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Mrs. Herbert Waldron of Dover, and a
granddaughter. Miss Annie Jewell of Man-
chester.




Albert O. Brown,
Governor of New Hampshire.



THE GRANITE MONTHLY



Vol. LIII.



FEBRUARY, 1921



No. 2



THE NEW STATE GOVERNMENT



By Henry H. Met calf.



A new state government, so far
as the executive and legislative de-
partments are concerned, came into
power with the opening of the new
year, or to be precise, on the first
Wednesday in January, the same
having been elected by the people.
November 2, at which time women
first voted at a general election in
this and a majority of the other
states of the Union, the total vote,
therefore, far exceeding that cast
at any previous election.

Albert O. Brown, Republican
candidate for Governor, receiv-
ed 93,273 votes to 62,174 for
Charles E. Tilton, the Democratic
nominee ; while in the last pre-
vious presidential year, Henry W.
Keyes, Republican, had 45,894 to
38,853 for John C. Hutchins, Demo-
crat. The increase of over 70,000
in the total vote, over that of 1916,
resulted almost entirely from the
enfranchisement of the women,
about two-thirds of those voting ap-
parently having voted the Repub-
lican ticket, due, doubtless to the
fact that the Republicans had a
more effective organization and
were able to rally their women vot-
ers in larger measure.

Governor Browx.

Hon. Albert Oscar Brown, who
was elected Governor of New
Hampshire in November last, not
only by the largest vote, but also
by the largest majority ever given
anv candidate for the office, is the



seventh resident of the city of
Manchester to occupy the position
since 1865. Frederick Smyth, the
first incumbent from the "Queen
City" held the office from June, 1865
to June, 1867. James A. Weston
was the incumbent in 1871, and
again in 1874, being succeeded by
Ezekiel A. Straw, in 1872, who serv-
ed till 1874, and in 1875 by Person
C. Cheney, also of Manchester, who
occupied the chair till June 1877. In
1885 Moody Currier assumed the
office, serving till 1887, and in 1907
and 1908 Charles M. Floyd was the
incumbent.

The career of Governor Brown
has been sketched at length, hereto-
fore, in the pages of the Granite
Monthly; but a brief outline of the
same, at least, seems to be required
in this connection. Born in the
town of Northwood. July 15, 1853,
the son of Charles O. and Sarah E.
(Langmaid) Brown, he received
his education in the public schools,
at Coe's Academy in Northwood.
from which he graduated in 1874,
and Dartmouth College, class of
1878, having paid his way largely at
academy and college from the pro-
ceeds of his own labor.

After his college graduation, in
which he took high rank in a class,
many of whose members have at-
tained distinction in their several
spheres of action, Mr. Brown was
engaged in teaching, serving as an
instructor in the celebrated Law-
rence Academv at Groton, Mass.,



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after which he entered upon the
study of law, which profession he
had chosen as his life work, enter-
ing the office of the late Hon. Henry
E. Burnham of Manchester, and
continuing at the Boston Universi-
ty Law School, from which he
graduated in 1884. He was im-
mediately admitted to the bar and
commenced practice as a partner of
Judge Burnham, with whom he was
associated, with various other part-
ners, until the Judge's retirement
to enter the United States Senate,
when he became the head of the
firm, which included, at different
times, the late Edwin F. Jones.
George H. Warren, Allan M. Wil-
son and Robert L. Manning. Here
he continued until 1912, after he
was appointed by the Supreme
Court, chairman of the newly creat-
ed Tax Commission, established by
the Legislature of 1911.

During this long period of pro-
fessional service Mr. Brown devot-
ed himself unremittingly to his
work, thoroughly mastering all
phases of the law, both in princi-
ple and application, so that it may
safely be said he is the best equip-
ped lawyer who has held the office
of Governor of New Hampshire
since the time of Nathaniel B. Ba-
ker in 1853-4. Political life, and the
promotion which it often brings,
held no charms for him, though he
was from youth a firm adherent of
the Republican party, and a sup-
porter of its principles and policies.
Through his professional relations
with great corporations and bank-
ing institutions he naturally became
interested in financial matters, and
in 1894 became a trustee of the
Amoskeag Savings Bank, the larg-
est institution of the kind in the
state, of which he was made presi-
dent in 1905, and treasurer^and sec-
retary in 1912. He has also been
for some years a director of the
Amoskeag National Bank, and is
connected with various other cor-



porations and business associations.
In 1911, upon the creation of a
state board of tax commissioners,
Mr. Brown was appointed chair-
man of the board, and continued in
the position until his resignation
just previous to his inauguration as
Governor. In this capacity, as a
matter of duty as well as inclination,
he became thoroughly familiar
with the question of taxation in all
its forms and phases, and especially
in its relation to the finances of the
State, so that he is, today, without
doubt, more admirably equipped as
a pilot for the "Ship of State" in the
trying voyage of the next two years
than any other man.

