Obituary of Howard G. Lane

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Howard Garland Lane

December 14, 1869 - July 11, 1957

Hampton Union, Thursday. July 18, 1957

Howard G. Lane

Funeral services for Howard G. Lane, 87, of 380 Lafayette road, Hampton, were held Sunday afternoon, July 14, from the First Baptist church with Rev. J. Holland Maughan, pastor, and Rev. Earl Douglass of Boston, conducting the services.

Serving as bearers were 0. Raymond Garland, Percy E. Jewell, Harold G. Perkins, John W. Perkins, Clarence G. Philbrook, Kenneth N. Ross, Samuel A. Towle, Philip M. Toppan and honorary bearer, Henry B. Hobbs.

A native of Hampton, Mr. Lane was born December 14, 1869, the son of Joshua and Lydia (Garland) Lane.

He was a member of the first graduating class at Hampton Academy in 1877, a graduate of New Hampton School and of the University of New Hampshire in 1891.

Mr. Lane was town treasurer for many years and served in the General Court for two terms (1908-1910).

He also served as president of the Golden Rule Farm of Boys at Tilton, was president of the Hampton Co-Operative Bank and served as deacon of the First Baptist Church for many years.

The donor of the Lane Memorial Library and the Lane Building at the New Hampton School, Mr. Lane also has served as president of the board of trustees of Hampton Academy, trustee of New Hampton School and of the Daniel Webster Home at Franklin.

One of the organizers of the Hampton Beach Community Church, he was in the mining business in Duluth, Minn., and retired from the mercantile business in 1930.

The mercantile business in Hampton which he inherited from his father under the name of J. A. Lane and Co., was begun over a century ago by his two uncles, Edwin and George Lane. Not only a general store was operated but coastwise schooners carried farm produce from the Landing to Boston and brought back general stores such as sugar and molasses.

In politics Mr. H. G. Lane was a liberal Republican, and was an early associate of such leaders as Robert P. Bass, Winston Churchill, and John G. Winant.

Survivors include a son, Wheaton J. Lane of Princeton, N. J.; two daughters, Mrs. Eloise [Lane] Smith of Hampton and Mrs. Lenore L. Paneyko of Fairfield, Conn., and two grandchildren.

His wife, Mrs. Sarah Hobbs Lane, passed away in 1945.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Sturgis Funeral home, Hampton.

[See also Candidate Howard G. Lane's "Why I Am a Candidate" here.

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