MIlton’s Dr. John Wallace (1870-1929)

By Muriel Bristol | January 13, 2021

John Wallace was born in Gortaheran, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, June 24, 1870, son of William and Mary Jane (Glass) Wallace. (Some sources say June 23, 1870).

Later sources say that he graduated from Queen’s College, in Belfast, [Northern] Ireland, and received his medical degree in Edinburgh, Scotland (prior to his December 1895 marriage). He practiced in [Northern] Ireland for two years.

John Wallace married in Finvoy, [Northern] Ireland, December 12, 1895, Wilhelmina Margretta Price “Mina” Hay, he of Portglenone, and she of Finvoy. She was born in Mullanyduffy, County Leitrim, Ireland, February 28, 1873, daughter of William and Mary Jane (McMullen) Hay.

MARRIAGES. WALLACE-HAY. December 12, at Finvoy Presbyterian Church, by Rev. W.H. Craig, assisted by Rev. A. Gallagher, Kilrea, Dr. John Wallace, Portglenone, only son of William Wallace, Esq., Newmills, Portglenone, to Wilhelmina Margretta Price (Mina), second daughter of William Hay, Esq., Finvoy (Belfast Newsletter, December 17, 1895).

Daughter Mary Jane Wallace was born in Northern Ireland, October 4, 1896.

(The British, including the Irish, had a naming custom, which was observed also in early America. The first son would be named after the father’s father, the second son would be named after the mother’s father, the third son would be the “Junior,” and subsequent sons would be named after the father’s brothers in sequence. The first daughter would be named after the mother’s mother, the second daughter would be named after the father’s mother, the third daughter would be the “Junior,” and subsequent daughters would be named after the mother’s sisters in sequence. In this case, both the parents had fathers named William, and both had mothers named Mary Jane. So, their first two children would be named Mary Jane and William. Then came the “Juniors,” Wilhelmina and John).

John Wallace left Londonderry, [Northern] Ireland, on the SS City of Rome, August 28, 1897. He was a surgeon, aged twenty-six years, and traveled “Second Cabin,” i.e., second class. He evidently transferred in Liverpool, England, to the RMS Etruria, which sailed for New York, NY, arriving there September 18, 1897. He was a doctor, aged twenty-seven years, and again traveled “Second Cabin.”

W.F. Wallace appeared in the Milton business directory of 1898, as a Milton physician. (Despite what the directory says, this was actually Dr. John Wallace, rather than the earlier practitioner of the same surname, Dr. William F. Wallace, who had moved since to Plaistow, NH).

Wallace, John - 1900John Wallace appeared in the Milton directory of 1900, as a physician, with his house at 22 S. Main street. (He left for Roxbury, i.e., Boston, MA, prior to June 1900).

John Wallace, a physician, aged twenty-nine years (b. Ireland), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of four years), Wilhelmine M.P. Wallace, aged twenty-seven years (b. Ireland), and his child, Mary J. Wallace, aged three years (b. Ireland). John Wallace rented their apartment at 2773 Washington Street. Wilhelmine M.P. Wallace was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. They had all immigrated into the U.S. in 1897.

John Wallace appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1901, as a physician, with his house and office at 2773 Washington street. (He appeared in the Milton directory of 1902, as having removed to “Roxbury, Mass.”).

John Wallace, of 324 Warren Street, Boston, MA, petitioned to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, in Roxbury District Court, in Boston, MA, October 23, 1901. He was a physician, born in Gortaheran, County Antrim, [Northern] Ireland, June 24, 1870. He had sailed from Londonderry, [Northern] Ireland, arriving in New York, NY, September 2, 1897. Frank S. Lee, and Frank W. Lee, both of 77 Cedar Street, Boston, MA, signed as his witnesses. His petition was granted and he became a naturalized U.S. citizen, November 19, 1903. (His wife and children would have become naturalized also through his action).

Son William Wallace was born at 2787 Washington Street in Roxbury, MA, October 24, 1901, son of John and Wilhelmina M.P. (Hay) Wallace. (The day after his father’s initial petition for naturalization). His parents were both natives of Ireland, and his father worked as a physician.

John Wallace appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1905, as a physician, with his house and office at 324 Warren street, in the Roxbury district of Boston. (Thomas H. Wallace, an engineer, boarded at 324 Warren street).

