North Country’s former longtime Union Leader news carrier dies
Longtime news carrier Earl Boswell is pictured here with his wife, Jane, in this family photo. He died Nov. 29. (COURTESY)
Earl Boswell, the main reason people in New Hampshire’s northernmost reaches got that news each day, would be at the wheel, his son often beside him.
They’d drop some at distributors along the way — Thornton, Lincoln, North Woodstock, Franconia — then meet other drivers at the Boswells’ Ely Street home in Littleton. Those drivers would make more stops and also connect with paperboys. By daybreak, the news would be at customers’ doors.
Mike said his mom, Jane, was his dad’s right hand, but his three sisters also worked, including delivering papers around Littleton.
“There was no interstate back when dad started,” Mike said. “You had Route 3. There’d be complete washouts at times. Back then, conservative North Country people believed in Bill Loeb, and later Nacky Loeb, to get them their news. There was no 24-hour news. There was a half hour of news on TV. at night, and that was it. So people really depended on getting their paper,” Mike said.
“Over the years, he left a legacy. When you look someone in the eye and tell them you’re going to do something, you do it. Show me, don’t tell me.
“Dad was very loving. He held us all in high regards. But a lot was expected, and you didn’t want to disappoint,” Mike said.
“When his son retired a while ago, he recalled publisher William Loeb telling him that (Mike Boswell) had big shoes to fill from Earl,” McQuaid said.
“A lot of people up here are going to be interested in that. I’m going to see if I can get a few extra copies of the paper delivered to the North Country.”
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