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fruit grown by him. Also there are the large orchards of Ira H. White, Eugene
A. Davis, A. L. Bickford, S. S. Jenness, L. A. French and N. S. Drake by
whom several thousand barrels are shipped in good apple years.

But while the product from the farms, the pine and spruce forests, the
cotton and shoe factories and other industries of the town have been considerable,
its greatest product has been the men and women born and raised here who have
migrated to other parts of the country and have spread its influence abroad.
Probably the greatest of these was James F. Joy, son of James Joy, the scythe
manufacturer, who graduated at Dartmouth College in 1833, and settled in
Detroit, Mich., where he became one of the great railroad lawyers. President
and Director of what have since been known as the Michigan Central ; Chicago,
Burlington and Quincy ; and N. Y. Central Railroads. He acquired great reputa-
tion and wealth. It has been said that he was known in his day as the Railroad
King of the Northwest. This was prior to 1880.

A great man in another line was John Berry Swett, born here in 1830 and
educated in our schools and then at the Pembroke Academy and Russell Normal
Institute at Reed's Ferry. In 1852 he went to California, taught and became


superintendent of its schools; by his publications and otherwise he established
a system of education which has been adopted in other states and countries. He
occasionally visited the town when on vacation.

A famous author and journalist was Col. Thomas Wallace Knox born in
Pembroke in 1836 and died in New York City in 1896. As an orphan he lived
with Emery Brown and attended school in Dowboro, and later at the Pittsfield
and Hampton Academies. In the early fifties he went to Colorado, and began
his newspaper work with the Denver Daily News. During the Civil War he
was correspondent of the New York Herald, and in 1866 as a special correspond-
end for it made a trip around the "World. From' his experience in that trip he
wrote books entitled "Overland through Asia," "The Boy Travellers in China
and Japan," "The Boy Travellers in Siam," which latter book so pleased the
King of Siam that he conferred the "Order of the White Elephant" upon him,
he being the first American to receive that distinguished honor. He published
in all about 40 books, and became eminent in New York City and was given
high place among American authors. /

Another boy who lived here with his sister, Mrs. Moses C. Neal, for many
years was John R. Tilton who began as a painter of carriages in the shop of his
brothers, N. C. and N. G. Tilton from which he migrated to Boston, and continu-
ed decorative painting upon vehicles. With the encouragement and assistance
of friends he went to Italy, studied and became a famous landscape painter.

Undoubtedly similar sketches of many other early residents of this town,
r/ho have migrated and become famous, might be written, but the time allowed
for this address prevents further mention of them.

Of the sons of the town who have grown up here and become eminent,
Hiram Americus Tuttle leads. Born in Barnstead on October 16, 1837, he
came here in 1846 and spent the rest of his life here until its close, Feb. 10. 1911.
Many of you knew him so well that words of mine are needless except for those
who did not have the good fortune to know him. He started with nothing but
good health and a bright mind of which he made the greatest use. As the lead-
ing man of the town he succeeded Uncle John Berry, but in selling dry rather
than wet goods. He had a quick, hearty way about him, knew and called every
man by his first name, and was in turn known by everybody as "Hi," until he
became Governor. After having served as clerk in various places as early. as
1870 he established a clothing store here to enable the male population to fit
themselves out to look handsome, and later with the assistance of his able sales-
man and partner Hon. Newman Durell, he took the measure of and clothed
many men from outside the town and state thereby acquiring a large reputation
and business. Also for many years he was associated with men reputed for
their sagacity and success in timber lands and lumber. Also he was a Director
of the Boston, Concord and Montreal R. R., President of the Suncook Valley
System (notice the word "System"), because the S. V. R.R., is said to be the
only road in New England having a switch-back and start-over-again trackage
which is said to have surprised the President of the Boston & Maine Road when
he came up here once to see what some of us were kicking about.