Daughter Wilhemina Elizabeth “Mina” Wallace was born at 324 Warren Street, in the Roxbury district of Boston, MA, June 18, 1905, daughter of John and Wilhelmina M.P. (Hay) Wallace. Her parents were both natives of Ireland, and her father worked as a physician.

Son John Wallace was born at 223 Warren Street, September 11, 1909, son of John and Wilhelmina M.P. (Hay) Wallace. His parents were both natives of Ireland, and his father worked as a physician.

John Wallace, a general practice physician, aged thirty-nine years (b. Ireland), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fourteen years), Wilhelmina Wallace, aged thirty-seven years (b. Ireland), his children, Mary J. Wallace, aged thirteen years (b. Ireland), William Wallace, aged eight years (b. MA), Wilhelmina E. Wallace, aged four years (b. MA), and John Wallace, aged seven months (b. MA), and his servant, Annie Gallagher, a private family servant, aged nineteen years (b. Ireland). John Wallace rented their house at 223 Warren Street. Wilhelmina Wallace was the mother of four child, of whom four were still living. Annie Gallagher was a recent Irish immigrant, having arrived in 1909.

John Wallace, a medical doctor, aged forty-nine years (b. Ireland), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Wilhelmina M.P. Wallace, aged forty-six years (b. Ireland), and his children, Mary J. Wallace, aged twenty-three years (b. Ireland), William Wallace, a barker clerk, aged eighteen years (b. MA), Wilhelmina E. Wallace, aged fourteen years (b. MA), and John Wallace, Jr., aged ten years (b. MA). John Wallace owned their house at 219 Warren Street, with a mortgage. The Irish natives in the family had immigrated into the U.S. in 1897, and had become naturalized U.S. citizens in 1902 [SIC].

Smith, Mary J (Wallace) - BG220923Daughter Mary J. Wallace married in the Roxbury district of Boston, MA, September 21, 1922, Robert Whitelaw Smith.

GREATER BOSTON WEDDINGS SHOW THAT SEPTEMBER IS STILL A POPULAR MONTH. … The marriage ceremony of Miss Mary Jane Wallace, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Wallace of Roxbury, to Robert Whitelaw Smith of White River Junction, Vt., was solemnised Thursday evening at the home of the bride’s parents (Boston Globe, [Saturday,] September 23, 1922).

Daughter Wilhelmina E. “Mina” Wallace received her M.A. degree from Radcliffe College at the Sanders Theater in Cambridge, MA, June 19, 1929 (Boston Globe, June 19, 1929). (Her undergraduate Radcliffe scrapbook is retained by the college).

John Wallace died in the Roxbury district of Boston, MA, December 2, 1929, aged fifty-nine years.

DR. JOHN WALLACE DIES IN ROXBURY. Active in His Profession Until Ten Days Ago. Dr. John Wallace, a practicing physician in Roxbury for 30 years, died this morning at his home, 219 Warren st., Roxbury, after a sickness of 10 days. He was in his 60th year, and had been active in his practice until he was taken sick. He was very well known to many old residents of Roxbury. His office was directly opposite the Boston Clerical School, which was formerly the Roxbury High School. Dr. Wallace received his early training in Ireland where he was born. He was graduated from Queens College, Belfast, and received his degree as a medical doctor at Edinboro. For two years Dr. Wallace practiced his profession in Ireland. He became affiliated with the British Medical Association and was honored with a membership in the Royal College of Surgeons. Upon arriving in this country, Dr. Wallace settled in New Hampshire and established a practice there, remaining for two years. He then moved to Roxbury, where he had resided since. He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and was prominent in the Masons and Odd Fellows. Dr. Wallace is survived by his wife, Wilhelmina; two sons, William and John; two daughters, Mrs. Robert W. Smith of White River Junction, Vt., and Miss Wilhelmina Wallace, and three sisters, Miss Martha Wallace of Belfast, Me., and Misses Elizabeth and Mary Jane Wallace of New York. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Dudley Street Baptist Church, Roxbury (Boston Globe, December 2, 1929).

