Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (October 29, 2018)

By Muriel Bristol | October 27, 2018

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for an “Extra” BOS meeting to be held Monday, October 29.

The meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public preliminary session at 5:45 PM. That agenda has a single Non-Public item classed as 91-A:3 II (j).

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].

The sole Non-Public item (the “j” item) might be a further discussion of revisions of employee manuals and employee insurance buyouts, issues that have been mentioned in the open sessions. The old fire station us still out there. And, of course, the budget.

There seem to be quite a few critical budget issues that remain unresolved. When last seen, various BOS meeting participants were declaring that aspects of the budget were “out of control.” It does make one wonder how and when overall budget solutions get discussed. In a Non-Public meeting?

Do phone calls between them constitute a 91A Public or Non-Public Meeting quorum? Chance meetings at public events make for a BOS meeting, but not phone calls between Selectmen? That seems peculiar. Or is it all done by playing “telephone” through the Town Administrator?

The BOS intend to adjourn their Non-Public BOS session at approximately (*) 6:15 PM, when they intend to return to Public session.

The Public portion of the agenda has new business and old business only.

Under new business is scheduled a single item: 1) Purchase of 1994 Spartan Pumper Truck (Nick Marique).

A new $500,000 leased pumper was rejected by the last ballot, yet it reappeared as a CIP plan item, and now it arises yet again as an agenda item regarding an older and, presumably, somewhat cheaper one. (Perhaps they should have started with a cheaper one last year?). The fire chief missed perhaps the dramatic conclusion of the last meeting. Or perhaps he just does not understand the meaning of the word “no.”

Under old business is scheduled a discussion of some of the departmental budget submissions of October 15: Recreation, Cemetery, and Insurance / Benefits.

Insurance / Benefits seems to be the item that drove the budget beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings. This should be interesting.

On a side note, Ms. McDougall published her notes from a preliminary meeting of her new ad-hoc brainstorming group, the Milton Advocates. Insurance and other possibilities were discussed. It seems that there is not a single insurance plan or rate prevailing across, or even within, departments. Consolidating them all under the least expensive alternative would be difficult, as their terms do not coincide. It would have to be done gradually as they separately expire over the 2019-20 time frame. It would seem that no immediate relief is to be found in consolidation of insurance plans.

The usual approval of prior minutes, expenditure report, Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments are not scheduled. Nor are any Public comments scheduled, either before or after.

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


Milton NH Community News. (2018, October 22). 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, October 26). BOS Meeting Agenda, October 29, 2018. Retrieved from

Milton Businesses in 1877

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 27, 2018

The Milton excerpts from the New England Business Directory, 1877.


Arranged Alphabetically by Business and Towns. When the Post-Office differs from the Town, it is given immediately after the name, and preceding the Town.

Blacksmiths (See also Carriage Smiths). Duntley Hazen & Son, Milton; Osgood, Ebenezer, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Rines, Nathaniel, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Rines, Samuel F., Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Boot and Shoe Dealers (See also Boot and Shoe Manufacturers). Grant, Solomon, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Box Makers (See also Paper Box Makers). Hayes, Charles H. (shoe), Milton.

Butchers (See also Provision Dealers). Hayes, John, Milton.

Carpenters and Builders (See also Ship Carpenters). Mathes, Joseph, Milton; Swasey, George A., Milton; Simes, Edward S., Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Titcomb, J.F., Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Carriage and Sleigh Manufacturers (See also Wheelwrights). Brackett, John, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Chair Manufacturers (See also Furniture Manufacturers). Young, Isaac C. & Son, W. Milton [P.O.], Milton.

Clergymen.  Noyes,  E.P. (B.), South Acton [P.O.], Milton Mills, N.H.; Clark, Samuel W. (C.T.), Milton; Owens, E. (F.B.), Milton; Crowley, James (M.), Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; McLean, A.S. (F.B.), Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Scott, D.B. (C.T.), Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Goodwin, Daniel B. (C.B.), West Milton [P.O.], Milton.

