Chichester NH News

June 9, 2010

Chichester Library will be holding a Book and Plant Sale on Saturday, June 12, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Drive to the back entrance on Pound Road with your money in hand and stock up.

Happy Birthday to Jason Brudniak on June 12 and to Michael McLaughlin on June 13.

The Chichester Youth Association (CYA) will be holding its next meeting on June 13th at 6 PM in the selectman’s office at the Town Hall. At this meeting we will discuss the upcoming Softball Tournaments that CYA is hosting at Carpenter Park and the upcoming Soccer Season. Also, the new By-Laws will be presented and voted upon by the membership.  If you have children who enjoy the programs CYA puts forth, please do get involved.  We welcome the input and support. The board is still in search of a Soccer commissioner and will be looking for soccer coaches in the coming months.  Please stop in, introduce yourself and let’s keep these programs going strong!

Please contact Jaan Luikmil at 798-4987 by June 19th, if you want to reserve a space at Carpenter Park on Old Home Day, August 21, for informational or vending purposes.

Old Home Day is coming up on August 21. Please donate clean, usable items for the Yard Sale under the tent. Proceeds go to support future Old Home Days. Contact Stacy Luikmil at 798-4987 to arrange for pick up or drop off.

Chichester Grange will meet on Wednesday, June 16, upstairs in the Grange Hall. Plans will be made for the July Eat-Out at this meeting.

Chichester Grange would like to thank everyone who attended the Memorial Day observance at the Veteran’s Memorial stone on May 30th. With an attendance of over fifty people this year the idea seems to be catching on. Special thanks go to Pastor Arthur Savage for the opening prayer, the Cub Scouts for leading the Pledge of Allegiance and presenting the wreath, and Alice Hilliard for organizing the event. Thanks also to the Historical Society for providing a reading about a Chichester Civil War veteran and for opening their museum to those who wished to see the Civil War exhibit.

The following DVDs were added in May to the shelves at the Chichester Town Library: Faith Like Potatoes, 28 Days, To the Ends of the Earth, Where’s Spot? And other stories, Murder 101, The Happening, Miss Lettie and Me, A Bridge Too Far, Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures.


Rose Alnora Warren of Chichester would like to thank her family and friends for helping her celebrate her 100th birthday. Thank you so much for all of the thoughtful presents and flowers. She enjoyed several days of visiting well-wishers which included 2 birthday cakes and beautiful violin music.



Out of Your Attic Thrift Shop

June is upon us - bringing Father’s Day (June 20th) Graduations and preparations for picnics and 4th of July celebrations! If you have a limited budget, but still want to present a loved one or friend with a token of appreciation and remembrance, stop by the Attic and see what’s available.

There are mugs, steins, stuffed animals (for the graduates who may need something to hug as they go off to school.)

For Dad, you may be surprised at what you’ll find just for him. There are utensils and plates and table coverings for picnics - may even find a football to toss around.

Stop by Tues., Wed., or Thurs., 8-4 or Sat., 10-4 at 345 Suncook Valley Highway in Chichester or call 435-9339.



Jessica Palmer Named To Champlain College Dean’s List

Jessica Palmer, a resident of Chichester, NH, has been named to the Spring 2010, Champlain College  Dean’s List for academic achievements. Palmer is majoring in Applied Psychology.

Champlain College, a private baccalaureate institution, located in Burlington, Vt., is a national leader in educating students through its unique program that prepares students for life beyond college with a mix of professional training, academic enrichment and cultural immersion.



Chichester Grange

Chichester Grange met on Wednesday, June 2, upstairs in the Grange Hall. The evening began with a chicken pie supper at 6 p.m. During the business meeting members signed up to fertilize and water the flower tubs in Memorial Park this summer.

The Memorial Day observance on May 30 was very successful. There were over 50 people in attendance, a substantial increase over last year. The Cub Scouts added a lot to the ceremony by leading the Pledge of Allegiance and presenting the wreath. The new flag will have to be presented to the Selectmen at a later time, as that piece of the program did not fall into place. Thanks to Alice Hilliard for organizing the program and to Paul and Rhoda Davis for the use of their public address system.

