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Yeaton, John

Yeaton, Jonathan

Yeaton, Joseph

Adams, John V.
Adams, Paul
Adams, William A.
Bachelder, Clifton R.
Barton, Clarence L.
Bates, Kenneth C.
Blackstone, Earl
Bouchard, Dozilva
Brandt, Carl G.
Brock, Charles H.
Brock, Scott W.
Brown, Sidney H.
Buffum, Frank H.
Carr, Burt W.
Carr, Raymond L.
Caswell, Burton J.
Cheney, Clifford A.
Clark, John S.
Cote, Alfred
*Cram, Earl W.

Names on the Memorial Tablet
1917 Honor Roll 1919

Creasey, Norman

Crocker, John M.

Cronin, Edward A.

Cummings, Mack

Cutler, Lew S.

Cutler, Scott A.
*Danis, Alpha J.

Desgranges, Joseph L.

Dion, Nazaire

Doughty, Sidney C.

Drake, James Frank

Drollet, Orgenore

Drollet, Osee J.

Drollet, Rosario V.

Dubuc, Philias N.

Ducette, Alex E.
*Depuis, Ezra

Emerson, Fred E.

Emerson, Richard C.

Emerson, Warren E.



Feuerstein, Abraham
Folsom, Hiram Tuttle
Freese, George E.
French, Scott
Garland, Richard R.
Genest, William J.
Girouard, Louis H.
Glines, Charles E.
Goodwin, Cyrus, Jr.
Goodwin, Leslie R.
Hall, Edmund
Hall. Everett A.
Hast, Augustus T.
Heinis, Alfred
Heywood, W. Harold
Hill, Carroll E.
Hodgdon, Charles E.
Houle, Edmund
Jackson, David F.
Joy, George E.
Joy, Harvey W.
Laro, Emaile
Leduc, John M.
Mitchell, Ralph G.
Nutter, Franklin H.
Oshier, William E.
Page, Albert E.
Pellissier, Adelard R.

*Died in Service

*Peterson, William A.

Philbrick, George H.

Picard, Albe

Potter, Waldo B.

Prescott, Frank W.

Raymond, Charles J.

Reil, Fred J.

Robbins, Ivan C.

Sargent, Arthur F.

Sargent, Ralph L.
*Scott, Joseph Freeman

Scott, Robert C.
*Sleeper, Fred W.

Smith, Clifton A.

Smith, Roland A.
*Smith, W. E.

Smith, Ernest M.

Steele, Ralph E.

Tasker, William M.

Towle, Edward L.

Vien, William L.

Weeks, Chester R.

Weldon, Everett D.

Weldon, Russell F.

Wheeler, Vernon E.

Yeaton, Conrad D.

Yeaton, Ivan A.

Yorke, Arthur E.

Editorial Note: The Editorial Committee includes in the Record the addresses
made at the 150th year celebration of the settlement of what is now known as the
Town of Pittsfield. The addresses are printed in full or briefly reported and a complete
account of the celebration is given. The illustrations show something of the scenic
beauty of the town from high and moderate elevations and from the valley. Views
of buildings, groups of persons and part views of the parade are also given. A sketch
of Pittsfield may also be found in The Granite Monthly of September, 1907, and a record
of Old Home Day of 1919, when a memorial tablet in honor of Pittsfield soldiers in
the World War, was placed in the public library, is printed in the issue of November,
1919, both illustrated. While the value of local records and history may sometimes
be over-estimated, they are important as showing the social, industrial, educational,
political and religious life of a governmental unit, the New England Town, which is
probably as near a democracy as exists at the present time.

G. F. Mitchell, W. Scott, Editorial Committee.



By Warren T. Billings

So, Parson, 'tis to your own church that you would have me

And that I might is true, perhaps, did I none other know.

But have you never thought, my friend, of God's great
chosen place,

Where Nature shows His wondrous plan and proves His
boundless grace?

I need no sweetly tolling hells to tell of worship hour.

