Millinocket Historical Society

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

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Vintage Post Cards

Happy 117th birthday, Millinocket! The town was incorporated on March 16, 1901 by an act of the Legislature and the approval of Gov. Hill. Millinocket became the 467th town in Maine. The name means “lake of many islands” and probably refers to Millinocket Lake. During the month of March, Millinocket Memorial Library has its display cases in the entry filled with photos and memorabilia of the town’s early days and several of its birthday celebrations. The display courtesy of the museum.
The oldest postcard sent was in 1840 to the writer Theodore Hook in London, England. He sent it to himself and it had a hand-painted design. This idea of using a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard soon became the quick way to send a message without use of an envelope. A collector of old post cards is called a deltiologist. The museum has a fairly large collection of local area post cards including black and white, color and colorized. The colorized cards usually have “printed in Germany” or some other country as the process of adding color was not being done in the U. S. in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Many local cards in the collection were printed for businesses such as Warren’s Drug Store.
The museum has many interesting GNP and Penobscot Avenue cards along with the churches, schools and other public buildings. There are cards of the Mt. Katahdin/Baxter State Park area. Some were mailed with the postmark giving us their date of origin. Some were never mailed. There are several post card collectors in the area who have donated post cards. Others come from various sources. Recently, a letter arrived from Wisconsin. In it was a colorized post card (unused) of Lily Pad Pond, Sourdnahunk Valley. It was sent to the museum with a nice note by a gentleman who had acquired it, researched the location and sent it to MHS. He did not mention how he obtained it.
The museum also has a fairly large number of post cards for sale. These are not local. They have photos from all over the U. S. and several foreign countries. They sell for $1.00 each and include both used and unused. We have Stearns yearbooks for sale (1930’s and up) as well as some years of St. Martin’s, Schenck and Katahdin High School. These sell for $10.00 each.

*** 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).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Mystery Shirt

It’s always great to hear from readers about this column! The true origin of the name Tin Can Alley for the mill end of Aroostook Avenue may never be known. It may be from an early location of a dump or from the fact that some homes were covered with a metal siding. We have learned that Kick the Can was a popular activity there in the 1960’s and probably earlier. The young people would place a rock on top of a can and then hide. Then they would sneak out, try to kick the rock off the can without getting tagged by the person who was “it”. If one was tagged, they became “it”. I hope I’ve described this correctly. Thanks to Larry Bouchard for stopping by the museum to tell this story.
The article on the school’s safety patrol received much feedback on the MHS Facebook page. It was learned that this activity was not only in the 1940’s, but extended into the 1950’s and 1960’s and, yes, girls also participated. A number of people responded that they were safety patrol participants.
Today, the search is on for information on a new item at the museum. A black and gold sport’s jersey found its way to the museum (thank you to the several folks who helped with this). Possibly from the 1950’s or 60’s, it has Levasseur’s Hardware on the back. We are trying to determine which team it is from. So far, most believe it’s a baseball or softball shirt. One stated there was a fast-pitch league here in the 1950’s. Please help us identify this shirt and provide a bit of its history. A photo is on the Millinocket Historical Society Facebook page or stop in at the museum to check it out.
The museum has a large collection of senior photos. Recently Mary Ellen Haugen brought in sixteen more to add to the collection. They are all from 1953. At reunion time, MHS would be willing to loan senior photos for display at your get-together. Louise Boynton donated a newspaper with information about the building and dedication of the Jerry Pond recreation area. Stan Waterhouse brought in a GNP union booklet (woodlands) and a meal ticket from the Scott Brook logging operation. The collection continues to grow in many interesting and varied ways.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Snow Carnival

In 2018, the Millinocket area hosted Winterfest. In the 1930’s, Millinocket held Snow Carnival. The 1936 snow carnival took place on a “perfect Sunday afternoon” and was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. There were skating races for boys and girls and a dog race. The dog race was won by Wolf, owned by John Richard. There was an opportunity for all ages to take part in skiing and tobogganing. In the sled races Albert Silver and Peter Pelkey were winners in their respective races. There was a horse race! Several horses competed in this three heat race, Charlie Boy, owned by GNP and driven by Walter Morrison, lost to Greta Harvester, owned and driven by Peter Barnett of Millinocket. A large group of young women dressed in colorful “sport togs” vied for the title of Snow Queen. The contestants passed in review in front of the bandstand where fifteen judges sat. The contestants could pose with skis, sled, toboggan or snowshoes. Miss Edwina Thibodeau of Houlton was chosen winner.
Everyone came to the Snow Carnival! A highlight was the arrival of two snow trains, from Houlton (eight passenger cars) and from Bangor (eleven passenger cars). These two trains brought in over 1000 people for the day. Arriving about 10:30 AM, the trains were met by the Millinocket Town Band and the American Legion bugle and drum corps. The snow patrons, in their colorful snow suits, took their places behind the American Legion group and the town band and they all marched into town from the train station. The out–of-town visitors included a large group from the University of Maine who came to enjoy the day and participate in events.
Registration for all events took place at the Opera House as did the trophy presentations later in the afternoon. After the awards, special movie features were shown. During the day, all the restaurants were prepared to feed large numbers. The Odd Fellows put on a dinner to benefit the Boy Scouts and the Great Northern Hotel had a special dinner. These dinners were served at noon as was the custom at the time.
The above information is from several news articles found in a scrapbook in the Laverty Collection at the museum.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

