Famous and Infamous: New Hampshire – September 1869

SEPTEMBER 1869 STATE NEWS (Famous and Infamous)

Col. Frank G. Wentworth of Portsmouth has been appointed to a “lucrative’ position in the New York Custom House.

An effort is making to have an horticultural show in Portsmouth this season.

A fair was recently held in Gosport in aid of the schools, and the sum of $178.80 was realized.

Blodgetts Landing Lake Sunapee NH

Blodgetts Landing, Lake Sunapee (old postcard)

John H. Barr of Nashua caught a cod weighing forty-seven pounds, five miles from the shore, at Marblehead, Mass, on the 23d.  A Mr. Vincent of N. is said to have caught one near the same place, earlier in the season, which weighted sixteen pounds more.

Elliott Whiteford of Nashua has raised ten bushels from two pecks of the Early Rose potato.  Hon. Moody Hobbs of Pelham planted a variety called the Stephens or Early Cranford potato on the 10th of May, and they were perfectly ripe by July 15.  They are as large and as good yielders as the Early Rose.

A new Post Office has been established at East Hampsteaed, and Tappan S. Carter has been appointed Postmaster.

Benj.[amin] Thompson of Wolfboro set out an apple of the variety known as strawberry, May 14th and Aug. 17 ripe fruit was taken from it.

The Pavilion Hotel at Wolfborough isn’t big enough and soon to be enlarged. Stanton has left the Pavilion. We hope Mrs. Surratt’s ghost haunted him there.

A New York Evening Post correspondent thinks the best way to enjoy northern New Hampshire scenery is to lose one’s way among the hills and spend all summer finding it.

Mr. Charles W. Smith, of South New market, lost a valuable young mare on the 24th, by sudden sickness, and thinks she was poisoned.

The Crowleys had a family difficulty in Portsmouth on the 23d.  Besides smashing things badly, Kate cut Tim on the head with an axe.  In return for this love pat, Tim pounded his spouse so that she now lies in bed. All it cost was $11.46.

On the 24ths a smash-up happened to the big wagon which runs between Exeter and Hampton. There were thirty-seven passengers on board, but only one, Hon. William Hale of Dover, was badly injured.

The Telegraph says: Hon Moody Hobbs of Pelham picked up a six by four inch yellow spotted “box turtle” so called, in that town the 23d. The species is rarely found this side of Virginia. Its peculiarity consists in having the power to completely enclose vulnerable portions of its body by means of an inwardly shutting shell, hinged at both ends equidistant from head to tail.

The Gazette says that a horse valued at $300 owned by Robert Harris, was stolen from its pasture in Nashua in the 23d.

Temple was Chartered in 1768 and named after Gov. John Temple. Two thousand acres of land in the town are owned by non-residents as pastures.

First cousins are forbidden to marry in this State after December 24th.  After that date all such marriages will be incestuous in the contemplation of law.  But as not such law exists in Massachusetts or Maine, any loving couple of cousins can easily step over the border and come back lawfully wedded.

Pittsfield has a mineral spring whither the sachems, powahs and high privates of the Penacooks were wont to resort when their systems had become debilitated.  It is on the property of Reuben Cram. When the country was first settled holes, called “Indian cellars” were found. In these holes the sick were placed while undergoing the mineral water-cure. The Indians often came a long way to patronize this spring, before permanently locating underground. We do not learn that the untutored savage ever put up water in bottles for less favored places.

Pittsfield’s new lobby, recently erected at an expense of $70, was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies the night it was completed. An Irishman occupied it. The lobby is on an island called the “Dry Tortugas.”

There are quite a number of Keene men engaged in the marble quarrying business at Rutland. The company is called the Cheshire and is now getting out stone for the Portland Custom House.

Dover had an alarm fire on the 25th. The roof of Ira W. Nute‘s house was on fire, but he was put out with little trouble.

G.W. Gay of Dover, an overseer, being about to leave the Cocheco Manufacturing Co., was presented with two arm chairs on the 20th under the usual infliction of speeches.

The engineers of the Concord and Claremont Railroad have reached Newport.

Newport is to have a new hotel.

At a “pillow-case” masquerade at the Sagamore House, last week, the guests were so admirably disguised that a prominent New York railroad king spent a half-hour in gallanting one of his own daughters, in blissful ignorance of who his partner could be.

An exhibition of life trout, from the celebrated nursery of Robinson & Hoyt of Meredith Village, is a ticket of attraction for the coming State Fair.

Dr. Tewksbury, who was the oldest resident physician in Manchester, died on the 26th of a malignant internal disease which was of a character not yet fully determined, but is supposed to have been cancer of the bowels.  He was fifty years of age and leaves a widow and two children.

Two patriarchal black snakes were killed in Rochester lately. They were both killed at the same time by Azariah Pearl. Each measured eight feet and eight inches.

On the 19th, a young man calling himself Jackson, of Malden Mass., hired a team of L. L. Hanson & Co. of Great Falls to go to Dover, and nothing has been heard of him since.

Among those introduced to Grant at Lake Village was Mrs. Maguire, who navigated her husband’s ship to successfully when the officers were all prostrated.  The President remarked, that he well remembered an account of the event.  A Cuban exile prattled out the hope that the President would recognize the belligerency of the Cuban patriots before long.  The Sphinx only looked the incarnation of wisdom and said nothing.

FROM: Wednesday, September 1, 1869; New-Hampshire Patriot (Concord NH) Issue 3163, page 2

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