Milton in the News – 1940

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | December 12, 2019

In this year, we encounter the death of a former Nute High principal, a housekeeper situation wanted, the Teneriffe Sports Club’s winter carnival, the Wolfeboro winter carnival, the death of the Milton station agent, the collapse of the Pineland Park pavilion, the Spinney Farm for sale, an Eliot versus Nute baseball game, vacationing principals, Miss Carmichael goes to the World’s Fair, President Roosevelt signed a Federal conscription act, a Mrs. DeMerritt visits Kittery, and a stolen grocery truck.

This was also the year in which National Socialist (Nazi) Germany invaded and occupied Denmark and Norway, invaded and occupied the Netherlands and Belgium, and defeated and partially occupied France, but failed to gain air superiority in the Battle of Britain. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R) occupied Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

At the beginning of the year, we bid farewell to Arthur Thaddeus Smith, who collapsed suddenly in Boston’s South Station and died en route to Boston City hospital.

Lawyer Expires in Railway Terminal. Winchester, Mass., Jan. 2 (AP). Services for Arthur T. Smith, 64, Boston lawyer and corporation official, who collapsed and died last night, will be at his (235 Mystic Valley Parkway) home Thursday afternoon. Smith, Dartmouth honor graduate and former principal of the Nute High school, Milton, N.H., died in Boston’s south terminal a few minutes after seeing his daughter, Jeanette, off for New York (Boston Globe, January 4, 1940).

Smith had been the Nute High School’s second principal before taking up a law practice in Boston.

IN MEMORIAM. Arthur Thad Smith. While bidding goodbye to his daughter on New Year’s morning, Arthur Thad Smith, prominent Massachusetts barrister, collapsed at the South Station and expired before reaching Boston City hospital. This death reaches deeply the communities of Farmington and Milton and rekindles enduring affections that are shared universally in these quarters where he began an illustrious career before the ink was hardly dry on his college diploma. Mr. Smith was born at Silver City, Idaho, May 1, 1875, the son of Dr. Arthur Noel and Mary Hattie (McCann) Smith. As a lad he came to Dover, where his father engaged in a medical practice for a number of years. The deceased graduated from Dover high school and from Dartmouth college with a degree of A.B. and highest honors in 1896. The same year he was elected principal of Nute high school in Milton, and served that post for five years. He resigned his post as teacher in 1901, having entered Harvard Law school and was graduated in 1904 with a bachelor of laws degree. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar the same year and immediately joined the law firm of Bartlett & Anderson. Soon after he married one of his former high school pupils, Miss Ora S. Dickie. Of this union two children were born, a son, Arthur T. Smith, Jr., who was associated with him in a Boston law practice, and a daughter, Miss Ora Jeanette Smith, now a student in New York City. It was while he was located at Milton that he formed deep attachments with the late Elmer F. Thayer, prominent New Hampshire shoe manufacturer and financier, who later settled both manufacturing and residential interests in Farmington. Mr. Smith became treasurer and director of the Thayer-Osborne Shoe Cp., continuing this capacity and extending his connections to the Farmington National bank. Mr. Smith renewed associations with this locality not infrequently and always with the warm-hearted fellowship which his affections embraced (Farmington News, January 5, 1940).

Mrs. Margaret O. (Newell) Corbett sought again a housekeeper position as she had in 1934.

Situations Wanted – Female. 36. MIDDLE AGED WOMAN desires house-keeper position. References furnished. Mrs. Margaret Corbett, Box 53, Milton, N.H. 3t j11 (Portsmouth Herald, January 11, 1940).

Charles O. Stillings, a fibreboard mill oiler, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Susie [(Newell)] Stillings, aged sixty-four years (b. Nova Scotia), his children, Harold A. Stillings, a fiberboard mill sample clerk, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and Elmer E. Stillings, a machine tender, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and his sister-in-law, Margaret O. Corbett, a private home house maid, aged fifty-seven years (b. Canada). Charles O. Stillings rented their house, for $13 per month.

Milton’s Teneriffe Sports Club held a winter carnival in late January 1940. (Likely they sponsored also the winter carnival of the prior year).

