The History of Milo, 1802-1923

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PREVIOUS to the dawn of the nineteenth century, few white men had ever visited any of the territory now incorporated within the county of Piscataquis, and of these it is not believed that any had begun a permanent settlement. According to Rev. Amasa Loring’s “History of Piscataquis County,” Abel Blood began the first clearing in June, 1799, in what is now the township of Dover-Foxcroft It is also stated by good authority that Moses and Stephen Snow had been in Milo this same year, while their father, a hunter from Belgrade, had roamed over this entire section.

The town of Milo was first surveyed and lotted as township number three, in the seventh range north of the Waldo patent. It contained 21,920 acres of generally rolling or level land, watered by three beautiful rivers, which served the early settlers as thouroughfares for travel. Along the banks of these rivers the first homes of the settlers were built. The township was early purchased by Johnathan Hastings, to whom a certain Mr. Welk of Boston later became his partner. These two men sold the greater part of the land to the settlers and finally sold the remainder of the lots to Russell Kittridge of Bangor. The township was first divided into lots of 320 acres each by Park Holland of Bangor; later, in 1820, some of these lots were divided into lots of 100 acres each by Andrew Strong of Corinth; still later the portion south of the Piscataquis river by P. P. Furber, who was incidentally a prominent citizen here at that time.

The first man to make a permanent settlement and to bring his family here was Benjamin Sargent. He came from Methuen, Mass., where he had left his family and had taken passage on a schooner landing at what is now Exchange Street, Bangor. Mr. Sargent was accompanied by his son Theophilus, a lad of fourteen years. Together they proceeded up the Penobscot in a boat which Mr. Sargent had secured. At the mouth of the Piscataquis they turned their boat up that stream and landed a little above the present ferry, which is about a mile from Derby, Here, on May 2, 1802, they began the first permanent settlement in the town of Milo. They began at once to fell trees to make a clearing sufficiently large to plant enough corn for a small crop. Here they erected on a little knoll a log cabin of two rooms. This was to be the home of the settler and his family.

When these things had been accomplished, Mr. Sargent returned to Methuen, leaving his son here in the wilderness to tend the crop until he should return in the fall with the rest of the family. Theophilus managed very well until one day, as tradition says, he went out leaving the door of his cabin open. While doing some work, a bear walked in and stole his molasses and some flour. The lad undoubtedly would have been destitute had it not been for a friendly tribe of Indians. These Indians were up this way getting bark for canoe building and saw the conditions of the white boy. The chief took pity on him and left his son, Ateon Oseon, to stay with Theophilus until his father returned.

When Mr. Sargent reached Methuen, he found his family sick with typhus. Therefore he could not bring them to their new home at once. Later in the summer than he had expected, he set out from Metheun with his family and a few of their possessions, including a grey dog by the name of Hunter. They finally reached Milo as the water was commencing to freeze in the, river. Here in the wilderness of Maine the settler and his family passed the winter. To this family, on Dec. 28, 1804, was born the first white child in Milo, Alice, the late Alice Fisher of Cooksville, Wisconsin.

Moses and Stephen Snow, who are said to have hunted this entire section much earlier, in all probability began their clearing before the arrival of Air. Sargent. They had secured a square mile of land along the banks of Pleasant river and erected their cabin on the east side of the river, a. little south of the present Pleasant river bridge. The Snow brotehrs were single men and remained so for several years, but in I St I Moses married Nancy Colkett, of Kennebec county, and two years later Stephen married Fannie Page. of Belgrade. The townspeople of Milo are indebted to these two brothers, who settled -done: the banks of this beautiful river, for the name it now bears.

Benjamin Boobar probably was the next settler to bring his family to this town. Mr. Boobar took up land near Mr. and it is known that he was here as early as March, 1805. The coming of the Boobars was of great value to the settlers, as Mrs. Boobar was a very skillful nurse. They also brought with them a hand mill, in which corn and the other grains of the settlers could be ground. This mill ground the grain much easier than the settlers could with their hand-mortars. Later, this family moved to Medford to be nearer kin who had recently moved into this new territory.