The first office for which he
sought the suffrages of the people,
was that of delegate from his ward
in Manchester to the Constitutional
Convention of 1918-21, to which the
was elected, and over whose delib-
erations he presided with ability and
impartiality, through the unanimous
choice of his fellow delegates. His
candidacy for the gubernatorial
nomination of his party in the
September primary was announced
early last year, and after an active
canvass, in which two rival aspi-
rants, Hon. Winsor H. Goodnow of
Keene and Hon. Arthur P. Morrill
of Concord participated, he was
nominated, receiving 24,588 votes,
to 18,463 for Goodnow and 9,612 for
Morrill, and at the election in
November was chosen Governor by
the vote heretofore mentioned.

In 1911 Mr. Brown was elected
to membership upon the board of
trustees of Dartmouth College
through the action of a large ma-
jority of the alumni of the institu-
tion, and in that capacity has since
rendered loyal and efficient service,
the same being so highly appreciat-
ed that, after the recent death of
Hon. Benjamin A. Kimball he was
made a life member of the board.
He is also trustee of Coe's Academy
of Northwood and president of the



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board; a member of the N. H. Bar
Association, the Franklin St. Con-
gregational church of Manchester,
the Masonic fraternity, Patrons of
Husbandry, Psi Upsilon fraternity,
and the Derryfield Club of Man-
chester. On' December 20, 1888,
he was united in marriage with
Miss Susie J. Clark of Aver, Mass.

Upon his inauguration as Gov-
ernor, January 6, he delivered an
aide and comprehensive inaugural
message; including many wise
recommendations, to which it is
hoped the legislature will give due
heed, and concluding with the fol-
lowing words :

"This administration will not
expect to achieve the impossible or
all of the possible, but it will en-
deavor, day by day, to do the day's
work. Thus it will hope to execute
with reasonable satisfaction the
great trust with which it has been
invested by the people of the state."



governmental factor, much to the
dissatisfaction of not a few men
who have since served as Governor
in the respective states, though the
majority have generally worked
harmoniously with their constitu-
tional associates.

The live members of the Execu-
tive Council, for the ensuing two
years, are all members of the ma-
jority party, having been elected by
large pluralities over their Demo-
cratic opponents, in the political
landside that swept the country.



The Executive Council.

New Hampshire is one of three
states in the union, which retains or
maintains, an Executive Council,
constituting a board of advisors to
the Governor, without whose ap-
proval he can make no official ap-
pointment, or issue any pardons,
but whose assent is not essential to
his approval or veto of legislative
action. This council is a relic of
colonial times, maintained only in
Massachusetts, and in New Hamp-
shire and Maine formerly associat-
ed with it. The colonial Gov-
ernors, appointed by the British
crown, were provided with a coun-
cil, whose members were also nam-
ed by the King, serving as an ad-
visory and restraining power in
executive action ; and these States
in framing their respective consti-
tutions, retained the council as a



Hox. George W. Barxes, Coun-
cilor for District No. 1, is a native
of the town of Lyme, where he has
always had his home, born March
18, 1866, son of Hiram and Esther
B. (Gillett) Barnes. He was edu-
cated in the public schools and at
Thetford and St. Johnsbury, Vt.,
academies, graduating from the lat-
later in 1891. He has long been ex-
tensively engaged in agriculture,
and specializes in the raising of
hue Hereford cattle and sheep. He
has. also, large holdings of real
estate at White River Junction, Vt.
For some years past, as trustee of
the estate of his brother, the late
Herbert H. Barnes, he has
maintained an office in Boston,
where he has spent a considerable
portion of his time; but has never
relaxed his interest in the public
affairs of his native town, where he
has served many years as a member
oi the school board, trustee of trust
funds and member and chairman of
the board of selectmen. During the
late world war he was one of the
leading men in his section of the
state in work for the support of the
government, being a member of the
State Public Safety Committee and
National Defense League. He was
the local food administrator, district



