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   Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - July 17, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts                                 Beacon  Mona.    Jaunt. TLuda. gm Uul    Jktbea.  VOL. I —No. 14  ACTON, MASS., TUESDAY, July 17, 1945  8/Sgt Cedric Thatcher Home From Pacific  Discharged After  42 Months Service  5c per copy on News Stands  Tired and showing his hard years of service in Pacific combat areas, S/Sgt. Cedric Thatcher came home to Acton this week, to stay. The veteran of four years’ Army serv-  Sgt. Cedric Thatcher ,  ice, 42 months of which were spent in the Pacific, has received his discharge and will be out of uniform within a few days.  Beribboned and with gold hash-marks showing his months at the front, Sgt. Thatcher is interested at the moment in resting from his long term th combat. He is slim but hard and wears the tropical tan acquired by white men in the tropics. He said he had seen former Sgt. Charles Manion while in the Pacific and also “Scout’' Hurley. Sgt. Thatcher was* a member of the famed Company H, of the Americal Division, one of the first contingents to leave this district for overseas, and one which has seen much hard combat service.  On being told that Sgt. Robert Taylor's death had been officially confirmed he said: “I thought he was alive. I think it was ‘Sqout’ Hurley who told me he had been found.”  , Sgt. .Thatcher was initiated into the mysteries of civilian rationing and on conclusion of his visit to Town Hall said he planned to walk home. When a ride was offered him he said it was unnecessary and added: “It is not a long walk. I have learned to walk and I don’t mind.” His simple remark unintentionally emphasized to those who heard him, the many long, dangerous marches he must have made. He rode home.  S/Sgt. James Anderson Weds Concord Girl  Staff Sergeant James , Milton Anderson, son o{ Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson, of Parker street, South Acton, was married to Miss Margaret Patterson Carson, of West Concord, recently. The ceremony was performed at Grenier Field chapel, Manchester, N. H.  Miss Mildred Holm of Carlisle was in attendance as the Maid of Honor, and Mr. Henry Anderson, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.  S/Sgt. Anderson recently returned to this country from Europe where he was reported missing for some months. He is at present sta** Honed at Grenier Field, and the young couple will make their home in Manchester for the present.  Prisoner Of War  Returns Home   _ I  Sgt. Gilbert Not  111 Treated by Enemy  Dowd-Houghton Wedding On June 30th  Miss Gertrude Mary Dowd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Dowd, was united in marriage to Mr. Richard Webster Houghton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Houghton, Littleton, Mass., on Saturday, June 30, at 2:00 o’clock at St. Bridget’s Rectory, Maynard. The double ring ceremony was solemnized by Rev. Bernard Kane.  The bride, prettily gowned in white satin trimmed with Belgium lace, with a long veil and carrying a bouquet of white roses, was attended by Miss Anne Harrigan of Arlington, who wore a blue gown and carried a bouquet of mixed roses. Mr. William Mordant of Philadelphia acted as best man.  Following the ceremony, a reception was held at' the home of the bride. Mrs. Dowd, dressed in pink sheer, and Mrs. Houghton, in blue crepe, acted as hostesses to the many friends who gathered theres to extend their best wishes to the happy couple. Guests were present from Maine, New Hampshire, Littleton, and other nearby towns.  Both bride and groom are graduates of Littleton High School. Mrs> Houghton attended Regis College, Weston, Mass. Since graduating* she has been a teacher in the public schools at Contoocook, N. H. Mr. Houghton is a graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T., and is employed by R.C.A. as a Research Engineer near Oaklyn, N. J., where the couple will reside following a honeymoon trip in Maine.  ^ Sergeant George Gilbert, who for eight months was a German prisoner of war, has returned to his home in South Acton showing little evidence of his long imprisonment.  Sgt. Gilbert said recently that his experience as a prisoner was not too harrowing. He said he was confined at Stalag Luft Number 4, and that, outside of being hungry, he was not ill treated.  Townspeople Honor Beatrice Parsons With Memorable Testimonial  by Alfred V. Jutes  We, who ale about to try,—salute you, Beatrice Parsons!  