Famous and Infamous: New Hampshire – May 1876

STATE ITEMS: Famous and Infamous

The Laconia Democrat is for sale.Morrison Bridge Antrim NH

A haunted house is the latest sensation a Rye.

The History of Peterboro’ is nearly completed.

The Pittsfield bank is to be moved to Manchester.

A military company has been organized at Lancaster.

The President has nominated Asa Smith Postmaster at Keene.

A Plainfield hen is doing her centennial best by laying two eggs a day.

A.J. Putnam & Co., tanners at Wilton, are reported as having failed.

The Odd Fellows of South Newmarket are having a hall built over the Post Office.

Farm help is plenty, and at $30 per month without board, and from $16 to $20 with board.

Rev. Stephen S. Hebbard has resigned the pastorate of the Universalist Church at Portsmouth, to take effect June 1.

Marlow academy closed on the 12th inst., the term being a very successful one under the instruction of D.W. McKeen.

The valuation of Dover is $7,500,000; rate of taxation 1.35 per cent lower than any other city in the State.

Benjamin Nichols of Keene, was badly stunned by being thrown from his carriage while on his way to church on Sunday.

Forty feet and four inches of black snakes was the quantity dug out from under a stump in Brookline. There were ten of them.

At a meeting of the directors of the Souhegan National Bank in Milford on Monday morning, R.R. Howison was elected President in place of Wm. B. Towne, deceased.

The champion skunk warmer of Whitefield is John Robbins, who single handed, crawled under his barn the other night and clubbed nine perfume dispensers to death.

The Colebrook Weekly News is the name of a new newspaper soon to be published at Colebrook, the first number of which is to appear the 26th inst. In politics it will be Republican.

Harrison Otis Bemis of Keene, a brakeman on the Cheshire Railroad, had his skull seriously fractured at Bull Run bridge on Sunday morning. He remains insensible, but may recover.

Before the Manchester Police Court on Friday six boys were fined $5 and costs for putting a rope across a sidewalk, which tripped a lady named Mrs. J.C. Balch, causing serious injuries.

The elegant estate on Drew street, Portsmouth, known as Peter Joneses’ homestead, was purchased at private sale on Friday for the Old Ladies’ Home. Possession will be given three months from date, when it will be appropriately dedicated.

At a town meeting held at Hollis May 6th, the town voted 140 to 64 to accept the legacy of $10,000 from the late Mary S. Farley to be devoted to the support of a High School, under certain conditions and restrictions.

A trip was made, two or three days ago, in a birch canoe, from W. Stewartstown to North Straford via Connecticut river, in a trifle over two hours. The tourists were rivermen, one of them an Indian. The distance by river is more than 25 miles.

A brakeman in Upper Bartlett walking not long since on top of a car slightly covered with snow, slipped and fell on the track, and escaped serious injury by his agility in placing himself length wise on the truck and the cars passed over him without causing him a single scratch.

At a recent disinterment of bodies in Greenland, preparatory to their removal to a family lot, it was found that a bunch of myrtle placed on the breast of a little child buried sixteen years ago was as fresh as if gathered the day before. Even the shroud was in a good state of preservation.

A Marlow correspondent to the Keene Sentinel says that while shingling the West side of his house recently, Mr. Luther Huntley discovered underneath the old shingles part of a copy of the NH Patriot dated 1809. The paper was in a good state of preservation though it had lain there nearly sixty-seven years. As it was found over a hole it is supposed to have been put there to prevent snow from sifting through. If such was the case it has served the purpose admirably, for neither snow nor rain has ever been known to penetrate this part of the roof.

President Smith of Dartmouth College, Revs. F.D. Ayer and E.H. Greeley of Concord and Rev. S.L. Gerrould of Goffstown have issued a circular to each Congregational clergyman in the State requested that he deliver a discourse relative to the history of the church with which he is connected on Sunday, July 9, and that day be set apart by all the churches of the denomination as a “day of special praise and thanksgiving to God for blessings bestowed upon them and upon the nation, and that a general thank-offering be made in the churches and Sunday schools, the proceeds thereof to be appropriated to aid our weaker churches.”

The Lake Village Times says that two loons were recently caught upon hooks set in forty feet of water, near the Weirs.  The hooks were baited with live minnows, and many people will be surprised to learn by this incident the depth to which these birds descend in search of food. One of the loons tore himself loose, in his struggles, and escaped, but the other was taken, uninjured, and brought to Lake Village, where he has been confined in the water at the bottom of the hose tower connected with the engine house of Niagara No. 1.  He takes his ration of fish with avidity, and does not appear particularly discommoded by his strange quarters. It was at first proposed to chloroform him and have his skin stuffed and mounted as an ornament for the hall of the company. It seems, though that a better use could be made of so magnificent a specimen of a bird so rarely taken alive.

FROM: Wednesday, May 17, 1876; New-Hampshire Patriot (Concord NH) Issue: 4052; Page 2

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