FRAME - The window
frame used throughout the site is a very old one belonging to
John Butler. It came from the Lawrence Barn, but was undoubtedly
in a house before it was added to the barn. The frame is
thin compared to today's frame. Note the pegs holding the
frame together. In this photo you see the side of the frame,
which would have been outside and had putty added over the glass
inserts. The other side of the frame is shaped as are some
of today's frames. Note that glass in early days was expensive,
often imported, and therefore window panes become larger as time
passed and glass was manufactured in the US.
COLLECTION - from Hilda Hildreth is both photos
and documents. Note her picture of Rheta McGilvary at the switchboard
in her home at 5 Broad Street where she was the dispatcher for
the town, calling fire, police, and other services as needed.
This photo also hangs in the Always Ready Engine House. And listen
to the oral history CD's at the library. Children's games
and tasks are described most thoroughly in the one in which her
daughter, interviews her Mother.
COLLECTION - is photographs and a scan of the original
deed for the property signed by the first settler of Hollis, Peter
Powers. A visit to the Registry of Deeds in Nashua is very
COLLECTION - is photos of unusual old planes.
The curved planes shown here were used to shape the tops of barrels
both inner and outer circumference. They were made by Mr.
Manning near Lovejoy Hill (the top of the hill climbing Broad
Street and reaching its top at Pine Hill Road). Some had
the name of the person for whom the plane was made stamped into
- The doll's name is 'Ellen" she was made by the great-grandfather
of two Hollis sisters. Ellen is well over 100 years old.
Her body is jointed and is wood; she is in good shape and doesn't
even need any medicine. Her clothing is that which might
have been worn by a toddler for she is not a tiny doll. She has
a full set of clothing, but at her age she mostly sits and tells
stories of old Hollis.
JACKSTRAWS - The
set of jackstraws shown in the photographs was made by the great-grandfather
of a Hollis resident. He lived in Portsmouth and carved
about 100 jackstraws, pegging them all together with friction
fit. Included are shovels, axes, other farm tools including
an orchard ladder and some tools which may have been associated
with fishing, e.g. canoe paddles and other paddle. Each
type of tool has several varieties within it.
Jackstraws were played
like contemporary pick up sticks. All the pieces were held
in one hand and dropped in an irregular circle. You can
see this happening. The players in turn tried to remove
one piece at a time using thin crochet hooks. If the pile
moved or even trembled the player lost his/her turn. Those
pieces successfully removed earned points, which are marked individually
on each piece. A hoe might be harder to remove than a shovel.
How long do you think it took the great-grandfather to make this
set? They all fit (with the crochet hooks) into a hand turned
one-piece wooden case with lid. The jackstraws are lying
on a drop leaf doll table made by a grandfather. Jackstraws
are a very old game, some say going back to Egypt. A great
deal of information on jackstraws is available on the web looking
under the word 'jackstraws'.
HISTORY - The most recent collection of oral history is
on CDs currently housed at the library. A volunteer skillful
in sound editing is needed to add these to this site. One
sample can be heard on 038-055. Check out a CD from the
library and listen to it on your computer while you browse this
site. See a long list of oral history under 'Resources'.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - are seen
in permanent or temporary exhibits at the Wheeler House or the
Always Ready Engine House, e.g. the Telephone Exhibit, two pictures
are shown on that 'place to visit'. The Farm exhibit
summer through September 2002 is another example complete with
a pegged barn frame. Keep up to date on these exhibits by
checking the Historical Society Web Site. http://www.hollis-history.org/