Acton Beacon, February 28, 1945

Acton Beacon

February 28, 1945

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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - February 28, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts d(onuL JowjtL YUwa, fifL tim, CbumtL J&uxa, VOL. I — No. 5 ACTON, MASS., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28,1945 5c per copy on News Stands Gl's Toke Over With Mony Letters To Home Folks One Theme Apparent in Messages From Distant Places The tremendous response on the part of Acton GI’s the world over, has overflowed the Mail Bag and blossomed into a true “news story.” A theme that almost plays a melody courses through their letters,—“The Beacon brings home closer.” It will be found in almost identical phrases in several of the following letters. The people of Acton are receiving a tribute in youthful, unaffected words from armed men and women who have taken time out of their busy lives to tell how grateful they are for the thing Acton is doing to lighten their lives even a little bit. The letters follow: -—   - —     —  <$> Lt. Eileen M. Lizotte, ANC — Sgt. Holland Doughty Jungle Warrioi Sends Christmas Letter Home Many Changes In Acton Teaching Staff Miss Feehan Resigns To Go To Waltham Service Shots Major John Anderson, an overnight guest of his father, Carl E. Anderson of West Acton, dropped in to the Beacon office last week to greet the staff. He is looking fit and except for a more serious mien he is much the popular Johnnie of other days. Now stationed at Mitchell Field, Mineola, Long Island, he is back on his old home grounds. Before coming to Acton his family lived in Hicksville, a short distance from Mineola. The Major is impatient for action in the Pacific Area, now that he has had experience in the European theatre. Lt. Kenneth Webb, whose ex ploits appeared in the last issue, has been promoted to a captaincy, according to word received by Miss Phyllis Webb this week. Captain Frederick Heyliger appeared at Town Hall this wedk with Mrs. Heyliger, the former Miss Evelyn Davis, and their lovely 18-months-old son, Frederick Junior. Capt. Heyliger was wounded in action in France and is now on a 15-day furlough. He is a paratrooper. Quiet Town Election Expected In March Four Candidates For School Committee “You can’t possibly fathom how much the Acton Beacon means to me. I’m speaking in the first person but I am sure that I am writing what all the other recipients of that paper feel. When you’re away from home and can’t keep in contact with everyone 'it’s just wonderful to have a means of knowing what ‘the guys and gals’ you used to know are doing . . . our parents do their best to tell us the news, but they can’t possibly keep in touch with everyone. The folks you know mean home and when you’re away from home you appreciate all that brings you a little closer to it. That’s what the Acton Beacon does. Believe me, you all have my blessings! I was surprised at your editorial in the February 2nd issue. I can’t possibly imagine anyone being small enough to think such slanderous things I But ?hen, on second thought, does anyone ever do anything for others out of the kindness of their heart without something derogatory being said at one time or another? (No, Soldier. That’s what makes wars possible. Ed.) We, in the service, appreciate your every effort, your every minute of work. It’s an excellent paper; it talks of those we want to hear about and it says it in a way we like. Many thanks and do keep those presses rolling!” A four-cornered race for School Committee is the one contest to be expected in this year’s Town Election. With Richard A. Lowden running for re-election, Hermann Gat-chell, Mrs. Zillah M. Gates and Walter N. Stevenson and their supporters are expected to give him a race that should be interesting to the voters. Arthur W. Lee, whose term as selectman expires this year, has announced his candidacy for re-election. No one has appeared to challenge him. and it is expected he will be re-elected with no opposition. . Following are the names of candidates for other town offices: Moderator for one year—Albert P. Dur-kee; Town Clerk, one year: Harlan Tuttle; Town Treasurer, one year: William Henry Soar; Assessor, three years: James W. Baker; Tax Collector, one year: Mrs. Carrie Durkee; Tree Warden, one year: James J. Knight; Board of Public Welfare, three years: Benjamin Ine-son for re-election; Constables, Ivar Peterson and Robert G. Willett; Cemetery Commissioner, Ray Harris; Trustee Memorial Library, Miss Mary Haskell Lothrop. After the resignation last year from the School Committee of Robert Hall, Vaughn Allen filled his unexpired term. Allen is not running this year and Hermann Gatchell, from the Center, intends to make every effort to capture the office. Staff Sgt. William D. Holland Francis J. Conroy, MM 1/c — “Guess what?