Category Archives: History

Champagne’s Super Market Founder: Manchester NH’s Romeo J. Champagne (1906-2000)

He was born “Romuald Champagne” in 1906 in Chelsea Maine, a tiny town outside of Augusta. He was the son of Canadian immigrants, Mathias and Marie Louise (Martineau) Champagne, both mill workers who immigrated to Maine, later removing to New … Continue reading

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Sadie (Kane) Prichard of Weare and Hillsborough New Hampshire (1870-1933)

  There are many Kane, Kean, and Keane families who hail from pre-Civil War New Hampshire.  A photograph of “Sadie Kane” popped up for sale on E-bay and thinking her face was a lovely one, I bought it, determined to … Continue reading

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Hickman Square: Corner Milford and South Main Streets in Manchester NH

This modest monument is easy to miss, sitting in a shaded corner of land next to what is now Darlings Tire and Auto.  At the time that the monument was placed, the land belonged to the Hickman family, as did … Continue reading

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Lancaster NH’s John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926) — the “Weeks” behind the “Weeks Act”

In 2011 the United States Forest Service celebrated the 100th anniversary of one of the most successful land conservation efforts in the United States. The Weeks Act was signed into law in 1911, after a decade-long debate about the role … Continue reading

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Portsmouth NH Navy Yard: Genealogy Gleanings from the Life Buoy

The Industrial Department Life Buoy was a magazine issued free, on a monthly basis, to employees of the Industrial Department of the Portsmouth Navy Yard, in Portsmouth New Hampshire. It was intended to inspire, to give a sense of collective … Continue reading

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