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Photo ID and Morgan Block

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

A huge parade was held in town in 1951 as part of Millinocket’s 50th birthday celebration. Crowell, a local photographer, took many photos and many families selected numerous of these photos which were placed in black photo albums. The museum has several of them and we noticed that although most have the same photos of floats and such from the parade, each album has a few that are unique to that album. There is no identification on the photos. One recently caught out attention. It shows a rather elaborate hearse pulled by one horse. The driver is well-dressed and wearing a top hat. If you know which funeral parlor this hearse represented and the name of the driver, please contact the museum! This photo has caused us to want to know more of the history of the undertakers and funeral parlors in town. Contact us with information…thank you!
The following is taken from information provided by Ruth Morgan a several years ago. Charles Morgan decided to become an undertaker like his brother Roy. He went to Boston, took an embalming course and then returned to Millinocket. He worked as an assistant for Bragdon’s Funeral Home for a time and then decided to go into business for himself. He built an addition on his State Street home and started his business. He later decided to acquire a lot on Penobscot Ave. and build a cement block building to house his business. While working at the mill, he made a wooden block form that could be used to make several blocks at a time. After they were “cured” he could make more. He thus made all the blocks for his building. It was large enough for his family to live on the second floor. The embalming and casket display was on the first floor and there was a garage underneath for his hearse and the family car (a sedan). The State Street house was sold and the Morgan family moved to Penobscot Avenue. Today, Charles Morgan’s building is the location of Tanous and Snow Law Office.
It is interesting to note that Morgan was not the only one to make these cement blocks as there are several buildings in the older areas of town where these blocks can still be seen. More to this story next week!

In the Museum Store! Start Thinking Christmas Shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

2020 Calendar/New Items

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

Reminder…get your MHS 2021 calendar soon! Christmas and the new year will be here before we know it! The calendar has collages of photos from the different areas of town including Shack Hill and Little Italy. There are photos from Society Hill, the park area, Medway Road/Eastland Avenue (built up after WWII) and in the 1950’s and 1960’s Hillcrest Development. Other town areas are represented by photos of some of the businesses through the years including Aroostook Avenue with some of its garages and hardware stores. Outer Central Street has the car dealerships that sprouted “on the hill” after the street was extended that way. We did not forget to include the areas of “across the tracks,” outer Bates Street and The Pines/Iron Bridge Road with Rush’s Sawmill and the old swimming hole. The calendar covers a wide range to photos through the years plus a recent great aerial photo by Josh Linscott on the cover. Stop in at the museum to get yours, just $12.00. Available by mail $12.00 each plus $5 each SH. Great gifts! Help support the museum!
Time to catch up with the new items donated in the last few weeks. Sandy Haynes brought in a Boddy’s Dairy ¼ pint clear glass milk/cream bottle and a photo of a horse-drawn milk delivery wagon filled with milk cans. There was also a scrapbook of SHS basketball (1930’s), senior photos from the 1940’s, yearbooks and out-of-print books by local authors. Gene Nice brought in a collection of Northern Knights photos from various competitions and parades. Pat Bouchard gave a Masonic certificate dated 1926 of George Alward. The many give-a-ways local businesses used to advertise are interesting. Sharon Machia brought in a small plastic coin bank from the Millinocket Trust Company. It has a lock and key and looks similar to a small bird feeder! She also gave an ash tray advertising DiNardo’s Store and a very small tape measure from Fred Hatt, Plumbing and Heating. Keep the advertisements from local businesses coming…they will make a great display! We’ve also added a genealogy book on French- Canadians and History of Madawaska (Sally Bouchard) and on Rideouts in America (Lenny Berry).

In the Museum Store! Start Thinking Christmas Shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

