1858 – Born on June 19th into a rural New England farm family. A poet, journalist, and humorist, Sam Walter Foss is best known for his inspirational poem, The House By the Side of the Road.
1882 – He graduated from Portsmouth (New Hampshire) High School, and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
1891 – Moved to Boston where he wrote first for the Yankee Blade and later the Boston Globe.
1898 – He was the librarian of the Somerville Public Library in Massachusetts.
1899 – One of Foss’s books was entitled Songs of war and Peace was published.
1907 – Published his book Songs of the Average Man.
1911 – Died on February 26th at the age of 52.