Monthly Archives: October 2013

Poem: Ghost House, by Robert Frost (1906)

  I Dwell in a lonely house I know That vanished many a summer ago, And left no trace but the cellar walls, And a cellar in which the daylight falls, And the purple-stemmed wild raspberries grow.

Posted in History, Holidays, Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

New Hampshire Customs and Games for Halloween in 1916

PLANS FOR HALLOWEEN from Portsmouth Herald, (Portsmouth NH) October 30, 1916 Halloween, the celebration of which has been handed down to us by the Druids of ancient times, is the one night of all nights in the year when ghosts … Continue reading

Posted in Haunted New Hampshire, History, Holidays | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

White Star Line Steamships: The Changing Face of Early 20th Century Immigration

When someone speaks about immigration, like many others I picture the crowded steerage of the Titanic movie. Indeed many of the ships that carried 19th century third-class immigrants were crowded, dirty and disease-ridden–the horrors we think about were real. But … Continue reading

Posted in History, Not New Hampshire | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Hampshire’s Witches’ Night of 1879

WITCHES NIGHT From the earliest times men have been trying to look ahead. The ancient Egyptians had oracles where their gods were supposed to answer the questions of men by dreams and other ways; the ancient Greeks also had famous … Continue reading

Posted in Haunted New Hampshire, History, Holidays, Really Old News | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Penacook New Hampshire’s First Female Legislator, Physician, Educator and Civic Leader: Mary Louise (Rolfe) Farnum (1870-1965)

Nineteen hundred and twenty was a landmark year for the women of New Hampshire.  The 19th Amendment, which granted women’s suffrage (the right to vote) nationwide in 1920, was ratified. New Hampshire ratified the amendment on September 10, 1919, but … Continue reading

Posted in History, Moovers And Shakers, New Hampshire Politics, New Hampshire Women | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments