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Famous flyers, left to right: Lou Hilton, Dick Folsom - in the chair with blanket - Judge Grinnell, and kneeling, Bob Bryan. Photos courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society

Famous flyers, left to right: Lou Hilton, Dick Folsom – in the chair with blanket – Judge Grinnell, and kneeling, Bob Bryan. Photos courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society

By Shelagh Talbot

GREENVILLE— With the 40th anniversary of the International Seaplane Fly-In, taking place Sept. 5 – 8, 2013, the Center for Moosehead History, home to the Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum, has created a special exhibit of some equally special memorabilia for the forthcoming event.

One exhibit room is dedicated to the renowned amphibious DC-3, which was conceived, and constructed in Greenville, flown off Moosehead Lake. In

The famous DC-3 takes off at Fly-In some years ago with Lou Hilton and Max Folsom at the controls. Photo courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society

The famous DC-3 takes off at Fly-In some years ago with Lou Hilton and Max Folsom at the controls. Photo courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society

1985 Folsom’s Air Service located a set of floats for the DC-3. “It was my idea originally to buy it,” Max Folsom said. He, his father, Louis O. Hilton and Herman Bayerdorffer formed a company, HBF, Inc. to recreate a WWII amphibious DC-3. It was quite the project taking over six years, and countless hours to put the heavy DC-3 on pontoons. “Just to build the fuselage up so it could take the floats was a two-year job,” observed Max. There are photographs of the amazing plane in action – a video is at the ready to watch her fly. Chances are either Louis Hilton or one of the Folsoms were at the helm. The floats have since been removed but this plane can still be viewed at the Greenville Municipal Airport.

The Aviation Museum, which opened two years ago, is “dedicated to the dauntless pilots who contributed to the region’s memorable aviation activities, events and history.” It’s fascinating to see the history of aviation come alive before your eyes. Some of the old planes are from the earliest days of flying. There are so many things to see – from amazing photographs to the beautifully displayed articles written by, or about, the pilots of the Moosehead Region.

The Aviation Museum celebrates the pioneers of aviation and offers a fascinating insight into what it was like to be a bush pilot during those long-ago days. I especially enjoyed reading about the many bush pilots that daringly landed in smaller ponds or under some hazardous conditions – like on the ice! It was nice to see women included amongst the “derring-do” men of that day. Old leather aviation jackets complement a beautifully handmade diorama of a floatplane camp, created by artist Paul Tartachny. There is much to see in these two rooms alone, but like the commercial says – wait, there’s more! In the Fireplace Room, in addition to more information about bush pilots, sits a battered ejection seat which came from the B52 Stratofortress which crashed on Elephant Mountain over 50 years ago. The Moosehead Snowmobile Riders Club, which holds an honor ceremony every January on the date of the crash, has been generous to the museum in sharing a number of these artifacts.

Information about the Fly-In can be found as well and you can view some vintage photographs and other artifacts pertaining to earlier shows. It’s a nice way to round out your visit to the Fly-In Event.

If you’re interested in adventure on the ground, the main room of the Center for Moosehead History is featuring old-time hunting. On the wall hangs what is purportedly to be the last legal elk shot in Maine… but that’s part of a mystery, because in a glass case not far from the elk is a pair of winter boots made from the knee hide of an elk, also purportedly to have been the last one shot. Then there’s the story of the first Maine Guide, a remarkable woman (Cornelia Thurza Crosby), nicknamed Fly Rod Crosby for her uncanny ability to catch fish, all the while wearing the heavy skirts and accouterments of a woman during the 1800s. In addition to having been a legendary angler, she was considered a crack shot and also bagged the last legitimately shot elk in Maine. So who knows? These mysteries and more are waiting to be uncovered. You can also view a typical woods camp during the latter part of the 1800s through the early 1900s. Things were a lot simpler then – no GPS, I-Phones and computers. A brown ash basket was used to tote your gear and food necessities. This display is thoughtfully put together; it looks like the owner of the campsite stepped away for a few minutes. Everything is there to settle in for the hunting or fishing trip to come.

