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ARTICLES FROM EARLY NEWSPAPERS
Massachusetts Gazette, 4-12-1770
T H E following may be depended on as Fact
THAT some time in the beginning of January last, several
men being together in the woods at Epsom in New Hampshire,
found a bear in his den. They had several dogs with
them, who were so intimidated by the threats of the
bear, who, considering his house as his castle, menaced
instant destruction to the audacious animal who should
attempt a forcible entry upon his habitation, that none
of them could be persuaded to undertake the hazardous
enterprise. The men, hoping, by exciting his vindictive
disposition, to provoke him to the imprudence of a sally
to punish their insolence, offered many contemptuous
insults to him and his habitation. But he, conscious
that, considering the superior force of the besiegers,
his citadel was his only safety, wisely curbed his naturally
hasty temper, and resolved to act entirely upon the
defensive. This resolution disconcerted all the measures
of the assailants. While they were deliberating and
settling the plan of their future operations, a young
man, driving a yoke or two of oxen, came to them, and
proposed to go himself into the den, and fasten a chain
to the hind legs of the animal, and draw him out with
the oxen. The proposal was approved. The youth, a chain
being fastened about his middle, in order to speedily
to withdraw him from military execution, in case of
a summary proceeding against him by martial law, took
a chain in his hand, boldly entered the gloomy abode,
fastened the chain as was proposed, and returned in
safety; the vindictive animal, surprised, as it seems,
at the intrepidity of the youth, having made no resistance.
At the first effort of the oxen, the chain slipped off
from the bear's legs, &c defeated the impatient
hopes of the party. Our young adventurer, with the like
precautions as before, now a seco9nd time visited the
region of darkness, fixed the chain effectually, and
returned to his companions. The oxen were obliged to
pull pretty hard to dislodge the animal from his dwelling,
he endeavoring still to keep possession by closely embracing
the roots of trees which supported his roof; but at
length, superior force obliged him to quit his hold,
and he was drawn by the cattle into the midst of his
enemies, whose unprovoked fury soon put a period to
his life. Such was the unfortunate end of this TRUE
BORN SON OF LIBERTY!
We hear from Greenland that a large Number of the most
respectable Inhabitants of that Town convened on Saturday
the 17th Day of December current, at the House of Mr.
John Folsom, Innholder in said Town, and by erecting
a LIBERTY POLE, and by several Votes there passed discovered
the firmest Attachment to the Cause of Liberty and a
fix'd Determination to defend the Priviledge of Americans
with their Lives and Fortunes.
N.B. The above Conduct & Determination being very
disagreeable to Col. March, he enter'd his Dissent,
and said none but lazy, idle Fellows, such as your Andrew
McClarys and Jo Cilley;s would have anything to do with
such Business, and that he would indemnify any one that
would cut the Pole down.
I Find it absolutely denied in your Last that Col.
March ever said that none but lazy idle Fellows such
as your Andrew McClary's and Jo Cilley's would have
any Thing to do with such Business, That he did then
and there as formerly mentioned in you Paper utter those
very identical Words the following Gentlemen are at
any Time ready when properly called upon the make solemn
Oath to the Truth of William Haines, Thomas Berry, John
Essex Journal 1-25-1775 E P S O M (New Hampshire)
At a legal meeting of the inhabitants of the town of
Epsom, held on Monday the 9th day of January 1775; and
at said meeting chose deputies to meet at Exeter on
the 25th instant, agreeable to a letter sent to said
town for that purpose (then took as fellows under their
consideration: as the grand Continental Congress advises
a non-importation and a non consumption of goods to
be the most effectual method to safe our deplorable
situation: and as we view the Scotch merchants and traders
in general to be no friends to our country, and is altogether
for self interest and lucrative gain; and to accomplish
their designs, has filled the country with hawker, pedlars
and petty chapmen, with their lawns, cambricks, ribbons
&c. - tempting women, girls and boys, with their
unnecessary fineries, which is a moth to our country,
and damage to all honest merchants and traders that
are true friends to our country, and that deals upon
honor; and to prevent all such diabolical proceedings
for the future, &c.
Passed a Resolve, that no pedlars, hawkers, or petty
chapmen, shall be tolerated for the future to sell or
dispose of any goods of what name or nature soever in
said town, upon no less penalty than receiving a new
suit agreeable to the modern made, and a forfeiture
of their goods. And then chose a committee to inspect
into the above resolve, and see that it is carefully
The Mirror 1-30-1795
On Wednesday last, at a large company of gentlemen
and ladies from Epsom, upon a party of pleasure, were
crossing the river in this town at Tucker's ferry, the
horses belonging to one of the sleighs on descending
the eastern bank, took a fright, overset and broke the
sleigh to pieces, and threw those that were in it with
such violence upon the ice, that one of the young ladies,
Miss Hannah Dickey, received such a shock that she has
since been __ of all sense, and almost emotion - She
is at the house of Dr. Carignain, and her life is pronounced
Concord Gazette 3-15-1808 Article
We several weeks since noticed the death of Mr. * Abner
Cough of Loudon. We are informed that his body was taken
up last Saturday, and was examined by several physicians.
It appears that the day previous to his death, he was
in company with one Cilley in Epping; and as Mr. Clough
happened to give him some trivial cause of provocation,
Cilley retaliated by giving him a number of severe blows,
with the butt end of his Whip, which are supposed to
be the cause of his death. Cilley has been apprehended,
and is to be brought before a justice next Thursday
*The Christian name was inserted in his death Jonathan,
Concord Gazzette 3-22-1808 Article
On Thursday the 16th inst. Before the Hon. Timothy
Walker, Esq. came on the examination of the complaint
against Benjamin Cilley of Nottingham, for beating and
abusing Abner Clough, of Loudon, by giving him sundry
blows with the butt end of a whip, on the left side
of his head and neck (which was supposed to be the means
of his death) at the house of Col. Levi Towles, in Epping,
on the evening of the 11th day of February, last: Clough
afterwards went on a sleigh to his house in Loudon,
on the same night, and died the next morning. On the
9th inst. The body of Clough, was taken from the ground
and examined by several Physicians, after this, a warrant
was issued to apprehend Cilley.
Several Gentlemen of the Bar, from this and the lower
part of the county, were engaged in this hearing, which
was held in the meeting house at Epsom, and occupied
three days, a very large concourse of people of both
sexes attended during the whole time, Judge Walker,
after giving a candid and satisfactory hearing of the
witnesses, and Council on both sides, ordered that Cilley
should be committed to the prison in Exeter, to be tried
at the next session of the Superior Court in that county.
We thought it our duty to make this brief statement
to gratify in some measure the public curiosity, but
we should deem any remarks on the evidence that appeared
on the enquiry at Epsom, at this time improper, as it
might tend to give an undue bias to the public mind,
previous to the trial of the prisoner, before the Superior
Court. We hope, and we believe it to be no less the
wish of the friends of the deceased, that the trial
should be by unprejudiced jury, that if innocent, he
may be acquitted, and if guilty, convicted.
Albany Daily Advertiser 11-13-1816
A NOTORIOUS IMPOSTER AND THIEF CAUGHT
A man whose name appears to be MARK FRENCH, from various
papers found in his possession, came to this city sometime
about the 20th of September last, and feigning distress,
obtained a written license from the Mayor to ask of
the citizens charity, and actually received from sundry
persons sums of money. He stated that he belonged to
the county of Rockingham, New Hampshire, that he had
been sick, and wished to obtain means to get home to
his family. But instead of going home, he continued
to loiter about this city, and on the 2d of October,
he exposed for sale at the auction store of Messrs.
Clarke and Moore some articles of goods and clothing,
and then embarked on board the Steam Boat for New York.
On the 18th instant he returned to this city in the
Steam Boat Paragon from New York, and put up at the
Columbian Hotel, kept by Mr. Fobes, where he continued
until Thursday last. He stated to Mr. Fobes, that he
belonged to Montreal; that he was poor and almost destitute
of money. On Tuesday morning, however, he was about
to take the stage for Whitehall, when all of a sudden
he discovered that his trunk had been broken open and
his pocket book stolen, with all his money, which he
had counted over but half an hour before and locked
up safely in his trunk. A stranger having lodged in
the house, suspicion fell upon him, and immediate pursuit
was made, but without effect. Mr. Fobes then went with
the above named French, to the Police Office where he
made oath to the robbery, and gave the Police a description
of his pocket book and papers, stating that there was
between 15 and 18 dollars in the pocket book, and among
the bills stolen was one five dollar bill on the Middle
District Bank. - He appeared much agitated and wept
The villain had now another opportunity to impose upon
the citizens. He told the story of his misfortunes,
and again obtained money from different persons - five
dollars from the Humane Society and two from the Board
of Magistrates. But notwithstanding his most artful
manner to conceal his real character, Mr. Fobes began
to entertain suspicions that he was an imposter and
rogue, and accordingly took measures to ascertain the
fact. French went about begging during the day, and
at night he was discovered in houses of ill-fame, gambling
away his charity. In this manner he continued until
Friday last, when Mr. Fobes, being perfectly satisfied
with his character, examined his baggage, which discovered
his suspicions to be well founded. The articles described
below were found. Mr. Fobes then instantly seized him
by the collar and led him to the Police Office, where
he was searched, and the identical pocket book, containing
the sum which he had sworn was stolen, and amongst the
money, the five dollar Middle District bill, was found
upon him. He was examined and committed to prison. From
the manner in which the goods were found stowed away,
he probably had stolen them from various persons, and
at various times, as the articles, which were rolled
with old clothes, and shoes, &c. were found in many
small bundles. They have no doubt been stolen in New
York and Albany, and on board the Steam Boats. He had
also on board a large assortment of clothing which he
had unquestionably plundered. Mr. Fobes has already
discovered an owner for two of the articles which were
taken from the Steam Boat paragon, and a woman of this
city has appeared and claimed two of the most valuable
Mark French appears to be about 50 years of age, stout
made, sandy complexion, and about five feet nine or
ten inches high.
The frequent instances in which villains of this sort
commit depredations upon the community, and especially
such a flagrant case as this, ought to put all people,
and especially the charitable and benevolent upon their
guards; for as has happened here, their bounty is not
only thrown away, but it proves the means of enabling
them to commit more extensive frauds and robberies upon
INVENTORY of the goods found in Mark French's Trunk,
taken in presence of Richard S. Treat, Philander Fobes,
and Alonzo B. Bigelow, in Albany, 25th October, 1816.
Two flag silk handkerchiefs - 1 silk and cotton shawl;
2 7-4 imitation shawls; 2 8-4 olive Levantine do; 1
do bisck do; 1 do red cotton twilled; 1 do light blue
Cassimere do, soiled; 3 scarlet Bandanoes; 2 cotton
flag handkerchiefs; 6 red spotted cravats; 4 pair beaver
gloves; 1 do cotton do; 1 do women's black silk hose;
3 lbs. Col'd sewing silk, marks off; 2 dozen apron tapes,
No. 25; half dozen tobacco boxes, japanned and flowered;
1 6-4 white cotton shawl; 11 4-4 buff do do; 11-2 yards
lilack Canton crape; 1 piece Brussels cotton lace, No.
1723, 36 yards; 3-4 yard of black Lutestring; 1 vest
pattern; 9 ladies combs; 1 pair mix'd worsted hose;
1 do black do do; 1 do mix'd do 1-2do; 2 pieces Nankeen
Cotton ferrit; 9 Madrass handkerchiefs; 3 pair calf
skin shoes; 1 case razors, containing 6 marked 1,2,3,4,5,6,
with Ivory handles - case mahogany, with brass butts,
hooks and eyes, a brass plate on the top marked 15 dollars
with pen and ink; 1 pair socks; 2 napkins.
Articles which appear to be partly worn.
