Tax-Titled Property Auction Results

By S.D. Plissken | May 6, 2016

The James R. St. Jean auctioneers held an auction at the Emma Ramsey Center in Milton, on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Eight tax-titled (tax seizure) Milton properties were on the block.

The descriptions below appeared in their auction brochure (see References below). One of our correspondents found the sale prices quoted below in a social media posting by an auction attendee.

(Ed. Note: The sale prices of the following properties have been revised through receipt of exact figures: #2 (added), #3 (revised downwards), #4 (revised downwards), and #7 (sale cancelled) (May 7)).

A follow-up discussion of this auction is scheduled as the tenth agenda item on tonight’s Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting agenda.

The Two Properties Sold with Covenants

The first two properties had some serious problems – health hazards – frequently mentioned in Board of Selectmen (BOS) meetings. The following conditions (or covenants) were attached to those properties.

Auctioneer’s Note for Sales 1 & 2: The Grantee agrees that within 45 days of the date of the execution of the deed, the Grantee will apply to the Town for a building permit for all work necessary to return the property to livable condition. Further, the Grantee agrees that within 1 year from the date of execution of the deed all necessary work will be completed and a certificate of occupancy obtained.

In effect, each of these two properties comes with a rather expensive albatross tied around its neck, even should they become “tear downs.”

(Their problems are not unlike those present on a much larger scale in the Town’s so-called Lockhart Field site).

Sale #1 is the so-called “Blue House” property discussed in so very many BOS meetings.

SALE #1: Tax Map 22, Lot 19, 1121 White Mountain Highway • Cape style home on a 2.64± acre lot includes 3,256± SF GLA, 4BR, 2 BA, & FHW/oil heat • Attached garage & detached shed • Zoned Low Density Residential • Assessed value $168,300. 2018 taxes $4,289. DEPOSIT: $5,000

Sold for $11,000. This would be 6.5% of its previously assessed value.

SALE #2: Tax Map 9, Lot 2, 16 Spruce Lane • Single family home on 0.4± acre lot on a dead end street • Property features 968± SF GLA, 1 BR & 1 BA • Storage Shed, FHA/gas heat, & wood deck • Assessed value $69,000. 2018 taxes $1,759. DEPOSIT: $5,000

Sold for $69,000. This would be exactly its assessed value.

The Six Undeveloped Lots Sold “As Is”

The following six properties are undeveloped lots. Note that in some cases there was a considerable variance between their auction prices – their actual value as determined by the market – and their assessed values. This variance should be a matter of some study by the assessors, who will likely want to make some adjustments in similar properties – for accuracy’s sake.

SALE #3: ABSOLUTE – Tax Map 43, Lot 24-6, Campbell Road • Undeveloped 1.51± acre lot located on a cul-de-sac street in the Briar Ridge development • Lot is wooded and gently rolling in topography • Zoned Low Density Residential • Assessed value $33,600. 2018 taxes $857. DEPOSIT: $2,500

Sold for $24,000. This would be 71.4% of its previously assessed value.

SALE #4: ABSOLUTE – Tax Map 43, Lot 24-8, Campbell Road • Undeveloped 1.58± acre lot located on a cul-de-sac street in the Briar Ridge development • Lot is wooded and gently rolling in topography • Zoned Low Density Residential • Assessed value $33,800. 2018 taxes $862 DEPOSIT: $2,500

Sold for $21,000. This would be 62.1% of its previously assessed value.

SALE #5: ABSOLUTE -Tax Map 5, Lot 7, Willey Road • Undeveloped 11.98± acre lot along a quiet paved road • Lot is wooded and slopes down from the road • Zoned Low Density Residential • Assessed value $45,000. 2018 taxes $1,147. DEPOSIT: $2,500

Sold for $12,000. This would be 26.7% of its previously assessed value.

SALE #6: ABSOLUTE – Tax Map 47, Lot 27-1, White Mountain Highway • Undeveloped 10.83± acre lot along heavily traveled Rte. 125 • Lot is wooded, level to gently rolling and has water frontage along the Salmon Falls River • Zoned Commercial/Residential • Assessed value $50,800. 2018 taxes $1,295. DEPOSIT: $2,500

Sold for $20,000. This would be 39.4% of its previously assessed value.