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

New Items at Museum

Several new items have made their way into the museum’s collection since the first of the year. Verna Guimond, a US Navy nurse, served in the South Pacific during WWII. One of her uniforms in now on display in the military room. Joan Guimond recently brought in a photo to be placed with the uniform. Other uniforms currently on mannequins in this room are the U.S. Navy uniform of John LaPlante (Korean War era) and Jon Foster’s Desert Storm era camo uniform.
Don Howard brought in several copies of the Stearns HS school newspaper Snoops and Scoops. They were from the 1960’s. He also donated a circus poster. The L. E. Barnes visited Millinocket in the early 2000’s sponsored by the Millinocket Chamber of Commerce. No year is given on the poster, but research provided information that this circus began touring about 2001. Although not an old artifact, it is important to start saving newer items. They will be old someday! Of interest is that the town name is spelled Millenocket! Did you know that in the early days Millinocket was sometimes spelled with two T’s, Millinockett! The museum has a couple of photos of signs with this spelling.
In 1993, the local hospital did a major renovation titles “Give Us Wings.” There was a ground-breaking ceremony on May 28 of that year with several of the doctors taking part. The museum now has one of the spades used in this ceremony, complete with special plaque for the occasion. Dr. Peter Mason took part in the ceremony. The spade was donated by Barbara Mason.
There have been two Marathon and Half races in Millinocket in the past two years. The runners (from all over the country) and their friends have generously supported local businesses and non-profits (Our Katahdin and Friends of the Millinocket Memorial Library). This year, one of the runners has chosen to help the museum by starting a fundraiser and is seeking donations from other runners, from runners at other marathons and the general public. Anyone can donate (starting now) by going to the internet site called Millinocket Marathon Runners Give Back. Thank you Daryl Perry of New Hampshire for doing this! The site is: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/millinocket-marathon-runners-give-back/porcupineathleticclub

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Safety Patrol

Do you remember the school safety patrol? This was in the 1940’s-50’s when 5th & 6th graders (usually) were charged with the task of stopping traffic to allow groups of younger children to safely cross the street. They wore white safety patrol belts complete with badge. Many schools in the state had this program. A recent discovery at the museum is an article in the Dec. 8, 1947 copy of The Millinocket Journal complete with two photos on the front page. The article tells of the origin of the safety patrol in Millinocket.
“The new school patrol is sponsored by the Donald V. Henry Post #80, American Legion. This patrol has been doing an outstanding job and deserve a great deal of credit for directing the school children across the busy roads near the schools.” There was a patrol committee and the idea was approved by the Selectmen, Police Chief, School Board and Superintendent of Schools. The Aroostook Avenue School patrol was under the direction of Principal Mr. Day. Katahdin Avenue School’s group was led by Miss Howe and St. Martin’s Parochial School’s group was directed by Father Quinn. “The purpose of this patrol is to eliminate traffic accidents around school zones by group crossing. It is requested that the townspeople drive carefully, and have an entire school year without accident.”
One of the photos in this newspaper shows the following patrol boys. Katahdin Avenue School, David Larlee, Wayne Nice, Robert Guptill, John Spruce, John Hale (Capt.); Parochial School, Gerald Burke (Capt.), Herman Morrow, Billy Rush, Llewellyn Baron; Aroostook Avenue School, Dale Smart (Capt.), Terry Healey, Frank McDade, Jerry Bearce, Charles Davis, Joe Gagliardi, Jr. and Barney Morrison. The second photo depicts a group of children crossing with the help of the patrol boy. Did Millinocket’s patrol have girls participating? Some schools did. I was a patrol girl in 6th grade at my school.
The museum has a Millinocket patrol belt complete with shiny badge on display. It is one of six used at Aroostook Avenue School and donated by the school at the time of that building’s closing. Visit The Millinocket Historical Society’s Facebook page for a peek at the two newspaper photos.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Skunk Hollow & More +Barnstormers

