New Hampshire WWI Military: Yeoman Anne (Frasier) Norton of Derry, Manchester and Portsmouth NH (1893-1918)

Anne Frasier, later Mrs. Edwin Norton in her graduation dress from Pinkerton Academy, Derry NH circa 1911. Photograph courtesy Pinkerton Academy Archives. Used here with permission.

Anne “Annie” Frasier was born in East Boston MA on 10 April 1893, daughter of Charles Warren & Catherine (Walsh) Frasier. She attended East Boston schools when young. Her mother died when she was nine years old, and the family soon moved to Derry, New Hampshire where Anne graduated from Pinkerton Academy. She went on to graduate from Bryant and Stratton’s Business College.

Anne married Edwin Norton, who was also from Derry NH. They lived in Schenectady, NY and Manchester NH (and other places see obituary notes below). He enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWI and want sent to officer’s training school. They had no children, and she enlisted as a yeoman in the United States Navy. This was the first time that a branch of the U.S. military was providing enlisted women with military rank.  (Note that nurses were not included in that group). Continue reading

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2017 New Hampshire and National Women’s History Month

History is not celebrated in a vacuum.  When you pay notice to an event such as National Women’s History Month, you must also include the history of New Hampshire women.

Women’s History Week was first observed in Sonoma County, California on 1 March 1978. Two years later the National Women’s History Project was founded. Cow Hampshire blog was created in 2006 and has from the beginning been focused on local women’s history.  Continue reading

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100 Years Ago: New Hampshire’s WWI Letters of Death and Heroism

“Are the folks at home backing us up?” Liberty bond advertisement, lithograph, color. Poster showing a soldier writing a letter by candlelight. WWI, 1918. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

To most people WWI is a just a series of statistics or a list of famous battles. Perhaps you can remember names of a few high ranking officers. It is the men in the trenches (and the women in the hospitals) who should be first in our thoughts. They died and suffered in great numbers.

In the Somme valley, the back of language broke. It could no longer carry its former meanings. World War I changed the life of words and images in art, radically and forever. It brought our culture into the age of mass-produced, industrialized death. This, at first, was indescribable.

This quotation by Robert Hughes, in The Shock of the New, expresses the unnatural, grim reality that came crashing down on those serving in Europe during World War I.  Not only was it a new experience by those directly participating, but in the age of improved photography and motion pictures, man’s inhumanity was captured and widely shared. Continue reading

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New Hampshire Tidbit: Who Let the Shaker Cows Out of the Barn?

“Perfect Seventh” of Canterbury (NH) Shaker Village, a thoroughbred Holstein cow.

In 1863 the cows of Canterbury New Hampshire’s Shaker Village would have been “kept in one of forty-six stalls, in two rows facing each other, with a wide passage between them. Each animal, has its name and place, and it trained to know and take it; and they all walk in and out with the regularity of a file of soldiers, and by one motion of a lever, the whole row is stalled or released.” Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Private Clark Aaron Goudie of Lisbon NH (1895-1918)

A photograph of Clark Aaron Goudie from the 1917 Dartmouth College Yearbook

Clark Aaron Goudie was b 11 September 1895 in Lisbon NH, son of Lawrence W. & Emma A. (Clark) Goudie. His father was an immigrant from Scotland who was an engineer and building contractor, while his mother was a homemaker and native of New Hampshire. Clark had half siblings Pliney Barlett and George Magnus, and sibling Harriet E. “Hattie.”

Clark attended Lisbon NH schools, followed by attendance for four years at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School. The 1917 College yearbook indicates that “His death while in the service prevented his securing a C.D. degree.” His WWI Registration form indicates that in June of 1917 he was working for the State of NH on the survey between New Hampshire and Vermont. Continue reading

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