The Hamptons Union, April 29, 1926

Hampton News

The students in town who attended a house party at Suncook Lake, N. H., recently, were proud to exhibit local talent when Roland Bragg danced the Charleston at a High School social.

Donald Warren has received notice that he is one of the four speakers selected to represent the Senior Class at Bowdoin commencement in June. There are 108 men in the class. Donald has selected at his theme "Thomas Jefferson".

Centre School, Your Local Movie Theater, will have a double feature program for Friday, April 30th. Charles Ray in "Percy" as the headline attraction, supported by Betty Blyth and Charlie Murray, the latter a famous funmaker of the screen. A gay and sparkling comedy romance, peopled by the most delightful folks you've ever met on the screen. The adventures of a timid mama's boy in the "great open spaces". Also on the same program, Richard Talmadge in "Wall Street Whiz". A picture of today. Full of life. Here is a program well worth the seeing, so don't miss the movie night. Same program shown in North Hampton, Centennial Hall, Saturday night.

A very enjoyable house party was held this past week at Suncook Lake, N. H., being chaperoned by Mrs. Hilda Morse. Those attending the party were Mary McIntosh, Gertrude Paulsen, Mildred Collins, Edith Rowe, Enid Wyman, Arthur Collins, Hollis Johnson, Frank Guyon, Philip Nudd and Roland Bragg.

Winnicummet Rebekah Lodge, No. 26, will hold its annual visitation, May 11, with the President of the Rebekah Assembly in attendance. Supper will be served at seven sharp. Degree staff rehearsal next Monday evening at 7:30 prompt.

Miss Eldridge, Red Cross Nurse, wishes to announce that she is back on duty for public health service in town. Hours at Centre School, 8:30 to 12:00. After 12:00, may be reached by telephone, 167.

Fifty-three pupils attended the dental clinic conducted by Dr. Bowen. The clinic has been very successful and the parents should consider themselves fortunate to be able to give their children this advantage through the services of the dentist.

Master Philip and the Misses Wilma and Elizabeth Toppan have just returned from a delightful visit to their grandparents in North Woodstock.

Miss Taylor, domestic arts teacher in Hampton, spent her vacation at her home in Eastport, Me.

Clean Up and Paint-Up Week will be May 8 to 15. Teams will remove rubbish on the morning of Wednesday, May 12. Full particulars as to routes, etc., next week.

A. T. Johnson and Son's big head of cows have recently been tested for tuberculosis infection and twenty-eight of the cows condemned. These have been replaced by tested stock. Everything has been done by the Johnsons to make conditions right for pure milk. The old stables have been replaced by modern cement tie-ups and the most approved methods installed for sanitary and healthful handling of milk.

The Grange will hold a public supper in their hall over Cole's store, tomorrow night at six o'clock.

Thank offering meeting at the M. E. Church next Tuesday night.

On May third, the regular meeting of the Monday Club will be held at the Tuck Memorial. The hostesses, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Tobey, will be pleased to have each member bring a guest. As this is the first meeting to be held by our club at Memorial Green, we hope as many members as possible will be present to inspect our anticipated club house. An interesting bird talk will be given by Miss Anna M. Cole.

The members of the Christian Endeavor society met at the Baptist parsonage on Tuesday P. M. at four o'clock for a social hour. At the last meeting of this society officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows: Master Ernest Pierce, president; Miss Frances Drew, vice president; Miss Dorothy Ball, secretary; Miss Luella Hobbs, Treasurer.

A new electrical scriptural motto consisting of 67 lights in the words "God is love" has been placed over the entrance of the Baptist Church. It is entirely of metal, designed and wired by Mr. Fifeld of Exeter and constructed and placed by Mr. Harold Perkins of Hampton. Mr. Morse, our local electrician, made the connections and furnished the lights.

Last Sunday morning new officers of the Baptist Sunday School were elected as follows: Mr. Charles Ball, superintendent; Mr. David Hamilton, assistant superintendent; Master Allen Cleveland, secretary; Mrs. Annie Garland, treasurer.

The Loyal Workers Class of the Baptist Church, Mrs. Charles Perkins president, met for a business meeting and social hour in the home of Mrs. Lillian Roberts Tuesday evening, all but two of the class being present. The feature of the evening was a most interesting talk on the church activities of the South by Mrs. Howard Lane. Dainty refreshments were served by the hostess.

The Missionary Society of the Baptist Church has accepted a most cordial invitation to meet with the Society of the Congregational Church on May 5.

Mrs. Marion Gates and daughter and her husband were in town on Sunday, calling on friends.

Mr. Warren Hobbs had one hen hatch out 12 chicks and another one 11 which is extra good luck for such cold weather.

Mrs. Almira Knowles has returned from Exeter Hospital and is at Mrs. Alice Philbrook's.

Mrs. Ernestine Lambert is a visitor at her parent's home (Ernest Towle's) with her baby daughter.

