Famous and Infamous: New Hampshire – June 1885

From New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord NH), Thursday, June 4, 1885; page 5

—————–Franklin Pierce House Franklin NH

Sherburne Blake of Raymond lately had a cancer removed from his face.

W.W. Hunnewell enters upon his duties as postmaster of Exeter, Monday.

J. Albert Walker of Portsmouth received over 1000 tons of coal one day last week.

Hon. Thomas Harland of New York is occupying E.C. Stedman’s cottage at Newcastle for the season.

George W. Clark, an Exeter lad, had a hand shattered, the other day, by the accidental discharge of a gun.

Rev. F.L. Small of Guildhall, Vt., has accepted a call to the pastorage of the Congregational Church at Northwood (NH).

Frank Jones of Portsmouth is the seventh in rank among the beer brewers of the country in amount of production.

Rev. D. Taylor, for eight years pastor of the Baptist church at East Northwood, accepts a call to East Lyme, Conn.

A horse belonging to James Kenney of Newmarket was stolen by an unknown rascal at Spring market, Portsmouth, in broad daylight, Sunday.

The new elevator at the Eldredge brewery in Portsmouth will have a capacity of 30,000 bushels, and is the only building of the kind in the state.

An Auburn man named Sawyer was found in his field, stricken with paralysis, on Saturday morning last, having lain out all night.  He died soon after being found.

Stephen Brown of Kensington was recently terribly injured by a large board which jumped upon him, bit him badly and threw him to the ground, where he was found insensible.

PORTSMOUTH NH, May 29.–About a week ago, Edgar Robinson died in this city, as alleged, by an overdose of morphine, under strange circumstances. Sheriff Kent ascertained that Robinson had been involved in an alleged criminal bank check transaction in Albany, N.Y., and fled to this city to escape arrest.  Robinson while here seemed to have no business, and was probably hiding from the officers. It is now believed that he committed suicide.

HAMPTON. Memorial day was a gala holiday. There was a popular address from a platform in front of the town hall, then a procession and marching with a line band of music of twenty-one pieces from Dover, led by mounted marshals, and the decoration of soldiers’ graves at the cemetery with military salutes and flowers.  A few ladies were in line bravely trying to keep the parade step to the music of the Union, but the effort would have been less apparently, if not more femininely graceful, in the broader spheres of the hoop skirts of the old days, than under the looped and reefed critic line of current fashion.

Mr. Charles Perkins has his new house nearly ready for plastering, and Mr. John Cutter received three load of dimension lumber from Maine with a large force of skilled workmen from out of town today, June 1, to rebuild the Sea View house much larger than the burnt cottage, which he intends to have ready and open for guests on the Fourth of July.


Gault and Head employ thirty men at their brick yard in East Barrington.

There is excitement in Strafford over the mysterious disappearance of Benjamin Winkley, a man about 60 years of age.

Charles Kimball, a Rochester hermit, about thirty years of age, cut his throat with a razor Friday, and died form the wound next morning.

The Great Falls Comedy company went to Farmington on the evening of Memorial day and presented the play of “Rip Van Winkle” under the auspices of Carlton Post, G.A.R.

The mayor of Dover had the electric light poles and wires in that city cut down and removed recently. They belonged to Charles E. Smith of Newmarket, who had failed to remove them when ordered to do so.

At Great Falls, on the evening of the 27th, a French girl was pouring kerosene on a fire in the stove, when the oil can, which was a glass one, exploded, and in a second she was a mass of flames. She ran down to the front door, screaming, and a gentleman riding by tore her clothes off from her, and with the help of a bucket of water, put the fire out, but not before the girl was badly burned about the neck and face.


The steamer, Lady of the Lake, commences running regularly Tuesday.

Dr. Moses L. Hobbs died recently at North Hampton, at the age of 85 years.

The Laconias defeated the Franklins at base ball at Laconia, Saturday, in a score of 5 to 3.

Frank Thompson had a leg broken by a rolling log of pulp wood at Tilton, Monday, both bones being broken below the knee.

The farm buildings owned by Thomas Eastman in Gilford, were destroyed by fire Saturday morning. Loss about $1200; fully insured.

H.W. Boardman is erecting a large boat house on Gove’s point, Laconia, this week having purchased the steam yacht, “Winona” of Mr. F.E. Busiel.

Owen Kennison of Barnstead, who ran away about four weeks ago with $200 of this father-in-law’s money, has written home from Buffalo for money to pay his fare back.

