Millinocket Historical Society

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Milkmen, Carnival and Lace

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The May 5, 1905 newspaper in the museum’s collection continues to reveal information about the people, businesses and events taking place in Millinocket at that time. The museum has a collection of milk bottles from various local dairies of the past (Rush, Keeley, Boddy, Mulroney, Sno-Land). The 1905 newspaper has advertisements for H. S. Brown and Fred Clifford. Brown’s ad states: “Pure jersey cream and milk delivered every day. The quality of these goods speaks for itself. If you will let me know your needs, I will call and endeavor to please. H. S. Brown, Millinocket.” Does anyone have any information on this man and his business?
Fred Clifford’s ad says: “MILK – the best. My list of customers is constantly increasing. Are you one of them? Drop me a card and I’ll call. Fred Clifford, Millinocket.”
The museum does have one photo showing Clifford’s milk wagon with a house in the background. We are looking for more details on any local farms, dairies and local milk businesses.
For entertainment, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Millinocket chapter sponsored a week-long carnival at the Pavilion. (The Pavilion, ball field and grandstand were located in the area behind the new Bangor Savings Bank and the former Armory). On the program were five “premier high class vaudeville artists,” and a world famous musical duo. It boasted “three hours refined amusement, closing with a grand social.” Band concerts were held twice a day and a ten piece orchestra played for a “dancing festival.” Tickets were available for 50 cents from local businessmen D.J. Murphy, Thomas Pound, Roy Flaherty, E.J. Warren, Frank LePage, H.C. Gellerson, A.J. Gonya, James A. Rush.
Mrs. J. Gwynn (a local milliner) advertised a big saving on “Odd pieces of ginghams and laces at prices that will surprise you. Call for them.) The newspaper office reminder readers, “Now is the time you need shelf paper. Look at ours – 5 cents a roll. We invite the attention of Ladies doing Passe Partout work to our new stock of Mount
Boards received this week.” Passe Partout was the use of a strong paper gummed on one side used for mounting pictures. The newspaper also sold drawing paper for 5 cents a sheet.

*** 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.
*** Visitors have been checking out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group 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 or in your own name.
*** 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.

More on Old Newspapers

Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The Millinocket Times, a local newspaper published during the pre-WWI era, was printed on the second floor of the so-called Miller’s Building (also Epstein’s, Day’s Jewelry, Newberry’s and more going back many years) on Penobscot Avenue. This was learned recently during a visit to the museum by eighty-nine year old Frank Miller, son of Burdette Miller, owner and publisher of the paper. Mr. Miller stated that his parents came to Millinocket around 1903-04 and lived just a few houses down the street from the current museum. He did not know when the paper started, but said his father sold it (unknown buyer) sometime in 1917 as he wanted to enlist in the army and help his country as the U. S. was entering WWI. However, Burdette Miller was turned down for service as he had a family and small children. At this time, we have no more information as to the fate of The Millinocket Times or any other local newspaper until the late 1930’s. If anyone knows of local papers from that time period, please contact the museum!
A few weeks ago I wrote about the June 15, 1917 issue of this paper in the museum’s collection. It is one of two known to exist and both are at the museum. The second is also a 1917 issue.
In recent days, we have also pieced together most of a May 4, 1905 Millinocket Journal which was published on Thursdays with EE Morse as editor and publisher. Much of the front page is missing, but portions of articles tell of a masked ball, a minstrel show and a meeting of directors of the Union Store. An inner page ad states that you could catch the stage for Mattawamkeag “every forenoon (Sundays excepted) on the arrival of the trains from Bangor and Houlton at 10:25. Stage leaves the Eureka House at 10 AM.” The Eureka House (also known as the Katahdin House) was partway up Katahdin Avenue toward the railroad station. More information from this newspaper in future columns.
The museum is having a banner summer! We’ve had a couple from the Czech Republic, an interesting young woman from Florida who volunteers with her grandmother at a museum there and many returning Millinocketites. Stop in!

*** 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.
*** Check out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group 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 or in your own name.
*** 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.

