John Patrick Jordan books on sale at Millyard Museum

mill1Enjoy Manchester history or know someone on your gift list that does? Then stop by the Manchester NH Millyard Museum, located at 200 Bedford Street, Manchester NH.

There you will find John Patrick Jordan’s two books, “Saints & Sinners – The Pioneer Irish of Manchester NH – 1835 to 1900″ SaintsandSinnerscover2and “Check Your Hat – The Vaudeville Years Cover 5 with borderof the Palace Theater, Manchester NH – 1900 to 1955″.

The Millyard Museum also offers an extensive array of other books, unique gifts, and children games from days gone including books by John Clayton, Aurore Eaton, Ed Brouder, Robert Perreault and more.

Click here to see the complete list of books offered for sale at the Millyard Museum.

Millyard Museum is located at 200 Bedford Street, Manchester NH.

Hubert Boniface McDonough

From The Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News – 12-Aug-00 – Sports13 McDonough, 12 Aug 2000 (Story, Jan. 22, 2000).

Hubert Boniface McDonough is unquestionably the most significant figure in Manchester_Central_Logothe history of Manchester Central High in the 20th century, as a student athlete and a coach.

Hubert B. McDonough Sr.

Hubert Boniface McDonough is unquestionably the most significant figure inold_time_football_player the history of Manchester Central High in the 20th century. And significant enough to the rest of the state to be named one of the Union Leader’s New Hampshire Athlete of the Century honorable mentions.

A charter member of the Manchester Athletic Hall of Fame, McDonough began his athletic career as a small, but spunky quarterback on the Manchester High teams of the early teens, graduating in 1912. McDonough also was a standout on the high school track team. After a year at Phillips Exeter Academy, McDonough went on to Dartmouth College, and in a career that was interrupted by World War I, captained the Big Green and earned football All American mention. Among his gridiron opponents was the legendary Hobey Baker of Princeton, who also excelled at ice hockey and was the man for whom the award is named that is presented annually to the outstanding men’s college ice hockey player. Hubie also was a standout member of the college gym team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1917 and a Tuck School Master’s Degree in 1921.

Following his graduation from Dartmouth, McDonough came back to coach Central from 1921 to 1946, and among those teams were several that powered through undefeated seasons. During his early years as a coach at Central, he also oversaw the basketball and baseball teams. His basketball team in 1924 won the state championship and finished in third place in the national scholastic tournament in Chicago.

As a coach he was tough, but fair, according to his players, and he was never abusive in any way. He never used profanity towards his players, some of whom even secretly nicknamed him The Monk.

McDonough was very creative and he was considered to be ahead of his time when it came to football innovations. He introduced spring football in 1926 and his teams in that decade were among the first to use the T formation. Pulling guards and mousetrap plays were McDonough innnovations that caused the other coaches to play catchup.

On the basis of winning percentage, McDonough was one of the all-time greats in the Granite State. His teams were 173-57-20 for a winning percentage of 69 percent. His 1923, 24, 25, 27, and 28 teams were undefeated. His teams were New Hampshire champions 20 times. McDonough was honored upon his retirement from football coaching in 1946 by a packed house dinner at the New Hampshire State Armoy.

Central High SchoolLater McDonough became an assistant principal at Central in 1947 and finally the principal at Central from 1954 to his retirement in 1960.

He died in 1987 at the age of 87.

The McDonough School was named in his honor in 1974.McDonoughSm

…..rooting out the gnats.

Stefanik_facebook_profileI think one of the best by-products in politics are the people you meet along the way and I’ve met some great ones. Unfortunately the counter by-product are the not-so-nice ones you meet such as Manchester resident and Ted Cruz supporter, Steven Stefanik (not to be confused with Amherst NH Rep, Stephen Stepanek). For some reason, Mr. Stefanik felt compelled to throw out baseless accusations and outright lies against Presidential candidate, Rand Paul, the winner of the Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll.



Okay, I get it. Your guy lost, you’re angry over that, but seriously buddy? So, I challenged him to cite sources for his comment. What does he provide? Wikipedia links to definitions of Libertarian views but NOT ONE source to back up his claim against Rand Paul, who is not a Libertarian.


