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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - April 24, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts The Beacon Stoma. Jown. Views, fen. the. (famed. VOL. I —No. 9 ACTON, MASS., TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 1945 Kelley Wins Marathon o'n 10th Anniversary of First Win Has Adopted Acton As His Home Town 5c per copy on News Stands Chief MacGregor Says Recent Fires Set Town Indignant With Miscreants Incendiary fires, of recent weeks, have taken a large toll of essential war materials in the form of gasoline to power fire apparatus, valuable woodlands, tires that are nearly irreplaceable, and time demanded of voluntary firemen that might better be spent in farming or other defense work. According to police, the trick used is as follows! A paper matchbook is closed over a lighted cigarette. When the cigarette touches the matches a flare results that makes a lively blaze to ignite the grass into which it has been tossed. The time taken for the cigarette to light the matches gives the culprits time to make their get away. Oldest Acton Man Passes Away in His 92nd Year Nelson H. Tenney Widely Known In Industrial Field Nelson H. Tenney, Acton’s grand old man, passed away Wednesday at his home on Massachusetts Avenue. Ninety-two years of age, he was the oldest male resident in the town. Known throughout the machine shop world as a man of genius, Mr. Tenney had made many contributions of inventions that have been of inestimable value mechanically. Gallant Takes Over Starck Interests The insurance business of the late Ludvig Starck, formerly of West Acton, has been absorbed by the C. A. Durkee Insurance Agency, according to an announcement Johnnie Kelley, 1945 Marathon Wister Johnnie Kelley, noted long distance runner end #Kh9T*ed War Veteran, celebrated tlS xOth anniversary of his first winning of the annual BAA Marathon, by turning in another clean win on the April 19th holiday. “It was a combination of hare work and a few lucky breaks,” said Kelley at his home in West Acton following the race. Completely relaxed, with his characteristic broad grin showing his Happiness, the runner displayed no signs of the hard 26-mile grind. His condition after the race was in marked con trast to the preceding evening when he appeared so finely trained as to be almost jittery. Kelley said the wind almost directly at his back gave him a de cided advantage although the day was too cool to suit him. He prefers a hot day as did Clarence DeMar. Both runners believe the heat cuts out weaker competitors. Using the Kelley head this year instead of running his heart out, Johnnie was content to stay behind until he made the turn from Washington street into Commonwealth avenue when he increased his stride. Slowly hh ate up the distance between him and Clayton Farrar, Coast Guard Academy runner. At the foot of the hills that have proved such deadfalls for so many runners, Jdhnnie picked it up. Charles A. Robbins, Navy, and National Marathon champion, was'out in front as was Lloyd Bairstow, also Navy. Nearing Boston College, Farrar’s stride faltered and he dropped out of the race. Closing the gap, Kelley passed Robbins near the Brae Burn Country Club and that left Bairstow who was running well. It was a race from Cleveland Circle at Beacon Street to Coolidge Comer with Johnnie making a gallant bid for first place. Just at the intersection at Coolidge Corner the West Acton boy passed the Navy man who, having fought his fight, shrugged and let the faster man go. Three miles more and Johnnie ran as he had not run for years. (Continued on Page 8.) Inventive ingenuity in manufacturing a firing-nin for a 22 caliber rifle to replace one that had been removed for safety, landed two fourteen-year-old West Acton boys in the hands of the law this week, from whence at least one made a reluctant trip to the woodshed. Forbidding his son to touch his rifle, the careful parent took the further precaution of removing the firing pin. Disobeying, the boy, with his chum, took the rifle and in softie manner made a firing-pin that worked efficiently. The gun was discharged and the bullet crashed into the clapboards of thorns Flerra’s house on Central Street. Tracing the course of the bullet, police were of the opinion that a tragedy would have occurred had anyone been on the porch or entering or leaving the house at the time. The incident was investigated >y Officer Frank Braman who talked with the boys and their parents. Immediately after, discovery of the prank the owner of ;he rifle was seen marching his son :in the direction of the family woodshed, saying grimly as the pair marched: “I’ll do my part!” The other boy is working out his share of the damages at Flerra’s apple storage plant. In speaking of the case today, Chief Foley said: “It may not be generally known, but it is a fact that in Massachusetts boys cannot lawfully have even air rifles under the age of fifteen. There are heavy fines that can be levied against persons giving boys ammunition or fire arms, or allowing them to be used by boys under fifteen. A bullet from a 22 rifle can kill at a mile’s distance. That warning appears on package^ of ammunition and parents should use every precaution to keep firearms from under-age children.” •on is an crime. to 5>um made this week by the owner, Authorities say that no matter R ^^ 10nd Gallant * how smart an arsonist may be he * Starers policy of absolute cannot know what a sudden change honesty and bi £ b efficiency in his in wind will do to start such a business dealings with the insur-blaze on an uncontrolled rampage. ing . publ j c wil1 be continued as my Quick discovery- of the fires has p ° bcy » * n me rging his business served so far to keep them under with mine >” said Gallant in an control, and has made them an ! nterview ^ €ster day. “In absorb annoyance to firemen rather than ing the Starck insurance interests an outright menace. Should con- 1 sha11 60 my best live U P to > ditions be favorable, however, it is and su J"P ass if possible, his fine entirely possible for large areas to added the new owner. be burned over with loss of life in ^ ve ^ eran World War I, Gal-isolated farm homes, or with whole ! ant purcbas€d the Durkee Agency sections of the town imperiled, ac- * n after having been associ-cording to authorities. a * ed in business with Mrs. Carrie Many residents