Nute High School Principals, 1891-21

By Muriel Bristol | April 27, 2019

Nute High School’s Early Days

Nute High School at its inception was not, strictly speaking, a public school at all. As late as 1917, its principal and teachers were employed (and paid) by the Trustees of the Nute High School and Library, rather than by the Town of Milton. For this reason, it was sometimes called the Nute-Endowed High School.

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Note the separate Library door on the building’s left side, as distinct from the School doors on both left and right of the Nute building’s front face

Prior to the establishment of the endowed Nute High School and Library complex, its purposes had been fulfilled on a smaller scale by several earlier private institutions. Its library functions had been available (from 1822) at the Milton Social Library, and its post-district school college preparation available (from 1867) at the Milton Classical Institute. They were funded by subscriptions and fees and  were eclipsed by the larger (and better endowed) Nute facility.

Lewis W. Nute’s endowment was intended to pay all of its expenses, with no tax component at all. Several of Milton’s principals and teachers taught later at similarly endowed institutions. For instance, one taught later at a school endowed for Quincy-born girls only. Non-Milton students also attended Nute, even in large numbers, but by payment of a tuition fee that, by the terms of the Nute endowment, would not have been charged to Milton students.

Nute would have been intended primarily for college preparation. Many Milton district school students did not go on to study at Nute or anywhere else. There certainly was no legal requirement that they do so. And attending college was itself useful mostly if one intended to enter one of the professions. (The “learned professions” as the 1840 census had it). If one did not intend to enter into one of the professions, there would have been little point in attending either college or the Nute High School.

Admission to Nute would not have been automatic, even for Milton students. Most schools of this type required passage of an entrance examination.

Nute’s curriculum, where it has been mentioned, included languages, mathematics, sciences, and, later, some business subjects, such as commercial law and bookkeeping.

The languages offered, both classical and modern, were Greek, Latin, English, French, and German. English has since replaced French as the common Lingua Franca (literally, “French Language”), but at this time many fundamental texts were sometimes available only in their original classical or French language versions. Many technical and scientific texts would have been available only in German. The same would apply to many professional journals and periodicals. To study such texts one would need to have some acquaintance with the languages in which they were written.

(We have seen an example of a Nute High School teacher who, in her own earlier college preparation, went so far as to take up residence for a time within an immigrant German household so as to immerse herself in the German language).

Nute High covered also post-district school mathematics, such as Algebra and Geometry, and Science, including Chemistry. (Its fourth principal became later a professor of Astronomy at Harvard College).

Nute High School’s Early Principals

As mentioned in a prior article on early teachers, Nute’s principals were principal in the sense of being the principal teacher. They would have carried a full class load. In some similar institutions, the teachers were called masters and the principal called the headmaster. (The assistant principal, if any, might be called the sub-master or sub-headmaster).

The principals of Milton’s Nute High School during its first thirty years (or so) were: William K. Norton, 1891-96; Arthur T. Smith, 1896-; Arthur D. Wiggin, 1901-03; Clarence E. Kelley, 1903-14; Franklin H. Manter, 1914-16; William F. Carlson, 1916-18; and Edwin S. Huse, 1919-.

William K. Norton – 1891-96
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William K. Norton and his children, Marion and Harvard Norton

William Kimball Norton was born in Boston, MA, November 19, 1865, son of William and Maria R. (Burrows) Norton.

William K. Norton graduated from Harvard College with the class of 1888 (Harvard, 1902).

He married in Boston, MA, June 28, 1888, Eliza Maria “Lilla” Marion. She was born in Burlington, MA, February 16, 1866, daughter of Abner P. and Sarah E. (Covell) Marion.

William K. Norton was Nute High School’s first principal. He would have been there when its doors opened for its first sixty students on Tuesday, September 8, 1891. (Building construction continued into 1892). He would have been accompanied by one of its first teachers (he would have two), Miss Sarah L. Benson.

Meanwhile, his wife was seven months pregnant. Harvard Norton was born in Milton, NH, December 24, 1891, son of William K. (teacher, born Boston, MA, aged twenty-seven years) and Eliza M. Norton (born Burlington, MA, aged twenty-six years).

The officers of Milton’s Lewis W. Nute Grange, No. 193, in 1894 were: Bard B. Plummer, Master; William K. Norton, Lecturer; and Charles A. Jones, Secretary (NH Department of Agriculture, 1895).

WILLIAM KIMBALL NORTON. In June 1891, I terminated a two years’ connection with the Lawrence (Mass.) High School as sub-master. This I did to accept a better position as principal of the Nute High School of Milton, N.H. This school was established by a fund left by a deceased townsman. It is the only school of its grade on the Northern Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad, between Rochester and the White Mountains. The school numbers about sixty-five pupils at present, but is growing. I had the pleasure of opening and inaugurating the school. I have two assistant teachers. We fit for any college. My daughter, Marion Norton, the class cradle baby, is a particularly plump and healthy girl of nearly four and a half years. She is now getting old enough to hear some of the tales of Fair Harvard and to understand what is meant by the carved inscription on her cradle ‘Class of 88.’ In another sense, too, she hears much of Harvard, for she has a promising young brother who came to us as a Christmas gift, two years ago. His name is Harvard Norton, and I am proud of it. He is named not only for his father’s alma mater, but his name must mean for him particularly the illustrious class of ’88. I wish to take this opportunity to extend a very earnest invitation to all my friends, classmates of ’88, to visit me in my New Hampshire home, that they may taste the pleasures of this beautiful healthful resort (Harvard Class Secretary, 1894).

Principal Norton left Milton at the close of the 1895-96 academic year to become sub-master (assistant principal) in New Bedford, MA.

A New Bedford, MA, school report of 1897 listed the teachers (and their addresses and their salaries) at the New Bedford High School. Wilson R. Butler, of 75 William Street ($2,750), was principal. William K. Norton, of 351 County Street ($1,800), was his sub-master and math’l teacher. There were three other teachers ($1,500 to $1,700), nine assistant teachers ($800-$1,000), a military instructor ($300), a clerk ($600), and a janitor ($1,000). The subjects were mathematics, science, classics, and commerce (New Bedford, 1897).

WILLIAM KIMBALL NORTON Writes: “After graduation my first year’s work was at the Watertown, Mass., High School. Then two years were spent at Lawrence, where I was sub-master in the High School. A call to the principalship of the endowed Nute High School, about to be opened at Milton, N.H., was accepted in ’91. I had two assistants and about sixty pupils. The work was interesting, but not telling; it was certainly dispiriting to live five years in a community so remote from a city that there was no possibility for contact with scholarly, ambitious, and progressive minds.

