Can You Believe This Guy?

By John S. Frum | December 16, 2019

We received today the following demand letter from the Town Treasurer, Mr. MacKenzie Campbell:

Name: Mackenzie Campbell, treasurer

Email: [omitted]

Comment: Hello I read opinionated and categorically false information relating to the Treasurers position. I am happy to give an interview that I can back up with facts and additional information. The article was about an upcoming Selectman’s meeting and I need to reach someone to discuss. If no contact attempts are made to me within 5 business days or 1 calendar week. I will follow up to request your proof in writing. If proof cannot be furnished within 30 days I will proceed accordingly to avoid defamation to my name and character as well as my ability to serve in the role of treasurer.

You are herby notifies to cease and desist the information regarding to the treasurers position without providing substantial evidence.

I appreciate your time and have a great day!

[phone number omitted]

[*misspellings and typographical errors are original]

Well, this Treasurer guy certainly thinks a lot of himself, doesn’t he? More than I do anyway.

I will thank him to keep his empty threats between his teeth for the next 5 business days, 1 calendar week, 30 days, or pretty much until the sun winks out. As an elected official, he is a public figure. This is black-letter law. I might suggest he seek satisfaction in a nice long walk on a short pier, and that he should “have a great day” while doing it.

Doesn’t he know that the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meetings are recorded? Nothing has been said here that was not said aloud in recorded public meetings.

(Some might even recall that when Selectman Lucier was obsessed with trash in yards, it was said aloud – for a recording – that Mr. Campbell’s yard was among the worst of them).

Mr. Campbell did not specify which part of our meeting notice was “categorically false.” I’m going to call just plain nonsense on that. Facts that you do not like are not false because you do not like them.

In the BOS meeting of December 3, 2018, the Town Clerk’s reluctance to be the Town’s Depository was discussed at length (minutes). Mr. Plissken wrote about it at the time (Town Clerk Working-to-Rule), and quoted both the Treasurer’s remarks and those of the BOS directly from the recording at length.

In the BOS meeting of December 17, 2018, the Treasurer was among those trying to browbeat the Town Clerk. According to the minutes.

M. Campbell suggested the Town Clerk/Tax Collector remain the central location as determined with the bank and auditors this past spring.

The Treasurer, the bank and the auditors had “determined” that the Town Clerk should do the work. Nice of them. Might I ask which of them, if any of them, asked the Town Clerk? Don’t you just love it when other people “determine” things for you? I know I do.

They went around and around, but she did not budge. You see, she is not the handmaiden of the BOS or anyone else in Town government. She is a duly elected constitutional officer, as opposed to most down there. She promised certain office hours for the taxpayers, as a constitutional officer might. This central depository thing would interfere with her promises to her constituency. She explained all this.

I invite you to watch the video. You have never seen such a confused bunch in your life. Like ducks hit on the head. (You will admire her determination: steel true, blade straight).

Vice-chairwoman Hutchings suggested a drop safe, but Treasurer Campbell said that lacked security and accountability. The Police Chief agreed. Selectman Lucier liked the drop safe idea. Chairman Thibeault disagreed with the drop safe idea. He did not want to go against the opinions of lawyers and auditors. (He thinks “outside the box”).

Remember, the Town Clerk is an independent elected official in her own right, with constitutional responsibilities of her own. Her responsibilities do not include being a central depository. No amount of others wanting it to be so makes it so. She is not answerable to the selectmen or treasurers, and even less so to their hireling police chiefs, lawyers, and auditors.

The BOS stopped finally the merry-go-round by asking that the Town Administrator call a meeting to iron out a solution by the end of January. Yeah, good luck with that. There was no mention in end of January minutes of any ironed-out solution.

How were the problems attendant to the “solution” devised by the Treasurer, auditor, and lawyer ultimately solved? They had to give the Town Clerk the assistance she requested. The additional cost of that assistance is not being paid by the Treasurer, the BOS, nor the departments, but by the taxpayers, as our meeting notice said.

Should we have said that we need to thank the Treasurer, and the auditors, lawyers, banks, selectmen, police chief, town administrator, butcher, baker, and candlestick-maker for this “solution”?

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.


Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (December 16, 2019)

By Muriel Bristol | December 15, 2019

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, December 16.

The BOS meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public session beginning at 5:30 PM. That agenda has one Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 II (c).

(c) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.

Likely someone is seeking some partial relief. There were many, many of these after the false “push-button” valuation and mistaken rate-setting of 2016, and we have just experienced yet another preposterous “push-button” valuation. One might expect to see many of these secret 91-A3 II (c) sessions scheduled going forward.

The BOS intend to adjourn their Non-Public BOS session at 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 nine agenda items: 1) Town Clerk / Tax Collector Letter of Appreciation, 2) 2019 Encumbrances Discussion, 3) Town Report Dedication Discussion, 4) Police Patrol Room Equipment Purchase Request (R. Krauss), 5) Heritage Commission, 6) Capital Improvement Program Recommendations Discussion, 7) Preliminary Town Warrant Article Discussion, 8) Approve Town Deposit Process and Policy, and 9) Solar Garden Ratification Discussion.

Town Clerk / Tax Collector Letter of Appreciation. There are no doubt many reasons to express appreciation of the Town Clerk.

