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From Our Sister City in France
NOUS SOMMES ASSOMMES DE DOULEUR QUE VOTRE CHER PAYS AVEC LEQUEL NOS
LIENS SONT TRES FORTS SOIT SOUMIS A UNE TELLE EPREUVE.
NOS PENSEES ET NOS BENEDICTIONS VONT VERS VOUS "QUE VIVE L'AMERIQUE
ETERNELLEMENT PUISSANTE ET DEMOCRATIQUE"
NOUS VOUS AIMONS DEPUIS TOUJOURS NOUS SOMMES A VOS COTES PLUS QUE JAMAIS.
LYDIA ET BERNARD ATHURION -
Translation: "We are overcome with pain that your country, with which ours has strong
ties, has been subjected to such a trial.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 'Long live a powerful and democratic
"We love you as always. We are at your side more than ever." (Translation by Paul Horowitz)
I found a chair today at a yard sale. It was a little schoolhouse
ladderback oak chair probably elementary school grade. When I turned it
over to look at the bottom it had a label attached to the back. As I
bring the label to the light I can read:
Allen Chair Co.
Concord Junction, Mass.
It's the cutest little chair.
Steven Caplowe, New London, CT
I wanted to thank you. I found just what I needed at your website.
I have a pair of mission oak rockers with labels on the bottom stating they
were made by the Allen Chair Company, Concord Junction, Massachusetts.
We'll be having our town's annual Harvest
Festival at the end of this month. Each year we have a special exhibit; this
year it is rocking chairs owned by townspeople. I plan to exhibit one of our
rockers and was supposed to put some information with it. Until I tried your
site, I had found no info.
Thanks very much!
Jeannie Thibodeau - Temple, NH
Editor's Note: See our archived article on the Allen Chair Company of West Concord.
A Hosmer Disputes Author's Version of Family Story
I doubt if D. Michael Ryan's interpretations of Hosmer's
motivation to suggest that something be done about the
British who were setting fires about the New England
landscape were accurate (Myth and History: A New Understanding of a Famous Statement, July/August, 2000).
I don't doubt that Hosmer
was questioning or challenging authority. It's a
Hosmer tradition, but he was more than just a soldier
under the leadership of authority figures. This was
his land, his homeland, his birth place. For more
than a century, his
family had struggled and succeeded at creating a life
in a beautiful and free land.
Unlike his Vietnam
ramblings in that article, Hosmer lived and was nurtured by his home
My family still finds it very hard to
give up its Concord legacy, and I am somewhat bothered
all the interpretations, analyses, and
characterizations of my ancestors. I feel it is an
intrusion into my personal legacy--more authority
figures trying to take something that will never be
Susan Buttrick Hosmer (11) born in Concord, MA
Editor's Note: To see our 5-part series on the subject of myth and history, start here; also see installment 2 here, 3 here, installment 4 here, and the last in the series here.
Autumn Leaves from New England
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Anne Sterling II
Fascinating, Beautiful Magazine
I have been reading your July/August, 2001 edition and was prompted to write to you. The historical research is fascinating, and the web site is
extremely well illustrated and artistically perfected.
From Our Friends to the West and North: More Mystery Orchid
I see this plant gave you a run for your money, too! One of these just
sprouted up in my backyard under a pine tree, nestled in among some
ladybells. I had never seen it before (I have lived in this house five
years), and was excited at "discovering" a "rare" orchid. After a few fun
fantasies of making botanical news with a new orchid named after [[[me]]] my
online research led me to Epipactis helleborine, and also to your page.
just to let you know I have one of these cute little orchids, too. I don't
know how it got there, just another whimsy of Mother Nature! Enjoy!
Rebecca Macauley - Northampton, MA
I just found your website in the course of other research, and I thought I'd
a line to say that helleborines are very common here on the Bruce Peninsula,
Ontario, Canada. Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine
Park (where I work) protect 34 of the 44 orchid species that grow on the
Jack Wellington -
The Disappearing Baby Finches
I was saddened to hear of the disappearance of the baby finches. When I have bird nests near on parts of my house, they usually survive to their flight times. I would encourage you to have future articles of baby animals born in people's yards, etc. A happy article would be good for the next one.
Your magazine is great! Congratulations!
Dian Pekin, Concord
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