“My Harvard, who was born while we were at Milton is a lithe, athletic little fellow, of almost seven, not much in figure, like his big sister who got such a remarkable start in her class cradle that she tips the scales at ninety-five pounds.

“Two years last September I came here to New Bedford as the head of the Mathematics Department in the High School. There is much more real satisfying life here. We have about four hundred pupils, and we fit quite a number of boys for Harvard and for other colleges. It is a pleasure to know that one can be instrumental in pointing out the advantages of our grand Alma Mater, and help the promising youth of the upgrowing generation to strive ambitiously for the rewards which the great university bestows. I have just been elected sub-master in our school here, and I look forward amid these congenial surroundings for prolonged opportunity to work zealously, and I trust profitably, for the best good of our rising youth (Harvard Class Secretary, 1898).

William K. Norton, a high school sub-master, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a New Bedford, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lillian M. Norton, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), and his children, Marion Norton, at school, aged ten years (b. MA), and Harvard Norton, at school, aged eight years (b. [Milton,] NH).

THE HIGH SCHOOL. Three teachers resigned from this school during the summer vacation to accept positions elsewhere, Mr. William K. Norton, sub-master, Mr. Ernest V. Page, commercial teacher, and Miss Emma H. Parker, in science. Mr. Norton and Mr. Page went to Boston, and Miss Parker to Newton. They were all excellent teachers in their respective departments and were liked and respected both by their associates and their pupils. They had been connected with the school long enough to become thoroughly familiar with its operation and it will feel their loss for some time to come (New Bedford, 1900).

William K. Norton, a public school teacher, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-one years), Lillia M. Norton, aged forty-four years (b. MA), Marion Norton, a public school teacher, aged twenty years (b. MA), and Harvard Norton, aged eighteen years (b. NH). They resided at 26 Meredith Street, which they owned (with a mortgage).

William K. Norton, a Latin school teacher, aged fifty-five years (b. MA), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Eliza M. Norton, aged Fifty-three years (b. MA), his daughter, Marion N. Pond, aged thirty years (b. MA), his granddaughter, Lilla M. Pond, aged thirteen months (b. NH), and his guest, Lina H. Sawyer, a widow, aged sixty-five years (b. ME).

William K. Norton, a Boy’s Latin school master, aged sixty-five years (b. MA), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lilla M. Norton, aged sixty-four years (b. MA). The resided on Meredith Street, where they owned their house (valued at $10,000). They did have a radio set.

Norton, William K. -1935HEADMASTER NORTON GUEST OF SENIORS. Boston Latin School Class Makes Presentation. William Kimball Norton, who retires this year as headmaster of the Boston Latin School, was the guest of honor at a banquet, given by the members of the senior class, at Durgin & Park’s restaurant. The class will be graduated in the tercentenary of the Boston Latin School. Last evening the members made their retiring master an honorary member of the class. Lee Dunn introduced Supt. Patrick T. Campbell of the Boston schools, a former headmaster of the Latin School. Mr. Campbell gave personal impressions of the school and many of the boys and teachers. He also gave sketches of the type of men who taught in the school from the first day to the present. Supt Campbell asked the boys to enter into the spirit of the coming celebration in April of the 300th birthday of the Latin School. Other speakers were William Pride Henderson, professor in the French department; Edwin F.A. Benson, head of the English department; William H. Marnell, coach of the debating team, and John Collins. William Nolan, president, expressed the appreciation and love of all the members for their retiring master, and presented him a gold watch charm, suitably inscribed. Headmaster Norton assured the boys that he would be available to all at any time to aid them in problems. He was graduated from Boston Latin School in 1884 and from Harvard University in 1888. He returned to the school as a teacher in 1900 and became its senior master in 1908. To generations of Latin School boys “Uncle Billy,” as those who loved him called him, is well known for his problem and puzzle solving abilities. Guests at the head table included Charles F. Winslow, Fred P.H. Pike, Louis W. Arnold, Archer L. Faxon, William P. Henderson, Edwin F.A. Benson, Elmer R. Bowker, Leon O. Glover, John E. Collins and Robert W. Wales of the faculty. The banquet was attended by 155 seniors (Boston Globe, March 22, 1935).

William K. Norton died in Boston, MA, in 1960. Eliza M. (Marion) Norton died in Boston, MA, in 1968.

William K. Norton. NORWOOD, Feb. 27 – Funeral services for William Kimball Norton, 95, of 80 Lincoln st. and Jackson, N.H., master of mathematics at Boston Latin School for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1935, will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery. Mr. Norton died Friday at his home. He was born in Boston, son of William and Marie (Burrows) Norton. He was graduated from Boston Latin and from Harvard, cum laude, in 1888. He was one of the oldest graduates of Harvard. Mr. Norton taught as sub-master at Lawrence High and New Bedford High, and as principal of the Nute High School, Milton, N.H. prior to joining the faculty of Boston Latin School. A botanist, he also was an excellent bridge player and participated in many tournaments. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Marion N. Pond, with whom he lived, three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild (Boston Globe, February 27, 1960).

Arthur T. Smith – 1896-01

Arthur Thaddeus Smith was born in Silver City, ID, May 1, 1875, son of Arthur N. and Mary H. (McCann) Smith.

Arthur Thad Smith graduated from Dartmouth College with the class of 1896. He became principal at Nute High School beginning with the 1896-97 academic year.

Arthur Thaddeus Smith joined the Moses Paul Lodge (Lodge #96) of Masons, of Dover, NH, in 1897. He was a lawyer, born in Silver City, ID, May 1, 1875. He was initiated there, March 25, 1897; passed there, April 29, 1897; and raised June 11, 1897. In later years, when he resided in Winchester, MA, he affiliated himself with the William Parkman Lodge, of Woburn, MA, May 12, 1914, and was dismissed, presumably to that Woburn lodge, December 16, 1915.

PERSONALS. Arthur Smith, principal of the Nute high school at Milton, paid a visit to in this city Monday (Portsmouth Herald, July 26, 1898).

Arthur Thad Smith taught Latin, Greek, and Chemistry at the Nute High School in 1900.

Arthur T. Smith left Milton by the close of its 1900-01 academic year in order to go to law school. Harvard Law School conferred an L.L.B. degree (bachelor of laws) upon Arthur Thad Smith at the conclusion of its 1903-04 academic year.

Arthur T. Smith married in Milton, NH, November 15, 1906, Orinda Sophia Dickey. She was born in Ludlow, MA, June 22, 1883, daughter of Myron P. and Louisa R. (Shumway) Dickey.

Smith, Mr and Mrs ATSMITH-DICKEY. Father Performs Ceremony, When Milton, N.H., Girl Weds Boston Attorney. MILTON, Nov. 15 – At the Congregational parsonage, the home of the bride at 2 this afternoon, Miss Ora S. Dickey, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Myron P. Dickey, was married to Arthur Thad Smith, a young Boston attorney. The ceremony, which was very simple, was performed by the bride’s father, in the presence of the immediate families and few intimate friends. The bride and groom were unattended. The bride is a graduate of Wheaton seminary, and one of the most talented and popular young women of this section. The groom was several years ago principal of the Nute high school of this town. The romance which culminated in today’s event, began at that time, Miss Dickey then being a pupil in the institution. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Dartmouth college and the Harvard law school, the son of Dr. A. Noel Smith, a prominent physician of Dover. After a short wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Smith will reside in Boston, making their home at 40 Lindsey st., Dorchester. Among those present were: Rev. and Mrs. Myron P. Dickey, Milton; Dr. and Mrs. A. Noel Smith, Dover; Mark S. Dickey. Milton; Maurice W. Dickey, Springfield, Mass; Miss Laura H. Smith, New Britain, Conn; Miss Ina E. Smith, Verona, N.J.; Mrs. S.O. Amidon, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Amidon, Worcester, Mass; Miss Marion Mellus, Springfield, Mass; Mrs. H.E. Paul, Cambridge, Mass; Miss Helen G. Fox, Milton Mills; Miss Elsie M. Wallace, Rochester; Miss Ethel Shepard, Boston; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Avery. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. Kimball, Mrs. Emily E. Looney, Mrs. J.B. Hart, Milton (Boston Globe, November 16, 1906).

DOVER DOINGS. Arthur T. Smith and family of Boston are visiting Mr. Smith’s father, Dr. A. Noel Smith of this city. Mr. Smith is now in one of the leading law offices of Boston. He was formerly principal of the Nute high school of Milton (Portsmouth Herald, July 29, 1909).

Arthur T. Smith, a general practice lawyer, aged thirty-six years (b. ID), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Orinda D. Smith, aged twenty-six years (b. MA), his children, Ora J. Smith, aged two years (b. MA), and Arthur T. Smith, aged six months (b. MA), and his servant, Hilda Herlin, a private family servant, aged twenty years (b. Sweden). They resided at 40 Lindsey Street.

Arthur Thad Smith, of 50 Myrtle Terrace, Winchester, MA, aged forty-three years (b. May 1, 1875), registered for the WW I military draft in Arlington, MA, September 12, 1918. He was a self-employed lawyer at 45 Milk Street in Boston, MA. His nearest relative was Orinda D. Smith, of 50 Myrtle Street, Winchester, MA. He was described as being of medium height, with a medium build, and having brown eyes, light hair (s[lightly] bald), and no physical disabilities.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Thad Smith attended the annual alumni dinner of the Nute Club of Boston in at least the years 1917, 1918, and 1920. Mrs. Smith was its vice president in 1918 and president in 1920. Arthur T. Smith was toastmaster in 1920.

NUTE HIGH SCHOOL CLUB OF BOSTON MEETS AND DINES. The annual reunion and banquet of the Nute High School Club of Boston, composed of graduates and pupils of the Nute High School at Milton, N.H., took place last night at the Thorndike. Among the 40 guests was Miss Sarah L. Benson of the faculty. Arthur T. Smith was toastmaster. The officers elected are: Mrs. Ora D. Smith of Winchester, president; Lawrence Hayes, Milton, N.H., vice president; Arthur D. Brackett, treasurer, and Miss Susan P. Haley of Rochester, N H, secretary (Boston Globe, February 21, 1920).

Arthur T. Smith, a lawyer, aged forty-four years (b. ID), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ora D. Smith, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), Ora G. Smith, aged twelve years (b. MA), and Arthur T. Smith, Jr., aged ten years (b. NH). They resided in a rented home at 50 Myrtle Street.

Arthur T. Smith, a general practice lawyer, aged fifty-four years (b. ID), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ora D. Smith, aged forty-six years (b. MA), Ora G. Smith, an investment banking financial assistant, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and Arthur T. Smith, Jr., aged twenty years (b. NH). He owned their home at 235 Middlesex Valley Parkway, which was valued at $20,000. They had a radio set.

Arthur T. Smith died at South Station in Boston, MA, January 1, 1940.

Deaths and Funerals. Arthur Thad Smith, Noted Lawyer, Dies. Arthur Thad Smith, 64, prominent Winchester lawyer, died yesterday after collapsing at the South Station while saying goodbye to his daughter who was leaving for New York after the New Year holidays. Smith’s son, Arthur T. Smith Jr, associated with his father in the law at 10 Postoffice sq., called police but his father was dead on arrival at Boston City Hospital. Since 1937 Smith had been treated for a heart ailment by Dr. Richard Clarke of Winchester. The lawyer and former educator was born in Silver City. Idaho, May 1, 1875, the son of Arthur Noel and Mary Hattie (McCann) Smith. He was graduated with highest honors from Dartmouth College in 1896 with the degree of A.B. Attaining some repute as an authority on electrolysis. Smith served for five years as principal of the Nute High School in Milton, N.H., and later married one of his former pupils, Miss Ora S. Dickey, daughter of the pastor of the local Congregational Church. Before his marriage Smith left his position as headmaster of the high school to attend Harvard Law School where he received his bachelor of laws degree in 1904 and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in the same year. He then joined the firm of Bartlett and Anderson, headed by the late Gen Charles W. Bartlett of Boston and after his marriage moved to Dorchester to five He was admitted to practice of law before the Federal courts in 1906 and before the United States Supreme Court in 1932. Since 1904 he practiced law in Boston. Besides memberships in the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association, Mr. Smith was treasurer and director of the Thayer-Osborne Shoe Company. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Casque and Gauntlet. Affiliated politically with the Republican party, Smith was a Mason and an Odd Fellow. He also held membership in the Winchester Country Club He made his home at 265 Mystic Valley Parkway, Winchester. Besides his widow Mr. Smith leaves his son and a daughter, Miss Ora Jeanette South (Boston Globe, January 2, 1940).

Orinda S. (Dickey) Smith died in Greenwich, CT, August 15, 1952.

Arthur D. Wiggin – 1901-03

Arthur Dean Wiggin was born in Barton, VT, January 1, 1874, son of William T. and Jane M. (Batchelder) Wiggin.

