Nashua New Hampshire’s Highly Decorated Military and Civic Leader, Philanthropist, and Volunteer: Carl Amelio (1907-2002)

Carl Amelio, at a St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament dinner.

Carl Amelio, at a St. Joseph Hospital Charity Golf Tournament dinner.

The story of Carl Amelio’s life, and his accomplishments, could easily fill several volumes. The friendships he made and the community problems that he worked to solve are countless.  He was a mentor, an energetic fund raiser, and a friend to many.   Carl Amelio held the City of Nashua–its people and its problems–as near and dear to himself, and there are few in the city who have not benefited from his work in some way from his efforts.

I chose the photographs shown here from my personal collection, and that is how I will always remember Mr. Amelio. He had a smile on his face as he greeted everyone with a genuinely warm handshake and kind words.  If you had a problem, he offered to help you solve it; if you were celebrating, he was delighted if you invited him to join in.  He was 100% a genuinely intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate man.

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Champagne’s Super Market Founder: Manchester NH’s Romeo J. Champagne (1906-2000)

Romeo Champagne
He was born “Romuald Champagne” in 1906 in Chelsea Maine, a tiny town outside of Augusta. He was the son of Canadian immigrants, Mathias and Marie Louise (Martineau) Champagne, both mill workers who immigrated to Maine, later removing to New Hampshire.  His parents moved to Manchester by the time Romeo was 3 years old and in 1910 his family is shown in the census living with maternal grandparents, Joseph & Desange Martineau, who resided at 566 Montgomery Street.  He was called ‘Romuald’ on his birth and marriage certificates, ‘Raymond’ [once] on the census, and finally was being called ‘Romeo’ by the time he owned his first grocery store. Continue reading

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Sadie (Kane) Prichard of Weare and Hillsborough New Hampshire (1870-1933)

Sadie Kane of Weare NH

Sadie Kane of Weare NH

 

There are many Kane, Kean, and Keane families who hail from pre-Civil War New Hampshire.  A photograph of “Sadie Kane” popped up for sale on E-bay and thinking her face was a lovely one, I bought it, determined to research who she was.  Born Sarah A. Kane in 1870 in North Weare, New Hampshire, her parents were Irish immigrants who met and married on “this side of the pond.”

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Hickman Square: Corner Milford and South Main Streets in Manchester NH

Hickman Square manchester 2014 watermark
This modest monument is easy to miss, sitting in a shaded corner of land next to what is now Darlings Tire and Auto.  At the time that the monument was placed, the land belonged to the Hickman family, as did the nearby business, then called the Harold W. Hickman Service Station.  Continue reading

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Lancaster NH’s John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926) — the “Weeks” behind the “Weeks Act”

Portrait of John W. Weeks, then Senator of Massachusetts 31 May 1916 sitting in room, Chicago IL at Republican National Convention.  From Chicago History Museum, via American Memory.

Portrait of John W. Weeks, then Senator of Massachusetts 31 May 1916 sitting in room, Chicago IL at Republican National Convention. From Chicago History Museum, via The Library of Congress: American Memory.

In 2011 the United States Forest Service celebrated the 100th anniversary of one of the most successful land conservation efforts in the United States. The Weeks Act was signed into law in 1911, after a decade-long debate about the role of the federal government in protecting forest lands.  The Weeks Act is named after John Wingate Weeks, a New Hampshire native who, in 1909 while serving in the U.S. Congress for 12th Congressional District of Massachusetts, introduced a bill concerning the federal purchase of forest reserves. Continue reading

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