Nor thund'ring voice, nor gentle plea, to demonstrate His

I climb the verdant hill at dawn, as sun aflames the peak,

While sky and clouds and lake and air God's kindly mes-
sage speak.

Then joyous choirs on every hand

Of flute-voiced birds and murm'ring trees,
As though God's chorister had planned

A host of penitential pleas,
With music that my heart inspires

And which to fealty appeal.
Arouse within me holy fires

When Nature's greeting they reveal.

No sermon do I need, my friend, to learn of mercy wide,
W T hen gleaming waters sing to me of Faith that's glorified.
And glimmering lights on rugged mounts depict Hope

While granite peaks fling to the clouds a strength that's


The invocation you may hear

In rippling of the restless streams,
And peace divine seems gathering near,

As thought is bound in holy dreams.
The scripture lesson needs no tongue —

'Tis here in place on every side.
Its warnings are by Nature sung ;

Its truths, we know, must here abide.

You preach of justice in your church, of justice to mankind.
And tell us that to ways of life we needs must be resigned;
But in my church we gaze beyond the narrow views of man
To take our place with gratitude in following His plan.

I've watched a hawk .swoop on a nest,
Like flashing from a thunder cloud.

To tear the young from mother's breast.
I've known love's mantle made a shroud


And seen want stalk from rascals' greed

When they upon the orphanned preyed.
How, then, I would for vengeance plead !

Yet, He is judge ; I'm not dismayed.

Eternity? Look far upon where mountains have survived;
And would you say that men now know what Nature has

contrived ;
That words may tell of time or growth or the vast realm

of space
Wherein the weakling planet, earth, has found a roving

place ?

For me, I only want to know,

In countless ages yet before,
That where she is I'm sure to go,

To join her on a heav'nly shore.
Perhaps she's found the bairn again

And in her arms 'twill resting be —
The glorious throne where babes e'er reign.

Ah, that's eternity for me !

Across the vale, when twilight comes, the benediction falls,
As patient kine, on home intent, sound forth their evening

His peace descends, His grace o'er-shrouds, His boundless

mercy holds.
And through the earth, in every clime, His wondrous love



Dedicated to the Russian Refugees

By Erwin F. Keene

Sink of the tragic wrack of doom new-born,

Where sorrow's many streams make one vast drain :

In thy foul streets the starving pray in vain —

And corpses nod along the Golden Horn.

Fierce famine takes her toll ; in lusty scorn

Fierce famine, dread disease, ride rein to rein.

And all the old, blind gods know not man's pain

Though men are crushed, and mothers' hearts are torn.

To feed their babes, perchance to shroud their dead —

Those gentle women of a better day,

White-faced and sad — they dance for crusts of bread,

A few piastres all their meager pay.

And we — shall help them, through our blinding tears,

Or, like the gods of old, stop eyes and ears?




By Christine Turner Curtis

In November

New England wears a sombre coat

Gray-woven of the mists that float

Across the fields and through the trees

Winding along the breeze.

And sometimes decked with cinnamon

Where the infrequent sun —

Dull as an ancient coin of hrass

Quivers across the faded grass.

The soher colors blend

Into a gentle blur of dun and huff.

But red-rose hips and milkweed fluff

And gold witchhazel tend

Their wayside lanterns, like a frieze

Against the wash of trees.

The fields and rounding hills
Lie pensive and subdued —
The pastures seem to brood,
And the pale marsh distills
From its low reaches hare.
A wist fulness throughout the


But when the slow sun wends
Its gold, smoke-enswirled
Adown the blue-rimmed world.
And daylight ends —
Then comes the change
Divinely beautiful; — orchard and grange
And field and wooded gloom
Light up and hloom
With such a rich rose 'glow.
So all the stems and hranches show-
Pricked out against the melon sky
Delicately. —
Each bush and tree
Clear cut. with little rounds and spaces
Filled up with pink or giassv green.
The curling twigs between
Distinct and fine
Across the western shine.
And here in places
The elm trees, curving high,
Lean over the horizon rim
Like lilies, graceful-stemmed and slim.


