Staff Photo
Entire Extension Staff, Dec. 1928

Enthralled With Shawls

Ms. Daisy Deane Williamson was a home demonstration leader for the New Hampshire Cooperative Extension between 1920-42. As she traveled through the state giving lectures and demonstrations on a myriad of home economics topics, Williamson—who collected shawls of all kinds—was always on the lookout for a possible addition to her collection. A gift of an antique wedding shawl had inspired her hobby.

Ms. Williamson died in 1942 and bequeathed her shawl collection to UNH. At the time of her death, her fine collection numbered 160 shawls. Her interest in Paisley is apparent, as one third of the collection is Paisley-related, including examples of various techniques and designs.

To learn more and to see a few example of her shawls, visit the University Museum exhibit, Daisy's Paisleys: 19th Century Shawls from the Daisy Deane Williamson Collection.

Foul Players

During the summer of 1949, UNH baseball coach Henry C. "Hank" Swasey managed the Kentville, Nova Scotia Wildcats in the Central League. One day when only seven of his players showed up for the Amherst game, Hank himself stepped in to play. He used his 13-year-old bat boy to round out the team. He got one hit in three times at bat, and his team was leading 7-6 when the rest of the ball club showed up.

They went on to win 13-6. But the Amherst team, managed by Ed Pesaresi '41, former varsity pitcher for Swasey, protested the game, on the grounds that the winners used two ineligible players.

Merciful Master

Long-time chief of campus police, Louis Bourgoin retired in June 1955 after thirty-seven years. Although he had left grammar school at the age of fourteen, Louis was a master in dealing with his better-educated charges. From 1928 to 1955 he jailed only four students. Countless others, picked up by the police of neighboring communities, were released to Louis without being taken to court.

Professor William Hennessy said of him: "Louis tempers justice with mercy...good judgment, fairness, and humanity." Of himself, Louis said: "If I caught them a second time, it went pretty hard on them." He once stopped, in the space of thirty seconds, a pitched snowball fight between the residents of three dormitories.

Spring Forward

In 1956, the Cooperative Extension services owned one car for use by its field agents, and assistant director Sam Hoitt '28 decided the 1950 Ford should be traded in for a newer model. The car was being used by Margery Nickerson for her work as the Home Demonstration Agent in Hillsborough County.

Hoitt placed an order for a new 1956 standard six-cylinder, 4-door sedan equipped with "2 sun visors, 2 arm rests, recirculating heater, defroster, directional lights, 2 ash trays and undercoating." But apparently he failed to specify the color of the car.

In a letter to Hoitt, Mrs. Nickerson wrote, "The Ford Company called me this afternoon about changing the car. He asked me to choose a color, so I picked Spring Mist Green."

Hoitt responded:

Your letter of June 18th indicates that the Ford Motor Company in Milford asked you to select the color for the new car and you have selected Spring Mist Green. Probably I would have suggested Black or Deep Grey so we have you to thank for the gayer selection. We will be glad to concur with your choice.

Photographing UNH

It was a big day for New Hampshire at the national conference of the University Photographers Association of America in April 1967. Richard D. Merritt, university photographer, was honored as "University Photographer of the Year." In addition to this coveted award, he received mention for two of his prints.

John P. Adams, Merritt's assistant, was one of three college photographers to win three honor awards apiece in the competition. From 300 prints submitted, 29 were given awards. A large collection of university photographs, including those by Merritt and Adams, are stored in the University Archives in Dimond Library.

Merritt, now retired in Exeter, NH, is an associate professor emeritus of UNH. For more on UNH Photographers, please visit the University Museum exhibit, A Campus in Focus: UNH Photographers.