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Oct 26, 2015 12:27 PM

Rollinsford Grade School added to National Register of Historic Places for surprising discovery

The Associated Press

ROLLINSFORD — A town school named to the National Register of Historic Places has an unusual feature on its grounds: the grave site of a dog considered to be the father of the American Cocker Spaniel.

The marble block at the edge of the Rollinsford Grade School's playground marks the remains of Obo II, who was born in the United States in 1882 and died in 1895. He was the offspring of two cocker spaniel showdogs from England. His owner, James Willey, owned part of the land now occupied by the school.

The historic register application discusses the gravesite, which predates the school's construction but serves as a gathering spot for schoolchildren during recess and after school, "even when this practice was discouraged by the school faculty."

The designation was announced Monday.

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