Business Leaders of Lisbon, N.H. - 100 Years Ago!


(Presented to Lisbon Main Street, Inc., Volunteer Recognition Dinner, March 19, 2016 by Andrea M. Fitzgerald, Lisbon Area Historical Society

Over one hundred years ago, the leaders of Lisbon were photographed by Lisbon photographer, Irving James, and their images were put together in a 1913 “class picture.”  This compilation represents the core group of NINETY-ONE men who were responsible for the tremendous growth of Lisbon from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. In 1913, the population of Lisbon was almost 2,500, and there were over 250 houses.    Lisbon boasted a new $50,000 public school building on Highland Avenue, with ten teachers and 300 pupils, a prosperous bank in the old YMCA building on Main Street (with a capital of $50,000, a surplus of $56,000, and deposits of $750,000), an opera house in the c. 1902 town hall, with two dramatic companies, two busy railroad depots, a busy and thriving main street with countless stores and shops, small factories, two gold crushing mills, art studios, a printing office, a dentist, a district nursing association, architects, doctors, lawyers, insurance agents, barbers, an undertaker, six churches, one of the most modern and convenient post offices north of Concord, a fire department, tarred roads, concrete sidewalks, town water and sewerage, two power plants, street lights, two of the four shoe peg mills in the country, the very successful industries of New England Electrical Works (today’s New England Wire Technologies) andParker Young Company, and flourishing organizations such as the Masons, Odd Fellows, Order of the Eastern Star, the Grange, Board of Trade, YMCA, Grand Army of the Republic, women’s auxiliaries, and the Friends in Council women’s club.

These men walked or took a buggy, carriage, or wagon or maybe a car, to their places of business downtown. They congregated at the center of town known as Lisbon Square. They met upstairs in blocks where they were members of social or service organizations, at church, at the post office, at the railroad station, and at the barber shop. While there is no photographic compilation of the women of the time, we know that they were busy making their own mark on the town in positions on the school board, in social and service organizations, and in church.  Of all the local organizations these men and women fostered over one hundred years ago, only one still continues, and that is Friends in Council, founded in 1897. Lisbon native and Concord resident, Mary Parker Woodworth, was the driving force behind the plea for Lisbon to join in the pioneer women’s club movement.  The Friends in Council’s 50 charter members started out with a mission to be a literary, social, and philanthropic group, and in the 1930s had a record membership of 90.

There are so many great stories to go with every individual photographed, both of background and influence in our town and their ongoing legacies.  I’ll share a few of my favorites.

At the top of the picture is one of the most prominent Lisbon leaders, Augustus A. Woolson (1835-1918), whose father, Amos, came from Bethlehem to the Savageville section of Lisbon in 1810. Amos was a cooper, shoemaker, and tailor who in 1849 built the building that we know as Marshalls’ Family Drug Store. Augustus grew to be a leader in our town including serving as moderator for over 30 years. He was the founder of the original Lisbon library on North Main Street, water works, bank, and 1891 high school. Augustus owned an insurance and real estate company in the Parker Block with his nephew Augustus Clough, a peg mill, the Breezy Hill House summer hotel, and the large Wells and Woolson general store, which housed the Lisbon Town Hall upstairs. It was destroyed in the 1901 fire. Wells and Woolson was on the site of today’s Parker Block. Augustus held many positions at the local and state level, including Speaker of the House of Representatives. In the 1870s, he built a remarkable Stick-Style home with a large barn on a terraced lot above Water Street overlooking the Ammonoosuc River.  His home was later used by the local American Legion post and The Lisbon Outing Club and is now the home of Chris Trudell. Augustus never married. He had two major disabilities few even knew about. He had vision in only one eye due to a boyhood accident, and he suffered a lung ailment most of his life. His insurance agency was sold to Fred Weston, then Charlie Besaw, who sold out to George M. Stevens Insurance which is still in the Parker Block today.

