Milton in the News – 1912

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | August 18, 2019

In this year, we encounter local ministers discussing socialism, leather repairers wanted, some useful horses, a mill fire, the smell of gas, some queries, summer boarders wanted, a drowning death, and some innovative concrete beaters.

Rev. Dr. Earle B. Cross of Dover’s Central Ave. Baptist Church gave a lecture at a Ministers’ Association meeting held in Rochester, NH. Two ministers from Milton attended.

Ministers Meet at Rochester, N.H. ROCHESTER, N.H., Jan 23. The Ministers’ Association of Dover and vicinity held a session yesterday to the Methodist Church. The speaker was Rev E.B. Cross of Dover, subject “Socialism,” which was discussed generally. Those in attendance were Revs. Clarence Pike of Milton, Lewis Dexter of Wolfboro, J.W. Williams of Milton Mills, E.W. Ricker of Alton, J.R. Dinsmore of East Rochester, A.M. Parker of Somersworth, Isaiah Pinkham of West Lebanon, Me., D.G. Vogt and E.B. Cross of Dover, E.W. Cummings of Gonic and C.H. Percival, S.D. Church, W.A. Paige, F.H. Leavitt and William Warren of Rochester (Boston Globe, January 23, 1912).

Rev. Clarence E. Pike came to Milton from Ashland, MA, as Congregational minister in 1911, and he remained into 1915.

Clarence E. Pike, a Congregational church minister, aged fifty-two years (b. ME), headed an Ashland, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Caroline E. [(Thompson)] Pike, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), and his daughter, Florence C. Pike, aged nineteen years (b. MA). They were enumerated on a supplemental sheet and their household bore the notation “not in the directory.” This presumably meant the Ashland directory, which was evidently used as an aid for the enumerator.

Williams, Rev. James W.
Rev. James Wilmarth Williams (Photo: R. Wilmot)

Rev. James W. Williams was pastor of the Free Baptist Church in Gray, ME, in 1907.

James W. Williams, a clergyman, aged fifty-five years (b. RI), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nine years), Rachel E. [(Siddall)]  Williams, aged forty-nine years (b. RI), his step-children,  Ruth S. Richards, aged seventeen years (b. RI), and Mervyn E. Richards  aged fifteen years (b. RI); his children, Phebe U. Williams, aged seven years (b. PA),  Paul A. Williams, aged six years (b. PA),  and Philip W. Williams, aged five years (b. ME).

Rev. James W. Williams was pastor of the Free Baptist Church in Milton Mills in 1912.  He resided in 1912 at 27 Lebanon road, Acton side, Milton Mills. He had removed to Jackson, NH, by 1914.

MINISTER AND SON KILLED. Train Strikes Sleigh In Which They Are Riding During Snowstorm. North Conway, N.H., Jan. 6. Rev. J.W. Williams, 57, pastor of the Free Baptist church at Plymouth, was instantly killed and his son, Carl [Philip], 11, died two hours later of a fractured skull received when the sleigh in which they were driving was hit on a grade crossing by a passenger train. The horse was killed, and the sleigh demolished. There was a driving snowstorm, but the signalman who saw them coming waved his white flag and shouted, but without avail. Williams was a native of Providence, and a lineal descendant of Roger Williams (Fitchburg Sentinel, January 6, 1917).

The Milton Shoe Company sought patent and Russia leather repairers. Russia leather had an extra tanning step in which birch oil was rubbed into its reverse side.

MALE HELP WANTED. WANTED – Patent leather and Russia leather repairers; to experienced help steady work and good wages are guaranteed; living expenses moderate. Apply to MILTON SHOE COMPANY, Milton, N.H. ssu (Boston Globe, February 3, 1912). 

The Milton Shoe Company claimed that Milton’s cost of living was moderate.

Ten horses used in Milton’s ice industry went on the auction block in Boston, MA, on Wednesday, March 20, at 3 PM.

McKinney Bros. & Co., Brighton Sale Stables, 217 Friend St. Regular Auction Sale Wed., Mar. 20, 1912. 26 HEAD of country horses shipped by George McKinney, Wabash, Ind., who informs us that this is a mixed lot of No. 1 horses: heavy draft, fire dept., express, milk wagon and farm chunks in matched pairs and single horses weighing from 1100 to 1800 lbs. each; all well broken and ready for all kinds of work; we have the weight and quality that we advertise to show to our customers when they call at 217 Friend st. WEDNESDAY, 3 P.M. We shall sell 10 head of horses consigned by the Union Ice Co., 17½ T wharf, Boston, that have been used the past winter at the company ice plant at Milton, N.H.; all good, young, useful horses right out of hard work. AFTER THE ABOVE, we shall sell a lot of second-hand horses consigned by various firms and private parties that will be described at sale. D.L. McKinney, L.L. HALL, Auctioneers (Boston Globe, March 17, 1912).

