Excerpts from the Hamptons Union, July 8, 1899

Volume I - No. 4

  • Independence Day: Trolley Company's Pyrotechnical Treat. The Day in Many Places
  • Miscellaneous notices
  • Seabrook in History, part one
  • Hotel Guests: Who They are, and What They are Doing
  • Shore Line Trolley: The R.R. Commissioners Hear Both Sides Thursday
  • Editorial: In the Interest of Hampton [on the extension of the trolley line through North Hampton to Portsmouth]
  • Early Churches: Hampton Has the First Organization of Congregational Churches
  • Among the Churches
  • List of Hampton businesses with ads in this issue

Miscellaneous Notices

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Will Arnold, in the employ of J.A. Lane is laid up with a sore hand. He ran a piece of wire from a bale of hay into it last Monday, but gave little attention to it and on Thursday was obliged to give up work. It will probably require a surgical operation to remove the poison.

Chickens have mysteriously disappeared from a number of chicken yards in town. While some persons may have a super-abundance of chickens, they probably would prefer to sell them or even give them away rather than have them leave home without even bidding good-bye to their owners. One man lost fifty-eight chickens, one night, and fourteen at another time. Owners of the stolen property think they have good reason to suspect a certain young fellow in town.

A very pleasant home wedding occurred at West Newton, Mass., Wednesday afternoon July 5, the happy couple being Mr. Frank S. Gillihan, Manager of the Dorchester Telephone Exchange, and Miss Mattie E. Goodwin of West Newton, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Gillihan left immediately for a two week's trip to New York and Asbury Park, New Jersey. Mr. Gillihan formerly lived in Hampton and his many friends wish him much happiness and prosperity.

Hampton glady welcomes the restarting of the Gale shoe factory which became an actual fact on Wednesday of this week. The prospects are of the brightest for the shoe industry throughout the country, and trade reviews of Saturday last stating that a larger shipment of boots and shoes was made from the New England states last week than at any previous week at this time of the year in the history of the business, with orders for two months. Gen. Gale will undoubtedly secure a portion of the increased business and expects to run the shop in Hampton to its full capacity. There is one disadvantage of starting in midsummer caused by the absence of many of the old stitchers, mostly Hampton girls, who have secured positions for the summer at the beach or mountains, and making it necessary for girls from other factories to come here. We understand from Mrs. Godfrey that these girls will come from Newburyport as soon as needed.

Both post-office store and Irving W. Marston sold out pretty near their entire stock of fireworks this year.

I.W. George of Salisbury, who has conducted a barber shop at Hampton Beach for several seasons, will open his shop Monday in a new building near the postoffice.

The usual July Fourth bonfire was not held in the Square this year, the dry weather having rendered property so inflammable [sic] that the selectmen thought best to prohibit anything of the kind in the streets and the police effectively enforced the order, so far as it concerned the main streets, although there was quite a large fire on the avenue and one or two small ones away from the village. But because the boys were prohibited from having their expected blaze by the pump they made all the disturbance they could in other respects, the chief of which was the ringing of the bells on the town hall and academy building almost continuously from midnight to 6 a.m. Some very mean tricks were played by the young patriots too, one of which was the removal of the privies of Gale's factory to the open ground in the rear, where they were burned. The new sign board recently erected by Mr. Crosby of the Leonia, giving direction to that hotel, was painted over and rendered valueless. It is said that more fire crackers of a large calibre were fired this year than ever before.

Miss Mabelle Lydson of Merrimac, Mass., has secured the situation of pianist at Hotel Whittier, a position which she held throughout the last season.

The cannon in front of G.A.R. hall were spiked by order of the selectmen before the Fourth, so that an important expectation of the patriotic youth in the firing of these big guns was removed.

There was no service in the Baptist church last Sunday, as the church is still without a settled pastor, though it is hoped that one will be secured shortly.

Wednesday the Gale shoe factory started work in all departments after an idleness of about nine months. Only a small number of employees were in on Wednesday, but they are increasing day by day with the expectation of running to the full capacity at an early date. The superintendent is E.A. Bailey of Georgetown, who arrived here Wednesday forenoon. Miss Mary Godfrey is the forelady of the stitching room, who held that position here when the shop was in operation, but who has been lately the forelady of a shop in Newburyport. It is expected that she will bring girls from there to this factory as soon as they are needed, as many of the Hampton girls have positions at the beach and mountain resorts for the summer. The cutting room is in charge of E. Harriman, and W. H. Glidden is the engineer as he has been for some time past.

The death of Mary Frances Brown, wife of James N. Brown, occurred on Wednesday night, bringing relief to a long time sufferer from rheumatism. She was the daughter of Capt. Jesse and Mary Johnson Lamprey, and was born Sept. 29, 1842, in the old Lamprey homestead, built many years before by her grandfather. She was the youngest of four children, but one of whom, Sarah Elizabeth, wife of Simeon Shaw, is now living. Her two brothers died many years ago, the oldest, Henry Smith, in British Coumbia, in 1876, and Albert, who was probably drowned off the Oregon coast in 1854. Mr. and Mrs. Brown had but one child, Clara, who has remained at home with her parents. Mrs. Brown was a lady much beloved by her neighbors, and during the years of suffering has had very many visitors and friends who, while rejoicing in her release from pain, will mourn her absence from among them. She was a member of the Congregational Church and while able, was a constant attendant.

List of Hampton businesses with ads in this issue

  • The Franklin House hotel
  • Marston's Railway Waiting Station
  • Bowling Alleys, billiard and pool room on Boar's Head Bluff. F.N. Benden, Mgr.
  • John H. Page, dealer in fancy fish and clams, North Beach Road.
  • Hampton Carriage and Smith Shop, N.J. Norton blacksmith
  • C.A. Johnson, house and sign painter
  • Edward B. Towle, dealer in dry and fancing goods
  • John S. Gilman, watches, clocks, jewelry, spectacles, etc.
  • E.G. Cole & Co., General Merchandise, Post Office Block
  • D.O. Leavitt, dealer in pure drugs and medicines, Shaw Block
  • T.N. Chase, Department store, Shaw Block
  • George Collum, dealer in tinware, stoves, furnaces, etc., Main Street
  • The Boston Store, glassware sale, Odd Fellows Block
  • J.A. Lane & Co., dealers in dry goods, groceries, etc.
  • Mrs. Ellen I. Brown, clairvoyant
  • Abbott Norris, insurance agent
  • C.M. Dearborn, agent for Victor bicycles
  • Dr. Ward, office and residence nearly opposite Town Hall
  • Irving W. Marston, hair dresser, cigars, tobacco
  • Wesley Dearborn, carpenter and builder
  • Batchelder's food market
  • John W. Locke's Hampton Beach Store
  • George H. Elkins, manufacturer of harnesses
  • The Hamptons Union, job printing, book publishing, poster work, Shaw Building
  • The M.W. Brown pianos
  • Wheelmen's Retreat, bicycle repairing, C.L. Garland, North Beach