Milton in the News – 1876

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | February 27, 2019

In this year, we encounter more fires, the appointment of a NH fish commissioner, and a torchlight procession.

Asa Augustus “Augustus” Fox lost his Milton Mills grocery store to a fire. This description contains the additional interesting information that the local Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) rented his store’s second floor as their meeting hall.

Asa A. Fox, a retail grocer, aged thirty-two years (born NH), headed a Milton (Milton Mills P.O.) household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Hannah H. Fox, keeping house, aged thirty-five years (born ME), Charles D. Fox, at school, aged fourteen years (born NH), and Willie C. Simes, at school, aged seven years (born NH). Asa A. Fox had real estate valued at $3,000 and personal estate valued at $3,800.

NEW ENGLAND BY MAIL. Milton Mills, N.H. The store of Augustus Fox at Milton Mills, was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. Loss $6000; insured in the Home, New York, for $4300. The second story was occupied by the Odd Fellows, who lost everything (Boston Globe, March 9, 1876).

District Deputy Grand Marshal Edward J. Brierly reported the March 8 loss in a letter and followed that with his annual report.

MARCH 9 – Received a letter from D.D.G.M. [District Deputy Grand Marshal] EDWARD J. BRIERLEY that Miltonia Lodge room was burned. Loss about $500. Saved charter and some of the regalias and working books. This is the only Lodge in the State that I have not visited officially, But I learn by Brother BRIERLEY that they continue to meet, and are preparing a new hall. (See D.D.G.M. BRIERLEY’s report ).

MILTONIA LODGE, No. 52, MILTON MILLS. I installed the officers in January and July. Our Lodge has during the past six months labored under unfavorable circumstances, owing to our loss by fire. However, we have met every regular night with fair attendance. By the kindness of Motolinia Lodge, we have done some work. Although we met with quite a loss, we have a better fund in the bank which we shall draw on sparingly as possible in fitting up anew. We are in hopes to occupy our new hall soon and to continue the good work. – Edward J. BRIERLEY, D.D.G.M. (IOOF, 1872-81). 

The Democrat officials mentioned were not actually “guillotined,” as such. They were simply replaced in their positions by Republicans.

NEW ENGLAND SPECIALS. More Nominations to Supply the Place of Guillotined Democrats in New Hampshire. [Special Despatch to The Boston Globe]. Concord, N.H., July 25. At a meeting of the Governor and Council today the following nominations were made: Fish Commissioners, Luther Hayes of Milton, Samuel Webber of Manchester, Albina Powers of Grantham; Judge of Probate, Hillsboro County, Henry K. Burnham, Manchester; Special Justice of Police Court of Manchester, Henry W. Tewksbury (Boston Globe, July 26, 1876).

We last encountered Luther Hayes as president of the Strafford County Fair in 1875. The newly-nominated NH Fish Commissioner will be found next busily performing his fishy duties in 1878, 1879, and 1880.

The Milton house in which shoe manufacturer George B. Wentworth had once resided was destroyed by fire in September.

NOTES. Milton, N.H. Yesterday morning a house at Milton Three-Corners, formerly occupied by George B. Wentworth, was burned. Loss $6000 (Boston Globe, September 15, 1876).

George B. Wentworth, shoe manufacturer, aged forty years (born NH), headed a Dover household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Angie [(Leavitt)] Wentworth, keeping house, aged thirty years (born ME), Charles B. Wentworth, attending school, aged eight years (born NH), and Frederick Wentworth, aged two years (born NH). George B. Wentworth had real estate valued at $15,800 and personal estate valued at $48,800.

Wentworth had been born in Rochester, circa 1829-30, son of Beard and Sarah (Roberts) Wentworth. He died in the hospital at Haverhill, MA, January 13, 1888, aged fifty-eight years, from a punctured lung sustained in a train accident at Bradford, MA, January 10, 1888.

The Hayes and Wheeler Battalion No. 1 were Milton Mill’s Republican partisans, advocating the presidential ticket of Rutherford B. Hayes and William A. Wheeler.

New England Special Condensed. The Hayes and Wheeler Battalion No. 1 of Milton Mills, N.H., are arranging for a grand torchlight procession, with speeches, music, etc., on Monday evening October 17 (Boston Globe, October 14, 1876).

The presidential contenders were Democrats Samuel J. Tilden and Thomas A. Hendricks, Republicans Hayes and Wheeler, Greenbacks Peter Cooper and Samuel F. Cary, Prohibitionists Clay Smith and Gideon T. Stewart, and American Nationals James B. Walker and Donald Kirkpatrick.

Democrats Tilden and Patrick won the national popular vote, while Republicans Hayes and Wheeler won the state-based Electoral College vote, and, thus, the election.

Presidents are elected by States, and not by the people directly. The people determine the choice of their State. Otherwise, it would be only a bi-coastal election, of the major Federal Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), rather than a true national election.

In a national popular vote, New Hampshire would not exist at all, except as a fractional minority part of the Federal Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1875; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1877


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Wintry Mix – School Board Candidates

By S.D. Plissken | February 26, 2019

The Milton Meet the Candidates night went forward as planned. The winter storm had largely dissipated by late afternoon. High winds followed.

As for the presentations, they were … interesting.

They certainly revealed some differences between candidates, which may be helpful, but, sadly, more often than not they revealed differences between the candidates and reality.

Candidates for the School Board – Two Three-Year Seats

The candidates were incumbent Ms. Melissa J. Brown, challengers Ms. Emily Meehan, Mr. Carter Wentworth Terry, and write-in candidate Mr. Alfred “Mr. Al” Goodwin.

I usually stay away from school issues, although they are certainly the tax elephant in the room.

Many of the same issues that plague the Town are also affecting the School District. However, the School District has been generally more prudent than the Town in terms of the rate at which their demands increase. They have even returned overages. It is still too much.

Who Owns You?

Mr. Brown definitely “put the stick about a bit” when he asked for opinions about a bill before the legislature. It would allow for state grant money to be redirected – on a per pupil basis – to alternative vendors, such as charter schools, parochial schools, technical schools, etc. None of the candidates, including the former homeschooler, favored this purely theoretical proposition. Nor did much of the audience.

Both the candidates and some in the audience made it sound as if Milton-resident students somehow “belong” to the School District. No one should be permitted to study elsewhere and, thereby, take “our” state tax money with them. Astonishing, really.

Escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass once spoke to this conception:

I appear this evening as a thief and a robber. I stole this head, these limbs, this body from my master, and ran off with them.

Does the Milton School District “own” the students? Does it “own” State money set aside for them?


One woman asked about school accreditation. Was it true that Milton’s schools are not accredited? I looked into this accreditation issue myself some years ago. It seems that many, if not most, of New Hampshire’s schools are not accredited. It has more to do with infrastructure failings then academic ones. Which makes one wonder about the accreditation process.

Standardized Testing

Low test scores were also queried and not easily explained. Milton ranks near the bottom of statewide test scores and has for many years. In some years it has “won” the race to the bottom.

The candidates seemed to be agreed, to a great extent, that standardized testing is of doubtful value and legitimacy. According to them, they deform education by causing teachers “to teach to the test.” I have heard this argument many times over many years. Samples of prior years’ tests are publicly available, and seem to be pretty basic reading, ‘riting, and ‘rimatic. “Teaching to the test” should not fall much out of alignment with just plain teaching.

These “teaching to the test” arguments may not be as persuasive or comprehensive as some seem to think.

There is another explanation available, which comes from the business world: “Project teams detest progress reporting because it so vividly manifests their lack of progress.”

Meanwhile, Milton is paying about a quarter over the state average on a per pupil basis. So, insufficient expenditure can hardly be the sole explanation.

Where Does It End?

Several members of the audience asked if there was some upper limit to constantly rising school taxes. Will there finally come a day when there is “enough” – some high plateau where we might rest? Or must the increases go on forever?

For most of the candidates, this seemed to be genuinely a “poser.”

Evidently, an upper limit is a difficult concept. Sort of like: what lies outside the universe, or when was before time? And therein lies a problem, because there is such a limit.

Why are such expenditures never enough? Because of marginal utility. The first dollar spent might bring more than a dollar’s worth of utility, as might the second, and so on. Each additional expenditure is at the leading “margin” of an increasing sequence. But, and this is the point, somewhere in the sequence the value returned is less than the dollar spent. As one proceeds further out in the sequence, the value returned for each additional dollar spent becomes smaller and smaller. This is what is meant by the term “diminishing marginal returns.”

Once the point of diminishing returns has been reached, each additional dollar provides less value than the one spent before it. Eventually, it will bring no additional value at all.

Now, compare the expenditure of that next dollar – that expenditure that brings diminished returns – with the tax dollar extracted from a struggling taxpayer. You propose to take money from a new family setting out in life, or a pensioner struggling on a fixed income. (Businesses might struggle too). For them, that dollar is still returning value – mortgage, groceries, heat, etc. You propose to take dollars from where they have value still – productive value – and spend them where the value is diminishing, or even gone altogether.

Are you really so sure that you are making the world a better place by taking that next dollar?

So, for the School Board candidates: the answer was “yes.” We will arrive at a place where the next dollar is just wasted. There is such a place. (Some might say that we arrived there quite some time ago).

You need to know that, in order to represent us, you must justify each additional dollar spent as bringing increased value, rather than diminishing value.

See also: Wintry Mix – Budget Committee, Wintry Mix – Fire Chief, and Wintry Mix – Selectmen


Town of Milton. (2018, February 24). Meet the Candidates Night (School Committee). Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2019, January 27). Marginal Utility. Retrieved from

Milton Mill’s Union Cong. Ministers of 1871-93

By Muriel Bristol | February 24, 2019

The NH Missionary Society sent theological students and a Congregational missionary to preach to a mixed Baptist and Congregational audience in Milton Mills prior to 1871, with mixed results.

Milton Mills. No Congregational church in this place. Remnant of a Baptist church have united, for several years past, with the Congregational element in sustaining Congregational preaching. How long this arrangement will last, or what will be its ultimate results, time must show. Our missionary seems to have aimed faithfully to do his work, but amid many difficulties and embarrassments has not had the success for which he had hoped and prayed (NH Missionary Society, 1870).

In the NH Missionary Society’s accounts for 1871-72, its Treasurer recorded receipts, i.e., donations, of $15 from Rev. Frank Haley [Congregational pastor at Milton Three Ponds], and $13.01 from Milton Mills.

Milton Mills – Union Evangelical Church, $8.01; Dr. Reuben Buck, $5, [Total:] $13.01 (NH Missionary Society, 1870).

Previous to 1871, the Calvin Baptists and Congregationalists of Milton Mills united in maintaining public worship in the old “Union” meetinghouse erected in 1834. Theological students supplied the pulpit here until the Congregational Church was organized Sept. 26, 1871. The church, at its formation, had a membership of about twenty people. Ebenezer Osgood and Benjamin G. Adams were the first deacons; William McGibbon, the first clerk (Mitchell-Cony, 1908).

Union Congregational Church Congregation

According to Scales’ History of Strafford County:

The Union Congregational Church at Milton Mills was organized on the 26th day of September, 1871, with a membership of sixteen, viz., Benjamin G. Adams, Sophia Adams, Dr. Reuben Buck, Mary Buck, Mary E. Brown, Margaret Brierly, Sarah E. Fox, Josiah Gerrish, Wm. McGibbon, Mary McGibbon, Betsey Hubbard, Helen Miller, Ebenezer Osgood, Ellen C. Osgood, Almira B. Osgood, Ann E. Simes (Scales, 1914).

Margaret (Thompson) Brierley of Acton, ME, was the wife of Edward Brierly, a Milton felt manufacturer. Benjamin G. Adams (1823-1905) of Milton was superintendent of the woolen mill, and Sophia (Nutter) Adams (1827-1908) was his wife.

William B. McGibbon of Acton, ME, was a block printer, and Mary (Lang) McGibbon was his wife.

Dr. Reuben Buck of Acton, ME, was a retired physician, and Mary Buck was his daughter. Sarah E. Fox was another daughter. Dr. Buck was involved in organizing this congregation, but did not live to see it. He died (September 17, 1871) in the week before September 26, 1871.

Betsy Hubbard was the widow of Benjamin F. Hubbard, Milton’s Baptist minister of 1850-52. (He died in Dover, NH, September 10, 1870).

Ebenezer Osgood of Milton was a blacksmith. Ellen C. (Burrows) Osgood was his wife, and Almira B. Osgood was their daughter.

Anne E. (Lowe) Simes was the wife of George E. Simes, a Milton carpenter. They were neighbors of Josiah W. Gerrish, a Milton stone mason.

The Union Congregational Church Pastors

Among the first pastors were Revs. Almon T. Clark, D.B. Scott, George Michael, and C.F. Goldsmith (Scales, 1914).

The Mitchell-Cony Town Directory of 1908 omitted the first preacher, if not pastor, Almon T. Clark, from its list, but continued past Charles F. Goldsmith to include also G.S. Butler, H.S. Ives, E.J. Akin, and I.B. Short, i.e., Stuart or Stewart. Several seemed to have overlapping tenures, which suggests they may have been “supply” rather than settled pastors.

