Last Will of Luther Hayes (1820-1895)

By Muriel Bristol | August 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will of Luther Hayes

In the name of God, Amen!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luther Hayes (Seal)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


References:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celestial Seasonings – August 2021

By Heather Durham | July 31, 2021

Greetings Folks! I hope you are enjoying your summer and sky watching. This month, I added three videos that will give you a greater perspective as well as more in-depth information on our evening skies this month. There is one about our Moon, the most popular as well as easily visible happenings, plus.

The day will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things that now are hidden. A single life time, even though entirely devoted to research, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject… And so this knowledge will be unfolded through long suggestive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them… Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced. Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate… Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all (Seneca, Natural Questions, Book 7, ca. first century).

This month, we have the Perseids, the Seasonal Blue Moon and more so let’s get to reading this summarization.

August 2. Saturn will align with the Earth and Sun. Saturn will be as high as it ever is as well as very bright.

Sunrise Behind EarthWhen a planet is at opposition, it forms a straight line with the Earth and the Sun, with the Earth at the center of the three. According to Royal Observatory in London, opposition typically presents the best opportunities for viewing far-off planets like Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune because the planets will be brightly illuminated and riding high in the sky (Smithsonianmag.com).

August 11. The Moon and Venus will rise and ascend close together.

August 12. The Perseid meteor shower will peak today. Between moonset and dawn the next morning will be for prime viewing.

August 15. The Moon will be at first quarter.

SaturnAugust 20. The Moon and Saturn will ascend closely together.

August 22. The Moon and Jupiter will rise closely to one another. Jupiter will be bright and right above the moon then later, to the right of the Moon. The Sturgeon Blue Moon will be full.

The moon’s name derives from America’s largest freshwater fish, the lake sturgeon. While they used to thrive, sturgeon fish are now one of the most critically endangered species. Legend has it that, during August’s full moon, you can still catch a glimpse of a sturgeon fish in America’s lakes (Countryliving.com).

August 24. Mercury will peak today.

August 30. The Moon will be at its last quarter.


References:

Brian Dunbar, B.D. (2020, April 10). Planets. Retrieved from https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/overview/

Eyes Turned Skyward. (2021). Astronomy & Cosmology. Retrieved from www.eyesturnedskyward.com/astronomyquotes.html 

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McGreevy, N.M. (2021, January 7). 10 Celestial Events to Look Forward to in 2021. Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-celestial-events-look-forward-2021-180976687/

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Now, N.N. [New Now]. (2021a, June 26). Perseids Meteor Shower 2021 [Video]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/tnluA3d6ehA

Now, N.N. [New Now]. (2021b, July 1). Blue Moon, August 22, 2021 [Video]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/MmDP6WKUe4c

Walden, L.W. (2020, August 2). The Sturgeon Moon. Retrieved from https://www.countryliving.com/uk/news/a28560453/full-sturgeon-moon-august/

Milton and the Measles, 1900

By Muriel Bristol | July 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILTON, N.H., May 18, 1900

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

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

Fraternally,

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

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

STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

CONCORD, N.H., May 24, 1900

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

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

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

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

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

Very truly yours,

(Signed) IRVING A. WATSON, Secretary

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


References:

Find a Grave. (2017, April 25). Dr. Irving Allison Watson. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/178753909/irving-allison-watson

Hare, Hobart A. (1901). A System of Practical Therapeutics (Volume 2). Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=l_I0AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA137

NH Department of Health. (1901). Sixteenth Report of the State Board of Health of the State of New Hampshire. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=rEtNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA82

Stedman, Thomas L. (1898). Twentieth Century Practice: Infectious Diseases (Volume 20). Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=KaAwAAAAIAAJ&pg=pa117

Wikipedia. (2021, June 19). Measles. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measles

The Long Arm of The Commonwealth

By Ian Aikens | July 21, 2021

Is there such a thing as a “temporary tax”? Having come from the late great State of California several years ago, I never experienced such a phenomenon myself, but perhaps Granite State workers who work for Massachusetts companies will experience it themselves come September 14, 2021.

This tale of government overreach began on April 21 of last year when the Massachusetts legislature passed “The Proposed Rule,” which allowed work performed in New Hampshire to be taxable to the State of Massachusetts.  Things went from bad to worse in October of 2020 when the Massachusetts Department of Revenue extended the ruling indefinitely as the lockdown and emergency orders dragged on and on. To make things look kosher, there was a public hearing on the issue, but it was held five months after the rule went into effect.

The plot thickened when the State of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit with the US Supreme Court on October 20, 2020 suing the State of Massachusetts for violating the US Constitution, specifically the Commerce Clause and Due Process Clause. The Commerce Clause is supposed to restrict individual states’ powers of regulation, and the Due Process Clause prohibits the government from depriving life, liberty, or property unless authorized by law.

Aside from the moral and constitutional issues involved, we’re talking about a lot of money here. Massachusetts charges a 5% state income tax, and the number of employees affected by this issue ranges from 80,000 to 110,000 New Hampshire residents who work for companies based in Massachusetts.

Here’s the issue. Prior to the lockdowns, New Hampshire residents who commuted to Massachusetts for their jobs did not have to pay Massachusetts state income tax for the days they worked from home. Thus, if employees commuted to Boston 4 days/week and worked at home on Fridays, they would only pay Massachusetts income tax on 80% of their wages that week.  But when the lockdowns were decreed, most New Hampshire residents were commuting into Massachusetts 0% of the time. The ruling, which went into effect March 10, 2020 meant they would still pay Massachusetts state income tax on 80% of their wages as if they were still commuting, as it used the period of January 1, 2020-February 29, 2020 as a tax basis.

Switching away from a user fee standard was clearly an outrage. If New Hampshire residents were no longer using Massachusetts roads, police, and other infrastructure services while they remained in New Hampshire (which did provide those services or at least the availability of them), why should they have to pay for them? A residence-based taxation model where taxes are paid where public services are consumed is a fairer way to collect taxes. What justification did the bureaucrats provide for changing the rule midstream? If it was a reasonable rule before the lockdown—which it was—by what right did they change it?

Government bureaucrats never lack for excuses when it comes to overreaching into people’s lives—and especially their pocketbooks. They don’t miss a beat.  Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, who advised the US Supreme Court not to take the case because she sided with tax-hungry Massachusetts, did concede that police and fire protection for the New Hampshire residents who work at home would be provided by New Hampshire, not Massachusetts. However, she noted, “Yet that resident’s work also may continue to depend on and benefit from services provided by Massachusetts. For example, Massachusetts and its municipalities may provide similar protections to the infrastructure and staff critical to the work of the New Hampshire resident who is temporarily working at home—such as computer servers that enable and store the employee’s work product, courts that enforce contracts, and financial institutions and transactions necessary to the work.”

This is quite a stretch. Computer servers? They are often stored in a different state, especially to protect the company’s data if there is some type of natural disaster. Yes, the courts are there to support businesses, but aren’t they in existence to support all of society? Wouldn’t they be there even if the New Hampshire employee didn’t work for the Massachusetts firm? Besides, the courts charge all manner of fees for their services to the users, so why should an employee in another state also have to pay? As for financial institutions, aren’t these supposed to be private institutions supported by fees paid by their customers?

The obvious truth to the matter is that Taxachusetts earned its shameful name because of its model of extreme tax extraction to support a bloated bureaucracy. Instead of cutting back and laying off unneeded employees—just like private, voluntary businesses were forced to do during the lockdowns—the state arbitrarily changed the rules so it would have enough revenue to continue to pay its army of bureaucrats. An army of workers, I might add, that suffered no economic losses during the lockdowns and continued to get the same pay for doing less work. “Nice work if you can get it.”

Although ultimately the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case, we haven’t heard the last of this issue. The lawsuit was watched nationally because other states also apply the “convenience of the employer” (COTE) rule, which says that if the employee is working at home for his convenience, not the company’s, then the income is taxable to the employer’s location. The states of Arkansas, Delaware, Nebraska, New York, and Pennsylvania use the COTE rule, and Connecticut uses it too but only if the taxpayer resident’s state applies a similar rule. With many state governments operating on oversized budgets and the impending economic troubles ahead, you can bet that they are going to be very creative to change their rules too like Massachusetts to extract as much income as possible from employees working remotely in another state.

What is most interesting about this bruhaha between New Hampshire and Massachusetts is the reaction of several of our Congressional representatives. They have all been outraged by Massachusetts’ sudden change of the rules to sustain its bureaucracy. US Senator Jeanne Shaheen called the Massachusetts tax an “abuse of Granite State workers.” US Senator Maggie Hassan proclaimed her opposition by saying, “I’ve long said that attempts by other states to unfairly tax New Hampshire residents are unconstitutional.” US Rep Annie Kuster called the tax grab “outrageous and an unfair tax burden on our state’s workers.” US Rep Chris Pappas also complained about workers “being forced to pay an unfair income tax.”

Unfortunately, this deathbed conversion to supporting lower taxes seems at odds with their voting records. Senator Sheehan sponsored S.411, which increased the federal tax on all tobacco products. When she was governor, Maggie Hassan signed SB367, which increased New Hampshire state gas and diesel taxes by 4.2 cents per gallon. When it came to amending the state constitution with an income tax ban, Annie Kuster’s vote was a definitive NO because “we shouldn’t tie the hands of future generations.” (Actually yes, we should tie the hands of politicians from increasing taxes.) To his credit, Rep Pappas has been particularly aggressive in the fight against Massachusetts taxing New Hampshire workers, but he has repeatedly called for the repeal of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which even the New York Times admitted lowered taxes for most Americans.

Sadly, I suspect that our congressional representatives are more concerned about getting in trouble with their constituents back home and getting voted out of office than any principled opposition to higher overall tax extractions. Furthermore, if the shoe were on the other foot and they were senators and congressional representatives for Massachusetts, I’ll bet they’d take a completely different stance on the issue.

In the end, since Massachusetts Governor Baker gave notice that the latest COVID-19 state of emergency ended on June 15, 2021, the tax rule remains in effect for an additional 90 days. We will have to wait and see what the bureaucrats cook up when the telecommuting tax ends on September 14, 2021 and they can no longer collect the tax on days when New Hampshire residents still work from home. Those who supported the rule change always said that it was meant to be temporary and strictly in response to the pandemic as an emergency measure only. While more residents will be back to working in the office in Massachusetts, clearly more telecommuting is here to stay.

What will Massachusetts bureaucrats do to fill the black (tax) hole? I don’t believe they will tighten their belts as it’s not in their DNA, but I hope that I’m wrong. Maybe someone can invent a vaccine to inoculate taxpayers against politicians and bureaucrats.

References:

Berube, Selene. (2021, March 24). New Hampshire v. Massachusetts: Massachusetts Extraterritorial Taxation of New Hampshire Residents. Retrieved from New Hampshire v. Massachusetts: Massachusetts Extraterritorial Taxation of New Hampshire Residents – The Justice Journal (gwjusticejournal.com)

Bookman, Todd. (2021, May 26). Justice Department Sides with Massachusetts in Cross-Border Tax Fight With N.H. Retrieved from Justice Department Sides with Massachusetts in Cross-Border Tax Fight With N.H. | New Hampshire Public Radio (nhpr.org)

Brown, Samuel. (2021, June 7). State of New Hampshire v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved from State of New Hampshire v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts | Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors

Cline, Andrew. (2021, May 28). Biden administration argues that states can tax non-resident telecommuters. Retrieved from Biden administration argues that states can tax non-resident telecommuters – THE JOSIAH BARTLETT CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY (jbartlett.org)

DiStaso, John. (2021, May 27). Hassan, Shaheen join in introducing bill to stop Massachusetts from taxing NH home workers. Retrieved from Hassan, Shaheen join in introducing bill to stop Massachusetts from taxing NH home workers (wmur.com)

DiStaso, John and Mackin, Jean. (2021, May 27). NH Primary Source: Biden administration sides with Massachusetts over NH in income tax court battle. Retrieved from NH Primary Source: Biden administration sides with Massachusetts over NH in income tax court battle (wmur.com)

Graham, Michael. (2020, September 23). Mowers Targets Pappas Over Support for New Taxes, Tax Hikes. Retrieved from Mowers Targets Pappas Over Support for New Taxes, Tax Hikes – InsideSources

Landrigan, Kevin. (2021, Jan 25). High court seeks help in settling NH-Mass tax fight. Retrieved from High court seeks help in settling NH-Mass tax fight | Courts | unionleader.com

Pinho, Rute. (2021, January 15). Convenience of the Employer Rule.  Retrieved from Convenience of the Employer Rule (ct.gov)

Sahadi, Jeanne. (2021, March 30). Tax experts focus on possible Supreme Court case over NH lawsuit against Mass. Retrieved from Possible Supreme Court case over NH lawsuit against Mass. could affect other states (wmur.com)

WMUR9. (2012, November 3). Kuster, Bass differ on taxes, foreign policy in debate.  Retrieved from Kuster, Bass differ on taxes, foreign policy in debate (wmur.com)

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

By Muriel Bristol | July 18, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milton - Hayes Logging
Hayes Logging Crew

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

By Muriel Bristol | July 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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H.E. Wentworth’s Diary Entries, Miltonia Mills – 1935-54

By Joyce Wentworth Cunningham | July 4, 2021

Continued from H.E. Wentworth’s Diary Entries, Miltonia Mills – 1928-34

1935

Wentworth, Harry E. - Per Joyce W. Cunningham
Harry E. Wentworth (Per Joyce W. Cunningham).

