Milton in the News – 1916

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | September 5, 2019

In this year, we encounter the marriage of a minister, a winter warm spell, the Milton Shoe Company auction sale, an iceman hit by a train, a housekeeper wanted, a Milton Mills bakery for sale, a suicide by train engine, a farm for sale, an opportunity for a horse, an East Rochester shoe strike, summer cottages for sale, a barber wanted, a Milton woman in a fatal auto accident, another farm for sale, a fishing prodigy, Milton farmers impersonated, yet another farm sale, Mr. Brady out on a “toot,” and a loom fixer wanted.

Wilson - 1916This was also the year of the Battle of Verdun (359,000 dead), the Irish Easter Rising, and the First Battle of the Somme (1,052,757 dead) in the Great War. And the year in which President Wilson campaigned successfully for re-election on the strength of his having “kept us out of war.”

WINDSOR. Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Penniman announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennie Chandler, to Rev. S. Francis Goodheart of Milton, N.H. (Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), January 7, 1916).

And then, it would appear, the wedding was off.

PASTOR TO TAKE BRIDE. The Rev. S. Francis Goodheart, of Milton, N.H., will be married Thursday to Mrs. Sarah Lester Gane, recently of London, England. They will be at home after September 3 at the Congregational parsonage in Milton. Before going to Milton a few years ago, Mr. Goodheart was pastor of the Congregational church at St. Johnsbury Center (St. Johnsbury Republican, August 23, 1916).

Simon Francis Goodheart married in Rochester, NH, August 24, 1916, Sarah Lester (Jones) Gane, both of Milton.

A three-day warm spell postponed Milton ice cutting for a time.

STOP CUTTING THE ICE CROP. Warm Spell Causes Hold-Up at Sanbornville and Milton. The mild weather of the past three days has interfered with the ice crop at Milton, Sanbornville and other places where the big ice companies are at work. In fear of accidents from the softening of the ice, the companies have suspended operations until colder weather. There is no fear of any shortage of ice on account of the warm spell (Portsmouth Herald, January 28, 1916).

The Milton Shoe Company had gone into receivership in November 1915 and its plant was sold at public auction, February 3, 1916.

The Milton Shoe Company had incorporated originally in 1901. It appeared in Milton business directories of 1901, and it advertised for workers as late as August 1902, but then it seems to have suspended its activities for a number of years.

The Milton Shoe Company resumed operations in August 1909 after nearly seven years, likely under new management. The industry directory Shoe and Leather Annual of 1912 identified that management and the factory’s product:

Milton Shoe Co. (Inc. $25,000). F.J. Currier, pres’t and treas., and M.I. Currier, vice pres’t; Fred Carter, clerk. Women’s, misses’ and children’s fine and medium welts. F.J. Currier, buyer. D. (Shoe and Leather Reporting Company, 1912).

In 1910, the Milton Shoe Co.’s president, Frank J. Currier, its factory superintendent, Ezra D. Colby, and the superintendent’s wife, were all boarding in Mrs. Miller’s Milton boarding house, which was close to the factory. (Note that the Superintendent’s wife worked in the factory as a shoe stitcher).

Sarah M. [(Hodgdon)] Miller, a widow, aged seventy-three years (b. ME), kept a boarding house in Milton at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her boarders were Ezra Dolby, a shoe factory superintendent, aged forty years (b. NH), his wife (of fifteen years), Edith [C. (Moody)] Dolby, a shoe stitcher, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and Frank Currier, a shoe manufacturer, aged forty years (b. MA). The census enumerator recorded her household between those of Joseph D. Willey, a general store merchant, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), and Joseph Walker, a Cong. Church clergyman, aged fifty-eight years (b. England).

The Milton Shoe Company’s president was enumerated also at his principal residence in Lynn, MA. (Vice-president M.I. Currier was his wife).

Frank J. Currier, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Marie I. [(Newhall)] Currier, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), his brother-in-law, Alfred S. Newhall, a bank teller, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), and his servant, Margaret Doyle, a private family servant, aged twenty five years  (b. Ireland). They shared a rented two-family dwelling at 16 Greystone Park with the household of Belle H. Marotta, own income, aged forty-six years (b. MA).

The Milton business directory of 1912 listed “Milton Shoe Co., Frank J. Currier, pres. and treas., Leb. side, Milton at Cocheco dam.” As we have seen, Lynn-based President Currier boarded, when he was in town, with Mrs. Miller at 9 South Main street. Frank Currier, employed in Milton, N.H., had his house at 16 Greystone park in the Lynn directory of 1913.

The Milton Shoe Company advertised for workers in 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, and 1915, but not thereafter. That was because it went into receivership, i.e., bankruptcy, in November 1915.

MILTON, N.H. Charles F. Cotter of Lynn and William J. Barry of Boston have been appointed receivers of the Milton Shoe Co., Inc. The bonds were fixed at $10,000. The Ayer Tanning Co., a creditor with a claim of $3,331, instituted the proceeding. The liabilities are about $40,000, and the assets exceed that amount, but are not readily convertible into cash (McLeish, 1915).

Now its factory building, machinery, furniture, stock, and appointments went on the auction block in February 1916.

