Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (October 21, 2019)

By Muriel Bristol | October 19, 2019

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, October 21.

The BOS meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public session beginning at 5:45 PM. That agenda has one Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 II (e).

91-A:3 II (e) Consideration or negotiation of pending claims or litigation which has been threatened in writing or filed by or against the public body or any subdivision thereof, or by or against any member thereof because of his or her membership in such public body, until the claim or litigation has been fully adjudicated or otherwise settled. Any application filed for tax abatement, pursuant to law, with any body or board shall not constitute a threatened or filed litigation against any public body for the purposes of this subparagraph.

The BOS had the same item on the agenda of its previous Non-Public meeting. It would seem that the Town faces still – or faces again – litigation by someone who does not agree unanimously.

Might it be that it is the litigator that is correct and the Town that is in the wrong? So much of what they do is wrong, and this secrecy might have us paying to defend errors and injustices that we might not want to defend if we knew the nature of the issue. Maybe it should be discussed or at least explained to some degree in a Public session. Not the legal strategies, which may remain confidential, but the nature of the suit.

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

The BOS intend to adjourn their Non-Public BOS session at approximately (*) 6:00 PM, when they intend to return to Public session.

The Public portion of the agenda has New Business, Old Business, Other Business, and some housekeeping items.

Under New Business are scheduled ten agenda items: 1) Outside Agency Presentation; HAVEN (Debra Altschiller), 2) Economic Development Committee Member Resignation & Appointment (E. Hutchings), 3) Cemetery Trustee Alternate Member Appointment (John Katwick), 4) Silver Street Reconstruction Discussion (David Cormier Jr.), 5) Approval of in Town Trick or Treat Crossing Guard (Jeffery Zajicek), 6) Fire Chief N. Marique a. Approval of Partial Winding Road Renaming b. SCBA Air Pack Discussion, 7) Police Chief R. Krauss a. Phone System Discussion b. Request Finalization of Car2 Replacement c. SRO Warrant Article d. Winter Parking-Town Hall Lot, 8) Library CRF Spending Request (Betsy Baker), 9) Casey Road Committee Discussion of Tax Map 41, Lot 81 (Karen Golab), 10) 460 White Mountain Highway Discussion.

Many items are characterized as “discussions,” which we may take as “proposals to spend money.”

Outside Agency Presentation; HAVEN (Debra Altschiller). Debra Altschiller is Community Liaison for HAVEN, which provides domestic and sexual violence support services. They have a Rochester office at 150 Wakefield Street, Suite 16 (and others in Portsmouth and Epping), with banker’s hours, but also a 24-hour confidential support line at 1-603-994-7233.

Economic Development Committee Member Resignation & Appointment (E. Hutchings). It would seem that someone has developed some sort of scheduling or other conflict, or perhaps has withdrawn their support, and that a replacement is to be [s]elected in their place.

Cemetery Trustee Alternate Member Appointment (John Katwick). Another [s]election.

Silver Street Reconstruction Discussion (David Cormier Jr.). A correspondent has passed along a rather wide-spread rumor that this project has seriously outpaced its cost estimates. Color us surprised.

Approval of In-Town Trick-or-Treat Crossing Guard (Jeffery Zajicek). Per usual.

Fire Chief N. Marique: a. Approval of Partial Winding Road Renaming b. SCBA Air Pack Discussion. One hopes any new name does not “honor” in any way some former tax raiser. That was the initial impulse in Boston, much disputed, before they settled on the “Ted Williams Tunnel.” Most people had favored “The Taxpayers’ Tunnel,” with Ted Williams being merely a better choice than some politician.

Breathers for firemen was much discussed last year. For some reason, a phased replacement of this very expensive equipment was rejected.

Police Chief R. Krauss: a. Phone System Discussion, b. Request Finalization of Car2 Replacement, c. SRO Warrant Article, d. Winter Parking-Town Hall Lot. The chief’s request for a new phone system is carried over from a prior meeting, as is Car 54.

The School Resource Officer (SRO) position was formerly said to be jointly funded by the Police and School budgets. And now that position will feature in some way in its own warrant article.

Winter parking restrictions were never actually resolved, just shuffled around and papered over.

Library CRF Spending Request (Betsy Baker). Presumably, paying for library renovations from the fund put aside for that purpose. “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” You put the “Free” in Milton Free Public Library.

Casey Road Committee Discussion of Tax Map 41, Lot 81 (Karen Golab). Something to do with the Casey Road conservation land. When last heard, trees were being displaced for a parking lot.

460 White Mountain Highway Discussion. Otherwise known as the old fire station. Workers have been shingling its roof and making other repairs or renovations. A passer-by might assume that the property had been sold and the new owner was working on it. But there seems to be some need for a discussion.

The Old Business portion of the agenda will be displaced into an after-meeting workshop meeting. That will be followed by another Non-Public session.

Other Business That May Come Before the Board has no scheduled items.

There will be the approval of prior minutes (from the BOS meeting of September 23, 2019) [already scheduled last time], the expenditure report, Public Comments “Pertaining to Topics Discussed,” Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments..

Under Old Business is scheduled but one item: 11) Budget Progression.

Budget Progression. This turn of phrase was perhaps intended to signify a third joint budget meeting. Coincidentally, it is also a rather accurate assessment of the likely outcome: a “progression” or increase over last year’s bottom line, which hardly sounds like “progress.”

The BOS meeting is scheduled to end with another Non-Public session. That agenda has one Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 II (a).

(a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.

Promotion and pay raise would be the safe bet. The BOS’ budgetary arrow points only one way.

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


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Milton in the News – 1926

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 17, 2019

In this year, we encounter hand-fed birds, a Milton Three-Ponds horserace, a sled-dog craze, and a fire at the Travelers’ Rest.

It must have been a cold snowy winter for wild birds to eat from the hand.

Odd Items from Everywhere. Several in Milton Mills, N.H, are feeding the robins and pheasants, and they report that the birds are so hungry that they will eat from the hand (Boston Globe, February 20, 1926).

Fred Young’s trotter Early Dreams raced against Belvin at Milton Three-Ponds, as it had against Peter C. in the previous year.

Hoof Prints. Early Dreams, owned by Fred Young of Farmingham [SIC], N.H., and Belvin, owned by Eugene Littlefield of Berwick, Me., have been matched for $100 a side to race at Milton Three Ponds next Saturday (Boston Globe, March 15, 1926).

A Milton Mills sled dog “craze” sounds like it might have been fun, for sledders and dogs alike. It sounds also like another indication of a cold snowy winter.

Odd Items From Everywhere. Milton Mills. N.H., has been seized with the sled dog craze and everything from a hound pup to a police dog is being trained in some kind of harness for sled work. One of the latest to enter the ranks is a hound puppy which is enticed into drawing his coach by someone running ahead of him holding a hot dog. He has eaten frequently m his training when he outran his trainer. A common sight about the town is a dog running home dragging a pair of skis to which is hitched an empty dry goods box, the rider having been left in a snowdrift (Boston Globe, March 22, 1926).

Here we find the first newspaper mention of a Milton fire department, as opposed to a factory fire team or the Rochester fire department.

There were two Fred Downs in Milton: Fred Downs, son of Albert Downs, who lived at Plummer’s Ridge, and Fred Charles Downs, son of Arthur Downs, who lived at Milton Three Ponds village.

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Fred C. Downs (Photo: Kristin Baker)

Fred C. Downs, an ice company laborer, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Census. His household included his wife, Eva M. [(West)] Downs, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Arthur F. Downs, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Hazel M. Downs, aged twelve years (b. NH), Annie V. Downs, aged eleven years (b. NH), Raymond F. Downs, aged five years (b. NH), and Doris E. Downs, aged eight months (b. NH). They resided in a rented house on Remick Street, in Milton village. (Remick, from 22 Silver and Church, in 1917; Church, from 32 So. Main to Silver).

MILTON, N.H., HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE. MILTON, N.H., Dec. 7 – The story-and-a-half house of Fred Downs, Main and Silver sts., was destroyed by fire early this morning and the loss will amount to $3000. Mr. and Mrs. Downs were away at the time and nothing was saved. The Fire Department responded to an alarm and the fire pump from Rochester was sent to the scene. The origin of the fire is unknown. The Fire Department kept the fire from spreading to other buildings. The place is known as “The Travelers’ Rest” and Mr. Downs caters to tourists in the Summer (Boston Globe, December 7, 1926).

Charles F. (Eva M.) Downs appeared in the Milton directory of 1930, with a house on Charles street.

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1925; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1927


Find a Grave. (2013, May 24). Eva M. Downs. Retrieved from


Milton and Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop

By Muriel Bristol | October 13, 2019

In researching other Milton businesses, details of several Milton restaurants have emerged. Miss Elsye Maud Wallace established her Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop, which appears to have been Milton’s second restaurant. (LaRochelle’s lunchroom in Three Ponds village appears to have been the first). Miss Wallace opened her tea shop around 1914 and it remained a going concern through at least 1922 (and probably as late as 1929).

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Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop Advertisement, 1917

Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop occupied a refurbished one-story four-room cottage on Plummer’s Ridge, opposite the schoolhouse there. (Site of the so-called “Blue House” that sold at a tax auction this year). Miss Wallace, her sister, Alice J. Wallace, both theatrical ladies, and their widowed mother, Addie M. (Gilman) Wallace, resided initially right in the building. One of the rooms was given over to the tea shop, and the cooking took place in its kitchen. Additional tables stood out on the lawn.

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Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop, Milton, N.H. Postcard

The ladies catered to the tourist trade traveling up and down the White Mountain Highway or “Boulevard.” It was advertised as being on the Yellow Line to the White Mountains. (The “Yellow Line” refers to the yellow and black bands painted on utility poles to mark the White Mountain Highway’s route).

The Proprietor: Miss Elsye M. Wallace

Elsye Maud Wallace was born in Milton, December 7, 1884, daughter of Dr. William F. and Adelaide M. “Addie” (Gilman) Wallace. Her sister, Lydia J. “Josie” Wallace, was born in Milton, November 15, 1886, but died in Bradford, NH, November 19, 1892. Her youngest sister, Alice J. Wallace, was born in Bradford, NH, July 23, 1893.

William F. Wallace, a physician, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Plaistow, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seventeen years), Addie M. Wallace, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his children, Elsie M. Wallace, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Alice J. Wallace, at school, aged six years (b. NH). Addie M. Wallace was the mother of three children, of whom two were still living. They rented their house.

