Millinocket Historical Society

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Movies at the Log Camps, 1927

The movie man’s arrival at the logging camps of GNP’s Spruce Wood Department was eagerly awaited in the 1920’s. As many of the camps had no electricity, the movie man would arrive with two movie machines, cans of film, Victrola and case of records for his Victrola plus a generator. This is described in the museum’s copy of The Northern, July, 1927. From fall of 1926 through May 1927, Stanley Bartlett spent time in camps on the Chesuncook-Chamberlain Railroad and at the Cooper Brook and Ellis Brook Operations. Another movie man, Don Pearson showed films at farm houses, Grindstone, Canada Falls and Seboomook. The route they traveled was known as a circuit. Careful records were kept and showed that from September thru June, 264 shows were presented to 12,996 spectators.
The usual show consisted of a news reel, a two reel comedy and a feature movie. On most evenings, a total of nine reels were shown. The article states that movies titled Shameful Behavior and Sporting Life were well received and “proved to be less shocking than their names would indicate.” Eight different Hoot Gibson cowboy films were shown and enjoyed by all. The Victrola was used to play records for the music that accompanied the film. Remember, the first talking movie, The Jazz Singer, had just come out in October of 1927 and had not yet reached the northern Maine woods.
All the movie shown at the various log camps were provided by GNP’s Social Service Division who also provided daily newspapers to the woodsmen. During December, January and February of that wood’s season, over 400 papers were furnished daily by that department.
Another pastime at the GNP log camps was the making of “crooked knives.” These were fashioned with blades made from used three-cornered saw files. Handles were wood and carved with individualized shapes. These are described in a book by Sylvio Caron. The museum has several on display from the collection of Dana W. Brown. They are unique! Some woodsmen used these Native American inspired knives to make spruce gum boxes. Several of these are also displayed at the museum.

***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.

Tales from Little Italy, Upcoming Program

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. More later! Please plan to join us at the museum that day!
Remember the days in the 1950’s and beyond when there were planned and supervised activities at all the local playgrounds? The recreation department was responsible for these activities. The museum received three sturdy checkerboards (no checkers) that were used by children at the Little Italy Playground and perhaps at others. They were brought in by Kendra Pelkey.
Bruce Haines donated a copy of a 1939 Bangor Daily News with the front page story on Donn Fendler, still lost in the Mt. Katahdin area. The museum does not have any local papers with the Fendler story. Peter Fitzpatrick sent in two photos of the Katahdin Rangers, one showing the group on the steps of the original Stearns High School. This Drum and Bugle Corps had many members during its tenure and many museum visitors relive memories as they look at KR uniform on the mannequin at the museum.
Margot McDonald donated a photo of a large group of Boy Scouts, c1950’s. Close ups of sections of this photo may be viewed on the museum’s Facbook page. We are trying to pinpoint the year and identify all the young scouts. Thank you to all who have responded on Facebook.
A visitor from Pennsylvania (Liliane St. Peter Wasmund amd husband) here for her 50th SHS reunion, came with a collection of items to donate. Among them were her parents HS diplomas (large, framed) and her dad’s Millinocket Grammar School diploma (Phillip St. Peter). This is only the second grammar school diploma in the museum’s collection. Also donated were a 1957 zoning map of Millinocket and two vintage post cards (Togue Pond Camps and a team of horses pulling several long logs.
This summer has been our busiest at the museum…stop by, you never know who or what you might see there!

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

***Copies of 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.

Company E and Company I

Company E and Company I were National Guard groups once located in Millinocket, Maine. The museum’s copy of National Guard, State of Maine (1939) states that in 1916 an act of Congress allowed for the raising of a regiment of field artillery. It would have three battalions with two batteries each, the closest being headquartered in Bangor. By 1918, permission was granted by the War Department for an infantry regiment to be formed for the protection of the state of Maine. To be known as the 103rd Infantry, twelve new companies were formed. One was Company E in Millinocket.
The Union Chapel had been erected (c1899) near the corner of Cherry Street and Katahdin Avenue to provide a place for religious services and meetings. As denominational churches were constructed, the Union Chapel was then moved to Central Street behind the Bishop Block (currently K &M Motors). This became the Millinocket Armory and was also used for meetings, dances and other events.
Millinocket’s Company E became official 8/31/1918 with Wm. Glenn as Captain. Other officers were 1st Lt. H.B. McMillian and 2nd Lt. Lawrence Gregson. When Gregson was called into Federal service, Burdette D. Miller succeeded him. Recently, this column told of a visit to the museum by B.D. Miller’s son Frank and grand-daughter June. They donated a photo of three men in uniform, one being B.D. Miller. According to Frank Miller, B.D. Miller was instrumental in getting the National Guard company here. Also donated was a copy of the Maine National Guard certificate naming Miller 2nd Lt. Two photos at the museum show Company E at Camp Keyes, Augusta in 1919 and at Fort Devens in 1920. The book mentions that “a beautiful monumental stone” was erected by the company in 1934 in memory of its first commander Capt. Wm. E. Glenn. Does it still exist?
Millinocket’s Company E was re-designated Company I in 1921 as Third Maine Infantry and in 1922 it was changed to 103rd Infantry. Company I would go on to serve well for many years including participation in WWII. The “new” armory was constructed on Spring Street in 1939.