January 2: Was in the office as usual. Not doing much in the mill.

January 5: Norman is driving [the town snowplow] part of the time as there is no work in the mill just now.

[WEST MILTON. The new snowplow made its appearance this week and did a good job. It was run by Bard Plummer, Jr. (Farmington News, January 4, 1935). The diarist’s son, Norman L. Wentworth (1903-1991) might have been driving an older snowplow, presumably in Milton Mills or Milton, or the new one on a different shift].

The next mention of the mill was the day following a “North-easter” that had deposited up to 18 inches of snow over the countryside.

[BLIZZARD HITS NEW ENGLAND. SNOW COVERS ALL SIX STATES. New England was buried in snow today after an all-night blizzard, the worst in 14 years, which took seven lives and completely disrupted transportation. Sixteen inches of snow fell in Boston, 28 in Portland, .Me., while hundreds of highways were impassable because of drifts which swirled to depths of 10 and 12 feet. Four men succumbed in Massachusetts to exertion caused by battling snow drifts, while Connecticut reported one death indirectly due to the storm. Two persons died in Rhode Island from over exertion. Not a ship moved in or out of Boston harbor during the night; not a train was able to leave either the North or South terminals from shortly before midnight until after 5 o’clock this morning. Coast Guards along the storm-tossed seas of Massachusetts Bay sought for in vain the little fishing schooner, the Josephine, missing since yesterday noon with a crew of 3. All hotels were taxed t0 capacity during the night and thousands were forced to sleep in railroad and bus terminals. At Nashua 200 employes in a mill who completed work at 2 a.m. were unable to go to their homes. Cots were provided for them and they slept in the mill. It was 11 above in Boston early today, 8 above in Portland and 4 above at Keene, N.H. Rhode Island had 11½ inches of snow. Trolley and bus services were stalled and hundreds were marooned in theatres. Spectators at a hockey game were forced to spend the night in the auditorium on benches. Vermont was the .only New England state to escape the full fury of the blizzard. Only four inches of snow fell at Montpelier, but a strong wind and near zero temperature caused considerable discomfort (Portsmouth Herald, January 24, 1935).

January 24: So bad traveling the mill didn’t run. I didn’t go over at all.

The following day the mill still did not fun, but he worked in the office. Obviously, sometime between January 5 and 24 the late December dye problem had been resolved and the mill was back in production.

February 4: Halton has gone to Boston for 2 or 3 days. They are not doing anything in the Finishing Room at the mill for a few days.

February 11: Not doing much at the mill.

February 18: Not doing much in the mill. Halton went to N.Y. last Saturday night. Will probably be back Wednesday.

February 28: Nothing doing in the mill now – nobody working. I am in the office every day so far. Expect to get going again soon.

[MILTON MILLS. Mr. and Mrs. Halton Hayes went to Boston one day last week and visited the flower show (Farmington News, April 5, 1935)].

April 8: Didn’t go to the office. Going to be out Mondays & Thursdays for a while.

April 24: Nothing doing at the mill so I didn’t go over.

June 10: They started up the mill this morning. I shall probably be in the office more after this week.

July 29: Our new Supt. went to work this morning. George [Stevens] will stay a few days with him. His father is here as Boss Spinner.

[The father, John H. Gard, a blanket mill foreman [i.e., the “Boss Spinner,”] aged sixty-five years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie I. [(Mitton)] Gard, aged sixty-six years (b. OH). John H. Gard rented their house at 329 Main Street, for $10 per month. They had resided in the same house in 1935].

August 6: Our new Supt. at the mill, Mr. Gard, is starting in well. It looks as though we would be going better soon.

[The new superintendent was said to have been the son of the boss spinner, who had six sons. Only one lived anywhere near Milton Mills at this time. Frank C. Gard, a restaurant proprietor, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included Mary M. Gard, a restaurant proprietor, aged forty-two years (b. ME). Frank C. Gard rented their house in the Milton Community, for $6 per per month. They had resided in the same place, i.e., in Milton although not in the same house, in 1935. (It would seem that he filled the frequent downtime at the mill in having a mom-and-pop restaurant)].

August 9: Geo. Stevens finished up at the mill to-day and will go home to Vt. to-morrow. His health is poor.

Stevens, GA - NA360527[Retired Superintendent George A. Stevens advertised his 10-room Northfield, VT, house for sale in August 1935. It was steam heated, with modern improvements (Burlington Free Press, August 15, 1935). Mr. Wentworth’s assessment of Stevens’ health was correct. He was in the Mayo Memorial Hospital in Northfield, VT, for a septic sore throat in December 1936, but was recuperating in January 1937 (News and Advertiser (Northfield, VT), December 30, 1936; News and Advertiser (Northfield, VT), January 7, 1937). He and his wife were living in Manchester, NH, by June 1938 (News and Advertiser (Northfield, VT), June 16, 1938). He died in the Masonic Home in Manchester, NH, May 7, 1943, aged seventy-five years, four months, and eight days. Mrs. Stevens predeceased him. NORTHFIELD FALLS. Word has been received of the death of George A. Stevens of Manchester, N.H. Burial took place Thursday afternoon in the Northfield Falls cemetery. Mr. Stevens was superintendent of the Charles M. Davis Co. Woolen mill and has many friends in this vicinity (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), May 7, 1943)].

August 26: Halton & Mr. Gard went to N.Y. to-night.

August 28: Lots of trade in the Blanket Sales Room these days.

October 1 (a Tuesday): Mill closed to-night for the rest of the week – waiting for binding.

October 26: Worked in the office all day – sold quite a lot of blankets. Halton went to the Harvard-Dartmouth football game.

[HARVARD OPPOSES DARTMOUTH TEAM. Cambridge. Mass, Oct. 26 (AP.) Dartmouth’s Indians, unbeaten in four games in which they scored 188 points, today encountered a Harvard team that was sent on a comeback after losses to Holy Cross and Army. Despite signs of improvement by the Crimson, Dartmouth remained the favorite in the 42nd clash of the series (North Adams Transcript (North Adams, MA), October 26, 1935). Dartmouth won the game, 14-6].

November 7: So much work in the office I have to be there about every day.

November 22: Halton, Agnes, Paul [their son], & Ing started for a trip to Cuba & The West Indies. Will be gone about 10 days.

[Ing and Agnes at least had been to Cuba before. Ingeborg V. Townsend of 2509 Binz Ave., Houston, TX, sailed on United Fruit’s S.S. Atenas from Havana, Cuba, December 30, 1932, arriving in New Orleans, LA, January 2, 1933. She was forty years of age (b. Boston, MA, March 21, 1892). Agnes Hayes of Milton Mills, NH, sailed on the S.S. Munargo from Havana, Cuba, February 23, 1934, arriving in Miami, FL, February 24, 1934. She was thirty-four years of age (b. Milton Mills, NH, May 25, 1900)].

November 23: Worked in the office all day – most of the help worked. Getting out quite a lot of blankets now.

November 30 (a Saturday): Worked in the office all day. Mill was running to make up for Thurs. [Thanksgiving].

December 4: Halton & Agnes came home last night.

December 28 (a Saturday): Not feeling very well. Went over to the office about 2 ½ hrs. in A.M. and 2 hrs. in P.M. Halton is away to-day. The mill is running to make up for Christmas.

1936

January 1: The mill was running to-day, so I was in the office.

January 6: Stacking up a little in the mill to let the finishing room catch up. They are some 125 or more cuts behind.

January 10: Slowing down quite a bit in the mill – letting part of the help go for a few weeks.

January 20: Not doing much of anything in the mill this week – waiting for instructions from N.Y. on a large order we have.

Although, Grandpa appears to be working regularly at the mill, the next mention of its operation was on . . .

April 15: Starting to do a little more in the mill this week.

From time to time, Grandpa records some of Uncle Hal’s trips to Boston and New York, apparently in connection with mill business, especially sales.

June 23 (a Tuesday): Mill closed to-night for the rest of the week. One of the cards needs repairs.

July 17: The mill closed down for 2 weeks to do some repairs and wait for shipping orders.

On August 4: Grandpa records that about 4:30 a very heavy shower with a small hurricane struck us. He goes on to describe the damage done to a number of homes in Milton Mills. The next day [August 5] he continues with more storm destruction ending with Shingles were blown off several buildings including the mill.

[Headlines of the Boston Globe for August 5 were: STORM ENDS HEAT; LOSS HEAVY. Wind and Rain Wreak Havoc. Peak Rush Here Hit – Streets Flooded. Lighting Cut Off in Many Places].

August 10: Mill hasn’t started up yet. They are shingling the main building.

August 22 (a Saturday): Worked in the office in P.M. Halton went away. We keep the office open on Saturdays on acct. of the blanket trade which is pretty good this year.

August 27: Didn’t work to-day – am going to be in the office only 3 days per week unless Halton is out.

September 21: The mill started up this morning.

September 24: In the office all day. Halton & Agnes took Paul to West Newton where he is going to school.

[Educational Opportunities. … Among other well-known private schools within the [Newton, MA] city are Mt. Ida School, Allen, Fessenden, and Country Day Schools (Newton Directory, 1936)].

October 12 (Columbus Day): We did not observe the holiday. Business in the Sales Room was rushing – sold more blankets than any day this summer.

Other than noting Worked in the office today, as usual from time to time, the mill is not mentioned again in his 1936 diary. Apparently, this was a good year for the mill and its workers.

[MILTON MILLS TO BE HOST TO ROCHESTER DISTRICT SCOUTERS. Announcement has been made by Edward H. Young, field executive of the Daniel Webster Council, that Milton Mills will act as host to the Rochester district committee and its guests on the occasion of the regular bi-monthly meeting of the district on Monday, December 21. The Milton Mills Scout committee, composed of Halton Hayes, Herbert Nickerson, William Woodbury, Frank Gard, and Rev. Frank Snell, are in charge of the program. A supper will be served at 6.30 and following that a court of honor and the business meeting of the district committee will be held. All Scouts who have earned awards are requested to be present to receive their certificates. … (Farmington News, December 18, 1936)].

1937

Grandpa recorded that he worked in the office all day on a regular basis throughout January and February.

March 6: Worked in the office all day. Lots to do for me there now. So many gov. reports to make out.

April 21: Halton went to N.Y. last night.

May 5: Took a day off.

June 21: Halton’s mother is very sick and he has been out of the office most of the day. She is here with him and Agnes.

June 22: Halton’s mother died this morning.

[Hattie [(Pinkham)] Hayes died of bronchial pneumonia at 26 Lowell Street, Milton Mills, June 22, 1937, aged seventy-five years, seven months, and fifteen days. P.A. Kimball, M.D., of Union signed the death certificate].

June 24: Funeral of Halton’s mother occurred at Rochester this P.M.

August 4: Nothing doing at the mill yet.

August 10: Halton went to Boston this A.M. – will be back to-morrow night.

August 30: Started up the mill this morning with a few hands in.

September 6: Labor Day Mill & office closed.

September 7: Mill is getting started pretty well, half of the looms going today.

September 22: Pretty busy in the Sales Room these days. Halton was out this P.M. and I was so busy I didn’t get home until 6:30.

September 27: Halton went to N.Y. Louie is staying in the office while he is away.

That might have been Louie Young.

[Louis A. Young, a cotton & woolen mill salesman, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Melrose, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Dorothy [(Goodale)] Young, aged thirty-five years (b. NY). Louis A. Young rented their apartment at 71 West Wyoming Ave., for $35 per month. They had resided in Strafford County, NH, in 1935].

October 15: Halton is having the office painted and re-modeled a little inside.

October 26: Halton went to N.Y. to-night – will come back tomorrow night.

December 11: Went over to the office and got some of my books and did a little work on them in the P.M. They are oiling the office floors.

