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September 2023 FOCUS

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Nicholas Norcross - New England Timber King
                 Elkins Grant and Livermore
______________________________________________     A Timeline of Livermore - 1864 to 1992 - 

 Much has been written about the Evans Family who resided at the Mt Willard Section House yet we don't hear so much about others who raised their families next to the tracks.  Joseph and Florence Monahan were one such couple who raised their six daughters at the Willie House Station Flagstop, two miles east of the Evans family.  
Read their interesting story Here                               

The Youngest Monahan Daughter, Agatha, wrote her memories of "Happenings Growing Up By The Railroad Tracks at Willey House"  when she was 88 years old.  It's a fascinating story of how different life was more than 100 years ago.  __Read her story here     

             Includes the Scotty Mallett Interview                

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The President of your Historical Society, Phil Franklin, doesn't talk much about himself, so this editor sought out some details about Phil.  


He had a long career with the Hartford Insurance and Aetna Insurance Companies as a Senior Administrator and Program Director in Connecticut.  He attended Providence College and Xavier High School in Middletown, CT.

Phil is no stranger to the world of volunteerism and the act of giving back, not only to those things that enabled his own success, but community endeavors as well. You can read his volunteer philosophy at this link: (There are some nice pictures too.) 

"As a long time volunteer at Xavier he never stopped giving back."

 When Phil and wife, Sue, moved to Bartlett they said "We're not just moving to Bartlett to be here- We're moving here to be part of the community."  During his time in Bartlett he served four years as Chairman of the Bartlett Planning Board (2015-2019).  He's on the Board of Directors for the Stillings Grant Homeowners Assoc and is a contributing writer for the Mt. Washington Valley Vibe magazine.  Phil has been part of the Bartlett Historical Society since 2015.  As you may know, Phil has been the instrumental force behind the renovation of the Catholic Church in the Village to be the new location for the Bartlett History museum.  

If you see Phil out and about, do some name dropping.  He may be curious how you know so much about him.  He knew that I was going to add something here...but I didn't tell him exactly what, or how much.


Phil, Sue and Grandchildren


Phil, Sue and the Snowroller Project


Your Directors meet once a month and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.  

 Meetings are held at the Basement Meeting Room at the Village Congregational Church.   

We normally post the date and time here, but if not, call Phil Franklin at 603 374 5023.

The News of Days Gone By At Bartlett, N.H.
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Do you have any interesting stories or pictures to share ??

We would like to highlight them on this website.  

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Here is a slide show of 15 images that show our recent work in progress on your museum. We thank ALL our donors for making this work possible. 
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The Bartlett History Museum. 
It's been a remarkable journey, the community support has been fabulous and
we want to share our progress with everyone. To that end we have created an updated section of new information, pictures and a current budget showing how we have spent your donations thus far and how much more we need to get the doors open.

For the Museum Project Information,                                 Click Here  

If you want to donate now without looking through all the details JUST CLICK HERE.

We have made your gifting a little easier; We can now securely process your donation to your credit card directly from this website...               ...easy...

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                  New Bartlett History Book In The Works

                                     YOU CAN HELP

Toward the end of 2021, a representative from Arcadia Publishing contacted Phil Franklin about the possibility of writing a book on Bartlett’s history. Arcadia Publishing is known for their “Images of America” series of books containing numerous photographs each with a caption describing the scene. 

Phil is looking for your help with this project. Phil is in search of old original photographs that reflect the history of Bartlett, Hart’s Location and Livermore. The publisher has very specific rules about the type and quality of the photographs. For example, they cannot be copied off the Internet, or out of books and newspapers, or photographs of photographs.  They need to depict scenes that are more than 30 years old. The publisher also limits the use of postcards, illustrations and maps. Phil can explain the rules in more detail if you contact him.

Phil is looking for scenes of buildings, inns and hotels, or landmarks; he’s especially interested in scenes showing what people did in our past (e.g., working on the railroad or in one of the local mills, people recreating, people in family settings and children playing – people doing what they did in years past to work and play). 

Several people have already loaned Phil historic photographs but his search continues. If you have any old photographs depicting scenes of area history and would like to be a part of the creation of this book, please contact Phil at

If you missed the Peter Limmer Presentation you can watch it here. "The History of Limmer & Sons, Custom Hiking Boot Makers"  

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Peter Crane, Author

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You can enjoy the best book ever written about Livermore:
In 1993 Peter Crane wrote his Doctoral thesis titled "Glimpses of Livermore: Life and Lore of an Abandoned White Mountain Woods Community".  It is probably the most extensive research project ever undertaken for the Town of Livermore. 
Peter has given us permission to share this link to a PDF version of his book.  You can read it here


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 Are You Looking For The Quarterly Newsletters ?  

             Find Them Here (Opens in a new window) 

Remember The Mountain Ear Newspaper?  There are more than 100 excellently researched articles of local interest at this link.  We can thank Jane Golden and Steve Eastman and many others for this historically valuable collection.  This link will open in a new window.


You might notice the website address ends in NET, whereas our primary site ends in ORG.   It has a different website address but it is still your Bartlett History website.  We are slowly migrating all the "Dot Org" information to the "Dot Net" platform.  We doubt you'll notice jumping from one platform to the other.  Bear with us as this transition continues.


The hosting and domain fees for both sites have been donated by your web-site editor.  Thank you for visiting.

We have the details of our public programs for 2023. CLICK HERE to see what we found for you.   

Several people have asked me where the 1952 aerial photos of Bartlett are located. 


Click the airplane:   

Dave Eliason is your website editor. 
He always welcomes new content, so send him something.  Criticism, comment or factual corrections are also welcome. 
Dave donates the entire cost of supporting and maintaining this website so your dues can be used for other pressing needs.   
We also thank Scotty Mallett for his contributions to the railroad section.  His knowledge of that history is invaluable. 

Pinkham Notch Rte 16 as it was in the very early 1900's  nkham
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