Milton Mills Oyster Fritters Recipe of 1895

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 4, 2018

The following recipe was published in the Boston Globe in 1895. It was submitted by Mrs. J.L. of Milton Mills, NH.

Oyster Fritters

Take 25 oysters, 1 cup of milk, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 dashes of black pepper, 2 cups of flour, ½ teaspoon of baking powder; 

Drain the oysters and strip them with your fingers to remove any pieces of shell;

Chop them fine and beat them all together until light;

Add to them the milk, then the flour and salt until perfectly smooth;

Add the oysters free from all liquor and the baking powder;

Drop by spoonfuls in hot fat;

When light brown, take out and put on a piece of paper in a dish.

Some one please try these; they are delicious.

Milton Mills, N.H. Mrs. J.L.

The original was printed as a single paragraph. It is here broken into lines at the semi-colons for readability.

There seemed to be only one candidate with the right initials in Milton Mills Village in the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census.

That would have been Mrs. Jennie N. (Stevens) Lovering. She was born in Brookfield, NH, circa 1865, daughter of Plummer G. and Lydia Stevens. She married in Milton, March 13, 1895, George S. Lovering. She died in Milton, NH, March 26, 1901, aged only thirty-five years.

There were one or more fish stores in Milton Mills and J.U. Simes even once listed himself as selling oysters.

Answers. Of the many recipes I have taken from The Globe, I wish to thank, especially, Bertha of Melrose for soft gingerbread, A.M.K. of East Harwich for egg omelet, Mrs. J.L. of Milton Mills, N.H., for oyster fritters, and S.F.P. of Chelsea for graham gems. I have not the dates of the above, so cannot give them. Mrs. R.P.M. Lynn (Boston Globe, April 2, 1895).


Boston Globe. (1895, February 14). Oyster Fritters. Boston, MA: Boston Globe.

Milton Mills Shoe Strike of 1889

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 1, 2018

A Boston Globe news article about the commencement of the Milton Mills shoe industry strike of November 18, 1889.

The older spelling of employé or employe instead of the modern employee is not an error. Note too the practice of breaking a sentence in the middle to make a part of it a heading.

Milton Mills had a good water-power source, but it was four or five miles by wagon from the railhead at Union. That would have meant a rather high additional transport cost for both raw materials and finished goods. Note that the wealthier residents of Milton purchased an existing factory in 1888 and gave it to the Varney & Lane company free of charge. A majority of the town residents voted to exempt the firm from all taxation for a period of ten years. These would seem to have been rather substantial levels of “encouragement.”


Stories of Cheap Work at Milton Mills, N.H.

Big Meeting of Malcontents Opened by Fervent Prayer.

Knights of Labor Endorse Henry George’s Land Theories in Substance.

MILTON MILLS, N.H., Nov. 18 – Seldom, if ever, has any meeting of a trade union in the United States, called to inaugurate a strike, been opened with a prayer by a minister of the gospel. Such was the case with the public meeting of the local union of the Boot and Shoeworkers’ International Union last evening in Fox’s Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to ascertain how much support the citizens of the town would render the union members employed at Varney & Lane’s shoe factory in case there should be any trouble. This firm when it came there, was furnished a factory free of rent and exempted from taxation for 10 years.

One of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of the town, Freeman Stevens, acted as chairman and introduced Rev. Charles Atkins, who offered a prayer for the success of the movement.

Harry C. Moulton of the executive board of the international organization, who

Organized the Union

a month ago, was the principal speaker. He stated that “the shoe workers of Milton Mills were receiving the very lowest prices for shoemaking in the United States. Even convicts in the Lawrence jail received more. Either Milton Mills prices must be advanced or else prices in other sections of New England must be lowered.”

Mr. Stevens, the chairman, said that he hoped the union would be successful in the attempt to get an advance in wages. If this firm would not pay as much as it competitors on the same grade of work then he would give as much money to help the firm move out of town as he subscribed to get it to come here.

Mr. Brierly, a woolen manufacturer and formerly part-owner of the factory occupied by Varney & Lane said that he would rather see the factory empty then have the young people continue at work in the factory at such low wages. Many of the latter have given from four to six weeks’ labor to this firm for nothing.