BG160120 - Milton ShoeAUCTION SALES. Receivers’ Sale at Public Auction, Feb. 3rd, 1916, at 12 [P]M, on Premises of the Milton Shoe Co., Inc., Milton, N.H. (Take 8:35 A.M. train from No. Station, Boston). The plant of the said Company. consisting of the factory, shown on left of picture, about 40×150, run by steam and water power, with electrical plant, belting, pulleys, shafting. stitching room machinery, making and finishing room machinery, cutting boards, lasts, pattern, dice, office furniture, safes, typewriter, fixtures, merchandise consisting of upper stock, linings, heeling, threads, inner soles, counters, nails, tacks, heels, toplifts, uppers partially completed, finished shoes, upper leather and other merchandise and articles as usually go with a factory making women’s, misses’ and children’s welt and McKay shoes, contained on said premises and in office of said Company, 135 Lincoln St. Boston, under decree of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts dated Jan. 19, 1916, terms: each bidder to deposit with the Receivers 10% of the amount of his bid and not less than $500 at the time of sale and balance to be paid in cash upon confirmation of sale by the Court, the right being reserved to reject any and all bids: the factory on the right of the picture is vacant and is not the property of the Milton Shoe Co. The factory to be sold is in Lebanon. Me., on the B.&M. R.R.. Milton. N.H. Sta., and has a spur track and is on the banks of the Salmon Falls River and connected with the vacant factory on the New Hampshire side of the river by a foot bridge. The above property is open for inspection. For further description see the Receiver. WILLIAM J. BARRY, 212 Barristers Hall. Boston. Hay. 376. CHARLES F. COTTER, 244 Broad St., Lynn; Lynn 2660. ja20 23 30 (Boston Globe, January 20, 1916).

The company had sought a secretary for “steady work” in the prior year. She needed to understand typewriting and stenography. One may note her typewriter listed in the auction inventory.

Superintendent Dolby might have been an interesting companion at Mrs. Miller’s boarding-house. He played checkers competitively, and became even president of the Lynn Checkers Club.

Although he came here from Lynn, MA, he had local origins, having been born in New Durham, NH, September 23, 1876, son of Henry I. and Ellen A. (Pinkham) Dolby. He married in Lynn, MA, March 2, 1905, Edythe C. Moody, both of 112 Broad Street.

Dolby and his wife returned to Lynn, MA, after the Milton Shoe Company failure. He sold his Indian motorcycle there in July 1916 (Boston Globe, July 1, 1916).

Ezra Drown Dolby, aged forty-one years, registered for the WW I military draft at the American Consulate in Montreal Canada, September 12, 1918. Those records gave his home address as 82 Colonial Avenue, Lynn, MA, but also that he was employed as a foreman by the Kingsbury Footwear Company, La Salle Street, Maisoneuve, Montreal. He was described as a short man, with a medium build, brown eyes, and dark brown hair. He gave as his nearest relation his mother, Ellen A. Wright, of Farmington, NH.

He later manufactured airplanes. He worked in Manchester, NH, from the mid 1920s through at least the early 1930s, but he was back in Lynn, MA, for the 1940 census. He died in Saugus, MA, January 7, 1978. (Yes, a centenarian).

Porter Ice Company foreman John M. Brown was struck and killed by a southbound B&M railroad train on February 20.

John M. Brown married in Boston, MA, July 19, 1884, Margaret Fay, both of Boston. He was then a teamster. John M. Brown, of Peaceable Street, Boston, MA, laborer, petitioned for naturalization, October 15, 1886. In that document, he claimed to have arrived in the United States at Boston, MA, January 15, 1870.

Prior to his fatal accident, John Brown, an ice business ice handler, aged fifty-seven years (b. [Nova Scotia] Canada), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Margaret [(Fay)] Brown, aged forty-five years (b. MA), and his children, Ambrose [Minot] Brown, an ice business ice handler, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), and Charlie Brown, aged fifteen years (b. MA). They resided at 124 Kenrick Street.

Kenrick Street in Brighton (a district of Boston, MA) was headquarters of the J.R. Downing Ice Company, whose proprietor had died in 1911. Everyone on John Brown’s Kenrick Street census page was employed in some capacity in the J.R. Downing Co.’s “ice business”: bookkeeper, blacksmith, collector, general man, helpers, ice handlers, and teamsters. (That business would have included retail ice sales in the Boston area, including business, store, or home deliveries by horse-drawn wagons). The company had even its own boarding house on Kenrick Street.

Five years after Downing’s death, one finds John M. Brown working for former Downing competitor, J.O. Porter’s Marblehead Ice Company. Porter seemed to have acquired in stages Downing assets and employees over this intervening period. He would eventually buy up any remaining shares of the J.R. Downing Company in 1920.

KILLED BY LOCOMOTIVE. John Brown of Brighton, in Charge of Ice-Cutting Crew, the Victim in Milton, N.H. MILTON, N.H, Feb. 20. John Brown of Brighton, Mass., an employe of the Porter Ice Company of Boston, was instantly killed at noon today by being struck by a locomotive on the way from Sanbornville to the repair shop at Portsmouth. Mr. Brown, who had charge of a crew of ice cutters at Milton Three Ponds, was crossing the track on his way to his boarding house and did not notice the locomotive. The engineer did not see Mr. Brown in time to save his life, but made every effort to do so. The victim was thrown 30 feet. Drs. M.A.H. Hart and J.H. Buckley were called, but life was extinct. Medical Referee Walter J. Roberts of Rochester viewed the body. Minot Brown, a son, employed by his father, was one of the first on the scene after the accident. Mr. Brown had been in the ice business 41 years, most of which time he had been employed by Porter Bros. He was 63 years old and is survived by his wife and two sons (Boston Globe, February 21, 1916).

DEATHS. BROWN – In Milton, N.H., Feb. 20, by accident, John M. Brown. Funeral from his late residence, 124 Kenrlck St., Brighton, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends invited (Boston Globe, February 22, 1916).

Milton Town Clerk Harry L. Avery recorded the death of John M. Brown, March 1, 1916. His information had been supplied by W.J. Roberts, M.D., Medical Referee for Strafford County. Ice handler John M. Brown of 124 Kenrick Street, Brighton, MA, had died in Milton, February 20, 1916, aged sixty-three years and seventeen days, when he was “Struck by B&M Railroad Engine while crossing the tracks.” He had been born in Port George, Nova Scotia, Canada, February 3, 1853 [1852], son of Ambrose and Catherine (Winer) Brown.

