, Kingston, NH


July 25, 2013

Kingston Chronicles

KINGSTON —We want to keep our readers on their toes so we are starting a new series! We will highlight an old colonial home in Kingston, and give clues of its whereabouts and facts about the former and present occupants. Your job is to solve the puzzle and determine location and owner, like the riddle…”Who Am I?”

Situated on a small knoll on the east side of Kingston, this cute brown Cape was originally built in 1694 as part of the huge track of land belonging to the Judkins family. The Judkins were early settlers in Kingston, given 200 acres by the shareholders in town. Samuel Judkins was allegedly the first occupant, building the house and the Grist Mill nearby. A blacksmith by trade, he died in 1740, but the house remained with the Judkins family for nearly two centuries. At the time of the 1997 anniversary of Kingston, it was determined to be the third oldest house in Kingston (1686 House as number one and ?). My research has not turned up the second oldest house, so we need help here. That should be sufficient clues to guess location.

The present owner has occupied the house since 1963, but the story he tells of the history is that the previous owner bartered with a builder who stripped the house, and removed the center fireplace, in exchange for twenty acres of land which has since become Alma Avenue. In later years, as his family grew, the present occupant had more renovations done by Dave Gould, who in partial payment moved the huge barn from the back yard of this brown cape two hundred yards east across from his own house. Through this “bartering” agreement, the upstairs was added, dormers built and the home became a haven for his three children: Bruce, Jennifer and Scott.

At the present age of 91, this kindly gentleman still works part time as a bookkeeper (no spreadsheet or computer) for a small company in Massachusetts. His wife, Mary, worked at Watertown National and he smiles as he relates a story of being on the road in Connecticut when she called saying, “Get home quick and take me to the hospital. I am about to have a baby.” A veteran of two wars (World War II and Korean), he is quick to point out service to his country. “My Dad was a navy man on the USS Dolphin in World War I, and my children are also military: Bruce was a navy man, serving on a carrier in Vietnam, Jan and Scott were both in the Air Force.” This father proudly exclaims that all three graduated from Sanborn High.

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  • Lexy Needs a Van

    Young Lexy Walker, 5, pictured above, needs a wheelchair van so she can get to her doctor appointments and other important medical needs. Lexy has Alexander’s Disease which is a rare disease and effects 1 in 50 children in the world. Annie’s Angels of Stratham, joined friends and neighbors to host a benefit Book Sale in Exeter, to try to raise much-needed funds. Above front, Jessica Spoto, sponsor of book sale, and Lexy; standing left, Bill DiGiau, Annie’s Angels Memorial Fund founder; Sherri Duda, mom, and Cheryl Bamford, family friend. Annie’s Angels is dedicated to helping local families struggling financially with the challenges of a disease or illness by connecting neighbor-to-neighbor and friend-to-friend in a caring fundraising network. If you can help Lexy, please call 603-686-4224.

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  • Marching Orders

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    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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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

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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