George A Ober's Knotty Pine Cabins

Chepachet, RI

#42 Apr 4, 2010
George wrote:
Yes I am
Do you know what happened to the old movies?


#43 Apr 4, 2010
Sharon Hean was the e-mail address?

Merritt Island, FL

#44 Jun 23, 2010
We'd look forward every summer (during the early and mid 1960's) to the couple of weeks that we could get away to Obie's. Dad used to load us up in the station wagon and drive the 330 miles from the Bronx to Ashland. Over the years we'd introduce extended family members to the cabins and they too had a ball. In addition to the Obers, we met many good people on those vacations.


#45 Jul 29, 2010
George Obers son died a short while back.


#46 Jul 29, 2010
LACONIA - Raymond Hanlon Ober, 86, of Laconia passed away July 13, 2010, after a short period of failing health.

He was born on April 1, 1924, to George A. Ober and Grace Gault Ober in Hudson, Mass. Shortly after Ray's birth, his mother died and George remarried Edith Gault Woodward who helped him raise their growing family.

After Ray graduated from Hudson High School, where he was noted for his skill in football and baseball, his entire family relocated to Ashland where they built and operated Ober's Knotty Pine Cottages and a gas station.

Ray worked at Scott & Williams in Laconia where he met and married his wife of 55 years, Simone LaFramboise.

He was known to his friends as a generous buddy who loved to golf and play cards. Ray always brought the ice. He enjoyed watching nearly all television sports, especially the New England Patriots. As a young man, he was known as Cyclone Ray for hitting the cycle - a single, a double, a triple, and a home run - in one game, in a league game played by his Ashland team against Laconia's team at Laconia's Memorial Park field.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Dorothy Godun; his brother, George A. Ober Jr., and his sister, Margaret Woodward.

He is survived by his wife, Simone; his daughter, Gail Ober; his son, John Ober, and his wife Tracy; a grandson, Craig Ober; and numerous nephews, niece and cousins.

There are no calling hours, but there will be a brief graveside ceremony at Green Grove Cemetery in Ashland on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m.

Chepachet, RI

#47 Aug 15, 2010
Paul wrote:
Sharon,is your e-mail working? I have tried and get nothing in reply.
I have a new email account it is -
Do you have additional information?

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#48 Aug 15, 2010
no you and your mother are the only ones left from the old cabin days. sorry.

Chepachet, RI

#49 Aug 20, 2010
George wrote:
I saw the 8mm recordings many years ago when I was a teenager. I'm not sure where they are, or if they are any more. I will check with Dad to see if he knows if they were stored somewhere. They are indeed silent. The cemetery (captive nations) I remember well also even as a young child.
Did you have any luck finding the old movies? It would be fantastic if you could post them somewhere online for us to view.


#50 Aug 20, 2010
Yes,videos would be great.You Tube would be a good place for them.
nancy Lay Meriden CT

Lawrence, MA

#51 Apr 21, 2011
Hello, My grandparents took us to Obers cabins every year at the 4th. of July. Do you remember the parade each year? Ober made a float.His floats were the best. The parades had goats, dogs, children etc.I remember looking at the goats and thinking goats?? I realized that it sent a strong message that everyone was participating. Ruth made these beautiful jars and the outside was decorated with small seashells. We played softball, ping pong in the rec. room.I learned to swim one summer in the pool.We use to go to the dump. I would get so excited. LOL. I made so many friends from all over. My grandparents name was Dadson and they lived in New London, CT. I have lots of pics. Remember Peewee he ran a store downtown? He has a son Danny. Anyone ever see Danny? If so, please tell him I was asking for him. My email is sunny06450@yahoo.comI hope to hear from someone soon. Take care!
Tom P Weymouth MA

Quincy, MA

#52 Jun 21, 2012
I remember going on staying at Obers several times during the 1960s. It was a great place with much to do. I remember watching the home movies and getting ice cream and 7up at the rec room. The pool was great and so were the Obers and other guests. I still have a photo of the family in front of the Cook Shack. What a wonderful time it was


#53 Jun 21, 2012
Pee Wees store was closed down in favor of the Ashland branch of the Meredith Village Savings Bank.I remember the soda machine out front on the porch,it was the type that used bottles and they were vertical,you swung aside a metal guard to pull out your choice.I remember very cramped quarters inside and items that hadnt sold in years.One very interesting find,that was tucked away in the side access to the back room,was a sign stating "Coming soon,the Ashland Shopping Center".I remember as a kid seeing this sign was I was walking down the sidewalk in the summer when that door was open.Wonder where that sign is today?


