donated family photos. Some were scanned so the originals could be retained by family. Some originals or copies were donated. All these will be listed in later columns.
***MHS will have a table at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Join us there!
***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.
*** Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH.
***The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Books by local authors and SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & 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.

“Tales of Little Italy”

“Tales of Little Italy” was a great success as more than sixty people came together at the museum as descendants of Millinocket’s early citizens shared stories of their families and of growing up in that historic section of town. Many thanks go to Dot (Colangelo) Howard. Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver and Dick Manzo for their willingness to share. Their comments brought forth participation from many audience members who asked questions and/or shared their own stories. Audience members and museum volunteers left the museum knowing more interesting facts about Little Italy’s unique history. Did you know?
1. Granite Street School was built on McNamee’s turnip field;
2. Other nationalities (Greek, Albanian, Irish, Polish, French etc.) also lived there;
3. Children were home at mealtime (didn’t eat at friends as many families might not have enough to feed an extra);
4. One group of kids had a band using big oil cans as instruments;
5. Crates of grapes were shipped from Boston and some homes still have wine barrels in the cellars.

It was a full house with standing room only and the largest crowd ever to visit the museum at one time! On display were several large photos of the DiNardo family, photos and T-shirts from Little Italy Heritage Days, receipts from monies sent by Italian workers to their families in Italy (dated 1915) and more. We hope everyone will return to the museum to view these items as most did not have the opportunity on Sept. 20. Several brought family photos to be scanned or to donate to the museum. These will be placed in the genealogy collection. Others mentioned they would return sometime with photos and other information or artifacts. The plan is to have a significant Little Italy display in the future.
The event was taped and we will let people know later if it will be available in some form. I know we will show it at the museum. Whether it will be available otherwise will be determined. Have to check it out first. Thank you Gary Stevens for the taping. Thank you Diana (Millinocket library intern) for recording for Story Booth project.

***MHS will have a table at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Join us there!
***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.
*** Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Books by local authors and SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & 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.

Roads

Join us this week, Thursday, September 20, 1-3 PM to hear a talk by several local residents sharing stories of Millinocket’s Little Italy. Please plan to join us for a few minutes or for the whole session!
Visitors from afar are amazed to learn that the building of the mill and soon after, the town, was commenced before there were any real method of getting here. The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad passed through the area, although at some distance from the proposed mill site. The only other access was by water (West Branch) or via the old Sourdnahunk tote road. It wasn’t until 1901 that a road was petitioned by the Penobscot County Commissioners for a road to connect to Medway and Mattawamkeag. Central Street would be extended by building a steel bridge with stone abutments over Millinocket Stream. The museum has a display a large picture showing this bridge (c1911).
Getting all the people involved in building the mill to the site wasn’t easy. Another early GNP photo at the museum shows the 1899 version of Katahdin Avenue complete with tree stumps. This first “street” was the way to get people, building materials and other goods from the railroad into town until a railroad station was added and a spur line constructed to the mill site. People came from all parts of the world as this was where there was work for many.
A visitor to the museum asked to look at timelines showing major events in the town’s history. One is in the booklet printed for Millinocket’s 100th birthday. This has both highlights of the mill as well as town events. Dorothy Laverty’s 1973 published history also has a timeline. Both books are available at the museum. We have also collected a number of other timelines that have been printed in various sources throughout the years. These are compiled in a binder for easy access.
MHS will have a table at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Join us there!

***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

*** Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale. We have SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & 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.

Catching up with Donations

Reminder! Stories by descendants of Little Italy is the planned topic for the afternoon of Sept. 20 at the museum. Between 1PM and 3PM several local residents will talk about the history and people, their traditions, food and many other interesting tales of this historic area of Millinocket. Please plan to join us for a few minutes or for the whole session!
Recently added to the museum’s genealogy archives are several Madore family photos (Mark Sopko) and Walls family information (Don Howard). Mark’s mother Jacqueline visited a few weeks ago and shared stories of games played by children in the Little Italy area when she was young. A visitor from New Brunswick stopped in town (cemetery, museum and town office) while following up on his Boddy family line. He has been communicating via e-mail with us at the museum and with Boddy’s here in Maine.
Hayden was an early Millinocket photographer. His name appears on a number of photos at the museum. They are all matted to heavy black paperboard and each is embossed with Hayden’s name. Tom Oliver brought in several recently. One is thought to be Grand Pitch, another Stone Dam and the remainder are possibly Dolby Dam construction. The detail is great on these photos. Paul Allen donated several older photos also. Most of these are currently unidentified. One labeled Kimball’s Store is thought to be the original store located in the GNP mill yard near the bridge (Laverty book). Another shows an unknown logging camp. We were able to determine it is a copy from one of the glass negatives in the GNP collection in UMaine’s Special Collections at the Folger Library. It is listed as “unknown logging camp” there also. Another photo depicts a tall peaked barn or livery stable with men and horses in front. There were several livery stables in town as noted in some of the old local newspapers.
Enlargements of photos were donated by Gary Stevens. One, a sled of 4 ft. wood being hauled by a team of horses and another familiar photo of four river drivers “picking the rear” have found a spot in the Logging Room. The third is of #10 machine dated 3/26/1920.

***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

*** Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale. We have SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & 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.

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