The first settled pastor was Rev. Darius B. Scott who came to the church in 1872. After a pastorate of several years’ duration, he was succeeded by Rev. Geo. Michael, who remained two or three years. Rev. Chas. F. Goldsmith came next and remained until May 22, 1881. Rev. G.S. Butler came Aug. 1, 1882, and preached here during a period of four of five years, part of which time he supplied the church at Union. Rev, H.S. Ives came in the fall or winter of 1887 and remained two or three years. Rev. E.J. Akin supplied here for several months during a time when the society had no settled pastor. Rev I.B. Short was the last resident preacher at the church, coming here in 1891, and remaining until about 1894. Since that time the church has depended upon theological students or visiting ministers for preaching and public worship (Mitchell-Cony, 1908). 

NARRATIVE OF THE STATE OF RELIGION. We are permitted this year to add one new name to the sisterhood of churches represented by this Association, viz., that of Milton Mills, organized September 26, 1871. It is called the Union Evangelical Church of Milton Mills, and its aim is to include all Christian believers in the town; and what is this but the very genius of Congregationalism? (NH Missionary Society, 1872).

Almon T. Clark – c1871-72

Clarke, Almon T.Almon T. Clark was born in Ticonderoga, NY, February 19, 1840, son of Nahum M. and Phila V. (Eggleston) Clark.

He married in Wadham Mills, NY, October 3, 1866, Marietta Thankful Whitney. She was born in Wadham, NY, February 2, 1842, daughter of John R. and Elmira E. (Fisk) Whitney.

Almon T. Clark can have been at Milton Mills only briefly. The church was organized there in late September 1871, and he was ordained pastor in Tiverton, RI, just about a year later, in early October 1872.

Religious Intelligence. RHODE ISLAND. Mr. Almon T. Clark, a graduate of Andover Seminary in the class of 1871, was ordained pastor of the church in Tiverton, Oct. 9 (Vermont Chronicle, October 26, 1872).

Almon T. Clark, minister of the Gospel, aged thirty-five years (b. NY), headed a Tiverton, RI, household at the time of the RI State Census of 1875. His household included his wife, Marietta T. Clark, a housekeeper, aged thirty-three years (b. NY), and his children, Almon T. Clark, a scholar, aged seven years (b. NY), and Susan E. Clark, aged two years (b. NY).

Almon T. Clark, a clergyman, aged forty years (b. NY), headed a Crown Point, NY, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Marietta T. Clark, keeping house, aged thirty-eight years (b. NY), and his children, Almon T. Clark, Jr., at home, aged twelve years (b. NY), Susan E. Clark, aged seven years (b. NY), and Maud E. Clark, aged four years (b. RI).

Rev. A.T. Clark of Sheldon, VT, presented a paper before the 24th annual meeting of the Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Sunday School Union, on its second day, June 24, 1886.

SUNDAY-SCHOOL CONVENTION. SECOND DAY. At 3 p.m., Rev. A.T. Clark of Sheldon read a very interesting paper on “The Bible for the Heart.” This was followed by an able address on the “Bible” by Rev. L.U. Sherburne of Swanton, at the close of which a resolution was introduced thanking the two speakers for their addresses, and adopted by a rising vote (St. Albans Daily Messenger, June 25, 1886).

Almon T. Clark was “called” to be pastor of both the Congregational church at Lake Worth, FL, and that of Tavares, FL, in 1888 (Cong. Publishing, 1888). Thereafter he held various pastorates in Florida.

Almon T. Clark died in West Palm Beach, FL, March 29, 1929. Marietta T. (Whitney) died in West Palm Beach, FL, April 12, 1931.

Darius B. Scott – First Pastorate – 1872-74

Darius Bullock Scott was born in Bloomfield, NY, October 27, 1843, son of Ira and Catherine A. (Johnson) Scott.

Darius Scott, a student, aged twenty years, of Niles, IL, mustered into Company H of 17th IL Cavalry at Chicago, IL, September 30, 1864, for the term of one year. He had dark eyes, dark hair, a fair complexion, and stood 5′ 7¾” tall. He mustered out at St. Louis, MO, May 15, 1865.

Darius B. Scott, a clergyman, aged twenty-seven years, resided in the Alma, KS, household of S.H. Fairfield, at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. Fairfield was the Wabaunsee County Treasurer. Apart from Fairfield’s family, and a family servant, Lizzie R. Burt, deputy registrar of deeds, Max Bock, a schoolteacher, and Scott lived there also. Scott was there on a school sabbatical, as a missionary to the Native Americans there.

Milton Mills. A union church was organized here, Sept. 26, 1871, with 17 members, on the principle of evangelical doctrines. A call has been extended to Mr. D.B. Scott of the last class of the Seminary, Andover, to become their pastor, with the understanding that he will accept. This is a manufacturing village, containing about 500 people, sixty of whom attend public worship with the new church. Sabbath School, 40; salary, $800; ratable property of the society, $22,000, of which $1,668 belongs to the church. Meeting house recently repaired (NH Missionary Society, 1872).

He graduated from Andover Seminary, with a class of twenty-seven students, in July 1872. He was already designated to be the pastor at “Milton Falls,” i.e., Milton Mills.

Religious News. MASSACHUSETTS. Of the twenty-five young men graduated from Andover Seminary last week in regular course, and two by the special course, the following have accepted calls to enter work in the specified fields: W.H. Cobb, Clintonville; S.H. Dana, Newton Highlands; J.H. Ecob, Augusta, Me., R.C. Flagg, North Andover; O.W. Folsom, Newbury; P.M. Griffin, A.H.M.S., Kansas; T.C. Jerome, Pacific Church, New Bedford; T.M. May, Williamstown, Vt; E.K. Rawson, Chaplain, U.S. Navy; D.B. Scott, Milton Falls, N.H.; A.P. Tinker, Auburn, Me.; A.E. Tracy, Harvard; R.W. Haskins, New York City Missions; S. Ollerenshaw, A.H.M.S.; H. Ketcham, missionary to Eastern Turkey. J.D. Eaton continues his studies in New Haven; and A. Duff and M.S. Phelps in Germany (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls), July 13, 1872).

He married (1st), circa 1872-73, Hepsibah “Hepsie” Folger. She was born in Troy, NY, in 1845, daughter of Seth and Sarah A. (Sheldon) Folger.

The youngest of our New Hampshire churches, at Milton Mills, has been richly blessed during the year. Its pastor, D.B. Scott, was installed Sept. 1, 1872. He writes: “Some discouragements, but no defeats, for the Lord is on our side. We gratefully acknowledge the good things of the past, and hope for still greater things in the future.” Twenty-three have united with the church on profession, and fifteen have been baptized, seven infants, a cheering statement in the too wide-spread neglect of this ordinance. The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book has been introduced, and a friend has given a rich communion service (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), September 20, 1873).

D.B. Scott appeared in Milton [Milton Mills] business directories of 1873 and 1874.

Milton Mills. Great success has attended the labors of Mr. Scott with the church and people here, who highly appreciate his wisely directed services. The church, organized in 1871, has enjoyed an almost uninterrupted revival to the present. It now consists of 41 members; 25 of whom were admitted within the year now reported. Baptisms 16, of which seven were infant. Contributions to Christian object, $56.38. A young man, recently converted, declares his purpose to study for the ministry (NH Missionary Society, 1873).

After about two years in Milton Mills, Rev. D.B. Scott left there and took up the pastorship of Lynnfield, MA, for about two years.

After his departure, the NH Missionary Society reported in September 1874:

At Milton Mills the little church is under a cloud. The pastor has left, debt weighs upon it, the house of worship is partly owned by another denomination, and the pulpit is vacant. The plea is for aid to buy the other share of the house and that this little flock may be remembered in our prayers. The former pastor of the church at Milton recently received eleven to that church and several more will soon join it (NH Missionary Society, 1874).

George Michael – c1875-76

George Michael was born in Pennsylvania, in March 1843. He attended Penn College, in Gettysburg, PA, from which he graduated with the class of 1871. After that he studied at the Yale Theological Seminary.

New Hampshire Items. Gorham. On Wednesday evening, May 20th, at the residence of Rev. Geo. F. Tewkbury, occurred the marriage of his daughter, Miss Lizzie, to Rev. George Michael of Pennsylvania, a recent graduate of the Yale Theological Seminary. The ceremony was conducted by the bride’s father, assisted by his son, Rev. George A. Tewksbury, of Plymouth, Mass. Mr. M. is a young man of decided ministerial promise, and is soon to be settled as Pastor of the Congregational church- in Stanton, Mich. He preached on Sabbath last for Mr. Tewksbury in a way both acceptable and edifying to those who heard him (Essex County Herald (Island Pond, VT), May 30, 1874).

George Michael was a theological student from Yale Theological Seminary. He supplied services on alternate weeks at Berlin and Milan, NH, in 1873-74, prior to going for a year to Stanton, MI.

DETAILS AND RESULTS OF MISSIONARY LABOR. Milton Mills. – After being destitute of stated preaching for nearly a year and a half, this church has made a vigorous and successful effort to start anew. The services of the Rev. George Michael have been secured, and he enters upon his work with the hope and prospect that the church will, at no distant day, become self supporting (NH Missionary Society, 1875).

Rev. George Michael went next to Freeport, ME. He served there for about two years, his tenure concluding in a ministerial council. The council declined to rule on his orthodoxy, which had been questioned, but suggested that not continue in Freeport. He went, or returned, to Pennsylvania.

Rev. GEORGE MICHAEL, (Penn College, Gettysburg, 1871; Yale S, 1874,) acting Pastor of Church in Freeport from June, 1876 (General Conference, 1877).

Ministers and Churches. Maine. FREEPORT. The Christian Mirror says: “A ministerial council was held at Freeport on Tuesday of last week at the call .of the church and acting-pastor of that place, Rev. George Michael, to consider and advise, first, on the orthodoxy of the acting-pastor; second, on the expediency of his remaining with the church another year. After hearing the parties at length, the council declined expressing an opinion on the first of these questions, it being one properly coming under the cognizance of a council of the churches, in usual form. On the second question, they advised adversely to a further continuance of Mr. Michael’s ministry in this place” (Vermont Chronicle, July 27, 1878).

Mr. M. subsequently went to Pennsylvania (General Conference, 1877).

George Michael received an appointment as pastor in Moriah, NY, in October 1879 (American Home Missionary, 1880). He was recommissioned as minister for Moriah, NY, and its “outstation” in December 1880 (American Home Missionary, 1881).

George M. Michael, minister of the 1st Congl. Church, aged thirty-seven years (b. PA), headed a Moriah, NY, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Sarah E. Michael, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), keeping house, and his children, Willie C. Michael, aged five years (b. MI), and Annie T. Michael, aged two years (b. ME).

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions commenced its Seventy-third Annual Meeting in the City Hall, Portland Maine, October 3, 1882, at three o’clock in the afternoon. Rev. George Michael, of Alfred, ME, attended as a Male Honorary Member (American Board, 1882).

George Michael, a Congregational clergyman, aged fifty-seven years (b. PA), headed a Township #142, Cass County. MN, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Sarah E. Michael, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME). She was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Minnesota. The Northeastern Corner. Unfortunately for the fellowship of the ecclesiastical children of John Robinson in this region, few churches of the Pilgrim order were founded here. Dulutb Conference numbers seven – two in the city of Duluth and five In adjacent regions. The New England Congregationalist would be astounded at the distances the messengers the churches have to travel to attend the meetings. The church at Walker is 180 miles distant from Duluth. Last year the annual was held at Biwabik, ninety miles north of Dulutb, and Rev. George Michael, pastor at Walker, traveled 270 miles to attend, a distance greater from New York to Boston. Mrs. Michael showed her appreciation of the value of these meetings and her loyally to the work by accompanying her husband. Most faithfully and nobly have these two guided and ministered unto the only church in Walker for over five years (Pilgrim Press, 1905).

George Michael, a Congregational clergyman, aged sixty-seven years (b. PA), headed a Pembina, Mahnomen County. MN, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-five years), Sarah E. Michael, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME). She was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. They resided on Main Street.

George Michael, a farmer, aged seventy-six years (b. PA) headed a Shingobee, Cass County, MN, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elisabeth S. Cass, aged seventy-eight years (b. ME), and his daughter, Anna T. Michael, a school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. ME).

George Michael, a retired clergyman, aged eighty-seven years (b. PA), headed a Walker, Cass County, MN, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Sarah E. Michael, aged eighty-eight years (b. ME), and his daughter, Annie T. Michael, a clerk in an auditor’s office, aged fifty-two years (b. ME). George Michael had real estate valued at $1,500. They did not have a radio set.

George Michael died in Cass County, MN, June 11, 1931. Sarah Elizabeth (Tewksbury) Michael died in Cass County, MN, in 1940.

Darius B. Scott – Second Pastorate – 1877-78

After spending about two years in Lynnfield, MA, Rev. D.B. Scott returned to Milton Mills, for a further two years.

Ministers and Churches. MASSACHUSETTS. Rev. D.B. Scott has resigned from the Lynnfield church. (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), April 7, 1877).

