Category Archives: New Hampshire Men

John B. Varick Co. — New England’s Largest Hardware Business in 1915

This brief description of the JOHN B. VARICK COMPANY is the perfect way to begin this blog post.  “The John B. Varick Co. was established in 1845, on the same spot where the present Varick Building stands, by John P. … Continue reading

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Charlestown NH Farmer, Inventor, Barbed Wire King: Joseph Farwell Glidden (1813-1906)

What happened when the cow jumped over a barbed wire fence? Utter catastrophe! This poor joke is a lead into today’s blog story, about the potentate of wire fences–a Charlestown NH native named Joseph Farwell Glidden. Sometimes called “devil’s rope,” … Continue reading

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Bradford New Hampshire Humorist, Author, Vaudeville Actor and Dramatist Will Martin Cressy (1863-1930)

Will Martin Cressy was born 29 October 1863 at Bradford, New Hampshire. According to his autobiography,   “before going on the stage he was successively a carpenter, machinist, marine engineer, watchmaker, commercial traveler, and hotel clerk.”  Will’s father was first … Continue reading

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Concord New Hampshire: A Year of Celebration in 2015

Concord is a city with a complex past.  Its not surprising that people aren’t quite sure what anniversary, or even which ‘founder,’ to celebrate historically. In the case of anniversaries–they celebrate them all. Anyone who was present for Concord New … Continue reading

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Ho, The Klondike: Portsmouth New Hampshire’s Failed Quest for Gold in 1898

Between the years 1896 and 1899 an estimated 100,000 prospectors headed to Alaska following a gold discovery there. Some Portsmouth New Hampshire men were part of that stampede of prospectors hoping to return home wealthy. Only an estimated 4,000 of … Continue reading

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