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Aug 14, 2015 10:08 AM

Town of Cornish to move, rebury benefactor most people didn't know

The Associated Press

CORNISH (AP) — The selectmen in the tiny town of Cornish, New Hampshire, are closing shop Friday to bring back the body of a man few remember, but who left the town $80,000 when he died last year.

Few in town recognized James C. Kibbey's name when his lawyer called in October with news of the gift. They eventually found out he grew up in Cornish, his parents ran a dance hall and his name is on the World War II veterans' memorial in town.

Kibbey never married and had no children. A cousin told the selectmen that he'd wanted to be buried in a cemetery plot he had paid for in Cornish, rather than at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery.

The selectmen are using part of Kibbey's gift to bring his body to Cornish.


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