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This Week in Concord History

Aug. 23, 1983: Gov. John Sununu denounces the issues raised in a lawsuit challenging New Hampshire's reliance on property taxes to fund schools as "garbage." The suit, he says, is little more than a ploy by those who want a broad-based tax. Fourteen years later, the state Supreme Court will rule against the state in Claremont II, a similar lawsuit.Aug. 24, 1979: Campaigning… 0

August 23, 2011

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 16, 1978: Gov. Mel Thomson says he has "irrefutable proof" that communists were involved in the June 24 anti-nuclear power demonstration at the Seabrook construction site - and urges Congress to investigate.Aug. 16, 1843: A severe gale accompanied by torrents of rain destroys a large elm tree in the State House yard. The tree is 20 inches in diameter at its base. The wind breaks… 0

August 16, 2011

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 9, 1746 - A band of 50 to 100 Indians invades Rumford (Concord), but the Indians will be scared off the next morning by 30 armed guards who escort church-goers back to their garrisons.Aug. 9, 1903 - Omer T. Lassonde is born in Concord. An artist, he will be federal arts director of the WPA in New Hampshire during the Depression. The subjects of his many portraits will include… 0

August 9, 2011

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 2, 1927 - Granite cutters from Concord join others from throughout New England in appealing for a five-day week with a $9-a-day wage. They currently work 5½ days a week at $8 per day.Aug. 2, 1830 - The Rev. Roger C. Hatch rides from Hopkinton to Concord to make the first deposit in the New Hampshire Savings Bank. The amount is $100. The bank's quarters at 214 North Main Street… 0

August 2, 2011

This Week in Concord History

July 26, 1970: The Associated Press reports that Mel Bolden's campaign for the Executive Council makes him "the first Negro to seek the seat."July 26, 1927: His tour stop over, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh and his "Spirit of St. Louis" take off from Concord Airport at 11:50 a.m. There is a report that he passed over Claremont at 1:20 p.m. on his way to Springfield, Mass.July 26, 1965:… 0

July 26, 2011

This Week in Concord History

July 19, 1976: A consultant recommends that the state build a new $20 million prison on Clinton Street and phase out the North State Street facility by 1980. City officials are outraged. City Councilor David Rogers suggests the site is Gov. Mel Thomson's choice because it is "the residential area inhabited by many of his most outspoken critics." (The plan never comes to fruition.)July… 0

July 19, 2011

This Week in Concord History

July 12, 1927: Mayor Fred Marden says he has received a telegram informing him that Col. Charles A. Lindbergh will soon fly to Concord in the Spirit of St. Louis.July 12, 1941: Roy Jenkins meets the new U.S. ambassador to Britain, John G. Winant of Concord, in the Jenkins family's London home. Winant, a former New Hampshire governor, will later employ the young Jenkins as a researcher… 0

July 12, 2011

This Week in Concord History

• July 5, 1979 - In Concord scouting toward a presidential bid, U.S. Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas comments on the vulnerability of President Jimmy Carter and how it has raised hopes within his party. "I walked into the Senate cloakroom the other day and said, 'Mr. President,' and 20 Republicans turned around," Dole says.July 5, 1874 - Prominent Concord lawyer Anson Southard… 0

July 5, 2011

This Week in Concord History

June 28, 1853 - James O. Lyford is born. He will become a journalist and politician and write histories of Concord and Canterbury.June 29, 1988 - The Concord Planning Board approves construction of the Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road. Downtown merchants, wary of Manchester's experience, have the jitters.June 30, 1944 - More than three weeks after D-Day, dreaded telegrams reach… 0

June 28, 2011

This Week in Concord History

June 14, 1831: Benjamin Brown French, a rising politico from Chester, goes to a party in Concord with future U.S. senator Charles G. Atherton and future president Franklin Pierce. His companions, both in their 20s, are " 'smashed' by a pair of bright eyes, & a beautiful face," but French "would as soon think of falling in love with an elegant piece of statuary." He tells his diary:… 0

June 14, 2011