But soon the bright shell of the moon

Hangs from a pinetree bough.

And fading now

The colors faint and swoon

Out of the winter sky,

Shiver and die.

A solitude

Creeps on the meadow, under misted stars,

In thoughtful mood

I linger by the pasture bars.

And as I muse it seems to me
November clothes New England fittingly,
Revealing in some subtle way
That inner spirit ray
That rules her day.

For she has never courted grace

Nor glamour, nor the sheen of things,

But led by higher glimmerings

Has set her face

Toward lofty summits, chaste and clear;

And scorning fear

She does not swerve,

But like a winter lighted tree

Her every line and curve

Keeps a divine austerity.

Hers is a simple creed and plain,

Not turned aside for gain,

Nor pomp nor sensuous delights ;

She seeks the heights,

Where in the pure expanse of sky

Great thoughts can ply.


Mr. Brookes More, whose name is
familiar to readers of the Granite
Monthly through the very successful
poetry contest which he has so gen-
erously promoted, is himself a poet,
and has published through the Corn-
hill Company, Boston, this autumn,
a new book of verse, "The Beggar's
Vision," illustrated with nine photo-
gravures and handsomely printed.
The importance of the volume is al-
together out of proportion to its 61
pages, as may be judged from the
fact that the eminent critic, Mr.
William Stanley Braithwaite, con-
tributes a six page introduction, "The
Mystic Seven," which should be read
with care in order to get the full
meaning and intent of the poems
which follow. As Mr. Braithwaite
says, Mr. More's conception of the
poet's function is the same as that of
those mighty bards of old who were
the teachers and the counsellors of
mankind and not m^re weavers of
bizarre and decorative fancies. His
main theme is the unity of life, love
and religion, and the poems are sure,
in the words of Mr. Braithwaite, to

be "discussed for their thought and
substance and equally enjoyed and
admired for a rich and varied poetic

"King of Kearsarge," is a lively
novel, with a New Hampshire set-
ting, on the fall list of the Penn Pub-
lishing Company, Philadelphia. Its
author, Arthur O. Friel, a former
resident of Manchester, is well
acquainted with our majestic Mer-
rimack county mountain and he
has skilfully adapted its natural
characteristics to the purposes of an
excellent adventure story. The scene
shifts rapidly from New Hampshire
to New York City and back again,
but most of the action is on the
mountain side, where the hero and
heroine combat the forces of nature
and of human evil with stirring suc-
cess. Mr. Friel tells a tale that holds
the attention, and at the same time his
character drawing is excellent and
true to life, as Granite Monthly
readers who peruse his book will testi-


By Louise Patterson-Guyol

I used to be a scoffer, too !

I said that God could never be —
There was no place for Him, said I !
How could He sit upon the sky
When sky did not exist, its blue
A dream, an unreality?

There was no room for heaven, said I !
There only was a space of air
All filled with whirling worlds of stars,
And Science with a scornful eye
Barred heaven away with iron bars,
And set up Logic reigning there.

But skeptic now no more am I !
God has a place, a house, a throne,
Small as a heart, but kingdom-high,
A little heaven of His own —
A haven built by love — for who

Could doubt a God and still love you?


