For many years following America’s war for independence, it was traditional to offer a series of toasts to those involved living or dead, to our country and to our leadership. The American Centuries web site states that in the early days of our country, these toasting events were accompanied by ‘riotous drunkenness,’ and they give additional examples, very similar to the ones I have provided here, from a New Hampshire newspaper. These toasts were also often a time to knock those with opposing political views. After reading the following formal and general toasts, think about what or who would you have offered a toast to? Continue reading
“A precious, elusive element of poetry has gone out of farming with the passing of the old style smoke house, home made mittens, and those great, round, shining, shallow milk pans for raising of the cream.
Now, the rural population eats hams cured in Chicago, wears mittens knit by machinery in a factory near Boston, and buys butter made at some up-to-date creamery in a sanitary churn. Now, we farm by the clock. We milk in these hurried days of the twentieth century by a gasoline driven vacuum milker. We keep expense and receipt accounts with the punctilious accuracy of a C.P.A. We are forced to do our chores according to system, or very soon have the bank foreclosing and leaving us no farm and no chores to do. Working days, to be sure, are shorter than when I was a boy. And we certain produce more onions, cabbages, and pigs than we did then. But we’ve a lot more money invested in the process. Continue reading
In 1897 when the updated History of Nashua was published, the medical history (authored by Evan B. Hammond) reported the following: “Dr. Ella Blaylock and Dr. Katherine E. Prichard are the only two lady physicians of whom Nashua can boast, either in the past or present, and their success it a guarantee that their stay here is one of profit to themselves as well as to their patients. They were elected the same year (1891) to the Nashua Medical Association. She [Katherine E. Hoyt, M.D.] opened an office in 1889 and “although the first resident woman physician….” devoted her time entirely to gynecological work and obstetrics.”
Both of these talented physicians became
members of the local Medical Association in the same year–1891. Both specialized in women’s medicine, gynecology, and obstetrics. Both married within the next few years. Katherine’s husband, Henry Hoyt, M.D., was also a physician and by 1900 she had moved with him to Sioux City, Iowa where he had a thriving practice. They later to Wenham, Massachusetts. Ella married Hon. Henry Bridge Atherton, an attorney and editor of the Telegraph newspaper. She remained in Nashua, with abdominal surgery as one of her skilled capabilities, and practicing medicine in that city for many years. Continue reading
It is time to restart the discussion about the First Fried Clams, and discover the truth. If you google “fried clams” you will quickly see that there is no definitive starting point at which clams were served fried in the United States. The date of 1865, however, is entirely incorrect, and they were, in fact, served several decades earlier. Continue reading
Today I finish my presentation of photographs and partial genealogies of members of the Manchester (New Hampshire) High School graduating class of 1888 and 1890. All members of the 1888 Manchester High School graduating class was noted in the 1888 Manchester Annual Report, under the School’s Superintendent’s section. There were a few of the graduates I have not reported on because I do not have their photographs.Twice previously I have posted photographs and genealogies about members of this same graduating class, i.e.:
—Four Manchester (NH) High School Graduates of 1888: George W. Bartlett, Lillian J. Gray, Emma A. Putney, John B. McGuinness
— Four More Manchester (NH) High School Graduates 1888: Maude G. Fifield, Ethel G. Lamprey, Sarah G. “Sadie” Sawyer, Alice M. Stuart
Today’s post will include stories about: 1888 Class graduates: Warner Mitchell Allen, Ernest Augustus Royal, Mabel J. Brickett, Clara Ellen Brown, Annie Belle Goodwin, Seddie J. Berry, Mary Augusta Hawley; and 1890 Class graduate: Mattie Sophronia Chadwick.