Elsye M. Wallace of Plaistow, NH, attended the New Hampton Literary and Biblical Institute in 1903. (They listed her residence as Rochester, NH, in 1905). Miss Wallace took positions in teaching initially – mostly voice instruction – but she embarked also upon a singing career.

In October 1904, the Boston Globe ran a contest for a $25,000 educational fund. The contest winner would be the contestant that received the greatest number of ballots (clipped from the newspaper). Her former classmates at the New Hampton Literary [and Bible] Institute promoted her candidacy.

New Hamptonites. Attention! Vote Counter – send in your votes for an old New Hamptonite, Miss Elsye M. Wallace. She’s In to win, so help her along. Enclosed find 40 votes. From one N.H.L.I. Graduate (Boston Globe, October 3, 1904).

Elsye M. Wallace appeared in the Rochester directory of 1905 as a teacher, boarding at 39 Leonard street.

NEWS OF THE GRANGE. What Branches of the Order Are Doing. REPORTS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE. Eastern N.H. Pomona held its twenty-second annual farmer’s festival, July 31, at the New College, Durham, where a basket picnic was served on the lawn, the college buildings and grounds inspected and, at half past two the audience of 300 people was called to order in the Gymnasium by Frank Smith, Farmington, master, who introduced Mrs. Lizzie Lyman Fall, Milton, lecturer, who had charge of these exercises: Invocation by the Rev. John C. Sanderson, Lansing, Mich.; welcome by Prof. F.W. Rane, master of Scammell grange; response by Geo. R. Drake, the first master; Elsye Wallace sang “Under the Rose” and responded to a recall with “The Slumber Boat”; address by H.O. Hadley, State Master, on “The Benefits of Organization”; John McDaniel Lee, recited “Christmas at Black Rocks” and “The Bewitched Cloak”, Miss Wallace sang “The Jean” and there were remarks by Richard Pattee, lecturer of Plymouth State Grange (Portsmouth Herald, August 7, 1906).

Her father, Dr. William F. Wallace, died in Rochester, NH, September 5, 1906. Addie M. Wallace applied for a Civil War widow’s pension, October 15, 1906, based upon her late husband’s service in the Eighteenth NH Infantry.

Elsye M. Wallace taught in Southbridge, MA, during the 1907-08 academic year. She received a salary of $182.00. Southbridge also reimbursed her expense outlay of $15.59 for a set of music charts.

New Hampton, NH, held an Old Home Day festival on August 22, 1908, at which Miss Wallace performed.

The Bristol Cornet Band entertained the crowd with music throughout the day, which concluded with a musical event at Chapel Hall featuring violin and piano soloists and singing of several soprano solos by Miss Elsye M. Wallace of Rochester and Boston.

Miss Elsye Wallace of Boston, MA, appeared as a vocalist in a list of performances of the works of composer Mrs. H.H.A. Beach in 1908. She sang “O Were My Love You Lilac Fair.”

HAMPTON BEACH. Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Priest and Miss Elsye M. Wallace, formerly of Rochester, were recent visitors in the Radcliff hotel from Plaistow. Miss Wallace is a well known vocalist and a pupil of Mrs. Helen Allen Hunt of Boston (Portsmouth Herald, June 14, 1909).

Elsye M. Wallace taught as a Voice instructor at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA, in the 1909-10 academic year. She appeared in the Buena Vista College Bulletin of that year among its faculty members.

ELSYE M. WALLACE. Professor of Voice. Graduate of New England Conservatory 1906, studied with Mme. Sargeur Goodelle one year, with Mme. Ellis-Dexter three years.

John A.P. Harlan, own income, aged sixty-six years (b. IL), headed a Storm Lake, IA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-one years), Laura Harlan, aged sixty-five years (b. OH), and his roomer, Elsye M. Wallace, a voice music instructor, aged twenty-five years (b. NH). Laura Harlan was the mother of six children, of whom three were still living. He owned their house at 406 Otsego street, free-and-clear.

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Dreamland Theater, c1908

Miss Wallace sang at J.W. Greeley’s Dreamland Theater on Congress Street in Portland, ME, in February 1911. The industry periodical Variety reviewed her performance as having “pleased” the audience as a part of the “strongest bill this season.”

PORTLAND, ME. Portland (J.W. Greeley, mgr.; agent U.B.O.; rehearsal, Monday 10). – Australia Four, strong feature; Great Basalera, pleased; Irene Dillon, hit; Catherine Cronin Trio, clever; Rathskellar Trio, well received; Elsye M. Wallace, pleased. Strongest bill this season. Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West” is booked here June 12. HAROLD C. ARENOVSKY (Variety, February 1911).

PORTLAND, ME. PORTLAND (J.W. Greeley, mgr.; agent; U.B.O.; rehearsal, Monday 10). – “Aviator Girl,” strong feature; Allor & Barrlngton, laughing hit; Rathskeller Trio, tremendous; Gregsons, classy; Dan Mason & Co., well received; Elsye M. Wallace, pleased (Variety, March 1911).

Addie M. Wallace appeared in the Rochester directory of 1912, as a widow, with her home at 18 Silver street. Her daughter, Miss Elsye M. Wallace, appeared as having her home also at 18 Silver street.

HAVERHILL. The annual sale and fair of the Ladies’ Society of the Universalist Church was held at the Atkinson, N.H. Town Hall yesterday afternoon and evening. The drama “The Sunny Glen” was presented and Miss Elsye Wallace contributed vocal solos last evening (Boston Globe, November 19, 1913).

AMUSEMENTS. At the Lyric. For this week the Lyric offers a special program of good moving pictures, showing the famous Mutual features, which include the popular Keystone comedy subjects, the “Mutual Girl,” and some of those excellent. American Western pictures and during the week the late Mutual weekly, the latter showing the very latest news events of the country. Miss Elsye Wallace, lyric soprano, has been engaged as soloist, offering selections at each performance. Three shows will be given daily at 2.15, 7.30, and 9. The hot weather of the past week proved, beyond a doubt, that the cold air plant at the Lyric is a real success, for even on the hottest day the theater was cool and comfortable. The Lyric should be an ideal place to drop into at any time, enjoy some good pictures and escape the heat (Fitchburg Sentinel, June 15, 1914).

Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop – 1914-c1929

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Interior Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop, Milton, N.H. 2P

Miss Elsye M. Wallace opened Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop in or around 1914. She provided details of the shop, its creation, and its menu in a 1922 interview (“Making a Living in the Country”: excerpted below). She, her sister, and their mother appear to have lived in the shop, as late as 1917, but later to have run it from Rochester. She continued to pursue her singing career during the winters, working largely as a vaudeville singer, or “theatrical” actress. The tea shop was a fair-weather enterprise, which makes sense, as the automobiles of the time had limited winter capabilities.

The tea shop’s name might have been inspired by the wildflower of the same name – the Ragged Robin (Lychnis Flos Cuculi) – or by a popular musical with the same name of a few years previously.

“Ragged Robin,” the successful Irish play being presented this season by Chauncey Olcott is adding fresh laurels to the wreath of that ever popular star. Mr. Olcott has a budget of new and beautiful songs, there is a fine cast and a wealth of handsome scenery and costumes (Washington Herald, January 2, 1910).

Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop’s sign featured a silhouette of a robin sitting on a branch.

Addie M. and Elsie M. Wallace appeared together in the Rochester directory of 1917 as having moved to Milton. (The prior directory was that of 1912, i.e., their relocation took place between the editions of 1912 and 1917). Addie M. Wallace appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as a widow, who had her house at the R.R.T.S. [Ragged Robin Tea Shop], on Plummer’s Ridge, opposite the schoolhouse. Her younger daughter, Alice J. Wallace, had her home there, while her elder daughter, Elsye M. Wallace, appeared as proprietor of Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop, on Plummer’s Ridge, opposite the schoolhouse.

Rolf Alexander Osterman of Milton registered for the WW I military draft in Milton, June 5, 1917. He was a farm laborer, aged twenty-six years, employed by James F. Doe of Milton. He was of medium height, with a medium build, gray eyes, and light brown hair.

Elsye M. Wallace married in Plaistow, NH, August 16, 1918, Rolf A. Osterman, both of Rochester, NH. He was a soldier, aged twenty-seven years, and divorced. He was born in Lynn, MA, February 16, 1891, son of John L. and Lilly (Scott) Osterman.

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Orth and Coleman’s Tip Top Merrymakers, 1920

William H. Wingate, a shoe factory supply man, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Laura M. Wingate, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his children, Gladys Wingate, a bookkeeper, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and Carlton Wingate, a machine shop machinist, aged twenty years (b. NH), his mother-in-law, Addie M. Wallace, aged sixty-eight years, his brother-in-law, Rolf Osterman, a theater actor, aged thirty-four years (b. RI), and his sisters-in-law, Alsie M. Osterman, a theater actress, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), and Alice J. Wallace, a theater singer, aged twenty-six years (b. NH). They resided at 18 Silver street.

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Automobile Legal Association (ALA) Green Book Advertisement, 1920

Alice J. Wallace married in Milton, November 2, 1920, Phillip A. Kimball, he of Union [Village, Wakefield,] NH. and she of Rochester, NH. He was a physician, aged thirty-one years (b. Tamworth, NH); she was in the Theatrical trade, aged twenty-seven years (b. Bradford, NH). Rev. Owen E. Hardy of Milton performed the ceremony. Phillip A. Kimball was born in Tamworth, NH, October 8, 1889, son of Samuel O. and Sarah F. (Gilman) Kimball.

Elsye Wallace and her husband performed with Orth and Coleman’s Tip Top Merrymakers at the Oneonta Theater in Oneonta, NY, beginning in December 1920. The company performed a bill of musical comedies, with vaudeville acts between them. She was billed in the vaudeville portion of the program as one of the Three Queens of Song and, possibly, was a member also of the Faust Trio (performing High-Class Operatic Selections). Oysterman Rolf was one of the Two Nifty Boys (Oneonta Star, December 23, 1920).

The same company performed at The Palace theater in Olean, NY, in March 1921. It was billed as an Engagement Extraordinary, with A Direct Carload of Genuine “Pep,” Palatably Served. It “Introduced” Lewis Orth, Al Coleman, Jack Ryan, Rolf Osterman, George Barker, O.P. Murphy, Miss Elsye Wallace, Miss Lillian, Miss Rose Bentley, Miss Velma Lee, and “a Gay Galaxy of Girlies.” Al Lemons appeared as The World’s Champion Wooden Shoe Dancer. The main event here, as in Oleonta, was Lew Orth’s seven-act Big Musical Scream “In Phun Inn”: “The Palace’s Most Pretentious Program” (Olean Evening Herald, March 21, 1921).

