"Our Town" By James W. Tucker
Thursday, January 24, 1952
Hollis Remembers Manager
A Man Named MacAdams
And "Mac" was constantly referring to a thick gold watch, especially if he even glimpsed a passing trolley car out of the corner of his eye. And, if he supervised the expenditure of trolley nickels as carefully as he watched the payment of Board of Trade funds, he certainly must have endeared himself to Mr. Hollis, who sat at the head of a dozen trolley directorate tables. "Mac" was a good public relations man and his first interest, aside from his family and his business was the Board of Trade to which he contributed valuable and extensive personal service. J. A. MacAdams was much more than a good trolley transportation manager. He was a good citizen to whom our town is greatly indebted for the unselfish part which he played in its development during the transitory era of the trolley.
The Original Toll Schedule
It was as follows: Pedestrian or Bicyclist, 5c; Horse attached to Carriage, 5c; Passengers, 5c; Carriage, two or more horses, 10c; Loaded Wagon, 10c; All Other Vehicles, 5c; Neat Stock, 1c; Horse and Rider, 5c; Sheep and Pigs, 1c; Beast of Burden -- Not ridden nor attached to Vehicles, 1c. It will be noted that automobiles are not specifically mentioned. Later, they were included and the rate was five cents for the car and five cents for each passenger. As a matter of fact, it was not until automobiles came into general use that our Hampton Harbor Toll Bridge began to make money.
Native of Our Town in White House
Famous Men Educated Here
Beach Closed On Sundays
"Things have been wide open at the beach thus far this season, so much so as to cause considerable comment. One of the local clergymen went to the Beach last Sunday p.m., and found skating rink, bowling alley and slot gambling machines in full operation. The W. T. C. U. are circulating a petition asking selectmen to stop all illegal sports and to close places of business on the Lord's Day, and we understand the Board will take immediate action. It certainly cannot help the beach in the long run to make it a resort for the lawless and the sooner it is cleaned up, the better for all parties."
The effort of the unnamed local clergyman were successful for the News-Letter of the following week carried this story in its column of Hampton news: "As a result of the petition of several townsmen, Selectman Warren H. Hobbs has ordered Manager Phinney to discontinue opening the bowling alleys, skating rink and other amusements on Sundays."
Hampton's First Old Home Day
St. Peter's By The Sea