Milton’s Milton House Hotel, c1842-70

By Muriel Bristol | August 22, 2021

John S. Edgerly, c1842-185?

John Staples Edgerly was born in Wolfeboro, NH, October 29, 1814, son of Jonathan and Nancy (Hanson) Edgerly. His family relocated to Wakefield, NH, soon after.

John S. Edgerly headed a Brookfield, NH, household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male, aged 20-29 years [himself], one female aged 30-39 years, and one male aged 10-14 years. Two members of his household were engaged in agriculture. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of William G. Leavitt and John Dow.

Wakefield, NH, town officials licensed John S. Edgerly to keep an inn there, in the late 1830s or early 1840s.

John S. Edgerly married in Tuftonboro, NH, March 17, 1841, Harriet Lyford, both of Brookfield, NH. Rev. James Dow performed the ceremony. She was born in Brookfield, NH, August 18, 1810, daughter of Robert and Mary (Lyford) Lyford.

John S. Edgerly kept a Milton hotel at Milton Three-Ponds as early as 1842. It stood in close proximity, if not right next door, to the home of Dr. Stephen Drew. Daughter Helen A. Edgerly was born in Milton, June 29, 1842.

The US Postal Department appointed John S. Edgerly as Milton postmaster, October 26, 1846 (during the presidency of Democrat James K. Polk). James M. Twombly and others replaced him in that position, between January 18, 1850 and May 1, 1854 (during the presidencies of Whigs Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore). John S. Edgerly was again appointed postmaster, between May 2, 1854 and September 14, 1855 (during the presidency of Democrat Franklin Pierce). One might reasonably infer from this sequence of appointments, and the political affiliations of those holding office when the appointments were made, that Edgerly was a Democrat.

Constituent petitions came in to the NH legislature from various districts seeking “a law to remedy those defects in the existing laws regulating the sale of spirituous liquors which enable wealthy and influential persons through the unfaithfulness or inefficiency of prosecuting officers to escape their penalties” (NH Senate, 1847). NH Representative Thomas W. Mordough (1810-1858) of Wakefield, NH, presented to the NH House such a petition from John S. Edgerly and others, June 16, 1847. (Thomas W. Mordough built the Wakefield Town House in 1838).

Mr. Mordough presented the petition of John S. Edgerly and others praying for an alteration of said laws.

John S. Edgerly, an innkeeper, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His immediate family included Harriett Edgerly, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and Helen Edgerly, aged eight years (b. NH). He had real-estate, i.e., the hotel, valued at $2,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of John M. Hanson, a carpenter, aged twenty-nine years (b. ME), and Stephen Drew, a physician, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH). (Blacksmith Hazen Duntley appeared just after Drew).

William A. Jones, a hostler, aged forty years (b. NH), resided in the hotel in that enumeration. He presumably kept the livery stable. There were seven guests on that particular day, although they likely stayed longer than just that day. They were mostly shoemakers: Samuel Emerson, a shoemaker, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), John L. Wing, a shoemaker, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), Albert Gilman, a shoemaker, aged nineteen years (b. ME), Richard H. Paine, a teamster, aged thirty-two years (b. ME), [his wife,] Sarah A. [(Edgerly)] Paine, aged thirty years (b. NH), Charles Horney, a shoe cutter, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Jesse Knox, a shoemaker, aged sixteen years (b. NH) .

At some time between September 1855 and June 1860, John S. Edgerly left Milton for Saco, ME. (William H. Huntress had taken over Edgerly’s Milton House hotel by 1860).

Daughter Helen A. Edgerly married (1st) in Saco, ME, October 14, 1859, Parker R. Libby. John S. Edgerly was keeping the Mechanics’ House hotel in Saco, ME, by 1860-61.

The term “mechanic” does not have exactly the same meaning as it does today. It refers to a skilled worker, making his living in one of the trades, especially one involving the use of a machine. In 1840, 84.8% of Milton’s workers were engaged in agricultural pursuits, i.e., farming; 12.2% of them were engaged in manufacture and the trades, including “mechanics;” 1.6% were engaged in commerce, such as shop-keeping, running a hotel, etc.; and 1.4% were engaged in the learned professions, such as physician, lawyer, engineer, etc.

Jacob D. Barry, foundry, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Saco, ME, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Eunice L. [(Edgecomb)] Barry, wf [wife], aged fifty-three years (b. ME), Phebe M. Barry, dressmaker, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Charles H. Barry, aged seven years (b. ME), Winfield S. Howe, a sawyer, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Daniel Sanborn, foundry, aged thirty years (b. NH), John S. Edgerly, hotel keeper, aged forty-five years (b. NH), Harriet Edgerly, wf [wife], aged forty-seven years (b. NH), Parker R. Libby, junr. barber, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), Hellen A. [(Edgerly)] Libby, wf [wife], aged seventeen years (b. NH), Maria Nason, servant, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), Stephen T. Whitney, cigar maker, aged forty-five years (b. ME), Wm Duran, junr. harness maker, aged thirty years (b. ME), George T. Blake, junr. painter, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), Monroe Boynton, junr. cigar maker, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), Eliakim Richards, nothing, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), and Charles J. Richards, nothing, aged sixteen years (b. ME). John S. Edgerly had personal estate valued at $700 and Stephen T. Whitney had real estate valued at $700.

John S. Edgerly appeared in the Maine business directory of 1862, as proprietor of the Mechanics’ House hotel, on Stor. street, in Saco, ME, in 1862 (Willis, 1862).

 John S. Edgerly died in Biddeford, ME, May 7, 1863.

Daughter Helen A. (Edgerly) Libby married (2nd) December 25, 1875, William W. Friend, both of Boston, MA. She was aged thirty-three years, and he was a teamster, aged twenty-eight years. Rev. L.L. Briggs performed the ceremony.

William W. Friend, clerk in store, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hellen A. Friend, keeping house, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), his step-children, Gertrude Libby, in commercial agency, aged nineteen years (b. ME), and Ernest Libby, in commission house, aged fifteen years (b. ME), his mother-in-law, Harriet [(Lyford)] Edgerly, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and his boarders, Laura E. [(Lewis)] Aldrich, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), George W. Aldrich, a police officer, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), William Maxwell, a salesman, aged twenty-four years (b. ME),  Emma Carr, a servant, aged twenty years (b. England), Leroy Ford, in market, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), Annie Rennolds, a servant, aged fifteen years (b. MA), Albert Long, provision store, aged seventy-eight years (b. ME), George Hartshorn, a R.R. conductor, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), Julia W. [(Merrill)] Hartshorn, aged twenty-eight years (b. MA), and Willie B. Hartshorn, aged three years (b. MA). They resided at 611 Shawmut avenue.

Harriet (Lyman) Edgerly, widow of John S. Edgerly, died of paralysis in Somerville, MA, August 1, 1892, aged eighty-one [fifty-one] years, eleven months, and ten days.

William H. Huntress, 185?-1870

William H. “Howard” Huntress was born in Milton, January 17, 1822, a son of William and Lydia A. (Hatch) Huntress. His mother died in Milton, December 19, 1830; and his father remarried there, July 1, 1832, Dorcas Dore.

William H. Huntress, left town for some years in the 1840s. He was a shoemaker, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), residing in the Natick, MA, household of his elder brother, Thomas H. Huntress, also a shoemaker, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. Younger brother Hezekiah R. Huntress, also a shoemaker, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), resided in the neighboring household of brother-in-law, Darwin Morse, a farmer, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA).

William H. Huntress married, circa 1852-53, Sarah C. Tuttle. She was born in Barrington, NH, August 1, 1832, daughter of John and Esther C. (Moulton) Tuttle. They settled in Milton, where their first two children were born in 1854 and 1859.

William H. Huntress may have owned his Milton hotel as early as September 1855. (He appears to have employed managers to run it for him in some years).

In the April 1858 trespass case of Palmer versus Tuttle, William H. Huntress was mentioned as a western abutter to the trespassed property.

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 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 (NH Supreme Court, 1860).

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. Huntress, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), Charles A. Huntress, aged six years (b. NH), and John W. Huntress, aged one year (b. NH).

Huntress’ household appeared next to that of his brother-in-law, Darwin Morse, a farmer, aged forty-seven years (b. NH). (His father, stepmother, sister Phebe A. Morse, and nephew resided in the Morse household). They lived near School House No. 12 on what is now Silver Street, approaching its intersection with what is now Winding Road.

Joseph Jenness (1823-1892) lived in the hotel in 1860, which he apparently ran on Huntress’s behalf.

Milton - 1871 (Dist. 9 Detail)
Milton Three Ponds in 1871. Dr. S. Drew’s house (indicated with red arrow), was in close proximity to Huntress’ Milton House hotel. (The original location of Milton’s PGF&C railroad station (indicated with the green arrow) was on the opposite side of the river from where it would be not long after).

Joseph Jenness, a landlord (“Milton Hotel”), aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Reliance C. Jenness, aged thirty-one years (b. NH). He had no real estate (and Huntress would be taxed for the licenses). It stood in the Milton downtown, in close proximity, and likely right next door, to the home of Dr. Stephen Drew (another marginal note: “Practicing Physician in Milton 40 years”).

C. Crosby, a hired man, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), resided there, with Emeline Crosby, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Lydia M. Crosby, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and Charles G. Crosby, aged seven years (b. NH).

Nine men were listed as “boarders”: B.F. Rankin, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Charles Neal, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), David Wentworth, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), Charles Peckham, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), Charles Nudd, Esq., aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), D. Palmer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), J.C. Robinson, aged thirty-two years, C.C. Smith (b. NH), aged forty years, and James Miller, aged twenty-six years (b. NH).

There were three female guests: Mrs. C. Lane, a teacher of music, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), [sister-in-law] Pamelia C. Weatherell, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and S.C. Goodrich, a dressmaker, aged twenty-two years (b. NH).

Also staying in the hotel were three male guests: John R. Palmer, postmaster, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), Dr. Jackson, a physician, aged forty-two years (b. NH), and George Hattan, an “Indian Doctor,” aged fifty-five years (b. NH).

The US Class II military draft list of June 1863 included both William H. Huntress, a hotel keeper, aged thirty-seven years, and Joseph Jenness, a stabler, aged thirty-nine years.

The Federal government assessed Huntress for his 8th-class hotel, liquor license, and livery stable in the US Excise Tax of May 1864.

The Federal government again assessed Huntress for his hotel, liquor license, and livery stable in the US Excise Tax of May 1866. He appeared as proprietor of the “Milton” hotel in 1868 and 1869-70.

William H. Huntress, a saloon keeper, aged forty-three years (b. NH), headed a two-family Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Sarah C. Huntress, keeping house, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), Charles A. Huntress, a clerk in saloon, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and John W. Huntress, aged eleven years (b. NH). Huntress had real estate valued at $1,600 and personal estate valued at $1,377.

Robert Brown, works in shoe factory, aged forty years (b. NH), headed the other household in the two-family residence. His household included Sarah A. [(Runnells)] Brown, keeping house, aged forty-four years (b. NH), Everitt O. Brown, works in shoe factory, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Elmer E. Brown, at school, aged nine years (b. NH).

William H. Huntress appeared in the Milton business directories of 1871, and 1873, as proprietor of a livery stable.

William H. Huntress died of dropsy in Milton, January 16, 1873, aged fifty years.

Sarah C. Huntress, keeping house, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Her household included her son, John W. Huntress, a shoe cutter, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), her daughter-in-law, Lura B. [(Perkins)] Huntress, at home, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and her nephew, Alvah H. Place, a drug clerk, aged eighteen years (b. NH). They lived at or near Garrison Hill.

Sarah C. (Tuttle) Huntress died in Dover, NH, July 25, 1880.


Continued in Milton’s Franklin House Hotel, 1870-76


References:

NH Senate. (1847). Journal of the Senate of New Hampshire. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=TC4TAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA229

NH Supreme Court. (1860). Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of New Hampshire. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=EJg0AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA487

Willis, William. (1862). A Business Directory of the Subscribers to the New Map of Maine. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=mKm9lz1RH_0C&pg=PA167

West Milton Selectman Martin V.B. Cook (1838-1891)

By Muriel Bristol | August 20, 2021

Martin Van Buren Cook was born in Milton, November 16, 1838, son of Joseph and Rebecca (Ricker) Cook.

Martin V.B. Cook was obviously a namesake for the eighth U.S. President, Martin Van Buren, who held that office between 1837 and 1841. Cook’s father, Joseph Cook, was presumably an admirer and likely a Democrat. (Naming people after presidents and other political figures was much more common in the nineteenth century than it is currently). Van Buren was President Andrew Jackson’s hand-picked successor. The inflationary banking Panic of 1837 cast a shadow over his presidency and he was not reelected.

M.V.B. Cook’s mother, Rebecca (Ricker) Cook, died in 1843. His father, Joseph Cook, married (2nd) in Milton, December 28, 1843, Lydia Blaisdell, both of Milton. Elder Jacob Davis performed the ceremony. She was born in Lebanon, ME, circa 1807, daughter of Enoch Blaisdell.

Joseph Cook, a farmer, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Lydia Cook, aged fifty-three years (b. NH [SIC]), M.A. Cook, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), M.V.B. Cook, a farmer, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), and Joseph Kenney, a farm laborer, aged twenty-one years (b. NH). Joseph Cook had real estate valued at $6,000 and personal estate valued at $3,000. Their household was enumerated between those of Henry Varney, a farmer, aged thirty years (b. NH) and Stephen Twombly, a farmer, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH).

M.V.B. Cook appeared in the Milton business directory of 1869-70, as a Milton justice-of-the-peace. (Joseph Cook appeared also as a justice-of-the-peace).

The Milton School Superintendents of 1869 were James Doldt, M.V.B. Cook, and James W. Applebee. (Rev. James Doldt (1809-1886) was a Congregational minister; and James W. Applebee (1844-1931) was a Milton teacher).

Joseph Cook, a farmer, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lydia Cook, keeping house, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), Mary A Cook, a teacher, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), Martin V.B. Cook, a farm laborer, aged thirty years (b. NH). Joseph Cook had real estate valued at $5,000 and personal estate valued at $1,765. Martin V.B. Cook had real estate valued at $800 and personal estate valued at $300. Their household was enumerated between those of James H. Varney, a farmer, aged forty years (b. NH) and Stephen Twombly, a farmer, aged sixty-six years (b. NH).

Martin V.B. Cook married in Wakefield, NH, December 27, 1870, Lizzie S. “Sarah” Sanborn, he of Milton and she of Acton, ME. He was a farmer, aged thirty-two years, and she was aged thirty-two years. Rev. Nathaniel Barker performed the ceremony. She was born in Acton, ME, September 11, 1838, daughter of Luther and Abigail (Berry) Sanborn.

Daughter Nellie A. Cook was born in Milton, May 31, 1872.

M.V.B. Cook appeared in the Milton business directories of 1873, 1874, and 1880, as a Milton justice-of-the-peace. (Joseph Cook appeared also as a justice-of-the-peace in those years and 1875, 1876, and 1880).

Daughter Argie Cook and son Archie Cook, twins, were stillborn in Milton, March 30, 1874.

The Milton School Superintendents of 1875 were G.W. Olney, M.V.B. Cook, and J.F. Joy. (George W. Olney (1840-1894) was a woolen mill superintendent; and Rev. Joseph F. Joy (1838-1912) was a Free-Will Baptist minister).

Martin V.B. Cook replied to an 1876 NH state education question, with a description of the new Milton Mills school building. (See Milton in NH Education Report, 1876).

The Milton School Superintendents of 1876 were M.V.B. Cook, J.N. Lowell, Freeman H. Lowd. (Rev. John N. Lowell (1846-1903) was a Congregational minister; and Freeman H. Lowd (1853-1933) was a clerk and bookkeeper (his wife was a daughter of Ira Miller)).

Daughter Bertha E. Clerk was born in Milton, in 1877. Daughter Nellie A. Cook died of consumption of the blood in Milton, July 24, 1878, aged six years.

The Milton Selectmen of 1878-79 were C.C. Hayes, Asa A. Fox, and M.V.B. Cook. (Charles C. Hayes (1822-1893) was a farmer and setter of water wheels; Asa A. Fox (1837-1913) was a Milton Mills carpenter (and a son of Asa Fox)).

Joseph Cook, a farmer, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lydia Cook, keeping house, aged seventy-three years (b. ME), his son, Martin V.B. Cook, a farmer (b. NH), aged forty-one years, his daughter-in-law, Sarah E. Cook, keeping house, aged forty-one years (b. ME), and his granddaughter, Bertha Cook, aged three years (b. NH). Their household was enumerated between those of James H. Varney, a farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), and Deborah Pike, keeping house, aged seventy-nine years (b. NH).

M.V.B. Cook appeared in the Milton business directories of 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, and 1889, as a Milton justice-of-the-peace.

The Milton Board of Education of 1887 was John Simes, Luther Hayes, and Martin V.B. Cook. (John U. Simes (1836-1927) was a Milton Mills merchant; Hon. Luther Hayes (1820-1895) was a lumber manufacturer).

M.V.B. Cook’s step-mother, Lydia (Blaisdell) Cook, died of lung congestion in Milton, October 28, 1890, aged eighty-three years, five months, and twenty-eight days.

DIED. In Farmington, Oct. 29, Lydia Cook, aged 83 years, 5 months and 27 days (Farmington News, October 31, 1890).

WEST MILTON. M.V.B. Cook continues to draw wood into town (Farmington News, December 26, 1890).

WEST MILTON. M.V.B. Cook is quite ill with rheumatic fever (Farmington News, December 4, 1891).

Martin V.B. Cook died of Bright’s Disease in Milton, December 21, 1891, aged fifty-three years, and one month. J.E. Scruton, M.D., of Union, [Wakefield,] NH, signed the death certificate.

M.V.B. Cook’s father, Joseph Cook, died of cystitis in Milton, August 12, 1892, aged eighty-three years, and two months. John P. Elkins, M.D., of Farmington, NH, signed the death certificate.

LOCALS. Joseph Cook of West Milton died last Friday at his home (Farmington News, August 19, 1892).

WEST MILTON. The M.V.B. Cook place is said to have been sold to Mr. Kimball and spring work is being done there (Farmington News, May 2o, 1898).

Daughter Bertha E. (Cook) Drawbridge married in Union, Wakefield, NH, June 11, 1899, Edward F. Drawbridge, she of Milton and he of Middleton, NH. He was a clerk, aged twenty-six years, and she was a milliner, aged twenty-two years. Rev. Robert H. Drawbridge performed the ceremony. She was not well and died of Bright’s Disease in Milton, less than a month later, July 6, 1899, aged twenty-two years, three months, and twenty-one years. Charles W. Gross, M.D., signed the death certificate.

WEST MILTON. On last Sunday relatives and other friends of the late Martin V. Cook went from this neighborhood to Milton Mills to attend the funeral of Mrs. Bertha Cook Drawbridge, formerly of West Milton. The Rev E.W. Churchill was the officiating clergyman, and singing was given by a mixed quartette. A great many persons were present in the large house which had been the home of the deceased, and others were in the grounds, and many beautiful flowers breathed of sympathy felt for the widowed mother, a woman held in deep respect, who mourns the loss of the last of her family, the death of the latter having been preceded by that of Mrs. Cook’s twin children, of a little daughter named [Nellie] Lizzie, and of their father. These having been removed some time ago from a private cemetery to the public enclosure near the Cutts place in Milton Mills. Mrs. Drawbridge was interred in the latter grounds. She attended in her girlhood the Nute high school, after leaving the district school, remaining as a pupil in the high school until an affection [affliction] of her eyes compelled her to relinquish her studies. She was twenty two years of age last March (Farmington News, July 14, 1899).

Administrator’s Notice. The subscriber hereby gives notice that he has been duly appointed administrator of the estate of Martin V.B. Cook, late of Milton, deceased, Intestate. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment, and all having claims to present them to the subscriber for adjustment. EDWARD F. DRAWBRIDGE, Administrator. Middleton, N.H., September 18, 1899. 29 (Farmington News, September 22, 1899).

William F. Cutts, a farmer, aged sixty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his sister-in-law, Sarah E. Cook, a housekeeper, aged sixty-one years (b. ME). William F. Cutts owned their farm, free-and-clear. Their household was enumerated between those of Lincoln Goodwin, a farmer, aged thirty-nine years (b. ME), and Arastus B. Shaw, a carpenter, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH).

Mrs. Martin V.B. Cook appeared in the Milton directories of 1900, and 1902, as having her house ½ mile south of Milton Mills. (William F. Cutts appeared also as a farmer, ½ mile south of Milton Mills).

M.V.B. Cook’s sister, Mary Ann Cook, died of apoplexy, i.e., a stroke, in North Rochester, NH, September 17, 1904. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Lizzie Cook of Milton Mills is visiting Mrs. Annie Cook (Farmington News, September 1, 1905).

J. Frank Farnham, an excelsior manufacturer, aged fifty years (b. ME), headed a Wakefield (“Union Village”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ora E. [(Cutts)] Farnham, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), his daughter, Hazel A. Farnham, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and his boarder, Sarah L. Cook,  a widow (own income), aged seventy years (b. NH). Ora E. Farnham was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. Sarah L. Cook was the mother of three children, of whom none were till living.

West Milton. Mrs. Lizzie Cook of Union, a former resident, is visiting Mrs. Annie Cook this week (Farmington News, May 10, 1912).

Annie E. (Davis) Cook (1851-1927) was the widow of Ira A. Cook (1843-1898). Her West Milton residence was known as “Maple Cottage.” It was situated on the Middleton road, so called, in the second house north of the Farmington road. That is to say, she lived on what is now called Governor’s road, two houses from its intersection with what is now NH Rte. 75). She entertained guests and boarders (boarders being usually Nute Ridge or West Milton schoolteachers), and she was active in local school activities.

West Milton. Mrs. Lizzie Cook of Union is visiting Mrs. Annie Cook the present week (Farmington News, June 21, 1912).

West Milton. Mrs. Lizzie Cook and Mrs. Frank Farnum of Milton Mills were guests at Maple Cottage on Tuesday (Farmington News, September 27, 1912).

West Milton. Mrs. Annie Cook is visiting her friend, Mrs. Lizzie Cook, at Union this week (Farmington News, April 4, 1913).

West Milton. Mrs. Annie Cook was the guest of Mrs. Lizzie Cook at Union one day last week. On Saturday the former Mrs. Cook visited her aunt, Mrs. Sophia Boyden of Dover (Farmington News, March 6, 1914).

Lizzie S. “Sarah” (Sanborn) Cook died of interstitial nephritis in Union, Wakefield, NH, June 4, 1914, aged seventy-five years, eight months, and twenty-three days. She had been resident there for twenty years, with her previous residence in neighboring Milton. Charles C. Rogers, M.D., of Farmington, NH, signed the death certificate.

WEST MILTON. The old friends and neighbors of former resident Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Cook were grieved to learn of her death, which occurred at the home of her niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Farnum of Union, Last Thursday morning. Death followed a short illness at the age of 76 years. The deceased was born in Acton, Me., the daughter of Luther and Abbie (Berry) Sanborn. She was the widow of Martin V.B. Cook of this town, whom she survived about twenty-two years. Mrs. Cook passed many years at the old Cook homestead, now owned by C.P. Grace. She was a woman of gentle and motherly kindness, possessed of a Christian character and the attributes of a high and noble purpose. Many among us have reason to remember her by these qualities. Funeral was held from the home last Sunday afternoon, with a large attendance of relatives and friends and a profusion of beautiful floral tributes (Farmington News, June 12, 1914).

References:

Find a Grave. (2013, August 13). Martin V.B. Cook. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115375461/martin-v.b-cook

Find a Grave. (2013, August 13). Bertha Cook Drawbridge. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115375165/bertha-drawbridge

Wikipedia. (2021, August 10). Martin Van Buren. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Van_Buren

Milton in NH Education Report, 1876

By Muriel Bristol | August 15 2021

In the thirtieth (June 1876) report, NH Superintendent of Public Instruction John W. Simonds included some information regarding Milton schools.

J.W. Simonds (1829-1885) appeared in the Concord, NH, directory of 1876, as Supt. Public Instruction, with his office in the State House, and his house at Franklin, NH.

Milton was one of thirty-three communities, including neighbors Farmington and Middleton, NH, whose superintending school committee failed to submit a report, as required by law.

The Milton Board of Education had available to it $7,463.00; of which $1,048.00 came from the town tax for support of schools, $6,000.00 came from district school taxes, $145.00 came from the literary fund, $30.00 came from local funds, and $240.00 came from contributions and the dog tax. (The $6,000 in district school taxes was raised and used to construct a new Milton Mills School (see below)). The school assessment rate was $0.030 [per $1,000].

The Milton Selectmen reported having 232 students. School District No. 3 had the largest expenditure, of $320. The district with the smallest expenditure spent $33. The longest district school term ran 32 weeks, while the shortest ran only 6 weeks. The largest district had 79 students, and the smallest district had 13 students.

In a table of Academies, Seminaries, High and Select Schools, Milton (Three Ponds) had its Classical Institute, under Principal J.P. Bickford (who was also one of three Milton town school committee members). Its building, apparatus and grounds were valued at $1,500. Its school year began in September and had a schedule of 36 weeks. It had 1 male teacher (presumably Bickford himself), 0 female teachers, 37 male students, and 32 female students.

