Last Will of John Townsend (1807-1891)

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | July 9, 2020

Here follows a transcription (with annotations) of the last will and testament of Milton Mills woolen manufacturer John Townsend.

John Townsend was born in Wilton, Wiltshire, England, October 22, 1807, son of Joseph and Sarah “Sally” (Palmer) Townsend, and was baptized there January 8, 1808. He died in Brookline, MA, May 21, 1891, and this last will, which was dated November 1, 1890, was proved in Norfolk County Probate Court, in Dedham, MA, May 27, 1891 (Norfolk County Probate, 167:54).

Townsend was twice married. He married (1st) in Dorchester (Boston), MA, January 14, 1834, Jane Matilda Townsend, both of Dorchester, MA. She was born in Wilton, Wiltshire, England, September 18, 1815, daughter of Thomas B. and Jane (Randall) Townsend. Their children were Jane Randall “Jennie” Townsend (1835-1869), Caroline Frances Townsend (1840-1897), and Henry Herbert Townsend (1842-1904). Jane M. (Townsend) Townsend died in Dorchester, MA, December 24, 1843.

He married (2nd) in Boston, MA, April 22, 1844, Eliza Ann Townsend. She was born in Milton, MA, April 8, 1823, daughter of Thomas B. and Jane (Randall) Townsend, i.e., she was a younger sister of his deceased first wife. Their children were Emma M. Townsend (1848-1875), William B. Townsend [II] (1850-1878), Frank Albert Townsend (1855-1913), and Flora G. Townsend (b. 1863). Eliza A. (Townsend) Townsend survived him and died in Needham, MA, September 19, 1896.

Townsend started his Milton Mills woolen mill in or around 1846. He and his second wife, Eliza, and the children of both marriages resided in Milton Mills from then until the early to mid 1860s. (His eldest son, Henry H. Townsend, would run the rebuilt mill there in later years).

GREAT FALLS, N.H., Saturday, Oct. 19. The flannel factory of JOHN TOWNSEND, at Milton Mills, N.H., was burnt this evening. Loss about $30,000, which is partially insured. The factory was running on a Government contract (NY Times, October 20, 1861).

John Townsend, a merchant, aged fifty-five years (birthplace omitted), headed a Brookline, MA, household at the time of the Second (1865) MA Census. His household included his wife, Eliza Townsend, aged forty-two years (b. Milton, ME [SIC], Jane R. Townsend, aged twenty-nine years (b. Dorchester), Caroline F. Townsend, aged twenty-five years (b. Dorchester), Henry H. Townsend, a clerk, aged twenty-two years (b. Dorchester), Emma M. Townsend, aged nineteen years (b. Milton, NH), William B. Townsend, aged fourteen years (b. Milton, NH), Frank A. Townsend, aged ten years (b. Milton, NH), Flora G. Townsend, aged two years (b. Milton, NH), and Mary Welsh, aged twenty years (b. Ireland). John Townsend and Henry H. Townsend were ratable polls and legal voters.

Will of the Late John Townsend Filed. DEDHAM, May 27. This afternoon the will of John Townsend, late of Brookline, the deceased woollen manufacturer, was filed for probate in the Norfolk registry at Dedham. He left about $400,000, of which amount all but $700 is bequeathed to his family and other relatives. The instrument was drawn November 1, 1890, and his sons, Henry H. and Frank A. Townsend, are named as his executors and trustees (Boston Globe, May 27, 1891).

Note that $400,000 in 1891 would be worth about $36,000,000 today. (Each $20 might be taken as a one-ounce gold “double eagle” coin, and that one ounce of gold is worth about $1,800 in Federal Reserve notes at their present value).


John Townsend – Will – Proved May 27, 1891

I, John Townsend of the Town of Brookline, County of Norfolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Woolen Manufacturer, make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills.

Item 1st. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Eliza Ann Townsend sixty thousand dollars to be held in trust and five thousand dollars in cash and all the furniture and horse or horses, harnesses, carriages, and sleighs at her disposal to sell or otherwise as she may think best, and for her benefit the income or interest on her bequest of sixty thousand dollars may be paid at any time she may desire provided the trustee or trustees have cash on hand received by them for or on account of income or interest on their investments.

Eliza A. (Townsend) Townsend died in Needham, MA, September 19, 1896. (Her son, Frank A. Townsend, lived then in Needham).

Item 2nd. I give and bequeath to my son Frank Albert Townsend one hundred thousand dollars in cash, and all my office furniture excepting the small desk, and I trust he will make good use of the above as his father has done before him. I also give him five thousand dollars in cash extra to be paid him for his services rendered me.

Frank Albert Townsend was born in Milton Mills, NH, July 5, 1855, son of John and Eliza A. (Townsend) Townsend. He died at his home at 371 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA, July 29, 1913, aged fifty-eight years, twenty-four days. (He was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA).

Frank A. Townsend, own income, aged fifty-eight [fifty-five] years (b. MA), headed a Needham, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of six years), Anna L. Townsend, aged sixty years (b. NH), and his servants, Rose G. Lufkin, a private family waitress, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), and Bessie G. McGlone, a private family cook, aged thirty-five years (b. Ireland (English)).

Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my son Henry Herbert Townsend one hundred thousand dollars in cash, also my small desk in the counting room, if the said Henry Herbert Townsend owes my Estate either by note or on account it is to be deducted from his cash amount.

Henry Herbert Townsend was born in Dorchester, MA, August 12, 1842, son of John and Jane M. “Matilda” (Townsend) Townsend. He died in Milton Mills, June 25, 1904, aged sixty-one years, ten months, and thirteen days.

Henry H. Townsend married in Milton, June 7, 1870, Agnes J. Brierley, he of Boston and she of Milton, NH. She was born in Lowell, MA, May 17, 1844, daughter of Edward and Margaret M. (Thompson) Brierley. (See also Milton Mills’ Brierley Mill – c1864-18). He was a merchant, aged twenty-seven years; she was aged twenty-six years. Rev. N.D. Adams of Union, NH, performed the ceremony. (This record appeared also in Boston vital records).

Item 4th. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Caroline Frances Townsend forty five thousand dollars to be held in trust, the interest or income to be paid to her semiannually. I also give and bequeath to the aforementioned Caroline Frances Townsend in cash one thousand dollars, and at her decease the amount held by the trustee or trustees shall be paid one half to Henry Herbert Townsend and the other half to Frank Albert Townsend of their heirs.

Caroline Frances Townsend was born in Dorchester, MA, May 2, 1840, daughter of John Townsend and his first wife, Jane Matilda (Townsend) Townsend.

Caroline F. Townsend of Milton Mills appeared in a list of first and second year women taking the English course of studies at the New Hampton Literary & Biblical Institution, in New Hampton, NH, during the 1856-57, when she was called “Carrie F.,” 1857-58, 1858-59 academic years. She majored in Modern Languages. Her elder sister, Jennie R. Townsend, was a student there also during the 1856-57 academic year.

Caroline F. Townsend boarded for many years with another legatee, Mary W. Robinson of Dorchester.

Caroline F. Townsend married in the Bromfield Street Methodist Church in Boston, MA, June 27, 1894, John W. Wellman, she of Dorchester, MA, and he of Wakefield, MA. He was a cotton broker, aged seventy-four years (b. Farmington, ME), and she was at home, aged fifty-four years (b. Boston); it was his third marriage and her first.

Caroline F. (Townsend) Wellman died in Wakefield, MA, December 26, 1897, aged fifty-seven years, seven months, and twenty-four days. Her husband died in Wakefield, MA, January 30, 1900, aged eighty-one years.

Item 5th. I give and bequeath to my grandchild John Townsend son of Henry Herbert and Agnes Townsend five thousand dollars to be held in trust and Gracy Townsend daughter of Henry Herbert and Agnes Townsend two thousand dollars to be held in trust until they arrive at the age of twenty-one years when there shall be paid to them the forenamed legacies and accrued income thereon.

John E. Townsend was born in Milton Mills, September 9, 1872, son of Henry H. and Agnes J. (Brierley) Townsend. He died in Milton Mills, September 8, 1914, aged forty-two years, eleven months, and thirty days. He married in Milton, January 28, 1896, Eda B. Lowd.

His sister, Grace Maud “Gracie” Townsend, was born in Milton Mills, November 14, 1873. She died September 7, 1953. She married in Milton Mills, June 19, 1896, John C. Townsend, she of Milton, and he of Saugus, MA. He was a clerk, aged twenty-four years, and she was aged twenty-two years. He was born in East Wilton, ME, September 17, 1871, son of Joseph and Ruth P. (Wentworth) Townsend. He died in Milton Mills, February 14, 1916.

Item 6th. I give and bequeath to my brother James Townsend two thousand dollars to be held in trust, also to my sister Eliza, also Charles Townsend son of my brother Thomas, one thousand dollars each, also to Ruth widow of Joseph Townsend two thousand dollars, all of the above mentioned to be held in trust.

James Townsend was born in Wilton, Wiltshire, England, June 2, 1802, son of Joseph and Sarah “Sally” (Palmer) Townsend. He married in Dorchester, MA, June 12, 1826, Sarah Kilham. He died in Marlborough, NH, August 6, 1892, aged ninety years, one month, and twenty-eight days.

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Charles T. Townsend (1810-1881)

Eliza J. Townsend was born in Wilton, Wiltshire, England, February 2, 1814, daughter of Joseph and Sarah “Sally” (Palmer) Townsend. She died in Saugus, MA, January 22, 1894, aged seventy-nine years, eleven months, and twenty days.

Charles Thomas “Thomas” Townsend was born in Wilton, Wiltshire, England, January 17, 1810, son of Joseph and Sarah “Sally” (Palmer) Townsend. Charles Thomas Townsend was “now residing at Milton Mills,” NH, when he made his will on May 20, 1879. Charles T. Townsend of Peterborough, NH, died on Walnut Street in Brookline, MA, January 27, 1881, aged seventy-two years, one month. (John Townsend had his home at 371 Walnut Street in Brookline).

He married in Gilsum, NH, in 1837, Elsea M. Bingham. They had children Ellen A. Townsend (1838-1908), Elsea R. Townsend (1839-1932), the legatee Charles Horace Townsend (1842-1899), Edward P. Townsend (1846-1879), Adelaide M. Townsend (1848-1935), and Alfred B. Townsend (1853-1879).

Joseph Townsend was born in England, in 1823. He died in 1887. He married in Milton, January 6, 1850, Ruth Paul Wentworth, he of Milton and she of Acton, ME. She was born in 1826. She died in 1901.

Item 7th. I give and bequeath to Martha Townsend widow of William B. Townsend two thousand dollars to be held in trust and in case of the decease of the parties named in Items 6 + 7 or either of them then their proportions shall be equally distributed between the families of John and Matilda and John and Eliza Ann Townsend.

William B. Townsend was born in Wilton, Wiltshire, England, October 21, 1803, son of Joseph and Sarah “Sally” (Palmer) Townsend. He died in Milton Mills village, November 23, 1847, aged forty-four years.

William B. Townsend married in Canton, MA, December 13, 1832, Martha W. (Holden) Townsend, both of Canton. She was born in Boston, MA, circa 1808, daughter of Stephen and Martha (Niles) Holden. They had children Mary E. Townsend (1833-1906), Anna A. Townsend (1836-1861), Harriet Townsend (1840-), and William E. Townsend (1844-). Martha W. (Holden) Townsend died in Worcester, MA, February 5, 1896, aged eighty-eight years, five months, and nineteen days.

Item 8th. I give and bequeath to Agnes wife of Henry H. Townsend three thousand dollars to be held in trust the income or interest to be paid to her semiannually and at her decease the amount held by the trustee shall be paid to her husband Henry H, the trust ceasing at her death.

Agnes J. (Brierley) Townsend did not long survive the testator. She died December 26, 1891, aged forty-seven years.

Item 9th. I give and bequeath to my brother-in-law Joseph Whitehead one thousand dollars in cash.

Joseph Whitehead was born in Yorkshire, England, May 20, 1823. He died in the Masonic Home in Charlton, MA, November 17, 1912, aged eighty-nine years, five months, and twenty-seven years.

Joseph Whitehead married in Saugus, MA, November 18, 1849, Sarah M. Townsend, both of Saugus. (He was of Milton, NH, in the marriage intentions). He was a spinner, aged twenty-four years (b. England), and she was aged twenty-five years. She was born in England, circa 1821, daughter of Joseph and Sarah “Sally” (Palmer) Whitehead. She died of consumption in Saugus, MA, February 28, 1869, aged forty-eight years, six months.

Joseph Whitehead, a trader, aged thirty-seven years (b. England), headed a Saugus, MA, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Sarah Whitehead, aged thirty-nine years (b. England), Ralph S. Whitehead, aged three years (b. MA), Ann Townsend, aged forty-eight years (b. England), Eliza Townsend, aged forty-six years (b. England), and Elizabeth Townsend, aged forty-four years (b. England). Joseph Whitehead had real estate valued at $2,200 and personal estate valued at $1,800.

Item 10th. I give and bequeath to my friend Aaron S. McIntosh five hundred dollars in cash.

Aaron S. McIntosh was born in Needham, MA, August 22, 1819, son of Samuel and Priscilla (Smith) McIntosh. He died in Boston, MA, November 4, 1895, aged seventy-six years.

Aaron S. McIntosh appeared in the Boston directory of 1885, as a bookkeeper at 25 Tremont Temple, with his house at 2859 Washington street.

Item 11th. I give and bequeath to my faithful employee John Young two hundred dollars in cash provided he is in my employ at my decease.

John W. Young was born in Barrington, NH, April 8, 1851, son of John B. and Mary J. (Buzzell) Young. He died in Brookline, MA, January 21, 1901, aged fifty-one years.

John W. Young appeared in the Brookline directory of 1891, as a coachman for John Townsend, at Walnut street, with his house on Sewall street, corner of Chestnut street.

Item 12th. I give + bequeath to my kind friend Miss Mary W. Robinson of Dorchester in consideration of her great kindness to my daughter Caroline Frances the sum of five hundred dollars in cash.

Mary Withington Robinson was born in Dorchester, MA, April 30, 1819, daughter of Stephen and Hannah (Withington) Robinson. She died in her home at 33 Brent Street, Boston, MA, September 16, 1905, aged eighty-six years, four months, and sixteen days.

Mary W. Robinson, keeping house, aged sixty-one years (b. MA), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Her household included her boarder, Caroline F. Townsend, aged forty years (b. MA). They resided on Washington Street.

Miss Mary W. Robinson of Dorchester, MA, was a vice-president of the New England Wheaton Seminary Club in May 1891 (Boston Globe, May 10, 1891).

Mary W. Robinson appeared in the Boston directory of 1893 as having her house at 33 Brent street. Caroline F. Townsend appeared as boarding with her. The property was described when sold by Robinson’s estate as being a frame house, with 5,186 square feet of land, situated between Talbot avenue and Washington street in Dorchester (Boston Globe, April 17, 1908).

I also direct that after all my just debts and expenses and all the hereinbefore mentioned legacies have been fully paid the remainder of my estate if any shall be equally divided between the families of John and Matilda and John and Eliza Ann Townsend.

I appoint as my Executors and Trustees of this my last will and testament my sons Henry Herbert and Frank Albert Townsend without giving surety or sureties on their official bonds as Executors or Trustees.

In witness whereof I have signed + sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as + for my last will and testament at Boston in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this first day of November in the year A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety.

John Townsend (Seal)

The said John Townsend at Boston, on the first day of November signed and sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his last will and testament and we at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have written our names as subscribing witnesses. John G. Wetherell. Chas L. Lane. W.W. Martin.

Atlas Bank Five Dollar Note of 1862
A $5 Note of the Atlas Bank of Boston (Redeemable in Gold Coin)

Witness John G. Wetherell (1822-1897) was president and a director of the Atlas National Bank of Boston. Charles L. Lane (1828-1891) was an Atlas National Bank cashier. (He did not long survive the testator). William W. Martin (1854-1908) was an Atlas National Bank clerk and messenger.

References:

Find a Grave. (2015, December 23). Aaron S. McIntosh. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/156311366/aaron-s_-mcintosh

Find a Grave. (2010, June 5). Mary W. Robinson. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/53292471/mary-w-robinson

Find a Grave. (2013, August 12). Agnes J. Brierley Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115352199/agnes-j-townsend

Find a Grave. (2014, July 25). Charles Thomas Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/133322411

Find a Grave. (2013, August 12). Henry H. Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115352239/henry-h-townsend

Find a Grave. (2007, October 23). James Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/22412532

Find a Grave. (2018, February 16). Jane Matilda Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/187367942/jane-matilda-townsend

Find a Grave. (2018, February 16). Jane Randall Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/187367952/jane-townsend

Find a Grave. (2013, August 12). Joseph Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115343080/joseph-townsend

Find a Grave. (2013, August 12). Ruth W. Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115343108/ruth-w-townsend

Find a Grave. (2018, February 16). Thomas B. Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/187367919/thomas-b-townsend

Find a Grave. (2015, January 28). William B. Townsend. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/141904441

Find a Grave. (2016, April 10). John W. Young. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/160833788/john-w-young

Wikipedia. (2020, March 28). Wilton, Wiltshire. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilton,_Wiltshire

Milton in the News – 1862

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | June 28, 2020

A southern newspaper, published just days before the second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), took notice of an accident involving a Federal troop transport. Among the victims were the wives of several officers of the Sixth NH Regiment.

LATER FROM THE NORTH. Northern papers of the 16th instant have been received in Richmond. On the night of the 13th inst. the steamer West Point, with 197 convalescent troops from Newport News, for Burnside’s army, was run into at Aqula Creek by the steamer George Peabody. Capt. Travers. and sunk in a few minutes. Seventy-three lives were lost, including the wives of Major Dort, Lieut. Col. Scott, and Capt. Cummings, of the 6th N.H. regiment (Weekly Raleigh Register (Raleigh, NC), August 27, 1862).


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Milton’s Benefactor: Lewis W. Nute

By Muriel Bristol | June 14, 2020

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Lewis W. Nute

Lewis Worster Nute was born in Milton, February 17, 1820, son of Ezekiel and Dorcas (Worster) Nute. (The Worcester surname is sometimes rendered as Worster or Wooster).

Mr. Nute was born in Milton Feb. 17, 1820. He was son of Ezekiel and Dorcas (Worster) Nute, natives of Milton, and grandson of Samuel Nute, a native of Back River, Dover, who settled in what is now Milton, soon after the close of the Revolution. His ancestors were among the early settlers in Dover. Ezekiel Nute was a good farmer and for many years a deacon in the Congregational Church at Milton. His wife was one of the best of women. They had four sons, the second of whom was named Lewis Worster (Scales, 1914).

Lewis Worster Nute was a namesake for his maternal uncle, Lewis Worster, who was born in Milton, NH, April 4, 1815, but died there as an infant, December 18, 1815. Another maternal uncle, Isaac Worster, Jr., was an early and ardent Milton abolitionist. His maternal grandfather, Isaac Worster, was a proprietor of the Milton Social Library.

He attended the Nute school in West Milton, i.e., the Nute Ridge school. One of his teachers was John Brewster (1813-1886), for whom Wolfeboro’s Brewster Academy is named. Brewster was hired, just before he turned sixteen years of age, to teach the 1828-29 academic year at the Nute Ridge school. He ultimately became Wolfeboro’s benefactor to a similar extent as Nute became that of Milton (Parker, 1901).

He worked on the farm with his father until he was nineteen years old. When he was a small boy he went to school summer and winter, six weeks each; when he was a big boy he went to the winter school only; all big boys attended winter school. Those who think the “six weeks” schools were not of account are greatly mistaken. The best of them like that in Mr. Nute’s district were kept by college boys and the work done was first class and thorough. The boys went to these schools until they were eighteen or twenty years old. Mr Nute made good use of the time and easily mastered all the textbooks then available for school use. When he was nineteen years old he commenced teaching winter schools in the back districts and the committee said he did good work (Scales, 1914).

It was said of him also that he was “… not highly favored as regards educational privileges, being permitted to attend school only about six weeks each winter. He was so studious, however, and made such use of the limited opportunities offered that at the age of nineteen he engaged in teaching, continuing that occupation during two terms” (Hurd, 1882).

When he was twenty years old he left the farm and went to work in Boston as clerk in Mr. Simmons’ ship-chandler store (Scales, 1914).

Simmons, Thomas - NDP620708Thomas Simmons (1791-1866) appeared in the Boston directories of 1839, 1840 and 1842, as a ship chandler at 7 India street. Simmons resided on Highland street in Roxbury, MA.

When he was twenty-one he commenced work in the boot and shoe business with Elmer Townsend (Scales, 1914).

Elmer Townsend (1807-1871) appeared in the Boston directories of 1840 and 1842, as a leather dealer at 4 Blackstone street, with his house at 17 Louisburgh square (on Beacon Hill).

There was also Elmer Townsend, whose connection with the trade began early in the ’40s, and who was as largely instrumental as any one man could be in laying a firm foundation for our present enormous business. He it was who, seeking new methods to extend the trade, introduced leather sewing machines and other improvements. William W. Wickersham, the inventor, in company with Messrs. Butterfield and Stevens, came to Mr. Townsend with the first model of a wax-thread sewing machine, and so pleased him with the possibilities of its usefulness that the firm of Townsend & Mallard became owners of the patent and set to work manufacturing and introducing the machines. Mr. Townsend eventually became the sole proprietor of the interest. It was an enterprise that required both pluck and perseverance, for the machine was comparatively rude when Mr. Townsend bought it, and as it stood when perfected it was covered by 100 or more patents for improvements, each one of which Mr. Townsend valued at $1000. The royalty paid to Elias Howe for a very simple attachment was disheartening in its burden, but it had a compensation in a corresponding royalty gained from McKay for his infringement. Mr. Townsend was also interested in many other improvements (Boston Globe, June 15, 1885).

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AUCTION SALES (Boston Post, June 24, 1842)

A large dealer in babies’ shoes. – On Wednesday, a young stupid-looking fellow, named George Dewing, went into the store of Mr. Elmer Townsend, in Blackstone street, and lifted a package containing 26 pairs of children’s shoes, and was caught going out with them. Constable Hunt was sent for, and, after his arrest, Dewing confessed that he had stolen another package before, and told where they could be found. This lot contained 27 pairs of small shoes, and one pair of men’s. The first lot were valued at five dollars, which gave the court final jurisdiction, and Dewing was sentenced to two months in the House of Correction for stealing. The second lift was valued at eight dollars, which made the theft beyond the jurisdiction of the court, and the case was sent up to the Municipal Court. In the meantime he will reside in comfortable quarters at South Boston, subject to further orders. A third complaint has been preferred against him, for stealing shoes from another person, but the court did not think it necessary to go through another examination, as he was securely held upon the two first cases. The complainant was directed to lay his case before the grand jury, with the other two cases, and if he does, Dewing must be indicted and convicted of being a common and notorious thief. He tried to cry, but he couldn’t make it go – his lachrymal ducts refused to discount a single tear, and it was a dead dry cry that he made of it (Boston Post, May 22, 1840).

Lewis W. Nute married in Cohasset, MA, August 3, 1845, Priscilla N. Farrar [or Farrow], he of Boston, MA, and she of Cohasset. She was born in Cohasset, MA, December 6, 1819, daughter of Thomas and Priscilla A. (Nichols) Farrar. Both were aged twenty-five years.

His wife, to whom he was married Aug. 1 [SIC], 1845, was Priscilla Farrow of Cohasset, Mass. They had no children (Scales, 1914).

Quaker brothers T.P. & O. Rich formed a partnership in December 1841 (Boston Post, December 7, 1841). Lewis W. Nute began to work for them at about that time.

Later he worked with the firm of T.P. and O. Reit [Rich] & Company, remaining with them until 1848 (Scales, 1914).

Younger brother Otis Rich (1806-1876) had been active in the Boston leather trade from the 1830s.

LOST. – On Saturday, 28th Sept. was dropped from a truck coming from schooner Reeside, at Mercantile wharf to Otis Rich’s store, No. 38 Broad street, four sides red Leather, marked O. The finder will he suitably rewarded by leaving them at said store. oct8 3t (Boston Post, October 11, 1833).

The partnership of T.P. and O. Rich appeared in the Boston directory of 1846, as wholesale boot, shoe & leather dealers, at 38 Broad street. Otis Rich retired from the partnership about 1848, in order to engage in the California shipping trade (Boston Post, June 27, 1876).

Elder brother Thomas P. Rich (1803-1875) appeared in the Boston directories of 1848 and 1849, as a wholesale boot, shoe and leather dealer, and auctioneer, at 45-47 Pearl street. His passport described him as being 5′ 9″ tall, with brown hair, blue eyes, and a “blonde” complexion. He had also a high forehead, full chin, and a “prominent” nose. He became a Democrat state representative from Boston in November 1858. He and his wife died in their residence at the Parker House hotel, in Boston, some few months apart, in 1875.

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AUCTION SALES (Boston Post, June 24, 1842)

The business portion of Pearl street in 1848 was of very limited extent. The shoe trade at first took the southern side of the street. The largest business house here was undoubtedly that of T.P. & O. Rich, which was merged into those of T.P. Rich, Warren Mallard; Townsend & Mallard; Townsend, Mallard & Cowing; Rich, Cowing & Hatch and Cowing & Hatch. It is now extinct, but at one period of its existence this house led the trade in the amount of sales (Boston Globe, June 15, 1885).

Lewis W. Nute went to work next for Allen, Harris & Potter in 1848. Allen, Harris & Potter appeared in the Boston directory of 1846 as boot, shoe, and leather dealers at 57-59 Pearl street.

… then with Allen, Harris & Potter, with whom he remained until May 1, 1853, when he purchased an interest in the business, and the new firm became Potter, Elder & Nute (Scales, 1914).

Its partners were Freeman Allen (1800-1861), whose house was at 29 Pemberton square, Nathaniel Harris (1812-1880), whose house was at Brookline, MA, and John Cheney Potter (1812-1870), whose house was at Newton, MA. Franklin B. White (1830-1885) was an employee there from 1847. Silas Potter (1820-1891) joined as a silent partner in 1848 (he was no relation to the other Potter). He boarded at 3 Bowdoin street.

It looks like a contradiction, but it is the fact that while the amount of business done was very small compared with its present proportions, the Pearl street of the early days was very much the busiest, noisiest and most crowded place. It was choked with frequent blocks of vehicles, and wore altogether an air of enterprise and activity that would astonish many of the sedate denizens of the street of today. It was customary to extend business hours into the evening, and many a big sale was made “after supper” (Boston Globe, June 15, 1885).

Lewis Nute, a trader, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Pris. Nute, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA). They shared a two-family dwelling in Ward Six with the separate household of William Spurden, a trader, aged thirty years (b. England).

Allen, Harris & Potter paid $800 in Boston taxes on its $125,000 in personal estate, i.e., their stock in trade, in 1852 (Boston Assessing Department, 1853).

P.A. Ames (1826-1909) proposed Lewis W. Nute for membership in Boston’s Columbian Lodge of Masons, to which he was initiated February 5, 1852. He was passed there, March 4, 1852, and raised there, April 9, 1852. (The Columbian Lodge, A.F. & A.M., was instituted by Paul Revere in 1795).

BAH! – The facility with which a class of Americans make themselves ridiculous, is just now receiving an illustration. A company of gentlemen from Massachusetts, calling themselves Knights Templars, are now paying a visit to Richmond and Virginia, and it is formally announced that the officers accompanying them are “Sir William Parkman, Sir John S. Tyler, Sir P. Adams Ames, Sir John A. Cumming, Sir Benjamin Dean,” etc. Yes, Sir-ee, Bob! (Berkshire County Eagle, May 27, 1859).

Preston A. Ames, a merchant, aged twenty-six years (b. MA), was a tenant in Isaac Little’s [Union House] hotel, in Hingham, MA, at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census.

In an alternate telling of this period in his life, we learn that Lewis W. Nute was taken ill about this time and nearly died. Upon recovering, he was taken into a partnership with “Potter & Co.”

When a young man Mr. Nute went to Boston to work for the leather firm of Potter & Co. He worked there for several years, when he was taken sick and nearly died. When he recovered he found that all his bills were paid and he was a silent partner in the firm. He was considered the best judge of leather in Boston (Boston Globe, September 6, 1888).

Allen, Harris & Potter appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1853, as dealers in boots, shoes & leather, at 57 Pearl street. Silas Potter, William H. Elder, and Lewis W. Nute formed a new partnership, May 1, 1853. Potter, Elder & Nute paid $608 in Boston taxes on its $80,000 in personal estate, i.e., their stock in trade, in 1853 (Boston Assessing Department, 1854).

Potter, Elder & Nute appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1854, as dealers in boots, shoes & leather, at 57 Pearl street. Potter, Elder & Nute paid $828 in Boston taxes on its $90,000 in personal estate, i.e., their stock in trade, in 1854 (Boston Assessing Department, 1855).

Potter, Elder & Nute had a letter awaiting pickup at the Charleston, SC, post-office in February 1854 (Charleston Daily Courier, February 17, 1854). The firm had perhaps a “drummer,” i.e., a traveling salesman, active in the area.

In those days before they had the present financial arrangement for exchanges, buyers used to bring their money here [to Pearl Street], buy their goods and pay for them if they were able to do so, and if not to take them on eight months’ time with the privilege of renewing for eight months more if they wanted to. Very few of the dealers in town had any concern in the manufacture of goods. It was not the custom of buyers from abroad to visit the factories as at present, nor was the convenient drummer then to be found. In order to meet the demand, the traders were forced to carry larger and more varied stocks than now. Then stocks had consigned goods but smally represented, and these were gathered by a system of barter then in vogue which necessitated the carrying of a stock of leather as well as of shoes. For this stock of leather the goods of Southern and Western merchants were often hypothecated in payment, and frequent purchases of leather were made upon the arrangement of turning over goods in payment for it before a shoe had been sold. The manufacturers made weekly visits to the towns, usually on Saturday preceding their stocks of shoes, which came from the railways and baggage wagons later. Small manufacturers sometimes came in with their one or two cases upon their shoulders. The goods were examined and a price set upon them, after which an adjournment was made to the cellar, where other prices were made for the leather stock, and the trade was then consummated by settlement, generally on the basis of two-thirds stock to one-third cash. It was not an uncommon thing to exact a round profit on the stock and then sell the shoes at another good profit above their normal cost; but this was thought to be fair, for the manufacturer was never at a loss to regain the cost of his productions, and the dealer had to run the risk of a Southern or Western repudiation. which was the curse of the times (Boston Globe, June 15, 1885).

Charles Brewster (1813-1893) kept a dry goods store in Ft. Madison, IA, and made periodic buying trips “in the east,” where he filled some of his inventory at Potter, Elder & Nute. In this transaction, and in several lawsuits against others that “repudiated” their debts, i.e., defaulted on them, the shoe dealers’ methods may be glimpsed.

In that [1854] year, he started his purchasing in Boston on February 28 with an order for shoes, boots, and leather trunks from Potter, Elder & Nute, totaling $760.38. Four days later, he completed purchases totaling $1339.85 in yard goods and men’s’ clothing from two other Boston houses (Pilcher, 1979).

Potter, Elder & Nute appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1855, as dealers in boots, shoes & leather, at 57 Pearl street, with partners Silas Potter, who had his house at 103 Harrison avenue, William H. Elder, who had his house at 1 Bulfinch street, and Lewis W. Nute, who had his house at 33 Myrtle street.

Lewis W. Nute, a boot and shoe dealer, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the 1855 MA State Census. His household included Priscilla Nute, aged thirty-five years (b. MA).

Potter, Elder & Nute donated $100 to the Seaman’s Friend Society in April 1855. They were one of the larger Boston donors. (Allen, Harris & Potter donated also $100) (Wilmington Daily Herald (Wilmington, NC), April 25, 1855)).

Goods were sent to St. Louis by water from here [Pearl Street] by the way of New Orleans. St. Louis was then the extreme Western market. There were other distributing points, like Louisville, Memphis, New Orleans and other points on the Mississippi. Chicago was not then known as a point of distribution. and competition was all in a southern direction. It took in those days two or three months to get goods from Boston to St. Louis. When gold was discovered in California [in 1848] a large market was opened there for boots and shoes, and they were taken around the horn, requiring six months for the delivery. To this day, notwithstanding the fact that goods are now so largely manufactured in California, a considerable trade remains with the Pacific slope, and not a few buyers from San Francisco, Oregon and other extreme Western points are seen during a year in Boston (Boston Globe, June 15, 1885).

Potter, Elder & Nute sued Richard Ritter in Sangamon County (IL) Circuit Court, in November 1855, to recover a debt. Ritter had given Potter, Elder, and Nute a promissory note but then failed to pay.  Ritter retained the Illinois law firm of Lincoln & Herndon to represent him. Yes, Abraham Lincoln’s law firm, although this case was handled by his partner, William H. Herndon. Ritter agreed to a judgment against himself for $353.37. The court sold 280 acres of land that belonged to him to satisfy the judgment (Papers of Abraham Lincoln, 2006).

The firm of Potter, Nute, White & Bayley paid $800 in Boston taxes on its $100,000 in personal estate, i.e., their stock in trade, in 1856 (Boston Assessing Department, 1857). Potter, Nute, White & Bayley appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1856, as dealers in boots, shoes & leather, at 57 Pearl street, with partners John C. Potter, Jr., who boarded at Newton corner, Lewis W. Nute, who had his house at Newton corner, Franklin B. White (1830-1885), who had his house at Milton, MA, and James C. Bayley (1832-1883), who had his house at 14 Avon place.

POTTER, WHITE & BAYLEY, Manufacturers of Boots, Shoes and Brogans, Nos. 128 and 130 Summer Street; Factories Cochituate, Farmington, and North Abington. – One of the oldest-established and leading firms of boot and shoe manufacturers in New England is that of Messrs. Potter, White & Bayley, whose salesrooms and warehouse are so centrally located at Nos. 128 and 130 Summer Street. The business was established in 1839 by Mr. Amassa Walker, succeeded in 1848 by the firm of Emerson, Harris & Potter, in 1847 it became that of Allen, Harris & Potter, succeeded by Potter, Elder & Nute in 1853, and, then, again in 1856 by the firm of Potter, Nute, White & Bayley. In 1862 Mr. Nute retired and Mr. John C. Potter, Mr. Franklin B. White, and Mr. James C. Bayley organized the well-known firm of Potter, White & Bayley and who did so to advance their quality of product, and introduce fine hand-made and machine-sewed goods that are fully the equal of custom work. The decease of Mr. Bayley occurred in 1873 [1883], and of Mr. White in 1885, since which date Mr. Potter has actively conducted this immense in co-partnership with his son, Mr. F.C. Potter, a young man of great executive ability and sterling integrity, and Mr. H.M. Stephens, a popular salesman. The honored old name and style, a veritable trade mark, has been permanently retained and the house maintains its lead in the van of progress, with perfected and ample resources at command. Their factories are three in number, and situated respectively at Cochituate, Farmington, and North Abington. They are unusually extensive, substantial structures, fitted up with the latest improved machinery and appliances, and afford employment to upwards of fifteen hundred hands, engaged in the manufacture of the finest and medium grades of men’s and youth’s boots, shoes and brogans. The proprietors exercise closest personal supervision over their large concern, and are recognized authorities in their line, exercising the soundest judgment and the utmost care in the selection of leather and findings and noted for the elegance of cut and perfection of finish, as well as the essentials of strength and durability. These are the handsomest and most popular lines of men’s fine and medium wear on the market today, and the firm’s trade therein has attained proportions of great magnitude. They have three floors at Nos. 128 and 130 Summer Street, devoted to salesroom and carrying of a heavy stock. The importance of this to buyers is evident. These are not special sample lines, but the goods as will be shipped, every box subject to inspection, while, as regards price and quality the firm challenge competition. Their goods are in growing demand throughout the entire United States, and the interests developed are of appreciated value in maintaining Boston’s supremacy in this important branch of trade (American Publishing, 1889).

Potter, Nute, White & Bayley appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1857, as dealers in boots, shoes & leather, at 57 Pearl street.

L.W. Nute of the firm of Potter, Nute, White & Bayley, shoe & leather dealers, of 57 Pearl Street, appeared in a lengthy list of members of the Boston Board of Trade, in 1858 (Boston Board of Trade, 1858).

Lewis Nute, a shoe merchant, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Newton (West Newton P.O.), MA, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Priscilla Nute, aged forty years (b. MA), and Eliza Morgan, a servant, aged thirty-five years (b. Nova Scotia). He had personal estate valued at $1,000.

Potter, Nute, White & Bayley appeared in the Boston, MA, directory of 1861, as dealers in boots, shoes & leather, at 57 Pearl street, with partners John C. Potter, Jr., who had his house at Roxbury, Lewis W. Nute, who had his house at Newton Corner, Franklin B. White, who had his house at Milton, MA, and James C. Bayley, who had his house at 15 Union Park.

The Sheriff of Boone County, IL, held a sale of real estate seized from Henry L. Crosby of Belvidere, IL, August 28, 1861. The seizure and sale sought to satisfy an older court  judgment against Crosby in favor of Nute’s prior firm of Potter, Elder and Nute. This would seem to be another case, similar to the Ritter case of 1855, in which footwear had been supplied to a merchant on credit, and that merchant then defaulting or “repudiating.”

SHERIFF’S SALE. BY VIRTUE of an alias Execution and Fee Bill, issued out of the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court of Boone County and State of Illinois, and to me directed, whereby I am commanded to make the amount of a certain Judgment recently obtained against Henry L. Crosby, in favor of Silas Potter, William H. Elder, and Lewis W. Nute, out of the lands, tenements, goods and chattels of the said Henry L. Crosby, I have levied on the following property, to wit: Lots No. two and three, in Block No. forty in the Original Town of Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois, and the tenements thereon. Therefore, according to said command, I shall expose for sale, at public auction, all the right, title and interest of the above named Henry L. Crosby in and to the above described property, on Wednesday, the 28th day of August, 1861, at one o’clock, P.M., at the Court House, in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. Dated at Belvidere, this 6th day of August, 1861. HENRY F. JENNISON, late Sheriff of Boone County, Illinois (Belvidere Standard, August 20, 1861).

H.L. Crosby, a merchant, aged forty years (b. NY), headed a Belvidere, IL, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. He had real estate valued at $1,500 and personal estate valued at $500.

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American Civil War Brogan Shoes (Battlefield Trust)

Lewis W. Nute’s particular market niche was inexpensive Brogan and plow shoes. The term Brogan derives from the Irish Gaelic word bróg, meaning simply “shoe,” and its diminutive brógán, meaning “little shoe.” They were “little” in the sense that they rose only to or above the ankle, but not so high as boots. Brogans were an Army shoe style, from as early as the English Civil War, and were widespread in both armies of the American Civil War. (Thomas Jefferson wore Brogans to his 1801 inauguration). Generally, civilian Brogan and plow shoes were cheaper grades of work shoes popular especially in the south and west. Some Brogan-style shoes featured waxed uppers, presumably to make them water-resistant. Kip Brogans were made from calfskin.

Potter, Nute, White & Bayley sold 1,236 pairs of Army shoes to the Massachusetts Commissary General, for $1,335.60, in 1861. The Commissary General purchased at this time 45,113 pairs in all, from 17 different vendors, for a total of $73,986.60 (MA Adjutant General, 1862).

BOSTON BOOT AND SHOE MARKET. Saturday, October 12, 1861. No change in the general features of the market. The aggregate of sales has been fair for the season, but they are principally confined to one specialty, that of army goods; for these, rates of both stock and work are advancing, and while leather adapted for this purpose is eagerly sought for and sold readily for cash, there is no less inquiry for workmen, to whom good wages and constant employment are being given. The manufacture of sewed army shoes is now firmly established in Norfolk, Plymouth and a portion of Middlesex counties, but in other parts of the State it has not been so generally introduced and is not so flourishing. Government has recently been paying considerable sums to parties here holding contracts, and the effect is already visible in the trade. The shipments for the week compare favorably with those of the corresponding week of last year. New York has taken 5551 and Cincinnati 2262 cases, a considerable portion of which are army goods. – Shoe and Leather Reporter (New England Farmer, October 19, 1861).

The Town of Newton, MA, charged William Thomas $21.12 in property taxes for his house valued at $3,200 in 1862. (A “mil” rate of $6.60 per thousand [!]). Thomas owned three houses; this was the one “occ. by L.W. Nute” (Newton Auditing Department, 1863).

The shoe dealers of Pearl street had a visit from well-known and controversial Methodist minister and Whig newspaper editor, William G. Brownlow, of Knoxville, TN, in June 1862. He mounted a counter in the store of Nute’s former partners and delivered a speech.

Parson Brownlow was recently called upon to address a large assemblage of the shoe dealers in Pearl street, Boston. He entered the store of Messrs. Allen, Harris, & Potter, and, the fact becoming known a large number of his admirers rushed in en masse and filled the principal room. The Parson thereupon mounted the counter and delivered a characteristic address, which was listened to throughout with the most earnest attention and elicited deafening applause (Louisville Courier Journal, June 4, 1862).

Parson Brownlow’s daughter was famous also for having refused a demand by Confederate soldiers to remove a U.S. flag hanging at their Knoxville home. She held them off with a pistol. The family was expelled from Tennessee in April 1862. Brownlow would eventually be post-war Governor of Tennessee and a U.S. Senator from there.

Thomas Officer & W.H.M. Pusey, bankers, tax-paying & collecting agents, of Council Bluffs, IA, included Potter, Nute, White & Bayley, of Boston, Mass., among their references in a newspaper advertisement of November 1862 (Council Bluffs Nonpareil, November 29, 1862).

Lewis W. Nute continued with Potter, Nute, White & Bayley until, as one source had it, he “retired,” i.e., he left the partnership, in 1862, or, as in the following, he “took the entire business,” i.e., he bought out the others, in 1863.

In 1857 the firm changed to Potter, Nute, White & Bayley. In 1863 Mr. Nute took the entire business and held it as long as he lived. His specialty for a long time was the manufacture of brogans and plow-shoes. For a long time his wholesale store was at 27 High street, Boston. He had an extensive manufactory at Natick, Mass. His career was a remarkable one; strict in his business methods, honest in his dealings with his employees, and a large-minded citizen who loved and did not forget his old home in Milton (Scales, 1914).

Potter, Nute, Elder and Bayley were among the Boston contributors that collectively donated $35,000 to a fund for the benefit of the Western Sanitary Commission, in January 1863. Silas Potter gave individually (Forman, J.G, 1864). The Western Sanitary Commission funded medical supplies and nurses for Union soldiers in the western theater, as well as assistance to freedmen. (Nute’s nephew, George A. Nute (1842-1891), served in Company C of the Thirteenth NH Volunteer Infantry, from September 19, 1862, until June 21, 1865).

L.W. Nute signed a remonstrance addressed to the Massachusetts General Court (House and Senate) in April 1863. It opposed the establishment of a proposed Metropolitan Police force under the direction of the Massachusetts Governor.

To the Honorable the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court: The undersigned, citizens of Boston, or doing business therein, respectfully remonstrate against the passage of the Bill now pending in the General Court, providing for the establishment of a Metropolitan Police. George W. Messinger, Thomas H. Russell, Eben. Jackson, Wm. J. Hubbard, Patrick Donahoe, John Lee Watson, Herman Lincoln, Jas. O. Watson, James Paul, Wm. T. Eustis, E.L. Cunningham, Paul Adams, Jr., George E. Brown, John T. Clark, Jas. H. Beal, Theo. A. Gore, J.W. Tyler, Jas. G. Smith, Jno. S. Blatchford, Geo. K. Stevens, E.R. Seccomb, Nathan Crowell, Jonas Fitch, Fred. Howe, Hallet, Davis & Co., Wm. P. Ellison, Jos. T. Brown, I.C. Howes, L.B. Harrington, Otis Everett, Frank’n B. White, W.C. Crane, L.W. Nute, Sam’l C. Nottage, James C. Bayley, N.K. Skinner, John C. Potter, Jr., Henry E. Cobb, S.B. Smith, C.C. Batchelder, Benjamin Callender, Horace G. Tucker, Geo. E. Learnard, J. Edwin Hunt (MA Senate, 1863).

A “remonstrance” differs somewhat, if only in tone, from a petition, in that it seeks to correct officials who are engaged in making an error. Hundreds of prominent citizens, as well as the Boston aldermen, submitted remonstrances opposing this proposed police establishment. On this one signed by Nute, we may readily recognize the names of Thomas H. Russell, then a senior partner in the law firm that would craft Nute’s will (but later to be a senior Massachusetts judge); John C. Potter, Jr., Franklin B. White, and James C. Bayley, who were Nute’s partners in the firm of Potter, Nute, White & Bayley; and Henry E. Cobb, a prominent banker, who would be named later as a Nute executor.

L.W. Nute of Newton, MA, registered for the Civil War Class II military draft in Middlesex County, MA, June 20, 1863. He was a mechanic, aged forty-three years (b. NH), with no military experience.

Lewis W. Nute appeared in the Boston directory of 1867, as a wholesale dealer in boots, shoes and leather at 53 Pearl street.

Lewis W. Nute appeared in the Boston directories of 1869 and 1870, as dealing in boots, shoes and leather, at 55 Pearl street, with his house at 92 Worcester street.

L.W. Nute appeared frequently in newspaper financial columns that featured lists of Receipts of Leather and Hide deliveries. L.W. Nute was reported, on August 3, 1872, as having received 3 rolls of leather; and 10 rolls via the Boston & Providence Railroad in November 1872 (Boston Globe, August 3, 1872; November 7, 1872).

The Pearl Street “Colony” of boot, shoe and leather dealers, including Lewis W. Nute & Co.’s Pearl Street premises, was completely destroyed in the Great Boston Fire of 1872. Only some safes were saved. The 55-59 Pearl Street building was listed among those destroyed. Its owners were the Freeman Allen heirs and its assessed value was $25,000. The named tenants were Hofmes, Harlowe & Co, boots; Potter, White & Bailey, boots; and B.B. Blanchard & Co., boots. This fire of November 9-10, 1872 was Boston’s largest fire ever and remains one of the largest in U.S. history.

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The Sixty-Acre Burnt District (in Red)

DEVASTATION! Pearl Street. All the magnificent stone buildings on Pearl street, throughout its entire length from Milk to Broad streets, are now but unsightly, misshapen heaps of ruins (Boston Globe, November 11, 1872).

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Effects of Fire on Granite Walls – Pearl Street

Condition of Safes. A number of safes were taken out of the building on the left hand side of Milk street below the new Post-office, yesterday. These safes were of iron, lined, enclosed by a thick brick wall and protected by boiler iron. The contents were found intact. Johnson, Rust & Co., Nos. 85 and 87 Pearl street; L.W. Nute & Co. and Samuel W. French & Co., in the same building, preserved their books and papers. The contents of the safe belonging to Dunbar, Hobart & Whidden, Pearl street, were also found all right yesterday forenoon. Other parties were less fortunate. A safe belonging to J.M. Beebe & Co., Winthrop square, which was opened yesterday morning, contained nothing but a few charred books and papers. Another safe was taken from the site of Smith’s express office, corner of Water and Kilby streets, and on being opened the contents were found to be in a very bad condition. Messrs. Horswell, Kinsley & French, Winthrop square, recovered from their safe a small portion of gold coin which had been melted like lead, and a set of diamonds bedded in a shapeless mass in what had been the gold of an elegant brooch. Two vaults belonging to J.R. Bigelow, No. 43 and 45 Federal street, preserved their contents in fine condition (Boston Globe, November 16, 1872).

One of the ironies of this serious fire lies in its being fueled partly by taxation or, at least, by the desire to avoid taxation. It seems that materials and products stored in the attics and eaves of buildings were not subject to taxation, which occasioned those tax-free spaces being stuffed “to the rafters,” so to speak, with flammable materials.

L.W. Nute was elected to the Transportation committee of the New England Shoe and Leather Association, at its annual meeting held at 91 State Street in Boston, MA, January 15, 1873. He served with A.L. Coolidge, C. Coon, C.W. Hersey, and C.F. Parker (Boston Globe, January 16, 1873).

Yellow Fever raged in Memphis, TN, in October 1873, and donations were collected for its victims in Boston, MA, and throughout the country. (Milton’s Ice Industry sent five train cars full of ice (about six hundred tons) for a similar outbreak in September 1878).

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. THE CITY. The following additional contributions have been received for the Memphis sufferers by Geo. J. Dockray. agent of the Great Western Despatch Company, No. 25 Water street; L.W. Nute, $25; Moore, Smith & Co., $20. Previously reported, $1285. Total $1330 (Boston Globe, October 13, 1873).

Lewis W. Nute had some sort of business arrangement or relationship with the J.O. Wilson & Co. shoe factory of Natick, MA, by which he served apparently as its exclusive sales agent. Its partners were John O. Wilson (1821-1906) and his son, Edward H. Wilson (1845-1882), until the son’s death, and thereafter, Henry G. Wood (1853-1895). Nute might have been some sort of silent partner, investor, or contracting customer. (Some accounts go even so far as to imply that Wilson worked for him).

J.O. Wilson & Co., Manufacturers of Men’s, Boys’ and Youths’ Brogans and Plow Shoes. – The well and favorably known establishment of J.O. Wilson & Co., manufacturers of men’s, boys’ and youths’ brogans and plow shoes, is in all respects the leading, largest and best equipped firm in this branch of industrial activity hereabouts, and which since the inception of enterprise thirty-two years ago has maintained record of steady progress. This flourishing business was established in 1855 by the present senior member, the style changing ten years to J.O. Wilson & Son, who conducted it up 1881, when the firm name changed to J.O. Wilson & Co., and as such it has since been continued with uninterrupted success. The factory is a huge four-story structure 30×200 feet in superficial dimension, with two wings, each 30×60 feet in area, supplied with full steam power and equipped with the most improved machinery, devices and appurtenances, including a one hundred-horse power boiler and a sixty-horse power engine, forty stitching-machines, etc. (over two hundred machines of all kinds being in service), while employment is afforded to from three hundred and fifty to four hundred and twenty-five hands. The average daily output runs from five thousand to six thousand pairs, however, the shop having a capacity to turn out as high as seven thousand pairs a day when required, and a heavy and excellent stock is constantly carried. The trade extends all over the United States, the products being strong, coarse wear, entirely, and altogether an enormous business is done. The ownership consists of Messrs. J.O. Wilson and H.G. Wood, natives of Massachusetts and New Hampshire respectively, the founder of the business being now a gentleman of sixty-seven but active and vigorous, while Mr. Wood is a young man of push and enterprise. Mr. Wilson is the popular and respected president of the Five Cents Savings Bank, and is also a director of the Natick Gas Company and the Horse R.R. Company and a trustee of the Public Library, and deacon of the Orthodox Church. Lewis Nute & Co., No. 27 High street, are the firm to whom all orders for the above goods should be sent (International Publishing, 1887).

The young and enterprising Mr. Wood died suddenly in 1895, and Nute’s surviving partner, Charles H. Moulton, was a pallbearer at his funeral (Boston Globe, October 21, 1895).

J.O. WILSON & SON appeared in the Natick directory of 1873, as shoe manufacturers, on North Avenue, at its corner with Walnut street. His house was at Walnut street, corner of Grove street. J.O. Wilson received 11 rolls of leather from the Merritt & Company’s Express, and L.W. Nute received 4 rolls, in December 1873 (Boston Globe, December 10, 1873).

Mrs. L.W. Nute appeared in a list of subscribers to “Our Dumb Animals,” a publication of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), in May 1873 and May 1874 (MSPCA, 1874). Lewis W. Nute appeared in a list of subscribers to “Our Dumb Animals,” in May 1876 (MSPCA, 1876).

The following Boston Globe article cites L.W. Nute (and his contract manufacturer, J.O. Wilson & Son of Natick, MA) as being an exception to the general run of closures and business failures of the prevalent financial Panic of 1873. This worldwide economic recession was at its worst between 1873 and 1877. (The Globe article included also some snide allusions to Reconstruction-era southern black legislators, as being men of small understanding and oversized feet, for which they ordered from Nute the shinier variety of cheap work shoes).

NATICK. Shoe Business. The shoe business in Natick remains quite dull. Some factories are doing nothing. and others are making a half or a quarter their usual amount of goods. The only exception to this stagnant condition of things is the factory of J.O. Wilson & Son, who manufacture for L.W. Nute of Boston. Mr. Nute has kept his business going on as usual, and since November 1, 1873, Wilson & Son have manufactured for him 2457 cases of “brogans” and “plough shoes,” and are still at work filling orders at the rate of 130 cases a week. Their pay roll ranges from $8000 to $10,000 per month. which is punctually paid. Last year, they manufactured 4627 cases. This firm has just manufactured three pairs of “wax brogans,” No. 16, for a couple of colored Representatives-elect to the Mississippi Legislature. It speaks well for the future of Mississippi that she elects to her high places of trust men of large “understanding,” and if these are representative men of that ilk, whenever Mississippi “puts her foot down,” it behooves the people of adjoining States to look out for their corns (Boston Globe, March 23, 1874).

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American House (per BPL)

L.W. Nute was elected to the Transportation committee of the New England Shoe and Leather Association, at its annual meeting held at 91 State Street in Boston, MA, January 30, 1874. He served with C. Coon, E. Hutchinson, H.H. MacWhinney, and C.F. Parker (Boston Globe, January 31, 1874).

The Mayor of New Orleans, LA, appealed to the Mayor of Boston, MA, April 18, 1874, for help in dealing with Mississippi River flooding. Over ten thousand acres were inundated. “Many thousands of families are ruined in their fortunes, and threatened with starvation.” Lewis W. Nute subscribed $50 for the “Louisiana sufferers” in April 1874. Over $30,000 was raised (Boston Globe, April 27, 1874).

L.W. Nute, and H.A. Turrel, both of Boston, were guests at the Maxwell House hotel in Nashville, TN (The Tennessean (Nashville, TN), November 29, 1874). Lewis W. Nute appeared in the Boston directory of 1875 as a wholesale boot and shoe dealer, on High street, at its corner with Federal street. H.A. Tirrill also appeared as such also, but at 45 Hanover street. (These were their post-fire addresses, both had been at 55 Pearl street in 1871).

Lewis W. Nute appeared in the Boston directory of 1878, as dealing in boots, shoes and leather, at 27 High street, and boarding at the American House.

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Fires and Recessions Reduce Prices (Boston Globe, June 4, 1875)

Lewis W. Nute is here identified – either correctly or not – as owner of the Natick factory, which was being run by J.O. Wilson & Son. There seems to have been operating a rather complicated arrangement by which some employees had their own separate sub-employees or sub-contractors, who were paid out of the contracting employee’s check. Mr. Nute seems to have become involved in some dispute between two employees and, if the Boston Globe’s follow-on correction was more correct than their original article, he would seem to have judged incorrectly.

NATICK. Caught in the Act. C.O. Wilson, looked upon as being an honorable man of this place, was caught in the act of stealing from his employer yesterday, pay-day. It is not his first theft, but heretofore be has been successful. Wilson was foreman of the stitching-room in the factory of Lewis W. Nute, run by J.O. Wilson & son, and was hired by the month. John Moran is hired by the day in the same department, taking the place of his brother Andrew, who had the riveting by the case and paid two boys out of his pay. Since Andrew has left, Wilson has clipped the coupons and, at the end of the month, sent them into the office, representing the work being done as piecework. He would let Moran go to the office and collect the money, and turn the same over to him, he then paying Moran by the day and the boys by the week, putting the remainder in his pocket. Last month it amounted to $7.50, this month $22, and Moran would not give it up as was demanded. Mr. Moran saw Mr. Nute and told him the story, when he was told to keep the money and he should see Wilson in the morning. He did so, and [Wilson] told him to take his departure forever more (Boston Globe, August 7, 1879).

