Epping and Area History

Sept - Oct 2019| Volume 12, Issue 5

Newsletter Schedule

Have we missed your group or event? Please let us know. Our purpose is to include as many Epping groups and events as possible.

The next issue (Nov-Dec) of this newsletter will be available in early November 2019. We will accept submissions through October 25, 2019 to be included in the next issue. Please send your content, including contact information, for consideration by using the CONTACT US section of our web site or by emailing us.

Epping Historical Society

The Epping Historical society has been a very busy place the last couple of months. We have had several visitors to keep us on our toes! 

One memorable visit was from two ladies from the Hudson, N.H. Historical Society. They found in their collections two pictures of Epping. The first picture was of the French family homestead. This home burned in the 1940’s, and we always refer of it as the Dodge house on French Road. This picture was of a different view from the one we have in our collection. Also, they gave us a wonderful picture of the French family burying ground, near the homestead.  The photo shows the burying ground with stones and enclosed by an iron pipe fence on three sides. This picture was taken in 1912 and the French family was removed from this burying ground in 1920.  All of the remains were removed to the Exeter Cemetery. What a treasure to have this photo to add to our files!

We now have our brochure! Susanne Johnson, one of our volunteers, created, designed, provided pictures, and then printed the brochure and presented us with the final product. We cannot thank her enough for all the work involved in this project. You can find the brochures at the Epping Historical Society, Town Hall and the Library. Once you read it, you will understand what we have in our collections at the Society. Remember you can call for an appointment, even if all you want to do is to look around. Remember we hold the History of Epping in our building!

We are still looking for a couple of unique pictures. Does anyone have a picture of the Old A&P building? This building is where the Historical Society is located, and we would love to have a picture of how we used to look.  Also, does anyone have pictures of a train going over the trestle of the WN&P Railroad, which extends over the Lamprey River on Water Street? These would be great pictures to add to our collection. Several people have asked about our building, and also they are fascinated by the abandoned abutment for the railroad on Water Street.

We are planning to have a program in October.  We will combine an open house with the “Epping of Yesteryear” old house pictures. This will be a power point program, and we encourage anyone to make comments during the presentation. We can all learn so much from the audience, after all many of them live in the houses in the presentation. The program will be on Thursday, October 17th, at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Instead of a story this time, I have a few questions for our readers.  You will find the answers at the end. ---- NO PEEKING!!

DID YOU KNOW?

  1. Four rivers run through Epping. Can you name them?
  2. Where Chicken Street was located, and why it was named Chicken Street?
  3. In 1954, a farm girl in Epping became “Miss New Hampshire”?
  4. The official title of the animal control officer in 1900?
  5. In 1933, a blueprint was drawn for building a Dam and Reservoir in Epping?  This dam was not located on any of our rivers.
  6. Epping had a movie theater, where was it located?
  7. Where the first Fire Station was located?
  8. In 1816, there was snow in June, and a hard freeze every month?
  9. Where the Town Clock is located, and why?
  10. The Town Hall was built in 1891-1892; construction started in September and finished in July.  (This was a winter project!)
  11. Where they made caskets and coffins? They also made furniture.
  12. Where “Stingy River” got its name?
  13. There was a “two story outhouse located in Epping.”
  14. What part of Town was called “Slab City”?
  15. The Memorial park located at the four corners, was the site of a large hotel?
  16. Epping has more than 80 cemeteries?

I hope this walk through time, brings back memories, stories we have heard or actual remembrances of the past.

ANSWERS

  1. The Lamprey River, Stingy River, North River and the Piscassic River.  The first three were easy; I bet you didn’t know the last one!
  2. This Street was re-named St. Laurent Street in honor of Norman St. Laurent who died as a POW in World War II. Many chicken farms were located here in the early 1900’s.
  3. Mae Allen, she lived on Red Oak Hill. She was the daughter of Bert and Fran Allen.
  4. Dog Killer, what can I say? Today that sounds so cruel, but stray dogs were a problem back then.
  5. On Prescott Road, the Brook that runs under the Hoyt Bridge.  This Brook runs to the Lamprey River.
  6. This movie theatre was upstairs in the Leddy building. The theater even had a balcony. How many of you have memories of the balcony?
  7. The first official Fire Station was the brick building on Main Street next to the Library. Before that, the “old pumper” was housed in the basement of the Town Hall, and water was stored in a tank there. Our department was always made up of volunteers, men left their jobs to fight fires. Those who lived in the rural areas were really on their own to fight fires in their homes and barns, depending on their neighbors for help.
  8. This was a bad year for farmers; we now know the cold was caused by a volcano erupting in Asia. 
  9. The clock is housed in the Community Church tower, after it was built; they realized it did not fit in the Town Hall tower. The Town always paid a person to wind the clock.
  10. A fast build, considering equipment and manpower at that time.
  11. This building is where the Dentist’s office is located. Most Funeral Homes had other occupations to make a living.
  12. The official name was the Pawtuckaway River, but during a barn raising, next to the river, where friends and neighbors provided the labor, their “pay” was a good supper and plenty of spirits to drink. This homeowner provided  little food and WATER!.
  13. The only one I am aware of is located on Plumer Road. Just imagine!
  14. This was in the Old Nottingham Road area. This was quite a lumbering community at the time.
  15. It is hard to believe a large hotel was in that small lot. The porch was right on the sidewalk. It burned in 1919, and ended up buried under the park.
  16. Yes, we have a lot of family cemeteries, and two more have been officially located.

Have you had enough? How many could you answer without peeking?

Come visit us at the Society, we are open Monday mornings from 8:00 to 12:00, or when the flag is flying!  Call for an appointment if this does not fit your schedule

Submitted by Joy True, curator, Epping Historical Society
joysgarden@hotmail.com

The Civil War Roundtable of NH

NH graves at Soldiers’ Cemetery in Gettysburg
(Photo by Bill Hallett)

The Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire welcomes anyone with an interest in the American Civil War who would like to be with others who share the same desire to learn more of this time in American history. We are an informal club with the only requirement being a Civil War enthusiast.  If you or a friend has an interest in the American Civil War, we invite you to come check us out.

Founded in May 1991, the Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire is a group of men and women, young and old, who share our interests, both blue and gray, in the pivotal era of American history known as the Civil War.  We are open to the public and welcome all!  As our slogan goes, “There’s no time like the present to join us in the past.”

For more information on the group and a complete schedule of meetings and news, please visit the web site: www.cwrt-nh.org or email cwrtnh@gmail.com.

This is the upcoming CWRT-NH schedule:

We are currently booking 2019 meetings. If you know someone, or would like to offer a talk to our group, please email: cwrtnh@gmail.com.

Note: The schedule is subject to change without notice.  You can access the CWRT-NH website for the current schedule.  If a meeting is cancelled, a notice will be put on ETV.

July & August - no meetings - summer break

September 13, 2019 (note: this is the 2nd Friday) ~ Gary Dyson - "A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans."

October 18, 2019 ~ Jan & Dave Drake - "Letters Home: The Civil War Letters of George W. Harwood, 36th MA Regt 1862-1865."

November 8, 2019 (note: this is the 2nd Friday) ~ Marek Bennett - TBA .

December 2019 ~ no meeting