Milton in the News – 1946

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | January 2, 2020

In this year, we encounter the death of a Navy Yard fireman, a farm for sale, two carbon monoxide deaths, a missing war bride, the death of Mrs. Hart, sheep wanted, and rental cabins available at the Ice Box.

Fred J. Savoie of Milton died in the hospital of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, of smoke inhalation he suffered while fighting a submarine fire.

Fred J. Savoie, a leatherboard mill finisher, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ruby [(Ellis)] Savoie, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Jacqueline P. Savoie, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Maurice M. Savoie, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Arnie N. Savoie, aged twelve years (b. NH). Fred J. Savoie owned their house on Main Street, Milton Community, which was valued at $1,500. They lived quite close – only a house apart – to Dr. and Mrs. Hart (see below).

Portsmouth Fireman Dies In Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Fred J. Savoie of Milton died yesterday at the U.S. naval hospital at the Portsmouth naval base where he had been a patient for eight days suffering from smoke inhalation reportedly received while fighting a blaze aboard a submarine at the base a week ago. A member of the fire department at the base, Mr. Savoie was born in Dover, the son of Joseph W. and Delia Burns Savoie. He had been a resident of Milton for the past 20 years. He was 49 years old. He served in World War I and was a member of the Oscar Morehouse post, American Legion, of Milton, the Milton fire department and Rindge lodge, Knights of Pythias, East Rochester. Survivors include his wife. Mrs. Ruby Savoie: two daughters, Jacqueline and Elaine Savoie: a son, Maurice, all of Milton, and a sister, Mrs. Jennie Wentworth of Farmington (Portsmouth Herald, January 24, 1946).

Fire Victim’s Funeral. MILTON, N.H., Jan. 24. Funeral services will be held in the Community church here Saturday for Fred J. Savoie, 49, Portsmouth navy yard fireman who died at Portsmouth naval hospital yesterday as the result of smoke inhalation. A member of the family said Savoie was overcome by smoke a week ago when he was helping to extinguish a blaze in a submarine (Fitchburg Sentinel, January 24, 1946).

Here is offered for sale a six-room farmhouse on thirteen acres of land along Route 16 (1,000 foot frontage).

REAL ESTATE. FOR SALE – MILTON, N.H. 6-RM. HOUSE in exc. cond., bath, h. and c. water, steam heat, hardwood firs throughout, 13 A. land, 2 in till., bal. in pine, birch and maple, 1000 ft. frontage on highway, located on Route 16, main route to White Mountains, beautiful location, price $7200. photos on request. BENWAY AGENCY, 12 Central St., Farmington, N.H.; tel. 3153 (February 10, 1946).

We may note again the extent to which Federal housing guarantees, subsidies, and interventions are artificially affecting the housing market. The $7,200 asking price would be equivalent to “only” $93,672 in inflated modern dollars. (Itself a problem). To an assessor’s eye, such a property would be worth multiples of even the inflation-adjusted price.

Two Milton teenagers appeared in a list of fourteen New England weekend fatalities. They died of carbon monoxide poisoning in nearby Barnstead, NH.

14 Weekend Deaths Caused by Mishaps. Boston, March 11 (AP). At least 14 persons were’ dead In New England today as the result of accidents over the week-end. The chief causes were fire, train-auto collisions, carbon monoxide poisoning and falls. Arthur Marchildon, about 60, died of suffocation and burns in a fire that swept the upper floors of a four-story lodging house In the downtown area of Lowell. Several score persons were driven to the street just before dawn and two other men suffered injuries. One death was indirectly the result of an accident. In Newton, Mass., Miss Mary H. Merrill, nurse’s aide at Wellesley hospital, suffered a fatal heart attack rushing to help four persons who suffered only minor injuries when their car hit a pole near her home after a tire puncture. In Eaton, Me., Earl P. Carlow, 27, and Donald R. Theriault, 18, both of Robbinston, Me., were killed when their car crashed into a halted Maine Central Railroad train at a crossing. Two sailors, Lorimer L.L. Herrmann, 23, and Charles L. Savage, 23, of the New London submarine base, were fatally injured at Branford. Conn., when their car crashed into a tree. Another double fatality was at Barnstead, N.H., where the bodies of Erving W. Williams, 19, and John W. Pennell, 17, both of Milton, N.H., were found in an automobile. Medical Examiner Lester R. Brown said monoxide poisoning killed both. Coal gas fumes cost the life of Mrs. Birdena Washburn, 48, housekeeper in a Skowhegan, Me., home. In Lowell. Mass., five-year-old Richard Bellerose was killed under the wheel of a truck. Eleven-year-old Robert Argrayes died similarly at North Lincoln, Me., and In -.Monson, Mass., Hugh Toner, 74, was fatally injured by an automobile while crossing a street (North Adams Transcript, March 11, 1946).

