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By C. Parziale

Rochester Courier, 9/19/1930, Part I

Contributed by C. Parziale



EXCERPTS FROM THE ROCHESTER COURIER - ISSUE - September 19, 1930 pages 1-16

Enjoyable Gathering with Out-door Feed at Milton Three Ponds

The first annual Chamber of Commerce outing was held at Milton Three Ponds, Wednesday afternoon with a good crowd in attendance. The committee headed by Robert A. Parry and John M. Stevens, called the group together at 2 P.M. as scheduled.

The sports committee headed by George Lenzi, at this point took full charge of the activities with William H. Buker acting as official timer and observer.

After all was said and done. Bill McGarry put on the finishing touches with a red-hot, old-fashioned, outdoor feed, under the direct supervision of Chairmen Parry and Stevens, who from the crow’s nest directed the act- ivities of the day. Horseshoes were played by both men and women first, last and all the time.

Father Cummins’ Birthday

Rev. Fr. John F. Cummins observed the 78th anniversary of his birth, Wed- nesday at his Charles street home. A number of Massachusetts friends were present and enjoyed the dinner hour. Fr. Cummins was born in Charlestown, graduated from the Waltham grammar school, fitted for college at Charlestown high graduated from Boston college in 1872 and was captain and pitcher on his college team. He entered St. Joseph seminary at Troy in 1872 and was ordained by Bishop McInerney in 1875. Thirty-seven years ago he was ass- igned to build a church at Roslindale at which place he has since held a large pastorate. Fr. Cummins has since his residence in this city acquired many friends who extend congratulations.

In the U.S. Army

The many friends of George Collins will be glad to learn he is enjoying life in Uncle Sam’s service. He is among the 2,600 New England regulars who are engaged on practice marches of several hundred miles. The dest- ination will be the artillery on Saturday. The cavalry’s long march has led from Burlington across Vermont and New Hampshire into northern Maine nearly 400 miles. The field artillery march is of 300 miles distance. Nearly 500 horses and mules are in the field artillery column, while more than 200 accompany the cavalry squadron. Mr. Collins expects to be back at his home station, Fort Ethan Allen, Sept. 30.

Elliott - Swaine

Announcement has been received of the marriage of Theodore Elliott of Dover to Miss Maybelle Catherine Swaine of Rochester. Miss Swaine, on of Rochester’s prettiest and most popular young ladies was for some time org- anist at the True Memorial Baptist church. Mr. Elliott is an electrical engineer, who graduated from U. of N.H., at Durham, class of 1929. The wedding took place at the home of the bride Sunday, Sept. 7, and was largely attended by the many friends of the popular young couple. After the honey- moon, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott will make their home in New York city, where Mr. Elliott holds a fine position with the New York Telephone Co.

Child Killed by Auto

Medical Referee Forrest L. Keay of this city was called to Dover Sunday afternoon to view the scene of the fatal accident to Ernest Edison Johnson, aged six years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Johnson of 4 Paul Street, Dover. The child was run over by a Nash car owned and operated by Archie St. Lawrence. Dr. Keay pronounced the death due to an unavoidable accident.

Police Court

At a session of police court held before Judge Samuel D. Felker. Paul Grenier was given a fine of $50 and costs for operating an automobile while in an intoxicated condition. The arrest was made by State Motor Vehicle Officer Ralph Emerson, following a collision on Rochester hill. Abraham Choquette of Dover was fined $25. and costs for over-speeding on the Farmington road. State Officer Ralph Emerson made the arrest.


A Ladies Night Speaker To the City hotel last Friday evening went many local Kiwanians, some visitors from out of town and a goodly number of invited guests. The occasion was a ladie’s night, the speaker was Judge Henry A. Shute of Exeter, lawyer, author, newspaper and magazine contributor, but perhaps, best known as the author of "The Real Diary of a Real boy," and other books dealing largely with the childish pranks and amusements of the youth of his boyhood days.

The judge prefaced his reading by a report of his afternoon trip from Exeter. He is it appears, one of those exceptional mortals who is not the owner of a car. " If one isn’t extremely careful in choosing the right train from Exeter," said Mr. Shute, "he will find that he has about four hours to wait over in Dover. Isn’t a bad town but there are places where I’d rather spend four hours in waiting than in the railroad station in Dover. But I was fortunate, I got a ride on the bus. In my earlier years," continued the judge. " I spent some time in the west and did considerable horseback riding, but never did I get such a bouncing and bumping as that bus driver gave me from Dover to Somersworth, and then up to Rochester. Not being familiar with buses, I occupied the rear seat, and spent a goodly part of the time between the seat and the top of the bus. Some day I want leisurely to go ever the same route. I think the scenery must be beautiful, but I remember it as one long blurr of landscape."

