Celestial Seasonings – December 2021

By Heather Durham | November 30, 2021

Happy holidays folks and welcome to our final edition of Celestial Seasonings for the year 2021! 

This month brings us 7 meteor showers visible without a telescope, as well as an opportunity to view 3 planets between the 8th and 9th if you have a telescope. There is a link below about this event below from inverse.com along with several videos that will give you a deeper and wider explanation of the night skies and astronomical events this month. The first day of winter begins on the solstice.

Let our journey begin…..


December 4. There will be a new Moon today will be on the same side of the Sun.  This means that this will be a perfect day for viewing the night sky.

December 6. Today, the  December Cassiopeid Meteor Shower will put on an evening light show which may be easily visible due to the new Moon. This shower occurs in the Constellation Andromeda. As well, the Moon and Venus will make a close approach to each other and rise towards the right.

December 7. Venus will be at its brightness this evening. The Moon and Saturn will closely approach each other as they rise towards the right.

December 8-9. The Moon along with Jupiter and Saturn and Venus will be visible.

December 9. The Monocerotid meteor shower will produce this evening. It will begin around 6:30 pm and conclude near dawn the following morning. It originates from the Constellation Monocerotid.

December 10. There will be the first quarter of the moon today.

December 12. The Hydrid meteor shower from the Constellation Hydra will be active today. It will reach peak production at 10:00 pm during which time you may see 2 meteors per hour.

December 14. Tonight we have the Geminid meteor shower from the Constellation Gemini which could locally produce an average of 118 meteors at peak times. The Geminid shower has become brighter these past few years and it’s sometimes referred to as the meteor shower king! Additionally, the meteors cascade in a variety of colors.

December 16. We will have another meteor shower tonight, Comae Berenicid from the Constellation Leo. This may produce some long-lived meteors that may travel widely across the evening sky.

December 18. This evening, the Moon will be full.  This is referred to as the Cold Moon or Long Night Moon.

December 19. Tonight should bring another fine meteor shower for we will have the December Leonis Minorid shower from the Constellation Leo Minor. Expect to see its peak at 7:00 pm.

December 21. Winter Solstice Day, also referred to as the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter.

December 22. Tonight we’ll have another light show brought to us by the Constellation Ursa named Ursid. Peak can be expected around 11:00 pm.  As well, there will be additional displays may be seen just before dawn and after dusk today.

December 26.  Today brings us the final quarter of the Cold Moon.


References:

Ford, D.F. (n.d.). December 2021.  Retrieved from in-the-sky.org

Inverse. (2021). December 2021 Celestial Events: How to See 3 Planets in the Evening Twilight. Retrieved from inverse.com/science/december-2021-celestial-events-jupiter-saturn-venus

Sea and Sky. (2021). Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events
for Calendar Year 2021. Retrieved from www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2021.html

YouTube (15 November 2021). Astronomy Events December 2021. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/4yVADOZx9-U.

YouTube (13 November 2021). December 2021 Astronomical Events. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/7kGx2HJWciA

YouTube (14 November 2021). Astronomy Events December 2021. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/wiHaA7XwjWs

YouTube (17 November 2021). Upcoming Astronomical Events in December 2021. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/OpQ2ZGqgLMs

YouTube. (14 November 2021). December 2021 Astronomical Events. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/c8KprEGGK84

Milton Under “Semi-Prohibition” – 1855-02

By Muriel Bristol | November 28, 2021

Liquor prohibition came to the fore as a political issue in the 1830s. It would be closely associated with the issues of abolition of slavery, female suffrage, and even – for a time – opposition to immigration (especially non-Protestant immigration). (See also Milton and Abolitionism).

Prohibitory laws were passed in the neighboring states of Maine in 1851, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont in 1852, and Connecticut in 1854. Some of these went through several versions, as the initial laws were struck down or modified.

Dow, Neal - DaguerreotypePortland’s Mayor Neal S. Dow (1804-1897) lobbied hard for passage of the Maine prohibition legislation that would be widely-known the “Maine Law” or the “Dow Law.” He lost his 1852 bid for re-election, and he blamed his loss on Irish immigrants. His Whig party more or less dissolved in 1854, and, when he ran again in 1855, Dow was only narrowly elected – by a margin of only 47 votes – by a coalition of voters from the Temperance, Abolition (“Free Soil”), and the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing (“American”) parties, as well as the then newly-formed Republican party.

For the Transcript. Neal Dow was nominated for Mayor at Portland last evening, at a meeting of the new Republican party, including the Temperance, Abolition and Know-Nothing parties, especially the latter. The meeting was numerously attended (Boston Evening Transcript, March 30, 1855).

Mayor Dow purchased mistakenly – he should not have done so in his own name – a city supply of alcohol, and thus became entangled in the technicalities of his own law (for which he was indicted). On Saturday, June 2, 1855, an unruly mob tried to seize that city alcohol supply in what was termed the “Portland Rum Riot.” Dow called out the militia and ordered them to fire on the crowd, killing one and wounding others. (Note that the pro-Dow report extracted below employed terminology that sought to associate the Democrat party with both rum and mobs).

Serious Liquor Riot in Portland – the City Agency Attacked – the Military Called Out – A Round Fired into the Crowd – One Man Killed, and other Wounded. On Saturday night last, a rumocratic and mobocratic gang of rowdies, in Portland, attempted to destroy $1600 worth of spirituous liquor bought by Mayor Dow for the City Agency. Every effort having been made in vain to disperse the mob, the military was called out and the riot act read; but the rioters disregarded every warning, and assailed the soldiers and authorities with stones and other missiles, when the order was given to fire, and the ringleader (John Robinson [Robbins] of Deer Isle) killed on the spot, and several others wounded. The excitement in Portland was very great, but we have no room for particulars (Liberator, [Friday,] June 8, 1855).

Other published accounts claimed that the unfortunate John Robbins (aged twenty-two years) was in fact not the ringleader, nor even a participant, but merely a bystander, and that the militia had fired without warning.

Meanwhile, incoming NH Governor Ralph Metcalf (1796-1858) transmitted his legislative priorities to the NH legislature, June 7, 1855. A prohibition law was high on his list.

MESSAGE OF THE GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. … The Governor looks upon the liquor traffic as a public nuisance and the parent of crime; and as being a more aggravated offence than either larceny, forgery, counterfeiting, or their kindred crimes, and seeing that persuasion has in vain operated to correct the evil, the Governor recommends, that in imitation of other States, in which almost a prohibitory law has passed and been put in execution, New Hampshire be furnished with an enactment, as he says, prohibiting the sale of liquors, with a very limited discrimination, if any be advisable; a law which will protect the legal rights of all citizens, but with ample power to effectually enforce its provisions so far as possible; the penalties of which shall be commensurate with the offence. Such a law, I have no doubt, is expected and demanded by the people of New Hampshire, and the welfare and prosperity of the State demand it; our social and domestic relations demand it; moral [-ity] and religion demand it; patriotism demands it, and I cannot believe that these demands will be slighted by a legislature elected under circumstances peculiarly prophetic (Boston Evening Transcript, June 8, 1855).

Gov. Metcalf, who had been a Democrat for most of his career, had split with his party over their opposition to abolition (and his support of it). He had become instead the gubernatorial candidate of the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing party. (Farmington’s native son, Henry Wilson (1812-1875), who had been a Whig, also associated himself with the Know-Nothing party at this time).

On the subject of foreigners and naturalization, the message is very elaborate, and embraces in particular Roman Catholics especially, who, the Governor thinks, are entirely opposed to the adoption of the principles of freedom, and incapacitated of self-government, as in numerous instances they vote as they are paid or directed, by parties holding spiritual control over them. He recommends an extension of the period of naturalisation by the General Government, and such action within the States as will prescribe the process of naturalisation; also, that a law be made providing that no foreign-born person be eligible for office until he has had twenty-one years residence in the country. Without this restriction he thinks they have no right to seek or expect any share in the government of the country, and that to Americans, and to them alone, can it be safely entrusted (Boston Evening Transcript, June 8, 1855).

New Hampshire passed its own prohibitory law on a third attempt in July 1855, only a month after the Portland Rum Riot. (Milton’s state representatives of 1855-56 were Eli Wentworth (1821-1862) and David Wallingford (1819-1903)). Two prior legislative attempts had been blocked (in 1852 and 1854) by the state senate as being unconstitutional. (The original “Maine Law” was replaced in Maine by a milder variant in 1858).

Prohibitory Liquor Law in New Hampshire. In the New Hampshire House of Representatives yesterday afternoon, a stringent prohibitory liquor law was passed. The vote on the final passage of the bill stood – yeas 213; nays 50. The Concord Patriot of this morning reports that several amendments were made to the bill by the chairman of the committee which reported the bill, the principal of which was one authorizing the authorities to destroy confiscated liquors of bad quality, and add costs to fines; also, providing that claimants of liquors seized, but proved not to have been kept for sale, should be paid their costs out of the county treasuries (Boston Evening Transcript, July 7, 1855).

Liquor Law in New Hampshire. The new liquor law passed by the last New Hampshire Legislature, goes into operation today (Boston Evening Transcript, August 13, 1855).

Neither the production nor the consumption of liquor was forbidden under the law, but only its sale. And State liquor commissioners might authorize even the sale of liquor by druggists fulfilling prescriptions, and by state agents for medicinal, mechanical and manufacturing purposes. (Separate Federal licensing was also available). Despite having been put forward as a “stringent” liquor law, frustrated prohibition advocates characterized it as being instead merely “Semi-Prohibition,” i.e., only a half measure.

Jedediah L. Duntley (c1834-1914), William H. Huntress (1822-1873), and Llewellyn D. Reed (c1825-1870), all of Milton, each paid $20 in excise tax on their retail liquor licenses in Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1862. Most of those paying also paid separate excise taxes for their hotel licenses. (See also Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1863, and Milton’s US Excise Tax of May 1864).

New Hampshire’s “semi-prohibition” regime was enforced weakly and unevenly. The city of Manchester evolved a selective enforcement scheme known as the “Healey System,” which became the statewide model. Under such a “system,” authorities conducted only occasional token raids and arrests, resulting in fines.

The real issue is whether the famous “Healey” system, peculiar to New Hampshire, will be done away with or strengthened. No city or State election ever created the interest of the present. The system by which the liquor traffic has been controlled since the prohibitory law of 50 years ago went into effect has been very simple. Saloons have been run openly. The chief of police in each city has brought the proprietors or their agents into court at intervals, where a fine was imposed. It was for him to say who should open saloons and how often the owner should be fined (Boston Post, May 10, 1903).

As such, the so-called “Healey System,” with its periodic fines, was regarded as a sort of quasi-licensing rather than an outright prohibition.

The aforementioned William H. Huntress appeared openly in the Ninth (1870) Federal Census as a Milton saloon keeper, aged forty-three years (b. NH). His son, Charles A. Huntress appeared as his saloon clerk, aged sixteen years (b. NH).

Neighboring Farmington, NH, provided several examples of liquor raids in the early 1880s. Samuel H. Burnham (1835-1906), Charles E. Nutter (1852-1905), George W. Hobbs (1856-1889), and Natt F. Ham (c1848-1891) had all identified themselves forthrightly as Farmington saloon keepers at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Others raided included James J. “Happy-Go-Lucky” Lord (c1840-1908), a painter; and Elbridge G.L. Wedgewood (c1840-1898), a lumber dealer.

The local Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U) chapter claimed proudly to have instigated the raids, and it was usually women mentioned as informants or complainants in news accounts. A modern civil libertarian might express some concern that the standard of probable cause being employed by the authorities was so ridiculously weak (“round up the usual suspects”).

