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Acton Concord Enterprise (Newspaper) - November 27, 1918, Acton, Massachusetts TFP PR T SF j. Liivjriviijij VOLUME XXXI. Library J1JJ} ^R COPY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1918 NUMBER 14 O ó o 4 Ò # Dodge WEST ACTONCountry transportation Needs emphasize the value of this car built for business purposesIt will pay you to visit us and examine this carThe haulage cost is unusually low MAYNARD MAYNARDCONCORD JUNCTION Sumner Hayward of Omaha visited recently at the home of his sister, Mrs. S. R. Burroughs. Several from this village attended the Massachusetts Association convention held at Fitcliburg Tuesday, Nov. 1!). Ueut. Carl S. Hoar, Camp Deveris, and Mrs. Koar were recent guests at the home of J. S. Hoar. Mrs. Downie of Nova Scotia is vis-iUiig at the womo-cJf Alfred Downie' and other1 relatives in the village. Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Knowlton have left fcr St. Petersburg, Fla„ for the winter. James A. Grimes cares for M!r. Bliss nights and Charles Dudley during the day. Some new electric bells have been placed at the depot crossings and start to ring when a train is a mile away. J. L.' Richardson of Boxboro has a wood-sawing machine and has started in with the work. Mr. and Mrs. David Rosen of Dorchester were at the home of Martin L. Brown during the past week. M|rs. H. H. Gardner is reported as slowly gaining from her severe illness at Gleasondale. Mrs. George Smith and Mrs. Amos Rines wgi'g visitors recently iit the home of. Otis Mott. iSupt. A. H. Perkins had charge of the work of laying a new water drain from the depot crossing on Arlington st, down a lew hundred feet on the street. A heavy galvanized pipe was used. Mrs. -R. A. Reid, jr., and son Robert visited during the week with relatives at Newton. Stephen Teele is reported as getting along well at the Homeopathic hospital, Boston. A shower of postcards sent to him at the children's ward would be a kind act that would please the boy. , Eugene McCarthy of Pepperell was at home during the last wee^-end and enjoyed a few days hunting. Mrs. Li. W. Sylvester has returned home from Wintlirop, N. Y., accompanied by. Mir.-. Sylvoster's mother, who is visiting at the home. Joseph Reod is ai3istin{r his father at the grain mill with the work for a few months. George Holt, engineer the past fe v months at Hall Bros, refill re-' ned his work last week to a good \ .ition at the "Stark" mills in Manchester, N. H. He. „is succeeded by Mi". Salisbury, a former engineer. David R. Kinsley ha,s been ap pointed district claim examiner of the Bureau of War Risk Insurance of the town of Concord. A. R. Sadler of Boxboro went last week to the Homeopathic hospital Boston to have an operation performed for water on the knee. O. E. Preston will spend Thanksgiving at the home of bin daughter, Mrs. A. C. Anderson of Nashua, N. H The crossing men at the local B. & M. railroad are wearing a broad smile-,"•They received some big 'back pay from the government last Thursday. AT HOME HERE ICK LEAVE INSTANTLY KILLED Private Melme! lesage Was Wounded at Chateau-Thierry Battle CONCORD VICTORY CELEBRATED AR-1910 Packard â. Landaulet $550$ Westiflghouse shock absorbers, cord tires, etc. Pvt. .'Michael L'esage, Co. D, 101th Inf., wounded at Chateau Thierry on July 22, invalided home in September and interned at an army hospital at Rahway, N. J„ is :at the home of his parents, Mr, and Mrs. Joseph Lesage, Mills st„-on a. 10-day siclt leave. Private Lesage is 23 years of age, a native of Maynard and was given a hearty reception by his fellow townsmen. He appears in the best of health, with the clean, rugged, soldierly carriage that is characteristic of thfi American soldier; though he* carries the scars of four wounds received in action and four more of cuts made by surgeons at the hospitals to remove infoction. On iii'i left arm lie wears two gold stripes, indicating a year at tile, front, and a wound stripe of gold decorates the left sleeve of his coat. Privat-3 Lesage enlisted early in July, 1917, in Co. I, Gth Mass. Inf., and was later transferred to Co. D of tho -04th Ini'., with which outfit lie weut across. On