2019 Encumbrances Discussion. Several commenters have expressed their strong disapproval of this. This could be a contentious discussion involving money approved at the ballot for one or more specific purposes during a calendar year. If the money is not spent, or is not fully spent, it may be “encumbered” for use in another year.

Has the originally authorized purpose has been fulfilled? If so, any extra monies should be returned promptly as tax reductions. (Note that the rate has been set prior to this, from which one might infer that there was never any intention of returning any money).

Having slush funds and large fund balances relieves the Town of having to seek voter authorization – a taxpayers’ check on its expenditures. “It’s just easier that way.” As you may well imagine, the bypassing of checks and balances is an indication of unaccountable government.

Last year, the BOS neglected to “encumber” money approved to fight European Naiad until after the deadline. They then took that amount from their “emergency fund” for European Naiad. Did you know they even had an emergency fund? I mean, apart from the excessive fund balance that is? Presumably, they replenished the “emergency fund” in some other way. They covered also a significantly larger budget overflow and presented it as a rate reduction by drawing from the fund balance. The BOS does this sort of thing fairly often.

When last numbered in a public meeting, The Town had then over twenty-nine different bank accounts. (Their bank wanted to charge them fees on all of them, which added up to a tidy sum).

Town Report Dedication Discussion. Is this the year in which the Town Report will be dedicated finally to its taxpayers? Without their ever-increasing contributions, nothing contained in the report would have been possible at all.

Police Patrol Room Equipment Purchase Request (R. Krauss). Aren’t the police cars the patrol rooms? I must be misunderstanding this.

Heritage Commission. Would Milton have a heritage without having a Heritage Commission? Yes, of course it would, absolutely.

Would another commission be yet another expense? Let us hope not. If so, its very existence would hamper Milton’s heritage to some degree.

It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors. – Plutarch

Capital Improvement Program Recommendations Discussion. An increasing number of Milton taxpayers recommend that the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) be scrapped entirely. Its supposed advantage, that of “smoothing” expenses, has instead resulted in a constantly rising trend in expenses and, therefore, taxes. (See Capital Reduction Program (CRP)).

Preliminary Town Warrant Article Discussion. Where the increases fostered by the CIP plan process begin to make their way along the conveyer belt to the ballot. Unanimous approvals anyone?

Approve Town Deposit Process and Policy. The Town Treasurer and the BOS dumped his Town Deposit Process onto the Town Clerk. The Town Clerk objected rightly to extra tasks without extra staffing.

After a bit of a donnybrook, the BOS provided the necessary clerical support after the fact. Missing from all of this was any discussion of the time gained by the various departments that had offloaded their deposit tasks to the Town Clerk.

How are they using  the time that they gained thereby? In the absence of any explanation, one must assume the departments simply gained more time in which to do fewer tasks.

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. – Parkinson’s Law 

The Town Deposit Process worked out nicely for the departments, but was perhaps less advantageous for Milton taxpayers. The taxpayers “gained” another salary, benefits package, etc., with which to accomplish the very same tasks previously performed by the departments. Remember to thank the Town Treasurer for his new, more expensive Town Deposit Process at his next election outing.

By the way, did anyone ever apologize to the old Town Treasurer for the calumnies heaped upon her by BOS Chairman Thibeault on the eve of her election outing? The Treasurer emeritus seems to be still in good standing at the county level, while we have gained a new process, a new policy, and a new expense.

Solar Garden Ratification Discussion. These things never pay for themselves. Every one that you see, be they at the transfer station, or on individual houses and buildings, is made possible by Federal and state subsidies. That is to say, the savings decrease, or even disappear entirely, when one remembers that the subsidy was taken from your other pocket.

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL).

Under Old Business is scheduled two items: 10) Request to Repair Ladder Truck (N. Marique), and 11) Budget Progression Discussion.

Request to Repair Ladder Truck (N. Marique). The fire chief seeks authorization for the maintenance and repair expenses for the used firetruck purchased from Gray, ME. (See Gray, ME, Voted to Sell Fire Engine to Milton).

Budget Progression Discussion. Regrettably, the Budget has never regressed in recent years, or remained the same, or even “progressed” at merely the inflation rate. However, in this context, this might be simply a status report of [default] budgeted versus actual expenditure at this particular point in the fiscal year. Or a discussion of the extent that the new budget has progressed through the bureaucracy.

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 December 4, 2019), the expenditure report, Public Comments “Pertaining to Topics Discussed,” Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments.

The BOS meeting is scheduled to end with another Non-Public session. That agenda has two Non-Public items classed as 91-A3 II (a) and 91-A: 3II (c):

The agenda has, for the third time in recent weeks, a Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 II (a): investigation, discipline, dismissal, promotion or compensation of employees.

(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.

One would like to think that investigations, disciplines, and dismissals of employees are not required at the rate of three times over four meetings. The more likely topic would be promotions and compensation, i.e., raises and COLA.

(c) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.

Yet another one.

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


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Milton in the News – 1941

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | December 15, 2019

In this year, we encounter a Wolfeboro carnival queen, a Milton winter carnival, a chain grocery store, a union election, a former Nute Ridge schoolteacher, the Ice Box again, the death of Fred P. Jones, a Milton Mills house fire, a problematic Acton auto registration, and state air raid instructions.

