Milton Mills’ Brierley Mill – c1864-18

By Muriel Bristol | February 16, 2020

The Mitchell-Cony directory of 1908 set forth the following sequence of occupants of the Brierley felt mill at Milton Mills.

On the site of the shoe factory occupied by Andrews Bros., Edward Brierly erected a felt mill about forty years ago, where he carried on a large business, employing a fair number of hands until it was burned in the spring or early part of the summer of 1873. He rebuilt the mill soon afterward, and the property later came into the possession of David H. Buffum of Somersworth. After Mr. Buffum’s death, his son, Harry Buffum, sold it to Varney & Lane, who began the manufacture of shoes. The next owners of the factory were the Gale Shoe Co., of Haverhill, who, after several years of successful operation, leased the property to Andrews & Co., of Everett, Mass., who, under the name of the Boynton Shoe Co., carry on the industry successfully at the present time (Mitchell-Cony, 1908).

English immigrant Edward Brierley erected his felt mill at Milton Mills “about forty years ago,” i.e., about 1864. It burned in the spring or early summer of 1873, and was rebuilt “soon afterward.” It came later into the hands of felt manufacturer David H. Buffum. After his death (December 1882), his son, Harry Buffum, sold it to Varney & Lane, who began to manufacture shoes, rather than felt. Next came the Gale Shoe company, and Andrews, Wasgatt Co., dba Boynton Shoe Co. After Boynton Shoe Co., and beyond the Mitchell-Cony sequence, came Timson & Co.

With the exception of the original Edward Brierley operation, and, briefly, David H. Buffum, Jr., few, if any, of the following company officers resided in Milton Mills. Their main factories were elsewhere, and they employed local superintendents to manage their Milton Mills “country factory” satellites.

Edward Brierley – c1864-79

Edward Brierley was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, May 19, 1817, son of John and Mary Brierley.

Edward Brierley arrived in the U.S. at New York, NY, December 24, 1841. He married, probably in Lowell, MA, circa 1843, Margaret M. Thompson. She was born in Ireland (alternatively given as Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland) in 1812.

Agnes Jane Brierley, daughter of Edward and Margaret Brierley, was born in Lowell, MA, June 17, 1844. Margaret Briley was born in Lowell, November 15, 1845. Frances Brailey was born in Lowell, May 17, 1847. Edward James Brierley was baptized in Lowell, MA, June 24, 1849.

Edward Brierley resided in Lowell, MA, when he was naturalized in the local police court there, May 31, 1851.

Edward Brierley and his family paid a visit to the “old country” in 1852. Edwd. Brierley, aged thirty-six years (b. England), Margt. Brierley, aged thirty-five years (b. England), Agnes Brierley, aged eight years (b. England), Francis Brierley, aged five years (b. England), and Edwd. Brierley, aged three years (b. England), returned together in the 1500-ton packet ship Daniel Webster, in 1853. The Daniel Webster, Captain Howard commanding, departed from Liverpool, England, January 30, 1853, and arrived in Boston, MA, on Saturday, February 26, 1853.

Marine Intelligence. ARRIVALS AND CLEARANCES AT BOSTON. Saturday, February 26. Arrived Ship Daniel Webster, Howard, Liverpool Jan. 30; brig Montrose, Poland, Penacola (Boston Globe, March 5, 1853).

Edward Brierly established a block printing business at Milton Mills in 1850 [more likely in or after 1853] and after a few years of successful business purchased a saw mill and privilege on the site of the present Brierly mill where he soon began the manufacture of felt goods. The rapid increase of his business soon compelled him to make extensive additions and in a short time he had extensive mills on both sides of the river doing a very remunerative business (Scales, 1914).

Daughter Frances M. Brierley died October 26, 1860, aged thirteen years (buried in Milton Mills). Edward Briley, a factory operative, aged forty-three years (born England), headed a Milton Mills household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Hannah [SIC] Briley, aged forty years (born Ireland [SIC]).

An “enterprising” Edward Brierley was mentioned in the Vulpes letter of January 1864, as being about to build a mill in Milton Mills.

Daughter Agnes J. Brierly of Milton Mills, N.H., was a junior at the Abbot Female Academy in Andover, MA, in July 1864. Among other subjects, she was a pupil in instrumental music. She married in Boston, MA, June 7, 1870, Henry H. Townsend, a merchant, she of Milton, NH, aged twenty-six years, and he of Boston, aged twenty-seven years. (He was a member of Milton Mills’ Townsend blanket factory family).

Edward Brierly, a felt manufacturer, aged fifty-three years (born England), headed a Milton Mills household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Margaret Brierly, keeping house, aged fifty-four years (born Scotland), and Edward J. Brierly, a clerk in a felt manufactory, aged twenty-one years (born MA). Edward Brierly had real estate valued at $3,000 and personal estate valued at $2,000.

A William Brierley (1828-1894), also an English immigrant, appeared in Milton at this time. He would seem to have been a younger half-brother or cousin of Edward Brierley, in whose mill he was working. (He had in 1870 a wife, Elizabeth E. Brierley, and children, Edward J. Brierley, John W. Brierley, Sarah A. Brierley, and Cora H.J. Brierley).

Edward Brierley was mentioned also in the Milton business directories of 1869-70, 1871, 1873, 1874, 1876, and 1877.

In the summer of 1873 these mills were entirely destroyed by fire thus sweeping away in an hour the accumulations of years of hard labor. Mr. Brierly soon began the erection of a new mill but losing largely by the insolvency of insurance companies he became somewhat embarrassed and was obliged to compromise with his creditors. His health soon after failing he was unable to recover his former financial position and at his death the property went into other hands and has since been operated by other parties (Scales, 1914).

(See also news articles of 1873, regarding the fire, and news articles of 1874, regarding the reconstructed mill).

Edward Brierly of Milton Mills filed for a U.S. patent (No. 166,450), June 1, 1875, for a frame for dying cloth (U.S. Patent Office, 1875).

MILL SUSPENDED. GREAT FALLS, N.H., Aug. 10. – Brierley’s felt mills, at Milton. N.H., have suspended, throwing forty hands out of employment. Cause assigned, No sales for the goods already on hand (Boston Post, August 11, 1875).

Edward Brierly died in Milton Mills, July 7, 1878, aged sixty-one years.

His widow, Margaret M. Brierley, keeping house, aged sixty-six years (b. Ireland), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Her household included her boarder, John Condon, a wool sorter, aged twenty-six years (b. SC), her niece, Agnes Condon, a housekeeper, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and her help, Rollin C. Town, a laborer, aged twenty-six years (b. NH).

Margaret M. (Thompson) Brierly died in Milton, July 30, 1888, aged seventy-five years.

The last will of Margaret M. Brierly of Milton Mills, dated May 17, 1886, and proved in Strafford County Probate Court, in September 1888, devised all of her money on hand or at interest to the children of her son, Edward J. Brierly, and the children of her daughter, Agnes J. Townsend; and the rest and residue to her son, Edward J. Brierly, and her daughter, Agnes J. Townsend. Mary E. Berry, Georgie W. Marsh, and Elbridge W. Fox witnessed her signature.

Son Edward J. Brierley, appeared in the Milton directories of 1880, 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, and 1889, as a Milton Mills grocery merchant (and manufacturer of washing powder (1880-82)). (It was he that spoke up for the Varney & Lane strikers of 1889).

MILTON. We are sorry that our genial friend, Brierley, of the Mills felt shop, did not receive the election on the civil board at Acton (Farmington News, March 13, 1891).

Brierley, EJ, Jr - 1900He and his son, Leroy T. Brierley, appeared in the Milton directories of 1900, and 1902, as keeping a general store at 41 Main street in Milton Mills, with a residence at A.S., M.M., i.e., Acton, ME, side, Milton Mills. [Springvale Road].

Edward J. Brierley, a grocer, aged fifty-one years (b. MA), headed a Acton, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Hannah E. [(Lowd)] Brierley, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), and his children, Francese Brierley, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), Helen Brierley, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), Bertha Brierley, at school, aged nineteen years (b. ME), and Ralph Brierley, at school, aged twelve years (b. ME). Edward J. Brierley owned their house, free-and-clear. Hattie E. Brierley was the mother of five children, of whom five were still living.

LOCAL. Leroy T. Brierley of Milton Mills, who is well known by many people in this vicinity, having been employed in his father’s store for the past eight years, has gone to Boston and secured a situation on the Grove Hall surface cars of the Boston elevated railway (Farmington News, July 10, 1903).

Edward J. Brierley died in Acton, ME, January 30, 1906, aged fifty-six years, eight months, and fourteen days. Hannah E. (Lowd) Brierley died in Acton, ME, in 1927.

David Hanson Buffum (and Sons) – 1879-88

Buffum, DHDavid H. Buffum was born in North Berwick, ME, November 10, 1820, son of Timothy and Anna (Austin) Buffum.

He married in Somersworth, NH, January 26, 1853, Charlotte E. Stickney. She was born in Great Falls, Somersworth, NH, April 19, 1831, daughter of Alexander H. and Betsy H. (Chesley) Stickney.

David H. Baffum, a bank cashier, aged thirty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth (“Great Falls P.O.”), NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Charlotte Baffum, aged thirty years (b. NH), Edgar S. Baffum, aged four years (b. NH), Harry Baffum, aged two years (b. NH), and Cathe. Ainwright, a domestic, aged seventeen years (b. Ireland). David H. Baffum had real estate valued at $5,000 and personal estate valued at $10,000.

David H. Buffum, a manufacturer, aged forty-two years (b. ME). registered for the Class II Civil War military draft in Somersworth, NH, June 30, 1863.

Charlotte E. (Stickney) Buffum died March 8, 1868.

David H. Buffum, a woolen mill agent, aged forty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth (“Great Falls P.O.”), NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included [his children,] Edgar S. Buffum, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Harry Buffum, aged twelve years (b. NH), David H. Buffum, Jr., aged seven years (b. NH), and Charlotte E. Buffum, aged two years (b. NH), [his half-sister,] Sarah Hussey, keeping house, aged forty years (b. ME), and Mary Pillsbury, a domestic servant, aged twenty-one years (b. ME). David H. Buffum had real estate valued at $25,000 and personal estate valued at $50,000.

David H. Buffum was elected a NH State Representative from Somersworth, NH, and was twice elected to the NH Senate. He was Senate President in his second term (Metcalf, et. al., 1878).

Aside from these important manufacturing enterprises, he [Hon. D.H. Buffum] has been several years a partner with L.R. Hersom in the wool pulling and sheep-skin tanning establishment on Berwick at Great Falls, and has, furthermore, extensive manufacturing interests at Milton Mills (Metcalf, et. al., 1878).

D.H. Buffum appeared in the Milton directories of 1880, 1881, and 1882, as a Milton Mills manufacturer of felt cloth, piano and table covers.

David H. Buffum appeared in the Great Falls directory of 1880, as agent and treasurer of G.F. [Great Falls] Woolen Co., with a house on Beacon street. Edgar S. Buffum appeared a boarder at David H. Buffum’s. The Great Falls Woolen Co., with D.H. Buffum as its agent, was situated on Woodvale street.

WATER-POWERS AND MANUFACTORIES. A fine water-power at Milton Mills is occupied on Acton side of the river by a large felting-mill, erected on the site of a smaller one in 1873, the first having been destroyed by fire. The present mill was erected by E. Brierley & Son, and was exempted from local taxation for ten years. D.H. Buffum & Co. became the proprietors and operators in 1879. All kinds of felting goods are manufactured here, giving employment to about 40 skilled operatives and $250 000 capital (Clayton, 1880).

David H. Buffum, a woolen manufacturer and ex-State Senator, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth (“Vil. of Great Falls”), NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his children, Edgar S. Buffum, a woolen manufacturer, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), Harry A. Buffum, an apprentice to a woolen manufacturer, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), David H. Buffum, Jr., at school, aged seventeen years (b. NH), his [half-] sister, Sarah Hussey, a housekeeper, aged forty-five years (b. ME), and his servant, Agnes Davis, a servant, aged twenty-five years (b. NH).

David H. Buffum died in Somersworth, NH, December 29, 1882, aged sixty-two years.

D.H. Buffum appeared in the Milton directories of 1884, and 1887, as a Milton Mills manufacturer of felt cloth, piano and table covers. C.A. Dockham’s textile industry directory of 1884 included further details:

Milton Mills; Milton. Buffum, D.H., & Co., felt, piano and table covers, horse blankets, etc., 6 sets felt cards.

Buffum’s felt mill had a 15-foot stone dam in George F. Swain’s report on Milton Water Power in 1885. D.H. Buffum’s Sons appeared in the textile “Blue Book” directory of 1888, as Milton Mills manufacturers of felt piano [&] table covers, etc. They had one water wheel, two boilers, and six sets of felt cards (Palmer, 1888).

Buffum, DH, Jr
David H. Buffum, Jr.

DAVID HANSON BUFFUM [JR.]. David Hanson Buffum was the son of David Hanson Buffum and Charlotte Elizabeth (Stickney) Buffum. David H. Buffum, the elder (1820-1882), was born at North Berwick, Me. He became a woolen manufacturer, being interested in mills at South Berwick and at Great Falls and Milton Mills, N.H. He was descended from Robert Buffum of Yorkshire, England, who settled at Salem, Mass., in 1634. The Stickneys came from Stickney in England to Rowley, Mass., in 1638. Mrs. Buffum (1831-1868) was born at Great Falls, N.H. Buffum was born in the same place on October 1, 1862. He prepared for college at the Great Falls high school and at Phillips Exeter. He was a member of our freshman glee club, football team, and ball nine, on which he played third base, and he threw a baseball farther than any one else in the class – 305 feet. He was a member of Eta Phi, but left college during sophomore year. He had roomed in freshman year at 82 Wall Street, and in sophomore year at 464 Chapel Street. From 1883 to 1886 Buffum was employed with D. Buffum’s Sons at Milton Mills. Wearying of factory occupations, he went to the car shops of the Boston & Maine Railroad at Waltham, Mass., and had turned to civil engineering when he died in Somersworth N.H., on March 19, 1893. He was unmarried. His older brothers are graduates of Yale, – Edgar S. Buffum, of Newtonville, Mass., in ’77, and Henry A. Buffum, of Rockland, Me., in ’79 (Yale University, 1913).

The Kimball Brothers’ Shoe company of Lynn and Haverhill, MA, considered moving a portion of their production to a three-story mill building in Milton in November 1888, but did not. The Lynn shoe firm of Varney & Lane opened a branch factory there instead. Henry A. “Harry” Buffum is said to have sold the mill to the Varney & Lane Shoe Company.

Varney & Lane Shoe Company – 1888-90

Charles Wesley Varney was born in North Berwick, ME, July 30, 1838, son of Calvin and Eliza (Nowell) Varney.

He married, circa 1864, Ellen N. Lane. She was born in Exeter, NH, November 17, 1840, daughter of Elbridge G. and Elizabeth M. (Moses) Lane.

Charles W. Varney, a shoe manufacturer, aged forty-one years (b. MA [SIC]), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ellen N. Varney, at home, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH); his children, Louise N. Varney, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Lucia D. Varney, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Fred L. Varney, at school, aged nine years (b. MA), Ada M. Varney, at school, aged six years (b. MA), and Ralph W. Varney, at home, aged ten months (b. A); his brother-in-law, Elbridge G. Lane, a clerk in store, aged thirty years (b. NH); his boarder, Ida Lane, at home, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME); and his servants, Sarah Willey, a servant, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), and Maggie Healey, a servant, aged twenty years (b. Ireland). They resided at 7 Commercial Street in Lynn, MA.

Current News. The citizens of Milton Mills, N.H., are raising the sum of $3,000 for the establishment of a shoe factory in the old Buffum felt mill, which will employ 400 hands. If the amount is raised Varney and Lane of Lynn, Mass., will put in the machinery and commence operations in a few weeks. The shop will be a boom to the town (American Engineer, 1888).

Lynn Shoe Firm’s Country Shop. Dover, N.H., Sept. 7. – Varney & Lane of Lynn, Mass., have made arrangements to run the shoe shop recently occupied by Buffum & Co., at Milton Mills. Machinery will be at once put in and work commenced as soon as possible (Boston Globe, September 8, 1888).

Varney & Lane advertised for shoe cutters for its new Milton Mills plant in May 1889.

Varney & Lane’s tenure in Milton Mills was brief: they were at the center of the Milton Mills Shoe Strike of 1889.

The Labor Field. The hands in the employ of Varney & Lane, Milton Mills, N.H., are on strike for an advance in wages. The citizens of the town have voted to support the strikers, and boarding-house keepers and merchants have decided not to board or furnish any aid at any price to workmen who may be obtained to fill the places of those who are out. The firm threaten to remove their business to Lynn. Following are the prices that the workmen have been paid by Varney & Lane together with the rates paid in Lynn for the same work:

McKay stitching, [Milton prices, 60 pair:] 25, [Lynn prices, 60 pair:] 50; Beating out, 20, 40; Trimming, 30, 60; Edge setting, 25, 50; Spring heels and fore part, 25, 1.20; Heel nailing, 15, 50; Heel shaving, 15, 50; Brushing bottoms, 10, 25; Buffing, 20, 40; Lasting polish B.T., 1.30, 1.80; Button boot B.T., 1.50, 2.60; Fargo tips, 72 pairs, 1.60, 2.75; Cutting room polish, 60, 1.00; Button boot, kid, 85, 1.40; Vamping, 1-needle machine, 30, 70; Vamping, 2-needle machine, 15, 60; Closing on, 30, 60; Turning, 30, 55; Working button holes, 25, 90.

The firm claim to have paid full, average, country-factory rates and consider it unjust that prices for making a $1 shoe should be compared with Lynn prices on a $2 to $4 shoe. They have always maintained agreeable relations with their employees, and have paid ruling union prices in Lynn. They state that they will finish up the work they have on hand at Milton Mills, N.H., if possible; if not, they will take it to Lynn. They talk of fitting up the old Donovan factory on Box place for the purpose (Shoe & Leather Reporter, 1889).

