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August 24, 2016

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The Friends Society will hold their services on Sunday, August 28th, at the South Pittsfield Friends Church. Their service begins at 1:00 pm.


Rev. Harold Muzzey will be the speaker. All are welcome to attend their service.



Pittsfield Beautification Committee


Help the Pittsfield Beautification Committee at our annual Mum Sale Fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 10th, at the Aranosian Garden  (next to Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Rd.), from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. 


We will be selling a variety of colors in 10” pots and 5 gallon pots.  We will also be selling baked goods. 


As always, thank you for your support!



Pittsfield Old Home Day Cook-Off - Whoopie Pies!


The annual Cook-off held at the Pittsfield Old Home Day was a wonderful array of Whoopie was a stretch to match the Olympic theme, but they were round like the medals - so that counts!!  Who knew there were so many kinds off whoopee pies. We had Salted Caramel, Maple, Lemon Gingerbread, Pumpkin, Zucchini and Chocolate!  The public tasted and voted for their favorites.  The winners were 1st place - Rose Kimball (#2-Zucchini), 2nd place tie - Christopher Marcotte (#6- Chocolate) and Bob Facella (#12-Lemon Gingerbread) and 3rd place- Joshua Crowell (#8-Chocolate).  Thank you again to all the participants and to the Victory Workers 4-H Club for manning the booth.


Rose Kimball shared her winning recipe:


Zucchini Whoopie Pies

1 Cup Shredded zucchini (squeeze the water out), 1 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup Shortening, 1 Egg, 2 Cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/2 Cup milk, 1 tsp Vanilla.  Mix zucchini, sugar, shortening, egg together.  Add Dry ingredients.  Mix alternating with milk.  Combine and stir in vanilla & 1 Cup nuts (optional).  Drop by Tbsp onto greased cookie sheet.   BAKE at 350 for 7-10 min.   FILLING - 4 oz cream cheese, 3 Tbsp softened margarine, 1/2 lb confectioners sugar, 2 tsp vanilla.  Mix well.  Cool whoopie pies and fill.





Pittsfield Balloon Rally’s Frank H. Donovan 5K returned this year as the closing event of the Balloon Rally.  Dylan Jones of Pittsfield was the male winner with a time of 20:15, and Smita Boesch-Dining of Concord recorded a time of 21:21 for the top female award.  Congratulations to all of the participants, and we look forward to seeing everyone back next year on August 6, 2017!



Natick: New School Finance Director Named


NATICK, MA - The school district’s new financial head comes from Carver and brings experience running the financial and educational aspects of a district.


Peter Gray began work in Natick on Aug. 1, Superintendent Peter Sanchioni said.


“We feel fortunate to have him join us in Natick,” Sanchioni said. “He’s very skilled and experienced at what he does. I think he’ll make a great transition (to the district).”


Gray replaces Liam Hurley, who became Newton’s deputy superintendent/chief administrative officer this summer after spending about two years in Natick. As Natick’s finance director, Gray will be responsible for overseeing the budget, food service and transportation of the school district that employs over 1,000 employees with a student enrollment of 5,500 students and an annual budget of $58 million dollars.


Gray, who comes to Natick from a similar role at Carver Public Schools as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, said he brings experience from working in several Massachusetts districts. Gray said he spent time as interim superintendent in Hamilton-Wenham and understands the educational and financial sides of running a district.


“I think it’s an awesome opportunity,” Gray said of his new job. Natick has a “very progressive school system leading the state in many ways,” he said.


Gray said he has focused in his first days on the job getting to know Natick and figure out how he can contribute to maintaining a great school system.


Gray who resides in Hampton, New Hampshire is a 1974 graduate of Pittsfield (NH) High School and has a B.S. from Southern NH University and a MBA from Franklin Pierce University.  He is currently in his second year of studies pursuing his Doctorate in Education at the University of New England. 



Selectman’s Overview

Submitted By Carl Anderson

Select Board meeting 8/16/16


An ongoing situation involving the sewer lines was brought to our attention in writing by Utility Partners, who manage the waste-water treatment facility.  Their letter claims the Joy St. pumping station has required pumping by truck to remove a “flour mixture” “coming from the Rustic Crust business on Joy St.”  The waste-water plant had to expend over $3500 in pumping costs in the last year and a half to remove the “soupy” mixture before it plugs the system. Obviously, this cost is passed on to rate-payers. They inspected Rustic Crust’s Joy St. location a couple of weeks ago and report that there is no outside grease trap for the floor drains which the business can have pumped.  We have instructed the building code enforcement officer to investigate this situation in order to get it corrected as soon as possible if a violation is found to exist.