This was also the year in which National Socialist (Nazi) Germany invaded Yugoslavia, Greece, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.). The Japanese empire attacked the United States on December 7, 1941. It invaded French Indochina, Thailand, Sarawak, Borneo, Hong King, Malaya, Guam, Wake Island, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies.

The younger Milton Mills cousin of several matrons of Farmington, NH, was elected carnival queen of the Wolfeboro, NH, winter carnival.

LOCAL. Miss Peggy Fletcher of Milton Mills was unanimously elected the carnival queen at the Abenaki Outing club winter carnival, which was held in Wolfeboro last Saturday night. Miss Fletcher is a cousin of Mrs. Leslie French and Mrs. Granville Tozer of this [Farmington] town (Farmington News, January 31, 1941).

This description of this Teneriffe Sports Club’s Sixth Annual Winter Carnival permits us to date its first event to 1936. (A description of the Fifth Annual Winter Carnival followed the event in 1940 and a bare notice of the Fourth Annual Winter Carnival appeared in 1939).

SIXTH ANNUAL CARNIVAL AT MILTON. The Teneriffe Sports Club has completed plans for its sixth annual winter carnival, which for two days, Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9, will attract carnival sportsters from at least three states. On Saturday morning and afternoon, there will be intra-school sports, while in the evening snowsuits will [be] doffed and replaced with evening dress for the carnival ball. Every section of Milton is represented by a contestant for the honor of carnival queen, and this is not the least in the exciting events of anticipation. On Sunday there will be representative teams from the Associated Outing Clubs, which includes several towns and cities, and swarms of winter sports fans and spectators will fill the town to overflowing. The terrain of Milton is naturally adaptive to carnival purposes, for the slopes range from a very slight incline to an almost perpendicular descent, for the pleasure of skiers, a lake is right in the center of activity, and the whole playground is within easy motoring distance of many localities (Farmington News, February 7, 1941).

Milton had a First National Store (Finast), i.e., a chain grocery store, as early as September 1934. First National Stores had branches also in Alton, Farmington, Rochester, and Sanbornville, NH.

PERSONAL. Gideon Marcoux was employed at the First National Store in Milton for a few days this week (Farmington News, February 14, 1941).

Gideon T. Marcoux of Farmington, NH, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), worked a few days at the Milton store. (He married Miss Helen M. Gilbert in Somersworth, NH, November 22, 1944).

Milton Leatherboard Company employees opposed forming a union by a 31 (54.4%) to 25 (45.6%) vote.

Milton, N.H., Workers Against Unionization. MILTON, N.H., June 13. Employees of the Milton Leatherboard Company here do not favor joining a union affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, It became known today when the result of a special election to decide the issue was made public. A Labor Board election held at Town Hall Tuesday showed 31 employees opposed to joining the union and 25 in favor (Boston Globe, June 14, 1941).

At least forty-two leather and fibreboard mill employees – although not their union preferences – may be identified in the census of the prior year: Alta M. Belleman, Louise Belleman, Raymond Belleman, William Belleman, Carl M. Burrows, Edwin Burrows, Edward V. Butler, Martin Davis, Willard R. Davis, Charles L. Dickson, Ernest F. Dickson, William W. Dorr, Roy M. Downs, Fred Eldridge, Everett E. Goodson, Albert A. Gosselin, James J. Ham, Rex W. Harris, Donald A. Hopkins, Raymond F. Horne, Herbert N. Kenney, Roy P. Leavitt, Ludger J. Labrie, Fred J. Lavoie, Leslie S. Libby, Peter J. Lover, Wilbur C. Lover, George C. McIntire, John Pearson, Alfred V. Pippin, Ralph W. Pugh, Earl L. Rand, Lauren V. Ramsey, Jerome J. Regan, Raymond Regan, Clara M. Smith, Elmer O. Stillings, John Sullivan, Charles E. Weare, Ralph J. Williams, Ernest F. Witham, and Samuel Young.

Mary Davis, secretary; Christine Libby, office clerk; Ernest A. Lord, clerk; Harold A. Stillings, clerk; and Earl Wentworth, bookkeeper, worked in the mill’s offices.

Mrs. Elizabeth Burrows McCorrison is here identified as having been a Nute Ridge school teacher of the late 1860s. (It appears that she would have done so under the name Lizzie Ricker).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Elizabeth Burrows McCorrison of Union, Me., was a Sunday caller at the home of friends and former neighbors. “Aunt Lizzie,” as she is affectionally known, is in her 92nd year, and with the exception of a bothersome lameness, enjoys the best of health. Until within a short time she has managed her farm, with blueberries a specialty. Her childhood days were spent in the Nute Ridge sector of West Milton, where she attended the Nute Ridge school and later served as teacher (Farmington News, June 27, 1941).

Annie Ripley, a farmer, aged sixty-four years (b. ME), headed an Appleton, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her boarder, Lizzie B. McCorrison, a widow [of Addison McCorrison], aged ninety years (b. NH). Annie Ripley owned their farmstead on the Appleton Ridge, which was valued at $1,000. Mrs. McCorrison had finished the eighth grade.

The Ice Box mentioned in 1939 is here described as being the Ice Box Grill. Other mentions have it associated with a campground along Route 16. Some number of free meals were a benefit for campers, while other customers paid for their meals.

Saxtons River. Miss Ida Hall and Miss Mary Bissell, who have worked at the Ice Box Grill in Milton, N.H., for the past month, are spending a few days at their respective homes before returning to the University of Vermont (Brattleboro Reformer, September 11, 1941).

Valerie Hall, a widow, aged fifty-one years (b. VT), headed a Saxtons River, Rockingham, VT, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Ida Hall, aged twenty years (b. VT), Warren Hall, aged eighteen years (b. VT), Evelyn Hall, aged sixteen years (b. VT), and Benjamin Hall, aged twelve years (b. VT), and her boarders, Yvonne Simonds, aged nine years (b. VT), Gloria Simonds, aged eight years (b. VT), Stanley Hill, aged two years (b. VT), and Harold Hill, aged two years (b. VT). Valerie Hall rented their house on Pleasant Street, for $18 per month.

Here we bid farewell to Fred P. Jones, who among other things had been father to famous theatrical designer, Robert E. Jones. (His wife, Emma J. (Cowell) Jones, had died in Milton, April 13, 1941).

Rochester Locals. Private services were held yesterday afternoon at the home on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton for Fred P. Jones, 82, who died at ancestral home late Monday night. He was born in Milton, the son Charles and Betsy (Varney) Jones and was a lifelong resident of that community. He leaves three sons, Charles, Robert Edmund and Philip Cowell Jones and two daughters, Mrs. Alice M. Varney and Miss Elizabeth Jones. Burial was in the family lot on the Jones property (Portsmouth Herald, [Thursday,] November 13, 1941).

Harold Johnson lost to fire his historic eight-room house in Milton Mills, known variously as the Daniel Philbrick house or as “Milton Acres.” Milton Mills and Union firemen were hampered in their efforts by the lack of a fire pond from which to pump. They managed to save the barn and the adjoining properties of his neighbors, after laying hose to a more distant brook.

Rochester. Milton Mills Landmark Destroyed by Flames. Correspondent Basil Blake; 806J. Fire yesterday morning destroyed an eight-room house, a long ell and house on the Daniel Philbrick property in Milton Mills. The buildings, one of the old landmarks of the town, were originally owned by Mr. Philbrick, but of late have passed through several hands. The driver of a bakery truck noticed flames coming from two sections of the house as he was passing his route yesterday morning. Members of the household were not home so he notified a neighbor who gave the alarm. The Milton Fire department answered an alarm but when they arrived Chief Charles Wilson discovered that the water hole near the property had gone dry. More than 2,000 feet of hose was laid to pump water from a brook on the property of M.G. Chamberlain, but the flames had made so much headway before discovery that it was impossible to save the house. Firemen concentrated their efforts on the barn and although a corner of that structure was damaged, the barn was saved. The loss was estimated at about $5,000, with some insurance. Homes of Miriam Paschal and Victor Evans were in danger several times, but firemen prevented the spread of the flames to these nearby structures (Portsmouth Herald, December 6, 1941).

To add insult to injury, investigators discovered that Johnson’s surviving automobile had been registered in neighboring Acton, ME, rather than in Milton. In point of fact, Johnson had lived in Acton, ME, in the prior year.

Florence A. Benson, a widow, aged sixty-three years (b. MA), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her lodger, Harold F. Johnson, a hardware salesman, aged forty-three years (b. MA). [And, presumably, his Acton-registered automobile]. Florence A. Benson owned their house on Hubbard’s Ridge, which was valued at $3,600.

Rochester. Basil Blake; Correspondent: 806-J. Fire Investigation Results In Auto Charge. Old Man Jinx still is camping on the trail of Harold Johnson of nearby Milton Mills. Over a week ago the large, eight-room house owned by Mr. Johnson, known as “Milton Acres,” in the town of Milton Mills was destroyed by fire in the absence of Mr. Johnson. Firemen of Milton Mills and Union, handicapped by lack of  water, saved the large barn and its contents. State Police and investigators from the sheriff’s department spent several days investigating the fire but were unable to tell how it started. During this investigation it was found out that Johnson, while living Milton Mills, had registered his car just over the town line in Acton, Me. He was brought to the police station by State Trooper Frank D. Manning and released over the weekend in bail of $25. Arraigned Monday morning before Special Justice Leonard C. Harwick, through his counsel, Atty. Kenneth F. Graft of Manchester, pleaded nolo to a charge of operating an improperly registered car and was fined $10 and costs of $6.40 (Portsmouth Herald, December 16, 1941).

In the week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the NH State Council of Defense issued air raid instructions.

ISSUE AIR RAID INSTRUCTION. The following instructions were issued by the State Council of Defense, Tuesday, in the event of an air raid alarm. The principal thing to remember if an air raid should occur is to keep cool. Everyone should stay in their houses, do not crowd in the streets. If you are in the street, walk. Do not run to your home. Do not shout or make any unnecessary commotion. If a blackout should be ordered simply turn out all the lights in your house until proper measures can be taken. It is suggested that all unnecessary light bulbs be taken out now. The New Hampshire Air Raid Precaution is organized and will aid you to protect your home. There will be an opportunity for everyone in the state to attend air raid classes, the first one in Farmington to be held this Friday evening at 7.30 in the town hall. Use your common sense. Keep cool and you will be helping the United States in its war efforts. Beulah Thayer, Vice Chairman (Farmington News, December 12, 1941).