Discover as well a beautiful display of Native American artifacts, stone tools and arrows gracefully created out of Kineo rhyolite and other material. Down the center aisle a display case is filled with the tools of the trade of Doctors who lived in Greenville and served the folks in the outlying Moosehead region. Some of them were pilots too, including Dr. Fichtner.

There’s a lot to see at the Center for Moosehead History as well as its sister building on the main campus, the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan house located on Pritham Ave. With the theme being “Through the Years”, the house is open for tours Wednesday through Friday until early October from 1 to 4 p.m. The Carriage House, which also houses the Lumberman’s Museum, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday all year. The Center for Moosehead History, located at 6 Lakeview, is open Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and as stated earlier, houses the Aviation Museum. Visit these museums on line at mooseheadhistory.org or email mooseheadhistory@myfairpoint.net. You may also call them at 207-695-2909.

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Summer in Moosehead Quilt to be raffled off.

Summer in Moosehead Quilt to be raffled off.

By Shelagh Talbot

GREENVILLE— On August 31, 2013 the Moosehead Quilters will be presenting “Summer In Moosehead” quilt show from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at Union Evangelical Church (at the blinking light in Greenville, ME). There will be quilts on display representing new techniques as well as the old favorites of traditional design. Admission to “Summer In Moosehead” is by donation.

They have included vendors from area quilting shops to compliment the Moosehead Quilters craft/consignment table sale.

In a joint effort, the members have made and assembled a wonderful “Summer In Moosehead” quilt that is being raffled. Raffle tickets will be available at the door the day of the show. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Crazy Moose Quilt Shop on Pritham Ave., where the quilt is displayed. The day of the show there will be a door prize drawing which will be drawn at 3 p.m. If unable to be there at 3 p.m., the winner may pick up door prize at the Crazy Moose. Drawing for the raffle quilt will be at 3 p.m.

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shelagh talbot | BDN Poor Pauline - tied to the tracks (from Teddy at the Throttle, an old silent film).

shelagh talbot | BDN
Poor Pauline – tied to the tracks (from Teddy at the Throttle, an old silent film).

by Shelagh Talbot Courtesy Bangor Daily News

GREENVILLE JCT — Imagine an attractive, articulate, and eternally young woman; a woman so fearless that she served as a stunt double in filming the most perilous scenes of many silent screen stars, including Gloria Swanson and Pearl White. Imagine a woman who earned fame and fortune in films, and then retired to a quiet unassuming life in the Moosehead Lake region. Further imagine that, even though living far from Hollywood, she maintained contacts and has been a close confidant of famous stage, screen, and rock stars, past and present, and now is privy to many of their most closely held secrets. No need to imagine; that woman is the very real and very private Pauline X, who elects to withhold her last name in order to preserve her privacy.

Now comes the unimaginable: On Saturday, August 17th at the Junction Depot’s “Gala Open House,” Pauline X will make her first public appearance, fearlessly lifting the curtain of secrecy to reveal some of the darkest secrets of even the most respected stars. Those who know her well say Pauline has promised to hold nothing back during her Depot appearance. Her only concern is that the ruthless Hollywood private detective, Dan Diablo, has for years been warning her to keep quiet. You won’t want to miss her explosive disclosures.

Pauline’s appearance will be just one part of the fun to be had at the Depot gala, with doors open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. In Pauline’s honor there will be a free continuous showing of a condensed silent-screen railroad thriller, “Teddy at the Throttle.” The Dexter Community Band will present a rousing concert at noon, as Grill Master General and others offer up delicious lunch and desert favorites. There will be a velocipede “ride on the rails” for the young (and the not so young), guided tours of the Depot and an opportunity to meet and share reminiscences with old-time railroad workers. Outstanding local artists and artisans will be on hand, displaying and offering their creations. On top of all that will be fun photo opportunities and prizes and surprises galore, including the kick off of a raffle to win a week in Costa Rica plus $250 spending money to boot. All this done for a very worthy cause: to help “Save the Depot.”

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Annual Depot Celebration

Annual Depot Celebration

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B-52 Site

By Durward J. Ferland Jr.

