Famous and Infamous: New Hampshire – January 1876

New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord NH) Issue 4033, Page 2, Wednesday, January 5, 1876 CONCORD AND VICINITY – NEW YEAR

For the credit of the capital of the Granite State abroad, everyone should feel glad that a part of Fisherville lies within the city limits of Concord, for there is enterprise and patriotism enough there to recognize, in a proper manner, such an event as the centennial anniversary of the year of the birth of the American Republic. The citizens there turned out in crowds, and ushered in the new year with joyful demonstrations. At twelve o’clock, midnight, Friday, a salute of one hundred guns was fired, bands of music paraded the streets, and the bells were rung. A large flag was raised, and the streets were illuminated by two large bon-fires and fireworks. There was a good display of the enthusiastic patriotism of old days and the celebration was in every way a success and a credit to the people of the town.  The firing of the salute was distinctly heard here, and also the blowing of the whistle at Brown’s mill.

In this city there was no public demonstration whatever, except the playing of “America” on a tenor horn, by some enterprising individual, who paraded the streets for an hour or two. The same somnolent influence seemed to have attacked the bells that pervade the community, and but for the sounds of the celebration at Fisherville, which came down on the midnight air, or possibly a look into Leavitt’s almanac, one would hardly have known that 1875 lived only in history, and that we had entered upon the centennial year.

On New Year’s eve the Ancient Order of Hibernians held their sixth annual ball at Phenix Hall. A very large number was in attendance and the ball proved to be an immense success. Lovejoy’s band of Nashua, furnished music, and from 8 to 9 o’clock gave a concert. About seventy-five couples took part in the grand march, which was led by floor marshal Wm. a Happny and lady, followed by his aids with their ladies, other members of the club and citizens. The number of dancers was increased to about one hundred couples as the night advanced.  Supper was served at the Elm House, and arrangements made for about ninety couples. The order consisted of twenty-two dances, which was not finished “till the ‘wee-sma’ hours.”  Mr. William A Happny officiated as floor director, with James F. Kelley, Henry Welch, James Collins, Michael Clancy, Timothy Casey, F.J. COllins, Patrick Conway, Thomas Sheehan, John L. Scanlan and P. O’Connor as aides.

A very pleasant little social party took ploace at the Asylum for the Insane, which was participated in by some forty couples. Music was furnished by Hill and Parkhurst’s band, and the evening, till about ten o’clock when the party broke up, was spent in dancing.

The gentlemen in the various railroad offices at the depot held their New Year’s party on Friday evening. They assembled in one of the offices at about half past nine o’clock, and till half past ten passed the time in a very pleasant social manner, when they repaired to the Eagle Hotel, where they partook of an excellent supper. Returning to the depot, they remained to cheer the old year out and the new year in.  The advent of 1876 was hailed with a revolver salute.

A very pleasant party, given by Mr. Henry Woodfork, occurred at the house of Mr. THomas Brown on Cross Street, which was attended by about thirty people. The evening was spent in dancing and singing, and a jolly good time was enjoyed by all.

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