"Photo of the Week"
This week: Having a Good time in Orford, NH
Young woman side-saddle on horse, in front of the Prescott [Dumont, 2022] house on the west side of Main St. just north of the Main\Bridge Street corner, with the horse facing south.
Posted October 28th, 2022
This week: "The Sanborn/Blake Family"
Posted July 14, 2022
Lucille, Kathy and Nate Blake - taken at the Clark farm on Blackberry Hill
Everett Blake and his sisters Evelyn Blake Sanborn (Robert of Orford), Dorothy Blake Nolan (older sister who lived in Arizona), and Cora Blake Sanborn (Richard of Wentworth)
Bernard Sanborn and Flora Sanborn Blake
This week: "The Pease Family"
Posted July 6, 2022
Mabel Pease with four older Pease kids on porch, 1935
Four Pease Kids and Dog in Snow c.1942
Mabel Pease with six older children, 1944
Pease family portrait – 1947
This week: "The Tallman/Cummings Family"
Posted June 29, 2022
Tallman/Cummings kids at Lake Morey, c.1948
L>R; Mary Cummings, Edna Canfield [Fillian], Richard, Madeline, Clyde Jr. Cummings
These children were all grandchildren of Forrest and Jennie Rhodes Tallman.
Wally and Judy Cummings, 1948
Judy in highchair. Judy is wife of Art Pease.
Clyde Cummings’ truck with Two Kids
We’re not sure just who the kids are but we like the photo!
Edna and Josephine Canfield W/dog In Snow
Edna Canfield [Fillian]and sister, Josephine Canfield [Barber]
This week: "The Franklin Family"
Posted June 22, 2022
4 Generations of Franklins/Clarks—Baby Harry Franklin, held by Mother Marion Clark Franklin, maternal grandmother, Gertrude Keyes Clark and maternal great grandmother, Mary Keyes Clark
1913 or 14-Ruth Franklin Sanborn and Harry Franklin pictured under the barn bridge at the Franklin farm
1949-Lewis, Walter Franklin, Nettie Pierson Blake, Priscilla Franklin Harrington, Kippy Pierson Gordon at Franklin sugarhouse
1889-Alice Franklin Baker, age 10, daughter of Lewis and Rebecca Cushman Franklin, mother of Helen Baker Sanborn and Dorothy Baker Pierson, aunt of Harry Franklin
1889-Arthur Franklin, age 8, son of Lewis Franklin and Rebecca Cushman Franklin, father of Harry Franklin
Circa 1919-Helen Baker Sanborn, Ruth Franklin Sanborn, Dorothy Baker Pierson and Harry Franklin
This week: "Family Groups"
Posted June 15, 2022
Bailey kids, a family’s pride and joy. Three children, perhaps 3-10, on porch, youngest in chair. There was a Bailey family in Orfordville and the man worked on the church and was killed due to a fall when working on a Morrison barn. This may be that family.
Eugene Cross family (older girl, Lavina Cross Pierson) Cross kids, family. Woman, man, three children sitting on porch. Man is Eugene Cross. Lavina Cross, the older of the children, married Ralph Pierson of Bradford, VT.
Dwyers and Franklins: Five women, five little children in front of mortared stone wall. Mary Tullar seated in center, Alice Franklin on right. In back, Rebecca Cushman Franklin [wife of Lewis] and Marion Clark Franklin [wife of Arthur, mother of Harry]
Wright Family: Young adult man and woman in chairs, each holding a small child. The mother is likely a Belford.
Belford group. Family, likely 4 generations, man, woman, older woman seated, holding two children, two older men in back. Likely George H. and Emma J., 55 and 56 in 1910. George listed as ‘general farming, employee’. George W. is 19 in 1910, so the younger man is likely him. May have lived on Dame Hill.
Group at Harlow A. Childs. Family group sitting outside in front of screen door, older woman, man, and woman, three girls, Edith, Elsie, Ruth
This week: "Orford Young Men or Boys"
Posted June 1, 2022
Harold Rutledge Steers. Young boy with yoke of young Holstein steers, in snow, house in background.
