Category Archives: Really Old News

“Recollections of Long Ago,” by Hannah Eayrs Barron–Dunstable (Nashua) and Merrimack New Hampshire

In April of 2014 I wrote about Merrimack New Hampshire Poet, Hannah Eayrs Barron. She was born in Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire in 1809, daughter of Williams & Hannah (Foster) Eayrs. While researching her life I came across an … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Tidbits: Easter Traditions Past and Present

Easter has always been a holiday celebrated with great enthusiasm in my family.  Part of it was due to their Catholic tradition–after the long Lenten season it was time to celebrate.  But honestly, after a long New England winter, wearing … Continue reading

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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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