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Brothers have published under the
title, "Hail, Columbia!" in a hand-
some volume with attractive illus-
trations by George Wright. The
possible pride of Nashuans at having
the Gate City of New Hampshire
chosen as the starting point for a
study of the nation is dashed almost
immediately, however when the writer
refers to the "painted wooden cot-
tages of the little New Hampshire
town." And what rather rubs it in
is the further fact that the only other
allusion to the Granite State des-
cribes "the more massive houses
(such as those of Newport, New
Hampshire) comfortable, boxlike
edifices of brick, with a palladian
magnificence of column and a cool
purity of colonial style." The "re-
mote village" where Mr. George at-
tended an auction, saw Uncle Sam in
the flesh and got acquainted with
Hiram Jebbison may well have been
in New Hampshire, but the author
does not say that it was.

Some of Mr. Wright's best pic-
tures illustrate this first chapter on
Boston and New England, of which
the heading is "In Old America."
Thence the author goes through the
Middle West to see "America in the



Makim



describes New York un-



der the title, "Megapolis;" devotes
much space and thought to "The
American Woman ;" paints "The
American Scene," as he sees it; and
fires some parting "Parthian Shots"
at "the struggling ferocity, the haste,
the careless collection of wealth
which make up American life."

Mr. George always is readable.
He evidently desires to be friendly
and fair. And if we are not entire-
ly satisfied with our reflection in his



mirror we still cannot deny the pos-;
sibilities for improvement suggested]
by seeing ourselves as he sees us.



Whatever criticisms one may make
of the stories written by our summer
resident of old New Hampshire an-
cestry, Eleanor Hallowell Abbott,
lack of interest and novelty is not one;
of them. Her latest book, "Rainy
Week," published by E. P. Dutton JSI
Company, New York, brings within
its covers for seven days and six
chapters, A Bride and Groom, ( )ne
Very Celibate Person, Someone
with a Past, Someone with a Future,
A Singing Voice, A May Girl and a
Bore. Such a combination of "ro-
mantic passion, psychic austerity,
tragedy, ambition, poignancy, inno-
cence and irritation" is sure, as the
author says, to produce drama of
some kind. In this particular in-
stance it produced an up-to-date mys-
tery play, sufficiently hard to solve
and with the required happy ending.
The story is told in Mrs. Coburn's
characteristic, sprightly style and the
events of its "Rainy Week" furnish
good entertainment for a reader's
rainy day or night.



Mr. Brewer Corcoran is one of
the considerable number of gradu-
ates of St. Paul's School, Concord,
who have distinguished themselves as
writers. His first success was with
books for boys, but in "The Road to
La Reve" he created a romance of
charm which he has provided with
a worthy successor on the same line,
this year, in "The Princess Naida."
The theme of a young American hero
winning the love of a beautiful
European princess is not absolutely
new, but Mr. Corcoran has dressed it
up to date with Bolshevism and other
twentieth century frills. His char
acters are lifelike, the action sweeps






BOOKS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE INTEREST



363



along with a rush and the element of
humor is not. as too often happens in
this class of story, conspicuous by its
absence. Readable and sincere, clean
and diverting. The Page Company,
Boston, are the publishers.



From the same publishing house
comes another romance that is good
summer reading, "A blower of
Monterey," by Mrs. Katherine B.
llamill. with illustrations in color



from paintings by Jessie Gillespie
and Edmund H. Garrett. The scene
shifts from Mr. Corcoran's Switzer-
land of the present to the California
of Spanish mission days and the
colorful atmosphere of that time and
place is reproduced with fidelity and
charm. The author's name is new to
us. but if her book is a first one, it
is worthy of mention for the crafts-
manship displayed in the correct
historical setting and the smooth un-
folding of the story.



A PSALM OF THE BIG ROCK



By F. R. Rogers



(Overlooking the Connecticut val-
ley in the village of Haverhill, there
rests an isolated boulder familiarly
known as "The Big Rock." Here
children gather to play, lads and
lassies make their trysting place,
and the old folks wander to dream
of days gone by. In "A Psalm of
the Big Rock" I have endeavored to
embody some of the impressions it
has made upon me.)

O Lord, God, Thou art of old. In
the great dawn of all the ages. Thou
didst gave me birth. Thou didst form
me and shape me by Thy mighty plan,
fiery blast, pressure of untold masses
through eons of time, the grinding of
stupendous avalanches of snow and
ice, all these have made me, and all
to Thy great end.



