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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - June 5, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts The Acton Beacon Moms- Jaion. TIswa. fa. th*. CbimssL Joice*. VOL. I — No. 12 ACTON, MASS., TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1945 5c per copy on News Stands ENGINEER POSES WITH CAPTURED NAZI FLAG Pvt. Horace Bert Butler was a* member of an Engineer Combat Battalion when the Nazi flag, before which he poses, was captured by his company on the Siegfried Line in the “Battle of the Bulge.” Pvt. Butler has been in the service since March 1943, receiving his basic training at Camp Shelby. He went overseas in October 1943 and has seen action at Carlentan, St. Lo, Marigny, Seine River, Chateau Thierry, the Belgian Bulge, and at the moment is in Germany. MASSACHUSETTS PREPARES Charles Judd Farley The Veterans Rehabilitation and Reemployment Committee was set up when it became evident that because of the many Massachusetts men and women in the Services, consideration of the veterans’ needs would become a major consideration of the Commonwealth. Mr. W. Rea Long, because of his experience as Commissioner of State Aid and Pensions, an office he still holds, was made Chairman and Joseph Gillis, an old pal of mine at the Committee on Public Safety, became Secretary. Last March Joe resigned because of ii health and Claude S. Keough another good friend, a Legionnaire and former resident of Shirley, is carrying on. The purpose of the Committee is “to coordinate Vee erans’ services at the State level and to help advise committees set up in the municipalities.” This Committee is an advisory group comprising representatives of all agencies which will come in contact, on a state wide basis, with the veterans. Included are agencies of the State and Federal Governments and many other public and private organizations. An excellent job is being done. According to the best figures available, Massachusetts had 540,-000 men and women in the Services on May I, 1945, distributed as follows: Army, 297,000; Navy, 195,-000; C. Guards, 18,000; Marines, 30,000. These figures are increasing all the time, in fact only this morning J saw another group of draftees leave Concord. The chief purpose of the Veterans Rehabilitation and Reemployment Committee is to see that veterans of World War II, receive everything to which they are entitled. The names of its six subcommittees give an idea as to its scope. 1. Information on Laws and Benefits. 2. Medical Care. (Continued on Page 6) Former Acton Man On Franklin John Thomas, MMM 3/c, of Canton, a former resident of Main Street, was one of the crew of the USS Franklin on that unforgettable night in March when the ship whose story l\as just now been released, was hit by Jap bombs. According to an article in a Boston newspaper, the four-hour watch beginning at midnight was the longest and most gruesome he has ever spent. He is quoted as raying 'he teds evtupmely /lucky that his life was spared and gives highest praise to the Chaplain aboard, who “helped us keep our heads.’? Thomas, whose young boyhood was spent in Acton, is a member of the “Big Ben 704 Club.” School Holds Memorial Day Services - The annual Memorial Day assembly, sponsored by the Student Council, was held at ll A. M. on May 29, in the High School Audi torium. The students marched in to the music of “The Squadron”, played by the band. Phyllis Hartwell opened the exercises by reading the Twenty-fourth Psalm, after which all joined in singing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, which was particularly well rendered, by Barbara Barry at the piano. Superintendent Greenman next introduced Commander C. J. Farley, of Edward-Quimby Post, who was down on the program for “Greetings” but proceeded instead to tell what Memorial Day meant to him. He concluded by saying “I have seen two World Wars, and I have heard many reasons given why this country fought—It is my belief that we have fought for just one thing, to preserve the United States of America, and in preserving the United States, we not only have kept her soil, but her institutions and what we call our way of life. “May we always be willing * to make the sacrifices necessary to this end, whether it means risking our lives on the battlefield, working with all our might on the production front, or giving a year of our lives as insurance against future wars. This may we be able on Memorial Day, to stand by the graves of those who have gone before and say ‘Rest in Peace, Brothers, we have kept the Faith’.*’ Following Commander Farley’s (Continued on Page 6) “Baby Beautiful” Contest Proves Popular Idea The “Baby Beautiful" Contest which takes place at Town Hall on June 6 th, tomorrow, promises-to e? eel all expectations of the committee in charge. Tickets have been selling fast and the committee announces that admissions may be paid at the door for those who have been unable to purchase tickets.. Because there has been uncertainty concerning the Adaptability Class Mrs. William P. Cameron, chairman of the committee, explains: “Children of pre-school ages are eligible. If a child has adapted itself to learning poems, singing songs, dancing, or in other way* has adapted itself to learning, 'the child qualifies for this class.” The public is invited to attend the Contest even though they have not entered a child. The Contest has proven so popular that many local students have already asked the committee to hold a Bathing Beauty Contest in the near future. The committee headed by Mrs. Cameron, has as its other members, Mrs. Elwin Hollowell, North Acton; Mrs. Edwin Hall, Acton Center; Mrs. Walter Holt, East Acton; Mrs. James Dugan, South Acton; and Mrs. Allan Cameron, West Acton. Citations Presented At Memorial Services Memorial Day services were held by the Universalist and Cohgi elation*! criirchea at* the latter church on May 27,* the American Legion and Auxiliary, the Boy Scouts and the State Guard attending in a body. During the service the Legion, represented