Herbert Bigelow Moulton (1846-1928) was born on the family homestead on Moulton Hill in Lyman and educated locally. His father was killed when felling a tree, and Moulton became the man of the house to his mother and seven siblings.  Moulton built up a large and lucrative trade in the lumber and livestock business and later became a stockholder, treasurer, director and President of Parker Young Company and President of Jamaica Glove Company which was at one time in the old Granite State Wire building on Whitcher Street, now a warehouse for Connors White Mountain Footwear. Moulton served in the NH Legislature and on the Governor’s Council and was also Director and President of Lisbon Savings Bank. Moulton put in $10,000 to rebuild Lisbon’s Brigham’s Hotel after the great fire of 1901, the new hotel being named “The Moulton,” which opened in 1903.  Moulton sold the hotel after several years to Edwin Morse, and it was lost to fire again in 1922 and rebuilt by Ralph Olney who built it up to become one of the best small hotels in New Hampshire. It is now the Lisbon Inn, the only property in Lisbon on the National Register of Historic Places. Moulton also gave land and $15,000 to help build the Lisbon Public Library in 1926, across from the town hall, as well as giving the funds to build the Parish House for the Lisbon United Congregational Church. Moulton was married but never had children. He built the house on Main Street, across from the information booth which was later owned by Pillsbury Funeral Home, andhe built a mansion on Park Ridge.  He died on Christmas Day, 1928. Moulton’s widow offered the property as a hospital for the town, which was refused, and it was torn down in the 1940s.

George Brummer (1835-1924) was a German immigrant who came to Lisbon in 1859 from Massachusetts where he and his family had emigrated five years earlier to join relatives. Just their ship voyage itself is a story of survival. There were 200 passengers on the ship and only one cook stove. Some of the Brummers’ personal food was stolen, there were heavy storms, and the ship caught on fire three times. When the Brummers arrived in New York, a pick pocket took their father’s money. Then the family boarded the wrong train and traveled 40 miles in the wrong direction.  George began his tailoring business in Massachusetts where he saw Lisbon native, Lavina Smith, demonstrating a sewing machine in a storefront. He ended up marrying her, and they moved back to her hometown. George immediately went to work tailoring in a shop in the Hutchins Block, which once stood on the site of today’s Chevron Park.  He became a naturalized citizen in 1862. Several years later, he purchased a neighboring block which was named the Brummer Block, where he and his family lived upstairs, and he carried on his tailoring business which became the largest tailoring business in the North Country, at one time employing nine tailors in the shop and in their homes. George Brummer was prosperous enough to purchase a mansion on a bluff above the town hall where other business leaders had built impressive homes. George and his descendants stayed in business on Main Street for 77 years. The block was torn down years ago and is now a public parking lot beside Chevron Park. George was a civic leader and active in the Lisbon Methodist Church and the Masons. He was one of the founders of the Lisbon Savings Bank and Trust Company and the Lisbon Power and Light Company, serving as a director for both, and he was a long-time member of the Lisbon Board of Education and Grove Hill Cemetery Association.   The one thing he never did was serve in the Civil War, because of his diminutive stature. His historic Masonic funeral procession made a line from the town hall, across the bridge, and over to Lisbon Square. George’s son, Karl, continued his tailoring business and active social and civic duties. Karl was a talented musician and was part of Brummer’s Orchestra and the town band which played at many events in Lisbon and the area. One historic appearance of Brummer’s band was to accompany enlisting WWI soldiers in 1918 across the bridge, through the square, and up to the Lisbon Depot for their farewell. This photo represents the strong community spirit of the town at that time and the importance of the busy depot as a hub of the town. One of the enlistees, Timothy Dickinson, never came home. He was killed in France. Lisbon’s first American Legion Post was named for Dickinson and later the Sweet name was added to the Post after the Sweet brothers lost their lives in WWII.

