Category: Not So Long Ago

The White Plague

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer If you read the death notices that were in some of the old yearly Town Reports of New Hampshire you will find that the cause of death was given for those who died the previous year. Sometimes that cause was noted as “ Consumption.” That word did

WWI –Air Fights, Sacrifice & Drama

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer There was plenty of what might be called ordinary news in the Wednesday issue of The News and Critic newspaper of March 6, 1918, including political gatherings, sports events, NH fish and game activities, the weather report, church meetings, death notices, along with information about the activities

Soldiers Stuck In The Mud

  by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer There was plenty of what might be called ordinary news in the Wednesday issue of The News and Critic newspaper of March 6, 1918, including political gatherings, sports events, NH fish and game activities, the weather report, church meetings, death notices, along with information about the

An 1885 Landslide

  by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer Snow in large amounts sliding down the side of a mountain is called an avalanche. Earth, usually wet earth, commonly called mud, sliding down a mountain is called a landslide. Anyone who is at all knowledgeable about Crawford Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Easter Endeavours

Easter Sunday in the year 1896 was observed on April 5th. The April 3, or Good Friday, issue of The Belknap Republican made no mention of the Christian holy days on its front page, but used a back page to print a few stories related to Easter. The newspaper printed a poem titled “Easter Day”,

Same Old, Same Old

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer What were New Hampshire residents thinking about 120 years ago? Like this year of 2016 the year 1896 was an election year. An editorial page observation of The Belknap Republican newspaper of that previous year awakened the curiosity part of my brain into a pursuit of answering

The Committees Of “5” and “15”

by Robert Hanaford Smith Weirs Times Contributing Writer Just to be clear, I am not giving the report by the committee of five or the report of the fifteen; I’m just reporting on the report of the five that was published in the Granite Monthly issue of December, 1895. Committees have been around for a long