Milton in the News – 1900

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | June 9, 2019

In this year, we encounter a Miss Kane as a Milton school teacher, a drug store under new management, the Spaulding Brothers’ father, Marblehead Ice Company ice for sale, another forest fire, and Miss Hussey’s candidacy for favorite New England teacher.

This was also the year of Milton’s Men of Muscle.

One might debate, as was done in the years 2000 and 2001, whether 1900 or 1901 was the fin-de-siècle year. For our part, we are taking this year of 1900 to be the last of the nineteenth century (1801-1900), and the following year of 1901 to be the first of the twentieth century (1901-2000).

Miss Lillian Wood Kane taught in the Milton Grammar school during the 1899-00 academic year.

GROTON. Lillian W. Kane is teaching a graded school in Milton, N.H. (Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, MA), April 20, 1900).

She was born in 1868, daughter of Owen E. and Mary E. (Wood) Kane. She attended Groton High School.

Miss Lillian Kane taught for six weeks in 1891, as a substitute teacher in Charlemont, MA, replacing a teacher whose mother had died (Fitchburg Sentinel, May 20, 1891). She stood in for Miss Jennie Boynton at the Groton post office in the summer of 1896, and returned to her school in Millis, MA, in the fall (Fitchburg Sentinel, May 7, 1896; Fitchburg Sentinel, December 9, 1896).

Mary E. Kane, a dressmaker, aged sixty years (b. VT), headed a Groton, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census (in June 1900). Her household included her daughter, Lillian W. Kane, a school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. MA). Theirs was a rented house.

Lillian W. Kane was one of the three teachers at the Butler School in Groton, MA, during the 1905-06 academic year. The head teacher, Ina E. Cobb, received a salary of $500, Lillian W. Kane received $396, and Mary E. Parker received $380.

Lillian W. Kane was treasurer of the Groton Historical Society in 1909. Her salary as a teacher in the Butler School in Groton had risen to $407 in that year.

Mary E. Kane, a widow, aged seventy years (b. VT), headed a Groton, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Lillian W. Kane, a public school teacher, aged thirty-three [forty-three] years (b. MA). They occupied a rented house on Main Street.

Miss Kane taught subsequently in Providence, RI, for some years (Fitchburg Sentinel, May 3, 1927).

Lillian W. Kane died in Groton, MA, April 17, 1945 (Fitchburg Sentinel, February 7, 1946).

James Herbert Willey of Rollinsford, NH, purchased the Milton drug store that he would run for many years.

NEW ENGLAND. Miscellaneous. Herbert Willey of Salmon Falls has purchased the drug business of Henry T. Hayes Milton NH (Merck, 1900).

Charles W. Evans, a shoe counter maker, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eight years), Alice M. Evans, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), his children, Robert C. Evans, at school, aged seven years (b. NH), and Sumner S. Evans, at school, aged six years (b. NH), his mother-in-law, Abby Tibbetts, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME), his brother-in-law, Charles Tibbetts, a day laborer, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and his lodger, J. Herbert Willey, a druggist, aged twenty-five years (b. NH).

Spaulding, Jonas, JrJonas Spaulding, Jr., regretted the removal of some equipment from his original base to the Milton branch of his sons’ successor company.

TOWNSEND HARBOR. It is said that Jonas Spaulding, father of the Spaulding Bros, actually shed tears when the last piece of counter-making machinery was recently shipped to Milton, N.H. This has been the home of the Spaulding family for several generations. Mr. Spaulding is very much attached to the Harbor, and spends all his leisure time here (Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, MA), August 3, 1900).

Jonas Spaulding, Jr., died in Andover, MA, November 10, 1900.

DEATHS. SPAULDING. – ln Andover, Nov. 10, Jonas Spaulding, 67 yrs., 9 mos. Funeral from the church at Townsend Harbor, Mass., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. (Boston Globe, November 11, 1900).

