Samuel Scoville Jr. (1872-1950)
Where: Town Street
When: Summers 1872-1950
Scoville was born in Norwich, New York, and studied at Yale University, from which he graduated with a law degree in 1893. Though he was neither born nor died in Cornwall, Scoville was from an early firmly rooted Cornwall family, and grew up summering on Town Street with his relatives. His father and uncle, both named Samuel Scoville, were the primary founders of what became the Cream Hill Lake Association. In 1910, as the owner of the land occupied by the boathouse on Cream Hill Lake, he granted the Association permission to use the land and later sold it to them. An avid swimmer, Scoville was known to swim the length of the lake at least once a summer for most of his life.
Scoville was an attorney and an ornithologist, and he wrote books for young readers that contained naturalist and science fiction elements. In 1907 Scoville joined the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, of which he was an active member until his death. The club ran a full page photograph and over two page obituary for Scoville in their publication Cassinia, No. XXXVIII in 1951, which described Scoville as “an enthusiastic field worker [who] inspired all of his associates.” Though he wrote a dozen novels, from 1915 through 1932, and had a regular column in the Evening Bulletin, Scoville is perhaps best known for his Boy Scout series of chapter books for young readers. Scoville died in Pennsylvania in 1950.
Image courtesy of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club