Gill Stadium's past — and future — celebrated at centennial rededication
The stadium was built by Amoskeag Manufacturing a century ago and later bought by the city, beginning decades of public devotion to the stadium. Community support staved off demolition on multiple occasions, and ultimately brought support for the return of minor league baseball and improvements that have equipped Gill for its second century.
"In dodging that it was cared for by people who appreciated what it is and what it meant to them for it to be in Manchester," said Capano. "We don't know a lot about its care in the first two decades, but we do know that Mr. Ignace Gill, who was park superintendent for more than 30 years, became the caretaker of the stadium that would bear his name."
Gill's youngest daughter, Rita, spoke for the family, recalling how her father began to work for the recreation department in 1935 and rose through the ranks, becoming parks and recreation superintendent in 1944, and would have been very proud to be part of the 100th anniversary celebration.
"That chair is symbolic of 90,000 men and women who have yet to come home," said Doc Stewart, the regional director of the motorcycle group Rolling Thunder, which sponsored the idea. "I hope for the next 100 years that (Gill) stadium is here it will never be sold out, that there will always be a chair open for that man or woman overseas somewhere, who was captured or missing in action."
His widow, Ruthie, spoke of how her husband was too ill to attend meetings of the committee planning the centennial celebration, but remained dedicated to its mission.
To improve the chance of seeing your comment posted here or published in the New Hampshire Union Leader:
- Identify yourself. Accounts using fake or incomplete names are suspended regardless of the quality of posts.
- Say something new, stay on topic, keep it short.
- Links to outside URLs are discouraged, if used they should be on topic.
- Avoid comments in bad taste, write well, avoid using all capital letters
- Don't cite facts about individuals or businesses without providing a means to verify the claim
- If you see an objectionable comment please click the "Report Abuse" button and be sure to tell us why.
Note: Comments are the opinion of the respective poster and not of the publisher.Be the first to comment.