3 shirts; 3 cravats, one marked 1.B.; 1 7-4 imitation
shawl; 7 pair woolen, worsted and cotton hose; 4 do,
do; 7 vests, one a blue superfine double mill'd cassimere,
lined with white flannel, with a black ratinet back;
4 pr. Pantaloons; 1 morning gown; 6 hdkfs, very much
worn; 1 pair black gaiters; 3 do. Shoes, some worn;
1 pair mittens; 1 cork screw; 1 pillow case; 1 towel;
1 white damask shawl; 1 green do. Do.
Newburyport Herald 11-15-1816 ITEM
Mark French, of Epsom, in N.H. has been apprehended
in Albany for Robbery. A large quantity of plunder was
found in his possession.
A FREE ROAD FROM CONCORD TO PORTSMOUTH
It may not perhaps be generally known in the interior
of this State and the northerly part of Vermont, that
a purchase has been made of the New Hampshire Turnpike
Road, leading from Concord through Northwood, Epsom
and Durham to Piscatqua Bridge, in order to afford a
greater facility and encouragement to those, who may
be disposed to convey their produce to the Portsmouth
market. The original cost of this road was $55.799.
The expenditures upon it to January 1817, were $12,993.
The expenditures since that time have been estimated
at about $1200 per annum - making the sum total of original
cost and expenditures $78, 392.
This is now a FREE ROAD. It is well made. Its course
is as direct as possible, avoiding the mountainous ridges.
The distance on this road from Concord Bridge to Portsmouth
is 43 miles, and may be traveled in about half a day.
Grasshoppers. - We are informed by a gentleman of undoubted
veracity, who saw the spoil, that Friend Arnold Thompson,
of Epsom, on Saturday evening last, caught in his and
his neighbors' grain fields, between the hours of eight
and twelve o'clock, five bushels and three pecks of
grasshoppers ! His mode of catching them was by attaching
two sheets together, and fastening them to a pole, which
was used as the front part of the drag. The pole extended
beyond the width of the sheets so as to admit persons
at both sides to draw it forward. At the sides of the
drag, braces extended from the pole so as to raise the
back part of the sheet considerably from the ground,
so that the grasshoppers could not escape. After running
the drag about a dozen rods with rapidity, the braces
were taken out and the sheet doubled over, the grasshoppers
were then swept from each end towards the center of
the sheer, where was left an opening to the mouth of
a bag which held about half a bushel; when deposited
and tied up, the drag was again opened and ready to
proceed. When this bag was filled so as to become burthensome,
(their weight is about the same as that of the same
measure of corn,) the bag was opened into a larger one
and the grasshoppers received into a new deposit. The
drag can be used only in the evening, when the grasshoppers
are perched on the top of the grain. His manner of destroying
them was by dipping the large bags into a kettle of
boiling water. When boiled they had a reddish appearance,
and made a fine feast for the farmer's hogs.
Epsom, Oct. 29, 1827
Sir - Sometime during this month, there came a man to
this town, and urged me to subscribe for a newspaper
called the New Hampshire Journal, printed at Concord.
He declared it to be a true republican paper. I have
ever considered myself to be a republican of the old
school, and place a high value on the rights and privileges
secured to us. I rendered my feeble aid in support of
those rights and privileges by shouldering my musket
in the war of the revolution. Having received two or
three numbers of the Journal, I am disgusted with it,
and am free to confess I was enormously deceived by
the lines of the agent who induced me to consent to
take the paper. I consider it a miserable Clay-cold
federal paper, and will not receive it any longer, and
wish to become a subscriber for the N.H. Patriot. Yours,
At a meeting of the Democratic Republicans of the town
of Epsom, assembled at the inn of Lieut. Abel Brown,
on Tuesday Jan. 1, 1828, pursuant to notice.
Col. DANIEL CILLEY was called to the chair, and WILLIAM
HAM, Jr. was chosen Secretary; when the following preamble
and resolutions were introduced and unanimously passed.
At a time like this, we view the UNION of the Republican
part all important to the interest of this State and
of the United States, and that the Republicans should
be vigilant and active in the common cause, the county's
best good - that they should be UNITED formidably to
oppose every measure tending to involve our dear bought
rights and privileges in Amiocracy.
Therefore Resolved, That we highly approve the Resolutions
of our spirited and patriotic brethren of DEERFIELD
passed at a recent meeting and published in the New
Hampshire Patriot, and will most cordially UNITE with
them and others of the like patriotism in using our
utmost endeavors to carry the same into effect, and
of adhering to the principles therein contained.
Resolved, That the Secretary cause the foregoing preamble
and resolutions to be published in the New Hampshire
Patriot and State Gazette.
EPSOM ANNUAL MEETING
Republican Ticket Federal Ticket
B.L. Locke, 134 James Babb, 116
William Ham Jr, 155 Thomas D. Merrill, 83
Winthrop Fowler, 134 Thomas D. Merrill, 78
Eliphalet Wiggin, 147 Thomas D. Merrill, 29
William Ham, jr. 87 John Cate, 31
William Tarleton, 118
DEAF AND DUMB - The Governor and Council have made
the following distributions of the $1200 appropriated
by the Legislature for the education of indigent and
dumb children of this State, at the Hartford Asylum,
John G. French, Epsom - $115
We understand there were several indigent and highly
deserving applicants, whose claims the limited appropriation
of the Legislature did nor enable the Executive to answer.
- N.H. Journal.
NH Patriot 7-28-1828
Fourth of July at Epsom.
The fine Light Infantry company, commanded by Capt.
Samuel Wells, met at the inn of Wm. Yeaton, jr. where
a respectable number of the democratic republicans assembled,
and the following sentiments were delivered accompanied
by the discharge of musketry. Col. Daniel Cilley presided,
and William Ham, jr. was Toastmaster.
The day we celebrate. While it awakens gratitude in
the hearts of freeman, it speaks terror to the traitor
The heroes of the revolution. Their names breathe a
Lafayette. Though seas divide us, the heart of every
American throbs with gratitude at the recollection of
These United States. Not withstanding the vile courses
pursued by aspiring demagogues, may they flourish to
the latest posterity, under the same pure republican
principles, so strictly observed by their venerable
father - the immortal Washington.
Hon. Benjamin Pierce. The inflexible republican - all
the allurements of men in power, or the prospects of
emolument of office, have never turned him from the
straight line of duty.
Hon. Levi Woodbury and Hon. Jonathan Harvey. Bright
constellations in the political horizon.
The Democratic Republicans.
"Firm, united let us be,
Rallying round old Hickory.
As a band of brothers join'd."
Clay and Adams foes shall find.
John Q. Adams. Educated in the political school of his
father, feigned a change of politics, and made pretensions
of attachment to the republican party, for no other
purpose but to destroy the effects of democratic policy.
Eighteen hundred twenty-nine will, we trust, give him
leisure to reflect on his many transgressions.
Isaac Hill - Who has so eloquently reminded us not to
withhold the homage of grateful hearts from the sages
and heroes of the revolution 0 his services demand our
gratitude and affection.
Gen. Andrew Jackson. A republican in principles, in
feelings and manners;
"Like the Eagle will soar on high,
Above the sphere where Vultures fly"
Amalgamation and Coalition. May they sink, with John
the second to rise no more.
Epsom Light Infantry. Descendants of the hardy yeomanry;
should their services be required, they would neither
prove Arnolds or Hills.
The Fair. May the never yield their hearts to those
who are unwilling to defend them from the battle cry
of "beauty and booty."
By Mr. S. Whitney. Hon. Samuel Bell. For the false information
he gave last March may he drive a hearse loaded with
the six coffin handbills.
By Capt. B.L. Locke. Death to a federal Administration
- annihilation to amalgamation - and prosperity to our
By Mr. S. Lear. Richard Bartlett, present Secretary
of State; the political weather cock. May he feel the
influence of the word of the royal psalmist applied
to Judas Iscariot - "let his days be few, and his
office let another take."
By Mr. Perkins Philbrick, jr. Gov. Bell - a traitor
to the federal party: a deceiver of the republican part;
may he, and those who raised him to office, be considered
as mean as the Hillsborough Bills; and may the republicans
of New Hampshire, at the next election, Pierce him to
By Mr. William Yeaton, jr. America. Her good blooded
sons will have reason to rejoice, when the present ruler
of our nation, or otherwise the United States' pauper,
shall leave to retire, and Andrew Jackson be placed
in the chair of State.
By a citizen. Ichabod Bartlett - The little Bullfrog
of New Hampshire: may he never beget another brood of
By Capt. B.L. Locke. William Pickering, who has lost
his office by being a man of integrity: may he be chosen
to the office of an Elector.
By R. Knox, Esq. Gov. Pierce. He carries with him into
his present retirement the proud consciousnesses of
By Mr. S. Whitney. The pitch pine Judge: as fit for
a Senator as Judas was for a disciple.
By Benvoli Sandborn. John Q. Adams; the present idol
of the federal party, a traitor to the republicans:
who robbed the public treasury to secure an office for
himself; may his double salaries, double outfits, billiard
tables and Indian portraits, be long remembered by the
democratic republicans: may his agents, paid out of
the treasury, who circulated the coffin handbills and
other infamous lines to defame the character of Gen.
Andrew Jackson, have place in history, and be read by
our children, and children's children to the last generation.
By William Ham, jr. New Hampshire. May the twenty thousand
republican sons, who recently distinguished themselves,
like Leonidas, maintain their integrity, or perish in
the last ditch.
By a citizen. Thomas Whipple, jr. A political Juda,
who sold his birth right for a mess of pottage.
By a citizen. The Toastmaster. Though modest and unassuming,
fears not the threats of aspiring demagogues.
By Perkins Philbrick, jr. The President of the day -
son of the late Gen. Joseph Cilley, the only remaining
one who has never been swerved by the prospects of office,
and who has remained true to the pure republican principles,
so strictly adhered to by his venerable father.
Letters - Conduct of one of Moore's Deputy Sheriffs
I Alexander S. Lear depose and say that on or about
the 31st day of October last, Capt. Dearborn Lord of
Epsom came to my house in Allenstown, and told me that
I was owing said Lord ten shillings; and after some
conversation said Lord asking me what Electoral ticket
I should carry, informed him that I always had and still
should carry the Republican ticket. He, the said Lord,
then said If I carried the Republican ticket, it would
be that for the Adams electors, for the that supported
Mr. Adams were republicans, and they that supported
Jackson were federalists. I then told said Lord that
I did not so understand it, for I considered the supports
of Jackson to be principally republicans, and the supporters
of Adams principally to be federalists. He the said
Lord then offered me, if I would carry the Adams ticket,
so called, he would give me out of his said demand against
me fifty cents. And the said Lord afterwards at the
same place said to me, if I would carry said Adams ticket
as aforesaid, he would take of me one dollar instead
of ten shillings; to which I replied I would think of
it. Further saith not.
ALEXANDER SALTER LEAR
Nov. 17. 1828
Merrimack, ss, Pembroke, Nov. 17, 1828.
Then the above named Alexander S. Lear personally appeared,
and after being duly cautioned and carefully examined,
made solemn oath that the above affidavit by him subscribed
is just and true, before me,
SAMUEL COCHRAN, jun. Jus. Peace
MR. JETHRO PETTINGILL, informs that "on the 3d
of November, 1828, EDWARD D. LORD of Epsom in the meetinghouse
of the town aforesaid, asked me for whom I was calculating
to vote. I told him I was going to vote for Jackson,
i.e. for Jackson Electors. He, the said Edward D. Lord,
then said if I did my pension would be stopped and I
should have to go to jail."
NH Patriot 1-19-1829
Celebration at Epsom of the 8th January
In commemoration of the political events of this highly
favoured country, and more particularly of the signal
services of the Conqueror at New Orleans, and the late
complete triumph of Democratic Principles in electing
Gen. Andrew Jackson to the highest office in the gift
of a free and enlightened people; the republicans of
Epsom, joined by citizens from other towns, determined
to express their joy and gratitude by celebrating the
Accordingly an elegant Ensign of Liberty was previously
erected by Robert Knox, Esq. and other spirited democratick
citizens, and suitable preparations made for the exercises
of the day. A committee of arrangements was chosen,
consisting of twenty, who appointed Hanover Dickey,
Esq. President; Col. Daniel Cilley, Richard Tripp, John
Nealley, and Capt. Lewis Flanders, Vice Presdents; Gen.
