A History of Union, New Hampshire (USA)



Louis E. Tibbetts

About the Author

Louis E. Tibbetts was born at the old Tibbetts Farm on Tibbetts Hill in Brookfield, New Hampshire, on October 29, 1903. He graduated from Nute High School in Milton, and attended Northeastern University in Boston. He taught printing and supervised the Farm and Trades School on Thompson's Island in Boston Harbour. He then became farm superintendent and operator of Teneriffe Farm in Milton. In 1937, Louis married Arlene Rose Laskey, and they moved to Union, where he operated Tibbetts' Country Store in Union for 28 years, until he retired. Aside from a brief 9 month stay in Sarasota Florida, Louis lived in Union from 1937 until his death in 1991.

Louis was a member and past master of Unity Lodge 62 F&AM; a district deputy grand lecturer and deputy grand master of the 6th Masonic District; member of the Scottish Rite bodies, New Hampshire Consistory, Bektash Shrine Temple, Concord, and a former member of the Sunshine Court, Order of the Amaranth, Florida. He was also the recipient of the General Sullivan Award for outstanding service to his lodge.

He was a 60-year member and past master of the Subordinate Grange, and also past master of the eastern New Hampshire Pomona Grange, a member of the state and national granges. Additionally, he was a member and past patron of the Unity Fraternal Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and a member and past trustee of the Union Congregational Church, and was deacon emeritus.

During his life in Union, Louis was a central figure to the town - his store was a center for discussion, political and otherwise. He was always ready to help out as needed, serving in various roles to improve the town, whether it meant mowing the church lawn, helping select a new fire truck, or being Grand Marshall of the Memorial day parade. His central position, combined with his naturally gregarious nature and his position as storekeeper, uniquely qualified him to undertake such a history as this one. Having done the research involved in collecting the material for this volume, he was a helpful source when Elizabeth Banks MacRury wrote her history of Wakefield ("Footsteps of Pride to the Past - Wakefield, NH 1774-1974", Elizabeth Banks MacRury, 1987, published by Wilson's Printers, Sanford, Maine.)

This history was based on a main draft written by Louis in 1972-4, along with copious additional notes he made from throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Some additional information was added as available, from various sources, to attempt to bridge the transition from the early 1970s to the early 1990s during the final compilation process by his son Tim Tibbetts. For this slightly revised 2000 version of the 1992 draft, a few minor corrections were made; in addition, an index and some new figures were added.

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