The second story is by Hazel Curtis of Derry:
“A man, who sometimes got so interested in telling a story, that he exaggerated it, begged a friend to step on his foot if he got to telling too big a yarn at a dinner party they were going to.
“During the dinner, the talk ran on snakes and the man said, ‘I once saw a snake big around as a barrel and ...’ Here he felt his friend’s foot pressing his -- ‘and half an inch long,’ he finished.”
The third anecdote is by Clarence Alexander of Derry:
“A little child was mourning over the death of his cat.
“‘I suppose your kitty is in cat heaven now,’ said a friend, ‘isn’t he?’
“‘No,’ sadly replied the child, ‘he’s in the ground.’”
Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry. His office hours at the Municipal Center are Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.