Country Stores. Where is kept a general assortment of dry goods, groceries, agricultural implements, & c. Those who deal in but one kind of goods will be found under their appropriate headings. (See also Grocers). Gilmore, Geo. A., Milton; Hart, John F., Milton; Fox, Asa & Son, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Fox, Asa A., Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Morrill, J.B. & Son, Milton Mills [P.O.], Simes, John U., Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Dry Goods (See also Country Stores; also Fancy Goods). Knox, Ida S. Mrs., Milton.

Flour and Grain Dealers (See also Produce Dealers). Corkery, Daniel, Milton.

Grist Mills (See also Flouring Mills). Hayes, Luther, South Milton [P.O.], Milton.

Harness Makers (See also Trunks, Valises, & c.). Sanborn, A. & Son, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton Mills.

Hotels. Tri-Mountain House, James R. Horne, Milton; Central House, Ira Miller, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Lumber Dealers (See also Saw Mills). Hayes, Luther, South Milton [P.O.], Milton; Scates & Lyman, South Milton [P.O.], Milton.

Masons (See also Plasterers). Rines, Joseph G., Union [P.O], Milton.

Milliners (See also Dress Makers; See also Millinery Goods). Roberts, Clara M. Mrs., Milton; Farnham, Wm. P. Mrs., Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Painters, House, Sign, and Ornamental (See also Painters, Carriage). Hodgdon, George F., Milton; Mathes, Robert, Milton; Came, George W., Milton Mills [P.O], Milton.

Physician. Peavey, George W., Milton; Buck, Jeremiah C., Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Gross, C.W., Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Saw Mills (See also Planing Mills; also Shingle Mills). Hayes, Charles H., Milton; Hayes, Luther, South Milton [P.O.], Milton; Plumer, C.A. & G.L., Union [P.O], Milton.

Shingle Mills (See also Saw Mills). Hayes, Luther, South Milton [P.O.], Milton; Plumer, Chas. A. & Geo. L., Union [P.O], Milton.

Stables. Horne, James R., Milton; Miller, Ira, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Teachers (See also Academies, in index). Bickford, J.P. (Classical Inst.), Milton.

Wheelwrights. Sanborn, James, West Milton [P.O.], Milton; Brackett, John, Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

Woolen Goods Manufs. (See also Hosiery; also Manufacturing Companies). Brierley, Edward & Co. (flannels, table-covers, & c.), Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Townsend & Co. (piano and table-covers). Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton; Waumbec Manuf. Co. (flannels), Milton Mills [P.O.], Milton.

A fair number of Acton, ME, businesses were using Milton Mills Post-Office addresses. They have not been included.

Claremont, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Great Falls (Somersworth), Hanover, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth all had gas-light companies. Milton and Rochester did not. They would have used candles and oil lamps.

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

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Sampson, Davenport & Co. (1877). New England Business Directory, 1877. Retrieved from

Milton Tax Increases on Social Security

We received the following information as a comment from a Social Security recipient and pass it along, as is, for your consideration.

John S. Frum

The Town of Milton’s tax rate has been increasing steadily for over 10 years now at about 5% per year. Has your income increased that amount? One part of the population that definitely has not seen increases anywhere near that is the town’s senior citizens that are on Social Security.

The average Social Security benefit (SSI) was $1,413.37 per month in June 2018. Yes, some get more, but many get less.  Often, that is a senior’s only source of income. From that, $134 is automatically deducted each month to pay for Medicare Part B insurance.  Now let’s look at SSI yearly increases. OOPS, what increases??  Seniors on SSI do not  get a cost of living increase every year. Over the past 10 years since 2009 there were 3 years when no increase was given, one year the increase was only 0.3%, four years showed  increases of just 1.5-2.0% The other 2 years were 2.8% and 3.6%. The greatest increase of 3.6%  was back in 2011. Think about Milton’s tax increases during those same years averaging 5% per year.

