Lancaster and Hanover NH Philanthropist, Trustee, Civic and Social Leader: Sarah Maynard “Sally” (Drew) Hall 1876-1949

Hall, Mrs. Sally Draw. “Commencement Honorary Degrees 1940’s.” Dartmouth College Photographic Files, 1947. Dartmouth Digital Library Program, Colorized by Blog Editor.

She was born Sarah Maynard Drew, but preferred ‘Sally.’ The daughter of Irving Webster & Caroline M. (Merrill) Drew, Sally was born 18 Dec 1876 in Lancaster, Coos Co., NH. Her father was a noted lawyer and politician (a Democrat turned Republican).

Sally M. Drew attended St. Mary’s School for Girls at Concord and graduated from Radcliffe in 1901.   Sally M. Drew married on 1 July 1902 in Lancaster NH to Edward Kimball Hall, son of Charles P. & Lucia C. (Kimball) Hall. Edward K. Hall would become a president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, work as a successful lawyer and during his lifetime was a well-known football player, rules writer, and enthusiast. Sally (Drew) Hall led a life of privilege, with enough money to enjoy a life of leisure. She chose instead to spend much of her time in civic involvements and causes, all while raising three children.

Photograph of Edward K. Hall, husband of Sally M. (Drew) Hall. From Obituary in The Boston Globe of 10 November 1932 page 1, 14. Colorized by the blog editor.

After her marriage she resided in Newton, Massachusetts and Montclair New Jersey before moving to Hanover New Hampshire in 1930. Of her many interests were [in Newton MA] resident of the Mothers’ Club and a director of the Nonantum Day Nursery. In Montclair New Jersey, she was active in civic and social affairs and was a member of the board of the Neurological Institute of New York.

While living in Hanover, New Hampshire she served as trustee of Radcliffe College, Children’s Hospital, Boston and St. Mary’s School, Littleton NH. She was also chairman of the New Hampshire Citizens’ Council for General Welfare, director of the New Hampshire Children’s Aid Society, New Hampshire Y.W.C.A., Hanover League of Women Voters, state regent for Women’s Activities at Washington Cathedral, and vice president of Hanover Chapter of British War Relief during the war. As if this was not enough to fill her busy days, she was a member of the Daughters of America, Colonial Dames, English Speaking Union, Hanover Women’s Club, Hanover Garden Club and the White Mountain Garden Club.

Class of 1927 at Dick’s House during memorial service for their classmate, Dick Hall ’27; center-front Miss Gilmore, Mr and Mrs E. K. Hall. Credit: Hall, Richard Drew. “Class of 1927.” Dartmouth College Photographic Files, 2013. Dartmouth Digital Library Program,

Mrs. Sally (Drew) Hall has at least four connections with Dartmouth College in Hanover NH. First, her husband, Edward K. Hall was a graduate of Dartmouth, Class of 1892, as were both of her sons. Edward was also a Dartmouth College Trustee. Second, in 1927 Mrs. Hall presented to Dartmouth College the Dick Hall House in memory of her son Richard Drew Hall, who died of polio in 1924 while attending the college. This building is still in use and houses the Dartmouth College Health Service.  “This House will serve as an infirmary for Dartmouth students who are sick, as a place of recuperation for those who simply need rest and a bit of care, and for all who sojourn within its walls we hope that it will serve as a home.”

Third, In 1947 Sally (Drew) Hall was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Dartmouth College. [see photo]. Her fourth connection with Dartmouth College–she is buried in Dartmouth College Cemetery, Hanover NH.