NATICK. A Correction Cheerfully Made. The Globe of yesterday contained an article which represented that Charles O. Wilson of Natick had been detected in stealing. The Globe reporter had the report of the theft, as he supposed at the time, from responsible parties, but an investigation of the case shows that be was seriously misled. The substantive facts are as follows: Mr. C.O. Wilson, the party charged with wrong-doing, is a middle-aged man who has from childhood resided in Natick and bears an unblemished reputation. Mr. Wilson worked in the factory of J.O. Wilson & Son and was foreman of the stitching room. One Andrew Moran had a job in the same room and employed a number of hands to rivet and eyelet shoes. Moran went to the office monthly with coupons on which he drew his pay by the case and paid his hands by the day, making a profit on his help. Moran was under Mr. Wilson, the foreman, and his habits became so bad that Mr. Wilson virtually discharged him. Mr. C.O. Wilson then proposed to J.O. Wilson & Son to add to his previous duties of foreman the duties of Moran, provided he could hire the help by the day and set the margin of profit Moran had previously received. This proposition was accepted, and C.O. Wilson then hired Moran’s brother John, who performed most of the duties formerly performed by his brother. Mr. L.W. Nute, the real proprietor of the factory, made the price for work, and of course Mr. Wilson did not steal from Mr. Nute. Wilson agreed to pay Moran $1.75 per day for his labor. and Moran informed The Globe reporter that Wilson paid him as per agreement. Moran said to the reporter that he found he had a chance to go for Wilson, and put up the job out of pure revenge. By repeated representations to Mr. L.W. Nute that things were going wrong, Moran secured his end in the discharge of Wilson by Nute. People who knew all the parties and the facts do not question the integrity of Wilson (Boston Globe, August 9, 1879).

Lewis W. Nute, aged sixty years (b. NH), and Priscilla Nute, aged sixty years (b. MA), were lodgers at the American Hotel on Hanover Street in Boston, MA, at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Henry Rice, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), was its proprietor. There were twenty-one lodgers, and one hundred thirteen resident servants of various types. (The census enumerator complained of the difficulty of gathering accurate information regarding the American Hotel’s resident staff).

Lewis W. Nute commissioned artist Frank Henry Shapleigh (1842-1906) to paint a picture of his Nute Ridge farmstead, which is dated 1880, and of the view from that farmstead. Shapleigh was an artist of the White Mountain School.

THE FINE ARTS. Frank Shapleigh has divided his time between the White Mountains, his old stamping grounds in Maine, and Cohasset. From these localities he has brought home a crowded portfolio – memories of “the green and pleasant places” of interior New England and of the rough and wind-beaten coast of the Old Commonwealth. Mr. Shapleigh seems to have found an inexhaustible source of artistic inspiration in and about the places of his Summer’s sojourn. He shows us shady nooks in the fields and forests of Maine and New Hampshire, long stretches of sunny landscapes, glimpses of old-fashioned country farm-houses and grass-bordered country roads; and, turning from these, we have the scraggy cedars that cling to the rocks and bluffs of the South Shore, the sands and rocks and the long line of ocean with its burden of white sails. Mr. Shapleigh has worked earnestly and industriously, tbe past season, and has something to show for it worth the showing (Boston Globe, October 20, 1874).

One wonders how they met. Shapleigh’s paintings certainly appeared in exhibitions and galleries in Boston. The article above demonstrates some familiarity at least with Cohasset, MA, from which Mrs. Nute came. Shapleigh was a Boston native – and resident – but he and his parents had also life-long connections with Lebanon, ME.

Lewis W. Nute took Charles H. Moulton (1847-1915) as his partner in 1880, under the name Lewis W. Nute & Company. Moulton was born in Dover, NH, September 2, 1846, son of Josiah and Harriet (Allen) Moulton. Moulton had worked as paymaster for the Cocheco Manufacturing Company in Dover, NH, before he “came to Boston in 1871 and entered the employ of L.W. Nute, shoe manufacturer” (Chilton Company, 1915).

CHARLES H. MOULTON, Manufacturer of Boots and Shoes, No. 27 High Street. – Boston has long been noted as being the centre of the wholesale boot and shoe trade of the United States, and the command of large capital, coupled with the well-known energy and enterprise of the representative members of the trade, has permanently retained this supremacy. Prominent among the reliable and progressive houses extensively engaged in this important trade is that of Mr. Charles H. Moulton, whose office and salesroom are located at No. 27 High Street. Mr. Moulton owns and operates two spacious and well-equipped factories, one being at Dover, N.H., and the other at Natick, Mass. These factories furnish constant employment to 600 skilled operatives who turn out daily 1000 pairs of plow shoes and brogans. This extensive business was established twenty years ago, by Mr. L.W. Nute. In 1880 Mr. Charles H. Moulton became a partner the firm being known by the style and title of “L.W. Nute & Co.” On October 1888 Mr. Nute died after a successful career, when the business became the property of Mr. Moulton, who has since associated with him Mr. Charles E. Bigelow of New York, as special partner. Mr. Bigelow is president of the Bay State Shoe Company, and is a resident of New York City. The brogans, plow shoes, etc., manufactured by Mr. Moulton are general favorites with the trade and public, and are unrivalled for quality, durability, strength, and workmanship. All orders are carefully and promptly filled at the lowest possible prices, and the trade of the house now extends throughout all sections of the United States and Canada. Mr. Moulton was born in New Hampshire, and is a resident of Waltham, where he filled the office of alderman for several years. He is an enterprising and honorable business man, liberal and just in all transactions, and is achieving a substantial and well-merited success (American Publishing, 1889).

L.W. Nute & wf. [wife], of N.H., were arrivals at the American House hotel in Boston, MA, in November 1881 (Boston Post, November 2, 1881). Mr. & Mrs. Lewis W. Nute appeared in the Clark’s Blue-Book editions of 1882 and 1884, as residents of the American House hotel, in Boston’s West End.

American House Advertisement - BP810524
An Unexceptional Table? (Boston Post, May 24, 1881)

Lewis W. Nute was a “special” partner in the Boston firm of Hersey, Whittier & Wyman, to the tune of $100,000, when it failed in August 1883. Hersey, Whittier & Wyman appeared in the Boston directory of 1882, as hide and leather dealers, at 276-78 Purchase street. Its partners were Charles W. Hersey (1837-1885), whose house was at 69 Newbury street, Justin Whittier (1848-1897), whose house was at Newton, MA, and Walter Forestus Wyman (1854-1919), whose house was at Chelsea, MA.

Hersey, Whittier & Wyman. – BOSTON, MASS., August 4. – The announcement will be made in the morning that the large shoe and leather firm of Hersey, Whittier & Wyman, doing business on Federal street. has failed with liabilities of half a million. The suspension, it is stated, is not brought about by the recent heavy failures in that line of trade, but is due entirely to other causes. The firm were sole-leather tanners and dealers in upper leather, 278 Purchase street,-and made an assignment of their property, for the benefit of creditors, to Wm. F. Mullin, of the firm of Mullin & Brown. The failure became known to but very few persons Saturday, and the announcement will be a surprise not only to the general public, but to the greater part of the shoe and leather trade. The firm have as branches Hersey & Co., tanners, of Moose River, N.Y., and George M. Botchford, tanner, of Glensdale, N.Y., and all three concerns go down together. Moose River branch consists of Mr. Hersey and Mr. Wyman, and the Glensdale branch of Botchford & Hersey. The firm have done a large business both in sole leather and in wax and kip, and combined liabilities of the main and branch houses aggregate $500,000. Indebtedness almost entirely to banks, very few notes having been given for merchandise. The assets are large, and the failure, the firm state, is due to the refusal of the banks, on account of the feeling of distrust which at present prevails in reference the shoe and leather trade, to take the firm’s paper as liberally as they have been accustomed to do. The firm is not involved at all in the affairs of F. Shaw & Bros., or any concern which has failed within the last few days. Lewis W. Nute, Natick, boot and shoe manufacturer, is a special partner for $100,000 until February 28, 1885. The firm has been considered worth $200,000 or $300,000, and its failure will tend to check the restoration of confidence which had begun to take place of distrust induced by the Shaw failure and those growing out of it (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 5, 1883).

Another Despatch. The suspension of Hersey, Whittier & Wyman naturally causes considerable uneasiness, as on the surface it seemed to indicate a general tendency to demoralization in the shoe and leather trade of the city. A careful analysis of the situation, however, leaves no cause for a panic or general alarm. It is possible that the firm will pay all their liabilities in full, and that Lewis W. Nute, of Natick, the special partner to the amount of $100,000, will be able to save a portion of his capital (Bangor Daily Whig & Courier (Bangor, ME), August 6, 1883).

BUSINESS REVERSES. Hides and Leather. Hersey, Whittier & Wyman, Boston, Mass., commission and tanners, failed; debts $493,747; assets $307,322 (Countin Room Company, 1883). 

Nute might have preserved in this loss as much as $62,000 to $70,000 of his original $100,000 investment (Daily City News, September 7, 1883).

But as Shakespeare had it, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” The shoe market was experiencing generally a serious downturn, due to which Nute sought a wage reduction in Natick, MA. The J.O. Wilson & Co. workers went out on strike. In response, Nute sought to relocate a part of his manufacturing at least to Dover, NH.

Gleanings in New England. The McKay lasting machine operators in the shoe factory of L.W. Nute, 14 in number, at Natick, Mass., have left work, refusing to instruct green hands who have been employed to fill the places of former “linkers,” who left because of a reduction in prices (St. Johnsbury Index (St. Johnsbury, VT), November 22, 1883).

NATICK. There seems to be no change as yet in the condition of affairs at the shoe factory of J.O. Wilson & Co. Neither have there been the least signs or anything ungentlemanly on the part of the strikers. It is yet maintained that Mr. Nute will take his business to Dover, N.H., to the E.C. Keenear factory, which, it is said, he will have in operation a week from Monday (Farmington News, December 3, 1883).

The Dover City Council sought to “encourage” Nute’s proposed relocation from Natick, MA, to Dover, NH, by exempting him from taxation for a period of ten years. It passed the following resolution to that effect, December 6, 1883:

Resolved, &c. That the firm of Lewis W. Nute & Co., are hereby exempted from taxation for the term of ten years from date – providing they do a business amounting to $100,000 per year in the manufacture of boots and shoes in Dover, meaning hereby to exempt all machinery, stock, and all new buildings which shall be built and used by Messrs. L.W. Nute & Co. for the manufacture of boots and shoes in this city. Passed December 6 (City of Dover, 1883).

Lewis W. Nute & Co. took up some factory space at 10 Grove street in Dover, NH, which had been vacated or partially vacated by John H. Hurd & Co. (It passed to Bradley & Sayward after Nute’s death. Nute’s operation continued under the name of his surviving partner, Charles H. Moulton, in a new factory built by the Dover Improvement Association in 1892).

Bradley & Sayward; factory owned by the Kenney estate; built in 1861; dimensions, 60 x 40; built of wood; four stories; steam power; cost, $4,000; kind of goods manufactured, mens’ and boys; heavy brogans and plow shoes; number of hands employed, forty; yearly pay roll, $10,000. This factory was successively occupied by Goodwin & Kenney, Ira W. Nute, J.H. Hurd & Son, Lewis Nute & Co., Bradley & Sayward (NH Bureau of Labor, 1896). 

Lewis W. Nute (Nute & Co.) appeared in the Dover, NH, directories of 1884, 1886, and 1888, as boot and shoe manufacturers, at [10] Grove street, corner of Third street. HORACE T. BABB, husband of Nute’s niece, Carrie A. (Nute) Babb, appeared as the agent for L.W. Nute & Co, boarding at Mrs. Hannah [(Nute)] Hatch’s, at 11 Sixth street, in 1884-88. Babb was a mill foreman and manager of long experience.

TELLING ANOTHER STORY. A Statement of the Natick Troubles from the Manufacturers’ Point of View. (Special Despatch to The Boston Globe). NATICK, April 14. A representative of the McKay & Copeland Machine Company gave today the following statement in regard to the trouble between the firm of J.O. Wilson & Co. and the Lasters’ Union: “The trouble,” said he, “began last fall When L.W. Nute tried to bring about a reduction of the cost of his machine lasting. He had fourteen machines in the shop. It took two men and a boy about 18 years old to operate each machine. That there might be no injustice to his men he discharged the fourteen young men who had outgrown their occupation, proposing to employ fourteen lads who would be willing to work for its wages. By this move be ensured his operators an advance of two cents and his fitters the same price as before. He hired one or two new nickers. but they were run out of the factory by the disaffected operatives. His machine operators and fitters joined issue with the discharged nickers, and refused to enter his employ again. The machine operators incited the hand lasters, between whom and the firm there was no issue at all, to join them and form a lasters union. The union was formed and the hand lasters left the shop. ‘This caused the shutting up of the factory for some five or six weeks. The unaffected operators began to be anxious to resume work. They gave the hand lasters to understand that unless they pulled out from the machine lasters and went to work again they should obtain friends of theirs to do Mr. Nute’s lasting. and should protect them. “The result of this was that the hand lasters came back to work. The machine lasters were also anxious to come back if they could come at the old price. But the result was a cut-down, because the firm proposed to pay nothing extra for extra sizes or plow shoes; hut it is probable that the two cents advance offered the machine operators would have nearly compensated for the loss. Mr. Nute refused to allow the machine operators to come back at the old price, but did furnish employment to some of them at hand lasting. “The situation remained the same until the close of the present season. The firm in the meantime moved three of its lasting machines to Dover, N.H. Two of the remaining machines were run more or less by boys. At the close of the present season Mr. Nute discharged all his lasters and shut down his factory. “I want it distinctly understood that the boot and shoe trade do not recognize a man’s right to consider himself an employe after he has been paid off at the end of the season. The lasters claim that they are still employes. But we say that they are not. “The firm then procured some twenty new men from other places. Of this number. the Lasters’ Union was successful in gaining over only two or three. Last Thursday night there were five machines running and the new operators were doing good work. The Lasters’ Union used all means to buy off, drive off and intimidate the new men. They left the next day. The town authorities thus far have shown no disposition to afford the new men any protection. There is only one simple issue in this matter and it is this: Has Mr. Nute the right to employ twenty-two men and eleven lads at day wages to fill the place of his discharged help? Must he shut up his factory or employ his old discharged help? The firm employs a large number of men altogether, and the present policy which tends to drive them out of town is not exactly propitious for the business interests of Natick.” (Boston Globe, April 15, 1884).

WHAT THE LASTERS SAY. Statement of the Employes’ Side of the Story in the Natick Difficulty. (Special Despatch to The Boston Globe). Natick, April 17. – A member of the Lasters’ Union voiced the sentiment of his fellows today by making the following statement of the past difficulty at J.O. Wilson & Co.’s: “At the beginning of last fall’s sale, Mr. Wood of the firm called the ‘nickers’ to his office, and told them the firm was going to pay thirty cents per case for ‘nicking.’ They considered it boys’ work, and unless the men were willing to work at that price they would obtain boys. The men refused to accept, because it was a reduction from forty-five cents for regular sizes, fifty-five cents for extra ones, and sixty cents for ‘plows.’ “After discharging the ‘nickers’ Mr. Wood offered to let out to the operators by contract the lasting of the shoes for $1.40 per case, each operator to employ his own ‘fitter and nicker’ and to be responsible for the work. He suggested to them that they could have sixty cents by paying thirty cents to ‘nickers’ and fifty cents to ‘fitters.’ They informed Mr. Wood they would not accept of the contract under any’ conditions. He then told them the firm would hire ‘nickers,’ whereupon three men were put on. The operators were at their posts ready to work. One ‘nicker’ left of his own free will, on account of not being able to do the work, while the other two knew nothing of how to begin, and left in disgust. This obliged all operators to be idle, and they asked for work at handlasting and were refused. “The handlasters were interested in the actions between the firm and machine men. They saw that if the firm was successful in reducing the machine men, it was only a question of time when a similar state of affairs would follow for them. and they induced the men to join the Lasters’ Union for protection. The advisory board of the union sent a committee to the firm to make some adjustment. Not being successful they reported to the board a statement of J.O. Wilson to the effect that if the machine men would return to work he would give 55 cents per case to operators, 50 cents to fitters and 40 cents to nickers for all orders, which left a reduction of eight cents per case. The advisory board deemed it inexpedient to accept the compromise and ordered the lasters out, when the factory was closed for three weeks. At the end of this time the firm sent for the advisory board, to which they said in writing: ‘We will put all the lasters to hand lasting, machine men or not, at the price paid at last sale.’ This was accepted by the board and the men were ordered to resume work, and all machine men were soon at work except those who had obtained work elsewhere. The factory has since run till about the first of April, when they closed to take an account of stock, paying off their help as usual. “All was supposed to be harmonious until about ten days ago, when a new complication was the employment of out-of-town men to run the machines at a reduction, as these men told the Lasters’ Union. they were told by members of the union of the circumstances existing, when the new men stated that they were misinformed as to the condition of affairs and as they now understood the matter, were willing to leave town. The Thursday eight affair was condemned by the union, as they used their every effort to suppress the crowd. “Now, as to a few statements in Tuesday’s GLOBE from the firm’s point of view. The unaffected operatives in the factory had little, if any, stock taken in what they said. They were not recognized by the union in any way. The representative states that Mr. Nute discharged all his lasters and shut down his factory. His statement can be refuted by the language of J.O. Wilson, senior member of the firm, who, so long as any man has left his kit in his factory, does not consider him discharged any more than he does his uppers or sole leather ‘clicks’; but when he discharges a man tells him to remove his kit. It is acknowledged that the firm has a right to employ new help, but the Union claims a right to induce employes, in a legitimate way, to leave the shop when they are working tor a reduction. “He further slates that the officials show no disposition to protect the hew men. This statement is refuted by the Board of Selectmen. who claim orders were given for an extra force if needed, but as the chief of police did not see the necessity of it, he did not call for any help. “While the union men do not care to have any controversy with the McKay & Copeland Machine Company, they purpose to tell things just as they are, not to surprise the citizens with such statements as have appeared from the company. They were in substance contradicted the day before by J.O. Wilson in the local press.” (Boston Globe, April 18, 1884).

Full details have not come to hand as yet, but Nute’s newly-established Dover, NH, operation seems to have had a fire on May 1884 that damaged the factory and destroyed some of his materials.

New England Notes. The damage to L.W. Nute & Co. of Dover is considerably larger than at first supposed. Fifty cases of fitted uppers and 150 sides of whole stock were totally destroyed and the building slightly damaged. In all the amount will be near $7000, covered by insurance. Work will not be resumed till next week (Boston Globe, May 20, 1884).

New England Notes. Lewis W. Nute & Co.’s shoe factory at Dover, N.H., started up on full time yesterday forenoon (Boston Globe, May 12, 1885).

Franklin B. White, who had been one of  Lewis W. Nute’s partners in Potter, Nute, White & Bayley, died in Milton, MA, June 10, 1885.

Death of Franklin B. White. Mr. Franklin B. White, of the firm of Potter, White & Bayley, died at his residence in Milton at 8 o’clock this morning after a brief illness of peritonitis. He was born in Quiney in 1831. Coming to Boston In 1847, he entered the boot and shoe house of Allen, Harris & Potter as a boy, and remained in the trade up to time of his death. The firm of Potter, Elder & Nute succeeded the house of Allen, Harris & Potter, and was in turn succeeded by the firm of Potter, Nute, White & Bayley. The present firm of Potter, White & Bayley was organized in the spring of 1865. James C. Bayley died about a year and a half ago. Mr. White was a director of the Bank of North America, and a director of the Boot and Shoe Exchange. He was also one of the most popular members of the Commercial Club. He has left a widow and one son (Boston Globe, June 10, 1885).

Lewis W. Nute & Co.’s new Dover, N.H., shop was highlighted as doing well by the beginning of 1886.

Dover, N.H. The shoe shops are now doing a good business. L.W. Nute & Co. have 125 employes, whose weekly pay averages $1500. They turn out 180 cases of brogans and plough shoes per week, valued at about $50 per case (Boston Globe, January 1, 1886).

L.W. Nute & Co.’s shoes were still popular and well regarded in its key southern and western markets. Goodbar, Love & Co. of Memphis, TN, but with a branch office at 24 High street, Boston, MA, advertised its shoes for sale.

Also, L.W. Nute & Co.’s Kip Brogans and Plow Shoes – the best Brogans made in the United States – heretofore handled by Goodbar & Co. (Memphis Appeal, February 5, 1886).

Priscilla N. (Farrow) Nute died at the American House hotel in Boston, MA, April 2, 1886 aged sixty-six years.

Another Factory Shut Down. Dover, N.H., May 1 – L.W. Nute & Co.’s shoe factory which resumed work last Monday after four weeks’ shut down has been closed indefinitely. This action resulted from the presentation by the Lasters’ Protective Union to the shoe factories here of a price list demanding an average increase of twenty-five per cent over old wages (Chattanooga Commercial, May 1, 1886).

FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 14, 1886. The Nute shoe factory, in Dover, started up Monday forenoon after a brief shut down. The Hurd shoe factory, which was expected to start up also, did not but will some day this week (Farmington News, May 14, 1886).

The Boston City Council voted, in January 1887, to seek the elimination of the tolls paid on harbor ferries running between East Boston and the main Boston peninsula. Many “modern” arguments were deployed in favor of this. Mr. Foss said it was a matter of “justice”; Mr. Morrison (Ward 1) thought East Boston’s residents were “entitled” to this service; Mr. McEnaney did not think that East Boston residents should be “compelled” to pay; and Mr. Whittemore thought it an opportunity for the legislature to decide. There being no such thing as a “free lunch” or, in this case, a “free ferry,” these councilors were proposing that the costs be paid instead by others that did not use the ferries (Boston Globe, January 21, 1887).

Mr. Frost thought it would set a bad precedent; Mr. Morrison (Ward 9) did not think the city should have to establish “free” ferries; and Mr. Webster observed rightly that if the tolls were removed, then East Boston housing rents would rise as an inevitable consequence. This misguided “free ferry” motion passed by forty votes (62.5%) in favor to twenty-four votes (37.5%) opposed (Boston Globe, January 21, 1887). Boot and Shoe Reporter, in its March 3, 1887 issue, included L.W. Nute & Co. among the sixty Boston boot and shoe companies that “… signed a remonstrance against any legislation giving the City Council authority to abolish the tolls on the East Boston ferries.” His former firm of Potter, White & Bayley signed too.

Lewis W. Nute was suffering by June 1888 – if he had not been before – from Bright’s Disease, i.e., an acute or chronic nephritis (kidney disease), with heart complications. He made out his last will and testament in Boston, MA, June 15, 1888. Shortly thereafter he returned to his Nute Ridge farmstead in West Milton. He experienced there what newspaper obituaries usually characterize as “a lengthy illness.”

LOCALS. Lewis Nute, the well-known shoe manufacturer, lies dangerously ill at his farm in Milton. His is a complicated case, being Bright’s disease, a valvular trouble of the heart, together with congestive symptoms. His recovery is improbable (Farmington News, August 10, 1888). 

LOCALS. There is no improvement in Lewis Nute’s condition, and it seems that it must be only a question of a few days when he passes away (Farmington News, August 17, 1888).

LOCALS. There seems to be no change in Lewis Nute’s condition. Deacon Hussey is reported about the same as last week (Farmington News, August 24, 1888).

The Boston Globe and other papers reported falsely that Lewis W. Nute died on Wednesday, September 5, 1888. He was not a well man but, as with Mark Twain, the reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. (However, their erroneous report did provide an interesting anecdote of his early career).

LEWIS W. NUTE DEAD. Boston’s Big Leather Dealer Expires at His Home. Dover, N.H., Sept. 5. Lewis W. Nute died this morning at the homestead at Milton. When a young man Mr. Nute went to Boston to work for the leather firm of Potter & Co. He worked there several years, when be was taken sick and nearly died. When he recovered he found all his bills paid and he was a silent partner in the firm. He was considered the best judge of leather in Boston. Shortly afterwards the name of the firm was changed to Nute, Potter, White, & Bailey. He stayed with them some years then sold out and went into business for himself with an office in Boston and manufactory in Natick, and five years ago he started the shop in Dover (Boston Globe, [Wednesday,] September 5, 1888).

LEWIS W. NUTE NOT DEAD. The report current, Wednesday, of the death of Lewis Nute proves to be unfounded, as he is still living. This is the second time that the press has had Mr. Nute dead, and we would advise our daily brethren down the river to be a little more cautious how they kill us off up here. We are all human, and all expect to die eventually, but let us do so of our own accord, please (Farmington News, September 7, 1888).

LOCALS. Mr. Geo. Nute of Massachusetts, with other relatives, came Thursday noon under the supposition that his uncle, Lewis Nute, was dead, having seen the account of his death in the daily press (Farmington News, September 7, 1888).

Lewis W. Nute actually died six weeks later in the Nute farmstead on what is now the Nute Ridge Road, in West Milton, NH, October 20, 1888, aged sixty-eight years, nine months, and three days.

LOCALS. Lewis W. Nute died at his residence at Nute’s ridge, Milton, Saturday morning, Oct 20. The remains will be buried in the Mount Auburn cemetery to-day, Thursday (Farmington News, October 26, 1888).

LOCALS. Lewis W. Nute left an estate of over a $1,000,000 (Farmington News, November 2, 1888).

TELEGRAPHIC SUMMARY, ETC. The late Lewis Nute, of Milton, N.H., left $25,000 for building a schoolhouse at that place, and $100,000 as a permanent fund for maintaining the school, in addition to numerous other public bequests (Baltimore Sun, November 6, 1888).

The public bequests of his last will included the Nute High School and Library, and the Nute Memorial Chapel.

The Lewis W. Nute estate appeared in the Boston, MA, directories of 1890, 1894, and 1898, as having its office at 35 Congress street, rm. 20.


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Last Will of Lewis W. Nute (1820-1888)

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber), June 7, 2020

Here follows a transcription (with annotations) of the last will and testament of Milton benefactor Lewis W. Nute. It may have been written in the American House hotel on Hanover Street in Boston, MA, which was then his principal residence, or in the nearby State Street office of his attorneys. It is dated [Friday,] June 15, 1888.

Walker Map, Boston, 1883, w American House
Downtown Boston in 1883, with the American House

Nute died on his family farm on Nute Ridge in West Milton, NH, on Saturday, October 20, 1888, and this last will was proved in Suffolk County Probate Court, in Boston, MA, on Monday, November 19, 1888 (Suffolk County Probate, 608:62).


Lewis W. Nute – Will – Proved Nov. 19, 1888

I, Lewis W. Nute, of Boston, in the county of Suffolk, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me.

I. I constitute and appoint as executors of this my will and as trustees whenever a trust in herein created, Charles H. Moulton, of Waltham, John Q. Henry, of Newton, and Henry E. Cobb, of Newton, all of Massachusetts; and I direct that they be exempt from giving surety on their bonds in either capacity.

Requiring a surety bond for executors of such a large estate – even a bond based upon posting a percentage only – would have imposed a significant financial burden on them. Even propertied men might have struggled to raise so much liquid cash. (Every $1,000 Nute bequeathed would be worth today about $90,000. (A $20 “double eagle” gold piece from 1888 would have today the gold value of about $1,800 in modern Federal Reserve paper money)).

Boot & shoe merchant Charles Henry Moulton (1847-1915) of Waltham, MA, had been Lewis W. Nute’s partner in the firm of Lewis W. Nute & Company since 1880. He was born in Dover, NH, September 2, 1846, son of Josiah and Harriet M. (Allen) Moulton. He  was a fellow Mason, having joined Waltham’s Monitor lodge in 1883. He was a banker when he died in Waltham, MA, June 7, 1915, aged sixty-eight years, nine months, and five days.

Boot & shoe merchant John Quincy Henry did not long survive Nute, dying of apoplexy, i.e., a stroke, in Boston, MA, December 21, 1888, aged sixty-six years, one month, and twenty-three days. He was born in Rutland, VT, circa 1822, son of William and Catherine A. Henry. The will’s provisions for replacing an executor and/or trustee would have been employed right from the start.

Banker Henry Eddy Cobb was born in Hartford, CT, June 21, 1839, son of Andrew B. and Lydia M. (Eddy) Cobb. He would be later mayor of Newton, MA, in 1896-98. He died in Newton, MA, February 2, 1908, aged sixty-eight years.

II. I give and bequeath unto my beloved brother, Samuel F. Nute, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars.

Nute’s younger brother, Samuel Freeman Nute, was born in Milton, July 8, 1827. He died in Peabody, MA, August 14, 1893, aged sixty-six years, one month, and six days.

Samuel F. Nute married in Portland, ME, August 25, 1853 Josephine Wyatt Page, he of Milton and she of Wakefield, NH. She was born in Wakefield, NH, April 7, 1832, daughter of David and Caroline (Jones) Page. Josephine W. (Page) Nute survived her husband, dying in Melrose, MA, May 12, 1913, aged eighty-one years, one month, and five days.

In his own last will, dated April 23, 1891, Samuel F. Nute of Wakefield, NH, appointed his wife, Josephine W. Nute, as his executor and left her all his estate, both real and personal, excepting $5, which he left to their son, Frank I. Nute. “My reason for not providing more for my said son is he being financially in condition not to be in need of further provision by me” (Essex County Probate, 497:319).

III. I give and bequeath unto my beloved nephew, George A. Nute, the sum of twenty-five thousand (25,000) dollars & to his wife, Ann J. Nute, the sum of twenty thousand (20,000) dollars.

George Albert Nute was born in Charlestown (Boston), MA, March 17, 1842, son of Lewis W. Nute’s elder brother, Cyrus W. Nute (1817-1876), and his wife, Almira (Banfield) Nute (1817-1890). He died in Natick, MA, January 22, 1891, aged forty-eight years, ten months, and five days.

George A. Nute married (2nd) in Natick, MA, April 12, 1877, Anna J. (McDavid) Henderson, he of Natick and she of Augusta, ME. He was a shoe cutter, aged forty-three years, and she was aged thirty-six years. It was the second marriage for each of them. She was born in Augusta, ME, August 15, 1851, daughter of John and Margaret (Bunting) McDavid. She died February 9, 1925.

IV. I give and bequeath unto my beloved nephew, Frank I. Nute, the sum of ten thousand (10,000) dollars; and to his wife, Lizzie F. Nute, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars; and I give to each of the children of said Frank I. Nute and Lizzie F. Nute, who shall be living at my decease, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars.

Frank Isaac Nute was born in Milton, March 22, 1854, son of Lewis W. Nute’s younger brother, Samuel F. Nute (1827-1893), and his wife, Josephine W. (Page) Nute (1832-1913). He died in Melrose, MA, January 25, 1918.

Frank I. Nute married in Goshen, NH, May 30, 1880, Elizabeth Frances “Lizzie” Trow, both of Goshen. He was a minister, aged twenty-five years, and she was aged twenty-four years. She was born in Goshen, NH, July 19, 1855, daughter of Perkins and Elizabeth F. (French) Trow.  She died in Salem, MA, December 25, 1922.

Frank I. and Lizzie F. (Trow) Nute had children Samuel F. Nute (1881-1907), Willie S. Nute (1885-1885), and Harold W. Nute (1891-1918).

V. I give and bequeath unto my beloved niece, Carrie A. Babb, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars; and to her husband, Horace T. Babb, the sum of three thousand (3,000) dollars.

Carrie Ann Nute was born in Boston, MA, August 28, 1844, daughter of Lewis W. Nute’s elder brother, Cyrus W. Nute (1817-1876), and his wife, Almira (Banfield) Nute (1817-1890). She died in Dover, NH, February 7, 1911.

Carrie A. Nute married in Farmington, NH, June 12, 1871, Horace T. Babb, both of Farmington. He was a mechanic, aged twenty-eight years, and she was aged twenty-five years. He was born in Barrington, NH, September 8, 1842, son of Joseph T. and Mary B. (Tibbetts) Babb. He died in Dover, NH, November 26, 1911.

VI. I give and bequeath unto Harriet Souther, of Cohasset, Massachusetts, sister of my late wife, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars; and to Edward T. Souther, of said Cohasset, nephew of my said wife, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars; to Thomas R. Farrar, of said Cohasset, brother of my said wife, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars; to Sarah F. Maxwell, of Melrose, Massachusetts, sister of my said wife, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars; to Lewis N. Maxwell, of Winchester, Massachusetts, nephew of my said wife, to Sarah Priscilla Mason, of New York, niece of my said wife,  the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars; to Edwin R. Maxwell, of said Melrose, nephew of my said wife, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars.

Lewis W. Nute’s late wife had been Priscilla N. Farrar (1819-1886). (Her surname was often spelled as Farrow). She was born in Cohasset, MA, December 6, 1819, daughter of Thomas and Priscilla A. (Nichols) Farrar. Her siblings, all younger than she, were Mary Farrar (b. 1821), who apparently died young, Elizabeth Harriet “Harriet” Farrar (1825-1902), Sarah Farrar (1828-1903), and Thomas R. Farrar (1831-1916).

Harriet Farrar married in Cohasset, MA, February 8, 1846, Edwin F. Souther (1822-1901). They had two children, Edwin F. Souther, Jr. (1846-1929), who was named in the will, and George F. Souther (1851-1856).

Sarah Farrar married in Boston, MA, March 6, 1848, Richard F. Maxwell (1821-1923). They had children Lewis Nute Maxwell (1849-1932), who was named in the will, Sarah P. Maxwell (1851-1921), (wife of William W. Mason) who was named in the will, Edwin R. Maxwell (1854-1932), who was named in the will, and Mary H. Maxwell, who died young.

Frodsham Gold Watch
A Victorian-era Frodsham Gold Watch (Catherine Southon)

VII. I devise and bequeath to Lewis W. Nute, son of my said nephew George A. Nute, if he shall survive me, and to his heirs forever, my farm with the buildings thereon situate in the Town of Milton in the State of New Hampshire, and consisting of about two hundred acres, except such lot as shall be selected and set apart out of said farm by my trustees for the purpose of erecting a chapel as hereinafter provided and for the grounds attached thereto not exceeding one acre with suitable approaches thereto, together with all the household furniture, fixtures, stock, horses, carriages, harnesses, wagons, tools, farming implements of every description, and all the personal property pertaining to or used with said farm at the time of my decease. Also my Frodsham gold watch and chain, and all my jewelry and articles of personal and household use and ornament.

Lewis Worster Nute [2nd] was born in Natick, MA, October 25, 1880, son of George A. Nute (1842-1891) and his wife, Anna J. (McDavid) Nute (1851-1925). He died in Boston, MA, March 6, 1943.

This grandnephew and namesake of Lewis W. Nute was only eight years of age when he inherited the Lewis W. Nute farm, its stock, tools, appurtenances, furniture, and his granduncle’s gold watch. The Middlesex County court – he lived in Natick, MA – appointed a guardian for him in 1889 to protect his interests, as distinct from those of his parents.

Lewis W. Nute [2nd] married, circa 1908, Florence M. Seaverns. She was born in Cambridge, MA, September 4, 1874, daughter of William H. and Susan L. (Guffney) Seaverns. She died in Brookline, MA, January 31, 1928.

VIII. I give and devise to the said Town of Milton, the sum of five thousand (5,000) dollars; the same to be invested by said Town and the income thereof to be expended from year to year by the Selectmen of said Town to keep in repair the Cemetery of said Town and the lot therein where my parents are buried; the first care to be of said lot.

Parents Ezekiel Nute (1794-1859) and Dorcas (Worster) Nute (1797-1869) are buried in the Hayes Cemetery, which is situated on the north side of Farmington Road (NH Route 75) in Milton, between Governor’s Road and the Hare Road.

IX. I give and bequeath to said Town of Milton, the sum of fifty thousand (50,000) dollars; the same to be invested by said Town and the income thereof used by the Town for the maintenance and support of the common or district schools therein; but one-tenth of the income of said fifty thousand dollars and any increase thereof shall be annually used for the support of a school in the district in that part of said Town where said farm is situated.

Milton’s common or district schools would later be closed one by one, mostly in the 1920s. One supposes that the Milton Grammar school might be defined as a sort of continuation or successor to those district schools. It might be more difficult to stretch the definitions for the Nute Ridge school, which was particularly identified as being entitled to its own dedicated 10% of the annual interest money. A later school superintendent fretted in his annual report about possibly having to forfeit that 10% if the Nute Ridge school were to be closed, which is likely why it was the very last of them to be shuttered (save the Milton Mills school, which was not a district school, as such).

X. I give and bequeath to the Orthodox Congregational Church and Society occupying the Meeting-House at Milton Three-Ponds, so called, in said Town of Milton, the sum of ten thousand (10,000) dollars, the same to be invested and the income thereof to be applied to the support of preaching by said Church and Society; but no part of the principal of said ten thousand dollars shall ever be used by said Church and Society for building purposes, but a portion of said income may be used from time to time for the repairs of said Church and Society’s Meeting-House and Parsonage.

Rev. Frank E. Haley (1835-1904) was then in his second pastorate as Congregational minister at Milton Three Ponds. He would later be the first librarian at the Nute High School and Library (to be succeeded after his death by his widow and then his daughter).

Nute Chapel - Nute Chapel
Nute Chapel

XI. If during my life I shall not have done so, I direct my executors to erect a chapel with a suitable library room therein, near or on my said farm in said Town of Milton, at a cost not exceeding the sum of ten thousand dollars; and I hereby give to my said Trustees and their successors the further sum of thirty thousand dollars, the income of which shall be forever used for the support, care and maintenance of said chapel, and for the providing of preaching, and the purchase of books for the use of the minister and Sabbath School for the library in said library room. And I hereby authorize my said Trustees to set apart out of my said farm and to designate my [by] marks and bounds a lot for said chapel with grounds attached thereto, not exceeding one acre, with suitable approaches, the title to said chapel and lot to remain with said Trustees and their successors.

The term “viz.” (or “vizt.”) used in sections XII and XIV below is an abbreviation of the Latin term or phrase vidēre licet (“it is permitted to see”). It was used commonly to introduce a list or series. In this case, Lewis W. Nute is about to list semi-annual allowances (or life estates in interest money), which he has labeled (a) through (g). They are to be interest payments only on principal amounts held for the time being in trust, as distinct from the outright bequests that he detailed above for many of the same parties.

XII. I give to my said Trustees the following named sums upon the Trusts hereinafter set forth: – viz.;

(a). The sum of fifty thousand (50,000) dollars in trust to pay over the net income as often as once in six months to my said brother, Samuel F. Nute, during his life; and at his death in trust to pay over and distribute the said net income at their discretion to the deserving poor of said Town of Milton, employing therein such individuals or corporate agencies as they shall see fit; and with power at any time to transfer and convey the principal of the trust fund to any corporation which may be organized with the approval of my trustees for the time being for the purpose of providing charitable relief to the poor of said town.

The “deserving poor” would have been thought to encompass those that could not work, such as the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled, as distinct from those whose poverty arose from their own vices and failings, such as imprudence, sloth, gambling, drunkenness, etc. (We should note that he intended the charitable relief to be dispensed via private entities, such as individuals, churches, incorporated charities, etc., rather than governmental ones).

(b). The sum of thirty-five thousand (35,000) dollars in trust to pay over the net income thereof as often as once in six months to my said nephew, George A. Nute, during his life; and at his death to pay over and distribute the principal of said trust fund in equal shares to and among his then surviving children and the issue of any child or children deceased, such issue taking by right of representation.

Per Stirpes. Distributing assets per stirpes (sometimes called “by right of representation”) means that assets will be divided evenly among heirs, but if one of the heirs predeceases the testator, their children (if any) will split their deceased parent’s share. The surviving child or children “represent” the deceased parent in the division.

(c). The sum of twenty thousand (20,000) dollars in trust to pay over the net income thereof as often as once in six months to Ann J. Nute, the wife of my said nephew, George A. Nute, during her life, and at her death to pay over the net income thereof as often as once in six months, to Ann J. Nute, the wife of my said nephew, George A. Nute, during her life; and at her death to pay over and distribute the principal of said trust fund in equal shares to and among her then surviving children and the issue of any child or children deceased, such issue taking by right of representation.

This section above had some duplicate wording stricken out and initialed by the registrar, as having been stricken out also in the original.

(d). The sum of thirty thousand (30,000) dollars in trust to pay over the net income thereof as often as once in six months to my nephew, Frank I. Nute, during his life; and at his death to pay over and distribute the principal of said trust fund in equal shares to and among his then surviving children and the issue of any child or children deceased, such issue taking by right of representation.

(e). The sum of ten thousand (10,000) dollars in trust to pay over the net income thereof as often as once in six months to Lizzie F. Nute, wife of my said nephew, Frank I. Nute, during her life; and at her death to pay over and distribute the principal of said trust fund in equal shares to and among her then surviving children and the issue of any child or children deceased, such issue taking by right of representation.

(f). The sum of twenty-five thousand (25,000) dollars in trust to pay over the net income thereof as often as once in six months to my niece, Carrie A. Babb, during her life; and at her death to pay over and distribute the principal of said trust fund in equal shares to and among her then surviving children and the issue of any child or children deceased, such issue taking by right of representation.

And upon the decease of either the said George A. Nute, Ann J. Nute, Frank I. Nute, Lizzie F. Nute, or Carrie A. Babb, leaving no issue him or her surviving, then I direct that the principal of the trust fund held for his or her benefit during his or her lifetime be added to and become a part of the Nute High School and Library Fund, hereinafter created. And I direct that none of the beneficiaries for life to whom the income of any trust fund is herein given shall have any power of assignment or anticipation of such income, and that no part of such income shall in any way be subject to the chain of any creditor of such beneficiary.

One may have seen advertised occasionally modern arrangements by which one may sell a pension, annuity, or structured settlement for lesser amounts of immediate cash. That is to say, one sells one’s “anticipation” of future payments to someone with a longer economic “time preference,” or one uses the anticipated future payments as collateral for an immediate loan. Nute herein forbade such arrangements.

(g). I give to said trustees the sum of one hundred and twenty-five thousand (125,000) dollars in trust for the benefit of Lewis W. Nute, son of the said George A. Nute, and in trust to expend so much of the income thereof from time to time for the support, maintenance and education of the said Lewis W. Nute, as in their judgment shall seem best; and when he shall reach the age of twenty-five years, to pay over to him the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars of the principal of said trust fund; and when he shall arrive at the age of thirty years, to pay over to him the further sum of twenty-five thousand dollars; and after he becomes of the age of twenty-one years, to pay over to him the net income of said fund & of any increase thereof but without any power of assignment or anticipation on the part of said Lewis W. Nute; and upon his death to pay over the remaining trust fund equally to his children and the issue of any deceased child or children, such issue taking by right of representation. If he shall decease leaving no issue him surviving, then said Trustees shall pay over the remainder of said trust fund to be added to the Nute High School and Library Fund as hereinafter created.

Nute High School - BWXIII. After the payment of the above legacies I give out of the residue of my estate, in case the same shall suffice therefor, to the said Town of Milton, the sum of one hundred and twenty-five thousand (125,000) dollars as a fund for the purpose of erecting, establishing, and maintaining in said Town a Free High School and Library for the free use of the inhabitants thereof; to be known as the Nute High School and Library; said fund with the addition to be made thereto as hereinbefore provided to be kept as a separate fund and known as the Nute High School and Library Fund. And I direct that of said fund no more than twenty-five thousand dollars be expended in the erection of any building or buildings, and that the same be erected, and that said School and library be established and maintained in that part of the Town of Milton known as Milton Three Ponds. And that no part of any such fund be at any time loaned to said Town or invested in its notes or obligations. And if at any time the said Town shall see fit to have said School and Library incorporated, the fund herein given and all additions thereto and any and all property acquired for said school and library may be by said Town or by my said Trustees paid over and transferred to the corporation so formed; provided however, that the same shall always remain as a High School and Library for the free use of the inhabitants of said Town and shall preserve the name above given.

XIV. All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate and property of whatever nature and wherever situated, including all lapsed legacies, I give and bequeath in equal shares to and among such of the following named four persons as shall survive me, viz.: – George A. Nute, Ann J. Nute, Frank I. Nute, and Lizzie F. Nute; provided however that if either of the four shall decease before me leaving children, his or her share shall go equally among such of said children as shall survive me, and the issue of any such child deceased, such issue taking the share of such child taking the share by right of representation.

XV. I empower my said Executors and the survivor of them to sell any of my real or personal estate except that which is herein specifically devised or bequeathed, either by public or private sale, without the aid of any Court, and to make the requisite deeds and transfers; and I empower my Trustees in like manner at their discretion to sell, exchange, invest or reinvest any and all the property which shall at any time be held upon the trusts hereof, investing the proceeds of such sales upon the like trusts; and my executors or trustees and their successors may continue in any of the trusts herein created any investments made by me during my life and it is my desire that they be continued unless in their judgment they ought not to be so, and, in case by reason of sales or otherwise they shall have occasion to make new investments, I direct that they may be made in those securities in which the Savings Banks or other institutions in this Commonwealth are from time to time authorized to invest their deposits. My trustees shall be entitled to a fair compensation for their services; they shall be chargeable only for such moneys, stocks, funds and securities as they shall respectively actually receive, not withstanding their respectively signing any receipt for the sake of conformity, and shall be answerable and accountable only for their own acts, receipts, neglects or defaults, and not for those of each other, nor for any banker, broker, or other person with whom trust moneys or securities may be deposited, nor for the insufficiency or deficiency of any stocks, funds, or securities nor for any other loss, unless the same shall happen through their own willful default respectively. Upon all sales by my trustees or executors, their receipts shall exempt the purchasers from all liability as to the application of the purchase money.

The words “my trustees,” or “my trustee,” in this my will, shall be construed and taken to mean the trustees or trustee for the time being whether original or substituted; and the words “children” and “issue,” shall be construed and taken to mean children and issue by blood and not by adoption. In case of any vacancy in the number of my trustees by reason of death, declination, resignation, or otherwise, and so often as the same shall occur, the same shall be filled by appointment by my surviving or remaining trustees or trustee by a writing signed and sealed by them or him, and any trustee so appointed shall be exempt from giving surety on his bond; and if such appointment be not made within ninety days after such vacancy occurs a new trustee shall be appointed by the Court having jurisdiction for that purpose, and I give the remaining or surviving trustees or trustee all the powers herein given to my trustees.

The section above suggests that – after a thorough re-reading of the whole – some points were thought to be unclear or open to other interpretations than those intended and were here clarified.

XVI. I authorize my executors to continue my business of manufacturing and selling boots and shoes until the first day of May or November which shall next follow my decease.

The Dover Improvement Association had built a factory in Dover, NH, for Lewis W. Nute, in 1886. After his death they rented it to the Charles H. Moulton Shoe Company, who occupied it until about 1903.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of June, A.D. Eighteen hundred and eighty-eight. Lewis W. Nute (Seal).

50 State Street - 1886-95 - BPL
50 State Street, Boston, 1886-95 (BPL)

Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the above-named Lewis W. Nute as and for his last will and testament, in presence of us, who, at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto set our hands as witnesses. W.G. Russell. Thomas Russell. H.H. Sanborn.

William G. Russell and [his son,] Thomas Russell, appeared in the Boston directory of 1889, as lawyers with the law firm of Russell & Putnam, whose offices were at 50 State street, rm. 59, and who had their house at 178 Beacon street. Miss H.H. Sanborn appeared as being employed at 50 State street, rm. 59, with her house at 41 Circuit street. (She was likely their stenographer).

A true record, Attest: Elijah George, Register.


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Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1912-52

By Muriel Bristol | June 2, 2020

Continued from Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1875-11

The building occupied now by the Milton Free Public Library was originally Milton Mills’ “Little Red Schoolhouse” building. (The library was then situated where the historical society is now). In this period it taught students at the primary, intermediate, and grammar levels.

Milton Free Public Library - WikipediaLittle Red School House Library. The Milton Free Public Library (“Little Red School House”) is located on half an acre in the center of Milton Mills. The architecture is French Second Empire style with a mansard style roof and dormer windows upstairs. The foundation is brick. The style is unique to Milton Mills – no other buildings in town have the same style – however it was popularly used in public buildings at the time of its construction. There have been no significant exterior renovations other than maintenance (i.e., painting and replacing rotten boards). It contains two rooms downstairs which currently operate as the library. As one enters the building, the first thing seen is a beautiful staircase that branches off in two directions. The upstairs consists of one very large room, and a bell tower with a functioning bell. The floors are hardwood and the walls are plaster (Milton Free Public Library Trustees, n.d).

The Milton Mills school teachers identified in this 1912-1952 period were Mary E. (Wilson) Hill, Ethel E. Jeffers, Herbert H. Trufant, Norma M. Page, Helen G. Snow, Jessie L. (Tinker) Walsh, Margaret E. Durgin, Etta R. Thurston, Helen M. Dunnells, Manora T. (Tuttle) Clayton, Rosamond E. (Piper) Pike, Carolyn H. Eaton, Elinor I. Leonard, Marion L. (Goodwin) Stanley, Doris E. (Rowell) Lowd, Ellen G. (Hannaford) Akers, Richard D. Gale, Leslie E. Lowry, Jr., Martha E. Hefler, Paul G. Spilios, and Elizabeth J. Lambert.

Mary E. (Wilson) Hill – 1912

Mary Eleanor Wilson was born in Farmington, NH, in November 1864, daughter of Henry W. and Lucy A. (Whitehouse) Wilson.

Mary E. Wilson graduated from Rochester High School with its Class of 1884. She appeared later with other graduates in an 1884 graduation program rediscovered in 1941. She was said to have become since “… Mrs. Canney, mother of Ralph W. Canney, who conducts a poultry farm in the Meaderboro section” (Portsmouth Herald, December 19, 1941).

Mary E. Wilson married (1st) in Farmington, NH, October, 2, 1895, Henry J. Canney. He was born in New Durham, NH, in June 1863, son of Thomas H. and Isabel R. (Dolby) Canney. She divorced him in Strafford County Superior Court, October, 13, 1897. (He died in Concord, NH, May 26, 1948 (Farmington News, June 4, 1948)).

Henry Wilson, a farmer, aged sixty-one years (b. PA), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-eight years), Lucy A. Wilson, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), his daughter, Mary E.W. Canney, a school teacher, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), and his grandson, Ralph W. Canney, aged three years (b. NH). Henry Wilson owned their farm, free-and-clear. Lucy A. Wilson was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. Mary E.W. Canney, who was divorced, was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Mary W. Canney married (2nd) in Rochester, NH, January 19, 1907, Horace G. Hill, she of Farmington and he of Lee, NH. Both were forty years of age, she was a school teacher, and he was a farmer. He was born in Lee, NH, circa 1866, son of John W. and Mary J. (Coldwell) Hill.

LOCAL. Henry Wilson of Merrill’s Corner, an old member of Sampson Post, G.A.R., of Rochester, who for a long time had been suffering from cancer, died Jan. 29, in a hospital in Boston, and his body was brought home Sunday evening. He was a farmer and for over a quarter of a century had lived on his farm; his native place was Philadelphia. He was 72 years of age and is survived by a wife, a son, Joseph Wilson of North Adams, Mass., and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Hill, who lives at home (Farmington News, February 4, 1910).

Henry W. Locke, a lumber operator, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Barrington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Hattie B. Locke, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and his boarders, Elizabeth E. McNeff, a primary school teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and Mary W. Hill, a primary school teacher, aged forty-five years (b. NH). Henry W. Hill owned their farm, free-and-clear. Mary W. Hill, twice married (fourteen years in present marriage), was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Mary W. Hill appeared in the Farmington directory of 1912, as a teacher at the Merrill’s corner school in Farmington, boarding at Mrs. L.A. Wilson’s house, near the school. Mrs. Mary Hill appeared or appeared also in the Milton directory of 1912, as a teacher at the Milton Mills Grammar School, boarding at 27 Western avenue, in Milton Mills. (John Lowd appeared as retired, with his house at 27 Western avenue).

Horace G. Hill divorced Mary W. Hill in Strafford County Superior Court, March 29, 1917. He alleged abandonment.

Ralph Canney, a general farmer, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his mother, Mary W. Canney, a county school teacher, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), his grandmother, Lucy A. Wilson, a widow, aged seventy-four years (b. NH), and his great uncle, Mr. Whitehouse, a widower, aged eighty-five years (b. NH). Ralph Canney owned their farm, with a mortgage.

Sarah Twombly, a fibre mill bookkeeper, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her servant, Mary Canney, a private family housewife, i.e., housekeeper, aged sixty-five years (b. NH). Sarah Twombly owned their house on the Wakefield Road, which was valued at $2,000. They had a radio set.

She may have been the Mary Canney that was living in Rochester, NH, as late as 1939.

Ethel E. Jeffers – 1912

Ethel E. Jeffers was born in Tamworth, NH, August 27, 1890, daughter of Fred L. and Gertrude M. (Gilman) Jeffers.

Fred L. Jeffers, a lumber wagon driver, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Tamworth (“South Tamworth Village”), NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Gertrude M. Jeffers, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), and his daughter, Ethel E. Jeffers, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Fred L. Jeffers owned their house free-and-clear. Gertrude M. Jeffers was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

South Portland, ME, paid Ethel Jeffers $198 in salary between September 16, 1907, and January 31, 1908, as a teacher in its Ward Four school.

During the year of 1907 there has been but one change in the teaching force of the Knightville schools. Miss Jeffers taking the place of principal’s assistant left vacant by the resignation of Miss Percival (Receipts and Expenditures, South Portland, ME, 1907-08).

ETHEL E. JEFFERS appeared in the Milton directory of 1912, as a teacher at the M. Mills school, who boarded at 27 Western ave., M. Mills. (John Lowd appeared as retired, with his house at 27 Western avenue).

Ethel E. Jeffers married in Tamworth, NH, December 2, 1917, Frederick H. Whiting, both of Tamworth. She was a teacher, aged twenty-eight years, and he was a farmer, aged twenty-two years. He was born in Boston, MA, June 6, 1896, son of Frank A. and Abbie C. (Hobson) Whiting.

Fred Whiting, a farm laborer, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), headed a Tamworth, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ethel Whiting, a school teacher, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), and his daughter, Elenor Whiting, aged one year (b. NH). Fred Whiting rented their portion of a two-family house from his parents, Frank A. Whiting, a farmer, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), and Abbie H. Whiting, aged sixty-four years (b. MA).

Fred H. Whiting, a construction carpenter, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a Madison, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Ethel J. Whiting, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), Elenor R. Whiting, aged eleven years (b. NH), Fred H. Whiting, aged nine years (b. NH), Jean A. Whiting, aged five years (b. NH), Virginia Whiting, aged three years (b. NH), Shirley Whiting, aged two years (b. NH), and Mary Whiting, aged one year (b. NH). Fred H. Whiting owned their house, which was valued at $2,500. They had a radio set.

Fred H. Whiting, a finish mill salesman, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Madison, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Ethel J. Whiting, aged forty-six years (b. NH), Fred H. Whiting, auto mechanic trade school, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Jean A. Whiting, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Virginia Whiting, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Shirley Whiting, aged twelve years (b. NH), and Mary Whiting, aged eleven years (b. NH). Fred H. Whiting owned their house at Silver Lake, which was valued at $2,500. They had all lived in the same house in 1935.

Fred H. Whiting died in 1964. Ethel E. (Jeffers) Whiting died in Conway, NH, in March 1983.

Herbert H. Trufant – 1912-17

Herbert Harold Trufant was born in Hackettstown, NJ, May 24, 1874, son of Isaiah and Sarah R. (Gross) Trufant.

SITUATIONS WANTED. WANTED – Situation as companion or nurse by educated young man. Address H.H. TRUFANT, care J.C. Churchill, Winthrop, Mass., daTu7t au22 (Boston Globe, August 22, 1894).

Herbert H. Trufant married in Boston, MA, November 19, 1899, Grace E. Towle, he of 14 Kelton Street, Boston, and she of North Parsonsfield, ME. He was a R.R. gateman, aged twenty-five years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-three years. She was born in Effingham, NH, August 23, 1876, daughter of George W. and Clara M. (Pierce) Towle.

Herbert H. Trufant, a R.R. gateman, aged twenty-six years (b. NJ), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of one year), Grace E. Trufant, aged twenty-three years (b. NH). Herbert H. Trufant rented their house at 14 Kilton Street.

Herbert H. Trufant, with his wife Grace E. (Towle) Trufant, appeared in the Wakefield, NH, directory of 1908, as a teacher.

H.H. Trufant, a public school teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. NJ), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Grace E. Trufant, aged thirty-three years (b. NH). Grace E. Trufant was the mother of one child, of whom none were still living.

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. New Hampshire Farm. FOR SALE, 185 acres, well divided. will carry 15 head, buildings first-class condition, 1¼ miles to RR, P.O., store, etc., on R.F.D., telephone in house, near neighbors; no brokers; price reduced to $2200 for immediate sale. H.H. TRUFANT, Sanbornville, N.H. (Boston Globe, May 29, 1910).