SALE #7: ABSOLUTE -Tax Map 37, Lot 64, Ford Farm Road • Undeveloped 0.4± acre lot along a paved road in a quiet residential neighborhood • Lot is wooded and gently rolling in topography • Zoned Low Density Residential • Assessed value $8,100. 2018 taxes $207. DEPOSIT: $1,000

This property reportedly sold for between $4,000 and $5,000. That would have been between 49.4% and 61.7% of its previously assessed value However, the winning bidder withdrew, so the property remains available. .

Quiet residential neighborhood would be one way to describe it. This property is situated along one of the proposed “no through trucking” routes mentioned at the BOS meetings of last year.

SALE #8: ABSOLUTE – Tax Map 39, Lot 9, Middleton Road • Undeveloped 4± acre lot along a paved road close to the Farmington Town Line • Lot is rolling in topography and much of the lot is made of wetlands • Zoned Low Density Residential • Assessed value $2,200. 2018 taxes $56. DEPOSIT: $1,000

Sold for $100. This would be 4.5% of its previously assessed value. The auction attendee described this as “the wetlands lot.”

Assessors should take note, with an eye to adjusting their cards, that the market values wetland properties as virtually worthless, at least for small-scale building purposes. Neither Rome nor Washington, DC,  achieved their current values until after they had drained their pestilential swamps. (Their actual swamps, rather than their metaphorical ones).

Overall, the seven properties, with a combined assessed value of $402,700, sold at auction for $157,100. That would be an average of 39.0% of their previously assessed value.


Town of Milton. (2019, April 11). Tax-Titled Property Auction, May 4, 2019. Retrieved from

Milton in the News – 1893

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | May 6, 2019

In this year, we encounter a disastrous institutional fire, Mr. Carricabe’s runaway son, an ex-teacher seeking office work, the illness of a minister’s wife, a veteran’s suicide, a Nute teacher beginning her summer vacation, suspension of work at the Carricabe paper mill, the death of Samuel F. Nute, the double-headed snake reprised, hiring at the shoe factory, and layoffs at the Waumbeck mill.

The Panic of 1893 began in February 1893, with the bankruptcy of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad and a series of bank failures. The various Milton mill closures in the latter half of the year were due to the Panic of 1893.

The Strafford County Insane Asylum, situated on what is now County Farm Road in Dover, NH, burnt down during a blinding snowstorm on Friday night, February 9, 1894. One of the unfortunate victims was Mary Twindall, from Milton Mills.

