According to a 2009 Manchester Union Leader newspaper report, in the early 1950s, Alderman John F. Mills (Ward 7, last year served 1953) “proposed that the landfill area bordered by Maple, Auburn and Wilson streets be turned into a neighborhood park. His proposal, which included naming the park jointly after Captain Jeremiah Aiden Sheehan (killed on Aug. 7, 1944, in LeMans, Normandy, France) and PFC James H. Basquil was approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.”
Fast forward 34 years …. When the Sheehan-Basquil Park was finally dedicated on June 21, 1991. Improvements to the Hunt pool were completed through a federal Community Development Block Grant, with the mechanical and chlorination systems upgraded, the pool resurfaced and painted, and bathhouse rehabilitated.
Clem Lemire, then long-time superintendent of Manchester’s Parks & Recreation Department was Master of Ceremonies. An October 1991 article in the Union Leader newspaper reported that “family members (of Sheehan and Basquil) attended the unveiling of the new plaques were Private Basquil ‘s brothers, Lewis B. and Edward E. Basquil , and Capt. Sheehan ‘s brother, John T. Sheehan , and Mrs. Sheehan.” They go on to add: “A firing squad from Sweeney Post No. 2, consisting of John Cashin, Tom Murphy, Bob Murphy, Jim Moriarity, John Reilly, Jack Foy and bugler Wilfred Ducharme, participated.”
Today, the 8-acre Sheehan-Basquil Park contains Hunt Memorial Pool, Little League and softball baseball fields, the Adam D. Curtis Skateboard Park, and a playground. An unassuming monument sits in front of the Hunt Pool bathhouse, along with a pole flying the flag of the United States of America. Three bronze plaques are affixed to a smooth granite monument that indicates the name of the park and one each to honor Capt. Jeremiah A. Sheehan and PFC James H. Basquil. The bronze memorial plaques read:
PFC JAMES H. BASQUIL
104th Infantry Regt. 26th Yankee Div.
BORN JAN 12, 1922
WOUNDED NOV 3, 1944
DIED NOV 12, 1944
CAPT JEREMIAH A. SHEEHAN
343rd Field Artillery Batallion 90th Div.
BORN OCT 8, 1911
DIED Aug. 9, 1944 [should read August 7]
Killed in town of Lemans, Normandy
Buried at Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
I will write about both of those heroes in separate posts. For this story I will focus on the
“Hunt Memorial Pool,” located within the Sheehan-Basquil Park. I grew up on the east side of Manchester, and took swimming lessons here after the Precourt Park/Nutts Pond facility closed. But at the time l had no idea why the facility bore the Hunt name, or who it was named for.
The Maple Street pool was built in 1958. When Samuel Parker Hunt died suddenly in August of that same year, the town fathers selected the newly built city pool as a way to remember his contributions. It must have been dedicated in 1959 because the plaque affixed to an inside wall states same (see above).
Samuel Parker Hunt, his father, and his grandfather were all wealthy, prominent, generous civic leaders of Manchester. Samuel’s grandfather, Jonathan T.P. Hunt was one of Manchester’s first three selectmen after the town center was moved from Mammoth Road to what is now downtown Manchester, and a mason who helped build the early Amoskeag mill buildings. His father, Nathan Parker Hunt was a Dartmouth College graduate, and among many roles, had been city solicitor, attorney and justice of Manchester’s Police Court, trustee of the Library, School Committee member, legislator, and banker (at several institutions). He had left funds to benefit the City of Manchester at his death. Samuel Parker Hunt had followed in his father’s footsteps–in addition to being a prosperous electrical and mechanical engineer, he was a trustee of the City Library and the Institute of Arts and Sciences.
Samuel P. Hunt and his wife had no children. In a way, the people of Manchester, and of New Hampshire, became his surrogate children. To this day he supports them most generously through the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation.
