NH Tidbits: Autumn, Fall Foliage and Leaf Peeping

Fallen leaves near Lake Massabesic. Photograph by Kathi Webster.

Autumn is finally here, and so is the beginning of the Autumn foliage color season. This year, Wednesday 22 September 2021 is the autumnal equinox, marking the beginning of “Fall.” The Old Farmer’s Almanac waxes poetic on that topic, so I need not repeat it here.

Locals and tourists alike each year look forward to the brilliant and colorful dress that adorns our forests. When the colors start to appear, they do so with a rush that surprises you.

The official New Hampshire tourism web site includes an interesting “Fall Foliage Tracker” that allows you to select the “perfect time to see nature’s fireworks.” As I write this story, all of New Hampshire’s counties have “some” colorful foliage, which I can also attest to. Expect that to change on a daily basis. Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Flake House

Portion of a 1720 Herman Moll map showing “A View of a Stage and also of ye manner of Fishing for Curing ^ Drying Code at Newfoundland. New York Public Library Digital Collections.

In the early days of New England and eastern coastal Canada colonization by Europeans, catching and drying codfish was a popular occupation for food preservation. After being caught by Atlantic fishermen, codfish were cleaned, then dried on large racks (called “fish flakes”) and often within a structure, called a FLAKE HOUSE [or flakehouse, one word]. This flake house was built to protect the fish from the elements during the drying process. Continue reading

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New Hampshire Tidbits: Toast and Punch on the Fourth of July

Here’s to the man
That owned the land
That raised the corn,
That fed the goose,
That bore the quill,
That made the pen,
That wrote the Declaration of Independence.
— Janesville Daily Gazette, Janesville, Wisconsin, 28 August 1854


Plain lemonade may be metamorphosed into lemon ginger punch by adding to each quart of lemonade an equal amount of ginger ale. Have ready also a number of sprays of fresh mint and bruise the lower leaves and stems between the fingers so as to bring out the mint flavor. Put these into the punch a half hour before serving. This is particularly popular at afternoon teas, plazas or roof parties or any social function where men are represented.
–Emma Paddock Telford, The Denison Review, 29 June 1910, Denison Iowa.

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Electrician, Inventor, Author, Businessman of Kingston NH: George Bartlett Prescott (1830-1894)

Silhouette of a man from The History of Silhouettes, by E. Nevill Jackson, p. 207

When you use a telephone, or visit the drive-in at the bank (if they use pneumatic tubes), played a phonograph, spoken on an analog telephone, or if you are old enough to have used a telegraph to send or receive a message, then you have directly benefited from the work of one amazing Kingston New Hampshire man–George Bartlett Prescott.

My regular readers won’t be surprised to learn that he is my cousin (since I’m cousin to everyone)–actually my 6th cousin 3x removed through his mother’s Bartlett line. However for the purposes of this story I will only trace his Prescott surname line. Continue reading

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Portsmouth NH Soprano, Artist, Sculptor, Instructor: Antoinette (Prien) Schultze 1944-Still Living

The ”Mill Girl” statue was created in 1988 by Antoinette Schultze and commemorates the active role women played in the Amoskeag Mills of Manchester NH. It is located in the Amoskeag Millyard of Manchester next to the Stark Mill. Photograph by Normand Boulanger, 1988. Manchester Historic Association Collection. Used with Permission.

I rarely write articles about living people, but I make an exception for this gifted woman. Her birth date and parentage were already public information (easily found with a google search) so not making the genealogical faux pas of offering that info.

Antoinette (Prien) Schultz came to my attention while researching the locally famed Mill Girl” sculpture, dedicated on 3 September 1988 and located in Manchester New Hampshire’s mill yard. That city is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2021. Much of Manchester’s growth and success can be credited to the mill workers, many of them female, who toiled to bring food to their tables, and to line the pockets of their employers, who often “gave back” to the city. Continue reading

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