Willhelmina M.P. Wallace, a widow, aged fifty-seven years (b. Northern Ireland), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her son, John Wallace, aged twenty years (b. MA). Wilhelmina M.P. Wallace rented their house at 70 Howland Street, for $45 per month. They had a radio set.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION. Miss Mina Wallace of New York City is visiting at the home of her sister, Mrs. Robert W. Smith (Vermont Standard (Woodstock, VT), March 26, 1931).

In Society. Wallace-Martin. The marriage of Miss Wilhelmina Elizabeth Wallace, daughter of Wilhelmina H. Wallace and the late Dr. John Wallace of Boston and Northport, Me., to Dr. Samuel Forrest Martin, son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Vilas Martin of Maryville, took place June 18 at Providence. R.I. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Harold L. Wilson in the First Presbyterian church there in the presence of Miss Marian Higgs of Boston, classmate of Mrs. Martin at Radcliffe College, and Dr. Charles Voss Ferguson, classmate of Dr. Martin at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. Mrs. Martin is a graduate of Radcliffe College, having received both her Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from that institution. Dr. Martin attended Choate school, Wallingford, Conn., and is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. Dr. and Mrs. Martin will make their home in Providence where Dr. Martin is an interne in the Rh0de Island hospital (Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, MI), June 23, 1934).

Wilhelmina M.P. Wallace sold Lot 2102 in Quincy, MA, to Sidney W. Grossman, in 1937 (Boston Globe, February 13, 1937).

Wilhelmina M.P. Wallace, of 134 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA, appeared in a list of escheats – unclaimed money – published by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She or her estate was owed $15 (Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA), July 15, 1952).


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Fangs and Freedom

By Ian Aikens | January 11, 2021

One of the few silver linings that has emerged from the pandemic is finally a significant number of parents are starting to take charge of their children’s education. Out of necessity more than choice, last year saw a notable drop in children “attending” government schools and an increase in homeschooling and pandemic PODs or micro-schools.

What exactly is a POD or micro-school? Actually, there are two different kinds: a self-directed POD and a learning support POD. Under a self-directed POD, parents unenroll their child from the existing traditional government school, charter school, magnet school, or private school. The parent is the teacher and is fully responsible for their child’s education and curriculum. This path is mostly associated with what folks call homeschooling. This differs from the learning support POD in that parents keep their child enrolled in their regular school but find a group of families for after-school activities and additional educational enrichment.

Like people, POD’s are as different as they come. The only thing they really have in common is that students gather together in small groups with adult supervision to learn, explore, and socialize. The parents come up with the rules and terms, which run the gamut for number of hours, fees, safety protocols, and just about everything parents can agree on for their children. They can be completely free or cost several hundred dollars per month. They offer significant flexibility to suit the parents’ and children’s needs and may gather for just 10-20 hours/week or just on certain days.

Just a little refresher here on New Hampshire homeschooling laws: school is compulsory for children aged 6-18, and parents must notify the school principal within 5 days of beginning homeschooling. There are no teacher qualifications and no immunization requirements, but state mandated subjects are science, math, language, government, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, history of the US and New Hampshire constitutions, and exposure to art and music. Parents must keep a portfolio of work samples for each student for two years and have each student evaluated annually. All things considered compared to other nanny states, intrusion is minimal in New Hampshire.

One interesting piece I read from a homeschooler demonstrates that there is no need to fear overzealous oversight by educational bureaucrats if you do your “homework” as a parent. When a new school administrator requested a list of books the parent was using for her children, the parent sent back a “Show Me” letter asking for the specific passage in the law where it states the parent must provide such a list. A few days later, the parent received a response from the school stating that she met the legal requirement to homeschool – without mentioning (wisely) the school list. Good for this parent – let the burden of proof for nonsense rest on the bureaucrats, not the taxpaying citizen.

How did we get to a point where a parent has to fear a school bureaucrat? Government schools have been around since the beginning of the country, but it might surprise you to know that such schools were mostly privately financed by fees paid by the parents – basically a user fee. True, local, county, and state governments did kick in some supplementary financing, especially for children whose parents couldn’t afford it. But, basically without being compulsory or free, almost every child was able to attend school.