INSANE ASYLUM FIRE. Horrible Holocaust at Dover, New Hampshire. FORTY-FOUR LIVES WERE LOST. Of the Forty-Eight Inmates Only Four Escaped – A Blinding Snowstorm Raging at the Time, and Those That Escaped Suffered Extreme Hardships – Names of the Victims. Dover, N.H., Feb. 10. The county insane asylum, four miles from here, was burned last night and forty-four lives were lost. When Watchman William Chevey made his 10 o’clock trip into the insane asylum he found the fire coming out of the cell occupied by A. Lafamitain, a woman, and gave the alarm. William Driscoll, the keeper, with his family, lived in the building, and he at once broke the locks off the fifty-four cells and tried to get the inmates out, then he got his wife and two children, neither of whom were dressed. Of the forty-eight inmates, only four escaped. They are William Twombly, Rose Sanderson, William Davey and Frank Donshon. The latter walked two miles in a blinding snowstorm, with only his shirt on, to William Home’s house, where he was taken care of. Those who were burned were: Robert Dione, of Salem Falls, N.H.; Mary Foutain, of Great Falls; Frank Nutter, of Rochester; William Chesley, of Durham; Mrs. Roberts, of Great Falls, and an eight-year-old child; Lester Jones, of Farmington; William Twombly, of Barrington; Owen Malley, of Great Falls: Michael Case, of Dover; Frank Rowe, of Great Falls; Charles Libby, of Great Falls; Frang Page, of Rochester; W. Filles, of Great Falls; Frank Spriggins, of Dover; Harry Kimball, of Dover; Julia Keil, of Dover; Mrs. Mary Lavin, of Salmon Falls; Mrs. Mary McClintock, of Dover; Maggie White, of Great Falls; Ann Carr, of Rollinsford; Mary Nutter, of Rochester; Mary Maloney, of Dover; Lenia Ellis, of Lee; Mary Twindall, of Milton Mills; Caroline Rait, of Dover; Mrs. Ann Rothwell, of Dover; Lizzie Ellis, of Great Falls; Catherine Haley, of Dover; Elizabeth Pickering, of Gonic; Mary Cogley, of Dover; Sarah Sweet, of Rochester; Sarah Hutchings, of Dover; Kate Duffee, of Dover; Sarah McClintock, of Great Falls; Fannie Slattery, of Great Falls; Ann McDermott, of Dover; Addie Otis, of Great Falls, and six others whose names could not be remembered by the keeper and his books were burned in the building. The building was of wood, 135 by 84 feet, two stories high, with a big yard on each side. It was built fifty years ago and had fifty cells. One woman escaped to the yard, but was burned to death there. The building cost $150,000. The main building, in which was over one hundred of the county poor, caught fire, but was saved by the heroic efforts of the inmates, who carried pails of water and extinguished the flames, although many were burned in so doing. – The Dover fire department was summoned, but owing to the distance, the blinding snowstorm and the icy roads, it took ninety-five minutes for the department to get there, too late to be of any service. The smoking ruins show the charred bodies still laying on their beds. How the building caught fire is a mystery (Republic (Columbus, IN), February 11, 1893).

Paper mill owner John M. Carricabe’s wandering boy would have been John A. Carricabe.

BOY LOST AND FOUND. Chief of Police Miller received word Saturday morning from John M. Carrecabe of Boston that he had good reason to believe that his 18-year-old son was here, having run away from home a few weeks before. Mr. Miller found the boy clerking for W.B. Atwood under the name of Frank Roberts. He immediately wired his father, who came here on the 3 o’clock train Saturday night. Accompanied by Mr. Miller, they went to Bina Hastings’ house where the boy was boarding. The boy was taken completely by surprise and promised to go home with his father. Both left for Boston on the midnight train. No motive was discovered for the boy’s running away. His father is a twine merchant in comfortable circumstances and the boy had received. a good education and been cashier in his father’s factory at Milton, N.H. He first went to Manchester, N.H., and was under police surveillance there when his father arrived to bring him home, but escaped as soon as he caught sight of his father in the Manchester depot. Mr. Carrecabe was very grateful to Chief Miller for his prompt detention of the boy (St. Johnsbury Caledonian, March 9, 1893).

John A. Carrecabe, shoe stock manufr, 277 Derby, h. 12 Dearborn, appeared in the Salem, MA, city directory of 1897.

WANTED – By a lady (formerly a teacher), acquainted with typewriting, a position in an office, bank or library, or as a cashier, companion or teacher; best of references. Address box 64, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, April 4, 1893).

Orlan N. Wardwell married in Keene, NH, October 1868, Augusta M. Wilson. They had two daughters and a son; only the son and one daughter, Hattie B. (Wardwell) Coller, were still living in 1893.

That daughter was the wife of Edwin S. Coller, the Milton Mills Methodist minister.

JAMAICA. Mrs. O.N. Wardwell who has been at Milton Mills, N.H., for some time past taking care of her sick daughter, has returned here to her home (Londonderry Sifter (South Londonderry, VT), April 7, 1893).

Edwin S. Caller, a clergyman (Meth.), aged forty-one years (b. MA), headed a Goffstown, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hattie B. Caller, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and his daughter, Ethel C. Caller, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH).

Alvah G. Burrows was born in Lebanon, ME, in 1841, son of Jonathan and Abigail (Goodwin) Burrows.