Wilbur Lover Is Ski Star at Milton, N.H., Carnival. MILTON, N.H., Jan. 28. Wilbur Lover, with victories in the downhill and slalom races, was the individual star in the final day’s events of the annual Winter carnival of the Teneriffe Sports Club today. Miss Myrtle Durkee was elected Queen of the carnival last night and presided over all festivities today. The summary: Downhill Ski Race Won by Wilbur Lover, Teneriffe Sports Club; second, Ed Senechal, Pow-Wow Club, Amesbury, Mass. Time. 59.6s. Slalom Race Won by Lover; second, Elmer Skillings, Teneriffe Club; third, William Warneke, Teneriffe Club. Time, 1m. 4s. Ski Jump Won by Guy Smith; second, Everett MacIntyre; third, Wilbur Lover. Distance. 68ft. 9in. (Boston Globe, January 29, 1940).

Peter J. Lover, a leather-board mill machine tender, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice M. [(Downs)] Lover, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), his son, Wilbur C. Lover, a leather-board mill finisher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and his boarder, Marion Atwood, a public school teacher, aged thirty years (b. NH). Peter J. Lover owned their house on Church Street, which was valued at $1,150.

Porter J. Durkee, a grocery store storekeeper, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife Estella [(Swinerton)] Durkee, a grocery store clerk, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Myrtle T. Durkee, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and Edward A. Durkee, aged eleven years (b. NH). Porter J. Durkee rented their house in the Milton “Community,” i.e., Milton Three Ponds, for $15 per month.

Milton schoolboy skiers Leeman and Leavitt placed first and second in the Wolfeboro Winter Carnival slalom race. Leavitt came second in the downhill race. (Their first names were not given).

Rochester, N.H., Ski Club Takes Wolfeboro Team Prize. WOLFEBCRO, N.H., Feb. 4. – Handicapped by adverse snow conditions. the Wolfeboro Winter Carnival skiing events were held today, with a large group of spectators in attendance. In the hockey game last night, the Sacred Hearts of Concord administered a crushing defeat to the Abernaki Indians of Wolfeboro, winning by a 17-to-6 score. The summary: Team prize won by Greenwich State Outing Club (Rochester), combined time 11m. 29 2-10s.; second, Abernaki Outing Club (Wolfeboro). 11m. 40 4-10s. Downhill Race Won by Pouliot (Greenwich). 1m. 15s.; second, L. Couture (Greenwich), 1m. 17s. Slalom Race Won by R. Marden (Abernaki), 43s.; second, L. McHugh, 46 2-10s. Open Downhill Won by N. Davis (Abernaki). 23 6-10s.; second, L. McHugh. 25s. Junior races, children under high school age, slalom for boys, won by Leeman (Milton, N.H.), 1m. 6 5-10s; second, Leavitt (Milton, N.H.) lm. 19 3-10s. Downhill Won by B. McHugh (Wolfeboro), 33 1-10s,; second, Leavitt (Milton, N.H.). 33 3-10s (February 5, 1940).

It would seem, by a process of elimination, that the Milton junior race champions were George H. Leeman, aged fifteen years, and Roland R. Leavitt, aged fourteen years.

Edgar J. Wyatt, no occupation listed, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hattie E. [((Hayes) Dewolfe)] Wyatt, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), his son, Luther A. Wyatt, a sample room clerk at a leather-board mill, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), his step-daughter, Helen M. [(DeWolfe)] Leeman, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), and his grandson, George H. Leeman, aged fifteen years (b. NH). Edgar J. Wyatt owned their house on Old Road, which was valued at $1,500.

Roy P. Leavitt, a leather-board mill operator, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Bertha E. [(Baker)] Leavitt, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his children Pauline B.W. Leavitt, a shoe shop operator, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), and Roland R. Leavitt, aged fourteen years (b. NH), his grandchild, Daniel H. Whitehouse, aged two years (b. NH), and his lodger, Raymond Cleveland, a repair shop welder, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Roy P. Leavitt owned their house on Remick Street (near its intersection with Church Street), which was valued at $1,000.