Unfortunately, the busybodies weren’t content to leave well enough alone. Beginning in the 1840’s, a movement developed to make schools “free” by having parents and their neighbors pay for schools indirectly by taxes rather than directly by fees. (Just look at your most recent property tax bill and see how “free” they really are.) Tellingly, it was not the parents who led this movement but teachers and government officials. The most famous crusader was Horace Mann, the first secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, who is now heralded as “the father of American public education.” While Mann and his ilk pitched the “good public investment” argument we’ve all heard ever since then, that was a smokescreen. It was really the teachers and bureaucrats pushing for their own self-interest for a greater certainty of employment, more security for their salaries being paid, and of course more control if government paid the bills rather than parents.

As no surprise to anyone, it’s all about control, and control is all about funding. If parents pay directly themselves, they pretty much have 100% say over their children’s education, but if schools are “free” because their neighbors are forced to pay, then control is gladly taken over by administrators, boards, councils, committees, and politicians. Well, we’re hardly going back to user fees for most parents after 170 years of “free” schools, but the idea of school choice has been gaining momentum in recent years, and last year’s dismal experience with remote learning is giving it a good boost.

If your neighbors are going to be forced to pay for your children’s education, why not direct that money right to the parents and let them pick the best school for their children? The taxpayers would be no worse off since tax extractions are still tax extractions, but the children would get a break for a change because their own parents know them better and are better guardians than strangers and, worse still, bureaucrats with their own agenda.

I’ll bet even if only 80% of what all levels of government spend on each child were to be paid to parents, government schools would see a mass exodus, and a whole new crop of educational options would open up for all children, not just the children of the elite. Since private, voluntary schools have a record of stretching dollars a lot further than government schools, 80% might be more than enough for most parents, but even if they had to dig into their own pocketbooks, most parents would be willing to do it because the desire to have your children succeed in life is universal. Funding “the children” rather than schools, institutions, and school districts would be a better way to accomplish that much overused term “the public good.”

Needless to say, the educational-industrial complex industry is not about to give up its stranglehold on “the children.” The teachers’ unions, bureaucrats, and politicians have fought the very notion of school choice for decades, and they’re not going down without a fight. Even charter schools, which are still government schools, have been targeted by the teachers’ unions and politicians for years because they have more independence and flexibility in how they operate. The fierce opposition has increased lately, despite the existence of charter school lotteries because demand by parents exceeds the supply. That alone should demonstrate what the real motives are of those with vested interests.

Since the pandemic started, the supporters of continuing this educational monopoly have really gone on the warpath. Here are but a few examples from all over the country. The Oregon Department of Education opposed school re-openings because “multi-family learning groups may slow the process of returning to school by creating more opportunities for spread among students and families.” The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators lobbied to make it illegal for families to enroll in virtual charter schools during the lockdown because the school districts would be losing money. Then there was the Denver Board of Education which was “deeply concerned about POD long-term negative implication for public education and social justice.” And who can forget the teachers’ rallies in the fall with their mock body bags and signs proclaiming Not One Case? Never mind that New York City’s top health officials declared that “the public schools are among the safest public places around.”

As always, wealthier parents have turned to other alternatives like PODs, private schools, and tutors to take care of their kids while the children of parents on the lower end of the economic ladder are languishing at home with inferior online classes. Really showing their fangs this time, the unions, bureaucrats, and politicians rail about “equity,” “inclusiveness,” and “privilege,” but what alternatives have they presented? None – their hypocrisy is breath-taking. Not only do they not care what happens to the kids from poor families – they resent and oppose those who do escape their clutches. So that all will be equal, they prefer a race to the bottom.

While the funding conundrum will force many middle-class families back to the government school system after the pandemic has faded, I’m hoping a significant number will never return. Hopefully the extra money parents have to dig into their pockets for is worth the extra control they gained over their children’s education. Maybe they will have discovered that “free” wasn’t such a bargain after all.


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Milton’s Dr. William F. Wallace (1849-1906)

By Muriel Bristol | January 10, 2021

William Frederick Wallace was born in Concord, NH, July 11, 1849, son of William B. and Lydia M. (Waterman) Wallace.

He received his preliminary education in the common and high schools of Epsom and the New Hampton Literary Institute. At the age of sixteen he entered the United States service in the Eighteenth New Hampshire Regiment, in Company I (Conn, 1906).

