Point Allerton Anniversary Draws a Crowd: More than 200 residents, on Sunday, Sept. 26, joined in celebrating the 350th anniversary of the naming of historic Point Allerton by Capt. Myles Standish in honor of Isaac Allerton, assistant governor of the Plymouth Colony, on Sept. 26, 1621. CWO Norman Rogers, of the Point Allerton Coast Guard Station, represented Captain Standish, who, history records, led a party of 10 whites and four Indians as they explored Boston Harbor on an expedition from Plymouth. Mrs. John Smith, of Hull, direct descendant of Isaac Allerton, related how Standish and his crew landed in a shallop and came across Point Allerton rocks where Leif Erickson and Norsemen explorers were reported to have explored in the 14th century. After the recitation by Mrs. Smith, a bronze plaque inscribed with a brief history of the naming of the point and set in a boulder brought from the point, was dedicated on town land near the junction of Holbrook and Point Allerton avenues.
Medical Center Dogged by Problems: About 3,000 voters remained at the special town meeting Monday to hear a report of the latest financial status and construction plans of the Hull Medical Center Corp., which had been requested by selectmen after a recent complaint by Leonard Colten on production delay in the planned medical facility. Atty. Lawrence Kellem, counsel for the corporation, acted as moderator for the discussion, which lasted about an hour. Directors present included President Frank Kerr, Paul Dunn, Simmy Hartstone, David Berman, Mary Morrissey, Samuel Garr, and Mr. Colten. During questioning, it was established that: mortgage financing will be required to construct the medical center due to poor response to a recent national drive and the use of most of the original $68,000 donated in the local funds drive three years ago; and construction bids have gone out to contractors, but the present cost estimate will not be disclosed because it might influence the bidding.
$80,000 Seen for 1972 Vets Claims: The Hull Veterans’ Benefits funds request for 1972 will range between $70,000 and $80,000, according to Veterans Services Director William F. Nicholson. “The claims range about $7,000 per month right now and could be more or possibly somewhat less in 1972, depending upon employment and other conditions,” said Nicholson. He expressed pleasure at the nearly unanimous vote in the Sept. 27 special town meeting, which approved an additional $25,000 to meet vets’ claims for the rest of 1971.
Department Chiefs Step Down: Two notable Hull public service careers end in retirement Oct. 1, as Chief Daniel A. Short leaves the Police Department after 43 years of service and Fire Chief Roger F. Means departs after 32 years. Born in Calais, Maine, Chief Short was appointed a patrolman in May 1928 under Chief Reynolds and was named Chief Feb. 21, 1945, replacing Chief Armour, after attending Hingham High School and Suffolk Law School. Chief Means was born in Hull, attended Hull grammar school and Hingham High School, and was appointed a private in the Fire Department on May 9, 1941, having previously served two years with the Tree and Moth Department. He was named acting captain on Nov. 17, 1963, and regular captain on March 6, 1964. In 1968 he was appointed acting chief and was promoted to chief on Aug. 10, 1969, replacing Robert Myers.
Old Bath House Goes Down: An era ended and nostalgic memories were stirred as Hurley’s Bath House was knocked down by a Duane Corp. bulldozer in a few hours and the rubble carted to the Hull dump where it will be disposed of at a fee of $1,000 by the town.
Bergan House Listed to Stay: The status of the Bergan property at the edge of the MDC parking lot near Monument Square in the First Project renewal area is that it will not be removed, according to Hull Redevelopment Authority Chairman Charles E. Gould this week. “We have listed the house to stay, if improvements are made to conform with the federally approved construction plan for the area,” said Gould.
Hull Clouted by Marshfield: Hull started its opening game intent on upsetting Marshfield, but after the first series of downs, it was all Marshfield’s ball game. The final: Marshfield 34, Hull 0. The Pirates’ hopes for the season were dimmed when senior quarterback Bob Leahy sustained a head injury in the next to last play of the game. He will be lost for the season.