Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Day Trip To The Gorham Lead Mine In 1914

In October of 1914, my grandmother Eleanor F. Watson and grandfather Arthur Watson had their close friends Helene and Lee "Doc" Corthell staying with them at their house in Berlin, NH.

On October the 4th, the foursome took a trip to the Gorham Lead Mine. I show below selected entries from Eleanor’s notebook (a picture of which can be seen in my September 2, 2009 post), along with photos that the group took on this trip. These photos are seen in the first slideshow, “Gorham Lead Mine,” at the end of this post.

Note: For those readers interested in the greater Gorham area, I have added a second slideshow, “Gorham, NH Scenes,” which includes additional photos that Eleanor took that same year.

Saturday Oct. 3, 1914

The arrival of Helene and Doc Corthell

Made 1 cake, brown bread, roasted pork, frosted cakes & washed kitchen floor. Fixed up rooms. After dinner had short nap & set table for Helene & Doc (Corthell from Portland, Maine). Went downtown & to 5:37 train. In eve we went to movies at gem & had ice-cream after. Lovely moonlight night.

Sunday Oct. 4, 1914

The visit to the Lead Mine

Boys (Arthur Watson and "Doc" Corthell) up & Arthur got the breakfast. We girls (Eleanor Watson and Helene Corthell) up about 8:00.Got ready to go to Lead Mine (took lunch). Beautiful day & pretty hot walking. Lovely place and views grand. Home through Gorham about 5:00. Made sherbert & had a light supper later.

Wednesday Oct. 21, 1914

The departure of the Corthells

Lovely & warm. Helene came in with me & we laid till after 8:00. Had our breakfast at 9:30. I washed kitchen floor while Helene packed to go home. Flannel hash for dinner & Helene set table. Went to 3:00 train & it was some warm with the bags, etc. I went downtown & called at Mrs. Stanley's but she was not at home. Came home & crocheted. In eve. packed & got ready to go to Randolph.

Gorham Lead Mine - Slideshow

Note: Eleanor is seen at the mine with her camera. For a close-up photograph and discussion of this camera, see my September 2 post.

Gorham, NH Scenes - Slideshow

For any reader interested in more information on the Mascot Mine (Gorham Lead Mine), including a list of minerals with accompanying color photographs found in the mine, click the following link:

For current hiking information about the Mascot Mine site, click the following link:

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