A Tight Place

By S.D. Plissken | May 28, 2020

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) find themselves in a tight place. Their government has simply grown too large, and, as a consequence, their budgets and the levels of taxation needed to fund them, have simply grown too large too.

Pooh Bear Stuck in Rabbit's Door - Back End
Pooh as a Towel Rack

One is reminded of a tale from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh: “In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place.” In the story, Pooh visits Rabbit’s burrow and, while there, greedily consumes Rabbit’s stock of honey (for which Pooh has a bottomless appetite). When it comes time to leave, the now larger Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit’s front door. He can neither be pushed through to the outside or pulled back into the inside. Not as he is now, anyway. They simply have to wait until Pooh loses the weight that he gained by eating all the honey. In the meantime, Rabbit tries to make the best of a bad situation by using Pooh’s back end for other purposes.

Now, Pooh – elsewhere described as being a “bear of very little brain” – eventually loses enough weight to escape this particular predicament.

Over their last few meetings, the BOS have been pondering where they have become stuck. Their overly large budgets having been roundly rejected by Milton’s voters, already rejected more often than not in recent years, and now two years in succession. (To be fair, these particular selectmen are responsible only for the most recent in a long train of abuses).

These selectmen began their year well enough by acknowledging their budget problem – a first step in a recovery – and proposing freezes until they could extricate themselves. However, they have evidently not yet reached bottom, as they posted job openings the very next day, and voted yet another in a subsequent meeting. (Vice-Chairman Rawson was a rare dissenting vote on that one).

They are meanwhile seeking applicants to be the minority on a “Local Government Efficiency Task Force,” which is to seek the Lost Dutchman’s Mine of government efficiency. One of its several objectives is to find other sources of revenue. A cynic might suppose that little or no actual changes are proposed and that spending is to continue at current levels, simply through finding other people to pay for it.

The solar panel farm and a cell tower were cited as examples of other sources. As in mathematical proofs, some elements might be “necessary,” but are not in and of themselves “sufficient.” Such money as those examples added was spent long ago on increased government, rather than tax reduction. And there have been also less exciting instances of this sort put forward in the past – for example, the contentious landfill proposal of some years ago.

Space aliens from the eighth dimension might present themselves at the Emma Ramsey Center for a thorough probing. However, it is much more likely that any “other sources” of revenue will just come from the other pockets of the present victims. For example, transfer station fee changes, i.e., fee increases, have appeared on a recent agenda. (Some might remember that these fees did not exist at all just a few years ago).

Several bills were put forward at the State level in this most recent biennium, whereby some legislators sought to add back-door income taxes to our burden. They too sense that property taxation has reached already its outer limits, but are unwilling to curb their appetite. They are seeking instead to add other revenue sources rather than to push back from the table. It would have been, as the British have it, just the “thin end of the wedge.”

The Task Force is expected to take twelve to eighteen months, or longer, to reach its conclusion, if any there be. Its majority of Town officials might be expected to have a vested interest in continuing to feed the beast. How likely are they to discover any redundancies, even those right under their noses? That Milton has both an Assessor and a Contract Assessor can be seen at a glance, as well as its having both a Planning Board and a Contract Town Planner. The BOS is under no obligation to adopt its recommendations, if any there will be.

Meanwhile, the BOS will have gained twelve to eighteen months, or longer, in which they might proceed blithely along their “tried and true” rut. Let’s help them with their annual calculation: a now smaller annual percentage increase (thank God for the Tax Cap’s small blessing) multiplied by much too much government will yield a yet more expensive government. (Nobody there has heard of zero-based budgeting). Under ordinary circumstances, they might be able to kick the can down the road for a few more years, before arriving right back where they started.

But we live in extraordinary times. The “Black Swan” of the Coronavirus just punctured the carefully nurtured economic bubble. (If it had not been that, it would have been something else). Let us suppose optimistically that the whole economic lockdown ends right now, this very week. This year’s GDP, that faulty measure of the nation’s economic progress and wealth, would be smaller by the two-plus months of the lockdown. (And New Hampshire’s and Milton’s GDPs smaller along with it). Yes, of course it would, that much is obvious.

Unfortunately, the usual inanities are being deployed again at the national level. Congress voted and the President approved trillions of dollars in additional stimulus spending. They have done so four, or five, times now in quick succession, one loses count. Now, the Federal government does not actually have any trillions to spend in this manner. And we have just seen that the GDP – the national wealth, if you will – just got smaller, rather than larger.

You see, at the Federal level they have the advantage of possessing a magical money tree. They just borrow the money from the future, i.e., expand the money supply, which is the very dictionary definition of inflation. This has the effect of creating greater numbers of devalued dollars. This reduction in dollar value extends to those in your pocket, as well as those in your bank account, those in your retirement savings, and, for those poor souls on a fixed income, those in their pensions or annuities.

Milton’s last two DRA “flash” valuation increases of recent years have been based upon the wildly-inflated prices of the last two housing bubbles. New Hampshire’s tax model assumes a rough correlation between property valuations and ability to pay. That assumption no longer tracks in these recent Federally-induced housing bubbles. (One cannot slice off a piece of a fantasy valuation and use it to pay taxes). It would require sensible State and Town governments – rather than bears of very little brain – to recognize this disparity and to restrain their spending. The large and increasing gulf between fantasy valuations and the reality paychecks might be compared with our large and increasing dissatisfaction with these methods.

In the longer term, one might expect that housing valuations will tend to fall, given that we have a smaller GDP, a probable recession, unemployment approaching already 20%, and some businesses likely shuttered forever. Does anyone suppose the State DRA will be demanding any “flash” valuation decreases? Of course not, they will want to overtax us through one more cycle.

Our Town government, which was already unsustainable, might try desperately to preserve its bubble size. It might raise tax rates to compensate for declining values. (It did this last time around). It might raise its existing fees, fines, and taxes, across the spectrum, and even create new ones. (Ask any refugee from Massachusetts). It might punish us for not approving their budgets.

Or they might more reasonably scale back our Town government. They might reduce the amount of its annual “fund balance” exaction, which they could do immediately, and extend the timelines of their so-called “plans.”

Homer Holding on to the Can
Homer, are you just holding on to the can?

In Homer Simpson one encounters a more contemporary fictional character, but one with a cognitive capacity similar to Winnie the Pooh. In one episode, a soft drink vending machine accepts his money, but does not dispense his can of soda. He reaches up inside the machine to pull it out, but cannot. He grasps the can, but his hand becomes “stuck.” Various people try to extricate him from the machine. They arrive finally (and improbably) at a solution of just sawing off his hand. Just before they take that drastic step, one technician poses a final question: “Homer, are you just holding on to the can?” In the next scene we find him rubbing his arm while departing amidst howls of laughter.

Watching our wise overlords struggle to retain their current budget levels, one might well ask them the same question: “Selectmen, are you just holding on to the can?”

References:

Wikipedia. (2020, May 22). Black Swan Theory. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory

Wikipedia. (2020, May 21). Winnie the Pooh (Book). Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie-the-Pooh_(book)

YouTube. (n.d.). Homer, Are You Just Holding on to the Can? Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qcipCQalzA

Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1875-11

By Muriel Bristol | May 24, 2020

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

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

SCHOOL BUILDINGS. MILTON – M.V.B. Cook. During the past year an excellent wooden school-house has been erected in district No. 7, situated in the thriving village of Milton Mills. The main building is 40×40 ft., one and a half stories high, with French roof, and basement; also, tower in front, 10×12 ft. It contains two school-rooms, four ante-rooms, and a library, and is finished with western pine and black walnut. The furniture is of the latest improvements. The entire cost exceeds $6,000, besides some valuable presents, – among which was a bell, presented by Hon. John Townsend, of Brookline, Mass. The dedication consisted of music and an address by Rev. Geo Michael (NH State Board of Education, 1876).

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

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

Abbie D. Buck – c1870-80

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Abbie D. Buck (per Katherine Ayers)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James E. Berry died in 1917.

William E. Hatch – 1875-76

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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William E. Hatch

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

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

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

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

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

James O. Emerson – 1876-77

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edward Whitney – 1877-78

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles E. Hussey – 1878-79

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William P. Ferguson – c1880-81

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albert E. Millett – 1882

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

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Bert Millett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rufus E. Donnell – 1882-83

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asa C. Crowell – 1885-86

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie E. (Provan) Crowell died in 1950.

Charles S.F. Whitcomb – 1890-91

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minetta R. Anderson – 1899-00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vernon E. Rand – 1901-02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vernon E. Rand died in February 1948.

William C. McCue – 1902

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacob E. Wignot – 1902-04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilman H. Campbell – 1905-06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy E. Clark – 1909

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George E. Leatherbarrow – 1909-11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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George E. Leatherbarrow

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

Positions Wanted

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

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

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

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

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

Continued in Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1912-52


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


References:

Beers, J.H. and Company. (1900). Educators of Michigan. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=vaygAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA304

Boston University. (1902). Journal of Education. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=zEshAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA126

Find a Grave. (2013, July 30). Abbie Buck Berry. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/114645310

Find a Grave. (2013, October 31). Albert E. Millett. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/119604836

Find a Grave. (2012, February 14). Asa Clinton Crowell. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/84971101

Find a Grave. (2009, February 22). Gilman Hutchins Campbell. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/34122347

Find a Grave. (2012, September 7). Rev. James Oscar Emerson. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/96694786

Find a Grave. (2013, August 5). Jacob Ernest Wignot. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/114938085

Find a Grave. (2015, June 19). Minetta R. Anderson Legg. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/148048962

Find a Grave. (2013, June 10). Dr. Rufus Edwin Donnell. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/112111518

Find a Grave. (2013, July 6). William Coleman McCue. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/113424611

Find a Grave. (2009, July 13). William Edwin Hatch. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/39396250

Find a Grave. (2013, September 22). William Proctor Ferguson. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/117452337

Heirlooms Reunited. (2019, January 26). 1873, 1874 and 1876 Diaries of Ida Isadore Reynolds (1860-1946) of Acton, Maine; Future Wife of John Jotham Shapleigh (1856-1923). Retrieved from www.heirloomsreunited.com/2019/01/1873-1874-and-1876-diaries-of-ida.html

Keith, Harold. (2008). When I was Growing Up. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=w_Td4YT86qMC&pg=PA115

NH State Board of Education. (1876). Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=c18aAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA338

Remington, P.S., and Company. (1895). Historical Catalogue of Brown University. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=xdXNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA293

MA Board of Education. (1914, April). Teachers’ Registration Bureau. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=UE0ZAQAAIAAJ&pg=RA5-PA5

Wikipedia. (2020, April 19). Allopathic Medicine. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allopathic_medicine

Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (May 18, 2020)

By Muriel Bristol | May 17, 2020

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a quasi-Public BOS meeting to be held Monday, May 18, at 4:00 PM. (Followed by Workshop meeting and a Non-Public session at the conclusion of the meeting).

Due to their concerns regarding Covid-19, there will be no public in attendance and, therefore, no public comment. The session may be watched remotely through the usual YouTube means or by teleconference. The links for both are in their original agenda, for which there is a link in the References below.


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

Under New Business are scheduled two agenda items: 1) Update Regarding Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Operational Activities/Plans, and 2) Accept a Donation of up 58 chairs from Target in Somersworth (rec’d 30, possible that we could get an additional 28 chairs) (Karen Brown).

Update Regarding Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Activities. One supposes, by the very terms of the meeting announcement, that the Covid-19 is still among us. We will evidently hear an update on those things with which the BOS has been active.

People are becoming restive. Wisconsin’s Supreme Court struck down the Wisconsin Governor’s stay-at-home orders. A third End the Lockdown rally was held at the Statehouse in Concord, NH, on Saturday, May 16. This one focused on opposing church closures.

Accept a Donation of up 58 chairs from Target in Somersworth (rec’d 30, possible that we could get an additional 28 chairs) (Karen Brown). Accepting, bet on the BOS accepting the chairs. But where will they put them?


Old Business has two items: 1). Final Review and Possible Adoption of Select Board By-laws, and 2) Review of Letters of Interest Received for the Local Government Efficiency Task Force and possible appointments.

Final Review and Possible Adoption of Select Board By-laws. Possible adoption? Hanging on the cliff edge, as the suspense mounts.

Review of Letters of Interest Received for the Local Government Efficiency Task Force and possible appointments. Chairwoman Hutchings’ disquisition spoke of a hiring freeze, followed immediately by job postings. This is not the way to get better, people.

If this “task force” were to be successful, i.e., successful in its task of discovering the efficiencies that have eluded the Milton Town government for years, should it then simply replace the Milton Town government? You know, as having just proven themselves more capable and efficient.

No, Cincinnatus would then return to his plow. And that assumes that the Town government would actually implement any efficiencies such a task force might find, which is a big assumption.


Other Business That May Come Before the Board has no scheduled items.

There will be the approval of prior minutes (from the quasi-Public sessions of May 4, and May 7, 2020), the expenditure report, Town Administrator comments (regarding Headstart Building Correspondence), and BOS comments.


There will be a follow-on BOS Workshop Meeting without a named subject.


The BOS meeting is scheduled to conclude their meeting with a Non-Public Session. That agenda has one Non-Public 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.


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, May 16). BOS Meeting Agenda, May 18, 2020. Retrieved from www.miltonnh-us.com/sites/miltonnh/files/agendas/05-18-2020_bosagenda_final.pdf

Wikipedia. (2019, November 19). Washington Monument Syndrome. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument_Syndrome

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

Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23

By Muriel Bristol | April 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emma A. Reynolds – 1885-86, 1888

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fred P. Meader, a retail music merchant, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-seven years), Emma R. Meader, aged seventy-four years (b. NH). Fred P. Meader owned their house at 22 Knight Street, which was valued at $3,000. They resided in the same house in 1935. She had attended four years of college, and he had attended four years of high school.

Rochester Personals. The third annual book fair of the Athenian club of the Spaulding High school was held last night the Spaulding High library at 7:30. Miss Mabelle Coleman, head of the English department, and Fred P. Meader furnished the following books for review: “Reveille in Washington” by Margaret Leech, reviewed by Marjorie Varney; “Strange Woman” by Ben Ames William, reviewed by Phyllis Bliss; “Island Patch Shop” by Elinor Early, reviewed by Ann Van Dyke; “The Sun Is My Undoing” by Margaret Steen, reviewed by Ethelyn Jones; “Berlin Diary” by William Shirer, reviewed by Mabelle Coleman (Portsmouth Herald, November 5, 1941).

Lawrence Meader, NY College Head, Named Army Major. Securing a leave of absence for a year from his duties as resident of Russell Sage college at Troy, N.Y., Dr. Lawrence Meader, son of Mr. and and Mrs. Fred P. Meader of 22 Knight street, has accepted a commission as Major in the Ordnance department of the U.S. Army and has been ordered to Washington for duty. Dr. Meader is a graduate of the Rochester High school and also Bates college and is a trustee of the Maine institution. At the time of his appointment as president of Russell Sage college he was the youngest college president in the country (Portsmouth Herald, April 10, 1942).

Emma A. Meader was one of two ladies that found a Knight Street neighbor lying unconscious after having suffered a “shock,” i.e., a stroke.

Thomas J. Dudley, 83, Dies of Shock. Thomas J. Dudley, died early this morning in the Frisbie Memorial hospital. He had been found yesterday afternoon in his home on Knight street where he lived alone, by neighbors who had become worried about his non-appearance during the day. Dr. J.J. Morin, physician, announced that Mr. Dudley had suffered a shock. He had been stricken while dressing and was found unconscious on the floor of his bedroom by Mrs. Fred P. Meader and Mrs. Edward L. Blake. A native of Rochester, member of the Grange, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and the Baptist church. He is survived by a nephew (Portsmouth Herald, June 6, 1942).

Store Roof Blazes As Shoppers Gape. At the height of the Saturday night shopping rush about 7:30 o’clock, a still alarm summoned Engine 2 from the central fire station to Hanson street. In some undetermined manner, a wooden projection, part of the roof covering a display case between the store of Fred P. Meader and the Stevens studio, caught fire. Firemen Ralph W. Dunlap and Frederick Cookson raised a ladder and used a hand chemical to extinguish the blaze which is believed to have been caused by a carelessly thrown clgaret. The small blaze attracted about 200 shoppers to the section to see the firemen in action (Portsmouth Herald, October 16, 1942).

Rochester Notes. Word was received here yesterday that Maj. J. Lawrence Meader, USA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Meader of Knight street, who is on leave from his duties as president of Russell Sage college, Troy, N.Y., has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is now stationed at Los Angeles, Calif. (Portsmouth Herald, March 29, 1943).

Fred P. Meader died in Rochester, NH, January 18, 1944, aged seventy-one years.

Local Deaths and Funerals. Fred Perkins Meader. Fred Perkins Meader, 71, active in civic and religious circles in Rochester for the past 50 years, died Tuesday night at a Rochester hotel where he and his wife were spending the winter. Mr. Meader was the oldest member of the board of trustees of Rochester public library: He was director of the Rochester Building and Loan association, a former member of the OES and of Blue lodge, Masons. He was born in Newmarket, the son of James and Emma (Perkins) Meader, and after attending the local school was graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He leaves, besides his wife, two sons, Dr. J. Laurence Meader, president of Russell Sage college, Troy, N.Y., who is on leave serving as a major in the U.S. army, and Norman D. Meader of Lebanon, Me.; two sisters, Mrs. James W. Carney of Hyde Park Mass., and Mrs. Bela Kingman of Newmarket; and a granddaughter, Sarah Meader, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman D. Meader (Portsmouth Herald, January 20, 1944).

Honor Woman, 93, As Oldest Teacher of Sunday School. A 93-year-old New Hampshire woman was honored last night as the oldest active Sunday school teacher in New England. Mrs. Emma Meader of Rochester, a teacher for the past 70 years, received the award at the New England Sunday School Convention at Tremont Temple. It was made by Rev. Norman S. Townsend. Mrs. Meader began teaching In 1898 when the Meader Bible Class was organized in the True Memorial Baptist Church, Rochester. She has been teaching there since (Boston Globe, October 19, 1957).

Emma A. (Reynolds) Meader died in Lebanon, ME, March 24, 1963, aged ninety-eight years.

Lillian V. Wallace – 1893

Lillian V. Wallace was born in Middleton, NH, August 14, 1875, daughter of Albert S. and Elovia E. (Whitehouse) Wallace.

WEST MILTON. Miss Lillian V. Wallace closed her school at West Milton last week, She is to attend the Normal school at Salem this winter. Although having had but little experience she has been unusually successful and without doubt will become a teacher of the highest rank (Farmington News, December 22, 1893).

Lillian V. Wallace married in Milton, October 10, 1897, Arthur F. Sager, she of Milton and he of Salem, MA. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a clerk, aged twenty-four years. Rev. R.M. Peacock performed the ceremony. Arthur F. Sager was born in Malden, MA, December 26, 1872, son of Amherst E. “Arnie” and Emma A. (Robinson) Sager.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wallace and their family, of the Wallace farm just above this village, have enjoyed in the past week a visit from their elder daughter Lilian Wallace Sager of Salem, Mass., who was accompanied by her husband and their little son (Farmington News, November 17, 1899).

Arthur F. Sager, no occupation listed, aged twenty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Lilian V. Sager, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and his child, Ronand F. Sager, aged one year (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager rented their part of a two-family residence at 21 Southwick Street.

Arthur F. Sager, a clerk in the treasurer’s office of a steam railroad company, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household include his wife (of twelve years), Lillian W. Sager, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Ronald F. Sager, a machine co. shipping clerk, aged eleven years (b. MA), Agnes W. Sager, aged seven years (b. MA), and Constance Sager, aged eleven months (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager owned their house at 32 Summit Avenue, with a mortgage. Lillian W. Sager was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

Arthur F. Sager, a bank teller, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household include his wife, Lillian W. Sager, aged forty-three years (b. NH), and his children, Ronald F. Sager, a machine co. shipping clerk, aged twenty-one years (b. MA), Agnes W. Sager, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and Constance Sager, aged ten years (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager owned their two-family house at 17 Messervy Street, with a mortgage.

Arthur F. Sager, a bank clerk, aged fifty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household include his wife, Lillian W. Sager (of thirty-two years), aged fifty-four years (b. NH), and his daughter, Constance Sager, a bank clerk, aged twenty-one years (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager owned their house at 9 Messervy Street, which was valued at $6,000. They did not have a radio set.

Arthur F. Sager, a head bank clerk, aged sixty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Salem, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household include his wife, Lillian Sager, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), and his children, Agnes Sager, a convalescent home nurse, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), and Constance Sager, a bank clerk, aged thirty-one years (b. MA). Arthur F. Sager owned their house at 9 Messervy Street, which was valued at $4,500. They had all resided in the same house in 1935. Lilian Sager had attended four years of college, Agnes and Constance Sager had each attended two years of college, and Arthur F. Sager had attended four years of high school.

D.A.R. Col. Timothy Pickering Chapter. Col. Timothy Pickering Chapter of Salem will observe its 15th anniversary at the regular meeting at Hotel Hawthorne Thursday at 2 p. m. James Duncan Phillips, author and historian of Salem and Topsfield, will speak on “Col. Timothy Pickering.” Hostesses will be Mrs. Lawrence .A. Carter, chairman; Miss Clarissa A. Bingham, Mrs. G. Carter Chaney, Mrs. Harry R. Ells, Mrs. S. Dustin Perkins, Miss Katherine A. Pond, Mrs. Arthur F. Sager and Miss Sarah A. Todd (Boston Globe, February 7, 1943).

Arthur F. Sager died in Salem, MA, March 13, 1952.

Arthur F. Sager. SALEM, March 13 – Arthur F. Sager, retired manager of the money department of the First National Bank of Boston, died today at his home, 9 Messervy st. Mr. Sager had lived here for more than 50 years. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Salem and a member of the Bank Officers Association of Boston. He leaves a wife, Lillian (Wallace), a son, Ronald F. of Westwood; two daughters, Agnes of this city and Mrs. D.E. Everett of Natick, and a brother, Frederick of Chicago. Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church (Boston Globe, March 14, 1952).

Lillian V. (Wallace) Sager died in Salem, MA, August 14, 1968.

SAGER – In Salem, August 14. Lillian W., widow of Arthur F. Sager, of 9 Messervy St., Salem. Funeral Services Saturday Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. from the Full Memorial Washington sq., Salem. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at the Full Memorial Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. (Boston Globe, August 16, 1968).

Annie J. Horne – 1897-99

Annie Jean Horne was born in Milton, in October 1879, daughter of Frank G. and Mary C. (Weeks) Horne.

Annie J. Horne graduated from Nute High School with the Class of 1895. Her classmates included future Milton principals Robert M. Looney and Edwin S. Huse (Purple and Gold, 1941).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Horn from Plumer’s Ridge teach in West Milton and Hare road school districts and board with Mrs. John Nute. Miss Nellie Nute drives to Milton high school daily (Farmington News, May 6, 1898).

(The other Miss Horn from Plummer’s Ridge was her cousin, Miss Maude F. Horne, who was also for a time a Milton teacher (see Milton and the Horne Murder – 1939)).

WEST MILTON. Miss Annie Horne, who has taught school here [West Milton] for two years, and previously taught on the Hare road, is much loved by all and has done excellent school work (Farmington News, May 12, 1899).

She married in Bethel, ME, September 15, 1908, Charles Lafayette Beaton, she of Milton and he of Madison, NH. He was a railroad agent, aged twenty-six years, and she was a housekeeper, aged thirty years. He was born in Jefferson, NH, May 3, 1882, son of Charles C. and Allie E. (Hill) Beaton. (He was a brother of Milton’s long-serving B&M Railroad station agent, Hugh A. Beaton).

(A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26).

Charles L. Beaton died in Portsmouth, NH, in 1948. Annie J. (Horne) Beaton died in Dover, NH, June 24, 1962.

Nellie F. Nute – 1901-02

Nellie Frances Foss was born in Dover, NH, October 5, 1883, daughter of George H. and Ida B. (Goodwin) Foss.

Nellie’s mother died in Dover, NH, July 3, 1891, when she was seven years of age. At some point, prior to 1898, she took up residence with her uncle and maternal aunt, John A. and Ellen F. (Foss) Nute, of West Milton. Her surname became Nute, and she was called her aunt’s adopted daughter in 1908.

Miss Nellie Nute of Dover, NH, studied at Milton’s Nute High school in 1898, 1899 and 1900. She resided in town during the winter.

WEST MILTON. The Misses Horn from Plumer’s Ridge teach in West Milton and Hare road school districts and board with Mrs. John Nute. Miss Nellie Nute drives to Milton high school daily (Farmington News, May 6, 1898).

LOCALS. The prize speaking contest and graduating exercises of Nute High school, Milton, occurred Tuesday evening, June 14. The essays, taken as a whole, were treated with an exactness worthy of much more mature writers, and demanded for complete understanding, the careful attention of the audience, which was received. In the speaking contest the prizes were awarded to Misses Elfrida Mabel Peacock and Nellie Frances Nute. Owing to the illness of Hon. Joshua G. Hall, president of the board of trustees, the diplomas were presented and the prizes awarded by Hon. Henry K. Cobb of Newton, Mass. The judges were Burton T. Scales of Dover, Eugene P. Nute of Farmington and Hon. Henry K. Cobb of Newton, Mass (Farmington News, June 24, 1898).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. John A. Nute, the Misses Horne, and W. Ramsay Dodge of Chicago, nephew of Mrs. Nute, attended the graduating exercises at Nute high school Tuesday evening, June 14. Miss Nellie Frances Nute, one of the prize speaking contestants, received a prize of two handsomely bound volumes of Taine’s English literature (Farmington News, June 24, 1898).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute is living at Milton through the unsettled weather (Farmington News, January 20, 1899).

Nellie Frances Nute was one of the three students who shared a three-way tie for public speaking at the Nute High School graduation ceremony for the Class of 1899. (She was then a junior).

LOCALS. Many Farmington friends of pupils in the Nute high school in MIlton will be interested in knowing that Miss Nellie Frances Nute of West Milton, Miss Elfrida M. Peacock of Nute Ridge and Carl Percy of Union are the three speakers at the graduating exercises of the class of ’99 who were decided upon as too nearly equal in the merit of their work for any distinction in rank to be made in the award of the three prizes offered. Miss Pansy E. Wallace, formerly of this village, is another of the speakers in whom readers of the News have a special interest. It is to be remembered that all the speaking was so high in character that it was difficult even to choose any as best. The judges are congratulated upon their impartiality and their appreciation of the exercises (Farmington News, June 23, 1899).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute is still boarding at Mrs. A. Wentworth, to attend Nute High school (Farmington News, March 16, 1900).

John A. Nute, a farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Ellen [(Foss)] Nute, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his daughter, Nellie Nute, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and his brother, Samuel T. Nute, aged fifty-two years (b. NH). John A. Nute owned their farm, free-and-clear. Ellen Nute was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

(Meanwhile, three of her sisters were living with their maternal grandmother. Ann M. [(Roberts)] Goodwin, a widow, aged seventy years (b. ME), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her granddaughters, Grace E. Foss, a print works operative, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Alice M. Foss, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Ruby L. Foss, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH). Ann M. Goodwin rented their house at 53 Grove Street. She was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living. Another sister, Edith G. Foss, a servant, aged seventeen years (b. NH), resided in Strafford, NH).

