Milton Mills’ Bray U. Simes (1801-1885)

By Muriel Bristol | November 22, 2020

Bray Underwood Simes was born in Portsmouth, NH, circa June 1801, son of William and Hannah (Underwood) Simes. (His father, William Underwood, was a goldsmith. He died in Portsmouth, NH, April 15, 1824, aged fifty-one years).

Bray U. Simes left his native Portsmouth, NH, in the same year that his father died, 1824 (Brewster, 1853). Portsmouth had been capitol of New Hampshire until 1807, and was still its major seaport and entrepôt. Many of his relatives and associates were tradesmen or merchants of one kind or another. He presumably set out from home in order to open his own store at Milton Mills, which he ran there for nearly fifty years. (He preceded fellow storekeeper Asa Fox by about ten years).

A country storekeeper of his time did not simply sell retail goods. They functioned also as a middleman: taking in local farm and home products in trade, aggregating them, and passing them on to larger markets, hopefully at a profit. Simes’ Portsmouth connections likely came in handy for such trading. (The arrival of the railroad at Union in the mid 1850s would have made this easier).

NH Store Ledgers, 1820s
1820s [Exeter & Hampton] NH Country Store Ledgers (Liveauctioneers.com)

Not every transaction in Simes’ store would have involved an exchange of money, which was sometimes scarce. (Think of the current “change” shortage). Account books were kept. One might obtain a “credit” on the merchant’s books – likely after some “sharp” Yankee trading – by turning in some goods or product, such as foodstuffs, maple syrup, butter, leather, wool, firewood, etc., and then drawing upon that credit either then or later to purchase retail goods. Settlement of estates often involved a final settling of such accounts. Such establishments served often as post offices and were certainly active social hubs.

Bray U. Simes married, apparently in neighboring Middleton, NH, June 4, 1828, Martha Spinney, he of Milton and she of Wakefield, NH. Rev. William Buzzell (1775-1841), a Free-Will Baptist minister of Middleton, NH, performed the ceremony. She was born in Kittery, ME, circa 1808.

Simes, Bray Underwood (1801-1885)
Bray Underwood Simes, circa 1835 (Colonial Williamsburg)

B.U. Sims headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifth (1830) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 20-29 years [Bray Sims], one female aged 15-19 years [Martha Simes], and one female aged under-5 years [Elizabeth E. Simes]. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of Jere. [Jeremiah] Goodwin and Nathl. [Nathaniel] Dearborn.

Bray Sims headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 30-39 years [Bray Sims], two females 20-29 years [Martha Simes and someone else], one female aged 10-14 [Elizabeth E. Simes], two males aged 5-9 years [William Simes and George Simes], one female aged 5-9 years [Caroline Simes], one male aged under-5 years [John Simes], and one female aged under-5 years [Ann Simes]. One member of his household was employed in Commerce. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of Susannah Nutter and Asa Fox. ([Dr.] John L. Swinerton appeared after Asa Fox).

Simes, Martha (Spinney) (1808-c1883)
Martha (Spinney) Simes, circa 1835 (Colonial Williamsburg)

A certain “Ada” [Adaline Simes] of Portsmouth, NH, addressed a letter – in the period 1840-55 – to Mrs. Martha Simes and Bray U. Simes in Milton Mills, NH, in which she addressed them as Sister and Brother. Her letter mentioned family matters; the sailing of the ship Athens; visiting family; seeing an eye doctor in Boston; having received a letter from William, who had sailed from Charlestown, SC, to Mobile, AL, with William Sises; deaths in Portsmouth (Mrs. Betterham) and Aunt Dame; Mother having fallen on the ice and strained her ligament; and Louise [Simes] being determined to remain an old maid (Portsmouth Athenaeum, 2017).

Adeline [Simes] of Portsmouth, NH, addressed a letter – circa 1848 – to Bray U. Simes in Milton Mills, NH, in which she addressed him as Brother. Her letter mentioned ordering butter; family matters (sister Caroline [(Simes) Chase] having a cold); and Masonic activities in Portsmouth (John Christie having been elected grand master) (Portsmouth Athenaeum, 2017).

(Simes’ widowed mother, Hannah [(Underwood)] Simes, aged seventy-four years (b. NH), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. Her household included [her daughters,] Louisa Simes, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and Adaline Simes, aged thirty-two years (b. NH). They shared a two-family residence with the household of John Chase, a sea captain, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), Caroline E. [(Simes)] Chase, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), and their family).

Milton Representative Asa Fox submitted a petition to the NH legislature on behalf of Bray U. Simes and others, on Saturday, June 9, 1849. Their petition sought a reorganization or reform of the NH state militia. (Simes himself would have been above militia age).

Bray U. Simes, a trader, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Martha Simes, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), Elizabeth E. Simes, aged twenty years (b. NH), William Simes, a student, aged eighteen years (b. NH), George Simes, a student, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Caroline Simes, aged fourteen years (b. NH), John Simes, aged twelve years (b. NH), Ann Simes, aged ten years (b. NH), Edward Simes, aged eight years (b. NH), Shadrach Simes, aged five years (b. NH), and Adaline Simes, aged two years (b. NH). Bray U. Simes had real estate valued at $1,500. His household appeared between those of James Parker, a weaver, aged twenty-five years, and John L. Swinerton, a physician, aged forty-five years (b. ME).

Bray U. Simes of Milton Mills, N.H., a trader, visited the Sons of Portsmouth Jubilee, on Monday, July 4, 1853. It was a reunion or “Old Home Week” of sorts for Portsmouth, NH, natives and those who had formerly resided there. Simes had moved from Portsmouth in 1824 (Brewster, 1853).

B.U. Simes’ perception and subtlety in detecting a sneak thief, circa 1855, would be remembered at the time of his death thirty years later in 1885.

Brother-in-law John Chase (husband of sister Caroline Simes), appeared in the Portsmouth directory of 1857, as a ship master, with his house at 15 Elm street. Sime’s mother, Hannah (Underwood) Simes, widow of William Simes, resided with them at 15 Elm street. Brother-in-law Edward F. Sise (husband of sister Anne M. Simes), appeared as a coal and crockery merchant at 75 Market street, with his house at 10 Middle street. Hannah (Simes) Underwood died in Portsmouth, NH, September 11, 1858.

B.U. Simes, a merchant, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Martha Simes, keeping house, aged fifty years (b. ME), Elizabeth Simes, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), Ann Simes, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Adda Simes, aged twelve years (b. NH), and John Simes, a merchant, aged twenty-four years (b. NH). Bray U. Simes had real estate valued at $1,200 and personal estate valued at $3,000. His household appeared between those of Elbridge W. Fox, a farmer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and George Simes, a carpenter, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH).

Sister Adaline Simes – she of the letters summarized above – married in Portsmouth, NH January 29, 1862, William Stavers, Jr., she of Portsmouth, and he of Philadelphia, PA. He was a widowed clerk, aged fifty-five years, and she was aged forty-nine years.

Bray U. Simes was taxed as a retail dealer in Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1862, US Excise Tax of 1863, and US Excise Tax of May 1864. His store was one of Milton Mills’ “four regular stores” mentioned in the Vulpes Letter of January 1864.

Son Shadrach S. Simes, of Milton, NH, aged nineteen years, enlisted in Company C of the Ninth NH Regiment, at Portsmouth, NH, January 5, 1864.

Military Items. Two hundred conscripts for the 6th and 9th New Hampshire regiments passed through Louisville on Wednesday, to join their regiments. They are from Concord, N.H. (Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, IL), January 26, 1864).

He was captured by the Confederates on May 12, 1864, during the Battle of Spotsylvania, VA. He died in the notorious prison camp at Andersonville, GA, June 30, 1864. (Its commandant would later be hanged as a war criminal).

Bray U. (or B.U.) Simes appeared as a Milton Mills variety merchant, or a dry goods & grocery merchant in Milton business directories of the years 1867-681869-70, and 1871. (Son John U. Simes had also his own mercantile listing from at least this period).

Bray U. Simes, a retail grocer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Martha Simes, keeping house, aged sixty-two years (b. ME), and his children, Elizabeth E. Simes, aged forty-one years (b. NH), Ann S. Simes, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and Adda Simes, aged twenty-two years (b. NH). Bray U. Simes had real estate valued at $1,500 and personal estate valued at $2,880. His household appeared between those of [his son,] Edward S. Simes, a carpenter, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), and Asa A. Fox, a retail grocer, aged thirty-two years (b. NH).

Milton Mills, 1871 - Detail
Milton Mills, 1871 (Detail). Ira Miller was shown as being still proprietor of the Central House hotel in Central Square. B.U. Simes’ store occupies the Central Square corner that would soon become “Ira Miller’s Store.” Asa Fox’s store stood across the square from Miller and Simes. Simes’ house, and those of his sons, shared a single large lot between Main and Church streets.

George W. Tasker and B.N. [B.U.] Simes were elected as Milton’s representatives in the NH House of Representatives, on Tuesday, March 12, 1872 (NH General Court, 1872). In the gubernatorial portion of that same election, Milton gave 222 votes (61.2%) to the Republican candidate, Ezekiel A. Straw (1819-1882) of Manchester, NH; 131 votes (36.1%) to the Democrat candidate, James A. Weston (1827-1895) of Manchester, NH; 6 votes (1.7%) to Labor-Reform candidate Lemuel P. Cooper (1803-1890) of Croydon, NH; and 4 votes (1.1%) to Temperance candidate Dr. John Blackmer (1829-1895) of Sandwich, NH (Boston Globe, March 13, 1872).

Bray U. Simes of Milton made out his last will, February 3, 1879, probably in Portsmouth, NH. He devised a token $5 each to his four sons, George Simes, William Simes, John U. Simes, and Edward S. Simes, as well as cancelling the $1,000 notes of hand given him by each of them. He devised to his daughter, Elizabeth E. Simes, $2,000. (Other children, Shadrach (d. 1864), Caroline (d. 1868), Adaline (d. 1875), and Ann S. Simes (d. 1878), died prior to the drafting of the will). He devised all the rest and residue of his estate to his “beloved wife,” Martha Simes, “to have and to hold the same, free from the control of any person, and at her disposal forever.” He also named her as executrix, and released her from the need to pay an executrix’s bond. John T. French, Geo. Annable, and Chas E. Green signed as witnesses, likely in Portsmouth, NH (Strafford County Probate, 102:420). (John T. French (1821-1889) was a Portsmouth merchant, George Annable (1820-1894) was a Portsmouth fire insurance clerk, and Charles E. Green (1857-1912), was a Portsmouth druggist’s clerk).

Bray U. Simes, a retired merchant, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Martha Simes, a housekeeper, aged seventy-two years (b. ME), his daughter, Elisabeth E. Simes, at house, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his grandson, William C. Simes, works peddling fancy goods & c., aged seventeen years (b. NH). His household appeared between those of [his son,] Edward S. Simes, a carpenter, aged thirty-seven years, and Ira Miller, a storekeeper, aged fifty-three years (b. ME).

Bray U. Simes died of a heart ailment in Milton, July 15, 1885, aged eighty-four years, one month, and twelve days.

Martha Simes conveyed land in Milton to [her son] John U. Simes, for $1, as recorded in 1888 (Farmington News, May 18, 1888).

Martha (Spinney) Simes died in 1891.


See also Milton Mills’ Asa Fox & Son General Store and Milton Mills’ Ira Miller (1826-1902)


References:

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Christian Union. (1885, August 20). The Death of B.U. Simes, of Milton Mills, Recalls. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=37c_AQAAMAAJ&pg=RA7-PA29

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Milton Grammar School Teachers, 1930-53

By Muriel Bristol | November 15, 2020

Continued from Milton Grammar School Teachers, 1908-30

Alvin A. Newell – Grades 7-8, Principal – 1930-42

Alvin Alton Newell was born in Farmington, ME, February 1, 1906, son of Alfred S. “Fred” and Mabel J. (Hardy) Newell.

Alvin A. Newell of Farmington, ME, a student at the University of Maine’s College of Agriculture, Class of 1928, placed on the Dean’s List in December 1925 (Bangor Daily News, December 3, 1925).

Alvin A. Newell married in ME, August 11, 1928, Lenora N. Abbott, he of Farmington, ME, and she of Phillips, ME. She was born in Phillips, ME, July 15, 1906, daughter of Frederick E. and Rose B. (Adams) Abbott.

The new teachers in the elementary schools are Mr. Alvin A. Newell, who has trained at the University of Maine, Farmington Normal School, and Keene Normal School; Miss Valna I. Lover, Keene Normal School, 1926, and Miss Florence H. Nye, Aroostook Normal School, 1926 (Milton Town Report, 1930).

Alvin Newell, a public school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Lenora Newell, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), and his sister-in-law, Lillian Abbott, a private family housewife, aged thirty-three years (b. ME). Alvin Newell rented their house on Silver Street, for $20 per month. They did not have a radio set.

CHILD HEALTH CONFERENCE IN MILTON. A child health conference for babies and children of pre-school age will be held at the Milton grammar school on August 20, from 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. Good health means good citizenship. Every child attending will be weighed, measured, and given a complete physical examination by a physician. A card stating the height, weight and results of the examination, with recommendations made by the physician, will be given to the parents at the conference (Farmington News, August 16, 1935).

Alvin Newell, a public school principal, aged thirty-two years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Lenora Newell, aged thirty years (b. ME). Alvin Newell rented their house on Silver Street, for $22 per month. They had resided in the same place, i.e., Milton, in 1935.

Alvin Alton Newell registered for the WW II military draft in Rochester, NH, October 16, 1940. He was born in Farmington, ME, February 1, 1906, and was aged thirty-four years. He was employed by the Milton School district. His wife, Mrs. Leonora A. Newell, of P.O. Box 53, Milton, NH, was his next of kin. He gave the same address initially, but it was crossed out in favor of 21 Farwell Street, Lewiston, ME. He was 6′ tall and weighed 160 lbs., with gray eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. His name appeared on Milton’s WW II Honor Roll.

Alvin (Lenora) Newell appeared in the Lewiston, ME, directory of 1949, as agent for Prudential Insurance Company, resident on Allen avenue.

Alvin A. Newell died in Brunswick, ME, May 13, 1962, aged fifty-six years.

Notes from the Classes. NECROLOGY. 1928. ALVIN ALTON NEWELL. Alvin A. Newell, 56, of Lewiston, died May 13, 1962, at his summer cottage at Mere Point, Brunswick, following a heart attack. A native of Farmington, he graduated from Farmington high school, and attended the University of Maine for two years. He then taught schools in Union and Farmington, and at Milton, N.H. He had been employed for a number of years as an agent for the Prudential Insurance Co., of America. Mr. Newell served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Androscoggin Valley Life Underwriters Assn. Survivors include his wife and two sisters. Mr. Newell was a member of the Phi Omega Delta, which later became Beta Kappa (Maine Alumnus. June-July 1962).

Lenora N. (Abbott) Newell died in Lewiston, ME, September 25, 2000.

Ethelyn F. ((Gray) (Bickford)) Hull – Grades 1-2 – 1931-36, Grades 1 – 1936-45, Grades 2-3 – 1945-48

Ethelyn Frances Gray was born in Barrington, NH, October 28, 1899, daughter of Frank H. and Gertrude S. “Sophronia” (Cilley) Gray.

Sophronia Gray, a widow, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Ethelyn Gray, a dry goods clerk, aged twenty years (b. NH). Sophronia Gray owned their house on Main Street in Gonic, free-and-clear.

Ethelyn F. Gray married (1st) in Farmington, NH, July 21, 1923, Frederick Sherman Bickford, she of Gonic and he of Rochester, NH. She was a teacher, aged twenty-five years, and he was a telegraph operator, aged twenty-five years. He was born in Rochester, July 26, 1900, son of Charles E. and Cora I. (Shorey) Bickford. He died in Cambridge, MA, March 20, 1930, aged twenty-nine years.

DIED IN MASS. HOSPITAL. Fred S. Bickford, for several years a telegraph operator for the Boston & Maine Railroad at Rochester, died Thursday at the Charlesgate Hospital, Cambridge, Mass. Death was the result of heart trouble. Included among the ‘surviving relatives are the widow, three small children, his parents, two brothers, Harold of North Berwick, Me., and Everett  of Rochester, and a sister, Mrs. Laurel Roberts of Rochester (Portsmouth Herald, [Saturday,] March 22, 1930).

Ethelyn F. Bickford, a widow, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Franklin S. Bickford, aged four years, three months (b. NH), Leona F. Bickford, aged three years, one month (b. NH), and Natalie G. Bickford, aged one year, seven months (b. NH). Ethelyn F. Bickford owned their house on the Salmon Falls Road, which was valued at $4,000. They did not have a radio set.

Grades two and three were combined this year, enabling Miss [Mrs.] Bickford to spend more time with a large class of beginners. (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report, 1936).

Ethelyne Bickford, a public school teacher, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Franklin Bickford, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Leona Bickford, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Natalie Bickford, aged eleven years (b. NH), and her mother Sophronia Gray, a widow, aged eighty-two years (b. NH). Ethelyne Bickford owned their house on the Salmon Falls Road, which was valued at $2,000. They had all lived in the same house in 1935.

LADD STREET. Ethelyn Bickford and friends of Rochester were recent callers at Mrs. Anabel Glines (Groton Times (Groton, VT), September 12, 1941).

About Rochester. Mrs. Ethelyn Bickford of Shoreyville is enjoying a vacation from her teaching duties at Milton, N.H. (Portsmouth Herald, December 27, 1941).

Frank Hull registered for the WW II military draft in Rochester, NH, February 15, 1942. He resided on R.F.D. #1 in Rochester, but kept P.O. Box 16 at the Rochester post office. He was employed by the Hubbard Shoe Co., of East Rochester. His telephone number was Rochester 648-M. He was forty-two years of age, 5′ 10″ tall, weight 150 pounds, and had brown hair, blue eyes, and a light brown complexion. His contact, who would know always his whereabouts, was Mrs. Ethelyn Bickford, of Rochester, NH.

Ethelyn F. (Gray) Bickford married in Berwick, ME, September 26, 1942, Frank Hull, Jr. He was born in Rochester, NH, June 26, 1900, son of Frank Hull.

Mrs. E. Bickford, Frank Hull Marry. Announcement was made this week of the marriage of Frank Hull and Mrs. Ethelyn Bickford, both of Salmon Falls road in the Shoreyville section. The ceremony was performed last Saturday at the parsonage of the Methodist church in Berwick, Me., by the pastor Rev. Ralph J. Barron. They were unattended. Mr. Hull is a life-long resident of East Rochester and is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hull. He has been employed in the local shoe factory but of late has been engaged in the ice business with his brother-in-law, Harvey E. Warburton. Mrs. Hull is a teacher in the Grammar school at Milton, and an active member in the Evangeline Rebekah lodge. They will live in the home of the bride in Shoreyville (Portsmouth Herald, [Thursday,] October 1, 1942).

Frank (Ethelyn) Hull, Jr., appeared in the Rochester, NH, directory of 1943, as a laborer, resident with Harvey E. Warburton.

Rebekahs Feature Valentine Party. Members of Evangeline Rebekah lodge held a Valentine party Wednesday night in connection with their regular meeting. On the committee in charge of the event were Past Noble Grands Mrs. Ella M. McKenney and Mrs. Elizabeth L. Varney and Mrs. F. Alta Carpenter. Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays will be observed at the next meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 24, when the committee will be Mrs. Georgia M.B. Tibbetts, Past Noble Grand Mrs. Ethelyn Hull and Janet H. Warburton (Portsmouth Herald, February 12, 1943).

Mrs. Ethelyn Hull, teacher of the first grade at Milton, was given a leave of absence because of illness until January, 1944, when she resumed her teaching. Mrs. Doris Taylor Fernald, another experienced teacher, took her place (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report 1943).

Ethelyn (Mrs. Frank Jr.) Hull appeared in the Rochester directory of 1948, as a Milton teacher, with her house on the Salmon Falls rd. R.D. 1. Frank (Ethelyn) Hull, Jr., appeared as an employee of Furbush Oil Co,, with his house on the Salmon Falls rd. R.D.

Frank Hull, Jr. died in Rochester, NH, September 8, 1969. Ethelyn F. (Gray) (Bickford)) Hull died March 1, 1982.

Marion J. Atwood – Grades 5-6 – 1931-42

Marion Janet Atwood was born in Pelham, NH, April 19, 1908, daughter of Harry H. and Carrie M. (Stickney) Atwood.

Marion J. Atwood, an insurance clerk, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), was one of thirteen lodgers in the Hartford, CT, household of Doris A. Lord at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Lord was a public school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH). Her lodgers were all young ladies employed in various clerical positions.

Peter J. Lover, a leather-board mill machine tender, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice M. Lover, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), his child, Wilbur C. Lover, a leather-board mill finisher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and his boarder, Marion Atwood, a public school teacher, aged thirty years (b. NH). Peter J. Lover owned their house on Church Street, which was valued at $1,150. They had all lived in the same house in 1935. (Helen Chamberlain had boarded with the Lovers in 1930).

Marion J. Atwood’s younger brother, Harry H. Atwood, Jr., died in Lowell, MA, March 19. 1946. She received appointment as administratrix of his estate.

LEGAL NOTICE. ADMINISTRATRIX’ NOTICE. The Subscriber gives notice that she has been duly appointed Administratrix of the Estate of Harry H. Atwood, Jr., late Pelham, N.H. in the County Hillsborough, deceased. All persons indebted to said Estate are requested to make payment, and all having claims to present them for adjustment. Dated Sept. 3, 1946. 9-10,17,24. Marion J. Atwood (Portsmouth Herald, September 10, 1946).

Marion J. Atwood became assistant postmaster of Pelham, NH, June 1, 1947, upon the retirement of her father, who had been postmaster there since at least September 1944. She became postmaster in her own right, October 1, 1949, and held that position until her retirement in 1972.

Marion J. Atwood died in Pelham, NH, March 1, 1988, aged seventy-nine years.

Obituaries. Marion J. “Mac” Atwood, 79, died Tuesday at her home. Miss Atwood was the Pelham postmaster for thirty years before her retirement in 1972. She was born in Pelham and attended the Pelham elementary schools. A 1925 graduate of Nashua High, she graduated from Keene State College in 1927. Miss Atwood taught elementary school for 14 years in Alton and Moulton [Milton], N.H., and had also worked in Remington Arms in Lowell, Mass. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Pelham Senior Citizens, the AARP and was a former member of the Pelham Grange. She is survived by brothers, Willis Atwood of Pelham and Frank Atwood of Windham; sisters, Mrs. Harry (Marjorie) Page of Albany, N.Y., Mrs. Clifford (Elizabeth) Laws of Kittery, Maine, and Mrs. Richard (Phyliss) Ivers and Mrs. George (Shirley) Sutton, both of Pelham; and several nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held and burial will be in Gibson Cemetery. At the request of the family there are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack Valley Home Health Visiting Nurses, P.O. Box 216, Continental Boulevard, Merrimack, N.H. Arrangements are by the Goundrey Funeral Home of Salem (Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, [Friday,] March 4, 1988).

