New Hampshire: Apples, Autumn and Heirloom Recipes

fruit-applesLate August to late October is the apple-picking season in New Hampshire.  According to Foster’s Daily Democrat, Governor Maggie Hassan picked “the first NH apple of the season” on September 4, 2014, the 6th New Hampshire Apple Day being celebrated. Continue reading

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New Hampshire Missing Places: Janeville

1892 Map of Manchester, Wards 3 and 4, David Rumsey Map, DPLA

1892 Map of Manchester, Wards 3 and 4, David Rumsey Map, DPLA, showing sections of Janeville including Jane Street and the Corey Needle Factory.

New Hampshire has had very few places named after women.  In fact, I don’t know of any others beside Janeville (Janesville in some documents) Leave it to the city “fathers” to obliterate the name of the only ancient village in Manchester (and possibly in New Hampshire) named after a woman. Janeville is roughly the area located between Bridge and Lowell Streets and Nashua and Wilson Streets.

[Editor's note: a blogging friend of mine, Paul Sands of Pun Salad, reminded me that Francestown is named after a woman.  But the woman, Frances Deering Wentworth, who became the wife of Governor John Wentworth who named the town, never lived there.  In the case of Janesville, it was named after a woman who resided there.].

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The Hampton Beach Casino: 115 Years Old and Going Strong in New Hampshire

Photograph of the original Hampton Beach Casino from "Hampton Beach; the Atlantic City of New England," by P.G. Lamson, Manchester NH  (1922)

Photograph of the original Hampton Beach Casino from “Hampton Beach; the Atlantic City of New England,” by P.G. Lamson, Manchester NH (1922)

My interest in the Hampton Beach Casino was renewed recently when I read the following article, dated 9 April 1898 from the Portsmouth Herald. “CASINO AT HAMPTON BEACH–The Exeter Street Railway Company has received and is submitting to contractors, plans by Architect R.M. Bailey of Boston, for the casino which it will build this spring on a site near the terminus of its line. It will contain a theatre of seating capacity of 1000, a dancing hall that will seat 300, 85 bath dressing rooms, four bowling alleys, a billiard hall, bicycle check rooms, etc. It is expected to have the casino completed by July 1.” Continue reading

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They put the E&R into the Laundry Business: Manchester NH’s Eugene Caron and Robert Morin

e and r laundry noticeE&R Laundry has been a mainstay of the Manchester New Hampshire Laundry business since 1921.  It was not the first laundry company in the city, nor will it be the last, but it has grown into one of the largest in New England.  Did you ever wonder where its name came from?

In 1920 it appears that two men, Eugene O. Caron and Robert W. Morin went into business together, and began a laundry company at 55 Central Street, right where it still has a presence today.  The shop was smaller then, as were the number of employees.  In addition to laundry and dry cleaning services, they advertised and promoted their “Frigid Fur Storage” and rug shampooing.  “Our Services Excel!” was their motto. Continue reading

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Goffstown NH: Villa Augustina aka St. Claudine Villa Academy

Circa 1918 photograph postcard of Village Augustina in Goffstown NH.

In 1907 or 1908 the Religious of Jesus and Mary purchased part of the farm formerly owned by David Little, and a few years later purchased the Charles A. Upham place, and even later two hundred acres of land adjoining.  The History of Goffstown shows these properties as being in the Southside Village Portion of School District [Map shown here]. Continue reading

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