LOCALS. A remarkably pretty wedding took place on the 4th instant at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John I. Cook of West Milton, when their daughter Miss Mary J. Cook was united in marriage to Thomas F. Longley of Boston. Miss Nellie F. Nute acted as bridesmaid and F.J. Alford of Boston as best man. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. R.M. Peacock of West Milton. The bride, gowned in a handsome traveling dress, carried bride roses, while the bridesmaid carried white chrysanthemums. The house was very prettily decorated with potted plants and flowers. After the ceremony a collation was served. The guests present were, beside the parents of the bride, her sister Mrs. Dell McPhail, Mrs. Fred Alford and son, Mrs. J.A. Nute and family, Mrs. George Foss, Mrs. Annie Cook, Mrs. Peacock and daughter. The bride and groom will enjoy a tour of Washington, Mt. Vernon, Richmond, Va., and other points in the South, after which they will reside in Somerville, Mass. The couple departed amid a shower of good wishes and old shoes (Farmington News, September 14, 1900).

WEST MILTON. The friends of Miss Nellie F. Nute spent a very pleasant evening at her home, Saturday, Oct. 5, the occasion being her eighteenth birthday. The house was prettily decorated with autumn leaves and flowers, and one feature which added much to the beauty of the decorations was a table banked with evergreen, on which was placed the birthday cake bearing the year 1883 in chocolate on a white background, and surrounded by eighteen lighted tapers. Various games were played after which a light collation, consisting of cake and chocolate, was served. Miss Nute was presented with a beautiful gold watch chain, a very pleasant surprise, to which she responded with many thanks to her guests (Farmington News, October 11, 1901).

WEST MILTON. Miss Alice Kimball of Middleton was the guest of her teacher Miss Nellie F. Nute over Sunday. I take this means of thanking all my friends who so kindly contributed toward the beautiful gift given me at my birthday party on Saturday evening Oct. 5 (Farmington News, October 18, 1901).

Miss Nute’s thanking her party-goers directly in the West Milton column, as opposed to through a “Card of Thanks” advertisement, might suggest that she wrote the West Milton column at this time.

WEST MILTON. Miss Helen M. Cook of Middleton has been a guest of her teacher, Miss Nellie F. Nute (Farmington News, November 8, 1901).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute is teaching the Spring term at the West Milton school (Farmington News, April 11, 1902).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has gone to the beach at South Harpswell, Me., for the summer (Farmington News, July 4, 1902).

Nellie F. Nute went next as a teaching student to the New Hampshire Normal school at Plymouth, NH.

PERSONAL. Miss Nellie Nute of West Milton has gone to Plymouth to pursue a course of study at the state normal school (Farmington News, September 12, 1902).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has returned to school at Plymouth (Farmington News, January 9, 1903).

PERSONAL. Miss Nora C. Roberts, Miss Jessie Harmon and Miss Nellie Nute have returned to their studies at the Plymouth normal school (Farmington News, January 16, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Grace Foss of Dover spent a few days last week with her aunt, Mrs. John Nute, and her father, George Foss (Farmington News, April 8, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Grace Foss of Dover spent Fast Day with her sister, Miss Nellie Nute (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

Nellie F. Nute graduated from the Plymouth Normal school with the Class of 1904. She took a teaching position in the Woodsville village or district of Haverhill, NH.

A Pretty Wedding. A very pretty wedding occurred at Maplewilde, the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. John Nute, the afternoon of September 3, 1901, when Miss Alice M. Foss of Dover and Mr. Frederick Kirby of Berwick, Me., were united in the bonds of matrimony by the Rev. Mr. Davis, pastor of the Baptist church at Somersworth, in the presence of the immediate relatives and friends. The room in which the ceremony was performed was prettily decorated with ferns and cut flowers. The bride was becomingly attired in brown silk with white lace trimmings and carried a bouquet of white roses. She was attended by her sisters, Miss Grace Foss and Miss Nellie Nute. At the close of the ceremony a dainty wedding lunch was served. The happy couple left on the afternoon train amid a shower of rice for a wedding trip through Massachusetts. That their future may be one of much happiness and prosperity is the wish of their many friends (Farmington News, September 9, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has been entertaining company from Woodsville where she bas been a successful teacher in the public schools for two years (Farmington News, August 6, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Grace Fogg [Foss] of Dover is spending her vacation with her sister, Miss Nellie Nute, at Maplewild (Farmington News, August 17, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute and a friend from Woodsville spent Thanksgiving at the former’s home with Mr. and Mrs. John Nute (Farmington News, December 7, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Grace Foss of Dover spent Christmas with her sister, Miss Nellie Nute (Farmington News, December 28, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has gone to Woodsville, to take up her school duties (Farmington News, January 4, 1907).

LOCAL. Mr. and Mrs. John A. Nute of West Milton announce the engagement of their niece, Nellie Frances Nute, to Grover C. Aldrich of Woodsville (Farmington News, April 19. 1907).

LOCAL. Very handsome invitations have been sent out by Mr. and Mrs. John A. Nute of West Milton requesting the presence of friends at the marriage of their niece, Nellie Frances Nute to Mr. G. Cleveland Aldrich of Woodsviile, on Wednesday morning, July 17, at 10 o’clock at Nuto Chapel (Farmington News, July 12, 1907).

Nellie F. Nute married (1st) at Nute Chapel in Milton, July 17, 1907, Grover C. Aldrich, she of Farmington, NH, and he of Haverhill, NH. She was a teacher, aged twenty-three years, and he was a freight office cashier, aged twenty-two years. Rev. R.M. Peacock performed the ceremony. Grover C. Aldrich was born in Lisbon, NH, son of Henry V. and Lydia (Corey) Aldrich.

Mr. [George H.] Foss is identified here as being Nellie F. (Nute) Aldrich’s father, his daughter, Grace Foss, as being her sister, and Mrs. J.A. Nute [Ellen (Foss) Nute] as being her aunt.

WEST MILTON. Mr. John Nute and Mrs. Aldrich had the pleasure of a visit from the latter’s father and sister, Mr. Foss and Miss Grace of Dover over Sunday. Mrs. Grover Aldrich of Woodsville will spend the summer with her aunt, Mrs. J.A. Nute. The many friends of Mrs. Nute will be glad to know she is improving. She is in the Carney hospital in South Boston (Farmington News, July 3, 1908).

Mrs. Ellen F. (Foss) Nute is identified here as having been Nellie (Nute) Aldrich’s adoptive mother.

IN MEMORIAM. MRS. NUTE. The funeral services of Mrs. Ellen F. Nute, who passed away November 10, were held at her home on Nute’s Ridge, Friday morning at ten o’clock. The remains were carried to Dover on the 12:44 train for interment in Pine Hill cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. R.M. Peacock, with B.F. Perkins in charge. Three selections were sung by Rev. J.H. Wilkins, assisted by Mrs. Hanson and Mrs. Peavey. The bearers were Fred Giles, Henry Hayes, L.D. Garland, and W.F. Thayer of Farmington. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful, testifying to the love and esteem in which the’ departed was held by friends and associates. Mrs. Nute was born in Roxbury, Mass, May 20, 1S52. She was the daughter of the late Ivory and Harriet Quimby Foss of Dover She is survived by her husband, John A. Nute, and an adopted daughter, Mrs G.C. Aldrich of Woodsville; also three brothers and one sister who reside in Dover. While Mrs. Nute was a member of the Baptist church of Milton she was more closely connected with the work at Nute chapel, having been an efficient helper in that church, and for the past year president of the Inasmuch society, whose members feel in her decease a personal loss. All who have been associated with Mrs. Nute will miss sincerely one whose excellence of character, and happy temperament made her a valued companion. She never forgot to adapt herself to her surroundings and made cheer wherever she went. As a neighbor and friend she was everything kind and helpful; and in her home, only those who have mourned one like her can understand her virtues (Farmington News, November 20, 1908).

CARD OF THANKS. To all friends and neighbors whose sympathies and services were so kindly tendered in our time of bereavement, we extend our sincere thanks. JOHN A. NUTE, MRS. G.C. ALDRICH (Farmington News, November 20, 1908).

Nellie Nute Aldrich of Haverhill, NH, divorced Grover C. Aldrich, also of Haverhill, NH, in Grafton County court, May 27, 1910. She alleged adultery. The [Plymouth] New Hampshire Normal School’s publication, The Prospect, reported in its December 1910 issue that “Nellie Nute Aldrich is teaching in Passaic, N.J.” She had been a member of the Class of ’04.

(Meanwhile, two of her sisters were living with their maternal uncle and grandmother. William H. Goodwin, a shoe factory cutter, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Brockton, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his mother, Annie M. [(Roberts)] Goodwin, a widow, aged eighty-one years (b. ME), and his nieces, Alice Kirby, a retail meat market saleslady, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Ruby L. Foss, a wholesale produce bookkeeper, aged twenty-one years (b. NH). William H. Goodwin owned their house at 119 Division Street, with a mortgage).

Nellie F. Nute (mn Foss) married (2nd) in Boston, MA, April 23, 1911, Harold J. Taylor, both of Boston. She was a school teacher, aged twenty-six years, and he was a traveling salesman, aged twenty-five years. He was born in Boston, MA, May 3, 1887, son of Joseph F. and Emma F. (Thayer) Taylor. (He died in Savannah, GA, April 24, 1961).

She married (3rd), circa 1913-14, Henry Wilson Ross. He was born in Newton, MA, September 14, 1872, son of Charles W. and Ella R. (Gould) Ross.

West Milton. Mr. and Mrs. H. Wilson Ross of Newton Center, Mass., were in town last Friday visiting friends. Mrs. Ross was formerly Miss Nellie Nute of this community (Farmington News, June 29, 1917).

H. Wilson Ross, the Newton Cemetery manager and superintendent, aged forty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife, Nellie Ross, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), and his children, Gertrude G. Ross, aged eighteen years (b. MA), and Gladys W. Ross, aged seventeen years (b. MA). H. Wilson Ross rented their house at 765 Walnut Street.

Wilson H. Ross, a cemetery superintendent, aged fifty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife (of seventeen years), Nellie N. Ross, aged forty-six years (b. NH), and his daughter, Gertrude G. Ross, a summer camp stenographer, aged twenty-eight years (b. MA). H. Wilson Ross rented their house at 765 Walnut Street, for $40 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Henry W. Ross, a cemetery general superintendent, aged sixty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Newton, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife, Nellie N. Ross, aged fifty-six years (b. NH). H. Wilson Ross rented their house at 765 Walnut Street. Henry W. Ross had attended three years of high school, and Nellie N. Ross had attended two years of college.

H. Wilson Ross died in Newton, MA, April 16, 1941, aged sixty-eight years.

H. Wilson Ross. NEWTON, April 17 – H. Wilson Ross, 68, of 75 Walnut st., former superintendent of the Newton Cemetery, died yesterday at his home. He was born in Newton, the son of Charles W. and Ellen R. (Gould) Ross. He leaves a wife. The funeral will be held Friday (Boston Globe, April 18, 1941).

Nellie F. (Nute) Ross died May 21, 1965.

Daisy A. Davis – 1902-03, Spring 1904, 1904-05

Daisy Aura Davis was born in Rochester, NH, July 18, 1882, daughter of Seth W. and Martha A. (Downs) Davis.

Seth W. Davis, a shoe laster, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Martha A. Davis, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), his daughter, Daisy A. Davis, at school, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and his boarder, Albert S. Emmerson, a shoe laster, aged fifty-one years (b. NH). Seth W. Davis rented their house at 198 Main Street. Martha A. Davis was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

WEST MILTON. Schools began Monday. Miss Hattie Campnell has her same school at Nute Ridge. Miss Jessie Butler of Berwick teaches on the Hare road and Miss Daisy Davis of Rochester the West Milton school (Farmington News, September 12, 1902).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school taught by Miss Daisy Davis closed Tuesday (Farmington News, January 30, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The school at Nute Ridge began this week with the same teacher, Miss Campbell. The Hare road school will begin next Monday. Miss Pratt from Bow Pond will teach. The West Milton school will be discontinued, the scholars being conveyed to Nute Ridge (Farmington News, April 3, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss McCrillis and Miss Davis spent a few days at their homes in Rochester last week (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Memorial exercises were held at the West Milton school. They showed long, earnest work by the teachers and pupils and were much appreciated by the twenty visitors (Farmington News, June 3, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Daisy Davis and Blanche McCrellis spent the Memorial recess at their homes in Rochester (Farmington News, June 3, 1904).

WEST MILTON. School in this section closed last Friday. Miss McCrellis, teacher of the Hare road school, returned to her home Wednesday. Miss Davis of the West Milton school will remain with her aunt, Mrs. Annie Cook, over the Fourth (Farmington News, July 1, 1904).

Daisy A. Davis appeared in the Rochester directory of 1905, as a teacher, boarding at 198 Main street. Seth W. Davis, a shoe laster, at W [E.G. & E. Wallace], had his house at 198 Main street.

WEST MILTON. Miss Daisy Davis of the West Milton school, was given a surprise by her pupils and friends by the gift of a manicure set at the home of Mrs. Jacob Swinerton. Refreshments were served by the hostess (Farmington News, February 3, 1905).

Daisy A. Davis appeared in the Rochester directory of 1909, as a teacher, boarding at 14 Park street. Seth W. Davis, a shoe laster, at W [E.G. & E. Wallace], had his house at 14 Park street.

Daisy A. Davis appeared in the Rochester directory of 1912, as a teacher, boarding at 14 Park street. Seth W. Davis, a shoe laster, at W [E.G. & E. Wallace], had his house at 14 Park street.

She married in Rochester, NH, August 23, 1915, John W. Dorr, both of Rochester. She was a school teacher, aged thirty-three years, and he was a painter, aged forty-eight years. He was born in Rochester, NH, in 1867, son of Samuel E. and Abbie M. (Jackson) Dorr.

Seth W. Davis, a cobbler shoemaker, aged sixty-six years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Martha A. Davis, aged sixty-eight years (b. ME), his daughter, Daisy A. Dorr, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), his granddaughter, Athelia G. Dorr, aged four years, and six months (b. NH), and his lodger, Harry W. Dorr, aged four years, and six months (b. NH). Seth W. Davis rented their house at 14 Park street.

John W. Dorr, a house painter, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Daisy A. Dorr, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his children, Ethelyn G. Dorr, aged fourteen years (b. NH), Harry W. Dorr, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Samuel T. Dorr, aged eight years (b. NH), and his father-in-law, Seth W. Davis, a widower, aged seventy-seven years (b. NH). John W. Dorr owned their house at 171 North Main Street, which was valued at $8,000. They did not have a radio set.

John W. Dorr, a contract painter, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Daisy A. Dorr, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), and his children, Ethelyn G. Dorr, vocational guidance, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), Harry W. Dorr, a Fuller brush salesman, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and Samuel T. Dorr, a pastry department assistant for a bakery company, aged eighteen years (b. NH). John W. Dorr owned their house at 171 North Main Street (“Right Side”), which was valued at $8,000. They had all lived in the same house in 1935. All had high school educations, except Ethelyn G. Dorr, who had two years of college.

John W. Dorr died in Rochester, NH, in 1947. Daisy A. (Davis) Dorr died in Portsmouth, VA, February 3, 1977.

Orinda S. “Ora” Dickey – 1903

Orinda Sophia “Ora” Dickey was born in Ludlow, MA, June 22, 1883, daughter of Rev. Myron P. and Louisa J. (Shumway) Dickey.

MILTON. Miss Elsie Wallace of Plaistow spent Sunday with her friend, Miss Ora Dickey (Farmington News, March 3, 1899).

Miss Elsye M. Wallace (1884-1953) was a Milton native, daughter of a Milton physician who had gone on to practice at this time in Plaistow, NH. The teenage friends likely attended school together when both lived in Milton. (Miss Wallace would become in future years proprietor of Ye Ragged Robin Tea Shop at Plummer’s Ridge in Milton).

Myron P. Dickey, a clergyman, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Louisa Dickey, aged fifty-six years (b. MA), Morris Dickey, a grocery store salesman, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Ora Dickey, at school, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and Mark Dickey, aged fourteen years. Louisa Dickey was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. School began Monday with the following teachers: Miss Ora Dickey at West Milton; Miss Hattie Campbell, Nute Ridge school. Mr. Doughty convoys the students from Downingville and the Hare road to the West Milton school (Farmington News, September 18, 1903).

She married in Milton, November 15, 1906, Arthur T. “Thad” Smith. He was born in Silver City, ID, May 1, 1875, son of Arthur N. and Mary H. (McCann) Smith.

(A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Nute High School Principals, 1891-21).

Arthur T. Smith died at South Station in Boston, MA, January 1, 1940. Orinda S. (Dickey) Smith died in Greenwich, CT, August 15, 1952.

Ruby I. Houston – 1903-04

Ruby Inez Houston was born in Kennebunk, ME, December 12, 1884, daughter of James L. and Mary G. (Hamilton) Houston.

James S. Houston, a shoe welter, aged forty-two years (b. MA), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Mary G. Houston, aged thirty-six years (b. MA), his children, Ruby I. Houston, at school, aged fifteen years (b. ME), Susie M. Houston, at school, aged twelve years (b. ME), Celia F. Houston, at school, aged eight years (b. ME), and Nettie H. Houston, aged four years (b. ME), his mother [in=law], Annie M. Hamilton, a widow, aged sixty-three (b. ME), and his boarder, Orrin T. Hill, an iron machinist, aged seventy-five (b. NH). James S. Houston rented their house at 85 Portland Street. Mary G. Houston was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Ora Dickey has resigned from the West Milton school, and Miss Rubie Houston of Rochester, a student of Bates College, is her successor (Farmington News, December 11, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school, taught by Miss Ruble Huston of Rochester, closed last week. Miss Huston has resumed her studies at Bates college (Farmington News, February 19, 1904).

LOCAL. The class of 1908, R.H.S. [Rochester High School], enjoyed a barge ride to Farmington one evening recently. Light refreshments were served. Those present were Albion Weeks, Ruby Houston, Edwin Young, Alice Billings, Blanche Dame and Edith Ball (Farmington News, September 23, 1904).

Ruby I. Houstin married in Rochester, NH, July 24, 1906, Clarence C. Hanson, she of Rochester and he of Somersworth, NH. She was at home, aged twenty-one years, and he was a collector, aged twenty years. He was born in Somersworth, NH, March 2, 1886, son of John S. and Annie O. (Cooper) Hanson.

John S. Hanson, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Annie C. Hanson, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his son, Clarence C. Hanson, a cattle dealer, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law (of four years), Ruby I. Hanson, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), and his grandson, John R. Hanson, aged two years (b. NH). John S. Hanson owned their house on Rochester Hill Road, free-and-clear. Annie C. Hanson was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. Ruby I. Hanson was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Clarence C. Hanson, a garage owner, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ruby I. Hanson, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), and his children, Robert J. Hanson, aged twelve years (b. NH), Richard J. Hanson, aged seven years (b. NH), Conrad E. Hanson, aged two years, ten months (b. NH), and David S. Hanson, aged ten months (b. NH). Clarence C. Hanson rented their part of their two-family dwelling on Rochester Hill Road, from his parents, John S. Hanson, a farmer, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), and Annie C. Hanson, aged fifty-six years (b. NH).

John S. Hanson, a farmer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-four years), Annie C. Hanson, aged sixty-six years (b. NH), his son, Clarence C. Hanson, an automobile salesman, aged forty-two years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law (of twenty-two years), Ruby I. Hanson, aged forty-three years (b. ME), and his grandchildren, Richard J. Hanson, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Conrad C. Hanson, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Davis S. Hanson, aged eleven years (b. NH), George F. Hanson, aged eight years (b. NH), and Charles H. Hanson, aged five years (b. CA). John S. Hanson owned their house on West High Street (RFD #1), which was valued at $6,000. They had a radio set.

Ruby I. Hanson, a private family housekeeper, aged fifty-five years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her children, George F. Hanson, a bobbin boy, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and Charles H, Hanson, aged fifteen years (b. NH). Ruby I. Hanson owned their house on the Rochester Road, which was valued at $3,000. Charles H. Hanson had attended eight years of school, George F. Hanson had attended three years of high school, and Ruby I. Hanson had attended one year of college. Meanwhile, Clarence C. Cooper, a retail automobile salesman, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), was a lodger in the South Berwick, ME, household of Lillian M. Jackson, a shoe factory presser, aged thirty-nine years (b. ME), which included her mother and children.

Ruby I. (Houston) Hanson died in Los Angeles, CA, March 13, 1955. Clarence C. Hanson died in Sanford, ME, September 27, 1963, aged seventy-seven years.

Mabel L. Fall – 1905-06

Mabel Louise Fall was born in Somersworth, NH, February 10, 1871, daughter of John A. and Susan A. (Lord) Fall.

John A. Fall, a confectionary manufacturer, aged fifty-five years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty years), Susan A. Fall, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Mabel L. Fall, a teacher, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), Harry W. Fall, a bookkeeper, aged twenty-seven years (b. ME), John A. Fall, a drug store clerk, aged twenty-one years (b. ME), Gilbert H. Fall, at school, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Barbara Fall, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Catherine Fall, at school, aged eight years (b. NH). John A. Fall owned their house at 5 Prospect Street, free-and-clear. Susan A. Fall was the mother of seven children, of whom six were still living.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Tucker of Milton, formerly Miss Calkings, is substituting at the West Milton school for Miss Fall, who is spending two weeks in Washington, D.C. (Farmington News, November 24, 1905).

(A fuller account of Mrs. Edna N. (Calkins) Tucker’s life and career may be found in Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26).

WEST MILTON. Miss Fall closed her school at West Milton last Friday (Farmington News, March 2, 1906).

Mabel L. Fall married in Somersworth, NH, June 28, 1907, Charles H. Elwell, she of Somersworth and he of Bridgeton, NJ. They were both teachers, she aged thirty-six years and he aged thirty-five years. He was born in Bridgeton, NJ, May 13, 1873, son of William and Emily (Stiles) Elwell.

James L. Patterson, a professor, aged sixty years (b. OH), headed a Philadelphia, PA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his children, John L. Patterson, an insurance co. clerk, aged twenty-five years (b. NJ), and Alice D. Patterson, aged eighteen years (b. NJ), his aunt, Mary E. Leavitt, aged seventy-two years (b. NY), his cousin, Maud Noble, aged forty-three years (b. PA), and his boarders, Charles H. Elwell, a private school teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. NJ), [his wife (of three years)] Mabel L. Elwell, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), Edward C. Durfee, a private school teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. NY), [his wife (of eleven years)] Margarete Durfee, aged thirty-six years (b. NY), John R. Durfee, aged eight years (b. NY), Joseph V. Blanchet, a private school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. Canada (Fr.)), [his wife (of three years)] Alice Blanchet, aged twenty-seven years (b. Canada (Fr.)), and Clara Harper, a private school housekeeper, aged fifty years (b. MD). James L. Patterson rented their house at Wedgewood Avenue.

James L. Patterson, headmaster, aged seventy years (b. OH), headed a Philadelphia, PA, household (“The Chestnut Hill Academy”) at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included thirty-three people, including a cook, two housekeepers, three waitresses, three maids, a matron, two janitors, a bellboy, eleven teachers, the families of the preceding, and four foreign students. Other students resided in other buildings. Charles H. Elwell, a school teacher, aged forty-six (b. NJ), and Mabel F. Elwell, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), were among those living there, as were Mabel’s yonger brother, Gilbert H. Fall, a school teacher, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), his wife, Ethel B. [(Bernier)] Fall, aged thirty-four years (b. NH, and his son, Gilbert H. Fall, Jr., aged seven years (b. PA).

Chestnut Hill Academy - 1903Dr. James L. Patterson was headmaster of Chestnut Hill Academy. He retired in 1923, and was succeeded as headmaster by Theophilus R. Hyde.

OBITUARY. DR. JAMES LAWSON PATTERSON, for 25 years headmaster at Chestnut Hill academy at Philadelphia and former mathematics instructor at Lawrenceville, died yesterday at Burlington, N.J. He was 87 years old and had been president of Union college, Schenectady, N.Y., before going to Chestnut Hill academy (Chicago Tribune, June 1, 1937).

Theophilus R. Hyde, headmaster, aged thirty-nine years (b. CT), headed a Philadelphia, PA, household (“The Chestnut Hill Academy”) at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included thirty-four people, including a dean, a matron, a secretary, six maids, a chauffeur, eleven teachers, and the families of the preceding. Other students resided in other buildings. Charles H. Elwell, a private school teacher, aged fifty-six (b. NJ), and his wife (of twenty-three years) Mabel F. Elwell, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), were among those living there, as were Mabel’s younger brother, Gilbert H. Fall, a private school teacher, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his wife (of twenty years), Ethel B. [(Bernier)] Fall, aged forty-five years (b. NH, and his son, Gilbert H. Fall, Jr., aged seventeen years (b. PA). They had a radio set.

Charles H. Elwell, aged sixty-eight years (b. NJ), headed a Bridgeton, NJ, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Maybell Elwell, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and his step-mother, Anna E. Elwell, a widow, aged ninety-two years (b. NJ). Charles H. Elwell rented their house at 122 Vine Street, for $37per month. They had resided in Philadelphia, PA, in 1935. Maybell Elwell had attended two years of college, Charles H. Elwell had attended four years of high school, and Anna E. Elwell had attended eight years of grammar school.

Charles H. Elwell died in Bridgeton, NJ, March 2, 1958, aged eighty-four years.

Injured Driver, 84, Dies. BRIDGETON. Charles H. Elwell, 84, died in Bridgeton Hospital yesterday of injuries suffered when his car collided with another auto here Thursday (Herald News (Passaic, NJ), [Monday,] March 3, 1958).

Mabel L. (Fall) Elwell died June 16, 1961.

Alice M. Brownell – 1906-17

Alice May Brownell was born in Dover, NH, November 2, 1886, daughter of William A. and Sarah S. (Brown) Brownell.

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Alice M. Brownell

William A .Brownell, a police officer, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Sarah S. Brownell, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), his children, Grace C. Brownell, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Alice M. Brownell, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Harold R. Brownell, at school, aged seven years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Catherine S. Brown, a widow, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH). William A. Brownell rented their house at 16 Central Avenue. Sarah S. Brownell was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living. Catherine S. Brown was the mother of seven children, of whom four were still living.

Alice M. Brownell appeared in the Dover directory of 1905, as having her home at 16 Central av. William A. Brownell, a policeman, had his house at 16 Central av.

Alice M. Brownell appeared in the Dover directory of 1909, as a teacher, having her home at 16 Central av. William A. Brownell, a police officer, had his house at 16 Central av.; Harold Brownell, a clerk at 434 Central av., boarded at 16 Central av.

WEST MILTON. Miss Brownell of Dover is teaching the West Milton school this spring (Farmington News, April 20, 1906).

WEST MILTON. Miss Brownell, teacher of the West Milton school, spent Sunday at her home in Dover (Farmington News, September 21, 1906).

WEST MILTON. School closes at West Milton this week Friday, taught by Miss Brownell of Dover (Farmington News, November 23, 1906).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school was opened last Monday morning, with Miss Brownell of Dover as teacher (Farmington News, October 11, 1907).