Centuries have come and gone,
forests have covered the naked hills,
flowers have crimsoned the desolate
valleys, brooks have swollen to
mighty rivers, and Thine hand wast
there.

Nations have risen up and disap-
peared. The war cry and song of



Men



gone,



have
and



the chase are silenced,
come, and loved, and

through it all Thee.

And so through ages
Thine hand shall shape
to Thy glory, giving it new life, new
hope, new power and after all for-
ever, and ever, and ever, throughout
eternitv, Thou Shalt Be.



yet
the



unborn
passing



NEW HAMPSHIRE NECROLOGY



HARRY BROOKS DAY.

Harry Brooks Day was horn in New-
market, Sept. 5. 1858, the son of War-
ren K. and Martha (Brooks) Day, and
died at his summer home in Peter-
borough, July 3. Moving to Concord
in childhood, he graduated from the
high school there in 1878 and subse-
quently studied music in this country,




The Late H. B. Day.

England and Germany. He was organist
and choirmaster, in succession, at
Lowell, Mass., Newton, Mass., Cam-
bridge, Mass., and, since 1900, at Brook-
lyn, N. Y., for the last 12 years organ-
ist ol St. Luke's church. He was a
member of many musical organizations
and of the Episcopal church. He was
the composer of much church and other
music. He married Oct. 18, 1900,
Roselle M. Barker, by whom he is sur-
vived, and by a brother, Arthur K. Day,
M. D., of Concord.



SAMUEL S. WEBBER

Samuel Storrow Webber was born in
Springfield, Mass., March 31, 1854. the
son of Samuel and Ellen (Oliver) Web-
ber, and the grandson of Dr. Samuel
Webber of Charlestown, where he died
April 27. His profession was that of
mechanical engineer, in which his long-
est connection was of 25 years with the
Trenton, N. J., Iron Works. He was



well known as an inventor, especially in
connection with the Webber Grip used
on aerial tramways in mountain mines.
Since retiring in 1914 he had

made his home with his sister, Miss
Anna Louise Webber, at Charlestown,
and ha i indulged his passion for out-
door photography ami the growing of
ro i . besides taking an interest in the
public affairs of the town.



HENRY K. PORTER.

Henry Kirke Porter was born in
Concord, November 24, 1840, the son of
George and Clara (Ayer) Porter, and
died in Washington, P. C, April 10.
He graduated from Brown University
in 1860 and was a student at the New-
ton, Mass., Theological Institution, when
he enlisted in the Fifth Massachusetts
Regiment in 1862. In 1866 he began
business life in Pittsburg, Pa., as a
manufacturer of liedtt locomotives and
was very successful. He was a Re-
publican in politics and a member of the
58th Congress from the 31st Pennsyl-
vania district. He was prominently
identified with the Baptist religious de-
nomination and with Y. M. C. A. work,
and was a trustee of Carnegie Institute.
His will distributed a large amount in
philanthropic bequests. tlis wife and
one daughter, Anne, are his survivors.



JOSEPH W. PITMAN.

Joseph \Y. Pitman, the last of three
brothers prominently identified with the
industrial and business interests of La-
conia, died at his home there April 22.
He was born in Laconia, December 16,
1853, the son of Joseph P. and Charlotte
(Parker) Pitman, and succeeded his
father as the head of the Pitman Manu-
facturing Company, a leading hosiery
industry. He was a director of the La-
conia National hank and a trustee of the
City Savings Bank and was a member
ol the various Masonic bodies of the
city and of the Congregational church.
He is survived by his wife and five



caughters.



DR. M. C. SPAULDING.

Melville Cox Spaulding, M. D., was
born in Chelsea, Vt., May 4. 1842, the
son of Rev. Russell H. and Lucinda
(Leavitt) Spaulding, and died at his
home in Ashland, May 14. He served



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365



in the Civil War and after its close
graduated in medicine from the 1 'ni-
versity of Vermont. He was in active
practice for half a century, of which he
spent 35 years in Ashland. He was a
member of the G. A. R., the Masons and
the Odd Fellows, and was distinguished
for his great love of music. He is sur-
vived by a daughter, Mrs. F. E. Good-
hue of Wilmot, and two sons, Roy H.,
of Plymouth, and Harry R., of Ashland.



