Scarecrows celebrate history of New Boston
Standing proudly before the historical marker that tells the history of the Molly Stark Cannon are scarecrows representing New Boston Historical Society founder Rena Davis, and one of the town's most important historical figures, J.R. Whipple.
"She lived in New Boston most of her life," said Rothman. "There's not a lot of famous women in town, but we knew we wanted her."
Next to Davis is a scarecrow representing J.R. Whipple, a man who was born and raised in New Boston and went away to the city of Boston to make his fortune in the hotel business, but never forgot his roots, Dan Rothman said.
The trains would come into town to pick up pork, chicken and beef destined for the city, and would drop off the slop from the leftovers to feed the pigs.
"These are two people who did so much for the heritage of the town," said Betsy Whitman, vice-chair of the historical society. "This was the first time we ever put an exhibit at Scarecrow Alley, but I don't expect it will be the last."
Lisa Rothman said that the society's scarecrows were the brainchild of Betty Poltrack, 92, a longtime member of the society who was persistent in her efforts to create a display on behalf of the organization.
"They really put a lot of thought into it," said Lisa Rothman. "And they're taking it very seriously. They expect to win."
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