WEST MILTON. Miss Brownell, teacher at West Milton school, went to Dover last Friday to visit her parents over Sunday (Farmington News, May 21, 1909).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Brownell of Dover made a visit to her daughter, Miss Alice, who is a teacher at West Milton school. The mother was accompanied by an old school friend of Miss Brownell’s (Farmington News, July 2, 1909).

Annie Cook, a farmer, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her boarder, Allise Brownell, a town school teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. NH). Annie Cook owned her farm, free-and-clear. (In 1912, Mrs. Cook lived on the Middleton road, so called, in the second house north of the Farmington road. That is to say, she lived on what is now called Governor’s road, two houses from its intersection with what is now NH Rte. 75).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school has again opened after the usual Christmas recess of two week[s], Miss Brownell having resumed her duties as teacher (Farmington News, January 6, 1911).

Alice M. Brownell married (1st) in Dover, NH, June 28, 1911, Carl B. Canney, she of Dover, and he of Milton. She was a teacher, aged twenty-four years, and he was a salesman, aged twenty-six years. He was born in Milton, July 11, 1884, son of George D. and Addie B. (Hatch) Canney.

LOCAL. Carl B. Canney, son of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Canney of West Milton, and Miss Alice M. Brownell, daughter of Police Officer and Mrs. Brownell of Dover, were married at the home of the bride, Wednesday, June 28, at high noon the Rev. Hitchcock performing the ceremony in the presence of relatives and intimate friends. The house was prettily decorated for the occasion and a wedding lunch was served The happy couple left, amid a shower of rice and old shoes, on a week’s trip in Massachusetts. Upon their return they will be “at home,” for a time at least, in West Milton. Mr. and Mrs. Canney have many friends in Farmington who join in extending good wishes and congratulations. Mrs. Canney has been a successful teacher in West Milton for several terms (Farmington News, June 30, 1911).

Thereafter, Mrs. Alice M. (Brownell) Canney received relatively fulsome press coverage, as her new husband was an editor at the newspaper.

West Milton. Mrs. C.B. Canney has resumed her duties as teacher at the West Milton school, with the same number of pupils as on the previous year (Farmington News, September 15, 1911).

West Milton. At the close of the West Milton school for the Xmas holidays, the annual Christmas tree and exercises were held in the presence of a large number of parents and friends. The decorations were extremely tasty and appropriate and the tree presented a very beautiful spectacle with its trimmings and loads of presents that made many happy little hearts. At the close of the program and distribution of presents, hot chocolate and fancy cakes were served. Mrs. C.B. Canney, the teacher, is spending the holidays with her parents in Dover (Farmington News, December 29, 1911).

WEST MILTON. By the courtesy of the school board and of Mr. Looney, principal of the grammar school at Milton, the organ that had been in use there previous to the installing of the new piano has been loaned to the West Milton school for an indefinite period. Primarily, the idea was suggested by Mrs. A.E. Cook, who deserves much credit for this new addition to the schoolroom (Farmington News, March 8, 1912).

Mrs. Elizabeth L. “Lizzie” (Place) Banfield (1823-1915) resided in West Milton with John S. and Ellen E. (Varney) Haynes, to whom she was an aunt. She was a widow, who survived her husband, Enoch Banfield, by sixty-six years. At the time she brought the schoolchildren their treats, she would have been eighty-nine years of age.

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school closed last Friday for a period of three weeks. At the close of the afternoon session, Mrs. Canney, the teacher, gave her pupils a chafing dish party. A special treat was also furnished the teacher and pupils by “Aunt” Lizzie Banfield who takes a very keen interest in children and the schools. It consisted of delicious oranges, assorted candies and nuts. “Aunt” Lizzie holds a place in the hearts of the school children second to none, and the treat was enjoyed with a hearty relish (Farmington News, March 8, 1912).

Chafing dish parties were all the rage at this time. While one can not know exactly what Mrs. Canney served in hers, these chafing dish recipes from Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking-School Cookbook (1918) might suggest something.

WEST MILTON. A very artistic and ornamental new book case has been placed in the West Milton school. It is the result of a very energetic canvass by the pupils for a Larkin Co. order. That the enterprise met with the hearty co-operation of parents and friends the generous contributions go to prove. The teacher and pupils wish to extend their sincere thanks to all patrons (Farmington News, March 22, 1912).

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school closed last Friday for a two weeks’ vacation. The teacher, Mrs. Canney, is spending the holidays with her parents in Dover. … Mr. and Mrs. John Grace of Wakefield spent the week-end in town and attended the school tree and Christmas exercises held at the West Milton school house last Friday evening (Farmington News, December 26, 1913).

West Milton. The West Milton school will reopen next Monday, March 31, after a four weeks’ recess (Farmington News, March 27, 1914).

West Milton. The election of officers for the Spring term of the West Milton school government took place among the pupils at the schoolhouse last Tuesday at the close of the morning session (Farmington News, April 10, 1914).

West Milton. Miss Lula V. Grace will be the only pupil to graduate from the West Milton school this June. She will participate in the exercises and receive her diploma with the class of the Milton grammar school (Farmington News, June 12, 1914).

West Milton. Mrs. C.B. Canney, who has been spending the summer with her parents in Dover, was home the latter part of the week making preparations for the reopening of the West Milton school on Tuesday, September, 8 (Farmington News, September 4, 1914).

West Milton. The annual election of officers of the West Milton school government was held on the opening date, Tuesday, September 8 (Farmington News, September 18, 1914).

West Milton. A very pleasant afternoon was passed at the West Milton school house Monday where several neighbors and friends gathered to observe the birthday of Mrs. Carl B. Canney and her mother, Mrs. Sarah Brownell of Dover, who has been visiting her for a few days and whose birth-day occurs on the same date. The ladies brought birthday cakes which were served with hot cocoa (Farmington News, November 6, 1914).

West Milton. Mrs. Alice Canney, teacher of the West Milton school, had a Christmas tree at the schoolhouse for the children, inviting the neighbors and friends. The children did themselves great credit in the program, the exercises being excellent. Coffee, cocoa and assorted cake were served to guests and pupils by the teacher. The decorations were very handsome and evidenced a great deal of thought and work on the part of the teacher (Farmington News, December 25, 1914).

West Milton. John Newman of New York spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Baxter and his little daughters, Flora and Lula. On Tuesday Mr. Newman returned home, accompanied by his children who will be much missed by the teacher and their associates at the West Milton school (Farmington News, November 5, 1915).

West Milton. The West Milton school will close this Friday for the annual two weeks’ Christmas recess. A Christmas tree and appropriate exercises will be held at the schoolhouse on Friday evening (Farmington News, December 17, 1915).

West Milton. The teacher, pupils and friends of the West Milton school held an entertainment, fair and sale at the schoolhouse last Saturday evening. Over 60 people wee present, including visitors from Farmington, Milton, Middleton, Rochester, Dover and Barrington. The program by the pupils of the West Milton and Nute Ridge schools with pleasing contributions of reading and music by members of the community, furnished a delightful hour. Handsomely decorated booths for the sale of fruit, ice cream, confectionary and mystery boxes found a brisk and ready patronage. A neat sum was netted which will be used for school improvements. The booths were presided over by the children and former pupils. The affair was in every way one of the most successful and pleasing efforts which the school has ever made and was unanimously supported by the community (Farmington News, May 5, 1916).

West Milton. The Commencement exercises of West Milton school took place at the schoolhouse last Friday afternoon, as announced. Unfavorable weather conditions unfortunately prevented the staging of the play, “Cinderella and the Flowers,” in the Swinerton grove as bad been arranged and the piece was very creditably played in the schoolroom. The fact of the cramped quarters and the loss of Nature’s own setting so admirably suited to the piece robbed it of much of its juvenile romance and beauty However, the costumes were no less admired, as the Impersonation of the most gorgeous flowers by the girls of the school won loud applause. Reginald Swinerton as Prince Sunshine, wearing the purple robes of royalty, made a charming nobleman, while Estella Swinerton as the Meadow Daisy and later as Princess Marguerite, featured the heroine part in a captivating manner. The supporting cast, composed of Flora Grace as Mother Nature, Evelyn Swinerton as The Rose, Margaret Swinerton as The Tiger Lily, Carrie Grace as The Violet, Ulfrida Ray as The Pansy, and Hazel Grace as Sweet Briar, made an artistic chorus. Raymond Borne as The Robin, a messenger of the Prince, and Richard Swinerton, Jolly Butterfly, and Emery Nute as Bonnie Bee, the mettlesome chargers which drew the Princess’ chariot, furnished a juvenile comedy that was unsurpassed. Jacob Swinerton as The Summer Shower was the real villain of the piece but his mischief in breaking up the May ball was soon forgotten as the brilliant Sunbeam, in the person of Ada Barsantee, appeared and subdued him into sparkling dew which fawned at her dainty feet. In response to its unanimous reception, it is planned to present the play as originally arranged, in the Swinerton grove, at a late date, for the benefit of the I.A.M. society. At the close of the play the graduates, Miss Margaret Swinerton and Miss Carrie Grace, took their places on the platform which was handsomely decorated with evergreen boughs and ferns. In the absence of Rev. D.A. Gammon, who was to present the diplomas, the young ladies received the awards from C.B. Canney, who in a few words made the presentation. A social hour was enjoyed, during which ice cream and cake were served (Farmington News, June 23, 1916).

West Milton. The West Milton school opened last Monday with Miss Blanche Hayes of this town as teacher. Miss Hayes is filling the vacancy made by the illness of the regular teacher, Mrs. Canney, who is regaining her health in a very encouraging manner (September 15, 1916).

Teacher and students attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary P. (Hayes) Plummer, aged seventy-three years, widow of George H. Plummer. Mrs. Plummer had been a teacher herself in Milton, Farmington, Wakefield, and Dover, for eleven years before her marriage to Mr. Plummer in 1876.

West Milton. There was no session of the West Milton school Monday owing to the attendance of the pupils and teacher at the funeral of Mrs. Plummer (Farmington News, November 10, 1916).

Mrs. C.B. Canney, i.e., the West Milton teacher, and Mrs. Annie Cook sang two favorite selections, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Home at Last,” at the funeral, at which Rev. D.A. Gammon officiated.

West Milton. There was only one session of the West Milton school on Monday, owing to the severe snow storm and blizzard. Last Saturday furnished the coldest morning of the season with various thermometers in this vicinity registering from 18 to 22 below zero (Farmington News, [Friday,] February 9, 1917).

West Milton. After the annual three weeks’ vacation, the West Milton school reopened Monday, for the spring term. A patriotic course prepared by the teacher for the pupils of all the grades will be a part of the work this spring (Farmington News, March 30, 1917).

President Woodrow Wilson asked a joint session of Congress for a declaration of war against Germany on April 2, 1917. Congress so declared on April 6, 1917.

West Milton. Pupils at the West Milton school are enthusiastic over the patriotic exercises which the teacher has instituted as part of the daily program (Farmington News, April 6, 1917).

The Hare Road school was without a teacher for the 1917 Spring term so, due to its relatively smaller size, the West Milton school was closed and its teacher and students transferred to the Hare Road school.

West Milton. Owing to the small enrollment of pupils at the West Milton school and the demands of parents on the Hare road for a school in that district, the former school will be closed temporarily and the teacher and pupils transferred to the latter district. The change will take place next Monday (Farmington News, April 13, 1917).

West Milton. The Hare Road school was reopened last Monday with Mrs. Alice Canney as teacher and an initial enrollment of eight pupils. Mrs. John Grace will transport the pupils from the West Milton district (Farmington News, April 20, 1917).

West Milton. The Hare road and Nute Ridge schools close this Friday for the summer vacation (Farmington News, June 15, 1917).

Carl B. Canney, a newspaper editor, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice M. Canney, a bakery shop saleslady, aged thirty-two years (b. NH). He rented their part of a two-family house, which they shared with the household of John W. Averill, a shoe factory vamper, aged forty-seven years (b. NH).

Alice M. Canney of Dover, NH, divorced Carl B. Canney of Farmington, NH, in Strafford County Superior Court, October 16, 1926. Alice M. Brownell married (2nd) in Dover, NH, March 12, 1927, William Marbel Pierce, she of Dover and he of Malden, MA. He was an architectural draughtsman, aged forty-four years; she was aged forty years. He was born in Malden, MA, September 23, 1883, son of Edward P. and Ellen F. (Marbel) Pierce.

William M. Pierce, a building concern architect, aged forty-six years (b. MA), headed a Malden, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of three years), Alice M. Pierce, a hardware store salesgirl, aged forty years (b. NH). William M. Pierce owned their house at 79 Fellsmere Road, which was valued at $10,000. They had a radio set.

William M. Pierce, an architect, aged fifty-seven years (b. MA), headed a Malden, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirteen years), Alice M. Pierce, aged fifty-three years (b. NH). William M. Pierce owned their house at 79 Fellsmere Road, which was valued at $8,000.

Alice M. (Brownell) Pierce died in Malden, MA, August 13, 1946. William M. Pierce died in Hanson, MA, February 21, 1966.

Deaths and Funerals. Mrs. Alice Pierce. MALDEN, Aug. 15 – Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 for Mrs. Alice May (Brownell) Pierce, 59, wife of William M. Pierce, architect, at the family home at 79 Fellsmere road. Burial will be in Forest Dale Cemetery (Boston Globe, August 15, 1946).

Ethel T. Downs – 1918

Ethel T. Downs was born in Milton, August 26, 1894, daughter of Frank L. and Augusta O. (Kimball) Downs.

MILTON. Milton public school closed last Friday for a two weeks vacation. The roll of honor in the first primary grade is: Sumner Luke Evans, Ezra Hart, Frances Bonochle, Dana Bean, Scott Dore, Oscar Marchand, Roy Downs, Alta Chipman, Ethel Downs, Blanche Hayes, Alice Howland, Eva Lessard, Doris Page, Catherine Willey, Lydia Kimball (Farmington News, November 22, 1901).

Frank L. Downs, an odd jobs laborer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Augusta O. Downs, aged forty-five years (b. NH), and his children, Chester R. Downs, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Ethel T. Downs, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Margret G. Downs, aged six years (b. NH). Frank L. Downs owned their house, free-and-clear. Augusta O. Downs was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

CONCORD LETTER. The most excitement of the week at the state house was caused by the burning out of the motor driving the elevator in the south corridor. This filled the building with smoke and left the elevator stopped between the first and second floors. The only passenger was Henry J. Van Vliet of Manchester, well known as the blind member of the legislature. He was taken out through the top of the car by means of a ladder aud was not in the least disturbed by his trying situation (Farmington News, July 31, 1914).

Ethel T. Downs appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as a teacher in Middleton, NH, with her home with J.L.D., 12 Silver street. Frank L. Downs, a shoe operative, had his house at 12 Silver street.

WEST MILTON. The West Milton school opened Monday with Miss Downs of Milton as teacher. About the usual number of pupils are enrolled (April 19, 1918).

West Milton. Miss Ethel Downs of Milton spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Garland (Farmington News, January 3, 1919).

Ethel T. Downs married in Manchester, NH, August 12, 1919, Henry J. Van Vliet, she of Milton and he of Manchester, NH. He was born in Long Island City, NY, August 30, 1885, son of John and Henrietta (Stonecome) Van Vliet. Both were teachers; she was aged twenty-four years, and he was aged thirty-three years.

Henrietta J. Van Vliet, a widow, aged sixty-four years (b. Holland), headed a Manchester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Henrik J. Van Vliet, instructor at a broom factory for the blind, aged thirty-six years (b. NY), Peter Van Vliet, aged thirty-one years (b. MA), Martin H. Van Vliet, a cotton mill slasher, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), Gertrude E. Hoyt, aged twenty years (b. NH), and her daughter-in-law, Ethel Van Vliet, a district school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. NH). Henrietta J. Van Vliet owned their house at 98 Boynton Street, with a mortgage.

Henry J. (Ethel) Van Vliet appeared in the Manchester, NH, directory of 1921, as a teacher, boarding at 98 Boynton street.

Henry J. (Ethel) Van Vliet appeared in the Manchester, NH, directory of 1923, as a teacher, with his house at 21 Hillside avenue. Ethel Van Vliet appeared as a teacher, residing at 21 Hillside aveneue.

Henry J. Van Vliet, a craftwork instructor, aged forty-four years (b. NY), headed a Manchester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Census. His household included his wife (of eleven years), Ethel B. Van Vliet, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), and his children, Harold H. Van Vliet, aged eight years (b. NH), Franklin E. Van Vliet, aged seven years (b. NH), and John M. Van Vliet, aged eighteen months (b. NH). Henry J. Van Vliet rented their house at 73 B Street, for $25 per month. They had a radio set.

WOULD INCREASE RELIEF MONEY FOR N.H. BLIND. The measure to aid the blind, sponsored by Rep. Van Vliet of Manchester, was among a small list of bills endorsed by the representatives on Wednesday. Under this act, relief would be increased from $12.50 to $30.00 a month and provisions are made for acceptance of federal aid up to 50 percent. This last is contingent on the enactment of a federal social security act.(Portsmouth Herald, June 13, 1935)

Ethel T. (Downs) Van Vliet died in the Hillsborough County General Hospital in Goffstown, NH, June 28, 1935, aged forty years, ten months, and two days. Henry J. Van Vliet died in Goffstown, NH, July 9, 1939.

???? – 1922-23

LOCAL. The Hare Road school opened last Monday for the Fall term. The Nute Ridge school will open next Monday and it is expected that the West Milton school will open later (Farmington News, September 22, 1922).

No information has come to hand as yet regarding the West Milton teacher, if any there was, after the 1922-23 academic year.

Dissolution of the West Milton School

The Milton School District warrant for the 1933 town election included the following article regarding the South Milton school and the West Milton school.

9. To see if the district will vote to authorize the School Board to sell the school buildings at South Milton and West Milton either at auction or at private sale (Annual Report for the Town of Milton, for the Year Ending January 31, 1933).


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


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Milton’s South Milton Teachers, 1886-29

By Muriel Bristol | April 10, 2020

Through a special legislative act, the South Milton school was managed by the Milton school district, but was financed jointly by Milton and neighboring Rochester. Milton provided two-thirds of its funding and Rochester provided the remaining one-third. (In Rochester’s records, it was called either their District No. 16 school or the South Milton school). Presumably, its student population came from Milton and Rochester in roughly similar proportions.

Ira W. Jones (Milton’s hydraulic engineer) received the bulk of his formal education at the South Milton school, although a generation earlier (c1861-70) than the period covered here. He supplemented this eighth-grade education at the private Milton Classical Institute, then at evening technical drawing classes in Boston, and finally through a succession of on-the-job experiences.

So Milton - 1892
The Nute Ridge school is visible (to the left), but the South Milton school does not appear, as one might expect, at South Milton P.O. One supposes it was just off map (to the right), beyond the house of I. & G.H. Wentworth

The South Milton school does not appear in the 1892 map of the South Milton P.O. village. It has been described as having stood on the State road, i.e., the modern NH Route 125. One supposes it was just off the edge of the map, i.e., nearer to the Milton-Rochester boundary, as students came on foot from both places.

The South school teachers identified in this 1886-1929 period were Mabel L. Goodwin, Laura G. Page, Coran K. Davis, Clara E. Stanton, Minerva R. Perry, Dolly M. Wallace, Ferne C. McGregor, and Cora E. (McDuffee) Hayes. Several of these teachers taught also in other Milton school districts in other years.

(As before, this list is necessarily a partial one, subject to addition or revision if and when more complete information comes to hand).

Mabel L. Goodwin – 1886-87

Mabel L. Goodwin was born in Dover, NH, June 29, 1868, daughter of William H.H. “Henry Harrison” and Belle (Davis) Goodwin. (His father was presumably an enthusiastic Whig, in that he named his son after Whig President William Henry Harrison (the “Tippecanoe” of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”)).

Her father died in Somersworth, NH, August 9, 1876, when she was seven years of age. Her mother married (2nd) in Somersworth, NH, November 28, 1877, John R. Meserve.

John P. Meserve, an expressman, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his “2nd Wife,” Belle Meserve, keeping house, aged thirty-five years, his step-daughters, Mabel L. Goodwin, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH), and Florence Goodwin, aged eight years (b. NH), his daughter, Gertrude R. Meserve, aged three months (b. NH), and his wife’s aunt, Louisa Davis, aged sixty-one years (b. NH).

Mabel’s mother died in Somersworth, NH, April 8, 1884, when she was fifteen years of age.

Rochester, NH, reported that Mabel L. Goodwin was its District 16 (Milton and Rochester) school teacher for Fall 1886, at a monthly wage of $24. She had twenty-two enrolled students, with an average attendance of nineteen students.

Rochester School Board Secretary Louis M. Richardson reported on the difference between the length of the academic year in Rochester and in the Milton-Rochester union school:

For the past year there has been twenty-eight weeks of school in all the districts except No. 16, which is the union district with Milton (length of schooling twenty-three weeks). Satisfactory arrangements could not be made with that board to prolong the school, thus the scholars in that district suffered the loss of five weeks’ schooling. But the action the voters of the town took in relation to the articles specified in the warrant at the last school meeting concerning that district is sanctioned by the board, and hereafter those scholars will receive instruction in this town on an equal basis with the rest (Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, 1887).

The Superintending School Committee of Somersworth, NH, mentioned her in its report of the 1890-91 academic year:

In the primary schools some changes have occurred. Miss Mabel L. Goodwin has had charge of the 2d primary school, in the Orange street house.

It mentioned also the poor condition of the Orange Street school house to which they had assigned her.

The Orange street house is calling loudly for attention. Leaking roofs and worn-out paint tell the story of present needs (Reports of the Town of Somersworth, For the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 1891).

Mable L. Goodwin married in Boston, MA, September 22, 1892, Nathaniel M. Nichols, she of New Hampshire and he of Three Rivers [Palmer, MA]. He was born in Staten Island, NY, in March 1866, son of James M. and Eliza B. (Mason) Nichols.

Nathan M. Nichols, an advertising agent, aged thirty-four years (b. NY), headed a Manhattan, New York, NY, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eight years), Mabel G. Goodwin, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and his child, Francis B. Nichols, aged five years (b. MA). Nathan M. Nichols rented their house [apartment[ at 71 East 95th Street. Mabel G. Nichols was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Nathaniel M. Nichols, a town school buildings custodian, aged forty-four years (b. NY), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seventeen years), Mabel G. Nichols, forty-one years (b. NH), his children, Marion Nichols, aged seven years (b. MA), and Doris E. Nichols, aged three years (b. MA), his servant, Margaret Lydon, a private family servant, aged twenty-five years (b. Ireland), and his lodger, Ella G. Prentiss, a private family nurse, aged forty-nine years (b. VT). Nathaniel M. Nichols rented their house at 10 Hillside Avenue. Mabel G. Nichols was the mother of three children, of whom two were still living.

Nathaniel M. Nichols, a public school custodian, aged fifty-three years (b. NY), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mabel G. Nichols, fifty-one years (b. NH), his children, Marion Nichols, aged seventeen years (b. MA), and Doris E. Nichols, aged thirteen years (b. MA), and his boarder, Ella G. Prentiss, a public school teacher, aged forty-five [fifty-nine] years (b. MA). Nathaniel M. Nichols rented their house at 10 Hillside Avenue.

Nathaniel M. Nichols, a Town government tax collector, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-eight years), Mabel G. Nichols, aged sixty-one years (b. NH). Nathaniel M. Nichols owned their house at 29 Crescent Road, which was valued at $10,000. They had a radio set.

Nathaniel Nichols, a tax collector, aged seventy-four years (b. NH), headed a Winchester, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mabel G. Nichols, aged seventy-one years (b. NH). Nathaniel M. Nichols owned their house at 29 Crescent Road, which was valued at $8,000.

Nathaniel M. Nichols died in Winchester, MA, December 27, 1947, aged eighty-one years. Mabel L. (Goodwin) Nichols died in MA, December 17, 1961.

Laura G. Page – 1890-91

Laura Gertrude Page was born in Wakefield, NH, in October 1866, daughter of Charles W. and Mary Ann (Chapman) Page. (She was a sister of Myra L. Page, a Hare Road school teacher).

MILTON. School commenced in the South Milton district this week. Miss Laura Page, teacher (Farmington News, August 29, 1890).

WEST MILTON. Miss Laura Page is not as well, and Miss Myra has remained at home this winter; Miss Josephine, the younger sister, is teaching in Manchester (March 16, 1900).

Charles H. Page, a farmer, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-nine years), Mary A. Page, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Josephine W. Page, a school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and Laura G. Page, aged thirty-three years (b. NH). Charles H. Page owned their farm, free-and-clear. Mary A. Page was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

MILTON. Miss Laura Page of Wakefield is visiting friends in town (Farmington News, January 29, 1904).

MILTON. Miss Laura G. Page of Sanbornville is the guest of Mrs. R.K. Webber (Farmington News, June 17, 1904).

Charles H. Page, a farmer, aged eighty-one years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-nine years), Mary A. Page, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Laura G. Page, aged forty-three years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged thirty-five years (b. NH). Charles H. Page owned their farm on the South Wakefield street, free-and-clear. Mary A. Page was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

Mary A. Page, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Laura G. Page, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a public school teacher, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged forty-five years (b. NH). Mary A. Page owned their house, free-and-clear.

Mira L. Page, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her sisters, Laura G. Page, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged fifty-five years (b. NH). Mira L. Page owned their house at 11 Liberty Street, which was valued at $1,000.

Laura G. Page, aged seventy-three years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her sister, Josephine W. Page, aged sixty-five years (b. NH). Laura G. Page owned their house at 11 Liberty Street, which was valued at $4,500. Both sisters had attended two years of college. They had resided in the same house in 1935.

Josephine W. Page died in 1947. Laura G. Page died in 1950.

Coran K. Davis – 1891-92

Coran K. Davis was born in Barnstead, NH, December 8, 1869, son of John K. and Abigail D. (Walker) Davis.

NORTH BARNSTEAD. The following is a partial list of the teachers in town: – Center, Harry Sanborn; Bickford, Miss Anne Hanson; Dennett, Mr. Myre George; Beauty Hill, Mrs. Grace Jenkins; White Oak, Mrs. Annie Tasker; Berry’s, Lula M. Hurd; North, C.K. Davis; Lock’s Corner, Emma Locke; Shackford’s Corner, Annie E. Ayers (Farmington News, May 15, 1891).

SOUTH MILTON. School commenced here Aug 17, under the instruction of C.K. Davis (Farmington News, August 28, 1891).

Despite the West Milton heading, the Pearl school house at which Coran Davis taught during the 1892-93 academic year was in Farmington, NH. (He perhaps boarded still in West Milton from the prior 1891-92 year spent at the South Milton school).

WEST MILTON. Mr. Coran Davis has closed another successful term in the Pearl school house (Farmington News, March 24, 1893).

Coran K. Davis married in Barnstead, NH, October 27, 1894, Annie A. Tuttle, both of Barnstead. He was a teacher, aged twenty-four years, and she was a houseworker, aged twenty-one years. She was born in Barnstead, NH, August 2, 1873, daughter of James C. and Alice J. (Hill) Tuttle.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Belknap County Pomona grange will meet with Barnstead grange, Barnstead Centre, November 21. The public is invited. The following is the program: Singing, choir; welcome, Arthur T. Prendergast; response, J.M. Taylor; reading, Edith V. French; recitation, Mrs. Eva Gilman; music, Coran K. Davis; essay, O.E. Davis; recitation, H.B. Holman: grange paper, Mrs. L.A. Dyer; question, “What is the influence of the grange in making farming more popular, and how can we increase our membership?” T.E. Hunt, Richard Hanscome, C.F. Davis, H.N. Colbath, B. Frank Dow and others (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), November 17, 1894).

