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Although she was born in Keene,
she had lived in Sullivan from her
earliest childhood until her father's
decease, although away much of the
time, engaged in teaching.

She was well educated, and was
an excellent school teacher as well
as a poetess of especial merit. Her
poems have been one of the features
of the exercises at Old Home Dav



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gatherings in Sullivan. Sullivan
has its Old Home Week Associa-
tion, and has held some interesting
and happy meetings, and welcomed
back to the soil of the old home the
sons and daughters that have made
their homes in other towns.

We can innaginq them on Old
Home Day as they bid adieu to the
old home town, this little village
which has been depicted as Sew-
ard's Village, lovingly saying, "in
the word.s of their own poetess,
Mrs. Edwards:



Tenderly we dwell and fondly

Upon those of our dear band
Who, grown weary in life's struggle,

Clasped death's kind and gentle hand,



And, with faith serene, unwav'ring,
Passed to that immortal shore

Where, like fragrant breath of lilies
Love flows round them evermore.

We still linger 'mid the tufmoil

Of this earth, our work not done;
But our eyes are turning westward

Toward the setting of life's sun.
But, although our locks are whitening,

though joy after joy departs,
Let us, as we journey homeward,

Keep sweet summer in our hearts.

Let us on to heights more lofty

1 han we dreamed of in our youth ;
Pause not in our earnest striving

After knowledge, wisdom, truth.
Over life's rough, stony pathway.

Let us walk with courage true,
Till for us Heaven's gates are opened

And we bid this world adieu.



(The material for he foregoing article has been aken from the History of Sulli-
van (by permission, the History is copyrighted), and much has been copied verbatim.
It would be impossible o improve on Dr. Seward's graphic descriptions. It has been
attempted merely to plate before the reader some few of the many interesting parts
of the Sullivan Town Hstory.)



IN THE COUNTRY



By Ruth Basset t Eddy.



In J urn, one song-filled, golden day,

Wheie nature laughed o'er stietch of field,
I saw ajlone hill far away.

Where five white tomb-stones stood revealed.
Restingalone upon that hill
The deal lay happily and still.

The place of'earth and wind and sky
Sang e'a to them a lullaby.

Away irom pain and fret and tears —
An endles sleep thro' endless years.



And oft.fince then, mid stormy strife

Of citydin and shrieking life,
Of traffic! roar and fickle trade,

Where puis are lost and fortunes made,
I've though of that far, lonely hill

Where jood the grave-stones white and still ;
And wishti, when death's sleep came to me,

I might tnow .such serenity.



CONCORD POST OF THE AMERICAN LEGION



By George

"We won't come back till it's
over over there"- —thus they sang as
they confidently left our shores, the
first American Army to cross the
Atlantic to participate in a war
waged on European soil. They
made good their promise in a way
that won highest and unstinted
praise from commanding officers
of other countries and which in-
scribed their names in letters of
gold in the temple of world peace
and freedom — the memory of man-
kind.

If the task .so courageously and
throughly accomplished by the
boys in khaki had been followed by
equal energy and dispatch in recon-
struction and re-adjustment, we
would not now — two and a half
years after the armistice was sign-
ed — be confronted with the spec-
tacle of a world in upheaval and
grave domestic problems to solve
because of long-deferred world
peace and general instability.

The same high principles of
loyalty to truth and justice that led
the doughboys to spread consterna-
tion in the camp of the Boche and.
Hike the chivalric knights of old.
succor distressed humanity charac-
terize them today. Though dis-
banded and scattered as soldiers of
peace in various industries, they
have preserved their solidarity and
the same purpose actuates their ef-
forts as members of their organiza-
tion — The American Legion.

Post Number 21 of Concord, is
the local branch affiliated with the
national order which was organized
in 1919 with posts established in
every part of the country. Any ex-
service man or woman is eligible
for membership and every branch
of service is represented in the
roster which is at the same time a
list of the World W'ar veterans
who, like the Grand Army of the



\V. Parker.

