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George McDougall of Harvey. 111., sur-


Luther W. Paul was born in San ford,
Me., December 29, 1817, and died in Man-
chester, lanuary 2, 1921. He was a cob-
bler by trade and a year ago made a pair
of shoes which he wore on his 102nd
birthday. He cast his initial vote for
William Henry Harrison in 1840, and had
exercised his 'right of suffrage at every
election from -that time until 1920. He
had been a Mason since 1875. He is sur-
vived by two sons, Edwin of Manchester.
and Charles W.. of Lincoln, Nebraska,
and by three grandchildren.

he entered the United States Medical
corps with the rank of captain, and was
stationed at Penniman, Va., where he
established a regimental hospital during
the influenza epidemic. He received his
discharge after the armistice, being then
stationed at Fort Hancock, N. J. He was
a member of Walpole post of the Ameri-
can legion. Dr. Craig was a 32nd degree
Mason and a member of county, state and
national medical associations. He is sur-
vived by his widow, a son and daughter
and step-son ; his mother and one sister.


Dr. Willis P. Craig of Walpole was
killed by the accidental discharge of a
gun while hunting December 28. He was
born in Lempster, September 9, 1876, the
son of Rockwell F. and Lizzie B. Craig.
He was educated at Vermont Academy,
Saxtons River, Vt., and Dartmouth Col-
lege where he graduated in 1903. During
his college career he distinguished him-
self in athletics and was a member ot
Theta Delta Phi fraternity. He gradu-
ated from the Dartmouth Medical School
in 1906, and afer six months spent in
Boston hospitals came to Walpole where
he was in practice at the time of his
death. At the time of the World war


In the death of Mrs. Ellen Tasker
Scales the city of Dover has lost one of
its most estimable and best known women.
She was born in Strafford, May 30. 1843.
the daughter of Deacon Alfred Tasker
and his wife, Mary Hill Tasker, and mar-
ried' October 20, 1865, John Scales who
had been her instructor at Strafford
Academy. She assisted him in his duties
as principal of Wolfeboro, Gilmanton and
Franklin academies and was a very suc-
cessful teacher. Later she rendered valu-
able aid to Mr. Scales during his editor-
ship of the Dover Republican and Week-
ly Enquirer. She was the first woman
to hold office in Dover, being five times
chosen to the school board ; was a mem-
ber of the board of managers of the
Wentworth- Home for the Aged from
its organization and at the time of her
death ' its president. Mrs. Scales was a
member of the First Congregational
church, of the D. A. R., the Nathan
Colonists and the Dover Woman's Club.
She is survived by her husband; their
son, Burton T. Scales of Philadelphia;
and two grandchildren.


Mrs. Harriette Sherman Bouton Noyes,
widow of Hon. John Weare Noyes of.
Chester, a brother of the late Prof.
Daniel J. Noyes of Dartmouth College,
died November 21, 1920 far advanced in
her 89th year. Mrs. Noyes' ancestry was
of the oldest and best in New Hampshire.
She was born in Concord, January 25,
1832, the daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Bou-
ton. D. D.. long one of Concord's most
revered ministers. Her mother, Mary
Ami Persis Bell, was the daughter of
Gov [ohn Bell of Chester, who was Gov-
ernor of New Hampshire 1828-1829, and
his wife, Persis Thorn, descendants of



the Scotch-Irish settlers of Londonderry.
II i marriage to Mr. Noyes took place on
June 21, 1855. Her only son, John W.
Noyes, Jr., died in early childhood. She
has lefl one daughter, Miss Mary B.
Noyes of Chester, and a step daughter.
Mrs. William S. Greenough of Wake-
field. Mass.; two nephews, Dr. Louis Bell
of Boston, and Rev. Tilton Bouton of
St. Petersburg, Florida; and two half

ters, Mrs. Arthur E. Clarke and Mrs.

B. Fogg of Manchester. She was edu-
cated at private schools in Concord, and
later attended Mount Holyoke Seminary,
then under the charge of Mary Lyon, af-
terward teaching in Franklin and Fran-

town, and Stamford, Conn. Than Mrs.
Noyes there could be no liner type of
gentlewoman. Born and bred in a chris-
tian minister's home, where religion
meant something more than joining the
church, and reciting its creed, her eager
mind and receptive soul early developed
unusual social and spiritual refinement.
The beauty of her mind and heart drew
her many friends very close to her. She
was a member of the Colonial Dames of
New Hampshire, and of the Daughters
of the American Revolution. She united
with the North Church in Concord, of
which her father was pastor, in 1849,
from which she was dismissed to the
Congregational Church in Chester in 1860,
where she was a zealous member for 60
years, and was long a leader in the social,
philanthropic, and religious life of the
town. Her long residence in the town,
her affiliation with the church, her active
participation in every enterprise in the
community promotive of the public good,
her hospitable fireside to which everybody
was welcomed, and last but not least her
cordial and sympathetic spirit had en-
deared her to all. Her removal by death
has occasioned in many homes the sense
of personal loss. The beautiful and gra-
cious presence, beloved of the community
has gone from us, but the fragrance of*

that lovely life abides. There is an abid-
ing comfort in the words of Whitticr.
"Life is ever Lord of death, and Love
can never lose its own."


