Milton Businesses in 1874

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 23, 2018

Note that no principal is specified for the Milton Classical Institute.

MILTON, STRAFFORD. Роp. 1598. N.E. from C., 40. R.R.S. [Railroad Stations], Мilton, and South Milton on Ports., Gt. Falls & Conway R.R.

OFFICERSClerk, Joseph Mathis; Treas., George Lyman; Selectmen, George Lyman, G.H. Plumer, Т.H. Roberts; Supts., J.U. Simes, H. Wentworth, J.F. Joy.

Postmasters. – C.H. Looney; South, H.H. Wentworth; West, F. Canney.

Justices [of the Peace]. – Luther Hayes, C.H. Looney, State; E.W. Fox, Joseph Plumer, Joseph Mathes, Joseph Cook, George Lyman, G.W. Peavey, S. Hersey, G.W. Tasker, M.V.B. Cook, C.A. Sawyer. J.Е. Twombly.

Churches. – Chris., D.B. Goodwin; Cong., F. Haley; F. Bap., J.F. Joy

Exp. & Tel. AgentF.А. Crocker

HotelFranklin House, A. Kidder. 

Livery Stable – W.H. Jones.

Literary InstitutionMilton Classical Institute, ___ ___, prin.

Manufacturers – boots and shoes, South, H.H. Wentworth; lumber, Luther Hayes, Scates & Lyman; Lewis Plumer, p.о. ad. ,Union. 

Mechanics – blacksmiths, H. Duntley & Son; carpenters Joseph Mathes, E.H. Hersom; mason, Daniel Foss; painter, G.F. Hodgdon; wheelwrights, Joseph Matthes, Daniel Jenness. 

MerchantsLooney & Avery, Gilmore & Whitehouse, J. Hart; fancy goods, Mrs. Ira L. Knox; millinery, Mrs. C.M. Roberts. 

PhysiciansG.W. Peavey, Frank Haley.

Mills. – PostmasterE.W. Fox.

Churches – Cong., D.B. Scott, C.F. Page; F. Bap., J.S. Potter; Meth., I.J. Tibbets.

Hotel & Livery Stable – Central House, Ira Miller

Manufacturers – carriages, John Brackett; flannels, Waumbeck Manuf’g. Co.; flannels, felt cloth, piano and table covers, Edward Brierly & Son; table covers, H.H. Townsend; table and piano covers, John Meikle

Mechanics – blacksmiths, Ebenezer Osgood, Nathaniel Rines, S.F. Rines; carpenters, J.F. Titcomb, E.S. Simes, A.B. Shaw; dyer and table cover printer, John Meikle; engraver, H.W. Dewhurst; mason, J.G. Rines; painter, G.W. Came. 

Merchants – F.H. Chesley, A.A. Fox & Co., J.U. Simes; fancy goods, Mrs. W.P. Farnham; groceries, Geo. Olney; millinery, H.A. Farnham; provision, S.A. Felch. 

PhysiciansJ.C. Buck, R. Buck.

NH State Representatives for Milton were Jos. Plumer and Elbridge Fox, and for Middletown, i.e., Middleton, was Charles W. Davis. The District 5 State Senator was Edwin Wallace of Rochester.

Ezra H. Twombly, of Milton, held the office of Strafford County Register and Sealer; and Luther Hayes, of Milton, was one of nine Strafford County Deputy Sheriffs.

Tabular Statement, by Towns, of Votes for Governor in 1872 and ’73; Population in 1870; Average Valuation in 1872; and Apportionment on each $1000 of State Tax.

Milton, 222 [Votes for Straw], 131 [Votes for Weston], 10 [Votes for Cooper & scattering]; 205 [Votes for Straw], 78 [Votes for Weston], 5 [Votes for Blackmer & scattering]; 1598 [Population]; $441,955 [Valuation] 2.881 [per $1,000 State Tax Rate].

Former NH State Senator Ezekiel A. Straw (1817-1884), of Manchester, won election as NH Governor in 1872 and 1873. He was a Republican. Governor Straw did not run for a third term and was succeeded as governor by Manchester Mayor James A. Weston, whom he had twice defeated.

A Milton advertisement aimed at the emerging Summer “rusticator” market:

Summer Resorts and Hotels. In New Hampshire. BOARD – A few Summer boarders can find a pleasant home in a private family, convenient to churches, railroad, telegraph and Post Office. In a quiet and healthy little village situated between mountain and pond. For particulars address Box 30, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 7, 1874).

Previous in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1873; next in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1875


Claremont Manufacturing Company. (1874). New Hampshire Register, Farmer’s Almanac and Business Directory, for 1874. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, September 16). Ezekiel A. Straw. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, September 16). James A. Weston. Retrieved from

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