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New Hampshire’s First Woman Embalmer and Funeral Director: Minnie (Edwards) Atwood (1854-1904)

Before it became a profession, care of the dead often fell to women. Generally preparation was bathing the body, and readying the newly departed for a wake and burial. In America, that process changed during the Civil War when those … Continue reading

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Newport New Hampshire Teacher, Suffragist, Civic & Club Leader, Business Woman: Mary Matilda (Putnam) Sibley (1860-1927)

There was very little that Mary Matilda (Putnam) Sibley could not do. She was the daughter of Marshall & Mary M. (Carroll) Putnam, born in 1860 in Croydon, Sullivan County New Hampshire, just before the Civil War began. She was … Continue reading

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2017 New Hampshire and National Women’s History Month

History is not celebrated in a vacuum.  When you pay notice to an event such as National Women’s History Month, you must also include the history of New Hampshire women. Women’s History Week was first observed in Sonoma County, California … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s First Woman Governor (Acting), Politician, Civic Leader, and Campaign Advisor: Vesta Maurine (Coward) Roy (1925-2002)

She was born Vesta Maurine Coward on 26 March 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the only daughter of  Percy A. & Mildred J. (Paterson) Coward.  She had three siblings, Thomas, Richard, and James. In 1940 her father was an inspector in … Continue reading

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The Face of Bristol, New Hampshire’s Margaret Hall (Sleeper) Fling (1828-1908)

She was born Margaret Hall Sleeper on 20 November 1828 in Bristol, Grafton Co. New Hampshire. Her parents were Reverend Walter & Nancy (Plaisted) Sleeper. According to the History of the Town of Bristol, New Hampshire, Margaret’s father was one … Continue reading

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