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August 15th, 2017 at 7:06 am

Bunker Graveyard Photo Update

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On August 5, BFA Graveyard Committee Chair Mary Bunker Peterson and Edward Solomon visited two graveyards in New Hampshire monitored by the BFA. In her written report to BFA President Gil Bunker, Mary noted:

“It was a foggy, overcast morning and I took a number of photos to show the condition of the site. I was impressed that there were few changes since I was there last spring, and there were almost no branches down. The posts are the same – some needing repair and some with the rails pulled out. But overall it is still a peaceful and undisturbed spot. The bench is just the same and looks as though it has always been there.

“Ed examined the gate, you will see in the photos, and it has come completely off the hinges. The frame needs to be replaced as the board for the hinges is no longer solid. The gate itself is intact, and the opening side is propped up on the granite post.”

In addition, she stated: “…at some point we will need to think about more stable repairs to the fencing. It would be nice to have the stones cleaned as well.”

The graveyard has received attention recently as it is included as one of the “attractions” of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Because of concerns raised by the BFA, the administrators of the reserve have agreed to downplay the graveyard lest if become too attractive a target for vandalism. Mary noted in her report that “The path down to the graveyard is thickly overgrown – the pictures show this too – and may not appear very inviting to casual visitors. In fact, if I had not known where the path is, I might have been hard put to find it. That’s probably a good thing!”

You may access Mary’s pictures in two ways:

Click on the photo caption above that is linked to the photo album, or used a shortened URL in your browser bar (clicking the link will take you there):

http://goo.gl/4vD7VR

No password is required to view these photos.

 

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August 1st, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Response to Concerns about Bunker Graveyard Incursion

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As noted in an earlier post (https://www.bunkerfamilyassn.org/?p=605) members of the Bunker Family Association expressed concerns about tourist incursion into the Bunker Garrison graveyard in Durham, New Hampshire. BFA Vice President Bette Richards fired off a letter of protest to Great Bay headquarters.  Thankfully, it had a positive effect, as the following was received from a spokesperson of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve:

I am sensitive to the family wishes and am working on a
solution. We originally highlighted the graveyard in the
Passport to Great Bay because we sincerely believe the
history of your family is important to the region. We try
hard to accommodate family wishes, stay true to the
mission of the reserve and terms of the deed, and ensure
we are teaching people about the importance of local and
natural history.

The Passport original document had an associated flyer
for each property. We have not handed out the passport
flyers at our Visitor’s Center for some time, because some
information is outdated. We will not include directions to
the graveyard in the next printing, nor include prompts for
people to explore the graveyard. However, the effort to
update the materials will not happen this summer and the
passport is available online. I will look into the easiest way
to edit the online pdf or take it down with assistance from
our web support personnel.

Sincerely, Cory Riley

Thanks, Bette, for taking swift action on this issue.

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July 31st, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Bunker Graveyard included in New Hampshire’s Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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This is an amazingly beautiful site; a great many thoughtful people designed a trail that explores twelve different areas around the Great Bay estuary. Each destination can be found using the given coordinates or a map specific to that spot. The photography almost makes you want to investigate each attraction, explore and find the answer to a particular question. Explore ten of the twelve venues and you will receive a Great Bay Estuary mug for your excursions through the salt marshes. It is truly a great way to learn about Mother Nature, while keeping in shape!

Officers of the Bunker Family Association were not pleased to see our little bit of paradise being thrust into the limelight by references to the peaceful Bunker graveyard (included with the reserve and thus making it a destination for wandering trekkers and explorers), we are happy to have worked out an agreement with reserve  authorities to protect the graveyard by limiting knowledge of its location from reserve publicity materials. Elsewhere on our site, pictures of previous acts of vandalism and storm damage are shown, making it important that visitors to Bunker Creek respect the final resting place of our ancient ancestors.

When revised versions of the reserve materials are available, this page will be updated.

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July 5th, 2017 at 8:25 pm

BFA Annual Dues Notices

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The fiscal year for the Bunker Family Association ended June 30, and membership renewal postcards are being mailed to BFA members who receive printed copies of the quarterly newsletter–the Bunker Banner. This is our annual electronic dues renewal notice, so please take a few moments to read and act on it.

As part of your membership benefits in the BFA, many members receive the newsletter electronically and pay a reduced membership rate. Most of us
familiar with other family association newsletters recognize that a quarterly newsletter of 16 pages each for $20 is one of the best family history values on the planet.

The financial status of the Association can only be improved by prompt dues payments. You can continue or extend your membership by making a renewal payment of $20 for electronic copies of the Banner; $25 if receiving printed copies by mail; $30 if from Canada, and $35 from all other countries. To renew your membership through June 2018 or to extend your membership for another year (extensions definitely improve our financial situation), please send your renewal payment to: Bunker Family Association, 690 E. 2780 N., Provo, UT 84604.

Did you know you can renew your membership through PayPal. If so, please select the option “Send money to friends and family” to avoid a service fee reduction from the payment. After you make that selection, you can enter the amount to send with an optional entry to “write a note” where you state you wish to “renew my membership  for another year”. Send payments to
LKBunker@gmail.com and as BFA Treasurer he’ll return an e-mail receipt for your account.

And, as always, if you have any problems receiving your Banner copies electronically, you can contact me (doug.detling@gmail.com) and I will assist you.

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June 11th, 2017 at 11:20 am

BFA”s Photo Gallery Moved to a New Location

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The Bunker Family Association’s shared photo gallery has been moved to a new web site due to the previous site being phased out.  The new address for the photo gallery is:

https://douglasdetling.smugmug.com/BFA.

