New Boston Historical Society
New Boston, New Hampshire
New Boston Argus — 1892
New Boston's Newspapers
J.R.B. Kelley and F.H. Morse of Weare were the publishers in the early 1890s
In 1891, it was reported that:
- "Charles Fox shot a fox Monday, greatly to the joy of the poultry raisers in that vicinity."
- "New Boston Base Ball club played with the Goffstown's Saturday and were badly beaten."
- "The posts are nearly ready to set, and lamps bought for the street lights, which will be eighteen in all."
- "Almus Smith recently found a stone chisel on his farm, which was undoubtedly made by the Indians hundreds of years ago. It is of flint stone about two inches wide and eight inches in length, and it is to be seen at the store of C. H. Dodge."
Reverend Swanson's Community Bulletin began as a church newsletter
In July of 1923, the Bulletin announced: "Our new moving picture machine is now ready for use. On Thursday evening this week at eight o'clock at the playground, eight reels of high class pictures will be shown (including Harold Lloyd in comedy). If it rains, the show will be given in the Town Hall."
In 1934, during the Depression: "Mr. Clayton Sargent, mail carrier, announces that the fare on his bus between New Boston and Goffstown has been reduced from 35 cents to 25 cents."
In August of 1942, during World War II, there was a call for recycling: "Save your scrap iron, steel, brass, aluminum, etc. Wash your used tin cans. Remove labels. Remove bottoms. Place tops and bottoms inside can and flatten can. Leave cans at Dodge's store... This is your chance to help the war effort. Save everything you can. Get your stuff in to the collection centers. And don't forget to buy war bonds!"
The Better Times — 1962 to 2000
In 1962, a notice in The Better Times informed that "Little tykes just love to hear records. The Kindergarten mothers are saving S&H Green Stamps toward a record player for use as a teaching aid." An exciting Fourth of July program was planned for 1963, our town's bicentennial year. There were parades, a speech by the Governor, a ballgame (New Boston vs Goffstown again!) and entertainment featuring the Velvet-Tones Barbershop Quartet.
A final note from 1963: "The Old Mill Pond and Grist Mill has been subject of many a photograph and painting. A young couple from Nashua, Randy and Gail Parker, are making the old mill over into a comfortable home. They plan to paint the outside of their home red." (The Red Mill appears on the mill page, and in 2020 it is still the Parkers' home.)
New Boston's 21st Century newspapers
After Brandy retired, Keith Gentili started the New Boston Beacon (2018-present). The Beacon is distributed monthly at no cost to all New Boston mailboxes and is available in local stores; there is also an e-edition. Look for the Historical Society column on page 6.
From the New Boston Argus to the New Boston Beacon, printed newspapers have informed and entertained the people of New Boston for over 100 years. Be informed — read your newspaper!