The difference in wages between this firm and those paid in other towns was ascertained by the citizens and employes writing to shoe manufacturers and employes in other places and finding out the prices paid. When they began to compare prices paid by this firm’s competitors with those paid in this town the indignation began to grow until it resulted in this meeting. There is now some talk of reconsidering the vote of the town by which the firm was granted exemption from taxation.

The union at a business meeting after the public meeting, instructed Mr. Moulton to present a new price list to the firm, which means an advance of from 10 to CO [SIC] per cent. In case the firm refused to grant it he was authorized to order a strike. Every employe is a member of the union, and all will walk out if the advance is not granted.

Mr. Moulton told the writer today that this case is of national importance. Every shoe firm in the United States is

More or Less Interested.

This firm made 3000 cases of shoes this year and sold its product from $3.60 to $10 a case less than any other firm, thus demoralizing the market. Whenever any manufacturer in New England running country shops was asked to increase the wages of his employes he always pointed to Milton Mills and asked why that firm was not called on to increase wages first, as they were so much lower.

“The prices here are way down to bed rock,” said Mr. Moulton. “Now that this firm is coming up there is some prospect of other firms in New England also increasing wages. We think we have at last solved the problem of country shops by rounding up on the very lowest scale of wages paid for shoemaking in New England. The firms of Morgan & Dore of Richmond, Me., Kimball Brothers of Gardiner, Me., C.B. Lancaster & Co. of Pittsfield, N.H., Hollis & Co. of Bumstead [Barnstead], N.H., Bartlett Shoe Co. of Laconia, N.H., and Cropley & Munroe of Wolfeboro, N.H., as well as other firms in other localities, will cease to be sufferers from the underselling made possible by the extremely low wages formerly paid for labor by this firm. In fact the whole shoe trade of New England will be benefited by the rise in wages which is sure to come.”

The feeling of the people of this place is such that if the firm attempts to fight the union and bring in outside shoemakers the latter will not be able to get board, food, or any other of the necessaries of life. Nearly everyone who subscribed money to buy the factory, to present rent free to the firm, is willing to subscribe as much to help the union members in this struggle. The young men and women employed are farmers sons and daughters living at home. They are thus well provided with the necessaries of life and comfortable homes, and so are in a condition to stand a long siege (Boston Globe, November 19, 1889).

Eighty Shoe Workers on Strike

Milton Mills, N.H., November 21. – As a result of the demand of the Shoeworkers’ Union for more wages and the refusal of the firm of Varney & Lane to grant the increase, the employes struck today. About 80 men and women are out, and the factory is deserted except by two boys and a few girls in the stitching room. When Harry C. Moulton of the general executive board of the Boot and Shoe Workers’ International Union, acting in the capacity of agent of the local union, presented the price list to the firm at its office in Lynn, he was informed by Mr. Lane that his firm could not pay the prices and would remove their business to Lynn. A soon as the union was informed of this they quit work.

The citizens of the place are generally much excited over this affair (Boston Globe, November 22, 1889).

They Want Fair Treatment

Concerning the labor troubles at Milton Mills, N.H., E.J. Brierly writes to THE GLOBE: “The strike has been precipitated by the change of superintendents, but the underlying cause is the ridiculously low prices paid by Messrs’ Varney & Lane, which are not as high as in other country shops for the same kind of work. Nothing is known of any threats against Mr. and Mrs. Rockwell. The statement that “such a sentiment has been developed as to compel the firm to remove from town” is wrong. They have the support of the majority of the citizens when they located at Milton Mills $3000 was subscribed for them and they were aided in many ways. The citizens are now ready to meet with the principals and if it can be shown that the wages they have paid are as stated it will be found that the citizens will rally to their support. All that is asked is simple justice by the people who contributed both their saving and labor in starting the shop (Boston Globe, November 22, 1889).

