Millyard Museum Musings

The Donn of an Era: Before Bandstand, there was Tibbetts

Friday, May 18, 2018 John Clayton 1
In the beginning – this was back about the time that God created the heaven and the earth – a guy named Dick Clark created ”American Bandstand.” So I guess that means we have to go way back, back to before the beginning, if we’re going to talk about ”The Donn Tibbetts Show.” READ MORE
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Super Brownies shook off chills to deliver thrills

Monday, January 9, 2017 Carol Robidoux 0
Starting around 1920, this hardy band of local, rugged-but-borderline-demented individuals would willingly risk serious hormonal impairment and usher in the New Year by carving a hole in the ice and engaging in a midnight swim at the legendary Amoskeag Ledge. READ MORE
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The Burp that Changed America

Friday, November 25, 2016 Carol Robidoux 0
Since Berlin native Earl Silas Tupper’s products are being utilized today more than any other day – lots of Thanksgiving leftovers, y’know – it seems only appropriate that those of us who call New Hampshire home should offer him a posthumous salute. All together now: Uuuurrrrpp! READ MORE
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There’s nothing run of the mill about Amoskeag

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Carol Robidoux 0
If you’ve lived in Manchester for 60 years or 60 minutes, you have probably come into contact with some vestige of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, the now-defunct textile giant that helped shape this city we know and love. Sooner or later, whether you’re a native or a newbie, you may encounter visitors who have some questions about Amoskeag, so a little refresher course can’t hurt, right? READ MORE
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A Box Car Recalls 250 Tons of Thanks

Monday, September 26, 2016 Carol Robidoux 0
They’ve been doing this for nearly 70 years now, but as usual, there were curious looks and puzzled glances as the dignified men of the American Legion – members from Henry J. Sweeney Post and William H. Jutras Post and Hudson Post #48 – began mustering on Bremer Street on Manchester’s West Side yesterday. Their destination? Read on. READ MORE
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Joe Nelson, 102: A giant among men, a savior of our millyard

Thursday, March 10, 2016 John Clayton 1
See, Joe fell in love with a pretty switchboard operator here in town – the former Ruth Ball from Lake Avenue – and when Ruth agreed to marry Joe and follow him back to New York where an engineering job awaited him, Joe vowed that, one day, he would bring her back to her home town. And again, for those of us who love the Millyard, it was serendipity. READ MORE
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Manchester’s Chase Homes: Affordable Housing for a ‘Wonderful Life’

Monday, February 29, 2016 John Clayton 2
It should come as no surprise that there were 800 applicants for the 30 new homes, since the going rate was $5.50 a week — no down payment — and to be on the safe side, the association also covered the cost of a $3,000 insurance policy on the man of the house “in order to safeguard widow and children in the event that calamity befall the breadwinner before the house is fully cleared.” READ MORE