AUSTIN A. ELLIS.

Austin A. Ellis, elected mayor of
Keene in 1900, died there March 8. He
was horn in Sullivan, June 14, 1848, and
engaged in the lumber manufacturing
industry there until 1891 when he re-
moved to Keene and began the making
of brush handles. Previous to his
election as mayor he served as council-
man and alderman. He was a deacon
of the First Congregational church and
for three years president of the city
Y. M. C. A. His wife, wdio was Miss
Julia Ellen Tyler of Marlow. and one
daughter, Mrs. George B. Robertson,
or Keene, survive him.



the New Hampshire Soldiers' Home in
Tilton, died at Portsmouth, May 12.
He was horn in Kittery, Me., April 11,
LS44, the son of Meshach and Sarah M.
I'.ell, and served in the Civil war in
Company G Tenth New Hampshire
Volunteers. He was at one time judge
advocate of the state department of the
G. A. R. and was a member of the I. O.
O. F., U. O. P. F. and Rebekahs.
Since the war he had been engaged in
business in Portsmouth. He is sur-
vive 1 by hi.^ wile and three daughters



MESHACH H. BELL.

Meshach H. Bell, for many years a
member of the board of governors of



MAJOR DAVID URCH.

Major David Urch, who died in
Portsmouth, April 23, was horn in New-
port, Wales, April 14, 1844, and came
to this country when four years of age.
He was a veteran of the Civil W r ar and
since 1876 had owned the toll bridge
between Portsmouth and Newcastle.
He had serve 1 on the board of alder-
men and in both branches of the state
legislature and was prominent in the
state militia, holding eight commissions,
from first lieutenant to inspector gener-
al. He was a charter member of Storer
Post, G. A. R., and a member of the
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. He mar-
ried Ida A .Rogers of Eliot, Me., who
survives him.






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Vol. LIII.



SEPTEMBER, 1921.



No. 9



THE WONOLANCET CLUB

CONCORD, N. H.

By George IV. Parker



Community welfare as purposeful,
united effort to promote the well-be-
ing of all members of a social group
is a modern movement that is most
significant. Cities and towns have
existed ever since the gregarious in-
stinct led men to congregate for pro-
tection and mutual interests, but the
world has awaited liberty and frater-
nity to pave the way for such a mani-
festation of friendship as we today
see in the great brotherhoods. It is
but a broadening of the scope and
horizon of the latter that we see in
the numerous clubs, societies and or-
ganizations of various kinds and pur-
pose which characterize our present
day life.

Of the numerous organizations
outside the fraternities, which have
contributed to the worth and renown
of the city of Concord, none enjoy
higher esteen than the Wonolancet
Club — named after the Indian chief
who was friendly to the early settlers
of the town. Ever since its organi-
zation twenty years ago — June 6,
1891 — this club has been identified
with the varied activities of the Capi-
tal City, for many years represented
by a creditable baseball nine, besides
participating in golf, tennis and other
out-of-door sports ; conducting an-
nually a course of concerts and other
entertainments ; doing its share in
national and municipal "drives" ; and
is today a sustaining member of the
Chamber of Commerce.

While it is the prime purpose of
any organization to develop the ca-



pacities or talents and minister to
the happiness of its members, it is
clear from the foregoing statement
that the interest of the Wonolancet
Club has not been selfish or confined
but that its benefits have been shared
by the community. The club that in-
creases the efficiency and social val-
ue of its members makes a definite
contribution to good citizenship and
the commonwealth.

Probably no plan has yet been de-
vised by which national ideals or so-
cial projects can be realized better
than through the group or club plan.
Ancient Sparta tried nationalizing
home and social life but individual
development and communal welfare
was not so great, except for military
purposes, as in Athens. In England
the guilds and coffee houses were so-
cial centres ; the former for crafts-
men, the latter for the literary set.
In modern times these have been suc-
ceeded by fraternal orders, labor
unions and social clubs, all of which
have made a definite contribution to
civic institutions besides promoting
the mutual welfare of their members.