These blackout measures had an element of “security theater” in them, as neither the Japanese nor the Germans possessed any bomber airplanes capable of reaching New Hampshire. (General Doolittle’s 1942 bombing of Japan was an only barely possible one-way trip because it was launched from an aircraft carrier, of which the Germans had none). Nor would any Farmington or Milton lights have been visible to any enemy ship or submarine offshore.

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1940; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1942


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Tax Cap to Appear on March Ballot

By S.D. Plissken | December 12, 2019

I am given to understand that representatives of the Milton Taxpayers’ Association (MTA) will be out collecting signatures in the next month so that a Tax Cap warrant article may appear on the March ballot.

You may share their concern that in recent years that Town officials seem to be either unable or unwilling to restrain themselves in creating Town budgets. They thereby create tax burdens that increase at rates much greater than inflation. This could be your opportunity to “assist” the Town in finding some upper limits.

Last year the Board of Selectmen (BOS) voted unanimously to use your fund balance – the money they took “in error” due to their preposterous 2016 valuation – to cover their rather incontinent budget. Their budget was rejected by the voters, but many of its features were funded anyway by an excessive “fudge factor” included in their process.

This year the BOS voted unanimously to “guide” their Town department heads in drafting budgets that included 2% raises and 1.7% COLA increases. Selectman Rawson said immediately, i.e., without any apparent consideration at all, that he was “just fine” with that; the other selectmen all agreed with him.

In a public BOS meeting this past year Town Planning Board member Laurence D. “Larry” Brown spoke rather unguardedly about his “vision” for Milton’s future. (He had requested a secret meeting, but went ahead anyway in a public session). You might find that you are not present in the future he plans.

Mr. Brown expressed publicly his utter contempt for manufactured homes. They do not serve as “attractions.” (Quote: “No one travels to see the double-wides of New Jersey”). Yes, that old saw again, as if creating “attractions” was ever a legitimate concern of government. He said forthrightly that there are “far too many” manufactured homes in town (13% of Milton’s households). That is to say, for those of you that live in them, there are far too many of you in town.

Mr. Brown expressed his glowing approval for “gentrification” – a process by which wealthier incomers displace those with less wherewithal. Can’t keep up with our increasing government and the increasing taxes needed to pay for it? You can be replaced by better, wealthier taxpayers.

Mr. Brown congratulated himself on having personally prevented the establishment of many businesses over the years, both as an officeholder and an individual. As if that were an accomplishment. (He bragged that he had even spent his own money on lawsuits to do so).

These are the people that are Planning our future, creating and approving the Town budgets, and setting the tax rates. One might almost embrace a slogan from the national scene, and claim that these persons are “Not My Planning Board” and “Not My Board of Selectmen.”

There might be some few among you who think that these trends and these people have not been a burden and a problem for Milton. You should sign the Tax Cap petition anyway, if only to support the principles of democracy. You would be ensuring that there are more ballot options from which voters might choose, rather than fewer options. And there would be no danger that a fully satisfied electorate would pass such a measure, right?

If an MTA volunteer finds their way to your house, you should smile upon their efforts. If you do not encounter one, you may find an MTA volunteer seated in the Dunkin’ Donuts, for the next few Saturday mornings, between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM.

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.

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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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Milton in the News – 1939

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | December 8, 2019

In this year, we encounter volunteer woodsmen, a police investigation, a winter carnival, a cottage for rent, an auto stalled on the tracks, a possible ice cream venue, mice in the radiator, a two-family house for sale, a fatal fire, a coed colonel, a Milton Mills lodge for ski travelers, and Christmas bonuses.

This was the year of the Horne murder, in which John H. Howland murdered Milton-native Maude F. Horne, on Friday, February 3, 1939.

This was also the year in which the Second World War began, when National Socialist (Nazi) Germany invaded Poland, on September 1, 1939. (Let us not forget the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), which invaded Poland from the other side, and murdered 22,000 Polish officer prisoners and civilians in or near the Katyn forest).

Eighteen men and four horses gathered at the Nute Chapel woodlot in West Milton to clear away wind-blown timber. It might have been freshly damaged timber, but more likely it had been brought down in September by the Hurricane of ’38.

ODD ITEMS from EVERYWHERE. Eighteen men recently gathered at the parsonage woodlot of Nute Chapel, West Milton, N.H., and worked with four horses to salvage the blown-down timber, while the women of the community did their part in the kitchen, preparing winner for the toilers (Boston Globe, January 11, 1939).

HERE and THERE. Eighteen men gathered a short time ago at the parsonage woodlot of Nute Chapel at West Milton and worked with four horses to salvage the blown-down timber, while the women of the community did their part in the kitchen, preparing a dinner for the workers (Portsmouth Herald, January 11, 1939).

One wonders what the dinner might have been. Something both wholesome and toothsome, no doubt.

Here follows some additional details regarding John H. Howland’s February murder of Miss Maude F. Horne (beyond those set out already in Milton and the Horne Murder – 1939).

