The trail to a deteriorated headstone in a Philadelphia-area cemetery, and to the restoration of a Civil War sailor’s honor, started from a flea market in Hollis, N.H., in 1991.
Chelmsford’s Gary Koltookian was shopping for worthy additions to his collections of antique bottles and Lowell memorabilia. A Lowell native intensely proud of his Armenian heritage, Koltookian’s eyes were drawn to an 1855 Lowell Courier on a dealer’s table, and to an advertisement placed in that newspaper by a “Menas Garabed, Cabinetmaker.”
“Wow. 1855. An Armenian in Lowell,” he marveled.
“There were not many Armenians in America in the 1850s,” says Koltookian, 78, a retired social-studies teacher whose ancestors arrived in the early 1900s 10 years into the first great wave of Armenian migration.
And so the search began!
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