Haverhill Heritage Series articles

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Haverhill’s Cursed Son: Jonathan Buck

Haverhill’s Cursed Son: Jonathan Buck

A mysterious leg is indelibly stained on the face of the monument to Colonel Jonathan Buck of Haverhill. (Photograph from historical postcard.) By David Goudsward Special to Wavelengths The image is well known – the image of a leg indelibly stained on the face of the monument to Colonel Jonathan Buck—a Haverhillite rejected by his

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How Haverhill Was Really Founded

Monument to Rev. John Ward and Colonel Nathaniel Saltonstall at Pentucket Cemetery, Haverhill. Part one of a series, “A Town Named Haverhill” By David Goudsward Special to Wavelengths Editor’s Note: Families can be complicated. The true story of the founding of Haverhill, Mass., is a testament to this fact with the founding minister’s father and

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Whittier and the Rude Birthday Guest

Boston’s fashionable Hotel Brunswick, Boylston Street at the corner of Clarendon, was the setting of John Greenleaf Whittier’s 70th birthday party. There’s always one. That party guest who—because of the free flow of liquor, poor upbringing or owing to some kind of personality defect—humiliates the host and ruins the party. It’s even more embarrassing when

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