Milton in the News – 1901

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | June 13, 2019

In this first year of the twentieth century, we encounter a Milton Mills headwaiter as victim of a larceny, Principal Wiggin of North Troy, VT, as the new Nute High School principal, a trolley line proposed, shoe lasters wanted by the Milton Shoe Company, the Medford death of an ante-bellum Milton teacher, and denials of a Lynn “Ice Trust.”

This year marked Milton’s true centennial year – its hundredth year – despite the fact that all of the centennial celebrations would take place in the following year of 1902. (The year 1902 was actually the first year of Milton’s second hundred years, as the founding year 1802 had been the first year of its first hundred years).

You may see this same logic working – or being confused – with birthdays (and in cemeteries). Someone who has reached their hundredth birthday, say in June, 1901, might be said then to be “aged” one hundred years. (Or, on old gravestones, “aetas” or “aet.,” which is Latin for “aged”). Prior to their next birthday, they might be said also, and with equal validity, to be “in” their hundred-and-first year.

The US Geological Survey issued its report on Milton Water Power in 1901. (Which may be compared with the earlier US Census Bureau report on Milton Water Power in 1885).

This was also the year in which Mary H. “May” (Shields) Bogan, and her daughter, the four-year-old poet-laureate-to-be, Louise B. Bogan (1897-1970), moved from Livermore Falls, ME, and took up residence in the Hotel Milton (or Milton Hotel).

Milton Hotel Adv - 1902The Hotel Milton sent a horse-drawn carriage to meet passengers at the train station, and Louise remembered riding in this carriage the day she and her mother arrived, seeing the name of the town set out in coleus and begonia beds as they rode into Milton. In the distance she saw “a long high blue mass … above the trees.” “Is it the sea?” she asked her mother. “No,” May replied, “it is the mountains” (Frank, 1986).

The Bogans left Milton for Ballardville, MA, in 1904. (They were in Boston by 1910).

Boston police inspectors Patterson and Rooney arrested a Salem, MA, man for a larceny that took place in Milton Mills, NH.

Will Return to Milton Mills. N.H. Inspectors Patterson and Rooney arrested in the North End last night Edward P. Abbott, aged 21, of Salem, who is wanted at Milton Mills, N.H., on a charge of the larceny of $38 from Crosby H. Prescott last Thursday. Abbott says he will return without requisition papers (Boston Globe, January 27, 1901).

The alleged thief, Edward P. Abbott, was born in Bethlehem, NH, July 28, 1879, son of Charles S. and Arabella (Nourse) Abbott. He married in Salem, MA, August 2, 1900, Martha M. Newport, both of Salem. He was a railroad brakeman and she a shoeworker.

Sentences Imposed at Dover, N.H. DOVER, N.H., Feb 18. – In the supreme court this morning these sentences were imposed by Judge Young: James Burke of Dover, for larceny, one year at hard labor in state prison; James Friell of Somersworth, for obstructing an officer who was attempting his arrest, six months in jail, sentence suspended during good behavior; Edward P. Abbott of Milton, larceny, one year in jail, sentence suspended during good behavior; John Stanton of Somersworth, larceny and obstructing an officer, six months in jail, sentence suspended. Harry Benson of Biddeford, Me, indicted for the larceny of carriage robes and blankets, valued at $15, from D. Frank Hanson of Somersworth. retracted his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty to larceny of $9. He was represented by counsel on the question of sentence. The case was continued for sentence (Boston Glover, February 18, 1901).

The victim, Crosby Hanson Prescott, was born in Acton, ME, October 7, 1850, son of Sewall W. and Marilla M. (Hersom) Prescott. He married in Rochester, NH, October 15, 1885, Annie F. Hurd, both natives and residents of Acton, and both aged thirty-five years. He was a waiter.

C.H. Prescott was proprietor of Prescott House (and a livery stable) in the Milton (Milton Mills) directory of 1889. He was proprietor of the Hotel Prescott, on Main street in Milton Mills, in the directory of 1892, and of an unnamed Summer Boarding House, in Milton Mills, in the directories of 1894, 1898, and 1901. (He was not so listed in 1904).

Crosby H. Prescott, a hotel head waiter, aged forty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Annie F. Prescott, aged forty-five years (b. ME), and his children, Lillian R. Prescott, at school, aged fourteen years (b. ME), Marion M. Prescott, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH), and Ruth H. Prescott, at school, aged eight years (b. NH), and his boarders, Clara A. Perkins, closing on shoes, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), and Nellie B. Pike, a shoe-lining maker, aged twenty years (b. MA). Annie F. Prescott was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

Crosby H. Prescott moved to Farmington, NH, where he was a shoe treer in a shoe factory, aged fifty-nine years, in 1910, and a school janitor, aged sixty-nine years, in 1920. He died in Farmington, December 8, 1921.

Arthur D. Wiggin came to Milton as Nute High School’s third principal. He remained for two academic years.

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

We should note that his unanimous election was one of the Nute trustees and not that of any Town board.

There were some preliminary discussions and survey work in this year about connecting Milton and Milton Mills to Sanford, ME, with an electric trolley line.

