Milton Teacher of 1891-95

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | April 20, 2019

We encountered previously Miss Sophia Cushing, a Milton Teacher of 1796-05. Here we have a biographical sketch of a Milton teacher of nearly one hundred years later.

Miss Sarah L. Benson taught at Milton’s newly-opened Nute High School, in September 1891. She would have been working with Principal William K. Norton.

Troy, NY
Benson, Frederick W.
Frederick W. Benson

Sarah Louise Benson was born in Troy, NY, April 25, 1865, daughter of Frederick W. and Frances L. (Seabury) Benson. Her mother died several days later, April 28, 1865.

Asa G. Luce, a store [owner], aged thirty-three years (b. Rensselaer), headed a Troy, NY, household at the time of the Second (1865) New York Census (June 21, 1865). His household included his wife, Sarah E. Luce, aged thirty-one years (b. Herkimer), his son, Edgar P. Luce, aged six years (b. Rensselaer), but also Frederick W. Benson, a store keeper, widower, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), and Sarah L. Benson, aged one month (b. Rensselaer). Asa G. Luce was a druggist and his store would have been a drug store.

Sarah’s widowed father married (2nd) in Troy, NY, December 8, 1865, Ann L. Fields. She was born in Michigan, April 8, 1837, daughter of Reuben Fields.

Frederic Benson, a retail grocer, aged forty-three years (b. MA), headed a Troy, NY, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Anna Benson, keeps house, aged thirty-five years (b. MI), Sarah Benson, aged five years (b. NY), and Walter Benson, aged six months (b. NY). (We hear no more of baby Walter). Frederic Benson had personal estate valued at $4,000.

Sarah’s father, Frederick W. Benson, died in Troy, NY, February 8, 1872. His widow, Ann L. Benson, and John P. Wight received appointments as joint administrators of his estate, February 19, 1872.

Ann L. Benson moved the family east from Troy, NY, to Brattleboro, VT, a distance of about 75 miles, in 1873.

Brattleboro, VT

Sarah attended Brattleboro’s District No. 4 (Centreville) School, i.e., a one-room schoolhouse. She appears in the following account of the Fall 1875 term as one of those students that had been absent, but never tardy. (Note the number of students taught by Miss Warriner: forty-two).

Local Intelligence. Brattleboro. The fall term of the school in district No. 4, (Centreville) taught by Miss F.M. Warriner, closed Nov. 12th. Whole number of pupils 42. The pupils having neither absent nor tardy marks during the term were Ida Strickland, Florence Tenney, Fannie Timson, Myra Timson, Eva Wheeler, Ida Wheeler, Henry Knight, Ira Knight, Frank Fisher, Charles Newton, Willie Alden, Clarence Shepardson, Charles Abbott and Bertie Knight. Not absent, Charles Brown, Walter Matthews, Willie Matthews, John Gaines and Frank Dunklee. Not tardy, Lizzie Franklin, Nellie Strong, Laura Cook, Grace Fisher, Sarah Benson, George Fisher, Charles Cook, Charles Fisher, Bertie Howard, Osmand Loomis, Vcssie Miner, Bertie Fisher and Roy Cook (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), November 26, 1875).

Ann L. Benson, keeping house, aged forty-three years (b. MI), headed a Brattleboro, VT, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Her household included her [step-]daughter, Sarah L. Benson, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NY), her son, Oscar Benson, aged eight years (b. NY), and her boarders, Nellie Scott, a teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Hiland Burdick, works in machine shop, aged forty years (b. VT), John O’Brien, works in machine shop, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), and Fred Fowler, works in machine shop, aged twenty-four years (b. NY).

Sarah Benson graduated from Brattleboro High School with the Class of 1882 (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), June 29, 1907).

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Sarah Louise Benson, of West Brattleboro, VT, attended Smith College, in Northampton, MA. She would have begun her studies there in September 1884. She graduated in June 1888. Smith College was then relatively new: her class was only the tenth one.

SMITII COLLEGE. Colonel T.W. Higginson. the Orator of the Day, with Governor Ames Present. NORTHAMPTON, April 20. The tenth Smith College commencement passed off very successfully. Social Hall was crowded, and Governor Ames and staff, Mayor Hill, George W. Cable and others were on the platform. Governor Ames made a brief, but telling speech, and then Colonel Thomas W. Higginson was introduced as the orator of the day. He spoke about the advantages of the literary profession, and held the close attention of his audience for two hours. His oration was the ablest heard here for many years.

Miss Julia H. Mulliver of the class of ’79, was given the degree of Ph.D., and Miss Elizabeth Blanchard, principal of Mt. Holyoke Seminary. the degree of M.A.

Smith College - College Hall
Smith College

The following are the graduates; Caroline Sprague Austin, Nashua; Kate Clarence Bailey. Claremont. N.H.; Minnie May Bartlett, Attleboro; Sarah Louise Benson, West Brattleboro, Vt.; Daisy Luana Blaisdel. Chicopee Falls: Harriette Holland Boardman, St. Paul, Minn; Adeline Brown, San Francisco; Grace Alice Burrington. Coleraln; Anna Louise Carter. New Hartford, Conn.; Jennie Chamberlain, Ames, Ia.; Mabelle Chase, Hudson; Cornella Chapelle Church. Norwich, Conn.; Mary Frances I)e Voil. Glen’s Falls, N.Y.; Harriet Parkes Doty, Holyoke; Anna Williams Edwards. Northampton; Mary Elizabeth Everett, Dover; Anna Warren Gardiner, Haverhill; Lora E. Guild, Enosburg, Vt.; Fanny Pearson Hardy, Brewer, Me.: Anna Dora Hawker. Northampton; Louise Akerly Husted, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Caroline Cogswell Jameson, Mills; Anna Prindie Kellogg, Northampton; Jane Downes Kelly, Providence, R.I.; Leila Mantha Kennedy, Syracuse, N.Y.; Florence Leonard, Philadelphia, Penn; Helen Stoddard Lincoln, Northampton; Mary Caroline Lord, Hudson, O.; Frances Pease Lyman. Easthampton; May Louise Nicholls, Holliston: Grace Sophronia Packard. Providence, R.I.; Lizzie Southgate Parker, Claremont. N.H.: Martha E. Black, Altoona, Penn.; Mary Palmer Raynor, Springfield; Alice Robinson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Harriet Chapin See, Northampton; Rachel Sherrison. Syracuse. N.Y.; Alice Thomas Skilton, New Haven, Conn; Alice May Sykes, New Haven. Conn.; Mary Frances Thompson, Northampton; Susie Helen Twitchell, Keene. N.H.; Adelaide Brainerd Ventres, Bloomfield, N.J.; Ellen Long Wentworth, Exeter, N.H.; Grace Churchyard, Buffalo, N.Y.; Lilian Dubois, Hudson, N.Y.; Miriam McGregor Dwight, Hadley; Isabel Eaton, Washington, D.C.; Jennie Sarah Wilcox, Seneca Falls, N.Y.; Jennie Laurie Storrs, Lebanon, N.H.; Mary Esther Cobb, Florence; Mae Appleton Shute, Palmer.