Alvah G. Burrows, a currier, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), registered for the Class I military draft in South Danvers, MA, in June 1863. He entered military service with the Salem Cadets Massachusetts Infantry, under the nom-de-guerre Charles Andrews. He served also with Battery E of the First Pennsylvania Light Artillery.

He married in Farmington, NH, November 26, 1866, Lizzie B. Ricker. Rev. S.L. Tufts performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, NH, circa 1849, daughter of Hiram and Caroline (Meserve) Ricker.

Albah G. Burroughs, a farmer, aged thirty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lizzie B.S. Burroughs, keeping house, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and his children Minnie E. Burroughs, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH), and Willie S. Burroughs, at school, aged ten years (b. NH). They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of [her father] Hiram W. Ricker, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. NH), and [her mother] Caroline Ricker, at home, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH); she was disabled by rheumatism. Their two-family dwelling appeared between those of Robert W.L. Pike, a farm worker, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), and Paul Reynolds, a farmer, aged eighty years (b. NH). Theodore Lyman and Luther Hayes lived in close proximity, i.e., they all lived in West Milton.

Alvah G. Burrows applied for a veteran’s invalid pension, July 16, 1887. He appeared on Page 5 of the Veterans Schedule of the Eleventh (1890) Federal Census.

CONDENSED NEWS OF THE DAY. New England. Alvah Burrows, a veteran and an estimable citizen of South Milton. N.H., committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. Despondency resulting from ill health was the cause (Burlington Independent, April 15, 1893).

Lizzie B. Burrows applied for a widow’s pension, May 25, 1893. She married (2nd), before 1903, Addison W. McCorrison.

Miss Benson finished her second year at Milton’s Nute High School and returned to her home town of Brattleboro, VT on vacation.

PERSONAL. Miss Sarah Benson has returned from Milton, N.H., where she is a teacher in the Nute High school (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), June 23, 1893).

See also Milton Teacher of 1891-95 for a more complete biographical sketch of her life.

The Waumbeck Company at Milton Mills closed for six months due to the deflated prices of the Panic of 1893.

MANY NEW ENGLAND MILLS TO CLOSE. New York Merchants Believe the Serious Effect of the Move Overestimated. MILTON MILLS, N.H., July 20. The agent of the Waumbeck company has issued orders for closing the mills here for six months as soon as the goods now in process of manufacture are finished. The reason assigned for this action is a lack of orders except at ruinous prices. This is the first time m the history of this company that work has been ordered to cease on account of the condition of markets, and the result of the present action will be a serious blow to many employés (Chicago Tribune, July 21, 1893).

FLASHES FROM THE WIRES. The agent of the Waumbeck Company has issued orders for closing the mills at Milton, N.H., for six months. The reason assigned in the lack of orders except at ruinous prices. This is the first time in the history of the company that work has been ordered to cease (Los Angeles Times, July 21, 1893).

Lewis W. Nute’s brother, Samuel F. Nute, died in Peabody, MA, on Monday, August 28, 1893. His share of the Lewis W. Nute estate thereby passed to the town of Milton.

By the death of Samuel F. Nute in Peabody, Mass., on Monday the town of Milton, N.H., comes into possession of $50,000 in accordance with the conditions of the will of L.W. Nute. The money is to be used for the benefit of the worthy poor of the town. Mr. Nute had evidently come to the conclusion that the building of libraries and museums is progressing at a sufficiently rapid pace to meet the thirst for knowledge of letters and art. Just about this time it is safe to say that a great many persons will regard the provisions of Mr. Nute’s will as quite as philanthropic in their way as the comparatively common million-dollar bequest for education (Princeton Union (Princeton, MN), August 31, 1893).

Milton’s double-headed snake had attracted a great deal of attention in 1891. This later reprint had been overtaken by events.

CABINET OF LITTLE CURIOS. Professor Rogers, of Boston, is the owner of an alcoholic specimen in the shape of a doubleheaded snake of the brown adder species. It was killed at Milton, N.H., in 1891 (Orleans County Monitor (Barton, VT), September 4, 1893).

The unfortunate Professor Rogers had died in a ballooning accident in July 1892. (See Milton in the News – 1891 for further details).

