Milton in the News – 1930

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 31, 2019

In this year, we encounter water ice for sale, Charles J. Berry’s ninety-third birthday, an elderly couple losing their home, Emile Vachon winning a prizefight, lakeside camps to let, the death of Mrs. Mary C. Horne, school automobiles overturned, Emile Vachon losing a prizefight, Rev. Howard M. Starratt’s ordination and departure, a deer confronting an automobile, and Nute Ridge-native Rev. Alfred G. Peacock accepting a call.

The Porter-Milton Ice Company, based now in Reading, MA, had “water ice,” i.e., “natural” cut ice blocks as opposed to ice created through refrigeration, available for sale from its Milton ice houses.

FOR SALE. WATER ICE FOR SALE. WE are now shipping every day from Milton, N.H. Call Reading 0144 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon or Milton, N.H. 25; PORTER-MILTON ICE CO. MW Ja27 (Boston Globe, January 27, 1930).

Charles J. Berry of Milton Mills celebrated his ninety-third birthday in Wollaston, MA, as he had in 1927, 1928, and 1929. He is here identified as one of the last three members of Milton’s Eli Wentworth Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Civil War veterans’ organization.

Berry, Charles J - BG300214MILTON MILLS VETERAN TURNS 93 IN WOLLASTON. QUINCY, Feb. 14 – Maj. Charles Jewett Berry of Milton Mills, N.H., a veteran of the Civil War, is observing the 93d anniversary of his birth today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William M. Burrell of 114 Beach st., Wollaston. Maj. Berry is one of the three surviving members of Eli Wentworth Post, G.A.R. of New Hampshire. He served in the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry and is president of the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry Association. He is the oldest resident of Milton Mills. His birthday anniversary was marked today at a dinner in his honor at the home of Mrs. Burrell. Among the guests present were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Farnsworth at Swampscott, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Farnsworth of Everett, and Mr. and Mrs. Alan Painten of Wollaston. Maj. Berry received many messages and cards of congratulation. Mr. and Mrs. Burrell were assisted in the arrangements of the party by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford A. Berry of East Weymouth. Mr. Berry is physically well and mentally alert and attends each Summer the reunion of veterans at The Weirs, N.H. He has two sons, Arthur L. Berry of Woodfords, Me., and Clifford A. Berry. He is spending the Winter months in Wollaston at the home of his daughter (Boston Globe, February 14, 1930).

A destructive fire occurred in the Milton Mills home of Luther B. and Clara E. (Berry) Roberts, an elderly couple who happened to be sick in bed at the time. Both the Milton and Rochester fire departments responded. The neighboring home of Mary E. Clark was saved.

SICK COUPLE, 85, RESCUED AT FIRE. Blaze in Early Morning Scares Milton Mills, N.H. Special Dispatch to the Globe. MILTON MILLS, N.H., March 21. Fire which destroyed the 2½ story colonial house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Luther B. .Roberts caused quite a scare in this village early this morning. Help was summoned from Milton and Rochester and before the fire was put out adjacent property was slightly damaged. The structure burned was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Roberts, who recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Both are about 85 and were confined to bed by sickness. Grange Hall was opened and the couple taken from the burning house to that place on stretchers. The house was filled with antique furniture, all of which is a total loss. The damage is estimated at $5000 (Boston Globe, March 21, 1930).

Luther B. Roberts, retired, aged eighty-four years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Clara E. Roberts, aged eighty-seven years (b. NH). He owned their house on Main Street, which was valued at $2,000. Their household appeared between those of Fred H. Simes, a woolen mill superintendent, aged some years (b. NH), and Mary Clark, a housewife, aged fifty-nine years (b. NY). They did not have a radio set.

AGED COUPLE LOSE HOME. Milton Mills, March 22. – Starting, it is believed, from an overheated stove, fire early yesterday swept through the fine 2½ story Colonial home of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Roberts here, and destroyed it, together with its contents. The blaze spread to the home of Mrs. Mary Clarke, next door, where, farmed by a high wind, it was making considerable headway when stopped by firemen from Milton and Rochester. Damage to both places is estimated at about $7000 (Portsmouth Herald, March 22, 1930).

Luther H. (Clara E.) Roberts appeared in the Milton directory of 1930, as residing at Sanbornville R.D. [Rural Delivery]. Mary E. Clark resided still at Milton Mills.

Luther B. Roberts died in Milton Mills, August 5, 1933. Clara E. (Berry) Roberts died in Milton Mills, August 23, 1938, aged ninety-four years, four months, and twenty-one days.

Emile Vachon, the Milton boxer of the prior year, fought again in Dover, NH, He knocked out his opponent in the second round. He fought again in October.

BOSTON MARINE STOPPED, CHELSEA BOXER GETS DRAW. DOVER, N.H., April 4 – Tiger Tom Dixon of Dover won on a technical knockout over Sandy Jack Taylor, Boston marine, in the second round of a scheduled 10-rounder here tonight. In the six-round semifinal, Rudy Santerre, Suncook, knocked out Bob Cecchetti of Madbury. In another semifinal, Emile Vachon, Milton, N.H., knocked out Young Delaney of Portsmouth in the second round. Johnny Kelley, Sanford, Me., and Sam Linden, Chelsea, Mass., boxed a  (Boston Globe, April 5, 1930).

Charles E. Woods, a Portsmouth salesman, of 43 Whipple Road in Kittery, ME, had camps to let in the woods on the lake in Milton, NH.

TO LET. TO LET – Camps Milton Pond, N.H., in the woods on the lake, sandy beach, boating, bathing, fishing. Chas. E. Woods. phone 1383. 1w jy17 (Portsmouth Herald, July 17, 1930).

Mrs. Mary C. (Weeks) Horne, widow of Frank G. Horne, and a Milton resident of many years, died at the Wentworth hospital in Dover, NH, August 8, 1930, aged seventy-eight years.

Ralph W. Cobb, a National Biscuit [Nabisco] commercial traveler, aged forty-one years (b. MA), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Harriet E. Cobb, aged forty-two years (b. NH), his daughter Miriam J. Cobb, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Mary C. Horne, a widow, aged seventy-seven years (b. NH). Ralph W. Cobb owned their house at 665 Central Avenue, which was valued at $5,500. They had a radio set.

OBITUARY. Mary C. Horne. Mrs. Mary C. Horne, formerly of Portsmouth, widow of the late Frank G. Horne, died early Friday morning at the Wentworth Hospital, in Dover, following a lingering illness, aged 78. For many years she made her home in Milton, N.H., being a member of the Congregational Church of that town and president of Plummer Ridge Sewing Circle. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Charles L. Beaton of this city, with whom she resided while in Portsmouth, Mrs. R.W. Cobb of Dover, son Herbert F. Ham of Farmington, a sister, Mrs. Charles C. Smith of Tamworth, a grandchild, Miriam J. Cobb of Dover. Her funeral will be held from the residence of Mrs. R.W. Hobbs, 665 Central avenue, Dover, on Sunday afternoon at 2.30 with interment in Pine Hill Cemetery (Boston Globe, August 9, 1930).

Mary C. Weeks married in Rochester, NH, March 24, 1875, she of Wakefield, NH, and he of Milton. He was a trader, aged twenty-three years (b. Milton); she was aged twenty-two years (b. Great Falls).

Frank G. Horne appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as a farmer, and manager for the Nat. Biscuit Co. [Nabisco] in Dover, NH, with his house at Plummer’s Ridge, 4th north of schoolhouse. He died in Milton, in November 1923, after which point she resided with various children.

It would seem that school buses were not in use yet, at least not in Milton Mills. Here we learn of seven Nute High school students being injured when the school automobiles – plural – in which they were riding overturned.

New England News. Milton Mills, N.H. – Seven high school students injured, two seriously, as school automobiles overturn (North Adams Transcript, September 26, 1930).

Emile Vachon, the Milton boxer of April and of the prior year, fought again at the Dover City Hall, but lost this bout in the fourth round.