Milton’s then Police Chief Downs had appointed the felon Howland as a special or reserve police officer during the Hurricane of ’38. The Chief had supplied him at that time with a coat and a heavy flashlight. The same flashlight is discussed here as possibly having been the murder weapon. George McKeagney replaced Chief Downs at the March election.

Seek to Question Pal. MILTON, N.H., Feb. 6. After questioning scores of townspeople in the new Nute High School at Milton, N.H., during the day, Strafford County Solicitor John F. Beamis announced tonight that an appeal would be broadcast for information on Edwin (Buddy) Howard, pal of John N. Howland, missing suspect in the case, who assisted the suspect in writing several pieces of music. Beamis appealed to Howard to come forward and submit voluntarily to questioning. The solicitor said that the state officials were seeking additional information about Howland. Beamis also said that the state officers now have corroborative testimony that Howland and his 15-year-old girl friend were seen near the home of the murdered woman, at about the time the murder occurred. Last Saturday, a neighbor, Mrs. Charlotte Garyait, placed the young man and girl in Miss Horne’s home at the approximate time of the crime. The latest evidence, Beamis said, places the pair on the Farmington road [now Elm Street], a few hundred feet away from the Horne residence. He would not reveal the identity of his informants.

Kept Little Cash in House. To assure full cooperation from the 1200 farmers and mill workers who live in Milton, Atty. Gen. Thomas P. Cheney issued a circular today which was distributed to every home, calling upon anybody with information to get in touch with investigating officials. The townspeople were also asked if they had any recent conversations with any of the three. That the murderer obtained less than $35 from Miss Horne’s purses was ventured by Beamis. He said that the murdered woman was not in the habit of having much money in the house despite the fact that her uncle, who died four months ago, left her $3322 in cash as part of his estate. The uncle’s estate was valued at more than $10,000. Mrs. Ina Shaw of West Lebanon, Me., a former resident of East Rochester, told the authorities that she called on Miss Horne Friday and she was in good spirits. She said she showed her around the house and even went to the garage where the car, which is now missing, was located. The mother of Howland, Mrs. Rose Abrams of Reading, Mass., who has been residing in a one-story house on Main st., went to Boston last Wednesday, Beamis stated. She did not know where her son was while in the city. She returned here after the crime. Howland is a parolee from an Ohio prison to which he had been sentenced from one to 20 years for the larceny of an automobile. He served as a special police officer in Milton, during the weeks immediately after the hurricane last September, Chief Downs asserted. At that time he borrowed one of the Chief’s police coats and also five-call flashlight, neither of which were ever returned. The medical examiner has been asked to report whether or not a heavy flashlight could have caused the wound to the murdered woman’s head (Boston Globe, February 7, 1939).

John W. Shaw, a private shop barber, aged seventy-three years (b. England), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time o the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ina M. [(Blaisdell)] Shaw, aged sixty-three years (b. ME). John M. Shaw rented their West Lebanon house, for $5 per month. (They had lived in Rochester, NH, as late as April 1, 1935).

Milton held a winter carnival Friday and Saturday, February 11-12.

Week-End Events. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. Milton, N.H. – Carnival (Boston Globe, [Friday,] February 10, 1939).

The Portsmouth owner of a Milton beach-front cottage offered it for rent. It had several attractive amenities.

FOR RENT. FOR RENT – Furnished cottage Milton, N.H. Fireplace, sleeping porch, conveniences. Sandy beach with boat. Tel. Ports. 2732-14. 3t J5 (Portsmouth Herald, June 6, 1939).

An automobile driven by Mrs. Elizabeth (Bronson) Maxfield, wife (since July 1938) of Rev. Leland Maxfield, stalled on the railroad tracks, at Porter’s crossing in Milton. She and one of her two passengers were seriously injured when the automobile was struck by a northbound train.

Two Women Hurt as Train Hits Car at Milton, N.H. MILTON, N.H., July 8 (A. P.) – Two women were injured critically and a man escaped with cuts and bruises today when a Boston to North Conway railroad train struck an automobile stalled across the tracks a mile beyond Milton. The injured were listed as Mrs. Elizabeth Maxfield of Milton, driving a car owned by the Milton Red Cross Chapter, and two passengers, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Large of Lebanon, N.H. Names of the two women were placed on the danger list at Rochester Hospital. Doctors said Mrs. Maxfield had several broken ribs and internal injuries and Mrs. Large suffered a fractured leg and probable internal injuries (Boston Globe, July 8, 1939).

Mrs. Large never fully recovered from her injuries. She died three years later in July 1942.

Harry D. Large, no occupation given, aged sixty-six years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife [of thirty-six years], Alberta G. [(Shorey)] Large, aged sixty-four years (b. NH). Harry D. Large owned their house, which was valued at $1,500. They were said to have lived in the “same house” in 1935. (They had resided in Malden, MA, in 1930).

Prior to this accident, trains struck motorcars at Milton level crossings in June 1917, August 1920, and December 1927.

Miss Meredith E. Corkins, aged about twenty-six years, put aside her apron at her brother’s Green Shutters ice cream parlor in Wilmington, VT, in order to put on another at The Ice Box in Milton, NH.

Wilmington. Miss Meredith Corkins, who has been assisting at the Green Shutters for several weeks, has left for Milton, N.H., where she will be employed for two or three weeks at The Ice Box (Brattleboro Reformer, September 9, 1939).

