Lo­cal his­tory ex­pert dies

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Dixville

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.

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