Milton Mills’ Asa Fox & Son General Store

By Muriel Bristol | October 25, 2020

Asa Fox (1809-1887)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harriet (Wood) Fox died July 3, 1882.

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

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

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

Elbridge W. Fox (1834-1912)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everett F. Fox (1856-1927)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Milton Versus the Yeggmen – 1923

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 18, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

Milton Grammar School Teachers, 1908-30

By Muriel Bristol | October 11, 2020

Milton Elementary School
Milton Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph M. Kimball, a hen farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Carrie E. Kimball, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his son, Walter Kimball, aged eleven years (b. NH), and his lodgers, Grace E. Harwood, a town school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), Bessie A. Gushie, a town school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), and Laura H. Williams, a town school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. ME). Ralph M. Kimball owned the farm free-and-clear. Carrie E. Kimball was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura H. Williams died in 1950.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah L. (Jenness) Axon died in 1987.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milton Businesses in 1930

By Muriel Bristol | October 4, 2020

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


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


Automobile Garages

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

Barber

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

Clergymen

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

Clothing Dealers

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

Coal Dealers (See Wood Dealers)

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

Contractors

ARCHIBALD, MOTT L., contractor, Milton Mills.

Druggists

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

Dry Goods

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

Electric

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

Engineers

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

Feed and Grain

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

General Stores

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

Government Officials

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

Grocers

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

Hardware

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

Hotels

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

Hotels (Summer)

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

Ice Dealers

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

Insurance

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

Laundries

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

Lumber Dealers

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

Manufacturers

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

News Dealers

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

Painter

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

Physicians

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

Restaurants

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

Sand and Gravel

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

Teachers

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

Telephone

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

Transport

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

Undertakers

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

Wood Dealers (See Coal Dealers)

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


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References:

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

Celestial Seasonings – October 2020

By Heather Durham | September 30, 2020

Hi everyone! This month we will have a blue moon on Halloween. A blue moon is named as such for it means the second occurrence of a full moon within any given month. Blue moons are relatively rare. The first moon following the autumnal equinox is called the Harvest moon. This year’s blue moon is referred to as the Hunter’s moon.

As well, this month we will be able to enjoy several meteor showers which are always a treat for our star gazers.

Now let’s delve into the details of astronomical events during October of this very strange and stressful year of 2020!


October 1. Mercury will orbit far away from the sun. Today, we will have a Full Moon known as the Harvest Moon for it is the first Full Moon to rise since the beginning of autumn.

October 2. The Moon and Mars will rise close to each other with the Moon passing just below Mars.

October 3. The Moon and Mars will make a close approach.

October 5. The October Cameloparalid meteor shower from the Constellation Draco will peak. (See 209P/LINEAR below).

October 6. Half of Mercury can be seen.

October 8. The Draconid meteor shower from the Constellation Draco will be at peak.

October 9. Today will bring the last quarter of the Harvest Moon.

October 10. The Southern Taurid meteor shower will peak today from the Constellation Cetus.

October 11. The Aurigid meteor shower from the Constellation Auriga will peak today.

October 13. Mars can be viewed from the Constellation Pisces. The Moon and Venus will rise and travel close to each other.

October 18. The Geminid meteor shower from the Constellation Gemini will peak today.

October 21. The Orionid meteor shower from the Constellation Orion will peak today.

October 22. The Moon and Jupiter will rise close to each other. The Moon and Saturn will rise.

October 23. The Moon and Saturn will rise in conjunction. The first quarter of the Blue Hunter’s Moon will be visible.

October 24. The Leonis Minorid meteor shower from the Constellation Leo Minor will peak today.

October 29. The Moon and Mars will rise and travel close to each other.

October 31 (Halloween). The Blue Hunter’s Moon will be full today. Splendid for Trick-or-Treat outings.


References:

In-the-Sky.org. (2020, September 27). Guides to the Night Sky. Retrieved from in-the-sky.org/

Marcels. (1961). Blue Moon. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0fy1HeJv80

Wikipedia. (2020, July 4). 209P/LINEAR. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/209P/LINEAR#Associated_meteor_showers

Wikipedia. (2020, April 22). Aurigids. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurigids

Wikipedia. (2020, June 19). Draconids. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draconids

Wikipedia. (2019, December 25). Geminids. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geminids

Wikipedia. (2020, September 14). Harvest and Hunter’s Moons. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_moon#Harvest_and_hunter’s_moons

Wikipedia. (2020, April 21). Leonis Minorids. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonis_Minorids

Wikipedia. (2020, August 13). Orionids. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orionids

Wikipedia. (2020, August 17). Taurids. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurids

Milton Businesses in 1927

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | September 27, 2020

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


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


Automobile Garages

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

Barbers

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

Blacksmith

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

Candy

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

Clergymen

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

Clothing Dealers

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

Coal Dealer (See Wood Dealers)

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

Contractors

ARCHIBALD, MOTT L., contractor, Milton Mills.

Druggists

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

Dry Goods

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

Electric

Twin State Gas & Electric Co., Milton.

Engineers

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

Feed

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

Fiber Goods

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

Filling Stations

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

General Stores

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

Government Officials

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

Grocers

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

Hardware

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

Hotels

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

Hotels (Summer)

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

Ice Dealers

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

Insurance Agents

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

Laundries

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

Leather Board Manufacturers

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

Lumber Dealers

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

Physicians

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

Plumbers

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

Restaurants

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

Sand and Gravel

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

Shoe Dealers

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

Teachers

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

Telephone and Telegraph

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

Textile Manufacturers

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

Undertakers

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

Variety Stores

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


Previous in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1922; next in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1930


References:

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

Snitchers’ Anonymous

By Ian Aikens | September 24, 2020

Is this what we have to look forward to in the “New Normal” world – turning our neighbors in to the government so they can be properly “educated”?

Did you see the recent article in The Laconia Daily Sun entitled “Mask compliance varies by business”? It got my blood to boiling to read the reporter listing six different businesses by name where people serving the public were not wearing masks in violation of the governor’s latest edict. He showed enough concern about civil penalties and fines not being levied that he put in a call to the governor’s office to find out about enforcement. At the end of the article, he listed the state’s phone number and email address to report guideline violations.

The article noted that Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards has received 175 complaints about violations of state COVID-19 requirements since the governor started issuing the emergency orders, but none has progressed to the point of civil penalties because business owners tend to comply once they are “educated.” As always with bureaucrats, it starts with friendly reminders, but quickly turns to fines and penalties and eventually threats of violence and property confiscation if subjects don’t comply. Clearly the reporter felt the Attorney General’s office has been lax with “education.”

The article also mentioned that some store owners had specific reasons for not wearing masks. One shopkeeper said it didn’t make sense for him to wear a mask for hours at a time when customers were infrequent. He said that he always keeps a mask handy in case a customer wants him to put one on. Another business owner said he tries to be amenable to his customers. That seems reasonable enough.

But that’s not good enough for the mask police. Never mind that most people have been wearing masks inside stores for months now. And never mind that beginning around July 20, virtually all of the corporate chain stores required all of their employees and customers to wear masks inside their stores, so that pushed the mask-wearing percentage up to, in my estimation, 95% or more.

Earlier in the pandemic, it was all about flattening the curve, the daily death count, and hospital capacity. But as the number of daily deaths declined as the virus ran its course, suddenly it became all about “cases.” If you’ve looked at “the curve” lately, you will see the northeastern portion of the US is almost completely flat when it comes to daily deaths. So are virtually all the countries in Europe and also Canada. The southern portions of the US aren’t quite there yet, but they are all trending downward. Not to mention the fact that bureaucratic health departments are notorious for their delays in reporting, so often the death statistics are reported weeks after they actually occurred.

Since when did it become an acceptable social norm to turn in your neighbors who are providing goods and services to the public? It should be obvious that no one is forced to patronize a business where they feel their health is being compromised. Not one single shred of evidence is provided in the article that anyone’s safety was threatened at any time in the shops the reporter visited – or that any of the customers were upset or even concerned by the non-mask wearers.

Claiming that it was all about “public safety” a few months ago might have made sense, but it strikes a disingenuous note today. It’s all about compliance and control now. Never mind that grown adults can – and should – choose the risk factor that they’re comfortable with. Government bureaucrats – and busybody reporters – know better.

It’s a sad day in the “Live Free or Die” state where liberty and personal responsibility used to be celebrated that now corona hysteria has turned people into snitches.

References:

Green, Rick. (2020, August 27). Mask Compliance Varies by Business. Retrieved from www.laconiadailysun.com/news/covid-19/businesses-vary-with-employee-mask-requirement-compliance/article_f196efac-e7de-11ea-a9e2-cf1665d0c00a.html

The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. (2020, September). Regional Deaths. Retrieved from covidtracking.com/data/charts/regional-deaths

Worldometer. (2020, September). World/Countries/Canada. Retrieved from www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/canada/

Milton’s Theatrical Designer: Robert E. Jones

By Muriel Bristol | September 20, 2020

Robert Edmond “Bobby” Jones was born in Milton, December 12, 1887, son of Fred P. and Emma J. (Cowell) Jones.

MILTON. Mrs. Fred P. Jones was in Durham last Thursday, to attend the meeting of the Eastern New Hampshire Pomona grange. Her son, Robert E. Jones, played a violin solo and she accompanied him on the piano (Farmington News, April 8, 1904).

MILTON. Principal and Mrs. Clarence E. Kelley gave a reception to the graduating class and alumni of the Nute High School last Thursday evening at their home on Farmington road. … Graduating exercises at the Nute High school occurred Wednesday evening. The graduates are Robert E. Jones, Karl E. Pinkham, Carl B. Tarbell, Stanley P. Nute, Annie B. Meikle, Ruth Fall, Addie C. Pike, Florence G. Runnels and Bessie Mayo (Farmington News, [Friday,] June 17, 1904).

POMONA GRANGE. Eastern New Hampshire Pomona Grange, No. 2, P. of H., has met this Thursday in Rochester. The exercises were: Song of Welcome; invocation by Rev. John Manter; address of welcome, F.F. Seavey, master of Rochester grange; response, G.R. Drake, State Secretary; violin solo, Robert E. Jones, Milton; address, Lecturer Richard Pattee of the state grange; music; essay, subject from Shakespeare, Katherine M. Jones; address on the Brown tail Moth, Professor E.D. Sanborn of the state college; violin solo, R.E. Jones; essay, Mrs. Anna G. Weeks; Cornucopia, Vol. 20 No. 20, Mrs. A. Scott Waldron; remarks, closing song; all these in the afternoon, and the closed session taking place in the evening, Mrs. Lizzie Lyman Fall of Milton, lecturer, in charge of the order of exercises (Farmington News, March 17, 1905).

Robert E. Jones entered Harvard College (now Harvard University) in September 1906.

MILTON. Robert Jones has been home on a vacation from Harvard college the past week (Farmington News, April 30, 1909).

MILTON. Robert Jones, who came from Harvard college to play first violin at the grammar school exercises Friday evening, the 19, returned Saturday morning (Farmington News, June 25, 1909).

Fred P. Jones, a general farm farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma C. Jones, aged fifty years (b. ME), his children, Robert E. Jones, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Philip C. Jones, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Elisabeth J. Jones, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Allice V. Jones, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and his servant, Henry M. Bowens, a farm laborer, aged fifty-five years (b. CT).