Of these 69 Institute students, 65 (94.2%) of them were residents of New Hampshire (leaving 4 (5.8%) of them with homes in other states); 12 students were pursuing “higher branches,” 2 of them were studying ancient languages, and 0 were studying modern languages.

School Buildings

Martin V.B. Cook (1838-1891) replied to a School Buildings question, with a description of the new Milton Mills school building.

Question 4: State at length what has been done in erecting new school buildings, or in permanent repairs. If a new house has been built, give a full description, – size, material, number of school-rooms, number of ante-rooms kind of finish, furniture, entire cost, and account of dedication exercises. 

MILTON.M.V.B. Cook. During the past year an excellent wooden school-house has been erected in district No. 7, situated in the thriving village of Milton Mills. The main building is 40×40 ft., one and a half stories high, with French roof, and basement; also tower in front, 10×12 ft. It contains two school-rooms, four ante-rooms, and a library, and is finished with western pine and black walnut. The furniture is of the latest improvements. The entire cost exceeds $6,000, besides some valuable presents, – among which was a bell, presented by Hon. John Townsend, of Brookline, Mass. The dedication consisted of music and an address by Rev. Geo. Michael.

History of Education

Elbridge W. Fox (1834-1912) wrote the following in answer to a question regarding the History of [Milton] Education. His reply suggests that he had access to sources – both town records and people – that are no longer available to us.

MILTON – 1775. By ELBRIDGE W. FOX

In the early settlement of the town, the children, even when very young, were compelled by circumstances to do their part toward supplying the necessary food for sustenance, providing comfortable places for shelter, and clearing roads through dense forests, as a means of communication from neighbor to neighbor. This, together with a limited thirst for mental culture and the scarcity of the required books and proper instructors, allowed them to grow to manhood and womanhood without advancing, intellectually, much beyond the preceding generation.

The town was settled about the year 1775, it being then a part of the town of Rochester, from which it was taken by an act of incorporation, dated June 11, 1802, with a population of about 570.

At the time of  the Second (1800) Federal Census, Milton-soon-to-be had actually a population of about 899 persons. (See Northeast Parish in the Second (1800) Federal Census).

At this time, and for years prior to incorporation, the town consisted of but three school districts; but in the year 1806 two more were added, by a sub-division of the original three, with a total adult population in the town of 185.

The adult population, i.e., those above 16 years of age, totaled actually about 429 persons. (See Northeast Parish in the Second (1800) Federal Census).

In the year 1815, district No. 6 [Hare Road] was formed by a division of No. 2 [Hare Road & Nute Ridge]. The same year the town voted to divide No. 3 [Milton Mills and north of Milton Mills], and thereby form No. 7 [Milton Mills]. A legal division was not fully made, however, till 1819.

New districts were formed from time to time to meet the demands of the increasing population; and in 1827 the town was districted anew, forming ten districts. This number was subsequently increased to fourteen, and later, reduced to twelve, and still later, 1854, increased to thirteen, – which number still exists, although schools are taught in but twelve of them.

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS

For years prior to the incorporation of the town, and before school-houses were provided, teachers, who received but a mere pittance for their services, were commonly employed by the inhabitants of neighborhoods, and would occupy for school purposes, alternately, the dwellings of the several inhabitants, from three to six days each, at which all the children of suitable age in the particular neighborhood would eagerly gather for instruction.

One of the earliest teachers of whom there is any recollection was —– McFarland, a native of the Emerald Isle, who was a thorough scholar and a practical and successful teacher, – a man of singular devotion, large experience, and established reputation, but so strict in discipline as to be termed by his pupils a “hard master.”

Mercy Merrick, who taught in district No. 1 [Plummer’s Ridge], was also one of the pioneer teachers. Not having books at that time containing the alphabet, she taught her pupils the different letters by drawing or marking them on chips of wood. “Old Master Sullivan,” as he was familiarly called, was also a teacher of early times, and of established reputation. The names of Joseph Main, who was quite celebrated as a neighborhood teacher, Isaac Chesley, Daniel Melcher, James Libbey, Ephraim Pinkham, Ebenezer Toy, Polly Bergen, Daniel Dame, and Druzilla Hayes may also be mentioned as successful teachers of early days.

Some other early Milton teachers might be mentioned too. Sophia Cushing (1781-1857) taught at Plummer’s Ridge and Milton Three Ponds. John Brewster (1813-1886) and Lewis W. Nute (1820-1888) were for a time teachers at Nute Ridge. Benjamin B. Dorr (c1815-1901) was “engaged for many years in educational work” in the mid-19th century (See Milton in the News – 1901). James W. Applebee (1844-1931) was a teacher (and school committee member) around 1870.

For the service of the latter teacher one term, the town warrant at one time contained the following article: “To see if the town will vote to pay Druzilla Hayes six dollars, for teaching a school in district No. 2 [Nute’s Ridge].” The article was disposed of by referring the matter to the discretion of the selectmen.

TEACHERS SALARIES

During the existence of neighborhood schools, and in the early history of district schools, only one term in each was held for the year; but at a later period, and even to this day in a majority of districts, two terms were and are held, one designated as the summer and the other as the winter term, – the former almost invariably taught by female teachers, and the latter, in a majority of cases, by male teachers, at a salary in early times, for females, of one dollar per week, and for male teachers, of ten dollars per month, including board, which was generally furnished by the several families without charge in order to lengthen the school.

One might suppose that potential male teachers might have been busy farming until the harvest was completed and so only then became available for the winter term. The pay difference is less explicable.

“BOARDING ‘ROUND”

This style of boarding was so customary with school-teachers in early days, that it originated the phrase “boarding ’round,” which is not unfrequently used at the present time in connection with itinerant boarders.

TEXT BOOKS

The first text-book used is said to have been Webster’s Speller; then gradually came into use the Testament, American Preceptor, Columbian Orator, Merrill’s Arithmetic, Alexander’s Grammar and Murray’s Small Grammar.

Noah Webster was author of the American Spelling Book [also known as the “Blue-Backed Speller”] (1783); Caleb Bingham was author of the American Preceptor (1794) and Columbian Orator (1797); Lindley Murray was author of English Grammar (1795); and Caleb Alexander was author of the Columbian Dictionary (1800).

The text-books of to-day are, – Progressive Speller; Monroe’s Series of Readers, six numbers; Cornell’s Series of Geographies, four numbers; Greenleaf’s Series of Arithmetics, six numbers; Tower’s, Quackenbos’s, and Kerl’s grammars; Quackenbos’s History and Philosophy; Robinson’s Algebra.

Benjamin Greenleaf was author of Introduction to National Arithmetic (1845); Horatio Nelson Robinson was author of An Elementary Treatise on Algebra (1850); Sarah S. Cornell was author of Primary Geography (1854), Intermediate Geography (1857), and High School Geometry (1857); George P. Quackenbos was author of A School History of the United States (1857), Natural Philosophy (1859), and An American Grammar (1862); David B. Tower was author of Common School Grammar (1859); Simon Kerl was author of First Lessons in English Grammar (1866); Lewis B. Monroe was author of First Reader (1873) Second Reader (1873), Third Reader (1873), Fourth Reader (1873), Fifth Reader (1873), and Sixth Reader (1873); (See also Milton’s Arithmetic Textbooks of 1878).

Not till the year 1817 was a superintending school-committee chosen; and in the year 1833 the town voted to dispense with their services, so far as relates to the inspection and examination of schools, except when called upon by the prudential committee.

The first appropriation for schools by the town was in 1807, and was a sum equal to fifty per cent of the amount required by statute. In 1810 and 1812 all the interest collected was appropriated for this purpose. In 1811 a direct appropriation of one hundred dollars was made; and in 1829 the interest of the Literary Fund was made a part and parcel of the school-money, and has ever remained so. An effort to appropriate the interest of the Surplus Revenue Fund was successful in the year 1838 only. Since that time the required statute appropriation, with an occasional town and district appropriation, has been regularly distributed.

The NH State Literary Fund’s principal originated as taxation extracted for a state university, which was not spent as being inadequate for that purpose. The town-level Literary Fund’s principal would have derived from several sources, including a share of the annual interest from the NH State Literary Fund, if any, local fines, forfeitures, etc., and any interest accrued and not spent. It was often supplemented by a local tax on dogs.

As nearly as can be ascertained, the first total expenditure of schools after the incorporation of the town was less than one hundred dollars. The present year the amount falls little short of fourteen hundred dollars.

Since the establishment of school-districts in this town, rapid strides have been made in the methods of education, and the appliances and means have been multiplied an hundred-fold. In the early history of schools, it was a common practice for the girls to bring their sewing and knitting-work, and devote such portion of time to these pursuits as would not interfere with their studies while in the school-room.

Advance has also been the watchword in the matter of wages and salaries of teachers, – beginning in “ye olden time,” with one dollar per week for female and ten dollars per month for male teachers, and gradually advancing till the former command six to ten dollars per week, and the latter forty-five to seventy dollars per month.


Next in sequence: Milton in NH Education Report, 1877


References:

Find a Grave. (2011, December 4). James W. Applebee. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/81520949/james-w.-applebee

NH Superintendent of Public Instruction. (1876, June). Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=EL0EB85xXZQC

Wikipedia. (2018, November 16). Caleb Bingham. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caleb_Bingham

Wikipedia. (2021, July 17). History of English Grammars. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_English_grammars

Wikipedia. (2019, October 24). Lindley Murray. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindley_Murray

Wikipedia. (2021, June 24). Noah Webster. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Webster

Milton’s Riverside House, c1879-1902

By Muriel Bristol | August 8, 2021

Charles Henry Downs was born in Milton, circa June 1845, son of Moses and Lovina (Hanson) Downs.

Moses Downs, a farm laborer, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Lovina Downs, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), E.A. Downs, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Albert Downs, aged twelve years (b. NH), and Chas. H. Downs, aged eleven [fifteen] years (b. NH). Their household was enumerated between those of Samuel F. Nute, a farmer, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and Cyrus Leighton, a farmer, aged thirty-five years (b. NH).

Charles H. Downs of Milton, a shoemaker, aged nineteen years, enlisted for the term of one year in the NH Eighteenth Regiment Volunteer Infantry, in Portsmouth, NH, April 3, 1865. He was 5′ 10½” tall, with gray eyes, dark brown hair, and a dark complexion. He was mustered in the same day under Captain Daniel Hall. He had answered the president’s call for volunteers, i.e., President Abraham Lincoln, who would be assassinated not two weeks later, April 15, 1865. Downs’ service was brief, as he was mustered out again, May 6, 1865.

Downs’ father, Moses Downs, died of consumption in Milton, December 1, 1868, aged sixty-eight years, three months, and seventeen days.

Charles L. Lord, a shoe cutter, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Sarah E. [(Wallingford)] Lord, keeping house, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Charles Downs, works in shoe factory, aged twenty-four years (b. NH). Charles L. Lord had real estate valued at $600 and personal estate valued at $100. Their household was enumerated between those of Ezra H. Twombly, postmaster, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and John L. Wing, works in shoe factory, aged forty-six years (b. ME).

C.H. Downs appeared in the Milton directory of 1880, as proprietor of the Riverside House in Milton. (The Riverside House was actually located just across the bridge in Lebanon, ME).

Charles H. Downs, a hotel keeper, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his mother, Lovina Downs, keeping house, aged seventy-four years (b. NH), and his boarder, H.N. Knox, at home, aged eight years (b. ME).

C.H. Downs appeared in the Milton directories of 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, 1889, as proprietor of the Riverside House in Milton. (The Riverside House was actually located just across the bridge in Lebanon, ME).

Downs’ mother, Lovina (Hanson) Downs, died of pneumonia in Milton, November 7, 1884, aged seventy-eight years.

Riverside House
Milton Bird’s Eye View Map of 1888 (Detail). Riverside House is indicated with red arrow

MILTON. Herman Moulton has leased the Riverside House – for several years occupied by Charles Downs – and assumed proprietorship May 1st. Mr. Bailey of Farmington has leased the store adjoining the Riverside House and will soon open with a line of stoves, hardware, paints and oils (Farmington News, May 23, 1890).

The tenure of Herman L. Moulton (1859-1941), if any, was brief. C.H. Downs appeared in the Milton business directories of 1892, 1894, and 1898, as proprietor of Riverside House, on the West Lebanon road.

MILTON. Charlie Downs of Boston is at the Riverside house (Farmington News, September 14, 1894).

MILTON. The directors of the Union Ice Company were at the Riverside House last Sunday (Farmington News, October 12, 1894).

WEST MILTON. Mr. Wilder Johnson, who has been training a span of horses, has had an advantageous offer for a position at Riverside hotel at Milton for the season (Farmington News, May 3, 1895).

Wilder Johnson (1831-1903) of Farmington, NH, served in Co. K of the First ME Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War. Perhaps the advantageous position being offered was providing Riverside House’s advertised “free carriages to and from all trains.”

C.H. Downs appeared in the New England Business Directory of 1896, as proprietor of the River Side hotel in Milton. (E.M. Bodwell and F.N. Chamberlin appeared also as proprietors of the Milton and Phoenix hotels, respectively).

HERE AND THERE. Mr. Charles Downs of the Riverside Hotel in Milton broke his leg on Monday, and will be for some time confined to the house (Farmington News, May 1, 1896).

Riverside House - 1900Charles H. Downs married in Milton, May 10, 1900, Sarah Gorman, both of Lebanon, ME. He was a hotel proprietor, aged fifty-five years, and she was a housekeeper, aged twenty-five years. Rev. R.M. Peacock performed the ceremony. She was born in Ireland, circa 1874, daughter of Peter and Mary Gorman.

Charles H. Downs, a hotel keeper, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of zero years), Sarah Downs, aged twenty-five years (b. Ireland), and his boarder, Harry Curran, a paper mill fireman, aged nineteen years (b. ME). Charles H. Downs owned their house, but with a mortgage. Sarah Downs had been seven years in the U.S., having immigrated in 1893.

Riverside House - 1902C.H. Downs appeared in the Milton business directory of 1901, as proprietor of Riverside House.

MILTON. C.H. Downs, proprietor of the Riverside House, had twenty-eight transient boarders last week (Farmington News, February 15, 1901).

The most likely source of so many wintertime transient boarders would have been Milton’s ice industry.

NEWS OF THE STATE. Milton is the largest storage centre for ice on the Boston & Maine R.R., with a capacity of 114,000 tons. Sanbornville stores 80,000 tons (Farmington News, March 15, 1901).

C.H. Downs appeared in the New England Business Directory of 1902, as proprietor of the Riverside hotel in Milton. (E.M. Bodwell and F.M. Chamberlin appeared also as proprietors of the Milton and Phoenix hotels, respectively; C.D. Fox appeared as proprietor of the Central hotel in Milton Mills).

Charles H. Downs died of stomach cancer in Lebanon, ME, April 20, 1902, aged fifty-seven years, three months, and nineteen days. James J. Buckley, M.D., signed the death certificate. He was a married hotel keeper.

References:

Find a Grave. (2009, November 26). Charles Henry Downs. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/44820130/charles-henry-downs

Sampson and Murdock. (1896).New England Business Directory and Gazetteer, 1896. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=AOw1AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA291

Last Will of Luther Hayes (1820-1895)

By Muriel Bristol | August 1, 2021

Luther Hayes (1820-1895) was a South Milton lumber dealer and farmer. He served also as NH State Representative (1857-58 and 1876-77), Strafford County Commissioner (1864-67), Strafford County Sheriff (1866-69), Strafford County Deputy Sheriff (1870-71), NH Fish Commissioner (1876-86), and NH State Senator (1879-80).

Hayes was thrice married and had eleven children. (Those in bolded type survived to appear in his last will). By his first wife, Louise A. Bragdon (1820-1859), he had six children: Lydia E. Hayes (1841-1876), Clara A. Hayes (1843-1879), Louisa M. Hayes (1846-1915), Charles H. Hayes (1849-1916), George A. Hayes (1852-1924), and Samuel L. Hayes (1855-1859).

By his second wife, Sarah M. Cochran (1834-1871), he had four children: Samuel L. Hayes [II] (1862-1946) (aka S. Lyman or Lyman S. Hayes), Fannie L. Hayes (1865-1953), Hattie E. Hayes (1868-1951), and Luther C. Hayes (1869-1952).

By his third and last wife, Ellen R. Morrill (1840-1909), he had one child, Clarence M. Hayes (1878-1915).

His last wife and eight of his eleven children were living and mentioned in his last will.

Ellen R. [(Morrill)] Hayes, a widowed housekeeper, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her [step-] daughter, Hattie [(Hayes)] Dewolfe, a divorcée, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), her [step-] granddaughter, Helen Dewolfe, at school, aged nine years (b. NH), her [step-] son, Luther Hayes, a farm laborer, aged thirty years (b. NH), her son, Clarence M. Hayes, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and her servants, Edgar J. Wyatt, a farm laborer, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and Helen Crossman, a house servant, aged twenty-nine years (b. Canada (Eng.)). Ellen R. Hayes owned their farm, free-and-clear. Ellen R. Hayes and Hattie Dewolfe were each mothers of one child, of whom each had one still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration after that of Annie M. George, a widowed housekeeper, aged seventy-one years (b. NH).

Will of Luther Hayes

In the name of God, Amen!

I, Luther Hayes, of Milton in the County of Strafford and State of New Hampshire, being of sound mind and understanding [and] considering the uncertainty of life, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, in manner following, viz:

First. I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts, if any, and funeral expenses, soon as may be after my decease.

Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Ellen R. Hayes, one acre of land in said Milton with the buildings thereon, known as the Bragdon place and situate directly opposite my homestead where we now live.

Milton - South Milton (Detail)Also the field north of said Bragdon place bounded by the highway and the Railroad landing and the Boston and Maine Railroad and partition wall opposite the Bragdon barn, so called.

“The writer [John Scales] is of the opinion that Jonathan Twombly is entitled to the honor of making the first settlement [in Milton] near the Twombly brook, and upon the farm now owned by Hon. Luther Hayes, and sometimes called the Bragdon farm. Samuel Bragdon having purchased the farm from a son of Mr. Twombly in about 1800. Mr. Twombly and his wife and some of their children were, no doubt, buried upon this farm. An ancient headstone records that Hannah Twombly died in February, 1769. She was doubtless a daughter of Jonathan and this is believed to be the oldest grave in Milton” (Scales, 1914).

Also the wood lot on the easterly side of the Boston and Maine Railroad, and bounded by land of Henry B. Scates and Salmon Falls River and the field herein given my son Luther C. Hayes, reserving a right of way across said wood lot to my said son, his heirs and assigns.

Neighbor Henry B. Scates (1831-1919) was one-half of the partnership of Scates & Lyman, competing South Milton lumber dealers. At this time, he was also Strafford County jailor in Dover, NH (Farmington News, March 31, 1893).

Also the sum due from the N.H. Odd Fellows Relief Association, at my decease, and provided said sum then due shall not equal Five Hundred Dollars, a sufficient sum to be paid by my Executors to make said sum of Five Hundred Dollars.

The NH Odd Fellows Mutual Relief Association was based in Manchester, NH. John A. Glidden (1836-1913) was its president and S.C. Gould (1840-1909) was its secretary (Spectator Company, 1897). Glidden was an undertaker in Dover, NH, and S.C. Gould was a bookseller in Manchester, NH.

Burley-Usher - 1880sAlso a good family horse wagon, sleigh and harness, and robe, of the value of two hundred and fifty dollars. Also one cow of the value of thirty dollars, to be pastured by my son Luther C. Hayes.

Also one Silver Service, being the same given me by Burley & Usher on my seventieth birthday, for her own use and benefit during her natural life, and at her decease to my daughter Hattie E. DeWolfe, if living, otherwise to my granddaughter Helen M. DeWolfe.

Granddaughter Helen M. DeWolfe married in Somersworth, NH, April 28, 1913, Milledge G. Leeman, both of Milton. She was a milliner, aged twenty-one years, and he was a moulder, aged twenty-three years. Rev. Burton H. Tilton performed the ceremony.

Also the right to use such farming tools belonging to my son Luther C. Hayes, so long as she shall choose and elect to remain there, on condition that during such time my said son Luther C. Hayes shall have the use and income of the real estate herein given her.

Also the right to sit in the pew now owned by me in the Free Baptist Church in said Milton so long as she may choose. All the hereinbefore mentioned legacies given my beloved wife being in lieu of dower and homestead.

Third, I give and bequeath to my son Clarence M. Hayes the sum of Two Hundred Dollars, and in the Event of my death before he arrives at the age of twenty-one years the income of said sum shall be used for his education until he shall become of age. I also give and bequeath to my said son Clarence M. my Masonic bosom studs.

The youngest of the surviving children, Clarence M. Hayes, resided with his mother in the Hayes’s South Milton homestead at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census.

Clarence M. Hayes married in Orono, ME, June 14, 1904, Mary A. Cowan, he of Milton and she of Orono, ME. He was a mechanical engineer, aged twenty-six years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-eight years.

Fourth. I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Lyman Hayes the sum of Five Hundred Dollars, also my gold Masonic sleeve buttons.

The fourth of the surviving children, S. Lyman Hayes, had married in Milton, October 9, 1885, Annie F. Corson, both of Milton. He was a R.R.P. [railroad postal] clerk, aged twenty-two years, and she was a lady, aged twenty-one years. Rev. Charles E. Mason performed the ceremony.

Samuel Lyman Hayes, a railway postal clerk, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Anne F. [(Corson)] Hayes, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), his children, Walter Y. Hayes, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Lawrence C. Hayes, aged twelve years (b. NH), Luther H. Hayes, aged ten years (b. NH), Morris L. Hayes, aged six years (b. NH), Blanche C. Hayes, aged four years (b. NH), and Norman H. Hayes, aged nine months (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Clara [(Downs)] Corson, aged fifty-five years (b. NH). Samuel Lyman Hayes owned their house, free-and-clear. Anne F. Hayes was the mother of six children, of whom six were still living. Clara Corson was the mother of four children, of whom one was still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of William Stevens, a painter (house), aged thirty years (b. ME), and Henry Drew, a farm laborer, aged sixty-four years (b. NH).

Fifth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Fannie L. Hayes the sum of Five Hundred Dollars; also one Prescott Organ, now in my house at said Milton.

The fifth of the surviving children, Fanny Hayes, a school teacher, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a Haverhill, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her lodger, Ada B. Berry, a school teacher, aged forty-two years (b. MA). Fanny Hayes rented their part of a two-family house at 272 Washington Street, which they shared with the household of William Martin, a hat finisher, aged thirty-two years (b. England). (Her brother, Charles H. Hayes, resided at 266 Washington Street).

Fannie Lawrence Hayes married in Milton, December 25, 1919, Frank Nathaniel Rand, she of Milton and he of Haverhill, MA. She was a schoolteacher, aged fifty-four years, and he was a widowed real estate contractor, aged fifty-six years. Rev. James W. Tingley performed the ceremony.

Sixth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Hattie E. DeWolfe the sum of Five Hundred Dollars, also my China Tea Set, she to have a home with my son Luther C. Hayes for five years after my decease if she wishes.

The sixth of the surviving children, Hattie E. Hayes, had married (1st) in Milton, November 30, 1890, Charles F. DeWolf, she of Milton and he of North Adams, MA. Both were aged twenty-two years; she was a lady. Rev. John Manter performed the ceremony. They had one daughter, Helen M. DeWolfe. Hattie E. DeWolfe of Milton, MA [NH], divorced Charles DeWolfe of Marlborough, MA, in Strafford County Court, September 1894. She alleged abandonment.

Hattie E. [(Hayes)] DeWolfe (and her daughter, Helen DeWolfe) resided with her step-mother in the Hayes’s South Milton homestead at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census.

Seventh. I give and bequeath to my son Charles Hayes my undivided one-half interest in and to a certain wood lot in Lebanon, Maine, known as the Tuttle lot, owned by me in common with my said son. Also my one-half interest in a certain other piece of real estate owned in common with my said son, George A. Hayes and Louisa M. Wentworth, their interest being through inheritance from their mother, Louisa M. Hayes, said land being situate in said Milton on the easterly side of the highway leading past my homestead premises, bounded by the land of Ellen H. Twombly, Salmon Falls river and a stone wall, and line continued from said stone wall to said river, being the partition wall hereinbefore mentioned, bounded also by the one acre of land herein devised to my wife. I also give and bequeath to my said son Charles H. my two Masonic charms.

The second of the surviving children, Charles H. Hayes, had married in Milton, July 2, 1870, Nellie M. Gile[s], he of Milton and she of Raymond, NH. He was a boxmaker, aged twenty-one years, and she was aged twenty years. Rev. Ezra Tuttle, V.D.M., performed the ceremony.

