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   Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - January 19, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts                                 The Acton Beacon  diomsL J own. TIjuva, (ort, tho, CbunjuL J'&iaidu  VOL. I—No. 2    ACTON,    MASS., FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1945    5c    per    copy    on    News    Stands  THREE-DAY SEARCH FOR  BOY ENDS SUDDENLY  Left to right—Everett Putnam, Clarence Frost, Wesley Wilmot, William Kazokas, State Trooper Dumont, Selectman George S. Braman.  A three day search for Robert | TwCIlty-FivC Out of  Rimback, 20, of Acton Center, was brought to an abrupt close when he appeared at the home of William Kazokas on Arlington street, Tuesday morning.  Police had been called shortly after midnight, when the youth failed to return from a fishing trip to Grassy Pond on Newtown road. They searched , until 5:00 a.m. Sunday, and commenced grap-  The search continued throughout Sunday despite a snowstorm and biting cold, until darkness stopped work. Grappling was resumed New Year’s Day. A driving rain so weakened the ice which had been cut over a large area, operations were suspended early Monday afternoon.  A crew of searchers began to beat the woods early Tuesday morning in the Grassy Pond and Fort Pond sections on the seemingly slim chance Rimback might not have drowned. The boy’s father told the Beacon reporter early Sunday morning that but one set of tracks led to the hole in the ice, and he was convinced his son had been drowned.  The Police, however, were divided in their opinion. Officer Robert Willett had observed two sets of tracks at the boy’s car and was certain he would be found alive. Dragging operations covered a distance of 80 feet in every direction froip the hole.  Police and Fire Departments, the Board of Selectmen and volunteer residents worked unceasingly in an effort to find either the boy or his body. Littleton, Concord and the State Police loaned equipment. Troopers Geist and Dumont of the State Police, Chief Foley in charge of operations, Officers Willett and Frank Braman, were almost continuously on duty. Selectman George Braman, Wendell Putnam, Everett Putnam, Charles Judd Farley, Sr., William Kazokas, Walter Liebfried, Clarence Frost, and many others worked long hours in a common effort to find the lad.  According to who called the Town Hall as soon as Rimback appeared at her home, he told her he had seen a wounded deer across the Pond and had given chase. He said he became lost and kept walking for the three days before he finally found his way out of the woods to the Kazokas home.  The Services  Burke-Walther Nuptials Last Week  Miss Meltha Elizabeth Walther, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Walther, of Lawsbrook road, South Acton, was married to Lt. James P. Burke Jr., on January 4th at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Concord. The officiating clergyman was Rev. James Tiernan, S.J., of the Boston City Hospital staff. The bride was given away by her father.  A graduate of Acton High School in 1941, Mrs. Burke w’as on the staff at the Carney Hospital in Boston. She was attended by Mrs. Joseph L. Walther, a recent bride.  Lt. Burke is a Holy Cross graduate, Class of MMI and was attending Boston College Law School at the time of his entrance into the service.  The ushers were Paul Murphy of Jamaica Plain, an uncle of the bride, and William Moran of Fall River, a cousin of the bridegroom.  A reception was held at the Old Mill Dam in Concord, following the ceremony.  At least 25 men and women who enlisted or were drafted from Acton, have received their discharges from the armed forces. Many of them have seen foreign service and have received Honorable Medical Discharges. Others did not have an opportunity for overseas duty.  TTcjT" 'arc* 'aa I ui IO Wa; Al lay  Edwin J. Costello, Sgt. Benjamin E. Derby,    Richard    A.    Derby,  James H.    French,    Jr.,    Capt.  Charles T. Gallagher,    Sr.,    Russell  Hayward, Thomas Connors, Robert A. Lawton, Donald Mitchell, Leo T. Roche, Clifford Schofield, Hugh Seaton, Richard C. Sisson, Charles P. Taylor, Leo Thatcher, Roy T. Thomas, Edward L. McGuire, Anthony Paskiewicz and James Mekkelson.    Navy: Robert Reed  III, Charles D. Manter. Marine Corps: Lt. Dewey E. Boatman. Army Nurse Corps: Lt. Esther Parkhurst O’Rourke. W. A.C.: Adele Mahoney. Coast Guard: Carl Flint. Merchant Marine: James H. Dingee.  Chimney Fire Threatens House  Firemen Finally Quell Stubborn Blaze  A stubborn chimney fire at the home of Mrs. Ellen Durkee on Nagog Hill road, gave the Fire Department a hard fight Friday night.  