Arthur D. Wiggin graduated from Dartmouth College with the class of 1899. He became a teacher in North Troy, VT.

William T. Wiggin, a farmer, aged fifty-nine years (b. VT), headed a Barton, VT, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census (June 8, 1900). His household included his wife, Jane M. Wiggin, aged fifty-three years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his children, Arthur D. Wiggin, a teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. VT), Anna R. Wiggin, aged nineteen years (b. VT), and Ada W. Wiggin, aged fourteen years (b. VT), and his hired man, Robert G. Card, a farm laborer, aged thirty-four years (b. Canada (Eng.)).

Arthur D. Wiggin married (1st) in Troy, VT, June 13, 1900, Edith M. Buggy. She was born in North Troy, VT, April 24, 1877, daughter of William and Eliza (Green) Buggy.

Arthur D. Wiggin left North Troy, VT, for Milton in 1901. Note the unanimous election, i.e., a unanimous election by the Nute trustees.

LOCAL NEWS. Barton. Arthur D. Wiggin, who has for two years taught the North Troy high school, has been unanimously elected to the principalship of the Nute high school at Milton, N.H. This is an institution endowed with one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars. Mr. Wiggin’s salary will be 1200.00 per year (Orleans County Monitor, July 1, 1901).

LOCAL NEWS. Barton. A.D. Wiggins, son of William Wiggins, will be home this week for a vacation. Mr. Wiggins is principal of the Nute High School at Milton, N.H. He is another Vermonter who has made a success (Orleans County Monitor, July 7, 1902).

Principal Wiggin left Milton to become principal of the high school of Topsfield, MA, at the close of the 1902-03 academic year.

TOPSFIELD, MASS. Mr. Arthur D. Wiggin of North Troy, Vt., has been elected principal of the high school. He is a graduate of Dartmouth, class of 1897, and for the past two years has been principal of the Nute high school, Milton, N.H. (School Journal, 1903).

News of Woodstock. Examinations for admission to the Woodstock High school will be held at the school building Friday, September 1 at 9 a.m. Arthur D. Wiggin, Prin. (Spirit of the Age (Woodstock, VT), August 26, 1905).

PRINCIPAL OF HIGH SCHOOL. Arthur D. Wiggin of Vermont Appointed for Ensuing Year – Professor Eastman to Come Back. At the regular meeting of the school board last evening, the committee on teachers and salaries made the following partial report: We recommend the appointment of Arthur D. Wiggin of Woodstock, Vermont, as principal of the High school for the ensuing year at a salary of $1,800 per annum. We recommend that Clarence Eastman be employed as head of the science department, at a salary of $1,400 for the ensuing year. We recommend that a graduate from the High school who has served for three years as a substitute teacher, be required to take at least one year in a normal school before being further employed in the schools of this city; and that a graduate from the High school who has also graduated from a normal school, and who has not had any experience in teaching, be employed as a substitute at a salary of $600 for the first year. The report was adopted by the board, and the appointments recommended will be made. Mr. Eastman, who will be head of the science department, is well known in Great Falls, having been connected with the High school before (Great Falls Tribune, May 7, 1909).

Arthur D. Wiggin, a high school principal teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. VT), headed a Great Falls, MT, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nine years), Edith Wiggin, aged thirty-three years (b. Canada (Eng.)), his children, Ruth M. Wiggin, aged nine years (b. VT), Harold A. Wiggin, aged seven years (b. NH), and Doratha Wiggin, aged three years (b. ND), his mother-in-law, Eliza Buggy, aged fifty-eight years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his roomers, Bryan Cascaden, a high school teacher, aged twenty years (b. ND), Northa Porter, a primary teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. IA), and Minnie Patterson, a graded teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. IA).

Wiggin, Arthur DARTHUR WIGGIN, EDUCATOR. JUST as the Easterners became the pioneers who blazed the trails through the new Western country, so the college men of New England have done much of the pioneering in the educational field of the West, and Montana has been one of the magnets for the college men of the best institutions of the Eastern part of the country. Great Falls, Mont. boasts one of the remarkably successful New England college men who are engaged in work there. A remarkably successful one is Arthur D. Wiggin, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Wiggin of Orleans. Vt. He Is a graduate of Dartmouth College, class of ’99. He was born in Barton, Vt., and he was educated at Barton Academy and Lyndon Institute. He was a pupil at Lyndon when W.E. Ranger, now Commissioner of Education in Rhode Island, was principal. At Dartmouth he was a member of his class football team and was active in the social hfe of the college. Being graduated in 1899 he was appointed principal of the North Troy, Vt. High School. He was there two years when he took the Nute High School at Milton, N.H., and the High at Topsfield, Mass. He was two years in each position and subsequently was four years principal and superintendent of a school at Woodstock. Vt. whence he came to be principal of the Great Falls, Mont. High School three years ago. He has given excellent service and has sustained the school at a high standard of efficiency. Its diplomas admit graduates to such institutions as the University of Michigan. Chicago, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Mr. Wiggin quickly took a leading place among the educational people of Montana. He was made president of the Department of Higher Education in the State association and is a member of the committee on rules and regulations of the State Athletic Association. He is recognized as one of the most capable educators of Montana. Mr. Wiggin married Edith Baggy, daughter of Mrs. Eliza Buggy of North Troy. They have two daughters and a son. Hs service as an educator in Montana has been highly creditable to his alma mater and his preparatory schools (Boston Globe, September 22, 1912).

ORLEANS LOCAL MENTION. Prof. Arthur D. Wiggin is called here from Raynesford, Mont., by the critical illness of his father, W.T. Wiggin (Orleans County Monitor (Barton, VT), March 28, 1917).

NORTH TROY. Arthur D. Wiggin, formerly of this place and at one time principal of the high school, was in town Friday, called here by the sickness and death of his father, a resident of Orleans. Mr. Wiggin is now engaged in teaching in Montana, and was obliged to return at once to his work. Mrs. Wiggin before her marriage was Miss Edith Buggy, of this village (St. Albans Daily Messenger, April 7, 1917).

Arthur Dean Wiggin, of Brandon, VT, aged forty-four years (b. January 1, 1874), registered for the WW I military draft in Londonderry, VT, September 11, 1918. He was a district school superintendent for Londonderry and six other towns, employed by the state of Vermont. His nearest relative was his wife, Edith M. Wiggin, of Brandon, VT. He was described as being of medium height, with a medium build, and having blue eyes, dark brown hair, and no physical disabilities.