Fish Commissioner Bodgo caused the arrest of Fred Smith and Charles Davis at Laconia, Thursday, for catching black bass and pickerel from Lake Winnesquam, and they were fined $20 each. These are the first arrests in the lake region for the fishing season.

The funeral of the late Harry G. Lincoln, M.D. of Boston was held in Belmont, May 14, Rev. Mr. Wilder of the Freewill Baptist Church officiating. There were numerous floral tributes displayed. The bearers were Walter Wells, Henry L. Shepard, William Sayles, and Edwin Bean.


Hon. John C. Doe, and wife of Chicago have been visiting in Ossipee.

J.W. Garvin has been appointed postmaster at Wolfeboro Junction.  A good selection.

Hon. John W. Sanborn of Wakefield, is building a barn which will be one of the largest and best in the county.

The dwelling and stable of S.M. Morse at Effingham Center, were destroyed by fire Friday. Cause unknown. Loss $2500; partially insured.

Capt. N.T. Stillings, proprietor of the Glen Ellis house at Jackson, and long known in connection with various White Mountain stage routes, died Monday, aged 69 years.


Danbury has been afflicted with measles of late.

The estate of the late George G. Bailey of Hopkinton is estimated at $60,000.

The farmers of Danbury fear the destruction of all vegetation by grasshoppers.

John M. Goss recently killed a black snake in Henniker, that measure 6 feet 6 inches in length.

The wife of Hon. George W. Nesmith, of Franklin, died Sunday afternoon, after a long illness, at the age of 86 years.

Charles Sawyer of Davisville, Warner, was assaulted by an infuriated bull on Sunday and badly injured. William Russell and Frank Merrill, who came to the rescue, were also tossed and hurt.

Sophie Horstedt, who had been in the employ of Hon. Warren F. Daniel of Franklin, for a long time, sailed in the Cephalonia from Boston Saturday, for a two months’ visit to her home in Guthenburg, Sweden.

Parker C. Hancock of Franklin, for twenty years clerk in Aiken’s hosiery mill, having terminated his contraction with that establishment, was presented by the employees with a gold watch and chain worth $100, on Friday last.

Rev. Edward Buston, D.D., the oldest Congregational clergyman in the state, died in his home in Webster, on the afternoon of the 27th. Deceased was born in Reading, Mass., Aug 7, 1803, and ordained in the ministry in 1836. After his ordination, he preached at Greenland, Dorchester and at Whitefield, and was called to Webster August 1837. He was installed Dec 13 of that year, and his pastorage continued uninterrupted until 1883, when he retired on account of declining years.

WEBSTER. The funeral of Father Buxton was attended at the Congregational church, by a large number of people, Friday last. The services were conducted by Rev. C.E. Gordon, assisted by Rev. Mr. Norton of Warner, and Rev. Mr. Haley of Boscawen.
-The funeral of Miss Addie Litttle occurred Saturday.
-Jacob Waldron, the oldest resident died Sunday. His was the fifteenth death in our small town since the middle of March, mostly aged people. Mr. Waldron was 93, Mrs. Amos Corser, who died April 8th, 91, and Father Buxton, 81 years old.

LOUDON. Batchelder & Robinson have purchased the mill property with the tenement house adjoining; also the Carter and Morse lumber lots. They compose to erect a box factory the coming season.

Dr. Gurney of Concord has bought the Holt house now occupied by Dr. Clark.

School in the Hill district commenced June 1, Miss Sarah Rowe, teacher.

SALISBURY. Memorial day was appropriately observed here by Pingree Post, no 84, and the citizens of the town. The Memorial address was delivered by Isaac Baty of Penacook; in Academy hall in the evening; also exercises by the Sunday school children.

David G. Bean met with a serious accident last Saturday, while on a fishing excursion, falling from a high bank and breaking one of his ribs, and otherwise injuring him. He was alone and laid unconscious for a long time.

Clifford Averill of this town died last Wednesday from the effects of a former paralytic shock. He was 74 years old, with an unimpeachable reputation, and a life long Democrat. His body was taken to Milford for interment.


Peterboro’s tax rate is $1 on $100

The Salvationists are again on the rampage in Manchester.

W.W. Bailey, Esq. of Nashua has gone on a business trip to Cincinnati.

Rev. George W. Grover of Nashua leaves this week on a European tour.

Mrs. J.C. Carroll of New York has bought the Prospect House at Hancock for $6,000.