Flames leaped three feet into the air from the chimney. Mrs. Durkee discovered the fire when she saw flames spreading from a chimney opening on the second floor. At great risk she shoved against the tin covering the hole, hoping to control the spread of the fire, and shouted for help. When her cries were not heard she rushed to a telephone and called the Fire Department.  Considerable damage was caused by smoke and soot. The firemen could not put out the blaze from below and were forced to fight it ™ ^Kazokas, f rom t jj e  chimney opening on the  roof before it was brought under control.  War  bonds  Sawyer-McCarthy  Wedding Held Sunday  Benjamin H. Sawyer, well known Acton police officer, and Miss Mary A. McCarthy, of School street, South Acton, were united in marriage Sunday afternoon at the rectory of St. Bridget’s Church in .Maynard......  Benjamin H. Sawyer  The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Roy McCormack, of Arlington, with Mr. McCormack serving as best man.  The bridegroom has been a member of the local police force for the past eight ye^rs and has lived in Acton all of his life. He is a brother of Miss Clara L. Sawyer, a member of the Acton Rationing Board.  Following the ceremony a wedding supper was served the guests at Wayside Inn, Sudbury. After a short wedding trip the couple will make their home on South Main street.  Entire Class Now In Service  The early entrance into the service of Dominic Marini will bring the entire male membership of the Class of 1943, Acton High School, into the armed forces. This group is fortunate in being sponsored by the Mothers’ Club of 1943 which is active in sending comforts and delicacies to the boys throughout the year.  BENJAMIN RICE JOINS  ACTON'S HERO LIST  Former State Guard Non-Com Wins Honors in Pacific  Benjamin Rice, USN  Young Acton Couple Wed  Mildred Hodgen and Albert Braman Take Vows In Home Ceremony  Benjamin F. Rice, G.M. 2c, USN, of School street, West Acton, has been awarded the Bronze Star by the Commander of Amphibious Forces of the Pacific Fleet for service set forth in a secret cita-  Miss Mildred Frances Hodgen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh  C. Hodgen, Liberty street, South!  t , 10n - According to that part of  the citation that may be disclosed, Rice distinguished himself by gallantry in action in the assault upon, and occupation of, an enemy held island, carrying out his duties in a calm and efficient manner des-  Acton, became the bride of Mr.  Albert Stacy Braman, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Waldo Braman, of Central street, in a pretty home wedding at 2:00 p.m., Sunday.  Rev. Harry Roberts, pastor of, . the South Acton Congregational P lte     * “PPM*™ and in the  Church performed the double ring  fac f  of heav ’ v mortar machme gun  ceremony, before an altar with a  an snl P el re * background of greenery, lighted For some time previous to his candles and stained glass window enlistment Rice had worked in a effect. The bride was given in defense plant, contributing much marriage by her father. Her only j t° the  war  effort at home by car-attendant was -  her bister, Mrs. I  r yi n & other workers in his car James Maglione, who was Matron !  an d by long hours at his job. He of Honor. Mr. Russell Hayward !  was an  enthusiastic member of the of South Acton served as best man. I 5th Co., 29th Inf., MSG and had  Miss Mary Lothrop, organist of reached the rank of sergeant, the Congregational Church, played Although  “The Wedding March,” and appropriate music during the marriage service. Mr. Harold Merriam, uncle of the bride, sang “I Love You Truly,” accompanied by Miss Lothrop.  The bride is a graduate of the Acton Schools, The Peacock Beauty Academy of Worcester, and attended Bryant and Stratton Business College. She has been employed as a secretary at the Raytheon Manufacturing Company.  The groom attended the Acton schools, and at present is manager of the J. P. W. Von Lear Cider Mill. He is a member of the South Acton Fire Dept, and of Charles A. Welch A.F. & A.M. Lodge, Maynard.  married and with home responsibilities, none of his friends were surprised when Rice enlisted. He had always wanted to do more than fill a defense niche and felt he would rather enlist than wait to be called.  Mrs. Rice has received a wooden box from her husband filled with trophies with a distinct Japanese tinge. Among them were three Jap sailor caps, all carefully laundered, with instructions they be given to her nephews, Bobby and Billy Soar and Dickie Smart. Another unusual item was a tool manual, owned by a Japanese and compiled by an Athol, Mass. firm.  Zip Your Lip and Save A Ship!   

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