James Blake, Chief Marshal, Robert Knox Esq. and Benvoli
Sanborn, Deputy Marshals; Daniel P. Cilley and David
Dickey jr. Toastmasters.
The procession formed at 11 o'clock, A.M. near the Inn
of Jeremiah Prescott, and proceeded to the meetinghouse
under an escort of musick commanded by Maj. Jospeh Eastman;
where the exercises were, singing appropriate pieces
accompanied by instrumental musick, prayers and benediction
by the Chaplain, Elder Samuel B. Dyer, which in our
opinion, would not have dishonored the most profound
Ecclesiastic. They appeared as flowing from a mind which
strengthens with increasing weight, rises and expands
in proportion to the magnitude and importance of the
occasion; and which appreciates our national blessings
according to their true value. And an elaborate, spirited
and patriotic address by Moses Norris, Esq. which is
expected to be published, and will then speak for itself.
Having returned, over one hundred partook of a sumptuous
collation served up by Mr. Jeremiah Prescott.
After the cloth was removed, the following sentiments
were given, accompanied by excellent musick, hearty
cheers, and the discharge of artillery.
1. The day we celebrate. One of the most important ever
recorded in the annals of history, and which saved New
Orleans from the British grasp.
2. May an unquenchable love of Liberty be kindled in
each and every one, who beholds the ensign we have erected,
and in all who have heard of the 4th of July 1776, or
the day we celebrate.
3. America. Freedom's birth place, where man first gained
his true Liberty and Independence.
4. Gen. Andrew Jackson, the President elect, the brightest
ornament of America, through him we trust the nation
will be saved.
5. The Union of the States. As the "giant oak grows
in the sun, and strengthens in the storm," so may
it only be strengthened by internal tempests and political
6. Agriculture, Manufactures and Commerce. The three
grand sources of national subsistence. May they every
draw by even cords.
7. Gen. Pierce. A Statesman, cool and dispassionate:
may he at the next election receive the highest gift
of a free and enlightened State.
8. Our Hill at the Capital. Too firm and impervious
for federalism to climb.
9. Hon. L. Woodbury and Jonathan Harvey. As they have,
so may they ever conduct as to meet the approbation
of the Republican party.
10. The next Cabinet. May it be composed of materials
more substantial than Clay tempered with Rush.
11. The Heroes of the Revolution. May their memories
outlive monumental inscriptions.
12. Freeman of N.H. May they no longer be imposed upon
by the base deceptions of that lying vehicle, which
has been gratuitously and so profusely scattered among
us by Jacob B. Moore.
13. The State Legislature. Very modest in spirits: how
do they appear with the State's bottle behind the curtain.
14. Democratic republicans of New Hampshire. May they
be reminded that the least breach of their Union would
be hailed with barbarian joy by an universal warhoop
of aristocracy and despotism.
15. John Q. Adams. Not to blame, because his father
"loved sour grapes," but because they are
pleasant to his taste.
16. Political "reign of terror." "O nunquam
qua, nunquam videamus again."
17. "little ichabod bartlett." The fag-end
of all parties," a good appellation for twaddlers,
it applies well to himself.
18. His excellency John Bell. May he prepare to follow
Jonny Q. in an "Irish hoist."
19. Richard Bartlett - The amalgamation puff; full of
all deception. Let the reptile be crushed in the egg.
20. Jacob B. Moore. "Hea me miserum," I fear
we shall lose our heat in amalgamating parties.
21. The President of the day. Firm amidst the contending
elements of parties; a Patriot whose bosom glows with
love of country.
22. The Vice Presidents. Firm supporters of true Republicanism.
23. The Orator of the day. May soundances of sentiment
and eloquence of speck, combined in youth, be patterned
after by all, who are advancing to manhood, and the
active pursuits of life.
24. Party Spirit. May it every where give place to united
and vigorous exertions for the public good.
25. Gen. Washington. May succeeding generations continue
to be his monument, and their hearts his epitaph.
26. The Clergy. May their humble deportment and pious
endeavors teach us obedience to our government and our
27. Literature. As it cultivates genius, may it inspire
28. Editor of the Statesman and Register. Very boisterous
concerning liars and falsehoods. "Clodias accusat
29. The Fair. May they be as effectual in promoting
the brave sons of Columbia to true patriotism, as their
amiable qualities are in commanding their attention
By the President of the day. Gen. Andrew Jackson. Conqueror
of the Conquerors of Europe, and Hero of the United
State. May he enjoy a seat at the national helm with
increasing honor, till he shall resign it with perfect
By Col. Cilley, V.P. John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay.
They would be usurpers of the people's rights. May the
combined powers of the people soon send them to St.
By Richard Tripp, V.P. The Chaplain. He joins us to
commemorate "the glorious 8th" from inclination
as well as duty.
By Gen. Blake, Chief Marshal. Gen. Benjamin Pierce.
A Hero of the Revolution and a statesman of the first
stamp. May the next election place him in the chief
By the Orator of the day. The fourth of March, 1801
and the fourth of March, 1829 - Epochs alike glorious
in the annals of Demorcacy.
By Robert Knox, Esg. Deputy Marsal. Hon. Isaac Hill.
May his enemies not have power to put him down; nor
his friends ever forsake him.
By Benvoli Sanborn, Deputy Marshal. Henry Clay - Now
he is about to fall, may he repent of his past conduct;
and fall into the hands of the potter and be moulded
into a vessel of honor and liberty.
By Daniel P. Cilley. Success to the people of the United
States. May they maintain their freedom, even till dissolving
nature shall announce that "Time is no longer."
By David Dickey, jr. The token of Freedom here erected,
and all others throughout our land. If as durable as
the Egyptian Pyramids, may they ever be held by passing
people, whose hearts glow with an ardent zeal for national
liberty, beaming from reason and knowledge.
By Maj. Joseph Eastman. Amalgamators of New Hampshire
- Principally professional men, composing the second
platoon, and now pulling up the rear. To the left backward
wheel march; march! Tune - Soldier's Joy.
By Mr. Jeremiah Blake. The late Administration party
- Their desperate exertions, and amalgamating qualities;
like the metallick strip, have only tended to set the
edge of the Democratic Razor so keenly, as to shave
the faces of the Coalitiion so that their haggard and
dejected countenances may be recognized at first sight.
By. Dr. Henry B. Brown. Gen. A. Jackson - A true and
patriotic statesman, whose name stands conspicuous and
immortal on the pages of history. As he ascends the
presidential chair, may he be as a cloud by day, and
a pillar of fire by night, to guide the people in the
path of duty.
By Thomas S. Eastman. The victory at New Orleans. The
Republican's salvation, and Federalist's condemnation.
By Winthrop Fowler. The U. States of N. America. The
only tolerant and most highly favored Nation in all
the earth. May they ever be so humble, peaceable and
united, that the wise Disposer of events may continue
the same blessings to them, until time shall be no more.
By Reuben Sanborn. J.Q. Adams, Clay & Rush. May
they on the 4th of March next retire from office "with
their hands on their mouths, and their mouths in the
dust," and of themselves "cry unclean"
by reason of bargain and corruption.
By Joseph C. Wallace. John Binns and Jacob Binns Moore,
and all who have been circulating coffin-handbills and
other lying extra sheets - valets to defame the character
of Gen. Jackson, and hurt the Republican cause. May
they repent in dust and ashes; or like Judas, the traitor,
go an hang themselves.
By a Guest. - The Clergy of N.H. None more busy than
B. May he be made chief tanner of torie's hides. (This
toast has allusion to a fast sermon preached during
the last war.)
By Perkins Philbrick, jr.
A fell the old man, so falls his son;
They served four years, and now they are done.
Bargain their promotion - Twaddlers call it fair -
May the deil take Adams, and Jackson take the chair.
By Capt. B.L. Locke. John Q. Adams - His reign will
soon be at an end. May Amalgamation, Bargain and Intrigue,
with him end, never to rise again.
By William Wallace. Gen. Andrew Jackson. The Hero of
New Orleans and next President of the United States.
May we ever have such able, wise and patriotic Statesmen
at the helm of government, that our lives, Liberty,
"beauty and booty," may be protected from
all tyranny and oppression.
By a citizen. Hall Burgin - "One of the best of
men, one of the best of Judges, and one of the very
best Senators" - feels bad enough - let the dead
rest. No cheers, &c.
By William Yeaton,jr. The Governor and Council. A noble
appointment in Epsom: A Justice of the peace without
residence. But, as Jack said, any port in a storm.
By Benson Ham. Jacob B. Moore's Epsom Deputy. May he
ever pursue the course he has begun; give the writ and
summons to the defendant, clear our, and scream murder.
Pittsfield Sun 1-14-1830 EXPLOSION
One of the buildings attached to the Powder Manufactory
of Oliver M. Whipple, Esq. In Lowell, exploded on the
5th inst. Some of the shingles were found half a mile
off. Mr. Robinson, of Epsom, N.H. was the only person
in the mill, his brother having left it in a few moments.
Mr. R. threw himself on his face, but was found dreadfully
bruised, and both eyes destroyed. His life is despaired
NH Patriot 10-23-1837
The Portsmouth News tells a good story of a REVOLUTIONARY
TEA PARTY got up by Major Michael McClary of Epsom,
an unflinching patriot of those times, for the express
benefit of a Mr. Dix of Pembroke, a tory who openly
retailed the obnoxious article in spite of the threats
and remonstrance's of the liberty men. Major McClary
and his friends repaired to Pembroke, and commenced
operations by buying a pound of tea of Mr. Dix, during
the purchase of which, the latter threw out certain
hints that did not tend to allay the excitement of the
"tea party." On the following morning this
pound of tea was burned in the street before Dix's store,
in the presence of a large number of the liberty men.
Dix had in the mean time fastened the door of his store,
and armed himself with a loaded musket - and swore if
the d __d whigs broke open his store, he would shoot
them as fast as seven devils could carry them out. The
cry being made for more tea, the brave and daring McClary,
with one jump, stove in the door of the store; entered
the same sword in hand, and disarmed the tory Dix before
he recovered from his surprise. His well stored chests
of tea were emptied upon the fire - and himself compelled
to sign the agreement of the patriots - that he would
sell or drink no more tea! Thus ended the tea party
of Pembroke, N.H.
NH Patriot and State Gazette 6-12-1851
On the 21st inst., Mr. Theophilus Wells, of Epsom,
had one of his legs amputated above the knee, in consequence
of a long-standing disease of the bone and flesh below
the knee. On that day the diseased part commenced bleeding,
and a large quantity of blood was lost before the arrival
of the physician, Dr. T. Haynes, of this town. Dr. H.
judged it necessary to remove the limb at once, as the
only chance to save the life of the patient. Ether was
administered and the leg was removed in a few secons,
without pain. Mr. Wells is a very worthy man, aged about
Weekly Union (Manchester) 5-5-1852
Article - The Freshet
The Patriot contains the following additiional particulars
in relation to the late freshet: In Epsom, we learn
that three bridges over the Suncook, two over Bear Creek,
and one or two others were carried off. The grist mills
of Mr. Worcester Preston were carried off. - Mr. P.
was in it when it started, but he concluded to step
out and escaped uninjured. It is stated that the damage
to the roads and bridges in Epsom is over $1000.
Weekly Union (Manchester) 4-14-1857
Mr. Isaac Dowst, of Epsom, whose disappearance was
mentioned last week, has been found in a state of insanity.
He had made an attempt to cut his throat, but did not
NH Patriot and State Gazette 4-25-1860
Joseph G. Howe of Epsom took lodging for a night or
two in the semetery in Manchester, about the first of
April, and froze his feet so that it became necessary
to amputate both of them, which was done last week by
eight Manchester physicians.
