What Is Next For Colebrook’s Main Street?


Main Streets can be interesting places. Here one finds a mix of enterprise, history and, once in a while, something that defies a category. Nugent’s famous two-headed calf in Colebrook certainly fits into this realm. For decades the calf greeted customers who stopped by the filling station in the center of town and in 1993 it even made it onto television when Boston’s WCVB included it (them?) in a “Chronicle” program on the North Country. This photo, sold in Lovende last month, shows the two-headed wonder.

But, beginning last month, Nugent’s filling station was gone–ending a business opened in that spot by the Nugent family back in the 1950s. The closing of Nugent’s is just one of the myriad of changes underway along Colebrook’s Main Street and this month Susan takes a close look at what’s happening to this northern community’s downtown. It is a story of transition, as some businesses vanish while others appear waiting just off in the wings. Colebrook’s story is similar to others in the region–where economics and the emergence of big store chains are prompting serious decisions for Main Street.

What time is it? How many times a day do you ask yourself that question as you seek out a timepiece to set you back on schedule. Back in May 1965 a New York watch company wanted to point out to the world just how important clocks and watches have become to modern civilization. And they found a willing community to prove their point: North Conway. For two days North Conway went clockless, as all timepieces were hidden and people found themselves lost without time. Our thanks to David Emerson of the Conway Public Library’s history room for supplying us with information for this timeless classic from out of our past.

Northumberland holds the distinction of being the home of the first settlers of Coös County. We never tire of reading about those hardy souls who braved the wilderness to cut out a life along the banks of the Connecticut River. This month we publish an account written in 1898 about the early days of Northumberland and Groveton.

We’ve long been interested in the story of Mary Baker Eddy. She appears to have been a person of strong beliefs who never minced words. This month we report on a new Eddy exhibit at the Museum of New Hampshire History in Concord.

Another person who crossed through our region in the past was Minik, “The New York Eskimo.” It was Minik’s fate to pass away here during the influenza epidemic of 1918. The release of a new edition of a book about Minik has touched off a wave of renewed interest in the Eskimo buried in Pittsburg.

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Charles J. Jordan