Category: Not So Long Ago

Ghosts That Won’t Go Away

The Old Center Cemetery in Andover, New Hampshire has been classified as one of the fifty creepiest burial grounds in the world, supposedly haunted by ghosts. by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr.Weirs Times Contributing Writer Somehow what has long been called a hallowed evening, Halloween, was long ago turned into something opposite, something intended to be scary,

Life-Style Of The Scotch-Irish NH In The 1700’s

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer The first settlers of Peterborough, New Hampshire were the Scotch-Irish who moved to colonial America from Antrim County in northern Ireland and they brought with them the way of life passed down to them from their ancestors. By necessity they were hard workers; laziness was considered a

The Man Who Thought He Was A Tree

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer His name is T.E.M. White and I call him a person of interest, not because law enforcement authorities had any special interest in him, but because reading about his life reveals him to have been an interesting person. Probably few people who read this even know about

Colonists & Indians -A Historian’s View Of NH In 1871

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer “Out with the old and in with the new” says the old New Year’s adage with much that is reasonable behind it. It is not always wise to be rid of the old, however, and that includes old books. I almost passed on the opportunity to read

The Witch’s Brew Mystery Woman Unmasked – Part II

>>Click to read PART ONE of this two part column <<   by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer The results of investigative reporting may not be welcome to those who prefer that the identity of the alleged witch be kept a mystery, but even perhaps the earliest printed account of the story admits

The Witch’s Brew Mystery Woman Unmasked – Part 1

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer I have read several versions of the story about the so-called witch of New Hampton, New Hampshire and have written about her, but my curiosity concerning this reportedly reclusive and mysterious woman who lived in the 1700’s and early 1800’s led me to a search for more

Homecoming Day Came To Stay In New Hampton

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer An immense bonfire on Shingle Camp Hill in the town of New Hampton lit up the sky on a Saturday night in the summer of or near 1910 as it announced the beginning of the Old Home Week celebration. A local newspaper reported that “This welcoming beacon

Last Race At Belknap Was The Greatest

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer It was at the end of the 99th lap of the 100 Mile National Championship Motorcycle Race at the Belknap Recreation Area in Gilford, New Hampshire, and 19 year old Jody Nicholas, who started strong and had led all but two of the laps around the race

New Hampshire Red Men & Odd Fellows

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer “The Union”, the Manchester, NH newspaper of 1906 reported on the activities of the Red Men of New Hampshire in the Spring of that year. You might be surprised to learn that a new tribe known as Squamtum, No. 47, was said to have been organized in

It Happened In The Month Of May

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer As you know, the month of May can bring to the New Hampshire landscape a variety of weather from cold and snow to the sweltering-like heat of a summer’s day along with the expected springing to life of leaves and grass and the fulfillment of its promise

‘Doc’ Smith – State Veterinarian

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer After reading about the life of Robinson W. Smith, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, I am struck with wonderment as to how the busy and accomplished animal doctor could add so many other activities to his life. Dr. Smith was born in Meredith, New Hampshire on May 18,

1950s Progressive Production Of Wood Pulp And Paper

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer Berlin, New Hampshire, in the state’s north country, has been described as the city that trees built because it had its beginnings as a sawmill and was built around the lumber business. In the year 1956 the Brown Company of Berlin was New England’s largest producer of

When A Newspaper Built Houses

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer It is not unusual for a local newspaper company to report the news concerning a building project in the community it serves, but it is exceptional for the media to be doing the building project unless it involves its own facilities. Nevertheless, during the depression years of