The names of the next arrivals the author is unable to state, as data on this is lacking. The township increased slowly but surely. New settlers were coming in and taking up lots, clearing land where they must earn their living by the sweat of their brows. Here in the wilderness of Maine these hardy pioneers laid the cornerstone or this growing and prosperous town of Milo.

In 1820 the number of people had increased to 97. Five years later there were 119 children of school age, representing about 300 people in the town at that time.

The township was organized as a plantation in 1820. In 1823 it was incorporated, at which time there were 54 resident taxpayers.

The following is a list of them as recorded in the records of the town for 1823.

Jacob Asplun
James Brown
Joseph Boobar
Ezra Boobar
Asa W. Bumps
Samuel Brown
Daniel Cook
Samuel Davis
Aaron Day
Amos Davis
Shubael Davis
John J. Emery
Win. M. Ewer
George Gould
Aaron Hill
Isaac Harding
Soloman Hamlin
David Hollman
David Holbrook
Benj. Johnson
Eisha Johnson
Levi Johnson
Elijah Johnson
Luther Keen
Samuel Livermore
Jacob Mayo
Allen Mayo
Henry Mayo
Ichabod W. Mitchell
Simeon Lamphod
Isaac Perry
Asa Perry
Asti Perry, Jr.
Luke Perry
John Robenson
George Rollins
Moses Snow
Asa Low
Stephen Snow
Winborn A. Swett
Benj. Sargent
Theophilus Sargent
Josiah Swett
Lemuel Shipley
Lemuel J. Shipley
Benj. Stanchfield
John W. Thompson
Jonathan Tylar
Ephraim Varney
John Whidden
George W. Whidden
James Whidden
Nicholas Winslow

The naming of the town was a very important event, for it seemed that the settlers were unable to agree. Some desired to name the town for Joseph Lee, who owned a large part of the township; others desired to name it for Air. Wells, who owned considerable land here at that time; still others had different ideas. Finally the honor of naming the town was given to Theophilus Sargent. Mr. Sargent, having perhaps read the story of the noble Roman knight, Milo, or of the beautiful Venus de Milo, named the town for one of these, which we cannot say, but can all imagine.



