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J. Howard Lightfoot, MD

by Dottie Graziano


This square honors Dr. Lightfoot who served our community for 40 years.


He came to Contoocook in 1946, following service as a Captain in the U.S. Medical Corps in Europe during World War II. He started his practice out of the Methodist Parsonage at the foot of Maple Street. The church did not have a minister at that time. His office was in the front room and the small front hall served as a waiting room for patients.


In 1947-48 Dr. Lightfoot's house was built, and it the residence shown in the square on the quilt. The house is located on Kearsarge Ave. The Lighfoot family moved in on February 14, 1948, and practice began from an office in his home. The house was built by George Harris of Warner. The heating, plumbing, and electrical work was done by Scott Coen, Roy Kimball and Charles Allen. All of these names are familiar to old time residents of the village.


The Lightfoots' first daughter, Ann, was born in Salem, MA in 1942. The rest of their family, Jean, Jack and Bob were all born at Concord Hospital. The Lightfoot children attended Hopkinton Schools grades 1-12.


Mrs. Lightfoot (Dorothy Baldwin) of Wilton NH served the community in various ways as the family was very much part of the village.


The red Volkswagen shown in the square was a familiar sight around the village. In the years that Dr. Lightfoot served the he made house calls in the manner that medicine was practices in those days.  


Dottie Graziano

Quilt square of Dr. Lightfoot's home

Back to George's Park

Next to St. Mary of the Assumption Church

LOC Subject Headings

Doctors -- New Hampshire -- Hopkinton -- Pictorial works

Doctors -- New Hampshire -- Contoocook -- Pictorial works

Historic buildings -- New Hampshire -- Hopkinton -- Pictorial works

Historic buildings -- New Hampshire -- Contoocook -- Pictorial works