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Rochester Courier, 2/5/1864

Contributed by C. Parziale



Rochester Courier, February 5, 1864

The Farmington Weekly Courier, Newspaper, Friday Evening, February 5, 1864, Rochester, NH, on Microfilm held at the Rochester, NH, Public Library. Every attempt at accuracy has been made. These excerpts cover many towns and even other states. Material is varied; marriages, news articles, deaths, advertisements anything pertaining to individuals.

(Amusing Antidote) An amusing incident, happening in the Second N.H. Regiment, during the battle of Gettysburg, show the coolness of Yankee boys, and their love for the "Almighty Dollar." One of our boys, thinking of a small debt due him from one of his comrades, and likewise of the uncertainty of life and all earthly things, during the fiercest of the contest, when the air was full of bursting shells and whistling bullets, left his place in the ranks and went to the colors, where his comrade was actively engaged in protecting the flag of his country, and sustaining the honor of the Old Granite State; and apologizing for the intrusion, said he might not have another opportunity to meet him, and that he would consider it a great favor if he would pay the debt. having received his due, he coolly returned to his place in the ranks, with the evident satisfaction of one who had done his duty to himself, his country, and all mankind. Strange to say, neither of the above were injured in battle.

AN INTERESTING WAR STORY - In a letter entitled "Chattanooga Chat, " in the Chicago Journal, Benjamin F. TAYLOR relates the following interesting story of the recent campaign in Tennessee: "Now and then a little human smile brightens war's grim visage, like a flash of sunshine on an angry day. I remember one that I wish I could dequerreotype. The menities of battle are so few, how precious they become! Let me give you that little "touch of nature that makes the whole world kin." A few months ago, the 3d Ohio, belonging to Streight's command, entered a town enroute for Richmond, prisoners of war. Worn down, famished, herded "like dumb, driven cattle," to wear out the night. A rebel regiment, the 54th Virginia, being camped near by, many came strolling about to see the sorry show of poor, supperless Yankees.

They did not stare long, but hastened away to camp, and came streaming back with coffee kettles, corn bread and bacon the best they had, and all they had and straightway little fires began to twinkle, bacon was suffering the martyrdom of the Saint of the Gridiron, and the aroma of coffee, rose like the fragrant cloud of a thank offering. Loyal guests and rebel hosts were mingled; our hungry boys ate and were satisfied; and for that one night our common humanity stood acquitted of the heavy charge of total depravity with which it is blackened. Night and our boys departed together. The prisoners in due time were exchanged and are now encamped within rifle shot of Kelly's Ferry on the bank of the Tennessee. But often, around the camp fires, I have heard them talk of the 54th Virginia, that proved themselves so much measurably better "than a brother a far off;" heard them wonder where they were and discuss the chance that they might ever meet.

FARMINGTON: Leave your name with J.E. FERNALD, and you will be sure of receiving the Courier by mail every week, as it is uncertain whether we shall have any extra copies for sale by single paper hereafter.

FARMINGTON: Our worth citizen, C.W. WINGATE, Esq., and his wife, met with a narrow escape last week, on their way to attend the Academical Festival at Wolfboro. Their sleigh was run into by an unmanageable horse, and they were both thrown out -- Mrs. W. immediately under the horse's feet. We are glad to learn, however, that they escaped with only some slight bruises.

ROCHESTER : We are indebted to our friend Mr. John FOLSOM for an old copy of the N.H. Gazette for 1813, which is quite a curiosity in its way.

ROCHESTER: We should have stated last week that the request for the withdrawal of Rev. Mr. PALMER's resignation was "nearly" instead of a unanimous vote. We have been reminded of the inaccuracy, and hasten to correct it in justice to all ll parties - the two or three parishioners composing the minority in particular.

We are pleased to notice that our friends Messrs. Nath'l (Nathaniel) BURNHAM and Chas. W. BROWN, favorably known in connection with the Democratic Union Store on Market street, have associated themselves in business, and are to continue at the "old stand" to supply all with wholesome groceries. We bespeak for them a liberal patronage.