Harvard College conferred an A.B. degree cum laude upon Robert E. Jones in Cambridge, MA, on an “uncommonly warm day,” June 29, 1910. Among the dignitaries present were ex-President Theodore Roosevelt and John Pierpont Morgan (Boston Globe, June 29, 1910).

Jones, Robert E - NY181013Robert Edmond Jones … One ought to tell something about “the man by the name of Jones.” He was born on a New Hampshire farm. He did the chores, played the violin (Hiram Kelly Moderwell, who has written an excellent biographical sketch of him, tells this) and went through the local school. And then by the usual sacrifices on the part of a none too prosperous American family, he was enabled to go to college. He did not distinguish himself especially there. He showed some taste for drawing, and when he was graduated he was given an instructorship in the art department. He was vaguely unhappy there. The academic art curriculum of the college took no grip on his imagination. Some modernistic posters stimulated him as nothing else had. A bit of rich material or a bizarre figure thrilled him. An occasional thing at the music halls released his creative faculties, and the first things he ever did were some costume designs for Valeska Suratt. All this could not help his work at college, and failure to make up his required work gave the faculty sufficient excuse to drop him. Then he went through the usual period of poverty and depression and aimlessness, somehow continually feeling the way toward his appointed goal. For a time this young Harvard ex-art teacher dressed windows at a Boston department store, and in the meantime made some bizarre costume sketches for Gertrude Hoffman’s revue. They fell into Morris Gest’s hands, who sent for Jones. The things he did at the time were wild and exotic, the untrained outpourings of his rich imagination, but Gest used a few of them with modification. Then his work came to the notice of one who saw in the revolutionary, exotic, posteresque things that Jones was doing something of the artistic fecundity that lay behind it, and he advised him to go to Europe and study with the best men there. So he went abroad, and the work he showed was an open sesame that admitted him as pupil to the Moscow Art Theatre and Reinhardt’s Theatre. At the Art Theatre in Moscow he learned the spirit of the modern theatre and with Reinhardt he learned craftsmanship. And long before the war drove him back to America we begin to hear of the quality of his work (New York Tribune, October 13, 1918).

Robert Edmond Jones registered with the American consulate in Berlin, Germany, February 18, 1914. He was born in Milton, N.H. December 12, 1887, and had left the United States, June 25, 1913, arriving in Berlin, Germany, September 15, 1913, where he was engaged in “studying paintings.” His local address was Goethestr 69, i.e., 69 Goethe Strasse [Street], and the person to be informed in case of death or accident was F.P. Jones of Milton, N.H.

Robert E. Jones of Milton, NH, aged twenty-six years (b. Milton, NH, December 12, 1887), sailed from Liverpool, England, on the S.S. St. Louis, September 26, 1914, arriving in New York, NY, October 3, 1914.

Diagheleff Ballet Russe. … In the repertory of twelve dances there will be four numbers which have never before been presented in this city. Foremost of these is “Mephisto Valse,” a ballet conceived by Nijinsky during his internment in Austria the summer before last. It is a mimodrama of the familiar scene of Faust and Mephisto in the inn, and will be danced to the well-known composition of Franz Liszt. The costumes and decors for this ballet were designed by Robert Edmond Jones, a young American artist. He is the first American ever invited to contribute to the output of the Diaghileff organization. “Mephisto Valse” will have its world premier in New York next week (Philadelphia Inquirer, October 15, 1916).

Robert Edmond Jones registered for the WW I military draft in New York, NY, June 5, 1917. He was a self-employed theatrical decorator & designer of community [theatre], aged twenty-nine years (b. Milton, NH, December 12, 1887), resident at 51 W. 10th Street. He was of tall height, with a slender build, brown eyes, and brown hair.

SEARCH FOR STAGE SETTINGS FOR TOLSTOI. Russian Atmosphere Lacking in New York, Says Manager. When Robert Edmond Jones was informed last spring that John Barrymore would act Feyda in Tolstoi’s “Redemption” at the Plymouth theatre some time in the autumn and that Mr. Barrymore and company would expect to find a production in which to act, at the appointed hour Mr. Jones set off to the four quarters of the city to see where best he could pick up the trail of Russia in the new world and how distinctive a Russian background he could assemble 4,000 miles from home. He went down on the East Side to the Russian quarter, where he spent weeks walking the streets and peering into windows. He found that here was Russia enough in New York to put on a hundred plays, but that most of the material immediately to hand was either too shoddy for his aristocratic drawing rooms or too new and too conventional for his gypsy haunts. Mr. Jones’ eleven scenes for “Redemption” went from wealthy homes in Moscow to wretched dives under the old city bridges. There was no faltering in the hero’s descent to Avernus and no place for a half way house. Found a Bench. Mr. Jones says that in these first days of trudging he used to thank his stars he had plenty of time. His first find was at the low end of his scale. It was an old bench dumped on the sidewalk before a shop in whose windows burnished new samovars asked for his attention. He went to the door of the shop and asked for the proprietor. An elderly Russian came out and Mr. Jones asked if he would exchange his old bench for a new one, made by a fine carpenter, and painted. The Russian’s smile faded and was replaced by a vacant stare. This in turn became distrust. “What you want bench about?” Mr. Jones explained that he was putting on a play in a theatre and that his scene needed just that bench for gypsies to sit on. The Russian shook his head and scowled. Mr. Jones explained all over again. After a moment the Russian beamed. “For pictures?” he demanded, and when the somewhat nonplussed Mr. Jones said yes he got the bench. In still later quests Mr. Jones had another piece of fortune. He found in a shop below Washington Square embroideries and extraordinarily old brasses in the window, but the door was locked and the shop was keeperless. He went back on four or five days until finally he found some one there. He rushed in impetuously and said: “I want the contents of your shop.” The startled little lady asked him where were his senses. He explained who he was and for what he wanted Russian treasures, and then and there made an ally. Miss Fania Mindell, whose trove he had invaded, had seen “Redemption” in Moscow, and knew the Russian Tolstoi had written there. She hauled out rare old shawls, bedspreads, all manners of brasses and pewter pieces, mirrors and such. Then she produced costumes. Now Mr. Jones hadn’t begun to worry about costumes yet, but he seized his moment. Miss Mindell knew how to design what had to be made, but better still she knew how to find what had to be found (Calgary Herald, November 16, 1918).

Robert Jones of the Plymouth Theatre, W. 45th Street, New York, NY, aged thirty-one years (b. Milton, NH, December 12, 1887), sailed from Le Havre, France, on the S.S. La Savoie, August 30, 1919, arriving in New York, NY, September 8, 1919.

Theater Gossip. George Washington will appear for the first time as the central figure of a drama, on his own birthday, at the capital city which bears his name, in the three-act prize play, “George Washington,” by Percy McKaye, with Walter Hampden in the title-role and with scenic productions by Robert Edmond Jones. Contracts have just been signed with the Shuberts for its opening at the Belasco Theater, Washington, to be followed by a New York run (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 25, 1920).

Fred P. Jones, a lumberman, aged sixty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma C. [(Cowell)] Jones, aged sixty years (b. ME), and his children, Charles Jones, YMCA Physical Education work, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), Robert E. Jones, a theatrical costume designer, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), Elizabeth Jones (b. NH), aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Alice V. Jones, aged twenty-three years (b. NH). Fred P. Jones owned their farm on the Plummer’s Ridge Road. The census enumerator recorded their household between those of Charles E. Perkins, a lumberman teamster, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and Bard B. Plummer, a farmer, aged forty years (b. NH).

Robert Edmond Jones, whose stage-sets have made him the most talked-of scenic artist in the country, is of a decidedly Messianic cast of countenance. He is, we should say, in his middle thirties. Artist and dreamer – these two terms are expressed everywhere in him. The Barrymore Macbeth, O’Neill’s “Anna Christie,” “Steamship Tenacity,” “Swords” and the Ben Ami flop, “The Idle Inn,” are among his recent settings. With him, as Kenneth MacGowan points out in his [article] lie what seem to be the higher possibilities for beautiful staging in this country. J.V.A.W. [John V.A. Weaver] (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 14, 1922).

Robert Edmond Jones of the Plymouth Theatre, an artist, applied for a replacement passport in New York, NY, March 14, 1922. He was born in Milton, NH, December 12, 1887, son of Fred P. Jones, and had resided previously in Italy and Germany, between July 1913 and November 1914; in England, between May 1919 and August 1919. His previous passport had been destroyed by him. He intended to sail on the S.S. Mauretania, on April 4, 1922, to do artistic work in France & Italy; Germany & Austria; and Sweden; and to travel in the British Isles, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and Gibraltar. He was thirty-four years of age, 6′ in height, had an oblong face, with a medium nose, grey-green eyes, a high forehead, reddish brown hair, and a fair complexion. He had a mustache and a bearded chin, with an indelible mark on his left mandible. Kenneth Macgowan, a journalist [for Vogue magazine], of Pelham Manor, NY, swore to having known him for fourteen years.

The invasion of Germany by American theatrical people continues. Close upon the heels of Brock Pemberton and Al Woods, New York producers, Kenneth MacGowan, critic, and Robert Edmond Jones, one of the best of America’s scenic decorators, have arrived in Berlin. William A. Brady, accompanied by Grace George, will be here within a month. According to indications, however, few results from these visits will be apparent on the American stage next season, save, perhaps, in the matter of scenic lighting equipment, for managers report there are few plays here that could be considered safe ventures for America. Among the outstanding transactions has been the purchase by the Selwyns of “Die Wunderlichen Geschichten des Kappellmeister Kreisler,” which embodies a unique two-level stage with six or seven separate rooms in view of the audience, and the purchase of “Die Ballerina des Koenigs,” by Simeon Gest. This play, which deals with the love affairs of Frederick the Great and Barberina, his Italian premier danseuse and mistress, is scheduled to be the vehicle in which Geraldine Farrar will appear under Belasco management in New York in the fall (Chicago Tribune, May 14, 1922).

Robert Jones of the Harvard Club, 27 W. 44th Street, New York, NY, aged thirty-four years (b. Milton, NH, December 12, 1887), sailed from Cherbourg, France, on the S.S. Majestic, June 28, 1922, arriving in New York, NY, July 4, 1922.

Robert Edmond Jones of Milton, NH, applied for a replacement passport in New York, NY, March 14, 1923. He was born in Milton, NH, December 12, 1887, son of Fred P. Jones, and had resided previously in Italy and Germany, between June 1912 and August 1914, i.e., until the start of WW I; in England, between May 1919 and August 1919; and in Germany, France, and Austria, in 1922. His previous passport, which had been issued by the Secretary of State, March 15, 1922, had been destroyed by fire.

SJones, Rober E - Passport, 1923ecretary of State, Washington, D.C. Sir: I hereby state that I obtained a passport from Washington about March 15, 1922, and used it in the countries mentioned in my application. On my return to the United States I destroyed this passport by fire, having no further use for it. Robert Edmond Jones, March 14, 1923.

Jones intended now to go to England, France, and Germany, for artistic work, and planned to depart on the Carmania, March 24, 1923. He was described as being thirty-five years of age, 5′ 11″ tall, with a high forehead, grey eyes, a square face, with a medium nose, brown hair, and a fair complexion. He had a moustache and goatee and wore glasses. Raymond Sovey, an artist, of 142 W 39th Street, confirmed his identity. He had known Jones for five years.