FARMINGTON – This [W.C.T.U.] Union was organized in January of the present year [1882]. The membership has increased from thirty-two to eighty-five. Prayer and business meetings are held every fortnight. Gospel temperance meetings have been held each week, with an average attendance of one hundred and with good interest. Many drinking men have come into these meetings. A large number of them have signed the pledge and quite a number have become Christians. A Juvenile Union has been formed and holds its meetings every Sunday afternoon, having about eighty members. The young men have a public temperance meeting at the close of their school each week, $4.00 has been expended for children’s tracts and papers. The aim of the Union has been to give instruction and make Temperance popular among the young people. Mr. and Mrs. Thorndike were secured to give one of their pleasing “Illuminated Temperance Armory Entertainments.” The pastors have preached on temperance several times at the request of the Union. Miss Colman’s book is to be introduced into the schools this Fall. At the time of the town meeting in the Spring, a stall was arranged by the ladies of the Union and they dealt out coffee and refreshments to the thirsty voters, free of charge. Many an imbiber of strong drink was thus saved from temptation, and twelve men signed the pledge. At the instigation of the Union, a general raid has been made upon the various saloons and hotels where liquor was supposed to be sold. Several indictments have been made and the work is still going on (W.C.T.U. of NH, 1882). 

LOCALS. Another unsuccessful liquor raid was made Thursday night on the saloons of Charles E. Nutter and E.L. Wedgewood. Warrants were sworn out by Mrs. D.W. Edgerly and Mrs. Caleb Hanson (Farmington News, [Friday,] December 1, 1882).

Mrs. Caleb Hanson and Mrs. D.W. Edgerly were mother and daughter. Ellen A. Hanson [(1845-1920)] married in Strafford, NH, March 26, 1864, Dr. D.W. [Daniel W.] Edgerly [(1837-1890)], she of Strafford, NH, and he of Farmington, NH. She was aged eighteen years, and he was aged twenty-six years. (Dr. Daniel W. Edgerly was a Civil War veteran, dentist, minister, and sometime judge of the Farmington police court [!]). His father, Rev. Daniel L. Edgerly, performed the ceremony. Hanson was born in Strafford, NH, in 1845, daughter of Caleb and Louisa H. (Evans) Hanson.

Nutter and Wedgewood were raided again the very next night, but also Natt F. Ham, and James J. “Happy-Go-Lucky” Lord. It was again a local woman that made the complaints.

LOCALS. The quiet waters were slightly disturbed Friday night by raids upon the following parties: C.E. Nutter was visited by officer Armstrong assisted by John Armstrong, but nothing of a contraband nature was discovered. E.L. Wedgewood was interviewed by officer Whitney and Elmer Childs. Here they succeeded in taking a little whiskey and some lager. N.F. Ham was called upon by sheriff Hall, accompanied by Frank P. Burley. Their search here was rewarded with a schooner or two of beer. Happy-go-lucky Lord appeared to be the most surprised man of all when officer Nutter and Frank Bush walked in and invited him to close up, which he promptly did, and appeared to be sorry (?) that he could not accommodate the officials; but instead of whiskey, beer or anything of that vile nature, of which he appeared to be ignorant, he offered to substitute a clam chowder, but as that has not yet been declared contraband of war and furthermore was decidedly hot, they concluded to touch not, taste not, and more especially handle not, and Jim was left in peace. The warrants in all the above cases were signed by Mrs. Will L. Dow (Farmington News, December 8, 1882).

Sadie F. Parcher married in Farmington, NH, February 9, 1879, William L. Dow [(1848-1935)], both of Farmington, NH. He was a shoe dresser, aged thirty years, and she was a shoe stitcher, aged twenty-three years. Free-Will Baptist Rev. C.A. Bickford performed the ceremony.

Frank E. Bush (1850-1940), the harness maker who had assisted in the raid on “Happy-Go-Lucky” Lord’s chowder dinner, lost his job over his participation. His boss, Farmington merchant William W. Fuller (1825-1900), thought that Bush’s temperance activities were bad for business. The context suggests that Bush had participated at the instigation of his wife, Addie (Fisher) Bush (1855-1938), a milliner.

LOCALS. Owing to a too-free indulgence and expression of temperance principles, F.E. Bush, an employee in W.W. Fuller’s harness shop, has received his discharge. We learn from Mr. Bush himself that until the recent raid he has not personally been an active worker and has so stated to Mr. Fuller, but Mr. F. stated that the active part taken by his (Bush’s) wife worked to the injury of the harness business and requested Mr. Bush to put a stop to it or he should have to get someone in his stead. Mr. B., considering these repeated requests to be an infringement of personal rights in such matters, concluded to vacate his situation. He has two or three situations in view out of town, but does not at this season wish to move if he can get employment here at fair rates. Mr. Fuller claims that Mr. Bush resigned his situation principally on account of the question of wages. Mr. B. wanted more pay which Mr. F. said he could not give at present, particularly as his trade was injured by Bush’s, or his wife’s, position upon the liquor question. Mr. Bush wanted to know whether, if he remained at his present salary, he shall have to come under restrictions in temperance matters, and Mr. Fuller said yes. Consequently, Mr. Bush took himself out of the way (Farmington News, December 8, 1882).

But Bush’s troubles were not yet over. He and the now twice-raided Charles E. Nutter happened to encounter each other at the railroad depot in Rochester, NH, on the following Monday.

LOCALS. Charles E. Nutter and Frank E. Bush, both of Farmington, met at the depot in Rochester, Monday, and had a little confab in regard to the liquor raids in this village, and before they got through Nutter knocked Bush down and gave him quite a pummeling. Nutter then came home, but was soon followed by sheriff Greenfield who arrested him and took him back to Rochester, where he was fined for assault and battery, costing him about $18.00 (Farmington News, December 8, 1882).

LOCALS. The quiet waters were again disturbed Monday, and a dive into the depths for condemned stuff resulted in nix at Lord’s. At Nutter’s a bottle of whiskey was fished out of the stable, but at the trial Jesse Whitten came forward and claimed it thus clearing Nutter (Farmington News, February 16, 1883).

Jesse A. Whitten (1855-1903) married in Farmington, NH, November 28, 1878, Annie I. Canney (1859-1942), he of Farmington and she of Lebanon, ME. He was a hostler, aged twenty-three years, and she was a housekeeper, aged eighteen years. Rev. W.E. Darling performed the ceremony.

LOCALS. Mrs. William Welch of Central Cottage is in receipt of an anonymous communication on the alleged sale of intoxicants in the saloon kept by James Lord, on Central street. Mrs. W. wishes it distinctly understood that she takes no notice of any anonymous communications. If any one has any communication to lodge, let them make it [in] a straight, forward and regular way (Farmington News, November 13, 1885).

Central House - FN890628 Mary H. Wilkinson (1835-1924) married in Alton, NH, January 3, 1860, William Welch (1833-1891). They kept the Central House or Central Cottage hotel (and livery stable) on Central Street in Farmington, NH.

In November 1885, Strafford County Sheriff John G. Johnson (1832-1907) of Farmington, NH, raided hotelier Jacob D. Garland (1833-1897) of Milton, for illegal sale of intoxicants, based upon on information provided by Charles H. Applebee (1862-1946) of Milton Mills.

LOCALS. The Phoenix Hotel, Milton Three Ponds, J.D. Garland, proprietor, was overhauled by Sheriff Johnson, Saturday, on complaint of C.H. Applebee, of Milton Mills, for the illegal sale of intoxicants. Rum, whiskey and wine were found, and on Monday Mr. Garland appeared before Justice E.W. Fox at Milton and was fined $50 and costs, amounting to $62.80, which was paid (Farmington News, [Friday, November 15, 1885).

At the conclusion of an editorial decrying the ready availability of liquor, a Milton manufacturer was mentioned as having been put off by the situation in neighboring Farmington, NH.

LOCALS. … To show further what all this is leading to we have the statement of one of the most prominent citizens of Milton in effect that the shoe firm there of Messrs. Burley & Usher had some thought of moving here until on visiting the village and noting the drift of affairs they expressed themselves as doubtful of successfully conducting business here without great trouble from drunkenness. That is certainly a very disparaging statement to go to the public, but blind your eyes as you may, any one who will go upon our streets most any evening will see enough to be convinced that it is time to reform. We should be glad to hear from any one who has any ideas to advance on the subject. Our columns are open (Farmington News, December 17, 1886).

In early 1889, contravening legislative proposals were made for a local option liquor licensing law and to insert prohibition directly into the NH constitution. Both efforts failed.

Frank Jones Adv - Pre-1900TEMPERANCE NEWS. WHAT WILL BE THE DECISION? … In New Hampshire the prospects of success for the amendment are even less, for in this State two-thirds of all the votes cast are necessary for its ratification. The fact that a bare majority of the Constitutional Convention voted for the submission of the amendment to the people augurs badly for its success. New Hampshire already has statutory prohibition of the sale of intoxicants, though their manufacture is permitted. Nevertheless, in the city of Portsmouth, with but ten thousand inhabitants, there are, according to the “Voice,” 150 persons with Federal liquor licenses. The “Voice” naturally maintains that this disgraceful violation of the law is due to the influence of the great brewery of Frank Jones. Yet if the statutory laws can be defied so openly, it is not likely that two-thirds of the people of the State will favor the in corporation of prohibition into their law (Christian Union, February 7, 1889).

Barrington-native Franklin “Frank” Jones (1832-1902) was the largest brewer in New Hampshire, as well as having many other business interests. (Neither brewing ale nor possessing it was prohibited, but only its sale). Democrat Jones had been twice Mayor of Portsmouth, NH, and twice a U.S. Representative.

PROHIBITIONISTS VOTING FOR A LICENSE LAW. The New Hampshire House of Representatives is in a mood favorable to the enactment of a stringent liquor license law, if the votes on the skirmish over the majority and minority reports of the committee to whom the subject was referred are indications of legislative sentiment. The majority reported a license bill; the minority, inexpedient to legislate. Yesterday, by a vote of 137 to 126, the House refused to substitute the minority report for that of the majority, and took up the bill. The members from the cities and large towns, generally, voted for license. The Prohibitionists will, of course, say they did this, because cities and large towns are wickeder than small places, and that, of course, their representatives reflect the prevailing sentiment. But, in reality, probably these gentlemen were influenced by their opportunities for acquainting themselves with the failure of prohibition in New Hampshire. In Manchester, Portsmouth and other cities liquor is sold with little concealment. These cities lose revenue and gain nothing by the prohibition law. In many of the smaller towns there is a tacit understanding that one liquor dealer shall he permitted to do business provided he keeps an orderly place and does not make it over-conspicuous. Some hotel keepers have an understanding with local authorities that so long as they do not sell to the townspeople their bar business shall not be interfered with. They are thus at liberty to supply liquors to discreet travellers, and this permission is undoubtedly expanded. We have been told by a gentleman for many years a deputy sheriff in New Hampshire, that the prohibition law is practically a dead letter, except when saloons or liquor places become nuisances, or it is used as an instrument of personal or political revenge. Prohibition does not prohibit in New Hampshire any more than in any other State (Boston Evening Transcript, August 9, 1889).

Vermont, and (as regards spirits) New Hampshire, adopted prohibition, respectively, in 1852 and 1855. In the latter State the sale of beer has been forbidden since 1878; a proposition to make prohibition constitutional was rejected in 1889. New Hampshire also is peculiar in forbidding the sale only, not the manufacture, of intoxicating liquors. Attempts to pass a licensing measure have been made more than once in recent years in this State and have not fallen very far short of success, being defeated in 1889 by 144 votes to 118, and in the following year by 166 to 148 (Fanshawe & Rathbone, 1893).

Frank Leighton of Milton went drinking at a saloon in Rochester, NH, March 30, 1891. He died a grisly death on his return trip when he got caught in the gears of his wagon and was dragged for six miles. (See Milton in the News – 1891).