Republic, have dedicated their
lives on the altar of their country's
freedom.

The purpose of the American Le-
gion is well set forth in the pre-
amble of the National Constitution
adopted at Minneapolis, Minn.,
Nov. 10, 1919. "For God and
Country, we associate ourselves




Dr. Robrt O. Blood.

Three times eected Commander of
Concord Post, No 21. Served in Medical
Corps with the 2»th Division. Promoted
to rank of Major nd awarded Distinguish-
ed Service Cross nd Croix de Guerre.

together for tie following pur-
poses : To upiold and defend the
Constitution f the United States
of America ; o maintain law and
order ; to foser and perpetuate a
one hundred er cent Americanism ;
to preserve te memories and inci-
dents of otr association in the
Great War; o inculcate a sense of
individual oligation to the com-
munity, stal and nation ; to com-
bat the atocracy of both the
classes and the masses, to make
Right the raster of Alight; to pro-



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mote peace and good will on earth:
to safeguard and transmit to ;
terity the principles of justice, free-
dom and democracy; to consecrate
and sanctify our comradeship by
our devotion to mutual helpful-
ness.

Post Number 21 was formed at a
meeting held in the state armory.
July 14, 1919. Nineteen ex-service
men were present in response to the
invitations sent out. After the ob-
ject of the meeting had been stated,
it was voted to organize, and the
following officers were elected : Dr.
Robert O. Blood, commander; An-
drew Saltmarsh, vice-commander ;
Dion C. Wingate, finance officer:
Clifton A. Smith, adjutant ; Gorge
W. Morrill, historian.

The membership of the local post
has grown steadily up to the pres-
ent. It now includes 619 World
War veterans, the largest number
enrolled in any one post in the
state.

The roster appended is an honor
roll of which Concord may well feel
proud.

The first state convention of the
New Hampshire posts. American
Legion, was held at The Weirs,
August 28, 1919. Delegates from all
i.ver the state were present and
marked enthusiasm characterized
the proceedings. An able board of
officers was elected to supervize the
affairs of the state organization.
Concord post was represented by
Robert C. Murchie and George W.
Morrill.

A delegation from the Post at-
tended the decoration of Sergeant
Andrew Jackson of Rochester at the
state house. Governor John H.
Bartlett, representing the French
government, pinned on the breast
of Sergt. Jackson the Croix de
Guerre. Lieut. William Burnett
wa.s in charge of the guard of honor
which was composed of Concord
and Rochester ex-service men. The
governor was accompanied by Ma-



jor Robert Johnston, acting chief
of stall, and Major Philip Powers
of the I". S. Army- Governor
Bartlett read the citation from the
headquarters of the French army
which stated that the decoration
was being conferred on Sergt.
Jackson for brilliant conduct under
fire in the Chateau Thierry sector,
July 20, 1918, when he was wound-
ed."

E. E. Sturtevant Relief Corps,
No. 24, presented the legion post
with a. beautiful silk flag, Nov. 7,
1919. Minnie B. Chase made the




Leigh S. Hall,

\ 'ice-Commander.

Ensign in U. S. N. R. F. (Aviation)

mentation speech and Command-
it O. Blood accepted the
i in behalf of the post.

e first memorial exercises for
deceased comrades were held in the
Auditorium. Sunday, Nov. 9, 1919,
Commander Robert O. Blood pre-
siding. Music was furnished by the
Capital Male Quartet and an eight
)iece orchestra composed of ex-
service men.

Rev. H. A. Jump of Manchester,



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the speaker on this occasion, spoke
on "Following the Khaki." He had
served overseas as a "Y" man and
related experiences over there. He
felt confident that their experience
in the World War would make the
members of the American Legion
better citizens here and their influ-
ence would soon control the coun-
try. Prayer was offered by Rev.
George H. Reed, D. D.