C.W. VARNEY & CO.’S RETURN. Explanation by the Firm and Action of the Lynn Boot and Shoe Council. Lynn, Mass., Nov. 22. C.W. Varney & Co., shoe manufacturers, who have for nearly a year been conducting business in Milton Mills, N.H., have decided to bring their work back to Lynn, and will, in connection with the brick block on Broad street, occupy the wooden factory on Box place, formerly occupied by M.F. Donovan. One of the firm says: “In comparing our prices paid at Milton Mills, N.H., with those of Lynn, we have only to say we went into the country to manufacture a cheap grade of shoes, in order to offer to our trade a line such as is made in Maine and New Hampshire by our competitors. Realizing how long it takes to overcome and live down a prejudice, we have firmly decided to remove our country business to Lynn, without the slightest idea of ever attempting to manufacture again in the country. Our factory plant, one of the finest in New Hampshire, is for sale.” The Lynn Boot and Shoe Council held its meeting last evening, and the matter of C.W. Varney & Co. bringing its work back to Lynn from Milton Mills, N.H., was discussed, and it was decided to give to the members of the council and the general public the position of the council on matters of this kind, while the council, representing the different shoe organizations of Lynn attached to N.S.A., 216, are heartily in accord with any legitimate endeavor to bring back to Lynn any of the works that left here, they are not in accord with the desire of any manufacturer to bring his work here temporarily in order to defeat the ends of organized labor in the county shops (Boston Globe, November 22, 1889).


Strike Settling Down – Union and K. of L. Appreciate Each Other

MILTON MILLS, N.H., Nov. 22. It is more than possible that in the next 24 hours the strike in Varney & Lane’s factory will be settled. Negotiations looking to that end are now in progress between representatives of the union and the firm. Much satisfaction is expressed over the action of the Lynn Boot and Shoe Council, which is composed principally of Knights of Labor, in stating to the manufacturers that they did not believe in any manufacturer removing his work to Lynn temporarily in order to defeat organized labor in country shoe shops.

These two organizations, the K. of L. and union shoemakers, were formally not in perfect harmony, but the union men express warm approval of this square dealing (Boston Globe, November 23, 1889).

Varney & Lane and its striking employees came to an agreement on Monday, December 23, 1889.

Settled Their Difficulties. Dover, N.H., Dec. 24. – The trouble between Varney & Lane, shoe manufacturers, of Milton, N.H., and their employes was settled Monday, and an agreement signed to remain in force until Jan. 23, 1891. It reinstates the old help and increases prices from 20 to 25 per cent. The event was celebrated with a band, parade, speeches and a banquet ((Decatur, IL) Morning Review. December 25, 1889).

An Advance for the Lasters. DOVER, N.H., Dec. 21. The difficulty in the shoe shop at Milton Mills has been adjusted. The lasters have been granted an advance of 15 per cent, and have returned to work. This will be followed by a proportionate advance of prices in other departments (Pike County Dispatch, December 26, 1889).

Moulton’s Side

In a lengthy article of a month later regarding strikes in Portland and Freeport, ME, the union organizer, Harry C. Moulton, was asked “What success did you have in settling the labor trouble at Milton mills?”

To which Moulton replied:

All settled and signed until June. The strike was on for five weeks and resulted in a complete victory for the union. Last evening the town was ablaze with excitement. We had a flag raising, a meeting with speeches from prominent citizens, and a banquet followed by a dance (Boston Globe, December 24, 1889).


Prior to the June expiration of the December settlement Varney & Lane put the Milton Mills factory, along with its tax privilege, up for sale:

BUSINESS CHANCES. FOR SALE. Large shoe factory, at Milton Mills, N.H., with or without machinery; the finest plant in the state, at a shoe centre; capacity 75 cases per day; excellent water power; 65-horse power engine; automatic sprinklers, summer and winter boilers, steam heat, elevator, and all modern improvements; with the above are 10 tenements and 15 acres land; business exempt from taxation for a period of years; will sell all the above property at a low price. Apply to SILSBEE & GEER, 10 Andrew st., Lynn, Mass. (Boston Globe, April 30, 1890).


Boston Globe. (1889, November 19). Soles Made from Souls. Boston, MA: Boston Globe.