Graduates of the School of Art: Harriet Eliza Duguld, Syracuse, N.Y.; Helena Cherry Evans, Easthampton; Anna Ellen Schreuder, Syracuse, N.Y.; Margaret Olive Whitney, Orleans. N.Y. (Boston Globe, June 21, 1888).

Glenwood Classical Seminary, W. Brattleboro, VT

The Glenwood Classical Seminary was a ladies’ boarding school. It opened in West Brattleboro, VT, in 1860. Professor Henry H. Shaw replaced long-time principal Professor Hiram Orcutt in 1881.

Glenwood Classical Seminary, WEST BRATTLEBORO, VT. HAS three well-prepared courses of study. Pupils completing either will receive diplomas. The best facilities for music on organ or piano, with a daily class in vocal. Drawing and painting by a teacher of large experience. No pains will be spared to make every department thorough and complete. The spring term, of 12 weeks, begins March 22. Terms low; good rooms for self-boarding. For particulars address the principal, H.H. SHAW, West Brattleboro, Feb. 22, 1882 (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), March 22, 1882).

Miss Sarah L. Benson took on the role of preceptress, i.e. assistant principal, at the Glenwood Classical Seminary, in 1889.

West Brattleboro. Miss Sarah L. Benson is preceptress at Glenwood Seminary (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), December 20, 1889).

Glenwood Seminary
Glenwood Classical Seminary

Glenwood Seminary’s 1891 graduation marked also its tenth year under Professor Henry H. Shaw.

… During this time classes have been graduated each year and the school has been under the personal care of Mr. Shaw. For the past two years he has been ably assisted by Miss Sarah Benson (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), June 12, 1891).

Nute High School, Milton, NH

Milton’s Nute High School opened its doors for the first time in September 1891, with Miss Sarah L. Benson as one of its original teachers.

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah L. Benson returned this week to Milton, N.H., where she is a teacher in the Nute High school (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), January 1, 1892).

Nute High School 2PERSONAL. Miss Sarah L. Benson, a teacher in the Nute High school at Milton, N.H., has returned to Brattleboro for the summer vacation (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), July 1, 1892).

NORTH HEATH. Miss Sarah S. Benson from Brattleboro, who is employed at school keeping at Milton N.H., is taking her vacation of a few weeks with her many friends in this vicinity (Deerfield Valley Times (Wilmington, VT), August 19, 1892).

PERSONAL. Among the Christmas visitors in town were Fred Colburn, Nicholas Baker, Joseph Perry and Maurice Austin of Springfield, Mass.; J.C. Bowler and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowler and family of Boston; T.J. Doolin of South Framingham, Mass.; Hattie Jones of Boston; John and Patrick Bowler of New Haven, Conn.; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carey and Patrick Ferriter, the telegraph operator, of New York; Alfred Warren of Florence. Mass.; Samuel Kirkland of Boston and Theodore Kirkland; Elmer Munroe of Worcester, Mass.; Will Smith of Colgate university; Miss Sarah Benson of the Nute High school, Milton, N.H.; Ina Freeman of Watertown, N.Y. ; William Cursor of St. Albans; [Miss Sarah L. Benson’s half-brother,] O.F. Benson of New York: Charles Chapin of Boston: Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Sears of Holyoke; Thomas Scars of Coventry, Conn.; Lieut. Col. and Mrs. James Lillis of Rutland; Evelyn Merritt of Bridgewatcr, Mass. (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), December 30, 1892).

Sarah L. Benson left Nute High School at the conclusion of the 1894-95 academic year. (Bertha M. Terrill, who taught there in 1895-96, may have replaced her). Benson left in order to take up a course of studies at the Framingham Normal School.

Framingham Normal School, Framingham, MA

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson, who has been a teacher in the Nute High school at Milton, N.H, for several years, has gone to Framingham, Mass., where she will take a special one year’s course in the normal school (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), September 13, 1895).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson returned yesterday to Framingham, Mass., normal school, where she Is taking an advanced course in pedagogics (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), January 3, 1896).

She graduated from the special one-year course at the Framingham Normal School, in Framingham, MA, in June 1896. She was one of seven students that earned Advanced and Special honors (Boston Post, June 25, 1896).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson attended the 28th annual reunion of the Benson family at Conway, Mass., Wednesday (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), July 3, 1896).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah L, Benson has recently taken a situation as teacher in the Free Academy at Norwich, Conn, (Vermont Phoenix, September 18, 1896).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson of South Framingham, Mass., is visiting her mother in Centreville (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), April 2, 1897).

Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, CT

Norwich Free Academy. The Norwich Free Academy, of which Dr. Hubert P. Keep is principal, has issued its thirty-ninth annual catalogue. The pamphlet contains a history of the growth of the institution, the founding of which was a result of Dr. John P. Gallien’s educational movement in 1846. Grateful acknowledgment is made of the generosity of William A. Slater. The school began as a preparatory institution but has greatly broadened. The book contains a description of the Slater memorial building and the Slater museum and an outline of the work in the normal school, model schools, kindergarten and art school. There are 48 seniors, 58 first middles, 71 second middles, 106 junior, 3 graduates; total 284. In the normal school there are 21 pupils and in the art school 58 (Hartford Courant, April 2, 1895).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson has returned to her position as teacher in the Normal school at Norwich, Conn. (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), September 17, 1897).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson, who has been at home a large part of the winter on account of ill health, returned this week to her duties as teacher in the Norwich, Conn., academy (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), April 22, 1898).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah L. Benson, of the Norwich. Conn., Free academy, after spending 10 days at her home, left yesterday for a stay at Old Orchard, Me., and the White mountains (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), July 14, 1898).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah L. Benson of Brattleboro and C.O. Stockman of Troy, N.Y., are guests at Geo. W. Mandigo’s (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), September 1, 1899).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah L. Benson, now a teacher in the Norwich, Conn., free academy, is spending the Christmas vacation with her mother, her brother, Oscar F. Benson, spent Sunday and New Year’s at home (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), January 5, 1900). 

Sarah L. Benson, a boarder, aged thirty-four years (b. NY), resided in the New London, CT, household of Sarah D. Palmer, aged seventy-two years (b. CT), at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Palmer kept a boarding-house. Her daughter, Elizabeth D. Palmer, aged thirty-seven years, was a teacher of domestic science. Another boarder, Mary A. Emerson, aged thirty-four years (b. VT), was also a school teacher.

Ware High School, Ware, MA

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah L. Benson went Saturday to Ware, Mass., where she is to teach history in the High school (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), September 7, 1900).

BRATTLEBORO PERSONAL. Oscar F. Benson and Miss Sarah Benson are spending the vacation season with their mother on Western avenue (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), August 14, 1903).

European Tour

Sarah Louise Benson applied for a US passport in Brattleboro, Windham, VT, August 9, 1905. At that time, she described herself as a teacher, aged forty years. She was 4′ 8″ tall. She had light brown hair, a round face with a high forehead, a square chin, and a light complexion. She had blue eyes (with a scar near one of them), a short nose (with large nostrils), full lips, and two moles.

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah L. Benson will leave tomorrow for Boston and will sail from that city next Tuesday on the Saxonia of the Cunard line to spend a year in Europe for travel and study. She will probably be in Oxford, England, a considerable portion of this time (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), September 8, 1905).