Ragged Robin - 1922 - 1Making a Living in the Country. THE tourist of to-day, who rushes through the country at top speed, is not looking for a big hotel where he may leisurely eat a course dinner but for quiet spot along the highway, where he may be quickly served with delicious vegetables fresh from the garden, cool salads, drinks tinkling in tall thin glasses, or varieties of dainty sandwiches which the wayside tea house affords. Seven years ago, with almost no capital, absolutely no experience, and very little encouragement from my friends, I opened a little tea room on the road to the Mountains in New Hampshire, and called it “Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop.” The one-story house had only four rooms, but it was over a hundred years old, quaint, and in good condition. Paint and paper did wonders to the interior. In the north room, which I planned to use for my tea room, I put white curtains with blue and white checked gingham overhangings at the windows, and high, straight-backed chairs, as old as the house, were cushioned in the same material. (See page 35). Blue and white rag rugs were used on the painted floor. On one side of the room was a cupboard, in which I placed my dishes. Modern they were, but of a pattern reminding one of the posy-decked china of our grandmothers. Gradually I have added to my store and often my guests exclaim at the “old-fashioned” ware they glimpse through door. Next the cupboard is a tiny fireplace, on whose long mantel are candlesticks reminiscent of Colonial days. An old mirror by the entrance door is favored by ladies who may wish to adjust hat or veil on leaving. As the room was tiny and the capacity limited, I decided to put tables outside under the maples in front of house, where, on hot days the traveler can enjoy the view of hill and lake and the glimpse of gardens through trees.

Ragged Robin - 1922 - 2I HAVE learned by experience, through traveling about the country during the winter months, that the most pretentious meal may be spoiled by unpleasant surroundings and the simplest lunch seem a feast, when served daintily on pretty china, with spotless linen, sparkling glass, and the added brightness of fresh flowers. The kitchen is, of course, the most important part of the ménage. Mine is small, but doors and windows keep it cool and well lighted. As coal and gas are not available, the cooking is done on a big wood-burning range and a kerosene stove. My dishes are all cooked to order, and the wood makes a quick and very hot fire at the time when it is most needed. We depend wholly on tourists, and the number can never even be guessed at. They arrive at all hours, and expect one to be prepared to serve them at a moment’s notice. I am glad to say we have never disappointed them. Business men, hurrying back from weekend visits on Monday morning, are glad to stop for crisp bacon and eggs, and a pot of steaming coffee, or one of those deliciously browned omelets which have helped to make our place popular with them. Tea rooms will always appeal to women, but a wafer-like sandwich and a pot of tea will never satisfy our masculine friends. To win over the men you must provide something more substantial. One of our specialties is good coffee. We make it fresh for every guest, buying the whole bean and grinding it as it is used. Served with thick cream, it is an ever-satisfying accompaniment to breakfast, and a fitting climax to any lunch. 

Ragged Robin - 1922 - 3THE question of help has always been a serious one with me. I believe it is essential that the girls who serve should not only know how to place the dishes correctly on the table, but that they should also possess a pleasing personality, making the guests feel at home. I always supervise the work in the kitchen, so that everything which is served will be up to the standard. We have tried to make our little place attractive on the outside as well, by planting masses of flowers; and among these, of course, are ragged robins. Every year the garden blooms in profusion from early spring until after the frosts. As the demand is also growing for quarters where tourists may spend the night, we have decided to build screened sleeping porches for use this year. Our advertising consists of our road signs, with the little red robin on them, post cards of the house, and our space in the ALA Green Book. But the best advertisement of all is good food, quick service, and home atmosphere. As you leave our little tea room, you will see in the guest book the names of friends from all over this country and the old world; and if ever you come to see us, we hope you will agree with the English gentleman who wrote after his name: “A delightful place to stop for a dainty lunch.” ELSYE WALLACE OSTERMAN

Boston attorney Robert G. Dodge and his wife, Alice W. (Childs) Dodge, stopped at the “Ragged Robin, Milton, N.H.,” on their silver wedding anniversary, September 11, 1925, and posed for photograph there (Spieldenner, 2011 (p. 287)).

Elsye M. Osterman of Milton divorced Rolf A. Osterman of Milton in Strafford County, NH, October 19, 1928. She accused him of adultery. She had her name changed back to Elsye M. Wallace in Strafford County Probate Court in 1929.


Rolf A. Osterman appeared in the Milton directory of 1930, as having a house at Union, R.D. [Rural Delivery]. Elsye M. Wallace did not appear in 1930, nor did Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop. Her sister, Alice J. (Wallace) Kimball, and mother, Addie M. (Gilman) Wallace, were living in Bristol, NH, clear across the state.

Philip Kimball, a physician, aged forty-one years (b. NH), headed a Bristol, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Alice J. Kimball, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), his child, Wallace O. Kimball, aged eight years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Addie M. Wallace, a widow, aged eighty-one years (b. NH). They resided in a rented household, for which they paid $20 per month. They had a radio set.

Dr. Phillip A. and Alice J. (Wallace) Kimball, their son, Wallace O. Kimball, and her mother, Addie M. (Gilman) Wallace, moved from Bristol, NH, to Union village, in Wakefield, NH, before November 1933. Addie M. (Gilman) Wallace died in Wakefield, NH, November 16, 1933, aged eighty-four years.

Rolf Alexander Osterman of Milton registered for the WW II military draft in Milton, April 27, 1942. He was aged fifty-one years and employed by Mr. William Stanton, 114 Charles Street, Rochester. His mailing address was the Scenic Theater, Rochester, NH. He was 5′ 4″ tall, weighing 174 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion.

Elsye Wallace Osterman, of Milton, NH, sold her Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop property to Harold E, and Elvira E. Raynor, both of Malden, MA, for $1 and “other valuable considerations,” October 9, 1947. (The US Revenue Tax on the transaction was $3.30). It was described as “a certain tract of land with the buildings thereon, called the ‘Tea House,’ situate in said Milton on Plummer’s Ridge, so called” (Strafford County Deeds, 552:129).

Elsye M. Wallace appeared in the Boston directories of 1947, 1948, and 1953, as having a house at 1435 Commonwealth avenue in Allston, Boston, MA.

Ralph Osterman appeared in the Rochester directory of 1948, as an employee of the Colonial Theatre, with a house at 6 North Main street (apartment 206).

Elsye M. Wallace submitted a claim to the Social Security Administration, April 11, 1950. She died December 21, 1953.

Rolf A. Osterman died in Rochester, NH, in June 1969. Alice J. (Wallace) Kimball died in Springfield, MA, July 1, 1971.


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Milton in the News – 1925

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 10, 2019

In this year, we encounter the death of Leander M. Nute, a horserace at Milton Three-Ponds, high waters brought by heavy rains, Rev. Arthur Jeffries accepting a call, the Bunker Hill sesquicentennial, a toddler’s drowning, a suicide, waitresses wanted, Harry Pinker’s close call, and the return of a lost pin.

Violin maker Leander Munroe Nute, a first cousin to Lewis Worster Nute, died in Portland, ME, on February 9. He was born in Milton, April 16, 1831, son of David and Lavina (Cook) Nute.

Nute, Leander M - BG250209LEANDER M. NUTE, 94, DEAD AT PORTLAND. Oldest Dartmouth Graduate and a Violin Maker. PORTLAND, Me., Feb. 9 – Leander M. Nute, 94, oldest Dartmouth graduate, a violin maker, died this morning. Leander M. Nute was born in Milton, N.H., in 1831. After leaving school he taught for a time in the Pittsfield, N.H., Academy. He then entered Dartmouth, getting credit for one year on account of his teaching. He was graduated from the college in 1854 and had been for several years the sole survivor of his class. After leaving college he took a scientific course and thought that he wanted to be a railroad builder. His first job was on a project to run a railroad line from Saratoga to Sacketts Harbor. This was a failure, and the young man went West and worked in Michigan and Iowa. He then returned to the East and went into business as a shoe manufacturer in Berwick, Me., living in Somersworth, N.H. When he retired at the age of 68 he had 250 men on his payroll and his output was 1200 pairs a day. Then Mr. Nute decided to start a new career – one which perhaps had been for years his heart’s desire. He began making violins. Twenty years later he won first honors with one of his violins – his 278th – in the State competition of the Maine Violin Makers’ Association. For more than 20 years before his death Mr. Nute had made his home in Portland, Me. He had a shop there where he made his violins. Specimens of his work went all over the East. Mr. Nute was a Mason. His wife died many years ago (Boston Globe, February 9, 1925).

Trotter Early Dreams appeared in horse races as early as July 1915, and as far away as Detroit, MI. Early Dreams once won a $5,000 race.

Hoof Prints. Early Dreams, 2:03¾, and Peter C., 2:19¼, have been matched for a return race $100 side for next Saturday at Milton Three Ponds, N.H. Early Dreams is owned by Fred Young of Farmington and Peter C. by Frank Osgood of Rochester (Boston Globe, February 23, 1925).

Fred Young, a shoe shop sole layer, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maude M. [(Young)] Young, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and his child, Doris M, Young, aged eight years (b. NH). They resided in a rented house on Silver Street Road.

Frank H. Osgood, a livery stable proprietor, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elizabeth I. Osgood, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), his children, Ernest L. Osgood,  U.S. Army sergeant, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and Donald G. Osgood, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and his lodgers, Frank Scicalo, a barbershop barber, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), and Frank Salice, a barber shop barber, aged thirty-seven years (b. Italy).They resided in a rented house on South Main Street.

Heavy March rains required the removal of dam flashboards, but did not demand removing machinery belts.

SALMON FALLS FLOODED AS MILTONS PONDS FILL. EAST ROCHESTER, N.H., March 23. The heavy rainfall of the past 36 hours has caused Salmon Falls River to go on a rampage. The three ponds at Milton, which feed the Salmon Falls, have reached a high point and it was necessary this noon to remove flash-boards from the dam. Ice commenced to go out of the ponds this afternoon. The river lacks only a few inches of flowing over the abutments of the dam at Cocheco Company power house. Lowlands above the dam are completely inundated, while the interval below the brick mill is rapidly being flooded. Tonight mill officials stated that it had not been necessary to remove the belts at the mill. The only damage that the storm has done thus far is to leave rural roads in bad condition. In the North Rochester section at the Spaulding Pond, four rows of flash-boards were removed from the dam (Boston Globe, March 30, 1925).