Judge Shute gave several humorous readings from one of his books. Then a group of Kiwanians sang songs, and Raymond Richardson sang solos. Following this, Judge Shute gave several other selections, giving far more than his regular evening’s program as his hearers were so interested and amused that they called for more and more. And when he had finished, gladly they would have listened to other readings. It brought back most vividly to them the days of their childhood.

A pleasing feature of the program were several cornet solos by J.E.A. Bilodeau, who at his request, played favorite selections of the judge, who has always taken a keen interest in music both vocal and instrumental.

At this week’s meeting some time will be given to the observance of constitution week, this part of the program to be in charge of J.W. McCrillis, chairman of the Kiwanis committee on public affairs. Following this there will be an illustrated talk on Alaska, by an official of the Canadian National railroad.

Minature Golf a Big Hit

The new Willow Miniature Golf course, recently opened at the foot of Rochester hill, is already attracting large gatherings of fans and onlookers from all of the surrounding cities and towns, as well as from Rochester, and since its opening last Thursday evening it has been continually occupied by enthusiastic players. It is an especially attractive place at night, when brilliantly lighted, and after working hours it furnishes a vigorous and entertaining pastime to the crowds that gather there. The best score for this week for girls was made by Catherine Burgess of Somersworth, whose record was 53, and for the men Al Quimby and Earl Charette scored 43, the lowest made since the opening of the course.


Pork and Beans  19 cents 
Ivory Salt  09 cents
pkg Cherries  24 cents
tall can Royal Anne No. 1 Dunham Coconut 2pks  25 cents 
Cream Cereal  21 cents
pkgs Salmon (large Can Alaska Pink)  14 cents
Malt Syrup (I.G.A. 3lb. Can)  49 cents
Corned Beef (I.G.A. No. 1 Can)  24 cents 
Pickling Spice (I.G.A. 3 oz. pkg)  09 cents
Pep  11 cents
pkg Campbell Soup 07 cents
Oakite (cleans a million things)  25 cents
2 pkgs Ralston (Breakfast Food)  22 cents
pkg Cream Corn Starch  11 cents
pkg Shoe Polish (2 in 1)  12 cents
Mayonnaise (I.G.A. 8 oz jar)  19 cents
Shreaded Wheat  10 cents
Jello (all flavors)  3/25 cents
P & G Soap  04 cents
Crisco (1 lb. Can)  24 cents
Spaghetti (Franco American)  09 cents a can


The new telephone directories are out. Carl Auger has purchased a Chevrolet sport coupe. Albert Massey of Jackson street is having his dwelling shingled. Harold Preston motored to Concord this week on business. Edwin Ryan of Autumn Street has accepted a position working nights at Mundy’s garage in Dover.

John Chamberlain and family of New Durham were business visitors to this city Saturday afternoon

Mrs. Hilda Cormier has returned home from East Jaffrey, where she has been spending the week.

Preston Moody and family of Jackson street have moved to the Roland Sanborn house on Oak Street.

Mrs. Charles Farmer, who has been spending the summer at Alton Bay, returned to this city Thursday.

Mrs. Hilda Perreault of Pine street has gone to Merrimackport, where she will be the guest of relatives. T

raffic Officer Nelson Hatch of this city spent Thursday at North Berwick, Me., the guest of relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. George Hussey of North Berwick, Me., motored to this city this week and called on friends.

Miss Ina Bickford has accepted a position doing housework at the home of Mrs. Frank Hodgdon of Page hill.

Mrs. Aura Annis of Lowell Street left Friday morning for Nova Scotia, where she will visit her old home.

Miss Marion Nelson of Charles street, who is teaching school at Hop- kinton, came home Thursday evening to spend the week-end.

Ernest Morin of Winchester, Mass., was the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morin of Pine street, over the weekend.

Franklin Dame of this city, who has been employed with the Good Gulf Refining Co. at Dover, has been transferred to Claremont.

Mrs. Percy Hall of 60 Summer Street has just finished braiding and sewing a handsome rug. 7 x 9 and, has sent it to a gentleman in Massachusetts.

Mr. and Mrs. Howell Preston of Wakefield street spent the week-end at Norfolk, Mass., the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Howard and family.

John Meader, son of Harry Meader of Gonic, had a narrow escape from a serious accident Sunday evening while he was motoring on the Concord road near the Barrington line, an Essex car came out of a side road, striking Meader’s car and badly damaging it. While Meader went to a farm house to telephone for the wrecker, the owner of the Essex car disappeared, taking off the five-day number plates. The owner can be found by the sticker on the glass where the car was inspected.

E.L. Pike of Walnut street has purchased a new Ford truck.

Ernest Coran was a business visitor to Dover Monday morning.

George Brooks of Massachusetts is spending a few weeks in this city.

T.A. Perreault was a business visitor to Dover Monday evening. The Bridge street bridge is undergoing repairs at the present time. The loading platform has been rebuilt at the Boston & Maine stockyard.

Miss Jennie Tilton of Wakefield street has gone to Kennebunkport, Me., for a few days.