Varney & Lane appeared in the Shoe and Leather Annual directory of 1890 as shoe manufacturers in both Acton, ME, and Milton Mills (but not thereafter).

SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD. State Arbitrators Hold Conference with Varney & Co. LYNN, July 10. — The State board of arbitration, which consists of Charles H. Walcott of Concord, Ezra Davol of Taunton and Richard P. Barry of Lynn. came to Lynn this morning to give a bearing on the labor trouble at C.W. Varney & co.’s shoe factory. The difference between the firm and the operatives is a question of price, and the operatives ask that the firm pay the same as ether firms are paying for the same grade of work. The firm expressed its willingness to submit the matter to the State board of arbitration for adjustment and so notified the board. The result was a meeting of the board at City Hall at 10 o’clock this morning. Charles W. Varney, representing the firm, was present, but the operatives were not represented. The conference between the board and the firm was a private one. While the local council is not willing to take part in the hearing, yet the members are willing to meet the firm and discuss matters with the view of settling their differences. The operatives have placed their case in the hands of the local council, and will follow its suggestions. The operatives say that they having nothing to arbitrate, as they simply ask for such prices as have already been established by the State board of arbitration (Boston Globe, July 10, 1890).

[Lucian Newhall] had it [a Lynn South Common Street factory] until 1870 when C.W. Varney it with his brother. They did business under the style of the Varney Bros., and subsequently T.W. Varney & Co. The company was E.G. Lane, Jr., who is now associated with Mr. Varney in the capacity of partner. This has been a fortunate building for the owners, all of whom were successful while doing business in it, none of whom have ever failed. The factory of C.W. Varney & Co., which they now occupy, has a capacity of over fifty cases per day. It goes without saying that the members of this firm are men of integrity, and they are now making a stylish and popular price line of foot wear which merits the attention of the trade. Frederick L. Varney, son of C.W. Varney, gives every indication of following in the footsteps of his predecessor. To the advantages of a modern technical education he adds the experience which has been gained in the factory. The Boston office of C.W. Varney & Co. is 25 High street, where Frederick L. Varney be found on Wednesdays and Saturdays. He is one of the young men of Lynn who are to the front. In this connection it should be stated that C.W. Varney came to Lynn in 1867, and that the firm title of C.W. Varney & Co. has been continued without interruption for 20 years (Boot & Shoe Reporter, 1892).

Echoes from the Factories. C.W. Varney & Co.’s increased space of close on to six thousand square fills an important niche on this season’s run, and the firm would have been unable to fill orders without the new room. Some striking new lines for fall are now being shown by Varney & Co. in boys’ heeled and spring heeled goods (Boot & Shoe Recorder, 1898). 

Charles W. Varney, a shoe manufacturer, aged sixty-two years (b. ME), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-six years), Ellen M. Varney, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), his children, Fred L. Varney, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA), and Ada M. Varney, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), and his servants, Katherine Henry, a servant, aged twenty-three years (b. Ireland), and Mary E. MacCurdy, a servant, aged thirty-seven years ((b. Ireland). Charles W. Varney owned their house at 98 Walnut Street, with a mortgage. Ellen M. Varney was the mother of seven children, of whom five were still living.

Ida S. Lane, a widowed boarding-house keeper, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her boarders, Charles W. Varney, own income, aged seventy years (b. ME), Ellen N. Varney, own income, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), Ada M. Varney, own income, aged thirty-five years (b. MA); Kneeland H. Shaffer, a manufacturer’s storage clerk, aged thirty-four years (b. NY); and Mary E. Lang, a Normal school art teacher, aged fifty-five years (b. NY). Ida S. Lane rented their house at 86 St. Stephen’s Street.

Charles W. Varney died in Westborough, MA, March 30, 1915.

CHARLES W. VARNEY DEAD. Westboro Farmer Was Retired Lynn Shoe Manufacturer. WESTBORO, March 30 – Charles W. Varney, a retired Lynn shoe manufacturer, died (his morning at his home, East Main st., at the age of 76. He was born in North Berwick, Me., son of Calvin and Eliza (Norwell) Varney. He was a member of the old Lynn shoe firm of Varney and Lane, but removed to Westboro four years ago and bought Gilmore farm. He leaves besides his wife, Mrs. Ellen Varney, four children, Mrs. George P. Faunce of Lynn, Frederick L. Varney of Portland, Me., Miss Ada M. Varney of Westboro and Ralph W. Varney of Chicago (Boston Globe, March 31, 1915).

Ellen N. (Lane) Varney died in Winnetka, IL, February 17, 1928.

Gale Shoe Company – 1895-04
Gale, Herbert E - Per Antonius M Carolus
Herbert E. Gale

Herbert E. Gale was born in Haverhill, MA, November 13, 1864, son of John E. and Mary B. (Davis) Gale.

He married in Marblehead, MA, September 29, 1892, Martha J. Pollard, he of Haverhill, MA, and she of Marblehead. She was born in Boston, MA, September 8, 1865, daughter of Marshall S.P. and Georgianna (Jones) Pollard.

Gale Shoe M’f’g Co., Office, Duncan Street, Haverhill, Mass.; Salesroom, No. 1 Lincoln Street, Boston. Factories: Haverhill, Mass., Clinton, Maine. The Gale Shoe Manufacturing Company is a thoroughly representative Haverhill concern, not only on account of the magnitude and character of its business, but also because the senior partner has long been prominently identified with shoe manufacturing and with the business interests of the city, and is active and successful in promoting its development in every legitimate way. The company is composed of Messrs. John E. Gale, Herbert E. Gale, and began operations January 1889. Mr. John E. Gale is senior partner of the firm of Gale Brothers, in Exeter, N.H., is president of the Haverhill National Bank, and vice president of the City Five Cents Savings Bank. The active manager of the company’s business is Mr. Herbert E. Gale, who graduated from Harvard College in the class of 1888, and who is extremely well known to the trade, and is very successful in producing footwear that just suits the class of trade it is intended for, and that is furnished at positively bottom prices. Evidence that this company’s goods “hit the mark” is afforded by the fact that although the business was started in a comparatively small way four years ago, the last year’s sales amounted to nearly half a million dollars, being sold to the largest jobbers in the country. The company occupy their own factory, which is located on Duncan street, and has about 30,000 square feet of floor space. Employment is given to about 200 hands, and the firm control the product of two out-of-town factories, where their cheaper grades of goods are made, the capacity of the three factories being 60 to 70 sixty pair cases daily. The product includes men’s and women’s cheap and medium grade hand and machine-sewed slippers, and low cuts in black and colors. The company sell exclusively to the jobbing trade in the South, West, and Northwest, and are most ably represented in this department by Mr. John M. Hill, who has charge of their salesroom, No. 1, Lincoln street, Boston (Mercantile Illustrating, 1894).

Shoe Factories. The Gale Shoe Co., of Haverhill, have leased the shoe factory at Milton Mills, N.H., formerly operated by C.W. Varney & Co., and will manufacture a portion of their shoes there (Boot & Shore Reporter, 1895). 

Former Varney & Lane mill superintendent William T. Rockwell sought workers for a new shoe factory in February 1895.

MALE HELP WANTED. MACHINIST wanted in stitching room, must he able to run Reece & Morley machines, state age and give references and salary expected. Apply to Gale Shoe Mfg., Milton Mills, N.H. Sud3t my30 (Boston Globe, May 31, 1897).

HERBERT ELBRIDGE GALE. Since the last report I have continued in the shoe manufacturing business in Haverhill, with the Gale Shoe Manufacturing Company. We have factories at Haverhill, and Milton Mills, N.H., and Boston office at 106 Summer street. My daughter, Barbara, was born Aug. 16, 1894. In winter I live in Haverhill and in summer at my home in Clifton [Marblehead, MA]. Am a director in the Haverhill National Bank, Bay State Steamship Company, and treasurer of Peterboro’ Electric Light Heat and Power Company. Am a member of the University Club of Boston, Pentucket Club of Haverhill, Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, and Boston Boot and Shoe Club (Harvard College, 1898).

The Gale Shoe Company had half-ownership of Dam #18 in the U.S. Geological Survey report on Milton Water Power in 1901. Gale Shoe Manufacturing Co. appeared in the Milton directories of 1901, and 1904.

Herbert E. Gale, a shoe company merchant, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed a Haverhill, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seventeen years), Martha P. Gale, aged forty-six years (b. MA), his children, John E. Gale, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and Barbara Gale, aged fifteen years (b. MA), and his servants, Effie S. McLaughlin, a private family chambermaid, aged thirty-eight years (b. Canada (Fr.)), Maggie McLeod, a private family laundress, aged thirty-five years (b. Canada (Fr.)), Olive Christson, a private family cook, a private family waitress, aged thirty years (b. Norway), Catherine Blainey, a private family waitress, aged twenty-one years (b. Ireland (Eng.)), and Lewis Dean, a chauffeur, aged twenty-five years (b. MA). Herbert E. Gale owned their house at 39 Summer Street, free-and-clear. Martha P. Gale was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Exeter. Gale Bros. (Inc. $205,000). J.E. Gale, pres’t; J.A. Towle, treas. and sec’y; and Herbert E. Gale, vice pres’t; women’s medium McKays. A. (Job). (Boot & Shoe Reporter, 1914). 

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Portsmouth. Gale Shoe Co., Islington St. Herbert E. Gale, pres’t; H. Taylor, vice pres’t; M.I. Pattinson, treas.; Geo. H. Carter, sec’y; women’s medium welts and McKay’s. H.C. Taylor, buyer, B. (Boot & Shoe Reporter, 1914).

Herbert E. Gale died in Swampscott, MA, October 22, 1936, aged seventy-one years.

HERBERT E. GALE DIES IN 72D YEAR. President of Gale Shoe Manufacturing Co. ILL SOME TIME. Left Active Management of North Adams Plant to Son, John E. Gale, Treasurer. Herbert E. Gale, president of Gale Shoe Manufacturing company which has been a local industry since it moved to this city in the spring of 1934, died last evening at his home, 391 Puritan road, Swampscott. He was in his 72nd year. Mr. Gale had been in failing health for many months past but he remained the head of the corporation to the time of his death and until very recently had kept an active part in the direction of its affairs from its Boston office. He was born in Haverhill and received his education in the public schools of that town, at Phillips Andover academy and at Harvard university where he was a member of the class of 1888. His father had for many years been prominently identified with the shoe industry and with banking in Haverhill and as a young man after completing his education, Mr. Gale entered the shoe manufacturing business that his father had founded, succeeding the latter as its head upon his death. The industry, after operating for a number of years in Haverhill, established a plant in Manchester, N.H., where in the course of time its operations were largely centralized. It was from Manchester that it moved to this city nearly two and one-half years ago to take over and occupy the building of the North Adams Industrial company, off Brown street that had previously housed the George E. Keith and the Melanson Shoe companies. Mr. Gale made several visits to this city during the time that the plant was being established and gotten in operation here but he left the active management of the manufacturing and of the business largely to his son, John E. Gale, treasurer of the concern, while he devoted his own attention to the administrative affairs of the enterprise at its Boston office. His home had long been in Swampscott and in recent years he had spent his winters at Palm Beach, Fla. Throughout the trade he was known as an uncommonly able executive while veteran employes of his concern of whom it brought a number to this city when it moved here, spoke of him from their personal acquaintance with him and their own knowledge of his ways, as a fair and just employer. Mr. Gale is survived by his wife, the former Martha Pollard, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Marshall S.P. Pollard of Boston, a daughter, Mrs. J. Edson Andrews of Andover, his son, John, whose home is in Newton Center, and five grandchildren. The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2.30 o’clock at his home In Swampscott and burial will follow In the Forest Hills cemetery at Boston (North Adams Transcript, October 23, 1936).

Martha J. (Pollard) Gale died in Palm Beach County, FL, January 3, 1955.

Andrews, Wasgatt Company, DBA Boynton Shoe Company – 1904-14

Herbert P. Wasgatt was born in Boston, MA, August 26, 1865, son of James G. “Gilbert” and Mary A. (Faunce) Wasgatt.

Elmore Andrews was born in Montreal, Canada, in October 1867, son of Robert and Ellen (Budden) Andrews.

Herbert P. Wasgatt married in Boston, MA, April 23, 1891, Clara E. Stuart. He was a boot & shoe manufacturer, aged twenty-five years, and she “at home,” aged twenty-one years. She was born in Boston, MA, circa 1895, daughter of Jacob and Wilhelmina Stuart.

LEGAL NOTICES. NOTICE is hereby given that the copartnership heretofore existing between Elmore Andrews and George F. Gurney, under the firm name and style of Andrews & Gurney, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. ELMORE ANDREIVS, GEO. F. GURNEY. The undersigned will continue the business under the, name of Andrews & Co., and is authorized to settle all accounts of the late firm. ELMORE ANDREWS. 3t ap19 (Boston Globe, April 19, 1892).

Elmore Andrews and Herbert P. Wasgatt formed the partnership Andrews, Wasgatt Company in Baltimore, MD, in 1892. They moved their business to Everett, MA, in 1896, where they built a factory in 1897.

Elmore Andrews married in Newton, MA, March 31, 1894, Ermina Lane. She was born in Gloucester, MA, August 28, 1876, daughter of Abraham O. and Emily (Daggett) Lane.

Elmore Andrews, a manufacturer of shoes, aged thirty-two years (b. Canada (Eng.)), headed an Everett, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of six years), Ermina Andrews, aged twenty-three years (b. MA), and his child, Bertha Andrews, aged four years (b. MA). Elmore Andrews owned their house at 72 Harvard Street, with a mortgage. Ermina Andrews was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Herbert P. Wasgatt, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed an Everett, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nine years), Clara E. Wasgatt, aged thirty years (b. MA), his children, Helen S. Wasgatt, at school, aged seven years (b. MA), and John F. Wasgatt, aged four years (b. MA), and his servants, Mary F. O’Neill, a servant, aged twenty-three years (b. Ireland (Eng.)), and Helen C. McKinnin, a nurse, aged thirty-four years (b. Canada (Eng.)). Herbert P. Wasgatt owned their house at 180 Hancock Street, free-and-clear. Clara E. Wasgatt was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

MALE HELP WANTED. STOCK FITTER on wos and miss [women’s and misses] work. BOYNTON SHOE CO., Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, October 30, 1904).

MALE HELP WANTED. PULLERS OVER on misses’ and chl sboes. BOYNTON SHOE CO., Milton Mills, N.H. ThuFSu mh9 (Boston Globe, March 10, 1905).

The Boynton Shoe company of Milton Mills advertised again for shoe pullers-over in December 1906. Its parent company, Andrews-Wasgatt, advertised for shoe vampers in December 1908, and shoe stitchers in November 1909.

The Boynton Shoe Co. appeared in the New Hampshire business directories of 1906 and 1908, as operating in Milton Mills. (It appeared also in the Maine Register and Legislative Manual of 1908, as an Acton, ME, manufacturer of ladies shoes).

The Andrews, Wasgatt Company appeared in the Everett, MA, directory of 1908:

CORPORATIONS. Andrews-Wasgatt Co., shoe mnfrs. ft. Bartlett. Inc. Nov. 1, 1905. Capital $100,000. Elmore Andrews, Pres.; Herbert P. Wasgatt, Treas.; John E. Kincaid, Sec. 

Elmore Andrews, a shoe factory manufacturer, aged forty-two years (b. Canada (Eng.)), headed an Everett, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Ermina Andrews, aged thirty-two years (b. MA), his children, Bertha Andrews, aged fourteen years (b. MA), Elmore L. Andrews, aged five years (b. MA), and Ellen L. Andrews, aged two years (b. MA), and his servant, Ida Svenson, general housework, aged twenty-seven years (b. Sweden). Elmore Andrews owned their house at 72 Harvard Street, free-and-clear. Ermina Andrews was the mother of four child, of whom three were still living.

Wasgatt, Herbert P., in 1917
Herbert P. Wasgatt

Herbert P. Wasgatt, a shoe manufacturer, aged forty-four years (b. MA), headed an Everett, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Clara E. Wasgatt, aged forty years (b. MA), his children, Helen S. Wasgatt, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and John F. Wasgatt, aged fourteen years (b. MA), and his servant, Julia Flynn, a private family servant, aged twenty-one years (b. Ireland (Eng.)). Herbert P. Wasgatt owned their house at 180 Hancock Street, free-and-clear. Clara E. Wasgatt was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Herbert P. Wasgatt was mayor of Everett, MA, between January 2, 1911, and January 2, 1912.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Milton Mills. Andrews-Wasgatt Co. (Inc. $100,000) (also Everett, Mass., and Boston office 46 Lincoln St.) Elmore Andrews, pres’t; H.P. Wasgatt, treas.; J.E. Kincaid, sec’y; misses’ and children’s medium McKays. E Andrews, buyer. B. (Boot & Shoe Reporter, 1914).

Elmore Andrews resigned from the Andrews, Wasgatt Co. in 1918, in order to focus on his real estate interests.

Elmore Andrews, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-three years (b. MA [SIC]), headed an Everett, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ermina Andrews, aged forty-two years (b. MA), his children, Bertha Andrews, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), Elmore L. Andrews, aged fourteen years (b. MA), Ellen L. Andrews, aged twelve years (b. MA), and Virginia Andrews, aged eight years (b. MA). Elmore Andrews owned their house at 11 High Street, free-and-clear.

Herbert P. Wasgatt, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-three years (b. MA), headed an Everett, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Clara E. Wasgatt, aged fifty years (b. MA), his children, Helen S. Wasgatt, aged twenty-six years (b. MA). Herbert P. Wasgatt owned their house at 180 Hancock Street, free-and-clear.