Charles H. Hayes, a box manufacturer, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Haverhill, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty years), Nellie M. Hayes, aged fifty years (b. NH), his children, William C. Hayes, an order clerk for a box manufacturer, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), and Marian Hayes, at school, aged eight years (b. MA), his nephew, Harry F. Hayes, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and his servant, Julia A. McCarthy, a servant, aged twenty-two years (b. Ireland). Charles H. Hayes owned their house at 266 Washington Street, free-and-clear. (His sister, Fanny Hayes, resided at 272 Washington Street). Nellie M. Hayes was the mother of five children, of whom three were still living. Julia A. McCarthy had immigrated into the U.S. in 1897.

Eighth. I give and bequeath to my son George A. Hayes the sum of Three Hundred Dollars, the same being in addition to One Hundred Dollars recently given him, together with one hundred Dollars’ worth of lumber for the erection of a house.

The third of the surviving children, George A. Hayes, had married in Rochester, NH, May 1, 1872, [Norma] Eldora Tuttle, he of Milton and she of Lebanon, ME. He was a farmer, aged twenty years, and she was aged seventeen years. Rev. George S. Hill performed the ceremony.

George A. Hayes, a carpenter, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-eight years), Norma E. Hayes, aged forty-five years (b. NH), his children, Theodore L. Hayes, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), Guy L. Hayes, a carpenter, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law, Myrta E. Hayes, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), and his mother-in-law, Mary H. Tuttle, aged seventy-nine years (b. MA). George A. Hayes owned their house, but with a mortgage. Norma E. Hayes was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living. Mary H. Tuttle was the mother of seven children, of whom two were still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Henry Meader, employed in the paper mill, aged thirty-three years (b. ME), and Ann A. [(Wiggin)] Hersom, a widowed nurse, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH).

Ninth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Louisa M. Wentworth the sum of Three Hundred Dollars. Also such articles of household furniture and furnishings not herein disposed of specifically, not exceeding in value the sum of twenty-five dollars.

The eldest of the surviving children, Louisa M. Hayes, had married in Dover, NH, January 17, 1865, Henry H. Wentworth, both of Milton. Rev. J.T.G. Colby performed the ceremony.

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

Tenth. I give, bequeath and devise to my grandson Luther Howe Hayes, son of Samuel L. Hayes, a certain tract of land in said Milton, bounded by lands of Ellen H. Twombly, George H. Jones and others, containing about ten acres and known as the Eri Wentworth lot, the above named grandchild is thus remembered in my will because of his name.

The former owner of the ten-acre lot, Eri Wentworth, died of consumption in Milton, January 31, 1869, aged fifty-three years, two months, and twenty-one days. He was a farmer, and son of Isaac and Lucy (Twombly) Wentworth. One of the adjoining properties was owned still by their daughter, Ellen H. (Wentworth) Twombly, wife of James H. Twombly.

Namesake grandson Luther H. Hayes resided in the Milton household of his parents, Samuel L. and Anne F. (Corson) Hayes, at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census.

Luther H. Hayes married in Palmer, MA, June 22, 1915, Irene C. LeGro, he of Keene, NH, and she of Palmer, MA. He was a manager, aged twenty-five years, and she was at home, aged twenty-seven years.

Eleventh. I give, bequeath and devise to my son Luther C. Hayes, my homestead farm with the buildings thereon situate in said Milton where I now reside, known as the Walker farm. Also a field on the Easterly side of the Boston and Maine Railroad, situate in said Milton, bounded by the before named partition wall and straight line, to the Salmon Falls River, by said River to wood lot hereinbefore devised to my wife, and said Boston and Maine Railroad, said tract being formerly owned by John Bragdon.

Also one other piece of land situate in said Milton known as the Wakham [Wakeham] lot, and owned by me in common and undivided with George A. Hayes, Charles H. Hayes, and Louisa M. Wentworth, any interest herein devised being one undivided half part.

I also give and bequeath my said son Luther C. all my farming tools and household furniture not hereinbefore disposed of, my gold watch and chain; also to my said son Luther C. I give, devise and bequeath my pew in the Free Baptist Church in said Milton, with all other rights and franchises I now hold in said Church or the Society.

Also all crops gathered or ungathered at the time of my decease, meaning the crops of that year. Also the sum of Five Hundred Dollars in money. The specific legacies of Five Hundred Dollars each given my children Samuel L., Fannie L., Hattie E. and Luther C. are the two thousand dollars due them at my decease on Policy No. 17,565 of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, and the legacy and devise herein given my son Luther C. Hayes, is chargeable with the payment of the sum of Five Hundred Dollars herein given to my son Clarence M. Hayes.

Also the support and maintenance of my wife and the rights of a home for my daughter Hattie E., as hereinbefore provided.

Also the payment of twenty-five dollars annually for the term of five years after my decease for the support of preaching in the Free Baptist Church in said Milton. Also the proper care and maintenance of the family burial lot on my homestead farm.

The seventh of the surviving children, Luther C. Hayes, resided with his step-mother in the Hayes’s South Milton homestead at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census.

Luther C. Hayes married in Rochester, NH, September 2, 1903, Cora E. McDuffie, he of Milton and she of Rochester, NH. He was a farmer, aged thirty-three years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-two years. Rev. John Manter performed the ceremony.

Twelfth. All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal, and mixed, wherever found and however situate, I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Hattie E. DeWolfe.

Hattie E. DeWolfe married (2nd) in Milton, 1903, Edgar J. Wyatt, she of Milton and he of Farmington, NH. She was a housekeeper, aged thirty-four years, and he was a teamster, aged thirty-one years.

Thirteenth. I hereby nominate and appoint Charles H. Hayes, Samuel L. Hayes, and Charles A. Jones, of said Milton, Executors of this my last will and testament, revoking and all former wills by me made. Said Executors to serve without bonds.

Two of the executors were Hayes’ sons, one from each of his first two marriages. The third executor, Charles A. Jones (1851-1934), was a Milton farmer.

Witness my hand and seal this second day of April, 1894.

Luther Hayes (Seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Luther Hayes, as and for his last will and testament, and by us in his presence and in the presence of each other, at his request, subscribed as witnesses.

Augustine S. Parshley, Horace L. Worcester, George E. Cochrane

Civil War veteran Augustine S. Parshley (1840-1901) appeared in the Rochester directory of 1900, as an insurance and real estate agent with the firm of A.S. Parshley & Son, at 14 Main street (the Wentworth Block), with his house at 62 Charles street.

Civil War veteran Horace L. Worcester (1846-1928) appeared in the Rochester directory of 1900, as being retired, with his house at 42 Wakefield street. Prior to his retirement, he was a partner in the periodicals store of Worcester & Greenfield.

Civil War veteran George E. Cochrane (1844-1912) appeared in the Rochester directory of 1900, as a lawyer at 30 No. Main street, with his house at 16 Autumn street.

One might suppose that Luther Hayes traveled from his home near Hayes Station in South Milton to Rochester, possibly via the Boston and Maine Railroad. There he would have visited lawyer Cochrane for the drafting of the will. After Hayes signed the will, Cochrane and the other two men, who were also Rochester residents, then signed as witnesses.

The State of New Hampshire. Strafford, Ss. – At a Court of Probate holden at Dover in and for said County on the second day of April, A.D. 1895. Upon due consideration of the foregoing petition, praying that the instrument herewith presented, purported to be the Last Will of Luther Hayes, late of Milton, in said County of Strafford, deceased, may be proved and allowed in common form, and letters testamentary be issued to them, the Executors herein named, no party objecting thereto, and it appearing to me, the Judge of Probate for said County of Strafford, by the testimony in Court of George E. Cochrane, one of the witnesses whose names are to the same will subscribed, – that at the time of the Execution of said instrument the deceased was of the age of twenty-one years and of sound mind, that he did sign and seal the same as his last Will, and that the said George E. Cochrane, with Augustine S. Parshley and Horace L. Worcester attested and subscribed the same together as witnesses to the Execution thereof in the presence of said Testator. I do therefore decree that the said instrument be, and is hereby, proved and allowed as the last Will of the said Luther Hayes, deceased, and that letters testamentary be issued to said petitioners, they having filed bond as required by law.

Robert G. Pike, Judge of Probate (Strafford County Probate, 104:542).

The abbreviation S.s. seen at the head of so many legal documents is short for the Latin phrase scilicet, which means “namely” or “in particular.” In this case, the identifications State of New Hampshire and County of Strafford specified insufficiently the location of what follows. “Namely” or “in particular” at Dover was required to complete the picture.


See also South Milton’s High Sheriff Luther Hayes (1820-1895)


References:

Find a Grave. (2011, March 26). Lydia Elizabeth Hayes Cloutman. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/67476190/lydia-elizabeth-cloutman

Find a Grave. (2011, March 26). Clarence M. Hayes. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/67487329/clarence-m-hayes

Find a Grave. (2010, March 8). Luther Hayes. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/49429209/luther-hayes

Find a Grave. (2010, March 9). Luther C. Hayes. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/49457974/luther-c-hayes

Find a Grave. (2014, June 27). Luther Howe Hayes. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/131950581/luther-howe-hayes

Find a Grave. (2011, March 26). Clara A. Hayes Pounds. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/67476266/clara-a-pounds

Find a Grave. (2011, March 26). Hattie E. Hayes Wyatt. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/67486671/hattie-e-wyatt

NH Historical Society. (2009). Music: Prescott Organ (1882). Retrieved from www.nhhistory.org/object/300546/music

Scales, John. (1914). History of Strafford County, New Hampshire and Representative Citizens. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=nGsjAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA508

Spectator Company. (1897). Hand-book of Life and Accident Insurance on the Mutual Natural Premium Plan. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=YP_YAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA169

Milton Mills’ Block Printer John Meikle (1835-c1904)

By Muriel Bristol | July 25, 2021

John Meikle was born in Glasgow, Scotland, circa April 1835, son of James and Jane Miekle.

John Meikle married, circa 1856, Mary McArthur (or McCarthy). She was born in Scotland, circa May 1836.

Daughter Mary J. “Jennie” Meikle was born in Milford, NH, in October 1858.

John Mickel, a machine printer, aged twenty-six years (b. Scotland), headed a Lowell, MA, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Mary Mickel, aged twenty-two years (b. Scotland), and Jane Mickel, aged two years (b. MA [SIC]). John Mikel had personal estate valued at $80.

Son John Miekle, Jr., was born in Massachusetts, probably Lowell, MA, in October 1860.

John Meikle, a calico printer, aged twenty-six years (b. Glasgow, Scotland), enlisted in the NH Militia in Milford, NH, October 24, 1861, for the term of three years. He was 5′ 7½” tall, with blue eyes, light hair, and a fair complexion. He was mustered into Co. B, of the 8th NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment, in Manchester, NH, December 20, 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, July 16, 1862; wounded at Port Hudson, LA, June 14, 1863; and mustered out at New Orleans, LA, October 24, 1964 (NH Adjutant, 1895).

Son Andrew J. Meikle was born in Milton Mills, May 30, 1866. (At the time of his death, in 1934, it was said in his death certificate that his father had been a dye mixer).

Daughter Jeanette “Nellie” Miekle was born in Milton Mills, circa September 1868.

John Meikle, a printer in woolen mill, aged twenty-eight [thirty-four] years (b. Scotland), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Mary Meikle, keeping house, aged twenty-eight years (b. Scotland), Jane Meikle, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), John Meikle, at school, aged nine years (b. MA), Andrew Meikle, aged four years (b. NH), and Jennette Meikle, aged two years (b. NH). John Meikle had real estate valued at $700 and personal estate valued at $300.

John Meikle appeared in the Milton business directory of 1871, as a Milton Mills dyer and table-cover printer (or painter). He appeared in the directories of 1873, 1874, 1875, and 1876, as a Milton Mills table and piano cover manufacturer. (It is unclear whether or not he was involved also with the woolen mills already there).

John Miekle of the I.O.O.F. Miltonia Lodge, No. 52, was inducted into the I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge, in Manchester, NH, October 13, 1875, he being a former Grand Master.

John Meikle would later be said (in 1907-08) to have built the Union Felt mill in Wakefield, NH, some thirty years before, i.e., circa 1876-77.

The woolen mill of Arthur L. Taft at Union was built by John Meikle, about thirty years ago. For twelve or fifteen years, Mr. Meikle manufactured felt and carried on block printing there, until the plant came into the possession of the Star Woolen Co., which remained only a few years (Mitchell-Cony, 1908)

.On March 1st , 1876, an agreement was made between John Meikle of Wakefield and Robert Taylor of Sanford, Maine to form a partnership under the name of “John Meikle and Company” at Union for the purpose of manufacturing and printing felt and woolen goods. The capital amounted to $9000, with Mr. Meikle investing $6000 and Mr. Taylor $3000. The two parties agreed to share the profits and losses in that ratio – Mr. Meikle to be the manager of the manufacturing and printing department and to have exclusive control of the operations. They bought one mill privilege and 242 acres of land from Robert H. Pike. The mill, known [later] as the Star Mill, was a 4 story building in Union (MacRury, 1987).

Meikle’s partner Taylor was a native of Lancashire, England, and had arrived in New York, NY, August 16, 1863. Robert Taylor, a printer in a mill, aged twenty-nine years (b. England), resided in 1870 in the Milton household of Cyrus F. Hart, a farm laborer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH). Taylor was naturalized in Alfred, ME, September 27, 1874.

Meikle’s Union Felt Mill ran into financial difficulties fairly quickly. One might say nowadays that it had a “cash flow” or “liquidity” problem, rather than any basic unsoundness. Meikle did surmount these initial difficulties, but the ensuing legal snarl provided us with a unique snapshot of his mill, suppliers, equipment, materials, and consigners. (More than we have for the Brierley mill, the Townsend mill, or the Miltonia mill).

John Meikle of Wakefield, NH, “assigned” his assets to Nathan Wimpfheimer of Somersworth, NH, May 15, 1877 (Carroll County Probate, 25:196). As they would have said at the time, Meikle’s business had become “embarrassed,” i.e., it could not pay its debts, and Wimpfheimer had been appointed by the court to run the business, or even liquidate it if necessary, in order to settle the outstanding accounts, either in full or to the extent possible. (Original partner Robert Taylor was not mentioned).

Nathan Wimpfheimer appeared in the Great Falls, [Somersworth,] NH, directory of 1878, as working for Wimpfheimer & Co., with his house on High Street (opposite the Great Falls Hotel). Wimpfheimer & Co., a partnership consisting of Nathan Wimpfheimer and H.A. Hayes, were dry goods merchants at 12 Central buildings on High Street. His partner, H. Ansel Hayes, had his house on Pleasant street.

First, Wimpfheimer sought to determine to whom Meikle owed money and in what amounts.

A list of the names and residence of all the creditors of said John Meikle the debtor and the amount and nature of their respective claims.

Chamberlain Bros., Boston, Mass., Account, $691.58; W.S. & F. Cordingley, Boston, Mass., [Account,] $315.84; Davis & Furber, Andover, Mass., [Account,] $3.60; C&W Slade, Boston, Mass. [Account,] $1839,68; Rawitser Bro’s. & Co., New York, [Account,] 760.82; Joseph Plummer, Milton, [Account,] $77.60; A&W Smith, Providence, R.I., [Account,] $2159.72; Holbrook Manfg. Co., New York, [Account,] $70.12; Tibbetts Bro’s., Great Falls, N.H., [Account,] $73.10; Richard Rothwell, Dover, N.H., [Account,] $250.00; John F. Titcomb, [Blank,] Labor, $18.00; Sullivan & Bowman, Newton Lower Falls, Mass., [Account,] $270.90; J.H. Roberts, Boston, Mass., [Account,] $3.47; Townsend & Co., Milton Mills, N.H., [Account,] $84.81; E. Briely & Co., Milton Mills, N.H., [Account,], $34.21; J.J. Duxbury, Dover, N.H., [Account,] $42.34; Wombeck Manf’g Co., Milton Mills, N.H., [Account,] $11.69; Benjamin Edgerly, Wakefield, N.H., [Account,] $34.38; James F. Baxter, Boston, Mass., [Acct.,] $4.15; Hagen & Co., Boston, Mass., [Acct.,] $10.04; W.D. Carpenter, Rochester, N.H. [Acct.,], $9.72; James Jenkins, Wakefield, N.H., [Acct.,] $2o.99; Robert H. Pike, Wakefield, N.H., [Acct.,] $242.98; Eastern Railroad, [Blank,] Freight, $48.39; Eben Osgood, [Blank], Acct., $40.00; Swamscott Co., Newmarket, N.H., [Acct..] $100.00; Amount carried over, $7216.12.

Meikle’s New York creditors appeared in the New York, NY, directory of 1877, as Holbrook Manuf. Co., soap, 62 Church street; and Rawitser & Brother, wool merchants, 92 Warren street.

Meikle’s Providence creditor appeared in the Providence, RI, directory of 1877, as Albert W. Smith, wool and waste merchant, at 13 Exchange place.

Meikle’s Boston creditors appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1877, as James T. Baxter, wool broker, at 152 Federal street; Chamberlain Bros. & Co., cotton and wool commission merchants, at 114 Federal street; William S. & Frank Cordingley, dealers in wool, waste, etc., at 490 to 496 Atlantic avenue; Hagar & Co., paper merchants, at 35 Arch street; James H. Roberts & Co., machinery, 118 and 120 Merrimac street; and Slade Dye, wood and dye stuff mills, at New street, near Sumner street, East Boston.

Meikle’s North Andover creditor was the Davis & Furber Machine Co. It specialized in woolen mill machinery.

Meikle’s Dover creditors appeared in the Dover, NH, directory of 1876, as John J. Duxbury, commercial agent manufacturing supply, house at 1 Union street; and Richard Rothwell, machinist, house at Young street, near Water street.

Meikle’s Great Falls creditors appeared in the Great Falls directory of 1876, as Tibbetts & Bro., hardware, iron and steel merchants, at 20 Market street.

Meikle’s Milton creditors were: Ebenezer Osgood, a Milton Mills blacksmith; Joseph Plummer, a Milton farmer; and John F. Titcomb, a Milton Mills carpenter.

Meikle’s Wakefield, NH, creditors were Benjamin Edgerly, a hardware dealer; James H. Junkins, a blacksmith; and Robert H. Pike, a hotel proprietor.

Next, Wimpfheimer took an inventory of the assets belonging to the troubled business. It included Meikle’s assets, including his property, machinery, stock, materials and debts owed to him.

Schedule of all the property embraced in the assignment of John Meikle to Nathan Wimpfheimer, for the benefit of all said Meikle’s creditors, dated May 15, 1877, a copy of which assignment is hereto annexed as follows, viz.

Real Estate. Felting Mill, Mill Privilege, Dam & Land connected therewith, and the fixed machinery in said mill, all situated on Union River, so called, at Union Village in Wakefield in the County of Carroll and State of New Hampshire, being the same mill and property heretofore occupied by the said Meikle estimated to be of the value of Four thousand dollars; $4000. Said property is subject to a mortgage of Robert H. Pike to secure said Meikle’s two notes for the sum of three hundred dollars each, and the interest that may be due thereon. Also subject to a mortgage to the Wolfeborough Savings Bank to secure said Meikle’s note for the sum of Three thousand dollars on which interest is paid to June 2d 1877. Also to a lien of the Swamscott Machine Company on the Steam Boiler in said mill, for the sum of Five hundred dollars and the interest thereon.

Swamscott Machine Boiler
Swamscott Machine Company Corliss Steam Boiler

Personal Property. Movable Machinery. Embossing Machine, $400.00; 3 Embossing Plates, $125 e., $375.00; 3 Hand Presses, $100.00; Printing Blocks, $100; [Total,] $975.00.

Manufactured Stock. 360 yds. Red Felting, .25, $90.00; 1785 yds. Lining Felt, .35, $624.75; 582 do. [Lining Felt], .35, $203.70; (in hands of Robert H. Peirce, Boston); 323 Table Covers, .50, $161.50; 288 do. [Table Covers,] 0.60, $172.80; (in hands of H.B. Claflin & Co., New York); 39 yds. Carpeting, .60, $23.40; 40 yds. Duck, .30, $12.00; [Total,] $1288.15.

HB Claflin Dept Store, New York, NY
Stereoscopic View of H.B. Claflin Department Store, New York, NY

Robert Pierce, in whose hands the felting lay, appeared in the Boston directory of 1877, as a commercial merchant at 17 Kingston street, with his house at Melrose, MA. Horace B. Claflin, in whose hands the table covers lay, appeared in the New York, NY, directory of 1877, as a dry goods merchant at 140 Church street, with his house at 55 Pierpont street, Brooklyn, NY.

Unfinished Goods. 324 yds. Felting, .20, $64.80; 94 do [yds.] Carpet Felt, .45, $42.30; 54 do. [yds.] Felting, .25, $13.50; [Total,] $120.60.

Wool and Shoddy. 560 lbs. Wool, .50, $280.00; 250 do. [lbs.] Blk do. [Wool], .30, $75.00; 148 do. [lbs.], Wool and Shoddy Mix, .25, $37.00; 1095 do. [lbs.] Shoddy, .17, $186.45; 578 do. [lbs.] Black do. [Shoddy], .08, $46.24; 100 do. [lbs.] do. [Black Shoddy], .15, $15.00; 150 do. [lbs.] Card Waste, .05, $7.50; 800 do. [lbs.] Felt Rags, .12, $96.00; 125 do. [lbs.] Grey [Rags], .08,; 80 do. [lbs.] Black Shoddy, .08,; Packing Cases & Wood,,; 5 Cords Soft Wood, 1.50,; 50 Packing Cases, 0.38,; Dyewoods, Dyestuffs, Chemicals &c.,,; 44 galls. Fastic, 4½,; 125 lbs. Grey Rags, .08, $10.00;  80 do. [lbs.] Black Shoddy, .05, $7.50; .08, $6.40.

The crossed-out error would seem to have been a “category error.” Wimpfheimer had begun to include packing materials and dyestuffs under wool and shoddy materials, rather than in their own category.

Packing Cases & Woods. 5 cords Soft Wood, 1.50, $7.50; 50 Packing Cases, .38, $19.00.

Dyewoods, Dyestuffs, Chemicals &c. 44 galls. Fastic, 4½, $1.98; 44 do. [galls.] Extr. Sapan, .15, $6.60; 10 do. [galls.] Archel, .25, $2.50; 12 lbs. Oxalic Acid, .75, $9.00; 6 do. [lbs.] Blue Stone, .12, $.72; 6 do. [lbs.] Bro. Potash, .20, $1.20; 40 do. [lbs.] Cochineal, .75, $30.00; 4 do. [lbs.] Sal Ammoniac, .16, $.64; 6 do. [lbs.] Calorinc, .20, $1.20; 270 do. [lbs.] Alum, .03, $8.10; 100 do. [lbs.] Tin Crystals, .18, $18.00; 6 galls. Extr. Indigo, .20, $1.20; 18 lbs. Gum Arabic, .35, $6.30; 18 do. [lbs.] Block Tin, .25, $4.50; 400 do. [lbs.] Pipe Clay, .01¾, $7.00; 500 do. [lbs.] Fulling Soap, .07, $35.00; 60 galls. Red Liquor, .20, $12.00; 25 do. [galls.] Chlorite Potash, .20, $5.00; 60 do. [galls.] Extr. Logwood, .32½, $19.50; 55 do. [galls.] Red Liquor, .20, $11.00; 400 lbs. Soda Ash, .04, $16.00; 10 do. [lbs.] Nitric Acid, .60, $6.00; 150 do. [lbs.] Muriatic do. [Acid], .02½, $3.75; 25 do. [lbs.] Picric do. [Acid], .40, $10.00;; 12 do. [lbs.] Copperas, .01½, $.18; [Total] $1003.46; 6 lbs. Flavin, .60, $3.60; 188 do. [lbs.] Starch, .06, $11.28; [Subtotal,] $14.88; 2 Scales, $12.00; Horse Waggon, Sleigh & Harness, $100; 150 lbs., Chloride of Lime, 0.04,  $6.00.

Accounts Due. Jordan Marsh &Co., $248.00; F.E. Duglas, 43.50. [Total,] $1811.59.

Jordan, Marsh & Co. was a well-known Boston department store right up until a few years ago. They presumably carried Meikle’s products in their store. (See the References for a link to their lunch counter’s blueberry muffin recipe).

The assignment’s outcome was not clearly explained, but Meikle seems from the following to have been up and running not long thereafter.

UNION. Will you please accept a few lines from old Union. Although we have no great enterprises here yet we are a stirring people, and trying to keep pace with the outside world. We support four stores and two blacksmith shops. For manufacturies we have the Union Felt Mill, John Meikle Prop’r, Union Lumber Co., Union Marble Works, and Excelsior Mill of S.H. Buzzell (Farmington News, March 21, 1879).

UNION. The Union Felt Mill, John Meikle proprietor, is running on full time manufacturing carpets, table covers, and shoe linings (Farmington News, May 2, 1879).

UNION. The Eastern Railroad Company are putting a large stone culvert across the railroad and the main road between the Freight house and Passenger station, to turn the brook that comes down back of the station into Meikle’s mill pond. Hitherto it has run under the Freight house, through Mr. Gilman’s land, and thence across the street and flowed into the river below the Felt mill. What little business we have here looks as though it would be good during the fall and winter, as both the Felt and Excelsior companies have quite a number of  orders for goods, and are receiving more by nearly every mail (Farmington News, October 10, 1879).

