Epsom articles from old newspapers
Old newspapers always have interesting information, whether for genealogists looking for vital records and family ties - or just amusement of times gone by. This is an index of some old news from various New England newspapers.
Section One - FIRES (this page)
Section Two - DEATHS
Section Three - MARRIAGES
Section Four - LETTERS & ARTICLES
Section Five - ADVERTISMENTS
Section Six - LEGAL NOTICES
Section Seven - MILITARY NOTICES
Section Eight - PAUPER NOTICES
Section Nine - PERSONAL NOTICES
Section Ten - PROBATE NOTICES
Section Eleven - REAL ESTATE
The Argus 4-17-1792 OSGOOD DWELLING
On Tuesday the 3d inst. the dwelling house of Col. Samuel Osgood, of Epsom, accidentally took fire, and with their provisions, and some of their furniture, &c was consumed.
9-14-1819 SALTER's BARN
A barn in Epsom, the property of a Mr. Salter, was burnt by lightning on Wednesday evening last. The building was large and nearly new, and besides about 40 tons of hay, contained grain and many of the materials prepared for erecting a new house.
8-24-1824 JOSEPH BROWN BARN
Lightning. A barn filled with hay &c. in Epsom, belonging to Mr. Joseph Brown, struck by lightning, was burnt on Monday last. The same day a new barn belonging to Maj. Wm. Weeks of Hopkinton, and partly filled with hay and grain, was burnt.
12-31-1825 JOSIAH SANBORN BARN
7-4-1831 JOHN CHESLEY RESIDENCE
The dwelling house of Mr. John Chesley at Epsom was burnt on Wednesday night last. There is no doubt the fire was set by an incendiary. Fire had twice before, within a short time, been applied to Mr. Chesley's barn, and had gone out, leaving the brands which were intended to enkindle the flames. The house was so much on fire before it was discovered, that only a small portion of furniture in the front part was saved.
5-18-1833 and 5-20-1833 DANIEL CILLEY BARNS
On Sunday night last, three barns, with a stable and shed belonging to Col. Daniel Cilley, of Epsom, were consumed by fire: supposed to have been set by an incendiary. Loss not particularly stated; probably about $1000. Insurance $350 in the N.H. Mutual Company.
On the night following the 5th instant the barns of Daniel Cilley, Esq. were consumed. His dwelling house was saved with much difficulty. There is no doubt that this was the work of an incendiary. Epsom has for a few years past been peculiarly unfortunate in fires and in the suspicion at least, that it is infested with a very few miscreants, who have occasioned them.
6-22-1835 JAMES SHERBURNE CATTLE
Lightning. James Sherburne, of Epsom, had (about ten days since) six cattle killed in his yard; by a single shock of lightning. He was standing within a few feet of them, but escaped without injury.
3-12-1839 DEARBORN BATCHELDER TAVERN
9-14-1848 JOSEPH LAWRENCE DWELLING
Fire In Epsom. - The large three-story house in Epsom,
which, for many years, has stood so boldly in the traveler's
eye as he passed on either of the leading roads in Epsom,
owned by Mr. Joseph Lawrence, was consumed by fire,
last Wednesday morning, soon after sunrise.
10-24-1860 SAMUEL BATCHELDER DWELLING
Fire At Epsom. -The dwelling house, barn and out buildings of Samuel Batchelder of Epsom, were burned on the morning of the 11th ist. The barns belonging to Morrill Hoyt and Darius Philbrick, adjoining, were also consumed.
3-31-1866 JOHN M. GRIFFIN DWELLING
The dwelling house of John M. Griffin, of Epsom, being the old Esquire Merrill house, a large and comodious building, was totally destroyed by fire, Thursday noon. Insured for $1200.
12-23-1868 DANIEL LOCKE DWELLING
FIRE IN EPSOM - The dwelling house and farm buildings of Daniel Locke of Epsom, were consumed by fire on Tuesday night last. The personal property lost included considerable household furniture, nearly half of a large stock of cattle, hay, grain and farming utensils.