Bernice L. (Adams) Parshley – Grades 3 – 1934-35

Bernice Leighton Adams was born in Farmington, NH, July 1, 1901, daughter of Frank A. and Rachel K. (Leighton) Adams.

Bernice Leighton Adams married in Farmington, NH, November 23, 1924, Richmond H. Parshley, she of Farmington and he of Rochester, NH. She was a teacher, aged twenty-three years, and he was a drug clerk, aged twenty-five years. He was born in Strafford, NH, May 21, 1899, son of Charles E. and Mary E. (Jewell) Parshley.

PARSHLEY-ADAMS. Richard Hobson Parshley of Rochester and Miss Bernice Leighton Adams, a popular teacher in the Glen street school, were quietly united in marriage Sunday afternoon at four o’clock in the parsonage of the Congregational church, with the double ring service, by Rev. George W. Clark. Percy Varney of Rochester and Miss Doris Willoughby of Plymouth, a teacher in the Glen street school, attended the couple. The bride was becomingly gowned in blue silk. The groom is a representative young man in Rochester, was in service during the World war and for some time has been employed as clerk in the H.T. Hayes drug store. The bride, a daughter of Selectman and Mrs. Frank A. Adams, is a graduate of Farmington high school and Dover Business college. She holds a state certificate for teaching and has taught in Harrisville and Union, but for the past two years has had charge of the third grade in Glen street school. The couple left on the Sunday evening train for Portland for their honeymoon. On their return Mrs. Parshley will continue her school duties here for the remainder of the year, and they will make their home in Farmington and Rochester. The happy couple has legions of friends who tender their congratulations and best wishes tor many years of happy wedded life (Farmington News, November 28, 1924).

Richmond H. Parshley, a Cloverdale store manager, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of four [six] years), Bernice L. Parshley, a public school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and his children, Ardys L. Parshley, aged four years (b. NH), Richmond H. Parshley, aged three years (b. NH), and Frank C. Parshley, aged two years (b. NH). Richmond H. Parshley owned their house at 13 Bunker Street, which was valued at $1,300. They had a radio set.

In my last report I made the suggestion that assistance would have to be provided for the teacher in grades three and four because of the large enrollment. The State Department of Education consented to bear the expense of another teacher for the remainder of the year could one be provided and the plan was developed whereby seats and desks were placed in the assembly room and Mrs. Bernice Parshley hired to complete the year (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report, 1935).

Richmond Parshley, a retail grocery store [manager], aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of four [six] years), Bernice Parshley, a public school teacher, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), and his children, Ardys Parshley, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Richmond Parshley, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Frank Parshley, aged twelve years (b. NH), Lois Parshley, aged nine years (b. NH), and Floyd Parshley, aged four years (b. NH). Richmond H. Parshley owned their house on Mount Pleasant Street, which was valued at $1,700. They had all resided in the same house in 1935 (except Floyd Parshley).

Bernice L. (Adams) Parshley died in Rochester, NH, January 20, 1990. Richmond H.D. Parshley died in Rochester, NH, December 27, 1990.

Dorothy E. Whiting – Grade 3 – 1935-36

Dorothy E. Whiting was born in Conway, NH, September 22, 1909, daughter of Claud D. and Edith L. (Ames) Whiting.

Whiting, Dorothy E - Plymouth State, 1931
Dorothy Elizabeth Whiting, Plymouth State College, 1931

Claude G. Whiting, a Navy yard ship fitter, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-eight years), Edith L. Whiting, aged forty-five years (b. NH), and his child, Dorothy E. Whiting, aged twenty years (b. NH). Claude G. Whiting owned their house on Atlantic Heights, which was valued at $2,500. They had a radio set.

EPPING. Miss Dorothy Whiting will spend the vacation from her teaching duties at her home in Dover (Portsmouth Herald, March 30, 1934).

Miss Whiting came next to Milton from her former teaching position in Epping, NH.

In September 1935, Mrs. [Miss] Dorothy Whiting of Dover replaced Mrs. Parshley who resigned (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report, 1935).

Miss Whiting was elected to a position in Rochester and Miss Mary Willard, a graduate of Keene Teachers’ College who had been teaching for me in Rollinsford, was elected to fill this vacancy (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report, 1936).

Claud Whiting, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edith L. Whiting, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), and his child, Dorothy Whiting, a public school teacher, aged thirty years (b. NH). Claud Whiting owned their house on Elmwood Avenue, which was valued at $1,900. They had all resided in the same house in 1935.

School Head Appointed by Dover Board. William S. Hounsell, 46, of Conway was appointed headmaster of Dover High school last week by the Dover board of education upon recommendation of Dover Supt. of Schools Murray Watson. Mr. Hounsell formerly was headmaster of Colebrook academy for five year. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with graduate work there and at Boston university. He was Headmaster of Simonds Free High school in Warner for six years, Durham Junior High school for four years and Bartlett High school for seven years. In addition to the new headmaster, the School Board elected Wallace A. Welch of South Portland, Me., as the new teacher in shop welding. He has twenty years of experience at Littleton High school. Miss Dorothy Whiting of this city was added to the grade school staff. She has had six years of experience at Rochester (Portsmouth Herald, September 7, 1943).

Teachers College Seacoast Unit Elects Officers. Herbert Arnold of Exeter was elected president of the Seacoast Alumni Unit of Plymouth Teachers College at the final meeting of season, recently in the Women’s City Club. Other officers are Miss Alice Jeffords, vice president, Miss Dorothy Whiting of Dover, recording secretary, Miss Alice Downing of Hampton, corresponding secretary, and Miss Edna MacAaskill of Exeter, treasurer. Nominating committee members bringing in the slate were Mrs. Frances Leavitt, Miss Margaret Brown and Mrs. Olive Saloman of Hampton The group voted to give a scholarship of $75 to a student attending the college. Scholarship committee members were Miss Downing, Mrs. Saloman and Mrs. Mildred Peterson of Hampton (Portsmouth Herald, May 22, 1954).

Accident Report. Two cars were damaged in an accident at the intersection of State and Union streets yesterday at 3:15 p.m. Operators were Donna F . Brown, 38, of 186 Madison St., and Dorothy E. Whiting, 62, 7 Fairview Ave., Dover, police said. Front damage occurred to Brown car and damage in rear fender areas occurred to the Whiting car. (Portsmouth Herald, September 15, 1972).

Dorothy E. Whiting died in Dover, NH, in 1987.

Louise F. Sayward – Grades 2-3 – 1936-38

Sayward, Louise F - Keene State College, 1934
Louise Florence Sayward, Keene State College, 1934

Louise F. Sayward was born in Manchester, NH, September 25, 1913, daughter of Harold A. and Laura (Clement) Sayward.

H.A. Sayward, a fire department fireman, aged forty-three years (b. NH), headed a Manchester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-one years), Lura C. Sayward, aged forty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Eleanor V. Sayward, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Louise F. Sayward, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Marion C. Sayward, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and David A. Sayward, aged twelve years (b. NH). H.A. Sayward rented their house at 28 Warren Street.

Mrs. Helen Chamberlain was succeeded by Miss Louise Sayward, who is a graduate of Keene Teachers’ College, with experience. (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report, 1936).

Sumner W. Pratt, a private practice dentist, aged fifty-nine years (ME), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Grace Pratt, aged forty-five years (b. MA), his child, Jean Pratt, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and his lodgers, Maria Laurion, a shoe shop presser, aged fifteen years (b. Canada), and Louise Sayward, a public school teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. NH). Sumner W. Pratt owned their house at 100 Summer Street, which was valued at $2,000. They did not have a radio set.

Louise Florence Sayward married in Manchester, NH, November 14, 1942, Henry Eaton Noyes, she of Manchester and he of Portland, ME. She was a teacher, aged twenty-nine years, and he was a meter technician, aged thirty-five years. He was born in Stonington, ME, May 30, 1907, son of George B. and Bessie H. (Eaton) Noyes.

School Board to Act on Job Vacancies. … The resignation of Mrs. Louise Sayward Noyes of Manchester, for a number of years opportunity teacher in the [Rochester, NH] schools, was announced yesterday by Superintendent Rand (Portsmouth Herald, July 16, 1943).

Henry E. Noyes died in Cape Elizabeth, ME, October 3, 1999. Louise F. (Sayward) Noyes died in Portland, ME, April 27, 2012.

Mary E. Willard – Grade 4 – 1936-39, 1940-44

Mary Elizabeth Willard was born in Boston, MA, December 18, 1909, daughter of Marshall and Marguerite J. (Gowing) Willard.

Arthur Maynard, a chair shop seater, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Keene, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Marguerite Maynard, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), his step-daughters, Mildred Bruder, a shoe shop stitcher, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), Elizabeth Willard, aged twenty years (b. MA), Margaret Willard, aged fourteen years (b. MA), and his son, Harrison Maynard, aged seven years (b. NH). Arthur Maynard rented their house on West Street, for $20 per month. They had a radio set.

Miss Mary Willard, teacher of Grade Four at Milton Village, asked for a leave of absence to secure her degree at Keene Teachers’ College. She will return February third. Mrs. Clara Roberts Henderson of So. Berwick, Maine, a former teacher in Rollinsford under my supervision, was engaged to fill the position for the half year. Mrs. Henderson was a substitute of wide experience who could fill any elementary  position. She was loved by both teachers and pupils in Milton and gloom was cast over the Christmas exercises by her untimely and tragic death in an automobile accident just before the Christmas vacation. Mrs. Ellen Tuttle, formerly principal of the school at Gonic, and a Rochester substitute teacher, was loaned to us by Superintendent Arthur Rollins (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report, 1940).

Leland Maxfield, a Community minister, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elizabeth Maxfield, aged twenty-seven years (b. NY), and his boarders, Mary E. Willard, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA), and Mary E. Sherborne, aged twenty-three years (b. ME).

The Milton Grammar school building took fire in the early hours of Tuesday, January 6, 1942.

Miss Mary Willard, teacher of grade four, resigned to take a much better position in Connecticut and Miss Beatrice Duquette of East Rochester, a graduate of Plymouth Teachers’ College, succeeded Miss Willard (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report 1943).

Miss Betty Willard, former primary teacher here, now principal of a Manchester, Conn., school, writes she has had a busy year. She is attending the University of Connecticut this summer, working on her Master’s degree. Miss Willard sent best wishes to her friends in Decatur and enclosed a check to keep the Messenger coming her way (Wise Count Messenger, Decatur, TX), June 15, 1950).

She married in Westwood, MA, in 1952, Robert Eldred “Eldred” Doyle. He was born in Tolland, CT, November 12, 1905.

Tolland. R. Eldred Doyle is a patient at the Manchester Hospital (Hartford Courant, February 28, 1960).

Mary W. Doyle appeared in the Vernon-Rockwell, CT, directory of 1962, as the widow of Eldred W. Doyle, and as having removed to Texas. (R. Eldred Doyle appeared as having died April 6, 1960, aged fifty four years).

Former Decatur Teacher Retires. Mrs. Betty Willard Doyle, fourth grade teacher at Highland Park school in Manchester, Conn., is retiring after teaching 33 years, 23 of them in Manchester. More than 300 attended the open house held in her honor. Mrs. Doyle is a former Decatur resident and former member of the public school faculty here and at Bridgeport (Wise County Messenger (Decatur, TX), June 13, 1968).

Mary E. “Betty” (Willard) Doyle died in Winchester, NH, February 12, 1993.

Doris L. (Fortier) Chase – Grades 2-3 – 1938-70

Doris Lavinia Fortier was born in Chocorua, i.e., the Chocorua village of Tamworth, NH, May 6, 1911, daughter of Albert J. and Nellie Weymouth Lane (Hobbs) Fortier.

Doris Lavinia Fortier married in Sanbornville, i.e., the Sanbornville village of Wakefield, NH, May 20, 1934, Leslie Oliver Chase, she of Chocorua and he of Milton. She was a school teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a shipper, aged twenty-three years. He was born in East Rochester, NH, circa 1910, son of George H. and Adeline (Willey) Chase.

Leslie O. Chase, a leather-board co. foreman, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Doris Chase, a public school teacher, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), his children, Leslie B. Chase, aged five years (b. NH), and Nancy W. Chase, aged three years (b. NH), his housekeeper, Florence W. Ford, a private family housekeeper, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and his lodger, Ruth Whitehouse, a bookkeeper, aged twenty-five years (b. NH). Leslie O. Chase owned their house in the Milton Community, which was valued at $1,500. Leslie O. and Doris Chase had lived in the “same place,” i.e., Milton, in 1935.

The Milton Grammar school building took fire in the early hours of Tuesday, January 6, 1942.

Sports Club Maps Winter Carnival. The Teneriffe Sports club of Milton, announced Monday that it hold its annual winter carnival on Feb. 28 and ski meet on March 1. Stanley Tanner is chairman of the general committee, assisted by Charles Whitehouse and Bard Plummer. Harold Stillings, Adelbert Varney and Charles Tanner are in charge of the carnival ball. Everett Mclntire, Forrest Sceggell and Harold Stillings are on the ski committee. The carnival queen committee Is headed by “Red” Stillings, assisted by Albert Columbus, Hervey Tanner and Leslie Chase. Mrs. Doris Chase, Yvonne Tanner, Miss Ruth Whitehouse and Irene Whitehouse will serve on the button committee (Portsmouth Herald, February 17, 1942).

Leslie O. Chase died in Milton, March 11, 1992. Doris L. (Fortier) Chase died in Milton, September 6, 1995.

Clara H. (Roberts) Henderson – Grade 4 – 1940

Clara H. Roberts was born in Rollinsford, NH, January 7, 1894, daughter of Joseph D. and Elizabeth A. “Addie” (Littlefield) Roberts.

Clara H. Roberts married in Dover, NH, March 31, 1920, Wilbur A. Henderson, she of Rollinsford, NH, and he of Dover. She was at home, aged twenty-six years, and he was a machine operator, aged twenty-nine years. He was born in Dover, NH, circa 1891, son of Frank H. and Amelia J. Henderson.

Addie E. Roberts, a widow, aged seventy-five years (b. ME), headed a South Berwick, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her son-in-law, Wilber Henderson, a retail grocery salesman, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), her daughter (and his wife of ten years), Clara Henderson, a public school teacher, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and her grandchildren, Philip Henderson, aged thirteen years (b. ME), Dorothy S. Henderson, aged six years (b. ME), and Ruth H. Henderson, aged six years (b. ME). Addie E. Roberts owned their house, which was valued at $5,000. They had a radio set.

South Berwick. Mrs. Clara Henderson of Main street has accepted a position as teacher of the fourth grade at Milton (Portsmouth Herald, August 26, 1940).

Clara H. (Roberts) Henderson died in an auto accident in Rochester, NH, December 13, 1940, aged forty-six years.

So. Berwick Woman Killed In Auto-Truck Crash At Rochester. Mrs. Clara R. Henderson, 46-year-old school teacher of Main street, South Berwick, was killed instantly this morning when her car swerved across an icy highway on route and collided with a truck, which drove through the middle of her car. According to City Marshal James Bowering of Rochester, Mrs. Henderson apparently lost control of her car. She was going north on route 16 and the truck driven by Ernest Cardinal, was coming in the opposite direction. Cardinal was unhurt. At the of the accident he was trucking sand from Farmington to Portsmouth. Mrs. Henderson, who had been substituting in a Milton school, usually took two or three passengers with her. This morning they had gotten other rides (Portsmouth Herald, December 13, 1940). 

Rites Held for Accident Victim. Funeral services for Mrs. Clara R. Henderson, Milton school teacher, who was killed in au automobile accident at Rochester Friday, were held Sunday afternoon from her home in South Berwick. Services were conducted by Rev. Herman Worthley of the Federated church and Rev. Russell G. Martin of First Baptist church of that town. Burial was in the Rollinsford cemetery (Portsmouth Herald, December 16, 1940).

Wilbur A. Henderson died in Greenville, SC, in 1956.

Ellen L. (Hart) Tuttle – Grade 4 – 1940, Grades 7-8, Principal – 1942-48

Ellen L. Hart was born in Gonic, Rochester, NH, June 7, 1897, daughter of Roscoe S. and Elizabeth A. “Lizzie” (Hanson) Hart.

Lizzie Hart, a widow, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included Ellen L. Hart, a public school teacher, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), Carl Bunker, aged twelve years, and Ralph Bunker, aged ten years (b. NH). Lizzie Hart owned their house on the Old Dover Road, which was valued at $1,000. They had a radio set.

Ellen L. Hart married in Exeter, NH, February 16, 1933, Albert Roscoe “Ross” Tuttle, both of Gonic, Rochester, NH. She was a teacher, aged thirty-five years, and he was a garage proprietor, aged fifty-eight years. He was born in Strafford, NH, December 20, 1873, son of Hezekiah F. and Jane L. (Cheswell) Tuttle.

Roscoe Tuttle, a retail automobile manager, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Census. His household included his wife, Ellen Tuttle, aged forty-two years (b. NH), his daughter, Jane Tuttle, aged seven years (b. NH), his mother-in-law, Elizabeth [Hart], aged seventy-four years (b. NH), and his nephews, Ralph Bunker, a garage salesman, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and Carlton Bunker, a garage mechanic, aged twenty years (b. NH). Roscoe Tuttle owned their house, which was valued at $1,500. They had all lived in the same house in 1935.

The Milton Grammar school building took fire in the early hours of Tuesday, January 6, 1942.

A. Roscoe Tuttle died in Rochester, NH, July 26, 1943, aged sixty-nine years.

Ex-City Official, A. Roscoe Tuttle, Dies Suddenly. Stricken by angina while working in his garden at his home on Old Dover road Monday night, A. Roscoe Tuttle, 69, a former street commissioner and member of the city council, died suddenly. He was a native of nearby Strafford, the son of Freeman and Jane (Cheswell) Tuttle. Educated in the Strafford schools he came here about 50 years ago Mr. Tuttle was a member of the Republican party and as such served his city as street commissioner in 1920, 1921 and 1922, during the administration of the late Mayor James B. Young and also during the time William K. Kimball was chief executive. Succeeding Charles H. Keates he was named a member of the city council from the Gonic district in the city election in December, 1902, and served from 1903 to 1912 when he was succeeded by Leopold Larose He served during the administrations of Mayor William G. Bradley, Charles W. Bickford, Joseph Warren and Dr. John H. Bates He held membership In the Masons and the Odd Fellows. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Ellen L. Tuttle and a daughter, Jane Tuttle, besides several nieces and nephews (Portsmouth Herald, July 29, 1943).

Rochester. A communication was read from Mrs. Ellen Tuttle, expressing appreciation for the floral tribute sent by the city on the occasion of the death of her husband, former Street Commissioner and Councilman A. Roscoe Tuttle (Portsmouth Herald, September 10, 1943).

Ellen L. (Hart) Tuttle died in Rochester, NH, in October 1970.

Rose A. Witham – Grades 5-6 – 1942-43

Witham, Rose A - Farmington Normal - 1938Rose Anna Witham (and her twin sister, Ruth A. Witham) was born in New Gloucester, ME, September 28, 1918, daughter of John P. and Rachel A. “Rachie” (Edwards) Witham.

Rachel A. Witham, a farmer, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), headed a New Gloucester, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Lucy W. Witham, an institutional waitress, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), Rose A. Witham, a public school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), Ruth A. Witham, a public school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), and Harold J. Witham, aged eight years (b. ME), her lodger, Bruce L. Prince, aged eight years (b. ME), and her servants, Eugene Collins, a farm laborer, aged thirty-nine years (b. Canada (Fr.)), and Raymond H. Morin, a farm laborer, aged twenty-six years (b. Canada (Fr.)).

Cider Hill [York, ME]. Misses Rose and Ruth Witham, New Gloucester, are living in B.A. Moulton’s apartment. Miss Rose Witham teaches at the school, while her twin sister teaches the primary classes at Cape Neddick (Portsmouth Herald, September 10, 1941).

The Milton Grammar school building took fire in the early hours of Tuesday, January 6, 1942.

Miss Rose Witham, teacher of grades five and six at Milton Grammar School, resigned at the close of the year and has given up teaching (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report, 1943).

Despite her stated intention to give up teaching, Rose Witham appeared in the Lewiston, ME, directory of 1949, as a teacher at the Lake Street School, resident in New Gloucester, ME.

Rose A. Witham married in Maine, July 1, 1960, Leon M. Alexander. He was born in Brunswick, ME, January 13, 1916, son of Charles L. and Dorothy (Stanmore) Alexander.

Rose A. (Witham) Alexander died in Brunswick, ME, April 28, 1997. Leon M. Alexander died March 30, 2008.

E. Doris (Taylor) Fernald – Grade 1 – 1943-44

Eva Doris Taylor was born in Methuen, MA, August 6, 1908, daughter of Matthias and Jane E. (Bannister) Fernald.

Matthias Taylor, a milk farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Millie L. Taylor, aged fifty-eight years (b. MA), and his children, Eva D. Taylor, an elementary school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), Raymond M. Taylor, a farm hand, aged nineteen years (b. MA), and Wilfred B. Taylor, a farm hand, aged sixteen years (b. NH).

Doris Taylor married in Salem, NH, April 26, 1933, Kenneth W. Fernald, she of Salem and he of Rochester, NH. She was a teacher, aged twenty-four years, and he was a mill worker, aged twenty-five years. He was born in Intervale, NH, October 17, 1907, son of Byron W. and Bertha M. (Hawkins) Fernald.

Kenneth Fernald, a woolen mill loom fixer, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Doris Fernald, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), and his children, Gerald Fernald, aged six years (b. NH), and Jane Fernald, aged three years (b. NH). Kenneth Fernald rented their house on the Old Dover Road, for $15 per month.

Mrs. Ethelyn Hull, teacher of the first grade at Milton, was given a leave of absence because of illness until January, 1944, when she resumed her teaching. Mrs. Doris Taylor Fernald, another experienced teacher, took her place (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report 1943).

Kenneth W. Fernald died in Auburn, MA, January 24, 1969. E, Doris (Taylor) Fernald died in Chapel Hill, NC, April 9, 1995.

Beatrice G. Duquette – Grade 4 – 1943-47

Beatrice Gladys Duquette was born in East Rochester, NH, November 19, 1921, daughter of Louis W. and Gladys M. (Hull) Duquette.

Louis Duquette, a woolen mill spinner, aged fifty-four years  (b. Canada (French)), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Census. His household included his wife, Gladys Duquette, a woolen mill weaver, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Beatrice Duquette, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Louise Duquette, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Arlene Duquette, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and James Duquette, aged twelve years (b. NH). Louis Duquette owned their house at 22 Grove Street. They had all resided in the same house in 1935.

