Town historian dies on eve of celebration

  • David Glynn, a lifelong Bennington resident and town historian, died on Saturday, May 27. He was 76. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, June 01, 2017 12:38AM

David Glynn, a lifelong Bennington resident, one of the first charter members of the town’s historical society, and a lead contributor of two history books about the town, died on Saturday. He was 76.

“It was a shock,” Sandra Cleary, a member of the Bennington Historical Society, said of Glynn’s unexpected passing.

Glynn was born in the upstairs portion of a house in the center of town in 1940. He told the Ledger-Transcript late last week that his grandmother ran the house as a sort of boarding house, where people would come to stay while in town. People in town on business at the paper mill stayed at the house.

Later on, Glynn became a chef and went on to work at a number of restaurants in the area. He went on to own a restaurant in town called “David’s Place.”

He retired some years ago, but was still known to cook from time-to-time. People in town may remember Glynn’s three-bean salad (which consists of more than just three beans) and the jellies and jams he made with freshly picked berries from his property on Greenfield Road.

During his life, Glynn developed a deep interest in Bennington’s history.

“He was always searching for artifacts, pictures, and such from Bennington,” Arnold Cernota, president of the Bennington Historical Society, said about his lifelong friend. “ … Anything that said ‘Bennington.’”

Even when Glynn was in Florida, where he spent winters, he would search for material to bring back to the small New Hampshire town.

Glynn also spent hours in the Town Hall and in his own home rifling through old records and pictures for material to use in the book he co-authored called, “A History of Bennington, New Hampshire.” The book was published in 2014. He also was a lead contributor to a book called “A Pictorial History of Bennington, New Hampshire.”

The 414-page history book took contributions from dozens of others and years to complete.

Glynn believed in the project so much that he financed it himself in order to have total control over the process. The Monadnock Paper Mill donated the paper, which helped make the book a reality.

About 500 copies of the history book were printed, which are for sale. An article published in the Ledger-Transcript when the book was published says half of the proceeds from the book are directed towards the Bennington Historical Society, while the other half go toward Town Hall restoration efforts.

“Dave was very proud,” Cernota said about the final product of the history book. “As he should have been.”

During a conversation with Glynn late last week, he oozed with excitement about the little town.

“It’s the prettiest church in New Hampshire,” Glynn said about a structure across the street from his tan cape house that is in the process of being renovated into a private home. Later on in the conversation, Glynn said the museum in the historical society is “the prettiest museum in New Hampshire.”

A memorial service for Glynn will be held sometime in July.