If you are employed and receive medical insurance from your employer, you might think seniors have quite the racket at $134/month. Believe me they don’t!!  Medicare does cover  most in-patient (overnight hospitalization) services at a 100% after a small deductible.  Out-patient services are a different story – only covered at 80%. Out-patient services include your doctor visits, lab work, X-rays, MRI’s and CT scans; day surgery procedures (many surgeries now are done in a Day Surgery Center that previously would have been done an in-patient setting); chemotherapy and much more.  Most services in this day and age are done as an out-patient. To cover that 20% you have to buy a Supplement Policy and they vary in price, but to get good coverage many are well over $200 a month. You also need to get a separate plan for prescription medications as Medicare does not cover them. So you buy a Part D plan and pay a co-pay for each prescription. Another cost that varies with each plan. Dental and eye exams are generally not covered on most plans. That $1,400 a month is dwindling fast.

Just imagine if you are single, a widow or widower, or even a couple, on SSI in Milton  and trying to  maintain your home and your health these past 10 years and being presented each year with a higher tax bill then the previous year. Each year you set aside a little more to cover this expense, but it seems it is never enough. So you control what you can … less home repairs, adjust your food budget, lower the heat and AC or use fans in summer. Some even limit medications. You control what you can. Like the Town, seniors have little control over insurance costs so they make major cuts elsewhere. The Town needs to do the same – make major cuts that will lower the tax rate by well more than 7.5% and continue to do it for many years. We all make sacrifices and can live with less if needed. If the Town of Milton does not lower the tax rate now, many seniors and younger residents will either lose their homes or move elsewhere. I know that many residents are hurting with such high taxes not just seniors. For the younger population, those under 65, this might help you to understand the situation from the perspective of  SSI  recipients.

Milton Businesses in 1876

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 25, 2018

The Milton excerpts from the New-Hampshire Register, Farmers’ Almanac, and Business Directory, for 1876.

MILTON, STRAFFORD – Pop., 1898. N.E. from C., 40; N.W. from Dover, 20. R.R.S. [Railroad Station] – Milton and South Milton, on Ports., Gt. Falls & Conway R.R. 

OFFICERSClerk, C.H. Looney; Treas., Geo. Lyman; Selectmen, Geo. Lyman, G.H. Plumer, John U. Simes; Supts., M.V.B. Cook, J.N. Lowell, Freeman II. Lowd. 

Postmaster – C.H. Looney; South, H.H. Wentworth; West, T.F. Canney. 

Justices [of the Peace] – Luther Hayes, C.H. Looney, E.W. Fox, State; Joseph Plumer, Joseph Mathes, Joseph Cook, George Lyman, G.W. Peavey, J.S. Hersey, J.N. Sims, B.B. Plummer, B.P. Roberts. 

Churches – Chris., D.B. Goodwin; Cong., J.N. Lowell; F. Bap., E. Tuttle. 

Exp. & Tel. Ag’t – Daniel Corkery. 

Hotels – Ben Franklin House, R. West; Tri-Mountain House, J.R. Horne. Livery Stable – Jas. R. Horne. 

Literary InstitutionMilton Classical Institute, J.P. Bickford. 

Manufacturers – boots and shoes, South, II.H. Wentworth; lumber, Luther Hayes, Scates & Lyman; Lewis Plumer, p.o. ad., Union. 

Mechanics – blacksmiths, H. Duntly & Son; carpenters, Joseph Mathes, E.H. Hersom; painter, G.F. Hodgdon; wheelwrights, Joseph Mathes, Daniel Jenness. 

Merchants – Ira W. Jones, J. Hart, J.E. Abbott, Jas. R. Horne; fancy goods, Mrs. Ira L. Knox, Mrs. J.F. Hart; millinery, Mrs. C.M. Roberts.

Physician, G.W. Peavey.

[Milton] MillsPostmaster & Ex. Ag’t – E.W. Fox.

Churches – Cong., D.B. Scott, C.F. Page; F. Bap., A.S. McLean; Meth., James Crowley. 

Hotel & Livery Stable – Central House, Ira Miller. 

Manufacturers – carriages and wheelwright, John Brackett; flannels, Waumbeck Manuf’g Co.; felt cloth, piano and table covers, Edward Brierly & Son; table and piano covers, Townsend & Co, John Meikle. 

Mechanics – blacksmiths, Ebenezer Osgood, Nathaniel Rines, S.F. Rines; carpenters, J.F. Tltcomb, E.S. Slmes; harness makers, A.A. Fox & Son; harness makers, A. Sanborn & Son; mason, J.G. Rines; painter, G.W. Came.