There recently died in Allston, Mass.,
in her 7°th year, Mrs. Abbie Scates Ames,
who was horn on a farm in Ossipee. De-
termined to get an education, she taught,
did "saleswork" (sewed on men's gar-
ments, the cut-out material being left and
gathered by distributing agents) and
worked her way to graduation at the New
England Masonic Charitable Institute at
Freedom (Drake's Corner), ranking as
the finest Latin scholar the Academy had
had. While teaching in Boston, she mar-
ried James J. Wright, a graduate of Har-
vard University Law School, who had
served three years in the Union Army.
In 1877, she married Daniel J. Ames, a
retired Illinois pioneer and distant cousin.
Removing to the Prairie State, she grad-
ually was thrown into business responsi-
blities and developed a remarkable faculty
for handling land affairs. As a writer,
she had been a regular contributor of
short stories to the famous Saturday
Night, of Philadelphia, the New York
Ledger and other periodicals. In her
travels through Illinois and Iowa and in
the East, she formed close friendships
with many prominent persons, and com-
ing back to Boston to reside in later
years, she kept up a large correspondence
and did much writing of a special nature.
All through the World War, there were
United States Senators and others who
were insistent upon her giving them her
economic and political impressions. Mrs.
Ames was co-author with her son, John
Livingston Wright, of the book "Mrs.
Eagle's U. S. A." (As seen in a buggy
ride of 1400 miles from Illinois to Bos-
Uu ton.)


By Ruth Bassett Eddy.

I have known the hurt of your lips

And the crush of your arm's embrace ;

I have watched your passionate eyes
(iaze down on my upturned face.

1 have felt the beat of your heart
All the sweet, long hours thro';

But I know I have never touched
The infinite soul of you!

Hon. Leslie P. Snow,
President of the Senate.


Vol. LIII.

MARCH, 1921

No. 3


By Henry H. Metcalf.

While the New Hampshire House
of Representatives has always been
a larger body in point of member-
ship than the lower branch of any
other State legislature, the State
Senate, was for nearly a hundred
years, smaller than that of any other
state, with a single exception, con-
taining but twelve members, from
the adoption of the first constitution
in 1784 until the number was doubl-
ed by the adoption of an amend-
ment, submitted by the Constitu-
tional Convention in 1879.

In the earlier days Senators were
frequently re-elected for a number
of terms ; but since the increase in
membership, and the change from
annual to biennial .sessions, compar-
atively few have been re-elected,
and cases are rare indeed, where
Senators have served more than two
terms. From 1784 to 1884 inclusive,
a period of 100 years — including
three Senates after the membership
had been doubled, but 576 different
men, in all, had occupied seats in
that body. Of these the longest in
service was Amos Shepard of Al-
stead, who served in fifteen different
Senates, between 1786 and 1803 in-
clusive, having had more elections
than any other man in the legisla-
tive service of the State, save Harry
Bingham of Littleton. Ebenezer
Smith of Meredith, who was a mem-
ber of the first Senate, served ten
terms, between 1784 and 1806; John
Waldron of Dover served nine
terms, John Orr of Bedford as
many, and Moses P. Payson of Bath
and Elisha Whitcomb of Swanzey,

eight terms each. Jonathan Harvey
of Sutton, during seven years of ser-
vice filled the President's chair for
six terms, being excelled in that di-
rection only by Amos Shepard, who
was President for seven terms dur-
ing his fifteen years' service.

