At the regular meeting of Winnicummett council, No. 3, Jr. O.U.A.M., on Tuesday evening, Feb. 8, the first and second degrees were conferred on one candidate and two applications received. At the close of the meeting the members were invited to the banquet hall, as the guests of Brother Irving W. Marston, in celebration of their 25th anniversary of Brother Marston's admission to the Order. The refreshments consisted of strawberry ice cream, fancy cookies, cake, coffee and cigars. Visitors were present from Stratham, North Hampton and Rye. Remarks by the members, and musical selections from the violin and piano by Brothers Piper and Betton, with three cheers and a tiger for Brother Marston, closed a very pleasant evening.
Mrs. James Buckley and son Ernest of West Newbury, Mass. are the guests of Mrs. Christopher Toppan.
On Tuesday, from 2 to 5 o'clock, Russell Durant entertained his friends in honor of his sixth birthday. Twenty-two children and six ladies helped him to celebrate. Games were played. At 4'oclock the children were invited into the dining room, where they found valentines for place cards. The room was decorated with pink. Ice cream and fancy cake were served. A birthday cake was cut and passed to each guest. The last, and which the little ones enjoyed the most, was a Jack Horner pie. Russell received from his guests lots of gifts and the little ones left at 5 o'clock, wishing Master Russell that birthday parties came every day.
The coming event of the season will be the Grand Fair and Entertainment of Winnicummett Council, No. 3, Jr. O.U.A.M., to be held on the town hall, Hampton, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, March 29th and 30th, 1916. On Wednesday evening, March 29th, the North Hampton members of the order will present a very comical farce in three acts, entitled "Alias Brown." Sixteen different characters are represented in this farce. The best amateur players available have been selected. Don't fail to see Henry Keeler and Mary Gilbert in the production of "Alias Brown." It is worth your time to wait. On Thursday evening, March 30, a grand Minstrel Show will be given by the Hampton members, assisted by the members of Hampton Falls, under able management. Quality and quantity may be expected where rivalry exists.
On Tuesday, the Birthday Club gave a party to Mrs. Mabel Blake, it being her birthday. A delicious dinner was served, consisting of baked beans, brown-bread, white bread, lobster salad, assorted cakes, pies and doughnuts. Those present were: Mrs. Edward Towle, Mrs. Fred Towle, Mrs. Lucinda Marston, Mrs. Walter Clark, Mrs. Orlando Blake, Mrs. Jennie Godfrey, Mrs. Alice Blake, Mrs. Sammie Godfrey, Mrs. Grace Weir, Mrs. Kate Mace, Mrs. Laura Cannon, Mrs. Philip Lamprey, Miss Bernice Godfrey. Mrs. Blake was presented with two birthday cakes. A delightful time was had by all present. The next birthday party will be for Mrs. Belle Blake, Feb. 22. All members are invited.
Mrs. and Mrs. Howard G. Lane entertained their cousin, Edwin Lane, of Oregon last week. Mr. Lane is a Harvard graduate, but after graduation his health failed and he purchased a large fruit orchard in Oregon. Last year he sold 4500 barrels of apples.
Mrs. Nelson Blake was a week end visitor in Dorchester.
Mrs. Howard M. Lane is confined to her home by illness.
Mrs. Locke and daughter, Julia, are occupying their home here for a week.
Mrs. William T. Ross visited relatives in Dorchester and Brookline this week. One cousin, Miss Elizabeth Todd, is private secretary of Louis Brandeis, and knowing him thus well for several years, is very enthusiastic over his many good qualities.
Miss Josephine Joplin is again confined to her home by illness.
The trustees of Mercy Home in Manchester, of which Mrs. Lane is one, held a meeting in that city on Monday.
The W.C.T.U. will hold its Frances Willard Memorial meeting with Mrs. H. G. Lane on Friday, Feb. 18. The meeting is public and all are invited.
William Gilpatrick has the contract for repairing the roof and other parts of the J. W. Dearborn house damaged by fire.
Nelson J. Norton expects to occupy the east side of the Dearborn house after the repairing has been made.
Rev. A. B. Thompson, pastor of the Advent Christian Church of Goodwin Hills, Me., will preach at the Advent Christian Church here next Sunday. All are welcome.
The ladies at the beach are to give a large party today (Thursday) for which invitations have been issued to many in town. It is to be held in the engine house.
Charles Brown of Amesbury, is a welcome guest in the home of Mrs. Lydia Brown every two weeks.
Rev. Mr. Buker, of Contoocook, will preach at the Baptist church next Sunday morning.
The Ladies Aid society of the Congregational church will hold a Washington social and chicken pie supper in the chapel Friday, Feb. 25. Supper served from 5 to 7 'oclock. There will be an entertainment at 7:45. Admission to all, 25 cents.
Mrs. Edwin Hobbs, a very highly respect citizen of Hampton, died on Friday. Mrs. Hobbs was Hannah Susan Felch of Seabrook, and was in her early days an experienced nurse. She married Mr. Hobbs in 1866 and of this union two children survive to mourn the loss of a good mother, Mrs. George Towle and Mr. Stephen Hobbs. The funeral services were held on Sunday, conducted by Rev. J. A. Ross, and the remains carried to Mt. Auburn on Monday for cremation.
There was a Memorial Service held in the Second church in Dorchester, for Mr. and Mrs. George Watson on Sunday, Feb. 6th, and a most admirable sermon preached by Rev. Jason Pierce. So many have requested copies of this sermon, it is now being printed. Mr. Pierce was untiring in his administrations to the sick and has since endeavored to comfort the stricken family. Many heard Mr. Pierce speak before the Congregational club a year ago.
Howard G. Lane very pleasantly introduced the artists who were to give a most pleasing concert to a large audience in the town hall on Wednesday evening. This had been advertised as the crowning entertainment and it full answered all the encomiums which had been given it. However the four lectures have all been so excellent it is difficult to name the best, as the selections have each been the best of its kind. The reader was greatly enjoyed, because he read well and was so wise in his selections, and the old songs and sacred selections pleased all. The philanthropy which gave this course of lectures to the public, is greatly appreciated by all so fortunate as to have been present at the entertainments.
Miss Hazel Brown, who has been quite ill, is reported better.
Sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Victor G. Garland in the loss of their baby boy, born last week. Mrs. Garland lies in a critical condition in her home.