Ministers and Churches. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Rev. S.F. Lougee is called to the church in Danburv, and Rev. D.B. Scott to the church at Milton Mills (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), April 28, 1877).

D.B. Scott appeared in Milton [Milton Mills] business directories of 1876 and 1877. (The 1876 entry belonging more properly to Rev. George Michael).

Rev. D.B. Scott of Milton Mills, N.H., gave the ordination prayer at the ordination and installation of Rev. James H. Ross [formerly] of Troy, NY, February 22, 1878. Rev. Ross was installed at the Prospect Street Church in Newburyport, MA (Boston Globe, February 23, 1878).

An Andover Theological Seminary catalog would describe his early career (up to 1880) thus:

Darius Bullock Scott, born 27 Oct. 1843, Bloomfield, N.Y. Wh. C. [attended Wheaton College, IL] – Ord. 12 July 1872. a.p. [Acting Pastor] Milton Mills, N.H., ’72-’74. p. [Pastor] Lynnfield, Ms., ’74’-’76. a.p. Milton Mills, N.H., ’77-’78. p. Hollis, N.H., ’78-.

AL321102-ScottDarius B. Scott, a clergyman, aged thirty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Hollis (Hollis Village), NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife Hepsie F. Scott, keeping house, aged thirty-six years (b. NY), his daughters, Jennie F. Scott, aged five years (b. NH), and Catherine B. Scott, aged two years (b. NY), and his servant, Catherine L. Pocher, a servant, aged thirty-one years (b. NY).

Hepsibah (Folger) Scott died in Lancaster, MA, July 17, 1906.

Darius B. Scott, a clergyman, aged sixty-four years, married (2nd) in Lancaster, MA, August 8, 1908, Harriet A. Keyes, at home, aged sixty years. She was born in Lancaster, MA, circa 1847-48, daughter of Wright S. and Maria (Cummings) Keyes, both of Lancaster. Rev. William Wells Jordan, of Clinton, MA, performed the ceremony.

Rev. D.B. Scott, pastor of the Congregational church. was overcome by an attack of heart failure in his pulpit Sunday evening and was taken to his rooms in the house of Mrs. Imogen E. Phillips by R, J, Wells and W. II. Sherman. He is much better now and is out of danger (Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, January 19, 1916).

Darius B. Scott married (3rd) at the Seattle YWCA in Seattle, WA, May 9, 1916, Lucy Tappan, both of Seattle, WA.

Rev. Darius B. Scott died in Los Angeles, CA, November 1, 1932.

DEATHS. SCOTT. In Santa Monica, November 1, 1932. Darius Bullock Scott of Pacific Palisades, formerly of Pasadena, beloved husband of Lucy Tappan Scott; brother of Jeannie Scott Maynard and Katharine Bullock Scott. Funeral services Thursday at 2 p.m. from Memory Chapel of Ives & Warren Co., 100 North Hill avenue, Pasadena (Los Angeles Times, November 2, 1932).

Willis A. Hadley – c1879-80

Hadley, Willis A.Willis Augustus Hadley was born in Peterborough, NH, February 19, 1854, son of Joel and Sarah G. (Towns) Hadley. (Joel Hadley died in Peterborough, June 8, 1855).

Sarah Hadley, keeping house, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), headed a Peterborough, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. Her household included Emily M. Hadley, an invalid, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Charles C. Hadley, works in cotton mill, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Willis A. Hadley, works in cotton mill, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Anthony Whittemore, works on R.R. [railroad], aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and Anna G. Gregg, a school teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. NH). Sarah Hadley had personal estate valued at $100.

EASTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE. The Rev. Willis E. Hadley, of Newington, has accepted a call to the Congregational church at Rye. He will begin his labors on the first Sunday in January (Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), January 5, 1878).

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MR. WILLIS S. HADLEY, for nine months supplying the church at Newington. accepts a call to supply the Church at Rye for one year, and entered upon his labors January 6th (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), January 19, 1878).

NEW ENGLAND NEWS. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Willis A. Hadley, a native of Peterboro, was ordained as an evangelist at Rye Beach, Aug. 21 (Boston Post, September 3, 1878).

NEW ENGLAND NEWS. NEW HAMPSHIRE, Rev. Willis E. Hadley, pastor of the Congregational Church at Rye, who had been engaged for another year, has been requested by a Committee representing the church to resign. The cause is said to be a strong sermon which was considered personal in character (Boston Post, December 16, 1878).

NEW ENGLAND NEWS. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Rev. Willis S. Hadley, late of Rye, has received a unanimous call from the Congregational Church at Milton Mills to become its pastor (Boston Post, January 21, 1879).

William A. Hadley, a student, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), was one of eight students boarding in the Tilton, NH, household of Silas E. Quimby, at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Quimby, president, aged forty-two years (b. NH), ran the Tilton Seminary. Quimby’s family, including his mother-in-law, a housekeeper, servant, several professors, and a teacher also resided there. Several other professors had separate households in the neighborhood.

He married in New London, CT, June 27, 1883, Stella Elizabeth Beckwith, he of Peterborough, NH, and she of New London. She was born in New London, CT, in 1857, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Beckwith.

Willis Augustus Hadley, of Peterborough, NH, graduated from the Chicago Theological Seminary in April 1886. At the graduation ceremony, he spoke on “The Problem of the World’s Evangelization” (Chicago Inter-Ocean, April 23, 1886).

New England Briefs. Rev. Willis A. Hadley of Wilmette, Ill., has accepted the call of the Belleville (Newburyport) Congregational to become its active pastor. Rev. Dr. Fiske retaining the position of senior pastor (Boston Globe, November 8, 1887),

Rev. Willis A. Hadley died in Bloomfield, CT, April 15, 1923. Stella (Beckwith) Hadley died in 1931.

NEWINGTON. The old residents of the town were to hear of the death of Rev. Mr. Willis Hadley of Bloomfield, Conn, which occurred at his home the past week. Mr. Hadley was a minister of our church in 1877. It was his first pastorate and the friends he made here at that time have remained true and staunch and many times he has visited us, sometimes passing part of his vacation here (Portsmouth Herald, April 23, 1923).

Charles H. Hickok – c1879-80

C.H. Hickok appeared in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1880, as pastor of the Congregational church there. It would seem that he could have been in Milton only briefly. He does not appear in the minister lists featured in either Scales’ History of Strafford County or the Mitchell-Cony Town Directory.

Rev. Charles Henry Hickok, second child and eldest son of Myron G. and Mary (Howard) Hickok, was born in Dunham, Province of Quebec, October 21, 1839. He acquired his early education in the public schools of Fairfax, whither his parents removed when he was one and one half years old, and with the object of preparing himself for the Baptist ministry, he entered the New Hampton Institution at Fairfax, Vermont.

The breaking out of the civil war, however, caused him to suspend his studies, as like most of the young men of that day, he was desirous of taking up arms in defense of the Union, and abruptly leaving school September 23, 1861, he proceeded on foot to St. Albans, a distance of eleven miles in order to enroll himself in Company B, First Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Cavalry, for a period of three years. On account of physical disabilities received on many battlefields and long marches he was honorably discharged in November 1862 at Alexandria, Virginia, but he subsequently re-enlisted in Company E, Thirteenth Regiment, United States Veteran Reserve Corps, with which he served until finally mustered out November 10, 1865, after the close of the war. During his army service, Mr. Hickok participated in sixteen regular field engagements, among them Mount Jackson, Virginia, April 16, 1862; Winchester, Virginia, May 25, 1862, in which his horse was shot from under him; second battle of Bull Run, August 28-31, 1862; Ashby’s Gap, September 22, 1862, and many others.

Returning to Fairfax, he resumed his studies, and having pursued an elective course in the sciences at the Boston University, he accepted a call to preach the gospel at Southfield (New Marlborough), Berkshire county, Massachusetts, in 1869, remaining there some two and one-half years (Cutter, 1908).

Charles H. Hickok, a Baptist clergyman, aged thirty years (b. Canada), headed a Marlborough, MA, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Fannie R. Hickok, keeping house, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), Fannie E. Hickok, at home, aged one year (b. MA), and Elizabeth C. Hickok, no occupation, aged fifteen years (b. VT).

After preaching in Sterling, Massachusetts, for a year, he entered the Newton Theological Seminary in September 1872, where he pursued the regular course of study and was graduated with honors in the class of 1875. Responding to a call from the Baptist church in Montville, Connecticut, he occupied that pulpit for three years, and he afterward held pastorates at Quincy Point and West Harwich, Massachusetts, and Thompson, Connecticut, receiving while in the latter place a call to Sterling, Connecticut, which he accepted (Cutter, 1908).

Charles H. Hickok, minister, aged thirty-eight years (b. VT [SIC]), headed a Harwich, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census, 1-2 June 1880, His household included his wife, Fanny L. Hickok, keeping house, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), and his daughter, Fanny E. Hickok, at home, aged eleven years (b. MA).

State News Items. Mr. and Mrs. Myron G. Hickok observed their golden wedding anniversary at their home in North Fairfax a few days ago. They have seven children, all living, five of whom were present and two were absent, living in the west. Rev. C.H. Hickok, pastor of Central Baptist church, Thompson, Conn., made a brief address (Orleans County Monitor (Barton, VT), August 29, 1887).

After his pastorate in Sterling, MA:

From June, 1895, to the present time [1908], he has resided in Wakefield; having practically retired from the ministry; supplying vacant pulpits as opportunities are given, and he is honored and esteemed by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. 

In politics, Mr. Hickok is a Republican, and although not active in civic matters, he nevertheless takes an earnest interest in the general welfare of the town and its public affairs. He is a comrade of H.M. Varnum Post No. 12, Grand Army of the Republic, which he served as chaplain for ten years, as senior vice commander for two years, and is now commander. He was chosen historian of the First Vermont Regiment of Cavalry, and has already accomplished a considerable portion of the work. He was unanimously elected chaplain of the Department of Massachusetts Grand Army of the Republic in 1901 and 1902. 

On February 28, 1867, Mr. Hickok married Miss Fannie Rebecca Clark, born April 10, 1842, daughter of Phineas and Clara (Pattee) Clark, of Bolton Massachusetts. Of this union there are three daughters, and one son – Fannie Ethel, Clara W., Mary Louise, and Charles Edward. The last three deceased. Fannie Ethel, born June I, 1869, became the wife of Walter E. Barber, April 4, 1895, and has one son, Harold H. Barber, whose birth took place May 4, 1896 (Cutter, 1908).

Charles H. Hickok died in Wakefield, MA, November 11, 1914.

Hickok, Charles H.FORMER CHAPLAIN OF STATE G.A.R. Rev. Charles H. Hickok Is Dead in Wakefield. Served in Civil War and Became a Baptist Minister Afterward. WAKEFIELD, Nov. 11. Rev. Charles H. Hickok, a retired Baptist clergyman and former chaplain of the Massachusetts Department, G.A.R., died this evening at his home, 3 Avon st,, aged 75. He had been seriously ill only a few days, but for the past year had suffered from a fall and from liver trouble. Rev. Mr. Hickok was born Oct 21, 1S39 at Dunham, Canada East. At the beginning of the Civil War he was studying at New Hampton Institution, Fairfax, Vt., and he walked 11 miles to St Albans lo enlist as a private in Co. B, 1st Vermont Cavalry, Sept 13, 1861. He participated with his regiment in 15 battles, including those of Pope’s Virginian campaign. At the second battle of Winchester, his horse was shot under him. At the close of the war he entered Boston University Theological School, from which he was graduated in 1867. Two years later he was ordained at New Marlboro and served as pastor of the Baptist Church there two years and at Sterling one year. He then studied at the Newton Theological School, being graduated in 1S75. His subsequent pastorates were at Montville, Conn; Quincy Point, West Harwich, Thompson, Conn, and Sterling. He retired from active service about 30 years ago and came here to live. For two years, 1901-3, he was chaplain of the Massachusetts department. In 1908 he was commander of Wakefield Post, G.A.R., and he had been its chaplain for IS years. He is survived by his wife, two sisters, a brother, Myron H. Hickok f Vermont, and a daughter, Mrs. Walter Barber of Sterling, Conn. Funeral services will be held at 3 Friday afternoon (Boston Globe, November 12, 1914).

Charles F. Goldsmith – 1880-81

Charles Francis Goldsmith was born in Andover, MA, May 22, 1836, son of William and Jane M. (Stickney) Goldsmith.

Charles F. Goldsmith, a cordwainer, aged twenty years filed marriage intentions in Andover, MA, June 19, 1856, with Jessie Murray, aged nineteen years, both of Andover. She was born in Scotland. Rev. Samuel Fuller, Rector of Christ Church, Andover, married them the next day, June 20, 1856.

Charles F. Goldsmith, a shoecutter, married, aged twenty-six years, registered for the military draft in Lynn, MA, in May 1863.

Charles Goldsmith, a shoemaker, aged twenty-nine years (b. Andover, MA), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Second (1865) Massachusetts State Census. His household included Jesse Goldsmith, aged twenty-three years (b. Edinburgh, Scotland). He was both a ratable poll and a legal voter.