Many able men have seen service
in the New Hampshire Senate, not
a few of whom have occupied the
Governor's chair, or served in Con-
gress, or on the Supreme bench of
the State ; though it has generally
been held that in average ability the
Senate as a whole, has not surpassed
the House. This can hardly be
maintained the present year, how-
ever, since there is a larger propor-
tion than usual of able and exper-
ienced men in the former branch,
and a somewhat smaller one in the

The membership of the Senate,
this year, includes the following:
District No. 1, Oscar P. Cole of Ber-
lin ; No. 2, Elbridge W. Snow,
Whitefield; No. 3, Fred Parker,
Lisbon ; No. 4, John H. Garland,
Conway ; No. 5, Fred Gage, Grafton ;
No. 6, Ellsworth H. Rollins, Alton ;
No. 7, Charles H. Bean, Franklin ;
No. 8, George A. Fairbanks, New-
port ; No. 9, John G. Winant, Con-
cord ; No. 10, Fred O. Smalley,
Walpole; No. 11, Merrill G. Sy-
monds, Jaffrey ; No. 12, Charles S.
Emerson, Milford ; No. 13, Thomas
F. Moran, Nashua ; No. 14, William
W. Flanders, Weare; No. 15, Ben-
jamin H. Orr, Concord; No.
16, William B. McKay, Man-
chester; No. 17, Adams L. Greer.



Manchester; No. 18, Thomas J. Con-
way, Manchester; No. 19, Ferdinand
Farley, Manchester; No. 20, Leslie
P. Snow, Rochester; No. 21, Arthur
G. Whittemore, Dover; No. 22, Joe
W. Daniels, Manchester ; No. 23,
James A. Tufts, Exeter; No. 24,
Oliver L. Frisbee, Portsmouth. Of
these, all but three — Messrs. Con-
way and Farley of Manchester and
Moran of Nashua, are members of
the Republican party.


Hon. Leslie P. Snow, of Roches-
ter, Senator from District No. 20,
was nominated for President, in the
Republican caucus, over Charles S.
Emerson of No. 12, and James A.
Tufts of No. 23, both able and ex-
perienced men, who were also sup-
ported for the nomination ; and was
duly elected upon the organization
of the Senate, over which he pre-
sides with courtesy, dignity and
grace. He is a native of the town of
Eaton, born Oct. 19, 1862, son of
Edwin and Helen M. (Perkins)
Snow, and a descendant of Nicholas
Snow who emigrated from England
to Plymouth, Mass., in 1623. His
father was a prominent business
man and leading Democrat in Car-
roll County for many years, serving
many years in the House of Repre-
sentatives, and in the Senate in 1891.

Studying at the Academies at
Bridgton and Fryeburg, Me., and
teaching school in his native town
at the age of 16, he graduated from
Dartmouth College, A. B., in 1886,
and pursued the study of law, gradu-
ating at the Columbian University,
(now George Washington Univ.)
Law School in 1890, in which year
he was admitted to the Maryland
bar, and to the New Hampshire bar
in the following year. He served
as Moderator in the town of Eaton,
and represented that town in the
State legislature in 1887 and 1888.

He was a special pension examiner
for the U. S. Government from 1887
to 1890, serving in Kansas, Nebras-
ka, Colorado and Washington, D. C,
and has been in the practice of his
profession as a lawyer in Roches-
ter since 1891, at first in the firm of
Worcester, Gafney & Snow, subse-
quently alone, and later and at pres-
ent as senior member of the firm of
Snow, Snow & Cooper. For thirty
years he has been active in jury
trials, and has handled many im-
portant cases in the State and U. S.

He served as a member of the
Rochester school board from 1899
to 1904, and was a delegate in the
recent Constitutional Convention,
taking an active part, as a member
of the Legislative committee and
upon the floor of the Convention in
shaping the action of that body.
Although interested in public af-
fairs and political life, he has devot-
ed his attention mainly to the work
of his profession, in which he has
won eminence and success. He has
been president of the Rochester
National Bank since 1902, is presi-
dent of the Rochester Trust Co., of
the Prudential Fire Insurance Co.,
and of the Gafney Home for the

He was also a director of the Bos-
ton & Maine R. R., during its period
of reorganization. He is a director
of the Rochester Chamber of Com-
merce, a member of the Rochester
City Club and of the Rochester
Country Club, of which he has
been president. He was chair-
man of the Rochester Public Safety
committee, and of the Liberty Loan
committee, County Chairman of the
War Savings committee, and prom-
inent in various State and New Eng-
land agencies in War activities dur-
ing the recent great World conflict.
In fraternal life he is an Odd Fel-
low, an Elk, a 32nd degree Mason,
Knight Templar and Shriner, and a
member of the Theta Delta Chi Col-



lege fraternity, serving as president
of the New England Association in
1886. He attends the Congrega-
tional church, and has served many
years as Warden of the Society.

