Caleb Dustin Hunking School
CALEB DUSTIN HUNKING
Caleb Dustin Hunking bears a close relationship to Haverhill’s most historical character, being a direct descendant of Hannah Duston. Born in Hill, New Hampshire February 24, 1805, he attended Franklin Academy, Franklin, New Hampshire for a short time after which teaching occupied several years of his early life. Removing to Haverhill he became one of the best known and esteemed shoe manufacturers in this City. In 1855 he became the first man from Haverhill to sit on the Governors Council and in 1857 served in the State Senate. Later he was “Justice of the Peace and Quorum for all of the Counties of the Commonwealth.” In 1847 he built a home at the corner of Merrimack and How Streets where the Masonic Temple now is. When the Business Section expanded from Water Street to Merrimack Street in 1871 the house was moved to Main Street. In 1923 it was sold to the American Legion for use as a home. Expanding his shoe business he built “the Granite Front” a business block at 68-84 Merrimack Street where he occupied the upper floors, renting the street floor to R. H. Macy who later sold his business here and moved to New York where he established and built up the spectacularly successful department store bearing the name of “Macy’s.” A substantial amount of capitol is said to have been supplied by his friend Caleb Hunking.…..
excerpted from the Dedication, March 16, 1960
5/1/15 — Spring Cleaning!
Well maybe its a little more than spring cleaning, but the crews are hard at work today readying the front of the school for the Goundbreaking Ceremony to be held Tuesday May 5th at 10am.
The stumps have been removed and the area graded in preparation for the ceremonial shovels to break ground to officially kick-off the building project.
Out on the field the bulldozers continue to clear the area and remove the topsoil- to be screened and reused later on in the project.
Check back often to keep updated on all the things going on “under the hard hat”.
Now the bulldozers are hard at work clearing out the remaining stumps and beginning to move the piles of loam and dirt for removal in preparation for the surveyors to lay out the markings for the footprint of the new building.
As this picture shows, the trees are coming down. Many have asked, “Why are you taking all these trees down?” The answer is: in order to clear the site of the excavation of the new footprint, as well as to construct the drainage swails that will help channel water away from the roadways.
During this process we found that most trees look like the one pictured here.
Most have hollowed cores, a sign that the tree is unhealthy. Approximately 85% of all the trees cut down were found to be in poor health and it was reported to us that within 3-4 years many of these trees would be dead and could possibly fall down posing a safety risk. Of the trees that remain, many have been pruned back to remove dead limbs that could also pose a danger to the new school and existing homes.
The workers have begun erecting the construction fence and we are well underway to making the dream of a new Hunking become a reality.
Please check back often for a “glimpse under the hard-hat” to see what’s happening with this project!
Box Tops Collection
The Hunking School PTO will be holding our first Box Tops collection, so please clip and send all your Box Tops to the main office. This is an easy way to raise money for our school! Look on packages of General Mills cereals, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Ziploc, Green Giant products, and many more. Go To: www.boxtops4education.com <http://www.boxtops4education.com. to learn more about the program.
Thank you for supporting our school!
Box Tops Coordinator
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