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/ REFERENCE BOOK 

ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01720 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 12, 

1901 

TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL REPORT. 




HUDSON, MA 

Worcester Press, I'rinte 
1901 



, 



INDEX TO CONTENTS 



Town Officers . 
Town Clerk's Report . 

Town Meetings, 1900 

Births 

Marriages 

Deaths . 

Dogs Licensed . 
Report of Selectmen . 

List of Jurors 
Road Commissioners 
Treasurer's Report 
Overseers of Poor 
Library Trustees 



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5 
17 
18 
19 
21 
23 
47 
48 
51 

61 



hooi. Report: 

Organization 

School Calendar 

Committee 

Financial Statement 

Superintendent's Report 

Music Teacher's Report 

High School Graduation Kxercises 
• Roll of Honor . 

Statistical Tables 

Department of School Supplies 
)\vn Warrant 



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REFERENCE BOOK 

ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01720 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OK T1IK 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 12, 

1901 

TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL REPORT. 







m DSON, MASS. 

The E. F. Worcester Press, Printers and Binders. 
1901 



Town Officers, 1900-1901. 



William F. Stevens, 



James B. Tuttle, 



David C. Harris, 



Town Clerk, 
Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectmen, 

David C. Harris. 
Assessors, 

Hiram J. Hapgood. 
Overseers of the Poor, 

E. Faulkner Conant. 



E. Faulkner Conant, 



William F. Stevens. 



William F. Stevens, 



Town Treasurer. 
Jonathan K. W. Wetherbee. 

Auditor, 
Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes, 
William F. Stevens. 



William F. Stevens, 
L. E. Reed, 



Constables, 

James Kinsley 
William H. Kingsley, 
Thomas McCarty.* 

Boa d Co m m issio ners, 

Anson C. Piper, (term expires 1901), 

William H. Kinsley, (term ex pin >s L902), 

Herman A. Gould, (term expires L901 | 

School Committee, 

Charles J. Williams, (term expires L902), 

Horace F. Tuttle, (term expires L903), 

Frank K. Knowlton, (term expires 1901 



4 Annual Reports 

Cemetery Committee, 

Julien Tuttle, Herbert T. Clark, 

Horace F. Tuttle. 

Trustees Memorial Library, (elected by the Town), 

William D. Tuttle, (term expires 1901), 

Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1902), 

Lucius A. Hesselton, (term expires 1903). 

Fence Viewers, 

Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed,* 

Oliver W. Mead.* 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops arid Staves, 

Herbert T. Clark, J. P. Fletcher, 

Edgar H. Hall,* E. F. Richardson, 

M. E. Taylor,* J. E. Billings.* 

Field Drivers, 

William F. Stevens, James Kinsley, 

L. E. Reed, W. H. Kinsley, 

Thomas McCarty, 

Tree Warden, 
E. F. Conant. 

Committee on Enforcement of Liquor Law, 

Adelbert Mead, F. P. Wood, L. V. Clough, 

W. F. Dusseault, W. R. Buxton, 

G. Eastabrook, Bernard Copping. 

Registrars of Voters, (appointed), 

Samuel A. Guilford, (terms expires 1901), 

James McGreen, (term expires 1903), 

David T. Kinsley, (term expires 1902), 
Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio. 

*Have not taken the oath. 



Town of Acton. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, 

Held, March 26, 1900. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2, To see if the Town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee and other 
Town officers. 

Voted, To accept the report of the several Town officers as 
printed. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary Town officers and commit- 
tees and fix salaries. 

Voted, To proceed to choose on one ballot : 

One Town Clerk, 

One Town Treasurer, 

Three Selectmen, 

Three Assessors, 

Three Overseers of the Poor, 

One member of the School Committee for one year, 

One member of the School Committee for three years, 

One Collector of Taxes, 

Five Constables, 

Three Cemetery Committee, 

Three Fence Viewers 

Six Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves, 

Five Field Drivers, 

One Trustee of Memorial Library, 

One Auditor, 

One Road Commissioner, 

One Tree Warden. 



(> Annual Report 

Voted, To fix the salary of the Collector of Taxes for the en- 
suing year at one hundred and -fifty dollars, the same to include 
posting the warrants, enforcing the dog law and all other duties 
hitherto performed by said officer. 

Voted, That the salary of the Road Commissioners be fixed 
at twenty-five cents per hour employed. 

Voted, That laborers be paid seventeen and one-half cents 
per hour employed. 

Voted, That a double team and man be paid forty-two and 
one half cents per hour employed. 

The following Town officers and committees were chosen : 

Town Clerk, Horace F. Tuttle. 

Town Treasurer, Jona. K. W. Wetherbee, 

Selectmen, E. Faulkner Conant, William F. Stevens, David 
C. Harris. 

Assessors, James B. Tuttle, William F. Stevens, Hiram J. 
Hapgood. 

Overseers of the Poor, E. Faulkner Conant, William F. 
Stevens, David C. Harris. 

School Committee, Frank R. Knowlton for one year, Horace 
F. Tuttle for three years. 

Collector of Taxes, William F. Stevens. 

Constables, William F. Stevens, James Kinsley, L. E. Reed, 
Wm. H. Kingsley, Thomas McCarty. 

Cemetery Committee, Julien Tuttle, Herbert T. Clark, Hor- 
ace F. Tuttle. 

Fence Viewers, Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed, Oliver 
W. Mead. 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves, Herbert T. 
Clark, J. P. Fletcher, Edgar H. Hall, E. F. Richardson, M. E. 
Taylor, J. E. Billings. 

Field Drivers, William F. Stevens, James Kinsley, L. E. 
Reed, W. H. Kingsley, Thomas McCarty. 

Trustee of Memorial Library, (3 years), Lucius A. Hessel- 
ton. 

Auditor, Frank W. Hoit. 



Town of Acton. 7 

Road Commissioner, Nahum Littleheld (not sworn) ; Her- 
man A. Gould (appointed). 

Tree Warden, E. F. Conant. 

Chose Adelbert Mead, F. P. Wood, L. V. Clough, W. F. Dus- 
seault, W. R. Buxton, G. Easterbrook and Bernard Copping a 
Committee to enforce the liquor laws. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

Heard the report of the Committee on Enforcement of the 
Liquor Laws. 

Voted, To accept their report. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the due observance of Memorial Day. 
Voted, To appropriate $100. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the Jury List as re- 
vised by the Selectmen. 

Voted, To accept and adopt the Jury List as reported by the 
Selectmen. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the repairing of roads and bridges the present year. 
Voted, To raise $3,500. 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will authorize its Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the 
Town, if necessary, in anticipation of taxes the current year. 

Voted, To authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen, to borrow money for the Town, if necessary, in antici- 
pation of taxes the current year. 

Art. 9. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question : Shall 
licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in Acton 
the present year ? 

Whole number of ballots cast, 1 75 

Yes, 86 

No, 89 



8 Annual Report 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Voted, To raise $400 for current expenses and $200 for the 
purchase of books. 

Art. 11. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 

for the support of schools the present year, and act anything 
thereon. 

Voted, To raise for common schools, $3,550 

" " " high school, 1,700 

" " " transportation, 990 

" " " books for high school, 50 

" " " salary of Sup't., 450 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for school supplies the present year. 
Voted, To raise $475. 

Art. 13. To see if the Town will raise a sum of money for 
the enforcement of the liquor laws. 
Voted, To raise $500. 

Art. 14. To see if the Town will maintain street lamps the 
present year or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To appropriate $3 1-2 per lamp, approved by the 
Selectmen. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will accept the laying out or 
relocating by the Road Commissioners of the road from Boxboro 
to South Acton, from a point in West Acton near the house of 
Eugene L. Hall to a point near the house of W. H. Lawrence. 

Voted, To accept the laying out and relocation by the Road 
Commissioners of the road from Boxboro to South Acton, from a 
point in West Acton near the house of Eugene L. Hall to the 
South Acton road near the house of W. H. Lawrence. 

Art. 16. To see if the Town will accept the widening and 
straightening by the Road Commissioners of the road from 
South Acton to Stow, near the house of Mrs. Davidson and Mrs. 
Bowles. 

Voted, To dismiss the article. 



Town of Acton. 9 

Art. 17. To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the 
road leading from a point near the house of Daniel Hennessey 
northerly to the Acton Center road. 

Voted, To discontinue the piece of road described. 

Art. 18. To see if the Town will vote to hold but one An- 
nual Town Meeting instead of two. 

Voted, To hold the Annual Town Meeting the last Monday 
in March, to be called not later than 9 o'clock A. M. 

Art. 19. To see if the Town will rescind all action taken on 
Articles 21 and 22, in Warrant of April 3, 1899, and accept ordin- 
ance in reference to Cemetery Trust Fund or take any action 
thereon. 

Voted, To pass over the Article. 

Art. 20. To see what action the Town will take in refer- 
■ence to the collection of taxes the present year. 

Voted, That the Collector charge interest at the rate of 5 per 
cent, per annum on all taxes remaining unpaid after the first day 
of November next. 

Voted, That all taxes shall be paid on or before the first day 
of March next, and if any taxes remain unpaid after that date the 
Collector shall collect according to law. 

Art. 21. To see what action the Town will take in refer- 
ence to furnishing crushed stone for its roads. 
Voted, To pass over the Article. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will vote to build anew bridge 
near the Powder Mills, on the road leading to Concord, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted, To build a new stone bridge near the Powder Mills, 
on the road leading to Concord. 

Voted, To raise seven hundred dollars to build the bridge 
and repair the road. 

Art. 23. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for town charges. 

Voted, To raise $ 2,500 for Town charges. 



10 Annual Reports 

Voted, To accept the minutes of the meeting. 
Voted, To adjourn without day. 

A true record, attest, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING 

Held August 21, 1900. 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meet- 
ing. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see what action the Town will take in reference 
to authorizing its Selectmen to contract with the Massachusetts 
Highway Commission for the construction of two sections of 
State highway, the present year, in accordance with Chap. 404, 
Acts of 1900. 

Voted, That the Town waive its rights to contract for the 
building of the proposed sections of State highway allotted to the 
Town, and leave the matter of building to the Massachusetts 
Highway Commission. 

Art. 3. To determine whether the Town will authorize the 
Selectmen to petition the Court for a separation of grades between 
the K Y., N. H. & H. and B. & M. R. R. Co.'s tracks and the 
Great Road (so called), or will take any action relating thereto. 

Voted, That the Board of Selectmen be requested to petition 
the Court for a separation of grades between the tracks of the N; 
Y., N. H. & H. and B. & M. Railroads and the Great Road (so 
called), and take such other action in the matter as may seem to 
them desirable and expedient. 

Art. 4. To see what action the Town will take to procure 
two cannon to place on Acton Common. 

Chose a Committee consisting of E. Faulkner Conant, Delette 
H. Hall and Charles M. Kimball. 



Town of Acton. 11 

Art. 5. To see what action the Town will take in reference 
to a tire engine for the South Village. 

Voted, That the Town appropriate six hundred dollars, to be 
placed in the hands of the Selectmen, to be expended at their 
discretion for fire apparatus in South Acton. 

Art. 6. To see what action the Town will take in reference 
to improving the Isaac Davis Monument Grounds. 

Voted, That the Selectmen, with Luther Conant and August- 
ine Hosmer, be a Committee to provide a proper resting place for 
the stone presented to this Town by the Town of Concord, and 
cause a suitable inscription to be placed upon it. 

Voted, That no action be taken in the matter of the altera- 
tion of the monument grounds until a plan has been presented to 
the Town. 

Voted, That Luther Conant, \Y. D. Tuttle, E. F. Conant, 
Win. H. Kingsley and Julien Tuttle be a Committee to consider 
the matter and report to the Town. 

Art. 7. To see what action the Town will take in reference 
to authorizing the Selectmen to sell the East Acton school house 
grounds. 

Voted, To dismiss the Articles. 

Voted, To accept the minutes of the meeting 

Voted, To adjourn without day. 

A true record, attest, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE. Town ClerL 



\- Annual Reports 

STATE ELECTION. 



Election Officers* 
Precinct No. 1. 
Republican. Democratic. 

Lyman C. Taylor, Inspector. Edward A. Phelan, Warden. 

John S. White, Deputy Inspector. Spofrbrd Robbins, Deputy 

Warden. 
Horace F. Tuttle, Clerk. Aaron W. Foster, Inspector. 

Moses E. Taylor, Deputy Clerk. Nahum C. Reed, Deputy 

Inspector. 

Precinct No. 2. 

Theron F. Newton, Warden. Abram Tuttle, Clerk. 

Lucius A. Hesselton, Deputy J. E. Reed, Deputy Clerk. 

Warden. 

Hiram J. Hapgood, Inspector. Nelson J. Cole, Inspector. 

Lewis C. Hastings, Deputy Edwin F. Barker, Deputy 

Inspector. Inspector. 

Precinct No. 3. 

Delette H. Hall, Warden, Wm. F. Kelly, Clerk. 

Allen B. Parker, Deputy Warden. Wm. L. Tenney, Deputy Clerk. 
Charles B. Stone, Inspector. James Kinsley, Inspector. 

Fred S. Whitcomb, Deputy James Devane, Deputy i 

Inspector. Inspector. 



PROCEEDINGS OF MEETINGS 

Held Nov. 6, 1900, in Precincts No. 1, 2 and 3. 

Votes. 
Presidential Electors. 

Precinct 1 Precinct 2 Precinct 3 Total 

Bryan and Stevenson Electors, 38 24 35 97 

McKinley and Koosevelt " 88 100 100 288 

Wooley and Metcalf " 1 3 4 

Edward Waldo Emerson, 10 1 

Blanks, 8 8 1 17 



Town of Acton. 



13 



Governor. 

Charles H. Bradley, 
W. Murray Crane, 
John M. Fisher, 
Robert Treat Paine, Jr., 
Blanks, 

Lieutenant-Governor. 

John L. Bates, 
John B. O'Donnell, 
Wilbur M. Purrington, 
Moritz E. Ruther, 
George H. Wrenn, 
Blanks, 

Secretary. 

Addison W. Barr, 
William M. Olin, 
W. H. Partridge, 
Luther Stephenson, 
Blanks, 

Treasurer. 

Edward S. Bradford, 
Joseph L. Chalifoux, 
Napoleon B. Johnson, 
Stephen O'Shaughnessey, 
Blanks, 

Auditor. 

Elbridge Gerry Brown, 
Frank A. Forsstrom, 
William G. Merrill, 
Henry E. Turner, 
Frank S. Walsh, 
Blanks, 



Precinct 1. Precinct 2. Precinct .5. Total 






2 





2 


89 


93 


91 


273 


1 


1 


5 


7 


38 


21 


30 


89 


8 


15 


13 


36 


91 


99 


96 


286 


34 


19 


27 


80 


v> 





3 


5 








1 


1 


2 


1 





3 


7 


13 


12 


32 


o 








2 


90 


96 


93 


279 


1 





4 


5 


35 


17 


28 


80 


8 


19 


14 


41 


89 


99 


91 


279 


34 


19 


24 


77 


2 





11 


13 





1 





1 


11 


13 


13 


37 


36 


18 


25 


79 








1 


1 


8 


2 


4 


14 


83 


94 


88 


265 





1 





1 


9 


17 


21 


47 



14 Annual Reports 








Attorney-General. 












John A. Billings, 




1 








1 


Allen Coffin, 




1 


1 


4 


6 


John C. Crosby, 




32 


18 


21 


71 


Hosea M. Knowlton. 




90 


99 


94 


283 


Blanks, 




12 


14 


20 


46 


Representative in 


Congress 










Charles D. Lewis, 




37 


25 


40 


102 


Charles Q. Tirrell, 




88 


93 


84 


265 


Blanks, 




11 


14 


15 


40 


Councillor. 












S. Herbert Howe, 




93 


92 


92 


277 


John J. Mahoney, 




32 


20 


27 


70 


Blanks, 




11 


20 


20 


51 


Senator. 












Frank L. Blood, 




35 


21 


26 


82 


Herbert E. Fletcher, 




92 


95 


92 


270 


Blanks, 




9 


16 


21 


46 


Representative in 


General 


Court. 








William N. Cowles, 




36 


27 


35 


98 


Melvin W. Longley. 




91 


92 


82 


265 


Blanks, 




9 


13 


22 


44 


County Commission 


er. 










Truman W. Hagar, 




35 


19 


25 


79 


John 0. Donnell, 




1 


1 


1 


3 


Samuel 0. Upham, 




92 


96 


87 


275 


Blanks, 




8 


16 


26 


50 


Register of Deeds. 












Edwin 0. Childs, 




94 


94 


92 


280 


Charles A. Johnson, 




4 


7 


o 


13 


Blanks, 




38 


01 

ol 


45 


114 



Ti 


own 


of 


Acton. 








15 


County Treasurer. 
















Albert M. Grant, 






6 




8 


3 


17 


Joseph 0. Hay den, 






94 




94 


89 


277 


Blanks, 






36 




30 


47 


113 


A true record, Attest : 




















HORACE 


V. 


TUTTLE, 
















Town Clerk-. 



Vote of the 23d Middlesex District for Representative in 
General Court, 

Acton Ayer L'tleton Shirley W'stf'rd Total 

William N. Cowles, of Ayer, 98 27G 45 118 87 624 

Melvin W. Langley, of Shirley, 265 161 118 124 252 920 

Blanks, 44 41 22 24 65 196 



Total vote, 407 478 185 266 404 1,740 



16 Annual Reporti 



Town Clerk's Report* 

Births. 
Whole number recorded, 37 ; all of which occurred in Acton. 

Males, 19 Females, 18 

Native parentage, 15 Foreign parentage, 11 

Mixed parentage, 11 One parent born in Acton, 9 

Both parents born in Acton, 

Marriages. 



Whole number recorded, 


26 




Residents of Acton, 


39 




Residents of other places, 


13 




Oldest groom, 63 Oldest bride, 




58 


Youngest groom, 22 Youngest bride, 




17 


Deaths. 






Whole number recorded, 


40 




Residents of Acton, 


39 




Residents of other places, 


1 





Average age, 54. + years. 

Note. — To make the registration as complete as possible, 
the Town Clerk requests information of any omission or error in 
the lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

Note. — In accordance with Section 8, Chap 32, of the Public 
Statutes, the Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared 
to furnish to all physicians, midwives and persons applying there- 
for, blanks for the return of births. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



Town of Acton. 



17 



BIRTHS REGISTERED IN J900. 



No. 


DATE 


NAME OF CHILD 




1900 




1 


Jan. 


5 


Daniel Christopher Goggin 


2 


" 


21 


John William Brodeur 


3 


Feb. 


8 


Louise Mary Tobin 


4 


" 


17 


Annie Elizabeth McCarthy 


5 


Mch. 


1 


Laura May Stone 


6 


April 


16 


Joseph Wilbur Brown 


7 


k 


18 


Marie Althea Davis 


S 


" 


23 


Elizabeth Ilene Hurley 


9 


June 


7 


Lillie Regenia Brazier 


10 


" 


9 


Edith Rose Lawrey 


11 


July 


14 


Annie Mary Foley 


12 




20 


Laura. Heath 


13 


" 


22 


Harry Johannes Phillipson 


14 


" 


31 


Wallace Edward Carey 


15 


Aug. 


6 


Elsie Margaret Gough 


16 


" 


7 


Willard James Ingham 


17 


" 


12 


Miriam Allen Barker 


18 


" 


20 


Roland Fletcher Willis 


19 


" 


22 


Harold Ralph Searles 


20 


" 


25 


Ellis Edgar Hayward 


21 


Sept 


13 


Edwin Henry ChristarTersen 


22 


" 


14 


Dorothy Elizabeth Tuttle 


23 


" 


22 


Grace Altha" Gilmore 


24 


" 


24 


Myrtle Ida Abbott 


25 


Oct. 


5 


Douglas Burns Wilson 


26 


" 


7 


Charles Alfred Morse 


27 


" 


16 


Francis William Hopps 


28 


" 


18 


Ernest Fuller Brewster 


29 


" 


27 


Richard Archibald Schnair 


30 


Nov. 


6 


Edna May Tuttle 


31 


" 


11 


Abbie Elizabeth Coughlin 


32 


Dec. 


7 


Francis Earle Farrar 


33 


" 


9 


Henry Ross 


34 


u 


21 


Gladys Alberta Wood 


35 


" 


21 


Alice Winifred Byron 


36 


" 


31 


Richard Morse Davis 



NAME OF PARENTS 



Edward and Ellen (Mahoney) 
Chas. E. and Annie L. (Woodward) 
Michael and Mary (Quinlan) 
John and Ellen L. (Tuohey) 
Peter G. and Rose Mary(McGuire) 
Joseph R. and Lottie I. (Lehy) 
Francis S. and LucyEmily (Noyes) 
James and Bridget (Neyland) 
Andrew B. and Mary N. (Lucier) 
Geo. Francis and EllenA. (Sullivan) 
Patrick J. and Johanna (Conway) 
Charles B. and Mary (Cahill) 
Anton and Caroline S. (Peterson) 
Edward H. and Ina S. (Bryant) 
John E. and Margaret (Dillon) 
Jeremiah R.and Mary Ella (Sibley) 
George A. and Leah R. (Allen) 
Herb. 'E. and Evelyn B. (Fletcher) 
Sanf'd S. and Annie H. (Hayward) 
William B. and Margaret (Leary) 
Anders and Annie (Anderson) 
Roswell L. and Annie B. (Simpson) 
Almon H. and Mabel G.(Dufresne) 
Edward A. and Ellen J. (Weaver) 
Jas. A. and Mary E. (McLoughlin) 
Alfred J. and Georgena J. (Beach) 
John L. and Elizabeth (LaClaire) 
Cecil E. and Alice A. (Fuller) 
Charles H. and Leah (Squires) 
Frank H. and Bessie May (Harris) 
William C. and Annie J.(Brannan) 
Frank B. and Dora Jane (Welch) 
Samuel and Annie (Zeruka) 
Albert L. and Agnes J. (Butler) 
Jas. F. and Bridget E. (Delaney) 
Rich. M. and Lena Maud (Morse) 



MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN J900. 





DATE 






NO 


PLACE 


NAMES 


RESIDENCES 


1 


Jan. 1, ( 


Fredson P. Brooks 


Acton 




Acton / 


Mary D. Blake 


Acton 


2 


Jan. 11, j 
W. Acton | 


Alfred W. Cobleigh 


Boxboro 




Effie M. Withington 


Boxboro 


3 


Feb. 14, j 


Harry H. Clark 


W. Acton 




Maynard j 


Catherine F. Keegan 


Maynard 


4 


March 14, j 
* VV. Acton I 


Willard H. Rudolph 


W. Acton 




Harriet R. Barker 


W. Acton 


5 


March 21. i 
Concord \ 


Sewall H. Hasty 


Acton 




Emma M. Truette 


Acton 


6 


March 28, I 
Acton ( 


William H. Francis Davis 


Acton 




Lendia Hermione Browne 


Acton 


7 


March 28, i 
S. Acton } 


Will Atkinson Charles 


Acton 




M. Florence Fletcher 


Acton 


8 


April 16, ( 
Boston } 


Dexter L. Spinney 


Acton 




Margaret S. Frazier 


Acton 


9 


May 3, I 
Hoped ale ( 


Charles C. Leighton 


W. Acton 




Gertrude M. Guilford 


W. Acton 


10 


May 23. j 
Acton | 


John Gilbert 


Acton 




Katie Poile 


Acton 


11 


May 29, j 


Charles H. Whitney 


S. Acton 




S. Acton j 


Cora A. Clough 


S. Acton 


12 


June 12. 1 
S. Acton I 


Herman C. Tapley 


S. Acton 




Maud Virginia Colburn 


W. Acton 


13 


June 27, I 
S. Acton ( 


Stephen F. Townsend 


S. Acton 




Jessie H. Jones 


S. Acton 


14 


June 27, ( 
Maynard } 


Joseph M. King 


Maynard 




Mary Quinlan 


S. Acton 


15 


June 28, 1 
W. Acton 1 


Joseph T. Regnier 


Concord June. 




Loretta C. Shattuck 


W. Acton 


16 


July 18, j 
Milford,N.H. ] 


Henry Smith 


S. Acton 




Annie B. Gray 


S. Acton 


17 


Aug. 10, S 


William Kay 


Concord 




S. Acton \ 


Mary E. Lund 


Concord 


18 


Sept. 19, ( 


George E. Crampton 


Somerville 




Acton | 


Mabel Frances Wetherbee 


Acton 


19 


Oct. 3, \ 


Elbert Anderson Bradish 


Boston 




W. Acton ] 


Hattie L. Tuttle 


Acton 


20 


Oct. 10, j 


Freeman W. Robbins 


Acton 




Littleton } 


Cora Etta Emery 


Acton 


21 


Oct. 10, j 
Littleton j 


Chester H. Harris 


Acton 




Lottie Moore 


Littleton 


22 


Oct. 10, S 
Littleton \ 


Harry E. Clough 


S. Acton 




Mabel D. Bradley 


Littleton 


23 


Nov. 14, \ 
Chelmsford ( 


Charles M. Cud worth 


Little'n, N.H. 




Cora Rouillard 


Acton 


24 


Nov. 26, j 
W. Acton ( 


Harry A. Spinney 


W. Acton 




Bertha I. Downie 


W. Acton 


25 


Nov. 28, ( 
Concord / 


Alfred O. L. Loring 


Concord 




Helen P. Emery 


Acton 


26 


Dec. 19, ( 
Boxboro \ 


Percy E. Tuttle 


S. Acton 




Alice M. Walch 


S. Acton 



So. 


Date. 




1. 


January 


14, 


2. 


January 


21, 


3. 


January 


31, 


4. 


February 


1, 


5. 


February 


26, 


6. 


March 


2, 


7. 


March 


8, 


8. 


March 


23, 


9. 


March 


29, 


10. 


April 


7. 


11. 


April 


20, 


12. 


April 


22, 


13. 


April 


22, 


14. 


April 


24. 


15. 


May 


7. 


16. 


May 


15. 


17. 


May 


21. 


18. 


May 


24. 


19. 


May 


28, 


20. 


June 


2. 


21. 


June 


8, 


22. 


June 


21, 


23. 


June 


25. 


24. 


June 


26, 


25. 


July 


12, 


26. 


July 


30. 


27. 


August 


11. 


28. 


July 


25. 


29. 


August 


12, 


30. 


August 


22. 


31. 


August 


29. 


32. 


September 


4. 


33. 


September 


5, 


34. 


September 


17. 


33. 


October 


11. 


36. 


October 


12, 


37. 


November 


6. 


38. 


December 


13. 


39. 


December 


16, 


40. 


December 


27, 



Town of Acton. 
DEATHS REGISTERED IN J900. 



Name. 
Joseph Reed, 
Lewis B. Goodnow, 
Lottie E. Handler. 
Michael Hannon, 
William H. Booker, 
Caroline H. Hosmer, 
Patrick Sheary, 
Harriet L. Gates, 
Charlotte L. Brown. 
William King, 
Elizabeth Bergendahl. 
Nancy D. Robbins, 
Eliza J. Shattuck, 
Julia Sophia Hale, 
Sarah Jane Reed, 
Mary E. Pettengill, 
Bertha E. Hosmer, 
John William Parsons, 
Angelina S. Faulkner, 
Richard G. Dane, 
Lillie R. Brazier, 
Mary Agnes Philbrick, 
Nettie Nickerson, 
Eva Celestia Emery. 
Isaac G. Reed,; 
Nathaniel M. Allen. 
Elsie Margaret Gough. 
Ralph D. Brodeur, 
Frank E. Merrill, 
Susan E. Hay ward. 
Henry Shapley. 
Maria Kingsley, 
James Raymond Gough, 
Erico Gasbaro, 
Kate Kane, 
Morris Lane, 
Orrilla G. Barker, 
Helen Gertrude Haynes, 
Lucius S. Hosmer. 
Martha A. Jones. 



19 



AGES 



YR. MO. DS. 



88 


8 


28 


82 


9 


2 


38 


10 


14 


67 


4 


2 


29 


11 


10 


63 


5 


11 


69 


10 


26 


62 





16 


75 





3 


70 





17 


74 








73 


11 


3 


51 


6 


20 


67 


5 


7 


73 


1 


1 


76 


1 


29 


31 


1 


7 


64 


6 


14 


68 


8 


8 


75 


3 


9 








1 


40 





17 


34 


11 


3 


35 


7 


13 


53 


11 


13 


60 


3 


1 








5 


3 


1 


25 


16 


3 


9 


52 


9 


14 


77 


5 


20 


80 


6 


28 





11 


27 


40 








56 


10 


26 


76 








64 


— 


17 


36 


10 


17 


55 


2 


21 


83 





24 



20 



Annual Reports 



NON-RESIDENT BURIALS IN J900. 



No. 

1. 

2. 

3. 

4. 

5. 

6. 

7. 

8. 

9. 
10. 
11. 
12. 
13. 
14. 
15. 
16. 

17. 



Date of 
Death. 

1900. 
Feb. 4, 
Feb. 19, 
Feb. 20, 
Mar. 5, 
Mar. 20, 
Mar. 23, 
Mar. 26, 
April 1, 
April 3, 
April 16, 
June 28, 
July 29, 
Aug. 22, 
Sept- 6, 
Sept. 9, 
Oct. 2, 

1872. 
Jan. 27, 









AGE 




Name of Person. 


Residence. 


YR. 


MO. 


DS, 


Lydia A. Wood, 


Hyde Park, 


57 


9 


23 


Jane F. Rodgers, 


Wareham, 


79 








Benjamin Mellen, 


Boston, 


59 


3 


15 


Annie E. Lothrop, 


Charlton, 


51 


4 


18 


Direxa E. Mead, 


Somerville, 


66 








Mary M. Chase, 


Atlanta, Ga., 


63 


3 


6 


John P. Priest, 


Boston, 


81 


7 


27 


Melville B. C. Cummings, 


Woburn, 


64 


5 





William H. Austin, 


Maynard, 








4 


William Law, 


Lancaster, 


71 


11 





Mary Law, 


Ayer, 


79 


9 


8 


Caroline Whitcomb, 


Fitchburg, 


80 


4 


28 


Cylena H. Conant, 


Concord, 


81 





28 


Daniel R. Briggs, 


Chelsea, 


83 


6 





Althea Louise Houston, 


Boston, 


61 


3 


10 


Mary M. Cutter, 


Boston, 


S2 


7 


8 



Luther Oliver Hale, W. Lebanon, N. H. 



5 22 



Town of Acton. 



21 



PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 1900. 



Lottie C. Flagg, 
Clara L. Stone, 
J. Sterling Moore, 
James P. Brown, 
Clarence E. Switzer, 
Frank R. Stevens, 
Green & Holden, 
Amasa E. Lincoln, 
Wm. F. Stevens, 
Ernest Johnson, 
Charles H. Morris, 
George T. Knowlton, 
Varnum Tuttle, 
John Temple, 
Mary E. Davis, 
Ellsworth Houghton, 
Albert H. Perkins, 
Wm. F. Kelley, 
M. E. Taylor, 
J. Lin wood Richardson, 
Luke Tuttle, 
Charles L. Ford, (3) 
George Libby, 
John Downey, 
Cyrus G. Dole, 
N. J. Cole, (2) 
F. G. Williams, 
Eva C. Shapley, 
Solon A. Robbins, 
H. A. Gray, 
Smith Finney, (2) 
Frank W. Bulette, 
W. H. Lawrence, 
Charles J. Williams, 
Daniel H. Farrar, 
Fredson P. Brooks, 
Charles A. Taylor, 
A. L. Lawrence, (2) 
C. H. Fairbanks, 



2 00 


Lester N. Fletcher, 


2 00 


2 00 


Frank A. Pratt, 


2 00 


2 00 


Howard E. Faulkner, 


2 00 


2 00 


Jeremiah McCarthy, 


2 00 


2 00 


Arthur Tuttle, 


2 00 


2 00 


H. A. Gould, 


2 00 


2 00 


Joseph R. Brown, 


2 00 


2 00 


Joseph F. Scott, 


2 00 


2 00 


David C. Harris, 


2 00 


2 00 


Charles H. Wheeler, 


2 00 


2 00 


Samuel Ineson, 


2 00 


2 00 


Willard Rudolph, 


2 00 


2 00 


Axel G. Lundberg, 


5 00 


2 00 


George H. Brooks, 


2 00 


2 00 


Mary E. Reynolds, 


2 00 


2 00 


Benjamin Pope, 


2 00 


2 00 


Abel Cole, 


2 00 


2 00 


Fred E. Howland, (2) 


4 00 


2 00 


Hiram E. Gates, 


2 00 


5 00 


Elizabeth Hanson, 


2 00 


2 00 


Warren H. Jones, 


2 00 


12 00 


Elnathan Jones, 


2 00 


5 00 


Francis Pratt, 


2 00 


2 00 


George W. Worster, 


2 00 


2 00 


C. F. Shirland, 


2 00 


7 00 


Robert G. Reed, 


2 00 


5 00 


M. G. Hayes, (2) 


4 00 


2 00 


Censtance O'Neil, 


2 00 


2 00 


Moses Taylor, 


2 00 


5 00 


S. Hammond Taylor, 


2 00 


10 00 


Francis S. Davis, 


5 00 


2 00 


Robert Deschler, (3) 


9 00 


2 00 


Lyman Tuttle, 


2 00 


2 00 


George N. Hoit, 


2 00 


2 00 


Tuttle &• Newton, 


2 00 


2 00 


L. Willis Mead, 


2 00 


2 00 


H. M. Smith, 


2 00 


4 00 


Chauncy B. Robbins, 


2 00 


2 00 


Charles A. Hunter, 


2 00 



22 



Annual Reports 



John Watkins, 
John McCarty, 
Fred S. Whitcomb, 
Benjamin Anderson, 
Fred M. Dempsey, 
Abel Farrar, 
0. A. Knowlton, 
F. R. Knowlton, 
F. E. Harris, 
A. Risso, 
Ora A. Willis, (2) 
Wm. H. Kingsley, 
Wm. J. Moore, 
Frank J. Barker, (2) 



00 Charles S. Moulton, 2 00 

00 Mary J. Harrington, 2 00 

00 O. W. Penniman, 2 00 

00 J. E. Durkee, 2 00 

00 Wilbur Fiske, 2 00 

00 Roswell L.Tuttle, 5 00 

00 Patrick O'Neil, 2 00 

00 Wm. J. Hayes, 2 00 

00 Wm. C. Coughlin, 2 00 

00 W. C. Bobbins, (2) 4 00 

00 W. H. Hill, 2 00 

00 F. W. Green, 2 00 

00 William Wallace, 2 00 
00 



Total number licensed, 
Number of males, 102, at $2.00 each, 
Number of females, 15, at $5.00 each, 



Deduct fees 117 licenses at 20 cents each, 
Amount paid to County Treasurer, 



117 

$204 00 
75 00 

$279 00 
23 40 



$255 60 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



Toivn of Acton. 23 



Selectmen's Report* 



Centre School. 

Paid Sara G. Small, teaching Grammar, 36 weeks, $360 00 

Ella L. Miller, " Intermediate, 36 " 360 00 

Cora F. Warren, " Primary. 35i " 358 00 

Julian Tuttle, janitor, 33 00 

" cleaning rooms, 9 00 

Cyrus Hale, janitor, 50 00 

" cleaning rooms, 8 35 

F. J. Hastings & Co., coal, 24 00 

Geo. E. Greenough, " 83 99 

E. Jones, incidentals, 1 50 

M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 5 99 







$1,293 83 


South School. 






Paid Eva R. Barton, teaching Grammar, 


12 weeks, 


$120 00 


Louise M. Foss, •' " 


24 " 


240 00 


Eva M. Brewer, " Intermediate, 


12 " 


120 00 


Edith A. Kalloch, " " 


24 " 


240 00 


Annie W. Chase, " Primary, 35 9-10 


359 00 


C. L. Bradford, janitor, 




27 50 


Geo. C. Turner, janitor, 




67 50 


; ' cleaning rooms, 




11 70 


" cutting wood, 




1 50 


F. J. Hastings & Co., coal, 




10 80 


E. Jones & Co., coal Central Hall, 




17 86 


So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, 




m 83 


G. E. Greenough, wood, 




2 50 


H. E. Tolman, janitor Central Hall, 




34 00 


" cleaning room, 




12 75 


" getting in wood, 




50 


Tuttle & Xewton, incidentals, 




13 29 


E. Jones, " 




3 98 



$1,339 71 



24 Annual Reports 

West School. 

Paid Mary A. Kandall, teacher, Grammar, 

1 4-5 weeks, $ 18 00 

Sara J. Wood, teacher, Grammar, 2 

1-5 weeks, 22 00 

Effie M. Horn, teacher, Grammar, 8 

weeks, 80 00 

Grace H. Trefethen, teacher, Gram- 
mar, 24 weeks, 240 00 

Catherine E. Sweeney, teacher, Inter- 
mediate, 35 weeks, 350 00 

G. Lillian Edmunds, teacher, Inter- 
mediate, 1 week, 7 50 

Harriet H. Gardner, teacher, Prim- 
ary, 36 weeks, 408 00 

Thomas Scanlon, janitor, 105 00 

" cleaning rooms, 25 68 

E. C. Parker & Co., coal, 75 60 

T. Scanlon, incidentals. 5 38 

• i i 



High School. 

Paid W. D. De Vault, principal, 15 weeks, $375 00 
A. L. Faxon, principal 26 weeks, 650 00 

M. Florence Fletcher, assistant, 1 

week 
Bertha A. Merrill, assistant, 40 \v"ks 
Geo. C. Turner, janitor, 
C. L. Bradford, " 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, 
G. C. Turner, cleaning rooms, 
J. L. Hammett Co., diplomas, 
E. Jones, incidentals, 



Musical Instruction in Schools. 
Paid Marian M. Brown, $53 00 



,337 16 



12 50 








500 


00 








67 


50 








27 


50 








70 88 








11 


70 








8 


15 










86 


$1, 


724 








09 



Town of Acton. 

Transportation of Public School Scholars. 

Paid Jens Meckelson, East District, $360 00 

Geo. E. Greenough North District, 360 00 

225 00 



Win. S. Jones, Southeast District, 



!'•> 



$945 00 



Apparatus for High School. 

Paid Zeigler Electric Co., $17 39 

DeWolf, Fiske & Co., 14 34 

Ginn & Co., 2 39 

American Book Co., 5 20 

D. Appleton & Co., 4 00 

W. D. De Vault, express, 55 

C. J. Williams, express, 30 

Tuttle & Newton, chemicals, 3 25 



School Supplies. 




'aid Silver, Burdett & Co., 


3 24 89 


American Book Co., 


47 09 


Ginn & Co., 


35 65 


J. L. Hammett & Co., 


237 63 


Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 


16 18 


D. C. Heath & Co., 


80 31 


E. E. Babb & Co., 


12 80 


P. B. Bullard, 


5 70 


T. Evans for express, 


1 50 


W. D. DeVault for express, 


1 60 


C. J. Williams for express, 


3 75 


C. J. Williams for supplies, 


2 63 


A. L. Xoyes for express, 


13 97 



Repairs on Roads and Bridges. 

Paid Anson C. Piper for April, 8152 03 

W T m. H. Kingsley for April, 149 03 

Herman A. Gould for April and May, 329 09 

Anson C. Piper for May, 168 67 



$47 42 



$483 7<> 



26 Annual Reports 

Paid Anson C. Piper for June, $318 26 
Herman A. Gould for June, 318 75 
Wm. H. Kingsley for June, 269 43 
Wm. H. Kingsley for July, 79 00 
Herman A. Gould for August, 119 33 
Anson C. Piper for August, 305 50 
H. A. Gould for September, 212 50 
Wm. H. Kingsley for August and Sep- 
tember, 347 00 
H. A. Gould for October, 145 62 
A. C. Piper for October, 121 82 
Wm. H. Kingsley for October and 

November, 170 23 
A. C. Piper for November, 40 53 
W. M. French for repairing washout, 1 40 
E. Jones for lumber, 54 
R. H. Nichols for 84 feet D. pipe, 10 92 
South Acton C. &. L. Co. for lumber, 4 14 
C. E. Switzer for repairing tools, 16 53 
American Powder Mills for labor, ma- 
terial and freight (wooden bridge), 57 55 
South Acton C. & L. Co., plank (wood- 
en bridge), 150 08 
W. F. Hall for repairs (wooden bridge), 1 50 
Tuttle & Newton for repairs (wooden 

bridge), 1 99 
American Powder Mills for powder and 

caps, 7 90 

A. C. Piper for tools, 7 30 

T. F. McCarty for stone, 20 50 

South Acton C. & L. Co. for supplies, 1 21 

S. A. Guilford for repairs, 70 

Tuttle & Newton for lantern, 73 

W. H. Kingsley for 42 ft. pipe, 10 08 

W. F. Hale for repairs, 1 10 

M. E. Taylor & Co. for supplies, 4 82 

E. F. Barker for gravel and stone, 2 50 

Jeremiah McCarthy for 17 loads gravel 85 



Town of Acton. 27 

Paid W. A. Flint for 202 loads gravel, $10 10 

A. F. Blanchard for 484 loads gravel, 24 20 

G. W. Clark for 452 loads gravel, 22 60 

F. H. Whitcomb for 79 loads gravel, 3 95 

$3,609 98 



Appropriation, $3,500 00 




Overdrawn, 109 98 




Stone Bridge at Powder Mills. 


Paid W. H. Kingsley for labor, 


$544 34 


H. A. Gould for labor, 


210 70 


A. C. Piper for labor, 


65 00 


American Powder Mills for labor, 


4 75 


H. R. More for repairing tools, 


18 45 


American Woolen Co. for use of der- 




rick, 


19 00 


G. S. Whitney for cement, 


63 25 


South Acton C. & L. Co. for lumber, 


13 67 


W. F. Hale for iron posts, 


10 10 


D. C. Harris for stone, 


37 50 


T. F. McCarthy for stone, 


260 30 


Appropriation, S700 00 




Overdrawn, 547 06 




Breaking Roads. 




Paid W. A. Flint, 


$27 09 


West Acton Well. 




Paid D. M. Beach for labor and use of tools, 


$127 69 


American Powder Mills for dynamite, 


4 60 


N. H. Tenney for pipe and labor, 


4 29 


E. S. Morse for labor, 


1 00 


S. A. Guilford for repairs, 


1 78 


Waldo Bros, for pipe, 


10 40 



$1,247 06 



$27 09 



$149 76 



28 



Paid 



Annual Reports 




Street Lighting. 




L. C. Taylor, for 1899, 


$3 50 


A. L. Noyes, " 


3 50 


Mary Smith, " 


3 50 


M. E. Taylor, " 


3 50 


J. W. Livermore, " 


3 50 


M. E. Reynolds, " 


94 


West Acton Street Lighting Association, 


248 50 


Acton Centre " " " 


87 50 


East Acton " " " 


80 50 


Margaret Rouillard, 


3 50 


A. L. Noyes, 


3 50 


J. W. Livermore, 


3 50 


Mary Smith, 


3 50 


L. C. Tayloj, 


3 50 


M. E. Taylor, 


3 50 


D. C. Harris, 


3 50 


S. L. Richardson, 


3 50 


F. H. Tuttle, 


3 50 


W. S. Warren, 


3 50 


G. T. Ames, 


3 50 


F. A. Merriam, 


3 50 


S. B. Mentzer, 


3 50 


F. W. Hoit, 


3 50 


H. A. Gray, 


3 50 


G. C. Turner, 


3 50 


Mary E. Lothrop, 


3 50 


Geo. W. Worster (2), 


7 00 


A. J. Fletcher, 


3 50 


Lottie Tolman, 


3 50 


C. M. Kimball, 


3 50 


W. F. Dusseauet, 


3 50 


C. S. Simonds, 


3 50 


H. J. Hapgood, 


3 50 


L. V. Clough, (2) 


7 00 


Harry Clough, 


3 50 


Henry Barker (2), 


7 00 


E. I. Banks, 


3 50 


F. J. Hastings, 


3 50 



Town of Acton. 




Paid A. Moulton, 


$3 50 


J. D. Moulton, 


3 50 


I. F. Duren, 


3 50 


A. Farrar, 


3 50 


S. A. Christie, 


3 50 


A. C. Piper, 


3 50 


May Griswold (2), 


7 00 


Gardner Clark, 


3 50 


L. A. Hasselton, 


3 50 


Ella F. Hosmer, 


3 50 


Francis Hosmer, 


3 50 


F. Z. Taylor, 


3 50 


A. H. Jones, 


3 50 


E. Jones (2), 


7 00 


J. P. Fletcher (2), 


7 00 


Universalist Society, 


3 50 


Tuttle & Newton, 


3 50 


E. Tarbell, 


3 50 



29 



Repairs on Town Buildings and Grounds. 

Paid F. E. Harris, repairs West school- 
house, $ 12 22 

F. E. Harris, repairs Centre school- 
house, 318 45 

R. Wayne, repairs Centre schoolhouse, 8 58 

Julian Tuttle, repairs Centre school- 
house, 24 12 

Francis Jones, repairs Centre school- 
house, 15 39 

John Temple, repairs Centre school- 
house, 46 27 

C. E. Switzer, repairs Centre school- 
house, 2 85 

Geo. G. Keith, repairs Centre school- 
house, 68 09 

J. L. Hammett Co., repairs Centre 

schoolhouse, 1 87 60 

So. Acton C. & L. Co., repairs Centre 

schoolhouse, 1 50 



$620 44 



30 



Annual Reports 



u 


a 


a 


u 




u 


u 


South 


a 


tt 


u 


u 



Paid H. F. Tuttle, repairs Centre school- 
house, 

M. E. Tailor & Co., repairs Centre 
schoolhouse, 

C. J. Williams, repairs Centre school- 
house, 

E. Jones & Co., repairs Centre school- 
house, 

J. L. Harnmett & Co., repairs West 

schoolhouse, 
T. Scanlon, repairs West schoolhouse, 
' S. A. Guilford, 
G. W. Daniels, 
C.H.Mead&Co., 
L. E. Reed, 
G. C. Turner, 
Geo. G. Keith, 

F. Z. Taylor, " 

So. Acton C. &. L. Co., repairs South 

schoolhouse, 
Geo. G. Keith, repairs South school- 
house, 
Samuel Jones, repairs South school- 
house, 
R. L. Reed, removing tree on Common, 
A. A. Richardson, removing tree on 

Common, 
W. B. Fiske, painting at Town Farm, 
J. L. Harnmett Co., repairs schoolhouses, 
C. J. Williams, repairs schoolhouses, 
Chandler Desk Co., school desks, 
M. A. Reed, repairs schoolhouses, 
F. E. Harris, repairs Town House, 
So. Acton C. & L. Co., repairs Town 

House, 
0. D. Wood, repairs Town Farm, 
J. E. Rice, repairs Town Farm, 
C. E. Switzer, repairs pump, 
A. L. Noyes, care Monument Grounds, 

1899-1900, 
Chas. Edwards, mowing Common, 



$ 50 



7 20 



3 


72 


49 


13 


25 


75 




40 




75 


1 


87 


3 75 


4 


30 


23 


15 


4 45 



10 95 



o 
5 

5 
40 
4 
9 
117 
6 
3 

2 

17 

3 

1 

8 
3 



50 

53 
25 

25 
50 
00 
08 
90 
00 
6o 

61 

70 
70 
15 

00 
00 



)57 06 



Town of Acton. 31 

Miscellaneous Expenses. 

Paid Art Metallic Construction Co. for 

document files, $10 00 

T. Groom & Co., for assessors^ books, 3 75 

M. R. Warren, for " " 3 25 

C. H. Goldthwaite & Co., for for- 

maldehyde, 12 00 

,C. L. Bradford, for attending regular 

meeting, 
Isaac Davis Post, for Memorial Day, 
Horace Partridge Co., for flags for 

Memorial Day, 
Arthur Tuttle, for music for gradua- 
tion, 
T. Scanlon, for supplying water for 

West schools, 
M. A. Reed, for loam for Town Hall, 
James Hill, for care Town Hall, 

" »' " " pump, 

" " " " clock, 

u « a tt fl ag? 

E. F. Conant, " Town Hall, 
T. F. McCann, for tablet for Isaac 

Davis Stone, 
So. Acton C. & L. Co., for coal for 

Town House, 

D. C. Harris, for labor on Isaac 
Davis Stone, 

O. W. Penniman, for moving 
ashes So. schools, 

C. J. Williams, for postage and tele- 
graphing, 5 25 

C. J. Williams, for graduation ex- 
penses, 2 00 

Ella F. Hosmer, for rent Central 

Hall, 62 50 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, Tr., for use 

Universalist vestry, 3 00 



LOO 


00 


4 


28 


16 


00 


7 


99 


1 


00 


60 


75 


1 


50 


15 


00 


5 


00 


2 


00 


22 


00 


13 


52 


9 


50 


1 


75 



32 Annual Reports 

Paid J. E. Rice, for stock and labor on 

pumps, $10 09 

H. E. Richardson, for expense hiring 

teachers, 4 97 

AY. F. Stevens, for postage, telephon- 
ing, express and freight, 19 98 

W. F. Stevens, for expenses to Bos- 
ton, Lawrence, Hudson and Ayer, 
Sundry cases, 13 51 

T. Scanlon, for services regular meet- 
ings and election, 

D. J. Wetherbee, for school census, 

Jos. Devane, for painting and var- 
nishing hearse, 

Jos. Devane, for repairing hearse, 
" " " painting and let- 

tering signs, 

G. C. Turner, for repairing school 
clocks, 

Jos. B. Tuttlc, for expenses assess- 
ors, 

J. L. Pickard, M. D., for returning 2 
births, 

F. J. Barker, M. D., for returning 9 
births, 

T. Chamberlain, M. D., for returning 
1 birth, 

F. U. Rich, M. D., for returning 4 
births, 

F. E. Tasker, M. D., fov returning 16 
births, 

F. P. Flagg, M. D., for returning 1 
birth, 

James Kinsley, for use of road, 

H. F. Tuttle, for postage, stationery, 
etc., 

H. F. Tuttle, for attending Town 
Clerk's meeting, 

H. F. Tuttle, for laying out road in 
W. Acton, 



2 00 


15 00 


45 00 


5 50 


8 25 


2 00 


4 98 


50 


2 25 


25 


1 00 


4 00 


25 


8 00 


8 42 


2 50 


6 00 



Town of Acton. 33 

Paid A. L. Noyes, for store room for school 

supplies, $10 00 

E. F. Conant, for exp., postage and 

telephone, 7 00 

J. K. Wetherbee, for postage and 

stationery, 4 26 

C. E. Brodeur, for painting sign posts, 6 16 

I. F. Duren, for 27 burials, 81 00 

" " for 33 returns, 8 25 

H. T. Clark, for sign boards, 1 50 

C. J. Williams, for expenses School 

Committee, 5 54 

M. E. Taylor & Co., for Town House 

supplies, 5 95 

Horace Partridge Co., for flags for 

soldiers 1776, 2 46 

H. F. Tuttle, for collecting and re- 



Paid 



cording 37 births, 


18 50 


H. F. Tuttle, for collecting and re- 




cording 26 marriages, 


5 20 


H. F. Tuttle, for collecting and re- 




cording 40 deaths, 


8 00 


H. F. Tuttle, for transmitting 1 cer- 




tificate of death and 1 certificate 




of birth, 


50 


H. F. Tuttle, for copying records of 




Town Meetings for reports, 


2 00 


Cemetery Expenses. 




C. B. Stone, for drawing deeds 1897, 




■ 1898, 1899, 


$ 15 00 


Robt. J. Smith, labor Mt. Hope, 


21 15 


A. A. Richardson, " " 


16 50 


H. A. Gould, 


65 00 


F. W. Green, 


76 06 


J. A. Morse, " . " 


3 00 


H. T. Clark, 


17 25 


So.Acton C. & L. Co., cement " 


7 60 


Waldo Bros., " " 


6 25 



$693 56 



3 I Annual Reports 

Paid H. F. Tattle, for laying out lots, 

Mt. Hope, $ 8 00 

C. H. Mead, supplies Mt. Hope, 1 95 

Wilfred Wheeler, plants " 31 27 

Elvin Tuttle, trees <■ 7 50 

S. A. Guilford, repairs " 1 00 

Julian Tuttle, for labor Woodlawn, 171 68 
Julian Tuttle, for perpetual care lots, 

Woodlawn, 51 85 

Julian Tuttle, for plants, Woodlawn, 6 25 

" repairs, " 2 75 
Geo. G. Keith, for repairing pumps 

Woodlawn, 3 75 
R. L. Reed, for stock and labor paint- 
ing markers, 1776, 7 08 

Received from Treasurer for per- 
petual care of lots in Wood- 
lawn, $ 51 85 

Received from individuals for care 

of lots in Mt. Hope Cemetery, 40 00 



Net expense to the Town for care 
of Cemeteries, 

Memorial Library. 
Paid Mass. Reformatory for printing, 
De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., for books, 
W. A. Wilde Co., 
H. D. Noyes, for magazines, 
W. D. Tuttle, for books, 
Wales Bookbinding Co., for binding 

books, 
E. M. Cutter, for transportation, 
Viola S. Tuttle for services Librarian, 

" supplies, 

O. 1). Wood, for services janitor, 
Moses Taylor, for fuel, 
So. Acton C. & L. Co., for coal, 
G. E. Greenough, " 

Balance due Library for books, $52.92 



$91 85 


$429 04 


$ 5 00 


329 21 


7 00 


39 6r> 


2 SO 


28 80 


49 00 


l, 78 00 


1 14 


75 00 


8 25 


30 94 


47 41 



520 89 



$702 20 



Town of Acton. 35 



Received from Individuals for Care of Lots in 
Mt* Hope Cemetery. 



1899. Geo. C. Wright, 


$5 00 


C. B. Stone, 


3 00 


J. C. Hunt, 


2 00 


A. A. Wyman, 


2 00 


Mrs. L. F. Hall, 


1 00 


X. A. Cole, 


1 00 


Angelia T. Bobbins, 


1 00 


Heirs, Cyrus Hayward, 


1 00 


1900. Geo. C. Wright, 


5 00 


Chas. B. Stone, 


3 00 


Davis & Smith, 


2 00 


Harriet H. Gardner, 


1 00 


Win. Hosmer, 


1 00 


J. C. Hunt, 


1 00 


N. J. Cole, 


1 00 


Mrs. L. F. Hall, 


1 00 


C. T. Davis, 


1 00 


A. A. Wyman, 


2 00 


C. E. Durkee, 


1 00 


Angelia T. Bobbins, 


1 00 


J. K. W. Wetherbee, 


1 00 


Ora Whitney, 


1 00 


Mrs. Sarah Bedow, 


1 00 


Mrs. Smith, 


1 00 



$40 00 



36 



Annual Reports 



Printing. 

Paid Enterprise Printing Co. for Warrants, 
" " " Reports, 



" " " voting lists, 

A. Hosmer for caucus notices, 



ballots, 



stationery, 
orders, 
postal cards, 
highway notices, 
stationery for schools, 
cemetery notices, 
graduation programme, 
school discharge cards, 
notices, 
E. Richardson, for school station- 
ery, 
Courier-Citizen Co. for poll tax lists, 
H. E. Richardson for course of study, 



II 



; 9 oo 

82 50 

60 00 

10 00 

1 00 

2 75 

5 25 
2 75 

1 60 

2 00 
2 20 

1 15 
4 50 

2 25 
2 25 

10 00 

6 00 
23 00 



Loans and Interest. 




Paid Frank H. Jones, note, 


$700 00 


" " interest, 


1 85 


" " note, 


600 00 


" " interest, 


3 08 


Angenette A. Bowen, note, 


1,000 00 


" " interest, 


22 92 


Ayer National Bank, loan, 


2,000 00 


" " " interest, 


26 67 


" " , " loan, 


2,000 00 


" %t " interest, 


20 00 


Elnathan Jones, note, 


1,000 00 


" " interest, 


18 0( 



$228 20 



$7,392 52 



Town of Acton. 37 

Fire Department. 

Paid F. W. Hoit, expense Woolen Co. lire, $ 4 70 

C. E. Brodeur, services of men fighting 

fire Oct. 13-14-15, 36 00 

Maynard Fire Department for services 

rendered at H. Barker's fire. 12 00 

James Hill for watching fire, 1 25 

R. C. Wordsworth, services and ex- 
penses testing lire engine, 

C. E. Switzer, repairing fire engine, 
John McCarthy for watching fires, 
John Downie, for watching fires, 
G. E. Greenough for making 2 trips to 

South Acton with fire engine, 
Tuttle & Xewton for supplies for So. 
Acton Dept., 

E. Jones for supplies for So. Acton 
Dept., 

H. E. Tolman for services, So. Acton 

Dept., 
J. W. Evans for services, So. Acton 

Dept., 
Damon & Gould for 6 doz. pails and 

supplies, 
Tuttle & Newton for supplies for E. 