It has also come to the attention of the BOS that the Pittsfield police who work for the Town of Loudon providing security at the Nascar Race at NHMS provide at least two Pittsfield cruisers for use at the track for emergency calls and transports. The Town of Loudon pays the officers directly for their time, however, the only compensation for our equipment is a free tank of gas.  Apparently this has been going on for years under a verbal agreement made by unnamed parties. The BOS disapproves of this agreement and will be looking into practices and policies relative to our vehicle use.  In the meantime, a Motion was unanimously passed to halt any use of Pittsfield equipment which is not compensated at detail rate until a final determination is made.


The town’s Bid Policy was reviewed, and the security system upgrades will require a third bid, which the PD was instructed to obtain.


The last public hearing on the disposition of 33 and 37 Main St. was held, and again, with plenty of opinions. Save the barn- don’t save the barn; the building is too high on the hill for business- it’s not too high; the library needs more room- it doesn’t need more room; we need more parking- we don’t need more parking.  One citizen expressed indignation that anyone would contemplate tearing down “the oldest commercial building in Pittsfield.” (33 Main St).  The rest of the room seemed to be of the opinion that the only thing historical about 33 Main is that a portion of it is indeed old- however, any remnants of  historical features were removed or rebuilt ages ago, and the building that remains is in such disrepair that no one expresses any interest in investing any capital in it, other than to tear it down.  Legally, we have two weeks from tonight to take action, so we will do something for sure.  It will be in the very best interests of the town as we can best determine- and as importantly, without any further cost to the taxpayers.



Concord Regional VNA Offers “Good Night, Sleep Tight” Presentation In Pittsfield


Concord Regional VNA is offering a free presentation “Good Night, Sleep Tight” on Tuesday, September 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Pittsfield Senior Center, 74 Main Street in Pittsfield.


Sleep is essential to your physical and emotional well-being. The way you feel during the day is dependent on how well you sleep at night. Discover how much sleep we really need, suggestions for a quality night’s sleep, and strategies on speaking with your healthcare provider about difficulty sleeping.


There is no fee to attend this presentation. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815.





To all Citizens of Pittsfield,

The Pittsfield Aqueduct Purchase Committee was formed to investigate the possibility and desirability of forming a Village Water District and acquiring the Pittsfield Aqueduct Company and/or it’s assets and converting same to a municipal or semi municipal utility.


After much research, we have come to the conclusion that that goal is not only desirable, but smart and forward thinking. It will benefit all citizens of Pittsfield as well as the water users/ratepayers in the town.


We will be holding Public Information Meetings in the near future, once we are able to finalize schedules with our consultant, to explain the reasons for our decision, the ramifications of the decisions and the process we will be going through.


It is our fervent hope that everyone affected will attend one, or more, of our meetings.



Fred Okrent, Chair

Pittsfield Aqueduct Purchase Committee



The Friday Night Kayak Group met  Friday Aug 12, 2016 with over eleven kayaks to explore Jenness Pond off RT 107. The group is open to everyone and meets at different local kayaking sites every Friday at 6 PM during June, July and August. The paddling trips last just over an hour and are always in the Northwood to Barnstead area. Simply show up at this week’s Friday night’s location. Visit our web site at for information and location of the next trip and put yourself on our email list. You can also call Paul Oman at 435-7199 for more information.



Pittsfield’s Agricultural Fairs

Submitted By Larry Berkson


Many of Pittsfield’s newer residents may be unaware that the community once had a fair rivaling any other in the State of New Hampshire. Now that fair season is upon us it seems to be a good time to write about it. At your request, Mr. Cotton, here we go.


Part 1: Pittsfield Fairs In The Village

The Suncook Valley Agricultural Association organized sometime before 1851. As a result, farmers likely got together to discuss problems and the latest ideas and innovations in farming. Certainly there were social gatherings as well. In 1878 the group rented the Old Meetinghouse for its first fair and displayed “products of the field, the woods, and the kitchen.” Cattle, sheep and pigs were displayed nearby and horses were inspected on Main Street. No admission was charged and no money prizes awarded.