***Just received for sale, five copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

***Copies of 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 and Trailside Country Store, $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.
*** 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.

Genealogy and More

A rare rainy day lately brought several AT hikers, campers or family members of hikers to the museum. They shared stories of their experiences and appeared eager to learn of the area and the history of this town at the end of the AT.
At some point, the museum will curate an exhibit relating to the topic of medicine. The museum has numerous vintage (and scary) medical instruments from local doctors and dentists. We have Dr. Ryan’s medical bag (1st doctor) and signs from Millinocket General Hospital and Dr. Morey’s practice. We even have a hand-made model of the Millinocket Community Hospital (it’s currently in storage). A recent addition is a tiny t-shirt that a newborn baby wore home from the hospital. It was donated by Margie King along with a copy of a history of the hospital auxiliary. Also in the donation from Margie were several copies of the Granite Street School newspaper, The Echoes.
Robin Burgess brought in an office chair that originally resided at the Great Northern Hotel probably in the 1940’s. It has a very sturdy metal base with brass trim. It was possibly used by one of the managers of the hotel or perhaps by guests seated at a writing desk.
The museum’s genealogy section continues to expand as more family tree information and photos are added. Frank Miller and daughter June Miller Ouellette made their annual visit to the museum and contributed several Miller family photos. Burdette Miller and wife Emma were owners of The Millinocket Times over 100 years ago. The museum has two copies of this newspaper, both dated 1917. Burdette Miller sold this newspaper in that year with expectations of enlisting in the military when the U.S. entered WWI. However, he was turned down as he had too many children. Frank Miller was one of these children. He does not recall who purchased the newspaper and the museum has been unable to determine if there was a local newspaper after 1917. The next paper at the museum is dated 1939.
Other photos added to genealogy are from Sandra Lyons (photos of Archibald Lyons) and from Linda (York) Hardy. The Lyons photo is in a National Geographic magazine and shows him poling wood into a mill debarker. The Hardy photos are of Russell York (WWII and Air Force Reserve).

Just received for sale, five copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.

Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller 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 and Trailside Country Store, $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.
*** 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.

1914-1919 Water Levels at Dams

Monday, July 20, 1914, Chesuncook. Two shallow gates opened 5’, 5:30 AM. Two gates in log sluice opened 5’, 5:30 AM. New sluice opened 5:30 AM. New sluice, two gates in log sluice closed 6:30 PM. Two small gates closed 4 ½ ft., 6:30 PM. Two small gates 3 ½”. Moosehead, 6:00 five gates and logway. North Twin, 493.05. 5:30 AM opened log sluice. 7:00 PM closed log sluice to 5’ 0”. Quakish, 5:00 AM, 30” = 460.50, 5:00 PM, 32”.
This is part of an entry in a small, black bound journal for 1914 donated to the museum by William Burke, Jr. This journal and two others (for 1915 and 1919) had been in the possession of William Burke, Sr. All three journals contain handwritten notations by several different people. On the covers of two of the journals, someone has written Water Levels. Although much of the information makes some sense to those of us unfamiliar with the dams and the drives, a lot is unclear. We would appreciate anyone stopping in at the museum to assist us in understanding these journals.
The 1915 journal does not contain any specific information on the dams. Instead it has sparse notations relating to the comings and goings of personnel and some notes regarding communication. For example, Monday, April 5, 1915 states: FCB at North Twin Dam, PM. Millinocket Mill began piling logs. (Assume FCB was Frank Bowler. Two different handwritings in this entry.) The July 31 entry states that I. Schenck left for Boston in auto, AM. The Oct. 24, 1915 entry: Drained canal to overhaul penstock headgates. Racks very dirty – large accumulations bark & mud in front of 11 ft. penstock. Estimate over 100 cu. yds. to be removed. The 1919 journal sentries are similar to the 1914 book.
Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00 and if mailed, shipping charges will be added. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store and Trailside Country Store, $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.
*** 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.

49 and 50 Flags Raised on Katahdin

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

***Books by local authors (gently used) plus other items of interest. Several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

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

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

*** Stop by the museum for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Salvation Army in Millinocket

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

*** Stop by the museum for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Beans and Book

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

*** Stop by the museum for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Author Visit & Additions

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

*** Stop by the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

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