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who was born also at Berwick, Me., as were her parents, George and Ellen
( Melcher) Fall. Her father is deceased. Mr. Lord belongs to the Masonic
fraternity, attending the lodge at South Berwick, and also is a member of the
Odd Fellows, at Berwick. He is a highly respected, earnest and well inten-
tioned citizen and gives his political support to the Democratic party. Public
office has never appealed to him as he has found his time sufficiently taken
up with his business affairs and his home and social interests.

OLIVER ]\I. VICKERY, a well known and successful agriculturist of
Dover, N. H., is a native of this county, having been born in Rochester,
N. H.. August 22, 185J. His parents were Joshua and Mary (Green)
Vickery, the father a native of Wakefield, N. H., and the mother of Roch-
ester. Our subject's paternal grandfather was Samuel Vickerv who resided
in Wakefield many 3'ears. The family is said to be of English origin.

Oliver M. Vickery was reared to man's estate in Rochester and trained
to agricultural pursuits. For nine years he was employed in Dover but now
owns a farm of his own of 60 acres here, devoted to general farming. He
was educated in the public schools but the knowledge there acquired has
been largely supplemented by practical experience in the affairs of life. He
has resided on his present farm since 1896 and is doing a successful farming
business. His prosperity is the result of his own personal efforts and he may
be called a "self-made man" in the best sense of the phrase. That he has
force of character is evidenced by the fact that he has several times been
chosen by his fellow citizens to ser\e in public office. He was formerly a
councilman of Dover, representing \\'ard i, and he served as alderman for
two terms from the same ward, showing efficiency and a due regard for
the interests of his constituents. In politics he is a Republican. As a citizen
Mr. Vickery is up to date and public-spirited, being always found on the
side of true progress and the moral and material improvement of the city
and town. He has gained mucli popularity and has a wide circle of friends.
Mr. Vickery married Annie B. Osborn, of Rochester, N. H., a daughter of
Hiram S. Osborn, late of that city. Of this marriage there have been two
children — Walter R., residing at Lakeport, N. H., and Alta, wife of Herbert
Meader of Dover, X. H.

GEORGE H. WYATT, Jr., general farmer, who is successfully carrying

on his agricultural industries on his 140 acres of land, which are situated

three and one-half miles east of Rochester Square, on the Dover and Roch-
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ester state road, was born in the town of Farmington, N. H., September i8,
1866, and is a son of Lyman and Mary H. Wyatt.

After his school days were over, George H. Wyatt gradually became
connected with the saw mill business and during the last ten years has done
a large amount of lumber contracting. Recently he has sold his saw mill,
through which he was known in the lumber regions of both Strafford and
York counties, and now devotes his entire attention to his farm activities,
which include raising and dealing in stock, particularly horses. He has placed
his property in fine condition but the buildings were erected by the former
owner, George \V. Varney.

Mr. Wyatt was married first to Miss Alice L. True, who, at death, left
four children. The second marriage of Mr. Wyatt was with Miss Nettie
E. Davis. In politics he is a Democrat but has been generally unwilling
to accept office; at one time he was traffic agent at Farmington. He is well
and fa\'orably known all over Strafford county.

NEWELL B. FOSS is proprietor of Broad View Farm, containing 185
acres, situated two and one-half miles west of Rochester Square. He owns
also 600 more acres in Strafford county and his interests cover farming,
lumbering and livestock trading. Mr. Foss was born in the town of Straf-
ford, Stratford county, N. H., August 19, i860, and is a son of Richard W.
and Emily (Place) Foss.

The Foss family came from Massachusetts to New Hampshire in the
person of the great-grandfather, settling on what is now the Foss home farm
of 300 acres, situated at the foot of the Parker mountains, then known
as Blue Hills. James B. Foss, the grandfather, married Sarah Waldron and
they had two sons and three daughters, one of the sons, Richard W., receiv-
ing the farm as his portion and lived on it until he gave it to his oldest son,
James H. Foss, who is the present owaier. He married Emily Jane Place and
they had four sons and three daughters to reach maturity.

