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June 27, 2013

Kingston Chronicles

KINGSTON —Don’t you love it when “Kingston Days” rolls around every August of every summer on the Kingston Plains? The Plains go back to the 18th century and occupy the center of town in the heart of the Historic District. On one side of it is the house dating back to 1686.

From Indian shutters to the fine restaurant it is today, this building icon has had an interesting history. Spanning back over three centuries, even before the Town of Kingston was incorporated in 1694, the 1686 House was originally built in that year, supposedly by a Mr. Choate, who eventually sold it to his son, David, in 1753.

Later on, when the Rev. Benjamin Choate took it over, it was used as a parsonage and remained with the Choate family until 1777. Ironically, it was sold to Colonel Ebenezer Stevens, who once headed up the King’s Regiment of New Hampshire. Being a British sympathizer and loyalist, he didn’t like the fact that Dr. Josiah Bartlett of Kingston had signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

For the next 114 years came a long succession of Clarks.

In 1836, Simeon P. Clark purchase the property from Robert Ayer for $1,900.00. Then it passed on to his son, John Tyler Clark, who in turn passed it on to his daughter, Mary Clark Tucker. It is said that her nephew, Henry Howard Clark, was born in the 1686 House in the southwest corner. So Mary Clark Tucker and her husband, Warren Tucker, lived in the house for many years until Warren died in 1950, thus ending 114 years of Clark ownership.

Then it changed hands when Al and Hazel Simms bought it in the 1950’s for $6,000, with the understanding that Mary Clark Tucker could live there for the rest of her life. For that purpose, a small shop out back was made into a small home for her. She lived happily there until she had to be moved into a nursing home where she died in 1967. Shortly after her death, the home was sold to George Swartz to enable his son, Ralph, to start up a restaurant business. In it heyday, some of the Clark relatives worked there: Lucinda, Muffy and Kathy.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

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