John Meikle, felt mill, aged forty-four years (b. Scotland), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Mary Meikle, keeping house, aged thirty-nine years (b. Scotland), Jane Meikle, a bookkeeper, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), John Meikle, works in felt mill, aged nineteen years (b. MA), Andrew J. Meikle, at school, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Nellie Meikle, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH).

Other Wakefield inhabitants identified in 1880 as working in the felt mill were Henry W. Burnham, brothers George B. and John E. Corson, Charles W. Horne, Anson A. Moore, and Herbert D. Stevens, as well as Miekle’s brother, William Meikle, and a niece’s husband, Ogilvie Heggie. (Heggie was married to Mary Mickle, i.e., Miekle). The felt mill employees appeared in a cluster on the same Union village page as Meikle, as did his creditor, Robert H. Pike, hotel proprietor, aged fifty years (b. NH), several railroad employees, and Daniel S. Burley, commission business, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), or on the following page.

William Miekle, works in felt mill, aged forty years (b. Scotland), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Catherine Miekle, aged thirty-eight years (b. Scotland), and his children, John S. Miekle, at school, aged eight years (b. ME), William A. Miekle, at home, aged five years (b. ME), Mary A. Meikle, aged four years (b. NH), and Ellen W. Meikle, aged nine months (b. NH). Their daughter, Catherine E. Meikle, at school, aged ten years (b. NH), boarded with Rhoda Burley, keeping house, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH).

Ogilvie Heggie, works in felt mill, aged thirty years (b. Scotland), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary Heggie, keeping house, aged twenty-five years (b. Scotland), and his children, Andrew M. Heggie, aged four years (b. Scotland), and Ellen Heggie, aged two years (b. Scotland).

UNION. John Meikle, proprietor of the felt mill, had just erected a brick picker house, which is the first brick building ever erected in this place. Mr. Meikle now gives employment to over twenty hands, and he intends to increase the number as soon as he can put in more machinery. He is manufacturing crumb cloths principally with a few robe linings and table covers. Varney & Drew are doing a driving business at their mill. Mr. John Hart of Milton Mills has purchased an interest in the saw mill here, and, it is reported, contemplates going into the excelsior business. Reuben Sanborn, our popular chair manufacturer, is about to put up a new mill. Success to all of the above parties (Farmington News, December 17, 1880).

UNION. Mr. Meikle is now putting additional machinery into his Felt Mill, preparatory to doing a more extensive business (Farmington News, January 14, 1881).

UNION. Mr. Geo. E. Prescott, second hand in the card room of the Union Felt Mill, got his left hand caught in the cards on Monday of last week, and nearly the whole hand was drawn in before he could extricate himself. The flesh on the inside of the hand was very badly lacerated and at first it was thought that he might lose the use of his hand, but hopes are now entertained that it will be saved. Mr. Prescott is a young man about 18 years of age and is full of courage. He is under the care of Dr. John E. Scruton (Farmington News, March 25, 1881).

The unfortunate Prescott was a son of Jonathan and Deborah (Gile) Prescott of Lebanon, ME. (He would later be a carpenter in Alton, NH).

UNION. Business is still good with us, though a few of the hands at the Felt Mill are working on short time while some changes are being made in some of the machinery, but they will be going full blast again before this is in print (Farmington News, August 12, 1881).

UNION. Mr. John Meikle is putting additional machinery into his felt mill (Farmington News, January 12 1883).

John Mickle of Union, [Wakefield,] NH, appeared in a list of American textile manufacturers published in Dockham’s Directory in 1884.

Despite John Meikle’s initial opposition, his son, Andrew J. Meikle, went to work in 1884 as a brakeman for the northern division of the B&M railroad.

Meikle, Andrew J - PH340728FIFTY YEARS IN LOCOMOTIVE CAB. Engineer Meikle Rounds Out Half Century Of Railroad Life With Fine Record. Fifty years in the cab of a locomotive as fireman and engineer without an accident is the record of engineer Andrew Meikle of North Conway who hauls to North Conway and Portsmouth passenger trains No, 2916 and 2917. His first railroad work was that of a brakeman on the Wolfeboro branch where he labored for only a short time. When a boy he was always around where he could watch the operation of a locomotive and wondered if he could ever handle the throttle valve of one of the old wood burners that hauled the trains by his home in Milton Mills. The time came in 1884 and he  reached the height of his ambition when he began throwing wood into the fire box of one of the old Northern Division locomotives. He was promoted to engineer in 1889 and with the exception of five years when he ran between North Conway and Boston, he has been on the now Conway branch in both passenger and freight service. In going back over his railroad life he tells of some interesting experiences with the old wood burning engines and what heavy snow storms meant to the operation of trains on the branch line of 71 miles. His father was always opposed to him engaging in railroad work but he could see that the son was bound to be a railroad man and with some degree of reluctance finally gave his consent. He was then 18 years old and admits the day he received word from the late John W. Sanborn, superintendent of the division, that he was to become an employe of the old Eastern Railroad was the happiest day of his life. He has never been in any accident through any fault of himself or any locomotive he has piloted over the rails in a half century. He is a native of Milton Mills and makes his home in North Conway (Portsmouth Herald, July 28, 1934).

UNION. Our old friend David E.D. Frost, the veteran schoolmaster of Middleton, has obtained a situation as night watchman at the felt mill (Farmington News, May 21, 1886).

UNION. Mr. John Meikle is giving his felt works a new coat of paint. That veteran knight of the brush, Albra P. Hanson does the work (Farmington News, September 10, 1886).

John Meikle, Sr., a merchant, aged fifty-two years, and John Meikle, Jr., a clerk, aged twenty-seven years, both U.S. citizens, on their return trip from Paisley, Scotland, traveled in a first class cabin on the Anchor Line’s S.S. Devonia from Glasgow, Scotland, to New York, NY, arriving January 27, 1887.

UNION.  We hear that J.W.S. Clark & Co. are putting in new machinery at the felt mill for the manufacture of shoddy. … It is reported that if satisfactory arrangements can be made a new mill will be erected soon below the felt mill, for the manufacture of hosiery (Farmington News, August 19, 1887).

J.W.S. Clark was agent for the Elmira Woolen mill of Elmira, NY. His brother, Thomas M. Clark, was superintendent for the Sawyer Woolen Company of Dover, NH. (They were natives of Scotland).

Son Andrew Meikle married in Conway, NH, April 28, 1888, Nellie C. Francis, he of Conway, NH, and she of Livermore, ME. He was a [railroad] fireman, aged twenty-two years, and she was aged twenty-four years. Rev. M.E. King performed the ceremony.

4-Set Mill For Sale - 1889John Meikle advertised for sale or lease his 4-set mill building in the Fibre & Fabric trade periodical in 1889. He offered good water and steam power, but no machinery. It was situated at the Union railroad depot.

FACTS WHITTLED DOWN. The picker at the felt mill in Union, N.H., was set on fire by a pair of small shears getting into it. The room was damaged before the flames were extinguished (Fibre & Fabric (Boston, MA), April 20, 1889).

UNION. John Meikle has started up block printing at his old printery. It is hoped Mr. Meikle will make things lively around there soon (Farmington News, January 23, 1891).

UNION. Mrs. John Meikle is visiting her niece, Mrs. O’Heggie, in Dover (Farmington News, April 17, 1891).

Mary Mickle married in the High Church in Paisley, Scotland, September 22, 1875, Ogilvie Heggie. (The Farmington News reporter meant presumably Mrs. O. Heggie, rather than O’Heggie). Ogilvie Heggie, works in felt mill, aged thirty years (b. Scotland), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary Heggie, aged twenty-five years (b. Scotland), and his children, Andrew M. Heggie, aged four years (b. Scotland), and Ellen Heggie, aged two years (b. Scotland).

UNION. Miss Jean Meikle came home from Dover to spend the Fourth with her parents (Farmington News, July 10, 1891).

UNION. Mr. John Meikle, Sr., returned home on Saturday from a ten days’ trip to New York and New Jersey (Farmington News, July 24, 1891).

The Union Felt mill was said in 1891 to be not in operation, at least it was no longer operated by John Meikle. (Meikle had run it for about twelve to fifteen years). The Runnells brothers (Jay and Samuel W. Runnells) took it over next and ran it as the Star woolen mill.

UNION. All our mills here except the old Felt mill are in operation (Farmington News, August 21, 1891).

UNION. The old felt mill is being put in readiness to run for the manufacture of woolen goods. Miss Jean Meikle was at home from Dover over Sunday (Farmington News, November 6, 1891).

UNION. John Meikle, Jr., is at home on a week’s vacation from Rahway, N.J., and his sister, Jennie, was at home over the Sabbath and Monday from Dover (Farmington News, July 8, 1892).

Son John Meikle, Jr., married in the United Methodist Church in Rahway, NJ, September 7, 1892, Jane B. Thompson, she of Clark, NJ. He was a mechanic, aged thirty-two years, and she was aged twenty-three years. Rev. R.F. Hayes performed the ceremony.

UNION. The Star Woolen company are now making an average of over 1000 yards of cloth per day, giving employment to over thirty hands, They intend to put in more machinery in a short time. Mr. Jay Runnells, who was in the blacksmith business at Wolfeboro Junction for a number of years, is proprietor and his brother, Samuel W. Runnells of Cherry Valley, Mass., is superintendent. The finishing room is in charge of William Byrnes, recently of Lisbon, Me. He has four men with him. The card room is under the care of Joseph Boocock of Sandford, Me. He has three hands with him and Mr. Storer of Limerick, Me., has charge of the weave room, which employs fourteen hands. Then there is the picker room and spinning department (Farmington News, September 30, 1892).

UNION. John Meikle, wife and daughter are visiting relatives in Dover (February 3, 1893).

UNION. Mrs. John Meikle has been visiting her son Andrew at North Conway (Farmington News, March 17, 1893).

UNION. Mr. John Meikle returned home from Patterson, N.J., Saturday. Miss Jennie Meikle of Dover and Mrs. Andrew Meikle and baby Ruth of North Conway, spent Sunday week with their mother, Mrs. John Meikle (Farmington News, April 7, 1893).

This would seem to be the last mention of Union being the “at home” location for John and Mary Meikle. They moved to Clark, NJ, where their eldest son was living, or at least they began wintering there prior to a move. (Their daughters, Mary J. “Jennie” (or “Jean”) Meikle and Jennette Meikle, seem to have remained in the area until after the 1898 marriage of Jennie Miekle; their younger son, Andrew J. Meikle, lived in [North] Conway, NH).

UNION. Miss Jean Meikle is at home for a week’s vacation from her work in Dover (Farmington News, May 5, 1893).

John Mickle, Sr., aged over-60 years, headed a Clark, NJ, household at the time of the NJ State Census of 1895. His household included Mary Mickle, aged over-60 years. They were both foreign-born of “all other nationalities,” the other choices being Irish and German. They shared a two-family residence with the household of John R. Mickle. John R. Mickle was native-born, aged 20-60 years. His household included Jennie Mickle, native-born, aged 20-60 years, and Mary E. Mickle, native born, aged 5-or-younger years.

Jennie Miekle, aged thirty-seven years, and Jenett Miekle, aged twenty-seven years, traveled second cabin, i.e., second class, on the White Star Line’s R.M.S. Majestic, departing New York, NY, June 26, 1895, bound for Liverpool, England. Jeanie Mickle, Janet Miekle, and Kate Allan, all adults, traveled second cabin on the Allan Line’s State of California, departing Glasgow, Scotland, August 16, 1895, bound via Moville, [Northern] Ireland, for New York, NY, arriving there August 26, 1895.

Daughter [Mary J.] Jennie Meikle married in Wakefield, NH, March 26, 1898, Edward E. Lynn, she of Wakefield and he of Fall River, MA. She was a pantographer, aged thirty-nine years, and he was an engraver, aged forty-nine years.

UNION. There are unclaimed letters at the postoffice for Herbert Tanner, John B. Shirley, Mrs. Lizzie May, Miss Janett Meikle, Arthur Denis, Melisa Downing (Farmington News, September 30, 1898).

The Star Woolen Co., which had taken over the Union Felt Co. mill from John Meikle in 1891, ran only for a “few years” (Mitchell-Cony, 1908). In 1899, the mill was converted for a time to the manufacture of excelsior.

UNION, NH. The “Star” woolen mill is being converted into an excelsior mill (Fibre & Fabric, December 30, 1899).

“Excelsior” was a packing filler consisting of thin strips of wood shavings, a natural material then used in the same manner as modern Styrofoam “popcorn” packing materials.

Arthur L. Taft acquired the mill property next and converted it back to woolen manufacturing, or at least something like it. He appeared in the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census of Wakefield (“Union”), NH, before he took over, as a satinet manufacturer, aged forty-eight years (b. MA). (Satinet is a satin-like material made of mostly cotton with some wool).

UNION. It is reported that the Star mill, which has recently been bought by A.F. Taft, is soon to be started up (Farmington News, September 20, 1901).

John Meikle, a block printer, aged sixty-four years (b. Scotland), headed a Clark, NJ, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-three years), Mary Meikle, aged sixty-three years (b. Scotland). John Meikle rented their house. Mary Meikle was the mother of five children, of whom four were still living. They had both immigrated into the U.S. in 1856.

John Miekle of Cranford, NJ, made his last will, January 31, 1903. He devised all his real and personal property, wherever found, to his wife, Mary Meikle, whom he named also as executrix. John Meikle, Jr., Jeanette Meikle, Jennie Lynn of Providence, RI, and Mary Heggie of North Adams, Mass., signed as witnesses. He died at sometime between that January 31, 1903 date and January 18, 1905, when his will was proved in the Union County Surrogate’s Office in Elizabeth, NJ. Jeanette Meikle then and there swore that she saw the testator sign the will in the presence of herself and the other witnesses. George H. Parrott authorized Mary Meikle to proceed as executrix (Union County Probate, T:489).

Mary Meikle, a housewife, aged sixty-nine years (b. Scotland), headed a Garwood, Elizabeth, NJ, household at the time of the NJ State Census of 1905. Her household included her daughter, Jeanette Meikle, a milliner, aged thirty-two years (b. NH). Mary Meikle owned their house of Centre Street, free-and-clear. She had been in the U.S. for fifty-one years.

Son-in-law Ernest E. Lynn died in Providence, RI, May 28, 1906, aged fifty-nine years.

Arthur L. Taft’s Union Woolen mill burned in 1908 (Guild & Lord, 1908).

UNION. Miss Jeanette Meikle is visiting her brother Andrew at North Conway this week (Farmington News, April 30, 1909).

Mary Meikle, own income, aged seventy-three years (b. Scotland (Eng.)), headed a Garwood, NJ, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Jennett Meikle, own income, aged forty years (b. NH). Mary Meikle owned their house at 306 Centre Street East, free-and-clear. She was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living. She reportedly immigrated into the U.S. in 1854.

UNION. Jeannette Meikle of Garwood, N.J., was called here by the illness of Mrs. Mary Horne. Mrs. Mary F., widow of the late Charles W. Horne, died of typhoid fever Saturday, Jan. 18, after a few days’ illness. She had been a resident of Union for many years and will be greatly missed in the community. Funeral services from the church Tuesday under the direction of Unity Chapter, O.E.S. Rev. R.H. Huse conducted the service (Farmington News, January 24, 1913).

Charles W. and Mary F. (Allen) Horne had been next-door neighbors of the Meikles in Union village, and Charles W. Horne had worked for a time in the Union Felt mill.

Mary Mickle, retired, aged seventy-nine years (b. Scotland), headed a Garwood, NJ, household at the time of the NJ State Census of 1915. Her household included Jennie Lynn, retired, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), and Jeanette Mickle, aged forty-six years (b. NH). Mary Mickle owned their house at 306 Centre Street, free-and-clear.

Mary (McArthur) Meikle died October 15, 1915, aged seventy-nine years.

Jenette Meikle, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Garwood, NJ, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her sister, Jennie Lind [Lynn], a chemical factory matron, aged sixty-one years (b. NH). Jeannette Meikle owned their house at 306 Center Street, free-and-clear.

Personal Paragraphs. Miss Jeanette Meikle and her sister, Mrs. Jean Lynn, have returned to their home in Garwood, N.J., after visiting local relatives (North Adams Transcript (North Adams, MA), August 28, 1926).

Jeannette Meikle, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Garwood, NJ, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her sister, Jennie Lynn, a widow, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), and her roomer, Hans E. Stacey, a piano co. cost clerk, aged thirty-two years (b. Australia). Jeannette Meikle owned their house at 409 Center Street, which was valued at $9,000. They had a radio set.

North Conway Station - 1958
Boston & Maine Railroad Station, North Conway

RAILROAD NOTES. Andrew Meikle, engineer on the train which runs between this the city and North Conway, had the misfortune to break his leg of Friday. He had gone from his home in North Conway to Intervale in his car to get a lawn mover which he had left to be sharpened. While lifting the lawn mower into the rumble seat of the car his foot slipped from the step and he fell, resulting in a bad fracture to his leg. His place on this run is being taken by a spare engineer from the Dover board (Portsmouth Herald, [Tuesday,] June 21, 1932).

Son Andrew J. Meikle of North Conway, NH, died in the Portsmouth Hospital in Portsmouth, NH, November 7, 1934, aged sixty-eight years.

VETERAN OF B&M RAILROAD DIES IN HOSPITAL. Andrew Meikle, Engineer, Stricken After His Regular Run To This City. Andrew Meikle, veteran locomotive engineer for the Boston & Maine railroad, died on Wednesday night in the Portsmouth Hospital where he was removed earlier in the day. After completing the morning run between North Conway and this city he suffered an ill turn in a passenger car in the railroad yard. Dr. Luce was called and he ordered him to the hospital where he remained unconscious and passed away shortly before 11 p.m. He was a native of Milton Mills but has resided for some years in North Conway. His railroad life covers a period of 60 years, 50 of which he has been employed as fireman and engineer. His first work was as brakeman on the Wolfeboro branch. With the exception of five years when he worked on the main line between North Conway and Boston, he has run on the Conway branch in both freight and passenger service. He has never been in any accident, through any fault of his own. He was highly respected in the town where he lived and among railroad workers in general. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, New England Railroad Veterans Association and Masons. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Ora McCrellis of Sanbornville. He recently received a gold pass from the railroad in honor of his long and faithful service (Portsmouth Herald, November 8, 1934).

Daughter Jeannette Miekle died in Rahway, NJ, October 6, 1938, aged seventy years.

Sister Is Beneficiary. (Elisabeth Bureau of The Courier-News). Elizabeth – Miss Jeannette Meikle, who died Oct. 6 in Garwood, left her estate to a sister, Jennie M. Lynn, according to the will which was admitted to probate yesterday by Surrogate Charles A. Otto Jr. The decedent was the aunt of Hazel M. Meyers and Miss Jeannette Meikle, both of 7 Picton St., Westfield, and Charles Meikle, Clark Township (Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ), January 21, 1939).

Son John Meikle, Jr., died in New Jersey, in 1939, aged seventy-nine years.

Andrew Heggie, a post office mail carrier, aged sixty-two years (b. Scotland), headed a North Adams, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elizabeth Heggie, aged sixty-eight years (b. NY), his children, Norman Heggie, a taxi proprietor, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), and Edith Heggie, a high school physical instructor, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), and his cousin, Jennie Lynn, a widow, aged eighty-one years (b. NH). Andrew Heggie owned their house at 24 Jackson Street, which was valued at $2,500. They had all resided in the same house in 1935, except Jennie Lynn, who had resided in Garwood, NJ.

Daughter [Mary] Jean “Jennie” (Meikle) Lynn died in Clark, NJ, June 1, 1944, aged eighty-five years.

Mrs. Jennie Lynn, Clark Township. Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Lynn, 85 years old, who resided with her nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Meikle of Grand St., were held Saturday afternoon from Gray’s Funeral Home, Westfield. The Rev. R.E. Potter of Rahway conducted the service, and interment was in Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. Mrs. Lynn died Thursday (June 1, 1944) after a short illness. Mrs. Lynn, widow of Ernest Lynn, had resided in Clark Township five years, and prior to that lived in Garwood 25 years. She was a native of Milton Mills, N.H. Surviving are nephews and nieces, including Charles and Herbert Meikle of Clark, John Meikle of Rahway. Mrs. Hazel Meyers, Miss Jeannette Meikle of Clark, Mrs. Charles Bloom of Watsonville, Calif., and Mrs. Ora McCrillis of North Conway, N.H. (Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ), June 5, 1944).


Many a mickle makes a muckle.


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Milton and the Measles, 1900

By Muriel Bristol | July 23, 2021

A measles (rubeola) outbreak took hold in Milton and the surrounding towns beginning in the winter of 1900. Alton, Farmington, and Rochester, NH, seemed particularly hard hit in this year.

Measles is the single most contagious transmissible viral disease: about 90% of the non-immune people exposed to it will become infected. Between 1 and 3 in a 1,000 of those infected would die of it or its respiratory complications. It would be another sixty years before a vaccine became available.

LOCALS. Measles is prevalent here as well as in other towns in the state. It is a disease not to be neglected (Farmington News, February 9, 1900).

STATE NEWS. During February 238 cases of measles were reported to the Manchester board of health. (Portsmouth Herald, March 2, 1900).

WEST MILTON. Ralph Jenkins has the measles (Farmington News, March 2, 1900).

LOCALS. Measles to the right of us, measles to the left of us, measles all around us, not to say how many scores of cases in the midst of the town. Fortunately it soon passes, and with the right care there seldom are dangerous complications (Farmington News, March 9, 1900).

STATE NEWS. An epidemic of measles is raging in and around Rochester. The health department reported to the state board during the past week 70 cases (Portsmouth Herald, March 10, 1900).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. F. Davis has been ill with a cold, and Mildred has had measles (Farmington News, March 23, 1900).

WEST MILTON. One of the mill boarders at G. Canney’s has been suffering quite severely with measles (Farmington News, May 4, 1900).

The NH State Board of Health provided quarantine placards to be posted at houses and other places with infected persons.

MEASLES. Any person having measles, however mild the case may be, and all persons in a family where measles exists, except those who have had the disease, are forbidden to attend school or any public or private gathering, or to mingle with persons who have not had the disease. Persons who have not had measles are prohibited from entering these premises. All persons are strictly forbidden to remove this card without orders from the board of health. Any violation of these regulations will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. BOARD OF HEALTH (NH Department of Health, 1901).

At which point Malcolm A.H. Hart, M.D., acting in his capacity as Chairman of Milton’s Board of Health, sought clarification regarding the State measles quarantine placard, and its accompanying literature, from the Secretary of the NH State Board of Health.

MILTON, N.H., May 18, 1900

Irving A. Watson, M.D., Secretary, State Board of Health, Concord, N.H.

Hart, Malcolm A.H. - 1897DEAR DOCTOR, – Would you kindly inform me what is your recommendation relating to the prevention of the spread of measles? Literature from the state board is incomplete for guidance in this matter. In looking up authority I find the rules laid down in Hare’s “System of Therapeutics” much less exacting than those by Williams in Stedman’s “Twentieth Century Practice.” We are having occasional cases in this town this spring, and I am, of course, anxious to keep the disease in at least such control as not to affect the scholars.

Fraternally,

(Signed) M.A. HART, M.D., For Board of Health

Dr. Irving A. Watson (1849-1918), Secretary of the NH State Board of Health, since its creation in 1881, sent the following reply.

STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

CONCORD, N.H., May 24, 1900

M.A. Hart, M.D., Chairman, Board of Health, Milton, N.H.

Watson, Irving AllisonDEAR DOCTOR, – In reply to your favor of recent date, I would say that the State Board of Health has never issued any regulations in regard to measles other than is printed upon the placard issued from this office.

I am aware that there is a difference of opinion, as to how far restrictive measures should be carried and to what extent they are practicable and of value.

The regulation referred to should be enforced as far as possible by the local board of health. Of course a local board has the undoubted right to make such additional rules and regulations as it may deem advisable. Measles is a most difficult disease to restrain, for the reason that it is infectious in its earlier period, as you know, and it is often communicated to others before it is recognized. We are of the opinion that if the regulations referred to were more strictly enforced when the disease first appears, it might be restricted to a very large extent; but after the infection has become general throughout a village, the matter seems to be almost beyond the control of a local board of health.

We expect a local board of health to use its judgment, largely, in the matter as to what should be or may be done in addition to the regulations referred to. I do not think it necessary to close schools on account of this disease, unless it has become so general that the schools are almost certain to be infected.

Very truly yours,

(Signed) IRVING A. WATSON, Secretary

None of the forty people that died in Milton that year actually died of measles, although those that had it and survived might have incurred some long-term health problems.


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South Milton’s High Sheriff Luther Hayes (1820-1895)

By Muriel Bristol | July 18, 2021

Luther Hayes was born in Lebanon, ME, January 12, 1820, son of George and Lydia (Jones) Hayes.

His father, George Hayes, was a farmer, who removed with his family from Lebanon to Rochester, in this State, shortly after the birth of Luther. He received a common school education, and was engaged mainly in farm labor, until he attained his majority (Granite Monthly, 1879).

