Millinocket Historical Society

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A Busy Time of Year

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

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

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Union Parade 1908

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

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

And more for later!

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

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Happenings, 1917

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

“It’s great! And, much more than the usual cookbook.” This was the response of a gentleman who had ordered one of the museum’s new A Taste of History cookbooks. He liked his copy so much he ordered another for a family member. See information below to purchase. They will also be available on Dec. 2 at the museum table at the craft fair at the American Legion Hall.
Donations come to the museum in all sorts of containers…folders, cardboard boxes, shopping bags and even garbage bags. A recent donation was a shoebox of letters to and from various members of the McLean/Shanks/Hale families. These have been placed in the genealogy section of the museum. They contain correspondence between family members on their family tree data and personal letters and notes. One group of typewritten letters shares information of one couple’s experiences during time spent in Africa and beyond. All these items were donated by Ethel Shanks Doyle.
The Hussey’s brought in photos and ephemera from the Wheaton/Joy family. These items came from a home on Lincoln Street. Again, these have been placed in the genealogy files which are getting more and more use.
From the 1917 town report some tidbits (note this report was from Feb. 1926 to Feb. 1917):
1. Fire chief Gates wrote he kept the horses close to the fire station all winter. He was concerned that if an alarm came, “it would be impossible to get the automobile on the back streets, and the sled with two chemical tanks and one thousand feet of hose would be too heavy to haul by hand. It would be folly to do otherwise.”
2. Dr. Stevens, Board of Health: Isolated cases of typhoid, four cases of tuberculosis (two died, two sent to sanitorium), so many cases of grip that it could be called an epidemic and many cases of measles. He states that people “think so lightly of it.” Over 300 cases were reported in town that winter.
3. A bowling alley or pool room license could be purchased for $10.00 and a lunch cart or innkeeper’s license for only $1.00. Six pool room licenses were approved. There was one merry-go-round license approved for $5.00. I wonder where that was?
4. Among other cases, the police department processed one drug fiend, seven for evading car fares, one perjury, one for running a gambling house and ninety-eight tramps. As a kid growing up on the outskirts of a small rural Maine town, I remember seeing tramps come up the road heading into town. They would often knock on the door our house to ask for food, money or to do odd jobs.

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

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Busy Holiday Season

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Do some Christmas shopping at the museum’s table at the craft fair at the American Legion, 9AM-3PM. We will have our new cookbooks plus calendars and other items from the museum’s store.
Old newspapers are very interesting! One Millinocket article in a 1922 Bangor paper mentioned the number of events and activities to be held during the upcoming holiday season. It states: “It is becoming difficult in our busy little community for churches, schools, orders and clubs to stage entertainments, plays, concerts, etc. without conflicting dates.”It goes on to suggest all groups provide their information to the newspaper correspondent soon “to avoid much difficulty.” Already scheduled were a play, Aunt Jerusha’s Quilting Party at the Baptist Church; a play, The Hottentot by the K of C; the annual Papermakers Ball; three evenings of plays by the May Edwards Stock Company; Bimbs, a musical comedy directed by Vinal Crommett for the benefit of baseball interests; the annual Chapman concert (Philharmonic Club); and the school’s Junior Exhibition. These were all planned for mid-December through early January. The article says:” All these, in addition to the regular club meetings, lodges, whist parties, dances, Christmas tree and the various appointments of the churches which should rank first, make us some busy little town for the next few weeks.”
The 1921-1923 scrapbook of local news articles I have been going through makes many mentions of functions being held in Friendly Hall. Does anyone have any idea where that might have been? Others mention Rush’s Hall built by Charles Rush on Penobscot Avenue. This would be used by the Modern Woodmen of America and for public functions. After a fire, the building was rebuilt as the Opera House.
The Friends of the Library gave the museum one of the Dick Manzo prints they were given. It is of the Great Northern Hotel that used to be on the site where the library and Episcopal Church are located. The FMML has several more of these for sale to benefit the library.
Now on display at the museum with other sports photos is one of SHS football coach George Wentworth with players Dana Burleigh, Lawrence “Buzzy” Hopper, Ozzie Porter and Bill McCluskey. This was Wentworth’s first year coaching football at Stearns. The photo was donated by Denise Burleigh Page along with snapshots of the Veteran’s monument construction and a flag raising ceremony at MRH. Another interesting picture (from a news photo) shows a group of local Boy Scouts and others placing a 49 star flag at sunrise atop Mt. Katahdin. It was said to be the first raising of the new flag, July 4, 1959, denoting Alaska becoming a state.