Here we bid farewell to Milton’s long-term B&M railroad station agent Hugh A. Beaton. He dropped dead while working at the Milton train station.

H.A. Beaton appeared in the Milton directory of 1905 as Milton’s American Express Co. agent.

IN MEMORAM. Hugh A. Beaton. Announcement of the sudden death of Station Agent Hugh A. Beaton at Milton on February 12 brings sorrow to many friends and acquaintances in this locality. Mr. Beaton dropped dead while he was about his duties in the B&M railroad yard at Milton, Monday afternoon. The deceased was 67 years of age and had been in the employ of the B&M for about 45 years. For nearly 40 years he had held the position of station agent, freight agent and telegraph agent, and was widely known among his townsmen and to the traveling public. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a brother Charles Beaton, also a railroad man of Portsmouth, and one sister, for all of whom much sympathy is expressed. Funeral was held Wednesday morning at the Baptist church in Milton, with services in charge of Fraternal Chapter, No. 71, A.F.&A.M., of which he was a member (Farmington News, February 16, 1940).

Milton had a popular dance pavilion at Pineland Park, at Milton Three Ponds, which was active from about 1924 through at least 1937. (See Milton and Frolic Haven – 1925-37).

Here we learn that the pavilion’s structure was damaged by the heavy gale winds of Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7. The pavilion collapsed on Sunday afternoon, April 7, 1940.

LOCAL. While no local reports of damage to property have come in since the gales of Saturday and Sunday, there was a total collapse of Pineland Park Pavilion at Milton Three Ponds on Sunday afternoon. For a number of years this has been among the chief summer amusement resorts of this region and its destruction inflicts a heavy property loss on its owner, Albert Green of East Rochester (Farmington News, [Friday,] April 12, 1940).

Grace L. Mills, a widow, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her lodgers, Albert L. Green, second hand in the weaving room of a woolen mill, aged fifty-four years (b. MA) and [his second wife,] Lena M. [(Companion)] Green, a weaver at a woolen mill, aged forty-six years (b. NH). Grace L. Mills owned their house at 2 Green Street, which was valued at $2,000.

The Spinney Farm on Milton Mills road, i.e., Applebee Road, in Milton Mills, went on the market.

Summer Cottages & Houses. FOR RENT FOR SEASON – Furnished 8-rm, old colonial, beautiful setting, modern, bathing, fishing, near White Mountains. Spinney farm, Milton Mills rd., Milton Mills, N.H. May be seen the week-end or call Bel. 3569, Thursday. 2t my 30 (Boston Globe, May 30, 1940).

Eliot (ME) High school won a baseball game against Milton’s Nute High school in the last two innings of the game.

Eliot High Pins Defeat On Nute At Milton, 3-0. Milton, N.H., June 5 – Eliot, Me., high tallied three runs in the last two innings here yesterday to win over Nute High 3 to 0. The locals were held to two hits by Lapointe in the seven-inning affair.

Eliot 3, Nute 0 - PH400605Eliot 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 – 3; Nute 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0

Runs – Bourgiois, Spencer, Lapointe. Errors – Bourgiois, Richardson, Lord, Davis, Craig. Two-base hits – Bourgiois. Three-base hits – Morin. Stolen bases — Bourgiois, Morin, Spencer. Sacrifices – Dyer, Lapointe. Double plays — Bourgiois, to Spencer to Sylvester. Left on bases – Eliot 4, Nute 3. Base on balls – off Warneke. Struck out, by Warneke 9. Lapointe 13. Hit by pitcher – by Warneke, (Spencer). Umpire – O’Brien. Time of game -1:45 (Portsmouth Herald, June 5, 1940).

The Nute High School team would appear to have been third baseman James L. Ramsey (aged 16 years), shortstop Kenneth R. Stowe (aged seventeen years), pitcher Donald S. Warneke (aged sixteen years), left-fielder Phillip E. Lord (aged seventeen years), center-fielder Frederick W. Comfort (aged fifteen years), right-fielder Fred E. Clough (aged fifteen years), catcher Charles H. Logan (aged seventeen), and second baseman Charles F. Husser (aged eighteen years). First baseman Craig remains somewhat elusive; he might have been an out-of-town tuition student.

