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New Hampshire World War I Military: Private Ralph W. Shirley of Conway NH (1896-1918)

Ralph Wellington Shirley was born on 28 May 1896 in Conway, Carroll County NH, son of Arthur R. & Bessie (Moody) Shirley and grandson of  Joshua & Mary E. (Woodward) Shirley.  He had siblings Lela E. (b 1894), Earl A. … Continue reading

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He Kept New Hampshire Beds Warm: Concord’s Louis F. Gillette (1857-1937)

In the early twentieth century most New Hampshire homes did not have central heating, and warming pans were in common use. These devices warmed up the sheets, and also kept the bed warm at least for a few hours, especially … Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire’s Lafayette Park

The first mention of Manchester, New Hampshire’s Lafayette Park, can be found in the 1903 Receipts and Expenditures of the City of Manchester (NH), when it is stated: “Extensive improvements were made at Lafayette Park which came into possession of … Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire’s Michael Prout: He put the ‘Prout’ in ‘Prout Park’

Michael Prout was an English farmer’s son, born 24 Feb 1824 in Plymouth, Devon, England.  It is not known what influenced his immigration to the United States, that  occurred about 1845.  What is definitively known is that Michael Prout was living … Continue reading

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