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

*** 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.

Lots of New Additions

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
It is time to once again catch up on the new items that have been donated to the museum. Lynn Walsh, who was a member of the Katahdin Rangers and took part in several of the drum corps trips, brought in a large collection of memorabilia. It included photos and many news articles. Photos of the Katahdin Rangers, Pink Panthers (in Washington DC), Stearns High School band (in Washington, DC) and town band are currently displayed at the museum.
Anne Erickson donated several books for the museum’s research room. We are continuing to add books by local authors and books about the local area. Anne gave The Allagash by Lew Dietz, Christmas Always, “In the Shadow of Katahdin,” by Clara Gordon Bartlett and The Maine Land by Marion Bradshaw. The research room is getting more use each year. Tim and Belinda Smyth visited the museum and brought advertising items from the former Belinda’ s Bakery and a unique old map. The map of northern Maine, undated, appears to be very early for this area. There is no Millinocket, and Medway is labeled as Nicatou. It appears to be an original map on linen.
The museum has quite a few things to eventually be placed in a barber shop display. Paul Noyes barber chair, shaving items, a sign, a photo of Mt. Katahdin that once was displayed in Walter Trott’s barber shop and more. Now we can add one of the fixtures of old time barber shops…a spittoon. A small brass one was just donated by Al Legassie.
A Singer sewing machine, circa 1921, is now at the museum. Donated by Ramona Cesare, this treadle machine came complete with vintage spools of thread and other sewing notions in the drawers. This sewing machine once belonged to the Nichols family. There have been many, many organizations in Millinocket through the years. Recently added to the collection is a large framed Master Mason certificate dated 1931. The name on the certificate is Ivan Alonzo Buck. Also with the certificate is a photo we assume is Buck, but it has not been confirmed. The certificate and photo were donated by Leo Bulley along with a US Air Force hat.
There will be a craft fair at the American Legion Hall on December 2 from 9AM to 3PM. The Millinocket Historical Society will have a table there with calendars, cookbooks, Laverty books, the Millinocket book and more. Please stop by!

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

*** 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.

Post cards, Abstract & Katahdin Rangers

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

In any discussion of Millinocket’s history, the name Charles W. Mullen is sure to be mentioned. As a civil engineer and contractor for the B & A Railroad, he was familiar with the general area. Mullen is the one who made contact with Garret Schenck (paper mill expert). Together, they along with Hardy Ferguson and others set out to build the company that came to be known as the Great Northern Paper Company.
In recent weeks, a descendent of Charles Mullen has visited the museum and donated some items including several local area vintage post cards from the 1920’s and 1930’s. One has the printed caption Poowookamous Falls, West Branch. We assume that may be a misprint. Should it be Pockwockamus? Another item donated by Ronald Mullen is an original abstract (collection of documents) of the title to lots 1, 2 and 3, block 24 on Penobscot Avenue. These papers begin when Charles Mullen, Schenck and a man named Haskell gave title of those lots to GNP in 1899. The papers continue through the ownership by Charles Rush (Rush’s Hardware store) down to PE Ward in the 1950’s.
Bobbie Allen brought the museum two check writing machines and a collection of frames that came from other donors. Phyllis Gardner sent in a double size Ripogenus Dam post card with the caption 700 ft. long, 65 ft. high, 45 ft. wide, built1916. Jean Morse dropped off a large, original handmade flag used by the Katahdin Rangers and three photos of the group. Another donor sent in a St. Martin of Tours graduation ball dance card. It is from the class of 1964. Such cards were popular at dances years ago. High school students today would not know what a dance card was!

MHS is now registered as part of the Amazon Smile program. When you shop online at Amazon, go to Amazon.com:smile, choose Millinocket Historical Society from the list and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will be sent to MHS. It is a small amount, but it all adds up.
At Hannaford through October, purchase one of the specified blue and gold reusable bags and MHS will receive $1.00 for each one sold.