West Milton salesman Luther H. Wentworth (1844-1917) returned from an April 1897 business trip in late April 1897. He, being a Milton justice-of-the-peace, engaged a police officer to raid several alleged liquor dealers, who were then tried before another justice-of-the-peace.

WEST MILTON. L.H. Wentworth returned from a two weeks’ trip to Rhode Island last week. On Monday, accompanied by an officer, he raided the places of several alleged liquor dealers. Hearings were heard in the cases before Judge Fox, who imposed fines on those found guilty (Farmington News, May 7,  1897).

Milton Rev. Fred E. Carver accused druggist Frank E. Fernald of selling a quart of spirituous liquor “unlawfully and for the sake of wicked gain,” May 29, 1897. The dénouement was unexpected to say the least. (See The Preacher and the Druggist – 1897).

In the first of several August 1897 raids, it is readily apparent that those officials acting at the behest of the “temperance people” had again scant concern for probable cause in raiding some of the many alleged “saloon keepers.”

MILTON NEWS LETTER. SEVERAL LIQUOR RAIDS LAST WEEK. The temperance people scored a point last week against the saloon keepers. All the saloons in town were raided one night, with the result that nothing was found in any of the places. But in a subsequent raid the following night their efforts proved more successful and F.M. Chamberlin of the Phoenix House was obliged to settle in police court (Farmington News, September 3, 1897).

MILTON. Fred Chamberlain was raided last week. Beer was found (Farmington News, August 30, 1901).

After nearly fifty years of “semi-prohibition,” it was apparently thought still necessary to warn off “drunkards” when seeking first-class machinists. (One might suppose almost that a rather expansive sense of the term was in play).

MALE HELP WANTED. WANTED – Machinist of first-class ability, to go to Milton, N.H.; steady situation will be given to a reliable man capable of taking charge; positively no drunkards. D 11, Globe office (Boston Globe, January 24, 1902).

At the very same time that this advertisement’s type was being set, a major shakeup in the whole liquor situation was in the offing.


Continued in Milton Under “Local License” – 1903-18


Of the tyrant, spies and informers are the principal instruments – Aristotle


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South Milton Manufacturers H.V. Wentworth & Son

By Muriel Bristol | November 21, 2021

Hiram Varney Wentworth was born in Milton (or Rochester), November 12, 1818, son of Ichabod H. and Peace (Varney) Wentworth.

Ichabod H. Wentworth headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 40-49 years [himself], one female aged 40-49 years [Peace (Varney) Wentworth], one male aged 20-29 years [Hiram V. Wentworth], one male aged 15-19 years [Eli Wentworth], one female aged 15-19 years, and one male aged 5-9 years. Four members of the household were engaged in agriculture. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of John Plumer, Jr., and William Wentworth.

Hiram V. Wentworth married, circa 1842, Mary J. Nute. She was born Milton, circa July 1820, daughter of John C. and Sarah A. (Varney) Nute.

Younger brother Eli Wentworth married in Milton, July 23, 1843, Mehitable Jane Howe, both of Milton. Jacob Davis performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, in 1822, daughter of Jonathan and Mehitable (Twombly) Howe.

Son Henry Harrison Wentworth was born in Milton, December 3, 1843.

Hiram V. Wentworth was an officer on the regimental staff of the 39th NH Militia Regiment in 1846. He was its Adjutant. The 39th NH Militia Regiment was commanded by Col. Asa Roberts of Farmington, NH. His regimental staff included also Lt. Col. Samuel Jones of Farmington, NH, Major James Bodge of Rochester, NH, and Quartermaster Enoch Bunker of Farmington, NH.

The Militia of New-Hampshire, according to the returns made to the Adjutant General, is organized in four Divisions, eight Brigades, and forty-two Regiments; the 41st Regiment has never been organized. The number of Division and Brigade officers in June, 1845, was 52; Regimental, Field and Staff officers, 323; the number of companies – Infantry, 281; of Grenadiers, 8; of Light Infantry, 60; of Riflemen, 46; aggregate of officers, musicians, and privates, 26,117. Cavalry companies, 20; aggregate of officers, musicians, and privates, 740. Artillery companies, 35; aggregate of officers, musicians, and privates, 1,954. Grand total of the enrolled military force of the state, 28,863 (Claremont, 1846).

The 39th NH Militia Regiment was one of five regiments in the 2nd NH Militia Brigade, which was commanded by Brig. Gen. Alfred Hoit of Lee, NH. The 2nd NH Militia Brigade was one of three brigades in the 2nd NH Militia Division, which was commanded by Maj. Gen. Jeremiah Roberts of Farmington, NH. (Col. Enoch W. Plumer of Milton was commander of the 33d NH Militia Regiment; his officers were from Brookfield, NH, East Alton, NH, Sanborn[ville, Wakefield], NH, and Wakefield, NH. The 33d NH Militia Regiment was in the 7th NH Militia Brigade, which was also in the 2nd NH Militia Division).

Hiram B. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Mary J. Wentworth, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and Henry H. Wentworth, aged six years (b. NH). Hiram B. Wentworth had real estate valued at $350. They shared a two-family residence with the household of [his brother,] Eli Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH). Their two-family residence appeared in the enumeration between those of Asa M. Dunnell, a farmer, aged eighty-one years (b. NH), and Ichabod Wentworth, a farmer, aged fifty-five years (b. NH).

Mother-in-law Sarah A. (Varney) Nute died in Milton, October 7, 1856.

The NH Agricultural Society awarded H.V. Wentworth of Milton its $20 second prize in the category of Stallions of 6 Years and Upwards for his Morgan horse stallion St. Laurence, in 1859. Enoch W. Plummer of Milton received the $5 third prize for his stallion Messenger (NH State Agricultural Society, 1859).

H. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged forty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Mary J. Wentworth, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and H.H. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged sixteen years (b. NH). H. Wentworth had real estate valued at $1,000 and personal estate valued at $500. Their household appeared in the enumeration between John H. Varney, a shoemaker, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), and Eli Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH).

Younger brother Eli Wentworth enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th NH Vol. Infantry Regiment, October 18, 1861. The 6th Regiment fought at the Battle of South Mills (aka Camden), April 19, 1862. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, July 4, 1862. The Sixth NH Regiment fought at the Second Battle of Bull Run, August 29, 1862; South Mountain, September 14, 1862; the Battle of Sharpsburg (or Antietam), September 17, 1862, and the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 11-15, 1862. Wentworth was assigned as regimental Quartermaster, March 19, 1863. The Sixth NH Regiment was sent with General Burnside to Kentucky, and from there, it participated in the siege of Vicksburg, MS, and the Mississippi campaign. Vicksburg fell on July 4, 1863.

The hardships which all [in his Ninth Corps] were obliged to endure were excessive. Water which the horses refused to drink, the men were obliged to use in making their coffee. Fevers, congestive chills, diarrhea, and other diseases attacked the troops. Many sank down upon the roadside and died from sunstroke and sheer exhaustion (Jackman, 1891).

Eli Wentworth died of a camp fever in Milldale, MS, July 18, 1863, aged forty-two years, and six months. (He left a widow, Mehitable J. (Howe) Wentworth, and two children, Clara M. Wentworth and Charles W. Wentworth). Milton’s GAR veterans’ post would be named for him.

Son Henry H. Wentworth married in Dover, NH, January 17, 1864, Louisa M. Hayes, both of Milton. He was a shoemaker, aged twenty-one years, and she was aged eighteen years. Rev. J.T.G. Colby performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, December 12, 1846, daughter of Luther and Louisa A. (Bragdon) Hayes. (See South Milton’s High Sheriff Luther Hayes (1820-1895)).

H.V. Wentworth of So. Milton, was assessed $10 for his Class B horse dealing license in the U.S. Excise Tax of 1864. Ordinarily, the Federal government subsisted mainly on import duties. This series of Federal excise taxes were emergency wartime measures.

Granddaughter Anna Harrison Wentworth was born in Milton, March 31, 1866, daughter of Henry H. and Louisa M. (Hayes) Wentworth.

The NH State Treasurer paid H.V. Wentworth $100 in recruiting fees between June 1866 and May 1867 (NH Treasury Department, 1867).

Hiram V. Wentworth was one of the ten prominent Milton citizens who incorporated a private secondary school – the Milton Classical Institute – at Three Ponds Village in Milton, NH, in July 1867. The incorporators included also NH Governor’s Councilor (and ex-officio NH State Board of Education member) Charles Jones, Strafford Sheriff Luther Hayes, manufacturer William P. Tuttle, Dr. George W. Peavey, and others.

Milton voters sent John U. Simes and Hiram V. Wentworth to represent them in the NH House of Representatives during the 1867-68 biennium. Rep. John U. Simes occupied seat 5-33, and resided at G.L. Nutter’s boarding house; Rep. Hiram V. Wentworth occupied seat 2-42, and resided in the Eagle hotel (McFarland & Jenks, 1867).

Hiram V. Wentworth appeared in the Milton business directories of 1868, and 1869-70, as postmaster at South Milton. He appeared also in the latter year as a Milton manufacturer of boots and shoes.

AGRICULTURAL FAIRS. Strafford County, N.H. Fair at Great Falls, Sept. 11-16. The Journal says that the entries of Stock, Fruit, Vegetables, implements, manufactures, &c. were large and attractive. In the procession were town teams of eleven yoke of oxen each from Barrington, Somersworth, Rollinsford, and the County Farm; and ten yoke from Dover, drawing huge carriages, tastefully ornamented, and filled with singing children and other happy people. The Journal does not give the premiums awarded, but remarks that the exhibition is ahead of all previous ones, and all are perfectly satisfied. The receipts amount to about $5000, which will place the Society on good footing pecuniarily. On Wednesday morning the following board of Directors was chosen M.C. Burleigh, S.C. Chick, Great Falls; Noah Tebbetts, Joseph Nutter, Rochester; H.V. Wentworth, Milton; W.R. Garvin, Rollinsford; C.R. Meserve, Madbury; Wm. F. Jones, Durham; E. Bartlett, Lee; C.W. Davis, Farmington; A.G. Orne, Middleton; G.S. Gilman, New Durham; R.B. Peavey, Strafford, Elisha Locke, Barrington (New England Farmer, September 25, 1869).

Hiram V. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Mary J. Wentworth, keeping house, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), Henry H. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), Louisa A. Wentworth, a housekeeper, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), Anna H. Wentworth, at school, aged five years (b. NH), James M. Gage, a shoe cutter, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), James M. Corson, a shoe finisher, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), Charles L. Furber, a farm laborer, aged forty-six years (b. NH). Hiram V. Wentworth had real estate valued at $1,500 and personal estate valued at $1,654. Their household appeared in the enumeration between a vacant house (adjoining Theodore Lyman, a farmer, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH)), and Mehitable J. Wentworth, a farmer, aged forty-seven years (b. NH).

H.V. Wentworth appeared in the Milton business directories of 1871, and 1873, as a South Milton manufacturer of boots and shoes. His son, H.H. [Henry H.] Wentworth, appeared in his place in the Milton business directory of 1874, and 1875, as the South Milton manufacturer of boots and shoes.

Father Ichabod H. Wentworth made his will, presumably in Milton, October 28, 1871. He devised $200 and an undivided share in West Milton land to his son, Hiram V. Wentworth; $50 to Mary J. [(Nute)] Wentworth; $50 to Mehitable J. [(Howe)] Wentworth; $10 to Clara M. [(Wentworth)] Burley, wife of Daniel S. Burley; a life estate in all notes, bonds, money, and personal property to his wife, Peace [(Varney)] Wentworth; and, after her decease, the household furniture to Mary J. [(Nute)] Wentworth and Mehitable J. [(Howe)] Wentworth. He devised the remaining undivided share in the West Milton land to his grandsons, Henry H. Wentworth and Charles W. Wentworth, as well as any rest and residue not devised. (The land was bounded north by land of H.H. Pinkham, west by land of Joseph Horn, south by land of Joseph Barker, and east by land of David Furbush). John F. Hart, Ira S. Knox, and Ezra H. Twombly signed as witnesses (Strafford County Probate, 83:99).

