Milton in the News – 1920

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | September 19, 2019

In this year, we encounter two boarding-house thieves, a postal complaint, a father’s lesson in sharp trading, a poultry farm for sale, the Rev. Goodheart on a visit, a village home for sale, a boarding-house for sale, the death of the Rev. Tingley, a fatal auto accident, and Mrs. Demerritt gaining a daughter-in-law.

This was also the year in which the Nineteenth Amendment, which extended the franchise to women, passed (August 18, 1920).

Two departing ice workers decided to steal some luggage from a fellow lodger on their way out of town in February. The victim, Scott E. Howe, was likely an ice worker too.

Scott E. Howe, registered for the WW I military draft in Medford, MA, June 5, 1917. He was then a married grounds-worker at Tufts College, in Somerville, MA, aged twenty-seven years (b. Laconia, NH, June 25, 1889), and resided at 170 Main street, in Medford, MA. He was of medium height, and medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Just a couple of weeks before the theft, he had been enumerated in his sister’s Portsmouth, NH, household. Etta B. [((Howe) Weeks)] Heath, a Navy Yard bookkeeper, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Winifred M. Weeks, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Willis J. Weeks, aged fourteen years, and her brother, Scott E. Howe, a Navy Yard helper, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH). Etta B. Heath had a rented house at 6 Chauncy Street.

ARRESTED ON THE WAY TO BOSTON. Boston Men Charged with Larceny at Milton, N.H. The local police received a telephone message from the chief of police at Milton, N.H. this morning to watch out for William Brown and Herman Esquedilis [?], both of Boston, whom the Milton police want for larceny. Both men had been working for the Boston Ice Company and this morning they left the town, and a hand bag from a lodging house, belonging to Scott Howe, disappeared at the same time. Patrolmen Philbrick and Ellingswood boarded the 10.20 train from the north and found both men. When questioned they denied owning the bag found in the seat beside them. The officers then searched the bag and found clothing and other property that matched the description, valued at $75. The men were placed under arrest and taken from the train to headquarters. An officer from Milton will take them in charge on Friday (Portsmouth Herald, February 5, 1920).

Scott E. Howe married (2nd), circa 1920, Hazel Gertrude Reed. They resided in Union village, Wakefield, NH, from circa 1921 through 1925, and Scott E. Howe, a timber chopper, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield household in 1930.

The U.S. Postal Department delivered an ordinary package to Milton more quickly than a much more expensive Special Delivery one.

EDITORIAL POINTS. Those who may have thought that calling special delivery stamps “special delay” stamps was rather rough may be interested to know that a parcel-post package with an S.D. stamp mailed in Everett Wednesday morning was delivered in Milton, N.H., Saturday noon. Another parcel-post package mailed in Cambridge without a special delivery stamp Thursday evening was delivered in Milton. N.H., Friday evening (Boston Globe, May 6, 1920).

The standard boilerplate disclaimer “results may vary” comes to mind.

A Milton mill owner allowed his son to learn something about free enterprise.

Odd Items From Everywhere. A boy at Milton, N.H., conceived the idea of gathering old newspapers around town and selling them to his father, who has a mill, at 50 cents a hundred pounds, and did this for a long time until he learned that at another mill they were paying 65 cents a hundred pounds. Without saying anything, he began selling his papers to the other mill. After a while his father asked if he had given up the business, and the boy explained that the other mill was paying him 65 cents a hundred for his papers now. “Huh!” said his father, “we’ve been paying everybody else 65 cents, but I wasn’t going to give it to you if you hadn’t enterprise enough to ask for it” (Boston Globe, May 14, 1920).

James Lewis appeared in the Milton directory of 1912 as being employed in Michigan, with a house on School street, 2nd west of Union street, in Milton Mills. A John Lewis appeared as being deceased.

James Lewis appeared also in the Milton directory of 1917 as a poultry raiser, eggs, etc., house School street, 2nd west of Union road, Milton Mills.