are indignant at Durkee, Acton s tax collector, for the obvious wish for excitement I the . two years immediately pre-that will disregard human life and ced ** n £* Since that time he has property. According to some. ar- worked industriously and has es-- * \ly word and an uglier a ** reputation for Ither a ( fixe efficia ¥ cy dea^nsr with his Wings ddMwtbly, or] V I to make al small blaze that will For the pr^ent, the C. A. Dur-call out the' Fire Department, the kee Insurance Agency will contin-term is Arson and it is a capital ue . bave *** office on School crime. In legal terms, an arsonist 1 8 ^ ree ^ * n West Acton. is a criminal and not a prankster. D . ... IT- Additional indignation is felt be- -Birthday Party Climax cause of the shortage, particularly, To ClCttH"Up Project of the large tires which are being — ■' worn out in needless runs to these Young People Make Church Prop-fires. Gasoline, also scarce, is an Freak and Shining essential war material necessary . . -- for the Armed Forces and for de-J . T ™mty-eight volunteers, work-fense workers. Chemicals used in] ing ® beavers, stirred the curi- fighting the small blazes are also * S1 J y ° TT P assersb y a t the South essential. Acton Universalist Church Satur- The hope was publicly expressed d& m €Veidn £ b y their activity this week that the culprits might TV? crews of 28 » boys workin S control their desires for the dura- outside the Church and girls inside, tion or join the services and see m ° wed the lawn > car *ed away some real action. | ashes and other debris from the rear of the church, cleaned the in Parachute flare Found I terior and & en ®*aiiy dressed up the Rv Tncjil Man propert y in a spring cleaning that y Avocat man was thorough and novel. A parachute flare, presumably L ° ne c ® suaIty waa reported when dropped by a plane near Meehan- l ee Mol ; se struck Wow the icsville, New York, was found and * ye y “ r “ ke han<Ue bein 8 wielded brought home to South Acton by| energet ‘ cally by his brother, Har-Lawrence Tucker of Martin street, ry ’ who has been discharged recently hj?' er ® ency regiment and from the Emerson Hospital after M ° r “ returaed to work. having been treated for internal e injuries received in a cident in New York. Not recognizing the object Tuck . ur . young people toiled from railroad ac- p,m * un * d dark outside, then were served an appetizing supper of hot dogs and beans, under the direction of Mrs. Thomas Wether- buy war bonds er turned it over to the local police ° m Ahomas Wether who gave it to Chief H. Stuart .(Charlotte Tolman). Follow MacGregor, of the Fire Depart-1 ^ the 8upper sound movies were ment. Chief MacGregor called in ?. Howard - The hi S h - Army authorities at Bedford who . e ^ enin K occurred when checked locally 'before enlarging! ® ? r ' a Morse was made the their investigation to include the f Ue f. honor a t an informal cele New York angle. b ration in recognition of her 13th Such a flare could have been birtl ’ d ? y - The tired workers en-dropped by a plane in trouble, or J ° y cream and a large birth-in other ways. Local authorities ay Ca e * have heard nothing further as to In retiring several years ago, the aged man left his widely known machine shop on Massachusetts avenue, in capable hands. His work has carried on, making material contribution to the war effort. Mr. Tenney, who was born in Acton, was a charter member of Acton Grange. In spite of his age and growing frailty of health, he remained intensely interested in town affairs until his death. Several weeks ago he sent word to The Beacon editor that if some one of the staff would visit him for a chat, he would make a substantial donation to the newspaper. He was appreciative of the need of such a newspaper and wanted to help with its publication as much as possible. A staff representative visited him, as he desired, and spent an interesting hour with him. There is a story tpld of Mr. Tenney having taken a Civil Service examination upon one occasion. One of the problems in the test was to pull dov^n and seizable » certain piect of rr^ ery. Wnen the examiner sAVthe machine as reassembled by Mr. Tenney, he said one piece had been placed incorrectly. The Acton man insisted his placement of it was correct. The instructor still differed, telling Mr. Tenney he had always returned the piece in a certain manner. Finally the local man quietly turned the assemblage over and the astonished instructor read, on the reverse side, the words: “Made by Nelson H. Tenney.” Mr. Tenney passed the examination. Manufacturers from all over the world came to the stone building on Massachusetts avenue, seeking a machine part that would help in industry. Seldom, if ever, did they leave unsatisfied. Mr. Tenney had a habit of solving mechanical prob-. lems that had proved impossible hurdles for many other machinists. Funeral services were held at his home Saturday afternoon with Mr. Keith Munson, pastor of the Universalist Church, South Acton, officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. The house was filled to overflowing with sorrowing relatives and friends, from every walk in life. Acton has lost a resident, unique in his abilities, and with a kindly philosophy that will be missed immeasurably. * the results of the investigation, Large Audience Enjoys however 1 School Music Festival CORRECTION We have been asked to correct a statement in the feature story about Cpl. Charles Sweet in our last issue. Cpl. Sweet was not the first of his High School class to enter the service. Instead he was the first to go overseas. Wide Range of Selections Presented At High School Pupils of the Acton schools, from tiny first graders to young | men and women about to graduate from High School, joined in presenting a Music Festival that (Continued on Page 8) Selectmen Appoint At Last Board Meeting The Board of Selectmen made the following appointments at their regular meeting last Wednesday night: Auxiliary Police—Roy H. Linscott, Harold E. Clapp, John F. Coughlin, Donald F. Fullonton, Wesley P. Wilmot, James H. Connolly, Edward LeClerc, Richard O'Neil, Frederick W. Rimbach, George Horton, Charles Byron and George Roe; Memorial Day Committee—Donatus W. Benere, Chairman; Commander Charles J. Farley of Edwards-Quimby Post American Legion and Mrs. Bertha Lowden, President of Edwards-Quimby Post American Legion Auxiliary.
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