Among other sights, Sarah witnessed the April 7, 1906 eruption of the Mount Vesuvius volcano.

Vesuvius - 1906
Vesuvius Eruption of 1906

LOCAL OVERFLOW. Miss Sarah Benson, who is spending several months in travel in Europe, writes her mother of the glimpse which she and a traveling companion obtained of the great eruption of Vesuvius. The reports being favorable, they made the journey from Rome to Naples, but the conditions were such and the alarm was so great in Naples that they returned immediately. At a distance of 20 or 30 miles from Vesuvius everything was covered with fine white ashes, and the depth of the ashes increased to several inches as the train proceeded. All birds and animals had disappeared. When 40 miles from the mountain the horizon was that of an angry, black thunder storm. A few miles nearer the blue sky disappeared and the effect was lurid and terrifying. “It was like our oft quoted ‘yellow day,’ only ten times worse. It was as if a gray pall hung over everything, while the cloud of dust and ashes above us was fringed with reddish yellow.” “Once in a while we saw a farmer with head protected by umbrella or some broad covering looking over his desolate fields. At one shrine three women were praying, two prostrate on their faces” (Vermont Phoenix, May 11, 1906).

The “Yellow Day” to which she referred was September 6, 1881. The noontime twilight and yellow sky experienced in New England on that day resulted from the Michigan Thumb Fire of September 5, 1881.

BRATTLEBORO PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson with Miss Cora Green and Miss Sadie Winchester as guests, went Wednesday to Camp Ellis, Maine, where she has a cottage (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), August 3, 1906).

WEST BRATTLEBORO. Miss Sadie E. Winchester, who has been a guest of Miss Sarah Benson at Camp Ellis, Me., returned Tuesday (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), August 17, 1906).

Nichols Academy, Dudley, MA

EDUCATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. MASSACHUSETTS. DUDLEY. Nichols Academy opened September 10. Miss Marcia Smith and Miss Sarah Benson have been re-engaged for the coming year. The academy buildings including the inn and library are soon to be equipped with electric lights (Journal of Education, September 19, 1907). 

PERSONALS. Miss Sadie Benson returned to Dudley, Mass., Monday to resume her position as teacher in Nichols academy (Brattleboro Reformer, December 6, 1907).

Brattleboro Local. PERSONALS. Miss Sarah Benson came Saturday to spend several weeks with her mother, Mrs. Ann L. Benson. Miss Benson closed her school at Nichols academy. in Dudley, Mass., last week, and went to Northampton to attend her class reunion at Smith college. On her return home she was accompanied by Miss Jane Hunt, of Granby, Mass, who will spend several days with her (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), June 26, 1908).

PERSONALS. Miss Sarah Benson went Monday to Old Orchard, Me., to open her cottage for the season. She was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. A.L. Benson, and Miss Florence Edwards, who will spend a month there (Brattleboro Reformer, July 10, 1908).

PERSONALS. Miss Sarah Benson has closed her cottage at Old Orchard and is visiting at the home of her mother, Mrs. A.L. Benson (Brattleboro Reformer, September 4, 1908).

HURT BY HIGH SCHOOLS. Academy About to Close After Ninety Years of Existence. Dudley, Mass., June 10. — A career of ninety years seems about to be closed for Nichols academy here. They have announced that because of the dwindling in the number of pupils the academy will not open next year. The use of the buildings has been tendered to the town. The trustees place the cause for the decadence of the once powerful preparatory school to the gradual encroachment of public high schools into its territory. The academy was opened in 1819. It reached the height of its career thirty years ago, when 150 pupils were cared for. Today there are but eight (Portsmouth Herald, June 10, 1909).

Adams High School, Adams, MA

WINDHAM COUNTY. BRATTLEBORO. Miss Sarah L. Benson of Brattleboro has been appointed assistant in the English department of the high school in Adams, Mass. Miss Benson is a graduate of Smith college and is a successful teacher (Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), May 1, 1909).

Catherine M. Phillips, living on her own income, aged seventy-eight years (b. NY), headed an Adam, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her daughters, Helen Phillips, aged forty-one years (b. MA), and Susan Phillips, a public school teacher, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA); her son-in-law, Peter P. Smith, post-master, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), her daughter [his wife], Sarah Smith, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), her grandchildren, Catherine Smith, aged six years (b. MA), and T. Stanley Smith, aged two years; and her boarder, Sarah Benson, a public school teacher, aged forty-three years (b. NY). They resided on Crandall Street.

Miss Sarah L. Brown presented a paper entitled Oxford: Town & Gown before the Brattleboro Woman’s Club, April 13, 1910. Her talk was one of many speeches, talks, concerts, and other events presented over a season that ran from November 1909 through April 1910 (Brattleboro Reformer, September 17, 1909).

LOCAL OVERFLOW. At the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Woman’s club Wednesday, Miss Sarah L. Benson will speak on personal experiences of Oxford, town and gown. At the close of the program the ways and means committee will conduct a sale of home cookery (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), April 8, 1910).

BRATTLEBORO PERSONAL. Mrs. F.W. Benson and Miss Sarah L. Benson went Saturday to their cottage at Old Orchard, Me., where they will spend the summer. Oscar L. Benson and family went to his cottage there Monday, and Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Mitchell will join them Saturday for a few weeks’ stay (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), July 15, 1910).

BRATTLEBORO PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson, who had been at Old Orchard, Maine, for the summer vacation, came Wednesday to the home of her mother, Mrs. Ann Benson, and left Monday to resume her work as teacher In North Adams (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), September 8, 1911).

BRATTLEBORO PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson has been at home this week from Adams, Mass., where she is a teacher in the public schools (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), March 1, 1912).

BRATTLEBORO PERSONAL. Sarah Benson, the teacher, has returned from Adams, Mass. (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), June 28, 1912).

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson has gone to Ware, Mass., to visit a few days before returning to her duties as teacher in Adams, Mass. (Brattleboro Daily Reformer, May 3, 1913).

Lynn, MA

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson, teacher in the high school in Lynn, Mass., is at her home on Oak street for the week-end (Brattleboro Daily Reformer, March 27, 1915).

Sarah L. Benson served on a Boston Playwriter’s Club arrangements committee for a production of three one-act War Relief plays in April 1917. (Her fellow New London boarder of 1900, now Dr. Mary A. Emerson of Boston University, served as the Director) (Boston Globe, April 18, 1917).

Sarah’s stepmother, Ann L. (Fields) Benson, died in Windham, VT, January 6, 1918.

Mrs. Benson Dies. Mrs. Ann Louise Benson, 80, mother of President Oscar F. Benson, of the Valley Fair association, died Sunday noon at her home in Brattleboro. She had been confined to her room for six weeks because of infirmities incident to her advanced age. Mrs. Benson was one of the principal contributors to the support of the Universalist church and was active along various lines of benevolent endeavor. She was a native of Seneca, Mich. She spent her childhood in Troy, N.Y., where she married Frederick W. Benson, a prosperous grocer, who died in 1872. In 1873 she went to Brattleboro. Besides her son she leaves a daughter, Miss Sarah L. Benson, teacher in the classical school in Lynn, Mass. Burial will be in Troy (Rutland News, January 7, 1918).