Heavy rains washed away the flashboards of the Kennebunk Manufacturing Company dam at Milton Mills in December 1923.

Rev. Arthur Jeffries left the First Baptist Church in Athol, MA, to accept a call from Milton.

ATHOL CHURCH CALLS REV. H.T. JOSLYN. Formerly Was Minister at Charlestown. Word has been received from Athol that Rev Howard T. Joslyn, a former pastor at the First Baptist Church, Charlestown, has been extended a call to occupy the pulpit of the First Baptist Church in that town. Since the resignation of Rev. Arthur Jeffries, to accept a pastorate at Milton, N.H, the Athol church has been without a Luther pastor (Boston Globe, April 4, 1925).

Luther B. Roberts, of Milton Mills, and  William P. Farnham, of Lynn, MA, both attended the Battle of Bunker Hill sesquicentennial celebrations. Their grandfathers had participated in the battle.

Roberts, Luther B - BG250409GRANDSON OF BUNKER HILL SOLDIER HERE. Luther B. Roberts, Milton Mills, N.H., Is Nearly 80. Luther B. Roberts of Milton Mills. N.H. nearly 80 who has been visiting relatives near Boston, is a grandson of John Roberts who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill. His grandfather was born in 1753 at Dover Point. N.H., where the Roberts’ ancestors settled on land they bought from the Indians in 1673. John Roberts came to Boston in 1774 just in time to join the Revolutionary forces at Bunker Hill. He served for two years and was one of the men sent to Montreal by way of Lake Champlain. While on this trip he stopped at a hospital where an older brother, Moses, had died and there he found the man who had attended his brother in his last illness and who had buried him. Moses served in the French and Indian War. John Roberts married in 1778. There were 10 children. Luther’s father, Jere, was next to the youngest. John Roberts lived to be 93. His son, Jere, outlived all the other children and passed his 85th birthday. Mr. Roberts, who has been visiting his niece, wife of Speaker Hull of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, is going home to Milton Mills in a day or two but he will return to witness the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill in Charlestown, June 17. He is active, his mind is as keen as ever and he has been mentally lively always, At his age he does look back a bit and reflects about friends. Luther Roberts was born in Waterboro in 1845. He learned his A B C’s in a red schoolhouse. “I’ve come from driving an ox team when I was 16 to see all the great improvements that there are now,” he says. He has been in active mercantile life. In 1878 he was a member of the New Hampshire legislature. In 1915 and 1916 he was in the legislature in Maine, representative from Portland. For four years he was a member of the Supreme Lodge of the order of Knights of Pythias. He and his wife, who was Nellie C. Berry, live now at the Berry homestead. Their one child living is Mrs. Eva Roberts Wood of White Plains, N.Y., who has two children. William R., and Janice. (Boston Globe, April 9, 1925).

Agusta Berry, aged eighty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton Mills household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her brother-in-law, Luther B. Roberts, a lumberman, aged seventy-four years (b. ME), and her sister, Nellie C. Roberts, aged seventy-five years (b. NH). Augusta Berry owned their house on Main Street in Milton Mills Village free-and-clear.

“HARDLY A MAN IS NOW ALIVE.” (By International News Service.) Milton Mills, N.H., June 24. William P. Farnham, eighty-six, of Lynn, Mass., is the only man on record who can remember having seen and talked with a survivor of the battle of Bunker Hill. He visited the grave of his grandfather, a revolutionary soldier, to refresh his memory in order to help entertain the guests of the Bunker Hill day celebration in Charleston, Mass. (Huntington Herald (Huntington, IN), June 24, 1925).

William Farnham, a shoe factory cutter, aged eighty years (b. ME) headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. He resided at 97 Essex Street.

See Milton in the News – 1860, regarding William P. Farnham’s grandfather (and Milton in the News – 1909, for a reprise). See also Milton in the News – 1877 (and Milton in the News – 1894), regarding his paternal aunt, Joanna Farnham, and her nesting trunks.

Idroiga L. “Edith” Pasjkowska, daughter of Joseph E. and Mary (Kenpskoi) Pasjkowska, died in an “accidental drowning” at Depot Pond, August 12, 1925, aged four years, five months, and seventeen days. She had been visiting in Milton for four days at the time of her death.

REVERE GIRL 4, LOSES LIFE AT MILTON. N.H. MILTON, N.H., Aug. 12 – Miss Edith Podeski, from Revere, Mass. was drowned at Depot Pond today. She was 4 years of age, and was on a vacation in care of Mrs. Conley of 98 Proctor av., Revere. The child wandered from the cottage where she was stopping, and a search resulted in the finding of the body in a few feet of water. The body was brought ashore by Raymond Boyle of Rochester (Boston Globe, August 13, 1925).

FOUR LOSE LIVES IN NEW ENGLAND WATERS. WILLIAM IRVING BOYCE, 17, Roxbury, at Foxboro. MARGARET McNAY. 13, of Manchester, N.H., at Crystal Lake. EDITH PODESKI, 4, of Revere, at Milton, N.H. HAROLD BRIDGHAM, 45, of Maine, at Sunset Lake, South Braintree (Boston Globe, August 13, 1925).

Henry J. Connolly, a fish store salesman, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Revere, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Margaret Connolly, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), and his children, Mary H. Connolly, aged thirteen years (b. MA), Elizabeth E. Connolly, aged eleven years (b. MA),and Margaret G. Connolly, aged seven years (b. MA). They resided in a mortgaged house at 98 Proctor Avenue.

Ernest O. Day, of Acton-side in Lebanon, ME, shot himself with a revolver in the early hours of August 13, 1925.

Ernest O. Day, a sawmill laborer, aged thirty-five years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Beatrice R. Day, aged thirty-three days (b. ME), and his children, Alice M. Day, aged thirteen years (b. ME), and Harlan W. Day, aged ten years (b. ME). They resided in a mortgaged house on the South Acton Road (near its intersection with the Springvale Road).

MILTON MILLS, N.H., MAN TAKES OWN LIFE. MILTON MILLS, N.H., Aug. 13 – Ernest A. Day, 28, a farmer of this town, shot and killed himself with a revolver about 2 o’clock this morning. His home was at Mothers Corner. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Day (Boston Globe, August 13, 1925).

BRIEF BITS OF WORLD NEWS. Kills Self at So. Acton. Sanford, Me. Ernest Day, 40, killed himself by shooting himself through the left temple with a revolver at his home In South Acton. He leaves a wife and one son (Portsmouth Herald, August 15, 1925).

We cannot know why at this remove – who can know another’s heart? – but it is a fact that he and his wife were at odds, and that his daughter had died in May (after the birth of her own daughter). He may have been ill, perhaps painfully, incurably ill..

Union’s Tox-a-Way Inn sought three refined girls to work as waitresses. The Tox-a-Way Inn was a 200-year-old wayside inn that had reopened in 1924 under new management (who had a Milton Mills telephone number).

ATTRACTIVE TEA SHOPPE AT UNION. One of the most attractive Tea Shoppes and Auto Inns has opened at Union, N.H., known as Tox-A-Way Inn. Its furnishings are wonderfully attractive, cuisine most excellent and entirely different than usually found at such places. There is nothing in New England that will compare with it. Kitchen is all electrically equipped with electric ranges, broilers, toasters, percolators, waffle irons, etc. All the furniture was made to order, being reproductions of old Windsor Colonials. It has a large dining room for regular guests finished in dark birch, a large tea room finished in colonial gray, and private dining rooms, the chambers are furnished in Belgian gray oak and birch, many of the rooms having running hot and cold water. It is sure to be not only popular with autoists and friends entertaining, but will prove a most attractive place for fishermen and hunters. It is under the management of Mrs. J.R. Huey and Mrs. Robert Smith, her daughter. 1t j17 (Portsmouth Herald, July 17, 1924).

WANTED. WANTED – 3 refined girls for waitresses at Tox-a-Way Inn, Union, N.H. Tel. Milton Mills 35-21 or Ports. 297-6 (Portsmouth Herald, August 20, 1925).

The refined girls hired here would have waited upon inventor Thomas A. Edison, orchestra leaders Paul Whiteman and Jacques Renard, Mrs. Susanna Tarkington (wife of author Booth Tarkington), and governors of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Frank L. Smith was going too fast on the steep down-grade on Wiggin Hill when his car went into a ditch and turned turtle. (One of the few driving restrictions of 1906 was reducing speed when proceeding downhill).

AUTO CRASHES CLAIM TOLL OF FIVE DEAD. Five May Die as Result of Injuries – Quincy Man Crushed Beneath Car on Way to New Hampshire. NORTH WAKEFIELD, N.H., Aug. 23 – Frank L. Smith, 44 years old, of 79 Glendale road, Quincy, was instantly killed; Mrs. Clara Isora Dustin of Tremont st., Quincy, and Mrs. Henry T. Cushman, now of Milton Mills, N.H., and recently of Boston, received minor injuries when a large touring car in which they were riding overturned on Wiggin hill shortly after 8 o’clock this morning. According to witnesses of the accident Smith was driving at high speed. Attempting to lessen the speed of the machine in order to negotiate the steep down grade he applied the brakes. The machine went into a ditch. Smith was crushed beneath the overturned car. The two passengers were thrown clear. Mrs. Dustin sustained a fractured arm, cuts about the head and face, and Mrs. Cushman suffered with body bruises. Little information could be obtained about Smith other than he lived in Quincy and was employed as an auditor. The automobile bore a Massachusetts registration plate 110,012 (Boston Globe, August 24, 1925).

Frank L. Smith, a shipyard bookkeeper, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Quincy, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elizabeth J. Smith, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), and his children, Hazel L. Smith, aged fourteen years (b. MA), and Elizabeth Smith, aged thirteen years (b. MA). They resided in a rented dwelling at 118 Sagamore Street.

Despite Clara Isora Duncan’s injuries being characterized as minor ones, she died in the Rochester Hospital, on Charles Street in Rochester, NH, September 15, 1925, aged forty-nine years, two months, and twenty-one days. Her primary cause of death was a general sepsis of wounds on her back; the contributing causes were a fractured left elbow, fractured right clavicle, wounds on her forehead and her whole back, which were macerated and had become infected. (Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, but it was not in general use until 1942).