Leland H. Jenness, a machinist, aged twenty years (b. Strafford County, NH), enlisted in Manchester, NH, January 6, 1942, for service in the U.S. Army. He was sixty-seven inches tall and weight 153 pounds.

Bridegrooms Left Waiting at the Depot for 2 War Wives. Not a single unwclcomed bride waited last night at South Station to be claimed by a tardy husband. Instead two nervous bridegrooms paced the train platform and pleaded with the M.P.’s assigned as bride escorts, to find two missing brides who didn’t arrive, as scheduled, on the last night train from the west coast. One of them, James E. York Jr., had flown from Houston, Tex., where he is stationed, when his sister wired him that the Red Cross was sending his Australian bride to their Melrose home, 229 Main street. He got to Melrose in time to meet the train but did not meet his bride. At a late hour, no word had arrived for either bridegroom to tell why he’d been left waiting at the station door. Afraid She’s Changed. The other disappointed bridegroom, Leland Jenness of Milton Mills. N.H., was in Boston early yesterday afternoon when he hoped his wife from Australia would arrive. As the last train pulled in, his worried expression brightened. “I’m pretty nervous,” he said, “even if I was married for eight months before I left for home. But that was 11 months ago, and maybe she’s changed.” He didn’t have a chance to find out last night, for a check of the passengers disclosed only one bride – an American girl, claimed by a young Navy lieutenant, who grinned a little complacently as he took in the situation and remarked something about the advantage of marrying “closer to home” (Boston Globe, March 12, 1946).

Details are scant, but Leland H. Jenness, then of Milton Mills, and his missing Australian war bride, Mrs. Iris Mona (Coles) Jenness, were reunited.

They had moved to California by 1961. (We may note that California is closer to Australia).

Mrs. Estelle K. (Draper) Hart, wife of Dr. M.A.H. Hart, died while on a lengthy visit to Bedford, MA.

Malcolm A.H. Hart, a medical doctor, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940). His household included his wife, Estelle L. [(Draper)] Hart, aged seventy-six years (b. VT). Malcolm A.H. Hart owned their house on Main Street, Milton Community, which was valued at $2,500. They lived quite close – only a house apart – to Fred J. and Ruby Savoie (see above).

Deaths and Funerals. Mrs. Estelle L. Hart. BEDFORD, June 22. Funeral services for Mrs. Estelle L. (Draper) Hart, 82, wife of Dr. M.A.H. Hart of Milton, N. H., will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 in the Community Church at Milton. She died here Thursday. Mrs. Hart came to Bedford from Milton last November. She was a member of the Woman’s Relief Corps, Woman’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and Community Church in Milton. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, M. Wentworth Hart of Bedford and Ezra D. Hart of Andover; a brother, George U. Draper of Fairhaven, Vt., and a sister, Mrs. Charles A. Bullock of Bristol, Conn (Boston Globe, June 23, 1946).

Mrs. Hart was likely visiting with her son, M. Wentworth Hart, at the time of her death. Marion Wentworth Hart, a meat store clerk, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a New Bedford, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elise [(Nicholas)] Hart, a dry goods store clerk, aged forty-seven years (b. MI), his daughter, Marion Hart, a Consolidated Gas co. file clerk, aged twenty-three years (b. CT), and his mother-in-law, Eliza [(Webster)] Nicholas, aged seventy-one years (b. Nova Scotia). Marion Wentworth Hart rented their house at 38 Great Road, for $20 per month.

(The Harts had suffered a comprehensive property fire in March 1921, from which they had rebuilt. Mrs Hart’s letter to her Fairhaven sister-in-law featured in the news of that event).

L.H. Baldwin advertised for sheep with which to stock his Milton farm.

LIVESTOCK. WANTED. 24. SHEEP wanted: 20 thrifty 1946 lambs, 10 yearling ewes. L.H. Baldwin, Milton, N.H. (Rutland Herald, July 25, 1946).

The Ice Box cabins and its attendant grille continued in business into the post-war period.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. THE ICE BOX. Route 16, Milton, N.H. Cabins in pine grove on lake, boating, bathing, fishing. Rates include free home-cooked meals with steam-heated cabins, $35 a week per person. Golf 7 miles. Train and bus service. Box 219, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 4, 1946).

The rental cabins were advertised also in 1945. Three home-cooked meals from the grille were included with a week’s rental. Presumably, those renters, and a walk-in trade, might purchase extra meals there. Ice Box grille workers were mentioned in 1941 and 1939.

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