The date for the July Eat-Out was moved to July 21. The Secretary will arrange for a restaurant and plans will be finalized at the June 16th meeting. Wildlife sightings included a turkey vulture feeding on road kill, wild turkeys and Canada geese with young ones, four deer, woodchucks, chipmunks, cardinals, gold finches, hummingbirds, hawks, a snapping turtle, a toad, and two eastern milk snakes.

Lecturer Hannah West led a brief program with one number for each of the four letters in the month of June. J was for jumping jacks, the low impact variety. U was the Unicorn Song sung by Mary West. N was for numbers: a math problem, which, if properly completed, resulted in an answer which equaled the participant’s telephone number. E was a reading taken from the Book of Esther in the Good News Bible, which shed some light on social customs over the ages.

The next meeting will be at the Grange Hall on June 16. Carolee Davison is in charge of the program, and Jean Farnham and Ginny Azotea will bring refreshments.



School Of Art At The Kimball Jenkins Estate Awards Scholarships For Summer Art Camp

The School of Art at the Kimball Jenkins Estate is pleased to announce the awarding of scholarships for Summer Art Camp. The awards, totaling some $2100, were made possible by School of Art Supporters (SAS) fundraising activities and generous contributions by local sponsors.  These awards will provide assistance to all seven applicants and make the dream of summer art camp possible.

This six week Summer Art Camp program offers a variety of educational workshops designed to help children unlock their creativity through art.  The workshops run daily from 9 A.M. to 3 PM and with weekly choices including: Cultures of America; Animal Adventure; Fantasy Week; Cartoons, Manga and Comics; Earth Week; and Great Artists of the World. The cost, including materials is $200 per workshop. For an additional fee, before and after camp supervision can be available to accommodate working parents.

The SAS Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers are committed to supporting the availability of a community art school, promoting of the arts and creating an opportunity for Concord Area school age children to develop their artistic interests. SAS thanks the art teachers at Kimball Walker School, St. John’s Regional School, Pathfinder Academy, Loudon Elementary School and Chichester Elementary School, whose thoughtful recommendations helped in the decision making process.



Chichester Historical Society
Vanishing Breed of Town Officials - Part 2
By Walter Sanborn

The last article was about the vanishing town positions of the “Fence Viewer” and the “Hog Reeve.”

The next Act passed by the N. H. General Court was the requirement that every town build and maintain a town pound and appoint or elect a pound keeper to impound stray domestic animals. In a previous article I have recorded the history of the Chichester Town Pound.

Another law concerning the choice of town officials stated that each town was required “to choose by a major vote” a Field Driver or Hayward. No definition of his duties seems to be included in the Statutes of New Hampshire. It seems his job was to catch stray animals that were loose and drive them to the town pound.  An early Massachusetts law made it unlawful to “rescue” an animal being driven to the pound by a Field Driver.

Many early farmers did not have enough land to pasture their animals on and frequently drove them over the public roads from pasture to pasture.

My grandfather mentions in his diary of 1879 in the Spring, driving his cattle to pasture in Loudon and Epsom and in the “fall” bringing them back home.  Many farmers did not have enough land locally to feed the animals on and owned or rented pastures elsewhere. 

Now cattle, sheep and hogs provided more than meat and milk for their owners, and work for Fence Viewers, Hog Reeves, Field Drivers and Pound Keepers.  Animal hides were valuable by-products of farming and provided work for another town official “The Sealer of Leather.”

In the early 1800’s there were few horses and the carriage business had not yet started so there was no need yet of harness leather as harness makers were not needed. Most hides or leather were made into clothing and boots and shoes.

Elijah Sanders was born in Epsom in 1799 and moved to Chichester in 1824 and built a tanner building, bark house, bark mill and tanyard near the brook by the Stone House on Main Street by the Central School. He became the first leather tanner in Chichester.  More of this history of Sanders and his mill can be found in the book on Chichester Articles.

In 1829 the position of “Sealer of Leather” was repealed and an act which passed on to the manufacturer of leather the responsibility for its quality and he had to stamp his name and address on each  piece sold.

Before the establishing of tanneries some men made their living as trappers of wild animals and the selling of furs. George P. Haynes was a fur trader and started a trading post in 1847 in North Chichester which has evolved into what is now the Chichester Country Store.

As this article has been about the vanishing town officials of the “Field Driver or Hayward” and the “Sealer of Leathers” the next article will be about two more vanished town officials.












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