Mrs. May E. (Thayer) Cushman, who was bruised only, was the sole long-term survivor. She and her husband were living in Farmington, NH, in 1930.

BOY BURIED IN SAND CAVE AT MILTON. Milton Mills, Sept. 4 – The sudden collapse of the top of a cave which he and four young companions had been digging, almost cost the life of little Herman Pinker yesterday afternoon, when he was buried several feet deep. His companions dug furiously for a few minutes, but seemed to make no headway. One of them, Lester Marsh, ran to his home and summoned his brother, Ithal, who finally reached the boy. He was still breathing, but was unconscious. He was hurried to his home, where he was revived by a pulmotor (Portsmouth Herald, September 4, 1925).

Lester E. Marsh, aged fourteen years at this time, and his older brother, Ithiel E. Marsh, aged sixteen years, were children of George W. and Eva M. (Burrows) Marsh of Acton, ME.

Edward L. Osgood married (2nd) in Lebanon, ME, May 24, 1925, Edith M. Whitehouse, both of Lebanon.

The new Mrs. Osgood is here said to have been sorting potatoes when she found another woman’s gold pin. (Properly prepared and stored potatoes may last for between four and nine months).

PIN, LOST SIX YEARS, FOUND IN POTATO. Special Dispatch to the Globe. MILTON, N.H., Dec. 15 – While sorting a few potatoes at her home yesterday Mrs. Edward L. Osgood found a large gold pin attached to one of them. The pin, which was made from a gold piece, bore the date 1888 and the initial W. Inquiries resulted in the information that the pin had been lost in her garden nearly six years ago by Mrs. Eliza Wentworth of Sanbornville, N.H. It was returned to the owner (Boston Globe, December 16, 1925).

Mrs. Eliza M. (Hanson) Wentworth, the source of the potatoes, had presumably lost her gold pin in her potato field, nearly six years before. It had attached itself there to her 1925 crop and passed thereby on potatoes sold to Mrs. Edith M. (Whitehouse) Osgood. (The two women may have been related: Mrs. Wentworth’s mother had been also an Edith Whitehouse: Edith (Whitehouse) Hanson.

Eliza M. (Hanson) Wentworth, widow of Fred M. Wentworth, and a forty-eight year resident of Sanbornville, Wakefield, NH, died in Milton, April 11, 1926, aged sixty-three years, nine months, and seven days. She died of cancer, with which she had been afflicted for eight months, i.e., from about the harvest time of the potatoes in which her gold coin pin was discovered. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., of Milton, reported her death.

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Milton in the News – 1924

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 6, 2019

In this year, we encounter the annual ice harvest, a poultry farm for sale, another train death, the police chief hospitalized, an ice worker returned home, a barber sought, ice horses auctioned, a grange meeting, a Rochester fire truck’s response, a drowning death, a dancing policeman, another visit from the fisher queen, Rev. H.E. Whitcomb visits Haverhill, the death of “ice king” John O. Porter, Kittery Boy Scouts camping, a fruit farm for sale, a barber sought still, the Grand Master Workman’s visit, hound dogs for sale, Rev. H.E. Whitcomb returned from Haverhill, Rev. Newell W. Whitman called away, a Milton Mills fire, and NH scholastic test scores.

Warmer weather in greater Boston again favored Milton’s ice industry, which “enjoyed” zero weather.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ICE FOR BOSTON. Harvesting Begins This Week on Milton Ponds. Lakes Frozen to Depth of About 12 Inches. Product Will Be Shipped in Freight Cars. Special Dispatch to the Globe. MILTON, N.H., Jan. 19 – For the next few weeks there will be more than usual activity in the ice harvesting business in this town and Sanbornville by reason of the very thin ice on the ponds in the Bay State, causing dealers to look elsewhere for their supply. To relieve the situation in Boston it is planned to ship ice by freight to the city not only from Milton Three Ponds, and Sanbornville, but from Mt. Major and other points along Lake Winnipesaukee. Ice in this section is about a foot thick, and ice cutting will begin the coming week. With good weather and normal conditions the work should be completed in a month or six weeks. Hundreds of men will be employed among the Boston firms which will harvest ice in this vicinity are the Boston Ice Company, Metropolitan Ice Company and the Porter Milton Ice Company. There has been some zero weather the past few weeks, and many mornings the thermometer has registered only a few degrees above that point. Fifteen inches is the desired thickness for ice cutting (Boston Globe, January 20, 1924).

William Sears Perry sought to sell his Milton poultry farm on the [Nute] Ridge Road in West Milton.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS. BUYS FOR OCCUPANCY. The E.A. Strout Farm Agency, Inc., reports the sale of the 40-acre poultry farm of Willard S. Perry on the Ridge road at Milton, N.H., to Elizabeth A. Varney. There is a six-room frame house with modern improvements, a large barn and several other outbuildings. Included in the sale is a large amount of machinery, tools and other personal property. (Boston Globe, February 7, 1924).

Willard S. Perry, a general work laborer, aged fifty-three years (b. MA), headed a Bridgewater, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Clara L. Perry, aged forty-five years (b. MA), and his children, Evering E. Perry, aged fifteen years (b. MA), Lillian E. Perry, aged eleven years (b. MA), Charles T. Perry, aged ten years (b. MA), and Walter L. Perry, aged seven years (b. MA). They owned their house at 314 Pine Street free-and-clear.

Willard S. Perry died in Brewster, MA, September 11, 1925. Clara L. (Howland) Perry died in West Milton, NH, February 23, 1955.

A Boston Ice Company worker was killed while crossing the railroad tracks. (A Porter Ice Company foreman met a similar fate in 1916).

SNOW-BLINDED MAN KILLED ON CROSSING. Melville Cameron, Lynn, Train Victim. Special Dispatch to the Globe MILTON, N.H., Feb 10 – Blinded by snow, Melville Cameron, 60, of Lynn, Mass, walked onto a crossing near the ice house of the Boston Ice Company this afternoon and was killed by a train. Cameron was walking with two other employes of the ice company: Eli Doucette and John Goode. Doucette got across the crossing safely. Goode drew back just in time.

LYNN, Feb. 10 – Melville Cameron, who was killed today when struck by a train in Milton, N.H., had been a resident of this city three years, coming here from Wakefield. He lived at 52 Waterhill st. with his daughter, Gladys (Boston Globe, February 11, 1924).

Melvin Cameron appeared in the Lynn city directory of 1920, as a driver, rooming at 700 Western avenue. A Melville Cameron, with a house at 52 Waterhill street, appeared in Lynn city directories of 1921, 1923, and 1924.

According to Milton vital records, Melvin Cameron, an ice plant worker, aged fifty-eight years, died accidentally when he was “struck by R.R. train,” February 10, 1924. He had resided in Milton for two weeks; his previous residence, i.e., his actual residence, being Lynn, MA. M.A.H. Hart, MD, reported the death. Cameron was buried, at least temporarily, in a receiving tomb in Rochester, NH.

Police Chief Arthur F. Remick was hospitalized from injuries he sustained in felling a tree.

FALLING TREE STRIKES MILTON POLICE CHIEF. Rochester, March 3 – Chief of Police Arthur M. Remick of Milton is in a serious condition at the Rochester hospital with his name on the danger list as the result of an accident. He was at work felling a large tree and misjudged the direction in which it fell, with the result that he was struck in the face and pinned underneath the tree (Portsmouth Herald, March 3, 1924).

Arthur F. Remick, a house carpenter, aged thirty-eight years (b. MH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Angie E. [(Page)] Remick, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), his children, Anly D. Remick, aged eight years (b. NH), Florence M. Remick, aged six years (b. NH), Marguerite E. Remick, aged four years (b. NH), Bessie M. Remick, aged one year (b. NH), and his grandfather, Charles H. Durrell, a widower, aged eighty-four years (b. NH). Arthur F. Remick owned their house on Lower Main Street in Milton Village.

Another recently-married young Kittery man spent some time in Milton’s ice industry. (Similar to his neighbor, Allen Barker, in the previous year).

KITTERY NEWS. Myron Woods has returned home from several weeks at Milton, N.H., where he was employed on the ice fields (Portsmouth Herald, March 4, 1924).

Charles M. Woods married in Dover, NH, May 6, 1922, Dorothy A. Bowdoin, he of Boston, MA, and she of Kittery, ME. He was a student, aged twenty-one years; and she was aged twenty years.

C. Myron Woods, a navy yard electrician, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Kittery, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Dorothy A. Woods, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), and his children, Mary E. Woods, aged six years (b. ME), and Barbara L. Woods, aged four years and five months (b. ME). They rented their part of a two-family dwelling at 34 Whipple Road, from his parents, Charles E. and Julie E. Woods, both aged fifty-three years.

Charles L. Burke advertised still for a barber, as he had in the previous year. His offer now included a commission. He was still looking in September.

MALE HELP WANTED. BARBER WANTED – First-class, good wages and commission. C.L. BURKE. Milton, N.H. 3t* mh27 (Boston Globe, March 27, 1924).

Milton ice companies typically sold off their horses once their annual ice harvest was complete. (Similar auction sale advertisements may be seen in 1912, 1914, and 1918).

AUCTION SALES OF HORSES AND CARRIAGES. MCKINNEY BROS. Brighton Sale and Exchange Stable Draft. Business, Family and Saddle Horses and Pony Outfits. 421 MARKET ST., BRIGHTON. TELEPHONE BRIGHTON 0058. ONE LOAD of good Indiana horses in matched pairs and single horses, varying In weight from 1300 lbs. to 1800 lbs., as good as can be found; 10 head of good acclimated horses, weighing from 1300 to 1600 lbs., ready for hard work. REGULAR AUCTION SALE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, AT 1 P.M. 75 head of good second-hand horses of all descriptions, consigned by teaming, trucking and expressing firms in and around Boston; some very useful horses among these consignments; wagons, tip carts and harness of all descriptions. AT 3 P.M. 12 head of horses from the Porter Milton Ice Co. that have been used this Winter at their plant at the Weirs and Milton, N.H.; some extra good horses in good condition. D.L. McKinney, L.L. Hall. Auctioneers (Boston Globe, March 30, 1924).

The regional grange held a meeting at the Lewis W. Nute Grange in Milton. Baptist Rev. George H. Chambers gave an opening prayer and Grange Master Leroy J. Ford gave a welcoming address.

Leroy J. Ford, a farmer, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ella B. [(Bliss)] Ford, aged thirty-four years (b. CT). They resided in a rented house at the Plummer’s Ridge Road.

EASTERN N.H. POMONA GRANGE MEETS AT MILTON. MILTON, N.H., April 24 – Eastern New Hampshire Pomona Grange met today with Lewis W. Nute Grange, with a large attendance. A public session was held in the afternoon and was opened by singing by the patrons of the local lodge, followed by prayer by Rev G.H. Chambers of Milton and the addresses of welcome by Leroy J. Ford, master of Lewis W. Nute Grange. The response was by Past Master James B. Young of Rochester, after which the following question was discussed: “Resolved, that the State and Federal acquisition of forest lands should not be encouraged or permitted unless means are provided for the annual payment of taxes thereon to the towns, equaling the rate of tax levied under the same valuation as if privately owned.” The disputants were Charles D. Colman, Jr., Charles W. Varney and Charles H. Ward of Rochester and Albert H. Brown of Strafford. There was an address on “Neighbors” by Mrs. Edna Crewe of Dover, director of the Dover Neighborhood House; vocal solos by Harold Lincoln and Miss Agnes Rogers of Rochester, readings by Arthur W. McDaniel of Nottingham and the reading of the “Cornucopia,” Pomona Grange paper, by John S. Kimball of Rochester. A closed session was held in the evening, when the fifth degree was conferred (Boston Globe, April 25, 1924).

From this item we learn that Rochester, NH, had now motorized fire trucks, rather than horse-drawn ones, and that they responded to Milton fires.

AMONG THE FIREMEN. At a recent fire in Milton, N.H., the motor trucks from Rochester made the trip at eight miles in record time and laid 3000 feet of hose (Boston Globe, June 29, 1924).

Rochester fire trucks responded also to a serious Milton Mills fire in November.

Elmer John Martin, of 46 Pond Street, Georgetown, MA, aged forty-five years (b. August 28, 1873), registered for the WW I military draft in Georgetown, MA, September 12, 1918. He worked as an ice laborer. His nearest relation was Delia Martin, also of 46 Pond Street, Georgetown, MA. He was of medium height, with a medium build, light blue eyes, and dark brown hair.

DROWNED YESTERDAY IN NEW ENGLAND. JOSEPH P. LUCEY, 25, of Melrose, at Graniteville. JAMES BURBINE, 7, at Andover. ELMER MARTIN, at Milton, N.H. MISS IDA E. FOSTER, 30, at Portland, Me. ANDREW MORIARTY, 12, at Enfield Falls. Conn. THOMAS MORIARTY, 10, at Enfield Falls, Conn. GEORGE MARR, 10, at New London, Conn. (Boston Globe, July 14, 1924).

According to Milton vital records, Elmer Martin died in an “accidental drowning (while in bathing),” July 13, 1924. He was a laborer, aged fifty years (b. Westville, NH), who had lived in Milton for ten [SIC] years.

Rochester’s Ex-City Marshal had been primarily a barber. In this year, he engaged in a dance contest at the Milton pavilion against a much younger railroad signalman. (It brings to mind former White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, and his surprising foray onto “Dancing with the Stars”).

Rochester, N.H., Ex-Police Chief Will Jazz It Up As Result of Challenge. ROCHESTER, N.H., July 22. Tomorrow evening at the pavilion at Milton Three Ponds, there will be a challenge dancing contest between Ex-City Marshal Charles M. Cook and partner and Leo Brennan and partner, as the result of a wager (Boston Globe, July 22, 1924).

Charles M. Cook, a barber, aged forty-six years, headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Nancy M. Cook, aged forty-five years (b. Nova Scotia), and his children, Florence E. Cook, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Mildred M. Cook, a public school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), and Edna W. Cook, aged seventeen years (b. NH). They resided in a rented house at 85 Wakefield Street.

Dennis Brennan, a railroad signalman, aged fifty-five years (b. Ireland), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Catherine Brennan, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), his children, Elizabeth Cook, a shoe shop stitcher, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), Leo Cook, a railroad signalman, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Josephine Cook, a shoe shop packer, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), and Alice Cook, aged ten years (b. NH), his son-in-law, John Berry, a bleachery bleacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and his daughter, Mary Berry, aged twenty-six years (b. NH). They resided at 6 Bryan Street, which they owned free-and-clear.

Miss Hazel White, the prodigious eight-year-old angler of September 1916 (now aged sixteen years), returned to Milton for a week’s vacation. (She had visited also in the previous year).

KITTERY NEWS. Miss Hazel White is the guest of friends at Milton, N.H., for the week (Portsmouth Herald, August 7, 1924).

Rev. Harvey E. Whitcomb and his family visited his sister, Bertha C. (Whitcomb) Wells, in Haverhill, MA.

HAVERHILL. Mrs. George Wells is entertaining her brother, Rev. Whitcomb and his wife and daughter from Milton Mills this week (Groton Times, August 8, 1924).

Here we bid farewell to ice magnate John Oliver Porter of Marblehead, MA, who had retired several years previously. His first appearance in a Milton business directory was in that of 1892.

DEATH OF JOHN O. PORTER, MARBLEHEAD BUSINESS MAN. MARBLEHEAD, Aug. 13 – The death of John O. Porter in Boston this morning was received here with great surprise. It was reported that his death was due to acute indigestion, which came on suddenly yesterday. Mr. Porter, who was the head of the Porter Ice Company of this town, was born In Ipswich and received his education there. He came to Marblehead about 55 years ago, and was the owner of much real estate as well as a large livery stable. He was a member of Atlantic Lodge, I.O.O.F., and also the Massachusetts Ice Dealers’ Association. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Porter; one daughter, Mrs. James Skinner, and one son, Charles Porter (Boston Globe, August 13, 1924).

JOHN O. PORTER OF MARBLEHEAD DEAD. MARBLEHEAD, Aug 13 – Stricken with acute indigestion while on a business trip to Boston Tuesday afternoon. John O. Porter, 73, one of the wealthier citizens of this town, died at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital shortly after 1 this morning. He was born in Ipswich, but came to live in Marblehead In 1873, entering the business of harness making in a small shop at the foot of Tucker st. Later he entered the livery business, and in the early 80’s became an ice dealer. Up to four years ago, when he retired, he was one of the leading ice dealers in this section, having large holdings on ice properties in Milton, N.H., and Brookfield. Recently he has been interested in real estate. A wife, a son and a daughter survive him (Boston Globe, August 14, 1924).

DEATHS. PORTER – In Marblehead [SIC], suddenly, August 13, John O. Porter, 73 years of age. Funeral from the Universalist Church, Marblehead, Friday, at 2 p.m. (Boston Globe, August 14, 1924).

The Boy Scouts of America were a relatively new organization. It had been founded in February 1910, and Federally chartered in June 1916.

KITTERY NEWS. The Kittery troop of Boy Scouts will leave Sunday morning at 8 for Milton, N.H., to spend one week in camp (Portsmouth Herald, August 22, 1924).

The Brown Brothers fruit farm on White Mountain “Boulevard” sold to Daniel D. Steele, with all its appurtenances.

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. OUT-OF-TOWN SALES. An important sale closed at Milton, N.H., is through the Chas. G. Clapp Company. It involves the large fruit farm of Brown Bros, on White Mountain boulevard, there being 150 acres. There is also an apple orchard of 1600 trees and other fruit. The buildings comprise a large mansion house, bungalow, barns, etc. A large amount of personal property was included in the sale. Daniel D. Steele buys for improvement and occupancy (Boston Globe, August 24, 1924).

Barber shop proprietor Charles L. Burke’s “good wages” of March are set forth as being $25 per week, plus commissions. (This represented a 19% increase over the $21 offered in October 1919).

MALE HELP WANTED. BARBER WANTED – At once, must be good workman, steady job, $25 and commission. C.L. BURKE, Milton, N.H. Sud3t* au31 (Boston Globe, September 1, 1924).

Grand Master Workman Thomas H. Canning visited a number of local A.O.U.W. lodges, including Milton’s Strafford Lodge. G.M.W. Canning resided in Boston, MA, and oversaw A.O.U.W. activities in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He had been also a leader for many years in the Knights of Labor.

Canning, Thomas H - BG260427Ancient Order United Workmen. Grand Master Workman Thomas H. Canning will visit Aurora Lodge of Claremont, N.H., Monday evening. Mt. Support Lodge of Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday evening, Winnipiseogee Lodge of Franklin and Belknap Lodge of Tilton, N.H., Wednesday evening, Granite Lodge of Laconia, N.H., Thursday evening, Strafford Lodge of Milton, N.H., and Rochester Lodge, Friday evening, and Marlboro Lodge, Saturday evening. The Minute Men and Women of Salem and vicinity will hold a demonstration meeting Sept. 17 (Boston Globe, [Sunday,] September 7, 1924).

Two local residents offered hound dogs for sale. (Other residents had sold dogs in 1917 and 1918).

DOGS, CATS, PETS, ETC. FOR SALE. BLUE-TICKED RABBIT HOUND, thoroughly broken; 2 year old; 18 inches high. L.W. WESTON, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, September 14, 1924).

Lewis W. Weston, a farming teamster, aged forty-three years (b. NH), was a hired man in the Milton household of Allie J. Laskey, a general farmer, aged seventy years (b. NH), at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. They resided on Branch Hill Road.

DOGS, CATS, PETS, ETC. COON HOUNDS. GOOD as lives; one pair, fox and rabbit proof; trial allowed; the real goods. A.H. STACKPOLE, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, September 21, 1924).

Arthur H. Stackpole, a salesman, and his wife, Bertha Stackpole, resided in West Lebanon, ME, in 1930.

Rev. Harvey E. Whitcomb returned from Haverhill, MA, to his home at Willow Mills, i.e., Milton Mills.

HAVERHILL. Rev. Harvey Whitcomb, who has been helping at W.G. Atkins’, has returned to his home in Willow Mills (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), October 10, 1924).

Rev. Newell W. Whitman received and accepted a call to a Congregational church in Ashby, MA.