Charles Goldsmith, a shoemaker, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Jessie H. Parker [SIC], aged thirty years. (An error occasioned by the next household being all Parkers). The resided in a multi-family dwelling with the households of George H. Tuttle, a shoemaker, aged thirty-eight years, and John S. Hillus, a shoemaker, aged twenty-six years.

Hinsdale, N.H. The Rev. C.F. Goldsmith of Lynn, Mass., occupied the pulpit in the Universalist church last Sunday morning and evening. A union picnic is now (Tuesday) attracting the consideration of our people. When and where the same will be held remains to be decided (Vermont Phoenix, August 9, 1878).

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH [of Wakefield]. For many years there were members of the Congregational church living at Union village, at which Rev. N. Barker preached occasionally, as did Rev. W. Jenness. In 1879 Rev. Charles F. Goldsmith, then preaching at Union, was ordained to the work the ministry as an evangelist by a council called by the First Church. In 1880 Rev. Joseph Fawcett began his ministry of two years (Merrill, 1889)

The lodge of Independent Order of Good Templars, instituted at Union Village, October 9, 1879, now numbers ninety-six members, and has done a vigorous, aggressive, and helpful work. The first chief templar was Rev. C.F. Goldsmith; the last, Fred E. Stevens. C.W. Horne was chief templar for several years, also grand secretary of the Grand Lodge; Mrs. C.W. Horne was secretary for sixteen years. Grand Chief Templar George A. Bailey, who instituted the Union lodge, also instituted the Newichiwannock at Wolfboro Junction, February 1886, but it had a short life (Merrill, 1889).

Charles F. Goldsmith, a clergyman, aged forty-two years (b. MA), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census, June 16, 1880. His household included his wife, Jessie Goldsmith, keeping house, aged thirty-one years (b. Canada).

New Hampshire Churches. Milton Mills. The people of the Union congregation held a surprise and pound party at the parsonage (Rev. C.F. Goldsmith, pastor,) on the evening of March 16th. A large number of packages of groceries were presented to the pastor. After partaking of a bountiful collation, for which ample provisions had been made by the ladies, the time was occupied in a thoroughly enjoyable way. The occasion will long be remembered for its expression of good will and feeling (Vermont Chronicle, March 26, 1881).

Strafford Conference. UNION. – Rev. C.F. Goldsmith has resigned as pastor, to take effect next Sunday (Vermont Chronicle, May 21, 1881).

Strafford Conference. MILTON MILLS. – Rev. C.F. Goldsmith has resigned at Milton Mills instead of Union, as was printed last week (Vermont Chronicle, May 29, 1881).

C.F. Goldsmith appeared in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directories of 1881 and 1882, as pastor of the Congregational church there.

Religious Intelligence. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Nelson. An informal meeting of the church, called to take action on hiring Rev. C.F. Goldsmith for another year, voted unanimously against doing so. As the clerk of the society was not present, and refused to be present, no meeting of the society was held. The plea of those in favor of employing Mr. Goldsmith another year, for absenting themselves from the meeting was its illegality. It is expected there will be regular preaching services, notwithstanding this action, and it is to be hoped that all will unite harmoniously on the preacher who may be secured (Vermont Chronicle, October 10, 1890).

Religious Intelligence. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Nelson. Without expressing any opinion as to the necessity of the controversy, we regret to learn that the question of the settlement of the Rev. C.F. Goldsmith is yet agitating this community. The church, at a legal meeting held on the 29th, voted unanimously not to hire Mr. Goldsmith for another year. The clerk of the society has offered his resignation, and another religious organization has been effected with headquarters at Munsonville. As the Nelson church has only forty-nine resident members and has been accustomed to support a minister in connection with that at Harrisville, there would seem to be little room for another religious society (Vermont Chronicle, November 14, 1890).

Religious Intelligence. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Boscawen. Rev. C.F. Goldsmith of Harrisville has accepted a call from the church here to become its acting pastor (Vermont Chronicle, July 31, 1891).

Religious Intelligence. New Hampshire. Boscawen. Rev. C.F. Goldsmith, having closed his labors with the Congregational church of Boscawen, his present address, for temporal supply or permanent engagement, will be Boscawen, N.H. (Vermont Chronicle, September 30, 1892).

JOHNSON. C.F. Goldsmith, of Boscawen, N.H., preached at the Congregational church last Sunday (St. Albans (VT) Daily Messenger, December 6, 1892).

Rev. Charles F. Goldsmith died in Lynn, MA, March 17, 1896. Jessie (Murray) Goldsmith died in Lynn, MA, February 22, 1915.

Gardner S. Butler – 1882-85

Gardner Smith Butler was born in Enosburg, VT, October 1, 1849, on of Sydney D. and Sally B. (Chaffee) Butler.

Rev. Gardener S. Butler was pastor at North Troy, VT, from January 1877 to 1879; Derby, VT, from January 1880 to 1881; and Coventry, VT, from April 1881 to May 1882 (Comstock, 1915).

DERBY [VT]. G.S. Butler of North Troy, has been engaged as pastor of the Congregational church, and has commenced his labors. The services will be held at 11 A.M., instead of 2 P.M., as heretofore (Essex County Herald (Guildhall, VT), January 23, 1880).

Perley Holt, no occupation listed, aged forty-one years (b. VT), headed a Derby, VT, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Eunice Holt, aged thirty-eight years (b. Canada), his boarder, G.S. Butler, a minister, aged thirty years (b. VT), and Lucius Parker, a farm laborer, aged twenty-two years (b. VT).

North Troy. Rev. G.S. Butler has received and accepted a call to preach at Milton Mills, N.H. (Express and Standard (Newport, VT), September 12, 1882).

G.S. Butler appeared in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1884, as pastor of the Congregational church there.

Gardner S. Butler of Milton, NH, married in Wakefield, NH, May 27, 1884, Rosa M. (Hutchins) Applebee of Wakefield, NH. He was a minister, aged thirty-four years, born in Enasburg, VT, son of Sydney D. Butler, a farmer. She was a lady, aged thirty-three years, born in Somersworth, NH, [October 2, 1850,] daughter of William Hutchins, a merchant. She was a widow and this was her second marriage. Walter E. Darling of Farmington, NH, performed the ceremony.

(Rosa M. Applebee, a widow, aged twenty-nine years, resided in 1880 with her parents in Wakefield – right next door to Charles F. and Jessie Goldsmith. That is to say, she lived next door to the Union village parsonage, into which Rev. Gardner S. Butler moved later).

NORTH TROY NEWS. Rev. G.S. Butler, of Milton, N.H , preached at the Congregational house last Sunday, and Rev. C.H. Smith, of Montpelier, is to preach next Sunday. The society is soon to have a preacher from New Hampshire, with a view to engaging his services (Argus and Patriot. December 10, 1884).

NORTH TROY NEWS. Rev. G.S. Butler, of Milton Mills, N.H., Fred Burdick and family, of Springfield, Mass., Post-office inspector Boynton, of Johnson, Seymour Harris and wife, of Morrisville, Mrs. Gilman, of Lawrence, Mrs. A. F Clark, of Meredith, N.H., and Fred. Braley. of Charlestown, Mass., are among recent guests In the village (Argus and Patriot, August 5, 1885).

Upon his return from North Troy, NH, he was called Rev. G.S. Butler, of Union, NH.

New Hampshire. UNION. Rev. G.S. Butler of Union, who has lately been supplying the church at Rochester, has accepted a call from the Ballardville, Mass., Congregational church (Vermont Chronicle, September 7, 1888).

New Hampshire. HILL. Rev. G.S. Butler has resigned, to accept a call from the church at Three Rivers [Palmer], Mass. (Vermont Chronicle, June 10, 1892).

Butler, Gardner S.A Palmer, MA, town meeting elected Temperance party leaders Rev. F.E. Jenkins, Rev. Gardner S. Butler, and school superintendent L.H. Gager, as a prosecuting committee in 1896. They raided illegal liquor dealers, prosecuted over 90 cases, and secured 64 convictions, with fines totaling $3,050.

Rev G.S. Butler, pastor of the Union Evangelical church in Three Rivers, came to Palmer in May, 1892. He was born in Vermont. Since coming to Palmer, Mr. Butler has become known as an enthusiastic temperance worker. He has been a firm supporter of no-license, and demonstrated his willingness to do anything possible for the good of the cause he favored (Boston Globe, December 4, 1896).

Gardner S. Butler, a clergyman, aged fifty years (b. VT), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Rose M. Butler, keeping house, aged forty-nine years, his nephew, Lisle Carl Percy, at school, aged eighteen years (b. VT), and his servant, Eliza H. Welch, a servant, aged twenty-three years (b. NH).

NORTH TROY. Rev. G.S. Butler, a former pastor here, and well known in this vicinity, was In town recently, coming with his father’s remains, from Attleboro, Mass. Mr. Butler is located at Atlanta, Ga., as a professor in a theological school (Orleans County Monitor (Barton, VT), March 30, 1903).

Rosa M. Butler died, probably in Charleston, SC,  before 1920. Gardner S. Butler died in Demorest, GA, December 28, 1930.

S.H. Atkins – c1886-87

S.H. Atkins appeared in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1887, as pastor of the Congregational church there.

Springvale. The thirteenth meeting of the York county Baptist association was held here Tuesday, and was well attended. In the evening there was preaching by Rev. S.H. Atkins, of Milton Mills, N.H. (Biddeford Daily Journal, May 6, 1887).

(And a Rev. Charles Atkins gave the prayer before the strike meeting of the Milton Mills Shoe Strike of 1889).

Henry S. Ives – 1888-91

Henry Samuel Ives was born in Canada, May 5, 1864, son of Frederick T. Ives. He emigrated to the United States, in or around 1881.

He married, in 1886, Mary Penny Caruthers. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in February 1867, daughter of Richard and Margaret (Thompson) Carruthers.

Durham. The Piscataqua Association will meet at Durham with the Rev. Samuel H. Barnum on Tuesday. October 16th, at ten A.M. Rev. George Lewis of South Berwick, Maine, will deliver the concio and act as moderator, Twenty minutes are to be devoted to the State of Religion and Practical Questions. Rev. G.S. Butler, now of Ballardvale, Mass., will discuss Christian Experience; Rev. H.S. Ives of Milton Mills will present an exegesis of the last clause of I. John i: 7; Rev. A. Ross of Hampton will read an essay on the Scripture meaning of the phrase, The Blood of Christ; Review by Rev. Frank Haley of Milton. Rev. J.H. Fitts, South Newmarket, Scribe (Vermont Chronicle, October 12, 1888).

H.S. Ives appeared in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1889, as pastor of the Congregational church there.

Henry S. Ives of Francestown, NH, petitioned the NH Supreme Court in Manchester, NH, April 13, 1894. He sought to become a US citizen. He renounced Queen Victoria and took the US citizenship oath in Nashua, NH, 20 October 1896.

Henry S. Ives, a clergyman, aged thirty-six years (b. Eng. Canada), headed a Francestown, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary P.C. Ives, aged thirty-three years (b. Scotland), and his children, Florence M. Ives, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Murray R. Ives, aged ten years (b. ME).

Henry S. Ives died in Newbury, VT, April 23, 1934. Mary P. (Carruthers) Ives died in 1963.

Isambert B. Stuart – 1891-93

Isambert Burnell Stuart, b. 25 Nov. 1856, Boothbay, Me, son of Thomas W. and Sarah M. (Barter) Stuart. Pastor, North Yarmouth, Me., 1889-91; Milton Mills, N.H., 1891-93; Alstead, N.H., 1893-01; Hooksett, N.H., 1901-05; Cohasset, Mass., 1905-07; d. 20 Feb. 1907, Boothbay Me. (Bates College, 1915).

Isambert B. Stewart married (1st) in Boothbay, ME, September 22, 1877, Georgia A. Greenleaf, both of Boothbay. She was born in Boothbay, ME, in 1858.

Isambert B. Stuart, a teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. ME), headed a Boothbay, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Georgia A. Stuart, keeping house, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), and his daughter, Edith Stuart, aged eleven months (b. ME).

Religious Intelligence. New Hampshire. Milton. Rev. J.B. Stuart is beginning his ministry at Milton Mills very agreeably. His people have given him a reception, and valuable presents (Vermont Chronicle, August 14, 1891).

Religious Intelligence. New Hampshire. Milton Mills. The church here, Rev. Z.B. Stuart pastor, observed Easter by a responsive service in the morning and a Sunday-school concert in the evening. The music at both services was exceptionally fine (Vermont Chronicle, April 29, 1892).

I.E. Stuart appeared in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1894, as pastor of the Congregational church there.

Georgia A. Stuart died in 1896. Isambert B. Stuart married (2nd) in Boothbay, ME, September 5, 1901, Emma R. Greenburg, both of Boothbay She was born in Boothbay, ME, circa 1859-60, daughter of William and Mary J. (Pinkham) Greenburg.

Isambert B. Stuart died in Boothbay, ME, February 20, 1907.


The pulpit was vacant in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directories of 1898, 1901, and 1904.

