Milton Tax Cap Petition Filed

By S.D. Plissken | January 8, 2020

A correspondent from the Milton Taxpayers Association (MTA) reports that the Tax Cap petition warrant article was filed yesterday with the Milton Town Clerk. The MTA obtained over triple the number of required signatures. This measure will be on the ballot.

The MTA invites those who signed to regard themselves – if they so choose – as valued members of the association. Note: some thirteen of you may not be as registered as you think you are. Fortunately, you have time still before the election to resolve that.

Refusals were exceedingly rare. Had the MTA set out earlier, it might have obtained even more multiples of the necessary signatures above what they did collect. I might point out what such numbers imply. In the unlikely event that they encounter any shenanigans between here and the ballot, say at the deliberative session, they should have no trouble in calling their own special town election, or even a succession of them, to put things right again.

I am told that volunteer canvassers had some interesting conversations along the way. They found that a long line of excessive tax increases has engendered scant “appreciation.” Many signers expressed even a bit of disappointment. Capping future tax increases at these proposed levels seemed to them a rather minimal starter option. They would have preferred something much more comprehensive.

They may rest assured that this option – minimal though it may be – will appear on the ballot each and every year until it passes. (Most NH cities have had it for years already, including Dover, Franklin, Manchester, Laconia, Nashua, Rochester, Portsmouth, etc.).

Milton’s various boards and committees, including its Board of Selectmen (BOS), will henceforth be working diligently for the MTA. Every time they raise taxes above the proposed tax cap, they will be encouraging yet more signatures and more votes, until the tax cap is passed.

But why suffer through all that? Get it done this time around.

Milton in the News – 1947

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | January 5, 2020

In this year, we encounter a poultry farm for sale, Ice Box cabin rentals, a car thief captured, Mountain View cottage rentals, Robert Jones at Tanglewood, a navy veteran’s recollections, the Braemore Hotel, and Henry H. Pillman, Jr., offering shorefront properties for sale.

Stanley C. Tanner, of Country Property realtors, offered for sale a Milton poultry farm and its appurtenances.

BUSINESS CHANCES. N.H. Poultry and Grain Business. $50,000 BUSINESS yearly, on state highway, near village, 25 acres, house for 1400 layers, brooder house for 2000 chicks, range shelters for 1700, 2-story granary, garage and office bldg., walk-in refrigerator, tool house, storage sheds, running water to all bldgs. and range, platform scales, all in first class condition; $9000 stock in trade and truck at market price. S.C. TANNER, Country Property, Milton, N.H.; tel. 53 (Boston Globe, February 16, 1947).

Henry R. Sweeney of Newton, MA, is here identified as the manager of the Milton Ice Box cabins and grille.

Henry R. Sweeney (and his wife, Claire E. Sweeney) appeared in the Newton directory of 1945 as supt. of the Holtzer Cabot Elec. Co. (Roxbury), with a house at 131 Sargent street, Newton.

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, $35.00 per week per person, include three home-cooked meals daily. SPECIAL JUNE RATES. H.R. SWEENEY, Mgr. (Boston Globe, April 20, 1947).

Mr. Sweeney seems to have expanded his meal amenity from three meals per week to three meals per day. Other sources describe the motel cabins as each sleeping four persons. (The Ice Box cabins and grille appeared also in the years 1939, 1941, 1945, and 1946).

Another oft-paroled career criminal passed through Milton on a three-state crime spree. He burgled an electrical appliance store in East Wakefield, NH, and stole an automobile in Milton Mills.

Samuel J. Latray, cell block clerk, aged thirty-one years (b. Canada (French)), was an inmate at the Clinton Prison, at Dannemora, NY, at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census.

Samuel J. Latray, No. 45694, aged forty-one years (b. Canada (French)), was an inmate at the Auburn State Prison, at Cayahoga, NY, at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census.

Vermont Official Questions Letray. PORTLAND, Me, April 22 (AP). Samuel J. Letray, 48, who New York, Vermont and New Hampshire officials and Federal agents questioned here in connection with breaks and car thefts in three states, waived extradition to New York and two charges of being a fugitive from justice were nol prossed in municipal court. – The fugitive warrants allege Letray fled from New York after committing 20 counts of burglary in Columbia County, N.Y., and that he violated his parole from Clinton Prison, N.Y. Letray was questioned the past several days by Sgt, James W. Russell and Cpl. James J. Buckley of the New York State Police. Alfred Franzoni, detective chief for the Vermont attorney general; Sheriff John M. Leighton, Carroll County, N.H., Sheriff Stephen Schutton, Strafford County, N.II., , and Police Chiefs Thomas Redden and John Melak of Rochester and Conway, N.H., respectively. Leighton and Letray admitted a break in [at] an electrical appliance store at East Wakefield, N.II., and the theft of a car at Milton Mills, N.H. Letray and the New York officers left tor New York immediately after the court proceedings. Cpl. Buckley said that when he was paroled from prison I.etray had been serving 15 years to life imprisonment and that he faced the possibility of life imprisonment as an alleged fourth offender. Franzoni said he came here to question Letray about “at least 10 breaks” in Vermont. Fred Wyman, 19, of Old Orchard beach, an alleged accomplice of I.etray, was scheduled to appear before U.S. Commissioner Richard K. Gould tomorrow on a charge of interstate transportation of a stolen car (Bennington Evening Banner, April 22, 1947).

Mountain View cottages were available for rent. Its rates were competitive with those of the Ice Box cabins (in April above). The Mountain View cabins were somewhat less expensive, but offered no home-cooked meals.

