New Hampshire WWI Military: Wagoner Burns Woodbury Bailey of New Boston

The town of New Boston, New Hampshire has always been good at recognizing their heroes.  They have plaques and memorials galore. They’ve included military events and participants in their history books. The New Boston Historical Society has a wonderful web site that includes a page on “New Boston in the Great War.”   To see a photograph and transcription of the WWI monument (and others) in New Boston, see: Nutfield Genealogy: New Boston, New Hampshire Military Honor Roll. Continue reading

100 Years Ago: WWI and the New Year (January 1918)

Cold Weather Headline from Portsmouth
Herald of 31 December 1917

In most New Hampshire places newspapers were not published on New Year’s Day, however many were printed on New Year’s Eve 1917, and January 2, 1918. The following compilation is gleaned from those publications.

New England was in the grip of “the coldest weather on record” as the new year of 1918 dawned. Boston was reported 14 below zero (Fahrenheit), while Northfield Vermont shivered at 40 below and claimed to be the coldest spot in New England. Areas in New York State were reporting 69 below in some places. Continue reading

Laconia Motorcycle Week History: 100 Years Old

The Weirs, Laconia NH in August 1936 – “Screwball” Motorcycle Club (two years before Bike Week events were moved there). Photograph by B.H. Webster, property of Janice W. Brown.

Laconia Motorcycle Week is quickly approaching [June 10-18, 2017] and once again discussion arises as to how old this event really is. The official commercial web site says that it is 99 years old. In my humble opinion, that’s fake news. On the other hand, the answer “just depends” on what you consider to be the starting point.

My father, Berwin “Webby” Webster was an active participant starting back in the late 1920s. He took multiple photographs to prove it. In 2015 I wrote a comprehensive year-by-year history of the event Continue reading