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, its 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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“Recollections of Long Ago,” by Hannah Eayrs Barron–Dunstable (Nashua) and Merrimack New Hampshire

Mrs. Hannah Eayrs Barron, poet and writer, born Merrimack, Hillsborough Co. New Hampshire on 24 November 1809. Photograph from her book of poetry.

Mrs. Hannah Eayrs Barron, poet and writer, born Merrimack, Hillsborough Co. New Hampshire on 24 November 1809. Photograph from her book of poetry.

In April of 2014 I wrote about Merrimack New Hampshire Poet, Hannah Eayrs Barron. She was born in Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire in 1809, daughter of Williams & Hannah (Foster) Eayrs. While researching her life I came across an April 17, 1948 Nashua Telegraph newspaper article about “Recollection of Long Ago,” a paper written by Hannah E. Barron on life in Nashua in the early 1800s that had been read at the afternoon meeting of the Matthew Thornton chapter DAR by Miss Abbie Laton.

At that time I contacted that DAR Chapter, and several local historical societies including Nashua, Merrimack and Hudson. Neither Nashua nor Merrimack knew of this document. A few days ago, I received an email from Ruth Parker of the Hudson Historical Society. I owe her a great debt of gratitude for following up on my  very old email She had discovered a typewritten copy of Hannah E. Barron’s document in their museum archives, and was do kind as to scan and forward it to me. Continue reading

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Concord New Hampshire’s Connection to Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

Abraham Lincoln, The Man, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens; Purchase, Tyson Family Gift, in memory of Edouard and Ellen Muller; The Beatrice G. Warren and Leila W. Redstone, and Maria DeWitt Jesup Funds; Dorothy and Imre Cholnoky, David Schwartz Foundation Inc., Joanne and Warren Josephy, Annette de la Renta, Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, and Felicia Fund Inc. Gifts, 2012; from the Digital Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Abraham Lincoln, The Man, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens; Purchase, Tyson Family Gift, in memory of Edouard and Ellen Muller; The Beatrice G. Warren and Leila W. Redstone, and Maria DeWitt Jesup Funds; Dorothy and Imre Cholnoky, David Schwartz Foundation Inc., Joanne and Warren Josephy, Annette de la Renta, Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, and Felicia Fund Inc. Gifts, 2012; from the Digital Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Much has been written about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, his death, and the ensuing search for his killers.  That horrible event happened 150 years ago today [April 14, 2015], with Lincoln dying at 7:22 a.m. the next morning. It was a confusing and emotionally charged time for everyone involved, and so it is not unusual that there should be some conflicting stories.  However, what is known is that Ezra Walker Abbott of Concord New Hampshire was one of the physicians who was with the dying president.

Yes, I know–I always end up being related to the people I write about.  This time is no different.  Really, Ezra Walker Abbott was my fifth cousin 3 times removed.  I found at least one place where his personal information was posted incorrectly, so this is a good time to set the record straight.

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