Millinocket Historical Society

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

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Beans and Book

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

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

Author Visit & Additions

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

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

2019 Calendar is Here!

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

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

The Boarding Houses Near the Mill

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

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

Notable Headlines

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

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

Building a mill!

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

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

Getting to town, 1900!

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

*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

International Museum Day at MHS

International Museum Day will be celebrated world-wide on Friday, May 18. The MHS museum that day will feature a special activity for visitors between 12 noon and 3PM. Come in and test your knowledge of some of the museum’s many local artifacts. See if you can identify the items on the “What is It?” table and other mystery items scattered throughout the displays. Try your hand at “Can You Find It?” Pick up a list of items and try to locate them in the museum. Come in and give it a try! Light refreshments available when you complete the task!
The Good Samaritan Shop donated a collection of local property maps from the 1970’s.These show most of the built-up sections of town at that time and clearly show all the streets, and the various house lots. These were thought to be a better fit for the museum than the than the downtown thrift shop.
Gaile Nicholson dropped off another box of items mostly related to GNP and later. Included were numerous booklets, pamphlets and the small novelties that the company used to give away. Anna Sears donated several photos of reunions of the class of 1937. It was her mother’s class. Mary Lou Monteith Libby sent the museum a nice old photo of the Millinocket Fire Department. It shows several of the firemen in uniform on and around the horse-drawn fire wagon in front of the Penobscot fire station. It is similar to other photos in the collection, but we did not have an original copy of this particular one. On the back are some names (don’t know how they match to the photo) and two or three names are missing. Libby also sent a photo of a priest. Written on the back was “Father Riley, first Catholic priest, 1901” and the names of a couple he married. We would like more information, as this is first hearing this name.
Recently, two volunteers from the Lincoln Historical Society visited. They were interested in learning more about the Past Perfect museum software we use for tracking the museum’s collection. This is used by many of the small museums in Maine as well as being suitable for the very large museums. One of its best features is that it is searchable by keywords and really helps locate an artifact. The only catch is, all the items need to be in the program’s database. At MHS, new items are added as they come in, however, the more difficult part is adding the several thousand older items that were in the collection prior to 2007 when the museum reopened.

*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

More Building Plans

Spring has arrived! The piles of snow that filled some of the parking spaces at the museum have finally melted away and all the sand and winter debris can be swept away. Thanks, Robert Whirty, for taking care of the shoveling duties this past winter and the outside sweeping! Thank you to Adam Qualey, Inc. for the snow plowing. Now attention turns to spring cleaning. Lots of items to be dusted, not an easy task. Floors need attention. Windows need washing…any volunteers? Flowers will go in the planters under both museum signs and in containers near the handicapped ramp soon. And work will continue on the second floor space!
Last week I wrote of several house plans donated to the museum. They are from the 1940’s-50’s and drawn by Delore Theriault, local engineer. Along with the house plans were a few other building plans of interest. From 1954, is the original plan for the Millinocket Fruit Company (now Living Innovations on Penobscot Avenue). The first Fruit Store was located on the opposite side of the parking lot opposite the Municipal Building. Started by David Drago in 1929, he came from Calais and brought with him the cash register presently on display at the museum. This building burned in 1958. I do not know the year the Matangelo family took ownership, but they had the plans drawn for the concrete block building that was constructed on the left side of the parking lot. That is the Fruit Store most remember and those plans are at the museum.
Another interesting plan is for the local library. The original library was on Central Street in the Decker-Gonya Block. It opened in 1919. As part of the town’s 50th anniversary activities (1951), a construction committee was formed to make plans for a new larger library. A plot of land opposite the Millinocket Trust Company on Penobscot Avenue was acquired from the Great Northern Paper Company. It would be located between the Rexall Drug Store and A.C. Smart’s store. Monies were voted at town meetings and committees were formed. A plan was drawn up (the one at the museum). This library was to have parking space for eight touring cars and had an estimated cost of $75,000. But time passed and in 1961 when the Great Northern Hotel was demolished, the town exchanged the Penobscot Avenue lot with GNP for the former hotel lot on Maine Avenue. So these first plans were never used.

*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Orders one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

1940’s House Plans

After World War II ended and local military men and women started returning to Millinocket, the need for more housing grew. As a result, a new area west of Medway Road was made available by GNP who held title to all the land at that time. Eastland Avenue and Maple Street would become two new streets in that area and by the late 1940’s homes began to appear. The first is said to have been built by Wilber Culbertson in 1946 and later sold to Carl Stockwell, Jr. (see Laverty book). GNP also constructed three homes there.
The museum recently received twenty plus original house plans, and several were for homes on Eastland Avenue and Maple Street. Most were drawn by local engineer Delore F. Theriault. They were brought to the museum by Tom Plourde who came into possession of them through a job he was working on. It is believed they came from the former Theriault house on Highland Avenue. They are in good condition. It would be interesting to know if the final construction matched these plans and to know what changes may have been made through the years. On Eastland Avenue the plans are for the George Raymond house (#18, no date given); Vincent DeCourcey house (#28, 7/3/1947); Bernard Gerry, Jr. house (#52, 8/2/1948); George McCluskey house (#66, 4/24/1948); John Gonya house (#90, 10/10/1946); and the Kenneth King house (#32, 4/3/1947). On Maple Street are the houses of Fred Morrison (#28, 7/29/1947); William Edmonds (#33, 3/20/1946); Dana E. Edmonds (#37, 1/25/1947); and Harold Whitehead (#38, 4/18/1947), In addition there were also plans for a home on Medway Road (#47), and one each on Congress Street (#357) and Knox Street (#195).
In this same time period, new houses were built on the Flat (along State Street) as far as the athletic field. A new street, Water Street, was laid out near the stream. As mentioned last week, the former “pest house” on Water Street was renovated and became a family home. It is still someone’s home today. Bowdoin Street was extended to the area near the railroad making more space for new homes.
All of these plans may be viewed at the museum and we also have several aerial photos of different areas of town. Maybe you can pick out your home!

*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Now only $5.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Not too late to get your orders in for 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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