This 2008 photo by Cathy Helm,
shows Mrs. Ruth Willard, then-owner of the schoolhouse. The building is
in need of repairs and has been offered to the Oxford Historical
Society for removal to the Twitchell- Rowland Homestead Museum property
on Towner Lane. The Society is seeking grants and donations to cover
some of the costs of preservation.
News! News ! News!
We are thrilled to announce the
Community Support Committee has recommended that the Selectmen approve
funding for the project proposed by the Oxford Historical Society at
their Dec. 10, 2018 meeting at Oxford Town Hall. The proposal awaits
final approval by the Board of Selectmen. Under the plan, the town will
use up to $18,500 for a structural mover to transport the Munn
Schoolhouse from its current site on Route 67 to the OHS campus at 60
Towner Lane. The owner of the schoolhouse, Dan Sears, offered the
schoolhouse to the Society but they had to take it away.
This will be a multi-stage and more than year-long project
as the building has to be carried down Route 67 and under more than 25
September 28, 2006: The
Twitchell-Rowland Homestead was saved from demolition when the
Historical Society moved it to land donated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Rowland on Towner Lane.
We Did It Once Already;
With Your Help, We Can Do it Again!
For the Oxford Historical Society this is an encore performance
as the museum at 60 Towner Lane was moved from Christian Street back in
2006 in order to save the 200 year old house from demo- lition. After
years of work, the Twitchell Rowland Homestead opened to the public in
2012. It is open to the public for various events and for regularly
scheduled Open House Sundays each month
WWII Revisited, Oxford Historical Society's newest book.
Like many Americans, Oxford families sacrificed much during World War
II. One such family was that of J. Edward Miles on Chestnut Tree Hill
Road. During the war years, the family bid farewell to five of their
sons and a son-in-law as they left to serve their country. One son, the
eldest of the five sons to serve, Sgt. David Sheldon Miles, died aboard
the SS Dorchester on February 3, 1943 as the result of enemy action
when a German submarine torpedoed the transport ship in the North
Atlantic while carrying some 903 men to Greenland.
In a letter dated June 1, 1943, to a niece after confirmation of her
son’s death, Susannah Williams Miles lamented, “We all feel terrible
but there isn’t anything we can do about it. It is the first break in
my family so it is pretty hard to bear. We must think it is all for the
best and we are not alone in our troubles.”
Two other sons served abroad, Sgt. Robert Newsome Miles on the Aleutian
Islands in the Bering Sea, and Sgt. H. Wilson Miles in Germany. Both
Sgt. Edward Upson Miles and Sgt. Franklyn Russell Miles served at Armed
Forces bases in this country. Franklyn went on to serve his country in
the US Air Force for a total of twenty years.
Son-in-law Benjamin V. Samoker married Frances Miles, a sister of the
five servicemen, in 1941, and had a new baby girl when he answered his
country’s call to duty by joining the US Navy and serving in Panama for
almost two years.
On the cover of a new book is a photo of the five service men at the
Miles family homestead on Chestnut Tree Hill Road. Standing proudly in
uniform, left to right are: Benjamin Samoker, Robert, Franklyn, Edward,
and H. Wilson Miles in 1945.
The book, World War II Revisited, by Oxford native, Audrey Cable Linke,
will be on sale for the first on Sunday at the Oxford Historical
Society's Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, 60 Towner Lane, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Thanks to Jane Hulbert and Marcia Wrogg for the photo and the family background used on the cover of this new book.