Luther Hayes married (1st) in Milton, February 4, 1841, Louise Adeline Bragdon, he of Rochester, NH, and she of Milton. Rev. E. Nason performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, April 20, 1820, daughter of Samuel L. and Lydia (Walker) Bragdon.

He married Louisa Bragdon, a daughter of Samuel Bragdon, of Milton, and removed to that town, where he has since resided, being extensively engaged in farming and in lumber business (Granite Monthly, 1879).

Luther Hayes was one of the seventeen founding members of the Milton Free-Will Baptist Church, when it was founded at the house of his neighbor, Theodore Lyman, May 5, 1843. He was also its original clerk.

Luther Hayes bred thoroughbred trotting horses in South Milton as early as 1847. Hayes named his trotting mare foaled in that year “Lady Franklin,” in honor of Lady Jane (Griffin) Franklin, wife of the leader of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition of 1845. Sir John Franklin and his crew were lost in the Canadian Arctic while seeking the Northwest Passage. Lady Franklin famously offered a substantial bounty for any news of his fate. (See the ballad Lord Franklin/Lady Franklin’s Lament in the References).

The following letter requesting farm produce was addressed to Luther Hayes, Esqr., Milton 3 Ponds, N.H., and postmarked Boston, July 17, 1848.

Hull, July 15th, 1848 (Nantasket Manson House). Brother Hayes
Dear Sir,
I want you to send me 2 Tubs of Butter and 50 Doz. Eggs as soon as you can after you receive this. Please direct them to me care of George E. Prescott, corner of Pearl and Bread Broad Street, Boston. Send them by Niles Express. Send bill with them.
Yours in F.L. & P., G.L. Scates.
I will write more soon, all well.

Construction of the Portsmouth, Great Falls & Conway Railroad (PGF&C) had reached South Milton by 1850. The station at South Milton, roughly where the track crosses the road, was called “Hayes Station,” due to his presence there. Access to the railroad would have been a great advantage for Hayes’ lumber (and farm products) activities, as it would be soon for the local ice industry when the tracks reached so far as Milton Three Ponds.

Hayes Station
Hayes R.R. Station at South Milton (its associated freight shed is just a bit further down the track)

Luther Hayes, a lumber dealer, aged thirty years (b. NH [SIC]), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Louisa A. Hayes, aged thirty years (b. NH), Lydia E. Hayes, aged eight years (b. NH), Clara A. Hayes, aged six years (b. NH), Louisa Hayes, aged four years (b. NH), and Charles H. Hayes, aged one year (b. NH). Luther Hayes had real estate valued at $3,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Abigail Tuttle, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), and Theodore Lyman, a farmer, aged thirty-two years (b. NH).

Luther Hayes represented Milton in the NH House of Representatives during the 1857-58 biennium. Its Committee on Mileage reported his round-trip mileage to the legislature, as well as that of the other Milton representative, Lewis Plumer, as being eighty miles. (They likely boarded in the capitol, Concord, NH, during the legislative season rather travel that distance daily).

He has held a prominent position in connection with public affairs in his town and county, represented Milton in the Legislature in 1857, and 1858, and again in 1876, and 1877 (Granite Monthly, 1879).

Son Samuel L. Hayes died of dropsy on the brain in Milton, October 12, 1859, aged one year, ten months, and five days. (“Dropsy on the brain” would now be characterized as encephalitis. His inclusion in the family’s 1860 Census enumeration would seem to be an error).

Louise A. (Bragdon) Hayes died of inflammation in Milton, December 21, 1859, aged thirty-nine years, seven months, and twenty-four days.

His first wife died in December, 1859, leaving five children, two sons and three daughters, another son [Samuel L. Hayes [I] (1855-1859)] having previously died and one daughter [Lydia E. (Hayes) Cloutman (1841-1876)] since (Granite Monthly, 1879).

Luther Hayes was one of the twelve founding members of the Milton Free-Will Baptist Church, when it was reorganized in its new building, May 17, 1860. He was again its clerk.

Luther Hayes, a farmer, aged forty years (b. NH [SIC]), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Lydia E. Hayes, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Clara A. Hayes, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Louisa M. Hayes, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Charles H. Hayes, aged eleven years (b. NH), George A. Hayes, aged eight years (b. NH), and Samuel L. Hayes, aged one year (b. NH). Luther Hayes had real estate valued at $6,000 and personal estate valued at $1,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of William H. Jones, a shoemaker, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), and Theodore Lyman, a farmer, aged forty-seven years (b. NH).

Luther Hayes married (2nd) in Epsom, NH, June 2, 1861, Sarah M. Cochran, he of Milton and she of Pembroke, NH. He was a widowed farmer, aged forty-one years, and she was aged twenty-six years. Rev. Moses H. Quimby performed the ceremony. She was born in Pembroke, NH, December 1, 1834, daughter of John and Harriet “Hattie” (French) Cochran.

He was elected a member of the Board of Commissioners for Strafford County in 1864, holding the office three years, and in 1866 was appointed Sheriff of the county, which position he occupied until 1871 [until 1869, thereafter Deputy Sheriff] Granite Monthly, 1879).

Luther Hayes of South Milton paid $10 in the U.S. Excise Tax of 1866, for being a manufacturer.

Luther Hayes of Milton (South) appeared in the NH Register and Political Manual of 1866 as being Strafford County Sheriff. His Deputy Sheriffs were: Jasper G. Wallace and William K.A. Hoitt, at Dover, NH; Charles Joy, at Durham, NH; Andrew J. Scruton, at Farmington, NH; Joseph Jones, at Lee, NH; Ebenezer S. Nowell, at Rollinsford, NH; Henry Drew, at (Bow Lake,) Strafford, NH; Stephen S. Chick and William L. Bracey, at Somersworth, NH; and Jonathan Wentworth, at Rochester, NH. Mrs. H.C. Small was the Strafford County jailor at Dover, NH. (Mrs. Hannah E. (Caverno) Small, widow of Civil War soldier, James E. Small) (McFarland and Jenks, 1866).

Luther Hayes appeared in the Milton business directory of 1867-68, as a Milton justice-of-the-peace.

Luther Hayes of Milton (South) appeared in the NH Register and Political Manual of 1867 as being Strafford County Sheriff. His Deputy Sheriffs were: Nathaniel Wiggin and Jasper G. Wallace, at Dover, NH; Andrew J. Scruton, at Farmington, NH; Joseph Jones, at Lee, NH; Ebenezer S. Nowell, at Rollinsford, NH; John C. Peavey, at Strafford, NH; Stephen S. Chick, at Somersworth, NH; and Jonathan Wentworth, at Rochester, NH. Mrs. H.C. Small was the Strafford County jailor at Dover, NH. Hayes was also one of three Strafford County Commissioners (McFarland and Jenks, 1867).

The NH General Court authorized incorporation of the Milton Classical Institute in July 1867. Luther Hayes was one of the original incorporators.

Section 1. That Luther Hayes, Charles Jones, George W. Peavy, Joseph Sayward, William P. Tuttle, George W. Tasker, John S. Hersey, Hiram V. Wentworth, George Lyman, and John Lucus, all of Milton, and their successors, be, and they hereby are, created and made a body politic by the name of the Milton Classical Institute, and by that name may sue and be sued, prosecute and defend to final judgment and execution, and shall have and enjoy all the privileges, and be subject to all the liabilities incident to corporations of a similar nature.

Luther Hayes appeared in the Milton business directory of 1868, as being Strafford County Sheriff, a Milton justice-of-the-peace, and a South Milton lumber dealer. He appeared in 1869-70 as being Strafford County Sheriff, a Milton justice-of-the-peace, and a merchant of shooks, i.e., barrel staves.

Grand Jail Break in New Hampshire. Nine prisoners escaped from Strafford County Jail, in Silver street, Dover, on Saturday night at lock-up time. A desperate store breaker named Mills forced an assistant, who entered a walk where prisoners were at large in day time, into a cell, and then rushed on Mrs. J.E. Small, jailoress, down stairs, where she threw the key to the door separating the house part from the jail into the coal bin, in spite of Mills’ rough attempts to secure it. The other jail birds, meanwhile, stove off bolt and padlock to the back door, knocked the pickets from the rear fence and escaped, when Mills joined his flying comrades. Seven refused to accept the proffered liberty. Four, who left the woods through the fearful punishment by mosquitoes, had been recaptured up to nine o’clock last night. Officers are on track of a barefooted refugee seen by Miss Page at four o’clock, on Monday morning, riding a white horse stolen from George S. Hussey, near Rochester village (Brooklyn Union, July 9, 1868).

By 1870, Luther Hayes appeared as one of the Strafford County Deputy Sheriffs, at Milton, under Sheriff Joseph Jones of Lee, NH (McFarland and Jenks, 1870). (Sheriff Jones had formerly been a Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Hayes).

Luther Hayes, a farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH [SIC]), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Sarah D. Hayes, keeping house, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), Charles H. Hayes, a farm laborer, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), George A. Hayes, a farm laborer, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Samuel L. Hayes, at school, aged seven years (b. NH), Fanny L. Hayes, aged four years (b. NH), Hattie E. Hayes, aged two years (b. NH), James L. Hayes, aged seven months (b. NH), Amos Jackson, a farm laborer, aged thirty-five years (b. ME), Lydia E. [(Hayes)] Cloutman, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), and Mary Sinclair, a housekeeper, aged sixty-five years (b. NH). Luther Hayes had real estate valued at $6,000 and personal estate valued at $3,447. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Giles W. Burrows, a a farm laborer, aged forty-six years (b. ME), and Ichabod H. Wentworth, a farm laborer, aged seventy-four years (b. NH).

Luther Hayes appeared in the Milton business directories of 1871, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, and 1880, as a Milton justice-of-the-peace, and a South Milton lumber manufacturer. (In 1877, he was more particularly identified as running a grist mill, a saw mill, a shingle mill, and being a lumber dealer).

Milton - South Milton (Detail)
South Milton P.O. (School District #10) in 1871

In the 1871 map above, the “Res.” or residence of L. Hayes may be seen along the road beneath the “(P.O.)” portion of the title, and South Milton’s District No. 10 Schoolhouse may be seen next beneath his residence. Other L. Hayes properties may be seen both across the road from his residence (the “Bragdon property”) and next beneath the schoolhouse. Above the “No. 10” title may be seen two shingle mills. The Hayes R.R. station and its associated freight station may be seen to the right of the “South” portion of the title, where the R.R. tracks cross the road.

STRAFFORD COUNTY AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL SOCIETY. Reported by Noah Tebbetts, Esq., Rochester. This society was organized in the summer of 1867, by an association of gentlemen of the different parts of the county, prominent among whom were Hiram R. Roberts of Rollinsford, O.H. Lord of Somersworth, J.F. Lawrence of Lee, A.H. Young of Dover, Chas. Jones of Milton, J.H. Ela of Rochester, and Chas. A. Foss of Barrington. Hon. Hiram R. Roberts was the first president of the society, and J.F. Lawrence the first superintendent; and by the interest taken in the society, and perseverance and energy displayed by them, contributed very largely to the prosperity and success of the society when in its infancy. The gentlemen who now take an active interest in the welfare of the society with many others are S.C. Fisher, Moses D. Page, A.J. Hodsdon of Dover, S.S. Chick, John S. Haines of Great Falls, Noah Tebbetts and C.S. Whitehouse of Rochester, Elisha Locke of Barrington, Wm. R. Garvin and H.R. Roberts of Rollinsford, John F. Cloutman and Alonzo Nute of Farmington, A.G. Orne of Middleton, Luther Hayes of Milton, N.G. Davis of Lee, and Wm. F. Jones of Durham (NH Department of Agriculture, 1871).

Mr. Hayes has been a long time a leading member and President of the Strafford County Agricultural Society, also a Vice President of the State Agricultural Society. He is an Odd Fellow and a Royal Arch Mason (Granite Monthly, 1879).

Sarah M. (Cochran) Hayes died of pleurisy fever in Milton, December 26, 1871, aged thirty-seven years.

In June, 1861, he married Sarah D., daughter of John Cofran [Cochran] of Pembroke, who died ten years later, leaving two sons and two daughters, the eldest son, Lyman S. having served as messenger of the Senate the past session (Granite Monthly, 1879).

Luther Hayes married (3rd) in Pembroke, NH, November 14, 1872, Ellen Rachel “Nellie” Morrill, he of Milton and she of Pembroke, NH. He was a [twice] widowed lumber dealer, aged fifty-two years, and she was aged thirty-two years. Rev. Lyman White performed the ceremony. She was born in Pembroke, NH, January 6, 1840, daughter of Asa and Rachel F. (Page) Morrill.

In Nov., 1872, he married his present wife, Nellie R., daughter of Asa Morrill of Pembroke, by whom he has one son (Granite Monthly, 1879).

Luther Hayes appeared in the NH Register of 1874 as one of the Strafford County Deputy Sheriffs, at Milton, under Sheriff Joseph Jones of Lee, NH (Claremont Manufacturing Co., 1874).

AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES. Strafford Co., N.H. The annual meeting was held at Dover, Dec. 22, when the following officers were elected: President, Luther Hayes of Milton; Vice Presidents, Elisha Lock of Barrington, and Joseph Nutter of Farmington; Treasurer, Stephen S. Chick of Great Falls; Secretary, Ezra H. Twombly of Dover (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), January 9, 1875).

Luther Hayes’ stallion Defiance, Jr., took second prize at the Manchester agricultural fair in Manchester, NH, in September 1875.

THE PREMIUMS. A Long List of Lucky Exhibitors Cattle, Sheep, Steers, Etc., Etc. … Stallions One Year Old and Under Two. 1st, W.T. Cook, Foxboro. Mass., Graphic; 2d, Luther Hayes, Milton, Defiance, Jr.; 3d, J.F. Cushing, South Weymouth, Mass., Climax (Boston Globe, September 10, 1875).

Strafford County, N.H. The ninth annual fair of the Strafford County Agricultural and Mechanical Society was held at the Cochecho Park, Dover, Sept. 14, 15, 16 and 17. These grounds are well located, about half a mile from the City Hall, and, unlike most parks in New England, situated as they mostly are upon barren plains, present to the visitor attractive and pleasant views of fine farms, green fields and woodlands, and would give the impression to the stranger that he was in the midst of a good agricultural district. Dover is also well located for a fair, being connected with all parts of the county by rail. On the south are Durham, Madbury and Lee, fine farming towns; on the north and east are Rochester, Somersworth and Rollinsford, the latter town containing some of the finest farms in the State. Situated thus, this society needed, to make it a success, only pluck and energy, which it found in its officers: Luther Hayes, Milton, President; Elisha Locke, Barrington, Joseph Miller, Farmington, vice-presidents; Ezra H. Twombly, Dover, secretary; Stephens Chick, Great Falls, treasurer; Chas. E. Smith, Dover, superintendent (New England Farmer (Boston MA), October 9, 1875).

Daughter Lydia E. (Hayes) Cloutman died in Middleton, NH, February 11, 1876, aged thirty-four years.

Luther Hayes and Sullivan H. Atkins were sworn in as Milton’s NH State Representatives for the 1876-77 biennium at the State House in Concord, NH, on Wednesday, June 7, 1876 (NH General Court, 1876). (It was Hayes’ second term at the state house). (William F. Cutts would replace Sullivan H. Atkins in 1877).

Luther Hayes received the first of his two five-year appointments as NH Fish & Game Commissioner in July 1876.

In 1876 he was appointed by Governor Cheney a member of the State Fish Commission for the term of five years, which office he now [in 1879] holds, and to which he has devoted considerable time and attention (Granite Monthly, 1879).

NEW HAMPSHIRE. At a meeting of the governor and council in Concord, yesterday, the following nomination were made: Fish Commissioner, Luther Hayes of Milton, Samuel Webber of Manchester, Albina Powers of Grantham; Judge of Probate, Hillsboro’ County, Henry K. Burnham of Manchester; Special Justice of the Police Court at Manchester, Henry W. Tewksbury (Boston Evening Transcript, July 26, 1876).

NH Board of Agriculture members Albert DeMerritte, of Durham, NH, William H. Hills, of Plaistow, NH, and its Secretary, James O. Adams, of Manchester, NH, held a public meeting in Milton, in 1878. Messrs. Luther Hayes and George Lyman were among the Milton residents that attended the meeting.

STRAFFORD COUNTY. A meeting was held at Milton [in 1878], attended by Messrs. Hills and Adams. The topics presented were the Culture of Sugar Beets, by Mr. DeMeritte, Fruit, by Mr. Hills, and Manures, by the Secretary, which occupied the full time, residents of the town taking but little part in the discussions. Messrs. Luther Hayes and George Lyman entertained the members, and helped create an interest in the meeting, and the gentlemen of the Board learned, too late, their mistake when they declined further proffered courtesy (Adams, 1879). 

NEW HAMPSHIRE. The annual report of the State Fish Commissioners shows that the distribution of black bass has been remarkably successful. A large number of ponds in all sections of the state have been stocked. Land-locked salmon were placed in Tri-Echo lake in Milton, Lovewell’s Pond in Wakefield, Squam Lake, Sunapee Lake, Blaisdell’s Pond in Sutton, Stocker Pond in Grantham and Star Pond in Springfield. Several other bodies of water have been stocked with smelt. The bass are distributing themselves faster than the Commissioners could do it and the Connecticut river is already so well stocked in the neighborhood of the Sugar river as to afford excellent fishing. Once planted and let alone for five years, these fish will take care of themselves and need but little protection. The Board of Commissioners consists of Col. Samuel Webber of Manchester, Luther Hayes of Milton and Albina H. Powers of Grantham (Boston Post, June 1, 1878).

LYNN. The News in Brief. Luther Hayes, one of the Fish Commissioners of Milton, N.H., was in town yesterday, and took fifty white perch from Flax Pond home with him to stock a pond at Milton. The fish were caught by John Marlor during the past three days (Boston Globe, August 24, 1878).

Luther Hayes of Milton ran for the District No. Twelve seat in the NH Senate, on Tuesday, November 5, 1878 (Vermont Journal, November 9, 1878). He won the election with 1,670 votes (52.7%); his opponents, Judge Moses C. Russell (1817-1879) of Great Falls, [Somersworth,] received 1,045 votes (33.0%), Milton-native Samuel S. Wentworth (1823-1888) of Somersworth received 446 votes (14.1%), and “All Others” received 6 votes (0.0%). NH Senator Hayes held the District Twelve seat during the 1879-80 biennium.

He served in the Senate as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, a position to which he is well adapted, and was also a member of the Railroad Committee, and that on Roads, Bridges and Canals (Granite Monthly, 1879).

Luther Hayes’ sawmill burned down on Monday, February 10, 1879.

The saw mill of Luther Hayes, of Milton, N.H., was burned Monday. Loss $2000; no insurance (Argus and Patriot (Montpelier, VT), [Wednesday,] February 12, 1879).

John Berry of Farmington, NH, and another angler went fishing in South Milton on Tuesday, August 5, 1879. On their return trip they learned that the Hayes railroad station had caught fire and burned that same afternoon.

… Just before we left we learned that the R.R. depot at Hayes Crossing, on the Eastern R.R., was destroyed by fire that afternoon, caused by a spark from the engine (Farmington News, [Friday,] August 8, 1879).

Daughter Clara A. (Hayes) Pounds died in South Milton, August 9, 1879, aged thirty-six years, six months, and ten days.

DEATHS. At Hayes Crossing, Aug. 9, Clara A. Pound, aged 80 [36] yrs., 6 mos. and 10 days (Farmington News, August 22, 1879).

EASTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE. Fish Commissioner Luther Hayes has been engaged for the past week in stocking Langley and Pea Porridge ponds in Nottingham with black bass (Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), October 11, 1879).

New England Items. Nine thousand land-locked salmon have been taken from the fish-hatching house at Plymouth, N.H., to the waters near Peterborough, by Commissioner Luther Hayes (Boston Globe, May 27, 1880).

Fish Commissioners Samuel Webber, Luther Hayes, and A.H. Powers submitted their expenses and those of the hatchery for the period May 1879 to June 1880. Luther Hayes received $21.00 for seven days service to June 1, 1879, at $3.00 per day, $130.50 for 43.5 days service to June 1, 1880, at $3.00 per day, and $188.22 for traveling expenses, postage, etc. (NH General Court, 1880).

Luther Hayes, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Nellie R. Hayes, keeping house, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), his children, Fannie L. Hayes, at home, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), Lyman S. Hayes, at home, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Hattie E. Hayes, at home, aged twelve years (b. NH), Luther C. Hayes, at home, aged ten years (b. NH), and Clarence M. Hayes, aged two years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Rachel F. [(Page)] Morrill, aged seventy-four years (b. NH). Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of George Lyman, a a farmer, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), and William B. Rollins, works on farm, aged thirty-one years (b. NH).

Milton - Hayes Logging
Hayes Logging Crew

Luther Hayes appeared in the Milton business directories of 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, and 1889, as being a Milton justice-of-the-peace, and a lumber manufacturer. (In 1887, he was also a member of the School Board, along with John Simes and Martin V.B. Cook).

Son Lyman S. Hayes served as a NH Senate messenger (Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), June 4, 1881).

Luther Hayes of Milton received the second of his two five-year appointments as one of three NH Fish Commissioners, July 28, 1881, and served in that position through July 1886 (OH General Assembly, 1883).

MILTON. The following officers were chosen at the recent town meeting: Moderator, Chas. C. Hayes; Town Clerk, Chas. H. Looney; Selectmen, Geo. Lyman, Henry H. Pinkham, John U. Sims; Town Treasurer, Ira Miller; Auditors, Luther Hayes, Elbridge Fox (Farmington News, March 16, 1883).

Salmon in the Merrimac. We learn from Mr. Samuel Webber, late Fish Commissioner of New Hampshire, that the salmon have at last made their appearance in the Merrimac River at Manchester, and one “guessed” at from eight pounds to ten pounds has actually been seen passing the Fishway at Amoskeag Falls. This proves the prediction, which it will be remembered, Mr. Webber made that we should see a score of smaller fish from the plant of 1879 this year. The season is later by two weeks than last year, but the salmon are on their way up now. Ten were seen in one day in the fishway at Lawrence, Mass. What is of more especial interest to sportsmen, however, is the fact that a salmon weighing ten and a half pounds was taken last week in the Merrimac, at Concord, with the artificial fly in a legitimate manner. We have always believed that one was taken three years since by a bass fisher, but owing to the fact that the prohibitory law was then in force, we could never prove the fact; but this catch of last week proves that the salmon bred from Penobscot stock will take the fly in the Merrimac. We note the following change in the New Hampshire Fish Commission, viz., the appointment of Elliot B. Hodge, of Plymouth, Superintendent of the Hatchery, as Fish Commissioner, in place of A.H. Powers, resigned The Commission now stands: Colonel George Riddle, Manchester; Chairman E.B. Hodge, Plymouth, Superintendent of Hatchery; Luther Hayes, South Milton (Forest and Stream, July 5, 1883).

LOCALS. James E. Hayes has filled up a portion of the Luther Hayes pond preparatory to moving his heel factory thereon, about which we made mention of in our last issue. It is an almost universal desire that the whole pond might be filled, many believing that the health of out village would be greatly improved by such a course (Farmington News, June 12, 1885).

Lightning struck at Luther Hayes’ house on Friday, July 31, 1885, killing Charles S. Dorr, one of his farm laborers, while he was eating at the kitchen table. Dorr was a son of Stephen D. and Melvina F. (Staples) Dorr of Milton, aged only fifteen years, ten months, and seventeen days. (The newspapers could not seem to get his name right).

A Man Killed in Milton, N.H. Dover, August 1. Last evening a heavy thunder shower visited Milton, N.H. Mark Dore, who works on the place of Hon. Luther Hayes, was sitting at a table when a bolt struck a tree in front of the house, caromed in through an open door and struck him on the head, instantly killing him and discoloring the body. The other inmates received slight shocks from the electric current. The house was not damaged (Boston Globe, August 2, 1885).

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Lightning struck the residence of Hon. Luther Hayes, fish commissioner at West Milton, last week, instantly killing Frank Dare, a farm hand, who was in the kitchen eating his supper. The house escaped with but little damage. Other inmates suffered some from the shock. At the same time the residence of William Waldron at Strafford was struck. The front part of the house was torn out and considerably damaged. The inmates of the house were prostrated, but the effects are not serious. The barn of George A. Caverly of Strafford was struck by lightning and burned, with 30 tons of hay, farming utensils, hogs, fowls, etc. The loss $1500; insurance $500 (Spirit of the Age (Woodstock, VT), August 5, 1885).

NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS. The fish and game commissioners of New Hampshire are now prepared to distribute copies of the fish and game laws as amended by the last legislature. Any person wishing one may obtain it upon application to either of the commissioners, who are Col. Geo. W. Riddle, Manchester; Luther Hayes, Milton; Elliott B. Hodge, Plymouth. (Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT), January 30, 1886).

Children Harriet E. Hayes and Luther C. Hayes graduated together from Berwick Academy in Berwick, ME, with its Class of 1886 (Berwick Academy, 1892).

John H. Kimball of Marlboro, NH, replaced Luther Hayes as NH Fish Commissioner, at the expiration of his term in July 1886.