Some shared photographs are already in galleries or albums where no password is required. However, a few folders in the BFA folder require a password, which is: CND_BunkY!

If you wish to see all other photos intended for general viewing, you can go to: https://douglasdetling.smugmug.com.  No BFA funds are used to maintain this photo site; Doug has made this storage space available as a general contribution to our family association.

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June 10th, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Website Security

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Please note this site is now implementing more rigorous security settings through a Secure Sockets Layer certificate. The correct way to access the site is by entering https://www.bunkerfamilyassn.org in your browser.

If you use the old http: entry, you will be re-directed to the proper, and secure site.

 

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February 13th, 2017 at 7:08 pm

2017 Annabelle Moore Scholarship Applications Now Available

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An application form for this year’s Annabelle Moore Scholarship awarded by the Bunker Family Association may be downloaded here:

Download application [PDF]

The scholarship is awarded to a child or grandchild of a BFA member in good standing. Applicants must be high school seniors or college freshmen. Do
not miss the May 1 deadline.

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September 22nd, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Bunker Graveyard Damage – Post revised 6/11/2017

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Mary Bunker Peterson, Graveyard Committee Chair, visited the Durham site of the Bunker Graveyard this week, and found some damage.  In an e-mail, she said:

“I think this was storm damage. I don’t see evidence of vandalism. In fact, someone was kind enough to prop the gate up against the granite post.
“I think it’s possible that in one case a very large limb came down and broke the fence. That’s why I took a picture of the limb lying on the side. At the other end of the graveyard, the fencing is pulling out because the granite post in the corner continue to lean more and more as the ground shifts. You can also see this in the picture of that section.
“The only possible ‘vandalism’ I saw was that a chunk of the granite post by the big limb is missing. It seems to have been almost square and perhaps someone took it. At least I couldn’t find it and I looked all around the area. So that post cannot be repaired with the missing piece, but maybe some other way.”
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PLEASE NOTE:

The Bunker Family Association’s shared photo gallery has been moved to a new web address due to a change in ownership of the previous site. The new address for the photo gallery is:

https://douglasdetling.smugmug.com/BFA.

Although in the future visitors may not be required to enter a password or register, for the time being visitors will need this password to enter the BFA’s photo gallery: CND_BunkY!

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August 14th, 2015 at 8:25 am

2015 Annabelle Moore Scholarship Winner Named

Congratulations to Natalie Snyder as this 2015 Annabelle Moore Scholarship Recipient

Natalie will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and plans to study neuroscience with the goal of providing care in support and relief from debilitating neural disorders.

She attended Lakewood High School, Lakewood, CO where she was a Girl Scout, tutor and participated in seven years of science fairs.

Previous honors include a Colorado Merit Scholarship, President’s Academic Award and Academic High Honors from Lakewood High as well as several awards in Girl Scouts.

Good luck to Natalie! We know your grandmother JoAnn Stearns Snyder (past BFA Treasurer), is proud of you, as are we!

LiAnn Pennington
Scholarship Chair

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August 14th, 2015 at 8:20 am

Brian Anthony Bunker, 1936-2015

Brian Anthony Bunker was born in Wandsworth, London, England, on 5 April 1936, the only child of Albert R. G. Bunker and Harriett Brooks. He passed away 21 June 2015. From 1960 to 1995, Brian taught history and English at Carshalton Boys School, Surrey, England.

For many years, Brian served as the British Historian of the Bunker Family Association genealogical research team. BFA Vice President and USA Family Historian Bette Bunker Richard commented, “He left a valuable legacy to the Bunker Family Association and it will be years before we finish inputting all the data he provided.” Bette’s comments appear in the August 2015 edition of the Bunker Banner:

Brian’s father was a butcher and when asked about military service of his father and grandfather, Brian A. Bunker replied, “Father was double ruptured so was excused service in W.W.I, joined the Home Guard in the second. George eldest child of Harriet Brandon, having lost a few years, went into WW I on 29 7 1915 but was discharged as ‘unlikely to make an efficient soldier’ on the 20 8 1915. I expect some of the rest did but as you know, Uncle Adolph destroyed most records during WW II. Father told me that when in a cinema in 1914-18, the film would be stopped for the military to check males and when he showed his excused card the sergeant major would often throw it on the floor and spit on it. I myself was called up for national service and spent three weeks waiting for a medical discharge.”

As to his memories of growing up in London during World War II, Brian said, “I lived in Kingston on Thames, Surrey, England all through the war except when evacuated to Devon in 1940/41 and 1944. Of course we knew that people were being killed for where there was a house yesterday there was the next day a pile of rubble. Many years later I obtained the number of civilians killed in
Kingston, during the war and it turned out to be almost 100 and Kingston was not a badly bombed area! One of those killed was a cousin of mine in the Hawker factory which made Hurricane fighters. His mother buried an empty coffin for not a single identifiable bit of him was ever found, it was reckoned the bomb fell directly on top of him and simply blew him to pieces. We children loved the war, it was so exciting to see German bombers coming down in a great plume of flame and smoke, we didn’t think of our lads being killed. The British losses were always officially halved while the German ones were doubled. We boys, all were convinced that Uncle Adolph would never get us and though there were plenty of empty desks in my classroom, it was due to evacuation not to anybody being killed, mind you the school lost all of its roof in 1944, blown off like a knife going through the top of a cake.”

Brian adamantly opposed all wars and sending mere boys off to be slaughtered or returned forever scarred by their experience. He frequently expressed his views on this matter. He cherished the boys he had taught for so many years but he had delightful comments about some of their antics. Brian had a droll sense of humor and it was a delight to work with him. His comments about British politicians spiced up many conversations and he will be so missed by all of us. Brian never married and left no children.

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