In the 1920’s and 30’s, “barnstormers” often made visits to small rural towns to present flying exhibitions in the small planes of the time. One of these men was Merle Fogg, a native of Enfield. He was the first pilot licensed by the state of Maine. The museum has some articles on this man. One shows him refueling his biplane at Mattaceunk Flats in October of 1927. He then flew to Millinocket where he landed his aircraft at the old ball field (location of old armory, today I Care Ministries). The article has also has a photo of Fogg with young Mary Bowler (sister of Dorothy Bowler Laverty). The museum has some photos of Fogg in the Laverty Collection.
Thank you to Don Howard for the article on Northeast Airlines and its Millinocket connection. New items recently added to the museum’s collection are: photo of WWII Navy nurse Verna Guimond (donor Joan Guimond) and two Appalachia magazines with articles “First Women on Katahdin” and “Logging, Maine Style” by Bill Geller (the author and donor).
Now back to last week’s topic…names of different sections of Millinocket! Skunk Hollow, the area where Forest Avenue curves into the “New” Development. By the way, this “new” development, begun in the 1950’s is officially Hillcrest. A man named Sutherland kept pigs at his place by the small stream that flows into Millinocket Stream. He collected barrels of swill (food scraps) from around town to feed his pigs. People believe Skunk Hollow got its name from the “stink” and somewhere along the way, “stink” became “skunk.”
Another story tells of Pork Barrel Hill (on the Lake Road). Supposedly, a wagon hauling several barrels of salt pork to a woods camp lost its load while going up the hill. The weight was too much, the barrels rolled off the wagon and salt pork was spilled. Thus, Pork Barrel Hill.
Several doctors and businessmen constructed larger homes in the area of Central Street and Highland Avenue including Dr. Ryan, Dr. Cody, George Parks (GNP manager of manufacture), William Heebner (first druggist), and George Stearns (GNP land agent). When Dr. MacKay built his home with a view of the mountain further up Highland Avenue, this street along with Maine Avenue became known as Society Hill.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Shack Hill, Little Italy, Tin Can Alley, The Flat

Shack Hill, Little Italy, Tin Can Alley and The Flat were names associated with certain areas of Millinocket in earlier days and some of those names are still used today. A recent museum visitor inquired about the origin of these names and it has had museum volunteers doing some research on the subject. Two sources have been helpful, Dorothy Laverty’s Millinocket, Magic City of Maine’s Wilderness and The Katahdin Times article from 1997 by Judy Heikkinen.
Shack Hill was the name given to the hill behind the mill site. It consisted of tents, hovels, shacks, lean-tos, larders and rough tarred paper shacks. There was no town yet so no regular housing was available. The Laverty book refers to this area as “the town’s first housing development.” This was also the area where the early businessmen set up shop. As the mill grew, some Shack Hill buildings were moved and the location became a storage area for tree-length long logs. Nearby, the other side of the stream, became known as Little Italy. This name came from the large number of Italian workers who needed housing close to the mill. This area has a rich history that needs to be documented.
An early town street was Aroostook Avenue and the section near the mill gate at first housed Greek and then Polish families. We found two different mentions as to why it became known as Tin Can Alley. One version suggests some houses had a shiny galvanized siding on them. Another version states that prior to becoming a housing area, it was a dumping spot for tin cans, metal and glass. (In early days, the only items folks had to throw away were glass bottles and metals such as tin cans as the pigs got any food scraps and wood stoves consumed what little other trash families had.)
Low land near Millinocket Stream became known as The Flat. The ends of State Street and Congress Street to Central Street near the bridge became the location of some early town houses. Across the bridge, a road was constructed to Medway. The museum has a large c1911 photo on display of the bridge and a portion of the town.
Later columns will describe other town areas with unique names. Please share your knowledge of these town area names with us as we would like to learn more!

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Millinocket’s Airport

Did you know Northeast Airlines once made regular stops to unload/pick up passengers at the Millinocket Municipal Airport? A recent visitor to the museum posed this question and then gave some information on the subject. A look into the Dorothy Laverty book revealed some further details. The airport was constructed in the early 1930’s and in 1939 Northeast (one of the major U.S. airlines at that time) extended its service from Bangor to Millinocket, Houlton and Presque Isle. A small building served as office for passenger tickets, baggage weighing and waiting room. Northeast continued scheduled stops at the Millinocket Airport until the early 1950’s.
The museum has a small collection of local airport related photos, news articles and other paper items but would very much like to add to this. The Laverty book mentions several local pilots, flying clubs, military usage and more. It would be nice to have photos and information to add to the museum’s collection and research files. One local pilot currently in the museum’s file is Charlie Mack (Charles Mouckerezi, SHS graduate 1938). Among his accomplishments were record-setting flights in small aircraft. In 1989 he became the first man to fly a single engine solo non-stop flight from New York City to Paris retracing Charles Lindberg’s route. A few days later, he turned around and flew solo from Paris back to New York City. His plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza. The same year, he also completed a polar flight. His intention was to fly from Point Barrow, Alaska to Helsinki, Finland, but possible fuel complications (after he was in the air) made the flight extremely risky. However, he managed to complete the flight. The museum has quite a long article describing these flights.
Another article in the museum file tells of the 1956 “flaming crash” of a U.S. Air Force plane near Route 157 as it attempted to land at the airport. It was in route from Boston to Loring Air Force Base. The museum file also contains the program from a 1963 air show held at the airport featuring ground displays of WWI planes, home-built planes and many displays. There were sky divers, fly-overs from Loring and Dow Air Force Bases. There were stunt pilot demonstrations and a free plane ride for the oldest person attending the show,