Oct. 4, 1917, his regiment left Camp Bartlett at Westfield, and the next day detrained at Montreal, ■Canada, where they boarded the British transport, the Scotian. Two dayi later they sailed down the St. Lawrence river and sailed Into Halifax; harbor on Oct. 10, where they remained until Oct. 14, when they left for France. ^ After' nn eventful -voyage through submarine infested seas, they landed in Liverpool, England on Oct. 24, from which point they at once entrained for Southampton. The trip across tho English channel was made without a mishap, and the regiment landed at Havre, Prance, from whence they immediately were transferred to a training camp, arriving Oct. 29. After three months of Intensive drilling unt'er officers skilled In modern trench warfare, they were sent to a quiet sector of the front. The regi-mont was transferred from one Hector to another along this front until the latter part of June, when they were sent to a rest camp for a week's rest. On July 4 the whole outfit, as Private ILesage termed it, was loaded on to trucks and rushed to Chateau Thierry to relieve the Marines. After six days in a front-line sector the regiment went into reserve, but D company was re-called to the front to take1917 Maxwell Touring Car $525Paint good and in excellent condition \1918 Dodge Touring Gar 5975Recently overhauled and in fine shape <0> ORREY and Waiden Streets Concord, Mass. TELEPHONE 245R or 8622 A big patriotic Victory celebration and communitv sing was held at tho I. O. 0. P. hall Tuesday evening, Nov. 12, where about 300 people had gathered from Acton. On the plat form were seated Commander D. H Hall of Isaac Davi3 Post 138, and members of the post. Bertram D. Hall was toastmaster and manager of the national war drive of this town. I the place of Co. K, the latter company The music was under the direction being placed in quarantine, of Mrs. Alice Worcester Weeks and The return to the front was made all was well given. Some good re- in trucks, Co. D arriving after a heavy marks were made by Rev. Ralph Bar- barrage had been laid down by the Iter of So. Acton and D. T. Kinsley American forces in preparation for of West " Acton. A fine attclress was the infantry attack, given by Rev. C. L. Pierce of this vil- Heavy flighting followed and the lage and was applauded many times. Germans were driven eight or nine Miss Helen Reed gave several miles. On the fourth day of the bat-readings in her usual fine and pleas- tie Co. D advanced late in the after-ing manner. noon to front line, where they took --I up a position in the woods and slept CONDITION IS FAVORABLE on the roadside. At daybreak on the __fifth day; .July 22, the attack began, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Smiley received with Co. R. in the first wave. The ad-a telegram from a camp in Virginia vance was made over open ground for of the serious illness of their son, more than a mile, when just topping William, who is in the U. S. marine a ridge the Germans opened on them service. The family has kept in close with machine guns and infantry fire, touch with his condition by telegram. Private Lesage was shot through His condition was reportod favorable the wrist of the left hand, the bullet the first of the week. passing through and making a flesh --wound in the right forearm. Private RED CROSS Lesage was at the time assisting in __operating a Fijench automatic rifle. Knitted articles returned to West and with him were Privates Thomas Acton Red Cross during the week end- Riley of Concord Junction and Mars-Ing Nov. 16, 1918: One sweater, Mrs. den o? his company. Charles Hart; 1 nurse's sweater, j After "getting his," he started to Mrs. W. B. Holt; M*rs. Hiram Gate3, crawl to the rear, and had gone but Mrs. George Mead; 1 pair socks, Mrs. 15 yards when he was hit in the right M. S. Dixon, Mrs. Charles Holton; 1 leg by a stray bullet. "Didn't know pair wristers, Mrs. Benjamin. 1 was hit for all the pain It caused." .