The Wonolancet Club was first or-
ganized, June 6, 1891, when a group
of representative men united for
social and athletic purposes. Chase
Hall, now known as the American
Legion Hall, was secured and fitted
up with an extensive outfit of gym-
nastic apparatus. Here was the home
of the organization until the present
club house was occupied, July 1, 1901.
The club was fortunate in its first



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board of officers, which included the
late ex-Governor Frank West Rol-
lins, president; Harry H. Dudley,
treasurer, and Arthur 1 1 . Chase, sec-
retary. These were men of marked
ability and successful business ex-
perience. The presidents who have
guided the destinies of the Wonolan-
cet Club since its founding are :
Frank West Rollins, John F. Web-
ster, Harry H. Dudley, Harry G.
Sargent and Frank S. Streeter, the
last named having filled the position



well equipped gymnasium on the top
floor of Chase Block, members found
ample opportunity for physical ex-
ercise of a varied nature. Gymnas-
iurn| classes were conducted and in ad-
dition to squad work on chest
weights, dumb bells, Indian clubs,
etc., indoor base ball proved very
popular. Competent instructors were
in charge and the members availed
themselves generally of these priv-
ileges.

The most prominent athletic inter-




Gov. Frank W. Rollins. First President.



with marked success for sixteen
years. These men were men of
broad vision and insight, understand-
ing well the possibilities and methods
best suited to realize desired ends.
Otis G. Hammond, now librarian of
the New Hampshire Historical Soc-
iety, succeeded Mr. Chase as secre-
tary, serving in that capacity four
years, and was in turn succeeded by
Frederick A. Colton, who rendered
valuable service to the club as its sec-
reary for fourteen years.

The athletic feature of club life
was stressed in the early 90's. In the



est of the days, though not con-
ducted strictly by the officers of the
organization, was baseball. The Won-
olancet nine will go down in the an-
nals of baseball as one of the best
teams the Capital City has known.

The most exciting series of base-
ball games ever played in Concord
was that of 1893 for the city champ-
ionship between the Wonolancet Club
nine, managed by J. Clare Derbv, and
the Y. M. C. A., managed by W. J.
Chadbourne.

The latter team was led by John P.
Fifield, afterwards for several years a



THE WONOLANCET CLUB



371



National League pitcher, and includ-
ed a number of college stars as well
as some of the best local players of
the time. But it won only one game
in the series, the opener, by a score of



Dartmouth battery of the early nine-
ties, pitched and caught, respectively,
for the Wonolancets in these games.
Both are now dead. John Abbott,
who had the unique distinction of




Gen. Frank S. Streeter, President, 1905-1920.



6 to 3. The Wonolancets took the
next four and the championship by
scores of 3 to 2 in 15 innings; of 7
to 3 ; of 5 to 4 in 11 innings; and 1
to 0.

Dinsmore and Abbott, a famous



playing on both Dartmouth and Har-
vard varsity teams, was another
member of the nine, which also in-
cluded Henry F. Hollis, afterwards
United States Senator, Judge Harry
J. Brown, of the Concord municipal



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court, Captain Frank W. Brown of
the state highway department, Cash-
ier Isaac PI ill of the National State
Capital bank, the famous "Stick"
Aldrich, now of Laconia, Fred Rich-
ardson, Frank Abbott, Charley
Schoonmaker and Charley Green of
Concord, Fred Weston of Manches-
ter, the Gordon brothers and Clark of
Worcester, Mass., summer residents



constitution and a more constructive
program can hardly be imagined.
First, to minister to the three- fold
nature of its members; secondly, to
contribute its influence and resources
to the civic welfare of the city in
which it is located. That it has lived
up to this creed is seen in the record
of achievement of every department.
Social recreation is found in the daily




Gen. Harry H. Dudley, President.



of Henniker, and Farrell of Boston.

It was, without doubt, one of the
best amateur nines that ever played
in the state, and its picture occupies
a place of honor in the clubhouse.

"The object of this club shall be
to promote social recreation, physi-
cal culture and mental improvement
among its members, and the general
welfare and business interests of the
city of Concord." Thus reads the



gatherings of friends and business as-
sociates at the clubhouse, the smoke
talks, the dances, card parties, etc..
that are occasionally held.

Physical culture was prominent in
the earlier history of the organiza
tion, but since the occupancy of the
new and splendidly equipped quar-
ters this feature has occupied a sub-
ordinate place. In the basement is a
well equipped billiard and pool room,



THE WONOLANCET CLUB



373



where three tahles for each game af-
ford opportunity to indulge in this
ever popular diversion. Bowling
tournaments are conducted and great-
ly enjoyed by all. Mental improve-
ment is made possihle through a fine-
ly equipped library of over two thou-
sand carefully selected and hand-
somely hound hooks, the numerous
magazines and other reading matter,
the entertainment course provided
each winter, addresses delivered from
time to time by such eminent men as
William Jewett Tucker and Ernest




Mayor Henry E. Chamberlin,
First Vice-President.

