The Hamptons Union, December 29, 1910
Vol. II, No. 52
While turning the corner at Leavitt's Drug Store on Friday afternoon, Mrs. Elizabeth Dow fell on the ice, fracturing her hip. She was picked up and taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Moore, and on Saturday was removed to the Cottage Hospital in Exeter.
Willard Emery returned to Brookline, Mass., on Tuesday, after a few days' visit with his parents and friends in town.
The selectmen and the members of the library committee held a meeting at the residence of Rev. J. A. Ross last Friday evening, at which it was decided to open the reading room of the Lane Memorial Library to the public every evening in the week, except Sunday, beginning with next Monday evening and continuing until March. The room will be supplied with the leading magazines and a few standard daily and weekly newspapers, and will no doubt be a most attractive place of resort. The books are to be transferred to the shelves as soon as possible, and in a short time our beautiful library will be in full operation.
At the Free Baptist Church next Sunday morning, the pastor, Rev. W. Lincoln Phillips, will preach from the theme, "The Old Year, The New Year." The Sacrament of the Lord's supper will be administered during the morning service. The new Individual Communion service will be used. Let all the members and all who ought to be present come and participate in the service. Come and you will be welcome. Sunday school at the close of the communion service. The word for the school is "Men." Choir rehearsal directly at the close of the Sunday school. Union service of all the churches and all the people at the Baptist Church at 7 o'clock. Rev. Martin Kneeland, D.D., will be the speaker. An offering for missionary work will be taken. Mid-week prayer meeting Thursday evening at 7 o'clock.
The Rev. Charles A. Parker, pastor of the Hampton Falls and Seabrook Baptist churches, called at the Baptist parsonage last Thursday morning.
The Rev. J. A. Ross has an interesting article in a recent number of the Christian Register entitled, "A Bit of Spiritual Autobiography," in which he traces his progress from high Calvinism to a broad, genial, liberal theology. Mr. Ross finds the ground for religious belief in Christian experience rather than in an infallible Bible or an infallible church. The article is interesting in itself and valuable as showing how a man may mellow and broaden rather than fossilize with advancing years.
Mrs. Winnie E. Phillips is enjoying a much needed rest with her mother and grandfather in Weld, Franklin County, Maine, among the hills and mountains. She left Hampton last Monday morning and will be away nearly two weeks.
A new Individual Communion service will be presented to the Free Baptist Church next Sunday at the morning service, January 1st. It is the gift of a lady member who is much interested in the welfare of the church and in all that is good. It is the prayer of the pastor that all the members of the church and all Christians who prefer attending the Baptist Church, to make an extra effort to be present and participate in this important service.
There will be basketball in the town hall, Wednesday evening, Jan. 4, 1911, between Hampton Red Sox vs. Hampton A.A. There will be music and dancing after the game. Admission ten cents. Game called at 8:15.
The names of thirteen persons were propounded last Sunday at the pastor of the Congregational Church for admission to church fellowship at the communion service next Sunday.
The annual meeting of the Men's club was held in their rooms Saturday evening, Dec. 17. Officers elected for year 1911 were the same as year 1910: Everett Sanborn, president; Roscoe Palmer, vice president; C. O. Stickney, secretary and treasurer. House and entertainment committee remain as in year 1910. It was voted to continue the club in present quarters. Membership fee to be one dollar per year, with a monthly dues of ten cents. On a vote of the club the rooms will not be open to any one not at present a member of the club under nineteen years of age. No one will be accepted as a member under that age. Let every member put his shoulder to the wheel and boost the membership, also the social part of the club. The rooms fill a long felt want in the town by the young men as a place of meeting friends for a social time, and can be made more attractive to all by a very little work on the part of each member.
Experience Warren, an aunt of Mrs. C. O. Stickney, died at the residence of Mrs. E. D. Berry, where she has been cared for the past year, in the ninety-fifty year of her age. After prayer at the house, conducted by Rev. Inor Partington, the remains were taken to her native place in Maine. I. S. Jones was the undertaker.
Mrs. Elizabeth D. Berry was called to Salem, Mass., on Wednesday, by the the sudden illness of Mrs. Washington Godfrey, who was taken with a paralytic shock, rendering her unconscious, from which she is slowly returning. Her condition is exceedingly grave.
Rev. Martin D. Kneeland of Boston who represents the New England Sabbath Protective League, will be in town next Sunday evening, Jan. 1st, and address a union meeting to be held in the Baptist Church. Dr. Kneeland will take his audience through a trip of eleven European countries and will give the results of investigation along the line of moral reform. He will show the difference between the Continental and New England Sabbath. The service is in the interests of all denominations, and all who are in sympathy with our free institutions, whether connected with the church or not, will be interested in the cause he presents. A patriot who believes in good government cannot fail to believe in the good citizenship movement which Dr. Kneeland advocates. An offering will be taken to help carry on his work at the close of his address.