Information coming soon on the museum’s new heritage cookbook! Price, shipping information and availability will be announced. We can’t wait to see it (it’s at the printer’s now) and is expected in plenty of time for Christmas ordering.

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!

*** The 2018 calendars at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
*** 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.

New Items, Smiles & Bags

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Fall has arrived, but new items for the collection are still arriving. We continue to add photos and documents to the genealogy collection so anyone doing family tree searches, maybe the museum has something for you. We are working to get the family names into our computer program to assist in the search. Recent additions are from the Poirier/Jandreau/Levasseur families (photos) and the Morgan/Carroll families (photos).
Sue Jandreau donated a B & A Railroad time table from 1958 and other railroad papers. Alice Miller brought in a series of penmanship books for teaching cursive writing. They were from the 1930’s from Aroostook Avenue School. The museum has several advertising booklets from some of the old sporting camps. A local lady (wants not to be identified) brought in one from Togue Pond Camps (c1925). The museum already had a newer version of the same booklet. Camping in the 1920’s- 1940’s was quite different than today.
A Sno-Land Dairy half pint bottle is now displayed with other local milk bottles. It joins bottles from Rush’s, Keeley’s, Mulroney’s, Boddy’s, Sno-Land plus Grants and Footman’s dairies. Looking for a bottle from Jones’s Dairy! The half pint bottle was brought in by PI Perry along with a folding Eastman Kodak Brownie camera. Perry also gave the museum framed photos of the GNP crews of paper machines #8 and #5 rebuilds (1926 & 1954).
MHS is now registered as part of the Amazon Smile program. When you go online to shop at Amazon, go to Amazon.com:smile, choose Millinocket Historical Society from the list and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will be sent to MHS. It is a small amount, but it all adds up.
Hannaford has again chosen MHS for its Hannaford Helps program. Purchase one of the specified blue and gold reusable bags during October and MHS will receive $1.00 for each bag sold.
This time of year, more hikers and hiker’s families stop by the museum. On the Saturday of the Trails End Festival, we saw folks from Minnesota, New Hampshire and Virginia. We directed hikers to local eateries and lodging places and one of our volunteers gave a young couple a ride to McDonald’s and then back to their camping spot at Abol Campground!
Information coming soon on the museum’s new heritage cookbook! Price, shipping information and availability will be announced. We can’t wait to see it (it’s at the printer’s now) and is expected in plenty of time for Christmas ordering.

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!

*** The 2018 calendars at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
*** 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.

Lamplighter, Pt. 3

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

Here continues the story of the adventures of young John Galvin, substitute lamplighter. He finally got Old Bill saddled and made ready to climb aboard. With left foot in the left stirrup, left hand on the saddle horn and reins in his right hand, Galvin tried to get his right leg over Old Bill’s back. Old Bill decided to dance around in a circle. Galvin then made the decision to walk the route leading Old Bill and using the sawed off pool cue with wire hook to turn the valves. After tending to a few lights, they were at the light by the Congo Church on Katahdin Avenue. Galvin decided to out-fox Old Bill. “I gave him some sugar cubes and backed him over to the church sidewalk steps. My plan was to mount at the highest step and catch Old Bill unaware and be on his back before he knew what happened. It almost worked. I got my left foot in the stirrup and my left hand on the horn. As I threw my right leg over, Old Bill jumped sideways and I found myself clinging to the horn and the reins, one leg in the stirrup, the other under Bill’s belly.” Galvin states he got out of the predicament when Bill stopped moving.
They continued walking and tending the lights until arriving at Oxford Street School (today site of VFW). Another high set of steps, but these had a “big flat railing that anyone could stand on and drop on an unsuspecting horse’s back.” Galvin got ready and just as he jumped “Old Bill moved gracefully aside and I found myself flat on the ground.” Back to walking! Eventually they were at a spot opposite the Baptist Church where there was a vegetable garden and gooseberry patch with a flat-topped fence. Again Galvin tried to get from the fence to Old Bill’s back and as you’ve guessed, he landed in the gooseberries! Gooseberry bushes have thorns. That was the last try. They finished the walk and finally Old Bill was back in his stall.
Later, Mr. Crommett, the lamplighter, came to the house to pay Galvin his fifty cents and thank him for helping. When asked how he liked riding, Galvin replied that he had decided to walk. Crommett replied that “he was glad, because he had forgotten to tell me that Old Bill would never let anyone mount him from the left-hand side!”