NUTE CLUB OF BOSTON HAS THIRD ANNUAL DINNER. The third annual meeting and banquet of the Nute Club of Boston, auxiliary to the Nute High School at Milton, N.H., was held last evening at the Thorndike with 50 guests present. Mrs. H.S. Coles presided. Miss Gertrude M. Getchell sang and Mrs. J.J. Buckley played several piano selections. The speakers were: Prof. Clarence E. Kelley of Harvard University, formerly of the Nute High School; Miss Sarah L. Benson, Arthur Barbour of Camp Devens and W.H. Langley of the Charlestown Navy Yard; Miss Mabel Wilbur, Miss Elinor Osborne and Miss Theodora Geraulds. The following officers were elected: Mrs. H. Wilson Ross of Newton, president; Lawrence C. Hayes of the American Expeditionary Forces, now in France, and Mrs. Arthur Thad Smith, vice presidents; Miss Susan P. Haley, Milton, NH., secretary; Arthur D. Brackett, treasurer, and Mrs. Helen M. Cole, Joseph I,. Keller and Walter E. Looney, executive committee (Boston Globe, February 23, 1918).

Alumnae Notes. Class News. 1887. Sarah Benson is teaching in the Lynn Classical High School. Her address is 60 Baltimore St., Lynn, Mass. (Smith College, 1919).

Mary K. Tripp, a widow, aged forty-eight years (b. NY), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her mother, Anne M. Kunhardt, a widow, aged seventy-eight years (b. Germany), her housekeeper, Sophie L. Sanford, a private family housekeeper, aged fifty-seven years (b. Canada), and her lodger, Sarah L. Benson, a high school teacher, aged fifty-four years (b. NY). They resided at 11 Baltimore Street.

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 L. 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).

Study Club Hears Miss Sarah Benson An unusually enjoyable meeting was held Saturday afternoon of the Adams Study club at the home of Mrs. Alma Deming of Columbia street. A large number were present and Miss Sarah L. Benson delighted her audience with several stories and verses of her own writing. Miss Benson who was formerly a teacher in Adams High school is now teaching in one of the Lynn schools (North Adams Transcript, October 29, 1923).

[Smith College Class of] 1888. Sarah Benson’s new address is the Chesterfield, 12-1 W. Baltimore St., Lynn, Mass. (Smith Alumnae Quarterly, 1929).

Sarah L. Benson, a high school teacher, aged sixty years, headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. She resided in a rented apartment at 12 West Baltimore Street.

Sarah taught at the Lynn Classical High School (rather than Lynn English High School). She was a Lynn librarian in 1935. Both the high school and the city library were close to her residences in Baltimore Street and West Baltimore Street.

Sarah removed to Biddeford, ME, circa 1936-37.

Biddeford, ME

Josephine M. Andrews, aged eighty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Biddeford, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Hazel M. Andrews, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), and her lodger, Sarah L. Benson, aged seventy-four years (b. NY). In answer to a question, Sarah L. Benson had resided in Lynn, MA, on April 1, 1935. She had attended college, through a fifth or subsequent year.

Miss Sarah L. Benson died in the Biddeford, ME, home of Miss Hazel M. Andrews (see 1940 census above) on Sunday morning, October 11, 1953, aged eighty-eight years, five months, and sixteen days.

Obituary. Miss Sarah Benson. Miss Sarah Louise Benson died yesterday in Biddeford, Me., at the age of 92. A native of Troy, Miss Benson at one time taught in the schools of this city. Miss Benson was the daughter of the late Frederick W. Benson and Sarah F. Seabury. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 from the Gardiner Earl Memorial Chapel, Oakwood Cemetery. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery (Troy Record, October 12, 1953).

Plan Funeral of Miss Benson. Funeral services for Miss Sarah Benson, 87, a member of former well known Troy family who died Sunday, will be held today, at 2 p.m. at the Earl Chapel in Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Frederick E. Thalman, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood. Miss Benson died at Biddeford, Maine, where she has resided for last 16 years. She was born in Troy, April 25, 1865, daughter of the late Frederick Warren and Sarah [SIC] Seabury Benson. She was a direct descendent of Bishop Samuel Seabury, first Episcopal bishop in the United States. She left Troy as a girl and was graduated from Brattleboro, Vt., High School in 1884, and from Smith College in 1888. She received her graduate degree from Oxford University in 1906. Miss Benson taught school at Milton, N.H., Norwich, Conn., and Adams and Lynn, Mass. She is survived by a half-brother, Oscar Frederick Benson, and a niece, Mrs. Edmund T. Manley, both of Longmeadow, Mass (Troy Record, October 13, 1953).

See also Nute High School Principals, 1891-21 and Miss Benson’s Successors, 1895-14


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Reflection on Notre Dame

By John S. Frum (Transcriber) | April 19, 2019

One of our writers has a French acquaintance, whom we will call Romain. When asked what the Cathedral of Notre Dame meant to him, he replied:

Regarding Notre Dame per se … it was something always in the landscape. That could not change. That was permanent. Immutable. Something that could only last forever. Just like the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of New York City (and the United States in general), the Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris (and France in general) (both engineered by Gustave Eiffel).

But, to French people, the symbol of France was Notre Dame. Should the Eiffel Tower burn tomorrow, well, people would be sad. But nothing comparable as Notre Dame. Nobody would have given any money to rebuild it. Whereas there is money and help coming spontaneously and grassrootsly from everywhere. When a fare was set up to get into Notre Dame, the French people were shocked. French people would rather live close to Notre Dame than to the Eiffel Tower. A small coffee is better enjoyed on a terrace with Notre-Dame in sight.

Notre Dame is part of the identity of the French people. It has been there for the past 800 years. It will be there as long as there is a French people.

Concord Hymn

By Muriel Bristol | April 19, 2019

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote the Concord Hymn for the July 4, 1837 dedication of an 1836 monument at the Concord Old North Bridge battle site.

In the early hours of Wednesday, April 19, 1775, British soldiers came across the water from Boston to Charlestown (“two if by sea”) and then on towards Concord, where they intended to seize the colonists’ guns. They first encountered opposition on Lexington Green, which they brushed aside. From there, they marched on towards neighboring Concord.

The Concord militia there opposed the British crossing at Concord’s Old North Bridge, firing the “shot heard round the world.”

Concord Hymn, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

The British did cross over, but did not get that for which they came. During their retreat from Concord back to Charlestown, ever-increasing swarms of militiamen attacked them.

Two British soldiers of the Fourth Regiment of Foot are buried near the bridge (another in downtown Concord). James Russell Lowell wrote their epitaph:

They came three thousand miles and died,
To keep the past upon its throne.
Unheard beyond the ocean tide,
Their English mother made her moan.

New Hampshire militiamen marched too on news of this British incursion. (The Old North Bridge is 87.5 miles (one hour and twenty minutes by car) from Milton’s Emma Ramsey Center).

Due to the distances involved, most New Hampshire militiamen would have arrived after the pursuit engagement that so damaged the retreating British column. Many of them stayed on for the Siege of Boston that ensued.


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Circumpolar Constellations: Ursa Major

By Peter Forrester | April 18, 2019

Greetings all! Let’s talk about one of the best-known group of stars (not a constellation) in the sky.