Mirror and Farmer 6-13-1868
Article - Railroad Meeting at Epsom
An interesting meeting of the tax payers of Epsom was
held on Saturday, which was ably adressed by Samuel
N. Bell, L.W. Clark, Jos. B. Clark and J. L. French,
Esq. of Pittsfield.
That a railroad ought to be built up the Valley of
the Suncook everybody admits, and that Epsom, with its
many broad acres, numerous waterfalls, - both on the
Great and Little Suncook, - and half millilon cords
of wood and lumber, should secure railroad facilities
to develop her recources seems equally evident. An effort
will be made by town meeting to appropriate five per
cent of the valuation by taxation to aid in the construction
of the Sunook Valley Railroad.
Hitherto the enterprise has been thwarted by the indifference
and wand of aid from this town, but now the people are
more awake to their own interest, and it is hoped that
the appropriation will be made and Epsom be changed
from an old dull, deteriorating, farming community to
a busy, thriving, prosperous town.
Every intelligent citizen, and every absent voter,
should embrace this golden opportunity and do everything
in his power to secure the completiion of this road,
which will diffuse business and propsperity, and return
ten-fold to every citizen the amount paid for taxes.
Epsom and other towns should co-operate with Pittsfield
if they wish to secure the advantages of a railroad.
Mirror and Farmer 6-20-1868
Article - Important Vote
The Town Meeting held at Epsom, for the purpose of
making an appropriation to aid the construction of the
Suncook Valley Railroad, was fully attended and the
results most satisfactory. By a very decisive vote the
town appropriates five percent of the valuation, amounting
to about $17,000.00, all that the law will allow, to
aid in securing railroad facilities.
Well done, Epsom! The people of that town are awake
and say that there is every reason for beleiving that
the Suncook Valley Railroad can, and it must, be built.
Valley Times Jan 28, 1869
Charles A. Doe who had been engaged in driving a meat
cart to Concord will open a meat cellar at Manchester
in Kimball Block.
Pittsfield Valley Times Feb. 4, 1869
"As some school boys were sliding down a steep
hill, the sled ran against a rock, and one of them,
Anson B. Cass, son of H.O. Cass, had he bones of one
leg broken and the flesh terribly bruised. He is under
the care of Dr. Peabody and is doing well."
NH Patriot and State Gazette 9-29-1869
Article - Narrow Escapes
In Epsom, a few days ago, as some men were digging
a well on the premises of William Tripp, and got down
about twenty five feet, the well caved and Jeremiah
Burnham was buried up to his arm-pits. He was dug out,
with considerable difficulty and danger.
Valley Times January 20, 1870
The Ladies of the Congregational Society of Epsom held
a Levee at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening, which
proved a very creditable and pleasant affair.
An excursion train went down from Pittsfield with about
eighty passengers, who were highly pleased with the
excursion and entertainment. The well disposed people
of Epsom kindly furnished teams to convey them to and
from the depot.
Messrs. Cass & Cox, who have done quite a thriving
business during the past two years, butchering and carrying
meat to Concord, are closing up affairs in Epsom, and
preparing to move to Manchester where they will continue
The desirable farm of J.J. Moses Esq. is advertised
for sale in this paper, and he will go with the above
firm to Manchester.
Valley Times February 17, 1870
Capt. Arthur Locke has been cutting a small lot of timber
this winter, including several old growth pines; one
of which made after it was sawed, 28,000 feet of lumber.
Large lumbering operations are going on in the vicinity
of Pleasant Pond.
Monday afternoon of last week, as Mr. William Yeaton,
working at Manchester, was engaged in rolling logs down
a steep bank, he passed in front of a pile to arrange
the large sleepers upon which the logs were to roll.
While engaged in so doing, one of the largest logs,
over three feet in diameter, started from its position,
and Mr. Yeaton, in endeavoring to escape, slipped and
fell over one of the sleepers, and the log rolled directly
upon him instantly. Had he fallen between the sleepers
he would have been safe. He was about twenty seven years
old and was unmarried. He was the son of Warren Yeaton,
and was brought to Epsom for burial.
From the Valley Times February 24, 1870
Epsom. Obituary. Mrs. Anna Merrill, aged seventy-eight
years and nine months, died suddenly in her chair this
forenoon, of congestion of the lungs. She was the widow
of Thomas D. Merrill, a prominent citizen of Epsom.
Her father was Dr. Peter Green, a native of Lancaster,
Mass., and for many years a distinguished physician
in this city. He was one of the original founders of
the New Hampshire Medical Society. Mrs. Merrill was
the only survivor of thirteen children by his second
wife, Ruth Ayer of Haverhill, Mass.
NH Patriot and State Gazette 3-17-1870
Article - New Store New Store In the Suncook Valley
The subscribers offer for sale at their new Store just
opened at Goss' Village in Epsom, a good variety of
West India Goods and Groceries at extremely low prices.
Having purchased goods for cash in Boston and vicinity,
at great discount, we are prepared to place them before
the public lower than they can be bought elsewhere,
in this vicinity. We solicit a liberal patronage. Come
one and all and examine out stock of goods for yourselves.
Motto, Quick Sales and Small Profits.
Wm. & John A. Goss. Epsom, Feb. 28, 1870
Lake Village Times 4-2-1870
Article - New Post Office
A new post office has been established at Short Falls
in Epsom. Mr. J.B. Tennant is the postmaster.
NH Patriot and State Gazette 6-30-1873
Article - Robbery at Epsom
The store of Solon Robinson, at Epsom, in which is
kept a stock of groceries, boots and shoes, provision,
etc., was entered by burglars on Friday night last,
who stole about five hundred dollars worth of goods.
The building is set up on blocks, and the person or
persons who committed the robbery cut a hole, ten by
twelve inches square up through the floor from underneath,
and ented the store in this way. A large dog belonging
to the proprietor, and which is kept upon the premises,
disappeared the day before the theft, and came back
the day after. Officers were at once notified, and are
now engaged in working up the case, but no trace of
the thieves has yet been discovered.
NH Patriot and State Gazette 6-14-1876
Article - Drowning Case.
On Monday last, Charles T. Cofran, an inmate of the
Asylum for the Insane, left that institution and all
efforts to discover his whereabouts were unavailing.
It was thought that he had started for his home in Epsom,
but nothing was heard from him during the week. On Sunday
morning last a Gypsy boy, who was fishing near the lower
bridge, on the Merrimack river, saw the naked body of
a man floating down the stream. A brick was attached
to his line and thrown over the body, which was drawn
to the shore. It was found to be that of a man about
five feet and a half in height, answering the description
of the man missing from the asylum, in general appearance,
though the body, which had evidently been in the water
some five or six days, was considerably bloated, and
decomposed somewhat. The authorities and coroner Stewart
were summoned, but no inquest was deemed necessary and
the remains were interred at the cemetery. Meantime
the officers learned that some clothing had been found
at Fort Eddy, and on going there learned that a boy
had, on Saturday afternoon, found a hat, a coat, pants,
vest, shirt and shoes, beside the stream which runs
from the eddy into the river. In these clothes the officers
found letters by which they were identified at the asylum
as those of Mr. Cofran. It is thought that he went into
the water to bathe, at the place where the clothes were
discovered, and was accidentally drowned and that the
body floated out into and down the river to the bridge,
where it was found.
NH Patriot and State Gazette 8-18-1881
The sleepy old town of Epsom seems to be waking to
new life by the sound of the carpenter's hammer, early
and late, upon a large building, 100 feet by 80, being
erected by the shoe factory company at or near Epsom
depot. The dam is being put in by H. A. Holmes, and
the building is being pushed rapidly forward by J. C.
Philbrick and is to be occupied Oct. 15th by an enterprising
firm from Lynn.
William Goss also has a large new house nearly completed,
near the shoe factory, and expects to build more.
H. S. Knowles is also at work rebuilding the gristmill
burned some years hence.
NH Patriot and State Gazette 11-1-1883
The old Freewill Baptist meeting house, at Gossville
in Epsom, has had a story added which will be used as
a G.A. R. hall and Good Templar's' lodge room.
Analectra January 24, 1884
Mrs. Joanna Buzzell died the 10th, inst., aged 92. She
had been a widow over 40 years.
The funeral of Mrs. Ephraim Locke, who died in Suncook,
was held at the residence of her son-in-law Mr. James
Fowler, on Monday. Mrs. Locke was 78 years old.
The children and grandchildren of Mr. Prescott Locke
gave him an oyster supper on Monday night. It being
his 85th birthday.
Horace B. Sherburne is bookkeeper at the shoe shop.
Miss Grace Edmonds is on the sick list
Miss Annie Cilley has recovered from her illness and
had gone to work in the shoe shop again.
Analectra January 31, 1884
The Grand Army of the republic gave an entertainment
at their hall on the evening of the 22nd inst.. There
were two dramas by the Epsom Dramatic Club, music by
the Jenness Orchestra of Chichester and dancing was
kept up till a late hour.
Analectra February 13, 1884
Mr. [Jacob] Freeze Robinson is moving his family to
Suncook where he has gone into the Dry Goods business
with the Messrs. Johnson of that place. He has been
in company with Mr. Silver at Gossville for the past
12 years, but sold out to Sumner Hall a few months ago.
Mr. Sumner Hall has been appointed depot master, Mr.
Robinson having resigned.
Willie Burnham, son of James M. Burnham, met with a
sad accident Saturday afternoon while coasting, bruising
his head so that he was unconscious for six hours and
breaking his right leg just above the ankle. Dr. Smith
was called and set the limb, and he is doing as well
as could be expected.
Mrs. Dr. Smith's mother has been very sick with the
pneumonia the past week. She is now thought to be better.
There was a cut down at the shoe shop last week.
Analectra February 28, 1884
A skating rink was opened at the Odd Fellows Hall last
Analectra March 20, 1884
At town meeting the town voted to by a hearse.
Analectra April 3, 1884
Mr. Moses Critchett, who died in Concord last week,
was buried in the Short Falls Cemetery, he was a former
resident of this town.
Analectra April 10, 1884
G.C. Knowles has sold out his butchering business to
Analectra May 15, 1884
Capt. Arthur Locke died May 10, 1884, 59 years, 6 months,
25 days. G.A.R. was in charge and the sermon was given
by Elder M.A. Quimby of New Durham.
Analectra October 2, 1884
A new school house is nearly completed in the New Orchard
Analectra October 30, 1884
There is a brass band being organized at Gossville.
NH Patriot and State Gazette 10-1-1885
Business is good at the shoe factory in Epsom. About
76 hands are employed, with a weekly payroll of $600.
An addition is to be made to the building and the capacity
of the factory increased to ten cases a day.
NH Patriot and State Gazette 1-21-1886
Article - Birthday Anniversary in Hooksett
The numerous relatives and friends of Charles Quimby
Esq., of Hooksett, celebrated the 80th anniversary of
his birth, in the town hall on Friday evening, Jan.
15th. The evening was passed in social amusements, and
my listening to singing from a choir composed by Hon.
Jesse Gault, Dr. F.D. Randall, Mrs. Rev. N. M. Learned
and Mrs. E.C. Chase. Mrs. R.E. Philbrick of Pepperell,
Mass., a grand-daughter, gave a recitation entitled
"Westerling," receiving an encore, following
by a satire on Dutch phraseology. Master Frank R. Moore
of Concord, a great-grandson, also gave a recitation.
At the close of these exercises Rev. Mr. Learned, in
a happy address, presented an elegant gold headed cane
which Mr. Quimby received with an effective speech.
Pleasant remarks were made by James Thonpson and wife,
Dr. Randall, Mrs. Nancy E. Converse, Ashael Quimby and
others all testifying to Mr. Quimby's worth as a townsman,
neighbor and father. Mr. Quimby was born in the town
of Hawk, now Danville, this state, in the year 1806.