BARNSTEAD. Schools begin Monday, April 18. Miss Bertha Parshley takes this school again and C.K. Davis has the Berry school (Farmington News, April 1, 1898).

NORTH BARNSTEAD. C.K. Davis went to Concord Friday of last week, to take the examination for teachers’ state certificate. There were but nine present to take it (Farmington News, April 7, 1899).

NORTH BARNSTEAD. Coran Davis and Will Cote of the Belknap Cornet Band of this place have been engaged to play with the Gilmanton band at Barnstead Centre, Memorial Day (Farmington News, May 26, 1899).

John K. Davis, a farmer, aged seventy-nine years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifty-six years), Abby Davis, aged seventy-three years (b. NH), his son, Coran Davis, a teacher, aged thirty years (b. NH), and his daughter-in-law (of five years), Annie B. Davis, a dressmaker, aged twenty-six years (b. NH). John K. Davis owned their farm, free-and-clear. Abby Davis was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

Coran K. Davis, a farmer, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Annie A. Davis, aged thirty-six years (b. NH). Coran K. Davis owned their farm, with a mortgage.

Coran K. Davis, a general farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie Davis, a dressmaker, aged forty-six years (b. NH). Coran K. Davis owned their farm, with a mortgage.

Coran K. (Annie) Davis appeared in the Barnstead directory of 1926, as a school teacher, with his house at Ctr. Barnstead.

Coran K. Davis, a public school teacher, aged sixty years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-five years), Annie A. Davis, aged fifty-six years (b. NH). Coran K. Davis owned their farm. They did not have a radio set.

Annie A. (Tuttle) Davis died February 7, 1939.

ALTON and ALTON BAY. Mrs. Coran Davis, who was well known in Alton, passed away quite suddenly at her home In Barnstead, Monday evening (Farmington News, February 10, 1939).

Coran Davis, a widower, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Barnstead, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Coran Davis owned his farm on the Locke Road, which was valued at $1,500. He had lived in the same house in 1935.

Coran K. Davis died in Barnstead, NH, January 1, 1965.

Davis, Coran K Farm - FN660428BARNSTEAD. The Coran Davis Farm shown against the sky is an historic landmark reported to be the oldest building still standing in the township, unfortunately, the timbers are weak and the old building is to be dismantled. Note the two chimneys with fireplaces at the two ends of the main house (Farmington News, April 28, 1966).

???? – 1892-93

MILTON. The school at South Milton had a flag raising Friday (Farmington News, October 28, 1892).

MILTON. The South Milton school has closed for a vacation of about two weeks (Farmington News, November 18, 1892).

Clara E. Stanton – 1893-94

Clara Edith Stanton was born in Lebanon, ME, September 4, 1856, daughter of James B. and Catherine (White) Stanton.

Clara E. Stanton of West Lebanon, ME, was one of eight senior class Ladies at the New Hampton Literary and Theological Institution in 1875. She took the English and Classical course of studies, and resided at Hamptonia Hall. Other potential majors were Classical; English and French; and English and Latin (Catalogue of the Officers and Students at New Hampton Literary Institution, at New Hampton, N.H., For the Academical Year 1874-75).

James B. Stanton, a farmer (and house carpenter), aged fifty-two years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Catherine Stanton, keeping house, aged fifty-two years (b. RI), and daughter, Helen W. Stanton, at home, aged sixteen years (b. ME). Meanwhile, another daughter, Clara E. Stanton, a high school teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), was boarding in the Warner, NH, household of Newell Carr, a laborer, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), and his wife, Mahala Carr, keeping house, aged sixty-one years (b. VT).

MILTON. The school at South Milton began Monday with Miss Stanton as teacher (Farmington News, August 18, 1893).

Timothy B. Young, keeps variety store, aged fifty-nine years (B. NH), headed a Wolfeboro, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-eight years), Sarah I. Young, aged fifty years (b. NH), his son, Oscar L. Young, a lawyer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), his boarder, Clara E. Stanton, a teacher, aged forty-three years (b. ME), Timothy B. Young owned their house, free-and-clear. Sarah I. Young was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Fred L. Shapleigh, a painter (own shop), aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Eva D. Shapleigh, a private school proprietress, aged forty-five years (b. ME), his mother-in-law, Melissa J. Davis, own income, aged seventy-two years (b. ME), and his boarder, Clara E. Stanton, a private school teacher, aged fifty-three years (b. ME). Fred L. Shapleigh owned their farm, free-and-clear. Melissa J. Davis was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Clara E. Stanton was paid as the teacher of various district schools in Gilford, NH, in the 1911-12, 1912-13, 1913-13, 1913-15, and 1915-16 academic years; and Sanbornton, NH, in the 1918-19, and 1919-20 academic years.

Clara E. Stanton, a public school teacher, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her lodger, Jennie M. Orrell, a shoe factory stitcher, aged fifty years (b. NH). Clara E. Stanton rented their house at 17 Maple Street.

Willard N. Kimball, a cotton mill machinist, aged sixty-five years (b. ME), headed a Somersworth, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-one years), Eva M. Kimball, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), and his roomer, Clara E. Stanton, aged seventy-three years (b. ME). Willard N. Kimball owned their house at 31 Lincoln Street, which was valued at $5,000. They had a radio set.

???? – 1897-98

The Annual Report of the City of Rochester, NH, reported an “incidental” payment of $85.17 to the “Town of Milton, one-third expense of school at South Milton.” Milton paid the other two-thirds of the costs of their South Milton “Union” school (Seventh Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, For the Year Ending December 31, 1898).

???? – 1900-01

The Annual Report of the City of Rochester, NH, reported an “incidental” payment of $84.58 to the “Town of Milton, ⅓ expense of school,” i.e., 1/3 of the costs of the South Milton school. Milton paid the other two-thirds of the costs of their South Milton “Union” school (Tenth Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, For the Year Ending December 31, 1901).

Minerva R. Perry – 1903-04

Miss Minerva R. Perry taught the South Milton school in the 1903-04 academic year. (A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26).

MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry, who is teaching the South Milton school, was a guest of Mrs. G.W. Tasker over Sunday (Farmington News, January 22, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. G.H. Hurd had the pleasure of a visit last Saturday from Miss Minerva Perey. She was a former teacher of the Hare road school and is now teaching at South Milton (Farmington News, February 19, 1904).

Millicent J. Penney – 1904

Millicent J. Penney was born in Union, Wakefield, NH, November 23, 1883, daughter of John C. and Arabella E. “Belle” (Stevens) Penney.

MILTON. Miss Millicent Penny has opened a private school in the house of Dans Hart, with 23 pupils (Farmington News, February 25, 1898).

Belle E. Penney, a widow, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, (“Union Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Millicent J. Penney, a teacher in school, aged twenty-two [seventeen] years (b. NH). Belle Penney owned their house free-and-clear. Belle Penney was the mother of three children, of whom one was still living.

MILTON. Miss Millicent Penny has the South Milton school this spring (Farmington News, April 22, 1904).

MILTON. Owing to the rain Monday afternoon, the Woman’s Relief Corps was unable to perform the Sailor service on the bridge, as planned, or go to the cemetery to participate in the service for the unknown dead. The Columbia drum corps of Dover furnished music for the march and Madokawanda Tribe, I.O.R.M., acted as escort. The exercises in the hall consisted of the oration by William S. Pierce of Somersworth, recitations by R.R. Hanson and Miss Millicent Penney, singing by eight young ladies, and several selections by Butler’s orchestra of Farmington (Farmington News, June 3, 1904).

Millicent J. Penney appeared in the Milton directory of 1905, as a teacher, boarding at 10 Bridge street, Leb. s. [Lebanon side]. Belle E. Penney appeared as the widow of John C. Penney, with her house at 10 Bridge street, Leb. s.

PERSONAL. Last Friday Mrs. B.F. Perkins, Mrs. A.W. Flanders, Miss Carrie Evans and Mrs. N.F. Roberts spent the day at the last mentioned lady’s cottage, “Openwell,” at Middleton. This week Mrs. Roberts is staying there and has as guests Mrs. Belle Penney and her daughter, Miss Millicent Penney of Milton, and Miss Blanche Trefethen of Exeter, beside occasional Farmington visitors (Farmington News, August 10, 1906).

Millicent J. Penney of Milton appeared in the Rochester directory of 1909, as one of two Grade IV teachers at Rochester’s Allen School for the 1908-09 academic year. (Nellie M. Wentworth of Rochester was the other).

Belle Penney, own income, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Millicent Penney, a school teacher, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH). Belle Penney rented their portion of a two-family house at 9A Silver Street. Belle Penney was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

She married in Rochester, NH, February 15, 1911, Frank R. Spiers. He was born in Chicopee, MA, circa 1873, son of John and Christina (Shaw) Spiers. She was a teacher, aged thirty-three years, and he was a brick manufacturer, aged thirty-eight years.

LOCAL. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Miss Millicent J, Penney of Rochester and Frank R. Spiers of that city were united in marriage, Rev. Eastman of Union performing the ceremony. The bride, who is a graduate of Nute High and Plymouth normal schools, has been a popular teacher in Rochester for six years. The groom is a member of the Spiers-Fish Brick Co. They will reside in Rochester. Mrs. Spiers has many friends in Farmington who join in wishing her a life of happiness (Farmington News, February 17, 1911).

Frank Spiers, a brick yard manager, aged forty-eight years (b. MA), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Millicent Spiers, aged forty-two years (b. NH), his son, John R. Spiers, aged three years, six months (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Belle Penney, a widow, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH). Frank R. Spiers owned their house free-and-clear.

Frank (Millicent P.) Spiers appeared in the Rochester directory of 1929, as vice-president and assistant treasurer of the Spiers Brick Company, with his house at 16 Academy street. The Spiers Brick Company was north of the Pickering station in Gonic, i.e., Rochester, NH.

Frank R. Spiers, a brick yard manager, aged fifty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Millicent P. Spiers, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), his son, John R. Spiers, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and his mother [-in-law], Belle E. Penny, a widow, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH). Frank R. Spiers owned their house at 16 Academy street. They had a radio set.

Millicent J. (Penny) Spiers died in Rochester, NH, April 14, 1931, aged fifty-three years, four months, and fourteen days. Frank R. Spiers died in Rochester, NH, August 7, 1938.

Dorothy M. “Dolly” Wallace – 1908-09

Dorothy May “Dolly” Wallace was born in Milton, September 20, 1889, daughter of John C.F. and Madora N. “Dora” (Perkins) Wallace.

Dollie M. Wallace appeared in the Milton directory of 1909, as teacher of the South school for the 1908-09 academic year.

The Annual Report of the City of Rochester, NH, reported an “expenditure” of $101.84 for “One-third cost So. Milton school.” Milton paid the other two-thirds of the costs of their South Milton “Union” school (Eighteenth Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, For the Year Ending December 31, 1909).

Charles F. Wallace, a trucking teamster, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-eight years), Dora Wallace, sewing (at home), aged forty-seven years (b. NH), and his daughters, Dorothy M. Wallace, a school teacher, aged twenty years (b. NH), and Annie J. Wallace, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Charles F. Wallace rented their house on Banker Street. Dora Wallace was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

Dollie May Wallace married in Farmington, NH, April 2, 1911, William D. Tufts, she of Farmington and he of Middleton, NH. He was born in Middleton, NH, circa 1887-88, son of Charles D. and Nellie M. (Corson) Tufts. She was a shoe shop operative, aged twenty-one years, and he was a farmer, aged twenty-two years.

Local. Married, April 2, by Rev. E.K. Amazeen, William D. Tufts of Middleton and Dollie May Wallace of Farmington (Farmington Nes, April 7, 1911).

LOCAL. The stork was a welcome visitor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Tufts of Mt. Vernon street last Tuesday, where was left a bright little daughter (Farmington News, April 12, 1912).

William S.D. Tufts, a lumber jack (woods), aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Dollie M. Tufts, a shoe factory stitcher, aged thirty years (b. NH), and his daughter, Frances L. Tufts, aged seven years (b. NH). William S.D. Tufts rented their house on Winter Court.

William D. Tufts, a wood lot operator, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of nineteen years), Dollie M. Tufts, aged forty years (b. NH), his children, Frances L. Tufts, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Rosalie E. Tufts, aged nine years (b. NH), and Wallace W. Tufts, aged five years (b. NH), and his roomers [parents], Charles D. Tufts, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), and [his wife (of fifty years),] Dora M. Tufts, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH). William D. Tufts owned their house at 21 Winter Court, which was valued at $800. They did not have a radio set.

Dolly M. (Wallace) Tufts died at the Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH, October 7, 1932, aged forty-three years, and seventeen days.

IN MEMORIAM. Mrs. William D. Tufts. A devoted family circle and many friends are deeply bereaved by the death of Mrs. Dollie M. Tufts, wife of William D. Tufts, which occurred at the Huggins hospital in Wolfeboro last Friday morning. Mrs. Tufts had been a patient there since September 13, during which time she had been critically ill.  She was a native of Milton, the second daughter of a family of four children born to Charles F. and Dora (Perkins) Wallace and had been a lifelong resident of this [vicinity]. She was born September 26, 1889, and received her early education in the public schools of her native town, having graduated from Nute high school with the class of 1907, with honors for scholarship, and later attended Plymouth Normal school. For some time she taught in the rural schools of Middleton. In April 1911 she was married to Mr. Tufts, to  whom she was a faithful, helpful and companionable wife. Mrs. Tufts was a woman of resourceful capabilities and Christian character, which contributed to the worthy pillars of example in the home where she lavished a wealth of devotion and found her first duty. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Miss Frances Tufts and Miss B. Rosalee Tufts, one son, W. Wallace Tufts, her father, Charles F. Wallace, one sister, Mrs. Harvey Whitehouse of Durham, and a brother, Walter Wallace of Farmington. Funeral services were held from the Baptist church Sunday at two o’clock with Rev. Emery Wallace officiating. Interment was in Farmington cemetery with committal services. Anton Perkins, Cheney Perkins, Llewellyn Perkins, and Alvah Perkins, all cousins, acted as bearers (Farmington News, October 14, 1932).

William D. Tufts died in Farmington, NH, March 10, 1942.

???? – 1914-15

The Annual Report of the City of Rochester, NH, reported a “miscellaneous” payment of $119.63 to “Milton, town school district,” i.e., Rochester’s share of the cost of the South Milton school (Annual Report, City of Rochester, New Hampshire, For the Year Ending December 31, 1915).

Ferne C. McGregor – 1919-20

Miss Ferne C. McGregor taught the South Milton school in the 1919-20 academic year. (A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47).

WEST MILTON. Nute Ridge school has reopened with Mrs. Martin Wentworth as teacher, and Miss Ferne McGregor has the South Milton school (Farmington News, September 19, 1919).

Cora E. (McDuffee) Hayes – 1918-19, 1926-29

Cora Emma McDuffee was born in Rochester, NH, April 7, 1881, daughter of Daniel S. and Martha J. (Pinkham) McDuffee.

Daniel S. McDuffee, a R.R. section hand, aged forty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Martha J. McDuffee, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and his daughter Cora E. McDuffee, at school, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Daniel S. McDuffee owned their house at 201 Main Street, free-and-clear. Martha J. McDuffee was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Cora E. McDuffee married in Rochester, NH, September 2, 1903, Luther C. Hayes, she of Rochester and he of Milton. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years, and he was a farmer, aged thirty-three years. He was born in Milton, November 3, 1869, son of Luther and Sarah D. (Coffran) Hayes.

Luther C. Hayes, a general farmer, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of six years), Cora E. Hayes, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), his servants, Clara Pinkham, a private family servant, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), and Charles E. Dorr, a private family servant, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and his hired man, Henry Johns, a farm laborer, aged thirty-five years (b. NH). Luther Hayes owned their farm on the Wakefield Road, free-and-clear.

The Milton School Board paid Cora E. Hayes $168 in teacher salary and a further $18 to serve also as a janitor, up to September 1, 1919, i.e., for the 1918-19 academic year. It also paid her $4 for fuel for the South Milton school. (It paid also A.J. Goodwin $13.50 for fuel for the same location).

The School District warrant for March 9, 1920, included an article seeking dissolution of the South Milton union district.

ARTICLE 11. To see if the District will vote to dissolve the Union District at South Milton, now maintained by the School District of Milton and the City of Rochester, or take any action in relation thereto.

School Superintendent Fred W. Dudley explained his reasoning for Article 11 in his accompanying annual report:

The problem with the school which we maintain at South Milton in partnership with the City of Rochester is one which deserves careful consideration. Milton has only six pupils in this school at the present time. Located upon the State Road it would be easy to transport these children to the village schools, where there is plenty of room to take care of them and where they can be given much greater advantages. I believe that it would be much better for the children and no more costly for the town to dissolve this district, which can be legally done by vote of Milton School District, and transport the pupils to the village.

In point of fact, the School District paid that year $686.50 to transport students to the village schools. That transportation expense – equivalent to the salaries of three teachers – was one the district had not incurred prior to closing its district schools. The measure did not pass at this time, although it would arise again (Annual Report of the Town of Milton, New Hampshire, for the Year Ending January 31, 1920)..

Luther C. Hayes, a general farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Cora E. Hayes, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), his aunt-in-law, Clara A. Pinkham, aged seventy years (b. NH), and his hired man, Frank Therrien, a dairy farm farmer, aged fifty years (b. Canada). Luther Hayes owned their farm on the Wakefield Road, free-and-clear.

School Superintendent Fred W. Dudley explained in the 1928 Milton Town Report that the South Milton school was a “Union” school, attended by both Milton and Rochester students.

I understand that some citizens have expressed surprise at the small number of pupils reported in the South Milton School. For the information of those who do not understand the situation I will say that, under a special act of the legislature, this school is maintained jointly by Milton and Rochester. Milton is responsible for the management of the school and pays two-thirds of the costs. Rochester pays one-third of the costs. Last year there were thirteen Rochester pupils in this school. The records of these pupils are kept in a separate register which is given to the school authorities of Rochester, and so these pupils do not appear in the statistics of Milton (Annual Report of the Town of Milton, New Hampshire, for the Year Ending January 31, 1929).

Luther Hayes, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Cora Hayes, a rural school teacher, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), and his father-in-law, Daniel McDuffee, a widower, aged seventy-one years (b. NH). Luther Hayes owned their farm on the Wakefield Road. They had a radio set.

Luther C. Hayes, a dairy farmer, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Cora E. Hayes, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH). Luther Hayes owned their farm on the Old Road, which was valued at $5,000. Luther C. Hayes had attended eight years of school, and Cora E. Hayes had attended also four years of high school.

Luther C. Hayes died in Milton, June 25, 1952. Cora E. (McDuffee) Hayes died in Milton, April 8, 1954.

Dissolution of the South Milton School

The Milton School District warrant for the 1930 town election included the following article regarding the South Milton school.

13. To see if the District will vote to dissolve the union district at South Milton, now maintained by the School District of Milton and the City of Rochester, or take any action thereto (Annual Report for the Town of Milton, for the Year Ending January 31, 1930).

Article 12 involved selling the Branch district school. The superintendent’s report for the 1931 warrant has not come to hand. The South School may or may not have been open for the 1929-30 academic year (which would have been reported in the missing report). It was not open during the 1930-31 academic year nor any year thereafter.

The Milton School District warrant for the 1933 town election included the following article regarding the South Milton school and the West Milton school.

9. To see if the district will vote to authorize the School Board to sell the school buildings at South Milton and West Milton either at auction or at private sale (Annual Report for the Town of Milton, for the Year Ending January 31, 1933).


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


References:

Find a Grave. (2011, March 17). Cora E. McDuffee Hayes. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/67047637/cora-e-hayes

Find a Grave. (2013, September 11). Coran K. Davis. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/116897229

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

Find a Grave. (2012, June 19). Laura G. Page. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/92198226

Find a Grave. (2012, July 16). Mabel Goodwin Nichols. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/93725718

Wikipedia. (2020, April 12). Three Rivers, Massachusetts. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Rivers,_Massachusetts

Wikipedia. (2020, May 11). William Henry Harrison. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Harrison

Milton’s Hydraulic Engineer: I.W. Jones

By Muriel Bristol | May 5, 2020

Ira Wilbur Jones was born in Milton, June 10, 1854, son of George H. and Lucy J. (Varney) Jones.

IRA W. JONES, who has been established in his own business at Milton since 1900, is a designer of water power plants, a practical millwright and general engineer, having been specially trained for this line of work. He was born in South Milton, N.H., June 10, 1854, and is a son of George H. and Lucy Jane (Varney) Jones (Scales, 1914).

George H. Jones, a farmer, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucy J. Jones, keeping house, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and his sons, Charles H. Jones, works on farm, aged twenty-seven years, and Ira W. Jones, sets water wheels, aged twenty-five years (b. NH).

Scales’ History of Strafford County and other sources had Ira W. Jones attending the South Milton district or common school and, thereafter, the Milton High school. Of course, there would be no “Milton High School,” as such, for another generation. Ira W. Jones would have attended the Milton Classical Institute. (In 1940 he was said to have attended three years of high school).

Ira W. Jones attended the district schools in South Milton and the Milton High school. Recognizing his special talent he then entered the Starr King Drawing school at Boston, Mass., where he received his technical training as a draughtsman and afterward spent three years in Boston working at pattern and model making (Scales, 1914).

The Starr King school was a Boston district public school on Tennyson street. Its building was used also for an evening technical drawing school. The pattern maker for whom Jones worked in 1877-80 was Galen Coffin (1823-1895), whose office or shop was in 1878 at 8 Province Street, and his residence at 77 Worcester Street.

Coffin, Galen - Boston Directory, 1878
Boston Directory, 1878

Galen Coffin, a pattern maker, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ellen S. [((Page) Wildes)] Coffin, keeps house, aged fifty-two years (b. MA), and his children, Ella P. Wildes, at home, aged twenty-eight years (b. MA), Josie P. Coffin, at school, aged eighteen years (b. MA), Harry G. Coffin, at school, aged thirteen years (b. MA), and Arthur W. Coffin, at school, aged ten years (b. MA). They resided at 24 Alexander Street.

(Galen Coffin and his son, Arthur W. Coffin, drowned in 1895 when their sailing dory was swamped in a sudden gale off the mouth of Marblehead harbor. A third member of their party survived).

Mr. Jones then learned the trade of millwright as a necessary adjunct to his chosen line of work and for four years devoted himself to practical effort as millwright, afterward for one year being employed with a machinery company at Worcester, Mass., as machinist and draughtsman (Scales, 1914).

Jones learned the adjunct trade of millwright while working for Lewis D. Sanborn (1829-1904). Sanborn’s first wife had divorced him in Dover, NH, February 20, 1877 (both then of Dover). Sanborn appeared in Boston, MA, at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. There he was listed (enumerated in error as Louis D. Sandler), as “puts in water wheels,” aged fifty years (b. NH), and one of Charles Huster’s thirteen lodgers at 50 Chambers Street. Lewis D. Sanborn appeared in the Boston directory of 1882, as a machinist, boarding at 35 Kneeland Street.

George H. Jones, a farmer, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucy J. Jones, keeping house, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), and his sons, Charles H. Jones, works on farm, aged twenty-seven years, and Ira W. Jones, sets water wheels, aged twenty-five years (b. NH).

For the twelve succeeding years he was a salesman through New England for a business firm of Dayton, O., and afterward for eighteen months was salesman for the Holyoke Machine Company of Worcester, Mass.

Jones, IW - 1902
Milton Business Directory, 1902

Ira W. Jones married in Milton, September 29, 1886, Lucia C. Wentworth. She was born in Milton, June 23, 1867, daughter of George C.S. and Mary C. (Hanson) Wentworth.

Mr. Jones married Miss Lucia C. Wentworth, a daughter of George C.S. Wentworth of Milton and they have two children: Nettie W., who is the wife of Ernest C. Lord of Dover, and Mary C., who lives at home. Mr. and Mrs. Jones reside at Lebanon, N.H. (Scales, 1914).

Holyoke Machine Company Letterhead
Holyoke Machine Company Letterhead, Featuring Its Hercules Turbine Water Wheel – 1895

I.W. Jones of Milton, NH, is here mentioned as being the water power contractor at Morrisville, VT, when he was not engaged in trout fishing. His fishing companions were Frederick M. Gould (1862-1936), a traveling shoe salesman (and president of the Commercial Travelers Association of Burlington, VT), Charles H. Nudd (1834-1905), an insurance agent, and his wife, Lydia J. (Weeks) Nudd.

MORRISVILLE. Fishermen Coming in from Abroad – Local Activities. Three Boston gentlemen spent Monday and Tuesday in these parts capturing some handsome specimens of speckled trout. F.M. Gould of Burlington, I.W. Jones of Milton, N.H., the water power contractor at the electric station, and Mr. Nudd of Manchester. N.H., representing the Granite State Provident association, accompanied by Mrs. Nudd, were among the. people in town Tuesday (Burlington Free Press (Burkington, VT), May 9, 1895).

I.W. Jones represented the Victor Water Wheel company of Dayton, OH, when surveying the intended site of an electric power plant. (One may note with some amusement that the manager of the electric power company happened to be named “Sparks”).

BOLTON FALLS POWER. Manager George H. Almon, of the Bolton Falls Electric company, was at the falls yesterday with Chief Engineer A.F. Sparks, of the James Leftell Water Wheel company, of Springfield, O., I.W. Jones, of the Victor Water Wheel company, of Dayton, O., and B.W. Johnson, of Newbury. The two first named desired to look the site over so as to bid on water wheels and pen stock, and Mr. Johnson to bid on the dam. The three representatives said the site was one of the finest they had ever seen for such a plant as intended (Montpelier Evening Argus (Montpelier, VT), May 14, 1898).

Water WheelsThe Victor Water Wheel was invented by Jones’ employer, Stilwell-Bierce Manufacturing Company (prior to its merger with the Smith-Vaile Company).

Ira W. Jones, Eng’r placed his name, and the date 1899-1900, on a bronze plaque set in the mill wheel masonry at the North Rochester, NH, fibre plant of J. Spaulding & Sons Co. From which it may be inferred that he was responsible for designing the dam, mill run, mill wheel, mill race, and, possibly, the mill building itself (Snyder, 2011).

Spaulding & Sons at North Rochester say that their mill at the above place will be completed about the last of this month. The great wheel is ready for operation, and the water could now be turned on. When business is good they expect to employ 200 hands (Farmington News, May 25, 1900).

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I.W. Jones, Eng’r Plaque at North Rochester, NH (per James M. Snyder)

Ira W. Jones, a hydraulic engineer, aged forty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirteen years), Lucia C. Jones, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his daughters, Nettie Jones, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and Mary Jones, at school, aged eight years (b. NH). Ira W. Jones owned their farm free-and-clear. Lucinda C. Jones was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

In 1900 he embarked in a general engineering business for himself, having his offices on Main street, Milton, employing from ten to fifteen trained designers and draughtsmen and having contracts all over New England, the southern states and Canada. Mr. Jones is an intelligent, wideawake and progressive citizen but not a politician. He votes with the Republican party (Scales, 1914). 