In January of 2013, ThePalace Theatre received a $41,042.00 grant from the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation to install a new orchestra pit. In 2012-2013 gifts were also made to the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, Appalachian Mountain Club, CATCH Neighborhood Housing Concord NH, Currier Museum of Art, Derryfield School, Public Digital Project Room, Mt. Washington Observatory, Nashua Association Public Spooktacular Concert, NH Association for the Blind, NH Center for Nonprofits, Society for the Protection of NH Forests, New Hampshire School Capital Campaign, Spaulding Youth Center Foundation, Children’s Museum of NH, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, GMILCS Inc., Kingswood Youth Center, New Generation Inc., NH Historical Society, and Red River Theaters. [And this is only a partial list].
*****GENEALOGY of SAMUEL P. HUNT*****
Edward Hunt, b Oct 1655, d. 23 Dec 1727 in Amesbury MA. He married 10 Feb 1674 in Amesbury MA [Amesbury MA records] to Ann WEED, dau of John & Deborah (Winsley) Weed. She b. 26 July 1657 in Salisbury MA. 20 Dec 1677 Edward Hunt, with others, took the oath of fidelity at Amesbury MA. 10:3:mo: 1680 he “Edwrd Huntt” (among others in Amesbury MA) signed a petition to the general court in relation to a military officer; In 1727 he left an estate of twenty-nine pounds. Five years after, the estate of his son John, amounting to the larger sum of two hundred and seventy-four pounds sterling, was administered by his brother-in-law David Clough, and distributed to the heirs.
Children of Edward & Ann (Weed) Hunt:
[several including Mary, John, Daniel, Ephraim, Hannah (who m. Jacob Colby), Samuel, Thomas, Jacob, and …]
1.+Nathaniel Hunt, b. 3 Oct 1690 in Amesbury MA
Nathaniel Hunt, son of Edward & Ann (Weed) Hunt, b. 27 Sep 1693 in Amesbury MA; will 1774, d. about 1780 (when will was probated). He left property (17 acres of land) valued at fifty-seven pounds, three shillings and eightpence. Wyman reports that Nathaniel ‘left his homestead to sons Nathaniel and Henry, and gifts to son Zaccheus; to three daughters, one of them called Anna; and two grandchildren, daughters of Moses Hunt. He married 17 May 1721 in Amesbury MA to Hannah Tuxbury, dau of Henry & Hannah Tuxbury and granddaughter of Henry Tuxbury a waver of Newbury and Amesubry MA. She b. 26 Aug 1697 in Amesbury MA.
Children of Nathaniel & Hannah (Tuxbury) Hunt:
1. Mary Hunt
2. Philip Hunt, b. 27 Oct 1720
3. Moses Hunt, b 3 March 1721/22
4. Nathaniel Hunt, b. 11 Sep 1723
5. Zaccheus Hunt, b. 30 Oct 1724
6. +Henry Hunt, b. abt 1725, d. 1794
7. Eliakim Hunt, b. 28 Jan 1728
8. Ann Hunt, b. 7 Feb 1730
9. Hannah Hunt, b. 3 Jan 1732
10. Judith Hunt, b. 22 Feb 1734; m. — Hoyt.
11. Mary Hunt, b. 15 Nov 1736; m. — Osgood
12. David Hunt, b. 9 Nov 1738
13. Sylvanus Hunt, b. 2 June 1740
Henry Hunt, son of Nathaniel-6 & Hannah (Tuxbury) Hunt, b abt 1725, died 25 Oct 1794 in Kingston, Rockingham Co. NH; m. 5 March 1747 South Hampton, Rockingham Co. NH to Hannah Eastman, dau of Roger & Rachel (Nichols) Eastman. She b. 13 Aug 1731 in Amesbury MA and d. after 1771. The records of Kingston show that on Feb 24, 1730 he was paid the sum of sixteen pounds and five shillings for “Keeping scool.”
Children of Henry & Hannah (Eastman) Hunt:
1. Eliakim Hunt, b 21 Nov 1747; taxed 1769
2. +Henry Hunt, b. 29 Aug 1749 Gilmanton NH; m. 27 Dec 1777 to Mrs. Rhoda French.
