Friday, May 15, 2015


Will Be Remembered For His "Rambling South" Column


   Samuel S. Hale, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 7, in Orlando, Florida, following an extended illness.

   Mr. Hale was probably one of the best known men in this section, serving as editor of the Review-Times for a decade until his illness in December, 1927.

   He was born in Norwich, the son of Nelson B. and Mary Hale.  The family residence was at the corner of South Broad and Hale Streets, Norwich, the latter carrying the family name.  He attended Yale University and when a young man he read law in the office of George Thomas of Norwich.  He was also associated with his brother-in-law, William Breese, in a box factory in Syracuse.

   Mr. Hale was a member of the Oxford Congregational church and served as deacon for several years.  He was interested in everything that pertained to the welfare of the church and community.

   Many will remember his articles that were published in the Review-Times, under the heading "Rambling South."  He had also written a number of short play, which had been well received.

   He was twice married, his first wife, Anna Arrison, died December 28, 1927, during an epidemic of pneumonia.  Four of the household being stricken, Mrs. Hale, her mother, Mrs. Arrison and Mr. Hale and his sister, Mrs. Julia Eastman, Mr. Hale being the only survivor; the others dying within a week.

   On June 18, 1930, he was united in marriage to Miss Lillian C. Haynes of Hartford City, Ind.  Since that time they have made their home in Oxford on Washington Avenue.

   Mr. and Mrs. Hale have been winter visitors in Orlando, Fla., for the past ten seasons.  He was an active member of the Orlando Lawn Bowling Club and was popular in Sunshine Park activities, and his plays were produced for winter visitors twice at the Chamber of Commerce.  he was also a member of the Poetry Club.

   Besides his wife, Lillian H., he is survived by a brother, Charles of Chicago, and a niece, Mrs. Harry B. Smith of Norwich.  His body is to be cremated and the ashed will be brought to Oxford where burial will be made.  Final arrangements have not been completed.


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