What’s in the 2018 Calendar?

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

Remember the Katahdin Rangers Drum and Bugle Corps? A great photo of that group is found on the cover of the museum’s new 2018 calendar. Other photos in this calendar range from 1899 through the 1970’s and feature groups of people and scenes around Millinocket. Many of the photos have been added to the collection in the last year.
The earliest is from 1899 showing the penstocks being placed during the days of the mill’s construction. An early logging camp photo from 1941 has twenty-five or more men seated on the ground eating a meal. The photo is from the West Branch Drive and comes from the museum’s Laverty Collection.
Another early 1900’s photo is a view looking east on Central Street and the street appears to end about where the bridge is today. Further construction work seems to be happening. Check out buildings at the intersection (where the traffic light is now located) and note changes. The B & A Railroad Station is shown up on blocks ready to be moved to a new spot as part of the underpass construction project. This photo is from the 1930’s.
Do you know why Pockwockamus Rock was first painted with a scene? The 1979 photo in this calendar has the explanation. Another calendar photo shows tents and trucks at Foster Field with Mt. Katahdin in the background. This 1934 picture is of the 130th Company, Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was building camp sites, trails and more in the area.
It’s great when photos of groups arrive at the museum with names and dates! A large group of Onawa Chapter, Eastern Star (ladies group of the Masons) is depicted in 1959. Dressed in their finest gowns and adorned with corsages, the ladies posed for the photographer. A few men are also in the picture. All the names are there, except one. Two others with all the names are of a Brownie Scout troop from the late 1950’s and Stearns cheerleaders, 1949. The Millinocket Players presented The Music Man at SHS auditorium (original) in 1972. The SHS band made a cameo appearance. The calendar has a photo of the Company I,103rd Infantry baseball team in 1927-28. Another photo shows a few town dignitaries in period costume during the town’s 50th birthday celebration. They are on the steps of the new Municipal Building. Get your now!

*** The 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.
*** Check out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group 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 or in your own name.
*** 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.

New Additions to Collection

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

A seaplane on Katahdin Avenue!! I wonder what people thought of that occurrence when it happened sometime in the 1940’s or 50’s. Lois Pelletier brought in two small photos that show the plane there. Thanks to Jeff at the airport, we believe the plane piloted by Holt from Greenville made an emergency landing in the brook (near the old Pines swimming hole). It then was towed to the airport. I bet that incident was talked about for days!
It’s time to catch up on the other new items that have been finding their way to the museum this busy season. Recently a building was demolished on Aroostook Avenue. Jean McLean Corcoran brought in a framed collage of three photos showing the building and business that was located there in earlier years. Her family resided there. The business was the Blue Sunoco Garage and Gas Station and the owner, John ‘Elery’ Dumas, also had the local taxi and school busses.
Ann Weldon Blanke of Bangor sent two Clyde Folsom cassettes (he’s a great story teller) and two of her dad’s Stearns football sweaters. One, a lightweight long sleeved dark blue, is shown in the 1943 yearbook football team photo that includes Scott Weldon. Billie Jean Brilliant has made visits to the museum with a portable typewriter, possibly from GNP. This is now displayed for hands-on use by our young visitors. They enjoy trying out this “old” technology. They are also amazed that you had to actually dial a telephone. Also from this donor came her husband’s white cardigan baseball letter sweater and a homemade shoe shine box used by him as a young boy to shine shoes in the park.
More items came from Michelle Brundrette, a GNP West Branch Recreation Area map found at the Katahdin General Store; a scrapbook with photos and letters related to the DAVA (Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary) color guard from Nadine Webster; a Boynton Jeweler advertising ruler from Mr. Mullen; and two GNP reports brought in by Tony Foster. One is dated 1901 and the other 1902. I don’t think they are originals, but quite old copies. Some of the numbers such as assets of the mill in those years are really quite amazing for such a young enterprise!

*** 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.
*** Check out the pavers in front of the museum. Orders for the next group 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 or in your own name.
*** 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.

