Milton in the News – 1880

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | March 10, 2019

In this year, we encounter some not-so-sharp dealing, Milton’s own “Toby Tyler,” the intrepid Fish Commissioner, and a rescue from Lake Winnipesaukee.

This also was the year that Lewis W. Nute commissioned two paintings of his property on Nute ridge in West Milton.

The following account argues for everyone having a newspaper subscription, so as to know the general state of things. It used an example of an unnamed Milton ice merchant whose dealing was not so sharp as it might have been, had he only subscribed to a newspaper.

EDITORIAL NOTES. The case of a man living at Milton, N.H., is cited as an illustration of the false economy that places the daily or weekly newspaper among the things that can be cut off to reduce expenses. This man has two large ice houses and during the winter he stored both full of ice. He supposed all other ice houses were full, for he “got along without the papers,” and so did not know the general state of things. Recently he was called on by a Portsmouth man who offered him $600 for his ice just as it lay in store. He did not let the offer grow stale, but picked it up eagerly and cried “done.” In a day or two better offers began to come in and had to be refused, and even as high as $2,000 was sent from the door. The economical gentleman felt pretty sore and wondered he hadn’t heard about things; but his wrath boiled over when with in two weeks the purchaser of the ice turned it over to a Boston ice company for $5,600, clearing just $5,000 by the operation. A daily newspaper costing $8, $10 or $12 a year, or even a weekly costing $2 a year, would have been a fair investment for that man ((New Haven) Morning Journal Courier, March 16, 1880).

George L. Hoyt was born in Milton, NH, June 7, 1869, son of Rufus A. and Lucy A. (Drew) Hoyt.

STATE NEWS. Androscoggin. The youngest tramp that has put up at police headquarters, Lewiston, arrived on Monday. He gave his name as George Hoyt and said he had lost both his father and mother. He is eleven years old, and be came all the way from Milton, N.H. He is a bright, handsome little fellow, is already quite a pet at the police station (Bangor Daily Whig & Courier, April 15, 1880).

Rufus A. Hoyt, a farmer, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census, in June 1880. His household included his wife, Lucy Hoyt, keeping house, aged thirty years (b. NH), and his children, George L. Hoyt, at home, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Dean Hoyt, aged four years (b. NH).

(They lived near Millett W. Bragdon, aged forty-five years, who “runs Excelsior mill.” “Excelsior” is wood shavings, used as a packing material, not unlike Styrofoam “popcorn” today).

George L. Hoyt, a farmer, died in Milton, January 1, 1933, aged sixty-three years.

NH Fish Commissioner Luther Hayes appeared again, this time in Peterborough, NH.

New England Items. Nine thousand land-locked salmon have been taken from the fish-hatching house at Plymouth, N.H., to the waters near Peterborough, by Commissioner Luther Hayes (Boston Globe, May 27, 1880).

NH Fish Commissioner Hayes, of West Milton, stocked also ponds in Milton, in 1878, and Nottingham, NH, in 1879.

The steamer Lady of the Lake was active on Lake Winnipesaukee before the current steamer Mt. Washington. She was built in 1849 and had an active career, including several fires and renovations, before being scuttled in Smith Cove in 1895 (“The ‘Lady of the Lake’ made her last trip down the lake last Saturday” (Argus and Patriot, September 20, 1893)). The steamer Mt. Washington, built in 1872, has been her successor on the lake.

On this occasion, the Lady of the Lake fished two men out of the lake after a severe squall.

Severe Storm in New Hampshire. (Special Despatch to The Boston Globe). Weirs, N.H., July 27. – A heavy shower with high winds passed over the lake this afternoon, damaging the boats at the moorings and wrecking boats on the lake. The steamer Lady of the Lake picked up two men in a nearly drowned state, one-half mile out of Wolfboro, at 3.30. One was Abram Sanborn of Milton Mills, N.H., and the other unknown (Boston Globe, July 28, 1880).

Abram Sanborn, a harness maker, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary Sanborn, keeping house, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME). The census enumerator recorded their household between those of Asa A. Fox, a carpenter, aged forty-three years, and Francis A. Busch, Jr., works in woolen mill, aged twenty-six years (b. MA). (This same Asa A. Fox lost his Milton Mills grocery store to a fire in 1876).

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Find a Grave. (2013, August 17). Abram Sanborn. Retrieved from

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

Lost New England. (2015, July 14). SS. Lady of the Lake. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, January 3). Toby Tyler. Retrieved from;_or,_Ten_Weeks_with_a_Circus

Author: Muriel Bristol

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