Ralph, laughing not big enough yet. Young boy standing in corner holding rifle with butt on floor; long tunic, slack belt.
Three young men sitting on south end of Mall, Academy building on right. Base of large flagpole? The one on the left may be Charles Tullar.
This week: "Orford Children with Toys or Pets"
Posted May 25, 2022
Young girl [age 8-10], vertically striped dress, two braids, with big dog on stone area in front of house.
Lillian [age 4-5] on porch with drum, vertically striped dress. Based on census data, likely Lillian Cross, daughter of Joseph & Agnes.
This week: "Children of Orford"
Posted May 10, 2022
Catherine in chair. Baby sitting in big chair, in corner.
Girl [5-6] kneeling in straight-back chair, arms on back, plant on table to her right
Woman seated in chair with girl standing in chair beside her. Baby Robert Carr
Catherine in high chair. Girl [8?] in high-chair, short dark hair, chunky with white dress. Several others of her. Catherine was the daughter of Harry and Frances Morrison.
This week: "Winter on Pease Farm"
Posted April 12, 2022
Gerald Shoveling Barn Roof, with woodpile 1969
Frost on Pease Living Room Window, 2/91
Glenn Pease Shoveling Back Roof 3/56
Snow fence in field below Pease house, 4/68
This week: "East Orford and Ice Cutting"
Posted April 5, 2022
Ice Cutting. Note the hoist to lift ice onto the sled, likely on Lake Morey
Ice Harvest on Lower Baker 1936 [Camp Pemi photo]
Glenn Pease and Spot with sleigh 1915-16
Glenn Pease and Spot with sleigh 1915-16
This week: "Families in Winter"
Posted March 29, 2022
Road across bridge below Franklins at the intersection of Archertown and Indian Pond Rd. Looking up the road from just over a bridge with large set of buildings on the left side of the road with two sheds on the opposite side. Four people in road. This is the Baker\Pierson\Taylor farm on Indian Pond Road looking south, back up the hill toward the Dame Hill Road.
Eugene Cross, 39, a farm laborer for Morrison c.1910-20, and 99% sure that is his wife, Elizabeth, pictured in an open one seat, one-horse sleigh.
Woman In sleigh with dog – Marion Clark Franklin
Dog in Chair, Man, Horse – Arthur Franklin
This week: "Orfordville in Winter"
Posted March 8, 2022
Brick schoolhouse in Orfordville in winter.
Orfordville house between the old brick school and the Grange Hall in winter. The house was owned by the Mousley's in the 1940s and 1950s.
Orfordville looking west in winter.
Orfordville store (note the name on the sign - "Randall") and Orfordville Church.
This week: "Cattle in Winter"
Posted February 23, 2022
Beau Blanchard led by Clarence 1913 December
[Beau was one of their best bulls!]
Pearson and Clarence, cows, with two men
Young steers in yoke standing in yard looking away from each other in a winter setting
Two boys in caps with yoke of Holstein steers in the snowy yard. [Not sure who the boys are – not Morrison, do you recognize any relatives?]
Pat and Mike, Hereford steers about 3 months old. That may be Sam Morrison kneeling and his father Harry in back.
This week: "Work with Wood in Winter"
Posted February 8, 2022
Load of “Popple”. It is Poplar but this is the way I (Art Pease) always heard it pronounced. Two teams of horses pulling scoot loaded with four or five piles of wood with man standing on load and small barn in background.
Sam and Harvey, the two men and Pat and Mike, Hereford oxen pulling bobsled load of split wood.
Sam and steers. Pat and Mike with another yoke of oxen, pulling scoot with wood. Two young teamsters looking at the camera.
Three yoke of oxen pulling scoot load of wood (Herefords in the middle yoke) with Harry and Sam Morrison beside them with barn in the background.
This week: "Winter"
Posted January 25, 2022
Snow Lee house. Small building in field in winter with large spruce or pine beside it.