1823 – 1923

1823 Samuel Livermore, Moses Snow, John Whidden
1824-1825 Winborn A. Swett, Lemuel Shipley, Luther Keen
1826 Joseph Lee, David Bisbee, Daniel Holman
1827 Joseph Lee, Eliot Staples, Daniel Holman
1828 Joseph Lee, Eliot Staples, Wm. Newcome
1829 Joseph Lee, Amos Davis, Wm. Newcome
1830 Moses Tolman, Walter Brown, Wm. Sturtevant
1831 Moses Tolman, Walter Brown, Samuel W. Frost
1832 Moses Tolman, Daniel Heldman, Allen Monroe
1833 Charles Faster, Pierce P. Furber, Daniel Dennitt
1834 Charles Foster, Daniel Dennitt, Pierce P. Furber
1835 Joseph Lee, Phineas Tolman, Isaac Strout
1836 P. P. Furber, Isaac Strout, Thomas Chase
1837 Charles Foster, Phineas Tolman, Jesse Rollins
1838 Noah Dow, Wm. Owen, John Sherburn
1839 Noah Dow, Phineas Tolman, Eliphlett Haskell
1840 Noah Dow, Eliphlett Haskell, John S. Sherburn
1841 Noah Dow, Forest Turner, Moses Sturtevant
1842 Forest Turner, Samuel Stanchfield, Russell Kittredge
1843 Forest Turner, Russell Kittredge, Jesse Rollins
1844 Forest Turner, Russell Kittredge, Joseph Chadburn
1845 Phineas Tolman, Forest Turner, Nathaniel Day
1846 Phineas Tolman, Charles A. Everett, Wm. Luce
1847 Charles A. Everett, Phineas Tolman. Ephraim Turner
1848 C. A. Everett, Phineas Tolman, Ephraim Turner
1849 Phineas Tolman, Ephraim Turner, Eliphalet Haskell
1850 C. A. Everett, Nathaniel Day, Ephraim Turner
1851 C. A, Everett, Phineas Tolman, George Frizzel
1852-1853 J. H. Macomber, Nathaniel Day, Isaac Hanscom
1854 J. H. Macomber, Nathaniel Day, C. A. Everett
1855-1856 J. H. Macomber, Nathaniel Day, Phineas Tolman
1857 Phineas Tolman. John S. Samson, Russell Kittredge
1858 Phineas Tolman, Russell Kittredge, John S. Samson
1859 Nathaniel Day, Wm. Owen, Wm. E. Gould
1860-1861 Wm. E. Could, Wm. Owen, John S. Sherburn
1862 Wm. E. Gould, Wm. Owen, L. S. Maya
1863 Wm. E. Gould, S. H. Hobbs, John Lindsay
1864 Wm. F. Gould, S. H. Dobbs, S. D. Millet
1865 C. A. Everett, James L. Bishop, E. H. Gould
1866 Wm. F. Gould, Abijah Locke, S. H. Hobbs
1867 Wm. E. Gould, Phineas Tolman, J. J. Holdbrook
1868-1869 Wm. E. Gould, Abner Freeman, J. J. Holdbrook
1870 Abner Freeman, 11. F. Manter, S. H. Hobbs
1871 J. L. Bishop, W. P. Young, H. F. Dagget
1872 Wm. E. Gould, S. D. Millet, J. J. Sargent
1873 S. D. Millet. .1. L. Sargent, W. P. Young
1874 M. L. Durgin, J. L. Sargent, A. P. Morse
1875 M. L. Durgin, A. P. Morse, B. W. Ward
1876 M. L. Durgin, A. P. Morse, D. B. Tolman
1877 A. P. Morse, D. B. Tolman, Wm. E. Gould
1878 D. B. Tolman, A. P. Morse, Wm. E. Gould
1879 A. P. Morse, J. L. Smart, Wm. E. Gould
1880 A. P. Morse, W. P. Young, A. G. Chase
1881 A. G. Chase, I. E. Sherburne, O. W. Freeman
1882-1883 A. G. Chase, I. F. Sherburne, C. L. Mitchell
1884 O. W. Freeman, I. E. Sherburne, C. L. Mitchell
1885 O. W. Freeman, A. P. Morse, I. E. Sherburne
1886 O. W. Freeman, D. B. Tolman, A. P. Morse
1887 C. L. Mitchell, D. 1′. Tolman, F. H. Gould
1888 L. H. Wilder, 1. F. Hobbs, A. H. Chase
1889-1890-1891 L. H. Wilder, T. Stoddard, A. H. Chase.
1892 L. H. Wilder, A. H. Chase, N. W. Brown
1893 George W. Howe, N. W. Brown, A. P. Morse
1894-1895 George W. Howe, I,. H. Wilder, D. B. Tolman
1896-1897 George W. Howe, D. B. Tolman, A. H. Chase
1898 1. F. Hobbs, D. B. Tolman, H. E. Daggett
1899 W. E. Gould, I. E. Sherburne, F. H. Gould
1900-1901 B. W. Doble, Jr., F. H. Gould, I. E. Sherburne
1902 I. F. Dean, C. F. Bumps, 1I. E. Sherburne
1903 I. F. Dean, L. H. Wilder, J. F. Davis
1904 L. H. Wilder, J. F. Davis, A. L. Ward
1905-1906 L. H. Wilder, A. L. Ward, Alphonso Bradeen
1907 H. W. Briggs, A. Bradeen, F. G. Drolett
1908 H. W. Briggs, A. Ward, C. B. Ramsdell
1909 H. W. Briggs, C. B. Ramsdell, F. G. Drolett
1910 O. B. Packard, C. B. Ramsdell, J. F. Davis
1911-1915 C. B. Ramsdell. Edwin C. Mooers, J. F. Davis
1916 C. B. Ramsdell, W. E. Gould, L. H. Wilder
1917 C. B. Ramsdell, J. F. Davis, W. E. Gould
1918 C. B. Ramsdell, J. F. Davis, R. M. Ingalls
1919 C. B. Ramsdell, J. F. Davis, I, F. Dean
1920 C. B. Ramsdell, J. F. Davis, P. D. McLaughlin
1921 P. D. McLaughlin, C. 11. Thompson, C. W. Scripture
1922 C. B. Ramsdell, J. F. Davis, C. W. Scripture
1923 C. B. Ramsdell, J. F. Davis, W. L. Doble


(The original copy has been lost but a copy is preserved by the author.)

