Vol. XXVI, No. 19
Thursday, May 8, 1924
Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley D. Church of Santa Barbara, California are receiving congratulations upon the birth of a son on April 23.
Miss Griswold, a missionary from Japan will speak at the Woman's Missionary meeting on Wednesday, May 14, at the Congregational chapel.
Mr. Warren Drew has purchased the two-apartment house on Main St. from Mrs. D. H. Adams.
Mr. Wilbur Norton was operated on Monday for appendicitis in the Exeter hospital.
Mrs. Mattie Dow was again operated upon on Tuesday.
The time of the meeting of the Congregational Missionary auxiliary will be at two o'clock on Wednesday, May 14, instead of the usual time three o'clock because of daylight saving time in Boston. A special collection will be taken to pay for the speaker.
Miss Mary Toppan is entertaining Mrs. Slatterly and daughter, of Boston this week.
Christian Endeavor Sunday evening at 7 o'clock, in the chapel. Leader: Walter Clark. Topic: "Being a Christian in the home."
Miss Beatrice N. Phiney, the well-known harpist of Boston, will play in Hampton at an early date. Look for further notice.
Guest night of the Mothers' Circle will be observed Friday evening, May 9, in Centre school building, at 8 o'clock. Members may bring as many guests as desired. The Circle also desires the attendance of the Monday club, Went end and Whist club and Parent-Teachers Association.
The entertainment planned for this evening, May 8, will be postponed on account of a misunderstanding. The management under which Miss Whiting is working sent the wrong date. She speaks at Kittery, Me. tonight. She will entertain Hampton the 21st of May. Those who have bought tickets who do not care to hold them over for the 21st, their money will be refunded. We are very sorry to cause you this disappointment.
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Ward are receiving congratulations upon the birth of a daughter Constance Adeline, born in Exeter hospital on Tuesday morning, both doing well.
The H. T. G. club will be entertained by Mrs. Day of Exeter on Thursday, May 15.
Mrs. Annie Taylor, wife of John Taylor, on the Exeter Road, died suddenly on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Taylor had been in poor health for a long time but was not expected to go so soon. Much sympathy is felt for the only child, Mrs. Warren H. Hobbs, and the husband who is left alone in his home.
Mrs. John W. York of Kensington is a guest of her sister, Mrs. Lucy A. Marston, and is visiting other friends in town.
This community was saddened Friday evening, May 2, to learn that Mrs. Ellen L. Joplin, wife of Mr. Abbott Joplin, had passed into the Great Beyond. While all knew that she had not been well for five years her death was not expected. Mrs. Joplin was born in Freeman, Me., Nov. 25, 1847, but lived with her aunt Mrs. Yeaton in Lawrence, Mass., from the time she was three years old until her marriage to Mr. Joplin Dec. 5, 1867. They later came to the Ocean House in Hampton and have lived here ever since.
Six children blessed this union, five of whom with their father survive her death. Mr. William Joplin is a resident of Quincy, Mrs. Mattie Wilkinson resides in Methuen, Mrs. Flora Feeney in Haverhill, Mrs. Josephine Stearns in Granite Falls, Minn. and Mr. Carl Joplin in Long Beach, California. Mrs. Joplin also leaves six grandchildren and three great grandchildren to mourn her loss. A mother in the truest sense of the word she counted no sacrifice too great that the lives of those she cherished might be enriched. She loved her home and made the atmosphere refined and beautiful by her high ideals of wife and mother. All who knew her felt her charm of kindness and gentleness and everyone was met with a smile and most gracious welcome even when she was suffering untold pain. Back of all Mrs. Joplin was and did, was a firm Christian faith and from this strong source of support came an unusual fortitude in bearing pains and the trials of life and few ever heard her utter a complaint and none could help admiring this unassuming courageous woman. Her husband has been untiring in his devotion and care and she enjoyed the visits of the children. The passing of this gracious loving woman has left an aching void in the hearts of those who loved her and the sympathy of all is extended to them. Funeral services were held on Monday, conducted by Rev. Cummings and Warren in the chapel of the church she loved and interment in the family plot in Lawrence, Mass. Mrs. Joplin looked very calm and peaceful as she lay among the beautiful flowers she loved. The many flowers surrounding her casket testified to the esteem in which she was held. The ladies trio sang two favorite hymns of the deceased "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Jesus Saviour, Pilot Me." The bearers were Mr. Henry Hobbs, Mr. Ernest Cole, Mr. Frank Dennett and Mr. William T. Ross.
Because of the illness of her mother, Miss Bernice Page who has been with Mrs. Preckle for past thirteen years will go home the first of June to care for her mother in Exeter.
The examinations of candidates for Clerks and Carriers for the Hampton post office will be held in the Centre school building May 17, at 2 o'clock. Several candidates have already made applications.
Charles Green has purchased Buck's lease of the property in the depot yard and will soon make some extensive changes there.
Clarence T. Brown has purchased of E. G. Cole, the house on High street where he is now living.
George Moore and family will remove to the Lane house opposite the depot.
Miss Mary Craig who has been caring for her mother in Vermont for the past three weeks returned home on Monday as her mother is better.
The regular meeting of the Parent-Teachers' association will be held next Monday evening in the Centre school building. There will be election of officers and important matters to discuss.
A very pleasant surprise was given to Miss Chadwick one evening last week. It was arranged by the teachers and nursing committee, each group presenting her with a sum of money as a parting gift. The meeting was in the school auditorium, with readings and music and refreshments. A very pleasant evening was enjoyed. There were a few invited guests and Miss Chadwick was much pleased with the appreciation shown.
First Church in Hampton
It seems that enough has been said to prove where the first church in Hampton stood. Many do not yet know that the boulder which marks the site of the old Academy has on it another tablet marking the site of the log church. This as recorded in many records of the town is the correct record. In the Historical address delivered by Dea. Joseph Dow on the 200th anniversary of the town, is the following: On the 8th day of July, 1689, a vote was passed, "That all those who are willing to make a fortification about the meeting house, to secure themselves and families from the violence of the heathen (Indians) shall have free liberty to do it." A fortification was accordingly built around the meeting house, distinct traces of which remained till the Academy was removed (in 1883) to the spot it now occupies and the land around it ploughed. Even now, a small portion of the mound can be seen, just without the last side of the Academy yard. Dea. Dow's records have never been questioned and many of the older members who attended the Academy can remember the reminders of the old first church.
A memorial park is very appropriate anywhere, but to place a tablet saying it was the site of the old church, when all of the older people know it was not, seems a very inappropriate thing to do. The traditions of the town are carefully preserved by an accurate historian.