Acton, 

D. H. Farrar for care and repair E. 
Acton engine, 5 75 

D. H. Farrar for services at H. Barker 

fire, 3 00 

James Hill for care and repair Acton 

Center engine, 5 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co. for supplies Acton 

Center engine, 45 

F. W. Green for care H. & L. truck and 

house, 2 00 

F. W. Green for services at H. Barker 

fire, 2 00 



4 


25 


1 


00 


3 


25 


•> 


00 


1 


00 


11 


60 


10 


00 


4 


00 


2 


00 


16 


00 


1 


03 



38 Annual Reports 

Paid F. W. Hoit for expenses at H. Barker 

fire, $ 4 70 

F. W. Hoit for expenses at Clough lire. 1 00 

" " " supplies, 18 

C. X. Perkins & Co. for fire engine for 

So. Acton, 450 00 

Boston Woven Hose Co. for 500 feet 

hose, 165 00 

B. & M. R. R. for freight, 7 53 

S. A. Guilford for repairing fire hook, 75 



Appropriated for So. Acton, $600 00 
Expended, 633 00 

Support of Poor on Town Farm. 

Paid Moses Thompson, superintendent, $347 95 

* J. Welch for labor, 66 

A. Mc Arthur, for labor, 152 00 

F. J. Hastings & Co., for grain, 82 43 

E. C. Parker & Co., " 306 41 

" for grass seed, 6 74 

Tuttle & Newton, for grain, 27 20 

" for supplies, 39 70 

E. Jones & Co., for coal, 7 94 

E. C. Parker & Co., for coal, 6 67 

So. Acton C. & L. Co., for coal, 8 01 

M. E. Taylor & Co., for supplies, 448 79 

Harrod & Harlow, " 40 15 

J. S. Moore, « (>9 60 

Moses Thompson. " 2 00 

" for ladder, 2 00 

W. C. Robbins, for 2 cows, 85 00 

" for horse, 175 00 

" for 2 pigs, 8 00 

O. H. Forbush, for cow, 52 00 

W. H. Livingston, for 250 bbls., 50 00 

C. E. Switzer, for repairs, 13 43 

So. Acton C. & L. Co., for lumber, 19 12 



$760 44 



Town of Acton. 39 

Paid B. & M. R. R., for Milk Tickets, 873 00 

.Tas. B. Tuttle, for pasturing 2 heifers, 7 00 
C. H. Goldthwaite & Co., bed pan 

and express, 3 15 

0. D. Wood, for sled, 28 00 

F. J. Barker, for medical attendance, 16 75 



$2,078 70 



Due from City of Chelsea for board 

of Chas. Chickering at farm. S24 00 

Support of Outside Poor. 

Paid Worcester Insane Asylum for Clara 

Wheeler. 
Worcester [Insane Hospital for E. 

Bergendahl, 
Worcester Insane Hospital for A. H. 

Parlin, 
St. Johns Hospital for rare Thos. 

Clifford, 
R. Winslow. M. ]).. for aid E. P. 

Hunt, 
Est. I. Hutchins, for medical atten- 
dance on Mrs. Dugan. 
Town of Lancaster, for aid Thos. 

Morey in 1898, 
Town of Lancaster, for aid Wm. Law, 
City of Lynn, for aid E. P. Eobinson. 
F. J. Barker, medical attendance on 

C. Chickering, 
Geo. W. Worster. transporting C. 

Chickering to farm, 
W. S. Maker, for board and care C. 

Chickering, 
F. J. Barker, medical attendance 

.las. Hill, 
Aid furnished E. Chamberlain, 
" W. Garside, 



$169 


46 


52 


88 


169 


46 


18 00 


•> 


00 


24 


00 


31 


60 


39 


00 


10 


00 


33 00 


1 


00 


96 


00 


13 


00 




50 




50 



40 



Annual Reports 



Paid D. C. Harris, expenses to Lowell, 

E. C. Parker, coal for M. Baker, 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies fur- 
nished Jas. Hill, 

Due from the City of Chelsea for 

care of Chas. Chickering, $130 00 
Net expense outside poor, 533 92 

Soldiers* Relief* 

Paid H. T. Clark, Burial Agent, 

F. J. Barker, medical attendance 
Mrs. R. C. Wright, 

City of Marlboro, for medical attend- 
ance on W. F. B. Whitney, 

City of Marlboro, aid W. F. B. Whit- 
ney, 

Geo. H. Houghton, for aid Edward 
Houston, 



Due from Commonwealth, 
" City of Boston, 



$137 00 

24 00 

$161 00 



$1 24 

80 

1 48 



$137 00 
40 00 
72 20 
96 00 
24 00 



$663 92 



$369 20 



Town Officers. 

Paid Chas. J. Williams, School Committee, $ 76 75 

H. E. Richardson, Supt. of Schools, 450 00 

H. F. Tuttle, Town Clerk, 30 00 

" Registrar Voters, 15 00 

" School Committee, 15 00 

" Election Officer, 2 50 

Hiram J. Hapgood, Assessor, 150 00 

Jas. B. Tuttle, " 150 00 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 149 50 

L. E. Reed, services as Constable, 15 00 

" court fees, 9 61 

Moses A. Reed, Inspector of Animals, 52 80 

• " Truant Officer, 3 50 



Town of Acton. 41 

Paid E. A. Phalan, Sealer Wts. and Measures, $ 6 00 
Samuel A. Guilford, Registrar Voters, 12 00 



James Mc Green, 


c. 


12 00 


David T. Kinsley, " 


12 00 


E. F. Con ant, Selectman, 


50 00 


" Overseer of Poor, 


25 00 


Wm, F. Stevens, Selectman, 


95 00 


" Overseer of Poor, 


15 00 


J. K. W. Wetherbee, Treasurer, 


85 00 


David C. Harris, Selectman, 


50 00 


" Overseer of Poor, 


50 00 


" Agt. Board of Health, 


4 00 


Wm. F. Stevens, Collector Taxes, 1899, 


150 00 


J. T. McNiff, Special Officer, July 3, 


2 50 


I. S. Ford, • « 


2 50 


Wm. H. Kingsley, " " 


2 50 


L. E. Reed, services as Constable, 


4 00 


E. A. Phalan, Election Officer, 


2 50 


A. W. Foster, 




2 50 


L. C. Taylor, 




2 50 


T. F. Newton, 


i 


2 50 


Abram Tut tie, 


■ 


2 50 


H. J. Hapgood, 


t 


2 50 


K J. Cole, 


" 


2 50 


D. H. Hall, 


.- 


2 50 


W. F. Kelley, 




2 50 


C. B. Stone, 




2 50 


James Kinsley, 


2 50 


W. F. Stevens, Board of Health. 


28 50 


" services as officer and 




transporting returns, 


2 00 


State and Military Aid. 




Paid Chas. Randall for board W. B. Ball, 


$136 50 


Lydia Handley, 


48 00 


Phoebe Wood, 


48 00 


Bridget Mawn, 


48 00 


A. S. Fletcher, 




48 00 



5 16 



42 A a mi a! 


Reports 




Paid E. J. Shattuck, 




$ 4 00 


Sarah Rod way, 




24 00 


Emma F. Blood, 




48 00 


Maria Kingsley, 




24 00 


Mary A. Parlin, 




48 00 


Rebecca C. Wright, 




48 00 


Mary Smith, 




48 00 


Allen G. Smith, 




12 00 


Geo. Handley, 




48 00 


Ephm B. Forbush, 




48 00 


A. B. Wheeler, 




48 00 


Jas. H. Wood, 




44 00 



|772 50 
Due from the Commonwealth, $704 25 

Enforcement Liquor Laws. 



Paid B. E. Busteed, Prosecuting Officer, 


$146 88 


W. F. Stevens, expenses, 


5 49 


W. Chaplain, transportation, 


1 50 


G. W. Worster, transportation, 


1 50 


A. Mead, expenses, 


1 50 


G. E. Titcomb, fee, 


5 00 


Appropriation, 


$500 00 


Received from Court tines, 


133 38 



01 87 



$633 38 
Unexpended balance, $471 51 

Receipts. 

Balance due from Treasurer, March 12, 

1900, $4,697 88 
Balance due from Collector, March 12, 

1900, 2,837 69 

Appropriation for High School, 1,700 00 

Common " 3,550 00 

Salary of Supt. of Schools, 450 00 

Books for High School, 50 00 





Town of Acton. 




Approp 


nation for School Supplies, 


$ 475 00 


i 


Transportation scholars. 


990 00 


i 


Memorial Library, 


600 00 


c 


Roads and bridges, 


3,500 00 


u 


Enforcement liquor law, 


500 00 




Powder Mill Bridge, 


700 00 


Received from First National Bank, Ayer, 


4,000 00 


n 


" Elnathan Jones, 


1,000 00 


n 


u Overlayings, 


405 26 


u 


" State Treasurer, corporation 






tax, 


4,059 63 


it 


" State Treasurer, Xat'l Bank, 


242 59 


u 


" " ^lilitary aid, 


119 25 


u 


" " State aid, 


688 00 


it 


" (k " Income Mass. 






School fund, 


404 79 


u 


" State Treasurer,burial state 






pauper, 


15 00 


u 


' ; County Treasurer, dog tax, 


241 11 


u 


For supervision schools, 


375 00 


u 


From Town of Sudbury, 






soldiers' aid H. Edson, 


62 25 


n 


" Town of Lancaster, soldiers' 






aid P. Sherry, 


60 98 


it 


•' ^Irs. Jas. A. Loker, burial 






expenses A. B. Johnson, 


25 00 


ll 


For board Elizabeth Bergendahl 






at hospital, 


45 25 


u 


From Midd. Central Dist. Court, 






for liquor fines, 


133 38 


it 


For rent of Town Hall and cel- 






lar for 1899, 


40 50 


ll 


From Town of Boxboro for tuition 






at High School, 


20 00 


ll 


" Town Boxboro for tuition 
L. A. Richardson, spring 






term, 1900, 


10 00 


ll 


" C. B. Stone for lots sold in 
Mt. Hope Cemetery in 






1899, 


58 00 



43 



44 



Annual Report 



Keceived from C. B. Stone for care of lots 

in Mt. Hope Cemetery in 

1899, 
H. F. Tuttle for lots sold in 

Woodlawn, 
H. T. Clark, for lots sold in 

Mt. Hope, 
H. T. Clark for care of lots 

in Mt. Hope, 
W. F. Stevens for stauding 

wood in Jones pasture, 
A. F. Blanchard for license 

to slaughter, 
income from Wilde Library 

fund, 
E. Gruber, peddler's license. 
A. C. Piper, 20 loads road 

scrapings, 
E. C. Stevens, tuition High 

School, 

C. J. Williams, school sup- 
plies sold, 

D. C. Harris, milk sold at 
Town farm, 

D. C. Harris, apples sold at 

Town farm, 
D. C. Harris, cows sold at 

Town farm, 
D. C. Harris, calves sold at 

Town farm, 
D. C. Harris, potatoes sold 

at Town farm, 
D. C. Harris, wood sold at 

Town Farm, 
D. C. Harris, barrels sold at 

Town farm, 
1). C. Harris, eggs sold at 

Town farm, 



$16 00 


69 00 


60 


00 


24 


00 


o 


50 


1 


00 


181 


20 


8 


00 


6 


00 


4 00 




93 


,118 


65 


229 05 


95 


54 


10 


75 



39 18 



31 


75 


33 


00 


19 


(>6 



Town of Acton. 


45 


3ived from D. C. Harris, poultry sold 




at Town farm, 


$ 3 67 


" " D. C. Harris, sled sold at 




Town farm, 


8 00 


" M. E. Taylor & Co. for 




paper, 


1 00 


" " W. F. Stevens, Collector, in- 




terest on 1899 taxes, 


92 89 


" W. F. Stevens, Collector, in- 




terest on 1900 taxes, 


16 94 


" " interest on money in bank, 


s; ( > 11 


" for State tax, 


870 00 


" for County tax, 


1,552 39 


" from income Cemetery funds, 


51 85 




$36,686 62 


Expenditures. 




support Centre Schools, 


$1,29; \ 83 


South 


1,339 71 


West " 


1,337 16 


High 


1,724 09 


Support musical instruction in schools- 


i, 53 00 


Transportation public school scholars, 


945 00 


Apparatus for High School, 


47 42 


School supplies, 


483 70 


Roads and bridges, 


3,609 98 


Stone bridge at powder mills, 


1,247 06 


Breaking roads, 


27 09 


West Acton well, 


149 76 


Street lighting, 


620 44 


Repairs on Town buildings and 




grounds, 


957 06 


Miscellaneous expenses, 


693 56 


Cemetery expenses, 


520 89 


Memorial Library, 


702 20 


Printing, 


228 20 


Loans and interest, 


7,392 52 


Fire Department, 


760 44 


Support of poor on Town Farm, 


2,078 70 



Annual 


Report 




. Support of outside poor, 




663 92 


Soldiers' relief, 




369 20 


State and military aid, 




772 50 


Enforcement liquor law, 




161 87 


Town officers, 




1,755 16 


State tax, 




870 00 


County tax, 




1,552 39 


nee due from Treasurer, 




2,704 17 


" " Collector for 1900, 


1,625 60 



!6,68f> 62 



Financial. 

The financial condition of the Town March 7, 1901, was as 
follows : 
Due from State for soldiers' relief, $137 00 

« " State and military aid, 704 25 

" City of Boston for soldiers' relief, 24 00 

" " Chelsea for aid Chas. Chick- 

ering, 154 00 

" Treasurer, 2,704 17 

" Collector for uncollected taxes, 

year 1900, 1,625 60 

" Interest for unpaid taxes, 29 35 

$5,378 37 
Less balance due Memorial Library, 52 92 

Net assets of the Town, $5,325 45 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DAVID C. HARRIS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 
Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



Town of Acton. 



47 



LIST OF JURORS, 1901 



The following names will be presented at the Annual Meet- 
ing, March 25th. to be placed in the jury box, subject to revision 
and acceptance by the Town : 



A. Percival Bean, 


Mechanic. 


Walter M. French, 


Farmer. 


Edwin L. Hay ward, 


Clerk. 


Edgar H. Hall, 


Manufacturer. 


Lowell A. Jones, 


Farmer. 


John C. Keyes, 


u 


Hanson A. Littlefield, 


Merchant, 


Frank P. Morse, 


Farmer. 


Sidney L. Richardson, 


a 


Moses A. Reed, 


a 


Edward F. Richardson, 


a 


Henry M. Smith, 


a 


S. Hammond Taylor, 


a 


James B. Tuttle, 


(t 


Willis L. Meade, 


R. R. Employee. 


Hiram J. Hapgoocl, 


Retired. 


Constantine O'Neil, 


Farmer, 


Herbert T. Clark, 


Mechanic. 


W. Alfred Flint, 


Farmer. 


Samuel R. Burroughs, 


a 


Warren H. Jones, 


a 


Luther Conant, 


u 


John S. White, 


u 


James Kinsley, 


Manufacturer. 



Acton, March 11, 1901. 



WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DAVID C. HARRIS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



48 Annual Reports 



REPORT OF ROAD COMMISSIONERS. 



The cost of stone bridge and grading at Powder Mills, 250 
loads of gravel, being used, was $1,247.06. 

Amount expended for the repair of roads and bridges in 
1900, $3,609.98. 

Cost of scraping and cleaning streets was $465.92. 

New sluices, drains, catch-basins and repairing bridges 
$246.50. 

Cutting brush, $15.75. 

New sleepers, plank of kyanized spruce, and labor on wooden 
bridge at Powder Mills, $226.05. 

Amount expended for graveling $2,646.99. 

Number of loads of gravel used 3,195. 

Number of loads of stone used for foundation of roads 546. 

Number loads of cinders used 54. 

Total number loads of material used 3,795. 

Average cost per load $ .70. 

In order to keep up with the times, better and wider roads 
which of course are more expensive, are needed. 

The board wish to bring to the notice of the incoming mem- 
bers several pieces of road that ought to have attention. 

The Chas. Wheeler road, so called. 

With the amount of heavy teaming there is on the Concord 
road it would be a great improvement to have the Elija Brown 
hill lowered six or eight feet. 

Quite a sum might be used in the southeast part of the Town 
to great advantage, also in the northern part. 

There are several bridges that may need repairing soon. 
The one by Faulkner Mills is in a shaky condition and about 
$30 was expended on it last fall. 

We again call the attention of the Town to the scarcity of 
gravel especially in the south part. 



Town of Acton. 49 

The Commissioners feel assured that a horse roller would be 
a great help when building or gravelling roads. 

We recommend that S3. 500 be raised for the repair of roads 
and bridges for 1901. 

Kespectfully submitted. 

ANSOX C. PIPER. 
HERMAN A. GOULD, 
WM. H. KIXGSLEY, 

Road Commissioners. 



50 Annual Reports 



Treasurer's Report* 



Receipts. 

1900. 

March 12, cash on hand and in bank, $4,697 88 

Keceived from the First National Bank 





of Ayer, borrowed money, 


4,000 00 


It 


from Elnathan Jones, borrowed 






money, 


1,000 00 


(< 


from State Treasurer,' Corpora- 






tion tax, 


4,059 63 


a 


from State Treasurer, National 






Bank tax, 


242 59 


a 


from State Treasurer, Military 






aid, 


119 25 


a 


from State Treasurer, State aid, 


688 00 


a 


from State Treasurer, Income of 






Mass. School fund, 


404 79 


a 


from State Treasurer, for burial 






of State pauper, 


15 00 


a 


from County Treasurer, dog tax, 


241 11 


a 


from Supervision of Schools, 


375 00 


a 


from Town of Sudbury, soldier's 






aid for Henry Edson, 


62 25 


a 


from Town of Lancaster, sol- 






dier's aid for Patrick Sherry, 


60 98 


(i 


from Mrs. James A. Loker, bur- 
ial expenses of A. B. John- 






son, 


25 00 


a 


from board of Elizabeth Bergen- 






dahl at Hospital, 


45 25 


a 


from Middlesex Central District 






Court for fines, 


133 38 



Town of Acton. 51 

Received "from rent of Town Hall and cel- 
lar, $40 50 

" from Town of Boxboro for tui- 
tion at High School for A. 
D. 1899. 20 00 

u from Town of Boxboro, for tui- 
tion of L. A. Richardson at 
High School, Spring term, 
1900, 10 00 

•" from tuition of E. C. Stevens, 

at High School, 4 00 

u from C. B. Stone, lots sold in 
Mount Hope Cemetery in A. 
D., 1899, 58 00 

" from C. B. Stone, care of lots in 

Mount Hope Cemetery, 1(> 00 

u from H. T. Clark, lots sold in 

Mount Hope Cemetery, (JO 00 

'* from H. T. Clark, care of lots 

in Mount Hope Cemetery, 24 00 

" from Horace F. Tuttle, lots sold 

in Woodlawn Cemetery, 69 00 

" from Wm. F. Stevens, standing 

wood in Jones pasture, 2 50 

u from A. F. Blanchard, license to 

slaughter, 1(H) 

" from Income of Wild Library 

Fund, 181 20 

" from E. Gruber, peddler's license, 8 00 

" from A. C. Piper, 20 loads road 

scraping, 6 00 

" from C. J. Williams, school sup- 
plies sold, !>.'> 
" from D. C. Harris, milk sold 

from Town farm, 1,118 65 

" from D. C. Harris, apples sold 

from Town farm, 229 05 

" from D. C. Harris, cows sold 

from Town farm, 95 54 

" from D. C. Harris, calves sold 

from Town farm, 10 75 



52 Annual Reports 

Received from D. C. Harris, potatoes sold 

from Town farm, $39 18 

•' from 1). C. Harris,- wood sold 

from Town farm, 31 75 

" from D. C. Harris, barrels sold 

from Town farm, 33 00 

" from D. C. Harris, eggs sold 

from Town farm, 19 66 

" from D. C. Harris, poultry sold 

from Town farm, 3 67 

" from D. C. Harris, sled sold 

from Town farm, 8 00 

from M. E. Taylor & Co., paper 

sold from Town farm, 1 00 

" from Income of Cemetery Fund, 51 85 

" from Wm. F. Stevens, Collector, 

taxes for A. D. 1899, 2,837 69 

" from Wm. F. Stevens, interest 

on taxes for A. D. 1899, 92 89 

" from Wm. F. Stevens, Collector, 

taxes for A. D. 1900, 
" from Wm. F Stevens, interest 

on taxes for A. D. 1900, 
" from interest on money in bank, 



Expenditures. 

Paid State tax, 
County tax. 
On Selectmen's orders, 
Cash on hand and in bank, March 12, 
1901, 

"$35,061 02 

J. K. W. WETHERBEK, 

Treasurer of Acton. 
Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, Auditor. 



13,717 05 


16 94 
83 11 


$35,061 02 


$ 870 00 

1,552 39 

29,934 46 


2,704 17 



Town of Acton 



Treasurer's Report of Money Held for Care of Lots 

in Cemeteries* 



1901. ' Dr. 






March 12. To Mary Skinner fi 


ind. 


$203 00 


To Nancy K. Handley 
To Frederick Rouillard 


.. 


500 00 
100 00 


To William W. Davis 


.. 


100 00 


To Mary W. Chaflin 


" 


100 00 


To Mary Severance 


.. 


100 00 


To Warren Robbins 


.. 


100 00 


To Eliza A. Whitcomb 




75 00 


To Hepsabeth Piper 
To Jedediah Tuttle 




50 00 

50 00 


To Henry Loker 


a 


100 00 


To Henry 0. Lothrop 
To Luther W. Piper 


u 
tt 


200 00 
100 00 


To James Temple 


it 


100 00 


To Fidelia Wheeler 


a 


100 00 


To Wm. H. Chapman 


a 


100 00 


To Mary W. Robbins 


a 


100 00 


To Phineas Wetherbee 


fund, 




the income of one share of 




Fitchburg Railroad stock, 
Balance unexpended in 1899. 
Cash received for interest, 


3 06 

m 99 


Cr. 

By cash paid — 

Julian Tuttle, care of Skinner 


lot. 


$7 30 


" " " Handley 
" « " Rouillard 




6 00 
3 00 


" " " Davis 


a 


2 50 



$2,248 05 



54 



Annual Reports 




1 Julian Tuttle, care of Chafnn lot, 


$2 50 


" " " Severance " 


2 50 


" " " Robbins " 


2 50 


" " " Piper " 


1 00 


" " Tuttle " 


2 00 


" " Loker " 


4 00 


" " " Lothrop " 


5 00 


" L. W. Piper 




lot, 


2 50 


Temple lot, 


2 50 


" " " liowers for 




Lothrop lot, 


2 95 


Julian Tuttle, care of flowers and 




vase, Handley lot, 


2 60 


Julian Tuttle, care of flowers and 




vase, Chaffin lot, 


50 


Julian Tuttle, care of flowers, Sever- 




ance lot, 


50 


Julian Tuttle, care of flowers, Robbins 




lot, 


50 


Plants for W. W. Davis, 


1 50 


Cash in North End Savings Bank, 


2,178 00 


Unexpended balance, 


18 20 



$2,248 05 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Examined and approved, 

FRANK W; HOIT, 

Auditor 



Town of Acton. 55 

Report of the Wilde Memorial Library Fund. 



1901. 
Marcl 


l 12. To cash deposited in North 






End Savings Bank, 


$1,000 00 




To cash deposited in Middlesex 






Institution for Savings, 


1,000 00 




To cash deposited in Home 






Savings Bank, 


1,000 00 




To cash deposited in Warren 






Institution for Savings, 


1,000 00 




To cash deposited in Charles- 






town Five Cent Savings 






Bank, 


1,000 00 




To unexpended balance for A. 






D., 1899, 


50 38 




To interest on deposits, 


181 20 




To Town appropriation for books, 


200 00 



$5,431 58 
Cr. 



By cash in banks, 


$5,000 00 


Paid for books and magazines, 




De Wolfe, Fisk & Co., 


329 21 


W. A. Wilde & Co., 


7 00 


H. D. Noyes, 


39 65 


W. D. Tuttle, 


2 80 


Balance unexpended, 


• 52 92 



$5,431 58 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



86 Annual Reports 



Report of Overseers of Poor* 



1 horse, 
9 cows, 

2 heifers, 

2 yearlings, 

1 haywagon, 

1 market wagon, 

1 Democrat wagon, 

1 pung, 

2 sleds, 

1 canvas, 

1 set double harness, 

1 single harness 

1 express harness, 

2 collars, 
Grain, 

1 feed trough, 
75 apple barrels, 

Plows, 

Farming tools, 
Wheel barrow, 
Hay cutter, 
Ladders, 

2 harrows, 
Cultivator, 

7 tons hay, 
Drain pipe, 
40 bushels potatoes, 
Soft soap, 
Pork and bbl., 
Milk tickets, 



> rovisions on Hand March I, 1 


$ 175 00 


450 00 


42 00 


28 00 


30 00 


75 00 


18 00 


8 00 


30 00 


1 75 


22 50 


3 00 


23 00 


3 00 


5 80 


2 00 


15 00 


16 00 


20 00 


3 00 


2 00 


12 00 


8 00 


3 00 


140 00 


4 80 


30 00 


2 00 


6 00 


12 36 



Town of Acton. 




y>l cords wood for schools, 


$18 75 


*32 cords cut wood. 


160 00 


4 cords cut wood, 


15 00 


Horse cart. 


27 50 


Horse rake, 


18 00 


Mowing machine, 
Grindstone, 


22 00 
2 00 


Spray pump, 
25 bu. boxes, 


8 00 
2 50 


Range and water front, 


30 00 


Lounge, 
3 saws, 


1 50 

2 00 


Wrench, 


75 


49 Hens, 


36 75 


Oil and tank, 


1 50 


Lumber, 


10 00 


Pails and tubs, 


3 DO 


5 baskets, 


1 25 


1 stove, 


4 75 


1 stove, 


10 00 


1 chair, 


1 50 


2 chairs, 


1 25 


beds and bedding, 


25 00 


1 stove, 


3 00 


2 cabinet chairs, 


2 50 


1 table, 


1 00 


8 chairs, 


3 00 


1 drag, 

2 traps, 

2 blankets, 


3 00 

50 

2 50 


Set measures, 


50 


Salt, 


50 


Washing machine, 
Tea and Coffee, 


7 00 
60 


1 extension table, 


4 00 


Crockery, tinware and cutlery, 
2 saws, 


5 00 

1 00 


Wagon jack, 
Apple headers, 


1 50 

1 00 



58 



Annual Reports 



Crackers, 

Canned fruit, 

Brooms, 

Fruit jars, 

Sugar, 

Flour, 

Spices, 

Butter, 

Lard, 

Molasses, 

Beans, 
2 axes, 

Soap, 

Vinegar, 

Onions, 

Lamps, 
1 bbl. apples, 

Razor, 



Receipts from farm, 

Victualing and lodging 470 tramps, 

Due from City of Chelsea, 



Expenditures, 

Interest on farm $3,500 at 5 per cent., 

Stock on hand March 1, 1900, 



Less receipts and stock on hand, 
Cost of supporting poor on farm 



$ 75 




r> 50 




50 




3 00 




90 




25 




50 




1 75 




25 




80 




75 




2 00 




15 




20 




10 




2 00 




2 00 




1 00 






$1,653 21 




1,590 2£ 




117 50 




24 0O 




$3,384 96 


$2,078 70 




175 00 




1,688 07 






$3,941 77 




3,384 96 



$556 81 



Town of Acton. 59 



Inmates at Farm During Year, 



Sarah Hunt, 12 months. 

Lucy Hapgood, 12 months. 

F. H. Harris, 6 months. 

Wm. Quinlan, 12 months. 

B. H. Patch, Dec. 19 to March 12, 1901. 

O. K. Patch, Dec. 19 to March 12, 1901. 



DAVID C. HARRIS, 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 

Overseers of Pooi\ 



60 . Annual Reports 



Auditor's Report 



I have examined the accounts of the Selectmen and Treas- 
urer and find them correct. 

I have also examined the accounts of the Tax Collector and 
find that the sum turned over to, and receipted for by the 
Treasurer, exceeds the amount collected by the Tax Collector. 

FRANK W. HOIT. 

Auditor. 



Town of Art on. 61 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library 

1900-1901. 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 

Luther' Cox ant, President , Wm. 1). Tuttle, Secretary, 

Moses Taylor, Adelbert Mead, 

Daniel J. Wetherbee, Delette H. Hall, 

Hiram J. Hapgood, Chas. J. Willi \m<. 

L. A. Hess ei. ton. 



The service of an institution like that of the Acton Memorial 
Library goes on in so even a course that the President of the 
Board of Trustees finds it difficult to write anything new or in- 
teresting. Besides the usual accession of books by purchase and 
various other donations, the donor of the Library, Hon. William 
A. Wilde, with his usual generosity, has placed on the shelves 40 
volumes compiled and selected by very eminent scholars from 
the world's great classics from The Colonial Press, X. Y., luxuri- 
ous in print and binding, showing that his interest is unabated. 

It may be of interest to the patrons of the Library to learn 
that Mr. Wilde is enjoying his usual health which, though not 
such as his friends could wish, still does not prevent his attend- 
ing his largely increasing business. At the present time he is 
enjoying a brief vacation at Atlantic City, Xew Jersey. 

The instructive and most useful books continue to be largely 
called for, as well as the lighter reading and works of fiction. 
We take this opportunity to extend our thanks to those who have 



62 Annual Reports 

shown their appreciation by giving one new book each year as a 
contribution to the success of the Library. 

May the number of such givers increase. 

The Trustees at a recent monthly meeting voted the sum of 
ten dollars as an addition to the salary of the Librarian, on 
account of the extra labor caused by the increased number of 
books to be catalogued and numbered. The Board of Trustees 
recommend that the usual annual appropriation of four hundred 
dollars be voted to the Library for current expenses and two 
hundred dollars for the purchase of new books. 

Very respectfully submitted, 

LUTHER CONANT, 

For the Trustees. 



Town oj Acton. 63 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 



The Librarian herewith presents the eleventh annual report 
of the Library : 

Accessions : Number of volumes in the Library March 12, 
1900, 7,004 ; increase by purchase, 299 ; increase by gift, 101 ; 
increase by binding periodicals, 38 : number of volumes in the 
Library March 12, 1901, 7,442. 

Circulation: Number of days the Library was open, 102 ; 
number of volumes circulated, 7,757 ; average daily circulation, 
76 ; largest daily circulation, Feb. 2, 143 ; smallest daily circula- 
tion, July 18, 14 ; number of books missing, 1 ; amount received 
for fines, $16.50; amount received for sale of catalogues, $3.00. 

Gifts of books have been received from the following 
sources : T. W. Balch, 1 vol.; Ellen S. Bulfinch, 1 vol.; Joseph 
Burnett, 1 vol.: Luther Conant, 11 vols.; Josie L. Dupee, 1 vol. 
Houghton, Mifflin Co., 1 vol.; Mass. Society S. A. R., 13 vols. 
Old Concord Chapter, D. A. R., 1 vol.; Sara G. Small, 1 vol. 
State, 11 vols.; U. S. Government, 5 vols.; W. A. Wilde, 41 vols. 
C. J. Williams, 1 vol.: M. C. C. Wilson, 1 vol.; Henry Wood, 1 
vol. 

Periodicals in the reading room : Cassell's Magazine, Century, 
Chautauquan, Cosmopolitan, Forum, Harper's Magazine, Harper's 
Weekly, Independent, Ladies' Home Journal, Masters in Art, 
McClure's Magazine, Munsey's Magazine, New England Maga- 
zine, Review of Reviews, Scientific American, Scribner's Maga- 
zine, St. Nicholas, World's Work, Youth's Companion. Child's 
Hour, W. A. Wilde; Lowell Mail, publishers; Our Dumb Animals, 
M. S. P. C. A.; Our Paper, Reformatory. 

VIOLA S. TUTTLE, 

Librarian. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SGH88L G8MMITOE 



AND THE 



SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS., 



FOR THE YEAR 1900-1901. 




HUDSON, MASS. 

The E. F. Worcester Press, Printers and Binders. 
1901 



School Committee, 1900-1901, 



Frank R. Knowlton, Term expires 1901 

Charles J. Williams, Chairman, " " 1902 

Horace F. Tuttle, Secretary, « " 1903 

Superintendent of Schools. 
Herbert E. Richardson, Residence, Littleton, Mass. 

Truant Officers. 

James Kinsley, Moses A. Reed. 



STANDING RULES. 

*Rule 1. Children under five years of age shall not be 
admitted to the public schools. 

Rule 2. Pupils shall be promoted from grade to grade and 
school to school, according to merit. Thorough and satisfactory 
work will be required of pupils in a lower grade or school before 
entering a higher grade or school. 

Rule 3. Children who have not previously attended any 
school shall be admitted to the public schools only at the be- 
ginning of the fall term. 

Rule 4. Pupils will be held responsible for books loaned 
to them until such books shall have been returned to the teacher. 

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public prop- 
erty in the care of the school committee except by their author- 
ized agents. 

*When the birthday of a child falls on or before the 15th 
day of the month it is reckoned as falling upon the first day of that 
month. 



Annual Reports 



School Calendar 1901-1902. 



High School— 40 Weeks. 

Fall term begins September 3. Fall term ends Novem- 
ber 27. 

*Winter term begins December 2. Winter term ends 
March 14. 

Spring term begins March 24. Spring term ends June 20. 

Common Schools — 36 Weeks. 

Fall term begins September 3. Fall term ends November 22. 
* Winter term begins December 2. Winter term ends Feb- 
ruary 28. 

Spring term begins March 24. Spring term ends June 13. 



* Recess of one week, December — 22-28. 



Town of Acton. 



EXTRACTS FROM THE STATUTES. 

Chapter 496 of the Acts of 1898. 

Section 11. No child who has not been duly vaccinated 
shall be admitted to a public school except upon presentation of 
a certificate signed by a regular practising physician that such 
child is an unfit subject for vaccination. No child who is a mem- 
ber of a household in which a person is sick with the smallpox, 
diphtheria, scarlet fever or measles, or of a household exposed to 
contagion from a household as aforesaid, shall attend any public 
school during such sickness or until the teacher of the school has 
been furnished with a certificate from the board of health of the 
town or city, or from the attending physician of such sick person, 
stating in a case of smallpox, diphtheria or scarlet fever, that a 
period of at least two weeks, and in a case of measles a period of 
at least three days, has elapsed since the recovery, removal or 
death of such person, and that danger of the conveying of such 
disease by such child has passed. 

Sec 12. Every child between seven and fourteen years of age 
shall attend some public day school in the town or city in which he 
resides during the entire time the public day schools are in session, 
subject to such exceptions as to children, places of attendance and 
schools as are provided for in sections three, seven, ten and eleven 
of this Act : provided, that the superintendent of schools, or, where 
there is no superintendent of schools, the school committee, or 
teachers acting under authority of said superintendent of schools 
or school committee, may excuse cases of necessary absence ; and 
provided, further, that the attendance of a child upon a public day 
school shall not be required if such a child has attended for alike 
period of time a private day school approved by the school com- 
mittee of such town or city in accordance with Section two of 
Chapter four hundred and ninety-eight of the acts of the year 
eighteen hundred and ninety-four, or if such child has been other- 
wise instructed for a like period of time in the branches of learn- 
ing required by law to be taught in the public schools, or has 



6 Annual Reports 

already acquired the branches of learning required by law to be 
taught in the public schools, or if his physical or mental condi- 
tion is such as to render such attendance inexpedient or imprac- 
ticable. Every person having under his control a child as de- 
scribed in this Section shall cause such child to attend school as 
required by this Section. 

Sec. 31. Any person having under his control a child be- 
tween seven and fourteen years of age who fails for five day ses- 
sions or ten half-day sessions within any period of six months 
while under such control, to cause such child to attend school as 
required by Section twelve of this Act, the physical or mental 
condition of such child not being such as to render his attendance 
at school harmful or impracticable, upon complaint by a truant 
officer and conviction thereof, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not 
more than twenty dollars. Any person who induces or attempts 
to induce any child to absent himself unlawfully from school, or 
employs or harbors while school is in session any child absent un- 
lawfully from school, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not more than 
fifty dollars. 

Sec. 19. The several school teachers shall faithfully keep the 
registers of attendance daily, and make due return thereof to the 
school committee or to such person as such committee may des- 
ignate. No teacher of a public school shall receive payment for 
services for the two weeks preceding the close of any single term 
until the register, properly filled up and completed, is so re- 
turned. All registers shall be kept at the schools, and at all 
times during the school hours shall be open to the inspection of 
the school committee, the superintendent of schools, the truant 
officers, and the secretary and agents of the state board of educa- 
tion. In reckoning the average membership and the percentage 
of attendance in the schools no pupil's name shall be omitted in 
counting the number of persons belonging to the school and the 
number of absences of such persons, until it is known that such 
pupil has withdrawn from the school without intention of return- 
ing, or, in the absence of such knowledge, until ten consecutive 
days of absence have been recorded ; but nothing in this pro- 
vision for computing the average membership and the percentage 
of attendance shall be construed to invalidate procedure against 
habitual truants, absentees or school offenders, or other persons,. 
as provided in Sections twenty-four to twenty-six inclusive, and 
Section thirty-one of this Act. A pupil who is not present dur- 
ing at least half of a session shall be marked and counted as ab- 
sent for that session. 



Town of Acton. 



Report of the School Committee* 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

Your committee respectfully submit to you this report, 
including the report of the Superintendent of Schools, for the 
year 1900-1901. 

Mr. Andrew S. Thomson having resigned the position of 
Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Herbert E. Richardson of the 
Agawan, Granville, Southwick District, a gentleman of training 
and experience in his profession, was selected as his successor, 
and entered upon the duties of his office April 1st, 1900. 

In March last, Miss M. F. Fletcher, who had rendered faith- 
ful and efficient service as assistant teacher in the High School 
for nearly seven years, resigned her position and was succeeded 
by Miss Bertha A. Merrill, a graduate of Smith College. 

At the opening of the fall term Mr. DeVault, the Principal 
of the High School, resigned to accept a position of greater im- 
portance elsewhere. Mr. A. L. Faxon, a graduate of Yale and a 
teacher of experience, was chosen to succeed him. The choice 
has proven a happy one. 

During the summer vacation important and absolutely neces- 
sary alterations were made in the Centre schoolhouse, resulting 
in obtaining two good sized, well lighted and well heated rooms 
upon the upper floor of that building. 

The High School class of 1900 has presented to the school a 
very fine engraving of the "Aurora," together with books for the 
Library of the value of $2.30. On behalf of the school and the 
community we desire to gratefully acknowledge these gifts. 
The appropriation of $50 for the purchase of books and appar- 
atus for the High School has been expended as follows : Books, 
$25.93 ; chemicals and apparatus, $20.64 ; express charges, 85 
cents ; total, $47.42. The sum of $375 has been received from the 



8 Annual Reports 

State on account of superintendency for the year ending Septem- 
ber, 1900. 

The report of the purchasing agent of the board is published 
herewith : 



RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES. 
On Account of Schools for the Year 1900-1901. 



Receipts. 




Appropriation for common schools, 


13,550 00 


" High Schools, 


1,700 00 


" " school supplies, 


475 00 


" " transportation of pupils, 


990 00 


" " books, etc., for High School, 50 00 


" " salary of Superintendent, 


, 450 00 


Received from Massachusetts School Fund, 


404 79 


" " dog licenses, 


241 11 


" " tuition fees, High School, 


10 00 


" " " common schools 


4 00 




$7,874 90 


Expenditures. 




For common schools, 


$4,023 70 


High School, 


1,724 09 


school supplies, 


482 77 


transportation of pupils, 


945 00 


books, etc., for High School, 


47 42 


salary of Superintendent, 


450 00 




$7,672 98 



Unexpended balance, $201 92 



Town of Acton. 

Estimates for the Support of Schools 
For the Year 1901-1902. 



For common schools, 


$3,550 00 


High School, 


1,700 00 


school supplies, 


475 00 


transportation of pupils, 


990 00 


books, etc., for High School, 


50 00 


salary of Superintendent, 


450 00 




$7,215 00 




/&<*. 



The School Committee of Acton, 

By CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Chairman. 



10 Annual Reports 



Superintendent's Report, 

March, 1901. 



To the School Committee : 

Gentlemen — I hereby submit my first and the ninth an- 
nual report of the Superintendent of Schools. 

The following is a statistical table showing the returns of 
the last school census, and the enrolment and attendance in 
the schools from September, 1899, to June, 1900. 



Number of boys in Town between 5 and 15 


years, 


135 


" girls " " " 




144 


Total, 


279 


Number of boys in Town between 7 and 14 


years, 


99 


a ffirls " " " 




114 


Total 


213 


Whole number enroled in all the schools, 




298 


" between 5 and 15 years, 




277 


" " 7 and 14 years, 




214 


" over 15 years, 




22 


Average membership, 




279 


" attendance, 




252 


Per cent, of attendance, 




90.9 


Number of teachers, 




11 


" weeks in school year, 




3d 



When entering upon my duties last April I found the schools 
well organized and doing commendable work. Acton is to be 
congratulated upon the consolidation of her schools and their 
consequent greater efficiency. Parents have reason to feel fully 
requited for any sacrifice that may have been necessary to bring 
about the present improved organization of schools. Time is nec- 
essarily required for the perfect adjustment of any new system but 



Town of Acton. 11 

an excellent foundation has been laid, the evidences of which will 
be more and more apparent as time goes on. When compared with 
schools in similar towns, where the same system is in force, 
Acton does not suffer by the comparison. 

Last June written tests in all subjects were given by the 
superintendent in all grades, with very satisfactory results. The 
standing in scholarship of the pupils is generally well up to 
grade. 

The course of study for the elementary schools had not been 
revised, with the exception of slight changes in the geography 
since it was first drawn up by Mr. Dixon. A revision was nec- 
essary to better meet the present needs of the schools. As few 
changes as possible were made although the history course is 
entirely new. The subject of history is now receiving more 
attention in the best schools throughout the country than at 
any previous time. Whereas it was formerly taught only in the 
upper grammar grades it is now begun in the lower primary and 
continued throughout the course. 

Even the youngest children are attracted to stories from his- 
tory and while they have had little experience and cannot under- 
stand complicated forms of life, stories of the Indians and Eski- 
mos, especially adapted to children, representing the beginnings 
of history in ideas of time, place, and customs, they are much 
interested in. 

History is a subject well adapted to two ends, to arouse a 
love for study and to give a knowledge of how to sudy. By the 
present method of teaching it pupils are given that best of helps y 
a key to the use of books. 

Whatever tastes are formed in childhood will continue 
through life and if a love of study is not formed then it proba- 
bly never will be. 

It has been well said that literature is best history as it 
takes us into the very heart and life of a people. So at the pres- 
ent time literature is correlated as much as possible with history, 
and thus pupils become familiar with many of the choicest selec- 
tions in literature. In Lowell and Whittier we breathe the very 
atmosphere of the Civil War, and who would think of teaching 
Puritan New England without Longfellow's " Miles Standish," 
or the French and Indian War without "Evangeline" ? 



12 Annual Reports 

In the history work pupils should be encouraged to use the 
Public Library and thus make it an efficient source of help to 
the schools. More of the best reference books, if added to your 
excellent Library, could be used to good advantage by teachers 
and students. 

High School. 

The High School is somewhat smaller in numbers this year, 
due to the formation of a ninth grade in the Grammar School, 
thus holding back for another year the ninth grade pupils who 
otherwise would constitute a part of the present membership of the 
High School, but an excellent standard has been maintained and 
the school has made marked progress. The standard of instruc- 
tion, the earnest spirit of the pupils, and other qualities which 
go to make a good school, are fully equal to those in other High 
schools in similar towns throughout the State, while the general 
equipment is far superior. 

Mr. De Vault, after a very successful year's Avork as principal 
■of the school, resigned at the opening of the fall term to accept 
a better position in Bristol, K. I. Mr. A. L. Faxon, his successor, 
is a graduate of Yale, a teacher of highly successful experience, 
and the town is fortunate in being able to command his services. 

The one session plan is advantageous and the wisdom of the 
change is already manifest. There has been an inclination on 
the part of some pupils to do little home study, and it is thought 
that, with the co-operation of parents, one session will remedy 
this defect in great measure. 

The following, on the greater efficiency of the High School, 
I quote in the strong but reasonable language from a recent 
report by J. W. MacDonald, State Agent : 

" How shall the co-operation of the home be secured ? Of 
the many ways in which intelligent persons can increase the 
efficiency of the High School, the following need special em- 
phasis : 

"First, they should take care that the physical conditions of 
their children are favorable to mental work. 

" Second, they should restrain that excessive social dissipa- 
tion that is the bane of good school work. 



Town of Acton. 13 

" Third, the}' should establish and enforce hours for system- 
atic home study, not alone for the sake of improving scholarship, 
but even more for the cultivation of habits of study and applica- 
tion. 

"Fourth, they should furnish the encouragement and aspira- 
tion that will make the school the primary rather than a second- 
ary thing in their children's minds. 

"Through the ignorance or indifference of parents, the 
public high school, as compared with a good boarding school or 
academy, is at a disadvantage in work that calls for application 
and study. The boarding school has charge of the entire time 
of the pupil, and can regulate the hours of recreation and study. 
Thus the pupils acquire systematic habits of working, and do not 
come to their studies or the recitation room tired out by social 
dissipation, or for want of sleep. On the other hand, boys and 
girls often go home from the high school to an afternoon of dis- 
tractions. A hundred petty things keep their minds from study, 
or, if they attempt to study, from close disciplinary application. 
Companions call, the time is spent in profitless chatter ; petty 
things occurring on the street or in the neighborhood have their 
attention the whole afternoon ; the evenings are given to calls, 
parties and entertainments. For not one single hour a day are 
these scholars trained to sit down by themselves, and, abstracting 
their thoughts from all disturbing influences, to apply their 
minds systematically to work. When they are not engaged in 
sports, they are thinking of sports and talking of sports. 

" There are homes, it is true, where the conditions are more 
favorable to school work, but they are the exceptions. There is 
no one reform that would do so much to increase the efficiency of 
the high school as the intelligent co-operation of the home in the 
particulars I have mentioned." 

(1.) It would be a cause for gratification if the numbers 
enrolled in the High School were a larger percentage of the total 
enrollment of all the schools. 

(2.) The outlook, however, is very encouraging. The num- 
ber of pupils to enter the High School, from the grammar schools 
throughout the town for the next number of years, promises 
to swell the membership to goodly proportions, there being at 



14 Annual Reports 

present twenty-one pupils in the ninth grade, twenty -four in the 
eighth, and thirty-seven in the seventh. 

(3.) The High School should not be considered a school for 
the favored few, whose training is outside of that with which 
the lower schools are related. A high school training is the right 
of all and should be the goal placed before every pupil in the 
different grades throughout the town. 

There is manifest a good deal of interest in higher education 
which should be fostered and encouraged. Acton may well be 
proud of the graduates of her High School who enter colleges 
and normal schools of highest rank and there receive honors. 

Our High School prepares for college, normal, and technical 
schools, and also gives an all round training whereby pupils are 
prepared for life's duties and for good citizenship. 

We are fortunate in retaining so many of the former corps of 
teachers. At the close of the summer term a few vacancies oc- 
curred, but since September no changes have been made, which 
is greatly to the advantage of the schools. 

The several vacancies were filled in September by the fol- 
lowing teachers: South Grammar, Miss Louise i'oss; West 
Grammar, Miss Grace Trefethen ; South Intermediate, Miss Edith 
Kalloch. 

Miss Eva Barton resigned from the South Grammar during 
the summer to do advanced college work ; Miss Mary Randall of 
the W r est Grammar was offered a position in the South Hadley 
High School, which she accepted, and Miss Eva Brewer of the 
South Intermediate was elected to a more lucrative position in 
Hopedale. 

The teachers as a whole are strong, earnest and efficient. 
For those who are looking for the best things the constant aim 
must be to seek and retain the most excellent, and never to be 
satisfied with less than the best results. 

Four teachers' meetings have been held during the year. 
Time has been taken for such general recommendations as visits 
to the school-room suggest, as well as for the consideration of the 
different subjects taught in the schools. Mr. A. W. Clark of 
Boston was present at two of the meetings and gave the teachers 
valuable instruction in writing. 



Town of Acton. 15 

The music, the same as last year, has been under the direc- 
tion of Miss Marian M. Brown, a capable, well trained musician, 
whose work has been characterized by faithfulness and earnest- 
ness. The value of music as a disciplinary study is now gener- 
ally recognized. By conformity to strict and systematic drill 
pupils learn to do quick and accurate work. Daily vocal drill in 
our schools is a healthful exercise, inducing correct position, ex- 
panding the chest and lungs, developing the organs of speech, 
improving the enunciation, and teaching how to use the voice. 
Although a large part of the music period is required in learning 
to read the language, realizing that this is only a means to an 
end, the expressive side of the study should not be overlooked, 
and the aim should be to develop a love for and an appreciation 
of the best music. It has been well said, " Beautiful music pro- 
duces good impressions, good impressions lead to right living, 
right living encourages good citizenship, and good citizenship 
makes a state and nation strong.'* 

The work of the schools as a whole has advanced remarkably 
well throughout the year. We know r that the greater part of 
what a pupil learns in school is forgotten in later life. The 
value of an elementary education, therefore, consists largely in 
the power gained through the acquirement of knowledge rather 
than in the knowledge acquired. Yet there are certain funda- 
mental facts belonging to all school subjects that should be so 
thoroughly taught as to remain permanently in the minds of the 
pupils and be available at all times. The aim is to give instruc- 
tion in all important facts, and through this instruction to de- 
velop and broaden the intellectual life of the pupils. Success in 
this depends upon the character of the instruction which, in every 
case, is more important than the quantity. 

The purpose of true education is so to develop the indi- 
vidual as to enable him to make the most of himself, or, in other 
words, it consists in drawing out and developing all the God 
given faculties that he possesses. To the home and the school 
belongs largely the duty of accomplishing this purpose. If the 
home does not fulfill its duty in this respect, the school must 
supply the defect. 

Parents sometimes underrate the aim of school work and 
consider that the mere accumulation of facts is the sole object of 



16 Annual Reports 

school training, but unless braiu power is gained the work of the 
school is wellnigh void. In the proper and well directed per- 
formance of his school work, the child should gain such a com- 
mand of his faculties, and such an accumulation of will power, 
that he will be ready to seize every opportunity " by the fore- 
lock " and to meet every obligation of duty. 

He should be so trained that when coming to the cross roads 
in life with no guide-board to direct, he may be able to choose for 
himself the right way. Every lesson should be so taught and 
learned as to contribute to this all desirable attainment. Merely 
to memorize, or to learn with reference to special display, is not 
educational in any proper sense of the term. Indeed it may 
weaken rather than strengthen the pupil. 

To bring into action the latent faculties of the child is ab- 
solutely demanded of the teacher, and with this view a knowl- 
edge of the child mind is an absolute necessity to successful work 
in the school room. For school instruction should " adopt the 
means by which a non-thinking, non-reflecting, non-speaking 
child can most surely be trained into a noble citizen." 

In the gift of free will we are endowed by our Creator with the 
power to work out our own destiny, andit is the highest function 
of education to help us to overcome the disadvantages of trouble- 
some environment and unfavorable circumstances, in the gaining 
of a noble manhood and womanhood. True education can but 
make a true man. If one seems to be educated and is not a true 
man or woman, it is safe to infer that one has been a victim of 
wrong or faulty instruction. In a word let it be said that any 
conception of education is imperfect and inadequate, that does 
not contemplate the production of that well-rounded character 
which shall embody in principle and action, " whatsoever things 
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are 
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report." 

In conclusion I wish to thank the committee for their strong 
support, and for the cordial manner in which I have been received, 
and the teachers for their co-operation in the work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. E. RICHARDSON. 



Town of Acton. 17 

Report of Musical Instructor. 

Mr. H. E. Richardson, 

Superintendent of Schools : 

Dear Sir — Last year musical instruction was a new feature 
in the Acton schools, and the remarkable interest manifested ^in 
the study has been fully maintained this year. 

The results of the individual work have been especially 
satisfactory. 

The pupils are entitled to much credit for their ready 
response to the instruction, and there has been a uniform im- 
provement both in tone and character of the singing. 

The co-operation of the teachers and the willingness of the 
pupils has greatly assisted in making the year a success. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARIAN .M. BROWNE, 

Musical Instructor. 



Mr. H. E. Richardson, 

Superintendent of Schools. 

Dear Sir— Our High School has steadily improved during 
this past year and changes have been made constantly to better 
the opportunities offered. At Christmas, by the almost unani- 
mous request of the parents, a change was made from two sessions 
to one. Thus far it has proved very successful, and has tended 
to raise the scholarship and discipline of the school. Pupils who 
are deficient in their studies or disorderly are required to return 
in the afternoon and make up what they have been found lacking 
in. Calisthenics has been introduced and is obligatory on all the 
pupils. This is a subject that has received but scant attention in 
the past. About ten minutes are devoted to the exercise daily 
and we hope, before long, to see an improvement in the physical 
development of the students. It is our purpose to do away with 
recess as far as possible, and to give them something that will 
more than compensate for the slight amount of exercise that they 
have been accustomed to have in the past. 



18 Animal Report* 

The people of Acton should feel proud of their High School 
and of the opportunities that it offers. The school is equipped 
with good laboratory apparatus for Physics, Chemistry, and 
Physiology. Also attached to it is a constantly increasing refer- 
ence library, so that the pupils have tools to work with better 
than can be found in a majority of the high schools in the State. 
Though there is but one assistant yet, under the circumstances it 
is all that is required to do the work. At present there are but 
three classes in the school, owing to the formation of a ninth 
grade two years ago, and our present staff of teachers is fully 
capable of handling the classes for two years at least, by which 
time we hope the number of pupils will be sufficient to justify 
engaging an additional teacher. 

During the past year the number in the High School has 
been very small, yet the work accomplished has been of a high 
order. Each pupil has received a great deal of individual atten- 
tion and marked progress has been noticed. The graduates of 
our school are now fully prepared to pass the entrance examina- 
tions to college, as a three years' course in German has been 
introduced, which may be taken as a substitute for Greek. Of 
the graduates of this year, two will probably enter college, and 
one, the normal school. Last year one of our graduates entered 
Boston University, receiving honors. 

What is needed more than anything else in this town is a 
careful investigation by the people into the facilities offered by 
our school, and we feel assured that if this were done there 
would be fewer children receiving their instruction elsewhere. 
During the past year there has been but one parent who has 
visited our school and seen the work that is being done. We 
sincerely hope that more interest will be shown in the future, as 
it is a stimulant both to the teachers and pupils. 

A. L. FAXON. 



Tovjii of Acton. 19 

Fourteenth 

Graduating Exercises of the Acton High School, 

Class of 1900, 

In the Town Hall, Thursday Evening, June 21st., 
at Three Quarters after Seven. 





PROGRAM. 


1. 


March, Orchestra 


2, 


Prayer, Rev. W. F. Dusseault 


3. 


Song, " Soldiers' Chorus,'' . . . School 


4. 


Address, ..... Mr. Joseph G. Edgerly, 




Supt. Schools, Fitchburg, Mass. 


5. 


Parting Hymn, ... . . Class of 1900 


6. 


Conferring of Diplomas, . . Supt. H. E. Richardson 


7. 


Music, ....... Orchestra 



Music by Unita Orchestra, Acton. 
Geo. F. Dusseault, Director. 



GRADUATES— Classical Course. 

Ethel Mildred Quimby, Jennie Etta Reed, 

Cora Lewis Rouillard, Eula Sophia Taylor. 

English Course. 

John Edwards, Rilla Lester Harris, 

Sarah Augusta Richardson. 



Class Motto 
" Rowing, Not Drifting/' 

The river of life is deep and wide 

With its waters swiftly flowing : 
Let's make up our minds we will not drift, 

But keep a steady rowing. 

Near our journey's end, though clouds be dark, 

We shall certainly find them lifting. 
If we look for the light, and keep in mind 
That our motto is — 

"Rowing not Drifting." 

Isabel H. Floyd. 

Class Colors : Pink and Green. 



20 



Annual Reports 



Roll of Honor, Sept.. J 899, to June, 1900. 



One Year. 



Bean, Milton C. 
Charlton, Kenneth 
Kingsley, Richard 
Piper, Ralph 
Sawyer, Benjamin 
Schnair, Lara 



Brewster, Irving 
Clark, Lester 
Harris, Alfred 
Hoar, Carl 
Lincoln, Arnold 
Mekkelsen, Bertha 
Moan, Edward 
Priest, Maud B. 
Reed, Bennie 
Tuttle, Varnum 
Worden, Irving 



Beach, Clayton 
Brown, Lizzie J. 
Charlton, Vera 
Crane, Lowell 
Dacey, Alice 
Deven, Ethel 
Esterbrook, Fred 
Gough, Edward 
Harris, Arthur 
Harris, Eva 
Hastings, Ethel B. 
Keith, Ella M. 
Kinsley, Annie 
Lawrence, Ralph 
Littletield, Harold 
Mekkelsen, Christine 
Meade, Idelle 
Morse, Arthur 
Quimby, Russell 
Schnair, Joseph 
Spinney, Gaylon 
Symonds, Harold 
Thompson, Carl 



Boyce, Elmer 
Jones, Karl 
-Lincoln, Arnold 
Richardson, Clara 
Schnair, Charles 
Wayne, Arthur. 