Since that time the church has depended upon theological students or visiting ministers for preaching and public worship (Scales, 1914). 


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The Question

By S.D. Plissken | February 24, 2019

Meet the Candidates Night is to take place tonight, February 24, at 6:00 PM, at the Emma Ramsey Center.

There are actually few choices to be made on this year’s ballot. Most of the candidates are running unopposed.

Running Unopposed

Thomas McDougall and Humphrey Williams are the two candidates running for two seats on the Budget Committee. There is a third seat with no candidate at all.

James M. “Mike” Beaulieu and Sean Skillings are the two candidates running for two seats on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Bruce W. Woodruff is the sole candidate for the Cemetery Trustee seat. Miranda Myhre is the sole candidate for Library Trustee. Joseph A. Michaud is the sole candidate for a Planning Board seat. Mackenzie Campbell is the sole candidate for Treasurer. Brittney Leach is the sole candidate for Trustee of the Trust Funds. Michelle Beauchamp is the sole candidate for Town Clerk / Tax Collector.

Barring some upset write-in candidate, these people will hold these seats. Votes by themselves, their spouses, their parents, and their children would be enough to put them in office. That is nothing against them, who have stepped up to do a task, but just don’t take it as much of a “mandate.”

The only contested elections are for a single seat on the Board of Selectmen and a single three-year seat as Fire Chief.

Fire Chief – Three Year Position = Vote for not more than One

Incumbent Nicholas Marique and challenger Stephen D. Duchesneau are vying to be Fire Chief. I am not aware of any published statements issued by either candidate, except perhaps that Mr. Duchesneau’s campaign signs are frequently accompanied by similarly colored ones urging us to “Stop the Spending.”

Board of Selectmen – Three Year Position – Vote for not more than One

The five candidates for the single seat on the Board of Selectmen are Andrew “Andy” Rawson, Adam G. Sturtevant, Billy Walden, James M. “Mike” Beaulieu, and Lawrence D. “Larry” Brown.

You may recognize the names of Andrew Rawson and James M. “Mike” Beaulieu as being two of the three selectmen of the year before last: the 2017-18 year. The third of that year was the current board chairman, Ryan Thibeault.

This is the group that authorized and oversaw the massively flawed valuation of that year. James M. Beaulieu left office early, so did not take a part in the aftermath. Neither then Chairman Andrew Rawson nor then Selectman Thibeault have ever explained what caused the problem – apart from blaming the assessing contractor – or any details of its size and scope, or their role in the problem – either in its making or in offering any proposed solutions.

The current board, which includes then Selectman Thibeault as its current chairman, claimed the unauthorized overages and used the money to blur their own spending increases. Candidate Lawrence D. “Larry” Brown noted approvingly that the law permits this.

Even without the assessment problem, the trio of Rawson, Beaulieu, and Thibeault were right in line with past boards in completely failing to rein in greater-than-inflation budget increases. They were the component parts of yet another failed board – voting unanimously to spend more than we have.

So, Andrew “Andy” Rawson, James M. “Mike” Beaulieu, and, to a lesser extent, Lawrence D. “Larry” Brown, who has held nearly every office except selectman, have all quite a bit of overdue explaining to do. Of all the five candidates, these three most of all would need to demonstrate firm commitments to change – I know, the likely worth of politicians’ promises – before they are again trusted with the keys.

The Question

In terms of this Meet the Candidates Night, there is one fundamental question to be asked.

That question is not “how long have you lived in Milton,” nor is it “by how much will you cut the tax rate,” nor “by how much will you cut the rate of budget increase,” nor whether or not Milton needs “more businesses” to fuel its overspending, nor how might such cuts affect services, nor even “muh community.”  It is much too late for all those standard circumlocutions.

The only meaningful question for these candidates is: By how much will you cut the Town budget?

If, as has been reliably calculated, our current Town budget is half again what it should be, only budget cuts can restore sanity. Not fiddling of a combination of valuation and tax rate, nor level-funding a bloated budget, but cutting the overall budget.

Anyone who cannot answer this simple question in a clear and satisfactory manner can not be trusted with the keys. In effect, they will be telling you – by not answering – that they will be the reliable third vote on future budget and tax increases.

Kick start the change now. Ask the question. Vote only for candidates that can answer it.


Town of Milton. (2019, February). Meet the Candidates. Retrieved from

Circumpolar Constellations: Cassiopeia

By Peter Forrester | February 23, 2019

Today I begin a series on the constellations that are close to the North Star. Constellations that never set from a person’s perspective are called “circumpolar”. They rotate once around Polaris every 24 hours but never go below the horizon. Which constellations are circumpolar depend on your latitude, or distance from the equator, but from northern latitudes between 40 and 50 degrees north, there are five constellations that are definitely circumpolar, with four of them having at least some fairly bright stars.

Milton’s latitude is 43º 24′ (43 degrees 24 minutes) North. If you imagine a circle sitting on the horizon, with the North Star, Polaris, at its center, then everything inside that circle is circumpolar. So I may extend this series out over more than just the first five parts.

I begin with the one called Cassiopeia (one of Ptolemy’s original 48 constellations in the 2nd Century AD), because it is currently high and easily visible in the early evening. The five brightest stars in this constellation form an “asterism” or group of stars with a very recognizable shape, which depending on its direction can be described as a funny “E”, “W”, “M”, or “3”.

If you imagine another circle around Polaris, this one with the Big Dipper on the edge, then Cassiopeia is also on this circle, across from the Big Dipper. In other words, it’s about the same distance away from Polaris as the dipper, but on the other side. So you will always find her in a northerly direction.

Cassiopeia was a vain queen in Greek mythology, who bragged that she and her daughter Andromeda were more beautiful than the Nereids, the daughters of the sea god Nereus. In anger, the god Poseidon punished her kingdom, and she and her husband were persuaded to sacrifice Andromeda to a sea creature Cetus, but she was fortunately rescued by the hero Perseus. Some depictions of Cassiopeia show her chained to a chair of a type once used in torture, which is said to be the gods’ final punishment.

The brightest star in Cassiopeia, Schedar, or α (Alpha) Cassiopeiae, has an apparent magnitude of 2.2. The γ (Gamma)  star sometimes brightens up to 1.6 but is normally around 2.3 in magnitude. Two of the three other stars in the “W” asterism are between 2.3 and 2.7 in magnitude. The dimmest of the five stars in the asterism has a magnitude of 3.3.

The Milky Way (what appears to be a long, thin cloud but is actually the edge of the disk of the galaxy) runs through Cassiopeia. Thus there are many “deep sky” objects such as star clusters and nebulae, and two supernova remnants (including a famous supernova from the year 1572). There are also several galaxies within Cassiopeia. Some of these deep-sky objects can be seen with the naked eye, but generally it takes a telescope to get a good view.

Cassiopeia was one of the first constellations I learned to identify as a teenager because it is so bright and always so close to the North Star. I hope you will take the time to look up and see if you can find it, and happy stargazing!


The Urban Astronomer. (2008, December 17). Circumpolar Stars. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2019, February 12). Cassiopeia (constellation). Retrieved from on February 19, 2019.

Wikipedia. (2019, January 22). Cassiopeia of Ethiopia. Retrieved from on February 19, 2019.

Wikipedia. (2018, January 28). Circumpolar constellation. Retrieved from on February 19, 2019.

Wikipedia. (2019, February 11). Latitude. Retrieved from on February 19, 2019

Milton in 1841

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | February 22, 2019

Milton, N.H. Strafford co. The Salmon Fall river washes its whole E. boundary, a distance of 13 miles; and a branch of the same river crosses from the S. part of Wakefield, and unites near the centre of the E, boundary. Teneriffe, a bold and rocky mountain, extends along the E. part of Milton, near which lies Milton pond, of considerable size, connecting with the Salmon Fall river. This town was formerly a part of Rochester, from which it was detached in 1802. It lies 40 miles N.E. from Concord, and 20 N.W. by N. from Dover. Population, 1830, 1,273. 

Previous in sequence: Milton in 1839; next in sequence: Milton in 1849


Hayward, John. (1841). The New England Gazetteer: Containing Descriptions of All the States. Retrieved from

Milton in the News – 1875

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | February 21, 2019

In this year, we encounter the Strafford County and Shapleigh & Acton (York County) agricultural fairs, another mill fire, the suspicious death of a Milton man in Somersworth, and Farmington’s Wilson birth-site memorial.

Luther Hayes was born in Lebanon, ME, January 12, 1820, son of George and Lydia (Jones) Hayes.

Hayes represented Milton in the NH legislature in 1859-60. The Federal government taxed him as a horse dealer in the US Excise Tax of 1864. He held the office of Strafford County Sheriff in the years 1866-71. He was one of ten incorporators of the Milton Classical Institute in 1867.

Strafford county [Fair] effected an organization in 1867 … The Rochester fair, started as a town exhibition over twenty years ago [1875], soon overshadowed and practically wiped out the Strafford County fair, and for many years past has maintained interstate proportions, rivaling the New England fair in many respects (Metcalf, 1897).

Luther Hayes, a farmer, aged fifty years, headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Sarah L. [(Caffran}] Hayes, keeping house, aged thirty-four years, Charles H. Hayes, a farm laborer, aged twenty-one years, George A. Hayes, a farm laborer, aged eighteen years, Samuel L. Hayes, at school, aged seven years, Fanny L. Hayes, aged four years, Hattie E. Hayes, aged two years, and John L. Hayes, aged seven months, Amos Jackson, a farm laborer, aged thirty-five years, Lydia E. Cloutman, aged twenty-eight years, and Mary Sinclair, housekeeper, aged sixty-five years. Hayes had real estate valued at $6,000 and personal estate valued at $3,447. The census taker enumerated his household between those of Giles W. Burrows and Ichabod H. Wentworth (father of Hiram V. Wentworth).

AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES. STRAFFORD CO., N.H. The annual meeting was held at Dover, Dec. 22, when the following officers were elected: President, Luther Hayes of Milton; Vice Presidents, Elisha Lock of Harrington, and Joseph Nutter of Farmington; Treasurer, Stephen S. Chick of Great Falls; Secretary, Ezra H. Twombly of Dover (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), January 9, 1875).

Luther Hayes will be encountered again in another capacity in 1876 and 1878.

Hiram V. Wentworth’s South Milton shoe factory was thought to have been burned by an arsonist.

FIRES. AT SOUTH MILTON, N.H. – GREAT FALLS, N.H., July 24. – Hiram V. Wentworth’s shoe manufactory, at South Milton, burned last night. Loss $30,000. Partly insured (Chicago Tribune, July 25, 1875).

THE FIRE RECORD. Other Fires. Hiram F. Wentworth’s shoe manufactory at South Milton, N.H., was totally destroyed by fire with its contents Friday night. Loss about $30,000, partially insured. It is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary (Hartford Courant, July 26, 1875).

Hiram V. Wentworth and John U. Simes were Milton’s NH state representatives in 1867. Wentworth was also one of the ten incorporators of the Milton Classical Institute. He was chosen a board member of the Strafford County agricultural fair in September 1869.

Hiram V. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-one years, headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Mary J. Wentworth, keeping house, aged forty-eight years, Henry H. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty-six years, Louisa A. Wentworth, aged twenty-three years, Anna H. Wentworth, at school, aged five years, James M. Gage, a shoe cutter, aged twenty-four years, James M. Corson, a shoe finisher, aged twenty-four years, and Charles L. Furber, a farm laborer, aged forty-six years. Wentworth had real estate valued at $1,500 and personal estate valued at $1,654.

Milton business directories identify him as a boot and shoe manufacturer in 1869-70, 1871, and 1873.

Hiram V. Wentworth, son of Ichabod H. and Peace (Varney) Wentworth,  died in Milton, September 29, 1890, aged seventy-one years.

Here follow three drunken incidents involving Milton residents, none of which happened in Milton itself.

TELEGRAPHIC NOTES. Fred Gallagher, of Milton, N.H., left his friends in Great Falls on the night of the 1st inst. to go to the cars for home. Yesterday his body was discovered in the canal near No. 2 mill. An inquest will beheld to-day. Deceased was about 21 years of age, and unmarried (Boston Post, October 13, 1875).

GAMBLERS AND DRUNKARDS IN MAINE. SACO ME., OCT. 21. – Sheriffs Burgin and Grant went to the Shapleigh and Acton Fair, yesterday. There was a very large attendance and much drunkenness. Outside the grounds rum was freely sold. They raided on many and made a number of arrests. Willey S. Davis, of Milton Mills, and Ben West, of Milton Three Ponds, were taken to Alfred Jail. John Grant, of Great Falls, was brought to Saco. The arrests caused a scattering among the liquor venders. Gambling was freely indulged in, and several arrests were made (Boston Post, October 22, 1875).

It may be useful to remember that arrests are not convictions.

Many readers will have seen this Wilson memorial boulder on Main Street (NH Route 153) in Farmington, next to the Farmington Country Club.