ARTICLE ROCHESTER: - Death of A Soldier -- News has been received during the past week of the death of Mr. Henry HORNEY, a veteran volunteer from this town, belonging to the 6th N.H. Regt., who died at Schenectady, N.Y., on the 29th ult. He started with the regiment to come home on furlough granted in consequence of re-enlisting, from the southern border of Kentucky, but could not survive the journey. Whatever imperfections were his, we consign them to his long home with his remains; and whatever of virtue he possessed, let it not be said he was without words of just praise. He was a true patriot, and has thus early fallen a martyred hero for us all. His was a crown which would ill become many less worthy men at home. The true soldier, he who fights not the battle with words, but with hand and heart and brave deed, is the true nobleman, and the honors of political life shrink into contemptible insignificance beside such as his. Let us not forget to honor his memory. His remains, we understand, have been sent for and are expected today.

A letter from Milton Mills, Milton Mills, Jan. 29, 1864- I am pleased to know, ??? that someone has the courage and "goeheaditiveness" to start a paper in this part of the county, and hope it may prove as profitable to its Editor as interesting to its patron. new s in this (the Northeast) corner of the county, is at this time quite meager. it is now the sleighing, and the farmers and wood men are busily engaged in carrying to market their surplus stock of wood, which this winter brings them a good round price, compared with the prices of former winters.

Some of the lovers of the "(f)?inny tribe" in this locality are enjoying the luxury of fishing upon Horn and Garvin Ponds, for pickerel, these pleasant days, with good "luck," and this, as you well know, Mr. Editor, is fine sport, when you have plenty of "Tom Cod" for bait, and a "nibble" every now and then from each line.

Business in this locality is very good, with plenty of work for those disposed to "earn their living by the sweat of their brow" and otherwise.

The flannel Mill of John TOWNSEND, Esq., is now in full blast, (and, by the way, it is reported to be the best woolen mill in New England) and turns out about thirteen thousand yards of flannel per week, which finds a ready sale in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. there is some prospect of having a new mill, put up the coming season, by our enterprising citizen, Edward Brierly, who is now engaged quite extensively in the printing and finishing of flannels, table covers, balmoral skirts, etc.

We boast of but four regular stores in our quiet little village, that of Asa Fox & son, Bray C. SIMES, John U. SIMES and Asa JEWETT, all of which are doing a fair amount of business. We have beside these, three or four places where groceries, etc., are sold, much to the disadvantage of the regular trade. There is probably not a village of the size of this in New Hampshire, where so much blacksmith work is done, as in this -- We have now four blacksmiths, (working early and late) and plenty of work for four more.

We are furnished daily, in this out-of-the way locality, with the Boston morning and evening papers, by our friend ELBRIDGE W. Fox, of the firm of Asa FOX & son, who also has charge of the Express Office of CANNEY & Co.

Did I say "this out -of -the-way locality?" Yes. Well, it is true in some respects, for we are situated four long miles east of the "head of locomotion" of the Great Falls & Conway Railroad at Union; but thanks to our enterprising Expressmen, Messrs. Canney & Co., we are provided with a good span of "chestnuts" and when once "aboard," the "ribbons" in the hands of the faithful messenger and careful driver -- Asa A. FOX -- we are soon there.

One thing, among the many, that we need to give our village a more lively and business like appearance, is a shoe manufacturer; one with means and energy, capable of doing a large business, for we have plenty of good work men in this vicinity that would gladly make shoes for a home manufacturer, rather freight stock from Rochester, Dover, Haverhill and Lynn.

But enough of this. People are beginning to talk politics, now the conventions are over. Excuse me, Mr. Editor, you don't talk politics in your paper, so I will stop. More Anon. Vulpes.

MARRIAGES: In Rochester Jan. 23d, by Rev. James M. PALMER, Mr. Walter S. HUSSEY of Rochester and Miss Emily E. PINKHAM of Strafford --- By the same Jan. 27th, Mr. Charles COURTLAND and Miss Sarah E. WENTWORTH, both of Rochester.

MARRIAGES: In Newmarket, Jan., 26th by Rev. J. Lewis TREFREN, Mr. James BRYANT and miss Betsy DANFORTH, both of Newmarket.

