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[p. 17] family is the seventh generation directly from him, and his descendants are scattered throughout the ‘states.’ The name originally was Blan-card, from a French colony of weavers in France, ‘blanc’ meaning white, and ‘card,’ weavers, who made fine linen. . . . Mr. Aaron Blanchard was sexton of the ‘Orthodox church’ from soon after his marriage until his death. His method of church ventilation has never been improved— nor followed to any great extent. His plan was to open windows and doors before and after every meeting, and during service in warm weather; if the wind was east, the windows on the east side were closed, those on the west side open at the top, and vice versa, he claiming that air was needed, but not wind, so no one suffered from draughts. . . . Notices were taken to the minister by the sexton, generally while the choir was singing, and we juveniles would watch his head bobbing up and down the aisle, and his quick, springing step; for never a sound did his feet make, no heavy, squeaking boots—they were exchanged for soft shoes or pumps during service. People then had more reverence than to enter meeting during prayer time. I have often wondered what became of the small brass stand with a glass top, under which in his handwriting resembling copper plate, was ‘If the minister wishes anything, place this on the front of the pulpit and the sexton will come up.’ . . . The method of heating the meeting house was by a large box stove, enclosed in brick, its doors almost exactly like the brick oven doors of long-ago kitchens (a small sliding door for draft). Wood only was burned; long sticks of hard wood, sawed once, made a glorious fire. Sometimes in the coldest nights Mr. Blanchard would stay all Saturday night; but generally a well-filled stove, after 9 o'clock bell ringing, Saturday night, and draft closed, would insure a huge bed of live coals Sunday morning; and I have known him to broil over them a delicious beef steak and take home for the 6 o'clock
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