Current Event: New Hampshire Caddie Camp Reunion September 11-13, 2015

In 2007 I wrote a story about Caddie Camps in New Hampshire. One source states that over 2,000 young men learned to caddie, and to golf this way.  Based on the comments to that blog post, many seemed to enjoy the experience, and have wonderful memories.

old time golferSomeone with a great interest in these camps, Michael Campana, recently wrote to me to inform me of a few things.  First, that his parents met at the old Maplewood Hotel in New Hampshire that used to run one of the caddie camps. Secondly, to let me know that organizers Frank Colvario, Robert Caggiano, Tony Wozniak, Gary Conserva, John Daly, James Daly, Carl Ameno, Gerry Brandi and Patricia (Tanso) Romano  have arranged for a reunion in Bethlehem, NH from 11-13 September 2015 for former campers and staff members of the North Bennet Street School caddy camps.

The NBSS school operated two CCs in NH – Maplewood and Lake Tarleton (Pike) – and three on Cape Cod. The NH camps were around quite a while. Michaels father, a Bostonian, attended the Maplewood CC from 1926-1930.

For those caddies, young and old, here is a link to Michael’s blog, and more information on this reunion.   Even if you don’t plan to attend this rare event, you could take a peek at his blog, and try to identify the young men in his photographs.  To get in touch with the organizers, see this web site.


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The Origin and History of New Hampshire’s Daniel Webster Highway

Old postcard photograph of the New Daniel Bridge (built in 1922) showing the Library and Central Street in the distance. This street was a part of the Daniel Webster Highway that extended from Nashua to the White Mountains. Daniel Webster was born 2-3/4 miles form the Highway at lower Franklin.

Old postcard photograph of  Franklin New Hampshire’s “then new” Daniel Webster Bridge (built in 1922) showing the Library and Central Street in the distance. This street was a part of the Daniel Webster Highway that extended from Nashua to the White Mountains. The birth place of Daniel Webster is a few miles away.

The Daniel Webster Highway in New Hampshire was originally called the “Merrimack Valley Road” and followed the course of the Merrimack River. On January 23, 1921, the Anaconda Standard newspaper (of Anaconda MT) announced that “backed by many prominent citizens, the New Hampshire Bar association is completing plans for pushing through the legislature a bill for naming one of the three main roads (the so-called “middle road”) the “Daniel Webster highway.” Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire’s 1946 Centennial Celebration

Mary Manning Webster stands in the center.  Red Hebert on the right, unknown person on left. 1946 Manchester City Centennial.

Mary M. Webster stands in the center. 1946 Manchester City Centennial. See notes a bottom, hoping someone will help identify the people with her. Photograph taken in 1946, copyright Janice W. Brown.

This story, as usually is the case, begins with a photograph–in this case several.  My mother (Mary Webster) was a “camera nut” and took hundreds of photographs in the Manchester area, but most were of family.  She did not take many of scenery without a human being included.

Four photographs are on the same page of her album, with her lovely hand writing in white ink: “Herty Ring – Arthur “Red” Hebert, Centennial Celebration.”  My mom is standing between two people looking youthful, and the photo pages are sandwiched between others of the World War 2 era.  This can only be Manchester’s 1946 Centennial. Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s First Woman Sheriff and Deputy Sheriffs: Helen Kenney of Concord, M. Jennie (Wood) Kendall of Nashua, and Lillian (Christian) Bryant of Conway

My thanks to Ruth Speed for providing this newspaper clipping of July 18, 1944 source: Portsmouth NH Herald

July 18, 1944 source: Portsmouth NH Herald. News clipping courtesy of Ruth Speed.

Even today a woman sheriff in New Hampshire would be a rarity.  In 1906, 1939 and 1944 when the three women mentioned in this story were appointed, they were momentous occasions.  These women were not the first sheriffs in the United States, as I have found an appointment for a woman sheriff made in 1895 in Green County, Missouri [see end of this story].

In a nutshell: Helen M. Kenney of Concord New Hampshire made history being sworn in as New Hampshire’s first sheriff (of Merrimack County) on 7 September 1944.  New Hampshire’s first Deputy Sheriff was M. Jennie (Wood) Kendall in 1906 in Hillsborough County. On April 1, 1939 Mrs. Irene H. (Christian) Bryant of Conway became Deputy Sheriff of Carroll County.   [Editor’s note: My special thanks to Ruth Speed for bringing Helen Kenney’s story to my attention, and providing the newspaper clipping seen here.] Continue reading

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The Early History of Manchester New Hampshire’s Hesser Business College (now Mount Washington College) and the Hesser Family

joel hesser from Granite State magazine 2 watermarkThe small business school started in Manchester, New Hampshire by Joel Harter Hesser on 1 June 1900 (for the first few years  called simply “Hesser School”) still exists, though it no longer bears its founder’s name.

In 2013 Hesser College was “relaunched” (a term borrowed directly from the college’s web site history) as  Mount Washington College, and their web site states: “today …. students are …. studying for degrees in allied health, business, communications, criminal justice, graphic design, legal, liberal studies, and psychology and for diplomas in the field of medical assistants.” It is important not to forget how the college came to be what it is today. Much credit is due to one man with a vision, who spend 45 years of his life building this school.

How synchronous this story is.  The day after I finish writing it, the Manchester Union Leader newspaper has a story: “College to Close in City–Mount Washington Officials says 500 enrolled at former Hesser College,” that it has stopped accepting students, and that it will close its Manchester Campus in 2016.  That will completely end the history of this [now] 100 year old school’s presence in the city of Manchester.

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