STATE NEWS. Milton Mills hopes to be on an electric line in the near future (Portsmouth Herald, July 5, 1901).

PROPOSED NEW ROAD TO ROCHESTER. Rochester, Dec. 26. – There is a movement on foot to build a trolley line from Sanford to this city in the early spring. Civil engineers have already been engaged to survey for the road as much as possible during the winter months. There are two routes under consideration, one to run from Springvale to Milton Mills and Milton, and then to Rochester. The other route is through Lebanon and East Rochester (Boston Globe, December 26, 1901).

If either route ever came to fruition, it did not last for long. A trolley timetable of 1912 mentioned electric trolley lines between Springvale and Sanford, ME, from which connections to Portsmouth and Dover, NH, and Biddeford and Kennebunk, ME, might be made. Rochester, NH, connected by electric trolley with East Rochester, as well as with Gonic, Somersworth, and Dover.

There was no mention of any connections from Springvale, ME, to either Milton Mills, or Milton, nor was there any alternate route from Lebanon, ME, to East Rochester. Nor did Rochester connect with Milton, except by Milton’s Railroad Line.

For those with an economic turn of mind, the following contemporary item regarding the Portsmouth livery business vis-à-vis their new electric trolley line might be of interest.

PICKUPS AT RANDOM. “The trolleys have well nigh killed the livery business for us,” said a [Portsmouth] stable man on Tuesday, to a reporter. “I believe that every stable keeper in this city, if truthful, would admit that he has weathered the winter at a net loss. Funerals and boarders are about all that is left us for revenue. However, I look for a change. As the trolley novelty wears off, the people who are fond of a drive will desire to keep away from the beaten track of the electrics, and some of us are brightening up and adding to our stock to appeal directly and especially to this class” (Portsmouth Herald, March 27, 1901).

This is an instructive example of the “creative destruction” inherent in free market processes. The creation or adoption of a new innovation, in this case electric trolley lines, necessarily involves the destruction or replacement of the prior paradigm, in this case local travel by horse-drawn livery carriages.

Despite the hopes of the Portsmouth stable man, his horse-drawn livery business had largely had its day in the sun. Some industries, when faced with such developments, turn to government for protective restrictions and subsidies. Obviously, that is a “political” solution – application of government force – rather than a free market one.

The NH Legislature allowed the Milton Shoe Company to incorporate in 1901. It appeared in the Milton business directory of 1901 (although not in that of 1904). Milton Shoe Company help-wanted advertisements may be found from June 1901 through February 1914.

Male Help Wanted. WANTED. Some good pullers-over on lasting machine, also a few good shoemakers on other parts; no trouble; steady work, good prices. Milton Shoe Co., Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 21, 1901).

Pair of Wooden Lasts
Pair of wooden shoe lasts (Photo: Noemi Singer)

Lasts were foot-shaped wooden forms (usually a pair of them). A laster (or puller-over) would stretch or pull a pre-cut and sewn leather upper over the last with pliers and tack it down. The innersole and sole would be sewn (or glued) then to the leather upper.

More efficient shoe-lasting machinery had come into use in the 1880s and replaced the hand-lasting process.

The Milton Fibreboard Company purchased the Milton factory and water-power privileges, formerly operated as the Milton Shoe Company, in 1916.

Milton native Benjamin Brackett Dorr died in Medford, MA, August 31, 1901, and the Boston Globe obituary called him, evidently in error, Dudley B. Dorr. [A Dudley A. Dorr did exist somewhere]. Benjamin B. Dorr was born in Milton, circa 1815, son of Benjamin and Mary H. “Polly” (Brackett) Dorr.

Benjamin Dorr was a storekeeper in Milton in 1850, and a shoe manufacturer in New Hampton, NH, in 1860, prior to becoming a clothing salesman in Medford, MA, in or after 1862.

Death of Dudley B. Dorr. MEDFORD, Sept 1. This city lost another of its old and respected citizens last evening in the person of Dudley B. Dorr, 86 years old. He was born in Milton, N.H., where be was engaged for many years in educational work. Coming to Medford 40 years ago he became a clothing salesman and was well known in the Boston trade. He leaves a wife [Mary H. “Polly” (Ward) Dorr] and four children, Frederick Dorr, Henry Dorr, Mrs. Chas. R. [Annette W.] Drew, and Mrs. B.B. [Mary A.] Savary. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity of this city. The funeral will take place at 4 p.m. Monday (Boston Globe, September 2, 1901).

Medford’s Mt. Herman lodge of Masons initiated Benjamin B. Dorr, April 10, 1862; passed him May 22, 1862; and raised him, June 26, 1862. His membership dated from October 1862.

What must be interesting for Milton readers is the information that Dorr “was engaged for many years in educational work” in Milton, NH. It would seem from this statement that Dorr was a Milton district school teacher of an early period (sometime in the 1830s through 1850s). (That is, a generation or two after the Milton Teacher of 1796-1805).

An artificial ice manufacturer, the Commonwealth Hygienic Ice company, is here said to have been trying to “corner” the ice market at Lynn, MA. The Lynn Ice Company (as well as Z.J. Chase), was mentioned as a natural ice supplier, who cut most of its supply as a part of Milton’s Ice Industry.

