Newmarket New Hampshire’s Tiger No. 1 and Its Creator Edward S. Lesley

Tiger No. 1 fire engine, back of photograph dated June 1952, Dover NH. If any can identify the exact location and the identity of the man, please contact me or leave a comment.

Tiger No. 1 hand-tub fire engine, back of photograph dated June 1952, Dover NH. If any can identify the exact location and the identity of the man, please contact me or leave a comment.

Fire can be a great creator or a great destroyer. In 1936 several newspapers carried a story about annual Fire Prevention week, where it describes that Ahun, a little town of 2,000 people in central France, claimed a notable record of no fires for 600 years.

The story goes on to say that fires, like tigers, are most easily tamed when very young. Perhaps this thought is the origin of the name of the Tiger No. 1 hand-tub engine built for the Newmarket New Hampshire fire department in 1852.  Continue reading

New Hampshire’s Missing Heirloom Apples

The conversation had started off innocently enough. I purchased a scabbed and ugly, but still interesting looking apple at the Merrimack Farmer’s Market from Tom Mitchell who runs Ledge Top Farm in Wilton, New Hampshire. His apples are certified naturally grown, offering chemical-free fruit and vegetables to local communities.

Jona-Red apple

Jona-Red apple, photograph by Janice W. Brown, Cow Hampshire Blog

“Its a Jona-Red,” Tom said in his Yankee farmer way, as if I should have an idea what that is. I was born and raised in the city, and had, before today, mostly favored the “Macs” and “Granny” apples. The Jona-Red was amazing–crunchy when I bit into it, with a lovely sweet flavor.

I had wondered for a long time why the apple pies of today don’t taste the same as the ones Grandma used to make.  Well doh! If the apples in the pie are different that might be a big reason. Being the researcher that I am, now I needed to learn more about the apples of my ancestors.
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