Capt. Zebediah Peavey of Greenfield, 90 years of age, an old state militia officer, died recently.

Stephen Pippen of New Boston, who is 71 years old, took his first ride on the railroad last week.

Mrs. J.H. Dodge of Amherst was badly injured by being thrown from a carriage the other day.

A railroad station is to be erected at Policy Pond on the Manchester and Lawrence R.R. this season.

The Manchester water works department has laid 1400 feet of water pipe since the opening of the present year.

Mrs. Hannah J. Dickey, widow of the late Hilas (?Silas) Dickey of Manchester, died on the 27th, having survived her late husband just twelve days.

Joseph G. Carlton, who died in Nashua Friday, at the age of 73, was a brother of Henry G. Carlton of Newport, late of the Argus and Spectator.

Jefferson Robbins, who shot a man named Hutchinson at Milford a few days since, has surrenced and gone to jail at Manchester. Hutchinson will recover.

Andrew John Timon, a graduate of the Nashua High school in the class of ’79 and a Noyes medical scholar, was ordained to the priesthood, on Saturday last at the college in Quebec, P.Q.

Jacob Hartshorn of Merrimack says he will give for the erection of a suitable solders’ monument all his real estate, valued at $3000, if the town will furnish an acceptable lot for the same.

The late Judge McCafferty’s successor as associate justice of the municipal court of Boston is John H. Hardy, a native of Hollis, a veteran of the 14th Reg’t N.H. Vols and a graduate of Dartmouth, class of 1870.

The Manchester Mirror says that of the 125 persons who were members of the Amoskeag Veterans thirty-years ago, sixty are known to be living, sixty to be dead, and five are not known about. Of the whole number but either are now members of the organization, viz: John B. Clarke, William B. Patten, P.B. Putney, Lewis Simons, N.W. Cumner, Geo. W. Riddle, Frederick Smyth, and William G. Hoyt.

The Goffstowns beat the New Bostons at base ball, Saturday by a score of 48 to 5.

Memorial day was appropriate observed by Capt. Charles Stinson Post, assisted by Stark’s band and the Taggart guards. Rev. E.T. Lyford delivered the oration.

HANCOCK. Myron Johnson, with his wife and little boy and another woman and child, started to go to Peterboro, Saturday. When near George Sheldon’s the shorse shied at some calves beside the road and ran against the wall, and threw them all out.  They were all more or less bruised but luckily no one was seriously injured.
-Josiah Stone died last Thursday, on his 83d birthday. He was a native of this town and was one of our most esteemed citizens.

– The upper hotel, recently sold at auction, known as “Peak hotel,” will be opened this week, as a boarding house
– The will of the late James Scott was admitted to probate last week. Jennie Scott, his daughter, has been appointed executrix. It is estimated the estate will exceed $200,000.

MANCHESTER. The glove fight at Weber hall drew so small an audience that it did not take place. The sluggers Linehan and Lanigan had been in training two weeks.
-Many salmon and hundreds of lamper eels have appeared at Amoskeag falls within the past few days.
-The steamer Natt Head has commenced running for the season on the Merrimack.
-The great majority of liquor saloons in this city sell more rum Sunday, than any other day of the week. The police force are conveniently blind.
A.F. Cute is to build the large extension to the freight depot.
-Bets to amount of over $2000 are already up on the horse race that comes off at the fair ground this week.
-It is reported that Col. T.L. Livermore, agent of the Amoskeag, has had an offer of $22,000 yearly salary to take charge of a western railroad.  May he go and enjoy it.
-The Republican board of alderman by allowing liquor saloons to keep open all night seem to be legislating for rum and intemperance.
-The salvationists have made some more notable conversions. A prominent member of the bar, converted by them, will probably enter the ministry.
-Work will soon begin on the Amoskeag company’s new cotton house. Head & Dowst have the contract.


Gen. Griffin of Keene has arrived from from Texas for the summer.

Mrs. Sherman Paris of Charlestown has presented St. Catherine’s church in that town with a beautiful altar.

The Humphrey machine company at Keene, has shipped the seventh water wheel of its manufacture to a Rockville, Conn. company, all of which are in use.

The Keene Observor says that the Rev. W.F. Price, for a year pastor of the Second church in that city, has been called to the pastorate of the Madison avenue Congregational church in New York city, the church formerly presided over by Dr. Newman.  Mr. Price is a Vermonter by birth, stands six feet four inches in height, weight 250 pounds and has won $1000 in prizes for rhetoric and oratory at Harvard.