by Charles Judd Farley, Commander, and Herbert W. Merriam, Past Commander, presented seven Gold Star Citations to the nearest of kin of the boys from Acton who have made the supreme sacrifice for their country. During a previous Sunday Service an Honor Roll was presented to the Congregational Church by Mrs. Lawrence Donnelly, President of the Ladies’ Social Circle. The names appearing on this plaque are Charles W. Boyer, Carl W. Flint, Alfred O. Gran-berg, Russell D. Hayward, Donald R. Howard, Harold J. Knight, Charles D. Manter, James A. Merriam, David A. Nickerson, Harold Nickerson, Francis J. Rahberg, Jr., .Benjamin F. Rice, Charles R. Sweet, David T. Tuttle and Horace C. Tuttle. Sgt. George Gilbert Released From German War Prison Was Interned By Enemy For Eight Months Sergeant George B. Gilbert, after eight months’ internment in a German prison camp, has been released by the Allies and is expected home within a short time. The entire crew of his place parachuted to the ground while on a mission over Austria on August 23, 1944, after the plane had been severely damaged during intense action with German Fighter planes. Committees Appointed By Town Moderator Albert P. Durkee, Moderator for the Town of Acton, has announced his appointments of qualified voters to several committees, in accordance with the authority vestee? in him by voters at the last annual Town Meeting on March 12th. A committee to investigate and report on the advisability of purchasing a truck for the Highway Department is composed of three local business men, Edward J. Bur-saw, South Acton; Frank B. Roche, South Acton, and G. Howard Reed, West Acton. A War Record Committee for the purpose of compiling a War Record for the Town is made up of four World War I Veterans, and one woman. They are Ralph P. Marble, East Acton; ‘Herbert L. Leusher, Acton Center; Theron A. Lowden, South Acton; Prentice W. Blood, West Acton; and Mrs. Marjory J. David*, East Actpn. Four haver flp double responsibility 1 '^? investigating and reporting on (he feasibility of Zoning laws for the Town, and also on the matter of Building laws. They are Maynard L. Harris, Acton Center; Clare A. Milbery, West Acton; Charles J. Farley, Acton Center; Porter Jenks, West Acton; anc James H. Connolly, South Acton. Laura B. Clifford Forty At Merriam Reunion The Forty-Second Reunion of the Merriam Family was held at the home of Miss Florence Merriam, School Street, South Acton, on May 27th. About forty guests were present, representing the entire family group with the exception of six boys who are in the service. Tiny Linda Bradshaw, four and one half months old, of Fitchburg, was the youngest member present. William T. Merriam, of Piper Road, was the oldest. The most recent bride was the former Miss Doris Gray, who was married to T/Sgt. Burton Merriam U. S. M. C. earlier in the month. Dinner was served in the dining room of the Congregational Church with relatives from Belmont, Fitchburg, Leominster and Meriden, Connecticut, enjoying the get-to-gether. Plans for next year’s reunion were made. Mrs. Laura B. Clifford, wife of Albert P. Clifford, passed away at her home on Crescent street, Stow, on Tuesday, May 22, fol lowing an illness of many years. Mrs. Clifford who, with her family, were residents of this village for about thirty years, moved to Stow about a year ago. While here she was active, in Church work and the Rebekah Lodge, always giving a helping hand as long as her health permitted. She was bom in Chelsea, 61 years ago, and is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Winthrop Addy; a sister in California; and a brother in Melrose. The funeral services were held from her late home at 2 o’clock on Friday afternoon. Rev. Harry Roberts of the South Acton Congregational Church, of which she was a member, officiated. Interment was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton. SCHOOL NOTES Senior Week activities for the graduating class of Acton High School will commence on June 8th with the Senior Prom, The Baccalaureate services will be held at the West Acton Baptist Church, at .the evening service on June IO. The Class of 1945 will hold its Senior Banquet at Kendall Hotel in Framingham on the 13th, followed on the 14th by the Senior Assembly. Graduation exercises will be held at the High School on June 15th. Invitations for the Senior Prom may be obtained from any member of the Senior class. Music for the Prom will be furnished by Dick Tombeno’s Orchestra. Sgt. George B. Gilbert Twenty-three years old, Sgt. Gilbert enlisted in the Army Air Corps while a student at Northeastern University. % Jute 1942. Ile reeehr-lc training at; Atlantic id toas trained a* a radio gunner "at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He won his gunnery wings at Yuma, Arizona. (Continued on Page 6) Parade Marks Memorial Day A colorful parade marked the observance of Memorial Day in Acton on May 30th. Members of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, World War II Veterans, Mass. State Guard and Boy Scouts participated in the ceremonies held at Mount Hope and Woodlawn Cemeteries, and at the various spots in the villages where memorials have been placed in honor of War Heroes. Seen in the line of march were Charles Judd Farley, Commander of Edwards-Quimby Post A. L., Lowell Cram, Dr. Orma L. Clark, Lambert Sullivan, Edward Lawton, Ralph Marble, William Merriam, Theron Lowden, Legionnaires; Mrs. Raymond Durkee, in the white uniform and blue cape of the Legion Auxiliary; Warren Birch, Joseph Sweeney and Lt. Dodds, 5th Co. MSG and many others. Although it was sprinkling as the parade formed in Acton Center at 8:30 o’clock, the rain passed and the day was cool and bright. As the parade marched up Mass. Avenue to Edwards Square pictures were taken and will be pub-ished in the next issue. Thank You! For services rendered in helping to mail the last issue of The Beacon, we express our sincere appreciation to Miss Eleanor Stevens Miss Joan Haley, of Munson WAR BONDS
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