Richard Dunmore CORLISS

Richard Dunmore CORLISS

Male 1917 - 2006  (89 years)

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  • Name Richard Dunmore CORLISS 
    Born 5 Sep 1917  Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The birth record of Richard Dinsmore Corliss cites him as the 3rd child of Hosea F. Corliss, age 37, occupation Farmer, born Hudson, New Hampshire, and Elizabeth D. Hayes, age 36, born Prince Edward Island, Canada. [1]
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Oct 2006  Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 4 Nov 2006  Contoocook, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I126  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2013 

    Father Hosea Frederick CORLISS,   b. 24 Jun 1880, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1963, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Dunmore 'Eliza' HAYES,   b. 12 Sep 1880, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1967, Wakefield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 18 Jun 1913  Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • The New Hampshire marriage record of Hosea F. Corliss and Elizabeth D. Hayes cites the groom's residence as Hopkinton, New Hampshire, age 32, occupation Farmer, born Hudson, New Hampshire, son of James F. M. Corliss, age 40, deceased, born Hudson, and Hattie E. Bunker, residence Webster, age 59, occupation Housewife, born Maine. The bride's residence is Everett, Massachusetts, age 30, occupation At Home, born Chelsea, Massachusetts, daughter of George R. Hayes, deceased, born England, and Isabel, residence Everett, Massachusetts, occupation Housewife, born Scotland. It is a first marriage for both. Intentions filed 29 May 1913.

      The Everett, Massachusetts record of the marriage has variations: the bride's occupation is Clerk, her age is 29, father's name is Richard G., mother is Isabelle R. Patterson, and the groom's father is cited as Noyes S.
    Notes 
    • 1900 census of Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 11 June 1900:

      - Corliss, Hosea, age 19, head of household, single, born June 1881 in New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.

    • 1910 census of Webster Road, Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 15 April 1910:

      - Corliss, Hosea F., age 29, head of household, single, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire, occupation Farmer, General Farm.

      Two households before him is his brother James:

      - Corliss, James A., head of household, age 31, first marriage, married four years, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire, occupation Farmer, Laborer.
      - Corliss, Grace M., wife, first marriage, married four years, mother of two children with two still living, born New Hampshire, father born Vermont, mother born Massachusetts.
      - Corliss, Kenneth A., son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Violet E., daughter, born New Hampshire.

    • 1920 census of Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 6 January 1920:

      - Corliss, Hosea F., age 39, head of household, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire, occupation Farmer, Home Farm.
      - Corliss, Elizabeth D., age 38, wife, immigrated to the United States in 1884, naturalized citizen in 1913, born Canada, father born England, mother born Scotland.
      - Corliss, Noyes F., age 5, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Malcolm P., age 4 years 5 months, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Richard D., age 2 years 3 months, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Lorraine E., age 10 months, daughter, born New Hampshire.

    • 1930 census of Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 23 April 1930:

      - Corliss, Fredie H. [Hosea], age 49, real property value $1,500, first married at age 33, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire, occupation Farmer, General Farm.
      - Corliss, Elizabeth D., age 48, wife, first married age 32, born Canada English, father born England, mother born Scotland, immigrated to the United States in 1893, naturalized citizen.
      - Corliss, Noyse F., age 15, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Malcolme E., age 14, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Richard D., age 12, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Lorraine E., age 11, daughter, born New Hampshire.

    • 1940 census of Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 2 April 1940:

      - Corliss, Hosea, age 59, completed first year of high school, born New Hampshire, occupation Farmer.
      - Corliss, Elizabeth, age 58, completed 8 years of school, born Prince Edward Island.
      - Corliss, Richard, age 22, completed first year of high school, born New Hampshire, occupation Mechanic, Garage.

