The Hamptons Union, October 17, 1918
While it looks as though we had passed the high mark, and cases of influenza are not increasing as rapidly as the past week, it seems very practical to continue the closing of churches as well as other public gatherings for another week.
With the conditions improving as they are at the present time, there will be services in all the churches on October 27th.
Mr. Warren M. Batchelder is one of the latest victims of influenza.
Commissioner of Agriculture A. L. Felker and farmers generally in this state are opposed to continuing the daylight saving plan throughout the winter. They are right. There is also the fact that the expense of heating in that early morning far overbalances the advantage of daylight saved in the afternoon.
Mr. John Hobbs of North Hampton has been the guest of his sister, Mrs. Josephine Mason, the past week.
Work on the huge sign which a manufacturer of an auto tire is having erected on Lafayette road near the Methodist church, has been stopped, for the present, by the Brooks Brothers, who are opposed to the erection of the sign.
The hearing in regard to the discontinuing of the street railway, that was to have taken place today, has been postponed until next Monday.
There has been much brotherly kindness shown during the recent epidemic. It is hoped that those who cannot help will not criticize the ways of those who are giving their time and strength for others.
A curious phase of the influenza is noted by physicians, namely, it is rarely known to attack one over 50 years of age. This is one compensation to those who are above the half century milestone.
Although the family of Mr. Ireland is not well known in town, every one sympathizes with them in the loss of their dear little boy this week.
It is reported that the shoe shop in this village has been sold and is to be torn down, the high price lumber making this a good business proposition.
Elizabeth Charlotte Reilly:
Another sad death occurred last Sunday night which caused much sorrow to a large circle of friends. As a recent graduate of Hampton Academy, Lottie Mace was a favorite with her associates. As an only daughter she was very dear to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Plummer Mace, who have the sympathy of the entire community.
Lottie was married to Mr. Fred Reilly and life looked bright and promising, but her husband was called to help defend his country and sent to Alabama. Lottie had only recently returned from the Exeter hospital after a very dangerous illness. She was again stricken, taken back, and pneumonia developing, she did not have vitality enough to resist the attack. She mourned the absence of her husband, and her funeral is being deferred that he may reach here to look upon her face once more. Her body was brought at once to her father's house. Very beautiful she looks in her last sleep. The funeral will probably be on Friday.
Certainly not the least distressing incident of these difficult days is the promotion from our Hampton First Grade to the Heavenly Father's Child Garden of little George Storrow Ireland, who was released from his brave struggle with influenza and pneumonia Monday morning, Oct. 14.
Georgie was born in Rowley, Mass., Nov. 27, 1912. He was the only son of Frank Audley and Grace (Lyon) Ireland. They had only recently come to Hampton, but the laddie had made a big place for himself in the First Grade, which was his first experience with the public schools, and in the Sunday school of the Methodist church. He was proud of his place in both.
He was a very earnest little chap, passionately fond of his growing library of story books. His interest in the out-of-sight world certainly was unusual. It may have been a part of his precious heritage as well as a result of parental teaching, for his paternal grandfather was Rev. William Ireland, forty years missionary in Natal, South Africa, and Rev. William Ireland married the daughter of Alden Grout, one of the first missionaries in Natal.
The precious little body was laid to rest in the Hampton cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, after brief services conducted at the home and the grave by Rev. Roger Thompson. The following floral gifts only partially expressed the sympathy felt in this community for the bereaved parents: Sprays from Miss Evans, teacher, and the pupils of the First Grade; the Methodist Sunday School; Mr. and Mrs. George Moore, little Nelson Norton, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sharpe, Mr. and Mrs. William Gilpatrick, Mrs. J. A. Purrinton and Rev. and Mrs. R. E. Thompson. A floral pillow, inscribed "Son," was placed upon the covering of the "narrow house" by the sorrowing parents.