Two Terms. 



Burke, Henry 
Fletcher, Carrie E. 
Hastings, Ralph 
Lawrence, Eva 
Mekkelsen, Ida 
Moan, Frank 
Owen, Wallace 
Quimby, Margaret 
Schnair, Ella 
White, Leonard 
Wood, Sarah. 



One Term. 



Blodgett, Lester 
Chandler, Winnifred G. 
Chute, Agnes 
Dacy, William 
Davidson, Guy 
Emery, Grace 
Foley, Nellie 
Green, Isabella 
Harris, Bertha 
Harris, Maud 
Hoar, Crosby 
Kimball, Elnathan 
Lang, Ethel L. 
Lawrence, Flora 
McCarthy, Eugene 
Mekklesen, Henry 
Morrison, Frank 
Quimby, Ethel M. 
Reed, Flora B. 
Smith, Ernest 
Spinney, Forest 
Taylor, Sophia E. 
Thompson Mabel. 



Town of Acton. 



21 



STATISTICS FOR 1899--1900. 









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bJ3£ 

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High, 


10-13 


-10 


31 


26.48 


24.6 


92. 


6 


18 


13 


South Grammar, 


7-9 


36 


19 


17.4 


16. 


91.9 


14 


19 


1 


South Intermediate. 


4-6 


36 


27 


25.35 


24. 


94.6 


27 


27 





South Primary. 


1-3 


36 


46 


43.9 


38.38 


87.4 


35 


46 





Center Grammar. 


7-9 


36 


19 


20. 


18.7 


93.5 


14 


14 


5 


Center Intermediate, 


4-6 


36 


38 


35.7 


32.3 


90.5 


38 


38 





Center Primary. 


1-3 


36 


34 


31.4 


27. 


86. 


23 


34 





West Grammar. 


7-9 


36 


24 


21.98 


19.45 


88.4 


19 


22 


2 


West Intermediate, 


4-6 


36 


21 


21. 


20. 


95. 


20 


20 


1 


West Primary. 


1-3 


36 


39 


36* 


32.45 


90. 


18 


39 


G 


Totals. 




36 


298 


27.9 


25.2 


90.93 


214 


277 


22 



LIST OF TEACHERS, 1900-1901. 



Schools 


TEACHERSj 


Ap- 
point- 
ed 


Educated. 


Sal- 
ary. 










Year 


High -j^ rinc j pa !' 
& J Assistant 


A. L. Faxon. 


1900 


Yale. 


S1,000 


Bertha Merrill. 


1900 


Smith. 


500 










Week 


South Grammar, 


Louise M. Foss, 


1900 


I Farmington, f 
\ Me., Normal, \ 


*10 


So. Intermediate. 


Edith M.Kalloch, 


1900 


10 


South Primary, 


Annie W. Chase. 


1899 


Fram'h'm Normal, 


10 


Center Grammar. 


Sara G. Small. 


1898 


Salem Normal, 


10 


Cen. Intermediate, 


Ella L. Miller. 


1899 


Fram'h'm Normal, 


10 


Center Primary. 


Cora F. Warren, 


1899 


U U 


10 


West Grammar, 


GraceF.Trefethen 


1900 


Taunton, 


10 


West Intermediate 


Kather. Sweeney, 


1899 


Salem Normal, 


10 


West Primary, 


Harr't H. Gardner 


1889 


Ayer 


,2 



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An mud lie port > 



STATISTICS— FALL AND WINTER TERMS, 1900-1901. 



Name of School 


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Attendance ! 

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13th 


4 


1 














High, 


12 th 
11th 
10th 


7 



10 


r 


19. 


17.4 


91.6 


2 


6 


13 


South Grammar, ) 


9 th 
8 th 
7 th 


5 

5 

16 


j- 


24.4 


24. 


98.5 


21 


25 


I 


So. Intermediate. ] 


6th 
5th 
4th 



*9 
26 


I" 


30. 


27.99 


93.00 


34 


34 


1 


South Primary, 


3rd 
2nd 
1st 


12 

16 

17 


j« 


41.44 


36. 


87.00 


22 


44 





Center Grammar, 


9th 
8th 

7 th 


9 

9 

10 


[28 


26.9 


24.8 


92.26 


17 


23 


5 


Cen. Intermediate, < 


6th 
5 th 
4 th 


11 
14 
10 


l» 


31.46 


28.57 


90.8 


35 


35 





Center Primary. 


3rd 
2nd 
1st 


14 
12 
10 


J 36 


32.5 


28.95 


88.98 


25 


36 





West Grammar, ] 


9th 
8 th 

7 th 


7 
10 
11 


[28 


24.77 


22.8 


92. 


18 


27 


I 


West Intermediate 1 


6 th 
5th 
4 th 


5 
10 
12 


i- 


25.6 


24.35 


95. 


27 


27 





West Primary, 

' 1 


3rd 
2nd 
1st 


8 

10 
23 


41 


40.23 


37.3S 


92.9 


» 


41 





Totals, 




322 


322 


29.6 


27.2 


92.2 


222 j 298 


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Town of Acton. 



23 



Report of Purchasing Agent, 



Department of School Supplies. 

To the School Committee : 

The annual report of the expense account of this department 
is respectfully submitted. 

J. L. Ha mm kit I 



March 


22. 


200 No. 120 blank books, 


$2 


50 








5 gross 4 B. pencils. 


4 


25 








1 lb. No 120 erasers. 




75 — 


$57 50 


March 


23. 


3 Frye prim, geog., 


1 


62 








10 Little Nell, 


3 


60— 


5 22 


March 


28. 


10 hand globes. 


— 


50 








200 No. 140 blank books. 


7 


00 








2 gross penholders, No. 611, 


9 

— / 


20 








11 boxes Middleton fasteners, 


2 


20— 


13 90 


April 


9. 


2 doz. Treasury irik. 


6 


00— 


00 


April 


10. 


2 sets spring rollers, Excelsior 












maps, 


44 


00— 


44 00 


April 


20. 


100 lbs arithmetic paper, 


3 


00— 


3 00 


April 


21. 


10 gross Esterbrook, No. 556, pens, 


4 


88— 


4 88 


June 


5. 


10 doz. No. 30 rulers, 

2 gross J. L. H. school pens, 


1 


84 
90 








200 lbs. arithmetic paper, 











200 Cornhill pads, 


8 


00 








12 reams H. 3 paper, 


G 


00 








5 reams H. 1 paper, 


2 


50 








10 gross H. B. pencils, 


8 


50 








2 doz. Treasury mucilage, 


1 


50 








1 lb No. 120 erasers, 




75 








100 mathematical cards, No. 9, 


2 


00 








3^ gross No. 787 pencils, 


9 


63 





24 



Annual Reports 



June 5. 6 boxes colored cubes, 



$2 88 





3 


u 


plain cubes, 


1 


20 






6 


it 


number builders, 




58 






6 


a 


sentence builders, 




67 






3 


it 


colored pegs, 




36 






6 


a 


domestic animals, 




96 






6 


a 


wild animals, 




96 






6 


it 


birds, 




96 






6 


it 


leaves, 




96 






4 


a 


Little artist, 




80 






6 


a 


No. 1021 sticks, 


1 


20 






6 


a 


No. 470, 


1 


92 






12 


pkg 


:s. colored splints, 


2 


40 






6 boxes practical busy work, 


1 


20 






18 boxes, 


1 


44 






2 doz. 


peg boards, 


2 80 






10 


Pkg 


s. 00 medium drawing paper, 


4 00 






6 Manilla drawing paper, 9x12, 


2 40— 


75 11 


July 


21. 5 lbs. : 


Letter pads, 




40 


40 


Sept. 


18. 1 doz. 


folios, 


o 


00 






1 lb erasers, No. 120, 




65 






3 doz i 


£em erasers, 


1 


50 






60 No. 


, 140 blank books, 


2 


10 






10 


reams No. 27 letter paper, 


9 00 






5 Round the World, book 2, 


2 


28 






3 doz. 


water pans, 


1 


44— 


19 94 


Sept. 


26. 3( 


3opies Colonial Children, 


1 


08 






3 


a 


Story of Ulysses, 




81 






9 


a 


Legend of Norseland, 


3 


24 






3 


a 


La Salle, 




15 






3 


a 


Robert Fulton, 




15 






3 


a 


Cortez, 




81 






3 


a 


Siegfried, 


1 


80 






3 


a 


Story of Ulysses, Cook, • 




96 






3 


it 


Tales of Troy, 




72 






3 


a 


Nature Myths, 




60 






3 


a 


Smith's Songs for Little 
Children, 


5 


40 






3 


a 


Hiawatha, 1 and 2, 




79 









Tmvn of Acton. 




25 


Sept. 


26. 


5 copies Round the World, bk. 1, 
250 Baldwin report books, 
1 box yellow crayons, 


$1 60 

3 75 

65 








1 box orange crayons, 


65— 


24 24 


Sept. 


29. 


7 primary peg boards, 


83 








Repairing 2 gem sharpeners, 


30— 


1 13 


Oct. 


3. 


1 Webster International Diet., 


8 50— 


8 50 


Oct. 


16. 


3 copies Marquette, 

3 doz. color boxes, 

140 No. 140 blank books, . 


15 

6 84 
4 90 








1 box brown crayons, 


60— 


12 49 


Oct. 


17. 


200 No. 140 blank books, 


' 7 00— 


7 00 


Jan. 


1. 


1 gross Easterbrook best pens, No. 
556, 


2 25 








Postage, 


12— 


2 37 


Jan. 


10. 


1 lb. rubber erasers, No. 120, 


70 








100 blank books, No. 120, 


1 25— 


1 95 



$237 63 

Ginn & Co. 

March 22. 12 Prince arithmetics, $2 00— $2 00 

March 27. 2 Leymann's School Iliad, 6 bks.. 3 20 
5 Wentworth Ad. Arithmetics, 5 00 



Oct. 30. 





8 00 


Less 1-6, 


1 37- 


10 Wentworth new Sch. Algebra, 


11 20 


1 Beginners' Latin, 


1 00 


5 Montgomery Eng. His., 


5 60 


25 Prince Arith., 


5 00 


7 doz. and 7 vertical writing books 


43 68 




66 48 


Less 1-6, 


11 08 



C) 83 



Sept. 20. 





55 40 




Credit books returned, 


32 33— 


23 07 


9 copies Ten Beyes, 


4 50 




Less 1-6, 


75— 


3 75 



$35 65 



26 Annual Reports 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 

March 27. 20 Riverside Lit. Series,, No. 1, 

Postage, 
March 29. 7 Fiske Am. Hist., 
March 30. 20 Riverside Lit. Series, No. 2, 

Postage, 
Sept. 19. 5 Fiske Hist. U. S., 

6 Riverside Lit. Series, 



2 55 




07— 


$2 62 


5 95— 


5 95 


2 55 




04— 


2 59 


4 25 




11 


5 02 



$16 18 



D. C. Heath & Co. 

March 26. 5 Heart of Oak, bk. 2, $1 75 

Less 1-6, 29— $1 46 

March 28. 10 Elem. Arith., Walsh, 3 00 

5 Inter. Arith., Walsh. 1 75 



3 96 







4 75 




Less 1-6, 


79— 


March 30. 


24 tloz. vertical writing books. 


18 00 




5 Heart of Oak, No. 1, 


1 25 




10 Heart of Oak, No. 2, 


3 50 




5 Heart of Oak, Xo. 3, 


2 25 






25 00 




Less 1-6, 


4 16— 


April 21. 


5 gross Volpenna B. pens, 


3 00 




Less 1-3, 


1 00 



20 84 



2 00 

Postage, 11— 2 11 

April 26. 15 Paradise Lost, 6 75 

Less 1-6, 1 12— 5 6'^ 

May 17. 2 Iliad, 59 

Postage, 08— 67 

Sept. 7. 20 Inter. Arith., Walsh, 7 00 

Less 1-6, 1 16— 5 84 

Sept. 11. 5 German Grammar, 5 60 

Less 1-6, 93— 4 67 

Sept. 17. 20 Walsh Elem. Arith., 6 00 

Less 1-6, 1 00— 5 00 







Town of Acton. 




27 


Sept. 


19. 


6 copies American Indians, 


$2 70 








Less 1-6, 


45— 


2 15 


Sept. 


22. 


12 Vicar of Wakefield, 

12 Burke Speech in Council, 

12 Macbeth, 

12 Silas Maxner, 


6 00 

2 40 

3 50 

4 20 




, 




15 60 








Less 1-6, 


2 60— 


13 00 


Oct. 


7. 


5 Marchen Eng. No. 1 reader, 


2 50— 


2 50 


Nov. 


20. 


5 gross Volpenna B. pens, 
Less 1-3, 


3 00 
1 00 








2 00 








Postage, 


13— 


2 13 


Nov. 


26. 


9 Super. French readers, 


6 30 








Less 1-6, 


1 05— 


5 25 


Feb. 


13. 


8 Milton's Minor Poems, 

8 Macauley's Essays on Addison, 

8 Macauley's Essays on Milton, 


2 00 
2 00 
2 00 








6 00 








Less 1-6, 


1 00— 


5 0O 



$80 31 



Silver, Bukdett & Co. 



March 21. 


12 Chemistry Report Books, 


$3 00 






Less 1-6, 


50— 


$ 2 50 


March 30. 


15 Introduction to Economics, 


13 50— 


13 50 


Sept. 8. 


5 Music Readers, No. 1, 


1 60 






5 " No. 2, 


3 00 








4 60 






Less 1-6, 


76— 


3 84 


Sept. 17. 


8 Music Readers. No. 2, 


4 80 






Less 1-6, 


80- 


4 00 


Sept. 21. 


5 Systematic Ex. Blanks, 


1 25 






Less 1-6, 


20— 


1 05 



$24 89 



28 Annual Reports 

American Book Co. 



March 22. 


10 Old Greek Stories, 


$4 50 






■» 


10 Story of the Greeks, 


6 00 








10 50 








Less 1-5, 


2 10— 


$ 8 40 


Sept. 


7. 


25 Nat'l Elem. Geography, 

20 Metcalf Grammar, 

12 Webster Primary Diet., 


15 00 

12 00 

5 76 








32 76 








Less 1-5, 


6 55— 


26 21 


Sept. 


10. 


10 Webster Primary Diet., 
10 Metcalf Grammar, 


4 80 
6 00 








10 80 








Less 1-5, 


2 16— 


8 64 


Sept. 


19. 


3 Eggleston 1st. History Book 


1 80 








Less 1-5, 


36— 


1 44 


Oct. 


1. 


5 Carpenter's Asia, 


3 00 








Less 1-5, 


60— 


2 40 



$47 09 
Ed. E. Babb & Co. 



Sept. 


7. 


10 Wentworth Sch. Algebra, 


$5 00— 


$5 00 


Sept. 


8. 


8 Boscher Otto Erench Grammar, 


4 72— 


4 72 


Sept. 


20. 


4 Avery Elements of Chemistry, 


3 08— 


3 08 






$12 80 






P. R. BULLARD. 






Dec. 


22. 


3 Maps Lower New England, 


$5 70— 


$5 70 






C. J. Williams. 






June 


5. 


Stamps and Envelopes, 

General Expenses. 


$1 33— 


$1 33 


Paid 


T. Evans, 


$1 50 






W. D 


. De Vault, 


1 60 











Town 


of 


Acton. 




id C. 


L. 


Gouly, 








$ 4 40 


A. 


L. 


Faxon, 








40 


A. 


L. 


Noyes, 








14 97 


W 


. S 


Warren, 








25 



29 



$22 12— $22 12 



$483 70 
By supplies sold pupils, 93 

$482 77 

The value of supplies now in the supply room is estimated 
at $60.00. 

(HAS. J. WILLIAMS. 

Purchasing Agent. 



30 Annual Reports 

TOWN WARRANT. 

For Annual Meeting March 25, 1901 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in 
the County of Middlesex, Greeting : 

You are hereby required, in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, to notify and warn the inhabitants 
of the Town of Acton, qualified to vote in elections and 
in Town affairs, to assemble in the Town Hall, in said Town, 
on Monday, the twenty-fifth day of March, A. D. 1 901, at 
nine o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to act on the 
following articles as they may think proper, viz : 

Article i. To choose a moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will accept the reports of 
the Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, 
and other Town officers. 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the report of any Com- 
mittee chosen to report at this meeting. 

Art. 4. To choose all necessary Town Officers and 
Committees, and fix salaries. 

Art. 5. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum 
of twenty-two hundred dollars for providing protection 
against fire, in the villages of Acton Center, East Acton, 
North Acton, South and West Action, or do or act anything - 
thereon. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will rescind all action 
taken on Articles 21 and 22 in Warrant of April 3, 1899, 
and accept ordinance in relation to burials and Cemetery 
Trust Funds, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money _the^ Town will 
raise for the observance of Memorial Day. £ — 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will accept the Jury list as 
revised by the Selectmen, or take any action thereon. 

Art. 9. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the repairing of roads and bridges the present year. 

. rv °- 



Town of Acton. 31 

Art. io. To see if the Town will authorize its Treas- 
urer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money 
for the Town, if necessary, in anticipation of taxes the pres- 
ent year. 

A^rpfff. 1 1 To vote Yes, or No, in answer to the ques- 
tion : Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating 
liqujnfin the Town of Acton the present year. 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the Town 
will raise for the support of Memorial Library the present 
year. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town 
will raise for the support of schools the present year, and act 
anything thereon. 

Art. 14. To see what amount of money the Town 
will raise for purchase of school supplies the present year. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will maintain street 
lamps the present year, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 16. To see what action the Town will take rela- 
tive to the collection of taxes the present year. 

Art. 17. To see what amount of money the Town 
will raise, if any, for Town charges. 

Art. 18. To see if the Town wish to further instruct 
its Selectmen relative to the separation of grade crossings in 
the Town, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 19. To see if the Town will authorize its Select- 
men to release the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from all 
claims for damage arising from the change of grade on a sec- 
tion of proposed State Highway, in the Village of West 
Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 20. To see what action the Town will take in 
regard to a suitable building for the Fire Apparatus at South 
Acton. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will abate the taxes for 
the year 1900 on the West Acton Citizens Library Associa- 
tion property, amounting to seventeen dollars, and to exempt 
the same from taxation, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will authorize the Select- 
men to sell the North Acton school house and grounds, or 
act anything thereon. 



32 Annual Reports 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will vote to close a piece 
of road on the southerly side of the Davis Monument, leading 
from Main street to a point near the house of Isaac T. 
Flagg, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the purpose of placing markers at the graves of 
persons who served in the War of 1812, the Seminole war 
and the Mexican war. 

Art. 25. To see if the Town will appropriate money 
for the care of Cemeteries the present year, or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town will build a road from 
the Leland-Stevens road (so called) past the cold storage 
building of O. W. Mead to the Turnpike, as laid out by the 
Road Commissioners, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the 
provisions of Chap. 264 of the Acts of 1 890, relating to pub- 
lic cemeteries, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 28. To see if the Town will rebuild the bridge 
near the house of O. A. Knowlton, leading to the house of E. 
H. Cutler, or act anything thereon. 

The Polls will be open by 10 o'clock A. M., and may be 
closed by 2 o'clock P. M. 

You are hereby directed to serve this Warrant, by post- 
ing copies, attested by you, in the following places : One in 
each of the Postoffices, one at each of the Railroad Stations, 
one at the stores of C. H. Mead & Co., M. E. Taylor & Co., 
H. A. Littlefield, Tuttle & Newton, one at the office of A. J. 
Hastings & Co., and one at the Nagog House, seven days at 
least before the time appointed for holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, 
with your doings thereon, to the Selectmen, or Town Clerk, 
on or before the time appointed for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands, in Acton, this eleventh day of 
March, in the year of our Lord one thousand, nine hundred 
and one. 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DAVID C HARRIS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



TO'-VN OFFICERS 



(>F ["HE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 12, 

1902 

TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL REPORT. 




HUDSON, MASS.". 

The E. F. Worcester Press. 
1902. 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 12, 

1902 

TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL REPORT. 







HUDSON, MASS.: 

The E. F. Worcester Press. 
1902. 



Town Officers, 190 1- 1902. 



Toivn Clerk, 

Horace F. Tuttie. 

Selectmen, 

William F. Stevens. E. Faulkner Conant, 

Edwin A. Phalen. 

Assessors, 

E. Faulkner Conant, William F. Kelley, 

Chauncy B. Bobbins. 

Overseers of the Poor, 

David C. Harris, William F. Kelley, 

Lyman C. Taylor. 

Town Treasurer, 

Jonathan K. W. Wetherbee. 

Auditor, 

Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes, 

William F. Stevens. 

Constables, 

James Kingsley, William H. Kingsley, 

L. E. Reed. 

Cemetery Committee. 

Julian Tuttie, Herbert T. Clark, 

Horace F. Tuttie. 

Road Commissioners, 
William H. Kingsley, (term expires 1902), 

Albert H. Perkins, (term expires 1903), 

Anson C. Piper, (term expires 1904). 



4 Annual Reports 

School Committee, 
Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1902), 

Horace F. Tuttle, (term expires 1903), 

Frank R. Knowlton, (term expires 1904). 

Trustees of Memorial Library, (elected by the Town), 
Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1902), 

Lucius A. Hesselton, (term expires 1903), 

William D. Tuttle, (term expires 1904). 

Board of Health, 
Frank J. Barker, (term expires 1904), 

Frank E. Tasker, (term expires 1903), 

Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1902). 

Fence Viewers, 

Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed,* 

Oliver W. Mead.* 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves, 

Herbert T. Clark, Edgar H. Hall, Jona P. Fletcher, 

Edward F. Richardson* James E. Billings,* 

M. E. Taylor,* Charles E. Smith. 

Field Drivers, 
James Kinsley, William H. Kingsley, 

L. E. Reed. 

Tree Warden, 
Charles J. Williams. 
Registrars of Voters (appointed), 
Samuel A. Guilford, (term expires 1904), 

James McGreen, (term expires 1903), 

David T. Kinsley, (term expires 1902), 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio. 



*Not sworn. 



Town of Acton 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL TOWN flEETING, 

Held, March 25, 1901. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee and other 
Town officers. 

Voted, To accept the reports of the several Town officers as 
printed. 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 
No action taken. 

Art. 4. To choose all necessary Town officers and com- 
mittees and fix salaries. 

Voted, To fix the salary of the Collector of Taxes for the 
ensuing year at one hundred and fifty dollars, the same to 
include posting tne warrants, enforcing the dog law and all 
other duties hitherto performed by said officer. 

Voted, That the salary of the Road Commissioners be fixed 
at twenty five cents per hour employed. 

Voted, That laborers be paid seventeen and one-half cents 
per hour employed. 

Voted, That a double team and man be paid forty -two and 
one-half cents per hour emplo} r ed. 

Voted, That travel to and from work shall not be reckoned 
as time employed. 

Voted, To proceed to choose on one ballot a Town Clerk, 
Town Treasurer, three Selectmen, three Assessors, three Over- 
seers of the Poor, one member of the School Committee for 
three years, a Collector of Taxes, four Constables, three members 
of the Cemetery Committee, three Fence Viewers, seven Survey- 



6 Annual Reports 

ors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves, four Field Drivers, one 
member of the Board of Trustees of the Memorial Library for 
three years, one auditor, one Road Commissioner for three years, 
one Road Commissioner for two years, and a Tree Warden. 

The following town officers and committees were chosen : 

Town Clerk : Horace F. Tuttle. 

Town Treasurer ; Jona K. W. Wetherbee. 

Selectmen ; William F. Stevens, E. Faulkner Conant, Edwin 
A. Phalen. 

Assessors ; Job. W. Dupee, Fred S. Whitcomb, William F. 
Kelley. 

Overseers of the Poor ; David C. Harris, William F. Kelley, 
Lyman C. Taylor. 

School Committee for three years ; Frank R. Knowlton. 

Collector of Taxes ; William F. Stevens. 

Constables ; James Kinsley, William H. Kingsley, L. E. 
Reed, Daniel H. Farrar. 

Cemetery Committee ; Julian Tuttle, Herbert T. Clark, 
Horace F. Tuttle. 

Fence Viewers ; Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed, Oliver 
W. Mead. 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves ; Herbert T. 
Clark, Jona P. Fletcher, Edgar H. Hall, Edward F. Richard- 
son, M. E. Taylor, James E. Billings, Charles E. Smith. 

Trustee of Memorial Library ; William D. Tuttle for three 
years. 

Tree Warden ; Charles J. Williams. 

Field Drivers ; James Kinsley, William H. Kingsley, L. E. 
Reed, Daniel H. Farrar. 

Auditor ; Frank W. Hoit. 

Road Commissioners ; Anson C. Piper for three years, 
Albert H. Perkins for two years. 

Art. 5. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
twenty-two hundred dollars for providing protection against fire 
in the villiages of Acton Center, East, North, South and West 
Acton or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To lay an eight inch cast iron pipe from the factory 
of Hall Brothers in West Acton to the corner of the store of C. 
H. Mead & Co., and place one hydrant at said store and properly 



Town of Acton 7 

locate another on the line between said points. To purchase one 
thousand feet of unlined linen or rubber lined cotton hose, as 
may be decided later and hose carriage for the same. 

To purchase for South Acton eight hundred feet of rubber 
lined hose of same quality as lately purchased for that place at a 
cost of one hundred and sixty-five dollars. To purchase for one 
hundred dollars the F. R. R. water supply basin located near the 
cider mill of Henry Barker, excavate and properly fix said basin 
for a possible water supply in case of fire. Also, to purchase a 
small hand tub, and two hundred feet of hose same as is in use of 
Town at East Acton, for Xorth Acton at a cost of two hundred 
dollars. 

To purchase at a cost of two hundred and ninety-four 
dollars, twenty-one small fire extinguishers and place three at 
North Acton, three at East Acton, five each at South Acton, 
West Acton and Acton Center. 

Voted, To authorize the hiring of a competent man at each 
part of the town where fire apparatus is located to properly care 
for it, to discharge and refit all the Town chemicals as needed 
and clean and properly care for the hose after a fire. 

Voted, To appropriate the sum of twenty-two hundred dol- 
lars for the carrying out of these votes, to assess eleven hundred 
dollars of said amount in the taxes of 1901 and eleven hundred 
dollars in taxes of 1902. 

Voted, To instruct the Selectmen to immediately carry out 
these instructions except the laying of the pipe in West Acton 
which is to be done at the earliest possible moment in the spring 
of 1901. 

Voted, To instruct the Selectmen to borrow eleven hundred 
dollars in anticipation of the assessment of 1902, if necessary. 

Voted, That Delette H. Hall and F. C. Hayward be a 
committee to co-operate with the Selectmen in carrying out these 
votes, Mr. Hall to act so far as it relates to West Acton and Mr. 
Hayward for South Acton. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will rescind all action taken on 
Articles 21 and 22 in warrant of April 3, 1899, and accept ordi- 
nance in relation to burials and Cemetery Trust Funds or act 
anything thereon. 



8 Annual Reports 

Voted, To adopt the following ordinance relative to funds 
deposited with the town for the care of lots in cemeteries. 

Town of Acton, in the Year 1901, an Ordinance 
in Relation to Burials. 

Section 1. The Town of Acton, Mass., will receive of any 
person any sum of money not less than Fifty Dollars nor more 
than Five Hundred Dollars, the interest thereof to be applied to 
the annual care of such lot in the public burial grounds of the 
Town of Acton as the person paying the money shall designate. 
Such deposit may be made perpetual if so desired by the person 
depositing the same. 

Section 2. The Town Treasurer shall receive all sums of 
money paid in accordance with the provisions of the preceding 
section, giving a proper receipt of the town therefor, and shall 
annually at such time as the Cemetery Committee of the public 
burial grounds of said town shall request, pay over to said Com- 
mittee interest at the rate of three and a half per cent, per an- 
num upon all sums so paid to and receipted for by him, with a 
statement of the several lots in the public burial grounds of said 
town, upon which the interest so paid is to be expended. All of 
said amounts shall be judiciously and economically expended on 
each of the variously specified lots, and in addition to keeping 
the grass cut as many flowers as the money will permit shall be 
planted, watered and cared for on these lots, also once in every 
rive years the monuments, markers, corner stones and curbings 
shall be properly cleaned and repaired, the expense of same to 
ba deducted from the income, if sufficient, of the funds of the lot 
so cleaned, should the town neglect to faithfully carry out the 
provisions of this act, the money so deposited shall revert to the 
heirs of the person so depositing it. 

Section 3. Said Cemetery Committee shall receipt for and 
faithfully apply all sums of interest so received by it in accord- 
ance with the statement so made by the Town Treasurer, and re- 
port its doings in the premises annually to the town. But no 
part of said sums shall be used in paying for the official duties of 
said Committee. 

Voted, That the following form of receipt shall be given in 
behalf of the town by its Tresurer to persons depositing money. 
" Received of (A. B.) dollars as a perpetual fund, 
the income of which is to be used to pay the expense of 
keeping in repair and good order lots in the cemeteries 
of Acton, Mass., as follows : (Description of lots.) 
This money is received in accordance with an ordinance 
of the town passed March 25th, 1901. 

Town of Acton, by Treasurer." 



Town of Acton 9 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the observance of Memorial Day. 

Voted, To appropriate the sum of fifty dollars. 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will accept the jury list as re- 
vised by the Selectmen, or take any action thereon. 

Voted, To accept the jury list as revised by the Selectmen. 

Art. 9. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the repairing of roads and bridges. 

Voted, To raise forty-four hundred dollars. 

Art. 10. To gee if the Town will authorize its Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the 
Town if necessary in anticipation of taxes the present year. 

Voted, To authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen, to borrow money for the Town, if necessary, in 
anticipation of taxes the current year. 

Art. 11. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question : 
" Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 
the Town of Acton the present year ? " 



Whol 


e number of ballots cast, 


317 


Yes, 




136 


No, 




181 



Voted, To appropriate $500, to be placed in the hands of the 
Selectmen to enforce the liquor laws. 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Voted, To raise two hundred dollars for the purchase of 
books. 

Voted, To raise four hundred dollars for running expenses. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the support of schools the present year, and act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted, To raise for common schools, $3,670 

" " " High School, 1,700 

" " " school supplies, 475 

" " " transportation, 1,030 

" " " books for High School, 50 

" " " salary of Superintendent, 450 



10 Annual Reports 

Art. 14. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for purchase of school supplies the present year. 
Action taken under Art. 13. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will maintain street lamps 
the present year, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, That the Town take charge of lighting street lamps in 
the villages of the Town ; the territory to be lighted in each village 
to be determined by the Selectmen ; and that each person main- 
taining a lamp outside the villages, approved by the Selectmen, 
be allowed the amount expended per lamp in the villages. 

Art. 16. To see what action the Town will take relative to 
the collection of taxes the present year. 

Voted, That the Collector charge interest at the rate of five 
per cent, per annum on all taxes remaining unpaid after the first 
day of November next. 

Voted, That all taxes shall be paid on or before the first day 
of March next, and if any taxes remain unpaid after that date the 
Collector shall collect according to law. 

Art. 17. To see what amount of money the Town will raise, 
if any, for Town charges. 

Voted, To appropriate sixty-two hundred dollars. 

Art. 18. To see if the Town wish to further instruct its 
Selectmen, relative to the separation of grade crossings in the 
Town, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To defer action for the present. 

Voted, That the Selectmen be authorized to employ an 
engineer to make an estimate of the cost of separating the grades 
between the N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. and B. & M. R. R. Co.'s 
tracks and the Great Road, so called, including land damages. 

Art. 19. To see if the Town will authorize its Selectmen to 
release the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from all claims for 
damages arising from the change of grade on a proposed section 
of State highway in the village of West Acton, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted, To pass over the Article. 



Town of Acton 11 

Art. 20. To see what action the Town will take in regard 
to a suitable building for the fire apparatus at South Acton 
Voted, To pass over the Article. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will abate the taxes for the 
year 1900 on the West Acton Citizens' Library Association pro- 
perty, amounting to seventeen dollars, and to exempt the same 
from taxation, or act anything thereon. 

A motion to abate the tax and exempt the property from 
taxation did not prevail. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will authorize the Selectmen 
to sell the North Acton school house and grounds, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted, That the Selectmen be instructed to sell the property 
at public auction, provided they shall not accept an offer less than 
five hundred dollars. 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will vote to close a piece of 
road on the southerly side of the Davis Monument, leading from 
Main Street to a point near the house of Isaac T. Flagg's, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted, To close and discontinue the piece of road described 
in the Article. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the purpose of placing markers at the graves of per- 
sons who served in, the war of 1812, the Seminole and the 
Mexican wars. 

Voted, To appropriate twenty-five dollars to carry out the 
purpose of the Article. 

Art. 25. To see if the town will appropriate money for the 
care of cemeteries the present year or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To appropriate Five Hundred dollars. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will build a road from the 
Leland-Stevens road (so called) past the Cold Storage Building 
of 0. W. Mead to the turnpike, as laid out by the Eoad 
Commissioners or act anything thereon 

Voted, Not to build the road as laid out. 



12 Annual Reports 

Art. 27. To see if the town will vote to adopt the pro- 
visions of Chap. 264 of the Acts of 1890 relating to public cem- 
eteries or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To adopt the provisions of Chap. 264 of the Acts of 
1890 relating to public cemeteries. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will rebuild the bridge near 
the house of 0. A. Knowlton, leading to the house of E. H. Cut- 
ler, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To appropriate One Hundred dollars to repair or 
rebuild the bridge so that it shall be safe for travel. 

It was voted, informally, that with the permission of the 
Cemetery Committee any person in town may deposit rubbish or 
refuse on the ground near the southeast corner of Mt. Hope Cem- 
etery. 

Voted, To accept the minutes of the meeting. 

Voted, To adjourn without day. 



A true record, attest : 



HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING 

Held April 18, 1901. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 
Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To choose two Assessors or act anything thereon. 
Chose E. Faulkner Conant and Chauncy B. Bobbins. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will choose a Board of Health, 
appropriate a sum of money or act thereon. 
Voted, To choose a Board of Health. 



Town of Acton 13 

Chose by ballot : Charles J. Williams for one year, Frank 
E. Tasker for two years, Frank J. Barker for three years. 
Voted, To appropriate Fifty dollars. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the report of any Committee. 

Heard the report of the Committee chosen at a meeting held 
Aug. 21, 1900, to consider the improvement of the Isaac Davis 
Monument Grounds. The Committee presented a plan showing 
proposed changes of streets near the monument. 

Voted, That Horace F. Tuttle be added to the Committee. 

Voted, That the whole matter be left with the Committee to 
do as they deem expedient. 

Voted, To appropriate Two Hundred dollars for the use of 
said Committee. 

Art. 5. To determine whether the town will accept from 
Elbridge J. Bobbins the gift of a piece of land adjoining Wood- 
lawn Cemetery and include it as a part of said cemetery, whether 
the town will purchase of said Robbins a piece of land adjoining 
said cemetery for burial purposes or whether it will take any 
other action in relation thereto. 

Voted, To purchase of Elbridge J. Robbins for One Hun- 
dred dollars a piece of land containing about one and one-half 
acres, north of Woodlawn Cemetery, as recommended by the 
Cemetery Committee and that the Committee be authorized to 
give a deed to said Robbins of two burial lots included in this 
purchase. 

Voted, To appropriate One Hundred dollars for said pur- 
chase. 

Voted, To accept the minutes of the meeting. 

Voted, To adjourn without day. 

A true record, attest: 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



14 



Annual Reports 



State Election, 



PROCEEDINGS OF MEETINGS 

Held Nov. 5, 1901, in Precincts No. 1, 2 and 3. 

Votes. 
For Governor. 

W. Murray Crane, 
John B. Lewis, Jr., 
Josiah Quincy, 
George H. Wrenn, 
Blanks, 

For Lieutenant-Governor. 

John L. Bates, 
John W. Coughlin, 
William H. Partridge, 
Charles W. White, 
Blanks, 

For Secretary. 

Frederick W. Clark, 
Alonzo H. Dennett, 
William M. Olin, 
Willmore B. Stone, 
Blanks, 

For Treasurer. 

George E. Batchelder, 
Wendell P. Bosworth, 
Edward S. Bradford, 
Joseph L. Chalifoux, 
Blanks, 



cinct 1 


. Precinct 2. 


Precinct 3. 


Total 


63 


49 


63 


175 


1 





3 


4 


30 


11 


23 


64 


1 





1 


9 


1 


2 





3 


62 


49 


62 


173 


27 


12 


23 


62 


2 





3 


5 


1 








1 


4 


1 


2 


7 


1 





3 


4 


2 


1 


2 


5 


61 


46 


63 


170 


28 


10 


19 


57 


4 


5 


3 


12 


1 





2 


3 


1 





1 


9 


59 


45 


61 


165 


29 


14 


21 


64 


6 


3 


5 


14 



Town of Acton 



15 



Auditor. 



James F. Dean, 




28 


11 


19 


58 


John H. Smith, 




3 





2 


5 


Frank Thompson, 




2 





1 


3 


Henry E. Turner, 




57 


45 


61 


163 


Blanks, 




6 


6 


7 


19 


Attorney-General. 










Allen Coffin, 




2 





3 


5 


Herbert Parker, 




61 


46 


63 


170 


Arthur A. Putnam, 




27 


11 


19 


57 


Clarence E. Spelman, 




1 


1 





<> 


Blanks, 




5 


5 


4 


14 


Councillor, Sixth District. 










Henry H. Benoit, 




1 








1 


George M. Buttrick, 




1 





2 


3 


Francis L. Fletcher, 




31 


9 


19 


59 


S. Herbert Howe, 




55 


48 


61 


164 


Blanks, 




8 


5 


8 


21 


Senator, Sixth 


Middlesex. 










John P. Farley, 




26 


13 


19 


58 


Herbert E. Fletcher, 




62 


45 


65 


172 


Blanks, 




8 


4 


6 


18 


Representative 


in General 


Court. 








Edwin A. Phalen, 




31 


14 


29 


74 


Webster C. Bobbins, 




51 


41 


57 


149 


Charles M. Kimball, 




1 








1 


Blanks, 




13 


7 


4 


24 


County Commissioner. 










Francis Bigelow, 




67 


50 


67 


184 


Robert Lusk, 




5 


2 


1 


8 


William F. Merrill, 




3 





4 


7 


Blanks, 




21 


10 


18 


49 



16 Annual 


Reports 








Associate Commissioner. 










Christian Beck, 


10 


7 


7 ■ 


24 


Louis Eisner, 


7 


4 


8 


19 


David T. Strange, 


51 


34 


38 


123 


Edward E. Thompson, 


48 


39 


47 


134 


Samuel H. Warren, 


3 





6 


9 


Blanks, 


73 


40 


74 


187 


District Attorney. 










Thomas Kooney, 


8 


4 


5 


17 


George A. Sanderson, 


73 


50 


71 


194 


Blanks, 


15 


8 


14 


37 


Clerk of Courts. 










Theodore C. Hurd, 


66 


46 


66 


178 


George F. Ritchie, 


6 


2 


2 


10 


Henry A. Smith, 


5 





3 


8 


Blanks, 


19 


14 


19 


52 


Sheriff. 










John B. Fairbairn, 


68 


46 


62 


176 


Francis P. Finegan, 


7 


4 


3 


14 


Roscoe G. Watson, 


3 





4 


7 


Blanks. 


18 


12 


21 


51 



Vote of the 23d Hiddlesex District for Representative in 
General Court. 



Edwin A. Phalen of Acton, 
Webster C. Bobbins of Acton, 
Charles M. Kimball of Acton, 
John M, Maloney of Ayer, 
Blanks, 



Acton Ayer Littl'n Shirley W'stfd Total 



74 


74 


21 


20 


49 


238 


149 


156 


83 


73 


170 


631 


1 


1 








1 
1 


24 


21 


10 


\ 


25 


87 


248 


252 


114 


100 


244 


958 



Town of Acton 17 



Town Clerk's Report. 



Births. 








Whole number recorded, 34 Bom 


i in Acton, 




33 


Males, 17 Females, 




17 


Native parentage, 20 Foreign parentage, 




7 


Mixed parentage, 7 One 


parent born in 


Acton 


,12 


Both parents born in Acton, 








Marriages. 








Whole number recorded, 




15 




Residents of Acton, 




16 




Residents of other places, 




14 




Oldest groom, 04 Oldest bride, 




31 


Youngest groom, 21 Youngest bride, 




18 


Deaths. 








Whole number recorded, 




36 




Residents of Acton, 




32 




Residents of other places, 




4 





Average age, 56+ years. 

Note. — To make the registration as complete as possible, 
the Town Clerk requests information of any omission or error 
in the lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

Note. — In accordance with Section 8, Chap. 32, of the Pub- 
lic Statutes, the Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is pre- 
pared to furnish to all physicians, midwives and persons applying 
therefor, blanks for the return of births. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Cleric 



18 



Annual JRejnrts 



Births Registered in 1901. 



NO. 


DATE 


NAME OF CHILD. 


NAMES OF PARENTS 


1 


1901 

Jan. 2 


Gladys Arvilla Colby 


George W. and Ella J. (Hartt) 


2 


9 


Hope Kimball 


Charles M. and Carrie E. (Jones) 


3 


16 


George Albert McAllister 


Geo. O. and Mary V. iMcIntyre) 


4 


Mar. 7 


Theresa Amelia Lundberg 


Axel G. and Amanda(Lofoendahl) 


5 


11 18 i Marion Morse Davis 


Fred W. and Lizzie (Morse) 


6 


'• 27 George Berg 


George O. and Margaret (Hayes) 


7 


April 2 Ruth Esther Clark 


HarryA.and CatherineF.(Keegan) 


8 


10 l Edgar Henry Hall, Jr. 


Edgar H. and Angeline(Hutchinsi 


9 


May 2 Gladys Lorena Warren 


George C. and Hattie K. (Smith) 


10 


" 15 Jonathan Walter Teele 


ErnestR. and MarthaR.(Shattuck) 


11 


" 30 Sidney Charles Smith 


Henry and Annie B. (Gray) 


12 


June 4 James Oscar Brodeur 


Chas. E. and Annie L. (Woodard) 


13 


" 11 | Harold Patrick Powers 


Edward and Marv Ellen (Powers') 


14 


" 15 Orland Ehvood Spinney 


Everett and Lillian M. (Wolf) 


15 


July 3 Eugene Philip Lowden 


Arthur S. and Bertha Mj Newton) 


16 


6 


Marion Hayes 


Mich'lG.andKath'ineA(McNernyi 


17 


16 


Ruth Bell Levy 


Amos E. and Lena S. (Baird)' 


18 


Aug. 3 


George Douglas Smith 


John D. and Louisa A. (Frazer) 


19 


13 Clarence Hill 


James and Mary J. (McArthur) 


20 


" 15 


Ruth Choate Harlow 


Ellis B. and Lillian A. (Downing) 


21 


" 21 


Yira Lillis Stone 


Peter G. and Rose M. (McGuire) 


22 


" 25 


Florence Amanda Wheeler 


Elbr'dgeL. and Florencel .1 Noyes) 


23 


" 31 


Clara Lillian Smith 


Robert J. and Hattie L. (Hawes) 


24 


Sept. 8 


Charles Oliver Brown 


Chas. W. and Edna A.(Knowlton) 


25 


13 


Margaret Hall 


Eugene L. and Isabella H. (Bent) 


26 


Oct. 10 


Klara Cornelia Lee 


John and Kristine (Kolseth) 


27 


16 


Stephen Roger Townsend 


Stephen F. and Jessie H. (Jones) 


28 


" 18 


Harry Clifford Barteaux 


HarryP.and Minnie M.(Littlefield) 


29 


" 29 


Mary Ruth Brazier 


Andrew B. and Mary M. (Lucier) 


30 


Nov. 28 


Joseph Howard Kellogg 


Geo. A. and Carrie I. (Campbell) 


31 


Dec. 9 


Dorothy Zoe Dusseault 


George A. and Mildred F. (Mills' 


32 


" 27 


Ernest Cooper Greenough 


George E. and Sarah A. (Edwards) 


33 


" 30 


Edith Sophia Tuttle 


Luke H. and Hattie Lee (Miles) 



Toivn of Acton 



19 



Harriages Registered in 1901 



NO. 


DATE 
PLACE 


NAMES 


RESIDENCES 


1 


Jan. 16, ( 
Acton ( 


George YV. Worster 


Acton 




Grace E. Tuttle 


Acton 


2 


April 7, \ 
Acton | 


Arthur Drew 


Acton 




Alia Blanche Hesselton 


Acton 


3 


April 24, j 


Howard B. Barnard 


Concord 




Acton | 


Wilhelmina West 


Westford 


4 


April 30, j 
Acton l 


Rufus H.'Hall 


Everett 




Bertha L. Gardner 


Acton 


5 


May 14. J 


Arthur Reginald Croft 


Concord 




Acton } 


Josie Champagne 


Maynard 


6 


June 5, j 
Acton ( 


Frank L. Stiles 


Concord 




Alice M. Maines 


Acton 


7 


June 12, j 
Acton | 


Arthur H. Parsons 


Watertown 




Mabelle Caroline McLane 


Littleton 


8 


July 3, ( 


William F. Hale 


Acton 




Boston } 


Lilla Keniston 


Acton 


9 


July 28, ( 
Bolton ) 


Harry G. Robbins 


Acton 




Isabelle B. Whitcomb 


Hudson 


10 


July 31, J 
Acton / 


Sheldon E Littlefield 


Acton 




Marion Wood 


Acton 


11 


Oct. 9, j 
Acton \ 


John C. King 


Maynard 




Carrie A. Littlefield 


Acton 


12 


Oct. 15, \ 


Herbert L. Sawyer 


Clinton 




Acton } 


Grace A. Hay ward 


Acton 


13 


Nov. 11, j 
Acton | 


Waldo Proctor Lapham 


Concord 




Lottie Inez Elmes 


Concord 


14 


Nov. 15, ( 
Acton \ 


Emery W. Clark 


Acton 




Marion H. Hapgood 


Hanson 


15 


Dec. 24, ( 


John Edward Kane 


Acton 




Acton l 


Sophia May Beckwith 


Acton 



20 



Annual Repo?'ts 



Deaths Registered in 1901. 



AGES 



NO. 


DATE 




NAMES 


YR. 


MO. 


DS 


1 


January 


18 


Catherine Hurley 


80 


8 





2 


February 


7 


Mary Angeline Handley 


93 


3 


19 


3 


February 


10 


Samuel Jones 


88 


5 


16 


4 


February 


16 


Mary Dorsey 


79 








5 


February 


24 


Ann Donahue (about) 


40 






6 


March 


2 


Isabella B. Withington 


82 


8 


15 


7 


March 


8 


Edith A. Flagg 


25 


11 


28 


8 


March 


22 


Mary Katherine Richardson 


45 


2 


15 


9 


April 


3 


George William Livermore 


62 


8 


7 


10 


April] 


6 


Eliza Alberta Nichols 


28 


7 


9 


11 


April 


28 


Hannah E. Tuttle 


54 


9 


19 


12 


May 


4 


Mary Foster Leach 


44 


8 


18 


13 


June 


4 


John Davis 


64 


9 





14 


June 


8 


Oliver H. Houghton 


77 


2 


3 


15 


June 


12 


Obadiah Kendall Patch 


76 


8 


2 


16 


June 


15 


Brooks Deyarmond Wheeler 


7 


3 


• 3 


17 


June 


25 


Benjamin Henry Patch 


79 


4 


15 


18 


June 


29 


Ruth Alma Evans 


8 


4 


29 


19 


July 


8 


Hannah D, Moulton 


69 


3 


15 


20 


July 


27 


Sarah Selma Harris 


47 


9 





21 


August 


18 


Luke Blanchard 


75 


7 


1 


22 


August 


28 


Homer J. Stone 


4 


4 





23 


August 


28 


Lillis A. McGuire 


27 








24 


September 


1 


Charlotte Hapgood Ames 


90 


9 


7 


25 


September 


14 


Michael Foley 


40 








26 


September 


17 


Warren Houghton 


77 


10 


9 


27 


September 


29 


Albert Moulton 


75 


10 


15 


28 


October 


12 


Katherine Elizabeth Varney 


62 


9 





29 


October 


17 


Abigail Billings Smith 


66 


9 


23 


30 


November 


2 


Jennie M, Stevenson 


14 


9 





31 


November 


5 


John M, Tapley 


58 


7 


20 


32 


November 


6 


Harriet D. Harris 


86 


10 


11 


33 


November 28 


Calvin Harris 


92 


11 


9 


34 


December 22 


Alexander Mclntyre 


44 


3 


15 


35 


December 23 


Fredson P. Brooks 


41 


9 


20 



Town of Acton 



21 



Non-Resident Burials in 1901. 



AGES 



NO 


DATE OF 
. DEATH 


NAME OF PERSON 


RESIDENCE 


VR. 


MO. 


DS 


1 


Jan. 


28 


Franklin J. Wood 


Boston 


76 


9 




2 


Feb. 


1 


Rebecca H. Knight 


Royalston 


72 


5 




3 


Feb. 


15 


Eliza M. Parker 


Worcester 


94 


6 


29 


4 


March 18 


Jessie W. Robbins 


Boscawan, N.H. 


' 26 


3 




5 


April 


18 


George A Conant 


Concord 


44 


6 


13 


6 


May 


12 


Samuel Despeaux 


Somerville 


72 


11 


26 


7 


June 


6 


Emma R. Flint 


Clinton 


19 


5 


4 


8 


June 


22 


Isaac B. Spinney 


Lowell 


54 


10 


28 


9 


July 


16 


John R. Houghton 


Toledo, Ohio 


71 


9 


25 


10 


July 


17 


Percy Henry Austin 


Maynard 






6 


11 


Aug. 


18 


George H. Robbins 


Warren 


38 






12 


Aug. 


23 


Granville Whitcomb 


Fitchburg 


83 


9 




13 


Sept. 


2 


Simon Hartwell 


Boxboro 


83 


3 


27 


14 


Sept. 


13 


Mary C. Wood 


Boston 


87 






15 


Sept. 


24 


David Shapley 


Leominster 


42 


10 


7 


16 


Nov. 


10 


James G. Goodnow 


Boston 


71 


1 


21 


17 


Nov. 


13 


Albert Palmer 


Lowell 


81 






18 


Nov. 


26 


Henry Levi Willard 


Boxboro 


64 


2 


24 


19 


Dec. 


10 


Mary C. Pickens 


Boston 


68 


11 


14 


20 


Dec. 


20 


James Temple 


Concord 


62 


8 


29 


21 


Dec. 


22 


Augusta H. Hartwell 


Concord 


53 


5 


15 


22 


Dec. 


29 


Sarah A. Dole 


Cambridge 


88 


4 


25 



22 



Annual Reports 



Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1901. 

Luther Conant Paid 
John Downey 
Cyrus Dole 
'Win. B. Holt 
Mary E. Davis 
Win. F. Kelley 
J. Lin wood Richardson 
Michael O'Connell 
Fredson P. Brooks 
Arthur Tuttle 
C. H. Fairbanks 
Frank W. Bulette 
Moses Taylor 
A. L. Lawrence 
J. E. Durkee 
Daniel H. Farrar 
N. J. Cole 
Robert Deschler 
Eva C. Shapley 
Charles A. Taylor 
Hiram B. Livermore * 
Charles Wheeler 
George H. Brooks 
Chester Harris 
Constantine CnSTeil 
Frank A. Pratt 
George A. DeLord 
George A. Barker 
Fred S. Whitcomb 
Frank E. Harris 
Frank R. Knowlton 
0. A. Knowlton 
Murray J. Brown 



J. Sterling Moore Paid $ 2 00 


F. J. Williams 


5 00 


Smith Finney 


17 00 


Charles M. Kimball 


7 00 


Elnathan Jones 


2 00 


Ellsworth Houghton 


2 00 


Charles H. Morris 


2 00 


Charles L. Ford 


12 00 


Charles J. Williams 


2 00 


M. E. Taylor 


2 00 


Albert H. Perkins 


2 00 


H. A, Gray 


5 00 


George F. Simonds 


2 00 


James P. Brown 


2 00 


John Temple 


2 00 


Luke Tuttle 


2 00 


Wm. H. Lawrence 


2 00 


Solon Bobbins 


2 00 


Herbert Hale 


2 00 


Charles E. Dow 


2 00 


Wm. F. Stevens 


2 00 


Amasa E. Lincoln 


2 00 


John Connors 


5 00 


Clara L. Stone 


2 00 


Francis S. Davis 


5 00 


George W. Worster 


2 00 


Wm. F. Dusseault 


2 00 


Fred E. Howland 


4 00 


Warren H. Jones 


2 00 


Lester N. Fletcher 


4 00 


Joseph Reynolds 


2 00 


Michael G. Hayes 


4 00 


Chauncy B. Robbins 


2 00 



00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 



2 00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
2 00 
2 00 
2 00 



2 

2 
2 
2 
4 
2 
2 
12 
9 
2 
2 
2 
2 
o 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 

9 





Town 


f Acton 


23 


David C. Harris 


2 00 


Wm. H. Hill 


2 00 


Wm. J. Moore 


2 00 


Charles S. Moulton 


2 00 


Webster C. Bobbins 


4 00 


John McCarty 


2 00 


John H. Watkins 


4 00 


Tut tie & Newton 


2 00 


Hiram E. Gates 


2 00 


W. S. Warren 


2 00 


Herman A. Gould 


2 00 


Henry Hanson 


2 00 


George T. Knowlton 


2 00 


Francis Pratt 


2 00 


Willard H. Rudolph 


2 00 


H. H. Young 


2 00 


A. Risso 


2 00 


Samuel B. Ineson 


2 00 


L. Willis Mead 


2 00 


Benjamin Pope 


5 00 


S. H. Taylor 


2 00 


Wilbur Fiske 


2 00 


0. W. Penniman 


2 00 


Henry M. Smith 


2 00 


Fred W. Green 


2 00 


Fred M. Dempsey 


2 00 


Ora A. Willis 


5 00 


Alfred Morse 


2 00 


Frank J. Barker 


7 00 


Abel Cole 


2 00 


Win. J. Hayes 


2 00 






Whole number 1 


icensed, 114 






Number of males, 9< 


', at $2.00 each, 


8194 00 


Number of females, 


17, at 85.00 


1 each, 


85 00 




S279 00 


Deduct Clerk's fees, 


114 licenses 


at 20 cents each, 


22 80 



Amount paid to County Treasurer, 



$256 20 



HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



24 Annual Reports 



Selectmen's Report. 



Centre School, 



Paid Sara G. Small, teaching Grammar 

School, 12 weeks, $120 00 

Sadie A. Collier, Grammar School, 25 

weeks, 250 00 
Ella L. Miller, Intermediate School, 37 

weeks, 395 00 
Cora E. Warren, Primary School, 37 

weeks, 370 00 

Cyrus Hale, cleaning rooms, 3 30 

Julian Tuttle, janitor, 125 00 

" cleaning rooms, 14 70 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 28,835 

lbs. coal, 104 76 

George E. Greenough, 8,995 lbs. coal, 26 95 

Luther Davis, 13 ft. wood, 8 12 

M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 7 57 



South School. 

Paid_Koberta Dwyer, teaching So. Grammar 

School, 9 weeks, $90 00 

Gertrude A. Williams, teaching So. 

Grammar School, 25 weeks, 250 00 

Edith A. Kalloch, So. Intermediate 

School, 1 week, 10 00 

Nellie M. Keed, So. Intermediate School, 

9 weeks, 90 00 



$1,425 40 



Town of Acton 25 

Paid Edith H. Vinal, So. Intermediate 

School, 25 weeks, $250 00 

Annie M. Chase, So. Primary School, 

10 1-5 weeks, 102 00 

Mary A. Adams, So. Primary School, 



25 weeks, 


250 00 




George C. Turner, janitor, 


108 00 




" cleaning rooms, 


17 20 




fuel, 


12 00 




So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 31,300 






lbs. coal, 


97 99 




H. E. Tolman, janitor, 


19 00 




" cleaning room, 


G 00 




E. Jones, incidentals, 


3 53 




Tuttle & Newton, incidentals, 


6 03 




J. L. Hammett Co., " 


5 85 






$1,317 


60 


West School. 







