History

HISTORIETTE UPDATE

From the Issue: 
April 2011
Due to my declining health conditions I have turned over the completion of my book work on the "A History of Troy to 2014, with Historiette's Interjected on the Lives of its People," to my son: Peter (p. Brennan) Breen, Jr., 107-A North Main Street Troy, New Hampshire 03465 Cell Phone # 209-3333.  Pete Jr., will be assisted with the Historiette Meetings at the Gay-Kimball Library by Gary Phelps.
    I would like this History / Historiette Book in publication early in 2014 and prior to Troy's 2015 bicentennial.  As of today, that gives us about 2 years before publication.
    My two primary intentions for establishing the Historiette Group were: To involve as many knowledgeable Troy related individuals as possible as being essential parts of this publication's research and contributors into the daily lives of local folk; and to acquire assistance from people in doing designated fact finding research and gathering interviews of people for genealogies and, most important, stories of their lives in and around Troy.

100 YEARS AGO IN TROY

From the Issue: 
March 2011
The Town Report for 1910 listed Town expenses of $15,634 including $200 for free band concerts and $529 for a new hearse.  Painting of the fence on the Common and the hay scale was included.  The agent for Troy Town Hall charged $3.00 for many events held there, such as dances and entertainments.  The Library (then located in Town Hall) reported 5447 loans of books for the year.  The schools offered ten grades for the 246 students enrolled.  Seventeen of the 24 eighth graders elected to continue with high school.  The year brought 51 births to the Town then boasting a population of 1331.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
March 2011
The Troy Historical Society will be holding its annual meeting on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7 PM at Kimball Hall. Refreshments will be served.

We will hold a Troy Historical Society Workshop Saturday, March 12, from 9 AM to noon.

We are looking for help building and decorating partitions for displays in the museum, rearranging the office area, and organizing files/photos.

LET’S PLAY "DO YOU REMEMBER?"

From the Issue: 
March 2011
Andrew Crowm.  I remember what street he lived on and his house location on that street.  He had the best attitude, his greeting to everyone would give anyone a good feeling.  Where was his house (& street) and what was his greeting?

Ruth Platts. Where did she live?  I remember the make/model of her last car. Who was her husband?

Harold Mitchell.  He was a clerk in Paraio's Store.  He had special duties involving groceries every Wednesday and Saturday.  What were the duties?

Ed. Lockhart  He visited many Troy homes every week.  His job title does not exist any more.  What was he involved in to require the visits?

All four of these people were in Troy up to 1950

TROY MILLS REVISITED

From the Issue: 
March 2011
Next time you enjoy the Seniors Breakfast at Kimball Hall be sure to include a visit to the Historical Society museum “upstairs.”  An outstanding feature of the museum is the corner devoted to Troy Blanket Mills.  The exhibit brings to life the venerable Mill.  Fundamental exhibits are original Troy blankets and robes that brought recognition to Troy for more than a century.  A photograph of the Mill dated 1867 shows the proud Mill workforce lined up with wagons and teams at the building then located next to the dam on Main Street.  A posted  evaluation of the Mill in 1875 gives a detailed inventory, including the notation that lighting is provided by kerosene lamps.  Especially impressive is a large 1938 aerial photo of the Mill taken by Fuller Ripley from his own plane.  The present Mill structures on Monadnock Street built in 1920 are centered in that photo.  The older buildings on Mill Street remained when that photo was taken, enabling appreciation of their location.

BACK IN THE DAY …

From the Issue: 
March 2011
One of the things I most enjoyed as a young mom was attending the musical programs produced at Troy School.  You could depend on Mrs. Merrifield to get the best out of the children -- and what parent doesn’t love to see their kids on stage?
    These pics are circa 1983/84 (never was good at marking the pics).  How many faces do you recognize?

SAVE OLD PHOTOS ELECTRONICALLY

From the Issue: 
February 2011
The Troy Historical Society has tons (no not really) of old Troy photos that need saving and sharing, and our readers must have tons more.  These valuable bits and pieces of Troy history should be scanned into a computer system, to preserve them, and share them with those who are interested. THS will welcome offers to convert some of these photos to digital form.  We also urge Troy residents to scan their own photo holdings of significance to Troy history.  Realize as well  that many old photographs are not dated and the persons pictured are not identified.  These nameless people might be recognized by persons in an audience and a little sleuthing might come close to dating.  A recent use for the above procedure has just surfaced with the creation of a veteran's corner at the Kimball Hall museum.

CAPTURING DEPOT MEMORIES FOR POSTERITY

From the Issue: 
February 2011
I made it to Troy from Nashville, TN in 6 hours on a nice day in mid-November.  My visit was to be videoed by Valerie Britton and Dr. Larry Benaquist, Film Professor from KSC at the depot.  Unfortunately no trains arrived or departed.
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