In 1873-4 Mr. Tuttle represented the town in the New Hampshire Legis-
lature. In 1878 he was a member of the Governor's Council, and in 1891-3 he
and the town were honored by his election as Governor of the State and his ad-
ministration was a good one. It should be remembered that he ably presided at
the exercises on the First Old Home Week Day here in 1901. As he was a
fine representative of the men of the towti, so his estimable wife equally well
represented its women, and should undoubtedly be accredited with much of the


success in life gained by the Governor. To the memory of their beautiful
daughter, who seemed to pass away too early, they erected the "Harriet Tuttle
Folsom Memorial Building" on Main street, opposite the residence of Dr. Sar-
gent, formerly that of the Tuttles, as previously mentioned. Governor Tuttle
succeeded John Cram, James Joy and Uncle John Berry as leading man of the
town. His partner brought further honor to the town by being a member of the
New Hampshire Senate and became the Hon. Newman Durell, as well as a
noted angler.

One of the strongest sons and greatest benefactors of the town of Pittsfield
was Hon. John Cate French, born here Mar. 1, 1832 and died in Manchester, N.
H., Jan. 8, 1900. In 1869 he organized the N. H. Fire Insurance Company of
which he was later President for several years until his decease. The build-
ing up of the great business of that Company is the most notable part of his
record, and, although he had moved to Manchester, the credit of enthusing the
people of Pittsfield to introduce the Suncook Valley R. R. into the town in 1869
is largely his, as previously stated. He had a personal acquaintance with most
of the people living in the town and their antecedents, and took a very deep
interest in the town history. At the celebration of the one hundredth anniver-
sary in 1882 of the organization of the town, he delivered a very full and able
historical address, which it is very much to be regretted was lost, together with
his collection of very valuable data for the same, all of which were destroyed at
the burning of his summer residence here, not long after that celebration.

Hon. Channing Cox during his boyhood was much in Pittsfield where his
mother was born and where his maternal grandparents resided and for a time
his parents. In later years he has been a lawyer in Boston and prominent in
Massachusetts public life. At present (1921) he is Governor of Massachusetts.

Those of my age know that for more than the last fifty years, the Hon.
Charles Carpenter, the Hon. Josiah Carpenter and ladies of their families,
particularly now represented by Mrs. Georgia B. Carpenter and Mrs. E. A. Goss
of the Pittsfield National Bank, have been strong financial supporters of the
town through its banking business.

On July 4th, 1917, Mrs. Georgia B. Carpenter, wife of Hon. Josiah Car-
penter and her brother, Hon. Nathaniel Seavey Drake, of Pittsfield gave to the
town the Drake Athletic Field as a Memorial to their father, Col. James Drake,
who was a native and prominent citizen of this town from 1805 until 1870, and
was son of the Lieut. James Drake, who early settled in the southerly part of
the town near where the Quaker Meeting House now stands (when a part of
Chichester) and was a Veteran of the Revolutionary War.

As said by Mrs. Carpenter in the exercises dedicating the Field, after having
considered many ways in which to establish a useful Memorial for their father
"at length my brother suggested an athletic field. That appealed to me, for I
know that nowadays athletics go hand in hand with books in educational lines
and the future outlook for continuance is good." Also, she gave this good ad-
vice to the school children present on that occasion, saying, "I have but one re-
quest. I want you to take pride in keeping it neat and tidy so that when I bring
my friends here or when strangers come by, they may have a good word to say
about the Pittsfield girls and boys." Any visitors who have not seen the beauti-
ful and well arranged Drake Athletic Field should do so before leaving town.