ASHBY. Rev. Newell Wordsworth Whitman, who was recently called to the pastorate of the Orthodox Congregational church in Ashby, has moved with his family into the parsonage. He came to Ashby from Milton, N.H., where during the three years as pastor of the Congregational church he has done constructive work building the church financially and numerically. His most notable achievement was the federation of the Baptist and the Congregational churches in town. Next Sunday Mr. Whitman will preach on “New birth – the greatest fact in a man’s life work. What it is; what it does; how to get it” (Fitchburg Sentinel, November 7, 1924).

Milton Mills suffered a serious fire in the early hours of Thursday, November 20. The Townsend mill firemen and those of Rochester, NH, responded to the fire.

Among the affected properties were those of Milton Mills druggist, E.W. Emerson, and his drug clerk, Fred Carswell. (See more about Eugene W. Emerson in 1913; and Fred Carswell in August 1914).

FIRE SWEEPS MILTON MILLS. Houses Destroyed in New Hampshire Town. MILTON MILLS, N.H., Nov. 20. Several barns and houses, as well as a large pile of lumber, were a complete loss to their owners as the result of a fire in this town at 5 o’clock this morning, which caused a damage estimated at $17,100. Help was called from Rochester, 18 miles away, and the Fire Department at the Townsend Mills in the village also responded and aided the local firemen to fight the blaze. It took the Rochester fire apparatus just 20 minutes to reach the scene. The fire started in a blacksmith shop on Main st. owned by John E. Horn and occupied by Hiram Burrows. Fanned by a strong wind, the wooden building was soon a roaring furnace, and sparks and embers had spread to an adjoining pile of lumber valued at $300, which made ready fuel for the flames. The blaze then spread to a two-story house with a french roof owned by Arthur Flye of Arlington, Mass., and occupied by Fred Carswell and his wife and son. The house was of wooden structure and was soon blazing on all sides and the Carswell family made frantic efforts to move their valuables to the street. The structure was badly burned and the household effects were a complete loss. It is said that there is $1600 insurance on the property. The fire then spread to a barn 50 feet by 40 feet and only a shell was left standing. The flames continued to spread, in spite of the work of the firemen, and caught the buildings owned by Luther B. Roberts, which included a long house and a barn. The house was occupied by George Fogg. The sparks and embers then ignited the cottage house owned by Henry Townsend and occupied by Robert Alexander. The roof and windows caught fire and soon the structure was beyond saving. Another barn nearby, which was stocked with about $200 worth of furniture, the property of E.W. Emerson, also caught fire from the flying burning debris, and that, too, was soon a roaring furnace. At this point the combined efforts of the firemen checked the flames. It was one of the worst fires this town has ever known and the smoke could be seen for miles around. Persons who came to watch the firemen turned firemen themselves and aided the fire-fighters. Although no cause is given, it is said that a fire was left burning in a stove in the blacksmith shop over night, and that in some manner the inside of the structure caught fire. The firemen from the Townsend Woolen Mills ran lines of hose from the mills and pumped water at the rate of 800 gallons a minute onto the burning buildings (Boston Globe, November 20, 1924).

N.H. State News. Milton Mills was visited by a $17,000 fire Nov. 20 which burned down six buildings and damaged three others (Groton Times, November 28, 1924).

N.H. State News. Recent tests in 8th grades in the state schools, taken by 5,000 pupils, showed an average of 67.42 in spelling with 76 towns having an average of 75, or better. Tests in arithmetic showed that 8th graders in New Hampshire this year are better than 9th graders of Springfield, Mass., were in 1846, for they did the same examples and had an average of 49.29 against an average in Springfield in 1846 of 29.41 (Groton Times, November 28, 1924).

In the latest available test results – those of 2016-17 – New Hampshire’s eighth grade reading average was 58%, and its eighth grade mathematics average was 45%. (Milton’s eighth grade reading average was 20%, and its eighth grade mathematics average was 11%, in 2016-17).

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Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (October 7, 2019)

By Muriel Bristol | October 5, 2019

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their rather lean agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, October 7.

The BOS meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public session beginning at 5:45 PM. That agenda has one Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 II (e).

91-A:3 II (e) Consideration or negotiation of pending claims or litigation which has been threatened in writing or filed by or against the public body or any subdivision thereof, or by or against any member thereof because of his or her membership in such public body, until the claim or litigation has been fully adjudicated or otherwise settled. Any application filed for tax abatement, pursuant to law, with any body or board shall not constitute a threatened or filed litigation against any public body for the purposes of this subparagraph.

It would seem that the Town faces still – or faces again – litigation by someone who does not agree unanimously.

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

The BOS intend to adjourn their Non-Public BOS session at approximately (*) 6:00 PM, when they intend to return to Public session.

The Public portion of the agenda has New Business, Old Business, Other Business, and some housekeeping items.

Under New Business are scheduled two agenda items: 1) Silver Street Reconstruction Discussion (David Cormier Jr.), and 2) Approval of In-Town Trick-or-Treat Crossing Guard (Jeffery Zajicek).

Silver Street Reconstruction Discussion (David Cormier Jr.). Mr. Cormier would like to discuss reconstruction of the Silver Street intersection.

Approval of In-Town Trick-or-Treat Crossing Guard (Jeffery Zajicek). While it is difficult to imagine this not getting approved, it might be a bit of a spoiler to put “approval” right in the title.

Under Old Business is scheduled nothing at all.

“That government is best which governs least.” – Henry D. Thoreau

Other Business That May Come Before the Board has no scheduled items.

“The best rulers are scarcely known by their subjects.” – Lao Tze

Finally, there will be the approval of prior minutes (from the BOS meeting of September 23, 2019), the expenditure report, Public Comments “Pertaining to Topics Discussed,” Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments.

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


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Milton in the News – 1923

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 3, 2019

In this year, we encounter Milton blanketed in snow five feet deep, a flu epidemic at Milton Mills, an ice-cutting job, an entirely unintentional fall, an auto accident, a rare wedding, a barber wanted, a farm for sale, a sanity test, a return of the fisher queen, the route to Milton, radio reception, a Nute High tuition student, Rev. Whitcomb assisting his daughter, a houseworker wanted, and a problem wrought by heavy rains.

Milton has had storms that brought three feet of snow in recent years, but five would have been a “good deal” of snow indeed.

EDITORIAL POINTS. Perhaps you thought there was a good deal of snow to shovel, but supposing that snowfall had been five feet on a level around Boston, as it was in Milton, N.H.! (Boston Globe, January 6, 1923).

It might have been comparable – although for Milton alone – to the “Great Snow” of 1717, which left five-plus feet of snow all over New England, with drifts of up to twelve feet deep.

A recurrence of the so-called Spanish Flu of 1918-19 struck Milton Mills during the winter of 1922-23. The second wave was less deadly than the original. NH newspaper accounts mentioned the double difficulty of the epidemic and the difficulty doctors had in reaching patients through deep snow, some doctors having to resort to snowshoes.

Charles Tinker, a [Waumbeck] blanket mills loom fixer, aged sixty-five years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elizabeth A. Tinker, house working out, aged sixty-three years (b. MA), his child, Dora M. Colbath, a widow, aged forty-one years (b. MA), and his grandchildren, Lizzie E. Colbath, aged nineteen years, Jessie M. Colbath, aged ten years, Ernest F. Colbath, aged six years, Catherine L. Colbath, aged four years and one month, and Herman F. Clough, aged eleven years. They resided in a rented house on French Street.

EPIDEMIC HITS MILTON MILLS. Rochester, Feb. 7 – Reports received last night from Milton Mills, a small town about 20 miles north of here, indicated that the epidemic of influenza which has prevailed there for the past few days is increasing. More than 100 cases have been reported, but so far only one death has resulted, Mrs. Charles Tinker, 62 years old, whose illness developed into pneumonia. Several new cases were reported yesterday (Portsmouth Herald, February 8, 1923).

NEWMARKET. The epidemic resembles the “flu” but seems to be of shorter duration. It is none the less serious for all that (Portsmouth Herald, February 20, 1923).

Allen E. Barker of Whipple Road in Kittery, ME, was quite young – not yet nineteen years of age – when he signed on to work in Milton’s ice industry. He was a clerk when he married in Kittery, May 1, 1922, Ella M. Williams, both of Kittery.

KITTERY. Allen Barker of Whipple Cove has taken employment at Milton, N.H., cutting ice (Portsmouth Herald, February 20, 1923).

An earnest little Milton girl knew more about mens rea than many modern state and federal legislators.

The Globe Man’s Daily Story. A little girl at Milton, N.H., who went into the woods to gather mayflowers, came home bringing a bunch of the flowers, but completely drenched. “How in the world did you get so wet?” asked her mother, while the little girl was being husked and rubbed down with a towel. “I fell into the brook,” she answered sweetly. “Fell into the brook!” exclaimed her mother. “How did a big girl like you happen to fall into the brook?” “I was watching some frogs,” the child said, “and I fell in.” “Watching some frogs” repeated her mother, “and you fell in!” “Mother,” said the little girl earnestly, “it was entirely unintentional” (Boston Globe, May 19, 1923).

This accident reminds one of the famous insurance claim in which a tree “jumped out” and hit an automobile.

BEVERLY MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT MILTON. N.H. BEVERLY, June 19 – Word was received here tonight that Henry J. Cottrell of Broadway, Beverly, who started this morning on a two-weeks’ vacation, was severely injured today in an automobile accident at Milton, N.H. According to the police of Rochester, N.H., Cottrell was riding with a friend, whose name was not taken, when the automobile crashed into a boulder. Cottrell was thrown out. He was taken to the Rochester, N.H. Hospital. It was found that his right leg was broken in two places. Cottrell was to have spent his vacation in Wolfboro, N.H. He is employed at the hospital of the United Shoe Machinery Company plant. He is a Holy Cross graduate and is much interested in politics. He is married and has a small son (Boston Globe, June 20, 1923).

Henry J. Cottrell, a machine shop secretary, aged forty-eight years (b. RI), headed a Beverly, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elizabeth L. Cottrell, aged forty-five years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his child, Lawrence Cottrell, a telegraph messenger, aged seventeen years (b. MA). They resided in a rented two-family dwelling at 26 Broadway, which they shared with the household of Charles A. Blake, a druggist, aged forty-seven years (b. MA).

It is truly remarkable that Milton’s Free-Will Baptist Church went over thirty years without having a wedding performed there.