1938

This was another quiet year at the mill with the usual “ups and downs” of business. Judging by his occasional entries of “went to the office to-day as usual” Grandpa worked all the time, but sometimes for only three days a week.

February 22 (Washington’s Birthday): Holiday and the mill didn’t run, but I worked all day.

[The Federal Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 would cause most Federal holidays to fall on Mondays. It consolidated also Washington’s Birthday (February 22), which was a Federal holiday, and Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12), which was not (although many states celebrated it), into a single Presidents’ Day, which acknowledged all of the presidents].

March 1: Halton is about sick with a cold. Was in the office a few minutes this morning and went home for the day.

March 3: We had a little fire scare at about 3:30. Sparks from the chimney ignited the shingles on Eugene Runnell’s house causing quite a little blaze, but not doing much damage. They put it out with the chemical from the mill.

The mill must have had its own fire department as Grandpa has mentioned at other times that the mill’s firemen helped put out a fire.

[Othello D. Runnells, a leatherboard mill counterman, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Pearl E. Runnels, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), his children, June E. Runnels, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Robert D. Runnels, aged eight years (b. NH), his father, Eugene E. Runnels, aged sixty-five years (b. ME), and his landlord [landlady], Susie Steven, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH). Othello D. Runnells rented their house, for $8 per month].

April 11: Halton went to N.Y. last night.

April 13 (a Wednesday): Halton came home this morning. We are going to run only 3 days per week for a while. There is almost no business in N.Y. We closed to-night for the rest of the week.

April 29: I went over to the office in A.M. but there was nothing to do.

May 18: Mill closed to-night for 2 weeks. No business.

Grandpa continued to work in the office throughout the summer – presumably on his three-days-a-week schedule.

Miltonia Blanket - 1938September 19: The mill started up this morning.

September 20: Worked in the office. Shall be in there more now.

November 23: Mill closed to-night for the rest of the week. [Thanksgiving weekend].

Grandpa was still working regularly at the end of the year with no further mention of the mill being shut down, so we may assume the year ended well for the mill and its workers.

1939

[$7.50 Pepperell Miltonia Blankets, pure wool in rose, blue, green, peach, rust and tan – 72×84 … Sale Price $6.48 (Brattleboro Reformer, January 5, 1939)].

January 11: Worked in the office all day. Mill closed to-night for the rest of the week – going on 3 days a week for a while.

January 25: Worked in the office. Business is poor – doubt if we do much for a while after this week.

January 30: Mill not running this week so I didn’t go over to the office to-day.

Grandpa was still working in the office periodically, but evidently not regularly as he complained that he “was doing a lot of sitting around these days.”

March 21: Worked in the office. They have been getting out a new blanket, 2 ¼ lb. which seems to be taking well. They call it the “Wentworth,” and have some orders already.

The mill must have shut down again soon after this. Perhaps the “Wentworth” blanket didn’t “take” as well as hoped!

April 17: Mill started this morning and the whistle blew.

For the next five months Grandpa appears to have been working in the office only one day a week (usually Tuesday) judging by his other days’ “work” activities – painting, papering, plowing, planting, and picking, and trips to his camp on Wilson Lake on the other side of Acton. I was mystified until I came to his late September entries.

September 26 (a Tuesday): Worked in the office. We have a new Supt., Mr. Herrick, who went to work yesterday.

[The new superintendent was William E. Herrick (1888-1970). As was the case with the former superintendent George A. Stevens, Mr. Herrick left his wife behind at their home base of West Newton, MA, and came to Milton Mills on his own. Despite taking the superintendent’s job in Milton Mills in 1939, he would be enumerated both in West Newton, MA, and Concord, MA, in 1940, while registering for the draft in Milton in 1942. (Ms. Cunningham has noted throughout the intermittent nature of Miltonia Mills’ production runs during these years)].

[William E. Herrick, a textile superintendent, aged fifty-two years (b. MA), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Elsie M. [(Crowninshield)] Herrick, aged fifty-one years (b. NY), and his children, Roger Herrick, assistant buyer for a retail department store, aged twenty-six years (b. NY), Louise Herrick, a cemetery bookkeeper, aged twenty-one years (b. NY), and Stewart A. Herrick, aged nineteen years (b. Canada). William E. Herrick owned their house at 129 Randlett Park, which was valued at $8,000. Elsie M. Herrick supplied the census information. They had all resided in Troy, NY, in 1935].

September 27: Worked in the office. Halton went to N.Y.

October 2: Worked in the office. Peggy is sick.

Peggy Fletcher was out for over a week and Grandpa worked in her stead. I am guessing that the mill had been running throughout the summer, but Grandpa had chosen to work only one day a week. He would have been 70 years old in 1939 and had been cutting back on his farm work load as well. Although he still had a large garden and hens, he no longer had his cows and horses and the care they entailed.

[Harry P. Fletcher, a painter (own shop), aged forty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Laura E. [(Young)] Fletcher, aged forty-two years (b. ME), and his children, Fanny E. [“Peggy”] Fletcher, a blanket mill bookkeeper, aged twenty years (b. ME), Harry Fletcher, Jr., a shoe factory packer, aged eighteen years (b. ME), Maurice Fletcher, aged seventeen years (b. ME), and Harvey Fletcher, aged thirteen years (b. NH). Harry P. Fletcher owned their house in Milton Mills Center, which was valued at $1,000. They had all lived in the same house in 1935. The household of Halton R. Hayes appeared on the same census page].

The only entries for the rest of the year were Worked in the office on Tuesdays and once when he worked in the office because Uncle Halton had gone to New York.

1940

For two weeks in the middle of January Grandpa worked nearly every day “closing up the books for the year.”

January 23: Around home all day. Can’t do much more in the office until Halton gets the inventory ready for me.

He continued his one-day-a-week schedule for the next couple of months. There is nothing in his diary to indicate whether or not the mill was operating.

March 26: Worked in the office all day. Halton has gone to N.Y. and Peggy is sick.

March 27: Worked in the office. Halton came home this morning. He got an order for blankets and will start the mill as soon as he can get the colors wanted.

April 22: Worked in the office all day. Peggy is out this week and Halton is going away next week so I shall have to be there about all of the time.

April 29: Peggy came back to work this morning. Halton & Agnes started their vacation yesterday.

He continued to work every day until Halton came back.

May 9: Halton came home last night so I didn’t have to work to-day.

May 21: Worked in the office. Halton has gone on a vacation so I will have to work until he returns.

May 22: Worked in the office. Mill hasn’t started up yet, but they have got one or two looms going.

Uncle Halton must have had a very short vacation; he returned two days later and Grandpa went back to his every Tuesday workday for the next few months.

July 1: Mill started up this morning – whistle blew.

August 26: Worked in the office. Shall probably work 3 days this week as they are quite busy. Lots of people in the sales-room. Sold over $400 worth to-day. They are running 2 shifts in the mill now – began a week ago.

September 3: Worked in the office. Ruth Ramsey Tanner came in to work. Don’t know whether they will need me much more or not.

[Ruth Ramsey married in Acton, ME, September 20, 1936, Vincent Tanner, she of Milton and he of Lebanon, ME. She was a bookkeeper, aged twenty-five years, and he was a laborer, aged twenty-three years. Rev. Frank H. Snell performed the ceremony].

September 5: Worked in the office. They called me back for a day or two. Lots of work there now.

Grandpa continued to work in the office on Tuesdays for the rest of the year, but the diary contains nothing else about the mill.

1941

In January and February, Grandpa recorded working an occasional day here and there.

February 27: Worked in the office. They haven’t got the books closed for last year.

He worked in the office a couple of days a week for the next two or three weeks.

March 19, 20, 21, and 24: Worked in the office.

March 24: Worked in the office. Peggy is having a hard time. Blood poison or something of that kind. She is down at Rochester to see the Dr. every day.

Grandpa continued to work full time until . . .

April 2: Worked in the office. Peggy got home yesterday and was in to see us to-day. She expects to be back to work next week.

That was a Wednesday. Grandpa worked Thursday and Friday. Presumably, Peggy returned to work on Monday.

I am not sure how long Peggy Fletcher worked there after this year, but I do know that at some time Marion Lowd (Willey) replaced her. Marion was my teacher in the one-room school house on Fox Ridge in Acton for many years. That school closed at the end of the 1940-41 school year and not long after that she became the mill’s bookkeeper.

[Albert Lowd, a farmer (dairy farm), aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), headed an Acton, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Doris [(Rowell)] Lowd, a [Milton Mills] 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 [(Page)] Lowd, aged seventy years (b. NH), and his sister, Marian Lowd, a public school teacher, aged thirty-two years (b. ME). Albert Lowd owned their house “near Milton Mills,” which was valued at $2,500. They had all resided in the same house in 1935].

[Fanny Ellen [“Peggy”] Fletcher married in Sanbornville, [Wakefield,] NH, October 9, 1943, William Hanson, she of Milton Mills and he of Sanbornville, [Wakefield,] NH. She was a secretary, aged twenty-three years, and he was a dairy farmer, aged twenty-five years. Rev. Bradford Ketchum performed the ceremony].

[Marion E. Lowd married in [Acton,] ME, February 8, 1945, Charles P. Willey, she of Acton, ME, and he of Sanbornville, [Wakefield,] NH.

There are no more references to the mill that year, including no mention of him having “worked in the office.”

Nowhere does Grandpa indicate that he has retired, but all indications are that he has, in fact, done so. As you can see from the following entries, he adds very little to the mill’s history from this time on. I had hoped to learn a little more about what led to its demise and how it became Greene Tanning Company.

1942

Not a word about the mill!

[Halton Rex Hayes of Church Street, Milton Mills, registered for the WW II military draft in Milton, April 27, 1942. He was forty-eight years of age (b. Rochester, NH, December 29, 1893), and employed in Milton Mills. His telephone number was Milton Mills 39-3. His contact was Mrs. Agnes T. Hayes, of Milton Mills. He was 5′ 10″ in height, weighed 180 pounds, and had blue eyes, gray hair, and a light complexion].

[William Edward Herrick of Milton Mills registered for the WW II military draft in Milton, April 27, 1942. He was fifty-four years of age (b. Lowell, MA, March 3, 1888), and employed at the Miltonia Mill in Milton Mills. He had no telephone number. His contact was Mrs. Elsie M. Herrick, of 129 Randlett Park, West Newton, Mass. He was 5′ 10″ in height, weighed 175 pounds, and had brown eyes, brown hair, and a dark complexion].

1943

February 12: Fire broke out in the picker room of the mill about 3 P.M. and caused quite an excitement in town for a while. It was put out without a great deal of damage, mostly from water.

June 12: They are having a new smokestack over at the mill. The old one was taken down this morning and they are getting ready to put up the new one.

September 18: Fred Simes [former mill superintendent] is here from California. He called on us after we got home from the camp.

Grandpa had a camp on Wilson Lake in Acton.

[Fred Sims, a whl. [wholesale] textile manager (own business), aged seventy-two years (b. NH), headed a Los Angeles, CA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary Sims, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), and his son, Harold Sims, a whl. [wholesale] textile manager (own business), aged fifty-three years (b. NH). Fred Sims rented their house at 3966 West Avenue, for $38 per month. They had all resided in the same place, i.e., Los Angeles, CA, in 1935].

December 13: Fred Simes, who has been here from Cal. for over 2 months waiting for train accommodations to return and take Laura with him, got word this morning that May is dead. He has reservations for the 16th and can’t go until then.

Fred’s wife’s name was Mary. Was May a “familiar” name for Mary? Or did Grandpa make a rare spelling mistake?!

[Frederick H. “Fred” Simes and Laura E. (Simes) Roberts were siblings, children of Edwin S. and Mary E. (Lowd) Simes (and grandchildren of Milton Mills’ Bray U. Simes (1801-1885)). Fred’s wife, Mary A. “May” (Smith) Simes died in Los Angeles, CA, December 13, 1943, aged seventy-three years, eight months, and twenty-seven days].

1944

February 12: Heard to-day that Ing Townsend is married to Harold Simes in Los Angeles. She went out there in December.

[Ingeborg V. Townsend married in Anaheim, CA, January 14, 1944, Harold E. Simes. Later, Ingeborg V. Townsend Simes divorced Harold E. Simes, both of Milton Mills, in Strafford County Court, June 9, 1949].

Harold was Fred Simes’ son.

1945

Miltonia Blanket - 1945January 8: A boy was born to Mr. & Mrs. William Hanson of Wakefield. [Peggy Fletcher]

There is nothing about the mill in Grandpa’s 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949 diaries.

[The diarist’s second wife, Ella (Buck) Wentworth, died June 21, 1947, aged seventy-six years, ten months, and two days].

