Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Museum closed until further notice! See below for info if you wish to contact us in the meantime.
One hundred years or more ago, buildings in downtown Millinocket were referred to as the Rush Block, Kimball Block or Moore Block rather than by a street address. These blocks were usually large two or three story square buildings. The bottom floor might have a store while offices and/or living quarters would occupy the upper floors. These blocks usually had a few steps leading to the store entrances. As a patron went up the steps, hopefully most of the mud from the street was left behind.
A 1916 letter in the museum collection has in its letterhead H.S.Tibbitts, Investments, Room I, Doctor Block, Box 77, Tel. Connection, Millinocket, Maine. The letter was to a gentleman in New Hampshire regarding timber lots. Other items in the collection also make mention of blocks.
Dentist Dr. MacKay had his office on the second floor of the Decker-Gonya Block. You can see him looking out the window in an old photo. This block on the corner of Penobscot Ave. and Central St. first housed a drug store with William Heebner as druggist. Later this block was Gonya’s Drug Store. The first library was also in this building. At different times Dr. Cody, Dr. Bryant and lawyers Stevens and Stevens all had offices there.
The Masonic Block was at the corner of Penobscot Ave. and Spruce St. Later this would be Emerson’s Drug on the first floor. The HAM Rush Block housed a clothing business and the Charles Rush Block housed a hardware store. The Kimball Block on the corner of Penobscot Ave. and Central St. (by the light, many businesses through the years, last mini-golf) was destroyed by fire. Kimball had had a store early on Shack Hill.
The Moore Block (later known as Bishop Block) was across the Central St. from Kimball Block. Behind it was Butterfield’s Livery Stable. Behind the Kimball Block was the Millinocket Bottling Company building. Other buildings referred to as blocks were the Hayden Block and the McCaffrey Block.
Anyone having more information on any of these blocks or any early Millinocket businesses, please contact the museum.
A query via email is from someone seeking information on a branch of her family tree. Does anyone know of an artist (possibly lost most of her sight or became blind) who used to do paintings of Mt. Katahdin? It is believed she continued painting even after losing sight. Her first name may have been Chrystal. Contact the museum if you can help!
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
***Museum open Thurs., Fri., Sat. Noon – 3PM
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.