Herbert H. Trufant appeared in the Milton directory of 1912, as a teacher, and principal, of the Milton Mills Grammar School, with his house 1 mile south of Milton Mills.

Herbert H. Trufant of Milton Mills registered (No. 1654) his 10 h.p. Cadillac automobile with the NH Secretary of State, between January 1 and August 31, 1912.

Herbert H. Trufant appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as a principal of the Milton Mills Grammar School, with his house at 41 Church street, Milton Mills.

Herbert H. Trufant appeared in the Quincy, MA, directory of 1918, as a superintendent, with his house at 31 Appleton street, A.

Herbert H. Trufant, a R.R. clerk, aged forty-five years (b. NJ), headed a Quincy, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Grace E. Trufant, aged forty-three years (b. NH), and his son, Robert S. Trufant, aged nine years (b. MA). Herbert H. Trufant owned their house at 100 Charles Road, with a mortgage.

Herbert H. Trufant became next principal of the Parsonsfield Seminary, a private boarding school in Parsonsfield, ME. (Parsonsfield is bounded on the west by Effingham and Wakefield, NH. Kezar Falls is a village of Parsonsfield).

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. FOR SALE – New Hampshire farm, nice all-year or Summer home; eight-room house, piazza, white (with green blinds), large barn, icehouse, excellent well and spring, situated on hill, fine view of the mountains, land slopes to ford, 10 minutes’ walk to village, mail delivered, nine miles to Burleyville railroad station, near neighbors. Address Owner, H.H. TRUFANT, Kezar Falls, Me. (Boston Globe, June 19, 1921).

SCHOOLS. Co-Educational Schools. PARSONSFIELD SEMINARY. North Parsonsfield, Maine. For boys and girls. In the foothills of the White Mountains. 209 acres, 4 buildings. Invigorating air. All sports. College preparatory course with certificate privilege. Domestic Science. Endowment permits $450 to cover all expenses. Booklet. Herbert H. Trufant, Principal. Box E, Kezar Falls, Me. (Harper’s Bazaar, May 1922 (also July 1922)).

History of Parsonsfield Seminary. Fourth Quarter Century. Mr. [Wesley A.] Sowle was principal for the Spring of 1919 and for the next school year. Then came Herbert H. Trufant, son of the much loved Isaiah Trufant of the preceding period. Near the end of his fourth year, not being in a suitable physical condition to withstand the duties as a principal of Parsonsfield Seminary, he was advised by his doctor to discontinue his work. Much to the regret of both teachers and pupils he left a short time before the end of the school year 1924. Under his management the school prospered and I am sure all students at that time will recall how kind and helpful Mr. Trufant always was to them, yet firm when occasion called. No matter how busy with his own duties he was always ready to help the most humble student with a knotty problem in algebra or give counsel and advice when needed. He did not regain his heath and on March 25, 1925, he passed away at his home in Effingham, N.H. (Towle, 1932).

MISCELLANEOUS. LOST – A Knight Templar’s watch chain between Little Building and Atlantic, Mass.; reward. H.H. TRUFANT, 37 Faxon road, Atlantic, Mass. (Boston Globe, May 2, 1924).

Herbert H. Trufant died in Effingham, NH, March 25, 1925, aged fifty years, ten months, and one day. (He had been resident there only ten weeks, having previously resided in Boston, MA. His occupation was teacher).

SANBORNVILLE. Word has been received here of the death of H.H. Trufant in Massachusetts. Mr. Trufant was a teacher in the Grammar school for several terms (Farmington News, April 17, 1925).

Mrs. Grace Trufant appeared in the Boston directories of 1926, and 1927, as assistant matron at 232 Centre street, in Dorchester, MA, residing on the premises. The Industrial School for Girls was at 232 Centre street in the Dorchester section of Boston, MA. (Mrs. Ethel C. Barry was the matron).

Grace E. (Towle) Trufant died in Kankakee, IL, October 24, 1964.

Norma M. Page – 1926-28

Norma M. Page was born in Milton, NH, in 1903, daughter of Robert and Ida (Sibley) Page.

Robert Page, a barber, aged forty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ida S. Page, aged forty-five years (b. MA), and his children, Norma M. Page, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Irma S. Page, aged eleven years (b. NH), Robert W. Page, aged nine years (b. NH), Ruth E. Page, aged seven years (b. NH), and Charlene A. Page, aged four years, ten months (b. NH). Robert Page owned their farm on Upper Main Street, in Milton Village, free-and-clear.

Norma M. Page appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1926-27 academic year as teacher of the Primary grades at the Milton Mills school. She had thirteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1928).

Norma M. Page appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1927-28 academic year as teacher of the Primary grades at the Milton Mills school. Margaret Durgin appeared with her in the same capacity, which implies a succession from Page to Durgin during the year. They had seventeen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1929).

Norma Page was a teacher in the Shatswell school in Ipswich, MA, in the 1928-29 academic year. Thereafter, she appeared as Norma Paige. Norma Paige was a teacher in the Shatswell school in Ipswich, MA, in the 1929-30, 1930-31, 1931-32, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1936-37, and 1937-38, and 1939-40 academic years.

Norma Page appeared in the Milton directory of 1930, as a teacher, with her house at Robert Page’s, at Milton Mills. ROBERT PAGE (Ida S.), appeared as a barber, at Milton Mills.

MILTON MILLS. Miss Norma Page and her friend, Miss Leah Wilson, teachers in the public schools near Boston, spent the week-end at Miss Page’s camp near Lovell lake (Farmington News, October 19, 1934).

ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS. Miss Gertrude Ciolek was employed as a substitute in the first grade at the Shatswell school, due to a heavy enrollment in Grade One. This grade was divided, with Miss Ciolek in charge of one division. Miss Norma Paige is the other first grade teacher (Report of the Town Officers of Ipswich, For the Year Ending December 31, 1937).

PERSONALS. Miss Norma Page of Ipswich, Mass., was the weekend guest of Miss Elena Wilson of Rye (Portsmouth Herald, October 25, 1939).

PERSONALS. Miss Norma Paige, a teacher at the Shatswell school in Ipswich, Mass., spent the weekend as the guest of Miss Elena Wilson of Rye (Portsmouth Herald, December 12, 1939).

PERSONAL MENTION. Miss Norma Paige of Ipswich Mass., spent the weekend as the guest of Miss Elena Wilson of Rye (Portsmouth Herald, January 23, 1940).

Henry Merson, a granite works manager, aged fifty-four years (b. Scotland), headed an Ipswich, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Isabelle S. Merson, aged fifty-two years (b. Scotland), his son, James S. Merson, a lithograph co. researcher, aged twenty-eight years (b. Scotland), and his lodger, Norma Page, a grade school teacher, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH). Henry Merson owned their house at 22 East Street, which was valued at $6,000. Norma Page and James S. Merson had attended three years of college, and Henry Merson and Isabelle S. Merson had attended four years of high school.

Norma Paige was a teacher in the Shatswell school in Ipswich, MA, in the 1940-41, 1941-42, 1942-43, 1943-44. 1944-45 academic years.

CHANGES IN PERSONNEL. Norma Paige, who has been a teacher in Grade I in the Shatswell school since her coming to this community seventeen years ago, resigned in June to accept a position in the school of Malden, Massachusetts. Miss Paige has done an extraordinary amount of in-service training while she was in Ipswich. Her departure is regrettable (Report of the Town Officers of Ipswich, For the Year Ending December 31, 1946).

Norma Page appeared in the Malden, MA, directories of 1948 and 1949 (Paige), as a teacher at the Glenwood School, resident in Melrose, MA.

Helen G. Snow – 1926-27

Helen G. Snow was born in Eaton, NH, March 22, 1903, daughter of Mark R. and Annie M. (Dennett) Snow.

Mark R. Snow, a spool mill teamster, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Conway, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie M. Snow, aged forty years (b. ME), and his children, Russell P. Snow, a shoe factory laborer, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and Helen G. Snow, aged sixteen years (b. NH). Mark R. Snow rented their farm.

Helen G. Snow graduated from Plymouth State College, in Plymouth, NH,  with its Class of 1923.

Helen G. Snow appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1926-27 academic year as teacher of the Intermediate grades at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-three enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1928).

Helen G. Snow, a public school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), resided at the Y.W.C.A., on Chatham Street in Worcester, MA, at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. She was one of sixty-six residents there, one of three residents who were public school teachers, and one of four residents that had their own radio sets.

Josephine E. Cawley, a widow, aged seventy-two years (b. Canada (Eng.)), headed a Worcester, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her daughters Bessie Cawley, an electric light stenographer, aged forty-nine years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and Mary L. Cawley, a grammar school teacher, aged thirty-seven years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and her lodger, Helen Snow, a grammar school teacher, aged thirty-two [thirty-seven] years (b. NH). Josephine E. Cawley rented their house at 2 Avalon Place, for $35 per month. Mary L. Cawley and Helen Snow had attended three years of college, and Josephine E. Cawley and Bessie Cawley had attended four years of high school. They had all resided in the same place, i.e., Worcester, MA, in 1935.

Helen G. Snow died in Brookline, MA, October 16, 1990.

In Memoriam. Helen G. Snow, [Class of] ’23, Madison, N.H., October 16, 1990 (Plymouth State Update, 1991).

Jessie L. (Tinker) Walsh – 1926-35

Jessie Louise Tinker was born in Wolfeboro, NH, July 1, 1895, daughter of Charles L. and Elizabeth (Whiteworth) Tinker.

Jessie Louise Tinker married in Wolfeboro, NH, April 7, 1917, Earle Leonard Walsh, both of Wolfeboro. She was a teacher, aged twenty-one years, and he was a machinist, aged nineteen years. He was born in Lebanon, ME, May 18, 1897, son of George L. and Carrie M. (Briggs) Walsh.

George L. Walsh, a general farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Carrie Walsh, aged forty-seven years (b. ME), his children, Earle L. Walsh, a garage mechanic, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), Charles B. Walsh, an electric co. electrician, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Ralph W. Walsh, aged thirteen years (b. NH), his grandson, Earling Walsh, aged one year (b. NH), his daughter-in-law, Jesse L. Walsh, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and his boarder, Jeremiah Hodsdon, aged seventy-seven years (b. NH). George L. Walsh owned their farm, free-and-clear.

Jessie L. Walsh appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1926-27 academic year as teacher of the Grammar grades at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1928).

Jessie L. Walsh appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1927-28 academic year as teacher of the Grammar grades at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1929).

Jessie L. Walsh appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1928-29 academic year as teacher of the Grammar grades at the Milton Mills school. She had nineteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1930).

Earle Walsh, a garage mechanic, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Jessie L. Walsh, a grammar school principal, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), his children, Leonard Walsh, aged eleven years (b. MA), and Marilyn Walsh, aged seven years (b. NH), and his father-in-law, Charles A. Tinker, a widower, aged seventy-five years (b. ME). Earle Walsh rented their house on Church Street, for $10 per month. They had a radio set.

Jessie L. Walsh appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1931-32 academic year as teacher of the Grammar grades at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-one enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1933).

Jessie L. Walsh appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1932-33 academic year as teacher of the Grammar grades at the Milton Mills school. She had sixteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1934).

Jessie L. Walsh appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1933-34 academic year as teacher of the Grammar grades at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-four enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1935).

Jessie Walsh appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1934-35 academic year as teacher of the Grammar grades at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-one enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1936).

MILTON MILLS. Teachers of the local grammar school, Mrs. Jessie Walsh, Mrs. Manora Clayton and Mrs. Rosamond Pike, went to Manchester last Thursday to attend the teachers’ institute. They report interesting sessions, with splendid speakers (Farmington News, October 19, 1934).

At Milton Mills Mrs. Walsh resigned to accept a position in the Wolfeboro Union and Mrs. Etta M. Thurston, who had formerly taught in the same school, was elected (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1936).

Earle L. (Jessie L.) Walsh appeared in the Wolfeboro, NH, directory of 1940, as a funeral director, on North Main street (412), with his house there too.

Earle L. Walsh, an undertaker, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Wolfeboro, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Jessie L. Walsh, a public school teacher, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his children, Earle L. Walsh, Jr., aged twenty-one years (b. MA), and Marilyn Walsh, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and his father, George L. Walsh, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH). Earle L. Walsh owned their house on North Main Street. Jessie L. Walsh, Earle L. Walsh, Jr., and George L. Walsh had all attended four years of high school, Earle L. Walsh and Marilyn Walsh had attended one year of high school.

Jessie L. (Tinker) Walsh died in Wolfeboro, NH, in March 1969.

Margaret E. Durgin – 1927-28

Margaret Ethel Durgin was born in Concord, NH, October 11, 1890, daughter of Luther W. and Ida A. “Annie” (Lockhart). Durgin.

L.W. Durgin, an iron foundry manager, aged sixty-three years (b. MA), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-nine years), Annie L. Durgin, aged forty-nine years (b. Canada), and his daughter, Margaret Durgin, aged nineteen years (b. NH). L.W. Durgin rented their house at 13 Summit Street. Annie L. Durgin was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Luther W. Durgin, a cast iron foundry manager, aged seventy-two years (b. MA), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie Durgin, aged fifty-eight years (b. New Brunswick, Canada), his daughter, Margaret Durgin, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and his boarder, Elsie Alexander, a State hospital social worker, aged thirty years (b. NH). Luther W. Durgin owned their house at 13 Summit Street.

Miss Margaret E. Durgin appeared in the Concord, NH, directory of 1924, as a teacher at the Concord High School, boarding at 13 Summit street. Annie L. Durgin appeared as the widow of Luther W. Durgin, with her house at 13 Summit.

Margaret E. Durgin was secretary of the Mount Holyoke Collège Class of 1913. Her entry in its 1924 alumni catalog gave her career to date:

MARGARET E. DURGIN. 13 Summit Ave., Concord, N.H. Tchr 13-14 Waterbury, Vt., 14-15 Concord, N.H.; clerk 20- New Haven, Conn.; Rumford Press 21 Concord, N.H.; supervisor instruction 24 Boston Rubber Shoe Co., Malden (Mount Holyoke College, 1924). 

Miss Margaret E. Durgin appeared in the Concord, NH, directory of 1926, as having her house at 13 Summit street. Annie L. Durgin appeared as the widow of Luther W. Durgin, with her house at 13 Summit.

Margaret Durgin appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1927-28 academic year as teacher of the Primary grades at the Milton Mills school. Norma M. Page appeared with her in the same capacity, which implies a succession from Page to Durgin during the year. They had seventeen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1929).

Annie L. Durgin, a widow, aged seventy-nine years (b. Canada (Eng.)), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Margaret E. Durgin, marketing manager of the League of New Hampshire Arts & Crafts, aged forty-nine years (b. NH). Annie L. Durgin owned their house at 13 Summit Street, which was valued at $5,000. Margaret E. Durgin had attended five years of college, and Annie L. Durgin had attended eight years of school.

Margaret E. Durgin died in February 1980.

Etta M. (Richards) Thurston – 1927-28, 1935-44

Etta May Richards was born in Owl’s Head, ME, September 15, 1881, daughter of William E. and Climena J. Richards.

Albert F. Richardson of the Eastern State Normal School at Castine, ME, recommended that twenty-eight persons of the Class of 1906, including Etta M. Richards, of Rockport, ME, be granted their diplomas. He noted that they were already teachers of experience, having taught an average of sixty-five weeks (Maine Department of Education, 1907).

Climena J. Richards, (a widow) own income, aged sixty-six years (b. ME), headed a Rockport, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Walter G. Richards, a barge engineer, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), Anna M. Richards, a private family servant, aged thirty-five years (b. ME), and Etta M. Richards, a public school teacher, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), and her grandchildren, Fred D. Achorn, an odd jobs laborer, aged thirty years (b. ME), and his wife, Carrie I. Achorn, aged twenty-five years (b. ME). Climena J. Richards owned their house on Mechanic Street, free-and-clear; she was the mother of ten children, of whom eight were still living.

Etta Mae Richards married in Auburn, ME, June 25, 1918, Jason Francis Thurston, she of Newport, ME, and he of Auburn. She was a school teacher, aged thirty-six years, and he was a grocer, aged forty-six years. (She was his third wife). He was born in Middleborough, MA, April 16, 1872, son of Francis T. and Marcia E. (Weston) Thurston.

Jason F. Thurston, a minister, aged forty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Belmont, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Etta M. Thurston, a school teacher, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), his son, Dwight P.B. Thurston, aged fifteen years, and his boarder, Clara L. Davis, retired, aged sixty-one years (b. ME). Jason F. Thurston rented their portion of a two-family house on Depot Street.

Etta R. Thurston appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1927-28 academic year as teacher of the Intermediate grades at the Milton Mills school. She had fifteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1929).

ACTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH REOPENED. ACTON, Me., Nov. 6. Reopening services of the Acton Corner Congregational Church, which has been closed for many years, were held today, beginning with a service this afternoon at which Rev. J.F. Thurston of Milton Mills delivered the address of welcome. He was followed by Rev. Dr. Caswell of Laconia, N.H., and Rev. J.C. Bearse of Sanford, speakers. In the evening a praise service and dedication took place, with a sermon by Rev. Ernest Seymour of the New England Evangelistic Association of Boston. Etta May Thurston was soloist (Boston Globe, November 7, 1927).

Etta R. Thurston appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1928-29 academic year as teacher of the Intermediate grades at the Milton Mills school. She had seventeen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1930).

Jason F. Thurston, a Congregational clergyman, aged fifty-eight years (b. MA), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Etta M. Thurston, aged forty-eight years (b. ME). Jason F. Thurston rented their house, for $60 per month.

At Milton Mills Mrs. Walsh resigned to accept a position in the Wolfeboro Union and Mrs. Etta M. Thurston, who had formerly taught in the same school, was elected (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1936).

Etta Thurston appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1935-36 academic year as teacher of Grades 7-8 at the Milton Mills school. She had fifteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1937).

Etta Thurston appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1936-37 academic year as teacher of Grades 7-8 at the Milton Mills school. She had thirteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1938).

Etta Thurston appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1937-38 academic year as teacher of Grades 5-6-7-8 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-one enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1939).

Etta Thurston appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1938-39 academic year as teacher of Grades 5-6-7-8 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-three enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1940).

Etta Thurston appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1939-40 academic year as teacher of Grades 5-6-7-8 at the Milton Mills school. She had fifteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1941).

Jason F. Thurston, aged sixty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Etta M. Thurston, a public school teacher, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME). Jason F. Thurston owned their house on Main Street, in Milton Mills, which was valued at $500. They had resided in the same house in 1935. Jason F. Thurston had attended three years of college, and Etta M. Thurston had attended two years of college.

Superintendent Howard L. Winslow noted Mrs. Thurston’s departure from the Milton Mills School in his report on the 1943-44 academic year:

We secured a good teacher locally to succeed Mrs. Thurston at Milton Mills. Mrs. Thurston resigned late in the summer to take a more advantageous position in her home town in Maine. Mrs. Marion Stanley took her place (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1944).

Mrs. Thurston may have taken a more advantageous position in her hometown of Lebanon, ME, but only for a single year. She appeared in a list of Alton, NH, teachers for the 1945-46 academic year. She and her husband took up residence in the Congregational parsonage there.

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Alton schools will reopen next Wednesday, September 5, with the following list of teachers: Headmaster of the Alton high school, Henry Hastings; assistants, Miss Anne Garguilo, Miss Ellamarie Nourse, Mrs. Eleanor Hayes; 7 and 8 grades, Mrs. Annie Harris; 5 and 6 grades, Mrs. Etta Thurston; 3 and 4 grades, Mrs. Elizabeth Parker; 1 and 2 grades, Mrs. Una Dearborn (Farmington News, August 31, 1945).

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Mr. and Mrs. Jason Thurston have moved into the Congregational parsonage (Farmington News, October 12, 1945).

Jason F. Thurston [of Alton, NH,] died in Concord, NH, December 16, 1945.

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Much sympathy is extended to Mrs. Jason Thurston, teacher of the fifth and six grades in the Central school in the death of her husband, Rev. Jason Francis Thurston, which occurred at a Concord hospital last Sunday afternoon He was a native of Middleboro, Mass., and was born April 16, 1882, and graduated from Greenwich, R.I., academy and ordained Methodist minister. Besides his wife, a daughter and four sons survive him. Funeral services were held at Milton Mills, Wednesday; burial will be in Middleboro (Farmington News, December 21, 1945).

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Mrs. Etta Thurston received word last week of the death of her brother (Farmington News, June 14, 1946).

ALTON AND ALTON BAY. Mrs. Etta Thurston left town Tuesday for her home in Milton Mills (Farmington News, June 21, 1946).

Etta M. (Richards) Thurston died February 14, 1966.

Helen M. Dunnells – 1928-29

Helen Martha Dunnells was born in Newfield, ME, March 31 1905, daughter of Lester M. and Mable G. (Chick) Dunnells.

Miss Helen M. Dunnells was a friend or acquaintance of Miss Ferne C. McGregor of West Milton’s Nute Ridge school.

WEST MILTON. Miss Helen Dunnells of Newfield, Maine, spent the holiday with Miss Feme McGregor (Farmington News, June 3, 1927).

Helen M. Dunnells appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1928-29 academic year as teacher of the Primary grades at the Milton Mills school. She had eighteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1930).

Helen M. Dunnells married June 27, 1929, Norman L. Wentworth, she of Newfield, ME, and he of Acton, ME. He was born in Acton, ME, July 25, 1903, son of Harold E. and Hattie M. (Lowd) Wentworth.

Norman L. Wentworth, a B&M file clerk, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of one year), Helen M. Wentworth, aged twenty-five years (b. ME). Norman L. Wentworth rented their house. They had a radio set.

Norman Wentworth, a steam railway telegrapher, aged thirty-six years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Helen D. Wentworth, aged thirty-five years (b. ME), and his children, Joyce E. Wentworth, aged nine years (b. ME), Harlan E. Wentworth, aged four years (b. NH), and Erlan C. Wentworth, aged four years (b. ME). Norman Wentworth rented their house on Fox Ridge, in South Acton, for $12 per month. Helen D. Wentworth had attended one year of college, Norman Wentworth had attended four years of high school, and Joyce E. Wentworth had attended four years of school (to date).

Helen Wentworth of Acton, ME, was one of fifty additional jurors called to Alfred, ME, for October 20, 1964, for the York County murder trial of Joseph R. McDonald. The State accused McDonald of having killed Maine State Trooper Charles C. Black in a South Berwick, ME, bank robbery, July 9, 1964 (Biddeford-Saco Journal, October 16, 1964).

Norman L. Wentworth died in Acton, ME, December 15, 1991. Helen M. (Dunnells) Wentworth died in Sanford, ME, March 28, 2012, aged one hundred six years.

Manora T. (Tuttle) Clayton – 1931-37

Manora Tuttle was born in Wakefield, NH, October 3, 1890, daughter of Daniel N. and Ora F. (Tibbetts) Tuttle.

William W. Berry, a general farmer, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-two years), Elizabeth C. Berry, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), and his boarder, Manora Tuttle, a public school teacher, aged nineteen years (b. NH). William W. Berry owned their farm free-and-clear. Elizabeth C. Berry was the mother of no children.

UNION. Miss Manora Tuttle of Wakefield spent a few days with Mrs. Hilton Goodwin last week (Farmington News, January 6, 1911).

Manora Tuttle married in Wakefield, NH, June 29, 1919, Frederick W. Clayton, she of Wakefield and he of Madison, NH. He was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, in 1870, son of George and Sarah (Wilson) Clayton. She was a teacher, aged twenty-eight years, and he was a widowed machinist, aged forty-eight years.

Fred (Manora) Clayton appeared in the North Andover directory of 1920, as a mechanic, with his house at 111 Main street. Albert W. Clayton, who had an auto repairs business in Haverhill, MA, resided at 111 Main street.

Fred Clayton, a machine operator, aged forty-nine years (b. England), headed a North Andover, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Menora Clayton, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH). Fred Clayton rented their house at 111 Main Street. He had immigrated into the US in 1893 [1883], and had been naturalized in 1899.

Frederick W. Clayton, a general laborer, aged fifty-nine years (b. England), headed a Madison, NH. household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Minora T. Clayton, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Frederick W. Clayton, Jr., aged nine years (b. NH), and Mary F. Clayton, aged one year (b. NH). Frederick W. Clayton owned their house, which was valued at $1,500. They did not have a radio set.

Manora T. Clayton appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1931-32 academic year as teacher of the Intermediate grades at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-seven enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1933).

Frederick W. Clayton died on Main Street, in Milton Mills, March 7, 1932, aged sixty-two years.

Manora T. Clayton appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1932-33 academic year as teacher of the Intermediate grades at the Milton Mills school. She had nineteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1934).

Manora T. Clayton appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1933-34 academic year as teacher of the Intermediate grades at the Milton Mills school. She had sixteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1935).

Manora Clayton appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1934-35 academic year as teacher of the Intermediate grades at the Milton Mills school. She had fourteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1936).

MILTON MILLS. Teachers of the local grammar school, Mrs. Jessie Walsh, Mrs. Manora Clayton and Mrs. Rosamond Pike, went to Manchester last Thursday to attend the teachers’ institute. They report interesting sessions, with splendid speakers (Farmington News, October 19, 1934).

MILTON MILLS. Mrs. Daniel N, Tuttle and Miss Abbie Tuttle of Wakefield were callers at the homes of Mrs. Manora Clayton and Mrs. Ralph Hurd, recently (Farmington News, November 23, 1934).

MILTON MILLS. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hurd had their son John, Mervyn Hurd and son, Mrs. Manora, Clayton and two children, Frederick and Mary Francis Clayton for Thanksgiving (Farmington News, December 7, 1934).

Manora Clayton appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1935-36 academic year as teacher of the Grades 4-5-6 at the Milton Mills school. She had nineteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1937).

Milton Mills has at present only 34 pupils and unless there is a considerable increase there the State Department will insist that only two teachers be employed next year (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1937).

Manora Clayton appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1936-37 academic year as teacher of the Grades 4-5-6 at the Milton Mills school. She had sixteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1938).

The only change in teachers since the last report is at Milton Mills. Three rooms have been consolidated into two, and Mrs. Manora Clayton released because of illness (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1938).

Manora T. Clayton, a public school teacher, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Frederick W. Clayton, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and Mary F. Clayton, aged eleven years (b. NH). Manora T. Clayton rented their house at 10 “State Road Heading West from E. Wakefield to Wakefield,” for $8 per month. They had resided in a Rural place, i.e., one having less than 2,500 inhabitants, in Strafford County in 1935. Manora T. Clayton and Frederick W. Clayton had attended one year of college, and Mary F. Clayton had attended five years of school.

Manora T. (Tuttle) Clayton died in September 1964.

Rosamond E. (Piper) Pike – 1930-40, 1963-64

Rosamond Elizabeth Piper was born in Wakefield, NH, October 6, 1888, daughter of James A. “Arnold” and Laura A. (Evans) Piper.

Rosamond E. Piper appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as a teacher at the Plummer’s Ridge School, with her home at J.A. Piper’s. James A. Piper appeared as a farmer, with his house five miles north of the Milton depot, and two miles south of the Union depot.

Arnold Piper, an odd jobs carpenter, aged fifty-two years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Laura Piper, aged forty years (b. NH), his children, Rosanna Piper, a town school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Grover C. Piper, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Melvina Evans, aged sixty years (b. NH). Arnold Piper owned their house free-and-clear. Laura Piper was the mother of fur children, of whom three were still living. Melvina Evans was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

Rosamond E. Piper appeared in the Milton directory of 1912, as having her home at J.A. Piper’s. James A. Piper appeared as a farmer, with his house five miles north of the Milton depot, and two miles south of the Union depot. (Philip G. Pike appeared as a meat peddler, boarding at 18 Highland street, Milton Mills).

Rosamond E. Piper married in Portsmouth, NH, January 3, 1912, Phillip G. Pike, both of Milton. She was a teacher, aged twenty-three years, and he was a butcher, aged twenty-one years. He was born in Milton, May 28, 1890, son of Robert S. and Fannie (Roberts) Piper.

Philip G. Pike, a retail butcher, aged twenty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Rosamond E. Pike, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and his children, Louise E. Pike, aged seven years (b. NH), and Philip D. Pike, aged four years (b. NH). Philip G. Pike rented their house.

Philip G. Pike, a retail grocery merchant, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills Village”) household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Rosamond E. Pike, a grammar school teacher, aged forty-two years (b. NH), and his children, Louise E. Pike, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and P. Damon Pike, aged fifteen years (b. NH). Philip G. Pike owned their house on Highland Street, which was valued at $1,000. They had a radio set. (They lived next door to his parents).

Rosamond Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1931-32 academic year as teacher of the Primary grades at the Milton Mills school. She had nineteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1933).

Rosamond Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1932-33 academic year as teacher of the Primary grades at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-five enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1934).

Rosamond Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1933-34 academic year as teacher of the Primary grades at the Milton Mills school. She had eighteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1935).

Rosamond E. Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1934-35 academic year as teacher of the Primary grades at the Milton Mills school. She had eighteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1936).

MILTON MILLS. Teachers of the local grammar school, Mrs. Jessie Walsh, Mrs. Manora Clayton and Mrs. Rosamond Pike, went to Manchester last Thursday to attend the teachers’ institute. They report interesting sessions, with splendid speakers (Farmington News, October 19, 1934).

MILTON MILLS SCHOOL NOTES. Grades I, II, III. Marion and Daniel McGrath are absent because of illness. Margaret Hale, Roger Pike, Norman Valley, Wilson Dunbar, Harvey Fletcher, Gloria Wentworth, Jane Woodbury, Stephen Woodbury, Mary Clayton, Lillian Goldthwaite, Ann Goodrich and June Runnels were neither absent nor tardy during the six weeks’ period. Mrs. Pike is reading “Folk Tales Every Child Should Know” during morning exercise this week. Miss Northway, R.N., visited the primary room Monday morning. Grades IV and V Report cards were given out Monday for the first time in six weeks. June Wentworth, Roland Pike and Charles Downes received 10 in both columns of spelling on Friday. Alfred Patch, Ann Woodbury, Paul Valley, Fred Clough and Ruth Nute received 100 in one column and 96 In the other. Grades four and five made attractive Indian rug designs in drawing last Friday. Alfred Patch visited a dentist, Monday forenoon. Mrs. Clayton has finished reading “Anton and Trine,” a story of the Alpland during morning exercises. Grade five drew maps in history on Monday, showing tbe routes of Magellan and Columbus. Grade four drew a map of the voyages of the North men and also a Viking ship. Grade five is memorizing some very good proverbs. Mr Winslow visited us Monday afternoon. Grades VI, VII VIII. Marilyn Walsh and Maurice Fletcher had 91, Nathalie Willey, Parker Spinney, Jenney Ramsay and Kathleen Thomas had 83 in their arithmetic Monday. Virginia Laskey did the best in her self-testing drill in grade seven. Miriam Willey, Harold Roberts, Fred Spencer and Harry Fletcher had superior work In their problems in grade eight, Monday. Those who had 100 in spelling Monday, were Jennie Ramsay and Kathleen Thomas. In grade six Virginia Laskey, Elizabeth Ramsay, Leon Clough, Leon Hersom and Willard Feeney, in grade seven; Miriam Willey, Fred Spencer, Clifton Hersom and Harold Roberts, in grade eight. Mrs. Spinney visited us Friday noon. We are learning the poem “America for Me.” The sixth grade drew maps of Italy in their study of Europe in geography. The seventh grade had a test on Asia last Thursday. Virginia Laskey, Elizabeth Ramsay and Leon Clough got E. They also had a test in history last Friday. Those who got 80 or more were Virginia Laskey Elizabeth Ramsay Leon Clough, Leon Hersom and Willard Feeney. For writing we have the word “Vie.” Reports will be given out for the first time this week. Mr. Winslow visited us Monday afternoon. Miss Northway, our school nurse, visited us Monday and Friday afternoons. Arnold Nash drew some good witches on our blackboards, Monday, and also colored them well (Farmington News, October 26, 1934).

Rosamond E. Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1935-36 academic year as teacher of Grades 1-2-3 at the Milton Mills school. She had thirteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1937).

Rosamond Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1936-37 academic year as teacher of Grades 1-2-3 at the Milton Mills school. She had twelve enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1938).

Rosamond Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1937-38 academic year as teacher of Grades 1-2-3-4 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-five enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1939).

Rosamond Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1938-39 academic year as teacher of Grades 1-2-3-4 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-four enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1940).

Rosamond Pike appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1939-40 academic year as teacher of Grades 1-2-3-4 at the Milton Mills school. She had eighteen enrolled students (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1941).

Philip G. Pike, a retail meat market clerk, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Rosmon E. Pike, aged fifty years (b. NH), and his son Damon Pike, an auto factory mechanic, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law, Beatrice Pike, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and his grandson, Wayford Pike, aged nine months (b. NH). Philip G. Pike owned their house on Highland Street, which was valued at $700. Damon Pike had attended four years of high school, Philip G. Pike had attended two years of high school, and Rosmon E. and Beatrice Pike had attended eight years of grammar school. (One might suspect that Philip G. and Rosmon E. Pike’s educational attainments were reported in reverse order, as were their ages).

During the summer Mrs. Rosamond Pike moved from Milton Mills and resigned to take another position near her new home. Miss Carolyn Eaton, of Salisbury, Mass., a graduate of Salem Teachers’ College, was secured to take the vacant position (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1941).

Phillip G. Pike died January 16, 1960.

There was one change at Milton Mills, Mrs. Doris Lowd could not return to her teaching position because of ill health. A number of factors, i.e., shortage of teachers, three classes in one room, and low salary scale prevented the hiring of a teacher qualified to teach the three primary grades. Mrs. Rosamond Pike is teaching the primary grades at the present time and will fill out the year (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1963).

Rosamond E. (Piper) Pike died in January 1972.

Milton Mills. We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Mrs. Rosamond Pike who passed away at a nursing home last Wednesday (Farmington News, [Thursday,] January 27, 1872).

Carolyn H. Eaton – 1941-43

Carolyn Hervey Eaton was born in Newburyport, MA, March 19, 1915, daughter of Charles A. and Annie M. (Ryan) Eaton.

Charles A. Eaton, a garage mechanic, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Salisbury, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie M. Eaton, aged forty-two years (b. MA), and his children, Anne M. Eaton, aged sixteen years (b. MA), Caroline H. Eaton, aged fifteen years (b. MA), and Charles A. Eaton, Jr., aged ten years (b. MA). Charles A. Eaton owned their house on Fourth Street, which was valued at $2,000. They did not have a radio set.

Miss Carolyn H. Eaton appeared in the Salisbury, MA, directory of 1932-34, as boarding at 3 Fourth street, P.O. Newburyport, MA. Charles A. (Annie M.) Eaton appeared there as a night watchman, with his house at 3 Fourth street, P.O. Newburyport, MA.

Charles A. Eaton, a shoe shop stationary fireman, aged fifty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Salisbury, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie M. Eaton, aged fifty-two years (b. MA), and his children, Anne M. Eaton, a shoe shop shoe worker, aged twenty-six years (b. MA), Caroline H. Eaton, a public school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), and Charles A. Eaton, Jr., a new worker, aged twenty years (b. MA). Charles A. Eaton owned their house at 3 Fourth Street, which was valued at $1,800. They had all resided in the same house in 1935. Caroline H. Eaton had attended four years of college, her mother, Annie M. Eaton had attended three years of college, her sister, Anne M. Eaton, had attended four years of high school, her brother, Charles A. Eaton, Jr., had attended three years of high school, and her father, Charles A. Eaton, had attended eight years of grammar school.

During the summer Mrs. Rosamond Pike moved from Milton Mills and resigned to take another position near her new home. Miss Carolyn Eaton, of Salisbury, Mass., a graduate of Salem Teachers’ College, was secured to take the vacant position (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1941).

Carolyn H. Eaton appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1940-41 academic year as having taken over for the 1941 portion of the year from Rosamond E. Pike, as teacher of grades 1-4 at the Milton Mills school. She had seventeen enrolled students.

Carolyn H. Eaton appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1942-43 academic year as teacher of grades 1-4 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-five enrolled students. His report also noted in his report that

Miss Carolyn Eaton was regretfully released to take a more lucrative position of one grade at Durham. A graduate of Keene Teachers’ College, Miss Elinor Leonard of Rochester, has taken her place (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1944).

Boston University conferred a M. Ed. degree upon Carolyn H. Eaton at its summer commencement in Boston, MA, August 16, 1952 (Boston Globe, August 17, 1952).

Carolyn H. Eaton returned to Boston, MA, on a P.A.A. [Pan-American Airlines] flight from Shannon, Ireland, April 9, 1958. Her address was 3 4th St., Ring’s Is., Newburyport, Mass., her age was forty-three years.

Elinor I. Leonard – 1943-45

Elinor Iola Leonard was born in Dover, NH, November 12, 1922, daughter of George R. “Raymond” and Alice L. (Pike) Leonard.

Leon L. Brock, an automotive salesman, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice L. Brock, a restaurant dietician, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), his step-daughter, Elinor I. Leonard, aged seventeen years (b. NH), George W. Leonard, aged seventy years (b. NH), and his housekeeper, Nellie V. Bodwell, a private family housekeeper, aged forty-five years (b. MA). Leon L. Brock owned their house at 261 High Street, which was valued at $3,500. Leon L. Brock had lived in Dover, NH, in 1935, Alice L. Brock and her daughter, Elinor I. Leonard had lived in Brattleboro, VT, in 1935, George W. Leonard had lived in the same house in 1935, and Nellie V. Bodwell had lived in Salmon Falls in 1935. Leon L. Brock and Alice L. Brock had attended four years of high school, and Elinor I. Leonard had attended three years of high school (as yet).

Miss Carolyn Eaton was regretfully released to take a more lucrative position of one grade at Durham. A graduate of Keene Teachers’ College, Miss Elinor Leonard of Rochester, has taken her place (Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1944).

Elinor Leonard appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1944-45 academic year as teacher of grades 1-4 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-five enrolled students.

Superintendent Howard L. Wilson explained in his 1944-45 report that

Miss Leonard resigned to be married, and Mrs. Doris Dowd [Lowd] succeeded her at the Milton Mills Primary School.

ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCED. Mrs. Alice Leonard Brock of the Crown Point section of Strafford announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Elinor Iola Leonard, to Lt. Robert H. Rollins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rollins of Keene. Miss Leonard attended school in Farmington and is a graduate of Somersworth high school and Keene Teachers’ College. She has been teaching in Milton Mills. Lt. Rollins is a graduate of Keene high school and was attending the University of New Hampshire when he entered the U.S. army air corps. For the next three years he has been in the Burma-India theatre (Farmington News, August 31, 1945).

Elinor Iola Leonard married in Rochester, NH, October 13, 1945, Robert Harrison Rollins, she of Strafford, NH, and he of Keene, NH. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a lieutenant in the U.S. army air corps, aged twenty-two years. He was born in Nashua, NH, in 1923, son of Raymond H. and Leona M. (Lazett) Rollins.

Robert H. Rollins died in 1991. Elinor I. (Leonard) Rollins died in Clearwater, FL, October, 10, 2010.

ROLLINS, Elinor Iola Leonard 87, of Clearwater for 20 years, formerly of North Easton, MA, passed away peacefully on Oct. 10, 2010 with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert H. Rollins. Born in Dover, NH on Nov. 12, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Alice (Pike) Leonard and the step-daughter of the late Leon K. Brock. She was the loving mother of Richard D. Rollins and his wife, Carol, of Piscataway, NJ, William R. Rollins and his wife, Michelle, of Blackstone, MA, the late Leonard Rollins and his wife, Margaret Rollins of Carlisle, MA; her cherished seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A graduate of Keene State Teachers College in 1944, she taught at the Milton Mills Elementary School, Milton Mills, NH. She was a member of the VNA-Visiting Nurse Association of North Easton, and a member of the Eastern Star. Elinor enjoyed golfing and was an active member of the Brockton Country Club, and also was a member of the Bridge Club for 37 years. Devoted to her family, she will be greatly missed. Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 11 am at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Elinor may be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114-2699, would be appreciated. Cartier’s Funeral Home, Bellingham, MA (St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL, October 24, 2010).

Marion L. (Goodwin) Stanley – 1943-46

Marion Louise Goodwin was born in Lebanon, ME, July 14, 1906, daughter of Charles B. and Mary A. Closson (Morrison) Goodwin.

Charles B. Goodwin, a general farmer, aged sixty-two years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-three years), Mary A. Goodwin, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), his daughter, Marion L. Goodwin, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), and his sister-in-law, Minnie E. Closson, aged fifty-six years (b. NH). Charles B. Goodwin owned their farm. They had a radio set.

Marion L. Goodwin married in Lebanon, ME, September 12, 1939, Harold B. Stanley. He was born in Lebanon, ME, November 12, 1910, son of Edwin S, and Elizabeth A. (Mason) Stanley.

Superintendent Howard L. Winslow note Mrs. Marion Stanley’s arrival at the Milton Mills School in his report on the 1943-44 academic year:

We secured a good teacher locally to succeed Mrs. Thurston at Milton Mills. Mrs. Thurston resigned late in the summer to take a more advantageous position in her home town in Maine. Mrs. Marion Stanley took her place (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1944).

Marion Stanley appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1944-45 academic year as teacher of grades 5-8 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-eight enrolled students.

Marion Stanley appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1945-46 academic year as teacher of grades 5-8 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-eight enrolled students.

Superintendent Austin J. McCaffrey explained in his 1945-46 report that

Mrs. Ellen Akers of Sanbornville, last year of Newmarket, succeeded Mrs. Marion Stanley, who left teaching Grades V-VIII at Milton Mills. We were fortunate indeed to have such little turnover in a year which brought many changes to out New Hampshire schools (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1946).

Elementary: As principal and teacher of Grades 5-8 of the Milton Mills school, Mr. Richard Gale was selected to replace Mrs. Ellen Akers who resigned in February 1949. (We were fortunate to procure the services of Mrs. Marion Stanley to complete the last school year). Mr. Gale was graduated from Clark University in 1948 and attended the University of New Hampshire during the summer of 1949 (Annual Report, For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1949).

John B. Folsom, combined principal of both the Milton Mills and the Milton Elementary schools, noted in his second report (of the 1956-57 academic year), Mrs. Marion Stanley’s return to teaching, but this time at the Milton Elementary School.

PERSONNEL. Mrs. Marion Stanley, known to all of you, replaced Mrs. Foster as teacher of Grades 6 and 7, and Mrs. Zoe Wormwood, who formerly taught in Maine, replaced Mrs. Kimball of Grades 4-7, at Milton Mills (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 19**).

Harold B. Stanley died in Milton, June 29, 1962.

MILTON. TEMPORARY PRINCIPALS. Milton – The Milton School Board has named Miss Marjorie E. Goodwin to take over the principal’s duties at Nute High School until a new principal is elected. Mrs. Marion Stanley is in charge at Milton Elementary School and Mrs. Doris Lowd at Milton Mills (Farmington News, September 13, 1962).

Marion L. (Goodwin) Stanley died in Rochester, NH, January 4, 2002.

MILTON – Marion Louise (Goodwin) Stanley, 95, of Milton died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at the Rochester Manor. The daughter of Charles B. and Mary Closson Goodwin, she was born at the family home, Pine Grove Farm, in West Lebanon, Maine, on July 4, 1906. She graduated from West Lebanon High School in 1924, attended the University of New Hampshire, majoring in French, and graduated in 1928 with a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts. She married Harold Bradley Stanley on Sept. 12, 1939, in West Lebanon, Maine, and had been widowed since 1962. Marion started her teaching career at West Lebanon Grammar School, walking from Milton early each morning to start the fire in the wood stove at the school. She later taught for 15 years at Milton Mills and Milton, retiring after 27 years of service to the community. She continued to serve the community through her activities in the Milton Women’s Club and Milton Women’s Union, where she served in various leadership positions, including president and recording secretary. She has been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star sine April 18, 1944. Marion was an adventurous spirit who loved to travel, enjoyed the outdoors, and knitting, crocheting and making crafts. She continued to knit and crochet caps, mittens, scarves and slippers for nursing home residents and other local charities. Marion will be remembered as a wonderful teacher, for her unselfish acts of kindness and for her work at the annual summer bazaars. Marion is survived by her cousin, Alice Hodsdon of Yarmouth, Maine. Family and friends may call Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Rackliffe officiating. Burial will take place at the Rochester Cemetery in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Farm Museum, Milton, or the Milton Community Church Building Fund.

Doris E.A. (Rowell) Lowd – 1944-49, 1955-63

Doris E.A. Rowell was born in Solon, ME, June 13, 1902, daughter of Perley A. and Myrtle B. (Cooley) Rowell.

Perley A. Rowell, a saw mill laborer, aged forty-two years (b. ME), headed a Solon, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Myrtle B. Rowell, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), and his daughter, Doris E.A. Rowell, aged seventeen years (b. ME). Perley A. Rowell owned their farm on Pleasant Street.

She married August 29, 1925, Albert P. Lowd, she of Solon, and he of Acton, ME. He was born in Acton, ME, January 11, 1902, son of Archie T. and Clara M. (Page) Lowd.

Albert Lowd, a general farmer, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of four years), Doris Lowd, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), his children, Enid Lowd, aged three years, four months (b. ME), and Lois Lowd, aged one year, nine months (b. ME). Albert Lowd rented their house. They resided next to the household of Archie Low, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. ME).

Albert Lowd, a dairy farmer, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Doris Lowd, a public school teacher, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), his children, Enid Lowd, aged thirteen years (b. ME), and Lois Lowd, aged eleven years (b. ME), his mother, Clara Lowd, a widow, aged seventy years (b. NH), and his sister, Marion Lowd, a public school teacher, aged thirty-two years (b. ME). Albert Lowd owned their farm, “near Milton Mills,” which was valued at $2,500. They had all lived in the same place, i.e., Acton, ME, in 1935.

Doris Lowd appeared in the Milton School Superintendent’s report for the 1945-46 academic year as teacher of grades 1-4 at the Milton Mills school. She had twenty-four enrolled students.

For reasons, upon which we have no control, it has been necessary to transfer Miss Elizabeth J. Lambert to the Milton Grammar School, Grades III and IV. Mrs. Lowd has replaced Miss Lambert at the Milton Mills school, Grades I-IV (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1955).

MILTON. TEMPORARY PRINCIPALS. Milton – The Milton School Board has named Miss Marjorie E. Goodwin to take over the principal’s duties at Nute High School until a new principal is elected. Mrs. Marion Stanley is in charge at Milton Elementary School and Mrs. Doris Lowd at Milton Mills (Farmington News, September 13, 1962).

Mrs. Doris Lowd retired from the Milton Mills School after the 1962-63 academic year.

There was one change at Milton Mills, Mrs. Doris Lowd could not return to her teaching position because of ill health. A number of factors, i.e., shortage of teachers, three classes in one room, and low salary scale prevented the hiring of a teacher qualified to teach the three primary grades. Mrs. Rosamond Pike is teaching the primary grades at the present time and will fill out the year (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1963).

Doris E. (Rowell) Lowd died in Milton Mills, in April 1965. Albert P. Lowd died in Milton Mills, in December 1975.

Ellen G. (Hannaford) Akers – 1947-49

Ellen Gertrude Hannaford was born in Roxbury, ME, circa 1894-95, daughter of Orlando and Emma (Ladel) Hannaford.

Ellen Gertrude Hannaford married in Roxbury, ME, December 22, 1915, Lewis Webster Akers, she of Roxbury and he of Andover, ME. She was a school teacher, aged twenty-one years, and he was a laborer, aged twenty-four years. He was born in Andover, ME, circa 1890, son of Lewis G. and Annie (Andrews) Akers.

Superintendent Austin J. McCaffrey explained in his 1945-46 report that

Mrs. Ellen Akers of Sanbornville, last year of Newmarket, succeeded Mrs. Marion Stanley, who left teaching Grades V-VIII at Milton Mills. We were fortunate indeed to have such little turnover in a year which brought many changes to out New Hampshire schools (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1946).

Elementary: As principal and teacher of Grades 5-8 of the Milton Mills school, Mr. Richard Gale was selected to replace Mrs. Ellen Akers who resigned in February 1949. (We were fortunate to procure the services of Mrs. Marion Stanley to complete the last school year). Mr. Gale was graduated from Clark University in 1948 and attended the University of New Hampshire during the summer of 1949 (Annual Report, For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1949).

Richard D. Gale – 1949=50

Richard David Gale was born in Providence, RI, May 15, 1921, son of Frank H. and Janet M. (Goulburn) Gale.

Frank Gale, a utility salesman, aged fifty-six years (b. MA), headed a Pawtucket, RI, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Janet Gale, aged fifty-five years (b. RI), and his son, Richard D. Gale, a post office clerk, aged eighteen years (b. RI). Frank Gale owned their house at 78 North Bend Street, which was valued at $4,000. Frank Gale had attended four years of college, Janet Gale had attended three years of high school, and Richard D. Gale had attended two years of high school. They had all resided in the same house in 1935.

Richard D. Gale appeared in the Pawtucket, RI, directory of 1947, as a student, residing at 78 North Bend street. Frank H. (Janet M). Gale, a collector for BVG&E Co, had their house at 78 North Bend street. He appeared in the Pawtucket, RI, directory of 1949, as having removed to New Durham, NH.

Elementary: As principal and teacher of Grades 5-8 of the Milton Mills school, Mr. Richard Gale was selected to replace Mrs. Ellen Akers who resigned in February 1949. (We were fortunate to procure the services of Mrs. Marion Stanley to complete the last school year). Mr. Gale was graduated from Clark University in 1948 and attended the University of New Hampshire during the summer of 1949 (Annual Report, For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1949).

Richard D. Gale died February 27, 2015, aged ninety-three years.

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Richard D. Gale

Richard D. Gale. Richard D. Gale formerly of Endicott and Hebron, CT passed away of natural causes at the age of 93 on February 27, 2015 surrounded by family. Dick (as he was known by his many friends) was born in Providence, RI to Frank and Janet (Goulburn) Gale in 1921 and was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Eleanor F. (Baxter) Gale. Dick was the proud father of his children Janet, Mary, David, George and proud grandfather of his grandsons. Dick and Eleanor met while serving in the Navy during World War II and were lifetime members of the American Legion. Their joint interest led them to be active participants in the local and Dunkeswell, England preservation of B-24’s in which Dick flew over 60 missions as a crew member. Dick attended the University of Rhode Island, completed his Bachelor’s degree at Clark University and received his Master’s degree in Education at Plymouth University. Dick began his lifelong career in education first in one-room school houses in NH; then serving as school Principal in CT; followed by a move to Endicott where served as Principal and later as an Assistant to the Superintendent. Dick cherished his family and friends. He enjoyed outdoor adventures in the White Mountains; hiking the Long Trail with his son; climbing Mount Rainier; and playing tennis with colleagues and friends. After living a continuously active, productive and engaged lifetime, Dick will be remembered for his enthusiasm for life, engagement with community issues, lifetime interest in the education of children; long lists of “things to do” and for always planning ahead. Dick Gale’s Celebration of Life was held in NH where he was buried alongside his wife, Eleanor Gale (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, May 17, 2015).

Leslie E. Lowry, Jr. – 1950-52

Leslie Erwin Lowry, Jr., was born in Chicago, IL, September 17, 1920, son of Leslie E. and Anne A. (Watt) Lowry.

Leslie E. Lowry, a fire alarms co. salesman, aged sixty years (b. VA), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Anne Lowry, aged fifty-four years (b. VA), and his children, Leslie Lowry, Jr., aged nineteen years (b. IL), and Richard Lowry, aged fifteen years (b. IL). Leslie E. Lowry rented their house at 21 Royce Road, for $70 per month. They had all resided in Chicago, IL, in 1935.

Leslie E. Lowry, Jr., appeared in the Newton, MA, directory of 1948, as a student, resident at 146 Lincoln street, in NH [Newton Highlands]. Leslie E. (Annie A.) Lowry appeared as foreign office manager, for the Gamewell Co. (UF), with their house at 146 Lincoln street, NH. (Jean Lowry, widow of William Lowry, resided there too).

Leslie E. Lowry, Jr., married in Newton, MA, in 1949, Jane Hill. She was born in Newton, MA, February 23, 1923, daughter of Donald M. and Katherine L. (Gage) Hill.

Leslie E. Lowry, Jr., was principal of the Milton Mills school for the 1950-51 and 1951-52 academic years.

At Milton Mills School Martha Hefler and Leslie Lowry replaced Mrs. Doris Lowd and Richard Gale (Annual Report, 1951).

Brookline. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Lowry and son of Milton Mills was an Easter guest of her mother, Mrs. Katherine Hill, at her home here (Nashua Telegraph, April 5, 1951).

Brookline. Mrs. Leslie Lowry and son Milton Mills are spending the summer with her mother, Mrs. Katherine Hill, in West Brookline (Nashua Telegraph, July 7, 1951).

Mr. Paul Spilios, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, replaces Leslie Lowry who accepted a teaching position in Attleboro, Mass. Miss Elizabeth Lambert, also a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with experience in Hebron, Me., replaces Martha Hefler, who is now teaching in Goffstown (Annual Report, For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1952).

Jane (Hill) Lowry died at Lady Lake, FL, March 28, 2007. Leslie E. Lowry, Jr., died at Lady Lake, FL, October 5, 2007.

Martha E. Hefler – 1950-52

Martha Ellen Hefler was born in Milton, MA, in 1928, daughter of William A. and Geraldine M. (Doyle) Hefler.

William A. Hefler, a baker, aged forty years (b. MA), headed a Brookline, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Geraldine M. Hefler, aged thirty-eight years (b. MA), and his children, William A. Hefler, Jr., aged fifteen years (b. MA), Ann P. Hefler, aged fourteen years (b. MA), Martha E. Hefler, aged twelve years (b. MA), James R. Hefler, aged ten years (b. MA), and David O. Hefler, aged two years (b. MA). William A. Hefler rented their house at 29 Smith Road, for $110 per month. They had all, except the toddler, resided in the same place, i.e., Milton, MA, in 1935. William A. Hefler had attended four years of college, Geraldine M. Hefler had attended two years of college, and the others various year of school.

Miss Martha E. Hefler of Milton, MA, appeared in a group photograph of camp counselors and staff at Camp Watnananock, on Sunset Lake, in Greenfield, NH, in August 1947. She was a senior counselor (Nashua Telegraph, August 7, 1947). [Very grainy image].

At Milton Mills School Martha Hefler and Leslie Lowry replaced Mrs. Doris Lowd and Richard Gale (Annual Report, 1951).

Boston University conferred a Master of Education (M. Ed.) on Martha E. Hefler, August 16, 1952 (Boston Globe, August 17, 1952).

Mr. Paul Spilios, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, replaces Leslie Lowry who accepted a teaching position in Attleboro, Mass. Miss Elizabeth Lambert, also a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with experience in Hebron, Me., replaces Martha Hefler, who is now teaching in Goffstown (Annual Report, For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1952).

Martha Hefler appeared in another photo from Camp Watananock, on Sunset Lake, in Greenville, NH, in August 1953, She was by now the head counselor (Nashua Telegraph, August 21, 1953).

Martha E. (Hefler) Verville.

Paul G. Spilios – 1952-53

Paul George Spilios was born in Milwaukee, WI, January 28, 1924, son of George and Anna (Syrios) Spilios.

George Spilios, a retail candy store merchant, aged fifty-two years (b. Greece), headed a Milwaukee, WI, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Antonia Spilios, aged fifty-five years (b. Greece), his children, Anne Spilios, aged eighteen years (b. WI), Paul Spilios, aged sixteen years (b. WI), his brother, Daniel Spilios, a suitcase factory sewer, aged fifty-five years (b. Greece), and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Tararelus, aged three years (b. NY). George Spilios rented their house at 3105 South 11th Street, for $40 per month. They had all resided in the same place, i.e., Milwaukee, WI, in 1935.

Paul G. Spilios of New York, NY, enlisted in New York, NY, as a private (branch immaterial (warrant officers)), February 27, 1943. He was single, with one year of college. He was 67″ tall and weight 156 pounds.

