Milton in the News – 1948

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | January 9, 2020

In this year, we encounter a new ski tow, an outboard motor dealer, a serious barn fire, Mountain View cabins for sale and for rent, Ice Box cabins for rent, a Milton larceny, a country colonial house for sale, and a plane crash.

Al Braman of the Hotel Braemore announced a new ski tow at Teneriffe Mountain, to be opened for business on Saturday, January 10.

SKIERS. Brand New Ski Tow Opens Saturday at Milton, N.H., Halfway to North Conway. SKI ALL DAY FOR $1.00. Rooms and Meals at HOTEL BRAEMORE. Next to R.R. Station. AL BRAMAN, Mgr. Rates $2 per day. Meals Extra. NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. TEL. MILTON 26-3 (Boston Globe, January 9, 1948).

Next to this Hotel Braemore advertisement was another for Boston & Maine Railroad “Sunday Snow Trains.” It offered round-trip tickets from Boston to North Conway or Intervale, NH, for $3.25 “plus tax.”

Glidden’s of Milton appeared in a list of New England Scott-Atwater outboard motor dealers.

America’s Sportsmen Agree With These Dealers On Scott-Atwater. None But the Best Carry Scott-Atwater – Visit Your Dealer. [Excerpted from lengthy list:] GLIDDEN’S, Milton, N.H., Tel. 23-3 (Boston Globe, February 1, 1948).

Dr. Arthur D. Katwick lost his Bonny Acres dairy farm barn, cattle, horses, and farm equipment in a disastrous West Milton fire.

Arthur Katwick, an osteopathic physician (at home), aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Stoughton, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice S. Katwick, a nurse, aged thirty-one years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his daughter, Alice A. Katwick, aged two months (b. MA). Arthur Katwick owned their house at 70 Park Street, which was valued at $3,250.

Stoughton Doctor’s Barn in N.H. Razed by Fire; Loss $50,000. WEST MILTON, N.H., Feb. 11. – Thirty-six head of registered Guernsey and Holstein cattle and four horses perished and valuable farm equipment was destroyed early to day when fire of undetermined origin levelled the large barn at Bonny Acres dairy farm here, owned by Dr. Arthur D. Katwick of Stoughton, Mass.. with a loss estimated at close to $50,000. The barn was part of the ancestral property of Lewis W. Nute, a Milton native and Massachusetts shoe manufacturer, whose money made possible the Nute High School, the public library, and the chapel at Nute’s Ridge (Boston Globe, February 12, 1948).

N.H. Fire Loss $50,000. MILTON, N.H., Feb. 12. – Fire Chief Herbert Downs estimated a $50,000 loss by fire yesterday that destroyed a Nute Ridge barn and 40 head of livestock owned by Dr. Arthur D. Katwick of Mass. The chief said he believed the blaze started from an overheated electric water pump. Included the loss were 36 purebred cattle, four horses, a tractor and beach wagon. Firemen saved the house, located across the street (Fitchburg Sentinel, February 12, 1948).

Herbert A. Downs, a leather-board mill machine tender, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Wilma F. [(Warnecke)] Downs, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and his children, Arthur W. Downs, aged three years (b. NH), and Sharon E. Downs, aged one month (b. NH). Herbert A. Downs owned their house on the Farmington Road, which was valued at $1,000. Guy L. Hayes, the antique corset collector of July 1945, lived next door.

The Lynn telephone number has changed, but this is one of several properties that Henry H. Pillman, Jr., sought to sell in the previous year. Pillman ran the Mountain View rental cottages

REAL ESTATE. MILTON, N.H. 1300 FT. shore frontage, 6 A., house, barn, bungalow, 2 camps; $8500. Call LY 5-6927 (Boston Globe, February 15, 1948).

This property was advertised still in April. By May, the advertiser was willing to sell the component parts separately.

Summer Cottages and Houses. MILTON, N.H. – Lake shore camp, $930; bungalow, $2500: camp lots, from $300 to $500. Call LYnn 5-6927 (Boston Globe, May 9, 1948).

Henry R. Sweeney advertised again his Milton “Ice Box” cabins with its home-cooked meals. (Chicken dinners might have been on offer, as they would be advertised in future years).