West Congregational Church woodpile, perhaps c. 1900
Orford 52 Winter Scene -Willard’s Store, c.1890 [This is looking north along Main Street, where the store was about opposite Bridge St. Burned in December, 1905, never rebuilt.
The first snow at Morrison farm, Oct. 5, 1911. Wall and two-part ‘garden gate’ in winter.
Ice, May 3, 1908. Stone wall with wooden gate, small barn and power lines in winter. Across road from barns and house after an ice storm with lines and trees coated.
E.P. Cross (hired man at Morrison’s) hunting camp with stovepipe and doe hanging outside.
This week: "Barns at Orford Street"
Posted January 11, 2022
The Annex, 1914 Looking northwest toward Fairlee.
This looks toward Fairlee, across what is now Tullando Farm pasture and corn land. Note the granite fence posts which are still there! The buildings may be what was known as the Greer place c.1950.
The Annex, September 1914
A view of the barns, taken from Lower Street, looking east. These barns burned in the early 1920s.
Clarence Carr’s horses in Wheeler barnyard on the Ridge. Man driving two horse open two-seater wagon.
We don’t think of the Ridge properties in this way but several of them were working farms. This is a view of some of the barn buildings at the Wheeler house.
The Annex. 1914 [possibly addition on existing buildings] The farm Harry Morrison moved to in the mid-teens, on Lower St. now Peyton Place. The barns burned in the early 1920s.
In 1914, Harry Morrison of the Marston Stock Farm bought the Myron Dennis farm on Lower Street and moved there. His son, Sam, stayed on the Marston farm for a few years but soon moved to Windsor, MA, to manage a large stock farm there.
This week: "Buildings at Other Farms"
Posted December 21, 2021
Harvey Washburn’s farm on Dame Hill. Set of extended farm buildings with 2 ½ story house with front dormer, two chimneys and ell with one chimney, corncrib, barn and red barn with dirt ramp.
Harvey Washburn returned from service in WW I and bought the Russell farm in 1919. The building at the end of the shed may be a corn crib, as it is raised above the ground.
Looking east at the Cushman farm on Dame Hill. Barns burned in early 30’s but the house is still there on the opposite of the road.
These barns burned in late September 1932, following a lightning strike. The barns were full of hay and the silo had just been filled with corn. The cattle were gotten out but not the horses. Clarence Andrews, who rented the farm and lived there, was badly burned but survived.
Close-up of Cushman’s two barns and shed connected with several people in front.
This image is blurred but is the only one we have which shows a close-up view of the Cushman barns. The one on the left may have been added onto, based on the roof.
Clarence Pease Barns on 25-A, c. 1920
This farm is two places west of the Pease farm on 25-A, owned by Chase and then his son Clarence Pease. The barns were taken down by Glenn Pease in the early 1940s and some of the lumber used to add onto the Pease barn. Note the ‘main road’ from Orford to Wentworth.
Building the east end of the Pease barn, 1942
Glenn Pease took down several barns in the neighborhood in the early 1940s and used the lumber and beams to build an addition onto the east end of his main barn, doubling the space for milking cattle and hay storage.
This week: "Franklin Farm"
Posted December 6, 2021
Franklin Farm looking toward David Wilcox. Sunday Mt. in background. The large barn on the left was removed in early 1900s and big cow barn in the rear left.
David Wilcox kept bees for many years, up until 1920 and each year would travel around NH & VT selling honey. The white rows near the buildings on his farm are the beehives.
Hauling manure the old way at the Franklin Farm. Two pair of horses pulling a dump cart, likely loaded with manure. This would be taken to the field, dumped and then spread by hand. The building to the right in this photo is likely the corn crib, where the husked ears of corn would be stored. Note that it is off the ground, for ventilation and perhaps to help keep rats out.
From 1852 to around 1900, the Franklin Farm was primarily a sheep farm. After the death of Benjamin in 1898, his sons, Edwin and Lewis, converted the farm to a dairy operation and constructed a new barn in 1902.
