, Derry, New Hampshire


May 9, 2013

A young teacher's letter


Some people are natural born teachers; some are not. I guess we’ll never know why Jennie gave up teaching.

Within a few years Jennie was hiring herself out as a practical nurse and living with her parents at the corner of Chester and Auburn roads.

After her father’s death in 1904, the farm was taken over by her brother Henry. She and her sister Edith served as Henry’s housekeepers. In 1918 Jennie and Edith were listed as “poultriers,” which means, I guess, that they raised chickens.

After the brother’s death in 1923, they moved to Londonderry, where they ran a store on Mammoth Road. Both ladies never married. Edith died in 1933, and Jennie moved to Manchester, where she died in 1939 at 74 years old.

Miss Jennie Hill was the last surviving member of her family. She was buried in the family lot in Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry.

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.

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