Sylvanus D. Morgan (1857-1940), commonly referred to as S. D., came to Lisbon in 1891 to build a new Lisbon Public School on Highland Avenue.  He was born in Maine, and by the time he was 14 he was an orphan, his parents and six siblings all having died from tuberculosis. He walked 150 miles from Maine to live with relatives in Hooksett, N.H. where he worked in the mills. His health suffered, so someone urged him to go to the White Mountains. He ended up in Bethlehem where he learned the hotel business and began building as a genius, self-taught architect.  He was one of the most prolific White Mountain Resort builders, and a few of his many accomplishments include The Balsams expansion, the Mt. Washington Hotel expansion,  the Glencliff Sanatorium, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, banks in Newport, Newbury, and Wells River,  Vermont, the 1905 Profile House in Franconia Notch, the Bethlehem Golf Course clubhouse,  enlargements and renovations of area establishments, the third Mt. Washington Summit House, and supervisor of rebuilding the Tip Top House. In Lisbon, he built the Boynton and Bank Blocks and the Congregational Church parish house as well as additions to New England Wire and Lisbon Manufacturing Company. He is credited with opening up the west side of Lisbon by building a good number of distinctive homes on Armstrong Avenue and Highland Avenue including his own cottage across from the school. At S. D.’s Highland Avenue home, he pre-fabricated the 1915 Mt. Washington Summit House, transporting it to the base by train, then to the summit by the Cog Railway, and to the site by wagon. One of the many homes Morgan built was a duplex for Ben Webb and Will Price, founders of New England Electrical Works. Webb and Price lived in the duplex the rest of their lives. It was later sold to the Catholic Church and then the Lisbon Public School where it is now used as storage and referred to as “the annex.” S. D. financed the popular S. D. Morgan & Son store in the Parker Block which was operated by his son, George, from 1906-1948.

Lawrence Goudie (1855-1930) was born on the Shetland Islands and immigrated with his family to Quebec in 1873. He came to Lyman to work as a farmhand and married Alma Thornton, a descendant of Matthew Thornton and some of the first settlers of Lisbon. Lawrence and Alma moved to Lisbon where he became a general contractor. He helped build the original wire mill building and subsequent additions, the Lisbon Town Hall (for $28,000), Lisbon Public Library, the Parker Block, the United Congregational Church, numerous local homes, tenements on Atwood Street, an addition to the Lisbon Public School, a bank in Berlin, N.H.,  hospitals in Whitefield and St. Johnsbury, and the Methodist church in Penacook.  He built the Goudie Block on Main Street in 1903. It is the middle building between Depot and Central Streets, across from the Boynton Block.  The Goudie Block was built out to the sidewalk out of spite to block the view of the house to the south, at the corner of Main Street and Central Street, because the owner had not paid Goudie for contracting services.

George A. Clark (1864-1957) was born in Center Haverhill, N.H., and operated a horse business in Bath on the site of today’s Twin River Lodge. In 1892 a disgruntled hired man burned the whole farm down, and G. A. lost everything including a six-horse team he was training for delivery to Mt. Washington. The next morning, G. A. purchased a property in Lisbon at the end of North Main Street, a farm and former girls’ school located on the site above today’s wire mill soccer field and parking lot. He continued in the horse business shipping in and training horses. By 1915, G. A. was in the automobile business and still selling carriages, sleighs, blankets and buffalo robes. G. A. was also a director of Parker Young Company and also bought and sold local real estate. His brother, Eugene owned the property beside him, a large dairy farm. Eugene was also a coal, wood, and cattle dealer. His farm was later owned by the Fogg family and in the late 1970s it was sold to New England Wire and torn down for manufacturing expansion. Eugene’s son, George E. Clark, was a WWI veteran, served as town moderator for 28 years, and owned Merrill’s Insurance Agency in Lisbon.   In 1952, G. A.’s grandson, Frank G. Clark Jr., took over the automobile business and was the original Pontiac dealer in Lisbon. In 1993, after more than 100 years in business, Clark’s Garage closed, and the property was sold to New England Wire Technologies for storage and metal fabrication space. All the buildings were demolished for parking space in late 2015, and one cinder block building remains.

The Clark and Goudie families eventually continued businesses together. Lawrence Goudie’s son, George, opened Goudie’s Hardware in the Masonic Block on North Main Street in 1919. His son, Robert,  purchased the store from his father in 1954 and went into business with brothers Frank and Bill Clark in 1956, and the name was changed to Clark-Goudie Hardware.  The business was sold in the 1970s.  Clark-Goudie also had stores on both sides of the hardware store.  One was an appliance store in the Corey Block to the south, and the other was a second-hand store in the Carleton Block to the north. The Masonic Block and Corey Block were torn down in the early 1980s.