The N.B. Thayer shoe company was actually hiring during the Panic of 1893.

FEMALE HELP WANTED. GIRL wanted in packing room to dress and button shoes, misses’ and children’s work. N.B. THAYER CO., Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, September 28, 1893).

The Milton Leatherboard Company also felt the deflationary affects of the Panic of 1893, but somewhat later than the Waumbeck Company, which had suspended production some months earlier.

NEW ENGLAND MILL NOTES. The Milton Leatherboard Co., of Milton, N.H., has made a reduction in the number of its employes (Essex County Herald (Island Pond, VT), November 25, 1893).

Economically, all this suggests that the N.B. Thayer shoe company had the stronger foundation. They were most capable of weathering a serious market downturn. The Milton Leatherboard Company was less secure, but stronger than the Waumbeck Company.

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1892; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1894


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Public BOS Session Scheduled (May 6, 2019)

By Muriel Bristol | May 4, 2019

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a Public BOS meeting to be held Monday, May 6, beginning at 6:00 PM.

This BOS meeting would have begun with a Non-Public session, for a Non-Public agenda item classed as 91-A3 II (a), except that the BOS held that preliminary Non-Public session ahead of time on April 25.

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 will be the fourth meeting of the Town year to be preceded by 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 Public portion of the agenda has New Business, Old Business, Other Business, and some housekeeping items.

Under New Business are scheduled eight agenda items: 1) Introduction of Town Administrator (*6:15PM*), 2) Public Hearing: Acquisition and Possible Disposition of Land Parcel; Tax Map 17, Lot 5, 3) Hiring of Assistant Town Clerk / Tax Collector, 4) Hiring of Land Use Clerk, 5) Exit #17 Economic Revitalization Zone Update (Bruce Woodruff), 6) Bolan Road Paving Discussion (Robert Graham), 7) Municipal Clerks Week Proclamation, and 8) New Beginnings Food Pantry.

Introduction of [New] Town Administrator. Here we find the reason for the Non-Public BOS meeting of April 25. Will there be also a vote of thanks and a fond farewell for the interim Town Administrator?

Public Hearing: Acquisition and Possible Disposition of Land Parcel; Tax Map 17, Lot 5. We have seen already that “public hearings” are RSA-required rituals where the BOS may pretend to listen. If we read the Avitar database correctly, it would seem that the Town acquired this property already a few years ago (2015). But perhaps they did not perform the required ritual at that time and now seek to remedy that failing.

Hiring of Assistant Town Clerk / Tax Collector and the next item, Hiring of Land Use Clerk. One or both of these were a part of last year’s proposed budget. You know, the one that got rejected in favor of the default budget. The BOS can spend within that default budget as it likes, but it necessarily demands they make equivalent cuts somewhere else. Or overspend. Overspending is the safe bet.

Exit #17 Economic Revitalization Zone Update (Bruce Woodruff). Past discussions have been about trying to retain Index Packaging by arranging for its expansion to take place at Exit 17. And there is the gas station convenience market currently under construction.

Bolan Road Paving Discussion (Robert Graham). The town’s major roads are maintained by the State. Some few others are paved and maintained by the Town. The DPW Director told us in his election statement that he has every year sufficient money to repair the existing paved roads, but never enough to expand the net of paved roads.

The DPW Director got more road money. And one of our former state representatives rises to seek some (or all) of it for the road on which he resides. Good for him.

The taxpayers on the remaining unpaved roads should get instead a substantial tax discount to reflect the difference in service levels. There is no reason for them to subsidize forever the paved sections.

Municipal Clerks Week Proclamation. Municipal Clerks Week runs May 5-11. (Check out the suggested sample proclamation on the IIMC site in the References below).

New Beginnings Food Pantry. There are food pantries in Farmington, New Durham, Rochester, and Sanbornville (Wakefield). Something new for Milton perhaps?

Under Old Business are scheduled four items: 9) Town Vehicle & Equipment Surplus Bid Follow-Up, 10) Follow-Up Discussion on Auction Results, 11) Follow-Up Discussion & Potential Decision of Board / Committee Vacancies, 12) Follow-Up Discussion Re.: Lockhart Field Status Letter to DES.