Merchants – Asa Fox & Son, A.A. Fox & Co., J.U. Simes, J.B. Merrill & Son; boots and shoes, S. Grant; fancy goods, Mrs. W.P. Farnham; provision, C.S. Lowd. 

Physicians – J.C. Buck, C.W. Gross, M.K. Cowell.

The Boston Globe newspaper of 1876 contained the following news of fires in Milton Mills and Milton Three-Corners during this year:

New England by Mail. Milton Mills, N.H. – The store of Augustus Fox at Milton Mills, was destroyed by fire Tuesday might. Loss $6,000; insured in the Home, New York, for $4300. The second story was occupied by the Odd Fellows, who lost everything (Boston Globe, March 9, 1876).

NOTES. Milton, N.H. – Yesterday morning a house at Milton Three-Corners, formerly occupied by George B. Wentworth, was burned. Loss $6000 (Boston Globe, September 15, 1876).

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Claremont Manufacturing Company. (1876). New-Hampshire Register, Farmers’ Almanac, and Business Directory, for 1876. Retrieved from

Puzzle #9: How Did They Get There?

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 23, 2018

Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf are lying on a hill near a remote house. Nobody put them on the lawn, but there is a perfectly logical reason why they should be there. What is it?

[Answer to Puzzle #9 to follow in the next Puzzle]

Solution to Puzzle #8: Something About Mary

Puzzle #8 was a “trick” question, the sort my grandfather liked to tell.

Mary’s mum had four children: April, May, June, and Mary herself, of course. The answer was in the title.

Milton Businesses in 1874

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 23, 2018

Note that no principal is specified for the Milton Classical Institute.

MILTON, STRAFFORD. Роp. 1598. N.E. from C., 40. R.R.S. [Railroad Stations], Мilton, and South Milton on Ports., Gt. Falls & Conway R.R.

OFFICERSClerk, Joseph Mathis; Treas., George Lyman; Selectmen, George Lyman, G.H. Plumer, Т.H. Roberts; Supts., J.U. Simes, H. Wentworth, J.F. Joy.

Postmasters. – C.H. Looney; South, H.H. Wentworth; West, F. Canney.

Justices [of the Peace]. – Luther Hayes, C.H. Looney, State; E.W. Fox, Joseph Plumer, Joseph Mathes, Joseph Cook, George Lyman, G.W. Peavey, S. Hersey, G.W. Tasker, M.V.B. Cook, C.A. Sawyer. J.Е. Twombly.

Churches. – Chris., D.B. Goodwin; Cong., F. Haley; F. Bap., J.F. Joy. 

Exp. & Tel. Agent – F.А. Crocker. 

Hotel – Franklin House, A. Kidder. 

Livery Stable – W.H. Jones.

Literary InstitutionMilton Classical Institute, ___ ___, prin.

Manufacturers – boots and shoes, South, H.H. Wentworth; lumber, Luther Hayes, Scates & Lyman; Lewis Plumer, p.о. ad. ,Union. 

Mechanics – blacksmiths, H. Duntley & Son; carpenters Joseph Mathes, E.H. Hersom; mason, Daniel Foss; painter, G.F. Hodgdon; wheelwrights, Joseph Matthes, Daniel Jenness. 

Merchants – Looney & Avery, Gilmore & Whitehouse, J. Hart; fancy goods, Mrs. Ira L. Knox; millinery, Mrs. C.M. Roberts. 

Physicians – G.W. Peavey, Frank Haley.

Mills. – Postmaster – E.W. Fox.

Churches – Cong., D.B. Scott, C.F. Page; F. Bap., J.S. Potter; Meth., I.J. Tibbets.

Hotel & Livery Stable – Central House, Ira Miller. 

Manufacturers – carriages, John Brackett; flannels, Waumbeck Manuf’g. Co.; flannels, felt cloth, piano and table covers, Edward Brierly & Son; table covers, H.H. Townsend; table and piano covers, John Meikle. 

Mechanics – blacksmiths, Ebenezer Osgood, Nathaniel Rines, S.F. Rines; carpenters, J.F. Titcomb, E.S. Simes, A.B. Shaw; dyer and table cover printer, John Meikle; engraver, H.W. Dewhurst; mason, J.G. Rines; painter, G.W. Came. 