Yes, I mean the Big Dipper, which is referred to as an “asterism,” or a collection or shape of stars that are not recognized as a constellation (the 88 “official” ones were defined in 1928, at a meeting of the International Astronomical Union, which just celebrated its 100-year anniversary a few days ago).

Officially, by the way, a constellation is a region in the sky, not just a set of bright stars that form a shape but everything around them as well. For instance, when the Sun, Moon, or a planet is in the same direction as a constellation we say that it is “in” that constellation. The same is true of comets, asteroids, nebulas, quasars, pulsars, black holes, whole galaxies, or even dust. Every point in the sky is defined as belonging to one or more constellations (the “more” being along the borders).

But back to the asterism known as the Big Dipper. In this case, the 7 stars that make up the Dipper (called the Plough in the U.K.) are part of the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear).

I have not covered the Big Dipper until now because as of a few months ago, it was still very low to the horizon in the early evening, and thus not very visible if you have any kind of treeline.

Six of the seven stars in the Dipper are of 2nd degree magnitude, and the other one is 3rd degree. They are the brightest stars in Ursa Major.

Many of my readers will already know that the Big Dipper, as I said about Orion, can be used to find other stars and constellations easily. Tracing the side of the bowl upward, the line extends to Polaris, the North Star, which is part of the constellation called Ursa Minor. This is very useful for nighttime navigation without a compass, as Polaris is always located to the north. Sailors have been using the stars to find their direction for millennia, and the Big Dipper was what they used to locate Polaris, since Polaris is only 3rd degree and looks similar to every other star of the same color and brightness.

Using the same two stars that form a line to Polaris, tracing the line in the opposite direction brings you to another bright constellation, one of the Zodiac: Leo the Lion, whose shape resembles a rectangle that touches a backwards question mark. Thirdly, following the curve of the handle brings you to the constellations Bootes (resembling a kite, its brightest star called Arcturus) and Virgo (brightest star Spica). Hence the once-popular saying “Arc to Arcturus, and spike to Spica”). There are some other lesser known direction-finding lines using different stars in the Big Dipper, see the Big Dipper reference below if you want to know more about this.

Ursa Major is very close to the north celestial pole, and thus as explained previously, it  is circumpolar. Therefore, meaning it never sets from the sky when seen from northern latitudes such as the United States or Europe, but appears to go in a circle every 24 hours around Polaris, the star located directly over the North Pole of Earth.

Incidentally, the Big Dipper has been considered as the tail of a bear, and various other images (this one makes no sense because bears don’t have long tails). The rest of the bear consists of dimmer stars to the right of and below the bowl when it is lying flat on its bottom (the bowl to the right of the handle – it is close to the horizon when it is in this direction).

In popular culture, the Big Dipper is found on the flag of the state of Alaska, and a few other flags and coats of arms. It may even be mentioned in the Bible (its reference in the book of Job is disputed by scholars).

I once made a scale-model view of the distance of the stars in the Big Dipper, a side-view, if you will. One of the stars was so much further than the rest that I had to mount it on a separate piece of cardboard from the rest. This was a school project, and unfortunately I no longer have it. But it is interesting to note that the shapes we see are only from our perspective, and most constellations would appear very different in other solar systems.

I’m going to leave the discussion there, because I’m feeling a bit under the weather, but I wish you all the best time while skywatching, and be sure to look up when you go out!

Previous in series: Circumpolar Constellations: Cassiopeia


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Milton in the News – 1890

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | April 16, 2019

In this year, we encounter several Milton residents advertising for used furniture and equipment, ice being very much a question, Charles Griffin having a close call, and N.B. Thayer & Co. advertising for shoe workers.

(See also Milton in the Veterans Schedule of 1890).

Elijah T. Libbey, a jeweler, aged thirty-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton Mills household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ida A. Libbey, keeping house, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), and his son, Aubrey D. Libbey, at school, aged eight years (b. ME).

FURNITURE, ETC. WANTED – A good second-hand roll-top desk (cabinet); parties having same can find purchaser by enclosing cut and stating price. Address E.T. LIBBEY, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, January 7, 1890).

E.T. Libbey appeared as a Milton Mills jewelry merchant in the Milton business directories of 1880, 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, 1889, 1892, 1894, 1898, and 1901. He was also sold confections in and after 1894. He received $604.87 in compensation for being Milton Mills postmaster in 1901.

Elijah T. Libby, a jeweler, died in Milton Mills, NH, in which he had been resident for forty-four years, November 19, 1918. aged seventy-two years and one day. Ida R. (Eastman) Libby died in Milton Mills, April 5, 1930.

Frank James Bartlett was born in Charlestown, MA, April 16, 1853, son of Nelson and Maria M. (Morrill) Bartlett.

Nelson Bartlett, ice business, aged fifty-four years (b. Canada), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maria M. [(Morrill)] Bartlett, keeping house, aged fifty-one years (b. Canada), his son, Frank J. Bartlett, ice business, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), his daughter-in-law, Lillie M. [(Kendall)] Bartlett, at home, aged nineteen years (b. LA), and his servants, Katie Dunn, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and Sarah Parsons, aged twenty-four years (b. England).

Gathering in the Harvest. MALDEN. Feb. 9. – Frank J. Bartlett of the Boston Ice Company, who is superintending the cutting of the annual supply for the Boston market at Milton. N.H., states that they have already cut about 20,000 tons, the ice being about 14 inches thick and of excellent quality. About 200 men are employed in harvesting the crop, which will be shipped to Boston by rail. The Boston Ice Company is building several new houses, which they will fill with ice if the weather keeps cool. They have sent a number of men to Alton Bay, N.H. on Lake Winnepesaukee, where they expect to cut about 10,000 tons. Supt. Bartlett states that last year they used about 175,000 tons In Boston alone, and he thinks that it will be impossible to obtain more than 60,000 or 75,000 tons this season unless the weather should suddenly grow cold and continue so for six or seven weeks (Boston Globe, February 10, 1890).

Frank J. Bartlett, an ice dealer, aged forty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Malden, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lillie Bartlett, aged thirty-nine years (b. LA); his children, Helen M. Bartlett, at school, aged nineteen years (b. MA), Nelson Bartlett, at school, aged seventeen years (b. MA), Howard Bartlett, at school, aged sixteen years (b. MA), Margarita Bartlett, at school, aged thirteen years (b. MA), and Randolph Bartlett, at school, aged seven years (b. MA); and his servants, Augusta Ackeburg, a servant, aged thirty-three years (b. Sweden), and Susanna Johnson, a servant, aged thirty-one years (b. Sweden).

Frank J. Bartlett died in Malden, MA, July 1, 1936. Lillie M. (Kendall) Bartlett died in Westwood, MA, October 4, 1937.

Someone in Milton Mills wanted to buy a “detective” camera. Such a camera would have been hand-held, smaller and less conspicuous than a professional box camera and tripod.

WANTED. WANTED – To buy a second-hand detective camera; must be in a good condition and at a low price. X.G.W., Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, February 20, 1890).

Hmm. G.W.

The following article speaks to regional ice prospects,  but mentions Milton’s ice harvest near the end of the first paragraph.