Miltonia Blanket - 19491950

[The Miltonia Mill was placed in receivership, i.e., became bankrupt, in early 1950].

March 24: Went to Rochester with Agnes in A.M. Had to go to the bank. I am letting her have some money to help save the mill and get it out of Receivership. She hopes to get it incorporated and going again.

1951

June 18: Mr. John Bentley called to see me this evening. He is interested in planning some way to get the mill going.

[John W. Bentley (1873-1962) lived on both Pelham Avenue in Methuen, MA, and Townhouse Road in Milton, NH. He was president and treasurer of Bentley Hair Co., manufacturers of hair brushes, but he had formerly manufactured “shoddy.” Shoddy is reclaimed wool from unfelted materials of a better quality and longer staple].

October 3: Agnes was over to see me about the mill – nothing doing there yet, and not any very good prospect.

1952

July 17: Went over to talk with Agnes a little while in P.M. about the mill. She has another prospect of selling. Don’t know as it will amount to anything.

1953

April 14: Fred Simes funeral was this P.M. at the house. I wanted to go but the weather was bad [snow] and I didn’t feel hardly able to go over.

[Fred H. Simes died of cardiac failure in Milton, April 11, 1953, aged eighty-five years. He was a widowed [retired] mill superintendent. Robert E. Lord, M.D., signed the death certificate].

Grandpa was 83 and had multiple health issues at this time; some days were good, but others were not.

1954

[Granite State Briefs. Tanning Firm Buys Mill. MILTON MILLS (AP) – The Greene Tanning Corp., newly organized company for tanning sheep hides, has purchased a vacant mill here and will begin operations within 30 days, it was announced today. According to attorney Wesley Powell of Hampton Falls, the Miltonia Mills plant has been obtained by a firm headed by James C. Greene of Peabody, Mass. The mill has been vacant since Miltonia went out of business several years ago. The purchase price from the mill corporation was not disclosed. The new operation is expected to employ “upwards” of 25, the lawyer said (Portsmouth Herald, May 27, 1954)].

[AUCTION! MACHINERY and EQUIPMENT of the BANKRUPT MILTONIA MILLS, MILTON MILLS, NEW HAMPSHIRE. Wednesday, June 16, 1954 at 11:00 A.M. D&F 48 in. DREADNAUGHT MIXING PICKER – Sargent Cone duster – Dodge rag picker – 5 sets D&F and CLEVELAND CARDS, 48×60 and 48×48 in. – 60×48 in. card grinders – 20 C&K 92 and 100 in. AUTOMATIC 4×1 BOX LOOMS – D&F MULES – Rodney Hunt fulling mills and cloth washers – D&F 100 in. x 14 ROLL S.A. NAPPER – GESSNER 84 and 90 IN. x 18 ROLL D.A. NAPPERS – PROCTOR & SCHWARTZ 90 IN. x 2 SECTION RAW STOCK DRYER – Roy 115 in. napper grinder – Hercules and other extractors – Walsh, Houston, Merrow and Metropolitan sewing machines – yarn tester – D&F 92 and 100 IN. BRASS PLATE DRESSING WHEELS – D&F beamer – D&F jack spoolers – jack winder – flocking system – 16 metal clad fiber box trucks 48x30x27 in.; card and jack spools; bobbins; picker sticks; canvas baskets, sewing thread; waste; blanket boxes; trucks; scales; blowers; motors; belting; stencil cutter; pipe fittings; fluorescent lights; Whitcomb iron planer; desks; chairs; letter and card files, etc. Sale to take place upon the premises, and will be sold piece by piece. Inspection day before and morning of sale. Terms cash. Catalog in detail upon application to Henry S. Anthony & Co., AUCTIONEERS, Since 1923, 210 CENTRAL ST., LOWELL, MASS. PHONE 2-4995 SuT je13 (Boston Globe, June 13, 1954)].

June 29: Fire in the mill this a.m. in the old Dye House part. Don’t know how much damage was done.

July 26: Mill whistle blew to-day – the first time for 2 or 3 years.

October 29: The Greene Tanning Co. held “Open House” this P.M. & evening. So rainy I didn’t go over. There were quite a lot of people there.

1955

Harry E. Wentworth passed away at his home with his son and daughter-in-law by his side on December 10, 1955. He was 86 years old.

[Deaths and Funerals. Harry E. Wentworth. ACTON, Maine – Harry E. Wentworth, 86, brother of Mrs. Clara Wilkins of York and a retired manager and head bookkeeper of the former Miltonia Mill, Milton Mills, N.H., died Saturday at his home. For the past 40 years Mr. Wentworth, a native of Milton Mills, has served as Sunday School superintendent of the Milton Mills-Acton Baptist Church of which was deacon and treasurer. He has served as president of the Milton Mills Cemetery Assn. Besides his sister, survivors include a son and another sister (Portsmouth Herald, December 12, 1955)].

Epilogue

Halton R. Hayes was nominated as Milton Mills postmaster in August 1956 (U.S. Senate, 1960).

Former superintendent Frank C. Gard died in Waterville, ME, February 3, 1963.

Agnes M. (Townsend) Hayes died in St. Petersburg, FL, in 1969.

Former superintendent William E. Herrick died in Barnstable, MA, April 25, 1970.

THE GREENE TANNING CORP AT PUBLIC AUCTION. TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1978, AT 10 A.M. MILTON MILLS, NH, ALL EQUIPMENT & REAL ESTATE. We have been commissioned to sell this Tannery piece by piece or as an entirety, whichever way it brings the most. This is a positive sale with NO HOLD BACKS, EVERYTHING SELLS! On this above date and time. TANNING MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT, WET CELLAR – DRY MILL ROOM – BUFFING ROOM, TACKING ROOM – SPRAYING ROOM – SHIPPING ROOM, TOGGLING ROOM – BOILER ROOM, MACHINE SHOP, TRUCKS – FORK LIFT & BOILER, OFFICE EQUIPMENT, INVENTORY OF SKINS. Anyone wishing a complete list of this sale please call Auctioneers office. TERMS ON EQUIPMENT: Cash day of sale. REAL ESTATE. Consists of a large mill with office building and approx. 8 Acres of land, more or less, with a large warehouse and boiler room. It has a Chappell purifying system self-contained waste water system. INSPECTION: On Real Estate by appointment only by calling auctioneers office. TERMS: On Real Estate $5,000 down time of sale by cash or certified check, balance within 20 days on closing. All other conditions to be announced at time of sale. POSITIVE SALE – Sale by order of Small Business Administration. Sale under the management of Barber Sales, Inc., Lebanon, N.H. Tel: 603-448-3366 or Westbrook, ME 207-8S4-8344. AUCTIONEERS: J. W. BARBER, JR. & LARRY GRAY (Boston Globe, May 14, 1978).

Ingeborg V. (Swenson) Townsend died in 1981. Halton R. Hayes died in Pinellas, FL, in October 7, 1981, aged eighty-seven years.

NEW HAMPSHIRE R.E. – MILTONIA MILL. Historic Mill Complex in Milton Mills offering approx. 54,000 s.f. of building area in 7 structures. Long river frontage, ideally situated for light industrial, residential or commercial development. Additional land available. $275,000. ERA MAINS & ROBINSON 603-539-6412, 522-3364 (Boston Globe, February 9, 1986).


Ms. Bristol contributed some supplementary research support.


See also H.E. Wentworth’s Diary Entries, Miltonia Mills – 1910-27 and H.E. Wentworth’s Diary Entries, Miltonia Mills – 1928-34


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Some Milton Three-Ponds Grocers, c1850-1923

By Muriel Bristol | June 27, 2021

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

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

EZRA H. TWOMBLY – c1850-1867

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

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

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

E.H. Twombly, a merchant, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton (Milton P.O.) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Lucinda K. Twombly, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), Isabel Twombly, aged four years (b. NH), and Susan A. Twombly, aged two years (b. NH), and, apparently, George A. Randall, aged ten years (b. NH), Charles E. Randall, aged nine years (b. NH), and E.F. Randall, aged six years (b. NH). E.H. Twombly had real estate valued at $3,500 and personal estate valued at $2,500. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Benjamin Randall, a farm laborer, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and W. Laskey, a laborer, aged thirty years (b. NH). (The household of Twombly’s father appeared further down the same page).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOHN E. TWOMBLY – 1866-71

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOONEY & AVERY – 1871-81

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

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

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

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

LOONEY & DOWNS – 1881-89

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

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

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

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

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

AMOS M. ROBERTS – 1889-93

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOONEY & ROBERTS – 1893-02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMOS M. ROBERTS – 1902-07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CARL EDWIN PINKHAM – c1908-16

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

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

Pinkham, CE - 1909

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

James D. Pinkham, a newsdealer, aged forty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3 Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Sarah Pinkham, aged forty-five years (b. Ireland (Eng.)), and his children, Carl Pinkham, a grocery store merchant, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and Harold Pinkham, aged sixteen years (b. NH). Sarah Pinkham was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. James D. Pinkham owned their house free-and-clear. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Fred Hartford, a barber (own shop), aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and Natt E. Young, an engineering office draughtsman, aged thirty-three years (b. ME) (he likely worked for Milton’s Hydraulic Engineer: I.W. Jones).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOUIS O. STETSON – 1917-23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Milton’s Collector Charles H. Looney (1849-1902)

By Muriel Bristol | June 20, 2021

Charles H. Looney was born in Milton, July 11, 1849, son of Francis E. and Rhoda A. (Leighton) Looney. (His father, an English immigrant, was naturalized in Dover, NH, May 25, 1842).

The father was a native of Manchester, England, where he learned the cotton manufacturing business. In 1820 came to this country, and for some time acted as agent of the satine mills in Dover, N.H. He finally settled in Milton, where he was engaged in manufacturing cotton warp for a number of years (Biographical Review, 1897).

Francis Looney, a manufacturer, aged forty-eight years (b. England), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Rhoda A. Looney, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), Edwin F. Looney, aged two years (b. NH), Charles H. Looney, aged one year (b. NH), Margaret F. Looney, aged twenty-three years (b. RI), and Ann F. Looney, aged sixty years (b. England). Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Cyrus K. Leighton, a farmer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Isaac Worster, a hoe & tool manufacturer, aged forty-eight years (b. NH). (Their neighbor, Isaac Worster, was an ardent abolitionist).

Charles H. Looney’s father, Francis Looney, died of laryngitis in Milton, January 24, 1854, aged fifty-one years, and six months. D.E. Palmer, M.D., signed the death certificate. (Charles was then but four years of age).

Rhoda A. [(Leighton)] Looney, aged forty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. Her household included Edwin F. Looney, aged twelve years (b. NH), Charley H. Looney, aged ten years (b. NH), David J. Corson, a shoemaker, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), Jane [(Warren)] Corson, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), Charles M. Corson, aged eight years (b. NH), and Samuel Corson, aged six months (b. NH). Rhoda A. Looney had personal estate valued at $200. Their household was enumerated between those of Oliver Pierce, a shoemaker, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), and Jacob P. Whitehouse, a shoemaker, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH).

Charles H. Looney’s elder brother, Edwin F. “Ned” Looney, died in 1865, aged seventeen years.

Charles H. Looney was educated in the common schools and at the Classical Institute of Milton, N.H. When his studies were completed he entered Twombly’s grocery store as a clerk; and two years later he was employed in the same capacity in Farmington, N.H., by Captain Herring, with whom he remained a year (Biographical Review, 1897).

Charles H. Looney worked first for two years in the Milton store and post-office of John E. Twombly (1836-1888), and then for one year in Captain Herring’s dry goods and grocery store in neighboring Farmington, NH.

In some respects the life of “Captain” George M. Herring (1812-1875) had many interesting parallels with that of Looney. Herring kept a dry goods and grocery store, and was for some years Farmington postmaster. He was president of the Farmington Savings Bank and the Farmington M.F.I. (a shoe factory), became a NH state senator and even worked for the U.S. Customs department. He had been the assessor for the wartime U.S. excise taxes. At the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census, when he was Looney’s employer, he was a trader, aged fifty-eight years (b. MA).

Farmington Bank Two-Dollar BillRhoda A. [(Leighton)] Looney, keeping house, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. Her household included Charles H. Looney, works for shoe factory, aged twenty years (b. NH), and Ann F. Looney, aged sixty [74] years (b. England). Rhoda A. Looney had real estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $200. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Oliver Pierce, a shoe finisher, aged forty-nine years (b. ME), and Thomas P. French, works in shoe factory, aged forty-five years (b. NH).

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

Charles H. Luney married in Rochester, NH, September 28, 1871, Emily E. Miller, both of Milton. He was a clerk, aged twenty-two years, and she was aged seventeen years. Rev. H.M. Stone performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, September 28, 1854, daughter of Robert and Sarah M. (Hodgdon) Miller.

