Kid-friendly in Hull

A youthful perspective of what life was like growing up in Hull’s “golden age.”

By John Galluzzo

As late as the 1940s, people who summered in Hull told their young children that despite how much fun it was to spend time there, they couldn’t live there. One woman tells the story of how she was walking with her mom down Central Avenue one day and encountered a worker on a construction site. The little girl asked the man what he was doing, to which he replied, “We’re building a new middle school.” Overjoyed, the little girl grabbed her mother’s arm and said, “Mom, we can live in Hull! They do have schools!” But only a privileged few kids grew up in Hull in the late 1800s and early 1900s, as the year-round population (of all ages) hovered around 1,000 people.


Life at the end of the peninsula made for tight-knit groups of friends and gave Hull kids a bond that lasted forever.

 

Hull had its own Village School that catered to kindergartners through eighth graders and stood next to the Methodist-Episcopal Church on Spring Street. Until the 1950s, Hull kids went to Hingham High School.

 

Isolated out on the peninsula, Hull kids could hop onto trains and steamboats to get around, but the invention and widespread use of the automobile in the early days of the 20th century would change their lives forever.

 

In classic turn-of-the-century football gear, these girls demonstrate techniques from the early days of the sport. Hull’s main field, the Village Park, was great for baseball and football in the warmer months and was flooded and frozen for skating in winter.

 

The southern end of town had its own elementary school, the Damon School, where this group of students matriculated in 1913.

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