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Coos County National Bank of

December 31, 1885, he married
Emma J. Bass of Stratford. A son,
George Harden, born March 27,
1891 (Shaw's Business College,
Portland, Me., 1908) is now in the
automobile business in Stratford,
and a daughter, Lina Jannette,
born September 1, 1897, is now a
student of the Concord Business

Stephen A. Frost.

Stephen A. Frost, representative
from Fremont, has been a "live
wire" in the business and political
life of Rockingham County for
many years past. He is a native of
Halifax, N. S., born January 15,
1862, but removed to Massachusetts
in childhood, where he attended
the public schools of South Natick
and Shirley Village. He was em-
ployed in youth in a leather board
factory at Shirley and later entered
the establishment of Jonas Spauld-
ing at Townsend Harbor, where
he remained until his removal to
Fremont where Mr. Spaulding had
established a large cooperage
plant in which he was engaged, and
where he has continued except for
about six years at Gloucester,
Mass., where he was in charge of
a similar establishment. In 1893
the Fremont plant was reorganized
and incorporated as the Spaulding
and Frost Co., with Mr. Frost as
clerk, treasurer and manager, in
which capacity he continues.

Mr. Frost has been active in
politics as a Republican; is a
prominent member of the Rocking-
ham County Republican Club, was
a delegate from Fremont in the

recent Constitutional Convention,
serving on the Committee on
Executive Department, and has
served as town auditor, librarv
trustee, trustee of town trust funds
and member of the school board.
He is a Universalist in religion, an
Odd Fellow, Patron of Husbandry
and 32nd degree Mason. He is

Stephen A. Frost


in the present House to
the Committees on the Judiciary
and Manufactures — an unusual
distinction for a new member, but
entirely merited.

Mr. Frost married June 13, 1885,
Catherine G. Fertig of Cleveland,
Ohio. They have had four
daughters, two of whom, Lillian
E. and Lizzie J., survive.

William N. Rogers.

The readiest and most forceful
speaker in the House, this year, is
William N. Rogers, representative I
from Wakefield, the ranking I
Democrat on the Judiciary Com- 1



mittee, and his party's monimee
for Speaker. Mr. Rogers is a
native of Wakefield, born January
10, 1892, son of Herbert E. and
Lilian A. (Sanborn) Rogers, and a
grandson of the late Hon. John W.
Sanborn, noted in public life and
railway affairs. He was educated
in the Wakefield schools, at
Brewster Free Academy, W T olfe-
boro, Dartmouth College and the
Maine University Law School,
graduating in 1916, in which year

W. N. Rogers

he was admitted to the bar and
commenced practice in Sanborn-
ville. The next year he came to
Concord and formed a connection
with the prominent law firm of
Streeter, Demond, W r oodworth and
Sulloway, with which he has
remained, though retaining his
legal residence in Wakefield.

Mr. Rogers is an Episcopalian,
a Knight Templar, Mason, Knight
of Pythias, a member of the Phi
Kappa Psi at Dartmouth, Phi
Alpha Delta of the University of
Maine, and of the N. H. Bar

Association. He is serving his
third successive term as represen-
tative from Wakefield and as a
member of the Judiciary Commit-
tee, and is also a member of the
Committee on Rules. In 1918 he
was the Democratic candidate for
Representative in Congress, but
declined to run in 1920. No mem-
ber of the House has ever attended
more faithfully to his duty, taken
a stronger interest in all measures
of public concern, or been heard
more effectively in support of such
as he deemed conducive to the
public welfare, than has Mr.

On August 31, 1912, he was
united in marriage with Winnie E.
Stevens of Farmington. They
have two daughters, Pauline E.
and Una C, eight and six years of
age, respectively.

Sumner N. Ball.

The leading member of the
House from Sullivan County, as
shown by his election as chairman
of the County delegation, is
Sumner N. Ball, representative
from Washington, who was born in
that town June 3, 1854, son of
Dexter and Hannah (Jefts) Ball.
He was educated in the public
schools and at Tubbs Union
Academy, and for some years in
early life was engaged in the
publication of the Antrim Reporter,
of which paper he was the founder.
Since returning to his native town,
where he has been extensively
engaged in agriculture and hotel
keeping, he has been active in
public affairs as a Republican and
a wide awake citizen. He has

been moderator, member of the
school board many years, for 22
years member of the board of
selectmen, and re-elected ; was a
member of the House in 1903,
serving on the Committee on



Agriculture, and of the recent
Constitutional Convention. He
also served for six years as a mem-
ber of the board of County Com-

Ervin W. Hodsdon, M. D.