DENY THAT A DEAL IS ON. Lynn Ice Dealers Say That They Do Not Intend to Sell Out, as Intimated, to the Trust. LYNN. Dec 27. The Commonwealth hygienic ice company. with plants for the making of artificial ice in Boston and Providence, is endeavoring to gain control of the different ice companies in this city, and it is reported that it has options on every concern with the exception of one. Fred E. Baker of this city is the local representative of the new concern and has conducted all the negotiations. even going so far as to secure options on land in different parts of the city where the new plant may be located if all the deal goes through. One of these locations is at the foot of Commercial st., and the other at the foot of Washington st., at Lynn beach, on the Heffernan and Woodbury property. The promoters of the new scheme have held many meetings and last night Dr. Fuffman of Boston, who is at the head of the company in that city, was in this city discussing affairs. None of the local icemen was present at the conference and all deny that there is a deal on foot  or that they will sell out and join an ice trust. Representatives of the Lynn ice company, Spring pond ice company, McGregor & Bacheller, Independent ice company, Z.J. Chase and Coolidge & Marshall say that while there has been talk of forming a new company it has all been on the side of the promoters, and that they have not given an option on their plants. All these concerns deal in natural ice and cut their supply from ponds in this vicinity, with the exception of the Lynn ice company. which gets the most of its supply from Milton. N H. (Boston Globe, December 27, 1901).

Although the artificial ice suppliers would prevail in the end, that would not be for some years to come.

“I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!” – Louise Bogan

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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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Milton in the News – 1899

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | June 7, 2019

In this year, we encounter a new hotel, a masked ball, a forest fire, an employment opportunity, baseball games, incorporation of the Milton Water Works, a prohibitionist on the prowl, some construction by the Spaulding Brothers, a shoe factory for rent, Wentworth’s clothing store for sale, and the accidental death of a dam worker.

Personally Conducted, By Land and Sea. Mr. Fred M. Chamberlain, proprietor of the Phoenix House at Milton, N.H., is to build a new hotel in that town just north of his present house, which will be modern in every particular, and when finished, one of the best equipped and furnished hotels in that section of the country (Boston Home Journal, January 21, 1899).

The new hotel contemplated here was likely “The Sands” summer hotel, built at Meeting House pond, and which Chamberlain managed in later years.

The Milton social club threw its third annual masquerade ball at the Ancient Order of United Workmen (A.O.U.W) hall in Milton (as opposed to Milton Mills).

NEW HAMPSHIRE ALL AMASK. – Milton Social Club Helped by Others to Make Merry. MILTON, N.H., Feb 4 – The third annual masquerade of the Milton social club took place at A.O.U.W. hall last night. E.A. Hodgdon acted as floor director, assisted by the following aids: F.E. Fernald, Ernest Kenniston, J.M. Dolan, Eddie Meagher, Harry Warren. The members of the reception committee were Fred Hartford, George Paey, Fred Doe, Michael Mack, Wilbur Knight and William Stacey. Several large parties were present from adjoining towns and cities. including Dover, Somersworth, Rochester, Farmington, Milton Mills, Sanbornville, Union, New Durham, Wakefield. There were 20 numbers on the dance order. Supper was served at intermission in the banquet hall. There were 75 couples In the grand march, led by Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hodgdon, Among those present were:

Mr. Alex Champion, Mr. J. Bert Brock, Mr. William Brock, Mr. Edward Feineman, Mr. Ned Dreyfus, Mr. Sammy Rosenfield, Mr. George Walker, Mr. Rosco Allen, Miss Grace Farnum, Mr. Arthur Stone, Mr. Fred Hartford, Mr. and Mrs. H. Flanders, Mr. Fred E. Drew, Mr. Wilbur Wentworth, Mr. Edward Chipman, Mr. Ray Mooney, Mr. Michael Mack, Mr. George Paey, Mr. Lew O’Laughlin, Miss Josie Downs, Miss Annie O’Laughlin, Mr. Frank O’Laughlin, Mr. F.H. Gale, Mr. & Mrs. H. Hayes, Mr. Ernest Kenniston, Mr. Fred Randall,

Mr. C.H. Lowrey, Mr. Samuel Wallace, Miss Fannie Wallace, Mr. Walter Wallace, Mr. Walter Mooney, Miss Daisy Dane, Miss Blanche Harris, Miss Dora Davis, Mr. Edward Knight, Mr. & Mrs. C. Bailey, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Dore, Mr. Arthur Foote, Mr. George Evans, Mr. & Mrs B. Demerritt, Mr. Fred Hayes, Mr. A.W. Card, Miss Florence P. Miller, Mr. & Mrs. W. Randall, Mr. George Perry, Mr. Fred Card, Mr. Edward Marston, Mr. George Marston, Mr. Henry Nutter, Mr. Wm. E. Patterson, Miss Dora Young.

The ring contest was won by Miss Winnie Marston first and Miss Daisy Dane second, two rings being given to those selling the largest number of tickets (Boston Globe, February 4, 1899).