HOPKINS SAILING FOR ‘ANNA CHRISTIE’ LONDON OPENING. Arthur Hopkins will sail today on the Majestic to supervise the presentation of Pauline Lord in Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie” at the Strand Theatre. The production will be made in association with Charles B. Cochran on Tuesday evening, April 10. Miss Lord, Robert Edmond Jones and members of the company sailed previously. The London production will be identical with the one offered by Mr. Hopkins at the Vanderbilt Theatre when “Anna Christie” won the Pulitzer prize (March 31, 1923).

Robert Edmond Jones was characterized in a review by St. John Ervine of the London Observer as a principal American proponent of Expressionist theatrical staging.

At the Play. THE MACHINE-WRECKERS. (By St. John Ervlne.) Last, Sunday I reviewed “Continental Stagecraft,” by Mr. Kenneth MacGowan and Mr. Robert Edmond Jones, the principal exponents in America of the theatrical theory known as Expressionism. In the same issue of The Observer, criticising “Angelo,” at Drury Lane, I asked whether this piece would satisfy the desires of the Expressionists. Since then I have received a copy of Mr. Ashney Dukes’s translation of Ernst Toller’s “Die Machinensturmer,” and the latest issue of the “Theatre Arts Magazine,” of New York. This magazine is edited by, amongst others, Mr. Kenneth MacGowan. My question about “Angelo” is answered in Mr. MacGowan’s article, in which he surveys recent productions in New York. “Angelo,” which ought to be named “Johannes Kreisler” – I suppose some Ruhrotic had barked at Mr. Arthur Collins and frightened him into changing the German name for an Italian one – does not satisfy Mr. McGowan. He says:- It is a feat in pure mechanics, and it wrecked whatever of play there was in “Johannes Kreisler,” … The American actors … were most effectively lost in the scurry of dodging about from one little stage to another, as they rolled out on the big stage and were illuminated. The forty-two episodes in the life of the composer Kreisler became merely a movie awkwardly mounted in a place where it should never have been seen. Machinery instead of dramatic art; tricks with lights instead of acting. I could not have expressed my contempt for some of the Expressionist theory more thoroughly than Mr. McGowan has here expressed it (London Observer, April 23, 1923).

Stage Designs by Robert Edmond Jones At Bourgeois Galleries. The Bourgeois Gallerles have opened their exhibition season with a collection of stage designs bv Robert Edmond Jones, comprising 38 drawings and water colors and one miniature model. The collection adequately outlines the achievements of our foremost stage designer, including the early designs made in 1915 for “The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife” down to his most recent stage designs for “Desire Under the Elms” and “A Love for a Love.” While many of us have followed Mr. Jones’ career as it appears in its final version on the stage, few of us have had the opportunity of seeing the designs as they are first conceived and worked out by the artist. It will, therefore, come as a surprise to many that a stage design can exist for itself as a work of art. Irrespective of whether or not that design will ever be developed in three dimensions. Stage designs such as those by Robert Edmond Jones are a crystallizing, a setting down in graphic calligraphy, of another artist’s idea. Later on stage technicalities must be considered, but in their initial state they are emotional, often mystical, statements in graphic form. Stark Young acutely synthesizes the stage designer’s function in the prologue which he has written for the catalogue; “Each of these drawings furthers and reveals the meaning and the characters and the events and conveys the shock of their vitality [as] they sing the dramatist’s song. But they sing the singer, too. He himself creates within the part assigned him” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 25, 1925).

Howland Memorial Prize. Announcement was made of the award of the Howland Memorial prize to Robert Edmond Jones, BA, Harvard ’10, designer for “The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife,” “The Jest,” “Richard III,” “The Birthday of the Infanta,” “Macbeth,” “Redemption,” etc. The Howland Memorial prize is awarded in recognition of some achievement of marked distinction in the field of literature or fine arts or the science of government (Boston Globe, June 23, 1926).

Director of Plays To Give Lecture. BERKELEY, July 5. Robert Edmond Jones, director of Eugene O’Neill’s plays, will give the first of a series of lectures on the modern play at 8 o’clock tomorrow night in room 11, Wheeler hall, under the auspices of the University of California summer session. The dates of his other lectures are July 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22, every alternative lecture, beginning Friday, to be given at 4 o’clock in the afternoon (Oakland Tribune, July 5, 1927).

Plymouth to Open. Arthur Hopkins will open his season at the Plymouth Theater on Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, when he will present “Blow the Man Down,” a comedy drama by Kate Parsons, with Walter Huston in the leading role. The settings and costumes have been designed by Robert Edmond Jones, and the play is being staged by Mr. Hopkins (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 15, 1929).

BOOKS for XMAS. THE GREEN PASTURES BY MARC CONNELLY. The Pulitzer Prize Play is now available in three editions: a limited signed edition, illustrated by Robert Edmond Jones, $25.00; regular illustrated edition, $5.00; unillustrated, $2.00 (Chicago Tribune, December 6, 1930).

Art. New Shows. The Bourgeois Galleries are now having something unusual in the way of exhibitions. This novelty consists of a display of the work of Robert Edmond Jones, a distinguished designer of stage scenery and costumes. Jones is an enormously prolific artist, having done the designing for forty-two plays, seven operas and five masques. In such a volume of work, one would expect to find at least here and there the stigmata of mere craftsmanship and mass production, but this artist has always maintained a high standard of individuality and sincerity. This record he has achieved through careful selection of the productions with which he has been allied; he has realized his responsibility as a pioneer in this new and potentially important field for art. The examples of his work shown in the present exhibit have a strange and haunting appeal. M.N. (Brainard Bulletin, April 1, 1932).

Robert E. Jones received a five-year contract to stage annual play festivals at the newly refurbished opera house in Central City, CO, in 1932.

Robert E. Jones married in Greenwich, CT, June 21, 1933, Margaret (Huston) Carrington. (She was the widow of millionaire financier William T. Carrington of Greenwich, CT, who died May 4, 1931). She was born in Toronto, Canada, August 29, 1879, daughter of Robert M. and Elizabeth (McGibbon) Huston.

Huston, MargaretMRS. W.T. CARRINGTON IS WED TO R.E. JONES. Widow of Financier and Sister of Walter Huston Is Bride of Noted State Designer. Special to the New York Times. GREENWICH, Conn., June 21 – Mrs. Margaret Huston Carrington, widow of W.T. Carrington of New York, formerly of North Greenwich, was married to Robert Edmund Jones of New York today. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Oliver Huckel, pastor of the Second Congregational Church, Greenwich, at the home of the bride’s sister, Miss Ann Huston, in North Greenwich. A small reception followed the ceremony. The couple will spend the Summer in Colorado and will make their future home in New York. Mr. Jones is one of the leading theatrical designers in this country. He first gained prominence in that field with his settings for “The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife,” produced in Wallack’s Theatre in 1915 by Harvey Granville-Barker, and has since added to his reputation with productions for Arthur Hopkins and the Theatre Guild. During the past season he did the settings and costumes for Katherine Cornell’s production of “Lucrece” and also for “Nine Pine Street.” He was also engaged until January as art director for the RKO theatres in Radio City. He has been actively interested in the productions of the Dramatic Festival at Central City, Col., where he will direct this season a revival of “The Merry Widow.” He is 45 years old, and is a member of the Harvard Club and The Players. Mrs. Carrington is the widow of William Theodore Carrington, financier. She is the sister of Walter Huston, the actor. Her home is 720 Park Avenue (New York Times, June 21, 1933).

Jones Arrives with Bride. Denver, July 3. – Robert Edmond Jones of New York, who will direct the production of “The Merry Widow” during the play festival at Central City opera house this summer, arrived here today with his bride, the former Margaret Huston Carrington. They were married last month in the east. Jones said he would remain here several days before proceeding to Central City (Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, CO), July 5, 1933).

“Of medium height, solidly built, with red-gold hair and compelling blue eyes, she [Margaret Huston] projected physical vitality, psychic intensity and an imperturbable air of authority” (Morrison, 1999).

Designer Will Return for “Becky Sharp.” Robert Edmond Jones, genius of the theater who conceived the color schemes for Radio’s outstanding short subject, “La Cucaracha,” soon to be distributed, will act in the same capacity on “Becky Sharp,” when the Thackeray novel (otherwise “Vanity Fair”) gets started. Jones recently staged his annual drama festival in Central City, the Colorado ghost town, doing “Othello” with Walter Huston. John Hay Whitney is producing the new picture, which will go before the cameras in October (Los Angeles Times, August 29, 1934).

Max Reinhardt May Be Signed By RKO To Direct Production. By LOUELLA O. PARSONS (Motion Picture Editor Universal Service.) (Copyright by Universal Service Inc.) LOS ANGELES Sept 27 – Well, it seems to be fairly certain one of the studios will corral Max Reinhardt before he leaves California what with all the publicity given Midsummer Night’s Dream and his interest in the movies. Just at the moment it looks as if RKO might be that studio. Robert Edmond Jones, well known scenic artist, who is now in Italy cabled his former teacher and asked him to take a look at La Cucaracha, the film made with the technicolor Invention. If Reinhardt likes the picture he will make arrangements with Kenneth MacGowan, associate producer, to direct an entire color production for Pioneer Pictures. Of course that means Jack Whitney’s money will be backing it (Sacramento Bee, September 27, 1934).

Robert Jones of 760 Park Avenue, New York, NY, aged forty-six years (b. Milton, NH, December 12, 1887), sailed from Genoa, Italy, on the S.S. Conte di Savoia, September 20, 1934, arriving in New York, NY, September 27, 1934. He was accompanied by his wife, Margaret Jones of the same address, aged fifty years, a citizen by marriage.

Today’s Birthdays. Robert E. Jones, New York theatrical designer, born at Milton, N.H., 47 years ago (Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), December 12, 1934).

“BECKY SHARP,” IN COLORS, SCENIC THEATRE, ROCHESTER. With the coming of color in motion pictures, the limited impressionism of the black and white screen become outmoded. No longer will it be possible by clever shifts to create a sense of the genuine. The technicolor camera photographs objects as they are. A fake of any kind is quickly recognized for what it is. On the black and white screen, line and cut of clothes determine their style. Today the coutourier of the films has to meet the demands of color and fabric. Robert Edmond Jones, designer for “Becky Sharp,” a full color feature, shows damask that is damask, and Miriam Hopkins and Frances Dee exactly, as they would look at an evening dansant. See “Becky Sharp” at the Scenic Theatre, Rochester, next Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Farmington News, July 19. 1935).

Robert Jones of 760 Park Avenue, New York, NY, aged forty-nine years (b. Milton, NH, December 12, 1887), sailed from Liverpool, England, on the S.S. Franconia, August 7, 1937, arriving in New York, NY, August 17, 1937. He was accompanied by his wife, Margaret H. Jones of the same address, aged fifty years, a citizen by marriage.

Robert C. Jones, a stage design artist, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Greenwich, CT, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Margaret H. Jones, aged fifty-four years (b. Canada (Fr.)), his personal servant, Mae L. Anderson, a personal maid, aged fifty-five years (b. Sweden), and his housekeeper, Hilda Gullstrand, a housekeeper, aged forty-one years (b. Sweden). Robert E. Jones owned their house on Quebec Ridge Road, which was valued at $75,000.

