At the turn of the twentieth century, the Boston Globe was one of the more popular newspapers available in Windham, along with The Derry News and the Exeter News-letter. Editions of the Boston Globe during that period often contained classified ads placed by Windham residents, including the ever-popular ads for summer boarding houses. A more unusual ad was placed in 1916 by the holder of Address Box 1002. The very brief ad read "Wanted - A nice, clean lady, not over 40 years old, as housekeeper in country..." In addition to meeting the cleanliness and age requirements, a qualified housekeeper must not have had children. The ideal candidate would be "your own boss" and receive $3 per week; according to the US Census, the average wages would have amounted to about $13 per week at that time.
Derek Saffie is an avid Windham historian who enjoys researching and sharing his collection with all those interested in the history of the New England town.