NOYES Amos Oscar[1]

Male 1837 - 1878  (41 years)


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  • Name NOYES Amos Oscar 
    Born 6 Mar 1837  Greenwood, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 17 Jul 1850  Norway, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (Age 13.)
    Occupation 1878  Norway, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    druggist 
    _UID 6B8D0D38EB9ED5118A064445535400006CED 
    Died 13 Oct 1878  Norway, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    • (The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I says 1875.)
    Notes 
    • Amos Oscar was Amos F. Noyes' eldest son and father of Shavey. Lapham (1886) described Amos Oscar Noyes "as well and favorably known as any man in town." However, Shavey and the family were probably emotionally neglected by A. Oscar Noyes as he was always attending to his business and was always "busy". His attention to town affairs, including social organizations undoubtedly left him little "quality" time to spend with his family.
      A. Oscar founded an apothecary business in Norway in 1855. The Maine Register [Maine State Year-Book and Legislative Manual] for 1873-1874 shows A. Oscar Noyes was one of two constables and his book and stationary business was listed separately from his apothecary business. As early as 1861, A. Oscar was secretary of the Masonic Fraternal Order in Norway and held various positions every year following, except for 1864-1865, and was Grand Master in 1874 and 1875. From 1868 until about 1885, the Masons held their meetings in the rooms above Noyes Drug Store on the Mondays "on or before full moon". A. Oscar was a petitioner and charter member of the Royal Arch Masons of Poland (Mechanic Falls) in 1872-1873, although he was not subsequently an officer of that chapter (Lapham, 1886). Evidently, A. Oscar moved his apothecary and book business, in 1875, into the building formerly occupied by Isaac A. Denison (Lapham, 1886).
      A. Oscar was a charter member of the Norway chapter (Pennesseewassee Lodge) of the Knights of Pythias (instituted 1878) and held the offices of Master of Exchequer (Treasurer) and Keeper of Records and Seals (Secretary). A. Oscar Noyes was Norway tax collector and constable 1861-1863 and town treasurer from 1874-1878 (Lapham, 1886).
      Interestingly, A. Oscar joined the Temperance Watchmen after his father had. "The avowed object was 'to discourage the manufacture, sale, and use of alcoholic beverages.'(Lapham, 1886). The irony lies in the fact that the most common diluent in the patent medicines he sold was alcohol with many potions then available having an alcohol content equal to that of pure whiskey and few with an alcohol content below that of a mixed bar room drink! Upon A. Oscar's death, Anna continued the business. In 1886, Lapham reported: "Her capital stock is ten thousand dollars, and her annual sales amount to fifty thousand." Based on the economics of the times, the apothecary and stationary business was eminently successful.
      While it may be argued that the success of a small business operating in a small town depended upon one's public relations, A. Oscar did not seem to have any time left to share with his family. Positions such as tax collector, constable, and town treasurer would have demanded a great deal of time, although they certainly were not full time vocations. Participation in fraternal organizations, committees, and boards of directors need not divide up one's time significantly, however, the combination of all of A. Oscar's activities, in addition to his running a thriving business must have meant he was worn thin at the end of each day.
    Person ID I16377  Old North Yarmouth, Maine
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2003 

    Family 1 CHASE Annie,   b. 4 Sep 1841, Fryeburg, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1914  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 2 Feb 1862  Fryeburg, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    • (Married by P.C. Richmond, MG)
    Children 
    +1. NOYES George Lorenzo "Shavey",   b. 30 Aug 1863, Norway, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1945  (Age 81 years)
     2. NOYES Della M. Spofford,   b. 7 Oct 1868, Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1970, Norway, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F3960  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. NOYES Della M. Spofford,   b. 7 Oct 1868, Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1970, Norway, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F4102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S556] Correspondence-Internet-Van King, 23 Sep 99 10:48 am.

    2. [S28] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I, p.359.

    3. [S567] Census-1850-ME-Oxford-Norway, Roll No. 263 Page 47.

    4. [S556] Correspondence-Internet-Van King, 15 Jul 99 9:27 pm.

    5. [S562] Book-Oxford County-Marriage Returns of Oxford Cty Prior to 1892.