Judge Edmond Will Be Featured at This Year’s Remembrance

Mary Hawley
Red gladiolas, Mary Hawley’s favorite flower, will once again grace the Edmond Town Hall on Saturday.

The Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers will host an open house in honor of Mary Elizabeth Hawley’s birthday on Saturday, August 22 from 12 noon to 7:00 pm at the Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. The public is invited to stop by the Mary Hawley Memorial Room to sign the guest book and partake in refreshments.

As part of this year’s celebration, a brief biography of Judge William Edmond, Ms. Hawley’s great grandfather who inspired the building’s name, will be on display.  Judge Edmond was a minor hero of the American Revolution, a lawyer and a respected statesman.

The building that Ms. Hawley donated to the people of Newtown continues to serve as the heart of the community 85 years later. She had the foresight to include a proscenium theater, office spaces and other elegant and useful gathering spaces that, along with a modest annual disbursement from a dedicated trust fund, have allowed the Town to generate most, though not all, of the revenue needed to maintain the building.

“Upkeep becomes more challenging as the building ages, but we continue to move forward with our goals to reduce energy costs and implement technological and other changes that keep the building useful and relevant to the community,” said James Juliano, Chairman of the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers, the elected body responsible for the maintenance of the historic building.

Ms. Hawley is best known for her generosity to the community through such generous gifts as:  Edmond Town Hall, Hawley School and the Cyrenius H. Booth Library as well as the Soldiers and Sailors monument located at the head of Main Street. She also made generous gifts to many other organizations in surrounding communities.