A very singular and improvised monument has been dedicated to Vice President WILSON by the people of his native place, Farmingham [SIC], N.H. Last Wednesday, while the bells tolled, the villagers on foot followed a bowlder of ten tons weight, dragged by ten oxen, for nearly two miles to the acre lot on which stands the house in -which WILSON was born, and there deposited the rough bowlder as a monument. The acre was part of the farm of COLBATH, WILSON’S father, but was sold years ago to a wealthy manufacturer, LUTHER HAYES, who gave it to HENRY WILSON (Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL), December 10, 1875).

Vice President Henry Wilson had died only weeks before Farmington set this boulder in place as a monument.

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1874; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1876


Find a Grave. (1998, May 7). Henry Wilson. Retrieved from

Find a Grave. (2010, March 8). Luther Hayes. Retrieved from

Metcalf, Henry H. (1897). New Hampshire Agriculture: Personal and Farm Sketches. Concord, NH: Republican Press Association

Rochester Fair. (2018). Rochester Fair. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2013, December 26). Henry Wilson. Retrieved from


Milton’s Congregational Ministers of 1847-90

By Muriel Bristol | February 18. 2019

Continued from Milton’s Congregational Ministers of 1827-46

According to Scales’ History of Strafford County, Milton’s Congregational pastor, Rev. Benjamin G. Willey,

… was succeeded by Revs. Edward F. Abbott, August 1846 to May 1848; James Doldt, May 1848 to January 1870; Frank Haley, February 1870 to April 1874; John N. Lowell, August 1874 to August 1875; Samuel W. Clarke, April 1876 to April 1877; John N. Jewett [SIC], 1877 to 1880; George Sterling, October 1881 to 1890 [SIC].

Scales’ list has several errors. The Rev. John N. Jewett entry was actually a second pastorate of Rev. John N. Lowell; and the Rev. George Sterling actually left in 1884, to be succeeded by a second pastorate of Rev. Frank Haley.

Edward F. Abbott – “August 1846 to May 1848″

Edward Farrington Abbott was born in Andover, MA, December 24, 1816, son of Zebediah and Sarah (Farrington) Abbott.

He married in NH, circa 1838, Charlotte Cushing. She was born in NH in 1818.

Rev. Edward F. Abbot, son of Dea. Zebadiah Abbot, studied theology at Gilmanton, N.H. [Class of 1840]; was ordained minister of church in Milton, N.H., 1846; at Dublin, N.H., 1855; at Ipswich, Mass., 1855 (Bailey, 1880).

Edward F. Abbott, a clergyman, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), headed a Loudon, NH, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Charlotte Abbott, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and Clarabel F. Abbott, aged two years (b. NH).

Edward F. Abbott, a clergyman, aged thirty-eight years (b. Andover, MA), headed an Andover, MA, household at the time of the First (1855) MA State Census. His household included Charlotte C. Abbott, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and Clara S. Abbott, aged seven years (b. NH). They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of William Course, a bootmaker, aged forty-two years (b. Scotland).

Ichabod Crane, a farmer, aged seventy-six (b. NH), headed a Surry, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Clarissa A. Crane, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), and Edward F. Abbott, a Congregational clergyman, aged forty-four years (b. MA). Ichabod Crane had real estate valued at $800 and personal estate valued at $2,500; Clarissa A. Crane had personal estate valued at $100; and Edward F. Abbott had personal estate valued at $400.

[Abbott’s landlord happened to have the same name as Washington Irving’s fictional schoolmaster, who was pursued by a headless horseman in his 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow].

Edward F. Abbott, a Con. clergyman, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), headed an Andover, MA, household at the time of the Second (1865) MA State Census. His household included Charlotte C. Abbott, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), and Clarabel S. Abbott, aged seventeen years (b. NH).

The Congregationalist and Recorder says: At the recent meeting of the Andover Association, held in Lowell, after due enquiry, and hearing statements and confession from Rev. Edward F. Abbott of Andover, a resolution was passed to the effect that the Association are satisfied as to his piety and soundness in the faith, and now recommend him as a Congregational minister in good and regular standing. It will be remembered that, on account of a change of his views on future punishment he withdrew himself for a time from our denomination (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), May 9, 1868).

William Tinker a tanner, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed an Otis, MA, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Emily C. Tinker, keeping house, aged forty-three years, Pearl S. Tinker, bookkeeping, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), Emma L. Tinker, attending school, aged eleven years (b. MA), Bert S. Tinker, at home, aged two years (b. MA), Catherine Waters, attending school, aged fourteen years (b. Ireland), and Edward Abbot, a clergyman, aged fifty-three years (b. MA). William Tinker had real estate valued at $7,200 and personal estate valued at $4,000.

Charlotte (Cushing) Abbott died in Lebanon, ME, June 17, 1882. Edward F. Abbott died in Andover, MA, June 17, 1888. Daughter Clarabel S. Abbott died in Lebanon, ME, September 26, 1888.

James Doldt – “May 1848 to January 1870″

James Doldt was born in Groton, MA, September 30, 1809. He was probably a son of Frederick and Nancy (Pell) Doldt, and brother to Nancy Doldt (b. 1804), Mary Dolt (b. 1806), and Frederick Doldt, Jr. (b. 1807). In later records, his father was said to have been a native of Germany.

Rev. James Doldt married (1st), May 3, 1842, Eliza Etta Stevens, he of Effingham and she of Canterbury. She was born in Canterbury, NH, October 29, 1810, daughter of Edmund and Betsy (Shepard) Stevens.

James Doldt, a Con. clergyman, aged forty years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Eliza Doldt, aged thirty nine years (b. NH), Marietta L. Doldt, aged five years (b. NH), and Eliza A. Doldt, aged three years (b. NH). He had no valued real estate. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of James H. Twombly, a painter, aged fifty-three years, and Daniel Jenness, a carpenter, aged forty-four years.

Eliza E. (Stevens) Doldt died in Milton, NH, March 1, 1856. He married (2nd), February 16, 1858, Lucia Chandler. She was born in Concord, NH, June 14, 1816, daughter of Henry and Ruth (Abbott) Chandler.

James Doldt, a clergyman, aged forty-nine years (b. NH [SIC]), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Lavina Doldt, aged forty-four years (b. NH), Marietta P. Doldt, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Eliza A. Doldt, aged thirteen years (b. NH), James Kenison, a carpenter, aged twenty-six years, and Chales Jenkins, a shoemaker, aged eight years (b. NH). James Doldt had real estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $600. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of William W. Cook, a farmer, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), and Daniel Collins, a R.R. man, aged thirty years (b. Ireland).

James Doldt appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1867-68. and 1869-70.

Rev. James  and Lucia C. Doldt went next to Canterbury, NH, in February 1870.

Religious Intelligence. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Rev. James Doldt of Milton,. is to supply the church in Canterbury one year, and will soon commence his labors there (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), December 11, 1869).

James Doldt, a clergyman, aged sixty years (b. MA), headed a Canterbury, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Lucia C. Doldt, keeping house, aged fifty-two years (b. NH). James Doldt had real estate valued at $1,000 and personal estate valued at $1,500.

Lyford’s History of the Town of Canterbury left this portrait of him:

Like his predecessors, Mr. Doldt was of the old school of preachers in the form of his sermons and the manner of his delivery. His pulpit utterances were less of a doctrinal nature than those of Mr. Moody. He emphasized the love of God more than his retributive justice. There was no mistaking that he was a clergyman, his dress and dignity at all times indicating his calling. His greeting, however, was kindly and his apparent reserve disappeared in conversation (Lyford, 1912).

James Doldt, a clergyman, aged seventy-one years (b. MA), headed a Canterbury, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucia Doldt, keeping house, aged sixty-four years (b. NH).

State Religious News. New Hampshire. CANTERBURY. Rev. James Doldt, acting pastor of the church in this place for fifteen years, is sick with Bright’s disease and has resigned his charge. Services were conducted last Sabbath by the young men (Vermont Chronicle (Bellow’s Falls, VT), March 19, 1886).

New Hampshire. CANTERBURY. Rev. James Doldt, acting pastor of this place for fifteen years, has retired and has gone to Orange, N.J., to live with his daughter. He is quite feeble in health. Lucien C. Kimball of Andover, Mass., supplied last Sabbath and a call has been extended for a permanent supply (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), October 29, 1886).

NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS. Rev. James Doldt of Canterbury died on Sunday at Orange, N.J., whither he went a few days ago for the benefit of his health. He was born in Groton, Mass., Sept. 30, 1809, was graduated from Gilmanton theological seminary in 1841, and was ordained to the Congregational ministry, Sept. 21, 1843. His first settlement was In Wolfboro, N.H., and afterwards he was in Effingham, Milton and Canterbury, where he was pastor of the Congregational church until his resignation a few weeks ago (Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), [Saturday,] November 6, 1886).

James Doldt died in East Orange, NJ, October 31, 1886. Lucia (Chandler) Doldt died June 14, 1888.

Frank Haley – First Pastorate – “February 1870 to April 1874″

Frank Enoch Haley was born in Tuftonboro, NH, February 20, 1835, son of Enoch and Cynthia (Piper) Haley.

Haley, Frank, M.D., son of Deacon Enoch and Cynthia (Piper) Haley, was born in Tuftonboro, N.H., Feb. 20, 1835. Studied at the Wolfboro and Tuftonboro Academy 1850, 1852-54. Took course of medical lectures at Bowdoin College, 1856. Studied in Dartmouth Medical College, 1857-58, when he was graduated. Practiced medicine at Tamworth, N.H., 1858-59. Studied theology in Andover Seminary and was graduated in 1863. Ordained as pastor at Enfield, N.H., Oct. 7, 1863, dismissed May 1, 1866; Concord, Mass., installed Jan. 3, 1867, dismissed April 30, 1867. Was missionary of the A.M.A. at Macon, Ga., October 1867 to October 1868, as local superintendent of educational and religious work. Pastor at Boscawen, N.H., December 1868 to May 1869; Milton, N.H., February 1870 to April 1874, also practicing medicine there from February 1871. Was missionary under the A.M.A. at Macon, Ga. April 1874 to October 1874; Dover, N.H., Belknap Church, December 1874 to December 1875; Seabrook and Hampton Falls, N.H., December 1875 to June 1881; Boscawen, N.H., June 1881, installed Oct. 11, 1882, dismissed June 11, 1885; Milton, N.H., June 1885 to June 1891. Was trustee of the Nute High School and library, Milton, N.H. from 1889 till his death, and was librarian of the Nute library from 1891. Publications: Funeral Sermon of Mr. Dexter Harris, of Canaan, N.H., Concord, N.H., 1865, 19 pp. A Discourse delivered in the Congregational Church at Milton, N.H., at the funeral services of Dr. Stephen Drew, Lynn, Mass., 1872, 16 pp. A Discourse delivered at the funeral of Hon. Charles Jones, Milton, N.H., Dover, N.H., 1873, 16 pp. Married in Tuftonboro, N.H. Dec. 16, 1857, Rhoda Jane, daughter of James and Mary (Smith) Hayes, who died at Seabrook, N.H., Feb. 23, 1877. Two children, one living. Married at Milton, N.H., May 1, 1878, Sarah, daughter of Deacon Enoch W. and Orinda (Ayers) Plummer, who survives him. One child living. Died of Bright’s disease at Milton, N.H., March 28, 1904, aged 69 years, 1 month, 8 days (Congregational Publishing Society, 1905).

He married (1st) in Tuftonboro, NH, December 16, 1857, Jane Rhoda “Jennie” Hayes. She was born in Tuftonboro, October 1, 1839, daughter of James and Mary D. (Caverly) Hayes.

Candidates for the Ministry. Messrs. Frank Haley, M. L. Severance, Geo. Hardy, Alba L.P. Loomis, William W. Chapin, Lucius H. Higgins, Nathan B. Knapp, Samuel L. Bates, William S. Hazen, Roswell Harris, Jr., Theodore S. Pond, William A. Haselton, John Otis Barrows and M. Bradford Boardman, members of Andover Theological Seminary, were examined by the Derry and Manchester Association, at Manchester, N. H., on the 13th inst., and licensed to preach, the Gospel (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), January 20, 1863).

Frank Haley, a student, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), married, registered for the Class I military draft in Andover, MA, in June 1863.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. Massachusetts. The orthodox Church in Concord has voted a call to Rev. Frank Haley, late of Enfield, N.H. The salary mentioned is $1400 (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), December 1, 1866).

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. Massachusetts. Rev. Frank Haley was installed over the Congregational church in Concord, on Thursday, Jan. 3d (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), January 19, 1867).

One may note that the Congregational church was still considered to be the “orthodox” church.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. South and West. The Congregational Church at Macon, Ga., has received twenty members since April last. Rev. Frank Haley, pastor (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), November 7, 1868).

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. New Hampshire. Rev. Frank Haley is engaged to preach at Boscawen for the current year (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), April 17, 1869).

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. New Hampshire. Rev. Frank Haley, who has been supplying the Congregational Church in Boscawen, since January, and had engaged for a year, has been obliged to suspend all ministerial labors by the failure of his health (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), September 1869).

Frank Haley, a clergyman, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Jenny R. Haley, keeping house, aged thirty years (b. NH), Mary L. Haley, at home, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Agnes C. Haley, aged six years (b. NH). Frank Haley had personal estate valued at $300. His household appeared between those of Nancy J. Dixon, keeping house, aged forty-four years (b. ME), and John M. Hanson, a teamster, aged fifty years (b. ME).