To thoroughly appreciate the quality of the men and women of this town
fifty or sixty years ago you should read Robinson's book of "The Great Rebel-
lion" I have spoken of in which are not only individual records of the boys in
the Service at that time but the records of the older townspeople and its noble

Col. James Drake (1805-1870) Mrs. Hattie Tuttle Folsom

Hiram A. Tuttle (1837-1911) Mrs. Hiram A. Tuttle (1841-1915)

Mrs. Josiah Carpenter
Josiah Carpenter (1829-1913) Nathaniel S. Drake

Governor and Mrs. Tuttle in 1910 gave the Hattie Tuttle Folsom Memorial School
Building in memory of their daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Carpenter in 1901 the
Josiah Carpenter Library; Mrs. Josiah Carpenter and Nathaniel S. Drake in 1919 the
Drake Athletic Field and Park in memory of their father, Col. James Drake.


women who backed up the hoys at the Front in every way possible. ' In that
book I see the pictures of many whom I knew by sight in my boyhood. I note
that Dr. R. P. |. Tenney was at one time a member of the Governor's Council.
Also I note the picture of Elder Joseph Harvey and the fact that he like Uncle
John Berry was often at the Front to aid the Boys. I knew him and recall his
fervent and genial exhortations to all people to be good and to be prepared for
the Second Coming of Christ at any time. He passed on leaving with us his
son, John, who inherited his public spirit and appetite so that John is relied upon
not only to successfully moderate our school meetings, but to know how to
satisfy the appetites of all the people upon anniversaries and gala occasions. He
is an expert in demonstrating the parable of the loaves and fishes. Others
whom I recall as prominent in the town within my memory were Reuben L.
French, William Henry Berry, who later became associated with Hon. John
Cate French in the New Hampshire Fire Insurance Co., in Manchester ; Mr.
George F. Berry in the Pittsfleld Savings Bank; B. F. Kaime, and Peabody H.
Adams and M. H. Nutter, storekeepers; Lewis Bunker, comforting and courteous
as an undertaker, but bright and witty as a story teller. Also, I recall Everett
Jenkins, so badly crippled by the War, a good postmaster for many years, but we
learned that it was not advisable to ask him for the mail in his off hours when
engaged in a game of checkers with Frank Randall or other experts in that line,
of whom there were quite a few in town.

The surviving Veterans of the Civil War are G. W. Adams, Wilson Adams,
Newell Dow, P. S. Elliot, J. M. Gilman, Enoch Hill, A. K. Jones, Hiram Locke,
A. E. Rand, D. H. Sackett and B. M. Tilton.

Since the death of Governor Tuttle in 1911 Hon. Sherburn J. Winslow
has been the leading man of the town until his recent passing on. Fifty years ago
he was a hard-working farmer on Tilton Hill. Since then he joined with Hon.
Charles Carpenter and Governor Tuttle in timber lands, banking, and other lines
of the larger business relating to the town, and was a president or director of
many enterprises. As most of you know, he was the able President of this Old
Home Week Association for many years and made a complete and notable ad-
dress in 1901 upon distinguished citizens of Pittsfield then deceased.

In the preparation of this address I have been struck with the thought that
in the period from 1727 to the present date, most of the wonderful events in the
way of progress in this country have occurred.

In 1727 the Quakers in Rhode Island were the first to agitate the abolition
of slavery, in which State many slaves were then owned. In 1863 came Lin-
coln's Emancipation Proclamation.

The use of steam, electricity and gasolene for transportation (even through
the clouds above us), the driving of machinery, and in the arts and sciences;
electricity especially in the telegraph and telephone, the latter being one of the
greatest conveniences in the history of the World. Prior to 1840 the use of coal
in New Hampshire was not much known.

In referring to the letter of Mr. Fuller relating to the early part of the
last century I spoke of the general use of rum which really has been a remark-
able factor underlying the wealth of this country, and promoting the building
of its shipping, railroads and other industries. But, during the service of El-
der Ebenezer Knowlton, the Freewill Baptist preacher of the time, one Jonathan
Eaton who had reduced himself to poverty by the too free use of rum and hard
cider, reformed, and begged to be allowed to speak briefly after the Elder's ser-
mon. In his speech he told the people the evils of intemperance. Elder Knowl-


ton became impressed with what Eaton said and preached upon the subject him-
self, but became so unpopular that he left town in 1828 and went to farming in
Maine. Now just think of it, that within about one hundred years from that
time by an Act of Congress, in force since July 1, 1917, as a War measure, the
abolition of the use of alcoholic liquors as a beverage is sought to be enforced as
was the prohibition against slavery. I believe that while the use of alcohol
in the Arts and Sciences, and, to a limited extent, as a medicine may be allowed,
yet the general prohibition of it as a beverage in this country will go far towards
reducing our enormous National Debt, relieve our prisons, hospitals, asylums
and poor houses and improve the breeding of generations to come.

