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Samuel A. Towle

Former Hampton Postmaster

August 13, 1904 – December 30, 1988

Hampton Union, December 30, 1988, p.8

HAMPTON — Samuel A. Towle, 85, of 81 Exeter Road died Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Seacoast Health Center after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Hampton Aug. 13, 1904, the son of Samuel A. and Jessie R. (Gray) Towle.

Mr. Towle was a graduate of Hampton Academy and the Commercial School in Salem, Mass.

His career in the postal service started as a railway mail clerk, later being appointed to the Chief Clerk’s Office in Boston. In 1924 he joined the Postal Service in Hampton and was appointed assistant postmaster in 1942. President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him postmaster in 1955, a position which he held until retiring Nov. 30, 1964. After retirement, he became a volunteer at the Exeter Hospital donating more than 2500 hours during an 18-year span. He was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church, Hampton, having served as treasurer, warden, deacon and collector.

Mr. Towle was a member of the Meetinghouse Green and Tuck Memorial Association, having served as president, treasurer, board member and officer. He was a member of the Marsh Conservation Commission and donated four acres of marsh land to the Audubon Society. He was a member of the School Building Committee for Hampton Academy and Junior High School. In 1930 he became a member of the board of trustees of Hampton Academy, becoming its president in 1950 and then honorary chairman of the board. He served several years as supervisor of the checklist and served on the Planning Board for the town of Hampton.

He was a past master of Oceanside Grange, past noble grand and district deputy of Rockingham Lodge No. 22, International order of Odd Fellows, and a past master of the Star in The East Lodge No. 59 F&AM of Exeter.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret C. (Murray) Towle of Hampton, three sons, S. Allan Towle of Lee, Mass., Murray A. Towle of Greenville, Pa., and Philip A. Towle of North Andover, Mass.; and four grand-daughters and two grandsons.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Ronald A. Remick Funeral Home, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Burial will be in the High Street Cemetery in Hampton.

The family requests that there be no visiting hours and in lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the First Congregational Church, Hampton, N.H. 03842.

From Hampton Union, January 6, 1989, p.6

HAMPTON — A largely attended funeral service for Samuel A. Towle, 84, husband of Margaret S. (Murray) Towle, of 81 Exeter Road was held Saturday at the Ronald A. Remick Funeral Home.

The Rev. Steven R. Bowden, pastor of the First Congregational Church officiated. Chandler H. Noyes was organist. Burial followed in the High Street Cemetery with the committal service conducted by the Rev. Mr. Bowden.

Pall bearers were his three sons, S. Allan Towle, Murray A. Towle, Philip A. Towle, and his two grandsons, John D. Towle and Mark P. Towle.

For more information, see this newspaper article written about Sam Towle in 1984.

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