Rev. Haley evidently considered relocating to Candia, NH, in 1871, but does not seem to have done so (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), January 14, 1871).

Frank Haley appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directories of 1871, 1873, and 1874.

RELIGIOUS NEWS. Congregational. Rev. Frank Haley who has supplied the church in Milton. N.H., for the last four years, has removed to Macon, Georgia (Vermont Journal (Bellows Falls, VT), April 25, 1874).

Jane R. “Jennie” (Hayes) Haley died in Seabrook, NH, February 23, 1877. He married (2nd) in Seabrook, NH, May 1, 1878. Sarah Plummer. She was born in Milton, NH, June 17, 1848, daughter of Enoch W. and Orinda (Ayers) Plummer.

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. BOSCOWAN. Rev. Frank Haley was installed as pastor of the First Congregational church on the 11th. Eight churches were represented on the Council. The examination was very satisfactory. Sermon by Rev. George B. Spalding, D.D., of Dover; prayer by Rev. Edward Buxton of Webster; charge to the pastor, by Rev. James Doldt of Canterbury; right hand of fellowship by Rev. John H. Larry of Fisherville. Mr. Haley has been acting pastor of this church since June, 1881. and thirteen years ago he labored in this field for several months, but sickness obliged him to abandon his work (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), October 20, 1882).

Continued in his second pastorate (see below).

John N. Lowell – First Pastorate – “August 1874 to August 1875″

John N. Lowell was born in South Newburgh, ME, in September 1846, son of Jeremiah and Lucy M. (Fernald) Lowell.

Elijah Noyes, a farmer, aged forty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Newbury, MA, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Martha Noyes, keeping house, aged fifty-five years (b. Ireland), Albert A. Noyes, at home, aged nineteen years (b. MA), John N. Lowell, a boarder, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), John M. Potter, a boarder, aged seventeen years (b. MA), George N. Does, a boarder, aged twenty years (b. NH), Charles A. Does, a boarder, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Jesse H. Bickford, a boarder, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), Frank M. Porter, a boarder, aged eighteen years (b. ME), Edward H. Potter, a boarder, aged eighteen years (b. MA), and Bernard Damon, a boarder, aged seventeen years (b. MA). Many of the surrounding houses had also taken in boarders, all of them young men, which might suggest that they were all students.

NEW ENGLAND NEWS BY MAIL. At the meeting of the Piseataqua Association of Congregational Ministers, held at Newmarket, N.H., Tuesday, with the Rev. Swift Byington, pastor of the First Church, Exeter, Mr. John N. Lowell, a member of Andover Theological Seminary, was licensed to preach for two years. Mr. Lowell has received and accepted an invitation to supply the pulpit, of the Congregational Church in Milton for one year (Boston Globe, January 22, 1875).

J.N. Lowell appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1876.

Continued in his second pastorate (see below).

Samuel W. Clarke – “April 1876 to April 1877″

Samuel Worcester Clarke was born in MA, February 7, 1828, son of Benjamin F. and Sarah (Chapin) Clarke.

He married, probably in Johnstown, NY, circa 1853-54, Catherine Bruce. She was born in Washington, NY, July 4, 1833, daughter of James Bruce (b. Scotland).

Samuel W. Clark, a cabinetmaker, aged twenty-six years (b. MA), headed a Johnstown, NY, household at the time of the First (1855) NY State Census. His household included Catharin Clark, aged twenty-three years (b. Washington, NY), and Ernest C. Clark, aged five months (b. Tarlton, NY). He lived in Johnston for seven years, while she had lived there for only six years.

Samuel W. Clark, a mechanic, aged thirty=two years (b. MA), headed a Johnstown, NY, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Catherine Clark, aged twenty-eight years (b. NY), and Ernest Clark, aged five years (b. NY). Samuel W. Clark had real estate valued at $1,600. The Clarks shared a two-family dwelling with the household of Alvira Hall, a glove maker, aged twenty-two years (b. NY). Her household included Myra M. Scudder, a milliner, aged forty-five years (b. NY), and Elizabeth Van Allen, aged twenty-two years (b. NY).

Samuel W. Clark, a cabinetmaker, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Johnstown, NY, household at the time of the Second (1865) NY State Census. His household included Cate Clark, aged thirty-three years (b. Washington, NY), E.C. Clark, aged ten years (b. Tarlton, NY), Luella Clark, aged two years, and Ethel Clark, aged four months.

S.W. Clark, works in cabinet shop, aged forty-two years (b. MA), headed a New Milford, CT. household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Katy Clark, keeping house, aged thirty-seven years (b. NY), Ernest Clark, aged fifteen years (b. NY), Luellah Clark, aged seven years (b. NY), and Ethel Clark, aged five years (b. NY). S.W. Clark had no valued real estate.

Samuel Worcester Clarke was ordained in Warwick, MA, January 14, 1874, where he then served as pastor.

Samuel W. Clark appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of  1877.

Ministers and Churches. NEW HAMPSHIRE. REV. S.W. CLARKE closed his labors with the church at Milton April 29, and goes to Wenham, Mass. (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), May 19, 1877).

Ministers and Churches. Massachusetts. REV. SAMUEL W. CLARKE has closed his engagement at Wenham (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), April 20, 1878).

Samuel Clark, a clergyman, aged fifty-two years (b. MA), headed a Holyoke, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Catherine Clark, keeps house, aged forty-five years (b. MA), and his children, Ernest C. Clark, insurance agent, aged twenty-five years, Luella Clark, at school, aged seventeen years (b. NY), and Ethel L. Clark, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NY). They resided on Dwight Street.

In an August 1897 Boston Globe gossip column, Rev. Clarke received a visit from his daughter, Luella Scott, and  her children.

BARNSTABLE. At West Barnstable, … Rev S.W. Clarke is entertaining Mrs. Wm. Scott and children (Boston Globe, August 15, 1897).

Samuel W. Clark, a clergyman, aged seventy-two years (b. MA), headed an Ashford, CT, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-four years), Catherine B. Clark, aged sixty-seven years (b. NY). She was the mother of five children, of whom two were still living.

Luella K. Scott, a music teacher, aged forty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Springfield (Ward 4), MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her son, Everett C. Scott, aged fourteen years (b. MA), and her mother, Catherine B. Clarke, aged seventy-seven years (b. NY). both women were widows.

Rev. Samuel W. Clarke died November 12, 1906. Katherine (Bruce) Clarke, of Springfield, MA, died in Granby, MA, September 11, 1911, aged seventy-two years, two months, and sixteen days.

John N. Lowell – Second Pastorate – “1877 to 1880″

Continued from his first pastorate (see above).

John N. Lowell married in Rowley, MA, July 5, 1877, Harriet B. Richardson, he of New Haven, CT, and she of Rowley. She was born in Ipswich, MA, circa 1841, daughter of Edward and Sarah J. (Appleton) Richardson.

Ministers and Churches. Other States. Mr. John N. Lowell was ordained and installed as pastor of the church in Milton, N.H., on Thursday of last week. The sermon was by Rev. John Pike, D.D., of Rowley, Massachusetts (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), [Saturday,] December 1, 1877).

J.N. Lowell appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1880.

John N. Lowell, a clergyman, aged thirty-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton (3-Ponds Village) household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Harriet B. Lowell, keeping house, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA).

NEW ENGLAND NEWS. NEW HAMPSHIRE, Rev. John N. Lowell of Milton has been invited by the Congregational Society of West Haverhill, Mass., to become their pastor (Boston Post, July 26, 1880).

AUGUST GAYETY. Mountain Resorts Crowded With Tourists. Jackson, Intervale, North Conway and Kearsage Scenes of Festivity. Dancing, Driving, Card Parties and Mountain Climbing Popular Pastimes. INTERVALE. A party from Haverhill, composed of John N. Lowell, Miss Harriett B. Lowell, Miss Elsie G. Webster, Miss Lilla A. Hayes, Miss Josephine L. Elliot and Messrs. Perry and Lowell O. Elliot, are having things pretty much their own way for few weeks at the Idlewild (Boston Globe, August 6, 1899).

John N. Lowell, a clergyman, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), headed a Haverhill (Ward 5), MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Harriet B. Lowell, aged forty-nine years (b. MA).

Harriet B. (“m.n. Richardson”) Lowell died in Haverhill, MA, November 24, 1901, aged fifty-one years, eight months, and twenty-one days. (Buried Rowley, MA).

Rev. John N. Lowell conducted the funeral services for two of the fourteen victims of the Isle of Shoals excursion sinking known as the “Tragedy of the Waitresses.”

MARSHALL SISTERS. Haverhill Victims of Isles of Shoals Burled. HAVERHILL, July 20. Miss Ena and Miss Mary E. Marshall were buried in Hillside Cemetery here today. Rev. John N. Lowell conducted services in West Parish Congregational church, which were largely attended (Boston Globe, July 21, 1902).

John N. Lowell died in Haverhill, MA, May 30, 1903, aged fifty-six years, eight months, and ten days.

NEW ENGLAND BRIEFS. Rev. John N. Lowell, pastor of the West Congregational church, Haverhill, Mass., died from pneumonia. He was born at Newburg, Me., in 1846.(Vermont Tribune (Ludlow, VT), June 5, 1903).


The Milton business directories of 1881 and 1882 listed no Congregational minister at all.

George Sterling – “October 1881 to March 1884″

George Sterling was born in New Milford, CT, July 27, 1842, son of Samuel B. and Minerva (Beard) Sterling.

[Andover Theological Seminary] CLASS OF 1873. George Sterling. Son of Samuel B. Sterling and Minerva Beard; born at New Milford, Conn., July 27, 1842; united with the church at New Milford, July 1, 1866; studied at the Union School, Schenectady, NY; Union College 1866-68; was graduated from Amherst College, 1870; studied at Union Theological Seminary, 1870-72, and was graduated from this Seminary, 1873. He was licensed to preach September 10, 1872; supplied the pulpit at West Stockbridge Centre, Mass., 1872, and at Grattan and Smyrna, Mich., 1873-74; was ordained at Wayland, Mich., December 8, 1874; acting pastor, Wayland, Mich., 1874-75; acting pastor, Stacyville, Io., 1875-76; acting pastor, Lenora, Minn., 1876-78; acting pastor, Higganum, Conn., 1878-80; supplied Templeton, Mass., 1880-81; installed Milton, N.H., Nov 30, 1881, dismissed April 1, 1884; installed at Glover, Vt., July 8, 1885, dismissed May 23, 1888; acting pastor, North Hyde Park, Vt., 1888-89; installed Dunbarton, N.H., November 13, 1889, dismissed June 16, 1892; acting pastor, Berkley, Mass., 1892-94; acting pastor, Manomet, Mass., 1894-97; acting pastor, Windsor, Mass., 1897 until his death. He married October 20, 1874, at West Stockbridge Centre, Mass., Lovina Reed, daughter of Uriah Reed and Mary Van Deusen of Alford Mass. She survives him with one daughter. Mr. Sterling died at Windsor, Mass., suddenly, of heart disease, November 26, 1901, aged fifty-nine years, three months, and thirty days (Andover Theological Seminary, 1902).

Geo. Sterling, a student, aged twenty-seven years (b. NY [SIC]), resided in an Amherst College residence, in Amherst, MA, at the time of the Seventh (1870) Federal Census. Alva B. Kittredge, a teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), headed the residence list, which housed sixty-six students.

George Sterling married at West Stockbridge, MA, October 20, 1874, Lovina Reed. She was born in MA, in February 1852, daughter of Uriah and Mary (Van Deusen) Reed.

Geo. Sterling, a clergyman, aged thirty-seven years (b. CT), headed a Haddam, CT, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lovina Sterling, housekeeping, aged twenty-eight years (b. MA), and his daughter, Alice M. Sterling, aged three months (b. CT (in March)).

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MILTON. Rev. George Sterling has accepted a unanimous call to the pastorate of the Congregational society. A larger sum than was required for the stipulated salary was raised in one day (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), October 8, 1881).

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MILTON. A council is called by the Congregational Church to install as pastor Rev. George Sterling. The churches invited are the First church, Dover, and the churches at Farmington, Salmon Falls, Wakefield, Wolfeboro and Lebanon, Maine. Rev. Dr. Spalding is expected to preach the installation sermon (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), November 26, 1881).

Geo. Sterling appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1884.

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MILTON. Rev. George Sterling has preached as a candidate before the Congregational church at Greenfield for two Sundays past (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), March 21, 1884).