Mrs. Mary Pearl is quite ill, at her home, having two nurses.

Miss Augusta Blake came to town last week to accompany her mother home. Mrs. Blake had spent the week or two visiting her son Philip and other friends.

Mrs. Arthur Ward returned from Washington after a pleasant trip to the D.A.R. convention.

In the Beverly Times is recorded on April 14, the death of Jesse A. Blake, brother of the late Orlando L. Blake. Mr. Jesse Blake was born in Hampton 89 years ago. He was a member of John H. Chipman Jr. Post '89, G. A. R. and had lived in Beverly sixty-five years. He enlisted first April, 1861, and re-enlisted four times, being discharged July 5, 1865, as a sergeant. He was a shoemaker by trade and worked at that trade until he became janitor of the Briseve school and served there over twenty years. He was a great favorite with the students and a friend to all who knew him. Jesse will be missed by many. He leaves two daughters and one son, also a sister, Mrs. Mary L. Shaw, the last of the family.

A double funeral in the old town of Hampton for members of the same family has not occurred for years. It was therefore with a deeper sadness, a broader reach of sympathy for this stricken family that the community gathered to pay their last tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson J. Norton in the Advent Church on Sunday last.

Mrs. Norton's death came on Thursday morning after a brave fight of nearly three weeks to overcome the ravages of typhoid-pneumonia.

Mr. Norton, worn out with his daily work and all night watching by his wife's bedside, was stricken the day before Mrs. Norton passed away and died on Saturday morning, only a few hours after he had been told of his wife's decease.

Sunday was the day set of Mrs. Norton's funeral, but the arrangements were changed to unite the obsequies of both husband and wife.

The hour set for the funeral was 2:00 o'clock, but long before that the Advent Church was filled with a host of friends who had known and loved the Nortons for many years. A large number of friends were forced to stand and many remained outside.

After prayer at the house the caskets were brought into the church and covered over with the largest floral tribute ever seen in this town. The mourners occupied a large section of the right hand side of the church and a similar space was allotted to the large delegation of members of the Jr. O.U.A.M., to which Mr. Norton belonged.

The service was conducted by the Rev. Charles Shattuck of Salem, Mass., with music by a quartette composed of Mrs. Clara Redman, Mrs. Mamie Higgins, Mr. Gilbert Haley of Exeter, and Mr. T. Hartley Kierstead. Mr. Shattuck's scripture reading was from carefully selected portions of the bible, beautifully appropriate for the occasion and his words later on were based upon Revelations, revealing the truth of the resurrection and the certainty of life beyond: "O death, where is thy sting; O grave, where is thy victory!"

Immediately after Mr. Shattuck's part in the obsequies followed the beautiful funeral ritual of the Mechanics, delivered most impressively by Melzar W. Dunbar and Rev. Edgar Warren. There was also further ritual by the order at the grave.

The floral offerings were profuse and exceedingly beautiful. The number of pieces exceeded fifty and included some very fine designs from the Mechanics, the Grange, Jordan, Marsh Co. of Boston and neighborhood friends and other groups of citizens. Unfortunately when the cards were removed from the floral pieces the design was lost so that only the names of those who contributed them can be given.

The funeral director was William Brown. Under his direction there was not a break in the smoothness of the arrangements anywhere.

Nelson J. Norton was born in North Hampton August 18, 1870, the son of Joshua and Phoebe (Perkins) Norton. He learned the blacksmith trade with Abbott and Downing of Concord, N.H., and later was with Albert E. Locke of North Hampton, where he learned horse shoeing and general jobbing. He came to Hampton about thirty years ago and opened a shop and later built the shop now occupied by Fred Blake.

Mr. Norton was twice married, first to Miss May Knowles in 1896, by whom two children were born. Ralph, now in the West, and Myron, employed at E.G. Cole's. Second, to the beloved wife who was laid to rest with him on Sunday. There are three children from this Union: Wilbur, an employee of the Jordan, Marsh Co. of Boston; Nelson and Richard, all living in Hampton. Mr. Norton is also survived by a brother, Frank, of North Hampton, and two sisters, Mrs. Ida Fogg Marston of North Hampton and Mrs. Gertrude Haynes of Boston.

Susie Frances Norton was the daughter of Daniel L. and Sarah Brown Goodwin of Kingston. She was born January 22, 1878. While on a visit to her sister in Hampton she met Nelson Norton and their marriage followed on the anniversary of her birth in 1899. Mrs. Norton is survived by a brother, John Goodwin, four sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Clark, Mrs. Dorothy Sheffroth of Boston, Mrs. Lydia Lyford of Brentwood and Mrs. Mattie Lyford of Portsmouth.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Norton were earnest Christian people. Mr. Norton was a member of the Advent Christian Church and was most active in the work of that church. Mrs. Norton was a Methodist but labored untiringly with her husband in the Advent Church. They were real friends to all their acquaintances, ever helpful in any way they could; the best of neighbors and greatly loved and respected by the entire community.