The addition pictured was constructed in 1910 and doubled the size of the barn.
Building of Franklin’s Barn. Big barn from side after the 1910 addition half-painted with man on staging around cupola. Note the building on the left was a hen house.
As dairying increased and farmers kept more cows, they needed space for hay and animals. It was not uncommon for Orford farmers to substantially increase the size of their barns or build new ones.
This week: "Working at Morrison Barns"
Posted November 22, 2021
Herefords in barnyard with smaller barn to the left and end of house to the right. Note reflection of the house in the water trough.
Those look like metal caps on the horns of the steer closest to the waterbox. We are not sure why they would add the caps, as they are most often used on working oxen.
Three men sawing wood into blocks behind shed. Note that the belt powering the saw is coming from an engine in the shed.
That is a pretty good-sized log to lift onto the saw arbor – not sure why they didn’t cut into four-foot lengths. Note two piles of wood – one to the right is stacked, with pieces all about the same size, while the one on the left is just thrown there and has varying sizes of wood. I think that is Harry doing the ‘heavy looking on’ from the shed door.
Twenty or more Jersey cows in barn with pens behind them. Note rings in boards to pull up and scrape manure below.
The pens are for calves and/or as a place to put a cow who is about to calve. The boards that pull up to scrape manure into the basement are a continuation of the use of gravity in this barn. The hay is pitched down to the cattle and the manure is scraped down not shoveled.
Boiler room - milk house/creamery interior, separator on right, upturned 40-quart milk cans on left, concrete floor, roll door in background.
It is hard to tell what those photos on the door are: from magazines or actual photos. The one of the hen or rooster must be a magazine but the one on the right could be from the farm.
Boiler room - milk house/creamery interior with sink and cooler. On the left, boiler in rear center with upturned 40-quart milk cans on right.
Perhaps the closed chest to the right has cold water running through it, to cool milk in 40-quart cans. Anyone have an idea for the use of those two items hanging on the wall under the shelf? Note the wood stacked by the boiler and the broom and dustpan by the door.
Engine in barn, cutting silage. ‘Waiting for Corn’ Portable steam engine running elevator to silo.
This elevator must be going to an interior silo, not the outside one in the earlier photo. That looks like the rounded sides and openings to a silo on the right but the elevator isn’t aimed correctly and would be unusual to have a right angle on the top. Perhaps there were two silos in the barn and the outside one was added when they decided to grow more corn for sileage.
This week: "Morrison's Big Barn"
Posted November 8, 2021
A load of loose hay, just pitched on from the field, ready to go into the barn. The barn is set up so that the haymows are above the cattle, so that the hay can be pitched down to them. The stable is also set up with a ‘gravity feed’ system for the other end of the process. (1908)
The separator is likely a De Laval, given the sign on the smaller barn. (October 1906)
By this time, an exterior silo has been added to the farm, not in the earlier photos. There was also likely a silo inside the barn. (June 1914)
This week: "Morrison Farm Buildings"
Posted October 25, 2021
Bobsled pulled by one horse (Bonnie) with box for seat pictured in front of small barn in the winter. This barn may hold equipment but we’re not sure. Note the De Laval sign over the door.
Two men sitting on box on bobsled pulled by one horse, next to shed with mailbox. That is Harry Morrison on the right and perhaps a Cross driving. They would have had RFD mail delivery at this time.
Field of hay piles across road from barns and house. See little girl in foreground. This hay is dry, piled up ready to be pitched onto the hayrack and taken to the barn. There is a later photo of the loaded hayrack on the ramp ready to enter the barn.
Morrison farmstead from the south looking from across the road with two little girls in left foreground. A broad view of the barns from the field across the road, which shows the main barns and shed in relation to each other.
Morrison house taken from the cupola of the barn looking east with several ells and sheds. Main road is out of sight to the right with hayfield beyond. Note the birdhouse on the end of the ridge closest to us. Is that a stone patio on the extreme left?