Paid Grace H. Trefethen, teaching West 

Grammar School, 24 weeks, $240 00 

Catherine E. Sweeney, West Interme- 

mediate School, 12 weeks, 120 00 

Grace E. Webber, West Grammar 

School, 13 weeks, 130 00 

Jean Cragin,West Intermediate School, 

25 weeks, 250 00 

Harriet H. Gardner, West Primary 

School, 37 weeks, 
Thomas Scanlon, janitor, 

" cleaning rooms, 

" incidentals, 

" fuel, 

" sawing wood, 

Hall Bros., fuel, 
A. W. Davis, fuel, 
E. C. Parker & Co., 27,500 lbs. coal 



444 00 




105 00 




24 00 




2 39 




1 25 




3 50 




2 50 




8 00 




82 56 






$1,413 20 



26 Annual Reports 

High School. 

Paid A. L. Faxon, Principal, 40 weeks, $1,000 00 
Bertha A. Merrill, assistant teacher, 13 

weeks, 162 50 
Katherine W. Hall, assistant teacher, 

27 weeks, 337 50 

George C. Turner, janitor, 105 00 

" cleaning rooms, 17 20 

fuel, 12 00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 23,225 

lbs. coal, 69 74 

E. Jones, incidentals, 3 42 



Musical Instruction in Schools. 

Paid Marion M. Brown, $69 00 



Transportation Public School Scholars. 

Paid Jens Mekkleson, East District, $370 00 

George E. Greenough, North District, 370 00 
William S. Jones, Southeast District, 235 00 



School Supplies. 




id Ginn & Co., 


$121 91 


Rand McNally & Co., 


11 94 


D. C. Heath & Co., 


18 11 


J. L. Hammett Co., 


206 88 


Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 


39 62 


American Book Co., 


34 00 


Silver, Burdett & Co., 


19 61 


F. J. Hastings & Co., 


1 22 


C. J. Williams, express, 


11 53 


A. L. Noyes, transportation, 


9 20 



$1,707 36 



00 



$975 00 



$474 02 



Town of Acton 27 

Books and Apparatus for High School. 

Paid Zeigler & Co., $3 42 

Ginn & Co., 1 19 

De Wolf Fiske & Co., 18 70 

E. E. Babb & Co., 99 

Tuttle & Newton, 3 25 

American Book Co., 18 82 

A. L. Faxon, express, 1 20 











84, 51 


Roads and Bridges. 








)propriation, 








'0 00 


id 0. A. Knowlton, 275 loads gravel, 




$13 


, 5 




W. H. Kingsley, commissioner, 




L,238 


94 




A. C. Piper, commissioner, 




1,229 


72 




A. H. Perkins, commissioner. 




1,124 


91 




' ; 394 loads gravel. 




19 


70 




" 2 shovels, 




1 


50 




" freight, 






76 




D. C. Harris, stone for Powder 


Mill 








bridge, 




149 


50 




D. C. Harris, covering stone, 




11 


70 




South Acton C. & L. Co., cement, 




L'l 


47 




" lumber, 




39 


76 




Tuttle & Newton, drain pipe, 




i 


02 




" supplies, 




o 
O 


06 




American Powder Mills, dynamite. 


i fuse 








and caps. 




33 


28 




W. F. Hale, repairs, 




13 


70 




J. P. Brown, " 




8 


45 




S. S. Searles, 




13 85 




S. A. Guilford, " 




15 


90 




George F. Tibbets " 




8 


50 




AY. S. Jones, 250 loads gravel, 




12 


50 




C. A. Whitney, 324 " 




16 


20 




F. J. Hastings & Co., tools, 




10 


20 




M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies, 




4 


06 




T. F. McCarty, stone, 




5 


00 


$4,003 43 



28 



Annual Reports 



Appropriation, $3,500 00 

Received from C. M. & H. Street Railway, 200 00 

" Augustine Conant, 161 00 

$3,861 00 



Special Highway Work. 

Paid H. A. Gould, widening and 
straightening road past the house 
of G. S. Reed, West Acton, 1900, $173 46 
A. C. Piper, cutting "Brown's hill" 300 00 

Massachusetts Broken Stone Company, 

(Main street West Acton), 513 30 

A. H. Perkins, Main street West Acton, 86 70 
A. H. Perkins, re-building bridge near 

O. A. Knowlton's, West Acton, 89 49 





Snow Bills. 




Paid F. S. Whitcomb, 


1900-1 


$19 51 


W. A. Flint, 


a 


4 92 


F. W. Bulette, 


u 


48 29 


W. H. Kingsley, 


a 


47 20 


W. S. Jones, , 


a 


55 00 


A. H. Perkins, 


u 


50 94 


T. F. McCarty,' 


a 


62 40 


E. Anderson. 


a 


14 95 


A. C. Piper, 


u 


59 63 


W. C. Bobbins, 


a 

1901-2, 


69 65 


Paid W. A. Flint, 


$17 96 


F. W. Bulette, 


a 


15 32 


F. S. Whitcomb, 


a 


8 95 


A. H. Perkins, 


it 


38 72 


A. C. Piper, 


a 


25 02 


W. M. French, 


a 


3 36 


W. H. Kingsley, 


il 


19 10 


T. F. McCarthy, 


u 


20 65 



,162 95 



$432 49 



Paid W. C. Bobbins, 

E. Anderson & Co., 
L. N. Fletcher 
Shirley Jones, 



Town of 


Acton 




29 


1901-2 




$19 20 




u 




25 15 




0.," 




6 82 




ti 




13 36 








$213 61 



$646 10 



Support of Poor on Farm. 



id F. J. Barker, M. D., medical attendance, 


$29 90 


E. C. Parker & Co., grain, 


400 26 


F. J. Hastings & Co., grain, 


29 89 


" harrow, 


9 25 


Tnttle & Newton, grain, 


17 40 


" supplies, 


18 88 


M. E. Taylor & Co., " 


388 58 


C. H. Mead & Co., 


43 82 


H. A. Littlefield, " 


14 58 


Moses Thompson, superintendent, 


350 01 


A. McArthur, labor, 


202 56 


W. C. Bobbins, cow, 


55 00 


0. H. Forbush, 2 cows, 


99 00 


F. W. Bulette, horse, 


135 00 


C. H. Goldthwaite & Co., wheel chair, 


20 25 


G. S. Withington, harness, 


15 00 


C. B. Bobbins, cow, 


60 00 


B. & M. B. B., milk checks, 


62 40 


M. Thompson, for fertilizer, 


6 00 


" peaches, 


1 00 


" freight on chair, 


70 


" repairing harness, 


25 


" dynamite caps, 


22 


" repairing shoes, 


90 


" use of bull, 


2 00 


T. Harmon, labor, 


3 00 


J. W. Livermore, use of planter, 


25 


" drag plank, 


2 25 


Edward Adams, use of pump, 


2 00 


S. S. Searles, repairs, 


15 60 



30 Annual Reports 

Paid E. B. Harlow, supplies, $39 59 

J. S. Moore, " 80 66 

W. E. Hayward, repairing harness, 2 50 

F. C. Livingstone, barrel soap, 4 00 

D. C. Harris, democrat wagon, 40 00 
South Acton, C. & L. Co., 5,130 lbs. coal, 16 66 

J. E. Kice, repairs, 1 75 
Whitcomb & Perkins, pasturing 2 heifers, 8 00 

J. B. Tuttle, pasturing 2 heifers, 13 21 

" M. machine repairs, 3 89 

I. F. Duren, burial expenses, Patch Bros., 42 00 

C. E. Switzer, repairs, 3 70 

O. H. Forbush, 3,655 lbs. hay, 31 98 



Support of Outside Poor. 

Paid Mrs. J. H. Wood, for aid F. J. Wood 

family, $ 10 00 

Worcester Insane Asylum, for board 

Clara Wheeler, 169 46 

Worcester Insane Hospital, for board 

Anna H. Parlin, 169 46 

State Treasurer, for board J. A. 

McLane, 68 25 

Worcester Insane Hospital, for board 

J. A. McLane, 42 71 

C. H. Mead & Co., for aid J. Hurley 

family, 25 33 

0. A. Knowlton, for aid J. Hurley 
family, 8 00 

Hall Bros., wood for J. Hurley, 1 25 

F. E. Tasker, M. D., med. attendance 

on J. Hurley, 5 00 

F. J. Baker, M.D., med. attendance on 

family W. J. Moore, 39 50 

F. J. Barker, M.D., med. attendance on 

family J. Hill, 6 00 

M. E. Taylor, aid J. Hill, 1 64 

1. F. Duren, burial expenses 2 children 

Elbridge L. Wheeler, 23 00 



$2,273 89 



$569 60 



Town of Acton 31 

Soldiers' Relief. 

Paid F. J. Barker, M.D., for med. attendance 

onA.B. Wheeler, $27 25 

F. J. Barker, M.D., for med. attendance 

on Rebecca C. Wright, 8 25 

City of Marlboro, for aid W. F. B. 

Whitney, 16 00 

H. T. Clark, for burial Albert Moulton, 35 00 

H. T. Clark, for burial J. Henry Wood, 35 00 

Due from Commonwealth, 70 00 

Cemetery Expenses. 

Paid Julian Tuttle, for labor in Woodlawn, $148 84 
Julian Tuttle, for perpetual care of lots 

in Woodlawn, 42 75 

Julian Tuttle, for plants for Nancy K. 



Handler lot, 


3 00 


Wm. W. Davis lot, 


1 00 


H. O. Lothrop lot, 


70 


H. T. Clark, for labor in Mt. Hope, 


37 75 


F. W. Green, labor, Mt. Hope, 


32 90 


Unexpended balance, 1900 contribu- 




tions, 


11 30 


A. A. Richardson, labor, Mt. Hope, 


6 75 


J. Hannaford, " 


7 50 


J. H. Whitcomb, " 


6 90 


C. H. Schnair, 


83 


A. H. Perkins, 


220 SS 


H. T. Bobbins, 


20 75 


H. T. Clark, for perpetual care lots, 




Mt. Hope, 


7 00 


Hall Bros., lumber for Mt. Hope, 


7 14 


C. H. Mead & Co., supplies for Mt. 




Hope, 


76 


S. A. Guilford, repairs, Mt. Hope, 


98 


Waldo Bros., cement for Mt. Hope, 


12 50 


Wilfred Wheeler, plants for Mt. Hope, 


20 00 



$121 50 



-f 590 23 



32 Annual Reports 

Appropriation, $500 00 

Income Cemetery Fund, 54 45 

Unexpended bal., 1900, 11 30 



Overdrawn, $24 48 

Repairs — Town Buildings and Grounds. 

Paid Geo. G. Keith, repairs Meml. Library, $ 2 50 

C. O'Grady, repairing walk Library, 70 00 

Geo. G. Keith, repairs South School, 105 76 

" « Centre School, 15 95 

" " West School, 9 81 

" furnace for West School, 342 00 

J. E. Rice, repairs West School, 7 31 

Hall Bros., " " " 7 92 

T. Scanlon, « " " 14 41 

C. H. Mead & Co., repairs West School, 10 

S. A. Guilford " " " 70 

E. Wayne, " " " 3 50 
G. C. Turner, repairs South School, 24 71 
South Acton C. & L. Co., repairs South 

School, 23 69 

South Acton C. & L. Co., repairs West 
School, 

F. E. Harris, repairs South School, 
S.Jones, " " " 
E. Z. Taylor, " " " 
C. J. Williams, repairs school build- 
ings, 

Chandler Desk Co., repairs, 

J. L. Hammett Co., tables and chairs, 

" " " school repairs, 

W. S. Kelley, painting West School 

house, 
C. J. Williams, repairs C. School, 
Julian Tuttle, " " 

G. W. Daniels, repairs West School, 

" " South School, 

Julian Tuttle, repairs C. house cistern, 



12 22 


2 50 


22 42 


5 60 


2 23 


55 19 


28 38 


7 49 


169 69 


1 00 


1 90 


75 


2 25 


1 60 



$565 75 



Town of Acton 33 

Paid W. H. Kingsley, repairs library grounds, $10 65 

Mon. * " 12 05 

u teaming cannon, 7 00 

J. E. Rice, repairs Town Farm, 7 25 

A. L. Noyes, cutting grass C. School, 2 00 

D. C. Harris, 2 bases for cannon. 46 00 

Julian Tuttle, labor on foundation, 10 30 

. W. H. Kingsley. labor on Mon. grounds, 138 55 

Julian Tuttle, " " " 35 15 
South Acton C. & L. Co., cement for 

Mon. grounds, 3 00 



$1,219 53 



$18 00 


16 43 


39 25 



Miscellaneous Expenses. 

Paid M. 1). Jones & Co., markers for sold- 
iers, 1812, 
C. E. Brodeur. painting road scraper, 
W. E. Stevens, collector abatements for 

1899, 
W. F. Stevens, collector abatements for 

1900, 135 19 

W. F. Stevens, collector abatements for 

1901, 
Isaac Davis Post G. A. R., 
C. H. Persons, tuning piano, 
B. & M. R. P., freight, 

" " " on cannon, 

Horace Partridge, flags, 
J. Hill, care of Town Hall, clock, flag, 

pump and heater, 
H. T. Clark, repairing fence, 
E. Jones, 11 doz. flags, 
T. Scanlon, water for West schools, 
Hobbs Warren Co., collector's books, 
Parker & Bateman, survey and plans, 

E. Acton R. R. crossing, 68 32 

A. H. Perkins, labor on State Road, 

order Highway Com., 70 86 

Geo. G. King, legal services, Dwyer case, 10 00 



.00 39 


50 00 


2 50 


4 11 


53 63 


4 80 


77 40 


1 25 


3 08 


8 00 


3 00 



34 Annual Reports 

Paid Geo. H. Holt, pump and fixtures for So. 

Acton, 843 79 

" " expenses, W. Acton, 10 00 

So. Acton C. & L. Co., supplies for So. 

well, • 3 25 

T. Scanlon, opening room for Selectmen 

and Registers, $3 50 

Universalist Society, So. Acton, for use 

of vestry election day, 3 00 

C. J. Williams, expenses S. Com., 5 43 

" " postage, 2 58 

H. E. Richardson, supt., expenses hiring 

teachers, 11 01 

H. E. Richardson, supt., postage and 

stationeiy, 10 00 

W. E. Stevens, postage, stationery, tel- 
ephone and express, 23 18 
W. F. Stevens, expenses to Boston and 

Hudson, sundry cases, 
W. F. Stevens, State Aid inspection. 
C. H. Persons, justice peace, 
A. S. Rowe, speaker H. S. graduation. 
A. Tuttle, music for " " 

Julian Tuttle, labor in Town Hall, 

" " stamp for beef, 

Joslin & Mendum, for legal services, 

Acton v. Maynard, 48 20 

Joslin & Mendum, for legal services 

East Acton grade crossing, 72 14 

Joslin & Mendum, for legal services, 

St. Ry. franchise, 10 00 

Joslin & Mendum, for legal services. 

So. Acton reservoir, 5 65 

E. E. Tasker, M.D., reporting 15 births, 3 75 
I. L. Packard, " " 1 " 25 

F. J. Barker, « " 10 " 2 50 
H. H. Braley, " " 2 " 50 
F. IT. Rich, « " 2 " 50 
F. P. Flagg, " " 2 « 50 



6 


33 


4 


00 




25 


15 


00 


30 


00 




30 


1 


90 



Town of Acton 35 

Paid James Kinsley, use of road, $8 00 

H. F. Tuttle, binding Town reports, 75 

" ink, 25 

" stationery, 2 42 

" exp. postage and tele. 3 27 

" survey and plan Mon. 

grounds, 5 00 

H. F. Tuttle, survey and plan E. J. 

Robbins' land, 4 00 
E. J. Robbins, land for extension 

Woodlawn Cemetery, 100 00 

D. J. Wetherbee, school census, 15 00 

W. D. Tuttle, writing deed and stamp, 1 50 

D. C. Harris, postage and tele., Go 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies for Town 

Hall, 10 94 

E. F. Conant, tele., postage and ex- 



penses, 




5 60 


J. K. W. Wetherbee, postage 


and sta. 


9 73 


C. H. Persons, tuning piano, 




2 00 






$1,152 82 


Street Lighting. 




Paid Chas. Wheeler, street light, 




$ 3 50 


F. J. Hastings, 1900, 




3 50 


F. W. Green, care of lamps, 




160 70 


B. J. Ineson, " 




80 00 


M. G. Hayes, " 




65 00 


C. E. Brodeur, " 




150 00 


M. G. Hayes, repairs, 




93 


Tuttle & Xewton, supplies, 




80 24 


C. H. Mead & Co., 




46 09 


M. E. Taylor & Co., « 




57 19 


E. Jones, " 




49 25 


Globe Gas Light Co., " 




20 16 


Town of Concord, " 




2 00 


E. F. Conant, tank, 




5 00 


S. L. Richardson, 1 lamp, 




3 50 


D. C. Harris, " 




3 50 



36 


Annual 


Reports 




Paid J. D. Moulton, 


1 lamp, 




$3 50 


I. T. Duren, 


a 




3 50 


A. Farrar, 


u 




3 50 


L. C. Taylor, 


(( 




3 50 


S. A. Christie, 


" 




3 50 


Geo. G. Keith, 


can, 




35 



Memorial Library Expenses, 

Paid W. D. Tuttle Express, expense and 



postage, 


$ 8 03 


O. D. Wood, janitor, 


125 00 


Viola S. Tuttle, librarian, 


129 00 


M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies, 


40 40 


E. M, Cutler, transporting books, 


40 00 


W. D. Tuttle, printing, 


5 00 


Viola S. Tuttle, cataloging books, 


10 00 


D. T. Wetherbee, insurance, 


22 50 


- C. T. Calder, fuel, 


3 00 


Mass. Reformatory, 300 catalogues, 


25 00 


Wales Bookbinding Co., 


29 45 


Mass. Reformatory, 500 cards, 


2 50 


So. Acton C. & L. Co., 12,600 lbs. coal, 


44 72 


J. L. Hammett Co., stationery, 


1 92 


A. Hosmer, printing, 


2 50 


W. D. Tuttle express, expenses and 




postage, 


8 67 


Memorial Library Books. 




Paid W. D. Tuttle, periodicals, 


$2 75 


" " books, 


6 50 


De Wolf, Fiske & Co., books, 


267 60 


M. T. Bartlett & Co., " 


2 70 


W. A. Wilde, 


9 00 


H. D. Noyes & Co., " 


39 00 


W. D. Tuttle, " 


1 50 



'48 41 



$503 69 



$329 05 



Balance due Memorial Library for books, $138.82. 



Town of Acton 



37 



State and Military Aid. 



$48 00 
48 00 
48 00 
48 00 
28 00 
48 00 
48 00 
48 00 
48 00 
48 00 
48 00 
44 00 
40 00 

227 00 
20 00 



Paid Emma F. Blood, 
Aaron S. Fletcher, 
Eph B. Forbush, 
Lydia Handley, 
George Handley, 
Bridget Mawn, 
Mary A. Parlin, 
Mary Smith, 
Phoebe Wood, 
Rebecca C. Wright, 
Addison B. Wheeler, 
J. Henry Wood, 
Eben F. Wood, 
W. B. Ball, 
Huldah Moulton, 

Due from Commonwealth, 



Fire Department. 

Paid Smith & Thayer Co., pumps, $11 25 

F. W. Hoit, expense Woolen Co.'fire, 4 00 

" " South Acton fire 

department, 6 85 

H. T. Clark, repairs West Acton lire 

department, 
Tuttle &■ Newton, supplies, 
Whitall Tatum Co., " 
South Acton Woolen Co., Vitriol, 
Beach, Claridge Co., soda, 
B. & M. Pv. R., freight, 
Rex Chemical Co., repairs, 
W. C. Bobbins, services at Barker & 

Durkee fires, 
International Fire Eng. Co., repairs, 
W. E. Hay ward, repairs, 
J. W. Livermore, attending fires in 

1899 and 1900, 
S. Jones, fencing reservoir, 
T. Scanlon, cleaning hose, 



1 


80 


5 


27 


5 99 


3 80 


4 


48 


1 


40 


50 


00 


6 


00 


4 


75 


1 


50 


8 


00 


1 


00 


1 25 



$839 00 
725 50 



38 Annual Reports 

Paid C. H. Mead & Co., supplies, 
S. A. Guilford, repairs, 
J. P. Brown, " 

J. S. White, expenses, 
A. T. Withington, transporting engine 
J. Hill, care and repairing engine, 
D. H. Farrar, care fire apparatus, 
F. W. Green, care fire apparatus, 



3 01 


75 


3 35 


1 00 


e, 1 50 


5 00 


3 25 


3 50 


$457 33 


49 48 


74 55 


of 


9 60 


60 00 


246 82 


3 20 


4 70 


in- 

273 00 


621 90 


136 00 


, 165 00 


5 89 



$138 70 



Warren Foundry Co., pipe, 
Chadwick Lead Co., lead, 
Chapman Valve Co., hydrants, 
Town of Maynard, pipe, jute and use of 

pump, 
T. Naylor, labor, 

A. H. Perkins, labor, 
American Powder Mills, dynamite, 
J. E. Rice, repairs, 

Standard Extinguisher Co., 22 extin- 
guishers, 

Boston Woven Hose Co., hose, 
Combination Ladder Co., fire engine, 
" " " 3 hose carts, 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies, 

B. & M. R. R. Co., land and water right, 100 00 
W. H. Kingsley, excavating and ston- 
ing South Acton reservoir, 217 23 

N. Y., K H. & H. R. R„ iron rails for 

reservoir, 19 63 

F. E. Harris, labor on reservoir, 5 00 

B. & M. R, R,, freight, 17 40 

N. Y. & K H. R, R., freight, 35 

S. A. Guilford, repairs, 2 09 

J. E. Rice, repairs on South Acton 

reservoir, 2 23 

South Acton C. & L. Co., lumber for 

reservoir, 38 65 

S. S. Searles, repairs, 2 50— $2,512 55 

$2,651 25 



Town of Acton 

Printing. 

Paid Enterprise Printing Co., printing 

Town reports, $82 50 

Enterprise Printing Co., printing Town 

warrants, 
Enterprise Printing Co., printing Ad., 
A. Hosmer, votes and notices, 

" stationery and printing, 

" High school graduation 

programmes, 
" Treasurer's orders, 

" school department, 

" registration notices, 

" game notices, 

" sealer of weights, 

" school supplies, 

J. L. Fairbanks & Co., books for Over- 
seers Poor, 11 00 
J. L. Hammett Co., printing school 

supplies, 2 55 

E. Jones, Assessors' supplies, 3 30 
Citizens-Courier Co., poll tax lists, 10 00 

F. C. Hay ward, Cemetery Fund receipts, 6 40 
H. S. Turner, printing school supplies, 4 56 



Loans and Interest, 



9 


00 


2 


00 


4 


50 


L7 


10 


4 00 


2 


50 


4 00 


1 


15 


1 


25 




75 


3 


11 



3169 6. 



id Ayer National Bank, note, 


S 2,000 00 


" " interest, 


26 67 


" " note, 


3,000 00 


" " interest, 


50 00 




$5,076 67 



Enforcement Liquor Law. 

Paid F. J. Barker, professional services, $5 00 

Johnson & Johnson, legal services in 

1900, 125 00 

A. I. Goding, transportation, 1 50 



40 Annual Reports 

Paid B. E. Busteed, services and expenses in 

Maker case, $3 76 

H. H. Blanchard, services and expenses 

in Maker case, 12 45 

B. E. Busteed, services and expenses in 

Maker case, 25 45 

B. E. Busteed, services and expenses in 

Bennett case, 92 24 

W. F. Stevens, expenses in Bennett 

case, 5 60 

Johnson & Johnson, legal services in 

Bennett case, 25 25 

$296 25 
Received from Court fines, $125 00 

Rent. 

Paid Ella F. Hosmer for rent of Central Hall 

for 18 months, $187 50 

A. L. Noyes for rent of supply room for 

School Department, 10 00 



Board of Health. 

Paid Julian Tuttle, agent, $33 65 
C. H. Goldthwait for formaldehyde, 2 00 
Hudson Enterprise for printing Regu- 
lations, 16 75 
C. H. Whitney for vaccine points, 22 50 
" antiseptic tablets, 3 00 
A. Hosmer, vaccination notices, 1 15 
" notices, 2 50 
" postals and printing, 2 05 
F. J. Barker, M. D., vaccinating 158 

school children, 63 20 

F. E. Tasker, M. D., vaccinating 119 
school children, 

H. K. Mulford Co., formaldehyde, 
W. B. Davis, labor, 

G. G. Keith, supplies for pest house, 



47 


60 


10 


99 


1 


80 


6 


36 



$197 50 



$213 55 



Town of Acton 41 

Town Officers. 

Paid F. W. Hoit, Auditor, 1900, $6 00 

a. C. Turner, Truant Officer, 1 40 

J. Kinsley, Constable, 13 20 

C. J. Williams, School Committee, 66 80 

H. E. Richardson, School Supt., 470 00 

H. F. Tuttle, School Committee, 15 00 

Town Clerk, 30 00 

il Registrar Voters, 15 00 

" coll. and recording 34 

births, 17 00 

" recording 15 marriages, 3 00 

" " 36 deaths, 7 20 
" transmitting certificates 

deaths, 1 00 
" meeting Town Clerks, 2 50 
" copying records of meet- 
ings for Town Report 2 00 
W. H. Kingsley, Constable, 2 50 
H. E. Clough, Sealer Wts. and Measures 6 00 
E. F. Conant, Assessor, 89 00 

C. B. Robbins, " 55 00 
W. F. Kelley, " dd 00 

• L. E. Reed, Constable, 3 50 

J. Kinsley, Election Officer, 2 50 

D. H. Hall, « 2 50 
W. F. Kelley, " 2 50 
Fred S. Whitcomb, " 2 50 
N. J. Cole, " 2 50 
T. F. Newton, " 2 50 
Abram Tuttle, " 2 50 
H. J. Hapgood, " 2 50 
L. C. Taylor, " 2 50 
A. W. Foster, " 2 50 
H. F. Tuttle, " 2 50 
Spofford Robbins, " 2 50 
M. A. Reed, Inspector of Animals, 37 20 
W. F. Stevens, transporting returns 

and services as officer, 2 00 



42 Annual Reports 

Paid S. A. Guilford, Registrar Voters, $12 00 

James McGreen, " 12 00 

D. T. Kinsley, " 12 00 

M. A. Reed, Inspector of Beef, 3 00 

I. F. Duren for burial of 25 persons, 75 00 

I. F. Duren for recording deaths, 7 50 

F. W. Hoit, Auditor, 1901, 6 00 

D. C. Harris, Overseer of Poor, 50 00 
L. C. Taylor, " 25 00 
W. F. Kelley, " 20 00 

E. F. Conant, Selectman, 50 00 
J. K. Wetherbee, Treasurer, 85 00 
W. F. Stevens, Selectman, 125 00 
E . A. Phalen, " 50 00 
M. A. Reed, Truant Officer, 4 50 

F. H. Whitcomb, Inspector of Meats, 15 00 



Repair of State Highway. 

Paid State Treasurer, $23 95 

Receipts. 



Balance due 


from Treasurer, March 12, 




1901, 




$2,704 17 


Balance due 


from Collector, March 12, 




1901, 




1,625 60 


Appropriation for High School, 


1,700 00 


a 


Common schools, 


3,670 00 


Appropriation 


, Salary Supt. of Schools, 


450 00 


u 


Boooks for High School, 


50 00 


u 


School supplies, 


475 00 


a 


Transportation of scholars, 


1,030 00 


u 


Roads and bridges, 


4,500 00 


u 


Fire protection, 


1,100 00 


a 


Memorial Library, 


600 00 


Received of Ayer Nat'l Bank, 


5,000 00 


" E 


. Jones, borrowed money, 


2,000 00 



$1,482 30 



Town of Acton 43 

Received of Cemetery fund, $975 00 

" State Treasurer, corporation 

tax, 4,298 88 

" State Treasurer, Xat'l Bank tax, 263 78 

" " " Military Aid, 90 75 

" " " State Aid, 656 00 

" " " Burial of indi- 

gent soldiers, 242 00 

" State Treasurer, inspection of 

animals, 50 15 

" State Treasurer, Income Mass. 

School Fund, 817 44 

" State Treasurer, supervision of 

schools, 375 00 

" County Treasurer, dog tax, 245 10 

" City of Chelsea for board and 

care C. Chickering, 154 00 

•' City of Boston for care E. Hus- 

ton, 24 00 

" Town of Maynard for aid Mar- 

garet Smith, 81 99 

" Robbins & White for No. Acton 

schoolhouse and grounds, 500 00 

" Robbins & White, for stove, 1 00 

" J. W. Livermore for outbuilding, 4 00 

" M. A. Coolidge for portion of ex- 

pense Powder Mill bridge, 200 00 

" M. Sackernofsky for pedler's 

license, 8 00 

" Middlesex Central Court for 

court fines, 178 13 

" Augustine Conant for cutting 

hill near house of H. M. 
Smith, 161 00 

" Adams & Daw, gravel, 39 45 

" Mass. Broken Stone Co., gravel, 36 45 

" Chester B. Robbins, pool license, 5 00 

" J. E. Durkee, slaughterhouse 

license, 1 00 



44 Annual Reports 

Received of A. F. Blanchard, slaughterhouse 

license. % $1 00 

" A. H. Perkins, road dust sold, 3 00 

" F. R. Knowlton, for fumigating, 3 00 

" Income Memorial Library Fund, 181 20 

" H. F. Tuttle, lot sold in Wood- 

lawn Cemetery, 28 00 

" H. T. Clark, lots sold in Mt. 





Hope Cemetery, 


54 00 


a 


H. T. Clark for gates and posts, 


9 00 


a 


" Memorial Library 






fires, 1900, 


16 50 


a 


H. T. Clark for catalogues sold, 


3 00 


a 


" Memorial Library 






fires, 1901, 


16 75 


u 


H. T. Clark for catalogues sold, 


2 50 


a 


C. J. Williams for school sup- 






plies sold, 


4 57 


a 


L. C. Taylor, milk sold from 






Town Farm, 


956 30 


ti 


L. C. Taylor, transporting milk, 


189 13 


a 


" cows sold, 


66 75 


i( 


" calves " 


10 00 


u 


" apples " 


36 25 


it 


" potatoes " 


2 50 


a 


" wood " 


3 00 


a 


Kent of Town Hall and cellar, 


55 75 


a 


W. F. Stevens, collector, inter- 






est on 1900 taxes, 


37 71 


a 


W. F. Stevens, collector, inter- 






est on 1901 taxes, 


11 70 


a 


Interest on money in bank, 


62 58 


u 


Income Cemetery Fund, 


98 32 


a 


State tax, 1,085 00 


a 


County tax, 1,953 15 


u 


From Overlay in gs, 


397 78 


u 


Repair State highway, 


23 95 



$39,625 28 



Town of Acton 


45 


Expenditures for Year Ending Harch 12, 1902. 


For support Centre Schools, 


$1,425 40 


" South " 


1,317 60 


West 


1,413 20 


" High " 


1,707 36 


" musical instruction in schools, 


69 00 


Transportation public school scholars, 


975 00 


Books for High School, 


47 57 


School supplies, 


474 02 


Roads and bridges 


4,003 43 


Special highway work, 


1.162 95 


Snow bills, 


646 10 


Support of poor on Town Farm, 


2,273 89 


" " outside poor, 


569 60 


Street lighting, 


748 41 


Miscellaneous expenses, 


1,152 82 


Repairs Town building, 


1,219 53 


State and military aid, 


839 00 


Soldiers' relief and burial of soldiers, 


121 50 


Cemetery expenses, 


590 23 


Memorial Library expenses, 


503 69 


" " books, 


329 05 


Loans and interest, 


5,076 67 


Printing, 


169 67 


Town officers, 


1,482 30 


Fire department, 


2,651 25 


Enforcement liquor law, 


296 25 


Rent, 


197 50 


Board of Health, 


213 55 


Repair of State Highway, 


23 95 


State tax, 


1,085 00 


County tax, 


1,953 15 


Balance due from Treasurer, 


2,202 87 


" •< « Collector, 


2,683 77 




$ 39,625 28 



46 Annual Reports 

Financial. 

The financial condition of the Town March 12, 1902, was as 
follows : 

Due from State for State and military aid, $ 725 50 

" State for burial of soldiers, 70 00 

" Treasurer, 2,202 87 

Collector, 2,683 77 

" Interest on uncollected taxes. 64 40 



$5,746 54 
Liabilities. 

Due E. Jones note, $2,000 00 

" interest on note to March 17, 

1902, 66 75 

Due Cemetery Fund, 975 00 



$3,041 75 

Net assets of the Town March 12, 1902, $2,704 79 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
EDWIN A. PHALEN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 
Acton, March 12, 1902. 



Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



Town of Acton 



47 



LIST OF JURORS, 1902. 



The following names will be presented at the Annual Meet- 
ing. March 31st, to be placed in the jury box, subject to revision 
and acceptance by the Town : 



l»»t 



v<J^ 



A. Pereival Bean. 
John F. Coughlin, 
Walter M. French, 
Edwin L. Hayward, 
James Kinsley, 
Chas. J. Holton, 
Lowell A. Jones, 
John^C. Keyes, 
Hanson A. Littlefield, 
Frank P. Morse, 
Sidney L. Richardson, 
Moses A. Reed, 
Edward F. Richardson, 
Henry M. Smith, 
S. Hammond Taylor, 
Willis L. Mead, 
Hiram J. Hapgood, 
Constantine O'Xeil, 
Samuel R. Burroughs, 
Warren H. Jones, 
John S. White, 
W. Alfred Flint, 
Daniel J. Wetherbee, 
Herbert T. Clark, 



Mechanic. 
Farmer. 

a 

Clerk. 

Manufacturer. 
Barber. 
Farmer. 

Merchant. 
Farmer. 



R. R. Employee. 

Retired. 

Farmer. 



Retired. 
Mechanic. 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
EDWIX A. PHALEN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Acton, March 12th, 1902. 



48 Annual Reports 



Report of lioad Commissioners. 



Receipts. 

Appropriation for Repairing Roads and 

Bridges, $3,500 00 

Appropriation for macadam road, West 

Acton, 600 00 

Appropriation for bridge, West Acton, 100 00 

" grading hill, South Acton, 300 00 

Received from C. M. & H. R. R. Co., 200 00 

" A. Conaut for grading hill, 

East Acton, 161 00 

$4,861 00 

Expenditures. 
Macadam road, West Acton : 

Massachusetts Broken Stone Co., $511 80 

A. H. Perkins, labor, 217 47 

$729 27 



Grading hill, South Acton : 




A. C. Piper, labor, 


$414 62 


American Powder Mills, 


24 03 


Repairing tools, 


7 05 


Bridge, West Acton : 




A. H. Perkins, labor, 


$92 12 


Stone bridge at Powder Mills : 




D. C. Harris for stone, 


$149 50 


A. C. Piper for labor, 


146 25 


Wm. H. Kingsley for labor, 


158 60 


South Acton C. & L. Co., 


21 47 



$445 70 



$475 82 



Town of Acton 49 

Grading hill, East Acton: 

Wm. H. Kingsley, for labor, $238 50 

South Acton C. & L. Co., for lumber, 15 12 

S253 62 
All other expenditures, $2,982 64 

$4,979 17 

We recommend that $3,500 be raised for the repair of roads 
and bridges for 1902, and that $200 be raised for pipe, catch 
basins and other work to properly care for the water on the road 
near the depot at South Acton. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. H. KINGSLEY, 
ANSON C. PIPER, 
A. H. PERKINS, 

Road Commissioner's. 



50 Annual Reports 



Treasurer's Report, 



Receipts. 

1901. 
March 12, cash on hand, $2,704 17 

RECEIVED. 

From the First National Bank of Ayer, 
borrowed money, 

" Elnathan Jones, borrowed money, 

11 Cemetery Fund, borrowed money, 

" State Treasurer, corporation tax, 

" " " National Bank tax, 

" " " Military aid, 

" " State aid, 

il " " Burial of indigent 

soldiers, 

" State Treasurer, inspection of animals, 

'• " " Income of Mass. School 

Fund, 817 44 

" County Treasurer, on account of dog 
licenses, 

" Supervision of Schools, 

" City of Chelsea for board and nursing 
Charles W. Chickering, 

" City of Boston for care of E. Husten, 

" Town of Maynard on Smith case, 

" Robbins & ^White for schoolhouse at 

North Acton, 500 00 

" Bobbins & White for stove in school- 
house, 1 00 

" J. W. Livermore for outbuilding, Cen- 
tre School, 4 00 



5,000 00 


2,000 


00 


975 00 


4,298 


88 


263 


78 


90 


75 


656 00 


242 


00 


50 


15 



245 


10 


375 


00 


154 


00 


24 


00 


81 


99 



Town of Acton 51 

From M. A. Coolidge, on account of con- 
structing stone bridge at Powder 
Mills, $200 00 

" Middlesex Central District Court for 

fines, 178 13 

" Augustine Conant for cutting down hill 
near the house of H. M. Smith, 

" Adams & Dow, for gravel, 

" Mass. Broken Stone Co., gravel for 
State Highway, 

" Chester B. Robbins, pool table license, 

" J. E. Durkee, license to slaughter an- 
mals, 

" A. F. Blanchard, license to slaughter 
animals, 

" F. R. Knowlton, fumigating building 
in West Acton, 

" A. H. Perkins for road dust, 

" Income of Memorial Library Fund, 

" Horace F. Tuttle, lots sold in Wood- 
lawn Cemetery, 

" H. T. Clark, lots sold in Mount Hope 
Cemetery, 

" H. T. Clark, gates and posts Mount 
Hope Cemetery, 

" Memorial Library fines in A. D. 1900, 

" Memorial Library, catalogues sold, 

" Memorial Library, fines in A. D. 1901, 

" Memorial Library, catalogues sold, 

" C. J* Williams, school supplies sold, 

" Lyman C. Taylor, milk sold from Town 
Farm, 

" Lyman C. Taylor, carrying milk, Town 
Farm, 

" Lyman C. Taylor, cows sold, Town 
Farm, 

" Lyman C. Taylor, calves sold, Town 
Farm, 



161 00 


39 45 


36 45 


5 00 


1 00 


1 00 


3 00 


3 00 


181 20 


28 00 


54 00 


9 00 


16 50 


3 00 


16 75 


2 50 


4 57 


956 30 


189 13 


66 75 


10 00 



52 Annual Reports 

From Lyman C. Taylor, apples sold, Town 

Farm, $36 25 

" Lyman C. Taylor, potatoes sold from 

Town Farm, 2 50 

" Lyman C. Taylor, wood sold from 

Town Farm, 3 00 

" Kent of Town Hall and cellar, 55 15 

" Max Sackenofsky, pedler's license, 8 00 

" Income of Cemetery Fund, 98 32 

" Wm. F. Stevens, collector, taxes for A. 

D. 1900, 1,217 58 

" Wm. F. Stevens, collector, interest on 

taxes for A. D. 1900, 37 71 

" Wm. F. Stevens, collector, taxes for A. 

D. 1901, 14,759 13 

" Wm. F. Stevens, collector, interest on 

taxes for A. D. 1901, 11 70 

" Interest on money in bank, 62 58 



$36,941 51 



Expenditures. 

Paid State tax, $1,085 00 

County tax, 1,953 15 

On Selectmen's orders, 31,700 49 

Cash on hand and in bank, March 12, 1902, 2,202 87 



$36,941*51 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



Town of Acton 



53 



Treasurer's Report of Honey held for Use of 
Lots in Cemeteries. 



March 12, J 902. 




Dk. 




To Mary Skinner fund, 






$203 00 


Nancy K. Handley fund, 




500 00 


Frederick Rouillard 


tt 




100 00 


William W. Davis 


tt 




100 00 


Mary W. Chaffin 


tt 




100 00 


Mary Severance 


a 




100 00 


Warren Robbins 


a 




100 00 


Eliza A. Whitcomb 


a 




75 00 


Hepsabeth Piper 


a 




50 00 


James Temple 


it 




100 00 


Fidelia Wheeler 


u 




100 00 


Jedediah Tuttle 


it 




50 00 


Henry Loker 


a 




100 00 


Henry 0. Lothrop 


a 




200 00 


Luther W. Piper 


a 




100 00 


Wm. H. Chapman 


a 




100 00 


Mary A. Robbins 


a 




100 00 


Julia Morrison 


a 




75 00 


Frank C. Hay ward 


n 




500 00 


James Tuttle 


a 




100 00 


Daniel Wetherbee 


a 




100 00 


S. Lizzie Hayward 


a 




100 00 


Elbridge J. Bobbins 


tt 




100 00 


Phineas AVetherbee 


fund, 


the income of 




one share of 


Fitchburg Railroad 




stock, 








Balance unexpended 


in A. 


D. 1900, 


18 20 


Cash received for in 


berest, 




80 12 






$3 251 32 



54 



Annual Reports 



Cr. 

By cash paid — 

Julian Tuttle, care of Skinner 



ii i 


i a 


ii i 


i a 


it i 


i it 


a i 


i a 


a t 


i a 


it i 


( it 


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t it 


ti t 


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i a 


a i 


i a 


U l 


i it 


a i 


i a 


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i a 


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i it 



lot, 

It 



$ 



Handley 

Rouillard " 

Davis " 

Chaffin 

Severance fl 

Robbins " 

Piper " 

Tuttle " 

Loker " 

Lothrop " 

L. W. Piper " 

Temple " 

Wheeler " 

Chapman u 

M. W. Bobbins lot, 
H. T. Clark, care of P. Wetherlpee lot 
" " " Eliza A. Whitcomb 

lot, 5 00 

Cash in North-End Savings Bank, 3,178 00 

" Town Treasury, 975 00 

Unexpended balance in Town Treasury, 43 87 



4 00 
8 00 
3 00 

3 50 
2 50 
2 50 
2 00 
1 50 

1 50 

2 00 

4 20 
2 00 
2 00 

2 25 

3 00 
3 50 
2 00 



$3,251 32 



J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 



Auditor. 



Town of Acton 
Report of the Wild Memorial Library Fund. 

Dr. 

March 12, 1902. 

To cash deposited in Xorth-End Savings 

Bank, $1,000 00 

Cash in Middlesex Institution for Sav- 
ings, 1,000 00 
Cash in Home Savings Bank, 1,000 00 
" Warren Institution for Savings, 1,000 00 
" Charlestown Five Cent Savings 
Bank, 1,000 00 
Unexpended balance in A D. 1900 52 92 
Cash received for fines, A. D. 1900 1G 50 
" " " " 1901 10 75 
" " for interest on money in 



55 



Banks, 
Town appropriation for books, 



181 20 
200 00 



Cr. 



By cash in banks, 

Paid for books and magazines 
W. D. Tuttle, 
De Wolfe Fiske & Co., 
W. T. Bartlett & Co., 
W. A. Wilde & Co., 
H. D. Xoyes & Co., 
Balance unexpended, 



55,000 00 



•5,467 .'! 



10 


75 


267 


60 


2 


70 


9 00 


39 


00 


138 


32 



$5,467 37 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



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Report of Overseers of Poor. 



Town Farm Inventory 




Articles on hand March 1st, 1902 : 




12 cows, 


$540 00 


2 yearlings, 


36 00 


2 horses, 


310 00 


1 hay wagon, 


30 00 


1 market wagon, 


70 00 


2 Democrat wagons, 


50 00 


1 pung, 


5 00 


1 sled, 


25 00 


1 canvas cover, 


1 75 


1 double harness, 


22 50 


2 light harnesses, 


16 00 


1 express harness, 


22 00 


2 collars, 


2 00 


Grain, 


3 00 


1 feed trough, 


2 00 


94 apple barrels, 


18 80 


3 plows, 


16 00 


Farming tools, 


25 00 


Wheelbarrow, 


3 00 


Hay cutter, 


2 00 


7 ladders, 


12 00 


3 harrows, 


15 00 


12 tons hay, 


216 00 


Drain pipe, 


4 80 


1 horse cart, 


27 50 


25 market boxes, 


2 50 


1 stone drag, 


5 00 


20 cords wood, 


100 00 


1 roller, 


5 00 


Horse rake, 


15 00 



Town of Acton 




Mowing machine, 


$15 00 


Grindstone, 


2 00 


Spray pump, 


8 00 


52 hens, 


39 00 


5 saws, 


3 00 


1 wrench, 


75 


Lumber, 


10 00 


Apple header, 


1 00 


Wagon jack, 


1 50 


Salt, 


50 


Set of measures, 


50 


2 horse blankets, 


2 50 


Traps, 


50 


Washing machine, 


5 00 


5 baskets, 


1 25 


Kange and water front, 


30 00 


2 lounges, 


5 00 


4 rocking chairs, 


5 00 


Oil and tank, 


1 50 


Pails and tubs, 


3 00 


3 stoves, 


20 00 


3 chairs, 


2 00 


2 cabinet chairs, 


2 50 


3 tables, 


6 00 


8 chairs, 


4 00 


Tea and coffee, 


25 


Crockery and tinware, 


8 00 


1 barrel crackers, 


2 50 


Canned fruit, 


5 50 


Brooms, 


75 


Fruit jars, 


3 00 


Sugar, 


80 


Flour, 


3 50 


Spices, 


50 


Butter, 


1 50 


Lard, 


30 


Molasses, 


90 


2 axes, 


1 50 


Soap, 


75 



57 



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Lamps, 
2 razors, 
2 lanterns, 

Pork and barrel. 

Coal, 

Potatoes, 
\ barrel soap, 

1 clock, 
Wheel chair, 

2 trunks, 

Beds and bedding, 

1 chamber set, 
Bed pan, 

Rubber air cushion, 

2 cords wood for school, 

Receipts from Farm, 

Victualing and lodging 351 tramps, 

Dr. 

Expenditures, 

Interest on farm, $3,500 at 4 per cent. 

Inventory,' March 1, 1901, 

Less receipts and stock on hand, 
Cost of supporting poor on farm, 



2 50 
2 00 
1 00 
1 25 

1 25 
20 00 

2 00 
5 00 

22 00 

2 00 
50 00 
12 00 

3 00 
1 00 

11 00 



!2,273 89 

140 00 

1,653 21 



$1,938 10 
$1,263 93 

87 75 

$3,289 78 



$4,067 10 
3,289 78 

$777 32 



Inmates at Farm During Year. 

Sarah Hunt, 12 months. 
Lucy Hapgood, 12 months. 
F. H. Harris, 12 months. 
B. H. Patch, 3£ months. 
O. K. Patch, 3 months. 
William Quinlan, 12 months. 



DAVID C. HARRIS, 
LYMAN C. TAYLOR, 
WM. F. KELLEY, 

Overseers of Poor. 



Town of Acton 59 



Auditor's Report. 



I have examined the accounts of the Selectmen and Treas- 
urer, and find them correct. 

I have also examined the accounts of the Tax Collector and 
rind that the sum turned over to and receipted for by the Treas- 
urer exceeds the amount collected by the Tax Collector. 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



60 



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Report of the Board of Health 



The Board of Health submit the following report for the 
year ending February 1, 1902 : 

The number of deaths occurring in the Town during the 
year ending January 1, 1902. exclusive of still-births, of which 
there was one, was 32. 

Below is a table of contagious diseases reported to the 
Board since its organization in March, 1901. 

Diseases required by law to be reported : 

Small pox, 

Diphtheria, 1 

Scarlet fever, 5 

Typhoid fever, 1 

Measles, 28 

Cerebro-spinal meningitis, 

Total for the year, 36 

Instruction. 

On entering upon the duties of its office, this Board issued 
in [pamphlet form extracts from certain Statute Laws of the 
State, governing such Boards ; and suggestions made by the 
Board^for the guidance of the citizens of the Town, so that all 
might work together in an intelligent manner in maintaining the 
sanitary conditions so essential to the health and comfort of our 
citizens. An effort was made to place one of these pamphlets in 
the hands of each house-holder, and we trust in this particular 
we were successful. 

Fumigation. 

The Town, thanks to our predecessors, the Board of Select- 
men, is in possession of a large formaldehyde machine with 
which our schoolhouses, public buildings and private dwellings 
are thoroughly disinfected when made necessary by the presence 
of contagious diseases. 

This work is sure to increase, fumigation being now used in 



Town of Acton 61 

cases of typhoid fever and consumption, as well as diphtheria 
and scarlet fever. 

Owing to the fact that consumption is steadily on the in- 
crease, causing a large per cent, of the deaths throughout the 
country, and that it is contagious, it is earnestly recommended 
that after the removal of the patient suffering from consumption 
notice be given the Board of Health in order that proper steps 
may be taken to thoroughly fumigate rooms occupied by such 
patient. 

Sanitation. 

Such sanitary abuses as have been properly called to the at- 
tention of the Board have been promptly adjusted. 

The agent of the Board has been instructed to make inspec- 
tion of premises throughout the Town, and it is earnestly hoped 
that the citizens will cheerfully co-operate with him in correcting 
sanitary abuses that may exist. 

We wish to thank those of our citizens who so readily com- 
plied with our requests where changes seemed necessary. 

Vaccination. 

The children of the Town of school age, with few excep- 
tions, were vaccinated at the beginning of the school year. 
Owing to the prevalence of small pox in near-by towns as well as 
throughout the country, it is earnestly requested by this Board 
that all persons who have not been vaccinated within five (5) 
years should submit to such preventative treatment. 

Appropriation. 

The sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) was appropriated by the 
Town for the use of this Board. The work that seemed neces- 
sary to be done caused the account to be overdrawn. 

The financial statement will be found on page 40 of Town 
Report. 

The Board recommends an appropriation of one hundred 
dollars ($100.00) for the ensuing year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

F. J. BARKER, M. D., Chairman, 

C. J. WILLIAMS, 

E. E. TASKER, M. D. 



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First Annual Report of the Tree 
Warden. 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

The duties of the Tree Warden during the past year have 
been comparatively light. Early in the year deputy wardens, in 
the persons of Mr. W. F. Stevens and Mr. Moses A. Keed, were 
appointed, and these appointments have proved highly satis- 
factory to the Warden, as they doubtless have to the community. 
The efforts of the Warden and his deputies have been chiefly con- 
fined to the preservation of desirable shade trees along the high- 
ways outside the limits of the villages, although several hearings 
have been held upon petitions for the removal of trees within 
those limits, and something has been done in the way of cutting 
or strengthening trees which had become a menace to travellers 
upon the highway or to adjacent property. 

The trees upon the Common, those upon the roadside near 
Woodlawn Cemetery, and others in different parts of the town 
are much in need of judicious trimming 3 both for the sake of the 
trees and the travelling public. 

I beg leave to suggest that an appropriation for this purpose 
might be wisely made, and in default of such an appropriation I 
venture to express the hope that the Board of Selectmen will be 
willing to allow the cost of this work from the funds at their dis- 
posal. 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Tree Warden. 



Tow a of Acton 63 



Report of the Trustees of Acton 
Memorial Library. 

1901-1902. 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 

Luther Conant, President, William. D. Tuttle, 

Moses Taylor, Adelbert Mead, 

I). J. Wetherbee, Secretary \ Delette H. Hall, 

Hiram J. Hapoood, Charles J. Williams, 

L. A. Hesselton. 



$200 00 


181 


20 


52 


92 


33 


25 



The Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library respectfully 
submit their twelfth annual report, with the report of the 
Librarian showing the operations of the Library for the past year 
ending March 1, 1902. 

Appropriations of the Town for the purchase 

of books, 
Income from Wm. A. Wild fund, 
Unexpended balance of last year, 
lleceived for fines 1901-1902, 

"$467 37 
Expenditures. 
Paid for books and magazines, $329 05 

Balance in Treasurer's hands, $138 32 

The Board of Trustees recommend that the Town appropri- 
ate the usual sum of four hundred dollars for current expenses 
and the sum of two hundred dollars for the purchase of new 

books. 

D. J. WETHERBEE, 

Secretary. 



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The Librarian Herewith Presents the Twelfth Annual 
Report of the Library. 

Accessions : Number of volumes in the Library March 12, 
1901, 7,442 ; increase by purchase, 262 ; increase by gift, 52; 
increase by binding periodicals, 29; number of volumes in Lib- 
rary March 12, 1902, 7,785. 

Circulation : Number of days the Library was open, 102 ; 
number of volumes circulated, 6,976 ; average daily circulation, 
68 ; largest daily circulation, March 1, 187 ; smallest daily 
circulation, June 26, 20 ; amount received for fines, $16.75 ; 
amount received for sale of catalogues, $2.50. 

Gifts of books have been received from the following 
sources : Finley Acker, 1 vol. ; William E. Barton, 2 vols. ; City 
of Boston, 1 vol. ; Luther Conant, 1 vol. ; Mrs. Luther Conant, 
1 vol. ; Miss Charlotte L. Conant, 1 vol. ; Augustine B. Conant, 
1 vol. ; K. H. Dana, 1 vol. ; Deering Co., 1 vol. ; Edward W. 
Emerson, 1 vol. ; Marshall Fields, 2 vols. ; Mrs. C. E. Guild, 1' 
vol. ; D. C. Heath, 1 vol. ; Benjamin Ineson, 1 vol. ; M. W. 
Longley, 1 vol.; F. E. Ormsby, 1 vol.; Sons of American 
Involution, 1 vol. ; Mr. Staples, 1 vol. ; State, 14 vols. ; Textile 
Publishing Co., 1 vol. ; U. S. Government, 15 vol. ; Warner & 
Swasey, 1 vol. 

Periodicals in the reading room : Carsell's Magazine, 
Century, Chautauquan, Cosmopolitan, Country Life in America, 
Everybody's, Harper's Magazine, Harper's Weekly, Literary 
Digest, Masters in Art, McClure's, Munsey's, New England, 
Review of Reviews, Scientific American, Scribner's, St. Nicholas, 
World's Work, and Youth's Companion. Child's Hour, W. A. 
Wilde ; Christian Work, publishers ; Our Paper, Reformatory. 

The Librarian, through the courtesy of the Woman's Educa- 
tion Association, will exhibit a set of pictures of the New Eng- 
land Birds from March 26 to April 19. It is desired that all 
nature lovers and especially the school children will improve this 
opportunity, which, if sufficiently encouraged will be followed by 
other similar exhibitions. 

VIOLA S. TUTTLE, 

Librarian. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



5CH00L CGfiniTTEE 



A.Mi THE 



SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS., 

FOR THE YEAR 1901-1902 




HUDSON, MASS. '. 

The E. F. Worcester Press. 
1902. 



School Committee 1901 = 1902. 



Charles J. Williams, Chairman, Term expires 1902 

Horace F. Tuttle, Secretary, " " 1903 

Frank R. Knowlton, " " 1904 

Superintendent of Schools. 

Herbert E. Eichardson, Residence, Littleton, Mass. 

Truant Officers. 

James Kinsley, Moses A. Reed, C. G. Turner. 



STANDING RULES. 

Rule 1. Children under five years of age shall not be ad- 
mitted to the public schools. 

Rule 2. Pupils shall be promoted from grade to grade and 
school to school according to merit. Thorough and satisfactory 
work will be required of pupils in a lower grade or school before 
entering a higher grade or school. 

Rule 3. Children who have not previously attended an)' 
school shall be admitted to the public schools only at the begin- 
ning of the fall term. 

Rule 4. Pupils will be held responsible for books loaned to 
them until such books shall have been returned to the teacher. 

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public property 
in care of the School Committee except by their authorized 
agents. 



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School Calendar, 1902=1903. 



High School— 40 Weeks. 

Fall term begins September 2nd. Fall term ends Novem- 
ber 26th. 

* Winter term begins December 1st. Winter term ends 
March 13th 

Spring term begins March 23rd. Spring term ends June 
19th. 

Common Schools— 37 Weeks. 

Fall term begins September 2nd. Fall term ends Novem- 
ber 21st. 

* Winter term begins December 1st. Winter term ends 
March 6th. 

Spring term begins March 23rd. Spring term ends June 
12th. 



Recess of one week, December 21st to 27th. 



Town of Acton 5 

EXTRACTS FROM THE STATUTES. 

Chapter 496, of the Acts of 1898. 

Section 11. No child who has not Deen duly vaccinated 
shall be admitted to a public school except upon presentation of 
a certificate signed by a regular practising physician that such 
child is an unfit subject for vaccination. No child who is a mem- 
ber of a household in which a person is sick with smallpox, diph- 
theria, scarlet fever or measles, or of a household exposed to 
contagion from a household as aforesaid, shall attend any public 
school during such sickness or until the teacher of the school has 
been furnished with a certificate from the board of health of the 
town or city, or from the attending physician of such sick per- 
son, stating in a case of smallpox, diphtheria or scarlet fever, that 
a period of at least two weeks, and in a case of measles a period 
of at least three days, has elapsed since the recovery, removal or 
death of such person, and that danger of the conveying of such 
disease by such child has passed. 