Here we have an account of a forest fire on Milton’s border. Those fighting it, at least on its southern side, were a private crew from the Portland and Rochester Railroad.

FIRE BORDERS TWO STATES. Flames Ravage Wooded District Between Milton, N H, and Lebanon Me. SPRINGVALE, Me, May 5. Fire burned over a large portion of the wooded district between Milton, N.H, and Lebanon, Me., today, and under pressure of a strong breeze is threatened a far greater region, especially between Alfred and South Waterloo. A crew from the Portland & Rochester road headed off the fire at the south side this afternoon, and the chances are good that the blaze will exhaust Itself. No building has been burned (Boston Globe, May 6, 1899).

The Portland & Rochester railroad went through several mergers. Its old name was here used. The Boston & Maine leased its track in 1886, which was often a prelude to a takeover or merger. In July 1899, the Boston & Maine railroad, which by that time already owned five-sixths of the Portland & Rochester stock, bought the remaining stock in a one-for-one exchange for Boston & Maine stock.

Female stitchers continued to be in demand at the N.B. Thayer & Co. shoe factory; table girls too.

Female Help Wanted. STITCHERS wanted – Experienced stitchers in shoe factory on men’s work; also table girls. N. B. THAYER & CO., Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 7, 1899).

Milton fielded a competitive amateur baseball team in this year. It consistently beat the soldiers of Battery M in Portsmouth, NH. (Stationed there during the Spanish-American War).

MILTON 27, BATTERY M 9. The Battery M base ball team went to Milton on Tuesday and played the nine there. The soldier boys put up a good game but lost by the score of twenty-seven to nine (Portsmouth Herald, May 31, 1899).

BATTERY M VS MILTON. The Battery M baseball team is playing the Miltons at the bicycle park this afternoon. The battery boys are striving to wipe out that defeat which the Milton nine inflicted upon them Memorial day. Both teams have their very strongest combinations in the field. A good sized crowd is watching the game (Portsmouth Herald, June 17, 1899).

MILTON’S 22; BATTERY M 1. The Milton town team came to this city on Saturday afternoon and at the bicycle park defeated Battery M’s crack team of ball tossers by a score of twenty-two to one. It was a very one-side game and the Battery boys were not in it for a minute. They were out of their class. The Milton team returned on the evening train (Portsmouth Herald, June 19, 1899).

Malcom A.H. Hart, Charles H. Looney, S. Lyman Hayes, Charles D. Jones, Fred B. Roberts, Harry L. Avery, George E. Wentworth, Joseph H. Avery, Ira W. Jones, Arthur W. Dudley, Everett F. Fox, Henry F. Townsend, Freeman H. Lowd, William T. Wallace, Frank G. Horne, Charles A. Jones, and Nathaniel G. Pinkham petitioned the NH legislature for incorporation as the “Milton Water-Works” company.

ABOUT THE STATE. The Union cemetery association of Wakefield and the Milton Water Works company have filed articles of incorporation with the secretary of state (Portsmouth Herald, July 20, 1899).

This private corporation was established ” … for the purpose of bringing water into the town of Milton and villages therein, for domestic and mechanical purposes, the extinguishment of fires, and such other purposes as may be deemed necessary and proper” (NH Secretary of State, 1901).

The same corporation was also known as Milton Water & Power. (Some small amount of electricity had been generated in Milton as early as 1890).

MILTON, N.H. – The Milton Water & Power Company has been formed by S. Lyman [Hayes], president, H.L. Avery, secretary and treasurer (Electrical World, 1899).

Prohibitionists were still afoot. The mention of Milton is likely an error for Wilton, it being the Hillsborough County Sheriff who was making a nuisance of himself (as well as the complaining ex-Governor, who was also based in Hillsborough County).

ABOUT THE STATE. Ex-Governor Goodell of Antrim has been after the liquor dealers again. Sheriff Doane of Hillsboro county made searches at quite a number of places in Amherst, Milton, and Milford, Saturday, on complaints made by Mr. Goodell (Portsmouth Herald, July 24, 1899).

New Hampshire’s prohibitory laws would be repealed in 1903, and replaced with licensing laws. (See also The Preacher and the Druggist – 1897).

J. Spaulding & Sons put contracts out for bid for the construction of a large new leatherboard factory in North Rochester, NH. It was to include a large raceway and dam, a separate boiler house and bleachery, and a residential complex.

FOR A NEW PLANT. Contracts to Be Let Friday at North Rochester, N.H. NORTH ROCHESTER, N.H, Aug, 10 – The contracts for the construction of a big leatherboard manufacturing plant for the firm of J. Spaulding & Sons, now doing business at Milton, N.H., and Townsend, Mass, are to be let Friday. The contracts call for the construction of a mammoth dam, a canal 500 feet in length, a three-story factory 250 feet long and 50 feet wide, to contain 50,000 feet of floor space, a boiler house to contain two boilers, and a bleachery 150 feet long and 40 feet wide. Also a raceway from the proposed factory 200 feet in length. The total expense of the undertaking has been estimated at $75,000, and the city of Rochester has given favorable consideration to the proposition to exempt the concern from taxation for a period of 10 years. The plant will employ 300 hands when running at its fullest capacity. Dwellings for the accommodation of the operatives are to be erected, and it is expected that before the 1st of February, 1900, a thriving village will be established where now there is nothing but a broad expanse of field and forest. The preliminary surveys have been made and the plans drafted (Boston Globe, August 10, 1899).