-• ■' he said. "I was too.busy crawling to SOUTH ACTON a first-aid station. _ , A friendly patch of woods gave him NARROW ESCAPE an opportunity to bind his wounds __with the first-aid material, and then Monday forenoon, Nov. 8, while the I as he was passing through an open train crew was shifting cars in the place on the way to the rear a Ger-freight yard, Cecil K. Pierce, a man sniper opened on him, the bul-brakeman who was standing on the lets whistling by his ears. Dropping top of the last car, was thrown off as to the ground he crawled as fast as the train came to a sudden stop. He possible through the long gra3s, and fell on the track as the train began just as he got within twenty, yards to back down. One leg was across I of another patch of woods the sniper the rail, but with rare presence of 1 got him with a bullet In the thigh, mind he' clutched a wheel and jerked "Wounds or no wounds, you ought the leg off the rail. The car backed to have seen me make that last over him and thon the train pulled stretch to the woods," he said. "I ahead, passing over hJa prostrate just dug my fingers into the ground form It was a miraculous escape for and pulled myself along." the young man from beung fearfully About 200 yards from the first-aid mangled, and he was fortunate to get station, stretcher bearers picked him off with a broken left wrist and a 2- up and he was carried in, where firiit inch deep cut on the under jaw. The ai<j wa3 administered. While Lesage S doctor v/as called and fixed the In- was jyjng at this station, Private Roy puries for' first aid and sent Mr. Nelson of Maynard was carried in by-Pierce to tho Waltham hospital. the stretcher hearers, shot through _______I the chest and leg, as was Private Herbert Gray, while driving his au-j Thomas Riley of Concord Junction, Private Lesage received his first first wound before 9 in tho morning, and after passing through several first aid stations where his wounds were dressed, he arrive'' at an evac-uation hospital at 4 in the afternoon and was operated upon one hour later. Two days later another operation was necessary, due to infection of Ills wounds. Shortly after he was transferred to a base hospital at Vichy, where he remained until ordered to Brest to take the boat for home. "When they ordered me to get ready to go back to God's country, you can bet I was pleased," he said. "It was the best news I heard on the other side." Private Lesage made the trip home as bed patient on the U. S. S. Leviathan, formerly the big German liner Vaterland. He was a bed patient when they left France, but by the time the steamer docked at Hoboken he was able to walk a considerable distance. Shortly after being assigned to au army hospital at Rahway, N. J., he was (Quarantined under observation as a carrier of iphtlieria germs, which continued for six weeks. He will he at the home of his parents for 10 days and will then return to Rahway hospital, where he will submit to an operation for the removal of a. bone in the injured hand, j reavement. ■ He expects in time to recover the full 11s? of the injured hand, and' makes light of his- otlier'WuundSr'Although he carries ugly scars. Private Lesage speak» (highly of the treatment he received at the hands of the surgeons, army and Red Cross nurses. Everything possible is done for the wounded at the hospitals both on this and the other side. ...... Private (Lesage is rugged and bronzed from life in the open, and is just as modest as he is soldierly appearing. * When the boys gathered around him and put question after question to him, his answers were most matter-of-fact, as though what was done was all a part of the day's work. And the boys looked amazed when his replies telling of some particular action were given without the least touch of the heroics. For instance, one of the interviewers said, "Well, the old 26th division was right in the middle of all the fight and you must havt gone through hell," and to this Private Leu age without a bit of affectation answered, • "I wasn't in many places of danger. In the quiet sectors the Germans would throw over heavy shells and whizz bangs .but there was very little danger from them as we would get into the dugouts, whereiwe were safe. Chateau Thierry was the only battle X was In and I wusn't in that very long when I was put out of business." Battles in the air between German and Allied aviators were almost a daily occurrence, and there