Sec 12. Every child between seven and fourteen years of 
age shall attend some public day school in the town or city in 
which he resides during the entire time the public day schools 
are in session, subject to such exceptions as to children, places of 
attendance and schools as are provided for in sections three, 
seven, ten and eleven of this Act : provided, that the superinten- 
dent of schools, or, where there is no superintendent of schools, 
the school committee, or teachers acting under the authority of 
said superintendent of schools or school committee, may excuse 
cases of necessary absence ; and provided, farther, that the at- 
tendance of a child upon a public day school shall not be required 
if such a child has attended for a like period of time a private 
day school approved by the school committee of such town or 
city in accordance with Section two of Chapter four hundred and 
ninety-eight of the acts of the year eighteen hundred and ninety- 
four, or if such child has been otherwise instructed for a like 
period of time in the branches of learning required by law to be 
taught in the public schools, or has already acquired the branches 
of learning required by law to be taught in the public schools, or 
if his physical or mental condition is such as to render such at- 
tendance inexpedient or impracticable. Every person having 



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under his control a child as described in this Section shall cause 
such child to attend school as required by this Section. 

Sec. 31. Any person having under his control a child be- 
tween seven and fourteen years of age who fails for five day ses- 
sions or ten half-day sessions within any period of six months 
while under such control, to cause such child to attend school as 
required by Section twelve of this Act, the physical or mental 
condition of such child not being such as to render his attendance 
at school harmful or impracticable, upon complaint by a truant 
officer and conviction thereof, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not 
more than twenty dollars. Any person who induces or attempts 
to induce any child to absent himself unlawfully from school, or 
employs or harbors while school is in session any child absent 
unlawfully from school, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not more 
than fifty dollars. 

Sec. 19. The several school teachers shall faithfully keep 
the registers of attendance daily, and make due return thereof to 
the school committee or to such person as such committee may 
designate. No teacher of a public school shall receive payment 
for services for the two weeks preceding the close of any single 
term until the register, properly filled up and completed, is so 
returned. All registers shall be kept at the schools, and at all 
times during the school hours shall be open to the inspection of 
the school committee, the superintendent of schools, the truant 
officers, and the secretary and agents of the state board of educa- 
tion. In reckoning the average membership and the percentage 
of attendance in the schools no pupil's name shall be omitted in 
counting the number of persons belonging to the school and the 
number of absences of such persons, until it is known that such 
pupil has withdrawn from the school without intention of return- 
ing, or, in the absence of such knowledge, until ten consecutive 
days of absence have been recorded ; but nothing in this pro- 
vision for computing the average membership and the percentage 
of attendance shall be construed to invalidate procedure against 
habitual truants, absentees or school offenders, or other persons, 
as provided in Sections twenty-four to twenty-six inclusive, and 
Section thirty-one of this Act. A pupil who is not present dur- 
ing at least half of a session shall be marked and counted as ab- 
sent for that session. 



Town of Acton 



High School Course of Study. 



CLASSICAL. 

Latin, 5. 

Eng. Gram, and Compo., 5. 

Algebra, 5. 

Greek and Roman Hist., 3. 



Latin, 5. 

Greek or German, 4. 
Eng. Lit. and Compo., 5. 
Geometry, 4. 



Latin, 5. 

Greek or German, 4. 

French, 4. 

Eng., 5. 

* Physics or Chem., 3. 

Reviews. 



First Year. 

ENGLISH. 

Com. Arith. and Bookkeeping, 3. 

Eng. Gram, and Compo., 5. 

Algebra, 5. 

Greek and Roman Hist., 3. 

Botany, y z , 3. 

Civil Government, l / z , 3. 

Second Year. 

Eng. Hist.. 3. 
German, 4. 

Eng. Lit. and Compo.. 5. 
Geometry, 4. 
Physical Geog., >£, 3. 
Geology, #,3. 

Third Year. 

Medieval and Mod. Hist., 3. 

Solid Geom. and Trig., 3. 

French or Ger., 4. 

Eng., 5. 

Physics or Chem.. 3. 

Reviews. 



Fourth Year. 



Latin, 5. 

Greeek or Ger., 4. 

French, 4. 

Eng., 5. 

* Chem. or Physics. 

Reviews. 



f Optional. 



Astronomy. %. 

Political Economy, 

French or Ger. 

Eng., 5. 

Chem. or Physics. 

Reviews. 



A pupil must have at least seventeen prepared recitations a week. 
Pupils may take Latin together with subjects in the English Course, 
sufficient to complete the required number of hours. 



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65th Annual Report of the School 
Committee. 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

Apart from the detailed report [of the Superintendent, this 
65th report of your Committee may very well be a brief one. 
The schools are all in excellent condition and in the opinion of 
the Committee their condition is improved with each succeeding 
year. 

It is, we think, matter for congratulation that in so small a 
town, and under all the circumstances so large a percentage of 
the teachers should have .received that special training to fit 
them for their profession, which, in these later years has become so 
necessary a qualification for success in nearly every field of 
endeavor. Of the eleven teachers now in your service three are 
college graduates and seven graduates of normal schools. 

The common school year has been lengthened to 37 weeks, 
the additional week being added to the winter term. It is hoped 
that next year these schools may be kept for 38 weeks and the 
March vacation reduced to a single week. For this purpose we 
ask an additional appropriation for common schools of $ 130.00. 

The school buildings are in good condition, are well fitted 
and equipped for the work to be done in them and are all, for the 
first time in recent years, in the care of competent persons. 
During the summer the West school house was re-painted and 
papered and a heating plant was installed in the west wing, thus 
providing furnace heat for the whole building. The South 
school house should be painted and papered the coming summer. 

In the report of this Committee for the year 1900 your 
attention was directed to the question of vaccination of public 
school pupils and to the fact that official action upon this subject 
might at any time become necessary. Early in August your 



Town of Acton 9 

Committee became convinced that the time for such action had 
arrived. Because of the great number of pupils in the schools, 
about 75 per cent of the membership who had never been 
vaccinated it was thought wise as well as expedient that the 
work of vaccination, should be done at the public expense and to 
this end the Board of Health were appealed to and their assist- 
ance asked. Our request was readily granted and the vaccina- 
tion was thoroughly and carefully done and the work completed 
early in September. In view of the conditions that have 
obtained all about us during the winter and which promise to 
continue; we think no one will question the advisability of the 
Committee's action. In the future all applicants for admission 
to the public schools will be required to produce the vaccination 
certificate provided for by the statutes. 

At the annual meeting in April 1901 of the supervision 
district committee, the salary of the superintendent of schools 
was fixed at §1,600 an increase of 8100 per annum of which 
latter sum 3-10, or $30, is chargable to this town. We therefore 
ask for an appropriation for salary of superintendent of $430. 
It will be remembered of this amount S375 is refunded by the 
State. 

The very great increase in the sum received from the 
Massachusetts School Fund is due to transient conditions existing 
in the state treasury which will not obtain in the future. The 
appropriation for books and apparatus for the high school has 
been expended as follows: books, $39.70; apparatus, $7.87; 
total, $47.57 The sum of $375 has been received from the State 
on account of salary of superintendent of schools. 

The report of the purchasing agent of the committee is 
appended. 



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RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES. 
Ox Account of Schools for the Financial Year 1901-1902. 



Receipts. 

Appropriation for common schools, $3,670 00 

" " High school, 1,700 00 

" " school supplies, 475 00 

" " transportation of pupils, 1,030 00 

" " books, etc., for High school, 50 00 

" " salary of Supt. of Schools, 450 00 

Received from Massachusetts School Fund, 817 44 



do°: licenses, 



245 10 









$8,437 


54 


Expenditures. 








For common schools, 
High school, 
school supplies, 
transportation of pupils, 
books, etc., for high school, 
salary of Superintendent, 




$4,225 20 
1,707 36 

469 45 
975 00 

47 57 

470 00 


$7,894 








58 


Unexpended balance, 


$542 


96 


Estimates for the Support of Schools 






For the Year 1902- 


-1903. 






For common schools, 
High school, 
school supplies, 
transportation of pupils, 
books, etc., for High school, 
salary of Superintendent of 


schools. 


$3,800 00 

1,700 00 

475 00 

1,030 00 

50 00 

480 00 







$7,535 00 



The School Committee of Acton, 



By CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 

Chairman. 



Town of Acton 11 



Superintendent's Report, 



To the Actox School Committee : 

Gentlemen — My second annual report is herewith respect- 
fully submitted. 

The year has passed without large or striking incidents, but 
it has been a twelve month of earnest effort on the part of 
teachers and school officials to hold to the results of the past, and 
to acquire something more. I most gladly acknowledge the 
hearty co-operation of the Teachers and the School Committee in 
their endeavor, and for the success obtained. 

In June nearly one-half of our corps of teachers resigned, 
but it is with pleasure that I commend the general earnestness 
and efficiency of the present corps. Schools are what they are 
because teachers are what they are — devoted, hard working, 
qualified, for "as is the teacher so is the school." Unfortunately, 
owing to the attractions of higher salaries elsewhere we fre- 
quently lose teachers just when their services have become most 
valuable to us. 

Two facts enter into oft-repeated experience : First, frequent 
resignations, or refusals to return because higher salaries are 
offered elsewhere ; second, our disadvantage in the search for de- 
sirable teachers because our salaries are low. Xo one can blame 
teachers for wishing to better themselves, but these stubborn 
facts make the task of maintaining a high standard by no means 
easy. You, gentlemen of the committee, I am glad to know 
appreciate these difficulties, and it is not possible to lessen to a 
degree the inducements for such frequent changes. 

During the year we have lost some of our most experienced 
and valuable teachers : 

Miss Katharine Sweeney from the West Intermediate to 
accept a position in her home city, Somerville ; Miss Grace 
Trefrethen from the West Grammar to take a grammar principal- 
ship in Amesbury, and Miss Sara Small to enter a matrimonial 



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alliance. Miss Sadie Collier, . a graduate of Farmington, Maine, 
Normal School, and a teacher of several years experience, was 
elected to the Center Grammar; Miss Grace Webber, Mt. 
Holyoke College, 1900, to the West Grammar ; and Miss Jean 
Cragin, Farmington Normal, to the West Intermediate. 

In September Miss Gertrude Williams, a model teacher in 
the Farmington Normal was appointed to the South Grammar ; 
Miss Edith Vinal, also a model teacher in the same school, to the 
South Intermediate ; and Miss Mary Adams, a New Hampshire 
State Normal graduate, with several years' teaching experience to 
the South Primary. 

High School. 

The High School, under the management of Mr. A. L. 
Faxon, has continued to do good work. In June Miss Bertha 
Merrill, the assistant teacher, resigned and Miss Katharine W. 
Hall of Allston, Mass., a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, was 
chosen as her successor. Miss Hall had Hone successful substi- 
tute work in the Holyoke High School while pursuing her col- 
lege course, and has proved herself to be a faithful, efficient 
instructor. 

Slight changes have been made in the course of study. 
Those subjects in the classical course not required for admission 
to college have been eliminated and the general course has been 
materially strengthened and improved. Headers are referred to 
the Principal's fuller remarks concerning the same, as well as to 
several other points bearing upon the work, in all of which I 
most heartily concur. 

Our High School is now in good and regular standing, ac- 
cording to the requirements of the colleges and of the state, and 
a close inspection of its methods and work by parents and patrons 
will lead'to a growing appreciation of its educational facilities. 

Hoping that parents and patrons will come into closer sym- 
pathy with our schools by knowing some things now engaging 
much attention, the following paragraphs are written : 

Heading. — In all our school work I believe that reading is of 
greatest importance. By reading is meant not only the ability 
to read, but the formation of a right habit in reading and a desire 
to read good books. To secure the desired results in this direc- 



Town of Acton 13 

tion a large supply of reading material is necessary. Years ago 
one book for each pupil was thought sufficient, but now every 
pupil reads several books in each grade, and many books are se- 
lections from the best English classics, and all have more or less 
merit. 

We have during the past two years added quite largely to 
our reading lists in all grades. In this way pupils not only read 
a large amount of the best literature in school, thereby forming a 
taste for good reading, which in the higher grades is supple- 
mented by similar books taken from the public library, but are 
acquiring a valuable habit which will be of no small benefit all 
through life. The appreciation of good literature is showing it- 
self even among the younger pupils. 

Believing that "the best is none too good for the children," 
the following are used in carrying out the course : 

Grade I.— Cooke's "Nature Myths," Grimm's "Fairy Tales," 
"Hiawatha Primer," Kingsley's "Greek Heroes," Stickney's 
"Fairy Tales," Scudder's "Folk Stories and Fables," Andersen's 
"Fairy Tales," .Esop's "Fables," "Fables and Rhymes," "Step- 
ping Stones to Literature," No. 1 ; "Lights to Literature," No. 1 ; 
Cyr's Primer, Cyr's First Reader. 

Grade II.— " Seven Little Sisters," "Story of Ulysses," 
"Story of Lincoln," "Story of Washington," "Story of the Pil- 
grims," " Story of Robert Fulton," " In Mythland," Baldwin's 
"Fairy Stories and Fables," " Little Folks of Other Lands," 
Riverside Primer, Heart of Oak, Book 1, Lights to Literature, 
Book 2, " Stories for Children," Cyr's Second Reader, Cooke's 
"Nature Myths," iEsop's "Fables." 

Grade III.— " Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children," 
" Robinson Crusoe," " Each and All," " Seven Little Sisters," 
Andrews ; Stories of " Marquette and Joliet," " Story of La 
Salle," " Story of Lincoln," "Around the World," Book 1, Ander- 
sen's Stories, Stepping Stones to Literature, Vol. 2, Longfellow's 
"Challenge of Thor," "The Daffodils," Wordsworth; "Story of 
the Amber Beads," " Verse and Prose." 

Grade IV. — " Ten Boys," Andrews ; " Stories from the 
Iliad," " Legends of Norseland," Pratt ; " Stories of Norse Myth- 
ology," Litchfield ; " Independence Bell," Whittier's " York- 
town," "Song of Marion's Men," Bryant; "Nathan Hale," 



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Finch; "Feats on the Fiord," Martineau; "Stories from the 
Odyssey," Heart of Oak, Vols. 2 and 3, "Alice's Adventures in 
Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass." 

Grade V. — "American Indians," Starr ; "American History 
Stories," Pratt; Eggleston's "First Book in American History/ 
Hawthorne's "Wonder Book," "Story of Roland," "Talisman," 
" Hiawatha," " Selections from Miles Standish," " Selections 
from Lady of the Lake," Longfellow's "Skeleton in. Armor," 
"Ivanhoe," "Sir Galahad," Tennyson; "The Children's Cru- 
sade," Longfellow ; " Tales of Chivalry," " Boston Tea Party." 

Grade VI. — " Pizarro," " Cortes and Montazuma," Stories 
of American History, "Story of Siegfried," "Twice Told Tales,'' 
" Knickerbocker's History of New York," "Grandfather's Chair," 
"Hiawatha," "Miles Standish," "Landing of the Pilgrims," 
" The North Sea," " Eip Van Winkle," " Sleepy Hollow," " Cul- 
prit Fay," " Little Nell." 

Grade VII. — "Evangeline," "The War of Independence," 
Fiske; Cooper's "Pilot," Cooper's "Spy," Thackeray's "Vir- 
ginians," "The Green Mountain Boys," "Paul Revere's Ride," 
" The Death of the Old Year," Tennyson ; " The Revenge," Ten- 
nyson; Longfellow's " Elizabeth," " Tales of the White Hills," 
Burke's " Conciliation with the Colonies," Franklin's "Auto- 
biography," " Birds, Bees and Sharp Eyes," American Classics. 

Grade VIII. — Lowell's Garrison and Wendell Phillips, 
Lowell's 'Bigelow Papers," ''The Peasant and the Prince," 
Martineau; Lincoln's " First Inaugural," Lincoln's " Gettysburg 
Speech," Lincoln's " Second Inaugural," " Tales of the Grand- 
father," " The Building of the Ship," " Under the Old Elm," 
"Old Ironsides," "Angels of Buena Vista," " Sheridan's Ride," 
" Nuremburg," Longfellow ; " Webster's Reply to Hayne." 

Grade IX. — Lowell's " Glance Behind the Curtain,'' " Big- 
elow Papers," " Lincoln-Douglass Debate," " Harold the Last of 
the Saxons," "Merchant of Venice," "Sir Roger de Covers- 
Papers," "'Gulliver's Travels," "Wendell Phillips' Orations," 
" Greene's English History," " Montgomery's English History," 
" Speeches on the Stamp Act," by Fox, Chatham, Cavendish, 
Barre, Lowell's " Commemoration Ode," " Rhoecus," " Garrison 
and Wendell Phillips," Emerson's "Concord Hymn," Scott's 



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"Talisman," "Vision of Sir Launfal," "One Horse Shay," "Ode 
on the Death of Wellington," " Barbara Fritchie," " Sheridan's 
Ride," Shelley's "Cloud,' "Two Great Retreats." 

Arithmetic. — This subject as taught in our schools requires 
paramount attention from both teachers and pupils. Arithmetic 
is good, but is it the chief good of an education ? An ordinary 
lifetime makes practical use of but little arithmetic. 

The " Conference on Mathematics" at the National Educa- 
tion Association at Saratoga, appointed by the " Committee of 
Ten," of which Pres. Eliot, of Harvard, was chairman and Dr. 
Wm. T. Harris, U. S. Commissioner of Education, was a promi- 
nent member, recommended that the course in arithmetic be at 
the same time abridged and enriched : abridged by omitting en- 
tirely those subjects which perplex and exhaust the pupil with- 
out affording any really valuable mental discipline, and enriched 
by a greater number of exercises in simple calculation and in 
the solution of concrete problems. 

The Conference suggested the curtailment or entire omission 
of compound proportion, cube root, obsolete denominate quantities, 
duodecimals, and a greater part of commercial arithmetic. It 
also further suggested that examples in such subjects as profit 
and loss, bank discount, and simple and compound interest, not 
easily made intelligible to the pupils, should be omitted. 

In these recommendations the Conference has voiced the 
sentiments of thoughtful teachers everywhere. 

"Pupils in the grammar grades have been required to memo- 
rize definitions when, because of the immaturity of their .minds, 
they were unable to see through the definitions to the things de- 
fined. They have been required to solve problems of whose uses 
and applications they had no clear conception. Again and again 
they have lost sight of what they were trying to do in trying to 
find out how to do it. The mere manipulation of figures has been 
allowed to absorb their attention and to exhaust their energies." 

The second important suggestion of this eminent Conference 
was a greater facility and a greater degree of accuracy in the 
work. 

" The degree of approach to accuracy by a pupil does not 
depend so much upon the amount as upon the character of the 
work done. Careless facility is not merely useless, it is posi- 



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tively harmful. Hence, while the problems provided for the 
pupil may well be much more simple in respect to the amount of 
figuring required, the importance of accuracy must be emphasized 
to a very much greater degree in the grades. Pupils must not 
be commended at all for inaccurate work — for work in which 
there is one wrong figure. It must be impressed upon him that 
ciphering in which there are errors has no value whatever." 
When the pupil leaves school he goes out into the world to learn 
that there is no place for a ninety per cent, accountant. If he is 
inaccurate his work is of no value whatever. 

" A nearer approach to accuracy may be made, not by a 
greater amount of careless manipulation of figures in difficult 
problems, but by a careful solution of many simple problems in 
which the principle effort is to secure abolute correctness." 

Evidently the arithmetic teaching in coming years will be 
more and more along the lines here stated. 

Drawing. — This has not been taught as an isolated subject, 
but has been related to every line of school work. It has not 
been employed as an end in itself, but as a means to an end, 
that is to increase the child's interest in all of his studies and to 
give him another mode of expression. We speak or write be- 
cause we have a thought to express, and we should draw for the 
same reason. To draw simply for the purpose of producing 
pretty pictures would be a waste of time, and detrimental to 
school work. 

Geography, history, arithmetic, and science can be more 
thoroughly taught when drawing, painting and modeling are em- 
ployed. In the modeling of a continent, in the plan of a battle- 
field, in the diagram of a room that is to be carpeted, or in the 
painting of a leaf, the teacher has a tangible expression of the 
child's thought, and something the child himself is able to pass 
judgment upon, as he compares his own product with the more 
perfect model. In this way, not only are his powers of observa- 
tion and expression quickened, but through the exercise of his 
judgment, reason, and memory, correct habits of study are 
formed. 

One of the greatest art teachers of to-day, from an experi- 
ence as wide as the range of his knowledge, says that the general 
public feeling is tending to the admission that education must 



Town of Acton 17 

include not only full command of expression by language, but of 
true form by the hand. Whether you are drawing a piece of 
Greek armor, or a hawk's beak, or a lion's paw, you will find 
that the mere necessity of using the hand compels attention to 
circumstances which would otherwise escape notice, and fastens 
them in the memory without further effort. 

None of the essentials have been sacrificed for the sake of 
drawing, but one lesson a week has been required and a begin- 
ning has been made in the right direction. 

Nature Study. — The study of science has been associated so 
long with the college and university that until recently we have 
failed to recognize that it has a place in the common schools. 
Much of elementary science may be adapted to the primary and 
grammar grades. The value of such instruction is not to be 
measured by the amount of knowledge, or of discipline, gained so 
much as by the fact that it reveals and interprets nature in such 
a way that the process of development begun in school will be 
continued by nature herself all through life. How blindly most 
of us go through life merely from the lack of a little training in 
early years in learning how to observe ! 

Pestalozzi, the best known educational reformer, selected 
science as the best means for stimulating children's minds. His 
motto was "Education is generation of power," and he sought for 
the source of that power in nature. He understood what is 
meant by "sermons in stones, books in running brooks, and good 
in everything." The work of Pestalozzi permeated the schools 
of Germany and is now making its way slowly in all the schools 
of the world. Nature study has been the corner-stone of pri- 
mary education in Germany for more than fifty years. 

It will be readily granted that in the schools of the past 
those things which touch us closest, the earth we walk on, the 
air we breathe and the water we drink, all that exert powerful 
influence upon life and general well-being, sanitation and hy- 
giene, had little or no place. 

Science means bringing children into a more intelligent con- 
tact with environment ; it means that the heads of future homes 
shall understand sanitation, hygiene and that which pertains to 
health and comfort in the home, as well as in the community at 
large. It means that the farmer shall know more of the prod- 



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ucts of the soil, and of the soil itself, and how to apply a little 
chemistry in this direction, that he may know more of the na- 
ture of trees and plants, of insects which destroy crops and those 
which protect them. 

Science brings to the door of the school-room the most fruit- 
ful and richest products of the world's experience. Its introduc- 
tion means that the common school and the common people shall 
have the best that the world affords ; that knowledge of science 
shall not be confined to the few who go through the university, 
but that all children shall have an appreciative knowledge of 
and a great love for the study of nature and her marvellous 
works. 

Each season of the year has its own peculiar influence upon 
living things, animal and plant. It is therefore most con- 
venient and most interesting to study each phase of life in the 
appropriate season, inasmuch as one may trace the more easily 
the various phenomena observed in living things to the forces in 
nature which cause them. 

With this thought in mind the course in science has been 
outlined by months. Subjects calculated to arouse a real spirit 
of investigation, and adapted to the season in which they are 
studied have been selected. 

In conclusion we express the wish that parents might be 
interested to visit the schools oftener and thus become better 
acquainted with the teachers and the work being done. This 
would be an inspiration to both teachers and pupils and by 
bringing the school and the home into closer relation both would 
be mutually helped. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HERBERT E. RICHARDSON. 



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REPORT OF THE PRINCIPAL. 



Mr. H. E. Kichardson, 

Superintendent of Schools : 

Dear Sir — At your request, I present a few remarks in 
regard to the Acton High School. 

The work of the past year has been progressive and, in 
general satisfactory. A new course of study has been adopted, 
involving a more systematic arrangement of subjects and supple- 
mented by the introduction of the latest and best text-books. A 
few courses have been added to the curriculum, and others have 
been lengthened. These changes have tended to raise the 
school to the standard required for an adequate preparation for 
college-work. This course of study is somewhat more elaborate 
and complete than would have been possible with the present 
corps of teachers, had^there been four classes in the school. It is 
to be hoped that there will be sufficient scholars to warrant another 
assistant, when in 1903 there will be the full number of classes. 

The pupils have shown interest in their work and there has 
been a marked improvement in the moral tone of the school. 

I would here call attention to the general attendance, which, 
though fair, might be greatly improved. The school is the 
pupil's vocation. There is no more plausible excuse for the 
child's non-attendance upon his school duties, than there would 
be for absence from his work, were he employed in some mercan- 
tile occupation. There are some parents, nevertheless, who, 
although professedly deeply interested in the education of their 
children permit them to be absent from school for trivial reasons. 
Teachers are always willing to accept reasonable excuses, but 
they cannot be in sympathy with that kind of parental indulg- 
ence which permits excursions and amusements to take preced- 
ence of their school work, or with that lack of foresight which 
keeps pupils out of school to work or run on errands. Each 
absence causes a break in the pupil's lessons and tends to make 
him lose heart in his work. 

Furthermore, what is more important still, punctuality and 
regularity in attendance promote good habits and strong 
character. What is more essential to one's success in life than 



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reliability, — the habit, early formed, of always being at the 
post of duty — and then punctuality in the commencement and 
the completion of one's work? These valuable habits are within 
the grasp of everyone yet they are the product of patient and 
long continued] training, of hearty co-operation of home and 
school influences. Fortunate is the youth who has acquired 
them during his preparation for life's work ! 

The Acton High school has continued to add to its reference 
library during the past year, thus opening an avenue, through 
which the scholars may secure information that might not other- 
wise be within their grasp. 

The discipline of the school is good. The system of moral 
obligation and of just consideration for the rights of others is the 
proper one and by it we try to govern the school. 

Miss Bertha Merrill, who faithfully and successfully taught 
here the previous year, resigned to accept a position in her 
native city. Her place has been adequately filled by Miss 
Katharine W. Hall, a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College. 

Yours respectfully, 

A. L. FAXON, 

Principal. 



REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF HUSIC. 



To the Superintendent of Schools, Air. H. E. Richardson : 

Dear Sir : In my third annual report of the music in the 
public schools of Acton I am very glad to say that since the open- 
ing of the schools in September a great improvement has been 
made in the singing. 

Nearly every pupil has made a decided gain in the know- 
ledge of music, as is shown by the individual work. 

This year, for the first time, the primary classes are using 
books, and are doing excellently. The intermediate pupils are 
now using the grammar grade books, thus showing that they have 
made an advance. 



Town of Acton 21 

The grammar grades have taken up three-part music, and 
one of the rooms has taken some four-part work. This is cer- 
tainly encouraging, for when music was introduced into the 
schools some of the upper grades had difficulty in mastering two- 
part work. 

The High School has improved greatly over last year, as 
there are more students and better material. 

The interest of teachers and pupils is shown by the manner 
in which both have taken up the work planned by the Supervisor. 

I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the very cordial 
co-operation of both teachers and students. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARIAN M. BROWNE, 

Supervisor of Music. 



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Commencement Exercises of the Acton High School, 

At Town Hall, Acton, Mass, 
Friday evening, June 21, 1901, 7.45 o'clock. 

PROGRAMME. 

1. March Orchestra 

2. Invocation Rev. W. F. Dusseault 

3. Song — "Anchored," School 

4. Address .... Hon. Alfred S. Roe, Worcester, Mass 

5. Overture — " The Poet and the Peasant." .... Souppe 

Orchestra. 

6. Presentation of Diplomas .... Supt. H. E. Richardson 

7. Song—" There's a Path by the River." .... School 

8. Music Orchestra 

Music by Unita Orchestra, Acton; Geo. F. Dusseault, Director. 
"Pericuhim in Mora.'''' 



GRADUATES— Classical Course. 

Maude Beatrice Priest. 

Flora Blanche Reed. 

James Dearborn Christie 

Colors: Gold and White. 



Town of Acton 23 



SUnriARY OF STATISTICS. 

The following is a statistical table showing the return of the 
school census, with the enrolment and attendance in the schools 
from September 1900, to June, 1901 : 

Number of boys in town between 5 and 15 years, 140 

(i « gi r i s « u a u 153 

Total, 293 

Number of boys in town between 7 and 14 years, 102 

" " girls " " " " 102 

Total, 204 

Whole number enrolled in all the schools, 339 

" " between 5 and 15 years, 295 

" " " 7 and 14 " 216 

" " over 15 years, 18 

Average membership, 292 

" attendance, 266 

Per cent, of attendance, 91 

Number of teachers, 11 

" " weeks in school year, 37 



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ROLL OF HONOR, 1900=1901 



Grady, D. Jennie 
Priest, Maud 
Schnair, Joseph 
Schnair, Tara L. 



Brewster, Irving W. 
Coughlin, Mary E. 
Foley, Nellie 
Grady, Roy J. 
Kinsley, Richard F. 
Lincoln, Arnold 
Meckkelson, Henry 
Maker, Eva 
Quimby, Margaret D. 
Reed, Flora B. 
Scanlon, Lizzie S. 
Smith, John A. 
White, Leonard D. 



One Year. 

Harris, Arthur F. 
Smith, Everett W. 
Schnair Cora M. 
Taylor, Marion C. 

Two Terms. 

Wayne, James 
Edwards, William 
Foley, Frances A. 
Harris, Alfred B. 
Kinsley, David R. 
Meade, Idelle 
Meckkelson, Ida 
Quimby, Howard 
Randolph, Myrtle 
Schnair, Ella 
Stoncomb Eva L. 
Tuttle, Varnum 



Baker, Ella 
Bixby, Edward 
Boyce, Elmer 
Boyce, Helena M. 
Burke, Henry B. 
Callan, Mary A. 
Clark, Eva 
Chute, Agnes M. B. 
Coughlin, Margaret 
Copping, Betsey L. 
Connell, Alice 0. 



One Term. 

Hall, Stanley A. 
. Harris, Maud 
Harris, Bertha 
Hawes, Georgia H. 
Hoar, Carl S. 
Howland, Florence 
Holton, Geo. E. 
Jones, Carl 
Kingsley, Maud E. 
Kingsley, Annie 
Kimball, Milton B. 



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'H'ram, Bertha M. 
Cram, Lowell 
Devane, Thomas E. 
Devane, Mary E. 
Durkee, Albert 
Duren, Ethel M. 
Esterbrook, Fred 
Fiske, Inez G. 
French, Ruth E. 
Gallagher. Joseph 
Gallagher, Frank 
Gould, Glenn 
Green, Bertha F. 



Quimby, Russell 
Reed, Benjamin G. 
Bobbins. Roy 
Schnair, Charles W. 
Smith, H. Ruth 
Spinney, Everett R, 
Taylor, Martha 
Worden. Florence 



Lawrence, Eva M. 
Lawrence, Flora 
Littlefield, Harold 
Littlefield, John 
Meade, Dorothy B. 
MacGregor, Gladys M. 
McDonald, Frank 
Moan, Edward A. 
Moan, Frank 
Meckkelson, Christine 
Murphy Mary M. 
Pratt, Bessie F. 
Piper, Ralph. 



One Term. 



Reed, Everett 
Richardson, Clara 
Stancombe, George 
Smith, Annie G. 
Smith, Bessie 
Taylor, Fred 
White, Florence 
Willis, Carl 



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21.6 


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37 


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Totals 


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A. L. Faxon 


1900 


Yale University 


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Katherine W. Hall 


1901 


Mt. Holyoke College 


500 


South Grammar 


G'rt'de A.Williams 


1901 


F'mingt'n,Me.,N'rmal 


370 


" Intermediate 


Edith Vinal 


1901 


" " " 


370 


" Primary 


Mary A. Adams 


1901 


N. H. State 


370 


Center Grammar 


Sadie A. Collier 


1901 


F'mingt'n,Me., " 


370 


" Intermediate 


Ella L. Miller 


1899 


Framingham " 


370 


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Cora F. Warren 


1899 


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370 


West Grammar 


Grace E. Webber 


1891 


Mt. Holyoke College 


370 


" Intermediate 


Jean Cragin 


1891 


F'mingt'n,Me.,N'rmal 


370 


" Primary 


Harriet H.Gardner 


1889 


Ayer High 


442 



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Department of School Supplies. 



Report of the Purchasing Agent. 

To the School Committee: 

The annual report of the expense account of this depart- 
ment is respectfully submitted. 

Kand, McNally Co. 

April 9. 22 Lights to Literature, No. 1, $4 40 

26 « " No. 2, 7 54— $11 94 

D. C. Heath & Co. 

April 2. 5 Hokes als der Kieche, $1 25 

5 Marchen Eiz, 3 25 









4 50 








Less 1-6, 


75— 


$3 75 


April 


10. 


6 Sheldon American History, 
3 Thomas " " 


6 75 
3 00 








9 72 








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1 62— 


8 10 


Sept. 


13. 


5 Walsh Elem. Arth., 


1 50 








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25— 


1 25 


Oct. 


19. 


4 Iliad, 


1 00 








Less 1-6, 


16— 


84 


Oct. 


19. 


8 Arden's Tempest, 


2 00 








Less 1-6, 


33— 


1 67 


Dec. 


IT; 


9 Henry V, 
1 J. Caesar, 
1 M. of Venice, 
1 M. N. Dream, 


2 25 
25 
25 
25 








3 00 








Less 1-6, 


50— 


2 50 



$18 11 







335 50 






Less 1-6, 


5 92— 


$29 58 


6. 


27 Cyr Primers, 


4 08 






15 " 1st Headers, 


4 20 






35 " 2d Readers, 


12 60 





Town of Acton 29 

Ginn & Co. 

April 9. 38 Ten Boys, $19 00 

33 Seven Little Sisters, 16 50 



April 



20 88 

Less 1-6, 3 48— 17 40 

May 3. 7 Ferguson's Questions on Caesar, 4 20 

Less 1-6, 70— 3 50 

Aug. 31. 12 1st Year Latin, 1 2 00 

Less 1-6, 2 00— 10 00 

Sept. 5. 6 doz. each writing books 1, 4, 6, 12 75 

4 doz. writing books, 2, 3 00 

3 doz. each writing books, 3, 4, 4 50 



Less 1-6, 
Sept. 11. 1 doz. writing books, No. 4, 

Less 1-6, 
Sept. 11. 6 Wentworth Xew Sch. Algebra 

2 " Plane Geom. 



Less 1-6, 
Sept. 13. 6 1st Year Latin, 

Less 1-6, 
Oct. 3. 4 Montgomery Eng. Hist. 

5 each Prince Arith., 6, 7, 



Less 1-6, 

Oct. 19. 14 Lock^n 

Less 1-6, 



20 25 




3 37— 


16 88 


75 




12— 


63 


bra. 6 72 




1 50 




8 22 




1 37— 


6 85 


6 00 




1 00— 


5 00 


4 48 




2 00 




6 48 




1 08— 


5 40 


toric, 14 00 




2 33— 


11 67 



30 
Dec. 


23. 


Annual Reports 

12 Ivanhoe, 

12 Marmion, 

12 Last of the Mohicans, 


7 20 
4 80 
6 00 




Less 1-6, 


18 00 
3 00- 



15 00 



$121 91 



J. L. Hammett Co. 

April 4. 500 No. 120 spelling blanks, 
1 lb. No. 120 rubber erasers, 
1 doz. primary reg. boards, 
6 boxes large colored regs. 

April 3. 1 doz. qts. treasury ink, 
April 12. 2 Bartley record books, 
April 20. 10 rms. special paper, 

5 rms. special medium do., 
1 Avery Elem. Chemistry, 
Postage, 



April 25. 5 ^Esop's Fables, vol. 1, 1 50 

36 R. Crusoe for youngest readers, 10 80 



$5 75 




75 




1 40 




72 






$8 62 


3 00 


3 00 


1 08 


1 08 


7 00 




4 00 




99 




10 





April 17. 







12 30 


Less 1-6, 




2 05- 


35 Story of Ulysses, 


pt. 2, 


8 75 


22 Legends of Norseland, 


7 35 


30 La Salle, 




1 35 


30 Marquette, 




1 35 


33 Lincoln, 




1 49 


18 Pizarro, 




4 50 


15 Cortez, 




4 05 


15 Siegfred, 




9 00 


42 Story of Ulysses, 




15 75 



12 09 



10 25 



53 58 



Town of Acton 31 

May 1. 25 The Peasant and the Prince, 4 50 

3 Longman Geog. 3 38 

7 88 

May 17. 2 gr. No. 611 penholders, 2 00 

1 doz. qts. treasury ink, 3 00 

200 lbs. arith. paper, 6 00 

150 Cornhill pads, 5 63 

20 reams No. 3 practice paper, 9 60 

5 " 1 " 2 40 
1 dozen Treasury mucilage, 75 
1 " Le Page paste, 80 

15 gross D. B. pencils, 12 75 

1 dozen gummed paper, 75 

12 boxes Hallman's beads, 3 84 

10 gross No. 556 Esterbrook pens, 4 50 

3 packages blotters, 6x8, 1 20 
1 box blue crayons, 60 

1 " red " ■ 90 

2 dozen No. 787 red pencils, 50 
12 Blocks delineator maps, 3 60 

4 Am. Hist. Stories, vol. 1, 1 15- 59 97 
May 21. 40 packages No. 26 letter special, 15 00 

10 " medium 00 " 6 13- 21 13 

June 3. 4 dozen No. 787 red pencils, 1 00 

6 " " blue " 1 50 

35 Robert Fulton, 1 58— 4 08 

July 29. 3 Longman's Atlas, 4 05— 4 05 
doz. transparent gummed paper, 75 

gross No. 314 Esterbrook pens, 55 

bottle blue ink, 10 

dozen boxes *self binders, 2 25 — 3 65 

lb. No. 120 rubber erasers, 65 — 65 

dozen Gem B. B. erasers, 2 50 — 2 50 

Robinson Crusoe, 1 35 

lb. No. 120 rubber erasers, 75 — 2 10 

The Prince and the Peasant, 1 08 

boxes round pegs, 48 — 1 56 

Oct. 22. 20 packages special drawing, 2 00 

100 multiplication cards, No. 2, 2 92— 4 92 



Aug. 


L 


1 

1 






1 






1 


Sept. 


6. 


1 


Sept. 


18. 


5 


Sept. 


20. 


5 
1 


Oct. 


24. 


4 
3 



32 Animal Reports 

Dec. 14. 50 sheets 9x12 tag yellow, 13 

50 " " gray, 60 

24 pkgs. drawing paper, No. 1, 1 44 

1-4 dozen pitch pipes, 60 — 2 77 

Dec. 13. 1 dozen quarts Treasury ink, 3 00 — 3 00 



$206 88 



Silver, Burdett & Co. 
April 8. 6 Stepping Stones to Litera- 





ture, No. 1, 




$1.80 




12 Stepping Stones to Litera- 






ture, No. 2, 




6 00 






7 80 




Less 1-6, 




1 30— 


April 17. 


20 Beacon Series, No. 153, 




50 




20 " " 154, 




50 




Postage, 




11— 


Oct. 15. 


40 Normal Music Headers, 


Bk. 






2, part 2, 




14 40 




Less 1-6, 




2 40— 



$6 50 



1 11 



12 00 



$19 61 

American Book Co. 

April 9. 5 Eclectic History U. S., $5 00 

3 McMaster " 3 00 

3 Green's Short History Eng., 3 60 

9 Egglestons 1st Bk. Hist, U. S., 5 40 

17 00 
Less 20 per cent., 3 40 







Credit books returned, 


4 00- 


9 60 






5 Stories for Children, 


1 25 








Less 20 per cent., 


25— 


1 00 


Sept. 


11. 


20 Metcalf English Grammar, ' 
5 Old Greek Stories, 


12 00 
2 25 








14 25 








Less 20 per cent., 


2 85— 


11 40 



Town of Acton 33 

Sept. 25. 25 Metcalf English Grammar, 15 00 

Less 20 per cent., 3 00— 12 00 

$34 00 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 

April 6. 183 Riverside Literature, $32 53 

Express, 25— $32 78 

Oct. 3. 23 Riverside Literature, 2 93— 2 93 

Oct. 12. 4 " " 1 36— 1 36 

Feb. 27. 12 " " 2 25— 2 25 



$39 62 

Faulkner Mills. 
June 1. 61 boxes crayons, $1 22— $1 22 

C. J. Williams. 

June 10. Envelopes, 
Sept. 25. 

Express Charges. 

Paid A. L. Rayner, 
A. L. Noyes, 
A. L. Faxon, 

Credit books sold, 

$469 45 
The value of supplies on hand is estimated at $50. 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Purchasing Agent. 



$ 55 




1 56- 


- $2 11 


$7 45 




9 20 




1 97- 


- $18 62 




$474 02 




4 57 



Town of Acton 35 



Town Warrant, 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables in the Town of Acton, in 
the County of Middlesex, Greeting : 

You are hereby required, in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, to notify and warn the inhabitants 
of the Town of Acton, qualified to vote in elections and 
Town affairs, to assemble in the Town Hall, in said Town, 
on Monday, the thirty-first day of March, A. D., 1902, at 
9 o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to act on the follow- 
ing articles as they may think proper, viz : 

Article i. To choose a Moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will accept the reports of 
the Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, 
Library Trustees and other Town Officers. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary Town Officers and 
Committees, and fix salaries. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the report of any com- 
mittee chosen to report at this meeting. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the due observance of Memorial Day. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the Jury List, 
as revised by the Selectmen. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the repairing of roads and bridges the present year. 



3(> Annual Reports 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will authorize its Treas- 
urer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money 
for the Town, if necessary, in anticipation of taxes the current 
year. 

Art. 9. To vote Yes or No in answer to the ques- 
tion : " Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating 
liquors in Acton the present year?" 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Art. 11. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the support of schools the present year, and act any- 
thing thereon. 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for school supplies the present year. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for Town charges the present year, or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 14. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will maintain Street 
Lamps the present year, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 16. To see what action the Town will take in 
reference to the Collection of Taxes the present year. 

Art. 17. To see what action, if any, the Town will 
take relative to proposed retirement of Luther Conant from 
the office of Presiding Officer of the Town. 

Art. 18. To see what action, if any, the Town will 
take in regard to the abolition of any Grade Crossing in the 
Town, and instruct its Selectmen as to any action they may 
wish to take. 

Art. 19. To determine whether the Town will author- 
ize the School Committee to receive compensation for ser- 



Town of Acton 37 

vices rendered, as provided in Section 39, of Chapter 42, of 
the Revised Statutes. 

Art. 20. To see if the Town will provide suitable 
buildings for Fire Apparatus in the Town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum 
of $100 for four Band Concerts in each village — Centre, West 
and South Acton. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will vote to give the legal 
voters the first right to all kinds of Town work, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will refund to the family 
of Geo. B. Wetherbee, one share of Fitchburg R. R. Stock 
given to the Cemetery Committee by the late Phineas 
Wetherbee, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will accept the offer of 
$1,000 made by Alvin M. Lothrop, provided they will vote to 
buy a Stone Crusher, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 25. To see if the Town will vote to buy a Road 
Roller, or act thereon. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town will vote to repair Davis 
Monument, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will extend the drain 
leading from land of A. J. Fletcher to connect with the drain 
at the corner of land belonging to R. L. Reed, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Art. 28. To see if the Town will build a Pest House. 

Art. 29. To see if the Town will authorize the Road 
Commissioners to construct a sidewalk from the stable of 
Tuttle & Newton to the " Patriot " building, lay two hundred 
feet of drain pipe to connect with B. & M. R. R. drains, 



38 Annual Reports 

appropriate a sum of money for the same, or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 30. To see what action the Town will take in 
relation to regrading and graveling sidewalk on the State 
Road in West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 31. To see if the Town will vote to discontinue 
two pieces of road leading from the northwest and southeast 
side of the Daniel Tuttle Road, so called, to the Main Street 
on Acton Common, or act anything thereon. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by 
posting up copies, attested by you, in the following places : 
One in each of the Post Offices and Railroad Stations in the 
Town, one in each of the stores of C. H. Mead & Co., M. 
E. Taylor & Co., Tuttle & Newton, and H. A. Littlefield ; 
one at the office of F. J. Hastings & Co., and one at the 
Nagog House, seven days at least before the time appointed 
for holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this warrant, 
with your doings thereon, to the Selectmen or Town Clerk, 
on or before the time for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands, in Acton, this 1 2th day of March, 
in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and two. 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
EDWIN A. PHALEN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Town of Acton 



39 



Index to Contents, 



Town Officers 

Town Clerk's Report . 

Town Meetings, 1901 . 
Births .... 
Marriages . 
Deaths 

Dogs Licensed 
Eeport of Selectmen . 

List of Jurors 
Report of Road Commissioners 
Treasurer . 
Overseers of Poor 
Auditor 

Board of Health 
Tree Warden 
Library Trustees 



School Report : 

Organization .... 

School Calendar .... 

High School Course of Study 

Committee 

Financial Statement . 

Superintendent's Report 

High School Principal 

Music Teacher's Report 

High School Graduation Exercises 

Summary of Statistics 

Roll of Honor .... 

Statistical Tables 

Department of School Supplies . 
Town Warrant ..... 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH J2, 

1903 

TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL REPORT. 




HUDSON, iMASS. : 

The E. F. Worcester Press. 
1903. 



ANNUAL R.EPOR.TS 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 12, 

1903 

TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL REPORT. 




^3 ■ a—Mgi ana ' -j & 



HUDSON, MASS. ! 

The E. F. Worcester Press. 
1903. 



Town Officers, 1902=1903. 



Tow n Clerk, 
Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectmen, 

William F. Stevens, E. Faulkner Conant, 

Edwin A. Phalen. 

Assessors, 

E. Faulkner Conant, William F. Kelley, 

Chauncy B. Eobbins. 

Overseers of the Poor, 

Lyman C. Taylor, I. Warren Flagg, 

William F. Kelley. 

Town Treasurer, 
Jonathan K. W. Wetherbee. 

Auditor, 

Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes, 
Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

Constables, 
James Kinsley, William H. KiDgsley, 

L. E. Reed. 

Cemetery Commissioners, 
Julian Tuttle, (term expires 1903). 

Horace F. Tuttle, (term expires 1904), 

Herbert T. Clark, (term expires 1905). 



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Road Commissioners, 
William H. Kingsley, (term expires 1905), 

Anson C. Piper, (term expires 1904.) 

Albert H. Perkins, (term expires 1903). 

School Committee, 
Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1905), 

Horace P. Tuttle, (term expires 1903), 

Frank R. Knowlton, (term expires 1904). 

Trustees of Memorial Library, 
Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1905), 

William D. Tuttle, (term expires 1904), 

Lucius A. Hesselton, (term expires 1903). 

Board of Health, 
Frank J. Barker, (term expires 1904), 

Frank E. Tasker, (term expires 1903), 

Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1905). 

Fence Viewers, 

Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed, 

Oliver W. Mead. 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves, 

Herbert T. Clark, Edgar H. Hall, Job W. Dupee, 

Jonathan P. Fletcher, E. F. Richardson, 

Charles E. Smith. 

Field Drivers, 

James Kinsley, William H. Kingsley, 

L. E. Reed, Daniel H. Farrar, 

Tree Warden, 
Charles J. Williams. 

Registrars of Voters (appointed), 
Samuel A. Guilford, (term expires 1904,) 

James McGreen, (term expires 1903), 

David T. Kinsley, (term expires 1905), 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio. 



Town of Acton. 



PR0CEED1NG5 OF THE ANNUAL TOWN HEETINQ, 

Held. March 31, 1902. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meet- 
ing. 

Voted, Unanimously by the following resolutions : We, 
the citizens of Acton Mass., in Town meeting assembled this 
thirty-first day of March 1902, do hereby sincerely express our 
regret at the proposed retirement of Mr. Luther Conant, from the 
office of presiding officer of our Town meetings, which office he 
has so ably held for more than forty years. We fully realize our 
debt of gratitude to him for his faithful service, and it is with 
profound regret that we learn of his intention to retire there- 
from. We heartily assure him of our esteem and appreciation of 
his self-sacrificing devotion to the Town's best interest, also, his 
ever ready willingness and careful attention to all the manifold 
duties of presiding officer and his fair and impartial decisions. 
We earnestly request that he reconsider his intention and continue 
to serve us in this capacity. We feel that should he adhere to 
his present intentions and retire as planned, the Town will be 
the loser to an extent we cannot at present estimate. With this 
feeling in mind we again Avith all the force of entreaty at our 
command request that he may continue to endow the Town with 
his faithful service. In accord with these wishes we heartily and 
cordially thank him for the great service rendered the Town and 
assure him of our most heartfelt wishes for a long continuance 
of his long and successful life. We hereby direct that a copy of" 
these resolutions be suitably framed and presented to him. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 

Mr. Conant declined to serve and Charles M. Kimball was 
chosen Moderator. 

S. Hammond Taylor, Edgar H. Hall and Hobart E. Mead 
were appointed additional tellers by the Moderator and sworn. 



6 Annual Reports 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, Library 
Trustees and other Town Officers. 

Voted, To accept the reports of the several Town officers. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary Town officers and com- 
mittees and fix salaries. 

Voted, To choose on one ballot a Town Clerk, Town Treas- 
urer, three Selectmen, three Assessors, three Overseers of the 
Poor, one member of the School Committee for three years, a 
Collector of Taxes, four Constables, three Cemetery Commission- 
ers, one for one year, one for two years, and one for three years, 
four Field Drivers, six Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and 
Staves, three Fence Viewers, one Trustee of Memorial Library 
for three years, one Auditor, one Road Commissioner for three 
years, a Tree Warden, one member of the Board of Health for 
three years. 

Voted, To fix the salary of the Collector of Taxes at one 
hundred and seventy-five dollars, to include'posting the warrants, 
enforcing the dog law and all other duties hitherto performed by 
said officer. 

Voted, To fix the salary of the Road Commissioners at two 
and one-half dollars per day, nine hours to constitute a day's 
work. 

The following Town officers were chosen : 

Town Clerk : Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectmen : William F. Stevens, E. Faulkner Conant, Edwin 
A. Phalen. 

Assessors : E. Faulkner Conant, Chauncy B. Robbins, Will- 
iam F. Kelley. 

Overseers of the Poor : Lyman C. Taylor, I. Warren Flagg, 
William F. Kelley. 

School Committee for three years : Charles J. Williams. 

Collector of Taxes : Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

Constables : James Kinsley, William H. Kingsley, L. E. 
Reed. 

Cemetery Commissioners : Julian Tuttle for one year, Hor- 
ace F. Tuttle for two years, Herbert T. Clark for three years. 

Field Drivers : James Kinsley, William H. Kingsley, L. E. 
Reed, Daniel H. Farrar. 



Town of Acton. 7 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves : Herbert T. 
Clark, Edgar A. Hall, Jona P. Fletcher, E. F. Richardson, 
Charles E. Smith, Job W. Dupee. 

Fence Viewers : Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed, Oliver 
W. Mead. 

Trustee of Memorial Library for three years : Charles J. 
Williams. 

Auditor : Frank W. Hoit. 

Road Commissioner for three years : William H. Kingsley. 

Tree Warden : Charles J. Williams. 

Board of Health for three years : Charles J. Williams. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

Mr. Luther Conant offered a verbal report for the Commit- 
tee on Improvement of Davis Monument Grounds, which was 
accepted. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the due observance of Memorial Day. 
Voted, To raise fifty (50) dollars. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the Jury List as 
revised by the Selectmen. 

Voted, To accept the Jury List as revised by the Selectmen, 
after taking from the list the name of A. Percival Bean. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the repairing of roads and bridges the present year. 

Voted, To raise thirty-five hundred (3,500) dollars for roads 
and bridges. 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will authorize its Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the 
Town if necessary, in anticipation of taxes the current year. 

Voted, To authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen, to borrow money for the Town, if necessary, in an- 
ticipation of taxes the current year. 

Art. 9. To vote Yes or jSTo in answer to the question, 
" Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 
Acton the present year ? " 



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Total number of ballots cast, 221 

Yes, 61 

No, 160 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Voted, To raise two hundred (200) dollars for books and 
four hundred (400) dollars for current expenses. 

Art. 11. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the support of schools the present year and act anything 
thereon. 

Voted, To raise for Common schools, $3,800 

High school, 1,700 

School supplies 475 

Transportation, 1,030 

Books, for High School, 50 

Salary of Superintendent, 480 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for school supplies the present year. 
Action taken under Article 11. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for Town Charges the present year, or act anything there- 
on. 

Voted, That expense incurred in the small pox cases be paid 
from the balance in the Treasury. 

Voted, To raise twenty-five hundred dollars. 

Art. 14. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the enforcement of the liquor laws- 

Voted, To appropriate five hundred (500) dollars. 
Voted, To instruct the Selectmen to enforce the laws. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will maintain street lamps 
the present year or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To raise eight hundred (800) dollars to maintain 
street lamps. 

Art. 16. To see what action the Town will take in refer- 
ence to the collection of taxes the present }*ear. 

Voted, That the Collector charge interesr at the rate of five 



Town of Acton. 9 

per cent, per annum on all taxes remaining unpaid after the 
first clay of Xovember next. 

Voted, That all taxes shall be paid on or before the first day 
of March next, and if any taxes remain unpaid after that date 
the Collector shall collect according to law. 

Art. 17. To see what action if any the Town will take 
relative to proposed retirement of Luther Conaut from the of- 
fice of Presiding Officer of the Town. 

Voted, That the Town of Acton present to Luther Conant, 
as a token of appreciation of, and in partial payment to him for, 
his long faithful service to the Town as the Presiding Officer of 
its town meetings, a watch, that said watch to be suitably en- 
graved and presented to him by a committee of three to be se- 
lected by the Town at its annual meeting, March 31, 1902. 

Voted. That the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars be 
hereby appropriated for the payment of the same. 

Chose F. 0. Hayward, Jona K. Wetherbee and Charles M. 
Kimball as a committee to act in the matter. 

Art. 18. To see what action, if any, the Town will take 
in regard to the abolition of any grade crossing in the Town, 
and instruct its Selectmen as to any action they may wish to 
take. 

Voted, To pass over the Article. 

Art. 19. To determine whether the Town will authorize 
the School Committee to receive compensation for services ren- 
dered, as provided in Section 39 of Chapter 42 of the Eevi^ed 
Laws. 

Voted, To authorize the School Committee to receive com- 
pensation for services rendered as provided by law. 

Art. 20. To see if the Town will provide suitable build- 
ings for fire apparatus in the Town or act anything thereon. 

Voted, That the Town raise the sum of fifteen hundred dol- 
lars to provide suitable buildings for fire apparatus in the Town, 
the same to be expended under the direction of the Selectmen 
and Fire Wardens of the Town. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 



10 Annual Reports 

one hundred dollars for four band concerts in each village — Cen- 
ter, West and South Acton. 

Voted, To appropriate one hundred dollars for band con- 
certs — four each to be given in the villages of South Acton, West 
Acton and Acton Center. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will vote to give the legal 
voters the first right to all kinds of town work or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted, That legal voters be given the first right to all kinds 
of town work. 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will refund to the family of 
George B. Wetherbee one share of Fitchburg R. R. stock given 
to the Cemetery Committee by the late Phineas Wetherbee, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted, To dismiss the Article. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will accept the offer of one 
thousand dollars made by Alvin M. Lothrop provided they will 
buy a stone crusher, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, That the Town accept and extend to Mr. Lothrop its 
thanks for his generous gift. 

Voted, That the Town buy a stone crusher. 

Art. 25. To see if the Town will vote to buy a road roller 
or act thereon. 

Voted, That the Town buy a road roller. 

Voted, To raise fifteen hundred dollars to buy a crusher and 
roller. 

Voted, That the Road Commissioners and Selectmen be a 
committee to purchase the same. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town will vote to repair Davis 
Monument or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To authorize the Selectmen to re-point the Davis 
Monument. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will extend the drain leading 
from land of A. J. Fletcher to connect with the drain at the 
corner of land belonging to R. L. Reed, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To extend the drain as described in the Article. 



Town of Acton. 11 

Art. 28. To see if the Town will vote to build a pest 
house. 

Voted, To dismiss the Article. 

Art. 29. To see if the Town will authorize the Road Com- 
missioners to construct a sidewalk from the stable of Tuttle & 
Xewton to the " Patriot " building, lay two hundred feet of drain 
pipe to connect with B. & M. R. R. drains, appropriate a sum of 
money for the same or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To raise two hundred dollars as recommended by the 
Road Commissioners for the purpose named in the Article. 

Art. 30. To see what action the Town will take in rela- 
tion to re-grading and graveling sidewalk on the State Road in 
West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To re-grade and gravel the sidewalk on the State 
Road in West Acton. 

Art. 31. To see if the Town will vote to discontinue two 
pieces of road leading from the northeast and southeast sides of 
the Daniel Tuttle road, so called, to the Mam street in Acton 
Common, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To refer the whole matter to the Committee on Im- 
provement of the Davis Monument Grounds, chosen in 1901. 

Voted, That James B. Tuttle be added to this Committee. 

Voted, That the Committee have authority to close any 
pieces of road described in the article if they deem it expedient. 