Blueberry Story

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

Bryan Seeyle, does the museum have any information on him? This was asked by a recent visitor and, as often happens, I turned to the Dorothy Laverty book on Millinocket’s history. There are pages about the Great northern Hotel where Mr. Seelye and his wife lived during their time in Millinocket. It states the Seelyes came to town in 1912 just after the GNP administration building was completed. Seelye was hired to set up the mill’s accounting department. The couple made their home at the hotel and later Mrs. Seelye became the housekeeper.
That sums up the information the museum has on Bryan Seelye at this time. A visitor, Jane Rideout Jones asked the above question and then proceeded to share a story about Mr. Seelye. She gave permission to share the following.
Some years ago, seventeen year old Jane worked in the dining room of the hotel. At that time, Bryan Seelye, widowed and elderly, lived on the top floor of the hotel and was cared for by a nurse, Mrs. Grumley (Dr. Grumley’s wife). Every evening, Mr. Seelye ate his meal at an assigned table, the big table by the bay window. No one else was allowed to sit there. One evening, Jane asked the gentleman, “May I help you?” Mr. Seelye asked for “fresh blueberries and cream and little cakes.” Jane placed the order and then went to bring the food through the swinging doors from the kitchen carrying the tray up in the air with one hand as required. Just as she started to pass through the door, someone pushed it from the other side and the tray and food landed on the floor. An embarrassed Jane scrambled to pick up the mess and hurried to the kitchen to replace the order. When she returned to serve Mr. Seelye his meal, he said to her, “I see you like to pick blueberries!”
The museum has an elegant black top hat complete with leather storage case that belonged to Mr. Seelye. The hat is made from a beaver pelt (as was the custom of the day) and it has his initials inside. The leather case also has his initials on the outside and it is lined in red silk. It is in wonderful condition!

*** The 2018 calendars are now 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.
*** A new paver order has been placed in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are being taken. 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 or in your own name.
*** 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. ***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.

“Getting Out of Town”

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

Going out of town? Just take Route 157 to the interstate, Route 11 toward Brownville or even the road Rip Dam and on to Greenville. Not so easy 70+ years ago. For several years, talk was happening about the need for a road to the Brownville-Milo area. In 1934, GNP built a road as far as North Twin. Petitions were made to the State Legislature by the towns of Millinocket, Milo and Brownville to consider a road. Passable sections were being built by the 1940’s and a traveler could (not easily) get from Milo to Millinocket. This trip included crossing the dam at North Twin as no bridge spanned the West Branch.
In 1945, Gov. Horace Hildreth came to the area on a hunting trip. He also met with Chamber of Commerce members at the Great Northern Hotel where his party was was staying. The Chamber planned to pitch the idea of a bridge over the West Branch. The Governor was treated to a rather bumpy ride and saw for himself the condition of the existing “road.” Shortly thereafter, the State Legislature appropriated money for a bridge and for additional work on the road.
The museum has one of the three pens that the Governor used to sign the Bridge Resolve. This pen was then presented to Speaker of the House John F. Ward of Millinocket. This pen, currently on display at the museum was donated in 1981 by Robert Speed. Frank Speed had been one of the men working to get this road and bridge done for many years, along with William O’Connell, Frank Bowler and Robert Hume. Donated to the museum at the same time as the pen was an ornate inkwell with a pen rest. We do not know if this was also used by the governor. The museum also has two photos showing a crew of men at work building a section of the road. In a side note, the new MHS calendar has a very early photo looking toward Central Street hill before a road was constructed up the hill. It takes us back to a time when “getting out of town” took some planning and could not be done easily. The train was often the easiest option.

*** The 2018 calendars are now 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.
*** A new paver order has been placed in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are being taken. 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 or in your own name.
*** 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. ***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.

Many Visitors Over 4th!