IRA W. JONES, appeared in the Milton directory of 1902, as a hydraulic engineer, on Main street, with his house on Bridge street, L.S. [Lebanon side, Milton].

BRATTLEBORO. The Brattleboro Gas Light company is practically ready to begin the work of construction of a dam across West river. I.W. Jones of Milton, N.H., the civil engineer who made the survey, was in Brattleboro last night and talked the matter over with some of the directors (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), April 11, 1902).

BRATTLEBORO. I.W. Jones of Wilton [Milton], N.H., the engineer who had charge of the survey and plans for the Brattleboro Gas Light company’s dam across West river, was in Brattleboro Wednesday to inspect the work of the contractors, Spence & Coombs. The work was found to be satisfactory, and, the dam having been completed, it was accepted by the engineer and the company and a settlement was made with the contractors by the company (Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT), May 8, 1903).

The Waldron Mill in Farmington, NH, was taken down in 1903 to make room for an electric power plant to supply power for the J.F. Cloutman Shoe Company factory.

The construction of the plant is under the supervision of Mr. Ira W. Jones of Milton, and is so nearly completed that power will be turned on January 1, 1904 (Farmington News, December 18, 1903).

The plant was constructed in charge of Ira W. Jones of Milton, and in spite of inclement weather during much of the work, the power was turned on according to contract, January 1, 1904, and the Cloutman factory is supplied from this station with light and motive power. And this was done at the instance of a man [John F. Cloutman] past seventy years. It was a great work (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

Ira W. Jones was one of the “promoters” of the Milton & Lebanon Building Association, when it was incorporated in February 1904.

Maine Corporations. Milton & Lebanon Building Association, Lebanon – Capital, $10,000. Promoters, F.H. Thayer, Boston; Joseph H. Avery, B.B. Plummer, J. Gardner Alden, Milton; Ira W. Jones, Lebanon (Boston Globe, February 29, 1904).

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“I.W. Jones, Eng.” Employees, circa 1905

James M. Snyder identified some of I.W. Jones’ associates as having been Seth A. Moulton, a chief engineer (1900-09) [who married Hare Road teacher Elfrida M. Peacock, daughter of Nute Chapel minister Rev. Robert M. Peacock]; George L. Freeman, a draftsman (1903-04); Patrick E. McCarthy, a field engineer (1903-04); Robert C. Gammon, a consulting engineer (1904-08); Stephen E. Preble, an inspector (1904-20); Walter I. Barrows, a reinforced concrete design engineer (1909-20); Alexander H. Reid, a draftsman (1912); Edward A. Wright, a structural draftsman (1913); Stephen H. Smith, a chief engineer (1923-24); and Bryant H. Moore, a design engineer (1927).

MILTON. S.A. Moulton, draughtsman of the Holyoke machine works of Worcester, has opened an office in the Jones block (Farmington News, July 20, 1900).

LOCAL. The marriage of Miss Annie B. Kimball of Milton to George L. Freeman solemnized last Thursday by Rev. M.P. Dickey, is attended by the good wishes and congratulations of many Farmington friends. The bride is connected with numerous families of this town, and is well known as a fine violin player. The groom, draughtsman for Contractor Ira W Jones for several years, is spoken of in high terms. The young couple will continue to reside in Milton (Farmington News, February 12, 1904).

MILTON. P. McCarty, who formerly worked in the office of Ira W. Jones, was in town over Sunday (Farmington News, September 9, 1904).

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute listed mechanical engineering graduate A.H. Reid as being “with” Ira W. Jones, i.e., employed by Ira W. Jones, in 1911 (Journal of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1911).

To whom one might add several other possibilities from Milton census records: Ralph Frobisher, a draughtsman for an engineering office, in 1910; Walter H. Webster, a draughtsman for an engineering office, in 1910; William Slingerland, an office draftsman, in 1920; and Natt E. Young, a draftsman, in 1920.

I.W. Jones appeared several times in the Milton business directory of 1905-06. He was listed as an architect and designer (of water power plants), on Main street, opposite the Lebanon bridge. He appeared also as a civil and hydraulic engineer; designer of water power plants; and engineer (civil).

I.W. Jones planned a flume and concrete mill building, for the Passumpsic Fibre Leather Company, in Passumpsic, VT, in 1905 (Snyder, 2011).

Will Rebuild. The Passumpsic Fibre Leather company at Passumpsic, whose plant was almost entirely destroyed by fire the morning of December 19, has begun to clear away the debris and will rebuild at once. The loss was reported at the time to be $45,000 above the insurance of $18,000, and considerably over half this loss fell upon the Chase Brothers, one of whom is manager and the other treasurer of the concern. The plant gave employment to 20 men and its output of leather board was about three tons a day (Middlebury Register (Middlebury, VT), March 31, 1905).

BUYS WATER POWER. St. Johnsbury Electric Company and E.T. & H.K. Ide to Build. The St. Johnsbury Electric company have acquired the E.T. & H.K. Ide water power at Passumpsic, 400 horse power, and will begin at once the erection of a modern electric light station. This move is made because of the company’s increasing business, and to save the expense of using steam in times of low water. When the new power house is completed steam will be used only in cases of an emergency. Plans are being drawn now for the power house, which will be erected on the site of the old grist mill. It will be of brick, and thoroughly modern in every respect. It will be direct connected, the dynamos fastened to the water wheels without belts. The wires will be brought up from Passumpsic to the Belknap station, which will be made the distributing station. I.W. Jones of Milton, N.H., hydraulic engineer, is drawing plans for the company and it is expected that the station will be completed by October. The company will then have three water power plants, one at the Center, the Belknap station and the new one. E.T. & H.K. Ide have bought 85 horsepower and will begin immediately to put up a grist mill. The mill will be a four or five story structure with heavy brick walls. It will be absolutely fire proof and will be fitted up with all modern machinery. The machinery contract has been placed with the Noye Manufacturing company, of Buffalo, N.Y. It is to be a roller mill and the power will be furnished by electricity. The building will adjoin the Ide elevator on Hay street (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), July 12, 1905).

PASSUMPSIC. The Passumpsic Fibre Leather Co. has a force of men engaged in making a new drying shed (St. Johnsbury Republican (St. Johnsbury, VT), October 31, 1906).

Ira W. Jones had a partnership for a time with the Spaulding Brothers, under the name Spaulding-Jones Company, which company sought in 1907 to build a “huge” hydroelectric dam on the Merrimac River.

Mr. [Roland H.] Spaulding’s first practical experience of political conditions in New Hampshire came about as a development of his business affairs. At the session of 1907, the Spaulding-Jones Company, a concern consisting of the three Spaulding brothers and their engineer, Ira W. Jones, came before the legislature with a request for permission to build a huge dam on the Merrimac River, near Reed’s Ferry, and thus to develop the water power there for electrical purposes, a development which would have meant great things for the business of the state. But the project was opposed by the united corporate interests of New Hampshire interests, which had at that time vastly more power in Concord than they have today (Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, MA), July 8, 1911 (also Hollis Times, July 31, 1914)).

I.W. Jones & Company planned a pulp factory building, for the Androscoggin Pulp Company, in South Windham, ME, in 1907 (Snyder, 2011).

SOUTH WINDHAM PULP. What is Doing at One of the Mills Near Portland. Portland, Me., April 12. – The Androscoggin Pulp company, which has an extensive pulp making plant at South Windham, has begun the work of increasing its plant by the erection of several other buildings. Among the buildings now in process of construction is a new two-story stock house, 78×200 feet, of brick and frame work; a new wood cooking room, 30×50, with brick walls and concrete roof; raising roof of beater room one story, which will make room for the installation of six new screens; adding one story to grinder room, which will be used for a wet machine room; will install one new Horne engine and new masherator and will also build a covered run 400 feet which will be used for conveying from the stock house to the beater room (Portsmouth Herald, April 12, 1910).

The elder Jones daughter, Miss Nettie Jones, then twenty years of age, had a very close call while in their house in August 1907.

NEWS OF THE STATE. A bullet crashing through a window struck Miss Nettie Jones of Milton in the shoulder and then imbedded itself in the wall. It is not known who fired the shot, but it is supposed that it came from the rifle of some hunter (Farmington News, August 9, 1907).

Ira W. Jones might have been away from home examining water possibilities on the Winooski River in Montpelier, VT, at the time his daughter was wounded.

MONTPELIER. I.W. Jones of Milford [Milton], N.H., a hydraulic engineer, has been making an examination this week of the water power possibilities of the rights owned by Messrs. Corry, Deavitt and Frost on the Winooskl river above Barre transfer. He will report later (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), August 17, 1907).

ENGINEER’S REPORT. Hydraulic Expert Again Visits Kinney’s Mills. I.W. Jones, hydraulic engineer, of Milton, NH., went back to his home last night after making another inspection of the water privileges owned by Messrs. Corry, Deavltt and Frost at Kinney’s mills. A contour map has been prepared showing the various sources of water supply and the lowest points in that neighborhood where it would be possible to erect power plants. Mr. Jones has reported to the syndicate his observations of the various dam sites, the possibilities of each and the probable cost of construction. It Is reported that Mr. Jones is very favorably impressed with the water privileges owned by the syndicate. The Montpelier men have not yet decided how large a plant they will put in. They can do two things, the first build a plant that will supply their street railroad with possibly a small amount of juice for sale, or build a large plant with plenty of juice for sale. Such a development will involve the investment of a large amount of money (Montpelier Evening Argus (Montpelier, VT), August 28, 1907).

MONTPELIER CITY NOTES. I.W. Jones, a civil engineer from Newton [Milton], N.H., was in town yesterday in consultation with the officials of the electric railroad relative to plans for the dam for their new power plant to be erected at Kinney’s mills (Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT), October 25, 1907).

I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., a hydraulic engineer, was in town today in conference with Messrs. Curry and Deavitt on their proposed dam at Kinnev’s mills (Montpelier Evening Argus (Montpelier, VT), June 17, 1908).

I.W. Jones appeared several times in the Milton business directory of 1909. He was listed as an architect and designer (of water power plants), on Main street, opposite the Lebanon bridge. He appeared also as a civil and hydraulic engineer; and designer of water power plants. Mrs. I.W. Jones appeared as a music teacher (piano), at Lebanon side, Milton. His daughter, Nettie W. Jones, appeared as a milliner, at I.W.J., at Lebanon side, Milton.

MILTON. The marriage of Miss Nettie Jones and Mr. Ernest Charles Lord of Dover took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Jones on Lebanon, Me., side Thursday, June 10, The young couple will reside in Dover after September 1 (Farmington News, June 18, 1909).

Ira W. Jones, a hydraulic engineer (own office), aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Lucia C. Jones, aged forty-three years (b. NH), his daughter, Mary C. Jones, at school, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and his brother-in-law, Eugene H. Wentworth, a stove works foreman, aged thirty-five years. Ira W. Jones owned their farm free-and-clear. Lucia C. Jones was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

BURLINGTON MENS’ BIG VENTURE. … The power at Otter creek [at Vergennes, VT] is considered one of the steadiest in New England. The banks are low and marshy and hold the water, preventing the deluge which often puts many plants out of commission, in the wet times, and keeping the water for the dry times, when many plants are obliged to depend on steam. A set back of nearly eight miles makes unnecessary the building of an expensive dam. and with the other natural advantages there would appear little likelihood of a dam being washed out at those falls. For many months a crew of 75 men has been at work on the dam, which is now completed, and the machinery is on the way for the wheel pit and power house, which are now in process of construction. The engineer in charge of the construction of the dam is I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., and the Twitchell Lumber Co. of Maine, which has long been identified with hydraulic ventures, doing that part of the work The machinery was all ordered of the Westinghouse company of Pittsburg (St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT), March 30, 1911).

I.W. Jones appeared several times in the Milton business directory of 1912. He was listed as an architect and designer (of water power plants), on Main street, opposite the Lebanon bridge. He appeared also as a civil and hydraulic engineer; designer of water power plants; and engineer (civil). Mrs. I.W. Jones appeared as a music teacher (piano), at Lebanon side, Milton.

I.W. Jones designed the Milton Leatherboard Company replacement factory after the prior structure had been destroyed by fire in March 1912. Its concrete beater tubs were considered to be a daring innovation at the time.

I.W. Jones & Company planned a dam and concrete mill building, for the Cabot Manufacturing Company, in Topsham, ME, in 1912 (Snyder, 2011).

Jones, IW - 1912
Milton Business Directory, 1912

Village Meeting. There was a good attendance at the special village meeting last Wednesday evening to consider the question of an up-to-date electric plant. H.W. Lyster, one of the commissioners, made a few remarks in regard to the present condition of the plant thinking it time to have it renewed. At his request the chairman called upon I.W. Jones, an electrical engineer of Milton, N.H., who had made an investigation of the present plant and had a written report and who had prepared plans and estimates for a proposed new plant, these plans calling for erection of a new concrete and brick building and the installation of two new Francis type turbine wheels, and two new generators direct connected on the same shaft. The lowest reading of the measured flow-age of the river taken at Centervale by the U.S. geological survey in 1911 was 75 cubic feet per second. On this basis there was an estimated gain in efficiency of the new wheels and generators of more than 100 per cent over the present ones. His total estimate for the proposed new work complete was $31,200. W. Clark of the engineering department of the General Electric Co., gave a technical description of the proposed new generators and electrical equipment. Commissioner Graves spoke in regard to the faults of the plant, difficulty of getting repairs, etc., and the opportunities there would be for new business with a modern plant. W.I. Powers made a motion that the electric light commissioners be empowered to equip the electric light plant with new and modern equipment and building. This was seconded by N.A. Norton with an amendment that the work be commenced at once. The amendment was accepted and the motion was unanimously carried. It was moved by E.A. Cook that the commissioners be authorized to hire sufficient money to carry out the project just voted, and this motion was carried unanimously. Under head of other business F.C. Shonyo made a motion that the water commissioners be instructed to investigate the matter of purchasing the land included in the watershed of the present village water reservoir from which the owners propose to cut standing timber. It was voted to have this done. The commissioners have commenced making arrangement for the new work. As soon as the specifications for the foundation and concrete work of the new building are prepared the work will be begun (Vermont Union-Journal (Lyndonville, VT), October 14, 1914).

I.W. Jones & Company planned a dam, run, and mill building, for the Groton Leatherboard Company, in Groton, MA, in 1916. It also planned a dam and hydroelectric power station, for the Town of Swanton, VT, at the Highgate Fall on the Missisquoi River, in that same year (Snyder, 2011).

SWANTON. Estimate on Cost of Power Development to Be Secured. At the adjourned special meeting of the voters of Swanton village relative to development of electric power at Highgate, held Wednesday evening ln the town hall, it was voted to instruct the officers of the village to secure from I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., a competent engineer, an estimate of the cost of development below the present site, and the meeting was adjourned to Wednesday night, July 5 (St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT), June 23, 1916).

HOTEL ARRIVALS. Among the arrivals at the Grand Avenue the past week were: Frank Pierce, Rutland; I.W. Jones, Milton, N.H.; H.N. Long and wife, Louisville, Ky.; C.E. Severance, St. Johnsbury; J.H. Robinson, Palmer, Mass.; E.H. Martin, Burlington; E.D. Blackwell, Brandon; H. Eglee, Boston; Mr. and Mrs. Perry vanCamp, Wills River, Vt.; G.J. Riley, Plattsburg, N.Y.; H. Bean, Enosburg Falls; F.J. Dragoon, Plattsburg; Mrs. H.E. Townsend and Alma B. Townsend, Westbrook, Me. (Swanton Courier, June 29, 1916).

SWANTON. I.W. Jones, of Milton, N.H., with one of his expert engineers, was in Swanton June 28 going over the Highgate property of Swanton village and getting information on which he is to base his report and estimate to have ready for adjourned special meetings yesterday (St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT), July 6, 1916).

I.W. Jones appeared several times in the Milton business directory of 1917. He was listed as an architect and designer (of water power plants), at 28 Main street, opposite the Lebanon bridge. He appeared also as a civil and hydraulic engineer; designer of water power plants; engineer (civil); and surveyor for dams, paper and electric power plants. Mrs. I.W. Jones appeared as a music teacher (piano), at Lebanon side, Milton.

I.W. Jones & Company announced plans for a hydroelectric power plant, for the Lockwood Company, in Waterville, ME, in 1918 (Snyder, 2011).

Among New England Factories. BERWICK, ME. – The I.W. Jones & Co. has been incorporated to do general engineering and developing water powers with $10,000 capital by Ira W. Jones, M.C. Jones and L.C. Jones, Lebanon, Me. (Industry Week (Volume 63), 1918).

Ira W. Jones, a hydraulic engineer, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucia C. Jones, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), and his daughter, Mary Jones, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH). Ira W. Jones owned their farm free-and-clear. They resided on Prospect Hill Street.

Ira W. Jones planned an Androscoggin River dam for the Dummer Power Company, in Dummer, NH, in 1921. The proposed dam faced political opposition from other dam and mill owners, which occasioned Jones testifying several times over the course of a year before the NH Public Service Commission. The plans were approved in August 1922.

FIGHT AGAINST DUMMER DAM BEFORE COMMISSION. CONCORD, N.H., Oct. 19 – Hearings begun in Berlin were resumed by the Public Service Commission at its offices in the State House today on the petition of Ira W. Jones of Lebanon, Me., and the Dummer Power Company for the right to build a dam across the Androscoggin River in the town of Dummer for the development of electrical power. The Berlin Mills, the International and Umbagog Paper Companies and the Union Water Power Company oppose the petition. Chairman William T. Gunnison of the commission does not sit in the case, having been counsel for Mr. Jones, and his place Is taken for this hearing by Dwight Hall of Dover, appointed by Gov. Brown (Boston Globe, October 20, 1921).

ATTEMPT TO SHOW BIG DAM PROJECT UNSAFE. CONCORD, N.H., March 23 – The State Public Service Commission today resumed its hearing upon the petition of the Dummer Power Company for permission to erect a dam across the Androscoggin River, eight miles above the city of Berlin, for the generation of electrical power. Ira W. Jones of Milton, engineer, who prepared the plans for the power company, was on the witness stand most of the day. testifying as to the probable cost of the project and the use which would be made of its product. Cross-examination was on the line of contention that his plans did not provide for a sufficiently strong structure to insure safety, if built at the place desired and according to his specifications (Boston Globe, March 24, 1922).

N.H. STATE NEWS. The public service commission has granted the right to Ira W. Jones and others to erect a dam in the Androscoggin river at Dummer. The petition has been before the board for a year. Commissioner Storrs opposed the move. The dam will be utilized to generate electrical power (Groton Times (Woodsville, NH), August 18, 1922).

President Ira W. Jones and Treasurer Fred B. Roberts published legal notices in the local papers regarding the intended dissolution of the Milton A.O.U.W. Building Association, which had been founded by them and others on December 8, 1890. Its original purpose had been to construct a three-story office block, and rent its space for the benefit of the A.O.U.W. The building was to be sold and the proceeds split among the shareholders (Farmington News, February 19, 1926; February 26, 1926; and March 5, 1926).

The following sketch of Ira W. Jones’ career appeared in a 1927 publication of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, of which he was a member.

JONES, IRA W., Lebanon, Me. (Age 72, b. Milton, N.H.) Educated in common and high schools, Milton, N.H.; one term in Starr King Evening Drawing School in Boston; 1877-80, with Galen Coffin, as pattern and model maker; 1880-84, as assistant to Lewis D. Sanborn as practical millwright and designer of hydraulic structures; 1884, with Holyoke Machine Company as erector of hydraulic machinery, pattern maker and draughtsman; 1885-86, private practice; 1887-99, salesman and engineer in New England territory; 1899-1900, engaged in design and supervision of plans and sale of hydraulic equipment; July 1900, established an engineering office in Milton, N.H.; 1918 to date [1927], president and general manager of I.W. Jones & Co. During past ten years has been consulting engineer for C.H. Tenney & Co.; inspector of dams for N.H. Public Service Commission; retired in 192[?] (Boston Society of Civil Engineers, 1927).

I.W. Jones & Company played some role at the Ambursen sawmill dam, for South Tamworth Industries, in Tamworth, NH, in 1929 (Snyder, 2011).

IRA W. JONES (Lucia) appeared in the Milton directory of 1930, as a hydraulic engineer, in Milton.

Ira W. Jones, a civil engineer, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-three years), Lucia C. Jones, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), and his daughter, Mary C. Jones, a stenographer, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH). Ira W. Jones owned their farm free-and-clear, which was valued at $5,000. They did not have a radio set.

Ira W. Jones, a retired civil engineer, was one of several local people that gave their impressions of an earthquake that occurred on Friday evening, April 1, 1938.

Rochester Section Is Shaken by Earthquake. Trembling Felt Last Night Over Ten-Mile Area – Most Severe in East Rochester and Rochester and in South Lebanon, Me. Rochester, April 2. – Buildings were shaken and pictures were torn from the walls as this region experienced what was believed to have been an earthquake at about 9.30 o’clock last night. The earth-trembling was felt within a 10-mile area of Rochester, with reports of more severe movements received from East Rochester, North Rochester and South Lebanon, Me. The telephone exchanges in Milton and Rochester were flooded with calls from nearly every town in the area. Stories of shaken buildings and fallen pictures were received from Lebanon, Me., and East Rochester. In other sections residents told of how dishes had been smashed on the floor when shaken from cupboards. As near as anyone could determine the movement was first felt when a “loud rumbling sound” was heard and was followed by what several people described as an explosion. Mrs. Helen Piper, telephone operator at Milton, said there was a “rumbling sound and the building shook” It was followed by what seemed to be a “terrific explosion.” Residents of South Lebanon, Me., said the whole earth movement seemed to center along the banks of the Salmon Falls river which divided Maine and New Hampshire in this section. The shock was less severe in the center of Rochester. Ira. W. Jones, a retired civil engineer at Milton, expressed the opinion that a “meteor had fallen and exploded.” The Rev. Leland Maxfield, pastor of the Community church at Milton, said he at first thought a heavy object had rolled down the hill behind his home and struck the house. Basil Blake, Rochester newspaperman, reported his house shook perceptibly and he thought a heavy truck was passing on the nearby highway. According to the Associated Press, Harvard University seismographic officials that the earth movement lasted on 15 seconds and had been a “very weak” earthquake. The exact time of the movement was said to have been 19:15:24 o’clock. The Weston College machine timed the first impulse at 9:13.40 p.m. (Portsmouth Herald, [Saturday,] April 2, 1938).

Fred B. Roberts and Ira W. Jones marked the repositioned Milton Town Pound with a commemorative plaque in 1939.

Here and There. The Milton town pound, one of the few remaining In New Hampshire, which was removed and rebuilt two years ago to permit a change in the location of the highway, has just been marked with a commemorative tablet by Fred B. Roberts, veteran town meeting moderator, and Ira W. Jones. In the early days pounds were common in New England for the confinement of cows and other domestic animals caught running at large. Early records of the town show that in 1803, when Gilman Jewett was town clerk, it was voted that the “town build a pound as near the center of the town convenient.” The following year the pound was built, according to the records, “on land westerly opposite the town house, by Jonathan Pinkham.” The pound is circular and 30 feet in internal diameter. The walls are of field stone, about six feet high. A wooden gate adorns the front (Portsmouth Herald, July 3, 1939).

Ira W. Jones, aged eighty-five years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lucia C. Jones, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), and his daughter, Mary C. Jones, a stenographer, aged forty-eight years (b. NH). Ira W. Jones owned their house free-and-clear, which was valued at $4,500. They had a lived in the “same house” in April 1935. Ira W. Jones had completed three years of high school, Lucia C. Jones had completed eight years of grammar school, and Mary C. Jones had completed one year of college.

Ira W. Jones died in Milton, April 10, 1946, aged ninety-one years. Lucia C. (Wentworth) Jones died in Milton, September 3, 1949, aged eighty-one years.

Recent Deaths and Funerals. Mrs. Lucia C. Jones. Milton, N.H., Sept. 4. – Funeral services for Mrs. Lucia C. Jones, 82, who resided across the river in Lebanon. Me., will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Community Church in Milton. The Rev. Ralph V. Townsend will officiate and burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Mrs. Jones, widow of Ira W. Jones, widely known engineer who died in 1946 at the age of 92, died Saturday night at the Jones Summer home at Milton [Three] Ponds. She was born in Milton, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Wentworth and was educated here. She was a member of the Community Church and the Mary Torr Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Rochester. Surviving relatives include two daughters. Mrs. Ernest Lord of Dover and Miss Mary Jones of Lebanon, two grandchildren and several great grandchildren (Portland Press Herald, September 5, 1949).

References:

Find a Grave. (2011, February 26). Ira W. Jones. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/66179205

Scales, John. (1914)  History of Strafford County, New Hampshire, and Representative Citizens. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=nGsjAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA877

Snyder, James M. (2011, August 27). A Partial Portfolio of I.W. Jones Engineers. Retrieved from www.paperboardpro.com/files/IWJones110827.pdf

Wilipedia. (2020, April 28). Charles H. Tenney. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_H._Tenney

Wikipedia. (2019, November 13). Holyoke Machine Company. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holyoke_Machine_Company

Wikipedia. (2019, June 21). I.W. Jones, Eng’r. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_W_Jones_Eng%27r

 

Public BOS Session Scheduled (May 4, 2020)

By Muriel Bristol |May 4, 2020

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a quasi-Public BOS meeting to be held Monday, May 4, at 4:00 PM. (And a follow-on Workshop meeting at the conclusion of the meeting).

Due to their concerns regarding Covid-19, there will be no public in attendance and, therefore, no public comment. The session may be watched remotely through the usual YouTube means or by teleconference. The links for both are in their original agenda, for which there is a link in the References below.


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

Under New Business are scheduled three agenda items: 1) Update Regarding Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Operational Activities in Response to Governor Sununu’s Update (as of the development of this agenda, Governor had not yet spoken), 2) Update on Status of Recreation Summer Programs (Karen Brown), and 3) 2020-2021 Capital Improvement Program Development and Coordination (Bruce Woodruff).

Update Regarding Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Activities. One supposes, by the very terms of the meeting announcement, that the Covid-19 is still among us. We will evidently hear an update on those things with which the BOS has been active.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has done an about-face and is now recommending Sweden’s approach: voluntary measures, with no restrictions.

Some U.S. states have never had any state-level restrictions. Some states have begun removing their restrictions in phases. Some of the constitutional justifications for state-level restrictions – and they were somewhat thin ones – have been undercut by recent federal declarations. (The states derived their supposed authority to impose many restrictions from the original federal emergency declaration).

People are becoming restive. Michigan’s legislature is suing Michigan’s governor over her restrictions. A second End the Lockdown rally was held at the Statehouse in Concord, NH, on Saturday, May 2.

Update on Status of Recreation Summer Programs (Karen Brown). One imagines Summer is on schedule. New Hampshire’s current restrictions have a “Best By” date of May 15, unless extended further.

2020-2021 Capital Improvement Program Development and Coordination (Bruce Woodruff). Might it be that the Town planners plan to “flatten” their spending curve? That would be long overdue.


Old Business has a single item: 1). Update on Letters of Interest Received for Possible Appointment to Local Government Efficiency Task Force.

Update on Letters of Interest Received for Possible Appointment to Local Government Efficiency Task Force. When last heard on April 20, the BOS was in favor of weighting its “Task Force” with a majority of Town officials.