Emily E. Looney was reared at Milton and attended school here and at Lebanon, [ME,] where she had academic advantages. For a short time prior to her marriage she taught school (Scales, 1914).

Charles H. Looney replaced Ezra H. Twombly, as Milton postmaster, January 17, 1872. (Ezra H. Twombly was brother to Looney’s former employer, John E. Twombly).

He was appointed Postmaster in Milton by President Grant in 1871 and held the office with general satisfaction for thirteen years (Biographical Review, 1897).

Looney had received $110 in salary for being Milton postmaster as of September 30, 1873.

Looney & Avery appeared in the Milton directories of 1874, and 1875, as Milton merchants. There were several Averys in town at the time, and little evidence with which to identify Looney’s partner. (As we shall see, he might have been best acquainted with Brackett F. Avery (1828-1911)).

Charles H. Looney served as Milton town clerk at this time. One source said he was clerk for a period of twelve years, while, elsewhere, he was said to have replaced Joseph Mathes (1815-1882) in that office between 1875 and 1884 (a period of only nine to ten years) (Biographical Review, 1897; Scales, 1914). An examination of town vital records reveals that he made entries dated between April 1874 and November 1887, a period of thirteen years. One particularly poignant one concerned young Annie E. Mather. She had been “taken from the orphan home in Boston, Ms. [MA],” only to die of diphtheria in Milton, at the age of only eleven years.

From the following we learn that Brackett Avery, Charles Ricker, and Charles H. Looney were engineers for the the Milton Three-Ponds precinct’s volunteer fire department in 1880.

MILTON. Precinct meeting was held in the Institute, Saturday the 20[th]. The following officers were elected: Charles Ricker, Moderator; George Tasker, Clerk; Brackett Avery, Charles Ricker, Charles Looney, Engineers. They also voted to raise a sum of money not exceeding $60.00 to be expended for hose & c. The last year’s report was read and accepted; they then repaired to the Post-office where a treat was awaiting them (Farmington News, March 26, 1880).

Charles H. Looney, postmaster, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma E. Looney, keeping house, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), his children, Ned F. Looney, aged seven years (b. NH), and Walter E. Looney, aged two years (b. NH), his mother, Rhoda A. Looney, keeping house, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), his aunt, Ann F. Looney, at home, aged eighty-four years (b. England), and his help, Eliza A. Galnagh, a housekeeper, aged sixty-two years (b. ME). Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Eliza A. Fernald, keeping house, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), and Frank Leighton, works on shoes, aged thirty-two years (b. NH). (Housekeeper Eliza A. Galnagh was the mother of the little girl whose pet dog had killed her other pet, a pet chicken, in 1869).

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

Charles H. Looney and Hazen W. “Wesley” Downs became partners in a grocery store on Main Street in Milton in April 1881. (Joseph Willey, a competing merchant, decided to expand his line of goods a bit).

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

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

[Charles Looney] … was elected to the legislature in 1885 and to the State Senate in 1887 (Biographical Review, 1897).

Charles H. Looney ran for the District 12 seat in the NH State Senate in November 1886. John F. Hall (D) of Farmington, NH, received 1,743 votes (49.9%), Charles H. Looney (R) of Milton received 1,686 votes (48.3%), and Nathaniel Burnham (P) received 65 votes (1.9%). The result in this District 12 election and those in two other districts were not considered sufficiently conclusive (nobody achieving 50% or over), so the final decision was given over to a joint session of the NH House and Senate.

NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGISLATURE. Organization Perfected and Republicans Elected to Fill Vacancies. Concord, N.H., June 1. The fifth biennial session of the Legislature began at the State House this forenoon. Both branches met at 11 o’clock and the oath of office was administered to the members by Governor Currier. The Senate organized by choosing Frank D. Currier, president; Ira A. Chase, clerk; Charles J. Hamblet, assistant clerk; Edward H. Wasson, sergeant-at-arms, and James M. Adams, messenger. Notice was sent the House that vacancies existed in senatorial districts 9, 12 and 17. In the House the roll call showed all the members present but three. John J. Bell of Exeter was chosen temporary Speaker. An organization was then effected by choosing Alvin Burleigh of Plymouth, Speaker; G.A. Dickey, clerk; Stephen S. Jewett, assistant clerk; Lewis Jenkins, sergeant-at-arms; Hiram E. Currier, George W. Varnum, Horace L. Ingalls, doorkeepers. The hours of meeting were fixed at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The rules of the last session were adopted. The officers of both branches are all Republicans. Both branches of the Legislature met in joint convention this afternoon and filled vacancies in the senatorial districts by electing Edmund E. Truesdell of Pembroke in district No. 9, Charles H. Looney of Milton in No. 12 and Edward O. Blunt of Nashua in No. 17. All those are Republicans. The ballot for Governor resulted as follows: Thomas Cogswell of Gilmanton, Democrat, 146; Charles H. Sawyer of Dover, Republican, 178. Mr. Sawyer was declared elected. A committee of one Senator and two Representatives was appointed to inform him of his election and to say that the Legislature awaited any communication he desired to make. Tuesday was designated as the day for drawing seats in the House. The sergeant-at-arms was directed to allow General Gilman Marston of Exeter and the Hon. Samuel B. Page of Haverhill to draw seats prior to that date. The Legislature then adjourned. Governor-elect Sawyer will be inaugurated tomorrow forenoon. There will be a procession of the entire State militia, with several independent military companies, and a large number of distinguished invited guests in carnages, should the weather be pleasant the parade will be one of the finest ever seen here (Boston Post, June 2, 1887).

One of the two losing candidates, John F. Hall (D) of Farmington, NH, petitioned for a recount of the original election. His petition was considered in July 1887 and rejected, leaving Senator Charles H. Looney (R) still in the District 12 senate seat.

New Hampshire Legislature. Concord, N.H., July 28. In the Senate this forenoon two reports were presented on petition of John F. Hall of Farmington, stating his belief that he had been chosen senator, and asking for a recount of the votes cast in the twelfth or Somersworth senatorial district at the last election. Senators Bailey, Stearns and Gilman reported that the vote of the district, as returned in the office of the secretary of state, was follows: Nathaniel Burnham (Prohibition) 65; Charles A. Looney (Republican) 1688; John F. Hall (Democrat) 1743. There being no choice, Mr. Looney was elected by the Legislature in joint convention. They reported recount unnecessary, and inexpedient, and they recommended, petitioners have leave to withdraw. Minority, Senators Rollins and Paine, recommended that the elections committee be instructed to immediately obtain and count the ballots cast in the district, now in custody of the secretary of state. On motion to substitute the minority for the majority report the first political debate of the session occurred, Senators Rollins, Pittman, Jameson, Paine and George advocating, and Senators Stearns, French Hersey opposing it. The motion was lost on a strict party vote, the Democrats voting affirmative and the Republicans in the negative. The report of the majority was than adopted and Mr. Hall given leave to withdraw, Senator Jameson said the minority desired to enter their protest against the action of the Senate in depriving Mr. Hall of his constitutional rights. Leave was granted and the formal protest of Democratic senators will be spread upon the records. In the House bills taking action against tenants and for the better enforcement of the pauper law were killed. An animated discussion occurred on the bill proposing to abolish highway districts and the office of highway surveyor, pending which the House adjourned. (Boston Evening Transcript, July 29, 1887).

Both Hall and Looney had been state representatives, from Farmington and Milton respectively, in the 1885-86 biennium.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS. E.E. and C.H. Looney, to J.F. Spinney, Milton, $100 (Farmington News, November 2, 1888).

Amos M. Roberts purchased the Looney & Downs grocery store in April 1889. Roberts appeared in the Milton directories of 1892, and 1894, as a Milton grocer or merchant.

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

Charles H. Looney was appointed an inspector of customs for the U.S. Customs House in Portsmouth, NH, in 1890. (He presumably commuted via Milton’s Railroad Line). He appeared in the Portsmouth directory of 1890, as an inspector at the Customs House. He was promoted to Deputy Collector there in March 1891. He held that office until November 1894.

NEW HAMPSHIRE NOTES. Hon. Charles H. Looney of Milton, N.H., an ex-member of the New Hampshire Senate, has been appointed Deputy Collector of the port of Portsmouth, N.H. (Springfield Reporter (Springfield, VT), March 27, 1891). 

MILTON. At the republican caucus Saturday afternoon the following delegates were chosen to the different conventions: State – E.W. Fox and Frank Horner. Congressional – R.M. Kimball and C.D. Fox. Senatorial – Luther Hayes and B.B. Plummer. Councillor – Chas. A. Jones and S.W. Wallingford. County – Fred B. Roberts and C.W. Gross. Town Committee – Chas. H. Looney, president; B.B. Plummer, secretary; Luther Hayes, C.A. Jones, J.H. Avery, W.H.H. Pinkham, Fred B. Roberts, S.W. Wallingford, Charles D. Fox and Charles W. Gross (Farmington News, 1892).

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

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

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

Charles H. Looney’s mother, Rhoda A. (Leighton) Looney, died of apoplexy in Milton, June 23, 1896, aged seventy-nine years, three months, and twenty-eight days. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

HERE AND THERE. The funeral of Mrs. Rhoda Leighton Looney of Milton, the widow of the late Francis Looney formerly of England, took place at the home of her son, the Hon. C.H. Looney, on Wednesday. Among relations present were Mr. J.F. Hussey and his daughter, Mrs. Ned I. Parker of this [Farmington] town (Farmington News, June 26, 1896).

MILTON NEWS LETTER. C.H. Looney and family are at Oak Island cottage, York Beach, for two weeks (Farmington News, August 6, 1897).

Looney & Roberts appeared in the Milton directory of 1898, as Milton merchants. They appeared in both the grocer and general store categories.

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At this time Looney accepted, after a gap of several years, a second appointment as Deputy Collector for the U.S. Customs office in Portsmouth, NH. He held this position for the remainder of his life.

Appointment for Charles Looney of Milton. PORTSMOUTH, N.H., March 12 – Collector of Customs Rufus N. Elwell has appointed Charles H. Looney of Milton deputy collector of customs, to succeed Nathaniel Winn, deceased. Mr. Looney is well known here, and served under Collector James E. Dodge from 1891 to 1895. His nomination has been forwarded to Washington (Boston Globe, March 12, 1898).

Charles H Looney, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-nine years), Emily E. Looney, aged forty-five years (b. NH), his children, Ned F. Looney, a fair stitcher (shoes), aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), Walter E. Looney, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Robert N. Looney, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and Harry H. Looney, at school, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and his daughter-in-law (Ned F. Looney’s wife; married within the year), Adelaide C. [(Sloan)] Looney, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH). Emily E. Looney was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Elvira V. Pierce, a housekeeper, aged seventy-nine years (b. NH), and Sophia Leighton, a housekeeper, aged seventy-six years (b. NH).

The NH General Court authorized incorporation of the Milton Water Works Company, March 21, 1901, with initial board members Malcom A.H. Hart, Charles H. Looney, S. Lyman Hayes, Charles D. Jones, Fred B. RobertsHarry Avery, George E. Wentworth, Joseph H. Avery, Ira W. Jones, Arthur W. Dudley, Everett F. Fox, Henry F. Townsend, Freeman H. Lowd, William T. Wallace, Frank G. Horne, Charles A. Jones, and Nathaniel G. Pinkham. It established itself July 19, 1899, with Harry L. Avery as its treasurer (NH Secretary of State, 1901).

Hon. Charles H. Looney appeared in the Milton directory of 1902, as working at the Customs House in Portsmouth, NH, with his house at 54 South Main street, near Tappan street. Two of his sons, Walter E. Looney and Robert M. Looney, boarded with him; son Edward F. Looney had removed to Roxbury, MA.

Charles H. Looney died of apoplexy, i.e., a stroke, in Milton, April 23, 1902, aged fifty-two years. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

HON. CHARLES H. LOONEY. Deputy Collector of This Port Dies at His Home in Milton. Word was received here at 10:30 o’clock this Wednesday morning of death at his home in Milton early in the morning hours of Hon. Charles H. Looney, deputy collector of customs of this port. Deceased suffered an apoplectic stroke Tuesday afternoon and from the first there was no hope for the sufferer. He lingered until 12:30 this Wednesday morning when he breathed his last. Hon. Charles H. Looney was born in Milton in 1849. He was educated in the public schools of his own town and at Berwick academy. After graduation he entered into business and was successful for a number of years. He drifted into politics and after holding all town offices of trust was made postmaster. In the years 1885-86 he represented his town in the legislature and the two following years he put in as state senator. He was appointed inspector of customs in 1890 and in 1892 was promoted to Deputy Collector which office he held until November, 1894. Again in 1898 he was appointed Deputy Collector and held the same at the time of his death. Deceased leaves a wife and four grown up sons on whom the sudden blow falls with an almost crushing force. He was a man of essentially home qualities and was bound up in the sons in whom he took great pride. He was a member of the Congregational church and also a Free Mason. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at two o’clock in Milton and the collector’s office in this city will undoubtedly be closed that afternoon in order that the collector and inspectors may attend the obsequies (Portsmouth Herald, April 23, 1902).