Merchants – F.H. Chesley, A.A. Fox & Co., J.U. Simes; fancy goods, Mrs. W.P. Farnham; groceries, Geo. Olney; millinery, H.A. Farnham; provision, S.A. Felch. 

Physicians – J.C. Buck, R. Buck.

NH State Representatives for Milton were Jos. Plumer and Elbridge Fox, and for Middletown, i.e., Middleton, was Charles W. Davis. The District 5 State Senator was Edwin Wallace of Rochester.

Ezra H. Twombly, of Milton, held the office of Strafford County Register and Sealer; and Luther Hayes, of Milton, was one of nine Strafford County Deputy Sheriffs.

Tabular Statement, by Towns, of Votes for Governor in 1872 and ’73; Population in 1870; Average Valuation in 1872; and Apportionment on each $1000 of State Tax.

Milton, 222 [Votes for Straw], 131 [Votes for Weston], 10 [Votes for Cooper & scattering]; 205 [Votes for Straw], 78 [Votes for Weston], 5 [Votes for Blackmer & scattering]; 1598 [Population]; $441,955 [Valuation] 2.881 [per $1,000 State Tax Rate].

Former NH State Senator Ezekiel A. Straw (1817-1884), of Manchester, won election as NH Governor in 1872 and 1873. He was a Republican. Governor Straw did not run for a third term and was succeeded as governor by Manchester Mayor James A. Weston, whom he had twice defeated.

A Milton advertisement aimed at the emerging Summer “rusticator” market:

Summer Resorts and Hotels. In New Hampshire. BOARD – A few Summer boarders can find a pleasant home in a private family, convenient to churches, railroad, telegraph and Post Office. In a quiet and healthy little village situated between mountain and pond. For particulars address Box 30, Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, August 7, 1874).

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Claremont Manufacturing Company. (1874). New Hampshire Register, Farmer’s Almanac and Business Directory, for 1874. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, September 16). Ezekiel A. Straw. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, September 16). James A. Weston. Retrieved from

Milton Businesses in 1871

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 21, 2018

Extracted below is the Milton entry from the The New Hampshire Register and Farmer’s Almanac, for 1871.

Milton, STRAFFORDClerk, Joseph Mathes; Treas., Thomas H. Roberts; Selectmen, Charles Hayes, David Walingford, jr., Thomas H. Roberts; Supts., James W. Applebee, Frank Haley; Postmasters, Ezra H. Twombly; – Elbridge W. Fox, Mills; – John C. Plumer, South; – Thomas Canney, West; Physicians, Stephen Drew, Geo. W. Peavey; – J.C. Buck, R. Buck, Mills; Churches, F. Bap., Ezra Tuttle; Cong., Frank Haley; Cong., Caleb Page; F. Bap., D. Waterman; Meth., Ira J. Tibbets, Mills; Literary Institution, Milton Classical Institute; Merchants, Geo. M. Sayward. John E. Twombly, Mark H. Hart; Mrs. Clara M. Roberts, millinery; – Wm. C. Watson, boots and shoes; Asa Fox & Son, Asa A. Fox & Co., Bray U. Simes, John U. Simes; Geo V. Olney, groceries; Mrs. H.A. Farnham, Miss Augusta Berry, millinery; S. Lowd, provisions, Mills. Manufacturers – James Bennett, George B. Wentworth, boots and shoes; – Hiram V. Wentworth, Luther Hayes, Lewis Plumer, G.W. Wentworth; – William P. Tuttle, South, lumber; – Waumbeck Manuf’g Co., flannels, Edward Brierley, flannels, felt cloths, piano and table covers; John Meikle, dyer and table-cover painter, Mills. Hotel, Central House, Ira Miller, Mills. Livery Stable – Wm H. Huntress. R.R.S. [Railroad Stations] – Milton and South Milton. Stage from Milton Mills to Union Village to connect with every train.

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Claremont Manufacturing Company. (1871). The New Hampshire Register and Farmer’s Almanac, for 1871. Retrieved from