New Hampshire Focus: World War One’s 100th Anniversary in 2017

World War One was called ‘The Great War’ in 1917 when no one then living could conceive that there might be another. The hostilities affected the entire world, including the citizens of New Hampshire.

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the conflict. On April 6, 1917 we joined our allies, Great Britain, France and Russia. Major General John Pershing commanded more than 2 million soldiers for America. Continue reading

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NH Tidbits: February is African American History Month

Since 1976 every U.S. President has declared February to be Black History Month. Also called National African American History Month, it is considered an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans.  This month is also the time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Corp. Earl Roger Montgomery of Hopkinton NH (1894-1918)

Earl Roger Montgomery, likeness from the Boston Sunday Globe, 1918.

Earl Roger aka E. Roger Montgomery was born 21 April 1894 in Hopkinton NH, son of Jerome & Eliza J. “Liza” (Dunbar) Montgomery.  He had one sibling, William L. Montgomery.  Earl Roger Montgomery grew up in the Contoocook section of Hopkinton and graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1910.

He was known as “Monty” when he attended New Hampshire College (now the University of New Hampshire). Earl was in the Class of 1914 receiving a degree in Arts & Science. According to his obituary, later he later took a special course in banking and commerce at the University of Pennsylvania. Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Private Fred Frechette of Berlin NH (1883-1918)

Francois Joseph Alfred “Fred” Frechette was born in May 1883 and also baptized at Saint-Nicolas, a borough of the city of Levis in Quebec Province, Canada. Even today this district is small, with only 18,437 people.

His parents were Olivier Jean-Baptiste Frechette & Marie Caroline Filteau. Siblings included Olivier E., Marie, William, Georgiana, Joseph, Odina, Celanire [who m. Jacob Couture], Fabiola B., Emma [who m1) Goupill; m2) William Baker], and Theodore. Fred was the next to the youngest child. Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Private Emile St. Hilaire of Berlin NH (1889-1918)

Emile St. Hilaire was born 1 June 1889 at Saint-Romuald, Levis, PQ Canada, the son of Procul & Arthemise (Nolin) St. Hilaire. His siblings included: Lea, Yvonne, and Marie Anna (who later married Ernest J. Perron).

Emile would have grown up and attended school in a village school in Levis Canada. His family moved to Berlin, New Hampshire after 1901 when they are shown in the Canadian Census in Levi, Quebec Canada, and before 1910 when the the family is established in Berlin, Coos County, New Hampshire. Continue reading

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