Mr. Paul Spilios, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, replaces Leslie Lowry who accepted a teaching position in Attleboro, Mass. Miss Elizabeth Lambert, also a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with experience in Hebron, Me., replaces Martha Hefler, who is now teaching in Goffstown (Annual Report, For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1952).

Paul G. (Helen A.) Spilios appeared in the Dover, NH, directory of 1953, as a teacher, at Milton Mills, with his house at Wilbrod avenue.

The School Board of Portsmouth, NH, named Paul Spilios of Somersworth, NH, as an English teacher at the Portsmouth junior high school, at a salary of $4,115 (Portsmouth Herald, May 14, 1958).

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Paul G. Spilios – 1962

Paul (Helen) Spilios appeared in the Somersworth, NH, directory of 1960, as an employee of the Cocheco Manufacturing Co. in Dover, with his house on High street, near Central park, P.O. Dover, R.D. 3.

The University of New Hampshire planned a six-week summer institute for elementary teachers in the summer of 1966. Paul Spilios was to be a guest lecturer.

UNH faculty and staff members who will serve as guest lecturers include William A. Brady, director of instructional services for WENH-TV; Keith Nighbert, manager of WENH-TV; Dr. Walter N. Durosi, director of the UNH Bureau of Educational Research and Testing Services; and Paul Spilios, UNH Audio-Visual Center coordinator (Portsmouth Herald, March 9, 1966).

Paul G. Spilios died in Richmond, NY, January 22, 1970, aged forty-five years.

Paul G. Spilios. DOVER – Paul G. Spilios, 45, of 4 Willard Ave., audio-visual coordinator and lecturer in education at the University of New Hampshire, died unexpectedly yesterday at the home of his mother in Richmond, N.Y. Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 28, 1924, he was the son of George and Anna (Syrios) Spilios. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Christian Believers Fellowship of Dover. He attended Columbia University and the Army Specialized Training Program at Princeton University. He was awarded a bachelor of arts degree by UNH in 1951 and his master’s in 1961. He was a teaching fellow in 1962-63, and pursuing doctoral studies al Boston University m 1963-69. He taught English and history at Portsmouth High School, English at Dover High, and also was principal of the Garrison Elementary School in Dover. Mr. Spilios was past president of the Dover Teachers Association. He had attended a professional conference in Miami, Fla., and was visiting on the return trip with his mother and sister in Richmond Hill. Survivors include his mother; his wife, Mrs. Helen (Polychronis) Spilios; a daughter, Miss Mary Ann Spilios, and a son, James D., both of Dover; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Taxarthis of Miami. Fla., and Mrs. Ann Barone of Richmond Hill; and several nieces and nephews (Portsmouth Herald, January 23, 1970).

Fund Assisted. Dover High School students recently contributed nearly $201 to the Paul Spilios Memorial Fund, established in memory of the University of New Hampshire Audio-Visual Center official who died earlier this year. To date more than $1500 has been given to the fund established to assist needy UNH students. From left arc: Merrill Chasse and Sterling Jordan, Dover High students; Mrs. Marsha Kennedy, fund chairman; Thomas Munson, director for Dover public schools; Marie Donahue, chairman of the Dover High School English department and Raymond Havey, Dover High School projectionist (UNH Photo) (Portsmouth Herald, June 3, 1970).

Elizabeth J. Lambert – 1952-55

Elizabeth Lambert was born in Norwich, CT, circa 1929, daughter of Gustave and Beatrice S. (Freeman) Lambert.

Gustave Lambert, a truck driver, aged thirty-eight years B. CT), headed an Norwich, CT, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Beatrice S. Lambert, aged thirty-four years (b. CT), and his children, Elizabeth J. Lambert, aged eleven years (b. CT), and Sallyann Lambert, aged ten years (b. CT). Gustave Lambert owned their house on the Old Canterbury Turnpike, which was valued at $4,500. They had all resided in the same house in 1935. Beatrice S. Lambert had attended four years of high school, Gustave Lambert had attended eight years of school, Elizabeth J. Lambert had attended five years of school, and Sallyann Lambert had attended four years of school.

Lemont Children Give Party for Schoolmates. A Hallowe’en party was given for a group of schoolmates by Virginia and Mason Lemont at their home on Woodlawn avenue recently. With a background of decorations in orange and black, children performed traditional stunts of the season, including bobbing for apples and eating doughnuts from a string. Feature of the refreshments was a 50-pound pumpkin centerpiece filled with flowers. Those attending were Sally and Elizabeth Lambert, Natalie Paul, Phyllis Tilton, Janet Trefethen, Harvey and Richard Matt, Roy Armsden and Irvin Lawler (Portsmouth Herald, November 4, 1943),

Miss Elizabeth A. Lambert appeared in the Exeter, NH, directory of 1949, as a student (U. of N.H.), boarding at Gustave Lambert’s, at r.f.d. 2 in Kensington, NH. Gustave (Beatrice) Lambert appeared as a farmer, with his house on Moulton Ridge road, at r.f.d 2 in Kensington. Miss Sally Ann Lambert, appeared also as a student (U. of N.H.), boarding also at Gustave Lambert’s.

Mr. Paul Spilios, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, replaces Leslie Lowry who accepted a teaching position in Attleboro, Mass. Miss Elizabeth Lambert, also a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with experience in Hebron, Me., replaces Martha Hefler, who is now teaching in Goffstown (Annual Report, For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1952).

Miss Elizabeth J. Lambert was transferred from Milton Mills School to the Milton Elementary School, where she taught Grades 3-4 in the 1955-56 and 1956-57 academic years.

For reasons, upon which we have no control, it has been necessary to transfer Miss Elizabeth J. Lambert to the Milton Grammar School, Grades III and IV. Mrs. Lowd has replaced Miss Lambert at the Milton Mills school, Grades I-IV (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1955).

Miss Lambert resigned from her position at the Milton Elementary School at the conclusion of the 1956-57 academic year.

Mrs. Frances Scott, with experience in Rochester and Maine, replaced Miss Lambert, who resigned at the end of last year to accept a position in her home town (Annual Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1958).

Miss Elizabeth Lambert taught Grades 1-2 in Kensington, NH, in the 1957-58 academic year. Her students and those of Mrs. Pearl Marston (Grades 3-5) participated in the Memorial Day program at the Town Hall (Kensington Town Report, For the Year Ending December 31, 1959).

Miss Elizabeth J. Lambert appeared in the Exeter and N.H. directory of 1960, as a teacher at the Kensington Elementary School, resident on Moulton Ridge Road in Kensington, NH, RD 2 in Exeter, NH. Gustave (Beatrice C) Lambert appeared as a Kensington Selectman and farmer, with his house on Moulton Ridge road, in Kensington, NH, RD 2 in Exeter, NH.


Continued in Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1953-68. (The Milton Mills School closed after the 1967-68 academic year).


See also Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47Milton’s South Milton Teachers, 1886-29Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23; and Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1875-11.


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Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1875-11

By Muriel Bristol | May 24, 2020

The building occupied now by the Milton Free Public Library was formerly Milton Mills’ “Little Red Schoolhouse” building. It taught students at the primary, intermediate, grammar, and high school levels.

Although this period black-and-white picture does not seem to have the proper tonal “value” to have been then a “red” schoolhouse. That must have come later. (The library was then situated where the historical society is now).School Building, Milton Mills, NH, 32

SCHOOL BUILDINGS. 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 (NH State Board of Education, 1876).

The Milton Mills school teachers identified in this 1875-1911 period were Abbie D. Buck, William E. Hatch, James O. Emerson, Edward Whitney, Charles E. Hussey, William P. Ferguson, Albert E. Millett, Rufus E. Donnell, Asa C. Crowell, Charles S.F. Whitcomb, Minetta R. Anderson, Vernon E. Rand, William C. McCue, Jacob E. Wignot, Gilman H. Campbell, Amy E. Clark, and George E. Leatherbarrow.

(The sources for this list have lacunae for some years, which likely represent other teachers not yet identified. Revisions will be made if additional source material comes to hand).

Abbie D. Buck – c1870-80

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Abbie D. Buck (per Katherine Ayers)

Abbie D. Buck was born in Milton, in 1851, daughter of Jeremiah C. and Eunice C. (Swasey) Buck.

Jeremiah C. Buck, a physician, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Eunis C. Buck, keeping house, aged forty-four years (b. NH), Abbie D. Buck, a school teacher, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Hattie A. Buck, aged seventeen years (b. ME), Charles S. Buck, aged fifteen years (b. ME), and Willie C. Buck, aged three years (b. ME). Jeremiah C. Buck had real estate valued at $1,000 and personal estate valued at $1,000.

Young Acton, ME, diarist Ida Isadore Reynolds (1860-1946) mentioned her four-week Spring 1876 stint with the Milton Mills school and Miss Buck. (Her landlady, Mrs. Cowell, would teach later at the Milton Classical Institute in 1886-87).

Monday, May 8, 1876:  Cloudy. Came to the Mills to school. Miss Abbie Buck, teacher. Charlie Hanscomb & Mr. Dillon called here. Tried for a school here; am not sure I shall get it or stay here to school.

Monday, May 8th. Began school at Milton Mills. Board at Mrs. Cowell’s. Pay $2.00 per week.

Friday, June 2nd. Finished school at the Mills. Went four weeks (Heirlooms Reunited, 2019).

When Edward Whitney, A.B., took over as Milton Mills principal in 1877, Abbie D. Buck was said to have been his assistant, a position she had held for “many years” (Bicknell, 1877).

Abbie D. Buck married in Milton, March 22, 1880, Jeremiah E. Berry, she of Milton, and he of Wakefield, NH. He was a stablekeeper, aged forty-one years, and she was aged twenty-nine years. He was born in Wakefield, NH, in March 1839, son of Francis and Temperance (Wiggin) Berry.

James E. Berry, keeps livery stable, aged forty years (b. NH), and Abby D. Berry, at home, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), were two of the fifteen boarders at Hiram I. King’s Washington, DC, hotel at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. They had been married within the year. The hotel stood at 1203 F Street Northwest.

They had two daughters, born in New Hampshire, circa 1881 and 1883. Abbie D. (Buck) Berry died in 1893.

Embezzlement Charged. Yesterday afternoon George A. Ball, said to have been employed as cashier for the Ebbitt House stables, was convicted in Criminal Court No. 2 of embezzling a certain sum of money from James E. Berry, the proprietor of the stables. Several charges, aggregating $1424, were made against him, but the others were nolle prossed. Judge Cole remanded Ball to jail to await sentence (Evening Star (Washington, DC), April 11, 1895).

James E. Berry, a (widowed) livery stable keeper, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Washington, DC, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his daughters, Emma Berry, at school, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and Alice Berry, attending school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), his housekeeper, Iva Richards, aged thirty-one years (b. MD), and his boarder, James M. Allison, a journalist, aged forty-nine years (b. KY). James E. Berry owned their house at 1338 G Street, free-and-clear.

James E. Berry died in 1917.

William E. Hatch – 1875-76

William Edwin Hatch was born in Jeffersonville, GA, June 8, 1852, son of Samuel and Malinda M. (Decker) Hatch. (Both parents were natives of Maine).

Malinda Hatch, keeping house, aged forty-six years (b. ME), headed a Brunswick, ME, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. Her household included William E. Hatch, a store clerk, aged seventeen years (b. GA), Laura Hatch, aged fifteen years (b. GA), and Walter D. Hatch, aged thirteen years (b. GA). Malinda Hatch had personal estate valued at $500.

William E. Hatch graduated from Bowdoin College with the Class of 1875 (Boston Globe, July 9, 1875). He taught at the Milton Mills school for a “single term” of the 1875-76 academic year that fell between his Bowdoin College graduation and the beginning of his lengthier six-year teaching stint at Branford, CT.

William E. Hatch, a teacher, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), was one of the six boarders at Burton T. Buell’s Branford, CT, hotel at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census.

William E. Hatch married (1st), circa 1883, Emily Norton (Rogers) Mabbat. She was born in Branford, CT, circa 1846, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Norton) Rogers. She was the widow of Samuel R. Mabbatt, who had died in 1876. She was fatally injured when a train struck the surrey carriage in which she and the family were riding at Niagara Falls, NY, August 3, 1893.

WERE WELL KNOWN HERE. Mrs. Wm. E. Hatch Instantly Killed at Niagara Falls. Her Husband and Two Daughters Were Badly Shaken. Mrs. William E. Hatch of New Bedford and her husband and two daughters, Miss Millie Mabbatt and Miss Josephine Mabbatt, the first of whom was killed in the accident on the New York Central railroad crossing at Niagara Falls and the others badly bruised and shaken up, were well known in Branford and in this city. Mrs. Hatch, who was instantly killed, was the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers of Branford, who is still living, being eighty-three years old. Her first husband was named Mabbatt, and up to the time of his death they resided in New York. After his death Mrs. Mabbatt and her daughters went to live in Branford with Mrs. Rogers. About ten years ago Mrs. Mabbatt married William E. Hatch, who is superintendent of schools in New Bedford. Mrs. Hatch’s oldest daughter is the wife of Walter B. Nichols, son of John W. Nichols, the well known and prominent insurance man. Miss Millie Mabbatt, who was one of the party injured, is well known here, having spent more or less time in this city since her sister was married. Mrs. Hatch came of a very well known family, being a cousin of Timothy Blackstone and a niece of Mrs. Lorenzo Blackstone of Norwich. The cause of the accident so far as can be ascertained was due to the grossest carelessness of the gate tender. When the carriage containing the party drove up to the gate crossing, the gates were down for a passing train. Ax soon as the train had passed, the gates were opened and the party started to drive across the tracks. Before the carriage was half way over the crossing, another train from the opposite direction swept upon them and struck the team. Mrs. Hatch was instantly killed and the other members of the party thrown some distance and more or less bruised. The body of Mrs. Hatch is expected to arrive in Branford today. The party left this city for Chicago three weeks ago, and were on their way home when they stopped at Niagara Falls (Daily Journal-Courier (New Haven, CT), August 5, 1893).

William E. Hatch married (2nd) in New Bedford, MA, December 10, 1895, Elizabeth H. (Hawes) Taylor, both of New Bedford. He was superintendent of schools, aged forty-three years, and she was at home, aged thirty-two years. She was born in New Bedford, circa 1863, daughter of William G. and Ann M. (Eldridge) Hawes.

Hatch-Taylor. William E. Hatch, superintendent of schools in New Bedford, and Mrs. Elizabeth H. Taylor were married yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The ceremony took place at Mr. Taylor’s residence, Grove street, Rev. E.S. Rousmaniere officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Hatch will be absent from the city for a brief period and on their return will reside on Grove street (Fall River Globe (Fall River, MA), December 11, 1895).

William E. Hatch, superintendent of schools, aged forty-seven years (b. GA), headed a New Bedford, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Elizabeth H. Hatch, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), his son, Frank N. Hatch, at school, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and his step-daughter, Wilhelmina Taylor, at school, aged eight years (b. MA). William E. Hatch rented their house at 83 Ash Street. Elizabeth H. Hatch was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Operation for Fractured Spine. Portland, Me., July 16 – Frank N. Hatch, son of William E. Hatch, superintendent of schools in New Bedford, Mass., was operated upon at the Maine General hospital this afternoon for a fractured spine. The accident occurred last week and was caused by young Hatch diving into shallow water at his summer home at Mere Point and striking the bottom with such force as to produce the result mentioned. The chances for his recovery are regarded as very slight (Boston Globe, July 16, 1900).

NEW BEDFORD. F. Norton Hatch, son of William E. Hatch, superintendent of schools, died at Portland, Me., Monday night from the effects of an operation at the Maine general hospital. He sustained an injury to his spine last week while diving. The remains of the young man will be taken to Branford, Conn., for burial (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), July 17, 1900).

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William E. Hatch

A Boston University educational periodical outlined William E. Hatch’s career up to 1902, including his brief time at the Milton Mills school:

William E. Hatch, superintendent of New Bedford since 1888, prepared for college at the high school of Brunswick, Me., graduated from Bowdoin College, 1875, A.M. Bowdoin, taught in school of Milton Mills, N.H., Branford, Conn., 1876-82, declined principalship of high school of Leavenworth, Kan., 1881, superintendent of Milford, Mass., 1883-85, Haverhill, 1885-88, New Bedford since 1888, president of New England Superintendents’ Association, and is now a vice-president of the American Institute of Instruction, and president of the Bristol County Teachers’ Association. Mr. Hatch is much sought after as an officer of social, literary, religious, and philanthropic associations, and as a writer and speaker on various subjects (Boston University, 1902). 

William E. Hatch, a textile school president, aged fifty-four years (b. GA), headed a New Bedford, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. He rented his house at 83 Ash Street. He was a widower.

William E. Hatch died in Portland, ME, June 26, 1923, aged seventy-one years.

WILLIAM E. HATCH. General Manager of the New Bedford Textile School for Past 14 Years Passes Away — Retired Last Year — Superintendent of Schools for 20 Years. BRUNSWICK, Me., June 28 — William E. Hatch, for many years a well known figure in Massachusetts educational circles, and who had lived here since his retirement over a year ago, died Tuesday night at a hospital in Portland. William E Hatch, a native of Georgia, was born in Jeffersonville, Twiggs County, June 8, 1852. Although born in Georgia he considered himself a New Englander, as both his father and mother and their ancestors were all New Englanders. He was educated until 13 years of age in private schools and academies in Georgia. Coming North in 1865, he attended the High School at Brunswick, Me., and fitted for college there. He graduated from Bowdoin in the class of 1875, and received the degree of A.M. from the same institution in 1878. Before entering Bowdoin he attended a commercial school, and during the whole of his college course was officially connected with the engineering department of the Maine Central Railroad. Mr. Hatch was president of the New England Association of School Superintendents in 1887, and chairman of the executive committee in 1894; was also a vice president of the American Institute of Instruction in 1885, and was assistant secretary of the Massachusetts Teachers’ association in 1894. He was a member of the Wamsutta and Dartmouth clubs of New Bedford, of the University end Schoolmasters’ clubs of Boston. From 1888 to 1908 he was superintendent of schools in New Bedford and in the latter year he became general manager of the Textile school. Mr. Hatch’s connection with the New Bedford Textile school began in 1899, when he became a trustee of the school ex-officio. From 1899 he remained trustee ex-officio for four years, and then became a trustee by appointment of the governor. For 18 years he was president of the school, and for the last 14 years general manager. The board of retirement reported that Mr. Hatch had been longer in service than any other educator on the state retirement list. Mr. Hatch was twice married. His first wife was Emily N. Rogers of Branford, Conn., who died at Niagara Fall in August 1893, the second wife being Mrs. Elisabeth H. Taylor whom he married in New Bedford, December 11, 1895. He was formerly senior warden in the vestry of Grace Episcopal church in New Bedford (Fall River Globe (Fall River, MA), [Thursday,] June 28, 1923).

James O. Emerson – 1876-77

James Oscar Emerson was born in Pittsfield, NH, July 1, 1852, son of Simeon and Mahala L. (Adams) Emerson.

Simeon Emerson, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Pittsfield, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Mahala Emerson, keeping house, aged forty-three years (b. NH), James O. Emerson, a farm laborer, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Elbridge S. Emerson, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH), Clarence O. Emerson, aged ten years (b. NH), and Aura L. Emerson, aged seven years (b. NH). Simeon Emerson had real estate valued at $3,500 and personal estate valued at $1,100.

Simeon Emerson, a farmer, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mahala Emerson, keeping house, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and his children, James O. Emerson, a clergyman, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), Simeon E. Emerson, a farm laborer, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Clarence O. Emerson, a farm laborer, aged twenty years (b. NH), and Aura Emerson, a teacher, aged seventeen years (b. NH).

James O. Emerson was principal of the Milton Mills school in the 1876-77 academic year that fell between his graduation from Bates College and the beginning of his graduate studies at Yale. He would seem to have been the first principal in the new building. Veteran Milton Mills teacher, Abbie D. Buck, and William E. Hatch (see both above), would have been his assistant teachers.

James I. Emerson married in Eldon, Wapello, IA, February 14, 1884, Anna Mather, both of Eldon, IA. He was a clergyman, aged thirty-two years, and she was aged twenty-nine years. She was born in OH, circa 1855, daughter of Francis and Adeline C. (Bell) Mather.

CLASS OF 1876. JAMES OSCAR EMERSON. B.D., Yale Coll., 1880. Son of Simeon and Mahala L. (Adams) Emerson. b. Pittsfield, N.H., July 1, 1852. Fitted for college at Academy, Pittsfield. Prin. of High Sch., Milton Mills, N.H., 1876-77. Graduate student at Yale Div. Sch., New Haven, Conn., 1877-80. Home Missionary at Wahpeton, Richland Co., No. Dakota, and Breckenridge, Wilkin Co., Minn., 1880-83. Pastor of Cong. Ch., Bunker Hill, Ill., 1883-87, ditto Pittsfield, Ill., 1887. He was the only clergyman in the counties above mentioned when he went there. Organized a church at Wahpeton and erected a church building at Breckenridge. m. Anna Mather, Feb. 14, 1884, four children (Bates College, 1893). 

James O. Emerson, a preacher, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Concord, IL, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Anna M. Emerson, aged forty-four years (b. OH), and his children, Nellie A. Emerson, at school, aged fourteen years (b. IL), Frank M. Emerson, at school, aged twelve years (b. IL), Grace Emerson, at school, aged ten years (b. IL), and Aura B. Emerson, at school, aged eight years (b. IL), and his mother-in-law, Adaline Mather, a widow, aged seventy-three years (b. PA). James O. Emerson owned their farm, free-and-clear. Anna M. Emerson was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

James O. Emerson, a Congregational minister, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Roxbury, CT, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Anna M. Emerson, aged fifty-two years (b. OH), and his children, Nelie A. Emerson, aged twenty-three years (b. IL), Frank M. Emerson, aged twenty-two years (b. IL), Grace Emerson, a district school teacher, aged twenty years (b. IL), and Aura B. Emerson, aged eighteen years (b. IL). James O. Emerson owned their farm, free-and-clear. Anna M. Emerson was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

James O. Emerson, a Congregational clergyman, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Roxbury, CT, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Anna Mather Emerson, aged sixty-four years (b. OH), and his daughter, Grace Emerson, a public school teacher, aged thirty years (b. IL). James O. Emerson owned their farm, free-and-clear.

Rev. James O. Emerson died in Westfield, MA, April 2, 1928, aged seventy-five years.

REV. JAMES O. EMERSON IS DEAD AT WESTFIELD. Westfield, April 2. Rev. James Oscar Emerson, 75, a graduate of Bates college in 1876, and of Yale Theological school in 1880, died today at the home, 64 Orange street. He was born at Barnstead, N.H., the son of Simeon and Mahala Adams Emerson. He was a member of all the Masonic bodies of Pittsfield, Ill., and had been a resident of this city for about a year, coming from Roxbury, Ct., where he had held his last pastorate. Besides his widow, he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Guild of Weston, Ill., Miss Grace Emerson of Cleveland, O., and Mrs. Charles J. Sibler of New York city; a son, Frank M. of this city; two brothers, Simeon of Barnstead, N.H., and C.O. Emerson of Concord, N.H.; and one sister, Mrs. Charles Price of Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2, Revs. R.G. Pavey and Williams Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill cemetery (April 2, 1928).

Edward Whitney – 1877-78

Edward Whitney was born in Harrison, ME, August 19, 1851, son of Edward K. and Arvilla (Caswell) Whitney.

Educational Intelligence. Milton Mills, N.H., has recently built a high school building. Edward Whitney, A.B., succeeds Mr. Emerson as principal, assisted by Miss Abbie D. Buck, who has held that position many years (Bicknell, 1877).

Edward K. Whitney, a farmer, aged fifty-five years (b. ME), headed a Harrison, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Arvilla Whitney, aged fifty-two years (b. ME), his children, Edward Whitney, a school teacher, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), Harrison Whitney, a student, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), Fairfield Whitney, works at home, aged seventeen years (b. ME),Mary F. Whitney, aged fourteen years (b. ME), his father-in-law, Marquis D. Caswell, a farmer, aged eighty-eight years (b. ME), and his hired help, Samuel A. Kneeland, a laborer, aged thirty-four years (b. ME).

Edward Whitney married in Orange, MA, March 7, 1888, Mary Eliza Stone, both of Orange. He was a stenographer, aged thirty-six years, and she was a milliner, aged thirty-six years. She was born in Windsor, CT, September 27, 1851, daughter of David and Mary A. Stone.

Edward Whitney, a stenographer, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Washington, DC, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Mary E. Whitney, aged forty-eight years (b. CT), and his children, Robert B. Whitney, at school, aged ten years (b. MA), and Clifford C. Whitney, at school, aged nine years (b. MA). Edward Whitney rented their house at 1122 B Street. Mary E. Whitney was the mother of four [two] children, of whom four [two] were still living.

Edward Whitney, a commerce and labor clerk, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Washington, DC, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Mary E. Whitney, aged fifty-eight years (b. CT), and his children, Robert B. Whitney, at school, aged twenty years (b. MA), and Clifford C. Whitney, at school, aged eighteen years (b. MA). Edward Whitney owned their house at 1128 B Street, free-and-clear. Mary E. Whitney was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Class of 1876. Edward Whitney. b. 19 Aug. 1851, Harrison, Me. Son of Edward Kendall and Arvilla (Caswell) Whitney. Teacher, Naples, Harrison and Springfield, Me., Milton Mills, N.H., and Merrimac, Mass., 1877-80. Newspaper work, Holyoke, Northampton, and Boston, Mass., 1880-82. Stenographer, Mass. Smelting and Refining Co., Boston, Mass., 1882-83; New Home Sewing Machine Co., Orange, Mass., 1883-98; in office of Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury Dept., Washington, D.C., 1898-11. Employed in various positions in Bureau of Statistics, Dept. of Commerce and Labor, Washington, D.C. Chief, Library and Foreign Statistics Division, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Dept. of Commerce, Washington, D.C., 1912- . Address, Oct.-May, 1128 B St. N.E., Washington, D.C. May-Oct., Glenn Dale, Prince George’s Co., Md. (Bates College, 1915).

(Note the separate winter and summer addresses. Prior to air conditioning, Washington, DC, was insufferably hot and humid in the summer).

Edward Whitney, a Dep. Commerce employee, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Bowie, Prince George’s Co., MD, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Whitney, aged sixty-eight years (b. CT), and his sister-in-law, Sarah Dickenson, aged seventy-six years (b. CT). Edward Whitney owned their house at Glendale, free-and-clear.

Edward Whitney died at Ft. Sam Houston, in San Antonio, TX, September 20, 1924, aged seventy-three years. His death certificate explained that he was the civilian father of an Army officer, presumably visiting his son.

Mary E. (Stone) Whitney died in Bradenton, FL, August 30, 1937.

Charles E. Hussey – 1878-79

Charles Edwin Hussey was born in Rochester, NH, June 16, 1856, son of Charles W. and Nancy B. (Davis) Hussey.

He attended Bates College, graduating with its Class of 1877, and succeeded Edward Whitney as principal of the Milton Mills school in the 1878-79 academic year. He was a principal in Rochester, NH, for five years afterwards, 1879-84.

George W. Preston, a house carpenter, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma L. Preston, keeping house, aged nineteen years (b. ME), nd his boarders, Charles S. Buck, a store clerk, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Charles E. Hussey, a high school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. NH).

Charles E. Hussey married in Rochester, NH, December 25, 1884, Carrie H. Wallace, he of Farmington, NH, and she of Rochester. He was a school master, aged twenty-eight years, and she was a lady, aged twenty-two years. She was born in Rochester, NH, circa 1862, daughter of Ebenezer G. Wallace.

CLASS OF 1877. CHARLES EDWIN HUSSEY. A.M. Son of Charles William and Nancy Bickford (Davis) Hussey. b. Rochester, N.H., June 16, 1856. Fitted for college at High Sch., Farmington, N.H., and Nichols Latin Sch., Lewiston, Me. Principal of High Sch., Milton Mills, N.H., 1878-79, ditto Rochester, N.H., 1879-84. Principal Grammar Sch., Newton Upper Falls, Mass., 1884. m. Carrie Helen Wallace, Dec. 25, 1884, two children. Address Newton Upper Falls, Mass. (Bates College, 1893).

Annie Wallace, own income, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her brother-in-law, Charles E. Hussey, shoe factory superintending agent, aged forty-three years (b. NH), her sister (and his wife (of fifteen years)), Carrie H. Hussey, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), her nephew, Wallace Hussey, aged fourteen years (b. MA), her niece, Helen N. Hussey, aged twelve years (b. MA), and her servant, Katie McKown, a servant, aged twenty-six years (b. Ireland). Annie Wallace owned their house at 73 So. Main Street, free-and-clear. Carrie H. Hussey was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Charles E. Hussey, own income, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Carrie H. Hussey, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), his children, Wallace Hussey, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), and Helen Hussey, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), his sister-in-law, Annie Wallace, own income, aged forty-five years (b. NH), and his servant, Julia Kelleher, a houseworker, aged twenty-five years (b. Ireland (immigrated in 1899)). Charles E. Hussey owned their house at 73 So. Main Street, free-and-clear. Carrie H. Hussey was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Local. Charles E. Hussey of Rochester has so far recovered from the effects of shock he received some time ago as to be able to ride out (Farmington News, September 22, 1911).

Charles E. Hussey died at 73 So. Main Street in Rochester, NH, October 17, 1915, aged fifty-nine years, four months, and one day.

Local. Charles E Hussey, a native of this town, passed away at his home in Rochester, Monday, after an illness of four years, aged 59 years. Mr. Hussey was a graduate of Farmington high school, finishing his education at Bates college. He made education a profession and taught high school in Rochester; also in Newton and Wakefield, Mass., where later, he was elected as superintendent of schools. For many years, be was identified with the Wallace Bros. shoe firm in Rochester, as a part owner. He leaves a widow, one son and a daughter. Funeral was held at the home, Wednesday afternoon, in charge of Palestine Commandery, Knight Templars, of which he was a past eminent commander. Interment was made in the family lot at Pine Grove cemetery in this town (Farmington News, October 22, 1915).

William P. Ferguson – c1880-81

William Proctor Ferguson was born in Shapleigh, ME, February 9, 1853, son of Nathaniel and Mary Ferguson.

Nathaniel Ferguson, a farmer, aged sixty-six years (b. ME), headed a Shapleigh, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. Hos household included hos wife, Mary Ferguson, keeping house, aged sixty-seven years (b. ME), his children, John F. Ferguson, work at farming, aged thirty-two years (b. ME), and William P. Ferguson, a teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), and his servant, Charlies Brand, aged fifteen years (b. ME).

William Proctor Ferguson, A.M., 1883, b. 9 Feb, 1853, Shapleigh, Me. Teacher, Milton Mills, N.H., Sanford, Me. US Civil Service, Washington, D.C., 1884-93. Maine Leg., 1909-10. Farming, Shapleigh, Me. (Bowdoin College, 1912). 

William P. Ferguson married, circa 1887, Hattie May Earle. She was born in North Berwick, ME, November 23, 1861, daughter of Isaac and Sarah J. (Horne) Earle.

William P. Furgeson, a farmer, aged forty-six years (b. ME), headed a Shapleigh, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirteen years), Hattie M. Furgeson, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), his children, Willie P. Furgeson, at school, aged twelve years (b. ME), Bessie M. Furgeson, at school, aged nine years (b. ME), George F. Furgeson, at school, aged seven years (b. ME), Lawrence E. Furgeson, aged two years (b. ME), Wendell Furgeson, aged ten months (b. ME), and his father, Nathaniel Furgeson, aged eighty-six years (b. ME). William P. Furgeson owned their farm, free-and-clear. Hattie M. Furgeson was the mother of five children, of whom five were still living.

William P. Ferguson, a farmer (home farm), aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Shapleigh, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Hattie E. Ferguson, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), his children, Will P. Ferguson, a retail grocery clerk, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), Bessie M. Ferguson, aged eighteen years (b. ME), George F. Ferguson, aged sixteen years (b. ME), Lawrence E. Ferguson, aged twelve years (b. ME), Wendell Ferguson, aged ten years (b. ME), and Mary B. Ferguson, aged six years (b. ME). William P. Ferguson owned their farm, free-and-clear. Hattie M. Ferguson was the mother of six children, of whom six were still living.

William C. Ferguson, a general farmer, aged sixty-six years (b. ME), headed a Shapleigh, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Hattie E. Ferguson, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), his children, Lawrence E. Ferguson, a laborer, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), Wendell Ferguson, a Sanford Mills weaver, aged twenty years (b. ME), and Mary B. Ferguson, aged sixteen years (b. ME). William P. Ferguson owned their farm, free-and-clear.

William P. Ferguson died in Shapleigh, ME, March 26, 1929. Hattie M. (Earle) Ferguson died in Shapleigh, ME, December 17, 1955.

Albert E. Millett – 1882

Albert E. “Bert” Millett was born in Hebron, ME, October 3, 1858, son of Lemuel T. and Mary A. (Milliken) Millett.

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Bert Millett

Thomas Millett, a farmer, aged thirty-three years (b. ME), headed a Minot (“18th Enumeration District”), ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household include his son, Ralf L. Millett, at home, aged one year (b. ME), his mother, Mary A. Millett, keeping house, aged sixty-two years (b. ME), and his brothers, George F. Millett, a farm laborer, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), and Albert E. Millett, a farm laborer, aged twenty-one years (b. ME).

Albert E. Millett taught a spring-summer term at Milton Mills school in 1882, while he was still an undergraduate student at Bates College.

Albert E. Millett married in Richmond, MI, August 2, 1887, Nora L. Perkins, both of Richmond. He was a teacher, aged twenty-eight years, and she was aged twenty-two years. She was born in Richmond, MI, August 6, 1864, daughter of Charles H. and Adelaide L. (Selleck) Perkins.

A.E. MILLETT, A.M., Principal of the Public Schools at Utica, and member of the Board of Examiners of Macomb county, was born in 1858 at Hebron, Oxford county, Maine, a son of Lemuel T. and Mary A. (Milliken) Millett. His father died in 1868, and his mother still resides in Maine. During boyhood our subject attended a district school in Androscoggin county, and the academics at Hebron and Bridgton, graduating from the latter in 1879. He then entered Bates College, at Lewiston, Maine, and in 1883 was graduated with the degree of A.B., the Master’s degree being conferred in 1886 by the same institution. While attending Hebron Academy he began teaching in order to meet expenses, and at different times he had charge of district schools in Androscoggin county and elsewhere in Maine. He taught in Minot in 1877, Sumner in 1878, in West Minot in 1879, in West Scarborough, Maine, in 1880, 1881, and 1882, and the summer of 1882 he spent in teaching at Milton Mills, New Hampshire. On graduating from Bates College he came to Michigan as Principal of the high school at Richmond, where he remained four years, and after one year at Rochester and seven years at Armada in a similar position, he was elected principal of the schools at Utica, upon his duties in September, 1895. Five teachers are employed in the school, Miss Maude Caswell being Assistant Principal, and the enrollment of the high school is about seventy, with twenty-three nonresident pupils. The school is on the Normal College list and has a good library of five hundred volumes and a equipped physical and chemical laboratory. Twelve grades are maintained, enrollment being two hundred and fourteen in all. Mr. Millett is a member the Macomb County Teachers Association, of which he was president in 1893, and since October 1894 he has served on the County Board of Examiners (Beers, 1900).

Albert E. Millett, a school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. ME), headed a Shelby (“Utica Village”), MI, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fourteen years), Nora Millett, aged thirty-five years (b. MI), and his children, Marie Millett, aged six years (b. MI), and Ethel Millett, aged five years (b. MI). Albert E. Millett owned their house, with a mortgage. Nora Millett was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Albert E. Millett, a retail furniture merchant, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), headed an Armada, MI, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-one years), Nora P. Millett, aged forty-five years (b. MI), and his children, Ethel A. Millett, aged fifteen years (b. MI), and Bert P. Millett, aged five years (b. MI). Albert E. Millett owned their house on Burk Street, free-and-clear. Nora Millett was the mother of three children, of whom two were still living.

Albert E. Millett, Armada postmaster, aged sixty-one years (b. ME), headed an Armada, MI, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Nora P. Millett, aged fifty-five years (b. MI), and his son, Bert P. Millett, aged seventeen years (b. MI). Albert E. Millett owned their house on Burk Street, with a mortgage.

Albert E. Millett, a furniture trader, aged seventy-one years (b. ME), headed an Armada, MI, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-three years), Nora P. Millett, aged sixty-five years (b. MI). Albert E. Millett owned their house on Burk Street, which was valued at $1,800. They did not have a radio set.

Albert E. Millett died in Ann Arbor, MI, March 12, 1937. Nora (Perkins) Millett died in Armada, MI, March 14, 1955.

MILLETT DIES IN HOSPITAL. Rites Friday For Prominent Armada Resident. Armada, March 18. Albert E. Millett, 78, undertaker here, member of the school board, former superintendent of Armada and Richmond schools, and well known in educational circles for 26 years, died Friday in University hospital, Ann Arbor. Mr. Millett was born in Maine, Oct. 3, 1858, and attended Hebron and Brighton academies. He received his A.B. degree from Bates college, Lewiston, Me., and his masters degree in 1886. It was more than 50 years ago that Mr. Millett became superintendent of Richmond schools after coming to Michigan. While in Richmond he married Miss Norah Perkins, a Richmond girl. After serving four years in Richmond he served in a similar capacity in Rochester, Mich., for a time before coming to Armada where he served as head of the school system seven years. Later he served in Utica, and rounded out 26 years of educational work. He then returned to Armada and entered the undertaking business 32 years ago. Mr. Millett served 10 years as a member of Macomb county school board of examiners and also on the village council. He was president of the Armada school board at the time of his death. He was also active in Masonic work. He was a Knight Templar. Besides his widow, he is survived by one son, Bert Millett, and a daughter, Mrs. A.M. Tiffney, all of Armada. His son-in-law was in business with him here. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Congregational church. Rev. Jonathan Turner, pastor of First Congregational church, Port Huron, will officiate. Burial will be in Willow Grove cemetery (Times Herald (Port Huron, MI), [Thursday,] March 18, 1937).

Rufus E. Donnell – 1882-83

Rufus Edwin Donnell was born as Rufus Edwin Bubier in Webster, ME, April 16, 1859, son of William and Philena W. (Donnell) Bubier. His mother died in December 1865, when he was six years of age, and his father died in August 1875, when he was sixteen years of age. He had his surname changed from Bubier to Donnell by a special act of the Maine legislature, February 13, 1878.

Henry L.B. Smith a physician, aged forty-one years (b. ME), headed a Middleborough, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ophelia Smith, keeping house, aged forty-one years (b. NH), Orrin R. Smith, at school, aged thirteen years (b ME), Arthur T. Smith, at school, aged eleven years (b. ME), and his boarders, Rufus Donnell, a school teacher, aged twenty years (b. ME), Emma T. Curtis, works in shoe factory, aged nineteen years (b. ME), Ella F. Curtis, works in shoe factory, aged nineteen years (b. ME), and Abby M. Curtis, works in shoe factory, aged seventeen years (b. ME), and his servant, Timothy Flynn, a servant, aged fifty years (b. Ireland).

R.E. Donnell, a Bates College undergraduate student, taught at the Milton Mills High School in the 1882-83 academic year.

ALUMNI HISTORY. Class of ’84. R.E. Donnell has been teaching the Milton Mills High School (Bates Student, January 1883).

He graduated with the Bates College Class of 1884. He married, circa 1886, Evelina, whose maiden name remains a bit of a mystery. She was born in 1860.

R.E. Donnell graduated from the Dartmouth Medical School in November 1888. He is usually listed as a member of the Class of 1889. He was an allopathic physician.

SWEET BOY GRADUATES. Annual Exercises of the Dartmouth Medical College. HANOVER. N.H., Nov. 20. The annual graduating exercises of the Dartmouth Medical College occurred tonight in the College Church. The exercises were preceded by a concert by Eastman’s orchestra of Manchester. The programme was as follows: Prayer by President Bartlett: salutatory. R.E. Donnell; oration. E.F. Abrams; address. M.H. Felt, M.D., of Hillsboro Bridge, delegate from the New Hampshire State Medical Society; valedictory, M.E. Kean; address by President Bartlett: presentation of diplomas, Professor C.P. Frost. The new M.D.’s are: E.T. Abrams. Michigan; E. Bernier. New Hampshire: S.H. Carney. Jr., New York: D.B. Coxe. New Hampshire; G.M. Davis. New Hampshire; R.E. Donnell. Maine: W.T. Elsmore. Alabama; S.W. Ford. New Hampshire; E.G. Fosgate, New Hampshire: L.J. Frink, Maine; Henry Gauss, New York; Daniel Goodenow, Maine; R.A. Greene, Massachusetts, Honore A. Herbert. Massachusetts; M.E. Kean. New Hampshire; J.A. Meara, New York; W.R. Morrow, Vermont; C.J. Nickerson, Massachusetts: H.F. Preston. New York: Normas St. George. Massachusetts: Gillis Stark. New Hampshire; D.L. Stokes. New Hampshire: A.S. Wiley. Minnesota; G.B. Wilson. Maine; S. Woodbury, New Hampshire; M.S. Woodman. New Hampshire (Boston Globe, November 21, 1888).

Dr. Rufus E. Donnell removed from Whitman, MA, to Lewiston, ME, in June 1889, and Gardiner, ME, thereafter.

WHITMAN. Dr. R.E. Donnell of this place has moved to Lewiston, Me., where he will practice (Boston Globe, June 27, 1889).

GARDINER. A novel entertainment in the form of a worlds fair will be given by the Y.M.C.A. A committee as follows was chosen to complete arrangements: W.F. Studley, Daniel Longfellow, Dr. R.E. Donnell, G.W. Murphy. H.M. Hamlin. F.W. Armes, W.R. Gay, J.L.M. Bates, C.H. Bean (Boston Globe, January 22, 1894).

GARDINER. The graduation of the class of 94 of the South Gardiner grammar school will take place June 13 in the Congregational church. The salutatory will be given by Susie E. Brown, the history by Lulu C. Stanford, valedictory by Annie Louise Moore, recitations by Verda E. Phillips, Geo. A. Spencer, Nellie Brown, Merl V. Eastman, Everett Arthur Erskine, Annie G. Beard. Dr. R.E. Donnell will address the class, and the diplomas will be presented by Judge J.M. Larrabee of Gardiner. (Boston Globe, June 5, 1894).

GARDINER. The teachers will meet this. evening in the high school building . Papers will be presented, as follows: “Arithmetic; How Shall We Teach the Children?” by Miss Bertha L. Gay; “Reading: How Taught in the Primary Grades,” by Miss Sadie M. Jewett; “Physiology: How Shall It be Taught in Our Primary Schools?” by Dr. R.E. Donnell; “Ethics for the Young,” by Rev. J.L. Quimby (Boston Globe, January 13, 1896).

Richard [SIC] E. Donnell, a physician, aged forty-one years (b. ME), headed a Gardiner, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fourteen years), Evelina Donnell, aged thirty-nine years (b. ME). Rufus E. Donnell rented their house at 99 Brunswick Avenue.

GARDINER, ME. The following ladies presided over the tables at the Christmas sale given by the parish league of the Congregational church Friday evening: Mrs. F.E. McCausland, Mrs. F.D. Loring, Mrs. Lucy Harlow and Mrs. W.S. McDuffy, A large number of people were in attendance. Those who presided over the supper table were: Mrs. A.G. Haley, Mrs. R.E. Donnell, Mrs. F.E. McCausland, Mrs. F.D. Loring, Mrs. A.F. Smith, Mrs. E.A. Beede, Mrs. G.H. Harrington, Mrs. J.F. Holt, Mrs. C.J. Bragdon and Mrs. E.P. Ladd. The affair was a great success (Boston Globe, November 26, 1905).

Rufus E. Donnell, a medical physician, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), headed a Gardiner, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-four years), Evelina Donnell, aged forty-nine years (b. ME), and his boarder, True C. Morrill, a school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. ME). Rufus E. Donnell owned their house at 168 Brunswick Avenue, free-and-clear.

Rufus E. Donnell, a medical physician, aged sixty-one years (b. ME), headed a Gardiner, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-four years), Evelina Donnell, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), and his roomer, Anna Riley, a dry goods store milliner, aged thirty years (b. ME). Rufus E. Donnell owned their house at 168 Brunswick Avenue, free-and-clear. It was a two-family building, which they share with the household of tenant Fred B. Barstow, a leather buyer for the R.P.H. shoe factory, aged forty-two years (b. NH).

Rufus E. Donnell died in his home at 168 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, ME, May 16, 1920, aged sixty-one years, and one month. Evelina Donnell died in 1928.

Obituary Notes. Dr. Rufus E. Donnell a graduate of Dartmouth Medical College in 1888, and for several years a member of the City Council of Augusta, Me., died at his home in that city on May 16, aged 61 years (Medical Record, June 6, 1920). 

Asa C. Crowell – 1885-86

Asa Clinton Crowell was born in Pawtucket, RI, May 20, 1862, son of Asa and Eliza A. (Huntress) Crowell.

Asa Clinton Crowell (1862-1936) believe taken c. 1910
Asa C. Crowell

Asa C. Crowell graduated from Brown University in 1882. He was principal of the Milton Mills school during the 1885-86 academic year. He then went on to be an assistant teacher for several years at Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, MA. He received his A.M. degree from Brown University in 1889.

Asa Clinton Crowell, A.M., Ph.D. upon examination 1894. Principal, high school, Milton Mills, N.H., 1886; assistant teacher, Dummer academy, South Byfield., Mass., 1887-90; instructor French, Brown university, 1890-91, French and German, 1891-92, German, 1892-94, assistant professor, Germanic languages and literatures, 1894. Address Box 296, Pawtucket R.I. (Remington, 1895).

COMMENCEMENT AT BROWN. Degrees Conferred at the 126th Annual Graduation Today. PROVIDENCE, June 20. – The 126th annual commencement of Brown university was held today with clouded skies. At 9.30 the long line of alumni, faculty and college officers marched from the campus to the First Baptist church. The professors wore their doctors’ hoods for the second time on such an occasion. After the program of orations and music was rendered at the church the commencement theses were heard. Two candidates, both men, were admitted to the degree of doctor of philosophy. Seventeen candidates received the degree of master of arts. Of these, three were women. Two of these women received the degree “summa cum laude,” there being but two of the 14 men who were honored with this designation. The other young woman graduated “magna cum laude.” an honor which only two of the remaining 12 young men received. The following degrees for work done under the direction of the college were conferred: The degree of doctor of philosophy on Asa Clinton Crowell, A.M., Brown ’89, and Arthur Newton Leonard, A.M., Brown ’93 (Boston Globe, June 20, 1894).

A. Clinton Crowell, a professor, aged thirty-eight years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Hos household included his mother, Eliza A. Crowell, a widow, aged seventy-two years (b. MA). A. Clinton Crowell owned their house at 345 Hope Street, free-and-clear. Eliza A. Crowell was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

THE PEDAGOGUE. Dr. Asa Clinton Crowell, assistant professor at the German department of Brown university, will become professor of that department in place of the late Professor Williams (North Adams Transcript, April 6, 1901).

Asa C. Crowell married in Boston, MA, August 9, 1904, Carrie E. Provan, he of Providence, RI, and she of 397A Broadway, Boston. He was a teacher, aged forty-two years, and she was at home, aged twenty-five years. She was born in Boston, MA, circa 1879, daughter of Harry F. and Minnie S. (Warren) Provan.

PROVIDENCE. In the South Baptist church, Boston. Miss Carrie Ethel Provan, only daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Frost Provan, was united in marriage to Prof. Asa Clinton Crowell, of this city, Tuesday afternoon, at 4 o’clock. On account of the recent death of the bridegroom’s mother the wedding was simple and only a few relatives and intimate friends were present. The bride is a graduate of Boston University class of 1903 and received the Master’s degree from Brown University at the last commencement. Prof Crowell is the acting head of the Germanic department of Brown University. He is enjoying his “sabbatic year” and after a year’s absence in Europe for the purpose of study and travel Prof. and Mrs. Crowell will reside in this city (Fall River Daily Evening News, August 11, 1904).

A. Clinton Crowell, a university teacher, aged forty-seven years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Carrie E. Crowell, aged thirty years (b. MA), his son, Robert H. Crowell, aged one year, four months (b. RI), and his servant, Alma J. Johnson, a private family servant, aged twenty-eight years (b. Sweden). A. Clinton Crowell owned their house at 345 Hope Street, free-and-clear. Carrie E. Crowell was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

A. Clinton Crowell, a college professor, aged fifty-seven years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Carrie E. Crowell, aged forty years (b. MA), his son, Robert H. Crowell, aged eleven years (b. RI), and his mother-in-law, Minnie S. Provan, a widow, aged sixty-two years (b. MA). A. Clinton Crowell owned their house at 66 Oriole Avenue, free-and-clear. Carrie E. Crowell was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

A. Clinton Crowell, a college professor, aged sixty-seven years (b. RI), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Carrie E. Crowell, aged fifty years (b. MA), his son, Robert H. Crowell, aged twenty-one years (b. RI), and his mother-in-law, Minnie S. Provan, a widow, aged seventy-two years (b. MA). A. Clinton Crowell owned their house at 66 Oriole Avenue, free-and-clear.

Asa C. Crowell died in Providence, RI, June 26, 1936.

Carrie E. Crowell, aged fifty years (b. MA), headed a Providence, RI, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her mother, Minnie S. Provan, a widow, aged eighty-two years (b. MA). Carrie E. Crowell owned their house at 66 Oriole Avenue, which was valued at $10,000.

Carrie E. (Provan) Crowell died in 1950.

Charles S.F. Whitcomb – 1890-91

Charles Sumner Fremont Whitcomb was born in Henniker, NH, July 18, 1864, son of Luther H. and Anna J. (Welch) Whitcomb.

Luther Whitcomb, a farmer, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Henniker, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Anna J. Whitcomb, keeping house, aged forty-eight years (b. Canada East), and his children, Marietta J. Whitcomb, a school teacher, aged twenty years (b. NH), Jennie W. Whitcomb, at home, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Charles S.F. Whitcomb, at home, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Carrie A. Whitcomb, attending school, aged thirteen years (b. NH).

Charles S.F. Whitcomb was one of twenty-four students who received their A.B. degrees from Bates College, in Lewiston, ME, in June 1890 (Boston Globe, June 26, 1890). He was principal at the Milton Mills school during its 1890-91 academic year.

CLASS OF 1890. CHARLES SUMNER FREMONT WHITCOMB. Son of Luther Hale and Anna Jane (Welch) Whitcomb. b. July 18, 1866 [1864]. Fitted for college at High Sch., Hillsboro Bridge, N.H., and Academy, Francestown, N.H. Prin. High Sch., Milton Mills, N.H., 1890-91. Address Henniker, Merrimac Co., N.H. (Bates College, 1893).

Cecil A. True, a painter, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Minot, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Marion True, aged forty-one years (b. ME), his daughter, Inez G. True, aged seventeen years (b. ME), his mother, Frances E. True, a widow, aged fifty years (b. ME), and his boarder, Charles F. Whitcomb, a physician, aged thirty-three years (b. NH). Cecil A. True owned their house free-and-clear. Marion True was the mother of one child of whom one was still living. (Frances E. True was also the mother of one child, of whom one was still living).

Charles S.F. Whitcomb married (2nd) in Piermont, NH, February 6, 1907, Ada G. (Goodwin) Abbott, he of Contoocook, NH, and she of Piermont. He was a physician, aged forty-two years, and she was a saleslady, aged thirty-five years. She was born in Warren, NH, circa 1876, daughter of John and Hannah (Sherwell) Goodwin.

Charles S.F. Whitcomb, a family physician, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Hopkinton, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of three years), Ada G. Whitcomb, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH). Charles S.F. Whitcomb rented their house on Maple Street.

ASHLAND. Dr. Charles S.F. Whitcomb has purchased the Thayer estate on Main st., and will occupy (Boston Globe, January 13, 1911).

Class of 1890. Charles Sumner Fremont Whitcomb. M.D., Med. Sch., Me., 1895. b. 18 July 1866, Henniker, N.H. Son of Luther Hale and Anna Jane (Welch) Whitcomb. Prin., High Sch., Milton Mills, N.H., 1890-91. Physician, Milton Mills, N.H., 1895-97; Minot, Me., 1897-04; Contoocook, N.H., 1904-10; Ashland, Mass., 1910- (Bates College, 1915).

Charles S.F. Whitcomb, a physician, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed an Ashland, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ada G. Whitcomb, aged forty-eight years (b. NH). Charles S.F. Whitcomb rented their house on Main Street.

ASHLAND CLUB TO DEBATE SUPPRESSION OF KLAN. ASHI.AND, Oct. 21 – The meeting of the Men’s Club of the Federated Church, scheduled for Friday night has been postponed to Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Baptist Church, when there will be a debate on the question, “Should the Ku Klux Klan Be Suppressed?” The committee in charge will be Clinton B. Wilbur, chairman; James F. Clements, Perry O. Holden, Charles H. Thayer and Charles S.F. Whitcomb (Boston Globe, October 25, 1925).

ASHLAND TO HAVE A MOCK BREACH OF PROMISE TRIAL. ASHLAND, May 6. North Star Lodge, A.F. & A.M., will hold a mock trial of a breach of promise case next Friday. Doors will open at 7:30 and court will be called at 8 o’clock. It Is many years since Ashland has witnessed a mock trial. Mrs. Ruth Bean of Cordaville will be the much-abused plaintiff, who is suing Walter G. Whittemore, well-known local town clerk. Edward Carr, prominent Hopkinton attorney, will act as the judge, while Mr. Newton will be the plaintiff’s attorney and Maxim Nash of Framingham the defendant’s. Witnesses will be Mrs. Frances V. Richards and Mrs. Clara Prescott, Nathaniel P. Sears, Warren M. MacNear and Dr. Charles S.F. Whitcomb. William B. Johnson will be the clerk of the court and Charles W. Olson the officer of the court. On the jury are Henry C. Burnham, Theodore P. Hall, Ralph D. Harriman, Arthur L. Hogan, Henry E. Kelley, Chester W. MacNear, Robert L. Phelps, James R, Scott, Albert J. Stirk, Allan S. Farwell, Channing F. Grout and James E. Taylor (Boston Globe, May 6, 1927).

Charles S.F. Whitcomb, a physician, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed an Hopkinton, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Ada G. Whitcomb, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH). Charles S.F. Whitcomb rented their house on Maple Street, for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Charles S.F. Whitcomb died instantly, of a cerebral hemorrhage, while driving his car on Maple Street in Contoocook, NH, January 2, 1938, aged seventy-three years, six months, and fourteen days.

NEW HAMPSHIRE DOCTOR DIES WHILE DRIVING CAR. CONTOOCOOK, N.H., Jan. 3 (AP). Dr. Charles Whitcomb, 72, died suddenly while driving his car here late yesterday. A native of Henniker, he had practiced medicine here for about 10 years. He was a graduate of Bates College in 1896 and took a graduate course at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Whitcomb practiced medicine in Massachusetts and Maine before coming to New Hampshire. He leaves his widow (Boston Globe, January 3, 1938).

Minetta R. Anderson – 1899-00

Minetta Rose “Minnie” Anderson was born in Parsonsfield, ME, August 29, 1876, daughter of Ebenezer G. “Gilman” and Mehitabel R. “Rose” (Burnell) Anderson.

Miss Minnie R. Anderson appeared in the Westbrook directory of 1897, as a teacher, resident at 29 Haskell street. Ebenezer G. Anderson, a carpenter, had his house at 29 Haskell street.

WESTBROOK. Miss Winnetta [Minetta] R. Anderson of Haskell street has secured a position as teacher at Milton Mills, N.H., and will commence work at the opening of the fall term (Portland Daily Press (Portland, ME), July 14, 1899).

Minetta R. Anderson appeared in the Westbrook, ME, directory of 1902, as a teacher at the Saco st. school, boarding at 29 Haskell street (P.O. C.M.). Ebenezer Anderson, a carpenter (Port.), had his house at 28 Haskell street.

Minetta R. Anderson appeared in the Westbrook, ME, directory of 1904, as a teacher at the Saco st. school, boarding at 57 Haskell street. Ebenezer Anderson, a carpenter (Port.), had his house at 57 Haskell street.