Beatrice G. Duquette appeared in the Rochester, NH, directories of 1941 and 1943, as a student, resident at 22 Grove street, in East Rochester. Louis W. (Gladys M.) appeared as being employed in South Berwick, ME, with their house at 22 Grove street, in East Rochester.

Local Area Students Graduated at Plymouth. Among the young men and women who received their diplomas from Plymouth Teachers college Saturday in the 71st commencement of the institution were Miss Julia A. Stulb of Portsmouth, Miss Beatrice G. Duquette of East Rochester and Miss Martha A. Lefebvre of Somersworth (Portsmouth Herald, June 15, 1943).

Miss Mary Willard, teacher of grade four, resigned to take a much better position in Connecticut and Miss Beatrice Duquette of East Rochester, a graduate of Plymouth Teachers’ College, succeeded Miss Willard (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report 1943).

Beatrice Duquette married in Dover, NH, May 21, 1946, Gerald Dexter [“Jerry”] Arnault, she of East Rochester, NH, and he of Dover. She was a school teacher, aged twenty-four years, and he was a civil servant, aged twenty-five years. He was born in Haverhill, MA, January 10, 1921, son of Edward C. and Beatrice (Fitzgerald) Arnault.

Beatrice G. (Duquette) Arnault died in Rochester, NH, October 26, 1988. Gerald D. Arnault died in Exeter, NH, September 14, 2010.

Marion E. (Draper) Kenison – Grades 5-6 – 1943-48

Marion Elsie Draper was born in Rumney, NH, April 2, 1893, daughter of Alvah E. and Mary A. (Duston) Draper.

Marion Elsie Draper married in Lawrence, MA, March 21, 1917, Darrell Ona Kenison, she of Lawrence, MA, and he of Jefferson, NH. She was a school teacher, aged twenty-three years, and he was a farmer, aged twenty-two yeara. He was born in Jefferson, NH, March 5, 1895, son of Lyman D. and Lillian J. “Josie” (Davis) Kenison.

Ona D. Kenison, a farmer, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), headed a Jefferson, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Marion E. Kenison, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and his daughter, Helen P. Kenison, aged one year, one month (b. NH). Ona D. Kenison owned their farm on Jackson Road, with a mortgage.

Darrell O. Kenison died in Jefferson, NH, February 6, 1928.

Alvah E. Draper, a Methodist Church clergyman, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Warren, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Marian D. Kenison, a private family housekeeper, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), and his grandchildren, Hellen P. Kenison, aged eleven years (b. NH), Lyman D. Kenison, aged nine years (b. NH), Muriel A. Kenison, aged six years (b. NH), and Eleanor J. Kenison, aged five years (b. NH). Alvah E. Draper rented their house on Main Street, for $17 per month. They had a radio set.

WARREN. Norman Draper and daughter of Hartford, Conn., have been visiting his father, Rev. A.E. Draper, and were present at the graduation of his sister, Marion Kenison, at Plymouth normal school. … Rev. A.E. Draper and daughter, Mrs. Marion Kenison, left Thursday for Boone, Ohio, to visit the formers sister (Groton Times (Groton, VT), June 19, 1931).

NEWINGTON. Newington, June 28 – Mrs. Marion Kenison, teacher in the grammar grades, has gone to her home in Warren to spend the summer (Portsmouth Herald, June 28, 1932).

Marion Kennison, a public school teacher, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Newfields, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Helen P. Kennison, a public school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Lyman Kennison, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Muriel Kennison, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Eleanor Kennison, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and her father, [Alvah E.] Draper, a widower, aged seventy-five years (b. NH). Marion Kennison rented their house on Main Street, for $17 per month. They had all resided in Salem, NH, in 1935.

Newfields. Mrs. Marion Kenison, who teaches in Newington, is having a week’s vacation. Her daughter, Miss Pauline Kenison, has returned to her teaching duties in Madison, after having had last week as her vacation (Portsmouth Herald, February 25, 1941).

Newfields. Mrs. Marion Kenison has entered the Keene Teachers’ college, Keene, for the summer course. … Rev Alvin E. Draper, is visiting his son, Ralph Draper, in Andover, Mass. (Portsmouth Herald, July 8, 1941).

Newfields. Mrs. Marion Kenison Given Farewell Fete. A surprise farewell party was given to Mrs. Marion Kenison Wednesdav afternoon at the home of Mrs. Robert Barker by members of Goodwill Rebekah lodge. Mrs. Kenison, who has been a resident of this town for several years, is moving her family to Rochester as she has accepted a teaching position there for the next school year at Milton. Mrs. Kenison previously taught in Newington. Mrs. Kenison is Noble Grand of Goodwill lodge and her place will be taken by Mrs. Earl Price, who on behalf of the lodge presented Mrs. Kenison with a gift. Among those present were Mrs. Perry Smith. Mrs. Helen Merrill. Mrs. Edgar Gray, Mrs. Royal Mayo, Mrs. Lester Hildreth, Mrs. Oscar Zachariasen, Mrs. Minnie Fernald, Charles Simpson, Mrs. Ole Syvertsen, Mrs. Forest Hayden. Mrs. Robert Nixon and small daughter. Marion, Mrs. Howard McClellan and small son, Grant, Mrs. Blanche Runnels, and the Misses Eva Patridge, Frances Kendall and Muriel Kenison (Portsmouth Herald, August 23, 1943).

Mrs. Marion Draper Kenison, an experienced teacher, who had previously taught for me, was selected to take her [Miss Rose Witham’s] place (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report 1943).

Marion E. (Draper) Kenison died in Rochester, NH, December 14, 1967.

Deaths and Funerals. Mrs. Marion D. Kenison. ROCHESTER — A former teacher in the schools of Newington and Greenland died yesterday at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. She was Mrs. Marion D. Kenison, 74, a native of Rumney. Mrs. Kenison was born April 2, 1893, and was the widow Darrell O. Kenison. She had lived here for the past nine years and made her home at 21C Linden St. Her advanced education was at Plymouth Normal School, was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in East Rochester. Survivors include a son, I,yman Kenison of Exeter; three daughters, Mrs. Pauline Nixon of Newfields, Mrs. Muriel A. Lincoln of Rochester and Mrs. Eleanor Holmes of Jefferson; a brother, Ralph Draper of Andover, Mass. Sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive (Portsmouth Herald, December 15, 1957).

Vesta M. Fenderson – Grade 1 – 1945-46

Vesta Mabel Fenderson was born in Exeter, NH, October 12, 1922, daughter of Carleton E. and Edith M. (Garland) Fenderson.

Carleton Fenderson, a road construction truck driver, aged forty-three years (b. ME), headed an Old Orchard Beach, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edith Fenderson, a hotel house maid, aged forty-two years b. NH), and his children, Vesta Fenderson, a private family nursemaid, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Irene Fenderson, aged fifteen years (b. ME), Carllene M. Fenderson, aged twelve years (b. NH), Lloyd E. Fenderson, aged eleven years (b. ME), Gordon W. Fenderson, aged nine years (b. NH), Wellesley E. Fenderson, aged six years (b. NH), Hubert L. Fenderson, aged five years (b. ME), Carleton Fenderson, aged three years (b. ME), and Richmond W. Fenderson, aged two years (b. NH). Carleton Fenderson owned their house on the Wheel Road, which was valued at $300.

The Misses Vesta and Irene Fenderson appeared in the Exeter, NH, directory of 1941, as students at R.S. [Robinson Seminary], boarding at 124 Front Street. Vesta Fenderson appeared on the Twelfth Grade honor roll for the winter term at the Robinson Seminary in Exeter, NH (Portsmouth Herald, March 21, 1941). Vesta Mabel Fenderson graduated from there, in June 1941 (Portsmouth Herald, June 12, 1941).

Vesta M. Fenderson graduated from Keene State College in 1945. Milton Grammar School would have been her first teaching position.

Vesta Mabel Fenderson married in Exeter, NH, April 19, 1947, George Lawrence Kennedy, she of Exeter and he of West Swansey, NH. She was a teacher, aged twenty-three years, and he was a grader, aged twenty-two years. He was born in New York, NY, September 3, 1924, son of Robert L. and Lucy M. (Henry) Kennedy.

George L. Kennedy died in Keene, NH, June 3, 2002. Vesta M. (Fenderson) Kennedy died March 11, 2016, aged ninety-three years.

Elsie E. (Williams) Julin – Grade 1 – 1947-67

Williams, Eunice E - Framingham State U, 1926
Elsie E. Williams, Framingham State University, 1928

Elsie Eunice Williams was born in Boston, MA, December 5, 1906, daughter of Griffin D. and Winnifred H. (Andrews) Williams.

Griffith Williams, an organ joiner, aged fifty-five years (b. Wales), headed an Arlington, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Winifred Williams, aged forty-nine years (b. England), and his children, Elsie Williams, a school teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. MA), Winifred Williams, a shoe polish [co.] typist, aged nineteen years, Enid Williams, aged seventeen years (b. MA), and Margary Williams, aged twelve years (b. MA). Griffith Williams owned their house at 80 Madison Avenue, which was valued ay $4,000. They had a radio set.

NUTE RIDGE. Several relatives of Arnold Julin from Massachusetts spent the weekend at his home. Miss Elsie Williams and Mr. Julin’s father, mother and brother will be here the greater part of this week (Farmington News, July 10, 1931).

Elsie Eunice Williams married in Arlington, MA, July 18, 1931, Arnold Samuel Julin. He was born in Boston, MA, June 17, 1906, son of Ture G.S. and Sylvanja J. “Vanja” (Smith) Julin.

WEST MILTON. The Julin brothers are occupying the Annie Cook farm (Farmington News, July 11, 1930).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Julin’s sister, Miss Winnifred Williams of Lynn, MA, is spending her vacation with Mr. and Mrs. Julin (Farmington News, September 4, 1931).

Arnold S. Julin, a farm laborer, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elsie E. Julin, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), and his children, Eunice W. Julin, aged five years (b. NH), and Arnold M. Julin, aged three years (b. NH). Arnold S. Julin owned their house on the Nute Ridge Road, which was valued at $800. Arnold S. and Elsie E. Julin had both resided in the same house in 1935.

Milton Math Workshop. Ten parents of the second graders in the Milton Elementary school sat, bent into second grade chairs, for three interesting hours last evening listening to an explanation of the new mathematics being taught the first and second graders. Mrs. Llewelyn Scott, second grade teacher, and Mrs. Arnold Julin, first grade teachers, were both on hand to demonstrate this new method that acquaints children with an understanding of the relationship of numbers and through an endless variety of number problems makes the learning of traditional arithmetic easier, faster and much more of a challenge to the young learner. Mr. John R. Callahan, principal of the schools, spoke highly of this new method along, with the teachers teaching it and expressed the hope of extending the program into the rest of the first six grades Those parents attending the session were Mr. and Mrs. George Leaman, Mrs. William Young, Mrs. Ralph Pugh, John Lucier, Mrs. Louis Kaspryzk, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Boggs, Mrs. Lloyd Goodwin and Mrs. Russell Ellis (Farmington News, November 29, 1962).

Arnold S. Julin died in Milton, in 1984. Elsie E. (Williams) Julin died in Milton, April 30, 1997.

Frances E. (Lane) Doe – Grades 3-4 – 1947-49

Frances Ella Lane was born in Mechanic Falls, ME, September 13, 1915, daughter of  Fred E. and Eunice M. (Gowell) Lane.

Frances E. Lane married in Jay, ME, August 8, 1934, Walter H. Doe, both of Jay, ME. He was born in Parsonsfield, ME, March 1, 1910, son of LaForest Q. and Ethel I. (Sylvester) Doe.

Walter Doe, a box shop truck driver, aged thirty years (b. ME), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Frances Doe, aged twenty-four years (b. ME), and his children, Kendrick Doe, aged four years (b. ME), Sandra Doe, aged two years (b. ME), and Joan Doe, aged one year (b. ME). Walter Doe rented their house on the Chestnut Hill Road, for $10 per month. Walter and Frances Doe had resided in Jay, ME, in 1935.

Mrs. Frances Doe resigned from her position in the grammar school in November, 1949, to work for a book publisher and was replaced by Mrs. Ellen Cochran of Dover. Mrs. Cochran is a graduate of Keene Teachers College (1943) and has had six years of successful experience in Grades 2 and 3 in the primary school at Newmarket (Jonathan A. Osgood, Superintendent, Town Report, 1949).

TWO TEACHERS HIRED; 1 LEAVES. Another teacher has left the local school system for higher pay, and two others have been added Supt. Martineau told the NEWS this morning, to complete the teaching requirements this year. Resigning for a 5th-grade assignment and an $800 boost in salary in Dover, Martineau said, is Mrs. Frances Doe. A teacher here 13 years, Mrs. Doe instructed second graders at Memorial drive. Her replacement will be Mrs. John Zanes of Tappan st., a local school graduate of 1951. Mrs. Zanes, the former Penny Liberty, attended Keene Teachers and received degrees at Tufts in Boston and the Elliott-Pierson Kindergarten school. She taught at Germantown Friends school in Philadelphia and the second grade in Hodgins in Albuquerque before her marriage 3 years ago. New social studies at the high school will be Roger Owens of Colebrook. He graduated this year from Plymouth Teachers (Farmington News, June 18, 1959).

Walter H. Doe died in Keene, NH, December 10, 1984, aged seventy-four years. Frances E. (Lane) Doe died in Peabody, MA, February 2, 1905.

Clarence P. Amadon – Principal – 1948-53

Amadon, Clarence P - Plymouth Normal School, 1934
Clarence P. Amadon (Plymouth Norma School, 1934)

Clarence Porter Amadon was born in Thetford Mines, Les Appalaches, Quebec, Canada, August 5, 1912, son of Henry B. “Brayton” and Martha J. (Porter) Amadon.

ORFORD, N.H. Clarence Amadon has returned to Mrs. Pressey’s after a busy summer at Keene Teacher’s College (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), August 18, 1939).

Elizabeth M. Pressey, boarders, aged seventy years )b. NH), headed an Orford, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her lodgers, Clarence Amadon, a high school teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. Canada), Helen Johnson, a high school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Morris Knight, a garage mechanic, aged twenty-four years (b. VT), and Maston R. Breck, a training cadet, aged twenty-two years (b. NH). Clarence Amadon had resided in Quebec in 1935.

Clarence Porter Amadon married in Laconia, NH, June 23, 1941, Florence Stanley Blanchard, he of Lancaster, NH, and she of Littleton, NH. Both were teachers, he aged twenty-seven years, and she aged twenty-eight years. She was born in Yarmouth, ME, February 7, 1913, daughter of George and Florence (Kwinkleberg) Blanchard.

ORFORD, N.H. Clarence Amadon, the grammar room teacher for five years, has entered the Navy and is now stationed at Newport, R.I. (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), October 8, 1943).

Muriel Louise Amadon, was born in Rochester, NH, August 25, 1949, daughter of Clarence P. and Florence S. (Blanchard) Amadon (Milton Vital Records).

School Principals In Meeting Here. The Southeastern section of elementary school principals met the Sherburne school Monday for a pot-luck supper and business meeting. It was decided to hold the meeting in Somersworth with Thomas Hennessey as host. Henry Hogue, a guidance counselor for Portsmouth schools, will lead a discussion on guidance problems. The meeting adjourned so that members .could attend a meeting at the Junior high school where Dr. Eleanor Trowbridge was the speaker. Present were Miss Edith Austin, Miss Julia Butler, Miss Jeffords, Miss Agnes McCarthy, Miss Muriel Morrow, Miss Simpson and Miss Deborah Stone of Portsmouth; Mrs. Luvera Burleigh and Mrs. Bernice King of Farmington; Miss Marie Nixon, Lillian Davis and Miss Marion Nelson of Rochester; Carroll Mathews of Barrington; Richard Gale, of Deerfield; Miss Fanny Morrison of Dover; Clarence Amadon of Milton and Douglas Harlow of Greenland (Portsmouth Herald, November 8, 1950).

P.T.A. The monthly meeting of the P.T.A. was held on Tuesday, January 30, at the high school. The guest of the evening, Mr. Amadon of Milton, spoke to the group about the proposed hot lunch program and explained this project very thoroughly. After the meeting a social hour and refreshments followed (Farmington News, February 2, 1951).

ORFORD, N.H. Clarence Amadon of Milton, N.H., a former teacher in Orford, called on friends in town Thursday (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), June 27, 1952).

Clarence P. and Florence S. (Blanchard) went next to Barre, VT. He was principal at the North Barre school there for the 1953-54 and 1954-55 academic years.

WANTED. NEW BARRE SCHOOL TEACHERS – need house of seven or more rooms for four adults and two children. Communicate with Clarence P. Amadon, Milton, N.H. 65t3 (Barre Daily Times (Barre, VT), June 1, 1953).

Clarence P. Amadon accepted an appointment next as principal of the Union school in Montpelier, VT, beginning with the 1954-55 academic year.

Clarence Amadon Named Principal Of Capital School. MONTPELIER, June 2 Clarence P. Amadon, principal of the North Barre School in Barre, has been named principal of the Union School in Montpelier, it was announced today by Philip Mathewson, newly elected superintendent of schools. Amadon is a graduate of Lancaster (N.H.) Academy, Plymouth State Teachers’ College and has also studied at Keene State Teachers’ College, Boston University and the University of New Hampshire (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), June 3, 1954).

Clarence P. Amadon died in Lancaster, NH, October 20, 1985. Florence S. (Blanchard) Amadon died in Lancaster, NH, June 7, 2007.

Ellen M. (Deem) Cochrane – Grades 2-3 – 1949-50

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Ellen M. Deem at Keene State (Detail)

Ellen Margaret Deem was born in Akron, OH, December 7, 1919, daughter of Benjamin F. and Hannah M. (Ducey) Deem.

Benjamin F. Deem, aged fifty-three years (b. WV), headed a Northwood, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hannah Deem, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Ellen M. Deem, a private family housekeeper, aged twenty years (b. OH), Mary E. Deem, aged fifteen years (b. OH), Catherine A. Deem, aged fourteen years (b. OH), John J. Deem, aged thirteen years (b. OH), and J. Robert Deem, aged nine years (b. OH), and his ward, Barbara C.M. Rolins, aged three years (b. NH). Benjamin F. Deem owned their house on Green Street, which was valued at $1,200.

NEWMARKET. School Board Lists New Staffs. Elementary. … In grade two, Miss Ellen Deem of Northwood, who received her training at Keene Teachers college, replaces Miss Alice Desprez of Nashua (Portsmouth Herald, June 14, 1943).

Ellen M. Deem married in Northwood, NH, in October 1949, Donald Soley Cochran. He was born in Roxbury, MA, December 26, 1917, son of George L. and Susan D. (Soley) Cochran.

Miss Ellen Deem, Donald S. Cochran Wed in Northwood. Miss Ellen Deem, former Newmarket teacher and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Deem of Northwood. became the bride of Donald S. Cochran, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Cochran of Dover, Saturday at the Harvey Lake inn in Northwood. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Ernest A. McKenzie, pastor, of the Newmarket Community church. The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Linwood Riley of Kittery, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Catherine Ring and Miss Barbara Deem, sister of the bride, both Northwood. Best man was Everett Cochran, brother of the bridegroom. John Deem, brother of bride, ushered. Immediately after the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the inn. After a wedding trip through Nova Scotia, the couple will reside in Dover. Mrs. Cochran taught for several years in Newmarket, acting as principal of the elementary grades and Grade 3 teacher. She was supervisor of the Community playground during summer vacations. Mr. Cochran attended schools in Nova Scotia and Everett, Mass. He served in the European theater with the air force during War II. He is a carpenter by trade (Portsmouth Herald, [Saturday,] October 8, 1949).

Mrs. Frances Doe resigned from her position in the grammar school in November, 1949, to work for a book publisher and was replaced by Mrs. Ellen Cochran of Dover. Mrs. Cochran is a graduate of Keene Teachers College (1943) and has had six years of successful experience in Grades 2 and 3 in the primary school at Newmarket (Jonathan A. Osgood, Superintendent, Town Report, 1949).

Ellen M. (Deem) Cochrane died in Dade, FL, May 3, 1992. Donald S. Cochran died in Dade, FL, July 19, 1993.

Florence S. (Blanchard) Amadon – Grade 2 – 1950-53

Florence Stanley Blanchard was born in Yarmouth, ME, February 7, 1913, daughter of George and Florence (Kwinkleberg) Blanchard.

Florence Stanley Blanchard married in Laconia, NH, June 23, 1941, Clarence Porter Amadon, she of Littleton, and he of Lancaster, NH, NH. Both were teachers, he aged twenty-seven years, and she aged twenty-eight years

See Clarence P. Amadon above.

Florence S. (Blanchard) Amadon died in Lancaster, NH, June 7, 2007.

Ferne C. McGregor – Various Grades – 1948-61

Ferne C. Gilmartin was born, probably in Lowell, MA, January 24, 1894, daughter of William J. and Roseltha S. (Chesley) Gilmartin. Her mother married (2nd), in Boston, MA, February 28, 1901, Fred McGregor, a B&M railroad engineer. Ferne took his surname.

Ferne C. McGregor was Milton’s last district school teacher (apart from that of Milton Mills). Her Milton teaching career began in 1913 and ran until her Nute Ridge district school was closed after the 1946-47 academic year.

For a more thorough account of her life and teaching career, see Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47.

LOCAL. Mrs. Hazel Hart of this [Farmington] town and Miss Ferne McGregor and Mrs. Julian [Julin] of Milton recently completed the school teachers’ summer course at the University of New Hampshire. Mrs. Hart will resume her teaching duties at New Durham this fall (Farmington News, 1948).

Ferne C. McGregor taught various grades at the Milton Grammar School between 1948 and her retirement in 1961.

MILTON. Milton Teachers To Meet Tuesday Before Classes Start. Milton – Milton schools will open next Wednesday, following workshops for teachers on Tuesday. Assignments of teachers for this year have been made: Walter J. Foster, principal at the high school, will teach social studies; Gerard Roberge will teach grade 8 and biology; Miss Marjorie E. Goodwin, commercial; Miss Katheryn M. White, home economics, general science; Mrs. Esther Poland, nurse; Joseph Malta, music; John J. Tierney, trades and Industries, Stuart Whipple, English French, Harry E. Kimball, mathematics, chemistry Grades 1-7, John B. Folsom, supervising principal Milton grammar, Miss Elizabeth Lambert, grades 3-4, Miss Feme C. McGregor, 4 and 5, Mrs. Leona F. Foster, 6 and 7, Mrs. Doris F. Chase, 2, Mrs. Elsie E. Julin, 1; Milton Mills, Mrs. Christie C. Kimball, 5-6-7, Mrs. Doris Lowd, 1-2-3-4 (Farmington News, August 30, 1956).

