Milton in the News – 1931

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 3, 2019

In this year, we encounter the death of a former Milton teacher, ice for sale, Charles J. Berry’s ninety-fourth birthday, a poultry farm for sale, the ordination of Rev. Frank H. Snell, an ice house fire, Rev. E. Lincoln Bigelow goes visiting, Principal Burlingame and Miss Timmons start at the Nute High School, an exhibit of Dutch belted cattle, and situations wanted.

Milton native and onetime Milton teacher James W. Applebee died in Lynn, MA, after a lengthy career in education.

James W. Applebee, a teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included his [first] wife, Abbie H. [(Hurd)] Applebee, keeping house, aged twenty-five years (b. ME). He had personal estate valued at $150. They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of [her widowed mother,] Hephzibah [(Merrill)] Hurd, keeping house, aged forty-nine years (b. ME). Hurd had real estate valued at $900 and personal estate valued at $250.

James W. Applebee appeared in the Milton directories of 1869-70 and 1871 as a Milton school committeeman or superintendent. His first wife, Hannah A. (Hurd) Applebee, died in Milton, January 26, 1872.

James W. Applebee, retired, aged eighty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census, His household included his [third] wife (of sixty years), Louie Applebee, aged sixty-nine years (b. MA). He owned their house at 174 Maple Street. They did not have a radio set.

J.W. APPLEBEE, VETERAN TEACHER, DEAD AT LYNN. LYNN, Jan. 13 –  James W. Applebee, 81, veteran grammar school teacher, who will be remembered by thousands by reason of his long service in various public schools, died today at his home, 147 Maple st., after a brief sickness or a complication of diseases. Born in Milton, N.H., Mr. Applebee received his education in its public schools and in those of Lewiston, Me, to which place his family later removed. As a young man he became principal of a Rochester, N.H., grammar school, and in 1888 came to this city as principal of Ingalls Grammar School. After a few years he left that post to take a similar one in the Collins School, Gloucester, and afterward served at the Adams School, Newtonville, at a Chelsea school. He returned for a few years to the Newtonville school, and then in 1904 to Ingalls School here. He was retired 10 years ago. He was well-known to the New England teaching fraternity for his attendance at Summer schools for the profession. Mr. Applebee leaves his wife, Louie G. Applebee, and several nephews and nieces, all Lynn residents (Boston Globe, January 13, 1931).

SIMPLE SERVICES TO MARK LYNN RITES FOR APPLEBEE. LYNN, Jan. 13 – In conformity to his last wishes, funeral services for James W. Applebee, 88, veteran school teacher and at one time headmaster in this city, Chelsea, Newton and Gloucester, will be of the simplest nature, to be attended only by the members of the immediate family. They will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., at the Applebee residence at 174 Maple st. There will be [no] eulogy and no music. as requested by Mr Applebee. Although he was a member of several fraternal orders, no ritualistic services will be held. The interment will be in the family plot at Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, January 14, 1931).

Mrs. Louie E. (Gage) Applebee died in Lynn, MA, April 3, 1940.

Two Hundred Dollar Legacy. The late Mrs. James W. Applebee of Lynn, Mass., who became a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1928, left a will bequeathing $200 to this Society, which amount has been received and entered on the books (Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 1942).

The Porter-Milton Ice company of Reading, MA, a mainstay of Milton’s ice industry, was ready to ship “water” ice from Milton.

FOR SALE. WATER ICE. WE ARE now in a position to ship water ice. PORTER MILTON ICE CO.. Reading, Mass.; Reading 144 (Boston Globe, January 21, 1931).

Charles J. Berry of Milton Mills celebrated his ninety-fourth birthday in Wollaston, MA, as he had his birthdays in 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930. He is here identified as one of the last two or three members of Milton’s Eli Wentworth Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Civil War veterans’ organization.

