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

Month: September 2020

Girl Scouts

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

The Girl Scouts were formed in the United States in 1912 by Juliette Low when she gathered eighteen girls in her hometown in Georgia and shared news about a new program in Europe. It would enable young girls to participate in an outdoor and educational program.
For a long time, the museum had few Girl Scout items, but in recent months that has changed. A child-size mannequin (found as a free item displayed in front of a local home) now shows off a Girl Scout uniform. The uniform belonged to Nadine Brown Webster and was sewn by her mother. It consists of a one piece dress plus a round felt hat and shorts and a regulation GS belt. Pinned to the hat is a photo of 12 year old Nadine in 1942.
An article in a scrapbook compiled by Polly Segee states that in the years 1958-1963 there were at least 262 Girl Scouts in Millinocket. This scrapbook and others donated earlier by Bobbie Allen and Dianne Bilodeau contain many articles of interest and may be viewed at the museum. Dianne recently donated a small Brownie Scout wallet to go on a belt (and other items). The museum collection also has several sashes with multiple badges, loose badges, a Brownie hat and handbooks.
Several photos of Girl Scouts and Brownies are in the collection, but one is particularly interesting. It shows nine women (local GS leaders) dressed in GS outfits of earlier days. Front and center in a vintage GS uniform is Belle Rush. Whatever happened to that uniform?
In other news, Judy Cyr and Dolly Jamieson brought in several issues of local newspapers. Dolly also donated am early photo that showed her father (Mike Creehan) driving a team of horses with a wood sled. The photo shows part of the mill in the background. Creehan hauled for GNP.
Packages continue to arrive from Randa Laplante Fitzgerald. Recent one contained kitchen gadgets, medicine bottles, opera glasses, camera, dolls and more. Now located in the Military Room is a large volume titled Collier’s Photographic History of the European War (WWI). Also in the Military Room book collection is a copy of Collier’s Photographic History of World War II donated by Ed Fitzgerald. These books and others are available for research use.

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “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 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Outing CLub

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

The original Katahdin Outing Club came into existence in 1936 when a group of local volunteers gathered nine miles north of Millinocket on the shores of Millinocket Lake and constructed a 40 foot by 65 foot log lodge with two fieldstone fireplaces. The group made two ski trails (half mile long North Tower Trail and Grand Pitch Trail), a jumping area, lighted skating area and a parking area. Near the lodge was a short rope tow for beginners and tiny tots. A ski patrol was formed and there was a ski school for beginners (Outing Club members). Quickly membership grew to 450-500 members with family memberships costing $5.00 a year. Tow rates for adult members was $1.25 a day, student members $1.00 a day and for non-members $2.00 a day. The Katahdin Outing Club lodge was destroyed by fire in April, 1948.
In March of 1972, Eddie Cyr and Tim Murray opened Black Cat Lodge as a year-round recreational area on almost the same spot with plans for numerous ski trails, T-bar lifts, toboggan sliding area and snowmobiling. The lodge would offer rooms for lodging as well as public rooms, a lounge and restaurant.
In the 1970’s, local authors Marion Whitney Smith and Kingman Smith wrote weekly articles for The Katahdin Journal. They were titled “Do You Remember.” The above information was taken from two of those articles published in March of 1972 when Black Cat Lodge and the area were under development. Looking ahead in 2020, new plans for that same area are underway. Anyone having information or photos from the original Katahdin Outing Club or Black Cat Lodge, contact the museum.
It’s hard to believe, but this is number 601 of the Odds and Ends column. When it was first suggested I write something for the local newspaper, I never thought it would go this far. At first it was in The Katahdin Times and then The Lincoln News. It is also found weekly on the museum Facebook page and museum website. Thank you to all who check in weekly for a glimpse into local history!