NEW HAMPSHIRE OFFICERS. Concord, N.H., July 9. The governor and council have made the following appointments: James W. Patterson, of Hanover, superintendent of public instruction; Jason Sperry, of Rindge, member of the board of agriculture, to succeed George P. Harvey; B.F. Prescott, of Epping, and G.A. Wason, of New Boston, trustees of the New Hampshire college of agriculture and mechanics’ arts; John H. Kimball, of Marlboro, fish commissioner, vice Luther Hayes, term expired; CF. Hildreth, of Allenstown, commissioner of pharmacy; W.H. Size and Joseph Grace, of Portsmouth, commissioners of pilotage; Emery J. Randall, of Somersworth, and Edward Spalding, of Nashua, trustees of the insane asylum. Mason W. Tappan, of Bradford, was nominated as attorney general for a term of five years, this being his second reappointment to that position (Springfield Reporter (Springfield, VT), July 16, 1886).

John U. Simes, Luther Hayes, and M.V.B. Cook appeared in the Milton business directory of 1887, as being Milton’s Board of Education. Simes and Hayes submitted a requested report to the NH State Superintendent of Public Instruction for that year (NH Supt. of Public Instruction, 1888). (All three men were also Milton justices-of-the-peace).

Luther Hayes and thirty-eight other residents of Milton and Rochester, NH, petitioned the NH state legislature, in June 1887, to authorize a “union” (or combined) school district for the towns of Milton and Rochester (NH General Court, 1887). This union schoolhouse would operate in the already extant South Milton district schoolhouse, and its expenses would be partly funded by Milton, and partly funded by Rochester, NH.

B&M Railroad Superintendent John W. Sanborn testified before the NH House Judiciary Committee regarding the legislative railroad bribery scandal of 1887. He singled out Luther Hayes of Milton as having been an honest official, one who had not been bribed or influenced in favor of the Hazen railroad bill.

HUNTING FOR BRIBES. Testimony Showing How Various People Profited by the Fight. Concord, N.H., Oct. 18. – The judiciary committee of the house appointed to investigate the charge of bribery of members of the legislature met this afternoon. John W. Sanborn was sworn: I am superintendent of the Northern division, Boston & Maine railroad; can’t give names of all parties that have been in the employ of the Boston & Maine during the session of the Legislature to secure the passage of the Hazen bill; there have been several here who have not been under pay; among these are John W. Wheeler of Salem, A.A. Woolson of Lisbon, Luther Hayes of Milton and others whose names I do not recall; I told Mr. Sulloway that if he knew, anybody that would help us, to ask them to come; I think we have had some 40 under pay, perhaps more; not many more, however; we have not had a quarter as many as the Concord road; I told Newton Johnson of Portsmouth he might employ one or two men; Mr. Johnson has reported to me the names of those he has employed; Mr. Sulloway has not; I employed Edgar Aldrich and his partner, Mr. Drew and his partner, Mr. Briggs, John P. Bartlett, and Charles H. Bartlett of Manchester; George A. Ramsdell of Nashua; John Kivell and J.C. Caverly of Dover; Aaron Young and Newton Johnson of Portsmouth; James R. Jackson of Littleton; Paul Lang of Oxford, James A. Wood of Acworth; George B. French of Nashua; Frank G. Clarke of Peterboro; Charles B. Gaffney of Rochester; these men were employed to advocate the Hazen bill in every way; there were others engaged, whose names I cannot give now; they were expected to discuss railroad questions with members; Manahan of Hillsboro was one of those employed; Kirk D. Pierce was never employed ; am not aware Colonel Cochrane of Nashua has assisted any; don’t know that Frank H. Pierce has been employed; don’t know that General White has rendered any services; don’t know either Postmaster Flinn or Mr. Cadwell, agent of the Jackson Manufacturing Company of Nashua; the expenses of this contest, on the side of the Boston & Maine is paid by that corporation as I understand it; I am employed by the Boston & Maine, and have charge of the legislation; am not aware that any newspapers have been returned by the Boston & Maine; have told the proprietors of certain papers that we should want them to publish certain articles for which we expected to pay; among these papers are the Manchester Union and Manchester Mirror; don’t know that any other papers have been employed to publish articles in our interest; we have engaged the Mirror and the Union to publish speeches and reports of committees; I know that articles have been published by other papers, but don’t know who secured their publication; have employed the Boston Journal to publish some articles, and have paid the regular advertising rates, have retained no paper in or out of the State; have employed no correspondents during the fight, shall pay the papers whatever is right, can’t say what our expense has been so far; don’t think it would be $250,000; should not pay any such amount; Phenix Hall, Concord, NHhave had 16 rooms at the Phoenix Hotel; have been in Mr. Jones’ room considerable; representatives have visited my room during the session, but can’t give names of all of them, the canvass was looked after generally by Mr. Gaffney and Mr. Wood; we had a pretty full canvass before the first vote was taken; I saw Colonel Thomas P. Cheney before the Legislature met; we had a general talk about the railroad legislation we proposed to ask for, we didn’t go into any particulars; I saw him in company with Mr. Sulloway didn’t see any other members of the railroad committee before the assembling of the Legislature; the composition of the railroad committee was not discussed; have met Colonel Cheney since the report of the committee; bad no talk with him while the matter was before the committee; have had a general conversation with H.M. Putney regarding railroad legislation; never submitted the Hazen bill to Mr. Putney; he told me that he should take no active part in the matter during the session on account of his official position; cannot tell how many passes we have issued during the session, but don’t believe we have given near as many as the Concord road; complaint has been made that we did not give passes enough; it was said that the Concord lobbyists carried blank passes and filled them in with pencil; I said that I would give passes to members and families, but I did object to giving them to their constituents; can’t say that I refused anybody, but have objected; we give none over the Boston & Maine across the State line; have given none to Canada; the Boston & Maine never gives passes over any other line, nor does it allow other roads to issue passes over its line; ever since we have been here asking for legislation in years past we have always given members and their families trip passes; we started in that way this year; by the indiscriminate and lavish use of passes by the Concord road we were compelled to issue them in greater number; we gave to friend and foe alike; don’t think that anyone was influenced by it; know there is a statute against giving passes, but it is a dead letter; have heard a great deal of loose talk about buying and selling votes on the railroad question this season; I know of no money being offered to anybody to influence his vote; I came here to get this legislation in a proper way; I have done nothing improper, and have never countenanced anything of the kind; no man has reported to me that he could get a vote by improper means; it has never been suggested in my presence that any member tat the Legislature could be bought (Boston Globe, October 19, 1887).

The Hazen railroad bill did pass through both the NH House and the Senate, but was vetoed by the Governor. The whole thing would arise again in the 1889-90 biennium.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS. Hiram V. Wentworth to Luther Hayes, et als.; land in Milton; $1800. Hiram V. Wentworth to Lyman & Scates; land in Milton; $100 (Farmington News, August 10, 1888).

Daughter Miss Fannie L. Hayes appeared in the Milton directory of 1889, as principal of the Milton Classical Institute. She would seem to have been its last principal.

MILTON. Ex-Alderman C.H. Hayes of Haverhill, Mass., is visiting his father, Hon. Luther Hayes, for a few days (Farmington News, 1890).

The NH legislature authorized the trustees of the defunct Milton Classical Institute, including trustee Luther Hayes, to sell off its property in March 1891.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TRUSTEES OF THE MILTON CLASSICAL INSTITUTE TO SELL AND CONVEY THE PROPERTY OF SAID INSTITUTE AND DISPOSE OF THE PROCEEDS THEREOF. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened. SECTION 1. That Luther Hayes, Charles A. Jones, Brackett F. Avery, Andrew J. Remick, George Lyman, George W. Tasker and Charles H. Looney, trustees of the Milton Classical Institute, be and are hereby authorized to sell and convey all the real and personal property of said Institute and to divide the proceeds of said sale equally between the Congregational Society and the Freewill Baptist Society, both of Three Ponds Village, so called, in the town of Milton. Sect. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and takes effect after its passage. [Approved March 31, 1891] (NH Secretary of State, 1891).  

In October 1891, Luther Hayes wrote an “excellent letter” which supplied missing information regarding his trotting mare of 1847 for the pedigree of her granddaughter.

In Wallace’s American Trotting Register, Vol. 1, p. 195, is entered: “Lady Franklin, alias Carrie, ro. m., foaled 1847; got by Esty’s Black Hawk, son of Vt. Black Hawk; dam unknown. Bred by Luther Hayes, N.H. (See calendar)”, And in the appended calendar is a list of her trotting victories extending from 1854 to 1855 inclusive. … The breeder of Lady Franklin (who writes that her dam was raised in Gilmanton, N.H., and called a Morgan mare) is still living, writes an excellent letter, and appears to have watched the mare with pride through her long and successful career (Middlebury Register (Middlebury, VT), October 9, 1891).

Luther Hayes appeared in the Milton business directory of 1892, as running a South Milton saw mill. He appeared in 1894, as a being a Milton justice-of-the-peace, and a lumber manufacturer.

ANOTHER BOOM FOR MILTON. Luther Hayes has sold his mill property at South Milton, known as the Tuttle mills, to James [i.e., Jonas,] Spaulding of Andover, Mass., who will build a leatherboard factory 150 feet long, 50 feet wide, 4 stories high. He has bought eight acres of George Lyman for flowage and other purposes and will build a stone dam four feet higher than the present one, giving twenty feet head and fall. It will be one of the finest privileges on the whole stream. He will build storehouses and tenements, for his workers to live in, giving work for a large number of workmen in building and manning the factory. The factory is to be one of the finest buildings on the whole stream. He is to commence early in the spring to build. – Ex. (Farmington News, December 29, 1893).

Luther Hayes of Milton made out his last will, apparently in Rochester, NH, April 2, 1894.

MILTON. Charles Hayes and wife of Haverhill visited his father, Luther Hayes, Sunday (Farmington News, March 8, 1895).

Luther Hayes died of chronic cystitis in Milton, March 28, 1895, aged seventy-five years, two months, and sixteen days. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

LOCALS. Luther Hayes of Milton died at his home Thursday morning, of last week, aged 75 years. He has been a very prominent political character, having held the offices of state senator, representative to the general court, high sheriff, deputy sheriff and county commissioner. His funeral occurred Sunday, under the auspices of Paternal Lodge of this place, a large delegation being present (Farmington News, April 5, 1895).

Luther Hayes was a lumber manufacturer and was a very well-known man in this section of the state. His lumber plants were at South Milton and at Spaulding Mills. He was a native of Strafford County and lived here until his death at the age of 75 years. He was buried at South [West] Milton. A Republican in politics, he served at different times as state senator, fish and game commissioner of the state and as high sheriff of Strafford county. He was a member of the Odd Fellow and Masonic Lodges, whilst religiously was identified with the Free Will Baptist Church, toward the support of which he contributed most liberally. Mr. Hayes was thrice married (Scales, 1914).

LOCALS. James A. Fletcher has purchased the Luther Hayes pasture on the Middleton road (Farmington News, May 3, 1895).

The Hon. Charles H. Looney acted as commissioner for the executors of the Hayes estate at his Milton grocery store to settle the just debts of Luther Hayes. (Note each session’s end time. If A.M. means ante-meridian, and P.M. means post-meridian, than it stands to reason, although it is rarely seen, that M. alone would mean the meridian itself, i.e., precisely at noon).

COMMISSIONER’S NOTICE. The undersigned, commissioner to receive, examine, allow and adjust the claims against the estate of Luther Hayes, late of Hilton, county of Strafford, state of New Hampshire, deceased, will attend to the duties of his office at the store of Looney & Roberts in Milton, in said county of Strafford on the ninth day of July, 1895, and on the second day of November, 1895, from nine o’clock, A.M., to twelve o’clock, M., on each of said days CHARLES H. LOONEY, Commissioner 11-3t (Farmington News, May 24, 1895).

MILTON. Ella Hayes, granddaughter of the late Luther Hayes of Milton, is seriously ill (Farmington News, August 2, 1895).

Milton - Hayes Station SignageJ. Spaulding & Sons would construct their North Rochester mill near to Hayes Station, but on the Rochester, NH, side of the South Milton-Rochester border, in 1899-1900.

Ellen R. Hayes, a widowed housekeeper, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her [step-] daughter, Hattie Dewolfe, a divorcée, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), her [step-] granddaughter, Helen Dewolfe, at school, aged nine years (b. NH), her [step-] son, Luther Hayes, a farm laborer, aged thirty years (b. NH), her son, Clarence M. Hayes, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and her servants, Edgar J. Wyatt, a farm laborer, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and Helen Crossman, a house servant, aged twenty-nine years (b. Canada (Eng.)). Ellen R. Hayes owned their farm, free-and-clear. Ellen R. Hayes and Hattie Dewolfe were each mothers of one child, of whom each had one still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration after that of Annie M. George, a widowed housekeeper, aged seventy-one years (b. NH).

Daughter Hattie E. (Hayes) DeWolfe married (2nd) in Milton, April 25, 1903, Edgar J. Wyatt, she of Milton and he of Farmington, NH. She was a housekeeper, aged thirty-four years, and he was a teamster, aged thirty-one years.

Ellen R. (Morrill) Hayes died in the home of her step-daughter, Helen ((Hayes) DeWolfe) Wyatt, in South Milton, May 2, 1909, aged sixty-nine years, three months, and twenty-six days.

MILTON. The widow of the late Luther Hayes died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wyatt, at South Milton last Monday (Farmington News, May 7, 1909).

WEST MILTON. The Rev. C.B. Osborne of Franconia was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. G.N. Hurd Tuesday. He was called to officiate at the funeral of Mrs. Hayes, widow of Luther Hayes of South Milton, on Wednesday (Farmington News, May 7, 1909).


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Milton’s Burley & Usher Shoe Factory – 1885-93

By Muriel Bristol | July 11, 2021

Daniel Smith Burley was born in Newmarket, NH, June 10 1843, son of Frederick P. “Plumer” and Martha J. (Wentworth) Burley.

Plumer Burley, a farmer, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Middleton, NH, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Martha J. Burley, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), Elizabeth Burley, aged ten years (b. NH), Daniel S. Burley, aged eight years (b. NH), and William Pike, a farmer, aged forty years (b. NH).

P. Burley, a farmer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Middleton, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Martha J. Burley, aged forty-two years (b. NH), Elizabeth S. Burley, aged twenty years (b. NH), and Daniel S. Burley, aged eighteen years (b. NH). P. Burley had real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $600.

Daniel S. Burley of Middleton, NH, aged nineteen years, enlisted in Co. I of the Third NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment, August 5, 1861.

In August 1861, he enlisted in the 3d N.H. Vols., Co. I., Capt. Rall Carlton, for three years. He was in all engagements in which the 3d took part for fifteen months, and was then transferred to the U.S. Signal Corps; and was in all engagements in which the 10th Army Corps took part, and during the siege of Morris Island and Fort Sumpter was many times under fire. He was honorably discharged 24 Aug. 1864 (Burleigh, 1880).

Daniel S. Burley married in Farmington, NH, May 25, 1865, Clara A. Wentworth, he of Middleton, NH, and she of [South] Milton. He was a farmer, aged twenty-three years, and she was a lady, aged twenty years. Rev. Ezekiel True performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, November 26, 1844, daughter of Eli V. and Mehitable J. (Howe) Wentworth. (That is to say, she and her brother, Charles W. Wentworth, were the children of South Milton’s Eli V. Wentworth, who died of disease in Millville, MS, July 18, 1863, while serving as a quartermaster of the Sixth NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment (and for whom Milton’s Eli Wentworth G.A.R. Post was named)).

Daniel S. Burley of Middleton, NH, appeared in a list of members of the Dover, NH, Belknap Chapter, No. 8, of the Royal Arch Masons, in 1867. He had been “exalted” there, April 19, 1867, along with George W. Piper of Barrington, NH, and Charles H. Meader of Rochester, NH.

Daniel S. Burley appeared in the Milton business directories of 1867, and 1868, as a Milton justice-of-the-peace.

The Law and Order League of Wakefield, Brookfield and Milton, under the leadership of Daniel S. Burley, Esq., has strengthened public sentiment (Merrill, 1889).

Daniel S. Burleigh, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield (“Union P.O.”), NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Clara A. Burleigh, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Eli W. Burleigh, aged two years (b. NH). Daniel S. Burleigh had real estate valued at $3,000 and personal estate valued at $3,900.

Daniel S. Burley, commission business, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Clara A. Burley, aged thirty-five years (b. NH).

Masonic Grand Master Andrew Bunton visited the Morning Star Lodge of Wolfeboro, NH, January 26, 1881, to install officers there, which he did with the assistance of Daniel S. Burley of the Unity Lodge of Wakefield, NH.

January 12, 1881. I visited MORNING STAR LODGE, Wolfeborough. Witnessed its exemplification of the work of the third degree. Noticed many errors, but think its officers are disposed to amend in every way possible when they see their failings. Grand Lecturer Brother BEACHAM assisted in the work in his usual strict conformity to Grand Lodge requirements, and I have no doubt the Lodge was benefited thereby. January 26. I publicly installed the officers of this Lodge with the assistance of Brother DANIEL S. BURLEY of Unity Lodge as Marshal. I think the services were of interest to those present. In addition to the brethren present, there were many ladies and gentlemen who partook of the refreshments and joined in the social pleasures of the evening (NH Grand Lodge, 1879).

D.S. Burley of Union, [Wakefield,] NH, was a newly-arriving guest at Boston’s Quincy House hotel in May 1881 (Boston Post, May 19, 1881). He was there again in June 1881 (Boston Post, June 30, 1881).

Daniel S. Burley and William R. Usher (1845-1917) were said in 1889 to have formed their shoe factory co-partnership only seven years before, i.e., circa 1882. Their original factory was in Beverly, MA, with the Milton one following in 1885, the Milton one being the larger of the two.

In 1884 an organization composed of citizens of the [Milton] town erected a shoe factory 160 x 40 and four stories high, with other accessories, at Milton at a cost of $12,000, which was leased to Burley & Usher in 1885, who were afterwards succeeded by N.B. Thayer & Co., the present [1896] occupants (NH Bureau of Labor, 1896).

The factory at Milton, N.H., is a four-story structure, 40 by 160 feet in dimensions, thoroughly equipped, and having a capacity of two thousand five hundred pairs per day, affording employment fto two hundred and fifty hands. The finest line of grain shoes is produced here, and the “Granite State” brand, every pair warranted, is a great staple seller all over the country (American Publishing, 1889).

Burley-Usher - 1880s - A Tie UpBurley & Usher were included in an 1885 advertisement that listed boot and shoe firms that were “too well known” for their quality to be doubted.

HAVING PURCHASED THE FINEST STOCK OF FALL AND WINTER BOOTS, SHOES and RUBBER GOODS EVER BROUGHT TO THE CITY OF FORT MADISON, I will offer them for CASH for the NEXT SIXTY DAYS lower than anybody. If you don’t believe it, come and see. I AM NOT TIED TO ANY FIRM, But buy my Goods of the Cheapest and Best Manufacturers in the United States. I represent goods from the following manufacturers: Couch & Wisner, Bridgeport, Conn.; Burley & Usher, Milton, N.H.; Pratt, Warren & Co., Boston, Mass.; Lilly, Brackett & Co., Brockton, Mass.; Geo. W. Ludlow, Chicago, Ill.; Pingree & Smith, Detroit, Mich.; J.S. Nelson & Son., North Grafton, Mass.; Geo. P. Holmes & Co., Chicago, Ill. The above named firms are too well known for anybody to question the quality of their goods. EHARTS BLOCK, SECOND STREET. Yours, B.C. DAVIS (Fort Madison Democrat (Fort Madison, IA), November 11, 1885).

LEBANON, ME. Elmer Hersom is learning to keep books in Burley & User’s shoe factory in Milton, N.H. (Farmington News, December 18, 1885).

Great Falls Water Power Company, who were in the business of building and then leasing water-powered mills, considered building a replacement mill on the ruins of I.W. Springfield & Son’s woolen mill, which had burned down when it was struck by lightning on Saturday morning August 22, 1885. (See Milton in the News – 1885).

MILTON. Great Falls Water Power Co. is considering the propriety of erecting a four-story building where the woolen mill was burned a year ago last July at Milton. If erected it will be used as a shoe shop by Burley & Usher (Farmington News, December 17, 1886).

Burley & Usher appeared in the Milton business directories of 1887, and 1889, as Milton boot & shoe manufacturers.

MILTON. The foundation of Ralph Kimball’s house is laid and ready for the framework. There is prospect of a new road being laid from Burley & Usher’s shoe factory toward the ruins of the woolen mill (Farmington News, April 22, 1887).

PERSONAL. Joseph Breckenridge has accepted a position at Milton in Burley & Usher’s factory (Farmington News, July 1, 1887)

UNION. Mr. Jacob B. Mitchell and son, who have been living in Malden, Mass., for some time past, have returned to their home here. Eddie has a job at Burley & Usher’s shoe factory, at Milton. Mr. Mitchell is at home for a few days. He has a short job of work, we are told, at Peabody (Farmington News, January 6, 1888).

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS. D.S. Burley to G.W. Tasker, land in Milton, $400 (Farmington News, January 6, 1888).

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

MILTON. The Milton Manufacturing Company is running at its utmost capacity, manufacturing leather board and paper. They employ some forty hands, running the twenty-four hours day and night. Burley & Usher, shoe manufacturers of the same place, are turning out twenty cases per day and have orders on hand to last well into the winter months. They give employment to some 200 hands, with a weekly pay roll of $1,400 (Farmington News, September 28, 1888).

Burley & Usher opened their third factory in Springvale, ME, in January 1889.

Their large factory at Milton, N.H., proving too small for their requirements, the firm have now (January 1889) just finished building a splendid factory at Springvale Me. It is four stories and basement in height, fitted up with the latest improved machinery and requirements, having a capacity of one thousand five hundred pairs per day. Two hundred hands will be employed here in the manufacture medium grade goat and kid shoes, and of a quality which will at once command the attention of the best class of trade (American Publishing, 1889).

Actually, it was again the case that it was the Springvale citizens that built the factory, rather than Burley & Usher, who only leased it.

LOCALS. John Currier, having purchased his brother George’s machinery, has commenced the manufacture of heels at his father’s farm. He sells his heels to Burley & Usher of Milton, of whom he buys his stock (Farmington News, January 11, 1889).

MILTON. Miss Sadie Shortridge has been absent from Burley & Usher’s factory the past week, on account of illness (Farmington News, June 21, 1889).

Sadie Shortridge would marry in Milton, December 24, 1895, Frank M. Davis, both of Milton. She was a shoe stitcher, aged twenty-four years, and he was a laborer, aged twenty-nine years. Rev. Frank Haley performed the ceremony.

Burley & Usher gave up their smallest factory in Beverly, MA, in October 1889, in favor of another one leased in Newburyport, MA. (They would now have factories in Milton, NH, Springvale, ME, and Newburyport, MA).

WILL MOVE TO NEWBURYPORT. Burley & Usher of Beverly Discharge Their Lasters and Fitters. BEVERLY, Mass., Oct. 31 – Messrs. Burley & Usher, shoe manufacturer, discharged all their lasters and stock fitters yesterday, and will leave Beverly for Newburyport as soon as possible. The firm had a large five-story factory built for their use at Newburyport, and began business therein two weeks ago. They would have remained a month longer in Beverly, but many of their employes who were not to go to Newburyport with them, had secured places elsewhere, and so crippled the firm that it has decided to discontinue business here at once. They have been making 15 cases a day (Boston Globe, October 31, 1889).

Burley & Usher presented South Milton’s Hon. Luther Hayes with a silver tea service on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, which would have been January 12, 1890. (Hayes would devise the tea service to his wife in his last will of 1894).

MILTON. Messrs. Burley & Usher were in town, May 12, in the interests of their business. It is expected that work will be more abundant (Farmington News, May 23, 1890).

REAL ESTATE MATTERS. Burley & Usher, shoe manufacturers at Newburyport, have just broken ground for a new factory building in the rear of their present plant (Boston Evening Transcript, October 8, 1890).

Mr. D.S. Burley attended a banquet sponsored by the Y.M.C.A. at the Thorndike hotel in Boston, MA, on the evening of December 11, 1890 (Boston Globe, December 12, 1890).

Luther Hayes, and Henry B. Scates, acting for the town, filled out a NH State Board of Health form regarding Milton’s sanitary and safety conditions in that same year. (They were not at all impressed with the sewerage and drainage at Milton Three Ponds). They noted that the Burley & Usher factory was the only building in town that had a fire escape (NH State Board of Health, 1891).

Burley & Usher appeared in the Milton business directories of 1892, and 1894, as Milton boot & shoe manufacturers.

MILTON. Burley & Usher’s shoe shop is to have a coat of paint (Farmington News, November 11, 1892).

MILTON. It is reported that Ed Hammond, the superintendent of the finishing department in Burley & Usher’s shoe factory, was married Saturday evening (Farmington News, November 11, 1892).

Edwin F. Hammond married in Wakefield, NH, November 5, 1892, Lillian A. Chamberlain, both of Wakefield, NH. He was a bookkeeper, aged twenty-two years, and she was a houseworker, aged twenty-two years. Rev. L.C. Graves performed the ceremony.