Jones, Robert E - Dramatic ImaginationTHE BOOKSHELF. THE DRAMATIC IMAGINATION. by Robert Edmond Jones (Duell, Sloan & Pearce): Robert Edmond Jones probably knows as much about the American theater as any other living man. In this present volume he discusses costume, lighting, theater history, modem drama, acting and many other essentials of the theater. He goes beyond the present and describes the theater of the future. His historical account is most informative, and his forecast is provocative. An essential volume for anyone interested in the American theater (Birmingham News, March 29, 1941).

Robert Edmond Jones registered for the WW II military draft in New York, NY, April 27, 1942. He was a stage designer, aged fifty-four years (b. Milton, NH, December 12, 1887), resident at 760 Park Avenue. He was 6′ tall, weighing 165 pounds, with hazel eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion. His telephone number was BU 8-5958, His personal contact was [his brother,] Charles Jones, 48 Caryl Avenue, Yonkers, NY.

Margaret (Huston) Jones died at her Summer home in Greenwich, CT, August 1, 1942, aged sixty-two years.

MRS. R.E. JONES, WIFE OF SCENIC ARTIST, DIES. Former London Concert Singer Was Sister of Walter Huston. SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES. GREENWICH, Conn., Aug. 1 – Mrs. Margaret Huston Jones of 760 Park Avenue, New York, wife of Robert Edmond Jones, the scenic designer, and sister of Walter Huston, the actor, died here this morning at her Summer home on Quaker Ridge, after a long illness. As a young woman Mrs. Jones studied singing abroad and frequently appeared on the London concert stage in the years just before the first World War, receiving especial praise for her interpretations of Debussy and Hugo Wolff. Later she made herself an expert on the speaking voice, and was consulted by many experienced actors and actresses. In 1915 she was married to William T. Carrington, prominent grain broker and music patron, who was president and chief financial backer of the American Opera Company. He died in 1931 at the age of 76, leaving to his widow most of his estate of $1,639,731. Two years later the former Margaret Y. Huston was married to Robert Edmond Jones. She was a member of the Colony Club of New York. She was born in Toronto, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore Huston of that city. Besides her husband and her brother, Walter, she leaves another brother, Alexander Huston, and a sister, Miss Nan Huston, both of Toronto (New York Times, August 1, 1942).

Obituary. MRS. MARGARET H. JONES. Sister of Walter Huston, Actor. Mrs. Margaret Huston Jones, wife of Robert Edmond Jones, the scenic designer, and sister of Walter Huston, actor, died yesterday at her Summer home in Greenwich, Conn. A native of Toronto, Mrs. Jones was a singer in her youth, and later, as an expert in diction, coached John Barrymore and other stars. Her home in New York was at 760 Park Ave. (Daily News (New York, NY), August 2, 1942).

Robert E. Jones collaborated in a charity performance of the Crucifixion of Christ to benefit starving children. Conductor Leopold Stokowski conducted the accompanying Bach’s St. Matthew Passion music at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, NY, April 9, 1943.

Will Be Conducted By Stokowski. Leopold Stokowski is conducting the performance, with George Balanchine and Robert Edmond Jones as his collaborators. Soloists will be Eleanor Steber, soprano; Lucius Metz, tenor; Jennie Tourel, mezzo soprano, and Gerhard Pechner, basso. Glen Darwin, baritone, will represent the voice of Christ. The figure of Christ will not appear on the stage, but will be represented instead by a column of golden light. The Collegiate Chorale, an orchestra of 80, and a cast of mimes, all from the American Ballet School, will participate. Lillian Gish will portray Mary Magdalen (Daily News (New York, NY), April 4. 1943).

Robert Edmond Jones’ last production effort was preparing the sets and costumes for a second revival of Marc Connolly’s Green Pastures.

‘Green Pastures’ Returns Tonight. New York’s third production of Marc Connelly’s “The Green Pastures” opens tonight at 8 at the Broadway. Done first in 1930, the play was revived in 1935. Connelly has directed the Negro cast, Robert Edmond Jones has designed the sets and costumes and Hall Johnson will conduct the choir. The production is being offered by the Dwight Deere Wiman estate in association with Harry Fromkes (Daily News (New York, NY), March 15, 1951).

He cancelled a planned speaking tour in February 1951 “due to illness” (Journal and Courier, (Lafayette, IN), February 13, 1951).

Robert E. Jones died in the family home on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, November 26, 1954, aged sixty-six years.

Jones, Robert E - NY541127 - DetailR.E. JONES IS DEAD; STAGE DESIGNER, 67. Leader in Development of the Modern Theatre Did Sets for Many O’Neill Dramas. Robert Edmond Jones, considered one of the most influential forces in the development of the modern American theatre, died yesterday morning in Milton, N.H., at the home of his sisters, the Misses Elizabeth and Alice Varney Jones. His age was 67. He had been in failing health after undergoing an operation a year ago, but apparently had improved sufficiently to plan to return next week to New York, where, for nearly thirty years, he had been one of the theatre’s foremost stage designers. Mr. Jones was born at Milton, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Fred P. Jones, and lived in that village until 1906 when he left to attend Harvard. His artistic talent was expressed early, first in drawing, which attracted attention when he was 10 years old. His mother, a concert pianist before her marriage, taught him to play violin, and at Harvard he played in the college orchestra. After graduating from Harvard in 1910, Mr. Jones stayed on for two years as an instructor in the Fines Arts Department, and began to be interested in theatre. He worked for a time as a costume designer for Comstock and Gest in New York. Early in 1913, Mr. Jones went to Europe. He visited Italy, hoping to study theatrical art at Gordon Craig’s school in Florence, but was rebuffed. He went instead to Germany where he had the run of Max Reinhardt’s Deutsches Theatre for a year. Scored on Return. Back in New York, Mr. Jones designed the settings for Anatole France’s “The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife.” When the curtain rose on Jan. 27, 1915, at Wallack’s Theatre, audience and critics gasped with admiration. Thereafter Mr. Jones’ reputation as an artist-designer was secure and inspiring. Influenced by him, stage designing developed to the point where designers achieved equal importance with directors. Mr. Jones’ settings were designed to project more fully the playwright’s thought. Departing from the old realism epitomized by David Belasco, he drew on imagination, color and lighting to enhance the play visually, and he designed the costumes as well. Of his designs for “The Lute Song,” Lewis Nichols wrote, in The New York Times in 1946: “What has come from the easel and the soaring imagination of an artist is easily the most beautiful background given to any play in recent years.” “His colors flow across the stage in an ever-flowing pageant which seems to stretch out beyond the confines of the theatre. They swirl with the dancers and add majesty and dignity to the lives they touch.” Arthur Hopkins saw “The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife,” in 1915, and immediately engaged Mr. Jones, whose first production for him, “The Devil’s Garden,” in December of the same year, is still praised by theatrical historians. Worked for Arthur Hopkins. Successive designs for Mr. Hopkins’ productions were equally noteworthy and equally revolutionary. During the next five years, Mr. Jones designed the scenes for seventeen plays, two ballets and five masques, mostly for Mr. Hopkins. In 1921, Mr. Jones began working with Eugene O’Neill when Mr. Hopkins produced the latter’s “The Hairy Ape.” Subsequently Mr. Jones was the designer for O’Neill’s “Anna Christie,” “Desire Under the Elms,” “Morning Becomes Electra,” “Ah, Wilderness,” “The Ice Man Cometh,” and others. Mr. Jones also designed for many other plays, and for ballet and opera, including productions of the Metropolitan. His most recent production was a revival, in 1951, of Marc Connolly’s “Green Pastures,” whose original success was in part attributed to Mr. Jones’ designs. Yale University presented the Howland Memorial Prize to Mr. Jones, and in 1933 he received the Fine Arts Medal of the American Institute of Architects for conspicuous attainment as a designer for the theatre. He was a member of the National Institute of Arts. Mr. Jones’ writing included “The Dramatic Imagination,” a book published in 1941. In 1933, Mr. Jones married Margaret Huston Carrington, who dies in August, 1942. A singer, she had been the voice coach to John Barrymore and Lillian Gish. She was the sister of the late Walter Huston, the actor. Surviving, in addition to his two sisters, are two brothers, the Rev. Dr. Philip C. Jones of New York and Charles Jones of Yonkers (New York Times, November 27, 1954).

Obituary. Robert Edmund Jones. MILTON, N.H., Nov. 26. (AP) – Robert Edmund Jones, 66, a pioneer in modern stage design, died today after a long illness. Jones, born here, was associated early in his career with Eugene O’Neill in many productions of the Provincetown Playhouse. Jones designed sets for John Barrymore’s “Richard III” and “Hamlet.” He also designed sets for the productions of O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms” and “The Iceman Cometh.” His most recent production was a revival in 1951 of Marc Connelly’s “Green Pastures.” He also had designed the sets for the original production. Jones wrote several books on stagecraft and theater design, and had a hand in one of the earliest color motion pictures, a 1935 short called “La Cucaracha.” In 1933 he married Margaret Huston, a well known theatrical coach and a sister of Actor Walter Huston. She died in 1942. Jones is survived by two brothers, the Rev. Dr. Philip C. Jones of New York and Charles Jones of Yonkers, and two sisters, Miss Elizabeth Jones and Miss Alice Varney Jones, of Milton, at whose home he died (Hartford Courant, November 27, 1954).

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Milton Mills’ Methodist Ministers of 1904-24

By Muriel Bristol | September 13, 2020

Continued from Milton Mills’ Methodist Ministers of 1869-1904

Liberty Chapel
Liberty Chapel (formerly Milton Mills Methodist Church)

According to Scale’s History of Strafford County, the Methodist Church of Milton Mills organized itself in June 1869 and erected its “neat and tasty” meeting-house in 1871.

Liberty Chapel, the small Congregational Church on Highland Avenue in Milton Mills, also dates to the 1800s, and claims an unusual distinction: At the top of its spire is [was] a hand pointing a finger toward the sky. The building was originally the Milton Mills Methodist Church, and the original hand atop the steeple was carved from a single block of wood by Erastus Shaw. That hand is now in the collection of the Milton Historical Society (NH Magazine, July 2019).

The Milton Mills Methodist ministers of this period were Willis Holmes, William A. Hudson, Frederick H. Sleep, John H. Vincent, Lester E. Alexander, John E. Taylor, and Edwin B. Young.

Rev. Willis Holmes – 1904-07

Willis Holmes was born in Carroll, NH, September 5, 1855, son of Robert R. and Letitia J. (Phillips) Holmes.

He married, circa 1875, Ella Esmerelda Kimball. She was born in Hollis, ME, circa 1855, daughter of Edward and Joanna (Phillips) Kimball.

Willis Holmes, an engineer, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), headed a Whitefield, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ella Holmes, keeping house, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and his children, William H. Holmes, at school, aged four years (b. NH), Clarence Holmes, aged two years (b. NH), and Laurence Holmes, aged nine months (b. NH).

The NH Methodist Conference appointed Willis Holmes as “supply” pastor for South Columbia, NH, in April 1890 (Boston Globe, April 29, 1890).

