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New Hampshire WWI Military: Private Roy H. Bent of Wilton

The town of Wilton NH had about 1500 citizens when World War I began.  The town send its best and brightest youth to service including (not a complete list) Andrew W. Bean, Michael H. Barry, Joseph O. Berube, Roy H. … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Last Highwaymen

New Hampshire doesn’t seem like a hot-spot for highwaymen, and indeed there have not been many. In the early history of the State, travelers either did not have much coin or they didn’t travel with it. Because the roads were … 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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New Hampshire’s First Female Aviator, Well-Known Photographer and Philanthropist: Bernice Blake Perry (1905-1996)

Bernice Gertrude Blake was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on 2 March 1905,  one of four children born to Edward C. & Gertrude (Hurd) Blake.  Her father was an English-Canadian immigrant who had founded Blake’s Creamery, originally as a milk … Continue reading

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