Samuel Paul

Dr. Samuel E. Paul was born in Malden, Massachusetts on March 28, 1911.
He received his B.S. in Biology & Public Health in 1932 and graduated from
Boston University Medical School in 1937.  The following words were written
by Dr. Paul in his Autobiography in connection with the Troy Living War Memorial (Sand Dam).  Dr. Paul’s son, Peter Paul, has granted permission for its use in this article:


  Dr.Samuel Paul - Autobiography
 
 “The fall of 1940 found anticipation of war running high.Some of my classmates had enlisted as second lieutenants and had already received their captaincy.  I decided that was the way for me to go.  But my eyes needed too much correction for me to pass the physical examination and Washington was not allowing any waivers on physical defects. After two months of checking out potential areas for a medical practice in Massachusetts, I was told of a small country town in New Hampshire whose doctor had just died. The town was Troy where I would spend the next twenty-nine years. It was not long before I was involved in more than the practice of medicine.  The people were friendly and involved in church and various club activities. A group of boys who were interested in scouting asked me for help. Immediately I took an active part as scoutmaster and chairman of the troop committee.  The Boy Scouts were so successful that within a year some girls asked my wife to organize a Girl Scout troop. With the war on, it was a natural for the boys and girls to do the paper and fat collections for the  town. Monies obtained went to purchase second-hand drums, bugles and fifes. Fortunately, since I had been in a drum and bugle corps, I was able to train both the boys and girls in a combined fife, bugle and drum corps.  On Memorial Day the corps put on a big affair for the town.

After the war the townsfolk voted against a "dead" memorial marker and voted to have me investigate some sort of "living" War Memorial that their children could enjoy. They stated I was the first person to do so much for their children and they wanted more  for them.
  
The State Director of Physical Education suggested a water safety program. He had seen many armed services people drown in the Mediterranean simply because they could not stay afloat for five minutes till rescued.  We were fortunate to have an excellent source of water which was used by the local blanket mill for washing out dyes. They pulled 1,000,000 gallons of water a day for this purpose. The ample watershed was free of human habitation and although the water was brown, it met state drinking standards. Since the area was only a half mile from the center of town, all children could walk or bike to the five acre grounds with a hundred yard dam holding back water a half mile making flooded meadows ten feet deep at the dam flume. The principal of our local school took a Red Cross examiners course and the town launched its "Living War Memorial Program". It was eventually expanded to include rowboats and canoe safety plus a club house for craft work, archery and eventually a small baseball field and two tennis courts. After ten years of this program we checked the one hundred children in high school and found ninety-nine of them to be proficient in water safety skills."