Ferne C. Gilmartin McGregor died at Frisbee Hospital in Rochester, NH, June 23, 1970.

Sally H. Sloan – Grades 3-4 – 1953-55

In October the staff of the grammar school presented a panel discussion at the regular meeting of the PTA. Teaching techniques and class procedures were discussed and explained to the parents. Members serving on the panel were: Mrs. Chase, Mrs. Sloan, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Rawding and Mr. Piper. … Teachers continue to advance themselves professionally by taking advantage of summer schools and special courses. In the spring of 1954 Mr. Piper took a course in Public School Supervision at the University of New Hampshire. Mrs. Sloan attended the summer session at the University of New Hampshire, and Mrs. Julin attended the summer session at Boston University. Several teachers are planning to take courses in the spring of 1955 (Robert M. Piper, Principal, Town Report, 1954).

Mrs. Sally Sloan appeared in the Dover, NH, directory of 1956, as a teacher in Somersworth, NH, residing at 44 Cushing Street.

Robert M. Piper – Principal – 1953-55

Robert Munroe Piper was born in Northwood, NH, May 10, 1914, son of James L. and Margaret W. (Seeton) Piper.

James Piper, a dentist and farmer, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Northwood, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Margaret Piper, aged fifty-seven years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his children, Robert Piper, a public school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Elizabeth Piper, aged seventeen years (b. NH). James Piper owned their farm on the Concord-Durham Turnpike, which was valued at $4,800. They had all resided in the same house in 1935.

In the spring of 1954 Mr. Piper took a course in Public School Supervision at the University of New Hampshire (Robert M. Piper, Principal, Town Report, 1954).

Principal Robert M. Piper went next to the Sherburne school in Portsmouth, NH.

Sherburne PTA Plans for Year. Program recommendations for the coming year were discussed a recent Sherburne PTA executive board meeting at the home of W. Frank Reardon of Coolidge president. The suggestions will be voted upon by the entire PTA at its meeting to be held Wednesday the school. At this time a membership supper will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a business session at 7:45 p.m. Also at the executive session Reardon reported on a summer PTA institute held in Laconia. Robert M. Piper, new principal of the school, attended the officers’ meeting (Portsmouth Herald, September 9, 1955).

School Board. The resignation of Robert M. Piper, principal of Sherburne- Lafayette Schools, was accepted (Portsmouth Herald, November 13, 1975).

Robert M. Piper died in Wolfeboro, NH, February 5, 2008.


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References:

Find a Grave. (2010, February 19). Evelyn F. Gray Bickford. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/48368444/ethelyn-f-bickford

Find a Grave. (2013, August 4). Doris Lavinia Fortier Chase. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/114887670/doris-lavinia-chase

Find a Grave. (2020, June 5). Clara H. Roberts Henderson. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/210926867/clara-h-henderson

Find a Grave. (2016). Ferne C. McGregor. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/18168860

Find a Grave. (2013, December 9). Alvin A. Newell. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/121465218/alvin-a-newell

Find a Grave. (2016, May 9). Robert M. Piper. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/162405014/robert-m.-piper

Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1863

By Muriel Bristol | November 8, 2020

Those assessed for Federal taxes in Milton in May 1863 were Lewis W. Berry, John H. Cloutman, Moses W. Cook, Dr. Stephen Drew, Asa Fox & Son, Edward L. Goodwin, John E. Goodwin, William H. Huntress, Thomas Jones, Charles W. Nute, Dr. Daniel E. Palmer, Lewis D. Reed, Bray U. Simes, John Townsend, and Ezra H. Twombly.

The Civil War income tax was the first tax paid on individual incomes by residents of the United States. It was a “progressive” tax in that it initially levied a tax of 3 percent on annual incomes over $600 but less than $10,000 and a tax of 5 percent on any income over $10,000 (Fox, 1986).

It would seem that John Townsend of Milton Mills was in this year the very first Milton resident to ever pay an income tax.

Those fifteen taxpayers are arranged here in the order in which they appeared in the Eighth (1860) Federal Census (with their house and household numbers), beginning in West Milton and progressing through Milton to Milton Mills.

West Milton

C.W. Nute (1847-1926) of Milton paid a $1 tax on his carriage, which was valued at $80.

Charles W. Nute was born in Milton, January 6, 1847, son of Stephen and Eleanor M.E. (Abbott) Nute.

12/11 – Stephen Nute, a farmer, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“West Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Eleanor Nute, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), Charles W. Nute, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Alonzo E. Nute, aged twelve years (b. NH), John A. Nute, aged ten years (b. NH), Clara J. Nute, aged seven years (b. NH), Gardener A. Nute, aged four years (b. NH), Arthur H. Nute, aged two years (b. NH), Capitole S. Nute, aged seven months (b. NH), and Richard Peabody, a pauper, aged forty-four years (b. NH). Stephen Nute had real estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $100.

Charles W. Nute would have been only fifteen or sixteen years of age when he paid his carriage tax. By 1870, he was a Milton shoe factory worker.

Charles W. Nute married (1st) in Farmington, NH, September 27, 1872, Leonora E. Colbath, he of Farmington and she of Middleton, NH. She was born in Middleton, NH, circa 1853, daughter of Leighton D. and Mary J. Colbath. She died in Farmington, NH, in 1876.

Charles W. Nute married (2nd) in Rochester, NH, April 28, 1888, Clara M. Varney, both of Milton. He was a farmer, aged forty-one years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-nine years. She was born in Milton, January 29, 1859, daughter of Jonas and Mary E. (Esther) Varney.

Charles W. Nute died in Farmington, NH, August 23, 1926, aged seventy-nine years, seven months, and seventeen days.

IN MEMORIAM. Charles W. Nute. Charles W. Nute, one of Farmington’s oldest and most respected citizens, died at his home on Bunker street early Monday morning of an illness that covered a period of over five years, and the end came peacefully from infirmities incident to long suffering and general debility. The deceased was 79 years old, a native of Dover and the second son in a family of six boys and four girls born to Stephen and Eleanor (Abbott) Nute, who moved to this locality when the family was very young. Mr. Nute learned with his father the trade of hand shoemaking and followed the industry as a sole leather cutter through its development until forced to retire. In his calling he was as honest as in all dealings with his fellow men by which he earned the respect of the community. Quiet, unassuming of disposition and rugged of character Mr. Nute made an ideal husband and a faithful friend. Thirty eight years ago he married Miss Clara M. Hussey [Varney] of this town and ever since the couple had lived happily, faithfully and prosperously together, sharing life’s pleasures and vicissitudes in a spirit of perfect communion. The deceased was a member of Woodbine Lodge, I.O.O.F., and a member and post officer of Mad River Encampment, to both of which he gave much faithful service. His was an exemplary life that embraced only the cleanest of habits and a zeal for industry that bore the harvest in prosperity and respect. The sympathy of the community is expressed for the bereaved wife, two sisters, Mrs. Clara Dudley of Concord and Mrs. James H. Wiggin of Keezar Falls, Me., three brothers, John and Arthur Nute of West Milton and Eddie Nute of Union, two nieces, Mrs. Thurston Gilman of Maine and Mrs. Mildred Nute, and two nephews. Harry and Ray Nute of West Milton. Funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 1.30 from the home with Rev. Frederick Brooks officiating. Bearers were from the Odd Fellows and Encampment. Interment was in the family lot in Farmington cemetery (Farmington News, August 27, 1926).

Clara M. (Varney) Nute died in Farmington, NH, January 15, 1937, aged seventy-eight years.

IN MEMORIAM. Mrs. Clara M. Nute. In the death of Mrs. Clara M. Nute which occurred at her home just off Bunker street late last Friday evening, this community lost one of its most estimable women. She was the widow of Charles W. Nute, whom she survived about ten years. A few years ago she was rendered a permanent invalid by a fall in which she fractured a hip. In spite of her infirmities, she continued to perform as much of her household duties as she was able and exhibited the finest traits of character, never complaining of her misfortunes, and having abundant sympathy for her for her friends and acquaintance. Had she lived until the 29th of this month she would have attained her 79th birthday. She was a native of Milton, the only child of James and Esther (Jones) Varney and over fifty years of her life had been spent in this village. She was one of the oldest members of Minnehaha Rebekah Lodge and had been one of its most helpful and active members. She is survived by three cousins, Ira W. Jones of Milton, Mrs. Nellie Webber and Charles Tucker of Florida. Services were held from the funeral home of Norman L. Otis Monday afternoon with Rev. J.W. Newton (Farmington News, January 22, 1937).

J.E. Goodwin (1820-1893) of Milton paid a $6.67 tax on his Class B manufacturer’s license. Details regarding West Milton taxpayer John E. Goodwin may be found in the prior year’s Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1862.

Edward L. Goodwin (1839-1922) of Milton paid a $1.67 tax on his retail dealer’s license.

Edward Lawrence Goodwin was born in Milton, July 4, 1839, son of Daniel B. and Susan H. (Knight) Goodwin.

38/36 – Daniel B. Goodwin, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“West Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Susan H. [(Knight)] Goodwin, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), Edward L. Goodwin, a farmer, aged twenty years (b. NH), Martha S. Goodwin, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Emily A. Goodwin, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Clara J. Goodwin, aged eleven years (b. NH).

Edward L. Goodwin of Milton, a shoemaker, aged twenty-two years (b. Milton), enlisted in Co. A of the Fourth NH Volunteer Infantry, September 4, 1861. He had blue eyes, dark hair, a dark complexion, and stood 5′ 10″ tall. (Alonzo Nute was his recruiting officer). He mustered out at Hilton Head, SC, January 31, 1862.

Edward L. Goodwin married (1st), July 4, 1862, Emily M. Hersey. She was  born in Tuftonboro, NH, July 16, 1841, daughter of Jonathan B. and Elizabeth C. (Wiggin) Hersey.

The US Post Office Department paid Edward L. Goodwin $26.41 for his service as postmaster at West Milton, September 30, 1865. They owed him still a balance of $14.16.

Emily M. (Hersey) Goodwin died of consumption in Milton, June 16, 1868. Edward L. Goodwin married (2nd) in Boston, MA, February 27, 1870, Olive Adelaide Goss, both of Boston. He was a clerk, aged fifty-one years, and she was aged thirty-five years. She was born in Moultonborough, NH, circa 1834, daughter of Jonathan and Olive Goss.

Edward L. Goodwin received a Civil War pension in Massachusetts beginning in 1892 (Boston Globe, July 8, 1892).

Olive A. (Goss) Goodwin died in Roslindale, MA, January 15, 1900, aged sixty-five years, six months, and two days.

WEST ROXBURY DISTRICT. Mrs. Olive A. Goodwin, wife of Mr. E.L. Goodwin, died yesterday morning at her home on Conway st., Roslindale, at the age of 65 years. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock. The interment will be in Farmington, N.H. (Boston Globe, January 16, 1900).

Edward L. Goodwin married (3rd) in Westport, MA, October 17,  1905, Jane T. Macomber, he of Boston, MA, and she of Westport. He was a conveyancer, aged sixty-six years, and she was a field S.S. worker, aged fifty-three years. She was born in Dartmouth, MA, circa 1851, daughter of Charles H. and Rebecca W. (Russell) Macomber.

Edward L. Goodwin died in Roslindale, MA, January 14, 1922.

DEATHS. GOODWIN – In Roslindale, Jan. 14, Edward L., husband of Jane T. Goodwin. Services at residence, 6 Tappan st., Tuesday, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends invited. Farmington, N.H., papers please copy (Boston Globe, January 16, 1922).

Jane T. (Macomber) Goodwin died in Fall River, MA, December 2, 1926.

DEATHS. GOODWIN – In Fall River, Mass., Dec. 2, Jane T. Macomber, widow of Edward L. Goodwin. Funeral services at her home, 571 Robeson st., Fall River, on Mon., Dec. 6, at 2 o’clock p.m. Burial at convenience of the family (Boston Globe, December 3, 1926).

Milton

Details regarding Milton taxpayers Dr. Daniel E. Palmer, Ezra H. Twombly, Lewis N. Berry, William H. Huntress, Dr. Stephen Drew, and Thomas Jones may be found in the prior year’s Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1862.

Dr. Daniel E. Palmer (1821-1889) of Milton paid a $6.67 tax on his physician’s license.

E.H. Twombly (1827-1883) of Milton paid a $6.67 tax on his retail dealer’s license.

L.N. Berry (1824-1863) of Milton paid a $6.67 tax on his Class B manufacturer’s license.

W.H. Huntress (1822-1873) of Milton paid a $6.33 tax on his 8th Class hotel license, $13.34 on his retail liquor license, and $10.00 on his livery stable.

Dr. Stephen Drew (1791-1872) of Milton paid a $6.67 tax on his physician’s license.

Moses W. Cook (1836-1890) of Milton paid an $18.33 tax on his retail liquor dealer’s license.

Moses William Cook was born in Milton, August 20, 1836, son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Peavey) Cook.

Moses W. Cook married, circa 1856, Freelove Sally Downing. She was born in Holderness, NH, May 24, 1840, daughter of Royal B. and Fannie G. (Prescott) Downing.  For some reason, she preferred to use her middle name, Sally, in preference to her first name, Freelove. (Can you blame her?)

240/226 – M.W. Cook, a shoemaker, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Sally H. Cook, aged nineteen years (b. NH), H.N. [Henry N.] Cook, aged two years (b. NH), and “Infant” [Julietta Freelove] Cook, aged five months (b. NH). M.W. Cook had real estate valued at $300 and personal estate valued at $100. The households of Sally H. Cook’s brothers, Stephen Downing, and D.P. [David Prescott] Downing, appeared in the enumeration just before that of M.W. Cook.

Moses Cook, by then of Center Harbor, NH, aged twenty-five years, who enlisted in Co. H of the Ninth NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment, December 7, 1861. He was wounded just above the left arm at the Second Battle of Bull Run, August 29, 1862. He refused a surgeon’s insistence on an amputation and recovered. He was discharged as disabled at Concord, NH, May 15, 1863.

He is thought to be also the Moses Cook, aged twenty-seven years, who enlisted in Co. D of the same regiment, December 10, 1863. This enlistment was credited to Dover, NH. He was wounded again at Petersburg, VA, July 4, 1864, and apparently recovered. He was mustered out a year later, July 17, 1865. (His gravestone mentions his service in Co. F of the Ninth Regiment).

Moses W. Cook resided in Milton in 1870 and 1880. His daughter, Clara Cook, died in Milton in 1880.

DEATHS. In Milton, Nov. 11, Clara, daughter of Moses W. Cook, aged 4 yrs. (Farmington News, November 19, 1880).

Moses W. Cook died in Barnstead, NH, July 8, 1890, aged fifty-three years, ten months, and nineteen days.

WEST MILTON. The Betsey Downing place – except amount due Mrs. Sally Cook – goes to the town of Milton, and will be sold at auction soon (Farmington News, April 13, 1900).

Freelove S. (Downing) Cook died in Barnstead, NH, May 22, 1909.

Thomas Jones of Milton paid a $6.67 tax on his retail dealer’s license.

Milton Mills

Details regarding Milton Mills taxpayers Asa Fox & Son, Lewis D. Reed, and Bray U. Simes may be found in the prior year’s Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1862.

Bray U. Simes (1801-1885) of Milton paid a $6.67 tax, a $5.83 tax, and a $10.00 tax on his retail dealer’s license, or three of them.

Asa Fox & Son of Milton paid a $6.67 tax on their retail dealer’s license.

L.D. Reed (c1825-1870) of Milton paid a $6.33 tax on his 7th Class hotel license, and $13.33 on his retail liquor license.

John Townsend (1807-1891) paid an $18.00 (3%) tax on his $600 of income. Details regarding John Townsend may be found in Milton Mills Mfg. & the Waumbeck Companies – 1837-98.

Middleton

John H. Cloutman (1833-1910) of “Milton,” actually Middleton, paid a $1 tax on his carriage, which was valued at $75.


Previous in sequence: Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1862; next in sequence: Milton’s US Excise Tax of May 1864


References:

Find a Grave. (2016, July 9). Moses William Cook. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/166675689/moses-william-cook

Find a Grave. (2017, June 20). Charles W. Nute. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/180572524/charles-w-nute

Wikipedia. (2020, August 23). 4th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4th_New_Hampshire_Infantry_Regiment

Wikipedia. (2020, August 23). 9th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9th_New_Hampshire_Infantry_Regiment

Wikipedia. (2020, October 23). Second Battle of Bull Run. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Bull_Run

Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1862

By Muriel Bristol | November 1, 2020

The US Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1862 in late June 1862, and President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law on July 1, 1862. It was intended to pay in part the costs of the Civil War then in progress. (It also established for the first time the department that would eventually become the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)).

Among the many categories of taxes imposed …

Annual licenses were required for bankers, auctioneers, wholesale and retail dealers, pawnbrokers, distillers, brewers, brokers, tobacconists, jugglers (“Every person who performs by sleight of hand shall be regarded as a juggler under this act.”), confectioners, horse dealers, livery stable keepers, cattle brokers, tallow-chandlers and soapmakers, coal-oil distillers, peddlers, apothecaries, photographers, lawyers, and physicians. Hotels, inns, and taverns were classified according to the annual rent or estimated rent, from a first-class establishment with a yearly rental of $10,000 to an eighth-class hotel with a yearly rental of less than $100, and charged license fees of from $200 to $5 accordingly (Fox, 1986).

Those assessed for Federal taxes in Milton in September 1862 were Lewis W. Berry, Dr. Stephen Drew, Jedediah L. Duntley, Asa Fox & Son, John E. Goodwin, William H. Huntress, Asa Jewett, Charles Jones, Thomas Jones, Dr. Daniel E. Palmer, Enoch W. Plummer, Lewis D. Reed, Bray U. Simes, Ezra H. Twombly, and Samuel Twombly.

Those fifteen taxpayers are arranged here in the order in which they appeared in the Eighth (1860) Federal Census (with their house and household numbers), beginning in West Milton and progressing through Milton to Milton Mills.

West Milton

John E. Goodwin (1820-1893) of Milton paid $10 in tax for his manufacturer’s license.

37/35 – John E. Goodwin, a shoe manufacturer, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“West Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Eliza [(Hayes)] Goodwin, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), J.H. [Henry] Goodwin, aged fourteen years (b. NH), L.H. [Leah Helen] Goodwin, aged twelve years (b. NH), L.M. [Laura May] Goodwin, aged nine years (b. NH), A.E. [Alice Eliza] Goodwin, aged seven years (b. NH), and J.F. [John Fremont] Goodwin, aged three years (b. NH). John E. Goodwin had real estate valued at $7,000 and personal estate valued at $5,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration next to that of Daniel B. Goodwin, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH).

Extensive Fire In Dover, New Hampshire. Dover, New Hampshire, Nov 1. – John E. Goodwin & Co.’s large shoe manufactory was discovered on fire at 2 this morning. The buildings with the contents was consumed. The fire next caught a small shoe factory occupied by the same firm which was also burned. The old Catholic church was next burned and a building occupied by Messrs. C.E. and S.C. Hayes. From the old Catholic Church the fire caught the new Catholic Church now building and the priest’s residence which were also burned. The high winds carried the cinders a long distance and the roofs of the buildings were repeatedly on fire. Had it not been for the rain yesterday the fire would have been much more disastrous. Messrs. Goodwin and Co. were insured $270,000 on their stock. The building was owned by Deacon Benjamin Ray and was insured $4000. No insurance on the churches (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), November 1, 1870).

Milton

Dr. Daniel E. Palmer (1821-1889) of Milton paid $10 in tax for his physician’s license.

108/105 – D.E. Palmer, a physician, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Anna [(Durgin)] Palmer, aged forty years (b. NH), Charles H. Palmer, aged seven years (b. NH), and Frank A. Palmer, aged two years (b. NH). D.E. Palmer had real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $800.

Dr. Daniel E. Palmer served as surgeon in the 81st Regiment US Colored Infantry between 1864 and 1865. (They served mostly in and around Louisiana, which is presumably where he contracted the malaria that ended his life).

ATTENDED BY G.A.R. VETERANS. The Funeral of Dr. Daniel E. Palmer, Deceased Yesterday, Occurs Tomorrow. Portsmouth, N.H., March 12. Dr. Daniel E. Palmer died at Kittery, Me., Monday, March 11, from malarial poisoning. He was a graduate of Bowdoin Medical College. and served during the rebellion as surgeon of the Eighty-first United States Colored Troops and Second Vermont Volunteers. He occupied a seat in the New Hampshire Legislature in 1859-60 from Milton. Deceased was 67 years 9 months old, and leaves a wife, two sons and a daughter. The funeral will take place Wednesday, under the auspices of Parker Post, G.A.R., of which deceased was a member (Boston Globe, March 12, 1889).

J.L. Duntley (c1834-1914) of Milton paid $20 in tax for his retail liquor license.

Jedediah Leighton Duntley was born in Farmington, NH, circa 1834, son of Hazen and Phoebe (Leighton) Duntley.

131/121 – 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 [(Leighton)] Duntley, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), J.L. Duntley, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Mary J. Duntley, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Ira W. Duntley, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Amos G. Duntley, 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; and Sally Leighton had real estate valued at $1,000 and personal estate valued at $500.

PLENTY OF FUN. Rochester’s Citizens Think They Compare with Any Owners of speed. ROCHESTER, N.H., Feb 16. It Is doubtful if any town in New Hampshire could muster such an array of road horses as Rochester can at present. Being the location of one of the finest fair grounds and having many lovers of the race course, it is but natural that this city should be well supplied with plenty of steppers for the winter brushes. Early in March the speedway will be put in excellent shape for racing. and an oat race for all comers will be given, the purse being 100 bushels of oats. Rochester horses, which will be on deck, are now receiving careful preparation. Lawyer E.J. Smart owns Bay Alto, 2.27¼, a horse with the most extreme speed. He has paced a half over Old Orchard track in 1.01, and deservedly heads the list. Forest Patchen, 2.19¼, owned by J.L. Duntley, is still possessed of courage and speed, and will be seen a little later with the veteran, T. D. Marsh, behind him. … (Boston Globe, February 17, 1895).

E.H. Twombly (1827-1883) of Milton paid $10 in tax for his retail dealer’s license.

145/134 – E.H. Twombly, a merchant, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Lucinda K. [(Hanson)] Twombly, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), Isabel Twombly, aged four years (b. NH), Susan A. Twombly, aged two years (b. NH), George A. Randall, aged ten years (b. NH), Charles E. Randall, aged nine years (b. NH), and E.F. Randall, aged six years (b. NH). E.H. Twombly had real estate valued at $3,500 and personal estate valued at $2,500.

FIRST EDITION. 3 P.M. Ezra H. Twombly, widely known as a prominent citizen, died at Dover, N.H., this morning in an apoplectic fit, aged 50 years (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), December 13, 1883).

