1902 / Hotel in Rock Island, formerly known as the ‘’Tomifobia House’’ changed its name to ‘’Union House’’ sometime before turn of the century. January 2nd, 1902 / Your correspondent had the pleasure spending Christmas day at the home of James Belknap, South Barnston. The following guests were present: Mr. and Mrs. George Price of Coventry, VT; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Belknap and son Charles, and Mrs. Drew of Baldwin’s Mills. Mr.and Mrs. J.O. Noyes, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Standish and Mrs. Ruie Paige of Corliss. Mr. M. Hasting, Mr. Roy Hastings, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Cofran, Mr. Roy Aldrich, Miss Flora Aldrich, Mrs. Lena Belknap. September 4th, 1902 / A basket picnic at Lake Lester on September 10th, 1902 under auspices of Pinnacle Lodge A.O.V.N. Above Lodge challenges Frontier Lodge of Rock Island and Strathcona Lodge of Coaticook to a tug-of-war, ten men on a side – box of cigars for a prize. The steamer ‘’Pinnacle Bell’’ will run on the lake during the day. December 21st, 1902 / Ernet C. Bronson, convicted and sentenced to prison for the fatal stabbing of Elmer Astbury after a drinking ‘’spree’’ at the Line House, has been released from prison because of his health. Mrs. Lizzie Cofran’s funeral at Derby Center- died at home of her son, George Cofran – of consumption. 1903 / Henry Lowell and son sell their interest in Grand Valley lumber Co., in Gaspe, comprising of 34,000 acres – mille and equipment included. April 9th, 1903 / A.L. Deseve has received the appointment of Assistant Fishery Officer, in care of the Magog fish hatchery in succession to Alex. Findlayson who will be promoted. April 8th, 1903 / A number from this place attended the auction of H. Bacon’s at Baldwin’s Mills. April 30th. 1903 / James McGorgin (McGookin?) among early settlers of New Boston, son by same name resided on father’s farm as date as 1899. New Boston named after New Boston in New Hampshire.
Hiram Bacon’s little girl, Leota, very ill with pneumonia – little hopes of her recovery. Dr. Darche of Coaticook attending. Note: The good doctor above mentioned saved his patient, for she lived for 70 more years. Leota Bacon (Wilcox) of North Hatley, passed away about 1970.