Spaulding Shoe Superintendent Dickson’s new “take charge” housekeeper of August 1915 evidently needed to take a couple of months off, or longer.

FEMALE HELP WANTED. HOUSEKEEPER wanted for 6 or 8 weeks or longer, four in family, wages $5 per week. Address W.A. DICKSON. Milton, N.H.; tel. 16-3 (Boston Globe, March 13, 1916).

Milton Mills had for a time a bakery: Tacey’s Bakery. It had a “good center location” in Milton Mills, but also offered horse-drawn wagon deliveries in surrounding areas.

BUSINESS CHANCES. BAKERY for sale, good center location, team driving for Milton, Union and Sanbornville, no competition; doing good business, good chance to make money; reason for selling, has other business; unreasonably cheap. TACY’S BAKERY, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, April 28, 1916).

And, of course, its owner had a good reason to sell: the demands of their other business. At present, few details regarding this apparently short-lived bakery enterprise have come to light.

The second Milton train death within months was intentional, rather than accidental. Mrs. Kate (Andrews) Perkins threw or placed herself in front of a moving train. (She may have been influenced in the manner of her suicide by the accidental death of iceman John M. Brown in February (see above).

Kate Perkins was born in Kingman, ME, May 7, 1893, daughter of Joseph and Esther (Frazier) Andrews.

Joseph Andrews, an odd jobs laborer, aged fifty-one years (b. OH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his children, Kate Andrews, a fiber factory tube maker, aged seventeen years (b. ME), and James Andrews, aged fifteen years (b. ME). They were said to be of Indian, i.e., Native American, ancestry and resided in a rented house.

THROWS HERSELF IN FRONT OF TRAIN. Woman’s Body Is Found Near Milton, N.H. Mrs. Kate Perkins Had Been in Poor Health for Some Time. MILTON, N.H., June 7. – Mrs. Kate Perkins, who lived across the river in Lebanon, Me., committed suicide early this morning by throwing herself in front of a northbound freight train near the Boston Ice Company houses on the Boston & Maine Railroad. Her mangled body was found about two hours later by employes of the ice company while on their way to work. George J. Jordon, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, was notified and later Medical Referee Dr. Walter J. Roberts of Rochester viewed the remains and turned them over to her father, John Andrews. Neither the engineer nor the fireman of the train saw the young woman and knew nothing about the accident until they were notified on their arrival at Mountain View [Mountain View Station, Ossipee]. Mrs. Perkins lived in a small house with her father. Mr. Perkins has been away from home for about two years. Mrs. Perkins has not been well and acted strangely of late. About three months ago she attempted to take her life by shooting herself in the shoulder, after which she notified men who were nearby. After recovering she informed some friends that she did not wish to live, and would take her life in some way. She talked a good deal about the officials being after her for setting the fire which destroyed the hotel of this village about three [seven] months ago. Mrs. Perkins left the house this morning without her father hearing her, taking all her belongings. Her shoes were found about quarter of a mile below her body and were beside the track as if placed there by her. Mrs. Perkins was about 23 years old, coming here from her native town of Farmington. For several years she had been employed in the shoe factory. Since the closing of the factory she had been unable to secure work and had hard work to make a living (Boston Globe, June 7, 1916).

NEWS IN BRIEF. The mangled body of Mrs. Kate Perkins, 23, was found on the railroad tracks at Milton, N.H. It is believed she took her own life by jumping beneath a train (Fitchburg Sentinel, June 8, 1916).

Whether Mrs. Perkins did or did not set the barn fire that spread to the disused Hotel Milton (and other buildings) in November 1915, as well as whether officials were or were not actually “after her” for it, is difficult to say at this point. She would seem to have been what is sometimes termed “distracted.”

Her Milton death certificate gave her birthplace as Kingman, ME, rather than Farmington, NH. It classed her death as “Suicide by R.R. Engine.” It had also the horrifying detail that she had “Sat down on rail in front of engine,” rather than throwing herself in front of it. The “Deceased was wife of Harry Perkins.”

She removed her shoes and then sat down on the railroad tracks. Terrible to contemplate.

S.S. Parker of Farmington, NH, advertised a 40-acre Milton farm for sale. It was one mile off the State’s new White Mountain Highway. He likely served as agent or attorney for someone else.

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. SUMMER HOME FOR SALE. 40-ACRE farm with wood, lumber, tillage and hay land: 9-room house, stable connected; also poultry house; all in good repair; 3 wells of good water and many fruit trees; location one mile from State highway in Milton, N.H.; price $850. Inquire of S.S. PARKER, Farmington, N.H. Su2t* (Boston Globe, July 2, 1916).

Samuel S. Parker, a general practice lawyer, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty years), Mary E. Parker, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), and his father,  Harry S. Parker, an odd jobs laborer, aged eighty-eight years (b. NH). He owned their house at 7 Harcourt Street, free-and-clear.

Here we find again an offer to accept a horse for its keep (as seen already in June 1914). This one will in retirement become a driver, i.e., it will pull a small carriage.

HORSES, CARRIAGES, ETC. WANTED – A good driver for its keep, with good reliable parties in the country, a good home for a good horse. Address all letters to G.J. LEAVITT, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, July 9, 1916).

One might question, if only as a matter of tactics, the timing of this East Rochester strike against the N.B. Thayer Company, with so many recently laid-off Milton Shoe Company workers living so close by.

