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Inquiring minds want to know!
: stacy hylinski
Q What is the significance of the bronze memorial plaque located
on a large rock at the intersection of Beale Avenue and Water
Street? The land on which the memorial sits is named Beale Park.
Many people drive by it every day and have no idea about the man or
his mark on town history.
Dr. Samuel M. Beale Jr. – served as Sandwich’s only physician during
most of the 1900s. To quote Dr. Beale “In 1914 ….I purchased the Tobey
House on the corner of Main & School Street. Forty-Six years I’ve lived
here. Sometimes, I think the old house, the home that has seen me through
the years will also be a refuge for those in need of love and comfort.” Dr.
Beale was celebrated for his early efforts in the treatment of cancer. Urban
legends about Dr. Beale recount that he drove people to the hospital, gave
medicine to those who could not afford them, and accepted payments in
goods for his services, and was also the school doctor. One story relates that
Dr. Beale had a patient who paid him in lobsters every time a new baby was
born into his family. The house was turned into a Bed and Breakfast called
1830 Quince Tree House, and is now a private home.