Nine members of the United States Air Force left Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts at 12:11 p.m. on Thursday January 24, 1963. The mission of this flight was routine: practicing low level navigation to avoid the newest Soviet radar technology and return to Westover at 5:30 p.m.

Their B-52 Stratofortress-C, an $8 million aircraft, was unarmed for this training run, but was capable of carrying 2 nuclear weapons and 12 short range attack missiles. The wingspan of these planes is 185 feet and measures 160 from nose to tail. The 8 jet engines can propel this aircraft at speeds of up to 650 mph at altitudes above 50,000 feet.

The crewmen were flying at an airspeed of only 280 knots at an altitude only 500 feet above the terrain. Outside it was 14 degrees below zero with winds gusting to 40 knots. About 5 feet of snow lay on the ground. When the plane began to encounter turbulence the crew commander, Westover’s Most Senior Standardization Instructor Pilot, attempted to fly above it, Just after it started to climb, a loud noise was heard, sounding like an explosion. The plane went into a 40 degree right turn and was pointing nose down. The pilot, Lt. Col. Dante E. Bulli, attempted to level the plane, but when he could not, he ordered ejection. The navigator, Capt. Gerald J. Adler, ejected first, followed by Bulli and the copilot, Maj. Robert J. Morrison. Time did not allow the others to escape before crashing into the side of Elephant Mountain at 2:52 p.m, They were: Lt. Col. Joe R. Simpson, Jr, Maj. William W. Gabriel, Maj. Robert J, Hill, Capt. Herbert L. Hansen, Capt, Charles G. Leuchter, and T-Sgt. Michael F. O’Keffe. Morrison was killed when he hit a tree while parachuting to the ground a mile away.

Bulli broke his ankle when he landed in a tree 30 feet above the ground. He survived the night, with temperatures reaching 28 degrees below zero, by tucking the sleeping bag from his survival kit into the snow. Adler struck the snow covered ground about 2,000 feet from the wreckage at a force estimated at 16 times the force of gravity. His skull was fractured and three ribs were broken. The impact bent his ejection seat enough that he could not get his survival kit out. He survived the night by wrapping himself up in his parachute, which did not deploy upon ejection, but both feet were frost bit.

Scott Paper Company dispatched plows from Greenville to clear the road near the crash. They plowed snow drifts of up to 15 feet out of the 10 mile road getting the rescuers within l.S miles of the site. They had to snowshoe or snowmobile the rest of the way. Eighty rescuers from the Maine Inland Fish and Game Department, the Maine State Police, the Civil Air Patrol, Air Force Units from Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine, along with others from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and other volunteers quickly went to work. Bulli and Adler were rescued the next day. Bulli spent three months in the hospital then returned to active duty. Adler later became unconscious for five days with double pneumonia was hospitalized for most of the next year. His leg had to be amputated during this time from the frostbite and gangrene that had set in.

The crash was caused by a structural problem. The vertical stabilizer came off the plane, falling to the ground 1.5 miles from where the plane impacted the mountainside.

On the 30th Anniversary of the crash, a special commemorative service was sponsored by the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club. Adler returned to Greenville for the event and went to the crash site for the first time since being evacuated out by a helicopter thirty years earlier. He was honored at several ceremonies. Bulli was unable to attend the event.

The Moosehead Riders Snowmobile club has very generously shared a number of artifacts relating to the B-52 Bomber that crashed on Elephant Mountain in 1963 to the Center for Moosehead History’s Aviation Museum. Among these items are the parachute used by one of two airmen who were safely ejected, the pilot’s seat that was recently located, nearly fifty years after the crash, scrapbooks, albums and assorted other artifacts and information.. Gravel roads now pass by the crash site, making it a short 400 yard hike to view the wreckage. The remains of this B-52 still are still on the side of Elephant Mountain just outside of Greenville.

Come and enjoy a weekend at Moosehead Lake and take part in one of our most popular winter events. Meet at the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club at Noon for a Spaghetti Lunch then at 1PM ride up to Elephant Mountain for the Annual Commemorative Snowmobile Ride. FMI Contact Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club @ 207.695.4543 or info@mooseheadriders.org.


