Milton Mills’ Dr. Hugh D. Grant (1870-1958)

By Muriel Bristol | February 21, 2021

Hugh Duncan Grant was born in Canada, December 31, 1870, son of Duncan and Eliza (Graham) Grant.

James McKay, a physician, aged forty-one years (b. Canada), headed a Potsdam, NY, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eleven years), Mary McKay, aged thirty-four years (b. NY), his servant, Marc[e]lina LaPoint, a housekeeper, aged twenty years (b. NY), and his boarder, Hugh Grant, a physician, aged twenty-eight years (b. Canada). James McKay owned their house at 89 Market Street, free-and-clear. McKay was a naturalized citizen, having immigrated into the U.S. in 1885, while Hugh Grant was still an alien, having immigrated in 1893. Mary McKay was the mother of two children, of whom none were still living.

CUTTINGSVILLE. Dr. Fiske is entertaining a former classmate, Dr. H.D. Grant of Malone, N.Y. (Southern Vermont Mirror (Danby, VT), June 10, 1904).

NORTHERN NEW YORK. Dr. H.D. Grant has gone down to Dundee, P.Q., to spend two weeks (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), July 2, 1904).

BARTON LANDING. Dr. H.D. Grant of West Derby will take charge of Dr. Parlin’s patients, while the latter is away for the winter (Orleans County Monitor (Barton, VT), October 24, 1904).

BARTON LANDING. Dr. H.D. Grant, formerly of this place, has opened an office at Derby Line (Orleans County Monitor (Barton, VT), April 10, 1905).

Hugh Duncan Grant married (1st) in Newbury, VT, October 12, 1905, Martha Katherine “Mattie” Hamm. He was a physician, aged twenty-five years, and she was aged nineteen years. Congregational Rev. J. Alphonso Belanger performed the ceremony. She was born in Haverhill, MA, July 2, 1886, daughter of Charles W. and Susan L. (Marston) Hamm. (She died in East Hartford, CT, August 18, 1971).

DERBY LINE. Dr. H.D. Grant has closed his office in the studio building and intends locating in the West (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), October 19, 1905).

Dr. Hugh D. Grant, like Dr. Weeks an alumnus of Baltimore Medical College, began practice at this [Milton Mills, NH] place during the latter part of the summer of 1907, and has resided here since that time (Mitchell-Cony, 1908).

Hugh D. Grant appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as having his house at 12 Springvale Road, Acton Side, Milton Mills.

James Russell Grant was born in Acton, ME, January 2, 1909, son of Hugh D. and Martha (Hamm) Grant, as reported by physician H.D. Grant of Milton Mills, NH.

GROWING GIRLS NEED RED BLOOD. Pallor and Lack of Blood Should Be Corrected to Secure Proper Development. The pallor and lack of blood so often noted in the case of school girls, as well as young girls employed in stores and factories, if not corrected by proper tonic treatment, may reasonably be counted upon as a source of suffering and annoyance until the age of forty is reached. It indicates a lack of blood and with the blood deficient the growing girl cannot properly develop. It is a time when good red blood is urgently needed and the fact cannot be too strongly impressed upon parents. The disease is easily recognized by the yellow-green pallor, breathlessness and palpitation of the heart upon the least exertion, and sometimes, but not always, a tendency to faintness. The one remedy perfectly adapted for the cure of this condition is Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills. Mrs. H.D. Grant of Milton Mills, N.H., whose husband is a physician, says: “When about twelve years of age I began to decline in health and at last became so weak that I could not walk across the room without taking hold of something to steady myself. I don’t know what was the cause of my sickness unless I played too hard and grew too fast. I was very large for my age but extremely pale. I had headaches almost constantly and the only way I could sleep was by taking some sedative. I could not walk upstairs without my knees trembling. My appetite was poor and capricious. My heart seemed to be in my throat. I was thin and fainted frequently. During this time I suffered from weakness common to my sex. “I was treated by three physicians for anæmia but was given up by them and as a last resort tried Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills. I didn’t have any faith in them at first but I took them regularly and soon realized that they were doing me good. I gained in strength and weight, my appetite returned and I am now in good health.” Dr. Grant added: “My wife is a well woman today. She has a good appetite, sleeps well and does her work without any assistance.” Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills are sold by all druggists, or sent postpaid, on receipt of price, 50 cents per box, six boxes for $2.50, by the Dr. Williams Medicine Co., Schenectady, N.Y. (Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), January 21, 1910).

H.D. Grant, an M.D. doctor, aged forty years (b. Canada), headed a Bowdoinham, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Mattie K. Grant, aged twenty-three years (b. MA), and his children, Herley G. Grant, aged three years (b. NH), and James R. Grant, aged sixteen months (b. ME). H.D. Grant rented their house on Brooklyn Street. He was an alien, who had immigrated in 1887.

