Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The search goes on for more photos and information on local military men and women. This town has had an important military presence since the early days especially for WWI and WWII. Those are the eras that make up the majority of the museum’s military display.
Earlier this year, Paul Pasquine visited the museum and donated a number of items from his father Romus J. Pasquine, WWII. A copy of his enlistment record and discharge papers was included and a photo (in uniform). A field manual, a soldier’s handbook and two gunner’s instruction manuals for anti-aircraft artillery that had been issued to Pasquine are now in the museum’s military room. Another book titled General Marshall’s Victory Report on Winning WWII in Europe and the Pacific includes a list all the local men and women from all branches who served in that war. The book gives credit for the list to the Army Mothers Service Club of Millinocket. This club had officers Harriet Hatfield, Neva Rideout, Hazel Chase. Lillian Campbell, Margaret Carr, Mary Hikel, Claire Hatfield, Dorothy Hope and Stella Pound.
Many small photos were donated depicting men and scenes from some of the places where Pasquine served (Algeria, Sicily). They are being placed in a scrapbook. Four rolled panoramic photos from Camp Edwards in Massachusetts were also in the Pasquine collection. Camp Edwards was the jumping off point for many New England military in WWII.
Pasquine gave several books for reference including The Lakes of Maine (Merrill), Camp Phoenix (Horner) and The Long Search, Abnaki of the Katahdin Region (Donato). Camp Phoenix was a sporting camp in T5R10, Nesowadnehunk Lake. Robert Donato, author of the Abnaki book was from Millinocket. Another local author, Peter Cummings, wrote a fiction book titled The Neuropathy of Zombies. A copy of this was donated by Pasquine.
Books and other items for sale in the museum store are available. Contact me for mail orders or a “social distance” porch sale. At this time, we think the museum will reopen the first week in June when the 2nd phase of the state reopening plan goes into effect. Masks and social distancing will be in effect, but doable as visitors normally come as individuals or small family groups. We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to accept item or monetary donations or sell you one of our books, DVD’s or photos.
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or email@example.com or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.