Dr. Ervin Wilbur Hodsdon,
Representative from Ossipee, now
serving his fourth successive term
in that capacity, is a native of that
town, born April 8, 1863, son of
the late Edward P. and Emma B.
(D emeriti) Hodson. He was
educated at the Dover High
School, to which city his parents
had removed, and of which his
fither was at one time Mayor, at
Phillips Exeter Academy and
Washington University, St. Louis,
Mo., from which he graduated in
Medicine in 1884. He was an
interne in the St. Louis Hospital
two years, and was in practice for
a time in Dover and Center Sand-
wich before locating in Ossipee
where he has been for the last

Sumner N. Ball

mis.sioners for Sullivan County.
Mr. Ball is a Baptist in religion and
a prominent member of the order
of Patrons of Husbandry, having
served many years as Master of
Lovell Grange of Washington,
and as Master of Sullivan County
Pomona Grange. In the present
House he serves as a member of
the Committee on Public Im-
provements. He has been men-
tioned as a possible candidate for
State Senator from the Eighth Dis-
trict in 1922.

Mr. Ball was united in marriage
November 26, 1884, with Miss Dr. E. W. Hodsdon

Carrie B. Brooks. They have three quarter of a century, and where he
children; John S., born August 30, has gained a wide practice.
1886; Nina M., born February Dr. Hodsdon is a Methodist in

27, 1889, and Phillip B., October religion and a Republican in poli-
11, 1900. tics, and has been in office in



various capacities most of the time
since he has lived in Ossipee,
having" served continuously on the
board of health, at times as town
clerk and selectman, and for
twelve years as a member of the
school board. He has also served
.seventeen years as postmaster and
many years as medical referee for
Carroll County, and as physician
for the Carroll Countv Farm. In
each of the last three legislatures he

a member of the N. H. Medical
and the American Medical As-
sociations. He married, February
25. 1917, Mary L. Price.

Bartholomew F. McHugh.

Bartholomew F. McHugh of
Gorham has come to be one of the
best known and most familiar
figures in the New Hampshire


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B. F. McHugh

was chairman of the Committee on
State Hospital. This year he is
chairman of the Public Health
Committee and a member of the
Committees on State Hospital and

In fraternal life Dr. Hodsdon is
a member of the Improved Order
of Red Men (P. S. S.), is a past
Master in the Masons, Grange and
A. O. U. W. and a past chancellor
of the Knights of Pythias. He is

House of Representatives, to which
he comes this year for the third
successive session. Born in that
town, educated in its public schools,
and devoted to its interests, he is
indeed a worthy representative of
its people, and that he is so regard-
ed, is demonstrated by his repeated
elections, the last time by practical-
ly unanimous vote, his name being
on both tickets, straight out Demo-
crat though he has always been.



His occupation is that of a com-
mercial traveler, which seems to be
his natural sphere in life, which
occupation he and others of like
adaptability have raised to the rank
of a profession. For some ten years
past he has been/ in the employ
of Martin L. Hall and Co., the
oldest and most famous Coffee
House in America, established in
1831, covering the most important
towns in Maine and New Hamp-
shire. Few if any men in his line
have traveled as many miles, done
as much business, or made as many
friends for themselves and their
employers, as has McHugh of Gor-
ham, who is still "on" the job" and
good for many years to come.

Mr. McHugh served in 1917 on
the Fisheries and Game Commit-
tee, in 1919 on the Committee on
Railroads, and this year is promot-
ed to the important Committee on
Appropriations, to whose work he
has given close attention, but has
interested himself in general legis-
lation, and particularly in that per-
taining to education. He was a
strong friend of the educational
bill and supported it in a short but
pointed and effective speech. He
is a director of the Gorham Build-
ing and Loan Association, a mem-
ber of the N. E. Fat Men's Club,
and was appointed by Governor
Bartlett a member of the Board of
State Prison trustees, which posi-
tion he still holds.

water, born May 20, 1850, son of
James and Judith B. (Harran)
Brown. He was educated in the
public .schools and at the New
Hampton Literary Institution. In
early life he served as a railway
mail clerk, and in later years as
freight and claim agent for the
Concord and ' Montreal Railroad.
He resided for many years in Bris-
tol where he was in trade and in

Gen. John H. Brown.

Few members of the present
legislature have been as prominent-
ly before the public during the last
forty years, as Gen. John H. Brown,
representative from Ward 6, Con-
cord, and Chairman of the Com-
mittee on Banks as well as member
of the Judiciary and State House
and State House Yard Committees.

