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WORKING AT BAKER'S
Seasonal Work
War-Time
Community
Remembering
John Beam
Grace Bolster
Gladys (Delano) George
Watson Kilcup
Joseph Layton
Hugh McCue
George Savage
John Swift
Ariel "Bob" Wills
 
Hugh McCue , ca. 1926
Courtesy of the
Milton Historical Society
Hugh McCue
From The Chocolate Press - June 19, 1926:

“Billboards were becoming a nuisance in Milton. Many people were disturbed about them, and President Wm. B. Thurber, representing the town, received a call from a New York lawyer, who was prepared to present the billboard company’s case. During the call Mr. McCue appeared in the office and Mr. Thurber, knowing his love of Milton, and his ready wit, called him in and introduced him to this very important looking gentleman, with a work of explanation about is billboard business. Hugh looked the gentleman over and said, “I am glad to meet you,–a fine looking man to be in such a rotten business.” Needless to say, the lawyer was taken off his guard, and Mr. Thurber followed his advantage.

“Hugh was born in Dorchester, Mass., October 21, 1861. His father soon moved to Milton and there Hugh has lived all his life. His present home is located on the old farm owned by his father.

“After graduating from the Milton High School, Hugh learned stone cutting. This trade he followed for several years, until he tired of working here and there, all over the country. In February, 1887, he went to work in No. 1 Department, where he remained for some time, running ten mills, which were located on the second floor of the Baker Mill, where there are now fifty. It was not long before he was put in charge of the grinding in the Preston Mill. Here he worked alone until the manufacture of the goods was extended to the old Ware Mill, which was also put under his supervision This old Ware Mill burned down in 1901, and Hugh found himself in charge of the fine brick mill, which replaced it in name and location. Here he has been for 25 years.

“When the Plant was opened at Montreal, Hugh made three trips to instruct in the manufacturing of liquors from the raw bean. While there, he must have had only two shirts, because each night he found it necessary to go to the laundry. It was thought Mr. Thurber could solve this mystery, and when asked, he replied: ’It seems to me the solution was a case of patronizing a wet wash. However, there are many more stories I could relate about his past, but it seems hardly fair.’

“In a more serious strain Hugh is an earnest and willing contributor to the Chocolate Press. He also is quite active in Town affairs, at present being Secretary of the Milton Board of Public Welfare. As president of the Ware Mill he greets his callers with a smile and a bit o’ mirth -- and there is no doubt many leave his portals wishing they knew his receipt for joviality.”