SHOE CUTTERS AT ROCHESTER ON STRIKE. ROCHESTER. N.H.. Aug. 3. – Cutters in the employ of the N.B. Thayer Company, shoe manufacturers at East Rochester, went on strike tonight as the result, according to their statement, of the refusal of the company to accede to their request for a minimum wage of $18 a week. The plant, which employs more than 500 shoe workers, may be forced into idleness, it is said, if the cutters remain out (Boston Post, August 4, 1916).

Lock Box 47 owned summer cottages – plural – and sought rusticators to lease them.

SUMMER COTTAGES. TO LET – Summer cottages, fully equipped, good fishing, boating and bathing. For terms address Lock Box 47, Milton, N.H. dSu7t* au11 (Boston Globe, August 17, 1916).

We have seen previous mention, in August 1915, of a summer “colony” of fifty such cottages.

It would seem that one of the barbers hired in 1913 or 1914 needed to be away for a month or so.

MALE HELP WANTED. BARBER at once for 4 weeks or longer; day off; good pay. Address Lock Box 3. Milton, N.H. Sud4t* s3 (Boston Globe, September 6, 1916).

Mrs. Nettie E. (Pike) Plummer was killed instantly when the automobile in which she was riding overturned in two-car collision on Main Street in Acton, ME.

Nettie E. Pike was born in Middleton, NH, August 26, 1863, daughter of John S. “Smith” and Mary (Cloutman) Pike. She married in Milton, March 14, 1891, Hazen Plummer, both of Milton. He was a farmer, aged twenty-four years, and she a shoe stitcher, aged twenty-seven years. He was born in Milton, May 27, 1866, son of Daniel and Sarah E. (Clements) Plummer.

Hazen Plummer, a Un. Shoe Mch. Co. machinist, aged forty-three 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 years), Nettie E. Plummer, aged forty-six years (b. NH), and his son, Ray Plummer, aged fourteen years (b. NH). He owned their house free-and-clear, without any mortgage. Nettie E. Plummer was the mother of three children, of whom one was still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Ernest Dickens, a leather-board mill machinist, aged thirty years (b. MA), and George M. Corson, an odd jobs laborer, aged sixty-nine years (b. ME)).

Hazen Plummer appeared as a machine inspector for the United Shoe Machinery Co., and a coal dealer, in the Milton directory of 1912. His house was at 28 Silver street. The United Shoe Machinery Company had a “system”: they did not sell their shoe machinery, but rather leased it. Hazen Plummer was their local representative for machine installations, issues, and problems at any of the Milton shoe factories that leased their machines.

Hazen Plummer had one of the first automobile registrations and one of the first driver’s licenses issued in Milton in 1906 (See Milton Automobiles in 1906-07).

WOMAN KILLED IN AUTO CRASH. Machines in Collision Near Fair Grounds. ACTON, Me., Sept. 14. – Mrs. Nettie Plummer of Milton, N.H., was instantly killed today when an automobile in which she was riding with her husband and a party of friends collided with a machine owned by John Wood of Springvale near the Acton fair grounds and overturned. The other occupants of the cars escaped with slight injuries (Boston Globe, September 15, 1916).

According to her Acton, ME, death record, Nettie E. Plummer died in Acton, ME, September 14, 1916, aged fifty-three years and nineteen days. She was killed instantly; the base of her skull was fractured when her “automobile turned turtle.” The deceased was the wife of Hazen Plummer.

Hazen Plummer married (2nd) in Dover, NH, March 17,  1919, Grace F.C. (Card) Fogg, he of Milton and she of Dover. She was born in Dover, NH, August 2, 1886, daughter of Edsel P. and Helen A. (Whittier) Card.

Former Milton farmer Louis W. Fountain, now of Farmington, NH, and now a widower, sought to sell his Teneriffe Mountain farm.

Lewis Fountain, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census.  His household included his wife (of forty years), Lotty Fountain, aged fifty-four years (b. NY), his daughter, Elnora Baxter, aged twenty-eight years (b. MA), her husband (of ten years), John Baxter, an odd jobs laborer, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and his boarders, Fred McDonald, aged seven years (b. ME), and John Manulan [?], aged ninety years (b. Canada (Eng.)).

Lewis W. Fountain appeared in the Milton directory of 1912 as being a farmer, who took in summer boarders. His farm was at Teneriffe Mt. in Milton. The directory also took note of the death of [his wife] Mrs. Lottie W. Fountain, March 7, 1911, aged fifty-six years.

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. $800 TAKES 40-a. farm in Milton, N.H;. 9-r. h., 30×40 b., hen h., shed conn.; write owner for particulars. LOUIS W. FOUNTAIN, Farmington, N.H.. SuM* (Boston Globe, September 18, 1916).

Hazel M. White, daughter of Harry A. “Abbott” and Gertrude C. (Peek) White, of Rye, NH, enjoyed a good night of Milton fishing.

Odd Items from Everywhere. Hazel White, aged 8, while visiting her aunt, Mrs. Nellie Trefethen, at a camp in Milton, N.H., caught nine fish one night (Boston Globe, September 28, 1916).

She was visiting her paternal aunt, Nellie M. (White) Trefethen. (Nellie was the wife of George L. Trefethen, also of Rye, NH).

Boston police officers featured often as Milton rusticators. Back in Boston, these Summer visitors performed their “impressions” of Milton and Sanbornville country folk – as being poorly dressed, unshaven, and looking for a drink – in their liquor “stings” in Boston’s West End.