Boston Globe. (1889, November 21). Eighty Shoe Workers on Strike. Boston, MA: Boston Globe.

Boston Globe. (1889, November 21). They Want Fair Treatment. Boston, MA: Boston Globe.

Boston Globe. (1889, November 23). Strike Settling Down. Boston, MA: Boston Globe.

Boston Globe. (1889, December 24). Moulton’s Side. Boston, MA: Boston Globe.

Boston Globe. (1890, April 30). Business Chances. Boston, MA: Boston Globe.

Mrs. DeMerritt’s Arbutus

By Muriel Bristol | November 3, 2018

A hundred years ago:Trailing Arbutus

Donations Received for the Year 1918-19. From Individuals. DeMerritt, Mrs. M.A., Milton, N.H., 3 boxes of arbutus in individual bunches for distribution to patients (NE Hospital, September 30, 1919).

Mrs. Musetta A. (Dorr) DeMerritt, was the wife of Berthold I. DeMerritt, who was a foreman in a Milton shoe factory. They resided on Silver Street in 1920.

“So shines a good deed in a weary world.”


New England Hospital. (1919, September 30). Fifty-Seventh Annual Report of the New England Hospital for Women and Children, Its Training School for Nurses, and Dispensary. Retrieved from

New Hampshire Wildflowers (John D. Cameron). Trailing Arbutus. Retrieved from

Milton Businesses in 1882

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 3, 2018

Here is extracted the Milton (including Milton Mills) entry from the New Hampshire Register, State Year-book and Legislative Manual, for 1882.

MILTON, STRAFFORD. Pop. 1,516. N.E. fr. C., 40; N.W. fr. Dover, 20. R.R.S.[Railroad Station], Milton, on Ports., Gt. Falls & Conway, R.R.; for Milton Mills, Union, 4 m., connects twice daily by stage. 

OFFICERSClerk, C.H. Looney; Treas., Ira Miller; Selectmen, H.B. Scales, D. Willingford, Elbridge W. Fox; Supts., J.U. Simes, H.P. Pitcher.

Postmasters – C.H. Looney; West, T.F. Canney. 

Justices [of the Peace] – Luther Hayes, C.H. Looney, E.W. Fox, M.V.B. Cook, B.F. Avery, C.C. Hayes, State; J.U. Sims, Joseph Plummer, B.B. Plummer, J.H. Hersey, Ira Miller, Geo. Lyman, J.F. Hart.

Churches – Chris., D.B. Goodwin; Cong., __ __; F. Bap., C.L. Plumer.

Exp. & Tel. Ag’t – Daniel Cockery. 

Physician – H.F. Pitcher. 

Hotels & Livery Stables – Riverside House, C.H. Downs; Glen House, H.G. Wentworth.

Literary InstitutionMilton Classical Institute, A.E. Cowell.

Manufacturers – boots and shoes, Wilson & Morgan; excelsior, J.H. Avery & Co.; shoe boxes, Chas. H. Hayes; shoe knives, J.H. Duntley; lumber, Luther Hayes, Scates & Lyman, Wentworth & Plummer, H.V. Wentworth & Son; L. Plummer, p.o. ad. Union. 

Mechanics – blacksmiths, H. Duntly & Son, N.B. Varney; carpenters, Joseph Mathes, E.H. Hersom, I.W. Jones, D.R. Fall, G.A. Swasey; hair dresser, ___Watson; masons, Clark Foss, Wm. F. Wentworth, G.P. Otis; painters, G.F. Hodgdon, Timotby Remick, J.Q.A. Soppln; shoemaker, George Tusker; wheelwrights, Joseph Mathes, Daniel Jenness. 

Merchants – J.F. Hart, Dan. Cockery, J.D. Willey, Looney & Downes; fancy goods, Mrs. Ira S. Knox, Mrs. J.F. Hart; ice, Granite State Ice Company; millinery, Mrs. C.M. Roberts. 

Milton MillsPostmaster & Ex. Agent – E.W. Fox. 

Churches – Adv., C.S. Shattuck, Joseph Spinney; Cong., C.F. Goldsmith; F. Bap., H.P. Mansur; Meth., W.C. Bartlett.