Summer Cottages and Houses. Mountain View Cottages. ON the lake shore at Milton, N.H., 9 miles from Rochester on route 16, running water, flush toilet, screened porches, sandy beach, boating. bathing, fishing. $26 and $32 per week a cottage. For reservations call Lynn 2-8402 Sunday alter 8 p.m. or any weekday (Boston Globe, June 15, 1947).

Harry H. Pillman, Jr., of Lynn, MA, used the same Lynn telephone number in selling Milton shore front property (in September below).

Milton native and famous theatrical designer Robert E. Jones interrupted his Milton vacation to consult with the director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.

Designer Visits Conductor. Robert Edmond Jones, famous theatrical designer, has spent the past two days in Lenox, consulting with Serge Koussevitzky, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the management plans for staging the “music for all” field day July 29. Mr. Jones interrupted his vacation in Milton, N.H., to come to Tanglewood (Berkshire Eagle, July 10, 1947).

Robert E. Jones’ parents, Emma J. (Cowell) Jones and Fred P. Jones, had died in Milton in April 13, 1941, and November 10, 1941, respectively.

Mr. Courtemanche’s letter is here included because it is so distinctly dated “Milton, N.H.,” but there is some reason to believe that the common Milford-Milton-Wilton confusion may have taken hold of the Boston Globe editor.

VETERANS’ FORUM By HAROLD PUTNAM. Your “laugh dept.” mentioned “Fink” and “Bull.” If that is C.E. Bull, our old skipper of the U.S.S. Gilligan (DE 508), he sure is a good authenticator – as the Japs found out at Okinawa. I was with him 64 days and nights, and he was a fighting captain. Incidentally, our exec’s name was “Wolf.” – Nelson A. Courtemanche, Milton, N.H. Answer – The same, sir! (Boston Globe, August 1, 1947).

Alfred E. “Al” Braman kept the Braemore Hotel at Teneriffe Mountain in Milton at this time. (It appears to have been a neighbor (or possibly a successor) of the Teneriffe Sports Club).

Braman, Uncle Al - July 1943 - Shirley Gosselin
Alfred E. Braman, 1943 (Photo: S. Gosselin)

Braman was born in Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada, November 12, 1891. He, his Belgian-native second wife (of five years), Madeleine (Van Reybroeck) Braman, and his daughter, Dorothy Braman (b. Boston, 1921), immigrated to Boston in 1937.

Alfred Ernest Braman registered for the WW II military draft in Boston, MA, April 27, 1942. He was fifty years of age (b. Hampton, New Brunswick, November 12, 1891). He was 5’7″ tall, weighing 186 pounds, with hazel eyes, black hair, and a dark complexion. He wore glasses “for working purposes.” He was employed at the Irvington Rooms hotel, at 8 Irvington Street, Boston, MA, and resided at 845 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Dorothy Leon [his daughter] of 19½ Jackson Place, Jamaica Plain, was listed as his contact.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. BRAEMORE HOTEL, MILTON, N.H., AT TENERIFF MOUNTAIN. Boating, Bathing, Fishing. Boston busses pass door. Near R.R. station. Rates reasonable. A great place to spend a week-end. AL BRAMAN, MGR. (Boston Globe, August 10, 1947).

Harry H. Pillman, Jr., of Lynn, MA, offered several Milton shore front properties for sale. Note that the telephone number is the same as that for the Mountain View rental cottages of June (above).

FARM, VILLAGE HOMES. MILTON. N.H. – 1300 ft. shore front on lake. Large house, barn, 3-rm. bungalow and 2 cottages. Price, $8200. Call LY 2-8402 (Boston Globe, September 21, 1947).

FARM, VILLAGE HOMES. MILTON, N.H. – CAMP LOTS. SHORE front lots, $350; back lots, $200. Ly 2-8402 or write HARRY H. PILLMAN, JR., 49 Haviland av., Lynn (Boston Globe, October 5, 1947).

Harry H. Pillman, hurricane clearance labor, aged forty-three years (b. MA), headed a Malden, MA, household at the time of the Sixteen (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Constance Pillman, aged forty-seven years (b. Canada (Eng.)), his children, Harry P. Pillman, a typewriter repairman, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), Pearl Pillman, a retail grocery clerk, aged twenty years (b. MA), Ruth Pillman, aged nineteen years (b. MA), and Stanley Pillman, aged seventeen years (b. MA). Harry H. Pillman owned their house at 1 Andrew Court, which was valued at $4,000.

(Mr. Pillman was employed still in clearing damage from the Hurricane of ’38, well over a year after that powerful storm).

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Final Tax Cap Signing Date

By S.D. Plissken | January 3, 2020

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 4) will be the last opportunity to sign the Tax Cap petition at a designated time and place. You may find a Milton Taxpayers Association (MTA) representative either seated inside Dunkin Donuts, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM or, thereafter, in front of the Milton Mills post office, from approximately 10:15 AM until 11:15 AM (longer if not painfully cold). They hope to see you there.

There might be still some amount of door-to-door canvassing, but not for long after. The next stop is submitting the signatures to the Town Clerk.

I am told that MTA canvassers received the following cookie fortunes at their most recent meeting: “Any idea seriously entertained tends to bring about the realization of itself,” and “A person with a determined heart frightens problems away.”

Those sentiments would both seem to be very much in the spirit of this serious and determined effort to limit the unconscionable growth of local property taxation.

I hope that my contacts in the MTA will keep me – and thus you – abreast of their progress.

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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