DRESSED UP AS FARMER. Patrolman Benson Invades West End and Arrests Three Persons Charged With Liquor Selling. Policeman Benson, needing a shave badly and dressed up as a farmer who carried his old dress suit case, got into two houses in the West End last night and, it is alleged, secured liquor illegally, with the result that three persons were arrested. At 6 Minot st. Benson said he just arrived from Milton Mills, N.H., and he was unable to find any place around where he could get a glass of cider. He wanted to hire a room, and did, and he says that he also bought and paid for half a dozen bottles of beer. He had the beer in court today as evidence. As a result of this visit of Benson, Marv Balinsky and Harry Balinsky were before Judge Creed in the Municipal Court on a charge of keeping and exposing liquors in violation of the law. They were held in $500 until Wednesday for trial, after entering a plea of not guilty. Officer Benson also had in court Hyman Flaxman of North Russell st., who was charged with making an illegal sale of liquor. He told Flaxman that he had just come from Sanbornville, N.H., and was very tired and dry. He claims that he got liquor at the house. He also pleaded not guilty, and his case went over until Wednesday for trial, the bail being set at $500. Sergt. Patrick Flaherty had charge of the cases. There was also in court six men who were charged with gaming on the Lord’s day in a house on Minot st. Sergt. Flaherty told Judge Creed that so far as he knew it was the first time the men had ever been arrested, and a fine of $10 was imposed on each (Boston Globe, October 2, 1916).

Their activities might sound like entrapment to you. Boston’s historic West End neighborhood, including Scollay Square, was destroyed in government redevelopment schemes of the 1960s and 1970s. Government Center, including Boston’s City Hall and its plaza, and the JFK Federal Building, are among the architecturally unimpressive replacement buildings.

Here we find yet another farm property sold in what might seem to have been a sort of exodus of Milton farmers.

George W. Hall has sold for Louis and Philanda Anger their stock farm on the Middleton road, Milton, N.H. There are 100 acres of land, an 8-room house with modern improvements, large stock barn and several outbuildings. The price included personal property. Ruth B. Mornay of Somerville buys for a home (Boston Post, November 12, 1916).

Louis Anger, a shoe factory laster, aged forty-six years (b. MN), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Phillinda Anger, an “at home” laundress, aged forty-six years (b. NH). They resided in a rented three-family house on Court Street, which they shared with the households of Fred W. Flaherty, a shoe factory shoe finisher, aged thirty-seven years (b. NY), and Daniel C. Dore, a shoe factory shoe laster, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH).

A bar-hopping Michael C. Brady tried to trade on his supposed relationships to get another drink when he had been “shut off,” so to speak. From this distance, his antics might seem even somewhat amusing – up to and including the policeman’s brass buttons – but his destruction of the glass door was indeed a step too far.

HAD TOO MANY IN HIS FAMILY. Mike Relied on Relationship in Vain. It came to pass that Michael C. Brady, late of Milton Mills, N.H., came home to vote, in Boston. His vote failed to swing the State, but Mr. Brady “saw friends” and has managed to get himself elected to four months at Deer Island. Friday afternoon, while the campaign was still on, so far as Brady could see, they began refusing him drinks around Washington and Castle streets. His claim to family relationship with the licensing board and threat to revoke their selling permit had no softening effect upon the barkeep. So Brady grabbed and swallowed another customer’s beer and was ejected. On the ground that he was an untrammeled American citizen who could vote or take a drink as often as any man, M. Brady went back. Three times more he was thrust farther and farther toward the centre of the car track. Persistently, he returned to take up the broken thread of his interrupted discourse. Then he kicked in the glass door, and, being arrested, threatened to strip the brass buttons off Patrolman Tim Kelliher under claim of blood connection with Superintendent Crowley, Commissioner O’Meara and President Wilson. It was the $35 pane of glass that got him into Central Court yesterday. Admitting that his foot went through the door, Brady offered to take oath, before Justice Burke, that he slipped on a banana peel and the foot got away from him. The court was incredulous (Boston Post, November 12, 1916).

The banana peel under sworn oath was a nice touch. His next destination, Deer Island, was and is a jail in Boston harbor.

Mr. Brady left little imprint in Milton Mills’ record. His stay there, like his claimed relationships with prominent Boston and Massachusetts officials, might have been a slight and passing one.

MALE HELP WANTED. WANTED – Loom fixer on Crompton & Knowles looms, good pay and steady work. Address MR. F.H. SIMES, Supt., Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, December 24, 1916).

F.H. Simes, a woolen mill weaver, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Mary A. Simes, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and his boarder, Ethel Birch, a woolen mill weaver, aged twenty years (b. ME). He owned their home free-and-clear. Mary A. Simes was the mother of one child of whom one was still living.

Fred H. Simes was “boss weaver” at the T. Mills, i.e., the Townsend Mills, in Milton Mills, in the Milton directory of 1917. (He had held that position since at least 1900). He resided at 9 French street, Acton Side, Milton Mills.

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Milton in the News – 1922

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | September 2, 2019

In this year, we encounter below zero places, the death of a Porter ice man, microscopic writing by a minister’s wife, two life estates, a lightning strike on an ice house, and the death of a former ice magnate.

Milton appeared again in a list of places whose railroad station thermometers registered below zero temperatures.

Way Below Zero Places. Ayer, 20 to 25; Georgetown, 15 to 20; Billerica, 15; Concord, Mass., 12; Westboro, 10; Lawrence, 8 to 26; Waltham, 5; Newburyport, 14; Methuen, 25 to 33; North Lancaster, 32; Marlboro, 15; Northboro, 15; Southboro, 11; Gorham, Me., 34; Portland, Me., 7; South Berwick, Me., 24; Westbrook, Me., 22; Cape Elizabeth, Me., 12; Kittery Point, Me, 6; Nashua, N.H., 35; Newington, N.H., 20; Manchester, N.H., 29 to 36; Goffstown, N.H., 38; Salem Depot, N.H., 35; Portsmouth, N.H., 10 to 18; Cotton Valley, N.H., 24; Milton, N.H., 16; Dover. N.H., 14; Rochester, N.H., 20; Ludlow, Vt., 20; Woodstock, Vt., 40; Bridgewater, Vt., 36; Whetlock’s Hen House, 16 (Boston Globe, January 24, 1922).

