History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
 Published in 1845 
At the annual town meeting, March 12th, 1816, it was voted, that " it shall be the duty of the Selectmen to refuse license to such retailers and taverners as are in the habit of permitting persons to drink to excess in their stores or houses or appendages thereof, and to prosecute at the town's expense, not exceeding 50 dollars, all such as sell without license." Reuben Page, one of the Selectmen, died of Typhus Fever. On the 3d of May, the town met and chose Ezekiel Hoit to supply his place in the board of Selectmen.