This is part of a series of Hamilton and Wenham, Massachusetts, oral histories of the towns, produced by William Heitz and Edmund Josephs from 1986 through 1995. It was originally taped in 1989. It was converted to .mp4 format by library volunteer Robyn Luna and uploaded to the Internet Archive by Sarah Lauderdale, Head of Reference at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Our thanks to William Heitz for permission to upload this content to the Internet Archive. Our thanks also to volunteer John Brucker for his description of the interview, included below.
Frank Newhall’s grandfather, Time growing up on the family farm, Frank’s elementary schooling at the South School, Move to Highland Street in 1918 after briefly living out of town, Memories of Hamilton Town Hall, Graduating class of 1924, Employment out of state after graduating high school, Frank’s purchase of his home on McKay Street in Beverly, Employment at United Shoe, Memories of Asbury Grove: Frank’s “home away from home,” Frank’s job lighting the lamps in Asbury Grove, Memories of Hamilton Park, Newspaper articles about beginnings of the Methodist Campground at Asbury Grove, Asbury Grove Fire: Sunday evening May 8th 1927, Frank’s rescue of an elderly gentleman during the fire, Thunderstorms in Asbury Grove, Frank and Ed present photos of Depot Square taken by Benjamin Conant.
The following names and terms were used in this interview: Isaac Franklin Day, Ella Frances Day, South School, East School, Center School, West School, Jonathon Lamson School, John Mann, Town Dances, John R. Mann, Water carrier, Oil lamp cage, The Beverly Citizen, Eastern railroad, Newspaper article: Asbury Grove swept by fire, 05/09/1927 Beverly Times, Newspaper article: Plans underway to rebuild Asbury Grove, 05/10/1927 Beverly Times, Peanut branch.