He married Harriet Upton, of Bow, by whom he has thirteen
children, nine of whom are now living. He has experienced
many vicissitudes, having lived, since marrying, in
the towns of Bow, Epsom, New Hampston, and in the year
of 1871 located in Hooksett, where he has lived since,
in retirement. Farming has been his principal business,
in which he has been very successful. He is now financially
interested in quite a number of farms. He is still active
and vigorous, and a noble specimen of New Hampshire's
hardy sons. In private life, he is an exemplary moralist;
in politics, a firm Democrat; and in his business relations
with the world, his word is as good as his bond. His
life bids fair to cover many more golden years, and
his friends desire that they may be peaceful and happy.
Analectra February 5, 1886
There are three writing schools in session in town.
Mr. Crosby of Pittsfield has one at the town hall, Fred
Heath has one in District 1 and Austin Yeaton at the
North Road schoolhouse.
Analectra March 26, 1886
C.S. Hall had a very narrow escape from drowning Monday
morning as he was crossing the shoe factory mill pond.
The ice broke, letting him into the water up to his
armpits, but by a hard struggle he made out to save
Valley Times April 15, 1892
Mrs. J.T. Cotterell is visiting in
G.C. Knowles has been very sick, but
is getting better.
J.E. Eastman is building him a slaughter
The band are to repeat their concert
at Short Falls, April 22.
Married at the Free Baptist parsonage
on April 8, by Rev. J.W. Scribner,
Charles W. Towle of Epsom and Miss
Rebekah Towns of Newport.
During the high wind last week Wednesday,
a fire burned over about 200 acres
of pasture belonging to B.M. Towle.
C.W. Leighton and J. and W.H. Sanborn.
Three sets of buildings were only
saved by the timely aid of the citizens,
and plowing across fields.
Fred Fife has gone into the butchering
Henry Bickford to carry on Mrs. J.C.
Smith's farm this coming summer.
J.H. Tripp has taken down the barn
on the J.R. Dow farm and putting it
up again in connection with the one
at his residence.
Amos Prescott, an aged man who died
at North Berwick, Me, recently, resided
in New Rye district many years ago.
He is survived by one son, J.L. Prescott,
the well known stove polish manufacturer,
with whom he lived, and one daughter,
Mrs. Jeremiah Burnham of this town.
Valley Times April 22, 1892
Albert Pickard has sold his farm and
stock of cattle to Sumner Hall.
The Epsom brass band is to furnish
music Memorial Day.
Noah Goss has finished his job in
Windsor and returned home.
Hon. H.F. Sanborn of Princeton, Mass,
came to town Wednesday.
Valley Times May 6, 1892
Gossville now has six mails a day.
Mrs. Perley Giles has been quite sick
the past week.
H.S. Knowles has been in Boston this
week buying goods.
The Ideal Minstrel troupe of Northwood
gave a concert at G.A.R. Hall Tuesday
The Epsom brass band have accepted
an invitation to play at the anniversary
of the I.O.O. F. Hall at their hall
in Short Falls next Tuesday night.
Albert Pickard has moved to Deerfield.
Eugene Marden is clerking for J.B.
Shurburn Cass and wife of Lee, who
formerly resided here, are visiting
relatives in town.
The members of the Evergreen Lodge,
I.O.O.F. attended the funeral of their
late brother, John S. Hoyt, who died
at this home in Chichester, April
21. He was a worthy member, and the
oldest in the lodge. His age was 76
years. He is survived by a widow,
one son, and four daughters.
The town schools are under instruction
of the following teachers: Edith Fowler
in the Mountain District; Mrs. Clara
E. Woodman, New Rye; Eva Burleigh
of Sandwich, Short Falls; Abbie James
of Northwood, Gossville; Etta Goodwin
of Portland, Center; and Josie Shaw
of Pittsfield, New Orchard.
Valley Times June 10, 1892
A son was lately born to Hiram Hartford
Jeremiah Burnham and G.S. Chapman
are both on the sick list.
James Fife, whose family has recently
moved here from Boston, is very low
By request of the late William Fife
of Pembroke, the Epsom brass band
attended his funeral at his late home,
A grandson of H.O. Wells, Herbert
Lombard of Boston, aged 3 years, was
brought here and buried in New Rye
Ephraim Locke, and aged man residing
with daughter Mrs. J.W. Fowler, and
who has been failing for several months,
is now very low.
Dr. John Gile, formerly of Pembroke,
now practicing in Tewksbury, Mass,
was married on the 8th instant to
Miss Vesta, oldest daughter of Benjamin
Fowler of this town.
Maud Critcherson has an attack of
Married June 1, by J.W. Scribner,
John W. Heath of Lynn, Mass, and Mrs.
Sarah Hall of Epsom.
Valley Times June 17, 1892
Mrs. J. Hopkinson is sick with a brain
A daughter was born to George Cass
and wife May 30.
Mrs. M.D. Bickford has a bad hand
caused by getting a splinter in it
and taking cold in it; she has had
it lanced once, and it is still very
Noah Goss, Will Waitts, Charles Gordon
and James Bickford started early Monday
morning for the Mountains with twenty
barges and several carriages and one
Valley Times August 26, 1892
James Fife is very low in consumption.
J.H. Tripp and son started around
with their threshing machine last
George S. Chapman died August 20 of
heart disease, aged 67 years. He was
a member of Evergreen Lodge, I.O.O.
F., and is survived by a widow and
two sons, Frank of Winchester, MA
and C. Augustine of this town, besides
one brother of Lynn, MA, and five
Mrs. Lydia (Dickey) Hayward of Hastings,
Nebraska, who recently visited her
nephew H.O. Wells, s the only surviving
member of the family of Esquire Hanover
Dickey, one of the first families
in town half a century ago. Mrs. Hayward
is 76 years of age, and it had been
twenty-six years since she had visited
her native town.
The late Ephraim Locke, who died on
the 12th inst. was the son of Deacon
Ephraim Locke. He was born in 1809
and lived in this town until 18 years
ago, when he sold his farm to J.C.
Philbrick, and moved to Suncook. While
living here he served on the Board
of Selectmen ten years, eight of which
he was chairman, and was elected member
of the legislature. He had been a
member of the Free Baptist Church
since 1835. His wife, who was a daughter
of Rev. Samuel Dyer, died a few years
since, and his eldest daughter, wife
of Winthrop Fowler of Pembroke, soon
followed her mother. For the past
two years he has resided with his
only remaining child, Mrs. James W.
Fowler, at Short Falls, where he has
been most devotedly cared for during
the many months of his infirmities.
His funeral was quite largely attended
by the citizens of this town and Pembroke
and he was buried in the family lot
in Short Falls Cemetery.
Valley Times September 16,
David Marden who died in East Concord
September 3d, was a native of this
Mrs. Sarah Morrill who recently died
in Pittsfield, was a sister of the
late Deacon [Thomas] Tripp.
Miss Mary Baker, a teacher in St.
Mary's school, Concord, visited her
aunt, Mrs. Samuel Fowler, last week.
B.M. Cummings of Salt Lake City, Utah,
was in town last week looking up the
genealogy of George Wallace, a native
of Epsom, but one of the early pioneers
of that country.
Mrs. Thomas Ames is on the sick list.
Kidder Fisk is at work in Weare for
The Democrats of Epsom chose the following
delegates to the several conventions:
State, S.R. Yeaton, J.W. Fowler; congressional,
George Sanders, William Fowler; councilor,
Gorham P. Rand, C.O. Brown; senatorial,
J.C. Lear, B. Fowler; County, Warren
Tripp, S. Martin.
Valley Times Oct. 21, 1892
Mrs. A.G. Noyes is on the sick list.
J.H. Nute has been granted an increase
of his pension.
The apple crop in this town does not
exceed that of a year ago.
S.T. Dolbeer of New York City is stopping
at Calvin Dowst's.
Mrs. Lucinda Dickey, an aged lady,
is visiting her daughter in Haverhill
and Medford, MA
Miss Malissa Dickey died October 10,
of heart trouble, aged 47 years. She
leaves a mother and three sisters.
Hon. J.B. Tennant and wife accompanied
Governor Tuttle and party to Chicago
to be present at the dedication of
the Columbian Exposition buildings.
The band is to play at a rally at
Deerfield Center Friday evening.
T.W. Kelley lost his horse one day
last week, colic is thought to be
Two sons of the late Thomas Steele
of Montreal visited relatives in town
The following are the nominations
made at the Democratic caucus Wedensday
evening: Moderator for two years,
Hiram A. Holmes; supervisors of checklist,
Frank L. Seavey, James W. Fowler,
George P. Cass; representative, Nathan
Mrs. Blake Cass went to Byfield, MA,
Tuesday to visit her sister.
Everyone is sorry to hear that the
shoe shop is to be closed again, and
that Mr. Hill is going to move his
business to Pittsfield.
Valley Times Nov. 25, 1892
James B. Fife, who died the 13th,
was the eldest son of J.H. and Mary
Fife, aged 39 years, 10 mos. He went
to Boston at the age of 16 years where
he was employed as a clerk in Ditson
and Co's music store the most of the
time for twenty two years. He came
to his father's on a visit last December
where he was suddenly stricken with
hemorrhage of the lungs, from which
he never recovered sufficiently to
return. Besides his parents he leaves
a widow, two daughters, one son, two
sisters. Mrs. Frank E. Randall of
Pittsfield and Mrs George Dowst of
Allenstown, one brother, Fred C. of
this town. His funeral was held in
New Rye Chapel; services by Rev. J.
Scribner, the deceased having been
a member of the Free Baptist church
here for twenty-seven years. Interment
in New Rye Cemetery. Wreath and bouquet
of flowers were furnished by his fellow
employees in Boston. Chrysanthemums
from his mother.
Valley Times December 2, 1892
There is to be a town meeting next
Tuesday to see if the town will exempt
a firm for a term of years to go into
the shoe shop here. We would suppose
that every voter would vote for it.
[ed note, they did]
G.E. Critcherson and Everett Edmonds
are working for Hill and Company in
Charles Royal moved his family to
Chelsea, Mass, this week.
Valley Times December 9, 1892
Mrs. Susan Weeks, who died December
1 at her brother William Goss' Pembroke
of apoplexy, was the widow of the
late Simon Weeks, both former residents
of this town. She leaves four brothers
and two sisters. He age was 60 years;
interment in New Rye Cemetery.
Mrs. Susan Philbrick is repairing
The Congregational Society will hold
no meetings through the winter.
George P. Cass, who has lived on the
Jonathan Chelsey place the past year,
had moved back to his own farm.
F.L. Seavey is teaching New Rye School.
Miss Olive Freeze of Deerfield at
Short Falls. A number of the old teachers
Valley Times December 16, 1892
William H. Straw, a well known
citizen, died on the 10th of heart
trouble, aged 59 years, 9 months.
He had been a worthy member of Evergreen
lodge, I.O.O. F., from its organization,
also of McClary Grange. He was a native
of Hill, his parents moving to this
town during the years of his boyhood.
He is survived by a widow, two daughters,
Mrs. Anson B. Cass and Mrs. E.E. Kendall,
one brother, J.L. Straw of Pittsfield,
and one sister, Mrs. Susan Philbrick.
His funeral was in charge of the Odd
Fellows, conducted by Past Grand J.H.
Dolbeer; bearers, Past Grand Warren
G. Tripp, G.W. Lane, William Fowler
and Frank Marden. Singing by G.E.
Critcherson, J.A. Tripp, Ethel Brown
and Alice Wells; organist Mrs. Warren
Brown. Rev. Mr. Locke of Chichester,
Valley Times Dec. 30, 1892
Quite an accident happened on Monday.
Walter Yeaton, his sister Christie,
Mary Griffin and a Miss James were
out riding when their horse fell down,
throwing them out, injuring them al
except Miss Yeaton who escaped with
a few bruises. Miss Griffin had a
bad cut over one eye and her face
badly bruised. Miss James had one
limb badly sprained, Walter had his
neck hurt. It was a narrow escape
for them all.