Henry P. Wasgatt died in Boston, MA, December 21, 1934.

HERBERT P. WASGATT OF NEWTON IS DEAD. Funeral of Former Mayor of Everett Tomorrow. Herbert P. Wasgatt of Newton died yesterday at the Baker Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient only a short while. Mr. Wasgatt was a former Associate Commissioner of Labor and Industries, representing employers of labor; former Mayor of Everett and a former member of the Governor’s Council. His term as a member of the Labor and Industries Department expired last year. He was not reappointed. Funeral services will be held at 2 tomorrow afternoon at the Union Church, Waban. He was born in South Boston. Aug 26, 1865, the son of Gilbert and Mary A. (Faunce) Wasgatt. The family shortly afterwards moved to Plymouth and later to East Boston, where he was graduated from the East Boston High School. He was employed for a number of years by the firm of Bird & Stevens, slipper manufacturers, and in 1896, in partnership with Elmore Andrews, entered business for himself. He entered politics in 1907, being elected to the Everett Board of Aldermen, and was elected Mayor of that city in 1910. He was president of the Everett Trust Company, treasurer of the Everett Board of Trade, past master of Mt. Tabor Lodge. A.F. & A.M., of East Boston: a member of Palestine Lodge. A.F. & A.M., of Everett; of St John’s Chapter, R.A.M.; East Boston, Council. R. and S.M., and William Parkman Commandery, K.T., all of East Boston, and Aleppo Temple of the Mystic Shrine; Everett Council, United Commercial Travelers; New England Shoe and Leather Association, Boston Boot and Shoe Club and associate member of Co. B, 8th Regiment, M.V.M. (Boston Globe, December 22, 1934).

Elmore Andrews died in Everett, MA, February 24, 1936, aged sixty-nine years.

ELMORE ANDREWS DEAD IN EVERETT. Developed Much of City’s Industrial Section. EVERETT, Feb. 23. – Elmore Andrews, 69, treasurer of the Everett Factory and Terminal Association, which developed much of the industrial section of this city, died this morning at his home, 11 High st., after an illness of a week. Andrews came to this city in 1897, when as a partner in the shoe firm of Andrews, Wasgatt Company, he built a factory. In 1918 he resigned from the firm and entered the real estate business. He was born in Montreal and received his early education there and at Halifax, N.S. He was employed by shoe firms in Manchester, N.H., and Baltimore before he and Herbert Wasgatt started business in the latter city in 1892. Five years later they moved the business here. He was formerly treasurer of the Standard Mailing Machine Company; founder, vice president and director of the Everett Trust Company, and trustee and city commissioner of the Whidden Hospital. Surviving him is a wife, Ermina Lane Andrews, formerly of Gloucester; three daughters. Bertha, Ellen Louise and Virginia Andrews, and a son, Elmore L. Andrews, all of this city. The funeral will be held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the First Universalist Church (Boston Globe, February 24, 1936).

Timson & Co. – 1915-18

Charles Otis Timson was born in Salem, MA, January 14, 1861, son of Edwin H. and Julia S. (Story) Timson of Swampscott, MA.

He married in Lynn, MA, November 20, 1882, Susan M. Herrick, both of Lynn. He was a shoe-cutter, aged twenty-two years; she was a bookkeeper, aged twenty-one years. She was born in Lynn, MA, November 12, 1861, daughter of George W. and Maria Herrick.

Business Troubles. Charles O. Timson, shoemaker, Swampscott, is in bankruptcy. Liabilities $4269, assets $65 (Boston Globe, December 11, 1898).

Charles O. Timson, a shoe cutter, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Swampscott, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Susan M. Timson, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA), his children, Frederick H. Timson, at school, aged sixteen years (b. MA), George E. Timson, at school, aged twelve years (b. MA), Louis E. Timson, at school, aged ten years (b. MA), Jennie M. Timson, aged ten years (b. MA), and Charles R. Timson, aged one year (b. MA), and his servant, Annie Sweetland, a servant, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA). Charles O. Timson owned their house at 40 Roy Street, free-and-clear. Susan M. Timson was the mother of six children, of whom five were still living.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Epping. Tlmson & Co. (West Epping), (Boston office 132 Lincoln St.); men’s and women’s medium welts and turns. C.O. Timson, buyer. Makers of “The Timson Shoe” and “Foot Ease Comfort Shoes.” D. (Boot & Shoe Reporter, 1914).

MILTON MILLS, N.H. It is reported that the firm of TIMSON & Co., now operating at West Epping, will move its entire business here. This firm, through the efforts of the Board of Trade, have purchased the shoe factory owned by Andrews, Wasgatt, & Co., Everett, Mass. Timson & Co. are makers of nurse and comfort shoes, turned work, and have steady trade for their product. They have been manufacturing shoes for the past seventeen years, and for the last fourteen years have only shut down while taking account of stock (McLeish, 1915). 

The pretty town of Milton Mills is to be congratulated upon securing a new shoe industry. Timson & Co., now operating in West Epping, are to move their plant into the factory formerly occupied by Andrews-Wasgatt. They intend to start with about 100 employees. This will be a valuable addition to the manufacturing interests already there (Farmington News, October 1, 1915).

BOSTON AND NEW ENGLAND. Takes Large Factor[y]. Timson & Co., makers of comfort shoes, who were formerly in business in Lynn, are to move from West Epping, N.H., to a large factory at Milton Mills, N.H. (Shoe & Leather Reporter, 1915).

Industrial Information. New Enterprises and Changes in the Trade. EPPING, N.H. The Timson Shoe Company have cleared their factory of machinery and removed to Milton Mills, N.H. The past ten weeks have seen nearly a dozen families convey their goods to Milton Mills, and it is to be regretted, as it was only industry of the town. There rumors to the effect the factory soon be occupied again (American Shoemaking, 1916).

NEW CORPORATIONS. A list of the corporations formed last week in New England, with the capitalization and the names of the leading incorporators, is given herewith. Massachusetts. Timson & Company, Inc., Boston – Charles O. Timson, Howard L. Vaughn, Mary A. Golden; boot and shoe manufacturers: $50,000 (Boston Globe, March 6, 1916).

Business Troubles. Charles O. Timson, treasurer of Timson & Co. Inc., Acton, Me., Milton. N.H., West Epping, N.H., and 207 Essex st., Boston, has made an assignment on behalf of the company of its land, buildings, factory property, stock, machinery and fixtures to Frederick D. Merrill, Albert D. Hawkie and Richard Feaker (Boston Globe, February 21, 1917).

Buyers’ Guide to Boston Offices. Shoe Manufacturers, Wholesale Dealers and the Findings Trade. Timson Bros. (Milton Mills); 630 Atlantic Ave. (Boot & Shoe Reporter, 1918).

Timson, Louis E - BG180329LYNN MAN, IN AMBULANCE CORPS, GIVEN WAR CROSS. LYNN, March 28. – For bravery shown in the removal of wounded in the Verdun section during December and January, Louis E. Timson of Lynn, an American ambulance driver, was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. Yesterday’s news dispatches from Paris mentioned his name among several other American ambulance men as recipients of the war cross. Whether yesterday’s news story is a belated official announcement of the awarding of the Croix de Guerre in January or whether it means that another decoration has been conferred upon him is not known to members of his family, who live at 7A Shore drive. He is 27 years old, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Timson, and is engaged with his brother, George Timson, in the manufacture of shoes in Boston. Last June he volunteered for service with the American Ambulance Corps in France and was assigned to Section 13, which was turned over to the French Army located in the Verdun sector. Timson has had many narrow escapes from death from shells, but has escaped injury. When his six months volunteer service was completed he was the first member of Section 13 to enlist in the United States Army (Boston Globe, March 29, 1918).

Business Troubles. An involuntary petition in bankruptcy has been filed against the Charles O. Timson Shoe Co., Lynn, at the instance of three creditors whose claims amount to $521.39 (Boston Globe, October 20, 1922).

LYNN AND HUDSON AUTOS IN MARLBORO COLLISION. MARLBORO, Oct 22. -Charles O. Timson, 63, of 80 Silsbee st., Lynn, was assisted from his overturned automobile after a crash with another car at the corner of Lincoln and Bolton sts. yesterday, where the police found him head down and feet upward. He was without a scratch, but complained of pain. He was the operator and only occupant of the car. The other car in the crash was owned and operated by Mrs. Lillian Ryan of 73 Lincoln st., Hudson. She was shaken up. Both cars were badly damaged. Timson’s car turned over twice. Officer William Dolan and other members of the Marlboro police aided Timson in extricating himself from the wreck (Boston Globe, October 22, 1929).

Susan M. (Herrick) Timson died in Danvers, MA, December 27, 1948. Charles O. Timson died in Lynn, MA, March 2, 1950.

RECENT DEATHS. CHARLES O. TIMSON, 89, retired shoe manufacturer. At Lynn (Boston Globe, March 3, 1950).


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Milton Grammar School Principals – 1893-14

By Muriel Bristol | February 9, 2020

The Milton Grammar School was built in 1892, and not in 1882 as has sometimes been reported. This may be confirmed through an examination of the 1888 “birds-eye view” map of Milton (see References below). Neither the Grammar school nor the Nute High school appear in this map, as they had not yet been built. The error apparently arises out of a misreading of the dedication as it appears in photographs of the front of the building.

Construction of the “New School House” in 1892
Milton Grammar School
Town School, Milton, N.H.

MILTON. A school meeting was held Saturday afternoon, and it was voted to raise the sum of $5500 to build a new school house. It is to be ready by September 5 (Farmington News, April 1, 1892).

The $5,500 cost of the school house would be equivalent to $158,442 in modern inflation-adjusted dollars. By way of comparison, Derry, NH, spent $9,000 on its school house, which it claimed was the finest in the state (Farmington News, December 7, 1894).

The architect’s name has not come to hand. Ms. Sarah Ricker identified its type as the Victorian Stick style (see References below).

Building contractors S. Knox & Son erected the new school building. That firm’s partners were carpenters Simeon P. Knox and his youngest son, Ulysses S. Knox, both of Farmington, NH. (Simeon P. Knox appeared in the surviving Civil War Veterans Schedule of the Eleventh (1890) Federal Census. The son was a namesake for General Ulysses S. Grant).

A newspaper account of an extensive 1887 renovation to the multi-story Farmington store of E.T. Wilson concluded with a mention of Simeon P. Knox’s involvement in the project.

The carpenter work will be under the supervision of S.P. Knox, which insures a good job, speedily completed (Farmington News, October 7, 1887).

Construction of the new Milton Grammar school began shortly after the vote appropriating its costs.

MILTON. Work has begun on the new school house (Farmington News, April 22, 1892).

MILTON. Work is progressing rapidly on the new school house. It will be a handsome building and an ornament to the town when finished (Farmington News, May 6, 1892).

MILTON. The Milton school house which has been erected by the well-known builders, S. Knox & Son, approaches completion (Farmington News, August 19, 1892).

MILTON. The new school house has been painted (Farmington News, September 9, 1892).

MILTON. Work has been resumed on the new school house and it will be completed in a short [while] (Farmington News, October 14, 1892).

MILTON. The new school house is receiving its second coat of paint (Farmington News, November 25, 1892).

MILTON. Shed being built at new school house. Boiler to be set up this week (Farmington News, December 23, 1892).

Simeon P. Knox, a carpenter, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty years), Sarah E. [(Bickford)] Knox, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), and his aunt-in-law, Abigail R. [(Rumery)] Drew, a widow, aged eighty-five years (b. NH). They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of Ulysses S. Knox, a carpenter, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH). His household included his wife, Addie E. [(Whitehouse)] Knox, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), and his children, John E. Knox, in school, aged seven years (b. NH), Harry Knox, in school, aged six years (b. NH), and Mildred Knox, aged three years (b. NH).

LOCALS. Mrs. Abbie Drew, at the age of four-score and four years, could not be outdone easily by the young girls, in the clever making of a patchwork quilt. In exactly one week from the day on which she had bought print in three patterns, Mrs. Drew had cut and had put together, in an original design, 1029 pieces, marked off by six strips of one kind of print, each way of the quilt. The sewing is very even and neat, and was done entirely by hand. This was only one of several quilt-covers which Mrs. Drew has made to present to friends or near relatives. Mrs. Drew is an aunt of Mrs. Simeon P. Knox, with whom she makes her home (Farmington News, September 15, 1899).

S.P. Knox & Son subsequently erected a “set” of buildings for H.F. Howard at Rochester, NH, beginning in October 1897 (Farmington News, October 8, 1897). They had made a great improvement to the fine old Hurd place in New Durham, NH, in July 1900 (Farmington News, July 27, 1900).

Simeon P. Knox died in Farmington, NH, August 17, 1918, aged eighty-seven years, four months, and seventeen days. His son and partner, Ulysses S. Knox, died in Farmington, NH, May 25, 1923, aged fifty-nine years, three months, and seven days.

A Graded School

The Milton Grammar school’s greater size allowed for it be set up as a “graded school,” i.e., a school in which the students were separated into classes, grades or age cohorts, as opposed to the one-room schoolhouses still operating elsewhere in town. Graded schools were an educational innovation or fad of this period.

Farmington touted its graded school system in December 1894, Freedom considered a $3,000 appropriation for a graded school at its March 1895 town meeting, Alton thought it was losing for lack of one in March 1899. A Milton Mills real estate advertisement of 1897 mentioned Milton’s graded schools among the attractive features and conveniences of the town.

There was opposition to the establishment of graded schools. For many, transportation was a problem (in the days before school buses). That is to say, many pupils had to travel lengthy distances from their outlying homes to a centrally-located graded school.

Alfred W. Jones complained of transporting children by wagon to the village grammar school. He was concerned about the quality of both wagons and drivers, especially drivers. In fact, there were occasions when Milton school wagons full of students tipped over.

Costly Economy. Mr. Alfred W. Jones of Milton, N.H., complains of the new school law in that state. By the provisions of the law, school boards are authorized to convey children in sparsely settled districts to the village schools. Mr. Jones complains that in carrying out this law some school boards practice an improper economy in furnishing poor teams and incompetent drivers. In some cases the drivers are worse than incompetent, being men of low class, given to drink, vulgarity and profanity. He says “I would rather go back to the old law than to have our children receive more schooling and be ruined.” (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), February 20, 1892).

(While one might take Jones’ point about the risks of transporting pupils to school by wagon, his characterization of the drivers’ supposed moral failings might be taken with a grain of salt, as he would himself go on to become Milton’s poisoning murderer of 1897).

Some young students (and teachers) boarded in Three Ponds village in order to be near the centrally-located grammar school. They might see their parents only on weekends, and not necessarily every weekend.

WEST MILTON. Miss Hazel Perkins was home from her studies at Milton village and spent Sunday with her parents. Harry Perkins and Jack O’Connor spent the week-end on a fishing trip at Merrymeeting pond (Farmington News, March 27, 1914).

MIDDLETON. Ethel Whitehouse, who is attending school at Milton, was the week-end visitor of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Whitehouse (Farmington News, February 3, 1911).

Some questioned the very “Graded School” system itself.

For an all-round primary school you can’t beat the little country schoolhouse, ten or more little folk and a sweet woman to teach them. Every child may represent a separate class, but that doesn’t matter. Each child has the patient, careful aid in his studies which is so largely denied him when attending the larger and graded school (Portsmouth Journal, February 1902).

An affectionate remembrance of the district school in the “Contributors Club,” in the April Atlantic, acknowledges certain wants not well supplied by every such school in past years, but the brief article says this, and it is true: “The district school is peculiarly friendly to ideas.” This is the secret of much of the success that has attended both men and women whose education was begun in a district rather than in a graded school. But there are teachers who are friendly to ideas, who give culture and refinement to them, in modern schools, although the “System” must “roll safely on its way.” Individuality has a hard time now-a-days, in this era of precise machineries for men and things, but there still is something about every soul that allows of discrimination on the part of the observer, and when one strives towards that “top” where there is always room, one develops character, and character counts, sooner or later, – sometimes too late, for all save that which is to come after us (Farmington News, April 10, 1903).

The Milton Grammar school was known also as the Milton Village school, the Milton Town school, or the Milton graded school [Primary and Intermediate], in order to distinguish it from its smaller predecessor, whose bell it retained, as well as from the other one-room schoolhouses dotted still around town: Hare Road, West Milton, South Milton, Plummer’s Ridge, etc.

This school building stood for nearly twenty-two years before it burned down on Saturday, April 4, 1914. It would be replaced by the present Milton Elementary School building. (A school made of bricks replaced a school made of sticks).

Milton Grammar School Principals

The name of the Milton Grammar School’s principal, if any there was, from its 1893 completion through the 1899-00 academic year remains unclear at present. (This will be updated if further information comes to hand).

Milton Grammar School teachers of this period included Miss Lucas, Miss Abbie M. Sanger, Miss Lillian B. Hanscom, Mrs. Winnifred E. (Allen) Kimball, Miss E. Maude Garland, and Miss Lillian W. Kane. One or more of them might have been the “principal” teacher.

The principals of the Milton Grammar school thereafter were Walter H. Bentley (1900-01), and Robert M. Looney (1902-14).

Walter Harold Bentley – 1900-1901

Walter H. Bentley was born in Brookline, MA, May 24, 1878, son of David and Esther A. (Boyden) Bentley.

David B. Bentley, a schoolteacher, aged sixty-eight years (b. Canada (Eng.)), headed a Bridgewater, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-eight years), Esther A. Bentley, aged fifty-nine years (b. MA), his child Walter H. Bentley, a day laborer, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and his boarders, Rachel Parker, a servant, aged twenty-three (b. Canada (Eng.)), Howard H. Stiles, a shoe shop rounder, aged twenty-one years (b. NY), Frank C. Weeks, a water works superintendent, aged thirty-two years (b. VT), Ethel E. Thomas, a schoolteacher, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), Nancy I. Westgate, a schoolteacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), Edna L. White, a schoolteacher, aged twenty-six (b. MA), and Archie C. Osborne, a druggist, aged thirty-two years (b. NH). Esther A, Bentley was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. They resided in a rented house.