Any person with pessimistic views
as to the present or future of the
state of New Hampshire should have
been in Concord on October 21 and
22 in attendance upon the 68th an-
nual convention of the State Teach-
ers' Association. More than 2,000
school teachers and superintendents
showed their interest in their work
and their desire for co-operation and
advancement by coming from the
farthest corners of New Hampshire
to attend these two days' meetings in
the state capital. It was a fine look-
ing body of men and women, enjoy-
ing banquets and diversions as side
issues, but evidently intent upon the
main business of the gathering. A
splendid program had been arranged
and was carried out in full, and every
person in attendance must have felt
well repaid for the effort necessary to
be present. To an outsider the meet-
ings gave an impression that the
schools of New Hampshire are in
good hands, from the state board of
education to the kindergarten teach-
ers, and that their administration is
characterized today by a fine spirit
of loyalty and unity, animating the

whole educational body. And as we
said in the beginning, pessimism
passes as the right kind of education

"Really, all New Hampshire citi-
zens ought to become subscribers for
the Granite Monthly," writes Judge
A. R. Evans of Gorham, in a note
accompanying his payment for a
year in advance. My, but we do
wish the Judge had the power to en-
force his verdict !

The New Hampshire Memorial
Hospital for Women and Children, a
Concord institution which is the only
one of its kind in the state and there-
fore has a wide scope of usefulness,
has been conducting a campaign for
a fund of $100,000 to be used in
making very greatly needed exten-
sions to its plant. The "drive" will be
over when this appears in print, but
gifts from any who read these lines
will be appreciated whenever receiv-
ed and will do as much good as any
expenditure of money of which the
writer can conceive.


By K. C. Baldcrston.

O cool gray Quaker ancestress of mine.
Sitting serenely there, one of a line
Of sires all gray and passionless and good.
How did you still the music in your blood?

And that chaste manner — could you doff and don it
With your gray gown and rigid Quaker bonnet.
Or was there locked within your heart a flutter
Of beating words which you could never utter?

And did you dream that sometime I should come,

With eager heart and pulses all a-hum

To snatch at life, and find that I was bound

By the strong, patient bonds that you had wound?

Loose me, I beg you, from my dumb distress,
Serene, gray, ghostly Quaker ancestress.



Dr. George H. Saltmarsh was born in
Gilford, March 3, 1859, the son of
Thomas and Lillie (Gilman) Saltmarsh,
and died September 28, at Lakeport,
where he had practiced medicine since
1884. He was educated at the New
Hampton Literary Institution and at
the Dartmouth Medical College where
he received his degree of M. D. in 1883.
He had been president of the Laconia
hospital and of the county and state
medical societies and had written for the
medical press. A Republican in politics

The Late Dr. George H. Saltmarsh

he had served in both branches of the
Legislature and was twice elected mayor
of Laconia. He was a Mason, Odd
Fellow and Knights of Pythias and pos-
sessed a wide circle of friends. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Maude
(Leighton) Saltmarsh, and by two sons,
Robert C. and Arthur A. Saltmarsh.


Colonel Arthur Eastman Clarke of
Manchester, who dropped dead while fox
hunting October 1, was one of New
Hampshire's best known newspaper
men. He was born in Manchester,
May 13, 1854, the son of John Badger
and Susan Greeley (Moulton) Clarke,

and inherited his father's interest in
journalism, politics and outdoor sports.
He was educated at Phillips Exeter
Academy and Dartmouth college, and
upon completing his studies at once
joined the staff of his father's paper,
the Manchester Mirror. With this busi
ness in its various departments he was
connected almost all his life. An active
Republican in politics he served in the
city government and legislature and was
state printer, 1897-1901. He was
colonel on the staff of Governor Hiram
A. Tuttle and was for a time adjutant
of the First Regiment, New Hampshire
National Guard. He was a member of
various press clubs and associations, of
the Algonquin Club, Boston, and the
Calumet Club, Manchester, and of the
Grange. He is survived by his widow.


Amos Kidder Fiske was born in
Whitefield, May 12, 1842, the son of
Henry and Lucinda (Keyes) Fiske, and
died September 18 at the home of his
daughters, the Misses Annette and Mar-
guerite Fiske, in Cambridge, Mass.
One son. Philip S. Fiske of Boston, also
survives. Mr. Fiske graduated from
Harvard in 1866 and was admitted to
the bar in 1868. He was associated
with the late George Ticknor Curtis in
the preparation of "The Life of Daniel
Webster" and was himself the author of
nine books of essays and history. He
was a contributor to the American En-
cyclopedia and for 22 years on the edi-
torial staff of the New York Times,
later occupying a similar position on
other New York papers.