Valley Times January 6, 1893
Mrs. Sally Robinson who was brought
from Manchester last week and buried
in the Cemetery at Short Falls was
the last surviving member of the later
Samuel Fowler's family.
Levi Cass, who has been afflicted
with paralysis several years, is now
Valley Times Jan 13, 1893
Charles Dutton has sold his buildings
and a few acres of land to John Murphy.
Valley Times January 20, 1893
James Yeaton is quite sick with pneumonia.
Mrs. Ella Pearson of Epping gave a
chalk talk on temperance in the Freewill
Baptist Church Wednesday evening.
Dr. French of Pittsfield was called
to see Mrs. Thomas Ames Monday. He
gave no encouragement of her ever
being any better.
B.M. Towle got one foot caught between
a log and a tree while at work in
the woods Tuesday, hurting it so that
it is feared it will lay him up for
Henry and George Dowst are getting
our lumber to build a new barn the
Valley Times January 27, 1893
A daughter was born to Nathan J. Goss
and wife January 23; weight ten and
one half pounds. [ed note, Maryetta
Rebecca Goss, did not survive the
Alfred Yeaton is at Manchester Business
Fred Fife is getting out lumber to
build a new house.
Jeremiah Burnham has been granted
an increase in pension.
James Hersey, to whom reference has
been made in the papers as teacher
of Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, from his
beginning to attend school until he
was qualified to attend Philips Exeter
Academy, was a resident of this town
for many years. He sold his farm to
the town for the use of their paupers
and moved to Manchester, where he
died in 1869.
Valley Times March 3, 1893
Mrs. Mary Jacko [ed. Jackrow] died
February 21, aged 59 years and 8 months.
She came from New York some two months
ago to help care for her sister Mrs.
Thomas Ames, who has been sick for
several months, and was taken suddenly
ill with a brain trouble and lived
but three weeks. Her funeral was held
in Lowell, MA, February 25.
Died at the home of her daughter Mrs.
G.E. Warren, February 17, Mrs. Sophia
Holmes, aged 85 years. Her remains
were carried to Northwood for burial.
She leaves four sons and two daughters.
Deacon Charles Doe is on the sick
Otis Burnham of the Concord Railroad
shop spent the last week at his father's
C.W. Tarlton of Concord was at his
farm last week barreling and shipping
his apples to Boston.
The roads have been badly drifted
for a week or more, some are hardly
Valley Times March 17, 1893
Widow Hannah Prescott, who is in her
89th year, is living alone in her
house in Gossville and doing her work.
Her late husband, Stephen Prescott
of Deerfield, was a soldier of 1812,
and she is he only pensioner in town
under that date.
Over forty from this place attended
concert by the Epsom brass band at
Chichester last Friday evening.
The following officers were elected
at the town meeting Tuesday: Selectmen
J.H. Dolbeer, Edwin R. Yeaton, and
Henry Doty. Town clerk, Maurice C.
Philbrick; town treasurer, Daniel
Mrs. Martha Ames, wife of Thomas Ames,
died March 4, aged 58 years and 1
month. She leaves a husband, brother
and two sisters to mourn her loss.
Funeral at the Free Will Baptist Church
Wednesday. Rev. J.B. Scribner officiated.
Burial in the Gossville Cemetery.
Our enterprising lumber dealers, Tripp
and Tennant are running two sawmills
in Moretown, one in Francistown, one
in Hillsboro, and are employing some
120 men. They have two mills not in
use at the present time. They produce
seven million feet of lumber in a
Valley Times April 14, 1893
Mrs. Daniel Goss is sick with pneumonia.
H.O. Wells recently bought 9 cows
of C.C. Doe and son.
Horace Fowler had his hand badly injured
while sawing wood by horse-power last
C.F. Haines and W.G. Weeks have painted
New Rye schoolhouse and are now painting
the one at the center.
The roof of the shed adjoining the
dwelling house of J.H. Tripp took
fire from a spark blown from the chimney
on the 2 inst, and but for its timely
discovery the extensive farm building
must all have burned down.
Morris Hartford, youngest son of James
Hartford, died in the hospital in
Boston on the 7th of pneumonia, aged
18 years. His funeral was held at
his father's last Sunday, Rev. J.W.
Scribner officiating. Besides his
parents he is survived by five brothers
and five sisters.
Valley Times April 28, 1893
A son was born to Frank Davis and
wife April 19.
The remains of Daniel P. Locke of
Pittsfield, a native of this town,
were brought here Tuesday and buried
in the Gossville Cemetery.
Miss Minnie E. Warren, daughter of
George E. and Lizzie Warren, died
of consumption, April 19, aged 22
years, 4 months and 22 days. The remains
rested in a white plush casket wit
beautiful flowers from friends comprising
a pillow with the letters A.C.F. from
the A.C.F. society of Epsom, of which
she was a member, basket and 22 white
roses, H.J. Holmes; bouquet of lilies
and other flowers, Mrs. W.I. Holmes;
twenty-two Easter lilies, E.M. Holmes;
oleander blossoms, Mrs. C.P. Holmes;
basket of flowers, Mrs. Ella M. Yeaton;
calls lilies, Mrs. Courtland Freese;
bouquet, Mrs. Hosea Hilliard; bouquet,
Miss Hattie Pike; bouquet, Mrs. Charles
Palmer; calla lilies, Mrs. Daniel
Yeaton; bouquet, Miss Anna Batchelder;
mound, Miss Ella Marden; bouquet,
Mrs Samuel Bickford; wreath, Mrs.
G.W. Marden. Funeral was held at the
Free Will Baptist Church on Sunday;
Rev. J.W. Scribner officiated. The
bearers were Hollis Hall, Charles
Pike, Walter Philbrick and Willie
Burnham. Daniel Yeaton, manager; singing
by the choir.
Valley Times May 19, 1893
Roger Griffin, who was killed in Boston
by an explosion of chemicals, was
a native of this town, being the youngest
son of Nathan Griffin now residing
in Deerfield. He was 39 years old
and leaves a family.
Valley Times 1894 (January-August)
Ernest Heath and George Cass have
Voted at school meeting (March) to
have a new schoolhouse at Gossville.
Valley Times February 1894
This community was very much surprised
and saddened last Thursday morning
to learn that Mrs. Carrie E., the
estimable wife of Alonzo Batchelder,
died at her home in Epsom Thursday
morning, February 15th, at the age
of 44 years. Her disease was congestion
of the brain. The deceased was a native
of Concord, and she was bord March
15th, 1849, and she moved to Epsom
at the age of 16, and had resided
there ever since. She was a charter
member of Ivy Green Rebekah Degree
Lodge I.O.O. F., and also was a member
of McClary Grange P of H, and in both
of these organizations she ever took
and active interest, and she will
be remembered and mourned by a large
circle of friends at her home and
in this town. Besides a husband, she
is survived by one brother, Albion
L. Page of this town, and two daughters,
Mrs. Hattie L. Sherburne and Myrtie
E. Batchelder and also a grandchild,
Nellie F. Sherburne of Epsom. The
funeral obsequies occurred at the
family residence last Sunday at 1
o'clock, and the attendance was large.
Rev. Mr. Dame officiated, and he tenderly
alluded to the many excellent traits
on the deceased. The funeral was in
charge of J.H. Dolbeer. There was
a very elegant display of floral emblems.
Wreath of flowers from Mrs. F.C. Ayer,
wreath of flowers from members of
Ivy Green Lodge. crescent from McClary
Grange, wreath of flowers from Mr.
and Mrs. A.L. Page, cut flowers from
Mrs. C.H. Heath. The beautiful service
of Ivy Green Rebekah Degree Lodge
I.O.O.F. was rendered, followed by
interment in the Centre cemetery.
Valley Times Newspaper Sat.
April 7, 1894
The saddest accident that has happened
in this vicinity within our memory
occurred March 29th. While a party
of men were engaged in rolling logs
into the Suncook River near the gristmill,
one log suddenly started rolling over
and fatally injuring Florus W. Tripp,
who died the following morning. He
was 29 years of age and the only son
of Warren Tripp, and no young man
in our midst was more widely or better
known. He had always lived with his
parents, and his father being engaged
in the lumber business, the entire
care of the large farm has devolved
upon him. Ever faithful in the discharge
of the duties of life, while his honesty
and integrity won the esteem of those
who knew him, and the universal sympathy
of the community goes out to his young
wife, to whom he married last June,
to his parents and his only sister,
Mrs. B.H. Fowler, who are grief stricken
by their great bereavement. He was
a worthy member of Evergreen and Ivy
Green, D. of R., Lodges, I.O.O.F.,
and of McClary Grange; a constant
attendant at church and the Sabbath
School; in all these associations
he will be greatly missed. His funeral
was held at his late home last Sunday
afternoon, where there was the largest
attendance ever assembled on a similar
occasion in this town, a great many
being present from Pembroke and other
neighboring towns. Rev.J.W. Scribner
officiated. Singing by G.E. Critcherson,
F.C. Fife, Mrs. J.W. Brown and Mrs.
F.C. Fife, Fred Burnham, organist.
The services were in charge of the
Odd Fellows: J.H. Dolbeer conductor;
and the several organizations to which
he belonged followed his remains to
the grave. Among the floral tributes
were 29 pinks from his wife, with
many beautiful contributions from
Evergreen Lodge, McClary Grange, relatives
and friends. Internment in the family
lot in Short Falls Cemetery.
Epsom Newsletter April 11, 1896
Mr. John S. Green is on the sick list.
J.W. Murby is at work on Emily Brown's farm.
Mrs. John Haynes is on the sick list at John
W. Murby's, her boarding place.
Cyrus Marden is tearing down the old house
where his mother used to live.
The Grist Mill broke down last Saturday morning,
it has since been repaired.
Bertel R. Foss is going to be the foreman
on Mrs. Keniston's farm at Allenstown in place
of Charles R. Dutton who has resigned his
position after serving 17 years.
Epsom Newsletter May 9, 1896
Charles Gordon is recovering from his recent
Mrs. Harriet Towle is visiting her daughter,
Mrs. Annie Smith, of Newton, Mass.
Daniel Goss, Charles Gordon, J.D. Langley
and Mrs. John Haynes are all sick and thought
to be failing.
The Northwood stage driver got left in Manchester
last Friday evening and when the train reached
here there was no one to carry the mail and
passengers to Northwood. Finally a party from
this town volunteered to assume the responsibility
of carrying the mail through.
Winfred Hartford, the former hired hand of
Andrew J. Cate, has moved to Deerfield.
C.S. Hall had a bad attack of the mumps.
Mrs. Calvin Brown is still in the hospital
in Boston, but is reported improving.
C.J. Brown has moved to Epsom to run a public
house at Gossville, also a livery in connection,
and will be pleased to meet and entertain
Mrs. Sylvester White of Rochester is making
her son, E.F. White, a short visit.[Northwood]
Charles Quimby who died in Concord April 26
of consumption, was a resident of Epsom many
years, living on a farm on Sanborn hill, and
enlisted from here in the Eleventh Regiment,
NHV. His first wife was Miss Frances Haynes
by whom he had a large family. All but two
sons died young. His remains were brought
to Gossville cemetery and laid in the family
lot. He was 67 years old and is survived by
Epsom Newsletter May 16, 1896
Josiah Langley is very feeble.
H.C. Fife is our new tax collector
Henry Philbrick is very sick with the mumps.
Henry Ames is also sick with the mumps.
C.S. Hall is improving from his recent illness.
John Spurlin is fitting up the James Brown
J.B. Cass was thrown from a wagon lately and
received serious injuries to the head, and
as he is 83 years old, it is thought doubtful
that he recovers.
Work will soon be commenced on the new stable
at the Goss place where they were burned a
short time ago. A stable will be erected at
the east side of the house.
Mrs. Jane Haynes, widow of the late John Haynes,
died May 9 after an illness of several years
of paralysis. She is survived by an adopted
daughter, Mrs. Minnie Woodbury of Manchester.