Voted, To approve the minutes of the meeting. 

Voted, To dissolve the meeting. 

A true record. Attest : 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



12 



Annual Reports 



State Election, 



PROCEEDINGS OF flEETINGS. 



Held Nov. 4, 1902, in Precincts No. 1, 2 and 3. 



Votes. 



For Governor. 

John L. Bates, 
Michael T. Berry, 
John C. Chase, 
William A. Gaston, 
William H. Partridge, 
Blanks, 

Lieutenant Governor. 

John Quincy Adams, 
Thomas F. Brennan, 
Oliver W. Colby, 
Curtis Guild Jr., 
Herbert C. Joyner, 
Blanks, 

Secretary. 

Edward A. Buckland, 
Herbert B. Griffin, 
Jeremiah O'Fihelly, 
William M. Olin, 
Willmore B. Stone, 
Blanks, 



Precinct 1. Precinct 2. Precinct 3. Total 



79 


68 


79 


226 














1 


1 





2 


35 


36 


47 


118 


2 





3 


5 


5 


1 


1 


7 


3 


1 


1 


5 




















3 


3 


80 


66 


76 


222 


31 


31 


43 


105 


8 


8 


7 


23 


1 








1 








4 


4 





1 





1 


80 


69 


75 


224 


32 


30 


39 


101 


9 


6 


12 


27 



Town of Acton. 13 

Treasurer. 

Edward S. Bradford, 80 68 76 222 

Joseph L. Chalifoux, 32 29 40 101 

Frederick A. Nagler, 

Daniel Parlin, 4 4 

David Taylor, 110 2 

Blanks, 9 8 10 27 

Auditor. 

David Morrison, 2 14 7 

S. Fremont Packard, 10 1 

Charles Stoeber, 112 

Thomas C. Thacher, 34 26 37 97 

Henry E. Turner, 73 72 75 220 

Blanks, 12 6 13 31 

Attorxev-Gexeral. 

Allen Coffin, 2 4 6 

Charles E. Fenner, 110 2 

John J. Flaherty, 31 22 37 90 

John A. Henley, 

Herbert Parker. 80 72 79 231 

Blanks, 10 9 10 29 

Kepresextative ix Congress. 

Marcus A. Coolidge, 
Herbert S. Morley, 
John F. Mullen, 
Charles Q. Tirrell, 
Blanks, 

Councillor. 

John H. Gray, 
William J. McCluskey. 
Henri E. Kichardson 
Walter Scott Watson, 
Blanks, 



48 


38 


49 


135 


1 





2 


3 














69 


63 


72 


204 


4 


5 


7 


16 


1 


2 


4 


7 


34 


24 


38 


96 


1 








1 


77 


69 


77 


223 


9 


11 


11 


31 



14 


Annual Reports 








Senator. 












Quincy Adams, 




1 


1 


3 


5 


Herbert E. Fletcher, 




74 


67 


72 


213 


Benjamin Stavely, 




1 


1 





2 


Henry F. Tarbell, 




36 


31 


43 


110 


James W. Grimes, 




1 








1 


Blanks, 




9 


6 


12 


27 


Representatives 


IN THE 


General 


Court. 






John M. Maloney, 




41 


25 


27 


93 


Heriry C. Sherwin, 




18 


43 


34 


95 


J. Hartwell Whitcomb, 




54 


32 


61 


147 


Blanks, 




9 


6 


8 


23 


County Commissioner. 










George R. Dureu, 




32 


33 


39 


104 


Levi S. Gould, 




72 


63 


74 


209 


Arthur Staveley, 




1 


1 





2 


Luther S. Wood, 










3 


3 


Blanks, 




17 


9 


14 


40 



Total number of ballots cast, 122 106 140 358 

Vote for Representative in 23d Middlesex District 
Nov. 4, 1902. 

Acton Ayer LittPn Shirley Westf d Total 

John M. Maloney of Ayer, 93 

Henry C. Sherwin of Ayer, 95 

J. Hartwell Whitcomb of Littleton, 147 

Blanks, 23 

358 



252 


33 


59 


171 


608 


189 


50 


91 


49 


474 


31 


98 


42 


62 


380 


15 


7 


20 


26 


91 


487 


188 


212 


308 


1553 



Town of Acton. 15 



Town Clerk's Report, 



Births. 

Whole number recorded, 31 Born in Acton, 31 

Males, 18 Females, 13 

Native parentage, 13 Foreign parentage, 10 

Mixed parentage, 8 One parent born in Acton, 7 
Both parents born in Acton, 1 

Marriages. 

Whole number recorded, 12 

Eesidents of Acton, 18 

Eesidents of other places, 6 

Deaths. 

Whole number recorded, 27 

Eesidents of Acton, 25 

Eesidents of other places, 2 

Average age, 57 — . 



Note. — To make the registration as complete as possible, 
the Town Clerk requests information of any omission or error in 
the lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

Note. — In accordance with Section 8, Chap. 32, of the Pub- 
lic Statutes, the Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is pre- 
pared to furnish to all physicians, midwives and persons apply- 
ing therefor, blanks for the return of births. 

HOE ACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



16 



Annual Reports 



Births Registered in 1902. 



NO. 


DATE 


*1 


Jan. 2 


2 


5 


3 


6 


4 


" 29 


5 


Mar. 6 


6 


15 


7 


" 22 


8 


" 25 


9 


April 6 


10 


7 


11 


May 12 


12 


" 16 


13 


" 26 


14 


" 28 


15 


July 9 


16 


11 30 


17 


" 31 


18 


Aug. 4 


19 


" 16 


20 


" 20 


21 


" 25 


22 


" 27 


23 


Sept. 1 


24. 


8 


25 


" 12 


26 


Oct. 3 


27 


Nov. 2 


28 


'• 12 


29 


" 22 


30 


Dec. 31 



NAME OF CHILD 



NAMES OF PARENTS 



Gladys Arvilla Colby 
Merton Hesselton Drew 
Margery Willard Davis 
Mary Virginia Coughlin 
William Edward Schnair 
Burton Clyde Littlefield 
Osgood T uttle 
Mary Emmons Gray 
Walter Herbert Hanks 
Gertrude Southwick Heath 
Martin Albert Olsen 
Wilbur Martin Peterson 
Ethel Winifred Tobin 
Alice May McNiff 
Robert Fletcher Charles 

Annie Maria Morse 
Thelma Elizabeth Biathrow 

John William Hurley 
Wilbur George Clark 
Edwin Swift Hay ward 
Mahlon Childs Hale 
Celia Louise Brodeur 

Oscar Sherman Olsen 
Bessie Agnes McCullough 
Susan Adaliza Fletcher 
Allen Martin Christaffersen 
Hanson Stuart McGregor 
Anthony Michael Foley 
Laura Edith Donnelly 
John Otis Mekkelsen 



George W. and Ella J. (Hartt) 
Arthur and Alia B. (Hesselton) 
Francis S. and Lucy Emily (Noyes) 
John F. and Mary T. (Waldron) 
Charles H. and Leah (Squires) 
Guy P. and Melzina M. (Downie) 
Percy E. and Alice M. (Walsh) 
Herb'tA. and Cath'ine (Nicholson) 
Alfred E. and Mary E. (Penniman) 
Charles B. and Mary A. (Cahill) 
Abraham and Sophia (Jacobson) 
Andrew and Lena (Mason) 
Michael J. and Mary (Quinlan) 
John T. and Delia E. (Garrity) 
Will Atkinson and Mary Flor- 
ence (Fletcher) 
Alfred J. and Georgena (Beach) 
Murton H. and Lizzie Frances 

(Wetherbee) 
James and Bridget (Neyland) 
Harry A. and Catherine F.(Keegan) 
William B. and Margaret (Leary) 
Herbert and Helena (Smith) 
Charles E. and Annie L. (Wood- 
ward) 
Simon and Maria (Severinsen) 
John A. and Agnes (Malcom) 
Lester N. and Alma A. (Fountain) 
Anders and Anne (Anderson) 
John E. and Ida M. (Littlefield) 
Patrick and Johanna (Conway) 
Frank H. and Alice A. (Fitzgerald) 
John and Oleane (Knudtsen) 



Reported by mistake in 1901. 



Town of Acton. 



17 



ilarriages Registered in 1902. 



NO. 


DATE PLACE 


NAMES 


RESIDENCES 


1 


Jan. 1 j 

Boston I 


August George Ziegler 


Acton 




Olive Mattie Clough 


Acton 


2 


March 10 j 
Acton } 


George Francis McCauley 


Acton 




Nellie M. Rodway 


Acton 


3 


June 17 j 


Alexander D. Banks 


Marlborough 




Acton } 


Kezzie C. Foster 


Acton 


4 


June 25 \ 


Julian Tuttle 


Acton 




Acton j 


Clara Sophia Whitcomb 


Acton 


5 


July 7 ( 


Reid K. Gove 


Maynard 




Chatham,NY j 


Cora E. Hooper 


Acton 


6 


Sept. 10 j 
Mavnard / 


Frank Jones 


Acton 




Eugene Hortense Champagne 


Mavnard 


7 


Sept. 24 j 


George H. Voter 


Westford 




Acton ( 


Hattie E. Reed 


Acton 


8 


Sept. 27 i 
Acton j 


Clarence E. F. Foss 


Ware 




Maude Benjamin 


Acton 


9 


Oct. 29 


James Edward O'Neil 


Acton 




Concord \ 


Katherine Frances Foley 


Acton 


10 


Nov. 27 ) 


George M. Crowell 


Pawtucket,R.I. 




Acton j 


Emma C. Cutler 


Acton 


11 


Nov. 27 j 

Mavnard ) 


Thomas Hearon 


Acton 




Ellen Mahoney 


Acton 


12 


Dec. 31 ' 1 


Walter Aaron Tuttle 


Acton 




Acton 1 


Alberta Yelma Littlefield 


Acton 



18 



Annual Ttejoorts 



Deaths Registered in 1902. 



AGES 



NO. 


DATE 




NAMES 


YR. 


MO. 


DS 


1 


January 


15 


Lizzie Gertrude Wheeler 


28 


6 


30 


2 


January 


18 


John Kelley 


64 






3 


January 


24 


Joanna Maillain 


79 


5 


3 


4 


February 


7 


James Henry Wood 


62 


7 


28 


5 


February 


9 


Thankful Robinson 


92 


11 


9 


6 


February 


13 


Florence Amanda Wheeler 




5 


18 


7 


February 


15 


Adolphus Dusseault 


59 


11 


27 


8 


March 


9 


Clara Leroa Dole 


57 


2 


5 


9 


April 


5 


John Coughlin 


90 






10 


April 


27 


Rebecca C. Wright 


83 


7 


24 


11 


April 


28 


William Jennings 


83 


9 


9 


12 


May 


5 


Cyrus Hale 


69 


8 




13 


May 


27 


Julia McCarthy 


84 






14 


June 


16 


Alice May McNiff 






19 


15 


July 


7 


Saraphinia Young Tenny 


76 


3 


2 


16 


August 


13 


James Edward Billings 


79 


7 


11 


17 


August 


15 


Ellen Elizabeth Littlefield 


63 


3 


4 


18 


August 


19 


Etta May Phinney 


24 


10 


10 


19 


September 


15 


William Joseph Coones 


32 




3 


20 


October 


24 


Fred Walter Teele 


31 


4 


10 


21 


October 


25 


Harold B. Thomas 


21 


5 


12 


22 


November 


2 


George Smith Dodge 


67 


6 


6 


23 


November 


14 


George Peabody 


83 






24 


November 


16 


Mary Elizabeth Robbins 


80 


10 




25 


November 


18 


Susan Conant Fletcher 


76 


3 


10 


26 


December 


2 


Nettie Ellsworth Holton 


41 




13 



Town of Acton. 



19 



Non=Resident Burials in 1902. 



NO 



DATE OF 

DEATH 

1901 

1 Dec. 29 

1902 

2 Jan. 1 
Jan. 21 
March 12 
April 19 
April 24 
June 2 
Au<r. 17 



9 Aug. 

10 Sept 

11 Sept 

12 Nov. 

13 Dec. 

14 Dec. 

15 Dec. 

1878 

16 Jan. 6 

1872 

17 Sept. 19 

1871 

18 Aug. 8 





RESIDENCE 




AGES 


NAME OF PERSON 


YR. 


MO. 


DS 


Alfred E. Trebel 


Marlboro 


35 


3 


20 


Amelia Parks 


Maiden 


60 


9 


25 


Susan S. Fletcher 


Newton 


63 


4 


26 


Carrie J. Leathe 


Med ford 


39 


11 


7 


Elizabeth Stand ish 


Lowell 


79 






Lorenzo A. Pratt 


Concord 


65 


10 


15 


Nathan T. Hapgood 


Ashby 


77 


1 




Walter Herbert Hanks, 


Sudbury 




4 


11 


Elma Lucian Robbins 


Somerville 






5 


Sarah Elizabeth Handley 


Concord 


58 


2 


1 


Ambrose Heald 


Carlisle 


86 


7 


24 


Charles L. Jones 


Boston 


48 






Anna A. Holbrook 


Boston 


19 


8 




Warren W. Wade 


Waltham 


66 


9 


14 


Abigail Payne Joyce 


Concord 


74 


10 


15 


William J. Bussell 


Boston 


3 


5 


16 


Emily C. Jennings 


Boston 


53 


7 


19 


Chester C. Xoyes 


Boston 






23 



20 Annual Reports 

Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1902. 



J. Sterling Morse, 


$2 00 


Charles S. Moulton, 


$2 00 


Murthon H. Biathrow, 


2 00 


Moses A. Thompson, 


2 00 


Charles H. Morris, 


2 00 


Constance O'Neil, 


2 00 


Frank W. Bulette, 


2 00 


Smith Finney, (2) 


10 00 


Albert H. Perkins, 


2 00 


Abel Farrar, 


2 00 


Charles J. Williams,'' 


2 00 


Timothy A. Thompson, 


2 00 


Lester K Fletcher, (2) 


4 00 


John Maynes, 


2 00 


Daniel C. Lincoln, 


2 00 


Michael G. Hayes, 


2 00 


Everett Spinney, 


5 00 


Henry J. Stooss, 


2 00 


C. H. Fairbanks, 


2 00 


Robert Deschler, (2) 


7 00 


C. S. Simonds, 


2 00 


A. Risso, 


2 00 


Luke Tuttle, 


2 00 


O. A. Knowlton, 


2 00 


William F. Stevens, 


2 00 


George Worster, 


2 00 


Luther Conant, 


2 00 


F. J. Barker, (2) 


7 00 


David C. Harris, 


2 00 


George F. Lawrie, 


5 00 


Nathaniel G. Brown, 


2 00 


W. S. Warren, 


2 00 


W. B. Holt, 


2 00 


Elnathan Jones, 


2 00 


Amasa E. Lincoln, 


2 00 


Francis Pratt, 


2 00 


Catherine Green, 


2 00 


Edwin Johnson, 


2 00 


William F. Kelley, 


2 00 


Willard Randolph, 


2 00 


J, Linwood Richardson, 


5 00 


Murray Brown, 


2 00 


John Downey, 


2 00 


W. C. Robbins, 


2 00 


Cyrus G. Dole, (2) 


4 00 


C. C. Taylor, 


5 00 


Mary E. Davis, 


2 00 


E. C. Shapley, 


2 00 


Ed. Willis, 


2 00 


W. H. Hill, 


2 00 


James P. Brown, 


2 00 


Charles Wheeler, 


2 00 


Herbert W. Kingman, 


2 00 


Robert G. Reed, 


2 00 


Moses Taylor, 


2 00 


C. A. Sawyer, 


5 00 


Hoy L. Duren, (2) 


10 00 


C. M. Kimball, 


2 00 


W. H. Lawrence, 


2 00 


Henry M. Smith, 


2 00 


Wilford P. Hooper, 


2 00 


John McCarthy, 


2 00 


Charles T. Calder, 


5 00 


A. J. Morse, 


2 00 


Daniel H. Farrar, 


2 00 


W. Watkins, 


2 00 


J. E. Durkee, 


2 00 


J. H. Watkins, (2) " 


4 00 


Michael O'Connell, 


2 00 


L. C. Carberg, 


2 00 


P. F. Maguire, 


2 00 


Fred Stiles, 


2 00 


Charles L. Ford, (2) 


10 00 


F. J. Holden, 


2 00 





Toivn of Acton. 


21 


Herbert Hale, 


$2 00 


George A. DeLord, 


$2 00 


F. W. Hoit, 


2 00 


Warren H. Jones, 


2 00 


Tuttle & Newton, 


2 00 


James Cole, 


2 00 


John Temple, 


2 00 


Hiram E. Gates, 


2 00 


Chester H. Harris, 


2 00 


J. W. Livermore, 


2 00 


Fred S. Whitcomb, 


2 00 


Joseph R. Brown, (2) 4 00 


Arthur Tuttle, 


2 00 


Com. of Mass., 


2 00 


Solon Robbins, 


2 00 


Elizabeth Taylor, 


2 00 


George A. Barker, 


2 00 


A. F. Durkee, 


2 00 


A. Merriam, 


2 00 


F. W. Gray, 


2 00 


W. C. Tast, 


2 00 


Wilbur Fisk, 


2 00 


H. A. Gould, 


2 00 


T. C. Lothrop, (2) 


10 00 


Benjamin Pope, (5) 


13 00 


Frank Harris, 


2 00 


N. J. Cole, (2) 


7 00 


Fred D. Morrison, 


2 00 


M. E. Taylor, 


2 00 


Patrick O'Xeil, 


2 00 


Henry Hanson, 


2 00 


C. B. Robbins, (2) 


4 00 


Francis S. Davis, 


5 00 


John J. Mekkelsen, 


2 00 


Charles A. Taylor, 


2 00 


George T. Knowlton, 


2 00 


Edmund Dow, 


5 00 


W. J. Moore, (2) 


4 00 


A. L. Lawrence, 


2 00 


Mrs. Fredson P. Broc 


»ks, 2 00 


Frank A. Pratt, 


2 00 






Whole number licensed, 332. 






Mumber of males, 112, 


at $2.00 e 


ach, 


$224 00 


Number of females, 20, 


at 5.00 ei 


ach, 


100 00 






$324 00 


Deduct fees, 132 license 


;s at 20 ce 
- Treasure 


nts each, 


26 40 


Amount paid to County 


r, 


$297 60 




HORACE F. TUTTLE, 








Town Clerk. 



22 Annual Reports 



Selectmen's Report, 



Financial. 

The financial condition of the Town March 12, 1903. 
Due from State for State and military aid, $654 00 



" State for burial of soldiers, 


35 00 


" U. S. Government, pension, 


36 00 


" City of Newburyport, 


13 27 


" State, inspection of animals, 


59 40 


" Treasurer, 


1,867 68 


u Collector, 


2,612 82 


" Interest on uncollected taxes, 


47 15 


Liabilities. 





$5,325 32 



Due E. Jones note, $2,000 00 

" interest to March 17, 1903, 66 75 

Due Cemetery Fund, 1,975 00 



$4,041 75 

Balance in favor of Town, March 12, 1903, $1,283 57 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
EDWIN A. PHALEN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 
Acton, March 12, 1903. 



Centre School. 



Paid Sadie A. Collier, Grammar School, $380 00 

Ella A. Miller, Intermediate School, 418 00 

Cora F. Warren, Primary School, 120 00 

Martha F. Smith, Primary School, 260 00 



Town of Acton. 23 

Paid South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 

40,770 lbs. coal, $147 19 

Julian Tuttle, janitor, 41 00 

" cleaning rooms, 6 80 

A. Parlin, janitor, 90 72 

" cleaning rooms, 11 58 

M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 7 60 

A. Parlin, sawing wood, 75 

" $1,483 64 

South School. 

Paid Gertrude A. Williams, Grammar School, $120 00 

Edith H. Vinal, Intermediate School, 120 00 

Mary A. Adams, Primary School, 120 00 

Nellie M. Reed, Intermediate School, 3 00 

Jennie A. Willey, Grammar School, 260 00 

Bertha M. Bridges, Intermediate School, 260 00 

Eudora W. Gould, Primary School, 260 00 

G. C. Turner, janitor, 138 70 

" cleaning rooms, 26 45 

" fuel, 26 40 

" teaming coal, 9 68 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 

28,970 lbs. coal, 80 08 

E. Jones, incidentals, 8 82 

Tuttle & Newton, incidentals, 3 75 

J. L. Ilammett Co., incidentals, 5 29 

" $1,442 17 



West School. 

Paid Grace E. Webber, Grammar School $120 00 

Jean Cragin, Intermediate School, 120 00 

Harriet H. Gardner, Primary School, 456 00 

Sarah J. Holland, Grammar School, 60 00 

Helen M. Tilden, Intermediate School, 70 00 

Blanche E. Clough, Grammar School, 196 00 

Lena E. Sewall, Intermediate School, 190 00 



24 Annual Reports 




Paid T. Scanlon, janitor, 


$135 23 


" cleaning rooms, 


16 00 


" incidentals, 


1 43 


E. L. Parker & Co., 28,020 lbs coal, 


95 74 


G. S. Whitney, 4,000 lbs. coal, 


18 00 


F. K. Knowlton, fuel, 


16 00 


High School. 




Paid A. L. Faxon, Principal, 


$1,000 00 


Kate W. Hall, Assistant, 


225 00 


Helen M. Waterman, Assistant, 


275 00 


G. C. Turner, janitor, 


105 80 


" fuel, 


22 90 


South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 




17,440 lbs. coal, 


65 82 


G. C. Turner, cleaning rooms, 


13 45 


E. Jones, incidentals, 


1 45 



School Supplies. 



r'aid American Book Co., 


$44 70 


Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 


73 31 


Silver-Burdett Co., 


42 33 


J. L. Hammett Co., 


190 02 


Educational Publishing Co., 


16 84 


University Publishing Co., 


24 04 


Ginn & Co., 


50 46 


Maynard, Merrill & Co., 


1 70 


D. C. Heath & Co., 


2 50 


National Publishing Co., 


1 25 


Allyn & Bacon, 


10 00 


E. E. Babb & Co., 


16 40 


W. A. Paynor, express, 


2 80 


C. J. Williams, " 


5 30 


A. L. jSToyes, transporting supplies, 


13 60 



$1,494 40 



$1,709 42 



$495 25 



Town of Acton. 25 

Apparatus for High School. 

Paid Ziegler Electric Co., $5 26 

A. W. Hall Scientific Co., 23 81 

J. L. Hammett Co., 3 25 

C. J. Williams, express, 1 95 

American Book Co., 4 32 

De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., 11 93 

$50 52 

Transportation Public School Scholars 

Paid G. E. Greenough. North, $484 00 

Jeno Meckleson, East, 484 00 

Thomas S. Jones, Southeast, 253 75 



Transportation High School Scholars. 

Paid F. H. Pratt. $15 00 

S. B. Ineson, 5 00 

John blames, 5 00 

B. W. Reed, 5 00 



830 00 



Musical Instruction in Schools. 
Paid M. M. Brown. Instructor. $90 00 



Town Officers. 




id L. E. Reed, Constable, 


t 9 50 


C. J. Williams, School Committee, 


80 20 


H. E. Richardson, School Superinten- 




dent, 


480 00 


W. H. Kingsley, Constable, 


2 50 


James Kinsley, •' 


2 50 


C. B. Bobbins, Assessor, 


55 00 


W. F. Kelley, " 


55 00 


E. F. Conant, " 


89 00 


W. F. Stevens, Collector for 1900- 




1901, 


300 00 



26 



Annual Reports 



Paid H. E. Clough, Sealer Weights and 
Measures, 
M. A. Reed, Deputy Tree Warden, 
M. A. Reed, Inspector Animals, 
Spofford Robbins, Election Officer, 
H. F. Tuttle, " " 

A. W. Foster, « " 

L. C. Taylor, " " 

F. F. Newton, " " 

Abram Tuttle, " " 

H. J. Hapgood, " " 

N. J. Cole, 

D. H. Hall, 

W. F. Kelley, " 

C. B. Stone, " " 

James Kinsley, " " 

E. F. Conant, Selectman, 
E. A. Phalen, 
W 
H. F. Tuttle, 



F. Stevens, " 



Town Clerk, 
Registrar Voters, 

(l u 



J. McGreen, 

S. A. Guilford, 

D. T. Kinsley, 

H. F. Tuttle, School Committee, 

L. C. Taylor, Overseer of Poor, 

W. F. Kelley, " " 

F. W. Hoit, Auditor, 

G. C. Turner, Truant Officer, 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, Treasurer, 



$6 00 

3 00 
118 80 

2 50 

2 

2 



50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 



2 
2 

2 
2 

2 

2 
2 

2 50 
2 50 
50 00 
50 00 
95 00 
30 00 
15 00 
12 00 
12 00 
12 00 
15 00 
50 00 
20 00 
6 00 
1 50 
90 00 



$1,690 00 



State and Military Aid. 

Paid Emma F. Blood, 12 orders, $48 00 

John Clark, 8 orders, 40 00 

Aaron S. Fletcher, 12 orders, 48 00 

Ephraim B. Forbush, 12 orders, 48 00 

Lydia Handley, 12 orders, 48 00 



Town of Acton. 27 

Paid Huldah Moulton, 12 orders, $48 00 

Bridget Mawn, 12 orders, 48 00 

Mary A. Parlin, 12 orders, 48 00 

Mary Smith, 12 orders, 48 00 

Rebecca C. Wright, 2 orders, 8 00 

Phebe Wood, 12 orders, 48 00 

Addison B. Wheeler, 12 orders, 48 00 

Eben F. Wood, 12 orders, 48 00 

Mary A. Whalen, 8 orders, 32 00 

W. B. Ball, 92 00 



Amount to be returned by Common- 
wealth, $654 00 

Support of Poor on Farm. 

Paid Moses Thompson, services as Super- 
intendent, 
J. B. Tuttle for cow, 
M. Thompson, repairing shoes, 

" peaches, 

John Wilson for labor, 
M. Thompson, seed corn, 

" dynamite, 

F. J. Livingston, soap, 
M. Maginnis, labor, 
L. C. Taylor, seed corn, 

" cultivator, 

' " 2 iron beds, 

" 2 spring beds, 

" freight, 

2 pigs, 

" paid for labor, 

" 125 empty barrels, 

E. C. Parker & Co., grain, 
E. Jones, mattress, 
Tuttle & Newton, supplies, 
L. Purdy, labor, 
C. O'Neil, 1£ bushel of potatoes, 



350 


00 


48 


00 


1 


50 




60 


1 


20 




50 




50 


4 00 


10 


20 


1 


00 


5 25 


6 


50 


4 


50 




40 


7 


00 


36 


62 


37 


50 


306 


20 


2 


50 


15 80 


60 00 


1 


35 



$700 00 



28 Annual Reports 

Paid S. S. Searles, repairs, $19 13 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies, 519 05 

E. A. Phalen, repairs, 2 00 
L. McNeil, labor, 2 97 
Whitcomb & Perkins, pasturing 

young stock, 8 00 

F. J. Hastings & Co., grain, 29 15 
T. Harmon, labor, 25 20 
W. H. Kingsley, dynamite, 4 09 
W. F. Kelley, paid for pasturing cattle, 8 00 
E. B. Harlow, supplies, 20 16 
J. S. Moore, supplies, 76 49 
J. B. Tuttle, repairs, 1 80 
South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber, 12 20 



$1,639 36 



Printing. 

Paid E. F. Worcester Press, Town reports, 
" " Town warrants, 

" " automobile notices, 

" " poll tax lists, 

A. Hosmer, Board of Health notices, 
" caucus notices and ballots, 
" Board of Health ballots, 
" High school graduation 

programs, 
" stationery and printing, 
" school department, 
" sealer of weights and 
measures labels, 
Enterprise Co., street railway notices, 
J. L. Hammett Co., filling diplomas, 
Enterprise Co., tree warden notices, 
H. S. Turner, school department, 
E. F. Worcester Press, voting lists, 
Enterprise Co., dog notice, 
A. Hosmer, tree warden permits, 



$88 85 


s, 7 


25 


tices, 2 


25 


7 


50 


1 


00 


h 3 


50 


1 


00 


3 30 


9 


55 


4 


50 




75 


9 


00 


1 


00 


1 


25 


1 


40 


10 


00 


1 


00 




90 



$154 00 



Town of Acton. 



29 



Roads and Bridges. 

Paid Win. II. Kingsley, highway work, \ 
A. H. Perkins, " 

A. C. Piper, " 

H. T. Clark, repairs, 
South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., suppl 
F. J. Hastings & Co., supplies, 
W. F. Hale, repairs, 
Tuttle & Newton, supplies for stone 

crusher, 
A. C. Piper, use of team, 
George Tyler & Co., supplies for 

crusher, 
S. S. Searles, repairs, 
S. Jones, labor, 
D. C. Harris, stone, 
A. H. Perkins, 461 loads gravel, 

" dynamite and caps, 

" C shovels, 

J. P. Brown, repairs, 
S. H. Guilford, repairs, 
T. F. Parker, tar, 
W. H. Kingsley, dynamite, 
F. Z. Taylor, repairing railing, 
American Powder Mills, dynamite, 
Hall Bros., lumber, 
S. S. Searles, catch basin grate, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies, 



51,117 50 

1,091 14 

927 43 

2 00 

ies, 42 22 

6 00 
5 80 

55 75 
34 00 

4 50 
40 

7 04 

5 80 
23 05 

00 

4 50 

41 97 

7 17 

50 

10 62 

50 

2 74 

2 46 

2 50 

3 63 



1,405 22 



Appropriation, 
Unexpended balance, 



i,500 00 
94 78 



Special Road Work. 

Paid A. C. Piper, near south railroad 

station, §66 23 

F. J. Hastings & Co., drainpipe near 

south railroad station, 113 97 

A. C. Piper, sluice near J. McGreen's, 12 46 



30 



Annual Reports 



Paid F. J. Hastings & Co., drainpipe near 

J. McGreen's, $10 92 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 

supplies near J. McGreen's, 13 05 



$216 63 



Stone Crushing Plant. 

Paid Geo. W. Tibbetts, platform wagon, $100 00 

Acme Road Mach'y Co., 4 Ton roller, 300 00 
Good Roads Mach. Co., stone crusher 

and engine, 1,507 00 

O. D. Wood, labor on crusher, 23 08 

E. A. Phalen, « « 26 98 

Blanchard & Gould, lumber, 9 36 

So. Acton C. & L. Co., lumber, 104 67 

W. H. Kingsley, labor, 65 34 

" " express, 2 70 

So. Acton C. & L. Co., lumber, 10 94 

T. P. Parker, supplies, 4 73 

" " sewer pump, 56 75 

J. P. Brown, supplies, 15 36 

Geo. Tyler, " 13 78 

S. S. Searles, " 4 75 



Appropriation, 

Received of A. M. Lothrop, 



81,500 00 
1,000 00 



$2,245 44 



Snow Bills. 



Paid A. H. Perkins, 



39 80 



Repairs — State Highway. 

Paid State Treasurer, 

Support of Outside Poor. 

Paid Worcester Insane Hospital, board 

J. A. McLane, $169 46 

Worcester Insane Hospital, board 

Anna H. Parlin, 169 46 



$53 60 



Town oj Acton. 31 

Paid Worcester Insane Asylum, board 

Clara Wheeler, $169 46 

City of Marlboro, aid A. Rickaby, 35 84 

City of Fitchburg, aid Mrs. Thomas 

Randall, 15 00 

F. E. Tasker, med. attendance, Etta 

Phinney, 30 00 

F. G. Barker, med. attendance, Hugh 

Patterson, 6 50 

F. G. Barkeiymed. attendance, Wm. 

Roach, 11 75 

L. C. Taylor, expenses to Tewksbury, 1 50 

Town of Littleton, aid Daniel Daily 

family in 1900, 43 4.", 



S652 42 



Soldiers' Relief and Burial of Indigent Soldiers. 

Paid F. E. Tasker, M. D., med. attendance, 

J. H. Wood, $43 00 

F. J. Barker, M. D., med. attendance, 

R. C. Wright, 12 00 

C. F. Wright, board of Phoebe Wood, 227 42 
L. C. Taylor, transport. " " 1 50 

0. E. Houghton, " " " 1 50 

Town of Acton, board " " 9 00 

Charlotte Thompson, care of Phoebe 

Wood, 9 00 

Tnttle & Xewton, aid Mary A. 

Whalen, 4 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., aid 

Mary A. Whalen, 6 77 

Town of Winchendon, aid Mary 

Cram, 9 89 

H. T. Clark, Burial Agent, 35 00 

James Adams, aid Mary A. AVhalen, 2 50 

F. E. Tasker, M. D., med. attendance, 



Phoebe Wood, 17 00 



E..A. Phalen, expense, Phoebe Wood 



pension 



2 50 



$381 08 



32 Annual Reports 

Due from Commonwealth, $35 00 
" " City of Newburyport, 13 27 
.Received, from pension and State Aid ac- 
count Phoebe Wood, 120 00 
Due from pension, account Phoebe Wood, 36 00 

Memorial Library — Books. 

Paid DeWolf, Fiske & Co., $184 16 

Little, Brown & Co., 2 20 

W. A. Wilde Co., 8 67 

W. B. Clark Co., 134 49 

National Subscription Agency, 32 95 

W. D. Tuttle, periodicals, 3 24 



Memorial Library Expenses. 

Paid E. M. Cutler, transporting books, $52 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 

5,310 lbs. coal, 54 74 

D. J. Wetherbee, insurance, 80 50 
W. W. Oliver, repairing clock, 5 00 
A. F. Davis, librarian, 80 50 
Flora B. Reed, librarian, 10 00 
Viola S. Tuttle, librarian, 14 00 
O. D. Wood, janitor, 100 00 
Library Bureau, index cards, 2 00 
Mass. Reformatory, printing, 5 00 
Dennison Mfg. Co., supplies, 50 
G. E. Greenough, 1 cord wood, 6 00 

" drawing wood, . 1 50 

L. Conant, 2 cords wood, 8 00 

G. W. Lincoln, sawing wood, 2 00 

A. F. Davis, cataloging, 5 00 

A. G. Smith, fuel, 3 50 

M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 22 27 

E. F. Worcester Press, binding, 8 30 
J. R. Wales, binding, 35 50 
W. D. Tuttle, express and expenses, 10 95 



$365 71 



$507 2 6 



Town of Acton. 33 



Miscellaneous. 



Paid James Hill, care Town hall and 

clock, $10 37 

C. C. Taylor, care Town hall, 20 25 

Harwood Bros., gold watch, 150 00 

F. C. Harwood, engraving watch, 3 50 

C. H. Persons, tuning piano Centre 

school, 2 50 

Isaac Davis Post, Memorial Day, 50 00 

C. J. Williams, postage and telephone, 9 09 

H. T. Clark, driving cows from ceme- 
tery, 50 
A. V. Hawley, music for High school 

graduation, 28 00 

C. J. Williams paid W. S. Gray, 

speaker at High school graduation, 15 00 
E. Jones, Town order book, 2 50 

H. E. Richardson, supt., stationery 

and postage, 10 6l> 

Tuttle & Newton, repairs for Town 

nag, 
T. Scan Ion, water for West school, 
Acton Cadet Band, 
A. Parlin, repairing flag, 

E. F. Conant, 3 assessors books, 
W. F. Stevens, abatement of taxes, 
A. H. Perkins, work of State High- 
way Commissioners, 98 05 

A. L. Xoyes, entertainment grade crossing, 11 00 
C. H. Persons, rent of piano for High 

school graduation, 6 00 

R. S. Robson, precinct seal, 2 25 

J. L. Hammett Co., school department, 2 92 

H. E. Richardson, supt., car fares, 1 58 

T. ScanloD, opening rooms for regis- 
tration of voters and election, 2 00 

F. E. Tasker, examining Phoebe Wood, 1 00 
J. S. Hoar, plans and specifications 

for engine house, 12 00 



1 


00 


2 


G7 


00 


00 




75 


3 


75 


78 


35 



11 


98 


11 


60 


150 


00 


2 


75 


1 


25 


2 


75 



34 Annual Hejyorts 

Paid E. A. Phalen, fuel for Town hall, $2 00 

" material and labor, post- 

automobile notices, 2 80 

F. W. Bateman, services as engineer 

in grade crossing hearing, 
Julian Tuttle, care Town clock, 
Joslin & Mendum, legal services, 
F. E. Tasker, M. D., returning births, 
F. U. Eich, M. D., " 

F. J. Barker, M. D., " " 
E. F. Conant, expenses of witnesses 

in grade crossing matter, 18 80 

G. W. Worster, transportation acct. 

grade crossing, 5 00 

Waldo Chaplin, transportation acct. 

grade crossing, 4 00 

W. H. Kingsley, removing tree near 
J. F. Coughlin, 

W. H. Kingsley, bolting shade tree, 

W. F. Stevens, expenses, street rail- 
way matters, 

W. F. Stevens, telephone, 

B. & M. E. E., freight, 

W. F. Stevens, grade crossing expenses, 

B. & M. E. E., rent of land, 

Eecording deed of Jones land, 

Hobbs-Warren Co., blanks. 

Eesetting Town bound, 

Commonwealth, revised laws, 

W. F. Stevens, postage, 

National Express Co., 

Transporting election returns, 

W. F. Stevens, fire station expenses, 

E. F. Conant, car fares, postage, tele- 
phone and express, 9 50 

H. F. Tuttle, collecting and recording 

30 births, 15 00 

H. F. Tuttle, recording 12 marriages, 2 40 

" " 27 deaths, 5 40 



o 


8U 


1 


75 


12 


11 




95 


1 


02 


5 


09 


1 


00 




65 




23 


1 


50 


6 


00 


9 


08 




55 


1 


00 




40 



Town of Acton. 35 

Paid H. F. Tuttle, transmitting 2 certifi- 
cates of deaths, 50 
'•' attending Town Clerk's 

meeting, 2 50 

" copying records for 

Town report, 3 00 

" express charges, 2 40 

' ; postage, 2 51 

" dog license blanks and 

notices, 1 75 

" stationery, 1 00 

" supplies for State elec- 

tion, 40 

" making plan and attend- 

ing Court in South Acton on grade 
crossing case, 
E. A. Phalen, care Town clock, 

" care Town hall, 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies for Town 
hall, 

C. C. Taylor, care flag, 

" care pump and trough, 

James Kinsley, use of Hurley road, 

D. F. Wetherbee, school census, 

" collector's cash book, 

I. F. Duren, 18 burials, 

" 20 returns of death, 
W. F. Stevens, stationery, 
J. K. Wetherbee, postage, 

" stationery, 

$1,057 30 

Enforcement of Liquor Law. 

Paid H. Sullivan, securing evidence, $36 18 

W. F. Stevens, expenses, 12 94 

$49 12 
Appropriation, $500 00 

Received from Court tines, 163 84 



7 


50 


5 


00 


o 


00 


i 

7 


06 


3 50 


3 


50 


8 


00 


15 


00 


c, 2 00 


54 


00 


5 


00 




33 


11 


56 


2 


25 



36 Annual Reports 

Board of Health. 

Paid Julian Tuttle, Agent and expenses, $59 57 

A. Parlin, use of team, 9 55 

A. Hosmer, printing, 5 90 

School Committee, duplicators, 5 23 

State Board of Health, culture tubes, 2 00 
L. E. Keed, Constable in abatement 

of nuisances in South Acton, 5 00 



Repairs — Town Buildings and Grounds. 

Paid F. 11. Knowlton, paint stock for 
West School in 1901, 

F. E. Harris, repairs, West School, 

G. W. Daniel, 

T. Scanlon, •■ •• " 

So. Acton C. & L. Co., repairs. West 

School, 
T. Scanlon, repairs, West School, 
So. Acton C. & L. Co., repairs, South 

School, 
G. W. Daniels, repairs, South School, 
S. S. Searles, '• Town clock, 

" " •' shade trees, 

G. C. Turner, ■• South School, 

" " moving ashes, South 

School, 1" 00 

G. C. Turner, repairing clocks, South 

School, 4 00 

G. C. Turner, express, 70 

Mrs. A. Parlin, repairing flag, 75 

Julian Tuttle, labor on Mon. grounds, 17 72 

A. Parlin, " " " 3 17 

Julian Tuttle, care Center School, 4 60 

A. Parlin; repairs, " " 1 75 

W. B. Davis, " <• " 1 $5 

John Temple, " South " 13 00 

W. S. Kelley, " " « 210 25 



$5115 


53 


4 


90 


2 


50 


23 35 


12 


12 


2 


97 


54 


89 


1 


00 


1 


50 


3 


25 


38 


80 



$87 25 



Town of Acton. 37 

Paid Chandler Desk Co., repairs, South 

School, $9 60 

A. C. Piper, repairs, South School 

grounds, 83 70 

J. P. Brown, repairs, South School 

grounds, 4 00 

Tuttle & Newton, repairs, South 

School, 7 69 

F. R. Knowlton, paint stock, South 

School, 137 59 

S. Jooes, repairs, South School, 58 47 

F. Z. Taylor, " " " 3 05 

J L. Hammett Co., repairs, school 

buildings, 47 19 

W. B. Davis, repairs, Memorial Li- 
brary, 11 64 

O. D. Wood, repairs, Memorial Li- 
brary, 60 

D. J. Wetherbee, repairs, Memorial 
Library, 7 50 

W. P. Lapham, repairs, Monument, 54 17 

C. W. H. Moulton, flag staff for Men- 

ument, 13 35 

C. Edwards, teaming lumber for 

Monument, 

E. A. Phelan, labor on Monument, 
" " express, " 

O. D. Wood, labor on " 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 

lumber for Monument, 
Geo. G. Keith, repairs on school 

buildings, 
N. H. Tenny, material and labor on 

cannon, 
1ST. H. Tenney, repairing heater, 
C. J. Williams, express, 
C. Edwards, mowing Common, 
Tuttle & Newton, repairing pump, 
M. A. Reed, cleaning vaults, Center 

School, 



2 


00 


7 


50 




15 


13 


00 


35 


80 


31 


62 


89 


73 


6 00 




50 


3 


80 




23 



38 



Annual Reports 



Paid G. C.Turner, repairs, South School, 
E. A. Phalen, " Center " 
A. L. Noyes, " " " 

grounds, 



51 id 
5 75 

2 50 



$1,162 23 



Street Lighting. 

care of lamps, 



supplies, 



Paid F. W. Green, 

B. I. Ineson, 

C. S. Richardson, 
Wm. Edwards, 
L. W. Brodeur, 
M. G Hayes, 
H. R. Phalen, 
E. F. Conant, 
H. V. Simonds, 
H. W. Kingman, 
R. L. Hastings, 
E. Jones, 
Tuttle & Newton, 
Globe Gas Light Co., " 
W. S. Kelley, repairs, 
J. W. Rice, " 
National Express Co., 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies, 

M. E. Taylor & Co., " for E. 

Acton, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies for 

Center, 
S. L. Richardson, 1 lamp, 

D. C. Harris, " 
J. D. Moulton, " 
I. F.JDuren, " 
A. Faviar, " 
S. A. Christie, " 
L. C. Taylor, " 
M. Tobin, 



$207 90 
16 00 
92 25 

16 00 

17 00 
65 00 
56 00 

7 00 
19 02 
19 02 
19 02 
15 12 
91 14 
13 70 
104 55 
21 70 
25 
86 04 

23 56 



38 06 


4 00 


4 00 


4 00 


4 00 


4 00 


4 00 


4 00 


4 00 



S963 33 



Town of Acton. 39 

Cemetery Expenses. 

Paid A. H. Perkins, labor, Mt. Hope, 
F. W. Green, " " 

Shady Hill Nursery, shrubs, Mt. Hope, 
A. Batley, plants, " 

H. T. Clark, labor, " 

" trees, " 

Whiteomb & Morse, labor, " 

Joel Whiteomb, " " 

T. Scanlon, " 

A. B. McNeil, 

B. & M. R. R., freight, 
Josiah Withington, 2\ cords manure 

Mt. Hope, 
Julian Tuttle, labor, Woodlawn, 

" " " Xorth,; 

A. Parlin, " Woodlawu, 

" " " Xorth, 

" " freight, 
Arthur Tuttle, labor, Woodlawn, 
X. G. Brown, " « 

Shady Hill Xursery, shrubs, Woodlawn 
Geo. G. Keith, repairing pump, Wood- 

lawD, 1 00 

F. E. Harris, lettering Mrs. Almon 

Wright's stODe, 
Julian Tuttle, for perpetual care of lots, 
H. T. Clark, 

C. H. Mead & Co., fertilizer and grass 

seed, 
Hall Bros., lumber for Mt. Hope, 



44 


77 


36 


94 


89 


70 


8 


00 


28 


68 


3 


25 


12 


78 


5 


78 


2 


75 


3 4 




90 


16 


78 


77 


DO 


1 


50 


45 24 


1 


50 




25 


21 


00 


4 


38 


11 


10 



Appropriation for care of cemeteries, 
Interest on Cemetery Trust funds, 



6 50 
3, 59 17 

5 50 
;s 

5 43 
10 00 


S400 00 
64 67 



$503 85 



$464 67 



40 



Annual Reports 



Fire Department — Special 


Appropriation, 




id So. Acton C. & L. Co., supplies 


for 






So. Acton engine house, 




$295 84 




So. Acton Fire Dept., engine house 


> 


150 00 




A. C. Piper, grading, 




37 16 




James Cole, sand, 




2 00 




B. Anderson, labor, 




15 00 




S. Jones, " 




225 07 




A. J. Owens, " 




7 00 




C. B. Owens, " 




3 00 




J. W. Bradley, " 




5 25 




John Temple, " 




12 95 




H. F. Robbins, « 




4 00 




Tuttle & Newton, paint stock, 




46 58 




C. E. Brodeur, painting engine house, 


55 00 




E. Jones, furnishings for " " 




35 35 




F. C. Hayward, land for West Acton 






engine house, 




200 00 


11,094 20 


lexpended balance, 






$405 80 



Fire Department. 

Paid Tuttle & Newton, supplies for So. Ac- 
ton engine company, 
G. C. Turner, labor, So. Acton engine 

house, 
Fellows & Co., extension ladder for 

West Acton, 
W. E. Haywood, repairs, West Acton, 
S. A. Guilford, " " " 

J. P. Brown, supplies, So. Acton, 
F. W. Green, care H. and L. house, W. 

Acton, 
F. W. Green, moving chemical engine, 
D. H. Farrar, care E. Acton H. & L. 

house, 
Chas. Leach, care So. Acton engine 
house and engine, 



$14 40 



50 



45 00 


1 75 


40 


1 98 


3 00 


75 



2 00 



42 



Town of Acton. 41 

Paid F. Jones, repairs, So. Acton engine 

house, $1 20 

Tuttle & Newton, supplies for E. Acton, 50 

C. H. Mead & Co., " W.Acton, 1 50 



$76 40 



Loans and Interest. 

Paid E. Jones, interest on note for $2000 

to May 17, 1902, $80 00 

F. C. Hayward, interest on $500, cem- 
etery fund, 17 50 

Ayer National Bank, money borrowed 

in anticipation of taxes, 4,000 00 

Ayer National Bank, interest for 4 

months, 53 33 

Ayer National Bank, money borrowed 

in anticipation of taxes, 4,000 00 

Ayer National Bank, interest for 6 

months, 80 00 



Rents. 

Paid Ella F. Hosmer, rent Central hall, 

A. L. Noyes, rent store-room for 

school department, 
South Acton Universalist Society for 

vestry, 



Small Pox Expenses. 

Paid E. L. Pvted, constable, $ 75 00 

Arthur Tuttle, services, 104 25 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies for J. A. 

Goding, 7 27 

O. D. AVood, constructing telephone 

line, 75 

R. L. Dureiij material for telephone 

line, 16 08 



$8,230 83 



$125 


00 


10 


00 


3 


00 



$138 00 



42 Annual Reports 

Paid F. L. Whitcomb, material for tele- 
phone line, $9 00 
F. E. Tasker, material for telephone 

line, 2 52 

E. Jones, furniture for detention 

hospital, 105 33 

E. Jones, furniture for A. I. Goding, 36 15 

" " J. A. Goding, 35 20 

" " Annie McNeil, 10 13 

0. W. Mead, rent for Grady family, 6 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies for 

hospital, 61 57 

J. W. Livermore, sawdust for hospital, 1 00 

E. F. Tasker, medical attendance 

family of J. A. Goding, 19 00 

F. E. Tasker, medical attendance 

family of Augustus McNeil, 18 00 

E. F. Tasker, medical attendance 

family of Grady, 16 00 

F. E. Tasker, medical attendance 

Mrs. C. V. Twitchell, 9 00 

L. Conant, rent hospital, 35 00 

J. A. Goding, washing for A. I. God- 
ing, 

C. H. Goldthwait & Co., formal- 
dehyde, 12 40 
Kate Thomas, entertaining Grady 

family, 2 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, 14 58 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 

lumber, 17 25 

J. Q. McCollister., M. D., professional 
services, 25 00 

T. B. Shea, M. D., professional ser- 
vices, 50 00 
E. J. Alley, M. D., professional ser- 
vices, 495 00 
Catherine Naramore, nurse, 100 00 
Anthony I. Goding, nurse, 50 00 



2 50 



Town of Acton. 43 

Maggie McNail, cook, 20 00 

W. H. Kingsley, constable, 57 00 

L. N. Fowler, supplies, 9 25 

G. E. Greenough, fuel for hospital, 7 00 

" teaming coal for 

hospital, 2 00 

G. E. Greenough, use of horses on 

hack, 

A. Parlin, use of team, 
G. L. Noyes, use of horses and team, 

F. J. Barker, car fare and telephone, 
C. T. Calder, care of lantern, 

B. J. Ineson, care of lantern, 
J. B. Tuttle, milk for hospital, 

C. H. Whitney, supplies, 

G. G. Keith, supplies for hospital, 
H. E. Holt, driving hack, 
E. B. Harlow, supplies for Grady 

family, 7 12 

H. A. Littlefield, supplies for Grady 

family, 21 16 

H. A. Littlefield, supplies fov A. B. 

McNeil, 8 95 

Estate L. Blanchard, milk for Grady 

family, 72 

Hall Bros., fuel for Grady family, 1 50 



10 


00 


8 


80 


20 


75 


8 


10 


2 


50 


2 00 


2 


40 


33 


05 


27 


27 


10 


00 



$1,601 55 



Reimbursed by the Commonwealth, $501 68 



Receipts for Year Ending March 12th, 1903. 

Balance due from Treasurer, March 12th, 

1902, $2,202 87 

Balance due from Collector, March, 1902, 2,683 77 

Appropriation for High School, 1,700 00 

" Common schools, 3,800 00 

School Supt. salary, 480 00 

Books for High School, 50 00 

School supplies, 475 



Annual Reports 




Transportat ion public 




school pupils, 


1,030 00 


Roads and bridges, 


3,500 00 


Buildings for Fire Depart- 




ment, 


1,500 00 


Memorial Library, 


600 00 


Memorial Day, 


50 00 


Street lamps, 


800 00 


Stone crusher and roller, 


1,500 00 


Road and drains in South 




Acton, 


200 00 


Town charges, 


2,430 13 


ceived from Ayer National Bank, loan, 


8,000 00 


" Cemetery Fund, 


1,000 00 


State Treasurer, corporation tax, 


4,217 11 


" " National bank 




tax, 


262 87 


" " Military Aid, 


91 25 


" State Aid, 


608 00 


" " account conta- 




gious disease, 


501 68 


" " inco m e Mas s. 




School Fund, 


426 34 


" " inspection of 




animals, 


18 60 


" ' : supervision 




schools, 


375 00 


" burial indigent 




soldiers, 


35 00 


" St. Ry. tax, 


23 33 


" " temporary sup- 




port St ate 




paupers, 


12 50 


County Treasurer, dog tax, 


285 70 


District Court, court fines, 


163 84 


A. M. Lothrop, stone crusher, 


1,000 00 


E. Gruber, pedler's license, 


8 00 


Max Sackenofsky, pedler's li- 




cense, 


8 00 



Town of Acton. 45 



N. Specter, pedler's license, 
Board of Health, fumigating, 
A. F. Blanchard, slaughter house 

license, 
C. B. Robbins, pool license, 
S. Jones, old floor boards, 
A. H. Perkins, road dust, 
H. F. Tuttle, cemetery lots sold, 
Rent of Town Hall, 
Wm. F. Stevens, interest on 

taxes, 
Rent of Town Hall cellar, 
L. C. Taylor, milk sold from 

Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, cows sold from 

Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, calves sold from 

Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, apples sold from 

Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, potatoes sold from 

Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, cow hide sold from 

Town farm. 
L. C. Taylor, hoop poles sold 

from Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, board of child at 

Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, board of Phoebe 

Wood at Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, eggs sold from 

Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, barrels sold from 

Town farm, 
L. C. Taylor, labor from Town 

farm, 
For support of Phoebe Wood, 
Interest on deposit, 



SS <»0 


5 


00 


1 


00 


2 


00 


4 00 


10 


00 


39 


00 


10 


00 


1)9 


40 


29 


50 


941 


76 


o§ 


15 


14 


50 


342 


63 


3 


35 



21 


00 


15 


00 


9 


00 


43 32 


3 


00 


1 


00 


120 


00 


65 02 



46 Annual Bejiorts 



H. T. Clark, lots sold in Mt. 




Hope Cemetery, 


$6 00 


F. R. Knowlton, old stove and 




paint stock, 


4 86 


Income Memorial Library Fund, 


181 20 


" Cemetery Fund, 


81 90 


A. L. Noyes, lumber, 


7 85 


J. B. Tuttle, " 


12 15 


E. A. Phalen, « 


6 42 


C. J. Williams, old iron and lum- 




ber, 


15 13 


C. J. Williams, school supplies 




sold, 


6 11 


Memorial Library for tines, 


19 33 


" u " coal sold, 


2 50 


Road Commissioners, 


77 80 


Board of Health, 


52 00 




$42,360 62 



Expenditures for Year Ending Harch 12, 1903. 

For support of Center Schools, $1,483 64 

South « 1,442 17 

West " 1,494 40 

High " 1,709 42 

Musical instruction in schools, 90 00 

Transportation public school scholars, 1,221 75 

" High school scholars, 30 00 

Books for High school, 50 52 

School supplies, 495 25 

Roads and bridges, 3,405 22 

Special highway work, 216 63 

Snow bills, 9 80 

Support of poor on Town farm, 1,639 36 

" " outside poor, 652 42 

Street lighting, 963 33 

Miscellaneous charges, 1,057 30 

Repairs Town buildings and grounds, 1,162 23 

State and military aid, 700 00 



Town of Acton. 


47 


Soldiers' relief and burial of soldiers, 


$381 08 


Cemetery expenses, 


503 85 


Memorial Library expenses. 


507 26 


11 •• books, 


365 71 


Loans and interest. 


8,230 83 


Printing, 


154 00 


Town officers. 


1,690 00 


Fire department. 


76 40 


" " special, 


1,094 20 


Enforcement liquor laws. 


49 12 


Rent, 


138 


Board of Health. 


87 25 


Repairs of State Highway. 


53 60 


State tax, 


930 00 


County tax, 


1.94- 


Small pox expenses, 




Stone crushing plant. 


2,245 44 


Balance due from Treasurer, 


7 68 


" •• •• Collector, 


2,612 82 




s 42,360 62 



48 



Annual Reports 



JURORS. 



The following names will be presented at the Annual Meet- 
ing, March 30, 1903, to be placed in the jury box, subject to 
revision and acceptance by the Town : 



Burroughs, Samuel R. 


Barber. 


Clark, Herbert T. 


Mechanic. 


Cole, Nelson J. 


Restaurant. 


Devane, James 


Painter. 


Flint, Alfred W. 


Farmer. 


Hayward, Edwin L. 


Clerk 


Jones, Warren H. 


Farmer. 


Keyes, John C. 


a 


Kinsley, James 


Manufacturer. 


Kimball, Charles M. 


a 


Kingsley, William H. 


Stone mason. 


Littlefteld, Hanson A. 


Merchant. 


Merriam, Frank A. 


Manufacturer. 


Mead, Willis L. 


R. R. Employee, 


O'Neil, Constantine 


Farmer. 


Richardson, Edward F. 


a 


Richardson, Sidney L. 


a 


Reed, Moses A. 


" 


Reed, Nahum C. 


R. R. Employee. 


Smith, Charles E. 


Farmer. 


Taylor, S. Hammond 


tt 


Taylor, Lyman C. 


a 


Tuttle, Abram 


Clerk. 


White, John S. 


Farmer. 



WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
EDWIN A. PHALEN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Town of Acton. 49 



Treasurer's Report. 



Receipts. 



1902. 

