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Title Charles E. Harmon Letters
Accession # 2007.25.0001
Description A 10x12 clamshell archival box containing love letters written to Charles E. Harmon between 1923 and 1926. They were found in the ceiling of the Williams's farmhouse on Shave Hill Road. They remain stored as found, in a box with a shoelace used as a tie. Accompanying the letters is an explanation written by Penny Williams: "Pat was tearing more out of Shave Hill Saturday and when he was ripping out the lathe of ceiling in what was the birthing room, he found a tightly bound box of 63 love letters from the 1923-1926 period. Charlie Harmon had saved letters from two women and built them into the flooring of the older part of the house. There were few clues other than some first names. After 3 internet hours I had most of it figured out. . Charlie Harmon lived in our Shave Hill house in the 20's with Frank A. Harmon. He walked to travel. He courted Emily Sampson in N. Fryeburg and secretly kept a sweetheart via mail (Mary of Melbourne). He would visit Emily in No. Fryeburg every Sunday. If he didn't show, she would pine for him and fear he was sick or not loving her enough. On occasion he would bring his hair clippers and give his sweetheart a 'bob'. Emily made a lot of references to goofing off at school with her best friend Eleanor. The letters ended and we had no idea about who won over Charlie, but the Stow historical society provided all the answers. Charlie's sweethearts were actually sisters (Mary of Melbourne, FL) and Emily of North Fryeburg. They were Sampsons and were a family of 9 children. Emily and Charlie both worked in the cornshop together at one time. She also kept housekeeping at Cliffwood Camps in the summers. Charlie ended up marrying Eleanor...Bryant." Located in the Letters to Charles Harmon Box.
People Harmon, Charles E. (1903-1961)
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