Biographical Information:

Dates: 1871-1952Dates in Ridgefield: 1940s-1952
fiction, children's books, nonfiction
In 1950, when Hildegarde Hawthorne Oskison had turned 79 years old and had produced 23 books and countless articles, she announced that she would commence to enjoy what other folks had written. She retired from writing but not from community involvement and continued to attend Town Meetings and First Congregational Church activities and could be seen each day walking to the post office from her home on East Ridge. The native of New York City had writing in her blood; Mrs. Oskison was a granddaughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne. When she was only 16, she began selling articles to St. Nicholas Magazine, a popular publication for children, and she continued to write for the young for most of her life. She wrote for adults, too, and among her best-known books was The Romantic Rebel, a biography of her grandfather based on family gossip, his diaries and his letters. Mrs. Oskison moved here during World War II and died in 1952 at the age of 81.
Titles under the name Hildegarde Hawthorne (partial):Born to Adventure: Fremont, 1900Island Farm, 1934Romantic Rebel: The Story of Nathanial Hawthorne, 1936Poet of Craigie House: The Life of Longfellow, 1936The Happy Autocrat: A Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1936
–Sources: Jack Sanders–Notable Ridgefielders; Amazon.com; www.librarything.com