3. Abner Hunt, m. 15 Aug 1776 in Wakefield, Carroll Co. NH to Mary Hunt
4. Moses Hunt, d. 19 Jan 1828; fifer in the army during the American Revolution; resided in Kingston NH; m1) to Lydia Johnson; m2) 11 October 1780 in Weare NH to Mary Peaslee, daughter of Nathaniel & Mary (Colby) Peaslee.
5. Rachel C. Hunt, b. 1751 m. Tristram Collins
6. Hannah Hunt, b 1760 in Kingston NH, d. 1795 Weare NH; m. Jonathan Peaslee, son of Nathaniel & Mary (Colby) Peaslee and had 7 children.
7. Elizabeth Hunt, m. — Pudington
8. Judith Hunt, b abt 1760 NH m. Jedediah Peasley/Peaslee, son of John Peaslee. Several children born in Danville VT and Stanstead PQ Canada.
9. Miriam Hunt, m. 3 Feb 1789 at Kingston NH to Paul Quimby, son of David Quimby. He b. 29 June 1764, d 15 July 1807 at Hawke NH; m2) Charles Brown as his 2nd wife. He m1) 28 March 1819 to Elizabeth C. Hunt.
10. Ann Hunt, m. — Butman
11. Stephen Hunt, b. 29 Jan 1766; d. 12 Aug 1832
12. Eliphalet Hunt, of Danville NH
Henry Hunt, son of Henry & Hannah (Eastman) Hunt was b. 29 August 1749 in Kingston NH or Amesbury MA and d. 22 February 1811 in Gilmanton, Belknap Co. NH. He married 27 Dec 1777 at Amesbury MA to Mrs. Rhoda (Titcomb) French, daughter of Oliver & Anna (Osgood) Titcomb. She b. abt 1756 and d. 1813 in Gilmanton, Belknap Co. NH. Tradition is that he carried on an iron-works at Gilmanton NH. [HUNT GENEALOGY]
Children of Henry & Rhoda (Titcomb) Hunt:
1. John Hunt, b. 16 March 1778 prob Gilmanton NH; m1) ? ; m2) 17 March 1814 in Weare NH to Nancy Barnard, dau of Tristram & Lucy (Burnham) Barnard Jr.; res. Laconia NH
2. +Oliver Hunt, b. 1782 Gilmanton NH
3. Henry Hunt, b. Gilmanton NH m. Polly A. Moulton; res. Bangor Maine; had at least one child, Albert G. Hunt, b. abt 1818 in Gilmanton NH, d. 25 April 1895 in Boston MA, age 77, married, horse dealer
4. Rhoda Hunt, m. 13 Feb 1800 in Belmont NH to David Gilman. [Children: Rhoda Gilman, b. 16 June 1806 in Alton NH; m. Moses Gilman; Ai S. Gilman, b 16 March 1820 in Alton NH, d. 19 Nov 1891 in Alton NH, married;]
5. Nancy Hunt, b. Barrington NH; m. 21 Oct 1821 in Alton NH to Ebenezer/Ebinezar/Eben Cate. He was b. in Alton NH. [Children: (1) Joseph H. Cate, b. 29 July 1830 Davers? NH, d. 16 Dec 1913 in Barrington NH, had lived in Haverhill MA 5 yrs prior. (2) Abbie A. Cate, b abt 1834, d. 5 Nov 1904 in South Berwich Maine; married John W. Morrison
Oliver Hunt, son of Henry & Rhoda (Titcomb) Hunt, b. 8 June 1782 Gilmanton NH; d. 24 Nov 1857 in Merrimack County NH. He married 12 August 1804 in Belmont NH to Anna Gilman. In 1810 residing in Gilmanton Strafford Co. NH. In 1850 living in Manchester NH. Buried at Valley Cemetery.
Children of Oliver & Anna (Gilman) Hunt:
1. Oris Gilman Dudley Hunt, b 11 March 1805 in Belmont NH, and died 27 June 1847 in Manchester NH;He m1) 29 March 1826 in Gilmanton NH to Eunice P. Sawyer, dau of William & Molly (Lane) Sawyer. He m2d) 30 Nov 1837 in Alton NH to Abigail French. Children include: (1) daughter Aurilla B. Hunt, b. 1830 and who m. 25 Oct 1852 in Lawrence MA to Amos P. Drake, son of David & Lydia Drake; (2) son, Jonathan O. Hunt d Apr 6, 1902, age 68 yrs 5 month [b 1833 VT] Jonathan O. Hunt, son of Gilman D. Hunt, m. 27 Sep 1861 in Manchester NH to Persis L. Moulton, dau of Samuel Moulton.