    Family ID F1863  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Vivian 'Marie' MORGAN,   b. 24 Mar 1913, Goffstown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1971, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 21 Jul 1947  Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The marriage record of Richard Dinsmore Corliss and Marie Vivian Morgan cites the groom's age as 29, first marriage, occupation Mechanic, born Concord, New Hampshire, son of Hosea F. Corliss, age 67, living, occupation Farmer, born Hudson, New Hampshire, and Elizabeth D. Hayes, age 65, living, occupation Housewife, born Prince Edward Island. The bride is age 34, first marriage, occupation Waitress, born Goffstown, New Hampshire, daughter of Roy L. Morgan, deceased age 34, born Goffstown, and Albina Duff, age 62, living, occupation Housework, born Canada. [3]
    Divorced 8 Apr 1971  Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Dorothy Kathleen CORLISS
     2. Barbara Marie Morgan CORLISS
     3. Gloria Jean CORLISS
     4. Diane Virginia CORLISS
     5. Dana Richard CORLISS
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F1453  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Eleanor Marie KENNEY 
    Family ID F1895  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Sep 1917 - Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Jul 1947 - Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 8 Apr 1971 - Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Oct 2006 - Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 Nov 2006 - Contoocook, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Hosea Corliss, Lorraine Corliss, Noyse Corliss, Elizabeth Hayes, and Richard Corliss, 1930's
    Hosea Corliss, Lorraine Corliss, Noyse Corliss, Elizabeth Hayes, and Richard Corliss, 1930's
    Richard Corliss, January 21, 1934
    Richard Corliss, January 21, 1934
    Noyse Frederick Corliss, Richard Dunmore Corliss, Robert ?, Bill Speck, Lorraine Ellen Corliss, Isabel Hayes Marshall, 'Little Richard', July 1934
    Noyse Frederick Corliss, Richard Dunmore Corliss, Robert ?, Bill Speck, Lorraine Ellen Corliss, Isabel Hayes Marshall, "Little Richard", July 1934
    Russell, Noyse Corliss, Richard Corliss, about 1935
    Russell, Noyse Corliss, Richard Corliss, about 1935
    Richard Corliss, 1936
    Richard Corliss, 1936
    Richard Corliss and his truck, December, 1937
    Richard Corliss and his truck, December, 1937
    Richard Corliss, December, 1937
    Richard Corliss, December, 1937
    Richard Corliss, Lorraine Corliss, Noyse Corliss, circa 1938
    Richard Corliss, Lorraine Corliss, Noyse Corliss, circa 1938
    Noyse Corliss and Richard Corliss, July 24, 1938
    Noyse Corliss and Richard Corliss, July 24, 1938
    Richard Corliss, July 28, 1938
    Richard Corliss, July 28, 1938
    Richard Corliss, July 28, 1938
    Richard Corliss, July 28, 1938
    Richard Corliss and his truck, 1938
    Richard Corliss and his truck, 1938
    Richard Corliss and his Essex, January 8, 1939
    Richard Corliss and his Essex, January 8, 1939
    Richard Corliss, January 8, 1939
    Richard Corliss, January 8, 1939
    Richard Corliss and Noyse Corliss, circa 1940
    Richard Corliss and Noyse Corliss, circa 1940
    Richard Corliss, New Jersey, April 2, 1942
    Richard Corliss, New Jersey, April 2, 1942
    Richard Corliss, 1942
    Richard Corliss, 1942
    Richard Corliss, Patterson, New Jersey, April 25, 1942
    Richard Corliss, Patterson, New Jersey, April 25, 1942
    Richard Corliss, about 1943
    Richard Corliss, about 1943
    Richard Corliss, Italy, 1943
    Richard Corliss, Italy, 1943
    Richard Corliss, Italy, 1943
    Richard Corliss, Italy, 1943
    Richard Corliss, April 2, 1944
    Richard Corliss, April 2, 1944
    1946 telegram from Richard Corliss to Lorraine Corliss that their brother Noyse Corliss was gravely ill
    1946 telegram from Richard Corliss to Lorraine Corliss that their brother Noyse Corliss was gravely ill
    The wedding of Malcolm Corliss and Claire Dimitriades, August 11, 1951
    The wedding of Malcolm Corliss and Claire Dimitriades, August 11, 1951
    Richard Corliss, Malcolme Corliss, Claire Dimitriades, unknown, George Dimitriades
    Richard Corliss, January 19, 1959
    Richard Corliss, January 19, 1959
    The day Richard and Vivian (Morgan) Corliss purchased the old Brackett Farm in Webster, New Hampshire
    Hosea Corliss & Elizabeth Hayes and family, 50th wedding anniversary, Saugus, Massachusetts
    Hosea Corliss & Elizabeth Hayes and family, 50th wedding anniversary, Saugus, Massachusetts
    Richard Corliss, Tommy ?, Hosea Corliss, Lorraine Corliss, 1963
    Richard Corliss, Tommy ?, Hosea Corliss, Lorraine Corliss, 1963
    Richard Corliss, 18 June 1971
    Richard Corliss, 18 June 1971
    Richard Corliss, 1977, leaving work at the NH State Prison
    Richard Corliss, 1977, leaving work at the NH State Prison
    Corliss Farm, Webster, New Hampshire, 1959
    Corliss Farm, Webster, New Hampshire, 1959
    Richard Dunmore Corliss and Vivian 'Marie' Morgan, wedding certificate, July 21, 1947
    Richard Dunmore Corliss and Vivian "Marie" Morgan, wedding certificate, July 21, 1947
    Noyse Corliss, F. Little (friend), Malcolme Corliss, Richard Corliss, Lorraine Corliss
    Noyse Corliss, F. Little (friend), Malcolme Corliss, Richard Corliss, Lorraine Corliss

