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THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, April 15, 2010


“Coke Goes To War” In Alton


On Tuesday, April 20, at 7pm. the Alton Historical So-

ciety will present “Coke Goes To War” by Mark Foynes, Ex- ecutive Director of the Wright Museum of WW II History. In 1941, Coke was bottled in 44 countries. With the entry

of the US into the war, Coke built an additional 64 plants to ensure that our servicemen could have a little taste of home. This illustrated slide show will use dozens of period im-

ages to explain how Coke’s advertising helped position the company as one of the prominent backers of the war effort. The Historical Society meets at the lower level of the Gil-

man Library which is located on Main St. While you’re here, check out our Museum and for $12.00 pick up a copy of “Alton, A Town To Remember.”

“Liberty Is Our Motto”

On Friday, April 16th at 7pm, the New Hampshire His-

torical Society presents “Liberty Is Our Motto: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers.” Originally from Milford, the Hutchinson Family Singers

were America’s most popular entertainers for much of the mid-19th century. They achieved international fame with songs advancing social reform and political causes such as abolition, temperance, women’s suffrage and the Lincoln presidential campaign of 1860. This program is hosted by the Sons of Union Veteran of the Civil War and Auxiliary, Dept. of NH. The New Hampshire Historical Society is located at 30

Park Street in Concord. Call 347-1723 for more informa- tion.

Farming in New Hampshire

On Thursday, April 22nd, the Centre Harbor Historical

Society will begin the 2010 season with a presentation

from John Moulton, from Moulton Farms, on a view of farming in the New Hampshire. He will speak about the history of farming and the changes that have been made to meet the expanding demand for local fresh produce. He will also speak on the growing interest by individuals in having their own gardens and how he encourages their participa- tion. The meeting will be held in Center Harbor, NH at the Schoolhouse Museum on Rt 25B at 7pm. Refreshments will be served after the program. The program is free and open to the public.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner will cel-

ebrate its 20th Anniversary the Museum is hosting a gala

reception Saturday May 1st from 5 pm – 7 pm.

Kent Nerburn, author of many books including Native American Wisdom and Neither Wolf Nor Dog, will speak to the guests and will be available throughout the evening to autograph his latest book, Wolf at Twilight. Other activi- ties include a special performance of flute music by local musician Barry “Whitecrow” Higgins and the unveiling of the Museum’s newest exhibit, “The Art & Function of Crooked Knives”, an exploration of the history, making and use of this unique tool used by the indigenous New England peoples. The evening will conclude with a champagne toast to founders Charles “Bud” and Nancy Thompson. Admission is $30 per person/$50 per couple. Tickets will

be available at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 603-456-2600. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is located at 18 High- lawn Road in Warner., or mail to PO Box 5458, Weirs, NH 03247.

HISTORY from 22

None of them recognized

the malady as anything in their experience or in recorded medicine. While they jointly held a consul- tation over one stricken victim the patient died before their eyes. At Joseph Merrill’s Inn

that night, while they discussed the mysteri- ous disease, Dr. Wellman complained of chill. His colleagues gave him some stimulating medicine and put him to bed at the inn; 24 hours later he was dead. Then Dr. Whipple con-

tracted the plague but managed to make a recov- ery although his hearing was severely impaired in consequence. Dr. Gipson refused to attend the sick in Warren any longer. So many were dying

without medical aid, the selectmen of Warren pe- titioned the doctors of surrounding towns to help, but none responded. Young Robert Burns had studied medicine a little with old Dr. Bartlett, be- fore his death, and had gone on to the new medi- cal school at Hanover to complete his studies. In their distress, the select- men dispatched Daniel Pillsbury on horseback to ride to Hanover and bring the young medical student back. So many were dying all thought of funeral ob- servance were cancelled. Many were buried at night in rough wooden boxes and without mourner: The village cemetery glowed with bobbing lantern lights and echoed with the scrape of spades and the hollow thunk of earth on hasty coffins. Young Robert Burns had

too much to attend to and sent for Dr. Amasa Scott of the Hanover School to help him. Together student and teacher worked to bring what aid and comfort they could to stricken Warren. Joseph Merrily the first selectman and innkeeper, became hospital orderly, undertaker and grave dig- ger for the town - and never got sick. His wife contracted the plague but recovered. Samuel Merri l , who lived next to the bury-

ing ground, was so terri- fied he shut all doors and windows when they came to bury the dead. Two days after Tristram Low was buried Samuel Merrill took sick about 10 in the morning. By 10 that night he too was dead. Every family in War-

ren was affected; some were wiped out of exis- tence. Burial record be- came hopelessly confused. Many of the hasty graves were unmarked and the identities lost.


Whatever the “Black

Plague” or “spotted fever” really was - it bore some resemblance to typhus - or Rocky Mountain Spot- ted Fever, it grew less malignant with autumn weather and finally disap- peared that winter. One curiously uniform consequence afflicted the relatively few who con- tracted the disease and recovered. They became deaf without a single ex- ception.

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