There are so many more people who left their mark on Lisbon:  Joe Puglisi, an Italian immigrant, who was a shoe and clothing shop owner for over 50 years in the Parker Block; storeowner, Arthur Sherman who bought out Sherman & Moulton, the site of today’s Northrop’s Market, a block he shared with Joe Roman, another Italian immigrant who operated a fruit store next to Sherman’s (upstairs was a Chinese laundry!). The Sherman block burned in 1941. Fred Heath, the wallpaper hanger; Henry Suttie,  the local barber who advertised his “tonsorial parlour” under the post office in the Boynton Block, a popular hangout with the locals who played pool and cards. Most had they own personal shaving cup;  Russell Bishop, the teamster, who advertised that he drew everything but a salary, had his picture taken with New England Wire employees sitting and standing in his wagon, with one holding his whip. He also had a rooming house and garage rental with his wife, Susie, on Main Street (the house was later owned by the Brummer family beside the new post office and torn down for parking by New England Wire) ;  Truman Glover, the White Mountain Ice Cream magnate with a factory behind today’s library, whose rich ice cream was known for its high fat content and delivered to White Mountain Resorts for the discriminating palates of the wealthy summer folk – but it was also enjoyed by the locals!; Fred Parker, the popular shopkeeper who had Parker’s store  in the Parker Block which was built for him in 1902. Seth Hoskins, who also had a mansion on Park Ridge, owned Sunset Hill House; H. C. Marston, owner of Marston’s Gilt Edge Pharmacy where the Family Drug store used to be located; Carl Carleton, local undertaker and furniture store owner. The Carleton Block is now the Lisbon Health Clinic building.  E. R. Forbush, jeweler, also sold souvenir Lisbon china made in Germany; and Arthur Buffington, printer and newspaper publisher, who married Herbert Moulton’s widow, Nell, who left money for Lisbon’s Nell Buffington Trust Fund, which assists eligible Lisbon residents with hospital costs.

These past leaders of Lisbon left their mark in one way or another. The only original existing business is New England Wire, but we have many buildings which once housed the countless businesses of these men. Some of their stately homes still exist, many up on hills which were impassable in bad winter weather. A series of stairs went from School Street and Water Street up to the mansions on the bluff. All their homes had barns or carriage houses to house their horses and buggies, dependable modes of transportation when cars couldn’t make it up the hills in bad weather. When one man was asked about the pinnacle of Lisbon’s success in the early 1900s, he said it was an ideal time, and the only drawback was the flies from the horses on Main Street. Lisbon was self-sufficient and prosperous, and the townspeople enjoyed the availability of everything they needed downtown until after WWII when our society became more mobile with the advance of the automobile and decline of the railroad. There is still the former potential for growth, however, and as our Town Administrator, Dan Merhalski says, “We just need to get others to see that and invest in the town.