March 12, To cash on hand, $2,202 87 

Received : 
From the First National Bank of Ayer, 



borrowed 


money, 


8,000 00 


Cemetery fund, borrowed money, 


1,000 00 


State Treasurer, corporation tax, 


4,217 11 


u 


Nation a 1 Bank 






tax, 


2G2 87 


u 


Military aid, 


91 25 


a 


State aid. 


608 00 


a 


expense of contag- 






ious disease, 


501 68 


it 


income of Mass. 






school fund, 


426 34 


a 


inspection of ani- 






mals, 


18 60 


a 


burial of indigent 






soldiers, 


35 00 


a 


street railway tax, 


23 33 


a 


temporary support 






State paupers, 


12 50 


County Treasurer, on account dog 




licenses, 




285 70 


Supervision 


of schools, 


375 00 


Middlesex 


Central Distrist Court 




for fines, 




163 84 


Alvm M. 


Lothrop, for stone 




crusher, 




1,000 00 


Income of Memorial Library fund, 


181 20 


Elias Grube 


r, pedler's license, 


8 00 


Max Saxenofsky, " " 


8 00 



50 Annual Reports 

Nathan Spectre, pedler's license, $8 00 

Board of Health, for fumigating in 

West Acton, 5 00 

A. F. Blanchard, slaughter house 

license, 1 00 

Chester B. Bobbins, pool table li- 
cense, 2 00 
Samuel Jones, old floor in South 

schoolhouse, 4 00 

A. H. Perkins, for road dust, 10 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, lots sold in 

Woodlawn Cemetery, 39 00 

Rent of Town Hall and cellar, 39 50 

Income of Cemetery fund, 81 90 

A. L. Noyes, for lumber, 7 85 

James B. Tuttle, " 12 15 

E. A. Phelan, " 6 42 

C. J. Williams, for old iron and 

lumber, 14 78 

C. J. Williams, for school supplies 

sold, 
C. J. Williams, for old iron sold, 
Memorial Library, for fines, 

" " " coal sold, 

Road Commissioners, 
Board of Health, 
Lyman C. Taylor, milk sold from 

Town farm, 
Lyman C. Taylor, cows sold from 

Town farm, 
Lyman C. Taylor, calves sold from 

Town farm, 
Lyman C. Taylor, apples sold from 

Town farm, 
Lyman C. Taylor, potatoes sold 

from Town farm, 
Lyman C. Taylor, cow hide sold 

from Town farm, 
Lyman C. Taylor, hoop poles sold 

from Town farm, 



6 


11 




35 


19 


33 


2 


50 


77 


80 


52 


00 


941 


76 


58 


15 


14 


50 


342 


63 


3 


3d 


2 


75 


21 


00 



Town of Acton. 51 

Lyman C. Taylor, board of child at 

Town farm, $15 00 

Lyman C. Taylor, board of Phoebe 

F. Wood at Town farm, 9 00 

Lyman C. Taylor, eggs sold from 

Town farm, 43 32 

Lyman C. Taylor, barrels sold from 

Town farm, 3 00 

Lyman C. Taylor, labor from Town 

farm, 1 00 

For support of Phoebe F. Wood, 120 00 

From Wm. F. Stevens, Collector, taxes 

for A. D. 1900, 408 02 

Wm. F. Stevens, Collector, interest 

on taxes for 1900, 33 01 

Wm. F. Stevens, Collector, taxes 

for A. D. 1901, 2,275 75 

Wm. F. Stevens, Collector, interest 

on taxes for 1901, 66 39 

D. J. Wetherbee, Collector, taxes 

for A. D. 1902, 15,502 31 

New England Trust Co., interest 

on deposits, 65 02 

H. T. Clark, lot sold in Mount 

Hope cemetery, 6 00 

F. R. Knowles, old stove and oil, 

West School, 4 86 



$ 39,747 80 
Expenditures. 

Paid State tax, $930 00 

County tax, 1,948 39 

On Selectmen's orders, 35,001 73 

Cash on hand and in bank, Mar. 13, 1903, 1,867 68 

""$39,747 80 

J. K. W. WETHEPvBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



O'J, 



Annual Reports 



Treasurer's Report of Money held for Care of Lots 
in Cemeteries. 



March 12, 1903. 


Dr. 






To Mary Skinner fund, 
Xancy K. Handley 
Frederick Bouillard 


fund, 
it 


$212 94 
516 37 
103 87 




William W. Davis 


u 


103 37 




Mary W. Clafflin 
Mary Severance 


u 


104 37 
104 37 




Warren Eobbins 
Eliza A. Whitconib, 




104 87 
75 15 




Hepsabeth Piper 
James Temple 
Fidelia Wheeler 


a 
u 
u 


51 94 
104 87 
104 62 




Jedediah Tuttle 


a 


51 94 




Henry Loker, 


a 


104 87 




Henry 0. Lothrop 


a 


209 54 




Luther W. Piper 

William H. Chapman " 


104 87 
103 87 




Mary A. Bobbins 
Julia Morrison 




103 37 
78 81 




Frank C. Hay ward 
James Tuttle 


a 
a 


506 12 
106 42 




Daniel Wetherbee 


- 


105 67 




S. Lizzie Hayward 


a 


105 39 




Elbridge J. Bobbins 


a 


103 60 




William Jennings 


a 


102 55 




Adeline Weston Blood " 


102 01 




Irving V. Whitcomb 


a 


101 40 




George C. Wright 




506 22 




George C. Wright, 
fund, 


Davis ^Monunent 


50 62 




Samuel Temple 


fund, 


50 28 




Francis Hutchinson " 
Henrietta Anderson " 
Phineas Wetherbee fund, the income 

one share of Fitchburg Bailroad 

stock. 


50 28 
50 28 

8 00 

34,292 


85 



Town of Acton. 




Cr. 




cash paid — 




Julian Tuttle for care of Mary Skin- 




ner lot, 


3 5 00 


Julian Tuttle for care of Nancy K. 




Handley lot, 


18 30 


Julian Tuttle for care of Frederick 




Rouillard lot, 


2 50 


Julian Tuttle for care of William W. 




Davis lot, 


2 50 


Julian Tuttle for care of Mary W. 




Chafflin lot, 


2 00 


Julian Tuttle for care of Mary 




Severance lot, 


2 00 


Julian Tuttle for care of Warren 




Bobbins lot, 


2 00 


Julian Tuttle for care of Hepsabeth 




Piper lot, 


1 25 


Julian Tuttle for care of JamesTemple 




lot, 


2 50 


Julian Tuttle for care of Jedediah 




Tuttle lot, 


1 25 


Julian Tuttle for care of Henry Loker 




lot, 


75 


Julian Tuttle for care of Henry 0. 




Lothrop lot, 


4 00 


Julian Tuttle for care of Luther W. 




Piper lot, 


2 50 


Julian Tuttle for care of William H. 




Chapman lot, 


2 50 


Julian Tuttle for care of Mary A. 




Eobbins lot, 


3 00 


Julian Tuttle for care Julia Morrison 




lot, 


2 62 


Julian Tuttle for care of Daniel 




Wetherbee lot, 


2 50 


Julian Tuttle for care of E. J. 




Eobbins lot, 


2 00 



53 



54 Annual Reports 

H. T. Clark for care of Phineas 

Wetherbee lot, 
H. T. Clark for care of S. Lizzie 

Hay ward lot, 
H. T. Clark for care of Eliza A. 

Whitcomb lot, 
Cash in North-End Savings Bank, 
Cash in Town Treasury, 
Balance of income unexpended, 

$4,292 85 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



$2 


00 


1 


75 


1 


75 


2,178 


00 


1,975 


00 


75 


18 



Town of Acton. 55 

Report of the Wilde Memorial Library Fund. 

March 12, 1903. Dr. 

To cash in Xorth-End Savings Bank, $1,000 00 

" " Middlesex Institution for Sav- 



ings, 






1,000 00 




" " Home Savings Bank, 






1,000 00 




" " Warren Institution : 


for 


Sav- 






ings, 






1,000 00 




" " Charlestown Five Cent 


Sav- 






Bank, 






1,000 00 




Unexpended balance in A. D. 


1901. 


138 32 




Cash received from fines, 






19 33 




Town appropriation for book, 






200 00 




Cash received for interest on 


money 






in Banks, 






181 20 








$5,538 85 


Cr. 










■ cash in Banks, 






$5,000 00 




id for books and magazines : 










William D. Tuttle, 






3 24 




De Wolfe Fiske & Co., 






181 16 




W. B. Clark & Co., 






134 49 




Little, Brown & Co., 






2 20 




W. A. Wilde & Co., 






8 67 




National Publishing Agency, 






32 95 




Balance unexpended, 






173 14 








$5,538 85 



J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



56 Annual Reports 



Collector's Report, 1 902- 1 903. 



Gentlemen : — I had committed to me for collection on the 
28th day of July, 1902, taxes to the amount of $18,105.13; since 
then an addition of five polls has been received, making 
$18,115.13. Of this amount, I have collected to date, March 
12, 115,502.31, leaving a balance of $2,612.82 due the Town. In 
this amount there are some abatements on personal property, 
also abatement of some over fifty poll taxes, parties having left 
town before the tax was committed to me for collection. The 
poll tax question is rather a hard thing to solve, but I would 
suggest that the Town take some action so as to make it easier 
for the collector, whoever he may be. Instruct your board of 
Assessors to take the inventory the first week in May ; make all 
poll taxes and have them in the hands of the Collector on or 
before the 15th of May. Instruct your Collector to collect all 
such poll taxes on or before the 15th of June. I think by 
some such method as this we may collect many more poll taxes 
than we now do. I believe that every man that is able should 
be made to pay a poll tax. 

Eespectfully yours, 

D. J. WETHERBEE, 

Collector. 



Town of Acton. 57 



Auditor's Report. 



I have examined the accounts of the Selectmen, Treasurer 
and Tax Collector of the Town of Acton, and to the best of my 
knowledge I find them correct. 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



58 Annual Reports 



Report of Road Commissioners. 



Receipts. 



Appropriation for repairing roads and 

bridges, ' $3,500 00 

Appropriation for drains at South Acton, 200 00 

Received for street dirt, 12 25 

" " gravel, 1 30 

" " labor, . 30 

" " pipe and labor, 6 45 

" " crushed stone, 55 50 

" " use of pnmp, 2 00 

■'§3,777 80 



Expenditures. 




Drain near depot at South Acton : 




F. J. Hastings, pipe, 


$92 51 


grate, 


4 80 


A. C. Piper, labor, 


74 21 



$171 52 



Drain at J. McGreene's, by vote of Town : 

F. J. Hastings, pipe. $11 34 

So. Acton C. & L. Co., pipe, 12 85 

A. C. Piper, labor, 12 46 



$36 65 



Building 1325 ft. macadam road, average depth 10 

inches, average width 16 ft., 461 17 

All other expenditures, 2,891 25 

$3,560 59 

We recommend that $3,000.00 be raised for repair of roads 
and bridges, and that $300.00 be raised to widen and straighten 
the road from D. J. Hennessy's house to the So. Acton road. 



Town of Acton. 59 

Thanks to Mr. Lothrop and the Town, we have a nice crush- 
ing plant, which will be of great help in making good roads, but 
it takes water to make good roads with crushed stone, and as we 
have quite a sum left of the money raised to purchase the 
crusher, we recommend that the Town purchase a watering cart. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. H. KINGSLEY, 
ANSOX C. PIPEE, 
ALBERT H. PERKJXS, 

Road Commissioners. 



60 Annual Reports 



TOWN OF ACTON. 

In the Board of Selectmen. 



Whereas, The directors of the Lowell, Acton and May- 
nard Street Railway Company have petitioned for a location 
for its tracks and all necessary turnouts, switches, and to 
erect poles and wires necessary for the operation and main- 
tenance of its cars by the single trolley system in the Town 
of Acton, and notice has been duly given to all parties inter- 
ested, as required by law, of the time and place at which 
said Selectmen would consider such location, and, 

Whereas, Said hearing has been had and said Selectmen 
have considered and adjudicated upon the matter, it is hereby 

ORDERED 

That the prayer of said petition be, and the same is hereby 
granted, and that a location of the tracks of the railway of 
said Company be granted as hereinafter set forth : 

Beginning at a point in the dividing line between the 
Town of Maynard and said Acton where the main highway 
leading from said Maynard to Lowell, Massachusetts, 
crosses said dividing line, thence on and over said highway 
by way of South Acton, " Kelley's Corner " so called, Acton 
Centre and North Acton, to a point in the dividing line be- 
tween said Acton and the Town of Carlisle where said high- 
way crosses said dividing line. 

Also, beginning at a point in the dividing line between 
the Town of Stow and said Acton where the main highway 
from said Stow to West Acton, known as Willow Street, 
crosses said dividing line, thence on said Willow Street to 
Central Street, thence on said Central Street to the turnpike 



Town of Acton. 61 

road, leading from West Acton to Concord by way of Kel- 
ley's Corner, thence on and over said turnpike road to Kel- 
ley's Corner and the highway leading from South Acton to 
said Lowell. 

Also to make such underground and surface alterations 
in the streets and highways through which the location shall 
be granted and extend as may be necessary and to erect, 
place, maintain, and use such poles, wires and other appli- 
ances as are usual and necessary in the overhead wire or 
trolley system of street car propulsion and to propel cars by 
said system with electricity as a motive power or to use such 
other motive power as the laws of this Commonwealth per- 
mit, and the Board of Selectmen shall from time to time ap- 
prove over and upon all of the locations granted in said 
Acton. 

The location of the tracks, poles and switches in said 
streets is hereafter to be determined by said Company, sub- 
ject to the approval of the Selectmen. Said location is 
granted, subject to the following restrictions which said 
Board of Selectmen deem the interest of the public requires, 
as hereinafter stated : 

RESTRICTIONS. 

First — Said Company shall lay and use rails known as 
the "T" pattern, weight not less than fifty-six (56) pounds to 
the yard. 

Second — Said Company shall use ties not less than 
five inch face, five inches thick, and six feet six inches long, 
of chestnut or such other material as the Selectmen shall ap- 
prove. 

Third — The tracks of said Railway Company shall be 
laid with the existing grade of said streets, and in case the 
grade of any part of said streets is changed by the proper 
authorities, said track shall be relaid in conformity with the 
new grade, by said Company, at its own expense. Said 



62 Annual Reports 

Company shall leave through said streets not less than six- 
teen (16) feet of travelled way, outside the rails; provided 
the width between the street lines will admit of the same. 

Fourth — Said Company shall keep the space between 
the tracks and eighteen (18) inches on the outside of each 
track in good condition and repair, and at the crossing of all 
streets it shall keep the space between the tracks and rails 
and eighteen (18) inches outside, so as to be safe and con- 
venient for teams to cross, and satisfactory to the Board of 
Selectmen. In case said Company shall fail to keep said 
space in a state of repair as aforesaid, the same may be re- 
paired by the town authorities, and the expense of such re- 
pairs shall be charged to said Company and shall be paid by 
it. 

Fifth — The poles or instruments for conveying elec- 
tricity for the operation of said railway shall be of chestnut 
of suitable size, shape and quality, and kept properly painted. 

Sixth — Said Company shall pay all expenses and 
damages, and save Town of Acton harmless and indemnified 
from all loss, cost, damages or expense in consequence of and 
arising out of the construction and operation of said Railway, 
and pay and reimburse said Town for all repairs of streets in 
which the same shall be located, made necessary by the con- 
struction and operation of said Railway. 

Seventh — All posts and wires set up or erected under 
this order shall be so placed as not to interfere with or be in 
dangerous proximity to any existing wires or poles belonging 
to said Town, and any change made in the situation of exist- 
ing wires or poles belonging to said Town, for the accommo- 
dation of any wires, poles or tracks to be set up under this 
order, shall be made at the expense of said Street Railway 
Company and subject to the approval of the Selectmen. 

Eighth — Said Street Railway Company shall so pro- 
vide for its electric currents and provide such conductors 
thereof and of return currents, that avoidable injury or dete- 



Town of Acton. 63 

rioration shall not occur, nor be done to water pipes, or any 
property of the Town of Acton, and said Railway Company 
shall pay all damages caused by reason of failure to keep and 
perform the provisions of this clause of this order, and save 
said Town of Acton harmless and indemnified from all loss, 
cost, damage or expense by reason thereof. 

Ninth — The authority given to said Company by this 
order shall not in any way restrict or abridge the rights of 
the Town in said streets, and the Town reserves the right to 
revoke at any time so much of the authority and permission 
herein granted as shall interfere with its right to dig up and 
use said streets for any other public purposes. If at any 
time said Town shall lay sewer mains or any other pipes in 
said streets, or make any alterations or excavation therein, 
and it shall be necessary to remove any of the tracks or poles 
of said Company for such purpose, the expense of such re- 
moval and of the relocation of said tracks or poles (when re- 
located) shall be borne by the said Company. 

Tenth — The Town of Acton shall not be responsible 
to said Company for any danger that may be occasioned by 
the bursting of any water pipe or sewer, nor from the fall of 
any poles or wires erected or permitted to be erected in said 
streets, nor for any damage occasioned by any other use of 
said streets which it makes or permits to be made. 

Eleventh — Said Company shall not run snow-plows 
or remove snow from its tracks unless they remove 
an amount of the snow from said streets sufficient to 
make such streets safe and convenient for public travel 
and satisfactory to the Selectmen. If any snow or ice is re- 
moved by said Company, and it is done so as to leave any 
part of the street dangerous in the opinion of the Selectmen, 
they may cause such snow or ice to be removed as to make 
said streets safe and convenient for public travel, and the 
expense thereof shall be charged to and paid by the said 
Railway Company. 



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Twelfth — Said Railway Company shall run its cars 
daily, (except Sunday) at least as often as once an hour from 
seven a. m. to ten p. m., so as to furnish reasonable accom- 
modations to the public. It shall run good appliances, roll- 
ing stock and machinery, and keep the same and all tracks, 
appliances, turnouts and property used in connection there- 
with, in first class order and repair. 

Thirteenth — Said Selectmen shall have the right and 
authority at the expense of said Railway Company, to enter 
upon and remove said track or tracks or parts thereof, from 
any and all streets in said Town of Acton in which the same 
are located, whenever the use of the same or any part there- 
of shall at any time be discontinued for a period of six (6) 
months. 

Fourteenth — Said Company further agrees to provide 
to pupils in attendance upon public schools, transportation at 
half-price while going to and from school. 

Fifteenth — Said Railway Company shall run its cars 
at a rate of speed approved by the Board of Selectmen. 

Sixteenth — If the tracks of said Railway Company 
shall not have been laid over the whole of said location and 
the road in actual operation by September i, 1903, said loca- 
tion shall be void, and said Railway Company shall have no 
right to use or occupy the same or any part thereof. 

Seventeenth — But this location shall not confer any 
authority or power upon said Lowell. Acton & Maynard 
Street Railway Company unless an acceptance thereof in 
writing is filed in the office of the Town Clerk of said Acton 
within thirty (30) clays after receiving notice of the passage 
thereof. 

Eighteenth — Said Company shall collect only a single 
fare of five cents for a continuous passage between any two 
points in the Town of Acton wherever the tracks may be 
laid. 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
EDWIN A. PHALEN, 
Selectmen of tJic Town of Acton. 
Acton. Mass., March 31, 1902. 



Town of Acton. 65 

I hereby acknowledge to have received the foregoing 
location this seventh day of April, 1902. 

EDMUND B. FULLER, 
Clerk Lowell, Acton and Maynard St. Ry. Co. 

We, the undersigned, directors of the Lowell, Acton & 
Maynard Street Railway Company, do hereby accept the lo- 
cation, together with all the conditions, terms and restric- 
tions relating thereto, granted by you to said Railway 
Company, on March 31, 1902, and acceptance of which order 
was voted at a meeting of the Directors of said Railway 
Company, held April 16th, 1902, and we request that this 
acceptance be at once filed. 

WALTER R. DAME, 
CHAS. W. SHIPPEE, 
EDMUND B. FULLER, 
HENRY TOWER, 
CHARLES H. PERSONS, 
CHARLES B. STONE, 
FRANK P. BOND, 
JULIUS LOEWE. 

Received and entered with the Selectmen this 24th day 
of April, A. D. 1902. 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
Clerk Board of Selectme?i of Acton. 

A true copy. Attest : 

(Signed) HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk of Acton. 



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tieporf of Overseers of Poor, 



Inventory of Stock and Provisions on Hand Feb. 

28, 1903. 

Two horses, $310 00 

Ten cows, 450 00 

Two heifers, 70 00 

Two yearlings, 30 00 

Eight tons hay, 160 00 

One cow, 20 00 

Twenty cords wood, 100 00 

Farming tools, 25 00 

One sled, 25 00 

Hay wagon, 30 00 

Market wagon, 65 00 

One set double harnesses, 22 00 

Express harness, 20 00 

Two light harnesses, 14 00 

Three collars and pad, 3 00 

Grain, 7 00 

Corn on ear, 35 00 

Roller, 5 00 

Horse rake, 12 00 

Stone drag, 4 00 

Twenty-five market boxes, 2 50 

Drain pipe, 4 80 

One two-horse cart, 25 00 

Two harrows, 15 00 

Cultivator, 5 00 

Seven ladders, 12 00 

Wheelbarrow, 3 00 

Hay cutter, 2 00 

Three plows, 14 00 

One feed trough, 2 00 



Town of Acton. 67 

One canvas cover, 

Pimg, 

Two democrat wagons, 

Four blankets, 

Plow point, 

One set measures, 

Salt, 

Apple header, 

Lumber, 

Wrench, 

Five sows, 

Wagon jack, 

Thirty-six hens, 

Mowing machine, 

Grindstone, 

Spray pump, 

Thirty-five apple barrels, 

Ten barrels apples, 

Seventy-five bushels potatoes, 

Washing machine, 

Six baskets, 

Range and water front, 

Lounge, 

Three rocking chairs, 

Pork and barrel, 

Two lanterns, 

Two razors, 

Raisins, 

Lamps, 

Soap, 

Two axes, 

Molasses, 

Lard, 

Butter, 

Spices, 

Flour, 

Sugar, 

Fruit jars, 

Brooms, 75 



SI 75 


5 00 


45 00 


6 00 


50 


50 


90 


1 00 


8 00 


75 


3 00 


1 50 


27 00 


10 00 


1 00 


8 00 


7 00 


10 CO 


56 25 


5 00 


1 50 


28 00 


2 50 


4 00 


3 50 


1 00 


2 00 


15 


2 50 


50 


1 50 


70 


45 


2 90 


50 


3 75 


1 25 


3 00 



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Canned fruit, 




$2 25 


Crockery and tin ware, 




8 00 


Barrel crackers, 




2 65 


Tea and coffiee, 




65 


Oil and tank, 




1 40 


Pails and tubs, 




3 00 


Three stoves, 




20 00 


Two cabinet chairs, 




2 50 


Three tables, 




6 00 


Eight chairs, 




4 00 


Fifteen cords 4-foot wood, 




60 00 


Air cushion, 




1 00 


Chamber set, 




12 00 


Two beds and springs (new), 




11 00 


Other bedding, 




45 00 


Bed pan, 




3 00 


Traps, 




50 


Two trunks, 




2 00 


Wheel chair, 




22 00 


Two clocks, 




6 00 


Cereals, 




1 00 


Soft soap, 




4 00 


Hams, 




2 50 




$1,971 35 


Receipts from farm, 




1,455 46 


Victualing and lodging 246 tr 


amps, 


61 50 




$3,488 31 




Dr. 




Expenditures, 




$1,609 36 


Interest on farm, $3,500 at 3 


per cent, 


105 00 


Inventory, March 1, 1902, 




1,938 10 




$3,652 46 


Less receipts and stock on farm, 


3,488 31 



Cost of supporting poor on farm, $164 15 



Toivn of Acton. 



69 



Inmates at Farm During Year. 



Sarah Hunt, 


12 months. 


Lucy Hapgood, 


12 " 


Frank H. Harris, 


10 " 


William Quinlan, 


12 " 


. 


LYMAN C. TAYLOR, 




WM. F. KELLEY, 




I. WARREN FLAGG, 




Overseers of Poor. 



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Keporf of the Tree Warden, 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

During the past year the work of this department has been 
confined almost wholly to the preservation of suitable shade trees 
by the side of the public ways, the granting of permits for the 
cutting of wood and removal of trees within said ways, and to the 
prevention of the disfigurement of the wayside trees, and, by 
consequence, of the ways themselves, through the attaching to 
such trees of advertisements, placards, etc. 

I desire to express my appreciation of the willing assistance 
which the wardens have received from all good citizens in all of 
the above mentioned work. 

In reply to several inquiries and for the information of the 
public, the law relating to the protection of shade trees is here 
published in full. 

It is to be remembered that the protection of the law is 
extended to the whole of the tree — to its roots as well as to its 
trunk and branches. 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Tree Warden. 

Xote. — Upon application to the tree warden or to a deput}' 
tree warden by persons desiring to cut trees growing within the 
limits of a public way along their lands and outside of village 
limits, such trees as the Town desires to permanently retain will 
be marked, and a permit given to cut the remainder. 

Revised Laws. 

Chapter 53. 
Section 12. The tree warden may appoint and remove dep- 
uty tree wardens. He and they shall receive such compensation 
as the town determines, or, in default thereof, as the selectmen 
allow. He shall have the care and control of all public shade 
trees in the town, except those in public parks or open places 



Town of Acto/'. 71 

under the jurisdiction of the park commissioners; and of those, 
if so requested in writing by the park commissioners, and shall 
enforce all the provisions of law for the preservation of such 
trees. He shall expend all money appropriated for the setting 
out and maintenance of such trees. Regulations for their care 
and preservation made by him, approved by the selectmen and 
posted in two or more public places, imposing fines and forfeit- 
ures of not more than twenty dollars in any one case, shall have 
the force and effect of town by-laws. All shade trees within the 
limits of a public way shall be public shade trees. 

Section 13. Public shade trees outside the residential part 
of a town, as determined by the selectmen, shall not be cut or 
removed, in whole or in part, except by the tree warden or his 
deputy or by a person holding a license so to do from the tree 
warden. Public shade trees within said residential part shall 
not be cut, except for trimming by the tree warden, nor shall 
they be removed by the tree warden or his deputy or other per- 
son without a public hearing at a suitable time and place, after 
notice thereof posted in two or more public places in the town 
and upon the tree and after authority granted by the tree war- 
den therefor. Whoever violates the provisions of this section 
shall forfeit not less than five nor more than one hundred dollars 
to the use of the town. 

Chapter 208. 

Section 102. Whoever wantonly injures, defaces or destroys 
an ornamental or shade tree in a public way or place, or negli- 
gently or willfully suffers an animal, driven by or for him or 
belonging to him and lawfully in a public way or place, to injure, 
deface or destroy such tree, or whoever, by any other means, neg- 
ligently or willfully injures, defaces or destroys such tree, shall 
forfeit not less than five nor more than one hundred dollars, one- 
half to the use of the complainant and one-half to the use of 
the city or town in which said act is committed ; and shall in 
addition thereto be liable to said city or town or other person 
interested in said tree for all damages caused by said act. 

Section 103. Whoever negligently or willfully suffers an 
animal, driven by or for him or belonging to him and lawfully on 
the highway, to injure, deface or destroy a tree which is not his 
own, standing for use or ornament on the highway, or whoever, 



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by any other means, negligently or willfully injures, defaces or 
destroys such tree, shall forfeit not less than five nor more than 
one hundred dollars, one-half to the use of the complainant and 
one-half to the use of the city or town in which said act is com- 
mitted ; and shall in addition thereto be liable in damages to the 
owners or tenant of the land in front of which the tree stands. 

Section 104- Whoever affixes to a tree in a public way or 
place a playbill, picture, announcement, notice, advertisement or 
other thing, whether in writing or otherwise, or cuts, paints or 
marks such tree except for the purpose of protecting it and under 
a written permit from the officers having the charge of such trees 
in a city or from the tree warden in a town, shall be punished by 
a fine of not more than fifty dollars for each offence. The tree 
warden shall enforce the provisions of this and the preceding 
two sections in towns. 



Town of Acton. 73 

Report of the Board of Health. 

Town of Acton for Year 1902. 



The Board of Health submits the following report for the 
year ending March 1, 1903 : 

The number of deaths occurring in the Town during the year 
ending January 1, 1903, exclusive of still-births of which there 
was one, was 26. 

Below is a table of contagious diseases reported to the 
Board since Jan 1, 1902, and required by law to be reported : 

Disease. No. of Cases. 

Small pox, 5 

Diphtheria, 2 

Scarlet fever, 1 

Typhoid fever. 1 

Measles, 3 

Cerebrospinal meningitis, 



Total for year, 12 

Sanitation. 

While this Board was well pleased with the reception, given 
to it by the Citizens, of the pamphlet issued by the Board in re- 
gard to the sanitary conditions existing in the Town, and while 
we acknowledge the friendly spirit in which all have endeavored 
to aid us in making such changes as seem necessary, still we feel 
that the subject of sanitation has not received the thought and 
attention at the hands of our Citizens that it should, and must 
receive in the near future, either through individual effort or 
what is greatly to be preferred collective action by the voters of 
the Town, toward establishing some definite system of caring for 
the sewage and other refuse constantly accumulating, and an ever 
present source of clanger to the health of our citizens. 



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The residents of the South and West villages especially, 
should give this subject their careful and early attention. 

Many sanitary evils exist today in all parts of our Town and 
while a few have been corrected in a manner acceptable for the 
time being, this Board feels that in reality very little has been 
done in this direction to permanlntly benefit our Citizens. 

Not wishing to exercise the power invested in the Board of 
Health of any Town or City, in an arbitrary manner towards any 
individual, this Board most earnestly hopes for the thoughtful 
consideration by the people of this subject and the hearty co- 
operation in our efforts to reach a satisfactory solution of this 
most important question. Dependant as the inhabitants of this 
Town are upon wells as a source of water supply, too much care 
cannot be exercised in keeping our wells free from contamination ; 
and that such danger exists in many parts of the Town through 
neglect of ordinary sanitatary precautions is unfortunately too 
true. 

Quarantine. 

This Board was very much disappointed in the action of the 
voters of this Town in regard to establishing a proper detention 
and insolation hospital for the care of such contagious diseases as 
may occur from time to time and that cannot be properly treated 
at home. 

A building suitable for such purposes, erected on land owned 
by the Town, and so situated as not to be a menace to the 
public at large but still to be accessible from all parts of the 
Town is greatly to be desired. Such a building properly 
equipped would cost about $1,200.00 ; could be maintained at a 
small annual cost, and be ready at any time for the reception 
and care of such contagious diseases as might require isolation 
for the proper protection of our citizens. 

At the outbreak of an epidemic of small-pox on March 1st of 
last year this Board, like many others throughout the State, 
found this Town totally unprepared to cope with the disease so 
far as proper isolation was concerned. Fortunately for the 
Town a public spirited citizen, Mr. Luther Conant, allowed this 
Board the use of a building owned by him and which served the 
purpose exceedingly well. 



Town of Acton. 75 

This Board takes the opportunity here and now to publicly 
thank Mr. Conant for the service rendered the Board of Health 
and through it the Town, at that time. 

As a result of this one favorable circumstance this Board? 
was able to care for five people suffering with this disease, at a 
total cost to the Town of about $1,000, whereas in other towns 
the cost was double and even treble this amount, for the care 
of a less number of patients. 

As another outbreak of small-pox or one of scarlet-fever or 
diphtheria, requiring isolation for the protection of our people, 
would still find this Board in the same position — so far as the 
required facilities for caring for such cases are concerned — as 
on March 1st last, it is the earnest hope of the members of the 
Board of Health that the voters of the Town will come to their 
aid at the coming annual meeting, by appropriating a sum of 
money sufficient to place this Town abreast of the times, and its 
Board of Health in a position to deal successfully with outbreaks 
of a similar nature in the future. 

Vaccination. 

With the remembrance of the unpleasant experience of the 
citizens of this Town with the small-pox, less than one year ago, 
still fresh in their minds, this Board has no hesitancy in again 
urging all who have not been recently vaccinated — i. e. within 
five (5) years — to promptly attend to so important a public duty. 

Appropriation. 

The expenses of this Board for the past year have been far 
in excess of the amount appropriated to its use. Hoping that in 
the future we may escape such unpleasaut experiences as oc- 
curred in Februar}- and March, 1902, the Board recommends an 
appropriation of one hundred dollars ($100) for the ensuing 
year. Respectfully submitted, 

FRAXK J. BARKER, M. D., Chairman, 
CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 
FRANK E. TASKER, M. D. 



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Report of the Trustees of Acton 
Memorial Library. 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 

Luther Conant, President. William D. Tuttle. 

Moses Taylor. Adelbert Mead. 

D. J. Wetherbee, -Secretary. Delette H. Hall. 

Hiram J. Hapgood. Charles J. Williams. 

L. A. Hesselton. 



The history of the Acton Memorial Library the past year 
has been an eventful one, having been marked by unusual and 
sad vicissitudes. 

Upon the second day of December, 1902, Mr. Wilde, the 
donor of our beautiful library, after an illness of a few hours, 
passed from earth. The account that follows was given by one 
of the members of his family to a reporter of the Boston Herald 
and is correct in giving the salient points of his life work. 

We embody it in this report that it may have a more per- 
manent form and that it may be accessible not only in the pres- 
ent, but also in the future, to the beneficiaries of the institution 
which he founded. 

" The Hon. William Allan Wilde, one of the oldest and best 
known residents of Maiden, died suddenly at 4.40 yesterday af- 
ternoon, after a short illness, at his home, 54 Washington street, 
Maiden. The immediate cause of his death was a shock of 
apoplexy. On Monday he was in his Boston office all day and 
was very busy. Yesterday morning, shortly after he arose, he 
was taken with a slight shock, and at 9 o'clock was stricken with 
another and lapsed into unconsciousness, and a few hours later 
passed away. 

" He was born in Acton, July 11. 1827. Mr. Wilde, through 
his father, Joseph Wilde, represented the sixth generation from 
John Wilde of Braintree, and through his mother, Sarah Conant 
Wilde, represented the eighth generation from Roger Conant, 



Town of Acton. 77 

the first Governor of the ' Old Planter's Colony ' at Salem. He 
taught school 12 years, and later entered the publishing business 
and assumed control of the Xew England business of Ivison, 
Blakenian, Taylor & Co., of Xew York. In 1865 he established 
the present publishing house of W. A. Wilde & Co., having of- 
fices in Boston and Chicago, and agencies in London and Mel- 
bourne. 

" He was superintendent of schools in Maiden in 1873-74, 
chairman of the water commissioners for several years, repre- 
sentative to the Legislature in 1887-88, chairman of the state 
board of prison commissioners 1889 to 1894 ; one time trustee of 
the Maiden Hospital, and for several years trustee of the Mai- 
den Public Library. For many years he had been chairman of 
the standing committee of the First Congregational Church. 

u He was a member of Converse lodge, F. A. M., Royal Arch 
chapter, Beauseant commandery, K. T., and the Knights of 
Honor. He was the first regent of Mystic Side Council, R. A. 

" Mr. Wilde had always been deeply interested in education- 
al movements, and while in the Legislature was chairman of the 
committee on education. In 1890 he gave the towr of Acton a 
handsome memorial library building and grounds, together with 
4,000 volumes and numerous paintings. For many years he had 
been an honorary member of Hiram G. Berry Post 40, G. A. R., 
and had given an annual banquet to the veterans of the post on 
Memorial day. He was a great friend of the poor and gave 
with a lavish hand. 

" He had visited all parts of the globe. He had crossed the 
ocean 11 times and was, at the time of his death, making ar- 
rangements to pass the winter in Switzerland and Germany. 
Besides his widow, he leaves three children, William E. of Win- 
chester, Councilman-elect Allan H. Wilde, and one daughter, 
Mrs. Wylie C. Burnes of Maiden." 

The Trustees voted to attend the funeral together, and 
though the day was a very inclement one, several were present. 
The exercises were brief and appropriate, the floral display ele- 
gant, the singing a prominent feature, and a large number of 
friends were present to show their respect and love for the de- 
ceased. At a special meeting of the trustees a committee was 
chosen to prepare a series of resolutions, and the following 
were unanimously adopted, and a copy has been presented to the 
family : 

" At the earthly close of a life so replete with honor and 
usefulness as that of the Hon. William Allan Wilde, it seems 
fitting that we should for a brief period contemplate its results 



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and lessons to us, who were somewhat intimately associated with 
him ; 

"Resolved, That the Trustees of the Acton Memorial Li- 
brary, in behalf of that institution and also for the Town of 
Acton, his native town, for whom he has done so much, offer 
their heartfelt sympathy and condolence to all the members of 
his family, feeling that the sorrow may be mitigated by consid- 
ering a life so noble that seemed to widen in service and useful- 
ness with each succeeding year ; 

" Resolved, That his benefactions had been so planned and 
arranged that their work goes on and will continue to go on long 
after we who were associated with him, and you, who were 
related to him, shall have passed away, increasing rather than 
diminishing in usefulness. 

" Resolved, We know that the people of Acton now and in 
the far distant future will gratefully cherish the memory of Mr. 
Wilde and will faithfully keep all obligations to him, thereby 
insuring the perpetuity of the institution so generously com- 
mitted to their care." 

Early in October we received notice from a lady residing in 
East Acton that a friend of hers wished to give the library a val- 
uable oil painting. In answer to a letter inquiring whether the 
painting was adapted in subject and coloring to the uses of the 
library, the following letter was received : 

Charlestown Dist., Boston, Oct. 18, 1902. 
Mr. Luther Conant, President of the Board of Trustees 
of the Public Library of Acton, Mass. : 
My Dear Sir — I hereby send you the size of the old 
master painting, which is very valuable — 5 ft., 4 in., 
by 4 ft., 3 in. It represents an old gipsy woman telling 
a peasant girl her fortune — a wonderful work of art. 

I feel deeply interested in your noble town, as my 
father was born there. His name was Alvin Fletcher 
Raymond. I have visited your town many times when 
quite young. 

I hereby tender to your honorable Board of Trustees 
this painting as a gift from me, providing your Board of 
Trustees will accept the same. 

Yours respectfully, 

E. M. Raymond, 

172 Main St. 



Town of Acton. 79 

With the approval of Mr. Wilde the kind offer of Mr. Ray- 
mond was accepted and the picture has been placed in the room 
where the books are kept, and hung above the librarian's table. 

In the early summer the librarian, Miss Viola S. Tuttle, who 
for six years had performed the duties of that office in a very 
acceptable manner, resigned by reason of overwork and impaired 
health. The many patrons of the library who were under obli- 
gations to her for kindly assistance in the selection of books and 
other courtesies, unite in the wish that she may secure a speedy 
and complete recovery. The Trustees unanimously elected Mr. 
Arthur F. Davis to succeed Miss Tuttle as librarian. 

The country towns of Xew England are the recruiting- 
ground of the whole country. To them the great cities look for 
their fresh blood and most active accessions in business and the 
professions, and it is wonderful how well those towns have stood 
the steady drain upon them and still have kept up their standing 
as model communities. And of the large number of young men 
who have left the farm, carrying with them inherited honesty, 
thrift, energy and enterprise, few have made as indelible an 
impress for morality, intelligence and religion upon his day and 
generation, because of his unblemished character, his faithful 
public services, his numerous benefactions and through his many 
publications, as the Donor of the Acton Memorial Library. And 
if we are to continue to raise such men, we should keep the 
church, the school and the libraiy in conditions of the highest 
efficiency. 

The Board of Trustees recommend the usual annual appro- 
priation of four hundred dollars be voted to the library for cur- 
rent expenses, and two hundred dollars for the purchase of new 
books. 

Very respectfully submitted, 

LUTHER CONAXT, 

For the Trustees. 



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13th Annual Report of the Library. 

Accessions : Number of volumes in the library March 12th, 
1902, 7,785 ; number of volumes in the library March 12, 1903, 
8,073 ; increase by purchase, 214 ; increase by gift, 37 ; increase 
by binding magazines, 37. 

Circulation : Number of days library was open, 103 ; num- 
ber of volumes circulated, 6,685 ; daily average circulation, 65 ; 
largest daily circulation, 134, on Feb. 7, 1903 ; smallest daily 
circulation, 21, on June 18, 1902, and on Dec. 24, 1902. 

Amount received from sale of catalogues and fines, $21 55 

Expended for money orders, stamps, etc., 2 22 

$19 33 

Gifts of books have been received from the following 
sources : U. S. Government, 15 vols. ; State of Mass., 13 vols. ; 
Luther Conant, 1 vol. ; Mrs. Luther Conant, 1 vol. ; Chas. H. 
Pope, 1 vol. ; G. H. Smyth, 1 vol. ; Edward H. Harriman, 1 vol. : 
D. P. Corey, 1 vol. ; Thomas W. Lawson, 1 vol. ; Supt. of schools, 
1 vol. ; Oscar Hermann, 1 vol. 

Periodicals in the reading room : Cassell's, Century, Chau- 
tauquan, Cosmopolitan, Country Life in America, Everybody's, 
Harper's Magazine, Harper's Weekly, Masters in Art, McClure's, 
Munsey's, New England, Review of Reviews, Scientific Ameri- 
can, Scribner's, St. Nicholas, World's Work, Success, Youth's 
Companion, Christian Work, Child's Hour, Our Paper, Reforma- 
tory. 

The Librarian presents the above report, representing in 
part the work of Miss Tuttle, who resigned from the library 
June 1, 1902, on account of ill health. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



Town of Acton. 81 



Report of Cemetery Commissioners, 



The Town at its annual meeting in 1901 voted to accept cer- 
tain provisions of law relating to the care of cemeteries. 

In accordance with these provisions the Town at its last an- 
nual meeting elected a Board of Cemetery Commissioners. The 
sum of five hundred dollars w r as also appropriated for the care 
of cemeteries. This sum has been sufficient to meet the ordinary 
expenses and to allow something to be done towards permanent 
improvements. 

Special work has been done during the year in improving 
the grounds in Mt. Hope Cemetery by a liberal planting of or- 
namental trees and shrubs. 

A statement of the money received and expended on ac- 
count of cemeteries will be found in the Selectmen's report,, and 
a statement showing the several sums of mone} r given to the 
Town by individuals for the perpetual care of lots, the amount 
expended for the care of each lot, and the unexpended balance 
of the income credited to each fund, will be found in the report 
of the Town Treasurer. 

It has seemed to us desirable that the Town should adopt 
some new rules and regulations for the government of its ceme- 
teries, and after careful consideration of the matter we submit 
herewith certain rules and regulations for the approval of the 
Town. 

In presenting them it is our desire to say that it is not our 
purpose or intention to exercise the powers conferred upon us 
arbitrarily against the wishes of individuals, or to interfere with 
what has already been done in the improvement of lots ; but we 
believe that a reasonable compliance with these rules and regu- 
lations will promote an order and a uniformity which will, in 
time, contribute much to the improvement of our cemeteries. 

We believe that the work which has been done in the past 
to beautify and improve our cemeteries is appreciated more and 



82 Annual Reports 

more every year, and the care bestowed upon them is generally 
approved by our townspeople. 

We recommend the appropriation of five hundred dollars 
for the care of cemeteries the present year. 

We also recommend that the Town approve and adopt the 
following rules and regulations : 

Rules and Regulations for the Government of the 
Cemeteries in the Town of Acton. 

Annual Meeting. 

1. The annual meeting of the Commissioners shall be held 
in April, on or before the 35th day of said month, when a Chair- 
man and a Clerk shall be elected by ballot, to serve during the 
municipal year, or until their successors are chosen. 

2. There shall also be chosen at said meeting a Superinten- 
dent of each cemetery in the town to serve for the year, unless 
sooner removed by a majority vote of the Board. 

3. The annual and special meetings shall be held when 
called by the Chairman, or by the Clerk upon request of a ma- 
jority of the Board. 

Regulations Concerning Lots. 

4. Sales of lots shall in each case be consummated by the 
payment therefor and by the execution and delivery of the follow- 
ing deed ; and no lot shall be considered sold or any rights gained 
therein, until delivery of such deed. 

KNOW ALL MEN By These Presents, That the Town of 
Acton, in the County of Middlesex, and Commonwealth of Mas- 
sachusetts, in consideration of dollars, paid by 

, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, 

does hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey to the said 

. . . . , heirs and assigns, the exclusive right of burial of the dead 

in one lot of land in Cemetery, in said Town of 

Acton, situated and numbered on 

the plan of said Cemetery, which is in the possession of the 
Board of Commissioners having the care and management there- 
of and may be inspected by the said grantee, his heirs and as- 
signs at all reasonable times. 

To Have and to Hold the aforesaid premises unto the said 



Town of Acton. 83 

heirs and assigns, forever; but subject to the re- 
strictions, limitations and conditions, and with the privileges 
following, viz. : 

First, The grades of all lots shall be established and cor- 
ner bounds placed by the Commissioners. 

Second, That the said lot shall not be used for any other 
purpose than as a burial place for the dead ; and no trees within 
the lot or border shall be cut down or destroyed without the con- 
sent of the said Commissioners. 

Third, That if any trees or shrubs in said lot shall become 
in any way detrimental to the adjacent lots, avenues or paths, or 
dangerous or inconvenient, it shall be the duty of the said Com- 
missioners for the time being to enter into said lot and remove 
said trees or shrubs, or such parts thereof, as are thus detri- 
mental, dangerous or inconvenient. 

Fourth, That if any monument or effigy, cenotaph, or other 
structure whatever, or any inscription be placed in or upon the 
said lot, which shall be determined by a majority of the said Com- 
missioners for the time being, to be offensive or improper, the 
said Commissioners, or a majority of them, shall have the right, 
and it shall be their duty to enter upon the said lot and remove 
said offensive or improper object or objects. 

Fifth, That no tomb shall be constructed within the bounds 
of the Cemetery except by permission of the Commissioners, 
and in such manner as they shall approve ; and no proprietor 
shall suffer the remains of any person to be deposited within the 
bounds of his lot for hire. 

Sixth, That said lot shall be indivisible ; and upon the death 
of the grantee, the devisee of said lot or the heir at law shall be 
entitled to all the privileges of the oiiginal grantee, and if there 
be more than one devisee or heir at law, they shall within nine 
months from such death designate in writing to the Secretary of 
the Board of Commissioners which of said devisees or heirs at 
law shall represent the lot, and on their failure so to designate, 
the board of Commissioners shall enter of record which of said 
devisees or heirs at law shall represent the lot while such failure 
continues. 

Seventh, That said premises or any part thereof shall not 
be sold or conveyed to any person who is not, at the time of such 



84 Annual Reports 

sale, a resident of the Town of Acton, without the written con- 
sent of the said Commissioners ; a breach of this condition by 
the grantee or any person holding under him shall make this con- 
veyance void. 

Eighth, The said lot shall be holden subject to all the by- 
laws, rules and regulations made, and to be made, by the Board 
of Commissioners. 

And the said Town of Acton hereby covenants to and with 

the said , heirs and assigns, that it is lawfully 

seized in fee simple of the aforegranted premises, and of the way 
leading to the same from the highway ; that the granted prem- 
ises are free from all incumbrances ; that it has a good right to 
sell and convey the same to the said in the man- 
ner and for the purposes aforesaid ; and will warrant and defend 
the same, unto the said , heirs and assigns forever. 

In Witness Wherof, the said Town of Acton has caused its 
seal to be hereto affixed, and these presents to be signed in its 
name and behalf by the Secretary of said Board of Cemetery 

Commissioners of said Town, this day of 

, in the year one thousand nine hundred and 

Town of Acton, 
By ..., 

Secretary of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners. 
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of 

5. The restrictions, limitations and conditions mentioned in 
said deed and numbered 1 to 7 inclusive shall form and become 
a part of the rules and regulations of the cemeteries of the town. 

6. Curbing, projecting corner posts, fences, hedges and 
walls, steps and walks, about or on any lot or lots are prohibited, 
except as approved by the Commissioners. 

Care of Lots. 

7. Lots will be cared for b}' the the year at reasonable rates 
according to size and labor required. 

8. Upon payment to the Town Treasurer of Fift}^ Dollars 
or more by the owner of or any person interested in any lot, the 
Commissioners will give perpetual care to said lot, keeping it tidy 
at all times and maintaining its monuments and memorials in 
their proper position and condition. The following form shall be 



Toicn of Acton. 85 

executed in duplicate in such cases, one copy to be kept by the 
Commissioners and the other by the beneficiary or his legal rep- 
resentative. 

TOWX OF ACTOX CEMETERY DEPARTMENT. 

The Cemetery Commissioners hereby certify that they 
approve of the sum of dollars as sufficient to war- 
rant the Town assuming the preservation and care of Lot Xo. 

in Cemetery, in accordance with the 

following conditions : 

First. The Commissioners shall expend annually such sums 
of money, not exceeding three and one-half per cent, on the 
above named sum, as they shall deem necessary to keep in suita- 
ble condition and preservation, the soil, grass and memorials on 
said lot. 

Second. To surfer the surplus, if any, of the interest on the 
said sum, to accumulate for such time as the said Commissioners 
may deem expedient, or in their discretion to apply the said sur- 
plus, or any part thereof, from time to time, to the ornamenta- 
tion and preservation of the said Cemetery. 

Third. That the said Town of Acton shall never be respon- 
sibe in the premises, except for good faith and such reasonable 
diligence as may be required of mere gratuitous agents. 



Cemetery Commissioners. 

The Treasurer of the Town of Acton hereby acknowledges 
the receipt of dollars from on the con- 
ditions above mentioned, which are hereby made a part of and 
included in this receipt. 



Treasurer. 
Approved. 

(Signature of beneficiary or legal representative). 

Foundations, Etc 

9. All foundations for monuments, headstones, markers, 
etc., shall be put in by or under the immediate supervision of the 
Superintendent, at his discretion, and no foundation shall be laid 



86 Annual Reports 

dry or with cobblestones, and no memorial shall be erected with- 
out a suitable foundation. 

10. Foundations for monuments shall be at least four and 
one-half feet deep, and for markers and other small stones not 
less than three feet. 

Interments. 

11. The following charges shall be made for interments : 
From $1.00 to $4.00 as the judgment of the Superintendent may 
determine. These charges shall apply to removals, with a suita- 
ble additional charge for disinterments. Graves, if desired, will 
be trimmed, for which an extra charge will be made proportion- 
ate to the time expended and cost of material used. 

12. All graves shall be filled level or to conform to the 
grade of the lot, and shall bs suitably designated. Mounds will 
not be allowed, except by special permission. 

Visitors. 

13. All persons are forbidden to needlessly walk across 
lots, to pluck wild or cultivated flowers, or to leave rubbish of 
any kind in the cemeteries. 

JULIAN TUTTLE, 
HERBERT T. CLARKE, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
Cemetery Commissioners. 
Acton, March 1, J 903. 



66th ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL conniTTEE 



AND THE 



SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS., 

FOR THE YEAR 1902-1903. 







HUDSON, MASS. : 

The E. F. Worcester Press. 
1903. 



School Committee, 1902=1903. 



Charles J. Williams, Chairman, Term expires 1905 

Horace F. Turtle, Secretary, " " 1903 

Frank R. Knowlton, " " 1904 

Superintendent of Schools. 

Herbert E. Richardson, Residence, Littleton, Mass. 

Truant Officers. 

James Kinsley, Moses A. Reed, George C. Turner 



STANDING RULES. 

*Rule 1. Children under five years of age shall not be 
admitted to the public schools. 

Rule 2. Pupils shall be promoted from grade to grade and 
school to school, according to merit. Thorough and satisfactory 
work will be required of pupils in a lower grade or school before 
entering a higher grade or school. 

Rule 3. Children who have not previously attended any 
school shall be admitted to the public schools only at the be- 
ginning of the fall term. 

Rule 4. Pupils will be held responsible for books loaned 
to them until such books shall have been returned to the teacher. 

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public prop- 
erty in the care of the school committee except by their author- 
ized agents. 

*When the birthday of a child falls on or before the 15th 
day of the month it is reckoned as falling upon the first day of 
that month. 



School Report 



School Calendar 1903=1904. 



High School— 40 Weeks. 

Fall term begins August 31st. Fall term closes November 
25th. 

^Winter term begins November 30th. Winter term closes 
March 11th. 

Spring term begins March 21st. Spring term closes June 
17th. 

Common Schools — 38 Weeks. 

Fall term begins August 31st. Fall term closes November 
20th. 

* Winter term begins November 30th. Winter term closes 
March 11th. 

Spring term begins March 28th. Spring term closes June 
10th. 



: Vacation of one week, from December 20th to 26th. 



Town of Acton. 5 

EXTRACTS FROfl THE STATUTES. 
REVISED LAWS. 

Chapter 43. 

Section 11. The several school teachers shall faithfully 
keep the registers of attendance daily, and make due return 
thereof to the school committee, or to such person as the com- 
mittee may designate. Xo teacher of a public school shall re- 
ceive payment for services for the two weeks preceding the close 
of any term, until the register, properly filled up and completed, 
is so returned. All registers shall be kept at the schools, and at 
all times during school hours shall be open to the inspection of 
the school committee, the superintendent of schools, the truant 
officers and the secretary and agent of the board of education. 
In reckoning the average membership and the percentage of at- 
tendance in the schools, no pupil's name shall be omitted in 
counting the number of persons belonging to the school and the 
number of absences of such persons until it is known that such 
pupil has withdrawn from the school without intention of re- 
turning or, in the absence of such knowledge, until ten consecu- 
tive days of absence have been recorded ; but the foregoing pro- 
vision for computing the average membership and the percent- 
age of attendance shall not affect proceedings against habitual 
truants, absentees or school offenders, or other persons, under 
the provisions of section one of chapter forty-four and sections 
three, four and five of chapter forty-six. A pupil who is not 
present during at least half of a session shall be marked and 
counted as absent for that session. 

Chapter 44. 
Section 1. Every child between seven and fourteen years of 
age shall attend some public day school in the city or town in 
which he resides during the entire time the public day schools 
are'in session, subject to such exception as to children, places of 
attendance and schools as are provided for in section three of 
chapter forty-two and sections three, five and six of this chapter. 
The superintendent of schools or, if there is no superintendent 
of schools, the school committee, or teachers acting under authority 
of said superintendent or committee, may excuse cases of neces- 



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sary absence. The'attendance of a child upon a public day school 
shall not be required if he has attended for a like period of time 
a private day school approved by the school committee of such 
city or town in accordance with the provisions of the following 
section, or if he has been otherwise instructed for a like period 
of time in the branches of learning required by law to be taught 
in the public schools, or if he has already acquired such branches 
of learning, or if his physical or mental condition is such as to 
render such attendance inexpedient or impracticable. Every 
person having under his control a child as described in this sec- 
tion shall cause him to attend school as herein required ; and if 
he fails for five day sessions or ten half day sessions within any 
period of six months while under such control to cause such 
child, whose physical or mental condition is not such as to render 
his attendance at school harmful or impracticable, so to attend 
school, he shall, upon complaint of a truant officer and conviction 
thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars. 
Whoever induces or attempts to induce a child to absent himself 
unlawfully from school, or emplo}^s or harbors a child who, while 
school is in session, is absent unlawfully from school shall be 
punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars. 

Section 6. A child who has not been vaccinated shall not be 
admitted to a public school except upon presentation of a certifi- 
cate signed by a regulai practising physician that he is not a fit 
subject for vaccination. A child who is a member of a house- 
hold in which a person is ill with smallpox, diphtheria, scarlet 
fever or measles, or of a household exposed to such contagion 
from another household as aforesaid, shall not attend any public 
school during such illness or until the teacher of the school has 
been furnished with a certificate from the board of health of the 
city or town, or from the attending physician of such person, 
stating that, in a case of smallpox, diphtheria or scarlet fever at 
least two weeks, and in a case of measles, at least three days, 
have elapsed since the recovery, removal or death of such per- 
son, and that danger of conveying such disease by such child has 
passed. 

Chapter 46. 

Section S. Any child between seven and fourteen years of 



Town of Acton. 7 

age who wilfully and habitually absents himself from school con- 
trary to the provisions of section one of chapter forty-four shall be 
deemed to be an habitual truant, and, upon complaint of a truant 
officer and conviction thereof, may, if a boy, be committed to a 
county truant school for not more than two years and, if a girl, 
to the state industrial school for girls, unless such child is placed 
on probation as provided in section seven of this chapter. 

Section 4- A child between seven and sixteen years of age 
who may be found wandering about in the streets or public 
places of any city or town, having no lawful occupation, habitu- 
ally not attending school, and growing up in idleness and ignor- 
ance, shall be deemed an habitual absentee, and, upon complaint 
by a truant officer or any other person and conviction thereof 
may, if a boy, be committed to a county truant school for not 
more than two years or to the Lyman school for boys, and, if a 
girl, to the state industrial school for girls, unless such child is 
placed on probation as provided in section seven. 