Rev. S. S. Drury, D. D.. rector of
St. Paul School, in a forceful ad-
dress outlined American aims and
made it the plain duty of the men
who had donned the uniform during
the great conflict to see to it that
they are carried out. Lieut. Peter
Johnson was in charge of the ex-
service men who a-ttended in a
body.

The most impressive part of the
program was the reading of Con-
cord's honor roll by Major George
W. Morrill. A large red, white and
blue illuminated shield was the
only light in the theatre during the
reading of the names. As each
name was read, a gold star appear-
ed in the center of the shield, forty-
five stars telling the story of Con-
cord's loss in the war. During the
roll call the entire audience stood
and at the close, Bugler C. A. Smith
S( iiuided taps.

Armistice Day, 1919, will, after
Nov. 11, 1918, be long remembered,
for this was the first anniversary of
that epoch-making event. The cele-
bration and parade that day was on
a scale fitting the Capital City. All
local civic and military organiza-
tions, fraternities, schools, etc., par-
ticipated. The line of march
covered the main part of the city
and ended at the armory. The ob-
servance of the day was on a more
general scale than has been wit-
nessed a.s is shown by the following
array of participating orders :

First Division
Major C. E. Rexford ; aids, Gen.



George Cook, Major Russell Wil-
kins, David E. Murphy, Capt. Ed-
ward D. Toland, Miss Germaine
Scully, Capt. Fred A. Sprague,
Wesley Andrews, H. F. Besse.

Platoon of Police, Capt. Thomas
P. Davis : Rainey's Cadet Band of
Manchester. Gen. Joab N. Patter-
son and staff. Major Robert O.
Blood, marshal; Co. M, N. H. State
•Guards; Concord H. S. Cadets;
Grand Army of the Republic ; City
Government; Spanish War Veter-
ans, Women's Relief Corps ; G. A.
R. Ladies; J. N. Patterson Camp,
S. of V. ; Jessie Gove Killeen Aux-
iliary, No. 2; Women's Christian
Temperance Union.

Second Division

Charles G. Naughton, marshal ;
Jones' Military Band of Manches-
ter; Wm. B. Durgin Co. Employ-
ees; Letter Carriers; Red Men;
Order of Moose; Canton Wildey,
I. O. O. F. ; Canton Ladies; Sons
of St. George ; Daughters of St.
George ; Capital Grange, P. of H.

Third Division

Capt. John G. Winant, marsh-
al ; American Legion Band ; stud-
ents of St. Paul's School ; students
of Concord schools.

The enthusiastic response by citi-
zens generally and the large num-
ber of participating organizations
made the Armistice Day parade of
1919 one long to be remembered.

One of the events of Armistice
Week, 1919, was the dedication of a
tablet at the court house yard to
Gen. Charles A. Doyen, a Concord
boy who rose to distinction as com-
mander of the dashing, daring
marines. He led the first marines
across to participate in the fighting
in conjunction with the allies.

Chaplain Lyman Rollins, a Con-
cord boy who served with distinc-
tion in the World War, gave an in-
spiring address at the dedication of



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a memorial tablet in front of city
hall. A large number of citizens
assembled and the legion members
were present in uniform. The band
furnished music and the exercises
were impressive.

The bronze tablet bears the name
of Concord men and women who
died during the war and the list is
as follows :

Thomas H. Abbott, Dante J. Bar-
atelli, Sidney W. Beauclerk Jr.,
Robert C. Beckett, Frank Beggs,
Herbert Bell, William M. Bour-
deau, Charles Brooks, David
Buchan, Richard K. Clarke, Henry
A. Coit, Richard S. Conover, 2nd.,
Paul E. Corriveau, John E. Davis.
Charles Doyen, Herbert C. Drew.
Walter T. Drew, Irving J. Farley.
Lucy X. Fletcher, Joseph N. Cuv-
ette, Clarence A. Hanlon, Roy S.
Flolland, Allen Hollis Jr.. Henry
F. Hollis. Jr., Harry Lambrukos,
Ernest A. Laplante, Victor W. Le-
may, John P. Mannion, John T.
Martin, Ceorge E. Matson, Ernest
Matthews, Charles J. McDonald,
Harold W. McNeil, Charles H.
Moberg, Jr., Theresa Murphy,
Frank Opie, Harold R. Rogers,
Joseph Sanel, Arthur O. Thomp-
son, Raymond W. Thompson,
Harry H. Turcotte. Ralph H.
Turgeon, Carl V. Whidden, Leslie
S. Whitman.

