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This Week in Concord History

May 29, 1944: Fourteen of the 46 conscientious objectors working as attendants at the State Hospital in Concord go on a cafeteria strike, refusing to eat. The men, who are labeled "Conchies," are protesting a rule forbidding them to mingle with regular attendants at the hospital.May 30, 1868: In Concord, school lets out early and businesses close for two hours so that… 0

May 29, 2012

This Week in Concord History

May 22, 1879: The Monitor editorializes against a fountain in the State House plaza: "The fountain continues to squirt water all over those who have the temerity to walk in its vicinity, as in the days of yore. Its location ought to be changed." In 1914, it is discarded to make room for the statue of Franklin Pierce.May 22, 2001: Concord Litho Group, one of the world's… 0

May 22, 2012

This Week in Concord History

May 15, 1727: A Congregational church, Concord's first, is ready for occupancy. It is a 40-by-25-foot log structure at North Main and Chapel streets. The logs are thick enough to be bullet-proof, and the church, though windowless, has portholes through which to shoot Indians.May 15, 1908: Unable to keep up with the Concord City Auditorium for live shows, manager Ben White of… 0

May 15, 2012

This Week in Concord History

May 8, 1900: Having made several battery-powered cars at his American Manufacturing Co. in Penacook, Adrian Hoyt secures a 10-year local tax exemption for his auto-making concern. He hopes to employ 150-250 men and make three cars a day. A few days later he will drive one of his cars through downtown Concord to show how efficiently a car can deliver the mail. The car business never… 0

May 8, 2012

This Week in Concord History

May 1, 1891: By custom, Concord's May Horn ushers in a day of celebrating the final escape from winter. The horn is peculiar to Concord. "The 'oldest inhabitant' cannot recall a first day of May in his boyhood when the din of the horn did not reverberate in some wee hour," the Monitor reports.May 1, 1925: The Granite Monthly magazine reports approvingly that… 0

May 1, 2012

This Week in Concord History

April 24, 1853: Miffed that Franklin Pierce, now president, has relegated him to a lowly clerical job, Benjamin Brown French reminisces in his journal about the early days of their friendship. In 1831, on the way to serve in the New Hampshire House, the two met in Hopkinton, Pierce on horseback, French in a chaise. In Concord, "we took rooms at Gass's Eagle Hotel, nearly… 0

April 24, 2012

This Week in Concord History

April 17, 1885: Thomas Samon, who killed a woman in Laconia, stuffed her body in a trunk and wheeled it away, is the first man executed at the new state prison. A prison historian describes Samon as a dull man who spoke with a nasal tone and had one blue eye and one brown eye.April 17, 1971: Two months after his trip to the moon, it is Alan Shepard Day in New Hampshire. The astronaut,… 0

April 17, 2012

This Week in Concord History

April 10, 1829: While addressing a Merrimack County jury in Concord, the spellbinding lawyer Ezekiel Webster, brother of Daniel, drops dead. "He had spoken nearly a half hour, in full and unaltering voice, when the hand of death arrested his earthly course," writes Judge Charles Corning.April 11, 1974: Gov. Mel Thomson warns state college students not to streak. "Running… 0

April 10, 2012

This Week in Concord History

April 3, 1865: Concord's church bells ring and a cannon fires in response to news of the overwhelming defeat of Gen. Robert E. Lee's army at Petersburg, Va.April 3, 1905: Douglas Everett is born. Everett will become a member of the 1932 U.S. Olympic hockey team, win a silver medal and be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The Everett Arena in Concord will be named… 0

April 3, 2012

This Week in Concord History

March 27, 1965: Penacook School District voters will have several options before them: creating a cooperative school district with neighboring towns, merging with Concord or going it alone. Eventually, voters will approve creation of the Merrimack Valley School District.March 27, 2002: The Capitol Center for the Arts lifted the curtain this month on an ambitious $3 million capital… 0

March 27, 2012