—Got The Beacon of Jan. 2nd a couple of days ago. You know ifs the closest I have been to home in a long while. Did my old heart good to read about ‘millions’ of people I know, and on reading it through, word for word, once, I read it again and got just as big a kick as I did the first time. I think I’ve told everybody in our crew just where every stone in Acton is and I know I have at least half of them believing that Acton is the best town->4n the States. Could be'that some day we’ll float our tub up the river. I think the river will be a bit small but what the heck—we can always put wheels on it, cant we? About etery time we hit port I keep my eyes open, to see if I can see anybody from up that way. So far no luck, but maybe some one of these days I’ll run into someone and if I dot I’m afraid they’ll have to hold up the war until we finish talking. ... I’d like to ask you to thank everyone connected with The Beacon for, as I said before, bringing me and a lot of the otheT fellows and gals closer to home than we have been in a long time. Thanks again and regards to all.” Beacon Honor Roll A/C Francis Collins: “Of course I don’t know first hand of the circumstances which prompted the editorial “A Racket?” in. the February 2nd edition of The Beacon but I want to put my two cents into the discussion just the same. (Continued on Page 3) Had Bill Holland lived seventy-five years ago, undoubtedly he would have carried 18 notches on his gun butt. Today his military citation reads: “. . . he killed 18 of the enemy and disrupted their lines of supply.” This is a doughty record for a musician turner warrior, and his townsfolk are justly proud of him. Staff Sergeant William Dunlop Holland received the Bronze Star for “meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy at Bougainville Solomon Islands, on March IO 1944. During the initial attack by the enemy against our positions on Hill 260, Sgt. Holland was a platoon sergeant in the garrison force occupying the hill. Without regard for his own safety, Sgt. Holland crawled to an exposed position under intense mortar and machine gun fire where he killed 18 of the enemy and disrupted their lines of supply. By his courageous conduct and expert leadership, he was an inspiration to the men of his platoon.” Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holland, of Southboro, but formerly living in South Acton, Sgt. Holland, 'although born in New York, grew up in this town and graduated from the local High School. Inheriting a love of music from his talented father, who was conductor of the Anchor and Ark Glee Club for a number of years, the boy studied music, particularly the trombone. In High School he was active in athletics, making the basketball squad and was on the Student Council. Other members of his class (1936) also in the services are Ensign Thomas C. Gallagher, Jr., Clarence Braman, Francis Roche, all Navy, and Leo Cunningham, Army. Holland is well-known locally for his talents as a comedian, having appeared in amateur theatricals. In his sophomore year The Torch described him as “A good pat” His outfit was the first to leave for Australia from Camp Edwards. From Australia he was sent to New Caledonia and from there to Guadalcanal, Fiji Islands and the Solomons where the action at Bougainville raised him to Acton’s Hall of Fame. It was in that desperate battle that Robert Townsend, USMC, another local boy, lost his life. Holland has been in the South Pacific for three years. After two and one-half years of jungle fighting he was transferred to the Regimental Headquarters Company Band. According to latest reports he is on the move again, whether a return to combat duty or not, is not known. (Continued on Page 2) Miss Alice Feehan has resigned ler position as teacher in the Acton schools, to take a position at the Newhall School in Waltham on February 28th. Mrs. Barbara B. Ciabatton, graduate of Fitchburg Teachers College, will take Miss Feehan’s place, teaching the third anc! fourth grades. Mrs. Ciabatton has taught at Lunenburg for four years, and is now working at Fort Devens. Mrs. Anne L. McAllister, of Manchester, N. H., has been appointed as teacher of the fifth and sixth grades to replace Mrs. Florence Rooney who has been substituting for some time. Mrs. McAllister will report for* duty in mid-April. She will be the fifth teacher so far this year to take over these two grades. She is a graduate of Fitchburg Normal School, and has taught at Goffstown, N. H. A local girl, Miss Anne Hag-garty, has been appointed to the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mfrs. Barbara Kuhnhart. Mi Ss Haggarty was president of Student Government at Salem Teachers College. While at Acton High School, from which she graduatec several years ago, she was presi dent of the Senior Class and active in athletics. She was an outstanding scholar. Police Drive On Violators   .» 