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

So much has happened in the three years since the museum opened its doors at the Central Street location on July 4th, 2014! Hundreds of new historical items have been donated, exhibits have been added to or changed and the Genealogy/Research Room has added much material and has been used by people from all over the country. The paver fundraiser project continues and the engraved pavers can be seen placed around the new MUSEUM sign. Work is progressing on the second floor display space although there is still much to do there plus improving the look of the end and rear outside walls and roof.
Mid -June through the July 4th week, the museum had the greatest number of visitors ever in that four week period and we expect the numbers to continue. They came from California, Montana and Arizona, from Kansas, Michigan and Texas and from all over the East Coast. We saw four year old twins and a 92 year old gentleman and a 96 year old lady. A gentleman from England stopped in and a relative of Charles Mullen, one of the founders of Great Northern spent time at the museum. And we have to mention the local people who come by, many of whom have made multiple visits while other have stopped in for the first time. Thank you all for your support!
On July 1, the museum hosted Greg Westrich, author of the guide book “Hiking in Maine’s Baxter Park.” He showed wonderful slides of the trails and talked about them. He signed copies of his book. A few of the books are available at the museum. His family accompanied him for the presentation as they have accompanied him on his exploration of the park trails. A nice crowd was present for his talk.
New items include a note pad from Millinocket Fabrication & Machine (Dianne Bilodeau); copy of WWII letter from Bangor Daily News column “A Soldier’s Diary by Carrol Folsom (Carol Folsom Page); and two 1940’s Millinocket Journals (Beverly LaPlante). Carole Howard donated a small bell from Aroostook Avenue School. It was one of several placed throughout the building and probably was used to signal start and end of school, recess and such. It is now on display in the museum’s school area.

*** The 2018 calendars are now available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot and Katahdin General Store. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** A new paver order has been placed in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are being taken. 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 or in your own name.
*** 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. ***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.

1917 Newspaper

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

Suffrage victories of 1917 in the U.S., difficulty securing high boots
probably will affect the length of skirts, and penalties will be assessed for men who have not registered for selective service were all hot topics in The Millinocket Times, June 15, 1917 recently received at the museum. This fragile copy of the 100 year old newspaper printed just two months after the United States entered WWI, reminds us that life was changing for Americans.
An ad on the front page from Millinocket Insurance Agency states Explosion Insurance was available and that it was “essential in these disturbed days.” Also available was windstorm, fire, plate glass, and automobil (no e on the end) insurance. Another front page ad asks, “Who Does My Vulcanizing? Why? A local could go to the Millinocket Vulcanizing Co. where they would “repair all kinds of blow outs, tread and rim cuts, splicing tubs and repairing of all kinds.”
The Millinocket Times and Weekly Exchange was published every Friday by the Reliance Publishing Company with Burdette D. Miller, manager and editor. According to the publication information, this paper was first approved for mailing at the Millinocket Post Office on April 23, 1915 so the Miller’s had been publishing from that date.
Much of the paper is filled with articles received from other entities. One of the inner pages has a section titled “Locals” and is followed by a smaller section of “East Millinocket Notes.” The following were deemed important enough for publication. “Geo. Stearns went to Norcross Wednesday on business. S. Hagerman, L. Dyer and B.D. Miller spent Sunday at Sandy Stream fishing, all report a good catch. The fire department was called out on Wednesday night about 11:15 to a fire at the Moore house.” There are a couple of names mentioned for being in court on charges of intoxication. They were given fines of $10.00 plus court costs. One noteworthy event rated one of the longest paragraphs in this section. “A railroad car of mixed vinegar and bulk pickles was unloaded on Monday. This is the first time that a car of this kind has been shipped to Millinocket merchants.” These old newspapers are a fun read!

*** The 2018 calendars are now available at the museum, Levasseurs and Save-a-Lot. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders. Info on the great vintage photos next week!

*** A new paver order has been placed in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are being taken. 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.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. ***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.

