New Hampshire Cow Stories: A Backward Cow Ride

Consider this story a little “cow blip” on your screen. From time to time I include a brief cow-related story, so that I don’t disappoint those who visit this blog thinking it is about bovine creatures.  This is the last one for this year.

The Tuesday, August 21, 1866 edition of the Weekly Union (Manchester, New Hampshire) newspaper on page 2 offered this cow story, entitled, “A Backward Cow Ride.”  The story begins: “During the revolutionary war, when a corps of the American army was encamped near the borough of Elizabethtown, N.J., an officer, who, by the way, was more of a devotee of Venus than of Mars, paid his addresses to a lady of distinction, whom he was in the habit of visiting nightly, in the cultivation of the kindly feelings which love so cordially inspires. On a discovery of the repeated absence of the officer, and of the place where interviews with his dulcinea were had, some waggish friends resolved to play off a handsome trick at his expense which should deter him from a repetition of his amorous visits.Continue reading

10 Ways Marketers are Making you Addicted to Genealogy


In Goshen New Hampshire, ‘landing a pike’ is
serious business. Like the famed Frankenstein-
hunting mob, the locals gather with spears and
clubs. Then they stand poised, as if to
pose for a photograph on the banks of a
lake, ready to strike. (I hope you
realize this is humor).

What better way to start a blog post about click-bait than by creating one? The title of this post is a lie, of course. A click-bait title is melodramatic, sensational, excessive, and shocking. It draws on your guilt or your sense of disbelief. “That cannot be,” you think, but you mouse click just to be certain. Continue reading

Bradford New Hampshire Humorist, Author, Vaudeville Actor and Dramatist Will Martin Cressy (1863-1930)

Will M. Cressy

Will M. Cressy

Will Martin Cressy was born 29 October 1863 at Bradford, New Hampshire. According to his autobiography,   “before going on the stage he was successively a carpenter, machinist, marine engineer, watchmaker, commercial traveler, and hotel clerk.”  Will’s father was first a teacher, and later in 1910 a grain merchant (Cressy & Company) in Concord NH. At that time Will’s family was living at 24 South Street, Concord NH [corrected from South State Street, see comment] and that address is what Cressy used as his permanent address while traveling as a performer during his long vaudeville career. Continue reading

Will Cressy’s Humorous History of New Hampshire (1925)

Will Cressy was a New Hampshire born humorist and vaudeville performer who wrote a series of booklets entitled, “Will Cressy’s Humorous History of ——–.”  An entire blog post dedicated to him can be found elsewhere.  For now, only the history pertinent to New Hampshire is shown here.  The illustrations shown here, unless indicated differently, were not found in the original pamphlet.

as found in The Granite Monthly, Vol 57, March 1925, No. 3, page 106

The Ark on Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. (SPOOF).  Photograph created using a real photograph of Mt. Washington, taken circa 1900 and a sketch of Noah's Ark, taken from The Bible panorama 1891.

The Ark on Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. (SPOOF). Photograph created by J. W. Brown meshing two real photographs– one of Mt. Washington circa 1900, and a sketch of Noah’s Ark, taken from The Bible panorama 1891.

MOUNT WASHINGTON was the highest point in the Garden of Eden. When the Ark finally landed NOAH stepped out, looked around and said, —- “Who said this was Ararat? This is MOUNT WASHINGTON, in NEW HAMPSHIRE.”

And HAM took his family and went down through Dixville Notch and started Portsmouth.

And SHEM went down Crawford Notch route and started Nashua.

And JEPHET took the Franconia Notch route and settled at Concord. Continue reading