Local history expert dies
We at the Stanstead Journal were very saddened to learn of the death of James Belknap, on April 9th, who died following a lengthy illness. Although quite serious, his health problems didn’t seem to slow him down as he continued to do many of the things that he loved, like researching local history and genealogy, and hunting with his buddies.
Mr. Belknap grew up in Stanstead, moving to Dixville later in life, and was well-known for his love of music and of local history, a subject that he contributed much to through his efforts to salvage documents and artefacts. He enthusiastically shared what he knew and learnt through his research with others, including genealogical information that was often cherished by those who received it.
In recent years, he contributed two well-written and entertaining articles about local lore to the Stanstead Journal, the first about life in Stanstead in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and a second about fellow musician Donald Lafond. Both articles were well-received by our readers and we will always appreciate his contributions to this newspaper. His funeral, last Sunday in Stanstead, was well-attended by people from all around the region.
Local historian James Belknap,
seen here in Coaticook last November, died on April 9th.