The Hamptons Union, January 28, 1926

Hampton News

The Monday club will meet next Monday afternoon, February 1, with Mrs. Harry Noyes.

Mrs. Charles Batchelder has had the grippe for quite a while and is not yet able to be out.

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Nudd have recently had installed in their home a new six-tube Music Master radio.

The Ladies' Aid of the Methodist church are to have their supper on the 17th of February. Public invited.

Quite a party went from Hampton on Wednesday to see the play of "The Fool" by Channing Pollock, as it was shown at Portsmouth.

The selectmen have given notice to owners of bath houses on the Easterly side of the boulevard at North Beach that the bath houses must be removed at once.

Miss Eldridge, community nurse, desires that anyone having children's clothes, which they no longer value, bring them to her at the Centre school building. Anything that can be used for compacts is also needed.

Miss Ruth Fall, after spending two delightful weeks with her aunt, Mrs. Thomas Dennison, in Montreal, returned home Sunday. Monday she resumed her work in E. G. Cole's Periodical store.

Mr. Lawrence Leavitt, who since his graduation from Dartmouth last June has been working in New Jersey, has been a guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leavitt, for the past week.

The Mothers' Circle play, "The Three Pegs", was repeated in Hampton Falls last Friday night before a large audience. The cold weather kept the attendance down but even so the success was reassured by the splendid work of the cast and the applause from the audience.

The North Hampton town committee on the State Publicity Campaign fund, under the chairmanship of Irving W. Marston, is planning a big fair and entertainment to be held in that town on February 17. It is expected that the receipts from this entertainment will be pretty nearly equal to the town's quota. Full particulars of the fair will be published later.

Sunday evening the gathering of members of the different churches at the Congregational church were much interested in the pictures presented of Channing Pollack's play, "The Enemy." Also in hearing the lecture which comes with the pictures and read by Rev. John Cummings. The play is intended to make people realize what war is and to do all possible to prevent more wars. We hope it will bear fruit.

Mrs. Emily Hutchins is confined to the house with a cold and sore throat.

The H. F. club spent Tuesday in Portsmouth, being guests of Mrs. R. S. Carlton.

Word has been received of the death at Detroit, Mich., of Thomas Leavitt. Mr. Leavitt was a native of North Hampton and was born Jan. 2, 1872. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Louise Leavitt, and one sister, Mrs. Edward Smith, and a brother, Frank Leavitt, both of North Hampton.

Mrs. Minnie B. Hobbs

The whole community was shocked by the announcement of the death of the wife of Mr. Thomas Hobbs at the Beach. She had not been well but did not consider it was anything serious. Mrs. Hobbs retired on Monday evening and never woke to consciousness again, passing away early on Wednesday morning. She was well known in Hampton. The family came from Manchester about twenty-five years ago, first for the summer and have lived here the whole time for about eighteen years. Mrs. Hobbs was a fine looking woman, and for a number of years has been noted for her tea room. She was a wonderful cook and had great endurance and ambition. She was always genial and kind and worked hard to please all who came to her. From her neighbors we learn that she was one of the best neighbors. If there was trouble or sickness she was the first to be there to help. This trait is rare in these days of hurry and bustle when neighbors are not what they used to be. She will be missed very much on the Beach, but no words can express what her loss means to her family. To the husband and daughter, left in the home, the sympathy of all go out in a great measure. To the son Howard, away off in Arizona, the loss of his mother is very hard. He was shell-shocked in the World war, which practically ruined his health; or, at least, he is obliged to stay where he is. He has gained there but cannot come East now. Mrs. Hobbs loved Hampton and had many friends here. She will be buried in Hampton on Sunday afternoon from her home at the Beach.

The Monday club observed its Annual Gentleman's Night Monday evening in the Centre school building.

Sixty-four members and guests were served a chicken pie dinner in the dining room at 6:30. Obviously the committee on decorations had been painstaking; certainly they are original artists all. For each of the several tables was adorned with miniature bird cages fashioned from shellacked soda straws, tied with ribbons and hung to a slender stem of green which rose from a spherical foundation of unrefined gold. Upon close examination this base was seen to be a gilded potato. Too, rose petal baskets, filled with salted peanuts, were beside each plate.

After dinner the party was ushered upstairs to the auditorium. Mrs. Hutchins, president, asked everyone to join in singing some of the old time songs. Then Mellie Dunham, impersonated by Joe Raymond, played several lively jigs. Out went the lights; on came a table. And upon it was a little man approximately thirty-six inches tall. The head was John Cumming's. The hands? Russell Leavitt, assisted by Josef (Raymond) showed extraordinary sleight-of-hand skill by performing many tricks which, he asserted, he had once taught Houdini. A card announced a Hindoo dancing girl. A crash of cymbals, a quick rush of feet and Mrs. Olney appeared. Colorful, nimble, graceful, her dancing was warmly applauded. Mrs. Arthur Ward sang a solo in pantomime. The contortions she went through nearly produced hysteria in her audience. An old plantation mammy crooning her chile to sleep, was the last number on the program. Hollis Johnson in his ludicrous darky make-up was mirth-provoking.

Waltzing and a Virginia reel followed the entertainment.