NEWS OF THE STATE. Walter H. Bentley, principal of Milton grammar school during the past year, has been elected principal of the Sawyer grammar school at Dover at a salary of $900 (Farmington News, July 12, 1901).

W.H. Bentley was then principal of Dover high school, in Dover, NH, for the 1901-02 and 1902-03 academic years.

LOCAL. The twentieth meeting of the Strafford County Teachers’ Association will be held at the Rochester high school building, this Friday, beginning at 8.20 o’clock in the forenoon. Superintendent M.E. Bennett of Sanford, Me., will speak at ten o’clock, with the discussion following to be opened by W.H. Bentley, principal of Dover high school. Other speakers are Superintendent M.C. Metcalf of Winchester, Mass., and the Rev. Edgar Blake of Lebanon. Dinner will be served at noon in the Methodist vestry, for twenty-five cents a plate. The dinner is meant to be a source of good cheer and real sociability, and few short speeches will be in order after the meal (Farmington News, February 27, 1903).

A “prudential committee” chose him to be principal of the Walnut-sq. grammar school in Haverhill, MA, for the 1903-04 academic year (Boston Globe, June 16, 1904).

NEW TEACHERS CHOSEN. Haverhill School Board Takes Steps Toward the Building of a New High School. HAVERHILL, June 16. The school board last evening approved the action of the prudential committee in recommending to the city council the purchase of a site for a new high school building. Four new teachers for the high school were chosen, the successful candidates being Miss Mabel Watson of Peabody. Miss Frederica Van Benschoten and Miss Margaret Bennshoten, both of Bloomfield, N.J., and Miss Harriet Webster of this city. The following other new teachers were elected: Herman W. Williams of Boston as an instructor in the manual training school, Hope R. Mudge of Newton as a teacher of cooking, G. Chandler Russell of Merrimac as an instructor in sloyd [see References below], Misses Ida Swift of this city, Alice Weirnan of Marblehead and S. Belle Lean of Westfield, to have charge of the kindergartens, Misses Edna McKeigue, Jessie McMillan and Bertha Marshall, all of this city. Hiram O. Marble was reelected as truant officer, and the Carlton scholarship medals in the high school were awarded, to Bernice I. Tasker and Harold M. Goodwin. The committee of teachers of the high school recommended Frank J. Tuck for this honor, but it was shown that Goodwin obtained the higher percentage, which appeared to be the only question involved, and the vote was unanimously in favor of the latter. The salaries of Principal Files and Assistant Principal Town of the high school were increased $100 each, as were the salaries of Principals Ernest W. Bentley. Walter H. Bentley and W.F. Sayard of the Currier, Walnut-sq. and Cogswell grammar schools respectively (Boston Globe, June 16, 1904).

A number of [Quincy, MA] grammar schools will have new teachers. Walter H. Bentley is principal of the Coddington school, vice [Latin: in the place of] Miss Mary A. Dearborn, who resigned after a service of over 30 years. Mr. Bentley is a graduate of the Bridgewater normal school, class of 1900, and has taught at Milton, N.H., Dover, N.H. (Boston Globe, September 11, 1905).

Walter Harold Bentley married in Haverhill, MA, August 28, 1909, Harriet Adelia “Hattie” Morrill, he of Quincy, MA, and she of Haverhill. They were both teachers. She was born Haverhill, MA, June 10, 1886, daughter of William E. and Hattie E. (Davis) Morrill.

Some 25 years ago, Walter H. Bentley of Winchester, who taught at Gov. Dummer Academy and other schools, and started a boys camp at Wolfeboro, N.H., in 1909, wrote a letter on this subject [circa 1941-42]. It was printed in a pamphlet to parents, and the letter is quoted in the last publication of the camp, now conducted by his son, Bradford M. Bentley, also of Winchester. Said the founder in part: “Wyanoke is like a big family. It is made up of boys – little fellows of 8 or 9 who need constant and sympathetic care and understanding; sturdy, active youngsters of 12 or 13, who need plenty to do and steady, wise direction; big, growing youths of 15 and 16, who are beginning to think of what life means, and who need inspiration and the daily comradeship of mature men who understand them. All of these boys benefit greatly from the community life of the camp. Many campers come from small families. At camp they learn that everything, even fun, is to be shared, and that the duties well done and consideration for others bring satisfaction and friends. Boys like and need to ‘run with the pack’ and a Summer home cannot fill this need as a camp does” (Boston Globe, April 30, 1967).

Walter H. Bentley, a public school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), headed a Quincy, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of zero years), Harriet A. Bentley, aged twenty-three years (b. MA), and his widowed father, aged seventy-seven years (b. Canada (Eng.)). Walter H. Bentley owned their house at 104 Woodward Avenue, with a mortgage.

Walter H. Bentley resigned his principalship at Quincy’s Coddington school at the close of the 1910-11 academic year (Boston Globe, April 26, 1911).

Walter Harold Bentley registered for the WW I military draft in Ossipee, NH, September 12, 1918. He had two addresses and occupations: he was a teacher at Dummer Academy in So. Byfield, MA, but also a summer camp director, at Wyanoke Camp, Wolfeboro, NH. He was forty years of age (b. May 24, 1878). He was of a tall height, medium build, with brown eyes and gray hair. His nearest relation was his wife, Hattie A. Bentley, of Wolfeboro, NH.

Walter H. Bentley, a teacher & proprietor of a boys’ camp, aged forty-one years (b. MA), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Harriet M. Bentley, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), and his child, Bradford M. Bentley, aged six years (b. MA). Walter H. Bentley owned their house at 24 Central Street, with a mortgage.

He was subsequently a camp director, resident in Winchester, MA, in 1930; and a camp director, resident in Winchester, MA, in 1940.

Walter H. Bentley died January 30, 1945, aged sixty-six years. Harriet A. (Morrill) Bentley died in Winchester, MA, March 18, 1973, aged eighty-six years.

Deaths and Funerals. Walter H. Bentley. WINCHESTER, Jan 30. – Walter H. Bentley, 66, of 24 Central St., founder of several Summer camps for boys and girls, died today at his home. A graduate of Bridgewater Normal School, he was principal of schools in Milton and Dover, N.H., Haverhill and Quincy, and was associated for a time with Governor Dummer Academy. In 1904 he helped found the Medomak Camp for Boys and in 1909 he opened Camp Wyanoke, Wolfeboro, N.H., now directed by his son, Bradford M. Bentley. He also founded Camp Winnemont for Girls at West Ossipee, N.H., Besides his son he leaves a wife. Funeral services will be held in the Ripley Memorial Chapel of the First Congregational Church Thursday at 2:30. Burial will be in Wolfeboro, N.H. (Boston Globe, January 31, 1945).

Camps Founder Dies in Massachusetts. Boston, Feb. 1 (AP) – Walter H. Bentley, 66, a pioneer in the founding of children’s summer camps, died Tuesday. A resident of Winchester, Bentley was principal of schools in Milton, Dover, N.H., Haverhill and Quincy during his early years as an educator. He operated his own camps, Wyanoke for boys at Wolfeboro, N.H., and Winnemont for girls at West Ossipee, N.H. Burial will be in Wolfeboro, N.H. (Portsmouth Herald, February 1, 1945).

Robert Miller Looney – 1902-14

Robert M. Looney was born in Milton, June 10, 1880, son of Charles H. and Emily E. (Miller) Looney.

LOCALS. Robert Loony, son of C.H. Loony, a graduate of Nute school in Milton will attend Philips Academy at Exeter the coming term (Farmington News, August 28, 1896).

MILTON. Miss Helen Miller, Robert Barker and R.M. Looney, all of Boston, were visitors in town last week (Farmington News, April 27, 1900).

LOCALS. Walter H. Looney and Robert M. Looney, sons of the Hon. C.H. and Mrs. Looney of Milton, and graduates of the Nute school, attended the dance and reception of the class of MCM [1900], last Friday evening (Farmington News, June 29, 1900).

MILTON. Robert M. Looney gave a very successful Bohemian party at the home of his parents, Hon. and Mrs. C.H. Looney, last Thursday evening. The home was decorated with vines and flowers. About forty guests were invited. Mamie Dickey and Maude Clements won the prizes at whist, and were crowned and seated upon the throne. Mark Dickey and Minnie Hussey received the booby prizes and sat at the feet of the more fortunate couple. The costumes were in true Bohemian style (Farmington News, September 13, 1901).     

Robert M. Looney appeared in the Milton directory of 1902, as a student, boarding with C.H. Looney, So. Main street. His father appeared as the Hon. Charles H. Looney, custom house, Portsmouth, NH, with a house at 54 So. Main street, near Tappan street. (Charles H. Looney died April 23, 1902).

MILTON. The funeral services of Elsie Avery were held at the home of her parents last Saturday at one o’clock.  Miss Avery was a graduate of the Nute high school, under Prof. [Arthur T.] Smith, and this was her second year at Vassar college, from which she was brought home about two weeks ago, very ill with typhoid fever. She was young, bright and interesting, and had been given every advantage that money could procure. She was the youngest daughter of Postmaster J.H. Avery, and the only child by his second marriage. Everything that faithful nursing and the care of a physician could do was done to save her but without avail. The blow to her parents is indeed a hard one and many a home is saddened by her death. Several of the N.H.S. alumni were present at the service, among whom were Robert M. Looney and Helen Miller of Boston, Mass., [and] Maurice Dickey of Worcester, Mass. Prof. Smith came Wednesday evening before her death, which occurred Thursday morning, Feb. 6, at 6 o’clock, and remained until Sunday morning. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers from many friends. The bearers were Maurice Dickey, Bert Horne, Bard Plummer, and Walter Looney. Rev. M.P. Dickey conducted the burial service. The body was arrayed in her graduating dress of white lansdowne. Among the flowers were many lovely roses of different shades (Farmington News, February 14, 1902).

PERSONAL. Principal R.M. Looney of the Milton grammar school, and Mrs. E.F. Looney, were in town Sunday, visiting the parents of the latter, Mr. and Mrs. John Waldron (Farmington News, June 12, 1903).

Robert M. Looney appeared in the Milton directory of 1905, as principal of the Milton Grammar School, boarding with Mrs. C.H. Looney, at 54 South Main street.

New Hampshire. DOVER. At the meeting of the Strafford County Teachers Association at Dover on May 22 the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, W.B. Sprague, Durham; vice president, B.S. Mooney, Somersworth; secretary, Miss Annie L. Ricker, South Berwick; treasurer, E.A. Pugsley, Salmon Falls; executive committee, Miss Annie Rollins, Rochester, Robert M. Looney, Milton, Miss Elsa W. Regestein, Farmington; member of educational council, Dr. A.J. Keyes, Dover (Boston University, 1905). 

PERSONAL. Principal R.M. Looney of the Milton grammar school was a guest over last Thursday of Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Thayer and attended with them the Caveny entertainment at the opera house. He also visited the grammar school in the afternoon (Farmington News, January 3, 1908).

(J. Franklin Caveny of Chicago, IL, described as a cartoonist, clay modeler, and chalk talker, gave a lecture at the Rochester opera house on that Thursday night, January 2, and another before the Women’s Club in Somersworth, NH, January 4, 1908).

Robert M. Looney appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as principal of the Milton Grammar School, boarding with Mrs. C.H. Looney, at 54 South Main street.

MILTON. R.M. Looney went to Boston Friday afternoon, returning Sunday evening (Farmington News, May 7, 1909). 

Emma E. Looney, a widow, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton [“Milton 3-Ponds”] household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. He household included her children, Walter Looney, a clerk at Central House, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), Robert M. Looney, a grammar school teacher, aged thirty years (b. NH), Harry N. Looney, a shoe factory cutter, aged twenty-seven years, and John H. Looney, aged twenty-four years (b. NH). She owned their house free-and-clear, without any mortgage. [They resided at 54 South Main street in 1905].

Robert M. Looney appeared in the Milton directory of 1912, as principal of the Milton grammar school, boarding with Mrs. C.H. Looney, at 54 South Main street.

The Milton Grammar School burned to the ground on Saturday morning, April 4, 1914. (It was replaced by the current Milton Elementary School).

WEST MILTON. The residents of this side of the town were shocked to learn of the disastrous fire which consumed the grammar school building at Milton village at an early hour last Saturday morning (Farmington News, [Friday,] April 10, 1914).

WEST MILTON. Miss Lula V. Grace who, by the courtesy of Mr. Looney, principal of the Milton village grammar school, acting in conjunction with the school board and superintendent, participated in the exercises and received her diploma with Mr. Looney’s class at Milton last Friday evening, is the first pupil to receive this distinction since the school has become graded. A delegation of the scholars, accompanied by their teacher and many friends from this part of town, witnessed the exercises which have gained a well-deserved prominence under Mr. Looney’s efficient instruction. The exhibition hall at the Nute high school building, where the grammar school has been in session since the burning of the schoolhouse, was occupied to the last available inch. The execution of some of the most difficult subjects of original composition and essay by the members of the graduating class was truly wonderful for pupils of this grade, while the choral and orchestral numbers from the leading operas were very cleverly rendered and were accorded unanimous acclamation of favor. Miss Hazel Perkins of this district was a member of the graduating class at Milton, having attended that school this past year (Farmington News, June 26, 1914).

Robert M. Looney appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as principal of the Milton grammar school, boarding with Mrs. C.H. Looney, at 54 South Main street. (This would seem to be a copy-and-paste from the prior directory).

Robert Miller Looney of Milton, NH, registered for the WW I military draft in Boston, MA, September 12, 1918. He was a salesman for H.K. Miller & Co. of 170 Summer Street, Boston, MA, aged thirty-eight years (b, June 10, 1880). His nearest relation was Mrs. Charles H. Looney, Milton, NH. He was of a medium height, and a slender build, with blue eyes, and light hair.

Emily E. Looney, a widow, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Walter E. Looney, Customs House deputy collector, aged forty-one years (b. NH), Robert M. Looney, a broker, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and Harry H. Looney, a shoe shop shoe cutter, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH). Emily E. Looney owned their house on Lower Main Street, Milton Village, free-and-clear. They lived near or next to S. Frank Dawson, a mnfy [manufactory] owner, aged forty years (b. MA).

Robert M. Looney, a cotton goods broker, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), was one of one hundred eighty-three lodgers at the Stag Hotel (Technology Chambers) at 5-9 Botolph Street in Boston, MA, at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. He paid $35 per month for his hotel suite.

Robert M. Looney died in Newtonville, Newton, MA, July 22, 1932, aged fifty-two years, one month, and twelve days.

IN MEMORIAM. ROBERT LOONEY. Many friends in this vicinity learn with sincere regret of the death of Robert Miller Looney, the last member of one of Milton’s oldest and most prominent families, which occurred in Newtonville, Mass., on July 22. The end came quietly after a protracted period of suffering, the last two years of which he was deprived of almost every resource of physical independence, yet the bright and sunny disposition with which he met and made numberless friends during the varied contacts of a useful and energetic life, was never surrendered until the end. He was a native of Milton and 52 years old, the third son of the late Hon. Charles H. Looney and Emily (Miller) Looney. He received his education in the public school of Milton, was graduated with the first class of Nute high school and later attended Bryant & Stratton Business college of Boston. For a time he was engaged in the personnel of hotel management in the last named city but left it to become principal of the Milton grammar school in which capacity he achieved unprecedented success, carrying the interests of the school into the community as no other institution or similar influence has been able to do. Later, until his retirement on account of ill health, he was associated with the cotton brokerage business. He was a member of the “Square & Compass Club” of Boston, the Old South Club, the Boston City Club, an active member of the New Old South church and a member of Fraternal Lodge, No. 71, A.F. and A.M., of Farmington. Of his immediate family he was the last and his closest relatives surviving are Mrs. Archibald Campbell Jordan of Winchester, Mass., Looney’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Walter Looney of Boston, both of whom were tenderly devoted to him through his long illness. Funeral services were held at Waterman’s chapel, Boston, for the benefit of his Boston friends, and on the Sunday afternoon following his death services were held in the Union church at Milton and interment was in the cemetery at Lebanon, Me. (Farmington News, August 5, 1932).

The last will of Robert Miller Looney of Milton devised personal effects and furniture to his cousin, Antoinette M. Straw of Bedford, MA; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth G. Looney of Boston, MA; Edith S. Balfour of Bedford, MA; William L. Young, principal of the Horace Mann school of Everett, MA; and aunt Helen M. Jordan of Winchester, MA. He devised $25 each to Dr. M.A.H. Hart of Milton; Dr. Roger W. Graves of Boston, MA; Dr. Cecil W. Clark of Newtonville, MA; and [former Nute High principal] Arthur Thad Smith of Winchester, MA. He devised to the town of Milton:

… the parcel of land with buildings thereon constituting my family home in said Milton to be used by said town of Milton for the benefit of the whole town in any manner in which said town of Milton desires to use the same.

He devised the rest, residue and remainder to his friend, William L. Young; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth G. Looney; and his cousin, Antoinette M. Straw, in equal shares. He named his sister-in-law, Antoinette M. Straw as executrix. The will was dated May 18, 1931, and proved in Strafford County Court, August 9, 1932.

The Milton Town warrant for the town election of March 14, 1933 contained an article regarding the Looney homestead:

[Article] 24. To see if the town will vote to accept a bequest under the will of the late Robert Miller Looney, and if so to determine what shall be done with the property and pass any other vote or votes relative thereto.

[Article 25 on the same ballot concerned buying the Old Fire Station lot for $1].


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But, Who Will Build the Bridges?