2. +Jonathan T. P. Hunt, b. abt 1810 Gilmanton NH
3. Mary Olive Ann Hunt, b 10 May 1819 in Gilmanton Iron Works NH and d. 25 March 1908 in Manchester NH; buried Valley Cemetery. Physician and suffragist, never married. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College in 1866-1867 and had an active practice as a physician in Manchester NH. In 1907 (and possibly before) she was a member of the Manchester Medical Association and the New Hampshire Medical Society. In 1908 Dr. Hunt was the oldest living doctor holding a license to practice in New Hampshire. Her family papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College in Northampton MA
4. Oliver Coffin Hunt, b. 1821 NH; m. 22 September 1848 in Manchester NH to Julia Ann “Jane” Hubbard. In 1850 an Oliver W. Hunt (age 24, mason) and wife Julia A. (age 22 b. Canaan) living in Manchester NH.
Jonathan Titcomb Parker Hunt, son of Oliver & Anna (Gilman) Hunt, b. abt 1810
Gilmanton NH and d. 23 Feb 1865 in Manchester NH; He m. 27 Sep 1835 to Irene “Irena” Drew, daughter of Nathan & Sally (Elliot) Drew. She b. abt 1814 Alton NH, and d. 25 Feb 1899 in Manchester NH. They are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester NH. In March 1840 he was one of the first three members of the board of selectmen in the “New Village” (when the town center was moved to where is it now) of Manchester NH (along with Amos Weston Jr and Hiram Brown). 1 Feb 1851 he was appointed one of a building committee to build a new town-house (along with John D. Kimball and Edward McQuesten). The first meeting in the new house was held March 8, 1842). He was employed as a mason in building the mills in Manchester NH, was treasurer of the Manchester Iron Company, in 1848 and 1852 and 1857 assistant engineer of the Manchester Fire Department; in 1851 a grantee of the Manchester Gas-Light Company; in 1859 and 1860 chief engineer of the Manchester Fire Department; a charter member of the Odd Fellows Wonolanset Encampment, Number Two; in 1861 a member of the board of directors of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. JESUS BLESSING THE CHILDREN window on the north wall of the sanctuary [Unitarian Universalist Church, Manchester NH] was given in tribute to Jonathan T. P. Hunt and Irene (Drew) Hunt by their children, Mr. Hunt was born in Manchester April 7, 1809. There were five children; Irene A., Nathan Parker, Annette, Oliver Gilman and Abbie (Abby) Maria. Mr. Hunt was an industrialist, serving as Director of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company Founder and Superintendent of the Manchester Gas Light Company (one of the predecessors to Public Service of New Hampshire), Director of the Manchester Bank, and one of the Founders of the City of Manchester.
1850 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
J T P Hunt M 40 NH mason 12,000
Irena Hunt F 36 NH
Irena A Hunt F 8 NH [b abt 1842 NH]
Nathan P. Hunt* M 6 NH
Annette Hunt F 3 NH
Oliver G. Hunt M 1 NH
Olive A. Hunt F 30 NH
Ann Howill F 19 Canada
Amos P. Drake M 25 NH
Abigail Hunt F 36 NH
Children of Jonathan T.P. & Irene (Drew) Hunt:
1. Irene Augusta “Irena” Hunt, b abt 1842 NH, d. 6 Oct 1923 in Manchester NH; m. Thomas Wheat
2. +Nathan Parker Hunt, b 5 July 1844 in Manchester NH
3. Annette Hunt, b 23 May 1847 in Manchester NH; died 2 September 1934 in Manchester NH at Lucy Hastings Hospital; married William E. Drew; buried Valley Cemetery in Manchester
4. Oliver Gilman Hunt, b abt 1849 Manchester NH; d. 25 Aug 1877 Manchester NH. [see his portrait here at the Manchester Historic Association collection]. He was with the firm of Campbell & Hunt which had their office at 606 Elm St.