Father-in-law John C. Nute died in Milton, April 26, 1872. Mary J. (Nute) Wentworth died in Milton, May 13, 1872, aged fifty-one years, ten months. Father Ichabod H. Wentworth died in Milton, July 19, 1872. Mother Peace (Varney) Wentworth died in Milton, August 14, 1873.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. FIRE IN SOUTH MILTON. Great Falls, July 24. Hiram P. Wentworth’s shoe manufactory at South Milton was totally destroyed by fire, with in contents, last night. Loss shout $30,000; partially insured. It is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary (Boston Evening Transcript, July 24, 1875).

AT SOUTH MILTON, N.H. Great Falls, N.H., July 24. Hiram V. Wentworth’s shoe manufactory, at South Milton, burned last night. Loss $30,000. Partly insured (Chicago Tribune, July 25, 1875).

H.H. [Henry H.] Wentworth appeared in the Milton business directories of 1876, as a South Milton boot and shoe manufacturer. (The directory publishers may not have awoken to the facts on the ground: the shoe manufactory had been destroyed in the previous year).

Henry H. Wentworth, a butcher, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Louisa M. Wentworth, keeping house, aged forty-three years (b. NH), Annie H. Wentworth, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Hiram V. Wentworth, at home, aged sixty-one years (b. NH). Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Henry B. Scates, a farmer, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), and Charles W. Wentworth, a farmer, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH).

H.V. Wentworth & Son, i.e., Henry H. Wentworth, appeared in the Milton business directory of 1880, 1881, and 1882, as lumber manufacturers.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS. H.V. Wentworth to D.S. Burley, land in Milton, $1,200 (Farmington News, July 27, 1888).

Sister-in-law Mahitabale [J. (Howe)] Wentworth, widow of 1st Lt. Eli Wentworth, appeared in the surviving Veterans Schedule of the Eleventh (1890) Federal Census.

Hiram V. Wentworth died in Milton, September 12, 1890, aged seventy-one years, ten months, and seventeen days. C.D. Jones, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Granddaughter Annie H. Wentworth married in Milton, April 21, 1891, Henry E. Chamberlain, she of Milton and he of Lakeside, NH. He was a stock grower, aged twenty-six years, and she was aged twenty-five years. Rev. John Manter performed the ceremony. Chamberlain was born in Union, [Wakefield,] NH, circa 1865, son of George W. and Emily E. Chamberlain.

Henry Wentworth, a truckman, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-five years), Louisa M. Wentworth, aged fifty-three years (b. NH). Henry Wentworth owned their house in Milton Village, free-and-clear. Louisa M. Wentworth was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of George E. Wentworth, a butcher, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and Daniel Corkery, a shoe shop hand, aged fifty-seven years (b. Canada (Eng.)).

Henry H. Wentworth, an odd jobs laborer, aged sixty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-five years), Louisa Wentworth, aged sixty-three years (b. NH). Henry Wentworth owned their house, free-and-clear. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Harry F. Whitehouse, an odd jobs painter, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and Edward Costeau, a leatherboard beater-man, aged thirty-two years (b. Canada).

Louisa M. (Hayes) Wentworth died of throat and lung cancer in Milton, January 21, 1915, aged sixty-eight years, one month, and nine days. Edson M. Abbott, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Henry H. Wentworth, a widower, aged seventy-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his granddaughter, Louise E. Chamberlain, aged twenty-two years (b. NE). Henry H. Wentworth owned their house on Upper Main Street, in Milton Village, free-and-clear. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Grover C. Rines, a leatherboard laborer, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and Fred B. Roberts, a lumberman, aged fifty-five years (b. NH).

Henry H. Wentworth died of chronic myelitis in Milton, May 9, 1920, aged seventy-six years, five months, and six days. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.


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Milton’s Phoenix House, c1880-1908

By Muriel Bristol | November 14, 2021

The name “Phoenix” might suggest an establishment reborn after a fire. On the other hand, the Phoenix House might have been named in imitation of one of the many existing Phoenix houses, hotels, and halls both in New Hampshire and elsewhere. The most prominent was the Phoenix Hall in Concord, NH.

The available information seems to suggest that Milton’s Glendale House (c1879-83), Phoenix House (1883-08) and, finally, Chamberlain House (1908-09), might have been all in the same location although under a succession of different names. (Strafford County Deeds might shed further light upon this question).

The identified proprietors of Milton’s Phoenix House during this period were Horatio G. Wentworth, Jr., Ed Grant (and his locum Jacob D. Garland), Mrs. Remick (and her locum John E. Hayes), E. Edgerly (and his locum Horace C. Drew), and Fred M. Chamberlain.

Horatio G. Wentworth, Jr. – c1883-1886

Horatio Gates Wentworth, Jr., was born in Lebanon, ME, July 4, 1841, son of Horatio G. and Esther (Lowell) Wentworth. (He and his father were namesakes for Revolutionary War General Horatio Gates).

Horatio Wentworth, a farmer, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon (“North Lebanon P.O.”), ME, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Esther Wentworth, aged forty-five years (b. ME), Horatio Wentworth, [Jr.,] a farm laborer, aged nineteen years (b. ME), Ann M. Wentworth, aged thirteen years (b. ME), Timothy Wentworth, aged eleven years (b. ME), Mary A. Wentworth, aged nine years, and Jerry E. Wentworth, aged four years (b. ME). Horatio Wentworth had real estate valued at $800 and personal estate valued at $150.

Horatio G. Wentworth, Jr., married Susan H. Hersom. She was born in Lebanon, ME, December 10, 1841, daughter of John and Asenath (Shorey) Hersom.

Horatio G. Wentworth, Jr., of Lebanon, ME, registered for the Civil War Class I military draft in York County, ME, in June 1863. He was a laborer, married, aged twenty-two years.

H.G. Wentworth, Jr., a farmer, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Susan Wentworth, keeping house, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME). H.G. Wentworth, Jr., had read estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $100. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Edmond Grant, a hotel keeper, aged forty-one years (b. ME), and Sylvester Fall, a retail grocer, aged forty-one years (b. ME).

H.G. Wentworth appeared in the Milton directories of 1880, 1881, and 1882, as proprietor of Milton’s Glendale House hotel. (The Glendale House had not appeared in the prior Milton business directory of 1877 nor in those that preceded it).

Horatio G. Wentworth, keeps hotel, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA [SIC]), headed a Milton (“Milton 3 Ponds Village”) household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Susan Wentworth, keeping house (hotel), aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), and his boarders, George Babcock, works for ice co., aged twenty-two years (b. MA), Nelson Babcock, works for ice co., aged nineteen years (b. MA), George Ingalls, works for ice co., aged thirty years (b. MA), George B. Knowlton, works for ice co., aged twenty-three years (b. MA), Howard Conkling, works for ice co., aged twenty-eight years (b. VT), and Thomas J. Gile, works for ice co., aged twenty years (b. ME). Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of George I. Jordan, works on shoes, aged forty-five years (b. ME), and Albert F. Downs, works on shoes, aged thirty years (b. NH).

MILTON. Horatio Wentworth, proprietor of the Glendale House, has sold out to parties from Dover. We learn that he is going into business at East Rochester (Farmington News, February 25, 1881).

AUCTION SALES. HOTEL AT AUCTION. The well-known Glendale House, situate at Milton “Three Ponds” village, on the banks of a beautiful lake on the Conway division of the Eastern Railroad, will be sold at public auction, THURSDAY, May 25, at 2 o’clock P.M., sharp; situate in a growing manufacturing village, amid beautiful scenery, pure air, on the direct line of White Mountain travel, excellent boating, fishing, etc.; within two minutes walk of the depot, it presents superior advantages as a summer resort for the invalid or pleasure-seeker; terms liberal. Apply to H.A. WORTHEN, carriage manufacturer, or V.H. McDANIEL, Auctioneer, Dover, N.H. (Boston Globe, May 23, 1882).

We may note that the auction advertisement’s highlights seem to have been pitched more towards rusticators, i.e., tourist interests, than the ice industry men that had filled his rooms in 1880.

Despite the report of his intention to pursue other interests, H.G. Wentworth appeared once more in the Milton business directory of 1884, as proprietor of Milton’s Phenix House hotel.

Horatio G. Wentworth, a farmer, aged fifty-eight years (b. MA [SIC]), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-nine years), Susan H. Wentworth, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), his mother, Esther Wentworth, aged eighty-four years (b. ME), and his boarders, Freeman A. Peacock, aged fifty-eight years (b. MA), and Daniel Tate, a day laborer, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME). Horatio G. Wentworth owned their farm, free-and-clear. Esther Wentworth was the mother of seven children, of whom four were still living.

Horatio G. Wentworth, a general farm farmer, aged sixty-eight years (b. MA [SIC]), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-six years), Susan H. Wentworth, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME), Simeon Streeter, a farm laborer (home farm), aged nineteen years (b. NH), and Freeman A. Peacock, own income, aged sixty-eight years (b. MA). Horatio G. Wentworth owned their farm, free-and-clear. Susan H. Wentworth was the mother of no children.

Susan (Hersom) Wentworth died of chronic interstitial nephritis in Lebanon, ME, December 11, 1917, aged seventy-six years, and one day. She had resided in Lebanon, ME, for thirty years, i.e., since about 1886-87, having moved there from her previous residence in Milton, NH. H.E. Anderson, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Nathaniel S. Carll, a general farm farmer, aged forty-six years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alta M. Carll, aged forty-two years (b. NH), and his boarder, Horatio G. Wentworth, a widower, aged seventy-eight years (b. MA [SIC]). Nathaniel S. Carll owned their farm on the Milton North Road, free-and-clear.

Horatio G. Wentworth, Jr., died in 1925.

Jacob D. Garland – 1886-1889

Jacob Dudley “Dudley” Garland was born in Middleton, NH, in 1833, son of Alfred and Abigail (Horne) Garland.

Jacob D. Garland married (1st) in Farmington, NH, April 13, 1852, Caroline W. Henline, he of Farmington, NH, and she of Somerville, NH.

Jacob D. Garland married (2nd) in Rochester, NH, January 9, 1855, Ann A. Pinkham, he of Farmington, NH, and she of Somerville, NH. She was born in New Durham, NH, September 4, 1837, daughter of Luther and Harriet (Burnham) Pinkham.

Jacob D. Garland, a shoemaker, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Ann A. Garland, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Llewellen D. Garland, aged five years (b. NH), Eugene A. Garland, aged three years (b. NH), Caroline W. Garland, aged one year (b. NH), and George H. Pinkham, a shoemaker, aged eighteen years (b. NH).

Jacob B. Garland, a landlord, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester (“Gonic P.O.”), NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Anna A. Garland, a landlady, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), Loullen B. Garland, at home, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Eugene A. Garland, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Charles Smith, a harness maker, aged thirty years (b. NH), Emma Smith, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Danl. Varney, works in shoe manufactory, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH). Jacob B. Garland had personal estate valued at $1,300 and Charles Smith had personal estate valued at $1,000.

Jacob Garland, a farmer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ann A. Garland, keeping house, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and his help, Charles Garland, aged nine years (b. NH). They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of Eugene A. Garland, a farmer, aged twenty-three years (b. NH).

LOCALS. It is reported that J.D. Garland of West Milton has bought Jewell’s Hotel at Bow Lake, Strafford, and will take possession about the first of April (Farmington News, February 29, 1884).

