Bartlett History Snow-Roller Project - 2014-2016
Photograph shows a snow roller in use at Livermore in 1921
Mr & Mrs Phil & Sue Franklin generously donated this
plaque. It describes the snow-roller and its history.
You can read the inscription by clicking on the photo at left.
Phil is also the Secretary of the Bartlett Historical Society. He has
contributed countless hours of his time to the endeavors of our
organization. We all thank him for his efforts..
The historical society owes a huge debt of gratitude
to Francis Savard for his donation and help in the move, Greg Tsoules for
the transportation and unloading and David Shedd for his milling efforts and
his invaluable knowledge of the mechanics of snow rollers. Mike Chandler is
due a huge pat on the back for not only his work today in removing old metal
and wood slats but also for his and Hannah's search efforts to find an
original driver's seat.
While this will be a big, laborious and somewhat
expensive project, we are all excited about it and are certain that the
finished product will be something the historical society, the town and
future generations will be proud of and will enjoy. 2015 is Bartlett's 225th
anniversary (1790--2015) and we can't think of a better gift to give the
citizens to remind them of
days gone by.
Thanks to Mike Chandler
of Bartlett, the snowroller you see at the upper
left has been stripped of the wood to expose the metal framework.
Volunteers will be working to restore this tool to its original appearance.
From there David and I had a number of conversations
with Francis Savard, the donor, and I went to the roller and partially dug
it out so it would be easier to move to a spot that would be easy to load
onto Greg Tsoules's flatbed for the move to my property. David made all the
final time arrangements for when the move would take place. Francis has a
machine that was able to move the roller near where Greg could get his
machine in and then Francis, with his machine, lifted the roller onto the
flat bed. We secured it and it then traveled up to my house and Greg
unloaded it. While I was digging it out and again when it was moved by
Francis, we discovered a number of iron pieces that were part of the
In a subsequent casual conversation with Doug
Garland (and I think both other selectmen) and David Shedd, they expressed
their enthusiasm in our project and offered to help us bring the idea to a
reality. David Shedd offered to approach
Greg Tsoules of East Branch Logging to help us
move the snow roller from its Intervale location to a more readily
accessible location that would be easier for us to work on and that would
have power nearby. At this point, I offered the use of a location on my
property near my barn that would be readily accessible, easy to get to to
work on, had power available and also would give us the added benefit of
Rte. 302 exposure so interested parties could watch our restoration progress
and hopefully get excited about our undertaking. David Shedd, a local timber
framer who also has his own saw mill offered to cut the oak slats which
would replace all the old rotted ones.
SNOW ROLLER STORY:
by Norman Head - June 2014
Last year I heard that a lady in
Intervale had an old snow roller and maybe we would be interested in it if
it was available for sale or donation. I approached her and she said it
actually was her neighbor, Francis Savard. I
approached Francis and said he'd be happy to donate it to the historical
society if we could move it and hopefully restore it. He took me in his side
yard to look at the roller where it had been sitting (and rotting) for many
many years. It was partially buried in the ground, the inside was covered
with leaves, pine needles, dirt, etc. but the iron structure was in quite
good shape and I thought it was not only salvageable, but would be a real
gem when restored.
I approached my fellow board members and they were excited in pursuing it.
Norman Head & David Shedd are not pictured, but they also did alot of work
on this project. Thanks also to Gregg Tsoules.
MAY 2015, IT'S DONE:
With some hard work by a few
volunteers, the snow-roller is back to the way it looked a hundred years
ago. Only missing a team of horses. Click pic for large size in
new window. Read the whole story below.
This tractor seat, a critical component, was donated by Nubi Duncan of
Brownfield Maine. We think it will fit perfectly, Many Thanks!
22, 2014: Snow Roller Progress---Mike Chandler has been diligently at work
welding, repairing and straightening out the numerous iron spokes on the
snow roller wheels. Many thanks to Mike for all his hard work and to Bob
“Elvis” Holmes for loaning us his oxyacetelyne torches. The next step will
be to oil all the iron spokes, wheels, etc. to try to prevent any further
rusting, then cut and install the center timber. After that we’ll be ready
to seal the oak slats, cut them to size and then bolt them to the wheels.
Keep tuned for future progress and developments. This undertaking is one
that we hope all society members and town folk will be proud of. Any
financial contribution, no matter how small, you can make to help us make
this project become a reality will be immensely appreciated. Contributions
can be mailed to Bartlett Historical Society P.O. Box 514 Bartlett, NH 03812
The Snowroller in the Village
Park finally gets its plaque with a description of the project. Thanks to
Phil and Sue Franklin for their generous donation. PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE
FOR A SIZE YOU CAN READ.