Now we come to Pittsfield as it is in 1921. Its census for 1920 shows a
population of 1914, about 300 less than in 1910, and not quite twice what it was in
1810, with its principal industries represented by the cotton, shoe and box
factories, the Globe Manufacturing Co., its saw-mill in the village, its farming,
milk and poultry business and fruit culture, and a growing automobile business
as its principal industries.

It has the Pittsfield National and Savings Bank, and Farmers' Savings
Bank. It has several district schools, not attended by as many children as for-
merly, because the custom of having large families has passed away. It has
a good grammar and high school in the village.

Speaking of schools, I forgot to mention something I lately read in that good
old family newspaper, the Boston Evening Transcript, as an excuse sent to a
teacher in a district school, which, in ancient times, might have occurred in this
town. It read: — "Dear Teacher. Please excuse Jennie for being absent yester-
day. I had twins. It sha'n't occur again."

It has a Congregational, Baptist, Episcopal, Advent, and a Roman Catholic
Church, presided over by able ministers and priests. Its societies and fraternal
organizations are Corinthian Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons;
the Eastern Star for Masonic Sisters ; Suncook Lodge and Passaconaway En-
campment for Odd Fellows; Beulah Rebecca Lodge of the same Order, but I
dare not say for Odd Girls ; Norris Lodge of the Knights of Pythias and a
Lodge for Pythian Sisters ; Wachenoit Tribe of the Independent Order of Red
Men (possibly sucessors to the original Pennacooks who struggled to maintain
their possession of this territory until about 1763) ; the Daughters of Pocahontas,
who perhaps stand in the relation of squaws to said Red Men ; also Sons and
Daughters of Liberty; Willard K. Cobb Post of the Grand Army of the Republic
with its few survivors, and Sons of Veterans to support them ; the Woman's
Relief Corps ; the surviving members of Pittsfield Sons in the World War from
1917 to 1919 as borne upon the Honor Roll on a tablet well placed in the
Public Library ; Catamount Grange and the Societv of St. Jean Baptiste of A.
C. A.

It has Messrs. Joseph C. Adams and William B. Ely as its representatives
to the Legislature; and Mayland P. Foss, John H. Jenness and Richard B.
Bartlett its Selectmen, and Carroll M. Paige as its Town Clerk and a goodly
number of physicians, and two lawyers who regret there is no more business for
them. Also a goodly number of storekeepers, men in the mechanical trades,
and landlord Avery at John Cram's tavern who serve the people well. It has
insurance agents, and last, but not least, a genial auctioneer who has the
reputation of being able to sell everything and everybody to the satisfaction
of all.

Now, with the admonition of Prof. Sanborn in mind, that "Great things


cannot come by small effort," it is for all the people of this town to improve them-
selves by study, industry and united effort, harmonizing differences of opinion by
frequently meeting together and understanding each other, to work hard, play
some, and co-operate to increase the facilities of the town to make it a good
place to live in.

Brief closing remarks were made by Professor Whithead of Boston Uni-
versity. He spoke on the value and necessity of loyalty and co-operation as
public assets and essential to hold what had been already gained in the century
and a half of Pittsfield and to safeguard its future progress.

Old Home Day Sports.