Ministers and Churches. Vermont. GLOVER. The church in Glover again has a pastor. A council assembled at the West Village, July 8, to examine and install Rev. George Sterling. Ten churches were represented in the council. The examination of the pastor-elect was thorough and well sustained. The written statement of his doctrinal belief was especially worthy of commendation for its fulness, clearness, soundness and strength, evincing a determination like Paul’s to hold and preach nothing but the gospel of Christ. The parts of the installation service were these: Sermon by Rev. S. Knowlton of Greensboro, prayer by Rev. W.N. Bacon of Coventry, right hand of fellowship by Rev. C.B. Moody of Barton, charge to the pastor by Rev. S.K.B. Perkins of Middleton, Mass., and address to the people by Rev E.P. Wild of Newport. Mr. Sterling is the fifth pastor of this church, which was organized in 1817. Rev. Reuben Mason was installed in March, 1826, and dismissed in 1836. Rev. Ora Pearson was installed in January, 1840, over the two churches in Glover and Barton, and was dismissed in November, 1844. Rev. S.K.B. Perkins was ordained pastor in January, 1860, and dismissed in 1876. Rev. C.B. Thomas was installed in January, 1878, and died in January, 1881. The present pastor is a graduate of Amherst College and Andover Seminary. He was ordained at Wayland, Mich., in 1874; was installed pastor at Milton, N.H., in November, 1881, from which charge he was dismissed in March, 1884. He has supplied the church in Glover for more than a year, and the people have become warmly attached to him. Quite a number of additions have been made to the church . during the year, seven persons having united by profession at the July communion. SCRIBE (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), July 27, 1885).

George Sterling, no occupation listed, aged fifty-seven years (b. CT), headed a Windsor, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lovina R. Sterling, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), and his daughter, Alice M. Sterling, aged twenty-three years (b. IA).

Rev. George Sterling died in Windsor, MA, November 28, 1901. Lovina (Reed) Sterling died in 1935.

Frank Haley – Second PastorateMay 1885 to 1890 [?]

Continued from his first pastorate (see above).

Ministers and Churches. New Hampshire. MILTON. Rev. Frank Haley has accepted a call from this church, and began his services two weeks ago. All are glad at heart to recall our pastor of years ago, and hope the time is far distant when he will make another change (Vermont Chronicle (Bellows Falls, VT), June 12, 1885).

Frank Haley appeared as Milton’s Congregational minister in the Milton business directory of 1887 and 1889.

Frank Haley was one of eleven trustees of the Nute High School and Library at its founding in 1889, and he served as its original librarian from its opening in September 1891 until his death. (His widow, Mrs. Sarah P. Haley, succeeded him as Nute librarian, through at least 1923).

Frank Haley, a retired clergyman, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Sarah Haley, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), his daughter, Susan P. Haley, an accountant, aged twenty years (b. NH), and his sister-in-law, Susan E. Plummer, aged sixty years (b. NH).

Frank Haley died in Milton, NH, March 28, 1904. Sarah (Plummer) Haley died in Milton, NH, April 10, 1931.

DEATHS. HALEY. In Milton, N.H., March 28, Rev. Frank Haley, aged 69. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical in 1857, and practiced medicine for some years, then entered Andover Seminary where he graduated and has preached since in Enfield and Milton, N.H., and Concord, Mass., and was in charge of a home missionary church and school in Macon, Ga. Although hampered by ill health all his life, he did important work wherever he was along educational lines and in the pulpit (Congregationalist and Christian World, May 21, 1904). 

Previous in sequence: Milton’s Congregational Ministers of 1827-46; next in sequence: Milton’s Congregational Ministers of 1891-24


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Milton in the News – 1874

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | February 17, 2019

In this year, we encounter some large steer, the departure of Rev. Frank Haley, the reopening of the Brierly felt mill, the death of Rev. Daniel B. Goodwin’s adult daughter, and the destruction by fire of Milton’s entire business district.

AGRICULTURAL BREVITIES. James B. Downs of Milton, Three Ponds, N.H., has a yoke of red Durham steers, 4 years old, that weigh 4300 pounds (Vermont Record and Farmer (Brattleboro, VT), April 10, 1874).

This particular pair, or yoke, of shorthorn steer were notable for their great size and weight. A modern pair would be considered to be of “marketable” size at 2,300 pounds.

RELIGIOUS NEWS. Congregational. Rev. Frank Haley who has supplied the church in Milton. N.H., for the last four years, has removed to Macon, Georgia (Vermont Journal (Bellows Falls, VT), April 25, 1874).

Rev. Frank Haley would return to Milton for a second pastorate. He became also a trustee of the Nute High School and Library and its first librarian.

New Felting Mill. – The well-known and enterprising manufacturing firm of Messrs. E. Brierly & Son, Milton Mills, New Hampshire, whose felting mill was burnt on the 12th of June, 1873, has already rebuilt, and the new mill is one of the most thoroughly constructed establishments in the United States. It is already in operation, though not to its full capacity. Felting mills are not numerous in this country, but there is a steadily increasing demand for felt goods on account of their superior weight and durability. The Messrs. Brierly have been in business here for twenty years. Their new mill is brick-lined throughout, and every precaution has been taken against the recurrence of fire. There are nine tubs under the roof containing as many thousand gallons of water, with three hydrants and sprinklers in every room, so that in case of fire each apartment can be flooded almost instantly. There is also a vigilant watch on the premises. The mill stands just over the State line in Acton, Maine, on the Salmon Falls River, which supplies the Great Falls Manufacturing Company with water power. The river drains several large ponds. In case of drought the mill is provided with a steam-engine of 150-horse power. Wood is cheaper here than coal, costing only $4 per cord, and is used in the mill. The establishment bas 12,000 feet of steam and water-piping. Among the goods manufactured by the Messrs. Brierly are Petersham’s beavers, embossed skirts, table and piano covers, felts for lining India-rubber boots and shoes, Ulsters and over­ coatings, a soft flannel for children’s wear, etc., etc. The beavers are superior in weight and durability to the best woven cloths, and are of great beauty. They consist of drabs, dark greens, and blues, olives. Oxfords, dark olives, smoke browns, etc. The Petershams, Ulsters and other over­ coatings are water-proof, and of superior weight and stoutness. The cloth for boot linings is called “grizzly bear skin.” Messrs. Brierly & Son manufacture some $400,000 worth of felt goods annually and find a ready market for it even in these dull times. The felting machinery is English and of twice the working power of any American felting machinery. In the carding room are thirteen carding machines preparing the bats, and there are nine embossing presses printing the skirts, table and piano covers. Altogether Milton Mills, N.H., is one of the most enterprising villages in the Granite State, and its prosperity is largely due to the energy and public spirit of Messrs. E. Brierly & Son. It has several churches and is connected with the Eastern Railroad at Union Village by a coach (Boston Post, October 12, 1874).

DIED. In Somerville, Nov. 6, Martha S., wife of Benjamin Fitch and daughter of Rev. D.B. Goodwin of W. Milton, N.H., 33 yrs. 10 mos. (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), November 14, 1874).

Martha S. Goodwin was born in Middleton, NH, circa 1841, daughter of Daniel B. and Susan R. Goodwin.

Martha S. Goodwin married in Milton, NH, December 17, 1863, Benjamin Fitch, he of Boston, MA, and she of Milton. Benjamin Fitch was born in in Bedford, MA, September 20, 1838, son of Nathan and Louisa Fitch. Rev. Ezekiel True performed the ceremony. (True was then Free-Will Baptist minister of Farmington, NH; Rev. Daniel B. Goodwin was not yet fully ordained as West Milton’s Christian Church minister).

Benjamin Fitch, a provisions dealer, aged thirty years (born MA), headed a Somerville, MA, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Martha Fitch, aged twenty-eight years (born NH), May Fitch, at home, aged three years (born NH), Louis Fitch, at home, aged two years (born NH), Charles Cotton, clerk in store, aged nineteen years (born NH), and Abbie Cotton, a domestic servant, aged sixteen years (born NH). Benjamin Fitch had real estate valued at $5,500 and personal estate valued at $8,000.

Martha S. (Goodwin) Fitch died in Somerville, MA, November 5, 1874, aged thirty-three years, ten months, and thirteen days. Benjamin Fitch died in Lexington, MA, in 1921.

Milton had a serious fire near the end of the year that destroyed its business district.

NEWS OF THE WEEK. Wednesday, Dec. 2d. A fire broke out about five o’clock this morning which destroyed the entire business portion of Milton, N.H. The losses aggregate $97,000, two-thirds insured. The principal loss is the Whitney House, which is $25,000, the remainder is divided among twenty-five losers in sums of $500 to $10,000. The insurance companies most heavily represented are the Home of New York, Hartford and Phoenix of Hartford, and the New Hampshire State (Buffalo Weekly Courier, December 9, 1874).

HARTFORD AND VICINITY. Brief Mention. The insurance companies have adjusted the losses at Milton, N.H., paying about $60,000; the Hartford loses $20,000, and the Ætna $1,500 (Hartford Courant, December 21, 1874).

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1873; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1875


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Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (February 20, 2019)

By Muriel Bristol | February 15, 2019

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Wednesday, February 20.

This meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public session beginning at 5:30 PM. That agenda has one Non-Public items classed as 91-A:3 II (a).

91-A:3 II (a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.

The agenda has the additional notation that, in this case, the Non-Public session concerns “Employee Compensation.”

The BOS intend to adjourn their Non-Public BOS session at approximately (*) 6:00 PM, when they intend to return to Public session.

The Public portion of the agenda has New Business, Old Business, and some housekeeping items.

Under New Business are scheduled seven agenda items: 1) Approval of Motor Vehicle Registration Fees Abatement (M. Beauchamp/D. Owen), 2) Annual Wastewater Operator Contract Renewal (Dale Sprague), 3) Approval of Town Planner to Serve as Spokesperson for Bridge Projects (D. Owen), 4) Approval of Town Planner to Serve as Spokesperson for Transportation Advisory Committee for Strafford Regional Planning (Dave Owen/Bruce Woodruff), 5) Sale of Old Fire Station 460 White Mountain Highway (Dave Owen), 6) Snowmobile Club Winter Beach Access (Andy Lucier), and 7) RFP For Legal Services.

Motor Vehicle Registration Fees Abatement. Wonders never cease.

Town Planner to Serve as Spokesperson for Bridge Projects and Town Planner to Serve as Spokesperson for Transportation Advisory Committee for Strafford Regional Planning. By now, most will have heard that the Milton-Lebanon bridge replacement has been put off by the State for a predicted two years. (Sympathies for the store owner who needed the new bridge as soon as possible). The Town proposes and the State DOT disposes. What are planners to do?

Sale of the Old Fire Station. If this time the BOS really means it, they will be accepting finally a market-clearing price. Assuming someone will make such an offer again. Time for selling near a peak is running out for this, as the current housing bubble cannot last forever.

Snowmobile Club Winter Access. One assumes the same beach-access fees apply in winter as they do in summer. Or perhaps all such fees are hereby cancelled.

RFP for Legal Services. Previous Town Lawyers have had some interesting legal opinions. One thought that Town edicts, rather than those of the State, have legal pre-emption. Another thought that the Town could impose parking restrictions on a State highway. And other novel ideas. Now we are shopping for other advice.

Under Old Business are scheduled three items: 8) Review and Approve Adjusted 2019 Town Warrant (Dave Owen), 9) Review and Approve 2019 Voters Guide (Dave Owen), and 10) Discussion of Town Owned Properties Available for Disposition (Dave Owen).

Adjusted 2019 Warrant. Tune in for the final adjustments. One supposes budgets and taxes have not been adjusted downwards.

Approve 2019 Voters Guide. Presumably held for final adjustments to the warrant.

Town-Owned Properties Available for Disposition. When last seen, the Little-Endians seemed to be having the best of the argument.

The boxed item list entitled Outstanding Items, as held over from prior BOS sessions, is no longer present. Its Town-Owned Property item appears under Old Business, elements of the Town Report item appear under Old Business, and the Website Update item presumably dropped off because the Town Website was updated.

The last BOS meeting informed us that Milton has no hand to play in the matter of Atlantic Broadband. One hopes at least that the contract term is a short one, allowing for future developments.

The Property Maintenance Code item, as well as the Recreation Revenue and Office Discussion item, were Selectman Lucier’s particular hobby horses, unlikely to have much traction without him.

The Property Maintenance Code was particularly ill-advised. You knew something dreadful was afoot when Selectman Lucier introduced it with, “Yes, I know, that whole ‘Live Free or Die’ thing, but …” And that “but” tells a tale. He evidently thinks there is a third choice that is neither freedom nor death: slavery, perhaps? Hopefully, it will never again see the light of day.

The Junkyard and NH Listens items might continue in some form.

The Town Deposit Location Policy was to be sorted out by department heads before the end of January. One of the proposed solutions had the Town Clerk, an elected official in her own right, being forced to break her own campaign promises regarding office hours. Let us hope that was not the solution.

Finally, there will be the approval of prior minutes (from the BOS meeting of February 4, and the Deliberative Session of February 9), the expenditure report, Public Comments “Pertaining to Topics Discussed,” Town Administrator comments (on the Town Election), and BOS comments.

The BOS will disappear into yet another Non-Public session at the conclusion of the Public session. The reason was not fully coded, so it might be any one of the coded reasons under which they justify these secret sessions.

Ms. McDougall has called a seventh meeting of her Milton Advocates group. It will take place again in the Nute Library’s Community Room, on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. All town residents are invited. Bring your best manners. (Not her words).

Mr. S.D. Plissken contributed to this article.


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