The Millinocket Journal/Hume Family

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

A local newspaper called The Millinocket Journal was started about 1939 by the Joseph Tucker family and printed through the years in small, medium and large formats. The Tuckers printed the paper from a bungalow on Eastland Avenue that became known as Journal Place.
About 1954, the Hume family became publishers of the paper. John David Hume visited the museum recently and shared some interesting information. His grandfather Hume was already in Millinocket and was GNP mill superintendent. Bob and Rosemarie Hume and children came to town and moved into the house off Eastland Avenue where the Tuckers had published the paper. Bob went to work at the mill. In the basement of the house was the mimeograph machine, wax stencils and other equipment the Tuckers had used. Rosemarie, a journalism graduate, took on the task of putting out a newspaper. The children did various jobs to help out. The newspaper listed Robert Hume as publisher and Rosemarie as editor. About 1967, the switch was made to an off-set printing press which allowed for more photographs. The Hume family published the paper until sometime in 1967. During those years, the name on the masthead was The Millinocket Journal and for a time, Millinocket Journal (without the word the).
Now another topic – a handwritten comment in a scrapbook compiled by a young female student at Stearns HS in 1935. (Stop in the museum if you wish to see the scrapbook and learn the girl’s name). This scrapbook has news articles and scorecards from many of the SHS basketball games,1935-1936. Most of the news articles have a handwritten comment, many of which are quite lengthy. In February, the article states: Nearly a 100 students were absent from school to see the game in Bangor even under the threat they would have to stay after school an hour each day for three days to make up the lost time. The young lady’s written comment (beautiful cursive penmanship) says: The funny part of it is that Porter (principal) is only making us stay to make up the work we missed! He’s a good scout after all. Anyway it would have been worth staying four weeks in the library until 4:30. The game was that good!!! And how!

In the Museum Store! Start Thinking Christmas Shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

VFW

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

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War II. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938. It is a day to honor all American veterans living or dead.
More than 100 from Millinocket served in the armed forces in WWI. Some of these veterans formed American Legion Post #80 and named it for Donald V. Henry, Millinocket’s first casualty of the war. Dr. Bryant returned safely from overseas and became the post’s first commander. Mrs. Robert Hume, an army nurse, was the next commander and was the first woman to hold this office.
World War II saw over 1000 Millinocket men and women go overseas in service to our country. After returning home, some of these overseas veterans formed a Veteran’s of Foreign Wars post. It was named for Francis E. Elliott, Millinocket’s first casualty of WWII.
The museum has a growing collection of military memorabilia including uniforms, medals, photos and more. Earlier this year, MHS received a number of items from the now closed local VFW. The large photo of Francis E. Elliott that was prominently displayed at the post is now in the museum’s military room along with one of his white U.S. Navy uniforms (no hat). Also received were several VFW hats, a few photos, some medals and some uniform pieces. Included was a WWI uniform with the laces on the pant legs and the leg wraps (called puttees). The museum collection has several WWII uniforms, but until now, none from WWI. This will be displayed soon. If anyone knows who gave this uniform to the VFW or any of the other items now at the museum, contact us.
The local VFW post was located in the former Oxford St. School building. It was deeded to them by the town in 1943. Space in the building was rented to GNP for a time until VFW enrollment grew and a women’s auxiliary was formed. The American Legion started in a tarred paper shack near the stream, then met in a small brick building on Penobscot Ave. In 1959, the Legion moved to a new building on outer Central Street.

In the Museum Store! Start Thinking Christmas shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more). peacetime
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Millinocket Land Co./Medway Road

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

The Millinocket Land Company…this came up while researching a question about Medway Road. It appears that in the early days of Millinocket, that company is listed as owner of land on Medway Road. If any reader knows anything about that company, please contact the museum.
As early as 1901, Penobscot County Commissioners were contacted by town authorities about making a road from Central Street that would follow the old trail to Medway and Mattawamkeag. At that time Central Street crossed Millinocket Stream (first bridge can be seen in large photo displayed at museum) and continued past by what would be State and Congress Streets (the Flat). From there, the new road would follow the old trail to Medway. The first town dump was located near the bridge. Beyond the bridge, the road curved south and downstream over the high land that backed Little Italy. Many French families settled there. The town also planned for a burying ground on the high land there. Over time, new houses were built and Charles Tapley built a building that housed several things. There was a Chinese laundry in the basement, a social hall for parties and dances and rooms and board were available. Later the building was purchased by Mr. Barbian and eventually it became the original Hotel Terrace. (Information from Laverty book, Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness, available at museum.)
A bit of local election trivia! In 1943 Millinocket accepted the provisions for absentee voting in regard to town elections. This made it possible for WWII men and women to vote while away serving their country. And a timely piece of election news from a Nov. 3, 1924 news article. “It is desired that the citizens of Millinocket show the same amount of loyalty and cast an equally number of votes at the polls this week in the presidential election as characterized in the gubernational contest for their own state. Let us have no slackers.” FYI…in that presidential election, incumbent Calvin Coolidge won over Democratic opponent John W. Davis. In the governor’s race that year, incumbent Percival Baxter won over Ralph Owen Brewster.
Looking for mannequins (especially male w/head) and wig stands for future displays! Also could use a couple of two-drawer file cabinets.