By S.D. Plissken | February 3, 2020

Everyone is frustrated by the abject failure of government to replace the bridge between Milton and Lebanon, ME. The four layers of government participating in this are the NH State government, the Milton Town government, the Maine State government, and the Lebanon Town government.

Milton Town officials this year were deluded enough to suggest adding a fifth governmental entity to the mix: a County planning board or commission. The reasoning was a bit unclear, but seemed to suggest that we needed to participate in this fifth governmental entity in order to get it to lobby for “our” government with “our” other government.

We hear today from the Milton Community News (and Lebanon Truth Seekers) that Lebanon, ME, is considering just getting out of this mess entirely ( Can you blame them?

In doing some research work for Ms. Bristol, I came across the following regarding the eighteenth-century bridge between Newcastle, NH, and Rye, NH, which was a much wider span, and one that passed over some serious tidal currents.

The Proprietors of Newcastle Bridge are reminded that the annual meeting of said Proprietary is to be on the first Monday in June next, on which day, they are hereby notified to meet at the house of Mrs. Elizabeth Trefethen, near said Bridge, at two o’clock in the afternoon – To choose officers for the year ensuing, and to transact what other business may be judged necessary.  HENRY PRESCOTT, Prop’r’s Clerk.  Newcastle, May 11, 1801 (Republican Ledger (Portsmouth, NH), 12 May 1801).

The Newcastle Bridge was a private toll bridge, erected by its corporate Proprietary, i.e., its investors, and maintained by tolls. That is to say, only those wanting to cross the bridge, and willing to pay its toll, paid anything for it at all. There was no taxpayer involvement whatsoever.

The Widow Trefethen kept a tavern on the Newcastle side of the bridge. That is to say, the Newcastle Bridge Propriety did not even incur any additional costs of maintaining or renting its own hall or office building. They met annually, and at any other necessary times, in the local “pub.”

New Hampshire’s first two turnpikes were built privately as toll roads, as well as other New Hampshire bridges, often along those same turnpikes. The Cornish-Windsor Bridge – a 460-foot span between Cornish, NH, and Windsor, VT – comes to mind. Its NH State historic marker reads:

CORNISH-WINDSOR BRIDGE. Built in 1866 at a cost of $9,000, this is the longest wooden bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. The fourth bridge at this site, the 460-foot structure was built by Bela J. Fletcher (1811-1877) of Claremont and James F. Tasker of (1826-1903) of Cornish, using a lattice truss patented by Ithiel Town in 1820 and 1835. Built as a toll bridge by a private corporation, the span was purchased by the state of New Hampshire in 1936 and made toll-free in 1943.

Seventy years as a private bridge corporation, including probably forty years with automobiles.

If you have had enough of “our” governments’ multi-year inability to replace this simple bridge over this short span, there are other options. I’d be willing to invest in a private toll-bridge proprietary. How about you?


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Nute High School Principals, 1923-57

By Muriel Bristol | February 2, 2020

Continued from Nute High School Principals, 1891-21 [In which Edwin S. Huse’s tenure should have extended to Spring 1923].

The headmasters of Milton’s Nute High School for its thirty-third through its sixty-sixth years were: R. Harold Gillmore, 1923-26; Ralph G. Reed, 1926-29; Eshburne O. Judkins, 1929-31; Philip R. Burlingame, 1931-36; Austin L. Howard, 1936-39; Robert R. Anderson, 1939-42; John L. Knight, 1943-44; Elliot W. Burbank, 1944-49; and Walter J. Foster, 1949-57.

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Nute High School. “Publ. by J.H. Willey, Milton, N.H. No. 4. Made in Germany”

Beginning in 1928 we have readily available for the first time annual Town Reports, with the annual reports of the Nute High School headmasters. An example of each headmaster’s annual reports have been included in the text.

Ralph Harold Gillmore – 1923-26

Ralph Howard Gillmore was born in Lynn, MA, September 8, 1894, son of Edward and Inez M. (Andrews) Gillmore.

Ralph H. Gillmore of Concord, NH, joined the 120 men and 43 women of the Freshman class (“Class of 1916”), which was the largest class to date, at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, in September 1912 (Middlebury Register, September 27, 1912).

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Ralph Harold Gilmore, 1917

RALPH HAROLD GILLMORE, “ROSIE.” Concord. Concord High. Mechanic Arts. “Rosie” transferred to New Hampshire from Colby in order to be closer to “the ideal of his dreams,” and also to take advantage of the excellent training given by our illustrious “Wood Shop Butcher.” As a social chap, “Rosie” is a leader, and is substantiated by a frequent visitor who hails from the metropolis of Concord. Bits of conversation which have been overheard during these periodic trysts, lead us to believe that Harold is not as quiet as our first impression indicated. However, we heartily welcome our rosy-cheeked Concord lad and we wish him the best of luck in this, his second choice of an Alma Mater. ΑΤΩ; Transferred from Colby (3) (New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts Yearbook, Durham, NH, 1917).

Ralph Harold Gilmore of Concord, NH, registered for the WW I military draft in Concord, NH, June 5, 1917. He was a self-employed farmer in Pembroke, NH, aged twenty-two years (b. Lynn, MA, September 8, 1895). He was of medium height, with a medium build, brown eyes, and dark brown hair.

He married in Concord, NH, June 30, 1917, Lena May Winslow, he of Concord and she of Chichester, NH. She was born in Chichester, NH, in 1897, daughter of Frank and Mary J. (Lake) Winslow. She was likely “the ideal of his dreams” mentioned in his college yearbook.

R. Harold Gillmore and his wife, Lena Gillmore, appeared in the Concord directory of 1919 as having moved to Chichester, NH, R.F.D. #14.

Ralph H. Gillmore, a high school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), headed a Casco, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lena M. Gillmore, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and his son, Vernell W. Gillmore, aged one year, eight months (b. NH). Ralph H. Gillmore rented their house in Casco town.

R. Harold Gilmore appeared in the Maine Register for 1920 as principal of the Woodstock High School of Woodstock, Oxford County, ME.

There have been three new teachers on the faculty this year. Mr. Crooker was replaced by Mr. R. Harold Gilmore as principal. Miss Olive Chase was secured as an assistant. At the Christmas recess, she was obliged to undergo an operation on her throat, so she had to leave the faculty. Mr. Byron W. Barker was secured to take her place and serve out the school year. Mrs. Swan expects to terminate her teaching in June, after 14 years of faithful and efficient service as a teacher in Woodstock high school. She had also served two years as superintendent of schools in Woodstock (The Woodstock High School Eureka, Spring 1921).

R. Harold Gilmore appeared in a list of the high school headmasters and principals whose secondary schools had been approved by the NH Board of Education for the 1923-24 academic year. He was listed as the headmaster of the Nute High School, in Milton, which was classed as an A4 school. “Class A includes all schools with complete secondary programs … An attached number shows the number of years in the approved program” (NH State Board of Education, 1924).

R. Harold Gillmore, a high school teacher, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a Hardwick, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirteen years), Lena W. Gillmore, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his son, Vernell W. Gillmore, aged eleven years (b. NH). Ralph H. Gillmore rented their house on New Braintree Road, for $25 per month. They had a radio set.

Lena W. Gillmore, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Pembroke, NH, household. She owned her house on the Pembroke Hill Road, which was valued at $4,000. She had resided in Hardwick, MA, in 1935. There appears to have been an enumeration error by which her husband was omitted from their household. Another enumerator recorded him on a supplementary page. R. Harold Gillmore, a public high school principal, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed a Pembroke, NH, household in this same Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. He owned his house on Pembroke Street, which was valued at $4,000. He had resided in Pembroke in 1935.

Ralph Harold Gilmore of Pembroke, NH (RFD #4, Concord, NH), registered for the WW II military draft in Concord, NH, April 26, 1942. He was employed by the Town of Hardwick, MA, aged forty-seven years (b. Lynn, MA, September 28, 1894). Lena M. Gillmore, RFD #4, Concord, NH, was his contact. Their telephone number was Concord 698-23. He was 5′ 7″ in height, weighed 175 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion.

Ralph H. Gillmore appeared as a farmer in the Concord, NH, directories of 1943 and 1947. He and his wife, Lena W. Gillmore, had their house and farm at Pembroke Hill, R.D. #4.

R. Harold Gillmore appeared in the Concord, NH, directories of 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1960, and 1962. He and his wife, Lena W. Gillmore, had their house at 64 N. Main street. He was a farmer in 1947 and 1957, and retired in 1960 through 1962.

R. Harold Gillmore died in 1967. Lena M. (Winslow) Gillmore died in 1983.

Ralph Gerry Reed – 1926-29

Ralph G. Reed was born in Bridgton, ME, April 22, 1886, son of Wilbur M. and Carrie W. (Osgood) Reed.

He married in Haverhill, MA, September 18, 1909, Blanche Alma Favor, he of Bridgton, ME, and she of Franklin, NH. He was a teacher, aged twenty-three years, and she at home, aged twenty-three years. She was born in Hill, NH, March 16, 1886, daughter of Llewelyn D. and Alma A. (Caverly) Favor.

ALUMNI. [Class of] 1909 – Ralph G. Reed is principal of the High School at Marlboro, New Hampshire (Bates Student, February 1911).

Ralph Gerry Reed of Sherman Mills, ME, registered for the WW I military draft in Houlton, ME, September 12, 1918. He was employed as a teacher by the Town of Sherman, ME, aged thirty-two years (b. April 22, 1886). He was of tall height, with a slender build, blue eyes, and brown hair. His nearest relative was Blanche F. Reed of Sherman Mills, ME.

Ralph G. Reed, a high school teacher, aged thirty-three years (b. ME), headed a Sherman, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Blanche A. Reed, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), and his children, Carol L. Reed, aged nine years (b. ME), Glendon Reed, aged six years (b. ME), Cherry Reed, aged one year, nine months (b. ME), and Stanley D. Reed, aged two months (b. ME). Ralph G. Reed rented their house on the Mills Road.

Reed’s daughter, Carol L. Reed, won the Nute High School Thrift Week essay contest in January 1927. The set topic was “Benjamin Franklin’s Contribution to American Independence.” Her winning Nute essay then moved up to be judged in the Strafford County essay contest. At that level, it was John Woodman, a Rochester sophomore, who won the Strafford County Thrift Week essay contest (Farmington News, February 4, 1927).

Ralph G. Reed’s third annual headmaster’s report, for the academic year 1928-29, appeared in the Milton Town Report for 1928, i.e., for the fiscal year ending January 31, 1929.

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Ralph G. Reed


To the Superintendent of Schools and the Members of the Board of Trustees:

I herein submit for your consideration my third annual report as headmaster of Nute High School.

The school year opened September 4 with an enrollment of eighty pupils, thirty-eight girls and forty-two boys. One boy registered later in the Fall making the total enrollment for the year eighty-one. During the first half year nine pupils have withdrawn from school leaving our enrollment at the present time seventy-two. The number of pupils leaving school has been greater than during the past two years, the reasons being justifiable in many instances. Three removed from town, two were unable to secure transportation, one was due to sickness and the remaining three were either indifferent to high school work or unprepared for it.

Nute High School has received creditable mention from the state department for several years for maintaining a high per cent attendance each year. This year we continued the good record for some weeks by having an average of 98% but epidemics of contagious diseases began to afflict us in December and soon afterward the prevailing epidemic of influenza began to make itself evident among the pupils in ever increasing numbers, on many days from twelve to twenty pupils being absent.

The splendid class which was graduated from the school last June left a gap in the scholastic, literary, musical, and athletic activities which is very difficult to fill and which will take time and effort to replace.

The tuition rate has been increased from sixty dollars per year to seventy-one dollars and eighty-two cents, this amount being the maximum amount allowed by the state to charge, the figures being based upon the annual per capita cost per pupil. There are twenty-eight tuition pupils registered at the present time.

Respectfully submitted,

RALPH G. REED, Milton, N.H., February 5, 1929.

Ralph G. Reed was headmaster at the Amherst, NH, high school beginning with the 1929-30 academic year. He submitted his third annual report, dated Amherst, N.H., February 1, 1932 (Amherst Town Report, 1932).

Ralph G. Reed, a town school teacher, aged forty-three years (b. ME), headed an Amherst, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Blanche A. Reed, aged forty-four years (b. NH), his children, Carol L. Reed, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Shirley B. Reed, aged twelve years (b. ME), and S. Duane Reed, aged ten years (b. ME), and his nephew, Arthur E. Reed, aged ten years (b. MA). They had a radio set. Ralph G. Reed rented their part of a two-family residence on Depot Street, for $12 per month. Their widowed landlady, Celia A. Fulton, private family housework, aged fifty-eight years (b. MA), occupied the other part. The whole was valued at $1,200.

Ralph G. Reed appeared in a list of the high school headmasters and principals whose secondary schools had been approved by the NH Board of Education for the 1931-32 academic year. He was listed as the headmaster of the Amherst High School, in Amherst, NH, which was classed as an A4 school. “Class A includes all schools with complete secondary programs … An attached number shows the number of years in the approved program.”

Ralph G. Reed died November 17, 1933. Alma A. (Favor) Reed died in Acton, MA, July 24, 1981.

REED – Of Acton, July 24, Blanche (Favor), wife of the late Ralph G. Reed. Mother of Mrs. Carol Coyne of Florida, Stanley D. Reed of Shirley, Mrs. Shirley Goodman of Acton, Mrs. Lorraine Fadden of Norway, Maine and the late Glendon T. Reed. Sister of Vera Favor of Tilton, NH. Also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date at The South Acton Congregational Church. Memorial gifts in her name may be made to The South Acton Congregational Church. Acton, MA 01720. Arrangements by The Acton Funeral Home (Boston Globe, July 26, 1981).

Eshburne Oscar Judkins – 1929-31

Eshburne Oscar Judkins was born in Upton, ME, January 31, 1893, son of Albert W. and Bertha L. (Morse) Judkins.

Eshburn Oscar Judkins of Upton, ME, registered for the WW I military draft in Upton, ME, June 4, 1917. He was a student, aged twenty-four years (b. Upton, ME, January 31, 1893). He was of tall height, with a slender build, blue eyes, and light brown hair.

Eshburn O. Judkins was inducted into the U.S. Army in South Paris, ME, July 25, 1918. He was promoted to Private First Class, September 20, 1918. He was overseas in Europe, between October 3, 1918 and October 21, 1919, where he was attached to various Army Ordnance detachments and departments. He was demobilized on November 4, 1919.

Eshburn O. Judkins appeared as a senior in the University of Maine’s Prism yearbook of 1924-25. He graduated in June 1925 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

ESHBURN O. JUDKINS, “Jud,” Upton. Gould’s Academy. [Major:] Mechanical Engineering. Ex-’16, ex-19, ex-22; Class Track (1), (2); Class Baseball (1), (2); Class Basketball (2); Varsity Basketball (3); Varsity Track (3); Track Club (3); “M” Club (3), (4); President, Dormitory Council (3), (4); Class Nominating Committee (3), (4); Senator, Students’ Council (4); Committee on Student Activities (4) (Prism, 1924).

Eshburn O. Judkins, aged thirty-three years, married (1st) in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, September 14, 1926, Lena Flora Estey, aged twenty-eight years, he of Upton, ME, and she of Oak Bluffs. She was born in Fitchburg, MA, January 12, 1898, daughter of Wallace A. and Flora J. (Ray) Estey.

Lena Flora Estey graduated from the Norton, MA, high school with the Class of 1916 (she was one of only four graduating Seniors), of which she was the valedictorian. Her valedictory address was entitled “Present Day Opportunities.” She also played a piano solo entitled “Scintillements.”

Two of last year’s graduates from the commercial department. Miss Helen Morgan and Miss Bertha Lincoln, entered business offices soon after they were graduated. A third graduate. Miss Lena F. Estey is attending Wheaton College (Norton Town Report, 1917).

Lena F. Estey appeared in the annual Oak Bluffs Town Reports as Librarian of the town’s public library, between April 1922 and December 1925. One might speculate – with no actual evidence – that a vacationing Eshburn O. Judkins met her at her library. Its hours were “Daily, except Sun., 2-5, 6-8” (MA Free Public Library Commission, 1924).

Healdville.  Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Judkins of Springfield, Mass., were recent visitors at A.O. Estey’s (Rutland Daily Herald, December 4, 1926).

Oscar E. Judkins (and his wife Lena Judkins) appeared in the Bristol, CT, directory of 1927, as a teacher, with a house at Rear 55 Maple street.

Boy Scout Notes. A full organization of Scoutmaster, two assistant Scoutmasters, five troop committeemen and two patrols of 16 Scouts was effected at West Pawlet last week. The leaders chosen are: Scoutmaster, E.O. Judkins; assistants, James Clark and John Morrow; troop committee, Clarence J. Watters, Arthur H. Morrow, W.O. Williams, Thomas J. Williams, and Ralph Beecher; patrol leaders, Glenn Fitzgerald and Watkin Griffith; scribe, John C. Williams. This makes the 30th troop to be organized in the council area (Rutland Daily Herald, February 27, 1928).

Arlington. County Spelling Contest. The winner of the Bennington county spelling contest, which was held in the Arlington Memorial High school Saturday afternoon, was Miss Mary Shaw of Bennington, with Miss Gertrude Levin of Manchester Center being second. The alternates were James Clarke of Manchester and Albert King of Readsboro. The judges were Capt. Herbert Wheaton Congdon of Arlington, H.C. Matthews, Principal of the Pawlet High school, and E.O. Judkins, principal of the West Pawlet school. Alva Noble of Readsboro acted as chairman of the committee to review the written papers, the contest being conducted by E.L. Bigelow of Manchester Center, superintendent of schools (Rutland Daily Herald (Rutland, VT, May 21, 1928).

West Pawlet. Prof. and Mrs. E.O. Judkins have returned from a summer vacation. He will resume his duties Monday in the West Pawlet high school (Rutland Daily Herald, September 10, 1928).