Newell B. Foss with his brothers and sisters attended school at Straf-
ford and the Newhampton Academy and in 1886 he was graduated from the
Newhampton Commercial College, following which he started out on his own
business responsibility. Mr. Foss's farm was formerly owned and named
by George Wallace, who erected all the special buildings, and here was once
carried on probably the most extensive henneries in the state, also fancy cows
and horses. A partial description may give some idea of its plan of con-
struction. The main barn, with dimensions of 50x100 feet, is three stories
high, the first floor being arranged for horses and carriages. Hay and
weighing scales occupy the second and third floors. Adjoining the main



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barn is the cow stable, 35x70 feet in dimensions, with accommodations for
thirty-eight cows to be kept under sanitary conditions. The cattle barn,
100x20 feet, also has a cellar with twenty-two cow stanchions and box
stalls; and the boiler house, 20x35 feet, three stories high, has a cement floor
on which is located the engine, and here all the cutting and grinding of food
for the cows and poultry is attended to, modern conveniences being sup-
plied. The brooding quarters, 200x20 feet, and a separate steam heat plant
is here utilized. There are six hen houses, 20x100. feet, all finished in proper
way; and the incubator house operates two stoves and accommodations are
provided for a tenant. The place and its many improvements and con-
veniences must be seen in order to be appreciated. Mr. Foss has a handsome
i6-room residence, built in modern style, with cement cellars and with a
steam heating system. All the buildings are well supplied with water from
a drilled well 298 feet deep, and reservoir holding 15,000 gallons. Many
wonderful improvements ha\e been made here since the time of Mr. Foss's
grandfather, who conxeyed his products to Boston by wagon.

Mr. Foss married Miss M. Isabella Waterhouse, a daughter of Charles
H. Waterhouse, of Barrington, N. H., and they have one daughter, Nancy
Laura, residing at home. She is an educated and accomplished lady, formerly
was a bookkeeper and stenographer for Leslie P. Snow, of Rochester, N. H.,
and afterward a teacher in the Rochester High school. Mr. Foss is a promi-
nent member of the Grange and belongs also to the Odd Fellows and the order
of LInited American Mechanics, at Rochester.

DWIGHT HALL,* attomey-at-law, Dover, N. H., was born in Straf-
ford County, N. H., April 13, 18S7, one of a family of three children of
Joshua G. and Susan E. (Bigelow) Hall. The father, Joshua G. Hall, was
a very prominent lawyer up to the time of his death, which occurred October
31, 1898. He also served the city of Dover as city solicitor from 1868 to
1870 inclusive.

Dwight Hall, after attending the public schools, entered Andover
Academy, from which institution he was graduated in 1890. He studied
law at -the Dorister Law School, of Boston, Mass., and was admitted to
the bar in New Hampshire in 1897. Immediately after he began the practice
of his profession in Dover, where he has since remained. He served the
city of Dover as city solicitor and has also been county solicitor and referee
in bankruptcy. Elected mayor of Dover, he served capably in that office
during the years 191 1 and 1912. He is a director in the Strafford National
Bank of Dover.

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and he and his family are members of the First Congregational church. In
politics he is a Republican. Mr. Hall is one of the leading members of the
bar in Strafford County and few citizens of Dover are better known or
more highly esteemed.

ROBERT B. LAXE, who occupies the important position of overseer
of the spinning department of mills No. i and No. 2 of the Great Falls
Manufacturing Company, of Somersworth, N. H., has been identified with
this extensive plant since December, 1899, when he became a resident of
this city. He was born at Carroll, Me., October 18, 1868, and was a child
when his parents removed to Lewiston, Me.

During the nine years that Robert B. Lane lived at Lewiston, he attended
school and after removing to Warren, Mass., was graduated from the Warren
High school. By the time he was eighteen years of age he had become
interested in the textile mills at Warren and entered the carding and spinning
department. He continued with the Warren Cotton Mills for ten years,
making his way from the bottom of the ladder until he became foreman of
the spinning department. After this he spent a year in the New York Mills,
N. Y., where he was superintendent of mill No. 4, and from there came to
Somersworth. At first, for a time, he was overseer of the spinning depart-
ment of mill No. I ; later he was given charge also of mill No. 2, and at
one time he even had mill No. 3 under his care. His long experience in
this particular line has made him very valuable as an overseer and his watch-
ful eye lets no fault of either workman or product escape him.

Mr. Lane was married at W^arren, Mass., to Miss Mabel Armour and
they have two children — James W. and Maud T. Mr. Lane and family attend
the Free Will Baptist church at Somersworth. In politics he is a Republican
but is no seeker for ofBce. For many years he has been identified with the
fraternal order of Knights of Pythias. Mr. Lane is a quiet, industrious.
public spirited and liberal citizen and stands high in the esteem of those with
whom the past fourteen years of his life have been spent.