William F. Wallace of Concord, NH, enlisted in Concord, NH, as a musician in Co. I of the 18th Regiment, NH Volunteer Infantry, March 6, 1865. He was a student, aged sixteen years. He mustered out in July 1865.

… and on the expiration of his service in the army, he went West, taught school in Ohio and Kansas for several years (Conn, 1906).

W.F. Wallace of Columbus, OH, was one of the National Teachers Association members present at Cleveland, OH, in 1870.

William F. Wallace married (1st) in Miami, KS, June 27, 1875, Sue A. Heiskell. He was aged twenty-five years, and she was aged eighteen years. Rev. W.W. Bailey performed the ceremony. She was born in Paola, KS, May 31, 1857, daughter of William A. and Emeline J. (Peery) Heiskell.

(There is a bit of a mystery as to how and when they parted company. Her 1918 obituary said that she married her second husband, Hiram L. “High” Phillips, after Mr. Wallace’s death. “High” Phillips and she resided together as man and wife in Louisburg, KS, in 1880, at which time Mr. Wallace was very much alive in Fairfield, OH).

[He] commenced the study of medicine in Columbus, Ohio, in 1877, under the direction of Drs. [Lafayette] Woodruff, [John A.] Hamilton, and [Nathaniel R.] Coleman. He attended two courses of medical lectures at the University of Ohio, at Columbus, Ohio, and was graduated from the same institution, March 5, 1880 (Conn, 1906). 

C.W. [Charles W.] Higgins, a physician, aged forty years (b. OH), headed a Fairfield, OH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Jennie [(Say)] Higgins, keeping house, aged thirty-eight years (b. OH), his children, Minnie B. Higgins, aged thirteen years (b. OH), Laura Higgins, aged eleven years (b. OH), Carry Higgins, aged ten years (b. OH), Walter Higgins, aged eight years (b. OH), Florence Higgins, aged seven years (b. OH), James N. Higgins, aged five years (b. OH), Loretta Higgins, aged four years (b. OH), and Drusilla J. Higgins, aged one year (b. OH), his servant, Sarah E. Burchinell, a servant, aged eighteen years (b. OH), and his boarder, W.F. Wallace, a physician, aged thirty years (b. NH). They resided at London & Circleville Street.

He commenced the practice of medicine at Lafayette, Ohio, in March 1881, and soon after removed to Bradford, N.H., where he remained for seven years; was at Milton, N.H., ten years; and is now located at Plaistow, N.H. (Conn, 1906).

William F. Wallace married (2nd) in Dover, NH, April 11, 1883, Addie M. [(Gilman)] French, he of Loudon, NH, and she of Gilmanton, NH. He was a physician, aged thirty-three years, and she was aged thirty-four years. (It was a second marriage for each of them). Frank B. Stevens, a justice of the peace, performed the ceremony. She was born in Gilmanton, NH, March 12, 1849, daughter of John S. and and Eliza P. “Betsy” (Page) Gilman.

W.F. Wallace appeared in the Milton business directories of 1884, and 1887, as a Milton physician.

He has taken an active part in health and school matters, having been a member of the local board of health and of the school board of Milton, N.H.; is a member of Grand Army Post No, 56, Milton, N.H., Odd Fellows, Knight of Pythias, Grand Templar Division, Milton, etc. (Conn, 1906).

Daughter Josephine L. Wallace died of “malignant” scarlet fever in Bradford, NH, November 19, 1892, aged six years, four months.

William F. Wallace, of Milton, NH, appeared in a list of medical students at the NY Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital in 1895 (NY Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, 1896).

He took a post-graduate course in 1896 in New York (Conn, 1906).

W.F. Wallace appeared in the Milton business directory of 1898, as a Milton physician. (Despite what the directory says, this was actually another physician with the same surname: Dr. John Wallace).

William F. Wallace, a physician, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Plaistow, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seventeen years), Addie M. Wallace, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his children, Elsie M. Wallace, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Alice J. Wallace, at school, aged six years (b. NH). Addie M. Wallace was the mother of three children, of whom two were still living. They rented their house.

