132 Main Street, New London NH

Current Use

  • Apartment


  • 1961 - 2002 — Home of Louise and Elmer Leab
  • 1956 - 1960 — Home of Carl and Elinor Cochran
  • 1948 - 1955 — Home of N. Warren Weldon
  • 1945 - 19?? — owned by Mrs. Edith Weare
  • 1943 — Newell Hayes
  • 1921 - 1938 — Mrs. William (Irene Newell) Hayes
  • c. 1907 - 1921 — Home of A.J. and Julia Sargent

Building History

This house was built by Andrew Jackson Sargent (1833-1921) and his wife, Julia (Dewey) Sargent (1841-1933) after the fire of August 13, 1907 burned down their house across the street at 89 Main Street.[1] After A.J.'s death, it was sold to the Irene Newell Hayes (born 1891), widow of William Hayes who had died of tuberculosis in 1918, leaving her with two small children. Irene was a dressmaker and nurse.[2]

In 1927 Irene Hayes seems to have left New London for Connecticut and in 1928 married Frank Albrecht, and they had a daughter, Phyllis, in 1930. Irene and Phyllis returned to New London in 1937 and the following year, Irene married Archie Boardman (c. 1990-1944). Archie was employed by Charles E. Shepard, delivering ice. They moved to Manchester c. 1939, and Irene's son, Newell Hayes (born in 1914), lived in this house.

In 1945, according to Stan Spiller, a woman named Mrs. Edith Weare was at this site.

From 1948 to 1955 the house was owned by N. Warren Weldon, who also owned the Barn Playhouse in this period. Possibly the little building to the left of the house (132A Main Street), a prefabricated structure, was erected during this time to house the Barn Players.

In 1956 Carl and Elinor Cochran came to New London with their two sons, Malcolm and Ben, when Carl began a long career of teaching at Colby Junior College (later Colby-Sawyer College). They were here until they bought the Burpee Homestead in 1960, and the couple operated a luncheon and tea room in the little building to the left of the main house.

Louise Leab (1915 - 2012) and Elmer Leab (died 1998) acquired this house in 1960 and moved in the following year. Louise remaining in New London following Elmer's death in 1998 until 2002. The couple owned and operated the Busy Bea Laundromat, the Weathervane Gift Shop from 1965 to 1977, and then worked for Carlton Bradford at the Kearsarge Bookshelf.

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  1. ^ New London News, Feb. 1, 1933, p. 5
  2. ^ Squires, p. 356