Tag Archives: Contoocook

The Singing Dairy Farmer of Contoocook NH: Don Rondo (1930-2011)

He was born Donald Theodore Rondeau, but his fans knew him as “Don Rondo.” He grew up on his father’s dairy farm and later would work as a milk-tank truck driver, bulldozer operator. He was a plumber’s apprentice when he … Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Hopkinton and Contoocook

In 2017 the Town of Hopkinton, New Hampshire’s Historical Society presented an amazing series of seminars and educational programs on the town’s involvement in World War I and how it affected everyone. The Hopkinton Library offered a list of recommended … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Concord New Hampshire’s Famed Spiritualist, Medium and Clairvoyant: Sophia (Bradley) Woods Craddock (1837-1909)

This story about Mrs. Sophia (Bradley) Craddock (or her preferred “S.B. Craddock”) started with my purchase of a photograph. Shown here to the left, it was taken in Maurice S. Lamprey’s Washington Square studio in Fisherville, New Hampshire. I can’t … Continue reading

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Concord New Hampshire’s Connection to Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

Much has been written about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, his death, and the ensuing search for his killers.  That horrible event happened 150 years ago today [April 14, 2015], with Lincoln dying at 7:22 a.m. the next morning. It was a … Continue reading

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