THE ICE QUESTION is just now of intense interest to all of this part of the world. In southern New England none has been cut as yet. In central New England none of any amount has been cut, although we have heard of some farmers and dairymen who have stored a summer’s supply of ice from four to six inches in thickness. Northern New England has an abundance and in available locations in Maine and New Hampshire thousands of tons are being cut and stored in houses or stacked till such time as cars can be obtained to transport it, for at present the railroads are inadequate to the demands upon them. A syndicate of New York capitalists is negotiating for the erection of ice houses and storing large quantities of ice in Nova Scotia to ship for consumption during the summer. In the cities and large towns, there will probably be enough ice next summer – but at a high price. The situation, however, is one of much concern to dairymen and creameries. The lakes and ponds where there is ice present very busy sights; men and teams are in demand at large wages, and excited speculators are gambling on the future. Nearly 100 carloads of ice are shipped from Laconia, N.H., daily to Boston over the Concord and Montreal road, besides what is being put into houses and stacked for further delivery. 175,000 tons had been cut in Milton N.H. One Boston company had cut 6500 tons on Lake Winnipesaukee and another has 3000 tons at Waterloo, Me. Spruce lumber has advanced 2000 per thousand feet on the Kennebec. [N.E. Farmer of March 18]

Perhaps never before has there been such a winter, take it altogether, throughout much of the country. It seems almost strange that with the little very cold weather here the ice should be so good. But this is only where there are still bodies of water. If the ice from some of our lakes and ponds could be made available where there is none, it would at such a time be of the greatest importance to such places. Of course it can be and is transported long distances, but it must cost a good sum wherever delivered.

As probably you will be informed by your local correspondent, a considerable amount Is being cut, stored and shipped south from Enosburgh Falls. For a quiet place considerable excitement prevails over this newly developed industry, and as much as possible is being made out of this exigency.

If this feature of the ice business could be depended upon from year to year, then it would be of sufficient importance to develop It, but perhaps another winter there will be plenty further south and no demand for the northern article.

So in this case it will be well to “make hay when the sun shines,” but perhaps in the meantime something of a more permanent character may be evolved, and a new industry developed up here, where ice is nearly always plenty and cheap in winter. (St. Albans Daily Messenger, March 14, 1890).

Clutched the Pulley and Saved Himself. Mr. Charles Griffin, while engaged in adjusting one of the large pulleys at the leather board mill, Milton, N.H., came near losing his life. He was inside the pulley, and, the gate not shutting tight,, his weight on the front side caused the shaft to start, and his only chance for safety was to clutch the arms of the pulley and revolve with it. It was a desperate move, but he did so, and for two or three minutes rode as fast as a man often has an opportunity of doing. Oscar Hueston discovered the situation and stopped the machinery. Griffin was released from his danger unharmed. – Cor. Boston Herald (Sterling Daily Gazette (Sterling, IL), June 26, 1890)

The N.B. Thayer & Co. shoe manufacturers mentioned in 1885 set up a shoe manufactory in Milton in the aftermath of the Milton Mills Shoe Strike of 1889

MALE HELP WANTED. WANTED, McKay channeler; also competent man to take charge of small stock room, on misses’ and children’s work; must understand fitting from the side. N.B. THAYER, & CO., Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, September 17, 1890).

The exceedingly unfortunate Elgin J. Burns died in a horrible elevator accident in Boston, MA, on Thursday, October 30, 1890, aged twenty-seven years and two days. (Yes, two days after his birthday).

Summary of News. Elgin Burns, 26 years old, went from Milton. N.H., to be the janitor of an apartment house on Marlboro street, Boston. Last Thursday morning, while looking down into the elevator well through a window, he had his head cut off (Argus & Patriot (Montpelier, VT), November 5, 1890).

He was born in Milford, NH, in October 1863, son of Jason T. and Eliza (Hutchinson) Burns. He was single. (It may just be that the newspaper reporter or typesetter mistook or confused Milford and Milton).

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1889; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1891


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Milton in the Veterans Schedule of 1890

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | April 14, 2019

The Eleventh (1890) Federal Census was largely destroyed in two fires. Many “Special” detail schedules burned at the Department of the Interior in March 1896. Much of the general population portion of the census burned in a fire at the Department of Commerce building on January 10, 1921. Surviving records were destroyed by the Federal government in 1934 [!]. Very little remains of the 1890 census.

One of the very few portions to survive these fires and intentional destruction was the 1890 Civil War Veterans’ Special detail schedules. (The Home number, Family number, and Post Office information refer to the corresponding, but now missing, general population schedules).

Extracted here are the six pages (75 entries) of Civil War veterans residing in Milton. Milton’s Civil War participation would not be limited to these names. One would have to survive the war, as well as the intervening 25 years, and be still resident in Milton, in order to have been enumerated in this list.

Men who served from other places and moved to Milton during the post-war years would appear also in this list. Milton men who had moved to other places would not appear in this list.

The local Grand Army of the Republic [G.A.R.] veterans’ post 89 was named after Eli Wentworth of Milton, who died in Millville, MS, while serving in the Sixth NH Regiment.

Eli Wentworth, son of Ichabod H. Wentworth, was born in Milton, February 19, 1821, and died July 18, 1863, at Millville, Mississippi. He was quartermaster of the Sixth New Hampshire Regiment of Volunteers in the civil war, and died in the service, and his body was brought to Milton for interment. He lived at Milton, New Hampshire, and was a prominent citizen. He was a manufacturer of boots and shoes. He represented his district in the state legislature four years and the state senate. He was an active and influential Republican. He was a prominent member of the Baptist church and superintendent of its Sunday school. He married July 23, 1843, Mehitable Jane Howe, daughter of Jonathan Howe. After his death she lived at South Milton. Children: Clara Anna, born November 26, 1844; married May 26, 1865, Daniel S. Burley (see Burley); Charles Walker, born April 21, 1853; resides with his sister (Cutter, 1908).

These are the men and women who would have belonged to the Eli Wentworth Post, G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic] and the Woman’s Relief Corps [G.A.R. Auxiliary], in the Societies section of the business directories of 1898, 1901, and 1904.

Eleventh Census of the United States



Persons who served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors), and widows of such persons, in Milton, County of Strafford, State of NH., enumerated in June, 1890. Bard B. Plummer, Enumerator.

[Column Headings:] From Schedule No. 1, Home No., Family No.; Names of Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Widows; Rank; Company; Name of Regiment or Vessel; Date of Enlistment; Date of Discharge; Length of Service; Post Office Address; Disability Incurred; Remarks

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  1. 4,4; Downs, John H.; private; D; 5th N.H. Inf.; 14 Aug. 1863; 5 June 1865; 1, 10, 11; Milton, N.H.
  2. 7,7; Langdon, Harry; pri.; E; 30 Mass. Inf.; Apr. 1861; 1865;; Farmington, N.H.
  3. 14,14; Mott, Pirkins W.; pri.; H; 5 N.H. Inf.; 23 Aug. 1864; 8 June 1865;; Farmington, N.H.
  4. 24,24; Mills, Nancy M., formerly widow Hawkin, John;;;;;; Union, N.H.
  5. 27,27; Downs, Henry; Private; A; 5th N.H. Inf.; 3 Sepm. 1861; 10 Oct. 1862;; Milton, N.H.
  6. 29,29; Duntley, Ira W.; Sol. U.S.; K; 1 N.H. Cav.; 7 Oct. 1861; 4 Dec. 1864;; Milton, N.H.
  7. 30,31; Kimball, Daniel; Pri.;; 27 Me. Inf.; 1 Apr. 1865; 19 May 1865;; Milton, [N.H.]
  8. 33,35; Staples, George H.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; Milton, N.H.
  9. 34,36; Cutter, Lewis; Priv.; A; 17 N.H. Inf.; 15 Sept. 1863; Apr. 1854;; [Milton, N.H.]
  10. 35,37; Corson, John S.; Priv.; D; 1 N.H. Art.; 28 Aug. 1864; 15 June 1865;; [Milton, N.H.]
  11. 35,37; Mary E., widow Nutter, Thomas; wid. Sol. U.S.;;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  12. 36,38; Downs, Hanson; Sol. U.S.;;;;; [Milton, N.H.]

