Hampton's Strong Man - 1900 - Clinton J. Eaton
From the The Hamptons Union, October 11, 1900
Edited By John M. Holman, Contributing Writer
The (Boston) Globe has discovered numerous strong men all over New England. Of one in this vicinity it says: "Clinton J. Eaton of Hampton, is one of the strongest men in that section. In his eighteenth year he lifted a barrel of sugar to which were strapped sixteen bags of shot, a total of 740 pounds, half a foot from the ground. On another occasion, he carried unaided a 500-pound barrel of track oil from a (railroad) car and set it down on the platform. At Hampton Beach, he once took from his wagon and carried into a barn, several rods distant, five bags of grain, one under each arm and one upon either shoulder, the last two surmounted by a fifth. Mr. Eaton was at one time Hampton's Chief of Police, and during the beach season often had to deal with tough customers. He never resorted to his billy and never failed to handle his man or men. He was barred from the strength-testing machines at the beach, having broken many. He is in his thirty-fourth year, stands five feet ten and one-half inches inches and weighs 190 pounds. He is quick and active and a wrestler of no mean ability.