Hotel & Livery Stables – Central House, C. Remick; Centennial House, J.W. Prescott.

Lawyer & Ins. Ag’t – E.F. Cloutman.

Manufacturers – carriages and wheelwrights, John Brackett, A.O. Prescott; clothing, Asa Jewett; flannels, Waumbeck Manuf’g Co.; felt cloth piano and table covers, D.H. Buffum & Co.; picture frames, E.A. Hargraves; plows, W.F. Cutts; saddle housings, L.B. Roberts; soap, S.G. Chamberlain; rubber linings, table and piano covers, Townsend & Co.; washing powder, E.J. Brierley. 

Mechanics – blacksmiths, Ebenezer Osgood, Nathaniel Rines, S.F. Rines, S.R. Runnells, John W. Brierley; carpenters, J.F. Titcomb, E.S. Simes, A.A. Fox, S. Hooper, A.B. Shaw, H. Wentworth, O. Wentworth, G.E. Simes, O.T. Fox; dress makers, Cora Lord, Mrs. Jewett; dyer, J.H. Whiteside; hair dresser, E.A. Hargraves; hair worker, Mrs. E.W. Balentine; harness makers, A. Sanborn & Son, Wm. H. Jones; masons, J.G. Rines, Wm. Miller; (stone) E. Richards; painters, E.C. Abbott, C.E. Drew, J.R. Butler; photographer, F.R. Baker; plummer and roofer, J.D. Villars; printer, E.T. Libbey; shoemakers, G.W. Merrill, W. Otterway, J.H. Charnley, John W. Hanson; tailor, B.F. Allbee; undertaker, J. Brackett. 

Merchants – Asa Fox & Son, A.A. Fox & Co., J.U. Simes, Ira Miller; carriages, J.F. & G.E. Hart; clothing, A. Jewett & Co.; confectionery, A.E. Hargraves, W.F. Hargraves; coffins, and caskets, J. Brackett; dry goods, G.S. Lovering, F. Roberts; drugs and medicines, A.W. Low; fancy goods, Miss M.A. Berry; fish, J.F. Archibald, E. Trefethen; groceries, F.H. Lowd, J. Lewis, E.J. Brierley; jewelry, E.T. Libbey; millinery, Augusta Berry; millinery and fancy goods, Mrs. J.W. Prescott; periodicals, E.W. Fox, E.A. Hargraves; provisions, C.S. Lowd, J.E. Hayes; stoves and tin ware, Murray Bros. 

Miscellaneous – conveyancer, claim and collection agent, E.W. Fox; nurseryman, John Copp.

Physicians – J.C. Buck, C.W. Gross, M.K. Cowell, W.E. Pillsbury; dentist E.G. Reynolds.

The Boston Globe reported the tragic death of Mrs. Susan A. Foss in a Milton snow storm on Wednesday, December 13, 1882.

HER LAST SHOPPING. A Woman Frozen to Death in a Snow Storm Near Milton, N.H. MILTON, N.H., December 16. Mrs. Moses W. Foss walked about two miles to this place to do some trading Wednesday afternoon in a snow storm. She attempted to return in a deep and blinding storm, and had nearly reached there, when, overcome by exhaustion, she fell down and perished. She leaves three small children. Her husband was out of town (Boston Globe, December 16, 1882).

Moses W. Foss married in Wakefield, NH, November 13, 1878, Susan A. (Sanborn) Goodwin. She was born in Wakefield, NH, circa 1855-56, daughter of Goodwin and Hannah Sanborn.

Moses W. Foss, a laborer, aged thirty-seven years (born NH) headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Susan A. Foss, keeping house, aged twenty-five years (born ME), his son-in-law [step-son], Charles W. Goodwin, at home, aged six years (born NH), and James H. Foss, at home, aged one year (born NH).

Previous in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1881; next in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1884.


White River Paper Co. (1882). New Hampshire Register, State Year-book and Legislative Manual, for 1882. Retrieved from

Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (November 5, 2018)

By Muriel Bristol | November 3, 2018

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, November 5.

The meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public preliminary session at 5:00 PM. That agenda has nine Non-Public items classed as 91-A:3 II (d), 91-A:3 II (j), 91-A:3 II (j),  91-A:3 II (c), 91-A:3 II (j), 91-A:3 II (g), 91-A:3 II (c), 91-A:3 II (c), and 91-A:3 II (j).

91-A:3 II (d) Consideration of the acquisition, sale, or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community.

One would certainly hope that nothing additional is being acquired or leased. And most of what the Town has acquired already might be difficult to sell: used police pistols, used police cruisers, old fire stations, used pumper fire trucks, GIS systems, spare copies of Robert’s Rules of Order. There are a lot of things that could go on the block, at discount prices.

91-A:3 II (j). Consideration of confidential, commercial, or financial information that is exempt from public disclosure under RSA 91-A:5, IV in an adjudicative proceeding pursuant to RSA 541 [Rehearings and Appeals in Certain Cases] or RSA 541-A [Administrative Procedure Act].

There are four of these. This appears so frequently that it might be worthwhile to look up the three RSAs to which it refers.

91-A:5 IV. Records pertaining to internal personnel practices; confidential, commercial, or financial information; test questions, scoring keys, and other examination data used to administer a licensing examination, examination for employment, or academic examinations; and personnel, medical, welfare, library user, videotape sale or rental, and other files whose disclosure would constitute invasion of privacy. Without otherwise compromising the confidentiality of the files, nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a public body or agency from releasing information relative to health or safety from investigative files on a limited basis to persons whose health or safety may be affected.

RSA 541 defines the various aspects of hearings. It defines hearing, rehearing, motion, appeal, petition, arguments, burdens of proof, evidence, exceptions, even contempt of court. This seems tough going for anyone not trained as a lawyer. The next one is even worse.

RSA 541-A begins with a lot of legal definitions. If you are permitted, or required, to take a drink of water, this is the sort of text that would define “you,” “drinking,” and “water.” Definitions, a lot happens with definitions and redefinitions. The remainder of the chapter is taken up with over forty sections explaining how rules and procedures may be created, how they must relate to county, state, and federal rules and regulations, emergency rules, interim rules, rules for sunny afternoons. A real mare’s nest.

91-A:3 II (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.

There are three of these. Good luck to those seeking abatements or other relief under these conditions..

91-A:3 II (g) Consideration of security-related issues bearing on the immediate safety of security personnel or inmates at the county or state correctional facilities by county correctional superintendents or the commissioner of the department of corrections, or their designees.

This would seem to be a County matter. Did someone escape? Perhaps threats have been made against County personnel that reside here and need additional police protection.

The BOS intend to adjourn their Non-Public BOS session at approximately (*) 6:30 PM, when they intend to return to Public session.

The Public portion of the agenda has new business, old business, and housekeeping items.

Under new business are scheduled two items: 1) Purchase of Grant-Funded All Hazard Response Trailer (Nick Marique), and 2) Update on Past Board of Selectmen Meetings (Andy Lucier).

The obvious question regarding the purchase of a grant-funded All Hazard Response Trailer is: does it have an entail through the coming years of any not grant-funded expenses? For instance, will any paid personnel have to be redirected from their current duties, or hired, to maintain the “free” All Hazard Response Trailer? Will it have any maintenance expenses? If so, then we simply cannot afford to accept a grant-funded All Hazard Response Trailer.

It is difficult to imagine what Selectmen Lucier might have to say about past BOS meetings. Maybe, “we were just kidding,” or, “we are so sorry,” or even, as staunch proponents of accountability, “we are all resigning to make way for replacements that can ‘get the job done.'” More likely it will be some sort of excuse, deflection of responsibility, or inadequate solution. But, there could be a surprise. We shall see.

Under old business are scheduled two items: 3) Board of Selectmen By-Law Adjustment Acceptance (Ryan Thibeault), and 4) Town House Heating/Cooling Discussion (Erin Hutchings) .

