He Looked to the Stars: Andover New Hampshire’s Premier Astronomer and Author, Prof. John Robie Eastman, A.M. Ph.D., Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) (1836-1913)

John Robie Eastman, photograph from the Naval Oceanography Portal, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, United States Navy

John Robie Eastman, photograph from the Naval Oceanography Portal, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, United States Navy

 

There are so many interesting people from New Hampshire who are relatively unknown to most current natives–John Robie Eastman is one. The  son of Royal F. & Sophronia (Mayo) Eastman, he was born 29 July 1836 in Andover, Merrimack Co. NH and d. 26 Sep 1913 in Franklin, Merrimack Co. NH, at a private hospital. Continue reading

Hinsdale New Hampshire Journalist, Editor, and Publisher: Charles Anderson Dana (1819-1897)

He was born to a modest merchant family in Hinsdale, New Hampshire in 1819.

His mother having died when he was nine years old, he spent his early years with his maternal grandfather in Guildhall VT where he was provided a modest local education.  At the age of twelve he moved to Buffalo NY to work for his paternal uncle, William Uncle in the general store of Staats & Dana. The “Panic of 1837” caused his uncle’s store to go under and he was without employment. Continue reading