DEAD FROM EXPOSURE. Hiram I. Tuxbury, Civil War Veteran, The Unfortunate. Haverhill, March 4. – The body of Hiram I. Tuxbury of Newton, N.H., was found this morning in the rear of the schoolhouse at the North Parish. Life had probably been extinct for at least three days. Dr. Wallace of Plaistow was summoned and gave heart trouble and exposure as the probable cause of death. There were no marks on the body, and fears of suicide or foul play are scouted. The deceased about sixty-five years of age, and, when found, was fully dressed. On his person were found a half-pint bottle of whiskey, $6.08 in money, several old coins and a number of letters by which he was identified. The body was found by Charles Sargent, who lives near Denocour’s brick yard in Plaistow, as he was crossing J.C. Merrill’s pasture. He saw the dead body and hastened lo N.A. Wentworth’s. In company with the latter, he returned to the spot where the body lay. It was at first thought to be the body of Pliny Mooers, Sr., who has been living at Moses B. Dow’s in Plaistow during past year. The members of the Mooer family were summoned and they also were satisfied that it was Mr. Mooer. Inquiry at Mr. Dow’s revealed the fact that that gentleman was at work cutting wood, however. J.H. Noyes of Plaistow arrived after and made an examination. It was then that letters addressed to Hiram Tuxbury, Newton, N.H., wee found. Mr. Noyes ordered the remains taken to Plaistow for further identification. Mr. Tuxbury was a veteran of the civil war and was a pensioner. A number of pension papers were also found on his body. He left his home in Newton three weeks ago, and, while friends have seen him in this city, he had not notified his wife of his whereabouts. She believed he was visiting friends in this city (Portsmouth Herald, March 5, 1902).

The two Wallace girls appear to have been among the heirs of a French family estate on their maternal side, and their father was appointed as their guardian in that matter.

PROBATE COURT. Business Transacted At The Last Term Held In Exeter. The following business was transacted at the June term of the court in Exeter: … Guardians appointed over Edna Wentworth, Plaistow, James C Merrill guardian; Alice C. Wallace, Elsie M. Wallace, Plaistow, William Wallace, guardian; F. Wiggen, Epping (insane), John A. Wiggen, guardian (Portsmouth Herald, June 12, 1903).

At its meeting in Concord, NH, May 21, 1903, the Treasurer of the NH Medical Society identified five members, including William F. Wallace, M.D., of Plaistow, NH, as being three years or more in arrears with their dues (NH Medical Society, 1903).

Milton. Dr. W.F. Wallace of Rochester was in town Tuesday (Farmington News, July 29, 1904).

William F. Wallace died of heart disease in Rochester, NH, September 5, 1906, aged fifty-six years.

Deaths. William F. Wallace, M.D. Columbus (Ohio) Medical College, 1880, died at his home in Rochester, N.H., September 5, from heart disease, aged 56 (JAMA, 1906).

Addie M. Wallace applied for a Civil War widow’s pension, October 15, 1906, based upon her late husband’s service in the Eighteenth NH Infantry.

Addie M. Wallace appeared in the Rochester directory of 1912, as a widow, with her home at 18 Silver street. Her daughter, Miss Elsye M. Wallace, appeared as having her home also at 18 Silver street. (Son-in-law William H. Wingate, a shoe operative, W. [E.G. & E. Wallace, boot and shoe mfrs.], had his house at 18 Silver street).

Addie M. Wallace, of Rochester, NH, appeared in a list of NH State Grange members that had been elevated to the rank of Six Degree at their meeting held in the Rochester Opera House, April 30, 1915.

Daughter Elsye M. Wallace married in Plaistow, NH, August 16, 1918, Rolf A. Osterman, both of Rochester, NH. He was a soldier, aged twenty-seven years, and she was “at home,” aged twenty-nine years. (She ran Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop in Milton).

William H. Wingate, a shoe factory supply man, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Laura M. [(French)] Wingate, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his children, Carleton Wingate, a machine shop machinist, aged twenty years (b. NH), Gladys Wingate, a bookkeeper, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), his mother-in-law, Addie M. Wallace, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH), his brother-in-law, Rolf Osterman, a theatre actor, aged thirty-four years (b. RI), and his sister-in-law, Alsie M. Osterman, a theatre actress, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), and Alice J. Wallace, a theatre singer, aged twenty-six years (b. NH). William H. Wingate owned their house at 18 Silver Street. (Laura M. [(French)] Wingate was a daughter of Addie M. Wallace’s first marriage).