GILSUM: H.E. Strong for the past four years has been the popular clerk at A.D. Hammond’s store, has gone to Cleveland, Ohio to engage in a different enterprise. If he proves as faithful elsewhere as here he will succeed as he deserves.

KEENE: Last Saturday evening, when the 91-2 o’clock train came in, a Frenchman by the name of Eli Meyatte, was instantly killed by jumping fron the train as it came into the depot–aged 19.


Unitoga Springs at East Unity is becoming a popular summer resort.

Mrs. Nathaniel Eaton of Lempster, 88 years old, broke one of her arms recently.

C.A. Metcalf of Langdon recently sold a calf, forty days old, that weighed 200 pounds.

Steamer Lady Woodum will commence her regular trips on Lake Sunapee, June 22

Commissioner Riddle is putting 10,000 young fish in the waters of the town of Washington.

One hundred and twenty Catholic children were confirmed at Portsmouth, Thursday evening by Bishop Bradley.

H.J. Cutting, a son of Alfred Cutting of Croydon, who had been living of late at Oto, Ohio, recently committed suicide.

In tearing away the main part of the Allen house at Charlestown, recently purchased and being rebuilt by H.B. Wing, a copper coin with head of King George and Date 1743 was found on an old door sill.

Near the pinnacle of Monadnock mountain and but a few feet below the highest point, is a small pond, covering two or three square rods and but a few inches deep, seemingly imbedded in the solid rock.  Old settlers in that vicinity used to say that its depth of water never varied either in time of rain or time of drought. Around its shores grows the mountain cranberry, a vine and fruit peculiar to the arctic regions.  BLack lead and coal are also found on this mountain, the latter in small quantities.  Mr. John Fife, once a farmer and blacksmith in Dublin, used to go up on the mountain and bring down coal by the basketful to burn in his forge.


Rev. J.W. Lees preached his farewell sermon at Lisbon Sunday.

Hezekiah Parsons of Colebrook has recently returned from a trip to Washington.

P.P. Covell of Colebrook had a cow work $100 choked to death on her fastening chain recently.

A trio of Colebrook fishermen recently returned from Greenough Pond with about 100 pounds of trout.

E.C. Stevens, Dr. G.W. McGregor, and W.M. Taylor have been appointed health officers at Littleton.

Commissioner Hodge of Plymouth put 20,000 Lake Superior trout into Lake Winnesquam Thursday afternoon.

D.W. Runlett of Bethlehem arrived home from Florida last week and is putting his summer boarding house at Bethlehem in order.

Perley S. Coffin, a Bristol manufacturer, recently of Newport, disappeared Tuesday, 26th, and at last account has not been heard from.

A spark from an engine set the wood yard at Shake hill crossing, Enfield, on fire about noon Saturday and nearly 400 cords of wood were burned.

Harry Bingham and H.L. Tilton have been appointed a committee by the Littleton selectmen to consider the matter of the annexation of the potion of Bethlehem known as “Concord Gore.”

LISBON. J.G. Moore has begun work on his new residence.
-The selectmen have settled with J. Greenwood, who was injured last fall at North Lisbon from defect in highway by paying $900.
Rev. J.W. Lees preached his farewell sermon in the Cong. Church Sunday.

BRISTOL. Perley S. Coffin, who has been doing business in North Bristol for two years past, left there quite suddenly one night last week, without the knowledge of anyone. Later returns from Newport says he reached his old home safe and sound some twenty-four hours hence.
Augustus Williams and wife of Penacook were in town last week visiting his mother, Mrs. O.A. Williams.
Ira Varney proposes to build a house the present season
Mary L. Houghton is again improving from a third relapse of serious lung trouble.
Henry A. Sanborn is quite seriously ill at the residence of John B. GOrdon.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond died at her home, May 25th, age 63 years.  A truly good woman as gone to her reward.


The lumber mills at Berlin Falls have a capacity of 175,000 feet per day.

F.H. Chamberlain has been appointed collector of taxes at Stewartstown.

Bragg’s Hotel in Erroll was burned Saturday, with its contents.  Loss $6,000.  Insurance $3,000.

Abiatha Twitchell of Lancaster, 95 years of age, is still able to do considerable farm work.

The barn of S.D. Stanton of Clarksville was burned a few days since, with a yoke of oxen and two calves.

A little son of Hiram Heath of Stewartstown had an arm broken by being thrown from a carriage recently.

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