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  1. 37,39; Hannah M., widow Drew, Asa B.; Priv,; M; 1 N.H. Art; 28 Dec. 1863; 8 June 1865;; Milton, N.H.
  2. 38,40; Brown, Robert; Sol. U.S.;; 2 N.H. Inf.;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  3. 40,42; Wentworth, George C.S.; Priv,; B; 12 Mass.;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  4. 42,44; Downs, Albert F.; Priv,; D; 1 N.H. Art.; 28 Aug, 1864; 15 June 1865;; [Milton, N.H.]
  5. 44,45; Jordan, George I.; Sol. U.S.;;;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  6. 52,55; Nutter, Lyman S.; Priv.; A; 5 N.H. Inf.; 21 Sep. 1861; 23 Sep. 1863;; [Milton, N.H.]
  7. 58,64; Thompson, Otis S.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  8. 61,57; Bragdon, Stephen M.; Private; E; 5 Mass. Inf.; Apr. 1861; Aug. 1861;; [Milton, N.H.]
  9. 64; 61; Mary A., widow Gerrish, Henry P.; Private; E; 5 Mass. Inf.; 12 Aug. 1861;;;[Milton, N.H.]
  10. 65; 72; Dyson, Leitha M., for wid. Batter, Eugene; Corp.; A; N.H. Inf.; 4 Nov. 1861; 15 June 1862; [Milton, N.H.]
  11. 66; 74; Duntley, John H.; Priv.; A; 5 N.H. Inf.;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  12. 72; 80; Moon, William E.; Priv.; D; 5 N.H. Inf.; 14 Aug. 63; 25 May 1865; [Milton, N.H.]
  13. 67; 75; Jones, Christopher L.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  14. 73; 81; Tebbets, Abbie, for w. Colby, Seth M.; Priv; K; 8 Me. Inf.; 14 Aug. 1862; 20 May 1865; [Milton, N.H.]

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  1. 75; 83; Green, Sarah J., for w. Libbey, Alva M.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; Milton, N.H.
  2. 80; 89; Pinkham, John P.; Priv.; A; 5 N.H. Inf.; 25 Oct. 1861; 13 Oct, 1864; [Milton, N.H.]
  3. 98; 110; Sarah M., wid. Miller, Robert; Lieut.; A; 2 N.H. Inf.; 10 May 1861; 1864; [Milton, N.H.]
  4. 99; 111; Avery, Bracket F.; Priv.; D; 1 N.H. Art.; 2 Sep. 1864; 15 June 1865; [Milton, N.H.]
  5. 100; 112; Hodgdon, George F.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  6. 103; 116; French, Charles H.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  7. 106; 119; Wentworth, Daniel; Priv.; A; 12 N.H. Inf.; 5 Aug. 1861; Sep. 1863; [Milton, N.H.]
  8. 109; 122; Knox, Hosea B.; Priv.;; 3 N.H.;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  9. 110; 123; Jones, George R.; Priv.; A; 5 N.H. Inf.; 9 Sep. 1861; 9 Apr. 1863; [Milton, N.H.]
  10. 111; 124; Annie M., wid. Kimball; Sol. U.S.;;;;; [Milton, N.H.]
  11. 115; 129; Philbrook, Henry; Priv.; A; 1 N.H. Art.; 17 July 1863; 11 Sep. 1865; Milton Mills, N.H.
  12. 116; 130; Philbrook, Daniel; Sol. U.S.;;;;; Milton Mills, N.H.
  13. 118; 132; Wentworth, Orange; Priv.; F; 8 Me. Inf.; Sep. 1862; June 1865; Milton Mills, N.H.
  14. 121; 135; Varney, John B.; Priv.; M; 1 N.H. Art.; 4 Jan. 1864; 10 June 1865; Union, N.H.

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  1. 126; 141; Mahitabale, widow Wentworth, Eli; 1 Lieut.; 6 N.H. Inf.;;; Milton, N.H.
  2. 132; 148; Abbie, widow, Ellis, Eperam; Priv.; 4; 1 N.H. Inf.;;; Milton, N.H.
  3. 134; 150; Cook, Ira H.; Priv.; L; 4 Mass. Art.; 17 Aug. 1864; 1 July 1865; Farmington, N.H.
  4. 135; 151; Emery, Daniel E.; Priv.; A; 4 N.H. Inf.; 12 Sep. 1861; 5 Oct. 1862; Farmington, N.H.
  5. 138; 153; Johnson, James W.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; [Farmington, N.H.]
  6. 152; 167; Doughty, Julius H.; Priv.; E; 30 Me. Inf.; 8 Oct. 1864; 20 July 1865; [Farmington, N.H.]
  7. 153; 168; Curtis, Rufus; Priv.; 4; 4 N.H. Inf.;;; [Farmington, N.H.]
  8. 154; 169; Amasine, Henery C.; Sol. U.S.; I; 8 N.H. Inf.;; July 186_; [Farmington, N.H.]
  9. 155; 170; Miller, Joseph; Priv.; I; 8 N.H. Inf.;;; [Farmington, N.H.]
  10. 157; 172; Garland, Dudley; Priv.; I; 10 N.H. Inf.; 28 Sep. 1862;; [Farmington, N.H.]

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  1. 157; 172; Frost, Horace; Priv.; G; 4 N.H. Inf.; 13 Sep. 1861; 27 Sep. 1864; Farmington, N.H.
  2. 158; 173; Staples, Jacob F.; Priv.; D; 1 N.H. Art.; 2 Sep. 1864; June 1865; Milton, N.H.
  3. 167; 182; Hurd, William H.; Sailor;;;;; Farmington, N.H.
  4. 170; 185; Cook, John I.; Priv,; I; 13 N.H. Inf.; Aug. 1862; July 1865; Farmington, N.H.
  5. 177; 192; Ricker, Huntress; Priv.;;;;; Milton, N.H.
  6. 177; 192; Burrows, Alvah G.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; Milton, N.H.
  7. 189; 204; Pillsbury, William E.; Priv.; H; 3 Me. Inf.; 6 June 1862; 4 June 1863; Milton Mills, N.H.
  8. 190; 205; Cloutman, James A.; Priv.; K; 85 Ohio Inf.; 4 Mch. 186_; 21 Sep. 1865; Milton Mills, N.H.
  9. 191; 206; Berry, Charles J.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; Milton Mills, N.H.
  10. 200; 211; Randal, Aaron W.; Priv.; B; 1 U.S. Art.; 21 Dec. 1863; 28 Jan. 1865; Milton Mills, N.H.
  11. 214; 229; Marsh, John E.; Priv.; F; 5 N.H. Inf.; 21 Dec. 1863; 28 Jan. 1865; Milton Mills, N.H.
  12. 243; 258; Twombly, Stephen E.; Lieut.; A; 5 N.H. Inf.;;; Milton, N.H.

