Some Faces of Manchester New Hampshire’s Famous CHANDLER Family

Mamie F. Chandler was kind enough to identify her autograph book.

Mamie F. Chandler was thoughtful to identify her autograph book with her signature and location of her home.

A few days ago I posted a story about Mamie F. Chandler’s high school autograph book. She attended Manchester (NH) High School around 1884. For the younger crowd reading this, at that time Manchester only had one public high school. Mamie came from a rich and privileged family of bankers who had a great influence on the prosperity of Manchester.

Unfortunately I do not have a photograph of “Mamie” but I have thoroughly researched her genealogy. I present it here for your review. Tucked within the pages of her autograph book, was a photograph of her cousin, Sallie Chandler, and you can see that below. Continue reading

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Autographs From the Past: Manchester (NH) High School, Class of 1882-1888

authographsI have written several times about the Manchester High School graduates of the 1880s, including their photographs and genealogies. Recently an artifact of a different sort came into my hands–an autograph book with signatures, pithy sayings, and sketches inked on the pages between 1882-1888.

The only clue that I had to the owner, was the first two pages. The first page was the only one with an name AND address, Mamie F. Chandler, Manchester, N.H., 104 Orange Street. The 2nd page with the same name, with ’84, probably indicating her class year. Continue reading

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Military of New Hampshire: The PENACOOK BRIGADE in World War 1

A 1917 photograph of the "Penacook Brigade," a group of men who served in World War 1 in the "Yankee Division." Courtesy of Ruth Speed, used with her permission.

A 6 July 1917 photograph of the “Penacook Brigade,” a group of men from Penacook (Concord) NH who served during World War 1 mainly in the U.S. Army’s “Yankee Division.” Courtesy of Ruth Speed, used with her permission.

Sometimes all it takes is a single picture to grab your attention and incite you to historical research. A photograph owned by Ruth Speed recently instigated that  reaction when it appeared on the “Penacook NH Yesterday & Today” FaceBook site. A group of men, mostly clad in World War 1 army uniforms, sit and stand beside a brick building. The photograph is dated 6 July 1917. 

—- The photograph’s caption —-
THE PENACOOK BRIGADE — July 6, 1917.  1st Row L-R Joseph Guyette, Guy Gregg, Harry Wilmot, Frank Sullivan; 2nd Row, L-R: Albert Sheppard, Earl Johnson, Vic Ketchum, Leon Magee, David La Duke, Sylvester Brodeur, Henry Ketchum, Charles LeBeau, Bill Landy; 3rd Row, Lean Pingree, Nelson LaClair, Leo Miner, Perley Ketchum, Levi Cowan, Percy Morrill, Leo Lavoie, Dominic O’Clair, Walt Houston.  [NOTE: Per Ruth Speed: “The photo was given by Alice Colby to BJ Tuininga, who at the time was the historian of The Penacook Historical Society. I believe that the men had already been identified by the person who gave Alice the picture originally.”  Based on information kindly provided by Tassee J. McAuley, the original order of people in the third row is incorrect.  The man indicated as Dominic O’Clair (in the back row) is Nelson LaClair (and vise versa I will presume for now).  So I am correcting their photographs and biographies below.  

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On Genealogy Plagiarism, Libel and April Fools

VIC5315It seems to be the season for genealogy foolishness. Yes, long time genealogists, including myself, are keenly aware that over the past thirty-five years (and before that) writers have been stealing other people’s stuff. It is just not right. Its thievery.

On the other hand, think back a bit. Have you ever read something bad about someone, and you knew it wasn’t true at all? Yes, I have too. Continue reading

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New Hampshire April Fool Jokes of Olden Times


Here is a collection of “April Fool” stories gleaned from New Hampshire Papers.  DISCLAIMER.–Do not attempt to duplicate these foolhardy events, as some are dangerous and stupid.

1843.–April Fool.
As the passenger train of cards which usually arrived here at 11-1/2 o’clock, A.M., were on their way up on Saturday last, about one mile below Manchester, at a short turn in the road, the engineer perceived what appeared to be a man directly over the track, leaning forward, as if examining something on the track. The air was filled with snow, and prevented the engineer from seeing distinctly the form and situation of the figure, before it was too late, and the locomotive and cars passed over the object, severing the head from the body.  The cars immediately pull back, and after a “minute investigation,” found that they had severed the head of an effigy from its body–and then recollected that it was the first of April.  The engineer was somewhat frightened, and the women screamed a little; but no bad effects are know to have resulted from a rather too serious “April Fool” joke. — New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord, New Hampshire) page 2, Thursday, April 6, 1843. Continue reading

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