We are about to try to express in some measure the appreciation which your town has for you. The testimonial gathering at the Acton Town Hall on July lith was but the outward manifestation.  Rudyard Kipling once remarked that any one w ho measured up, in a small town, had passed the acid test and he knew for he resided in Vermont for several years. Well, you certainly measured up. Any time four hundred people buy testimonial tickets to honor one of their own, the one honored is all wool and four yards wide.  E. Faulkner Conant *  E. Faulkner Conant, of Main Street, Acton Center, passed away on June 29th at the age of eighty-eight. Bom in South Acton, he lived in the town during his entire lifetime. He was employed at the lumber yard in South Acton for twenty-six years.  For several years, Mr. Conant was Acton correspondent for the Associated Press. He held various town offices in his younger days, having served on the Board of Selectmen, Board |f Assessors, and as a trustee of the "Wilde Memorial Library.  He was a member of the Acton Center Congregational Church and received his education in the local schools. After being graduated from Acton High School he attended the Groton School.  Miss Effie Pickens, his stepdaughter, survives him. Funeral services were held at Woodlawn Chapel, the Rev. Glenn Douglas, of Hampden, officiating. Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Miss Haggarty Weds  Lt. Tailer Of Stow  Sgt. George Gilbert  Of the reported mistreatment of Russian prisoners by their German captors, he said, “They were treated much the same as American prisoners were in our camp. The worst thing about our imprisonment was that we did not get enough to eat. We were hungry, but were not treated badly as in some other camps.”  He received no letters during his incarceration and said that few Red Cross parcels got through. After being liberated he was hospitalized for some time and said that was the reason for his looking so fit after his trying experience.  Asked how he was captured by the enemy, the Sergeant said with a wry grin: “ just dropped into their arms. I parachuted down and they were waiting for me.”  When asked if he expected to be sent to the Pacific he shrugged, and with military reticence replied he would go where he was ordered to go.  Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Staples of Mass. avenue, Acton, announce the marriage of their cousin, Anne M. IJ^ggarty, to Lt. William D. Tatter, U. S. A. A. F., on Thursday, July 5th, at St. Bridget’s rectory in Maynard. Miss Haggarty was graduated from Salem Teacher’s College in June with a B. S. in Education degree. Lt. Tatter is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Barclay Tatter of Stow, and has returned from Europe after having completed his missions as a B-17 pilot.  The bride wore a street-length white eyelet dress with matching hat, and wore a white orchid. Her sister, Kathleen, who was maid of honor, was clad in a white-flowered dress of silk jersey and a coronet of white roses. Mr. John Hilferty of Stow was best man. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Reverend Bernard Kane.  A reception for the immediate families of the bride and bridegroom was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Staples. Following the reception, the couple left for a short honeymoon trip after which they will reside in Tennessee, where Lt. Tatter is stationed.  Rationing News  The local War Price and Rationing 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 section. The Regional OPA office states that fuel oil supplies are plenteous at the moment, but the situation may change later. With householders buying their fuel oil early, room will be made for additional supplies.  Renewal applications are being processed in Acton as quickly as possible and transmitted to the Lawrence Issuance Board that applicants may take advantage of the present fuel supply. Residents will be helpful if they limit their telephone calls to the Board for the present to an absolute minimum. There are many hundreds of applications to be processed and much valuable time can be wasted in* answering unnecessary, telephone calls.  The Board also announces that the office will not only be closed to the public at noon Saturdays, but the staff will not be present because of the new 44-hour ruling affecting Federal Civil Service employees.  (Continued on Page 8)  Testimonial Highlights  V -  Rep. John H. Valentine of Chelmsford was unable to attend and wired his regrets. The House of Representatives worked until late at night trying to put through the bonus bill.  * * *  Mites McSweeney, City Editor of the Boston Record, who was also scheduled to speak, was unable to attend because of illness.  * * *  Among the invited guests were the Board of Selectmen (George S. Braman, Arthur W. Lee, Lawrence Donnelly), Major and Mrs. Edward Higgins, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Prowse, Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Prowse and Mrs. William P. Cameron.  *    *    *  The local Rationing Board members were out in full force: Webster S. Blanchard, Ralph W. Piper, Miss Clara L. Sawyer, Allen G. Moody and Howard J. Billing*, who was Master of Ceremonies.  *    *    *  Other town officials seen at the affair were Town Treasurer W. Henry Soar* Town Accountant Howard L. Jones, Mrs. Edward J. Bursaw, of the Finance Committee; Mrs Simon D. Taylor, Town Nurse, and many others.  ♦    *    *  Music for dancing was furnished by George Markam’s Orchestra, of Lowell.  *    *    *  Friends of Mrs. Parsons from Maynard, Hudson, Concord, Waltham    and    Boston were    present    and  did their    bit to    make    it    an    event  she will never forget.  *    * *  White the idea of having a Testimonial for our editor did not originate with The Beacon staff, they were 100% behind the move as they are the ones who know how much of her time she must give in order that The Beacon can be printed.  *    * *  You boys and girls of Acton, fighting our war to the far comers of the earth are reading this and saying, “What’s this all about anyway ?”  Here’s the story. At eight o clock, July lith, your old Town Hall was packed with your fathers, your mothers, your friends. Everyone wanted to work on the committee, it was that kind of an affair, but suppose we say that Jim Connolly, Howard Billings and about ten others did the steering. The idea was to convey to Mrs. Beatrice Parsons, your editor of The Beacon, that we, and you, appreciated the months she has been toiling, quietly and sincerely, that you might get all the news from home.  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 out. No, that wasn’t enough. That is why she started The Beacon, collecting a dollar- here, a five spot there to pay costs. She never considered the hours she, herself, put in night after night, writing, editing, arranging —and not getting as much as a five cent piece for her work. She thinks more of you youngsters than you’ll ever know.  That is why the town gave her the testimonial. We had a few speeches, short and sweet; Lieut. William B. Harrighy, who got it on the beach at Saipan white serving with the 165th Infantry, came down from Fort Devens to bring the war home to us. Caustically, mercilessly, he told us what war means. Told us what we, in the  last war, knew only too well, _  News from home is still the most potent morale builder ever known.  When Mrs. Parsons, “Bea” to many of you, opened the little envelope, she found two hundred and fifty dollars in it. We do know that ten times that amount  Many persons have expressed j  woul(ljl ’t pay for the labor that has their disappointment that they did    ^ he Beacon into eight pages  t rammed with home news and a circulation of 1200.  We had turkey sandwiches, tonic, coffee, and several hours’ dancing after the presentation, but the memory we carried away with us " as  ^e picture of a courageous woman, doing her darndest, never letting you youngsters down, month after month.  When Arthur Lee, representing your Selectmen said, “No one will ever know how much time and ef-fort she has given” he spoke the truth, but we can guess. Oh yes, we can guess! !  not know about the event so they could have been present.  *    *    *  Alvin Piper of the U. S. Navy, home on furlough after having seen a lot of action in the Pacific, told us he enjoyed the party very much, and that he always enjoys reading The Beacon.  *    *    *  One man who doesn’t like social affairs and had to be dragged out to this one, told one of the committee the following day that: “I had the best damned time I ever had. Somebody ought to do this about every six months!”  *    *    *  And at last reports an additional $25 had been given to Mrs. Parsons, making a grand total of $275.  Staff Member  Police Blotter  NOTICE The next issue of The Beacon will be published on Tuesday, July 31st.  A Chevrolet sedan registered to Albert Moison of 75 Pratt street, Fitchburg and reported as stolen in that city on June 30th, was abandoned on Route 2 near the Harrison Cabins in North Acton \shen a rear tire went flat. The car was tow r ed to a garage and the owner notified.  *   

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