BIG BOY RAWSON TAKES EVERY ROUND AT DOVER. DOVER, N.H., Oct 3 – Big Boy Rawson of Boston won a 10-round decision over Dynamite Dan. Martin of this city tonight at the Dover A.C. show in City Hall. Rawson won every round. Bill Burgess of Dover won a six-round verdict over Frankie Woods of Boston. Phil Chester, another local boxer, knocked out Henry Tatro of Concord, N.H., in one round. Harry Burleigh defeated Emil Vachon of Milton, N.H., in four rounds, and Jerry Lamontagne of Rochester, N.H., was given a decision over Young Sullivan of Sanford, Me. (Boston Globe, October 4, 1930).

Howard M. Starratt received his ordination at the Milton Mills Baptist church on September 24.

The Pownals. Former Pastor Ordained. Howard M. Starratt, a former pastor of the Baptist church in this village, was ordained to the ministry at Milton Mills, N.H., on Sept. 24th. The ordination sermon was preached by Rev. Nathan R. Wood, D.D., the welcome to the ministry and charge to the church by Prof.. Edwin H. Byington and the charge to the candidate and ordaining prayer by Rev. Austin T. Kempton. The candidate had studied under the first named two men at Gordon college, Boston, and had worked under Dr. Kempton in Cambridge (Boston Globe, October 8, 1930).

Rev. Howard M. Starratt, of Milton Mills’ Baptist church, resigned his pastorate in order to accept a call to LaFayette, IN. (He had come to Milton Mills in September 1928).

The Pownals. POWNAL. Has New Pastorate. Rev. Howard M. Starratt who has been at Milton Mills, N.H., since leaving here two years ago has resigned there to accept the pastorate of the First Baptist church at LaFayette, Indiana, and will begin his duties at once. The church has a membership of three hundred. Mr. Starratt was accompanied on the trip by his brother, Charles, formerly of North Adams. Mrs. Starratt is staying a few weeks at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Bishop of Clarksburg before going to her new home (Boston Globe, October 31, 1930).

A Milton Mills deer “charged” Clifford E. Hersom’s automobile while Hersom was traveling home to Sanford, ME.

Fred Hersom, a plush mills weaver, aged forty-five years (b. ME), headed a Sanford, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife(of twenty-one years), Jessie Hersom, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Clifford Hersom, a lunch cart helper, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Marion Hersom, ged eighteen years (b. ME), Harold Hersom aged fifteen years (b. ME), and Evelyn Hersom, aged thirteen years (b. ME), Edward Hersom, ged nine years (b. ME), and Frank Hersom aged eight years (b. ME). Fred Hersom owned their house at 7 Douglas Street, which was valued at $2,000. They had a radio set.

DEER CHARGES AUTO, GETS KILLED OUT OF SEASON. MILTON MILLS, N.H., Nov. 13 (A.P.) – Clifford Hersom did not have to wait until the official opening of the deer season to get one. He was returning home In his automobile today when he encountered a deer on the road. Hersom pulled his machine to one side to avoid the animal, but it charged the machine, broke a headlight, ruined a mud guard and a few other accoutrements. The animal then ran into a field and dropped dead. A game warden permitted Hersom to keep the deer as compensation for the damage to his automobile (Boston Globe, November 14, 1930).

Here we learn of Rev. Alfred Goodwin Peacock leaving his parish in Dedham, MA, to accept another in Lisbon, NH.

Alfred G. Peacock was born in Milton, November 4, 1898, son of Rev. Robert M. and Ada M. (Lee) Peacock. His father had been the fourth Nute Chapel pastor in West Milton, between 1896 and 1911. Rev. Peacock the younger would have been about twelve years of age when his father accepted a call to Vassalboro, ME, in 1911.

FORMER DEDHAM PASTOR ACCEPTS LISBON PULPIT. WEST MILTON, N.H., Nov. 24  Resigning from the pastorship of the Riverdale Congregational Church at Dedham, Mass, Rev. Alfred G. Peacock has accepted a call to the Congregational Church at Lisbon, N.H. Rev. Mr. Peacock, who received his early education at Nutes Ridge, West Milton, N.H., was graduated from the Oak Grove Seminary, Vassalboro, Me., and the Theological Seminary at Bangor, Me., class of ’25 (Boston Globe, November 25, 1930).

Alfred G. Peacock, a Congregational clergyman, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), headed a Dedham, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of three years), Faith K. Peacock, aged twenty-six years (b. ME). They rented their house at 5 Lindale Avenue, for $30 per month. They had a radio set.

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Celestial Seasonings – November 2019

By Heather Durham | October 30, 2019

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of Celestial Seasonings! This month of sky watching is not quite as prolific as last month. However we do have many exciting events to view and ponder including the Leonids, Mercury passing over the face of the sun as well as the second moon of autumn – the Beaver Moon – which will be full on the 12th. Lets get started……

November 2

A conjunction occurs when two planets look as if they are close to one another. This date brings the Moon and Saturn as well as the Moon and Pluto into conjunction.

November 4

Taurid is an annual meteor shower coming from the comet Encke. As well, Taurid is a dwarf shower that is part of the Taurus Constellation. You might hear them referred to as Halloween Fireballs because it is autumn. Rather than being as small as dust grains, they larger like small stones or pebbles. For this reason, they can be as bright as the Moon.

Today also marks the First Quarter of the Moon.

November 11

Mercury will be at inferior solar conjunction which also means that it is passing, more or less, between the Sun and Earth. This is also known as the Transit of Mercury, meaning it passes over the Sun, blocking out a small space of the solar disk (Wikipedia, 2019)

November 12

Asteroid 4 Vesta. This type of name describes a name-number combination given to a minor planet designation.

Not only is it one of the largest designations in the asteroid belt, it is also known as the brightest asteroid visible from Earth.

The full Beaver Moon will be before us tonight.

November 16

Mercury will be at Perihelion, meaning its closest point from the sun. It’s interesting to note that the orbit of Mercury is elliptical rather than circular as others are.

November 18

On this date, we are having a Leonid Meteor Shower which tends to be quite prolific. This shower comes from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle. (, 2019)

November 19

This date brings us the Last Quarter of the Moon.

November 21

Alpha-Monocerotid. This is a reliable minor meteor shower. This one should not be confused with the one occurring next month (Wikipedia,2019).

November 24

Today the Moon and Mars appear to be close together (in conjunction).

Venus and Jupiter will be in close proximity of each other (in conjunction).

November 26

Today brings us a New Moon.

November 28

Orionid, an annual as well as prolific shower from Haley’s comet comes from the constellation Orion.

Ceres is the largest object from the main asteroid belt, it lies between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars.

The Moon will be at Perihelion (its closest to the Sun).

November 29

The Moon and Saturn will look as though they are in close proximity to one another (in conjunction).

November 30

Venus and Ceres will appear to be close together (in conjunction).

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Milton in the News – 1929

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 27, 2019

In this year, we encounter a Charles J. Berry’s ninety-second birthday, a barber wanted, Rev. Howard M. Starratt writing a letter, an ice cream-eating champion, a G.A.R. meeting, Mrs. Sarah Jewett adopting a woodchuck, Rev. and Mrs. Howard M. Starratt on vacation, a barber wanted still, the retirement, and then death, of Frank H. Thayer, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, and a boxing match.

Charles J. Berry of Milton Mills celebrated his ninety-second birthday in Wollaston, MA, as he had in 1927 and 1928. He is here identified as one of the last two members of Milton’s Eli Wentworth Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Civil War veterans’ organization. (C.A. Adams of Milton, NH, attended a G.A.R. meeting in Reading, MA, in June (see below)).

Berry, Charles J - BG290215CHARLES JEWETT BERRY HAS 92D BIRTHDAY. QUINCY, Feb. 15 – Charles Jewett Berry, one of the last two surviving member of Eli Wentworth Post, G.A.R., Milton Mills, N.H., old First Regiment, New Hampshire cavalryman and president of the First Regiment Association, which meets annually at the Weirs, N.H., celebrated his 92d birthday yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William M. Burrell, 114 Beach st., Wollaston, where he is spending the Winter. He has two sous, Clifford A. Berry of East Weymouth and Arthur L. Berry of Portland, Me. He received many congratulations (Boston Globe, February 15, 1929).