JOHN G. LIBBEY, one of the prosperous agriculturists of the town of
Somersworth, where he owns seventy-five acres of valuable land, was born
at Lebanon, Me., February 11, 1867. and is a son of Thomas H. and Mary A.
(Goodwin) Libbey.

Thomas H. Libbey was born at Ossipee, N. H., and was six months old
when his father died and the death of his mother left him an orphan at the
tender age of three years. He was reared by an uncle. Ivory Hodgdon, of
Ossipee, with whom he remained until he reached manhood, when he went



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to Lebanon, Me. Tliere he married and remained for some years and then
moved to Boston, Mass., for a short time. He then returned to Lebanon,
which remained the family home until 1895, when removal was made to
Somersworth and settlement was made on the farm that is now owned by
John G. Libbey. Here Thomas H. Libbey resided until his death in Decem-
ber, 1905, his wife surviving until April, 1910. They were members of the
Free Will Baptist church. Of their children John G. Libbey is the only
survivor.

John G. Libbey grew to manhood in his nati\'e place and attended the
public schools. From choice, farming has always been his main occupation.
On April 11, 1895, he was united in marriage with Bertha Hanscom, wdio
was born at Lebanon, ]\Ie., a daughter of Aaron H. and Susan (Woodsum)
Hanscom, the father a native of North Berwick and the mother of Lebanon,
Me. Mrs. Libbey has two sisters : Mrs. Ida Brockett, of San Antonio,
Tex., and Mrs. Alma Estabrook, of Berwick, Me. I\Ir. and Mrs. Libbey had
one son, Maurice C., who is now deceased. As a good and intelligent citizen,
Mr. Libbey takes an interest in public affairs and gives his political support
to the Republican party. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, at
Springvale, Me.

JEREMY B. TOWLE, who is one of Dover's best known and most
respected citizens, has passed the greater part of his life here, his main
interest being farming. He belongs to one of the old families of the state
and is in the eighth generation from the original settler, who was Philip
Towle, a native of Ireland and one of the first householders at Kingston.
N. H, Jeremy B. Towle was born at Wolfboro, N. H., May 13, 183 1, a
son of Levi and Sallie (Dudley) Towle, and a grandson of Jeremiah Towle.
Levi Towle was born at Hanover, N. H., and moved to Dover in 1840.
where he spent the rest of his life, dying at the age of eighty-four years.

Jeremy B. Towle accompanied his parents to Dover at the age of nine
years. In boyhood he attended the old Pine Hill school and assisted his
father on the home farm. He learned the shoemaking trade and in after
years alternated work at the same time with farming. In the fall of 1864
he offered his services to his country, enlisting in Company D, First N. H.
Heavy Artillery and was honorably discharged nine months later in the
meanwhile having been mainly on guard duty at Washington, D. C. He
returned then to Dover and has since lived here with the exception of a
few years spent at Madrid, Me. His farm lies on the Back River road.
town of Dover.

Mr. Towle was married first to Miss Mary A. Nute, of Madbury, N. H.,



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and ten children were born to them, the following of whom survive: Levi
\V., James B., and Hiram G., all of whom are residents of Dover; Cora B.,
a trained nurse and graduated physician, who is a resident of Boston, Mass. ;
Edwin D., a physician in practice at Salem, Mass. ; and Jeremy S., who is a
resident of a western state. Carrie E., Mary A., Alice and Abbie are
deceased. The second marriage of Mr. Towle was to Miss Catherine L. Cook,
who was born at Wolfboro, N. H., a daughter of Joel E. and Susan M.
(Wiggin) Cook. Her father was born at Wolfboro, N. H., and her mother
at Newmarket, the latter being a direct descendant in the eighth generation
from Capt. Thomas Wiggin, who w^as the first acting governor of the state
of New Hampshire. Mr. and Mrs. Towle have two children : Arthur, who
is superintendent of a woolen mill at Hillsboro, N. H. ; and Ruth W., who
is a student in the Dover High school. Mr. Towle and wife attend the
Universalist church. In his political views he is a Democrat. As a citizen
ever ready to further movements for the general welfare, Mr. Towle stands
among the foremost and both he and his wife have a wide circle of friends
who hold them in personal esteem.

