Category Archives: Really Old News

New Hampshire’s First Day of Spring

Spring in New Hampshire has for many generations been a time of hope, of rejuvenation, house cleaning and dubious poetry. This winter has been a particularly harsh one, and so many are looking forward to a lovely, albeit muddy, springtime.  … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Epitaph: Killed With An Axe By An Insane Brother

An epitaph on a stone located in Central Cemetery in New Ipswich, New Hampshire is succinctly understated: “Mr. Gilman Spaulding was kill’d with an ax by an insane Brother, Sept. 19, 1842 AEt. 38.” I was recently contacted about this … Continue reading

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New Hampshire 1877: Disastrous Mardi Gras Transplant

The attempt to transplant the Old World ceremonies of Carnival and Mardi Gras to our northern soil has always proved disastrous. Southern cities have had considerable success in frolics of this kind, but as a rule such attempts elsewhere turned … Continue reading

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A New Hampshire Valentine Warning of 1850

ST. VALENTINE’S–On Thursday, St. Valentine will hold his annual festival. Single ladies and gentlemen may expect the usual quantity of favors, while “the little god Cupid” acts as post-boy. Old bachelors should fortify their bosoms with an extra covering of … 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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