Charles L. Burke advertised again for a barber (who was also a good “bobber”), as he had in 1923 and 1924. He was still looking in September.

MALE HELP WANTED. BARBER WANTED at once; must be good workman and good bobber: good pay. Address C.L. BURKE, Milton, N.H. * (Boston Globe, March 3, 1929).

Milton Mills’ new Baptist minister wrote to his former parish in Pownal, VT. He mentioned having attended a Boston Garden gospel meeting led by famed evangelist Rodney “Gypsy” Smith, Mabel A. Starratt’s lung ailment being on the mend, and encouraging progress in his work at Milton Mills.

POWNAL. H.M. Starratt, late of this place, now pastor at Milton Mills, N.H., and a student at Gordon college of Theology and Missions writes of attending the recent Gypsy Smith gospel meetings. These were held in Boston Gardens, an auditorium seating 20,000 people and hundreds were turned away for lack of room. The evangelist’s spiritual message has moved Boston he writes. Mrs. Starratt writes of a recent visit to a lung specialist in Boston, who after an X-ray examination pronounced her well on the road to recovery but cautioned against overexertion for some time to come. The course of treatment she has followed for the past year and a half bids fair to make her entirely well in time. Work in the church at Milton Mills is very encouraging. About 185 persons attended the Easter morning service and about the same number witnessed a pageant in the evening. An illustrated lecture on the Holy Land was given on Monday evening by Dr. A.D. Kempton of Broadway Baptist church, Cambridge, under whom Mr. Starratt worked before coming to Pownal. Both wish to be remembered to all local friends and offer a hearty welcome to any that will visit them at Milton Mills (North Adams Transcript, April 12, 1929).

Rev. Howard M. Starratt died in Clerksburg, MA, November 10, 1965. Mabel A. (Bishop) Starratt died in Pownal, VT, September 7, 1995.

Boston & Maine Railroad crossing tender Charles L. Morrison is here featured as New Hampshire’s statewide ice cream-eating champion.

Morrison, Charles - BG290601FINDS GALLON A DAY KEEPS DOCTOR AWAY. Crossing Tender, 75, Likes His Ice Cream. Charles Morrison, B.&M. Vet, Stationed Near Milton, N.H. Special Dispatch to the Globe. MILTON, N.H., May 31 – A gallon a day keeps the doctor away, at least that seems to be the belief of Charles Morrison 75-year-old crossing tender at Lebanon st. crossing of the Boston & Maine, who is without doubt the champion ice cream eater of the State. When not on duty at his little flag shanty, situated but a few feet over the State line in Maine, this hale and hearty veteran of 45 years of service with the B. & M., can be found in an ice cream parlor taking, what he calls, his daily medicine. Morrison says that, outside of his work, his greatest pleasure is derived from eating ice cream, which he firmly believes is the direct cause of his fine physical condition. This is the only bad habit I have, he continued, and many the day, especially in Summer, I consume nearly a gallon of what I call my daily medicine. Morrison was born in Limerick, Me, July 23, 1853, and as a young man moved to Charlestown, Mass, where he married Miss Minnie Savage of that city 38 years ago. After entering the employ of the B. & M. he served 23 years as a freight brakeman, 22 years as a freight conductor and on account of his age was transferred as a flagman to this crossing last September (Boston Globe, June 1, 1929).

Milton’s ice cream vendors in the business directory of 1917 were J.H. Willey’s drug store, at 2 Main street, corner of Silver street; and F.H. Lord’s variety store, at 39 Main street. (There were others at Milton Mills). J. Herbert Willey, druggist, and Harriet A. Lord, were still active on Main street in 1930. Charles Morrison might have obtained his ice cream at either location.

Robert Gray, a contracting carpenter, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Marian Gray, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), his children, Marian Gray, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Charles Gray, aged five years (b. NH), his father-in-law, Charles Morrison, a railroad gate tender, aged seventy-two years (b. ME), and his mother-in-law, Minnie [(Savage)] Morrison, aged sixty-three years (b. MA). Robert Gray rented their house, which cost $8 per month. They had a radio set.

Charles Lafayette Morrison died in Lebanon, ME, May 15, 1941, aged eighty-six years. Merced M. “Minnie” (Savage) Morrison died in Lebanon, ME, December 11, 1946, aged seventy-nine years.

Brian McQuade, a current Milton resident, has also an interest in ice cream, if not Mr. Morrison’s gigantic appetite for it. He wrote a book on the subject, entitled Brian Eats New Hampshire: Ice Cream & Gelato. His book concentrates on NH ice cream vendors who make their product “on the premises.” Milton has also – in season – an ice cream shop, named The Pink House.

READING. It was G.A.R. Day at the meeting of the Reading Rotary Club yesterday, the special guests being five of the eight members of Post 194. The veterans present were Commander Walter S. Parker, William C.M. Howe, Harland P. Pratt. John Bacheller and John Simpson of Wilmington. Comrade C.A. Adams of Milton, N.H., who is visiting in Reading, was invited to attend. Rev Wesley G. Huber, of the First Baptist Church, spoke (Boston Globe, June 4, 1929).

Mrs. Sarah Jewett of Milton Mills acquired a pet woodchuck, with the assistance of her dog Stubby, who perhaps had other ideas.

Jewett, Sarah - BG290706BABY WOODCHUCK MADE PET BY NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMAN. MILTON MILLS, N.H., July 5 – Mrs. Sarah Jewett of this village on June 14 captured a 5-weeks-old woodchuck in a stone wall on her farm and has made a real pet of this animal. Mrs. Jewett, who resides on a 200-acre farm on the outskirts of this town, noticed her dog Stubby trying in great anxiety to tear down a stone wall near the house, and upon going out to investigate, found that be had cornered a small woodchuck. Capturing the scared little animal she took it to the house, made a new home for it in a small cage in the back yard and began to show Master Woodchuck that he was among friends and not enemies. He was especially fond of bananas and within a short time they were indeed pals, Mrs. Jewett being able to handle him as she would a kitten. Whistling and chattering all day long, Lucky Lindy, as she has named him, seems to enjoy his new home although no opportunity is given him to return to his old life (Boston Globe, July 6, 1929).

Lucky Lindy was a namesake for Charles Lindburgh, whose transatlantic flight had taken place just two years earlier (May 20-21, 1927).

Richard I. Jewett, a farmer, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Sarah E. [(Lowd)] Jewett, aged fifty-four years (b. ME). (And Stubby, a dog, and Lucky Lindy, a woodchuck). Richard I. Jewett owned their house. They had a radio set.

Rev. Howard M. and Mabel A. (Bishop) Starratt of Milton Mills visited her parents in Clarksburg, MA, and his old parish in adjoining Pownal, VT in July and August.

The Pownals. POWNAL. Mrs. Howard M. Starratt, formerly of this village, is spending a few weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Bishop of Clarksburg and expects to call in Pownal before returning to her home at Milton Mills, N.H. (North Adams Transcript, July 11, 1929).

The Pownals. POWNAL. Mrs. Howard M. Starratt of Milton Mills, N. H., spent a few days in town calling on friends (North Adams Transcript, July 22, 1929).

The Pownals. POWNAL. Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Starratt of Milton Mills, N.H., were calling on friends in town Friday and were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Rathbun as were also Mrs. Starratt’s grandfather, Dexter Bishop of Clarksburg and his daughter, Miss Grace Bishop. (North Adams Transcript, August 5, 1929).

Charles L. Burke’s “good pay” of March is set forth here as being $25 per week, plus commissions. He appeared (with wife Lillian M. Burke) in the Milton directory of 1930 as having a garage and being a hairdresser, in Milton.

