News Letter Fall 2013



               FALL 2013       VOLUME 36                     


Genealogy Center on the Road


Walter and Jacklyn Nadeau with Odette Leclerc traveled to Manchester, NH, on Thursday, April 18, to participate in the New England Genealogical Conference by setting up a display table to offer visitors a glimpse as to what the Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center has for research material. It was a good networking opportunity for the museum.

A one hour class in starting your family tree was given by Jacklyn Nadeau at the 3rd Annul White Mountains Writers’ and Book Festival held Saturday, September 28 at the White Mountain Community College, in Berlin. A table was set up in the hallway to sell some of our books with Raymond Daigle there to sign copies of his new book Berlin Mills on the Androscoggin River. Walter Nadeau assisted in manning the table while Jacklyn presented her class.


Filles du Roi


The Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center co-sponsored this year’s Franco-American Festival held annually at the St. Kieran’s Art Center in Berlin. This year the November 3rd Festival honored the Filles du Roi  or King’s Daughters who are marking the 350th anniversary of the first women arriving in Canada from France. Sponsored by King Louis the XIVth, these brave women came alone, usually without a family, to marry the many single men who made up most of French Canada. Our genealogy Center was busy finding descendents among the French-Canadian population in Berlin. Some of the local families who can trace their origin in Quebec to a King’s Daughter include: Audet dit Lapointe, Bacquet dit Lamontagne, Bisson, Blais, Dube, Dumont, Nadeau, and Rheaume, among others.



Museum Store


Offered for sale in our Museum Store are unique books by local writers, a DVD documentary film of Berlin, and many postcards. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 PM for your shopping convenience. Prices and titles may be obtained by phoning the museum at 603-752-4590 or 603-752-7337. You may wish to visit our web site: The web site will give you access to the list of all items available and more information about the Museum with lots of pictures and stories of past events.


Barn Sales

BCCHS thanks everyone who donated their left over yard sale merchandise for the barn sales as well as those who shopped in the Thompson Barn during one of the six sales held from June through October. BCCHS had record sales and are looking forward to the summer of 2014 to satisfy all of your shopping needs. Thanks to your support, we are able to operate the Moffett House Museum and continue with the restoration of the Brown Company Barns.



In Memory: Maurice Lavertue, Jr., June 26, 1941-June 26, 2013


The Berlin & Coos County Historical Society regrets to announce the passing of one of its charter members. Maurice Lavertue, Jr  passed  away this past June at the age of 72. To all who knew him, Maurice was not only a tried and true friend but also one who always was there to accomplish any task. Maurice was instrumental in the progression of the Historical Society and is credited for much of its success. From being an integral part of the team in acquiring the Moffett House with Walter Nadeau and Renney Morneau, to being the driving force behind the acquisition of the Brown Company Barns, Maurice was dedicated and task oriented. Without his efforts, one might wonder what our Historical Society would look like today. We thank you, Maurice, for your many talents and for all of your expertise, whether it was to replace the original furnace at the Moffett House, rewiring, re-roofing the Moffett House and coordinating the roofing of the Brown Company Barns, helping to stabilize these historic properties. You will be truly missed and always kindly remembered.Maurice Lavertue#3





Author Ray Daigle’s Book Signing a Hugh Success!


Sunday, September 8, 2013 served as the perfect day for a book signing. Beneath clear, blue skies and the panoramic backdrop of the presidential range, crowds gathered at the historic Maynesboro Stud Barn on East Milan Road to witness BCCHS member Raymond Daigle unveil his latest work,” Berlin Mills on the Androscoggin River,” The Golden Years: 1852 to 1935. This long awaited historical work was the culmination or four years of research. In this interesting book, Ray chronicles the rise of Berlin mills operations. His intricate work on this period in time affords the reader a glimpse into a fascinating time capsule documenting the history of the paper industry in Berlin. The rare historical images which enhance the work only further succeed in bringing this forgotten story to life.

The book signing could only be compared to an old home day, with several hundred well-wishers coming to this historic barn to congratulate Ray on his success. It was indeed a sight to behold, as Ray not only autographed the many books but also told of the many stories of the old mills and their bygone days. Visitors were also treated to a tasty reception, including a special occasion cake which was created by Ray’s son, Peter, to resemble Ray’s book.

To order copies of Berlin Mills on the Androscoggin River send a check to:


PO Box 52

Berlin, NH  03570


Soft cover –   $25 x ______book(s) =   $______

Hard Cover – $40 x ______book(s) =   $______

Shipping – $3.88 + $2.00 for each

additional book                               =  $_______

Total           $_______





R Daigle insertP1020530Soft coverP1020538






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