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled that the plantation number three in the seventh range in the County of Penobscot, Bounded north by the plantation of Brownville and west by the town of Sebec, with the inhabitants thereof be and they hereby are incorporated into a town by the name of Milo, and the inhabitants of said town are hereby vested with all powers, privileges and immunities which the inhabitants of towns within this State do, or ay by law enjoy.

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted that any Justice of the Peace
Within said County is hereby impowered to issue his warrant to some inhabitant of said town to notify the inhabitants thereof to
meet at such time and place as he shall appoint to choose such
officers as other towns are empowered to choose at their annual
own meetings.

Act of Incorporation This act passed Jan. 27, 1 1823. A true copy.


Attest: LUTHER KEEN (Town Clerk)


The first town warrant was issued to Theophilus Sargent requiring him, “in the name of the State of Maine to notify and warn the freeholders and other inhabitants,” of Milo, “qualified by law to vote in town meeting to meet and assemble at the dwelling house of Theophilus Sargent.” To act en the nine articles contained in the warrant.

The meeting was accordingly held at the given time and place, at which time Samuel Livermore was chosen to act as moderator; Theophilus Sargent, town clerk: Samuel Livermore, Moses Snow & John Whidden, selectmen and assessors; John W. Thompson, treasurer; Stephen Snow and James Whidden, surveyors of highways; Lemuel Shipley, Stephen Snow and Luke Perry, tythingmen. To these men, therefore, befell the singular honor of being the pioneer rulers of the town.

At a later town meeting it was voted to have future town meetings at Swett’s Mills. It was also voted to raise $100 for the sup-
port of schools and $300 for the support of the Gospel. As ready cash was hard to get or find among the early settlers; it was voted to accept corn and wheat in payment of taxes. Corn at 67¢ per bushel and wheat at $1.00 per bushel.

It may be well said at this time that in 1832 there was an article in the town warrant as follows: Article 10, To see if the town will prohibit Retailing of Spirituous Liquors. As no action was taken on this article the town clerk kept issuing licences like this, “License granted to Fronk Quimby to retail Spirituous Liquors one year from eleventh day of September, 1827.”

Amos DAVIS (Town Clerk)


Settlements in Milo had been maintained twenty years before any mills were erected. The towns of Brownville and Sebec had saw or grist mills long before this time and in fact both of these towns were busier towns at that time than Milo. It was in the year 1823, that Winborn A. Swett built a dam across Trafton’s Falls and erected the first saw mill in Milo. A general store had already been established by Mr. Estes, who was succeeded by Amos Davis a prominent citizen here at that time. As business in Milo increased other stores were opened and as the people at that time were eager for ardent spirits all the merchants carried a large stock of liquors. Allen Monroe commenced trade in Milo in 1829 and was probably the third merchant in town. At this time Thomas White put in a carding and fulling mill which furnished employment for several hands. A little later Daniel Dennett in partnership with Stephen Snow purchased a part of the Snow farm together with the saw and grist mill. It seems to the author that this enterprise was successful as Dennett and Stephen Snow were the richest men in Milo at that time.

The old saw mill built by Mr. Swett, in 1823, was bought by Lewis Mayo, who sold it a few years later to Samuel Bradeen, who built a wing on one side of the mill. The later owners were Adonijah Webber, Ward Scripture, James Gifford and William Gifford, who sold it to the Boston Excelsior Co., and it was removed by them about 1898.