The accidental death of ice cutter Frank Tebbetts sheds some light on how the ice channel, through which cut ice blocks were pushed towards the ice house’s conveyer belt, was kept open.

Melvin Frank Tibbetts was born in Rochester, NH, circa 1870, son of Luke and S. Abbie ((Ellis) Colby) Tibbetts. He had an elder sister, Phebe L. Tibbetts (m. Charles E. Ham), and younger siblings, Charles A. Tibbets and Alice M. Tibbetts. Their father died in Milton, September 17, 1893.

Frank M. Tibbetts, a laborer, had his house at 72 Main street, opposite the depot, in 1912. His mother, Abbie S. Tibbetts, widow of Luke Tibbetts, and his brother, Charles O. Tibbetts, an iceman, had their house at 64 Main street.

Frank M. Tibbetts, a saw mill sawyer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his servant, Nettie O. Mills, a private family servant, aged fifty-four years (b. NH). He shared a rented two-family dwelling on Upper Main Street with the household of Everett Brown, aged sixty-four years (b. NH).

ICE CUTTER IS DROWNED IN MILTON, N.H., POND. MILTON, N.H., Jan 27 – Frank Tebbetts, employed by the J.O. Porter Ice Company, was drowned at midnight last night on the Milton Pond and his body was recovered by the Selectmen at 5 o’clock this morning. Mr. Tebbetts was keeping the channel open for ice cutting, using a boat, which capsized. He was 52 years old and leaves two sisters and a brother (Boston Globe, January 27, 1922).

According to Milton town records, Frank M. Tibbetts died in Milton (“accidental drowning”), January 27, 1922, aged fifty two years and twenty-one days. He had been born in Rochester, NH, son of Luke and S. Abbie (Ellis) Tibbetts.

Here we may marvel at the patience and dexterity of a Methodist minister’s wife.

Pastor’s Wife Wrote 10,558 Words on One Side of U.S. Post Card; Hancock Record Goes. Special Dispatch to the Globe. MILTON MILLS, N.H., Feb. 13 – In a recent issue of the Globe, in a dispatch from Schenectady, N.Y., it stated that Mrs. Samuel Sweet of Hancock, Mass., wrote 8632 words on a postal card, which, it said, was “a record.” The lady will have to try again. In 1890 Mrs. Lillie E. Taylor, wife of Rev. B.S. Taylor, then residing in Des Moines, Ia., wrote 10,558 words on one side of a common U.S. postal card with a steel pen, without the aid of a magnifying glass. Mrs. Taylor also wrote The Lord’s Prayer six times, and 27 words extra, in a space the size of a nickel (420 words) (Boston Globe, February 14, 1922).

Such things are possible. One may see in the Essex Institute of Salem, MA, a miniature carving of the Last Judgment in which there are dozens of figures – if not more – carved inside half of a walnut shell.

FINNOCHIARO WILL FILED. Special Dispatch to The New York Times. Newport, May 22. – The will of Mrs. Florence Angel Finnochiaro, formerly Mrs. John J. Mahon of New York, was filed here to-day. Francesco Paola Finnochiaro, the husband, said the estate would not exceed $400,000. Bond was fixed at $800,000. The husband receives all of the estate, except a $5,000 bequest to a servant of forty years in the household. He gets the residue of two $25,000 trust funds. The income of one of these funds goes to a brother, Harold G. Angel of Milton Mills, N.H., for life, and the income of the other to George A. Smith of Milton Mills, for life (New York Times, May 23, 1922).

Edward S. Simes, a woolen mill carpenter, aged seventy-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Simes, aged seventy-four years (b. ME), his son-in-law, George A. Smith, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), his daughter, Laura Smith, aged forty-six years (b. NH), and his boarder, Harold G. Angell, aged sixty-one years (b. NY). They resided on School street.

Ice houses were among the largest, if not actually the largest, structures in town. Their height and isolated position (beside an open lake surface) would tend to attract lightning strikes.

BOSTON COMPANY’S ICE HOUSE AT MILTON, N.H., HIT. MILTON, N.H., July 18 – During a heavy showers this afternoon lightning struck the chimney of the engine and boiler room and one of the large ice houses of the Metropolitan Ice Company of Boston. About 10 feet of the chimney was demolished and a side of the ice house damaged (Boston Globe, July 19, 1922).

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REPRESENTATIVE CHASE OF LYNN KILLED IN MILTON, N.H. LYNN, Sept. 4 – Representative Mial W. Chase of 15 Euclid st., Lynn, was killed yesterday by a fall from a hayloft in Milton, N.H., in the rear of the home of relatives whom he was visiting. He was found dead by a farmhand. Mr. Chase, a native of Lynn. was serving his second term in the Massachusetts Legislature, being elected from the 13th Essex District. He was the brother of Edward E. Chase, chief of the Lynn Fire Department. For a number of years he was a member of the Lynn School Board. He was an officer of the North Shore Ice Company and was formerly president of the old Chase Ice Company for a number of years. (Boston Globe, September 5, 1922).

Mial W. Chase, an ice delivery co. treasurer, aged fifty years (b. MA), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maude Chase, aged forty-nine years (b. MA), his in-laws, Alonzo Hollis, aged eighty-four years (b. CT), and Carrie Hollis, aged seventy years (b. ME), and his boarder, Sarah Bush, a widow, aged eighty-six years (b. MA). He owned their home at 15 Euclid avenue free-and-clear.

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Our Business Pioneers – 1916

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | September 1, 2019

The Boston Globe ran a biographical series – Our Business Pioneers – on New England businessmen of note. Here are extracted some 1916 biographies of those whose industrial accomplishment or life story had some Milton component or chapter. (That portion of their story has been bolded).