MILTON. Fred Snow has left Burley & Usher and returned to Boston (Farmington News, March 31, 1893).

HERE AND THERE. Frank Pearl is about to assume charge of the stitching department in the Burley and Usher factory in Milton (Farmington News, March 31, 1893).

Frank Pearl would appear in the Milton directory of 1900, as a shoe stitcher, with his house at 8 School street. By 1902, he had moved to Easton, PA.

Partner William R. Usher left the Burley & Usher firm in June 1894. He started a new partnership with his son, William A. Usher. They would take over the Springvale factory.

New England Briefs. Burley & Usher, a big Newburyport (Mass.) shoe firm, have dissolved partnership (Berkshire Eagle, June 29, 1894).

Meanwhile, Daniel S. Burley formed a new partnership with his nephew, John P. Stevens (1866-1955), and his factory foreman, William H. Sargent. It took the name Burley, Stevens & Co.

NEWBURYPORT. After the dissolution of the shoe manufacturing firm of Burley & Usher, D.S. Burley will take the factory now occupied, and a partnership will be formed by associating with him John P. Stevens, a present member of the firm, and William Sargent, a foreman. Mr. Usher will take the old A.F. Towle & Son silver shop, and associate with himself his son, W.A. Usher (Boston Globe, July 17, 1894).

Daniel S. Burley, J.P. Stevens, and William H. Sargent, under the firm-name of Burley, Stevens & Co., continued to occupy the factory on Merrimack street [in Newburyport] until it was destroyed by fire, October 31, 1894, when they removed to the brick building on the corner of Kent and Munroe streets, formerly occupied by the Ocean Mills Company for the manufacture of cotton cloth (Currier, 1906).

Their Milton factory seems to have been closed down at about this time, as it was said to have been idle for nearly a year when the building was sold in October 1894. (It might have been a victim of the widespread economic Panic of 1893).

TO START ANOTHER FACTORY. Shoe Industry Likely to Boom the Town of Milton, N.H. MILTON, N.H., Oct. 23 – W.H. [N.B.] Thayer & Co. today purchased the shoe factory formerly occupied and operated by Burley & Usher, which has been idle for nearly a year. The new purchasers are at present operating a factory in this town and employ nearly 400 hands, and steps will at once be taken to connect the two factories and largely increase the number of employes (Boston Globe, October 24, 1894).

BIG FIRE AND LITTLE WATER. Newburyport Car Works and a Shoe Factory Destroyed. Help Summoned from Four Cities. Newburyport, Mass., Oct. 31 – A big fire is raging in Newburyport. The alarm came in from box 45. This was followed close by a second alarm, and soon after a general alarm, summoning the whole department. The blaze started near the front end of the Newburyport car works, and when the firemen arrived this part of the structure was in flames The firemen arrived promptly, but owing to the inflammable condition of the building the fire spread with alarming rapidity. As fast as the firemen put a stream on one part of the building the flames broke out in another. Inside of ten minutes after the first alarm was sounded the car works was a mass of flames. Chief Reed has ordered City Marshal Emerson to send for help from Salem, Portsmouth, Haverhill and Amesbury. The fire spread to the rear, and Burley & Usher’s factory is doomed. There is a very low supply of water and the firemen are greatly hampered. Fireman Edgar J. Brown, of engine No. 3, narrowly escaped suffocation. He was on the third floor of Burley & Usher’s factory, and was hemmed in by smoke. He rushed to a window and broke the glass. A ladder was quickly raised, and he was able to reach the ground. Burley & Usher were crowded with orders. All the help in their factory got out in safety. At one time it looked as if all the wooden buildings In the vicinity of the fire would be destroyed, but shortly before noon the fire was got under control. Burley & Usher’s factory, which by recent change in the firm was run by Burley, Strains [Stevens] & Co., was burned to the ground. The concern had about $55,000 worth of stock on hand and employed over a hundred hands. The loss to this firm will reach $110,000. The Newburyport car works were practically destroyed. Loss about $25,000. The Eagle House and a number of small buildings were also destroyed. Firemen and apparatus came from Amesbury, Salem, Haverhill, Lynn and Portsmouth, and did good service. The total loss will reach $150,000, on which there is an insurance of about $100,000. The cause of the fire was the explosion of an oil stove in the office of the car company (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), October 31, 1894).

Burley - BS941107Want the Firm In Dover. DOVER, N.H. Oct. 31 – When it became known in this city that the shoe firm of Burley & Usher of Newburyport had been burned out those interested in the Dover improvement association at once communicated with the burned out firm offering its splendid brick shoe factory situated on Dover st. to the firm if it should care to come here and carry on its business. Every effort will be made by the association to induce the firm to locate here. The shop in question, which has been idle about a year, is one of the largest and best in the state (Boston Globe, November 1, 1894).

In the wake of their disastrous Newburyport fire, Burley, Stevens & Co. placed many advertisements in 1895 and 1896 for jobs (of which the following are just a sample) in their new location at the Whitefield Mills in Newburyport.

Female Help Wanted. VAMPER wanted, three-needle vamper, Union Special machine; also closer on women’s, misses’ and children’s. BURLEY, STEVENS & CO. Newburyport, Mass. Sud3t f3 (Boston Globe, February 5, 1895).

Male Help Wanted. WANTED – A good man to take charge of fitting red sole leather. BURLEY, STEVENS & CO. Newburyport, Mass. (Boston Globe, February 8, 1895).

NEWBURYPORT. Daniel S. Burley of the firm of Burley, Stevens & Co. leaves today for a two-weeks’ gunning expedition in Maine (Boston Globe, September 23, 1895).

NEWBURYPORT. Burley, Stevens & Co., whose shoe factory was destroyed with the car company’s buildings, have removed to the unused Whitefield mills building, and are doing one-third more work than one year ago. They have an immense brick building 300×45 feet, four stories high (Boston Globe, November 4, 1895).

Burley’s erstwhile partner, William R. Usher of Newburyport, MA, became in 1897 treasurer of the Electrolytic Marine Salts Company, a firm devoted to extracting gold from sea water in Lubec, ME. (Usher was still associated also with his son in the shoe business).

Electrolytic Marine Salts Co - BT971215Its board was staffed with men of known business integrity, including Usher, but they were just window dressing for one of the most audacious and notorious stock swindles in New England history. The whole scheme came unraveled in July 1898. The swindlers fled overseas and the dumbfounded directors found themselves holding the bag, so to speak. They issued the following statement:

The story printed by the New York Herald of July 31 is, in the minds of the directors, conclusive evidence of a conspiracy on the part of P.F. Jernegan, general manager, and C.E. Fisher, assistant manager, to defraud the stockholders of the company. They have undoubtedly left the country and disabled the electrical apparatus at plant No. 1. As soon as our suspicions were aroused we took the most active measures to apprehend the criminals and protect the interests of the stockholders. A considerable sum of money has already been received and there is a good prospect of a further large amount. All bills have been paid on presentation, and the outstanding liabilities are small. Only a small amount of contract work was awarded. All work has been suspended. Touching the secret process of the company, it should be said that it is yet to be ascertained that it is fully lacking in merit. It is the wish of the directors to meet the stockholders, and a call for such a meeting will be issued. Signed, ARTHUR B. RYAN, President; WILLIAM R. USHER, Treasurer; ALBERT P. SAWYER, Director (Jeweler’s Circular, 1898).

It should be noted that there actually are trace amounts of gold and silver in sea water. It is just that it has never been economically feasible to extract them, either then or now.

Clara A. (Wentworth) Burley spoke briefly at a district conference of the Y.M.C.A. auxiliary held in Merrimac, MA, December 7, 1898.

Y.M.C.A. RIGHT HAND. District Conference of the Women’s Auxiliary Meets at Merrimac. MERRIMAC, Dec. 6 – The first district conference of the Woman’s auxiliary of the Y.M.C.A., which is composed of the societies in Amesbury, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Newburyport and Merrimac, was held here today. At the morning session an address of welcome was delivered by Mrs. George Trefethen of Merrimac. The response was by Mrs. D.S. Burley of Newburyport, and was followed by an address by Miss Emma Short of Haverhill. At the afternoon session addresses were delivered as follows: On state work, by R.M. Armstrong, Boston, general secretary, Y.M.C.A.; on consecration service, Mrs. H.O. Durell, Cambridge; on district work, by Mrs. H.L. Fuller, Lynn. A banquet was served at noon (Boston Globe, December 7, 1898).

Clara A. (Wentworth) Burley’s brother, Charles W. Wentworth, presented an informational tablet or sign to the Milton Congregational Church, as a Christmas gift. (Its pastor was then Rev. Myron P. Dickey).

MILTON. A tablet for the Congregational church was received from C.W. Wentworth, as a Christmas gift, telling the name of the pastor, the time of each service, etc. It is highly appreciated by all. Mr. Wentworth is a brother to Mrs. Daniel Burley of Newburyport. At the death of his mother, which occurred at South Milton some years since, he went to reside with his sister in Newburyport. His father, Eli Wentworth, was commissary, in the same regiment with Alonzo Nute, who was quartermaster in the Sixth New Hampshire during the civil war. Mr. Wentworth always sends some token of remembrance when occasion gives opportunity (Farmington News, December 30, 1898).

Burley, Stevens & Company lost their “Company,” i.e., William H. Sargent, in November 1899. They became plain Burley & Stevens.

Mr. Sargent having withdrawn from the firm and removed to Lynn in 1899, the business since that date has been carried on by Daniel S. Burley and J.P. Stevens under the firm-name of Burley & Stevens (Currier, 1906).

William H. Sargent, a shoe manufacturer, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Lynn, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Nancy A. [(Taylor)] Sargent, aged forty-five years (b. NH), his son, Charles W. Sargent, at school, aged fourteen years (b. MA), and his lodger, Edward W. Lovely, a shoe finisher, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA). William H. Sargent owned their house at 82 High Rock Street. Nancy A. Sargent was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Daniel Burley, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Newburyport, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Clara A. [(Wentworth)] Burley, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), his brother-in-law, Charles W. Wentworth, a shoe cutter, aged forty-five years (b. NH), his boarder, John P. Stevens, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), and his servants, Nora Finnegan, a servant, aged twenty-five years (b. Ireland), and Hannah Finnegan, a servant, aged eighteen years (b. Ireland). Daniel Burley owned their house at 191 Summer Street, free-and-clear. Clara A. Burley was the mother of five children, of whom none were still living.

Record of the Work. Material Improvements. NEWBURYPORT, Mass. Whitefield Ch. has opened after extensive improvements costing over $1,500. The money was the gift of Deacon and Mrs. Daniel S. Burley, members of the church (Congregationalist, July 19, 1902).

Daniel S. Burley of Newburyport, MA, signed his last will, probably in his own home on High Street, December 19, 1906. He devised $150,000 to his “beloved wife,” Clara A. Burley. He devised $50,000 to his nephew, John P. Stevens of Newburyport, MA, to be taken from company stock at set rates. Stevens would also get Burley’s real estate at East Lake in Wakefield, NH, including its buildings, furnishings, boats, motors, and all other personal property there; Stevens would also receive Burley’s fishing rods, rifles, guns, tents, and camping outfits. He devised $1,000 to his sister, Elizabeth S. Stevens, and $1,000 to her husband, Jacob B. Stevens of Peabody, MA. He devised $500 to his sister-in-law, Lydia F. Mitchell of Union, [Wakefield,] NH, or, should she not survive him, to her grandsons, Harold H. Mitchell and Daniel Burley Mitchell. He devised $3,000 to [his brother-in-law,] Charles W. Wentworth of Newburyport, MA; $500 to Helen B. Feineman of Rochester, NH; $2,500 to Thomas E. Medcalf of Newburyport, NH, for his faithful services; and $1,000 each to faithful employees Isaac W.C. Webster and Augustus W. Garland, both of Newburyport, MA. He devised all the moneys due him from the church to the Union Congregational Church of Union, [Wakefield,] NH. He devised $10,000 to a trust for the benefit of the Y.M.C.A. of Newburyport, MA, and named Henry B. Little, Lawrence B. Cushing, and Charles Thurlow, all of Newburyport, MA, as its trustees. Finally, he devised all the rest and residue to his “beloved wife,” Clara A. Burley, who he also named as executrix. Angie Hanson, Annie MacGillivray, and Ernest Foss signed as witnesses (Essex County Probate, 644:429). Ernest Foss was a lawyer and justice-of-the-peace, while Angie Hanson was Clara A. Burley’s cousin and Annie MacGillivray was a domestic servant on High Street.

Daniel S. Burley died of progressive paralysis in Newburyport, MA, March 10, 1909, aged sixty-seven years, and two months.

DANIEL S. BURLEY DEAD. Wealthy Shoe Manufacturer Passes Away at His Newburyport Home After Long Illness. NEWBURYPORT, March 10 – Daniel S. Burley of the firm of Burley & Stevens company of this city, shoe manufacturers, and one of the wealthiest men in Newburyport, died at his home here this morning after an illness of a year, the greater part of which time he had been confined to his home. Mr. Burley was born in New Hampshire, his early life being spent in the town of Union. When a young man he went on the road for Chadwick & Orange, a shoe manufacturing firm having headquarters in Boston. In a few years he had organized the firm of Burley & Usher, who operated shoe factories in Beverly, Springvale and Milton. They closed the Beverly factory in 1889 and opened one here. Later the factory here was burned and they took the Ocean mill property. About this time the firm separated, Mr. Usher taking the Springvale factory and Mr. Burley retaining the one in this city. He associated with John P. Stevens and together they have conducted a large business here since. Mr. Burley was a veteran of the civil war. He was prominently identified with the religious life of the city, being a leading member of the Whitefield church and active in Y.M.C.A. matters. He was a public spirited citizen in every way. He is survived by his wife (Boston Globe, March 10, 1909).

UNION. The remains of Daniel S. Burley of Newburyport were brought here Saturday by special train for interment in the family lot. Mr Burley was born in Newmarket, January, 1842, the only son of Plumer and Martha Burley who, when he was a small child, moved to Middleton where his childhood was passed. He married Clara, daughter of Eli and Jane Wentworth of South Milton, to whom five children were born, all dying in infancy. He engaged in the manufacture of shoes in Union, Milton and Newburyport, the last years of his life being passed in the latter place. He was a member of the Congregational church of this place until after his removal to Newburyport when he was transferred to the Whitefield church of that place. He belonged to Unity lodge, A.F.&A.M. of Union, Miltonia lodge, I.O.O.F of Milton and Eli Wentworth post G.A.R. He leaves a wife, one sister, Mrs. Jacob Stevens of Peabody, Mass., and many friends to mourn his loss. A profusion of beautiful floral tributes testified to the love and esteem felt for him (Farmington News, March 19, 1909).

Clara A. Burley, a widow, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Newburyport, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her boarders, Elma Stevens, a shoe factory finisher, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and Bennett J. Samson, a laundry manager, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), and her servant, Bessie Cronin, a private family servant, aged twenty-two years (b. Ireland (Eng.)). Clara A. Burley rented their house at 193 High Street. She was the mother of five children, of whom none were still living.

Former partner William R. Usher died of stomach cancer in Stockbridge, VT, July 4, 1917, aged seventy-two years.

William Robert Usher. In the death of William R. Usher the town of Stockbridge has lost another of its highly honored and universally respected citizens. While his death came as a sudden shock to the community, he has suffered painful illnesses in the past few years, from which his attending physician gave little hope of recovery, but his strong constitution and excellent care has kept him with us and through his unlimited ambition and will power he has continued to do light work. The morning of July 2 found him patiently at work in his garden, but on the morning of July 4th, his seventy-second birthday, he was stricken with indescribable pain from hemorrhage and passed from earth in the afternoon. Thus his birthday on earth was his birthday in heaven. He breathed a prayer to the Heavenly Father to take him and his last words to the dearly loved companion at his bedside were, “I am now returning home.” The drawn expression relaxed to a pleasant smile which seemed to speak the immortal joy of the released spirit. William Usher was the son of Ambrose and Mary (Campbell) Usher, born in Boston, July 4, 1845. The first years of his married life were lived at Stoneham, Mass., then he removed to Newburyport, where he remained until he came to Stockbridge in 1908, where he has since resided with his son at the pleasant home formerly owned by Rev. T.S. Hubbard. His wife, Eva T. (Bowdlear) Usher, a woman possessing rare qualities of heart and mind, passed from this life in 1902. Five years later, Dec. 14, 1907, at Wakefield, Mass., he married Grace Jaques of Newburyport, who has been the patient, unwearying caretaker (Bethel Courier (Bethel, VT), July 26, 1917).

Clara A. Burley, a widow, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), headed a Newburyport, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her cousin, Angie Hanson, a widow, aged seventy-nine years (b. NH), her boarder, Bennett J. Samson, a laundry manager, aged forty-four years (b. MA), and her servant, Katharine Carroll, a private family houseworker, aged thirty-five years (b. Ireland). Clara A. Burley owned their house at 191 High Street, free-and-clear.

Clara A. Burley died in Newburyport, MA, June 2, 1925, aged eighty years.

MRS. CLARA A. BURLEY DIES AT NEWBURYPORT. NEWBURYPORT, June 2 – Mrs. Clara A. Burley, 80, widow of Daniel S. Burley, formerly a prominent shoe manufacturer here, died today at her home, 191 High st. She was born in Milton, N.H. and came here nearly 40 years ago. Mrs. Burley was a member of Central Congregational Church and a generous contributor to the work of the Young Men’s Christian Association, of which her husband was a former president and benefactor and for whom the boys and girls’ Summer camp at Angle Lake, Hampstead, N.H., was named. Her nearest relative is a cousin, Mary Abbie Howe of West Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 3, 1925).


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Some Milton Three-Ponds Grocers, c1850-1923

By Muriel Bristol | June 27, 2021

Here is presented a sequence of Milton grocers active during the period 1850-1923. These were not the only grocers, grocery and general stores active in Milton during this period, nor are any Milton Mills grocers represented here. The Milton grocers are grouped together here because they form a sequence, in which each grocer appears to have succeeded another in time, although not always in the same buildings. (There were fires along the way).

The apparent succession of grocers included here are: Ezra H. Twombly, John E. Twombly, Looney & Avery, Looney & Downes, Amos M. Roberts, Looney & Roberts, Sunset Grocery (Carl E. Pinkham), and Sunset Grocery (Louis O. Stetson).

EZRA H. TWOMBLY – c1850-1867

Ezra H. Twombly was born in Milton, January 6, 1830, son of James M. and Eunice (Burrows) Twombly.

James Twombly, a farmer, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Eunice Twombly, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), Ezra Twombly, a trader, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Mary A. Twombly, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and John E.B. Twombly, aged fourteen years (b. NH). James Twombly had real estate valued at $3,000. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of George Worster, a machinist, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and Stephen Downs, a farmer, aged forty-one years (b. NH).

Ezra H. Twombly married in Dover, NH, March 5, 1855, Lucinda K. Hanson, he of Milton and she of Dover, NH. Rev. Lewis Howard performed the ceremony. She was born in Dover, NH, December 29, 1828, daughter of Israel and Eunice (Twombly) Hanson.

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. Twombly, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), Isabel Twombly, aged four years (b. NH), and Susan A. Twombly, aged two years (b. NH), and, apparently, 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. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Benjamin Randall, a farm laborer, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and W. Laskey, a laborer, aged thirty years (b. NH). (The household of Twombly’s father appeared further down the same page).

Ezra H. Twombly replaced James R. Palmer as Milton postmaster, April 12, 1861. (This was the same day that Fort Sumpter was attacked in Charleston harbor, which is generally regarded as the start of the Civil War).

Ezra H. Twombly was assessed for the wartime U.S. Excise Tax in 1862, 1863, and 1864.

E.H. Twombly of Milton was assessed $10.00 for being a retail dealer in the wartime U.S. Excise Tax of 1865. He was assessed also $1.00 for his gold watch. (A marginal note indicates that he paid the tax on August 29, 1865).

Ezra H. Twombly had received $178.43 in salary in 1865, with $195.88 due him.

E.H. Twombly of Milton was assessed $10.00 for being a retail dealer in the wartime U.S. Excise Tax of 1866. He was assessed also $1 for his gold watch, and $4.17 for being a five-twelfths of lawyer. One might take this to mean that he spent five-twelfths of his time being a lawyer, and seven-twelfths of his time operating in other fields of endeavor, such as being postmaster and a retail dealer.

Ezra H. Twombly, post-master, aged forty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Lucinda K. Twombly, keeping house, aged forty-two years (b. NH), Isabella Twombly, at home, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Susan A. Twombly, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH). Ezra H. Twombly had real estate valued at $3,500 and personal estate valued at $385. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Hazen Duntley, a blacksmith, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), and Charles L. Lord, a shoe cutter, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME).

Charles H. Looney succeeded Ezra H. Twombly as Milton postmaster, January 17, 1872.

AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES. Strafford Co., N.H. The annual meeting was held at Dover, Dec. 22, when the following officers were elected: President, Luther Hayes of Milton; Vice Presidents, Elisha Lock of Barrington, and Joseph Nutter of Farmington; Treasurer, Stephen S. Chick of Great Falls; Secretary, Ezra H. Twombly of Dover (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), January 9, 1875).

NEW HAMPSHIRE. At the Strafford County Convention, holden at Rochester, Ezra H. Twombly of Dover was nominated tor register of deeds, John H. Leighton of Dover for county treasurer, and Colton H. Foss of Strafford for county commissioner (Boston Evening Transcript, January 21, 1875).

Ezra H. Twombly, a laborer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucinda K. Twombly, keeping house, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his children, Isabel N. Twombly, works in millinery store, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and Annette S. Twombly, a schoolteacher, aged twenty-two years (b. NH). They resided on Portland Street.

Ezra H. Twombly died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Dover, N.H., December 19, 1883, aged fifty-four years.

Death of Ezra A. Twombly of Dover. (Special Despatch to The Boston Globe.) Dover, N.H., December 13 – Ezra A. Twombly, clerk of the Common Council, was suddenly stricken down with apoplexy yesterday at 11.30 and died this morning. He was 56 years old, a greatly esteemed citizen, and a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. He belonged to the mutual benefit societies of both and had other insurances, amounting in all to $5,000. He leaves a widow and one married daughter (Boston Globe, December 13, 1883).

Lucinda K. Twombly, a widow, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Helen I. Moulton, a widow, aged forty-four years (b. NH), and her grandchildren, Grace A. Moulton, at school, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Elizabeth A. Moulton, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Helen F. Moulton, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH). Lucinda K. Twombly owned their house at 79 Portland Street, free-and-clear. Lucinda K. Twombly was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living; Hazel I. Moulton was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

Helen I. Moulton, a widow, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Elizabeth Moulton, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), Helen F Moulton, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and her mother, Lucinda K Twombly, a widow, aged eighty-one years (b. NH). Helen I. Moulton rented their house at 79 Portland Street. Hazel I. Moulton was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living; Lucinda K. Twombly was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

Lucinda K. (Hanson) Twombly died of cardiac disease in Dover, NH, July 19, 1910, aged eighty-two years, six months, and twenty days.

DOVER DOINGS. Dover, July 20. – Mrs. Lucinda K. Twombly, one of the oldest residents of Dover, died on Tuesday at her home at 79 Portland street, aged 82 years, 6 months, 20 days. The deceased was the widow of the late Ezra Twombly. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Helen L. Moulton of Dover; and three granddaughters, Miss Beth and Miss Helen Moulton also of this city, and Mrs. Samuel Smiley of Lowell, Mass. Mrs. Twombly had been a resident of Dover sixty-five years.

JOHN E. TWOMBLY – 1866-71

John E.B. Twombly was born in Milton, January 3, 1836, son of James M. and Eunice (Burrows) Twombly.

John E. Twombly of Milton was assessed $1.00 for his gold watch in the wartime U.S. Excise Tax of 1865. (A marginal note indicates that he paid the tax on September 11, 1865).

John E. Twombly of Milton was assessed $10.00 for being a retail dealer in the wartime U.S. Excise Tax of 1866. He was assessed also $1 for his gold watch.

John E. Twombly appeared in the Milton directories of 1867-68, 1868, and 1869-70, as a Milton merchant. His elder brother, Ezra H. Twombly, was postmaster and a justice-of-the-peace. (This is the period in which Charles H. Looney (see below) had his first grocery store experience working in “Twombly’s store” for two years).

John E. Twombly married in Somersworth, NH, July 29, 1868, Lydia Ann “Annie” Waterhouse, he of Milton and she of Dover, NH. He was a merchant, aged thirty-two years, and she was a lady, aged twenty-eight years. Rev. O. Jasper performed the ceremony. She was born in Strafford, NH, January 4, 1843, daughter of Benjamin F. and Lydia M. (Tuttle) Waterhouse.

John E. Twombly, a retail grocer, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Lydia A. Twombly, keeping house, aged thirty years (b. NH), Clarence E. Twombly, aged eleven months (b. NH), and Ora J. Downs, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH). John E. Twombly had personal estate valued at $2,335. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of James W. Nutter, works in shoe factory, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and George W. Peavey, a physician, aged thirty-one years (b. NH).