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

SHS Coach Jimmy Stevens

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

It’s basketball season and many are looking to finish out with an winning season and a trip to the tournament. This has long been a tradition in Millinocket with both the boys and girls high school teams. The museum has a scrapbook with many pages devoted to a former coach and physical education director at Stearns High School. His name was Jimmy Stevens.
Stevens graduated from Stearns HS in 1928 and was described as an outstanding athlete in spite of the fact he never weighed more than 125 pounds. He then attended Higgins Classical Institute and excelled at three sports there. His next schooling was at Springfield College where he was on the wrestling and baseball teams. He graduated from Springfield in 1933 and accepted a coaching position back in his home town of Millinocket.
During the next few years, Stevens’ boys’ basketball teams made the Eastern Maine tournament every year and the finals twice. An article in the scrapbook states. “Jimmy Stevens’ teams have had perhaps the greatest following of any team in Maine. Each time they worked their way into a tournament the whole town locked things up and boarded special trains to go and cheer the boys on.” In addition to boys’ basketball, Stevens also coached football, baseball and girls’ basketball at Stearns. Visit the museum and check out the yearbooks for photos and game highlights and statistics for the teams he coached.
A Bangor Daily News article tells of Stevens’ popularity after the announcement that he was leaving Stearns. He was called “Stearns Two Thousand Dollar Coach” by his admirers. He was applauded “as a coach, guide, mentor and friend of the Magic City’s famous Minutemen.” The students, in appreciation of their coach, presented him with an “expensive Gladstone zipper traveling bag.” Another article relates that Dr. Morey, school board chairman, called Stevens’ resignation as a “bombshell on the schoolboy sports front.” The new physical education director/coach hired for the 1940-41 school year was George Wentworth.
According to Jimmy Stevens’ daughter, Judyth, her father is primarily responsible for the Stearns’ teams being called the Minutemen. Judyth is a regular visitor to the museum. Stop in and check out the scrapbook, yearbooks and many photos of the Jimmy Stevens years at Stearns as a student and a coach.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH).
***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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.

Old Local Businesses

Custom and laws have changed the number of days and hours that businesses remain open. The Millinocket Journal dated January 17, 1902 has an announcement that states “The merchants made a strong effort this week to secure the closing of the stores in town for two evenings a week.” That announcement implies that many of the stores were open possibly seven evenings each week. It continues, “ We, the undersigned merchants and businessmen, do hereby agree to close our stores and place of business on every Wednesday and Friday evening at 6 o’clock of each consecutive week during the months of January, February and March.” Some of the signers included: G.B. Moran (clothing store), Higgins & Bach (?), Fred McLawlin, H. & J. Rush (clothing store), John Simon (groceries+), Mrs. J. Gwynn (seamstress), Asa Craig (dry goods), F.M. Peasley (hardware), Boston Shoe Store, Gonya Bros., James F. Kimball (groceries & more), G.S. Baker & Co. (furniture, crockery, funeral goods) and McAvey Bros. The museum continues to learn more about former local businesses to add to our research file. If you have information on any of the above businesses, their owners, dates of operation or photos, please consider sharing by stopping by the museum, sending a letter or an email.
The same newspaper has local news items from Millinocket, East Millinocket and Medway, but it also has a short column of items from Braggville. Anyone know where that might have been? It mentions that J. D. Leon, E. H. Townsend & Co. and Thos. Neddo are putting in their supply of ice for next summer. Another item tells that the bark teams of F.L, Robinson & Son are hauling some loads at present, while some of the outsiders have been tied up for the past few days. Was this an organized Maine town at one time or the name of a section of one of the area towns? It would be interesting to know!
The blizzard, high winds and extremely cold temperatures kept us from opening the museum last week. We hope that winter will be kinder to us for the remaining time that it is with us.

*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos –still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). 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. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.

*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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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