The next mill was a grist mill which was built by William Owen and Mr. Dennett on the island side of the darn opposite Vie saw mill. In 1851, this was bought by Isaac Leonard, who increased its capacity from two bushels per boor to ’05 bushels per hour, H. F. Daggett bought this mill in 1876 and sold it to the Boston Excelsior Co. in 1887. This mill was burned in the spring 1900.

A woolen mill was built here, in 1842, by Jos-ph Cushing & Co., but this was destroyed by fire six years later and was not rebuilt. Later a carding and fulling mill was erected on the site of the pumping station of the Milo Water Co. This mill was sold to James Gifford, about 1862, when he commenced weaving. Gifford & Co. operated this mill until the fall of 1884 or 1885, at which time it was burned.

Theophilus Sargent, Jr., built a saw mill on the canal, in 1871, but this was razed by fire five years later and was not rebuilt.

In the summer of 1878, J. Fenno & Co., built a mill for splitting out spool timber. This mill was bought by Bailey and Parker, who began the manufacture of excelsior and was operated by them for five years. It was then bought by T. J. Stuart who finally sold it to the Boston Excelsior Co. This mill has been remodeled by them and is used for splitting poplar.

The Boston Excelsior Co. has purchased nearly all the rights of the earlier mill owners and is the only company left of the companies which have been mentioned, but new and larger concerns have taken the places of the older ones. Excelsior has been manufactured here for over 40 years and for the last 30 years by the present company. The mill, now occupied by the Milo Textile Co., was erected by the Boston Excelsior Co., in 1879. The manufacture of excelsior was carried on here until it was sold to the Textile Company. Since then a new mill has been erected near the B. & A. station, which manufactures about 3,000 tons of excelsior per year. This mill furnishes employment for about 30 men and a weekly payroll of nearly $1,000.

The most important industry here at the present time are the mills of the American Thread Co. The spool manufactory was erected in 1901-2; the machinery for the mill being removed from Willimantic, where this company had been located for some time. A saw mill was erected by the same company, in 1901, where spool bars and box-boards are produced in large quantities. This company employs about 220 hand-, and has a weekly payroll of $3,000. At the establishment of this industry in Milo, real estate prices in the village have doubled and even trippled in some cases.

Next in importance to the American Thread Co. is the Milo Textile Co., which commenced operations in June, 1922, in the old excelsior mill which had been purchased by this company. High grade machine yarns manufactured, but very little knitting yarn is made by this concern. The Milo Textile Co. employs about 70 hands and has a payroll of nearly $1,000. This company was financed largely by people in this locality and nearly all the workers are residents of Milo.

Some of the industries here which have been discontinued are: A little red mill built in 1885, by William Gifford, for finishing spruce knees. A shovel handle factory operated by a Mr. Hartwell. The manufacture of wooden bowls, etc., carried on by the father of Sir Hiram Maxim. A clover mill, which was built over the dam between the early saw and grist mills. A hand rake factory by Mr. McGraw. A cheese factory built on West Main St., in 1972, and operated by Elisha McIntosh; finally sold to Fred Gould and was converted into a tenement house. B. J. Warren operated a wood-working mill here for some time; later sold to Warren & Blethen. A creamery was established in 1897, but was soon discontinued.

A charter was obtained for the Milo Electric Light and Power Co., in 1900, and the lighting plant was installed in the winter of 1903-4. This plant commenced operations in -March, 1904.

The manufacture of log and board rules has been carried on by Valentine Fabien & Son, in Milo for about 20 years, this business was carried on in Bangor and Orneville prior to 1897.

In 1906 the B. & A. car shops were moved to Derby. These, without a doubt, have been a great aid in the development of Milo.

As the author reviews the industrial development of Milo he sees no periods of decline, but a continual and more or less steady advance. One of the greatest factors in the commercial development of Milo was the construction of the Bangor Piscataquis Railroad, in 1868-9, and the construction of the Katahdin Iron Works Railroad, in 1880. The development since has been rapid; in 1900 there was a population of 1,150 and now it is over 3,000. It may be said without doubt that within a brief period of time will be the largest and wealthiest town in Piscataquis County.