Daughter Alice J. Wallace married in Milton, November 2, 1920, Phillip A. Kimball, he of Union [Village, Wakefield,] NH. and she of Rochester, NH. He was a physician, aged thirty-one years (b. Tamworth, NH); she was in the Theatrical trade, aged twenty-seven years (b. Bradford, NH). Rev. Owen E. Hardy of Milton performed the ceremony. Phillip A. Kimball was born in Tamworth, NH, October 8, 1889, son of Samuel O. and Sarah F. (Gilman) Kimball.

Philip Kimball, a physician, aged forty-one years (b. NH), headed a Bristol, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Alice J. Kimball, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), his child, Wallace O. Kimball, aged eight years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Addie M. Wallace, a widow, aged eighty-one years (b. NH). They resided in a rented household, for which they paid $20 per month. They had a radio set.

Dr. Phillip A. and Alice J. (Wallace) Kimball, their son, Wallace O. Kimball, and her mother, Addie M. ((Gilman) French) Wallace, moved from Bristol, NH, to Union village, in Wakefield, NH, before November 1933.

Addie Mary ((Gilman) French) Wallace died in Wakefield, NH, November 16, 1933, aged eighty-four years.


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Milton Mills’ Dr. William E. Pillsbury (1845-1907)

By Muriel Bristol | January 3, 2021

William Emerson “Emerson” Pillsbury was born in Shapleigh, ME, April 3, 1845, son of John M. and Mary (Ricker) Pillsbury.

Emerson Pillsbury (“alias William E. Pillsbury”) applied for an invalid veteran’s pension, June 8, 1865. He had served in Co. G of the 17th ME Infantry, and Co. H of the 3rd ME Infantry.

William E. Pillsbury married, circa 1868, Angie B. Brown. She was born in Montpelier, VT, November 6, 1845, daughter of James and Mary (Worcester) Brown. (Her father was a native of Lebanon, ME, and her mother a native of Somersworth, NH).

Levi Bragdon, a farmer, aged seventy years (b. ME), headed a Shapleigh, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Betsey Bragdon, keeping house, aged seventy-one years (b. ME), Emerson Pillsbury, a farmer, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), Angie Pillsbury, keeping house, aged twenty-six years (b. VT), and Adalaide Webster, a housekeeper, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME). Levi Bragdon had real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $500. They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of James Ross, a farmer, aged eighty-one years (b. ME).

William Emerson Pillsbury, of Springvale, ME, attended the first course of lectures at the Medical School of Maine, at Bowdoin College, in January-June 1873. His instructor or preceptor was I. Brooks (Bowdoin College, 1844). Ivory Brooks, a physician, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), headed a Sanford, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. Pillsbury graduated from Dartmouth College with its Class of 1874.

[Bowdoin College] Class of 1874. William Emerson Pillsbury, M.D., Dartmouth, 1874. b. 3 Apr., 1845, Shapleigh, Me., Med. Sch., 1873, Physician, Milton Mills, N.H. d. 9 Feb., 1907, Milton Mills, N.H. (Bowdoin College, 1916). 

William E. Pilsbury, a physician, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Angie Pilsbury, keeping house, aged thirty-three years (b. VT), and his boarder, Herman Berry, a physician, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH). Their house appeared in the enumeration between those of Bradford Wilson, a blacksmith, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), and Elijah Horn, a blacksmith, aged forty-nine years (b. NH).

W.E. Pillsbury appeared in the Milton business directories of 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, and 1889, as a Milton Mills physician.

W.E. Pillsbury of Milton Mills appeared in a list of members of the Strafford District Medical Society (Brown, 1888).

W.E. Pillsbury of Milton [Milton Mills] appeared in the surviving Veterans Schedules of the Eleventh (1890) Federal Census. He had served in Co. H, 3rd Maine Infantry, between June 6, 1862 and June 4, 1863. His household appeared in the enumeration just before those of James A. Cloutman and Charles J. Berry.

William E. Pillsbury of Milton Mills attended a Pillsbury family 25oth reunion held at Newburyport, MA, September 3, 1891 (Boston Globe, September 4, 1891).