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chairman of War Savings Stamp
work and war historian for his
town. He represented the town of
Lyme in the legislatures of 1915 and
1917, serving the latter year as
chairman of the House Committee
on Public Improvements. In 1919
he was a member of the State Sen-
ate for the Fifth District, where he



necticut and Passumpsic Rivers R.
R., and the Connecticut Valley
Telephone Company, and a trustee
of Kimball Union Academy and
of North Thetford, Vt., church
funds. He is a Methodist, a mem-
ber of the Masonic fraternity, Pa-
trons of Husbandry, N. H. Histori-
cal Societv, and the Boston Citv




Hon. George W. Barnes.



was also chairman of the Public
Improvements Committee, and a
member of several other important
committees. As a member of the
present Executive Council he serves
on the Finance Committee and is
also assigned to service on the
Board of Trustees of the State
Sanitarium.

Councilor Barnes is a trustee of
the Dartmouth Savings Bank at
Hanover, a director of the Con-



Club. He was united in marriage
December 25, 1877 to Laura A.
Smith of Hanover.



Hon. Albert Hislop, Councilor
for District No. 2, was born in
Brule, Colchester County, Nova
Scotia, October 28, 1875, the son of
Aaron and Rhoda (Lyons) Hislop,
and was educated in the public
schools of his native county. He



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51



removed to Portsmouth in 1892,
where he engaged in agriculture, in
which pursuit he was reared. He
was for many years superintendent
of the large Alain farm, one of the
hest known in Rockingham County,
on the Lafayette Road in Ports-
mouth, and is still the administrator
of that property, although exten-
sively engaged in other lines of



famous Rockingham House in
Portsmouth, and is a large stock-
holder and managing director in the
Times Publishing Company, pub-
lishing the Portsmouth Daily Times
and the States and Union. An en-
terprise of no little importance and
value to the community, in which
he is engaged, in the manufacture
of auto bodies, carried on at the




Hon. Albert Hislop.



business. He is associated with
former Gov. John H. Bartlett, Win.
F. Carrigan, and Wm. P. Gray in
the proprietorship of an extensive
line of moving picture theatres
(thirty-one in all) in Maine, New
Hampshire, Vermont and Massa-
chusetts, and also has an interest
in the Gordon-Olympia theatres of
Boston. He is president and treas-
urer of the Rockingham Hotel Com-
pany, owning and operating the



plant formerly occupied as the El-
dredge brewery, which he purchas-
ed and remodelled for the purpose.
He is here employing 75 men at a
weekly pay roll of some $2,0C0.
Xot withstanding his large and
varied business interests he has
been active and prominent in pub-
lic affairs. He was a member of the
Portsmouth City Council and board
of public works in 1911, and Mayor
of the city in 1919-20, chosen by



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large majorities each year, and giv-
ing the city a thoroughly progres-
sive business administraton. Mr.
Hislop is a Baptist, a member of
the A. F. and A. M., lodge, Royal
Arch chapter and De Witt Clin-
ton commander}- ; also of the Odd
Fellows, Knights of Pythias and
Elks, and of the Warwick, Ports-
mouth Country and Panawav Clubs.



traction, from the city of Manches-
ter, to be chosen to this branch of
the government, and the fact that
he had never before sought or been
elected to public office of any kind,
and that he was chosen by a sub-
stantial majority, in a district nor-
mally Democratic, and represented
by a Democrat in the last Council,
indicates not only a large measure




Hon. George E. Trudel.



His council assignments are to the
Finance Committee and the Board
of State Prison Trustees. He mar-
ried, May 23, 1906, Christina A.
Davidson of Portsmouth, and they
have two sons, six and eight years
of age.



Hon. George E. Trudel, Coun-
cilor for District No. 3, is the sec-
ond man of French Canadian ex-



of personal popularity, but also
full confidence in his general busi-
ness ability.

Mr. Trudel was born in St. Gre-
goire, Nicolet County, Province of
Quebec, October 27\ 1870. son of
Hilaire and Elenore (Prince) Tru-
del. He removed to Manchester
with his parents in early child-
hood, and has resided there ever
since, with the exception of a
period of study at the St. Joseph's



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DO



Academy in St. Gregoire, after
leaving the grammar school in
Manchester. He has been engaged
in the plumbing business in Man-
chester from youth, and now con-
ducts a large wholesale business,
at the South End in that city, deal-
ing in all kinds of plumbers' sup-
plies, having previously been for
some years a travelling salesman in
that line, thereby gaining a wide ac-



He is a member of the Finance
Committee of the Council and
serves on the board of Industrial
School Trustees. February 22,
1892, he married Theodora Coutu
of Manchester.