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James Lewis – 1917

POULTRY, PIGEONS. FOR SALE – On account of death, will sell my homestead in Milton Mills, N.H., fourteen miles from Rochester, on State road, close to school and Postoffice, easy auto ride to good fishing; consisting of up-to-date poultry farm, seven rooms furnished, and barn in best of repair; an ideal Summer home; five acres of good, productive land; twenty bearing apple trees; brooder house for one thousand chicks, with brooder stoves; one open-front laying house, 104×16, been used one season; large yards, tools; all equipped, ready for business, price $3500. JAMES LEWIS, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 6, 1920).

Rev. Simon F. Goodheart left Milton for Shirley, MA, in 1918, but returned for a visit in 1919, and now, in 1920.

Shirley Locals. Rev. S.F. Goodheart returned last Saturday from a visit of four days to his former parish in Milton, N.H., where he delivered an address at the annual ladies’ night of the Brotherhood (Hollis Times, June 11, 1920).

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. VILLAGE HOME, on State road to White Mountains, Milton, N.H.; fine 8-room house, hot-water heat, large stable, henhouse, about 2 acres land, orchard 80 trees, well water, pump in kitchen; year-round or Summer home; $3200, terms. N 303, Globe office (Boston Globe, July 11, 1920).

This particular opportunity to run a company boarding house was at N.B. Thayer’s East Rochester, NH, plant, but it is of a type with similar establishments in Milton

BUSINESS CHANCES. BOARDING HOUSE. – Opportunity for man and wife to continue a well-established house with 50 table boarder. For particulars apply to N.B. THAYER & CO., East Rochester, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 19, 1920).

REAL ESTATE. ONLY $600 DOWN. SACRIFICED FOR $1200. 20-ACRE VILLAGE FARM, ¼ mile from village and blanket mills; plenty of work at mill if desired; 1½ miles to beautiful lake; 50 nice fruit trees; 20 acres; wood for home use; abundance blueberries; 6-room cottage with one unfinished chamber; painted and blinded; and barn 32×32; beautiful high location. overlooking Milton Mills, N.H„ and shown by W.S. Shorey, E. Rochester, N.H. CHAMBERLAIN & BURNHAM, Inc., 204 Washington st. (Boston Globe, June 20, 1920).

Rev. James W. Tingley, a Boston Baptist minister, died in Milton while assisting at a Union church service at the Baptist church.

Tingley, James W - GM1901James W. Tingley, a city clergyman, aged sixty-six years (b. Canada), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife Naomi Tingley, aged fifty-seven (b. Canada), and his son, Harold E. Tingley, a general practice dentist, aged twenty-three years (b. Canada). Rev. Tingley had immigrated in 1885, while his wife and child had immigrated in 1887. (The son had “immigrated” by virtue of being born in the US to an alien mother). They were all naturalized when the father was in 1899. They shared a rented two-family dwelling at 62 Hobson Street with the household of George Holbrook, a shoe machinery manager, aged forty-three years (b. MA).

DEATHS. TINGLEY – In Milton, N.H., the Rev. James W. Tingley, suddenly. Funeral from the home of Dr. L.M. Crosby, 31 Avon st., Wakefield, Mass. Notice of time of funeral later (Boston Globe, July 13, 1920).

GREENVILLE. Rev. .lames W. Tingley. a former pastor of-the Baptist church here, died while assisting at a union service last Sunday evening at the First Baptist church at Milton. N.H. The body is taken to Brighton, Mass. for burial. Mr. Tingley made and held fast many friends while here, both within his church and without, and all were grieved to hear of his death. He leaves a wife, son and daughter (Fitchburg Sentinel, July 15, 1920).

Two salesmen were killed when their automobile was struck by a train at Porter’s Crossing.