#54 Jun 21, 2012
The dump Ashland had back in the 60s/70s was no more than a burn pile.The fire was always lit.When that became illegal,they went to a landfill off Collins Street.When that was forced to be closed (Ashland accepted trash from Waterville Valley,and that sped the demise...why Waterville??) they set up a transfer station on the landfill site.Times,they do change.

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#55 Jun 23, 2012
does anyone know what was going on in bristol today. police and friends were swarming like a stick through a bees nest

Brownsburg, IN

#56 Jun 23, 2012
I remember going to Pee Wees, and riding with Gramp Ober to help take the trash to the Ashland dump. I have a picture of me on the float Gramp built for the '74 July 4 parade. It boldly proclaimed "Live Free Or Die" It was built around the chassis of the old Datsun pick up truck. I marched with Gramp in that parade! Does anyone remember the "Trojan Horse" he and Dad built for one of the parades around '76??
NC Kidd

Brockville, Canada

#57 Jun 25, 2012
George wrote:
I remember going to Pee Wees, and riding with Gramp Ober to help take the trash to the Ashland dump. I have a picture of me on the float Gramp built for the '74 July 4 parade. It boldly proclaimed "Live Free Or Die" It was built around the chassis of the old Datsun pick up truck. I marched with Gramp in that parade! Does anyone remember the "Trojan Horse" he and Dad built for one of the parades around '76??
Hi George...quite some time ago the forum disussed your grandfather's old movies that were taken each summer of the families (mine included) that used to stay at the cabins. Did you manage to locate those old movies? I, for one, would love to see them as my family and I are no doubt on a some of them. If you have had them converted to digital perhaps you'd consider uploading them to ...that way every one can enjoy the memories. I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Colin


#58 Jun 25, 2012
That trojan horse was the subject of a newspaper article after the cabins closed and the horse was moved to his house.It was vandalized a few times I think.The "cemetary" was moved there too.

Pelham, NH

#59 Aug 12, 2012
Trashland--I can't believe that anyone would call Ashland that name. Ashland is a beautiful little town and in my 40 plus years of living there, never saw any trash that a resident left but plenty that out of states would throw from their cars.....Knotty Pines may not have been the best but that shouldn't impact the whole all of you out of staters that call my town Trashland, enjoyed the Ashland beach.....had many experiences with out of staters that thought they owned OUR beach.....have some respect please!


#60 Aug 12, 2012
What kills Ashland is its lack of business attractions.Burger King and Dunkin Donuts being the "highlights" and downhill from there.One "Supermarket" being Bobs Surefine with no competition.One always changing owners antique shop,no Clinics,no pharmacy,no doctors,no general store(dont call "Dollar and more" or Common Man store one).But 4 gas stations,4 garages,and a working recycling center (that doesnt take paint).

Salisbury, MA

#61 Dec 26, 2012
I lived in Ashland for several years in the 70's. Before that, my family spent summers there, on Squam River, not far from where the river met the little lake (where that atrocious covered bridge--ruing the view--is now). I remember Ober's Cabins mostly for the Enslaved Nations graveyard, his floats in the annual 4th of July parades (John Birch Society float--with a genuine white birch tree!), his "Get US out of the UN" trojan horse. And one year, he had an open-cockpit airplane next to the cemetary, with a banner reading "Freedom Plane," and the planes's pilot: George Wallace (the racist governor of Alabama). I think it was some kind of cut-out from a campaign poster. The Obers were nice people, I guess, but a little (more than a little) nuts.

Also remember reading and hearing about vandalism there. Anyone remember that?

How about Luff's, formerly Fifield's, store? And Bailey's 5-10 cent store where you could find toys that seemed to exist nowhere else? I also remember a bait shop near the town beach that our parents told us was "run by hippies," so we had to stay away. Anyone else remember these places?

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