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By Clayton, Deb, & Holice

Rochester Courier, 10/17/1930

Contributed by C. Parziale





Bad Accident About One Mile Above Granite State Park

Last Week A bad accident occurred last week Thursday evening on the state road about one mile above Granite State park when two cars came together. Injuring several people.

Thomas Whittier of Wolfeboro, who had repairs made on his car at Dover was returning home and Walter Staples of Dover was going from the Blackwater road to Somersworth. As Mr. Staples was crossing the cement road near the Blue Moon filling station, he drove in front of the approaching Whittier car and was struck. Both machines were badly damaged.

Whittier, received a broken arm and cuts and was taken to the Wentworth hospital in Dover. Staples and Thomas Chase, another occupant of his car, were hurled through the windshield and received bad cuts about the face and head. They were conveyed to the Frisbie Memorial hospital and given medical treatment.

Mrs. Staples and child who were on the rear seat, were badly shaken up but did not receive medical attention. Mrs. Staples stated that as he came out of the side road he thought that he had plenty of time to pass but the car was approaching with much greater speed than he thought. Mr. Whittier did not notice the car on the side road until he was only a short distance away. He applied his brakes but could not avoid the collision.

State Inspector Harold Foss of Dover was quickly on the scene and He was assisted by State Officers Manning and Emerson.


Delightful Occasion at Home of Robert Parry in Gonic

One of the most delightful occasions of its kind was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parry of Gonic, Wednesday, October 8th. The purpose of the gathering was to attend a clambake where cleanliness and comfort were the prime factors.

If the readers of this article can picture, under ideal weather conditions, a long, new table, set with new camp utensils (including a dozen new hammers), in a little pine grove on the top of a hill, protected from a light east wind by a wind-break of new burlap, then you have made a fair beginning.

Probably never before in the vicinity of Rochester, has a small group been confronted with the problem of how to dispose of what appeared to be enough clam chowder, steamed clams, bacon, sausage, lobster, and last but by no means least plenty of thick lemon pie -- food enough for a small army.

Everyone is aware of the fact that Robert Parry’s clambakes are A-1, especially when assisted by such cooks as Archer Fownes, Sol Feineman, James Estey and Dr. Keay. Of course these experts would have been out of luck completely, if it had not been for the shock troops, namely Al Covey, Frank Shaw, John Parry and bill Warren, and last but not least this small army of cooks were operating under the watchful eyes of a third set of cooks-- the ladies of the party.

Space will not permit us to go into detail in describing this very satisfying and delightful occasion. However, we have about space enough left to list the names of those present at the table. Here they are: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parry, Mr. and Mrs. John Parry and daughter, Virginia, Albert P. Covey, Archer H. Fownes, Solomon H. Feineman, Frank Shaw, Mrs. Doris Roberts and daughter Drucilla, Miss Elizabeth Sleeper, Mr. and Mrs. James Estey, Dr. and Mrs. F.L. Keay, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Warren.


Dr. and Mrs. C.B. Davis of this city have just returned from a delightful tour of 1,400 miles. Starting on October 5, they visited Washington, D.C., Annapolis, Mt. Vernon, drove along the Hudson river, over the Mohawk Trail and through the Berkshire hills. They were especially impressed with autumnal foliage in the Berkshires, which is at this time of the year a mass of gorgeous colors, the most beautiful to be found anywhere, as the landscape is uninterrupted by boulders, but is a gradual ascent of thickly grown trees, which have taken on a rare beauty in their final hues.


Miss Virginia Lunt, ten-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Lunt of the Blackwater road, is the winner of one of the prizes offered by the Stokes Publishing Co. in what is called the Treasure Hunt.

In connection with the Vacation Reading contest at the public library, questions were given out to the boys and girls participating. They were twenty-five questions, each about one of a list of twenty-five books to be read. School children of all ages were included, and in the whole country 50 prizes were given for the best answers. Not only did Virginia win one of these 50 prizes, a handsome book, but she was ranked first of all in answers submitted by a child of her age.


Raymond A. Sanfacon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sanfacon of this city, and Miss Lucia C. Bilodeau, daughter of Mrs. Mary Jane Bilodeau, daughter of Mrs. Mary Jane Bilodeau of Common street, were wed at Lady of Peace church at Berwick, ME., by Rev. Fr. Henry Semery, Monday morning at 8 o’clock, before a large number of relatives and friends.

The double-ring service was used. Henry Sanfacon. Father of the bridegroom, and Alcide Bilodeau, uncle of the bride, were the attending witnesses, the bride’s uncle giving her in marriage. The bride wore black and white chiffon velvet with hat to match, and carried white carnations. During the mass Mrs. Louise Grondin and Mrs. Alfred Desmarais sang solos, with Delozo Turmelle at the organ. The bride’s going away dress was a brown ensemble suite, with hat to match. Mr. and Mrs. Sanfacon are on a two weeks’ honeymoon, which will include various places in Canada. A reception was held following the wedding at the home on Common street. On their return they will reside at the home of the bride.