The Armistice Ball, given in the
armory the evening of Nov. 11,
1919, was very successful and
brought to a fitting close a memor-
able day. Dion C. Wingate was
the chairman of the ball commit-
tee. The affair was patronized by
about twelve hundred people and
the post realized a profit of four
hundred dollars.

The election of officers to serve
during 1920 took place Jan. 15, and
resulted in the choice of Dr. Rob-
ert O. Blood, Commander ; James
E. Kiley, vice-commander ; Clifton
A. Smith, adjutant; Dion C. Win-
gate, finance' officer; R\ichard IW.



Brown, historian ; Rev. James K.
Romeyn, chaplain. At the end of
the year the secretary's list of
members contained 452 names.

During the winter of 1919-1920,
the American Legion conducted
several moving picture benefits.
Its chief activity was, however, in
basketball, in which department of




Cl ftox A. Smith.

Post Adjutant since its organization.
Served in A. E. F. with the 78th Division
as Bugler in Co. G. 309th Infantry.

sport it was represented by a fast
quintette that met many outside
teams and won its percentage of
victories. Much interest centered
in these games and the season was
successful. The basketball com-
mittee was composed of William
H. Burnett, chairman, James E.
Kiley and Peter Johnson.

A noteworthy occasion in the
history of the post was the pres-
entation on Sunday. Feb. 22, 1920,
of certificates from the French gov-
ernment to the surviving relatives
of those who fell in action. Judge
James W. Remick was detained by



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illness and Judge Charles R. Corn-
ing gave the memorial address.
The services were appropriate to
the occasion. A feature that arous-
ed favorable comment were the tab-
leaux including characters repre-
senting France and the United
States, French and American sol-
diers and sailors in uniform.

Probably the most pretentious
and at the same time the most pro-
fitable social enterprise undertaken
by the local post was the four day
carnival that opened May 19, 1920.
The whole affair was under the
general direction of Christopher T.
O'Malley, to whom great credit is
due as also to all those who serv-
ed on the several committees.

The carnival opened with a
parade of ex-service men, headed by
Nevers' Band. They proceeded to
the armory which had been elab-
orately decorated for the occasion.
The affair was the biggest thing of
the kind ever held in Concord.
Senator George H. Moses came
from Washington to be present
and formally open the festivities.
Nevers' Band discoursed lively
music, the decorations were gorge-
ous and every attention was given
the numerous throng by the sever-
al committee members. Special
invitations had been extended the
G. A. R., many of whom were
present, 1 and prominent people
came from different parts of the
state. There were all the charac-
teristic features of a big carnival,
booths of all kinds, fakirs, guessing
contests, etc. The gross receipts
the first evening amounted to $1400.

The music for the second night
was furnished by the American Le-
gion orchestra, assisted by the
Musical Cates, two of whom are
members of this post. The receipts
this evening were about $1100. The
third evening, or Children's Night,
yielded the biggest and noisiest
crowd and $1500 was taken in. The
American Legion orchestra also



furnished music for the last two
days, the carnival closing with
Saturday evening's dance. While
the receipts were gratifying, the
amount cleared, owing to heavy
expenses incurred in carrying out
so pretentious a carnival, was $1000
for the post and $400 awarded the
auxiliary as their share.