The military history of Milo begins with the formation of the Milo Light Infantry Company, in April, 1824. This company was successively commanded by Winborn A. Swett, 1. W. Mitchell, Moses Sturtevant, Charles Durgin, Rice Dow, Samuel Stanchfield and Benj. Sands. It is believed by the author that this company did not see any active service.

Another company of infantry was organized in Milo, in 1829. This company was commanded in turn by Nymphus Turner, J. W. Furber and Gee. 1″. Stanchfield.

Next came the terrible Civil War which shook the very foundations on which this country was founded, when all the North was arrayed against their brothers in the Southland. When president Lincoln issued his first call for volunteers 84 men from Milo and surrounding towns were formed into a company known as Co. D, of the 2nd Maine. These men left here May 1, 1861 and were among the first to leave the state and to arrive in Washington. This company fought from the first battle of Bull Run until the end of the war. The author regrets to relate that there is only one member of ibis company living at the present time, William Hobbs, a well known resident of this I own.

The following is complete revised list of the veterans now enrolled on the J. S. Sampson Post Roll of Honor. These are the men of this town who served their country in the Civil War an who joined others of their number in a happier land.

Captain Walter D. Sturtevant
William T. Livermore
George W. Lord
William H. Weymouth
George W. Howe
James Wiley
Ephraim E. Severance
Orrin Templeton
Eleazer Carver
Nath’l McLeod
George Hodgkins
Frank M. Hodgkins
Uriah L. Stubbs
Thomas F. Hodgdon
Cyrus E. Durgin
William Cunningham
Charles H. Hodgkins
Abner Ramsdell
Arthur D. Bumps
Able E. Leonard
John S. Sampson
Ezekiel Hager
Sumner R. Kittridge
Jeremiah C. Gilman
Frank Sherburne
Orison V. Carrier
Willis K. Mouse
John H. Spruce
George B. Lincoln
Edwin N. Lincoln
Alvin H. House
Archibald A. Campbell
Thomas H. Palmer
Luther Pollard
David L. Buswell
Samuel F. Welsh
Orrington L. Buker
Isaac F. Moores
John W. Gould
Franklin 0. Hanscom
Jeremiah Boobar
Zadoc F. Wilkins
Thomas J. Spaulding
Irving J. Rogers
John W. Hamlin
Williams C. Barnes
Oliver M. Cutts
Thomas B. Blaisdell
Charles V. Chase
Frederic W. Lane
George Leach
William H. Owen
Osgood Coffran
Martin W. Spaulding
Mason M. Palmer
Benjamin H. Drake
Soloman Stanchfield
Charles W. Farris
Walter S. Farris
William L. Johnson
Samuel M. Johnson
Seth Roberts
Charles H. Gould
James M. Gee
Daniel O. Walton
Albert P. Monroe
Morris L. Mooers
Frank D. Lindsey
Benjamin Weaver
Charles W. Stewart
Chester B. Huckins
Bowen N. Kimball
Martin V. Young
Eben D. Ames
Hiram Mooers
Henry P. Frost
Elbridge G. Frost
Cyrus Emery
George B. Crane
Samuel V. Millett
Lewis M. Porter
Richard A. Monroe
Charles W. Rollins
Francis C. Emery
William H. Stanchfield
Charles W. Henderson
George Holman
Forest T. Douglass
Orrin Hamlin
Isaac A. Bradeen
Nathan W. Sargent
Jared F. Millett
James Lyford
John R. Stanchfield
James L. Smart
Harston B. Farris
Theophilus Sargent
Asa Carver
James P. Kittredge
Edmund A. Robbins
John P. Kelley
William Dolan
Charles Johnson
Urial L. Clark
Stephen D. Millett
Edward Thompson
John E. Gould
Seth C. Gould
Isaac S. Leonard
Charles Maginnis
Stephen T. Douglass
Albert F. Mansel
Shepherd Holman
William Rogers
Waterman M. Hamlin
Andrew Ricker
William A. Godsoe
Lewis R. Haskell
Moses Welch
Ivory N. Stanchfield
Moses Tolman
Hiram F. Savage
A. M. Garland
Everett Carver
Jonas B. Smart
Benjamin F. Bumps
Columbus L. Mitchell
Aaron D. Bumps
Henry D. Savage
William Mayo
Warren McClinch
Andrew J. Weymouth
Elisha McIntosh
Elias Brake
Alfred D. Morse
John F. Rollins
Edward Ricker

 A total of 133.

