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Antique Organ Returns to Andover

Antique Organ Returns to Andover

A twelve stop organ, built about 1895 by the Chicago Cottage Organ Company, recently returned to its roots in Andover after a 50 year stay in Franklin. OWNERS OF THE ORGAN THROUGH THE YEARS Anna Maria Bean Severance, who was born in Wilmot in 1860, was believed to have been the original owner of the […]

Early July 4th Celebrations in Andover, 1814-1828

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day and to enjoy our town’s seventy-fifth consecutive Fourth of July Parade, it’s time to take stock of this local tradition. How did Andover celebrate this holiday in its early years? Although Andover had its raw beginnings before the country did, there were probably no Fourth of July celebrations […]

Warner Historical Society Hosts Richard Rubin

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American Veteran of World War I. Then he found another, and another. Eventually, he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. A decade long odyssey to recover the story of a forgotten generation and […]

Tucker Mountain School Open for the Season

Tucker Mountain School Open for the Season

The historic one-room school house will be open to the public on Sunday, June 11, from 1 to 3 PM. Visitors will enjoy seeing the original record book that  began in 1836 and kept through 1883. I have been transcribing the record book and plan to have copies available. Included in the record book is […]

An Odd Character, Andover 1821

In the early 1800s, stagecoach service to and from Boston had come to Andover, but the journey was still a significant undertaking. The stage from Boston to Concord took eleven hours. Travelers could then continue on the stage to Hanover, New Hampshire (another day’s travel) and then to Burlington, Vermont (yet another day). So anyone […]

50 Years Ago in Andover: May 1967

    Good old news from Andover, East Andover, West Andover, Cilleyville, and Potter Place gossip columns from the Franklin Journal Transcripts Transcribed by Virginia S. Edwards   May 4, 1967 Lyndon B. Johnson is President; Number one song, The Happening, by the Supremes; Best Book, The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder; Best Movie, For […]

Everyday Life on an East Andover Farm in 1902

Everyday Life on an East Andover Farm in 1902

  Introduction: In my previous article, Nannie Robie, my grandmother, was writing to her brother Robert, who was working as a hired hand at a farm in Amherst, New Hampshire. It was early spring, and Nannie was passing along family and hometown news. In this article, it is summer, and Robert is working in Lakeport, […]

An Early Bear Hunt on Ragged Mountain

Today we think of Ragged Mountain’s small population of black bears as an important sign of vestigial wildness, part of what keeps Andover a very special place. In the early nineteenth century, however, as the surrounding countryside became increasingly settled and agricultural, bears were regarded as marauding varmints, a bane especially to the sheep that […]

A Search for Ancestors

The names of those listed below are identified in the Andover Town Report for the year ending March 1, 1880, as helping to build the “Town House” (aka the Old Town Hall) the year before. Of these, the 2016 Andover-area telephone directory has listings for local residents named Baker (Andover, Salisbury, Webster, and Wilmot), Brown […]

Everyday Life on an East Andover Farm in 1902

Everyday Life on an East Andover Farm in 1902

  One of my winter projects this year was to better organize my family pictures, genealogical material, and historical information. While doing so, I re-discovered several interesting, family-related items which I enjoyed reading once again. I hope you will enjoy reading this one, too. BACKGROUND INFORMATION My previous two articles used information relating to my […]

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