The Milton Leather-Board Company mill burnt again on Wednesday, March 20. It had burnt previously ten years earlier.

Its proprietor, Seth Franklin Dawson, Jr., was born in Lawrence, MA, June 17, 1879, son of Seth F. and Lizzie A. (Cottle) Dawson. He married (1st) in Lawrence, MA, March 24, 1909, Edith Willard Ackerman, he of Lawrence and she of Warsaw, NY. He was a manufacturer and she a teacher.

Seth F. Dawson, Jr., a leatherboard manufacturer, aged forty years (b. MA), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of one year), Edith W. Dawson, aged twenty-three years (b. NY), his daughter, Seth B. Dawson, aged three months (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Eugenia [(Van Wormer)] Ackerman, aged fifty-eight years (b. NY). The census enumerator recorded their household in a rented house situated between those of Charles Bodwell, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), and Emma E. Looney, a widow, aged fifty-six years (b. NH). (Bodwell was formerly proprietor of the Milton Hotel).

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Milton Leather-Board Advertisement, 1912

Milton Leather Board Company Mill Burned. MILTON, N.H., March 23, 1912. – Fire early last Wednesday destroyed the big mill of the Milton Leather Board Company, and caused a loss that will reach $100,000. Fifty employees of the company were thrown out of work by the fire. Starting from a cause not yet determined, the blaze spread with great rapidity, and soon the whole mill was enveloped. The fire brigade of the mill assisted the Milton fire department in fighting the flames, but the building was doomed from almost the start of the fire. When the fire was discovered there were six persons working in the mill, who escaped and gave an alarm. The fire was discovered by workmen on the third floor, near a large fan, and is supposed to have been caused by a hot box connected therewith. The building was 200×90 feet, three stories high, built of wood. It was owned by S.F. Dawson & Son. Mr. Dawson is president of the Leather Board Company. There is no fire company in town, and it is thought that the property would have been saved with proper apparatus. The company lost its plant on the same site in 1902, and is undecided in regard to rebuilding. It has many large orders on hand (Lockwood, 1912).

As before, construction of a new mill on the same site began very soon after the fire. (See October below).

Found Overcome by Gas. HAVERHILL, April 14 – P.F. Fall of Milton Mills, N.H., was found overcome by gas in a room at a hotel on Essex st. this afternoon. He was removed to the Hale Hospital, where tonight he was pronounced out of danger. Fall registered at the hotel last evening, and this afternoon the odor of escaping gas was traced to Fall’s room (Boston Globe, April 17, 1912).

J.W. Morse of Milton queried a Boston Globe column regarding the six largest states. (Alaska, purchased from Russia in 1867, was then a territory, but not a state).

WHAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT. Anonymous communications will receive no attention, nor will any notice be paid those of undue length. Denominational or sectarian questions will not be acceptable.

Six Largest States. Editor People’s Column. Will you kindly print in your column the names and area of the six largest states in the Union? Milton, N.H., J.W. Morse.

Texas, 265,780 square miles; California, 158,360 square miles; Montana, 146,080 square miles; New Mexico, 122,580 square miles; Arizona. 113,020 square miles; Nevada, 110,700 square miles.

In the same column, a Boston correspondent asked a question concerning the loss of R.M.S. Titanic, which had sunk in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

Titanic Iceberg
The R.M.S. Titanic’s Iceberg (Photo by Chief Steward of the Prinz Adalbert)

Icebergs as Life Rafts. Editor People’ Column. When the officers of the Titanic could not launch all their lifeboats, why could not the icebergs be made to serve the purpose of life rafts? Capt. Johansen of Arctic fame is said to have saved himself and some of his crew on detached and floating ice floes. Lorenzo White. Boston (Boston Globe, May 2, 1912).

After striking the iceberg, R.M.S. Titanic moved on past it for quite some distance, miles even. To transfer the passengers would have involved using the lifeboats as shuttles between the Titanic and the iceberg-life raft. The Titanic sank in just 2 hours, 40 minutes after striking the iceberg. There would not have been enough lifeboats or time to row a round-trip convoy to the iceberg and then reload the remaining passengers on the returned lifeboats.

Mrs. N.H. [Louise] Thompson advertised for some summer rusticators. She even prepared advertising circulars.

Nathaniel H. Thompson, an odd-jobs farmer, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteen (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of six years), Louise Thompson, aged thirty-six years (b. MA). Each had been married before.