DECEASE OF HON. C.H. LOONEY. The many readers of the News who have enjoyed acquaintance with Charles H. Looney of Milton, for some time in his youth, of this town, will mourn deeply his sudden decease, early Wednesday morning. He had remained at home from Portsmouth, Tuesday, to attend the funeral of Charles Downs, and was taken ill in the cemetery, becoming unconscious immediately. Dr. M.A.H. Hart was called instantly to the side of his friend and neighbor, and superintended his removal to his home, while everything possible was done to restore him to consciousness. But nothing availed, and he passed away at about half-past twelve o’clock of the morning referred to, April 23. Mr. Looney has been always active in all good works, having at heart the welfare of the town, and having been a man of genuine public spirit. In 1887,88 he was a member of the state senate. He had been for two terms the deputy collector of customs at Portsmouth, and was in office at the time of his decease. He was a trustee of the Nute high school and a note received from Farmington friends, from one of the younger people in Milton, says that “the whole town was sad, for everyone loved Mr. Looney, and sympathized with the intense grief of of his wife and children.” And with deep sorrow for the loss of so good a friend there is prevalent in Milton the natural grief consequent upon the taking away of so generous and helpful a citizen. Mr. Looney was the son of the late Francis Looney of Manchester, England, and of Mrs. Rhoda Leighton Looney of Milton, and was in the fifty-third year of his age. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Emma Miller, and by their four sons, the eldest of whom is married. The younger two sons were with their father at the time of his death, and the others, with his daughter-in-law, arrived as soon as possible after learning of his illness. As a husband and father, Mr. Looney was most tender and indulgent, and liked to have his children ever with him. Words can not console the family thus bereaved of one so beloved, but sympathy for them who are so afflicted is warm and deep. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock (Farmington News, April 25, 1902).

Emma E Looney, a widow, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Walter Looney, a customs house clerk, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), Robert M. Looney, a grammar school teacher, aged thirty years (b. NH), Harry N. Looney, a shoe factory cutter, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and John H. Looney, aged twenty-four years (b. NH). Emma E. Looney owned their house, free-and-clear. Emily E. Looney was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living. Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Seth F. Dawson, Jr., a leather-board manufacturer, aged thirty years years (b. MA), and Martha E. Bean, a widow, aged forty-five years (b. NH).

Local. At the regular meeting of Mary Torr Chapter, D.A.R., of Rochester, last Tuesday, Mrs. Emily Looney of Milton was elected regent (Farmington News, May 5, 1916).

Mrs. Charles H. Looney was president of the Milton Women’s Club on 1916 (Winslow, 1916).

Local. Many local friends were saddened to learn of the death of Ned Francis Looney, who died at the Haverhill hospital last Friday after a long illness of tuberculosis. He was 45 years of age and a native of Milton, the oldest son of Hon. Charles H. and Emma (Miller) Looney. He was married to the only daughter of John Waldron and the late Adelaide Cilley Waldron of this [Farmington] village in 1897. He is survived by his wife, his mother and three brothers, for whom much sympathy is felt. Funeral was held from the home of his mother at Milton last Sunday afternoon. Remains were placed in the family lot in the cemetery at Lebanon, Me. (Farmington News, April 26, 1918).

Emily E. Looney, a widow, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Walter E. Looney, a deputy collector, aged forty-one years (b. NH), Robert M. Looney, a broker, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and Harry H. Looney, a shoe shop cutter, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH). Their household appeared in the enumeration between the households of Arthur F. Remick, a house carpenter, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and S. Frank Dawson, a manufacturer (owner), aged forty years years (b. MA).

Emily Ellen (Miller) Looney died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Milton, April 22, 1921, aged sixty-six years, six months, and twenty-four days. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Milton Church Presented Flag. On Sunday evening, April 15, Milton Rev. N.W. Whitman, pastor, held a special service to receive a silk flag which has been placed in the church. The flag was presented to the town of Milton by the State Relief Corps in memory of Mrs. Emily E. Looney. At the desire of her sons it was placed in the church of which she was for many years a member and the faithful clerk (The Congregationalist, May 10, 1923).

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West Milton’s In-As-Much Society – 1903-57

By Muriel Bristol | June 7, 2021

The In-As-Much Society was a West Milton women’s club. The term inasmuch generally introduces a phrase thatNute Chapel - Nute Chapel explains the extent to which a prior statement is true. Societies of this sort were usually affiliated with a church parish. It would seem from the articles extracted here that this one was affiliated with West Milton’s Nute Chapel.

One supposes that there were similar women’s societies centered on churches in other parts of Milton. These In-as-Much Society articles appeared in the Farmington News, while those of other such societies appeared less frequently or did not appear at all, largely because West Milton abuts Farmington, NH.

It is difficult to say exactly when the In-As-Much Society might have been established, but its first newspaper notices began in 1903, i.e., during the pastorate of Nute Chapel’s Rev. Robert M. Peacock.


WEST MILTON. Mrs. John Horne and Mrs. Agnes Bean entertained the In as much society Wednesday of last week (Farmington News, September 18, 1903).

Mrs. Agnes G. (Horne) Bean was then a Farmington, NH, schoolteacher, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth M. (Wiggin) Horne and her husband John W. Horne.

WEST MILTON. The ladies of the In as much society will give a harvest supper at the Nute chapel Friday, Oct. 9 (Farmington News, October 2, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. J.I. Cook and her daughter, Mrs. T.F. Langley, gave a tea to the Inasmuch society last week (Farmington News, October 23, 1903).

Thomas F. Langley married (2nd) in Milton, September 4, 1900, Mary J. Cook, he of Boston, MA, and she of Milton. He was a widowed painter, aged sixty years, and she was a shoe stitcher, aged thirty-four years. Rev. R.M. Peacock [of the Nute Chapel] performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, circa 1866, daughter of John I. and Mary A. (Davis) Cook.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. William Swinerton entertained the Inasmuch society last week, in honor of Miss Jessie Russell of Boston who has been spending the summer with her (Farmington News, October 30, 1903).

Marie Debeau married in Cambridge, MA, in 1894, William M. Swinerton. They were recent arrivals from Cambridge, MA, where he had been a stationary engineer.

WEST MILTON. The In as much society met this week Wednesday in the library at the chapel. Further preparations were made for the entertainment and sale which is to be held December 2. There will be domestic, fancy, and candy tables, also ice cream, cake and cocoa (Farmington News, November 20, 1903).

WEST MILTON. At the last meeting of the Inasmuch society, arrangements were made for the Christmas tree and a Christmas tea for all the children of the parish (Farmington News, December 25, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Nellie Hayes Tuesday afternoon. … The Inasmuch society entertained the children Thursday afternoon and evening at the chapel. Games were played until 5.30, when the children marched to the dining room where tables laden with many dainties met the eager eyes of the children. A Christmas cake with the words “Merry Christmas” was on a table in the centre of the room, surrounded by burning candles of all colors. As the children left the dining room they were given a piece of the Christmas cake. In the evening a short program and Christmas tree were very much enjoyed by all (Farmington News, January 1, 1904).

Nellie M. Parmenter married in Farmington, NH, May 8, 1877, Charles H. Hayes, both of Farmington. She was aged twenty years, and he was a widowed [shoe] cutter, aged thirty-two years. Rev. D.H. Adams performed the ceremony. Charles H. Hayes died of pneumonia in Milton, April 22, 1892,aged forty-seven years. [His death certificate gave the year as 1893, incorrectly]. (See Milton’s Nute Chapel Ministers of 1890-21, regarding Hayes’ friendship with Nute pastor Rev. William A. Bacon).

WEST MILTON. The last meeting of the In as much Society was held with Mrs. L.D. Garland. Quite a number were present and work was resumed as usual (Farmington News, January 29, 1904).

Cora B. Goodall married in Rochester, NH, January 6, 1877, Llewelyn D. Garland, he of Milton, and she of Farmington, NH. He was a shoemaker, aged twenty-one years, and she was aged eighteen years. In 1904, Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Garland lived next door to the Hare Road school.

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. John Nute Wednesday of last week (Farmington News, February 19, 1904).

Ellen F. Foss married, circa 1884, John A. Nute. She died of cancer in West Milton, November 10, 1908, aged fifty-three years, five months, and fifteen days.

WEST MILTON. The severe cold and bad traveling of late have interfered somewhat with the meetings of the Inasmuch society. The interest, however, has been kept up. Will meet with Mrs. Nellie Hayes this week, if the weather is favorable (Farmington News, February 26, 1904).

WEST MILTON. A well-attended meeting of the Inasmuch society was held last week with Mrs. J.I. Cooke and her daughter, Mrs. T.F. Langley. There were two guests, Miss Annie Horne and Miss E. Maude Garland. The music by Miss Horne was very much enjoyed (Farmington News, March 25, 1904).

Hare Road schoolteacher Annie J. Horne was a daughter of Frank and Mary C. (Weeks) Horne. Milton Grammar schoolteacher Ethelyn Maude Garland was a daughter of Llewellyn D. and Cora B. (Goodall) Garland.

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. John Nute last week with a large attendance (Farmington News, April 1, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet with Mrs. Nellie Hayes this week (Farmington News, April 8, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet with Mrs. Nellie Hayes this week, Wednesday (Farmington News, April 8, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet with Mrs. Annie Cooke Wednesday (Farmington News, April 15, 1904).

Annie E. Davis married in Rochester, NH, January 14, 1874, Ira A. Cook, she of Rochester and he of Milton. He was a shoemaker, aged thirty-one years, and she was aged twenty-four years. He died of heart failure in Milton, April 3, 1898, aged fifty-four years, four months, and twenty-one days. In 1900, she lived on the Nute Ridge Road, close to the Nute Chapel.

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet with Mrs. Annie Cook, Wednesday. It is hoped there will be a good attendance as there is much work on hand (Farmington News, April 22, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The In as much society will meet again this week with the chairman of work committee, Mrs. Annie Cooke (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The In as much society will meet at the Nute Library, this week Wednesday. Arbor Day will also be observed by planting trees on the chapel grounds (Farmington News, May 6, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The In as much society met last week Wednesday, at the Nute library; there was a good attendance. Arbor day being observed, three trees were planted on the chapel grounds, Cake and cocoa were served by the ladies (Farmington News, May 13, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet at Nute library this week Wednesday (Farmington News, May 20, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch Society will meet at the Nute Chapel Wednesday if pleasant, if not Thursday (Farmington News, May 27, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Martin Wentworth last week, Wednesday. There was a good attendance. The reading by one of the members was very much enjoyed. Cake and Cocoa was served (Farmington News, November 11, 1904).

Georgianna Gerrish married in Rochester, NH, November 20, 1886, Martin G. Wentworth, she of Lebanon, ME, and he of Farmington, NH. She was a teacher, aged twenty-one years, and he was a laster, aged twenty-three years. (See Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47).

WEST MILTON. The ladies of the society are busily engaged in preparing barrels of clothing to be sent to Mrs. Elizabeth Barker at Toccoa, Georgia, for distribution in the mission school of which Mrs. Barker is matron. Many thanks are due Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Brown for their generous hospitality, which was enjoyed by the ladies of the Inasmuch society, Dec. 1. A bounteous dinner was partaken of, after which a reading by one of the members was listened to with much pleasure. Later in the afternoon ice cream was served by Miss Nellie Brown, who so ably assisted in entertaining (Farmington News, December 9, 1904).

Augusta D. Dorr married in Milton, July 3, 1892, John W. Brown, she of Milton and he of Farmington, NH. She was a shoe stitcher, aged twenty-five years, and he was a shoemaker, aged thirty-three years. Miss Nellie Brown was his younger sister.

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society was very pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. Annie Cook, last week Wednesday. There was a good attendance and all were busily engaged in finishing articles for the sale. Refreshments were served by the hostess. The ladies will hold their annual Christmas sale Dec. 20 if pleasant; if not, the first fair evening. It will open with an entertainment at 7.30, after which all will be invited to the dining room where you will find what you want for Christmas, and something good to eat (Farmington News, December 16, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The roads this winter have made it possible for the In As Much society to hold their meetings each week at the chapel, which they will continue to do indefinitely (Farmington News, January 19, 1906).

