Look what I found

More sorting and scanning done today at our thursday 8/30 open house.  Items included clippings annoucin Charles Hardy writing his history book, and presentation to the Selectmen. Great photo’s of building the Village bridge and Hooksett interstate 93 bridge. a great scrapbook from 1980- featuring- a tale of two fire departments, the two fire chief resigning, china dragon being sold at Auction for $480,000, a tax rate jumping $ 8 dollars, selectman resignation, a recount and the Controversial Stablex. Stablex was a harzardous waste treatment plant that wanted to come to Hooksett from a England company.  Great stuff on Hooksett history


Some new discoveries

a good day the the Prescott, more scanning done by member Brian and items sorted through included clippings of Hooksett struggling with growth in 1955, items of  150th celebration, clippings on Rene Gagnon and Iwo Jima, Information on Mary whitier and notes from Charles hardy to Arthur of Arthurs food mart and one to Richard Riley for being the youngest State Senator from Hooksettt- at that time He was the fifth to run for the office from Hooksett. Every item seems to bring something to reflect on

Two more open houses scheduled

The historical society will be open Monday 8/27 from 11 to 2 pm and will be open Thursday 8/30 from  4 to 6 pm. Come check out the collection and find newly discovered items and a many items from Hooksetts past.

Veterans Park

Here is a letter to the Editor of the Hookset banner from Kathy Northrup on behalf of the Heritage Commission and Merrill Follansbee American Legion Post that was important enough for us to include here

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Heritage Commission and the Merrill-Follansbee American Legion Post, I recently appeared before the Town Council to express our wish to officially name the park area in Jacob Square which contains the town’s veterans’ monuments “Veterans’ Park at Jacob Square.”

We asked that action on the request be deferred pending public comment because we’d like to hear people’s thoughts on formalizing the park name.

We also need your help on gathering some history of the park. Very little documentation has been found about the original naming of the square after Pvt. Robert T. Jacob, that is: when, at whose request, etc. I’m hoping that anyone with any information about the veterans’ monuments, the park area or the square will contact me at hooksett.heritage@myfairpoint.net or 669-8926. Any information gathered will be added to the historical record of the area. Thanks.


Kathie Northrup


Heritage Commission

New postcards

Thanks to Gerry Handley we recieved a collection of old post cards- These include the Riverside Inn with views of three interior rooms, a shot of the Pinnacle with the 5 story tower and a great postcard of the three wooden bridges- which were above the falls. The abutments can be viewed today. The Society thanks Mr Handley and we continue to seek items of our past


Family Feud Teams announced

The Hooksett Town Family Feud teams have been announced. The Heritage Commission and Historical society are excited about this fun event to help raise funds for the Veterans Memorial Restoration Project.

The Teams announced are-  Town Council, Town Hall employee’s , Hooksett- ites, Sewer Commission and Employee’s, Webster Woods neighbors, Hooksett lions, Hooksett kiwanis and Hooksett Public Library

Come joint the fun and cheer on a team-  A yes is a good answer 


The Society just received a wonderful donation from Vincent Toland Jr who researched the Hooksett Citizens who served in the Civil War 1861-1865 and he provided a booklet which provides a glossary of Military terms, a list of all soldiers who served, when the enlisted, mustered, when they were discharged and where they were known to participated in battles… From his research Hooksett lost 19 gallant heroes who were killed in action, died of wounds or missing in action. Special thanks go out to Mr. Toland for this valuable resource which also includes entrees from original newspaper articles of the time

He ends the booklet with this quote “Rest Soldier, Thy Work is Done”