The sports of the day were held on Drake Field immediately after the
literary exercises. The Field might be called an athletic field and park for it
has features of both and is one of the finest and most spacious areas of the kind
to be found in any American town of Pittsfield's class. It was presented to the
town by Mrs. Georgia B. Carpenter of Manchester and N. S. Drake of Pitts-
field in memory of their father, Col. James Drake.

The sports and games were as follows :

Tennis match, Messrs. McLane, Straw and Nelson of Manchester and Con-
nor of Pittsfield ; baseball game between Concord and Pittsfield, which was won
by Concord ; wood sawing, Emma Thompson, first ; Emma Adams, second ; nail
driving contest, Bertha Emerson, first ; Rachel Nutter, second ; potato race, Beatrice
Stocks, first; Ethel Hillsgrove, second; rope skipping, Mildred Hillsgrove, first;
Thelma Geis, second; slow bicycle race, Thelma Johnson, first; Beatrice Stocks,
second ; doughnut race, Nelson Bishop, first ; Ernest Bishop, second ; 100 yard
dash, boys under 10, William Ely, Jr., first; Robert Clough, second; 100 yard
dash, boys under 16, Joseph Cloutier, first ; Arthur Barton, second ; 100 yard dash,
men, James Thompson, first ; Howard Davis, second ; greased pig, William Come.
As the firemen did not appear when called to pull, the tug of war was awarded
to the American Legion.

Band Concert.

The day's festivities ended with a concert by the American Band of Pitts-
field in Academy Park, which was highly enjoyed by a large audience from
Pittsfield and nearby towns.

F. S. Jenkins, chairman of the Invitation Committee received letters of re-
gret from E. W. Richer, Ocean Park, Me. ; Dr. Carr and family, Washington,
D. C. ; Mrs. G. E. Lovejoy, Lawrence, Mass.; Harry F. Lake, Concord, N. H. ;
Laura W. Perkins, Milwaukee, Wis. Various lists of visitors and other items
are given in the Pittsfield local paper. The Vallev Times of August 19 and 26,

We quote part of letter from Charles C. Thompson, Pasadena, California:
"My wife and I were in Pittsfield on July 15 and called at the Peaslees' who
live a short distance south of the old Friends' church where my father preached
many a sermon, and where he was a constant attendant at that old meeting house

twice a week, hauling his family up and down those old hills We went

up to the old graveyard on top of what is called Catamount, or what used so to
be called. I have a grandfather and a sister buried there which makes the place
seem dear to me. Your city is one of the prettiest places we have seen in our
travels. Although a boy when we left there I remember quite well the names of
many of the older ones such as the Drakes and Berry s who are laid away in that
old family ground. I wish we could have thought about the Old Home Week.
I think we could have arranged so as to have been there."


List of Subscribers, Old Home Day, 1921.

Town of Pittsfield ($300), Adams Bros., Adams Garage Co. Inc., A. D.
Avery. R. B. Bartlett, Berry and Harriman. A. H. Bickford, Buffum and Jack-
son, Everett Clark, G. H. Colbath, J. A. Cochrane, Elizabeth Calef, N. S. Drake,
John A. Dow, Fedore Danis, J. H. Danis, N. Durell, W. H. Eaton, G. D. Emer-
son, Luther Emerson, W. R. Emerson, Farmers' Exchange, H. B. Fischer, C. F.
H. Freese, F. French. H. M. French, F. L. Geiger, Globe Mfg. Co., L. D. Gil-
more. Green and Purtell, D. S. Green, F. P. Green, Griffin and Dustin, G. L.
Hall, Roscoe Hill, E. E. Howard. F. S. Jenkins, J. H. Jenness. E. A. Lane,
Lord and Tow D. A. Lougee, H. P. Maxfield, J. C. McQuesten. Leon Merrill,
H. E. Montgomery, True Osgood, C. M. Paige," J. H. Perkins, Pittsfield Mills,
J. S. Rand, C. P. Rovegno, A. W. Sanders, E. P. Sanderson, F. H. Sargent, P.
W. Sherburne, A. E. Sproul, J. W. Stone, H. A. Tuttle Co., E. A. Welch. H.
P. Woodman, C. Y. Young. The personal subscriptions ranged from one to
one hundred dollars. The total amount subscribed (including the town appro-
priation of $300) was $1,176.