Note Rochester’s “encouragement” of ten years without taxes. Ten years seemed to be the standard inducement. It is a nice round number.

(Note also that the advertisement following concerns a Milton building used as a shoe factory for a period of – wait for it – ten years. In the absence of ongoing “encouragement,” the business just goes away (See PawSox Put One Over the Fence)).

This vacant Milton factory advertised for lease would seem to have been occupied by either Burley & Usher, or one of several other short-lived shoe companies.

FACTORY TO LET! SIZE 150×40 ft, 4 stories, plank under floors, water power, steam heat, automatic sprinklers, side track to elevator; situated on main line of B&M railroad; freights from Boston 13c per 100; used during the last 10 years for a shoe factory; rent and power free to right parties; 300 excellent operatives in town. For further particulars inquire of Board of Trade, Milton, N.H. H.B. AMEY, Secretary (Boston Globe, October 6, 1899).

Milton apparently had for a time a Board of Trade, i.e., a sort of chamber of commerce. Harry Amey, an attorney, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), was its secretary. He lived in “Milton Village” in 1900.

Harry Wentworth (son of Hiram) appeared as both a dry goods merchant and a merchant tailor in Milton business directories of 1894, 1898; and as a merchant tailor only in that of 1901.

Business Chances. FOR SALE. – An excellent chance for a clothing and furnishing business in a manuf. village. For particulars H.E. WENTWORTH, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, November 11, 1899).

Harry E. Wentworth, a farmer, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Hattie M. [(Lowd)] Wentworth, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), and [her] widowed mother, Melissie [(Buck)] Wentworth [actually Lowd], a housekeeper, aged fifty-five years.

Martin Murphy came to Milton from Worcester, MA, to work on the “mammoth” dam being built for new J. Spaulding & Sons leatherboard factory in North Rochester, NH. (See August above). Poor Murphy died from an injury received while trying to board an electric trolley on High Street in Somersworth, NH, while it was still moving.

Martin Murphy Dies from Injuries. SOMERSWORTH, N.H., Dec. 7. Martin Murphy of Worcester, Mass., who was injured by falling from an electric car here last night, died this morning as the result of his injuries. Murphy had been employed at Milton, N.H., where a large dam is being constructed. He was 35 years old (Boston Globe, [Thursday,] December 7, 1899).

Dr. L.E. Grant of Somersworth, NH, attributed Murphy’s death to “Concussion of the Brain,” from which injury he lingered for five hours. The contributing cause was “Killed by Electric Cars.”

Remains Sent to Worcester. SOMERSWORTH, N.H., Dec. 8 – The remains of Martin Murphy of Worcester, who was fatally injured Wednesday evening in this city while attempting to board a moving electric car, were shipped to Worcester today at the request of relatives of the dead man (Boston Globe, [Saturday,] December 9, 1899).

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1898; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1900


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NH Secretary of State. (1901). Laws of the State of New Hampshire. Retrieved from

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Wikipedia. (2018, May 26). Portland & Rochester Railroad. Retrieved from


Wrong Way – Go Back

By S.D. Plissken | June 3, 2019

Wrong Way SignIt was announced last year that the State had postponed the long-awaited replacement of the Milton-Lebanon bridge for a further two years

At the time, some Town officials put forward a theory that this would not have happened if only we were represented on the Strafford County Planning Commission. They are wrong, of course.

Logically Fallacious

Central planning can never work, because of Hayek’s “Knowledge Problem.” It is a logically impossible. I pointed this out formerly (Milton and the Knowledge Problem), but the Town government clings to its pet notion regardless.

Such methods survive partly through a need to control and order the world (and people) around its adherents. St. Augustine termed it the libido dominandi: the lust for domination.

Town planners might serve us better in figuring out how to deal with their own Town messes: “Lockhart Field,” the Emma Ramsey Center’s failing foundation, invasive plants, unsustainable budget increases, etc. I have heard even that we have a toxic bloom in town.

There is plenty to occupy their time without attempting to plan and direct our economic lives.

We have spoken to government interventions in the market before (PawSox Put One Over the Fence). These hot-house creations must  be perpetually tended. Even so, they will fail to thrive when market forces change or if there is a better offer. Milton need look no further for instructive examples than its own economic history. (As transcribed by Ms. Bristol).

Empirically Disproven

Propping Up Marginal Businesses

Some portion of Milton Mills’ residents engaged at shoe-making at home, at least part-time, with components shipped in from outside. This might have been the economically viable level of production. You see, while Milton Mills had an ample supply of water power (Milton Water Power in 1885), as did many places in New England, it was easily five miles from the railhead at Union station.

A group of wealthier Milton Mills residents sought to “encourage” the establishment of a shoe factory in 1888. (They had wanted this since at least 1864). They purchased a disused factory building (with their own money) and offered it – free of charge – to anyone who would set up such a shoe factory in Milton Mills. The townspeople even voted to relieve the factory of all taxation – thus taking that tax burden upon themselves – for a period of ten years.

