The Life Of A Pound Of Cotton

The Life Of A Pound Of Cotton
This piece was written a lot longer ago than many might realize. (See end paragraph to find out just how long ago.) It beautifully takes us, the reader, through the process that a piece of cotton would experience as it traveled through the mills of the Great Falls Manufacturing Company. The Life Of A Pound ...

From Electric Trolleys To New Hampshire Liquor Store Outlet.

From Electric Trolleys To New Hampshire Liquor Store Outlet.
New Use Sought For Old Building Riverside Garage will go before the planning board on Wednesday July 19th 2017 to seek permission for approval to add an addition to the current building. The purpose of the business will change as well with the proposed new use being a brand new state liquor store/outlet. Now those ...

From The Archives: Times Have Certainly Changed

From The Archives: Times Have Certainly Changed
Yesterday I posted the picture to the left on Somersworth Now’s Facebook page and asked if people knew who the officer in the picture was. Many guessed the correct answer: that it was a much younger Captain Timmons in the picture. He was taking part in a program that had been run by the YMCA ...

Solved! The Mysterious Case of ‘Proud Past Bright Future’ 2

Solved! The Mysterious Case of 'Proud Past Bright Future'
I love a good mystery and for me it’s always been a mystery as to exactly who came up with the Somersworth city slogan/motto, ‘Proud Past, Bright Future.’  Seeing as the name of Somersworth Now was, in part, born out of that slogan I decided to go digging in the archives at the Summersworth History ...

Do You Know Where? Answer Revealed 2

Do You Know Where? Answer Revealed
So the answer to the question I posed Wednesday was: Ned’s Fish Market. This iconic fish market was once situated on Green Street. In more recent years it became Four Seasons until it closed. This mascot could be found n the counter of this popular fish market for many, many years. Ask any one who ...

Do You Know Where…?

Do You Know Where...?
Do You Know Were… ? You will have to be a certain age (but not too old) to be able to identify where this mascot once stood in Somersworth. You have until Friday night to comment if you think you know which Somersworth’s business counter this stood on for many years. At which time I ...

From The Archives: “Now And Mostly Then” Quiz

From The Archives:
Long time Somersworth High School teacher/coach Jeffrey Francoeur Sr. also wrote a weekly sports column during the 1950’s in the Somersworth Free Press under the title…Now and Mostly Then. It seems fitting today Veterans Day 2016 to remember one of those articles that  stands out. In an early 50’s column he tested readers memories of ...

Exploring the Fascinating World of Fire Alarm Boxes

Exploring the Fascinating World of Fire Alarm Boxes
I had an interesting evening on Wednesday July 13th when, along with a group of interested people, I was treated to a talk about fire alarm boxes by the Somersworth Firefighter, James Drakopoulos. The evening took place at the Summersworth Historical Museum which in case you don’t know can be found at 157 Main street, ...

From The Archives: Recollections of the Old Schoolhouse

From The Archives: Recollections of the Old Schoolhouse
This is a picture of the old brick schoolhouse that was drawn from memory, because this schoolhouse was torn down in 1874 in order to make way for the Burleigh School which took it’s place.  Both schools stood on Orange street and Washington Street. The site now houses the Washington street Plazza and was located ...

Summersworth Historical Museum Open House

Summersworth Historical Museum Open House
On Sunday December 6th, the Somersworth Historical Society opened the doors of the Summersworth Historical Museum to the public for it’s annual holiday open house. Anyone who reads SomersworthNow regularly knows that I love the museum, in fact I am now on the board of Directors. While I may not be a native of Somersworth, ...