Concord New Hampshire Artist: Alice Ericson Cosgrove (1909-1971)

Alice Ericson Cosgrove

Alice Ericson Cosgrove

Born Alice Ericson, on 16 Feb 1909 in Concord, New Hampshire, the daughter of Finnish immigrants.  Alice’s father worked as a granite cutter in Concord’s granite quarry. She pursued an early interest in art, enrolling in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA in 1925.

Finishing her studies in 1929, she married another artist, Roland Cosgrove.  She worked at various jobs and in 1946 was employed by the Planning and Development Commission of New Hampshire.  While there she created a boyish cartoon character called “Chippa Granite” which was used to promote tourism and agriculture in New Hampshire.

The book, “New Hampshire Notables,” provides a biography thusly: Educated Concord High School, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass; artist of N.H. State Planning and Development Commission; designer of N.H. Marine Memorial planned at Hampton Beach, N.H.; creator of ‘Chippa Granite’ (used extensively in New Hampshire State advertising); murals at Way School, Claremont, N.H.; commemorative portraits of the late George M. Putnam, and others.  She was a member of N.H. Art Association.  Congregationalist. She resided at 11 Tenney Street, Concord, New Hampshire.

Possibly her most memorable creation was the drawing for the sculpture at the New Hampshire Marine Memorial at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. This memorial is of a beautiful, “Gold Star Mother” gazing over the waves, and reverently laying a wreath upon the waters of the cold Atlantic, a reminder of the soldiers and sailors who have been lost at sea in defense of their country.

“Massachusetts sculptor, Teodors Uzarin modeled a life-size statue, in clay at the Caproni Galleries in Boston. Vermont artisan, Vincenzo Andreani, using the clay model as a guide, carved the statue. [Note: the original idea for a memorial came from William E. Downs of Manchester who wanted a grave marker for his son, Capt. William D. Downs who was buried at sea on May 25, 1945].

Alice Ericson Cosgrove died 7 December 1971. Some of her papers can be found in UNH’s Milne Collection.

Janice

*Additional Reading*

Vintage Postcard of New Hampshire Marine Memorial at Hampton Beach.

Scandanavians in New Hampshire (PDF)

New Hampshire Marine Memorial (Several Stories)