WEST MILTON. The In As Much society met at Nute chapel last Wednesday afternoon with the largest attendance of the summer. It is with great pleasure that we mention the fact that five ladies from Brookline joined the circle. The lawn party at Mrs. L.D. Garland’s was a very enjoyable occasion. As the evening was rather cool, the phonograph selections were listened to with much pleasure in the house. Cocoa, candy and fancy articles were sold, thereby making it a financial success for the In As Much society (Farmington News, September 19, 1909).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet at Nute chapel in the library now on during the summer every Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock (Farmington News, April 22, 1910).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met last week with Mrs. Sam Gale. It was a roll call. It being the first meeting of the new year there was a special program. Instrumental and vocal music, and a reading by Mrs. Gale. The president, Mrs. Longley, read a very interesting letter from the former pastor’s wife, Mrs. R.M. Peacock (Farmington News, January 13, 1911).

Annie B. Varney married in Lynn, MA, June 12, 1894, Samuel Gale, 3rd, both of Lynn, MA. She was an operative, aged twenty-three years, and he was a printer, aged thirty-three years. In 1912, their house was on the Hare Road, third from the Farmington Road.

WEST MILTON. The ladies of the Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Peirce last Wednesday. An unusually large number was present and a most enjoyable afternoon was spent in sewing and sociability. Mr. Hayes entertained the company with choice selections on the phonograph. Cake, cocoa, and fruit were served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Nellie Hayes. A novel and very pleasing feature of the occasion was the sled ride given the ladies by Mr. I.W. Hayes. It was a kindly act and thoroughly appreciated by them. They wish through this medium to extend their thanks to him (Farmington News, March 31, 1911).

Clara N. “Nettie” Giles married in Northwood, NH, October 30, 1888, Charles S. Pierce, she of Epsom, NH, and he of Des Moines, IA. She was aged twenty-seven years, and he was a shoemaker, aged twenty-one years. She resided in 1910 in the Nute Ridge home of her nephew, Henry B. Hayes. Sleigh driver Ira W. Hayes had a farm on the Hare Road.

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. L. [S.] Gale last week. It was roll call and all responded with a reading or quotation very fitting to the Easter season. lee cream and cake were served by the hostess, assisted by Miss Nellie Hayes (Farmington News, April 21, 1911).

West Milton. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Annie Cook last week. Sandwiches, cake and lemonade were served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Longley (Farmington News, May 19, 1911).

Mrs. Longley and her husband lived with her parents, John I. and Mary A. (Davis) Cook, on the Hare Road, sixth from the Farmington Road, in 1912.

West Milton. The Inasmuch society will meet at the chapel, in the library, during the summer (Farmington News, June 23, 1911).

West Milton. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. G.H. Hurd this week Wednesday. The hostess served delicious refreshments. Organ selections by Mesdames Gale and Longley were listened to with much pleasure (February 2, 1912).

Cora E. (Whitten) Brown married in Farmington, NH, April 7, 1887, George H. Hurd, both of Farmington, NH. She was a shoe-fitter, aged twenty-eight years, and he was a shoemaker, aged fifty-five years.

West Milton. A Valentine social, under the auspices of the Inasmuch society, was held at the home of Mrs. L.D. Garland, Wednesday, Feb. 14. A very pleasing program, consisting of readings, recitations and music was rendered by ladies of the society under the direction of Miss Nellie Hayes. The rooms were very tastefully decorated with emblems suggestive of St. Valentine. Home-made food and candy found ready sale and netted a goodly sum for, the treasury. An expression of regret in not being able to attend the social was received from Miss Florence Colbath of Haverhill, Mass., a former resident. The company dispersed at a late hour after spending an enjoyable evening (Farmington News, February 23, 1912).

Florence A. Colbath was born in Farmington, NH, May 10, 1856, daughter of Richmond E. and Hannah (Parker) Colbath. She boarded with farmer Demeritt Goodall in the Downingville part of West Milton in 1900, where her occupation was given as “invalid.”

West Milton. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Gale last Wednesday afternoon. There was a good attendance and the work committee kept all busy. Refreshments were served by the hostess. Piano selections were listened to with much pleasure (Farmington News, April 19, 1912).

West Milton. There is to be a lawn party given by the Inasmuch society next Tuesday evening at the home of Miss E.D. Lindsay. In connection with this there will be aprons, ice cream and cake for sale. A general good time is looked forward to. Auto parties will receive special attention (Farmington News, July 12, 1912).

Miss Elizabeth D. Lindsay purchased a summer home on the Hare Road, near Nute Ridge Road, in West Milton in 1905. (See Milton and the Rusticators). She was born in Scotland, circa 1869, and lodged in Boston, MA, during the winters, working there as a dressmaker.

West Milton. The Inasmuch society, had a very interesting meeting at the library last Wednesday afternoon. There was a large attendance which was pleasing to the work committee as there is a large number of orders to fill for our summer guests (Farmington News, September 27, 1912).

West Milton. The Inasmuch society met at the home of Mrs. Edwin Tripp last Wednesday afternoon. The work of tacking comforters was resumed and good progress was made. At the close of the work the hostess, assisted by Miss Abbie Howe, served bountiful and dainty refreshments to all present and a delightful social hour followed. A large attendance of members was on hand (Farmington News, October 24, 1913).

After the March 1899 death of his first wife, Edwin Tripp married (2nd) in Rochester, NH, April 30, 1901, Mattie G. “Geneva” Berry, he of Milton, and she of Rochester, NH. He was a shoecutter, aged twenty-eight years, and she was at home, aged twenty-nine years. In 1912, Miss Mary A. “Abbie” Howe had a house with her father on the Middleton road in West Milton; the Tripps lived with them.

West Milton. The I.A.M. society met at the home of Mrs. L.D. Garland last Wednesday afternoon. A large attendance of members and the fine entertainment and refreshments furnished by the hostess were special features of the session. … The Inasmuch society has arranged for an elderly people’s meeting to be held at the home of Mrs. L.D. Garland this Friday afternoon from 2 until 4. The purpose of the affair is to afford an opportunity to all those who are ordinarily confined at home, by reason of infirmities or otherwise, of enjoying the social intercourse of their neighbors and friends. An appropriate program has been prepared, consisting of music, social entertainment, remarks by Rev. D.A. Gammon, pastor of Nute chapel, and refreshments under the auspices of the Aid. Everything will be absolutely gratis and in addition an automobile will be furnished for safe conveyance to and from the destination. An urgent invitation is extended to the elderly residents of the parish and to all those who do not have a frequent opportunity of joining their neighbors and friends. In case the weather is unfavorable the meeting will be postponed (Farmington News, August 21, 1914).

West Milton. In consequence of the small attendance occasioned by the unfavorable weather which prevailed during the afternoon set for the elderly people’s at the home of Mrs. L.D. Garland a few weeks ago, another meeting was called last Monday afternoon at the dame hour and place. An automobile was furnished by the Inasmuch society for conveyance and the elderly people of the community were well represented Able remarks appropriate to the occasion were made by the pastor of Nute chapel, Rev. D.A. Gammon, and the remainder of the afternoon was occupied with a social session, singing and refreshments, consisting of ice cream and assorted cake, after which the members of the society choir were conveyed to the home of Mrs. Hannaniah Thurston where several hymns were rendered and prayer offered by Mr. Gammon. The guests were transported to their homes shortly before six o’clock, all having enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon (Farmington News, September 14, 1914).

Hananiah is, as we might guess, a Biblical name. Hananiah Thurston appeared in the Milton directory of 1912, as a farmer, with his house on the Cross road from the Middleton ridge road to Hare road. (That is to say, on what is now Thurston Road).

West Milton. The I.A.M. society met with Mrs. D.A. Gammon Wednesday afternoon. … The I.A.M. society met with Mrs. Cora Hurd last Wednesday afternoon, the occasion being saddened from the fact that in all probability this was the last time Mrs. Hurd would entertain the members in her home. The roll call was held and each member responded with an appropriate quotation. At the close the session refreshments were served by the hostess to the large number of guests which were present. … Mrs. Cora Hurd has been selling out her household effects the past two weeks, preparatory to breaking up and selling her home on the Hare road. Mrs. Hurd has been a resident of the community for many years and a host of friends must regret the condition of her health, which has necessitated the contemplated change of residence. Wherever Mrs. Hurd may go, the good wishes and hope of old friends and neighbors for her immediate improvement will abide with her (Farmington News, June 11, 1915).

Mrs. Hurd died of uteric sarcoma in Rochester, NH, January 9, 1916, aged fifty-seven years, and twenty-six days.

West Milton. The third annual summer sale under the auspices of the I.A.M. society was held in the barn at the home of Miss E.D. Lindsay on Tuesday evening. The stable, which has been fitted up especially for social purposes, presented a pretty spectacle in the light of Jap lanterns which dimly illuminated the decorations of bunting and boughs. A large table, upon which were displayed aprons, mystery boxes and home-made candy, found ready and busy patronage, the sale of its wares netting the society a substantial sum. After the sale a graphophone concert was given, followed by games and indoor amusements, in which old and young participated until a late hour. Upwards of fifty were present and enjoyed the festivities (Farmington News, September 3, 1915).

West Milton. The social and annual Christmas sale, held under the auspices of the I.A.M. society at the home of Mrs. L.D. Garland recently, met with its usual popular success and the heavy patronage cleaned up the entire stock of articles for sale. In connection with the sale, a short program, consisting of vocal and instrumental music, was presented. Delicious refreshments were served by the hostess (Farmington News, December 31, 1915).

West Milton. The regular meeting of the I.A.M. society was held with Mrs. J.I. Cook last Wednesday afternoon, with a large attendance and an interesting program (Farmington News, June 23, 1916).

Local. The West Milton Inasmuch society will hold its midsummer sale at Nute chapel, Wednesday afternoon and evening, July 4th. A fine assortment of aprons and mystery boxes prepared by the ladies, cake, home-made candies, lemonade and ice cream will be sold. In the evening an illustrated lecture on the beautiful scenery of the White mountains will be given by Rev. D.A. Gammon. Everyone is cordially invited (June 29, 1917).

West Milton. The Inasmuch society met on Wednesday of last week with Mrs. Gammon at the parsonage. There was a good attendance and progress was made on a puff. Mrs. Gammon served some most delicious sweet apples (Farmington News, December 14, 1917).

West Milton. The Inasmuch society met this week with Mrs. Nellie Hayes. Owing to the severe weather the past winter, it has been impossible to meet (Farmington News, April 12, 1918).

WEST MILTON. The first meeting of the season of the In-as-much Circle was held at the home of Mrs. L.D. Garland on Wednesday afternoon of last week when a pleasant hour was enjoyed by those present. This Wednesday the ladies were invited to meet with Mrs. Marie Swinerton (Farmington News, October 3, 1919).

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much Circle met at the home of Mrs. Annie E. Cooke, Wednesday afternoon of this week (Farmington News, October 17, 1919).

WEST MILTON. Last week the In-as-much circle held a meeting at the home of Mrs. Fannie Pinkham. This Wednesday the ladies met with Mrs. Nellie Hayes (Farmington News, December 12, 1919).

Fannie Isabelle Hayes married in Milton, June 29, 1909, Harry Wilbur Pinkham, both of Milton. She was a teacher, aged twenty-seven years, and he a farmer, was aged thirty-six years. (She was a daughter of Charles H. and Nellie M. (Parmenter) Hayes (See Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47)). Rev. Robert M. Peacock performed the ceremony.

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much circle held its meeting on Wednesday afternoon of last week at the home of Mrs. Hannah Thurston. The room occupied by the “shut in,” where the guests were cordially welcomed, was very attractive with new paint and paper in cool and restful tints, while bouquets of cut flowers added fragrance and cheer, and the feeling was shared by all that, these material things, combined with the sunny presence of the invalid went far toward “brightening her corner.” A short devotional service was held, after which the report of the last meeting was read and it being the usual roll, those present responded with quotations. The circle presented Mrs. Thurston with a box of dainty articles. for which she returned hearty thanks. Delicious refreshments of fancy wafers, assorted cake and lemonade were served by Mrs. Thurston’s granddaughter, Mrs. Blanche Walker, and the little gathering broke up at the close of the afternoon, thus pleasantly spent (Farmington News, August 20, 1920).