When it opened in May 1935, the Green Shutters was described in the Bennington, VT, newspaper. The paper provided few details of the parlor’s menu, but its description of the color scheme was quite complete.

WILMINGTON. The “Green Shutters” opened last Saturday under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Corkins. The outside has been newly painted white with green shutters. The interior is attractive in red and cream. A modern soda fountain has been installed with novel lighting effects. The booths are finished in mahogany. The waitresses, Louise Ray and Lilla Shultz, are dressed in green and white (Bennington Banner, May 10, 1935).

Milton’s “The Ice Box” ice cream parlor has proven somewhat elusive, assuming it existed in Milton at all. Editors, reporters and typesetters sometimes mistook Milton for Wilton. In looking for it, one finds that the newspapers were overflowing with offers to take one’s old ice box in partial trade for a new electric one, and overflowing too with many, many recipes for ice box cakes and cookies. Both of which made searching for “Ice Box” like looking for a needle in a haystack.

One remembers Charles L. Morrison, the Boston & Maine Railroad gate tender mentioned in 1929 as having a large appetite for ice cream.

Mice fled the radiator of a wood-sawing machine when it was filled with water. It might have been their mousey descendants that built a nest in the air duct of my automobile.

Probably it was the same instinct which causes rats to leave a sinking ship that made mice leave the radiator of a wood-sawing machine at Milton, N.H., when the owner began to pour in water preparatory to starting operations. The mice had built a nest inside the radiator and it blocked passages in the cooling system so that nearly a full day was required to make repairs on the system. That’s something for Ripley to work on (Burlington Free Press, October 6, 1939).

Here we find advertised an offer of a seller-financed mortgage. The owner wanted 25% down, and would apparently negotiate payment terms for the other 75%. (Other sellers on the same page offered to finance fifteen or twenty-year mortgages).

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. BARGAIN! – $1500 buys my Milton, N.H., 2-family; fully rented, $26 monthly; cost $6000. OWNER, P 414. Globe (Boston Globe, October 25, 1939).

The $6,000 price would have today the spending power of $109,757. Few would consider that to be much spending power when buying current two-family houses.

One might almost suppose that government guarantees of mortgages, like its guarantees of student loans, and guarantees of other things, actually causes a greater rate of inflation in those “guaranteed” markets.

David Knight Pinkham, also known as David Knight, died when the “one-room board camp” in which he was sleeping “burned to the ground.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN DIES IN FIRE AT CAMP. MILTON, N.H., Nov. 20 (AP). David Knight, 52, perished in a fire which during the night destroyed a woods camp on Jones river, five miles from Milton. Medical Referee Forrest L. Keay reported death was accidental. Knight formerly lived at South Berwick, Me., and at Dover and had served in the navy (Rutland Herald, November 21, 1939).

His Milton death record explained that “His charred remains [were] found in camp of Bard B. Plummer near Jones River at northeastern part of Teneriffe Mt., Milton, N.H.” The camp was described also as a “wood chopper’s camp.” The unfortunate Mr. Knight was buried on the Milton Town Farm.

Identify Victim of Milton Fire. Milton, Nov. 24 – The body of a man tentatively identified as that of David “Knight,” aged about 53, discovered as the victim of death by burning Sunday evening, Nov. 19, at a lumberman’s camp on the northeast side of Teneriffe Mountain in this town, has been identified as that of David Pinkham, Both names belong to the same man. From investigation by Deputy Sheriff Lyman Plummer, whose father owns the land on which camp is located, it was learned that the name “Knight” was that of man’s step-father, Fred Knight. He has a daughter by the name Beatrice J. Pinkham, born May 1922, in Dover, but her whereabouts is unknown. Unable to locate any relatives, Deputy Plummer and Chief of Police George McKeagney of Milton buried the remains in the town cemetery here (Portsmouth Herald, November 24, 1939).

Ruth Phyllis “Phyllis” Iovine of Milton, a Boston University student in the Class of 1940, was a leading candidate for coed colonel of the annual B.U. military ball.

Co-Ed Colonel Candidates - BG391214B.U. Co-Ed Colonel Candidates. Phyllis Iovine, Milton, N.H., at left, and Georgianna Harris, Carlisle, Penn., are leading candidates for coed colonel at the annual Boston University Military Ball, Friday night, in the main ballroom of the Hotel Statler. The affair is sponsored by the university chapter of Scabbard and Blade (Boston Globe, December 14, 1939).

Ruth Phyllis Iovine, of Milton, NH, a schoolteacher, married in St. Thomas (Episcopal) Church in Dover, NH, October 27, 1946, Robert Samuel Boak, Jr., of Portsmouth, NH, a radio announcer.

Boston doctor and pharmacist Fred M. Drake opened a vacation lodge at Milton Mills.

Fred M. Drake appeared in Boston directory of 1939, as running a retail drug store at 54 Fairmount av. in the Hyde Park district of Boston, MA. He and his wife, Marjorie F. [(Folger)] Drake, resided in the Squantum district of Quincy, MA.

WINTER SPORTS. Dr. Fred M. Drake, formerly of Hyde Park, has opened a vacation lodge at Milton Mills, N.H., and is recommending it as a stop-over for snow parties en route further north. It’s 100 miles from Boston, north of Rochester off Route 16 (Boston Globe, December 15, 1939).