The fair was so successful it was held once again the following year, 1879. On the first day, out-of-towners, including dignitaries such as the Executive Council and members of the governor’s staff, arrived on a special train. A parade was then formed at the depot with W. H. Drake as Chief Marshall, followed by the Pittsfield Granite State Band, 39 members of the Weston Guard, 28 members of the Merrimack Guard, the Governor’s Council, the governor’s staff and other distinguished guests, Pittsfield’s Torrent Fire Engine Company, Pittsfield’s engine and hose carriage, floats provided by Pittsfield businesses, and school district teams. It marched through the principal streets of the town ending up at Academy Park, now Dustin Park. Several speeches were delivered from the bandstand, including one from Pittsfield’s Hiram A. Tuttle, future state governor.


The first event, a five mile walking race, had taken place before the parade and was won by H. Marden in 56 minutes. After the parade a plowing contest was held. Subsequently nearly 100 yoke of oxen, competing for a best team ribbon, marched by the judges. In the afternoon there was a cattle auction. In all, there were 706 entries of livestock, produce and handiwork entered to be judged and awarded ribbons.


Fairs were not held during 1880-82. Finally, in September 1883 a group of men got together in attorney Aaron Whittemore, Jr’s office and appointed directors to organize a town fair. Clarence Johnson, future secretary of the U. S. Senate, acted as temporary chairman and school teacher Frank Randall as secretary pro tem. A board of 11 directors, all Pittsfield luminaries, was chosen: David O. True, David L. Green, John E. Shaw, John J. Jenness, Stephen F. Ring, Hiram A. Tuttle, Sewall N. Lougee, Frank E. Cram, George R. Drake, Reuben T. Leavitt, and J. P. Watson.


At another meeting officers were chosen: Stephen F. Ring, president, Frank E. Cram, vice president, E. K. Webster, secretary, and John A. Shaw, treasurer. A two day fair was planned for Wednesday and Thursday, October 24-25. However, there was a major storm on Wednesday morning and the managers of the fair decided to postpone it to Thursday and Friday instead.  Word was telegraphed to Concord and Manchester and messengers carried the news to neighboring towns.


The two-day fair was held in Sanderson Park, the western part of what today in Drake Field, under the auspices of the Suncook Valley Agricultural Association, its third, with admission charges and cash prizes for winners of contests. An extra train brought out-of-towners, including former governor James A. Weston, banker Josiah Carpenter, New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company founder and President John C. French and other distinguished guests.


A procession started at Railroad Square led by parade marshal G. Frank Green, Pittsfield’s illustrious Civil War Veteran and businessman, followed by the Granite State Band, officers of the fair and invited guests, the Barnstead Brass Band, Loudon’s team of 74 yoke of oxen, Chichester’s nine yoke of oxen, School District 8 with 25 yoke of oxen drawing a decorated wagon holding residents of the district, School Districts 1 and 4 with 16 yoke of oxen, and School District 2 with 28 yoke of oxen. It paraded through the main streets of town.


Remarks were made by Colonel Daniel M. Clough of Canterbury, one of the state’s most successful farmers who was known as “Corn King,” Pittsfield farmer David K. Swett and Deacon, carpenter, farmer, and apothecary clerk, William G. French of Pittsfield at Academy Park, today Dustin Park.


That year the Baptist Society erected the first permanent building in Sanderson Park from which to sell refreshments. A large, 56′ x 90′ tent was rented to house the various agricultural products and crafts. It contained only about one-half as many exhibits as it had four years before at the town hall but the size of the tent allowed a much better showing. There were 393 entries competing for prizes. A noticeable absence was an exhibition of plants. In the previous fair there had been over 40 entries. Butter makers were also absent. Less than 50 of the 393 entries were made from outside of Pittsfield.


Two premiums (awards) were given for garden products, grains and seeds, vegetables, and one each for dairy products, fancy work and millinery, household implements, agricultural tools and equipment, and traders exhibits. Impressively, Pittsfield’s George R. Drake displayed 184 varieties of vegetable seeds grown by himself.


