Hickman Square: Corner Milford and South Main Streets in Manchester NH

Hickman Square manchester 2014 watermark
This modest monument is easy to miss, sitting in a shaded corner of land next to what is now Darlings Tire and Auto.  At the time that the monument was placed, the land belonged to the Hickman family, as did the nearby business, then called the Harold W. Hickman Service Station.  Continue reading

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Lancaster NH’s John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926) — the “Weeks” behind the “Weeks Act”

Portrait of John W. Weeks, then Senator of Massachusetts 31 May 1916 sitting in room, Chicago IL at Republican National Convention.  From Chicago History Museum, via American Memory.

Portrait of John W. Weeks, then Senator of Massachusetts 31 May 1916 sitting in room, Chicago IL at Republican National Convention. From Chicago History Museum, via The Library of Congress: American Memory.

In 2011 the United States Forest Service celebrated the 100th anniversary of one of the most successful land conservation efforts in the United States. The Weeks Act was signed into law in 1911, after a decade-long debate about the role of the federal government in protecting forest lands.  The Weeks Act is named after John Wingate Weeks, a New Hampshire native who, in 1909 while serving in the U.S. Congress for 12th Congressional District of Massachusetts, introduced a bill concerning the federal purchase of forest reserves. Continue reading

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Portsmouth NH Navy Yard: Genealogy Gleanings from the Life Buoy

The Industrial Department Life Buoy was a magazine issued free, on a monthly basis, to Lifebuoyemployees of the Industrial Department of the Portsmouth Navy Yard, in Portsmouth New Hampshire. It was intended to inspire, to give a sense of collective purpose, and to provide news as one might share within a family.

This particular collection of magazines published from 1917 to 1920 contains important historical and biographical information, the excerpts of which I will provide here, with links back to the original text. Anyone with a relative who worked at the shipyard during this time, or who has an interest in submarine and ship building in the World War I era will find the information fascinating. Continue reading

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New Hampshire Tidbits: Temple and The First Glass Factory

glass bottlesA glass factory of considerable extent and remarkable for its employment of Hessians and Waldeckers who were deserters from the British army was established 1779 or 1780 at Temple, NH by a Mr. Hewes of Boston, but was burned down in 1780-81 and was not rebuilt; some of its products, a glass plate, etc. are in Harvard University.” [from Johnson's universal cyclopedia: a scientific and popular treasury; Vol 3: Glass, American Manufacture of", p 506] Continue reading

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Health and Longevity in 18th & Early 19th Century New Hampshire

Instances of Longevity in New-Hampshire, with the places of residence, and the time when each person died, and their ages.

YEAR DIED | NAME  | TOWN | AGEold postcard couple in rowboat
1732 William Perkins, of New-Market 116
1736 John Buss, of Durham 108
1739 James Wilson, of Chester 100
1754 William Scoby, of Londonderry 110
1754 James Shirley, of Chester 105
1765 Elizabeth Hight, of Newington 100
1772 Howard Henderson, of Dover 100
1775 William Craige, of Chester 100
1775 Mrs. Craige (his wife) of Chester 100
1775 Mrs. Lear, of Portsmouth 103
1775 Mrs. Mayo, of Portsmouth 106
1787 Robert Macklin, of Wakefield 115
1789 Mrs. Ulrick, of Hollis 104
1790 Mrs. Hayley, of Exeter 101
1791 Jacob Green, of Hanover 100
1791 Widow Davis 102
1791 James Shirley, of Chester 100 Continue reading

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