These biographic sketches identify some short-term Milton residents whose activities and influence might otherwise be overlooked, due to their brief tenure, or the timing of their activities here having fallen between census enumerations, or other reasons.

They include a blacksmith’s apprentice of circa 1828-30, a Milton storekeeper of circa 1835-37, and a Townsend mill machine shop foreman of circa 1851-58. Also included is the Somersworth rail superintendent that pushed the Portsmouth, Great Falls & Conway railroad past South Milton [Hayes Station] on through to North Conway, circa 1853-73.

Cocheco Manufacturing Company executive Zimri S. Wallingford was born in Milton and he “began” to learn the blacksmith’s trade here, circa 1828-30, before departing for other fields of endeavor.

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Zimri S. Wallingford

OUR BUSINESS PIONEERS. Men Who Built Up Industrial New England. ZIMRI SCATES WALLINGFORD, ACTIVE AGENT OF THE COCHECO MANUFACTURING COMPANY AT DOVER, N.H. Born at Milton, N.H., Oct 1, 1816. A certain Nicholas Wallington came to Boston in 1638 by the ship Confidence from London. He settled at Newbury, Mass., where he married in 1661, and had eight children. On a sea voyage he was captured and was never returned; his estate was settled In 1684 and at this time the surname was changed to Wallingford. The Wallingford family became a representative one in New Hampshire. Zimri’s father was Samuel Wallingford and when he died, in 1825, he left a widow with four children of whom Zimri, the eldest, was nine years of age. At 12 years he began to learn the trade of blacksmith, but this did not appeal to him as a business, so he entered the machine shops of the Great Falls Manufacturing Company at Great Falls, N.H., and after serving an apprenticeship went to work at Maryland, and Philadelphia. In 1844 he was employed as master machine builder in the Cocheco Manufacturing Company at Dover, N.H, where he remained for five years, and was then made superintendent of the company. In 1860 he was appointed agent of the company. Mr. Wallingford in a few years had raised the standard of the goods manufactured and had opened new and greater markets for selling them. During his many years as agent the company never suffered any depression from a panic or any money troubles. He had all his life deplored the fact that slavery existed in the United States and he was among the first of those who agitated emancipation. He was a warm personal friend of Garrison, Phillips, Parker and Douglas. He became one of the eager workers for emancipation and gave liberally to aid the cause. Mr. Wallingford was beloved by his workmen and took up their cause when a Southern Senator at Washington said in a speech that the Northern mechanic and laborers “stood upon a level with Southern slaves.” A meeting of mechanics was called at Dover and Mr. Wallingford presided. Resolutions were passed expressing the feelings of the meeting against this Southern speech, and when these were published the Senator wrote through a New York paper and asked Mr. Wallingford 10 questions. It was intended to show the disadvantages of our system of free labor, and the reply, also through the press, was a triumphant vindication of the workingmen of the Nation. Mr. Wallingford always refused to accept public. office. He was, however, a director in the Dover & Winnipesaukee Railroad, was president of the Strafford County Savings Bank and a director of the Strafford National Bank (Boston Globe, June 20, 1916).

Zimri S. Wallingford died in Dover, NH, May 28, 1886, aged seventy-nine years.

Sandpaper manufacturer William Shepard Stevens kept a country store at Milton, NH, circa 1835-37, in partnership with James Berry.

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OUR BUSINESS PIONEERS. Men Who Built Up Industrial New England. WILLIAM SHEPARD STEVENS. A SUCCESSFUL GLUE AND SANDPAPER MAKER. Born at Canterbury, N.H., June 21, 1816. William Shepard Stevens went Concord, N.H., to serve as a clerk In the store of Andrew Capen when he had finished attending the public schools at Canterbury. After a year he went to study at the academies of Gilmanton, Pembroke and Hampton, and while at the latter place was asked to teach at Kingston, N.H. Three teachers had been appointed to the Kingston School, and the disorderly students had driven each one of them away. Mr. Stevens was appointed and he taught the Winter term with satisfactory results. He had decided to enter business, so he went home to Canterbury, formed a partnership with John Bryant, and under the firm name of Bryant & Stevens they began to manufacture platform scales. For seven years the business was carried on, and much of the time Mr. Stevens traveled about the country and took orders for the scales, going all through New England and into the British provinces. He then dissolved partnership with Mr. Bryant, formed another with James Berry, and opened a country store at Milton, N.H, where he remained only two years. Then he went to Ossipee, N.H., and for 10 years kept a country store without a partner. Then in 1848 he went to Dover, N.H., took Asa Jewett as a partner in a country store. At the end of two years he bought out his partner and ran the business alone. Then he became absorbed with the idea of settling in the West, and made a long journey for the purpose of finding a suitable place to locate. His wife’s ill health broke up his Western plan and he returned to Dover. Here he was joined by Benjamin Wiggin and together they manufactured glue. They worked together till Mr. Wiggin died, in 1863, and then the son, Russell B. Wiggin, entered the firm. About this time the firm began to manufacture sandpaper. New works were built for this additional business. Ten years later these works were destroyed by fire and the firm rebuilt at Malden, Mass., making the works up to date. Russell Wiggin died In 1886 and Mr. Stevens and his son bought out the Wiggin Interests. Later they built a new factory for glue at Malden, but continued to manufacture at the old works at Dover. The Malden sandpaper works turned out flint, garnet and emery papers. Both of the glue factories produced material for making sandpaper. The firm had quarries in Maine and Massachusetts where they secured the flint for the paper. The Stevens plant was one of the largest of its kind in the country and the goods were used, not only all over the United States, but also in several foreign countries. He found time to be elected to the New Hampshire Legislature, and served with credit as Mayor of Dover. He was a director of the Strafford Bank, and when it was reorganized as the National Bank he was made president. He was for 40 years a trustee of the Strafford Savings Bank, he was for many years a director of the Boston & Maine Railroad (Boston Globe, November 24, 1916).