So, I question him on that. Pointing out that supporting gay rights doesn’t make you gay. Supporting medical marijuana and lessening penalties for said, doesn’t make you a pot-smoker and taking steps to protect our country against outside attacks doesn’t make you a warmonger. Irony is, Rand Paul is considered the opposite, but let’s not let the facts get in the way. So, of course, Stefanik goes on the attack. Basically, calls me a permission liberal moron. Classic “losing an argument” response. 

I bring this up is because people like him are the problem with politics today. We have some great candidates out there. Some I agree with, some I don’t, but they’re all good people.

Rand Paul wins RLCNH Straw pollI’ve endorsed Rand Paul. I believe Rand Paul is what this country needs. But, do I bash other people because they support someone else? Of course not. That would be disrespectful, arrogant and grossly unprofessional and honestly, not good reflection on the candidate I do support.

Folks, let’s stop the attacks, the bullying, the vilification of those that may not share our particular view. People like Stefanik are hurting the Republican cause and reflect badly on all we are trying to accomplish. It needs to stop and bullies and haters should be called out, marginalized and made clear they DO NOT represent who we are, which are hard working, grassrooting, volunteering folks doing all they can for their candidate.

Let’s get back to the issues. Let’s get back to promoting the good our candidate will do for America going forward and not allow the gnats on the fringe to compromise our true identity and our plans for America going forward.

Pam Manney
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Millyard Museum Gift Shop Books

Manchester Millyard Museum – 200 Bedford Street Manchester, NH

Manchester history is important to us. Books on history even more so.

Did you know that the Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum has a wonderful collection of books for sale at the Museum on Manchester and state history, many written by local authors?

Here’s a list for your perusal. Please note the special listing for children’s books. Also, links to Museum hours, events and opportunity for the children. Enjoy!

Millyard Museum Gift Shop Books

Books by John Clayton

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John Clayton describes thirty-two of the Queen City’s most remarkable residents, from Iwo Jima flag raiser Rene Gagnon and fast-food innovator Richard McDonald to lesser-known but equally compelling figures, including beloved lunch cart driver Arthur Red Ullrich and the late firefighter Dave Anderson. Collecting columns first published in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Clayton reveals the essence of Manchester’s enduring strength and appeal: its people.

Other books by John Clayton available for sale at the Millyard Museum located at 200 Bedford Street Manchester, NH.

The Way I see it ClaytonIn The City_FacesPlaces_JohnClayton_1995_Page_1NH_WarPeace_JohnClayton_2001_Page_1In The City_JohnClayton_1993_Page_1

Stark Realities by John Clayton


Train accidents – tragedy and deaths, Manchester NH


The newspapers of yesteryear were full of horrific stories of unfortunate, accidential deaths of folks being killed by trains. These stories did not spare the gory details of dismemberment and ghastly wounds and, often times, didn’t hesitate to cast fault on the victim themselves.



I’ve included a lot of these tragic stories in my first book, Saints & Sinners – The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH -1835 to 1900.

Here’s a glimpse of two of those stories – SS152TrainDeaths

Daniel Connor

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Daniel Connor

Daniel Connor was a very interesting person in Manchester history. He owned a lot of land, farmed and raised livestock. On September 5, 1879, the Manchester newspaper carried a listing in the Police Court article that read: “Daniel Connor appeared for allowing his hogs to run loose on Merrimack Common. He was fined $5.00 plus cost.”

For more about Daniel Daniel Connor and his contribution to Manchester NH. Click on the link below

Daniel Connor – page 32 – S&S Pioneer Irish

Not the same Timothy



The newspapers of yesteryear were full of funny little stories about the picadillos of the folks of the day. Stories, of which, you won’t see printed in today’s papers.



SaintsandSinnerscover2I’ve included a lot of these short newspaper stories in my first book, Saints & Sinners – The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH -1835 to 1900.

Here’s a glimpse of some of those stories-  SS183funnynewsclips

Rev. Fr. William McDonald – The St. Patrick of Manchester, NH

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The “St. Patrick of Manchester, NH”.

Founder of Manchester’s first Catholic Parishes and great champion of the poor and needy of his time.

As published in “Saints & Sinners – The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH – 1835 to 1900″, by John Patrick Jordan

page 23 – Rev. Fr. William McDonald