Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

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.

Mer­rik Belk­nap

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