                        Lisbon Area Historical Society – Annual Meeting – January 20, 2016

                            Do You Know What’s In Our Museum? By Andrea M. Fitzgerald

When you visit the Lisbon Area Historical Society Museum in the Parker Block you will immediately see the artifacts nicely displayed throughout the room, on the floor, in the window space, in the cabinets and on the walls. Those items are easy to see, but we have so many other historically valuable items stored in the back room. They are readily available and easy to find when needed, because every item in our museum is assigned a number and stored in its respective category as well as entered into a database with its information and location.
We can get a very clear picture of Lisbon, Lyman, and Landaff (the 3 L’s) from the late 1700s through today from our collection which includes photographs, journals, diaries, letters, documents, books, billheads, ads, cards, posters, postcards, invitations, stereoscopic views, autograph books, signs, clothing, quilts, shoes, textiles, scrapbooks, written stories, and general history, newspapers, genealogy and abstracts of local Revolutionary War soldiers, town reports, maps, and other artifacts relating to our towns’ businesses, churches, schools, houses, farms, people, the railroad, buildings, wars, town government and utilities, festivals and other events, organizations (such as the DAR, Friends in Council, the VFW, the American Legion, the GAR, the Dorcas Society, the Masons, Order of the Eastern Star, the Lions Club, the Lisbon District Nursing Association, the Grange, the Lisbon Board of Trade, Lisbon Outing Club, Lisbon Development Company, Lisbon Main Street, Inc., and more…), cemeteries, historic sites, mines, natural and manmade disasters, and our towns’ bicentennials and sestercentennials.
Everything is safely stored in acid-free protectors within acid-free containers for preservation sake and to be safely used to help promote the 3L’s as well as share with researchers and people or groups who are generally interested in our history. Not a week goes by that the Society doesn’t receive an email, letter, or phone call from someone here in town or across the country that is looking for information about a family member who lived here, a historic site, or information on the towns’ history in general. Sometimes they are kind enough to purchase a book or map, give a donation, or share with us information they have.
The Society has been very fortunate to have ongoing donations from families with deep roots in the 3L’s. Specifically, the largest collection relates to the Bishop and allied families. We have on display a spinning wheel and yarn skeiner from the Bishop family. There are hundreds of letters, documents, photographs, journals and other items, the oldest being the original deed dated 1770 when Enos Bishop was deeded his Lisbon property on the west side of the Ammonoosuc River. Some of that property was later the site of the Lisbon golf course. My favorite is a deed dated 1818 whereby Enos’s son, Josiah Bishop, was deeded for $20, pew #20 in Lisbon’s first meetinghouse by Henry Pond. And why was that pond originally named Henry Pond? No one seemed to know. Today it goes by the name of Hanno Pond, because the Hanno family once lived beside it. We have no Henrys in our history – so I thought. In the Bishop collection, I found an answer to the Henry Pond question. A deed to Josiah Bishop conveyed a parcel of land near the old meetinghouse, and the description of the boundary mentioned the line going along the fence of the old Henry place. So, now we know the origin of the name Henry Pond, and I always refer to the pond by that name, not Hanno Pond. There was a Henry family.
The next largest collection is from the Brummer and allied families, and the oldest item in that collection is a late 1700’s linen nightcap made and worn by Nancy Harriman. The Harrimans settled Bath, N.H., and married into the Brummer family through the Carleton line. Do you know of Mercy Harriman’s Garden, a historic New Hampshire site marked by a highway marker just below Bath Village? Nancy was Mercy’s sister. To have this nightcap and other items made from their flax is very meaningful. Also in the collection is the caddie’s cap worn by Nancy’s descendant, Edward Brummer, when he caddied at the Sunset Hill House Golf Course in the early 1900s. The cap is signed by Ed and his caddie buddies. Ed’s mother, Mary Carleton Brummer, worked many hours to put together an invaluable abstract of local Revolutionary War soldiers, and she also traveled the area taking photographs of old houses, barns, etc. She did this thirty years before there was ever a historical society here. We are so grateful for her work – the hard way –by writing and driving around to find information. No sitting at a desk searching the Internet.
