William and Edna Hampton
Edna Hampton Dies After Long Illness
Just as today's citizen is about to go to press the sad neww comes of the death this morning of
Mrs. Edna hampton of West Lake Front at at the home of her son, William, in Indiianapolis
after a long illness.
Mrs. Hampton would have observed her 70th brithday on Aug. 20. she was a fine woman.
Mrs. Hampton is also survived by her husband, William, and 3 grandchildren..
The body is being sent to the Easterday Funeral home from which the time of the services can be obtained.
A complete obituary will appear in next week's Citizen.
In Memory Of Mrs. W. Hampton
Editor's Note: The following article, written by Archie Simmons, grandson of William Hampton of
Culver , and the late Mrs. Hampton, was recently published in the "Literary Supplement," an Evanston
High School paper.
MY FIRST LOVE
"In years past, more than seven, I went to a place called grandmother's house. Always, the
nights before leaving, a Christmasy excitement filled me. I wo uld think about t h e cookies
and candies and other goodies that only grandmother had. 1 wo uld think about the boy next
door; I always seemed to end up spending the summer at his house. Every once in a while I
wo uld think about the sweet girl with the brown braids who lived down the tracks.
Grandmother's house was in a Small Indiana town, surrounded by an infinite number of cornfields.
A lake there was the magnet of fun and sport. In town all of the few department stores and
businesses peppered two blocks of Main Street, the spine of t h e town. The town was so small that
its busiest intersection, State and Madison in Chicago, had no stoplight.
When I finally reached grandmother's I was greeted with much kissing and hugging. I always had
innumerable aunts and uncles to meet, who were really of no relation to me. Everyone ate a dinner
of sugar-brown turkey gorged with dressing, with hot blow away, buttery rolls. On the table
was a bay of sweet potatoes, studed with little white islands of marshmallows. The room was so
thickly enveloped in the aroma, that I co uld almost taste the feast by sticking out my tongue.
Mornings I wo uld wake before sunrise, to find that only the perpetual ticking of the clocks disrupted
the quietness of the house. I put on the play clothes that had found their own way on to hangers
over night. My feet were cat paws as I stepped over the tired steps on the way downstairs.
Straight for the train tracks I wo uld head. These were in front of the house, and they went half
way around the kidney-shaped lake. I explored Hie huge railroad cars, whose hugeness sucked my
eye balls out of their sockets. But bacon and eggs soon invited my stomach inside again.
In the afternoons, the boy next door and I went, to the beach. As we walked along down the tracks
on our bare feet, we were forced to dance over sun-baked stones. I dove off the high diving board
and resurfaced, only to find that my trunks had been confiscated upon impact with the wale. On
late afternoons I went to see my girl friend down the tracks. We talked in paragraph; of giggles,
and wrote, "I love you," on little notes to each other. W h e n we kissed each other on the cheek,
we had wall-to-wall grins. After kissing on the lips, we ran paths around the house.
I stayed awake at night to see if the old story of Maxinkuckee, the Indian chief, came true. The
story says that on clear, star-lit nights, when the air is petrified with an uneasy stillness, the Indian
ghost of the lake makes trips across the lake. The usually flawless waters are broken as though
a hundred paddling canoes are on it, and'the waves rush to the shores, crying for help. Some
nights my imagination helped the story turn real.
Recently I went back to find, that grandmother's house is just a house now. She is in her last,
inevitable resting place. The town is proud of its single stoplight.Supermarkets and big businesses
have sprung up like weeds. A veil of lassitude has covered the oscesmiling faces of my playmates.
The boy next door is a boy far away. The girl down the tracks
has lost her braids, and time has covered the paths around her house."
William Hampton, 83, 1901 Copenhaver Dr., Indianapolis, Ind., passed away at 7:00 a.m.
Thursday Dec. 7, 1967 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following a two-week illness.
He was born March 22, 1884 at Franklin, Ky. He lived in Culver for many years before moving to
Indianapolis in 1966. He was a caterer and a member of the St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic
He was married Jan. 1911 to Edna Grant. She preceeded him in death in 1960.
Surviving is one son, William A. Hampton of Indianapolis and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday Dec. 9, at the St. Mary's of the Lake
Church with Father Joseph Lenk officiating. Burial followed in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.
The Easterday-Bonnie Funeral Home, where the rosary was recited at 8:00 p.m. Friday, was in
charge of the arrangements. - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1967 Culver citizen