A few days ago 70 girl friends gave the bride a shower and presented her with a large number of costly gifts.


Fred Murray of Dover in police court Monday morning, charged with drunkenness, was given 30 days suspended jail sentence.

Eugene Tuttle of the Sampson road, this city, was before the police court on the charge of being drunk and was fined $5.00 and costs.

ROUNDABOUT Latest Statistics show that there have been 76 automobile fatalities in this state so far this year, as compared with 74 at the corresponding time in 1929. Of course, there are many more cars in use with each succeeding year, but 76 fatalities are altogether too many. Imagine how the railroads would be criticized, if they killed 76 people in New Hampshire in nine months.


Victor Theodore Canney, Jr., aged 3 1/2 years, passed away at the Frisbie Memorial hospital following a short illness with gastro interites. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor T. Canney of 16 Washington street.

This makes the second death in this family within one week. The other child was Marvin E. Canney, aged 8. the nature of the three deaths of a week ago was such that the state board of health made an investigation and their report showed the eating of unripe fruit had caused ptomaine poisoning or intestinal trouble causing death.

The other children were Hazel L. Howard, aged 2 daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elroy Howard, 98 North Main street and Mrs. Ormsby Howard of Jackson street.


Willis Pease Suffers Big Loss, with Only Partial Insurance

The farm buildings of Willis Pease on the Salmon Falls road, about two and one-half miles from the center of the city, were totally destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning. The family in the house had a narrow escape from death and were unable to save much. At 11:30 Tuesday evening Mr. Pease went to the barn and everything was all right at that time. About 1:30 in the morning he was awakened by the barking of one of the pair of big St. Bernard dogs which he owned and which were in the barn. Mr. Pease arose and looked out, to find the barn in flames. He hurried out and attempted to move his car which was blocking the entrance to the barn so that he could let out the stock, but he was unable to and in his efforts his feet and hands were badly burned. Mr. Pease gave the alarm by telephone and neighbors, as well as the fire departments of this city and East Rochester, came to lend assistance, but it was impossible to save anything in the barn. A portion of the furniture was gotten out of the house. In the barn were nine head of registered cattle, the two handsome St. Bernard dogs and twenty pigs, which were all destroyed. A large number of hens were also burned, together with several tons of hay. There were twenty-three cords of wood in the yard all fitted for winter use, and this was also burned.

Mr. Pease had recently made many changes and improvements on his home, installing a fine bathroom among other things. He had a partial insurance but not sufficient to compensate him for his heavy loss. Living in the house were Mr. Pease, his wife and child five years old, and Mrs. Pease’s mother. Had it not been for the barking of the dog, they might all have lost their lives. The origin of the fire is a mystery.


A young Canadian surgeon, Dr. F. G. Banting, returned from four years of service at the front in the World war with the idea of the new remedy, insulin. He submitted his plans to Professor MacLeod of the University of Toronto and under the latter’s direction, with the assistance of Mr. C. H. Best and others, experiments were begun in May 1921. After a preliminary trial of the remedy on himself, doctor Banting saw the first case of diabetes to be treated with insulin to receive his injection in the Toronto General hospital, January 10, 1922. This date marks an important discovery in modern medicine.


Funeral services for Dwight P. Arnold, who died at the Wentworth hospital on Tuesday morning of last week after a short illness, aged 21 years, were held at his late home, 340 Washington street, Dover, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, services being conducted by the Rev. Donald Fraser, pastor of the Congregational church at Rochester Chapter, Order of DeMolay, of which Arnold was a member, attended the services in a body, as did his fellow employees from the Kidder Press company of Dover and a delegation from N.H. university. There was a most beautiful floral tribute, showing the esteem in which he was held by all who knew him. Interment took place in the family lot in cold Spring cemetery at Rochester, with a committal service at the grave by the Rev. Mr. Fraser. Bearers were James Sinclair, David Arnold, Charles Meserve, Charles Titus, Donald Murphy and Robert Cochrane.


The Woman’s Alliance met Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. May Armstrong, No. 1 Charles street, and seventeen members were present. After the business meeting was concluded the birthday of Mrs. Edith Varney was observed. Little Miss Jeannette Conners and Little June Armstrong, in a very pleasing manner, presented Mrs. Varney with a large birthday cake, and numerous other presents from the members. She thanked the young ladies for their tokens of esteem in well chosen words. After a short program, the ladies retired to the dining room, where the hostess served a nice lunch.


As Ammon P. Richardson was making a turn in front of the Boivin garage on South Main street Saturday evening, he was struck by the car of Eugene F. Purrington of East Rochester. Both cars were damaged. The investigation was made by State Motorcycle Officer Frank Manning.


My wife, Marion E. Mathews, having left my bed and board without just cause, I hereby forbid anyone from harboring or trusting her on my account, as I shall pay no bills of her contracting after this date. Sept. 30, 1930 Charles H. Mathews.

Copyright C. Parziale, 2001

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