New Boston Historical Society
New Boston, New Hampshire
The New Boston bus waits for passengers on Main Street in Goffstown
The Goffstown-New Boston Bus
Today you can hike and bike along the river, but you cannot take a bus. What was the Sargent Bus Line and who was Mr. Sargent?
Jim Beauchemin of the Goffstown Historical Society (GHS) tells us that on November 9, 1933, "The Clayton Sargent transportation service was formed. Providing mail delivery service to New Boston and throughout Goffstown daily, Clayton was 24 years old. By 1942 he would upgrade to a modern 35 passenger transfer bus making several trips a day from Manchester to New Boston. Daily trips were made down the Goffstown Back Road which was a bumpy dirt road and hardly passable."
Howard Towne remembered that after the steam locomotive train service to New Boston was discontinued there was a motorized train car that ran between New Boston and Manchester for a few years, but that mustn't have been economical, compared to Clayton Sargent's bus.
Sargent buses — photos from the GHS
Schedule and fare book — courtesy of the Goffstown Historical Society
Lowelor and Clayton Sargent — GHS photo
Kay Simpson wrote, "I lived in Grasmere at that time and rode that bus many times. We lived at the four corners and my father would drive my sister Dolores and I down to the bottom of Tirrell Hill to get the bus and we would attend a movie in Manchester and take the bus home where my father would pick us up and bring us home. Mr. Sargent was a nice man. It was around 1945."
Vince Whelton wrote, "As a kid I remember having a bus to take me into Manchester. It was great! But New Boston? I had to walk the 6 miles."
What do New Boston readers remember about the bus? — Dan R. email@example.com