Ninetta R. Anderson married in Chelsea, MA, June 20, 1905, Ernest A. Legg, she of 55 Heard street, Chelsea, and he of Brownsville, VT. He was a clergyman, aged thirty years, and she was aged thirty years. He was born in Dover, NH, March 18, 1875, son of Frank W. and Mary C. “Carrie” (Warren) Legg.

Ernest A Legg, a Methodist clergyman, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), headed a Bradford, VT, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of four years), Minetta R Legg, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), Marion E Legg, aged nine months (b. VT), and his mother-in-law, Rose M Anderson, a widow, aged sixty-four years (b. ME).

Ernest A. Legg, a church clergyman, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Norwich, CT, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Minetta R. Legg, aged forty-four years (b. ME), his children, Marion E. Legg, aged ten years (b. VT), and Grace M. Legg, aged four years, two months (b. MA), and his servant, Ada M. Bushey, a private family servant, aged twenty-five years (b. VT). Ernest A. Legg rented their house at 67 Lafayette Street.

Ernest A. Legg, a humane society educational director, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Manchester, CT, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Minetta A. Legg, aged fifty-four years (b. ME), his children, Marion E. Legg, aged a public school teacher, twenty years (b. VT), and Grace M. Legg, aged fourteen years (b. MA). Ernest A. Legg rented their house at 15 Delmont Street, for $55 per month. They had a radio set.

Grace Legg, a radio station secretary, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), headed a Manchester, CT, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her mother, Minetta Legg, a widow, aged sixty-four years (b. ME). Grace Legg rented their house at 4 North Fairfield Street, for $40 per month. They both had lived in the same place in 1935. Both had attended two years of college.

Rev. Ernest A. Legg died August 2, 1934. Minetta R. (Anderson) Legg died October 5, 1945.

Legg Funeral. Services for Mrs. Minetta A. Legg, widow of Rev. Ernest A. Legg, who died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter J. Holman of 8 Newman Street, will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at South Methodist Church. Rev. Ralph W. Ward, Jr., pastor, will officiate and burial will be in Stafford Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Legg came here 17 years ago from Stafford Springs where her husband was pastor of the Methodist Church. She was born in Parsonsfield, Me., on August 29, 1875. She was a member of South Methodist Church, the Willing Workers Group and the Ever Ready circle of King’s Daughters Besides Mrs. Holman, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. Francis K. Burr of Cambridge, Mass.; a brother, Perle G. Anderson of South Hamilton, Mass., and three grandchildren Funeral arrangements are being made by Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center Street (Hartford Courant, October, 7, 1945).

Vernon E. Rand – 1901-02

Vernon Elmer “Vernie” Rand was born in Ripley, ME, September 30, 1878, son of Frank E. and Nancy C. (Holt) Rand.

BATES COMMENCEMENT. Several Honorary Degrees Awardd and Prizes Granted to Students – Commencement Dinner. LEWISTON, Me., June 29. – Bates college was honored today, commencement day, by the presence of Gov. Powers. Congressman-Elect Littlefield, state Superintendent of Schools Stetson, Prof. W.E.C. Rich of Boston Arthur Given of Providence and others. The commencement exercises were held in the Main St Free Baptist church. The following prizes were awarded: Junior exhibition prize, $75, Alison G. Catheron, Manchester, Mass; junior exhibition prize, $20, Miss Bertha O. True, New Gloucester; sophomore champion debate, two divisions, Vernie E. Rand, Leo C. Demack. The following honorary degrees were announced: Rev. Carter E. Cate. Providence, D.D.; Edward R. Goodwin, Worcester, Mass., D.C.L.; Prescott Keyes, Bar Harbor, A.M.; Frank E. Hanscom, East Bethel, Me, A.M. The commencement dinner was served in city hall at 2 p.m. (Boston Globe, June 30, 1899).

[——] Rand appeared in the Milton directories of 1902 and 1904-05, as a teacher, M.M. High school, with his home at Dexter, Me. (The 1904-05 entry was inaccurate, merely carried forward from 1902).

Vernie E. Rand married in Dixfield, ME, March 6, 1907, Eva Laverne Holman, he of Dexter, ME, and she of Dixfield. He was a teacher, aged twenty-eight years, and she was a clerk, aged twenty-four years. She was born in Carthage, ME, March 12, 1882, daughter of George S. and Hannah (Hutchinson) Holman.

Vernon A. Rand, a high school principal, aged thirty-one years (b. ME), headed a Millinocket, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of three years), Eva L. Rand, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), and his children, John S. Rand, aged two years (b. ME), and Eleanor Rand, aged six months (b. ME). Vernon A. Rand rented their house on Main Avenue. Eva L. Rand was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Class of 1901. Vernie Elmer Rand. b. 30 Sept 1878, Ripley, Me. Son of Frank E. and Nancy C. (Holt) Rand. Prin., High Sch., Milton Mills, N.H., 1901-02; Exeter, Me., 1902-03; Dexter, Me., 1903-04; Litchfield Acad., 1904-05; Int. Correspondence, N.H., 1905-07; Prin., High Sch., Milbridge, Me., 1907; Monson Acad., Me., 1907-08; High Sch., Millinocket, Me., 1908-11; Camden, Me., 1911-12; Salesman International Textbook Co., Rockland, Me., 1912; Coal Land & Securities Co., 1914. Address, 9 Rockland street, Rockland Me. (Bates College, 1915).

Vernon E Rand, a bond salesman, aged forty-one years (b. ME), headed a Dixfield, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Verna E. Rand, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), his children, John F. Rand, aged twelve years (b. ME), and Virginia Rand, aged four years, one month, and his sister-in-law, E. Etta Holman, aged forty-eight years (b. ME). Vernon E. Rand rented their house on High Street, for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Vernon E Rand, a dry goods salesman, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), headed a Dixfield, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Laverna H. Rand, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), his children, John S. Rand, a real estate agent, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), and Virginia Rand, aged fourteen years. Vernon E. Rand rented their house on High Street, for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Vernon E Rand, a brokerage co. security salesman, aged sixty years (b. ME), headed a Dixfield, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Verna Rand, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), his children, John Rand, a life insurance salesman, aged thirty-one years (b. ME), and Virginia Rand, aged twenty-four years, and his sister-in-law, Etta Holman, aged seventy years (b. ME). Vernon E. Rand owned their house at 74 High Street, which was valued at $4,000. Vernon E. Rand had attended four years of college, Verna Rand had attended four years of high school. They had all resided in the same house in 1935.

Vernon E. Rand died in February 1948.

William C. McCue – 1902

William Coleman McCue was born in Boston, MA, April 7, 1875, son of Bernard and Mary McCue.

George W. Lord, a farmer, aged sixty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Berwick, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-two years), Eunice Lord, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), his children, Roxy [(Lord)] Pray, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), Clara Lord, a teacher, aged thirty years (b. NH), and his boarders, William McCue, a teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), and Samuel Hill, a machinist, aged fifty-three years (b. NH). George W. Lord owned their farm free-and-clear. Eunice Lord was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

William Coleman McCue married in Berwick, ME, August 14, 1900, Clara Allen Lord, both of Berwick. Both were teachers, he was aged twenty-five years, and she was aged thirty-years. She was born in Somersworth, NH, circa 1870, daughter of George W. and Eunice (Hill) Lord.

William McCue appeared in the Milton directory of 1902, as a teacher at Milton Mills High School. William C. McCue appeared also in the Somersworth, NH, directory of that same year, as a farmer, boarding at 54 Berwick street, B.S. [Berwick Side].

Berwick, Me., Principal Resigns. BERWICK, Me, May 1 – William C. McCue, principal of the Sullivan grammar school, has tendered the school board his resignation, to take effect at the close of the school year. He has been elected district superintendent for the towns of Parsonsfield, Cornish and Porter (Boston Globe, May 31, 1909).

William C. McCue, superintendent of schools, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a Berwick, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nine years), Clara A. McCue, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Eleanor L. McCue, aged seven years (b. ME), Allen L. McCue, aged four years (b. ME), and Eunice H. McCue, aged three years (b. ME), and his mother-in-law,  Eunice H. Lord, a widow, aged seventy-one years (b. NH). William C. McCue owned their farm on Berwick Street, free-and-clear. Clara A. McCue was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living. Eunice H. Lord was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

William C. McCue, superintendent of schools, aged forty-four years (b. MA), headed a Berwick, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Clara A.L. McCue, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Eleanor L. McCue, aged seventeen years (b. ME), Allen L. McCue, aged fourteen years (b. ME), and Eunice H. McCue, aged thirteen years (b. ME), and his nephew, Walter Mahoney, a machine shop laborer, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA). William C. McCue owned their farm at 54 Berwick Street, free-and-clear.

William C. McCue, superintendent of schools, aged fifty-four years (b. MA), headed a Berwick, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty years), Clara L. McCue, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), and his aunt, Anna R. Guptill, aged eighty years (b. ME). William C. McCue owned their farm on Berwick Street, free-and-clear. They had a radio set.

Clara A. (Lord) McCue died in 1952. William C. McCue died in 1969.

Jacob E. Wignot – 1902-04

Jacob Ernest Wignot was born in Natick, MA, February 16, 1876, son of John and Malvina (Lindenue) Wignot.

Jacob E. Wignot married in Medway, MA, August 6, 1902, Mary Alena Carmichael, he of Wayland, MA, and she of Medway. He was a teacher, aged twenty-six years, and she was at home, aged thirty years. She was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, circa 1872, daughter of James T. and Susan (Roberts) Carmichael.

The newlyweds would have moved to Milton Mills, where Jacob E. Wignot was principal of the Milton Mills school for the academic years 1902-03 and 1903-04. (They acquired at some point a summer home at Lovell Lake, and are buried in the Milton Mills cemetery).

Jacob E. Wignot, a public school superintendent, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), headed a Salem, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eight years), Mary A. Wignot, aged thirty-six years (b. Canada (Eng.)), his child, Richard G. Wignot, aged five years (b. MA), and his brother, John Wignot, a meat store manager, aged thirty-six years (b. MA). Jacob E. Wignot rented their house on Main Street. Mary A. Wignot was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Class of 1899. Jacob Ernest Wignot. b. 16 Feb. 1876, South Natick, Mass. Teacher, Billerica, Mass., 1900-01. Prin., High Sch., Milton Mills, N.H., 1902-04; Wellfleet, Mass., 1904-07. Supt. Schools, Salem, Hudson and Atkinson, N.H., 1907- (Bates College, 1912).

Jacob E. Wignot, a public school superintendent, aged forty-three years (b. MA), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary A. Wignot, aged forty-nine years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his children, Richard G. Wignot, aged fifteen years (b. MA), and Robert S. Wignot, aged four years (b. NH). Jacob E. Wignot rented their house at 211 Central Avenue. Mary A. Wignot was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Concord, N.H. Pending the breaking of the deadlock in the Dover school board, the state board of education has exercised it authority by continuing Superintendent of Schools Wignot in office until the local board makes some other choice. This is a situation which has not arisen before in this state (Farmington News, August 8, 1924).

Jacob E. Wignot, a public school superintendent, aged fifty-four years (b. MA), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary A. Wignot, aged sixty years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his child, Robert S. Wignot, aged fourteen years (b. NH). Jacob E. Wignot rented their house at 35 Silver Street, for $35 per month. They had a radio set.

Jacob E. Wignot died in Wakefield, MA, July 6, 1937. Mary A. (Carmichael) Wignot died in 1963.

Jacob E. Wignot. Sanbornville, N.H., July 6. (AP.) Jacob E. Wignot, 61, superintendent of schools for five nearby towns, tonight dropped dead in front of his summer home at Lovell Lake. Dr. Louise Paul said that he had suffered a heart attack (Hartford Courant, July 7, 1937).

Gilman H. Campbell – 1905-06

Gilman H. Campbell was born in Allston, MA, November 2, 1884, son of John E. and Eliza F. (Hutchins) Campbell.

Gilman H. Campbell married (1st) in Scarboro, ME, September 2, 1908, Annie Merserve, he of South Portland, ME, and she of Scarboro. Both were teachers, he aged twenty-three years, and she aged twenty-four years. She was born in Westbrook, ME, circa 1885, daughter of Freedom and Sarah E. (Moulton) Meserve.

Gilman H. Campbell, a high school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. MA), headed a Natick, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Annie M. Campbell, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), and his brother-in-law, Harlan R. Meserve, aged sixteen years (b. ME). Gilman H. Campbell rented their house at 24 Florence Street.

Rochester School Given Piano. ROCHESTER, N.H., Sept 14. At the chapel at the Rochester High School yesterday Frank Bobst, in behalf of the class of ’12, presented the school a new $350 piano, purchased from the proceeds of an entertainment given by the class at the Opera House last Spring. Principal Gilman H. Campbell received the gift for the school, after which Miss Marion Stevens rendered piano solos (Boston Globe, September 14, 1912).

Class of 1904. Gilman Hutchins Campbell. b. 2 Nov. 1885 [SIC], Allston, Mass. Teacher, Brewer, Me., 1904-05. Prin., High Sch., Milton Mills, N.H., 1905-06; Limerick Acad., Me., 1906-09. Teacher, Natick, Mass., 1909-12. Prin., High Sch., Rochester, N.H., 1912- (Bates College, 1912).

Gilman H. Campbell, a public school teacher, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a Needham, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie M. Campbell, aged thirty-six years (b. ME). Gilman H. Campbell rented their house at 47 Maple Street.

Gilman H. Campbell, a public school teacher, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed an Easton, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-one years), Annie M. Campbell, aged forty-six years (b. ME). Gilman H. Campbell rented their house on Spooner Avenue, for $36 per month. They had a radio set.

Annie (Meserve) Campbell died in Easton, MA, in early 1935.

NEEDHAM. Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Annie (Meserve) Campbell of North Easton, wife of Graham [Gilman] H. Campbell, formerly principal of Needham High School (Boston Globe, March 21, 1935).

One of Principal Campbell’s high school students remembered him in their autobiography entitled “When I Was Growing Up.” High school students being what they are, it should not surprise us overmuch that they associated his surname with the popular brand of canned soup.

The principal at the [Easton] high school was Gilman H. Campbell. Amongst the students he was known as Soup. Soup Campbell was a bit stodgy and had a slight impediment in his speech. I think at the time he was a widower. Besides being principal he also taught some classes. He was an excellent teacher. I had him for geometry. He was always sneezing but always was able to get his handkerchief out of his pocket just in the nick of time to catch the sneeze. We neither liked nor disliked Soup Campbell. He was a really pretty nice guy (Keith, 2008).

Gilman H. Campbell, a public high school principal, aged fifty-five years (b. MA), headed an Easton, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his sister-in-law, Ella A. Meserve, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), and his mother-in-law, Sarah E. Meserve, a widow, aged eighty-four years (b. ME). Gilman H. Campbell rented their house at 32 Spooner Street, for $35.50 per month. Gilman H. Campbell had attended five years of college, and his two in-laws had attended eight years of grammar school.

Gilman H. Campbell married (2nd) in Easton, MA, in 1941, Ruth Janet Hussey. She was born in Rochester, NH, June 21, 1895, daughter of  Frank H. and Teresa F. (Burger) Hussey.

Catholic. Rev. George P. Benaglia,. C.S.C., president of Stonehill College, North Easton, announces the appointment of Gilman H. Campbell as an instructor in mathematics. Mr. Campbell has served as high school principal at Rochester, N.H., and Needham and, for 22 years, principal of the Easton High School. He holds an A.B. degree from Bowdoin College, class of 1904, an E.M.D. from Harvard University, 1925, and joins the faculty of Stonehill in the second year of its operation (Boston Globe, June 25, 1949).

Gilman H. Campbell died in April 1966. Ruth J. (Hussey) Campbell died in Quincy, MA, in February 1976.

Amy E. Clark – 1909

Amy Elizabeth Clark was born in Concord, MA, January 18, 1888, daughter of Edgar F. and Mary A. “Agnes” (Godfrey) Clark.

Amy E. Clark appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as a teacher at the M.M. [Milton Mills] school, with her home at Concord, MA. She was also identified in the same directory as a Primary school teacher at Milton Mills.

Edgar F. Clark, a general farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Concord, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his (second) wife (of eleven years), Agnes N. Clark, aged fifty-two years (b. Canada (Eng.)), and his children, Amy E. Clark, a public school teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), Morton D. Clark, a railroad fireman, aged twenty years (b. MA), Edgar G. Clark, aged eighteen years (b. MA), Allison F. Clark, a home farm farmhand, aged seventeen years (b. MA), and Wilfred H. Clark, a home farm farmhand, aged fifteen years (b. MA). Edgar F. Clark owned their farm on Lowell Road, with a mortgage. Agnes N. Clark was the mother of no children.

Edgar Bennett, a machine shop machinist, aged sixty-eight years (b. MA), headed a New Bedford, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifty-four years), Alice R. Bennett, furnishes meals (at home), aged sixty-four years (b. MA), his daughter, Mabel E. Bennett, a grocery store bookkeeper, aged forty years (b. MA), and his lodgers, Marcus M. Allen, an outside house painter, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), and Amy Clark, a public school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. MA). Edgar Bennett rented their house at 191 Summer Street.

Edgar Bennett, retired, aged seventy-nine years (b. MA), headed a New Bedford, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifty-four years), Alice R. Bennett, aged seventy-four years (b. MA), his daughter, Mary A. Bennett, aged fifty years (b. MA), and his lodgers, Amy E. Clark, a public school teacher, aged forty-two years (b. MA), and Markus M. Allen, a house painter, aged forty-seven years (b. MA). Edgar Bennett rented their house at 191 Summer Street, for $30 per month. They had a radio set.

Amy E. Clark appeared in the New Bedford, MA, directories of 1941 and 1943, as a teacher at the H.M. Knowlton school, residing at 241 Summer street.

She was living, in Brookline, NH, as late as September 1948.

George E. Leatherbarrow – 1909-11

Leatherbarrow, George E - Bowdoin, 1905
George E. Leatherbarrow, Bowdoin College, 1905

George Edward Leatherbarrow was born in Portland, ME, December 29, 1879, son of John and Elizabeth (Rogers) Leatherbarrow.

George Edward Leatherbarrow married in Rochester, NH, April 10, 1905, Harriet Pauline Gilman, he of Buxton, ME, and she of Patten, ME. Both were school teachers, aged twenty-five years. She was born in Patten, ME, circa 1880, daughter of Charles H. and Octavia (Reed) Gilman.

George E. Leatherbarrow appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as teacher (and (principal) of the Milton Mills High and Grammar schools. Harriet Leatherbarrow was his assistant (principal and teacher), and Amy E. Clark taught the Primary grades.

George Leatherbarrow, a town school teacher, aged twenty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Harriet Leatherbarrow, aged thirty years (b. ME), his son, Damon Leatherbarrow, aged four years (b. ME), his father-in-law, Charles H. Gilman, retired (own income), aged sixty-seven years (b. ME), and his niece, Martha Mc[illegible], aged six years (b. NH). George Leatherbarrow rented their house in Milton Mills. Harriet Leatherbarrow was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

George E. Leatherbarrow appeared in the Milton directory of 1912, as having moved to No. Middleboro, MA.

George Leatherbarrow, a chemistry teacher, aged fifty years (b. ME), headed a Saco, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-four years), Harriet Leatherbarrow, aged fifty years (b. ME), George Leatherbarrow rented their house at 42 North Street, for $50 per month. They had a radio set.

George Leatherbarrow, an academy instructor, aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Saco, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Harriet Leatherbarrow, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME), George Leatherbarrow rented their house at 42 North Street, for $50 per month. Both George and Harriet Leatherbarrow had attended four years of college.

Harriet P. (Gilman) Leatherbarrow died in Saco, ME, December 12, 1963, aged eighty-four years.

Deaths. Mrs. H.G. Leatherbarrow. Mrs. Harriet G. Leatherbarrow, a former resident of North Street, Saco, died yesterday in a local nursing home. Born in Patten, Aug. 21, 1879, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gilman, she was a member of the First Parish Congregational Church, Saco, the Madisses of the church, the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, Saco, a member of the board of directors of Wardwell Home, Saco, and for many years headed the Missionary Fellowship of her church. Survivors include her widower, Prof. George Leatherbarrow, Biddeford; a sister. Mrs. Alice Loring, Gonzales, Tex., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the Dennett and Craig Funeral Home, 365 Main St., Saco, with interment In Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco (Biddeford-Saco Journal, December 13, 1961).

10. Strayed, Lost, Found. HAMILTON WATCH with chain Bowdoin Seal lost in vicinity Biddeford-Saco. Reward. Return George E. Leatherbarrow, Thacher Hotel (Biddeford-Saco Journal, July 26, 1966).

George E. Leatherbarrow died in Saco, ME, January 5, 1973, aged ninety-three years.

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George E. Leatherbarrow

Leatherbarrow Dies In Home At Age Of 93. Prof. George Edward Leatherbarrow, 93, a former resident of 48 North St., Saco, died last night at a local nursing home, following a brief illness. Born in Portland, Dec. 29, 1879, he was the son of John and Elizabeth (Rogers) Leatherbarrow. Educated in Portland schools, he graduated from Buxton High School in 1900 and from Bowdoin College in 1904. He taught school in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, prior to coming to Thornton Academy, Saco in 1917. Prof. Leatherbarrow was head of the chemistry and physics departments at Thornton Academy, retiring in 1947 after 32 years of service. While at Thornton Academy, he was a football referee for 20 years. He was associated with an insurance company during the summer recesses and following his retirement worked as a full time insurance man for 45 years. A life deacon of the First Parish Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), Saco, Prof. Leatherbarrow was a charter member of the Biddeford-Saco Country Club and a member of Unity Lodge of Masons A.F. and A.M at Madison, N.H. There are no known survivors. Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. from the First Parish Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), corner of Main and Beach streets, Saco. Rev. Paul K. Weimer, pastor, will officiate and interment will be in the family lot at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. Friends may call at the Dennett and Craig Funeral Home, 365 Main St., Saco. (Biddeford-Saco Journal (Biddeford, ME), January 6, 1973).

Positions Wanted

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts established a Teacher’s Registration Bureau list in 1911 by which those teachers seeking their next teaching position and those school districts seeking their next teacher might find each other.

Here follow two examples from the 1914 list of teachers with experience at the Milton Mills school:

2100.31. Man.Position desired: Grammar principalship. Salary expected: Over $675. Graduated from Worcester High School, 1906, Clark University, 1909. Teaching experience: Milton Mills, N.H., 1910-11; Hamden, Conn., 1911-12; Egg Harbor Township, N.J., 1913.

*2216.38. Woman.Position desired: Grammar grades. Salary expected: $500 up. Graduated from Rochester High School, N.H., 1884. Teaching experience: Rochester, 1885-93; Farmington, N.H., four years; Wakefield, 1910-11; Milton Mills, 1911-13; Exeter, N.H., 1913-14.

1. The asterisk throughout this list indicates that teachers are not available for a change in position prior to June 1915. 

Continued in Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1912-52


See also Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47 Milton’s South Milton Teachers, 1886-29, and Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23


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Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23

By Muriel Bristol | April 17, 2020

The West Milton school house was located in its final period on what is now called Governor’s Road, apparently at its intersection with what is now called Mason Road (near Gould’s Pond).

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The intersection of what are now Governor’s and Thurston roads appeared in 1892 at the center of the West Milton P.O. district. The West Milton school is indicated with an arrow further down the road to the northwest.

A generation earlier it had been located also on Governor’s Road, but further to the southeast (further to the right on the map). Mrs. Nettie E. (Hersey) Varney (1860-1944) and Mrs. Addie B. (Hatch) Canney (1855-1939) were said to have been pupils at the West Milton school when it was located at its original location on what was then the George Goodwin farm. The ladies in question would have been pupils at the earlier location between the 1860s up to about 1870.

LOCAL. Mrs. Frank Varney of Haverhill, Mass., who is a former West Milton resident, visited her sisters-in-law, Mrs. Ellen Haynes and Miss Anna Varney, last week. She also called on her old friend and schoolmate, Mrs. Addie Canney. Mrs. Varney and Mrs. Canney are the last two surviving pupils of the West Milton school during its original location at the schoolhouse lot on the George Goodwin farm, now the Samuel Belinsky property (Farmington News, November 18, 1932).

(Mrs. Addie B. (Hatch) Canney was for a time also the mother-in-law of West Milton school teacher Alice M. (Brownell) Canney).

The West Milton school teachers identified in this 1885-1923 period were Emma A. Reynolds, Lillian V. Wallace, Annie J. Horne, Nellie F. Nute, Daisy A. Davis, Orinda S. Dickey, Ruby I. Houston, Mabel L. Fall, Alice M. Brownell, and Ethel T. Downs. Several of these teachers taught also in other Milton school districts in other years.

(The dates given for them in their headings are the dates they are thought to have taught at the West Milton school).

Emma A. Reynolds – 1885-86, 1888

Emma A. Reynolds was born in Dover, NH, May 29, 1864, daughter of James O. and Myra J. (Hill) Reynolds. (Another Milton teacher, Lena B. Reynolds, was her younger sister).

James O. Reynolds, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Myra J. Reynolds, keeping house, aged forty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Idella M. Reynolds, at home, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Emma Reynolds, at home, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Arthur Reynolds, at home, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Fred Reynolds, at home, aged twelve years (b. NH), Bertha Reynolds, aged eight years (b. NH), and Lena Reynolds, aged five years (b. NH). They shared a two-family residence with his parents, Paul Reynolds, a farmer, aged eighty years (b. NH), and his wife, Sally Reynolds, keeping house, aged eighty-two years (b. NH).

WEST MILTON. The school in district No. 4 in West Milton, taught by Miss Emma A. Reynolds, closed Friday. The term has been very successful, and parents and scholars alike are very much pleased with their teacher. This is the third term she has taught in the district. In a word she is a model teacher in every respect (Farmington News, November 13, 1885).

WEST MILTON. Orrie W. Mott, a young lad of only six summers, who attended school at West Milton, is thought to be the smartest boy of his age in the country. He has committed the whole of the multiplication table and can cast the interest on any note at simple interest with perfect ease (Farmington News, November 13, 1885).

WEST MILTON. The term of school has been taught by Miss Emma Reynolds, who has been absent from us three years, during which time she graduated from the Salem Normal school. To say that she is one of the best teachers that is employed in the state is drawing the comparison mildly. She not only has a thorough education, but has the faculty to please her pupils, such as is seldom seen. All unite in congratulating the school board in obtaining such an affable lady and furnishing a first-class boarding house near the school house (Farmington News, July 18, 1888).

Emma A. Reynolds married in Milton, March 5, 1892, Fred P. Meader, she of Milton and he of Durham, NH. She was a school teacher, aged twenty-seven years, and he was a piano tuner, aged nineteen years. Rev. John Manter performed the ceremony. Fred P. Meader was born in Newmarket, NH, September 23, 1872, son of James D. and Emma A. (Perkins) Meader.

Fred P. Meader, a music dealer, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eight years), Emma R. Meader, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), his children, J. Laurence Meader, at school, aged seven years (b. NH), and Norman D. Meader, at school, aged five years (b. NH), and his sister, Blanche E. Meader, a dressmaker, aged twenty-one years (b. NH). Fred P. Meader rented their house at 49 Broad Street. Emma R. Meader was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Durham Point. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Meader and sons, Lawrence and Norman, of Rochester, are stopping at Mr. and Mrs. James Meader’s, for a week’s vacation. (Portsmouth Herald, August 13, 1902).

Fred P. Meader, a periodicals merchant, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Emma R. Meader, aged thirty-five [forty-five] years (b. NH), and his children, J. Laurence Meader, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Norman D. Meader, aged fourteen years (b. NH). Fred P. Meader owned their house at 22 Knight Street. Emma R. Meader was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

MORE THAN 50 DELEGATES. Quarterly Convention of Strafford County W.C.T.U. Takes Place at East Rochester, N.H. EAST ROCHESTER. N.H. June 28. The quarterly convention of the Strafford County W.C.T.U. was held today with the local union in the Free Baptist Church, and there were more than 50 delegates present. The convention was in charge of Mrs. Granville Grant, president, of Gonic, and Mrs. Gerald Scarr, secretary, of Dover. The program included papers by Miss Annie E. Shapleigh of this place, Mrs. George H. Davis of Dover, Mrs. Fred P. Meader of Rochester, Mrs. John J. Shapleigh of East Rochester and Mrs. E.J. York of Dover. The three pastors, Rev. Leroy S. Goodwin, John A. Wiggin and J. Roy Densmore, each gave 10-minute addresses. Miss Mattie B. James of Northwood. N.H. gave an address. Mrs. Raymond Huse of Dover conducted the dictional. Mrs. Herbert Files of Berwick sang. Mrs. Files and Mrs. Fred Blaisdell sang a duet and Mrs. Garfield Hurd gave a reading (Portsmouth Herald, June 29, 1912).

West Milton. Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Meader of Rochester, accompanied by a family party, were guests at the home of Mrs. G.H. Plummer last Sunday (Farmington News, September 15, 1916).

Fred P. Meader’s Rochester music store appeared in a regional advertisement for Emerson records.

Emerson Records. LISTEN – it’s an Emerson Record! That is to say, a hit. The song that’s got the A.D.T.’s puckering their lips – the magnetic march that almost lifted you bodily out of your seat, last night at the theatre – caught in all their irresistible melody – for you! – in Emerson Records! Tear out the list of Emerson hits in the column at the left. Take it to any Emerson dealer. Ask him to play these hits. He will accommodate you gladly. Just step in and listen. Emerson Records play on all phonographs – no attachments. Get your Emerson hits from these Emerson dealers:

[Excerpted from a lengthy list of New England dealers:] Fred P. Meader, Rochester.

Emerson Phonograph Company, Inc. Makers of Large-size Gold Seal Records, 75¢ (Boston Globe, April 18, 1919).

The list of Emerson hits in the column to the left were: Dear Old Pal of Mine, a baritone solo sung by Henry Burr, with The Americans Come! on the reverse or “flip” side; How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?, a character song sung by Byron Harlan, with When You See Another Sweetie Hanging Around on the reverse; After All, a baritone solo sung by Arthur Fields, with Kentucky Dream on the reverse; He’s Had No Loving for a Long, Long Time, a baritone solo by Irving Kaufman, with Johnny’s in Town on the reverse; Some Day I’ll Make You Glad, a tenor solo by George Gordon, with The Kiss That Made Me Cry on the reverse; How Are You Goin’ to Wet Your Whistle?, a character song by Billy Murray, with Blue-Eyed, Blonde-Haired, Heart-Breaking Baby Doll on the reverse; Me-ow, a one-step by the Emerson Military Band, with Some One-Step on the reverse; and Heart-Sickness Blues, a foxtrot by the Louisiana Five, with Orange Blossom Rag on the reverse.

IN MEMORIAM. Myra J. Reynolds. Mrs. Myra J. Reynolds died at the home of her daughter at East Barrington on Tuesday, aged 86 years. She was born at Strafford, the daughter of Nicholas and Eliza Johnson Hill. In 1853 she married James O. Reynolds, then a prominent shoe manufacturer at Dover. Later they moved to West Milton where they cared for Mr. Reynolds’ aged parents. Following the death of Mr. Reynolds, the family moved to Wakefield Mass., and a few years later returned to Milton. Mrs. Reynolds accepted the Christian faith early in life and united with the Baptist church In Dover. She was a woman of strong Christian character and [made] a host of friends wherever she moved. She leaves four children, Arthur of Brockton, J. Fred of Milton, Mrs. Fred P. Meader of Rochester and Mrs. E.E. Wiggin of East Barrington, and seven grandchildren. Funeral was held from the home of the last named this Thursday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. F.O. Taylor. Mrs. L.D. Haley sang and the bearers were the two sons and son in law. Burial was made in the family lot at Farmington cemetery (Farmington News, May, 14 1920).

Fred P. Meader, a store merchant, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma R. Meader, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), and his son, Norman D. Meader, a bank teller, aged twenty-five years (b. NH). Fred P. Meader owned their house at 22 Knight Street, free-and-clear.

PERSONAL. Fred Reynolds of the West Milton section, who has been spending the past few months with Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Meader in Rochester, has gone to Greenwood, Mass., for the remainder of the winter (Farmington News, December 10, 1926).

Fred P. (Emma R.) Meader appeared in the Rochester directory of 1929, as keeping a music, sporting goods and stationary store at 5 Hanson street, with his house at 22 Knight street. Norman D. Knight appeared as an insurance agent, residing at 22 Knight street.

Fred P. Meader, a notion store merchant, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-seven years), Emma R. Meader, aged sixty-four years (b. NH). Fred P. Meader owned their house at 22 Knight Street, which was valued at $5,000. They had a radio set.

Fred P. Meader, a retail music merchant, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-seven years), Emma R. Meader, aged seventy-four years (b. NH). Fred P. Meader owned their house at 22 Knight Street, which was valued at $3,000. They resided in the same house in 1935. She had attended four years of college, and he had attended four years of high school.

Rochester Personals. The third annual book fair of the Athenian club of the Spaulding High school was held last night the Spaulding High library at 7:30. Miss Mabelle Coleman, head of the English department, and Fred P. Meader furnished the following books for review: “Reveille in Washington” by Margaret Leech, reviewed by Marjorie Varney; “Strange Woman” by Ben Ames William, reviewed by Phyllis Bliss; “Island Patch Shop” by Elinor Early, reviewed by Ann Van Dyke; “The Sun Is My Undoing” by Margaret Steen, reviewed by Ethelyn Jones; “Berlin Diary” by William Shirer, reviewed by Mabelle Coleman (Portsmouth Herald, November 5, 1941).

Lawrence Meader, NY College Head, Named Army Major. Securing a leave of absence for a year from his duties as resident of Russell Sage college at Troy, N.Y., Dr. Lawrence Meader, son of Mr. and and Mrs. Fred P. Meader of 22 Knight street, has accepted a commission as Major in the Ordnance department of the U.S. Army and has been ordered to Washington for duty. Dr. Meader is a graduate of the Rochester High school and also Bates college and is a trustee of the Maine institution. At the time of his appointment as president of Russell Sage college he was the youngest college president in the country (Portsmouth Herald, April 10, 1942).

Emma A. Meader was one of two ladies that found a Knight Street neighbor lying unconscious after having suffered a “shock,” i.e., a stroke.

Thomas J. Dudley, 83, Dies of Shock. Thomas J. Dudley, died early this morning in the Frisbie Memorial hospital. He had been found yesterday afternoon in his home on Knight street where he lived alone, by neighbors who had become worried about his non-appearance during the day. Dr. J.J. Morin, physician, announced that Mr. Dudley had suffered a shock. He had been stricken while dressing and was found unconscious on the floor of his bedroom by Mrs. Fred P. Meader and Mrs. Edward L. Blake. A native of Rochester, member of the Grange, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and the Baptist church. He is survived by a nephew (Portsmouth Herald, June 6, 1942).

Store Roof Blazes As Shoppers Gape. At the height of the Saturday night shopping rush about 7:30 o’clock, a still alarm summoned Engine 2 from the central fire station to Hanson street. In some undetermined manner, a wooden projection, part of the roof covering a display case between the store of Fred P. Meader and the Stevens studio, caught fire. Firemen Ralph W. Dunlap and Frederick Cookson raised a ladder and used a hand chemical to extinguish the blaze which is believed to have been caused by a carelessly thrown clgaret. The small blaze attracted about 200 shoppers to the section to see the firemen in action (Portsmouth Herald, October 16, 1942).

Rochester Notes. Word was received here yesterday that Maj. J. Lawrence Meader, USA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Meader of Knight street, who is on leave from his duties as president of Russell Sage college, Troy, N.Y., has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is now stationed at Los Angeles, Calif. (Portsmouth Herald, March 29, 1943).

Fred P. Meader died in Rochester, NH, January 18, 1944, aged seventy-one years.

Local Deaths and Funerals. Fred Perkins Meader. Fred Perkins Meader, 71, active in civic and religious circles in Rochester for the past 50 years, died Tuesday night at a Rochester hotel where he and his wife were spending the winter. Mr. Meader was the oldest member of the board of trustees of Rochester public library: He was director of the Rochester Building and Loan association, a former member of the OES and of Blue lodge, Masons. He was born in Newmarket, the son of James and Emma (Perkins) Meader, and after attending the local school was graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He leaves, besides his wife, two sons, Dr. J. Laurence Meader, president of Russell Sage college, Troy, N.Y., who is on leave serving as a major in the U.S. army, and Norman D. Meader of Lebanon, Me.; two sisters, Mrs. James W. Carney of Hyde Park Mass., and Mrs. Bela Kingman of Newmarket; and a granddaughter, Sarah Meader, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman D. Meader (Portsmouth Herald, January 20, 1944).

Honor Woman, 93, As Oldest Teacher of Sunday School. A 93-year-old New Hampshire woman was honored last night as the oldest active Sunday school teacher in New England. Mrs. Emma Meader of Rochester, a teacher for the past 70 years, received the award at the New England Sunday School Convention at Tremont Temple. It was made by Rev. Norman S. Townsend. Mrs. Meader began teaching In 1898 when the Meader Bible Class was organized in the True Memorial Baptist Church, Rochester. She has been teaching there since (Boston Globe, October 19, 1957).

Emma A. (Reynolds) Meader died in Lebanon, ME, March 24, 1963, aged ninety-eight years.

Lillian V. Wallace – 1893

Lillian V. Wallace was born in Middleton, NH, August 14, 1875, daughter of Albert S. and Elovia E. (Whitehouse) Wallace.

WEST MILTON. Miss Lillian V. Wallace closed her school at West Milton last week, She is to attend the Normal school at Salem this winter. Although having had but little experience she has been unusually successful and without doubt will become a teacher of the highest rank (Farmington News, December 22, 1893).

Lillian V. Wallace married in Milton, October 10, 1897, Arthur F. Sager, she of Milton and he of Salem, MA. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a clerk, aged twenty-four years. Rev. R.M. Peacock performed the ceremony. Arthur F. Sager was born in Malden, MA, December 26, 1872, son of Amherst E. “Arnie” and Emma A. (Robinson) Sager.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wallace and their family, of the Wallace farm just above this village, have enjoyed in the past week a visit from their elder daughter Lilian Wallace Sager of Salem, Mass., who was accompanied by her husband and their little son (Farmington News, November 17, 1899).

Arthur F. Sager, no occupation listed, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Lilian V. Sager, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and his child, Ronand F. Sager, aged one year (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager rented their part of a two-family residence at 21 Southwick Street.

Arthur F. Sager, a clerk in the treasurer’s office of a steam railroad company, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household include his wife (of twelve years), Lillian W. Sager, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Ronald F. Sager, a machine co. shipping clerk, aged eleven years (b. MA), Agnes W. Sager, aged seven years (b. MA), and Constance Sager, aged eleven months (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager owned their house at 32 Summit Avenue, with a mortgage. Lillian W. Sager was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

Arthur F. Sager, a bank teller, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household include his wife, Lillian W. Sager, aged forty-three years (b. NH), and his children, Ronald F. Sager, a machine co. shipping clerk, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), Agnes W. Sager, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and Constance Sager, aged ten years (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager owned their two-family house at 17 Messervy Street, with a mortgage.

Arthur F. Sager, a bank clerk, aged fifty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household include his wife, Lillian W. Sager (of thirty-two years), aged fifty-four years (b. NH), and his daughter, Constance Sager, a bank clerk, aged twenty-one years (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager owned their house at 9 Messervy Street, which was valued at $6,000. They did not have a radio set.

Arthur F. Sager, a head bank clerk, aged sixty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household include his wife, Lillian Sager, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Agnes Sager, a convalescent home nurse, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), and Constance Sager, a bank clerk, aged thirty-one years (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager owned their house at 9 Messervy Street, which was valued at $4,500. They had all resided in the same house in 1935. Lilian Sager had attended four years of college, Agnes and Constance Sager had each attended two years of college, and Arthur F. Sager had attended four years of high school.

D.A.R. Col. Timothy Pickering Chapter. Col. Timothy Pickering Chapter of Salem will observe its 15th anniversary at the regular meeting at Hotel Hawthorne Thursday at 2 p. m. James Duncan Phillips, author and historian of Salem and Topsfield, will speak on “Col. Timothy Pickering.” Hostesses will be Mrs. Lawrence .A. Carter, chairman; Miss Clarissa A. Bingham, Mrs. G. Carter Chaney, Mrs. Harry R. Ells, Mrs. S. Dustin Perkins, Miss Katherine A. Pond, Mrs. Arthur F. Sager and Miss Sarah A. Todd (Boston Globe, February 7, 1943).

Arthur F. Sager died in Salem, MA, March 13, 1952.

Arthur F. Sager. SALEM, March 13 – Arthur F. Sager, retired manager of the money department of the First National Bank of Boston, died today at his home, 9 Messervy st. Mr. Sager had lived here for more than 50 years. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Salem and a member of the Bank Officers Association of Boston. He leaves a wife, Lillian (Wallace), a son, Ronald F. of Westwood; two daughters, Agnes of this city and Mrs. D.E. Everett of Natick, and a brother, Frederick of Chicago. Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church (Boston Globe, March 14, 1952).

Lillian V. (Wallace) Sager died in Salem, MA, August 14, 1968.

SAGER – In Salem, August 14. Lillian W., widow of Arthur F. Sager, of 9 Messervy St., Salem. Funeral Services Saturday Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. from the Full Memorial Washington sq., Salem. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at the Full Memorial Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. (Boston Globe, August 16, 1968).

Annie J. Horne – 1897-99

Annie Jean Horne was born in Milton, in October 1879, daughter of Frank G. and Mary C. (Weeks) Horne.

Annie J. Horne graduated from Nute High School with the Class of 1895. Her classmates included future Milton principals Robert M. Looney and Edwin S. Huse (Purple and Gold, 1941).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Horn from Plumer’s Ridge teach in West Milton and Hare road school districts and board with Mrs. John Nute. Miss Nellie Nute drives to Milton high school daily (Farmington News, May 6, 1898).

(The other Miss Horn from Plummer’s Ridge was her cousin, Miss Maude F. Horne, who was also for a time a Milton teacher (see Milton and the Horne Murder – 1939)).

WEST MILTON. Miss Annie Horne, who has taught school here [West Milton] for two years, and previously taught on the Hare road, is much loved by all and has done excellent school work (Farmington News, May 12, 1899).

She married in Bethel, ME, September 15, 1908, Charles Lafayette Beaton, she of Milton and he of Madison, NH. He was a railroad agent, aged twenty-six years, and she was a housekeeper, aged thirty years. He was born in Jefferson, NH, May 3, 1882, son of Charles C. and Allie E. (Hill) Beaton. (He was a brother of Milton’s long-serving B&M Railroad station agent, Hugh A. Beaton).

(A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26).

Charles L. Beaton died in Portsmouth, NH, in 1948. Annie J. (Horne) Beaton died in Dover, NH, June 24, 1962.

Nellie F. Nute – 1901-02

Nellie Frances Foss was born in Dover, NH, October 5, 1883, daughter of George H. and Ida B. (Goodwin) Foss.

Nellie’s mother died in Dover, NH, July 3, 1891, when she was seven years of age. At some point, prior to 1898, she took up residence with her uncle and maternal aunt, John A. and Ellen F. (Foss) Nute, of West Milton. Her surname became Nute, and she was called her aunt’s adopted daughter in 1908.

Miss Nellie Nute of Dover, NH, studied at Milton’s Nute High school in 1898, 1899 and 1900. She resided in town during the winter.

WEST MILTON. The Misses Horn from Plumer’s Ridge teach in West Milton and Hare road school districts and board with Mrs. John Nute. Miss Nellie Nute drives to Milton high school daily (Farmington News, May 6, 1898).

LOCALS. The prize speaking contest and graduating exercises of Nute High school, Milton, occurred Tuesday evening, June 14. The essays, taken as a whole, were treated with an exactness worthy of much more mature writers, and demanded for complete understanding, the careful attention of the audience, which was received. In the speaking contest the prizes were awarded to Misses Elfrida Mabel Peacock and Nellie Frances Nute. Owing to the illness of Hon. Joshua G. Hall, president of the board of trustees, the diplomas were presented and the prizes awarded by Hon. Henry K. Cobb of Newton, Mass. The judges were Burton T. Scales of Dover, Eugene P. Nute of Farmington and Hon. Henry K. Cobb of Newton, Mass (Farmington News, June 24, 1898).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. John A. Nute, the Misses Horne, and W. Ramsay Dodge of Chicago, nephew of Mrs. Nute, attended the graduating exercises at Nute high school Tuesday evening, June 14. Miss Nellie Frances Nute, one of the prize speaking contestants, received a prize of two handsomely bound volumes of Taine’s English literature (Farmington News, June 24, 1898).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute is living at Milton through the unsettled weather (Farmington News, January 20, 1899).

Nellie Frances Nute was one of the three students who shared a three-way tie for public speaking at the Nute High School graduation ceremony for the Class of 1899. (She was then a junior).

LOCALS. Many Farmington friends of pupils in the Nute high school in MIlton will be interested in knowing that Miss Nellie Frances Nute of West Milton, Miss Elfrida M. Peacock of Nute Ridge and Carl Percy of Union are the three speakers at the graduating exercises of the class of ’99 who were decided upon as too nearly equal in the merit of their work for any distinction in rank to be made in the award of the three prizes offered. Miss Pansy E. Wallace, formerly of this village, is another of the speakers in whom readers of the News have a special interest. It is to be remembered that all the speaking was so high in character that it was difficult even to choose any as best. The judges are congratulated upon their impartiality and their appreciation of the exercises (Farmington News, June 23, 1899).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute is still boarding at Mrs. A. Wentworth, to attend Nute High school (Farmington News, March 16, 1900).

John A. Nute, a farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Ellen [(Foss)] Nute, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his daughter, Nellie Nute, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and his brother, Samuel T. Nute, aged fifty-two years (b. NH). John A. Nute owned their farm, free-and-clear. Ellen Nute was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

(Meanwhile, three of her sisters were living with their maternal grandmother. Ann M. [(Roberts)] Goodwin, a widow, aged seventy years (b. ME), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her granddaughters, Grace E. Foss, a print works operative, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Alice M. Foss, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Ruby L. Foss, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH). Ann M. Goodwin rented their house at 53 Grove Street. She was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living. Another sister, Edith G. Foss, a servant, aged seventeen years (b. NH), resided in Strafford, NH).

LOCALS. A remarkably pretty wedding took place on the 4th instant at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John I. Cook of West Milton, when their daughter Miss Mary J. Cook was united in marriage to Thomas F. Longley of Boston. Miss Nellie F. Nute acted as bridesmaid and F.J. Alford of Boston as best man. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. R.M. Peacock of West Milton. The bride, gowned in a handsome traveling dress, carried bride roses, while the bridesmaid carried white chrysanthemums. The house was very prettily decorated with potted plants and flowers. After the ceremony a collation was served. The guests present were, beside the parents of the bride, her sister Mrs. Dell McPhail, Mrs. Fred Alford and son, Mrs. J.A. Nute and family, Mrs. George Foss, Mrs. Annie Cook, Mrs. Peacock and daughter. The bride and groom will enjoy a tour of Washington, Mt. Vernon, Richmond, Va., and other points in the South, after which they will reside in Somerville, Mass. The couple departed amid a shower of good wishes and old shoes (Farmington News, September 14, 1900).

WEST MILTON. The friends of Miss Nellie F. Nute spent a very pleasant evening at her home, Saturday, Oct. 5, the occasion being her eighteenth birthday. The house was prettily decorated with autumn leaves and flowers, and one feature which added much to the beauty of the decorations was a table banked with evergreen, on which was placed the birthday cake bearing the year 1883 in chocolate on a white background, and surrounded by eighteen lighted tapers. Various games were played after which a light collation, consisting of cake and chocolate, was served. Miss Nute was presented with a beautiful gold watch chain, a very pleasant surprise, to which she responded with many thanks to her guests (Farmington News, October 11, 1901).

WEST MILTON. Miss Alice Kimball of Middleton was the guest of her teacher Miss Nellie F. Nute over Sunday. I take this means of thanking all my friends who so kindly contributed toward the beautiful gift given me at my birthday party on Saturday evening Oct. 5 (Farmington News, October 18, 1901).

Miss Nute’s thanking her party-goers directly in the West Milton column, as opposed to through a “Card of Thanks” advertisement, might suggest that she wrote the West Milton column at this time.

WEST MILTON. Miss Helen M. Cook of Middleton has been a guest of her teacher, Miss Nellie F. Nute (Farmington News, November 8, 1901).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute is teaching the Spring term at the West Milton school (Farmington News, April 11, 1902).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has gone to the beach at South Harpswell, Me., for the summer (Farmington News, July 4, 1902).

Nellie F. Nute went next as a teaching student to the New Hampshire Normal school at Plymouth, NH.

PERSONAL. Miss Nellie Nute of West Milton has gone to Plymouth to pursue a course of study at the state normal school (Farmington News, September 12, 1902).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has returned to school at Plymouth (Farmington News, January 9, 1903).

PERSONAL. Miss Nora C. Roberts, Miss Jessie Harmon and Miss Nellie Nute have returned to their studies at the Plymouth normal school (Farmington News, January 16, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Grace Foss of Dover spent a few days last week with her aunt, Mrs. John Nute, and her father, George Foss (Farmington News, April 8, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Grace Foss of Dover spent Fast Day with her sister, Miss Nellie Nute (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

Nellie F. Nute graduated from the Plymouth Normal school with the Class of 1904. She took a teaching position in the Woodsville village or district of Haverhill, NH.

A Pretty Wedding. A very pretty wedding occurred at Maplewilde, the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. John Nute, the afternoon of September 3, 1901, when Miss Alice M. Foss of Dover and Mr. Frederick Kirby of Berwick, Me., were united in the bonds of matrimony by the Rev. Mr. Davis, pastor of the Baptist church at Somersworth, in the presence of the immediate relatives and friends. The room in which the ceremony was performed was prettily decorated with ferns and cut flowers. The bride was becomingly attired in brown silk with white lace trimmings and carried a bouquet of white roses. She was attended by her sisters, Miss Grace Foss and Miss Nellie Nute. At the close of the ceremony a dainty wedding lunch was served. The happy couple left on the afternoon train amid a shower of rice for a wedding trip through Massachusetts. That their future may be one of much happiness and prosperity is the wish of their many friends (Farmington News, September 9, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has been entertaining company from Woodsville where she bas been a successful teacher in the public schools for two years (Farmington News, August 6, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Grace Fogg [Foss] of Dover is spending her vacation with her sister, Miss Nellie Nute, at Maplewild (Farmington News, August 17, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute and a friend from Woodsville spent Thanksgiving at the former’s home with Mr. and Mrs. John Nute (Farmington News, December 7, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Grace Foss of Dover spent Christmas with her sister, Miss Nellie Nute (Farmington News, December 28, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has gone to Woodsville, to take up her school duties (Farmington News, January 4, 1907).

LOCAL. Mr. and Mrs. John A. Nute of West Milton announce the engagement of their niece, Nellie Frances Nute, to Grover C. Aldrich of Woodsville (Farmington News, April 19. 1907).

LOCAL. Very handsome invitations have been sent out by Mr. and Mrs. John A. Nute of West Milton requesting the presence of friends at the marriage of their niece, Nellie Frances Nute to Mr. G. Cleveland Aldrich of Woodsviile, on Wednesday morning, July 17, at 10 o’clock at Nuto Chapel (Farmington News, July 12, 1907).

Nellie F. Nute married (1st) at Nute Chapel in Milton, July 17, 1907, Grover C. Aldrich, she of Farmington, NH, and he of Haverhill, NH. She was a teacher, aged twenty-three years, and he was a freight office cashier, aged twenty-two years. Rev. R.M. Peacock performed the ceremony. Grover C. Aldrich was born in Lisbon, NH, son of Henry V. and Lydia (Corey) Aldrich.

Mr. [George H.] Foss is identified here as being Nellie F. (Nute) Aldrich’s father, his daughter, Grace Foss, as being her sister, and Mrs. J.A. Nute [Ellen (Foss) Nute] as being her aunt.

WEST MILTON. Mr. John Nute and Mrs. Aldrich had the pleasure of a visit from the latter’s father and sister, Mr. Foss and Miss Grace of Dover over Sunday. Mrs. Grover Aldrich of Woodsville will spend the summer with her aunt, Mrs. J.A. Nute. The many friends of Mrs. Nute will be glad to know she is improving. She is in the Carney hospital in South Boston (Farmington News, July 3, 1908).

Mrs. Ellen F. (Foss) Nute is identified here as having been Nellie (Nute) Aldrich’s adoptive mother.

IN MEMORIAM. MRS. NUTE. The funeral services of Mrs. Ellen F. Nute, who passed away November 10, were held at her home on Nute’s Ridge, Friday morning at ten o’clock. The remains were carried to Dover on the 12:44 train for interment in Pine Hill cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. R.M. Peacock, with B.F. Perkins in charge. Three selections were sung by Rev. J.H. Wilkins, assisted by Mrs. Hanson and Mrs. Peavey. The bearers were Fred Giles, Henry Hayes, L.D. Garland, and W.F. Thayer of Farmington. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful, testifying to the love and esteem in which the’ departed was held by friends and associates. Mrs. Nute was born in Roxbury, Mass, May 20, 1S52. She was the daughter of the late Ivory and Harriet Quimby Foss of Dover She is survived by her husband, John A. Nute, and an adopted daughter, Mrs G.C. Aldrich of Woodsville; also three brothers and one sister who reside in Dover. While Mrs. Nute was a member of the Baptist church of Milton she was more closely connected with the work at Nute chapel, having been an efficient helper in that church, and for the past year president of the Inasmuch society, whose members feel in her decease a personal loss. All who have been associated with Mrs. Nute will miss sincerely one whose excellence of character, and happy temperament made her a valued companion. She never forgot to adapt herself to her surroundings and made cheer wherever she went. As a neighbor and friend she was everything kind and helpful; and in her home, only those who have mourned one like her can understand her virtues (Farmington News, November 20, 1908).

CARD OF THANKS. To all friends and neighbors whose sympathies and services were so kindly tendered in our time of bereavement, we extend our sincere thanks. JOHN A. NUTE, MRS. G.C. ALDRICH (Farmington News, November 20, 1908).

Nellie Nute Aldrich of Haverhill, NH, divorced Grover C. Aldrich, also of Haverhill, NH, in Grafton County court, May 27, 1910. She alleged adultery. The [Plymouth] New Hampshire Normal School’s publication, The Prospect, reported in its December 1910 issue that “Nellie Nute Aldrich is teaching in Passaic, N.J.” She had been a member of the Class of ’04.

(Meanwhile, two of her sisters were living with their maternal uncle and grandmother. William H. Goodwin, a shoe factory cutter, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Brockton, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his mother, Annie M. [(Roberts)] Goodwin, a widow, aged eighty-one years (b. ME), and his nieces, Alice Kirby, a retail meat market saleslady, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Ruby L. Foss, a wholesale produce bookkeeper, aged twenty-one years (b. NH). William H. Goodwin owned their house at 119 Division Street, with a mortgage).

Nellie F. Nute (mn Foss) married (2nd) in Boston, MA, April 23, 1911, Harold J. Taylor, both of Boston. She was a school teacher, aged twenty-six years, and he was a traveling salesman, aged twenty-five years. He was born in Boston, MA, May 3, 1887, son of Joseph F. and Emma F. (Thayer) Taylor. (He died in Savannah, GA, April 24, 1961).

She married (3rd), circa 1913-14, Henry Wilson Ross. He was born in Newton, MA, September 14, 1872, son of Charles W. and Ella R. (Gould) Ross.

West Milton. Mr. and Mrs. H. Wilson Ross of Newton Center, Mass., were in town last Friday visiting friends. Mrs. Ross was formerly Miss Nellie Nute of this community (Farmington News, June 29, 1917).

H. Wilson Ross, the Newton Cemetery manager and superintendent, aged forty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife, Nellie Ross, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), and his children, Gertrude G. Ross, aged eighteen years (b. MA), and Gladys W. Ross, aged seventeen years (b. MA). H. Wilson Ross rented their house at 765 Walnut Street.