5. Abby Maria Hunt, b abt 1852 Manchester NH; d. 9 July 1894; m. before 1880 to Frank O. Everett, son of Joseph & Susan (Legg) Everett. He was b abt 1844 in Dover NH and died 1 December 1898 in Manchester NH. He m2d) 2 June 1898 in Manchester NH to Edith M. Little, daughter of Thomas Little.
Nathan Parker Hunt, son of Jonathan Titcomb Parker & Irene (Drew) Hunt, b 5 July 1844 in Manchester NH, died 5 April 1931 in Manchester NH; married by 1872 to Elizabeth Sophia “Bessie” Bisbee, dau of David & Sarah (Albee) Bisbee. She b. 28 Apr 1844 Derby VT and d. 25 Sep 1919 in Manchester NH. She is buried at Pine Grove cemetery. According to “The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony,” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Elizabeth was a student of Dio Lewis and Theodore and Angelina Grimke Weld in Lexington MA, when she debuted as a lecturer on a speaking tour for suffrage…She left school again to campaign in Kansas with Olympia Brown at the end of June. Even after her marriage her interest in the cause of suffrage continued. She served as an officer of the New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association. Find-A-Grave reports the following biography of Nathan P. Hunt, based on records at Dartmouth College, as follows: “Graduated from Manchester High School 1862, and during his years at Dartmouth College taught school in the winter months at Bedford, New Boston, NH and Glouster, Ma. He was one of the editors of AEgis during the summer of 1864 (Dartmouth College). In 1866 he entered the law office of Samuel N. Bell in Manchester, 1870-1871 he was City Solicitor of Manchester, and treasurer of Hillsborough, NH. He was a trustee of Manchester City Library and treasurer and managing trustee from 1879-1906. Member of Manchester School Committee 1873-1874, 1977-1878, and 1883-1890, member of the NH registrable 1876, and Justice of Manchester, NH police court 1876-1895. On the Board of Trustees of the State Industrial School with two years as President, also a member of NH Fire Insurance Co. as clerk, attorney, director as well as vice president and treasurer. 1879 has him as Director and Attorney for Merchants National Bank and its President in 1895, plus numerous other distinguished positions at various other banks. He was admitted to Odd Fellowship in 1866 Noble Grand of the Lodge 1873, Chief Patriarch of Encampment, and a Mason in 1867. Hew as High Priest 1883-84 and Grand High Priest and elected as a life member in 1875, as well as Scottish right degree in 1885 and honorary thirty third degree. Nathan & Bessie Hunt lived at 263 N. Bay Street.
Boston Herald (Boston MA) Tuesday April 14, 1931, page 15.
Manchester NH, April 13–Dartmouth College and the city of Manchester were left $3000 and $5000 respectively by Judge Nathan Parker Hunt, noted civic, business and fraternal leader who died last week. The will was filed for probate today. Public bequests amount to $20,500 and the deceased son, Samuel P. Hunt is made residuary legatee. Although no inventory was filed, it is estimated that the estate exceeds $1,000,000. The money given to the city will be used for the amusement or entertainment of children under 15. The trustees of Dartmouth College are to use the income of the $3000 gift to aid needy students with preference to Manchester boys.