MALE HELP WANTED. BARBER wanted at once, must be good hair cutter, $25 a week and commission. Address C.L. BURKE, Milton, N.H., Lock Box 3. 2t* s4 (Boston Globe, September 4, 1929).

Chas. L. Burke, a barbershop barber, aged forty-six years (b. NH). headed a Milton houshold at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Lillian [(Dennett)] Burke, aged forty years (b. US). They resided in a rented house on North Main Street, for which he paid $10 per month. They had a radio set. Census taker Mildred D. Horne enumerated their household between those of Howard Sceggell, a fibre mill laborer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and John A. Downs, an odd jobs laborer, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH). Just beyond John A. Downs appeared J.D. Willey, a general store retail merchant, aged seventy-six years (b. NH), and James H. Willey, a general store manager, aged fifty-five years (b. NH).

Frank H. Thayer, son and successor of shoe manufacturer Noah B. Thayer, gave over to Herbert Posner as of the beginning of November. His retirement was a short one, as he died but a month later.

Frank H. Thayer, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-six years (b. MA), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household inlcuded his wife, Alice U. Thayer, aged forty-nine years (b. IL), and his children, Louise Thayer, aged fifteen years (b. MA), and Richard W. Thayer, aged thirteen years (b. MA). They resided in a rented apartment at 535 Beacon Street.

BOSTON MAN TO QUIT E. ROCHESTER SHOE PLANT. ROCHESTER, N.H, Sept 25 – A new organization is being formed to take over the firm of N.B. Thayer & Co., shoe manufacturers at East Rochester. The firm name will be continued, but announcement has been made that the new concern will take over the business on Nov 1. Frank H. Thayer of Beacon st., Boston, whose father originally started the company and who has been the active head of the company, will retire, and the place will be taken over by Herbert Posner of the large firm of Dr. A. Posner & Co., of New York and Brooklyn, whose shoes tor several years have been manufactured at East Rochester. Stock to the amount of $150,000 is being issued and will be taken by Roy M. McQuillen of East Rochester, the president of the company, Mr. Posner and the salesforce and employes of the company in equal amounts. No change is to be made in the executive personnel of the company. The capacity of the East Rochester factory will be greatly increased, following the reorganization after Nov 1 (Boston Globe, September 26 1929).

FRANK H. THAYER. Frank H. Thayer, treasurer and general manager of N.B. Thayer & Co. Inc., shoe manufacturers of East Rochester, N H, died at his home, 282 Beacon st., Saturday afternoon, after an illness of five weeks. He was born at South Weymouth, Mass, Jan. 4, 1864, the son of Noah Blanchard and Lucy (Newcomb) Thayer. His father was one of the pioneer shoe manufacturers of this country and he himself was very widely known in the shoe and leather trade. Surviving him are his wife, Alice (Waterman) Thayer; a son, Richard W. Thayer, and a daughter, Mrs. Francis Tilden Nichols (Boston Globe, December 9, 1929).

A major stock market crash began on “Black Thursday,” October 24, 1929, and continued through “Black Tuesday,” October 29, 1929. It recovered partially, but continued to fall between April 1930 and July 1932.

CAPITAL SHOCKED BY STOCKS CRASH. Officials of Administration Frankly Worried. Federal Reserve Board Officers Silent After Meeting. Special Dispatch to the Globe. WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 – The Administration, individually and collectively, was dumbfounded and worried today as descending stocks crashed through all opposition, with ominous financial and political forebodings to the Government. In the face of the near-panic the Federal Reserve Board, the Governments machinery for stabilizing finance, continued its silence. There was a formal meeting of the board this morning, but none after the first break in prices and the succeeding downward sweep. Administration officials do not know why a secondary reaction could assume such proportions or know what they can do about it. They fear the trend of the last two weeks will leave political scars, whether deserved or not, that no amount of political salve or optimistic financial reports will obliterate. Their greatest fear is that publlc financial morale might be broken in a way that will not permit psychological mending for months to come.

Many Rumors Current. The continued silence of the Federal Reserve Board has brought many rumors. One of the most current is that members feel the best the board can do is encourage member banks to ease credit by buying Liberty Bonds and other Government securities in which their present holdings are comparatively small, thus allowing the purchase price to be thrown to the cause of stemming the bear rush. Since this would be done with no publio announcement, it is believed here that such buying has been in progress for more than a week. President Hoover has had his say, expressing confidence in the condition of basic industries in general. The Reserve Board and Treasury officials also have made announcements along similar lines. Now they are perplexed at the immediate devastating reaction to statements that were to them more in the form of cold analysis than of optimistic predictions.

Officials Reticent. Government officials today declined to give public explanations or individual views. A secondary reaction was ejected, but not a repetition of the smash of last week. Taking for granted their concern over the market situation itself, they are now tor the first time frankly worried about the effect on business and industry aside from all speculation and manipulation. The Treasury has brought its figuring on financial and business on predictions to a standstill. Two weeks ago it was prepared to present a rosy forecast for the remaining two-thirds of the fiscal year. Now officials admittedly do not know what to report to the White House, not only about what business should do but what industry actually will he doing when Congress meets In December (Boston Globe, October 29, 1929).

In a slate of boxing matches sponsored by the Dover Athletic Club, in the Dover Town Hall, Emile Vachon of Milton “stopped” Phil Chester of Dover.

Emile J. Vachon married in Milton, October 26, 1925, Emma Phoebe Custeau, he of Somersworth, NH, and she of Milton.

SHARKEYS PROTEGE SUFFERS DEFEAT. Tiger Dixon Stops Joe Vincha in Dover Bout. Special Dispatch to the Globe. DOVER, N.H., Oct. 31 – Jack Sharkey’s protege, Joe Vincha, Lithuanian heavyweight amateur champion, was stopped by Tiger Tom Dixon of Dover in the third round of the main bout of the Dover A.C. show tonight in the Town Hall. Both Sharkey and John Buckley, Sharkey’s manager, accompanied Vincha here, appearing before the largest attendance at a boxing show in this town in three years. The first round was a draw. In the second Dixon’s superior punching began to weaken his opponent. Vincha dropped just before the bell. In the next round Vincha was out on his feet and Manager Buckley tossed a towel into the ring. Bob Cecchetti of Madbury won a six-round decision over Jimmie Wilde of Waltham In the semifinal. In another six-rounder Tommy Mallon of Dover knocked out Buddie Nichols of Portsmouth in the fourth round. Young Gaffney of Dover and Young Sharkey of Portsmouth fought a four-round draw. In the opening bout Emile Vachon of Milton, N.H., stopped Phil Chester of Dover in the third round (Boston Globe, November 1, 1929).

Emile Vachon, an odd jobs laborer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Emma Vachon, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Joseph A. Vachon, aged three years (b. NH), Robert A. Vachon, aged two years (b. NH), and Theresa Vachon, aged one year (b. NH). Emile Vachon owned their house on the Wakefield Road (near its intersection with North Main Street), which was valued at $600. They had a radio set.

Regrettably, this young Milton husband and father died in Frisbee Hospital in Rochester, NH, October 8, 1932, of severe burns sustained accidentally when he “started a fire with gasoline, building burned down.”

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What I Took as Change Yesterday

By Andrea Starr | October 26, 2019

Utah Goldback
Actual Size: 2⅝” by 4½”

I took in change something new or, if you prefer, something very old. It is actually something very old in concept, ancient even, but in a new form.

I accepted a Utah Goldback bill as change in a transaction. It looks like a sheet of mylar with a picture and printing on one side only. The sheet or note contains within it 1/1,000th of an ounce of pure gold. Gold’s spot price is running at about $1,500 per ounce these days, so, doing the math: $1,500/1,000 would have a spot value of about $1.50. Gold in a measured amount, in a durable form, such as a coin, or such as this note, would have a higher than spot value. Say about $2.50.

What Is Money?

For something to be “a money,” it must possess certain fundamental characteristics.

Money must be durable. One might be glad to take something perishable in trade, such as a pound of hamburger, a bushel of apples, or some pretty posies, but those things could not constitute a money. They are not durable. Those items might function as a “currency,” or something that passes “current,” which is to say something transitory or perishable whose value is in the moment.

