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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - July 17, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts THE BEACON UUL CbwuuL I 14 July 1945 5c per copy on News Stands Cedric Thatcher Home From Pacific Discharged After 42 Months Service Tired and showing his hard years of service in Pacific combat Cedric Thatcher came home to Acton this to The veteran of four years Army serv James Anderson Weds Concord Girl Staff Sergeant James Milton son and John of Parker South was married Miss Mar garet Patterson of West The ceremony was performed at Grenier Field Miss Mildred Holm of Carlisle was in attendance as the Maid of and Henry brother of the was best Anderson recently return ed to this country from Europe where he was reported missing for some He is at present sta tioned at Grenier and the young couple their home in Manchester for the Cedric Thatcher Prisoner Of War Returns Home i Gilbert Not 111 Treated by Enemy Sergeant George who for eight months was a German pris oner of has returned to his home in South Acton showing little evidence of his long Gilbert said recently that his experience as a prisoner was not too He said he was con fined at Stalag Luft Number and outside of being1 he was not ill DowdHoughton Wedding On June 30th Miss Gertrude Mary daughter of and Howard was united in marriage to Richard Webster son of and Charles on Sat June at oclock at Bridgets 42 months of which were spent The double ring ceremony was in the has received his dis charge and will be out of uniform within a few Beribboned and with gold hash marks showing his months at the Thatcher is interested at the moment in resting from his long term m He is slim but hard and wears the tropical tan acquired by white men in tro He said he had former Charles Manion while in the Pacific and also Scout Thatcher a member of the famed Company of the Americal one of the first contingents to leave this district for and one which has seen much hard combat On being told that Robert Taylors death had been officially confirmed he said I thought he was I think it was Hurley who told me he had been was initiated into ttte mysteries of civilian rationing and on conclusion of his visit to Town Hall said he planned to walk When a ride was offered him he said it was unnecessary and added It is not a long I have learned to walk and I dont His simple remark uninten tionally emphasized to those who heard the many danger ous marches he must have He rode solemnized by Bernard The prettily gowned in white satin trimmed with Belgium with a long veil and carrying a bouquet of white was at tended by Miss Anne Harrigan of who wore a blue gown and carried a bouquet of mixed William Mordant of Philadelphia acted as best Following the a recep tion was held the home of the dressed in pink and in blue acted as hostesses to the many friends who gathered there to extend their best wishes to the happy Guests were present from New and other nearby Both bride and groom are gradu ates of Littleton High Mrs Houghton attended Regis Since has been a teacher in the pub lic schools at Houghton is a graduate of Dartmouth College and and is employed by as a Re search Engineer near where the couple will reside follow ing a honeymoon trip in Townspeople Honor Beatrice Parsons With Memorable Testimonial by Alfred Jules who are about to Beatrice Parsons We are about to try to express in some measure the appreciation which your town has for The testimonial gathering at the Acton Town Hall on July llth was but the outward Rudyard Kipling once remarked that any one who meas ured in a small had passed test and he knew for he resided in Vermont for several you certainly measured Any time four hundred people buy testimonial tickets to honor one of their the one honored is all wool and four yards George Gilbert Testimonial Highlights John Valentine of Chelmsford was unable to attend and wired his The House of Representatives worked until late at night trying to put through the bonus Miles City Editor of the Boston who was also scheduled to was unable to attend because of Among the invited guests were the Board of Selectmen George Arthur Lawrence Major and Edward and Roy and Walter Prowse and William Of the reported mistreatment of The local Rationing Board mem Faulkner Conant Faulkner of Main Acton passed away on June 29th at the age of eighty Born in South he lived in the town duringhis entire life He was employed at the lumbar yard in South Acton for twentysix For several Conant was Acton correspondent for the Associated He held various town offices in his younger having served on the Board of Se Board as a trustee of the Wilde Memorial He was a member of the Acton Center Congregational Church and received his education in the local After being graduated from Acton High School he attend ed the Groton Miss Effie his step survives Funeral services were held at Woodlawn the Glenn of Burial was in the lot at Woodlawn Miss Haggarty Weds Tatler Of Stow and Howard Staples of announce the marriage of their Anne to William on Thurs July at Bridgets rec tory in Miss Haggarty was graduated from Salem Tea chers College in June with a in Education Tatler is the son of and Barclay of and has returned from Europe after having com pleted his missions as a B17 The bride wore a streetlength white eyelet dress