Gen. Brown is a native of Bridg-

J. H. Brown

the lumber business, and served as
selectman, postmaster, deputy
sheriff, and representative in the
legislature in 1891. Removing to
Concord, he was postmaster of the
city from 1905 to 1917; was elected
to the Executive Council at a
special election in 1918, to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of Col.
Edward H. Carroll, and for the
regular two years term in Novem-
ber of that year. He was also a
delegate from Ward 6, in the recent
Constitutional Convention.

An active and earnest Republican,
Gen. Brown was a delegate from
New Hampshire in the Republican



National Convention of 1896, going
a.s an original McKinley man, and
was one of the State's presidential
electors in 1900. His military title
comes from service as Commissary
General on the staff of Gov. Charles
A. Busiel in 1895-6. In Masonry,
Gen. Brown is a member of Lodge,
Chapter, Council, Commandry, and
Shrine and of the N. H. Consistory
(32nd degree). He is a member of
the N. H. Historical Society and
the Wonolancet Club of Concord.
He married, June 10, 1872, Marietta
Sanborn Lougee of Laconia. A
successful business man and saga-
cious politician, Gen. Brown is
likely to be a power in public
affairs for some vears to come.

Joseph B. Murdoch.

Joseph B. Murdoch, Rear Ad-
miral, U. S. N. (retired), Repre-
sentative from the town of Hill,
was born in Hartford, Conn.,
February 13, 1851, son of Rev.
John N. and Martha (Ballard)
Murdoch, was educated in the
public schools of Boston and Cam-
bridge, Mass., and at the U. S.
Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.,
from which he graduated in 1870.
He was in active service as an
officer in the U. S. Navy for 43
years, until retired by operation of
law, at the age of 62, February 13,
1913. During this time he spent
some years in Coast Survey duty
and as instructor at the Academy,
but most of the time in active sea
service. He was promoted Com-
mander in 1901, Captain in 1906,
and Rear Admiral in 1909. He was
executive officer of the U. S. S.
Panther during the Spanish Ameri-
can War, Commander of the Rhode
Island in the cruise of the fleet
around the world in 1907-9, and
Commandant of the New York
Navy Yard, 1909-10, Commander

of the 2nd division of the Atlantic
fleet, 1910-11, and Commander-in-
chief of the Pacific fleet, 1911-12.
For a year, during the late war,
he returned to duty as president of
the general court martial at Ports-
mouth, from May 2, 1918 to May 1,

Admiral Murdoch is a member

Joseph B. Murdock,
Rear Admiral U. S. N. (Retired).

of the American Philosophical So-
ciety, the Franklin Institute,
Union Club of Boston, Army
and Navy Club of Washing-
ton, the Sons of the Revolution and
the Society of the Colonial Wars,
and is the author of various papers
and monographs on naval and
scientific subjects. He has had a
summer home in the town of Hill,
and been a legal resident there
since 1884, and has resided there
permanently since his retirement in
1913. He is a Republican in poli-
tics, and is now serving in his first
political office. He is Chairman of
the House Committee on National



Affairs, and a member of the Ap-
propriations and Forestry Com-
mittees, making him, necessarily, a
decidedly active member, while his
interest extends to all questions of
public importance.

He married, June 26, 1879, Anne
Dillingham of Philadelphia, Pa.

Mary L. R. Farnum, M. D.

Whether or not the adoption of
the nineteenth amendment to the
Federal Constitution, placing
woman upon a political equality
with man, gives the. women of
New Hampshire the right to hold
office is practically settled, so far
as the State Legislature is con-
cerned, in that two women. Dr.
Marv L. R. Farnum, Democrat,

Dr. Mary L. R. Farnum

from the Republican town of Bos-
cawen, and Jessie Doe, Republican,
from the Democratic town of
Rollinsford, have served in the

House during the session of 1921,
without question, and that to their
own credit and that of their con-

Mary Louise Rolfe Farnum,
daugher of Charles M. and Maria
L. (Morrison) Rolfe, was born
in Boscawen (Fisherville), Febru-
ary 10, 1870. She was educated in
the village schools and the Concord
High School, graduating from the
latter in 1888, and taught for three
years, subsequently, in the schools
of Boscawen and Penacook. On
the 15th of September, 1892, she
was united in marriage with
Samuel H. Farnum of Penacook,
who died on the 13th of June fol-
lowing. Subsequently she took up
the study of medicine, and gradu-
ated from the Boston University of
Medicine in 1900. After .six months
dispensary work in Boston and six
months in a Woman's Hospital in
Brooklyn, she settled in practice in
Hartford, Conn. Some time after,
f< r family reasons, she relinquish-
ed her practice in Hartford, and
came back to Penacook where she
was in practice for some years ; but
finally relinquished professional
work to care for her father at home.