The best exhibit was that of fancy goods. Not only was it large but it was especially fine. Mabel A. Brown’s silk mosaic work, the painting on velvet, satin, and panels was excellent. A large number of rugs were displayed. Mrs. Sarah B. Drake, age 75, showed a quilt that she had just completed containing 4,940 pieces, and Jennie M. Huse of Barnstead showed one with 10,368 pieces.


One hundred fifty yoke of oxen were reviewed, including 69 from Pittsfield. Premiums were given for 13 categories: working oxen, matched steers, calves and steers, pulling oxen, baby colts, colts, brood mares, stallions, driving horses, matched horses, stallions, sheep and swine, and poultry.


An oxen pulling contest was held with Captain Isaac E. Smith winning with a team that pulled 5,000 pounds. On Friday gentlemen’s driving horses raced around the streets for a test of speed. George Hobbs came in first, Hiram A Tuttle, second, and Frank P. Green, third.


A plowing trial was held on the Laura Green farm, whereabouts unknown. It was claimed to be a good place for testing plows because the sod was tenacious. There was no competition for J. T. Hill of Pittsfield in the Level Land Class. In the Swivel Plow Class there were several entries. J. T. Hill won first place with a Star #1 plow, made by John P. Hussey of Gilmanton Iron Works. Second place was won by Byron Ambrose of Deerfield with a Granger 2D plow, made by the Wadleigh Plow Company. Third place went to George W. Kinney with a plow patented by J. P. Holly of Farmington, Maine. The average width of a furrow made by the Star #1 plow was 13 ½ inches, with an average depth of 6 ¾ inches. The average width of the furrow made by the Granger Plow was 15 ¾ inches with an average depth of 5 ¾ inches.


The net profits of the fair were $100.


In October 1884 a two-day fair was held very similar to the previous one. It was attended by approximately 5,000 people. Extra trains were run. It began with a parade from the depot.


David K. Swett, marshal, was followed by the Granite State Band, 27 yoke of oxen, and a decorated wagon holding 50 people.


A collection of 185 varieties of vegetables and garden seeds were displayed by George R. Drake, and a 74 pound squash by Edward M. Batchelder. Where the displays were located has not been learned. There were also displays of tractors and on the second day, a 100 yard dash race, a race of driving horses, plowing competition, and a baseball game, in Sanderson Park.


One difficulty that year was the cold weather. It was frigid and people had to wear overcoats.


The 1885 fair, organized under President Frank E. Cram, had great weather. The parade was even larger than previous ones. Starting at its usual place on Depot Square, it was comprised of David K. Swett marshal, the Granite State Band, Torrent Hose companies numbers 1 and 2 of the fire department, officers of the fair, the Pittsfield Town Team of 15 yoke of oxen with decorated wagon, the Loudon Town Team of 32 yoke of oxen, Charles H. Carpenter and guests, the Chichester Town Team of 24 yoke of oxen with decorated wagon, and the Epsom Town Team of 24 yoke of oxen.


A huge number of premiums were awarded. For example, there were 10 categories of oxen, steer and calve showings: farm teams, steer teams, fax oxen, Herefords, Holsteins, Devons, Grade, Steers 4 years old, steers 3 years old, and calves and steers under 3 years old. There were 11 categories in the cattle pulling contest. The event was claimed to be superior to a majority of town and county fairs that fall. There were nine categories for showing stallions, brood mares, and colts, and eight categories for 1, 2, and 3 year old colts.


A large number of premiums were awarded in other areas as well: 41 for fruits, 41 for vegetables, 22 for grains and seeds, 8 for dairy products, 4 for cut flowers and plants.


One problem arose. The tent displaying the fancy goods blew down and the displays in it had to be moved to the tent displaying farm products. This crammed things together so much that it was difficult to view the various products and goods.


The two-day fair was attended by an estimated 7,000 people.


In 1886 a parade was held once again.  It traversed Depot Street, Green Street, Chestnut Street, Main Street, Water Street, Crescent Street, up Factory Hill, down Elm Street, and up Park Street. Led by Marshal Joseph T. Sanborn, it was comprised of the 20 piece Granite State Band, invited guests in carriages, the Epsom Town Team of 40 yoke of oxen, the 17 piece Pittsfield Band, the Loudon Town Team of 67 yoke of oxen, and the Pittsfield Town Team of 33 yoke of oxen. 


