New Hampshire Missing Places: Dome Mount aka Pleasant Dome aka Mount Pleasant

Old Postcard of the Presidential Range, White Mountains New Hampshire still showing Mt. Pleasant (now Mt. Eisenhower) and Mt. Clinton (now Mt. Pierce).

Old Postcard of the Presidential Range, White Mountains New Hampshire still showing Mt. Pleasant (now Mt. Eisenhower) and Mt. Clinton (now Mt. Pierce).

New Hampshire has a penchant for changing things–slogans, and place names especially.  It’s “in with the new and out with the old!”  As you’ve possibly guessed (as it is the case in most of my “Missing Places” posts) the mountain in question is not truly lost, it was just renamed. We don’t know if the native people had a unique name for it or not, but by 1820 one of the peaks in the White Mountain’s Presidential Range was called Dome Mount and Mount Pleasant. In 1969 it was renamed Mount Eisenhower. Continue reading

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Hoofing it in Canterbury NH — May 2, 2015 Heifer Parade

heiferThis moo-ving story is just too cute not to publicize.  Saturday May 2, 2015 is the date of Canterbury Shaker Village’s 2nd Annual Heifer Parade with Food and Fiddle.  We complained more than once in the past few months about how cold and snowy it was.  Now that its NOT, this is the perfect time to celebrate Spring. Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire Shoemaker, Mechanic, Harley Motorcycle Dealer, Motorcycle Club Founder: Joseph Exilia Forest (1880-1929)

Photograph of George Forest sitting on a "Pete Forest Roamers" marked motorcycle.  Taken Jul;y 1935 by Berwin H. Webster. Photograph copyright Janice W. Brown (watermarked).

Photograph of George Forest sitting on a “Forest’s Roamers” marked motorcycle. Possibly that is George’s mother, Martha Forest in the white dress. Taken and dated July 1935 by Berwin H. Webster (the author’s father). Photograph copyright Janice W. Brown. All Rights Reserved. (watermarked).

This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Manchester (NH) Motorcycle Club. Though this club officially lists its birthday as 1915, it’s technically 19 years older, as it began as a bicycle club in 1896 created by Joseph E. Forest. They are planning their 100th Anniversary Party on July 18,  2015.

According to the club’s official history, “Mr. Forest branched his bicycle dealership to Manchester’s first Harley Davidson Dealership in 1914. In 1915 he formed the “Forest Riders” [Editor’s note: this should actually say “Forest’s Roamers,” see photograph above] which was also chartered with the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) at that time. As the club evolved over the years, the name was changed to the “Manchester Motorcycle Club”, which was incorporated in 1943.”  Continue reading

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Happy General John (aka Molly Stark’s Husband’s) Day: April 27, 2015

Major General Johng Stark

“Husband of Mollie Stark”

Yes, so officially April 27, 2015 is General John Stark Day in New Hampshire. And yes I agree, General John Stark was a brilliant leader and a hero of the American Revolution.  But wait, while he was gone a-fighting, someone was at home raising his kids and tending to his farm, paying his taxes, etc., etc., so he’d have something to return to.  Oh wait, yes that is where Molly, his wife comes in. Continue reading

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The Clark and Perkins Families of Londonderry, New Hampshire

Elizabeth (Perkins) Clark, wife of Reed P. Clark of Londonderry NH

Elizabeth (Perkins) Clark, wife of Reed P. Clark of Londonderry NH

I hold in my hand several beautiful tintype photographs identified as being of the Clark family, that I purchased on ebay.  The first was described as: “This is a great gem sized tintype of an older woman identified as Mrs. Reed Clark. She was born Elizabeth Perkins in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts on Mary 2, 1808 and the family moved to Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She married Reed Paige Clark (1807-1882) and had at least 3 children but one died in infancy. We will also be offering similar tintypes of her son, William, and daughter, Sallie, on ebay as well as other members of the Clark and Perkins families so check out our other auctions. Mrs. Clark died July 4, 1880 in Londonderry and is buried there–I think the cemetery is called Glenwood Cemetery. The photo dates to the 1870’s and the image is very clear. See scan.”

And yes I also purchased similar tintypes of her son William and daughter Sallie as described above.  Those photographs are shown below.

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