The Hamptons Union, January 7, 1926

Hampton News

Mr. Russell Perkins has gone to work in the Packard shop in Boston.

The Friendly Class meets Friday evening with Miss Annie Johnson.

Parker Lamprey was taken to the Exeter hospital by Dr. Fernald this week.

The annual meeting of the Men's club will be held on January 18. Further particulars next week.

Frank Towle who has been boss of the section gang for many years is about to retire from the B. & M. service on a pension.

Edward B. Towle was drawn as the grand juryman for the January term of the superior court; William Gilpatrick was drawn for the petit jury.

On January 1,1926, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fogg announced the engagement of their daughter Ruth Velona to Mr. Leonard Wilson Moore of Portsmouth.

The attendance at the Congregational Sunday School last Sunday was 111 and on the corresponding Sunday last year was 111. The contributions for the Sundays of the two years were also exactly the same.

There was a good attendance at the presentation of "The Black Feather" by the North Hampton Dramatic club in the Town hall, Wednesday evening. The acting was very good and greatly pleased the audience.

Miss Eleanor Marston spent Christmas week with her grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Marston. New Year's day she left for Boston to visit with her sister before returning to her work as art director in the Normal school at Shippensburg, Pa.

Frank James had the misfortune to run into another car in the square Tuesday night. Mr. James was blinded by another machine's lights and though he set his brakes in plenty of time the road was so slippery that they would not hold. The owner of the other machine sustained a broken leg.

The Monday club held its regular meeting Monday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Russell Leavitt with Mrs. Jessie Myers assisting. Twenty-five members and three guests were present. The program for the afternoon was readings from the poems of Amy Lowell and a cutting from Romeo and Juliet by Mrs. Wilson Olney. Miss Wilma Toppan played some piano solos and the club learned one of the songs that the clubs are requested to by the State President. The hostesses served very inviting refreshments while everyone enjoyed a social time.

Miss Annie Akerman was a guest of friends in town on Sunday.

Mrs. Annie M. True and Mrs. Mary Keene are spending Thursday in Lynn.

The Parent-Teacher's association will meet Monday evening at the Centre school. The landscape gardener's plan of the playground will be on exhibition and its problems will be discussed. This is of vital importance to every parent for it is hoped to use this playground throughout the summer months as well as during school time. Everyone is earnestly requested to be present and give their views of the matter. The children of the fifth and sixth grades have prepared a little play which will be given. This meeting is one where the home and school problems come closest and every parent should feel it not an obligation but an honor to be present.

Sunday morning the bus service of the Exeter, Hampton and Amesbury Transportation Company supplanted the electric trolley service. On Saturday night the car barn was locked up, as it will not be needed until the cars are started again in the summer. The bus service is on a schedule similar to the electric cars but does not extend beyond Hampton Falls post office and Exeter citizens get several trips that do not come all the way to Hampton. The entire schedule is printed in another column.

Charles F. Shillaber, who for the past 36 years has been with the National Mechanics and Traders Bank of Portsmouth as cashier and vice-president has resigned and retired for the purpose of rest and a long vacation. He started in the banking business with the Portsmouth Trust company in 1878 as a clerk. Previous to that he was with E. H. Winchester as a private secretary.

Mrs. Charles Tarlton received this past week as a Christmas gift from her friend, Mrs. George S. Carleton of Byfield, Mass., a table runner which she believes to be unique in many ways. It is hand made of antique home-spun linen with crocheted insertion and border of filet and spider web lace, in an original design. Not many people possess linen a century old, and the fact that it was made from flax grown on a home farm and spun and woven there by Mrs. Carleton's great-great grandmother, gives it an additional value. The following poem, written by Mrs. Carleton, accompanied the gift:

'Twas on an old New Hampshire farm,

A many a year ago,

When teams of patient oxen

Went plodding to and fro.

That great-great grandma Whitney

Said to her husky spouse,

"My dear, this year we'll need much flax

With seven girls in the house."

So day by day the oxen

Went slowly back and forth,

And ploughed much land to raise much flax

For linen goods of worth.

They cut the flax, they steeped it,

They hatchelled it with care,

And great-great grandma spun the thread,

And taught her daughters, there.

Then, in the old loft chamber,

They sat beside the loom,

And wove the bolts of linen cloth,

Despite the attic gloom.

They scrubbed and soaked that linen,

They bleached it on the grass,

Until 'twas pure and white as snow,

Three bolts for every lass.

So when each Whitney girl, a bride,

Her home left for a new,

She carried with her plenishing

Of linen, home-spun, true.

The linen that I send you, friend,

Is from great-great grandma's store,

Grown, spun and made on Whitney's farm,

A hundred years ago, or more.

Rockingham Lodge I. O. O. F. will receive D. D. G. M. Dean Thorpe and suite from Exeter, Friday evening for the purpose of installing their incoming officers. A popular local couple have consented to cater for the supper. Visiting brothers extended a cordial invitation to attend.