Berry, Charles J - BG310214MAJ. C.J. BERRY REACHES 94 YEARS AT W0LLASTON. QUINCY, Feb. 14 – Maj. Charles J. Berry, the oldest man in Milton Mills, N H, and a veteran of the Civil War, is observing the 94th anniversary of his birth today at the home of his daughter, Mrs, William M. Burrell, 114 Beach st., Wollaston. Always on this Valentine Day observance, Mrs. Burrell arranges a dinner party and a few old-time friends of Maj. Berry gather in his honor. He is one of the two or three surviving members of Eli Wentworth Post, G.A.R., of New Hampshire. He also is president of the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry Association. Maj. Berry is still active and alert, physically and mentally. Each Summer he attends the reunion of Grand Army veterans at The Weirs in New Hampshire. Last October he astonished the people of Milton Mills by walking a mile and a half through the woods of that place and finishing in fine shape. For many years he has been a reader of the Globe and one of his delights each day is to listen in to the Globe news broadcasts. He has two sons, Arthur L. Berry of Woodfords, Me, and Clifford A. Berry of East Weymouth. With his daughter, Mrs. Burrell, be makes his home each Winter (Boston Globe, February 14, 1931).

Oliver C. Baxter of Farmington, NH, agent for Boston realtors Chamberlain & Burnham, was showing a four-acre Milton poultry farm. One might find him at the Knights of Pythias “Block” in Farmington, or phone him at 3753 at the Farmington exchange.

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. ONLY $1200 – $600 DOWN. IDEAL for poultry farm or Summer home; located in Milton, N.H.; 4 acres. 7-room house, barn, poultry house, garage, variety of fruit. Bargain No. 777. Shown by OLIVER C. BAXTER, K. of P. Block, Farmington. N.H.; tel. 3753. Details at CHAMBERLAIN & BURNHAM, Inc., 294 Washington st., Boston (Boston Globe, May 20, 1931).

Farmington has also the Cloutman “Block” and the I.O.O.F “Block,” as Milton had the Hart “Block.”

Frank H. Snell replaced Rev. Howard M. Starratt at the Baptist church in Milton Mills, in the Fall of 1930. Here are reported details of his ordination.

Lysander Snell, a house carpenter, aged forty-four years (b. RI), headed a Tiverton, RI, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maude B. Snell, aged thirty-nine years (b. RI), and his children, Frank H. Snell, aged twenty years (b. MA), Arthur C. Snell, aged eighteen years (B. MA), Dorothy Snell, aged fourteen years (b. MA), Ruth E. Snell, aged twelve years (b. MA), and Marion L. Snell, aged three years and six months (b. MA). Lysander Snell owned their house on Crandell Road, which was valued at $1,800. They had a radio set.

Snell, Rev Frank HFRANK H. SNELL ORDAINED AT MILTON MILLS CHURCH. MILTON MILLS, N.H., June 16 – The ordination of Frank Herbert Snell, pastor of the Baptist Church, to the Christian ministry took place this evening at the local Baptist Church. The ordination sermon was given by Rev. Dr. Nathan R. Wood, president of Gordon College. Rev. Dr. Edwin H. Byington of Needham, Mass., gave the charge to the candidate. The invocation was by Rev. H. Franklin Parker of Chichester, N.H., and the Scripture lesson by Rev. Clarence Sanger of Strafford, N.H. The ordination prayer was offered by Rev. George Kneeland, Lebanon, Me. The welcome to the Christian ministry was tendered by Rev. Dennis S. Jenks of Manchester, secretary of the State Convention. Rev. G.S. Cambell of Rochester gave the charge to the church. Organ music was furnished by Mr. Fred E. Gale and vocal selections were by Miss Hazel Grant. Rev. Mr. Snell, who has been a student of Gordon College, has been acting as preacher since last Fall at the local church. He will continue in service as settled minister (Boston Globe, June 17, 1931).

Frank H. Snell of Acton, ME, married, probably in Acton, ME, September 12, 1931, Doris M. Hapgood of Whitefield, ME.

The Porter-Milton Ice Company lost its ice house to a fire of undetermined origin. It had experienced such a fire also in 1927.

OVERNIGHT NEWS. NEW ENGLAND. MILTON, N.H. Fire of undetermined origin destroys ice houses of the Porter Milton Ice Co. (Brattleboro Reformer, July 29, 1931; North Adams Transcript, July 29, 1931).

FIRE DESTROYS ICEHOUSE. MILTON, N.H.; July 28 (AP). Fire of undetermined origin today destroyed the icehouse of the Porter Milton Ice company. The blaze had gained such headway it was impossible to save the building. Damage was estimated at $10,000 (Rutland Daily Herald, July 29, 1931).