MARRIAGES: In South Berwick, ME., Jan. 28, Mr. Artemas E. CURRIER of Gilmanton and Mrs. Olive M. POTTER of Alton.-- Mr. James C. WHITE of Somersworth and Miss Mary J. WENTWORTH of S.B.

MARRIAGES: In Dover, 21st inst., by Rev. J. RAND, Mr. James F. HORNE, of Dover, and Miss Lenora VARNEY of Rochester.

MARRIAGES: In Newmarket, Mr. George H. CUMMINS of Harrison. ME., and Miss Sarah E. FERGUSON of South Berwick, ME., -- Mr. Milton S. LAINE, of Stratham and Miss Fannie A. MATHES.

MARRIAGES: In Exeter, Tuesday evening, Jan. 26th, by Rev. J.C. LEARNED, Wm. H. THOMPSON, Paymaster U.S.N., and Miss Medora E. GALE of Exeter, daughter of Stephen GALE, Esq.

DEATHS: In Hospital at Schenectady, N.Y. , on 29th ult., Henry HORNEY, of Co. H., 6th N.H. Vol., aged 31 years-- formerly of Rochester

DEATHS: In Newmarket, Jan. 26th, Kesiah SPINNEY aged 102 years.

DEATHS: In Hospital at Beaufort, Stephen ROWE, aged 37, a member of 7th N.H.V., formerly of Dover.

DEATHS: In Strafford, 18th ult. , Mr. David B. FOSS, aged 69 years. -- Also three only children of Joseph W. and Sarah J. HILL.

DEATHS: In Milton, Jan. 25, Monroe J. CORSON, aged 25. DEATHS: In Dover, Hamilton WENDELL, aged 36 years.-- William H. BARDEN , aged 26 years. -- Arabella PALMER, aged 14 years.

DEATHS: In Dover 26th inst. William Stoten NUTE, aged 48 years.

DEATHS: In Dover 20th inst., Miss Betsey WOODWARD, aged 85 years.

DEATHS: In Dover, 21st. inst., Miss Abigail PINKHAM aged ?2 (possible 62)years DEATHS: In South Berwick, Me., 13th inst., after a long protracted illness, Mr. Eben GOODWIN, aged 64.

DEATHS: In Kensington, 8th inst., suddenly Mrs. Clarissa KIMBALL, aged 79, widow of Capt Stephen KIMBALL -- 10th. inst, while sitting in his chair, apparently well, Jeremy BACHELDER, Esq., aged 70. He had promised to be one of the pallbearers at Mrs. Kimball's funeral, that day whose death is recorded above.

DEATHS: In Wolfborough, Dec. 29th, 1863, Mrs. Nancy W. DREW , wife of John DREW, late of Wolfboro, aged 79.

DEATHS: In Effingham, Dec. 16, 1863, of hemorrhage of the lungs, Mrs. Mary HAYES, aged 37 years.

DEATHS: In Strafford, 18th inst., of lung fever, Mr. David B. FOSS, aged 69 years 10 months, 16 days.

DEATHS: In Exeter, 22d inst., Mr. George W. ROBINSON aged 23 years, 10 months; eldest son of Jeremi. ROBINSON, Esq.-- Mr. Hudson PEAVEY, of Strafford, aged 84.

DEATHS: In Greenland, Mr. Charles W. SEAVEY, aged 44. DEATHS: In Candia, Mr. David GILE, aged 67.

DEATHS: In Fremont, 4th inst., Mr. Laomi B. WARREN, aged 20. He was a volunteer in the 7th N.H. Regiment

DEATHS: In Epping, 16th inst., of canker rash, Josiah Lowell, son of James F. and Lizzie A. DAVIS, and grandson of Lowell N. CLIFFORD, aged 1 year, 2 months, 7 days.

DEATHS: In Fremont, Dec. 20th, 1863, of diphtheria, Susan Emily, aged 13 years, only daughter of Alvah and Nancy SANBORN. DEATHS: In Nottingham, June 11, 1863, Mr. William KENNARD, aged 61 years, 9 months, 20 days

DEATHS: In West Lebanon, Me., Mr. Dependence GRANT, aged 49 years, 1 month, 2 days.