The Goudie family has also donated many artifacts and some of the best period photographs in our collection. The importance of the Goudie collection is enhanced, because it was George Goudie’s habit of making notes on each and every item with humor and historical facts.
Dr. Harold Pickwick and his wife, Hazel Ash Pickwick, were involved in the founding of the Society in 1964, and the Society is grateful to have among other items donated by the Pickwicks, a red child’s sleigh used by Hazel Pickwick. The Pickwicks also spent a great deal of time abstracting local cemeteries and enhancing written histories. Dr. Pickwick donated a doctor’s bag that was given to him by the descendants of Dr. William Child, a Bath physician who served in the Civil War. Child was at Ford’s Theater and witnessed President Lincoln’s assassination. Was the bag in our collection in Washington with Dr. Child?
Another great collection comes from the personal and business letters of the Allen and allied families, one being J. Henry Allen, the man credited with starting the gold rush in Lisbon and Lyman. Yes, there was a gold rush, and we have information and photographs of the mines.
We have in our collection the very first ticket sold at the new Lisbon Opera House for a performance of Way Down East on May 26, 1902. We have a cup and a Wedgewood inkwell pulled out of the ashes after the Main Street fire of 1901. How about a two-faced boy baby doll, one side smiling, the other side frowning? We have a c. 1800s glass measuring beaker and tablespoon from Martson’s Gilt Edge Pharmacy, the precursor to The Family Drug Store which was operated by George Marshall from 1942-1997. On display is a drafting set which once belonged to Sylvanus D. Morgan, a Lisbon architect who was one of the most prolific White Mountain resort builders. He built the c. 1891 Lisbon Public School, and is credited with opening up the section of town known as Highland and Armstrong Avenue on which he built many beautiful homes, including his home across from the school.
There are always surprises, even when we have looked and looked at items for years. If someone new contacts us, we may see the information or item in our collection in a whole new light, for example something tucked in a book or journal that we never noticed before. Probably my favorite find was in a large Parker-Young Company store ledger for the years 1866 to 1868. There was a little scrap of paper stuck deep in the margin of one page with a scribbled, handwritten note on it which reads, “I wonder if Mills was wearing these when he killed Maxwell.” The ledger entry made on the page was dated September 19, 1866, and listed that Samuel Mills purchased 1 pair of socks for .50, 1 pair of long johns for $2.50, 1 undershirt for $2.50, and 1 pair of overalls for $2.25. Mills paid one month’s board at a Parker Young boarding house in the amount of $18.00 on December 7, 1866 and drew $80.10 for work in the Lisbon Gold Mine the next day. After doing a little research about Samuel Mills, I found his name under the last public hanging in New Hampshire. After Mills drew the $80.10 for the gold mine work, he was greedier still and pursued George Maxwell, a Franconia miner who Mills had heard was in receipt of money. Mills went to Maxwell’s farm in Franconia and killed Maxwell with an axe, stole what valuables he could find, took off in Maxwell’s horse and buggy, and went to Berlin and from there took a train to British Columbia. When one of Maxwell’s acquaintances found him murdered and his horse and buggy stolen, the trail was traced to Berlin, supposedly because one of the horse’s shoes made a distinctive print. One legend says a private detective was brought in from Boston and took up residence in Franconia for weeks, writing contacts in supposed hide-out places, especially noting Mills’ distinctively strange looking teeth, finally finding him in British Columbia and bringing him back to stand trial. Yet another version claims the detective found Mills in a cave in Galena, Illinois. In any case, it is a fact that Samuel Mills was hanged in Haverhill, N.H. in May of 1868, the last public hanging in New Hampshire. On his jail cell, Mills wrote: “Samma Mills murder, going to be ‘ung to-day of May – good fellow, but no man don’t know it.” George Maxwell is buried in the Willow Cemetery on Streeter Pond Road. A simple inscription on the back of his stone reads, “Killed by Samuel Mills.”
So, take some time to explore the Society’s amazing collection. You never know what you will find, but I know you will find something you never knew about, and surely will find an interesting connection to someone or something you already know.
The museum at 6 South Main Street in the Parker Block is open year-round by chance or appointment. Call 603-838-6146 or visit our website for more information