But it was not enough. Transport costs, and the limitations of a village-level (“country”) labor pool, and other factors, all required wages that were lower than those paid in the city. That occasioned discontent and the subsidized factory did not even last a year (Milton Mills Shoe Strike of 1889).

Their Ends Do Not Align with Ours

Federal central planners wanted a military road network like the Autobahn they so admired when conquering Germany. So, they created the Federal Interstate highway system. For their own reasons. Any benefits for the civilian areas through which it passed were purely incidental.

Milton enjoyed a twenty-year tourist boom when the Spaulding Turnpike funneled an increased number of people right though its business district. That ended when the Federal and State central planners bypassed Milton in the next phase of their construction (Milton and the Spaulding Turnpike).

Those planners did nothing to either help or hurt Milton. They simply did not care. They were as oblivious to Milton’s needs in diverting the traffic away from here as they had been in directing it here in the first place. Our needs are just not in their plans.

Since then, our own Town planners have for some reason worked diligently in ensuring that Milton experiences no economic resurgence. They have planned that we remain a bedroom community only and that is what they have largely achieved.

There are fewer businesses here than when they first set out to “plan” in 1982, and there is certainly much less economic activity here now than at any time since the so-called Gilded Age. One wonders how much of their oeuvre would survive if the whole package were put to a vote.

Why should we continue to abide by the unsuccessful plans of these Town, County, State, Federal, and, now, even international planners? There is simply no reason at all for us to do so.

Alton Shows the Way

On Alton’s 2014 ballot, resident petitioners placed warrant articles on the ballot to eliminate the offices of Town Planner and Town Assessor, in favor of a contract planner and a contract assessor, and to withdraw Alton from the Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC). They did not succeed at this initial outing, but this was merely the beginning.

(We may note that Milton has both a Town Assessor and a contract assessor, whereas Alton seemed to regard it as an either/or proposition).

In 2018, the Alton Town government put forward a warrant article to fund Alton’s membership in the Lakes Region Planning Commission. The selectmen recommended it by three votes in favor and two against. (Note that split votes are possible). The budget committee opposed it.

The Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers (CNHT) claims that these planning commissions – their ideas, plans, and goals – come straight from the American Planning Commission, a non-governmental organization that “promotes United Nations Agenda 21/2030 regional principles.” There is State and Federal nonsense in there too.

Despite the recommendation of the Alton Board of Selectmen, town residents rejected continued funding for the regional planning commission, with 401 votes (70%) opposed and 172 votes (30%) in favor. (Note that the BOS majority was the complete opposite of the voters. So, we might well ask, who was the Alton BOS representing?)

Remember, it was an attempted insertion of plug-and-play planning code that caused the virulent opposition – hysterical even – by its very creators, of last year’s Article #3.

One Alton resident remarked, “If only more towns would get out of these regional boondoggles.” Or, better yet, if only more towns never entered into them in the first place.

Ask yourselves too, whose business district is doing better, Alton’s or Milton’s? The answer argues for less planning, a great deal less. But, if we cannot manage that, we should at least stop making it worse.

What Is to Be Done?

Take heart. If Milton officials are deluded enough to proceed along this route, – this wrong way – we can undo it as they did in Alton.

The danger for Town officials, and for their “plans” of many years, is that we might not stop at withdrawing from County planning.

There are none so blind as they who will not see. – John Heywood


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Laconia Daily Sun. (2014, February 20). Petitioned warrant articles would do away with Alton planner & Assessor. Retrieved from


Milton in the News – 1898

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | June 2, 2019

In this year, we encounter a Mystic sorority forming in Milton Mills, burglars afoot at Milton, another cooking opportunity at the Milton Hotel, and a disastrous fire at the Waumbeck mill.

(Milton got its first telephones in this year, two years after the first four were installed at Milton Mills).

Social societies first appeared in the Milton Business Directory of 1898, although some were certainly active long before that date.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) had their lodge above Asa A. Fox’s Milton Mills grocery store, until that burned in 1876. The IOOF’s Miltonia Lodge, No. 52, at Milton Mills, and Woodbine Lodge, No. 11, in Farmington, were offshoots of Rochester’s Motolinia Lodge.

The Daughters of Rebekah were the women’s auxiliary of the IOOF. Their lodge was established at Milton Mills on Wednesday, March 30, 1898.

THE MYSTIC ORDERS. Sunrise Rebekah lodge will be instituted at Milton Mills, N.H., Wednesday afternoon by the New Hampshire grand officers (Boston Globe, [Sunday,] March 27, 1898).

The Eastern Star Lodge, Daughters of Rebekah, appeared subsequently in the Milton [Milton Mills] Business directories of 1901 and 1904.