John E. Twombly’s store (and his brother’s post-office within it) burned to the ground on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1870.

JE Twombly Store and POABOUT eleven o’clock P.M., December 24th, a fire broke out at Milton Three Ponds, N.H., in the store occupied by John E. Twombly as a grocery and dry goods store and post and telegraph offices, which was entirely destroyed (The Telegrapher, January 7, 1871).

Twombly’s house may be seen on the same 1871 map detail (prepared before the fire), six houses further north on the same river or pond side of the street as his store (indicated by a red arrow). He lived more or less across the street from the Academy, i.e., the Milton Classical Institute. Note too that the original train station (lower right) is on the other side of the river from the store. (The one depicted in the postcards would not be built until 1873).

John E. Twombly continued to appear in the Milton directories of 1871, and 1873, as a Milton merchant. (That might be true, but it is also true that it sometimes took a little while for directory publishers to awaken to realities on the ground). His elder brother, Ezra H. Twombly, was postmaster and a justice-of-the-peace.

John E. Twombly, a clerk in grocer’s store, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Lydia A. Twombly, keeping house, aged forty years (b. NH), Clarence E. Twombly, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), James F. Twombly, at school, aged nine years (b. NH), Mary F. Twombly, at school, aged six years (b. NH), Benjamin F. Twombly, aged two years (b. NH), and Edith G. Twombly, aged ten months (b. NH). They resided on Silver Street.

John E. Twombly died of a gastric tumor in Dover, NH, August 24, 1888, aged fifty-two years.

Lydia A. (Waterhouse) Twombly died in Roslindale, MA, July 16, 1916.

DEATHS. TWOMBLY – In Roslindale, July 16, Lydia A., widow of John E. Twombly. Funeral from her late residence, 205 Belgrade av., Roslindale, Tuesday, July 18, at 3 p.m. Burial at Dover, N.H. Dover, N.H., papers please copy (Boston Globe, July 17, 1916).

LOONEY & AVERY – 1871-81

Charles H. Looney replaced Ezra H. Twombly, as Milton postmaster, January 17, 1872.

In 1871 he engaged in the grocery business upon his own account in Milton, there conducted a flourishing trade until 1889, when he was appointed Deputy Collector of Customs for the Portsmouth district (Biographical Review, 1897). 

Looney & Avery appeared in the Milton directories of 1874, and 1875, as Milton merchants.

A more complete sketch Charles H. Looney may be found in Milton’s Collector Charles H. Looney (1849-1902). There were several Averys in town at the time, and little evidence with which to identify Looney’s partner. (He might have been best acquainted with Brackett F. Avery (1828-1911)).

LOONEY & DOWNS – 1881-89

Charles H. Looney and Hazen W. “Wesley” Downs formed a grocery partnership on Main Street in Milton in April 1881. (Competitor Joseph Willey planned to expand his offerings).

MILTON. Mr. Charles Looney has moved his goods and post office into Wentworth’s Block on Main St., with Mr. Wesley Downs, formerly of this [Farmington] place, and has put in a large lot of groceries and crockery ware, and is now ready to do business on the square. Joseph Willey is about to put in a stock of boots and shoes in connection with groceries and dry goods (Farmington News, April 29, 1881).

MILTON. W. Jones has opened a Watch and Jewelry Store on Main Street, formerly occupied by Charles Looney as Post-office (Farmington News, May 20, 1881).

Looney & Downes appeared in the Milton directories of 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, and 1889, as Milton merchants.

A more complete sketch Charles H. Looney may be found in Milton’s Collector Charles H. Looney (1849-1902); and a more complete sketch of Hazen W. “Wesley” Downs may be found in Milton Policemen – c1891-1914.

AMOS M. ROBERTS – 1889-93

Amos M. Roberts was born in Dover, NH, December 19, 1835, son of James C. and Lydia J. (Scates) Roberts.

Amos M. Roberts married in Milton, November 1, 1863, Clara M. Mathes, both of Milton. He was a shoemaker, aged twenty-eight years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-four years. Rev. James Doldt performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, July 12, 1839, daughter of Robert and Mary (Moulton) Mathes.

Amos M. Roberts, works in shoe shop, aged forty-five years (b. NH), and his wife, Clara M. Roberts, boarding, aged forty years (b. NH), were boarders in the Farmington, NH, household of Daniel P. Cilley, a clergyman, aged seventy-four years (b. NH), at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census.

Other Local Matter. Mr. Amos Roberts of this place has just been relieved of a dangerous cancer in the face (Farmington News, February 15, 1884).

LOCALS. Rev. W.E. Darling and wife, Mrs. Isaac Glidden, Mrs. G.N. Eastman, Mrs. Amos Roberts of Milton and Miss Lillian Wingate are spending a few days at Kennebunk, Me , enjoying the sea breezes (Farmington News, June 10, 1887).

LOCALS. Amos Roberts, of Milton, who formerly worked in [Farmington] town, has, with a Mr. Barrows, purchased the grocery business of Looney & Downs, and will attempt to scale the giddy heights of fortune from behind a counter (Farmington News, April 12, 1889).

Amos Roberts appeared in the Milton directories of 1892, and 1894, as a Milton grocer or merchant.

LOONEY & ROBERTS – 1893-02

Prior to leaving his Deputy Collector post at the U.S. Customs House in 1894, Charles H. Looney had entered into new a grocery partnership with Amos M. Roberts (the same grocer who had bought out Looney & Downs in April 1889) in 1893.

MILTON. Repairs are being made on the house lately purchased by Looney & Avery [Avery & Roberts] of Albert Downes (Farmington News, September 15, 1893).

This property had become available when Dorothy M. “Dora” (Tuttle) Downs divorced her husband, Albert F. Downs, March 8, 1893. At the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census, they had been enumerated in Milton 3-Ponds, next door to Horatio G. Wentworth’s hotel.

Here and There. Mrs. Amos Roberts, formerly resident in this [Farmington] village, is recovering at her home in Milton, from a sharp seizure of illness (Farmington News, October 26, 1894).

Charles H. Looney is here identified as being a partner in the grocery business, now called Looney & Roberts, and as being home sick with La Grippe, i.e., influenza.

MILTON. C.H. Looney of the firm Looney & Roberts, was confined to the house with an attack of the grip last week, and this week his partner A.M. Roberts is taking his turn (Farmington News, February 15, 1895).

MILTON NEWS LETTER. Mrs. A.O. Mathes and daughter, Miss Lura Mathes, of Dover, are visiting at the home of Amos Roberts (Farmington News, July 16, 1897).

Looney & Roberts appeared in the Milton directory of 1898 as Milton merchants.

MILTON. Mrs. James Gardner and Miss Hattie Moulton of Roxbury have been visiting their cousin, Mrs. Amos Roberts of this town, during the past week (Farmington News, April 7, 1899).

Amos M. Roberts, a storekeeper, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-seven years), Clara M. Roberts, aged sixty years (b. NH), his mother-in-law, Mary S. Mathes, a widow, aged eighty-three years (b. NH), his aunt, Abby D. Jones, a widow, aged seventy-nine years (b. NH), and his boarder, Thomas Kelly, a salesman in store, aged thirty-three years (b. MA). Amos M. Roberts owned their house in Milton Village, free-and-clear. Mary S. Mathes was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

AMOS M. ROBERTS – 1902-07

Amos M. Robert appeared in the Milton directories of 1901, and 1904, as a Milton merchant.

PERSONAL. Mrs. Amos Roberts of Milton and Mrs. Emmons Plummer of Concord and Milton were in [Farmington] town Friday of last week (Farmington News, August 9, 1901).

PERSONAL. Mrs. Amos Roberts of Milton and Miss Lura Mathes of Dover were in [Farmington] town Wednesday (Farmington News, July 18, 1902).

Clara M. (Mathes) Roberts’ brother, Albert O. Mathes, featured in the Milton Centennial celebration of August 1902. (See him also in Milton in the News – 1903).

Amos B. Roberts, a grocer, died of exhaustion in Milton, August 10, 1907, aged seventy-two years, two months, and three days. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Clara M. Roberts, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her boarder, Ralph Frobisher, an engineering office draughtsman, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and his wife (of six months), Elva Frobisher, a private family servant, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Clara M. Roberts owned their house.

Malcolm A.H. Hart, a physician, aged fifty-eight years (B. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Estell L. Hart, aged fifty-six years (b. VT), his son, Ezra D. Hart, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and his boarder, Clara M. Roberts, a widow, aged eighty years (b. NH). He owned his house on Lower Main Street, in Milton Village, free-and-clear. They appeared in the census enumeration between the households of Natt E. Young, a draftsman, aged forty-three years (b. ME), and Fred C. Downs, an ice company laborer, aged forty-two years (b. NH).

Harriet A. Lord, aged fifty-five years, headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her son, Ernest A. Lord, aged seventeen years, and her boarder, Clara A. Roberts, aged ninety-two years. Harriet A. Lord rented their house on North Main Street, for $10 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Clara M. (Mathes) Roberts died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Main Street in Milton, June 8, 1931, aged ninety-one years, ten months, and twenty-six days. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

LOCAL. Many friends of this community learn with deep regret of the death of Mrs. Clara Mathes Roberts of Milton. Mrs. Roberts, who was the widow of Amos Roberts, passed away at her home in that village a week ago last Sunday at the venerable age of nearly 92 years. She was the last of one of Milton’s oldest and most respected families and herself a generous and helpful contributor to every interest of the town and its general welfare. She will be fondly remembered as “Aunt Clara” by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Especially active in church work since she was 16 years of age, in this institution she leaves imperishable monuments to her memory (Farmington News, [Friday,] June 19, 1931).

CARL EDWIN PINKHAM – c1908-16

Carl Edwin Pinkham was born in Milton, August 22, 1886, son of James D. and Sarah A. (McGonigle) Pinkham.

Carl E. Pinkham appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as a groceries merchant on Main street, in the P.O. building, boarding at 6 Silver street. His father, James D. Pinkham, appeared as a newsdealer on Main street, with his house at 6 Silver street. Carl’s younger brother, Harold Pinkham, appeared as clerk at J.D. Pinkham’s, boarding at 6 Silver street.

Pinkham, CE - 1909

The Sunset Grocery Co. franchise in Lynn, MA, was organized March 30, 1910, and incorporated April 6, 1910. It issued 80 shares of stock at $25 apiece, raising a total of $2,000 (Wright & Potter, 1911).

James D. Pinkham, a newsdealer, aged forty-three 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-three years), Sarah Pinkham, aged forty-five years (b. Ireland (Eng.)), and his children, Carl Pinkham, a grocery store merchant, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and Harold Pinkham, aged sixteen years (b. NH). Sarah Pinkham was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. James D. Pinkham owned their house free-and-clear. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Fred Hartford, a barber (own shop), aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and Natt E. Young, an engineering office draughtsman, aged thirty-three years (b. ME) (he likely worked for Milton’s Hydraulic Engineer: I.W. Jones).

C.E. Pinkham appeared in the Milton directory of 1912, as having a grocery store on Main street, near the post office.

In December 1912, Carl E. Pinkham added a Farmington, NH, store to his “chain” of existing grocery stores in Lynn, MA, and Milton. The description of his Farmington store and the goods on offer there likely serves to describe also his Milton store.

SUNSET GROCERY CO. This is the corner grocery store recently purchased from L.B. Foster by the above company and added to their rapidly growing chain of stores. Under the direction of the enterprising new proprietor, C.E. Pinkham of Milton, this store has assumed a most orderly and attractive interior. The goods are very neatly and artistically displayed and the new store is receiving a liberal and highly appreciated share of patronage. Many Christmas specials are being offered here at low prices. Among these are the famous “Angelus Brand” of canned goods, celery, cranberries, pop corn, nuts, fancy biscuit crackers, figs, dates and grapes. This is also the exclusive agency for the well-known “Meadow Gold” butter and eggs. The store is neatly kept and handsomely decorated and should not be forgotten when you make up the Christmas dinner list (Farmington News, [Friday,] December 20, 1912).

Personal. C.B. Tarbell, C.E. Pinkham, Herbert Willey, all of Milton, were in town Monday night and attended the regular meeting of Fraternal lodge, A.F. and A.M. (Farmington News, March 7, 1913).

Carl E. Pinkham joined with other Milton merchants, J.H. Willey and Fred B. Roberts, in organizing the Milton Factory Company, August 5, 1913. We might suppose that they intended to purchase a Milton factory.

Milton Factory Company – Principal place of business, Milton; incorporated, August 5, 1913; capital authorized, $5,000; par value, $50; capital issued, $4,950; debts due from corporation, $31.25; assets, debts due corporation, $173.97; description of assets, factory; treasurer, Carl E. Pinkham; directors signing return, Carl E. Pinkham, J.H. Willey, Fred B. Roberts (NH General Court, 1915).

Carl Edwin Pinkham married (1st) in Boston, MA, October 25, 1913, Maud Malpas Carter, he of Milton and she of Lebanon, ME. He was a merchant, aged twenty-seven years, and she was aged thirty-two years. Rev. Herbert S. Johnson performed the ceremony. She was born in Wilmington, MA, circa 1880, daughter of Fred M. and Barbara E. (Cole) Carter.

HONEYMOON ALL PLANNED. But Carl Pinkham of Milton, N.H., and Maud Carter of Maine Had Trying Time With Five-Day Law. Carl E. Pinkham’s experience in trying to be married Saturday night to Maud M. Carter became known at the Courthouse yesterday. He came from Milton, N.H., she from Lebanon, Me. They filed their marriage intention in the office of the Town Clerk at Milton, N.H., and thought that sufficed for them to be married in Boston. They came here Saturday afternoon with the purpose of being married by Rev. Herbert S. Johnson but they struck a snag in the law requiring them to live here five days before they could be married. Their honeymoon was all planned. It was suggested that a judge of the Probate Court might permit a waiver of the statutory provision relating to five days. They saw Edward McGlenen, city registrar, but he could not help them save by way of suggestion as to what they could do. They went to the home of Judge Grant of the Probate Court in the Back Bay. He told them that if Arthur W. Dolan, register of probate, could be found and they filed a petition asking for a waiver of the five-day period in a legal manner, he would issue a decree thereon. They then went in search of Mr. Dolan and found him at his home in Charlestown. In the pouring rain he came to the Courthouse at 8:30, accepted the petition which was made out in his office, and then the couple went back to Judge Grant, who issued the necessary decree. They then went to a minister and were married (Boston Globe, [Wednesday,] October 29, 1913).

West Milton. C.E. Pinkham and motor party from Milton village called on C.B. Canney last Sunday (Farmington News, September 18, 1914).

The Sunset Grocery Co. franchise in Lynn, MA, filed for bankruptcy in October 1914.

Business Troubles. Francis I. Folkins, treasurer of the Sunset Grocery Company, Lynn, has filed a petition in bankruptcy on behalf of the company. Liabilities, $4306; assets $2450 (Boston Globe, October 6, 1914).

GROCERIES AND FIXTURES. Will sell at public auction TUESDAY, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m., at 509 Essex st., Lynn (City Hall sq.), known as Sunset Grocery Co, large stock of groceries of best quality, Nat. cash register, tape attachment, 4-tub butter chest, McCaskey fleet register, meat refrigerator, computing, counter and platform scales, oak shelving and bins, oak and marble top counters, large safe, oil tank, lot of marble top meat tables, baskets, showcases, etc. lunch served at noon. By CHAS. A. LYONS, Auctioneer, Boston. Tel 1212 Brookline (Boston Globe, December 9, 1914).

LOCAL. E.W. Goodwin has concluded his duties in the Nutter market and went to Milton Saturday where he has a similar position in the Pinkham market (Farmington News, December 12, 1914).

Carl E. Pinkham appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as having “moved to Laconia.” Sunset Grocery Co. appeared as being at 45 Main street, with L.O. Stetson as its manager.

Carl Edwin Pinkham of 65 Lincoln street, Laconia, NH, registered for the WW I military draft in Laconia, NH, June 5, 1917. He was thirty years of age (b. Milton, August 21, 1886), married, and self-employed as a wholesale grocer (for which he claimed an exemption). He was tall, with a slender build, blue eyes, brown hair (slightly balding).

The Sunset Grocery Co. of Milton appeared in a New England business directory of 1920.

C.E. Pinkham, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), headed a Laconia, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maude Pinkham, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA). C.E. Pinkham rented their house at 130 Pleasant Street.

Carl E. Pinkham and Maude M. (Carter) Pinkham divorced sometime between 1920 and 1924. Carl E. Pinkham of Boston, MA, sailed on the S.S. Governor Cobb from Havana Cuba, to Key West, FL, December 26, 1924. He is said to have moved to Miami, FL, in or around 1924.

Carl E. Pinkham married (2nd) in Broward County, FL, June 6, 1930, Emma Louise “Louise” Gillette. She was born in Jersey City, NJ, October 15, 1897, daughter of Arthur C. and Alida (Crampton) Gillette.

SPECIALIST HERE AT BEAUTY SALON. Mrs. Louise Pinkham, trained nurse who has studied with skin specialists in New York city during the past 10 years, is now connected with Mrs. Le-Lian Krumm’s Marinello beauty parlor, 147 N.E. First st., to give individual attention to the needs of patrons. Mrs. Pinkham is introducing the Rudemar line of cosmetics. She gives personal interviews and advice to patrons of the beauty parlor (Miami News (Miami, FL), January 22, 1931).

Pinkham, Louise - MN310125Carl E. (E. Louise) Pinkham appeared in the Miami Beach, FL, directory of 1934, as manager of M.B. Grocery Co., with his house at 1611 Michigan avenue, Apartment 23. The Miami Beach Grocery Co., Carl E. Pinkham, manager, operated at 1129-31 Lincoln road.

Personal Mention. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pinkham are visiting his parents in Milton, N.H. (Miami Herald (Miami, FL), November 2, 1937).

Carl Pinkham, a realtor, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), headed a Miami, FL, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma Louise Pinkham, aged forty-two years (b. NJ). Carl Pinkham owned their house at 239 N.E. 14th Terrace, which was valued at $5,000.

Leave City. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pinkham were guests at the Hotel President, New York, for a few days en route to Mt. Washington, N.H., for a summer vacation (Miami Herald (Miami, FL), July 26, 1940).

Personally Speaking. After an early summer sojourn in Bar Harbor Me., Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Pinkham, 239 N.E. 14th ter., are visiting in Cleveland, Ohio. They plan to be gone until next month and will return home by airplane (Miami Herald (Miami, FL), 1946).

Miami Couple Buy Hampton Landmark. HAMPTON BEACH – Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Moulton announced today that they have sold the Ashworth Hotel here to a Miami, Fla., couple. The Moultons, who have owned and operated .the hotel for eight years, sold the 36-year-old structure to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pinkham for $150,000. Formerly owned by the late George Ashworth, the hotel has 65 rooms, a dining room, banquet and a coffee shop. Pinkham is a former New Hampshire resident who has been a estate broker in Florida. The management of the hotel will change Sept. 15 (Portsmouth Herald, September 9, 1952).

HOOSIER BUYS GABLES APARTMENT Above six unit apartment house, located at 334 Madeira, in Coral Gables, was sold by Dave Friedlander to Orion E. Henderson, of Indianapolis, Ind. Building contains four two bedroom apartments and two efficiencies. Price was given as $57,500. Sale was handled by Harry Scoonover, of the Carl E. Pinkham real estate office. Financing was arranged through R. K. Cooper, Inc., mortgage bankers (Miami News (Miami, FL), May 3, 1953).

Carl Edwin Pinkham married (2nd) – again – in Hanover, NH, September 28, 1961, Emma Louise Gillette, both of 823 Capri Street, Coral Gables, FL. He was a divorced realtor, aged seventy-five years, and she was a registered nurse, aged sixty-three years. She was born in Jersey City, NJ, October 15, 1897, daughter of Arthur C. and Alida (Crampton) Gillette.

Carl E. Pinkham died in Milton, July 3, 1971, aged eighty-four years.

Death Notices. PINKHAM, CARL E., 84, of 629 Navarre Ave. July 3. Came to Miami in 1924 from Laconia, New Hampshire. He retired in 1969 as a Real Estate Broker, both in Coral Gables and Miami. A 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. Survived by his wife E. Louise Pinkham and a brother Harold B. of Milton, N.H. Repose 4.9 PM Mon. Services 3:30 PM Tues. VAN ORSDEL CORAL GABLES CHAPEL (Miami News (Miami, FL), July 5, 1971).

OBITUARIES. Carl E. Pinkham. MILTON – Committal services for Carl E. Pinkham of Coral Gables, Florida, were conducted at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, Me., last Thursday, July 22. Pinkham, 76 [84], had died at his home in Milton, July 3. A former Milton resident and former owner of the Ashworth Hotel at Hampton Beach, Pinkham was a realtor and president of C.E. Pinkham and Co., Coral Gables. His family includes his wife, Mrs. Louise Pinkham of Cora Gables, and a brother Harold Pinkham of Milton. The Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home of Laconia was in charge of local arrangements (Farmington News, July 29, 1971).

LOUIS O. STETSON – 1917-23

Louis O. Stetson was born in Piermont, NH, February 3, 1878, son of Henry F. and Jane A. (Goodwin) Stetson.

Piermont. Broad Road. We notice an account in the Evening Press of Laconia of the narrow escape of Louis O. Stetson, son of H.T. Stetson, of this town. He is employed as salesman in the store of O’Shea Brothers in that city and during a severe thunder storm went to the roof of the building to take in the flag, he secured it and scarcely a moment had passed when a deafening peal of thunder and a flash of lightning came splitting the flag pole from top to bottom and tearing up several feet of the slate roofing where he had stood but a few seconds before. He was a little weakened but not perceptibly stunned. Everyone is glad to hear of his escape from harm as he is a genial young man and a favorite in town (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), July 30, 1897).

Louis O. Stetson married in Piermont, NH, May 2, 1902, Bessie M. Drury, he of Piermont, NH, and she of Orford, NH. He was a butcher, aged twenty-four years, and she was a houseworker, aged eighteen years. Rev. W.S. Emery performed the ceremony. She was born in Worcester, MA, circa 1884, daughter of S.C. and Abbie (Evans) Drury,

Sunset Grocery Co. appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as being at 45 Main street, near the Milton depot, with L.O. Stetson as its proprietor. Louis O. Stetson appeared as proprietor of Sunshine Grocery Co. at 45 Main street, with his house at 8 Silver street.

Stetson, LO - 1917Louis Orin Stetson of Milton registered for the WW I military draft in Milton, September 12, 1918. He was forty years of age (b. February 3, 1878), married, and general manager of Sunset Grocery Co. of Milton. His nearest relative was [his wife] Bessie D. Stetson of Milton. He was of a medium height, with a medium build, gray eyes, and brown hair.

WOMAN’S CLUB NOTES. The newly elected officers of the Milton Woman’s club are as follows: President, Mrs. Ina W. Drew; first vice president, Mrs. Ruth Fall Plummer; second vice president, Mrs. Estelle Hart; recording secretary, Mrs. Gladys Huse; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Grace Dickson; treasurer, Sallie C. Avery; executive committee, Annie Hayes, Bessie Stetson, Mabel Burke; auditor, Mrs. Lucia C. Jones (Farmington News, May 2, 1919).

Louis O. Stetson, a retail grocer (owner), aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Bessie D. Stetson, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), and his son, Louis D. Stetson, aged fifteen years (b. NH). Louis O. Stetson rented their house on Silver Street in Milton Village. Their residence was enumerated between those of James D. Pinkham, a newstand owner, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and Frank L. Downs, the grammar school janitor, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH).

PIERMONT. Mrs. Louis Stetson left for her home in Milton Monday morning (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), March 4, 1921).

LOCAL. A fire at Milton village last week destroyed one of the old […], formerly the Amos Roberts store, now owned and occupied by Mr. Stetson, who at one time was connected with the [People’s] market of this village (Farmington News, July 20, 1923).

PIERMONT. Mrs. Louis Stetson of Milton is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Drury (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), May 23, 1924)

Louis Stetson, a hotel room manager, aged sixty-two years (b. MA [SIC]), and Elizabeth Stetson, aged fifty-six years (b. MA), were two of the thirteen lodgers residing in the Boston, MA, household of William Bradford, a life insurance salesman, aged forty-one years (b. ME),at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. The Stetsons had resided in the “same place,” i.e., Boston, MA, in 1935.

Louis O. Stetson died in Woodsville, NH, November 18, 1963, aged eighty-five years.

Louis O. Stetson. Louis O. Stetson, 85, of Piermont, died at the Cottage Hospital in Woodsvllle, Monday evening, Nov. 18. He had been a patient at the hospital for the past four weeks. Mr. Stetson was born Feb. 3, 1878, son of Henry and Mary’ (Hooper) Stetson. Survivors include his wife, Bessie; son, Dale of New York City; a brother, Ernest of New London, N.H.; two grandchildren, Jerome and Nancy, and five great-grandchildren, also a nephew, Richard of New London, and cousins. Funeral services were held at his late home on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Theodore Ball of Piermont officiating. Interment was in Southlawn Cemetery in Piermont (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), November 22, 1963).

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