In the Museum Store! Start Thinking Christmas shopping!!!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

The Fruit Store

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

Several late 1940’s issues of The Millinocket Journal featured articles on local businesses. One is titled “Fruit Store Building One of Oldest Landmarks.” Many remember this business being run by the Matangelo family and being the place to go to purchase penny candy. However, there is an interesting history before that time.
The original building was constructed about 1899 (on the right side of the current town parking lot on Penobscot Avenue). It was originally the location of Hayden’s Photo Studio. In 1928 the building was sold by Mrs. Bowler to David Drago who came to town from Castine. He named his business Millinocket Fruit Company and operated it until about 1940 when he sold to Michael Matangelo. Chester Matangelo worked as clerk there as he had for Drago (seven years). During WWII, while Chester and John Matangelo were in the service, the Matangelo girls managed the business.
When the Journal article was written in 1946, it stated that there had been improvements to the building, but it “still stands as one of the familiar landmarks of the town, being considered the second oldest building on the main street.” This building burned in 1958 and was replaced by a similar size building on the opposite side of the parking lot (now Living Innovations). The “Fruit Store” continued in business for many more years.
The 1946 article mentions a few of the store’s offerings at the time included Hood’s Ice Cream, a full line of confectioneries and Schrafft’s, Donna Deane’s and Johnston’s Chocolates. There were fresh fruits, roasted peanuts, soft drinks and a miscellaneous line of cookies and pastry as well as the Pastene brand of groceries and macaroni. At that time there was a new model Dry Cool beer container and everything in tobacco and smokes. The article mentions that beer was in scarce supply since the end of the war, but they hoped to have a plentiful supply soon.
The original cash register that David Drago brought with him to Millinocket in 1928 is on display at the museum along with a copy of a photo of the original store. The Journal article states that as of 1946 Drago was living in Edgecomb, Maine and operating a filling station and night cabins.

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Queries

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

When did Fuller Furniture begin business in Millinocket? This is an example of a question posed recently to the museum and this week I write about this and several other questions that have arisen recently.
Fuller Furniture was in business early on Penobscot Avenue (site later of JJ Newberry) and started by Charles Fuller. Fuller genealogy at the museum has Charles Fuller’s occupation as “store owner, Fuller Furniture Co., 1910-1920” and son Almon as “clerk, furniture store” in 1930. In 1922 the store was purchased by Gerald Comstock and the name stayed the same. Later the business moved to the corner of Penobscot Avenue and Central St. where it remained until recent years. The building now houses an art gallery.
A small tintype donated by Dan Morrison shows Edwin Adams as a child. His name is written on the back of the paper frame. The museum already had an old photo labeled as the Edwin Adams house, 420 Katahdin Avenue. The question arose, “Is that house still standing?” A ride down Katahdin Avenue shows no 420 (two houses in the right area show no numbers) and one does have some of the photo’s features, a front bay window, correct roof line and two windows on second floor. The overall footprint is smaller today, but it could be the house.
Also donated by Morrison were a pair of early eyeglasses with wire earpieces. They are in a black case with Charles K. Sleight, Optometrist, Millinocket, Maine embossed on the case. The eyeglasses appear to be from the 1920’s or earlier. A tattered copy of The Merchant’s Bulletin (Dec. 1925) has an ad for this service. It was located opposite the fire station, upstairs. Sleight was an optometrist and optician and examined eyes and fitted glasses.
The museum also received a punch card from Munson’s Lunch. It was sold to Philys Barr on 3/22/1947. In five and ten cent increments, when fully punched, the card entitled the owner to $3.30 in lunch items for a cost of only $3.00. The states “no discount unless paid in advance.”
We are searching for photos of the B & A Millinocket roundhouse (another question posed by a visitor) as well as information/photos on any of the above topics. Thanks!

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Girl Scouts

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

The Girl Scouts were formed in the United States in 1912 by Juliette Low when she gathered eighteen girls in her hometown in Georgia and shared news about a new program in Europe. It would enable young girls to participate in an outdoor and educational program.
For a long time, the museum had few Girl Scout items, but in recent months that has changed. A child-size mannequin (found as a free item displayed in front of a local home) now shows off a Girl Scout uniform. The uniform belonged to Nadine Brown Webster and was sewn by her mother. It consists of a one piece dress plus a round felt hat and shorts and a regulation GS belt. Pinned to the hat is a photo of 12 year old Nadine in 1942.
An article in a scrapbook compiled by Polly Segee states that in the years 1958-1963 there were at least 262 Girl Scouts in Millinocket. This scrapbook and others donated earlier by Bobbie Allen and Dianne Bilodeau contain many articles of interest and may be viewed at the museum. Dianne recently donated a small Brownie Scout wallet to go on a belt (and other items). The museum collection also has several sashes with multiple badges, loose badges, a Brownie hat and handbooks.
Several photos of Girl Scouts and Brownies are in the collection, but one is particularly interesting. It shows nine women (local GS leaders) dressed in GS outfits of earlier days. Front and center in a vintage GS uniform is Belle Rush. Whatever happened to that uniform?
In other news, Judy Cyr and Dolly Jamieson brought in several issues of local newspapers. Dolly also donated am early photo that showed her father (Mike Creehan) driving a team of horses with a wood sled. The photo shows part of the mill in the background. Creehan hauled for GNP.
Packages continue to arrive from Randa Laplante Fitzgerald. Recent one contained kitchen gadgets, medicine bottles, opera glasses, camera, dolls and more. Now located in the Military Room is a large volume titled Collier’s Photographic History of the European War (WWI). Also in the Military Room book collection is a copy of Collier’s Photographic History of World War II donated by Ed Fitzgerald. These books and others are available for research use.

