In what year was the Millinocket Cemetery created? This question was posed via a Facebook message to the Millinocket Historical site last week. When we receive a question on Facebook, via e-mail or from a museum visitor, we do our best to see if we can find information and get back to the person making the inquiry.
This lady was seeking to locate the burial site of a relative who died from typhoid in 1904 in Millinocket. The family, from New Brunswick, was living here, but wished to have their twenty-nine year old daughter buried in New Brunswick. Their request was denied because of the typhoid. The inquirer knew some burials had taken place in the area of the present park and wondered if her relative may have been buried there or if the new cemetery had been created by then.
So far at the museum no date has been found regarding the present cemetery, but do know (from book titled Maine Bandstands and the Laverty book, that expansion of the park was a reason the park graves were moved to the new cemetery. The grave removal took place sometime after 1921 (information in a letter written 1994 by Ruth Morgan and included with the Morgan family genealogy). She was one of the daughters of Charles Morgan, a Millinocket undertaker. Morgan had the task of moving the graves of a man named Ossinger and of a young girl. If this is correct, the typhoid victim was not buried in the park. Is she at the present cemetery? We do not know as her name is not in any listing available to us. Also there are some unmarked graves in the oldest portions of the cemetery.
Early town reports have been checked and we have been unable to determine when the Medway Road cemetery was created. The earliest mention found was in the 1917 town report when $200 was appropriated for cemetery repairs. If anyone has more information, please let us know! Thanks! More questions explored next week.
The new 2020 calendars are available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. Photos and trivia from the early 1900’s to more recent times are featured.
Mark your calendars for “Tales of Little Italy, Part 2” to be held Tuesday, August 20th at St. Martin’s Catholic Church (downstairs) from 1-3PM. This will be a story sharing session led by several descendants of early Little Italy residents. Attendees will have a chance to share their family stories. More information will be forthcoming.
*** Available at the Museum Store:
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Booklet -1903 Report on Millinocket & mill – interesting statistics – $7.00 at museum;
3. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($2.50 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($2.50 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
*** Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.