Money must be fungible. That is to say, every unit of money should be equivalent to every other unit of money. One 1/1,000th of an ounce of gold is the same as every other 1/1,000th of an ounce of gold.

Money must be valuable. That is to say, it must be intrinsically valuable in and of itself. Beads and trinkets, cowrie shells, Monopoly money, or other printed pieces of paper might pass as currency, but lack the intrinsic value of a money.

(We should have a nice chat sometime about Bitcoin. I believe it to be a currency, but not a money. Am I wrong?).

Money must be portable. A ton of copper or iron is durable, fungible, and even valuable, but it is not very portable, not without heavy equipment anyway. A high value to weight (or bulk) ratio is necessary for portability.

Money must be acceptable. If nobody will accept your purported money in an exchange, as I did with this Utah Goldback, then it will not function as a money.

Why This Money?

Farmington Bank Two-Dollar Bill
Private currency: a Farmington Bank $2 bill, with its promise to “pay to the bearer TWO DOLLARS on demand,” i.e. pay the bearer $2 in gold or silver money from its vault (Farmington, NH, 1861)

The Federal Reserve Note (FRN) with which we are all familiar is not a money, it is a currency. It fails to be a money on account of not being intrinsically valuable and not being durable, i.e., not retaining its value over time (due to overprinting). It is a piece of paper backed only by legal tender laws.

For that reason, the FRN is frequently termed a “fiat” currency, from the Latin word fiat: “let it be done,” “by command,” or, if you will, “abra-ca-dabra.” Once upon a time it was backed by gold, but severed its last tenuous link to intrinsic value in 1973. That has allowed since for a steady devaluation through overprinting. The current dollar lacks even the spending power of 5¢ from 1973. That is where your “vanishing middle class” went. And the presses are running still.

The State of Utah passed its Utah Legal Tender Act in 2011. This allowed for gold and silver to be used again in Utah as an additional legal tender. The State of Utah may pay its citizens in gold or silver, and its citizens may pay the State of Utah, or pay each other, in gold or silver. Additional taxation, based upon gold or silver having been classed as commodities, rather than money, was cancelled.

And now Utah Goldback has arisen as a privately produced money, which was the original and proper state of things. It satisfies the provisions of the Utah Legal Tender Act. Having gold embedded within it, it will function also as a reliable store of value, as opposed to inflationary fiat currencies. (NH legislators take note!).


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A Rare Split Vote

By S.D. Plissken | October 24, 2019

Last Monday’s Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting featured an interesting and exceedingly rare split vote, or it would have, had it come to a vote.

Correspondents have sent me recently a variety of articles about official projections of New Hampshire’s population over the next decade or so. New Hampshire’s population is both aging and declining.

The total New Hampshire state population is projected to be 1,432,730 in 2040, an increase of 116,260 or 8.8 percent from the 2010 Census population of 1,316,470 (RLS, 2016).

That is a projected net increase of only 116,260 (8.8%) over a period of thirty years, i.e., more than a generation. Most of that net increase will be a result of people moving into the state from elsewhere. New Hampshire’s congressional representation will drop from two US Representatives to only one in or after 2040. Yes, there will be more US Senators from New Hampshire than US Representatives.

How might this affect Milton? Let us step through it logically. The few incoming people will not distribute themselves evenly across the land area of New Hampshire. They will settle in greater numbers in places that have most to offer and, conversely, they will avoid like the plague places with less to offer. And this effect is not limited to newcomers. The existing (or surviving) population will want also to relocate themselves to the most advantageous places.

What are they avoiding? Economics embraces a concept known as “utility.” In this context, utility may be defined as the relative ease of obtaining one’s economic ends. The converse of this concept is “disutility,” in which it is difficult (or even impossible) to achieve one’s ends without undue effort.

Milton is currently in the eighth year of its fourth ten-year plan (the first having been put in place in 1982, and updated at ten-year intervals). Chairman Thibeault put forward the Town’s so-called “Master Plan” in support of his notions in the most recent BOS meeting. Most people associate Master Plans with fictional and cartoon villains, as well they might.

Master plans are hopelessly ineffective because of Hayek’s Knowledge Problem. Briefly, it is impossible for any of us, or any committee of us, to assemble and possess the knowledge necessary to manage an economy. That knowledge resides in the whole of us, but in a distributed fashion. To suppose that one has, or can ever hope to acquire, sufficient knowledge to order the economy is an admission of folly.

Bastiat spoke of the Broken Window Fallacy. His important insight was that there exist possibilities or outcomes that are readily “seen.” But there are also possibilities or outcomes that are “not seen.” One may encourage, or subsidize, or even compel some particular outcome. That result can be readily seen, by which it might be judged a “success.” Of course, there it is, I can see it! But other possible outcomes might have occurred, might have occurred more naturally, and might have occurred in preference to the one forced upon us. Those are the outcomes that are not seen. Those outcomes were displaced by the one forced upon us.

It emerged that the old fire station has been sold. The owner’s representative came to the BOS meeting. Chairman Thibeault wanted to hold the new owner to his preference put forward at some prior meeting (there have been several). That preference would have had the old fire station renovated as a commercial property only. In the interval between preliminary discussions and sale, the new owner envisaged instead a mix of one-bedroom apartments and commercial space. They did not seem to feel that the commercial limitation was either necessary or desired, but had retained it only as an accommodation. Chairman Thibeault dug in his heels – as he is wont to do – and insisted that the new owner restrict themselves to a commercial use only. Because that better satisfied the sacred “Master Plan.” Blessed be the Plan.

The owner’s representative pointed out that the final purchase-and-sales agreement contained no such commercial requirement. Chairman Thibeault turned somewhat petulant. The Planning Board and ZBA might have something to say. (Get ready for another lawsuit).

Now, this was the path taken in the Binker Brothers’ opening, a process bitterly criticized at the time, and rightly so. Someone invests in a property in order to establish a business (or any other use) in a legitimate way. Only after purchasing a Milton property does the hapless owner learn that there are many other requirements above and beyond those set forth in the ever-increasing pages of the zoning regulations. They must pass also the conditional approval of the BOS, the Planning Board, the ZBA, etc. In the case of the Binker Brothers, the Police were also invited to put in their oar.

Vice-Chairwoman Hutchings and Selectman Rawson balked. They pointed out that Milton had already a number of vacant commercial properties. Too many, and vacant for far too long. They could see no reason to compel the new owner to conform to the commercial-only requirement. Chairman Thibeault’s dissatisfaction was manifest. He dislikes being thwarted and we have likely not heard the end of this. (The Chairman experienced some strong disapproval from the audience too).

The dissenters may or may not have penetrated to the root of the problem. The Master Plan is impossible. It lacks the necessary knowledge to be effective. If empirical evidence is required, Milton’s economic activity has declined, rather than increased, over its thirty-eight-year tenure. Its visible results, few as they have been, have no claim over other unseen outcomes that were forced aside.

Will the few incomers of the next twenty years gravitate towards Milton? That seems highly unlikely. We have been led far down the wrong path. We have too much government, too many regulations, poor results, and all at too high a price. And our budgets have been increasing at an unconscionable rate. All these characteristics impose a major “disutility” on its residents, taxpayers, and prospective incomers.

A static or even dwindling population would be left to carry the load. Those able will want to escape. (And a major economic downturn – some say it will be “The Big One” – is expected at any time).

Franz Oppenheimer explained the fundamental difference between the means employed by the free market versus those of government.

There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one’s own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others … I propose to call one’s own labor and the equivalent exchange of one’s own labor for the labor of others, the “economic means” … while the unrequited appropriation of the labor of others will be called the “political means.”

Chairman Thibeault has in his time shown a dogged and regrettable preference for achieving his fevered visions through use of the “political means.” He is wrong, of course. Should he not change his approach radically, so as to favor market solutions over compulsory political ones, it would be difficult to recommend his continuation in office.