L.N. Berry (1824-1863) of Milton paid $10 in tax on his Class B manufacturing license.

149/138 – Lewis N. Berry, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Emily [(Leighton)] Berry, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), and Janette E. Berry, aged three years (b. NH). Lewis N. Berry had real estate valued at $1,500 and personal estate valued at $2,000.

Lewis N. Berry, a shoe manufacturer, son of Mesach and Eliza [(Kimball)] Berry, died of “softening of brain” in Milton, June 5, 1863, aged thirty-nine years, and three months.

W.H. Huntress (1822-1873) of Milton paid $5 in tax for his 8th Class tavern license and $20 for his retail liquor license. (See Milton Hotels in 1860).

William H. Huntress was mentioned as owner of an abutting property in the trespass case of Palmer v. Tuttle in December 1859.

In a plea of trespass, for that the defendants, on the third day of April, A.D. 1858, at said Milton, with force and arms broke and entered the plaintiff’s close, situate in Milton, in said county, and bounded easterly partly by land of John Foss and partly by land of James C. Roberts, southerly by land of Stephen Downs, westerly by land now occupied by William H. Huntress and James F. Place, and northerly by the road leading by the houses of William W. Ricker and James B. Downs; and cut down and carried away ten hemlock trees, twenty-five pine trees, fifty beech trees, one hundred birch trees, one hundred oak trees, and two hundred maple trees, property of the plaintiff, of the value of two hundred dollars, and converted the same to their own use; and cut down and carried away thirty cords of the plaintiff’s wood, of the value of one hundred dollars, and converted the same to their own use, and with their oxen and horses trod up and injured the plaintiff’s soil, against the peace and to the damage of the said plaintiff (as he says) in the sum of three hundred dollars (Caselaw, 2020).

185/174 – William H. Huntress, a shoemaker, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Sarah C. [(Tuttle)] Huntress, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), Charles A. Huntress, aged six years (b. NH), and John W. Huntress, aged three years (b. NH). William H. Huntress had personal estate valued at $200.

Dr. Stephen Drew (1791-1872) of Milton paid $10 in tax for his physician’s license.

201/188 – Stephen Drew, a practicing physician (“in Milton 40 years”), aged sixty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Harriet [(Watson)] Drew, aged sixty-three years (b. NH). Stephen Drew had real estate valued at $6,000 and personal estate valued at $5,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration next to the Milton Hotel, run by Joseph Jenness, a landlord, aged thirty-six years (b. NH).

Stephen Drew of Milton made his last will, July 9, 1866. He devised his homestead in Milton, as well as any other property, to his “beloved” wife, Harriet Drew. He gave to his two sons, Stephen Watson Drew and David Fogg Drew, “all my library, medicines, surgical instruments, splints, and office furniture,” to be divided equally between them. [Son Stephen W. Drew was also a physician, but in Woburn, MA]. He gave his daughter, Clara Mathes Drew Wentworth, the sum of $100, and the remainder of his personal estate to his wife, Harriet Drew. He appointed Harriet Drew, Stephen Watson Drew, and David Fogg Drew as joint executors. Joseph Sayward, Ira S. Knox, and Nathaniel G. Pinkham signed as witnesses. The will was proved in Farmington, NH, in April 2, 1872 (Strafford County Probate, 84:46).

Samuel Twombly [Jr.] (1779-1868) of Milton paid $1 in tax for his horse carriage (valued at $70).

Samuel Twombly’s parents, Samuel and Mary (Burrows) Twombly were early settlers of Milton.

Early in the summer of 1776, Samuel Twombly, a nephew of the first settler, Jonathan Twombly, could have been seen, with a pack well strapped upon his back, wending his way up the side of Teneriffe, to search out a home for his lady love, returning and bringing her to this wild region the next year. Stephen Wentworth very soon became a neighbor of the Twomblys (Hurd, 1882).

262/248 – Samuel Twombly, a farmer, aged eighty years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Sophia [(Fish)] Twombly, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH). Samuel Twombly had real estate valued at $10,000 and personal estate valued at $5,000.

Samuel Twombly of Milton made his last will, May 7, 1861. He devised all his real estate, livestock, carriages, farming utensils, and $1,000, to his “beloved” wife, Sophia Twombly, “in her own right forever.” He gave $1 each to his three sons, Thomas Twombly, Josiah F. Twombly, and Ira F. Twombly. He gave $200 to his daughter, Sophia Hayes, $800 to his daughter, Rebecca Wentworth, and $10 to his grandchild, James Chesley Hayes. All the rest and residue of his property was to be equally divided between his wife, Sophia Twombly, sons, Josiah F. Twombly and Ira F. Twombly, and daughters, Sophia and Rebecca. As with their monetary bequests, the daughters’ shares were to be for “their sole and separate use, free from any interference or control of any husband.” Charles H. Roberts, John O. Sleeper, and J.D. Lyman signed as witnesses (Strafford County Probate, 80:181).

E.W. Plumer (1815-1896) of Milton paid $1 in tax for his horse carriage (valued at $70).

290/273 – E.W. Plumer, a farmer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.” household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Orinda [(Ayers)] Plumer, aged forty-two years (b. NH), John T. Plumer, a farmer, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Joseph E. Plumer, a farmer, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Bard B. Plumer, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Mary B. Plumer, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Sarah Plumer, aged twelve years (b. NH), Fanny W. Plumer, aged nine years (b. NH), Susan Plumer, aged six years (b. NH), Sarah Plumer, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), Caroline Wentworth, aged forty-six years (b. NH), and Thomas Wentworth, a farm laborer, aged twenty years (b. NH). E.W. Plumer had real estate valued at $6,000 and personal estate valued at $1,500. Their household appeared in the enumeration next to that of Charles Jones.

HERE AND THERE. Mr. and Mrs. John S. Roberts attended on Sunday the funeral of deacon Enoch W. Plumer of Milton, who was truly a citizen well known (Farmington News, [Friday,] June 26, 1896).

Thomas Jones of Milton paid $10 in tax for his retail dealer’s license.

Charles Jones (1833-1873) of Milton paid $1 in tax for his horse carriage (valued at $70).

291/274 – Charles Jones, a farmer, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Betsy [(Varney)] Jones, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), Fred P. Jones, aged three months (b. NH), Sally [((Worster) Wallingford)] Jones, aged sixty-six years (b. NH), Abba Corliss, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Lydia Worster, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), and F.E. Wallingford, aged eight years (b. NH). Charles Jones had real estate valued at $16,000 and personal estate valued at $6,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration next to that of E.W. Plumer.

Milton Mills

Asa Fox & Son, Bray C. Simes, John U. Simes, and Asa Jewett were mentioned in the Vulpes letter of 1864 as proprietors of Milton Mills’ four general stores.

Simes, Bray Underwood (1801-1885)Bray U. Simes (1801-1885) of Milton paid $10 in tax for his retail dealer’s license.

318/301 – B.U. Simes, a merchant, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Martha [(Spinney)] Simes, aged fifty years (b. NH), Elizabeth Simes, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), Ann Simes, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Adda Simes, aged twelve years (b. NH), and John Simes, aged twenty-four years (b. NH). B.U. Simes had real estate valued at $1,200 and personal estate valued at $3,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration next to that of Elbridge W. Fox (the “Son” of Asa Fox & Son).

B.U. Simes’ perception and subtlety was remembered at the time of his death in 1885.

Asa Fox & Son of Milton paid $10 in tax for their retail dealer’s license.

323/366 – Asa Fox, a farmer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills P.O.” household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Harriet W. [(Wood)] Fox, aged forty-six years (b. NH). Asa Fox had real estate valued at $3,000 and personal estate valued at $2,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration next to that of A.A Fox.

L.D. Reed (c1825-1870) of Milton paid $10 in tax for his 8th Class tavern license and $20 for his retail liquor license. (See Milton Hotels in 1860).

327/320 – L.D. Reed, a landlord, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Annetta [(Randall)] Reed, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), and Georgiana W. Reed, aged fourteen years (b. NH). His guests or tenants at the Milton Mills Hotel were William B. Reynolds, a physician, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), C. Parker, a pedlar, aged thirty years (b. NH), John Colby, a pedlar, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), Ed. D. Colby, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), Thomas Christie, a bread pedlar, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), George Moulton, an expressman, aged forty-five years (b. NH), and H. Livingston, a pedlar, aged forty-three years (b. NH). The Milton Mills Hotel appeared in the enumeration between the households of John L. Swinerton, a physician, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), and E. Osgood, a blacksmith, aged fifty-four years (b. NH).

Asa Jewett (1815-1883) of Milton paid $10 in tax for his retail dealer’s license.

Asa Jewett was, with his father, Gilman Jewett, and others, a founder in 1837 of the Milton Mills Manufacturing Co., when it was a lathe and wood-turning operation. They sold out to Durgin & Co.

Fire at Milton Mills, N.H. About one o’clock on the morning of the 19th ult. the shingle and clapboard mill of Mr. Asa H. Jewett, was discovered to be in flames, and before aid could be had, the fire had progressed so far that all effort was useless, and the mill, with its contents, were burned to ashes. The loss is estimated at about $1,200. Insurance $550, in the Strafford Mutual Insurance Fire Insurance Co. Credit is due to the fire company, who with their engine succeeded in saving other buildings and property. Dover Gazette (North Star (Danville, VT), August 4, 1845).

348/331 – Asa Jewett, a farmer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills P.O.” household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Mary A. [(Richards)] Jewett, aged forty-five years (b. NH), Nancy R. Jewett, aged twenty years (b. NH), L.M. [Lydia M.] Jewett, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and C.A. Jewett, aged one year (b. NH). Asa Jewett had real estate valued at $2,500 and personal estate valued at $6,000.

Nancy R. Jewett married in Dover, NH, October 1, 1863, John U. Simes, a trader, and son of the Bray U. Simes taxed above. Asa Jewett died in Dover, NH, April 17, 1883.


Next in sequence: Milton’s US Excise Tax of 1863


References:

Caselaw. (2020). Palmer v. Tuttle, 39 N.H. 486 (1859). Retrieved from cite.case.law/nh/39/486/

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. (2020). Bray Underwood Simes (1801-1885). Retrieved from emuseum.history.org/objects/58174/bray-underwood-simes-18011885

Find a Grave. (2020, August 18). Dr. Stephen Drew. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/214561758/stephen-drew

Find a Grave. (2008, March 3). John Elkins Goodwin. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/25013298/john-elkins-goodwin

Find a Grave. (2013, August 14). Asa Jewett. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115418840/asa-jewett

Find a Grave. (2011, December 22). Dr. Daniel E. Palmer. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/82271199/daniel-e.-palmer

Find a Grave. (2017, October 19). Enoch W. Plumer. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/184409140/enoch-w-plumer

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Milton Mills’ Asa Fox & Son General Store

By Muriel Bristol | October 25, 2020

Asa Fox (1809-1887)

Asa Fox was born in Shapleigh, ME, October 23, 1809, son of Daniel Jr. and Mary (Roberts) Fox.

Daniel Fox [Jr.] headed a Shapleigh, ME, household at the time of the Third (1810) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 16-25 years [himself], one female aged 16-25 years [Mary (Roberts) Fox], and one male aged under-10 years [Asa Fox].

Asa Fox married, probably in Maine, circa 1832, Harriet Wood. She was born in Shapleigh, ME, March 8, 1807, daughter of Enoch and Dorothy (Heard) Wood.

Eldest son Charles D. Fox was born, probably in Acton, ME, circa 1833, prior to the family’s arrival in Milton Mills.

“He moved to Milton Mills, New Hampshire and opened a general store in 1834.” Middle son Elbridge W. Fox was born in Milton, December 3, 1834.

Captain Asa Fox was born in Acton, and settled at Milton Mills in 1834. He established himself in trade and carried on a thriving general business until his death, which occurred in 1887, at the age of seventy eight years. At first a Whig, he followed the majority of that party into the ranks of the Republicans. He was for many years identified with local affairs, and he served with ability as a Selectman, Town Treasurer, and legislative Representative. Prominent in military affairs, he held the commission of Captain in State militia. His wife, Harriet, who was a daughter of Enoch Wood, a well known resident of Acton in his day, became the mother of three sons. These were Charles, who died in 1852, Elbridge W., the subject of this sketch, and Asa A., who is residing in Milton Mills. Mrs. Asa Fox died in 1882 (Biographical Review, 1927).

Youngest son Asa Augustus Fox was born in Milton, February 3, 1837.

Asa Fox headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 20-29 [Asa Fox], one female aged 20-29 years [Harriet W. Fox], two males aged 5-9 [Charles D. Fox and Elbridge W. Fox], and one male aged under-5 years [Asa A. Fox]. One member of the household was engaged in commerce, presumably Asa Fox himself. The Fox household appeared in the enumeration between those of Bray Simes, who was also engaged in commerce, and [Dr.] John L. Swinerton, who was engaged in a learned profession.

In the boundary descriptions of the properties devised in Fox’s 1887 will, we learn that his “homestead lot” was a half-acre lot beside or behind his store.

… my homestead lot, with the dwelling house, barn and shed standing thereon, bounded as follows, Beginning at the road leading to Fox’s store and in the center of the passway between my house and store, thence running northerly to the northerly end of the store, thence northeasterly to the southwesterly end of the store-house, thence northerly by said store-house thirty-two feet, thence northeasterly ten feet, thence northerly to the land of Henry H. Townsend, thence westerly by said Townsend’s land to land of the late Bray U. Simes, thence by said Simes’ land to the aforesaid road, thence southerly and easterly by said road to the bounds begun at, containing one half acre more or less, with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging … together with the right of passing and repassing to and from the said house, shed and back lot at all times, said passway to remain open and free for passing and repassing as now used.

Asa Fox & Son - 1856It is apparent from this Milton Mills map of 1856 that both Asa Fox’s house and store (marked here in red) stood on what is now termed Main Street, across the street from what would later be Ira Miller’s store. (Note that the Milton Mills school house (“S.H”) was not then situated where it would be later in 1875).

Asa Fox was one of three Milton selectmen in 1843-46, 1851-52, and 1858 (Mitchell-Cony, 1908).

Asa Fox, a trader, aged thirty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Harriet W. Fox, aged forty years (b. ME), Charles D. Fox, a carpenter, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Enoch E.W. Fox, a trader, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Asa A. Fox, aged thirteen years (b. NH). Asa Fox had real estate valued at $2,000. His three sons had all attended school within the last year.

Eldest son Charles Daniel Fox died of typhoid fever in New York, October 4, 1852.

Asa Fox, a farmer, aged forty-five years (b. NH [SIC]), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Harriet W. Fox, aged forty-six years (b. NH [SIC]). Asa Fox had real estate valued at $3,000, and personal estate valued at $2,000. His household appeared next to that of his son, A.A. Fox, a carpenter, aged twenty-three years (b. NH).

(The NH Historical Society has an ambrotype photograph “showing horse and wagon in front of the Asa Fox and Son general store in Milton Mills,” which was taken in November 1860).

Asa Fox was presumably the author of the Vulpes letter of February 1864, vulpes being Latin for fox. He paid a $10 tax on his Class B retail dealer’s license in the U.S. Excise Tax of May 1864.

The firm of Asa Fox & Son of Milton Mills paid a $10 tax on their retail dealer’s license in the US Excise Tax of 1866. Asa Fox paid personally a $1 tax on his carriage.

The Milton Mills mercantile firm of Asa Fox & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1867-68, 1868, and 1869-70. They sold dry goods and groceries. Son Elbridge W. Fox appeared also as a justice of the peace, as postmaster and, in 1869, as selectman.

Asa Fox, a retail grocer, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills P.O.”) household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Harriet W. Fox, keeping house, aged sixty-two years (b. ME). Asa Fox had real estate valued at $5,000, and personal estate valued at $7,050. His household appeared next to that of his son, Elbridge W. Fox, a retail grocer, aged thirty-four years (b. NH).

The Milton Mills mercantile firm of Asa Fox & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1871, 1875, 1876, 1877, and 1880.

NEW ENGLAND BY MAIL. Milton Mills, N.H. The store of Augustus Fox at Milton Mills, was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. Loss $6000; insured in the Home, New York, for $4300. The second story was occupied by the Old Fellows, who lost everything (Boston Globe, March 9, 1876).

(Ira Miller sold his Central House hotel and opened a competing general store at Milton Mills at about this time).

Asa Fox, a farmer & trader, aged seventy years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Village of Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Harriet W. Fox, aged seventy-two years (b. ME).

The Milton Mills mercantile firm of Asa Fox & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1881, 1882, 1884, and 1887.

Harriet (Wood) Fox died July 3, 1882.

Asa Fox of Milton, merchant, made out his last will, June 22, 1887. He devised his homestead to his grandson, Charles D. Fox. This bequest included also all the household goods, provisions, hay and wood on hand, as well as his money on deposit at the Strafford County Savings Bank at Dover, NH. He devised his store to his son, Elbridge W. Fox, and grandson, Everett F. Fox, as well as his 9-acre field near the Miller Brook. He devised his 12-acre “further field” to his son, Asa A. Fox, as well as half of the money deposited at the Somersworth Savings Bank. He devised all the rest and residue to his sons, Elbridge W. Fox and Asa A. Fox, in equal shares, and named them as joint executors. Abbie S. Hayes, Mary L. Hayes, and Charles Hayes signed as witnesses. (The will was proved in Rochester, NH, October 18, 1887) (Strafford County Probate, 89:141).

Asa Fox sold land in Milton to his son, Asa A. Fox, for $1,500 (Farmington News, July 1, 1887). Asa Fox sold land in Milton to his son, E.W. Fox, for $1,500 (Farmington News, July 22, 1887).

Asa Fox died in Milton, September 29, 1887, aged seventy-seven years, eleven months, and six days.

Elbridge W. Fox (1834-1912)

Elbridge Enoch Wood Fox was born in Milton, December 3, 1834, son of Asa and Harriet (Wood) Fox. Though he was a namesake for his maternal grandfather, Enoch Wood, he seems to have rarely used the “Enoch” part of his name.

Elbridge Wood Fox continued the family business of operating a general store. His father’s last will had requested that the firm name of Asa Fox & Son not be changed “for a time,” and it would seem that Elbridge W. Fox never did change it.

(His surviving brother, Asa A. Fox, and his son, Charles D. Fox [II], pursued business interests of their own).

ELBRIDGE W. FOX, a prosperous general merchant of Milton Mills, was born in this town, December 3, 1834, son of Captain Asa and Harriet (Wood) Fox. … After attending the Wakefield Academy for a time, Elbridge W Fox completed schooling at the New Hampton Literary Institute. He began his mercantile career in father’s store. With the exception of a year spent in the grocery business in Boston, he has been connected with his present business ever since. After the death of his father he and his son, Everett F., became the proprietors of the store but the business is still carried on under the firm name of Asa Fox & Son. In the capacity of Justice of the Peace he transacts a large amount of legal business. He is widely known as a reliable and upright man. Since his first Presidential vote was cast for John C. Fremont in 1856, he has been an active supporter of the Republican party. He served as a Selectman and as Town Treasurer for a number of terms and he was Postmaster from 1865 to 1885. He was elected for two years to the legislature in 1876 [1873], but his duties as Postmaster obliged him to resign. He was elected again in 1891, and afterward served for two years. He was one of the incorporators of the Rochester Savings Bank, is Vice President and Trustee of the Nute High School and Library of Milton, and he has been the statistical correspondent of the county or the United States Agricultural Department for the past quarter of a century. He was both State and United States Delegate to the World’s Sunday-school Convention held in London, England, in July, 1889, and he later made a tour of the continent of Europe, prolonging his visit in the principal centres of France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. He has been Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of the Check List since the enactment of the law creating such office in 1878, and he has held, almost without exception, all the courts in Milton for the trial of criminal action, for many years. His confidential counsel is constantly sought by those in need of advice in regard to financial and matters, and for years he has been the manager and investor of trust funds, both large and small, for neighbors, townspeople and others. Mr. Fox married Miss Sarah E. Buck, daughter of Dr. Reuben Buck, a physician of Acton. Mrs. Fox is the mother of one son, Everett F., who is now connected in business with his father as previously mentioned. Mr. Fox is a Deacon of the Congregational church, and has been superintendent of the Sunday-school for the past twenty years (Biographical Review, 1927).

Elbridge W. Fox of Milton Mills attended the New Hampton Academical and Literary Institution, at New Hampton, NH, with its Class of 1851. He was an active member of its Literary Adelphi library society in 1852.

THE LITERARY ADELPHI. The Literary Adelphi was founded A.D., 1827. Its object is to develop the mind. It has a spacious and convenient Reading-Room, containing a cabinet of minerals, and a valuable library. By the liberality of its patrons it is furnished with about twenty newspapers from various sections of the country. Besides this the society received several valuable periodicals. To those who have aided, by the contribution of books, newspapers, periodicals, & c., we tender out heartfelt thanks. Additions are made to the library, from time to time, as the state of the funds of the society will permit.

Elbridge W. Fox married in Milton, November 5, 1855, Sarah E. Buck, he of Milton and she of neighboring Acton, ME. He was twenty-one years of age and she was twenty-eight years of age Rev. James Doldt performed the ceremony. She was born in Acton, ME, in June 1825, daughter of Dr. Rueben and Alice (Jacquith) Buck.

Son Everett Fremont Fox was born in Milton, August 17, 1856. His middle name was given in honor of the Republican party’s initial (1856) presidential candidate, John C. Fremont. (The party’s second presidential candidate, Abraham Lincoln, would win his 1860 presidential race).

Elbridge W. Fox, a farmer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Sarah E. Fox, aged thirty-one years (b. NH [SIC]), and Everett F. Fox, aged three years (b. NH [SIC]). His household appeared next to that of B.U. Simes, a merchant, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH).

President Andrew Johnson appointed Elbridge W. Fox as postmaster of Milton Mills, July 13, 1865. (He succeeded Henry S. Swasey, who had been appointed early in the Lincoln administration). He received $220 in salary in the year 1872. Republicans Joseph Plumer and Elbridge Fox were elected as Milton’s state representatives in the election of March 11, 1873 (Vermont Journal (St. Johnsbury, VT), March 22, 1873). (This would be the term from which he resigned). His son, Everett F. Fox, replaced him as postmaster briefly, March 28, 1873, but he was reappointed April 4, 1873, and held that position into 1885.

Elbridge W. Fox of Milton Mills paid a $10 tax on his lawyer’s license and a $4 tax on his piano in the US Excise Tax of 1866.

Elbridge W. Fox, a retail grocer, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Sarah E. Fox, keeping house, aged thirty-nine years (b. ME), and Everett F. Fox, at school, aged thirteen years (b. ME). His household appeared next to that of [his father,] Asa Fox, a retail grocer, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH).