Other Business That May Come Before the Board has no scheduled items.

There will be the approval of prior minutes (from the quasi-Public session of April 20, 2020), the expenditure report, Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments.


There will be a follow-on BOS Workshop Meeting whose subject is 1) Public Works Staffing Levels (Patrick Smith).


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


References:

Town of Milton. (2020, May 1). BOS Meeting Agenda, May 4, 2020. Retrieved from www.miltonnh-us.com/sites/miltonnh/files/agendas/05-04-2020_bosagenda.pdf

Town of Milton. (2020, May 1). Expenditure Report, May 4, 2020. Retrieved from www.miltonnh-us.com/sites/miltonnh/files/agendas/05-04-2020_expenditurereport.pdf

Wikipedia. (2019, November 19). Washington Monument Syndrome. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument_Syndrome

Celestial Seasonings – May 2020

By Heather Durham | April 30, 2020

So here we sit in our hours of darkness waiting for a light. We may very well have to become accustomed to a New Normal. I heard some wise words today … If you can’t see the light, then BE the light.

Let’s begin by reviewing and watching what the Cosmos has in store for May.


May 4. C/2017 K2 PANSTARRS, known as a comet or an interstellar object will be making its closest approach to the Sun. It will be well placed for viewing. Mercury will orbit very closely to the Sun. (Wikipedia, 2017).

May 5. The n-Aquariid meteor shower, from the Constellation Aquarius will be most prolific on this date. The Moon will appear closer than normal as it passes at its closest point to the Earth.

May 7. The Moon will be full as well as very high in the sky.

May 8. The n-Lyrid meteor shower from the Constellation Lyra will be at peak today.

May 9. Today, the Moon will orbit to it’s farthest point from the sun.

May 10. Mercury will orbit closely to the sun.

May 11. A moon-shaped cluster M4 from Serpens will be visible, but small so you may have to use a device for maximum viewing.

May 12. The moon and Jupiter as well as Saturn will rise closely.

May 14. The last quarter of the moon will rise today. The moon and Mars will rise closely to one another.

May 15. Our interstellar object or comet C/2017 K2 mentioned above, will be at its brightest.

May 18. Jupiter and Saturn will pass closely. The moon will appear somewhat smaller for its orbit will traverse at its farthest point away from the Earth.

May 20. The moon will pass closely to the sun.

May 22. Venus and Mercury will pass in close proximity. There will be a new moon today.

May 23. The moon and Venus will rise closely.

May 24. The moon and Mercury will rise close to each other.

May 28. Our M4 cluster mentioned above will orbit to its highest point in the sky.

May 29. Mercury will be at half phase. We will also be able to enjoy the first quarter of the moon.

May 30. The comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas) will closely approach the sun.

May 31. The moon and Ceres will rise closely.


Previous in sequence: Celestial Seasonings – April 2020; next in sequence: Celestial Seasonings – June 2020


References:

In-the-Sky.org. (2020, April 29). Guides to the Night Sky. Retrieved from in-the-sky.org

Wikipedia. (2020, April 26). Aquarius (Constellation). Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquarius_(constellation)#Meteor_showers

Wikipedia. (2020, April 9). C/2017 K2. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2017_K2

Wikipedia. (2020, April 29). C/2019 Y2 (ATLAS). Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2019_Y4_(ATLAS)

Wikipedia. (2020, April 21). Lyra. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyra

Wikipedia. (2020, April 18). Serpens. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpens

Milton’s Hare Road Teachers, 1890-26

By Muriel Bristol | April 26, 2020

As its name would suggest, the Hare Road schoolhouse stood on the Hare Road in West Milton, between the houses of Jacob D. Garland and John I. Cook.

Hare Road School - 1892
Hare Road School, 1892

The Hare Road school was open as late as Spring 1925. Nothing has come to hand regarding the 1925-26 academic year, but the School District reported no Hare Road school payroll or expenses for the 1926-27 academic year (Annual Report, for the Year Ending January 31, 1928).

As with the Nute Ridge school teachers, there are gaps in our sequence. At least some of those gaps might be explained away through earlier or later tenures for the teachers who have been identified. It might also be the case that the school was simply not open in some years. It was often the case, especially among the various schools in West Milton, that a school with but few students in a particular academic year might not open at all. Its students would go instead to one of the other West Milton schools.

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school will now have the few pupils from the Downingville district. In Massachusetts and Vermont the children in sparsely settled districts are carried to the village schools, the towns paying the costs, thus reducing the expenses and giving the children the advantage of better grading. The school at this place and the one at Nute Ridge are both very small (Farmington News, September 10, 1897).

DOWNINGVILLE. As Clara Downing is the only pupil here, she is conveyed to the Hare road school (Farmington News, October 14, 1898).

I retain hopes of tapping other sources once the current Covid-19 restrictions have passed, at which point improvements and revisions may be in order.

Progressive-era State education bureaucrats looked down their noses at the one-room school teachers of their day.

One hundred forty two of these schools are taught by immature girls and nearly all of these schools are rural schools. It must be apparent to all that few girls of 16 to 19 have sufficient education, maturity and judgment to hold the responsible position of teacher of a school. It will be seen that the majority of the teachers, 62 per cent, in all classes of schools are young women 20 to 34 years of age and the number of elderly persons is surprisingly small. It is assumed that the 158 teachers who have furnished no record of their age are doubtless between 35 and 44 (NH Board of Education, 1920).

The NH Board of Education did everything in its power to restrict, require and regulate them out of existence. And yet the test scores achieved by the students of these “immature girls” were higher – to the extent that they are comparable – than those achieved by students of the present day. (See also Milton’s Arithmetic Textbooks of 1878).

N.H. State News. Recent tests in 8th grades in the state schools, taken by 5,000 pupils, showed an average of 67.42 in spelling with 76 towns having an average of 75, or better. Tests in arithmetic showed that 8th graders in New Hampshire this year are better than 9th graders of Springfield, Mass., were in 1846, for they did the same examples and had an average of 49.29 against an average in Springfield in 1846 of 29.41 (Groton Times, November 28, 1924).

It remains for the reader to decide whose education, maturity and judgment was to be preferred.

The Hare Road school teachers identified in this 1890-1926 period were Vienna L. Hill, Myra L. Page, Annie J. Horne, Mary E. Tuttle, Edna N. Calkins, N. Susan Fletcher, Elfrida M. Peacock, Jessie F. Butler, Minerva R. Perry, Blanche E. McCrellis, Alice L. Patterson, Miss Whittaker, Alice M. (Brownell) Canney, Marion I. Dixon, Lizzie M. (Whittier) Drew, and Clara B. (Tozier) Miller.

(The dates given for them in their headings are the dates they are thought to have taught at the Hare Road school. Many of them taught at other Milton schools as well).

Vienna L. Hill – 1890-91

Vienna L. Hill was born, probably in Lowell, MA, November 12, 1868, daughter of John T. and Sarah A. (Locke) Hill.

If, as was later reported, Miss Hill taught at the Hare Road school at the same time as the Nute Chapel dedication, then she would have been there in at least the 1890-91 academic year.

Vienna L. Hill appeared in the Dover directory of 1892, as a teacher at the Glenwood ave. school, boarding at 21 East Brick. (John T. Hill, stoves, ranges and tinsmith, 19 Third, house 21 East Brick (see page 281)).

Vienna L. Hill appeared in the Dover directory of 1895, as a teacher at the Upper Factory school, boarding at 21 East Brick. (John T. Hill, tinsmith, house 21 East Brick). Both appeared in the Dover directory of 1898 as having moved to Greenwood, Mass.

John T. Hill, a painter, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-two years), Sarah A. Hill, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), his daughter, Vienna L. Hill, a laundry bookkeeper, aged thirty years (b. MA), and his nephew, Arthur Hill, a stenographer, aged nineteen years (b. NH). John T. Hill owned their house at 821 Main Street, with a mortgage. Sarah A. Hill was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

John T. Hill, a painter, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his (second) wife (of forty-one years), Sarah A. Hill, aged eighty years (b. NH), his daughter, Vienna L. Hill, a public school teacher, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), and his servant, Mary E. Hupper, aged fifty-two years (b. ME). John T. Hill owned their house at 821 Main Street, with a mortgage. Sarah A. Hill was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

West Milton. Miss Hill of Dover, formerly a teacher on the Hare road, has been visiting Mrs. B.F. Twombley (Farmington News, September 20, 1912).

John T. Hill, a kitchen ware commercial traveler, aged eighty years (b. NH), headed a Haverhill, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Vienna L. Hill, manager of Sperry & Hutchinson [trading stamps], aged fifty-one years (b. MA). John T. Hill owned their house at 27 Oxford Street, with a mortgage.

Vienna Hill appeared in the Haverhill, MA, directory of 1921, as having removed to California. (Her father, John T. Hill, also removed to California. He died there September 11, 1922).

Foss, Vienna L (Hill)
“Aunt Vie”

Walter E. Foss to Be Leader in New Heating Company. Announcement is made today of the retirement of Walter E. Foss from the Foss-Jones company, 28 East Union street, and the formation of a new company to be known as Foss Heating and Sheet Metal company, 34 East Holly street. With Mr. Foss in his new venture are associated J.W. Anger, David L. Shepherd, Robert F. McCullum, William H. Stewart and Percy W. Anger, all well-known in Pasadena in their respective lines of sheet metal, heating and mechanical work. Fifteen years ago Walter E. Foss and the late Frank R. Stewart formed the Foss-Jones company, with whom Mr. Foss has been associated until the present time. Mr. Foss explains that his new step has been made possible by a steady growth of business in Pasadena, and that he believes a continuation of square dealing and courteous treatment will win his new firm their share of patronage and good will (Pasadena Post, November 25, 1925).

Vienna L. Hill married, probably in Pasadena, CA, circa 1927, Walter E. Foss, both of Pasadena. He was born in Deerfield, NH, March 6, 1862, son of William J. and Jerusha (Pettingill) Foss.

Walter E. Foss, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Pasadena, CA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his (second) wife (of two years), Vienna H. Foss, aged sixty-three years (b. MA). Walter E. Foss owned their home at 312 North Raymond Avenue, which was valued at $7,000. They had a radio set.

WEST MILTON. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ross of California called on friends on the Hare road one day last week. Mrs. Ross was formerly Miss Vienna Hill, a teacher at the Hare road school at the time Nute Chapel was dedicated (Farmington News, July 11, 1930).

Walter E. Foss died in Los Angeles, CA, May 20, 1934.

Vienna H. Foss seems to have been unfortunate in some at least of her investments.

Requisition Is Issued – A requisition on the governor of Mississippi was issued by Governor Frank F. Merriam for the return from Natchez, Miss., of Mark E. Wakefield, who is wanted in Los Angeles on three counts of grand theft. He is accused of embezzling several thousand dollars from Miss Meta C. Matthiesen, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Vienna Foss, Pasadena, in a series of stock transactions (Sacramento Bee, February 19, 1937).

LT520622-Foss, Vienna HSanta Monica Mayor Held on $2500 Bond. (Associated Press Leased Wire). LOS ANGELES. Oct. 11. —Mayor Claude C. Crawford of Santa Monica and his associate, Paul C. Murray, 48, have been held for Superior Court trial under $2500 bonds each on a charge of failing to obtain a state permit to sell interests in a Tuolumne county mining lease. Mrs. Maude Wetzel, a Santa Monica widow, testified at yesterday’s preliminary hearing she invested $6500 in the mine. Other witnesses testified they had invested in it as follows: Mrs. Ethel Flick, $1500; Mrs. Vienna H. Foss, $1500; Mrs. Mary L. Wood and William C. Lundberg, $500 each; Mrs. Mary Rizzo, $250. All said they had received no return on their money (Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, CA), October 11, 1941).

Vienna L. (Hill) Foss died in Pasadena, CA, July 31, 1953.

Myra L. Page – 1893-94

Myra Luella Page was born in Wakefield, NH, September 23, 1868, daughter of Charles W. and Mary Ann (Chapman) Page.

NUTE’S RIDGE. Miss Lena Reynold[s] is teaching school at Downingville and Mrs. [Miss] Myra Page on the Hare road (Farmington News, September 1, 1893).

NUTE’S RIDGE. Miss Myra Page closes a very successful term of school in the Hare road district this week. She is an excellent teacher, having taught in nearly every district in town (Farmington News, December 22, 1893).

Charles H. Page, a farmer, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-nine years), Mary A. Page, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Josephine W. Page, a school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a school teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), and Laura G. Page, aged thirty-three years (b. NH). Charles H. Page owned their farm, free-and-clear. Mary A. Page was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Myra Page of Wakefield, who was formerly a teacher of the Hare road school, is visiting Mrs. George Hurd. She is now teaching in Sanbornville (Farmington News, March 8, 1907).

WEST MILTON. Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Hurd went to Wakefield last Saturday and spent the day with Miss Myra Page. She was a successful teacher of the Hare road school for several years (Farmington News, September 13, 1907).

WEST MILTON. Miss Page, of Wakefield, a former teacher of the Hare road school, has visited Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Hurd (Farmington News, September 25, 1908).

Charles H. Page, a farmer, aged eighty-one years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-nine years), Mary A. Page, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), and his children, Laura G. Page, aged forty-three years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a school teacher, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged thirty-five years (b. NH). Charles H. Page owned their farm on the South Wakefield street, free-and-clear. Mary A. Page was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Myra L. Page and sister Josephine of Wakefield, accompanied by friends, motored to West Milton, Wednesday of last week (Farmington News, August 30, 1918).

Mary A. Page, aged seventy-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Laura G. Page, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), Myra L. Page, a public school teacher, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged forty-five years (b. NH). Mary A.Page owned their house, free-and-clear.

Myra L. Page retired from teaching in June 1926. She would have been fifty-seven years of age.

Mira L. Page, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her sisters, Laura G. Page, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), and Josephine W. Page, aged fifty-five years (b. NH). Mira L. Page owned their house at 11 Liberty Street, which was valued at $1,000.

UNION. Mrs. George W. Drew visited the Misses Myra and Josephine Page in Rochester on Friday and attended a meeting of the Ladies’ Aid (Farmington News, February 18, 1938).

Myra L. Page died in Rochester, NH, May 22, 1938, aged sixty-nine years, seven months, and thirty days. (Her elder sister, Laura Page, supplied the information for the death certificate).

Annie J. Horne – 1896-97, 1899-00

Annie Jean Horne was born in Milton, in October 1879, daughter of Frank G. and Mary C. (Weeks) Horne.

Annie J. Horne graduated from Nute High School with the Class of 1895. Her classmates included future Milton principals Robert M. Looney and Edwin S. Huse (Purple and Gold, 1941).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Horn from Plumer’s Ridge teach in West Milton and Hare road school districts and board with Mrs. John Nute. Miss Nellie Nute drives to Milton high school daily (Farmington News, May 6, 1898).

(The other Miss Horn from Plummer’s Ridge was her cousin, Miss Maude F. Horne, who was also for a time a Milton teacher (see Milton and the Horne Murder – 1939)).

WEST MILTON. Miss Annie Horne, who has taught school here [West Milton] for two years, and previously taught on the Hare road, is much loved by all and has done excellent school work (Farmington News, May 12, 1899).

WEST MILTON. The Hare Road school, taught by Miss Annie J. Horne, closed on Friday of last week (Farmington News, January 19, 1900).

Frank G. Horne, a commercial traveler, aged thirty-eight [forty-eight] years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Mary C. Horne, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Herbert F. Horne, a commercial traveler, aged twenty-four years, Annie J. Horne, a school teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and Hattie E. Horne, at home, aged twelve years (b. NH). Frank G. Horne owned their farm, free-and-clear. Mary C. Horne was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

She married in Bethel, ME, September 15, 1908, Charles Lafayette Beaton, she of Milton and he of Madison, NH. He was a railroad agent, aged twenty-six years, and she was a housekeeper, aged thirty years. He was born in Jefferson, NH, May 3, 1882, son of Charles C. and Allie E. (Hill) Beaton. (He was a brother of Milton’s long-serving B&M Railroad station agent, Hugh A. Beaton).

Charles Beaton, a B&M freight agent, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton 3-Ponds”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Annie Beaton, aged forty-two years (b. NH).

Charles L. Beaton, a telegraph operator, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie H. Beaton, aged forty-two years (b. NH). Charles L. Beaton rented their house at 50 Orchard Street.

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VETERAN RAILROADER Charles L. Beaton of 50 Orchard Street is completing his 35th year in Portsmouth today sending and receiving telegraph messages at the Boston and Maine Passenger station (Portsmouth Herald photo).

R.R. Ticket Agent, Telegrapher Notes 35th Year Here. Charles L. Beaton, of 50 Orchard street, ticket agent and telegrapher at the Boston and Maine passenger station in Portsmouth, has been sending and receiving the clicking messages of the wires for 42 years now. Tonight he will have completed 35 years at the station here. His life mirrors the changes in two rail lines and two states. Born May 3, 1882, in Jefferson Mills, later named Dartmouth and now named Riverton, near Lancaster, Mr. Beaton seemed destined since childhood to have been a telegrapher. When he was only seven years old, he first heard the clacking of a telegraph key board at the local railroad station. Then and there the desire to be an operator was born. Despite the fact that he was 21 years old before he got to learn the code language of the key, the desire remained. Tried Many Jobs. Before his chance came, Mr. Beaton worked a few months each in jobs in saw mills, leather-board pulp mills and farming, till he finally got a job on the Maine railroad as a section hand and crew man. At last, in September, 1903, he started his training as a telegraph operator, in the Riverton station of the Maine Central line. His first job as a trained operator was at Beecher Falls, Vt., for that line, which he started March 17, 1904. As a Maine Central telegraph operator Mr. Beaton worked at Beecher Falls, Vt., North Conway, Willey House, Sawyer River, Glen Station and Rockland, Lewiston and Rumford Junction in Maine. Mr. Beaton resigned from his job with the Maine Central railroad in June, 1905, to go to work for Boston and Maine railroad at Ossipee, a town which is now Mt. Whittier. Since that day, the veteran operator says proudly, he has never been out of a job for a single day. He has been with the B.&M. for 41 years. For that line he has sounded telegraph keys at Mt. Whittier, Madison, Mountainview, Burleyville (for. East Wakefield), Milton, Conway Junction (now Jewett), North Conway, Hampton, East Saugus Mass., Lynn Common, Mass., and Portsmouth. Since March 25, 1911, Mr. Beaton has worked at the Portsmouth railroad station. Till May 7, 1927, he worked solely as a telegraph operator, handling the toughest bit of key work on the line. In May, 1927, he took over the work of ticket agent, and Oct. 1, 1930, he took over consolidated jobs of ticket agent and telegraph operator, which he has held down since. In 1911 Mr. Beaton rented a home at 50 Orchard street, in which he and his wife Annie (Horne) Beaton have lived ever since, although the. house has changed hands four times. Mr. Beaton was married Sept. 15, 1909. Their 38th wedding anniversary was last September. Safeguards Trains. In his work as a telegrapher Mr. Beaton has safeguarded the trains, by keeping train orders straight, and helping to clear up general tie-ups caused by storms or wrecks. When the late President Roosevelt’s special train arrived in Portsmouth, Mr. Beaton was the telegrapher on duty at the station. Crossword puzzles and jig-saw puzzles are the veteran railroader’s indoor hobbies. In his younger, he used to enjoy fishing for pickerel, bass and horn-pout in the ponds around Milton, and for trout in mountain brooks. Mr. Beaton is a member of John’s Blue lodge, the Chapter Council, and the Knights Templar Commandery of Portsmouth (Portsmouth Herald, March 25, 1946).

Charles L. Beaton, a railroad depot agent, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-one years), Annie H. Beaton, aged fifty-three years (b. NH), his niece, Gladys M. Beaton, a public school teacher aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and his roomer, Sarah A. McDonald, a public school teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. MA). Charles L. Beaton rented their house at 50 Orchard Street, for $41.50 per month. They had a radio set.

Home Closed By Investigators. Mrs. Annie Beaton, wife of Charles L. Beaton, of 50 Orchard street, who is one of four surviving cousins of the late Miss Maude Horne of Milton who was murdered at her home in that town Friday night, was informed that her aunt’s home, scene of the murder, has been closed. This, it is said, is by order of Federal investigators probing this mysterious case which is said to involve possession of a machine-gun by a suspect as well as a kidnapping of a fifteen-year-old girl. Mr. and Mrs. Beaton attended the funeral of Miss Horne today in Rochester (Portsmouth Herald, February 7, 1939).

Charles L. Beaton, a B&M R.R. ticket agent and telegraph operator, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Annie H. Beaton, aged sixty-one years (b. NH). Charles L. Beaton rented their house at 50 Orchard Street, for $32.50 per month. Beaton was selected randomly for several additional questions. He was not a veteran, and he did have a Social Security number.

Brother Of Local Woman Dies. Herbert Home of Farmington, brother of Mrs. Charles L. Beaton of 50 Orchard street, Portsmouth, died at Farmington yesterday. He was 65 years of age and widely known as a biscuit salesman. He retired about-a year ago. He Is survived by his wife and in addition to his sister in this city he is survived by another sister, Mrs. Ralph Cobb of Dover (Portsmouth Herald, April 11, 1941).

Charles L. Beaton died in Portsmouth, NH, in 1948.

County Probate Settles Estates. Inventories were accepted in the estates of Alfred Conner, Newfields; Charles B. Edgerly, Exeter; James P. Griffin, Portsmouth; A. Pethle, Portsmouth; Etheiyn T. Rumford, Portsmouth; Stella May Thurlow, Seabrook; Annie M. Dow, Exeter; Rene Labranche, Newmarket; Bertha E. Appleton, North Hampton; Charles L. Beaton, Portsmouth, and Elizabeth Briggs, Hampton (Portsmouth Herald, July 6, 1948).

Personal Mention. Mrs. Charles L. Beaton of Dover, formerly of Portsmouth, is a patient at Wentworth hospital (Portsmouth Herald, June 29, 1951).

Annie J. (Horne) Beaton died in Dover, NH, June 24, 1962, aged eighty-four years.

Mrs. Charles Beaton. DOVER -Mrs. Annie H. Beaton, 84, of 118 Locust St., widow of Charles Beaton and a former resident of Portsmouth, died yesterday morning. A native of Milton, she was born Oct. 26, 1877, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Weeks) Horne and had resided in Dover for the past 13 years. Mrs. Beaton, a retired school teacher. was a member of the North Congregational Church of Portsmouth. Survivors include a sister. Harriet Cobb of Milton; and a niece (Portsmouth Herald, June 25, 1962).

Mary E. “Mamie” Tuttle – 189?-9?

Mary E. Tuttle was born in Dover, NH, July 27, 1879, daughter of John W. and Elizabeth A. (Wilkinson) Tuttle.

WEST MILTON. The stormy week gave the school children an extra week of vacation here and on the Hare road (Farmington News, December 9, 1898).

John W. Tuttle, a teamster, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Dover household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-three years), Elizabeth Tuttle, aged forty-three years (b. RI), and his children, Mary E. Tuttle, a school teacher, aged twenty years (b. NH), Charles W. Tuttle, aged nineteen years (b. NH), and Viola C. Tuttle, aged twelve years (b. NH). John W. Tuttle rented their house at 19 Charles Street. Elizabeth Tuttle was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

Mary Etta Tuttle married in Dover, NH, January 25, 1905, Herman Ross Flye, she of Dover and he of Somerville, MA. He was a train dispatcher, aged twenty-four years, and she was a school teacher, aged twenty-five years. He was born in Saugus, MA, February 14, 1880, son of John and Malvina O. (Packer) Flye.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Flye of Chelsea, Mass., who has been spending a few weeks with Mrs. Waldo Thurber, returned home Monday accompanied by her husband, who came to spend Sunday with her. Mrs. Flye was a former teacher of the Hare road school (Mamie Tuttle of Dover) (Farmington News, June 19, 1908).

Herman R. Flye, a steam railroad train dispatcher, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Flye, aged forty-three years (b. NH). Herman R. Flye rented their house at 51 South Street (which had six units or apartments).

Herman R. Flye, a steam railroad train dispatcher, aged fifty years (b. MA), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Mary E. Flye, aged fifty years (b. NH). Herman R. Flye rented their house at 56 South Street, for $40 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Herman R. Flye, a steam railroad train dispatcher, aged sixty years (b. MA), headed a Concord, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-five years), Mary E. Flye, aged sixty years (b. NH). Both had attended four years of high school. Herman R. Flye rented their house at 56 South Street. They had resided in the same house in 1935.

TEA TABLE CHATTER. It was a Golden Wedding anniversary celebration for Mr. and Mrs. Herman R. Flye when they dined at the Skyline this week as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis G. Applegate. Others in the party were L. Mabel Harding, Mrs. W.E. Long more, Mrs. Rena Lord, Mrs. Mary C. Leland and Phineas and Mary Kinney. All are Winter Parkers except Mrs. Leland, who is visiting from Waterford, Conn. (Orlando Evening Star, February 4, 1955).

Herman R. Flye died in FL, in 1959.

Edna N. Calkins – 190?-0?

Edna Nettie Calkins was born in Trescott, ME, October 15, 1882, daughter of Henry G. and Emma M. (Lancaster) Calkins. (She was the older sister of Josie M. Calkins, who became a Nute Ridge teacher).

Edna Calkins, then a Nute High school student, aged sixteen years, suffered a serious accidental injury while working at the paper mill. (Then owned by Alvah Shurtleff). Her recovery prevented her from graduating with her own Nute High School Class of 1898. She graduated instead with the Nute High School Class of 1900.

MILTON. Bad Accident at Paper Mill. A painful and sad accident occurred Saturday at the paper mill. Miss Edna Calkins, who has been employed there the past few months, had her hand nearly severed from her wrist. She stood by a cutting machine, which was not in motion at the time, but which suddenly started, and the knife came down upon her hand. Drs. Hart and Wallace, who are attending the unfortunate young lady, hope to be able to save the thumb and one finger of this hand. Miss Calkins is a highly respected young lady, sixteen years of age. She was a member of the Nute high school, class of ’98, but owing to her delicate health her friends thought it better for her to rest from her studies for a time, and enter upon another year in September. She has the heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends (Farmington News, May 27, 1898).

Edna N. Calkins’ schoolmate and friend was Bessie A. Plummer, who was born in Milton, July 8, 1880, daughter of George H. and Mary P. (Hayes) Plummer. Edna would visit with and be visited by Mrs. Plummer and Miss Plummer (later to be Mrs. Twombly) often over the years.

WEST MILTON. Miss Bessie Plummer had been enjoying a few days with her friend Miss Edna Calkins at South Milton (Farmington News, October 20, 1899).

John W. Avery, a shoe cutter, aged thirty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eleven years), aged thirty-two years (b. ME), his ward, Gertrude Gatchell, aged twelve (b. ME), and his boarder, Edna Calkins, at school, aged eighteen (b. ME). John W. Avery owned their house, free-and-clear.

WEST MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins, class of 1900 Nute high school, is visiting at the home of her friend, Miss Bessie Plummer (Farmington News, July 6, 1900).

WEST MILTON. Miss Jessie Calkins of South Milton spent the day, Tuesday, with her sister, Miss Edna Calkins (Farmington News, August 3, 1900).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Edna and Jessie Calkins are boarding at Mrs. Hersom’s (Farmington News, December 14, 1900).