FOR SALE. My farm containing 105 acres. Situated in Milton, two miles from Farmington Village. Good buildings, consisting of a story and half House, with L, containing nine rooms and a good cellar. Nice finished barn, 40×50, built 6 years since. Good shoe shop, hog house, corn house; two good wells of water; good pasture with never failing water and well wooded. Two hundred young apple trees just coming in bearing. Nice garden with a good variety of Pear, Peach and Plum trees. Grapes, Currants, Gooseberries, Strawberries, Raspberries and Blackberries. In a good neighborhood and as pleasant a location as can be found. J.D. GARLAND (Farmington News, March 21, 1884).

LOCALS. The Phoenix Hotel, Milton Three Ponds, J.D. Garland, proprietor, was overhauled by Sheriff Johnson, Saturday, on complaint of C.H. Applebee, of Milton Mills, for the illegal sale of intoxicants. Rum, whiskey and wine were found, and on Monday Mr. Garland appeared before Justice E.W. Fox at Milton and was fined $50 and costs, amounting to $62.80, which was paid (Farmington News, [Friday, November 15, 1885).

Jacob D. Garland was mentioned as an abutter of a property on the Hare Road in West Milton by John H. Hersey, administrator of the estate of Garland’s deceased neighbor, John S. Hersey, in settling the estate in 1886. (Garland’s adjoining land was likely the same that he had advertised for sale in 1884).

… Also another tract of land, in said Milton, containing about 40 acres, and bounded as follows: Northerly by land of Jacob D. Garland, easterly by land of Daniel C. Emery and Ira A. Cook, southerly by land of heirs of Ichabod Hayes, and westerly by land of heirs of Emery Nute, and the hare road, so called (Farmington News, February 5, 1886).

LOCALS. Mrs. Dudley Garland, Milton, met with a painful accident Thursday, cutting her hand severely with a piece of lamp chimney, and in consequence of severe pain had a slight attack of lockjaw. She is now convalescent (May 28, 1886).

J.G. [J.D.] Garland appeared in the Milton business directory of 1887, as proprietor of Milton’s Phenix House hotel.

LOCALS. J.D. Garland and wife have taken a tenement in the Newell & Hanson block. They intend to keep a boarding house (Farmington News, December 9, 1887).

A CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS. … A slight accident broke the monotony of our streets. teams Saturday afternoon, when the teams of J.D. Garland and A.G. Orne collided while both horses were walking moderately along. Orne was in the act of crossing the bead of Central street, when Garland coming down that street attempted to turn the comer by the Boston Clothing Co.’s. The result was they deliberately walked into each other, Garland’s shaft going through one of Orne’s hind wheels, upsetting the latter and throwing him out, but without injuring him. The opposite wheel was knocked out of the hub and one of the perches to the vehicle broken. Garland’s team was uninjured (Farmington News, August 10, 1888).

MILTON. Mr. Garland has thoroughly painted and repaired the Phoenix, and sets one of the cleanest tables to be found (Farmington News, June 21, 1889).

MILTON. It is announced that Mrs. Remick, of Milton Mills, has purchased the Phenix Hotel, owned by Mr. Ed Grant, of Great Falls, and occupied by Mr. Llewellyn [Jacob D.] Garland. It is said that the hotel and stable were sold for the sum of $2,000. Some land on the opposite side of the street, suitable for house lots, were not included in the sale. Mr. Garland has professed to keep a temperance house, which no one will dispute in the least. Mr. and Mrs. Garland, by their genial and kind habits, made many friends, and established the fact, so many times disputed, that a public house could be self-sustaining, if intoxicants could be strictly excluded. It is a pleasure to realize that nothing that can intoxicate can be obtained in or about Milton – not even a glass of ale or cider – nearer than Rochester or Farmington. It is not denied that it is used to some extent, but not as it would be if it were sold here as formerly. Temperance people here recognize the fact, and will make it up hill work for those who attempt its sale here – Cor of Free Press (Farmington News, October 25, 1889).

Dudley Garland appeared in the surviving Veterans’ Schedule of the otherwise destroyed Eleventh (1890) Federal Census. He was said to have enlisted in the 10th Regiment NH Volunteer Infantry, September 28, 1862. He was recorded as a Milton resident served by the Farmington post office, i.e., he was a West Milton resident.

PERSONAL. J.D. Garland and wife would like some children to board. They will, also care for soldiers and invalids. See ad (Farmington News, December 11, 1891).

WANTED. Children to Board. Pension Soldier or Invalids cared for at my home at reasonable prices. MRS. A.A. GARLAND. 10-1m (Farmington News, December 11, 1891).

WEST MILTON. Dudley Garland is dangerously ill (Farmington News, September 10, 1897).

WEST MILTON. Mr. Garland is still critically ill and Mrs. Garland has been ill a few days (Farmington News, September 24, 1897).

Jacob D. Garland died of nervous prostration in Milton, September 22, 1897, aged sixty-six years, five months, and three days. J.S. Elkins, M.D., signed the death certificate.

LOCALS. Miss Gertrude Garland, of the Robinson seminary in Exeter, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Frank Shapleigh, attended last week the funeral of her grandfather, Dudley B. Garland of West Milton. The deceased leaves a widow and one son, besides his granddaughters, Miss Maud Garland and the young lady before mentioned (Farmington News, October 1, 1897).

LOCALS. Mrs. Dudley Garland lost a valuable horse from colic, on Saturday (Farmington News, December 3, 1897).

PERSONAL. Mrs. Dudley Garland of Milton and Miss Maude Garland of this [Farmington] village went to Exeter Wednesday to attend the commencement exercises and reception at Robinson Female seminary, Exeter, where Miss Gertrude Garland, granddaughter of the former and cousin of the latter, graduates in the class of 98 (Farmington News, June 17, 1898).

WEST MILTON. Miss Gertrude Garland, who has completed her studies at Robinson’s Female seminary at Exeter, is with her grandmother, Mrs. Dudley Garland. Miss Garland expects to enter Mt. Holyoke college in September (Farmington News, June 24, 1898).

Ann A. Garland, a farmer, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her boarders, Andrew Hunt, a capitalist, aged sixty-eight years (b. MA), and Robert McGuire, at school, aged eight years (b. MA). She owned her house, with a mortgage. Ann A. Garland was the mother of three children, of whom one was still living. Her household appeared in the enumeration between those of Arthur Nute, a farmer, aged forty years (b. NH), and John Cook, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. NH).

Ann A. Garland, a boarding-house housekeeper, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her boarders, Clifton Pinkham, a shoe factory trimming cutter, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), [his wife (of three years),] Mary Pinkham, a shoe factory folder, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and Ella M. Cook, a shoe factory fitter, aged seventeen years (b. NH). She owned her house at 42 Central Street, free-and-clear. Ann A. Garland was the mother of three children, of whom one was still living. Mary Pinkham was the mother of two children, of whom none were still living.

LOCALS. W.D. Henderson of Dedham, Mass., has purchased the Ann Garland place in the north part of the village, and it is to be occupied by his father-in-law, Mr. Nickerson, who will remove here from Dedham (Farmington News, February 11, 1910).

Ann A. Garland, a widow, aged eighty-two years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her lodger, George D. Garland, a shoe factory odd jobs worker, aged twenty-one years (b. ME). She owned her house on Bunker Street, free-and-clear. (Ann A. Garland’s father and mother were said to have been respectively natives of New Hampshire and Tennessee).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Ann Garland of Farmington has been a recent guest of Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Garland (Farmington News, September 20, 1920).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Ann Garland of Farmington celebrated her eighty-fourth birthday last Saturday at the home of her son, L.D. Garland (Farmington News, September 9, 1921).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Cora Garland is still at Farmington caring for Mrs. Ann Garland. Anna Varney is at the home of L.D. Garland, acting in the capacity of housekeeper in the absence of Mrs. Garland (Farmington News, December 9, 1921).

Ann A. (Pinkham) Garland died of chronic myocarditis on the Hare Road in Milton (four weeks’ residence), December 25, 1921, aged eighty-four years, three months, and twenty-one days. P.H. Greeley, M.D., signed the death certificate.

IN MEMORIAM. Ann A. Garland. In the death of Mrs. Ann A. Garland, which occurred at the home of her son, Llewellyn D. Garland, at West Milton last Sunday night, this locality lost one of its oldest and most useful residents. The end resulted from a complication of diseases at the advanced age of 84 years. The deceased was a native of New Durham, the only daughter by the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Pinkham. Except for a few years spent in Canada during the lifetime of her husband, Dudley Garland, she always resided in Farmington and Milton, 25 years In the latter and over 20 in the former. Being of an industrious and retiring temperament, she never affiliated with any organization and those who knew her best met her most often at her home where she always found time to exercise charities that found their way abroad and into the lives of the unfortunate. She possessed a kindly disposition that manifested itself most favorably in a devotion for children and among them she was always happy. A host of friends unite in sympathy for the son and two granddaughters, Mrs. John Rhodes of Worcester, Mass., and Mrs. John Gilman of Laconia. Funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the home where death occurred, Rev. J.G. Haigh officiating. Remains were taken to Farmington cemetery (Farmington News, December 30, 1921).

John E. Hayes – 1887-189?

John Elihu Hayes was born in Lancaster, NH, September 18, 1832, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Hersom) Hayes.

James Clark, a farmer, aged sixty-five years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon (“Lebanon Centre”), ME, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. Hos household included Betsey Clark, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), Mary E. Fall, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), John Clark, aged seventeen years (b. ME), Carrie W. Fall, aged six years (b. ME), Mary Clark, aged seventy-five years (b. ME), and John Hayes, a farm laborer, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME [SIC]). James Clark had real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $200. John Hayes had real estate valued at $625.

John E. Hayes married, circa 1861, Mary E. (Clark) Fall. She was born in Lebanon, ME, April 6, 1833, daughter of James and Betsy (Hayes) Clark.

John E. Hayes, of Lebanon, ME, registered for the Civil War Class I military draft in York County, ME, in June 1863. He was a farmer, married, aged twenty-eight years.

John E. Hayes, a farmer, aged thirty-six years (b. ME [SIC]), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Mary Hayes, keeping house, aged thirty-six years (b. ME), James H. Hayes, aged eight years (b. ME), Richard Hayes, aged three years (b. ME), John E. Clark, a farmer, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), Betsey Clark, at home, aged seventy-two years (b. ME), and Carrie W. Fall, aged sixteen years (b. ME). John E. Hayes had real estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $500. John E. Clark had real estate valued at $2,500 and personal estate valued at $1,000.

John E. Hayes, a butcher and farmer, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Hayes, keeping house, aged forty-seven years (b. ME), and his children, James H. Hayes, at school, aged seventeen years (b. ME), Richard Hayes, at school, aged thirteen years (b. ME), and George P. Hayes, at house, aged five years (b. NH). Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Charles H. Prescott, a farmer, aged twenty-four years (b. ME), and William F. Cutts, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. ME).

LOCALS. A.H. Wiggin, clerk at W.I. Nutter’s meat market, is laid by for a season with what doctors pronounce a felon. J.E. Hayes of the Phenix hotel, Milton, is filling his position at the market. Since the writing above we learn that a New York doctor says the trouble is caused by blood poisoning (Farmington News, July 22, 1887).

(A “felon” in this medical sense is an infection or abscess involving the bulbous distal end of a finger).

J.E. Hayes appeared in the Milton business directory of 1889, as proprietor of Milton’s Phenix House hotel.

MILTON. There will be a free ball this evening, with a supper at the Phoenix House (Farmington News, [Friday,] December 25, 1891).

