Category Archives: New Hampshire Men

The Wonalancet Company of Nashua New Hampshire and its founder Harry Harmon Blunt (1875-1923)

The Wonalancet Company was founded in Nashua New Hampshire, incorporated in 1905 by Harry Harmon Blunt (not the Henry H. Blount as is printed in some sources). This company was an important cotton importing house in its day, specializing in … Continue reading

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Downing & Abbot Company Founder and Carriage Builder of Concord New Hampshire: Lewis Downing (1792-1873)

As early as 1835 the word was out that Downing & Abbot were the makers of quality conveyances. The New Hampshire Patriot and Gazette (Concord, New Hampshire), dated Monday, June 1, 1835, page 2, carried this story: “A splendid Coach.” … Continue reading

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Penacook New Hampshire’s Acclaimed Modernist Artist: Omer Thomas Lassonde (1903-1980)

Omer Thomas Lassonde was a talented artist who could paint in any style–realism, cubism, expressionism and abstractism. The categories he painted varied as greatly as his style, and included landscape, still-life, genre, figure painting, and portraiture. “He was a colorist,” … Continue reading

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Some Faces of Manchester New Hampshire’s Famous CHANDLER Family

A few days ago I posted a story about Mamie F. Chandler’s high school autograph book. She attended Manchester (NH) High School around 1884. For the younger crowd reading this, at that time Manchester only had one public high school. … Continue reading

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Autographs From the Past: Manchester (NH) High School, Class of 1882-1888

I have written several times about the Manchester High School graduates of the 1880s, including their photographs and genealogies. Recently an artifact of a different sort came into my hands–an autograph book with signatures, pithy sayings, and sketches inked on … Continue reading

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