GRAFTON, NH Born at home, November 9, 1920, in Cedar Rapids Iowa, WWII veteran Robert "Bob" Senter Sr., came full circle as he died at home, surrounded by loved ones, in Grafton, N.H., July 13, 2010, at age 89.
Bob and wife of 63-years, Doris Batten Senter, raised four children in Lexington, MA. Bob and Doris retired in the early '80s to their summer home in Grafton, N.H. During his years of retirement Bob was an active member of the Canaan Lions Club and Pinkerton Academy Alumni. Bob joyfully spent endless hours working in his yearly vegetable garden, sugaring, hand feeding his pond trout and maintaining their cic. 1700's estate.
Bob was a child when the Great Depression hit. His parents, Eva Crumpacker Senter and Charles Breck Senter lost their chain of stores as a result. They moved Bob and his siblings, Jim, Howard and Dorothy, from Iowa to New England where relatives lived. They traveled cross country in a homemade trailer pulled by a Studebaker. The journey ended in Slab City, Grafton, N.H., where his father bought an old farm on 100 acres of land complete with livestock, a buggy barn and sugar house. Bob attended the one room Pine School. During those school years, Bob helped support his family by hunting, fishing, trapping, taking on odd jobs and selling homemade sandwiches to travelers along RTE 4. Bob became an amateur boxer in the New Hampshire CCC camps while attending Canaan, High School. He also worked at the Cranehurst Hotel in New London, N.H., driving guests around in his 1928 Model A Ford Roadster, complete with 'Rumble Seat'.
Eventually Bob's parents moved the family to Derry, N.H., where they owned a three family home in the center of town. Bob worked for the the local orchards while attending Pinkerton Academy. Excelling at sports, Bob played on the varsity football and basketball teams, and the boxing and baseball teams.
When he and all his siblings had graduated from Pinkerton, Bob's family moved to Sterling, MA. Bob made money as an amateur boxer, took on a job in Worcester, MA at IBM in the punch card accounting department while attending night school at the New England School of Accounting.
In April of 1942, Bob was inducted into the Army and was stationed in Algiers. Bob was in charge of all aspects of the Army's frontline payroll computers. It was during this time, while on leave, that Bob met Doris at an enlisted men's club in Boston, MA. Doris was playing the piano when Bob used the line "Why do you want to sit...