From: Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics (Portsmouth NH) Vol LVII, Issue 7, Page 3 — Saturday, February 14, 1846
VALENTINE’S DAY — It is a popular superstition that the first two single people who meet in the morning of St. Valentine’s Day (February 14th) may have a chance of becoming married to each other. St. Valentine’s day has long been imagined the day whereon birds pair, and hence it has been considered peculiarly ominous to lovers, so that billets doux sent on this day, have received the cognomen of the saint. The custom of choosing Valentines is an old one; it was practised in the houses of the gentry of England as early as 1476, and is referred to in the Harleian MS by John Lydgate, the monk of Bury, in a poem written by him in praise of Queen Catherine, wife of Henry V.:
”Scynte Valentine, of custom yeere by yeere
Men have an usuance in this regioun
To loke and serche Cupides kalendere,
And chose theyr choyse by grete affeccion.
Such as ben prike with Cupides mocioun,
Takyng theyre choyse as theyre sort doth falle;
But I love oon which excellith alle.”
And we think Valentine’s Day is too commercialized…
JOHN’S VALENTINE–It was the evening of Valentine day when he called on her, and she stuck her head out of the door as he knocked, and sobbed, “If you had sent me a fifty-cent one with two hearts on it, I might have been all the world to you. John; but for a five-cent one, never-r-r.” And he sat down on the steps and wondered if girls would ever understand the depression in business.
– from: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene NH), Thursday, April 13, 1876, page 4
View of Lake Winnipesaukee, showing typical young white birch trees in New Hampshire – old postcard
New Hampshire has long been renown for its picturesque birch trees. Most often I think of these tall, pale, and often slightly bent trees in a scene combined with a mountain or a crystal blue lake in the background, reminiscent of tourist brochures.
The so-called Wizard Tree of Intervale, New Hampshire (a village partly in the towns of Conway and Bartlett) was unusual in its appearance, and by 1904 became one of the most frequently photographed and promoted trees in New Hampshire. How did that come to be? And where is it now?
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Nero, the prize winning bull of East Concord, New Hampshire, owned by the Sanborn family.
An unusual postcard came to my attention recently. The photograph shows a well-built dark bull, on display with a long-handled twitch and chain in his nose. In handwritten script in the margin is added: “Bull, Nero, No. 8160 winner of five first prizes in ’06. Its a two year old that weighs 1740 now as a three year old. Owned by John W. Sanborn (Concord NH).” Continue reading
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Leon “Andy” Anderson, NH legislative historian in 1931 with his book, “To This Day: The 300 Years of the New Hampshire Legislature.” Photograph copyright of his daughter Susan Anderson Manning–used with her permission.
Leon W. “Andy” Anderson came from humble, blue collar beginnings, but his personal drive to understand the meaning behind political events, led him to become a noted New Hampshire historian. I was first introduced to his name, when I browsed a curious and valuable book called “New Hampshire Women Legislators Golden Anniversary 1921-1971” (that was co-prepared by Leon W. Anderson, Mrs. Alice V. Flanders and Edward J. Gallagher).
He was born Carl Leon William Anderson in 1902 to Swedish immigrants, Gustaf and Alma (Hasselind) Anderson, in the town of Graniteville, Massachusetts [now called Westford]. Both his father and step-father were stone cutters, working at one of the several granite quarries of the area. It is only fitting that he would migrate to the “Granite State” to harvest granite himself.
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