William S. Stevens died in Dover, NH, April 15, 1897, aged eighty years.

Newspaper machine inventor Samuel C. Forsaith was “given charge” of the machine repair shop of John Townsend’s Milton Cotton Mill, between 1851 and 1858. (See Milton in 1857 and Milton in 1859).

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OUR BUSINESS PIONEERS. Men Who Built Up Industrial New England. SAMUEL CALDWELL FORSAITH, WHO INVENTED A MACHINE FOR FOLDING NEWSPAPERS. Born in Goffstown, N.H., Sept. 29, 1827. Samuel Caldwell Forsaith was the son of a farmer, and  during his youth he worked with his father and attended the district school in Goffstown. Even as a young boy he showed that he had strong inventive genius. There was no machinery he saw that he could not understand,. and when he was but 11 years old be built a miniature sawmill on the bank of the river near his home, and put it in perfect running order. The model was complete in all its appointments. When he was 17 years old Manchester was then a town of 5000 inhabitants, the Amoskeag Mill was busy, and young Forsaith entered the machine shop of this mill as an apprentice. He learned rapidly, finished his time and his first place of employment was in the Stark Mill. In 1850 he went to Milton, N.H, where he found a place in the machine repair shop that was connected with the Milton Cotton Mill. He was given charge of the shop and remained there for eight years. Mr. Forsaith had made a good record and the Saco Water Power Machine Company, in Maine, was looking for foreman. For two year he demonstrated to himself and the mill owners that he thoroughly understood his business, and then felt that the time had come for him to establish a business of his own He was able to hire a room in the shop of the Manchester Scale Works, and he began in the simplest way, for he had very little money. In the first year his business became so well established that he hired a larger shop. Watching always for some practical invention to make, Mr. Forsaith noted that a machine had been built for folding newspapers and a patent had been secured, but the machine was of no real service as the owners were unable to work it. Forsaith studied the machine, saw where it could he perfected, and made the machine for sale. The newspapers all over the country adopted it. While he was working on this invention he built circular saw mills, shafting, mill gearings, water wheels and various other useful works. In 1863 his business was so large that he took a lease of the entire scale works. In 1867 he had to build a new shop that became the main building of what was one of the largest manufacturing industries in New Hampshire. In 1884 it was decided to reorganize the business as a stock company. During the years Mr. Forsaith lived at Manchester he had seen the city grow to be one of the financial centers of New England, and he had taken an active part in  the affairs of the city (Boston Globe, November 21, 1916).

Samuel C. Forsaith died in Philadelphia, PA, March 23, 1885, aged fifty-seven years.

Railroad executive Albert A. Perkins supervised construction of the Portsmouth, Great Falls & Conway railroad from where it had stalled at South Milton [Hayes Station] through to North Conway, over a twenty-year period beginning in 1853.

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OUR BUSINESS PIONEERS. Men Who Built Up Industrial New England. ALBERT AI.ONZO PERKINS, WHO WAS ACTIVE IN BUILDING THE RAILROAD FROM GREAT FALLS TO CONWAY, N.H. Born at Ossipee, N.H, March 6, 1826. Albert Alonzo Perkins’ father belonged to one of the earliest English families that came to settle at Wells, Me, and later he removed to the New Hampshire village of Ossipee. After attending the Ossipee schools Albert went to the academies of Effingham and Wakefield, and began to consider going West to gain advantages in the rapid development of the new States. Before he had absolutely settled upon this there was a chance to buy a country store in his village. So he gave up his Western ideas, bought this store and settled down as a New England merchant. He did well for five years, but he longed for a wider opportunity to take a more important position in public affairs. He was particularly interested in the railroads of the State and often talked about the Great Falls & Conway Railroad with one of the directors, who lived at Ossipee. One day when this man was at his store he spoke of the great difficulty the road had in finding an efficient treasurer. Mr. Perkins said laughingly: “If you cannot find any one else to take the place, I will take it.” A few days later the director called upon Mr. Perkins to notify him that he had been elected to fill the office. Mr Perkins sold his store and removed to Somersworth, N.H., where the offices of the road were situated. The railroad at that time extended from the village of Great Falls in Somersworth to South Milton, N.H., only 12 miles. The capital stock was $100,000, and $100,000 of mortgage bonds had been issued. Under Mr. Perkins’ management of financial affairs a second $100,000 of bonds were issued, and shortly after $75,000 of third mortgage bonds. There was soon trouble, for the holders of the third mortgage bonds tried to operate the road to the exclusion of the stockholders. While the affairs of the road were in this unsettled condition, in 1853, Mr. Perkins was appointed superintendent. When he saw the old stage coaches start from Great Falls to Concord, Mr. Perkins felt renewed courage and hope that the road would soon be built over the route outlined. He personally looked after the preliminary surveys, settled the land damages, graded the roadbed, laid the rails and worked for 20 years till the road was extended from South Milton to North Conway and from Great Falls to Conway Junction, with a branch line from Wakefield to Wolfboro. When Mr. Perkins resigned in 1873 the road was connected with the Eastern Railroad and with the Portland & Ogdensburg. He had accomplished what he considered the duty of his life, but his work had been too severe and his health failed. Three years were devoted to building up his strength; he spent his Winters in Florida and the Summers in various resorts of the North. He regained his health, and in 1876 was elected treasurer of the Somersworth Savings Bank and also president of the Great Falls National Bank. He served in the General Court of New Hampshire and was active in the municipal affairs of Somersworth (Boston Globe, November 23, 1916).

Albert A. Perkins died in Somersworth, NH, March 5, 1898, aged seventy-two years.


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