MILTON. Work at the paper mill is rushing … Miss Edna Calkins is working at the paper mill (Farmington News, December 21, 1900).

Edna Calkins was described in September 1903 as being a former Hare Road school teacher. She was herself in her final year as a Nute High student during the 1899-00 academic year. Her time as a Hare Road school teacher would seem to have taken place probably in one or more of the 1900-01, 1901-02, or 1902-03 academic years.

Edna N. Calkins’ friend, Bessie A. Plummer, married in Milton, June 30, 1903, Bertrand E. Twombly, both of Milton. Rev. Myron P. Dickey performed the ceremony.

PERSONAL. Miss Edna Calkins of Milton was in town this week (Farmington News, September 11, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. George Plummer was visited last week by Miss Edna Calkins of Milton, a former teacher at the Hare road school (Farmington News, September 18, 1903).

MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins is teaching school at West Lebanon, Me. (Farmington News, April 29, 1904).

Miss Edna Calkins, W. Lebanon, had seven votes in a Boston Globe educational contest in September 1904 (Boston Globe, September 22, 1904). She appeared also early on as a teacher, Milton, with thirty-four votes, just a week later (Boston Globe, September 28, 1904). This sort of contest was a newspaper promotion. Ballots were printed in the newspaper. One might send in as many as one liked (to the extent that one could purchase newspapers). Likely many of her students and other well-wishers voted more than once. Her total, consolidated under her W. Lebanon location, rose to 2,180 votes before the contest ended (Boston Globe, December 14, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins of Milton was the guest of Mrs. B.E. Twombly, Sunday (Farmington News, October 28, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins was a guest of Mrs. G.H. Plumer and Mrs. B.E. Twombly over Sunday (Farmington News, November 18, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Edna Calkins is the guest of Mrs. George Plumer and her daughter, Mrs. B.E. Twombly (Farmington News, February 10, 1905).

Edna L. Calkins of North Rochester appeared in the Rochester directory of 1905, as a Grade VII and VIII teacher at Rochester’s [New] High School in April 1905.

Edna N. Calkins married in Milton, June 17, 1905, Charles [W.] Tucker, she of Milton and he of Lebanon, ME. She was a teacher, aged twenty-two years; he was employed in a mill, aged twenty-nine years. Rev. Myron P. Dickey performed the ceremony. Tucker was born in Lebanon, ME, circa 1876, son of George and Augusta (Ellis) Tucker.

Charles W. Tucker, a leatherboard mill molder, aged thirty-four years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edna M. Tucker, a public school teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. ME), his child, Raymond C. Tucker, aged two years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Emma M. Calkins, aged forty-five years (b. ME). Charles W. Tucker owned their house, with a mortgage. Edna M. Tucker was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living. Emma M. Calkins (married twenty-seven years) was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

Charles W. Tucker, a leatherboard mill molder, aged forty-four years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edna c. Tucker, a private school teacher, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), and his children, Raymond C. Tucker, aged twelve years (b. MH), and Avis L. Tucker, aged seven years (b. NH). Charles W. Tucker owned their house in West Lebanon Village, with a mortgage.

Edna C. Tucker, a public school teacher, aged forty-seven years (b. ME), headed a Pittsfield, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Avis L. Tucker, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and Joseph G. Tucker, aged nine years (b. ME). Edna C. Tucker rented their portion of a multi-family residence at 21 Carroll Street for $15 per month.

Charles W. Tucker, a molder, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Edna C. Tucker, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), and his child, Joseph G. Tucker, a shoe shop block cutter, aged nineteen years (b. ME). Charles W. Tucker owned their house, which was valued at $500. They had resided in an “R,” i.e., rural place, in Belknap County, in 1935. Charles W. Tucker and Joseph G. Tucker had graduated from the eighth grade, while Edna C. Tucker had one year of college.

Edna N. (Calkins) Tucker died January 8, 1964. Charles W. Tucker died November 23, 1966.

N. Susan “Susie” Fletcher – 1900

Nellie Susan Fletcher was born in Hollis, ME, in November 1878, daughter of Tristram H. and Emily F. (Benson) Fletcher.

Tristrum H. Fletcher, an shoe edge trimmer, aged sixty-five years (b. MA), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-four years), Emily F. Fletcher, aged sixty-four years (b. ME), and his child, Nellie S. Fletcher, a teacher, aged twenty-one years (b. ME). Tristrum H. Fletcher owned their house at 6 Mt. Pleasant street, free-and-clear. Emily F. Fletcher was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

WEST MILTON. Mr. Charles Downing is transporting pupils from Downingville to the Hare road school (Farmington News, September 29, 1899).

WEST MILTON. The spring term of the Hare Road school, taught by Miss Susie Fletcher of Farmington, closed last Friday. A program consisting of recitations and dialogues was much enjoyed by those present. The decorations were very pretty and skillful fingers deserve a word of praise. At the close of the exercises Miss Fletcher presented her pupils with dainty and useful gifts in token of her appreciation of their efforts to make the term one of the most enjoyable she had ever taught (Farmington News, July 6, 1900).

Miss Susan Fletcher appeared in the Farmington directory of 1902 and 1905, as a teacher, boarding at 6 Mt. Pleasant street. Tristram H. Fletcher, a shoe operative, had his house at 6 Mt. Pleasant street.

CHIP’S CONTRIBUTION. Miss N. Susie Fletcher, who has been teaching school at West Townsend, Vt., returned home Thursday of last week (Farmington News, February 14, 1902).

LOCAL. Miss N. Susie Fletcher has returned home after a successful term of teaching at Canobie Lake (Farmington News, July 4, 1902).

CHIP’S CONTRIBUTION. Miss N. Susie Fletcher is at Brockton, Mass., this week (Farmington News, September 12, 1902).

Miss N. Susie Fletcher was teacher of the Centre school in New Durham, NH, during the 1902-03 academic year.

NEW DURHAM. A school concert was given Friday evening, July 3, by the New Durham Centre school. The program consisted of flag and doll drills, recitations and songs, with a farce entitled “Deception,” which was given by the older members of the school, kindly assisted by Richard Miller and Winnie Miller, formerly members of the school. . (Farmington News, July 10, 1903).

Miss N. Susie Fletcher was teacher of the Grade 7 class at the Farmington Main street intermediate school in March 1905.

PERSONAL. Miss N. Susie Fletcher is visiting relatives and friends in Lynn and Brockton, Mass., for a few days (Farmington News, March 24, 1905).

N. Susie Fletcher married in Lynn, MA, February 27, 1907, Charles E. Child, both of Farmington, NH. He was a clerk, aged twenty years, and she was an operative, aged twenty-eight years. He was born in Farmington, NH, circa 1887, son of Charles E. and Elizabeth (Drew) Child. (The Lynn clerk scrambled the names, reporting the groom and his father as being named Charles E. Drew, and the groom’s mother as being named Elizabeth Child).

LOCAL. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Childs (N. Susie Fletcher) were in town over Sunday. As this was Mrs. Childs’ first visit home since her marriage, several of her young lady friends took occasion to call Saturday evening and present her with a nice picture, as a wedding gift (Farmington News, April 26, 1907).

LOCAL. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Child of Lynn were in town over Sunday, visiting relatives (Farmington News, June 14, 1907).

Charles E. Child, an electrical machinist, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of three years), Nellie S. Child, aged thirty years (b. ME), and his child, Charles E.T. Child, aged two years (b. NH). Charles E. Child owned their house on Glen Street, free-and-clear. Nellie S. Child was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Charles E. Child, a garage keeper, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Nellie S. Child, aged forty-one years (b. ME), and his children, Charles E.T. Child, aged twelve years (b. MA), Florence E. Child, aged nine years (b. NH), Ethel M. Child, aged three years, six months years (b. NH). E. Charles Child owned their house at 6 Mt. Pleasant Street, free-and-clear.

E. Charles Child, a garage mechanic, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his his wife (of twenty-eight years), Susie Child, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), and his children, Charles E.T. Child, a garage mechanic, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), Florence E. Child, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Ethel M. Child, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and James H. Child, aged ten years (b. NH). E. Charles Child owned their house at 9 Mt. Pleasant Street, which was valued at $1,000. They had a radio set.

N. Susie (Fletcher) Child died June 12, 1933, aged fifty-four years.

IN MEMORIAM. Mrs. N. Susie Child. This community and many intimate friends sorrow with the family of Mrs. N. Susie Child, wife of Charles E. Child, whose death occurred as the result of an automobile accident early Monday morning on the state road near the Barnstead-Alton town line. Mr. and Mrs. Child and their younger son were returning from Milford where they had made a Sunday trip to leave their older daughter, Florence, who is a teacher in the public schools of that town. Mrs. Child was in the front seat with her husband and was thrown out when the top of the car came in contact with a tree, shattering the glass and unlatching the door. A physician was called from Alton by telephone and Mr. Child drove on to meet him, but as soon as it was possible to make examination it was determined that death had been instantaneous. It appears that accident had occurred as the Child car rounded a banked curve, causing it to careen, and the front wheels broke through the surface at the edge of the road., throwing it out of control. The deceased was 54 years of age, a native of Hollis, Me., the daughter of Tristram and Emily (Benson) Fletcher. As a small child she came to Farmington with her parents and since had lived in this village, where she was educated in the public schools and graduated from Farmington high school with the class of 1897. For a number of years she was a teacher in the upper grades at the high school building, and also taught at Glen street and at the Hare Road school in West Milton. In her younger days she displayed remarkable talents in the field of art and was a woman of culture and refinement. In 1907 she was married to Mr. Child. Since this union she had devoted herself to a loving family circle which is sadly afflicted by this tragic death. For several years the deceased had been in frail health and was just recovering from a severe accident of several months ago. Mrs. Child was a member of Minnehaha Rebekah lodge and the Farmington High School Alumni association. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Miss Florence Child, who is a member of the class graduating from Keene Normal school this week and a practice teacher in Milford, and Miss Ethel Child of this village, two sons, Charles E.T. Child, and James Henry Child, of this village, a half-sister, a half-brother and numerous relatives farther removed. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church this Wednesday afternoon at 1.30, with Rev. D.H. Smith officiating. Interment was in Farmington cemetery, with committal services (Farmington News, [Friday,] June 16, 1933).

Her younger daughter, Ethel Child, died in Rochester, NH, February 24, 1934. Charles E. Child died in 1974.

Elfrida M. Peacock – 1901-02

Elfrida Mabel Peacock was born in Solon, ME, August 2, 1881, daughter of Robert M. and Ada M. (Lee) Peacock.

Elfrida M. Peacock was one of the three students who shared a three-way tie for public speaking at the Nute High School graduation ceremony for the Class of 1899. (She was then a junior).

LOCALS. Many Farmington friends of pupils in the Nute high school in MIlton will be interested in knowing that Miss Nellie Frances Nute of West Milton, Miss Elfrida M. Peacock of Nute Ridge and Carl Percy of Union are the three speakers at the graduating exercises of the class of ’99 who were decided upon as too nearly equal in the merit of their work for any distinction in rank to be made in the award of the three prizes offered. Miss Pansy E. Wallace, formerly of this village, is another of the speakers in whom readers of the News have a special interest. It is to be remembered that all the speaking was so high in character that it was difficult even to choose any as best. The judges are congratulated upon their impartiality and their appreciation of the exercises (Farmington News, June 23, 1899).

Robert M. Peacock, a clergyman, aged fifty-one years (b. Canada), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Ada M. Peacock, aged forty years (b. ME), and his children, Elfie M. Peacock, at school, aged eighteen years (b. ME), Harold L. Peacock, at school, aged twelve years (b. MA), Robert B. Peacock, aged five years (b. MA), and Alfred G. Peacock, aged one year (b. NH). Robert M. Peacock rented their house. Ada M. Peacock was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Elfrida Peacock is spending the week at Milton Ridge, as the guest of her friend Miss Orinda Plummer. Miss Peacock, a graduate this June of Nute high school, expects to take an extended course at a Normal school this fall (Farmington News, July 20, 1900).

WEST MILTON. The school on the Hare road, taught by Miss Elfrida Peacock, closes this Friday (Farmington News, February 7, 1902).

WEST MILTON. Owing to the illness of Miss Peacock, the Hare road school will not begin until April 14 (Farmington News, April 11, 1902).

Moulton, Seth Augustine - per James Snyder
Seth Augustine Moulton (per James Snyder)

Elfrida Mabel Peacock married in Milton, September 3, 1903, Seth Augustine Moulton, both of Milton. Her father, Rev. Robert M. Peacock, performed the ceremony. Moulton was born in Lowell, MA, circa 1875-76, son of Charles E. and Clara (Russ) Moulton.

SOMERSET. Invitations have been received here for the wedding of Miss Elfrida Mabel Peacock, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Robert Peacock, to Mr. Seth Augustine Moulton, on Thursday, Sept 3, at Milton. Miss Peacock is very well known here, where her father was pastor of the First Congregational church for five years (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), August 24, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Elfrida M. Peacock was united in marriage to Mr. Seth Moulton of Milton, by the bride’s father Thursday. In the afternoon a reception was held at her home and many beautiful presents were received. Mr. and Mrs. Moulton have gone to the mountains on their wedding tour (Farmington News, September 11, 1903).

Seth A. Moulton, a civil engineer, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), headed a Portland, ME, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seven years), Elfrida P. Moulton, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), his children, Lorna A. Moulton, aged five years (b. NH), and Olivia R. Moulton, aged three years (b. NH), his mother, Mrs. Clara A. Moulton, a widow, aged sixty-two years (b. MA), and his servant, Delia T. Duffey, a private family servant, aged twenty-four years (b. Ireland (Eng.)). Seth A. Moulton rented their house at 22 Clifton Street. Elfrida P. Moulton was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living. Mrs. Clara A. Moulton was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Augustus Moulton, a consulting engineer, aged forty-four years (b. MA), headed a Cambridge, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of seven years), Alfrida M. Moulton, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), his children, Lorna A. Moulton, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Olivia F. Moulton, aged twelve years (b. NH), his mother, Clara A. Moulton, a widow, aged sixty-eight years (b. MA). Augustus Moulton rented their house at 120 Brattle Street.

Seth A. Moulton, a consulting engineer, aged fifty-four years (b. MA), headed a Los Angeles, CA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Elfrida M. Moulton, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), and his child, Lorna A. Moulton, a public school teacher, aged twenty-five years (b. NH). Seth A. Moulton rented their residence in the Lil Mar Apartments, in the Assembly District, for $65 per month. They had a radio set.

Florence E. Wallinder, a life insurance typist, aged thirty-eight years (b. NY), headed a Long Beach, CA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Marian R. Wallinder, aged fourteen years (b. CA), and her lodgers, Elfrida Moulton, aged fifty-eight (b. ME), and Lorna A. Moulton, aged thirty-four years (b. NH). Florence E. Wallinder rented their residence at 1000 Elm Avenue, for $30 per month. (Seth A. Moulton, a chemical engineer, aged sixty-four years (b. MA), was a guest at the Woodward Hotel, on West 55th Street, in New York, NY, at the same time).

Seth A. Moulton died in 1945. Elfrida (Peacock) Moulton died in Augusta, ME, December 3, 1969.

Jessie F. Butler – 1902-03

Jessie F. Butler was born in Berwick, ME, in 1882, daughter of Oren H. and Oriana “Orrie” (Chellis) Butler.

Orrin C. Butler, a soap manufacturer, aged fifty-six years (b. ME), headed a Berwick, ME, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his [second] wife (of six years), Bessie Butler, aged forty years (b. ME), his children, Arthur C. Butler, aged twenty-nine years (b. ME), Clarence O. Butler, soap business, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), Jessie F. Butler, a school teacher, aged eighteen years (b. ME), Dean Butler, at school, aged five years (b. ME), Ella Butler, aged three years (b. ME), and Harry Butler, aged two years (b. ME), his lodger, James Carol, a farm hand, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), and his servant, Blanche Boivin, a houseworker, aged twenty-three years (b. New Brunswick (Canada (Fr.)). Orrin C. Butler owned their house, free-and-clear. Bessie Butler was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. Schools began Monday. Miss Hattie Campnell has her same school at Nute Ridge, Miss Jessie Butler of Berwick teaches on the Hare road and Miss Daisy Davis of Rochester the West Milton school (Farmington News, September 12, 1902).

WEST MILTON. Miss Nellie Nute has been substituting at the Hare Road school this week, on account of the illness of Miss Butler (Farmington News, January 2, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The school on the Hare road taught by Miss Jessie Butler and the Nute Ridge school taught by Miss Hattie Campbell closed last Friday (Farmington News, February 6, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Jessie Butler of Berwick, Me., a former teacher of the Hare Road school, has been visiting friends in this vicinity (Farmington News, October 23, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Jessie Butler of Somersworth is spending Christmas holidays with Mrs. John Nute and friends (Farmington News, January 1, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The last meeting of the [In-As-Much] Society was with Mrs. Nellie Hayes, with an attendance of fifteen. Three were visitors, who are always welcome. The work was the tacking of a puff for Miss Jessie Butler of Somersworth (Farmington News, February 3, 1905).

WEST MILTON. The friends of Miss Jessie Butler, formerly a teacher here, will be interested to know that she is at present teaching in Munsonville [Nelson, NH]. In January she will have two weeks recess, during which time she will visit in this vicinity (Farmington News, November 23, 1906).

Jessie F. Butler married in Berwick, ME, June 16, 1907, Charles L. Batchelder, she of Berwick and he of North Hampton, NH. He was a farmer, aged twenty-two years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-five years. He was born in North Hampton, NH, in 1886, son of Charles and Martha M. (Brown) Batchelder.

Charles L. Batchelder, an express [company] chauffeur, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), headed a North Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Jessie B. Batchelder, aged twenty-four years (b. ME), and his boarder, Mercy H. Roberts, own income, aged seventy-four years (b. NH). Charles L. Batchelder rented their house.

Charles L. Batchelder, a garage proprietor, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a North Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Jessie B. Batchelder, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME), Martha A. Batchelder, aged nine years (b. NH), Eleanor C. Batchelder, aged six years (b. NH), Helen A. Batchelder, aged four years (b. NH), and Mary C. Batchelder, aged eleven months (b. NH). Charles L. Batchelder rented their house on Atlantic Avenue.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Charles Batchelder of Hampton, with her four little girls, was at the Appleby farm for several days last week, She formerly was Jessie Butler, and before her marriage was a teacher for many successful terms in West Milton (Farmington News, October 27, 1922).

Charles L. Batchelder, a public garage man, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a North Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-two years), Jessie B Batchelder, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), Martha A. Batchelder, a public garage taxi driver, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Eleanor C. Batchelder, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Helen A Batchelder, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and M. Charlotte Batchelder, aged eleven years (b. NH). Charles L. Batchelder owned their farm on Atlantic Avenue. They had a radio set.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Charles Batchelder of North Hampton, with her four daughters, spent the week-end at Russell Wentworth’s house. Mrs. Batchelder was Jessie Butler, who was a former teacher at the Hare road school in 1901-02. Eleanor Batchelder favored the Nute chapel with violin music at the morning service (Farmington News, October 16, 1931).

Charles L. Batchelder died in 1938.

Jessie Batchelder, a trucking proprietor, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), headed a North Hampton, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Charlotte Batchelder, a hairdresser, aged twenty-one years (b. NH). Jessie Batchelder owned their house at 21 Atlantic Avenue, which was valued at $6,000.

Jessie F. (Butler) Batchelder died in Hampton, NH, April 15, 1973, aged ninety-one years.

Minerva R. Perry – 1903

Minerva Roxy Perry was born in Strafford, NH, May 26, 1871, daughter of John H. and Roxanna M. “Roxie” (Rundlett) Perry.

Minerva R. Perry taught the Fall term at least at the Wednesday Hill school in Lee, NH, during the 1890-91 academic year. Lee usually sent its few Wednesday Hill students to Packer’s Falls in Durham, NH, but found on this occasion that they had enough to reopen their own Wednesday Hill school.

But in the fall there were 10 scholars in Wednesday Hill and it was decided to run one term of 10 weeks, in the old school house. Although it may not be a disadvantage to change teachers occasionally, we do not consider it as well for the scholars to attend first one school, and then another, not being in any particular class and often alone. At Wednesday Hill we find the attendance very good, whole number 10, average 8; but the teacher was obliged to record what seemed to us an unnecessary number of instances of tardiness, taking into consideration the nearness of all the scholars. There are but five families and they are all very near the schoolhouse. The teacher, Miss Perry, encountered the same obstacles there that other teachers have found and met them as successfully as those before her have (Annual Report of the School Board of Lee, For the Year Ending March 31, 1891).

She received $28 per month, making $70 total, which she was paid November 14, 1890. (J.S. Jenkins was paid $2.25 for firewood for the school house). Miss Perry taught Reading, Spelling, and Penmanship to all ten students; Arithmetic to eight students; Geography to seven students; Grammar to eight students; History to three students; Composition to eight students; Physiology to one student; and Algebra and Bookkeeping to one student.

Miss Minerva R. Perry held the office of Lecturer at the Bow Lake Grange, in Strafford, NH, in 1893.

John H. Perry, a farmer, aged seventy-three years (b. NH), headed a Strafford, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-three years), Roxie Perry, aged seventy years (b. NH), and his children, Minerva R. Perry, a school teacher, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), and Cornelia R. Perry, an invalid, aged thirty-three years (b. NH). John H. Perry owned their farm, free-and-clear. Roxie Perry was the mother of six children, of whom six were still living. (Cornelia R. Perry had been married for eight years).

Minerva R. Perry appeared in the Strafford directories of 1900 and 1902, as a teacher at the Daniels school, No. 18, boarding with John H. Perry, Strafford, Bow Lake.

WEST MILTON. The school at Nute Ridge began this week with the same teacher, Miss Campbell. The Hare road school will begin next Monday. Miss Pratt from Bow Pond will teach. The West Milton school will be discontinued, the scholars being conveyed to Nute Ridge (Farmington News, April 3, 1903).

WEST MILTON. We wish to correct the mistake in the name of the teacher of the Hare road school as given last week. It should have been Miss Perry not Miss Pratt (Farmington News, April 10, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry spent Sunday of last week with Mrs. Jennie French at Farmington (Farmington News, May 15, 1903).

WEST MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry went to her home at Bow Lake Friday for a visit. On her return she was accompanied by her father (Farmington News, May 22, 1903).

WEST MILTON. The exercises at the Hare road schoolhouse Friday were very impressive and well attended. They were in charge of the two teachers, Miss Perry and Miss Campbell. Appropriate remarks were made by Rev. R.M. Peacock, and by Messrs. Jordan and Johnson, who represented the G.A.R. Post of Milton (Farmington News, June 5, 1903).

Miss Minerva R. Perry taught at the South Milton school during the 1903-04 academic year.

WEST MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry, who is teaching the South Milton school, was a guest of Mm G W Tasker over Sunday (Farmington News, January 22, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. G.H. Hurd had the pleasure of a visit last Saturday from Miss Minerva Perey. She was a former teacher of the Hare road school and is now teaching at South Milton (Farmington News, February 19, 1904).

Minerva Roxy Perry married in Rochester, NH, May 18, 1904, John Leslie Sanders. He was born in Swanville, ME, February 28, 1868, son of Permit P. and Rebecca (Cunningham) Sanders.

MILTON. Miss Minerva Perry, who formerly taught school in town, was married at her home in Strafford May 18, by Rev. John Manter of Rochester, to Rev. John L. Sanders of Dexter, Me. (Farmington News, May 27, 1904).

John L. Sanders, an F.B. [Free Baptist] Church minister, aged forty-two years (b. ME), headed a Charlestown, RI, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of five years), Minerva R. Sanders, aged forty-eight [thirty-eight] years (b. NH), and his children, Helen R. Sanders, aged three years (b. RI), and Winifred E. Sanders, aged two years (b. RI). Rev. Sanders rented their house. Minerva R. Sanders was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

John L. Sanders, a Free Baptist minister, aged fifty-one years (b. ME), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Minerva R. Sanders, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Helen R. Sanders, aged thirteen years (b. RI), Winifred E. Sanders, aged eleven years (b. RI), Irene R. Sanders, aged seven years (b. ME), and Phyliss L. Sanders, aged six years (b. ME). Rev. Sanders rented their house on Church Street, in Gonic village.

John L. Sanders, a Baptist Church clergyman, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), headed a Portland, ME, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Minerva R. Sanders, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), and his children, Irene R. Sanders, aged seventeen years (b. ME), and Phyliss L. Sanders, aged sixteen years (b. ME). Rev. Sanders rented their house at 1435 Congress Street, for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set.

John L. Sanders died in Derry, NH, July 17, 1955. Minerva R. (Perry) Sanders died in Swanville, ME, December 27, 1964, aged ninety-three years.

MORNING DEATH NOTICES. SANDERS – In Swanville, Me., Dec. 27, Minerva R., 93 years, widow of Rev. John L. Sanders. Funeral services at the Coombs funeral Home in Belfast, Me., Tuesday,. Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. (Boston Globe, December 28, 1964).

Blanche E. McCrellis – 1904

Blanche Edna McCrellis was born in East Rochester, NH, September 17, 1883, daughter of Fred H. and Edith E. “Stella” (Howe) McCrellis.

Clara McCrellis, a widow, aged seventy-three years (b. ME), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her son, Fred McCrellis, a spinner, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), and her grandchildren, Blanch McCrellis, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), Lola McCrellis, at school, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Bertha McCrellis, at school, aged twelve years (b. NH). Clara McCrellis owned their house at 7 Mill street, free-and-clear; she was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

It would seem that the Hare Road school pupils attended the West Milton school for the Fall term of the 1903-04 academic year. Miss Blanche McCrellis taught the Hare Road school for the Winter and Spring terms.

WEST MILTON. School began Monday with the following teachers: Miss Ora Dickey at West Milton; Miss Hattie Campbell, Nute Ridge school. Mr. Doughty convoys the students from Downingville and the Hare road to the West Milton school (Farmington News, September 18, 1903).

NEWS OF THE STATE. Banner Grange of East Rochester has elected the following officers: Master, E.A. Corson; overseer, Henry Varney; lecturer, Mabel Wiggin; assistant steward, A.I. Richards; chaplain, Flora Shorey; treasurer, C.A. Sleeper; secretary, Sabra J.  Corson; gatekeeper, John Baker; Pomona, Blanche McCrillis; Flora, Oriana Baker; Ceres, Mrs. Henry Varney; lady assistant steward, Mrs. Frank W. Walsh; pianist, Grace Shorey; steward, John C. Bigelow (Farmington News, January 1, 1904).

WEST MILTON. The Misses Daisy Davis and Blanche McCrellis spent the Memorial recess at their homes in Rochester (Farmington News, June 3, 1904).

WEST MILTON. School in this section closed last Friday. Miss McCrellis, teacher of the Hare road school, returned to her home Wednesday. Miss Davis of the West Milton school will remain with her aunt, Mrs. Annie Cook, over the Fourth (Farmington News, July 1, 1904).