The J. S. Sampson Post, No. 31, of the G. A. R., was organized in November, 1880, with 16 members; James L. Stuart being chosen the first commander. Since then 164 members have been enrolled but their ranks are now thinned to rive members; some have moved to other towns but the large majority have joined the list already given. The following are the members of the G. A. R. residing in Milo at the present time: Thomas Stoddard, Stewart Boswell, H. F. Daggett, William Hobbs and A. B. Cary.

The next warlike disturbance that the men from this town participated in was the Mexican disturbance on the Texas Border. The State Militia was called out in June, 1916, and returned from the border in October of the same year. About 20 men from Milo went to Texas but there were no casualties.

The next war in which the United States participated was the World War when, as my readers will recall, tyrannical Germany with her mailed first attempted to rule the entire world, when Germany attempted to impress upon the entire civilization that, “Might makes Right.” After allowing the nations of Europe to struggle in vain to conquer their formidable enemy, it was deemed wise by the president and Congress to formally enter the war, so on April, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and her allies.

At the call to arms wives, sweethears, schools, colleges, mills, farms and factories were left by the young manhood of our country to fight our common foe, “over there,” and to make the world safe for Democracy. The same month that war was declared Co. F, composed mostly of Milo men left for training camp and from thence to the front. Although many Milo men were in Co. F, a larger number left for other training camps.

After two years of fighting in Flanders Field an armistice was signed and the, “boys,” commenced to come home, haggard, wounded am] careworn but happy to be home again.

The following is a list of the names enrolled on the Honor Roll of the Joseph P. Chaisson Post of the American Legion.

Joseph P. Chaisson
Carl S. Brown
Sidney C. Call
Henry L. Davis
Bert W. Dean
Albert L. Glidden
Lewis F. Hoskins
Henry A. Lord
Blair F. Thomas
Sylvanus Hoxie
Frank Woodbury
Albert Larry
Fred Parlin
Andrew Oberg

The Joseph P. Chaisson Post No, 31 of the American Legion was organized August 22, 1919, with 64 charter members, Capt. Roy E. Decker being the first commander. At the present time there are about 90 members enrolled on the books of the post. The present leading officers of the post are as followS: John W. Maher, Adjutant; D. F. Christie, Commander; Harry Karp, Finance Officer; Elmer Jenkins, Service Officer; Windsor Alexander, Chaplain.

Since the World War there has been a company of light infantry organized here. This company is composed of 71 men and designated as Co. L, 103rd Infantry of the National Guard, Captain Roy E. Decker commanding officer.


Dr. E. Whetlock Snow was the first professional man to treat the physical ills of the settlers here. The first physician to locate in Milo was Dr. J. E. Califf.

J. B. Everett was the first lawyer to open an office in Milo.

The earliest church in town was the Free Will Baptist Church, which was organized with 12 members, in 1829. Elder L. Hathaway was the first clergyman in town.

The oldest house in Milo is either the house on Park St. owned by Benj. Stanchfield or the building now owned by O. E. West and occupied by the Milo Fish Market. Robert Cutts formerly kept a tavern and sold rum here.

The three merchants in Milo, who have been in business the longest. are ‘M. G. Brackett, R. M. Ingalls and O. E. West.

It was voted in one of the early town meetings to allow cattle to graze in the village streets.

It was also voted in 1823, to allow 12¢ per hour for manual labor on the highways and 5¢ per hour for oxen. The town voted in 1823 to raise $600 for the support of highways; last year over $7,000 was spent for this purpose.