NORTHERN NEW YORK. Dr. H.D. Grant of Bowdoinville [Bowdoinham], Me., is the guest of his brother. Dr. J.A. Grant (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, ME), July 24, 1911).

DESCRIBE VISIT OF MASKED MEN. Dr. and Mrs. Grant in Bath, Me, Court. Frank P. Brown, Bowdoinham, Held tor Supreme Court. Contents of Threatening Letter Divulged. BATH, Me, Feb 27 – Alleging that a party of 15 or 20 masked men called at his home last Tuesday night about 9 o’clock to hand him a threatening letter and that one of the party struck him, Dr. H.D. Grant of Bowdoinham appeared in the Municipal Court today against Frank P. Brown, also of Bowdoinham, whom he charged with assault and battery. Judge Keegan found probable cause and young Brown was bound over to the May term of the Supreme Court in sureties of $500, which were furnished by his father, George W. Brown of Somerset Junction, and by James H. Millay of Bowdoinham. Dr. Grant was the principal witness. He said that last Tuesday night he was notified by telephone that a delegation was then on its way to give him a letter warning him that he and Mrs. Grant had better drop an action which Mrs. Grant is planning to bring against another woman in Bowdoinham, A group of masked men soon called and one handed him a letter. The doctor attempted to pull the man’s mask from his face, he said, and the man shot out his fist, striking him under his eye. He had succeeded in so removing the mask that he recognized the wearer as Brown, he said. In the scuffle others jumped at him, Dr. Grant testified, and he fell into a ditch. Dr. Grant’s testimony was corroborated by Mrs. Grant, who said she followed her husband out of the house in an attempt to remove the masks from as many others as possible but she only succeeded positively in identifying three members of the party. She said they are prominent citizens of Bowdoinham. She handed a revolver to her husband, who fired it in the air, causing the party to flee. Dr. and Mrs. Grant testified that one of the party was Charles Berry, their next-door neighbor. Young Berry denied that he took any part in the affair. He said he was playing the piano at his home when he heard a woman’s scream. Rushing out in the direction of the sound, he saw two figures in the ditch and from their voices believed them to be Dr. and Mrs. Grant. He saw a group of men, then more than 200 feet away, running down the street. A moment later a shot was fired and he became so frightened he ran back to his home. The letter handed Dr. Grant and read before the court read, “Since your arrival in this town our citizens have been subjected to many odorous episodes because of your presence. From time to time our peace-loving citizens have conferred together as to the advisability of purging our town of your presence. “But their good old New England blood coursed slowly through their veins and no one could take the lead in a plan to eliminate you. At frequent intervals since you came here you have succeeded in bringing your own and your wife’s misdeeds into the limelight and allowed their poisonous influences to be disseminated among our young people. “Recent events disclose the fact that you are preparing again to bring an obnoxious matter before the public, and for that purpose have instituted a civil suit against one of our old and respected citizens. Patience has ceased to be a virtue, and we therefore take this occasion to advise you to withdraw same on or before March 10, 1915, reminding you that you have too much to lose and nothing to be gained by your failure to do so. “We as citizens respect your rights as a citizen, and believe you should seriously consider the situation and respect our rights, upon which we assure you we shall insist. “Twenty Citizens of Bowdoinham.” (Boston Globe, February 28, 1915).

St. Johnsbury Locals. Dr. and Mrs. H.D. Grant of Bath Maine, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heath of Bowdoinham, Maine, were the recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Houghton on their way to Montreal on an automobile trip (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), May 23, 1917).

Hugh D. Grant received a commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the Medical Section of the N.G.R. [National Guard Reserve], February 8, 1918. He was attached to the Third Maine Regiment.

Hugh D. (Martha K.) Grant appeared in the Bath, ME, directory of 1919, as a physician, with his office and house at 82 Pine street.

Hugh D. Grant, a general practice physician, aged forty-nine years (b. Canada), headed a Bath, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Martha K. Grant, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), and his children, Hurley G. Grant, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and James R. Grant, aged eleven years (b. ME). Hugh D. Grant owned their house at 82 Pine Street, free-and-clear. It was a two-family residence, which they shared with a tenant household, that of Mary E. Wright, a housekeeper, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME).

Dr. Hugh D. Grant of Bath, Me., is suffering from a burn on his left arm sustained in a peculiar manner. He was driving his car on Sewall’s hill, Washington street, when he noticed steam coming from the radiator, which he believed had gone dry. Removing the cylinder cap his movement was a trifle awkward because of his heavy fur coat and before he could withdraw the cap, from the opening, the hot steam quickly went up his sleeve, scalding the arm from the hand to the elbow (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), December 8, 1921).