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Outing CLub

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

The original Katahdin Outing Club came into existence in 1936 when a group of local volunteers gathered nine miles north of Millinocket on the shores of Millinocket Lake and constructed a 40 foot by 65 foot log lodge with two fieldstone fireplaces. The group made two ski trails (half mile long North Tower Trail and Grand Pitch Trail), a jumping area, lighted skating area and a parking area. Near the lodge was a short rope tow for beginners and tiny tots. A ski patrol was formed and there was a ski school for beginners (Outing Club members). Quickly membership grew to 450-500 members with family memberships costing $5.00 a year. Tow rates for adult members was $1.25 a day, student members $1.00 a day and for non-members $2.00 a day. The Katahdin Outing Club lodge was destroyed by fire in April, 1948.
In March of 1972, Eddie Cyr and Tim Murray opened Black Cat Lodge as a year-round recreational area on almost the same spot with plans for numerous ski trails, T-bar lifts, toboggan sliding area and snowmobiling. The lodge would offer rooms for lodging as well as public rooms, a lounge and restaurant.
In the 1970’s, local authors Marion Whitney Smith and Kingman Smith wrote weekly articles for The Katahdin Journal. They were titled “Do You Remember.” The above information was taken from two of those articles published in March of 1972 when Black Cat Lodge and the area were under development. Looking ahead in 2020, new plans for that same area are underway. Anyone having information or photos from the original Katahdin Outing Club or Black Cat Lodge, contact the museum.
It’s hard to believe, but this is number 601 of the Odds and Ends column. When it was first suggested I write something for the local newspaper, I never thought it would go this far. At first it was in The Katahdin Times and then The Lincoln News. It is also found weekly on the museum Facebook page and museum website. Thank you to all who check in weekly for a glimpse into local history!

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Sanborn Map, 1904

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

Millinocket, Penobscot County Maine, population 2500, January 1904. This information is on page one of a map book by the Sanborn Map Company. This book and three more are in the collection of the Millinocket Historical Society. The 1904 book shows the layout of the downtown area with street names and information regarding water facilities and fire protection.
Water facilities at that time were listed as “Gravity system with water taken from log pond one mile distant. Mill pumps are conn’d to town system and are to be used in case of need. Pressure at P.O. 40 lbs. 40 hyds. 6 miles of water pipes. Fire Dept. Volunteer, 22 men. 2000 feet 2 1/2” hose.” Also indicated is that the fire department had no steam or hand engine. It had two independent hose carts and no hook and ladder cart.
The map key/legend tells that the following information can be found on the maps in the book: number of stories in the buildings; if roof is shingle, composite or slate; fire walls 6 inches, 12 inches or 18 inches above roof; metal or wood cornice; iron or wood doors and shutters.
This 1904 book shows streets fanning out from Penobscot Avenue to Water Street which wasn’t developed until later to Katahdin Avenue, Cherry Street and Essex Street. It appears Essex Street was intended to be parallel to Somerset St. The second book (1912), shows streets further out (Bates, Bowdoin, N. Terrace). Population was 3300 and the MFD had forty men, two horses, one H and L truck, two hose carts and a Gamewell fire alarm system (museum has main portion of this on display). Also mentioned are streets are unpaved and lighted by acetylene gas.
The 1916 map book states the population is 5000 and the fire dept. has added two chemical trucks. When fire alarm sounds, several pumps at GNP are connected to the village system. A map in this book shows streets off Medway Road (Granite, High, East, South) and also Wausau (that’s how it is spelled), Washington and Tremont.
It can be seen from these map books Millinocket’s street plan was carefully thought out early on with Penobscot Avenue, Katahdin Avenue and Central Street being the center.

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.