were many German prisoners in working .parties about. American , soldiers were not alolwed to talk with the prisoners, who were guarded by military police. Many Maynard soldiers went across as members of Co. D, 104th Inf. It is reported that every member of that company was wounded or gassed with the exception of Private Edward Ledgard, who is cook of the company. Mrs. Ruth Oakes Struck by Train In West Medford—Would-be-Rodouor Also Killed A sad accident occurred on Tuesday of last week when Mrs. Ruth P. Oakes, was struck and instantly killed by a Boston bound train while crossing the tracks at tho West Medford station. Mrs. Oakes was 78 yoars old, widow of Daniel P. Oakes, a Civil War veteran and the mother of Mrs. Frank S. Walker of this town. She was very well known here having for tho past several years divided her time between the homes of lior two daughters, Mrs. Walker of this town and ■Mrs. J. D. Danforth of West Medford. She was a member ol' the West Concord Woman's Club and had already made her plans to" come to Concord Junction this week. By her pleasing personality she had made for herself a host of friends both among the' members of tho Woman's Club and t.'lsewliero about town and the news ol' .her sudden death camo as a terrific, shock to them. The Accident occurred while Mrs. Oakes was on her way to an electrician's store to have an iron repaired. At the West Medford station where the gates were down, she waited for the train from Boston to pass. The arm of the gate which extends across the sidewalk had dropped, and thinking the way was clear Mrs. Oakes stepped on to the track and directly in front of a train going in the opposite direction. Realizing her danger a bystandor rushed out and touched her on the shoulder. She turned quickly, evidently bewildered, and before she could move either way the train was upon them. Both M|i-s. Oakes and her would-be rescuer, Arthur E. Fitch, also of West Medford, were instantly killed. Her identification was established some few hours later by a letter found on her person from a friend in Lynn, and her folks were notified. FUneral services were held or. Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mystic st„ West Medford, the body being taken later to Holdcn, Mt for Interment. Mrs. Cakes 'h survived by her two daughtei-3 above mentioned, eight grandchildren, among them being Miss Natii 'I. Palmer and George F. W&lker , this town, also seven great-grandchildren. One grandson is with. the. „American. - Expeditionary Porce3 in Franco.. The sympathy of her many friends is extended to Mrs. Walker in her be- Annie Derby, Barrett Mill rd., is 111 with influenza. The Concord High school football team wlil meet tho crack Alumni C. H. S. team on tho playgrounds , on Thanksgiving morning at 10 o'clock. ThiB is oxpected lo be tho best game of tho season. John M,acone, who Is with the Aviation Corps, visited his parents over Sunday. Jerome Oleason, who Is stationed at New York, with the Navnl Ites.ff.rv"^,,. is visiting Ills parents, having a fow days' furlough. Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Wilson expect their daughter, Mrs. Milton F. Hill, from Texas, to be /With them on Thanksgiving Day. E. H. Wilson has gone to Austin, Texas, to attend the y. S. A. school of Military Ar^onautlcs. Miss Ina Carrlgan spent the weeic. end with relatives in Lowell. , William L. Dee is rapidly recovering from his recent operation for appendicitis at Long Island, N. Y. The profits from, the motion pictures at the State Armory Thanksgiving night Will bo givon to the Red Cross and tho United War campaign, SCOUT NEWS Scoutmaster Meese, of Troop C46, New York city, visited Troop 1 at their meeting Friday evening and talked to the Scouts about activities in his troop and In New Ybrk city. He also gave an outline of hts duties at Camp Devens, where he is at present a private in the infantry. He gave the Scouts a stiff setting up drill, which was much enjoyed by {horn. Scout Barker was presented with an Achievement button, for selling 25 stamps in the W. S. ,S. campaign, by H. F. Smith, jr., a member of the council. The- Scouts of Troop 1 took a crosscountry hike on Sunday, making about 10 