***Drew line not proven prior to Samuel, below***

Samuel Drew [Possibly son of Benjamin & Elizabeth (Demerritt) Drew of Durham NH] b 1756 Shaleigh Maine [or Durham NH], died Sep 29 1826 in Niagara Co. NY while visiting his son Samuel. He m. 29 January 1779 in Plymouth NH to Elizabeth “Betty” (Webber) Webster, daughter of Edmund Webber and widow of Amos Webster who was killed at the battle of Saratoga Oct 7, 1777. She died 14 Oct 1823 at the home of her son John in Hampton NH. Samuel Drew enlisted June 1775 at Plymouth NH, serving 5 months in Capt James Osgood’s Company of Rangers, New Hampshire Line which soon joined the Northern Continental Army under General Montgomery. He settled in Plymouth NH. In 1785 he moved to Bridgewater NH.
Children of Samuel & Elizabeth (Webber) Drew:
1. Amos Webster Drew, b 20 Dec 1783 in New Hampton NH, d. 18 January 1873 Londonderry NH; m 1802 Dorothy Gurdy, daughter of Jacob Gurdy; m2d) Ruth Gurdy sis of his 1st wife. Farmer in Bristol and New Hampton NH. He d. 15 Jan 1873 at Goffs Falls NH. 15 children.
2. +Benjamin Drew, b. 17 April 1783 Plymouth NH. He m. 6 July 1807 to Sarah Harriman, dau of John & Sarah (Heath) Harriman.
3. Elizabeth “Betsey” Drew, b 20 April 1787 Bridgewater NH; m. Jacob Swain of Gilmanton NH. No children.
4. Samuel Drew, b 24 Aug 1789 Bridgewater NH. Moved to New York State, married, had a family.
5. Sarah “Sally” Drew, b 28 Sep 1791 Bridgewater NH; m. April 1808 Ephraim Merrill, son of Jonathan & Mary (Farnum) Merrill. She d. 21 Sep 1885. Ten children.
6. Mary “Polly” Drew, b 2 Apr 1794 Bridgewater NH; m. Joseph Robie and moved to Stewartstown NH
7. John Drew, b 9 June 1797 Bridgewater NH; m. Eliza Bowdoin Simpson, dau of James & Martha (Farnum) Simpson. She b 30 July 1802 New Hampton NH. Farmer in New Hampton NH. Six children.

—–Next Generation—–

Benjamin Drew b 17 Apr 1785 in Plymouth, Grafton Co. NH, d. 5 Oct 1869 in Stewartstown Coos NH. He m. 6 July 1807 in Bridgewater NH to Sarah “Sally” Harriman, daughter of John Harriman. She was b 6 July 1788 in Hampstead NH and d. 10 Dec 1870 in Stewartstown NH. They moved to Stewartstown NH before 1820 raising their family there. Buried South Hill Cemetery, Stewartstown NH. [see]
Children of Benjamin & Sally (Harriman) Drew:
1. +Amos Webster Drew, b 5 April 1808 Stewartstown NH eldest son
2. Mary Harriman Drew, b 4 May 1810 Stewartstown NH
3. Lucy Drew, b 11 April 1815 Stewartstown NH, d. 9 Dec 1842; m. Alfred Lovering.
4. Sarah “Sally” Drew, b 21 Sep 1820 Stewartstown NH
5. Benjamin Drew b 4 Aug 1822, d. 10 Sep 1822
6. Benjamin Drew, b 20 June 1826 Stewartstown NH m. 1 June 1851 Nancy A. Chase
6. Edwin Warren Drew b 1827 Stewartstown, Coos, NH, d. 10 March 1894; m. Marietta Hall. Had several children. Lived in Stewartstown NH serving in various town, county and state offices (town clerk, selectman, representative, county commissioner, county treasurer. Children: John W., Walter, Carrier, Byron, Alice and Hattie H.