    Headstones
    Headstone of Richard Dunmore Corliss
    Headstone of Richard Dunmore Corliss
    Headstone of Corliss family
    Headstone of Corliss family
    Hosea & Elizabeth (Hayes) Corliss; Noyes Corliss; Malcolm & Claire (Dimitriades) Corliss; Richard Corliss; Abby Claire Corliss

  • Notes 
    • Richard served in the US Air Force during WWII, enlisting December 23, 1941 and discharged in November, 1945. He held the rank of staff sargeant and was ground crew chief, doing service in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. His army enlistment record states his educational achievement was grammar school; his civil occupation was "semi-skilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor"; that he was single without dependents; height 69" and weight 159 lbs. He enlisted from Manchester, New Hajpshire in the Air Corps as a Private for the duration of the war or other emergency plus six months.

      Richard was a man of many talents and interests, hard working, and a strong believer in education. He worked as a skilled machinist for many years at Kingsbury Davis Co. in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, and maintained a farm at the same time in Webster, New Hampshire. For over ten years he was employed at the New Hampshire State Prison as head of electrical maintenance until health issues forced his retirement. He was a bee-keeper for most of his life and interested in energy conservation, application, and development of alternative sources of power, including wind and water power, and solar energy.

      In 1959, he bought the former Brackett horse farm in Webster, New Hampshire. The road was originally called Mast Yard, so named for the tall trees cut from the area that provided masts for ships in an earlier century. Richard and Ed Gerrish, a neighbor then over 90 years of age, decided to rename it to Deer Meadow Road, and it bears that name today. Richard re-constructed a 75-foot high former radar tower into a windmill tower on the farm, which is something of a landmark in Webster. In 1995, he sold the farm to his son, Dana, and built a home for himself and his second wife, Eleanor, across the road.

      Obituary, Concord Monitor, Concord, New Hampshire, November 2, 2006: Richard D. Corliss Maintained solar panels and windmills at his home.