The sermon at the Congregational church on Sunday last was a very fine one. Mr. Cummings had as his text "The Light of the World". The new choir was much enjoyed, under the leadership of Miss Adeline Marston, organist. There were a number of new young voices which, with the boys already there, did finely. Mr. Noyes rendered a pleasing solo, and Mrs. Hutchings and Mrs. Ward assisted in the singing. There were 105 present at the morning service, and a larger number than usual at the evening service.

The Congregational Missionary Society was held on Wednesday, Mrs. Theda Hobbs and Miss Anna M. Cole hostesses. There were a good number present and more came in to the excellent supper. Mrs. Ethel Cummings, the new president, presided in a very graceful manner. Special music was: singing by Hollis Johnson and Wilfred Cunningham, with Mrs. Coombs at the piano and Joe Raymond with the violin. An interesting program was in charge of President. Mrs. Toppan had the devotions. The February meeting will probably be held at Mrs. Sears' with Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Sears as hostesses.

Mrs. Herbert Marston does not seem to care for the Florida climate, saying it is very damp. Mr. Marston is busy with his music, playing often for the radio. Miss Eleanor Marston came from Pennsylvania to spend Christmas at her grandmother's.

The Three Pegs:

New Year's eve the Town hall was filled to its capacity by a large and enthusiastic audience for the long anticipated Mothers' Circle play "The Three Pegs". Mrs. Margaret Noyes took the part of the Miss Emily Weston who, deprived of the love of her life, decides to adopt a girl for a companion. Mrs. Edith Warren was the very excellent, eccentric, deaf aunt who up to this time has been a guardian to her niece. When she finds that a girl is to be adopted she thinks of her husband's cousin's family with five children, for to her "blood is thicker than water" and she brings Marguerite Brown onto the scene. Marguerite proved to be a typical gum-chewing, happy-go-lucky flapper and the part was splendidly taken by Mrs. Eva Dennett. Mrs. Alice Elliot was a very fine Italian woman and as Miss Conti brought the little, half-starved Madge for Miss Weston to adopt. Madge, as played by Mrs. Alice Noyes, proved a very lovable character. Peg Southworth sent from the settlement house arrives with no one to greet her. Mrs. Ethel Munsey played the part of Peg in a most captivating way. The Irish cook, Sarah, and her sister, Lizzie the maid were played by Mrs. Mildred Young and Mrs. Maud Nudd. Their Irish dialect and witty lines with the maneuvers they gave them always brought a laugh from the audience. Peg's ready help found for Miss Weston's dear friend, Mrs. Barclay, which part was taken by Mrs. Elizabeth Howe, her long lost daughter in Madge. Miss Weston's love returned and all ended happily.

Dancing followed the play, the music being furnished by Joe Raymond's Moonlight Serenaders. At midnight the assembly joined hands and sang "Auld Lang Syne". On the last stroke of twelve the New Year, impersonated by little Bobby Nudd, rushed onto the stage and wished everyone a Happy New Year. A bag of favors was released from the ceiling for which everyone scrambled and confetti was thrown upon all.

The Mothers' Circle are to be congratulated for their splendid work in the play and for the happy party given afterwards that everyone could enjoy.

Former Hampton Falls Pastor Attempts Suicide:

The Rev. E. J. Prescott, formerly of Hampton Falls, pastor of the Old North Parish Unitarian Church, who attempted suicide Sunday by cutting his throat is now on the road to recovery.

Mr. Prescott cut his throat with a kitchen knife almost at the same time that his resignation was being read from his pulpit. Although the parish committee declared that the reason for Mr. Prescott's resignation was ill health, there have been rumors of church dissension and that a certain element in the parish has long been desirous of forcing the pastor out.

Miscellaneous Local Events from this Issue

Last Friday night Ex-Deputy Eastman installed the 1925 officers for Ocean Side grange, Mrs. Eastman assisting. The floor work was exceedingly well performed.

M. E. Men's Bible Class meeting was postponed from yesterday to next Wednesday, because of the play in the Town hall.

Tuesday night a costumed chain-of-teas party was held in Grange hall. The guests wore make-up of every description. And some of them were certainly ludicrous in appearance. A program of songs, piano solos and readings was followed by an hour of games. Refreshments were served.

The Christmas cantata which was repeated at the M. E. church, under the direction of Norman Leavitt of North Hampton, was well attended. The music was excellent; the collection was generous and gratifying.

Mr. Robert Ingham of Philadelphia visited his relatives in town, the family of John Elliot, on Monday. With him was Mrs. George Ingham of Hyde Park, Mass.

The choir girls in the Methodist church are selling chocolate bars to increase their organ fund. They announce, also, a public supper for January, 21.

Because of the illness of their deputy the Mechanics were obliged to postpone their public installation to a later date.