Milton in the News – 1882

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | March 18, 2019

In this year, we encounter the auction sale of a Milton Three Ponds hotel, the calling of a new minister to Milton Mills’ Union Congregational church, and the tragic freezing death of a Lebanon mother.

Horatio Gates Wentworth, Jr., was born in Lebanon, ME, July 4, 1841, son of Horatio G. and Esther (Gowell) Wentworth. He married, probably in Lebanon, ME, circa 1861, Susan Hersom. She was born in Lebanon, ME, December 10, 1841, daughter of John and Asenath (Shorey) Hersom.

Horatio G. Wentworth, Jr., of Lebanon, ME, a laborer, married, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), registered for the Class I military draft in July 1863. He was a farmer in Lebanon, ME, in 1870.

H.G. Wentworth appeared as manager of Milton’s Glendale House hotel in the Milton business directories of 1880, 1881, and 1882.

Horatio G. Wentworth, keeps hotel, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds Village”), NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Susan [(Hersom)] Wentworth, keeping house (hotel), aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), and their six boarders, George Babcock, works for ice co., aged twenty-two years (b. MA), Nelson Babcock, works for ice co., aged nineteen years (b. MA), George Ingalls, works for ice co., aged thirty years (b. MA), George B. Knowlton, works for ice co., aged twenty-three years (b. MA), Howard Conkling, works for ice co., aged twenty-eight years (b. VT), and Thomas J. Gile, works for ice co., aged twenty years (b. ME).

The hotel appeared in the enumeration between the households of George I. Jordan, works on shoes, aged forty-five years (b. ME), and Albert Downs, works on shoes, aged thirty years (b. NH).

AUCTION SALES. HOTEL AT AUCTION. The well-known Glendale House, situate at Milton “Three Ponds” village, on the banks of a beautiful lake on the Conway division of the Eastern Railroad, will be sold at public auction, THURSDAY, May 25, at 2 o’clock P.M., sharp; situate in a growing manufacturing village, amid beautiful scenery, pure air, on the direct line of White Mountain travel, excellent boating, fishing, etc.; within two minutes walk of the depot, it presents superior advantages as a summer resort for the invalid or pleasure-seeker; terms liberal. Apply to H.A. WORTHEN, carriage manufacturer, or V.H. McDANIEL, Auctioneer, Dover, N.H. (Boston Globe, May 23, 1882).

Note that the auction advertisement seems to be pitched more towards tourist interests than those of the ice industry.

H.G. Wentworth appeared as manager of Milton’s Phenix House hotel in the Milton business directory of 1884.

Rev. Gardner S. Butler transferred from North Troy, VT, to the Union Congregational Church at Milton Mills, NH.

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).

This next article concerns the freezing death of Mrs. Moses W. Foss. Their marital life was a bit complicated and requires a bit of preliminary explanation.

Moses W. Foss married (1st) in Milton, NH, June 7, 1874, Addie S. Simonds, he of Milton and she of New Portsmouth, NH. Rev Joseph F. Joy [of the Milton Mills Free-Will Baptist church] performed the ceremony. She was born in Dover, NH, circa 1855-56, daughter of Stillman and Hannah W. (Stevens) Simonds. They seem to have divorced.

Moses W. Foss married (2nd) in Wakefield, NH, November 13, 1878, Susan A. (Sanborn) Goodwin, he of Milton and she of Wakefield. She was born in Wakefield, daughter of Goodwin and Hannah Sanborn. She had married (1st) Frank Goodwin, with whom she had a son, Charles W. Goodwin.

Moses W. Foss, a laborer, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Susan A. Foss, keeping house, aged twenty-five years (b. ME [SIC]), his son-in-law (i.e, stepson), Charles W. Goodwin, at home, aged six years (b. NH), and his son, James H. Foss, at home, aged one year (b. NH).

HER LAST SHOPPING. A Woman Frozen to Death in a Snow Storm Near Milton, N.H. MILTON, N.H., December 16. Mrs. Moses W. Foss walked about two miles to this place to do some trading Wednesday afternoon in a snow storm. She attempted to return in a deep and blinding storm, and had nearly reached there, when, overcome by exhaustion, she fell down and perished. She leaves three small children. Her husband was out of town (Boston Globe, December 16, 1882).

Miscellaneous Items. Mrs. Moses W. Foss, of Milton, N.H., was caught out in a snow storm last week, and froze to death (New England Farmer, December 23, 1882).

Moses W. Foss married next (3rd) in Milton, NH, June 19, 1884, Rosa Cole, both of Milton. She was born in Milton, NH, daughter of Simon and Martha O. (Sargent) Cole.

Moses W. Foss died in Cornish, ME, July 18, 1910. Rosa (Cole) Foss married (2nd) in Cornish, ME, May 30, 1911, Greenleaf Pugsley.

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Find a Grave. (2012, November 25). Horatio G. Wentworth. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, May 12). North Troy, Vermont. Retrieved from,_Vermont

Author: Muriel Bristol

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