ELBRIDGE W. FOX, / CONVEYANCER, CLAIM, COLLECTION, REPORTING, AND NEWS AGENT. / SPECIAL ATTENTION GIVEN TO PROBATE, PENSION, NOTARY AND JUSTICE BUSINESS, MAKING OF WILLS, LEGAL & OFFICIAL INSTRUMENTS, EXAMINATION OF RECORDS, TITLES, ACCOUNTS, &c. / TICKET AGENT CUNARD LINE MAIL STEAMERS. / BILLS OF EXCHANGE ISSUED ON LIVERPOOL, LONDON, DUBLIN & GLASGOW. / AGENCY FOR THE PRINCIPAL NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, PERIODICALS, &c. / P.O. BLOCK, CENTRAL SQ. Milton Mills, Strafford Co. N.H. (NH Historical Society, 2004).

Cunard-to-EW Fox, 1875Elbridge W. Fox, a storekeeper, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Sarah Fox, keeping house, aged fifty-four years (b. ME). They occupied a two-family dwelling, which they shared with the household of [their son,] Everett F. Fox, a storekeeper, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and his wife, Carrie B. Fox, keeping house, aged twenty-one years (b. NH).

SUMMER RESORTS. SUMMER BOARDERS can have first-class accommodations at Tamaline Heights Cottage, Milton Mills. N.H. Pleasant situation; splendid views; fine drives; pure air; trout, bass and other fishing near; three minutes’ walk to post office, churches, stores, etc.; house newly refinished and furnished; no pains will be spared to make it comfortable and attractive; reference, Elbridge Fox, P.M., Milton Mills, N.H. Apply through box 113, Milton Mills. N.H. 5t* jy3 (Boston Globe, July 7, 1884).

THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION. New Hampshire Young Men’s Christian Association Meet at Dover. Dover, N.H., October 1. – The annual convention of the Young Men’s Christian Association of New Hampshire commenced here last evening, 200 delegates being in attendance. Last night’s proceedings were wholly informal. A consecration meeting this morning was led by Rev. R.K. Remington of Fall River. The convention organized with Colonel Howard L. Porter of Concord as president, Elbridge Fox of Milton Mills, secretary. The president, after offering a few pertinent remarks, introduced Walter C. Douglass of New York, secretary of the international committee, who addressed the convention. After the presentation of various reports, remarks were made by Secretary Folger and R.K. Remington, and a paper was read from Secretary Symonds of the Keene association. In the afternoon Secretary Folger read the report of the State executive committee, and there were several addresses. This evening the speakers were Rev. R.K. Remington and Rev. D.C. Knowles. The session continues tomorrow (Boston Globe, October 2, 1886).

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS. Twelfth Annual Convention of the Strafford County Association. DOVER, N.H., June 2. – The twelfth annual convention of the Strafford County Sunday School Association met in this city today. President Rev. F.K. Chase presided and made an address of welcome. One hundred and twenty-five delegates, representing every Sunday school in the county were present. Revs. C.W. Bradlee, Frank Haley, T. Spooner and W. Beard discussed the relation of the Sunday school to Christian life. Revs. J.M. Dutton, C.B. Turner, C.W. Purington and G.A. Mills discussed the question, how may the influence of the Sabbath at home be made helpful in Sunday school work. Rev. H.F. Wood discussed the practical teaching of the Sunday school. Revs. A.L. Gerrish, F.A. Holden, J.E. Dame and J.B. Davis discussed teachers’ week-day influence. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Rev. George E. Hall of Dover; secretary and treasurer, Elbridge W. Fox of Milton Mills (Boston Globe, June 3, 1887).

Elbridge W. Fox of Milton Milton made his last will, June 12, 1889. He devised his homestead lot and dwelling house to his wife, Sarah E. Fox. He devised to her also his savings bank accounts, railroad bonds, stocks and certificates. He suggested, “without any desire to enforce compliance,” that she pay $12 per annum to the Sunday School of which he had so long been Superintendent for the purchase of good, sizeable religious books, which were to be labeled the Elbridge W. Fox Memorial Books. He devised to his son, Everett F. Fox, all the rest and residue of the estate and the firm of Asa Fox & Son, after the payment of any debts. He advised his son, “in honor of God, who has so richly and bountifully bestowed His blessing upon us both,” to set aside from his income a reasonable annual sum for the support of God’s cause. He named his son as executor. G.S. Lovering, Edward S. Simes, and Hiram G. Burrows signed as witnesses.

Elbridge W. Fox was one of the original trustees of the Nute High School and Library in April 1889.

The local branch of the Boot & Shoe Workers’ International Union met at Fox’s Hall in Milton Mills, on the evening of Sunday, November 17, 1889. (See Milton Mills Shoe Strike of 1889).

Milton Mills mercantile firm of Asa Fox & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1889, 1892, 1894, and 1898.

Archemedian Green Bone Cutter Co, 1896Elbridge W. Fox represented Milton (then a part of NH Senate District 12) in the NH State Senate during the 1899-00 biennium. He received 2,305 (59.7%) votes, while his Democrat opponent, Archibald A. Noble, received 1,544 (40.0%) votes, and “scattering” received 11 votes (0.3%). He served on the Judiciary, Railroad, and Claims committees. He voted against a bill allowing owners of budding fruit trees to shoot partridges out of season (the bill failed).

Elbridge W. Fox, a storekeeper, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-five years), Sarah Fox, aged seventy-four years (b. ME), his son, Everett F. Fox, a storekeeper (and postman), aged forty-three years (b. ME), his daughter-in-law (of twenty-two years), Carrie Fox, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and his granddaughter, Helen G. Fox, at school, aged eighteen years (b. NH). Elbridge W. Fox owned their house, free-and-clear.

Asa Fox & Son - 1907The Milton Mills mercantile firm of Asa Fox & Son appeared in the Milton business directories of 1901, 1904, 1905-06, and 1909.

Elbridge W. Fox, a general store proprietor, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifty-four years), Sarah Fox, aged eighty-four years (b. ME), his son, Everett F. Fox, a general store proprietor, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), his daughter-in-law (of thirty years), Carrie Fox, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his granddaughter, Helen G. Fox, at school, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH). Elbridge W. Fox owned their house, free-and-clear.

The Milton Mills mercantile firm of Asa Fox & Son appeared in the Milton business directory of 1912.

Elbridge W. Fox died in Milton April 6, 1912, aged seventy-seven years. Sarah E. (Buck) Fox died in Milton, May 21, 1914.

Everett F. Fox (1856-1927)

Everett Fremont Fox was born in Acton, ME, August 17, 1856, son of Elbridge W. and Sarah E. (Buck) Fox.

Everett F. Fox and his cousin, Charles D. Fox [II], both of Milton Mills, were students at the Gorham Seminary, in Gorham, ME, during the 1874-75 academic year. They were both pursuing the Normal Course of studies. (Other options included the Commercial, Classical, Collegiate, and Preparatory courses).

Everett F. Fox married in Milton, January 1, 1879, Caroline Belle “Carrie” Ricker, both of Milton. He was a clerk, aged twenty-two years (b. Milton), and she was aged twenty years. She was born in Somersworth, NH, July 2, 1858, daughter of Stephen and Sarah A. (Clements) Ricker.

Elbridge W. Fox, a storekeeper, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Sarah Fox, keeping house, aged fifty-four years (b. ME). They occupied a two-family dwelling, which they shared with the household of [their son,] Everett F. Fox, a storekeeper, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and his wife, Carrie B. Fox, keeping house, aged twenty-one years (b. NH).

Daughter Helen Gertrude Fox was born in Milton, September 19, 1881.

Elbridge W. Fox, a storekeeper, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-five years), Sarah Fox, aged seventy-four years (b. ME), his son, Everett F. Fox, a storekeeper (and postman), aged forty-three years (b. ME), his daughter-in-law (of twenty-two years), Carrie Fox, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and his granddaughter, Helen G. Fox, at school, aged eighteen years (b. NH). Elbridge W. Fox owned their house, free-and-clear.

Daughter Helen G. Fox graduated from Wellesley College in 1904.

Elbridge W. Fox, a general store proprietor, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifty-four years), Sarah Fox, aged eighty-four years (b. ME), his son, Everett F. Fox, a general store proprietor, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), his daughter-in-law (of thirty years), Carrie Fox, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his granddaughter, Helen G. Fox, at school, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH). Elbridge W. Fox owned their house, free-and-clear.

Daughter Helen Gertrude Fox married in Milton, December 25, 1912, George Edgar Carmichael, she of Milton and he of Greenwich, CT. He was a teacher, aged thirty-seven years, and she was aged thirty-one years. Rev. Myron P. Dickey, then of Kennebunk, ME, performed the ceremony. Carmichael was born in Rockville, MA, circa 1875, son of James T. and Susan (Roberts) Carmichael.

Everett F. Fox, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Carrie B. Fox, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his servant, Jennie H. Poole, a private family servant, aged seventy-eight years (b. MA). Everett F. Fox owned their house on Main Street, free-and-clear.

Everett F. Fox of Milton made out his last will, December 24, 1912. He devised a life estate in all his real and personal estate to his wife, Carrie B. Fox, with the rest and residue to his daughter, Helen G. Fox, upon the condition that each would provide proper care and support for his mother, Sarah E. Fox, during her lifetime. (She died in 1914). Robert S. Pike, Eugene E. Runnels, and H. Pavers Robbins signed as witnesses. (The will was proved in Dover, NH, March 10, 1927) (Strafford County Probate, 161:302).

Everett F. Fox died in Milton, March 7, 1927. Caroline B. (Ricker) Fox died in Milton, August 2, 1941.


See also Milton Mills’ Bray U. Simes (1801-1885) and Milton Mills’ Ira Miller (1826-1902).


References:

Biographical Review. (1927). Biographical Review: Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Strafford and Belknap Counties, New Hampshire. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=C2sjAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA366

Ebay. (2020, October 24). Archemedian Green Bone Cutter, Milford, MA, 1896, to Asa Fox, Milton Mills, NH, Cover. Retrieved from https://www.ebay.com/itm/Archemedian-Green-Bone-Cutter-Milford-MA-1896-Asa-Fox-Milton-Mills-NH-Cover-H-/311647086191

Find a Grave. (2013, July 31). Asa Fox. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/114673689/asa-fox

Find a Grave. (2013, July 31). Elbridge Wood Fox. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/114673509/elbridge-wood-fox

Find a Grave. (2013, August 4). Everett Fremont Fox. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/114891790/everett-fremont-fox

NH Historical Society. (2004). Box. Retrieved from www.nhhistory.org/object/226949/box

NH Historical Society. (2004). Cash Register. Retrieved from www.nhhistory.org/object/226933/register-cash

NH Historical Society. (2004). Fox Family Papers, 1834-1912. Retrieved from www.nhhistory.org/finding_aids/finding_aids/Fox_Family_Papers.pdf

NH Historical Society. (1860). General Store, Milton Mills, New Hampshire. Retrieved from www.nhhistory.org/object/260270/general-store-milton-mills-new-hampshire

NH Historical Society. (2004). Marking Stamp. Retrieved from www.nhhistory.org/object/226945/stamp-marking

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Siegel Auctions. (2016, February 9). Cunard Stub. Retrieved from siegelauctions.com/ph/pdf/064.pdf

Milton Versus the Yeggmen – 1923

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 18, 2020

Milton suffered nighttime burglaries by “yeggmen” or “yeggs,” i.e., safecrackers, in both 1894 and 1914.

During the night of Monday, July 16, 1923, yeggs broke into four establishments in neighboring Farmington, NH, and on the following night, Tuesday, July 17, 1923, they visited the Union village of neighboring Wakefield, NH.

All of which suggested that Milton should post an armed guard or guards to patrol the Main Street block between the post office and Milton’s B&M Railroad station, during the night of Wednesday, July 18, 1923. (See Milton Businesses in 1922). He or they had orders to shoot suspicious persons on sight. (What could possibly go wrong?)

CITIZENS ARM WITH SHOT GUNS AGAINST DARING YEGG BAND. Guards Patrol Postoffice and Station at Milton. Rochester, July 18. – Residents of nearby towns slept tonight with shot guns and rifles handy, while in places armed guards were stationed near postoffices following a series of breaks at Union, north of here, last night, when yeggs swept down on the town and broke into six places – the B.&M. railroad station, the postoffice, garage, a blacksmith shop, a barber shop and a marble shop. The night before four places at Farmington were entered and people in other localities, terrorized at the action of the gang, were arming themselves today, not knowing where the thieves would appear next.

Few of these smaller towns had their own banks. Valuables might be stored in the safes of their local post offices or B&M Railroad stations. Other places, such as the blacksmith and the marble shop were likely sources of heavy duty tools.

It was stated at Milton tonight that an armed guard was to patrol the section near the postoffice, with orders to shoot any person acting in a suspicious manner near the building. Postmasters and station agents in other places made hurried trips to Rochester and deposited their surplus cash in banks. When the B.&M. station at Union was opened this morning. Agent Howard A. Beacham discovered that the safe had been blown and $35 taken. From the manner in which the safe was “soaped” and nitro used, the police believe it to be the work of professionals. Entrance was gained by forcing a window.

Howard A. Beacham, a railroad station agent, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield (“Union Village), NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hattie F. [(Haines)] Beacham, aged forty-eight years (b. NH). Howard A. Beacham owned their house free-and-clear.

To “soap” a safe was to form a soap repository in the crack or seam where the safe’s door closed into the body of the safe. About an ounce of liquid nitroglycerine would be poured into the soap repository and then set off with a blasting cap connected – hopefully with wires of some length – to a battery.

The postoffice diagonally across the street was next visited. The thieves went in through a cellar window, and, after ascending the stairs, forced the door leading to the office. Postmaster James Reed had taken the money, with the exception of some small change, home, so the yeggs did not get much for their trouble. The postage stamps were pulled out and left on the floor.

James A. Reed, a railroad telegrapher, aged thirty-two years (b. MA), headed a Wakefield (“Union Village”), NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, May A. [(McCallum)] Reed, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Blanche L. Reed, aged eight years (b. NH), James A. Reed, aged seven years (b. NH), and Gladys M. Reed, aged three years (b. NH). James A. Reed rented their house.

At the garage of Howard Atherton, $275 in money and a diamond ring valued at $175 were taken from the cash drawer in the office. Reuben Trafton’s barber shop over the postoffice was visited but nothing of value taken. Tools with which it is believed the yeggs forced an entrance into the station were taken from the garage of Samuel Reynolds after they evidently did not find tools to their liking when they entered the marble shop of Myron Johnson.

Isaac H. [“Howard”] Atherton, a widowed garage proprietor, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield (“Union Village”), NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his sister, Laura [(Atherton)] Emery, aged forty-five years (b. NH). Isaac H. Atherton rented their house.

Reuben Trafton, a barber, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield (“Union Village”), NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Iva M. [(Ham)] Trafton, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and his children, Norman Trafton, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Esther Trafton, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Katheryn Trafton, aged twelve years (b. NH), Helen Trafton, aged six years (b. NH), and Parker Trafton, aged two years (b. NH), and his grandson, Donald M. Trafton, aged four years (b. NH). Reuben Trafton owned their house free-and-clear. (Reuben Buck Trafton was a namesake for Dr. Reuben Buck).

Samuel Runnells, a blacksmith, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield (“Union Village”), NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary R. [(Knox)] Runnells, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), his children, Elizabeth F. Runnells, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Martha P. Runnells, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and his father, Alva Runnells, a widower, aged ninety-four years (b. ME). Samuel Runnells owned their house free-and-clear.

The only clue which Chief of Police Myron Johnson of Union had tonight was that on Saturday afternoon a large touring car with Massachusetts plates stood on Main street for hours. It was occupied by two men who did not leave the car, nor was any one seen to visit the car. It is believed they looked over the situation. It is considered significant that none of the stores were visited as families occupy the. second floor in each (Portsmouth Herald, July 19, 1923).

Myron L. Johnson, a marble works marble cutter, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), headed a Wakefield (“Union Village”), NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Winifred [(Gile)] Johnson, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH). Myron L. Johnson owned their house free-and-clear.

Naturally, the unidentified touring car with the two suspicious men – seen three days earlier – had Massachusetts plates.

As in the Milton safecracking thefts of 1894 and 1914, subsequent newspapers mentioned no capture of the yeggmen or recovery of the stolen property.

References:

O’Connor, Patricia, and Kellerman, Stewart. (2015, June 19). A Bad Yegg. Retrieved from www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2015/06/yegg.html

Valdes, Robert. (n.d.). How Safecracking Works. Retrieved from home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/safecracking5.htm

Milton Grammar School Teachers, 1908-30

By Muriel Bristol | October 11, 2020

Milton Elementary School
Milton Elementary School

A Roll of Honor – the honor being diligent attendance – published for the Milton Grammar school in March 1909, identified its teachers for the 1908-09 academic year as being Laura H. Williams, Grades 1-2; Grace Harwood, Grades 3-4; Bessie A. Gushee, Grades 5-6; and Robert M. Looney, Grades 7-8 and Principal (Farmington News, March 26, 1909).

The original Milton Grammar School burned to the ground on Saturday morning, April 4, 1914. (It was replaced in its same location by a new brick building (see above), which was also called the Milton Grammar school, but which is currently known as the Milton Elementary School).

Plans were set in motion to reconstruct the Milton Grammar School within a month of its destruction.

West Milton. The west side of the town was well represented at the special town meeting held at the town house last Saturday afternoon for the purpose of voting an appropriation for the erection of a new school building to replace the one recently destroyed by fire. It was voted to hire the sum of $20,000 and also to apply the $8,000 insurance received on the loss of the old building to erect an imposing new brick structure on the site of the former grammar school building (Farmington News, May 1, 1914).

Meanwhile, the displaced Milton Grammar School students set up in the Exhibition Hall of the Nute High School.

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

The Milton directory of 1917 identified Milton Grammar school teachers Laura H. Williams, Grades I and II; Grace E. Harwood, Grades III and IV; Bessie E. Gushee, Grades V and VI; and Robert M. Looney, Grades VII and VIII. While not identified as such, Robert M. Looney was the “principal” teacher. (These were the same teachers, teaching the same grades, as those in the pre-fire Milton directory of 1909).

More consistent personnel information becomes available in the annual Milton Town Reports of the 1920s and thereafter.

Robert M. Looney – Grades 7-8, Principal – 1902-14

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

(A fuller account of his life and career may be found in Milton Grammar School Principals – 1893-14).

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

Laura H. Williams – Grades 1-2 – c1908-31

Laura H. Williams was born in Bowdoinham, ME, circa September 1869, daughter of Hiram and Eliza (Toothaker) Williams. Her mother died when she was but three years of age, and her father when she was thirteen years of age.

John H. Stuart, a sea captain, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Richmond, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary J. Stuart, aged sixty-nine years (b. ME), and his niece, Laura Williams, a school teacher, aged thirty years (b. ME). John H. Stuart owned their house, free-and-clear.

The officers of the Lewis W. Nute Grange in 1907 were Mrs. Annie O. Willey, Master; Mrs. Cora A. Hodgdon, Lecturer; and Miss Laura H. Williams, Secretary (Annual Reports of the State of New Hampshire, 1908).

The officers of the Lewis W. Nute Grange in 1910 were Mrs. Annie O. Willey, Master; Mrs. Cora A. Hodgdon, Lecturer; and Miss Laura H. Williams, Secretary (Annual Reports of the State of New Hampshire, 1911).

Ralph M. Kimball, a hen farmer, aged fifty 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 twenty-seven years), Carrie E. Kimball, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his son, Walter Kimball, aged eleven years (b. NH), and his lodgers, Grace E. Harwood, a town school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), Bessie A. Gushie, a town school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), and Laura H. Williams, a town school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. ME). Ralph M. Kimball owned the farm free-and-clear. Carrie E. Kimball was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Laura H. Williams appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as teacher of grades 1-2, at the M. Grammar school, boarding at 6 Kimball street.

Charles L. Burke, a barber, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lillian M. Burke, aged thirty-one years (b. ME), and his roomer, Laura H. Williams, a grammar school teacher, aged fifty years (b. ME). Charles L. Burke rented their house on Upper Main Street, in Milton Village.

Laura H. Williams appeared in the Milton directory of 1930, as a teacher, with her house on Main street.

Ellsworth Hodgdon, a shoe factory operator, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-five years), Cora Hodgdon, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH), his servant, Sarah Roberts, a boarding house housewife, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), and his boarders, Laura Williams, a grammar school teacher, aged sixty years (b. ME), and Harold Carpenter, a fibre mill bookkeeper, aged twenty-two years (b. NH). Ellsworth Hodgdon rented their house on South Main Street, for $16 per month. They had a radio set.

Laura H. Williams retired after either the 1930-31 (or 1931-32) academic year. According to her entry in the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census, she returned for a time to her original home in Richmond, ME, where she was residing in April 1935. However, she was living in Laconia, NH, by 1940.

Amy W. Churchill, a widow, aged seventy-one years (b. MA), headed a Laconia, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her lodger, Laura H. Williams, aged seventy years (b. ME). Amy W. Churchill rented their house at 124A Church Street, for $30 per month. Amy W. Churchill had resided in Nashua, NH, in April 1935, and Laura H. Williams had resided in Richmond, ME, in 1935.

Laura H. Williams appeared in the Laconia directory of 1941, as residing at 124A Church street. (Amy Churchill, wid. Edgar, had her house at 124A Church street).

Laura H. Williams died in 1950.

Grace E. Harwood – Grades 3-4 – c1908-18

Grace Emma Harwood was born in Dorchester, Boston, MA, March 1, 1883, daughter of Walter H. and Joanna M. “Anna” (Bresnahan) Harwood. She was baptized in Dorchester, April 3, 1883.

Anna Harwood, a widow, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Scituate, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Here household included her daughters, Dora Harwood, aged twenty-three years (b. MA), Elisabeth Harwood, aged nineteen years (b. MA), and Grace Harwood, at school, aged seventeen years (b. MA). Anna Harwood owned their house, free-and-clear. She was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

Grace E. Harwood, a town school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), lodged in the Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household of Ralph M. Kimball, a hen farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Bessie A. Gushie, a town school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), and Laura H. Williams, a town school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. ME), lodged there too (see Laura H. Williams above).

Grace E. Harwood appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as teacher of grades 3-4, at the M. Grammar school, boarding at 6 Kimball street.

Grace E. Harwood married in East Rochester, NH, May 21, 1918, William A. Dickson, both of Milton. She was a teacher, aged thirty-five years (b. Boston, MA), and he was superintendent of a leather-board mill, aged forty-three years (b. Lunenburg, MA). He was born in Lunenburg, MA, September 6, 1874, son of William F. and Matilda (Lancy) Dickson.