Wilson H. Ross, a cemetery superintendent, aged fifty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife (of seventeen years), Nellie N. Ross, aged forty-six years (b. NH), and his daughter, Gertrude G. Ross, a summer camp stenographer, aged twenty-eight years (b. MA). H. Wilson Ross rented their house at 765 Walnut Street, for $40 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Henry W. Ross, a cemetery general superintendent, aged sixty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife, Nellie N. Ross, aged fifty-six years (b. NH). H. Wilson Ross rented their house at 765 Walnut Street. Henry W. Ross had attended three years of high school, and Nellie N. Ross had attended two years of college.

H. Wilson Ross died in Newton, MA, April 16, 1941, aged sixty-eight years.

H. Wilson Ross. NEWTON, April 17 – H. Wilson Ross, 68, of 75 Walnut st., former superintendent of the Newton Cemetery, died yesterday at his home. He was born in Newton, the son of Charles W. and Ellen R. (Gould) Ross. He leaves a wife. The funeral will be held Friday (Boston Globe, April 18, 1941).

Nellie F. (Nute) Ross died May 21, 1965.

Daisy A. Davis – 1902-03, Spring 1904, 1904-05

Daisy Aura Davis was born in Rochester, NH, July 18, 1882, daughter of Seth W. and Martha A. (Downs) Davis.

Seth W. Davis, a shoe laster, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Martha A. Davis, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), his daughter, Daisy A. Davis, at school, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and his boarder, Albert S. Emmerson, a shoe laster, aged fifty-one years (b. NH). Seth W. Davis rented their house at 198 Main Street. Martha A. Davis was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

WEST MILTON. Schools began Monday. Miss Hattie Campnell has her same school at Nute Ridge. Miss Jessie Butler of Berwick teaches on the Hare road and Miss Daisy Davis of Rochester the West Milton school (Farmington News, September 12, 1902).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school taught by Miss Daisy Davis closed Tuesday (Farmington News, January 30, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The school at Nute Ridge began this week with the same teacher, Miss Campbell. The Hare road school will begin next Monday. Miss Pratt from Bow Pond will teach. The West Milton school will be discontinued, the scholars being conveyed to Nute Ridge (Farmington News, April 3, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss McCrillis and Miss Davis spent a few days at their homes in Rochester last week (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Memorial exercises were held at the West Milton school. They showed long, earnest work by the teachers and pupils and were much appreciated by the twenty visitors (Farmington News, June 3, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Daisy Davis and Blanche McCrellis spent the Memorial recess at their homes in Rochester (Farmington News, June 3, 1904).

WEST MILTON. School in this section closed last Friday. Miss McCrellis, teacher of the Hare road school, returned to her home Wednesday. Miss Davis of the West Milton school will remain with her aunt, Mrs. Annie Cook, over the Fourth (Farmington News, July 1, 1904).

Daisy A. Davis appeared in the Rochester directory of 1905, as a teacher, boarding at 198 Main street. Seth W. Davis, a shoe laster, at W [E.G. & E. Wallace], had his house at 198 Main street.

WEST MILTON. Miss Daisy Davis of the West Milton school, was given a surprise by her pupils and friends by the gift of a manicure set at the home of Mrs. Jacob Swinerton. Refreshments were served by the hostess (Farmington News, February 3, 1905).

Daisy A. Davis appeared in the Rochester directory of 1909, as a teacher, boarding at 14 Park street. Seth W. Davis, a shoe laster, at W [E.G. & E. Wallace], had his house at 14 Park street.

Daisy A. Davis appeared in the Rochester directory of 1912, as a teacher, boarding at 14 Park street. Seth W. Davis, a shoe laster, at W [E.G. & E. Wallace], had his house at 14 Park street.

She married in Rochester, NH, August 23, 1915, John W. Dorr, both of Rochester. She was a school teacher, aged thirty-three years, and he was a painter, aged forty-eight years. He was born in Rochester, NH, in 1867, son of Samuel E. and Abbie M. (Jackson) Dorr.

Seth W. Davis, a cobbler shoemaker, aged sixty-six years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Martha A. Davis, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME), his daughter, Daisy A. Dorr, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), his granddaughter, Athelia G. Dorr, aged four years, and six months (b. NH), and his lodger, Harry W. Dorr, aged four years, and six months (b. NH). Seth W. Davis rented their house at 14 Park street.

John W. Dorr, a house painter, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Daisy A. Dorr, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his children, Ethelyn G. Dorr, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Harry W. Dorr, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Samuel T. Dorr, aged eight years (b. NH), and his father-in-law, Seth W. Davis, a widower, aged seventy-seven years (b. NH). John W. Dorr owned their house at 171 North Main Street, which was valued at $8,000. They did not have a radio set.

John W. Dorr, a contract painter, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Daisy A. Dorr, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), and his children, Ethelyn G. Dorr, vocational guidance, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), Harry W. Dorr, a Fuller brush salesman, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and Samuel T. Dorr, a pastry department assistant for a bakery company, aged eighteen years (b. NH). John W. Dorr owned their house at 171 North Main Street (“Right Side”), which was valued at $8,000. They had all lived in the same house in 1935. All had high school educations, except Ethelyn G. Dorr, who had two years of college.

John W. Dorr died in Rochester, NH, in 1947. Daisy A. (Davis) Dorr died in Portsmouth, VA, February 3, 1977.

Orinda S. “Ora” Dickey – 1903

Orinda Sophia “Ora” Dickey was born in Ludlow, MA, June 22, 1883, daughter of Rev. Myron P. and Louisa J. (Shumway) Dickey.

MILTON. Miss Elsie Wallace of Plaistow spent Sunday with her friend, Miss Ora Dickey (Farmington News, March 3, 1899).

Miss Elsye M. Wallace (1884-1953) was a Milton native, daughter of a Milton physician who had gone on to practice at this time in Plaistow, NH. The teenage friends likely attended school together when both lived in Milton. (Miss Wallace would become in future years proprietor of Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop at Plummer’s Ridge in Milton).

Myron P. Dickey, a clergyman, 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-three years), Louisa Dickey, aged fifty-six years (b. MA), Morris Dickey, a grocery store salesman, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Ora Dickey, at school, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and Mark Dickey, aged fourteen years. Louisa Dickey was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. School began Monday with the following teachers: Miss Ora Dickey at West Milton; Miss Hattie Campbell, Nute Ridge school. Mr. Doughty convoys the students from Downingville and the Hare road to the West Milton school (Farmington News, September 18, 1903).

She married in Milton, November 15, 1906, Arthur T. “Thad” Smith. He was born in Silver City, ID, May 1, 1875, son of Arthur N. and Mary H. (McCann) Smith.

(A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Nute High School Principals, 1891-21).

Arthur T. Smith died at South Station in Boston, MA, January 1, 1940. Orinda S. (Dickey) Smith died in Greenwich, CT, August 15, 1952.

Ruby I. Houston – 1903-04

Ruby Inez Houston was born in Kennebunk, ME, December 12, 1884, daughter of James L. and Mary G. (Hamilton) Houston.

James S. Houston, a shoe welter, aged forty-two years (b. MA), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Mary G. Houston, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), his children, Ruby I. Houston, at school, aged fifteen years (b. ME), Susie M. Houston, at school, aged twelve years (b. ME), Celia F. Houston, at school, aged eight years (b. ME), and Nettie H. Houston, aged four years (b. ME), his mother [in=law], Annie M. Hamilton, a widow, aged sixty-three (b. ME), and his boarder, Orrin T. Hill, an iron machinist, aged seventy-five (b. NH). James S. Houston rented their house at 85 Portland Street. Mary G. Houston was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Ora Dickey has resigned from the West Milton school, and Miss Rubie Houston of Rochester, a student of Bates College, is her successor (Farmington News, December 11, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school, taught by Miss Ruble Huston of Rochester, closed last week. Miss Huston has resumed her studies at Bates college (Farmington News, February 19, 1904).

LOCAL. The class of 1908, R.H.S. [Rochester High School], enjoyed a barge ride to Farmington one evening recently. Light refreshments were served. Those present were Albion Weeks, Ruby Houston, Edwin Young, Alice Billings, Blanche Dame and Edith Ball (Farmington News, September 23, 1904).

Ruby I. Houstin married in Rochester, NH, July 24, 1906, Clarence C. Hanson, she of Rochester and he of Somersworth, NH. She was at home, aged twenty-one years, and he was a collector, aged twenty years. He was born in Somersworth, NH, March 2, 1886, son of John S. and Annie O. (Cooper) Hanson.

John S. Hanson, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Annie C. Hanson, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his son, Clarence C. Hanson, a cattle dealer, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law (of four years), Ruby I. Hanson, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), and his grandson, John R. Hanson, aged two years (b. NH). John S. Hanson owned their house on Rochester Hill Road, free-and-clear. Annie C. Hanson was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. Ruby I. Hanson was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Clarence C. Hanson, a garage owner, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ruby I. Hanson, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), and his children, Robert J. Hanson, aged twelve years (b. NH), Richard J. Hanson, aged seven years (b. NH), Conrad E. Hanson, aged two years, ten months (b. NH), and David S. Hanson, aged ten months (b. NH). Clarence C. Hanson rented their part of their two-family dwelling on Rochester Hill Road, from his parents, John S. Hanson, a farmer, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), and Annie C. Hanson, aged fifty-six years (b. NH).

John S. Hanson, a farmer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-four years), Annie C. Hanson, aged sixty-six years (b. NH), his son, Clarence C. Hanson, an automobile salesman, aged forty-two years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law (of twenty-two years), Ruby I. Hanson, aged forty-three years (b. ME), and his grandchildren, Richard J. Hanson, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Conrad C. Hanson, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Davis S. Hanson, aged eleven years (b. NH), George F. Hanson, aged eight years (b. NH), and Charles H. Hanson, aged five years (b. CA). John S. Hanson owned their house on West High Street (RFD #1), which was valued at $6,000. They had a radio set.

Ruby I. Hanson, a private family housekeeper, aged fifty-five years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her children, George F. Hanson, a bobbin boy, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and Charles H, Hanson, aged fifteen years (b. NH). Ruby I. Hanson owned their house on the Rochester Road, which was valued at $3,000. Charles H. Hanson had attended eight years of school, George F. Hanson had attended three years of high school, and Ruby I. Hanson had attended one year of college. Meanwhile, Clarence C. Cooper, a retail automobile salesman, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), was a lodger in the South Berwick, ME, household of Lillian M. Jackson, a shoe factory presser, aged thirty-nine years (b. ME), which included her mother and children.

Ruby I. (Houston) Hanson died in Los Angeles, CA, March 13, 1955. Clarence C. Hanson died in Sanford, ME, September 27, 1963, aged seventy-seven years.

Mabel L. Fall – 1905-06

Mabel Louise Fall was born in Somersworth, NH, February 10, 1871, daughter of John A. and Susan A. (Lord) Fall.

John A. Fall, a confectionary manufacturer, aged fifty-five years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty years), Susan A. Fall, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Mabel L. Fall, a teacher, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), Harry W. Fall, a bookkeeper, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), John A. Fall, a drug store clerk, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), Gilbert H. Fall, at school, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Barbara Fall, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Catherine Fall, at school, aged eight years (b. NH). John A. Fall owned their house at 5 Prospect Street, free-and-clear. Susan A. Fall was the mother of seven children, of whom six were still living.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Tucker of Milton, formerly Miss Calkings, is substituting at the West Milton school for Miss Fall, who is spending two weeks in Washington, D.C. (Farmington News, November 24, 1905).

(A fuller account of Mrs. Edna N. (Calkins) Tucker’s life and career may be found in Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26).

WEST MILTON. Miss Fall closed her school at West Milton last Friday (Farmington News, March 2, 1906).

Mabel L. Fall married in Somersworth, NH, June 28, 1907, Charles H. Elwell, she of Somersworth and he of Bridgeton, NJ. They were both teachers, she aged thirty-six years and he aged thirty-five years. He was born in Bridgeton, NJ, May 13, 1873, son of William and Emily (Stiles) Elwell.

James L. Patterson, a professor, aged sixty years (b. OH), headed a Philadelphia, PA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his children, John L. Patterson, an insurance co. clerk, aged twenty-five years (b. NJ), and Alice D. Patterson, aged eighteen years (b. NJ), his aunt, Mary E. Leavitt, aged seventy-two years (b. NY), his cousin, Maud Noble, aged forty-three years (b. PA), and his boarders, Charles H. Elwell, a private school teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. NJ), [his wife (of three years)] Mabel L. Elwell, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), Edward C. Durfee, a private school teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. NY), [his wife (of eleven years)] Margarete Durfee, aged thirty-six years (b. NY), John R. Durfee, aged eight years (b. NY), Joseph V. Blanchet, a private school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. Canada (Fr.)), [his wife (of three years)] Alice Blanchet, aged twenty-seven years (b. Canada (Fr.)), and Clara Harper, a private school housekeeper, aged fifty years (b. MD). James L. Patterson rented their house at Wedgewood Avenue.

James L. Patterson, headmaster, aged seventy years (b. OH), headed a Philadelphia, PA, household (“The Chestnut Hill Academy”) at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included thirty-three people, including a cook, two housekeepers, three waitresses, three maids, a matron, two janitors, a bellboy, eleven teachers, the families of the preceding, and four foreign students. Other students resided in other buildings. Charles H. Elwell, a school teacher, aged forty-six (b. NJ), and Mabel F. Elwell, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), were among those living there, as were Mabel’s yonger brother, Gilbert H. Fall, a school teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), his wife, Ethel B. [(Bernier)] Fall, aged thirty-four years (b. NH, and his son, Gilbert H. Fall, Jr., aged seven years (b. PA).

Chestnut Hill Academy - 1903Dr. James L. Patterson was headmaster of Chestnut Hill Academy. He retired in 1923, and was succeeded as headmaster by Theophilus R. Hyde.

OBITUARY. DR. JAMES LAWSON PATTERSON, for 25 years headmaster at Chestnut Hill academy at Philadelphia and former mathematics instructor at Lawrenceville, died yesterday at Burlington, N.J. He was 87 years old and had been president of Union college, Schenectady, N.Y., before going to Chestnut Hill academy (Chicago Tribune, June 1, 1937).

Theophilus R. Hyde, headmaster, aged thirty-nine years (b. CT), headed a Philadelphia, PA, household (“The Chestnut Hill Academy”) at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included thirty-four people, including a dean, a matron, a secretary, six maids, a chauffeur, eleven teachers, and the families of the preceding. Other students resided in other buildings. Charles H. Elwell, a private school teacher, aged fifty-six (b. NJ), and his wife (of twenty-three years) Mabel F. Elwell, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), were among those living there, as were Mabel’s younger brother, Gilbert H. Fall, a private school teacher, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his wife (of twenty years), Ethel B. [(Bernier)] Fall, aged forty-five years (b. NH, and his son, Gilbert H. Fall, Jr., aged seventeen years (b. PA). They had a radio set.

Charles H. Elwell, aged sixty-eight years (b. NJ), headed a Bridgeton, NJ, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maybell Elwell, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and his step-mother, Anna E. Elwell, a widow, aged ninety-two years (b. NJ). Charles H. Elwell rented their house at 122 Vine Street, for $37per month. They had resided in Philadelphia, PA, in 1935. Maybell Elwell had attended two years of college, Charles H. Elwell had attended four years of high school, and Anna E. Elwell had attended eight years of grammar school.

Charles H. Elwell died in Bridgeton, NJ, March 2, 1958, aged eighty-four years.

Injured Driver, 84, Dies. BRIDGETON. Charles H. Elwell, 84, died in Bridgeton Hospital yesterday of injuries suffered when his car collided with another auto here Thursday (Herald News (Passaic, NJ), [Monday,] March 3, 1958).

Mabel L. (Fall) Elwell died June 16, 1961.

Alice M. Brownell – 1906-17

Alice May Brownell was born in Dover, NH, November 2, 1886, daughter of William A. and Sarah S. (Brown) Brownell.

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Alice M. Brownell

William A .Brownell, a police officer, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Sarah S. Brownell, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), his children, Grace C. Brownell, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Alice M. Brownell, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Harold R. Brownell, at school, aged seven years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Catherine S. Brown, a widow, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH). William A. Brownell rented their house at 16 Central Avenue. Sarah S. Brownell was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living. Catherine S. Brown was the mother of seven children, of whom four were still living.

Alice M. Brownell appeared in the Dover directory of 1905, as having her home at 16 Central av. William A. Brownell, a policeman, had his house at 16 Central av.

Alice M. Brownell appeared in the Dover directory of 1909, as a teacher, having her home at 16 Central av. William A. Brownell, a police officer, had his house at 16 Central av.; Harold Brownell, a clerk at 434 Central av., boarded at 16 Central av.

WEST MILTON. Miss Brownell of Dover is teaching the West Milton school this spring (Farmington News, April 20, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Brownell, teacher of the West Milton school, spent Sunday at her home in Dover (Farmington News, September 21, 1906).

WEST MILTON. School closes at West Milton this week Friday, taught by Miss Brownell of Dover (Farmington News, November 23, 1906).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school was opened last Monday morning, with Miss Brownell of Dover as teacher (Farmington News, October 11, 1907).

WEST MILTON. Miss Brownell, teacher at West Milton school, went to Dover last Friday to visit her parents over Sunday (Farmington News, May 21, 1909).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Brownell of Dover made a visit to her daughter, Miss Alice, who is a teacher at West Milton school. The mother was accompanied by an old school friend of Miss Brownell’s (Farmington News, July 2, 1909).

Annie Cook, a farmer, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her boarder, Allise Brownell, a town school teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. NH). Annie Cook owned her farm, free-and-clear. (In 1912, Mrs. Cook lived 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).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school has again opened after the usual Christmas recess of two week[s], Miss Brownell having resumed her duties as teacher (Farmington News, January 6, 1911).

Alice M. Brownell married (1st) in Dover, NH, June 28, 1911, Carl B. Canney, she of Dover, and he of Milton. She was a teacher, aged twenty-four years, and he was a salesman, aged twenty-six years. He was born in Milton, July 11, 1884, son of George D. and Addie B. (Hatch) Canney.

LOCAL. Carl B. Canney, son of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Canney of West Milton, and Miss Alice M. Brownell, daughter of Police Officer and Mrs. Brownell of Dover, were married at the home of the bride, Wednesday, June 28, at high noon the Rev. Hitchcock performing the ceremony in the presence of relatives and intimate friends. The house was prettily decorated for the occasion and a wedding lunch was served The happy couple left, amid a shower of rice and old shoes, on a week’s trip in Massachusetts. Upon their return they will be “at home,” for a time at least, in West Milton. Mr. and Mrs. Canney have many friends in Farmington who join in extending good wishes and congratulations. Mrs. Canney has been a successful teacher in West Milton for several terms (Farmington News, June 30, 1911).

Thereafter, Mrs. Alice M. (Brownell) Canney received relatively fulsome press coverage, as her new husband was an editor at the newspaper.

West Milton. Mrs. C.B. Canney has resumed her duties as teacher at the West Milton school, with the same number of pupils as on the previous year (Farmington News, September 15, 1911).

West Milton. At the close of the West Milton school for the Xmas holidays, the annual Christmas tree and exercises were held in the presence of a large number of parents and friends. The decorations were extremely tasty and appropriate and the tree presented a very beautiful spectacle with its trimmings and loads of presents that made many happy little hearts. At the close of the program and distribution of presents, hot chocolate and fancy cakes were served. Mrs. C.B. Canney, the teacher, is spending the holidays with her parents in Dover (Farmington News, December 29, 1911).

WEST MILTON. By the courtesy of the school board and of Mr. Looney, principal of the grammar school at Milton, the organ that had been in use there previous to the installing of the new piano has been loaned to the West Milton school for an indefinite period. Primarily, the idea was suggested by Mrs. A.E. Cook, who deserves much credit for this new addition to the schoolroom (Farmington News, March 8, 1912).

Mrs. Elizabeth L. “Lizzie” (Place) Banfield (1823-1915) resided in West Milton with John S. and Ellen E. (Varney) Haynes, to whom she was an aunt. She was a widow, who survived her husband, Enoch Banfield, by sixty-six years. At the time she brought the schoolchildren their treats, she would have been eighty-nine years of age.

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school closed last Friday for a period of three weeks. At the close of the afternoon session, Mrs. Canney, the teacher, gave her pupils a chafing dish party. A special treat was also furnished the teacher and pupils by “Aunt” Lizzie Banfield who takes a very keen interest in children and the schools. It consisted of delicious oranges, assorted candies and nuts. “Aunt” Lizzie holds a place in the hearts of the school children second to none, and the treat was enjoyed with a hearty relish (Farmington News, March 8, 1912).

Chafing dish parties were all the rage at this time. While one can not know exactly what Mrs. Canney served in hers, these chafing dish recipes from Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking-School Cookbook (1918) might suggest something.

WEST MILTON. A very artistic and ornamental new book case has been placed in the West Milton school. It is the result of a very energetic canvass by the pupils for a Larkin Co. order. That the enterprise met with the hearty co-operation of parents and friends the generous contributions go to prove. The teacher and pupils wish to extend their sincere thanks to all patrons (Farmington News, March 22, 1912).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school closed last Friday for a two weeks’ vacation. The teacher, Mrs. Canney, is spending the holidays with her parents in Dover. … Mr. and Mrs. John Grace of Wakefield spent the week-end in town and attended the school tree and Christmas exercises held at the West Milton school house last Friday evening (Farmington News, December 26, 1913).

West Milton. The West Milton school will reopen next Monday, March 31, after a four weeks’ recess (Farmington News, March 27, 1914).

West Milton. The election of officers for the Spring term of the West Milton school government took place among the pupils at the schoolhouse last Tuesday at the close of the morning session (Farmington News, April 10, 1914).

West Milton. Miss Lula V. Grace will be the only pupil to graduate from the West Milton school this June. She will participate in the exercises and receive her diploma with the class of the Milton grammar school (Farmington News, June 12, 1914).

West Milton. Mrs. C.B. Canney, who has been spending the summer with her parents in Dover, was home the latter part of the week making preparations for the reopening of the West Milton school on Tuesday, September, 8 (Farmington News, September 4, 1914).

West Milton. The annual election of officers of the West Milton school government was held on the opening date, Tuesday, September 8 (Farmington News, September 18, 1914).

West Milton. A very pleasant afternoon was passed at the West Milton school house Monday where several neighbors and friends gathered to observe the birthday of Mrs. Carl B. Canney and her mother, Mrs. Sarah Brownell of Dover, who has been visiting her for a few days and whose birth-day occurs on the same date. The ladies brought birthday cakes which were served with hot cocoa (Farmington News, November 6, 1914).

West Milton. Mrs. Alice Canney, teacher of the West Milton school, had a Christmas tree at the schoolhouse for the children, inviting the neighbors and friends. The children did themselves great credit in the program, the exercises being excellent. Coffee, cocoa and assorted cake were served to guests and pupils by the teacher. The decorations were very handsome and evidenced a great deal of thought and work on the part of the teacher (Farmington News, December 25, 1914).

West Milton. John Newman of New York spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Baxter and his little daughters, Flora and Lula. On Tuesday Mr. Newman returned home, accompanied by his children who will be much missed by the teacher and their associates at the West Milton school (Farmington News, November 5, 1915).

West Milton. The West Milton school will close this Friday for the annual two weeks’ Christmas recess. A Christmas tree and appropriate exercises will be held at the schoolhouse on Friday evening (Farmington News, December 17, 1915).

West Milton. The teacher, pupils and friends of the West Milton school held an entertainment, fair and sale at the schoolhouse last Saturday evening. Over 60 people wee present, including visitors from Farmington, Milton, Middleton, Rochester, Dover and Barrington. The program by the pupils of the West Milton and Nute Ridge schools with pleasing contributions of reading and music by members of the community, furnished a delightful hour. Handsomely decorated booths for the sale of fruit, ice cream, confectionary and mystery boxes found a brisk and ready patronage. A neat sum was netted which will be used for school improvements. The booths were presided over by the children and former pupils. The affair was in every way one of the most successful and pleasing efforts which the school has ever made and was unanimously supported by the community (Farmington News, May 5, 1916).

West Milton. The Commencement exercises of West Milton school took place at the schoolhouse last Friday afternoon, as announced. Unfavorable weather conditions unfortunately prevented the staging of the play, “Cinderella and the Flowers,” in the Swinerton grove as bad been arranged and the piece was very creditably played in the schoolroom. The fact of the cramped quarters and the loss of Nature’s own setting so admirably suited to the piece robbed it of much of its juvenile romance and beauty However, the costumes were no less admired, as the Impersonation of the most gorgeous flowers by the girls of the school won loud applause. Reginald Swinerton as Prince Sunshine, wearing the purple robes of royalty, made a charming nobleman, while Estella Swinerton as the Meadow Daisy and later as Princess Marguerite, featured the heroine part in a captivating manner. The supporting cast, composed of Flora Grace as Mother Nature, Evelyn Swinerton as The Rose, Margaret Swinerton as The Tiger Lily, Carrie Grace as The Violet, Ulfrida Ray as The Pansy, and Hazel Grace as Sweet Briar, made an artistic chorus. Raymond Borne as The Robin, a messenger of the Prince, and Richard Swinerton, Jolly Butterfly, and Emery Nute as Bonnie Bee, the mettlesome chargers which drew the Princess’ chariot, furnished a juvenile comedy that was unsurpassed. Jacob Swinerton as The Summer Shower was the real villain of the piece but his mischief in breaking up the May ball was soon forgotten as the brilliant Sunbeam, in the person of Ada Barsantee, appeared and subdued him into sparkling dew which fawned at her dainty feet. In response to its unanimous reception, it is planned to present the play as originally arranged, in the Swinerton grove, at a late date, for the benefit of the I.A.M. society. At the close of the play the graduates, Miss Margaret Swinerton and Miss Carrie Grace, took their places on the platform which was handsomely decorated with evergreen boughs and ferns. In the absence of Rev. D.A. Gammon, who was to present the diplomas, the young ladies received the awards from C.B. Canney, who in a few words made the presentation. A social hour was enjoyed, during which ice cream and cake were served (Farmington News, June 23, 1916).

West Milton. The West Milton school opened last Monday with Miss Blanche Hayes of this town as teacher. Miss Hayes is filling the vacancy made by the illness of the regular teacher, Mrs. Canney, who is regaining her health in a very encouraging manner (September 15, 1916).

Teacher and students attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary P. (Hayes) Plummer, aged seventy-three years, widow of George H. Plummer. Mrs. Plummer had been a teacher herself in Milton, Farmington, Wakefield, and Dover, for eleven years before her marriage to Mr. Plummer in 1876.

West Milton. There was no session of the West Milton school Monday owing to the attendance of the pupils and teacher at the funeral of Mrs. Plummer (Farmington News, November 10, 1916).

Mrs. C.B. Canney, i.e., the West Milton teacher, and Mrs. Annie Cook sang two favorite selections, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Home at Last,” at the funeral, at which Rev. D.A. Gammon officiated.

West Milton. There was only one session of the West Milton school on Monday, owing to the severe snow storm and blizzard. Last Saturday furnished the coldest morning of the season with various thermometers in this vicinity registering from 18 to 22 below zero (Farmington News, [Friday,] February 9, 1917).

West Milton. After the annual three weeks’ vacation, the West Milton school reopened Monday, for the spring term. A patriotic course prepared by the teacher for the pupils of all the grades will be a part of the work this spring (Farmington News, March 30, 1917).

President Woodrow Wilson asked a joint session of Congress for a declaration of war against Germany on April 2, 1917. Congress so declared on April 6, 1917.

West Milton. Pupils at the West Milton school are enthusiastic over the patriotic exercises which the teacher has instituted as part of the daily program (Farmington News, April 6, 1917).

The Hare Road school was without a teacher for the 1917 Spring term so, due to its relatively smaller size, the West Milton school was closed and its teacher and students transferred to the Hare Road school.

West Milton. Owing to the small enrollment of pupils at the West Milton school and the demands of parents on the Hare road for a school in that district, the former school will be closed temporarily and the teacher and pupils transferred to the latter district. The change will take place next Monday (Farmington News, April 13, 1917).

West Milton. The Hare Road school was reopened last Monday with Mrs. Alice Canney as teacher and an initial enrollment of eight pupils. Mrs. John Grace will transport the pupils from the West Milton district (Farmington News, April 20, 1917).

West Milton. The Hare road and Nute Ridge schools close this Friday for the summer vacation (Farmington News, June 15, 1917).

Carl B. Canney, a newspaper editor, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice M. Canney, a bakery shop saleslady, aged thirty-two years (b. NH). He rented their part of a two-family house, which they shared with the household of John W. Averill, a shoe factory vamper, aged forty-seven years (b. NH).

Alice M. Canney of Dover, NH, divorced Carl B. Canney of Farmington, NH, in Strafford County Superior Court, October 16, 1926. Alice M. Brownell married (2nd) in Dover, NH, March 12, 1927, William Marbel Pierce, she of Dover and he of Malden, MA. He was an architectural draughtsman, aged forty-four years; she was aged forty years. He was born in Malden, MA, September 23, 1883, son of Edward P. and Ellen F. (Marbel) Pierce.

William M. Pierce, a building concern architect, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed a Malden, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of three years), Alice M. Pierce, a hardware store salesgirl, aged forty years (b. NH). William M. Pierce owned their house at 79 Fellsmere Road, which was valued at $10,000. They had a radio set.

William M. Pierce, an architect, aged fifty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Malden, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirteen years), Alice M. Pierce, aged fifty-three years (b. NH). William M. Pierce owned their house at 79 Fellsmere Road, which was valued at $8,000.

Alice M. (Brownell) Pierce died in Malden, MA, August 13, 1946. William M. Pierce died in Hanson, MA, February 21, 1966.

Deaths and Funerals. Mrs. Alice Pierce. MALDEN, Aug. 15 – Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 for Mrs. Alice May (Brownell) Pierce, 59, wife of William M. Pierce, architect, at the family home at 79 Fellsmere road. Burial will be in Forest Dale Cemetery (Boston Globe, August 15, 1946).

Ethel T. Downs – 1918

Ethel T. Downs was born in Milton, August 26, 1894, daughter of Frank L. and Augusta O. (Kimball) Downs.

MILTON. Milton public school closed last Friday for a two weeks vacation. The roll of honor in the first primary grade is: Sumner Luke Evans, Ezra Hart, Frances Bonochle, Dana Bean, Scott Dore, Oscar Marchand, Roy Downs, Alta Chipman, Ethel Downs, Blanche Hayes, Alice Howland, Eva Lessard, Doris Page, Catherine Willey, Lydia Kimball (Farmington News, November 22, 1901).

Frank L. Downs, an odd jobs laborer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Augusta O. Downs, aged forty-five years (b. NH), and his children, Chester R. Downs, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Ethel T. Downs, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Margret G. Downs, aged six years (b. NH). Frank L. Downs owned their house, free-and-clear. Augusta O. Downs was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

CONCORD LETTER. The most excitement of the week at the state house was caused by the burning out of the motor driving the elevator in the south corridor. This filled the building with smoke and left the elevator stopped between the first and second floors. The only passenger was Henry J. Van Vliet of Manchester, well known as the blind member of the legislature. He was taken out through the top of the car by means of a ladder aud was not in the least disturbed by his trying situation (Farmington News, July 31, 1914).

Ethel T. Downs appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as a teacher in Middleton, NH, with her home with J.L.D., 12 Silver street. Frank L. Downs, a shoe operative, had his house at 12 Silver street.

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school opened Monday with Miss Downs of Milton as teacher. About the usual number of pupils are enrolled (April 19, 1918).

West Milton. Miss Ethel Downs of Milton spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Garland (Farmington News, January 3, 1919).

Ethel T. Downs married in Manchester, NH, August 12, 1919, Henry J. Van Vliet, she of Milton and he of Manchester, NH. He was born in Long Island City, NY, August 30, 1885, son of John and Henrietta (Stonecome) Van Vliet. Both were teachers; she was aged twenty-four years, and he was aged thirty-three years.

Henrietta J. Van Vliet, a widow, aged sixty-four years (b. Holland), headed a Manchester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Henrik J. Van Vliet, instructor at a broom factory for the blind, aged thirty-six years (b. NY), Peter Van Vliet, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), Martin H. Van Vliet, a cotton mill slasher, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), Gertrude E. Hoyt, aged twenty years (b. NH), and her daughter-in-law, Ethel Van Vliet, a district school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. NH). Henrietta J. Van Vliet owned their house at 98 Boynton Street, with a mortgage.

Henry J. (Ethel) Van Vliet appeared in the Manchester, NH, directory of 1921, as a teacher, boarding at 98 Boynton street.

Henry J. (Ethel) Van Vliet appeared in the Manchester, NH, directory of 1923, as a teacher, with his house at 21 Hillside avenue. Ethel Van Vliet appeared as a teacher, residing at 21 Hillside aveneue.

Henry J. Van Vliet, a craftwork instructor, aged forty-four years (b. NY), headed a Manchester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Census. His household included his wife (of eleven years), Ethel B. Van Vliet, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), and his children, Harold H. Van Vliet, aged eight years (b. NH), Franklin E. Van Vliet, aged seven years (b. NH), and John M. Van Vliet, aged eighteen months (b. NH). Henry J. Van Vliet rented their house at 73 B Street, for $25 per month. They had a radio set.

WOULD INCREASE RELIEF MONEY FOR N.H. BLIND. The measure to aid the blind, sponsored by Rep. Van Vliet of Manchester, was among a small list of bills endorsed by the representatives on Wednesday. Under this act, relief would be increased from $12.50 to $30.00 a month and provisions are made for acceptance of federal aid up to 50 percent. This last is contingent on the enactment of a federal social security act.(Portsmouth Herald, June 13, 1935)

Ethel T. (Downs) Van Vliet died in the Hillsborough County General Hospital in Goffstown, NH, June 28, 1935, aged forty years, ten months, and two days. Henry J. Van Vliet died in Goffstown, NH, July 9, 1939.

???? – 1922-23

LOCAL. The Hare Road school opened last Monday for the Fall term. The Nute Ridge school will open next Monday and it is expected that the West Milton school will open later (Farmington News, September 22, 1922).

No information has come to hand as yet regarding the West Milton teacher, if any there was, after the 1922-23 academic year.

Dissolution of the West Milton School

The Milton School District warrant for the 1933 town election included the following article regarding the South Milton school and the West Milton school.

9. To see if the district will vote to authorize the School Board to sell the school buildings at South Milton and West Milton either at auction or at private sale (Annual Report for the Town of Milton, for the Year Ending January 31, 1933).


See also Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26, Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47, Milton’s South Milton Teachers, 1886-29. and Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1875-11


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Milton’s South Milton Teachers, 1886-29

By Muriel Bristol | April 10, 2020

Through a special legislative act, the South Milton school was managed by the Milton school district, but was financed jointly by Milton and neighboring Rochester. Milton provided two-thirds of its funding and Rochester provided the remaining one-third. (In Rochester’s records, it was called either their District No. 16 school or the South Milton school). Presumably, its student population came from Milton and Rochester in roughly similar proportions.

Ira W. Jones (Milton’s hydraulic engineer) received the bulk of his formal education at the South Milton school, although a generation earlier (c1861-70) than the period covered here. He supplemented this eighth-grade education at the private Milton Classical Institute, then at evening technical drawing classes in Boston, and finally through a succession of on-the-job experiences.

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The Nute Ridge school is visible (to the left), but the South Milton school does not appear, as one might expect, at South Milton P.O. One supposes it was just off map (to the right), beyond the house of I. & G.H. Wentworth

The South Milton school does not appear in the 1892 map of the South Milton P.O. village. It has been described as having stood on the State road, i.e., the modern NH Route 125. One supposes it was just off the edge of the map, i.e., nearer to the Milton-Rochester boundary, as students came on foot from both places.

The South school teachers identified in this 1886-1929 period were Mabel L. Goodwin, Laura G. Page, Coran K. Davis, Clara E. Stanton, Minerva R. Perry, Dolly M. Wallace, Ferne C. McGregor, and Cora E. (McDuffee) Hayes. Several of these teachers taught also in other Milton school districts in other years.

(As before, this list is necessarily a partial one, subject to addition or revision if and when more complete information comes to hand).

Mabel L. Goodwin – 1886-87

Mabel L. Goodwin was born in Dover, NH, June 29, 1868, daughter of William H.H. “Henry Harrison” and Belle (Davis) Goodwin. (His father was presumably an enthusiastic Whig, in that he named his son after Whig President William Henry Harrison (the “Tippecanoe” of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”)).

Her father died in Somersworth, NH, August 9, 1876, when she was seven years of age. Her mother married (2nd) in Somersworth, NH, November 28, 1877, John R. Meserve.

John P. Meserve, an expressman, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his “2nd Wife,” Belle Meserve, keeping house, aged thirty-five years, his step-daughters, Mabel L. Goodwin, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH), and Florence Goodwin, aged eight years (b. NH), his daughter, Gertrude R. Meserve, aged three months (b. NH), and his wife’s aunt, Louisa Davis, aged sixty-one years (b. NH).

Mabel’s mother died in Somersworth, NH, April 8, 1884, when she was fifteen years of age.

Rochester, NH, reported that Mabel L. Goodwin was its District 16 (Milton and Rochester) school teacher for Fall 1886, at a monthly wage of $24. She had twenty-two enrolled students, with an average attendance of nineteen students.

Rochester School Board Secretary Louis M. Richardson reported on the difference between the length of the academic year in Rochester and in the Milton-Rochester union school:

For the past year there has been twenty-eight weeks of school in all the districts except No. 16, which is the union district with Milton (length of schooling twenty-three weeks). Satisfactory arrangements could not be made with that board to prolong the school, thus the scholars in that district suffered the loss of five weeks’ schooling. But the action the voters of the town took in relation to the articles specified in the warrant at the last school meeting concerning that district is sanctioned by the board, and hereafter those scholars will receive instruction in this town on an equal basis with the rest (Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, 1887).

The Superintending School Committee of Somersworth, NH, mentioned her in its report of the 1890-91 academic year:

In the primary schools some changes have occurred. Miss Mabel L. Goodwin has had charge of the 2d primary school, in the Orange street house.

It mentioned also the poor condition of the Orange Street school house to which they had assigned her.

The Orange street house is calling loudly for attention. Leaking roofs and worn-out paint tell the story of present needs (Reports of the Town of Somersworth, For the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 1891).

Mable L. Goodwin married in Boston, MA, September 22, 1892, Nathaniel M. Nichols, she of New Hampshire and he of Three Rivers [Palmer, MA]. He was born in Staten Island, NY, in March 1866, son of James M. and Eliza B. (Mason) Nichols.

Nathan M. Nichols, an advertising agent, aged thirty-four years (b. NY), headed a Manhattan, New York, NY, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eight years), Mabel G. Goodwin, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and his child, Francis B. Nichols, aged five years (b. MA). Nathan M. Nichols rented their house [apartment[ at 71 East 95th Street. Mabel G. Nichols was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Nathaniel M. Nichols, a town school buildings custodian, aged forty-four years (b. NY), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seventeen years), Mabel G. Nichols, forty-one years (b. NH), his children, Marion Nichols, aged seven years (b. MA), and Doris E. Nichols, aged three years (b. MA), his servant, Margaret Lydon, a private family servant, aged twenty-five years (b. Ireland), and his lodger, Ella G. Prentiss, a private family nurse, aged forty-nine years (b. VT). Nathaniel M. Nichols rented their house at 10 Hillside Avenue. Mabel G. Nichols was the mother of three children, of whom two were still living.

Nathaniel M. Nichols, a public school custodian, aged fifty-three years (b. NY), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mabel G. Nichols, fifty-one years (b. NH), his children, Marion Nichols, aged seventeen years (b. MA), and Doris E. Nichols, aged thirteen years (b. MA), and his boarder, Ella G. Prentiss, a public school teacher, aged forty-five [fifty-nine] years (b. MA). Nathaniel M. Nichols rented their house at 10 Hillside Avenue.

Nathaniel M. Nichols, a Town government tax collector, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-eight years), Mabel G. Nichols, aged sixty-one years (b. NH). Nathaniel M. Nichols owned their house at 29 Crescent Road, which was valued at $10,000. They had a radio set.

Nathaniel Nichols, a tax collector, aged seventy-four years (b. NH), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mabel G. Nichols, aged seventy-one years (b. NH). Nathaniel M. Nichols owned their house at 29 Crescent Road, which was valued at $8,000.

Nathaniel M. Nichols died in Winchester, MA, December 27, 1947, aged eighty-one years. Mabel L. (Goodwin) Nichols died in MA, December 17, 1961.

Laura G. Page – 1890-91

Laura Gertrude Page was born in Wakefield, NH, in October 1866, daughter of Charles W. and Mary Ann (Chapman) Page. (She was a sister of Myra L. Page, a Hare Road school teacher).

MILTON. School commenced in the South Milton district this week. Miss Laura Page, teacher (Farmington News, August 29, 1890).

WEST MILTON. Miss Laura Page is not as well, and Miss Myra has remained at home this winter; Miss Josephine, the younger sister, is teaching in Manchester (March 16, 1900).

Charles H. Page, a farmer, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-nine years), Mary A. Page, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Josephine W. Page, a school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and Laura G. Page, aged thirty-three years (b. NH). Charles H. Page owned their farm, free-and-clear. Mary A. Page was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

MILTON. Miss Laura Page of Wakefield is visiting friends in town (Farmington News, January 29, 1904).

MILTON. Miss Laura G. Page of Sanbornville is the guest of Mrs. R.K. Webber (Farmington News, June 17, 1904).

Charles H. Page, a farmer, aged eighty-one years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-nine years), Mary A. Page, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Laura G. Page, aged forty-three years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged thirty-five years (b. NH). Charles H. Page owned their farm on the South Wakefield street, free-and-clear. Mary A. Page was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

Mary A. Page, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Laura G. Page, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a public school teacher, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged forty-five years (b. NH). Mary A. Page owned their house, free-and-clear.

Mira L. Page, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her sisters, Laura G. Page, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged fifty-five years (b. NH). Mira L. Page owned their house at 11 Liberty Street, which was valued at $1,000.

Laura G. Page, aged seventy-three years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her sister, Josephine W. Page, aged sixty-five years (b. NH). Laura G. Page owned their house at 11 Liberty Street, which was valued at $4,500. Both sisters had attended two years of college. They had resided in the same house in 1935.

Josephine W. Page died in 1947. Laura G. Page died in 1950.

Coran K. Davis – 1891-92

Coran K. Davis was born in Barnstead, NH, December 8, 1869, son of John K. and Abigail D. (Walker) Davis.

NORTH BARNSTEAD. The following is a partial list of the teachers in town: – Center, Harry Sanborn; Bickford, Miss Anne Hanson; Dennett, Mr. Myre George; Beauty Hill, Mrs. Grace Jenkins; White Oak, Mrs. Annie Tasker; Berry’s, Lula M. Hurd; North, C.K. Davis; Lock’s Corner, Emma Locke; Shackford’s Corner, Annie E. Ayers (Farmington News, May 15, 1891).

SOUTH MILTON. School commenced here Aug 17, under the instruction of C.K. Davis (Farmington News, August 28, 1891).

Despite the West Milton heading, the Pearl school house at which Coran Davis taught during the 1892-93 academic year was in Farmington, NH. (He perhaps boarded still in West Milton from the prior 1891-92 year spent at the South Milton school).

WEST MILTON. Mr. Coran Davis has closed another successful term in the Pearl school house (Farmington News, March 24, 1893).

Coran K. Davis married in Barnstead, NH, October 27, 1894, Annie A. Tuttle, both of Barnstead. He was a teacher, aged twenty-four years, and she was a houseworker, aged twenty-one years. She was born in Barnstead, NH, August 2, 1873, daughter of James C. and Alice J. (Hill) Tuttle.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Belknap County Pomona grange will meet with Barnstead grange, Barnstead Centre, November 21. The public is invited. The following is the program: Singing, choir; welcome, Arthur T. Prendergast; response, J.M. Taylor; reading, Edith V. French; recitation, Mrs. Eva Gilman; music, Coran K. Davis; essay, O.E. Davis; recitation, H.B. Holman: grange paper, Mrs. L.A. Dyer; question, “What is the influence of the grange in making farming more popular, and how can we increase our membership?” T.E. Hunt, Richard Hanscome, C.F. Davis, H.N. Colbath, B. Frank Dow and others (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), November 17, 1894).

BARNSTEAD. Schools begin Monday, April 18. Miss Bertha Parshley takes this school again and C.K. Davis has the Berry school (Farmington News, April 1, 1898).

NORTH BARNSTEAD. C.K. Davis went to Concord Friday of last week, to take the examination for teachers’ state certificate. There were but nine present to take it (Farmington News, April 7, 1899).

NORTH BARNSTEAD. Coran Davis and Will Cote of the Belknap Cornet Band of this place have been engaged to play with the Gilmanton band at Barnstead Centre, Memorial Day (Farmington News, May 26, 1899).

John K. Davis, a farmer, aged seventy-nine years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifty-six years), Abby Davis, aged seventy-three years (b. NH), his son, Coran Davis, a teacher, aged thirty years (b. NH), and his daughter-in-law (of five years), Annie B. Davis, a dressmaker, aged twenty-six years (b. NH). John K. Davis owned their farm, free-and-clear. Abby Davis was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

Coran K. Davis, a farmer, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Annie A. Davis, aged thirty-six years (b. NH). Coran K. Davis owned their farm, with a mortgage.

Coran K. Davis, a general farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie Davis, a dressmaker, aged forty-six years (b. NH). Coran K. Davis owned their farm, with a mortgage.

Coran K. (Annie) Davis appeared in the Barnstead directory of 1926, as a school teacher, with his house at Ctr. Barnstead.

Coran K. Davis, a public school teacher, aged sixty years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-five years), Annie A. Davis, aged fifty-six years (b. NH). Coran K. Davis owned their farm. They did not have a radio set.

Annie A. (Tuttle) Davis died February 7, 1939.

ALTON and ALTON BAY. Mrs. Coran Davis, who was well known in Alton, passed away quite suddenly at her home In Barnstead, Monday evening (Farmington News, February 10, 1939).

Coran Davis, a widower, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Coran Davis owned his farm on the Locke Road, which was valued at $1,500. He had lived in the same house in 1935.

Coran K. Davis died in Barnstead, NH, January 1, 1965.

Davis, Coran K Farm - FN660428BARNSTEAD. The Coran Davis Farm shown against the sky is an historic landmark reported to be the oldest building still standing in the township, unfortunately, the timbers are weak and the old building is to be dismantled. Note the two chimneys with fireplaces at the two ends of the main house (Farmington News, April 28, 1966).

???? – 1892-93

MILTON. The school at South Milton had a flag raising Friday (Farmington News, October 28, 1892).

MILTON. The South Milton school has closed for a vacation of about two weeks (Farmington News, November 18, 1892).

Clara E. Stanton – 1893-94

Clara Edith Stanton was born in Lebanon, ME, September 4, 1856, daughter of James B. and Catherine (White) Stanton.

Clara E. Stanton of West Lebanon, ME, was one of eight senior class Ladies at the New Hampton Literary and Theological Institution in 1875. She took the English and Classical course of studies, and resided at Hamptonia Hall. Other potential majors were Classical; English and French; and English and Latin (Catalogue of the Officers and Students at New Hampton Literary Institution, at New Hampton, N.H., For the Academical Year 1874-75).

James B. Stanton, a farmer (and house carpenter), aged fifty-two years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Catherine Stanton, keeping house, aged fifty-two years (b. RI), and daughter, Helen W. Stanton, at home, aged sixteen years (b. ME). Meanwhile, another daughter, Clara E. Stanton, a high school teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), was boarding in the Warner, NH, household of Newell Carr, a laborer, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), and his wife, Mahala Carr, keeping house, aged sixty-one years (b. VT).

MILTON. The school at South Milton began Monday with Miss Stanton as teacher (Farmington News, August 18, 1893).

Timothy B. Young, keeps variety store, aged fifty-nine years (B. NH), headed a Wolfeboro, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-eight years), Sarah I. Young, aged fifty years (b. NH), his son, Oscar L. Young, a lawyer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), his boarder, Clara E. Stanton, a teacher, aged forty-three years (b. ME), Timothy B. Young owned their house, free-and-clear. Sarah I. Young was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Fred L. Shapleigh, a painter (own shop), aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Eva D. Shapleigh, a private school proprietress, aged forty-five years (b. ME), his mother-in-law, Melissa J. Davis, own income, aged seventy-two years (b. ME), and his boarder, Clara E. Stanton, a private school teacher, aged fifty-three years (b. ME). Fred L. Shapleigh owned their farm, free-and-clear. Melissa J. Davis was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Clara E. Stanton was paid as the teacher of various district schools in Gilford, NH, in the 1911-12, 1912-13, 1913-13, 1913-15, and 1915-16 academic years; and Sanbornton, NH, in the 1918-19, and 1919-20 academic years.

Clara E. Stanton, a public school teacher, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her lodger, Jennie M. Orrell, a shoe factory stitcher, aged fifty years (b. NH). Clara E. Stanton rented their house at 17 Maple Street.

Willard N. Kimball, a cotton mill machinist, aged sixty-five years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-one years), Eva M. Kimball, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), and his roomer, Clara E. Stanton, aged seventy-three years (b. ME). Willard N. Kimball owned their house at 31 Lincoln Street, which was valued at $5,000. They had a radio set.

???? – 1897-98

The Annual Report of the City of Rochester, NH, reported an “incidental” payment of $85.17 to the “Town of Milton, one-third expense of school at South Milton.” Milton paid the other two-thirds of the costs of their South Milton “Union” school (Seventh Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, For the Year Ending December 31, 1898).

???? – 1900-01

The Annual Report of the City of Rochester, NH, reported an “incidental” payment of $84.58 to the “Town of Milton, ⅓ expense of school,” i.e., 1/3 of the costs of the South Milton school. Milton paid the other two-thirds of the costs of their South Milton “Union” school (Tenth Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, For the Year Ending December 31, 1901).

Minerva R. Perry – 1903-04

Miss Minerva R. Perry taught the South Milton school in the 1903-04 academic year. (A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26).

MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry, who is teaching the South Milton school, was a guest of Mrs. G.W. Tasker over Sunday (Farmington News, January 22, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. G.H. Hurd had the pleasure of a visit last Saturday from Miss Minerva Perey. She was a former teacher of the Hare road school and is now teaching at South Milton (Farmington News, February 19, 1904).

Millicent J. Penney – 1904

Millicent J. Penney was born in Union, Wakefield, NH, November 23, 1883, daughter of John C. and Arabella E. “Belle” (Stevens) Penney.

MILTON. Miss Millicent Penny has opened a private school in the house of Dans Hart, with 23 pupils (Farmington News, February 25, 1898).

Belle E. Penney, a widow, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, (“Union Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Millicent J. Penney, a teacher in school, aged twenty-two [seventeen] years (b. NH). Belle Penney owned their house free-and-clear. Belle Penney was the mother of three children, of whom one was still living.

MILTON. Miss Millicent Penny has the South Milton school this spring (Farmington News, April 22, 1904).

MILTON. Owing to the rain Monday afternoon, the Woman’s Relief Corps was unable to perform the Sailor service on the bridge, as planned, or go to the cemetery to participate in the service for the unknown dead. The Columbia drum corps of Dover furnished music for the march and Madokawanda Tribe, I.O.R.M., acted as escort. The exercises in the hall consisted of the oration by William S. Pierce of Somersworth, recitations by R.R. Hanson and Miss Millicent Penney, singing by eight young ladies, and several selections by Butler’s orchestra of Farmington (Farmington News, June 3, 1904).

Millicent J. Penney appeared in the Milton directory of 1905, as a teacher, boarding at 10 Bridge street, Leb. s. [Lebanon side]. Belle E. Penney appeared as the widow of John C. Penney, with her house at 10 Bridge street, Leb. s.

PERSONAL. Last Friday Mrs. B.F. Perkins, Mrs. A.W. Flanders, Miss Carrie Evans and Mrs. N.F. Roberts spent the day at the last mentioned lady’s cottage, “Openwell,” at Middleton. This week Mrs. Roberts is staying there and has as guests Mrs. Belle Penney and her daughter, Miss Millicent Penney of Milton, and Miss Blanche Trefethen of Exeter, beside occasional Farmington visitors (Farmington News, August 10, 1906).

Millicent J. Penney of Milton appeared in the Rochester directory of 1909, as one of two Grade IV teachers at Rochester’s Allen School for the 1908-09 academic year. (Nellie M. Wentworth of Rochester was the other).

Belle Penney, own income, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Millicent Penney, a school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH). Belle Penney rented their portion of a two-family house at 9A Silver Street. Belle Penney was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

She married in Rochester, NH, February 15, 1911, Frank R. Spiers. He was born in Chicopee, MA, circa 1873, son of John and Christina (Shaw) Spiers. She was a teacher, aged thirty-three years, and he was a brick manufacturer, aged thirty-eight years.

LOCAL. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Miss Millicent J, Penney of Rochester and Frank R. Spiers of that city were united in marriage, Rev. Eastman of Union performing the ceremony. The bride, who is a graduate of Nute High and Plymouth normal schools, has been a popular teacher in Rochester for six years. The groom is a member of the Spiers-Fish Brick Co. They will reside in Rochester. Mrs. Spiers has many friends in Farmington who join in wishing her a life of happiness (Farmington News, February 17, 1911).

Frank Spiers, a brick yard manager, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Millicent Spiers, aged forty-two years (b. NH), his son, John R. Spiers, aged three years, six months (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Belle Penney, a widow, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH). Frank R. Spiers owned their house free-and-clear.

Frank (Millicent P.) Spiers appeared in the Rochester directory of 1929, as vice-president and assistant treasurer of the Spiers Brick Company, with his house at 16 Academy street. The Spiers Brick Company was north of the Pickering station in Gonic, i.e., Rochester, NH.

Frank R. Spiers, a brick yard manager, aged fifty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Millicent P. Spiers, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), his son, John R. Spiers, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and his mother [-in-law], Belle E. Penny, a widow, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH). Frank R. Spiers owned their house at 16 Academy street. They had a radio set.

Millicent J. (Penny) Spiers died in Rochester, NH, April 14, 1931, aged fifty-three years, four months, and fourteen days. Frank R. Spiers died in Rochester, NH, August 7, 1938.

Dorothy M. “Dolly” Wallace – 1908-09

Dorothy May “Dolly” Wallace was born in Milton, September 20, 1889, daughter of John C.F. and Madora N. “Dora” (Perkins) Wallace.

Dollie M. Wallace appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as teacher of the South school for the 1908-09 academic year.

The Annual Report of the City of Rochester, NH, reported an “expenditure” of $101.84 for “One-third cost So. Milton school.” Milton paid the other two-thirds of the costs of their South Milton “Union” school (Eighteenth Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, For the Year Ending December 31, 1909).

Charles F. Wallace, a trucking teamster, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-eight years), Dora Wallace, sewing (at home), aged forty-seven years (b. NH), and his daughters, Dorothy M. Wallace, a school teacher, aged twenty years (b. NH), and Annie J. Wallace, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Charles F. Wallace rented their house on Banker Street. Dora Wallace was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

Dollie May Wallace married in Farmington, NH, April 2, 1911, William D. Tufts, she of Farmington and he of Middleton, NH. He was born in Middleton, NH, circa 1887-88, son of Charles D. and Nellie M. (Corson) Tufts. She was a shoe shop operative, aged twenty-one years, and he was a farmer, aged twenty-two years.

Local. Married, April 2, by Rev. E.K. Amazeen, William D. Tufts of Middleton and Dollie May Wallace of Farmington (Farmington Nes, April 7, 1911).

LOCAL. The stork was a welcome visitor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Tufts of Mt. Vernon street last Tuesday, where was left a bright little daughter (Farmington News, April 12, 1912).

William S.D. Tufts, a lumber jack (woods), aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Dollie M. Tufts, a shoe factory stitcher, aged thirty years (b. NH), and his daughter, Frances L. Tufts, aged seven years (b. NH). William S.D. Tufts rented their house on Winter Court.

