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New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Peterborough

When the United States entered the World War in April of 1917, the citizens of Peterborough rallied to service.  Over 100 men joined or rejoined the armed service branches in some capacity. By the time the war ended, four gold … Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: MM1 Francis “Frank” Beggs USN of Concord

I must admit that the elusive Frank Beggs was one of my more difficult research projects. All I had was a name on the Concord and New Hampshire Rolls of Honor. His name does not appear on the New Hampshire … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Missing Places: The Goyette Museum of Americana at Peterborough

Sometime shortly before 1946 the Goyette Museum of Americana was opened in Peterborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. A newspaper notice in that year noted its “reopening. In June the Boston Herald wrote: “He has collected Americana 25 years–Maj. A. Erland … Continue reading

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The Face of Oriseville Sarah (Fisher) Frost of Peterborough NH (1848-1929)

At first I thought the handwriting on the back of a lovely gem-sized tintype photo read Drusilla.  The other side with the actual photograph was entitled “Mrs. Frost,” in pencil.  The face that looked out at me was lovely, and … Continue reading

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Nashua NH Composer, Piano Merchant and Civic Leader, William Law “Will” Nutting (1874-1925)

William L. "Will" Nutting

William L. “Will” Nutting

Before it was Darrell’s Music Hall, it was Paine Furniture Music Hall. Before that it was Nutting’s Music Store. And before that it was William L. Nutting Inc.

William Law Nutting was not born, nor did he die, in New Hampshire. But from a lowly piano tuner, he worked his way up until he was one of the leading retail merchants of pianos and “talking machines” in New England. For over twenty years he had a shop and warehouse in Nashua, New Hampshire. After his death, the company continued in his name for several years. Continue reading

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