1 A drive to prosecute motorists who fail to observe stop signs within the town limits has been launched by the Police Department. According to the police many local residents have been disregarding the stop signs placed at different intersections in the town. Several violations have been reported to the police resulting in the drive to curb the practice. Those booked will not only be subject to a fine in Court‘but the loss of* their licenses as well. Old Fashioned Dance On St. Patrick’s Day The usual monthly whist party for the benefit of The Beacon will not be held in March. Instead, an Old Fashioned Dance will be held Saturday night, March 17th, proceeds to be donated to this newspaper. Miss Alma Graves, of Maple Street, South Acton, will serve as chairman of the Dance Committee. SEND YOUR MILEAGE RATIONING RECORDS Announcement has been made by the local Rationing Board that gasoline applications cannot be processed unless accompanied by the Mileage Rationing Record of the appliant. This Mileage Record was sent to all motorists together with their A books in November. Federal regulations require Boards to endorse the reverse side of the Mileage Record with every issue of Special, Hardship or Supplemental gasoline. Applications will be held until applicants submit their Mileage Rationing Records. To avoid delay the Board requests the Record accompany the application. FLASH Word has been received by the family of Peter Duggan, U. S. Army, that he was killed in action on Luzon, February 7th. The following list of names of service men and women is the first installment of The Beacon’s Honor Roll. A column of names will be printed in each issue until the list is completed. Clipping the column and saving it as it is published, will enable readers to learn readily those members of the armed forces who are serving. Names of those who have been discharged as well as those who have given their lives, are included. In addition, persons who have lived in Acton at one time and have retained their interest in local things, will be found. Should our readers find a name missing and feel that person is entitled to receive The Beacon, a message to the editor will start the current issue on its journey, x Discharged * Killed in Action. Aldred, Earl R.    Cpl. Aldred, Paul K.    S    1/c Andersen, James M. S/Sgt. Anderson, Edwin    S.F.    2/c Anderson, John M.    Major Anderson, Walter    Cpl. Anderson, Wilho    Cpl. Ballard, Walter M.    Capt. Bartlett, Robert A. Bartlett, W. C.    S    1/c Begley, Robert M.    MM    2/c Billings, Bernard    Sgt. Bird, Fred T. Jr.    Ph. M 2/c xBoatman, Dewey E.    Lieut. Bohunicky, Philip    Pvt. Bondelevitch, Stanley W. Pfc. Boyer, Charles Jr.    Sgt. Bradley, James Braman, Clarence E. R. T. 1/c Braman, George A. C. M. M. Briggs, Russell L.    Cpl. ♦Britt, Robert F. Bulette, Henry F.    Ens. Bundy, Hazel B.    Capt. Bundy, Lloyd    C.    P. O. Bursaw, Burton    B.    Sgt. Bursaw, Edward    Wilson Cpl. Bursaw, Kenneth    Cpl. Bursaw, William    Cpl. Butler, Horace Bert    Pvt. Buxton, Harold    Lieut. Callanan, Charles M.    Sgt. Callanan, James B.    R. T. 2/c Carey, Lester O.    Cpl. Caron, Leo Wilfred Chaplin, Harold F.    A/F Charter, Franklin H. Lieut. Charter, John W. A. E. M. 1/c Charter, Wesley D. A. M. M. 2/c xChickering, Emerson    Sgt. Chisholm, Walter F.    Pfc. Claflin, Charles E. S 1/c R. M. Claflin, Leon M. Jr.    Sgt. Clapp, Robert E.    Sgt. Clapp, Victor    Lieut. Clayton, George    Pfc. Clemence,    George B.    T/Sgt. Cole, Thomas W.    Pvt. Collins, Francis    A/T Condon, William E.    S    2/c xConnors, Thomas Conquest, Frederick    S    /Sgt. Conquest,    John F.    Pvt. Conquest,    Thomas    R.    Pvt. Conroy, Francis J. xCostello, Edwin J. Croft, John W. Cullinane, Cornelius C. Pfc. Cunningham, Leo C.    T/Sgt. Curley, John J.    Ph. M. 3/c Curley, Michael G.    Sgt. Curtis, Joseph W.    M/Sgt. Curtis, Norman A.    S    2/c Davis, Henry A., Jr.    Pvt. Davis, Ralph John    S    1/c Day, Joseph P., Jr.    Capt. Day, Joseph P., 3rd.    Pvt. Decker, James A.    Pfc. DeFiguererdo, Lincoln S. Pfc. xDerby, Benjamin E.    Sgt. xDerby, Richard A.    , xDingee, James H. Dingee, John Alton    S    1/c Dickson, Henry S., Jr. S. S. C.E.M. Downey, Frank E.    SK    2/c Downey, George 'P. A. M. M. 2/c Doyle, Henry D.    Sgt. Dragon, Augustave    S/Sgt. (Continued in Next Issue) ;