1823-33 Records Lost
1834-35 Knee Dow
1836-37 C. G. Foss
1838-40 Noah Dow
1841 A. A. Richards
1842-49 Noah Dow
1850-51 C. A. Everett
1852-53 Robert Cutts
1854-55 W. H. Stanchfield
1856 Russell Kittridge
1857-59 W. H. Stanchfield
1860-62 F. E. Dennett
1863-64 J. P. Kittridge
1865-79 R. A. Monroe
1880 E. E. Sturtevant
1881-84 W. H. Owen
1885-86 W. H. Freeman
1887-89 M. L. Durgin
1890-93 W. W. Hamlin
1894-1901 M. G. Brackett
1962-6 A. S. Leonard
1907-23 Leon G. C. Brown


1823-33 Records Lost
1834 Knee Dow
1835-36 Daniel Dennett
1837 Joseph Lee
1839 Noah Dow
1840 Rice Dow
1841-42 Wm. Carver
1843-47 Jesse Rollins
1848 C. A. Everett
1849-50 L. W. Hartwell
1851 Jesse Rollins
1852-56 J. H. Macomber
1857 Win. E. Gould
1858 Jesse Rollins
1859-64 Win. E. Gould
1865 C. A. Everett

1866-71 Win. E. Gould
1872 J. H. Macomber
1873-76 Win. E. Gould
1877 1. W. Hanscom
1878-79 W. P. Young
1880 0. W. Freeman
1881-85 1. W. Hanscom
1886 F. IL Gould
1887 1. W. Hanscom
1888-92 Win. E. Gould
1893-94 W. S. Owen
1895-97 Win. E. Gould
1898-1906 W. S. Owen
1907-9 E. M. Brackett
1910 A. A. Clark
1911-14 Leroy F. Shaw
1915-17 F. A. Doble
1918-23 M. C. Horne

Valuation of Milo

1823 $20,272.50
1824 26,329.00
1825 25,361,25
1826 30,323.75
1827 33,133.25
1828 33,472.00
1829 31,158.00
1830 31,663.00
1831 35,632.00
1832 48,133.00
1833 47,173.00
1834 42,840.00
1835 46,634.00
1836 51,631.00
1837 62,264.00
1838 64,929.00
1839 69,432.00
1840 71,260.00
1841 71,636.00
1842 69,770.00
1843 67,455.00
1844 136,600.00
1845 66,506.00
1846 72,747.00
1847 71,825.00
1848 78,459.00
1849 85,580.00
1850 76,567.00
1851 76,678.00
1852 75,571.00
1853 77,933.00
1854 85,268.00
1855 88,503.00
1856 95,215.00
1857 99,532.00
1858 100,460.00
1859 100,429.00
1860 101,331.00
1861 101,784.00
1862 103,467.00
1863 105,966.00
1864 110,726.00
1865 115,076.00
1866 115,101.00
1867 126,785.00
1868 134,497.00
1869 141,121.00
1870 264,392.00
1871 265,126.00
1872 233,420.00
1873 197,622.00
1874 186,271.00
1875 170,202.00
1876 161,652.00
1877 163,744.00
1878 163,257.00
1879 161,985.00
1880 160,893.00
1881 187,556.00
1882 185,665.00
1883 180,767.00
1884 185,105.00
1885 187,825.00
1886 235,039.00
1887 247,213.00
1888 247,723.00
1889 249,915.00
1890 355,964.00
1891 348,602.00
1892 353,301.00
1893 340,125.00
1894 348,037.00
1895 322,811.00
1896 334,899.00
1897 327,704.00
1898 329,380.00
1899 360,459.00
1900 375,611.00
1901 383,163.00
1902 404,918.00
1903 535,929.00
1904 578,449.00
1505 705,621.00
1906 906,312.00
1907 962,852.00
1908 1,014,343.00
1909 1,113,826.00
1910 1,143,808.00
1911 1,213,356.00
1912 1,259,413.00
1913 1,320,322.00
1914 1,351,102.00
1915 1,377,441.00
1916 1,399,169.00
1917 1,470,945.00
1918 1,562,390.00
1919 1,706,546.00
1920 1,887,527.00
1921 2,069,439.00
1922 2,027,740.84