—–Next Generation—–

Amos Webster Drew b 5 April 1808 Stewartstown NH; d 22 March 1888; he married 15 Nov 1835 to Julia Esther Lovering daughter of Hubbard & Abigail (Bumford) Lovering of Stewartstown NH. She was b 4 June 1815 in Loudon NH and d. 22 April 1890. He was repeatedly elected to office by his townsmen and was a State senator, a coroner, county treasurer and commissioner.
1860 US Census > NH > Coos > Stewartstown
Amos W. Drew 52
Julia E. Drew 45
Lucy A. Drew 17
Irving W. Drew 15
Benj F. Drew 11
Warrin E. Drew 9
Julia E Drew 4
Arthor H. Drew 2
Everett Drew 1
1880 US Census > NH > Coos > Stewartstown
Amos W. Drew self M 72 NH
Julia E. Drew wife F 69 NH
Lvey A. Drew dau F 37 NH
Ellen J. Drew dau F 24 NH
Holman A Drew son M 22 NH
Everett E. Drew son M. 20 NH
Flora A. Hogge. other F 17 Canada
Children of Amos W. & Julia E. (Lovering) Drew:
1. Lucy Abigail Drew b 5 May 1843 Colebrook NH; d. 25 Oct 1886 in Colebrook NH; single. Buried Colebrook Village Cemetery, Colebrook NH
2. +Irving Webster Drew b 8 Jan 1845 Colebrook NH
3. Benjamin Franklin Drew, b 28 June 1848; died 1931. Buried Colebrook Cemetery, Colebrook NH; he m. 1 Aug 1875 in Colebrook NH to Alice Blodgett, dau of Thomas & Josephine Blodgett.
4. Warren Edwin Drew, b 29 June 1850; d. 12 April 1918; buried Colebrook Village Cemetery, Colebrook NH; m. 23 April 1884 in Colebrook NH to Abby Harris Crawford. Prominent townsman in Colebrook NH
5. Ellery W. Drew b 24 April 1854 Stewartstown NH
6. Julia Ellen Drew, b 28 Aug 1855, d. 27 Apr 1950 m. Fred Nahum Day. Buried Stratford Center Cemetery, Stratford, Coos Co. NH
7. Arthur Holman Drew, b 21 Aug 1857 NH; d. 14 Nov 1916; m. Mary Bedell
8. Edward Everett Drew, b 24 Sep 1859 Stewartstown NH; d. 19 May 1901 Colebrook NH; buried Colebrook Village Cemetery; m. 24 June 1890 in Dubuque Iowa to Katherine A. “Kate” Sterble, daughter of Stephen & Hannah (Merfriz) Stirble.

—–Next Generation—–

Irving Webster Drew b 8 Jan 1845 in Colebrook NH d April 1922 of pneumonia in Montclair NJ at the home of his daughter Mrs. Edward R. Hale; returned to Lancaster NH for burial. He married 4 Nov 1869 in Portland, Maine to Caroline M. “Carrie” Merrill, daughter of Sherburn Rowell & Sarah (Merril) Merrill. She was b 14 Jan 1845 in Woodstock, Windsor Co VT and d. 17 July 1919 Westbrook CT. He served in the NH senate by appointment from Sept 11 to November 1918, following the death of Sen. Jacob H. Gallinger. He was a life-long Democrat until 1896 when he joined the Republican party over the question of free silver. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1870. A successful lawyer of Lancaster NH. State senator 1883, one of the building commissioners of the NH State Library.
BIO of  Irving Drew
1880 US Census > NH > Coos > Lancaster
Irving W. Drew 35 Self
Carrie M. Drew 34 Wife
Neil B. Drew 6 son
Pitt F. Drew 4 son
Sarah M. Drew 3 daughter
Children of Irving Webster & Caroline M. (Merrill) Drew:
1. Paul Drew, b 20 Feb 1872, d. 1 Oct 1872
2. Neil Bancroft Drew, b 9 Sep 1873 Lancaster NH; d. 5 May 1905 Lancaster NH. Buried Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster NH
3. Pitt Fessenden Drew b 27 Aug 1875 in Lancaster NH. Graduated Dartmouth College 1899. He m. 5 Oct 1909 in Salem MA to Mabel Nelson Swain. In 1917 living in West Newton MA. General Practice Lawyer, member of firm of Abbott, Drew, Rogerson & Carr of 53 State Street. He had attended Phillips Andover, and graduated from Dartmouth College, class of 1899. He d. September 1932. They had 2 daughters: Caroline and Sally Drew.
4. +Sarah Maynard “Sally” Drew, born 18 Dec 1876 Lancaster Coos Co NH; m 1 July 1902 in Lancaster NH to EDWARD L. HALL, son of Charles P. & Lucia C. (Kimball) Hall.

