New Hampshire’s First Woman Governor (Acting), Politician, Civic Leader, and Campaign Advisor: Vesta Maurine (Coward) Roy (1925-2002)

Photograph of Vesta Coward from her high school yearbook.

Photograph of a young Vesta Coward (later Vesta Roy) from her high school yearbook.

She was born Vesta Maurine Coward on 26 March 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the only daughter of  Percy A. & Mildred J. (Paterson) Coward.  She had three siblings, Thomas, Richard, and James. In 1940 her father was an inspector in an automobile factory (per U.S. census).  She attended school in Dearborn, Michigan, including graduating from Fordson High School where she was a member of both the student council and the girl’s field hockey team.

Vesta attended Wayne State University (Biographies differ, one stating she graduated, and a second stating she left college prior to completion to serve in the military during WWII, the latter probably being accurate).  When the United States military deemed her too young, she became a radio operator with the Royal Canadian Air Force (from 1943 to 1945). Continue reading

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The Face of Eldred Louis Sanborn of Sanbornton NH (1890-1967)

Eldred L. Sanborn of Lochmere, NH

Eldred L. Sanborn of Lochmere, New Hampshire

A 1917-era postcard shows a handsome young man seated before a table. He is dressed in a WWI uniform. On the back of the card in dark ink is inscribed: “Eldred L. Sanborn, Lochmere, N.H.” Lochmere, for those not well versed in the many villages of rural New Hampshire, is an unincorporated community in the towns of Tilton and Belmont in Belknap County, New Hampshire. This gave me a clue as to where to start researching my latest eBay photo find.

The New Hampshire College, (now called the University of New Hampshire) school newspaper of 14 June 1916 shows that Senior student Eldred L. Sanborn received a gold Chase-Davis Memorial Medal. This was a medal awarded by The Glee Club, the gold one going “to the senior who has won his N.H. and stands highest in his studies.” He graduated from the school that same year (1916). The following year he registered for the WI Draft, which brings me to the clothing Eldred wears in this photograph. Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s December Receipts [Recipes] of 1882


white-fruitcake2GINGER CUP-CAKE. A nice ginger cupcake is made of two cups of powdered sugar, stirred to a cream with two cups of butter. The butter may first be warmed until it is soft, but not melted; and three well-beaten eggs, a cup of molasses, four cups of flour, a table-spoonful of ginger, and one of soda, the soda dissolved in a little hot water. Mix well, and bake in buttered gem-pans, in a moderate oven.

WHITE FRUIT CAKE. One cup of butter and two cups of white sugar well beaten together; one cup of milk, two and a half cups of flour, the whites of seven eggs, two even spoonfuls of baking powder; beat all well before adding fruit. Take one pound each of raisins, figs, dates and blanched almonds, and one-quarter of a pound of citron; cut all fine. Stir fruit in last with a sifting of flour over it. Bake slowly. Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Keene

The Gordon-Bissel Post 4, American Legion was located at 43 West Street. It was demolished in 1976.

The Gordon-Bissell Post 4, American Legion was located at 43 West Street. It was named after two local men who died during WWI while serving in the military. This building was demolished in 1976 to make way for the National Grange Mutual Insurance Company building.

In Keene New Hampshire’s inaugural prayer of 1919, the city’s mayor  stated that “the dawn of this year is darkly overcast by the clouds of war; and with the nation we pass under the baptism of fire…Make brave our hearts for the performance of every duty. As we are giving the choicest of our men, so may we not hold back anything that the safety of our homes and the continuance of principles of right and liberty may require us to sacrifice. ” Sacrifice it did. Continue reading

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Poem: The Thanksgiving Dinner by Laura Garland Carr

bobbing-and-tipping-carr-poemOld Farmer Humpkins gathered his pumpkins
Into a heap by the banks of a river.
Chanticleer Dorking that way was stalking
Like a drum-major, with plumes all a-quiver.

Through corn-stalk thickets, scaring the crickets,
Twenty fine biddies were following after;
Scratching discreetly, picking bug neatly,
While all the chickadees tittered with laughter. Continue reading

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