Dr. and Mrs. Drake do not appear in the Boston directory of 1940, nor in the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. One supposes they were in Milton Mills. However, Fred M. Drake appeared in the Boston directory of 1941, as an osteopathic physician, at 15 Fairmount av. in the Hyde Park district of Boston, MA. He and his wife, Marjorie F. Drake, resided at 475 Washington street in Dedham, MA.

The Spaulding Fibre company, having considered its financial situation, chose to give out Christmas bonuses to its employees ten days before Christmas.

The $2.50 rate it gifted to someone having worked in any month would have today the spending power of about $45.75. (The six-month bonus would have the modern spending value of $274.50, and the full-year bonus would be worth $549.00). Ho, ho, ho.

Rochester, N.H., Dec. 15 (AP) Employes of the five mills of the Spaulding Fibre company, owned and operated by the former New Hampshire governors, Huntley N. and Rolland H. Spaulding, received Christmas bonuses today. All employes of record last December, who worked part of each month in 1939, received $30; those who worked in six months received $15, and others received $2.50 for each month. The mills are in Townsend Harbor, Mass., Rochester, North Rochester and Milton, N.H. (Bennington Evening Banner (Bennington, VT), December 15, 1939).

Rolland Spaulding, a fibre manufacturer, aged sixty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Vera G. [(Going)] Spaulding, aged fifty-seven years (b. MA), his children, Virginia Spaulding, aged nineteen years (b. MA), and Betty Spaulding, aged seventeen years (b. MA), and his servants, Alice Beckingham, a private family maid, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and Eleanor Higgins, a private family cook, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH). Rolland Spaulding owned their house at 76 Wakefield Street, which was valued at $45,000.

Huntley Spaulding, a fibre manufacturer, aged seventy years (b. MA), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Harriet [(Mason)] Spaulding, aged sixty-three years (b. MA), his servants, Ina [(Brown)] Wood, a private family cook, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and Wendell Wood, a private family chauffeur, aged forty-five years (b. MA). Rolland Spaulding owned their house at 78 Wakefield Street, which was valued at $35,000. (Joshua Studley, a greenhouse proprietor, aged forty-two years (b. MA), resided at 82 Wakefield Street).

Those interested in orthography may note that the news article used still the original French spelling of employé or employe, with a single trailing “e.” Also that the company name features the British spelling “Fibre,” rather than the more American “Fiber.”

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Celestial Seasonings – December 2019

By Heather Durham | December 5, 2019

Due to holidays and snowstorms, we join the celestial show already in progress.

December 2. The Pheonicid meteor shower will originate from the Constellation Phoenix.

December 4. The first quarter phase of the Moon should shine brightly in the evening sky. The Moon is at its apogee (its greatest distance from the Earth), which will result in it appearing smaller than usual.

December 6. The Cassiopeia meteor shower from Andromeda should be visible.

December 7. The Puppid-Velid meteor shower from Veda will appear in the night sky.

December 9. The Monocerotid meteor shower from Monoceros should be visible.

December 10. The Moon will be at its farthest distance from the Sun. This is commonly referred to as the Moon at aphelion.  Also this evening, Saturn and Venus will both rise at a right ascension,

December 11. Saturn and Venus will be passing one another.

December 12. The Moon will be full on this date. This Moon is the third full autumn Moon of 2019, known as the Oak Moon (, 2019). The Hydrid meteor shower from the Constellation Hydra presents itself. An object in space orbiting the Milky Way, known as the Large Magellanic Cloud or LMC will present itself today (Wikipedia, 2019).

December 13. Venus and Pluto will be rising otherwise known as conjunction.

December 14. The Geminid meteor shower from the Constellation Gemini is upon us this date.

December 15. From the Constellation Cancer, the Beehive Cluster will be making a close approach to the Moon. An open cluster from Orion will be visible, also known as NGC 1981.

December 16. From the Constellation Leo comes the Comae Berenicid meteor shower.

December 18. The Moon will be at perigee meaning at its closest point to the Earth. This Moon should appear larger than usual. This date also brings us to the last quarter of the Moon.

December 20. December Leonid Minorid meteor shower from the Constellation Leo Minor.

December 21. December Solstice and shortest day of the year.

December 22. Both the Moon and Mars will ascend a.k.a be in conjunction. As well, they both will be moving close together.

December 23. Ursid meteor shower from the Constellation Ursa Minor.

December 26. There will be a new Moon. The Moon will also be closest to the Sun.

December 27. The Moon and Saturn will ascend. Jupiter will move very close to the Sun.

December 28. From the Constellation Monoceros comes an open star cluster generally referred to as NGC 2232. The Moon and Venus will rise and will be approaching one another.

December 29. Once again coming from the Constellation Monoceros comes an open star cluster commonly referred to as NGC 2244.

December 30. Mercury will be located at its greatest distance from the Sun, otherwise referred to as aphelion.

We wish you a very Happy New Year! My resolution will be to issue this report in a more punctual manner. But you know how it is with New Year’s resolutions.

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Wikipedia. (2006, October 29). Large Magellanic Cloud. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2017, November 17). NGC 1981. Retrieved from

Wikipedia, (2007, April 20). NGC 2244. Retrieved from