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New Hampshire’s First Woman Embalmer and Funeral Director: Minnie (Edwards) Atwood (1854-1904)

Before it became a profession, care of the dead often fell to women. Generally preparation was bathing the body, and readying the newly departed for a wake and burial. In America, that process changed during the Civil War when those … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s First Woman Governor (Acting), Politician, Civic Leader, and Campaign Advisor: Vesta Maurine (Coward) Roy (1925-2002)

She was born Vesta Maurine Coward on 26 March 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the only daughter of  Percy A. & Mildred J. (Paterson) Coward.  She had three siblings, Thomas, Richard, and James. In 1940 her father was an inspector in … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Tradition of Leadership: The Women’s Delegation

New Hampshire was called “First in the Nation” for many years when our national primary elections truly happened first. Some say that tradition lives on. But in current day politics where several states allow you to pre-vote and caucus events … Continue reading

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The Celebrated Ventriloquist and Professor of Legerdemain & Namesake of Potter Place, New Hampshire: Richard Potter (1783-1835)

I was reading a 1968 article in the Nashua Telegraph about how Potter Place, New Hampshire is reportedly haunted.  I suppose anywhere mankind has lived and died is haunted–Potter Place not less so. Besides, the official New Hampshire state marker … Continue reading

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Concord New Hampshire’s First Female Physician: Dr. Lucinda S. (Capen) Hall (1815-1890)

Mrs. Lucinda S. (Capen) Hall, M.D. was not only Concord, New Hampshire’s first woman physician, but she also was the first woman to receive a medical degree from a New England institution, graduating from the Boston Female Medical College in … Continue reading

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