—–Next Generation—–

Sarah Maynard “Sally” Drew, daughter of Irving Webster & Caroline M. (Merrill) Drew, born 18 Dec 1876 Lancaster Coos Co NH; m 1 July 1902 in Lanccaster NH to Edward Kimball Hall, son of Charles P. & Lucia C. (Kimball) Hall. She is buried in Dartmouth College Cemetery, Hanover NHThis story is about her.  See above.
Her husband’s Obituary: The Boston Globe of 10 Nov 1932 page 1, 14
HANOVER NH, Nov 10–Edward K. Hall, chairman of the football rules committee since 1911, a former vice president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, lawyer and well-known football enthusiast, died this morning at his home here of heart trouble. Mr. Hall was known from coast to coast for his efforts in bringing about changes in football rules which gave brought the game up to the present day standards.
He was born in Granville IL July 9, 1870, the son of Charles Prentiss and Lucia Cotton Kimball Hall. He received an elementary school education in the Middle West and then the family came to Hinsdale NH where he [p14] went to High School. Later he attended St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, from which he graduated in 1888. He then went to Dartmouth College where he was active in football, baseball and track. Following graduation in 1892 he was appointed coach and director of athletics at the University of Illinois and stayed until 1894. He attended Harvard Law School and was graduated in 1896. While there he was a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Law School Review. Mr. Hall began his law practice in Scranton, Penn in the latter part of 1896. He also served as a member of the Alumni Athletic Council of Dartmouth until 1903 and again in 1909. He was also chairman of the Dartmouth alumni fund committee for the new Dartmouth gymnasium. In 1897 he came to Boston with the law firm of Powers, Hall & Jones. In 1899 he joined the First Corps Cadets and served until 1902. Shortly after coming to Boston Mr. Hall became an attorney for the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company and served in that capacity for 10 years. On July 1, 1902 he married Sally Maynard Drew at Lancaster NH. She was the daughter of Irving W. Drew who became United States Senator in 1918. During his business connections with the NET&T he learned a great deal of the practical side of the business and was finally made vice president. Later he became vice president of the Electric Bond and Share Company and changed his headquarters to New York on Jan 1, 1917. While in Boston he was a director, vice president and national counselor of the Boston Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the committee on national public utility conditions, representing light and power, gas and traction companies in Washington during the early part of the World War, and later served in the War Department as business director of the Student Army Training Corps. He was also business director of the committee on education and special training of the War Department in 1918 and 1919. On Sept 1, 1919 he became vice president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and served in that capacity until 1930 when he tendered his resignation to join the staff of the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth as a lecturer on industrial relations. Also in 1919 he was a member of the committee on industrial development of the New York Merchants’ Association and a member of the committee on public utilities of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Leavitt of Marion, and one son, Edward K. Hall Jr., a junior in Dartmouth. Another son, Richard Drew Hall, died in his sophomore year at Dartmouth, in 1925. It was in his memory that his father gave “Dick Hall House,” the infirmary at the college.”
D-A-R: Mrs. Sally M. Drew Hall.DAR ID Number: 66679; Born in Lancaster, N. H. ; Wife of Edward Kimball Hall. ; Descendant of Samuel Drew. ; Daughter of Irving Webster Drew (b. 1845) and Caroline H. Merrill, his wife. ; Granddaughter of Amos Webster Drew (b. 1808) and Julia Esther Lovering (b. 1815), his wife, m. 1835. ; Gr-granddaughter of Benjamin Drew (b. 1785) and Sarah Harriman, his wife, m. 1807. ; Gr-gr-granddaughter of Samuel Drew and Elizabeth (Webber) Webster, his wife, m. 1779. ; Samuel Drew enlisted, 1775, in Capt. James Osgood’s company of Rangers, New Hampshire Line; in 1776 served with the “Green Mountain Boys.” He was born 1756, and settled in Plymouth, New Hampshire. DAR ID. Number: 66679
Children of Edward Kimball. & Sarah M. (Drew) Hall:
1. 3. Dorothy Hall, b 23 March 1903 Newton MA; died 1993; She was educated in Newton MA and Montclair NJ schools, graduating in 1925 from Vassar College. She married in 1926 to Laurence G. Leavitt. Lived at Saxons River VT. In 1959 they moved to Norwich VT. Had children: Sally Drew Leavitt who m. 28 Dec 1948 to Edward Rice Cheney; m2) Ernest “Tutt” Bell; lived Keene NH; Richard Hall Leavitt of Windham NH. He was headmaster of Vermont Academy from 1934 to 1959.
2. Richard Drew Hall b 1904, d. November 1924 of “infantile paralysis” in the Mary Hitchcock Hospital at Hanover NH. Interment in Rosedale Cemetery. He formerly attended Montclair (NJ) High school and was a graduate of Hill School. He was a sophomore at Dartmouth College, Hanover NH at the time of his death.  [See Dick Halls House above]
3. Edward Kimball Hall, born 16 June 1910 in Newton MA, died 23 April 1961 in Montclair NJ. He m. Signe Tonnessen. Children: Edward K. Hall 3rd and Signe Maria Hall.


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