(Edward J. Brierly, Asa A. Fox, Charles H. Hayes, John E. Leach, John Lewis, John E. Marsh, Oscar F. Marsh, John Meikle, Ira Tibbetts, John F. Titcomb, Oliver C. Titcomb, Lewis B. Twombly, all of Milton; George S. Dore of Wakefield, NH; William J. Mattison, of Wolfeborough, NH; H.E. Anderson, M.D., of Acton, ME, and Charles B. Albee, of Sanford, ME, were all members of the IOOF’s Miltonia Lodge at various times).

Burglars robbed two Milton stores. These seem to have been lesser burglars than those that burgled money, watches, and revolvers in 1885, or the gang that dynamited the Milton Mills post office safe in 1894.

Burglars at Work in Milton, N.H. MILTON, N.H., April 19. The stores of H.F. Mason and W.T. Wallace were entered by burglars last night. At Mason’s a quantity of boots, shoes and clothing was taken, and at Wallace’s a small amount of change from the money drawer (Boston Globe, April 19, 1898).

Henry F. Mason, a clothing trader, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eight years), Alice D. Mason, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH). He owned their house free-and-clear.

William T. Wallace, a grocer, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Sarah F. Wallace, aged forty-three years (b. NH). He owned their house free-and-clear.

W.T. Wallace’s grocery store appeared in the Milton Business directories of 1892 and 1894. His grocery store and H.S. Mason’s general store both appeared in those of 1898, and 1901, while H.S. Mason’s general store appeared (without Wallace) in that of 1904.

Milton had a summer repertory company or, at least, it had a summer repertory company manager.

Dramatic. YOUNG JUVENILE WOMAN wanted for summer repertoire co., singer preferred. Manager, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 8, 1898).

This same advertisement, or one very much like it, appeared previously in 1896. It would seem that the Milton Hotel (or Hotel Milton) was either replacing the cook it had hired then or adding a second one.

Female Help Wanted. WANTED – First-class cook at once, dollar a day. Milton Hotel. Milton. N H. 2t jy20 (Boston Globe, July 20, 1898).

The peculiar little code that follows the advertisement tells the Boston Globe typesetters that it should be printed two times from July 20.

The Waumbeck woolen mill at Milton Mills suffered a major fire on September 11 of this year. The factory building was a total loss.

English immigrant John Townsend purchased an existing factory around 1846. He converted it to the production of woolen cloth. His woolen mill had a major fire in 1861. after which he had rebuilt a larger plant (which opened in 1863).  He sold out to Mudge, Sawyer, & Company, of Boston, MA,  by 1865, who later sold to the Waumbeck Company, before 1875. (See also Milton Water Power in 1885 and Milton Water Power in 1901).

The Waumbeck Company joined 916 other corporate woolen concerns in petitioning the US Senate in April 1892. Their petition sought continuance of McKinley’s woolen duties, i.e., tariffs, on foreign wool imports. (They had been in place since 1878). The Waumbeck company (J.A. Bugney, Supt.) appeared in the list of petitioners as having 10 sets of cards, i.e., 10 carding machines.

The Waumbeck Company mill suspended production for six months during the Panic of 1893. (See Milton in the News – 1893).

NOTHING LEFT. Waumbeck Woolen Mills Are Destroyed. Buildings at Milton Mills, N.H., Mass of Smoking Ruins. Thought Loss Will Reach $100,000.  Regarded as Disastrous Blow to Town. Operations Were to Have Been Resumed Today. MILTON MILLS, N.H., Sept 11. – The Waumbeck woolen mills were totally destroyed by fire between the hours of 2 and 3 this morning. The loss is $100,000, insured for $70,000. These mills had been idle for some time, and there was general rejoicing when, a few weeks ago, it was announced that the plant had been purchased by Messrs. Pratt and Whipple, president and agent of a large woolen concern. Mr. Whipple had been here for some time getting the plant in readiness to resume operations, and expected to start with a full complement of help, numbering 300 hands, on Monday morning. The fire was discovered in the picker room by night watchman Charles Williams, at 2.15 a.m., and he immediately gave the alarm by ringing the factory bell. He then attempted to return to the engine room and start the fire pump, but the heat had become so intense that he was unable to do so. The village fire department responded promptly and did everything in their power to save the structure, and by energetic effort did succeed in keeping the flames away from the office. The factory was a three-story structure with basement, 150 feet long and 50 feet wide. This was the chief industry of the town, and the loss is regarded as a disastrous blow. The origin of the fire is unknown. but is supposed to have been spontaneous combustion (Boston Globe, September 12, 1898).

Policies Placed Only Sept 3. The loss by fire of the Waumbeck woolen mills, Milton, N.H., yesterday, was unwelcome news for Insurance Inspectors here, for the risk was looked upon very favorably, and its equipment of automatic sprinkler was supposed to make a heavy loss a remote contingency. There was $83,000 insurance on the mill and the policies were only placed on Sept 3 this year. The companies carrying the line are as fellows: National of Hartford. $10,000, and these companies $5000 each: Ætna of Hartford, Granite State of Portsmouth, Insurance company of North America, Capital of Concord, Springfield fire and marine, Agricultural insurance company of Watertown, Merchants insurance company of New Jersey, Queen insurance company of America, Greenwich insurance company of New York, Commercial Union of London, Caledonian insurance company of Scotland, London and Lancashire insurance company of England, Palatine insurance company of Manchester. Niagara fire insurance company of New York. Boston marine insurance company of Boston (Boston Globe, September 12, 1898).

