Epping and Area History

May - June 2017 | Volume 10, Issue 3



Newsletter Schedule

Have we missed your group or event? Please let us know. Our purpose is to include as many Epping groups and events as possible.

The next issue (July-Aug) of this newsletter will be available in early July 2017. We will accept submissions through June 25, 2017 to be included in the next issue. Please send your content, including contact information, for consideration by using the CONTACT US section of our web site or by emailing us.

Epping Historical Society

Have you noticed how green everything is? The trees and the new grass with the brilliant blue sky make an amazing picture! The Town of Epping has done a great job cleaning up Plumer Park next to our building. Thank You!!

We are still selling memorial bricks for our walkway. The cost is $50.00 and you can have three lines with fourteen words including spaces, on each line. David Clapp installed our original walkway and he also inserted our many “special” bricks. David is greatly missed, but whenever we enter the Epping Historical Society, we remember all his hard work. We have about 25 bricks installed, and three more are waiting to be installed.

Our project the past few weeks, has been organizing our many Church records. It is hard to believe we had such a variety of churches in Epping!

Summer is coming, and this would be an ideal time to stop by and bring your children. We have so many things that the children would enjoy.  We have an antique toy sewing machine, very old “handmade” dolls, a unique wind-up toy and the children can even try on a pair of Jack Sharkey’s boxing gloves!.

While browsing our collections, I came across this story, and I thought you might enjoy reading about this man.

Charles E. Warren

Charles E. Warren was born in Epping on February 20, 1892, the fourth of seven children of John Quincy Warren and Sarah McElroy. He worked and lived on his family’s farm, but in his early years decided to spread his wings, and headed for the big city of Boston. He hoped to find more excitement in the city than working on the farm, but soon realized he needed to find a job to survive. He found a job as a chauffeur in Allston, working in the Chestnut Hill area of Boston.

While living in the Allston area, he met and fell in love with a beautiful girl named Ruby Stewart, who was a waitress at Green’s restaurant in Newton. Apparently Ruby did not return Charles’ affections. She did not encourage his advances, letting him know in no uncertain terms that she was not interested. Charles perceived he was being spurned by Miss Stewart, and decided to end her life. “If I can’t have her, neither will anyone else.”

So on June 5, 1915, he parked his touring car in front of Green’s restaurant, leaving it running and entered the building intending to kill Miss Stewart. Warren fired three shots at Miss Stewart, his former sweetheart and waitress at the restaurant. He pursued her and shot and killed the 300-pound proprietor of the restaurant, who tried to block Warren from Miss Stewart. He followed the girl out to the street, firing again and wounding her.  Warren thought he had killed her and calmly walked away.  He was almost back to where his automobile was standing, when the alarm was sounded. Meanwhile his automobile had stalled, and he ran around to the front of the car to “crank up.”  Unfortunately for him, a former policeman who was nearby grabbed him and detained him until the police arrived. Three days later he appeared in Court. He declined to plead, maintaining silence, despite repeated requests by the Court that he answer. He seemed dazed, and his head hung limp on his chest. A plea of not guilty was entered for him, by order of the Court.

The newspapers had a field day!! This killing made headlines all over the East coast. The New York Times headline was: “Chauffeur Shoots Two” and the Boston Daily Globe front page reads, “Jilted Lover Kills Man in his Rage to Slay Girl.”

Charles Warren was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison with no parole. In 1917, he registered for the draft from his prison cell in Charlestown, MA. He is listed as a “felon.” He died in prison in Norfolk, MA. on July 4, 1975.

Charles Warren was a brother of Minnie and John Warren, who lived on Turkey Hill Farm, North River Road, North Epping.  John and Minnie bought the old A&P, later a laundromat, in 1977, and gifted the building to the Epping Historical Society.

Many thanks to Melissa Chase for much of this information, through her research on Turkey Hill Farm. Additional research was done at the Society.

We are open Monday mornings from 8:00 to 12:00, or whenever the flag is flying! Call for an appointment if this is not convenient for you. We would love to see you! Call: 679-2944 or e-mail: joysgarden@hotmail.com.

Submitted by Joy True, curator, Epping Historical Society

The Civil War Roundtable of NH

The Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire’s welcomes anyone with an interest in the American Civil War who would like to be with others who share the same desire to learn more of this time in American history. We are an informal club with the only requirement being a Civil War enthusiast.  If you or a friend has an interest in the American Civil War, we invite you to come check us out. 

Founded in May 1991, the Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire is a group of men and women, young and old, who share our interests, both blue and gray, in the pivotal era of American history known as the Civil War.  We are open to the public and welcome all!  As our slogan goes, “There’s no time like the present to join us in the past.”

For more information on the group and a complete schedule of meetings and news, please visit the web site: www.cwrt-nh.org or e-mail cwrtnh@gmail.com.

This is the upcoming CWRT-NH schedule:

Note: The schedule is subject to change without notice.  You can access the CWRT-NH website for the current schedule.  If a meeting is cancelled, a notice will be put on ETV.