SUMMER RESORTS. New Hampshire. MEADOW BROOK FARM, In Milton, N.H. – Boarders wanted; send for circulars for particulars. MRS. N.H. THOMPSON, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 16, 1912).

N. Howard Thompson kept a summer boarding house on Silver street, at Cross road, 2 miles out, in 1912.

Herbert W. Dore was born in East Wakefield, NH, February 8, 1860, son of Hanson L. and Mary (Morrison) Dore. He married in Farmington, NH, October 10, 1884, Flora E. Burnham.

Herbert W. Dorr,  a shoe factory tree-r, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Flora [(Burnham)] Dorr, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his daughter, Essie O. Dorr, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and his granddaughter, Lillian R. Dorr, aged eight years (b. NH). Flora Dorr was the mother of six children, of whom three were still living. They resided in a rented house, and their household was enumerated on the same page as James H. Rines, a town policeman (see Milton’s Men of Muscle in 1900), aged fifty-three years (b. NH) and Ira W. Duntley, a general shop blacksmith, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH) (see Milton Businesses in 1905-06).

H.M. DORE DROWNED. Boys Drifting in Boat at Milton, N H, Caused Him to Swim – Cramps Fatal. MILTON. N.H., June 28 – Herbert M. Dore, aged 45, was drowned in Milton Three Ponds this noon. With two boys visiting him he was fishing off shore and the youngsters were in a boat that drifted from its moorings some distance before Mr. Dore discovered it. Mr. Dore removed his clothing and started to swim to the boat, but was seized with cramps and sank before aid could reach him. The body was recovered. He was married and is survived by a wife and three children (Boston Globe, June 29, 1912).

The Milton Leather-Board Company had already built new reinforced concrete buildings seven months after its fire. (See March above). The new building had also the first-ever reinforced concrete beater tubs.

The First Concrete Beater Tubs in the World. It appears that the reinforced concrete beater tubs which are being built by the Aberthaw Construction Company, of Boston, in the new reinforced concrete buildings of the Milton Leatherboard Company, Milton, N.H., are the first beater tubs to be made of the modern structural material. Generally, beater tubs have been made of wood and lined properly. The proposed beater tubs are four in number, and have overall dimensions 26 feet 8 inches long by 13 feet 2 inches wide, making them larger than any wooden tubs which have heretofore been built. It is stated that the adoption of reinforced concrete for this purpose will have many decided advantages, and the results obtained with this material will be looked forward to with interest. The new main building of the Milton Leatherboard Company is 185×70 feet, with two stories and basement. Adjoining is a raw stock room, 120×40 feet, and 30 feet high. I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., is the engineer (Lockwood, October 1912).

Ira Wilbur Jones was born in Milton, June 10, 1854, son of George H. and Lucy J. (Varney) Jones. He married in Milton, September 29, 1886, Lucie C. Wentworth, both of Milton. She was born in Milton, circa 1867, daughter of George C.S. and Mary E. Wentworth. He was a wheelwright. Rev. Frank Haley performed the ceremony.

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I.W. Jones Advertisement, 1902

Ira W. Jones, a hydraulic engineer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirteen years), Lucia C. Jones, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his children, Nettie Jones, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Mary Jones, at school, aged eight years B. NH). He owned their farm free-and-clear. Lucia C. Jones was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Ira W. Jones of Lebanon ME, was a promoter of the Milton & Lebanon Building Association, when it was founded in February 1904. I.W. Jones appeared as a civil engineer (and under other headings) in the Milton section of the Dover Directory of 1905-06.

Jones was consulting in Montpelier, VT, in August 1907.

Ira W. Jones, a hydraulic engineer, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-four years) Lucia C. Jones, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his daughter, Mary C. Jones, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and his brother-in-law, Eugene H. Wentworth, a stove works foreman, aged thirty-five years (b. NH).

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I.W. Jones Advertisement, 1912

Ira W. Jones graduated from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. He was employed in 1911 as a mill engineer at Milton, NH, along with fellow WPI graduate, Harold P. Conklin, who was his draftsman (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1911).

His engineering office was situated on Main Street, opposite the Lebanon Bridge, in 1912. (That office had one of Milton’s ninety-six telephone connections in that year (Milton Mills excluded)). His daughter, Mary C. Jones, was a stenographer in his office. His house was at 10 Bridge Street, Lebanon Side, where Mrs. Jones gave piano lessons. Another daughter, Nettie W. Jones, was a milliner. (See also References for James M. Snyder’s Partial Portfolio of Jones’ engineering projects).

Ira W. Jones died April 7, 1946. Lucia C. (Wentworth) Jones died September 3, 1949.

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