Rev. Edgar Lincoln Bigelow and Mrs. Marion S. (Turner) Bigelow visited in his former parish in Bakersfield, VT.

E. Lincoln Bigelow, a Community church minister, aged forty-one years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Marion S. Bigelow, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), and his children, John L. Bigelow, aged ten years (b. MA), William E. Bigelow, aged eight years (b. VT), Florence H. Bigelow, aged six years (b. VT), Elise M. Bigelow, aged five years (b. VT), and Gerald E. Bigelow, aged two years (b. ME). He rented their house on the Nute Ridge Road, for $10 per month. They did not have a radio set.

BAKERSFIELD. The Rev. and Mrs. E.L. Bigelow and family of Milton, N.H., visited friends in town last week. Mr. Bigelow occupied the Methodist pulpit for a short time ten years ago (Burlington Free Press, August 13, 1931).

Philip R. Burlingame of Berlin, NH, became principal of the Nute High school, and Mary Timmens became one of his teachers.

Philip Burlingame, a public school instructor, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Berlin, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Thelma Burlingame, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), and his daughter, Barbara Burlingame, aged nine years (b. MA). He rented their house at 360 Willard Street, for $35 per month. They had a radio set.

SPRINGFIELD MAN HEADS NUTE HIGH IN MILTON, N.H. MILTON, N.H., Sept. 1 – Nute High School began the Fall schedule today with a new headmaster, Philip R. Burlingame of Springfield, Mass. Mr. Burlingame was graduated from Springfield College, class of 1922, and from New Hampshire University, 1931. He has been the submaster in the High School at Berlin, N.H., for five years. Last year he was on the teaching staff at New Hampshire University in the department of physical education. A new teacher at Nute High School is Miss Mary Timmens, who will teach history and French. She is a graduate of New Hampshire University and has been teaching in the High School at Durham (Boston Globe, September 2, 1931).

L.N. Hobbs of Milton had a big display of Dutch belted cattle at a Rutland, VT, agricultural fair.

Main Cattle Show. The main cattle show is made up of some of the finest exhibition stock in the East, Many of the cattle have been on the road five or six weeks and many blue ribbons are hung up on their stalls. Much attention was attracted by a herd of red-polled cattle, the property of Locust Grove Stock farm, West Rutland, which also shows Dutch belted cattle. Another type rarely seen here is the Aberdeen Angus T .and I.W. Horn & Son of Brandon show these as do the Stoneland farm. New Hampton, N.H., and Land O’Goshen farm, Goshen. Short horns from the Anderson herd, Shelburne, Mass., Patten Hill farm, Shelburne Falls, Mass., Hillside farm, Rochester, N.H., and G.H. Springfield & Son, Rochester, N.H., came in for their share of admiration. Springfield & Son also have entered cattle in the Drown Swiss department. L.N. Hobbs of Milton, N.H., has a big display of Dutch belted cattle. The Holstein breed, as always, is well-represented, one of the largest exhibitors being Highland Stock farm, Malone, N.Y., Maple Shade farm, Rutland, shows the same type. Ayrshires lead the show in number. There are herds from M.E. Hutchinson, Danby, Willow Springs farm, Ira, Middlesex Fells farm, Essex, N.Y., Maple Vista farm, Fort Jackson, N.Y., Vermont Industrial school, Vergennes, and Woodhill farm, Elizabethtown, N.Y. Exhibitors of Guernseys of Sheldegren farm, Greenfield, Mass., Kenwood farm, Shelburne, and Clovercrest farm, Charleston, Me., Ledgewood farm, Franklin, and Intervale farm, Burlington, are among the Jersey fanciers showing- at the fair. W.H. Neal & Son, Meredith, N.H., has a herd of Devons (Rutland Daily Herald, September 9, 1931).

SITUATIONS WANTED – MALE. MAN and wife, middle age, Protestants, would like work in the country, cook and husband to work around a small place. G. TOWNSEND, Milton Mills, N.H., care J. Roberts. 3t* S14 (Boston Globe, September 14, 1931)

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