Town Vehicle & Equipment Surplus Bid Follow-Up. When last discussed, some DPW and police vehicles were to be sold at auction. Except for one police vehicle that would be decommissioned for general Town use. (Supposedly thus removing the need for the increased mileage reimbursement recently approved (unnecessarily)). It was mentioned also that there would be some additional expense of removing the “police package” from the vehicle retained, as there had been an additional expense to add it when it was new.

Follow-Up Discussion on Auction Results. So many questions. Do you suppose the properties sold for anything like their assessed values? Some, at least, of these properties had fallen into a distressed condition. So, probably not those ones.

But were their assessed values ever valid? Will these auction sale prices be included in the sampling used for valuation purposes? If, not, why not? These sales are more accurate than previous guesses.

Will this sale money be returned to its rightful owners, in the form of reduced taxation (in their second tax bill), or will it just disappear as increased Town spending? (“Free” money!!!)

Follow-Up Discussion & Potential Decision of Board/Committee Vacancies. Filling vacancies on Milton’s many Boards and Committees is a perennial problem. This has been become ever more of a problem as the number of Boards and Committees has proliferated over time.

For instance, the Planning Board and Zoning Board (ZBA) were not so very long ago a single board. In splitting them apart, each might be check upon the other, but that advantage vanishes in a puff of smoke, when the same few people rotate through both boards. Or even less effectively, when the same few people sit on both boards simultaneously. The intended check is gone, all that remains is the additional bureaucracy.

Appointment by the BOS, who are themselves majority-of-a-minority office-holders, from a small clique of self-selecting former officials and specially-interested parties is hardly a shining manifestation of democracy. William F. Buckley once expressed his preference for governance by a random sampling from the telephone directory over an appointed group of “experts.”

It would seem that Milton simply cannot sustain as many Boards and Committees as it has. There is a fix for that. The artisans of the Bauhaus school proposed that “less is more.”

Follow-Up Discussion Re.: Lockhart Field Status Letter to DES. This is the sort of thing that the Town Selectmen and Planning Boards should have been planning all these years, instead of playing SimCity. Their current plan? Pray that the Feds continue to ignore the problem, or else pray that those same Feds pick up the presumably world-ending cost.

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

Finally, there will be the approval of prior minutes (from the Special BOS meeting of April 15, the regular meeting of April 15, and the Workshop meeting of April 23, 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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Milton in the News – 1892

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | May 2, 2019

In this year, we encounter an objection to school busing (via wagon), and a Nute High school teacher on her vacations.

Alfred W. Jones was born in Randolph, MA, October 30, 1848, son of William and Sally W. (Ellis) Jones. He married in East Rochester, NH, May 3, 1870, Ella S. Kimball. She was born in North Berwick, ME, circa 1850, daughter of John B. and Sabrina Kimball.

Alfred Jones, a farmer, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ella Jones, keeping house, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH). He appeared in the enumeration between the household of Henry Downs, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. Canada), and that of Benjamin W. Foss, a farmer, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH).

Costly Economy. Mr. Alfred W. Jones of Milton, N.H., complains of the new school law in that state. By the provisions of the law, school boards are authorized to convey children in sparsely settled districts to the village schools. Mr. Jones complains that in carrying out this law some school boards practice an improper economy in furnishing poor teams and incompetent drivers. In some cases the drivers are worse than incompetent, being men of low class, given to drink, vulgarity and profanity. He says “I would rather go back to the old law than to have our children receive more schooling and be ruined.” (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), February 20, 1892).

We shall encounter Mr. Jones again in a few years, when vulgar school-wagon drivers would be the least of his concerns.

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

Here we find her returning to Milton from her Christmas break and, later, visiting Brattleboro, VT, and Heath, MA, on her summer vacation. She maintained always a permanent address at her step-mother’s Brattleboro home (while her step-mother lived).

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).

PERSONAL. 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).

See also Milton Teacher of 1891-95 for a more complete biographical sketch of her life.

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1891; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1893


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