Special acknowledgement is given to Henry W. Osgood who furnished free
most of the photographs used in preparing this report, to C. N. Batchelder who
also furnished photographs free and to G. F. Mitchell, Editor of The Valley
Times, who gave much space in his paper in publicity work for the celebration.

The service of many others who in various ways contributed to the success
of the celebration is also recorded with appreciation.

Heads of Families in Pittsfield Per L t . S. Census 1790,
Rockingham County, Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

Bachelder, Jacob Cram, Smith

Barton, Josiah Cram, Wadleigh

Bean, Nathaniel Dickey, Robert

Berry, Joshua Dier, Samuel

Berry, Thomas Dow, Jeremiah

Berry, William Dow, Jessie

Berry, William, Jr. Dow, John

Bickford, Thomas Dow, Jonathan

Blair, Ebenezer Dow, Phineas

Blake, Enoch Drake, James

Blake, John Drake, Simeon

Blake, Stephen Drake, Wd.

Blake, Thomas Durgin, Eliphalet

Brown, Abraham Durgin, Richard

Brown, Abraham, Jr. Durgin, William

Brown, James Elkins, Richard

Brown. John Fight, James

Brown, John, Jr. Fogg, Chase

Brown, Jonathan Fogg, Jonathan

Brown, Moses Fogg, Jonathan, Jr.

Brown, Samuel Fogg, Joseph

Bunker, Dodifer Fogg, Josiah

Bunker, Francis Fogg, Samuel

Chase, Jonathan Garland, James

Chase, Nathaniel Garland, Jeremiah

Chase, Solomon Garland, Jonathan

Chase, William Gordon, William

Clifford, Ithiel Goss, Joseph

Cram, James Green, Abraham

Cram, John, Esq. Green, Asael

Cram, Jonathan Green, Bradbury

Cram, Reuben ■_ Green, Jonathan



Hanson, Solomon
Haskell, Job
Hearn, James
Hilyard, Timothy
Hoag, Isaac
Huckings, Isaac
James, Jabez
Jenness, John
Jones, Jacob
Jones, John
Jones, John, Jr.
Jonson, Thomas
Kenney, John
Kenney, John, Jr.
Kenney, Jonathan
Kerby, John
King, Osgood
King, Samuel
Knowlton, David
Lamprey, Benj.
Libbee, Isaac
Levet, Brackett
Levet, Ruben T.
Mason, Benj.
Marston, Eliphalet
Marston, James
Marstin, Joseph
Marten, Dan
Morgen, Nathaniel
Morrill, Abither
Morrill, Malcijah
Muncy, William
Norris, Joseph
Norris, Moses
Nudd, Benj.
Nudd, William
Page, Rev. Christopher
Paige, Nathaniel
Peasley, Elijah
Perry, Samuel

Philbrick, Jonathan

Philbrick, Samuel

Potter, Samuel

Prescott, Ebenezer

Prescott, Samuel

Purington, James

Perkins, Jonathan

Sanborn, David

Sandborn, Edmund

Sandborn, Timothy

Sargent, Edward

Sargent, John

Sargent, widow of Hezikiah

Seavey, Isaac

Shaw, Caleb

Shepard, Joseph

Sias, Benj.

Sias, Benj., Jr.

Sterns, John

Swett, Thomas R.

Tibbitts, Robert

Tibbits, Samuel

Tilton, Benj.

Tilton, John

Towle, Jonathan

True, John

Tucker, Jabez

Tucker, widow

Walton, Shadrick

Watson, William

White, Josiah

White, Nathan

Wills, Nathaniel

Wills, Paul

Yeaton, Daniel

Yeaton, Eliphalet

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