Millinocket Historical Society

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

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Incident in Little Italy, 1907

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

Bits and pieces of our town’s history keep coming to light as people share some parts of their family stories. Recent columns told pieces of Clark and Galvin stories that were shared with the museum. This week, here’s an account of an incident occurring in Little Italy in 1907. A squabble between a young resident of Little Italy and three young men from the town side of the bridge led to the shooting and death of one of the town men. The cause of the argument is unclear, but the shooting took place in the “dooryard” of Peluso’s place. The shooter (the Little Italy resident) was charged with murder. However, after the shooting, he ran and apparently escaped into Canada.
This story is supported by documents shared with museum volunteers during a recent visit by a descendant of the shooter who asked that we treat the story with sensitivity as the facts seem fairly clear that it was more of an accident or self-defense rather than a brutal murder. Documents shared with the museum include a statement by Police Chief Fred Gates and statements by the other two town men. The shooter, indicted for murder, appeared in Millinocket Court in front of Judge George Stearns. As the shooter had fled, extradition papers were sent to Washington, D.C. where they were signed by President Roosevelt and returned to Bangor to be delivered to New Brunswick where the shooter was believed to be. Eventually the defendant was convicted of self-defense/manslaughter and spent fifteen months in Thomaston state prison. He did not return to Millinocket.
The descendant in this story visited the museum and Little Italy where she took several photos. She wished that there was some way to discover which home her relative had lived in with his wife and young son.
There are so many stories…we hope you continue to share with us. All the information, photos and copies of documents find a place in the research/genealogy room.

***The museum’s heritage cookbook will be ready soon. Watch for details!
***MHS is now registered as part of the Amazon Smile program. When you shop online at Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and choose Millinocket Historical Society from the list and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will be sent to MHS. It is a small amount, but it all adds up.
***At Hannaford through October, purchase one of the specified blue and gold reusable bags and MHS will receive $1.00 for each one sold.

*** The 2018 calendars at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for 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, your own name or other wording.
*** 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.

*** 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.

Roughing It, 1905 Style!

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

Going camping in 1905? How do you prepare? The answer is found in a a letter donated to the museum recently. A young man named Thomas Clark who was staying at the Great Northern Hotel wrote a letter to a lady named Lydia. It gives specific directions on which train to take from Boston to Norcross, what to pack and what to expect upon arrival. The following are excerpts from that letter with spelling and punctuation etc. as written.
“For clothes every girl will want bloomers not to full to be worn under a woolen skirt at least twelve inches clear off the ground and golf stockings. Two pair of shoes one heavy pair for rough walking and one pair of sneakers for hunting for surely you will bring a camera.” (The sneakers probably were not the 2017 version.) “Rubber soled shoes will not do at all unless they so old you don’t care to bring them back and also they must be large enough to wear over your golf or other woolen stockings as you can’t walk anywhere without getting your feet wet sooner or later and with woolen stockings your feet will be warm when wet and prevent you catching cold. If you think all this woolen will kill you in summer” (letter written in July and mentions 90 degree temps) “just make up your mind to be a martyr to the cause then you will die happy.”
The letter continues saying to pack woolen shirtwaists and sweaters and an old felt hat. As to doing laundry after arrival “there is a steam laundry here in town that will guarantee to ruin almost anything you send them and you may send them work one day and they will return more or less of it the next day.”
There is much more in this one letter. A large number of letters written by and to Thomas Welcome Clark during the period 1903-1925 were compiled by Catherine Clark into book form and donated by Tom Shafer. She wished for the museum to have a copy as Thomas Clark was living and working in Millinocket at the time.

*** Good selection of Stearns and Schenck yearbooks for sale, $10.00 each, good condition!
*** 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.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers 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, your own name or other wording.
*** 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.

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