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   Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - April 24, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts                                THE ACTON eufcL UUL I 9 APRIL 5c per copy on News Stands Kelley Wins Marathon on 10th Anniversary of First Win Has Adopted Acton As His Home Town Johnnie 1945 Marathon Wittier Johnnie noted long dis tange celebrated tieLOth an niversary of his first winning of the annual BAA by turning in another clean win on the April 19th It was a combination of hard work and a few lucky said Kelley at his home in West Acton following the Completely re with his characteristic broad grin showing his the runner displayed no signs of the hard 26mile His condition after the race was in marked con trast to the preceding evening when he appeared so finely trained as to be almost Kelley said the wind almost di rectly at his back gave him a de cided advantage although the day was too cool to suit He pre fers a hot day as did Clarence Both runners believe the heat cuts out weaker Using the Kelley head this year instead of running his heart Johnnie was content to stay behind until he made the turn from Wash ington street into Commonwealth avenue when he increased his Slowly he ate up the dis tance between him and Clayton Coast Guard Academy At the foot of the hills that have proved such deadfalls for so many Johnnie picked it Charles and National Marathon wasout in front as was Lloyd also Near ing Boston Farrars stride faltered and he dropped out of the Closing the Kelley passed Robbins near the Brae Burn Coun try Club and that left Bairstow who was running It was a race from Cleveland Circle at Beacon Street to Coolidge with Johnnie making a gallant bid for first Just at the intersection at Coolidge Corner the West Acton boy passed the Navy man having fought his shrugged and let the faster man Three miles more and Johnnie ran as he had not run for Continued on Page Woodshed nXM Chief MacGregor Says Recent Fires Set Town Indignant With Miscreants Incendiary of recent have taken a large toll of essential war materials in the form of gas oline to power fire val uable tires that are nearly and time de manded of voluntary firemen that might better be spent in farming or other defense According to the trick used is as follows A paper matchbook is closed over a lighted When the cigarette touches the matches a flare results that makes a lively blaze to ignite the grass into which it has been The time taken for the cigarette to light the matches gives the culprits time to make their get Authorities say that no matter how smart an arsonist may he cannot know what a sudden change in wind will do to start such a blaze on an uncontrolled Quick discoveryof the fires has served so far to keep f them under and has made them an annoyance to firemen rather than an outright Should con ditions be it is entirely possible for large areas to be burned over with loss of life in isolated farm or with whole sections of the town ac cording to Many residents are indignant at the obvious wish for excitement that will disregard human life and Oldest Acton Man Passes Away in His 92nd Year Nelson Tenney Widely Known In Industrial Field Nelson Actons grand old passed away Wednesday at his home on Massachusetts Ninety two years of he was the oldest male resident in tne Known throughout the machine shop world as a man of Tenney had made many contributions of inven tions that have been of inestimable value Gallant Takes Over Inventive ingenuity in manufac turing a firingpin for a 22 caliber rifle to replace one that had been removed for landed two fourteenyearold West Acton boys in the hands of the law this from whence at least one made a reluctant trip to the Forbidding his son to touch his the careful parent took the further precaution of removing the firing the with his took the rifle and in some manner made a firing pin worked The gun was discharged and the bullet crashed into the clapboards of Flerras house on Central Tracing the course of the police were of the opinion that a tragedy would have occurred had anyone been on the porch or enter ing or leaving the house at the The incident was investigated by Officer Frank Braman who talked with the boys and their Immediately dis covery of the prank the owner of the rifle was seen marching his son in the direction of the family saying grimly as the pair marched Ill do my part The other boy is working out his share of the damages at Flerras apple storage In speaking of the case Chief Foley said It may not be generally but it is a fact that in Massachusetts boys cannot lawfully have even air rifles under the age of There are heavy fines that can be levied against persons giving boys am munition or fire or allowing them to be used by boys under fif A bullet from a 22 rifle can kill at a miles That warning appears on packages of ammunition and parents should use every precaution to keep fire arms from underage According to ar son is an urly word and an uglier WMther to or to make a small blaze that will call out Fire the term is Arson and it is a capital In legal an arsonist is a criminal and not a Additional indignation is felt be cause of the of the large tires which are being worn out in needless runs to these also is an essential war material