His colleagues vote with him all too often but, in this case, they favored correctly allowing the freedom of the “economic means” to work.


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Milton in the News – 1928

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 24, 2019

In this year, we encounter a G.A.R. birthday party, the death of a candy man, a Milton Mills minister departing, another Milton Mills minister arriving, and a Milton Mills postmaster appointed.

Charles J. Berry of Milton Mills celebrated his ninetieth birthday in 1927, and here celebrated his ninety-first birthday in the G.A.R. post at Wollaston, MA, where he was wintering with his daughter and her family.

Berry, Charles J. - BG280215CAKE AND 91 CANDLES FOR CHARLES BERRY. QUINCY, Feb. 14 – Charles J. Berry, 91, a Grand Army veteran of Milton, N.H., entertained Paul J. Revere Post, G.A.R., at a luncheon this afternoon which combined both the spirit of his birthday anniversary and St. Valentines Day. Mr. Berry spends his Winters with his daughter, Mrs. William M. Burrell of 114 Beach st., Wollaston, and that is how he happened to have the Quincy Grand Army men as guests instead of his comrades of Eli Wentworth Post of Milton, N.H. The luncheon was served in Grand Army Hall by Mrs. Dora Ferguson of Wollaston and one of the features of the table was a birthday cake which held 91 candles. Mayor McGrath and Ex-Mayor Bradford made addresses in which they complimented Mr. Berry on attaining such a ripe old age in such a vigorous physical condition. Mr. Berry was born in Milton Mills, N.H. He served in the Union Army in the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry and was allowed the rare privilege of bringing his horse home with him. Mr. Berry is an ardent radio fan. His favorite diversion along the radio activities is listening to the news broadcasts from the studio of the Boston Globe, He has three children, Mrs. William M. Burrell of Wollaston, Clifford A. Berry of East Weymouth and Arthur L. Berry of Portland, Me. (Boston Globe, February 15, 1928).

Milton Mills native Charles F. Simes died in Philadelphia, PA, August 21, 1928, aged seventy years.

He was born in Milton, April 28, 1858, son of George E. and Ann E. Simes. He left Milton circa 1880-81. He was already a superintendent, presumably for the Forbes-Haywood Company, when he married in Taunton, MA, October 4, 1882, Anna C. Burbank, he of Chelsea, MA, and she of Taunton.

Charles F. Simes became a successful candy manufacturer. The following article from 1921 described his Boston Confectionery Company factory on Main street in Cambridge, MA, as it was from when he became its president in 1900 until he sold out to H.D. Foss & Company in 1921. (He became vice-president of the enlarged new H.D. Foss & Company).

Sparrow's ChocolatesBOSTON CONFECTIONERY COMPANY. Since the purchase of this company the Boston factory of H.D. Foss & Company has been moved to the new location in Cambridge and the several businesses are being carried on in Cambridge at 814 Main Street. A branch office is maintained at 41 Union Square, New York City. The Foss products will be marketed direct to the retailers as in the past, and the brands previously made by the Boston Confectionery Company will be distributed through the jobbing trade, as formerly. The origin of the Boston Confectionery Company dates back to 1892 when the business was first established by H.F. Sparrow on Hampshire Street. It was incorporated as the H.F. Sparrow Company in 1896. C.F. Simes became president of the company in 1900; in 1908, having outgrown the Hampshire Street plant, the company consolidated with the Lydian Confectionery Company, and moved into its present quarters, and became known as the Boston Confectionery Company. The building at that time was about one-third the size of the present factory, which is one of the most modern and up-to-date in equipment that can be devised. The hospital is under the supervision of a graduate nurse, with the latest appliances. On the same floor is a fully equipped cafeteria, 50 by 100 feet, where the help is supplied with good food practically at cost of production. The company’s products, under the brand names “Quality” and “Premier” Chocolate have a national distribution and also considerable foreign output (Cambridge Chronicle, October 8, 1921).

Simes, Charles F - CC211008BOSTON CONFECTIONER. CHARLES F. SIMES. DIES. Charles F. Simes, who died in Philadelphia Tuesday after a short illness, was born in Milton Mills, N.H., on April 29, 1858. He came to Boston as a boy and learned his trade with the Forbes-Haywood Company. Since then he had been prominently connected with the candy business in Boston for 47 years. He was past president of the National Confectioners Association, past president of the Confectioners Club of Boston. and member of Soley Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Somerville. He leaves a wife, Anna Burbank Simes; two daughters, Mrs. Robert H. Harding and Mrs. Ralph D. Nickerson, and a brother, Albert Simes. Funeral services will be held at 32 Barnum st., Taunton, tomorrow, at 2:30 p m. (Boston Globe, August 22, 1928).

In the following two articles we witness a changing of the guard at the First Baptist Church of Milton Mills. The Rev. Carl R. Bartle accepted a call to move from Milton Mills to Whitman, MA, while the Rev. Howard M. Starratt accepted a call to move from Pownal, VT to Milton Mills.

PASTOR IN MILTON MILLS ACCEPTS WHITMAN CALL. WHITMAN, Sept. 2 – Rev. Carl R. Bartle of Milton Mills, N.H., today accepted the call recently extended him by the First Baptist Church here and will assume his pastoral duties the last of the month. Rev. Mr. Bartle is a graduate of the Gordon Bible School of the class of 1924 and received the degree of bachelor of theology. He returned the next year for graduate work. He was for a time pastor of the Woodville Chapel of Wakefield and the Hill Memorial Church of Allston. He has been pastor for the past three years at the Milton Mills Free Baptist .Church at Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, September 3, 1928).

Carl R. Bartle married in Farmington, NH, September 25, 1928, Dora E. Austin, he of Milton Mills and she of Farmington. Rev Arthur Jefferies of Milton performed the ceremony. Bartle was a clergyman, aged twenty-six years (b. Preston, NY, son of Chester U. and Julia E. (Fells) Bartle). Austin was at home, aged thirty-two years (b. Somerset, MA, daughter of Ulysses E. and Mary L. (Fogg) Austin).

Carl R. Bartle, a Baptist minister, aged twenty-seven years (b. NY), headed a Whitman, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of one year), Dora E. Bartle, aged thirty-three years (b. MA). They resided in a rented house at 670 Washington street, for which they paid $30 per month. They had a radio set.

Howard M. Starrett married in Coeur d’Alene, ID, December 22, 1923, Mabel A. Bishop, both of Spokane, WA. Mrs. George Marvin and Eliza Thompson witnessed the ceremony, which was performed by Baptist minister Rev. Fred H. Thompson of Coeur d’Alene.

POWNAL. Howard M. Starratt, pastor of the Baptist church for a little more than a year, has left for Boston where he will resume his theological studies at Gordon college [Hamilton, MA] and serve as pastor of the church at Milton Mills, N.H. Mrs. Starratt will remain about ten days at the home of her parents in Clarksburg before going to the new home which is on the border line between New Hampshire and Maine. Last Friday evening the Christian Endeavor Society tendered them a reception at Rightholme and presented a Sterling silver cream ladle. Saturday afternoon the Pownal Center people entertained them at the town hall and presented a gift of money. The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the church in this village gave a check as a parting gift, following the morning worship yesterday, Dr. W.A. Davison of Burlington, Vt., is taking steps toward securing a new pastor for the local church (North Adams Transcript, November 20, 1928).

Howard M. Starratt, a Baptist clergyman, aged thirty years (b. MA), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seven years), Mabel A. Starratt, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA). They resided in a rented house. They had a radio set.

We have seen before that postmasters were political appointees. Here is reported Republican President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge’s appointment of John E. Horne as postmaster of Milton Mills. We might infer that John E. Horne was likely a Republican also.

Postmasters Elsewhere Named. The President today sent to the Senate the following nominations for postmaster: Sharon, Mass., Robert A. Clark; Springfield. Mass., James P. Smith; Wenham, Mass., Ethel V. Cook; Milton Mills, N.H., John E. Horne; Plaistow, N.H., Maude B. Duston (Boston Globe, December 10, 1928).