John P. Hayes, butchering, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-nine years), Mary E. Hayes, aged sixty-seven years (b. ME), and his son, George Hayes, aged twenty-four years (b. NH). John P. Hayes owned their farm, free-and-clear. Mary E. Hayes was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Moses B. Plummer, a farm laborer, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), and Frank G. Horne, a commercial traveler, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH).

John E. Hayes died of carcinoma of the bowels on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, November 13, 1901, aged sixty-nine years, and two months. He had lived in Milton for twenty-eight years, having previous lived in Lebanon, ME. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Mary E. (Clark) Hayes died of pulmonary tuberculosis in Milton, October 30, 1903, seventy years, six months, and twenty-four days. She had resided in Milton, for thirty years, i.e., since about 1872-73, having moved there from her previous residence in Lebanon, ME. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Horace C. Drew – 189?-1893

Horace C. Drew was born in Eaton, NH, July 17, 1849, son of Thomas and Sarah (Bryant) Drew.

Horace C. Drew married in Ipswich, MA, March 24, 1873, Margaret E. Walker, he of Middleton, NH, and she of Ipswich, MA. He was a farmer, aged twenty-three years, and she was aged twenty years. Rev. Thomas Moroney performed the ceremony. She was born in Ireland, May 23, 1853, daughter of John and Elizabeth “Elsy” (Black) Walker.

Horace Drew, a farmer, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Strafford, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maggie E. Drew, keeping house, aged twenty-seven years (b. Ireland), and his daughter, Elizabeth S. Drew, aged six years (b. NH).

E. Edgerly appeared in the Milton business directory of 1892, as manager of Milton’s Hotel Phœnix. Horace Drew appeared as its manager.

LOCALS. Horace Drew of Middleton has 35 boarders at his home for the summer season (Farmington News, August 12, 1898).

MIDDLETON. Horace Drew has quite a large number of summer boarders (Farmington News, July 7, 1899).

Horace Drew, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Middleton, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Margaret E. Drew, aged forty-six years (b. Ireland), Edwin C. Drew, a farm laborer, aged eighteen years (b. NH), William D. Drew, at school, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Clifton Drew, at school, aged nine years (b. NH), Clifford Drew, at school, aged nine years (b. NH), and John J. Drew, at school, aged six years (b. NH), and his boarders, Calvin Head, a teamster, aged forty years (b. NH), Fannie Head, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and George Willard, a farm laborer, aged seventy years (b. ME). Horace Drew owned their farm, free-and-clear. Margaret E. Drew was the mother of eight children, of whom six were still living. Fannie Head was the mother of one child, of whom none was still living.

MIDDLETON. Horace Drew has his usual number of summer boarders (Farmington News, July 27, 1900).

MIDDLETON. Horace Drew has had his usual number of guests at Valley Farm but they are now fast returning home (Farmington News, August 31, 1900).

LOCAL. Horace Drew of Middleton is entertaining between thirty and forty summer boarders from Boston and elsewhere (Farmington News, July 26, 1901).

MIDDLETON. George Willard, who has been with Horace Drew for several years, has returned to his old home in Georgia (Farmington News, December 13, 1901).

MIDDLETON. Mrs. Horace Drew has a few summer boarders (Farmington News, June 9, 1905).

Horace Drew, a general farm farmer, aged sixty years (b. NH), headed a Middleton, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-four years), Margaret M. Drew, aged fifty-four years (b. England [SIC]), Edwin C. Drew, a lumber teamster, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), Clifton T. Drew, a lumber teamster, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Clifford H. Drew, a home farm laborer, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and John J. Drew, a home farm laborer, aged sixteen years (b. NH). Horace Drew owned their farm, with a mortgage. Margaret E. Drew was the mother of nine children, of whom six were still living. She had immigrated in 1860.

MIDDLETON. Mrs. Horace Drew, who is seriously ill with a complication of diseases, is a little more comfortable (Farmington News, April 21, 1911).

Margaret E. (Walker) Drew died of heart disease in Middleton, NH, September 20, 1911, aged fifty-eight years, three months, and twenty-eight days. E.C. Perkins signed the death certificate.

Local. Mrs. Horace Drew of Middleton passed away Wednesday morning. Funeral will be held Friday afternoon at the home (Farmington News, September 22, 1911).

Horace C. Drew died of chronic nephritis in Middleton, NH, September 23, 1911, aged sixty-two years, two months, and five days. J.A. Stevens, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Middleton. Entered in to rest September 20, after a long illness, Mrs. Maggie Drew, wife of Horace Drew, aged 58 years. Services were held at the home Friday under the direction of B.F. Perkins. Rev. Mr. Coleman spoke comforting words to the relatives. Saturday, Mr. Drew passed away and these two dear ones who had passed a long and happy life together were reunited in the “great beyond,” after brief separation. The funeral was held Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Drew were among our best townspeople and they will be sadly missed. One daughter, Mrs. Frank Leighton, and five sons, Edwin C., William D., Clifton, Clifford and John, are left to mourn the loss of father and mother in the short space of three days. There are eight grandchildren also, who grieve for them. The sympathy pf the entire community is with them in their double bereavement. Mr. Drew is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Charles Leighton and Mrs. Frank Woodman, also three brothers, Benjamin, Wesley and Ellsworth, and numerous nephews and nieces. (Farmington News, September 29, 1911).

Fred M. Chamberlin – 1893-1908

Frederick Moody “Fred” Chamberlain was born in Milton, May 29, 1858, son of Samuel G. and Mary E. (Fall) Chamberlain.

Samuel G. Chamberlin, a farmer, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Chamberlin, keeping house, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), his children, Delia E. Chamberlin, at home, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Fred Chamberlin, a peddler, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), and Moses G. Chamberlin, a farm laborer, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and his sister, Lucy R. Chamberlin, at home, aged sixty-one years (b. NH).

Fred M. Chamberlain was installed in the office of Worshipful Marshal of the Eureka Lodge, No. 56, of the International Organization of Grand Templars (I.O.G.T.) in May 1886. The I.O.G.T. was a fraternal organization devoted to temperance.

UNION. At the regular meeting of Eureka Lodge, No. 56, I.O. of G.T., on Tuesday evening the following officers were installed for the present term by Deputy Grand Worthy Chief Templar, A.H. Chamberlain: W.C.T., Chas. W. Horne; W.V.T., Emma Chamberlain; W.R. Secy. Mary F. Horne; W.F. Secy., Frank Tebbetts; W. Treas., Mrs. J.L. Johnson; W. Chap. Albra P. Hanson; W.A.S., Horace H. Moulton; W. Mar., Fred M. Chamberlain; W.D.M., Mary A. Wadleigh; W.I.G., Ida F. Sanborn; W.O.G., Freeman L. Johnson; W.R.H.S., Chas. H. Prescott; W.L.H.S., Lovie Sanborn; P.W.C.T., A.H. Chamberlain. OCCASIONAL (Farmington News, May 21, 1886).

Fred M. Chamberlain married (1st) in Milton, October 9, 1886, Grace M. Dicey, both of Wakefield, NH. He was a laborer, aged twenty-one years, and she was aged twenty years. Rev. Henry E. Allen performed the ceremony. She was born in Wakefield, NH, circa 1865, daughter of George W. Dicey.

Son Guy H. Chamberlain was born in Wakefield, NH, July 22, 1887.

LOCALS. At the track, Saturday, Wes Locke and a Mr. Chamberlain of Milton will try and find out whose horse is a trotter. They will probably succeed to the satisfaction of both parties (Farmington News, June 20, 1890).

Daughter Pearl E. Chamberlain was born in Milton, November 14, 1893.

F.M. Chamberlin appeared in the Milton business directories of 1894, and 1898, as proprietor of Milton’s Phenix House hotel.

MILTON NEWS LETTER. SEVERAL LIQUOR RAIDS LAST WEEK. The temperance people scored a point last week against the saloon keepers. All the saloons in town were raided one night, with the result that nothing was found in any of the places. But in a subsequent raid the following night their efforts proved more successful and F.M. Chamberlin of the Phoenix House was obliged to settle in police court (Farmington News, September 3, 1897).

Personally Conducted, By Land and Sea. Mr. Fred M. Chamberlain, proprietor of the Phoenix House at Milton, N.H., is to build a new hotel in that town just north of his present house, which will be modern in every particular, and when finished, one of the best equipped and furnished hotels in that section of the country (Boston Home Journal, January 21, 1899).

The new hotel contemplated here was likely “The Sands” summer hotel, built at Meeting House pond, and which Chamberlain managed in later years.

MILTON. A runaway accident was averted, last week, by the prompt action of George E. Wentworth of this village. A team belonging to F.M. Chamberlin stood in front of his stable and started suddenly on the run over the bridge into Lebanon. Wentworth sprang on behind the hack and remained until ascending the hill on the other side, when he secured the reins and restored the team to the owner unhurt (Farmington News, April 25, 1900).

Chamberlin, Fred M.
Fred M. Chamberlin, and one of his horses, near the Milton train station (Photo: Dianne O’Neill). (Note the still extant railroad freight house behind the horse’s head)

Fred Chamberlin, a hotel keeper, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fourteen years), Grace M. Chamberlin, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), his children, Guy Chamberlin, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH), and Pearl Chamberlin, at school, aged six years (b. NH), his servant, Albert F. Downs, a hotel servant, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), and his boarder, D.L. Perkins, a paper mill operative, aged forty-six years (b. “unknown”). Fred Chamberlin rented their house. Grace M. Chamberlin was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of George Jordan, a picker stick maker, aged sixty-four years (b. ME), and Frank S. Lee, a house painter, aged fifty-four years (b. NH).

F.M. Chamberlin appeared in the Milton business directories of 1901, 1904, and 1905-06, as proprietor of Milton’s Phenix House hotel.

The neighbor mentioned in the 1900 Census, George I. Jordan, appeared in the Milton directory of 1901, as a manufacturer of picker sticks at 54 Main street, residing there als0. (Frank S. Lee had removed to Roxbury, MA). Albert F. Downs appeared as a laborer, resident at the Phoenix House.

MILTON. Fred Chamberlain was raided last week. Beer was found (Farmington News, August 30, 1901).

Phoenix - 1905Fred M. Chamberlin, of Milton divorced his first wife, Grace M. (Dicey) Chamberlain, of Roxbury, MA, in Strafford County Superior Court, October 2, 1902. He alleged adultery (one had to allege something); and received custody of a minor child, Guy H. Chamberlin. (She died at the NH State Hospital in Concord, NH, June 15, 1908, aged forty-seven years).

MILTON. Fred Chamberlin, proprietor of the Phoenix house, is in a critical condition from a cut on his hand, which has resulted in blood poisoning (Farmington News, March 4, 1904).

DOGS, CATS, ETC. FOR SALE – 1 extra good rabbit dog, $25; others, not so good, for sale. Write F.M. CHAMBERLAIN, Phœnix house, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, October 30, 1904).

Son Guy H. Chamberlain married (1st) in Milton, July 8, 1906, Elizabeth M. Cunningham, he of Milton and she of Sanford, ME. He was a hotel clerk, aged twenty-one years, and she was at home, aged nineteen years. Rev. R.M. Peacock performed the ceremony. She was born in Kinning Park, Glasgow, Scotland, April 22, 1887, daughter of Alexander A. and Elizabeth (Lumsden) Cunningham.

Fred M. Chamberlain married (2nd) in Milton, February 8, 1907, Caroline E. [(Armstrong)] Reed, he of Milton and she of Houlton, ME. He was a hotel proprietor, aged forty-eight years, and she was a widowed housekeeper, aged thirty-two years. She was born in Glassville, New Brunswick, Canada, circa 1874, daughter of James and Abigail (Thompson) Armstrong.

Chamberlain and his second wife aided the victim of the 1908 Hennessey Kidnapping at their hotel.

