Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Society Museum
Continuing the Morgan Block story and Charles Morgan’s undertaking establishment. This information provided to the museum by Morgan’s daughter Ruth several years ago.
The main room in Charles Morgan’s undertaking business was the display room for caskets. An embalming room was off to the side. He had a lady assistant whose job was to care for the women (hair, clothing, and make-up, if needed). A large book of sample cloths was available for choosing casket linings.
Often, Morgan took care of the deceased without receiving any payment for his services. It was his wife’s job (Helen) to collect those unpaid bills and she would often walk to their homes on pay day to collect a few dollars at a time. One lady paid with Larkin coupons and occasionally someone would see Helen coming and lock the door or even let the dog loose.
Through the years that Morgan owned the building, various tenants rented other space in the building. This is the list as provided by Ruth Morgan: Alonzo Mann and wife; Cy and Annie Young and Freddie; Kitty and John Gilman & and Frank (they were underwater divers); Sammy Boyle and daughter Louise; Madame Maynard (a medium and fortune teller); Don Meyers (editor of the Millinocket Journal); Dr. Victor Hoy (chiropractor); Peter’s (sanitary) Meat Market, with Harry, Jim and Charlie Peters; Walter Trott (barber); E.B. Reed (undertaker) and wife and son David; Phil & Claire Hatfield (operated a ladies clothing store and later purchased the Morgan Block).
A “strange incident” is mentioned in the information. A later owner of the building while doing some renovation discovered a monument being used as a brace against an upright. A Morgan family member remembered that Charles Morgan had needed something to support the upright and the granite monument was in the building. A family had ordered it, but never paid for it or had it placed at the cemetery so Morgan found a different use for it. I wonder if it is still there!
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*** 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.
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*** 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.