Written by Barbara Tetreault
BERLIN—Dr. Erwin Emerson Morse,98, passed away Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 in Berlin, after a brief illness.
He was born October 6, 1915 in Willimantic, Conn., son of Erwin Emerson and Julia Maude Lathrop Morse. He was graduated from Newton High School, Newton, Mass. in 1932, Bowdoin College in 1936, cum laude. He received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1940 at the University of California, Berkeley in the laboratory of Prof. G.N. Lewis. He was elected to the honorary societies Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.
Dr. Morse started his career at Spreckels Sugar Company in Woodland, Calif. as a research scientist from 1940-48 and moved to Gorham as a research chemist at Brown Company, advancing to research director of the Berlin labs, retiring in 1984. He received U.S. patents in the areas of sugar technology, wet strength resins for paper towels, and cellulose derivatives including the first crystallized cellulose, sold as “Solka Floc”. He published papers in a number of international scientific journals and contributed to several technical books.
He served New Hampshire as a member of the State Advisory Council on Engineering 1959-69, and was recognized by President Johnson with a Personnel Award. He is listed in American Men of Science, Who’s Who and New Hampshire Notables.
Dr. Morse is survived by his wife of 70 years Vivian Webb Morse, two sons David Lathrop Morse and James Emerson Morse, 6 grandchildren and 1 nephew. He was pre-deceased by his brother Roland Morse (1969) and his sister Myrtle Barden (2011).
A private service will be held at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home on Friday, October 3, 2014.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 20:35
Lois Burgess Alger, 74, a 50-year resident of Milan, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, after a two-month effort to recover from a brain aneurysm. She was a former director and trustee of the Milan Public Library, a former columnist, reporter and editor for several North Country publications, and an award-winning freelance writer.
She was born in Worcester, Mass., on Jan. 31, 1940, the youngest of three daughters of the late William Burgess and Alice Gilson Burgess of Auburn, Mass. She attended public schools in Auburn, graduating from Auburn High School in 1958. She received her bachelor's degree in English in 1962 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she met her husband, Richard W. Alger.
The Algers moved to Milan in 1964, raising three children. During the 40-plus years that they lived on French Hill, Ms. Alger, like her parents before her, maintained a garden from which she harvested countless vegetables for the family's meals and for canning. She and her husband also boarded horses at their stable for many years. Her civic activities ranged from leading the youth group at the Milan Methodist Church in the early 1970s to unwavering support for the Democratic Party in Coos County and statewide.
Ms. Alger worked at Evelyn Brown's luncheonette in Milan village in the 1970s, then found her way into journalism by writing the "Funny Farm" column for the then-weekly Berlin Reporter. She went on to serve there as a reporter, an editor and a photographer – roles she later filled at the Berlin Daily Sun. She also wrote and took pictures on a freelance basis for publications ranging from the weekly Coos County Democrat to the monthly Northern New Hampshire Magazine.
In 1998, the New Hampshire Press Association awarded feature story of the year to The First To Fly To The Top, her Northern New Hampshire Magazine piece marking the 50th anniversary of Milan resident Carmen Onofrio's landing of an airplane at the summit of Mount Washington in 1947.
After leaving the newspaper business, Ms. Alger focused her energies away from the farm on improving and maintaining the public library in Milan. She also welcomed the opportunity to spend time with her four granddaughters and with her sister Charlotte Burgess, who joined her on several trips to the Maine coast.
With the advent of digital photography, she made a mission of crafting end-of-the-year greeting cards and calendars with pictures of her family, her friends, and her and their pets and livestock. Late in life, she inherited her parents' addiction to the Boston Red Sox, reveling in the team's World Series victories of 2007 and 2013.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Alan Alger of West Milan and Daniel Alger and his wife Karen Tremblay Alger of Milan; a daughter, Sharon Alger Little and her husband Larry Little of Harrington, Del.; four granddaughters, Ariel Alger of Berlin, Andrea Alger of Milan, and Claudia Little and Christie Little of Harrington, Del.; and three nephews David Corriveau and wife Goodie of Lebanon, Bobby Corr of Tiverton, R.I. and Bill Morrissey of Leicester, Mass. She was predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Charlotte Burgess of Tiverton, R.I., and Ruth Morrissey of Leicester, Mass.
Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin, on Friday October 3, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lois Alger may be made to the Milan Public Library, 20 Bridge Street. Post Office Box 263, Milan, New Hampshire 03588.Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:43
Gertrude F. Charest, 94, of Berlin, passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Coos County Nursing Home. She was born in Berlin on October 13, 1919 the daughter of Edward and Florida (Audet) Lacroix and was a lifelong resident. She was a member of St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, a former member of St. Kieran Church and enjoyed BINGO and making relish and piccalilli.
Family includes her children Carol Skaradosky and husband John of Bristol, Conn., Henry Charest and wife Theresa of Northborough, Mass. and Kenneth Charest and wife Suzanne of Milford; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a great-aunt, Bernice Langlois of Berlin. She was predeceased by her husband Henry J. Charest.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will be in the St. Kieran Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:49
Robert S. Platt, 82, of Gorham, died on Saturday Sept. 27, 2014 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. Born on Aug. 11, 1932 in Modesto, Calif., he was the son of Lorel and Joan (Fautt) Platt. He was a 1950 graduate of Richmond Trade Technical School in Richmond, Calif., and an alumnus of Heald's Business College, Alan Hancock College and the Community College of the Air Force.
He retired in 1984 from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant after having served on active duty for 31 years, two months and 28 days. During his military career he was stationed in Korea, Germany, England, Italy, Vietnam, Thailand, California, Arizona, New Hampshire, Washington, Illinois, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
He served in the Korean Police Action as a member of a unit of the 3rd Bomb Group, and in Vietnam as a member of the 1876th Communications Squadron. He was the recipient of 38 decorations and devices which included four meritorious service medals for military contributions of international significance.
After retirement from the military, Chief Platt became active in political and civic activities. For a period of time, he served as chairman of the Berlin Democratic Committee and later as Chairman of the Coos County Democratic Committee.
He was elected to a four year term as Berlin City Councilor, was Chairman of the Berlin Charter Commission, Chairman of the Androscoggin Valley Regional Refuse Disposal District and later worked as its Administrator/Coordinator, served five years as a Berlin Police Commissioner and six months as the Interim City Manager for the City of Berlin.
For several years he was closely associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration serving as a small business counselor for the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE). He served four terms of office as Chairman of SCORE Chapter 525, Alternate SCORE Director for the State of New Hampshire, Veterans Affairs Officer for SCORE New Hampshire and Veterans Affairs Officer for SCORE New England.
The family includes his spouse Annemarie Platt of Gorham; a son Robert T. Platt and his wife Trinidad Saldana of San Bernardino, Calif.; nieces and nephews including Brett Fagrey of Castro Valley, Calif.; a sister Joyce Gevertz of Castro Valley, Calif.; a brother in law Hans-Karl Katzmann and his companion Edith-Wimmers-Wirsig of Heidesheim, Germany.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade Street, Gorham. Anyone who wishes may make a donation to one's own favorite political party in his memory. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 20:57