Mrs. Blanche W. (Thurston) Walker was a daughter of Charles H. and Urania (Beal) Thurston and granddaughter of Hananiah B. and Caroline A. (Stockbridge) Thurston. Mrs. “Hannah” Thurston was an error for Mrs. Hananiah B. Thurston, i.e., Mrs. Caroline A. (Stockbridge) Thurston. Hananiah B. Thurston died of angina pectoris in Milton’s “West Side,” October 27, 1922, aged eighty-six years, eleven months, and sixteen days; and his wife, Caroline A. (Stockbridge) Thurston, died of arthritic rheumatism there, July 24, 1926, aged eighty-six years, seven months, and seven days. (Dr. M.A.H. Hart attended upon their final illnesses).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Lola Hyland at the home of Henry Hayes last Wednesday afternoon. Work and a social program were the order of the session (Farmington News, February 11, 1921).

Lola Montez Hill married in Manchester, NH, November 23, 1898, Nelson Stevens Hyland, both of Manchester, NH. She was aged thirty years, and he was an engineer, aged thirty-three years.

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society held at Nute chapel Tuesday of last week, Washington’s birthday, was a success in all directions. About 45 gathered there in the fore part of the day. At noon a fine collation, with hot coffee, was served to the men, of whom quite a number had been invited. A pile of unfitted wood back of the chapel was attacked by the men present, sawed and put under cover. Each seemed eager to outdo the other in the amount of work done. A business meeting was held indoors by the ladies and selections in accordance with the day observed were rendered. An original poem by our pastor’s wife was read which all pronounced first-class. It was voted to give the sum of five dollars to the Hoover Relief association. On the whole, it was a very profitable meeting (Farmington News, March 4, 1921).

The pastor’s wife was Mrs. Abbie V. (Hartland) Bennett. The pastor, Rev. George A. Bennett, died in Milton, NH, October 12, 1921, aged sixty-eight years and one day.

The Hoover Relief association was the American Relief Association, of which future president Herbert Hoover was director. It provided food and other relief to twenty-three countries suffering from the aftereffects of WW I and the Russian Revolution. (Due to monetary inflation over the intervening years, the same $5 donation, if then in the form of a $5 half-eagle coin, would have today a spot value of nearly $500 in inflated Federal Reserve notes).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet at the home of Mrs. E. Kelley Friday afternoon of this week. All members are requested to be present as there is work of importance in making preparations tor the coming sale, the date of which will be given in our items next week (Farmington News, December 1, 1922).

WEST MILTON. The ladies of the Inasmuch society will hold a social and sale at Nute chapel Thursday evening, Aug. 23. Aprons, fancywork, home-cooked food and ice cream will be on sale. See and patronize the white elephant table. A good program of entertainment will be given. No admission; you are welcome (August 17, 1923).

WEST MILTON. A social held in place of the Inasmuch society, and also in honor of several birthdays which occur about this time, was held at the home of E. Kelley on Tuesday evening (Farmington News, September 23, 1923).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met at the home of Mrs. E. Kelley on Wednesday of last week, with eight members and one guest present. The matter relative to a sale was discussed and was left in the hands of the president to make arrangements. It will be a sale of fancy work, aprons and home-cooked food, which seems to be in demand nowadays. The date will be announced later (Farmington News, October 19, 1923).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met this Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Esther Swinerton in Farmington. The ladies are preparing for a sale of articles on hand, made by their industry during the last few months. The sale will be held at Nute chapel the date to be announced later (Farmington News, June 27, 1924).

Esther M. Blaisdell married in Milton, December 24, 1899, Herbert B. Swinerton, she of Farmington, NH, and he of Milton. She was a lady, aged nineteen years, and he was a shoemaker, aged twenty-one years. They resided in Mt. Vernon Street in Farmington, NH, in 1920.

WEST MILTON. On the evening of July eighth the Inasmuch society will hold at Nute Chapel an ice cream and strawberry social, in connection with a sale of aprons and many other useful articles made by the ladies of the society. An entertainment will be prepared by the committee on music, and pains will be made to have all in first-class order. The proceeds are to be used in carrying on the benevolent work of the society (Farmington News, July 4, 1924).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met at the home of Mrs. Teresa Tibbetts this Wednesday (Farmington News, August 1, 1924).

Theresa Victoria Stevens married in Somerville, MA, November 12, 1910, Chris Henry Tibbetts, she of Somerville, MA, and he of Milton. She was a schoolteacher, aged twenty years, and he was a farmer, aged twenty-two years. In 1930, they lived on the King’s Highway in Milton.

WEST MILTON. A meeting of the Inasmuch society was held at the home of Nellie Hayes this Wednesday (Farmington News, April 3, 1925).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society held its sale last Thursday evening, with a fair attendance and a good sale. Owing to the shower of Wednesday, it was postponed (Farmington News, July 31, 1925).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met this Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Annie Cook (Farmington News, September 25, 1925).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society held a meeting this week at the home of Mrs. Teresa Tibbets (Farmington News, October 22, 1926).

LOCAL. Annual harvest supper will be held at Nute chapel, Nute Ridge, auspices Inasmuch society Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6.30 p.m. Supper followed by entertainment. Admission to all 35c (Farmington News, October 28, 1927).

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society met with Mrs. E.H. Kelley, Wednesday afternoon. The program included the making of dust caps (Farmington News, January 4, 1929).

Elvah M. Hayes married in Wakefield, MA, in 1916, Edward H. Kelley. She was born in Farmington, NH, December 22, 1878, daughter of Charles H. and Nellie M. (Parmenter) Hayes.

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society will meet all day next Wednesday at the home of Mrs. L.D. Garland (Farmington News, January 11, 1929).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet at the Nute chapel parsonage next Wednesday afternoon (Farmington News, February 8, 1929).

WEST MILTON. A lawn social sale and entertainment will be held at the Nute chapel Wednesday afternoon and evening, August 21, under the auspices of the In-as-much society (Farmington News, August 16, 1929).

WEST MILTON. The last meeting of the Inasmuch society was held Wednesday afternoon, with Mrs. T.J. Poelman at the parsonage (Farmington News, February 7, 1930).

Mrs. Helen F. (Guptill) Poelman was the wife of Rev. T.J. Poelman of the Nute Chapel (See Milton’s Nute Chapel Ministers of 1922-53).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Mary Varney, March 26 (Farmington News, March 28, 1930).

Mary J. Moore married in Lowell, MA, November 7, 1900, William J. Varney, both of Lowell, MA. Both were mill operatives, aged twenty-one years.

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society met with Mrs. E.H. Kelley May 23. Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Kelley and Mrs. Nellie Hayes motored to Rye Thursday, May 22, and visited Mrs. Kelley’s aunt, Mrs. Laura A. Locke. Mrs. Locke returned with them and is visiting Mrs. Hayes for a few days (Farmington News, May 30, 1930).

Laura Anne Hayes married, Match 6, 1879, John Elvin Locke. She and Nellie M. (Parmenter) Hayes’s husband, Charles H. Hayes, were children of Ichabod and Hannah R. (Jenkins) Hayes.

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Doria Nute Wednesday, June 11 (Farmington News, June 13, 1930).

Deloria “Doria” Ferland married in Milton, December 23, 1922, Ray H. Nute, she of Farmington, NH, and he of Milton. She was a shoeworker, aged twenty-two years, and he was a shoemaker, aged twenty-four years. Rev. Newell W. Whitman performed the ceremony. In 1930, they lived on the Hare Road in West Milton.

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Esther Swinerton, Wednesday, July 16 (Farmington News, July 18, 1930).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met last week with Mrs. Curtis (Farmington News, August 22, 1930).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet this week at the home of Mrs. Geneva Tripp (Farmington News, September 19, 1930).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met with Mrs. Theresa Tibbets this Wednesday (Farmington News, October 3, 1930).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society held a pie social at Nute chapel Wednesday evening (Farmington News, November 7, 1930).

WEST MILTON. The pie social held at Nute chapel last Wednesday evening under the auspices of the Inasmuch society was quite largely attended in spite of the stormy night. Games were enjoyed by all and pie and coffee were served for refreshments (Farmington News, November 14, 1930).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met this Wednesday with Mrs. Hayes (Farmington News, January 2, 1931).

WEST MILTON. On Monday evening the In-as-much society sponsored a social and sale of fancy articles at Nute chapel. There was a good attendance and a most delightful evening was recorded (Farmington News, July 3, 1931).

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society met with Mrs. Nellie Hayes, Wednesday afternoon (Farmington News, May 19, 1933).

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society met last Wednesday for an all-day session at Nute chapel and repaired the hymn books (Farmington News, July 21, 1933).

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society met on Tuesday at the chapel (Farmington News, August 30, 1935).

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society met at the chapel Wednesday and cleaned the dining hall and kitchen (Farmington News, September 20, 1935).

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society recently met at Nute chapel and made a decided improvement in the appearance of the paint work and chairs in the dining ball by applying paint and varnish (Farmington News, October 25, 1935).

WEST MILTON. As is its custom, the In-as-much society presented Christmas tokens to all the shut-ins of the community (Farmington News, January 3, 1936).

WEST MILTON. Since our last newsletter a hard wood floor has been laid in Nute chapel, the same having been financed by Nute Ridge Grange. In addition to improvements made in the dining hall, the In-as-much society is improving the condition of the pew cushions, and a meeting was held Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Elvah H. Kelley in connection with the project (Farmington News, April 17, 1936).

WEST MILTON. The In-as-much society staged the leading event of the week when members gathered at the home of Mrs. Cora B. Garland, Thursday, September 15, and sprung a surprise party in honor of her eightieth birthday, to which relatives and friends participated. Among the relatives were representatives of four generations, which included Mrs. Garland, her daughter, Mrs. John Gilman, Sr., of Laconia, a grandson, John Gilman, 2nd, of West Milton, and a great grandson, John Gilman, Jr., also of West Milton. Prominent among the friends and neighbors was Mrs. Ellen Haynes of West Milton who is in her eighty sixth year.  Mrs. Garland has been a resident of our community for many years, and has taken a leading part, (which she continues to do at the present time) in all of the organized activities. She is a veteran member of the the In-as-Much society, Nute Ridge Grange and Community Fair association, and has stood ready at all times to lend a helping hand in trying to make our community a better place in which to live (Farmington News, September 23, 1938).

WEST MILTON. The weekly meeting of the In-as-Much society was held Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Alfred Langfell (Farmington News, November 29, 1938).

WEST MILTON. The meeting of the In-As-Much society was held Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Alfred Langfell (Farmington News, February 24, 1939).

There does not seem have been any news items regarding the In-as-Much Society during the 1940s. (At least none in the surviving issues of the Farmington News).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society will meet at the home of Mrs. Esther Swinerton on Friday, December 22, at 1.30, to fill Sunshine baskets and candy boxes for the tree. Also at this time they will have a Christmas party (Farmington News, December 22, 1950).

WEST MILTON. The Inasmuch society met at the home of Mrs. Esther Swinerton for a Christmas party and to fill sunshine baskets and candy boxes for the children. After exchanging gifts, delicious refreshments of ice cream, cookies and tea were served by the hostess (Farmington News, December 29, 1950).

MILTON. Milton – The late Mrs. Esther Swinerton was memorialized in the June meeting of the West Milton In-As-Much club, Meeting was held in the home of Marion Bruce (Farmington News, June 28, 1956).

Mrs. Esther (Blaisdell) Swinerton of Milton died of a pulmonary embolism (following a ruptured appendix) in Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH, May 16, 1956, aged seventy-five years. “She was active in church, and community and grange affairs” (Farmington News, May 17, 1956).

Marion Agnes Cole married in Milton, July 10, 1947, Kenneth Raymond Bruce, she of East Rochester, NH, and he of Milton. She was a mill worker, aged twenty-two years, and he was a carpenter, aged thirty years. Rev. Ralph V. Townsend performed the ceremony.

MILTON. Greta Walsh will be hostess to the In-As-Much club on Aug 13 at West Milton (Farmington News, August 9, 1956).

Greta M. Benjamin married Adelbert Walsh. He appeared in the Cambridge, MA, directory of 1954, as a carpenter in Dedham, MA, with his house at 7 Hancock place in Cambridge.

Thereafter the In-As-Much Society appeared in the Farmington News in church notices.

NUTE CHAPEL. West Milton. Walter H. Dryer, Pastor. Sunday school at 9:45. Sunday services at 11. Youth Fellowship, 5:45 p.m. Evening services at 7. Prayer meeting, Wednesdays, at 7:30. First monthly Fellowship supper this Friday at 6:30; Hymnsing follows supper. Tuesday, Inasmuch society (Farmington News, September 5, 1957).

The last mention of West Milton’s In-As-Much Society in the Farmington News dates from April 1965.

NUTE CHAPEL. Tuesday, April 13th: 7:00 PM – In As Much Society meets at the chapel (Farmington News, April 8, 1965).


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