West Pawlet. The staff teaching in the High school includes: Prof. E.O. Judkins of Maine, Mrs. Kate Richardson of Boston, Miss Myra Ellwell of Bennington, Miss Meredith Clapper of Selkirk, Fourth, fifth and sixth grades are being taught by Miss Fish of Wallingford and first, second and third by Mrs. Mary Jackson Hughes. Miss Hazel Roberts is teaching at Nelsonvllle and Miss Gertrude Tobin at Braintree (Rutland Daily Herald, September 13, 1928).

West Pawlet. Prof. E.O. Judkins went to Warren, N.H., Friday after Mrs. Judkins, who had been spending a month with her parents. They returned Sunday (Rutland Daily Herald (Rutland, VT), April 29, 1929).

Robert Oscar Judkins, second child of Eshburn O. Judkins (headmaster, b. Upton, ME) and Lena Estey (b. Fitchburg, MA), was born in Rochester, NH, October 16, 1929 (Milton Vital Records).

E.O. Judkins’ first annual headmaster’s report, for the academic year 1929-30, appeared in the Milton Town Report for 1929, i.e., for the fiscal year ending January 31, 1930.


To the Superintendent of Schools and the Members of the Board of Trustees:

The school year opened September 3 with an enrollment of seventy-four, seventeen seniors, fifteen juniors, twenty-two sophomores, and twenty-one freshmen. We now have seventy-five pupils of which number twenty-four are tuition pupils.

Twelve pupils are registered for the college preparatory curriculum and sixty-three for the general business.

The general business curriculum program has been enriched and broadened by the substitution of junior business practice for commercial arithmetic in the freshman year, and the giving of a complete bookkeeping course in the sophomore year. These are to be followed by the introduction of typewriting and correspondence in the junior year and office practice in the senior year. Other commercial courses are commercial history and geography and economics and commercial law.

Extra-curricular activities consisting of base-ball, basket-ball, prize speaking, dramatics, the school publication, orchestra, chorus, and scholarship day round out the program.

To meet the state requirements and replace worn-out books it has been necessary to buy new texts for English, junior business practice, history of civilization, modern European history, and reference books for sociology and economics and law.

The attendance has been high and the school spirit good.

Respectfully submitted,

Milton, N.H., February 7, 1930.

Eshburn O. Judkins, a high school headmaster, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lena E. Judkins, aged thirty-two years (b. MA), and his children,  Mary Jane Judkins, aged one year (b. VT), and Robert O. Judkins, aged six months (b. NH). They rented their residence on the Farmington Road, for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Sarah P. Haley, a widow, aged eighty-two years (b. NH), and her tenant, William S. Lougee, a fibre mill superintendent, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), on the one side, and Huon L. French, a high school janitor, aged seventy-seven years (b. NH), on the other.

Barbara Lena Judkins, third child of Eshburn O. Judkins (headmaster, b. Upton, ME) and Lena Estey (b. Fitchburg, MA), was born in Rochester, NH, January 22, 1931 (Milton Vital Records),

O. Eshburn Judkins, superintendent of schools, aged forty-seven years (b. ME, headed a Reed Plantation, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, E. Lena Judkins, housework, aged forty-two years (b. ME), his children, J. Mary Judkins, aged elevn years (b. ME), O. Robert Judkins, aged ten years (b. ME), L. Barbara Judkins, aged nine years (b. ME), and E. Geraldine Judkins, aged five years (b. ME), and his lodger, T. Stanley Ritchie, a hoop-shaving laborer, aged fifty-one years (b. ME). O. Eshburn Judkins owned their house at 16 Main Street, which was valued at $700. They had resided in the “same house” in 1935.

Lena F. (Estey) Judkins died in Lassen, CA, June 26, 1965. He married (2nd) in Arlington, VA, September 15, 1968, Marjorie Martin.

Eshburne O. Judkins died in Davis, CA, May 14, 1992, aged ninety-nine years. Marjorie (Martin) Judkins died in 2000.

Phillip Russell Burlingame – 1931-36

Philip Russell Burlingame was born in Springfield, MA, November 11, 1892, son of Frederick R. and Josephine I. (Story) Burlingame.

Philip R. Burlingame of R.F.D. #2, Three Rivers, MA, registered for the WW I military draft in Palmer, MA, June 5, 1917. He was employed as a farmer (“jointly with father”), aged twenty-four years (b. Springfield, MA, November 11, 1892). He was of tall height, with a slender build, gray eyes, and brown hair. He claimed an exemption for his “defective eyes” and his employment as a farmer.

He married in Palmer, MA, in 1919, Thelma J. Keith. She was born October 2, 1897. By 1900 (if not before), she was the adopted daughter of Lyman L. and Jennie M. (Burke) Keith.

Philip R. Burlingame, a construction overseer, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), headed a Palmer, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Thelma K. Burlingame, aged twenty-two years (b. MA, and his boarder, Harry Bradley, a construction laborer, aged twenty-one years (b. MA). His parents lived next door: Frederick Burlingame, a farmer, aged fifty-eight years (b. MA), and Josephine Burlingame, aged fifty-two years (b. RI). Philip R. Burlingame owned his house on Prospect Hill Road, with a mortgage, while his parents rented theirs.

Philip R. Burlingame appeared twice in the Manchester, NH, directory of 1924. He appeared with his wife, Thelma Burlingame, as an instructor, with a house at 47 Sagamore street. He appeared also, in both 1924 and 1925, as a teacher in the West Side High school, with a house at 673 Chestnut street.

Philip R. Burlingame appeared in the 1926 edition of the Meteor, which was the high school yearbook for Berlin, NH. He was a physical training instructor and baseball coach.

Philip R. Burlingame appeared in the Berlin, NH, directories of 1927 and 1930, as a high school coach, with his house at 360 Willard street.

Burlingame, Philip R - 1928Philip Burlingame, a public school instructor, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Berlin, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Thelma Burlingame, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), and his daughter, Barbara Burlingame, aged nine years (b. MA). They shared a rented two-family dwelling with the household of their landlord, Dubey Telesphore, an industrial agent, aged forty-four years (b. NH). They paid $35 per month in rent. Both households had radio sets. Their dwelling was on Willard Street.

The University of New Hampshire’s College of Liberal Arts conferred a Bachelor of Science degree upon Phillip R. Burlingame of Durham, NH, at its commencement held June 15, 1931 (Boston Globe, June 15, 1931).

SPRINGFIELD MAN HEADS NUTE HIGH IN MILTON, N.H. MILTON, N.H., Sept 1 – Nute High School began the Fall schedule today with a new headmaster, Philip R. Burlingame of Springfield, Mass. Mr. Burlingame was graduated from Springfield College, class of 1922, and from New Hampshire University, 1931. He has been the submaster in the High School at Berlin, N.H. for five years. Last year he was in the teaching staff at New Hampshire University in the department of physical education. A new teacher at Nute High School is Miss Mary Timmens, who will teach history and French. She is a graduate of New Hampshire University and has been teaching in the High School at Durham (Boston Globe, September 2, 1931).

Headmaster Burlingame took an active role in establishing an interscholastic basketball league with other schools in the region.

BASKETBALL LEAGUE FORMED AT DOVER. Philip R. Burlingame was elected secretary of the basketball league formed at Dover, November 7. He recently sent Farmington high school his report of the minutes of the meeting. At a meeting held in the American House hotel in Dover, attended by Headmaster Wright and Coach Riccardi of Newmarket, Headmaster Faunce of Epping, Headmaster Bannister and Coach Pellerin of Farmington, Headmaster Burlingame and Manger Roland Knight of Nute high of Milton, an attempt was made to form a basketball league for boys and also one for girls, consisting of Raymond, Epping, Newmarket, Pittsfield, Farmington, and Nute high schools. [Many other details followed regarding the league’s board, eligibility, trophies, etc., that have not been extracted here] (Farmington News, November 20, 1931).

Philip R. Burlingame’s second annual headmaster’s report, for the academic year 1932-33, appeared in the Milton Town Report for 1932, i.e., for the fiscal year ending January 31, 1933.


To the Superintendent of Schools and the Members of the Board of Trustees:

The forty-second year of this institution opened September 5 with an enrollment of seventy-nine pupils. Transfers to other schools and withdrawals reduced the registration until at present there are 69 pupils divided as follows: Seniors, 12; Juniors, 9; Sophomores, 18; Freshmen, 30. There are eleven tuition pupils as compared with twenty-four last year.

Reports from the State Department of Education show an increased rating by the Commissioner on the scholastic standard of the school over that of previous years.

The Otis Group Intelligence Scale given all members of the school showed an increase of from five to ten points on a like performance given last year, showing a mastering of fundamental processes.

The Woody Arithmetic Scale to determine efficiency in mathematics showed a marked difficulty on the part of all to handle fractions, the result showing the Seniors 87% perfect, Juniors 83%, Sophomores 82% and Freshmen 84%.

There has been a trend towards increase in those registering in the Classical Course this year, eight freshmen electing the Latin or College preparatory course as compared with three last year.

Realizing the value of visual education, field trips have been made by the various classes, the Senior United States Government group going to Concord for a day and attending the Legislature, Federal court, States Prison, Historical society and other places of interest. The Commercial department has visited a modern office and seen up-to-date office equipment being used. Physiography class students visit nearby places to witness effects of water and glacial erosion.

Athletics have been self supporting, and furnished a surplus for purchasing of a ten volume set of Standard History of the World for general reference and research work. It has also furnished money for many needed improvements about school including a new gravel road, a first aid and emergency room for girls which has been furnished with a couch, dressers, table and chairs. As a matter of safety a concrete slab has been poured to cover the unused well back of the school. Shrubbery set out by the graduating class of 1932 has been fertilized and cared for and has made good growth.

Several outstanding booklets, papers and projects of work have been completed. A reproduction of “The House of Seven Gables,” a carpenter job worthy of a master builder, is exhibited by Constandino DiPrizio, sophomore honor pupil from Middleton.

Attendance has been excellent and to date but five tardy marks are charged against the school showing an aptitude for promptness hitherto not exhibited.

The excellent condition of the school property is due in a large measure to the untiring efforts of Caretaker Tetherly, whose personal interest is highly commendable.

Respectfully submitted,

February 24, 1933. Headmaster.

WEST MILTON. The Church Night program was held last Thursday evening at Nute Chapel. The literary program was under the direction of Charles Hayes. Mrs. Daisy Curtis rendered two piano selections in her usual pleasing manner. Miss Myrtle Durkee rendered a vocal selection which was enjoyed by all. Headmaster Philip R. Burlingame gave a very instructive address on “Education.” Anyone not present surely missed a real treat. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Cora Garland and her assistants (Farmington News, September 22, 1933).

MILTON. Nute high school started basketball practice Tuesday night, with Mr. Burlingame coaching (Farmington News, November 2, 1934).

Philip Burlingame, a public school teacher, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed a Lancaster, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Thelma Burlingame, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), and his children, Barbara Burlingame, a maid (private home), aged nineteen years (b. MA), and Robert Burlingame, aged nine years (b. NH). They owned their house at 37 Prospect Street, which was valued at $2,800. (William Fuller, superintendent of schools, aged fifty-four years, rented a house at 52 Prospect Street). They had resided in Milton, NH, in 1935.

Philip Russell Burlingame of Lancaster, NH, registered for the WW II military draft in Lancaster, NH, April 27, 1942. He was employed by Williams Brothers of Tulsa, OK, aged forty-nine years (b. Springfield, MA, November 11, 1892). Thelma J. Keith Burlingame, 37 Prospect Street, Lancaster, NH, was his contact. Their telephone number was Griffin 4692. He was 5′ 11″ in height, weighed 195 pounds, with blue eyes, grey-brown hair, and a ruddy complexion.

Philip R. Burlingame died in August 1964. Thelma J. (Keith) Burlingame died in Manchester, NH, in May 1986.

Austin Lucius Howard – 1936-39

Austin L. Howard, was born in Essex, VT, January 18, 1906, son of Ernest M. “Charles” and Ethel M. (Barnes) Howard.

Essex Junction. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Howard of Atlantic City, N.J., Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Whiting of Burlington, were guests on Monday of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Barnes. Mr. Howard, who was a former resident of this village, came to Burlington to attend commencement at the University of Vermont from which institution his son, Austin L. Howard of Burlington, was graduated in the electrical engineering class (Burlington Free Press, June 17, 1931).

Austin Howard, headmaster of Nute high school, Milton, and Robert Anderson and Miss Ruth Paulson both also of Nute high school, were the judges of a prize speaking contest at the Alton high school on Friday evening, April 22, 1938, at 8 PM. The winners were to go on to compete in the interscholastic contest held at the University of New Hampshire, May 6, 1938 (Farmington News, April 29, 1938).(Robert Anderson, then a teacher at Nute high school, would become its next headmaster).

Austin L. Howard’s third annual headmaster’s report, for the academic year 1938-39, appeared in the Milton Town Report for 1938, i.e., for the fiscal year ending January 31, 1939.


To the Superintendent of Schools and the Members of the Board of Trustees:

I hereby submit my third annual report of the Nute High School which opened its forty-eighth year on September 6 with an enrollment of 76 pupils. Transfers and withdrawals have reduced the registration until at present there are 68 pupils divided as follows: Seniors, 9; Juniors, 15; Sophomores, 21; Freshmen, 23.

The attendance has been excellent, the average attendance to date being better than 96 per cent.

There has been one change in the teaching staff. Miss Mary Sherburne, B.A., replaced Miss Ruth Paulson.

One new subject, Biology, has been added to the curriculum.

New equipment which has been purchased this year includes the following: a complete set of laboratory apparatus for Biology; four Royal typewriters; one Burroughs adding machine. New text books were purchased for the following courses: Economics, Sociology, French I, and Biology.

Athletics have been self supporting and have furnished a surplus for the purchase of additional equipment.

As has been stated in past reports, there is still a big demand and need for Domestic Arts courses for the girls and Practical Arts courses for the boys. Estimates have been obtained on the cost of installing these courses in our school. By taking advantage of Federal Aid, one-half of the salary of the extra teacher needed to put this program in operation would be paid by the George Dean fund. The largest part of the cost would be for the initial equipment and this could be spread over a period of four years. It is estimated that the total additional cost of putting this program into operation will be fifteen hundred dollars for the first year, one thousand dollars for the next three years, and five hundred dollars for each year thereafter. There is no question but what these courses are needed by our boys and girls and I hope that they may be installed next year.

The many helpful suggestions of our Superintendent have been beneficial to the school and staff.

Respectfully submitted,

AUSTIN L. HOWARD, Headmaster,
February 10, 1939.

Austin Howard was headmaster of Alton, NH, high school beginning with the 1939-40 academic year.

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Mr. and Mrs. Austin Howard of Milton are to occupy the Mrs. Nellie Roberts house. Mr. Howard is the new headmaster of Alton high school (Farming News, August 25, 1939).

Austin L. Howard, a high school principal, aged thirty-three years (b. VT), headed an Alton, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Florence E. Howard, aged thirty-one years (b. ME). Austin L. Howard rented their house on Mitchell Avenue, for $20 per month. They had both resided in Burlington, VT, in 1935.

Austin Lucious Howard of Alton, NH, registered for the peacetime military draft in Alton, NH, October 16, 1940. He was employed by the Alton School Dept., aged thirty-four years (b. Essex Junction, VT, July 19, 1906). He was 5′ 11″ in height, weighed 220 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. Florence Evelyn Howard was his contact.

Personal Mention. Mr. and Mrs. Austin L. Howard, who have been visiting relatives and friends for the past week, have returned to their home in Alton, N.H. (Burlington Free Press, March 2, 1942).

Local Briefs. Hold Birthday Party. A birthday party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Smith for Mrs. Florence Howard and Edward Smith. Games were played, following which refreshments were served. Mrs. Howard and Smith received many gifts. They also were presented with large birthday cakes which were made and decorated by Miss Bertha Barnes. Mrs. Howard was presented with a corsage of American beauty roses by her husband (Burlington Free Press, April 28, 1942).

Personal Mentions. Mr. and Mrs. Austin Howard of Alton, N.H., spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. E.A. Smith of 213 N. Winooski ave. They were en route to visit relatives in Worcester, Mass, and Hartford, Conn., before Mr. Howard leaves for Washington, D.C., where he has employment (Burlington Free Press, June 10, 1942).

Austin L. Howard married (2nd) in Albuquerque, NM, in 1951, Marjorie B. Harrison, he of Washington, DC (Albuquerque Journal, July 18, 1951).

Howard, Austin L -1961Austin L. Howard Dies Age 54; Taught at UVM. Austin Lucious Howard, former Burlington resident and electrical engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., died there Thursday at the age of 54. Mr. Howard and two associates installed the first hydrogen bomb ever tested in an airplane, relatives said. More recently, he was with the Vanguard and other missile projects as a technical research engineer. Mr. Howard was former instructor in electrical engineering at the University of Vermont, later headmaster of schools in Milton and Alton, N.H. In 1945, he transferred to Washington. He was active in many Burlington musical organizations, conducting his own orchestra. He also was a member of the Burlington Military Band and had previously been its manager. He also belonged to Burlington Lodge, F&AM. Mr. Howard was educated in the schools of Essex Junction and Burlington and was graduated from the University of Vermont in 1931. He was born in Essex Junction July 18, 1906, son of C. Ernest and Ethel (Barnes) Howard. He made his home in Brandywine, Md., and was a member of the Methodist Church of Horsehead, Md. Besides his wife, Marjorie Henderson Howard, he leaves his mother, Mrs. Ethel Smith of 28 Clarke St., Burlington; his father of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. George Eiss of Watertown, N.Y.; an aunt, Bertha Barnes of Burlington; two uncles, Chester L. Barnes of Essex Junction and Floyd W. Barnes of Montpelier; three nieces, a nephew and several cousins. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 71 S. Union St., the Rev. Charles Washburn of the Church of the Nazarene officiating, assisted by the Rev. Edward Foster of the Free Methodist Church. Calling hours at the funeral home Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 (Burlington Free Press, January 23, 1961).