Fred H. McCrellis, a woolen mill jack fixer, aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Blanche E. McCrellis, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), and his granddaughter, Edrie E. McCrellis, aged four years (b. NH). Fred H. McCrellis rented their house at 16 Green Street

Fred H. McCrellis, a woolen mill loom fixer, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife [daughter], Blanche E. McCrellis, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), and his grandchildren, Odrie M. McCrellis, a shoe factory worker, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Otto N. McCrellis, aged nine years (b. NH). Fred H. McCrellis rented their house at 16 Green Street.

EAST ROCHESTER, N.H., MAYOR IS VOTED BEST-LOOKING MAN. Councilman Gets Title of Homeliest in Beauty Contest – Three Women Judges. EAST ROCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 20 – According to information that has leaked out, Mayor Elihu A. Corson won the contest for the best-looking man, and Councilman Harry G. Bickford for the homeliest-looking man in the beauty contest staged in connection with the regular meeting of Banner Grange here Wednesday night. Mayor Corson was presented with a mirror and Councilman Bickford with a vanity case. The judges were three women. Miss Blanche McCrillis, Mrs. Mary Frye and Mrs. Cora Bucklin. There were 15 contestants and they represented three Granges, Banner of this place, Lebanon, of Center Lebanon, Me, and Crown Point Grange of Stratford Corner (Boston Globe, January 20, 1928).

Fred H. McCrellis, a woolen mill loom fixer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Blanche McCrellis, aged forty-six years (b. NH), and his grandson, Otto N. McCrellis, a shoe factory laborer, aged nineteen years (b. NH). Fred H. McCrellis rented their house at 16 Green Street, for $10 per month. They had a radio set.

Blanche E. McCrellis died in East Rochester, NH, February 10, 1939, aged fifty-five years, four months, and twenty days. Edrie M. Carpenter of East Rochester, NH, supplied the information.

Alice L. Patterson – 1904-05

Alice Louise Patterson was born in Brookline, MA, October 14, 1877, daughter of James and Catherine (Campbell) Patterson.

James Patterson, an insurance co. office janitor, aged sixty-two years (b. Ireland), headed a Brookline, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-five years), Catherine Patterson, aged sixty years (b. Ireland), his children, Mary [(Patterson)] Massie, a public teacher, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), William Patterson, a machine salesman, aged twenty-nine years (b. MA), Alice L. Patterson, a music teacher, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), his grandchild, Mildred P. Massie, aged seven years (b. MA), and his lodger, J. Tina Grant, a dressmaker, aged twenty-six years (b. Canada (Eng.)). James Patterson rented their house at 101 Harvard Street. Catherine Patterson was the mother of four children, of whom three were still living.

WEST MILTON. Miss Alice L. Patterson, teacher in the Hare Road district, returned to her home in Brookline for the vacation (Farmington News, December 30, 1904).

WEST MILTON. Miss Alice Patterson has gone to Newbury, Vt., to visit Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Gilman (Farmington News, September 25, 1908).

Catherine C. Patterson, a widow, aged seventy-one years (b. Ireland), headed a Brookline, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her children, Mary E. Masse, a public school teacher, aged forty-four years (b. MA), and Alice L. Patterson, a music teacher, aged thirty-two years (b. MA), and her granddaughter, Mildred P. Masse, aged seventeen years (b. MA). Catherine C. Patterson rented their house at 86 Brook Street. Catherine C. Patterson was the mother of six children, of whom four were still living. Mary E. Masse was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Alice Louise Patterson married in Brookline, MA, August 24, 1910, Lewis Walter Harriman, both of Brookline. He was a custodian, aged thirty years, and she was a teacher, aged thirty-two years. He was born in North Conway, NH, November 2, 1879, son of Ezra C. and Alice M. (Burbank) Harriman.

Lewis W. Harriman, a box board co. engineer, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Wayland, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Alice L. Harriman, aged forty years (b. MA), and his mother-in-law, a widow, aged eighty years (b. Ireland (Eng.)). Lewis W. Harriman owned their house at 49 Plain Street.

Lewis W. Harriman, a box factory machinist, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Wayland, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Alice L. Harriman, aged fifty-two years (b. MA). Lewis W. Harriman owned their house at 49 W. Plain Street, which was valued at $7,000. They had a radio set.

Lewis W. Harriman died in Wayland, MA, April 26, 1939.

Alice L. Harriman, a widow, aged sixty years (b. MA), headed a Wayland, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Alice L. Harriman owned her house at 49 W. Plain Street, which was valued at $1,800. She had resided in the same house in 1935.

Miss Whitaker – 1905-06

Miss Whitaker remains elusive. At this point all that is known is that she hailed from Conway, NH, and had relatives in Boston, MA. A Miss Helen E. Whitaker from Conway, NH, graduated from Nute High School with the Class of 1916, but she would have been too young to teach at the Hare Road school in 1905-06.

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school opened this week for the winter term, with Miss Whitaker as teacher. She is from Conway (Farmington News, December 8, 1905).

WEST MILTON. Miss Whitaker, teacher of the Hare road school, spent the Christmas vacation with relatives in Boston (Farmington News, January 5, 1906). 

WEST MILTON. Washington’s birthday was observed Friday afternoon at the Hare road school by appropriate exercises (Farmington News, March 2, 1906).

Hare Road School Not in Session – 1908-09

The Milton directory of 1909 did not mention any Hare Road school teacher (although those for Plummer’s Ridge, Nute’s Ridge, and the South Milton schools, as well as those teaching in the Milton Grammar school, were all identified).

Alice M. (Brownell) Canney – 1916-17

Alice M. Brownell was born in Dover, NH, November 2, 1886, daughter of William A. and Sarah S. (Brown) Brownell.

Alice M. Brownell married (1st) in Dover, NH, June 28, 1911, Carl B. Canney, she of Dover, and he of Milton. He was born in Milton, July 11, 1884, son of George D. and Addie B. (Hatch) Canney.

Mrs. Alice M. Canney taught the Hare Road school in the Spring term of 1916-17 academic year. Her usual place was at the nearby West Milton school, from which she brought also her West Milton students for this term. (A fuller account of her life and career may be found in Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23).

West Milton.  The Hare Road school was reopened last Monday with Mrs. Alice Canney as teacher and an initial enrollment of eight pupils. Mrs. John Grace will transport the pupils from the West Milton district (Farmington News, April 20, 1917).

West Milton. The Hare road and Nute Ridge schools close this Friday for the summer vacation (Farmington News, June 15, 1917).

Marion I. Dixon – 1917-18

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

William A. Dickson, a leather-board mill superintendent, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), headed a Milton [“Milton-Town”] household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Hattie Dickson, aged thirty-four years (b. MA); his children, Marion I. Dickson, aged fourteen years (b. MA), Hazel M. Dickson, aged five years (b. NH), and Carlyn P. Dickson, aged two years (b. NH); and his in-laws William V. Newell, aged sixty-six years (b. MA), and Lucy H. Newell, aged sixty-six years (b. MA). William A. Dickson rented their house. Hattie M. Dickson was the mother of three children, of whom three were still living. The Newells had been married forty-six years, during which time she had been the mother of five children, of whom four were still living.  They resided next-door to the Spaulding workers’ hotel or barracks, with its numbered immigrant workers.

Marion I. Dickson graduated from Nute High School with the Class of 1911.

Mrs. Hattie M. (Newell) Dickson died in Milton, December 20, 1914. William A. Dickson advertised for a housekeeper to care for his family of five in August 1915. He married (2nd) in East Rochester, NH, May 21, 1918, Grace E. Harwood, a teacher at the Milton Grammar school.

Marion I. Dickson, appeared in the Milton directory of 1917, as a student at the Plymouth Normal school, with her home at W.A.D.’s, on South Main street. William A. Dickson, superintendent at Spaulding’s, had his house on South Main street, in the third house beyond the railroad crossing.

WEST MILTON. Improvements are being made on the Hare road school buildings (Farmington News, October 17, 1917).

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

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school is in session and Miss Marion Dixon of Milton has returned as teacher (Farmington News, April 12, 1918).

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

William A. Dickson, a leather-board mill superintendent, aged forty-five years (b. MA), headed a Milton [“Milton-Town”] household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of sixteen years), Hattie Dickson, aged thirty-six [forty-five] years (b. MA); his children, Marion I. Dickson, a grammar school teacher, aged twenty-four years (b. MA), Hazel M. Dickson, aged fifteen years (b. NH), and Carlyne P. Dickson, aged twelve years (b. NH); and his servant, Isabel H. Mansfield, a private family servant, aged fifty-four years (b. ME). William A. Dickson rented their house on the Wakefield Road, i.e., White Mountain Highway, in South Milton. They resided still next-door to the Spaulding workers’ hotel or barracks.

Marion I. Dickson appeared in the Annual Report of Conway, NH, of 1926, as a school teacher, with a salary of $1,050. She taught grades 7 and 8 (Conway Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1926).

Scituate. Yesterday Harold A. Wingate, former superintendent of schools at Center Ossipee, N.H., assumed his newly appointed position as superintendent of schools here. He met the teachers for instructions. Schools opened today with a record enrollment. Owing to resignations several new teachers were added to the staff. New principals will have charge of both grammar schools. At the Jenkins School Le Roy Fuller, for 10 years teacher in Belmont Junior High School, will be principal. Miss Marion Dickson, former principal of Conway, N.H., grammar school; Miss Florence Toomey of Bridgewater and Miss Helen Pearl of West Boxford have joined the Jenkins School staff. At the Hatherly School the new principal is George W. Burrill of Newport, Me, and Miss Helen Knox of Exeter, N H, Is a teacher (Boston Globe, September 26, 1926).

James T. Larkin, a chain store manager, aged forty-five years (b. Irish Free State), headed a Scituate, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Annie E. Larkin, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), and his boarder, Marion I. Dickson, a public school teacher, aged thirty-four years (b. MA). James T. Larkin rented their house on First Parish Road, for $30 per month. They had a radio set.

Marion I. Dickson appeared in the Annual Report of Boscawen, NH, of 1933, as a school teacher, with a salary of $1,050 (Boscawen Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1933).

Marion I. Dickson appeared in the Annual Report of Boscawen, NH, of 1939 as its grammar school principal, and teacher of grades 7 and 8, with a salary of $1,100 (Boscawen Annual Report, For the Year Ending January 31, 1939).

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

Marion I. (Dickson) Sanderson died in 1969. James H. Sanderson died in 1977.

Lizzie M. (Whittier) Drew – 1918-20

Lizzie M. Whittier was born in NH, circa May 1877, daughter of George and Nancy A. (Moody) Whittier.

Lizzie M. Whittier married in Farmington, NH, September 9, 1899, Charles E. Drew, she of Farmington and he of Alton, NH. He was born in Alton, NH, circa 1875, son of Charles G. and Hannah (Watson) Drew.

Nancy A. Whittier, a widow, aged seventy-one years (b. ME), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Her household included her daughter, Mary E.A.C. Whittier, aged forty years (b. NH), and her boarders, Ernest C. Drew, a blacksmith, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and  Lizzie M. Drew, a teacher, aged twenty-three years (b. NH). Nancy A. Whittier owned their house at 25 Orange Street, free-and-clear.

Charles E. Drew, a box shop boxmaker, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Lizzie M. Drew, a school teacher, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), and his sister-in-law, aged fifty years (b. NH). Charles E. Drew owned their house on North Main Street, free-and-clear. They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of their tenant, Henry J. Sheehan, a shoe factory shoe finisher, aged twenty-five years (b. MA).

West Milton. The Hare road school is to re-open August 26, with Mrs. Lizzie Drew of Farmington as teacher (Farmington News, August 23, 1918).

West Milton. Pupils from West Milton and Downing hill are attending the Hare road school, there being none in the above mentioned districts (Farmington News, September 6, 1918).

West Milton. Several pupils of the Hare road school have been victims of the prevailing colds and the attendance has been correspondingly small (Farmington News, October 4, 1918).

On the afternoon of the WW I armistice, the Hare Road school teacher and students adjourned to attend a parade in Farmington, NH.

West Milton. There was but one session of the Hare road school Monday as teacher and pupils attended the parade and celebration at Farmington in the afternoon (Farmington News, [Friday,] November 15, 1918).

WEST MILTON. After six weeks’ vacation, the Hare Road school reopened Monday for the Spring term, with Miss [Mrs.] Lizzie Drew of Farmington as teacher (Farmington News, April 4, 1919).

WEST MILTON. The Memorial was fittingly observed with appropriate exercises by the teacher and pupils of the Hare Road school on Thursday afternoon of last week. The schoolroom was tastefully decorated with wreaths of evergreen, flags, and crepe paper in the national colors, while bouquets added their beauty and fragrance. It was evident that time and labor and thoughtful interest had been combined in preparing for this day of commemoration. The teacher and pupils from Nute Ridge were in attendance, together with parents and neighbors, and the hour was pleasantly and profitably spent in giving attention to the program of songs and recitations which was very creditably given, At the close of the exercises, refreshments of assorted cake and fruit punch were served, and the pleasant little affair was concluded with the taking of a group picture of the school by Miss McGregor (June 6, 1919).

WEST MILTON. The interior of the Hare road schoolhouse has been newly painted during the last week. School reopens Tuesday, with Mrs. Lizzie Drew of Farmington as teacher (Farmington News, September 5, 1919).

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school reopened on Monday, after a holiday recess of one week (Farmington News, January 2, 1920).

Mary E.A.C. Whittier, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her cousins, Lizzie M. Drew, a school teacher, aged forty-two years (b. NH), and Ernest C. Drew, a shoe factory edge trimmer, aged forty-four years (b. NH). Mary E.A.C. Whittier owned their house on Prospect Street, free-and-clear.

WEST MILTON. There was no session of the Hare road school Friday, as the teacher, Mrs. Lizzie M. Drew, was in Rochester in attendance at the meeting of the Strafford County Teachers’ association (Farmington News, February 6, 1920).

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school re-opened Monday, after an extended vacation with an enrollment of 18 scholars (Farmington News, April 23, 1920).

WEST MILTON. The Hare road school closed Friday for the usual summer vacation. No program of closing exercises bad been prepared, but by request, Floyd Hall, who has recently come into this community to reside, gave a short but interesting talk to the school, concerning means and methods employed in war overseas, where Mr. Hall saw service as lieutenant in the 26th division. In connection with this he exhibited several articles, reminders of the great world struggle, in which he had participated. There was manifest appreciation on the part of those whose privilege it was to hear Mr. Hall, and the hours was concluded with the serving of fancy wafers, fruit punch and candy (Farmington News, July 9, 1920).

Cora B. Whittier, aged seventy years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. Her household included her cousin-in-law, Charles E. Drew, a shoe factory shipper, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), and her cousin [his wife of thirty years], and Lizzie M. Drew, a general practice practical nurse, aged fifty-two years (b. NH). Cora B. Whittier owned their house at 7 Prospect Street, which was valued at $3,500. They did not have a radio set.

Charles E. Drew died in Farmington, NH, October 5, 1931.

Lizzie M. Drew, a private nurse, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), headed a Farmington, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. She owned her house at 7 Prospect Street, which was valued at $3,000. She had attended four years of high school.

Lizzie M. (Whittier) Drew died in 1960.

Clara B. (Tozier) Miller – 1920-21

Clara B. Tozier was born in Fairfield, ME, February 4, 1871, daughter of  Nahum and Julia B. (Holt) Tozier.

Clara Belle Tozier married in Rochester, NH, July 1, 1918, David Cameron Miller, both of Milton. She was a teacher, aged forty-seven years, and he was a farmer, aged forty-seven years. He was born in Clinton, MA, in 1870, son of William A. and Janet L. (Cameron) Miller.

WEST MILTON. Mrs. David Miller has accepted a position as assistant teacher in the Nute high school in Milton (Farmington News, September 12, 1919).

David C. Miller, a farmer, aged forty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included Clara B. Miller, aged forty-eight years (b. ME). David C. Miller owned their farm on the Hare Road, free-and-clear. The census enumerator recorded them between the households of Llewellyn D. Garland, a farmer, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), and Ira W. Hayes, a farmer, aged sixty-nine years (b. NH).

WEST MILTON. The fall term of the Hare road school opened Monday, with Mrs. David Miller as teacher (Farmington News, September 3, 1920).

WEST MILTON. There will be a vacation of one week beginning December 29 at the Hare road school (Farmington News, December 24, 1920).

WEST MILTON. The school on the Hare road opened again for the winter term Monday morning of this week (Farmington News, January 7, 1921).

WEST MILTON. School opened again at the Hare Road schoolhouse after a vacation of four weeks. A mighty fine idea it was, too, through the mud season (Farmington News, April 8, 1921).

David C. Miller, aged fifty-nine years (b. MA), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twelve years), Clara T. Miller, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME). David C. Miller owned their house on the Hare Road, which was valued at $1,000. They had a radio set.

David C. Miller died in Milton, April 20, 1930, aged fifty-nine years. Clara B. (Tozier) Miller died in Milton, June 19, 1946.

IN MEMORIAM. Mrs. Clara Tozier Miller. One of the best known residents of the Hare road, Mrs. Clara Tozier Miller, passed away suddenly at her home last week, Wednesday, June 19. Naturally a very energetic person, she had been about her usual pursuits until a brief time before her death. The deceased was born February 4, 1871, in Fairfield, Maine. After completion of her education she became a school teacher and her last engagement in the profession was in Fitchburg, Mass. In 1918 Mrs. Miller came to her home on the Hare road with her late husband, David Miller, whom she survived for a number of years. She was quite well known about Farmington from her frequent visits to town, but found her chief interests in the affairs of her home. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Vera Gerrish of Groton, Mass., and several nieces and nephews. One niece, Mrs. Homer Lothrop of Oakland, Maine, was with her at the time of her passing, having arrived the previous day for a visit. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Otis funeral home and the remains were taken to Fairfield, Maine, for committal services Friday (Farmington News, June 28, 1946).

Unknown Teacher(s) – 1922-26

WEST MILTON. The Hare Road school opened last Monday for the fall term. The Nute Ridge school will open next Monday and it is expected that the West Milton school will open later (Farmington News, September 1, 1922).

WEST MILTON. A meeting was called by the school board of Milton last week to discuss the matter of consolidation of the several schools in this corner of the town. Nothing was done except to discuss the pros and cons. A goodly number was in attendance, but matters were left as they stood before, with two schools, one at Nute Ridge and the other on the Hare road. The outside scholars will be conveyed as heretofore. All expressed their views and a vote was taken which soon decided the matter in favor of the two schools (Farmington News, August 3, 1923).

WEST MILTON. Schools in this part of the town closed last week for a vacation of three months. Nute Ridge and the school on the Hare road had joint exercises at the close of the term (Farmington News, June 13, 1924).

WEST MILTON. The teachers in Nute Ridge and Hare road districts are having a month’s vacation (Farmington News, April 3, 1925).

No subsequent newspaper reports have come to hand as yet that mention any Hare Road schoolteacher after 1924-25. (There might have been a 1925-26 academic year). No Town Reports have come to hand prior to that of 1928, in which the 1926-27 School report did not mention any salary for a Hare Road school teacher. Nor was any such allocation ever made in subsequent reports.

Hare Road Schoolhouse Aftermath

The Milton School District warrant for the March 1937 election sought authority to sell the disused Hare Road schoolhouse building.

To see if the District will authorize the School Board to sell the Hare Road schoolhouse (Annual Report for the Year Ending January 31, 1937).

It would appear that a former Hare Road teacher, Mrs. Clara B. (Tozier) Miller, acquired the Hare Road schoolhouse, which she conveyed later to the Borack family after the loss of their house by fire in October 1938.

Peter Frederick Boorack was born in Alexandroka, Russia, November 23, 1893. He registered for the WW I military draft in Boston, MA, June 5, 1917. He was a Boston Elevated R.R. motorman, Div. 5, South Boston, aged twenty-three years (b. Alexandroka, Russia, November 23, 1893). He was a “declarant,” i.e., he had declared his intent to become a citizen. He claimed an exemption as being the support of his parents. He was a tall, stout man, with blue eyes, and light brown hair. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, September 22, 1917, and was discharged March 3, 1919.

Peter F. Boorack, aged twenty-seven years, a motorman, resident at 671 Broadway, South Boston, and Helen F. Quinn, aged twenty-five years, same address, filed marriage intentions in Boston, MA, September 23, 1920 (Boston Globe, September 24, 1920).

Peter F. Boorack, a building trades lather, aged thirty-seven years (b. Russia), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of ten years), Helen F. Boorack, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), and his children, Frederick Boorack, aged seven years (b. MA), and Paul E. Boorack, aged six years (b. MA). Paul F. Boorack rented their house at 671 East Broadway, for $25 per month. They did not have a radio set.

Fred and Peter Boorack participated in the Nute Ridge school’s exercises concluding the 1933-34 academic year on Wednesday, June 20, 1934 (Farmington News, June 29, 1934).

FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE AT WEST MILTON. A fire that was discovered around two o’clock last Sunday morning destroyed the home of Peter Borack and family on the Hare road at West Milton, at the same time depriving Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson and family, tenants of the Borack premises, of most of their furniture and personal belongings. The blaze was discovered by Mr. Borack, who was awakened by the sound of the crackling flames, and he was barely able to awaken the members of the sleeping household, composed of his own family, visiting relatives from Massachusetts, and Mrs. Wilson and children, who occupied the ell part of the house. None of the occupants were able to salvage anything but a meager supply of clothing and a very few of their household effects. The neighborhood was quickly aroused by telephone and the fire company summoned from Milton village but before assistance could arrive the house was in flames. Efforts of the neighborhood and fire company were directed successfully to saving a large hay-filled barn across the road. Consequently, there was no loss of livestock or poultry and this is about all that Mr. Borack has left on which to reconstruct his future. Early the following morning the Wilson family accepted succor in Milton village, and Mr. Borack, his family and guests went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nute. The same afternoon Mrs. Borack and two sons left for Massachusetts, where they will find temporary quarters with relatives. Mr. Borack will remain at the home of Mr. Nute until readjustments are completed, on the outcome of which, his future plans will be determined. Both the Borack and Wilson families have lived in West Milton for several years, and have made many friends who express heartfelt sympathy in their loss (Farmington News, October 14, 1938).

WEST MILTON. Peter Boorack has purchased from Mrs. Clara Miller the Hare Road schoolhouse and is having it moved to the site of the house destroyed by fire in October 1938 (Farmington News, December 8, 1939).

Peter Boorack, a shoe shop assembler, aged forty-six years (b. Russia), headed a Milton, NH, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Helen A. Boorack, aged forty-four years (b. MA), and his children, Fred Boorack, aged seventeen years (b. MA), Paul Boorack, aged sixteen years (b. MA), and Helen Boorack, aged five years (b. MA). The parents had graduated from grade  eight, while the two sons had also two years of high school. They were supposedly living in the “same house” as in 1935. That would seem to have been impossible, given the fire, and must have meant the same location, perhaps in the relocated schoolhouse.

Peter Frederick Boorack registered for the WW II military draft in Milton, NH, April 27, 1942. He was an employee of the Rondeau shoe company in Farmington, NH, aged forty-eight years (b. Alexandroka, Russia, November 23, 1893). He resided in Milton, NH, but had an R.F.D. Farmington, NH, mailing address. He was 5′ 11½” tall, weighed 210 lbs., and had blue eyes, gray hair, a light complexion, and a scar on his left knee.

FOR SALE. Two Guernsey milkers, third calf, both fresh, two Guernsey heifers, first calf, one fresh, one due. Peter Boorack, Hare Road, West Milton, P.O. address, R.F.D. Farmington (Farmington News, March 9, 1945).

Peter F. Boorack died May 24, 1974.


See also Milton’s Nute Ridge Teachers – 1897-47Milton’s South Milton Teachers, 1886-29, Milton’s West Milton Teachers, 1885-23, and Milton Mills’ Teachers, 1875-11


References:

Find a Grave. (2018, October 13). Annie Jean Horne Beaton. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/193956666/annie-jean-beaton

Find a Grave. (2013, October 28). Clara E. Tozier Miller. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/119434202/clara-e-miller

Find a Grave. (2016, October 11). Elizabeth M. Whittier Drew. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/171192104

Find a Grave. (2016, November 22). Jessie Florence Butler Batchelder. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/173078609

Find a Grave. (2015, October 27). Josie Caulkins Garland. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/154316946

Find a Grave. (2016, October 11). Lizzie M. Whittier Drew. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/171192104

Find a Grave. (2018, October 18). Marian I. Dickson Sanderson. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/153918052

Find a Grave. (2013, June 15). Minerva Roxy Perry Sanders. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/112380001

Find a Grave. (2012, June 19). Myra Luella Page. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/92198492

Find a Grave. (2015, July 24). Nellie Susan Fletcher Child. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/149731204

Find a Grave. (2014, October 12). Vienna Hill Foss. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/13714005

Grace

By Muriel Bristol | April 24, 2020

Plunkett, Grace Gifford
Grace E. (Gifford) Plunkett

Joseph Mary Plunkett, a leader of the Irish Easter Rising (April 1916) and a signatory of its Proclamation, married his fiancée, Grace Evelyn Gifford, in the chapel of Kilmainham Gaol, just hours before he was executed by a British firing squad in May 1916. (All of the Proclamation’s signatories were shot). She brought the ring, they had only ten minutes together.

There would be a guard there, and you could not talk. … I was just a few moments there to get married, and then again a few minutes to say good-bye that night; and a man stood there with his watch in his hand, and said: ‘ten minutes’.

Plunkett’s companion Padraic, who in the song calls him from his post-operative sickbed, was Padraic Pearse, president of the proclaimed provisional republic. He would be shot too, as was Grace’s brother-in-law (her sister’s husband). The General Post Office (G.P.O.) was the headquarters of their weeklong rebellion. (I See His Blood Upon the Rose was a poem written by Joseph Plunkett).

During the 2016 centenary of the Easter Rising, musicians Róisin O. [O’Reilly], her brother, Danny O’Reilly, and their cousin, Aoife Scott, gave a moving rendition of this much-covered song about Grace Gifford and Joseph Plunkett, which they performed in the Kilmainham Gaol where the Plunketts had married a century earlier. (They conclude their performance by quoting the last words of consolation of another signatory, James Connelly, as spoken to his wife Lillie shortly before he was shot).

Grace was imprisoned in Kilmainham herself for some months in 1923 by the Irish Free State, during the Irish Civil War. (She was an anti-Treaty adherent).

Grace by James McCann

As we gather in the chapel, here in old Kilmainham Gaol,
I think about these past few weeks, oh, will they say we failed?
From our school days, they have told us we must yearn for liberty,
Yet all I want in this dark place is to have you here with me.

[Chorus]

Oh, Grace, just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger,
They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die.
With all my love, I’ll place this wedding ring upon your finger,
There won’t be time to share our love, for we must say goodbye.

Now I know it’s hard for you my love to ever understand
The love I bear for these brave men, my love for this dear land,
But when Padraic called me to his side, down in the G.P.O.
I had to leave my own sick bed, to him I had to go.

[Chorus]

Now as the dawn is breaking, my heart is breaking too
On this May morn as I walk out, my thoughts will be of you
And I’ll write some words upon the wall so everyone will know
I loved so much that I could see His Blood Upon The Rose.

[Chorus]

Oh, there won’t be time to share our love, for we must say goodbye.

The BBC would not allow Rod Stewart to sing this song on their airwaves in October 2018.


References:

RTÉ One. (2016, March 29). The Proclamation. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERCVSDileo0

Wikipedia. (2020, March 1). Grace Gifford. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Gifford