COLEBROOK, N.H. October 31. We are sorry, but not surprised, to learn that Rev. Willis Holmes is suffering from his too arduous labors in East Colebrook and Columbia, and is obliged to discontinue some of his services (Essex County Herald (Island Pond, VT), November 3, 1893).

AMONG OUR NEIGHBORS. BLOOMFIELD. January 2. Rev. J.H. Winslow was in town Saturday on his way to East Columbia to preach for Rev. Willis Holmes and assist him in holding a watch meeting (Essex County Herald (Island Pond, VT), January 5, 1894).

The NH Methodist Conference appointed Willis Holmes as pastor for Milan and West Milan, NH, in April 1897 (Boston Globe, April 12, 1897).

NORTH MONROE. The Concord District Preachers’ meeting and Epworth League convention will be held at the church next week commencing Monday evening, June 13, with a sermon by Rev. Willis Holmes. Papers on interesting subjects will be read throughout the day Tuesday; sermon in the evening by Rev. R.E. Thompson. Wednesday will be given to the interests of the Epworth League. In the evening there will be an address by Rev. E.N. Jarrett. Dinner and supper will be served at the chapel Tuesday and Wednesday. The meetings are open to all. Every Epworthian is especially urged to be present Wednesday (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), June 8, 1898).

MONROE, N.H. Revival services are to be held at the M.E. church here evenings this week and next. Rev. Willis Holmes of Landaff, N.H., will speak Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings of this week (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), June 7, 1899).

Willis Holmes, a clergyman, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Landaff, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included Ella E. Holmes, aged forty-three years (b. ME), Agnes A. Holmes, a schoolteacher, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Nella E. Holmes, attends school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Norris D. Holmes, aged nine years (b. NH), and Evelin Holman, aged three years (b. NH).

W. Holmes appeared in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1904 and 1905-06, as pastor of the Milton Mills Methodist church.

LUBEC. Rev. Willis Holmes, pastor of the M.E. church will accept a call in the New Hampshire conference and will take up his work in that section at the end of the conference year here. Mr. Holmes is a Christian man through and through and thoroughly alive to do any good work in or out of the church. He has made many friends during his stay here and many will regret to see him go (Bangor Daily News, March 4, 1909).

HAVERHILL. The baccalaureate sermon was preached to the graduating class on Sunday evening by Rev. John Irons assisted by Rev. Willis Holmes, pastor of the Methodist church. The words were clear cut and full of good, sound advice. The church was prettily decorated with white, green, red and gold. The graduating exercises will be held in Pierson’s hall Friday evening, June 18 (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), June 18, 1909).

Willis Holmes, a minister, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), headed a Haverhill, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ella B. Holmes, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), and his daughter, Nellie E. Holmes, aged thirteen years (b. NH). They resided in a rented house on Main Street.

Ella (Kimball) Holmes died in Landaff, NH, November 19, 1918, aged sixty-two years.

ELLA E. HOLMES. Mrs. Ella E. Kimball Holmes was born in Hollis, Me., July 11, 1856. Her parents were Edmund and Joanna Phillips Kimball. When about sixteen years of age she moved with her parents to Madison, N.H., where she resided for several years. She was married to Rev. Willis Holmes of the New Hampshire Conference April 11, 1875, at Carroll, N.H. They took up their residence in Whitefield, N.H., where they remained until Mr. Holmes entered the ministry and was appointed to South Columbia, N.H. Mrs. Holmes dearly loved the work of the pastorate and devoted both time and talents to the extension of the Kingdom. During her residence in Whitefield she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and always maintained her membership in the Whitefield church. Early in October, 1918, she came with her husband to Landaff, N.H., to spend the winter with their daughter, Mrs. Harry Poore, and on November 19 she passed to her heavenly home. Mrs. Holmes is survived by her husband, three sons, William H., of Lincoln, N.H., Clarence W., of East Douglas, Mass., and Norris D., of Hoosac Tunnel, Mass.; three daughters, Mrs. Agnes Poore of Landaff, Mrs. Nettie Poore of Lincoln, and Mrs. Evelyn Downing of West Thornton, N.H.; and two sisters, Mrs. Etta Gillett of Wichita, Kan., and Mrs. Abbie Wallace of Whitefield, N.H. The funeral was held Nov. 21, and burial was in the Landaff cemetery (ME Church, 1916).

Harry E. Poor, farming, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Landaff, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Agnes A. Poor, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), his children, Dorothy E. Poor, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Winfield W. Poor, aged twelve years (b. NH), Robert W. Poor, aged eleven years (b. NH), Clifton H. Poor, aged eight years (b. NH), Everett H. Poor, aged four years (b. NH), and his father-in-law, Willis Holmes, retired, aged sixty-four years (b. NH). Harry E. Poor owned their farm on Kid Avenue, with a mortgage.

Rev. Willis Holmes died in Landaff, NH (three months residence, previous residence, Lincoln, NH), January 6, 1921, aged sixty-five years.

REV. WILLIS HOLMES. Rev. Willis Holmes was born in Carroll, N.H., Sept. 5, 1855, and passed from this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry E. Poor, in Landaff, N.H., Jan. 6, 1921. His parents were Robert R. and Letitia Baker Holmes. His father gave his life for his country in the Civil War. Mr. Holmes was united in marriage with Ella E. Kimball, April 11, 1875, in Carroll, N.H. They resided in Whitefield, N.H., for a number of years, where Mr. Holmes united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in July, 1885. On March 6, 1886, he was granted an exhorter’s license by the Whitefield Quarterly Conference, and in December, 1887, he was licensed a local preacher. At Newport, N.H., in April, 1891, he was received on trial in the New Hampshire Conference and ordained a local deacon by Bishop Foster. He was admitted to full membership in the Conference at Rochester in 1893. In April, 1895, he completed the conference course of study and was ordained elder by Bishop Merrill in Concord. His appointments were all in the New Hampshire Conference, and were as follows: East Columbia and East Colebrook, 1891-95; Milan and West Milan, 1896-97; Milan, West Milan and Dummer, 1898; Landaff and Lyman, 1898-1903; Milton Mills, 1904-07; Conference Evangelist, 1908; Haverhill, 1908-10; Supernumerary, 1911-12; Moultonville and Ossipee Mountain, 1913; Retired 1914-20 (ME Church, 1916).

Rev. William A. Hudson – 1908-09

William Arthur Hudson was born in Chestertown, MD, circa 1871, son of George and Margaret E. (Phoebus) Hudson.

William Arthur Hudson married (1st) in Southwick, MA, December 29, 1894, Emma Martin Hudson, both of Southwick. He was a student, aged 22 years (b. Chestertown, MD); she was a student, aged 20 years (b. Seaford, DE). She was born in Seaford, DE, circa 1874, daughter of Edgar and Emma (Haggard) Hudson).

Emma M. (Hudson) Hudson died of consumption in Lempster, NH, November 19, 1898, aged twenty-three years.

William A. Hudson married (2nd) in Lempster, NH, June 14, 1899, Ella M. Evans, he of Wakefield and she of Lempster. He was a widowed clergyman, aged 26 years (b. Chestertown, MD); she was a housekeeper, aged 29 years (b. Lempster, NH). She was born in Lempster, NH, daughter of James A. and Electa (Fay) Evans).

William A. Hudson, a preacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. MD), headed a Brookfield, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of one year), Ella M. Hudson, aged thirty years (b. NH), and his children, Olivia E.S. Hudson, aged five years (b. MA), Grace E.P. Hudson, aged three years (b. NH), and James G. Hudson, aged nine months (b. NH). William A. Hudson rented their house. Ella M. Hudson was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

William A. Hudson, a city missionary clergyman, aged thirty-seven years (b. MD), was one of seventeen lodgers in the Boston, MA, household of Fred M. Woodworth, at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Woodworth was an express teamster, aged forty-eight years (b. Canada (Eng.)). (His wife and children were either omitted or domiciled elsewhere for a time, perhaps in Laconia, NH).

Rev. William A. Hudson traveled to Laconia, NH, in late August 1913, seeking his teenage daughter, Grace E.P. Hudson, who had eloped with her boyfriend, Leon Deming of Tilton.

FAILS TO FIND DAUGHTER. Rev. William A. Hudson Runs Down a Clew From Laconia, N.H. LACONIA, N.H., Aug. 31 – Rev. William A. Hudson of Morgan Memorial Chapel, Boston, was here this afternoon, investigating a story that his eloping daughter, Grace Hudson was here with Deming. Mr. Hudson was accompanied by City Marshal Charles H. Harvell in his search. He found that apparently the only basis for the report that his daughter was working in a restaurant here was that a new waitress appeared at a local restaurant yesterday. Mr. Hudson has been staying at the home of Rev. A.M. Shattuck, pastor of the Methodist Church (Boston Globe, September 1, 1913).

GRACE HUDSON TWICE LOCATED. In Manchester and Lancaster, N.H. Missing Boston Girl Received Telegram Signed “Leon.” Left Lancaster Monday, Fearing Pursuit. MANCHESTER, N.H., Sept. 2 – Disclosures were made today that Miss Grace Hudson, the missing daughter of Rev. William A. Hudson, head of the Morgan Memorial in Boston and a member of the New Hampshire Conference, was in Manchester for four days last week, registering under her own name at 452 Pine st. It is alleged Leon Deming of Tilton was in this city at the same time and that he disappeared when Miss Hudson left Manchester. The girl, who apparently came to Manchester from her home at 85 Shawmut av., Boston, on Monday, made no effort to conceal her identity. She said, it is claimed, she had left her home because of trouble with her stepmother and was in search of work as a waitress. She was directed to a number of places and, failing to secure employment, finally went to work in the Breen Brothers’ store in Elm st., staying there for one day. Then she left town, after receiving a telegram and numerous telephone calls. The telegram was signed “Leon” and sent from Lancaster Wednesday. It read as follows “Grace, will be there tomorrow. Send answer if this is OK.” It has been learned the girl was seen on Saturday in Lakeport.

SEEN IN LANCASTER. Miss Hudson Engaged Room, Making No Attempt to Hide Identity Disappeared Suddenly. LANCASTER, N.H., Sept. 2 – Miss Grace Hudson, the Boston girl who disappeared from her home last week Monday, was undoubtedly in Lancaster from last Friday until Monday of this week. She engaged a room with Mrs. T.S. Ellis, paying a week’s rent in advance, and remained there quietly until Sunday, when her picture appeared in the Sunday papers. Apparently fearing identification, she left her lodgings and has not been seen since. She gave her name here hesitatingly as Grace Hudson and was without baggage. Miss Hudson left Mrs. Ellis’ home about 7:30 Monday night.

HER FATHER BAFFLED. Rev W.A. Hudson Covered 500 Miles in Search for Daughter in New Hampshire. After learning yesterday that his daughter, Grace, who disappeared a week ago, had been located in Lancaster, N.H., as late as 7:30 o’clock Labor Day night. Rev W.A. Hudson, pastor of the Morgan Memorial, is again completely in the dark as to her whereabouts and does not know what will be his next step in his search for her. Rev. Mr. Hudson covered a 500-mile journey through the country about Tilton, Sunapee, Lakeport, Laconia, The Weirs, Plymouth, Woodsville and other New Hampshire points over Sunday and Monday. “With police officials and lawyers I questioned everyone who claimed to have seen my daughter,” he said, “but in practically every instance they had mistaken someone else for her. I am completely baffled” (Boston Globe, September 3, 1913).