HHxAM A. NASH is a well known citizen of Somersworth, N. H.,
residing at No. 44 West High Street. He was born in this village on Novem-
ber 8, 1852, and is a son of Joseph K. and Judith (Merrill) Nash. The
father was a native of France and when a young man emigrated to America,
first locating at Elliot, Me. A short time thereafter he came to Great Falls,
N. H., where he was employed in the carpentry department of the Great
Falls Manufacturing Company for a period of forty-five years. His death
occurred in 1876. He was a Republican in itolitics. Of the children born
to Joseph K. and Judith (Merrill) Nash, the following survive: Helen A.
of Raymond, N. H., widow of Albert Guptill ; Luella A., wife of Isaac
Hodgdon of Raymond. N. H. ; Mary G., wife of Jacob Foster of Shelbourne
Falls, Mass.; Hiram A.: and Frederick M. of Dover. X. H.

Hiram A. Nash was reared to man's estate in Somersworth, receivine a
public school education. W^hen a young man he learned the trade of a
carpenter, which he followed for some twenty years. He was married in
1873 ^"<i shortly after moved to Haverhill. Mass., where he continued at his
trade for a number of years. He was for several years a member of the
police force in the town of Bradford, a suburb of Haverhill. He subse-
quently became a member of the Haverhill fire department, being lieutenant
of Hose Company No. 5, and for twenty years he continued in the service of
the fire department. In 19 10, he gave up that position and returned to



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Somersworlh, where his wife and children had previously gone, owing to the
death of Airs. Nash's mother.

February 6, 1873, Hiram A. Nash was united in marriage with Belle
Jones, a native of Somersworth, N. H., and a daughter of Charles S. and
Harriet A. (Stanton) Jones, her father a native of Lebanon, jNIe., and her
mother of Brookfield, N. H. Charles S. Jones, a son of Daniel Jones of
Lebanon, Me., was about twelve years of age when his mother died, and the
family almost immediately thereafter moved to what then was Great Falls,
N. H., now Somersworth. Here he grew to maturity, and in time became
established in the hotel business, a field of endeavor in which he attained
wide prominence. He conducted hotels in Somersworth, in Portsmouth,
N. H., and in Wells Beach, Me., and became widely known and exceedingly
popular. He was a stanch Democrat in politics, taking an active part in
campaigns at all times and working for his party's supremacy. He also at
times filled offices of trust, being at one time a member of the New Hampshire
legislature and also serving some years as selectman of Great Falls. Mrs.
Jones died in May, 1896, and her husband survived her until October 10,
1905, Mrs. Nash being sole survivor of the family. Mr. Jones was a Mason
and an Odd Fellow. He was a man of public spirit and in his death Strafford
county lost one of its most worthy and representative citizens.

Mr. and Mrs. Nash have two children: Guy M. of Haverhill, Mass.;
and Adelbert M., of Somersworth, N. H. He is an ardent Democrat in
politics, and takes an earnest interest in public affairs as becomes a good
citizen. He is not an active member of any church, but he and Mrs. Nash
have been liberal in the support of churches and worthy enterprises calculated
to elevate the community.

MARK ANNIS, who carries on extensive operations in general farming
and dairjnng, on his fine estate of 187 acres, situated in the town of Dover,
is one of Strafford county's well known and enterprising business men. He
was born on December 7,-1869, in Coos county, N. H., and is a son of
Mark and Betsy (Burbank) Annis, both of whom were born in New Hamp-
shire, as was also the paternal grandfather, Joseph Annis, who lived at
Conway, N. H.

Mark Annis remained in Coos county until twelve years old and then
accompanied his parents to Somersworth, and from there, at the age of
seventeen years, came to Dover. His education had been carried on along
liberal lines and Mr. Annis is well informed, not only concerning the best
carrying on of his particular industries, but of matters in general.

Mr. Annis was married January' 22, 1887, to Miss Sarah J. Tibbetts,



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who was born at Lebanon, Me., a daughter of Andrew J. Tibbetts of that
place. The death of this estimable lady on April 6, 1913, not only brought
grief to her immediate household but to the community as well. She was a
member of the Advent Christian church. Seven children were born to
Mr. and Mrs. Annis, namely: Joseph R., Betsy W., Mark (a student in the
Boston Bible School at Boston, Mass.) ; Ebbin E., Andrew J., Teresa M. and
George E. Mr. Annis is a member of the Advent Christian church at Dover.
He is a good-intentioned citizen, anxious to support law and bring about
needed reforms and casts his vote independently.

CYRUS FREEMAN, who is identified with the Great Falls Manufac-
turing Company at Somersworth, N. H., as overseer of the cloth hall, is a
well known and prominent citizen of Strafiford county, for many years having
been active in public life as well as in business affairs. He was born February
28, 1840, at Farmington, Me., and is a son of Cyrus and Elizabeth (Mosher)
Freeman, both natives of Gorham, Me.