As in the past, music was provided for the two-day affair with the exhibits and contests approximately the same as the previous year.


The 1887 two-day fair was held on Tuesday and Wednesday October 24-25. The Association officers were President Frank E. Cram, a Pittsfield farmer and builder, and farmers Sewall N. Lougee, secretary, and John E. Shaw, treasurer. There were representatives on the board of directors from Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton, Loudon, Northwood, and Strafford.


On Tuesday it was nearly noon before the parade got underway, led by the marshal and his aid mounted on two gray steeds. They were followed by the 18 piece American Band and 231 yoke of oxen drawing decorated wagons. At Sanderson Park there was an exhibition of trained steers and draft oxen. The scheduled game of baseball did not take place.


On Wednesday morning there was a showing of stallions, brood mares and colts. At 11:00 am speeches began at the bandstand, probably in today’s Dustin Park. Colonel Eliphalet S. Nutter of Concord, businessman, railroad entrepreneur and promoter of the Hannah Dustin Memorial in Boscawen, gave the major speech. He was followed by Moses Humphrey of Concord, president of the Board of Agriculture, N. J. Batchelder of Andover, secretary of the State Grange and State Board of Agriculture, and Pittsfield resident George R. Drake, past master of the Catamount Grange.


That afternoon there were horse races on Main Street but they were rather disappointing. The Street was not a suitable place to run because the crowd occupied so much of it that an even start was almost impossible.


At 2:00 p.m. the band led two baseball teams to Berry Park for their game. Barnstead beat Pittsfield 12-10 before a crowd of 200 people. At 3:00 p.m. there was a clay pigeon shooting contest.


Livestock exhibits and contests were held, likely held at Sanderson Park, with a large number of premiums awarded. The Loudon town team won the cattle competition, the Upper City team the district cattle competition, Chichester the horse team competition, Warren Trip of Epsom the farm team competition, and Upper City won the decorated wagon competition.


Premiums were also given in the categories of Oxen 5 Years or Older, Best Pair of Oxen, Steers 3 and 4 Years Old, Calves 1 and 2 Years Old, Draft Oxen, Herd of Cows, Heifers and Bulls, Brood Mares, Colts, Stallions, Ladies’ and Gents’ Driving Horses, Sheep and Swine, and Poultry and Pets. The Cattle Show was larger than had been seen at any other fair in the State that year.


Exhibits were displayed in the Opera House. Premiums were awarded in the categories of Grains and Seeds, Vegetables, Fruits and their Products, Dairy Products, Bread and Honey, Cut Flowers and Plants, Household Fancy Work, Paintings and Drawings, Agricultural Instruments and Mechanics Tools, and Trade Exhibits. There was also a miscellaneous category.


In 1888 the Fairgrounds had nearly two times the number of horse stalls and cattle pens as in prior years. That year, the eighth annual fair was held in Sanderson Park. To eliminate problems created by the huge number of cattle competing for premiums, the fair managers limited the number of oxen and steer teams to 10 yokes each.


During the two-day event, there were speeches, baseball games, exhibitions of livestock, trained calves, steers, brood mares, colts and stallions, trials of draft oxen, and three horse races at the park. Fruits, vegetables, grain, dairy products, fancy work, articles of domestic manufacture, and works of art were displayed in the Opera House. The American Band played on both days. Two thousand programs were published for the event.


Early Supporters of the Pittsfield Fair


Clarence Johnson


Frank Randall


George R. Drake


Hiram A. Tuttle



American Legion Post 88 News

Submitted By Shawn Jones


At our July meeting we had 13 members in attendance. We voted on a landscape design including where the flag pole and granite sign would be installed. A thank you goes out to Sr. Vice Commander Gary Tasker for his design work and for donating the man hours and some of the material to accomplish this job. Jr. Vice Commander James Small along with Chaplain Larry Hemphill and Children & Youth Officer Michael Hartt agreed to attend the District 5 meeting on July 30th at Post 28 in Suncook.


Judge Advocate Stan Prescott gave us a check from Harry-O Electric Corp for $1,000.00 that they donated back to the post after they completed work at our post. We want to thank Harry-O for their generosity.


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for July were: $50-Nancy Owen, $25-Beth Boardman, $10-Sheila Newton, $10-Barbara Brogan, and $5-Shawn Jones. Congratulations to our winners.