ATTEMPTS AT MARRIAGE FAILS. Couple Turned Down by Two Clergymen. Deming and Grace Hudson May Try Again Today. License Not Returned at Lancaster, N.H. LANCASTER, N.H., Sept. 5 – Several unsuccessful attempts to get married here were made today by Miss Grace Hudson, the 16-year-old Boston girl who disappeared from her home 10 days ago, and Leon Deming, her former employer in a restaurant at Tilton, N.H. Early this morning the couple called on Rev. Mr. Dorr, the local Methodist minister, and asked him to marry them, but he refused. They then visited the Congregationalist clergyman and he likewise refused to perform the ceremony for them. Disappointed, but not disheartened, the couple then called at the rectory of the local Episcopal Church, but the rector was not at home and they did not await his return. As far as could be learned tonight, the young people did not call on any of the local justices of the peace during the day or evening and those who have been following the activities of the couple here believe the marriage has been postponed until tomorrow or some later date until they can get a minister or a Justice of the peace to tie the knot. This belief was strengthened by the fact that the return of the license had not been made to Town Clerk Brown up to a late hour tonight. The license was issued Thursday night. Just before the expiration of the time limit which the couple had for getting it since filing their marriage Intentions. When last seen, which was at noon today, the couple were at the Boston & Maine Railroad Station, but it is not known that they have left town.

Grace Hudson married in Northumberland, NH, September 5, 1913, Leon Deming, she of Boston, MA, and he of Lancaster, NH. He was a laborer, aged twenty-six years, and she was aged nineteen years. (She reported a false age). Justice of the Peace William W. Pike of Northumberland, NH, performed the ceremony, Deming was born in Landaff, NH, son of Ira and Nellie (Brooks) Deming.

REV. MR. HUDSON TOLD. Declares He Does Not Expect to Hear From His Daughter Until After Her Marriage. The news that his daughter Grace and her sweetheart. Leon Deming. had made several vain attempts to get married at Lancaster, N.H. yesterday, was given Rev. William A. Hudson, pastor of Morgan Memorial, last night by the Globe. He refused to express any opinion about their unsuccessful efforts to become man and wife. He stated that the news from Lancaster was the first definite information he had had of his daughter’s actions since last Monday night when he learned she had been seen in Lancaster as late as 7:30 o’clock. He had since heard that the couple had filed intentions of getting married and that later he had been told another story to the effect that his daughter was not present when the Intentions were filed. He preferred to credit the latter story. Pastor Hudson also added that he did not expect to hear from his daughter until after her marriage, saving, how-ever, that this was only his belief (Boston Globe, September 6, 1913).

GRACE HUDSON WEDDED SEPT 5. By Civil Ceremony at Lancaster, N.H. Name of the Person Officiating Is Being Withheld. Her Father Was Sent Copy of the Certificate. TILTON, N.H., Sept. 11 – Word has been received here that Miss Grace Hudson, 16-year-old daughter of Rev. William A. Hudson of the Morgan Memorial Chapel, Boston, and Leon Deming of Tilton have been married at Groveton, the name of the person officiating being withheld. They are boarding at Burt Smith’s in Lancaster, having given ample evidence that they are married. Deming, who was formerly proprietor of a restaurant in Tilton, is now employed on highway work in Lancaster. Two Lancaster clergymen refused to marry them. The license was issued by Town Clerk Rollin J. Brown of Lancaster, who had previously received a message from the girl’s father asking when the marriage intentions had been filed. Mr. Brown replied at once, telling Mr. Hudson to notify him if he had any objections to the issuance of the license. Not receiving any reply the clerk felt obliged to issue the license. The girl gave her age as 19. She was formerly a Tilton Seminal student and left school to work as a waitress in Deming’s restaurant in this town.

FATHER GOT WORD. Rev. Mr. Hudson Refuses to Comment on Marriage Ceremony. Always Welcome Home, He Says. Rev. William A. Hudson, when asked last night if he had heard of the marriage of his daughter Grace to Leon Deming in Groveton, N.H., answered that he had. Deming and Miss Hudson, according to the girl’s father, were married in Groveton, Sept 5, the ceremony being a civil one. “I received a copy of the marriage certificate from the person who performed the ceremony,” said Rev. Mr. Hudson, “and I also received a letter from my daughter stating that she had been married.” Other than saying that the person who married the couple was not a minister, however, Mr. Hudson refused to comment upon the ceremony. When asked if he purposed taking any steps to annul the marriage he said that he understood that under the laws of New Hampshire there was nothing he could do now. “While the relations between my daughter and myself are our own private affair,” continued Rev. Mr. Hudson, “I will state that she will always find a welcome at my home. As regards her husband, I can only say that I do not know anything about him and have never seen him.” Since the marriage the girl and her father have exchanged correspondence frequently (Boston Globe, September 12, 1913).

William Hudson, a church clergyman, aged forty-seven years (b. MD), headed a Wawarsing, NY, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ella M. Hudson, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), and his child, Margaret A.J. Hudson, aged seventeen years (b. NH). William Hudson rented their house on Church Street.

William A. Hudson, an M.E. Church clergyman, aged fifty-seven years (b. MD), headed a North Canaan, CT, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-one years), Ella M. Hudson, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH). William A. Hudson owned, i.e., rented, their house, for $30 per month. They had a radio set.

Daughter Grace E.P. (Hudson) Deming divorced her husband, Leon Deming, in or around 1934.

William A. Hudson, a Methodist minister, aged sixty-seven years (b. MD), headed a Woodstock, NY, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ella M. Hudson, aged seventy years (b. NH). William A. Hudson rented their house on Route 212, for $0 per month. They had resided in Wapinger’s Falls, NY, in 1935.

Daughter Grace Hudson Deming married (2nd) in Randolph, VT, May 31, 1941, William G. Martin. He was a widowed farmer, aged forty-five years, and she was a divorced housekeeper, aged forty-four years. Rev. F. Wilson Day performed the ceremony. William G. Martin was born in Marshfield, VT, in 1896, son of Harry H. and Ellen (Cate) Martin.

Ella M. (Evans) Hudson died in Kingston, NY, October 12, 1952, aged eighty-two years,

DIED. HUDSON – In this city, Sunday, October 12, 1952, Ella M. Evans in her 83rd year, wife of Rev. William A. Hudson. Funeral service will be held at Perrott’s Funeral Home, Number One Grand Ave., Newburgh, N.Y., on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Newburgh. Friends are invited to call Monday evening from 7 to 9 o clock at Perrott’s Funeral Home, Newburgh (Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY), October 13, 1952).

William A. Hudson died in Akron, OH, September 1959, aged eighty-six years.

Rev. William A. Hudson. The Rev. William A. Hudson, 86, a former pastor of the Woodstock Methodist Church, died Monday in Akron, Ohio. The Rev. Mr. Hudson was pastor of the Woodstock church for four years. He retired from active ministry 16 years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. George Miller of Akron, Mrs. Grace Martin of Randolph, Vt., and Miss Jeanne Bollin of Kerhonkson; a son James Hudson of Geneva; 14 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. His wife, Ella, died six years ago in Kingston. Funeral services will be held at the Pcrrott Funeral Homo, Newburgh, Friday at 2 p.m. (Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY), [Tuesday,] September 15, 1959).

Rev. Frederick H. Sleep – 1911-12

Frederick Herbert Sleep was  born in Buckfastleigh, Devonshire, England, March 22, 1887, son of Simon and Charlotte (Fogwell) Sleep.

Marshall C. Bowles, a laborer, aged seventy-three years (b. NH), headed a Thornton, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his (second) wife (of eighteen years), Lula E Bowles, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his son, Carl M. Bowles, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and his boarder, Frederick H. Sleep, a clergyman, aged twenty-three years (b. England). Marshall C. Bowles rented their house. Lula E. Bowles was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. Frederick H. Sleep had immigrated in 1906.

Frederick Herbert Sleep married in Pepperell, MA, August 30, 1911, Louise Whittemore, he of Milton Mills, NH, and she of Framingham, MA. He was a clergyman, aged twenty-four years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-two years. She was born in Framingham, MA, circa 1889, daughter of Henry S. and Mary (Norton) Whittemore.

F.H. Sleep appeared in the Milton business directory of 1912, as pastor of the Methodist church at Milton Mills, resident at 8 Highland street.

Rev. Fredrick H. Sleep appeared in the Laconia, NH, directory of 1913, as minister of St. James Episcopal church, with his house at 68 Fair street.

At the Churches. Christ Church. Lenten service, Monday, 7.30 p.m. Sermon by Rev. Frederick H. Sleep, St. .lames’ Church, Laconia, N.H. (Portsmouth Herald, March 21, 1914).

Business Notices. Rev. Frederick H. Sleep preached a splendid sermon on ‘The power of the cross,’ at Christ church last evening, his text being ‘For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God’ (Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, MA), April 7, 1917).

Rev. F.H. Sleep Takes Mission Work. SPRINGFIELD, March 30. Rev. Frederick H. Sleep of Christ Church, Fitchburg. notified Bishop Thomas F. Davies today that he had decided to accept the position of diocesan missionary with headquarters in Lanesboro. The other diocesan missionary is Rev. Archibald S. Winslow of Bayonne, N.J., who is to be rector of St. Andrews Church, Ludlow. These missionaries will have charge of 20 missions in the two districts (Boston Globe, March 31, 1918).

Frederick H. Sleep, a church clergyman, aged thirty-two years (b. England), headed a Fitchburg, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Louise W, Sleep, aged thirty years (b. MA), his children, Mary L. Sleep, aged seven years (b. NH), Charlotte Sleep, aged five years (b. NH), and Dorothia Sleep, aged two years (b. MA), and his boarder, Annie S. Carter, a hospital nurse, aged twenty-two years (b. NH). Frederick H. Sleep rented their house “off” Westminster Street. He immigrated in 1907, and became a naturalized citizen in 1912.

Frederick H. Sleep, an Episcopal church clergyman, aged forty-three years (b. England), headed a Fitchburg, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Louise W. Sleep, aged forty-one years (b. MA), his children, Mary L. Sleep, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Charlotte F. Sleep, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Dorothy G. Sleep, aged twelve years (b. MA), and Frederick H. Sleep, aged eight  years (b. MA). Frederick H. Sleep rented their house on Hill Street, for $15 per month. They had a radio set. He immigrated in 1906, and became a naturalized citizen.

Frederick H. Sleep, a clergyman, aged fifty-three years (b. England), headed a Fitchburg, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Louise W. Sleep, aged fifty-one years (b. MA), his children, Charlotte F. Sleep, a hospital lab technician, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Dorothy G. Sleep, a school teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and Frederick H. Sleep,  a paper manufacturing company beater man, aged eighteen years (b. MA). Frederick H. Sleep rented their house at 30 Hill Street, for $18 per month. He was a naturalized citizen. They had all lived in the same house in 1935.

Frederick H. Sleep died in Burbank hospital, in Fitchburg, MA, June 20, 1949, aged sixty-three years.

