Epping and Area History

Jan - Feb 2019| Volume 12, Issue 1

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 (March-April) of this newsletter will be available in early March 2019. We will accept submissions through February 23, 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

This is the first time I have written 2019, where did the year go? I am sure many of the readers of this publication, feel the same way. It has been an exciting year at the Society. There have been many changes within our building.

We have new flooring, and work has commenced on the back room. Our plan is to create more storage in the area. We have insulated and cleaned the area, making the back room bright and clean. Shelving is being installed to house material seldom used. Any duplicates of research material we have will be housed on these shelves. How many of you remember the large signs, honoring Jack Sharkey that were hanging at MacDonald’s in Epping? We have hung them on the walls in our new room. Although the room is not heated in the winter, in warmer months anyone will be able to access any research material that is housed there.

In the past month, we have received another Old German doll, and a very small china kewpie doll, also, a box of very old paper dolls. They have been cut out, and we are busy sorting them. They date from the 1920’s, when the dolls were made of paper, not cardboard. The paper clothing is amazing! It makes me want to play with paper dolls again. Remember, once an adult, twice a child! Thank you, Sand,y for the donations!

A lady came into the Society bearing two photo albums and a Bible from the family. They are very old, but the pictures need identifying. They are on temporary loan, in hopes someone can identify the folks. They are from the Purington, Eaton and Parker families. We have attached names to a few pictures, but we need some help with the others.

We are still looking for an old picture of the Epping Historical Society. It started life as an A&P store, but we cannot find a decent picture of how it looked back then. If anyone has a picture, may we make a copy of it?

I am still surprised at how much research material we have at our hands, finding something new every day. I found the following story in Don Sanborn’s research.

Letters From Home – World War 1                                                             

This letter is from Corporal Benjamin Woods, October, 1918, from France.

"Dear Grandpa, just a note to let you know I am in the hospital with a wound, but I am getting along fine. It is the first wound that I have got; think that I am very lucky. I have been through all the drives but haven’t got a scratch until now. My wound is on my left hand, shrapnel wound. They are treating us boys very well; they give us tobacco and plenty of food, and a bed to sleep on. I have trying to find Harold [edit. note - his brother] here in France, I suppose that is impossible, I write letters to him, but do not receive an answer. Perhaps you think I have forgotten you by not writing to you more often, but, I have been busy the last three months. I haven’t written to anyone, you know how it is, for you have been through it before.  [edit. note - His grandfather, Charles Woods, served in the Civil War.] Write soon, don’t wait for me to write, love to all and good luck."

From an Epping Boy in France

This letter is from Harold Woods [edit. note - brother to Benjamin],  November. 1, 2018.

[edit. note - Harold was in the Army, serving as a Mechanical Engineer, repairing equipment, also constructing buildings for this repair facility.)]

"The city where we are located in France is about 35 miles from nowhere. I have at last learned about the whereabouts of Ben. I figure by the map scale that he is about 75 miles northeast of here and 75 miles is like a thousand miles in the states. Grandma seems to think that the boys are all in one group. I will say that about every town you go into, you will find our boys, and I guess Kaiser Bill will think so soon, if he doesn’t already. It is a great experience being in the service, and when it is over we will take this experience over again for the same, it is a great life, if you don’t weaken.

It has been very warm here and I have spent every available minute bathing in the little creek \which runs through the field in which we are located. You have no doubt read about the scarcity of water, here in France. I walk one mile for my canteen water and about a mile for eats, so called, “chow or slum.” Last Saturday was payday, and tonight I have only 15 francs left. I drew 45 francs, and this is what I purchased. One package of cigarettes, two cans of apricots, two packages of biscuits, one shirt, package of gum, pencil, toothpaste, soap, one handkerchief and one little bottle of “Vin Rouge.” Two francs are equivalent to 40 cents in our money.

Everyone knows what the Red Cross does, but did you know the Salvation Army helps as much, if not more?  If you feel inclined to donate to these organizations, the Salvation Army is in need of support.

I have been in France for eight months, and I have been reclassified, so we will be moving to the front soon. I have not heard from Ben in six weeks, I write him often, but letters can be lost in this wonderful swamp. The boys here complain of the short letters from home, any piece of news cheers them up, it is so important to them, just to hear from home.  Love to all, never felt better in my life!"

For the complete letter, visit the Society and check out the Woods family. Benjamin Woods lived in the brick house where the Hogarth School is located.

Come visit us at the society. We are open Monday morning, 8:00 to 12:00, or when the flag is flying! If this is not convenient for you, please call me at 679-2944 for an appointment or you can email me at: joysgarden@hotmail.com.

Submitted by Joy True, curator, Epping Historical Society

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.

January 18, 2019 – Michael Schroeder (CWRTNH President) - "Union Combined Operations: The Red River Campaign, 1864"

February 15, 2019 – Elizabeth Hallett will host: "Civil War Jeopardy" (evening of trivia and prizes - just plain fun!)

March 15, 2019 – Sarah Batterson (Professor - Granite State College) - "Women Soldiers of the American Civil War"

April 12, 2019 – (note: this is 2nd Friday to avoid meeting on Good Friday) – Michael Schroeder (CWRTNH President) -"Wild Rose and Crazy Bet: Female Spies in Blue and Gray"

May 17, 2019 – Gary Morgan (writer) - "Andersonville Raiders” (new book)

June 14, 2019 – (note: this is 2nd Friday) ~ Wayne Motts, (C.E.O. National Civil War Museum) - "Wearing Blue and Gray: Five Men Who Served Both Sides" (learn the unique story of five different men who actually fought on both sides during the American Civil War)