Category Archives: New Hampshire Glossary

First Female County Register of Probate in the U.S.: Marlow New Hampshire’s Ella F. Gee (1853-1937)

She was born in 1853 as Fannie Ella Gee, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  In 1899 she legally changed her name in Cheshire County (NH) Court from Fannie Ella Gee to Ella Fannie Gee. Ella’s father, Ebridge B. Gee, was from Marlow, … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Steeplejack (and Steeplejill)

A chance encounter with a blog story about a Baltimore Steeplejack suddenly raised my awareness of an interesting New England occupation–a steeplejack.  And yes, I know steeples can be found outside of the northeast, but we probably have more per … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Tableaux

Also called “Tableau” and “Tableau vivant“, these words describe a custom posed scene consisting of actors (either amateur or professional), often in costume with backdrops, created for  entertainment purposes. One of the most popular stage entertainments of the nineteenth century … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Skylarking and Watermelon Frolics

“Clowning around, acting up, horsing around, showing off, showboating” — all of these are terms that probably bring energetic pranks to mind.  While researching the “Squog” section of Manchester, New Hampshire, I came across a sad newspaper notice about one … Continue reading

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New Hampshire and the Birth of the Cocktail

New Hampshire is thought of as the birth place of many innovations, from tupperware to the motorcycle. But was it … Continue reading

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