Rev. Fred. H. Sleep, Beloved Clergyman, Here 34 Yrs., Dies. Fitchburg lost one of its most beloved and respected clergymen when Rev. Frederick H. Sleep, 63, of 36 Parsons street, former rector of Church of the Good Shepherd, died of coronary thrombosis at Burbank hospital last night. During 34 years of residence in this city, and 29 years of service to the West Fitchburg church, the warm-hearted humanity and tolerance of Rev. Mr. Sleep had won him city-wide recognition. Esteemed by all faiths, he held record of having spoken in churches of nearly all denominations. For the past several years he had suffered heart ailments which had occasioned his retirement from active duty in 1945. On the advice his physician, he relinquished his responsibilities as rector. He suffered a heart attack in 1936 and a recurrence of the ailment in November 1945. Rev. Mr. Sleep untiringly devoted himself to the service of his parish members and community. During WW II when a First Aid class was held in the parish house of the Church of the Good Shepherd, he was a regular attendant and participant in all the activities of this group. Reluctantly accepting the doctor’s ultimatum, Rev. Mr. Sleep submitted his resignation to a parish he had seen triple in size under his conscientious guidance. It has ben said “Every institution is the lengthened shadow of a man.” The Church of the Good ia the lengthened shadow of Rev, Mr. Sleep, who first came to the West Fitchburg church July 1, 1915, when it was a parochial mission of Christ Episcopal church. He served for three years in charge of the of Church of the Good Shepherd and as assistant at Christ church. Bishop Thomas F. Dayies appointed him diocesan missionary, but he was recalled to the little parish in 1918, by Rev. Arthur J. Gammack, rector of Christ church. When Rev. Mr. Gammack died in 1928 the mission was set apart from Christ church and Rev. Mr. Sleep became its first pastor.  When Mr. Sleep took charge of the church it had 40 communicants. It now has about 200. Born in Buckfastleigh, Devonshire, England, Mr. Sleep came to this country at the age of 18. As soon as the law allowed, he became an American citizen. One of his fondest recollections was a 28-mile trip he made to Concord, N.H., from Laconia, N.H., to cast his first vote, Graduated from Tilton seminary, N.H., in 1911, he studied under the late Rt. Rev. Melville Parker, Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, and Rev. Howard F. Hill, D.D. He was ordained deacon in 1914 in St. James’ church, in Laconia, of which he was in charge. Ordained to the priesthood at St. Paul’s church in Concord, in 1915, he came to the Fitchburg church in the same year. Because of Rev. Mr, Sleep’s belief in denominational tolerance, representatives of other faiths frequently spoke at the Church of Good Shepherd during his years of leadership. Interest in the welfare of labor prompted him to inaugurate a Labor-Management Forum about decade ago. He likewise served as president of the Fitchburg Ministerial Assn., and was one of the first to join with the Fitchburg Council of church in which he took an active part. On the occasion of a joint celebration of the 25th anniversary of the pastorate of Rev. Sleep and the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the church building, in 1941. Charles Hosea Temple, of Edgewood, R.I., said of him: “During these 25 years his thoughts have not been so much fixed on the eternal things that he has overlooked the present. ”He has taken his place as an outstanding citizen. He has been the friend of labor, not afraid to champion it when it has been right, equally unafraid to reprove it it has been wrong. ” Rev. Mr. Sleep untiringly devoted himself to the service of his parish members and community. Roland group. Reluctantly accepting the cessation of his religious duties, because of poor health, Rev. Mr. Sleep, in his letter of resignation in 1945 said with characteristic unselfishness: “First I ask for my successor the same degree of loyalty and cooperation you have given to me. . . . Surely it will be no kindness to me to insist that the worship and work of this parish be carried on according to present plans solely because I initiated them. “With the acceptance of my resignation I become one of the communicants of this parish and as such I hope to continue to worship and work, as far as I am able, in this church where so much of my happiness has come to me.” Rev. Mr. Sleep was a member of Loyal Progressive lodge of Manchester Unity Odd Fellows and Shakespeare lodge, Sons of St. George. Besides his wife, Mrs. Louise (Whittemore) Sleep, he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Edgar Bugbee of Stamford, Conn, Mrs. Bradford S. Hubbard of Keene, N.H., Miss Charlotte F. Sleep of this city and Miss Dorothy G. Sleep of Westford, Conn.; a son, Frederick Sleep, Jr., of this city; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral will be from the Sawyer funeral home tomorrow morning with a service at 11 o’clock in the Church of the Good Shepherd. The body will be taken to Rural cemetery in Worcester for cremation and burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery (Fitchburg Sentinel, June 21, 1949).

Rev. John H. Vincent – 1913-14

John Henry Vincent was born in Trevarth, Cornwall, England, March 28, 1848. He was baptized in Gwennap, Cornwall, England, March 11, 1849, son of Nicholas and Jane (Trelaggen) Vincent.

Methodism had many adherents in Cornwall. Rev. John Wesley preached eighteen times (between 1762-69) at Gwennap Pit, an earthen amphitheater caused by a subterranean subsidence.

John H. Vincent married in Walpole, MA, May 20, 1879, Annie Gilmore Hutchinson, he of Harwich, MA, and she of Walpole. He was a clergyman, aged thirty years, and she was aged twenty-four years. She was born in Walpole, MA, May 15, 1854, daughter of Aaron and Mary Hutchinson.

John H. Vincent, a minister, aged thirty-two years (b. England), headed a Harwich, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Anna G. Vincent, keeping house, aged twenty-six years (b. MA).

John Henry Vincent of North Chelmsford, MA, clergyman, aged thirty-four years, petitioned for U.S. citizenship in Boston, MA, March 13, 1882. He had arrived in the U.S. at Castle Garden, NY, September 22, 1867, and submitted his initial intention on Santa Clara County, CA, July 28, 1871. Orien S. Currier of Boston, MA, and Daniel O. Clark of Stoughton, MA, deposed that they had known him for five years past, during which time he had lived in Boston, Duxbury, Falmouth, Harwich, and Chelmsford, all in Massachusetts. Rev. Vincent swore an oath and was admitted as a citizen.

John H. Vincent, a clergyman, aged fifty-two years (b. England), headed a Stratford, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-one years), Annie G. Vincent, aged forty-six years (b. MA). John H. Vincent rented their house. He had immigrated into the U.S. in 1869.

John H. Vincent, a Methodist clergyman, aged sixty-two years (b. England), headed a Nelson, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-one years), Annie G. Vincent, aged fifty-five years (b. MA). John H. Vincent rented their house.

George [John] H. Vincent, a Methodist minister, aged seventy-one years (b. England), headed a Salem, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie G. Vincent, aged sixty-five years (b. MA). They resided on the No. Salem Road. John H. Vincent had immigrated into the U.S. in 1867, and become a naturalized citizen in 1875.

Anne G. (Hutchinson) Vincent died in Chichester, NH, November 20, 1924.

Eva Davis, a general farm farmer, aged sixty years (b. NH), headed a Chichester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her hired man, George Sanborn, a general farm laborer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and her boarder, John H. Vincent, a widower, aged eighty-two years (b. England). Eva Davis owned their farm on the Canterbury Road, which was valued at $2,500. They had a radio set. John H. Vincent had immigrated into the U.S. in 1867, and become a naturalized citizen.

John H. Vincent died in Chichester, NH, April 12, 1932, aged eighty-four years, and fourteen days. He had resided in Chichester for twelve years, coming there from Salem, NH.

REV. VINCENT DIED AT 84. Concord, N.H., April 12 (AP) – Rev. John Henry Vincent, 84, died today at Chichester, where he had been pastor of the Methodist church from 1920 to 1927. He joined the New England Methodist conference in 1878 and the New Hampshire conference in 1889 and had held several pastorates in the southern areas (Montpelier Evening Argus, (Montpelier, VT),, April 12, 1932).

Rev. Lester E. Alexander – 1917-21

Lester Ellsworth Alexander was born in Fitzwilliam, NH, August 25, 1862, son of Warren F. and Mary F. (Perham) Alexander.

Lester E. Alexander married (1st) in Walpole, NH, June 5, 1884, Carrie Estella Webster. She was born in Walpole, NH, November 1, 1862, daughter of Edwin E. and Emily E. (Upham) Webster.

Lester Alexander, a can finisher, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Keene, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Carrie E. Alexander, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), and his children, Lillian W. Alexander, at school, aged eight years (b. NH), Edwin L. Alexander, at school, aged six years (b. NH), and Mary E. Alexander, aged four years (b. NH). Lester Alexander rented their house on Beaver Street. Carrie E. Alexander was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

Lester E. Alexander, an M.E. Church clergyman, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Henniker, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Carrie E. Alexander, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his children, Lillian W. Alexander, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Edwin L. Alexander, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Mary E. Alexander, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Emily E. Webster, aged sixty-nine years (b. VT). Lester E. Alexander rented their house on Crescent Street. Carrie E. Alexander was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

L.E. Alexander appeared in the Milton business directory of 1917, as pastor of the Milton Mills Methodist church, at Highland street.

UNION. Walter Chesborough of North Rochester and Miss Gladys Wentworth of this village were married in Milton Mills by Rev. Alexander on Saturday evening, June 16 They will reside here (Farmington News, June 29, 1917).

Lester E. Alexander, a N.H. Conference clergyman, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Carrie E. Alexander, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Emily E. Webster, aged seventy-eight years (b. VT). Lester E. Alexander rented their house.

ALEXANDER, LESTER ELLSWORTH. Milton Mills, 1918-19; Jefferson, 1921-22.

Lester Alexander, a Methodist clergyman, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Hillsborough, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-five years), Carrie Alexander, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Emily Webster, aged eighty-eight years (b. VT). Lester E. Alexander rented their house on Church Street, for $20.

Carrie E. (Webster) Alexander died in Franklin, NH, February 13, 1932, aged sixty-nine years.

Lester E. Alexander married (2nd) in Bethlehem, NH, March 23, 1933, Jennie W. (Withion) Fox, he of Franklin, NH, and she of Boston, MA. He was a clergyman, aged seventy years, and she was at home, aged sixty-eight years. Rev. Charles W. Frye performed the ceremony. Jennie W. (Withion) Fox was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, circa 1864, daughter of David and Sarah (Ellis) Withion

ALEXANDER-FOX. FRANKLIN, N.H., March 23 – Rev. Lester E. Alexander, pastor of the Methodist Church here, and Mrs. Jennie W. Fox of Boston, were married this noon at Bethlehem by the bridegroom’s son-in-law, Rev. C.W. Frye, pastor of the Durrell Memorial Church, Bethlehem. The bridegroom’s grandson attended them. Following a wedding lunch they motored to Franklin. Rev. Mr. Alexander announced recently that he was to retire from active preaching. He and his bride will reside in Franklin (Boston Globe, Match 24, 1933).

Lester E. Alexander died in Laconia, NH, May 22, 1950, aged eighty-seven years.

Rev. John E. Taylor – 1921-22

John Edwin Taylor was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Canada, February 9, 1866, son of Richard and Harriet (Waterman) Taylor.

John E. Taylor married in Saugus, MA, August 21, 1901, Hannah E. Terry, he of Somerville, MA, and she of Everett, MA. He was a marketman, aged thirty-five years, and she was a clerk, aged thirty-two years. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, circa 1869, daughter of William and Hannah (Garhard) Terry.