with matching and wore a white Her who was maid of was clad in a whiteflowered dress of silk jersey and a coronet of white John Hilferty of Stow was best The doublering ceremony was per formed by the Reverend Bernard A reception for the immediate families of the bride and bride groom was held at the home of and Following the the couple left for a short honeymoon trip after which they will reside in where Tatler is Russian prisoners by their German he They were treated much the same as American pris oners were in our The worst thing about our imprisonment was that we did not get enough to We were but were not treated badly as in some other He received no letters during his incarceration and saidthat few Red Cross parcels got After being liberated he was hospitalized for some time and said that was the reason for his looking so fit after his trying Asked how he was captured by the the Sergeant said with a wry grin just dropped into their I parachuted down and they were waiting for When asked if he expected to be sent to the Pacific he and military reticence replied he would go where he was ordered to Rationing News The local War Price and Ration ing Board requests that as soon as householders receive their fuel oil coupons they fill up all available storage facilities to relieve storage space in this The Regional OPA office states that fuel oil sup plies are plenteous at the but the situation may change With householders buying their fuel oil room will be made for additional Renewal applications are being processed in Acton as quickly as possible and transmitted to the Lawrence Issuance Board that ap plicants may take advantage of the present fuel Residents will be helpful if they limit their tele phone calls to the Board for the present to an absolute There are many hundreds of appli cations to be processed and much valuable time can be wasted in answering telephone The also announces that the office will not only be closed to the public at noon but the staff will not be present because of the new 44hour ruling affecting Federal Civil Service Continued on Page 8 bers were out in full force Webster Ralph Miss Clara Allen Moody and Howard who Master of Other town officials seen at the affair were Town Treasurer Henry Town Accountant Howard Edward of the Finance Committee Mrs Simon Town and many Music for dancing was furnished by George Markams of Friends of Parsons from Wal tham and Boston were present and did their bit to make it an event she will never While the idea of having a Testi monial for our editor did not origi nate with The Beacon they were 100 behind the move as they are the ones who know how much of her time she must give in ordei that The Beacon can be Many persons have expresseo their disappointment that they did not know about the event so they could have been Alvin Piper of the home on furlough after having seen a lot of action in the told us he enjoyed the party very and that he always enjoys reading One man who doesnt like social affairs and had to be dragged out You boys and girls of fighting our war to the far corners of the earth are reading this and Whats this all about anyway Heres the At eight July your old Town Hall was packed with your your your Every one wanted to work on the commit it was that kind of an aut suppose we say that Jim Con Howard Billings and about en others did the The idea was to convey to Beatrice your editor of The that and appreciated the months she has been quietly and that you might get all the news from Her full time job with the Ration Board as Chief Clerk was not enough in her estimation to merit the feeling that she was doing one of the toughest war jobs ever handed that wasnt That is why she started The Bea collecting a a five spot there to pay She never considered the hours put in night after arranging and not get ting as much as a five cent piece for her She thinks more of you youngsters than youll ever That is why the town gave her the We had a few short and sweet William who got it on the beach at Saipan while serv ing with the 165th came down from Fort Devens to bring the war home to he told us what war Told us what in the last knew only too News from still the most potent morale builder ever When Bea to many of opened the little en she found two hundred and fifty dollars in We do know that ten times that amount wouldnt pay for the labor that built The Beacon into eight pages crammed with home news and a circulation of We had turkey and several hours dancing after the but the memory we carried away with us was the picture of a courageous doing her never lettingyou youngsters month after When Arthur representing your Selectmen No one will we can guess tothis told one of the commit ever know how much time and ef tee the following day that I had fort she has given he spoke the the best damned time I ever but we can Oh Somebody ought to do this about every six months And at last reports an additional had been given to making a grand total of Staff Member Police Blotter NOTICE The next issue of The Beacon will be published on July A Chevrolet sedan registered to Albert Moison of 75 Pratt Fitchburg and reported as stolen in that city on June was abandoned on Route 2 near the Harrison Cabins in North Acton when a rear tire went The car was towed to a garage and the owner
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