Children of Nathan P. & Elizabeth S. (Bisbee) Hunt:
1. +Samuel Parker Hunt, b. 3 Feb 1872 in Manchester NH
2. Sarah H. “Sallie” Hunt, b 30 Oct 1873 in Manchester NH, d. 16 March 1923 in Manchester NH; m. 16 March 1923 in Manchester NH to Albert Lucien Clough, son of Lucien B. & Maria Louise (Dole) Clough. He b. abt 1870 in NH, and d. 21 Sep 1940 in Manchester NH. He m2d) by 1940 to Bertha M. Tower. They resided at 181 Walnut Street. She is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery. Children: Elizabeth L. Clough, b abt 1907, m. 27 July 1929 to John B. Marston, son of John E. & Helen Locke (Sanderson) Marston; Mary Hunt Clough, b abt 1908, m. 10 June 1931 in Manchester NH to Edward Holton Russell, son of Howard I. & Edith (Richard) Russell; Constant I. Clough, b abt 1911, m. 25 June 1937 to James W. McWhinney, son of Andrew & Anna C. (Lofgren) Mcwhinney;
3. Agnes Hunt, b. 1 April 1876 Manchester NH; d. 18 Feb 1923 Manchester NH
Samuel Parker Hunt, son of Nathan Parker & Elizabeth (Bisbee) Hunt, b. 3 Feb 1872 in
Manchester NH, died 14 August 1958; married Lucy Agnes Rowell. She b. 1869 NY, d. 1949. Electrical Engineer, 1914 living at 747 Union Street in Manchester NH; 1920 census in New London CT. She was an 1892 graduate of Wellesley College. In 1940 living at 263 North Bay Street in Manchester, Engineer Public Utility. He and his first wife are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery. [see bio below]. He married 2nd) abt 1951 to Florence M. McLaughlin, dau of Henry & Elizabeth Hodges (Young) McLaughlin. She was b. 1875, and d. 15 Dec 1960 in Bangor Maine, and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Bangor. In 1956 occupation, pres(ident) Gale Home and mechanical and electrical engineer.
1910 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester > 747 Union Street
Hunt, Samuel P. M W 38 m1x 2 yrs NH NH NH Electric Engineer, Traction Co.
Hunt, Jane wife F W 41 m1x 2 yrs 0 ch 0 living NY NY NY
1920 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester > 39 Linden Street
Hunt, Samuel P. Head M W 47 married NH NH VT Electrical Engineer
Hunt, Agnes wife F W 51 married NY NY NY
Boston Herald April 14, 1931, page 17
Manchester NH, April 13–Harry L. Additon, until now cashier of the Merchants National Bank, was elected president today, succeeding the late Judge Nathan P. Hunt. The office of cashier will be filled later. At a meeting of trustees of the Hillsborough County Savings Bank, Samuel P. Hunt son of the late judge, was named chairman of the investment committee. The office of treasurer made vacant by Judge Hunt’s death was filled by the election of Mr. Additon to that office.
Lowell Sun March 30, 1934
[He is to be speaker at chamber luncheon on Public Service Utilities]
Mr. Hunt …. born and educated in Manchester, he is a graduate of Dartmouth college in the class of 1893. He holds post-graduate degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he specialized in electrical and chemical engineering, from Middlebury College, and from the Harvard school of business administration. He has held responsible positions with the American Telephone & Telegraph Co., the national gun factory of the navy department, Washington DC, the Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn; W.S. Barstow Inc, Reading PA; the Binghamton Heat, Light & Power Co. Binghamton NY; and until recently was the assistant general manager of the Manchester Traction, Light & Power Co. He is affiliated professionally with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers; American Chemical society; New England Street Railway club; and National Electric Light association. He is a trustee of the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences and the Manchester City library. He is president of the Manchester Kiwanis club.
February 18, 1949 Boston Herald (Boston MA)
$38,000 to Charity. Manchester NH, Feb 17–Fifteen charitable bequests totaling $38,000 were made in the will of Mrs. Agnes (Rowell) Hunt, it was made known today after it had been proved at a private session before Probate Judge Emile Lemelin. The rest of her estate, the value of which has not been determined, goes to her husband, Samuel P. Hunt, and to relatives and friends. Mr. Hunt was named executor
1958: Tribute to Samuel P. Hunt [in report of Manchester NH City Library]
The death on August 14, 1958 of Samuel P. Hunt, long one of New Hampshire’s leading citizens, was a severe blow to the City Library as well as to Manchester and the entire state. Mr. Hunt had been a member of the Library Board for nearly 27 years ….
Editor’s note: Oh, should I mention that I am a very distant cousin to this family through the Weed/Winsley connection in generation one?