DEATHS: In Virginia, Dec. 26th, of small pox, Corporal Alonzo HARTFORD, aged 23 years, 10 months 26 days, a member of the 22d Regt. Mass. Vols. son of B.P. HARTFORD, Lebanon, ME.

MEMOIR: Hon. Eli WENTWORTH was born in Milton, N.H., Feb. 19, 1821. He lived in his native town the most of his life, and received many marks of distinction from his fellow citizens, having filled the offices of Selectman, County Treasurer, Representative and Senator, serving his State and Town in public office before his enlistment eleven years. When the present rebellion broke out his patriotism was fully aroused and he felt it his duty to do all in his power for his country. He was commissioned in the 6th Regt. N.H.V., Oct. 19, 1861. During his service with the Regiment he acted first as Commissary and subsequently was appointed to act as Quartermaster of the Brigade. He died of disease after a short sickness of only three weeks at Milldale, Mississippi, July 1862, aged 42 years 5 months. Mr. Wentworth was a valuable man and in his demise his family are bereft of a dutiful son, a confiding brother, a kind husband and a devoted father. As a Mason(?major ) he was an ornament, represented by the perfect (?-----)and had found a certain point within a circle which taught him to walk uprightly before God and man and square his actions by the square of virtue, and to remember that he was traveling to that undiscovered country from whose journey no traveler returns.

(advertisements) THE DEMOCRATIC UNION STORE At Rochester, has this day sold out its stock of goods to Burnham & Brown of said Rochester. All persons having claims against said Institution are requested to present them for payment to said Burnham & Brown at the old store, and all persons who are indebted to said Institution are requested to settle the same immediately with said Burnham & Brown, who are at present authorized to settle the name. The business affairs of this Institution must be completely closed in the shortest possible manner. John Bickford James Brown Samuel Tebbets William Wentworth Thomas Brown

(advertisements) STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE - - Strafford SS-- The judge of Probate for said County, to the Heirs at law, the Creditors, Legatees, and to all other interested in the Estate of Jabez DAME late of Rochester in said County, deceased, decreed to be administered as an Insolvent Estate: You are hereby notified that the report of the Commissioner appointed to examine and allow the claims of the creditors against said estate, will be offered for acceptance at the Court of County, on the first Tuesday of April next. You are also notified that Seth T. DAME, the administrator on said estate, will at the same Term of said Court render his account of administration of said colate,--at which time and place you may appear and be heard. And it is ordered that said administrator give notice by causing this citation and order thereon, to be published three weeks successively in the Rochester Courier, a newspaper printed at Rochester in said county, the last publication thereof to be at least thirty days before said Court. Given at the Probate Office in said county, this second day of February A.D. 1864. Asa FREEMAN, Register of Probate.

(advertisements) NEW JEWELRY STORE! The subscriber would announce that he has just purchased an entirely new and well selected stock of Watches, Clocks, Silver Ware, Jewelry, Etc. -- consisting in part of Authentic Swiss Watches, Fine Gold, .............James a. HORNE No. 11 Central Street.... Dover.

(advertisements) TASKER'S NUTRITIVE CRACKERS, I ask the attention of store keepers and the public to a superior article of Snow flake crackers which I am manufacturing at present. By a simple but very valuable chemical process the nourishing principal of the Flour is highly developed making them very nutritious and easy of digestion. In nearly all food the nourishing principle is not well developed. It don't perform more than half the duties of which it is capable, and in consequence there's a large percent of loss. I have succeeded in overcoming this weighty objection and ask you to try my nutritive crackers. as the fortunate result of my endeavors. I keep also varieties of Bread and Cake. I am credited with making first class articles in my line, and selling them at reasonable prices. I shall keep up the reputation I have established. Give my Bread & Cake a fair trial and tell your Grocer to procure for you "TASKER's Nutritive Crackers." Franklin St. Bakery, Dover, Jan'y 15, 1864.

(advertisements) Charles A. GILES-- At the old Factory Store, on Market Street-- Offers to the public a choice collection of W.I. Goods and Groceries, at the lowest cash prices. Also, Blankets, Flannels and Remnants manufactured by the Norway Plains Co., always on hand and for sale at a bargain.

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