This week: "East of the 'Ville"
Posted September 30, 2021
This week: "Brook Road"
Posted September 23, 2021
This week: "The Center of the 'Ville"
Posted September 15, 2021
This week: "Halltown & Indian Pond Schools"
Posted September 7, 2021
This week: "School Days at the Ville School"
Posted August 30, 2021
Front view of the Ville schoolhouse built in 1898 (photo circa 1915). The building was built for $2000 after several failed attempts at previous School Meetings, finally passing when the same amount was appropriated to purchase and fix up the old Academy building at the Street for those pupils.
Primary classroom (grades 1-4) in the Ville schoolhouse, 22 students seated with teacher. It looks like the younger students are on the right side nearer the teacher. Prints of Washington and Teddy Roosevelt at the left but have not been able to make out the other framed print. Likely between 1910-1920.
Grammar classroom (grades 5-8) in the Ville schoolhouse, 21 students seated and perhaps the teaching front of the window in the middle rear. The boy in the foreground is almost certainly Sam Morrison, Jr., then living on the Marston Stock Farm (Schwarz 2021). Photo is circa 1908, and it looks like Cram’s Modern Atlas on the desk.
“School Team” – 7 students in a wagon (or the original “school bus”) in the driveway of the Marston Stock Farm (Schwartz 2021), driven by Moses Bean. The girl in the middle with the darkest hair is Gladys Huckins (Helen Huckins Marsh’s aunt).
Additional note – the barns and all the buildings on the north side of the road burned in 1937.
Christmas tree in the corner of the school room in the Ville schoolhouse. You will notice names on the tree. Students likely selected names and bought presents for each other.
"The Old Brick School at the Ville"
Posted August 23, 2021
Old brick schoolhouse at Orfordville, looking northwest from road.
Looking south, corner on new school just visible in the background.
Looking east from the foot of Dame Hill, old brick schoolhouse and waterbox (left), bandstand in the triangle heading up Dame Hill (right).
Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Kaiora, BSA Camp, and moving camp trunks
Posted August 16, 2021
Camp Kaiora (circa 1955)
Waterfront at BSA Camp on Indian Pond
Summer Camp Photo Series: Sunset Ranch Camp
Posted August 9, 2021
Sunset Ranch Camp Founders: Pat & Bud Durham
Saturday Night Social
Camp Reunion in NYC
Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Merriwood
Posted August 2, 2021
Moving of a "Dog House" (circa 1948)
How do those Dog Houses look now?
This is one of the dog houses (albeit with a few additions) from 2018!
Cabins in Winer (2020)
Campers (circa 1949)
Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Lauroweld
(all photos circa 1949)
Posted July 26, 2021
Stories by the Fire
Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Norchunkaw
(all photos circa 1925-1926)
Posted July 19, 2021
Mrs. Patricia Ryan
Art Studio & Music Studio
Expenses & Terms
Season of 1926
Dining & Recreation Hall
A Day's Activities
"The Saturday Evening Post" Cover
with Newsome Pemi
Camp Pemi Founders (circa 1910)
Lodge, Tennis Courts, and Senior Cabins
"Bird's Eye View" (circa 1910)
Campers at Beach (circa 1920)
Camp in Winter (circa 1960)
Campers (circa 1911)
Brochure from 1920
Mess Hall (circa 1920)
Sailing Canoe (circa 1920)
Manure spreading in spring - Manure was originally put in a dumpcart, hauled to the field and dumped, then spread with a dung fork in the spring. The spreader was a revolutionary invention, as was the front-end loader for the tractor.
