Millinocket Historical Society

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

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Odds & Ends from the Museum

“Hiking from a Comfortable Chair!” is what we are calling an event being held at the museum on Saturday, July 1, 1PM-3PM. Maine author Greg Westrich, author of the newly published guide book “Hiking Maine’s Baxter State Park will present a slide show and talk about some of the lesser known park trails. Please join us for all or part of the afternoon! No charge, donations to MHS welcome.

Lots of people are savers! They save every ticket, program and news article that has anything to do with their family, their team, their town or just anything that catches their fancy at the moment. It’s lucky for the museum that some folks do this. One example is Bobbie Allen. A few years ago she donated 30+scrapbooks of “Memories” to the museum. These included many photos and a whole lot more. Just recently she brought in a collection to be added to the “Memories” books. Some were added to the cataloged collection individually. Being a supporter of all the school musical events, she donated more than a dozen programs from plays and concerts. There were photos of the Katahdin Rangers with one showing them in the early days before they had their uniforms. The museum already had copies of this photo, but this one appears to be an original. There are photos of Junior Pro basketball and a 1991 tournament basketball program and a news article describing the “last hurrah” of the old iconic Stearns gym. Among older items in this collection are two GNP photos of three workers receiving watches at their retirement in 1959. They are D. Civiello, S. Fairley and P. Cyr. Another older item is a card presented to Helen Pound from Onawa Chapter, Eastern Star for outstanding service. Her service began in 1921. No date given for when it was presented.

Check out the new museum sign recently completed by MHS president David Cyr and others. The portion of the sign with the word “MUSEUM” was made from a sheet of stainless steel from the original Millinocket Community Hospital. Cyr did some of the work when all the renovations were done there a few years ago (Millinocket Regional Hospital). He said the stainless steel came from shelving in the kitchen area at that time. It still had labels on the edge indicating what was kept on the shelf. So part of the new museum sign was made from a piece of Millinocket’s architectural history!

Odds and Ends from the Museum

It’s spring! The warmer weather is starting to bring more visitors to the museum.  Recently five people with the group Friends of Baxter State Park stopped in as did a recent transplant from Oregon and folks from Boston, Washington County, Brunswick and Vermont. The 2017 U.S. map we use to keep track of where visitors are from is starting to show lots of color.

Someone recently asked what the museum had on the Medway Road area. There are winter photos of trucks and houses and one showing the CCC camp near where the Airport Cabins are today. The museum also has photos of the other CCC camps in the area.

Dorothy Laverty’s book revealed interesting pieces of information. Early on town leaders realized that other than the train, there was little access to this new town. You could travel by water up the West Branch or by land over the old Sourdnahunk tote road. Penobscot County commissioners were petitioned (1901) to consider a road to connect with Medway and Mattawamkeag. Central Street was extended and a bridge constructed over Millinocket Stream. A large picture (c1911) on display at the museum shows this bridge. The new road was continued and followed the old trail to Medway. Everyone referred to it as Medway Road. Just beyond the bridge was the original town dump. Later on, the Millinocket Cemetery was established on a plateau about a mile from the center of town. This street was also the location of a “Pest House” built circa 1917 to house quarantined individuals during the smallpox epidemic.

*** Still time to get your paver orders in for the next group to be placed later this year. 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 or in your own name. Once the snow melts, come view the pavers already in place.

***In the Museum Store: Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness  and So You Live in Millinocket, both by Dorothy Laverty; Millinocket by David Duplisea; Our Real War by Mike Murphy; No Time for Moss by S. McKeen (story of author’s mother, Verna Thorpe who grew up in Millinocket). Other local books for sale include: Katahdin Fantasies by Marian W. Smith plus her other books on local Native American legends and her books on Thoreau’s journey to Katahdin; The Northern by John McLeod and booklets from the town’s 50th and 100th birthday. We sometimes have an extra copy of Sawtelle’s Coach & His Boys; Sylvio Caron’s book on lumbering in the area and others. A great DVD titled Spirits of Katahdin researched and compiled by Colleen McLaughlin with music by Jude Ippoliti is available. Additional items include a few Fernwood pieces, vintage postcards, dishcloths and several things in our mini-yard sale display. As always, copies of the MHS calendars from 2009-2017 are on sale. Most items also available by mail. Contact me via email or phone for prices and SH info.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. Watch for the sandwich board sign out front.

***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 207-723-5477 or to arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at or on Facebook.

Odds and Ends from the Museum

More from the Laverty album! Several experimental saws for use in GNP’s logging operations are shown in photos from this album. All are the 1940s. One is a mall gasoline engine drive saw. The photos show two men, one at either end of a long saw blade and there is a small motor on one end. That end of the saw is attached to a support cable and pulley system. Two of the photos show this saw in use at South Twin Lake.

Three photos show two men working with a Davey Air Saw at South Twin Lake. They appear to be on the frozen lake and a horse-drawn wood sled is in the background. Another saw is called a “Sally” Power Saw. These photos are dated 1946 and show the saw being used in the summer. One man is holding saw in one hand (similar to how one would hold a chain saw today), but there is a metal support to the ground under this end. Then there is a large “jaws-like” apparatus on the end that cuts through the log.

The last saw shown in these photos is a Precision power saw. These photos are dated 1947. This is a fairly large saw, but it is shown being used by one man and one photo shows him carrying it on his shoulder. Were these experimental saws? Did any of them come into common usage by GNP? We would be interested in learning more.

Another group of pictures are of an experimental side dump truck. It looks as if a loaded truck drove to a prepared spot and the right wheels went into a dug out space so the truck leaned to the right. The side stakes were loosened so that the logs would roll off and into the water.

Thank you for voting in the Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More campaign. If you haven’t voted, there’s still time (through rest of February). Get a paper ballot at any Bangor Savings Bank or go online to and cast your vote. There will also be a link to this site on our Facebook page. You may vote only one time. We hope you will share this information with your family and friends. Voters must live in Maine and can be of any age.

***Now is a good time to place your orders for pavers for placement next spring. 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 or in your own name. A new museum sign, as yet unfinished, will occupy a place in the center of the paver area.

***2017 calendars still available! They may be purchased at the museum, Levasseur’s or Save-a-Lot. Older calendars, books by local authors and other items available in the museum store.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM (weather permitting).  Watch for the sandwich board sign out front.

***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 207-723-5477 or to arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at or on Facebook.

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