Mrs. Farnum has served four
years on the school board ; is a
member of the Penacook and Con-
cord Woman's Clubs, of the Friend-
ly and College Clubs of Concord,
of the Rebekahs and the Eastern
Star, was Chairman of the local
branch of the Red Cross during
the war, and is at the present time.
She is a Congregationalist and a
member of the Congregational
Club. She is a member and clerk
of both the Public Health and
Normal School Committees of the
House, and has taken a lively
interest in all the work of the ses-
sion. She addressed the House in
support of the Factory Inspection
bill and in opposition to the Man-
chester Normal School bill.



Earl F. Newton.

Earl Frank Newton, Representa-
tive from Ward 5, Concord, was
born in Fairfield, Vt., August 8,
1879, son of Frank and Estella J.
(Craft) Newton. He received his
education in the Nashua schools, to
which city his parents removed
when he was eight years of age,
and under private instruction by
L' Abbe Marchand of Laval Uni-
versity, Quebec. He served on the
staff of L' Impartial, French tri-
weekly paper in Nashua in 1899-
1900, and was teacher of French in
the Milford High School in 1901.

Earl F. Newton

In the fall of 1901 he entered the
employ of the N. E. Telephone and
Telegraph Company, and has con-
tinued to the present time. He
removed to Concord in 1905 where
he has since resided and has been
in charge of the toll lines of the
state and the city plant since that

He is a member of the Metho-
dist Episcopal church and politi-
cally a Republican. He served as
Clerk of Ward Five three years,

and was chosen to the legislature
at the last election, succeeding
Benjamin W. Couch. He is a
member of the Committees on
Labor and Manufactures. He was
an active promoter of the Credit
Union bill, wl^ich provides for
small group banking institutions;
and introduced and supported the
bill, now a law, providing for the
naming of all highways in the state.
As a member of the Committee on
Labor he favored the 48-hour bill
for women and children and sup-
ported the same on the floor of the

Mr. Newton is a Mason, a mem-
ber of Eureka Lodge of Concord,
and the Eastern Star, and also of
the Concord Oratorio Society, being
strongly interested in music. On
June 17, 1909, he married Ethel S.
Mitchell, M. D., (Tufts, 1903).
They have two children, Nyleen
Eleanor, born February 12, 1912,
and Janice Edith, February 12, 1914.

Samuel B. Shackford.

S.' muel Burnham Shackford of
Warrl Three, Dover, comes back to
the House, this year, for his second
term, having served in 1919 on the
Judiciary and Incorporations Com-
mittees. This vear his committee
service ha.s been confined to the
former, of which he has been one
of the most active members, him-
self and Rogers of Wakefield being
the only men who had previously
seen service on this most important
of the House Committees, and be-
fore which an unusual amount of
business has come during the ses-

Mr. Shackford was born in Con-
way, N. H., November 11, 1871, the
son of Charles B. and Caroline
(Cartland) Shackford, his fnther. a
graduate of Bowdoin College, hav-
ing been a practicing lawyer in
Dover for some years, assistant



clerk of the House in 1864-5 and
clerk in 1866-7. He was educated
in the Dover schools, at Phillips
Andover Academy, and Harvard
College, graduating from the latter",
A. B. in 1894, having specialized in

Samuel B. Shackford

economics and political science,
and from the Harvard Law School,
L. L. B in 1898, in which year he
was admitted to the Massachusetts
bar, and commenced practice in
Boston the following year, continu-
ing till 1914 when he returned to
Dover, where he has since been en-
gaged, devoting his attention large-
ly to probate practice and convey-

Mr. Shackford is a member of the
Northam Colonists, the N. E. His-
toric Genealogical Society, and the
New Hampshire Bar Association,
being a member of its Legislative

Hon. George A. Blanchard.