Mrs. Emma Piercy and daughter Evelyn of Academy street visited Fabyans Sunday.

Miss M. Genevieve Tobin has moved from Barker block to 56 Wakefield street.

Mrs. and Mrs. Robert Hiner of Alton Bay were visitors to this city this week Dean Hoyt of Milton was a business visitor to this city Monday morning.

Frank Meserve of the Chestnut Hills road is suffering from a carbuncle on his neck. Elmer Gowen of the Gonic road has accepted a position at the new dam the past week.

Mrs. Emma Wilkinson of this city is working at Barrington at the home of William Haley.

Mrs. Roxie Littlefield of the Farmington road has been suffering from an infection in her eye.

Charles Dixon of the Chestnut Hills road has had a telephone installed at his residence.

Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ainslie motored to Green mountain at Effingham Sunday.

Interior repairs have been made at the residence of Ellsworth Johnson of Washington street the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Dunn and daughter, Patricia, spent the week-end in this city, the guests of relatives.

Through the efforts of Mrs. Jennie Jacobs and Mrs. Marion Wentworth, a new bus line is running to East Rochester and back by the way of Portland St. and Adams corner. These ladies not only got up the petition but paid all bills.

The least the public can do is to patronize the bus. Mrs. Charline Abbott of this city state president of the New Hampshire W.C.T. U., will go to Milford Friday where she will be the principal speaker at the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Hillsboro County W.C.T.U. The meeting will be held in the Methodist church, the place where the first county meeting was held. Mrs. Abbott will read the review of some of the accomplishments of the W.C.T.U. in the last half century.

George Lessard of this city was a visitor to Dover Monday morning.

Dr. Edson M. Abbott has purchased a new Oldsmobile sedan this week. George Gagne of the Milton road spent the week-end at Freeport, Me..

Frank Boulet still remains on the sick list at his home on Maple street. Mrs. Etta Fisher has moved from 116 North main street to 104 Maple street. Station Agent Albert Carter recently enjoyed a trip to the White mountains.

Carl Pearl and family of Heaton street have returned from a trip to Old Orchard beach.

Mayor Louis H. McDuffee was a business visitor to Boston Tuesday morn- ing. Improvements have recently been made on the dwelling of Mrs. Adolph English of Pine Street.

Rev. A.O. Poirier, has had an oil burner installed at the parish house on bridge street. Henry Lamontagne of the Chestnut hills road has had a telephone installed at his residence the past week.

Miss Helen Johnson of Washington street who has been ill for some time, left Tuesday for Concord where she will enter a hospital for observation.

Miss Agnes Walsh concluded her labors as secretary at a large girls’ camp at Harrison, Me., and has returned to her home in the South Lebanon section.

Mrs. Grace Littlefield, worthy matron of the Easter Star at Union, on her way home from Concord called on Mrs. Prescott at the Gafney Home.

Traffic Officer Nelson Hatch and Health Officer C.E. Goodwin were visitors to the Strafford county farm Saturday morning.

Werner F. von Klock and family of Boston spent the week-end at their new summer home at Strafford Bow Lake.

The associate conductress, Miss Sarah Greenfield of this city, and several other members of James Farrington chapter, O.E.S., were in Concord last week, attending the fortieth annual session of the New Hampshire grand chapter.

Miss Edith Howard, who has been spending the summer in this city, has returned to Norfolk, Mass. Miss Howard is a student in the Emerson School of Oratory. Her father, Nelson G. Howard, was born at Strafford and has many friends in this section.

The Baptist Missionary society met at the house of Mrs. Ella McCallister on Charles street, Wednesday afternoon. Myrtle Stacy led the devotionals. The new president, Mabel Webber, presided. The topic was India presented by Mrs. Emma Meader.

Mrs. Margaret Kelley of Portland street has purchased a radio.

Leonard Spencer of the United States army is home on a furlough. J. Irving McCallister of the local post office is taking his annual vacation.

George W. Collins of Stillings court recently enlisted in the U.S. artillery. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Towne of this city spent the week-end at Tamworth.

The Daniels house on Kimball street is being freshened with a coat of paint. Martin S. Brock of Washington street is having his residence painted this week.

George H. Pinkham of Exeter delighted friends here with a brief stay the past week.

Miss Nellie Wiggin of Lebanon, Me., is visiting Mrs. Fred W. Jenness of this city. A new crossing is being built this week at summer street and the street has been closed.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hatch of Wolfeboro were visitors to this city Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Fenton of Summer Street visited the Benson animal farm at Hudson Sunday.

Mrs. Lena Hartigan, who has been enjoying an extensive automobile trip has returned to her home in this city.

Large crowds attend the miniature golf links owned by George Createau on south Main street every evening.

Will Thompson of North Barrington, who recently had his arm operated on at the Frisbee Memorial hospital, is slowly gaining.

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