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Plan your summer vacation Now. THE ICE BOX. Route 16; Tel. 26-4, Milton, N.H. Cabins in pine grove and on lake shore. Modern plumbing & elect. Steam heat. Bathing, boating, fishing. Children welcome. Rates $38.50 per week per person, includes three home-cooked meals daily. SPECIAL JUNE RATES. H.R. SWEENEY, Mgr. (Boston Globe, May 23, 1948).

Note that Mr. Sweeney’s per-person prices have increased 10% from the $35.00 of 1947 to $38.50 in 1948.

Mr. Pillman here sought to rent the vacation properties that he had advertised for sale in the spring (see above).

Summer Cottages and Houses. FOR RENT – On Lake Shore at Milton, N.H., bungalow, $32; 2 duplex units, $28 each; boating, bathing, fishing. LY 5-6927 (Boston Globe, June 13, 1948).

The rather astounding trail of mainly Durham, NH, events recounted here – and criminal charges preferred – involved Milton only as the scene of a breaking, entering, and larceny charge.

Durham Divorcee Held In Ax-Assault, Larceny. Guilty pleas to individual charges of aggravated assault with the end of an ax on a 66-year-old Massachusetts man, and breaking, entering and larceny in the daytime were entered in Durham municipal court today by Mrs. Ellen Madelyn Walton, 40-year-old divorcee. Stockingless and garbed in a khaki army shirt over a plain print dress, the Durham Point camp resident appeared in cool reserve as Judge Bradford W. Mclntire held her in $1,000 bail on each charge. The assault took place Tuesday at the middle-aged mother’s Middle road camp when, she told police, she became involved in an argument with Robert Livesey, 66, of 11 Charter street, Newburyport. Appearing in court in a blood-caked shirt with his unbandaged face showing evidence of a recent, brutal beating, Livesey was not called upon to testify. The charges were brought by Strafford County Solicitor Frank W. Peyser who said Mrs. Walton committed the break and larceny at the Milton, N.H., home of Catherine Boyd a short while after the altercation with the Massachusetts man. Occasionally shifting the position of her tattered sneakers, the Durham Point woman showed no other evidence of possible concern over the arraignment as Judge Mclntire ordered Livesey held in $100 as a material witness to appear before the September term of the Stratford county grand jury. Police reported this morning Livesey was discovered about 7 o’clock Tuesday with deep gashes in his skull by State Trooper Clifton Hildreth, Durham Police Chief Bourgoin and Sheriff Stephen W. Scruton. Arriving at the Durham Point camp on a routine call, the three Police officers then rushed Livesey to the Durham Center office of Dr. George McGregor for emergency treatment. At the close of the trial, Mrs. Walton declared she could procure the bail money from her 22-year-old son whom police have been unable. to locate (Portsmouth Herald, July 7, 1948).

Mr. Pillman continued to advertise a portion at least of the vacation properties that he had advertised earlier in the year (see above).

Summer Cottages and Houses. FOR SALE. Camp at Milton, N.H., 3 rooms, completely furnished, sleeps 5, screened porch, good well, beach, 1 block from main highway. get kiddies in the pines; price $2500. Write P.O. Box 424, Rochester, N.H. 3t Jy27 (Boston Globe, July 27, 1948).

FARM, VILLAGE HOMES. MILTON, N.H. WHITE MT. Hwy. No. 16, old country colonial, 25 acres, 9 rooms, furnished inside and out, near lakes and mountains, high altitude, modem conveniences, Excellent summer or permanent farm home. Price $9000. GEORGE O. MACAULEY, owner, Plummers Ridge, Box 177, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 22, 1948).

George O. MacAuley, a saw and steel miller, aged thirty-two years (b. MA), headed a Groton, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Louise K. [(Cunningham)] MacAuley, aged thirty-two years (b. MA), and his daughter, Betty L. MacAuley, aged eleven years (b. MA). George O. MacAuley owned their house on Elm Street, which was valued at $1,400.

A Canadian pilot traveling from Boston, MA, to Bangor, ME, made an unscheduled landing in a Milton field.

FLYERS ESCAPE INJURY AS PLANE HITS STONE WALL. MILTON, N.H., Sept. 8 (AP). Two men flying from Boston to Bangor, Me., had to continue their journey by bus tonight when their light plane struck a stone wall and crimpled under the impact. Joseph Digiacinto, 24, of Frederickton, N.B., and an unidentified companion, had landed on a large field here after they had lost their bearings (Rutland Daily Herald, September 9, 1948).

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