William D. Tufts, a wood lot operator, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Dollie M. Tufts, aged forty years (b. NH), his children, Frances L. Tufts, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Rosalie E. Tufts, aged nine years (b. NH), and Wallace W. Tufts, aged five years (b. NH), and his roomers [parents], Charles D. Tufts, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), and [his wife (of fifty years),] Dora M. Tufts, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH). William D. Tufts owned their house at 21 Winter Court, which was valued at $800. They did not have a radio set.

Dolly M. (Wallace) Tufts died at the Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH, October 7, 1932, aged forty-three years, and seventeen days.

IN MEMORIAM. Mrs. William D. Tufts. A devoted family circle and many friends are deeply bereaved by the death of Mrs. Dollie M. Tufts, wife of William D. Tufts, which occurred at the Huggins hospital in Wolfeboro last Friday morning. Mrs. Tufts had been a patient there since September 13, during which time she had been critically ill.  She was a native of Milton, the second daughter of a family of four children born to Charles F. and Dora (Perkins) Wallace and had been a lifelong resident of this [vicinity]. She was born September 26, 1889, and received her early education in the public schools of her native town, having graduated from Nute high school with the class of 1907, with honors for scholarship, and later attended Plymouth Normal school. For some time she taught in the rural schools of Middleton. In April 1911 she was married to Mr. Tufts, to  whom she was a faithful, helpful and companionable wife. Mrs. Tufts was a woman of resourceful capabilities and Christian character, which contributed to the worthy pillars of example in the home where she lavished a wealth of devotion and found her first duty. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Miss Frances Tufts and Miss B. Rosalee Tufts, one son, W. Wallace Tufts, her father, Charles F. Wallace, one sister, Mrs. Harvey Whitehouse of Durham, and a brother, Walter Wallace of Farmington. Funeral services were held from the Baptist church Sunday at two o’clock with Rev. Emery Wallace officiating. Interment was in Farmington cemetery with committal services. Anton Perkins, Cheney Perkins, Llewellyn Perkins, and Alvah Perkins, all cousins, acted as bearers (Farmington News, October 14, 1932).

William D. Tufts died in Farmington, NH, March 10, 1942.

???? – 1914-15

The Annual Report of the City of Rochester, NH, reported a “miscellaneous” payment of $119.63 to “Milton, town school district,” i.e., Rochester’s share of the cost of the South Milton school (Annual Report, City of Rochester, New Hampshire, For the Year Ending December 31, 1915).

Ferne C. McGregor – 1919-20

Miss Ferne C. McGregor taught the South Milton school in the 1919-20 academic year. (A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47).

WEST MILTON. Nute Ridge school has reopened with Mrs. Martin Wentworth as teacher, and Miss Ferne McGregor has the South Milton school (Farmington News, September 19, 1919).

Cora E. (McDuffee) Hayes – 1918-19, 1926-29

Cora Emma McDuffee was born in Rochester, NH, April 7, 1881, daughter of Daniel S. and Martha J. (Pinkham) McDuffee.

Daniel S. McDuffee, a R.R. section hand, aged forty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Martha J. McDuffee, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and his daughter Cora E. McDuffee, at school, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Daniel S. McDuffee owned their house at 201 Main Street, free-and-clear. Martha J. McDuffee was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Cora E. McDuffee married in Rochester, NH, September 2, 1903, Luther C. Hayes, she of Rochester and he of Milton. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a farmer, aged thirty-three years. He was born in Milton, November 3, 1869, son of Luther and Sarah D. (Coffran) Hayes.

Luther C. Hayes, a general farmer, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of six years), Cora E. Hayes, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), his servants, Clara Pinkham, a private family servant, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), and Charles E. Dorr, a private family servant, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and his hired man, Henry Johns, a farm laborer, aged thirty-five years (b. NH). Luther Hayes owned their farm on the Wakefield Road, free-and-clear.

The Milton School Board paid Cora E. Hayes $168 in teacher salary and a further $18 to serve also as a janitor, up to September 1, 1919, i.e., for the 1918-19 academic year. It also paid her $4 for fuel for the South Milton school. (It paid also A.J. Goodwin $13.50 for fuel for the same location).

The School District warrant for March 9, 1920, included an article seeking dissolution of the South Milton union district.

ARTICLE 11. To see if the District will vote to dissolve the Union District at South Milton, now maintained by the School District of Milton and the City of Rochester, or take any action in relation thereto.

School Superintendent Fred W. Dudley explained his reasoning for Article 11 in his accompanying annual report:

The problem with the school which we maintain at South Milton in partnership with the City of Rochester is one which deserves careful consideration. Milton has only six pupils in this school at the present time. Located upon the State Road it would be easy to transport these children to the village schools, where there is plenty of room to take care of them and where they can be given much greater advantages. I believe that it would be much better for the children and no more costly for the town to dissolve this district, which can be legally done by vote of Milton School District, and transport the pupils to the village.

In point of fact, the School District paid that year $686.50 to transport students to the village schools. That transportation expense – equivalent to the salaries of three teachers – was one the district had not incurred prior to closing its district schools. The measure did not pass at this time, although it would arise again (Annual Report of the Town of Milton, New Hampshire, for the Year Ending January 31, 1920)..

Luther C. Hayes, a general farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Cora E. Hayes, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), his aunt-in-law, Clara A. Pinkham, aged seventy years (b. NH), and his hired man, Frank Therrien, a dairy farm farmer, aged fifty years (b. Canada). Luther Hayes owned their farm on the Wakefield Road, free-and-clear.

School Superintendent Fred W. Dudley explained in the 1928 Milton Town Report that the South Milton school was a “Union” school, attended by both Milton and Rochester students.

I understand that some citizens have expressed surprise at the small number of pupils reported in the South Milton School. For the information of those who do not understand the situation I will say that, under a special act of the legislature, this school is maintained jointly by Milton and Rochester. Milton is responsible for the management of the school and pays two-thirds of the costs. Rochester pays one-third of the costs. Last year there were thirteen Rochester pupils in this school. The records of these pupils are kept in a separate register which is given to the school authorities of Rochester, and so these pupils do not appear in the statistics of Milton (Annual Report of the Town of Milton, New Hampshire, for the Year Ending January 31, 1929).

Luther Hayes, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Cora Hayes, a rural school teacher, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), and his father-in-law, Daniel McDuffee, a widower, aged seventy-one years (b. NH). Luther Hayes owned their farm on the Wakefield Road. They had a radio set.

Luther C. Hayes, a dairy farmer, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Cora E. Hayes, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH). Luther Hayes owned their farm on the Old Road, which was valued at $5,000. Luther C. Hayes had attended eight years of school, and Cora E. Hayes had attended also four years of high school.

Luther C. Hayes died in Milton, June 25, 1952. Cora E. (McDuffee) Hayes died in Milton, April 8, 1954.

Dissolution of the South Milton School

The Milton School District warrant for the 1930 town election included the following article regarding the South Milton school.

13. To see if the District will vote to dissolve the union district at South Milton, now maintained by the School District of Milton and the City of Rochester, or take any action thereto (Annual Report for the Town of Milton, for the Year Ending January 31, 1930).

Article 12 involved selling the Branch district school. The superintendent’s report for the 1931 warrant has not come to hand. The South School may or may not have been open for the 1929-30 academic year (which would have been reported in the missing report). It was not open during the 1930-31 academic year nor any year thereafter.

The Milton School District warrant for the 1933 town election included the following article regarding the South Milton school and the West Milton school.

9. To see if the district will vote to authorize the School Board to sell the school buildings at South Milton and West Milton either at auction or at private sale (Annual Report for the Town of Milton, for the Year Ending January 31, 1933).


See also Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26, Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47, Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23, and Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1875-11


References:

Find a Grave. (2011, March 17). Cora E. McDuffee Hayes. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/67047637/cora-e-hayes

Find a Grave. (2013, September 11). Coran K. Davis. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/116897229

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

Find a Grave. (2012, June 19). Laura G. Page. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/92198226

Find a Grave. (2012, July 16). Mabel Goodwin Nichols. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/93725718

Wikipedia. (2020, April 12). Three Rivers, Massachusetts. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Rivers,_Massachusetts

Wikipedia. (2020, May 11). William Henry Harrison. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Harrison

Milton’s Hydraulic Engineer: I.W. Jones

By Muriel Bristol | May 5, 2020

Ira Wilbur Jones was born in Milton, June 10, 1854, son of George H. and Lucy J. (Varney) Jones.

IRA W. JONES, who has been established in his own business at Milton since 1900, is a designer of water power plants, a practical millwright and general engineer, having been specially trained for this line of work. He was born in South Milton, N.H., June 10, 1854, and is a son of George H. and Lucy Jane (Varney) Jones (Scales, 1914).

George H. Jones, a farmer, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucy J. Jones, keeping house, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and his sons, Charles H. Jones, works on farm, aged twenty-seven years, and Ira W. Jones, sets water wheels, aged twenty-five years (b. NH).

Scales’ History of Strafford County and other sources had Ira W. Jones attending the South Milton district or common school and, thereafter, the Milton High school. Of course, there would be no “Milton High School,” as such, for another generation. Ira W. Jones would have attended the Milton Classical Institute. (In 1940 he was said to have attended three years of high school).

Ira W. Jones attended the district schools in South Milton and the Milton High school. Recognizing his special talent he then entered the Starr King Drawing school at Boston, Mass., where he received his technical training as a draughtsman and afterward spent three years in Boston working at pattern and model making (Scales, 1914).

The Starr King school was a Boston district public school on Tennyson street. Its building was used also for an evening technical drawing school. The pattern maker for whom Jones worked in 1877-80 was Galen Coffin (1823-1895), whose office or shop was in 1878 at 8 Province Street, and his residence at 77 Worcester Street.

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Boston Directory, 1878

Galen Coffin, a pattern maker, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ellen S. [((Page) Wildes)] Coffin, keeps house, aged fifty-two years (b. MA), and his children, Ella P. Wildes, at home, aged twenty-eight years (b. MA), Josie P. Coffin, at school, aged eighteen years (b. MA), Harry G. Coffin, at school, aged thirteen years (b. MA), and Arthur W. Coffin, at school, aged ten years (b. MA). They resided at 24 Alexander Street.

(Galen Coffin and his son, Arthur W. Coffin, drowned in 1895 when their sailing dory was swamped in a sudden gale off the mouth of Marblehead harbor. A third member of their party survived).

Mr. Jones then learned the trade of millwright as a necessary adjunct to his chosen line of work and for four years devoted himself to practical effort as millwright, afterward for one year being employed with a machinery company at Worcester, Mass., as machinist and draughtsman (Scales, 1914).

Jones learned the adjunct trade of millwright while working for Lewis D. Sanborn (1829-1904). Sanborn’s first wife had divorced him in Dover, NH, February 20, 1877 (both then of Dover). Sanborn appeared in Boston, MA, at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. There he was listed (enumerated in error as Louis D. Sandler), as “puts in water wheels,” aged fifty years (b. NH), and one of Charles Huster’s thirteen lodgers at 50 Chambers Street. Lewis D. Sanborn appeared in the Boston directory of 1882, as a machinist, boarding at 35 Kneeland Street.

George H. Jones, a farmer, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucy J. Jones, keeping house, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and his sons, Charles H. Jones, works on farm, aged twenty-seven years, and Ira W. Jones, sets water wheels, aged twenty-five years (b. NH).

For the twelve succeeding years he was a salesman through New England for a business firm of Dayton, O., and afterward for eighteen months was salesman for the Holyoke Machine Company of Worcester, Mass.

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Milton Business Directory, 1902

Ira W. Jones married in Milton, September 29, 1886, Lucia C. Wentworth. She was born in Milton, June 23, 1867, daughter of George C.S. and Mary C. (Hanson) Wentworth.

Mr. Jones married Miss Lucia C. Wentworth, a daughter of George C.S. Wentworth of Milton and they have two children: Nettie W., who is the wife of Ernest C. Lord of Dover, and Mary C., who lives at home. Mr. and Mrs. Jones reside at Lebanon, N.H. (Scales, 1914).

Holyoke Machine Company Letterhead
Holyoke Machine Company Letterhead, Featuring Its Hercules Turbine Water Wheel – 1895

I.W. Jones of Milton, NH, is here mentioned as being the water power contractor at Morrisville, VT, when he was not engaged in trout fishing. His fishing companions were Frederick M. Gould (1862-1936), a traveling shoe salesman (and president of the Commercial Travelers Association of Burlington, VT), Charles H. Nudd (1834-1905), an insurance agent, and his wife, Lydia J. (Weeks) Nudd.

MORRISVILLE. Fishermen Coming in from Abroad – Local Activities. Three Boston gentlemen spent Monday and Tuesday in these parts capturing some handsome specimens of speckled trout. F.M. Gould of Burlington, I.W. Jones of Milton, N.H., the water power contractor at the electric station, and Mr. Nudd of Manchester. N.H., representing the Granite State Provident association, accompanied by Mrs. Nudd, were among the. people in town Tuesday (Burlington Free Press (Burkington, VT), May 9, 1895).

I.W. Jones represented the Victor Water Wheel company of Dayton, OH, when surveying the intended site of an electric power plant. (One may note with some amusement that the manager of the electric power company happened to be named “Sparks”).

BOLTON FALLS POWER. Manager George H. Almon, of the Bolton Falls Electric company, was at the falls yesterday with Chief Engineer A.F. Sparks, of the James Leftell Water Wheel company, of Springfield, O., I.W. Jones, of the Victor Water Wheel company, of Dayton, O., and B.W. Johnson, of Newbury. The two first named desired to look the site over so as to bid on water wheels and pen stock, and Mr. Johnson to bid on the dam. The three representatives said the site was one of the finest they had ever seen for such a plant as intended (Montpelier Evening Argus (Montpelier, VT), May 14, 1898).

Water WheelsThe Victor Water Wheel was invented by Jones’ employer, Stilwell-Bierce Manufacturing Company (prior to its merger with the Smith-Vaile Company).

Ira W. Jones, Eng’r placed his name, and the date 1899-1900, on a bronze plaque set in the mill wheel masonry at the North Rochester, NH, fibre plant of J. Spaulding & Sons Co. From which it may be inferred that he was responsible for designing the dam, mill run, mill wheel, mill race, and, possibly, the mill building itself (Snyder, 2011).

Spaulding & Sons at North Rochester say that their mill at the above place will be completed about the last of this month. The great wheel is ready for operation, and the water could now be turned on. When business is good they expect to employ 200 hands (Farmington News, May 25, 1900).

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I.W. Jones, Eng’r Plaque at North Rochester, NH (per James M. Snyder)

Ira W. Jones, a hydraulic engineer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirteen years), Lucia C. Jones, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his daughters, Nettie Jones, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Mary Jones, at school, aged eight years (b. NH). Ira W. Jones owned their farm free-and-clear. Lucinda C. Jones was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

In 1900 he embarked in a general engineering business for himself, having his offices on Main street, Milton, employing from ten to fifteen trained designers and draughtsmen and having contracts all over New England, the southern states and Canada. Mr. Jones is an intelligent, wideawake and progressive citizen but not a politician. He votes with the Republican party (Scales, 1914). 

IRA W. JONES, appeared in the Milton directory of 1902, as a hydraulic engineer, on Main street, with his house on Bridge street, L.S. [Lebanon side, Milton].

BRATTLEBORO. The Brattleboro Gas Light company is practically ready to begin the work of construction of a dam across West river. I.W. Jones of Milton, N.H., the civil engineer who made the survey, was in Brattleboro last night and talked the matter over with some of the directors (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), April 11, 1902).

BRATTLEBORO. I.W. Jones of Wilton [Milton], N.H., the engineer who had charge of the survey and plans for the Brattleboro Gas Light company’s dam across West river, was in Brattleboro Wednesday to inspect the work of the contractors, Spence & Coombs. The work was found to be satisfactory, and, the dam having been completed, it was accepted by the engineer and the company and a settlement was made with the contractors by the company (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), May 8, 1903).

The Waldron Mill in Farmington, NH, was taken down in 1903 to make room for an electric power plant to supply power for the J.F. Cloutman Shoe Company factory.

The construction of the plant is under the supervision of Mr. Ira W. Jones of Milton, and is so nearly completed that power will be turned on January 1, 1904 (Farmington News, December 18, 1903).

The plant was constructed in charge of Ira W. Jones of Milton, and in spite of inclement weather during much of the work, the power was turned on according to contract, January 1, 1904, and the Cloutman factory is supplied from this station with light and motive power. And this was done at the instance of a man [John F. Cloutman] past seventy years. It was a great work (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

Ira W. Jones was one of the “promoters” of the Milton & Lebanon Building Association, when it was incorporated in February 1904.

Maine Corporations. Milton & Lebanon Building Association, Lebanon – Capital, $10,000. Promoters, F.H. Thayer, Boston; Joseph H. Avery, B.B. Plummer, J. Gardner Alden, Milton; Ira W. Jones, Lebanon (Boston Globe, February 29, 1904).

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“I.W. Jones, Eng.” Employees, circa 1905

James M. Snyder identified some of I.W. Jones’ associates as having been Seth A. Moulton, a chief engineer (1900-09) [who married Hare Road teacher Elfrida M. Peacock, daughter of Nute Chapel minister Rev. Robert M. Peacock]; George L. Freeman, a draftsman (1903-04); Patrick E. McCarthy, a field engineer (1903-04); Robert C. Gammon, a consulting engineer (1904-08); Stephen E. Preble, an inspector (1904-20); Walter I. Barrows, a reinforced concrete design engineer (1909-20); Alexander H. Reid, a draftsman (1912); Edward A. Wright, a structural draftsman (1913); Stephen H. Smith, a chief engineer (1923-24); and Bryant H. Moore, a design engineer (1927).

MILTON. S.A. Moulton, draughtsman of the Holyoke machine works of Worcester, has opened an office in the Jones block (Farmington News, July 20, 1900).

LOCAL. The marriage of Miss Annie B. Kimball of Milton to George L. Freeman solemnized last Thursday by Rev. M.P. Dickey, is attended by the good wishes and congratulations of many Farmington friends. The bride is connected with numerous families of this town, and is well known as a fine violin player. The groom, draughtsman for Contractor Ira W Jones for several years, is spoken of in high terms. The young couple will continue to reside in Milton (Farmington News, February 12, 1904).

MILTON. P. McCarty, who formerly worked in the office of Ira W. Jones, was in town over Sunday (Farmington News, September 9, 1904).

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute listed mechanical engineering graduate A.H. Reid as being “with” Ira W. Jones, i.e., employed by Ira W. Jones, in 1911 (Journal of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1911).

To whom one might add several other possibilities from Milton census records: Ralph Frobisher, a draughtsman for an engineering office, in 1910; Walter H. Webster, a draughtsman for an engineering office, in 1910; William Slingerland, an office draftsman, in 1920; and Natt E. Young, a draftsman, in 1920.

I.W. Jones appeared several times in the Milton business directory of 1905-06. He was listed as an architect and designer (of water power plants), on Main street, opposite the Lebanon bridge. He appeared also as a civil and hydraulic engineer; designer of water power plants; and engineer (civil).

I.W. Jones planned a flume and concrete mill building, for the Passumpsic Fibre Leather Company, in Passumpsic, VT, in 1905 (Snyder, 2011).

Will Rebuild. The Passumpsic Fibre Leather company at Passumpsic, whose plant was almost entirely destroyed by fire the morning of December 19, has begun to clear away the debris and will rebuild at once. The loss was reported at the time to be $45,000 above the insurance of $18,000, and considerably over half this loss fell upon the Chase Brothers, one of whom is manager and the other treasurer of the concern. The plant gave employment to 20 men and its output of leather board was about three tons a day (Middlebury Register (Middlebury, VT), March 31, 1905).

BUYS WATER POWER. St. Johnsbury Electric Company and E.T. & H.K. Ide to Build. The St. Johnsbury Electric company have acquired the E.T. & H.K. Ide water power at Passumpsic, 400 horse power, and will begin at once the erection of a modern electric light station. This move is made because of the company’s increasing business, and to save the expense of using steam in times of low water. When the new power house is completed steam will be used only in cases of an emergency. Plans are being drawn now for the power house, which will be erected on the site of the old grist mill. It will be of brick, and thoroughly modern in every respect. It will be direct connected, the dynamos fastened to the water wheels without belts. The wires will be brought up from Passumpsic to the Belknap station, which will be made the distributing station. I.W. Jones of Milton, N.H., hydraulic engineer, is drawing plans for the company and it is expected that the station will be completed by October. The company will then have three water power plants, one at the Center, the Belknap station and the new one. E.T. & H.K. Ide have bought 85 horsepower and will begin immediately to put up a grist mill. The mill will be a four or five story structure with heavy brick walls. It will be absolutely fire proof and will be fitted up with all modern machinery. The machinery contract has been placed with the Noye Manufacturing company, of Buffalo, N.Y. It is to be a roller mill and the power will be furnished by electricity. The building will adjoin the Ide elevator on Hay street (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), July 12, 1905).

PASSUMPSIC. The Passumpsic Fibre Leather Co. has a force of men engaged in making a new drying shed (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), October 31, 1906).

Ira W. Jones had a partnership for a time with the Spaulding Brothers, under the name Spaulding-Jones Company, which company sought in 1907 to build a “huge” hydroelectric dam on the Merrimac River.

Mr. [Roland H.] Spaulding’s first practical experience of political conditions in New Hampshire came about as a development of his business affairs. At the session of 1907, the Spaulding-Jones Company, a concern consisting of the three Spaulding brothers and their engineer, Ira W. Jones, came before the legislature with a request for permission to build a huge dam on the Merrimac River, near Reed’s Ferry, and thus to develop the water power there for electrical purposes, a development which would have meant great things for the business of the state. But the project was opposed by the united corporate interests of New Hampshire interests, which had at that time vastly more power in Concord than they have today (Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, MA), July 8, 1911 (also Hollis Times, July 31, 1914)).

I.W. Jones & Company planned a pulp factory building, for the Androscoggin Pulp Company, in South Windham, ME, in 1907 (Snyder, 2011).

SOUTH WINDHAM PULP. What is Doing at One of the Mills Near Portland. Portland, Me., April 12. – The Androscoggin Pulp company, which has an extensive pulp making plant at South Windham, has begun the work of increasing its plant by the erection of several other buildings. Among the buildings now in process of construction is a new two-story stock house, 78×200 feet, of brick and frame work; a new wood cooking room, 30×50, with brick walls and concrete roof; raising roof of beater room one story, which will make room for the installation of six new screens; adding one story to grinder room, which will be used for a wet machine room; will install one new Horne engine and new masherator and will also build a covered run 400 feet which will be used for conveying from the stock house to the beater room (Portsmouth Herald, April 12, 1910).

The elder Jones daughter, Miss Nettie Jones, then twenty years of age, had a very close call while in their house in August 1907.

NEWS OF THE STATE. A bullet crashing through a window struck Miss Nettie Jones of Milton in the shoulder and then imbedded itself in the wall. It is not known who fired the shot, but it is supposed that it came from the rifle of some hunter (Farmington News, August 9, 1907).

Ira W. Jones might have been away from home examining water possibilities on the Winooski River in Montpelier, VT, at the time his daughter was wounded.

MONTPELIER. I.W. Jones of Milford [Milton], N.H., a hydraulic engineer, has been making an examination this week of the water power possibilities of the rights owned by Messrs. Corry, Deavitt and Frost on the Winooskl river above Barre transfer. He will report later (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), August 17, 1907).

ENGINEER’S REPORT. Hydraulic Expert Again Visits Kinney’s Mills. I.W. Jones, hydraulic engineer, of Milton, NH., went back to his home last night after making another inspection of the water privileges owned by Messrs. Corry, Deavltt and Frost at Kinney’s mills. A contour map has been prepared showing the various sources of water supply and the lowest points in that neighborhood where it would be possible to erect power plants. Mr. Jones has reported to the syndicate his observations of the various dam sites, the possibilities of each and the probable cost of construction. It Is reported that Mr. Jones is very favorably impressed with the water privileges owned by the syndicate. The Montpelier men have not yet decided how large a plant they will put in. They can do two things, the first build a plant that will supply their street railroad with possibly a small amount of juice for sale, or build a large plant with plenty of juice for sale. Such a development will involve the investment of a large amount of money (Montpelier Evening Argus (Montpelier, VT), August 28, 1907).

MONTPELIER CITY NOTES. I.W. Jones, a civil engineer from Newton [Milton], N.H., was in town yesterday in consultation with the officials of the electric railroad relative to plans for the dam for their new power plant to be erected at Kinney’s mills (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), October 25, 1907).

I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., a hydraulic engineer, was in town today in conference with Messrs. Curry and Deavitt on their proposed dam at Kinnev’s mills (Montpelier Evening Argus (Montpelier, VT), June 17, 1908).

I.W. Jones appeared several times in the Milton business directory of 1909. He was listed as an architect and designer (of water power plants), on Main street, opposite the Lebanon bridge. He appeared also as a civil and hydraulic engineer; and designer of water power plants. Mrs. I.W. Jones appeared as a music teacher (piano), at Lebanon side, Milton. His daughter, Nettie W. Jones, appeared as a milliner, at I.W.J., at Lebanon side, Milton.

MILTON. The marriage of Miss Nettie Jones and Mr. Ernest Charles Lord of Dover took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Jones on Lebanon, Me., side Thursday, June 10, The young couple will reside in Dover after September 1 (Farmington News, June 18, 1909).

Ira W. Jones, a hydraulic engineer (own office), aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Lucia C. Jones, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his daughter, Mary C. Jones, at school, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and his brother-in-law, Eugene H. Wentworth, a stove works foreman, aged thirty-five years. Ira W. Jones owned their farm free-and-clear. Lucia C. Jones was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

BURLINGTON MENS’ BIG VENTURE. … The power at Otter creek [at Vergennes, VT] is considered one of the steadiest in New England. The banks are low and marshy and hold the water, preventing the deluge which often puts many plants out of commission, in the wet times, and keeping the water for the dry times, when many plants are obliged to depend on steam. A set back of nearly eight miles makes unnecessary the building of an expensive dam. and with the other natural advantages there would appear little likelihood of a dam being washed out at those falls. For many months a crew of 75 men has been at work on the dam, which is now completed, and the machinery is on the way for the wheel pit and power house, which are now in process of construction. The engineer in charge of the construction of the dam is I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., and the Twitchell Lumber Co. of Maine, which has long been identified with hydraulic ventures, doing that part of the work The machinery was all ordered of the Westinghouse company of Pittsburg (St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT), March 30, 1911).

I.W. Jones appeared several times in the Milton business directory of 1912. He was listed as an architect and designer (of water power plants), on Main street, opposite the Lebanon bridge. He appeared also as a civil and hydraulic engineer; designer of water power plants; and engineer (civil). Mrs. I.W. Jones appeared as a music teacher (piano), at Lebanon side, Milton.

I.W. Jones designed the Milton Leatherboard Company replacement factory after the prior structure had been destroyed by fire in March 1912. Its concrete beater tubs were considered to be a daring innovation at the time.

I.W. Jones & Company planned a dam and concrete mill building, for the Cabot Manufacturing Company, in Topsham, ME, in 1912 (Snyder, 2011).

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Milton Business Directory, 1912

Village Meeting. There was a good attendance at the special village meeting last Wednesday evening to consider the question of an up-to-date electric plant. H.W. Lyster, one of the commissioners, made a few remarks in regard to the present condition of the plant thinking it time to have it renewed. At his request the chairman called upon I.W. Jones, an electrical engineer of Milton, N.H., who had made an investigation of the present plant and had a written report and who had prepared plans and estimates for a proposed new plant, these plans calling for erection of a new concrete and brick building and the installation of two new Francis type turbine wheels, and two new generators direct connected on the same shaft. The lowest reading of the measured flow-age of the river taken at Centervale by the U.S. geological survey in 1911 was 75 cubic feet per second. On this basis there was an estimated gain in efficiency of the new wheels and generators of more than 100 per cent over the present ones. His total estimate for the proposed new work complete was $31,200. W. Clark of the engineering department of the General Electric Co., gave a technical description of the proposed new generators and electrical equipment. Commissioner Graves spoke in regard to the faults of the plant, difficulty of getting repairs, etc., and the opportunities there would be for new business with a modern plant. W.I. Powers made a motion that the electric light commissioners be empowered to equip the electric light plant with new and modern equipment and building. This was seconded by N.A. Norton with an amendment that the work be commenced at once. The amendment was accepted and the motion was unanimously carried. It was moved by E.A. Cook that the commissioners be authorized to hire sufficient money to carry out the project just voted, and this motion was carried unanimously. Under head of other business F.C. Shonyo made a motion that the water commissioners be instructed to investigate the matter of purchasing the land included in the watershed of the present village water reservoir from which the owners propose to cut standing timber. It was voted to have this done. The commissioners have commenced making arrangement for the new work. As soon as the specifications for the foundation and concrete work of the new building are prepared the work will be begun (Vermont Union-Journal (Lyndonville, VT), October 14, 1914).

I.W. Jones & Company planned a dam, run, and mill building, for the Groton Leatherboard Company, in Groton, MA, in 1916. It also planned a dam and hydroelectric power station, for the Town of Swanton, VT, at the Highgate Fall on the Missisquoi River, in that same year (Snyder, 2011).

SWANTON. Estimate on Cost of Power Development to Be Secured. At the adjourned special meeting of the voters of Swanton village relative to development of electric power at Highgate, held Wednesday evening ln the town hall, it was voted to instruct the officers of the village to secure from I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., a competent engineer, an estimate of the cost of development below the present site, and the meeting was adjourned to Wednesday night, July 5 (St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT), June 23, 1916).

HOTEL ARRIVALS. Among the arrivals at the Grand Avenue the past week were: Frank Pierce, Rutland; I.W. Jones, Milton, N.H.; H.N. Long and wife, Louisville, Ky.; C.E. Severance, St. Johnsbury; J.H. Robinson, Palmer, Mass.; E.H. Martin, Burlington; E.D. Blackwell, Brandon; H. Eglee, Boston; Mr. and Mrs. Perry vanCamp, Wills River, Vt.; G.J. Riley, Plattsburg, N.Y.; H. Bean, Enosburg Falls; F.J. Dragoon, Plattsburg; Mrs. H.E. Townsend and Alma B. Townsend, Westbrook, Me. (Swanton Courier, June 29, 1916).

SWANTON. I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., with one of his expert engineers, was in Swanton June 28 going over the Highgate property of Swanton village and getting information on which he is to base his report and estimate to have ready for adjourned special meetings yesterday (St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT), July 6, 1916).

I.W. Jones appeared several times in the Milton business directory of 1917. He was listed as an architect and designer (of water power plants), at 28 Main street, opposite the Lebanon bridge. He appeared also as a civil and hydraulic engineer; designer of water power plants; engineer (civil); and surveyor for dams, paper and electric power plants. Mrs. I.W. Jones appeared as a music teacher (piano), at Lebanon side, Milton.

I.W. Jones & Company announced plans for a hydroelectric power plant, for the Lockwood Company, in Waterville, ME, in 1918 (Snyder, 2011).

Among New England Factories. BERWICK, ME. – The I.W. Jones & Co. has been incorporated to do general engineering and developing water powers with $10,000 capital by Ira W. Jones, M.C. Jones and L.C. Jones, Lebanon, Me. (Industry Week (Volume 63), 1918).

Ira W. Jones, a hydraulic engineer, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucia C. Jones, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), and his daughter, Mary Jones, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH). Ira W. Jones owned their farm free-and-clear. They resided on Prospect Hill Street.

Ira W. Jones planned an Androscoggin River dam for the Dummer Power Company, in Dummer, NH, in 1921. The proposed dam faced political opposition from other dam and mill owners, which occasioned Jones testifying several times over the course of a year before the NH Public Service Commission. The plans were approved in August 1922.

FIGHT AGAINST DUMMER DAM BEFORE COMMISSION. CONCORD, N.H., Oct. 19 – Hearings begun in Berlin were resumed by the Public Service Commission at its offices in the State House today on the petition of Ira W. Jones of Lebanon, Me., and the Dummer Power Company for the right to build a dam across the Androscoggin River in the town of Dummer for the development of electrical power. The Berlin Mills, the International and Umbagog Paper Companies and the Union Water Power Company oppose the petition. Chairman William T. Gunnison of the commission does not sit in the case, having been counsel for Mr. Jones, and his place Is taken for this hearing by Dwight Hall of Dover, appointed by Gov. Brown (Boston Globe, October 20, 1921).

ATTEMPT TO SHOW BIG DAM PROJECT UNSAFE. CONCORD, N.H., March 23 – The State Public Service Commission today resumed its hearing upon the petition of the Dummer Power Company for permission to erect a dam across the Androscoggin River, eight miles above the city of Berlin, for the generation of electrical power. Ira W. Jones of Milton, engineer, who prepared the plans for the power company, was on the witness stand most of the day. testifying as to the probable cost of the project and the use which would be made of its product. Cross-examination was on the line of contention that his plans did not provide for a sufficiently strong structure to insure safety, if built at the place desired and according to his specifications (Boston Globe, March 24, 1922).

N.H. STATE NEWS. The public service commission has granted the right to Ira W. Jones and others to erect a dam in the Androscoggin river at Dummer. The petition has been before the board for a year. Commissioner Storrs opposed the move. The dam will be utilized to generate electrical power (Groton Times (Woodsville, NH), August 18, 1922).

President Ira W. Jones and Treasurer Fred B. Roberts published legal notices in the local papers regarding the intended dissolution of the Milton A.O.U.W. Building Association, which had been founded by them and others on December 8, 1890. Its original purpose had been to construct a three-story office block, and rent its space for the benefit of the A.O.U.W. The building was to be sold and the proceeds split among the shareholders (Farmington News, February 19, 1926; February 26, 1926; and March 5, 1926).

The following sketch of Ira W. Jones’ career appeared in a 1927 publication of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, of which he was a member.

JONES, IRA W., Lebanon, Me. (Age 72, b. Milton, N.H.) Educated in common and high schools, Milton, N.H.; one term in Starr King Evening Drawing School in Boston; 1877-80, with Galen Coffin, as pattern and model maker; 1880-84, as assistant to Lewis D. Sanborn as practical millwright and designer of hydraulic structures; 1884, with Holyoke Machine Company as erector of hydraulic machinery, pattern maker and draughtsman; 1885-86, private practice; 1887-99, salesman and engineer in New England territory; 1899-1900, engaged in design and supervision of plans and sale of hydraulic equipment; July 1900, established an engineering office in Milton, N.H.; 1918 to date [1927], president and general manager of I.W. Jones & Co. During past ten years has been consulting engineer for C.H. Tenney & Co.; inspector of dams for N.H. Public Service Commission; retired in 192[?] (Boston Society of Civil Engineers, 1927).

I.W. Jones & Company played some role at the Ambursen sawmill dam, for South Tamworth Industries, in Tamworth, NH, in 1929 (Snyder, 2011).

IRA W. JONES (Lucia) appeared in the Milton directory of 1930, as a hydraulic engineer, in Milton.

Ira W. Jones, a civil engineer, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-three years), Lucia C. Jones, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), and his daughter, Mary C. Jones, a stenographer, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH). Ira W. Jones owned their farm free-and-clear, which was valued at $5,000. They did not have a radio set.

Ira W. Jones, a retired civil engineer, was one of several local people that gave their impressions of an earthquake that occurred on Friday evening, April 1, 1938.

Rochester Section Is Shaken by Earthquake. Trembling Felt Last Night Over Ten-Mile Area – Most Severe in East Rochester and Rochester and in South Lebanon, Me. Rochester, April 2. – Buildings were shaken and pictures were torn from the walls as this region experienced what was believed to have been an earthquake at about 9.30 o’clock last night. The earth-trembling was felt within a 10-mile area of Rochester, with reports of more severe movements received from East Rochester, North Rochester and South Lebanon, Me. The telephone exchanges in Milton and Rochester were flooded with calls from nearly every town in the area. Stories of shaken buildings and fallen pictures were received from Lebanon, Me., and East Rochester. In other sections residents told of how dishes had been smashed on the floor when shaken from cupboards. As near as anyone could determine the movement was first felt when a “loud rumbling sound” was heard and was followed by what several people described as an explosion. Mrs. Helen Piper, telephone operator at Milton, said there was a “rumbling sound and the building shook” It was followed by what seemed to be a “terrific explosion.” Residents of South Lebanon, Me., said the whole earth movement seemed to center along the banks of the Salmon Falls river which divided Maine and New Hampshire in this section. The shock was less severe in the center of Rochester. Ira. W. Jones, a retired civil engineer at Milton, expressed the opinion that a “meteor had fallen and exploded.” The Rev. Leland Maxfield, pastor of the Community church at Milton, said he at first thought a heavy object had rolled down the hill behind his home and struck the house. Basil Blake, Rochester newspaperman, reported his house shook perceptibly and he thought a heavy truck was passing on the nearby highway. According to the Associated Press, Harvard University seismographic officials that the earth movement lasted on 15 seconds and had been a “very weak” earthquake. The exact time of the movement was said to have been 19:15:24 o’clock. The Weston College machine timed the first impulse at 9:13.40 p.m. (Portsmouth Herald, [Saturday,] April 2, 1938).

Fred B. Roberts and Ira W. Jones marked the repositioned Milton Town Pound with a commemorative plaque in 1939.

Here and There. The Milton town pound, one of the few remaining In New Hampshire, which was removed and rebuilt two years ago to permit a change in the location of the highway, has just been marked with a commemorative tablet by Fred B. Roberts, veteran town meeting moderator, and Ira W. Jones. In the early days pounds were common in New England for the confinement of cows and other domestic animals caught running at large. Early records of the town show that in 1803, when Gilman Jewett was town clerk, it was voted that the “town build a pound as near the center of the town convenient.” The following year the pound was built, according to the records, “on land westerly opposite the town house, by Jonathan Pinkham.” The pound is circular and 30 feet in internal diameter. The walls are of field stone, about six feet high. A wooden gate adorns the front (Portsmouth Herald, July 3, 1939).

Ira W. Jones, aged eighty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucia C. Jones, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), and his daughter, Mary C. Jones, a stenographer, aged forty-eight years (b. NH). Ira W. Jones owned their house free-and-clear, which was valued at $4,500. They had a lived in the “same house” in April 1935. Ira W. Jones had completed three years of high school, Lucia C. Jones had completed eight years of grammar school, and Mary C. Jones had completed one year of college.

Ira W. Jones died in Milton, April 10, 1946, aged ninety-one years. Lucia C. (Wentworth) Jones died in Milton, September 3, 1949, aged eighty-one years.

Recent Deaths and Funerals. Mrs. Lucia C. Jones. Milton, N.H., Sept. 4. – Funeral services for Mrs. Lucia C. Jones, 82, who resided across the river in Lebanon. Me., will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Community Church in Milton. The Rev. Ralph V. Townsend will officiate and burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Mrs. Jones, widow of Ira W. Jones, widely known engineer who died in 1946 at the age of 92, died Saturday night at the Jones Summer home at Milton [Three] Ponds. She was born in Milton, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Wentworth and was educated here. She was a member of the Community Church and the Mary Torr Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Rochester. Surviving relatives include two daughters. Mrs. Ernest Lord of Dover and Miss Mary Jones of Lebanon, two grandchildren and several great grandchildren (Portland Press Herald, September 5, 1949).

References:

Find a Grave. (2011, February 26). Ira W. Jones. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/66179205

Scales, John. (1914)  History of Strafford County, New Hampshire, and Representative Citizens. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=nGsjAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA877

Snyder, James M. (2011, August 27). A Partial Portfolio of I.W. Jones Engineers. Retrieved from www.paperboardpro.com/files/IWJones110827.pdf

Wilipedia. (2020, April 28). Charles H. Tenney. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_H._Tenney

Wikipedia. (2019, November 13). Holyoke Machine Company. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holyoke_Machine_Company

Wikipedia. (2019, June 21). I.W. Jones, Eng’r. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_W_Jones_Eng%27r

 

Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26

By Muriel Bristol | April 26, 2020

As its name would suggest, the Hare Road schoolhouse stood on the Hare Road in West Milton, between the houses of Jacob D. Garland and John I. Cook.

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Hare Road School, 1892

The Hare Road school was open as late as Spring 1925. Nothing has come to hand regarding the 1925-26 academic year, but the School District reported no Hare Road school payroll or expenses for the 1926-27 academic year (Annual Report, for the Year Ending January 31, 1928).

As with the Nute Ridge school teachers, there are gaps in our sequence. At least some of those gaps might be explained away through earlier or later tenures for the teachers who have been identified. It might also be the case that the school was simply not open in some years. It was often the case, especially among the various schools in West Milton, that a school with but few students in a particular academic year might not open at all. Its students would go instead to one of the other West Milton schools.

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school will now have the few pupils from the Downingville district. In Massachusetts and Vermont the children in sparsely settled districts are carried to the village schools, the towns paying the costs, thus reducing the expenses and giving the children the advantage of better grading. The school at this place and the one at Nute Ridge are both very small (Farmington News, September 10, 1897).

DOWNINGVILLE. As Clara Downing is the only pupil here, she is conveyed to the Hare road school (Farmington News, October 14, 1898).

I retain hopes of tapping other sources once the current Covid-19 restrictions have passed, at which point improvements and revisions may be in order.

Progressive-era State education bureaucrats looked down their noses at the one-room school teachers of their day.

One hundred forty two of these schools are taught by immature girls and nearly all of these schools are rural schools. It must be apparent to all that few girls of 16 to 19 have sufficient education, maturity and judgment to hold the responsible position of teacher of a school. It will be seen that the majority of the teachers, 62 per cent, in all classes of schools are young women 20 to 34 years of age and the number of elderly persons is surprisingly small. It is assumed that the 158 teachers who have furnished no record of their age are doubtless between 35 and 44 (NH Board of Education, 1920).

The NH Board of Education did everything in its power to restrict, require and regulate them out of existence. And yet the test scores achieved by the students of these “immature girls” were higher – to the extent that they are comparable – than those achieved by students of the present day. (See also Milton’s Arithmetic Textbooks of 1878).

N.H. State News. Recent tests in 8th grades in the state schools, taken by 5,000 pupils, showed an average of 67.42 in spelling with 76 towns having an average of 75, or better. Tests in arithmetic showed that 8th graders in New Hampshire this year are better than 9th graders of Springfield, Mass., were in 1846, for they did the same examples and had an average of 49.29 against an average in Springfield in 1846 of 29.41 (Groton Times, November 28, 1924).

It remains for the reader to decide whose education, maturity and judgment was to be preferred.

The Hare Road school teachers identified in this 1890-1926 period were Vienna L. Hill, Myra L. Page, Annie J. Horne, Mary E. Tuttle, Edna N. Calkins, N. Susan Fletcher, Elfrida M. Peacock, Jessie F. Butler, Minerva R. Perry, Blanche E. McCrellis, Alice L. Patterson, Miss Whittaker, Alice M. (Brownell) Canney, Marion I. Dixon, Lizzie M. (Whittier) Drew, and Clara B. (Tozier) Miller.

(The dates given for them in their headings are the dates they are thought to have taught at the Hare Road school. Many of them taught at other Milton schools as well).

Vienna L. Hill – 1890-91

Vienna L. Hill was born, probably in Lowell, MA, November 12, 1868, daughter of John T. and Sarah A. (Locke) Hill.

If, as was later reported, Miss Hill taught at the Hare Road school at the same time as the Nute Chapel dedication, then she would have been there in at least the 1890-91 academic year.

Vienna L. Hill appeared in the Dover directory of 1892, as a teacher at the Glenwood ave. school, boarding at 21 East Brick. (John T. Hill, stoves, ranges and tinsmith, 19 Third, house 21 East Brick (see page 281)).

Vienna L. Hill appeared in the Dover directory of 1895, as a teacher at the Upper Factory school, boarding at 21 East Brick. (John T. Hill, tinsmith, house 21 East Brick). Both appeared in the Dover directory of 1898 as having moved to Greenwood, Mass.

John T. Hill, a painter, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-two years), Sarah A. Hill, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), his daughter, Vienna L. Hill, a laundry bookkeeper, aged thirty years (b. MA), and his nephew, Arthur Hill, a stenographer, aged nineteen years (b. NH). John T. Hill owned their house at 821 Main Street, with a mortgage. Sarah A. Hill was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

John T. Hill, a painter, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his (second) wife (of forty-one years), Sarah A. Hill, aged eighty years (b. NH), his daughter, Vienna L. Hill, a public school teacher, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), and his servant, Mary E. Hupper, aged fifty-two years (b. ME). John T. Hill owned their house at 821 Main Street, with a mortgage. Sarah A. Hill was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

West Milton. Miss Hill of Dover, formerly a teacher on the Hare road, has been visiting Mrs. B.F. Twombley (Farmington News, September 20, 1912).

John T. Hill, a kitchen ware commercial traveler, aged eighty years (b. NH), headed a Haverhill, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Vienna L. Hill, manager of Sperry & Hutchinson [trading stamps], aged fifty-one years (b. MA). John T. Hill owned their house at 27 Oxford Street, with a mortgage.

Vienna Hill appeared in the Haverhill, MA, directory of 1921, as having removed to California. (Her father, John T. Hill, also removed to California. He died there September 11, 1922).

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“Aunt Vie”

Walter E. Foss to Be Leader in New Heating Company. Announcement is made today of the retirement of Walter E. Foss from the Foss-Jones company, 28 East Union street, and the formation of a new company to be known as Foss Heating and Sheet Metal company, 34 East Holly street. With Mr. Foss in his new venture are associated J.W. Anger, David L. Shepherd, Robert F. McCullum, William H. Stewart and Percy W. Anger, all well-known in Pasadena in their respective lines of sheet metal, heating and mechanical work. Fifteen years ago Walter E. Foss and the late Frank R. Stewart formed the Foss-Jones company, with whom Mr. Foss has been associated until the present time. Mr. Foss explains that his new step has been made possible by a steady growth of business in Pasadena, and that he believes a continuation of square dealing and courteous treatment will win his new firm their share of patronage and good will (Pasadena Post, November 25, 1925).

Vienna L. Hill married, probably in Pasadena, CA, circa 1927, Walter E. Foss, both of Pasadena. He was born in Deerfield, NH, March 6, 1862, son of William J. and Jerusha (Pettingill) Foss.

Walter E. Foss, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Pasadena, CA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his (second) wife (of two years), Vienna H. Foss, aged sixty-three years (b. MA). Walter E. Foss owned their home at 312 North Raymond Avenue, which was valued at $7,000. They had a radio set.

WEST MILTON. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ross of California called on friends on the Hare road one day last week. Mrs. Ross was formerly Miss Vienna Hill, a teacher at the Hare road school at the time Nute Chapel was dedicated (Farmington News, July 11, 1930).

Walter E. Foss died in Los Angeles, CA, May 20, 1934.

Vienna H. Foss seems to have been unfortunate in some at least of her investments.

Requisition Is Issued – A requisition on the governor of Mississippi was issued by Governor Frank F. Merriam for the return from Natchez, Miss., of Mark E. Wakefield, who is wanted in Los Angeles on three counts of grand theft. He is accused of embezzling several thousand dollars from Miss Meta C. Matthiesen, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Vienna Foss, Pasadena, in a series of stock transactions (Sacramento Bee, February 19, 1937).

LT520622-Foss, Vienna HSanta Monica Mayor Held on $2500 Bond. (Associated Press Leased Wire). LOS ANGELES. Oct. 11. —Mayor Claude C. Crawford of Santa Monica and his associate, Paul C. Murray, 48, have been held for Superior Court trial under $2500 bonds each on a charge of failing to obtain a state permit to sell interests in a Tuolumne county mining lease. Mrs. Maude Wetzel, a Santa Monica widow, testified at yesterday’s preliminary hearing she invested $6500 in the mine. Other witnesses testified they had invested in it as follows: Mrs. Ethel Flick, $1500; Mrs. Vienna H. Foss, $1500; Mrs. Mary L. Wood and William C. Lundberg, $500 each; Mrs. Mary Rizzo, $250. All said they had received no return on their money (Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, CA), October 11, 1941).

Vienna L. (Hill) Foss died in Pasadena, CA, July 31, 1953.

Myra L. Page – 1893-94

Myra Luella Page was born in Wakefield, NH, September 23, 1868, daughter of Charles W. and Mary Ann (Chapman) Page.

NUTE’S RIDGE. Miss Lena Reynold[s] is teaching school at Downingville and Mrs. [Miss] Myra Page on the Hare road (Farmington News, September 1, 1893).

NUTE’S RIDGE. Miss Myra Page closes a very successful term of school in the Hare road district this week. She is an excellent teacher, having taught in nearly every district in town (Farmington News, December 22, 1893).

Charles H. Page, a farmer, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-nine years), Mary A. Page, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Josephine W. Page, a school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and Laura G. Page, aged thirty-three years (b. NH). Charles H. Page owned their farm, free-and-clear. Mary A. Page was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Myra Page of Wakefield, who was formerly a teacher of the Hare road school, is visiting Mrs. George Hurd. She is now teaching in Sanbornville (Farmington News, March 8, 1907).

WEST MILTON. Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Hurd went to Wakefield last Saturday and spent the day with Miss Myra Page. She was a successful teacher of the Hare road school for several years (Farmington News, September 13, 1907).

WEST MILTON. Miss Page, of Wakefield, a former teacher of the Hare road school, has visited Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Hurd (Farmington News, September 25, 1908).

Charles H. Page, a farmer, aged eighty-one years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-nine years), Mary A. Page, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Laura G. Page, aged forty-three years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged thirty-five years (b. NH). Charles H. Page owned their farm on the South Wakefield street, free-and-clear. Mary A. Page was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Myra L. Page and sister Josephine of Wakefield, accompanied by friends, motored to West Milton, Wednesday of last week (Farmington News, August 30, 1918).

Mary A. Page, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Laura G. Page, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a public school teacher, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged forty-five years (b. NH). Mary A.Page owned their house, free-and-clear.

Myra L. Page retired from teaching in June 1926. She would have been fifty-seven years of age.

Mira L. Page, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her sisters, Laura G. Page, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged fifty-five years (b. NH). Mira L. Page owned their house at 11 Liberty Street, which was valued at $1,000.

UNION. Mrs. George W. Drew visited the Misses Myra and Josephine Page in Rochester on Friday and attended a meeting of the Ladies’ Aid (Farmington News, February 18, 1938).

Myra L. Page died in Rochester, NH, May 22, 1938, aged sixty-nine years, seven months, and thirty days. (Her elder sister, Laura Page, supplied the information for the death certificate).

Annie J. Horne – 1896-97, 1899-00

Annie Jean Horne was born in Milton, in October 1879, daughter of Frank G. and Mary C. (Weeks) Horne.

Annie J. Horne graduated from Nute High School with the Class of 1895. Her classmates included future Milton principals Robert M. Looney and Edwin S. Huse (Purple and Gold, 1941).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Horn from Plumer’s Ridge teach in West Milton and Hare road school districts and board with Mrs. John Nute. Miss Nellie Nute drives to Milton high school daily (Farmington News, May 6, 1898).

(The other Miss Horn from Plummer’s Ridge was her cousin, Miss Maude F. Horne, who was also for a time a Milton teacher (see Milton and the Horne Murder – 1939)).

WEST MILTON. Miss Annie Horne, who has taught school here [West Milton] for two years, and previously taught on the Hare road, is much loved by all and has done excellent school work (Farmington News, May 12, 1899).

WEST MILTON. The Hare Road school, taught by Miss Annie J. Horne, closed on Friday of last week (Farmington News, January 19, 1900).

Frank G. Horne, a commercial traveler, aged thirty-eight [forty-eight] years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Mary C. Horne, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Herbert F. Horne, a commercial traveler, aged twenty-four years, Annie J. Horne, a school teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and Hattie E. Horne, at home, aged twelve years (b. NH). Frank G. Horne owned their farm, free-and-clear. Mary C. Horne was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

She married in Bethel, ME, September 15, 1908, Charles Lafayette Beaton, she of Milton and he of Madison, NH. He was a railroad agent, aged twenty-six years, and she was a housekeeper, aged thirty years. He was born in Jefferson, NH, May 3, 1882, son of Charles C. and Allie E. (Hill) Beaton. (He was a brother of Milton’s long-serving B&M Railroad station agent, Hugh A. Beaton).

Charles Beaton, a B&M freight agent, aged thirty-eight 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 two years), Annie Beaton, aged forty-two years (b. NH).

Charles L. Beaton, a telegraph operator, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie H. Beaton, aged forty-two years (b. NH). Charles L. Beaton rented their house at 50 Orchard Street.

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VETERAN RAILROADER Charles L. Beaton of 50 Orchard Street is completing his 35th year in Portsmouth today sending and receiving telegraph messages at the Boston and Maine Passenger station (Portsmouth Herald photo).

R.R. Ticket Agent, Telegrapher Notes 35th Year Here. Charles L. Beaton, of 50 Orchard street, ticket agent and telegrapher at the Boston and Maine passenger station in Portsmouth, has been sending and receiving the clicking messages of the wires for 42 years now. Tonight he will have completed 35 years at the station here. His life mirrors the changes in two rail lines and two states. Born May 3, 1882, in Jefferson Mills, later named Dartmouth and now named Riverton, near Lancaster, Mr. Beaton seemed destined since childhood to have been a telegrapher. When he was only seven years old, he first heard the clacking of a telegraph key board at the local railroad station. Then and there the desire to be an operator was born. Despite the fact that he was 21 years old before he got to learn the code language of the key, the desire remained. Tried Many Jobs. Before his chance came, Mr. Beaton worked a few months each in jobs in saw mills, leather-board pulp mills and farming, till he finally got a job on the Maine railroad as a section hand and crew man. At last, in September, 1903, he started his training as a telegraph operator, in the Riverton station of the Maine Central line. His first job as a trained operator was at Beecher Falls, Vt., for that line, which he started March 17, 1904. As a Maine Central telegraph operator Mr. Beaton worked at Beecher Falls, Vt., North Conway, Willey House, Sawyer River, Glen Station and Rockland, Lewiston and Rumford Junction in Maine. Mr. Beaton resigned from his job with the Maine Central railroad in June, 1905, to go to work for Boston and Maine railroad at Ossipee, a town which is now Mt. Whittier. Since that day, the veteran operator says proudly, he has never been out of a job for a single day. He has been with the B.&M. for 41 years. For that line he has sounded telegraph keys at Mt. Whittier, Madison, Mountainview, Burleyville (for. East Wakefield), Milton, Conway Junction (now Jewett), North Conway, Hampton, East Saugus Mass., Lynn Common, Mass., and Portsmouth. Since March 25, 1911, Mr. Beaton has worked at the Portsmouth railroad station. Till May 7, 1927, he worked solely as a telegraph operator, handling the toughest bit of key work on the line. In May, 1927, he took over the work of ticket agent, and Oct. 1, 1930, he took over consolidated jobs of ticket agent and telegraph operator, which he has held down since. In 1911 Mr. Beaton rented a home at 50 Orchard street, in which he and his wife Annie (Horne) Beaton have lived ever since, although the. house has changed hands four times. Mr. Beaton was married Sept. 15, 1909. Their 38th wedding anniversary was last September. Safeguards Trains. In his work as a telegrapher Mr. Beaton has safeguarded the trains, by keeping train orders straight, and helping to clear up general tie-ups caused by storms or wrecks. When the late President Roosevelt’s special train arrived in Portsmouth, Mr. Beaton was the telegrapher on duty at the station. Crossword puzzles and jig-saw puzzles are the veteran railroader’s indoor hobbies. In his younger, he used to enjoy fishing for pickerel, bass and horn-pout in the ponds around Milton, and for trout in mountain brooks. Mr. Beaton is a member of John’s Blue lodge, the Chapter Council, and the Knights Templar Commandery of Portsmouth (Portsmouth Herald, March 25, 1946).

Charles L. Beaton, a railroad depot agent, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-one years), Annie H. Beaton, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), his niece, Gladys M. Beaton, a public school teacher aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and his roomer, Sarah A. McDonald, a public school teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. MA). Charles L. Beaton rented their house at 50 Orchard Street, for $41.50 per month. They had a radio set.