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “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 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Sanborn Map, 1904

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

Millinocket, Penobscot County Maine, population 2500, January 1904. This information is on page one of a map book by the Sanborn Map Company. This book and three more are in the collection of the Millinocket Historical Society. The 1904 book shows the layout of the downtown area with street names and information regarding water facilities and fire protection.
Water facilities at that time were listed as “Gravity system with water taken from log pond one mile distant. Mill pumps are conn’d to town system and are to be used in case of need. Pressure at P.O. 40 lbs. 40 hyds. 6 miles of water pipes. Fire Dept. Volunteer, 22 men. 2000 feet 2 1/2” hose.” Also indicated is that the fire department had no steam or hand engine. It had two independent hose carts and no hook and ladder cart.
The map key/legend tells that the following information can be found on the maps in the book: number of stories in the buildings; if roof is shingle, composite or slate; fire walls 6 inches, 12 inches or 18 inches above roof; metal or wood cornice; iron or wood doors and shutters.
This 1904 book shows streets fanning out from Penobscot Avenue to Water Street which wasn’t developed until later to Katahdin Avenue, Cherry Street and Essex Street. It appears Essex Street was intended to be parallel to Somerset St. The second book (1912), shows streets further out (Bates, Bowdoin, N. Terrace). Population was 3300 and the MFD had forty men, two horses, one H and L truck, two hose carts and a Gamewell fire alarm system (museum has main portion of this on display). Also mentioned are streets are unpaved and lighted by acetylene gas.
The 1916 map book states the population is 5000 and the fire dept. has added two chemical trucks. When fire alarm sounds, several pumps at GNP are connected to the village system. A map in this book shows streets off Medway Road (Granite, High, East, South) and also Wausau (that’s how it is spelled), Washington and Tremont.
It can be seen from these map books Millinocket’s street plan was carefully thought out early on with Penobscot Avenue, Katahdin Avenue and Central Street being the center.

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “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 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

New Pavers Added

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

A bit late, but the newest pavers have been put in place in front of the museum by David and Mark. This fundraiser project began in 2016 and already there are nearly 200 laser engraved pavers in place and we are now accepting orders for next summer’s placement. In addition to the traditional “in honor” and “in memory,” there are pavers for businesses, school classes and sports teams, family last names, individual’s names and some that are more unique… a fishing derby, a 50th wedding anniversary and a pet are examples. Stop by the museum for the paver form or contact us for one.
The museum store has a variety of books, DVDs plus our own calendars for sale as listed below. In addition, there is a demand for preowned Stearns and St. Martin yearbooks and a demand for out-of-print books by local authors (McLeod’s The Northern and books by Marion Whitney Smith, Sylvio Caron, Dr. Morey and many more.) The list of local area residents who have written books through the years is astounding. The museum’s research/genealogy room houses a copy of each of the above for in-house research. The museum accepts donations of any of these items that the owner no longer wants as well as the Fernwood wood cutouts of local buildings.
Anyone wishing to donate to the “leaky roof” fund for the re-shingling/repair of the museum roof, send to Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462 or stop in at the museum. Every $5 or $10 helps. The roof needs to be done before winter and was not in the plan for this soon! Many thanks to John/Susan for the generous donation for this!
Recent item donations include: Mackin family tree compiled by former museum volunteer Mary Ellen Haugen (we miss her) donated by John Haugen; a 1951 SHS class photo, several GNP mill photos and a framed document titled Millinocket -1901;
(Carrie/David Shaw); and the book The Town That Paper Made (East Millinocket) given by Terry Johnson.
A number of military items of Earle Bickford, WWII, was donated by his nephew Ed Fitzgerald. The donation include several uniforms, photographs, books and documents from Bickford’s training and service as a WWII bomber pilot in Italy as a member of the US Army Air Force.

In the Museum Store!
*** Get your 2021 Calendars! Theme: Millinocket, Oh! How We’ve Changed! $12 each, mail orders add $5 SH each calendar. Each page has several photos from different areas of town (Society Hill, park area, Medway Rd., Outer Bates St., Across Tracks, Aroostook Ave., and more).
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** DVD’s, Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books: “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 history & $10 architecture; “Our Real World,” (M. Murphy); “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00 and several preowned books (out of print) by local authors.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.