Robert Rettig Anderson – 1939-42

Robert R. Anderson was born in Boston, MA, June 11, 1908, son of Ruth H. (Swanson) Anderson.

Robert R. Anderson married in Houston, Harris County, TX, October 10, 1931, Lalue B. Zappa, he of Houston, TX, and she of Alexandria, LA. Rev. Harry G. Knowles performed the ceremony.

MILTON MILLS. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson of Dover were week-end visitors to town (Farmington News, June 7, 1935).

MILTON MILLS. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson, who have been In Dover during the winter, are occupying their home on Main street (Farmington News, June 28, 1935).

Robert Anderson and Miss Ruth Paulson, teachers at Nute High school, as well as Austin Howard, headmaster of Nute High school (see above), were the judges of a prize speaking contest at the Alton High school on Friday evening, April 22, 1938, at 8 PM. The winners were to go on to compete in the interscholastic contest held at the University of New Hampshire, May 6, 1938 (Farmington News, April 29, 1938).

Anderson, Robert R - 1940
Headmaster Robert R. Anderson, A.B. University of New Hampshire 1936. French, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, U.S. History, General Mathematics (Purple & Gold, 1940)

Robert R. Anderson, a public school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), headed a Milton Mills household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lalue B. [(Zappa)] Anderson, aged thirty years (b. LA). Robert R. Anderson owned their house on [Milton Mills’] Main Street, which was valued at $1,000.

Robert Rettig Anderson, of Milton Mills, registered for the peacetime military draft in Milton, October 10, 1940. He was thirty-two years old (b. Boston, MA, June 11, 1908), and was employed by the Trustees of Nute High School. His next of kin was Lalue B. Anderson. He was 5’8″ tall, weighed 150 pounds, and had  a light complexion, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Robert R. Anderson’s third annual headmaster’s report, for the academic year 1941-42, appeared in the Milton Town Report for 1941, i.e., for the fiscal year ending January 31, 1942.


To the Superintendent of Schools and Members of the Board of Trustees:

I hereby submit my third annual report of the Nute High School which opened its fifty-first year September 3, 1941, with an enrollment of 105 pupils. Eleven have withdrawn for the following reasons: 3 moved to another school district; 4 were not adapted to high school work; 3 went to work; and 1 because of poor health. Our membership of 94 on this date is divided as follows: post graduate, 1; seniors, 17; juniors, 20; sophomore, 24; freshmen, 32. Records show that during the years of World War I many pupils withdrew from schools before completing their secondary work. We in the school hope that this will not be condoned now, but on the other hand that our young people will be encouraged to remain in school to prepare themselves to be better qualified to serve their community and country.

There has been one change and one addition to our teaching staff. Mr. Laurent Bosse, who teaches Trades and Industries, replaced Mr. Luther Preston; and Miss Lurlene Gordon was added to teach all the sciences and Latin. Enrollment in our Trades and Industries courses increased to such an extent that it became necessary to employ a full-time teacher for those courses alone, whereas in the previous years a part-time teacher was adequate.

The following new subjects have been added to this year’s programs of studies: General Science, Human Behavior, and Consumer Buying. Otherwise, the approved program is the same as last, except the following alternates are substituted: Physics for Chemistry; Geometry for Trigonometry and Advanced Mathematics; Economic Problems for Sociology; the Home for the Family; Automotive Shop and Cabinet Making for Practical Mechanics; French II for French I; Latin I for Latin II. We are offering Art courses by correspondence from the University of Nebraska. Those pupils studying these courses under teacher supervision find them very much worthwhile and interesting. It is possible through this medium to add to our program at a reasonable cost many of those subjects for which special teachers are often necessary.

New equipment purchased this year includes: complete equipment for Automotive Shop, 1 Burroughs Adding Machine, 1 portable sanding machine, 1 microscope, additional Physic laboratory equipment, stapler, and a supply of Philgas. New textbooks were purchased for the following classes: Bookkeeping, Junior Business Training, General Science, Human Behavior, Consumer Buying. Due to the increased enrollment of most of our classes it was necessary to purchase new books for nearly every class.

We are again this year taking advantage of the help offered by the National Youth Administration to aid needy pupils in school.

The results of the State tests are as follows: 1 test above the State average, 1 at the State average, and 1 test below the State average.

We are continuing our daily activities period. As this program progresses it becomes increasingly evident that our facilities are inadequate. We hope that after this period of world conflict or even during it that arrangement can be made to offer a complete program of health and physical education.

During the summer vacation and early in the fall the following improvements were made in the school: new rubber matting was laid on the stairs, new electrical switches were installed for all the lights in the building, new shades were hung where needed on all the windows, and an office was constructed in the hallway on the second floor.

The girls in the Home Economics classes are continuing to serve hot noon lunches. We are making use of supplies from the Surplus Marketing Administration.

At present we are making a survey of the town and the surrounding school districts which this school serves to determine the feasibility of offering out-of-school youths National Defense training classes to be given in the evenings. It is possible to offer four such classes, one at a time – woodworking, metal work, automotive and electrical.

Athletics have been self-supporting and it is hoped that there will be a surplus to purchase baseball uniforms for the boys and softball uniforms for the girls. We were admitted a member of the Southeastern League at its meeting last October. It is hoped that the rules of good sportsmanship and clean playing and the opportunity of making friends with the young people of other schools will prove a benefit to our boys and girls.

We in the school appreciate the helpful suggestions of our superintendent, Mr. Howard L. Winslow, and for the splendid cooperation we have received from the members of the Board of Trustees.

Respectfully and sincerely submitted,

ROBERT R. ANDERSON, Headmaster. [February 1942].

SOUTHEASTERN LEAGUE ELECTS PRESIDENT. At the annual winter meeting of the Southeastern league, which was held recently at Northwood, the following officers wee elected: President, Robert Anderson of Milton; vice-president, Wilfred Pourier of Epping; and secretary and treasurer, Rischard S. Ricciordi of Pittsfield Schools represented at this meeting were: Alton, Coe-Brown of Northwood, Epping, Farmington, Nute, Pittsfield and Raymond (Farmington News, March 6, 1942).

KIWANIS CLUB SPEAKER THIS WEEK WILL BE ROBERT ANDERSON, MILTON. Headmaster Robert Anderson of Nute high school will be the speaker at the Kiwanis club meeting this Thursday evening. He will talk about “Aeronautics,” a course which is being given in many high school, including Nute. Election of officers will take place at this meeting and it is hoped that all members will be present (Farmington News, December 11, 1942).

Robert R. Anderson died in Washington, DC, February 10, 1961, aged fifty-two years.

Robert Anderson. Milton Mills – Robert R. Anderson, 52, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Milton Mills, died suddenly Friday in the U.S. Air Force Hospital, Andrews AF Base, Washington. He was born in Boston, but had spent much of his life in New Hampshire. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lalue (Zappa) Anderson; one son, Robert Paul Anderson, both of Washington; his mother, Mrs. Seth F. Dawson of Milton Mills; Two sisters, Mrs. Helen Pierson of North Easton, Mass., and Mrs. Phyllis Gelaneau of Cheshire, Conn. Anderson was a World War II veteran, a lieutenant commander in the navy. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was past master of Unity Lodge No. 62 of Masons at Union. He attended Fessenden School, Newton, Mass., Tilton Seminary, Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampton School for Boys, Dartmouth College, and was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He was principal of Nute High School for several years and at the time of his death was a training officer in the Air Research and Development Command of the USAF. Funeral services were at Peaslee Funeral Home, Union, Monday. Rev. Ernest Calvert officiated. Burial will be in Milton Mills Cemetery (Farmington News, February 16, 1961).

Scholarship. MILTON – Next June the first Robert R. Anderson Music Awards will be made according to an announcement from Principal John R. Callahan. These awards will total $50 and will be in the sum of $25 each to a boy and a girl in grades 9 through 12 who has contributed most to the music program at Nute High School. The recipients will be selected by the principal and music teachers. Academic grades of the pupils will not be considered and the same pupil may receive the award more than one year so a pupil has a chance of receiving $100 during his or her four years of attendance at Nute. Robert R. Anderson, in whose memory the awards are being given, taught at Nute High School prior to becoming principal. Throughout his time at Nute High School he directed the Nute chorus and band. Mr. Anderson left Nute to serve his country during the war. His untimely death was a shock to those who knew him as teacher, principal, counsellor and friend. Mrs. Ruth H. Dawson of Milton Mills, his mother, is the donor of the awards and his family selected music as that was one of his major interests (Farmington News, October 25th, 1962).

Mrs. Lalue B. (Zappa) Anderson died in Bradenton, FL, June 6, 1967, aged fifty-seven years.

Deaths in Tampa and the Bay Area. MRS. LALUE ANDERSON. BRADENTON. – Mrs. Lalue B. Anderson, 57, of 2803 19th Ave. W., died Tuesday. Born In Louisiana, she came here in 1962 from Washington, D.C. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include a son, Robert P. Anderson of Bradenton; a brother, Julian Zappa (Tampa Tribune, [Thursday,] June 8, 1967).

John Lewis Knight – 1943-44

John Lewis Knight was born in Topsham, ME, May 14, 1915, son of Raymond E. and Dorothy C. (Cheney) Knight.

John Lewis Knight married in Washington, DC, August 18, 1940, Jane Corbin Staggers. She was born in Fairmont, WV, circa 1914, daughter of Harvey H. and Mabel L. (Fleming) Staggers. She had been employed as a requisition typist by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Fairmont, WV, in January 1936. She received $720 per annum).

John Lewis Knight of Washington, DC, registered for the peacetime military draft in Washington, DC, October 16, 1940. He was twenty-five years of age (b. Topsham, ME, May 14, 1915). He was 6′ tall, weighed 140 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a light complexion. He gave his next of kin as [his mother] Dorothy Cheney Knight (as opposed to his wife of two months).

South Berwick Items. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Knight leased a house in Rochester and will move there the latter part this week (Portsmouth Herald, June 19, 1941).

South Berwick. Mrs. John Knight Honored At Party. Mrs. Dorothy C. Knight and Georgiana Chaney entertained at a dessert bridge in honor of Mrs. John L. Knight at the Eastman Community house yesterday afternoon. Present were: Mrs. Frederic L. Davis, Mrs. Philip Shorey, Mrs. Frances Whitehead, Mrs. Ruel B. Rideout, Mrs. John H. Burleigh, Mrs. John Knight, Mrs. William Leonard, Mrs. Harland Goodwin, Mrs. Benjamin Nealley, Mrs Charles E. Stevens, Mrs. Mabel Norton, Mrs. H. Fred Hadden, Miss Grace G. Yeaton, Mrs. Florence Wentworth, Miss Susan Miller and Mrs. Robert M. Tyrrall (Portsmouth Herald, July 17, 1941).

Rochester. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Knight, former residents, have returned to their home in South Berwick, after visiting friends here (Portsmouth Herald, September 5, 1942).

Knight, John L - 1958
John L. Knight, B.S. Bowdoin College. Graduate Study George Washington University and University of New Hampshire. Mathematics and Science (Somersworth High School Yearbook, 1958)

John L. Knight’s first annual headmaster’s report, for the academic year 1943-44, appeared in the Milton Town Report for 1943, i.e., for the fiscal year ending January 31, 1944.


To the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Trustees of Nute High School:

Looking over the mass of literature that came across my desk each morning, there can be little doubt that American Education has gone to war. These great piles of mail ask the schools to cooperate to sell bonds, collect scrap, teach wartime math, teach wartime physics, join the WAVES, join the WACS, join V-12, V5, offer adult courses, stress athletics, plow the roads, harvest the crops, take care of children, save paper, save fats, do rationing, and so forth, and so forth. And at the same time the schools are asked to do better teaching of the subject matter ordinarily included in its curriculum.

Lest the reader thinks this to be an alibi for any of our shortcomings, or an excuse for not having done some of things we should have done, let me explain that all this pressure that comes from the war and its activities is not nearly so hard on the teachers as it is on the pupils. Recognizing that there is a very great mental strain on the pupils in any school system makes it a little more difficult for the administration of a school to keep the academic standards high. If a boy works all night in a shop or factory can a school expect him to do good work in school the next day? Shall the school relax its standards and accept slipshod work in the classrooms as a result of this outside employment? Shall the school overlook the attendance records of those young people engaged in outside work? These and many other questions harass the schools in wartimes but most administrators are agreed on the over-all approach to the solution to the problems. Schools must be tolerant this year. As never before there must be a strong attempt made to show young people the advantage of and their duty to do good school work. (The Armed Forces have already gone on record officially concerning their whole-hearted recommendation that “getting an education is youth’s first and most important job”).

At Nute High School this year we have tried to keep the above general philosophy in mind in any of the changes made.

Quite obviously the above requires the cooperation of the home. Without it the school can do only a small part of the job. It has always been important that the school and the home work together for the welfare of youth, but more today than ever before is this necessary.

New Teachers. This year the Trustees elected to decrease the teaching staff by one teacher. To fill the vacancy in the Home Economic Department, Miss Catherine Guyer of Hanover, N.H., was chosen. Miss Guyer is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.

New Schedule. With one less teacher than usual it was necessary to drop some of the elective courses. And in order to get in all the required courses a new schedule was made. This calls for one-hour recitation periods in place of the customary forty-minute periods. Since many of the pupils are taking five subjects in a five-period day there are few who have study time in school. Consequently much of the out-of-class study must be done at home. This new schedule has worked out very satisfactorily and pupils and teachers are in favor of its continuance.

Student Council. Anything new takes time to get organized, and the student council is no exception. Four members of each class comprise a group which handles student finances, arranges athletic schedules, assists in formulating policies of the school, and other tasks as they may appear. It is hoped that this democratic system of school management will not die of the difficulties that beset democratic processes: disinterest and slowness of operation. In a nation that has for a long time taken for granted the system of democracy it is hoped that boys and girls in school can learn that democracy is hard work – but worth working for.

General. Hot lunches are being served to about forty each day at an average cost of 10 cents. Fresh milk is sold under government subsidy for 2 cents per half-pint. It is greatly desired that regular medical and dental clinics be provided at the school. At present there are no funds provided for the school nurse to visit the high school regularly. Athletics are being carried on under difficulties. We have had a rather extensive basketball schedule this winter, and last spring we managed to get in a few baseball games, but transportation is still a problem.

Attendance. Below is a table showing the membership of the school:

Class; Enrolled; Dropped Out; Average Attendance Before Leaving; Reason for Leaving.

Senior; 14; 0; [Blank]; [Blank]
Junior; 18; 1; 7 Days; Left Town
Sophomore; 17; 1; 3 Days; Work
Freshman; 27; 4; 19 Days; 1 Work, 2 Left Town, 1 Sickness
[Total:]; 76; 6; 14 Days; [Blank]

As can be seen from this chart, we have been fortunate in having no more than two leave school permanently for work. We have not been so fortunate in the attendance day by day of those remaining in school. And many of the reasons for this attendance record are remediable. Sickness has caused many of the boys and girls to be absent, but there have been may who have stayed out of school for lesser reasons. Obviously a person who misses 15-35% of the school time can not keep up with his class. And in spite of teachers’ attempts to get pupils to male up work, there has been a noticeable dropping in the ranks of consistent absentees.

Consequently a provision has been made to help absentees make up the work missed. We now have a one-hour study hall at the end of the day, under teacher supervision, which guarantees an equal amount of time for study that the pupil has been absent.

As noted above, pupils missing a large percentage of time are handicapped when test come around. Most of our pupils could get passing marks if they were present each day and concentrated during their presence. The school tries to teach concentration, and good work habits. But attendance is very much in the hands of the parents. Parents who condone absences for insignificant reasons are in reality helping their children to fail courses and to develop bad school attitudes. 

In conclusion, a school like Nute High must make up its mind as to what end it shall serve. Shall the school close its eyes to the unpleasant facts of poor classroom work, high absenteeism, and become a diploma factory, granting diplomas to those registered in the school for the requisite four years – learn or not learn – as the pupils’ spirit moves? Or shall it demand a standard of accomplishment and citizenship before awarding its diploma?

Respectfully submitted,

JOHN L. KNIGHT, Headmaster 
[February 1944].

MILTON, N.H. NUTE HIGH SCHOOL: Day – Coed Ages 13-18. Est. 1891. John L. Knight, B.S. Bowdoin, Princ. Enr.: Day 75, Fac. 5. Tui: $90. Grades VII-VIII, High Sch. 1-4. Col. Prep., Secretarial, Dom. Science, Manual Arts  (Sargent, 1947).

[Class of] 1936. John L. Knight has joined the faculty of Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, Conn. (Bowdoin Alumni Magazine, November 1944). 

North Berwick. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Knight are in Hollywood Beach, Fla., to attend a life insurance educational conference. They also plan to visit Mrs. Knight’s mother, Mrs. Mabel Staggers of Avon Park, Fla. (Portsmouth Herald, March 22, 1954).

John L. Knight appeared in the Berwick (ME) directory of 1958, as a teacher at SHS [Somersworth High School], resident at Maple street in North Berwick.

John L. Knight and Jane C. [(Staggers)] Knight were divorced in San Diego, CA, in May 1977.

John L. Knight died in South Berwick, ME, July 12, 1996.

Elliot Winsor Burbank – 1944-49
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Elliot W. Burbank, 1919

Eliot W. Burbank was born in Sandwich, MA, July 8, 1896, son of Frank C. and Nellie A. (Taylor) Burbank.