Mr. Snow is an active member of
the N. H. Bar Association, and
served as its President in 1919-20,
delivering an able annual address
at the summer meeting in New-

He married, November 28, 1886,
Susan E. Currier of Haverhill, N. H.,

College (1912), Magdalen College,
Oxford, England (1914) and the
Harvard Law School (1917). He
served as a Lieutenant, and Aide-de-
Camp to Gen. Babbitt, and later as
Captain in the Artillery, in the
American Expeditionary Force in
France, and is now a member of his
father's law firm. The younger son,
graduated from Dartmouth in 1912,
and from Mass. Institute of Tech-
nology in 1914. He passed the
West Point examination in 1916

Hon. Oscar P. Cole

who died June 6, 1892, leaving two
sons, Conrad Edwin, born August 6,
1889, and Leslie Whittemore, born
Dec. 9, 1890. June 7, 1894 he was
united with Norma C. Currier, his
present wife, who is prominent in
the social, religious and educational
life of the city and state, having
served on the Rochester School
Board and been active in the Red
Cross and other war activities. The
older son is a graduate of Dartmouth

and was offered a lieutenancy in the
regular army which he declined ;
but was one of the first to offer his
services when the war broke out in
1917. He was a Major in the A. E.
F., and following the Armistice or-
ganized the Courier systems in the
enemv countries.

Hon. Oscar Phipps Cole, Sena-
tor from District No. 1, is a native



of Berlin, where he resides, born
July 2, 1872, son of Abner K. and
Clara (Phipps) Cole. His ances-
tors came from England to Massa-
setts in 1630. As a boy he was
reared to the labors of farm life,
and acquired a knowledge of
lumbering and railroading. Seek-
ing the benefits of education,
after attending the Berlin pub-
lic school, he entered St. Johns-
bury Vt., Academy, from which he
graduated in 1892, entering the same
year the Literary Department of
Michigan University, at Ann Arbor,
graduating, A. B., in 1896, and then
entering the Law School, where he
continued through 1897 and 1898,
and would have graduated the fol-
lowing year but for the outbreak of
the war with Spain, when he enlist-
ed in Co. A., 31st Michigan Volun-
teer Regiment, serving throughout
the war. After his return home he
joined the N. H. National Guard,
attaining the rank of Captain and
Major, and serving in the latter
capacity on the Mexican border, and
in the overseas service in the World
War, he was promoted in France
to the rank of Lieutanant Colonel.

In religion Senator Cole is an
Episcopalian, and in politics a Re-
publican. He served as delegate
from the American Universities to
the Republican National League
Convention in Detroit in 1897; was
for several years a supervisor of the
check list in Ward 1, Berlin, and a
representative from said ward in
the legislature of 1909, serving on
the committee on Military Affairs,
by which the military laws of the
state were re-codified. He was de-
tailed in 1917, to serve on the staff
of Gov. Henry W. Keyes with rank
of Major. In the Senate, this year,
he serves as chairman of the Com-
mittee on Military Affairs and is a
member of the Committees on Pub-
lic Health, Revision of the Laws,
(clerk) and Soldiers' Home. He is
the paymaster of the Cascade Mills

of the Brown Co., is a Mason, an
Elk, a member of the Spanish War:
Veterans, the.American Legion, and
the N. H. Historical Society.

He married July 2, 1912, Miss
Jane Broad of Colorado Springs.
They have one son, Phipps, born
June 27, 1913.

Hon. Elbridge W. Snow, Senator
from District No. 2, native and life
long resident of the town of White-
field, was born December 7, 1860,
son of David S. and Hannah (Straw)
Snow. He received his education
in the public schools of Whitefield
and at the New Hampton Literary
Institution. He has been engaged
during most of his active life in the
manufacture of overalls and is the
senior member of the firm of Snow
& Baker, extensively engaged in that
business. He takes a .strong inter-
est in all measures .calculated to
promote the welfare of the town,
and is an active member of the
Whitefield Civic Association, cor-
responding to the ordinary board of
trade, of which organization he is
President. His religious affiliation
is with the Methodist church and in
politics he has always been a Re-
publican. He has served his town
as a library trustee and as a member
of the board of selectmen, but is par-
ticularly interested in the cause of
education, having been a member of
the Wnitefield school board for
twenty-two years. Fraternally he
is a Mason and an OddFellow.

Senator Snow has had the exper-
ience of serving for two terms in
the House of Representatives, hav-
ing been first elected to the Legis-
lature of 1917, when he held a po-
sition on the Committee on Manu-
factures ; re-elected for the session
of 1919, he was assigned by Speaker
Tobey to the Chairmanship of the
Committee on Liquor Laws. In
the Senate, this year, he holds the
chairmanship of the Committee on



Manufactures, is a member of the
Committee on Education, and a
member and clerk of the Public
Health and Roads, Bridges and Ca-
nals committees.

On October 13, 1887, he was unit-
ed in marriage with Dora M.