William A. Dickson, a leather-board superintendent, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Grace E. Dickson, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), his daughters, Marion I. Dickson, a grammar school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), Hazel M. Dickson, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Carlyne P. Dickson, aged eleven years (b. NH), and his servant, Elizabeth H. Mansfield, a private family servant, aged fifty-four (b. ME). William A. Dickson rented their house on the Wakefield Road.

William A. Dickson, a fibre mill superintendent, aged fifty-five years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Grace Dickson, aged forty-three years (b. MA), and his servant, Mabel Hayes, a private family housewife, aged thirty-two years (b. ME). William A. Dickson rented their house on the Wakefield Road, for $25 per month. They had a radio set.

Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Gushee – Grades 5-6 – 1906-17

Elizabeth Adella “Bessie” Gushee was born in Salisbury, MA, October 10, 1885, daughter of George W. and Mary E. (Hardenbrook) Gushee.

Miss Bessie A. Gushee appears to have replaced Miss E. Maud Garland, who resigned as the teacher of Milton Grammar school Grades 5-6 in March 1906.

LOCAL. Miss E. Maude Garland has resigned her position in the fifth and sixth grades of the Milton grammar school, where she has been a very successful teacher for nearly three years (Farmington News, March 2, 1906).

Bessie A. Gushee appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as teacher of grades 5-6, at the M. Grammar school, boarding at 6 Kimball street.

UNION. Schools in the village began Monday with the same teachers as last year, Miss Carpenter of Mountain View [Ossipee] in the [primary and Miss Gushee of Maine in the grammar (Farmington News, April 1, 1910).

Bessie A. Gushie, a town school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), lodged in the Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household of Ralph M. Kimball, a hen farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Laura H. Williams, a town school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. ME), and Grace E. Harwood, a town school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), lodged there too (see Laura H. Williams above).

Bessie A. Gushee appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as teacher of grades 5-6, at the M. Grammar school, boarding at 6 Kimball street.

Frank Waterman, aged sixty-seven years (b. RI), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Abbie J. Waterman, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), his sister-in-law, Amandy Clark, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and his lodgers, Charles W. Philbrick, a department store clerk, aged seventy-six years (b. NH), Nina E. Browne, aged fifty-nine years (b. MA), Bessie A. Gushee, an insurance company clerk, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), Ermina A. Gushee, an insurance company clerk, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), Alice M. Teele, a chemist assistant, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), Israel Blaisdell, a department store clerk, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), Glen R. Blaisdell, aged twenty-three years (b. MA, Etta Yerdon, a packer, aged fifty-six years (b. NY) and Charles S. Brown, a publishing company clerk, aged fifty-six years (b. MA).  Frank Waterman rented their house at 44 Pinckney Street.

Her sister, Ermina Adelaide Gushee, died November 26, 1920.

Elizabeth A. Gushee married in the Greenwich Presbyterian Church, in New York, NY, June 27, 1925, Walter E. Looney, she of 61 Hancock Street, Boston, MA, and he of Milton, NH. He was a government official, aged forty-seven years, and she was aged thirty-nine years.

While not contained in the June 1925 church record of their marriage, Walter Eugene Looney was born in Milton, May 14, 1878, son of Charles H. and Emily E. (Miller) Looney. (Milton Grammar school principal Robert M. Looney was his brother). Their time together was brief, as he died in Portsmouth, NH, October 1, 1928, aged fifty years, four months, and seventeen days.

IN MEMORIAM. Walter E. Looney. Many local friends and acquaintances were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Walter E. Looney, deputy collector of customs, at Portsmouth, which occurred in his room on October first. Apparently, Mr. Looney was preparing for work when he was stricken with a heart attack, from which affliction he had been a sufferer for some time. He was at his post and in his usual health on the Saturday previous. He was fifty years old, a native of Milton, and a son of the late Charles E. and Emma (Miller) Looney. In the early nineteen hundreds he became deputy collector of customs, with offices at the Custom House in Portsmouth, succeeding his father, who was collector of customs, but at the time his son took the position the office had been reduced to a deputy-ship by reason of a decline in shipping from Portsmouth. He was a Blue Lodge and Chapter Mason, a Knight Templar, a member of Rektash Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Concord, and was affiliated with the Piscataqua Pioneers, a historical organization, and the Warwick club of Portsmouth (Farmington News, October 5, 1928).

Elizabeth Looney, a manufacturer’s clerk, aged forty-four years (b. MA), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her boarder, Susan D. Moorers, a banking clerk, aged thirty-five years (b. ME). Elizabeth Looney rented their apartment at 44 South Russell Street, for $55 per month. They did not have a radio set.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS. Papers have gone to record at the Suffolk Registry of Deeds, whereby the Wallace L. Conant estate conveys to John A. McNamara, and the latter to Elizabeth G. Looney, 51 Garden st., West End. The property is taxed for $6500, with $2500 on the 675 sq. ft. of land. There is a 3½-story brick building (Boston Globe, November 23, 1932).

Eliz. G. Looney, wid. of Walter E., appeared in the Boston directories of 1938, 1941, and 1943, as a clerk, with her house at 51 Garden street.

Elizabeth Looney, a general clerical worker (for a wholesale and retail wood preservative company), aged fifty-four years (b. MA), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her lodger, Ethel M. Matthews, a traveling saleslady (for a retail men’s’ and women’s stocking firm), aged sixty-five years (b. MA). Elizabeth Looney owned their house at 51 Garden street, which was valued at $2,100. Both women were high school graduates.

Elizabeth A. (Gushee) Looney died in Salisbury, MA, in 1985.

Grace C. Fletcher – Grades ?-? – 1917-18

Grace Constance Fletcher was born in Cape Neddick, ME, April 19, 1896, daughter of Rev. William and Winnifred E. (Roundy) Fletcher.

In the 1916-17 academic year, Grace Constance Fletcher, of Waterville, ME, was a senior class student at Colby College. She resided at 167 College Ave., with students [brother] Herbert Henry Fletcher, of Waterville, ME, a sophomore class student, and Pearl Estelle Mitchell, of Haynesville, ME, a special or unclassified student (Colby College, 1917).

Grace Constance Fletcher received an A.B. degree from Colby College, with its class of 1917. She was a teacher in Milton, during the 1917-18 academic year. She was principal of the high school at Jefferson, NH, during the 1918-19 academic year (Colby College, 1920).

Grace Constance Fletcher married in Waterville, ME, January 4, 1919, James Herbert Willey, she of Waterville and he of Milton. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a druggist, aged forty-three years. (See Milton in the News – 1913). Her father, Rev. William Fletcher, of Waterville, ME, performed the ceremony. James Herbert Willey was born in Rollinsford, NH, May 27, 1875, son of James P. and Frances P. (Davis) Willey.

James Herbert Willey, a druggist (0wner), aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Grace F. Willey, aged twenty-three years (b. ME). James Herbert Willey rented their house on Upper Main Street (at its intersection with Silver Street). The household of Joseph D. Willey, a retail merchant (groceries), aged sixty-six years (b. NH),  appeared just after them in the enumeration, i.e., he was their neighbor.

James H. Willey, a druggist (drug store), aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Grace F. Willey, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), his children, Herbert F. Willey, aged nine years (b. NH), and Frances E. Willey, aged four years (b. NH), and his parents, James P. Willey, retired, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH), and Frances P. Willey, aged seventy-six years (b. ME). James H. Willey owned their house on North Main Street, which was valued at $2,500. The household of J.D. Willey, a retail merchant (general store), aged seventy-six years (b. NH),  appeared just before them in the enumeration, i.e., he was their neighbor.

James H. Willey, a druggist (drug store), aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Grace F. Willey, aged forty-four years (b. ME), and his children, Herbert F. Willey, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and Frances Willey, aged fourteen years (b. NH). James H. Willey owned their house in the “Milton Community,” which was valued at $2,000. James H. and Grace F. Willey had each attended four years of college, Herbert F. Willey had attended one year of college, and Frances Willey had attended one year of high school.

James Herbert Willey died in Milton, April 27, 1946, aged seventy years.

IN MEMORIAM. James H. Willey. Several fraternal members attended the funeral services of James H. Willey, 70, well known drug store owner of Milton, held at the Community church in that town, Tuesday afternoon. He was a member of Columbian Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and Fraternal Chapter, O.E.S., of Farmington. His wife, Mrs. Grace Willey, is worthy matron of the O.E.S. this town (Farmington News, May 3, 1946).

Grace C. (Fletcher) Willey died in Hickory, NC, February 13, 1986, aged eighty-nine years.

HICKORY. Mrs. Grace Fletcher Willey, 89, homemaker, died Feb. 13, 1986. Memorial service will be at a later date in New Hampshire. Survivors are her son, Herbert Willey, of Sherborn, Mass.; daughter, Mrs. Frances Rippere; sister, Mrs. Harriet Lockwood, of Port St. Lucia, Fla. Bass-Smith is in charge (Charlotte Observer, February 18, 1986).

Marion I. Dixon – Grades 4-5 – 1918-20

Marion Irene Dickson was born in Shirley, MA, August 1, 1895, daughter of William A. and Hattie M. (Newell) Dickson.

Marion I. Dickson taught at Milton’s Hare Road school during the 1917-18 academic year.

WEST MILTON. Miss Marion Dixon, teacher at the Hare Road school, gave her pupils a delightful Hallowe’en party, Wednesday afternoon (Farmington News, November 2, 1917).

WEST MILTON. William Dixon and family of Milton recently spent an evening with his daughter Miss Marion, at Garland farm (April 19, 1918).

WEST MILTON. Miss Marion Dickson of South Milton, who closed a very successful school year here in June, is to teach the 4th and 5th grades in the Milton Grammar school (Farmington News, August 23, 1918).

Here may be found the only indication that the Milton Grammar School at least closed for a time during the so-called Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. Thus freed from her normal duties, Miss Dickson visited her former Hare Road school and the Nute Ridge school, which appear to have remained open.

WEST MILTON. Miss Marion Dickson of South Milton, who has been having an enforced vacation from her duties in the Milton grammar school, because of the prevailing epidemic, visited the Nute Ridge and Hare Road schools Friday (Farmington News, November 1, 1918).

William A. Dickson, a leather-board superintendent, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Grace E. Dickson, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), his daughters, Marion I. Dickson, a grammar school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), Hazel M. Dickson, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Carlyne P. Dickson, aged eleven years (b. NH), and his servant, Elizabeth H. Mansfield, a private family servant, aged fifty-four (b. ME). William A. Dickson rented their house on the Wakefield Road.

Harriet Jones, a widow, aged seventy-three years (b. ME), headed a Scituate, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her niece, M. Alice Lincoln, a widow, aged fifty-four years (b. ME), and her boarder, Marion I. Dickson, a public school teacher, aged thirty-four years (b. MA). Harriet Jones owned their house on First Parish Road, which was valued at $1.800. They did not have a radio set. (Part of this household were enumerated on different pages).

Marion I. Dickson married in Northfield, NH, May 2, 1941, James H. Sanderson, both of Boscawen, NH. She was a teacher, aged forty-five years, and he was a widowed leather worker, aged fifty-four years. He was born in Columbia, NH, circa 1887, son of Gilbert D. and Lillie (Prince) Sanderson.

Marion I. (Dickson) Sanderson died in Boscawen, NH, in 1969. James H. Sanderson died in Boscawen, NH, January 27, 1977.

Zilpha A. Capron – Grades 3-4 – c1926-27

Zilpha Capron was born in Belmont, MA, July 8, 1906, daughter of Seth A. “Alton” and Edna (Corson) Capron.

Seth A. Capron, a foundry assistant superintendent, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), headed a Westfield, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of four years), Edna C. Capron, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and his daughters, Zilpha Capron, aged three years (b. MA), and Alma Capron, aged one year (b. MA). Seth A. Capron rented their house at 25 Mill Street. Edna C. Capron was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Seth A. Capron died in Westfield, MA, January 1, 1918. Edna (Corson) Capron brought her children to live at her parents farm in Rochester, NH.

James Corson, a farmer (own farm), aged seventy-four years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Corson, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), his daughters, Edna R. Capron, a widow, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and  Bertha L. Corson, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), his [grand] daughters, Ziltha Capron, aged thirteen years (b. MA), and Alma Capron, aged eleven years (b. MA), and his sister-in-law, Delia Corson, a widow, aged seventy years (b. NH). James Corson owned their farm on Portland Street.

SANBORNVILLE. Visitors from this village were in attendance at the Hallowe’en party of the third and fourth grades at the grammar school building in Milton. The program showed great patience and originality on the part of the teacher, Miss Zilpha Capron (Farmington News, November 5, 1926).

Mary E. Corson, a widow, aged seventy-seven (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Edna Capron, a widow, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), her granddaughters, Zilpha Capron, a public school teacher (b. MA), aged twenty-three years, and Alma Capron, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and her daughter, Bertha L. Corson, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH). Mary E. Corson owned their farm on Portland Street, which was valued at $5,000. They had a radio set.

Zilpha Capron married in East Rochester, NH, July 29, 1937, Ralph W. Braids, she of Rochester and he of Providence, RI. She was a teacher, aged thirty years, and he was a chiropractor, aged forty-seven years. He was born in Providence, RI, May 7, 1890, the son of J. Frank and Evelyn (Wilbur) Braids.

Ralph W. Braids, a private practice chiropractor, aged forty-nine years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Zilpha Braids, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), his son, Olin C. [Orin C.] Braids, aged one year (b. RI), his mother, Evelyn W. Braids, aged seventy-six years (b. RI), and his aunt, Emma E. Whiting, aged eighty-seven years (b. RI). Ralph W. Braids owned their house on Hope Street, which was valued at $7,500. The adults had all lived in Connecticut, RI, in 1935, except for Zilpha Braids, who had lived in Rochester, NH.

Ralph W. Braids died in Warwick, RI, in May 1971. Zilpha A. (Capron) Braids died in Newburyport, MA, April 13, 2003, aged ninety-six years.

Grace A. Flanders – Grades 5-6 – 1926-27

Grace Annie Flanders was born in Bradford, NH, August 31, 1906, daughter of Walter H. and Cleora (Sargent) Flanders.

Elnore Flanders, a boarding-house keeper, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Plymouth, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Helen C. Flanders, an insurance company bookkeeper, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Grace A. Flanders, a grade school teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), Caroline Flanders, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Frank H. Flanders, an A&P store clerk, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Richard A. Flanders, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Mildred E. Flanders, aged twelve years (b. NH), and her boarder, Hattie M. Bagley, a widow, aged eighty-three years (b. NH). Elnore Flanders rented their house on Langton Street, for $19 per month. They had a radio set.

She married in Clinton Heights, NY, December 25, 1939, LeRoy Brown. He was born in NY, circa 1881. He died in 1967.

Grace A. (Flanders) Brown died in Delanson, NY, April 17, 1995.

Charles E. Glover – Grades 7-8, Principal – 1926-28

Charles Edwin Glover was born in Hebron, ME, January 2, 1897, son of Edwin M. and Gertrude L. (Bridgham) Glover.

Edwin M. Glover, a farmer (own farm), aged sixty-two years (b. ME), headed a Hebron, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Gertrude L. Glover, aged fifty-six years, his children, Charles E. Glover, a private practice law student, aged twenty-two years, and George G. Glover, a laborer (at home), aged twenty-one years, and his mother-in-law, Mary A. Bridgham, aged eighty-three years. Edwin M. Glover owned their farm in Hebron Village, free-and-clear.

Charles Glover appeared in the Milton directory of 1927, as principal of the Milton grammar school, resident in Milton.

Charles E. Glover received a $3 tax abatement in Hebron, ME, in 1928, due to his having already paid in Milton, NH (Hebron, ME, Town Report for the Year Ending February 9, 1928).

Augustus W. Thompson, a gas engines machinist, aged fifty-four years (b. NY), headed a Groton, CT, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eleven years), Edna E. Thompson, at home boarders, aged forty-six years (b. NY), and his lodgers, Charles E. Glover, a grade school teacher, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), and Myles C. Comstock, aged forty-six years (b. NY). Augustus W. Thompson owned their house on Main Street, which was valued at $6,000. They had a radio set.

Charles E. Glover died in Pensacola, FL, December 25, 1974.

GLOVER. Mr. Charles E. Glover, 78, of 25 Horsehoe Ct., died Wednesday morning in a local hospital. Mr. Glover was a native of Maine and had resided in Pensacola for the past 30 years. He was a member of the East Brent Baptist Church, a retired postal clerk and a veteran of World War I. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Stella Glover of Pensacola, and a brother, George Glover of South Portland, Maine, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday from the East Brent Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Haigler officiating. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services. Active pallbearers will be Gerald Adcox, J.W. Turk, A.R. Kunselman, David Melton, Dan Bares, and Keitz Habburay. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Barrancas Sunday School Class of the East Brent Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Bayview Memorial Park Cemetery with McNeil-Keyes Funeral Home directing (Pensacola News (Pensacola, FL), December 26, 1974).

Helen A. (Bliss) Chamberlain – Grades 3-4 – 1927-33, Grade 4 – 1934-36

Helen Agnes Bliss was born in Berlin, MA, July 19, 1875, daughter of C.H. and Augusta (Staples) Bliss.

Helen A. Bliss married in Berlin, MA, October 30, 1895, Clifton R. Chamberlain, she of Berlin and he of Marlboro, NH. She was at home, aged twenty years, and he was a shoe cutter, aged twenty-one years. He was born in Marlboro, MA, August 28, 1874, son of Arthur R. and Caroline E. (Rice) Chamberlain.

Clifton R. Chamberlain, a shoe clerk, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), headed a Norwich, CT, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Helen A. Chamberlain, a school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA). Clifton R. Chamberlain rented their house on Rogers Avenue.

Clifton R. Chamberlain, a dentist (own shop), aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a Norwich, CT, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fourteen years), Helen A. Chamberlain, aged thirty-four years (b. MA). Clifton R. Chamberlain rented their house on Laurel Hill Avenue.

Clifton R. Chamberlain, a practical dentist, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Norwich, CT, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Helen A. Chamberlain, aged forty-four years (b. MA). Clifton R. Chamberlain owned their house at 239 Laurel Hill Avenue, with a mortgage.

Peter J. Lover, a fibre mill laborer, aged forty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-four years), Alice M. Lover, aged forty years (b. NH), his children, Valna I. Lover, a grammar school teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and Wilbur C. Lover, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and his boarder, Helen Chamberlain, a [divorced] grammar school teacher, aged fifty-four years (b. MA). Peter J. Lover owned their house on Church Street, which was valued at $1,000. They had a radio set.

Mrs. Helen Chamberlain was succeeded by Miss Louise Sayward, who is a graduate of Keene Teachers’ College, with experience (Howard L. Winslow, Superintendent, Town Report, 1936).

Clifton R. Chamberlain died January 26, 1940. Helen A. Chamberlain died in Pinellas, FL, February 29, 1952, aged seventy-six years.

OBITUARIES. Mrs. Helen A. Chamberlain. Mrs. Helen A. Chamberlain, retired public school teacher, died yesterday morning at her home, 844 Third Avenue South. She was 76 years old. Born in Berlin, Mass., Mrs. Chamberlain came to St. Petersburg two weeks ago from Melrose, Mass. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Fred G. Bliss, Connecticut, and Mrs. Clifton Walcott, Barre, Mass.; a nephew, Ronald H. Winde, Melrose, and a niece, Mrs. George Beckwith, Connecticut. Friends may call this afternoon and evening at Baynard’s Chapel (Tampa Bay Times, March 1, 1952).

Sarah L. Jenness – Grades 5-6 – 1927-28

Sarah L. Jenness was born in Rochester, NH, in 1906, daughter of James G. and Edith M. (Lord) Jenness.

James G. Jenness, a shoe factory treer, aged forty-six years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edith M. Jenness, aged forty-one years (b. NH), his children, Sarah L. Jenness, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Edith M. Jenness, aged eleven years (b. NH), and his brother-in-law, Albert C. Lord, a steam railroad fireman, aged thirty-two years (b. NH). James G. Jenness rented their house at 97 Main Street.

Sarah L. Jenness appeared in the Rochester, NH, directory of 1928, as a teacher, resident at 25 Academy street. James G. Jenness appeared also, as being employed at 21 Hanson street, with his house at 25 Academy street.

Sarah L. Jenness married in Rochester, NH, November 3, 1928, Thomas W. Axon, both of Rochester. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a salesman, aged forty-two years. He was born in South Boston, MA, November 17, 1885, son of Emmanuel and Sarah (Russell) Axon.

Thomas Axon, a wholesale fish salesman, aged forty-three years (b. MA), headed a Weymouth, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of three years), Sarah L. Axon, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), his child, Thomas G. Axon, aged one year, three months (b. NH), and his nephew-in-law, J. Robert Grant, aged twenty years (b. NH). Thomas Axon owned their house at 11 Upland Road, which was valued at $3,600. They had a radio set.

NEWTON. Arthur English, 4, of 286 River st., West Newton, was slightly injured when struck by a truck near his home yesterday. The child, according to the police report, ran out from behind a parked truck and was hit by the right front fender of a truck driven by Thomas Axon, 11 Upland road, South Weymouth (Boston Globe, October 9, 1931).

Thomas Axon, a wholesale smoked fish salesman, aged fifty-four years (b. MA), headed a Hanover, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirteen years), Sarah L. Axon, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), his child, Thomas G. Axon, aged eleven years (b. NH). Thomas Axon rented their house on North Street, for $20 per month. They had resided in Pembroke, MA, in 1935.

Thomas Axon died in North Hanover, MA, July 9, 1953, aged fifty-nine years.

DEATH NOTICES. AXON – In North Hanover, suddenly, July 8. Thomas Axon of 999 Mam St., in his 60th [68th] year. Funeral service at the North Hanover Baptist Church on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Interment in Hanover Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Rice Funeral Home. IS Webster st., Rockland, Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. (Boston Globe, July 9, 1953).

Sarah L. (Jenness) Axon died in 1987.

Martha W. (White) Griffin – Grades 5 -6 – 1928-29

Martha E. White was born in Woodsville, NH, in 1905, daughter of Charles E, and Elizabeth (Guthrie) White.

Martha R. White married in Woodsville, NH, July 23, 1927, Archibald L. “Archie” Griffin, both of Woodsville. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a railroad clerk, aged twenty-seven years. He was born in Natick, MA, circa 1900, son of Fred S. and Amelia (Rowden) Griffin.

Emerald T. Halgrin, a landscape gardener, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Nashua, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of one year), Laura M. Halgrin, aged twenty-five years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his lodger, Martha R. Griffin, a public school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH). Emerald T. Halgrin rented their house at 4 Main Street, for $35 per month.

Archibald L. Griffin died in Amherst, NH, October 2, 1935.  Martha R. (White) Griffin died in Holyoke, MA, July 28, 1973, aged sixty-eight years.

