Monday, April 30, 2018

An 1869 Newspaper Account of the 150th Anniversary of Nutfield, New Hampshire

An old masthead from the Farmer's Cabinet 1802

Transcribed from vintage newspaper The Farmer’s Cabinet, Thursday, June 3, 1869, Amherst, New Hampshire, Volume 67, Issue 46, page 2


Londonderry, under the name of Nutfield, was settled in 1719. It comprised the present towns of Londonderry, Derry, Windham, and parts of Manchester, Salem and Hudson.  The citizens of these towns are making arrangements to celebrate the Tri-semi-centennial of settlement, which occurs the present year.  Services in commemoration of “the first planting of Nutfield” and of its Scotch-Irish origin, will be held at Derry, Thursday, June 10th.  In the early morning a procession will be formed at Derry East Village, and march to the depot under the escort of the “Amoskeag Veterans” and the Manchester band.  At Derry Lower Village the procession will be joined by a detachment of the Good Templars, from Londonderry, in regalia.

At 9A.M. there will be a general gathering of the clans at Derry Depot, from the various towns to welcome the arrival of many eminent citizens of Boston and vicinity, of old Londonderry stock, accompanied by Gilmore’s Band, from the “Hub”.  At 10A.M. an oration will be delivered by Hon. Charles Henry Bell, of Exeter, after which a few short, original poems, having historical reference to the occasion will be read. These exercises will be followed by a collation at noon, or shortly after, in a mammoth tent, near the grove on Boyd’s (formerly Doak’s) plains.

In the afternoon there will be addresses from many distinguished gentlemen, whose lives and public services are well known, and from whose ability much may be expected.  Geo. W. Patterson, of New York, will be President of the day, and among the speakers who are expected to entertain the audience, are Horace Greeley, James W. Patterson, of Hanover, N.H., Dr. Wallace and Geo. W. Morrison of Manchester, E. H. Derby of Boston, Rev. J. H. Morrison, of Milton, Mass., and others.”

UPDATE 10:30am 30 April 2018 - according to Manchester historian Aurore Eaton, the "Manchester Band" was very likely the "Manchester Cornet Band" by Edwin Thomas Baldwin, featured in this article from the Manchester Union Leader newspaper yesterday:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "An 1869 Newspaper Account of the 150th Anniversary of Nutfield, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 30, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

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