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By Angie

There’s a movement happening in Piscataquis County and we want you to join us! On Sunday, October 7th, 2012 Womancare will be hosting the 16th Annual Race To End Domestic Abuse, at the Piscataquis Community Elementary School on Blaine Avenue in Guilford. Registration for both the run and the walk begin at 11:30am, with the run beginning at 12:30pm and the walkers following at 1pm. There is a $20 registration fee for the run and the walk, which will earn a t-shirt while supplies last, and all participants are encouraged to gather pledges. A Community Cookout featuring hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase during the walk, as well as a farmer’s market. Music will be provided by “The Music Maker,” so gather your friends, family and co-workers and mark your calendars for an event you won’t want to miss! For more information, registration forms, or pledge sheets, visit our website at http://www.wmncare.org or call (207) 564-8165.

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Sat, Sep 15th, 2012

8:30 a.m.
Indian Hill Trading Post 148 Moosehead Lake Rd. Greenville

The Antique Trucks will be coming to Moosehead Lake. On Saturday they will be meeting at Indian Hill Trading Post at 8:30 and driving up the east side of Moosehead Lake to Kokadjo. Many more activities later on Saturday and Sunday. Contact Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce for more information 207 695-2702 or info@mooseheadlake.org…

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Sat, Sep 1st, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Center for Moosehead History Lakeview St. Greenville, Maine…Along with quilts and other fiber arts on display there will be a Raffle drawing and Lunch on the Veranda at DKB on Pleasant Street. What better reason to bring the family to Moosehead Lake and enjoy the last weekend of summer in our beautiful area. Contact Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce for more information at 207 695-2702 or info@mooseheadlake.com

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By Shelagh Talbot

GREENVILLE JCT.— The second annual Depot Celebration and Railroad Workers Reunion takes place at the Greenville Junction Depot on Saturday, August 18. Folks will be invited to take a tour of the old station and learn about the railroad history of this area from those who knew, those who worked for the railroad or had family involved. The railroad was key to the development of the Moosehead region and the junction depot was built in 1889. The familiar “Witch’s Hat” wasn’t added until sometime between 1901 and 1910.

A young Alan MacMillan watches a steam locomotive at the Greenville Jct. Depot in 1949. He was inspired to become a railroad engineer for the B&M railroad. ~Contributed photo

Plans have been made by the depot committee to make this tour of the station informative and fascinating. Interestingly, the women’s waiting area was separated from the men’s, and painted in the “approved” Canadian Pacific Railroad color – Pea Green. Most of the other rooms in the station were white plaster or wood.

The Depot Celebration is slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; there are vendors planning to attend including artist Milt Christianson who has done so much to promote the depot through his artwork. Vendors related to railroad memorabilia and hobby railroading will be on site as will Spring Creek BBQ. There’s a touch of music to round out the offerings – even a few railroading tunes.

Many exciting items will be raffled off with proceeds and contributions to the tour going into the fund for the move and restoration of this landmark, now known as one of the most endangered historical buildings to save in Maine.

The Friends of the Greenville Junction Depot, which includes James Crandall, 83, the depot’s last station master, hope to raise about $500,000 to move the depot with its across Route 15 onto state-owned land, where it would be rehabilitated and turned into a community center. Crandall and his wife Brenda will be on hand with stories and factoids about this extraordinary building. Retired CPR Section Foreman Bob Roberts, who lives in Monson and collects railroad memorabilia, will participate in the Railroad Workers Reunion and bring his Velocipede, a popular Hand Car used by rail crews for many years. Railroad workers attending this year’s celebration are familiar with this line running through Greenville Junction and will share a wealth of anecdotes and stories about their days on the tracks.

Friends of the Depot made very successful appearance at the H.O.G. Rally on Sat., July 21, 2012 with more than $200 dollars raised and generating much interest. For more information about “Celebrate the Depot” and the Greenville Junction Depot, call (207) 691-0731, email info@greenvilledepot.org, or log onto http://www.greenvilledepot.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Last year’s celebration was attended by 500 people and raised $4,000 dollars to save the Depot.

Come celebrate on August 18 – you’ll have a wonderful time!

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