Laurel Place Resident Celebrates Century Milestone

November 21, 2014

by AJ Dickinson

Farmer-turned-welder Robert Gould has long been known for his extensive collection of railroad postcards that numbers in the thousands.  Well, now he will be associated with another big number:  100, his age as of Nov. 17.

Two days earlier, on Saturday, Nov. 15, the staff members from Laurel Place Assisted Living, located off of Lowell Road, held a very special birthday gathering for the longtime postcard collector.  Many people attended the wonderful century celebration, which included not only family and friends but also Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau who came to congratulate Bob on this amazing feat of longevity.

Bob, who was born on Nov. 17, 1914, was raised on a small farm in Hollis, New Hampshire.  It wasn’t until he was a teenager that he got a taste of the city life and aspired to be a welder.  After going to welding school, he landed a job in his newfound trade in Pennsylvania.  Amazingly, this once small-town farmer turned city welder ended his career with a salary office job that he proudly worked until his retirement in 1979.

Bob, who was considered to have a quiet, peaceful life, is renowned for his enormous collection of railroad station postcards, of which he has more than 16,000 in all, organized alphabetically in binders upon binders.  Some say he has the largest collection in New Hampshire.

The party, which started at 2 p.m., was a blast for all who attended and consisted of complementary sandwiches, chips, drinks, cake and, of course, traditional railroad-based music performed by Doug Rickard of Manchester who performed many songs from Bob’s younger days.  When Bob was wheeled out into the recreation area where all of his family, guests, and acquaintances awaited him, he was short of words and simply stated, “I’m amazed.  I don’t know what to say!”