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Killed by Locomotive on Christmas Day: John Langdon Swain of Meredith and Laconia NH (1824-1866)

The face of John Langdon Swain peers out from a postage-stamp sized (i.e. gem) tintype photograph.  He was the fourth great-grandson of Jeremiah & Mary (Smith) Swain of Reading, Massachusetts. The tintype was another of my online auction ‘finds’ which … Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Laconia

Otto E. Duerr, historian of the City of Laconia, summed up the city’s military participation in WWI through his recap in the 1919 annual report. [Extract of 1919 WWI Honor Roll Laconia]. A total of 553 people were on the … Continue reading

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Laconia Motorcycle Week History: 100 Years Old

Laconia Motorcycle Week is quickly approaching [June 10-18, 2017] and once again discussion arises as to how old this event really is. The official commercial web site says that it is 99 years old. In my humble opinion, that’s fake … Continue reading

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Some Descendants of John Brown of Hampton, New Hampshire

I can almost see a few of my readers, shaking their heads in dismay, as they look at the title.  Oh no!  Not another Brown family.  The Brown surname in New Hampshire is about as prevalent as leaf peepers in … Continue reading

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99 Years of History: Gypsy Tour Day to New Hampshire Motorcycle Week to Laconia Motorcycle Week

New Hampshire is home to America’s Original Motorcycle Rally. Its a 99th year anniversary in New Hampshire in 2015, if you count sequentially from 1916—when some 150 motorcyclists unofficially gathered at Weirs Beach. By the following year (1917) the Motorcycle … Continue reading

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