W.E. Pillsbury appeared in the Milton business directories of 1894, and 1898, as a Milton Mills physician.

Dr. William E. Pillsbury of Milton was sought to testify in the case arising from Milton’s poisoning murder of 1897. The victim had spoken with him when he attended her before her death.

The government will rely chiefly on the evidence of Dr. William E. Pillsbury of Milton, who was the family physician and is alleged to have held certain conversations with Mrs. Jones. Previous to her death he called upon the sick woman. She told him in a confidential way that her end was near and made other statements that are expected to have great weight in deciding Jones’ fate (Boston Globe, February 26, 1898).

New Hampshire passed a medical licensing law, March 1, 1897, which required medical practitioners to be tested, licensed and registered as of September 1, 1897. (Charles William Gross, William Emerson Pillsbury, and Frank Sherman Weeks, of Milton Mills, and Malcolm A.H. Hart, Charles Dana Jones, and John Herbert Twombly, of Milton, were all rated “A”- they were already in practice prior to the passage of the law – i.e., they were “grandfathered in” and did not have to pass the new examination) (NH State Board of Education, 1906).

Almira Reynolds, Ruth Philbrick, Daniel Philbrick, Viola Lowd, Mrs. W.E. Pillsbury, and John Lowd, all of Milton Mills, were inducted into the NH State Grange, December 21, 1899, with the degree of “Flora” (NH State Grange, 1900).

William E. Pillsbury, a physician, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-one years), Angie Pillsbury, aged fifty-two years (b. VT), and his boarder, Flora Johnson, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME). William E. Pillsbury owned their house, but with a mortgage. Angie Pillsbury was the mother of no children. Their house appeared in the enumeration between those of Albert E. Wiggin, a blanket finisher, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), and Anna M. Day, a housekeeper, aged sixty-seven years (b. ME).

MIDDLETON. J.H. Knowles has been confined to the house by illness the past week. He was attended by Dr. W.S. [W.E.] Pillsbury of Milton Mills (Farmington News, November 9, 1900).

Pillsbury, WE - 1904W.E. Pillsbury appeared in the Milton business directories of 1901, 1904, and 1905-06, as a Milton Mills physician.

MILTON. Dr. Pillsbury of Milton Mills was seen on our streets last week (Farmington News, May 24, 1901).

UNION. Charles Lover met with a quite serious accident while at work in J.F. Farnham’s excelsior mill. The cover of the press became loosened in some way and flew off, striking him as he was passing by it. He was taken to his home at once and Drs. Pillsbury, Haskell and Stevens were called. He is reported to be comfortable at this writing (Farmington News, August 2, 1901).

UNION. Dr. W.E. Pillsbury of Milton Mills was seen on our streets Saturday (Farmington News, September 20, 1901).

William E. Pillsbury of Milton made his last will in Milton Mills, February 21, 1906. He bequeathed the homestead, all other real estate, and the rest and residue of his property, to his “beloved” wife, Angie Pillsbury, who he named as executor. Anything remaining after her decease was to go to his brothers and sisters, share and share alike. Ella E. Moulton, J.E. Horne, and Forrest L. Marsh signed as witnesses (Strafford County Probate, 124:560).

William E. Pillsbury died of pneumonia in Milton, February 9, 1907, aged sixty-one years, ten months, and six days.

Deaths. William E. Pillsbury, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, 1873 [SIC]; died at his home in Milton Mills, N.H., February 10 [SIC] (American Medical Association, April 13, 1907).

Angie B. Pillsbury filed for a veteran widow’s pension, August 16, 1907. Her husband had served in Co. G of the 17th ME Infantry, and Co. H of the 3rd ME Infantry. She filed from New Hampshire.

Levi Pillsbury, a general farmer, aged sixty-two years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Augusta Pillsbury, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), his children, Emerson Pillsbury, aged nineteen years (b. ME), Marion Pillsbury, aged sixteen years (b. ME), and George Pillsbury, aged eleven years (b. ME), and his sister-in-law, Angie Pillsbury, aged sixty-four years (b. VT).

Angie B. (Brown) Pillsbury died of pulmonary tuberculosis in Acton, ME, May 11, 1915, aged sixty-nine years, six months, and five days.


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