TWO KILLED WHEN TRAIN HITS AUTO. Hurled Over 100 Feet in Milton, N.H., Crash. Providence and New York Men Were Victims at Porters Crossing. Special to the Globe MILTON, N.H., Aug. 6 – Albert W. Cox, 37, of 11 Angell st., Providence, R.I., and Charles B. Brewster, 34, of 385 Fort Washington av., New York city, were instantly killed today by the southbound Mountain express at Porters Crossing, over which they were riding in an automobile on their way home from the White Mountains. At this crossing several years ago Joseph O’Brien and Miss Nora Collins of Rochester suffered a similar fate. The crossing is on the Conway branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad, is protected by bells, but is considered a blind one. The train was running about 45 miles an hour and was in charge of conductor Boynton and engineer Powers. Mr. Cox was driving the car, which was nearly over the crossing when the locomotive struck one of the rear wheels. He was thrown 120 feet, landing in a field. Mr. Brewster’s body was found 150 feet from the crossing. The automobile was progressing at about 15 miles an hour and men employed at the icehouses warned the occupants of the car to be on the lookout for the train. The crossing bells worked well and the engineer sounded his whistle. Medical Referee Forrest L. Keay of Rochester viewed the bodies and ordered their removal to a Rochester undertaker’s establishment (Boston Globe, August 7, 1920).

Albert Cox, an automobile company salesman, aged thirty-seven years (b. PA), and his mother, Anne Cox, a widow, aged sixty years (b. PA), boarded with Mrs. Stella M. Wilcox, a private estate secretary, aged sixty-four years (b. RI) at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Mrs. Wilcox headed the household, with six servants (a cook, two waitresses, and three chambermaids), and twenty-seven boarders. It was a rented establishment at 181 Angell Street.

According to Milton death records, Albert W. Cox, an auto salesman, aged thirty-seven years (b. Philadelphia, PA, September 3, 1882, son of Albert W. and Anna (Holson) Cox), died of a skull fracture, when the “automobile in which he was riding was hit by locomotive.” His passenger, Charles B. Brewster, a salesman, aged thirty-four years (b. Rynland, NY, son of [Rev.] Charles A. and Gertrude (Taylor) Brewster) died of the same cause. Forrest L. Keay, M.D., medical referee, noted somewhat laconically that the duration of their illnesses was “short.”

TRAIN KILLS TWO IN AUTO. Struck on Crossing at Milton, N.H. MILTON. N.H.. Aug. 6. Charles B. Brewster of New York and Albert W. Cox of 181 Angell street. Providence, were killed when their automobile was struck by an express train on the Boston & Maine railroad here, late today. The two men had been visiting the White Mountains and were on their way to their homes. The crossing where their car was struck is protected by a bell signal, and the engineer of the train said that he blew his whistle when he saw the car. Cox was driving the automobile (Boston Post, August 7, 1920).

TWO KILLED. MILTON, N.H., Aug. 6. – Charles B. Brewster of Newark and Albert W. Cox of Providence were killed when their automobile was struck by an express train on the Boston & Maine railroad here late today (Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT), August 7, 1920).

Bruce R. Demerritt married in Milton, September 6, 1920, Mary E. Hunter, he of Milton and she of Roslindale, MA. Rev. Owen E. Hardy of Milton performed the ceremony.

West Roxbury District. Mr. and Mrs. John Hunter of 43 Ashfield st., Roslindale, have just announced the marriage of their second daughter, Mary E. Hunter, to Bruce R. DeMerritt at the latter’s home at Milton, N.H., on Sept. 6. Mr. and Mrs. DeMerritt will be at home at Milton, N.H., on Oct. 1 (Boston Globe, September 21, 1920).

Berthold I. Demerritt, a shoe shop foreman, aged forty-five years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Musetta Demerritt, aged forty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Bruce R. Demerritt, a shoe shop laborer, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Rossbert E. Demerritt, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Delphin C. Demerritt, aged twelve years (b. NH), Hannah E. Demerritt, aged ten years (b. NH), and V. Dorethea Demerritt, aged eight years (b. NH).

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