Cyrus Freeman was reared to the age of fourteen years at Famiington,
by his mother, his father having died in his infancy, and then they with other
members of the family, moved to Lewiston, Me., where he attended school
and lived for fifteen years. From there Mr. Freeman came to Great Falls,
in the meanwhile having been well trained in dififerent textile mills, and in
1870 accepted the position which he now fills. In April, 1861, Mr. Freeman
enlisted for service in the Civil war and became a member of Company F.,
which was organized at Lewiston, Me. When the company reached Portland,
Me., it became a part of the First Maine Volunteer Infantry, and Mr. Free-
man was made an orderly and ser\ed three months and after his honorable
discharge, returned to Lewiston. He takes much interest in Littlefield Post,
No. 8, G. A. R., Somersworth and has served two years as its commander.

On September 25, 1863, Mr. Freeman was married to Miss Celeste Smith,
of Lewiston, Me., a daughter of George B. and Lucinda (Litchfield) Smith.
She died June 18, 1910. Three children were born to them, of whom two
are living — Arthur C, who is a resident of Lawrence, Mass. (He designed
the seal for the city of Somersworth) ; and Bessie L., who is a graduate of
the Somersworth High school and a popular teacher here. Early recognized
as a man of worth by his fellow citizens, Mr. Freeman was elected a member
of the first board of councilmen after the incorporation of Somersworth as a
city, in 1893, and during three of the four years that he served, he was
president of the board. He served also two terms as a member of the New
Hampshire legislature, representing the former town of Somersworth. He
belongs to Libanus Lodge, No. 49, A. F. & A. M., Somersworth; Edwards



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Royal Arch Chapter, for over a quarter of a century having been treasurer
of both organizations, and belongs to St. Paul Commandery at Dover. He
is also a charter member of Prospect Lodge, Knights of Pythias of Somers-
worth. Mr. Freeman and family attend the Congregational church.

GEORGE W. TUTTLE, who is engaged principally in market garden-
ing, is the owner of a tract of 120 acres on Dover Xeck, X. H., being of
the eighth generation of Tuttles to be located on this land. He traces his
lineage in this country and on his home farm through Joseph E. and Caroline
H. (Paul) Tuttle, Joseph and Sarah (Pinkham) Tuttle, William and Anna
(Hanson) Tuttle, Elijah and Esther Tuttle, Ensign John Tuttle, and Judge
John Tuttle to John Tuttle, who was the original immigrant.

John Tuttle, last named, came from Wales to Dover, N. H., in 1633,
being one of Captain Thomas Wiggins' Company. He was one of the party
to make settlement on Dover Neck in the fall of that year, his allotment
being on the east side of the road, near where the school house now stands.
His son. Judge John Tuttle, became a very prominent and influential member
of the community, his home being on the west side of the street, nearly
opposite that of his father. He was town clerk from 1693 *^o i7-9- town
treasurer many years, representative in the General Court or Assembly of
New Hampshire from 1698 to 1707, and was judge of the Court of Common
Pleas from 1695 until his death in 17JO. He also had a command in the
state militia. Ensign John Tuttle, son of Judge Tuttle, resided on the grant
of land on the west side of Back river, given to his grandfather in 1642. He
engaged in the lumber business with his father, operating a saw mill at
Toland Falls, where in 1712 he met death at the hands of the Indians. He
was ensign in a militia company, which gave him his title, and he was one
of the most active business men of the town. Joseph and Sarah Pinkham
Tuttle, grandparents of the subject of this record, had three sons who
grew to maturity and lived on the old Tuttle estate, namely: .\sa Tuttle,
the noted Quaker preacher who departed this life in the nineties; Joseph,
who died in middle life; and William Penn Tuttle, a man of prominence of
Dover Neck, who died on May 4, 191 1.

William Penn Tuttle, an uncle of George W., whose name heads this
sketch, was born June 26, 1823. in the home where he lived at death. His
educational training was acquired in the public schools at Dover and in
the Friends' School at Providence. R. I. During the early years of his active
life he was in the lumber business in Rochester and Milton, also in towns
in Maine, but his main business was in farming the Tuttle homestead, along
which line he was one of the most successful on Dover Neck. He was the



938 HISTORY OF STRAFFORD COUNTY

first Dover farmer to make a specialty of truck farming, and he Ijuilt the
first green house for the raising of early vegetables. His product being
farther ad\-anced than his competitors he always benefited by the earlier and



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