, Derry, New Hampshire


December 20, 2012

Column: Christmas is a time to remember the good old days


“They never go to bed the same day they get up and think they are having a wonderful time. This is the age of suffragettes, profiteers, excess taxes and prohibition, and if you think life is worth living, I wish you a ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR.’”

After reading that, I guess life in is some what better today than it was in 1898 or 1928. At least now, in 2012, we don’t have Prohibition, we don’t work 11 hours a day for $2 a week and no one that I know “plays the piano with their feet.”

And from your town historian and his entire family, a merry Christmas, a Hanukkah filled with peace, a jolly, holly Festivus, a thoughtful, family-centered Kwanzaa, and Aselah Malakim to both stranger and friend, Republican or Democrat, young or not-so-young in old Nutfield where it is a blessing to be able to call it home.


Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry and plans to hold office hours at the municipal center. He is the former chairman of the Derry Heritage Commission. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.

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