John E. Horne, a retail dry goods merchant, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife (of four years), Gertrude C. Horne, aged thirty-three years (b. IA), his child, John E. Horne, Jr., aged thirteen years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Amy H. Coombs, aged sixty-nine years (b. Canada (Eng.)). John E. Horne owned their house on Main Street (near its intersection with School Street), which was valued at $2,500. They had a radio set.

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Milton in the News – 1927

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 20, 2019

In this year, we encounter Charles J. Berry’s ninetieth birthday, another Milton Mills sled dog team, a long-distance identification, Thomas Farmer’s eightieth birthday, the Pomona Grange meeting at the Nute Ridge Grange, a Porter Ice Company fire, another train death, Prohibition punishing hard cider, a Milton Mills farm for sale, sufficient insufficient addresses, a Milton poultry farm for sale, a train hitting a car, and a greedy gobbler.

The newspapers loved always a centenarian, and Charles J. Berry of Milton Mills was a contender. In this installment, we learn of him working in the grocery business with Ira Miller at Milton Mills, his Civil War cavalry service, and his years running a horse-drawn trolley car between Charlestown and Cambridge, MA. We will hear of him again in 1928, 1929, and 1930.

His father, James Berry, a farmer, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Eliza G. Berry, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), Mary A. Berry, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Charles Berry, a farmer, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), Nathl. S. Berry, a farmer, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and Clara A. Berry, aged fifteen years (b. NH). James Berry had real estate valued at $5,500 and personal estate valued at $100. The census enumerator recorded their household between those of Joseph Coleman, a farmer, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH), and Elbridge W. Fox, a farmer, aged twenty-five years.

Berry, Charles J. - BG270214MILTON MILLS, N.H., MAN OBSERVES 90TH BIRTHDAY. QUINCY, Feb. 14 – Charles J. Berry of Milton Mills, N.H., is observing his 90th birthday today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Annetta Burrell at Wollaston. His son, C.A. Berry of Portland, Me., was among those who assisted in the celebration. Mr. Berry is a member of the Grand Army post of this city. He served during the Civil War with the New Hampshire cavalry, having enlisted at Portsmouth. Capt. Berry ran a horse car in the old days between Charlestown and Cambridge. He was educated in the public schools of Milton Mills and later at Tilton Seminary, Tilton, N.H. In 1857 he was engaged in the grocery business with Ira Miller of Milton Mills. Capt. Berry was the son of James and Eliza (Jewett) Berry (Boston Globe, February 14, 1927).

Melvin Hurd took Dr. Harry E. Anderson’s sled-dog team (of the previous year) to bring a supply of milk into Milton Mills.

Odd Items From Everywhere. During a bad snowstorm in Milton Mills, N.H., Dr. Anderson’s dog team was the only available milk team to be had. Owing to the drifts in the roads, no milk was brought into town. Mervin Hurd, driver of the team, went out into the country and brought in three large cans of milk from a farm (Boston Globe, March 15, 1927).

Dr. H.E. Anderson advertised in the Milton directory of 1912. His office and home were at 42 Main street (corner of Church street) in Milton Mills. He registered for the WW I draft in Milton Mills in June 1917, and he entered the army from there in 1918. He resided in Somersworth, NH, in 1929.

Donald E. Bickford died when the truck in which he had hitched a ride collided with an automobile in Danvers, MA. He was identified only by the initials inside a ring that he wore.

Edward S. Chipman, a leather-board finisher, aged fifty-two years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Bertha M. Chipman, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), his children, Clara E. Chipman, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Lois M. Chipman, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Bessie L. Bickford, a widowed shoe-shop finisher, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and his grandchildren, Donald E. Bickford, aged eleven years (b. MA), and Rita B. Bickford, aged ten years (b. MA). Edward S. Chipman owned their house on Upper Main Street in Milton Village.

IDENTIFIED AS D.E. BICKFORD. Radio Broadcasts Clear Up Auto Death. DANVERS, March 17. – The body of a young man who died at the State Hospital following an automobile accident Monday was identified last night by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Cleaves of 75 Perrin st., Roxbury, as that of their nephew, Donald Edwin Bickford of Milton, N.H. The identification was brought about through radio broadcasts that an unidentified young man had died at the hospital and the initials on a ring were given as the only possible means of identification. The young man had been working in Boston and lived with his mother at 115 Hemenway st., and on week-ends had visited his grandmother at Milton, N.H. His folks had urged him not to make the trip to Boston by asking for automobile rides, but he is said to have answered that other fellows were doing it and there was no danger in it. It was stated he boarded a truck at Portsmouth, N.H., driven by Frank Salemmi of Somerville. He suffered a fractured skull when the truck was in collision with an automobile owned and operated by Arthur Merton Jr. of 84 Robbins st., Watertown. The body will be taken to Milton, N.H., for burial (Boston Globe, March 17, 1927).

His maternal grandmother was Bertha M. (Drew) Chipman of Milton. His mother was Bessie L. (Chipman) Bickford of Boston, MA [widow of Thomas]. His maternal aunt was Alta D. (Chipman) Cleaves of Roxbury, MA.

Thomas Farmer, a house carpenter, aged seventy-two years (b. England), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary Farmer, aged sixty-six years (b. England). He owned their house, free-and-clear. He had immigrated in 1850 and had been naturalized in 1880; she had immigrated in 1858 and had been naturalized in 1880.

FARMER COUNTS FAMILY BY DOZEN. Man 80 Years Old Member of Family of 24 Children – Many Twins and Triplets. MILTON MILLS, N.H., April 8. Three times two and two times three is the accounting Thomas Farmer, who observed his 80th birthday Wednesday, gives for a part of his parents’ large and long-lived family. I mean, he explained, there were three times two of us (three pair of twins) and two times three of us (two pairs of triplets) and a dozen singles, making a total of 26 in our family, including father and’ mother. Two dozen children! Mr. Farmer, who at four-score years enjoys excellent health, was himself one of [the] twins. He was born in England, the son of John and Elizabeth (Wigfall) Farmer. He came to this country at the age of two and has lived most of his life in New England, having worked 12 years in a New Haven car barn, as well as in Rhode Island and in New York. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias order (Brattleboro Reformer, April 8, 1927).

The eastern NH regional grange meeting took place again at the Nute Ridge Grange in West Milton. A similar meeting had taken place in April 1924.

POMONA GRANGE MEETS AT WEST MILTON. WEST MILTON, N.H., April 28 – Eastern New Hampshire Pomona Grange met today with Nute Ridge Grange with a large attendance. At a closed session in the morning, the fifth degree was conferred on a class of candidates, and at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Annette Smith of Strafford Center, member of the home economics committee of the State Grange, held a conference. A public meeting followed. The invocation was by Rev. Franklin Parker, pastor of the Community Church, the address of welcome by Edwin Henderson, master of Nute Ridge Grange, and the response by Archie Emerson of Somersworth, steward of Eastern New Hampshire Pomona Grange. There were vocal solos by Mrs. Grace Mooney Stevens of Rochester, readings by Mrs. Annette Smith of Strafford Center and an essay by Mrs. Sadie Ham of Rochester. “The Cornucopia,” Pomona Grange paper was written by Mrs. Grace Hurd of East Rochester, lectures of Eastern New Hampshire Pomona Grange. (Boston Globe, April 29, 1927).

Only days before this Pomona grange meeting, Nute Ridge Grange master Edwin D. Henderson married in Exeter, NH, April 24, 1927, Ruth F. Gerrish, both of Rochester, NH. He appeared in the Rochester directories of 1924 and 1929, as a farmer, boarding at the farm of his father, Horace L. Henderson, on Chestnut Hill Road, in Rochester, NH.

Prior to this fire, Milton’s ice industry experienced other ice house fires in at least the years 1902, 1909, and 1922.