miles through the woods and fields, and over the hills, and will be awarded a prize for the best account of tho trip from a scouting observation standpoint. Walter S. Wood, by whose invitation the hike was taken, has kindly consented to judge the ob. servatlon papers 3ent in. New members are being added to all three troops. JOHN WRIGHT, J»JLOT ACTON CENTRE Harland Tuttle, who has suffered much with asthmatic trouble during the paBt few winters, has gone to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he intends to stay till Spring. . The local W. C. T. U. held its last meeting at the school house Wednesday afternoon. The garments that were taken to make for the War Relief Work were all finished off and two new ones added to the membership. Miss Martha Smith, teacher in the Primary Dept., has been sick for a few days and Mrs. Charle3 E. Smith has been the substitute. Mir. and Mrs. James Cartwrlght of Hudson visited at the home of Asaph Parlin on Sunday. Edward Dunn, eldest son of W. S. Dunn, is a student at Worcester Polytechnic. WAS GREAT SUCCESS^ John Wright of New York has been elected captain of next spHtig's Middlesex school crew. He In a Impounder and rowed at bow on last year's four. Wright is center on (tho school's first football eleven. .¡Faculty Coach Dr. R. H. Howe, jr., plans getting Indoor crew work going ^shortly. TOMMY IN SIBERIAN GARB ' The supper, sale and entertainment under the direction of the Woman's Church Aid Society on Thursday evening was a success socially and financially. The singing, piano solos, readings, etc, by Camp Devens' boys were greatly enjoyed as was tlw bountiful supper at 6:30. DRIVE FOR CLOTHING Acton Centre Red Cross is taking an active part in the drive for collec-_ tlon of all kinds of clothing for raen) women and children, which may be left on or before Nov. 30th at the Red Cross rooms, which will be open every day this week excepting Thura day. The clothing is to be shipped on or about Dec. 1st. This shows tlie British spldler injlla arctic equipment for use in the Cöl(J region^ of Siberia. This clothing Is Issued in addition to the regulation winter uniform. - 1 REQUESTED RESIGNATION ♦ ♦ o ♦ tonobile through Concord, was struck I shot through the arm. Private Riley hy a passing truck that smashed a j came in assisted by Corporal Harold front mudguard. j Sheridan of Maynard. Patrolman King No Longer on Force By Request of Chief Brooks , Chief of Police Frank S. BinUer requested and received the resignation of Patrolman Samuel King from the police force Wednesday evening, the resignation to take effect at once. Patrolman King passed over the equipment of his office, including helmets, brass buttons, handcuffs and night stick. No statement was forthcoming from the chief as to the reason the resignation of the officer was requested. Patrolman King has been a member of the Maynard police force for 35 years, receiving his first appointment from Thomas Hillis, at that time chairman of the board of selectmen. He at first served as special officer, and was appointed on the regular force later. He has served the town as constable for the same length of time, excepting one year, the first year of his appointment. He is the sole survivor of the officers on the department of his early days, at that time numbering among brother officers of the force Edward Féarns, John Kenney, John Carpenter, Samuel Harding, Joseph Smith and John Glblin. AUCTION SALE Saturday, November 30» 1918 At One o'clock Pi M. Ii will sell at Tuttle's Stable, located on Walden Street CONCORD, MASS. Three Horses, extra good workers, about 14Q.0 lbs. each; 1 Sow due to farrow in 8 weeks, 1 Berkshire Boar 6 months old , 2 Shoats about 100 lbs. each, 20 Shoats about 50 lbs. each, 12 Pigs 6 to 8 weeks old, 1 Pure Bred Berkshire Sow, registered, weighs over 300 lbs. This is a choice Brood Sow. Two-Horse Platform Wagon with sides and hay rack, Two-horse Dump Cart, Single and Double Harnesses, pair of new Team Blankets, Horse Collars, and several other articles to fae sold not mentioned here. TERMS CASH. Sale rain or Shine. Plenty of room in the large stable if stormy. JOHN A. FINIGAN, Auctioneer, CONCORD, MASS., m 404-W and lb ;