07 August 2015

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Funeral Train Talk in Milton

"Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Funeral Train"

Wednesday, August 26th
6:45 pm
in the American Legion Hall 
Steeple Street, Milton

presented by 
Carl Lindblade
Affiliate Professor
University of New Hampshire

Spread the word!  Deception, Cover Up Betrayal, A Russian Spy, the A Bomb, A Nation Mourns, A White Cadillac Convertible.  A Russian Portrait Painter, all in four days of history!
Soldiers Helpers is hosting this event.  There is no admission charge.  Instead, if able, please consider bringing an item for a Troop Care Package.  Items in need are: white crew socks, boxer shorts, plain T-shirts (not white), and DVDs.  They will also be passing the hat to give the volunteer speaker a small stipend.  Light refreshments will be served.

Any questions, please call Alice at 603-781-4195

An old newsreel about the funeral.

Carl Lindblade speaks about the FDR Funeral Train in this clip from a past talk.

Learn More

Soldiers Helpers on the Web

Funeral of President Roosevelt on You Tube

The Presidency:  Franklin D. Roosevelt Funeral Train on You Tube

03 July 2015

Central Street Comparisons-How Many Differences Can You See?

Once Farmington had a robust town center, Central Street has been one of the busiest, well known streets in town. The street and the surrounding areas have changed over the years. While we were sorting through our vast catalog of photos we came across these three photographs of the street, three times, just a few years apart. The views are from different angles. Some of the differences are striking, others more mundane. Click on the picture to enlarge it.  Study the pictures and leave a comment that answers these questions.
  • How many differences can you find?  
  • Which picture do you think was taken first?   
  • Which photo was taken next? 
  • Which picture was taken last?  
  • What clues did you use to order these photos?

A Peek at the Farmington Souvenir Ceramic Collection of Farmington Resident Norma Park-Part 1

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit longtime local resident Norma Park and take a look at the items she had chosen to collect over the years. Norma has many special and unusual items in her collection, as well as the ordinary, but I specifically visited her to see her collection of Farmington, New Hampshire souvenir ceramics. The were ceramic plates, dishes, etc. produced as souvenir trinkets for travelers coming through our town and were sold by several of our department stores in the last portion of the 19th century. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did. Thank you Norma for letting everyone have a chance to see them.

Do You Like NH Bridges? Take a Look at This Recent Donation

The Farmington Historical Society recently received a wonderful donation. We received a large, expansive photo collection of covered bridges in the United States. Each state is in separate collection book. Each bridge is photographed from the front side and generally from the opposing side of the body of water they traverse and identifying information is provided. We are deeply grateful for the donation and are honored to preserve this unique catalog for future generations. The following is an account of the person that created the collection.

Whittaker Covered Bridge Ossipee, NH

"Jerry H. Cate was born in 1938 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He moved to Rochester in 1956 and then to Farmington on the Ten Rod Road, where he built his dream home: a log cabin.  He was a licensed electrician, working all over the different states from Maine to Massachusetts.  He was an avid fisherman and game hunter.  As he grew nearer to his retirement years, he put down his rifle for a camera.  He loved photographing the wild life and God's creation of brooks and lakes.  In 1998, he started traveling the United Stated, photographing the covered bridges.  Here are the results of his work.  Hope you enjoy viewing these as much as he did." Dot Hutchins (Jerry's sister)

Whittaker Covered Bridge Ossipee, NH

05 June 2015

June 5 Presentation: Tales from the Flatlander Chronicles with Author Brendan Smith

"Tales from the Flatlander Chronicles"

Friday, June 5th
7:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Brendan Smith
Humorist, Wiers Times Columnist

Brendan Smith moved to New Hampshire from Long Island, New York in 1985.  His first ten years were spent learning to adjust to life here in Central New Hampshire, the last seventeen have been spent writing about his adventures and misadventures for the Weirs Times as a "Flatlander" - From "Raking The Roof" to "A Day At The Dump" and everything in between. In 1997 after being a contributor to the Weirs Times for many years, Brendan came to work for the Weirs Times and is now the editor.

Among his "Flatlander" accomplishments: he started the group F.A.T.S.O. (Flatlanders Adjusting to Solitary Oblivion) a winter support group for new transplants; he has run for Governor of New Hampshire under The Flatlander Ticket and has entertained groups and organizations around the state with his speaking.

Brendan'sweekly "F.O.O.L. in New Hampshire" column now takes a tongue-in cheek view on anything and everything that has to do with New Hampshire, The Country and the world. He has also published his first book "The Flatlander Chronicles".

Brendan lives in Laconia with his wife, Kimberly.

Brendan Smith was born and raised on Long Island, New York, a bagel’s throw from New York City. In 1985, Brendan unexpectedly found himself moving to Central New Hampshire. Over the next ten years, he worked hard at adjusting to life there. From learning to rake his roof, to buying firewood for the first time, to trying to fit into the social setting of a morning at the dump, he found that these, and many more adjustments, would not be very easy for this Flatlander. Since 1995, Brendan has been recounting these humorous adventures weekly on the pages of The Weirs Times. This book contains the best of those early columns.

Learn More

Wiers Times Online - Brendan Smith

A F.O.O.L. in New Hampshire

25 May 2015

Farmington Honors its Veterans At Annual Memorial Day Parade

Farmington Veterans Corner

During the Farmington Annual Memorial Day Parade, a commemorative
wreath is cast into the Cocheco River from the Bridge on Main Street. 
 Greetings and a good day to all of our members and those that support us with their efforts and encouragement. We are hoping to see you along the Parade Route on Sunday, May 24th., with the Farmington Memorial Day Parade starting at the Pine Grove Cemetery at 11am.
We are hoping to hold our services with the support of The Carlton Woman's Relief Corp carrying out the major parts at the two locations before we hit the Old Town Hall. They are responsible for the re-dedication of the large monument at the Cemetery that reminds us of a war that tore our states apart. The large monument is in memory and honor of the soldiers that died and served during The Civil War. 

The memorial service with the casting of flowers at the bridge is to honor the memory of those that perished at sea during all wars.

The roll call of those from Farmington that died during the wars is held at the start of the parade with the re-dedication of the monuments and the roll calls will take place before the parade breaks up. It is only fitting that we remember all of those that have served and enlisted through our town. 

Pictured here are World War II veterans Meat Merrill, Carl Worster, Eddie Gray, Geoerge Worster, and Bob Worster,
taken from "Images of Farmington". 
We have had to remember our own losses with services the past two weeks of members that have been laid to rest finally that passed this past winter which reminds us that there have been many changes that we can't change, but only wish to carry on in their memories, so come if you can and support those that are still able to carry on this town's tradition of holding a Memorial Day Parade.

Until next time remember to thank a veteran, no matter when or where they have served. God bless you all and take care.

Gale Grace

Article Reprinted from The Puddledock Press

Editor's Note:  This is a timely article that was not in the May issue and it will be over by the June issue, so it can only be featured online. -SJF