MILTON, N.H., ICEHOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE. Loss to Porter Ice Company of Boston $100,000 – Starts Forest Fire, Threatening Cottages. MILTON, N.H., May 3 – At an early hour today fire broke out in the large ice house of the Porter Ice Company of Boston from an unknown cause, destroying it. Damage is $100,000. There are 12 ice houses under one roof, all of which were filled with ice. Assistance was summoned from Rochester and the motor apparatus made the run of eight miles in 20 minutes. Many Summer houses were threatened. The fire was stopped within 15 feet of the Summer home of Maurice Hayes of Watertown, Mass. The fire jumped the pond, starting a forest fire which was subdued without much damage by a large gang. The ice houses are on the shore of Milton Three Pond. Some of the ice may be salvaged (May 3, 1927).

Milton native Alphonse Franklin Dore died instantly when he was struck by a Boston-bound train. Other pedestrians met similar fates in July 1896, February 1916, and February 1924.

Alphonse F. Dorr appeared in the Milton directory of 1905, as a farmer, with a house at 65 Prospect Hill Road., Lebanon side. Alphonse F. Door appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as a farmer, whose house was the 8th one on Prospect Hill Road, Lebanon side.

Alfranzo F. Dorr, an ice laborer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the  Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Augusta M. Dorr, aged forty-three years (b. NH), and his boarder, Floyd Thibeault, aged seven years (b. ME). He owned their house on the Milton Road.

MILTON, N.H., MAN KILLED BY TRAIN. MILTON, N.H., May 3. – At 6 a.m. today Alphonse Dore, 52, employed on the crusher at the plant of the Standard Sand and Gravel Company, was at work between two cars on a side track. He stepped in front of train 2930, from Sanbornville to Boston, and was instantly killed. The train was in charge of conductor David Bentham and Engineer Harry McCrillis. Medical Referee Dr. Forrest L. Keay pronounced death due to accident. Dore leaves a wife and two brothers (Boston Globe, May 3, 1927).

In Milton records, Alfranzo F. Dorr, of Lebanon, ME, laborer, died in Milton, NH, May 3, 1927, aged fifty-three years, ten months, and seventeen days. His cause of death was given as “shock, haemorrhage, and multiple fractures (he was struck by a locomotive).” Forrest L. Keay, M.D., Medical Referee for Strafford County, reported the death.

A Milton Mills man ran afoul of Prohibition through having fifty gallons of hard cider in his possession.

EDITORIAL POINTS. And now a man at Milton Mills, N.H., has been sentenced to pay $100 fine and serve three months in the House of Correction for the possession of 50 gallons of hard cider. What are our New England farmers coming to? (Boston Globe, June 16, 1927).

The tyranny of Prohibition had already proven to be a failure, but had six more years to run. (Other people are not your property).

AUCTIONS. REAL ESTATE. N.H. BOULEVARD FARM AT AUCTION. ON August 3rd at 2 p.m., a beautiful farm of 215 acres, located on Union Road, Milton Mills, N.H., known as the Philbrick Farm, will be sold to the highest bidder; it’s a going, stocked farm, hay in bam, crop in ground; it is a farm with features very seldom found on other farms. Communicate with SAM DREW, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 1, 1927).

Here are related a couple of anecdotes about postal authorities delivering insufficiently addressed mail. The two examples provided were NY Governor Alfred E. “Al” Smith, and William H. Hills, who wrote a column for the Boston Globe under the pseudonym “Ed Pointer.”

EDITORIAL POINTS. From Kilkenny, Ireland, Gov. Smith received a postcard addressed thus: AL, N.Y., U.S.A. but a while ago Ed Pointer received two letters, one from Milton, N.H., and the other from Woburn, with the envelope addressed simply: “Ed Pointer” – only that and nothing more (Boston Globe, September 13, 1927).

Postal Clerks Generally Are Very Keen. The fact that a post card directed to “Al, N.Y., U.S.A.,” went without delay to Gov. Smith of the Empire State isn’t so surprising. A while ago letters mailed from Woburn and Milton, N.H, with nothing on the envelope but just “Ed Pointer,” made their way unerringly to the desk of the writer of the Boston Globes editorial paragraphs; while in years gone by missives from far away carrying for an address only the portrait made famous in advertisements came as surely to our famous shoeman, W.L. Douglas, as if they had borne his full name with Brockton, Mass, added for good measure. Postal clerks just eat up such blind addresses and call for more. – Brockton Enterprise. After all. Gov Smith needn’t feel so puffed up over receiving a post card addressed “Al, N.Y., U.S.A.” Ed Pointer of the Boston Globe says he has received two letters, one being from Milton, N.H., addressed simply “Ed Pointer.” We’ll bet, however, that none of the mail clerks who handled these letters was the one who a few years ago sent a big printed envelope, addressed in quarter-inch letters, “Rochester, New Hampshire, The Rochester Courier,” and mailed from West Lebanon, Me, six miles away. to Rochester, N.Y. – Rochester (N.H.) Courier (Boston Globe, September 20, 1927).

The actual address of the popular – even so far away as Milton and Rochester, NH – exchange editor William H. “Ed Pointer” Hills was care of the Boston Globe, 244 Washington street, Boston. His home address was at 41 Belmont street, Somerville. He died in Somerville, MA, November 7, 1930.

MONEY-MAKING COMBINATION. 75-Ft. Greenhouse and 23-Acre POULTRY FARM. ONLY $4000, $1000 down; this is located only ¾ mile from Milton. N.H., 3 miles from Farmington, N.H., and about 5 miles from Rochester. N.H.; can sell all kinds of plants, flowers and vegetables that can be produced; wonderful for raising poultry, very big demand from hotels and roadside stands nearby. 8-room 1½-story cottage house, maple shade trees, 30×40 barn, clapboarded; garage; poultry house and A1 greenhouse, painted, 30×75: close to convenience and State road; No. 502. shown from our Farmington. N.H., office. K. of P. block, tel. 63-4. O.C. BAXTER. Mgr. CHAMBERLAIN & BURNHAM. Inc., 294 Washington st., Boston (Boston Globe, October 27, 1927).

Prior to this accident, trains struck motorcars at other Milton level crossings in June 1917 and August 1920.

TRAIN HITS AUTO AT SOUTH MILTON, N.H., MAN INJURED. SOUTH MILTON, N.H., Dec. 20 – As the Wolfeboro-Rochester gas train, in charge of engineer Charles Leighton and conductor Isaac Hall was passing over the grade crossing in this place today, it struck the rear of an automobile owned and operated by Arthur Downs of Grove st., East Rochester, turning the machine over three times and wrecking it. Mr. Downs clung to the wheel and escaped with severe cuts from flying glass and bruises. This crossing, situated on the White Mountain Boulevard, is protected by a wig-wag signal (Boston Globe, December 21, 1927).

Clifton E. Hersom of Milton Mills is here said to have had a more than usually dumb turkey.

Prize Turkey of Milton Mills, N.H.

THIS PRIZE GOBBLER SHORTENED LIFE BY EATING TOO HEARTILY. Special Dispatch to the Globe. MILTON MILLS, N.H, Dec 22. Lately a lot of scientists have been trying to convince us that dumb critters can think. Maybe turkeys don’t come in the critter category but they sure do shine in the matter of dumbness. Here’s a specific instance of deep thought on the part of a Grade A gobbler.

The particular turkey that we’re concerned with is more than usually dumb. He’s only two months old, but in that time unaided by any human agency he has made himself the heavyweight champion of the C.E. Herson farm. This, mind you, despite the fact that Christmas was in the offing all the time. If a turkey can think why does he accumulate 35 pounds of succulent light and dark meat before a holiday?

It looks as though the scientists who say that dumb critters are there on the “pick up” in their mental processes will have to call in an alienist and frame up a temporary insanity or suicidal mania defense in this case.

We might feel bad for our obese and feathered friend if it were not for the fact that he is the possessor of the meanest disposition in seven counties. You can’t touch him with a 10-foot pole, he’s that exclusive. And fight! He’ll fight at the drop of a hat (Boston Globe, December 23, 1927).

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