Her funeral occurred on Monday at New Rye
church, Rev. Joseph Tucker officiated. The
neighbors contributed beautiful flowers and
her remains were buried in New Rye cemetery
by the side of her husband.
INJURED BY VICIOUS COLT
A painful incident happened about a mile from
Suncook last Friday evening, the particulars
of which are as follows: George H. Lovejoy,
who lives with his father Henry Lovejoy, harnessed
their five year old colt to go to Suncook
on some errands. The colt had not been used
much of late and was rather vicious. Mr. Lovejoy
started for home about 9 o'clock and after
going about a mile something startled the
colt causing him to kick and in such a way
as to hit Mr. Lovejoy on the knee and tore
the left knee pan from its ___. The pain was
so great that he lost control of the colt
and being thoroughly frightened, it ran three
fourths of a mile, when the wagon was turned
enough to throw Mr. Lovejoy out and dislocated
his shoulder, the colt continuing. Mr. Lovejoy's
father at 12 o'clock, became worried at his
son not returning, started after him, and
found him lying beside the road near the Noah
Cofran place, where the last event occurred.
He was suffering severely from the injured
joints and was thoroughly chilled having been
on the ground for almost four hours. He was
at once taken home and Dr. Munsey was called.
The doctor found the joints in bad condition,
but after setting them in place left Mr. Lovejoy
in as comfortable condition as could be expected.
The horse was found on Pembroke Street Saturday
Epsom Newsletter May 23, 1896
Not long since eight Gossville enthusiasts
went to Chichester and stripped the bark from
90 of the chestnut poles on which we hope
soon to see a telephone line connecting us
with Short Falls.
The people in town were surprised to learn
of the death of Daniel Philbrick last week,
coming as it did so sudden and so soon after
the death of his brother John S.. The father
and mother and family have the sympathy of
the entire community in their sad affliction.
Gossville Carriage Company is having a boom.
Work is coming every day from neighbors, Chichester,
Loudon, or Northwood, and in every instance
is quickly and satisfactorily done. A new
coach is well under way for stage driver Brown
which will add much to the line when completed.
The roads are being put in good condition
under the skillful management of our road
agent, Samuel R. Yeaton, who is having all
the loose stones removed after the road machine
has done its work. A great improvement on
riding over cobble stones all summer as all
whose business compels them to ride the most
of the time can testify.
Advertisement - Carriage and Sign Painting
in all its branches at reasonable rates, and
all work guaranteed by John G. Dow, "Gossville"
Epsom Newsletter May 30, 1896
Frank Rollins was on the sick list last Friday
C.H. Osgood has planted 35 bushels of potatoes.
Some of them are up large enough to cultivate.
A fire that came near being a bad one started
in the grass near J.B. Tennant's buildings
but was discovered in time.
Epsom Newsletter June 13, 1896
Augustus Hartford's daughter died June 6.
James Clark is the owner of a week-old colt.
Miss Emeline Babb of Rochester is stopping
at D.T. Cilleys.
Charles Hall of Concord has erected a monument
over his father's grave.
Dr. Barston of Kingston, Ma, is going to stop
on Lawrence Hill this summer.
Daniel Waterhouse of Deerfield has moved into
the mill house at Short Falls.
Cyrus Marden has taken down his old house
and has raised his barn and put a cellar under
Lightning damaged the telephone at Samuel
Fowler's quite badly Tuesday night during
a heavy shower.
Charlie Marden, a former resident of Gossville,
has returned to this place from Manchester,
where he had been working in a store house.
He has moved into the house next to the schoolhouse
with his family of wife and child. We wish
him success among us.
Epsom Newsletter June 20, 1896
The new coach to be run on the Epsom and Northwood
stage line, was dedicated Wednesday June 17.
It is a good sample of the work Gossville
Carriage company can put out. It is made upon
honor and no one need be afraid to ride in
C.H. Osgood has purchased the lumber for his
stable of H. Clark of Deerfield and is at
work now building.
Nellie, daughter of Augustus Hartford died
June 6, aged 15 years. Besides her parents
she leaves two brothers, Waldo and Ernest
Hartford of Pembroke, and two sisters.
Daniel Goss died at his home in New Rye Saturday
afternoon, aged 75 years and 11 months. Mr.
Goss had been sick for a long time with various
diseases, notably paralysis and blood poisoning.
He leaves a widow, one daughter, Mrs. George
Little of Concord; one son, Henry of Lynn;
two sisters and three brothers; Mrs. William
Walker of Concord, Job Goss of Maine, Mrs.
Calvin Dolbeer of this place, all older than
the deceased; Samuel of Ashland and William
of Pembroke. Funeral Monday afternoon with
burial in the New Rye Cemetery, where he buried
his first wife 18 years ago.
Epsom Newsletter June 27, 1896
Abner Colby of Newton, Mass., was in town
last week, called here by the death of his
For a good harness or first class repairing,
call on William Hoyt, creamery building, Short
Falls, NH, open Wednesday, Thursday or Fridays.
Mrs. Estella Edwards, wife of Robert Edwards,
died of consumption Sunday afternoon. She
had been ill for a long time and her death
had been hourly expected for the last week.
She leaves besides her husband, a son and
daughter, a brother Will Yeaton, two half
brothers, Daniel and James Yeaton, and two
half sisters, Mrs. Batchelder and Mrs. Brown.
James D. Colburn was brought here Sunday afternoon
and buried by the side of his wife in the
New Rye Cemetery. Just ten weeks before that
he accompanied his wife's body to the same
place. The only relatives he has are widely
separated, none of whom were at the funeral,
which was held at his late residence in Concord.
Since the death of his wife he had been at
the Margaret Pillsbury hospital for treatment
for heart trouble complicated with other diseases.
A delegation of Odd Fellows accompanied the
body and performed the burial service at the
New Stage Christened
The elegant new stage just placed upon the
Northwood and Epsom line was christened last
week Thursday by a free ride given to a number
of out town officials and prominent citizens
by specialized invitation from the proprietor,
C.J. Brown. The party numbered 17 and started
from Epsom depot on arrival of the up train
at about 11:30 o'clock. The stage was gaily
decorated and drawn by four handsome horses,
driven by the proprietor himself. Several
members of the party were provided with fish
horns, cow bells and other musical instruments,
which awoke the echoes along the hills and
announced their progress to the wandering
inhabitants along the route.
A short stop was made at the Narrows, where
they were greeted with cheering and waving
hankerchiefs by the entire populace, who flocked
to doors and windows to view their passage
through the village. The next stop was made
at Northwood Center for dinner. Here the party
sat down to a first class spread at the Harvey
House and shortly after dinner the return
trip was begun.
At the Narrows a stop was made at the post
office where Postmaster C.H. Sherman treated
the party to cigars. Arriving at Gossville,
the store of Silver and Hall was visited and
all were refreshed.
Epsom Newsletter July 11, 1896
Samuel Fowler has an apple tree which contains
both blossoms and fruit.
Charles W. Towle is confined to his bed with
a lame foot. Dr. Hill of Northwood is attending
Epsom Newsletter July 25, 1896
H.O. Wells and sons are cutting the grass
on the farms of J.L. Brackett and C.W. Tarleton.
E.F. White boards or breaks horses and colts,
also handles and trains speedy horses. Post
Office address, Northwood, NH.
Eugene Philbrick is haying for Charles Steele.
Charles Leighton's colt was kicked badly in
his pasture Sunday.
Reports of the damage by lightning during
the shower of last week Wednesday show that
it was the severest one experienced in this
vicinity for years. In seven places within
a distance of three or four miles the effects
of electrical discharges are seen. Freeman
Marden's barn was struck and his horse killed,
but the building did not take fire. A bolt
struck George Burnham's house and completely
demolished a window, besides doing other damage.
The telephone at George Lane's was destroyed
and wires were burned out at Tennant's store
and Samuel Fowler's. George Towle's house
was struck and badly damaged. It will cost
of $100 to repair it. The worst damage, however,
occurred at John Tripp's. From appearances
it would seem that two bolts took effect,
one at the front and one at the back of the
house. Every side of the house was more or
less damaged, clapboard being ripped off,
blinds splintered, and windows shattered all
over the building. Nearly every room in the
house was entered and gilt mouldings and picture
frames blackened, and streaks burned on the
wallpaper. The only occupants of the house
were two lady members of the family, who were
in the kitchen. The bold entered the room
and played around the stove and metal utensils
and exploded in the middle of the room, but
without injuring the inmates, which seems
indeed a most remarkable escape.
Epsom Newsletter August 1, 1896
The youngest child of Frank Griffin of Boston
was brought into town Saturday and buried
in the cemetery at the center.
Mrs. J.C. Lear has an oleander with upwards
of 700 blossoms and buds on it. It is for
Epsom Newsletter September 19, 1896
M.C. Philbrick has a bad attack of the hay
fever and is unable to work.
R.C. Knowles is attending Pembroke Academy,
riding back and forth on the train.
Anyone wishing to attend the Rochester Fair
should call at the News Letter office or at
Stage Driver Brown's. Fare down and return
Epsom Newsletter September 23, 1896
E.S. Morrill has peas and corn which have
been hoed twice.
J.B. Tennant had had his platform scales re-planked
Frank Fellows has purchased a new horse. This
is the sixth horse Mr. Fellows has owned in
as many weeks.
Frank Fellows has sold his horse and again
goes to his work on 'shank's mare.'
Lois, daughter of C.H. Osgood, got badly poisoned
with ivy last week.
George Cass cut his foot quite badly while
List of taxpayers in town who pay a tax of
$40 or more:
Alonzo Batchelder 49.50
Horace Bickford 49.00
Alfred Bickford 41.12
James L. Bickford 62.20
Lowell Brown 42.74
Heirs of Oliver Brown 42.27
David Barton 84.05
William P. Babb 41.91
Andrew O. Carter 58.08
Charles E. Cilley 45.67
Heirs of John Chesley 59.73
John H. Dolbeer 40.66
James W. Fowler 64.42
Samuel Fowler 66.10
Benjamin Fowler 41.25
Charles S. Hall 142.30
Henry S. Knowles 58.71
Joseph O.Lawrence 75.08
Chapin H. Osgood 52.80
David M. Philbrick 62.44
Andrew J. Silver 45.54
George Sanders 70.19
James H. Tripp 64.98
Warren Tripp 79.54
George C. Towle 48.11
Hanover O. Wells 57.39
Heirs of Warren Yeaton 64.52
Samuel R. Yeaton 48.63
Epsom Newsletter October 3, 1896
Advertisement - Hotels - Suncook Valley House,
Gossville, Epsom, NH., near railroad station.
Board by the week, $1.00 per day; single meals
25 cents. Livery stable connected. C.J. Brown,
Advertisement - Epsom and Northwood Stage.
Stage leaves Northwood for Epsom 4:45 a.m.
and 11:30 a.m. Arrive at Epsom at 7 a.m. and
2 p.m. Leave Epsom at 11:19 a.m. and 6:15
p.m. C.J. Brown, Manager
We notice that A.C. Bickford and John Tripp
have a new sign.
J.T. Minard has hired the Wheelwright shop
of C.H. Osgood.
Miss Bertha T. Cotterell is very sick with
acute muscular rheumatism.
Gorham Rand was in Rochester Sunday attending
the funeral of a brother.
William Rand, a well known citizen of Rochester,
died at his home in that city on Thursday
of last week, aged 71 years. He was a native
of Epsom removing to Rochester in 1850. He
had been representative and member of the
city government, also president of the Rochester
The funeral of Miss Mary Lawrence was held
at the late home of the deceased on Friday
last. Boody's quartet of East Northwood rendered
appropriate music and the many flowers which
were received showed that she was esteemed
by her many friends. The bearers were C.S.
Hall, D.G. Chesley, C.A. Chesley and C. Wells.
The carriers were Harvey Wells, Charles Bickford,
Charles Steele and G.L. Fiske. James Bickford
of Northwood Narrows was undertaker and director.