necessary for the Armed Forces and for de fense Chemicals used in the small blazes are also The hope was publicly expressed this week that the culprits might control their desires for the dura tion or join the services and see some real Starck Interests The insurance business of the late Ludvig formerly of West has been absorbed by the Durkee Insurance Agen according to an announcement made this week by the Raymond Starcks policy of absolute honesty and high efficiency in his business dealings with the insur ing public will be continued as my in merging his business with said Gallant in an interview In absorb ing the Starck insurance interests I shall do my best to live up and surpass if his fine added the new A veteran of World War Gal lant purchased the Durkee Agency in 1940 after having been associ ated in business with Carrie Actons tax for the two years immediately pre Since that time he has worked industriously and has es tablished a fine reputation for efficigncx jdeajyinjf hia f In retiring several years the aged man left his widely known machine shop on Massachu setts in capable His work has carried making ma terial contribution to the war ef who was born in was a charter member of Acton In spite of his age and growing frailty of he remained intensely interested in town affairs until his Several weeks ago he sent word to The Beacon editor that if some one of the staff would visit him for a he would make a sub stantial donation to the newspa He was appreciative of the need of such a newspaper and wanted to help with its publica tion as much as A staff representative visited as he and spent an interesting hour with There is a story tpld of Tenney having taken a Civil Ser vice examination upon one occa One of the problems in the test was to pull and For the the Dur kee Insurance Agency will contin ue to have its office on School street in West BUY WAR BONDS Parachute Flare Found By Local Man A parachute presumably dropped by a plane near Mechan New was found and brought home to South Acton by liawrence Tucker of Martin who has been discharged recently from the Emerson Hospital after having been treated for internal injuries received in a railroad ac cident in New Not recognizing the object Tuck er turned it over to the local police who gave it to Chief Stuart of the Fire Depart Chief MacGregor called in Army authorities at Bedford who checked locally before enlarging their investigation to include the New York Such a flare could have been dropped by a plane in or in other Local authorities have heard nothing further as to the results of the CORRECTION We have been asked to correct a statement in the feature story about CpL Charles Sweet in our last Sweet was not the first of his High School class to enter the Instead he was the first to go Birthday Party Climax To CleanUp Project Young People Make Church Prop erty and Siiining Twentyeight work ing like stirred the curi osity of passersby at the South Acton Universalist Church Satur day evening by their Two crews of boys working outside the Church and girls mowed the carted away ashes and other debris from the rear of the cleaned the in terior and generally dressed up the property in a spring cleaning that was thorough and One casualty was reported when George Morse was struck below the eye by a rake handle being wielded energetically by his Har Clark administered emergency treatment and young Morse returned to The young people toiled from until dark then were served an appetizing supper of hot dogs and under the direction of Thomas Wether bee Charlotte Follow ing the supper sound movies were shown by John The high light of the evening occurred when Miss Doris Morse was made the guest of honor at an informal cele bration in recognition of her 13th The tired workers en joyed ice cream and a large birth day cry cerlalii piecfe of When the examiner machine as reassembled by he said one piece had been placed The Acton man insisted his placement was The instructor still differ telling Tenney he had Al ways returned the piece in a cer tain Finally the local man quietly turned the assemblage over and the astonished instructor on the reverse the words Made by Nelson Ten Tenney passed the ex Manufacturers from all over the world came to the stone building on Massachusetts seeking a machine part that would help in if did they leave Tenney had a habit of solving mechanical lems that had proved impossible hurdles for many other Funeral services were held at his home Saturday afternoon with Keith pastor of the Universalist South Burial was in Wood lawn The house was filled to overflowing with sorrow ing relatives and from every walk in Acton has lost a unique in his and with a kindly philosophy that will be missed Large Audience Enjoys School Music Festival Wide Range of Selections Presented At High School Pupils of the Acton from tiny first graders to young men and women about to graduate from High joined in pre senting 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 Wednes day night Auxiliary Harold John Donald Wesley James Con Edward Richard Frederick George Charles Byron and George Roe Memorial Day Chairman Commander Charles Farley of EdwardsQuimby Post American Legion and Bertha President of Edwards Quimby Post American Legion   

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