John Townsend’s son, Henry H. Townsend, bought the Waumbeck mill land in 1900. The Waumbeck  Company was dissolved officially on January 27, 1904.

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1897; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1899


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Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (June 3, 2019)

By Muriel Bristol | May 31, 2019

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, June 3.

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 (c) – Reputation.

91-A:3 II (c) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.

The specific “Reputation” annotation again. This will be the second meeting in a row to discuss matters that would likely affect someone’s reputation, although not necessarily having to do with an application for assistance, tax abatement, or waiver. Perhaps Mr. Brown secured his private chat?

[Added from the court filings database, October 23, 2019: “New Hampshire Supreme Court, Report on Status of Cases, As of September 30, 2019. Case 2019-0278. Three Ponds Resort, LLC v. Town of Milton. 05/15/2019 – Case Filing. 06/04/2019 – Accepted.”]

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 four agenda items: 1) Strafford Regional Planning Commission Presentation 2. Resident Concerns (Skip Bridges) 3. 174 Ford Farm Road and abutting town-owned lot (Kathy Wallingford / Jim Flanagan) 4. Proposed Budget Committee Schedule / Process and Selectmen Guidance.

Mi-Te-Jo.jpgStrafford Regional Planning Commission Presentation. The Strafford County Planning Commission will be making a presentation. Some have said that our bridge repairs would not have been put on the back burner if we had been represented on this commission.

Central planning is an oxymoron because of Hayek’s Knowledge Problem. While it is bad at the Town level, it is even worse at the County level, worse still at the State level, and so on.

Milton would be better served by building a replacement bridge from old pallets than it would be in joining the Strafford County Planning Commission.

Resident Concerns (Skip Bridges). Resident concerns? That takes in a lot of territory. The smart money says that he is concerned about Mi-Te-Jo.

174 Ford Farm Road and abutting town-owned lot (Kathy Wallingford / Jim Flanagan). “Out-Buildings possibly encroaching on L34 – Town property … deferred maintenance, yard cluttered.” Overvalued, overtaxed. Placed on the agenda by the Town Assessor and by Jim Flanagan. According to Avitar, James R. Flanagan owns a property at 66 Ford Farm Road.

Proposed Budget Committee Schedule / Process and Selectmen Guidance. The Budget Committee has indicated that they will meet at the Police station to go over the Police budget. They hope to do the same for the other departments.

Guidance for a game with “the house” and using their baseline? Get a brand-new deck. Shuffle it. I have heard that seven shuffles are necessary. Then cut the cards.

Under Old Business are scheduled four items: 5) Request to Repurchase Town-owned Property, Tax Map 37 – Lot 64 6. Acceptance of $5,000 from Atlantic Broadband for the Purchase of Equipment 7. Proposals from Law Firms – Process for Evaluation 8. Disposition of Brookfield Drive Parcel, Tax Map 17 – Lot 5.

Request to Repurchase Town-owned Property, Tax Map 37 – Lot 64. Returning from the last BOS meeting, when the Town’s offer seemed a bit pricey to them. The Town took the land for taxes and then wanted to sell it back for both the value of the land and the back taxes. Crazy. The value of the land or the back taxes with interest, but not both. Only government thinks this way. Thank God for auctions.

Acceptance of $5,000 from Atlantic Broadband for the Purchase of Equipment. Hopefully, more meetings are to be recorded or even just better versions of the current meetings.

Proposals from Law Firms – Process for Evaluation. Definitely something different from the prior evaluation process. The Town has been so poorly advised by a succession of lawyers. Issues of State pre-emption: plain wrong; the whole old fire station saga: wrong and wrong again; and several other issues: just wrong. And there was that whole threatening to sue thing. Perhaps the town needs somebody better acquainted with municipal law than they are with Town officials.

Disposition of Brookfield Drive Parcel, Tax Map 17 – Lot 5. A 4.87-acre lot on Brookfield Drive, seized for taxes in 2015. Avitar says it has 2.87 acres whose condition is 50% and 2.0 acres whose condition is 25%.

Isn’t this the lot the auctioneer described as having one possibly useful acre and the rest all wetlands? If so, it seems like the Town valuation has been putting a shine on a sneaker. A poor piece of land, overvalued, overtaxed, and foreclosed. Color me surprised. Perhaps we could re-designate it as the “Town vernal pool.”

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 May 20, 2019), the expenditure report, Public Comments “Pertaining to Topics Discussed,” Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments.

The expenditure report has had short shrift for quite some time now. Nobody ever mentions it. By the time of this June 3 meeting, eleven (21.2%) of the year’s fifty-two weeks will have elapsed. It might be nice to know that the amount of money spent so far does not exceed 21.2% or, even better, has been less than 21.2% of the default budget.

Conceivably, there might be higher beginning-of-year costs that will taper off or cease at some point in some planned way. That the BOS might be allowing expenditures to run amok is difficult to imagine. That could never happen.

Imagine, if you will, a second year with a default budget. That could happen.

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


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