30-YEAR-OLD MILTON, N.H., CHURCH’S FIRST WEDDING. MILTON, N.H., June 26 – Miss Gladys M. St. John, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon St. John, and Elwood M. Dixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Dixon, were married Sunday morning at the Free Baptist Church here. They are the first to be married in this church, which has been built more than 30 years. Rev G.H. Chambers performed the ceremony and the double ring service was used. The picturesque little church was beautified with flowers and ferns. Miss Stella Wentworth played the wedding march. The bride wore white crepe de chine and carried a bouquet of pink peonies. Miss Enaise St. John, sister of the bride, and Paul J. Dixon, brother of the groom, were the attendants, with little Ruth Dixon as flower girl. The bride is a graduate of the Rochester High School, ’17, and for the past three years has been employed in the office of I.W. Jones & Co. The couple left for an automobile trip through Vermont and New York. They will spend the Summer at Camp Fairview, Milton (Boston Globe, June 26, 1923).

For those following Milton’s active barber trade, Charles Lyman Burke sought to hire a steady man for his barber shop. His barber shop and pool room were situated in 1917 at 23 Main street, near the Cocheco dam, while his house was further north, at 47 Main street.

MALE HELP WANTED. WANTED – At once, barber, steady man; good pay; ½ day and evening off. Address C.L. BURKE, Milton, N.H. 2t* jy13 (Boston Globe, July 13, 1923).

We last encountered Mr. Burke and his barber shop in October 1919, when he was offering $21 per week in wages.

Charles L. Burke, a barber (owner), aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lillian M. [(Dennett)] Burke, aged thirty-one years (b. ME), and his roomer, Laura H. Williams, a grammar school teacher, aged fifty years (b. ME). They resided in a rented house on Upper Main street, at or near its intersection with the Wakefield road.

Chamberlain & Burnham seemed willing to accommodate a wide range of payment options to sell this Milton Mills farm. (The asking price of $8,000 would be worth $119,343 in 2018 dollars).

Exchange Your Home FOR THIS EQUIPPED FARM. THINK OF THIS BARGAIN on State road, 1 mile from Milton Mills, N.H., electric lights, churches of all denominations, 215 acres, 2 horses, registered bull, 9 head of stock, 3 registered; 6 calves; 3 of which are thoroughbreds; 5 horse power gasoline engine with wood sawing outfit: all kinds of farming tools: large amount of wood and timber; maple sugar orchard; 75 acres tillage; balance pasture and wood; pretty 1½ story white 10-room house with 8×20 piazza; 40×80 stock barn clap-boarded; ice house; 2 poultry houses and hay storage .barn; farm borders Salmon River; all free and clear; only $8000; owner would take $2500 down or would consider a single or two family house in exchange; shown from Concord, N.H., office, 28 North Main St., tel. 1814-J or Portsmouth, N.H., office, 16 Market Sq., tel. 186. CHAMBERLAIN & BURNHAM, Inc., 204 Washington St., Boston. FSu Jy20 (Boston Globe, July 20, 1923).

Arthur McKay may have once lived in Milton Mills. At the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census, he was being held as a prisoner in the Massachusetts State Prison. His “occupation before entering” prison was shoemaker, and his age was twenty-four years (b. MA).

RAN AMUCK ON ESPLANADE. McKay Said He Once Lived at Milton Mills, N.H. A man about 36, who said he had no home, but later told the police he used to live at Milton Mills, N.H., ran amuck this morning, just before 1 o’clock, on the Charles River Esplanade, at the foot of Dartmouth st. He threatened to knock down every man who came near him. Three men walking together were stopped and the man not only abused them, but threatened to clean “’em up” if they even spoke another word. My name is Arthur McKay, he said. Some distance away were special officers Kenneth Chisholm and Mrs. Mary McKinnon of the Metropolitan Police. Each had a young fellow under arrest, but stepped up to McKay. “We are police officers. What are you doing around here and why are you stopping and abusing people?” said policeman Chisholm. “You get out of here or I’ll throw you into the river,” was the retort. Policeman O’Brien, also of the Metropolitan police, quickly responded to a call and the man was arrested. He was charged with using profanity to the police. Appearing before Judge Duff in the Municipal Court, policeman Chisholm explained in detail what occurred, telling how McKay stopped several men, threatened to lick them and how he threatened to throw him into the river. A question as to the man’s mental condition was raised and he was held in $300 until July 26 for trial (Boston Globe, July 24, 1923).

SANITY TEST FOR MAN WHO ABUSED TRIO ON ESPLANADE. A man, claiming to be Arthur McKay, 36, formerly of Milton Mills, N.H., was arrested on Charles River Esplanade yesterday morning, after he had stopped, abused and threatened three pedestrians and had offered to throw a policeman into the river when asked what he meant by holding up and insulting people. The prisoner, when taken to the Municipal Court, was held in $300 till July 26, owing to a suspicion as to his sanity (Boston Globe, July 25, 1923).

Miss Hazel White, the prodigious eight-year-old angler of September 1916 (now aged fifteen years), returned to Milton for a two-week vacation.

KITTERY. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Woods and family and Miss Hazel White of Whipple road, have returned from two weeks’ stay at Milton, N.H. (Portsmouth Herald, July 31, 1923).

A Fitchburg Sentinel reader asked for directions to Milton. In the answer we find the “Yellow Belt line” mentioned in an April 1915 realty advertisement explained. In lieu of road signage, color-coded telephone poles marked the route. The route of the White Mountain Highway is described as being marked by poles colored with Yellow and Black bands.

OUR LETTER BOX. Route to Milton, N.H. Sentinel: Will you through your paper tell me the best road to Milton, N.H. – A.R. Follow the yellow detour arrows from the Upper common to Sheldon bridge, West Townsend and Townsend. At Townsend take the road to Pepperell and East Pepperell and at East Pepperell take the road to Hollis Depot and Nashua. There follow the brown bands of telephone poles, this route carrying you to Manchester, NH., and then across the state through Candia, Raymond, Epping, and to Exeter. From Exeter follow the brown and yellow bands, through Newmarket, Durham, and to Dover. At Dover pick up the yellow and black bands, through Somersworth and Rochester to Milton (Fitchburg Sentinel, August 6, 1923).

This newspaper query informs us of two radio stations at least that might be heard in the Milton of 1923: WKAV, broadcasting from Laconia, NH, and WFAR, broadcasting from Sanford, ME.

RADIO INFORMATION. All inquiries concerning radio matters should be mailed to the Radio Department, Globe office, Boston, and they will be answered through the regular radio columns. Information of this kind cannot be given over the telephone or by personal interview at the Globe office. Anonymous letters will receive no attention, but initials will be used in answering questions through the column when the writer so requests.

QUERIES AND ANSWERS. Q 3032, E.L.L., Milton Mills, N.H. – “Do stations WKAV, Laconia, N.H., and WFAR, Sanford, Me., broadcast every night?” A. These stations do not have any regular operating schedules (Boston Globe, September 26, 1923).

WEZS (1350 AM) is the modern successor of WKAV, which went on the air in 1922 as New Hampshire’s first broadcast station.

The initials of radio enthusiast E.L.L suggests Edwin L. Leighton, a Milton Shoe Company foreman in 1917, except that he lived on lower Main street at Milton Three-Ponds, rather than Milton Mills. Perhaps he had moved by 1923.

Here we find a Temple, NH, student attending Nute High School and residing with her Milton aunt. We may recall that Nute High was a privately-endowed school for Milton residents that accepted tuition students from elsewhere.

TEMPLE. Eleanor Smart is going to high school in Milton, N.H., and boarding with her aunt, Mrs. Ruth Dorr (Fitchburg Sentinel, September 27, 1923).

William W. Dorr, a leather-board laborer, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ruth M. [(Edwards)] Dorr, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), his children, Edwin F. Dorr, aged four years and six months (b. NH), and Clifford F. Dorr, aged two years and four months (b. NH), and his brothers, Irving G. Dorr, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), and Fred H. Door, aged forty-one years (b. NH). They resided in a rented house on Charles Street in Milton Village.

Rev. Harvey E. Whitcomb accepted a call to the Milton Mills Baptist church in Spring 1921. Here we find him traveling to Washington, DC, to assist his newly-widowed daughter in settling her deceased husband’s estate.

HAVERHILL. People who knew Lucy Whitcomb, who resided in Pike a few years ago, will be saddened to learn that she has just lost her husband, Mr. Charles McDonald, by death. They have been residing in Washington, D.C. Mr. McDonald was an aviator and had been an instructor at Yale college. He was also a Mason and marched as a Shriner in President Harding’s funeral procession. He received a sunstroke, and was ill for two weeks. He apparently recovered, but recently became worse. It was thought best to go to Boston to his mother’s home. While en route he had a sudden serious turn and died before reaching the city. The Rev. Harvey Whitcomb, pastor of the Baptist church at Milton Mills, and father of Mrs. McDonald, a bride of only two years, has gone to Washington to assist his daughter in settling the estate. Mrs. McDonald is a niece of Mrs. Williard Atkins and Mrs. George Wells (Groton Times, October 5, 1923).

Spaulding Shoe superintendent William A. Dickson had hired a housekeeper in August 1915, who took a month or so off in March 1916.

FEMALE HELP WANTED. GIRL FOR GENERAL housework in family of five. Address W.A. DICKSON, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, October 10, 1923).

Whomever that housekeeper might have been, she would seem to have left his employ, which necessitated her replacement.

Heavy rains damaged the Kennebunk Manufacturing Company’s dam at Milton Mills on Saturday, December 1.

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Kennebunk Manufacturing (their dam at lower left)

BIG RAIN WASHES AWAY TOP OF DAM. Milton, N.H.. Dec. 3 – Early Saturday the entire top of the 60-foot dam of the Kennebunk Manufacturing Company Mill, including the flash boards, was washed away as a result of the big rain of Friday. The debris floated down the river, stopping against the power house. The company will obtain power from the Electric Light Company until the dam is repaired. It may be necessary to build a new dam, which would mean an expense of $10.000. Work is brisk at the mill. Three shifts each working eight hours, manufacturing radio horns in addition to the regular line of fiber goods, employed (Portsmouth Herald, [Monday,] December 3, 1923).

J. Spaulding & Sons had purchased the Kennebunk Manufacturing Company in 1902, which they relocated to the N.B. Thayer & Company shoe mill at Milton Mills. Their “regular line” of fiber goods included lunch boxes, valises, suit cases, etc., as well as phonograph and radio “horns,” i.e., megaphone speakers.

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