Hotel Chamberlin Milton, NH
Hotel Chamberlin Milton, NH

Fred M. Chamberlain was proprietor of Chamberlain House in 1909. He kept also for a time a separate summer hotel (“The Sands”) at Meeting House pond.

UNION. Miss Pearl Chamberlain of Milton visited her aunt, Mrs. Edward Reed, last week (Farmington News, February 25, 1910).

Fred M. Chamberlain, an odd jobs teamster, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife (of three years), Caroline Chamberlain, aged thirty-five years (b. Canada), his [step] children, Myrtle Chamberlain [Armstrong], a dressmaker, aged fourteen years (b. ME), and Elmer Chamberlain [Armstrong], aged thirteen years (b. ME), and his hired man, Mike Sullivan, a stable laborer, aged thirty-five years (b. MA).

In 1912, the erstwhile hotelier was engaged in “teaming,” i.e., working as a teamster, and now resident at 107 North Main street, rather than in his hotel near the depot.

Daughter Pearl E. Chamberlain married in Brockton, MA, April 18, 1915, John H. Madden, both of 69 Fuller Street, Brockton, MA. She was at home, aged twenty-one years, and he was an ice businessman, aged forty-nine years. Rev. Allen Hudson performed the ceremony. Madden was born in Boston, MA, circa 1865, son of Joseph and Mary (Hogan) Madden.

Caroline A. Chamberlin, of Milton, divorced her husband, Fred M. Chamberlain, of Milton, in Strafford County Superior Court, October 15, 1915. She alleged extreme cruelty (one had to allege something)

By 1917, Fred M. Chamberlain was employed by the Boston Ice Company, and still resident at 107 North Main street.

Daughter-in-law Elizabeth Cunningham died of pneumonia in Milton, October 4, 1918, aged thirty-three years, ten months, and nine days. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate. (See Milton in the News – 1918).

Fred M. Chamberlain, ice cutter laborer, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his son, Guy H. Chamberlain, an ice cutter laborer, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his grandchildren, Marion G. Chamberlain, aged eleven years (b. MA), Gardner M. Chamberlain, aged ten years (b NH), Madeline L. Chamberlain, aged eight years (b. MA), Howard R. Chamberlain, aged six years (b. MA), Pearl E. Chamberlain, aged four years (b. MA), and Muriel Chamberlain, aged two years (b. NH).

WEST MILTON. Town meeting was held on Saturday, and the following were elected selectmen: Fred M. Chamberlain, Charles S. Philbrick, Joseph H. Avery (Farmington News, March 19, 1920).

Son Guy H. Chamberlain married (2nd) in Dover, NH, August 27, 1921, Verna M. Woodman, he of Milton and she of Ossipee, NH. He was an iceman, aged thirty-four years, and she was a domestic, aged seventeen years. Rev. Leon Morse performed the ceremony. She was born in Ossipee, NH, circa 1903, daughter of Fred and Etta M. (Colby) Woodman.

WEST MILTON. We are sorry to learn that Fred Chamberlain had the misfortune to break his leg one day last week, and was taken to a hospital (Farmington News, March 6, 1925).

Son Guy H. Chamberlain owned in 1926 the Milton dance pavilion that would later be named Frolic Haven.

Fred Chamberlain, a road commissioner (state road), aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his grandchildren, Howard Chamberlain, aged fifteen years (b. MA), Pearl Chamberlain, aged thirteen years (b. MA), and Muriel Chamberlain, aged twelve years (b. ME). Fred Chamberlain owned their house on North Main Street, which was valued at $1,000. They had a radio set.

Daughter-in-law Verna W. Chamberlain divorced son Guy H. Chamberlain, both of Wakefield, NH, in Carroll County Superior Court, July 3, 1931. She alleged abandonment.

TO SUPERVISE ROAD WORK. The work of the State Highway located in Division 7 has been allocated to 15 district patrolmen. With this new system N. Sherman Rand road agent in Rye for a number of years has supervision of construction and repair of the state highways in New Castle, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth, and Rye and Earl Caswell of Greenland has charge of the main state highways in Greenland and Stratham and the back roads in Newington and Portsmouth. These men will have charge of construction, repairs, hiring of men and other work connected with the state highways and in towns where their work overlaps they will work jointly, one man taking the main roads and the other the less travelled back road. The 15 district patrolmen appointed for District 7 are: J.P Garvin, Sanbornville; F.M. Chamberlain, Milton; A.F. Emerson, Farmington; Arthur Jalbot, Somersworth; M.T. Malone, Dover; Lewis Walker, Newmarket; Earl Caswell, Greenland; N. Sherman Rand, Rye; Earl Spear, North Hampton; Fred Gallant, Exeter; James Eaton, Seabrook; John Hilliard, East Kingston; Clarence Green, Plaistow; Eugene Kimball, East Kingston; John Dudley, Exeter (Boston Globe, April 20, 1933).

Daughter Pearl E. (Chamberlain) Madden died in Boston, MA, April 28, 1933, aged thirty-nine years.

DEATHS. MADDEN – In South Boston, April 28, Pearle E. (Chamberline), beloved wife of John H. Madden. Funeral from her late home, 764 East Sixth st., Monday, May 1, at 8 a.m. Requiem high mass at St. Eulalia’s Church at 9. Relatives and friends invited (Boston Globe, April 29, 1933).

Frederick M. Chamberlain died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Union, Wakefield, NH, May 30, 1935, aged seventy-seven years, and one day. P.A. Kimball, M.D., signed the death certificate.

IN MEMORIAM. Fred Chamberlain. Fred Chamberlain of Milton, aged 77, passed away at Union last Thursday evening. The deceased was a native of Milton Mills, the son of Samuel G. and Mary E. (Fall) Chamberlain. He was well known in this section where he served as state road patrolman between Milton and Sanbornville. He is survived by one son, Guy Chamberlain; a sister, Mrs. Charles Lowes of Union, a brother, Moses Chamberlain of Milton Mills, and twelve grandchildren living in Milton and Boston. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Congregational church. Bearers were Fred Foster, Ed Jordan, Charles Tanner and Martin Eaton (Farmington News, June 7, 1935).


References:

Find a Grave. (2013, July 31). Frederick Moody “Fred” Chamberlain. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/114673086/frederick-moody-chamberlain

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Find a Grave. (2019, April 28). Pearl Evangeline Chamberlain Madden. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/198723156/pearl-evangeline-madden

Find a Grave. (2012, November 24). Horatio G. Wentworth, Jr. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/101246605/horatio-g.-wentworth

Wikipedia. (2021, September 13). Horatio Gates. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Gates

Milton in NH Education Report, 1882

By Muriel Bristol | November 7, 2021

In his June 1882 report, NH Superintendent of Instruction J.W. Patterson provided some statistics regarding Milton.

Milton’s town school committee members were identified as being John U. Simes, and H.F. Pitcher, M.D.. (John U. Simes (1836-1927) of Milton Mills was a trader, i.e., a storekeeper; and Herbert F. Pitcher (1853-1924) was a Milton physican). (They would seem to have been short by one committee member).

Milton had 11 school districts and 13 schools in town, 2 of which were graded schools and none were district and town high schools. There were 11 schoolhouses, of which none that were unfit for use and none were built during the year. Maps and globes were available in 11 schoolhouses. The value of schoolhouses, furnishings and sites was estimated at $8,000, and the value of apparatus was estimated at $150. Only 2 of the district schools had an average of 12 scholars of less; and 1 had an average of 6 scholars or less. The average run of district school classes was 18.4 weeks. (The Strafford County average was 20.82 weeks).

Milton had 146 male and 138 female students enrolled. Of these, 31 were aged under six years, 233 were aged between 6 and 16 years, and 29 were aged over 16 years. There were 39 students pursuing higher branches, and there were 14 students aged between 5 and 15 years that were not attending any school. Average daily attendance was 201 students.

There were 4 male teachers, making an average of $40.00 per month, and 14 female teachers, making an average of $23.42 per month. Of these, 2 were teaching for the first time, and 10 had been teachers for more than one term. (One might infer that the remaining 16 had been teachers already for a single prior term). Of these, 2 of them had been to Normal school. Of 208 Strafford County teachers, only 30 (11.6%) had been to Normal school).

Under the heading Private Schools of a Higher Grade, Milton had its Classical Institute, which was situated at Milton Three Ponds. It had been chartered and organized in 1866. The value of its building, apparatus and grounds was $2,800. It had a 44-week school year, which began in September. It had no male teachers and 2 female teachers; and it had 17 male and 31 female students. Of these, 37 of them were NH residents, 18 of them were pursuing higher branches.

The school committee had available to it $1,925.41; of which $1,092.00 came from the town tax for support of schools, $483.00 came from district school taxes, $120.62 came from the literary fund, $129.00 came from local funds and the dog tax, $100.79 came from the railroad tax, and $0.00 came from contributions.

Milton expended $0.00 for new buildings, $358.00 in interest, $25.00 in permanent repairs, $100.0o in miscellaneous expenses; and $1,223.71 in teacher salaries, for a grand total of $1,766.71. The average cost of salaries and miscellaneous expenses per scholar was $4.66. (The county average cost per scholar was $7.29).


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References:

NH Superintendent of Public Instruction. (1882). Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=qholAQAAIAAJ

Milton’s Duntley Family Blacksmiths – 1838-1916

By Muriel Bristol | November 1, 2021

Milton’s village smithies for nearly eighty years were Hazen Duntley and his son, Ira W. Duntley.

Hazen Duntley

Hazen Duntley was born in Bow, NH, circa February 1805, son of Joseph and Jane W. (Eastman) Duntley.

Mr. Hazen Duntley married (1st) in New Durham, NH, October, 18, 1829, Miss Phebe Leighton, he of Sandwich, NH, and she of Farmington, NH. Rev. Nathaniel Berry performed the ceremony. She was born in Farmington, NH, in 1811.

Hazen Duntley headed a Thornton, NH, household at the time of the Fifth (1830) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 20-29 years (himself), one female aged 15-19 years (Phebe (Leighton) Duntley), and one female aged under-five years. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of the Widow Susan Wadson, and John Fish.

Son Jedediah L. Duntley was born in Farmington, NH, in 1834.

In 1838 Hazen Duntley built his blacksmith shop on almost the same site as that now owned by his son, Ira W., and followed the blacksmith trade, during all his active life, during the Civil war serving as a blacksmith for three years in the same regiments as his son. He was an expert workman and dependable, honest man. In politics he was a Democrat and religiously affiliated with the Free Baptist church (Scales, 1914). 

Ms. Sarah Ricker’s Milton and the New Hampshire Farm Museum placed the son’s blacksmith shop – hereabove said to have been at “almost” his father’s original site – at the “center of town near where the police station used to be housed.” Photographs printed therein show its remains next to, and set back towards the river from, a large three-story building with a mansard roof, identified elsewhere as having been a ballroom (perhaps the three-story A.O.U.W. hall (built c1890)).

Hazen Duntley headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 30-39 years (himself), one female aged 30-39 years (Phebe (Leighton) Duntley), one female aged 10-14 years, two males aged 5-9 years (Lorenzo D. Duntley and Jedediah L. Duntley), and one female aged under-5 years (Mary J. Duntley). One member of the household, i.e., Hazen Duntley, was engaged in Manufacture and Trade. Their house appeared in the enumeration between those of Daniel Wentworth, and Benjamin F. Wentworth.

BlacksmithingHazen Duntley, a blacksmith, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Phebe Duntley, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), Lorenzo D. Duntley, a shoemaker, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Jedidiah L. Duntley, a shoemaker, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Mary J. Duntley, aged twelve years (b. NH), Ira W. Duntley, aged nine years (b. NH), Amos G. Duntley, aged seven years (b. NH), Lorania Duntley, aged four years (b. NH), Bethann Duntley, aged four years (b. NH), Nathan Jones, Jr., a blacksmith, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Hosea Knox, a shoemaker, aged eighteen years (b. NH). Their house appeared in the enumeration between those of Stephen Drew, physician, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), and James Pinkham, shoemaker, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH).