Hon. George L. Sadler, Coun-
cilor from District No. 4, is a native
of the State of Connecticut, from




Hon. George L. Sadler.



quaintance throughout New Eng-
land! He is a Roman Catholic in
religion, and an attendant at St.
George's Church, Manchester; a
member of the Knights of Colum-
bus, the Elks, United Commercial
Travelers, White Mountain Travel-
ers Association (past president), N.
E. Order of Protection, Eastern
Supply Association, Derryfield,
Joliett and Rotary Clubs, and the
Manchester Chamber of Commerce.



which state few men have come
into New Hampshire public life.
He was born at Windsor Locks,
December 15, 1867, son of Thomas
and Elizabeth (Lickiss) Sadler, and
was educated in the schools of his
native town. He removed to
Nashua in 1889, where he has since
been engaged in connection with
the electrical light and power works,
having been for some years past
superintendent of the Nashua Di-



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vision of the Manchester Traction
Light and Power Company, con-
trolling the electrical supply of
hoth Manchester and Nashua. He
has been an active factor in the
business, financial, social and re-
ligious life of his adopted city, as
well as in military service. He is
a director of the Second National
Bank of Nashua, a Mason of the
32nd degree, a member of Bektash
Temple, N. M. S. ; an Elk, and a



Sadler was a member of the House
of Representatives from Ward 2,
Nashua, serving on the Committees
on Labor and Towns in the former
year, and Roads, Bridges and Canals
in the latter. He represented the
12th Senatorial District in the last
Legislature, serving as chairman
of the Committee on Towns and
Parishes, and as a member of the
Judiciary, Labor, Military Affairs,
and Railroads Committees.




Hon. Fred S. Roberts.



Knight of Pythias, a member of the
Nashua Country Club, of the
N. H. Good Roads Association, and
various electrical societies. In re-
ligion he belongs to the Protestant
Episcopal Church and is a director
of the Nashua Y. M. C. A. He
served for some time in the New
Hampshire National Guard and
subsequently in the State Guard.
In 1909 and again in 1911 Mr.



His council assignments are to
the State House Committee and
the Board of Trustees of the School
for Feeble Minded. November 17,
1898, he was united in marriage with
Miss Nellie F. Mongovan. They
have one son, Paul, now a student
at Phillip Exeter Academy.



Hon. Fred S. Roberts, Coun-
cilor from District No. 5, is a Bay



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55



State man by birth, one of the few-
men contributed to New Hampshire
business and official life, from
Massachusetts compared with the
vast number of New Hampshire
natives conspicuous in that state in
business, professional and official
lines. He was born in Brighton,
Mass., son of Oren N. and Julia
A. (Smith) Roberts.

When a boy, his parents moved to
Meredith, his father's native town,
where he attended the public
school. Later he went to Boston
to learn the retail meat business in
the old Boyston Market, at the
corner of Boylston and Washington
Streets, and attended the Boston
evening schools. Two years later
he entered the employment of his
uncle, S. S. Wiggin, in one of the
leading grocery stores of Laconia.
He is now one of Laconia's suc-
cessful business men, being engag-
ed in the provision business.
He has been active in Republican
party affairs, served as a member of
the Laconia City Council from
1903 to 1906 and represented his
Ward in the House of Representa-



tives in 1905, serving as a member
of the Committee on County Affairs
and Fisheries and Game. He rep-
resented the Sixth District in the
State Senate in 1917, when he was
chairman of the important commit-
tee on Finance and also held mem-
bership in the Committees on
Banks. Education and Towns and
Parishes. In the last Republican
primary he was a candidate for the
councilor nomination in District
No. 5. with three competitors, win-
ning by a handsome plurality. In
the present council he is assigned to
the Committee on State House and
the Board of Trustees of the State
Hospital. His religious affiliation
is with the Congregationalists, and
in fraternal life he is a 32nd degree
Mason, a member of the Eastern
Star and Bektash Temple, N. M. S.,
of the Elks and Knights of Pythias.
He is vice-president of the People's
National Bank of Laconia, and a
member of the Chamber of Com-
merce. He married Nellie M.,
daughter of Calvin B. and Amy G.
Powers of Dorchester, N. H.,
August 18. 1888.



