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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - February 2, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts The Acton Beacon diomiL Jowjtl TIqwa. fl&L ihsL CbumtL J&ic&Su VOL. I — No. 3 ACTON, MASS., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1945 5c per copy on News Stands Yanks Build Home in War Zone Pfc. Charles Judd Farley, of Nagog Hill road, believes in carrying his comfort with him. If he cannot do that he manufactures it on the spot according to pictures and letters his family have received. Some months ago “Bud" was transferred from England to the continent. Being stationed in one sector may not be too exciting but Soldier Calls From Alaska Cpl. Calvin Hollowell, of North Acton, telephoned from Alaska, and talked for six minutes with his mother, father, three sisters and two brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Hollowell, and family of Wheeler Lane. The Corporal has not seen his brother Harry for nearly three years as the latter joined the Navy a year before the former entered the Army. The Hollowell family report it is hard to tell who received the greater thrill, they or the soldier who has not been home for over twenty-two months. Front of House Built by Charles Judd Farley and Buddies it has its compensations, for Bud, with the assistance of a couple of his buddies, decided to build home. The house, in the recent battle area, is constructed from captured and discarded German war material. The windows were formerly flying over Allied troops in the noses of German bombers. The walls are German bomb cases. The GFs have a water system with a discarded airplane auxiliary gasoline tank doing noble duty on the roof. Some of the materia that went into the house was com Rebekah Food Sale A food sale, under the auspices of Winona Rebekah Lodge, will be held on February 2nd at McAlester's store in West Acton. Proceeds will be donated to this newspaper for publication. Mrs. Russell Hartwell heads the committee in charge. Other members are Mrs. William Smiley, and Mrs. Fred Kennedy. Russell Briggs In Italy Cpl. Russell L. Briggs, 24, of Arlington street, West Acton, Mass., has arrived in Italy and ha* taken up duties with a 15th Air Force heavy bomber group. Trained as a radio operator-gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber, Cpl. Briggs is now a member of a group commanded by Col. Thomas W. Steed, of Etowah, Tenn. The group has flown more than 145 combat missions against strategic targets in southern Europe and the Balkans. Cpl. Briggs entered the service. July 18, 1942. He is now stationed at a 15th .Air Force heavy bomber base in Italy. Acton Girl Enjoys Jungle Life Army Nurse Treads Strange Paths Texas Sailor Goes Coasting When Texas comes to New England at Christmas it goes coasting. A sailor lad from the Lone Star State a Christmas guest of Mr. and Mrs. Fraser Laflin, of South Acton, and Mr. and Mrs. Willard Sylvia, at the Sylvia home in May- his life. After a traditional Yuletide Christmas dinner, the young man, together with four other sailor guests, left the Sylvia’ house. Instead of going for a walk with the others he, in company with younger members of the family, went coasting. He liked the thrill of the sport so much he spent the entire afternoon and much of the evening sliding downhill and walking up. The other Navy men were from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Vancouver and Bridgeport, Connecticut. The young men, who could not get home for the holiday, were uaken to the train in Boston by one of their hosts. Each was given a Christmas box from the family tree before leaving. Monthly Whist Held Despite Blizzard The January Benefit whist was held at Town Hall, Wednesday evening, in spite of furiously drifting snow and icy roads. The party had been postponed from the preceding week because of bad weather. Eleven tables were in play with the following winners: William King, Mrs. Harry Fannon, Mrs. Richard Lowden, Mrs. William King, Mrs. Alfred Gilbert, Mrs. Daniel Sweeney, Mrs. Craig Sweet, Mrs. Waldo Braman, Miss Laura Jones, William Tillson, Miss Phyllis Webb, Benjamin Bancroft, Mrs. John Pederson, Mrs. Erold Jacobsen, Miss Lillian Feltus, Jack Harvey, Mrs. William Gallagher, Mrs. Elmer Gowan, Mrs. Robert Young, Mrs. Clayton Perkins, Mrs. Jean C M« r j< Carrie Peterson, Mrs. William Tillson, Miss Laura Davis. Mrs. Fannon won a carton of cigarettes and the $25.00 War Bond door prize went to Raleigh Beach of West Acton. A substantial sum, to be used for publication of this newspaper, was realized. The committee in charge was headed by Mrs. T. Charles Gallagher, of South Acton. Lt. Ruth Horton, A. N. C. State Guard > Practice Realistic Rear View posed of prefabricated houses and hangars left behind by the German army in its retreat. In a recent letter home Farley explained that his new home was 16 x 16 feet in area and eight feet in height. He also reports the soldiers have electric lights, a radio and central heating (a stove in the middle of the floor). This Son of Acton is a goodwill ambassador of no mean ability. Shortly after his arrival in England he noticed some goats on a nearby farm. As he has been a goat fancier for years, he noticed immediately that the English animals ^needed their hooves trimmed. Striking up a friend ship with the owner, he volunteered to do the work. Thus he per formed in England a chore lie had sometimes tried to avoid in Acton. ACTON SCHOOL NOTES The 1945 March of Dimes is in full swing. It will be in process until January 31st. Acton schools will hold