There is no doubt that Miss Hale was a very great lady; to most of us a remote and powerful presence, yet to anyone in real distress she could be infinitely kind. Her mental capacity and her ability to deal with the many difficulties that wartime brought were without parallel. She was really an old lady, 66 years old when I left College but neither her demeanour nor her dress showed it.
There was never any doubt that she was “The Principal”.
A.M.E. Walker, student 1915-17.
From a letter written in the 1990s about one of Edge Hill’s most loved and respected Principals.
100 years ago and Edge Hill was celebrating it’s twenty fifth anniversary:
May 18th, 1910.
Memorandum from the Principal.
My Dear Students,
You will be glad to know that the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the College will be kept on July 2nd next.
Note the date, for the fourth Saturday in June – the date of our usual Annual Gathering – is found to be inconvenient. Please let me know by filling up and posting the enclosed card at once whether or not you will be able to keep Festival with us.
Details of Public Luncheon, Entertainments, &c, will be sent to you later on receipt of your acceptance.
Sarah J. Hale.
Something tells me this won’t be the last we hear from Sarah Hale!