STAR-FLOWERS



By Louise Patterson Guyol.

The wanton wind went frolicking one night.
He played at hide-and-seek with all the leaves.
He buffeted the withered yellow sheaves
Of corn, that bowed and yielded to his might.
He roamed the gardens, lying still and white
Beneath the weight of autumn; as one grieves
To find his treasure stol'n by elfin thieves.
He paused and pondered in his random flight.
The ghosts of blossoms rustled gently by.
In sad remonstrance at his idle play:
Till with a happy shout he took his way
Upward where banks of fog were piled on high
And as he pushed the heavy clouds away
A hundred thousand stars bloomed in the skv.



FORTY YEARS A SHAKER



By Nicholas A. Briggs.



Continued from January issue.

How well do I recall my surprise
and sorrow when John told me, one
Sunday, of his decision to leave the
Society. His mother and sister had
lived there for a short time but were
now living in Concord. In vain did
I endeavor to dissuade him. It was
the first intimation I ever had, not-
withstanding our intimacy, that he
was less contented than I. With
me he said it was different. I was
established, meaning that I was
booked a Shaker for life. How little
he knew of my real sentiments ! He
had no conviction, he said, no firm
belief in the Shaker religion. My
mother was here, his was not, but
quite near, and he wanted to see her
and his sister. Besides he longed
for a greater independence, to have
a home of his own. He revolted at
the idea of being cooped up here all
his life, made subject to the dictation
of others no wiser than himself, in
matters of slight importance, "giving
up his own way to come or be sent,"
which is the exact phrasing of the
promise of a truly consecrated Shak-
er.

The very next day John made
known to the elders his decision, and
was immediately hustled to the of-
fice, there to be held incommunicado
until a convenient opportunity pre-
sented to send him away. I was
given no invitation to bid him good
by. Possibly permission would have
been given me had I requested it,
very probably it would have been
refused if he had requested it. The
act of going to the world was akin to
leprosy. It was apostacy and dan-
gerously infectious. The narrow-
ness of my education was powerless
to cause me to forget or cease to love
those whom I once loved, whether
in or out of the village, and I never



ceased to love my friend. He died
several years ago leaving three child-
ren, lovely girls, all now of middle
age, two of them having children.
They all write to me and visit me,
and daughters of my 'own could
scarcely be nearer and dearer to me
than these daughters of my boy-
hood friend.

I was making friends amongst the
people, and I loved many of them
much as I would my own parents.
Dear old Elder Robert Fowle, can I
ever forget him ! Days and days I
helped him at the mill turning broom
handles; at the wood shed piling
wood ; at the strawberry bed in the
orchard where in one season he rais-
ed forty bushels of luscious berries.
He must have liked me, to have had
me so much with him. Once he gave
me a lesson on selfishness so tactful-
ly and gently that it stuck. We
boys were in the habit of going to
the East Farm Orchard to get some
fine early apples that grew there.
We got windfalls only, as we were
• forbidden to pick or shake them from
the trees. Just think of going a mile
after an apple or two. But that was
a trifle to us. On my return from
one of these trips one day, the old
man gently asked me if I thought it
was fair for us boys to appropriate
all the early fruit just because we
were young and active, and compel
our older friends to go without, be-
cause they were unable and had not
time to get them. In my thought-
lessness I had never viewed it this
way. I accepted the reproof, and
loved the dear old man better than
ever.

Then there was Sally Ceeley, one
of the nurses, to whom I was always
sent when suffering some indisposi-
tion. She quite adopted me as her
son, and told me she "loved me par-
ticularly." Once she gave me a



FORTY YEARS A SHAKER



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great big hug, which would no doubt
have elicited a reproof from the El-
dress if known. Very likely she con-
fessed it and received her reproof,
as I never received a second hug.

The Eldress was from the very
first my special friend. I think she
realized my delicacy, and to a cer-
tain extent my deprivation of con-
genial associations, and she endea-
vored to supply this deficiency as
much as she could without attracting
too much attention, and to avoid ap-
parent favoritism, I was given little
duties that brought me more inti-
mately in contact with the sister-
hood. I kept the Elder's wood-box
at the House supplied, which gave
her the opportunity of seeing and
speaking to me daily. I received
the amusing appointment of rat
and mouse hunter for the sisters,
who were authorized to call me at
an}- time from any part of the
Family, and thus I was with the
sisters more than any other boy.

All this of course very naturally
softened the asperities of life and
aided in my contentment. In conse-



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