      CONTOOCOOK -- Richard Dunmore Corliss, 89, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at Concord Hospital.
      He was born Sept. 5, 1917, in Concord, the son of Hosea Frederick and Elizabeth Dunmore (Hayes) Corliss of Contoocook.
      Richard served as a crew chief in the Air Corps during World War II in North Africa and Italy.
      He was a farmer, electrician and machinist. He worked as an electrician at the New Hampshire State Prison until his retirement in 1978, and he then became an avid traveler, driving to Alaska four times and throughout the United States.
      He purchased the Brackett Farm in Webster in 1959. Richard and Ed Gerrish renamed the road, and an old beacon tower he purchased and raised on the farm in the 1960s has become a landmark on Deer Meadow Road.
      Richard loved wind, water and solar power, and he maintained solar panels and windmills at his home. He always loved John Deere tractors and used to joke about being buried with one because "I never saw a hole it couldn't get out of."
      Richard was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Noyes Frederick Corliss and Malcolm Patterson Corliss; and a granddaughter, Wendy E. McGirr. His sister, Lorraine (Corliss) Spooner, followed him beyond the veil eight hours after his death.
      Richard is survived by his wife of 29 years, Eleanor (Tabor) Corliss; daughters Dorothy Brown of Contoocook, Barbara Corliss of Anchorage, Alaska, Gloria McGirr of Sacramento, Calif., and Diane Westgate of Abita Springs, La.; his son, Dana Corliss of Webster; stepson Bruce Tabor of Burlington, Vt.; 14 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
      Services for Richard and his sister will be jointly held.
      Calling hours will be held Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 825 Park Ave., Contoocook.
      Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Contoocook United Methodist Church on Maple Street in Contoocook, where the Rev. Sammie Maxwell will officiate.
      Burial will follow at Contoocook Village Cemetery.
      A reception will follow at Webster Grange Hall on Route 127 in Webster.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association of New Hampshire, 249 Canal St., Manchester 03101; to the Webster Congregational Church, Webster 03303; or to the charity of one's choice.