Two Cambridge, MA, grammar school principals, daughters of Patrick and Julia (Coleman) O’Keefe, were vacationing at their Milton summer home.

CAMBRIDGE. The Misses Ellen and Elizabeth O’Keefe, Rindge av., North Cambridge, principals of the Wyman and Abraham Lincoln Grammar Schools, respectively, are vacationing at their Summer home at Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 29, 1940).

Mary O’Keefe. a public school matron, aged sixty-four years (b. MA), headed a Cambridge, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her sisters, Elizabeth J. O’Keefe, a public school principal, aged sixty-three years (b. MA), and Ellen T. O’Keefe, a public school acting principal, aged sixty years (b. MA). Mary E. O’Keefe owned their house at 184 Rindge Avenue, which was valued at $4,500. They had all resided in the “same house” in April 1935.

Principal Elizabeth J. O’Keefe had attended four years of college, while her sister, acting principal Ellen T. O’Keefe, had attended two years of college, and her other sister, matron Mary E. O’Keefe, had attended two years of high school.

Margaret Carmichael of Foxcroft, Milton Mills, accompanied Mary E. Clapp of Brattleboro, VT, to the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Just prior to taking up residence at Foxcroft, Margaret Carmichael, a private nursing school teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), had shared an apartment with Martha Martin, a public school school nurse, aged twenty-eight years (b. VT), in Wolfeboro, NH, at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Their apartment on Waumbeck Street cost them $25 per month.

Personal. Miss Mary Elizabeth Clapp and guest, Miss Margaret Carmichael of Foxcroft, Milton Mills, N.H., have gone to New York on business. They also will attend the World’s Fair (Brattleboro Reformer (Brattleboro, VT), July 18, 1940).

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first-ever peacetime conscription act, September 16, 1940. All men aged 21 to 45 years of age were required to register for the draft. Draft boards established themselves in October and some registrants were being called up as early as November 1940.

Mrs. Carrie S. (Tobey) DeMerritt, wife of Delphin G. DeMerritt, and her children here visited with her sister-in-law in Kittery, ME.

Kittery Point. Mrs. Delwin DeMerritt and children of Milton, N.H., are visiting her sister, Mrs. Schyler Tobey of Haley road (Portsmouth Herald, September 30, 1940).

She was a daughter-in-law to Mrs. Musetta A. (Dorr) DeMerritt, who one may remember and admire for her gift to ailing patients in 1918,

Jack Howard of Farmington, NH, who formerly managed Frolic Haven at the Pineland Park pavilion, in Milton Three Ponds, as late as 1937, commenced a winter dance series at Central Hall in Milton Mills.

DANCE AT MILTON MILLS. Jack Howard will have a grand opening dance at Central hall, Milton Mills, on Saturday evening, October 1. Music will be furnished by the Four Aces. For those who love to sway to romantic tunes or jump to jitterbug music, this should be as ideal way to spend the holiday evening. Columbus would have liked it no doubt (Farmington News, October 4, 1940).

Some culprit stole a delivery truck from the Furber & Sons grocery store in Farmington, NH. The grocery store partners were Leon F. Furber and his two sons, Otto J. Furber and Myron F. Furber.

Leon F. Furber, a grocery store owner, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Flora [A. (Jones)] Furber, a packer, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and his boarder, Clyde Nutter, a public school student, aged twelve years (b. NH). Leon F. Furber owned their house on Mechanic Street, which was valued at $2,000.

The truck thief jammed it between two trees on the West Milton road, i.e., on Milton Road in Farmington, or its continuation as Park Place in Milton.

DELIVERY TRUCK STOLEN. A delivery truck used in the business of Furber and Sons was stolen last Saturday night and was found wedged between two trees on the West Milton road. As yet, it has not been determined who is directly responsible for the theft but it is still being investigated and it is hoped that the culprit or culprits will soon be brought to justice, for the business has been somewhat handicapped this week by the loss (Farmington News, November 15, 1940).

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