J.E. Taylor, an evangelical preacher, aged forty-three years (b. Newfoundland), headed a Kingfield, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nine years), Hannah E. Taylor, aged forty-one years (b. Nova Scotia), and his child, Richard E. Taylor, aged seven years (b. MA). J.E. Taylor rented their house on Church Street. Hannah E. Taylor was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. J.E. Taylor had immigrated into the U.S. in 1888; Harriet E. Taylor had immigrated into the U.S. in 1886.

John E Taylor, a shipyard rigger, aged fifty-one years (b. Newfoundland), headed a Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hannah E. Taylor, aged fifty years (b. Nova Scotia), and his child, Richard E. Taylor, aged seventeen years (b. MA). John E. Taylor rented their house on Mill Road. He had become naturalized in 1890; Harriet E. Taylor had immigrated into the U.S. in 1886 and had become naturalized in 1901, i.e., by virtue of her marriage.

RETAINS THREE DISTRICTS. New Hampshire Methodist Conference Decided. Nashua, N.H., April 11. The New Hampshire Methodist Episcopal conference will continue under a three district division, Bishop Ernest W. Richardson decided today. The laymen had voted in favor of two districts while the clergy favored retention of the present arrangement and the presiding bishop was called on to decide. The conference closed with the announcement of the appointments to pastorates which showed the following changes: Concord district E.S. Lasker, superintendent; Laconia, Trinity church, supplied by O.P. Wright; Littleton, C.M. Tibbetts; Milan and Dummer, H.R. Goodwin; Pittsburgh, supplied by A.J. Pierce; Warren, I. Mellor; Weirs and Ashland, E.J. Canfield; West Milan and Stark, supplied by F.J. Griffin; West Thornton, supplied by Lincoln Frye. Dover district Amesbury, M,L. Simpson; Epping, supplied by J.W. McMorris; Exeter, supplied by C.D. Maurier; Greenland, S.B. Enman; Merrimacport, Mass., Paul J. Tilton; Methuen, Mass., Oaklands church, supplied by E.T. Cooke: Milton Mills, supplied by J.E. Taylor; Salisbury. E.F. Newell. Manchester district Brookline, R.V. Ebbett; Hillsboro and Hillsboro Center, supplied by J.G. Joyce; Londonderry, supplied by George Thomas; Milford. O.J. Beardsley; Newport, C.F. Libby (Barre Daily Times (Barre, VT), April 11, 1921).

J.E. Taylor appeared in the New England business directory of 1922, as pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Milton Mills.

John E. Taylor returned to Hampton, NH, which seems to have been his home base, circa 1922-23.

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION. Trinity Church Scene of Solemn Ceremonies As Candidates Are Raised. George W. Ferguson of Lenox, a Fellow of the General Theological seminary in New York, and Arthur Rogers of Wilkinsville were ordained to, the deaconate and Rev. J.E. Taylor of Longmeadow and Rev. Hiram Rogers of Wilkinsville were ordained to the priesthood at Trinity church yesterday morning by the Rt. Rev. Thomas F. Davies, bishop of the Episcopal diocese of western Massachusetts (Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, MA), June 11, 1924).

EAST BETHEL. Rev. J.E. Taylor will be at East Bethel Baptist church with Rev. Frank Place Sunday, Feb. 22 (Barre Daily Times (Barre, VT), February 18, 1925).

John E Taylor, a poultry raiser, aged sixty-three years (b. Newfoundland), headed a Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty years), Hannah E. Taylor, aged sixty years (b. Nova Scotia). John E. Taylor owned their house on Mill Road, which was valued at $4,000. They had a radio set. He had immigrated into the U.S. in 1889; Harriet E. Taylor had immigrated into the U.S. in 1887.

Rev. John E. Taylor last worked in his accustomed occupation (minister) in 1935.

John Edwin Taylor died on Mill Road in Hampton, NH, April 18, 1938, aged seventy-two years, two months, and seven days.

Deaths and Funerals. Rev. John Edwin Taylor. Funeral services for Rev. John Taylor, who passed away at his home on Mill road at the age of 72 years, were held at the Methodist Church at 2 o’clock, with the minister, Rev. W. Raymond Pierce, officiating, assisted by Rev. Woodcock of Kingsville, Me., a former parishioner of the deceased. Interment was made in the High Street cemetery, with the committal service at the grave in charge of Rev. Woodcock. The bearers were Myron Blake, Robert Brown, Hartley Kierstead and Herbert Beede. Rev. Taylor, who had been a resident of Hampton for the last 16 years, was a native of Newfoundland and since his retirement from the ministry has been engaged in farming. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hannah Taylor, and one son, Richard, of Hampton. William Brown was the undertaker in charge (Portsmouth Herald, April 19, 1938).

Hannah E. Taylor, a widow, aged seventy-two years (b. Canada), headed a Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Hannah E. Taylor owned her house on Mill Road, which was valued at $1,500. She had resided in the same place in 1935.

Hannah E. (Terry) Taylor of Hampton, NH, died in the Mitchell Memorial Hospital in Brentwood, NH, March 14, 1959, aged ninety years.

Deaths and Funerals. Mrs. Hannah E. Taylor. HAMPTON — Mrs. Hannah E. Taylor, 90, of 204 Mill Rd., widow of the Rev. John E. Taylor, died Saturday at the Mitchell Memorial Hospital in Brentwood after a long illness. Born in Halifax, N.S., March 23, 1869, she was the daughter William Terry. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Hampton Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, Robert E. Taylor of Manchester; sisters. Mrs. Herbert Hill of Dudley, Mass., and Mrs. William Girard, Barnstable, Mass.; two brothers. James Terry of Tewksbury, Mass., and Barry Terry of Saugus, Mass.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (Portsmouth Herald, [Monday,] March 16, 1959).

Rev. Edwin B. Young – 1923-24

Edwin Brackett Young was born in Rochester, NH, August 10, 1883, son of John and Emma L. (Lord) Young. (His father was a Scottish immigrant).

Edwin B. Young, a North Wakefield clergyman, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. He rented his house.

Rev. Edwin B. Young married in Derry, NH, June 15, 1910, Florence E. [Ethel] Richardson, he of North Wakefield, NH, and she of Derry. He was a clergyman, aged twenty-seven years, and she was at home, aged twenty-seven years. She was born in Hampstead, NH, January 22, 1883, daughter of Naaman W. and Ella M. (Pavere) Richardson.

Edwin B. Young, a laborer, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Goffstown, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ethel Young, aged thirty-six years (b. NH). Edwin B. Young rented their house.

YOUNG, EDWIN BRACKETT. Merrimacport, Mass., 1908; North Wakefield and East Wolfeboro, 1909-10; Laconia Trinity, 1911-12; Henniker and East Deering, 1913-15; Goffstown and Grasmere, 1916-17; Grasmere, 1918-19; Raymond and East Candia, 1920-22; Milton Mills, 1923-24

Edwin B. Young, a Methodist Church clergyman, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Florence E. Young, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his son, Edwin B. Young, Jr., aged ten years (b. NH), and his father-in-law, Nasman W. Richardson, retired, aged seventy-nine years (b. MA). Edwin B. Young owned their house at 152 North Main Street, which was valued at $10,000. They had a radio set.

Rev. Edwin B. Young, a Methodist Church clergyman, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Hillsborough, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-seven years), Florence E. Young, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), and his son, Edwin B. Young, Jr., aged twenty years (b. NH). Edwin B. Young rented their house on Church Street, for $16 per month. They had resided in Strafford County, NH, in 1935.

Edwin B. Young died in Rochester, NH, December 2, 1949, aged sixty-six years.

Rev. Edwin B. Young Ex-Chaplain, Member of N.H. Legislature. ROCHESTER, N.H., Dec. 3. Rev. Edwin Brackett Young, 66, retired Methodist minister, former chaplain of the Legislature and past grand chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows in New Hampshire, died today at his home, 152 North Main st. Born in Rochester, he was graduated from Rochester High School, studied at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1904-05, and was graduated from the Boston University School of Theology in 1909. He was married June 15, 1910, to Miss Florence E. Richardson of Derry. He served in the House of Representatives as a member from Henniker in 1915 and from Goffstown in 1919. He was chaplain of the House in 1931 and again in 1941. Rev. Mr. Young was a member of Humane Lodge of Masons, and Custos Morum Lodge of Odd Fellows in Milford. He leaves a wife; a brother. Stanley L. Young of Whittier; a son, Edwin B. Young Jr., of Nashua and two grandchildren. Masonic services will be held Monday at 1:30 p. m. at the First Methodist Church. Rev. Ray H. Cowen of Haverhill, Mass., superintendent for the Southern District of the New Hampshire Methodist Conference, will officiate, assisted by other pastors. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery (Boston Globe, December 4, 1949).

Florence E. (Richardson) Young died in NH, October 25, 1973.

References:

Carter, Nathan Franklin. (1906). The Native Ministry of New Hampshire. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=NXgRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA447

Find a Grave. (2015, June 16). Rev. Lester Ellsworth Alexander. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/147951587/lester-ellsworth-alexander

Find a Grave. (2011, August 16). Willis Holmes. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/75019324

Methodist Church (US). (1880). General Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church in the United States, Territories, and Cuba. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=yr5JAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA75

M.E. Conference. (1894). Official Journal of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the New Hampshire Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Claremont, N.H., April 11-16, 1894. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=zOIpAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA4-PA549

Scales, John. (1914). History of Strafford County, and Representative Citizens. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=nGsjAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA517

Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (September 14, 2020)

By Muriel Bristol | September 12, 2020

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, September 14.

The BOS meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public session beginning at 6:00 PM. That session’s agenda has one item classed as 91-A3 II (c).

(c) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.

The Public portion of the agenda has Old Business, New Business, Other Business, and some housekeeping items.


Under New Business are scheduled two items: 1) Presentation by Conservation Commission – Teneriffe Mountain Project and Casey Road Project, and 2) Possible Interest in Purchase of Town-owned, Tax Deeded Property.

Presentation by Conservation Commission – Teneriffe Mountain Project and Casey Road Project.

Possible Interest in Purchase of Town-owned, Tax Deeded Property. One imagines that there is an inverse relationship between possible interest and pre-conditions imposed by the BOS.

Under Old Business is scheduled one item: 1) Employee Wage Plan.

Employee Wage Plan. Some departments at least are paid already far in excess of the wages of the average taxpayer that pays them. It might be that the “plan” will be a moratorium that allows that gap to close a bit. (Warning: it could be dangerous to hold one’s breath while waiting for this eventuality).

Under Other Business there are no scheduled agenda items.


There will be the approval of prior minutes (from the quasi-Public session of September 2, 2020); Public Comments; an expenditure report; administrator comments, and BOS comments.


Mr. S.D. Plissken contributed to this article.


References:

State of New Hampshire. (2016, June 21). RSA Chapter 91-A. Access to Governmental Records and Meetings. Retrieved from www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/VI/91-A/91-A-3.htm

Town of Milton. (2020, September 11). BOS Meeting Agenda, September 14, 2020. Retrieved from www.miltonnh-us.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif916/f/events/09-14-2020bos_agenda.pdf

Youtube. (1965). Cone of Silence. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eUIK9CihA&feature=youtu.be&t=19