Hazen Duntley, a blacksmith, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Phoebe Duntley, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), J.L. Duntley, a blacksmith, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Mary J. Duntley, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Ira W. Duntley, a blacksmith, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Amos G. Duntley, a blacksmith, aged sixteen years (b. NH), A. Duntley, aged fourteen years (b. NH), L. Duntley, aged fourteen years (b. NH), P.A. Duntley, aged eight years (b. NH), and Sally Leighton, aged seventy-two years (b. NH). Hazen Duntley had real estate valued at $1,500 and personal estate valued at $800. Their house appeared in the enumeration between those of Stephen Twombly, a shoemaker, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Charles A. Sawyer, a R.R. agent, aged thirty-five years (b. NH).

Son Jedediah L. Duntley married (1st) in Rochester, NH, November 28, 1860, Susan Dearborn.

Hazen Duntley of Milton, aged forty-four years (b. Bow, NH), enlisted as a farrier in Company K of the 1st NH Cavalry Regiment, on Monday, 7 October 1861, and swore allegiance that same day before Eli Wentworth, possibly in Milton. His son, Ira W. Duntley, had enlisted in the same company and regiment three days earlier. One might suppose that the elder Duntley enlisted in order to accompany the son after learning of his enlistment. They both mustered in at Concord, NH, October 24, 1861.

Duntley was detached to the Quartermaster Department, November 15, 1862, and returned to his unit, January 15, 1863. He was again detached to the Quartermaster Department, March 15, 1863, and extended there, in Dumfries, VA, April 13, 1863, returning May 15, 1863. He was assigned to a dismounted detachment at Potomac Creek, VA, the following day, May 16, 1863. He transferred, evidently to the 1st RI Cavalry, January 7, 1864. He mustered out at Concord, NH, October 24, 1864. (The son followed him on December 4, 1864).

Daughter Lorania Duntley married in Milton, March 30, 1867, John S. Corson.

Son Ira W. Duntley married in Somersworth, NH, April 18, 1867, Sarah A. Hodgman.

Hazen Duntley appeared in the Milton business directory of 1868, as Milton blacksmith.

Hazen Duntley, a blacksmith, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Phebe Duntley, keeping house, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), Mary J. Duntley, works in shoe factory, aged thirty years (b. NH), and Phebe A. Duntley, at home, aged eighteen years (b. NH). Presumably, Hazen Duntley rented, as he had no real estate. Their house appeared in the enumeration between those of John S. Corson, works in shoe factory, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), and Ezra H. Twombly, postmaster, aged forty-one years (b. NH).

Phebe (Leighton) Duntley died in Milton, November 26, 1871, aged sixty years.

Hazen Duntley married (2nd) in Rochester, NH, September 2, 1872, Mary Murray, he of Milton and she of Rochester, NH. He was a blacksmith, aged sixty-seven years, and she was aged sixty-eight years. Rev. D.J. Smith performed the ceremony. She was born in New Durham, NH, circa 1806, daughter of John and Abigail Murray.

H. Duntley & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, and 1880, as Milton blacksmiths.

Hazen Duntley, a blacksmith, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds Village”) household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his son, Ira W. Duntley, a blacksmith, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law, Sarah A. Duntley, keeping house, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), his grandchildren, Addie C. Duntley, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH), and Hattie M. Duntley, at school, aged ten years (b. NH), and his boarder, Herbert F. Pitcher, a physician, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH). Their house appeared in the enumeration between those of Sarah Shapleigh, keeping house, aged seventy-three years (b. NH), and John P. Pinkham, works on shoes, aged forty-three years (b. NH).

H. Duntley & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1881, and 1882, as Milton blacksmiths.

Hazen Duntley died of heart paralysis in Milton, November 15, 1884, aged seventy-nine years, eight months, and twenty days. He was a widowed mechanic.

Ira W. Duntley

Ira W. Duntley was born in Milton, March 16, 1842, son of Hazen and Phebe (Leighton) Duntley. One might suppose that he was a namesake for Ira Worster, a West Milton abolitionist and uncle of Lewis W. Nute. (Hydraulic engineer Ira W. Jones was another so named).

IRA W. DUNTLEY, who is one of Milton’s best known citizens, holds a record for continuous work in one line, having been engaged in horseshoeing for fifty-four years in his own blacksmith shop, after three years’ similar service during the Civil war, as a member of Company K, First R.I. Cavalry, and of Company K, First N.H. Cavalry (Scales, 1914).

Ira W. Duntley attended the village school and learned his trade with his father. After serving three years in the army, as noted above, he was discharged December 4, 1864, in Virginia, and returned then to Milton, where he has carried on his work as horseshoer and blacksmith to the present time. He is a member of and at times has been an official of Eli Wentworth Post G.A.R., No. 89, at Milton and is greatly interested in Grand Army affairs. In politics he gives support to the Democratic party but does not call himself a politician. Mr. Duntley married Miss Sarah A. Hodgeman, who was born near Lowell, Mass., and they have two daughters: Ada C., who is the wife of Robert McIntosh, of Milton, and Hattie M., who resides with her parents. Mr. Duntley and family attend the Free Baptist church. For forty years he identified with the Milton lodge of Odd Fellows, and is a charter member of the Madokawando Tribe, No. 21, Improved Order of Red Men. Mr. Duntley is highly regarded as a neighbor and citizen, being a man of character and charitable impulses (Scales, 1914).

Ira W. Duntley, a blacksmith, aged eighteen years (b. NH), resided in the Milton household of his father, Hazen Duntley, also a blacksmith, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. (See Hazen Duntley above). Meanwhile, Sarah A. Hodgman, sewing, i.e., a seamstress, aged seventeen years (b. MA), resided with her siblings in the Wakefield (“Union”) household of their mother, Adeline A. Hodgman, a houseworker, aged fifty years (b. NH).

Ira W. Duntley of Milton, aged nineteen years (b. Milton, NH), enlisted as a farrier in Company K of the 1st NH Cavalry Regiment, on Friday, 4 October 1861. His father enlisted in the same company and regiment on the following Monday. One might suppose that the father enlisted in order to accompany the son after learning of his enlistment. They both mustered in at Concord, NH, October 24, 1861.

Duntley was detached to the Quartermaster Department, November 15, 1862, and returned to his unit, May 15, 1863. He was assigned to a dismounted detachment at Potomac Creek, VA, the following day, May 16, 1863. He transferred, evidently to the 1st RI Cavalry, January 7, 1864. He mustered out December 4, 1864 (two months after his father).

Ira W. Duntley married in Somersworth, NH, April 18, 1867, Sarah A. Hodgman, he of Milton and she of Union, [Wakefield,] NH. Rev. F.K. Stratton performed the ceremony. She was born in Walpole, MA, February 2, 1844, daughter of Samuel and Adaline A. Hodgman.

Ira W. Duntley, a blacksmith, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Sarah A. Duntley, keeping house, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), Addie C. Duntley, aged two years (b. NH), and Hattie M. Duntley, aged ten months (b. NH). Ira W. Duntley had personal estate valued at $600.

H. Duntley & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, and 1880, as Milton blacksmiths.

Ira W. Duntley, a blacksmith, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and his family lived in the Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household of his father, Hazen Duntley, also a blacksmith, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. (See Hazen Duntley above).

H. Duntley & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1881, and 1882, as Milton blacksmiths. Thereafter, I.W. Duntley appeared in the Milton business directories of 1884, 1887, and 1889, as a Milton blacksmith.

Ira W. Duntley appeared in the Milton business directories of 1892, 1894, and 1898, as a Milton blacksmith.

Daughter Addie C. Duntley married in Milton, August 26, 1897, Robert A. McIntosh, both of Milton. She was a lady, aged twenty-nine years, and he was a laster, aged twenty-seven years. Rev. Myron P. Dickey performed the ceremony. McIntosh was born in Calais, ME, circa 1870, son of David and Margaret McIntosh.

Ira Duntley, aged fifty-eight years, headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included Sarah A. Duntley, aged fifty-six years, his daughter, Addie C. Mcintosh, aged thirty-one years, his son-in-law, Robert A. Mcintosh, aged twenty-eight years, his grandchildren, Robert D. Mcintosh, aged two years, and Irma Mcintosh, aged two months, and his daughter, Hattie Duntley, aged thirty years.

Duntley, IW - 1912Ira W. Duntley appeared in the Milton business directories of 1901, 1904, 1905-06, and 1909, as a Milton blacksmith. In the latter two directories, he was also listed as a carriage repairer, horseshoer, and wheelwright.

Ira W Duntly, a blacksmith (general shop), aged sixty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Hos household included his wife, Sarah A. Duntly, aged sixty-six years (b. MA), his children, Hattie M. Duntly, a shoe factory stitcher, aged forty years (b. NH), and Adda C. McIntosh, aged forty-two years (b. NH), his son-in-law, Robert A. McIntosh, a fancy goods merchant, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), and his granddaughter, Erma McIntosh, aged ten years (b. NH). Ira W. Duntly owned their house, free-and-clear.

Ira W. Duntley appeared in the Milton business directories of 1912, as a Milton blacksmith. He was also listed as a carriage repairer, horseshoer, and wheelwright.

Blacksmith Shop - BG130927BUSINESS CHANCES. HORSESHOEING and blacksmith shop for sale; good tools, power drill, band saw and planer, run by gas engine; all work one can do; practically no competition. Address Box 246, Milton, N.H. SSu* (Boston Globe, September 27, 1913).

But it appears to have been “no sale.” The blacksmith shop, although not the tools, would be advertised again after his death.

Sarah A. (Hodgman) Duntley died of chronic interstitial nephritis in Milton, January 1914, aged sixty-nine years, eleven months.

Baptist Church Notes. Rev. J.T. Clow, pastor of the Free Baptist church, was called to Milton to speak at the funeral service of Mrs. Sarah Duntley, wife of Ira Duntley, on Saturday, January 3 (Farmington News, January 9, 1914).

Ira W. Duntley, blacksmith, died of chronic myocarditis in Milton, March 20, 1916, aged seventy-four years, and four days, still possessed of his blacksmith shop. James J. Buckley, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Death of Ira W. Duntley. Ira W. Duntley, one of Milton’s prominent and respected citizens, and well known among Farmington people, passed away at his home in that village Monday evening after a short illness of senile debility, at the age of 74 years. Mr. Duntley, by trade, followed in the footsteps of his forefathers, having been a blacksmith, and did business in the same shop as his father and grandfather. It is also remarkable to learn that until the recent illness of the deceased the fire in the forge had not been allowed to go out for years. For over 40 years Mr. Duntley served as sexton of the Congregational church in his town and was one of four last surviving members of Eli Wentworth Post G.A.R. He left two brothers, a sister, two daughters and one granddaughter. Funeral was held from the home this Thursday at 1.30 p.m. (Farmington News, [Friday,] March 24, 1916).

BUSINESS CHANCES. BLACKSMITH SHOP for sale or to let in Milton, N.H., formerly owned by I.W. DUNTLEY, only shop in town, estab. 75 years. R.A. McINTOSH, Melton [SIC], N.H. dSu3t je24 (Boston Globe, June 24, 1916).

Robert A. McIntosh was daughter Addie C. (Duntley) McIntosh’s husband. (He sold Gents’ Furnishings at 28 Main street).

(Elijah P. Oakes was operating a blacksmith shop on Lake Side road, Lebanon side, near the bridge, Milton, in 1917).


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