Rev. Dr. Clarence Spalding Sargent,
born in Gilmanton, July 29, 1855, died
at Little Rock, Arkansas, September 28.
He was a graduate of Dartmouth in the
class of 1876 and of the Yale Divinity
School in 1879, and received the degree
of Doctor of Divinity from Whitman
College in 1894. He held long pastor-
ates in Adams, Mass., Wichita and
Hutchinson, Kansas, and Marshall,
Texas, and recently retired from active
work to reside with his daughter, Eliz-
abeth, and sons, Laurence and Theo-
dore, at Little Rock. He was at one
time president of the Christian Service
League of America.



Past Master N. H. State Grange and Past Master National Grangi


Vol. LI 1 1


No. 12


48th ANNUAL SESSION IN CONCORD, DEC. 13, 14, 15, 1921

By Henry H. Metcalf.

In view of the fact that the New
Hampshire State Grange is to hold
its Forty-eighth Annual .session in
Concord, the present month, it is
appropriate to make some reference
at this time to the growth and pro-
gress of the organization.

The Grange, or order of Patrons
of Husbandry, as correctly known,
was instituted December 4, 1867, in
the city of Washington, by seven
men connected with what was then
the U. S. Bureau of Agriculture,
its object being, primarily, to ad-
vance the interests of Agriculture,
and, incidentally, to promote friend-
ly relations between the different
sections of the country, then just
emerging from the clouds of Civil
war. The names of these seven
founders of the order, all of whom,
have long since passed away, are
William Saunders, J. M. Trimble,
F. M. McDowell, J. R. Thompson,
W. M. Ireland, O. H. Kelley and A.
B. Grosh. J. M. Trimble and F. M.
McDowell .served for many years,
respectively, as Secretary and Treas-
urer of the National Grange, and
the former will be remembered by
many New Hampshire members of
the order, as serving in his office
of Secretary when the National
Grange held its first session in the
State in 1892.

The order made slow progress at
first, the prejudice against secret
organizations prevailing among

farmers generally being hard to
ovecome. The first subordinate
Grange in the country was organized
at Fredonia, New York, in 1868, and
it was not until 1869 that a State
Grange was organized, the first be-
ing the Minnesota State Grange,
organized on February 23 of that
year, and the next in Iowa, Janu-
ary 12, 1871. The order made great-
est headway in the West during
the early years of its history, its
growth in the East, especially in
New England, being decidedly slow.
Later years, however, saw a marked
change in the situation, it having
become decadent in some of the
W T estern States where it was once
strongest, while attaining remark-
able growth in New England, New
Hampshire having been for many
years a leading Grange State, and
for quite a period previous to the
present decade having a larger
membership, in proportion to popu-
lation, than any State in the Union.
It is now excelled in that respect
only by the State of Maine.

The first subordinate Grange in
New Hampshire was Gilman
Grange, No. 1, of Exeter, organized
August 19, 1873, with Hon. John
D. Lyman, long prominent in pub-
lic affairs-, as Master. This Grange
is still in existence, and now in
flourishing condition ; but was near-
ly dormant for many years in its
early history, and only failed to



lose its charter through the action
of Mr. Lyman in paying the annual
dues to the State Grange out of
his own pocket.