Sunday, May 23, the legion at-
tended memorial services at the
North Congregational Church, to- |
gether with the G. A. R. and W. R.
C, the Sons of Veterans, and the
United Spanish War Veterans. As
May 30th, came on Sunday, Me-
morial Day w y as observed on the
31.st. The post participated in the
usual Decoration Day exercises,
co-operating with the Grand Army.
On their return a luncheon was
served by the ladies.

The Fourth of July celebration
last year was held on the fifth.
Sunday evening a patriotic meeting
was held in the auditorium. The
legion participated in the parade
of the 5th.

The annual convention of the
Department of New Hampshire,
American Legion, was held at The
Weirs, Aug. 24, 25, 1920, in con-
junction with the G. A. R. Reunion.
Concord Post No. 21, was repre-
sented by six delegates as follows:
Dr. Robert O. Blood, Leigh S.
Hall, Christopher T. O'Malley,
Robert C. Murchie, Andrew E.
Saltmarsh, and James McDonald,
who had a prominent part in the
proceedings.

As there was no special obser-
vance of Armistice Day last year,
the annual Victory Ball constituted
the only reminder. This was, like
its predecessor, a success in every-
way, netting the post nearly $300.
The committee in charge consisted
of Geo. W. Morrill, Willis D.
Thompson and G. Stuart Jacobs.
Music was furnished by the Ameri-
can Legion orchestra under the di-
rection of Leon C. Stewartson.



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A series of six community dances
was conducted during the season of
1920-21. Many ladies prominent
in social circles served as patron-
esses and these functions were
much enjoyed. G. Stuart Jacobs
was chairman of the committee in
charge, the other members being
Leigh S. Hall and Murray Rowe.

Memorial Sunday, Nov.' 14, 1920,
exercises were held in the Audi-
torium, the post attending in uni-
form. Addresses were delivered
by Rev. Robbins Barstow and by
the pest chaplain. Rev. James K.
Romeyn. Commander R. O. Blood
acted as chairman. Music was
furnished by the Legion Orchestra
and vocal solos were rendered by
Mrs. Ruth Hall George.

During the winter of 1920-21 the
post was again represented by a
basketball team, which under com-
petent management, resulted in a
profit of $500. The committee hav-
ing charge of the past season in-
cluded Frank Wilson, Harry D.
Challis and Edgar A. Tracy.

The annual election of officers to
serve throughout the present year
was held Dec. 10, and resulted in
the choice of the following board :
Dr. Robert O. Blood, commander:
Leigh S. Hall, vice-commander;
Harry D. Challis, treasurer; Clifton
A. Smith, adjutant; William D.
MacPherson, sergeant-at-arms, (re-
placing the office of historian) ;
Rev. James K. Romeyn, chaplain.
Rev. Mr. Romeyn having resigned
his pastorate at Penacook and ac-
cepted the call of the New London
church. Rev. Robbins Barstow is
the present chaplain.

The executive committee as
elected at this time consisted of
Dr. Robert O. Blood, chairman ex-
officio ; George W. Morrill, Dr.
Henry H. Amsden, Leigh S. Hall
and J. Richard Jackman. Mr.
Jackman has since resigned and his
place on the committee filled by the
election of Andrew E. Saltmarsh.



As the carnival was the big event
in the public social life of the post,
so the banquet and inspection of
new quarters, Jan. 13, 1921, was the
happiest moment to every club
member. The banquet was at the
close of a membership drive by
which the numbers had been ma-
terially increased. An elaborate
menu was discussed by the feasters,
after which attention was turned to
the postprandial exercises. Felici-




Harrv D. Challis,

Treasurer.

Formerly Sergeant, Q. M. C, 12th Div.

tations upon the successful drive
and the new quarters were in
order. The members were very
much pleased to hear the announce-
ment that George W. Morrill had
been elected to the office of De-
partment Adjutant, to fill the va-
cancy caused by the resignation of
Frank L. Abbott.