Hugh D. (Mattie) Grant appeared in the Bath, ME, directories of 1922, and 1924, as a physician, with his office and house at 82 Pine street. They would seem to have divorced between 1924 and 1925.

Hugh D. Grant appeared in the Bath, ME, directories of 1926, 1928, and 1931, as a physician, with his office and house at 141 Front street. (His son, Hurley G. Grant, a student in NYC, had his home residence at 141 Front street in 1931).

Hugh D. Grant married (2nd) in Portsmouth, NH, June 7, 1934, Hazel [Abbie] ((Jaquith) Holland) Gwynn, both of Bath, ME. He was a physician, aged fifty-eight years, and she was a bookkeeper, aged thirty-eight years. They were both divorced; it was his second marriage and her third marriage. Peter J. Hickey, justice of the peace, performed the ceremony. She was born in Durham, ME, March 19, 1896, daughter of Horace G. and Abbie E. (Littlefield) Jaquith.

Dr. and Mrs. Hugh D. Grant will leave Wednesday morning for a two weeks’ trip to Montreal and Ottawa (Bath Independent, October 11, 1934).

NEWLY WEDS TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN BATH. Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Wilson, whose wedding took place Nov. 3 in Topsham, where Rev. Harry W. Chamberlin officiated at the single ring service, are making their home at 805 Washington street. Attending the couple were Dr. and Mrs. H.D. Grant. The bride, formerly Mrs. Ruby H. Avery, wore brown matelassé crepe and carried bronze chrysanthemums. Mrs. Grant wore a purple gown and carried pink chrysanthemums. The bride’s gift to her attendant was a double compact and the groom’s gift to the best man was a leather bill fold. A wedding supper followed the ceremony. Mrs. Wilson is employed at the Commercial Trading Company and Mr. Wilson is employed by the A. and K. Street Railway (Bath Independent, November 14, 1935).

H.D. Grant was elected Vice President of the Sagadahoc Medical Society at its meeting in the Hotel Sedgwick in Bath, ME, November 16, 1937.

Cyrus Russell Grant, beloved husband of Annie Margaret Gage, died at his home in Dundee Center, Québec, age 78 years. He was born in Russell, ON, on December 14, 1861, and came to Dundee at the age of 21. He is survived by his widow, one son Hugh at home, one brother, Dr. Hugh D. Grant of Bath, ME, three sisters, Mrs. Johnna Kirschner of Ottawa, and Misses Matilda and Ellen Grant of Montreal. Three grandchildren and four nephews, Harley and Russell Grant of Bath, ME, and Kenneth and Howard Grant of New York. He has lived here ever since [—-]. On February 8, 1888, he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Margaret Gage of Dundee who survives him, one son Hugh was born to this marriage. Funeral was held from his late residence to Zion United Church, in Dundee, service conducted by the Rev. J.B. McLean, D.D. of Huntingdon, assisted by the Rev. J.H. Woodside of Kensington. Interred in the Zion Church Cemetery ([Southwest Quebec] Gleaner, December 20, 1939).

Hugh D. Grant, a doctor, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Bath, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hazel Grant, aged forty-nine years (b. ME), his stepson, Norman Grant, aged fifteen years (b. ME), and his lodger, Arthur Eller, a restaurant owner, aged forty-five years (b. Greece). Hugh D. Grant rented their house at 141 Front Street, for $25 per month. He had attended seven years of college, Hazel Grant had attended four years of high school. The family had resided in the same house in 1935, while their lodger had resided elsewhere in the same place, i.e., Bath, ME. (Arthur Eller appeared in the Bath, ME, directory of 1936, as proprietor of Arthur’s Lunch, at 136 Front street, with his house at 133 Front street).

Hugh D. Grant appeared in the Bath, ME, directory of 1949, as a physician, with his office and house at 141 Front street.

Hugh D. (Hazel A.) Grant appeared in the Bath, ME, directories of 1951, 1953, 1955, and 1957, as a physician, with his office and house at 3 Linden street. (Mrs. Ruth Grant, appeared as a registered nurse (Brunswick), with her house at 26 Liberty street, in 1951. His ex-wife, Mrs. Martha K. Grant, also a registered nurse, boarded with her, in 1951, and had her house at 14 Liberty street in 1953).

Dr. Hugh D. Grant is in Augusta where he is attending the training school of the officers of the Third Maine regiment of the Maine National Guard (Bath Independent, August 21, 1958).

Hugh D. Grant died in Bath, ME, September 29, 1958, aged eighty-eight years. Hazel A. ((Jaquith) (Holland) Gwynn) Grant died in Volusia County, FL, April 29, 1980.


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