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Archive for June, 2000

Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty 6/19/1919 – 06/18/2000.
A memorial service was held for Paul, 81, July 22 in Gorham. Though not a hutman, his activities during a busy outdoors career were intertwined with the huts. After WWII serving as a Navy volunteer (precursor to the SEALS), he became a NH Conservation Office moving through the ranks until 1973. He became the first director of Off-Highway Vehicles (snow mobiles), then followed as director of Parks and Recreation until his retirement in 1982.

Still active, he became a consultant during the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway.

Many of us remember him for his unique Limmers, perhaps the only pair that laced up to just below the knees. He and George Hamilton guided Justice William O. Douglas around the huts in the summers of ‘59 and ‘60 which was later written up by the judge in the August 1961 National Geographic article The Friendly Huts of the White Mountains. Paul’s autobiography Smoke from a Thousand Campfires covers his life in the New Hampshire woods and the personalities he met along the way including Eisenhower, Douglas, Sherm Adams and Joe Dodge.

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Peter Limmer

Peter Limmer 79, of Intervale, NH died June 15, 2000 at the Memorial Hospital after a long illness. A devoted father and husband, he was born in Vachendorf, Bavaria-Germany. The son of Peter Limmer Sr. and Maria (Buecherl) Limmer. He was predeceased by his brother Francis Limmer in 1997.Peter served with distinction, at Roosevelt Field in Amarillo TX and Maxwell Field in Cortland AL, and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and crew chief of 6 B-29 s in the Strategetic Air Command. After his tour he joined his father in the custom footwear business in Jamaica Plains, MA. As the family came from the mountains in Germany they decided to relocate to the Mt. Washington Valley in 1950.They purchased the Harmony Acres property and continued the business.

Peter Jr. was active in the community and served on several boards; the Bartlett School Board, the Bartlett Planning Board, Board of Directors at the Gibson Center, a Deacon at the Congregational Church and with the Board of the Reverence for Life Ctr. He was also involved with the Boy Scouts, Civil Air Patrol.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Marianne, daughter Anita Collins, son Peter and wife Jeanne Limmer and son Erik Limmer, and grandchildren, Heather and Brian Collins and Trevor and Lucas Limmer, and many friends.

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