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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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Nashua NH’s Long-Time Merchandiser, Business and Civic Leader, and Choirist: Gertrude May Batchelder (1891-1974)

This photograph of Gertrude May Batchelder was probably taken around her high school graduation of 1910 in Nashua NH. She was an only child, born in Somersworth, New Hampshire, attending schools in the Portsmouth NH area, until 1905 when her … Continue reading

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Concord New Hampshire’s Odd Fellows’ Home now Presidential Oaks

I have a personal connection to Presidential Oaks located at 200 Pleasant Street in Concord, New Hampshire–my grandfather, Clarence Webster, died there in 1969.  It was called the Odd Fellows’ Home back then, and he was really happy to be … Continue reading

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The Early History of Manchester New Hampshire’s Hesser Business College (now Mount Washington College) and the Hesser Family

The small business school started in Manchester, New Hampshire by Joel Harter Hesser on 1 June 1900 (for the first few years  called simply “Hesser School”) still exists, though it no longer bears its founder’s name. In 2013 Hesser College … Continue reading

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New Hampshire: Census Whacking

You can call it “Census Whacking” if you want.

Genealogists are amused by the darndest things–in this case … Continue reading

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