At the August meeting we had 16 members present. The building committee members updated us on where things stand with the building renovations. We hope things will be completed inside shortly. Once we get a building occupancy permit from the Fire Department we can start holding meetings in our new home.


We found out that the refrigerator needs to be replaced so we’ll be looking around for one to replace it. Hopefully we can get one free or for a good price. We also discussed some things such as phone service, mail box location, and website content. Also discussed were some interior building needs such as blinds, building cleaning, and furniture. Gary Tasker asked for a rental committee to be established. This committee will be tasked with a number of things to review including: rental costs, insurance, and a rental agreement. This Committee is comprised of myself, James Small, and Scott Newton. Historian Mike Moffett’s mother graciously donated a pool table to the post that we accepted along with some small furniture items. Gary and his team of volunteers will go and pick these items up. Adjutant Joe Piroso and myself will be removing items from our storage unit, cleaning them and will decide where in the post to locate them as well as the meeting room layout.


On September 17th the Legion will participate in a headstone dedication for Civil War veteran Tristram Stevens at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Loudon Village. His headstone was recently found and was never placed at Stevens’ grave site. Stan was contacted by Chris Benedetto, Chairman of Company A, 5th New Hampshire Volunteers, to do the headstone dedication. We do not have a time yet for the 17th, but feel free to contact a post member or watch for an email inviting you to attend this dedication. We will be working over the course of the next month to pull this together. Gary Tasker will be working with Stan and Chris to set the headstone in place in advance of the dedication. Mike Moffett will see if there are any living descendents who would like to attend.


Gary Tasker and Mike Moffett make up the new membership committee. They will be tasked with the recruiting and retention of members. We cannot let them do the job alone. Every member should be actively trying to get new members to join. There is a reason why you became a member of the American Legion and joined our post, so let him or her know. Either contact one of the committee members, Joe, or myself for an application or transfer form.


As I have reported in the past we made 100 percent for 2016. Another positive note is that we have 73 members and gained the two new members that the Department set for our post goal recruiting. For our 2017 membership year we are at 54 percent and seem to be ahead of last year’s renewals. I ask that you do not wait until December or next year to send in your renewal. It takes time and money to send out reminders to members. Your dues cost is still one of the lowest among other posts. The 2017 billing has been sent out from National, so please pay early and help your post achieve its 2017 membership goal before December 31st.


If you are interested in being honored at the September race at NHMS, please contact Chris Wittenberg at 798-3556 or myself at 496-0204 and I’ll pass your name along to her.


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for June were: $50-Scott Newton, $25-Maureen Prescott, $10-Jean Lee, $10-Andrew Timmins, and $5-Amanda Dyment. Congratulations to our winners.


Soon the flag collection box at Charlie’s Barn will be moved to 45 S. Village Rd. I’ll send out a reminder in September letting you know about our meeting on 21st as to where we will be meeting. Stay safe, healthy, and volunteer some time to help your neighbor, your post or another veteran. God Bless.




Richard C. Foss

(1926 - 2016)


GILMANTON – Richard C. Foss, 90, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at the Concord Hospice House. 


He was born in Pittsfield on April 18, 1926 to Frank W. and Florence A. Foss.


His family includes his wife, Lois Hutchins Foss; son, Gordon and wife, Marion of Concord; daughter, Carol and husband, Robert Pike of Loudon; daughter, Paula and husband, Gary Sobolewski of New Hampton. He was predeceased by his daughter, Evelyn Jackson; brothers, Ivan and Robert Foss; granddaughters Tiffany Foss, Kristin Young, Juanita Butland and Wanda Jackson; great-granddaughter, Joanna Jackson.


Dick was born, raised and schooled in Pittsfield.  He was an Army Veteran of World War II and served in Europe with the 7th armored division.  He was in the lumber business until 1955.  He then did small construction jobs.  In 1968, he started RC Foss and Son, doing all kinds of construction.  In 1983, he purchased a farm in Gilmanton where he lived until passing. 


A graveside service was held Friday, August 19,  in the Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Foss Family Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Pittsfield, 85 Main St., Pittsfield N.H. 03263, please include Foss Family Scholarship on the memo line. Online donations may be made at:


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, assisted the family with arrangements.








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