a drive during the period for the purpose of securing contributions from all school children. The Girls’ basketball team has won four games and lost two so far this season. Members of the team are N. Christofferson, B. Barry, T. Curley, L. Ballard, M. Howell, D. Hartwell, J. Post, E. Danielson, P. Hartwell. Lorraine Kennie is the manager. Miss Barbara Barry was elected by the faculty for the D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award. Three girls were nominated by the Senior class, with the faculty making tKe final selection. The Boys’ basketball team wil play Wayland at Wayland on January 30th, and on February 5th will play Concord Reformatory. The Girls’ team is scbedulec to meet Concord on the 31st anc will play a return game with Con cord at Acton on February 6th Both teams will play Groton the 2nd. William George Lawrence t The death of William George Lawrence, of Arlington street, Saturday morning came as a shock to his many friends and relatives. He had been ill for two weeks. He was 63 years old, a native of Vergennes, Vermont. A High Mass of Requiem was celebrated at St. Elizabeth’s Church, West Acton, yesterday morning at 9:00 o’clock, with Rev. D. Edward O’Bryan, pastor of St. Elizabeth’s and St. Bridget’s Church of Maynard, officiating. Burial was in St. Bridget’s Cemetery. Mr. Lawrence had been sexton of St. Elizabeth’s Church for many years, having served under three pastors, including Father O’Bryan. He is survived by his widow, Lena M. (Dufour) Lawrence; two daughters, Mrs. Seaward S. Spinney and Mrs. Norman E. Hollowell, of Acton; one son, Walter W. Lawrence of Littleton; a brother, five sisters and eight grandchildren. Command Post Exercises -(cA) were held by the 5th Co. MSG at their drill Monday night. Secret orders were opened by the Commanding Officer. The first message simulated a call for help from the station master who reported a train wreck. A detail was despatched immediately under the command of an officer to render aid necessary for injured passengers and to guard property. The second message called for a guard to prevent looting of a store in Littleton Corner. This was supposed to take place under severe storm conditions. The men supposedly could not reach their objective by the usual method of transportation. They were to use whatever means they could find to reach Littleton Corner. In this particular case they were supposed to use snowshoes and horses. By an odd coincidence, there was a snowstorm and while it did not reach blizzard proportions on the night of the exercise, it gave the men an opportunity to realize what it means to do guard duty under these conditions. THANK YOU! REGISTRATION OF VOTERS Friday, Feb. 9, 7 to 9 p.m.—South Acton School. Monday, Feb. 12, 7 to 9 p.m.— West Acton Fire House. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 12 noon to IO p.m.—Town Hall. Nomination papers must be in the hands of the Town Clerk not later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15th. Town Election—Monday, March 5; Polls open 12 noon to 8 p.m. Town Meeting—Monday, Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. For helping with the cost of this issue we thank the following persons and organizations, who have donated funds and effort: Mrs. William Scanlon Mrs. Noe Richard Mrs. Leland Howe Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Curtis Webster S. Blanchard Acton Grange Mrs. Alice McAvenia Miss Natasha Farley Mrs. Benjamin Rice Mr. and Mrs. Lester A. Sebastian Walter Liebfried John F. Canessa Walter Stevens Miss Laura Davis Mrs. William Gallagher James H. Connolly Mrs. Elmer Gowan, Somerville Mrs. John Pederson Lt. Ruth A. Horton, Army Nurse Corps, is a home town girl who has traveled to far places. .Her Jitters to her Parents. Mr. and Sirs. George Horton, of the Center, bring news of magical spots—Karachi, Calcutta, Burma, the jungles of India and other remote places seldom, if ever before, visited by residents of this town. Of her work, Lt. Horton, with true military reticence, refuses to speak. “I am only one of thousands doing the same thing,’’ she casually explains. After graduating from Acton High School, she became a student nurse at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. Following her graduation she took post graduate work at Simmons College. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps two years ago last October, going immediately to Devens. She went overseas the following February. Her parents have but a sketchy account of her tours of duty. “Detached service’’ covers a wide range of travel and kinds of duty. Lt. Horton’s most recent letters, however, tell of her home, a bamboo basha, or hut, with the jungle coming right up to the door. Bamboo furniture makes for comfort, but things are, generally, primitive. The life is rough with A.N.C. officers wearing slacks, long sleeved shirts and netting for their heads. On their walks they hear monkeys chattering, with cockatoos and other birds scolding. Hitch-hiking is common, with occasional chances to fly. Lt. Horton has become an aviation enthusiast. She has also become a member of a choir which has been formed at the post. A cantata was presented at Christmas in a little bamboo chapel. At present, weather conditions are not too uncomfortable. The jungle is beautiful according to the Lieutenant. During the monsoon season, however, the temperature reaches 130 degrees and is, in the Lieutenant’s words, “Plain Hell!’’ Lt. Horton has a brother, Russell, with the Army in France, and 1 a younger sister, Miss Barbara.
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