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This is a history of Windsor, Connecticut, from the twilight of World War II to the dawn of the Sixties, as seen through the pages of The News-Weekly. A weekly paper, The News-Weekly was published from 1944 to 1962 by the husband and wife team of J. Jeremiah and Mary Louisa Hallas. The book’s author, Herbert C. Hallas, was the couple’s oldest son and worked as managing editor of the paper in its last two years of publication.

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New Hampshire Tales is a collection of writings about a very special place in southern New Hampshire. It describes the author’s discoveries and observations, his love of nature, his family’s experiences, and historical research about this place. Some of the tales are humorous, some contain pure research, and others focus on nature’s gifts. The setting is a first settler’s farm that had been abandoned during the Great Depression. Many of the tales are taken from actual events involving people, critters and happenings that occurred over a period of 70 years in and around the farm. Anyone who enjoys reading about people and places in New Hampshire will find this book supremely entertaining.  

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Official court reporting in American courtrooms was brought about by the skill, dedication, and determination of a remarkable group of pioneer shorthand writers. Many of them were reformers, some were entrepreneurs, and others were inventors, writers, artists, and scientists. All of them were gifted shorthand professionals whose work made legal proceedings more reliable, more efficient, and fairer. Using a variety of sources including 19th century newspapers, shorthand periodicals, records of shorthand associations, county histories and government reports and records, Herbert C. Hallas explains how official court reporting got its start in the United States and tells the stories of eleven pioneer court reporters whose work ensured that official court reporting would become a key component in the American pursuit of due process of law. 

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This collection of stories from New York State’s North Country in the 19th century features: the outdoors loving Vice President William Almon Wheeler, the popular First Lady Lucy Hayes, the radical women’s rights advocate and preacher Olympia Brown, Mohawk Indian lacrosse players, the philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, the anti-Civil War activists and Copperhead Party stalwarts Francis D. Flanders and Joseph R. Flanders, the nationally prominent U.S. Senator and New York Governor Silas Wright, and the possibly autistic ex-slave and brilliant piano virtuoso Blind Tom, as well as commentary about problems involving the overemphasis of sports and how to live a happy life. The articles were previously published in New York historical journals and in the author’s blog. 

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