Hon. Fred Parker, Senator from
District No. 3, was born in the town

sive business. He is a Methodist
in religion, and politically a Republi-
can, active in his party cause, and a
member of the State Committee. He
has served two years as a selectman,
six years as auditor; and has been
a trustee of town trust funds since
1917. He was a representative from
Lisbon in the Legislature of 1909-10,
serving on the Committees on Banks
and Labor, and as clerk of the latter
Committee. He was appointed by

Hon. Elbridge W. Snow

of Littleton, October 23, 1872, son
of Guy and Georgianna L. (Metcalf )
Parker. He was educated in the
public schools of Littleton and Lis-
bon, and when 16 years of age
entered a general store as a clerk,
and was engaged twelve years in
that capacity, since which time he
has been in business for himself in
the same line, as head of the firm of
Fred Parker & Co., for ten years
and later alone, doing an exten-

Gov. Keyes Assistant Justice of the
Lisbon Police Court.

Senator Parker is a 32d degree
Mason, a Shriner and a member of
the O. E. S., being a Past Patron in
the order. He is a member of Gold-
en Grange, P. of H., of Lisbon, of
the Lisbon Board of Trade, serving
on its finance committee, and also
on the finance committee of the Dis-
trict Nursing Association.

On April 15, 1896, he was united



in marriage with Ida B. Moore of
Woodsville. They have one son,
Roger Moore, now fifteen years of

His committee assignments in the
Senate are to the Committee on
Elections of which he is Chairman,
and the Claims, Incorporations and
Towns and Parishes Committees, of
the latter of which he is also clerk.

Hon. John H. Garland, Senator

tor of a successful mercantile busi-
ness, to which he has also added
insurance. His religious affiliation
is with the Methodists and in poli-
tics he has been actively identified
with the Republican party. He has
served repeatedly as Moderator, Se-
lectman, Supervisor of the Check-
list, Town Clerk and Trustee
of Trust Funds for the town, which
latter two positions he at present
holds. He has been three times
elected a representative from Con-

Hon. Fred Parker

from District No. 4, was born in
Parsonfield, Me., December 23, 1867,
son of John A. and Alice J. (Allen)
Garland. He received his education
in the common schools of his native
town and at the once famous Par-
sonfield Academy, and in 1885 went
to Conway Center, in this state,
where he engaged as a clerk in a
general store, in which place, and in
which line of business, he has since
continued, having long been proprie-

way in the General Court, his first
service being in 1905, when he was
a member of the Committees on
Elections and National Affairs. Re-
elected to the House of 1907, he ser-
ved on the Incorporations Commit-
tee. Returning again, in 1915, he
was made chairman of the Commit-
tee on Liquor Laws.

His experience in these three ses-
sions in the House qualifies him for
efficient service in the Senate, to



which he was chosen last November,
and in which he is serving as Chair-
man of the Committee on Roads,
Bridges and Canals, and is a mem-
ber of the Manufactures, (clerk),
Public Improvements, and Towns
and Parishes Committees. He
holds membership in the I. O. O. F.,
Patrons of Husbandrv and in the
U. S. Fat Men's Club.

On May 1, 1890, he was united in
marriage with Rose A. Fursdon.

Hon. Fred Ga£e, Senator from
District No. 5, was born in Enfield,
N. H., August 29, 1862, son of Ros-
well and Sarah (Little) Gage, and
was educated in the public schools
of Enfield and Grafton, in which lat-
ter town he has had his residence
since childhood, and where he has
been actively engaged in agriculture,
lumbering and general business, in-
cluding that of an auctioneer. He
attends the Christian church and is

Hon. John H. Garland

They have five children — a daughter
Helen Alice, 26 years of age, a grad-
uate of Fryeburg Academy and the
Gorham, Me., Normal School, and
now a teacher in Massachusetts, and
four sons — Percy Fursdon and John
Maurice, 24 and 22 years of age re-
spectively, both also graduates of
Fryeburg Academy, and Lloyd
Thomas and Robert Allen, aged 18
and 14, now in school.

affiliated with the Republican party.
He has served his town in various
capacities — as Moderator for several
years ; also as tax collector, treasu-
rer and trustee of Trust funds. He
was a delegate from Grafton in the
recent Constitutional Convention,
and served as a Representative in
the Legislature of 1919, when he was
a member of the Committees on
Railroads and Roads, Bridges and



Fraternally Senator Gage is a Ma-
son and a Patron of Husbandry.
On November 2, 1887, he was united
in marriage with Laura E. Bucklin.
They have had two children. A
daughter, Ethel L., born October 6,
1888, married Rollie C. Leonard.
She died in January 1919, leaving
five children. A son, A. Stuart, born

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