Hon. George A. Blanchard of
Moultonboro, who represented the

Fourth District in the Senate in
1919, serving as Chairman of the
Committee on Forestry, and as a
member of the Committees on
Agriculture, Finance, School for
Feeble Minded and Public Health,
comes back this year in the place
so long occupied by the late James
E. French as representative from
that town, ,in which capacity he
holds the position of Chairman of
the Committee on County Affairs,
Clerk of the Insurance Committee,
and member of Fish and Game.
He is also Chairman of the Carroll
County delegation, so that his legis-
lative activities are decidedly num-

Mr. Blanchard was born in
Sandwich, Ocober 16, 1863, and

George A. Blanchard

educated in the public schools and
Beede's Academy. He is a farmer,
grain dealer and insurance agent by I
occupation, a Methodist and a i
Republican, and has holden about I
all the offices the town can confer
and has served five terms as a i
member of the board of Commis-



sioners for the County of Carroll.
He has been for many years a
member of the town school board,
and has just been re-elected to the
board of selectmen for a three year
term, as chairman, insuring a con-
tinuous service of 18 years on the
board. In fraternal life he is a
Red Man, a Knight of Pythias, and
a Patron of Husbandry.

On March 19, 1891,' Air. Blan-
chard was united in marriage with
Miss Adele H. Jaclard. They have
two children: Victorine J. (Mrs. D.
E. Ambrose) born February 24,
1893, and Paul F., born January 13,

Albertas T. Dudley.

Albertas True Dudley, educator
and author, a representative from
the town of Exeter, was born in
Paris, N. Y., January 19. 1866, son
of Rev. Horace F. and Josephine
( Lamson) Dudley. He graduated,
A. B. at Harvard College in 1887,
and continued study in Germany,
was a teacher at Phillips Exeter
Academy from 1887 to 1895, and at
Noble and Greenough's School in
Boston from 1896 to 1917, during
which latter period of service he
was also the author of numerous
published volumes, including "Fol-
lowing the Ball," "Making the
Nine," "In the Line," "With Mask
and Mitt," "The Great Year," "The
Yale Cup," "A Full Back Afloat,"
"The School Four," "At the Home
Plate," "The Pecks in Camp,"
"The Half Miler," etc.

Mr. Dudley is a Republican, a
member and chairman of the Exeter
School Board, and a member and
Secretary of the N. H. Library
Commission since 1917. He serv-
ed in the House in 1919 as a mem-
ber of the Committees on Educa-
tion, Engrossed Bills and State
Library. This year he is chairman
of the Committee on Education and

also on Engrossed Bills. In the
former capacity he has had no
easy task, the work of the com-
mittee having been arduous and
protracted, and, through his tact
and ability, most successfully car-
ried out.

July 2, 1890, Mr. Dudley married
Miss Francis Perry of Exeter.
They have two children.

William W. Thayer.

Among the most prominent of
the younger members of the House,
now serving his first term, is
William Wentworth Thayer of
Ward 5, Concord, who holds posi-
tion on the important Committees
on Banks and the Judiciary, and
has been active in the work of both.
During the early part of the ses-

William W. Thayer

sion, in the absence of chairman
Morse on account of illness, he was
acting chairman of the Judiciary
Committee. He introduced many
important measures, closely follow-
ed the course of legislation and
aided materially in directing the



Mr. Thayer is the son of the late
Gen. William F. and Sarah C.
(Wentworth) Thayer, born in
Concord, April 15, 1884. He was
educated in the Concord schools,
Harvard University (B. A., 1905,
L. L. B., 1910) ; Oxford University,
England, (B. A., 1908, M. A., 1913),
being the second Rhodes scholar
from New Hampshire. He was ad-
mitted to the New Hampshire bar
in 1910, and commenced the prac-
tice of law in the office of Streeter,
Demond and Woodworth that year,
continuing till 1913, when he opened
an office for himself, whereir. he
has since continued, except for a
period during the World war, when
he served as a representative of the
U. S. War Trade Board in London
and Paris, and also an an attache of
the Peace Conference on blockade
matters. In November, 1916, he
was elected Solicitor of Merrimack
County, and was appointed by the
Court to fill the vacancy in that
office occasioned by the resignation
of Robert C. Murchie, from Janu-
ary 17, 1917, till the beginning of
his own term in April. He served
as Secretary of the Concord Board
of Trade two years, from Septem-
ber, 1915. He is a director and
vice-president of the Fir.st National
Bank of Concord, and a trustee and
treasurer of the Union Trust Com-
pany. He is a Republican in poli-
tics, a Congregationalist, a Knight
of Pythias and a Patron of Hus-

Mr. Thayer's mother was, before
her marriage to Gen. William F.
Thayer, Miss Sarah Clarke Went-
worth, daughter of Joseph Went-
worth, a member of the New
Hampshire Legislature in 1844,
1845, 1874 and 1876. His father,
Paul Wentworth, was a member in
1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1839, 1840
and 1841. Paul Wentworth's
father, John Wentworth Jr., was a
member of the Continental Con-
gress and a signer of the Articles of

Confederation. John Wentworth

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