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!
*** The 2018 calendars at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
*** 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.

Lamplighter, Part 2

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The museum will have a table with calendars, books, DVD’s and more at the Trails End Festival on Saturday, 9/16! Hope to see you there!
Several months ago, I wrote about the Millinocket Gas Company and the lamplighter who had the task of lighting and extinguishing the town lamps. Now the story continues! Ann Catherine Bonis, a 5th or 6th grade student at Maine Avenue School here in Millinocket (1970’s) wrote a family newsletter as a school project. Included is an editorial written by her grandfather John Galvin. In that, Galvin recollects his interaction with the lamplighter, his horse “Old Bill” and what happened the night twelve year old Galvin substituted as the lamplighter. The following is a brief look at Galvin’s four-page story and a few quotes from it.
The gashouse was located near the railroad tracks behind Katahdin Avenue. The superintendent (and lamplighter) was Orville Crommett. Instead of walking around to light the lamps carrying a short ladder and a sawed-off pool cue with a hook on the end to turn the valve, Crommett chose to ride Old Bill, leaving his hands free to turn the valve on and off. Old Bill was kept in an old woodshed near the gas company.
One day Crommett asked young John Galvin to tend the lamps so he could go fishing. It would earn Galvin fifty cents, a great sum for a young boy of that era. Dusk came, Galvin walked the route to light the lamps, but later when he went to get Old Bill for the extinguishing the lamps, things happened. “There was just room for Old Bill to squeeze through (the door), and in order to do that, he had to duck his head.” Galvin saddled the horse, turned Bill around and waited while Bill ducked his head and started through the door. “There was a loud crash and there stood Old Bill, half in and half out. The saddle horn had caught on the top of the door and the saddle had ‘slidden’ all the way to the back of Bill’s hind legs holding him fast.” And Galvin was still inside and unable to get out of the shed! The story continues, “I managed to slip the saddle down so Bill could step out. I then realized Mr. Crommett must put the saddle on outside the stable.” Thus begins the next chapter of this story…to be continued!

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!
*** The 2018 calendars available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** 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. To arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Lodging in 1905

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Many visitors have stopped by the museum in recent days including a young couple from the Czech Republic. They all need to find lodging. In 1905, one of the lodging options was the Mountain View House. A newspaper advertisement from proprietor J. H. Mulhern reads as follows: “I have opened the Mountain View House and solicit patronage from transient guests and boarders. The house is commodious, homelike, neat and well kept. We furnish a good table and are confident that those that board with us will be satisfied.” This was located across from the park where the telephone company building is today.
Thank you to Doug Kranich and others from SHS who brought 20+ Chinese students to visit the museum. They were in town for a week from a Stearns’ sister school in China. As usual, they were fascinated by the old Edison phonograph. Many photos of the record spinning on the old turntable have been circulated through cyberspace back to China. Also, five members of the newly formed Medway Historical Society stopped by to discuss becoming a non-profit and the other steps to accomplish as they head into their second year of organization. Good luck to them!
Time to catch up on the listing of new items. Barbara Waters gave a 45 rpm record (Blueberry Blues) by Norm Dubois, Carole Philbrook donated a SHS girl’s corduroy jacket, and an anonymous donor gave a SHS basketball jersey.
Many logging tools are displayed at the museum and we have others in storage, but sometimes a unique one arrives at the museum. Recently Lucille Allen brought in a peavey (cant dog). One is already displayed plus some peavey points, but this particular one has Snow and Nealley, Bangor, Maine on it. That company was the top maker of logging tools back in the day. The museum has several pickaroons (short handle, long handle, cut down for mill use). Allen donated two – one has GNP Co. stamped into it and the other has GNP2.
Judy Stevens Herrick visited recently and donated a collection of school related items including 1950’s dance cards from commencement balls and junior proms, report cards, a Junior Achievement certificate, class ring and two cheerleader basketball tournament ribbons.

*** Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!
*** The 2018 calendars are available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store and Rideout’s Market. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers are now being taken for fall placement. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family, your own name or other wording..
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** 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. To arrange 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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