-Brief Description & Photo, NH Marine Memorial-

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*BRIEF FAMILY TREE OF ALICE ERICSON COSGROVE*
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Eric Ericson, was born December 1871 in Finland. He immigrated to the United States about 1889 and worked as a Granite cutter in Concord, New Hampshire, He married about 1893 to J. Sophia Granholm.  She was born July 1874 in Finland, and emigrated to the United States about 1892.  She died after 1950.
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U.S. Census > 1900 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Merrimack > Concord Ward 9 > District 160
Eric Ericson 28  W M Dec 1871 married 7 yrs Finland Finland Finland imm 1889 11 yrs alien  granite cutter
Sophia Ericson 25 wife W F July 1874 married 7 yrs 5 ch 4 living Finland Finland Finland imm 1892 11 yrs
Ida ” 5   dau W F Nov 1894 single NH
Hulda ” 3  W June 1896 single NH
Hugo B ” 2  son W M Jan 1898 single NH
Henry H ” 7/12  Dec 1899 single NH
August Ericson 18 brother W M July 1881 single Finland Finland Finland  imm 1899 1 yr quarryman
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1910 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Merrimack > Concord Ward 3 > District 193
Ericson, Eric Head M W 38 m1x 17 years Finland Finland Finland English stone cutter
Ericson, Sophia wife F W 35 m1x 17 yrs 6 ch  6 living Finland Finland Finland
Ericson, Ida dau F W 15 single NH Finland Finland
Ericson, Hulda dau F W 12 single NH
Ericson, Hugo son M W 10 single NH
Ericson, Paul son M W 6 single NH
Ericson, Alice dau F W 1 single NH
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1920 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Merrimack > Concord Ward 3 > District 67
Cunningham, Sam/Saml Head M W 50 married VT VT VT Farmer, general Farm
Cunningham, Sophie J. wife F W 45 married imm 1892 naturalized 1900 Finland Finl Finl
–, Ida S. dau F W 25 single NH
–, Hugo E. son M W 21 single NH
–, Harold son M W 20 single NH
–, Paul E. son M W 16 single NH
–, Alice D. dau F W 10 single NH
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1930 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Merrimack > Concord > District 12
Ericson, Sophia Head 3000 F W 55 widow Finland Finland Finland Finnish
–living next door–
Ericson, Paul E Head 4000 W M 26 married at age 23 NH Finl Finl Clerk
Ericson, Helen wife F W 22 married at age 19 NH NH NH no occup
Ericson, Betty J. dau F W 2 single NH NH NH no occup
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U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > Ohio > Cuyahoga > Cleveland (Districts 719-840) > District 758
Ericson, Hugo E. Head M W 32 married at age 26 NH Sweden Sweden Salesman Marble Works
Ericson, Helen G. wife F W 28 married at ge 288 Ohio Ohio Canada-English
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1950 Concord Directory
Betty Jane Ericson, bacteriologist Syracuse NY
Hulda Ericson, matron RN matron New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home r do
J. Sofia wid Eric H. h11 Tenney WC
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Children of Eric & J. Sophia (Granholm) Ericson:
1. Ida Ericson, b. 9 Nov 1894 in Concord NH, died Feb 1968 in Concord NH; did not marry; in 1930 in Cambridge MA, a bookkeeper for a garter factory; with her sister Hulda ran the Ericson Convalescent Home in Concord NH.
2. Huldah Ericson, b. June 1896 in NH; did not marry; with her sister Ida ran the Ericson Convalescent Home in Concord NH; In 1960 Hulda and Ida S. res 446 N. State Street.
3. Hugo Edward Ericson, b. 13 Jan 1898 in NH; living in 1917 when he completed his WWI draft registration form.
4. Henry H. aka Harold Henry Ericson, b. 29 Dec 1899 in NH; in 1917 was a draftman in the U.S. Navy Yard of Portsmouth NH, and residing 107 Vaughn Street Portsmouth, when he completed his WWI Draft form.
5. Paul E. Ericson, b. 18 Jul 1903 in Concord, NH, and died Dec 1978 in Concord NH. He married Helen A. –. She b abt 1908 in NH. For a time Paul was a clerk at Concord Electric Company and resided on Lakeview Drive in Concord [Penacook]. They had a daughter, Betty J. born about 1928 in NH. In the 1950 Concord directory, Betty Jane Ericson is shown as a bateriologist living in Syracuse NY.
6. *Alice D. Ericson, b. 16 Dec 1909 in Concord, New Hampshire; she died December 1971 in Concord NH. She married Roland “Roy” Cosgrove, son of Daniel J. & Mary (Roland) Cosgrove of Cambridge MA.  He was b. 9 August 1900 in Cambridge MA and d. 20 July 1968 in Cambridge MA. The 1926 Directory of Quincy MA shows Roland D. Cosgrove living at 1 Lenox Street, an artist. His father was a letter carrier in Cambridge MA. In 1933 Alice Cosgrove (the directory says Mrs. Roy) was living at 11 Tenney Street in Concord NH. They had a daughter, Johanna/Joanna Cosgrove, b. 1931, who m. Charles John Collova.  Johanna is listed in the 1950 directory of Concord as a student living with her mother. Charles J. & Joanna (Cosgrove) resided in Burlington VT and had two children: (1) John Eric Collova, b. 22 May 1951 Burlington VT and d. 16 November 1956 (Boston Herald obituary); (2) Stephanie Jane Collova, who m. — Bunton and was residing in Herndon, VA.

[Editors note: article and photograph updated January 2014]

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