Mr. Robert Ring of Hampton Beach and Haverhill, Mass., and Miss Clara Valiquet of Hampton, were united in marriage by Judge Shute of Exeter, at his residence Christmas evening.
There were Christmas exercises and a tree at the Baptist vestry last Saturday evening. Although the day and evening was stormy, the program was carried out in full and was very pleasing to those who were present. The gifts were numerous and valuable and all were remembered. The follow is the literary and musical program: Overture, Phillips family orchestra; Evening Slumbers, by Mercadantee; prayer fry the pastor; selection, ladies choir; recitation, Wheaton Lane; recitation, Genie Thompson; piano duet Helen Batchelder and Ruth Leavitt; exercise by six boys; song, Annie and Russell James; recitation, Mabel Dennis; overture, Star of Hope, Phillips family orchestra, by Mackie Beyer; recitation, Victor Garland; exercise by three girls; selection, There were Shepards abiding in the field, Phillips family quartet; recitation, Russell James; recitation, Martha Moulton; son, Ada Tarlton; recitation, Harold Perkins; selection by the ladies quartet; recitation, Raymond Garland; piano solo, Fannie Phillips; exercise, "The Christmas Angel;" singing, "Joy to the World." Distribution or presents and a Merry Christmas to all. The exercises passed off without a single preempting.
To the Editor of the Hamptons Union:--
It is with a great deal of pleasure and pride that I read the communications from the able pen of M. H. Browne in regard to conditions at Hampton. To my mind your correspondent has struck the key note of the entire situation of things in the town of Hampton.
Any one who has traveled throughout New England knows that there is no more beautiful spot to be found. Nature has so laid out the landscape that it is simply superb. In the background lies a plateau unsurpassed for beauty then declining toward the ocean in a most graceful slant until it reaches the marshes and the beach. To a new arrival it is apparent that the townspeople have never appreciated to the fullest extent their nature adorned possessions. The lack of advanced improvements is very noticeable, no aqueduct water, no sewer system, no up-to-date town hall, no fire department, no club house and up to recently no library, in fact none of the improvements so essentially necessary for making a town or city a beautiful place of abode. Still I should be unfair if I did not mention the exceptions and that is the number of good churches. While the architecture may not be so ornamental as one might desire the outlay is good, above all they are presided over by men of exemplary character, men who realize their position, as standing between God and men, men filled with the Holy Spirit, sacrificing their lives that they may benefit mankind. It was such churches, such men and such scenery, that inspired the poet to say --
"I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy wood and templed hills."
To come back to our point in question as a voter of the town of Hampton I will be very glad to vote for any and all improvements. We at the beach know what it is to have good pure water and a good sewer system.
I shall vote again to continue the improvements at the beach and for one am ready to vote for improvements in the town. I might differ with your correspondent as to the details of the town hall, but that is of secondary importance. There are to my mind five objects that should be incorporated in the town warrant.
1st. New town hall.
2nd. Aqueduct water for the town.
3rd. Sewer system for the town.
4th. Fire protection, which will lessen insurance rates for the town.
5th. Continued improvements for the beach.
The town hall question has been presented so ably in your columns that it would show poor taste on my part to add another word. The water and sewer systems are to me very essential. Pure water and pure air are necessary for good health and the health of a community is so beneficial to all that there is no room for any objection.
The building a water system and also a sewer system are both to me a "good thing." I should favor contract work by all means. There is a great difference between contract price and municipal price. Contract put in the water at the beach. The town put in the sewer; those that have to pay for either or both know that the sewer cost five to six thousand dollars more than was needed. Your correspondent seems perplexed over the existence of the Improvement Co. I cannot say much about that Christmas gift lease. It may have turned out a good thing for those few adventurous men, financially. It has also been a great thing for the town. It opened a track of waste land and has produced a pet industry for the town. If it should prove that the town was a loser, which they are not, the lease can easily be broken. Ask the Chief of Police and also the Starters for the railroad how the law is violated. Either will tell you for they know. The streets and sidewalks at the beach are very poor but the fault lies with the supervisors and not the Improvement Co. Every improvement costs the beach people good money, valuation is raised, the tax rate is put up, a precinct tax is levied for fire protection. All we have at the beach we pay for and give the town beside a good royalty in taxes. We need a fire house at the beach and we are going to get it in the near future. The beach is a benefit to the town. All public improvements are made by town laborers. The supervising is done by a town's man. A market is found at the beach for the farm produce, the milk and ice man find it a bonanza, and the grocers dream all winter of the rich harvest that they will reap the following summer.
In conclusion let the town awake to its privileges and opportunities and let us all move together and all of us strive to improve the condition of the entire town so that it may become a "thing of beauty, a joy for ever."
John A. Tucker,
Hampton Beach N. H.