      Concord Monitor, Concord, New Hampshire, November 6, 2006: 'They knew sacrifice' Siblings died within hours.
      Richard Corliss and Lorraine Spooner were of pure Yankee stock, their family and friends say, the type who gave the Greatest Generation its name. Corliss, a World War II veteran and Webster farmer, and Spooner, a longtime nurse, held on to their traditional values - a belief in hard work, sacrifice and the importance of family.
      The two siblings, who grew up during the Great Depression on a Contoocook farm, died within eight hours of each other last week. Corliss, who died of complications from diabetes, was 89. Spooner, who fought a long battle against Alzheimer's disease, was 87. Yesterday, the family held a joint funeral at the Contoocook United Methodist Church, and the siblings were buried across from one another in the Contoocook Village Cemetery.
      "It wouldn't surprise me if as soon as dad was free from his body, he went down to Elliot Hospital and said 'Okay Lorraine, we're out of here,' " said Corliss's daughter Barbara.
      Richard Corliss was an electrician and a machinist by profession, and a farmer by passion. In 1959, he bought the Bracket Farm in Webster, where he put up windmills, bird feeders and solar panels. He loved John Deere tractors and painted the trim on his house John Deere green, his daughter said. He was buried with a metal replica of a tractor and a John Deere toothpick holder in his casket.
      "He laughed that when he was a kid, he was too poor, so he had to grow up to buy his own toys - tractors and trucks to play in the sand," Barbara Corliss said. In his mid-70s, he hauled loads of fill to build a house across the street from the farm.
      Corliss served as a crew chief in the Air Corps during World War II in North Africa and Italy. For a time, his service made him angry and hard, his daughter said, but it also reflected his values.
      "They came from a generation that knew sacrifice and knew what it meant to step up to the plate and do what's needed," said Peter Smith, Spooner's son and Corliss's nephew. "Everybody paid the price and pulled their weight. He went off to war, the women went to work."
      Family members said Corliss performed quiet acts of kindness - paying for his brother's funeral so his widow did not have to or waking up in the middle of night to haul friends out of a ditch with his tractor.
      But he never lost his sense of humor. Ethel Keniston, whose husband worked with Corliss, said Corliss loved practical jokes - including the time he nailed her husband's dinner pail to a bench.
      After retiring from his job as an electrician at the state prison in 1978, Corliss became an avid traveler, driving to Anchorage, Alaska, to visit Barbara; to Louisiana where his daughter Diane lives; and across the U.S. visiting war buddies.
      Although he had only an eighth-grade education, he loved researching Webster history and chatting with friends about the "old-timers." He was an outspoken Republican until George W. Bush invaded Iraq, said Eleanor Corliss, his wife of 29 years. But he was always up on local politics.
      "He knew who the road agent was, who the selectmen were. He always came and voted," said his friend Bob Drown.
      Lorraine Spooner, like her brother, was formed by the Great Depression and World War II. When times were tough, she was sent to live with aunts in Massachusetts. As a child, she lost one eye to an infection and was hospitalized for months after a ruptured appendix, Smith said. Possibly because of those experiences, she trained as a nurse, although she had to drop out of nursing school because of hearing loss.
      She worked in nursing for 50 years, first in Boston hospitals, then at a nursing home in Saugus, Mass., while raising three children. In the late 1960s, she bought a small nursing home in Lynn, Mass.
      Smith said she worked for 90 cents an hour at one time, took two long-term patients into her home and often worked two jobs. Sometimes she took her son to the nursing home. She was never home for Thanksgiving, or even most of Christmas.
      "If she could work a double shift on a holiday, she was there because she could make time and a half and pay the bills, the mortgage," Smith said. "We never went without. She pulled it together, paid the bills, and everyone got an education."
      Spooner retired to Florida at age 75 and moved to Concord several years ago. Family meant the world to her, cousin Ellen Harbour said. "She would always want to have me visit my third cousins who I don't even know. She'd say, 'You live so close, go and visit.' "
      At times, Spooner took in elderly relatives and cared for them. She also took time for her black poodle, Peewee, great-granddaughter Nicole Tracy said.
      "The dog hated us but loved Lorraine," she said.
      Spooner divorced her first husband and married Arthur Spooner, who died in the early 1990s. Arthur Spooner and Richard Corliss became close friends. They worked on tractors together, and the two couples once traveled to Canada together.
      At the end of her life, Spooner fought hard against Alzheimer's. The last time Corliss saw her was this summer, when he visited the Manchester nursing home where she lived. For an hour, he talked to her, trying to make her recognize him. Barbara Corliss recalled, "All of a sudden, she looked him in the eye and said, 'Oh, Richard,' and went right back into the haze."

    • This poem was found among Richard's personal effects after his death. The author is unknown.

      If you hear strange noises out in a thicket
      It's only Dick Corliss out training his cricket
      The one that he's training, he calls him Saint Michels
      He wants him to vibrate at nine sixty cycles
      Cause that is the tone, the scientists say
      That makes every Honey bee happy and gay
      It keeps them contented, so quiet and calm
      They'd never consider in doing you harm
      And I know that Dick wants to keep them at ease
      He's getting too old to be racing those bees
      The last time that Dick and his bees had a spat
      Oh boy how it hurt where that honey bee sat
      It sure caught the old Honey King by surprise
      Just the thought of it now brings the tears to his eyes
      As he dashed 'cross the road, with the bees in full chase
      You could see he was planning on winning that race
      But the fate intervened, he came out second best
      No need to continue, you know all the rest
      He itched and he burned for a day or so after
      The mention of honey brought forth not much laughter
      So that is the reason he's spending his time
      In teaching Saint Michels that nine-sixty rhyme
      Because if he makes it, it is his belief
      From the pursuit of bees he will need no relief

    • Richard retired under a disability of extensive degenerative spinal problems with reversed spondylolisthesis in January 1978.


  • Sources 
    1. [S5] NH_VR.

    2. [S12] IGI, website: https://www.familysearch.org/.
      New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947

    3. [S31] US & Int'l Marriages, (Yates Publishing [database on-line], Provo, Utah).
      New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947