Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

From the Issue: 
December 2009
I enjoyed reading the article Just as New Life Will Come... from the latest issue of TTN.  Of particular interest was the removal of the water tower which was supervised by my father-in-law Henry Rantilla, serving as a superintendent for MacMillin Company.

Ms. Adams suggested that the DBCO bricks were likely from Duffney Brick company, and perhaps they were.  But, more likely, they were from Densmore Brick Company in Lebanon, NH.  I lived less that a mile from The Densmore  Brick Company and regularly rode my bicycle through their yard.  Densmore officials expressed their disfavor of that practice.  The DBCO bricks were carried by Whitcomb and happened to be the variety that I chose for the chimney when I built my home in Troy.

Keep these enjoyable articles coming.
Normand Dion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

From the Issue: 
December 2009
Many thanks, to Normand Dion for his kind letter regarding last month’s article about the Troy Mills Redevelopment.  Being not quite certain, we made an “educated guess” about where those “DBCO” bricks may have come from.  It’s always good to get better information, as Normand provided, with his excellent recollections of the Densmore Brick Company.     

Indeed, to corroborate Normand’s correct observation, we find this: “…Where the frogs of bricks can be seen, most are marked “D B Co,” identifying their maker as the Densmore Brick Company of Lebanon, New Hampshire.  These are hard, sand-struck bricks…” from www.nh.gov/nhdhr/publications/.../Lebanon_roundhouse.doc

For those who may be interested, a quick Google search on “Densmore Brick Company” led to a number of sites, some with photos, as at:  http://robertcomptonpottery.com/Potters-Densmore-Brick-NH.htm  Enjoy!
Jennifer Adams
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