Tons upon tons of block ice were cut by Milton’s ice industry in the winter and stored along the shores of two of Milton’s Three Ponds. The ice houses were among the largest structures in town, if not the largest, and would have dominated the view around the ponds.

ICE For Sale – Superior quality, carload lots; is on Boston & Maine R.R., at Milton, N.H. Address JOHN O. PORTER, Marblehead, Mass. (Boston Globe, September 9, 1900).

John O. Porter of the Marblehead Ice Company advertises his here as being conveniently close to the railroad line.

Here we have again a series of forest fires in the area. (See also Milton in the News – 1899).

LOSS OF $10,000. Big Fire North of Farmington, N.H, Has Been Out of Control for a Week. ROCHESTER, N.H., Sept 10 – The big forest fire which has been burning near Middleton has at last been got under control. Another fire is destroying much timber in Milton, N.H., and West Lebanon, Me. Another big fire is burning to the north of Farmington, N.H., and has been out of control for a week. Much smoke follows the path of the fire and at night the blaze can be seen for miles around. It has already caused a loss of $10,000 on timber owned by the New Durham lumber company. The fire was started by farmers, who were searing a pasture to get a better berry crop next season. The blaze got away from them and spread into the timber. Rain only will stop the fire (Boston Globe, September 11, 1900).

Minnie Eula Hussey was born in Acton, ME, May 23, 1878, daughter of Benjamin B. and Charlotte A. (Huff) Hussey.

In this year, the Boston Globe ran a promotional contest in which the New England teacher with the most votes would win a trip to Washington, DC. In order to vote, one had to clip and mail a ballot printed in the newspaper.

Milton’s Favorite Teacher.

Now, Milton people, far and near,
Just listen to this call,
Please cut your votes from out The Globe
And be sure and save them all.
Make them out for Miss Minnie Hussey,
Old Milton’s favorite teacher,
Then send them to The Boston Globe,
For they are sure to reach her.
The Boston Globe will do the rest,
And we shall be contented
If Miss Hussey goes to Washington,
For Milton will be well represented.

Milton, N.H. B.F.D. (Boston Globe, December 24, 1900).

She generated much student enthusiasm in a brief time. She was a Bridgewater, MA, teacher during the 1899-1900 academic year, who maintained a Milton address with M.B. Plummer. Moses B. Plummer was a farmer, whose farmstead was at Plummer’s Ridge (3½ miles N). Miss M. Eula Hussey, a teacher, had her home with M.B. Plummer, in the Milton section of the Dover directory of 1902.

Miss Hussey married in Manchester, NH, August 12, 1903, James. J. Buckley, both of Milton. He was born in Dover, NH, February 19, 1877, son of Daniel and Catherine (McCarthy) Buckley.

James J. Buckley, a physician (general practice), aged thirty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds Village”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Minnie E. Buckley, aged thirty-one years (b. ME).

James J. Buckley died November 4, 1930. Eula H. (Hussey) Buckley died in Dover, NH, March 31, 1961.

A get-well card was sent to Mrs. Eula Buckley, past department president and a member of [Moses N. Collins Relief] Corps No. 36, who is a patient at Wentworth Hospital, Dover (Portsmouth Herald, March 18, 1961).

Mark Twain was a member of the American Anti-Imperialist League and, as such, opposed US military adventures overseas. He penned for publication by the American Red Cross the following short anti-imperialist speech of greeting from the nineteenth century to the twentieth.

A salutation-speech from the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth, taken down in short-hand by Mark Twain.

I bring you the stately matron named Christendom, returning bedraggled, besmirched, and dishonored, from pirate raids in Kiaochow, Manchuria, South Africa, and the Philippines, with her soul full of meanness, her pocket full of boodle, and her mouth full of pious hypocrisies. Give her soap and towel, but hide the looking glass.

Mark Twain. New York, December 29, 1900.

He listed the imperialist misadventures of several nations, including also the continued US occupation of the Philippines.

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Author: Muriel Bristol

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