Upon due consideration, the BOS will likely allow concluding Public Comments, to which they will pay the same degree of attention as they have the introductory Public Comments. The Town House heating/cooling discussion continues from past meetings.

On a side note, Ms. McDougall has called a second meeting of her Milton Advocates group. She struggled for a while in finding a suitable location. It seems that citizens groups are not authorized to meet in most Town buildings. She finally obtained permission to meet in the Nute Library’s Community Room, tomorrow (Saturday, November 3), at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. All town residents are invited. Bring your best manners. (Not her words).

Finally, there will be the approval of prior minutes (from the BOS Meetings of October 15 and October 29), the expenditure report, Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments. A second Public Comment section is not listed.

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


Milton NH Community News. (2018, November 2). Lynette McDougall Posting. Retrieved from

State of New Hampshire. (2016, June 21). RSA Chapter 91-A. Access to Governmental Records and Meetings. Retrieved from

Town of Milton. (2018, November 2). BOS Meeting Agenda, November 5, 2018. Retrieved from

Grand Opening of Ray’s Marina

By Muriel Bristol | November 1, 2018

The Portsmouth Herald of April 26, 1963 had an advertisement for Ray’s Sunoco & Sport Shop, which was situated on NH Route 16 [899 Central Avenue] in Dover, NH, “Next to DAN’S Super Market.” The advertisement also mentioned the Grand Opening May 1 of Ray’s Marina, Rte. 16, Milton Three Ponds, Milton, N.H.

Ray’s Sunoco Service Station appeared in an April 1956 advertisement of Leading Merchants that gave Top Value Stamps as a part of their transactions. A sufficient number of stamps might be redeemed for various consumer products.

Ray’s Sunoco put on a three-day boat show at the Dover Armory, March 31-April 2, 1961. It advertised boats at the service station in April 1962.

It can be inferred that Ray had originally a Sunoco service station, then a Sunoco service station and sports shop, in Dover, NH, which he then transferred or expanded to the site of the Milton railroad station in Milton, NH. (The railroad station ceased taking passengers as of June 1, 1958).

The following advertisement for an All Family Boat Show appeared in the Portsmouth Herald of May 5, 1963. Apparently, this represented an extended part of the previously advertised Grand Opening of May 1, 1963.

PH830505-Ray's Marina

Top Value Stamps included Ray’s Sunoco, Central Avenue, Dover, N.H, among their Leading Merchants in an advertisement of June 10, 1964, but apparently not thereafter.

Ray’s Marina & RV remained active on White Mountain Highway in Milton, NH, for nearly fifty years, closing its doors in 2012.


Portsmouth Herald. (1956, April 2). The Leading Merchants Listed Below Give Top Value Stamps. Portsmouth, NH: Portsmouth Herald.

Portsmouth Herald. (1961, March 30). Ray’s Sunoco Boat Show at Dover Armory. Portsmouth, NH: Portsmouth Herald.

Portsmouth Herald. (1963, April 26). Ray’s Sunoco & Sport Shop. Portsmouth, NH: Portsmouth Herald

Portsmouth Herald. (1963, May 5). All Family Boat Show at Ray’s Marina. Portsmouth, NH: Portsmouth Herald

Portsmouth Herald. (1964, June 10). 100 Extra Top Value Stamps. Portsmouth, NH: Portsmouth Herald.

Milton and Abolitionism

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 1, 2018

Representative Caleb Cushing (1800-1879) of Massachusetts presented “sundry memorials,” i.e., petitions, to the US House of Representatives, October 9, 1837. The petitions opposed the annexation of Texas. Among them was one “Of Elizabeth P. Jones and 123 other women of Milton.” They did not wish Texas to join the U.S. as another slave state.

In February or March, 1838, “Sarah W. Ricker, and 97 others, women of Milton, N.H.,” signed a memorandum, i.e., a petition, opposing the U.S. House of Representatives resolution of the 21st of December, 1837 (The Liberator, June 15, 1838). They were opposing the so-called House “gag rule”:

Resolved, that all petitions, memorials and papers touching the abolition of slavery or the buying, selling, or transferring of slaves in any state, district or territory of the United States be laid upon the table without being debated, printed, read or refined and that no further action whatsoever shall be had thereon.