DEATHS. MRS. MARTHA R. WHITE. WINDSOR LOCKS – Mrs. Martha R. White, 68, of 125 S. Center St. died Saturday in Holyoke Hospital, Holyoke, Mass. Born in Woodsville, N.H., she formerly lived in Westfield and Enfield before moving to Windsor Locks four years ago. She taught Grade 5 in South Street School for 12 years, retiring last year. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Club and the Retired Teachers Association. She was a past officer of the Windsor Locks Teacher Association. She leaves a son, James White of Westfield and a sister, Mrs. Mabel Wilbur of Lebanon. The funeral is Monday at 2 p.m. in Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 41 Spring St. Burial will be at the convenience of the family Calling hours are today from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Martha White Scholarship Fund, care of the superintendent of Whie Schools here (Hartford Courant, [Sunday,] July 29, 1973).

William S. Nagle – Grades 7-8, Principal – 1928-29

William Stephen Nagle was born in Gloucester, MA, December 9, 1892, son of John J. and Catherine E. “Kate” (Geary) Nagle.

John Nagle, manager of a fish concern, aged sixty years (b. Ireland), headed a Brookline, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Catherine E. Nagle, aged fifty-seven years (b. MA), and his children, Alice Nagle, an insurance co. stenographer, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), Elizabeth Nagle, a school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), and William S. Nagle, a meat business salesman, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA). John Nagle owned their house at 22 Coolidge Street, free-and-clear. He immigrated in 1871, and became a naturalized citizen in 1885.

William Stephen Nagle married in Brookline, MA, August 4, 1924, Ida May Rice. She was born in Guilford, ME, circa 1896, daughter of Selden D. Rice.

MISS IDA M. RICE BECOMES BRIDE OF WILLIAM S. NAGLE. A pretty wedding was solemnized last evening at St. Aidan’s Church, Brookline, when Miss Ida M. Rice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Selden D. Rice of Guilford. Me., became the bride of William S. Nagle, son of Mrs. Katherine E. Nagle of 92 Coolidge st., Brookline. The marriage was performed by Rev. Dr. John T. Creagh. pastor of the church. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Dorothea Rice of Boston. The groom was attended by his brother-in-law, John S.K. Hunt of Brookline. The bride was graduated from the Guilford High School and the Boston School of Domestic Science, and for the past five years has been, dietitian at Lasell Seminary, Auburndale. The groom was graduated from Dartmouth in 1916, and is a prominent Boston business man. He is a member of the D.K.E. fraternity and Dragon Society, and served two years with the British forces in Palestine. Mr. and Mrs. Nagle left immediately for New York, and tomorrow will sail for an extended European tour. They will be at home after Oct. 15 at their Brookline residence (Boston Globe, August 5, 1924).

William S. Nagel, a high school French teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), headed a Bourne, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Ida R. Nagel, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), and his child, Joan Nagel, aged two years (b. ME). William S. Nagle rented their house on the “Road Off Country Road [from] Bourne to Falmouth,” for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set.

William S. Nagle died in Belmont, MA, in 1965. Ida M. (Rice) Nagle died in Belmont, MA, December 15, 1968.

LATE DEATH NOTICES. NAGLE – Of Belmont. December 15. Ida M. (Rice) of 86 Creeley rd., wife of the late William S. Nagle, and roomer oi Mrs. Joanne McCandless. of Lincoln, Neb., also survived by 3 grandchildren Melinda, Margaret, and Robin McCandless. Services at the Short. Williamson, and Diamond Funeral Home, 52 Trapelo Rd., BELMONT, Wednesday, December 18, at 10 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home, Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 (Boston Globe, December 17, 1968).


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References:

Colby College. (1917). Ninety-Seventh Annual Catalog of Colby College, For the Year 1916-17. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=CK1IAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA20

Colby College. (1920). General Catalogue of Officers, Graduates and Former Students of Colby College, Centennial Edition, 1820-1920. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=7Z5AAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA238

Find a Grave. (2018, April 27). Sarah L. Jenness Axon. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/189215601/sarah-l-axon

Find a Grave. (2019, August 16). Zilpha Braids. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/202205295/zilpha-braids

Find a Grave. (2012, August 9). Grace Constance Fletcher Willey. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115184125/grace-constance-willey

Find a Grave. (2015, October 18). Marion I. Dickson Sanderson. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/153918052/marion-i_-sanderson

Find a Grave. (2011, February 8). Laura Williams. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/65360008/laura-williams

Farmington Recipes of 1879

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 7, 2020

The Farmington News, whose circulation included West Milton and Milton at any rate, published the following five recipes in its weekly issue of Friday, June 20, 1879. The cook was not credited.

CORN MUFFINS – Three cupfuls of corn meal, one cupful flour, one egg, one-half cupful of sugar, two teaspoonfuls of cream tartar and one of soda; add a piece of butter, size of an English walnut, and enough milk to moisten. Bake quickly.

Lemon juice, at double the cream of tartar amount, is regarded as a substitute for cream of tartar. For example, four teaspoons of lemon juice might be substituted for the two tablespoons of cream of tartar mentioned here.

Reference sources describe English walnuts as having a slightly oval shape and measuring 1½–2″ in diameter.

A “quick” oven temperature would be about 375-400º Fahrenheit. Modern recipes suggest 400º for the first ten minutes, followed by 375º for an additional ten to fifteen minutes or so. (Until a toothpick comes out clean).

SCOTCH SHORTBREAD – Rub together into a stiff short paste two pounds flour, one pound of butter and six ounces loaf sugar, make it into square cakes, about a half inch thick, pinch them all along the edge at the top; over the whole surface of the cakes sprinkle some white comfits; put the cakes on tins so as to touch each other on their edges, and bake in a slow oven.

Strictly speaking, Scotch is a drink, as in Scotch Whisky (uisge beatha), and Scottish would be the descriptive adjective attached to shortbread.

Loaf sugar was merely refined sugar that had been formed into a conical loaf in a mold. A comfit is a confection consisting of dried fruits, nuts, seeds or spices coated with sugar.

A “slow” oven temperature would be about 300º Fahrenheit. Modern recipes suggest 325º for 20-25 minutes. (Until the surface is lightly browned).

PICKLED CAULIFLOWER – Tear off the leaves from a head of cauliflower and cut the head apart at every stalk. Put the pieces into strong brine and let them stand twenty-four hours. Boil two ounces of mixed spices in a quart of cider vinegar; drain the cauliflower, put in jars and pour on the vinegar boiling hot. When cold, cover, and put away two weeks before using.

One modern recipe suggests teaspoons of coriander seeds and mustard seeds, and a ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds, for the mixed spices. Another suggests a spicier mix of jalapeño or habanero pepper, garlic, and lime juice.

The result might be preserved long-term through canning or bottling. Alternatively, the pickled cauliflower mix should steep for a couple of days in a refrigerator, and be eaten up from there within two weeks. Some suggest the addition of a few other vegetables, chosen for a pleasing mix of colors.

PICCALILLI – Soak a peck of green tomatoes for twenty-four hours in salt water. Chop them up quite fine, adding three or four green peppers, chopped, after removing the seed; mix them with a teacup of white mustard seed. Scald enough good vinegar to cover them, spicing it with pepper, cloves and allspice in a thin bag. Pour the vinegar upon the tomatoes. Tie up the mouth of the jar in which it is put away.

My father is quite fond of piccalilli as a condiment, although he uses “store-bought” piccalilli. This version might be canned or bottled, but its final step implies that it was expected to be used up quite quickly. I believe that is called “refrigerator canning,” i.e., it is expected to be used in the near future, rather than to sit on a shelf for an extended time.

A peck of tomatoes would be a quarter-bushel (or eight quarts) of them. That is the makings of a lot of piccalilli, unless one is an aficionado such as my father. One might reasonably halve or even quarter the amounts given.

CURRY OF COLD MEAT – Cut thin slices of cold roast beef into rather small pieces; slice thinly and fry an onion in about two tablespoonfuls of butter until nicely browned; then pour in as much good broth as required for the gravy; add a little salt and a tablespoonful of curry powder; let boil up and add the beef; stir constantly for ten minutes; make a border or wall of boiled rice around a dish and pour the meat and gravy in the center.

The beef broth might be thickened with a tablespoon of flour. Some modern recipes include also a small amount – say a ½ cup – of tomato sauce, or to substitute noodles for the rice. Others add in also small amounts of cloves, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, and red pepper.

References:

Food. (2020). Oven Temperature. Retrieved from www.food.com/about/oven-temperature-528

Milton Businesses in 1930

By Muriel Bristol | October 4, 2020

The Milton business entries gathered from the Milton, Milton Mills & Wakefield, Sanbornville, N.H., Union, New Hampshire Directory, Including a Directory of Lebanon, Me., 1930. (The category headings are not original).


MILTON. Population, 1428. On Northern Division, B.&M. Railroad. Milton Mills is reached from Union Station, 4 miles. A live manufacturing and agricultural town. Eight miles from Rochester and 20 Miles from Dover.


Automobile Garages

Burke, Charles L. (Lillian M.), garage, hairdresser, Main, M.
CHASE, Addie H., store, filling sta., Main, Milton.
KNIGHT, WILBUR C. (Sarah B.), garage, Main, Milton.
RINES, LAFAYETTE A., filling sta., Main, Milton.
STEVENS, FRANK D. (Marguerite), garage, M.M.
TANNER BROS. (George L. and S.C.), garage, Main.
York, Frank (Alice S.), filling sta., Milton.

Barber

Burke, Charles L. (Lillian M.), garage, hairdresser, Main, M.
PAGE, ROBERT (Ida S.), barber, Milton Mills.
Tanner, Hervey C., barber, Mill, Milton.

Clergymen

Ervin, G. Clifton (Elizabeth T.), pastor, Community Church, Milton.
Poelman, Theodore J. (Helen F.), clergyman, Farmington, R.D.

Clothing Dealers

McINTOSH, ROBERT A., clothing, shoes, Main, Milton.

Coal Dealers (See Wood Dealers)

PLUMMER, HAZEN (Grace F.), coal, Silver, Milton.

Contractors

ARCHIBALD, MOTT L., contractor, Milton Mills.

Druggists

WILLEY, J. HERBERT (Grace F.), druggist, Main, M.

Dry Goods

AVERY & ROBERTS, dry goods, wood and lumber, Main, Milton.

Electric

Lord, J. Edwin (Ruth W.), electrician, Milton.
Twin State Gas & Electric Co., Milton.

Engineers

Bryant, Harlan M., civil engineer, h. Main, Milton.
JONES, IRA W. & Co., consulting engineers, Main, M.
SPENCER, FRANK F. (Ramona W.), undertaker, civil engineer, Milton Mills.

Feed and Grain

DREW, Samuel E., grain, milk, Main, Milton.

General Stores

CHASE, Addie H., store, filling sta., Main, Milton.
HORNE, JOHN E. (Gertrude C.), general store, M.M.
HUNT, JAMES G. (Emma F.), store, Union R.D.

Government Officials

BLAISDELL, SAMUEL G. Flora R.), postmaster, Charles, Milton.
Chamberlain, Fred M., selectman, Milton.
Reynolds, Willis L. (Almira M.), sheriff, Milton Mills.

Grocers

Caswell, Fred E. (Frances), fruit, etc., Milton Mills.
DOWNS, Annette F., Main, Milton.
Horne, Charles A., market, Milton.
Howard, Fred (Colista S.), Market, Milton.
Lawson, Colistia M., grocer, Main, Milton.
LORD, HARRIET A., Main, Milton.
MILTON FRUIT CO., James Mitchell, Main, Milton.
Milton Spa, Thomas Voudomas, Main, Milton.
PIKE, PHILIP G. (Rosamond P.), market, M.M.
Voudomas, Thomas (Luetta), Milton Spa, Main, Milton.

Hardware

BRAGG, P.W., hardware, H.D. Coles, mgr., Main, M.

Hotels

DOWNS, Fred (Ina), Main, Milton.
Ford, Abbie J., boarding house, Lebanon side, Milton.
HODGDON, ELLSWORTH A. (Cora), hotel, Milton.
MAPLE COTTAGE, A.L. Percy, prop., Main, Milton.
PERCY, ARTHUR L. (Marion F.), prop. Maple Cottage, Main, Milton.

Hotels (Summer)

DORR, HERVEY W. (Catherine M.), Lake View Farm, summer boarders, Union R.D.

Ice Dealers

Porter-Milton Ice Co., wholesale ice, Milton.

Insurance

FINEGAN, Herbert F. (Clara B.), insurance, Milton.

Laundries

ELLIS, George W. (Ida M.), laundry, Union R.D.

Lumber Dealers

AVERY & ROBERTS, dry goods, wood and lumber, Main, Milton.
Chamberlin, Moses G. (Arthie E.), lumber, M.M.
PLUMMER, JOSEPH L., lumber, Union, R.D.
ROBERTS, FRED B. (Mary J.), lumber, Main, Milton.

Manufacturers

KENNEBUNK MFG. CO., W.S. Lougee, Supt., mfrs. of fibre products, Charles, Milton.
MILTON LEATHER BOARD Co., Seth F. Dawson, Mgr., mfrs. leatherboard, Milton.
Simes, Fred H. (Mary A.), supt. Townsend’s, M.M.
SPAULDING FIBRE CO. INC, leatherboard, N.R.
TOWNSEND, HENRY A. (Ingeborg V.), blanket mfg., Milton Mills.

News Dealers

Pinkham, James D. (Sarah), newsdealer, Main, Milton.

Painter

Ayer, Richard E., stage, mail and express, painter, M.M.
Connolly, Timothy, painter, Milton Mills.
Libby, Aubrey D. (Florence), painter, Milton Mills.
Witham, Perley D., painter, Milton Mills.

Physicians

Hart, Malcolm A.H. (Estelle L.), physician, Milton.
Bragdon, Laura F., emp. Dr. Hart, Milton.

Restaurants

Webber, Nellie B., [widow Royal K.,] Blue Bird Tea Room, Milton.

Sand and Gravel

Main Sand & Gravel Co., C.W. Wilson, Milton.

Teachers

Beaton, Gladys M., teacher, h. H.A. Beaton, Main, M.
Chamberlain, Helen A., teacher, Church, Milton.
Dickson, Marion I., teacher, h. W.A. do., Milton.
Hayes, Helen F., teacher, Main, Milton.
Judkins, Eshburn O. (Lena E.), Headmaster N.H.S., Main, Milton.
McGregor, Ferne C., teacher, Farmington, R.D.
Newell, Alvin A. (Winona), Prin. Gram. sch’l, Silver, M.
Page, Norma M., teacher, h. Robert do., Milton Mills.
Southwick, Ruth A., teacher, Main, Milton.
Williams, Laura H., teacher, Main, Milton.

Telephone

Jones, Edith E., agt. N.E.T. & T. Co., Main, Milton.
Levi D. (Edith E.), telephone exchange, Main, M.

Transport

Ayer, Richard E., stage, mail and express, painter, M.M.
Columbus, Arthur N., truckman, Milton.
Ham, James J. (Blanche C.), trucking, Milton.
Laskey, Allie J. (Lizzie A.), trucking, Union.
Piper, Charles E. (Helen), teamster, Union, R.D.
Pippin, Victor J., trucking, Milton Mills.
Staples, Harry W., trucking, Union, R.D.

Undertakers

Haines, Calvin S. (Cora H.), undertaker, Milton Mills.
SPENCER, FRANK F. (Ramona W.), undertaker, civil engineer, Milton Mills.

Wood Dealers (See Coal Dealers)

Place, George M. (Addie R.), wood, Church, Milton.


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References:

Shaw, W.E. (1930). Milton, Milton Mills & Wakefield, Sanbornville, N.H., Union, New Hampshire Directory, Including a Directory of Lebanon, Me., 1930, Embracing a General Directory of the Inhabitants. Boston, MA: W.E. Shaw, Publisher.

Milton Businesses in 1927

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | September 27, 2020

The Milton business entries gathered from the Brookfield, Milton, Sanbornville, Wakefield, N.H., and Lebanon, Me., Directory, 1927. (The category headings are not original).


MILTON. Population, 1600. On Northern Division, B.&M. Railroad. Milton Mills is reached from Union, 4 miles. A live manufacturing and agricultural town. Twelve miles from Rochester and 20 Miles from Dover.


Automobile Garages

BANFILL, A.L. & SON (A.L. & W.N. Banfill), garage, filling station, Main, Milton.
KNIGHT, WILBUR C. (Sarah B.), garage, Main, M.
STEVENS, FRANK D. (Marguerite), garage, M.M.
TANNER BROS. (Charles E., George L., and S.C.), garage, Main, Milton.

Barbers

Burke, Charles L., garage, hairdresser, M.

Blacksmith

Clark, George A. (Jennie E.), blacksmith, Milton.

Candy

Brooks, John (Milton Candy Kitchen), Main, Milton.

Clergymen

Jeffries, Arthur (Martha E.), clergyman, Milton.

Clothing Dealers

McINTOSH, ROBERT A., clothing, shoes, Main, M.

Coal Dealer (See Wood Dealers)

PLUMMER, HAZEN (Grace F.), coal, Silver, Milton.

Contractors

ARCHIBALD, MOTT L., contractor, Milton Mills.

Druggists

Emerson, Eugene W., druggist, Milton Mills.
WILLEY, J. HERBERT (Grace F.), druggist, Main, Milton.

Dry Goods

AVERY & ROBERTS, dry goods, wood and lumber, Main, Milton.

Electric

Twin State Gas & Electric Co., Milton.

Engineers

Bryant, Harlan M., civil engineer, h. Milton.
JONES, I.W. & CO., consulting engineers, Main, M.
SPENCER, FRANK F. (Ramona W.), undertaker, civil engineer, Milton Mills.

Feed

DREW, SAMUEL E., grain, milk, Main, Milton.

Fiber Goods

KENNEBUNK MFG. CO., W.S. Lougee, Supt., mfrs. of fibre products, Charles, Milton.

Filling Stations

BANFILL, A.L. & SON (A.L. & W.N. Banfill), garage, filling station, Main, Milton.
CHASE, ADDIE H., store, filling station, Main, Milton.
Jordan, George E. (Sarah E.), filling sta., Milton.
Morrill, George W., filling station, Union R.D.
RINES, LAFAYETTE A., filling sta., Main, Milton.

General Stores

CHASE, ADDIE H., store, filling station, Main, Milton.
HORNE, JOHN E. (Gertrude C.), general store, M.M.
HUNT, JAMES G. (Emma F.), store, Union R.D.
Langley, Charles A. (Fannie A.), general store, M.M.
WILLEY, JOSEPH D. (Annie O.), general store, M.

Government Officials

BLAISDELL, SAMUEL G. (Flora R.), postmaster, Charles, Milton.
Chamberlain, Fred M., selectman, Milton.
Looney, Walter E., U.S. collector, Main, Milton.
PAGE, ROBERT (Ida S.), tax collector, Milton Mills.
Reynolds, Willis L. (Almira M.), sheriff, M. Mills.

Grocers

DOWNS, ANNETTE F., grocer, Main, Milton.
LORD, FRANK H., CO., Harriet A. Lord, Prop., grocer, variety, Main, Milton.
MILTON FRUIT CO., James Mitchell, Main, Milton.
PIKE, PHILLIP G. (Rosamond P.), market, M. Mills.

Hardware

BRAGG, P.W., hardware, Main, Milton.

Hotels

Bliss, Minnie L., boarding house, Main, Milton.
DOWNS, FRED (Ina), Traveller’s Rest, Main, Milton.
Ford, Abbie J., boarding house, Milton.
HODGDON, ELLSWORTH A. (Cora), hotel, Milton.
Lawton, Marie D., prop. Lawton Inn, Milton Mills.
MAPLE COTTAGE, A.L. Percy, Prop., Main, Milton.
PERCY, ARTHUR L. (Marion F.), prop, Maple Cottage, Main, Milton.

Hotels (Summer)

DORR, HERVEY W. (Catherine M.), Lake View Farm, summer boarders, Union R.D.

Ice Dealers

BOSTON ICE CO., H.L. Doble, supt., Main, Milton.
Porter-Milton Ice. Co., wholesale ice, Milton.

Insurance Agents

FINEGAN, HERBERT F. (Clara B.), insurance, Main, Milton.

Laundries

ELLIS, GEORGE W. (Ida M.), laundry, Union R.D.

Leather Board Manufacturers

MILTON LEATHER BOARD CO., Seth F. Dawson, Mgr., mfrs. leatherboard, Milton.
SPAULDING FIBRE CO., INC., leatherboard, N.R.

Lumber Dealers

AVERY & ROBERTS, dry goods, wood and lumber, Main, Milton.
Chamberlain, Moses G., lumber, Milton Mills.
PLUMMER, Joseph L., lumber, Union R.D.
ROBERTS, FRED B. (Mary J.), lumber, Main, M.

Physicians

Anderson, Dr. H.E., h. Milton Mills.
Hart, Malcolm A.H. (Estelle L.), physician, Milton.

Plumbers

HALL, FRED A. (Emily P.), plumber, Kimball, M.

Restaurants

Hendserson, C. Edward, lunch, Main, Milton.
Osterman, Elsye W., prop. Ragged Robin Tea Room, Union R.D.
Webber, Nellie B., Blue Bird Tea Room, Milton.

Sand and Gravel

Maine Sand & Gravel Co., C.W. Wilson, Milton.

Shoe Dealers

McINTOSH, ROBERT A., clothing, shoes, Main, M.

Teachers

Dickson, Marion I., teacher, Milton.
Glover, Charles, prin. grammar school, Milton.
Hayes, Helen F., teacher, Main, Milton.
Horne, Lorita A., teacher, Milton Mills.
McGregor, Ferne C., teacher, Farmington R.D.
Nutter, Evelyn R., teacher, h. Frank J. do. [Main, Milton].
Page, Norma M., teacher, h. Robert do., Milton Mills.
Reed, Ralph G. (Blanche), headmaster, Milton.
Snow, Helen G., teacher, Milton Mills.
Southwick, Ruth A., teacher, Church, Milton.
Williams, Laura H., teacher, Main, Milton.

Telephone and Telegraph

Jones, Edith E., agt. N.E.T.&T. Co., Main, Milton
Jones, Levi D. (Edith E.), telephone exchange, Main [Milton].

Textile Manufacturers

TOWNSEND, HENRY A., blanket mfg., Milton Mills.

Undertakers

Haines, Calvin S. (Cora H.), undertaker, Milton Mills.
SPENCER, FRANK F. (Ramona W.), undertaker, civil engineer, Milton Mills.

Variety Stores

LORD, FRANK H., CO., Harriet A. Lord, Prop., grocer, variety, Main, Milton.


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References:

Brookfield, NH. (1927). Brookfield, Milton, Sanbornville, Wakefield, N.H., and Lebanon, Me., directory, 1927. Published Candia NH: William E. Shaw