For Sale - Second hand coach in good order.
Will carry 20 passsengers. Price very reasonable.
C..J. Brown, Gossville, NH
Epsom Newsletter January 23, 1897
Frank Fellows remains seriously ill.
William Lent is building a new shed.
John Demers is working for Edwin Kelley.
William A. and Albert L. Sanders are getting
out lumber for a new barn.
About twenty-five hands are employed at the
Mrs. H.B. Haynes remains sick and had been
moved to her daughter's Mrs. Fred Page.
Sherman and Rollins have recently put in their
usual supply of ice. They cut in Marden's
cove instead of shoe factory pond.
Epsom Newsletter May 1, 1897
J.H. Tripp is having his house and out buildings
painted, C.F. Haynes and Charles Abbott doing
Miss Emily Brown is sick and Dr. Munsey of
Suncook is attending her.
John Dolbeer and family of San Francisco are
expected here soon on a visit to his relatives.
Mr. Tasker and wife of Sandwich have been
visiting at Rev. J.W. Scribners. Mrs. Tasker
was formerly Miss Evelyn Burleigh and is well
remembered here as a successful teacher for
a number of terms in our schools.
Bert Ordway, who has bought the Solomon Yeaton
farm, is building a new barn.
Ed White of Northwood has moved into the C.W.
Royal house opposite the Gossville School
Abel Lamprey has moved from Northwood to the
Doe house on Palmer hill.
Charles Marden has moved to Slab City.
Frank Hall has had his house painted inside
and papered this week..
Epsom Newsletter May 15, 1897
Mrs. J.B. Tennant has been sick with the grip,
her sister, Mrs. M.J. Rand, caring for her.
G.C. Knowles is having his buildings painted.
Zachariah Leighton died at 12:30 p.m., Saturday
May 8, after a long illness. The funeral was
held at his home Tuesday at 12:00 o'clock.
He was 79 years of age last March. He leaves
three children and several grandchildren.
His wife died in 1888 after having lived with
him nearly 50 years. He has been a good and
faithful man in whatever he was engaged and
will long live in the memory of those who
Cyrus Marden has recently purchased a canopy
C.J. Brown has recently bought a new horse
Epsom Newsletter May 22, 1897
John Murby is quite sick.
Bert Ordway has built a new barn
George Pike has built a new barn.
Some of the shoe shop help have left.
Miss Helen Towle has had tonsillitis.
Henry Ames has been farming for C. H. Osgood.
The selectmen have appointed for the board
of health: J.T. Cotterell, Nathan J. Goss
and F.C. Fife.
Epsom Newsletter June 19, 1897
C.J. Brown has purchased a new democrat wagon
recently, of Mr. Bartlett of Suncook.
The Epsom baseball nine crossed bats with
the Barnstead team last Saturday. Score 19
to 11 in favor of visiting team.
Mr. Ring of Waltham, Mass., has moved his
family into Joseph K. Tarleton's house at
Mrs. Estelle Hall has recovered from the measles
and returned to her home in Barrington.
Road agent Dutton has sold his oxen last Saturday
to H.N. Clark of Deerfield.
Mrs. Augusta Chapman and Ellery Straw are
having their houses painted.
Mrs. Daniel Yeaton received intelligence last
Sunday morning of the sudden death of her
brother, W.T. Rowell, in Manchester. As Mr.
Rowell was walking on Elm Street about 8 o'clock
Saturday evening he was seen to stagger and
fall to the sidewalk. Aid was promptly rendered
but only a slight fluttering of the heart
was perceptible. He had been troubled with
heart disease, but when he left his home to
walk up the street he was in excellent spirits.
He was the son of the late Asa Rowell of Chichester,
and attended the high school in this town
many years ago. At the age of 21 he entered
the cotton mills in Manchester, rising to
the position overseer in the weaving department.
He was a member of the First Congregational
Church in that city, also of the Lafayette
lodge of Masons and Mechanics lodge, I.O.O.
F., and had served six years on the board
of assessors. He is survived by a widow, one
son, and one daughter, and besides his sister
here, an only brother, Rev. John A. Rowell
of Pine River, Wis.
Epsom Newsletter August 28, 1897
Frank Chase died at his home in Epsom, Monday,
Walter Tripp has started out with his threshing
machine; Waldo Hartford works with him.
More people have taken in the view from the
top of Fort Mountain this summer than for
several seasons past. Over 50 men, women and
children, ascended it within a week.
Abby L. Dolbeer, widow of Calvin Dolbeer,
died at her home Sunday morning aged 79 years.
She had been ill for several months from a
complication of diseases. She leaves one daughter,
Mrs. C.S. Hall, who has faithfully cared for
her in her illness, also and adopted daughter,
Mrs. Sarah E. Akeley of Haverhill, Mass.,
one sister, Mrs. William Walker of Concord,
and three brothers, Job Goss of Maine, Samuel
Goss of Ashland and William L. Goss of Pembroke.
Epsom Newsletter September 25, 1897
Mrs. Sarah Akely of Bradford, Mass, is stopping
at C.S. Halls.
Dr. L.W. Peabody and wife of Henniker visited
in town this week. Dr. Peabody practiced medicine
here some twenty-five years ago.
C.H. Osgood is getting out lumber to build
a stable to take the place of the one that
C.S. Hall has been to Vermont and got a car
load of cattle for his own use. 26 head.
Bills are posted for the auction sale of household
effects of the late Mrs. Abby J. Haynes, to
be held Tuesday afternoon September 28th.
We are sorry to hear that the veteran tin
peddler, B.M. Davis, is unable to make his
fall trips on account of poor health and is
confined to his home in East Pembroke.
J.H. Tripp bought 15 head of cattle in Loudon
James L. Bartlett had a harness stolen from
his barn two years ago last spring while his
family were at church. It was recently located
at Northwood Narrows, and Mr. Bartlett has
recovered his property.
Over 50 people from here attended the Rochester
fair by team.
William Brown has his new hen house almost
Epsom Newsletter October 9, 1897
J.L. Bickford arrived home Monday from Vermont
with two cars containing 80 head of cattle,
which he is to offer for sale.
C.H. Abbott is painting the residence of J.C.
Bert Ordway is having his barn newly clapboarded.
A.J. Silver is painting and repairing his
The new base ball club in the south part of
town played at New Rye last Saturday afternoon.
The four-year-old son of Walter Hartford was
kicked in the head by a horse last week. Dr.
Hill dressed the wound and the child is doing
Epsom Newsletter October 16, 1897
Edward White, having leased the Suncook Valley
House recently conducted by C.J. Brown, has
now changed the name of the house calling
it the Gossville Hotel and will make every
effort to please the public. He will also
run a free transportation carriage to and
from the depot.
Mr. W.W. Reynolds, the new depot master is
much appreciated. He has good taste and an
evident desire to please each and every patron
of the road.
Nathan Goss is having a new barn built on
his home place.
There was a husking at Horace Leighton's October
8. There were 25 present and 100 bushels were
Epsom Newsletter October 30, 1897
Philip Fowler is having his buildings newly
Edwin Hall caught a coon weighing 22 pounds
last Friday night.
M.C. Philbrick is building a cottage at Suncook
Pond for Suncook parties.
A.O. Carter of this place recently died in
Lynn, Mass., from the effects of blood poisoning.
He leaves a widow.
Henry Knox, proprietor of the Ocean Wave house
at North Rye Beach, has been calling on old
friends in this town.
Moses Libbey has been spending a few days
with his daughter, Mrs. John Babb in Deerfield.
We learn that Ellery Straw and wife are to
return to the farm of Sumner Hall and that
James Straw and family of Pittsfield are to
line on Ellery Straw's place.
E.F. White, the proprietor of the newly named
Gossville Hotel, is having quite a good run
of trade as people begin to appreciate the
accommodations. He is renovating the house
all over inside, painting and papering and
trying to please all who patronize him. His
register shows well for the first week, having
the following names: S.H. Sterling, R. Forsett,
Manchester; C.H. Farron, Concord; H.J. Morgan,
Ansonia, Conn.; W.H. Kenney, Woburn, Mass.;
Mrs. Ida F. Greenleaf, A.F. Holmes, Northwood;
L.F. Smith, Thomas C. Brown, Boston; Park
G. Hall and lady, Pittsfield; W.W. Reynolds,
Providence, R.I.; Frank Manning and wife,
Northwood; E.H. Haskilll, York, Maine; George
P. Wood and wife, Newmarket; H.M. Clark, Deerfield;
A.E. Gleason, Durham.
Horace Leighton is painting his house.
Epsom Newsletter November 6, 1897
J.L. Bickford is expecting another car load
Mrs. Bert Ordway is on the sick list.
Quite extensive repairs are being made on
H.B. Hartford is quite sick.
Jonathan Marden is quite sick.
Frank Hall met with an accident Saturday;
while working on the railroad he struck and
axe in his leg and had been confined to the
Epsom Newsletter November 20, 1897
Mrs. George Fisk is clerking at the Gossville
A break in the water main near the store of
J.B. Tennant, required the services of Commissioner
George Haynes is on the sick list.
Sumner Hall had an auction Saturday and sold
Perley Trickey has left Charles Lovejoy's
where he had worked this summer.
C.J. Brown has moved to Northwood.
Jonathan Marden, who has been quite sick for
the past six weeks, had got out once more.
Calvin Dowst is laid up with a lame foot.
C.W. Tarleton has been in town and it is his
opinion that the fire which destroyed his
barn was set by a tramp that found shelter
there from the storm. His substantial farm
buildings belonged to good farm land and were
situated on the best location in the southeast
part of the town and their destruction is
felt as a loss to the community.
Walter Cox has finished work for J.H. Dolbeer
and is stopping with his Uncle John Perkins.
The Center School has been presented with
a handsome clock by Mrs. C.F. Bulfinch of
Lynn, Mass., which is greatly appreciated
by both teacher and scholars.
Epsom Newsletter December 4, 1897
Albert Brown is doing quite a business at
butchering hogs this fall.
James Hall has been in town visiting at his
brother's, Sumner Hall.
W.W. Reynolds, who has been our station agent
for the past two months, has been transferred
to Beverly, Mass., as ticket agent.
Epsom Newsletter December 11, 1897
George Tripp received a bad fall in his barn
one day last week by falling from a beam to
the floor below, breaking his nose and several
fingers and otherwise injuring himself.
Harvey J. Wells cut his foot badly Thursday
while chopping wood.
E.F. White has purchased a new horse from
Mrs. Charles A. Steele fell through the scaffold
floor of their barn recently, breaking her
Mrs. Abby M. Weeks is quite ill.
Epsom Newsletter December 18, 1897
E. Lawrence Bulfinch of Lynn has returned
to his Uncle's and is attending winter term
of school at the Center.
Eliphalet W. French of Pittsfield was in town
Thursday and Friday with his famous cattle-dog
Nero,and captured Joseph Lawrence's five wild
James Tennant had a carload of corn, also
a carload of glutten last week.
Joseph B. Cass fell Monday afternoon and broke
his leg. His case is a serious one as he is
85 years of age.
Arrivals at Gossville Hotel: A.E. Giles, Gilmanton;
H.N. Clark, Deerfield; E.S. Morrill, Short
Falls; L. Ashton Thorpe, Manchester; J.F.
E.F. White was to Pittsfield Saturday. Mr.
White is much liked as proprietor at Gossville
hotel, is well patronized and seems to be
the right man in the right place. Mrs. White
as hostess is equally pleasing, and everything
possible is done for the comfort of the patrons.
HOTELS - Gossville Hotel - Gossville, NH,
E.F. White, proprietor. Rates per day $1:
single meals 35 cents; board by the week $4.
Good livery connected. Free transportation
to and from trains.
Epsom Newsletter December 25, 1897
Electric Lights are generally talked of in
Epsom. Parties have offered to put them in
if enough people will take them to make it
pay. Let someone start a paper and see who