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  1. 244; 259; Nancy J., widow, Dixon, Ichabod; Priv.; K; 1 N.H. Cav.; Oct. 1861;; Milton, N.H.
  2. 253; 269; Elisa, widow, Fernald, Eli; Sol. U.S.;; 1 N.H. Art.;;; Milton, N.H.
  3. 284; 300; Merrill, Alby; Priv.; H; 5 Me. Inf.; Feby. 1864; 27 July 1865; Milton Mills, N.H.
  4. 286; 303; Wentworth, Reuben J.; Priv.; K; 9 N.H. Inf.; June 1862; June 1865; Milton Mills, N.H.
  5. 288; 305; Page, Josiah E.; Priv.; C; 9 N.H. Inf.; June 1862; June 1865; Milton Mills, N.H.
  6. 297; 314; Sibley, Mark N.; Sol. U.S.;; Mass.;;; Milton Mills, N.H.
  7. 303; 320; Page, John W.; Sol. U.S.;; Mass.;;; Milton Mills, N.H.
  8. 304; 321; Hooper, Samuel; Priv.; B; 5 Me. Inf; 27 June 1861; 28 Mch. 1863; Milton Mills, N.H.
  9. 318; 335; Hillingsworth, James; Priv.; A; 12 Me. Inf.; Mch. 1864; Apr. 1866; Milton Mills, N.H.
  10. 321; 338; Johnson, Joseph W.; Priv.;; 1 N.H. Art.;;; Milton, N.H.
  11. 323; 340; Ann, widow, Hersom, George L.; Lieut.; A; 5 Me. Inf.; 2 Nov. 1861; 22 Nov. 1863; Milton, N.H.
  12. 340; 357; Twombly, James L.; K; 3 N.H. Inf.; 20 Aug. 1861; 20 Aug. 1864; Milton, N.H.
  13. 341; 358; Kenney, Herman E.; Sol. U.S.;;;;; Milton, N.H.

[Errors excepted]


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Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (April 15, 2019)

By Muriel Bristol | April 13, 2019

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, April 15.

The BOS meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public session beginning at 5:30 PM. That agenda has one Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 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.

This would be the third meeting of the Town year that begins with a secret meeting about hiring or raises. The new BOS has already hired people at amounts that approach the difference between the proposed budget, which was rejected, and the default budget, with which they are supposedly working.

If this Town were floundering financially, which it is, and sought out professional advice, which likely it will not, it would be advised first to just stop spending.

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, Other Business, and some housekeeping items.

Under New Business are scheduled seven agenda items: 1) Swearing in Milton Police Officer, 2) Discussion and Potential Approval of 2019 Mileage Rate Reimbursement, 3) Request for Yard Sale on Town Property (Richard Lover), 4) RSA 79-E Application Process, 5) Request to Remove Properties From List of Auctioned Town Properties (Larry Brown), 6) Town Administrator Selection Process Status Update, and 7) Discussion Regarding Street Parking located at Former Rays Marina Location.

Swearing in of New Police Officer. Here we find one of the reasons for last week’s secret meeting. This would be the second new police officer within two weeks. Our “Thin Blue Line” seems to be putting on some weight.

On his deathbed, the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus advised his sons: “Be harmonious, enrich the soldiers, scorn everyone else.”

Discussion and Potential Approval of 2019 Mileage Rate Reimbursement. One imagines that future reimbursements will be larger than before and that the BOS will approve that increase.

Request for Yard Sale on Town Property (Richard Lover). A likely approval for what sounds like a neighborhood yard sale.

RSA 79-E Application Process. “RSA 79-E is a property tax relief program that seeks to encourage investment in town centers and to rehabilitate under-utilized buildings within these areas. The application process is made to the governing body by property owners desiring to make improvements that meet 79-E guidelines as well as the public benefit test. In return, the governing body may provide tax relief at a pre-rehabilitation value for a finite period.”

The “investment” is to be made through the mechanism of most taxpayers paying yet higher taxes, so that those in the designated area of interest may pay lower ones. That is the encouragement. Note the caveat of guidelines and public benefit tests. Our wise overlords will decide whether a particular proposed use is within their guidelines and constitutes a public benefit. This is not how the free market works. (See PawSox Put One Over the Fence, the Milton Mills Shoe Strike of 1889, and Milton and the Knowledge Problem).

Request to Remove Properties From List of Auctioned Town Properties (Larry Brown). One supposes that Mr. Brown will attempt to throw a “Hail Larry” pass to save the Blue House. We know already that Chairman Thibeault would smile on this.

At a prior meeting the Chairman actually said that it would be a less preferable for a family – with children – to occupy that space. Yes, he said that out loud, in a public meeting, on video. (Shaking my head).

But what of the rest of the board? They might stick to their guns, or they might fall in line to spend our quarter-million dollars on yet another shiny “attraction”? Remember the chain of reasoning: we take your tax money for an “attraction,” which might encourage people to stop here, which might encourage them to spend money here, which might encourage businesses, which might help with the taxes (businesses not having any children).

Note that the only definite link in this chain of possibilities is the first one: taking your money for another round of SimCity games.

Town Administrator Selection Process Status Update. If they are determined to take on yet another salary, just start the secret 91-A3 II (a) and 91-A3 II (b) meetings already.

Discussion Regarding Street Parking located at Former Ray’s Marina Location. It seems like we have done this before, several times. Perhaps our State or Town overlords have waived something.

Under Old Business are scheduled four items: 8) Approval and Signing of Adjusted Board of Selectmen By-Laws, 9) Follow Up Discussion & Potential Decision of RFP for Legal Services, 10) Follow Up Discussion & Potential Decision of Board/Committee Vacancies, and 11) Follow Up Discussion on Town Issued Email Addresses.

Approval and Signing of Adjusted Board of Selectmen By-Laws. “Adjusted” would be the key word, but adjusted in what manner?

Follow Up Discussion & Potential Decision of RFP for Legal Services. Are we expecting more lawsuits?

Follow Up Discussion & Potential Decision of Board/Committee Vacancies. Question: Is it still democracy when the BOS appoints the boards and committees? Maybe second-hand democracy: 1) a majority of a minority of the electorate chose the selectmen, and 2) a majority of those minority-majority selectmen choose the board and committee members. Presumably, they will then act in our interests, rather than that of those that appointed them.

Follow Up Discussion on Town Issued E-mail Addresses. Private sector entities provide these on a first day of employment, if not before. The Milton Town government likes to talk about it first, talk about it at length. We would not want to rush into anything.

Other Business That May Come Before the Board has no scheduled items.

Finally, there will be the approval of prior minutes (from the BOS meeting of April 1 and the Workshop meeting of April 3, 2019), the expenditure report, Public Comments “Pertaining to Topics Discussed,” Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments.

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


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