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New Boston Argus — 1892

New Boston's Newspapers

The New Boston Argus of the 1890s is the first New Boston, New Hampshire newspaper of which we have any record. The Argus was published weekly in Manchester, NH, and contained "News of This and Surrounding Towns in Particular." In other words, brief columns of news for about 30 towns were printed in every issue, and the "flag" at the top of Page One was changed for each town, so that New Boston subscribers received the Argus and Goffstown people read the Chronicle, with similar content.

J.R.B. Kelley publisher
J.R.B. Kelley and F.H. Morse of Weare were the publishers in the early 1890s

New Boston was a busy town in the 1890s, a decade in which the railroad arrived in New Boston, and Whipple's Valley View Farm was the town's largest employer. Articles in the Argus inform us of the arrival of two Swedish milkmaids to work in the Creamery, a flood which washed away two bridges ("with a crash, into the waves"), and a 3-pound eel caught in the river by Arthur Cochran.

In 1891, it was reported that:

Community Bulletin
Reverend Swanson's Community Bulletin began as a church newsletter

In the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, Reverend Louis Swanson published The Community Bulletin, also a weekly newspaper. He printed 500 copies per week on a mimeograph machine, and some issues had sketches drawn by Rev. Swanson that were "artistically colored in crayon" by young ladies. We have copies of the Bulletin in our files which bear one-and-a-half cent postage stamps.

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!"

Better Times
The Better Times — 1962 to 2000

The New Boston Betterment Association published The Better Times from 1962 to 2000. This monthly newspaper was supported by donations; at one Town Meeting voters appropriated funds in the operating budget should the donations be insufficient.

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

Brandy and Jack Mitroff published the New Boston Bulletin from 1998 to 2017. Brandy and her reporters documented news and events from Town Meeting to the Fourth of July parade to the Agricultural Fair, with several pages of Central School photos in every month's issue. The Historical Society has recently published a book of selected columns written for the Bulletin by Bob Todd; Bob's column "In the Country" was about nature and local history.

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!