Arthur D. Wiggin, a school superintendent, aged forty-six years (b. VT), headed a Brandon, VT, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edith M. Wiggin, aged forty-three years (b. VT), and his children, Rachel M. Wiggin, Harold A. Wiggin, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Dorothy G. Wiggin, aged twelve years. They resided on Pearl Street.

Edith M. (Buggy) Wiggin died in Danville, VT, February 2, 1923. Arthur D. Wiggin married (2nd), in Whitefield, NH, August 9, 1928, Glenna D. Eaton, he of Rye, NH, and she of Whitefield. They were both teachers. She was born in Manchester, NH, in 1905, daughter of Eldred F. and Ida B. (Dow) Eaton.

Arthur D. Wiggin, a public school teacher, aged fifty years (b. VT), headed a Rye, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Glenna Wiggin, a public school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and his daughter, Dorothy Wiggin, a public school teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. VT). They resided in a rented house, for which they paid $25 per month. They had a radio set.

Arthur D. Wiggin, a wooden hut manufacturer, aged sixty-six years (b. VT), headed an Exeter, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census, His household included  his wife, Glenna E. Wiggin, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), and his children, Jane E. Wiggin, aged nine years (b. NH), and Arthur W. Wiggin, aged less than a year (b. NH). They resided in a rented residence at 67 Park Street, for which they paid $25 per month. (It was mistakenly reported that they had lived in the same house ten years previously).

Glenna D. (Eaton) Wiggin died in 1957. Arthur D. Wiggin died in Exeter, NH, February 10, 1959.

Deaths and Funerals. Arthur D. Wiggin. EXETER – Arthur D. Wiggin, 85, of 39 Court St.. died last night at Exeter Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Barton, Vt., Jan. 1, 1874, he was the son of the late William and Jane (Batchelder) Wiggin. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Wiggin was a 50-year member of the Woodstock Lodge, F. and A.M., of Woodstock. He was a retired school superintendent and teacher and had resided in Exeter for the past 20 years. Survivors include three daughters: Mrs. Donovan Chase, Port Jervis. N.Y., Mrs. Earl M. Hay and Mrs. Lyle Robillard, both of Exeter; one son, Arthur W. Wiggin of Exeter, two sisters,; Mrs. Leo Wilson and Mrs. Elmer Wylie, both of Great Barrington, Mass.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren (Portsmouth Herald, February 11, 1959).

Clarence E. Kelley – 1903-14

Clarence Erskine Kelley was born in Merrimac, MA, July 31, 1849, son of Giles M. and Abbie G. (Chase) Kelley.

Clarence E. Kelley graduated from Harvard College with the class of 1873.

He married in Haverhill, MA, August 24 1876, Caroline W. Moore, both of Haverhill. She was born in Mobile, AL, April 15, 1851, daughter of Joseph and Caroline W. Moore. They were both teachers.

Clarence E. Kelly, a school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), headed a Haverhill, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Caroline M. Kelly, keeping house, aged twenty-nine years (b. AL), his children, Lucy J. Kelly, aged two years (b. MA), and Wingate Kelly, aged ten months (b. MA), and his servant, Georgianna W. Cowley, a housekeeper, aged forty-five years (b. MA).

Principal Kelley much admired the work of poet (and abolitionist) John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), who was a native of Haverhill. (One of Whittier’s more famous poems was Snow-Bound). Kelley served later as a trustee of the Whittier homestead site, but here we find him presenting a commissioned portrait of Whittier to the Haverhill Public Library. Whittier was himself present.

WHITTIER’S PORTRAIT, Unveiled With Appropriate Exercises at the Haverhill Publie Library. HAVERHILL, December 17. – At the reunion of the classmates of the poet Whittier, in the old Haverhill Academy, which was held at the rectory of St. John’s Church, Mr. Whittier kindly consented to sit for his portrait, to be given by his classmates to the public library of his native town. Mr. Harrison Plummer, one of the poet’s schoolmates. was selected as the artist, and at 2.30 o’clock this afternoon, today being the 78th anniversary of the poet’s birth, the portrait was unveiled with appropriate ceremonies before a large gathering of the aristocracy and culture of Haverhill. The picture was presented to the library trustees by Clarence E. Kelley, principal of the high school, and was received with appropriate remarks by Mayor Sheldon. Remarks were made by Hon. J.D.B. Cogswell. Dr. John Crowell, Judge Charles Bradley of Providence, R.I., and letters were read from Professor Charles Short of Columbia College, Professor G.B. Thayer of Harvard Law School and Senator J.J. Ingalls of Kansas, all three having been Haverhill boys. The committee on obtaining the portrait were Thomas Garland of Dover, N.H., and Hon. James H. Carleton of Haverhill. The frame. which is of the very finest workmanship and material. costing about $150. was presented by Mrs. E.J.M. Hale. Mr. Whittier himself is much pleased with the likeness (Boston Globe, December 18, 1885).

Those traveling north from the Massachusetts border towards Portsmouth, NH, on US Route I-95, pass over the Merrimac River at Amesbury, MA, on the John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge. (Whittier lived also at Amesbury).

Kelley, Clarence and Wingate
Clarence E. and Wingate Kelley, and their telescope, in Haverhill, MA, in the mid to late 1880s (Haverhill Public Library). (Gauge the date by the age of the boy, who was born in 1880)

Principal Kelley’s renewal as Haverhill High School principal for the 1894-95 academic year encountered some opposition in June 1894.

HAVERHILL’S PRINCIPAL. Attempt to Reinstate Clarence E. Kelley Fails for Time Being. HAVERHILL, Mass, June 29. Tonight for the third time the school board attempted to reinstate Clarence E. Kelley as principal of the high school. All the members were present except Dr. Bradley and Rev. George Benedict. On motion of Dr. L.S. Smith the board went into executive session. Dr. L.S. Smith declared that he had been misrepresented and misquoted. He asserted that principal Kelley was not in touch with the scholars. He had no personal grievances against the man. C.F. How asserted that Mr. Kelley was lacking in executive ability. W.W. Spaulding defended Mr. Kelley and declared that he did not believe it was true that he was not respected by the scholars. J.W. Tilton asked what Mr. How meant by principal Kelley lacking in executive ability. Mr. How said he was only speaking in general terms. Mr. Tilton moved to ballot for a principal of the high school. With 11 votes necessary for a choice, Mr. Kelley secured nine out of 16. A second ballot was taken with the same result. Then Mr. Tilton moved that the rules be amended so that a majority, instead of two-thirds of the votes cast, should elect. As it was necessary to leave the matter on the table for a month, the board adjourned without being able to secure Mr. Kelley’s reinstatement (Boston Globe, June 30, 1894).

