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‘Woman Edison” Inventor: Margaret E. Knight of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts

When you go grocery shopping, you should be thankful to Margaret E. Knight. One of her many inventions, and possibly her most famous one, was a paper-feeding machine for “making and folding square-bottom paper bags.” Prior to this time paper … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Drug Mill

The term ‘drug mill’ had a very different meaning in the early years of America’s existence than it does now. A drug mill was a term used to describe both/either the actual “mill” used to process medicine OR the building … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago: Cures for the Spanish Flu

A great deal has been written about the Spanish flu or influenza.? The National Library of Health at the U.S. Library of Medicine web site has a detailed article about this pandemic. [EDITOR’S NOTE in 2020.? Obviously this story was … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago: New Hampshire Gold Star Mothers

My Star — by Caroline Ticknor From Granite State Monthly vol 50-51, 1918-1919, p. 470 I have a star of gold on my breast, A star of strife, a star of rest; It marks a sword-thrust through my heart, It … Continue reading

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He Kept New Hampshire Beds Warm: Concord’s Louis F. Gillette (1857-1937)

In the early twentieth century most New Hampshire homes did not have central heating, and warming pans were in common use. These devices warmed up the sheets, and also kept the bed warm at least for a few hours, especially … Continue reading

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