Isaac Worster, of Milton, NH, stepped up in 1844, when there was some doubt whether the anti-slavery Herald of Freedom could continue to publish with their worn-out type and press.

In the next Herald of Feb. 19, Isaac Worster, in a letter to the General Agent of the Society, writes: You will consider me accountable for $25, towards the press. … If another press is needed when this is worn out, you will do me the favor to call &c (The Liberator, December 27, 1844).

He donated $2 to the same anti-slavery cause, via Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society agent Parker Pillsbury, in 1851. It was later said of him that he

… was a prominent man in Strafford county, N.H., for many years, where he was closely connected with the Abolition party, was firm and outspoken in his views against slavery, and was the personal friend and counselor of many of the noted leaders of the anti-slavery movement at a time when it required strong moral stamina and some personal risk to defend his convictions (Reno, 1901),

Worster and his family lived in West Milton, where he was a hoe and foils manufacturer in 1850. (He lived near Luther Hayes).

Stephen S. “S.S.” Foster, of Worcester, MA, made a round of collections for the benefit of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in the spring of 1853. He received

From Charlotte Roberts, of Danversport [Mass.], $10:00; the Essex County A.S. [Anti-Slavery Society], $5; Benjamin Chase, of Auburn, NH, $2; a collection at do. [Auburn, NH], $6; Amos Chase, do. [Auburn, NH], $1; collection at Canterbury, N.H., $4.50; at South Weare, N.H., $2.25; Haverhill, $15.48; Geo. W. Lee, do. [Haverhill], $1; D.P. Harmon, do., [Haverhill], $5; at Parker’s Falls, N.H., $1.33; at Milton, N.H., $3.09; J.C. White, Farmington, do. [N.H.], $1; at Great Falls, do., $2.77; Margaret Ham, do. [Great Falls, N.H.], $1; Daniel Emerson, Lee, do. [N.H.], $1; Jonathan Cortland, do. [Lee, N.H.], $1; A.M. Tolman, Portland [Me.], 50c; N.A. Foster, do. [Portland, Me.], $3; Dr. R. Shackford, do. [Portland, Me.], $3; Ruth H. Morrill, do. [Portland, Me.], $5. – $74.92.

Samuel Philbrick, Treasurer of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, included these collected sums in his account dated Brookline, Mass., June 1, 1853.

The Milton, N.H. donation of $3.09 was from a group, probably a church group, before whom the well-known S.S. Foster may have spoken.  (His wife, Abby Kelly Foster, was the more famous speaker).

The session of the [1854 Massachusetts] Anti-Slavery Convention yesterday was thinly attended, and the proceedings were excessively tame. In the afternoon, after a few remarks from Rev. Mr. STETSON, of Medford, S.S. FOSTER took the floor, and made quite a long, rambling speech, in which with characteristic boldness, he assailed the Free-Soil party as traitors to liberty and the rights of man (NY Times, 1854).

The Fosters’ Worcester, MA, farm (“Liberty Farm”) was a station on the underground railroad.

In June 1854, nearly eight-tenths of the eligible voters of Milton submitted a petition to Congress seeking repeal of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

By Telegraph. Congressional. Senate. To-day Mr. Fessenden presented a petition from the voters of Milton, N.H., the birthplace of President Pierce, praying for the repeal of the fugitive slave law. Refused (Pittsburgh Gazette, June 30, 1854).

Another speaker made a Milton stop on a Strafford County anti-slavery speaking tour in 1855.

WILLIAM W. BROWN, an Agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society will lecture as follows:

  • Great Falls, N.H., Sunday, May 20
  • Farmington, ” [N.H.], Tuesday, ” [May] 22
  • Milton Three-Ponds, [& Milton] Village, Wednesday, ” [May] 23
  • Rochester, ” [N.H.], Friday, ” [May] 25
  • S. Newmarket, ” [N.H.], Sunday, ” [May] 27 (The Liberator, May 18, 1855).

See also Milton in the News – 1838 and Milton in the News – 1854


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