Principal Kelley would be renewed and would remain in Haverhill until he went to Milton (after the 1902-03 academic year).

Clarence E. Kelley, a high school principal, aged fifty years (b. MA), headed a Haverhill, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Caroline M. Kelley, aged forty-nine years (b. AL), and his children, Lucy J. Kelley, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and Wingate Kelley, a sole laborer, aged twenty years (b. MA), Henry E. Kelley, at school, aged nineteen years (b. MA), Clarence M. Kelley, at school, aged fifteen years (b. MA), and his mother, Abigail G. Kelley, aged seventy-six years (b. MA). They resided at 17 Grant Street.

Clarence E. Kelley left his position in Haverhill and became principal of the Nute High School at the beginning of the 1903-04 academic year. One wonders if he brought his telescope with him.

Principal Clarence E. Kelley of Milton’s Nute High School spoke at a regional teachers’ conference held in Exeter, NH, May 18, 1906. His topic was “The Place of Examinations in Public School Work” (Portsmouth Herald, May 8, 1906).

OFF FOR EXETER. Portsmouth Teachers Will Leave Tomorrow. TO ATTEND AN INSTITUTE TO BE HELD IN EXETER. A teachers’ institute will be held at the Robinson Female Seminary at Exeter tomorrow, under the direction of the state department of public instruction, and with the cooperation of the County Teachers’ association. Massachusetts has been drawn on for the speakers, who include Supt. George I. Aldrich of Brookline, Miss Mabel Hill of the Lowell normal school and Charles L. Hanson of the Mechanic Arts high school at Boston. The single speaker from this state is Principal Clarence E. Kelley of the Milton High School. Teachers of the public schools in this city will be present (Portsmouth Herald, May 17, 1906).

Principal Clarence E. Kelley left Nute High School at the conclusion of the 1913-14 academic year. He received an appointment as professor of Astronomy at Harvard College in June 1917 (Boston Globe, June 14, 1917).

Professor Clarence E. Kelley of Harvard University, formerly of Nute High School, attended the annual alumni dinner of the Nute Club of Boston in February 1918 (Boston Globe, February 23, 1918).

Clarence E. Kelley, a college teacher, aged seventy years (b. MA), headed a Cambridge, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Caroline N. Kelley, aged sixty-eight years (b. AL). They rented their home at 23 Irving Street, which was a two-family dwelling that they shared with the household of William C. Howlett, a piano factory repairer, aged sixty-six years (b. MA)..

Clarence E. Kelley died in Cambridge, MA, in March 1923.

FUNERAL THURSDAY OF CLARENCE E. KELLEY. Funeral services for Clarence Erskine Kelley, for 19 years principal of the Haverhill High School and more recently an instructor in astronomy at Harvard University, will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock in Christ Church, Cambridge. Rev George L. Paine, assistant rector of the church, and another clergyman, will officiate. Mr. Kelley died Sunday at his home, 23 Irving st., Cambridge. He was born in West Amesbury, now Merrimac, July 31. 1849. Mr Kelley taught for three years at St Paul’s School, Concord, N.H., and in 1881 became principal of the Haverhill High School, holding the position until 1900. He was principal of the Nute High School in Milton, N.H., from 1903 to 1914. He was a trustee of the John G. Whittier homestead in Haverhill and a lay reader in the Episcopal Church. He was a member of the National Education Association, the New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools, the New Hampshire Historical Society and the Phi Beta Kappa of Harvard. Mr. Kelley was married In 1876 to Caroline Moore of Haverhill. They had four children: Mrs. Lucy Jeanette Tuck; Wingate Kelley, Rev. Henry Erskine Kelley and Dr. Clarence Moore Kelley (Boston Globe, March 20, 1923).

Mrs. Kelly was killed by a reckless driver in Cambridge, MA, August 10, 1924, while boarding a streetcar.

DORCHESTER MAN HELD ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE. Wendell Cotter, 40, of 1 Carson st., Dorchester, appeared before the Third District Court, East Cambridge, this morning on a charge of manslaughter and was held in $1000 for the Grand Jury. Last night Cotter’s car ran down Mrs. Caroline M. Kelley, wife of Prof. Clarence E. Kelley, formerly of Harvard College, as she was about to get on a car at Massachusetts av. and Everett st, Cambridge. Cotter was also charged with driving so as to endanger the lives and safety of the public (Boston Globe, August 11, 1924).

Franklin H. “Frank” Manter – 1914-16

Franklin Henley Manter was born in Milton, NH, June 4, 1892, son of John S. and Julia (Henley) Manter. (His father was Milton’s Free-Will Baptist minister in 1890-96).

Bates College. Class of 1913. Franklin Henley Manter. b. 4 June 1892, Milton, N.H. Son of John and Julia (Henley) Manter. Teacher, Burr & Burton Sem., Manchester, Vt., 1913-14; Prin., Nute High Sch., Milton, N.H., 1914- (Bates College, 1914).

Franklin H. Manter, of Koshkonong, MO, aged twenty-five years, registered for the WW I military draft in Oregon County, MO, June 5, 1917. He had been born in Milton, NH, June 4, 1892. He was engaged in the educational field (for Scott Foresman), but was currently on vacation. He was tall, with a medium build, blue eyes, dark brown hair (not balding), and had no missing limbs or appendages. He claimed an exemption for “broken arches in feet.”

For the National Army. Thirteen boys will go to the army camp about the 26th, from Oregon County, and they are to be selected from the following list furnished us by the board at Alton: Albert C. Simpson, Martin T. Clark, Wm. H. Risner, Wm. H. Sherry, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Buckner, Joseph A. Henshaw, Oscar Harmon, Wm. H. Roy, Percy W. Braswell, Charley Hankins, Edward E. Wadley, Grover C. Carson, Kenneth O. Powell, Andrew J. Kellams, Franklin H. Manter (Thayer News (Thayer, MO), April 19, 1918).

Franklin H. Manter enlisted in the US Army, May 3, 1918. 2nd Lt. Franklin H. Manter, of the 2nd Company, 6th Ordnance Battalion embarked on the transport Dunvegan Castle at New York, NY, bound for Southampton, England, August 31, 1918; 2nd Lt. Franklin H. Manter, of the 2nd Company, 6th Ordnance Battalion embarked on the transport Antrim at Southampton, England, bound for Le Havre, France, September 24, 1918. 1st Lt. Franklin Manter, assigned to Ordnance, left Brest, France, on board the troop transport Agamemnon, June 10, 1919. He was discharged June 21, 1919.