Holiday Event and Extra Hours

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

Stop in at the museum on Saturday, July 1, between. 1PM and 3PM and meet author Greg Westrich. His new guide book, Hiking in Baxter State Park will be on sale. He will be showing slides, discussing some lesser known trails and signing his book. Visit for all or part of the afternoon.
Another reminder, the museum has added extra hours and days around the July 4th holiday. Stop in with your relatives, friends and returning classmates! We have copies of the 2010 alumni book for sale, only $5.00. The new MHS 2018 calendar is expected to be on sale for the 4th weekend also.
Thurs., June 29, 12 noon – 3PM
Fri., June 30, 12 noon – 3 PM
Sat., July 1, 11 AM – 4 PM
Sun., July 2, 11 AM – 4 PM
Mon., July 3, 11 AM – 4 PM
Tues., July 4, 10 AM – 4 PM
Wed., July 5, 12 noon – 4PM
Thurs., Fri., Sat., July 6, 7, 8 open regular hours, 12 noon – 3PM

Great news! The new Millinocket Bangor Savings Bank has opened and as you enter from the parking area, you will see a photo wall featuring Millinocket Historical Society photos. We were approached for this project a month ago and now seven photos grace this wall. Check them out…if you are unable to visit, see the MHS Facebook page.
Two large framed photos (GNP’s Millinocket and East Millinocket mills) have been donated by Lynn Crosby. The Millinocket photo (color) is now in the logging room, replacing an almost identical one that was black and white. Another donation came from Celeste Sturman Poulin who gave a 1979 SHS Music Booster’s calendars. Such calendars featuring music and sports (by SHS Sports Boosters) were common in the ‘70’s. Bob Herrick of New Jersey mailed the museum several vintage post cards. One not previously in the collection shows the GNP Madison mill’s log pile. This card is postmarked 1911.
Other donations came from Leo Bulley, GNP belt buckle and military button and from Bill Geller. Bill sent the latest copy of Appalachia magazine. It contains another article by the donor titled “The Guides All Knew Each Other, 1890-1935,” and is about the West Branch guides of that era. The magazine is in the museum’s Logging Room and visitors may stop in and read this article and others. This room has other magazines and books with local logging area information that you may peruse.

*** Another batch of pavers have arrived and will be in place soon (hopefully by the 4th) and orders for the next group are being taken for placement in the fall. 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.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. Watch for the sandwich board sign out front.
***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.

Holiday Hours and More!

Add the museum to your to-do list for the 4th of July and days before and after. The museum will be open extra days and hours. Watch for the new OPEN sign to be on. In addition, appointments for other times are available too. Contact information below.
Thurs., June 30, 12 noon – 3PM
Fri., June 29, 12 noon – 3 PM
Sat., July 1, 11 AM – 4 PM
Sun., July 2, 11 AM – 4 PM
Mon., July 3, 11 AM – 4 PM
Tues., July 4, 10 AM – 4 PM
Wed., July 5, 12 noon – 4PM
Thurs., Fri., Sat., July 6, 7, 8 open regular hours, 12 noon – 3PM

“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.
Student visitors to the museum are always welcome! A group of five students and adult supervisors from SHS stopped by early one morning. They were given a tour and had a chance to browse the exhibits. Items in the military room caught the attention of the boys. Others in the group were interested in the school and sports displays. On another day, two girls from Camden visited as part of a school project. They had selected Millinocket and had questions about the mill and town’s history and how things had changed. As with all young people today, one recorded their interview with two of us (volunteers, correct term docents) while the other went through their list of questions on her tablet.
Visitors include the first AT hikers of the season, southbound to Georgia (they live in Georgia) and our first foreign visitors of 2017, two students (China) currently enrolled at SHS. The museum’s 2017 visitor’s map is starting to be filled in. We color in each state and country whose citizens drop in.
A small label from a prescription bottle or other container was donated to the collection by Susan Jandreau. It is from the 1940’s and prescribed by Dr. E.T. Young and says: For pain, one if needed after 4 hours. No patient’s name is given. The doctor’s hours were 2-4 and 7-8. It does not say which days, so I assume it was seven days a week. Both his office phone number and home phone are given (288-2 and 288-3).

*** A new paver order has been sent, but orders for the next group are being taken. 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.

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