Elliot Winsor Burbank of Worcester, MA, registered for the WW I military draft in Worcester, MA, June 5, 1918. He was a student at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), aged twenty-one years (b. Sandwich, MA, July 8, 1896). He resided at 17 Somerset Street, in Worcester, MA. His nearest relative was [his father,] F.C. Burbank, of Sandwich, MA. He was of medium height, with a medium build, blue eyes, and brown hair. The registrar noted that Burbank was “sick at Carney Hospital, Boston, Mass., from a surgical operation.”

Elliot W. Burbank appeared in the 1919 Navy Directory, as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve Force in the 1st Naval District.

He married in Alton, NH, September 6, 1922, Lydia A. Jones. She was born in Alton, February 27, 1890, daughter of Albert J. and Clara M. (Chesley) Jones.

ALTON. Mrs. Elliot Burbank of Sandwich, Mass., is spending a week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jones (Farmington News, May 15, 1925). 

SANDWICH. The public schools opened today. Mrs. Elliot W. Burbank of Sandwich has been added to the teaching staff at the High School (Boston Globe, September 7, 1926).

Elliot W. Burbank, no occupation given, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA), headed an Alton, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Census. His household included his wife (of eight years), Lydia J. Burbank, aged forty years (b. NH), his children, Elliot Winsor Burbank, Jr., aged six years (b. NH), and Albert C. Jones, aged four years, three months (b. MA), and his mother-in-law, Clara M. Jones, a widow, aged seventy-seven years (b. NH). Elliot W. Burbank owned their house in Alton Town, which was valued at $1,200.

Elliot Burbank, a public school teacher, aged forty-three years (b. MA), headed a Hanover, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lydia Burbank, aged forty-six years (b. NH), and his children, Elliot Burbank, Jr., aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Albert Burbank, aged fourteen years (b. MA). Elliot Burbank rented their house on the Lyme Road, for $32 per month. They had lived in Alton, NH, in 1935.

Elliot Winsor Burbank of Alton, NH, registered for the WW II military draft in Laconia, NH, April 27, 1942. He was employed at the Hanover High School by the School District of Hanover, NH, aged forty-five years (b. Sandwich, MA, July 8, 1896). He resided at School Street, in Alton, NH, but he gave also a mailing address of Lyme Road, Hanover, NH. Mrs. Elliot W. Burbank, of School Street, Alton, NH, was his contact. They had no telephone number. He was 5′ 7″ in height, weighed 190 pounds, with blue eyes, gray hair (partly bald), and a ruddy complexion.

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Albert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Burbank, is a patient at Wolfeboro hospital, as a result of an automobile accident which occurred on the Loon Cove road last Friday (Farmington News, September 25, 1943).

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Burbank and family, who have spent the summer at their Alton home, have returned to Hanover, where Mr. Burbank is a member of the high school faculty (Farmington News, October 8, 1943).

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Burbank of Milton were visitors in town on Sunday (Farmington News, September 7, 1944).

Elliot W. Burbank’s first annual headmaster’s report, for the academic year 1944-45, appeared in the Milton Town Report for 1944, i.e., for the fiscal year ending December 31, 1944.


To the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Trustees of Nute High School. I hereby submit the annual report of Nute High School which opened its fifty-fourth year on September 6th with an enrollment of sixty-nine pupils divided as follows: Seniors, 13, Juniors, 14; Sophomores, 19, Freshmen, 23.

The staff consists of five teachers as follows: Miss Marjorie E.  Goodwin – Commercial and Economics; Miss Bertha M. Leathers – English and History; Miss Beatrice Hastings – Home Economics and English; Mr. Stephen H. Perkins – Trades and Industries; Mr. Elliot W. Burbank – Mathematics and Science.

The old and new pupils were greeted with improvements which had been made within the building during vacation. The assembly hall had been entirely redecorated including the sanding and treating of the floor. The upper and lower halls leading to it were included in the work of the carpenters and painters. New composition treads and stainless steel edges replaced the old rubber treads on the stairs. In the laboratory a new fluorescent lighting had been installed in place of the old lighting fixture. Small philgas tanks have replaced the large cylinders thus reducing the annual expense for gas. The return pipes to the steam heating plant have been replaced at the request of the insurance inspector.

New equipment has been purchased for the laboratory including much needed apparatus and chemicals. New textbooks have been obtained for Sociology, Mathematics, Chemistry, and the Shop, together with books for class reference.

The boys in the shop classes, under the direction of Mr. Perkins, have aided several members of the community by doing various types of projects, such as cement work, putting up plaster board, and assisting and observing the construction of a garage. They are called upon to do repair work about the school premises This practical work has proved very beneficial to them. The flag pole which was blown down in the September hurricane has been painted and stored with expectations of its being erected in the spring.

As has been the custom, hot lunches are being served at cost to those pupils that wish them. The lunches are being prepared by the girls from the home economics classes under the supervision of Miss Hastings. Milk is also provided at noon for two cents a half pint due to a Federal subsidy.

The critical shortage of manpower has made it necessary to call on the boys to assist in snow removal.  This tends to upset the good attendance that has been enjoyed up to the winter months. Although these boys are performing a patriotic duty and a community service, their parents should recognize that time thus lost, unless made up, hampers their education.

The work of the Student Activities Association has been continued as a democratic student governing body. At present it is sponsoring musical clubs and a school orchestra. A period at the end of the school day makes time for extra-curricular activities. 

The Southeastern League was revived this year with the opening of the basketball season. Games are being played with its members. It is hoped that the rules of good sportsmanship and the making of new friends from the of other schools will broaden the outlook of our boys and girls.

I wish to thank our Superintendent, Board of Trustees, teaching staff and pupils for their fullest support. The success of Nute High School depends upon the continuation of this cooperative spirit.

Respectfully submitted,

Milton, N.H., January 29, 1945. 

NUTE HIGH SCHOOL, Milton, N.H. Head Master, Elliot W. Burbank, B.S. Univ. of New Hampshire. Est. 1890; Co-ed 12-20; Enrol. 75; Fac. 5; Dip. given. Sep. to June. Days: Mon. thru Fri. Grades IX to XII. Tui.: $90. Graduation from Grade 8 required (Dewart, 1946).

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Burbank of Milton were in town over the week-end (Farmington News, June 21, 1946).

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Mr. and Mrs. Winsor Burbank [Jr.] were called to Sandwich, Mass., over the week-end to attend the funeral services of the former’s grandmother, Mrs. Nellie Burbank (Farmington News, January 24, 1947).   

Of Interest to Women. Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Burbank, Alton, N.H., and Albert Burbank, Middlebury, Vt., have arrived in Coshocton. The wedding of Albert Burbank and Miss Susan Shireman, Cambridge rd., will take place in the Presbyterian church Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock (Tribune (Coshocton, OH), December 26, 1950).

State Board Okays Aid for Alton Schools. MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The state Board of Education has granted the School District building aid it had been denied on three previous occasions. Wednesday’s action means the town will receive some $120,000 from the state for a $400,000 bond issue floated several years ago for additions to Alton’s school system. The board previously held that Alton did not qualify for state building aid because its system did not meet minimum standards. But Elliot W. Burbank, chairman of the town board, said Alton’s school construction now qualifies for building aid. The $120,000 in aid will be paid to the town over the 20-year life of the bond issue. The state board also voted to issue the certificate of annexation for the Brookfield School District into the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. The unanimous vole came after the board heard lengthy arguments from proponents of the move and those who opposed it. In earlier action, the state board received a group of Nashua residents to discuss he proposed vocational institute to be established in Nashua. And it approved the exterior design for the Laconia Vocational Institute (Portsmouth Herald, February 9, 1967).

Lydia A. (Jones) Burbank died in Alton, NH, March 17, 1970. Elliot W. Burbank died in Alton, NH, September 5, 1977.

Walter John Foster – 1949-57

Walter John Foster was born in Salem, MA, September 18, 1907, son of John F. and Marie R. “Rosilda” (Cyr) Foster.

He married in Chicago, IL, August 5, 1933, Leona F. Priest. She was born in Lee, NH, September 3, 1908, daughter of William L. and Grace L. (Jenkins) Priest.

Walter Foster, a chemical lab worker in a leather finishing plant, aged thirty-two years (b. MA)  headed a Chicago, IL, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Leona Foster, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and his children Cynthia Foster, aged five years (b. NH), and Patricia Foster, aged two years (b. IL). Walter Foster rented their house at 628 Barry Avenue, for $40 per month. They had resided in the “same place,” i.e., Chicago, IL, in 1935.

Walter John Foster of Chicago, IL, registered for the peacetime military draft in Chicago, IL, October 16, 1940. He was employed by the Hart Leather Finishing Co, aged thirty-three years (b. Salem, MA, September 18, 1907). He was 5′ 8″ in height, weighed 160 pounds, with blue eyes, back hair, and a light brown complexion.

Newmarket High Teacher Named To Milton Post. A Newmarket high school teacher has been named headmaster of Nute high school in Milton. Walter Foster’s appointment as head of the Milton school has been announced by Jonathan Osgood of Somersworth, head of supervisory union 56. Mr. and Mrs. Foster and two daughters, Cynthia and Patricia, will move to Milton in the fall (Portsmouth Herald, June 20, 1949).

MILTON, N.H. NUTE HIGH SCHOOL: Day – Coed Ages 11-20. Farmington Rd. Tel. 58-2. Walter J. Foster, B.A. Univ. of N.H., Prin. Grade VIII, High Sch. 1-4. Col. Prep, General Home Economics, Business, Manual Arts. Enr. Boys 65, Girls 65, Grad. ’48-’52 – 76; Entr. Col. ’48-’52 – 31. Fac. full-time 7, part-time 1. Tui. $235. Est. 1890 (Sargent, 1954).

Cynthia G. Foster married in Rochester, NH, June 20, 1955, James J. Brezinksi, she of Milton and he of Lebanon. She was a student, aged twenty years, born Dover, NH, daughter of Walter J. and Leona (Priest) Foster. He was a teacher, aged twenty-four years, born Lebanon, ME, son of Jacob and Andella (Androwski) Brezinski.

FOSTER – BREZINSKI. Milton – Cynthia G. Foster, daughter of Principal and Mrs. Walter J. Foster of Nute High School, and James L. Brezinski of Lebanon, were wed recently in St. Mary’s Church, Rochester (Farmington News ,July 21, 1955).

Walter J. Foster’s seventh annual principal’s report, for the academic year 1955-56, appeared in the Milton Town Report for 1955, i.e., for the fiscal year ending December 31, 1955.


To the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Trustees of Nute High School:

I hereby submit my seventh annual report of the Nute High School which opened its sixty-fifth year, September 7, 1955, with an enrollment of one hundred and thirty-five. Transfers and withdrawals to date have left the present enrollment, of one hundred and twenty-nine, divided as follows: Seniors, 22; Juniors, 16, Sophomores, 29; Freshmen, 36; Grade Eight, 26.

The approved program of studies is the same as last year with the following alternates being substituted: Biology for General Science; French II for French I; Fused Geometry for Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry; Consumer Buying for Sociology; Human Behavior for Economics; Physics for Chemistry; The Home for The Family; Office Practice for Stenography and Typing; Bookkeeping for Business Law and Salesmanship.

The resignations of Mr. Louis Pagliuso, Mr. Wendel Nickerson, Mr. George Boyko, and Mr. Clyde Skelly were accepted and they were replaced by Mr. Harry Kimball of the University of New Hampshire, Mr. John Tierney of Keene Teachers College, Mr. Elton Young of the New England Conservatory of Music, and Mrs. Bertha Lord who returned to accept her previous teaching position. The veteran teachers were very happy to have Mrs. Lord return, but the jubilation was too short for Mrs. Lord became ill and had to resign. Three substitute teachers followed (Mrs. Buckler, Mrs. Nystedt, and Miss Worthley) before a permanent replacement could be found in Mr. Stuart Whipple, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.

The lunch program is running smoothly again this year under the capable management of Mr. and Mrs. Harriman. We are serving approximately 86 meals per day of which about one-quarter are at reduced rates.

The Juniors and Seniors have been doing some automotive work in shop while the lower classes are engaged in woodwork. The usual projects have been made and several odd jobs repairing school equipment have been accomplished.

Physics students have been learning to make use of the forces found in our Universe; the flow of water and how to make it useful, the laws of motion, and heat and its uses.

The Eighth Grade Science class has learned a little about the soil, its conservation, and care. A sample of soil from one of the nearby farms has been sent to the Farm Bureau for analysis. The students have had an insight into the services of the Sanitation Department, atomic energy, and the extensive source of energy from the Sun.

The Seventh Grade did not have the opportunity to take Homemaking this year. The time usually allotted to them had been given to the Freshman and Sophomores because of the large group taking Foods and Clothing. This course has been divided into one semester of Clothing and one semester of Foods.

A course in Home Living is being offered to Juniors and Seniors this year. The units studied include: child care and development, home decoration, and home nursing.

The Home Economic laboratory has some new and very useful equipment. A Hardwick gas range was installed, making a total of three stoves, thus giving the students experience in both gas and electric cooking. A new Kenmore sewing machine has also been added.

The English classes are again using Practical English, the student magazine, and availing themselves of the many books of all types and grades furnished by the Bookmobile.

New equipment includes a set of lockers for the girl, twenty-four lockers for the boys, an electric belt sander, desks, chairs, combination locks, and two new typewriters. The policy of two new typewriters should be continued or increased for it is impossible to replace the machines at this rate as rapidly as they should be. The one electric typewriter we have came from government surplus and is now about useless. Electric typewriters are so much more expensive than manual machines, it has not seemed expedient to purchase another as more pupils can learn to type with the larger number of regular machines.

Extra-curricular activities are: Science Club, Volleyball and Softball under the guidance of Mr. Kimball; Student Council and prize speaking, Mr. Whipple; girls’ basketball, Mr. Tierney; baseball, Mr. Roberge; Nute Flash, Miss Goodwin assisted by Mr. Whipple; Dramatics, Miss White assisted by Mr. Kimball, Mr. Tierney, and Miss Goodwin; boys’ basketball and National Honor Society, Mr. Foster.

In place of the senior three-act play, the student body combined their talents and presented three successful one-act plays directed by Miss White, Mr. Kimball, and Mr. Tierney. In the spring, the Dramatics Club will enact two one-act plays for the student body.

In May the annual fashion show will be presented.

Last spring Miss Goodwin, Mr. Skelly, and Mr. Foster took a Psychology course, “The Construction of Classroom Tests,” given at Rochester by the University of New Hampshire.

The November issue of the New Hampshire Educator, the official journal of the New Hampshire Education Association, contains an article by Miss Goodwin.

The members of the Nute faculty are active in the newly formed Union 44 Teachers Association, which is a professional organization affiliated with the National Education Association. The Milton teachers entertained this group in December at Nute High School, with Mr. Robert D. Bailey, Executive Secretary of the New Hampshire Education Association, as the speaker.

We are again grateful to the Milton Parent Teacher Association for sending one of our students, Janice Griffith, to the Conservation Camp.

Again I wish to express sincere appreciation to the superintendent, trustees, teachers, and townspeople for their continued support.

Respectfully submitted,

WALTER J. FOSTER, Principal.

Walter J. Foster died in his home on Farmington Road (now Elm Street) in Milton, June 20, 1957, aged forty-nine years.

DEATHS. Walter J. Foster. Milton – Funeral services took place Sunday for Walter J. Foster, 49, principal at Nute High the last 8 years. He died suddenly last Thursday afternoon at his home on Farmington Rd. Edgerly Funeral home of Rochester was in charge of arrangements for rites at Milton Community church. Rev. Buell Maxfield officiated. Burial was in Newmarket. Mr. Foster was born in Salem, Mass., on Sept. 18, 1907. He graduated from University of New Hampshire in 1933. He taught in Newmarket before coming here. He was a member of Masonic and Eastern Star groups of Newmarket and regional and national educational associations. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Rosila C. Foster of Milton, his wife, the former Leona Priest, two daughters, Mrs. Cynthia Brezinski of Connecticut and Miss Patricia Foster of Milton, and 2 grandchildren (Farmington News, [Thursday,] June 27, 1957).

New Teachers Named.  Mrs. Foster Elementary Supervisor. Mrs. Leona Foster of Milton has been named elementary school supervisory principal for Farmington, Supt. Ramon Martineau said. She will also serve as music supervisor for local schools. A UNH graduate, Mrs. Foster has taught for 20 years in Newmarket and Hampton, and for the last 3 in Milton primary grades. She is the widow of Walter Foster, late Nute principal. Mrs. Foster will succeed Arthur Enman, who is moving to Manchester (Farmington, News, July 4, 1957).

Leona F. (Priest) Foster married (2nd) in North Andover, MA, June 19, 1961, Alexander C. Haskell. Alexander C. Haskell was born in Columbia, SC, April 25, 1902. He died in Natick, MA, November 30, 1992.

SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN WEDS FORMER TEACHER. Their wedding Monday in No. Andover, Mass. has been announced by Mrs. Leona Foster and Alex C. Haskell of Grove st. Rev. Clinton W. Carmichael, a lifelong friend of the bride, performed the ceremony. Mr. Haskell, for many years owner of Haskell’s Dept. store, now Reed’s, is chairman of the Farmington School Board. Mrs. Foster, widow of the late principal of Nute High in Milton, taught in the local schools for two years and then has been to Germany the past two years. She completed a tour of teaching with the United States Army Dependent’s Education group last week and arrived by air early Monday at McGuire air base near Trenton, N.J. The couple plans trips to visit their respective grandchildren and then will spend the summer at their cottage, Merrymount, on Lake Winnipesaukee. The new Mrs. Haskell will teach remedial reading in local schools next fall, the same subject she taught servicemen’s children in Europe (Farmington News, [Thursday,] June 22, 1961).

Leona F. ((Priest) Foster) Haskell died in Florida, December 12, 1992.

To be continued.


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