188 Main Street, New London NH


Current Use

  • Commercial / Apartments

Formerly

  • 2000 — Jillson Insurance, Fred Salvatoriello, DMD, and Sage's Interior
  • 1965 - 1967 — MacKenna's restaurant (John MacKenna)
  • Hayward's Pride
  • 1960 - 1963 — Ben's Restaurant (Bernard and Bertha Cushing)
  • 1922 - 194? — Home of Evarts and Gertrude Messer
  • 1916 - 1921 — Home of Maj. William A. and Hattie Messer
  • c. 1911 - 1916 — "Miss M. Richardson"
  • 1908 — built by Willis Sargent

Building History


Around 1908 the house was built and owned by Willis Sargent (1859-1918).[1] A carpenter, Willis had married Mary (Clement) Lovering (1877-1906) in 1902; so he built this shortly after she died.[2]

The 1911 and 1915 Hancox maps both have "Miss M. Richardson" at this site; possibly Mary Eunice Richardson (1856-1937), a sister of Minnie Richardson Adams (at 224 Main St.). Mary was a housekeeper for Frank Knowlton for 30 years, until his death in 1930.[3]
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Around 1916 the house was owned by Maj. William A. Messer (1841-1921) and second wife, Hattie (Strobridge) (Wyman) Messer (1847-1929); Major Messer was the proprietor of Red Gables on Pleasant Lake from the time he established the hotel in 1878 until he moved here in 1916; After his death in 1921, his son, Evarts William Messer (1872-1942) who first ran Red Gables with his father and then from 1916-1923 ran it with his wife, Gertrude (Sleeper) (Hoyt) Messer (1870-1956), moved to this house. Gertrude continued to live here after Evarts death in 1942.[4] For several years, Herbert S. Hayes, his wife Theresa, and daughter, Arrolyn, rented this house in the winters, before purchasing 256 Main Street.

Bernard L. Cushing (1913-1977) and Bertha L. (Robbins) Cushing (1910-19??) operated Ben's Restaurant here from 1960 to 1963.[5]

Hayward's Pride (restaurant? ) — just before Mackenna bought it, below.

John MacKenna (b. 1939) had his first MacKenna's restaurant at this site in 1960.


Photos & Images


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  1. ^ Spiller, 1945
  2. ^ Lord, p. 380; Squires, pp. 465 and 431; and Spiller, 1945
  3. ^ Squires, p. 457
  4. ^ Lord, p. 266 and pp. 507-508 and 612; Squires, pp. 434, 431, and 434
  5. ^ Stecker, p. 351