11-23-1869 JAMES C. YEATON BARN
FIRE IN EPSOM - A barn owned by James C. Yeaton, at Jenness Corner in Epsom, and occupied by Mr. Kenan of Chelsea, Mass, a contractor on the Suncook Valley Railroad, was burned at 12 o'clock last Friday night together with eight horses, harnesses and carts.
12-14-1872 JEFFERSON A. EDMUNDS HOMESTEAD
The farm buildings, including house, barn, and shed of JeffersonA. Edmunds, of Epsom, were destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon, 3d instant, with most of their contents. A horse and hog were burned to death. The loss is estimate at$3500; insured for $1500.
7-16-1873 JAMES W. MARDEN HOUSE
On Friday afternoon, the house and barn at New Rye, Epsom, owned by Elder Holbrook, and occupied by James W. Marden, was burned, with a quantity of new-cut hay.
5-9-1877 HEALD'S MILLS
The saw and grist mills on the Little Suncook River in "Slab City", Epsom, owned by E. [Ephraim] Heald, Esq., were burned to the ground on Sunday morning. The fire is supposed to have been the work of an inceniary, as it originated in both buildings about the same time. Loss $4000; insurance $2000. No clue has been obtained to the indendiaries.
12-17-1885 SHOE FACTORY
The shoe factory at Epsom recently damaged by fire, is being repaired, and put in order for business again, the insurance having been adjusted and paid to the amount $3,000.
4-11-1896 GOSSVILLE HOTEL BARN
11-6-1897 C.W. TARLETON HOUSE
A most disastrous fire occurred here on Monday night, when neighbors living in the vicinity of the farm of C.W. Tarleton discovered flames issuing from the barn a little before 10 o'clock. The fire spread rapidly to adjoining sheds, and thence to the large two story dwelling house till all the commodious farm buildings were destroyed. Mr. Tarleton moved to Concord six years ago but his family have spent summer vacations here, while people from cities have at the same time occupied the other tenement. The barn was filled with hay, the most of which belonged to J.H. Tripp. The most of the furniture was saved but the farming tools were lost. No insurance. Mr. Tarelton was informed of his loss Tuesday morning by telephone. The origin of the fire is unknown but supposed to have been set by some tramp who had taken shelter in the barn.
9-1-1916 JOHN C. HALL HOUSE
During the terrible thunder storm which swept over this section Wednesday afternoon of last week, the buildings at the center owned my Miss Amanda Hall, were destroyed. A bolt of lightning entered the barn, which was full of hay, and instantly the structure was ablaze. Luther Hall, who was the only person on the premises, his sister being at Hedding Camp Ground, succeeded in rescuing the livestock. Neighbors and other townspeople hastened to his assistance and dynamiting was resorted to in order to save this fine old colonial house which was a landmark of historic Epsom; but without avail. Some of the furniture was saved but many valuable articles were lost in the flames, including the farm implements and silverware.
10-5-1916 BARMAN WEBBING LACE FACTORY
SOLE INDUSTRY IS WIPED OUT
Special to The Union.
GOSSVILLE, Oct. 5, (1916) Fire, which broke out at almost 6
o'clock tonight completely destroyed the factory of the Barman
Webbing company, the only industry in the town, entailing a
loss estimated at from $75,000 to $100,000. The firm had recently
begun the manufacture of looms such as are used in the webbing
industry, and the total destruction of drawings and other apparatus
figures in the total.
Oct. 5, 1916 - The Manufacturing Company of Barman webbing, makers of Lace and Fancy trimmings, was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. The business was run by Robert Zinn and Paul Muller, the owner of the property was Charles S. Hall. The damage included $5,000 to the structure, $20,000 in machinery and an additional $11,000 in stock and additional machinery - plus $1500 in tools. The structure was fully insured and the contents partially insured.