The New Hampshire State
Grange was organized in Grand
Army Hall Manchester, December
23, 1873, by T. A. Thompson, Lec-
turer of the National Grange. Up
to this time seventeen subordinate
Granges had been organized in the
State, all by Mr. Thompson who had
come into the State for the purpose.
These included Gilman No. 1, of
Exeter; Bartlett, No. 2, Kingston;

Fred A. Rogers,
Master N. H. State Grange

Amoskeag, No. 3, Manchester ; Mer-
rimack River, No. 4, of Canterbury ;
Lovell, No. 5, East Washington

to Washington)

6, North Weare ;

Milford; Sullivan,
No. 8, Newport ; Claremont, No. 9,
Claremont ; Souhegan, No. 10, Am-
herst ; Hudson, No. 11, Hudson;
Nashua, No. 13, Nashua; Mountain,

(since removed
Halestown, No.
Granite, No. 7,

No. 14, East Concord; Hooksett,
No. 16, Hooksett; Ashland, No. 17,
Ashland, all of which were repre-
sented at the opening of the meeting
for organization of the State
Grange, numbers 12 and 15 not
being represented. At the evening
session on the first day, L. T. San-
born and Mrs. Sanborn, of Hampton
Falls Grange made their appear-
ance, making sixteen Granges Jin
all represented.

Committees were appointed on the
first day, consisting of C. C. Shaw
of Milford, James Clogston of East
Washington and James U. Prince
of Amherst, on Credentials; E. B.
Bartlett of Weare, C. H. DeRoch-
mont of Kingston, I. A. Reed of
Newport on Constitution and By-
Laws, and John D. Lyman of
Exeter, D. M. Clough of Canterbury,
D. T. Chase of Claremont and John
B. Clarke of Manchester, on Reso-

On the following day officers for
the ensuing two years were elected
as follows : Master, Dudley T. Chase,
Claremont; Overseer, C. H. De-
Rochemont, Kingston ; Lecturer,
John D. Lyman, Exeter; Steward,
L. T. Sanborn, Hampton Falls \
Asst. Steward, I. A. Reed, Newport;
Chaplain, J. F. Keyes, Ashland ;
Treasurer, D. M. Clough, Canter-
bury; Secretary, C. C. Shaw, Mil-
ford ; Gate-Keeper, James U Prince,
Amherst ; Ceres, Mrs. C. C. Shaw,
Milford; Pomona, Mrs. J. U. Prince,
Amherst; Flora, Mrs. Abram B.
Tallant, East Concord ; Lady Asst.
Steward, Mrs. L. T. Sanborn,
Hampton Falls.

During the year 1874 two special
meetings of the State Grange were
held in Manchester — one on March
17, at which the Constitution and
By-Laws prepared by the Committee
were adopted and the 5th degree
of the order was conferred by D.
W. Adams, Master of the National



Grange, upon John D. Lyman, David
M. dough, E. B. Bartlett, Henry
Gray, Elliott Whitford, Charles H.
DeRochemont, Kimball Webster,
John B. Clarke, William G. Brown,
H. L. Scott, James A. Wood, Mrs.
Elliott Whitford and Mrs. Kimball
Webster. Of the class of thirteen
members — the first in the State to
receive the fifth degree of the order —
no one survives so far as is known.
At the second special meeting —
September 8, D. "yVyatt Aiken of
South Carolina of the National
Grange Executive Committee, was

Herbert N. Sawyer,

present and exemplified the work
of the order. At this meeting Sec-
retary Shaw reported that there
were then 31 subordinate Granges
in the State, fourteen having been
organized by himself as special de-
puty, since the organization of the
State Grange in December previous.
At the next annual meeting, held
in Mirror Hall Manchester, opening
December 15, 1874, forty-two subor-
dinate Granges were reported, with

between 1600 and 1700 members.
At an adjourned meeting, March 17,
1875, the fifth degree was conferred
on 17 candidates and D. T. Chase.
D. M. Clough and C. C. Shaw were
appointed to draft regulations for
the organization and government
of County Granges.

At the annual meeting of 1875,
also held in Manchester, seventy-two
subordinate Granges were reported,
with a total membership of 3190.
Dudley T. Chase was re-elected
master, with I. A. Reed of Newport,
Overseer ; Samuel Putnam of Cor-
nish, Lecturer ; Kimball Webster of
Hudson, Steward; W. O. Noyes of
Derry, Asst. Steward ; A. S. Wilkins

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