Home Closed By Investigators. Mrs. Annie Beaton, wife of Charles L. Beaton, of 50 Orchard street, who is one of four surviving cousins of the late Miss Maude Horne of Milton who was murdered at her home in that town Friday night, was informed that her aunt’s home, scene of the murder, has been closed. This, it is said, is by order of Federal investigators probing this mysterious case which is said to involve possession of a machine-gun by a suspect as well as a kidnapping of a fifteen-year-old girl. Mr. and Mrs. Beaton attended the funeral of Miss Horne today in Rochester (Portsmouth Herald, February 7, 1939).

Charles L. Beaton, a B&M R.R. ticket agent and telegraph operator, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie H. Beaton, aged sixty-one years (b. NH). Charles L. Beaton rented their house at 50 Orchard Street, for $32.50 per month. Beaton was selected randomly for several additional questions. He was not a veteran, and he did have a Social Security number.

Brother Of Local Woman Dies. Herbert Home of Farmington, brother of Mrs. Charles L. Beaton of 50 Orchard street, Portsmouth, died at Farmington yesterday. He was 65 years of age and widely known as a biscuit salesman. He retired about-a year ago. He Is survived by his wife and in addition to his sister in this city he is survived by another sister, Mrs. Ralph Cobb of Dover (Portsmouth Herald, April 11, 1941).

Charles L. Beaton died in Portsmouth, NH, in 1948.

County Probate Settles Estates. Inventories were accepted in the estates of Alfred Conner, Newfields; Charles B. Edgerly, Exeter; James P. Griffin, Portsmouth; A. Pethle, Portsmouth; Etheiyn T. Rumford, Portsmouth; Stella May Thurlow, Seabrook; Annie M. Dow, Exeter; Rene Labranche, Newmarket; Bertha E. Appleton, North Hampton; Charles L. Beaton, Portsmouth, and Elizabeth Briggs, Hampton (Portsmouth Herald, July 6, 1948).

Personal Mention. Mrs. Charles L. Beaton of Dover, formerly of Portsmouth, is a patient at Wentworth hospital (Portsmouth Herald, June 29, 1951).

Annie J. (Horne) Beaton died in Dover, NH, June 24, 1962, aged eighty-four years.

Mrs. Charles Beaton. DOVER -Mrs. Annie H. Beaton, 84, of 118 Locust St., widow of Charles Beaton and a former resident of Portsmouth, died yesterday morning. A native of Milton, she was born Oct. 26, 1877, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Weeks) Horne and had resided in Dover for the past 13 years. Mrs. Beaton, a retired school teacher. was a member of the North Congregational Church of Portsmouth. Survivors include a sister. Harriet Cobb of Milton; and a niece (Portsmouth Herald, June 25, 1962).

Mary E. “Mamie” Tuttle – 189?-9?

Mary E. Tuttle was born in Dover, NH, July 27, 1879, daughter of John W. and Elizabeth A. (Wilkinson) Tuttle.

WEST MILTON. The stormy week gave the school children an extra week of vacation here and on the Hare road (Farmington News, December 9, 1898).

John W. Tuttle, a teamster, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Dover household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Elizabeth Tuttle, aged forty-three years (b. RI), and his children, Mary E. Tuttle, a school teacher, aged twenty years (b. NH), Charles W. Tuttle, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and Viola C. Tuttle, aged twelve years (b. NH). John W. Tuttle rented their house at 19 Charles Street. Elizabeth Tuttle was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

Mary Etta Tuttle married in Dover, NH, January 25, 1905, Herman Ross Flye, she of Dover and he of Somerville, MA. He was a train dispatcher, aged twenty-four years, and she was a school teacher, aged twenty-five years. He was born in Saugus, MA, February 14, 1880, son of John and Malvina O. (Packer) Flye.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Flye of Chelsea, Mass., who has been spending a few weeks with Mrs. Waldo Thurber, returned home Monday accompanied by her husband, who came to spend Sunday with her. Mrs. Flye was a former teacher of the Hare road school (Mamie Tuttle of Dover) (Farmington News, June 19, 1908).

Herman R. Flye, a steam railroad train dispatcher, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Flye, aged forty-three years (b. NH). Herman R. Flye rented their house at 51 South Street (which had six units or apartments).

Herman R. Flye, a steam railroad train dispatcher, aged fifty years (b. MA), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Mary E. Flye, aged fifty years (b. NH). Herman R. Flye rented their house at 56 South Street, for $40 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Herman R. Flye, a steam railroad train dispatcher, aged sixty years (b. MA), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Mary E. Flye, aged sixty years (b. NH). Both had attended four years of high school. Herman R. Flye rented their house at 56 South Street. They had resided in the same house in 1935.

TEA TABLE CHATTER. It was a Golden Wedding anniversary celebration for Mr. and Mrs. Herman R. Flye when they dined at the Skyline this week as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis G. Applegate. Others in the party were L. Mabel Harding, Mrs. W.E. Long more, Mrs. Rena Lord, Mrs. Mary C. Leland and Phineas and Mary Kinney. All are Winter Parkers except Mrs. Leland, who is visiting from Waterford, Conn. (Orlando Evening Star, February 4, 1955).

Herman R. Flye died in FL, in 1959.

Edna N. Calkins – 190?-0?

Edna Nettie Calkins was born in Trescott, ME, October 15, 1882, daughter of Henry G. and Emma M. (Lancaster) Calkins. (She was the older sister of Josie M. Calkins, who became a Nute Ridge teacher).

Edna Calkins, then a Nute High school student, aged sixteen years, suffered a serious accidental injury while working at the paper mill. (Then owned by Alvah Shurtleff). Her recovery prevented her from graduating with her own Nute High School Class of 1898. She graduated instead with the Nute High School Class of 1900.

MILTON. Bad Accident at Paper Mill. A painful and sad accident occurred Saturday at the paper mill. Miss Edna Calkins, who has been employed there the past few months, had her hand nearly severed from her wrist. She stood by a cutting machine, which was not in motion at the time, but which suddenly started, and the knife came down upon her hand. Drs. Hart and Wallace, who are attending the unfortunate young lady, hope to be able to save the thumb and one finger of this hand. Miss Calkins is a highly respected young lady, sixteen years of age. She was a member of the Nute high school, class of ’98, but owing to her delicate health her friends thought it better for her to rest from her studies for a time, and enter upon another year in September. She has the heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends (Farmington News, May 27, 1898).

Edna N. Calkins’ schoolmate and friend was Bessie A. Plummer, who was born in Milton, July 8, 1880, daughter of George H. and Mary P. (Hayes) Plummer. Edna would visit with and be visited by Mrs. Plummer and Miss Plummer (later to be Mrs. Twombly) often over the years.

WEST MILTON. Miss Bessie Plummer had been enjoying a few days with her friend Miss Edna Calkins at South Milton (Farmington News, October 20, 1899).

John W. Avery, a shoe cutter, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eleven years), aged thirty-two years (b. ME), his ward, Gertrude Gatchell, aged twelve (b. ME), and his boarder, Edna Calkins, at school, aged eighteen (b. ME). John W. Avery owned their house, free-and-clear.

WEST MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins, class of 1900 Nute high school, is visiting at the home of her friend, Miss Bessie Plummer (Farmington News, July 6, 1900).

WEST MILTON. Miss Jessie Calkins of South Milton spent the day, Tuesday, with her sister, Miss Edna Calkins (Farmington News, August 3, 1900).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Edna and Jessie Calkins are boarding at Mrs. Hersom’s (Farmington News, December 14, 1900).

MILTON. Work at the paper mill is rushing … Miss Edna Calkins is working at the paper mill (Farmington News, December 21, 1900).

Edna Calkins was described in September 1903 as being a former Hare Road school teacher. She was herself in her final year as a Nute High student during the 1899-00 academic year. Her time as a Hare Road school teacher would seem to have taken place probably in one or more of the 1900-01, 1901-02, or 1902-03 academic years.

Edna N. Calkins’ friend, Bessie A. Plummer, married in Milton, June 30, 1903, Bertrand E. Twombly, both of Milton. Rev. Myron P. Dickey performed the ceremony.

PERSONAL. Miss Edna Calkins of Milton was in town this week (Farmington News, September 11, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. George Plummer was visited last week by Miss Edna Calkins of Milton, a former teacher at the Hare road school (Farmington News, September 18, 1903).

MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins is teaching school at West Lebanon, Me. (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

Miss Edna Calkins, W. Lebanon, had seven votes in a Boston Globe educational contest in September 1904 (Boston Globe, September 22, 1904). She appeared also early on as a teacher, Milton, with thirty-four votes, just a week later (Boston Globe, September 28, 1904). This sort of contest was a newspaper promotion. Ballots were printed in the newspaper. One might send in as many as one liked (to the extent that one could purchase newspapers). Likely many of her students and other well-wishers voted more than once. Her total, consolidated under her W. Lebanon location, rose to 2,180 votes before the contest ended (Boston Globe, December 14, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins of Milton was the guest of Mrs. B.E. Twombly, Sunday (Farmington News, October 28, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins was a guest of Mrs. G.H. Plumer and Mrs. B.E. Twombly over Sunday (Farmington News, November 18, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins is the guest of Mrs. George Plumer and her daughter, Mrs. B.E. Twombly (Farmington News, February 10, 1905).

Edna L. Calkins of North Rochester appeared in the Rochester directory of 1905, as a Grade VII and VIII teacher at Rochester’s [New] High School in April 1905.

Edna N. Calkins married in Milton, June 17, 1905, Charles [W.] Tucker, she of Milton and he of Lebanon, ME. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years; he was employed in a mill, aged twenty-nine years. Rev. Myron P. Dickey performed the ceremony. Tucker was born in Lebanon, ME, circa 1876, son of George and Augusta (Ellis) Tucker.

Charles W. Tucker, a leatherboard mill molder, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edna M. Tucker, a public school teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), his child, Raymond C. Tucker, aged two years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Emma M. Calkins, aged forty-five years (b. ME). Charles W. Tucker owned their house, with a mortgage. Edna M. Tucker was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. Emma M. Calkins (married twenty-seven years) was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

Charles W. Tucker, a leatherboard mill molder, aged forty-four years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edna c. Tucker, a private school teacher, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), and his children, Raymond C. Tucker, aged twelve years (b. MH), and Avis L. Tucker, aged seven years (b. NH). Charles W. Tucker owned their house in West Lebanon Village, with a mortgage.

Edna C. Tucker, a public school teacher, aged forty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Pittsfield, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Avis L. Tucker, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and Joseph G. Tucker, aged nine years (b. ME). Edna C. Tucker rented their portion of a multi-family residence at 21 Carroll Street for $15 per month.

Charles W. Tucker, a molder, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edna C. Tucker, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), and his child, Joseph G. Tucker, a shoe shop block cutter, aged nineteen years (b. ME). Charles W. Tucker owned their house, which was valued at $500. They had resided in an “R,” i.e., rural place, in Belknap County, in 1935. Charles W. Tucker and Joseph G. Tucker had graduated from the eighth grade, while Edna C. Tucker had one year of college.

Edna N. (Calkins) Tucker died January 8, 1964. Charles W. Tucker died November 23, 1966.

N. Susan “Susie” Fletcher – 1900

Nellie Susan Fletcher was born in Hollis, ME, in November 1878, daughter of Tristram H. and Emily F. (Benson) Fletcher.

Tristrum H. Fletcher, an shoe edge trimmer, aged sixty-five years (b. MA), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-four years), Emily F. Fletcher, aged sixty-four years (b. ME), and his child, Nellie S. Fletcher, a teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. ME). Tristrum H. Fletcher owned their house at 6 Mt. Pleasant street, free-and-clear. Emily F. Fletcher was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

WEST MILTON. Mr. Charles Downing is transporting pupils from Downingville to the Hare road school (Farmington News, September 29, 1899).

WEST MILTON. The spring term of the Hare Road school, taught by Miss Susie Fletcher of Farmington, closed last Friday. A program consisting of recitations and dialogues was much enjoyed by those present. The decorations were very pretty and skillful fingers deserve a word of praise. At the close of the exercises Miss Fletcher presented her pupils with dainty and useful gifts in token of her appreciation of their efforts to make the term one of the most enjoyable she had ever taught (Farmington News, July 6, 1900).

Miss Susan Fletcher appeared in the Farmington directory of 1902 and 1905, as a teacher, boarding at 6 Mt. Pleasant street. Tristram H. Fletcher, a shoe operative, had his house at 6 Mt. Pleasant street.

CHIP’S CONTRIBUTION. Miss N. Susie Fletcher, who has been teaching school at West Townsend, Vt., returned home Thursday of last week (Farmington News, February 14, 1902).

LOCAL. Miss N. Susie Fletcher has returned home after a successful term of teaching at Canobie Lake (Farmington News, July 4, 1902).

CHIP’S CONTRIBUTION. Miss N. Susie Fletcher is at Brockton, Mass., this week (Farmington News, September 12, 1902).

Miss N. Susie Fletcher was teacher of the Centre school in New Durham, NH, during the 1902-03 academic year.

NEW DURHAM. A school concert was given Friday evening, July 3, by the New Durham Centre school. The program consisted of flag and doll drills, recitations and songs, with a farce entitled “Deception,” which was given by the older members of the school, kindly assisted by Richard Miller and Winnie Miller, formerly members of the school. . (Farmington News, July 10, 1903).

Miss N. Susie Fletcher was teacher of the Grade 7 class at the Farmington Main street intermediate school in March 1905.

PERSONAL. Miss N. Susie Fletcher is visiting relatives and friends in Lynn and Brockton, Mass., for a few days (Farmington News, March 24, 1905).

N. Susie Fletcher married in Lynn, MA, February 27, 1907, Charles E. Child, both of Farmington, NH. He was a clerk, aged twenty years, and she was an operative, aged twenty-eight years. He was born in Farmington, NH, circa 1887, son of Charles E. and Elizabeth (Drew) Child. (The Lynn clerk scrambled the names, reporting the groom and his father as being named Charles E. Drew, and the groom’s mother as being named Elizabeth Child).

LOCAL. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Childs (N. Susie Fletcher) were in town over Sunday. As this was Mrs. Childs’ first visit home since her marriage, several of her young lady friends took occasion to call Saturday evening and present her with a nice picture, as a wedding gift (Farmington News, April 26, 1907).

LOCAL. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Child of Lynn were in town over Sunday, visiting relatives (Farmington News, June 14, 1907).

Charles E. Child, an electrical machinist, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of three years), Nellie S. Child, aged thirty years (b. ME), and his child, Charles E.T. Child, aged two years (b. NH). Charles E. Child owned their house on Glen Street, free-and-clear. Nellie S. Child was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Charles E. Child, a garage keeper, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Nellie S. Child, aged forty-one years (b. ME), and his children, Charles E.T. Child, aged twelve years (b. MA), Florence E. Child, aged nine years (b. NH), Ethel M. Child, aged three years, six months years (b. NH). E. Charles Child owned their house at 6 Mt. Pleasant Street, free-and-clear.

E. Charles Child, a garage mechanic, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his his wife (of twenty-eight years), Susie Child, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), and his children, Charles E.T. Child, a garage mechanic, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), Florence E. Child, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Ethel M. Child, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and James H. Child, aged ten years (b. NH). E. Charles Child owned their house at 9 Mt. Pleasant Street, which was valued at $1,000. They had a radio set.

N. Susie (Fletcher) Child died June 12, 1933, aged fifty-four years.

IN MEMORIAM. Mrs. N. Susie Child. This community and many intimate friends sorrow with the family of Mrs. N. Susie Child, wife of Charles E. Child, whose death occurred as the result of an automobile accident early Monday morning on the state road near the Barnstead-Alton town line. Mr. and Mrs. Child and their younger son were returning from Milford where they had made a Sunday trip to leave their older daughter, Florence, who is a teacher in the public schools of that town. Mrs. Child was in the front seat with her husband and was thrown out when the top of the car came in contact with a tree, shattering the glass and unlatching the door. A physician was called from Alton by telephone and Mr. Child drove on to meet him, but as soon as it was possible to make examination it was determined that death had been instantaneous. It appears that accident had occurred as the Child car rounded a banked curve, causing it to careen, and the front wheels broke through the surface at the edge of the road., throwing it out of control. The deceased was 54 years of age, a native of Hollis, Me., the daughter of Tristram and Emily (Benson) Fletcher. As a small child she came to Farmington with her parents and since had lived in this village, where she was educated in the public schools and graduated from Farmington high school with the class of 1897. For a number of years she was a teacher in the upper grades at the high school building, and also taught at Glen street and at the Hare Road school in West Milton. In her younger days she displayed remarkable talents in the field of art and was a woman of culture and refinement. In 1907 she was married to Mr. Child. Since this union she had devoted herself to a loving family circle which is sadly afflicted by this tragic death. For several years the deceased had been in frail health and was just recovering from a severe accident of several months ago. Mrs. Child was a member of Minnehaha Rebekah lodge and the Farmington High School Alumni association. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Miss Florence Child, who is a member of the class graduating from Keene Normal school this week and a practice teacher in Milford, and Miss Ethel Child of this village, two sons, Charles E.T. Child, and James Henry Child, of this village, a half-sister, a half-brother and numerous relatives farther removed. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church this Wednesday afternoon at 1.30, with Rev. D.H. Smith officiating. Interment was in Farmington cemetery, with committal services (Farmington News, [Friday,] June 16, 1933).

Her younger daughter, Ethel Child, died in Rochester, NH, February 24, 1934. Charles E. Child died in 1974.

Elfrida M. Peacock – 1901-02

Elfrida Mabel Peacock was born in Solon, ME, August 2, 1881, daughter of Robert M. and Ada M. (Lee) Peacock.

Elfrida M. Peacock was one of the three students who shared a three-way tie for public speaking at the Nute High School graduation ceremony for the Class of 1899. (She was then a junior).

LOCALS. Many Farmington friends of pupils in the Nute high school in MIlton will be interested in knowing that Miss Nellie Frances Nute of West Milton, Miss Elfrida M. Peacock of Nute Ridge and Carl Percy of Union are the three speakers at the graduating exercises of the class of ’99 who were decided upon as too nearly equal in the merit of their work for any distinction in rank to be made in the award of the three prizes offered. Miss Pansy E. Wallace, formerly of this village, is another of the speakers in whom readers of the News have a special interest. It is to be remembered that all the speaking was so high in character that it was difficult even to choose any as best. The judges are congratulated upon their impartiality and their appreciation of the exercises (Farmington News, June 23, 1899).

Robert M. Peacock, a clergyman, aged fifty-one years (b. Canada), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Ada M. Peacock, aged forty years (b. ME), and his children, Elfie M. Peacock, at school, aged eighteen years (b. ME), Harold L. Peacock, at school, aged twelve years (b. MA), Robert B. Peacock, aged five years (b. MA), and Alfred G. Peacock, aged one year (b. NH). Robert M. Peacock rented their house. Ada M. Peacock was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Elfrida Peacock is spending the week at Milton Ridge, as the guest of her friend Miss Orinda Plummer. Miss Peacock, a graduate this June of Nute high school, expects to take an extended course at a Normal school this fall (Farmington News, July 20, 1900).

WEST MILTON. The school on the Hare road, taught by Miss Elfrida Peacock, closes this Friday (Farmington News, February 7, 1902).

WEST MILTON. Owing to the illness of Miss Peacock, the Hare road school will not begin until April 14 (Farmington News, April 11, 1902).

Moulton, Seth Augustine - per James Snyder
Seth Augustine Moulton (per James Snyder)

Elfrida Mabel Peacock married in Milton, September 3, 1903, Seth Augustine Moulton, both of Milton. Her father, Rev. Robert M. Peacock, performed the ceremony. Moulton was born in Lowell, MA, circa 1875-76, son of Charles E. and Clara (Russ) Moulton.

SOMERSET. Invitations have been received here for the wedding of Miss Elfrida Mabel Peacock, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Robert Peacock, to Mr. Seth Augustine Moulton, on Thursday, Sept 3, at Milton. Miss Peacock is very well known here, where her father was pastor of the First Congregational church for five years (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), August 24, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Elfrida M. Peacock was united in marriage to Mr. Seth Moulton of Milton, by the bride’s father Thursday. In the afternoon a reception was held at her home and many beautiful presents were received. Mr. and Mrs. Moulton have gone to the mountains on their wedding tour (Farmington News, September 11, 1903).

Seth A. Moulton, a civil engineer, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), headed a Portland, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seven years), Elfrida P. Moulton, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), his children, Lorna A. Moulton, aged five years (b. NH), and Olivia R. Moulton, aged three years (b. NH), his mother, Mrs. Clara A. Moulton, a widow, aged sixty-two years (b. MA), and his servant, Delia T. Duffey, a private family servant, aged twenty-four years (b. Ireland (Eng.)). Seth A. Moulton rented their house at 22 Clifton Street. Elfrida P. Moulton was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. Mrs. Clara A. Moulton was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Augustus Moulton, a consulting engineer, aged forty-four years (b. MA), headed a Cambridge, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seven years), Alfrida M. Moulton, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), his children, Lorna A. Moulton, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Olivia F. Moulton, aged twelve years (b. NH), his mother, Clara A. Moulton, a widow, aged sixty-eight years (b. MA). Augustus Moulton rented their house at 120 Brattle Street.

Seth A. Moulton, a consulting engineer, aged fifty-four years (b. MA), headed a Los Angeles, CA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Elfrida M. Moulton, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), and his child, Lorna A. Moulton, a public school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH). Seth A. Moulton rented their residence in the Lil Mar Apartments, in the Assembly District, for $65 per month. They had a radio set.

Florence E. Wallinder, a life insurance typist, aged thirty-eight years (b. NY), headed a Long Beach, CA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Marian R. Wallinder, aged fourteen years (b. CA), and her lodgers, Elfrida Moulton, aged fifty-eight (b. ME), and Lorna A. Moulton, aged thirty-four years (b. NH). Florence E. Wallinder rented their residence at 1000 Elm Avenue, for $30 per month. (Seth A. Moulton, a chemical engineer, aged sixty-four years (b. MA), was a guest at the Woodward Hotel, on West 55th Street, in New York, NY, at the same time).

Seth A. Moulton died in 1945. Elfrida (Peacock) Moulton died in Augusta, ME, December 3, 1969.

Jessie F. Butler – 1902-03

Jessie F. Butler was born in Berwick, ME, in 1882, daughter of Oren H. and Oriana “Orrie” (Chellis) Butler.

Orrin C. Butler, a soap manufacturer, aged fifty-six years (b. ME), headed a Berwick, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife (of six years), Bessie Butler, aged forty years (b. ME), his children, Arthur C. Butler, aged twenty-nine years (b. ME), Clarence O. Butler, soap business, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), Jessie F. Butler, a school teacher, aged eighteen years (b. ME), Dean Butler, at school, aged five years (b. ME), Ella Butler, aged three years (b. ME), and Harry Butler, aged two years (b. ME), his lodger, James Carol, a farm hand, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and his servant, Blanche Boivin, a houseworker, aged twenty-three years (b. New Brunswick (Canada (Fr.)). Orrin C. Butler owned their house, free-and-clear. Bessie Butler was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. Schools began Monday. Miss Hattie Campnell has her same school at Nute Ridge, Miss Jessie Butler of Berwick teaches on the Hare road and Miss Daisy Davis of Rochester the West Milton school (Farmington News, September 12, 1902).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has been substituting at the Hare Road school this week, on account of the illness of Miss Butler (Farmington News, January 2, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The school on the Hare road taught by Miss Jessie Butler and the Nute Ridge school taught by Miss Hattie Campbell closed last Friday (Farmington News, February 6, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Jessie Butler of Berwick, Me., a former teacher of the Hare Road school, has been visiting friends in this vicinity (Farmington News, October 23, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Jessie Butler of Somersworth is spending Christmas holidays with Mrs. John Nute and friends (Farmington News, January 1, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The last meeting of the [In-As-Much] Society was with Mrs. Nellie Hayes, with an attendance of fifteen. Three were visitors, who are always welcome. The work was the tacking of a puff for Miss Jessie Butler of Somersworth (Farmington News, February 3, 1905).

WEST MILTON. The friends of Miss Jessie Butler, formerly a teacher here, will be interested to know that she is at present teaching in Munsonville [Nelson, NH]. In January she will have two weeks recess, during which time she will visit in this vicinity (Farmington News, November 23, 1906).

Jessie F. Butler married in Berwick, ME, June 16, 1907, Charles L. Batchelder, she of Berwick and he of North Hampton, NH. He was a farmer, aged twenty-two years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-five years. He was born in North Hampton, NH, in 1886, son of Charles and Martha M. (Brown) Batchelder.

Charles L. Batchelder, an express [company] chauffeur, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), headed a North Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Jessie B. Batchelder, aged twenty-four years (b. ME), and his boarder, Mercy H. Roberts, own income, aged seventy-four years (b. NH). Charles L. Batchelder rented their house.

Charles L. Batchelder, a garage proprietor, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a North Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Jessie B. Batchelder, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), Martha A. Batchelder, aged nine years (b. NH), Eleanor C. Batchelder, aged six years (b. NH), Helen A. Batchelder, aged four years (b. NH), and Mary C. Batchelder, aged eleven months (b. NH). Charles L. Batchelder rented their house on Atlantic Avenue.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Charles Batchelder of Hampton, with her four little girls, was at the Appleby farm for several days last week, She formerly was Jessie Butler, and before her marriage was a teacher for many successful terms in West Milton (Farmington News, October 27, 1922).

Charles L. Batchelder, a public garage man, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a North Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Jessie B Batchelder, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), Martha A. Batchelder, a public garage taxi driver, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Eleanor C. Batchelder, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Helen A Batchelder, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and M. Charlotte Batchelder, aged eleven years (b. NH). Charles L. Batchelder owned their farm on Atlantic Avenue. They had a radio set.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Charles Batchelder of North Hampton, with her four daughters, spent the week-end at Russell Wentworth’s house. Mrs. Batchelder was Jessie Butler, who was a former teacher at the Hare road school in 1901-02. Eleanor Batchelder favored the Nute chapel with violin music at the morning service (Farmington News, October 16, 1931).

Charles L. Batchelder died in 1938.

Jessie Batchelder, a trucking proprietor, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), headed a North Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Charlotte Batchelder, a hairdresser, aged twenty-one years (b. NH). Jessie Batchelder owned their house at 21 Atlantic Avenue, which was valued at $6,000.

Jessie F. (Butler) Batchelder died in Hampton, NH, April 15, 1973, aged ninety-one years.

Minerva R. Perry – 1903

Minerva Roxy Perry was born in Strafford, NH, May 26, 1871, daughter of John H. and Roxanna M. “Roxie” (Rundlett) Perry.

Minerva R. Perry taught the Fall term at least at the Wednesday Hill school in Lee, NH, during the 1890-91 academic year. Lee usually sent its few Wednesday Hill students to Packer’s Falls in Durham, NH, but found on this occasion that they had enough to reopen their own Wednesday Hill school.

But in the fall there were 10 scholars in Wednesday Hill and it was decided to run one term of 10 weeks, in the old school house. Although it may not be a disadvantage to change teachers occasionally, we do not consider it as well for the scholars to attend first one school, and then another, not being in any particular class and often alone. At Wednesday Hill we find the attendance very good, whole number 10, average 8; but the teacher was obliged to record what seemed to us an unnecessary number of instances of tardiness, taking into consideration the nearness of all the scholars. There are but five families and they are all very near the schoolhouse. The teacher, Miss Perry, encountered the same obstacles there that other teachers have found and met them as successfully as those before her have (Annual Report of the School Board of Lee, For the Year Ending March 31, 1891).

She received $28 per month, making $70 total, which she was paid November 14, 1890. (J.S. Jenkins was paid $2.25 for firewood for the school house). Miss Perry taught Reading, Spelling, and Penmanship to all ten students; Arithmetic to eight students; Geography to seven students; Grammar to eight students; History to three students; Composition to eight students; Physiology to one student; and Algebra and Bookkeeping to one student.

Miss Minerva R. Perry held the office of Lecturer at the Bow Lake Grange, in Strafford, NH, in 1893.

John H. Perry, a farmer, aged seventy-three years (b. NH), headed a Strafford, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-three years), Roxie Perry, aged seventy years (b. NH), and his children, Minerva R. Perry, a school teacher, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), and Cornelia R. Perry, an invalid, aged thirty-three years (b. NH). John H. Perry owned their farm, free-and-clear. Roxie Perry was the mother of six children, of whom six were still living. (Cornelia R. Perry had been married for eight years).

Minerva R. Perry appeared in the Strafford directories of 1900 and 1902, as a teacher at the Daniels school, No. 18, boarding with John H. Perry, Strafford, Bow Lake.

WEST MILTON. The school at Nute Ridge began this week with the same teacher, Miss Campbell. The Hare road school will begin next Monday. Miss Pratt from Bow Pond will teach. The West Milton school will be discontinued, the scholars being conveyed to Nute Ridge (Farmington News, April 3, 1903).

WEST MILTON. We wish to correct the mistake in the name of the teacher of the Hare road school as given last week. It should have been Miss Perry not Miss Pratt (Farmington News, April 10, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry spent Sunday of last week with Mrs. Jennie French at Farmington (Farmington News, May 15, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry went to her home at Bow Lake Friday for a visit. On her return she was accompanied by her father (Farmington News, May 22, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The exercises at the Hare road schoolhouse Friday were very impressive and well attended. They were in charge of the two teachers, Miss Perry and Miss Campbell. Appropriate remarks were made by Rev. R.M. Peacock, and by Messrs. Jordan and Johnson, who represented the G.A.R. Post of Milton (Farmington News, June 5, 1903).

Miss Minerva R. Perry taught at the South Milton school during the 1903-04 academic year.

WEST MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry, who is teaching the South Milton school, was a guest of Mm G W Tasker over Sunday (Farmington News, January 22, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. G.H. Hurd had the pleasure of a visit last Saturday from Miss Minerva Perey. She was a former teacher of the Hare road school and is now teaching at South Milton (Farmington News, February 19, 1904).

Minerva Roxy Perry married in Rochester, NH, May 18, 1904, John Leslie Sanders. He was born in Swanville, ME, February 28, 1868, son of Permit P. and Rebecca (Cunningham) Sanders.

MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry, who formerly taught school in town, was married at her home in Strafford May 18, by Rev. John Manter of Rochester, to Rev. John L. Sanders of Dexter, Me. (Farmington News, May 27, 1904).

John L. Sanders, an F.B. [Free Baptist] Church minister, aged forty-two years (b. ME), headed a Charlestown, RI, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Minerva R. Sanders, aged forty-eight [thirty-eight] years (b. NH), and his children, Helen R. Sanders, aged three years (b. RI), and Winifred E. Sanders, aged two years (b. RI). Rev. Sanders rented their house. Minerva R. Sanders was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

John L. Sanders, a Free Baptist minister, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Minerva R. Sanders, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Helen R. Sanders, aged thirteen years (b. RI), Winifred E. Sanders, aged eleven years (b. RI), Irene R. Sanders, aged seven years (b. ME), and Phyliss L. Sanders, aged six years (b. ME). Rev. Sanders rented their house on Church Street, in Gonic village.

John L. Sanders, a Baptist Church clergyman, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), headed a Portland, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Minerva R. Sanders, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Irene R. Sanders, aged seventeen years (b. ME), and Phyliss L. Sanders, aged sixteen years (b. ME). Rev. Sanders rented their house at 1435 Congress Street, for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set.

John L. Sanders died in Derry, NH, July 17, 1955. Minerva R. (Perry) Sanders died in Swanville, ME, December 27, 1964, aged ninety-three years.

MORNING DEATH NOTICES. SANDERS – In Swanville, Me., Dec. 27, Minerva R., 93 years, widow of Rev. John L. Sanders. Funeral services at the Coombs funeral Home in Belfast, Me., Tuesday,. Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. (Boston Globe, December 28, 1964).

Blanche E. McCrellis – 1904

Blanche Edna McCrellis was born in East Rochester, NH, September 17, 1883, daughter of Fred H. and Edith E. “Stella” (Howe) McCrellis.

Clara McCrellis, a widow, aged seventy-three years (b. ME), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her son, Fred McCrellis, a spinner, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and her grandchildren, Blanch McCrellis, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Lola McCrellis, at school, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Bertha McCrellis, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH). Clara McCrellis owned their house at 7 Mill street, free-and-clear; she was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

It would seem that the Hare Road school pupils attended the West Milton school for the Fall term of the 1903-04 academic year. Miss Blanche McCrellis taught the Hare Road school for the Winter and Spring terms.

WEST MILTON. School began Monday with the following teachers: Miss Ora Dickey at West Milton; Miss Hattie Campbell, Nute Ridge school. Mr. Doughty convoys the students from Downingville and the Hare road to the West Milton school (Farmington News, September 18, 1903).

NEWS OF THE STATE. Banner Grange of East Rochester has elected the following officers: Master, E.A. Corson; overseer, Henry Varney; lecturer, Mabel Wiggin; assistant steward, A.I. Richards; chaplain, Flora Shorey; treasurer, C.A. Sleeper; secretary, Sabra J.  Corson; gatekeeper, John Baker; Pomona, Blanche McCrillis; Flora, Oriana Baker; Ceres, Mrs. Henry Varney; lady assistant steward, Mrs. Frank W. Walsh; pianist, Grace Shorey; steward, John C. Bigelow (Farmington News, January 1, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Daisy Davis and Blanche McCrellis spent the Memorial recess at their homes in Rochester (Farmington News, June 3, 1904).

WEST MILTON. School in this section closed last Friday. Miss McCrellis, teacher of the Hare road school, returned to her home Wednesday. Miss Davis of the West Milton school will remain with her aunt, Mrs. Annie Cook, over the Fourth (Farmington News, July 1, 1904).

Fred H. McCrellis, a woolen mill jack fixer, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Blanche E. McCrellis, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), and his granddaughter, Edrie E. McCrellis, aged four years (b. NH). Fred H. McCrellis rented their house at 16 Green Street

Fred H. McCrellis, a woolen mill loom fixer, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife [daughter], Blanche E. McCrellis, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), and his grandchildren, Odrie M. McCrellis, a shoe factory worker, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Otto N. McCrellis, aged nine years (b. NH). Fred H. McCrellis rented their house at 16 Green Street.

EAST ROCHESTER, N.H., MAYOR IS VOTED BEST-LOOKING MAN. Councilman Gets Title of Homeliest in Beauty Contest – Three Women Judges. EAST ROCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 20 – According to information that has leaked out, Mayor Elihu A. Corson won the contest for the best-looking man, and Councilman Harry G. Bickford for the homeliest-looking man in the beauty contest staged in connection with the regular meeting of Banner Grange here Wednesday night. Mayor Corson was presented with a mirror and Councilman Bickford with a vanity case. The judges were three women. Miss Blanche McCrillis, Mrs. Mary Frye and Mrs. Cora Bucklin. There were 15 contestants and they represented three Granges, Banner of this place, Lebanon, of Center Lebanon, Me, and Crown Point Grange of Stratford Corner (Boston Globe, January 20, 1928).

Fred H. McCrellis, a woolen mill loom fixer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Blanche McCrellis, aged forty-six years (b. NH), and his grandson, Otto N. McCrellis, a shoe factory laborer, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Fred H. McCrellis rented their house at 16 Green Street, for $10 per month. They had a radio set.

Blanche E. McCrellis died in East Rochester, NH, February 10, 1939, aged fifty-five years, four months, and twenty days. Edrie M. Carpenter of East Rochester, NH, supplied the information.

Alice L. Patterson – 1904-05

Alice Louise Patterson was born in Brookline, MA, October 14, 1877, daughter of James and Catherine (Campbell) Patterson.

James Patterson, an insurance co. office janitor, aged sixty-two years (b. Ireland), headed a Brookline, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-five years), Catherine Patterson, aged sixty years (b. Ireland), his children, Mary [(Patterson)] Massie, a public teacher, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), William Patterson, a machine salesman, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA), Alice L. Patterson, a music teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), his grandchild, Mildred P. Massie, aged seven years (b. MA), and his lodger, J. Tina Grant, a dressmaker, aged twenty-six years (b. Canada (Eng.)). James Patterson rented their house at 101 Harvard Street. Catherine Patterson was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Alice L. Patterson, teacher in the Hare Road district, returned to her home in Brookline for the vacation (Farmington News, December 30, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Alice Patterson has gone to Newbury, Vt., to visit Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Gilman (Farmington News, September 25, 1908).

Catherine C. Patterson, a widow, aged seventy-one years (b. Ireland), headed a Brookline, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Mary E. Masse, a public school teacher, aged forty-four years (b. MA), and Alice L. Patterson, a music teacher, aged thirty-two years (b. MA), and her granddaughter, Mildred P. Masse, aged seventeen years (b. MA). Catherine C. Patterson rented their house at 86 Brook Street. Catherine C. Patterson was the mother of six children, of whom four were still living. Mary E. Masse was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Alice Louise Patterson married in Brookline, MA, August 24, 1910, Lewis Walter Harriman, both of Brookline. He was a custodian, aged thirty years, and she was a teacher, aged thirty-two years. He was born in North Conway, NH, November 2, 1879, son of Ezra C. and Alice M. (Burbank) Harriman.

Lewis W. Harriman, a box board co. engineer, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Wayland, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice L. Harriman, aged forty years (b. MA), and his mother-in-law, a widow, aged eighty years (b. Ireland (Eng.)). Lewis W. Harriman owned their house at 49 Plain Street.

Lewis W. Harriman, a box factory machinist, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Wayland, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Alice L. Harriman, aged fifty-two years (b. MA). Lewis W. Harriman owned their house at 49 W. Plain Street, which was valued at $7,000. They had a radio set.

Lewis W. Harriman died in Wayland, MA, April 26, 1939.

Alice L. Harriman, a widow, aged sixty years (b. MA), headed a Wayland, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Alice L. Harriman owned her house at 49 W. Plain Street, which was valued at $1,800. She had resided in the same house in 1935.

Miss Whitaker – 1905-06

Miss Whitaker remains elusive. At this point all that is known is that she hailed from Conway, NH, and had relatives in Boston, MA. A Miss Helen E. Whitaker from Conway, NH, graduated from Nute High School with the Class of 1916, but she would have been too young to teach at the Hare Road school in 1905-06.

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school opened this week for the winter term, with Miss Whitaker as teacher. She is from Conway (Farmington News, December 8, 1905).

WEST MILTON. Miss Whitaker, teacher of the Hare road school, spent the Christmas vacation with relatives in Boston (Farmington News, January 5, 1906). 

WEST MILTON. Washington’s birthday was observed Friday afternoon at the Hare road school by appropriate exercises (Farmington News, March 2, 1906).

Hare Road School Not in Session – 1908-09

The Milton directory of 1909 did not mention any Hare Road school teacher (although those for Plummer’s Ridge, Nute’s Ridge, and the South Milton schools, as well as those teaching in the Milton Grammar school, were all identified).

Alice M. (Brownell) Canney – 1916-17

Alice M. Brownell was born in Dover, NH, November 2, 1886, daughter of William A. and Sarah S. (Brown) Brownell.

Alice M. Brownell married (1st) in Dover, NH, June 28, 1911, Carl B. Canney, she of Dover, and he of Milton. He was born in Milton, July 11, 1884, son of George D. and Addie B. (Hatch) Canney.

Mrs. Alice M. Canney taught the Hare Road school in the Spring term of 1916-17 academic year. Her usual place was at the nearby West Milton school, from which she brought also her West Milton students for this term. (A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23).

West Milton.  The Hare Road school was reopened last Monday with Mrs. Alice Canney as teacher and an initial enrollment of eight pupils. Mrs. John Grace will transport the pupils from the West Milton district (Farmington News, April 20, 1917).

West Milton. The Hare road and Nute Ridge schools close this Friday for the summer vacation (Farmington News, June 15, 1917).

Marion I. Dixon – 1917-18

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

William A. Dickson, a leather-board mill superintendent, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a Milton [“Milton-Town”] household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Hattie Dickson, aged thirty-four years (b. MA); his children, Marion I. Dickson, aged fourteen years (b. MA), Hazel M. Dickson, aged five years (b. NH), and Carlyn P. Dickson, aged two years (b. NH); and his in-laws William V. Newell, aged sixty-six years (b. MA), and Lucy H. Newell, aged sixty-six years (b. MA). William A. Dickson rented their house. Hattie M. Dickson was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living. The Newells had been married forty-six years, during which time she had been the mother of five children, of whom four were still living.  They resided next-door to the Spaulding workers’ hotel or barracks, with its numbered immigrant workers.

Marion I. Dickson graduated from Nute High School with the Class of 1911.

Mrs. Hattie M. (Newell) Dickson died in Milton, December 20, 1914. William A. Dickson advertised for a housekeeper to care for his family of five in August 1915. He married (2nd) in East Rochester, NH, May 21, 1918, Grace E. Harwood, a teacher at the Milton Grammar school.

Marion I. Dickson, appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as a student at the Plymouth Normal school, with her home at W.A.D.’s, on South Main street. William A. Dickson, superintendent at Spaulding’s, had his house on South Main street, in the third house beyond the railroad crossing.

WEST MILTON. Improvements are being made on the Hare road school buildings (Farmington News, October 17, 1917).

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

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school is in session and Miss Marion Dixon of Milton has returned as teacher (Farmington News, April 12, 1918).

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

William A. Dickson, a leather-board mill superintendent, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Milton [“Milton-Town”] household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Hattie Dickson, aged thirty-six [forty-five] years (b. MA); his children, Marion I. Dickson, a grammar school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), Hazel M. Dickson, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Carlyne P. Dickson, aged twelve years (b. NH); and his servant, Isabel H. Mansfield, a private family servant, aged fifty-four years (b. ME). William A. Dickson rented their house on the Wakefield Road, i.e., White Mountain Highway, in South Milton. They resided still next-door to the Spaulding workers’ hotel or barracks.

Marion I. Dickson appeared in the Annual Report of Conway, NH, of 1926, as a school teacher, with a salary of $1,050. She taught grades 7 and 8 (Conway Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1926).

Scituate. Yesterday Harold A. Wingate, former superintendent of schools at Center Ossipee, N.H., assumed his newly appointed position as superintendent of schools here. He met the teachers for instructions. Schools opened today with a record enrollment. Owing to resignations several new teachers were added to the staff. New principals will have charge of both grammar schools. At the Jenkins School Le Roy Fuller, for 10 years teacher in Belmont Junior High School, will be principal. Miss Marion Dickson, former principal of Conway, N.H., grammar school; Miss Florence Toomey of Bridgewater and Miss Helen Pearl of West Boxford have joined the Jenkins School staff. At the Hatherly School the new principal is George W. Burrill of Newport, Me, and Miss Helen Knox of Exeter, N H, Is a teacher (Boston Globe, September 26, 1926).

James T. Larkin, a chain store manager, aged forty-five years (b. Irish Free State), headed a Scituate, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Annie E. Larkin, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), and his boarder, Marion I. Dickson, a public school teacher, aged thirty-four years (b. MA). James T. Larkin rented their house on First Parish Road, for $30 per month. They had a radio set.

Marion I. Dickson appeared in the Annual Report of Boscawen, NH, of 1933, as a school teacher, with a salary of $1,050 (Boscawen Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1933).

Marion I. Dickson appeared in the Annual Report of Boscawen, NH, of 1939 as its grammar school principal, and teacher of grades 7 and 8, with a salary of $1,100 (Boscawen Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1939).

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

Marion I. (Dickson) Sanderson died in 1969. James H. Sanderson died in 1977.

Lizzie M. (Whittier) Drew – 1918-20

Lizzie M. Whittier was born in NH, circa May 1877, daughter of George and Nancy A. (Moody) Whittier.

Lizzie M. Whittier married in Farmington, NH, September 9, 1899, Charles E. Drew, she of Farmington and he of Alton, NH. He was born in Alton, NH, circa 1875, son of Charles G. and Hannah (Watson) Drew.

Nancy A. Whittier, a widow, aged seventy-one years (b. ME), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Mary E.A.C. Whittier, aged forty years (b. NH), and her boarders, Ernest C. Drew, a blacksmith, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and  Lizzie M. Drew, a teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. NH). Nancy A. Whittier owned their house at 25 Orange Street, free-and-clear.

Charles E. Drew, a box shop boxmaker, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Lizzie M. Drew, a school teacher, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his sister-in-law, aged fifty years (b. NH). Charles E. Drew owned their house on North Main Street, free-and-clear. They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of their tenant, Henry J. Sheehan, a shoe factory shoe finisher, aged twenty-five years (b. MA).

West Milton. The Hare road school is to re-open August 26, with Mrs. Lizzie Drew of Farmington as teacher (Farmington News, August 23, 1918).

West Milton. Pupils from West Milton and Downing hill are attending the Hare road school, there being none in the above mentioned districts (Farmington News, September 6, 1918).

West Milton. Several pupils of the Hare road school have been victims of the prevailing colds and the attendance has been correspondingly small (Farmington News, October 4, 1918).

On the afternoon of the WW I armistice, the Hare Road school teacher and students adjourned to attend a parade in Farmington, NH.

West Milton. There was but one session of the Hare road school Monday as teacher and pupils attended the parade and celebration at Farmington in the afternoon (Farmington News, [Friday,] November 15, 1918).

WEST MILTON. After six weeks’ vacation, the Hare Road school reopened Monday for the Spring term, with Miss [Mrs.] Lizzie Drew of Farmington as teacher (Farmington News, April 4, 1919).

WEST MILTON. The Memorial was fittingly observed with appropriate exercises by the teacher and pupils of the Hare Road school on Thursday afternoon of last week. The schoolroom was tastefully decorated with wreaths of evergreen, flags, and crepe paper in the national colors, while bouquets added their beauty and fragrance. It was evident that time and labor and thoughtful interest had been combined in preparing for this day of commemoration. The teacher and pupils from Nute Ridge were in attendance, together with parents and neighbors, and the hour was pleasantly and profitably spent in giving attention to the program of songs and recitations which was very creditably given, At the close of the exercises, refreshments of assorted cake and fruit punch were served, and the pleasant little affair was concluded with the taking of a group picture of the school by Miss McGregor (June 6, 1919).

WEST MILTON. The interior of the Hare road schoolhouse has been newly painted during the last week. School reopens Tuesday, with Mrs. Lizzie Drew of Farmington as teacher (Farmington News, September 5, 1919).

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school reopened on Monday, after a holiday recess of one week (Farmington News, January 2, 1920).

Mary E.A.C. Whittier, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her cousins, Lizzie M. Drew, a school teacher, aged forty-two years (b. NH), and Ernest C. Drew, a shoe factory edge trimmer, aged forty-four years (b. NH). Mary E.A.C. Whittier owned their house on Prospect Street, free-and-clear.

WEST MILTON. There was no session of the Hare road school Friday, as the teacher, Mrs. Lizzie M. Drew, was in Rochester in attendance at the meeting of the Strafford County Teachers’ association (Farmington News, February 6, 1920).

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school re-opened Monday, after an extended vacation with an enrollment of 18 scholars (Farmington News, April 23, 1920).

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school closed Friday for the usual summer vacation. No program of closing exercises bad been prepared, but by request, Floyd Hall, who has recently come into this community to reside, gave a short but interesting talk to the school, concerning means and methods employed in war overseas, where Mr. Hall saw service as lieutenant in the 26th division. In connection with this he exhibited several articles, reminders of the great world struggle, in which he had participated. There was manifest appreciation on the part of those whose privilege it was to hear Mr. Hall, and the hours was concluded with the serving of fancy wafers, fruit punch and candy (Farmington News, July 9, 1920).

Cora B. Whittier, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her cousin-in-law, Charles E. Drew, a shoe factory shipper, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), and her cousin [his wife of thirty years], and Lizzie M. Drew, a general practice practical nurse, aged fifty-two years (b. NH). Cora B. Whittier owned their house at 7 Prospect Street, which was valued at $3,500. They did not have a radio set.

Charles E. Drew died in Farmington, NH, October 5, 1931.

Lizzie M. Drew, a private nurse, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. She owned her house at 7 Prospect Street, which was valued at $3,000. She had attended four years of high school.

Lizzie M. (Whittier) Drew died in 1960.

Clara B. (Tozier) Miller – 1920-21

Clara B. Tozier was born in Fairfield, ME, February 4, 1871, daughter of  Nahum and Julia B. (Holt) Tozier.

Clara Belle Tozier married in Rochester, NH, July 1, 1918, David Cameron Miller, both of Milton. She was a teacher, aged forty-seven years, and he was a farmer, aged forty-seven years. He was born in Clinton, MA, in 1870, son of William A. and Janet L. (Cameron) Miller.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. David Miller has accepted a position as assistant teacher in the Nute high school in Milton (Farmington News, September 12, 1919).

David C. Miller, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included Clara B. Miller, aged forty-eight years (b. ME). David C. Miller owned their farm on the Hare Road, free-and-clear. The census enumerator recorded them between the households of Llewellyn D. Garland, a farmer, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), and Ira W. Hayes, a farmer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH).

WEST MILTON. The fall term of the Hare road school opened Monday, with Mrs. David Miller as teacher (Farmington News, September 3, 1920).

WEST MILTON. There will be a vacation of one week beginning December 29 at the Hare road school (Farmington News, December 24, 1920).

WEST MILTON. The school on the Hare road opened again for the winter term Monday morning of this week (Farmington News, January 7, 1921).

WEST MILTON. School opened again at the Hare Road schoolhouse after a vacation of four weeks. A mighty fine idea it was, too, through the mud season (Farmington News, April 8, 1921).

David C. Miller, aged fifty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Clara T. Miller, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME). David C. Miller owned their house on the Hare Road, which was valued at $1,000. They had a radio set.

David C. Miller died in Milton, April 20, 1930, aged fifty-nine years. Clara B. (Tozier) Miller died in Milton, June 19, 1946.

IN MEMORIAM. Mrs. Clara Tozier Miller. One of the best known residents of the Hare road, Mrs. Clara Tozier Miller, passed away suddenly at her home last week, Wednesday, June 19. Naturally a very energetic person, she had been about her usual pursuits until a brief time before her death. The deceased was born February 4, 1871, in Fairfield, Maine. After completion of her education she became a school teacher and her last engagement in the profession was in Fitchburg, Mass. In 1918 Mrs. Miller came to her home on the Hare road with her late husband, David Miller, whom she survived for a number of years. She was quite well known about Farmington from her frequent visits to town, but found her chief interests in the affairs of her home. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Vera Gerrish of Groton, Mass., and several nieces and nephews. One niece, Mrs. Homer Lothrop of Oakland, Maine, was with her at the time of her passing, having arrived the previous day for a visit. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Otis funeral home and the remains were taken to Fairfield, Maine, for committal services Friday (Farmington News, June 28, 1946).

Unknown Teacher(s) – 1922-26

WEST MILTON. The Hare Road school opened last Monday for the fall term. The Nute Ridge school will open next Monday and it is expected that the West Milton school will open later (Farmington News, September 1, 1922).

WEST MILTON. A meeting was called by the school board of Milton last week to discuss the matter of consolidation of the several schools in this corner of the town. Nothing was done except to discuss the pros and cons. A goodly number was in attendance, but matters were left as they stood before, with two schools, one at Nute Ridge and the other on the Hare road. The outside scholars will be conveyed as heretofore. All expressed their views and a vote was taken which soon decided the matter in favor of the two schools (Farmington News, August 3, 1923).

WEST MILTON. Schools in this part of the town closed last week for a vacation of three months. Nute Ridge and the school on the Hare road had joint exercises at the close of the term (Farmington News, June 13, 1924).

WEST MILTON. The teachers in Nute Ridge and Hare road districts are having a month’s vacation (Farmington News, April 3, 1925).

No subsequent newspaper reports have come to hand as yet that mention any Hare Road schoolteacher after 1924-25. (There might have been a 1925-26 academic year). No Town Reports have come to hand prior to that of 1928, in which the 1926-27 School report did not mention any salary for a Hare Road school teacher. Nor was any such allocation ever made in subsequent reports.

Hare Road Schoolhouse Aftermath

The Milton School District warrant for the March 1937 election sought authority to sell the disused Hare Road schoolhouse building.

To see if the District will authorize the School Board to sell the Hare Road schoolhouse (Annual Report for the Year Ending January 31, 1937).

It would appear that a former Hare Road teacher, Mrs. Clara B. (Tozier) Miller, acquired the Hare Road schoolhouse, which she conveyed later to the Borack family after the loss of their house by fire in October 1938.

Peter Frederick Boorack was born in Alexandroka, Russia, November 23, 1893. He registered for the WW I military draft in Boston, MA, June 5, 1917. He was a Boston Elevated R.R. motorman, Div. 5, South Boston, aged twenty-three years (b. Alexandroka, Russia, November 23, 1893). He was a “declarant,” i.e., he had declared his intent to become a citizen. He claimed an exemption as being the support of his parents. He was a tall, stout man, with blue eyes, and light brown hair. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, September 22, 1917, and was discharged March 3, 1919.

Peter F. Boorack, aged twenty-seven years, a motorman, resident at 671 Broadway, South Boston, and Helen F. Quinn, aged twenty-five years, same address, filed marriage intentions in Boston, MA, September 23, 1920 (Boston Globe, September 24, 1920).

Peter F. Boorack, a building trades lather, aged thirty-seven years (b. Russia), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Helen F. Boorack, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), and his children, Frederick Boorack, aged seven years (b. MA), and Paul E. Boorack, aged six years (b. MA). Paul F. Boorack rented their house at 671 East Broadway, for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Fred and Peter Boorack participated in the Nute Ridge school’s exercises concluding the 1933-34 academic year on Wednesday, June 20, 1934 (Farmington News, June 29, 1934).

FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE AT WEST MILTON. A fire that was discovered around two o’clock last Sunday morning destroyed the home of Peter Borack and family on the Hare road at West Milton, at the same time depriving Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson and family, tenants of the Borack premises, of most of their furniture and personal belongings. The blaze was discovered by Mr. Borack, who was awakened by the sound of the crackling flames, and he was barely able to awaken the members of the sleeping household, composed of his own family, visiting relatives from Massachusetts, and Mrs. Wilson and children, who occupied the ell part of the house. None of the occupants were able to salvage anything but a meager supply of clothing and a very few of their household effects. The neighborhood was quickly aroused by telephone and the fire company summoned from Milton village but before assistance could arrive the house was in flames. Efforts of the neighborhood and fire company were directed successfully to saving a large hay-filled barn across the road. Consequently, there was no loss of livestock or poultry and this is about all that Mr. Borack has left on which to reconstruct his future. Early the following morning the Wilson family accepted succor in Milton village, and Mr. Borack, his family and guests went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nute. The same afternoon Mrs. Borack and two sons left for Massachusetts, where they will find temporary quarters with relatives. Mr. Borack will remain at the home of Mr. Nute until readjustments are completed, on the outcome of which, his future plans will be determined. Both the Borack and Wilson families have lived in West Milton for several years, and have made many friends who express heartfelt sympathy in their loss (Farmington News, October 14, 1938).

WEST MILTON. Peter Boorack has purchased from Mrs. Clara Miller the Hare Road schoolhouse and is having it moved to the site of the house destroyed by fire in October 1938 (Farmington News, December 8, 1939).

Peter Boorack, a shoe shop assembler, aged forty-six years (b. Russia), headed a Milton, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Helen A. Boorack, aged forty-four years (b. MA), and his children, Fred Boorack, aged seventeen years (b. MA), Paul Boorack, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and Helen Boorack, aged five years (b. MA). The parents had graduated from grade  eight, while the two sons had also two years of high school. They were supposedly living in the “same house” as in 1935. That would seem to have been impossible, given the fire, and must have meant the same location, perhaps in the relocated schoolhouse.

Peter Frederick Boorack registered for the WW II military draft in Milton, NH, April 27, 1942. He was an employee of the Rondeau shoe company in Farmington, NH, aged forty-eight years (b. Alexandroka, Russia, November 23, 1893). He resided in Milton, NH, but had an R.F.D. Farmington, NH, mailing address. He was 5′ 11½” tall, weighed 210 lbs., and had blue eyes, gray hair, a light complexion, and a scar on his left knee.

FOR SALE. Two Guernsey milkers, third calf, both fresh, two Guernsey heifers, first calf, one fresh, one due. Peter Boorack, Hare Road, West Milton, P.O. address, R.F.D. Farmington (Farmington News, March 9, 1945).

Peter F. Boorack died May 24, 1974.


See also Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47Milton’s South Milton Teachers, 1886-29, Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23, and Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1875-11


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