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Salem Community Patriot Patriot Historian Speaks on NH’s ‘Sacrifice’ to the Civil War Al Hulse, Salem, with 1950 Ford
by Robyn Hatch The Salem Historical Society recently presented a seminar entitled “Granite State Sacrifice, American Civil War 1861- 1865” given by David Closs. Merrimack author David Closs is on a quest to honor the valor of some 38,950 Granite State military men who fought for the Union and to pay tribute to the 2,036 men from New Hampshire killed during the Civil War. Closs, who served as a Nashua police officer for 24 years, was born in Pearl Harbor, HI, to a Marine Corps family. He lived as a child on numerous military bases and credits his knowledge of the values of the armed forces for fostering the esteem he holds for today’s servicemen and women - and those of yesteryear.
Gerry Goyette, custom chopped Ford 1949
Closs, as an avid historian, penned a book that investigates New Hampshire contributions to the Civil War. His book actually chronicles incidents from the lives of 37 Civil War soldiers. His book was intensely researched and is titled, Willing Sacrifice: Granite State Valor during the American Civil War 186-1865. This book is an easy-to-read compilation of wartime tales about
individual New Hampshire soldiers.
Closs is upset that the sacrifices made by New Hampshire residents during the Civil War are not recognized to a great extent in many communities. He also notes there were 18 regiments from the Granite State that deployed to states where fierce battles took place. Infantry, cavalry, and artillery personnel did their duty. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Not long ago, Closs had contacted the office of Governor John Lynch to voice his dismay that the state’s heroes were going largely unrecognized. It was referred to a member of the state Legislature to see if any legislation was in the making that would offer recognition of the 150th anniversary of the war and this quest continues. While it has also been stated by Closs that while New Hampshire was spared the bloody battles that erupted elsewhere, few towns were untouched by the Civil War. In many places, recruiters would visit and quickly grab the men for service. This absence meant only that women and children were left to do farming, mill
the wheat and tend to all the other manly duties so suddenly abandoned. The Civil War began with
Bob Castricoe’s (Lawrence, MA) 1967 Malibu Chevy Dick Rousaw with his hand made 1965 A-Cobra
by Robyn Hatch The Derry-Salem Elks Lodge on Shadow Lake in Salem held a car show recently. Cars spanned from the very old, to a 2010 Camaro from Methuen, MA. This was a time for discussing, sharing ideas, and just looking at each other’s cars. The parking was quickly full with more vehicles showing up for viewing. Snacks were sold at the shed on the hill to raise money for the Elks Lodge. With this much talking going on, many trades, and sales were present. This show is very popular in Salem, and spectators and enthusiasts alike attend the event with huge wish lists.
Katherine (Kay) Phair will celebrate her 100th birthday on Thursday, August 25, in the presence of her family and friends. Kay, better known as “meme” has lived at her Danville home with her daughter Patricia Ball for a little over 10 years. Mrs. Phair, who still loves to do crosswords, take an occasional trip to Foxwoods and almost daily ones to Salisbury Beach in the summer, has remained active all her life. She bowled well into her 80s and to this day is an avid Red Sox fan. She still prizes the picture of herself sitting on Carl Yastrzemski’s lap at a reunion of 1967 Red Sox players that she attended several years ago and has her Pedro Martinez shirt wrapped around her at home when she watches the games. Born and raised Methuen, MA,
Kay later moved to Lawrence, MA some 70-plus years ago when she married her husband Frank who has since passed away. Together they had seven children including Alan Phair, Co-Chairman of the Annual Salem Christmas Fund and formerly of Salem, and 26 grandchildren, some of whom live in Salem, 46 great-grandchildren,
Picture of Kay Phair sitting on Carl Yastrzemski’s lap at a reunion of 1967 Red Sox players that she attended several years ago.
and seven great-great-grandchildren. She is hoping that she will be a great-great-great- grandmother soon and be one of very few people to live to see six generations of her
family. She also was a “mom” to countless others that she helped raise at her Lawrence home on Prospect Hill.
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Volume 5 Number 5 August 19, 2011 12 Pages
David Closs, explaining facts to audience
gunfire at Fort Sumter and the war came to an end in 1865. The youngest New Hampshire continued to page 6- Historian
Kay Phair Celebrates 100th Birthday!
Upbeat, Foot Tapping Music by The Paulies at the Field of Dreams
Te Paulies, Liam Spain, Paul Battaglia, Chris Howe, and Brian Richards
Addison Seccarecio with her ice cream Anna Richards, 97, Bedford’s oldest resident with Bob Richards and Paul Battaglia (“Te Paulies”)
Amber, 4, and Selena, 3, Baker
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by Robyn Hatch Salem’s Field of Dreams again filled the night with enjoyable music by the band “The Paulies” from Bedford. This is an award- winning band that has played all over Europe, Ireland, and the United States. With four band members (Liam Spain, Paul Battaglia, Chris Howe and Brian Richards) the music was very upbeat and well known to the audience members. Also, sitting in the audience was a beautiful lady who has recently
received a medal from Bedford as the oldest member of their town. Anna Richards (97) is the grandmother of Brian Richards. Everyone enjoyed this concert. Even Anna could be seen tapping her feet and clapping in time to the music!
staff photos by Robyn Hatch
staff photos by Robyn Hatch
staff photos by Robyn Hatch
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