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In response to the economic woes of the 1930s-era Depression, the yearly dues of the Association were halved, from $1 to 50 cents. Edward Tuck continued his financial support, donating nearly $4,000 before his death in 1938. He bequeathed another $3,000 in his will. With a faulty heating system in need of replacement and only $614 in the bank, it was a welcome last gift.

1930s_banner_right1.png After John Bradbury's death in 1935 the Town assumed the care of Memorial Park. The new custodian, Alice Taylor, paid a yearly rent of $240 in exchange for opening the 'Historical Room' to visitors on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from May to October. Volunteer member Emily Hutchings took charge of the room and its growing historical collection. Tuck Field was dedicated, committees were selected to 'further historical interest,' copies of Edmund W. Toppan's History were made and distributed, and it was voted to hold annual meetings as close to October 14 as possible.

Committees planned for the Tercentenary celebration in 1938, and that year the Taylor and Weare family stones were added to Memorial Park. The records noted that Bernice Palmer's commemorative scrapbook of the Tercentenary events was 'very complete...and since it will be invaluable in years to come, it is not to be taken from the historical rooms.'

Historians were Caroline Shea (1931-1932), Lucy Marston (1932-1934), Sarah Lane (1934-1938), and Annie True (1938-1940).

Other Presidents were Howard G. Lane (1934-1935), Herbert Walker (1935-1940)

Prayer and singing of patriotic songs opened every meeting. With formality in modes of address, personal titles were always used. Speakers lectured on the value of emulating Puritan virtues, conservatism, and pioneering spirit. At the 15th annual meeting, which capped the decade, members granted the elected officers the authority to determine the 'future care and upkeep' of the Museum and grounds.

Population Boom
The population of the town soared 42%, from 1,507 in 1930 to 2,137 in 1940. As the number of deaths was double that of births, the increase was due entirely to new residents.
America's #1 game, introduced in 1935
In August 1938 Hampton celebrated its 300th birthday with a week-long extravaganza of historical pageantry, parades, balls, banquets, sporting events, and a special day to 'exonerate' Goody Cole, the Witch of Hampton.
21st Amendment Ratified
In 1933 repeal of the national prohibition on the sale and manufacture of alcohol gave the decision to stay 'dry' or go 'wet' to the individual states. In New Hampshire, where various bans on liquor had been in effect since 1902, towns had the right to decide for themselves. After several no votes, Hampton narrowly voted to allow alcohol sales within the town, but later votes would essentially make it a dry town until the 1960s.
Presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived in the Granite State by yacht to 'fire the opening gun of his campaign' at Hampton Beach. He called the rally at the beach 'a nice, big, family party.'
The 1932 Election Bet
'Beach hustler' Fred Lorenz was a precinct commissioner and owner of a Hampton Beach market. One day fisherman Bill Dow predicted to the locals gathered at Fred's store that Herbert Hoover would win reelection over Franklin Roosevelt. Others disagreed and a bet was on. Money being scarce, they decided the loser would walk backwards across the Mile-long bridge from Seabrook to Hampton. When Roosevelt won the election, Lorenz hired a German marching band to attend Dow and 3,000 people came to watch as he made the long, backward walk, carrying a sign that read 'I Voted for Hoover.' Lorenz carried a sign that said 'I Did Not.' The 255-pound Dow made the walk in 23 minutes.