The Ballad Lives!

The Ballad Lives!


THE BALLAD LIVES!  - In celebration of summer song, Poet, Balladeer, and former Portsmouth Poet Laureate, John Perrault will present a free program of traditional and original ballads along with New England story songs at the Shared Ministry’s White Church on Main Street in Lisbon on Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm, hosted by Lisbon Area Historical Society in conjunction with NH Humanities Council. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7pm, The White Church, Main Street, Lisbon 


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Registering for the Lisbon Regional School Alumni Reunion or just visiting town? Please stop in at the historical school display at the school library and the open house at the Lisbon Area Historical Society Museum in the Parker Block from 10am-3pm. Visit us at either location and enter your name to win a free gift basket of souvenirs and historical society merchandise. The winner's name will be announced at the Alumni Dinner on Saturday evening.


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Dr. Leonard J. “Joe” Nyberg Jr., will present a public program about Civil War soldiers who rest in cemeteries in Lisbon, Lyman, Landaff, and Sugar Hill.

Nyberg’s program will be presented on Wednesday, January 21 at 7pm at the Lisbon Historic Railroad Station and Museum on Central Street in Lisbon after a brief business meeting at 6:30pm. 

Nyberg, who is a Civil War collector, has over a number of years inventoried the graves of local Civil War soldiers and will be sharing photographs of the soldiers, their graves, and other images as well as the historical research he has compiled about their life and service during the Civil War. The program is free, and refreshments will be served. 

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Lisbon's 250th Birthday Party, August 10, 2013

Lisbon's 250th Birthday Party, August 10, 2013

The Lisbon Area Historical Society had a very successful day during the 250th celebration on August 10.  The Society’s museum was open from 10am-3pm and hosted dozens of visitors, many planning a trip back when they can browse around and look through the collection when it won’t be as crowded. Some visitors also brought in artifacts to donate to the ever-growing collection.


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UPCOMING PROGRAM: “Railroads, Grand Resorts, and the Automobile: An Epic Struggle”

Please join us on Wednesday, July 24 at 7pm at the Lisbon Historic Railroad Station and Museum, 25 Central Street, Lisbon for an evening program by regional historian Jay Barrett:. This profusely illustrated program will explore the phenomenal and interdependent growth of railroads and grand hotels within the White Mountain Region during the second half of the nineteenth century, and how during the first half of the twentieth century the automobile and changing tastes so quickly and forever swept this important era away. The program is free, refreshments will be served, and a printed souvenir copy of the Jay Barrett's program will be available for purchase. 

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May 2013 Newsletter

The museum is now open on Fridays 1-3pm through October. The museum is also open at other times by chance or appointment. Please contact us if you would like to visit or volunteer to staff the museum.

The Society is looking forward to helping Lisbon celebrate its 250th birthday throughout the year. We are represented on the 250th Celebration Committee which is working with Lisbon Main Street, Inc. and other organizations and individuals to plan a big 250th birthday party on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Lisbon Lions Community Field. The Society is sponsoring an overnight encampment of Benjamin Whitcomb’s Independent Corps of Rangers Revolutionary War re-enactors group. They will arrive at the Lisbon Lions Community Field on the evening of August 9, 2013 to set up camp and they will stay throughout Saturday’s celebration portraying authentic Continental Army Rangers. It is particularly poignant that the non-profit group is able to schedule this trip to Lisbon since Major Benjamin Whitcomb (1737-1828) settled in Lisbon after the War and became a prominent resident. The famous “dreaded scout” and spy is buried in Salmon Hole Cemetery in Lisbon. For more information go to

Whitcomb’s Independent Corps of Rangers visited Benjamin Whitcomb’s grave at Lisbon’s Salmon Hole Cemetery in 2011 on July 2nd, Whitcomb’s birthday.

The August 10, 2013 day-long birthday party will also include the following events. (Watch for final schedule and times):

Friends in Council pie baking contest (community field) Old-fashioned games (community field)


Lunch available - Lisbon Lions Club and its famous grilled sausage (community field) Ice cream social with Hatchland ice cream (community field)
Live music all day and into evening (community field)
Dinner available (community field)

Open House at Lisbon Area Historical Society Museum, 10am-3pm (Parker Block)
Open House at Lisbon Historic Railroad Station and Museum 10-3pm (25 Central Street - Get your free commemorative train whistle!)
U.S. Postal Service stamp cancellation/U.S. Post Office, North Main Street, Lisbon
Self-guided walking tour of Lisbon (get your free brochure!)
Celebrating 250 Years, A Pictorial History of Lisbon, Lyman, and Landaff, New Hampshire by Andrea M. Fitzgerald on behalf of the Lisbon Area Historical Society will be on sale
Souvenir 250th t-shirts will be on sale
250th commemorative pins (pictured below) will be on sale

And the pins are NOW on sale in Lisbon at the Woodsville Bank, the Town Hall, and The American Flag Store.

Other big news:

The Society has been providing images and information for businesses in Lisbon that want to order 2’ x 3’ poster boards (printed by Foto Factory) showing what used to be on their site. This is a joint project with Lisbon Main Street, Inc., and the 250th Celebration Committee.