On this occasion the members
had an opportunity to inspect the
newly furnished quarters which
comprise the entire third floor of
Chase block, including the Knights



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of Malta hall and ante rooms. Up
to tin's time, though the Legion had
good rooms, the funds had not war-
ranted the necessary expense of
properly furnishing them. A three
year lease was secured by the com-
mittee, of which Leigh S. Hall was
chairman.

Contracts were closed with the
DeMoulpied Lull Co., for furniture,
draperies, pictures, etc., which to-
gether with two pool tables, cost
the post $2,000. This concern
had generously offered the post any
rug in their stock, regardless of
price. The J. C. Derby Co., fur-
nished a clock of office .size, vari-
ous other gifts were received from
individuals. Necessary repairs in-
volved an expenditure of from
$1,500 to $2,000.

As one approaches , the Legion
quarters from the landing at the
top of the stairway, one passes
through the office, then the coat
room and the adjoining card room.
A very cozy and well furnished
reading and lounging room over-
looks Main street and occupies the
southeast corner. The large hall
that has been occupied by the
Wonolancet Club, the Y. M. C. A.
and in more recent years by various
lodges, has been thoroughly re-
modelled, painted and equipped.
It is now 7 a modern, attractive hall
in good demand for entertainments.
A piano has been purchased and a
new lighting system has been in-
stalled, making it one of the best
lighted halls in the city. The
toilets have been made over and a
bath room put in. A ladies' rest
room is a wise addition that is
greatly appreciated. What was
formerly the dining room is now
used as a pool room with two pool
tables in constant use.

Meetings of the Post are held in
Legion Hall on the second and
fourth Fridays of each month.

The Concord po.st is a member of
the Chamber of Commerce and it



has co-operated in all civic affairs.
So far as finances permitted, it has
contributed to every worthy cause.
Thus far the activities of the organ-
ization have been chiefly for its
own benefit. This has been neces-
sary because the city did not give a
building, as did some towns and
municipalities, nor did it make an
appropriation for securing and fur-
nishing quarters. The legion has
not asked for outside financial as-
sistance, and it has always been
the policy of the Post not to ask
for money without giving value
received.

Upon the death of any of its
members or upon the arrival of the
remains of any who fell in France,
the post has assisted in the burial
of the same. It has always fur-
nished a firing scptad, bearers, chap-
lain and bugler in uniform and
thus, has given the deceased com-
rade fitting military honors.

Appropriate bronze markers with
the official emblem of the Legion
have been placed upon the graves
of ex-service men who were buried
previous to the organization of the
American Legion and upon the
graves of the following comrades at
whose funeral the post assisted :
Thomas H. Abbott, Robert C.
Beckett, Carroll Chesley, Herbert
C. Drew, Walter T. Drew, Wood-
bury Hagan, Archie Hoitt, George
S. Houston, Charles J. McDonald,
John Mannion, Frank Opie, Sarkis
Sarivagorian.

The post has lost only three
members by death since its organ-
ization, these being Sarkis Sari-
vagorian, who was killed in an
automobile accident on Sept. 12,
1920, Harold W. Greene, who died
Dec. 27, 1920, and Francis F. God-
deau who died at Pembroke Sana-
torium on May 11, 1921.

Robert C. Murchie, a member of
this post, was a delegate from the
N. H. Department at the National
Convention, held in Minneapolis,



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Minn., in November, 1919. He was
also elected to represent Merrimack
County in the N. H. delegation
which went to the National Con-
vention at Cleveland, Ohio, Sept.
27, 28 and 29, 1920, but was unable
to attend and his alternate, Leigh
S. Hall, also of this post, went in
his place.

Concord Post is well represented
on the Executive Committee of the
N. H. Department, by Dr. Robert
O. Blood, who is Department Vice
Commander, and Leigh S. Hall,
who represents Merrimack County
on the Committee.

The great musical comedy suc-
cess, "Oh, Oh, Cindy !" was pre-
sented by Concord Post Legion in



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