John Manter, a pastor, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME), headed an Ashland, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Julia Manter, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME). and his children, Marion E. Manter, a clinical doctor M.D., aged twenty-nine years (b. ME), and Franklin H. Manter, a manufacturing manager, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH).

MILTON, N.H., SCHOOL ALUMNI AT BANQUET. The annual dinner of the Alumni Association of the Nute High School. Milton, N.H., was held last evening at the Vendome with 50 members present. Robert M. Looney presided. Among the honor[ed] guests and speakers were William F. Carlson of the Brookline High School; Miss Theodora A. Gerould of Medford, Frank H. Manter, former teachers in the school, and Arthur T. Smith, a former principal (Boston Globe, February 26, 1921).

He married, circa 1924, Dorothea Carter. She was born in Wilmington, MA, July 2, 1898, daughter of Fred M. and Barbara E. (Cole) Carter.

Franklin Manter, an executive, aged thirty-two years (b. US), headed a Bronx, NY, household at the time of the New York State Census of 1925. His household included his wife, Dorothy Manter, housework, aged twenty-six years (b. US).

Franklin H. Manter, advertising manufacturing, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Bronx, NY, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Dorothy C. Manter, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), and his son, John R. Manter, aged two years (b. NY). They resided in a multi-family apartment building at 2523 University Avenue. They paid $55 [per month] in rent and did have a radio set.

Franklin Manter, of 2 Deshon Avenue, Bronxville, NY, sailed on the SS Siboney, from Havana, Cuba, May 14, 1935, bound for New York, NY. He was married, aged 42 years, having been born in Milton, NH, June 4, 1892.

Franklin Henley Manter, of 5 Waldron Street, Marblehead, MA, aged forty-nine years, registered for the World War II military draft in Swampscott, MA, April 21, 1942. He had been born in Milton, NH, June 4, 1892. His telephone number was MAr 1365-W. He named Dorothy C. Manter, of 5 Waldron Street, Marblehead, MA, as the person who would always know his address. He was self-employed at 10 High Street, Boston, MA. He stood 5′ 10″ tall and weighed 155 pounds. He had blue eyes, brown hair, and a light brown complexion.

Players Cast, Directors Named. Directors and cast for Susquehanna Players’ next production, “The Night of January Sixteenth,” have been announced. The play will be presented April 20 and 21 at Vestal’s Clayton Avenue School. Curtain time will be 8:30 p.m. Benjamin Gilinsky will be director and Joseph Iskra, assistant director. The three-act play, written by Ayn Rand, is about a murder trial. An unusual feature of the production is the recruiting of 12 persons from the audience to serve as jurors. Members of the cast will be: Miss Ruth Poulos, Miss Barbara Hastings and Miss Jane Lounsberry. all as secretaries; Frank De Angelis as court clerk; Robert McFalls as Homer Van Fleet; Mrs. Helen Fairservice as Roberta Van Rensselaer, showgirl; Also, Mrs. Anne Hackling as Magda Svenson; Frank H. Manter as Dr. Kirkland; Mrs. Shirley Hoskins as Mrs. Hutchins; William Vickers as Judge Heath; Miss Edith Cutting as Jane Chandler; Richard Valent as Sweeney, and Mr. Iskra as a bailiff (Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghampton, NY), April 13, 1956).

Franklin H. Manter died in Binghampton, NY, December 27, 1972. Dorothy (Carter) Manter died in Glastonbury, CT, November 13, 1986.

William F. Carlson – 1916-18

William Fritz Carlson was born in Bornholm, Denmark, November 22, 1892, son of Fred and Joanna F. (Stone) Carlson.

William Fritz Carlton graduated from Harvard College with the class of 1915.

He married in Easton, MA, August 30, 1915, Olga Elvira Abrahamson, both of Easton. She was born in North Easton, MA, March 19, 1888, daughter of Edward and Anna F. (Lundgren) Abrahamson.

William F. Carlson  was principal of the Nute High School for three years, 1916-17, 1917-18, and 1918-19.

Alumni Notes. ’16 – William F. Carlson is principal of the Nute High School at Milton, N.H. (Harvard University, 1916).

Mrs. William F. Carlson  (Olga Carlson) attended the annual alumni dinner of the Nute Club of Boston in at least the year 1917.

REUNION OF NUTE HIGH SCHOOL BOSTON CLUB. Merriment marked the banquet and reunion of the Nute High School Boston Club at the Thorndike last night. Roland E. Chesley of Utica, N.Y., presided. Among those present were Pres. and Mrs. Harry W. Nutter, Vice Pres. Mrs. Harry S. Coles, Treas. Gertrude M. Getchell. Sec. Arthur D. Brackett, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Smith, Miss Theodora Gerould, Mrs. William F. Carlson, Walter E. Looney, Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Plummer, Jr, Miss Maud Storey, Miss Annie Meickel, Charles O. Parmenter. Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Brown, Mr. and Mrs. H. Wilson Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hodgdon. Miss Mary C. Jones, Ezra D. Hart, Miss Anna Alden, Reginald Leeman, George Leeman, Mrs. George Freeman, Marc S. Dickey, Lawrence C. Hayes, Miss Hazel Farnham, Walter W. Hayes, Miss Louise Avery, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer A. Lamper, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Starkey. Miss Orinda Plummer, Chester Fox, Eugene Cox and Miss Susan P. Haley (Boston Globe, February 24, 1917).

William Fritz Carlson, of 19 Mechanic [street], No. Easton, MA, aged twenty-four years (b. Bornholm, Denmark, November 22, 1892), registered for the WW I military draft, June 2, 1917. He registered with the Strafford County clerk, but for his residence in North Easton, MA. He was a citizen and registered voter, having become a naturalized citizen when his father did so. He was employed as a teacher in Milton, NH, by the Trustees of the Nute High School. He claimed an exemption due to being a married man with a dependent wife and one-year-old child. He was tall, with a slender build, blue eyes, light brown hair, and no disabilities.

William F. Carlson, a high school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. Denmark), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Olga E. Carlson, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), his children, Paul E. Carlson, aged three years (and six months) (b. VT), F. Roy Carlson, aged two years (and two months) (b. MA), and Edward W. Carlson aged one year (and two months) (b. MA), and a State-ward, Ida M. Perry, a maid, aged eighteen years (b. Canada). They shared a rented two-family dwelling at 260 Corey Street with the household of Elizabeth Buckman, aged fifty=five years (b. MA).