The Society has provided images and text for a Self-Guided Walking Tour of Lisbon. This is a joint project with Lisbon Main Street, Inc., and the 250th Celebration Committee. The free brochure will be available soon.

The Society is now on Facebook. Skylar Boutin has set up a Facebook account for us and will be posting info there for us, too.

The Society purchased a new Toshiba laptop computer, Microsoft Office 2013, and an Epson copier/printer/scanner for the museum. Archivist Dorothy Wiggins has been creating an MS Access database from the antiquated Word document of our museum inventory.

The Society’s newest publication, Celebrating 250 Years, A Pictorial History of Lisbon, Lyman, and Landaff, New Hampshire will be available this summer. The commemorative book has 195 early images and information from the Society’s collection in the categories of churches, schools, mills and manufacturing, stores and other businesses, fires, floods, and storms, farms, homes, views, and miscellaneous. The Society was very fortunate to have received generous financial support for this book project from local businesses, organizations, and individuals as well as a grant from New Hampshire Electric Co-op.

Frank J. “Jay” Barrett, Jr., Hanover architect, historian and author is developing a special program for the Society: “Railroads, Grand Hotels, and the Automobile: An Epic Struggle” as part of the 250th celebration. The program will be in July or early August – stay tuned for date and time.

NH Public Radio will be visiting Lisbon in August as part of its year-long series on New Hampshire towns celebrating their 250th anniversaries.

We continue to receive wonderful donations to our growing museum. Some recent donations include:

An invaluable collection of meticulously captioned period photographs and items collected by Lisbon native George M. Goudie (1886-1975) donated by his grandson Dayton Goudie of Littleton.

A booklet for the 1890 Annual Musical Festival at the Lisbon Town Hall. This booklet is full of interesting advertisements. The festival was held at the c. 1860 town hall in Lisbon Square which burned in the November 3, 1901 fire which destroyed the business district on the west side of Main Street from the iron bridge to Brigham’s Hotel. (Goudie Collection)

Can you guess what this artifact is? (*See last page for answer.)

Lisbon Public School students c. 1885 taken at the old school at the corner of School and Grafton St. (Goudie collection)

A c. 1900 wooden barrel stamped Parker Young Mfg. donated by Shirley (Dodge) Peterson of Landaff.

A 12’ banner advertising Lisbon’s 250th donated by Roger Robar and Foto Factory.

Landaff Bicentennial Pageant program, one of many items pertaining to Landaff and Harry H. Hodge, on loan from his step-daughter Judy Boulet of Landaff.

A document dated October 1, 1898 appointing John F. Olin as Postmaster of Lyman, donated by his grandson Cleland Stephens of West Springfield, MA.

The Society provided images and information on one-room schoolhouses in Lisbon, Lyman, and Landaff for the Annual Grafton County Conservation District Meeting held at the Sunset Hill House in Sugar Hill in April. The guest speaker was Steve Taylor who spoke on Rural One-Room Schoolhouses. The following maps were also prepared and displayed to show the numerous one- room schools (designated with a red schoolhouse icon) in Lisbon, Lyman, and Landaff in 1860.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30pm at the museum. Everyone is welcome. Please join in and help us preserve local history. There are many opportunities to volunteer for the Society by staffing the museum, helping prepare donations for cataloging, and scanning photographs, newspaper articles, and other items.

*Answer to question on page 3: It is a late 1800s steel gauge for measuring wooden shoe pegs. Lisbon once had three of the five shoe peg mills in the United States. This gauge came from one of the Moore Peg Mills in Lisbon. Pegs were made from yellow and white birch and resembled fat-tapered toothpicks and were used to fasten shoe uppers to soles. The wood shoe pegs made in Lisbon were shipped mainly to Germany. (Goudie Collection donated by Dayton Goudie)

The Society's New Museum in Downtown Lisbon Opens!

The Society's New Museum in Downtown Lisbon Opens!

After being in the Lisbon Public Library basement since 1964, it was time for the Lisbon Area Historical Society's museum to see the light of day and for items in our collection to be available for viewing by the members of the community.  Parker Block property owner Peter Loescher made available to the Society the former North Country Bookkeeping Services office

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