Martin Hopkins, presidents of Dart-
mouth College, former President
Charles S. Mellen of the New Haven
railway system, the late Gen. Charles
H. Taylor of the Boston Glohe,
Samuel L. Powers, and numerous
others of like ability.

The Wonolancet Club rendered val-
uable service to the nation in the re-
cent World War, through the men
who enlisted or who served on exemp-
tion boards. Liberty Loan and Red
Cross drives, and in the purchase of
two thousand dollars' worth of Liber-
ty Bonds, which the club holds. On



more than one occasion, has the Club
demonstrated its loyalty to Concord
by participating in every civic move-
ment that increased the already envi-
able fame of the Capital City.

Its members have been prominent
in patriotic celebrations and humani-
tarian or relief work. When the local
Board of Trade was re-organized as
the Chamber of Commerce, the club
immediately became a sustaining
member at one hundred dollars a
year, and this membership has been
renewed.

Since the organization of the W 7 on-
olancet Club in 1891, the progress
has been rapid. It was incorporated
March 14, 1898. The elegant club
house, made necessary by the in-
creased size and activities of the or-
ganization, was occupied July 1, 1901,
the gymnastic paraphernalia and
Chase Hall being turned over to the
Y. M. C. A., which took up the quar-
ters long occupied by the club. The
club house was enlarged by the addi-
tion of the west wing, in 1906. The
Librarv was installed in December,
1912. "

Parallel with this material develop-
ment was the enlarged activity of the
club until to-day it has developed ful-
ly all features of its constructive
work.

Tuesday. January 27, 1920, was a
red letter day for the Wonolancets.
for then the mortgage was burned
and thereby the club indebtedness was
wiped out. This was the crowning
achievement carried out after the an-
nual business meeting and banquet at
the Eagle Hotel, when Frank S.
Streeter, Esq., president of the club
for sixteen years, gave his annual re-
port and called on George A. Foster
to burn the mjortgage. In his report
General Streeter reviewed the rec-
ord thus far made, showed that in
fifteen years time, from membership
dues of $24 a year, the club had paid
$18,350 of mortgage indebtedness and
$5,000 for enlargements and perma-



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nent improvements, in addition to or-
dinary running expenses. This lie at-
tributed to the policy of rigid econo-
my adhered to by the officers and the
cheerful co-operation of all. He paid
tribute to the common-sense manage-
ment of Jim Thompson, the steward,
earnestly besought the members to
make the next fifteen years as fruit-
ful as the period just ended had been
and quoted President Hopkins, who
had said, "Let us keep the club's soul
with us and not let it drag too far be-
hind." To-day the club is self-sus-




Kimliall Photo

Fred A. Colton, Secretary, 1896-1913.

taining from membership dues alone,
it is free from debt with a balance in
the treasury.

Any citizen of Concord of good
moral character is eligible to become a
member. Membership is not restrict-
ed by political or religious belief nor
financial or social standing. The
number of resident members is limit-
ed to 325 and the club now has its
maximum num/ber with a waiting list.
There are also seventy non-resident
members. In proof of the demo-



cratic nature of the club, it may be
said that bank presidents here meet
clerks on an equal footing, clergymen
and non-church goers fraternize and
all grades of social life are here found
with the gradations effaced. To men-
tion the names of the club members
would be to enumerate the leading
citizens of Concord.

The entertainment course provided
by the committee, of which Dr. Louis
I. Moulton is chairman, is of the best.
Ladies' nights give the members an
opportunity to bring their wives or
lady friends. The course mapped
out for next year has just been closed
and may be made public as follows :

1. White's Con ert Party, cons'st-
ing of Ruth Collingbourne, violinist.
Alma La Palme, 'cellist, Leona Ke-
nelly, soprano, and Harold Logan,
pianist.

2. Burnell R. Ford, entertainer-
scientist-inventor.

3. The Helen Andrews Concert
Company in Venetian songs, southern
songs, and stories and- songs of long
ago.

4. The Scottish Musical Comedy



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