Posted May 19, 2021
Sheep and spring lambs at Morrison Farm
Posted May 11, 2021
Howard and Gerald Pease with twin calves (a rarity!) circa 1940
Posted April 23, 2021
Glenn Pease in the door of the new sugarhouse in 1929
Posted April 15, 2021
Francis Pease gathering sap on snowshoes
Horses in front of the camp with buckets and covers, ready to go tapping (circa 1970s)
Three women and two men outside the Marston Stock Farm sugarhouse (c. 1915)
Posted April 7, 2021
One girl, two men, and a team of horses in front of the Marston Stock Farm sugarhouse (c. 1915)
Lewis and Priscilla at the Franklin Farm Sugarhouse c.1947
Posted March 31, 2021
Ruby standing in the Franklin Farm Sugarhouse door c.1947
Exterior view of the Franklin Farm Sugarhouse c.1947
First snow at Morrison's
Posted March 10, 2021
Looking toward Mt. Cube from the road in front of Morrison's
Orfordville store in winter with three sleighs (c. 1910)
Hereford bull in snow at the Marston Farm Annex. This is on Lower street, what is now Peyton Place. Harry Morrison moved here for a few years in the late nineteen-teens. (Check out the Fairlee cliffs in the distance!)
Posted March 2, 2021
The boys at Morrison’s with two yoke of steers pulling a sled with wood.
Man, woman, dog with one-horse sleigh. Note long set of bells around horse's belly.
Posted February 23, 2021
Bobsled with two men on box/seat pulled by one horse, in front of shed at Morrison's.
Three yoke of oxen pulling a
double scoot with logs
Posted February 17, 2021
Two teams of horses pulling a long bob-sled with a load of poplar trees
This photo comes to us from Walter Carl Kenyon Jr. whose great-grandfather, Walter Carl Kenyon, is from Orford. This photo is of his great-grandfather standing out front of his store with two other gentlemen (unknown). His grandfather, Mumford Kenyon, was born right upstairs!
Posted February 10, 2021
Gas Station formerly on the corner of Route 10 and Bridge Street
Posted February 2, 2021
Orfordville circa 1909
Posted January 26, 2021
1936 Orford Flood
Taken from Bridge Street, looking north - behind the houses on the west side of north Main Street
Posted January 19, 2021
In December we posted a series of photos with questions about them, and revealed the answers in January!
Posted December 15, 2020
Gale, Pete and Dave Thomson, taken in 1944 before they moved to Orford.
Christmas Tree in the old brick schoolhouse in Orfordville, on the site of the present library.
Mel, Pete and Dave Thomson, taken in 1944 before they moved to Orford.
Pease Family Holidays from 1951.
Mary Tullar and Alice Franklin with Camera, January 1906
The only photo of a camera in our collection (it's in the right hand of the woman to the right)! The two women pictured are Mary Tullar (Rendell's great-aunt) and Alice Franklin (who married George Baker and lived on the farm now owned by the Taylors on Indian Pond Road).
If the photo isn't great by itself, here are a few news clippings from the "United Opinion" out of Bradford, VT from January 19, 1906 to go alongside -
"Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Horton, Miss Tullar and Alice Franklin have cameras and have fine success taking and finishing pictures."
"The latest fad with some right now is the picture fad and if we don't all have our picture taken it won't be our fault."
A fad it was! If they could only see us today with our social media selfies!
Deer Hunting Series circa 1910 - 1920
This Orford Historical Society glass plate collection was mostly take by folks at the Marston Stock Farm, owned by Harry Morrison.
Posted November 24, 2020
Two Men with Deer
Note the chopping block visible on the left under the canvas!
Shooting from Horse,
Identified as Sam Morrison, Harry Morrison's son - may or may not be deer hunting!
Deer Camp with Doe
Eugene Cross with Deer
Eugene Cross worked for Harry Morrison.
Eugene Cross with Deer (2)
Deer Hunters & Charles Cushman
Eugene Cross pictured left, Charles Cushman pictured with dog at his feet right.
Clifford's Store circa 1965
(formerly Tillotson & Cushman)
Charlie Clifford is pictured standing on the front porch, who owned the store from 1947-1976. Now the location of Patterson's Grocery & Deli!
Posted November 17, 2020
Photo of the bridge over the Connecticut River circa 1913
Certainly looks different today!
Posted November 10, 2020