Carlson, WFNEW PRINCIPAL FOR WOODWARD INSTITUTE. QUINCY, June 30 -The Board of Trustees of the Woodward Institute for Girls, an endowed institute of learning for Quincy-born girls, announced today that W.F. Carlson of Brookline had been appointed principal of the institute. The board adopted resolutions eulogizing the efficient and faithful work of Horace W. Rice, for 13 years principal of the school, who retired because of ill health. Mr. Carlson was born in North Easton 31 years ago. After leaving the grammar schools of that town he entered the Oliver Ames High School and later went to Harvard, where he was graduated with a degree of A.B. in 1915. From 1916 to 1918 he was headmaster of the Nute High School of Milton, N.H.; from 1918 to 1919, acting headmaster of the Brookline High School, and from 1919 to 1923 had charge of the history department of the Brookline High School. For three years he was principal of the Brookline Evening School (Boston Globe, July 1, 1923).

William Carlson, a private school principal, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA [SIC]), headed the Ossining School for Girls, in Ossining, NY, at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His “household” include his wife, Olga Carlson, aged forty-one years (b. MA), fifteen teachers, three housemothers, a secretary, a bookkeeper, a nurse, and a hostess. (Ossining is famous too, for its prison institution, “Sing-Sing”).

Olga E. (Abrahamson) Carlson died October 10, 1965. William F. Carlson died September 18, 1969.

Dr. Carlson North Easton Services Set. Services will be Monday for Dr. William F. Carlson, 76, of 2640 South Garden dr., Lake Worth, Fla., formerly of Mount Ida Junior College, Newton, who died at St. Mary’s Hospital, Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday evening. He was born in Denmark and had resided in North Easton, Mass. He was a graduate of Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, and Harvard College, class of 1915, where he was a solo violinist of the concert orchestra. Dr. Carlson did graduate work at Harvard and received a Ph.D. from Loubaine University of Belgium. In 1939 Dr. Carlson reestablished the Mt. Ida Junior College at its present site in Newton Center. In 1959 he retired as president of the college and moved to Palm Beach, Fla., and founded Flager College for Women in St. Augustine, Fla. He was a member of Covenant Congregational Church of North Easton, the Harvard Club of Palm Beach, and the School Masters Club, and a 25-year member of Rotary International. Dr. Carlson leaves his wife, Helen (Dickey); three sons, Paul E. of Needham, and Dr. F. Roy Carlson and E.W. Carlson, both of Newton, and two brothers, Capt. F.G. Carlson of Plymouth and Dr. A.G. Carlson of Palm Beach, Fla. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Covenant Congregational Church, North Easton (Boston Globe, September 20, 1969).

Edwin S. Huse – 1919-23

Edwin Sweetser Huse was born in Woburn, MA, August 22, 1878, son of John S. and Mary S. (Paine) Huse.

Edwin Sweetser Huse joined the Hope Lodge of Masons, of Woburn, MA, in 1904. He was a teacher, born in Woburn, MA, August 22, 1878. He was initiated there, November 22, 1904; passed there, December 20, 1904; and raised January 17, 1905. In later years, he was dismissed from the Hope Lodge, November 16, 1915, and affiliated himself with the Palestine Lodge, of Melrose, MA, December 8, 1915. (He died May 2, 1955).

He married in Everett, MA, May 25, 1910, Gladys J. Newhall. She was born in Everett, MA, December 6, 1889, daughter of John and Catherine (McDonald) Newhall.

Edwin S. Huse  was principal of the Nute High School beginning with the 1919-20 academic year. It was he that wrote the school song, Beloved, Hail to Thee. His lyrics mention the school colors – purple and gold – which may have been established as such in his time too.

Edwin S. Huse, a high school teacher, aged forty years (b. MA), headed a Milton (Milton Village) household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Gladys N. Huse, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA), and his children, Ralph N. Huse, aged eight years (b. MA), and Barbara E. Huse, aged seven years (b. MA). They occupied a rented house on Farmington Road and appeared in the enumeration between the household of Sarah P. Haley, a widow, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), and that of Guy L. Hayes, a house carpenter, aged forty-one years (b. NH).

Edwin S. Huse appeared in a March 1923 list of Kappa Sigma fraternity members who were employed as teachers. The fraternity listed him as Edwin S. Huse, B-K, headmaster, Nute High School, Milton, N.H. (Kappa Sigma, 1923).

Edwin S. Huse, a junior high school headmaster, aged forty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Keene, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Gladys M. Huse, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), and his children, Ralph N. Huse, aged eighteen years (b. MA), and Barbara E. Huse, aged seventeen years (b. MA). They rented their residence at 43 Franklin Street, for which they paid $35 per month. They had a radio set.

Edwin S. Huse, of Keene, NH, did not win New England Coke’s $1,000 first prize in its $5,000 Prize Contest of November 1931. Neither did he win the $200 second prize, a $100 third prize, a $50 prize, nor a $10 prize. He was one of 640 $5 prize winners (Boston Globe, November 12, 1931). (That would be coal coke, for heating purposes, rather than Coca Cola “Coke”).

Milton Burton, son of Mrs. Blanche Burton, has been appointed principal of Central junior high school at Keene, which is a training school for Keene teachers college. Mr. Burton has been supervising instructor in general science for the past two years. Mr. Burton succeeds Edwin Huse who was in charge of the building for 26 years (Fitchburg Sentinel, September 24, 1948).

Arthur Robinson, Jr., of Main street is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Huse of Keene (Portsmouth Herald, February 16, 1950).

Edwin S. Huse died in Durham, NH, May 2, 1955.

Prof. Edwin S. Huse. DURHAM – Prof. Edwin S. Huse, 72, retired faculty member of Keene Teachers’ College, died Monday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur W. Robinson of 5 Madbury Rd., with whom had resided. Prof. Huse retired from the college staff in 1950 as head of the of secondary school training after having served on the faculty for 27 years. Born in Woburn, Mass., Aug. 22, 1882, the son of the late John S. and Mary (Paine) Huse, he obtained a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College in 1901. He was a former president of the Keene YMCA and a member of the Keene Rotary Club, the Durham Community Church, a 50-year member of Palestine Lodge, F & AM, of Everett, Mass., and a member of St. Andrew’s Chapter. RAM: John’s Council, R & SM; Boston Commandery, Knights Templar, and Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine, all of Boston, Mass. Prof. Huse had resided here about three years, previously living in Dover for two years after his retirement. Besides his daughter and wife, Mrs. Gladys (Newhall) Huse, survivors include a sister, Mrs. Alice H. Mason of Boston, and one granddaughter (Portsmouth Herald, May 4, 1955).

Continued in Nute High School Principals, 1923-57


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