New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Whitefield

King Square and Town Common, Whitefield NH in the 1950s, from an old postcard.

Whitefield New Hampshire had less than 2,000 residents during the World War I era. From that small population the town managed to send slightly more than 86 of its best and brightest young men and women into service. [In 1910 Whitefield had 1,635 residents and by 1920 had 1,935.] Not all of them returned home.

I am grateful for that early Whitefield historian, Edward M. Bowker, who compiled a list of the men in service and included it in the 1919 Town Report. It shows all in military service who were credited from the town, along with providing a list of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Someone, possibly the Librarian at the time, created an amazing collage of photographs of WWI veterans, and that collage can still be found on the wall in the Whitefield Public Library. I am grateful to Sandy Holz, current librarian, and her husband, Stanley A. Holz, for providing information and some of the hero’s photographs that I have included in this story. Continue reading

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The Face of Lebanon New Hampshire’s Lulu Maria (Tucker) Dunn (1880-1965)

Lulu Maria (Tucker) Dunn of Lebanon NH

The lovely face of Lulu Dunn looks out at you from an antique photograph. Her hair and eyes are dark. Her clothing and hairstyle are indicative of the 1890-1900s. The fine handwriting just below the portrait shows it was taken by Kimball photographers, Concord, New Hampshire.

Lulu’s life was complicated. Her son’s marriage record says that Lulu’s birth place was unknown with the notation “Adopted from Orphans Home.” Yet the 1900 census might give us a clue as to her real mother, when she is shown living with her “aunt” Etta, but the relationship is listed as mother and daughter. Her genealogy is shown here as best as I can compile it. Continue reading

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100 Years Ago: Cures for the Spanish Flu

A public health advertisement found in the 11 Oct 1918 edition of the Nashua Telegraph newspaper.

A great deal has been written about the Spanish flu or influenza.  The National Library of Health at the U.S. Library of Medicine web site has a detailed article about this pandemic.

This article states in part: “The 1918–1919 influenza pandemic killed more people than any other outbreak of disease in human history. The lowest estimate of the death toll is 21 million, while recent scholarship estimates from 50 to 100 million dead. World population was then only 28% what is today, and most deaths occurred in a sixteen week period, from mid-September to mid-December of 1918.”

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NH Tidbits: Concord New Hampshire At A Glance in 1891

Inscription in 1891 Concord Souvenir Book, to John J. Thurston from his daughter Phebe.

A red leather-covered souvenir booklet offers insight into what the City of Concord New Hampshire looked like in 1891.  A lovely script on the back page shows that it was a gift:

Presented to John J. Thurston
On his 78th birth day
By his Daughter Phebe Jane
April 3, 1891 Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Franconia

Photograph of the Abbie Gale Library in Franconia New Hampshire with the WWI monument sitting on the front lawn

Some time after World War I ended the small town of Franconia New Hampshire had a memorial created–a bronze plaque affixed to a rock. This was placed in front of the Abbie Greenleaf Library, where it still stands.

With the help of Priscilla Hindley, librarian at the Abbie Greenleaf Library, I was able to construct a story about the heroes of WWI from this town.  My thanks to her for taking and providing the photographs of the town’s WWI monument.

Two men from Franconia paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives–Herbert H. Hodge and Fay E. Whipple .  Both died on American soil at Hanover, NH during military training.

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