Section 5 A child under fourteen years of age who per- 
sistently violates the reasonable regulations of the school which 
he attends, or otherwise persistently misbehaves therein, so as to 
render himself a fit subject for expulsion therefrom, shall be 
deemed to be an habitual school offender, and, upon complaint 
by a truant officer and conviction thereof, may, if a boy, be com- 
mitted to a county truant school for not more than two years or 
to the Lyman school for boys, and, if a girl, to the state indus- 
trial school for girls, unless such child is placed on probation as 
provided in section seven. 

Section 13. Truant officers shall inquire into all cases aris- 
ing under the provisions of sections one and six of chapter forty- 
four and sections three, four and five of this chapter, and may 
make complaints and serve legal processes issued under the pro- 
visions of this chapter. They shall have the oversight of child- 
ren placed on probation under the provisions of section seven. 
A truant officer may apprehend and take to school, without a 
warrant, any truant or absentee found wandering about in the 
streets or public places thereof. 

Chapter 106. 
Section 28. Xo child under the age of fourteen years shall 



8 School Report 

be employed in any factory, workshop or mercantile establish- 
ment. ]STo such child shall be employed at work performed for 
wages or other compensation, to whomsoever payable, during the 
hours when the public schools of the city or town in which he 
resides are in session, nor be empWed at work before six o'clock 
in the morning or after seven o'clock in the evening. 



Town of Acton. 



High School Course of Study, 



CLASSICAL. 

Latin, 5. 

Eng. Gram, and Compo., 5. 

Algebra, 5. 

Greek and Roman Hist.. 3. 



Latin, 5. 

Greek or German. 4. 
Eng. Lit. and Compo , 5. 
Geometry, 4. 



Latin, 5. 

Greek or German, 4. 

French, 4. 

Eng., 5. 

* Physics or Chem., 3. 

Reviews. 



Latin, 5. 

Greek or Ger., 4. 

French, 4. 

Eng., 5. 

* Chem. or Physics. 

Reviews. 



First Year. 

ENGLISH. 

Com. Arith and Bookkeeping, 3. 

Eng. Gram, and Compo., 5. 

Algebra, 5. 

Greek and Roman Hist., 3. 

Botany. y 2 , 3. 

Civil Government. l / 2 , 3. 

Second Year. 

Eng. Hist., 3. 

German, 4. 

English Lit. and Compo., 5. 

Geometry, 4. 

Physical Geog., l / 2 , 3. 

Geology, l / 2 , 3. 

Third Year. 

Medieval and Mod. Hist., 3. 

Solid Geom. and Trig., 3. 

French or Ger., 4. 

Eng., 5. 

Physics or Chem., 3. 

Reviews. 

Fourth Year. 

Astronomy, l / 2 . 

Political Economy, %. 

French or Ger. 

Eng., 5. 

Chem. or Physics. 

Reviews. 



* Optional. 



A pupil must have at least seventeen prepared recitations a week. 
Pupils may take Latin together with subjects in the English course suf- 
ficient to complete the required number of hours. 



10 School Report 



66th Annual Report of the School 
Committee. 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

While the past year has been an uneventful one in the 
schools and although two of them are overcrowded, the South 
primary school seriously so, we are yet able to report that their 
work has been well done and that their present condition is, as a 
whole, in a high degree satisfactory. That this is so is very 
largely due, as it always must be due, to the faithful work of the 
teachers, but it is also due in a larger and more comprehensive 
sense to the work of the executive head of the schools, the 
Superintendent, whose unremitting care for the moral and 
intellectual welfare of the schools and whose labors in directing 
and encouraging the work of the teachers we highly appreciate. 

The detailed report of the condition of the schools will be 
found in that portion of this report prepared by the Superintend- 
ent. 

In 1899, a ninth grade was established in the Grammar 
schools, as a consequence there was in that year no class entering 
the High school and there will be this year no class graduating 
therefrom. During these years there have been, therefore, but 
three classes in the school. With the entrance to the High 
school in September next of the ninth grade class from the 
Grammar schools, the old condition of four classes in the former 
school will be restored. With the present course of study and 
with four classes present in the school, three teachers should be 
employed. At present, however, the employment of such a 
number of teachers is precluded through lack of room, with the 
result that a very greatly increased burden of labor must be 
thrown upon the principal of the school. In view of these con- 
ditions we ask for an increase of one hundred dollars in the 
appropriation for the support of the High school. 

The several school buildings are in good condition. Public 



Town of Acton. 11 

buildings and grounds, which are so much in evidence as are 
those of the schools, must be and are to a very great degree the 
outward and visible signs of the prosperity and thrift of the 
Town — or their lack. The use to which these buildings are de- 
voted subjects them to a very heavy wear and depreciation and 
their maintenance in suitable condition requires a considerable 
annual expenditure for repairs. Last year the South school 
house was painted outside and the interior papered and whitened, 
the interior woodwork varnished and painted throughout and the 
grounds graded and sowed down to grass. This year the Centre 
school house should be re-painted and the interior woodwork be 
re-varnished and something should be done toward improvement 
of the grounds. 

For the first time in eleven years we have to report an ex- 
penditure exceeding the appropriation and receipts. The deficit 
is caused by the heavily increased cost of transportation, begin- 
ning with the fall term of 1902, due in its turn to the greatly 
increased cost of teams and their maintenance and also in part to 
the fact that previous contracts had been made on two of the 
routes at figures lower than the requirements of the service 
would fairly warrant. We have therefore to ask an appropria- 
tion for transportation of 81,360.00. 

As a matter of history and of some interest we print the 
following statement of unexpended balances of this department 
since the year 1892 : 



1893, 


unexpended 


balance, 


$ 84 86 


1894, 


a 


a 


226 11 


1895, 


a 


(( 


294 95 


1896, 


it 


it 


101 66 


1897, 


a 


a 


211 50 


1898, 


it 


a 


24 95 


• 1899, 


tt 


k 


290 54 


1900, 


a 


u 


14 85 


1901, 


a 


a 


201 92 


1902, 


(( 


it 


542 96 


A total in 


the ten years 


\ of $1,993.90. 


The very large unex- 



pended balance for the year 1902 was owing to the unusually 
large sum received in that year from the Massachusetts School 
Fund, which was commented upon in our last year's report. 



12 School Report 

The appropriation of fifty dollars for the purchase of books 
and apparatus for the High school has been expended as follows : 
books, $16.25 ; apparatus and chemicals $32.32 ; express, $1.95 ; 
total, $50.52. 

The sum of $375 has been received from the State on account 
of the district superintendence^. 

The reports of the truant officers and of the purchasing 
agent of the Board are submitted herewith. 



Town of Acton. 13 

RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES. 

Ox Account of Schools for the Financial Year 1902-1903. 



Receipts. 

Appropriation for common schools, S3, 800 00 

" " High school, 1,700 00 

" " school supplies, 475 00 

" " transportation of pupils, 1,030 00 

" " books, etc., for High school, 50 00 

" " salary of Supt. of schools, 480 00 

Eeceivecl from Mass. School Fnnd, 426 34 

" " dog licenses, 285 70 



Expenditures. 




common schools, 


$4,420 21 


High school, 


1,709 42 


school supplies, 


489 14 


transportation of pupils, 


1,221 75 


books, etc., for High school, 


50 52 


salary of Superintendent, 


480 00 



^,247 04 



$8,371 04 
Deficit, $124 00 

• Estimates for the Support of Schools. 

For the Year 1903-1904. 
For common schools, $3,800 00 



High school, 


1,800 00 


school supplies, 


475 00 


transportation of pupils, 


1,360 00 


books, etc., for High school, 


50 00 


salary of Superintendent of schools, 


480 00 



$7,965 00 



The School Committee of Acton, 

By CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 

Chairman. 



14 



School Report 



Superintendent's Report. 



To the Acton School Committee : 

Gentlemen — In accordance with your regulations I here- 
by submit my third annual report as Superintendent of 
Schools. Below are given the school census of September, 
1902, and a summary of statistics for the school year ending 
June, 1902. At the close of this report will be found tabu- 
lated statistics to March 1, 1903 : 

Population, U. S. Census of 1900 2,120 

Valuation, May 1, 1902, $1,654,900 

Xumber of persons in town between and 15 years 

Boys, 154. Girls, 165. Total. . . 319 

Xumber of persons in town between 7 and 14 years : 

Boys, 10S. Girls, 125. Total, ... 233 

Xuniber of illiterate minors over 14 years of age : 

Boys, 1. Girls, 0. Total, 
Whole number enrolled in all the schools, 

between 5 and 15 years, 
" 7 and 14 years. 
over 15 vears, 



u 


tt 


11 


u 


a 


a 


it 


ti 


u 



Average membership, 
" attendance, . 

Percent of attendance, 

Xumber of weeks in school year, 

Whole number different schools, 

Whole number of teachers, 

Xumber of different male teachers during year, 
" « female " " 

" Normal School graduates, 

" who have attended Xormal Schools, 
" College graduates, 



1 
350 
304 

222 

27 

294 

268 

91 

2>$ 

10 

12 

1 

13 

7 

7 

3 



Town of Acton. 15 

Average wages per month of male teacher, . . $100 00 

" " " " " female teachers, . . 43 20 

Aggregate of months all the schools have kept, . 93^ 

Average number of months schools have kept, . 9.325 

In reviewing the work of the past year we are impressed 
by the spirit of harmony that has prevailed among all con- 
nected with the schools. The teachers have been loyal and 
have rendered faithful, efficient service. The committee have 
been constant in their support and earnest in their endeavor 
to further the best interests of the schools. Everything con- 
sidered it has been a pleasant and profitable year, but it is 
not the part of wisdom to be satisfied, for such a condition 
would stand in the way of future progress. Only by an 
earnest striving after better things can improvement be ex- 
pected. 

The subject of public school education is receiving 
marked attention everywhere. It is the purpose of the pub- 
lic school to help in preparing the children for the duties of 
life and citizenship, and to this end may it not justly expect 
the sympathy and support of the entire community ? 

The schools of Massachusetts have attained a high de- 
gree of efficiency and the value of her educational system is 
recognized throughout the country. A comparatively recent 
report of U. S. Commissioner Hon. W. T. Harris, states that 
each child in Massachusetts receives on an average seven 
years' schooling, while each child in the nation receives only 
four and three-tenths years. Thus each child in the Com- 
monwealth receives on an average 63 percent more schooling 
than each child in the nation at large. 

He quotes from the report of the Massachusetts Labor 
Bureau of Statistics to the effect that the average daily 
wealth producing power of each man, woman and child in 
the state is 66 cents per working day, while in the nation at 
large the average production is 37 cents per working day. 
Thus the average wealth producing power of each man, 



16 School Report 

woman and child in Massachusetts is yS percent greater than 
a similar average in the nation at large. From these state- 
ments may we not infer that the prosperity of a community 
depends largely upon its educational advantages ? 

The schools of Acton should, and we believe do, com- 
pare favorably in their efficiency with the best schools in 
similar towns throughout the state. Upon November 13 Mr. 
Walter Sargent, assistant State Supervisor of Drawing, spent 
the day in inspecting the work of our schools and expressed 
himself as being much pleased with the readiness and intel- 
ligence with which the pupils responded to his test questions. 
He considered them exceptionally wide awake and well 
trained. His work, taking him as it does into schools all 
over the state, enables him to speak from wide observation 
and experience and causes us to highly value his opinion. 

Teachers. 

It is a matter for congratulation, notwithstanding frequent 
change of teachers, that we are enabled to maintain so high a 
standard in the teaching corps. We believe that, upon the 
whole, the corps has never been more faithful and efficient 
than at the present time. However, we undoubtedly should 
be the gainers if we could make it an inducement for them to 
remain for a longer term of service. 

In June, Miss Cora Warren, who had taught several years 
in the Center Primary, resigned for rest and further study, 
and the Committee were fortunate in securing the services of 
Miss Martha F. Smith, a town girl, who had been a model 
teacher for several years in the New Hampshire State Normal 
School. Miss Williams of the South Grammar accepted a 
position in Arlington, and Miss Bertha M. Bridges of the 
Farmington Normal School succeeded her. Miss Ginal of the 
South Intermediate accepted a school in New Jersey and Miss 
Nellie A. Willey was chosen as her successor. Miss Mary 
Adams of the South Primary was followed by Miss Eudora 
Gould, a model teacher in the Farmington Normal School. 



Town of Acton. 17 

Miss Grace Webber resigned from the West Grammar 
School and Miss Jean Cragin from the West Intermediate, to 
engage in the work elsewhere. Miss Sarah Holland, a teacher 
of long experience, succeeded Miss Webber, and Miss Helen 
Tilden followed Miss Cragin. Near the close of the fall term 
Miss Holland and Miss Cragin withdrew, the latter to accept 
a school in Hingham, her home town, and Miss Blanche 
Clough (Smith '01) of Manchester, N. H., succeeded the 
former and Miss Lena Sewall, who had taught several years, 
followed the latter. The West Primary, under the efficient 
management of Mrs. Harriet Gardner, continues to do excel- 
lent work, and justly merits the confidence and support of 
parents and school officials. 

The importance of good primary teaching cannot be over- 
estimated. Inasmuch as the first years of school work are, for 
the most part, years of preparation for the work to follow, it 
is of utmost importance that good habits be formed. Cor- 
rect observation and accurate statement of simple facts, con- 
centration of thought on simple subjects which easily hold the 
attention, and precise memory of matters which are readily 
retained. 

The High School. 

The attendance during the year has been somewhat larger 
than that of last year and the interest shown and progress 
made by the pupils have been commendable. The work has 
followed lines heretofore marked out. Nothing new has been 
attempted, but much faithful effort has been given to increas- 
ing the efficiency of the prescribed work. We are fortunate 
in retaining Mr. Faxon's services and attention is called to his 
more detailed report of the work of the year. 

Miss Katherine Hall, who creditably filled the position as as- 
sistant last year, resigned in October to accept a aimilar posi- 
tion at an increased salary in the Quincy High School. Miss 
Helen Waterman (Brown 'oo), who had taught two years in the 
Providence High School, was appointed as her successor. 



18 School Report 

"The High School is the 'people's college,' and in its 
general aim should educate to make its pupils strong men 
and women, for the betterment of humanity. Specifically the 
High School should communicate to its pupils the elements 
of the highest culture ; it should bring the pupils into close 
contact with the life of the country and the times, and it 
awaken and widen the civic and higher human interests in the 
pupils and arouse the desire for an active life of service." 

As there is no senior class this year there will be no grad- 
uation exercises next June. Next year there will be the full 
number of classes. 

Grounds and Buildings. 

Thanks to the well-directed efforts of your efficient School 
Committee, who spent much time and thought during the 
summer vacation in improving our school grounds and build- 
ings, our school premises are now in good condition, and are 
attractive, neat and pleasant. 

Promotions. 

The repular promotions are decided upon in June, but as 
a child shows ability to advance during the year he is pro- 
moted to the next higher grade. For a number of years 
promotions from grade to grade have been made to depend 
upon the judgment of the teacher, supplemented by that of 
the Superintendent in special cases. 

No one is kept marking time, for it should be recognized 
that there is quite as much danger in undertaxing as in over- 
taxing the mind. Every pupil should have enough to do to 
call into healthful activity all his mental powers. 

The question which teachers and superintendent try to 
answer before assigning a pupil to his place in the school is, 
" Where will he get the most good?" that is, "Where will 
he find, all things considered, the best opportunity for 
growth ? " 



Town of Acton. 19 

Geography. 

The science of Geography has been practically re-created 
in the past few years. The earth has become very much 
smaller through the marvelous inventions of the age ; rail- 
way, telegraph, steamship and telephone make the earth one 
neighborhood. The ever increasing intimacy of all the na- 
tions of the earth with one another, together with the fact of 
our expanding territory, has given the study of geography a 
new importance and made a knowledge of it more necessary. 

" Geography is not a simple science by itself like botany, 
geology or astronomy, but a collection of sciences levied upon 
to describe the earth's surface as the dwelling place of man, 
and to explain something of its more prominent features." 

Political geography, which formed the stock of much of 
the former geography teaching, should be relegated to his- 
tory, where it properly belongs. History is closely allied to 
structural geography. 

The former teaching of geography gave the impression 
that the earth has always been just as it appears now, that 
climate depends solely on distance from the equator, and gave 
descriptions of countries, peoples and places, while the new 
teaching, with scientific thought as its basis, assumes that 
the earth, as we know it, is the result of a process of evolu- 
tion, "that what is has come from what was by means of 
processes still in operation." 

It endeavors to make plain the processes by which land 
and water have taken their present form, and demands con- 
stant reasoning from cause to effect, instead of the mere 
memorizing of names and definitions. A study of the effects 
of land formation upon drainage, climate, agriculture, indus- 
tries and commerce constitute a most important part of the 
new geography. A pupil today knows vastly more of the 
different countries, of the characteristics and industries of 
of the people, than was formerly acquired by school children. 
What the present school children do not possess as fully as 



20 School Report 

did their fathers and mothers is the ability to bound every 
State in the Union, to name and locate every capital and all 
the cities, and to trace the course of all the unimportant riv- 
ers. The non-essentials are being eliminated and teachers 
and pupils are putting time and attention upon the more vital 
topics. 

School Management. 

We ask careful perusal of the following quotation from 
the school report of a neighboring town, which concerns the 
co-operation of parents and teachers : 

" But after all, there is one consideration which must not 
be overlooked. In establishing a system of public schools 
the State never intended to release fathers and mothers from 
their sacred obligation to train and educate their children, but 
simply to assist them by providing facilities which ordinary 
means cannot procure. Co-operation then, between parents 
and teachers will not only give us better schools, but better 
children in the schools." 

" Parents often ask, ' Are you giving us good schools ? ' 
It is fair for us to ask them a few questions : ' Are you send- 
ing us good children ? ' ' Are they trained to the habits of 
prompt obedience ? ' 

" ' Are other duties and pleasures allowed to interfere 
with school work ? ' 

" * Are your children allowed to speak disrespectfully of 
their teachers ? ' 

" ' When you speak of the teacher before them do you 
remember that she is a person of education, training and 
good moral character ? ' 

" ' Do you teach your children to understand that the ha- 
bitual school offender bears the same relation to the school 
that the criminal does to the community ? ' 

" The methods of school management have changed 
some, but there is today the same need of regular attendance, 



Toivn of Acton. 21 

punctuality, obedience, accuracy, thoroughness and co-opera- 
tion between the home and school that has been referred to 
in report after report for the past fifty years." 

The increasing number of visits which parents are mak- 
ing to the schools indicate a desire to more thoroughly under- 
stand the conditions which surround their children when in 
the school-room. 

Parents should become acquainted with the teacher and 
know her desires and aims in the school work. Then the 
home and school are mutually benefitted. 

In conclusion I wish to express my appreciation for your 
continued support and for the hearty co-operation of teachers 
upon whom rests the burden of the work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HERBERT E. RICHARDSON. 



22 School Beport 

REPORT OF THE PRINCIPAL. 



Mr. H. E. Richardson, 

Superintendent of Schools : 

Dear Sir — I have the pleasure of presenting the following 
report of the High School from Sept. 3, 1902. 

Total enrollment, 30 ; average membership, 29 ; per cent, of 
attendance, 92. 

Usually, during the first year in the High School, there are 
a number who find the work there beyond their reach and they 
are compelled to leave. But this year, of the entering class of 
17, only one has dropped out. This would seem to indicate that 
the pupils are entering the High School much better prepared to 
cope with the difficulties that are to be encounterd there than 
heretofore. 

One of the most difficult of the practical problems that the 
teacher encounters is, h How to secure regular attendance." It 
would seem as if this was a perplexity with which we ought not 
to be harassed. Parents should see that their children are always 
present and punctual at school. A little thoughtlessness or neg- 
lect on their part will often defeat the work of the school for 
their children. Also, I would request parents not to ask that 
their children be excused during school hours. The example is 
bad, and, moreover, it tends to give the child the impression that 
school work is of secondary importance. With the parents' 
co-operation and with the bright outlook for easy communication 
between the different villages of the town, there seems to me no 
good reason for such a poor showing in attendance in the future 
as has been the case in the past. 

Next September will find our school with its full quota of 
classes. This will necessitate a lengthening of the present ses- 
sion till 2 p. m., or a return to two sessions, because of the 
increased amount of work that will arise. 

It is our aim here in the High School, to place the pupils 
on their own responsibility and to allow them all the liberties 
that would be expected by adults. I am pleased to say that, 
with but few exceptions, they appreciate the privilege. 

A number of books have been added during the pasfyear to 



Town of Acton. 23 

our reference library, and the school has been the recipient of a 
very handsome bust of Lincoln, and pedestal, a gift from the 
class of 1902. 

Miss Katherine W. Hall resigned in October to accept a 
more lucrative position in the Quincy High School. Her position 
has been filled by Miss Helen Waterman, a graduate of Brown 
University. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. L. FAXON. 



24 



School Report 



TRUANT OFFICERS' REPORT. 

For the Year Ending March 1, 1903. 



To the School Committee, Town of Acton, Mass. : 

The Truant Officers submit their first annual report to the 
School Committee for the year ending March 1, 1903. 

The Truant Officers submit the following list of pupils 
looked up for the year, the cause for their absence, and if truants 
the number that have been returned to school. 

Whole number of pupils looked up, 6. 

Cause of Absence. 

Sickness, 

Kept home by parent, 

Clothing, 

Tardiness, 

Out of town, 

Stormy weather, 

Reported truants, 

Truants caught and returned to school, 

Truants caught and returned to other towns, 

Uncaptured, 

Center School, 

High School pupils looked up, 

Yours respectfully, 

MOSES A. REED, 
JAMES KINGSLEY, 
C. G. TURNER, 

Truant Officers. 



South 
Acton. 


West 
Acton. 

















1 




















4 


2 


4 


2 



























Town of Acton. 25 



Commencement Exercises of the Acton High School 

At Town Hall, Acton, Mass., 
Thursday evening, June 19, 1902. 7.45 o'clock. 



PROGRAMME. 

1. March Orchestra 

2. Invocation Rev. Bernard Copping 

3. Song — ''Voices of the Woods" Chorus 

4. Address — ''Some Investments," Rev. O. S. Grey. Brookfield, Mass. 

5. Overture— "Orpheus" Offenbach 

Orchestra. 

6. Song — "Hither. Fairies Trip," Quartet 

Misses L. Pratt. B. Pratt, Fletcher and Jones. 

7. Presentation of Diplomas .... Supt. H. E. Richardson 

8. "America" School 



" Devotion to Duty' 



GRADUATES. 

CLASSICAL COURSE. 

Mary Eliza Kinsley. 

ENGLISH COURSE. 

Lizzie Jones Brown, Albert Porter Durkee, 

John Hubbard Littleneld. 

POST GRADUATE. 

Flora Blanche Reed. 
Colors — Blue and White. 



26 



School Report 



Roll of Honor for the Year Ending June 1902. 



One Year. 



Burroughs, Lizzie M. 
Gilbert, Alfred 
Hastings, Kalph 
McDonald, Agnes, 
O'Connell, Margaret, 
Robbins, Hazel G. 
Stancombe, Eva L. 



Boyce, Elmer, 
Cram, Bertha 
Harris, Arthur F. 
Mekkelson, Ida 
Quimby, Margaret 
Sawyer, Benjamin 
Schnair, Ella 



Baker, Ella 
Boyce, Lena 
Brown, Lizzie, 
Clark, Lester 
Cram, Lowell 
Devane, Thomas 
Duren, Ethel 
Fowler, Gladys 
Goding, Arthur 
Griswold, George 
Hall, Wessley 
Harris, V. Maud 
Harris, Bertha M. 
Hoar, Burton 



Edwards, William 
Greenough, Frank E. 
Littlefield, Harold 
O'Connell, Alice 
Piper, Ralph 
Sawyer, Chester 
Taylor, Marion C. 



Two Terms. 



Calberg, Grace I. 
Fletcher, Elsie C. 
Littlefield, John 
Mekkelson, Henry 
Richardson, Julia 
Schnair, Zara 
Wayne, James A. 



One Term. 



Bixby, Edward 
Brewster, Irving 
Estab'rook, Fred 
Coughlin, William 
Davidson, Guy 
Downie, Cora 
Durkee, Albert 
French, Ruth 
Greene, Bertha F. 
Griswold, Ethel 
Harris, Eva M. 
Harris, Roy L. 
Heath, Bertha 
Holton, Edward 



Town of Acton. 



27 



Jones, Mary E. 
Kinsley, David 
Lawrence, Eva M. 
McCormick, Earl H. 
Mikkelson, Bertha 
Morse, Arthur 
Kickerson, Marion 
Owen, Wallace 
Phalen, Harold R. 
Keed, Everett 
Robinson, Roy, 
Scanlon, Lizzie 
Schnair, Charles 
Stancombe, George 
Taylor, William S. 
Thomas, Rosa 
Thompson, Carl 
Tuttle, Gertrude M. 
White, Florence 



Jones, Karl 
Kingman, Herbert 
Lawrence, Mabel 
Merrill, Everett W. 
Mikkelson, Christine 
Munroe, Alexander 
O'Connell, Lena 
Perkins, Louise 
Randall, Earl 
Reed, Flora 
Rudolph, Myrtle 
Schnair, Cora 
Smiley, Charles 
Symous, Harold 
Taylor, Martha 
Thompson, Ethel E. 
Tuttle, Varnuni 
Wayne, John 
Wood, Helen A. 
Worden, M. Florence 



28 



Annual Reports 



Statistics For 1901 = 1902. 







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High 




40 


29 


22 


20.5 


93 





6 


25 


South Grammar 


VII, VIII, 
IX 


36 


20 


16 


15 


93 


13 


20 





" Intermediate 


IV, V, VI 


36 


40 


36 


33 


92.5 


40 


40 





" Primary 


I. II, III 


36 


57 


45.6 


39.6 


86.6 


24 


50 





Center Grammar 


VII, VIII, 
IX 


36 


28 


26 


23 


88 


21 


23 


5 


" Intermediate 


IV, V, VI 


36 


36 


33 


29 


87.7 


35 


36 





" Primary 


I, II, III 


36 


30 


26.5 


23 


88 


14 


27 





West Grammar 


VII, VIII, 

IX 


36 


24 


20 


IS 


90 


14 


20 


4 


" Intermediate 


IV, V, VI 


36 


40 


33 


31 


94 


36 


37 





" Primary 


I, II, III 


36 


46 


36.7 


36 


98 


25 


45 

l 


Totals 


350 


29.4 


26.8 


I 91 


222 


304 


27 



List of Teachers, 1902-1903. 



School 


Teacher 


g 

< 


Educated 


Salary 


u . , \ Principal 
Hl £ h ] Assistant 


A. L. Faxon 


1900 


Yale 


51,000 


HelenB. Waterman 


1902 


Brown 


500 


South Grammar 


Bertha M, Bridges 


1902 


Farmington 


380 


" Intermediate 


Jennie A. Willey 


1902 


Cambridge Training 


3S0 


'• Primary 


Eudora W. Gould 


1902 


Farmington 


380 


Center Grammar 


Sadie A. Collier 


1901 


Farmington 


380 


" Intermediate 


Ella L. Miller 


1899 


Framingham 


418 


'• Primary 


Martha F. Smith 


1902 


Lowell 


380 


West Grammar 


Blanche E Clough 


1902 


Smith 


380 


" Intermediate Lena E. Sewell 


1902 


Farmington 


380 


" Primary 


Harriet H.Gardner 


1SS9 


Ayer High 


454 



Town of Acton 



29 



Statistics, Fall and Winter Term, 1902=1903. 



School 



SO 



High 

South Grammar 
South Inter. 
South Primary 
Center Grammar 
Center Inter. 
Center Primary 
West Grammar 
West Intermediate 
West Primary 
Total 



17 
7 

5 

10 

3 

6 

12 

15 

13 

20 

17 

17 

12 

9 

8 

13 

12 

10 

22 

9 

7 

11 

5 

4 

11 

10 

16 

17 

11 

12 



10th 
11th 
12th 

8th 

7th 

9th 

4th 

5th 

6th 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

7th 

8th 

9th 

4th 

5 th 

6th 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

7th 

8th 

9th 

4th 

5th 

6th 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



>>30 



r- 



40 



54 



2 - 



hs 



3s 



20 



37 



40 



<v 5- 



18 

36.7 

50 

27 

34 

30 

19 

35 

37.8 



342! 31.6 



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> xi 

<< 



27 

17 

34 

44 

25 

31.7 

27.8 

18 

31 

34 

28.9 



Percent of 
Attendance 




do 

£? 


92 


. 


6 


94 


11 


19 


92 


40 


40 


87 


32 


54 


91 


19 


26 


93 


35 


35 


92 


18 


20 


93 


18 


2 


88 


36 


36 


91 


24 


40 


91 


234 


278 



24 



27 



30 School Report 



Department of School Supplies. 



Report of the Purchasing Agent. 

To the School Committee : 

I respectfully submit the expense account for this depart- 
ment for the financial year ending March 12, 1903 : 

J. L. Hammett Co. 

Mar. 18. 200 No. 12 spelling blanks, $2 50 

2 gr. No. 556 Esterbrook ver- 

tical pens, 

1 doz. qts. Treasury ink, 

50 sheets grey bristol, 

100 sheets Manilla tag, 

5 packages of grey drawing paper, 

1 doz. LePage paste, 

100 packages No. 2,304 arith- 
metic paper, 

75 sheets wrapping paper, 

3 boxes No. 475 round pegs, 
100 No. 140 blank books, 



April 28. 40 packages No. 3 paper, 
12 packages No. 1 paper, 
12 New Century maps 

May 1. 20 stories of Siegfred, 

12 stories of Troy De Garmo, 
14 stories of Ulysses, 
3 Virginian, 

10 lights to Literature, pt. 1, 
3 Tan's Geography, pt. 1, 
" " pt. 2, 



2 25 


3 00 


1 25 


50 


per, 1 80 


50 


12 00 


75 


48 


3 25 


9 20 


2 76 


>s, 3 60 


10 80 


3 78 


6 30 


4 20 


2 25 


1 08 


1 08 



$28 28 



15 bQ> 







Foivn of Acton. 




31 






3 Tan's Geography, pt. 3, 


$2 03 








" " pt. 4, 


1 35 








" " pt. 5, 


1 35 








4 Metcalf English Grammars, 


2 16 










36 38 


May 


7. 


1 doz. qts. Treasury ink, 


3 00— 


3 00 


May 


8. 


35 Fifty Famous Stories, 


11 03— 


11 03 


May 


29. 


1 doz. qts. Treasury ink, 


3 00— 


3 00 


May 


31. 


2 Lawton Duplicators, 

1 package dectograph paper, 

2 lbs. No. 120 Para erasers, 

43j 2 2 doz. No. 787 colored pencils, 
10 packages No. 211 paper, 
6 boxes No. 470 paper, 

3 boxes No. 475. paper, 
6 boxes Little Artist, 

3 packages blotters, 

4 packages 00 medium drawing 

6x9 
6 packages 00 medium drawing 

8 x 10J, 
100 Cornhiil pads, 
15 packages blue line letter, 
1 doz Treasury mucilage, 

5 packages i3snd paper disks, 


7 15 
35 

1 00 
10 79 

1 60 

1 92 
48 

1 20 
90 

1 28 

3 84 

3 75 

4 87 
75 
75 





40 63 
May 29. 3, 4 Lawton Duplicator, 14 63 

3 packages No. 25 decktograph 

letter, 1 05 

1 package decktograph note, 25 

1 letter size decktograph, 2 63 



June 14. 
Aug. 30. 
July 26. 
Sept. 9. 







18 56 


58 orange pencils No. 787, 


1 21— 


1 21 


7 gross No. 556 Esterbrook pens, 


3 15— 


3 15 


1 doz. rubber bands, 


20- 


20 


120 No. 140 blank books, 


4 20 




6 letter size tablets, 


34 





4 54 



32 




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19. 


1 package Dushane figure cards, 


25 






3. 


1 package Parish number cards, 


12 




Oct. 


^ doz. pitch pipes, 


80 


37 






3 clay bricks, 


60 








3 Cyrs' Primers, 


65 










2 05 




4. 


5 doz. Manilla note pads, 


1 25— 


1 25 


Sept. 


25. 


10 doz. No. 140 blank books, 

3 doz. Gem B. B. erasers, 

1 lb. No. 120 Para erasers, 

1000 manilla envelopes, 

6 Hiawatha, 

1 package No. 25 letter, 

Siegfred, 


3 90 

2 50 
70 
50 

2 10 
35 

3 60 










13 65 


Oct. 


23. 


1 doz. transparent slates, 

4 Eggleston 1st bk. History, 


50 
2 16 


2 66 


Nov. 


14. 


1 doz. excelsior compasses, 


1 00— 


1 00 




8. 


1 m tag envelopes, 


3 50— 


3 50 



Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 



190 02 



Mar. 15. 


2 Fiske Civil Governments, 


10 20— 


10 20 


April 7. 


65 Riverside Literature Series, 


13 81 






20 " " 


8 50 






63 " " 


21 42 






31 " 


3 95 






3 Fiske Civil Governments, 


2 55 






3 Bigelow Papers, 


2 00 










52 23 


29. 


2 Fiske Civil Governments, 


1 70— 


1 70 


Oct. 24. 


12 Hiawatha Primers, 


4 08— 


4 08 


Nov. 28. 


15 


5 10— 


5 10 



'3 31 



Town of Acton. 33 

American Bcok Co. 

Mar. 18. 23 sets bookkeeping blanks, 12 00 

Less 20 per cent, 2 40 



Mar. 29. 6 sets book keeping blanks, 6 00 

8 college check books, 1 00 

1 Mory's Rome. 1 00 

8~00 

Less 20 per cent, 1 60 

Sept. 9. 6 Webster H. S. Dictionaries, 5 88 

6 Smith Small Greece, 5 00 

5 Eggleston American History, pt. 1, 4 20 



Less one-fifth, 

9. 10 book keeping blanks, 
Less one-fifth, 

Oct. 4. 6 Webster Primary Dictionaries, 
Less one-fifth, 



Not. 25. 4 National Advanced Geography, 5 00 
7 Eggleston's American History, 

1st Bk., 4 20 



Less one-fifth, 



15 08 
3 00 


3 70 
74 


38, 2 88 

57 



Jan. 15. 6 Smith's Rome, 
Less one-fifth, 



9 20 

1 84 


5 00 
1 00 



9 60 



6 40 



12 07 



2 96 



2 31 



7 36 

4 00 
44 70 



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Educational Publishing Co. 




Apr. 


12. 


12 Ulysses for young readers, 
17 Cortez & Montezuma, 
19 Morseland, 

3 Pizarro, 
24 54 Classics, 

6 Robinson Crusoe for young 
readers, 


3 60 
5 10 
7 60 
90 
1 20 

1 80 






Less one-sixth, 


20 20 
3 36 










16 84 






,GlNN & CO. 






April 


7. 

25. 
3. 

13. 
4. 


7 Seven Little Sisters, 
45 Sketch books, 


3 50 
21 00 






Less one-sixth, 


24 50 
4 08 




Sept. 


40 Prince Arithmetic, 
5 new school algebras, 
4 L. Char. E. Composition and 
Rhetoric, 


6 67— 

6 72 

4 00 


20 42 
6 67 




Less one-sixth, 


10 72 
1 99 






2 Silas Warner, 

8 Physical Exercise Books, 

1 Green's History, 


60 
2 80 
1 12 


8 93 




Less one-sixth, 


4 52 
75 




Oct. 


7 Gage Introduction to Physi- 
cal Science, 
Less one-sixth, 


7 00 
1 17 


3 77 



5 83 



"an. 2. 


Town 

12 Cyr's Primers, 
Less one-sixth, 

4 Last of Mohicans, 
Less one-sixth, 

1 Les Miserables, 
1 Last of Mohicans, 

Less one-sixth, 

Postage, 


of 


Acton. 


2 88 
48 


35 


17. 




2 00 
33 


2 40 


31. 




80 
00 


1 67 






80 
13 








67 
10 










77 



University Publishing Co. 



Apr. 7. 31 Ivanhoe, 
6 The Spy, 
35 Knickerbocker Stories, 
32 Lady of the Lake, 
20 Christmas Stories, 
32 Tales of Grandfather, 

Less one-fifth, 



Silver, Burdett & Co. 

April 17. 24 Beacon Series, No. 77, 75 

1 " " 33, 03 



50 46 



6 20 




75 




7 00 




9 60 




2 50 




4 00 




30 05 




6 01 






24 04 



78 
25. 25 Beacon Series, No. 78, 75 — 75 

May 13. 20 « " 93, 80 

25 " " 77, credit, 75 

05 



36 School Report 

Sept. 9. 5 Stepping Stones to Litera- 
ture, 1st Book, 1 50 
10 Stepping Stones to Litera- 
ture, 2d Book, 
2 Morsey History of England, 

Less one-sixth, 

27. 50 Cecil music books No. 3, 
Less one-sixth, 



4 00 


1 


40 


6 


90 


1 


15 


42 


00 


7 


00 



Oct. 4. 6 Walsh Elementary Arithmetic, 1 80 
Less one-sixth, 30 



Allyn & Bacon. 

Sept. 3. 12 Chardonals Complete French, 12 00 
Less one-sixth, 2 00 



Edward E. Babb. 

Sept. 9. 4 Tans 1st Bk., Physical Geography, 3 67 

2 Natural Advanced Geography, 1 75 

2 Elementary Advanced Geography, 54 

12 Metcalf English Grammars, 6 00 



5 75 



35 00 



42 33 

Maynard, Merrill & Co. 
April 7. 17 English Classics No. 216, 170- 170 

D. C. Heath & Co. 

May 17. 4 Usteil des Paris, 1 20 

Less one-sixth, 20 



1 00 



1 50 



2 50 



10 00 



Town of Acton. 37 

8 Normal Music Readers, Book 

2, pt. 1, 2 60 

14 56 
13. 2 Botsford History of Greece. 1 84 

16 30 

National Publishing Co. 
July 1 map U. S., 1 25— 1 25 

Express Charges. 

Paid A. W. Rayner, 
A. L. Xoyes, 
A. L. Faxon, 



Credit supplies sold, 



7 10 

13 60 

1 00 






21 70 


3495 25 
6 11 




8489 14 



CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 

Purchasing Agent. 



38 Annual Reports 



Town Warrant. 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables in the Town of Acton, in 
the County of Middlesex, Greeting : 

You are hereby required, in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, to notify and warn the inhabitants 
of the Town of Acton, qualified to vote in elections and 
Town affairs, to assemble in the Town Hall, in said Town, 
on Monday, the Thirtieth Day of March, A. D., 1903, at 9 
o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to act on the follow- 
ing articles as they may think proper, viz. : 

Article i. To choose a Moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will accept the reports of 
the Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, 
Library Trustees and other Town officers. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary Town Officers and 
Committees, and fix salaries. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the report of any com- 
mittee chosen to report at this meeting. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the due observance of Memorial Day. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the Jury list 
as revised by the Selectmen. 

Art. 7. To see if the Town will relinquish any right 
or title it may have in the unbuilt portion of street leading 



Town of Acton. 39 

from Central Street to the Fitchburg Division of the Boston 
& Maine R. R., past the house of E. H. Hall, in the Village 
of West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 8 To see if the Town will authorize the placing 
of two bronze tablets, suitably inscribed with the names of 
the Minute Men, members of Capt. Isaac Davis' company, 
and suitable historical facts pertaining to the record of Lieut. 
John Hay ward, who took command of Capt. Isaac Davis' 
company after his death at Concord bridge, April 19th, 1775, 
on the monument erected on Acton Green, to the memory 
of Davis, Hayward and Hosmer, and appropriate a sum of 
money therefor, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 9. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money to defray the expenses of Peace Celebration in Acton, 
April 19th, 1903. 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town 
will raise for repairing roads and bridges the present year. 

Art. 11. To see if the Town will authorize its Treas- 
urer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money 
for the Town, if necessary, in anticipation of taxes the cur- 
rent year. 

Art. 12 To vote Yes or No in answer to the ques- 
tion : "Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating 
liquors in Acton the present year ? " 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town 
will raise for the support of Memorial Library the present 
year. 

Art. 14. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for support of Schools the present year. 

Art. 15. To see what amount of money the Town 
will raise for School supplies. 



40 Annual Reports 

Art. i 6. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for Town Charges, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 17. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum 
of money for the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Art. 18. To see if the Town will maintain street 
lamps the present year or act thereon. 

Art. 19. To see what action the Town will take in 
reference to the collection of taxes the present year. 

Art. 20. To see if the Town will appropriate the 
sum of one hundred dollars for nine band concerts, three in 
each village, Center, South and West, or act anything there- 
on. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will raise a sum of 
money in addition to the unexpended balance of 1902, to 
provide a suitable fire engine house at West Acton, or act 
anything thereon. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will approve and adopt 
the rules and regulations for the government of its Ceme- 
teries, submitted by the Cemetery Commissioners in their 
annual report, for the year 1 902-1 903, or take any action 
thereon. 

Art. 23. To see what sum of money the Town will 
appropriate for the care of Cemeteries the current year or 
act anything thereon. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will take any action rela- 
tive to the proposed taking of the water of Lake Nagog by 
the Commonwealth. 

Art. 25. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum 
of money for the repair of River Street, South Acton, or act 
anything thereon. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 



Town of Acton. 41 

Road Commissioner to widen and straighten the road from 
D. J. Hennessy's house to the South Acton road, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will vote to buy a water- 
ing cart. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by 
posting copies, attested by you, in the following places : One 
in each of the Postoffices and Railroad Stations, one in each 
of the stores of C. H. Mead & Co., M. E. Taylor & Co., 
Tuttle & Newton, H. A. Littlefield and Elnathan Jones, one 
at the office of F. J. Hastings & Co., and one at the Nagog 
House, seven days at least before the time appointed for 
holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not and make clue return of this warrant 
with your doings thereon, to the Selectmen or Town Clerk, 
on or before the time for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands, in Acton, this 12th day of 
March, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred 
and three. 

WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
EDWIN A. PHALEN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



42 



Annual Reports 



Index to Contents, 



Town Officers 
Town Clerk's Report 

Town Meetings, 1902 
Births . 
Marriages . 
Deaths 

Dogs Licensed 
Report of Selectmen 

List of Jurors 
Report of Treasurer 
Collector 
Auditor 

Road Commissioners 
Overseers of Poor 
Tree Warden . 
Board of Health 
Library Trustees 
Cemetery Commissioners 
Electric Street Railway Franchise 



School Report : 

Organization .... 

School Calendar .... 

High School Course of Study 

Committee . 

Financial Statement . 

Superintendent's Report 

High School Principal 

Truant Officers .... 

High School Graduation Exercises 

Roll of Honor .... 

Statistical Tables . . 

Department of School Supplies . 
Town Warrant 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 12, 

1904 



TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL REPORT. 




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Marlborough, Mass. : 

the estabrook press, printers and binders, frye block. 

1904. 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 12, 

1904 

TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL REPORT. 



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1904. 



Town Officers, 1903-1904 



Town Clerk. 
Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectmen. 

Edwin A. Phalen, Hanson A. Littlefield, 

Frank W. Hoit. 

Assessors. 

E. Faulkner Conant, Chauncey B. Robbins, 

William F. Kelley. 

Overseers of the Poor. 

Octavus A. Knowlton, I. Warren Flagg, 

William F. Kelley. 

Town Treasurer. 
Jonathan K. W. Wetherbee. 

Auditor. 
Waldo E. Whitcomb. 

Collector of Taxes. 
Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

Constables. 
James Kinsley, Wm. H. Kingsley, 

L. E. Reed. 

Cemetery Commissioners. 

Julian Tuttle, (term expires 1906), 

Herbert T. Clark (term expires 1905) 

Horace F. Tuttle, (term expires 1904). 



4 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Road Commissioners. 

Wm. H. Kingsley, (team expires 1905), 

Anson C. Piper, (term expires 1904), 

Albert H. Perkins, (term expires 1906). 

School Committee. 

Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1905), 

Horace F. Tuttle (term expires 1906), 

Frank R. Knowlton, (term expires 1904). 

Trustees of Memorial Library. 

(elected by the town) 
Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1905), 

William D. Tuttle, (term expires 1904), 

Lucius A. Hesselton, (term expires 1906). 

Board of Health. 

Frank J. Barker, M. D., (term expires 1904), 

Frank E. Tasker, M. D., (term expires 1906), 

Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1905). 

Fence Viewers. 

Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed, 

Oliver W. Mead. 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves. 

Herbert T. Clark, Edgar H. Hall, Jona. P. Fletcher, 

Charles E. Smith, Edward F. Richardson, 

J. W. Dupee. 

Field Drivers. 

James Kinsley, Wm. H. Kingsley, 

L. E. Reed, Daniel H. Farrar. 

Tree Warden. 
Charles J. Williams. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 5 

APPOINTED BY THE SELECTMEN. 
Registrars of Voters. 

Samuel A. Gilford, (term expires 1904), 

James McGreen, (term expires 1906), 

David T. Kinsley, (term expires 1905), 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio. 

Inspector of Cattle. 
Mo^es A. Rted. 

Fire Wardens. 

John S. White, Wm. H. Kingsley, N. J. Cole, 

Daniel H. Farrar, Delette H. Hall. 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, 
Held March 30, 1903. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meet- 
ing. 

Charles M. Kimball was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will accept the reports of the Se- 
lectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, Library Trustees 
and other Town officers. 

Voted, That the report of the Selectmen be accepted. 

Voted, That a sufficient number of the copies of the franchise 
granted by the Selectmen to the Lowell and Fitchburg Street R. R., 
be printed, to place one copy in the hands of each householder. 

Voted, To accept the reports of the other town officers. 

Voted, To adopt the recommendations made by the Collector 
of Taxes, in his report as follows : — That the Assessors be instructed 
to take the inventory the first week in May and make all poll- 
taxes and have them in the hands of the Collector on or before the 
fifteenth day of May. That the Collector be instructed to collect 
all such poll taxes on or before the fifteenth day of June. 

ARr. 3. To choose all necessary town officers and committees 
and fix salaries. 

Voted, To choose on one ballot a Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, 
three Selectmen, three Assessors, three Overseers of the Poor, one 
member of the School Committee, for three years, one Collector of 
Taxes, four Constables, one Cemetery Commissioner for three years, 
four Field Drivers, six Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and 
Staves, three Fence Viewers, one Trustee of Memorial Library for 



TOWN OF ACTON. 7 

three years, one Auditor, one Road Commissioner for three years, 
one member of the Board of Health for three years, and a Tree 
Warden. 

Voted, That the salary of the Collector of Taxes be one per 
cent of the amount collected, that the salary may be drawn as 
earned, and that he perform the duties hitherto performed by said 
officer. 

Voted, That the salary of the Road Commissioner be the same 
as last year, namely : — Two and one-half dollars per day employed, 
nine hours to constitute a day. 

Voted, that the Auditor examine all itemized bills and be paid a 
salary of fifteen dollars. 

The following Town officers were chosen : 

Town Clerk : Horace F. Tuttle. 

Town Treasurer : Jona. K. W. Wetherbee. 

Selectmen : Edwin A. Phalen, Hanson A. Littlefield, Frank W. 
Hoit. 

Assessors : E. Faulkner Conant, Chauncey B. Robbins, William 
F. Kelley. 

Overseers of the Poor : Octavus A. Knowlton, I. Warren Flagg, 
William F. Kelley. 

School Committee for three years : Horace F. Tuttle. 

Collector of Taxes : Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

Constables : James Kinsley, Wm. H. Kingsley, L. E. Reed, 
Daniel H. Farrar.* 

Cemetery Commissioner : Julian Tuttle, for three years. 

Field Drivers : James Kinsley, Wm. H. Kingsley, L. E. Reed, 
Daniel H. Farrar. 

Surveyor of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves : Herbert T. 
Clark, Edgar H. Hall,* Jona. P. Fletcher,* Charles E. Smith, Ed 
ward F. Richardson, J. W. Dupee.* 

Fence Viewers : Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed,* Oliver 
W. Mead.* 

Trustee of Memorial Library for three years : Lucius A. Hes- 
selton. 



Not sworn. 



ANNUAI/ REPORTS 

Auditor : Waldo E. Whitcomb. 
Road Commissioner : Albert H. Perkins. 
Tree Warden : Charles J. Williams. 
Board of Heath : F. E. Tasker. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 
No action taken. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the Town will raise for 
the due observance of Memorial Day. 

Voted, To raise the sum of one hundred (SlOO) dollars. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the jury list as revised 
by the Selectmen. 

Voted, After taking from the list the name of Frank A. Merriam, 
to accept the Jury list as revised by the Selectmen. 

Art. 7. To see if the Town will relinquish any right it may 
have in the unbuilt portion of street leading from Central Street to 
the Fitchburg Division of the Boston & Maine R. R. past the house 
of E. H. Hall, in the village of West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, That the town discontinue the unbuilt portion of the 
street leading from Central street to the Fitchburg Division of the 
B. & M. R. R. in West Acton. 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will authorize the placing of two 
bronze tablets, suitably inscribed with the names of the Minute Men, 
members of Capt. Isaac Davis' company and suitable historical facts 
pertaining to the record of Lieut. John Hayward who took command 
of Capt. Isaac Davis Company, after his death at Concord Bridge, April 
19, 1775, on the monument erected on Acton Green, to the memory 
of Davis, Hayward and Hosmer, and appropriate a sum of money 
therefor or act anything thereon. 

Voted, to pass over the article. 

Art . 9. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money 
to defray the expenses of Peace Celebration in Acton, April 19, 
1903. 

Voted, To appropriate the sum of One hundred (SlOO) dollars. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for repairing roads and bridges the present year. 

Voted, To raise Four thousand ($4000) dollars. 

Art. 11. To see if the Town will authorize its Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the Town, if 
necessary, in anticipation of taxes the current year. 

Voted, To authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen to borrow money for the Town, if necessary, in anticipa- 
tion of taxes the current year. 

Art. 12. To vote Yes, or No, in answer to the question : 
" Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 
Acton the present year?" 

Total number of ballots cast, 242 

Yes, 88 

No, 154 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Voted, to raise two hundred ($200) dollars, for books, and four 
hundred ($400) dollars, for current expenses. 



Art. 1 
for support 
Voted, l 



of 



To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
schools the present year, 
o raise for Common schools $3800 

< " High school, 1800 

1 " School supplies, 475 

1 " Transportation of pupils, 1360 

1 " Books, apparatus for High school, 50 
' " Salary of Superintendent, 480 



$7965 

Art. 15. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for School supplies. 

Action taken under Art. 14. 

Art. 16. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for Town charges, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To raise the sum of Twenty-five hundred ($2500) dollars. 



10 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Art. 17. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money 
for the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Voted, To appropriate the sum of Five hundred ($500) dollars. 

Voted, That the Selectmen be instructed to enforce the liquor 
laws. 

Art. 18. To see if the Town will maintain street lamps the 
present year or act thereon. 

Voted, To raise the sum of Eight hundred ($800) dollars for 
street lamps. 

Art. 19. To see what action the Town will take in reference 
to the collection of taxes the present year. 

Voted, That the Collector charge interest at the rate of five per 
cent per annum on all taxes remaining unpaid after the first day of 
November next. 

Voted, That all taxes shall be paid on or before the first day of 
March next, and if any taxes remain unpaid after that date the 
Collector shall collect according to law. 

Art. 20. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of One 
hundred ($100) dollars for nine band concerts, three in each village, 
Center, South and West, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To appropriate One hundred dollars for nine band con- 
certs, three in each of the villages, of Center, South and West. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will raise a sum of money in 
addition to the unexpended balance of 1902, to provide a suitable 
fire engine house at West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To raise the sum of Twelve hundred ($1200) dollars in 
addition to the unexpended balance of 1902, to provide a suitable 
fire engine house at West Acton. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will approve and adopt the rules 
and regulations for the government of its Cemeteries, submitted by 
the Cemetery Commissioners in their annual report for the year 
1902-1903, or take any action thereon. 

Voted, To dismiss the Article. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 11 

Art. 23. To see what sum of money the Town will appropri- 
ate for the care of Cemeteries the current year or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted, To appropriate five hundred ($500) dollars. 

Art. 24. To see if the town will take any action relative to 
the proposed taking of the water of Lake Nagog by the Common- 
wealth. 

Voted, To pass over the Article. 

Art. 25. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money 
for the repair of River street, South Acton or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To appropriate Five hundred ($500) dollars to repair 
River street in South Acton. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Road 
Commissioners to widen and straighten the road from D. J. Hen- 
nessy's house to the South Acton road, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To appropriate Three hundred ($300) dollars to widen 
and straighten the road from D. J. Hennessy's house to the South 
Acton road. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will vote to buy a watering cart. 

Voted, To raise the sum of One hundred and fifty ($150) dollars 
in addition to the unexpended balance of money raised last year for 
the stone crushing plant, to purchase a watering cart. 

Voted, To approve the minutes of the meeting. 

Voted, To dissolve the meeting. 

A true record. Attest : 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



12 ANNUAL REPORTS 



State Election. 

PROCEEDINGS OF MEETINGS. 
Held Nov. 3, 1903 in Precincts No. 1, 2 and 3. 
Votes. 
For Governor. 

Precinct 1. Precinct 2. Precinct 3. Total. 

John L. Bates, (Republican) 89 79 78 246 

Oliver W. Cobb, (Prohibition) 12 3 

William A. Gaston, (Democratic) 33 29 29 91 

Blanks, 2 12 5 

Lieutenant Governor. 



John Quincy Adams, (Socialist) 


1 





1 


2 


Curtis Guild, Jr. (Rep.) 


85 


75 


76 


236 


William F. Merrill, (Pro.) 


1 


1 


2 


4 


Richard Olney, 2d. (Dem.) 


33 


29 


26 


88 


Blanks, 


4 


5 


6 


15 



Secretary. 



John F. Coyle, (Socialist Labor) 








1 


1 


Alfred L. Cutting, (Pro.) 


2 


1 


2 


5 


Ezekiel M. Ezekiel, (Dem.) 


31 


25 


23 


79 


William M. Olin, (Rep.) 


85 


78 


77 


240 


Blanks, 


6 


6 


8 


20 



town of acton. 13 

Treasurer. 

John A. Billings, (Soc.) 11 

Edward S. Bradford, (Rep.) 83 78 79 240 

Napoleon B. Johnson, (Pro.) 12 3 

Thomas C. Thatcher, (Dem.) 34 22 21 77 

Blanks, 7 9 8 24 

Auditor. 



Joseph Orr, (Soc.) 





1 


1 


2 


Alfred E. Steele, (Pro.) 


1 


2 


2 


5 


Francois X. Tetrault (Dem.) 


31 


20 


20 


71 


Henrv E. Turner, (Rep.) 


84 


77 


76 


237 


Blanks, 


8 


10 


12 


30 



Attorney-Genehal. 



John A. Anderson, (S. L.) 





1 


1 


2 


William J. Carroll, (Soc.) 


1 





1 


2 


Henry M. Dean, (Pro.) 





2 


3 


5 


John J. Flaherty, (Dem.) 


30 


18 


19 


67 


Herbert Parker, (Rep.) 


88 


81 


79 


248 


Blanks, 


5 


8 


8 


21 



Councillor. 



Oscar C. Hulsman, (Soc.) 





1 


2 


3 


William J. McCluskey, (Dem.) 


28 


21 


20 


69 


Walter S. Watson, (Rep.) 


86 


77 


77 


240 


Blanks, 


10 


11 


12 


33 



Senator, Sixth Middlesex. 



Chester W. Clark, (Rep.) 


89 


78 


74 


241 


John P. Farley, (Dem.) 


30 


23 


24 


77 


Benjamin Staveley, (Soc.) 





1 


1 


2 


Blanks, 


5 


8 


12 


25 



- 1 * ANNUAL 


REPORTS 








Representative in General Court. 








Edward Fisher, (Dem.) 


34 


27 


28 


89 


George H. Hartford, (Rep.) 


83 


77 


71 


231 


Blanks, 


7 


6 


12 


25 


County Commissioner. 










George R. Duren, (Dem.) 


31 


26 


23 


80 


Samuel 0. Upham, (Rep.) 


86 


73 


74 


233 


Charles W. Ussher, (Soc.) 





2 


2 


4 


Blanks, 


7 


9 


12 


28 


Register of Probate and 


Insolvency. 








Emanuel Bernier, (Soc.) 


1 


1 


1 


3 


Samuel H. Folsom, (Rep.) 


85 


77 


75 


237 


Frank J. Simonds, (Dem.) 


32 


22 


'22 


76 


Blanks, 


6 


10 


13 


29 



Registrar of Deeds. 



Edwin O. Childs, (Rep.) 
Charles F. Drury, (Soc.) 
Blanks, 



92 


82 


82 


256 


4 


7 


4 


15 


28 


21 


25 


74 



County Treasurer. 

Joseph O. Authier, (Dem.) 
Charles G. F. Claus, (Soc.) 
Joseph O. Hayden, (Rep.) 

Blanks, 
Total number of ballots cast, 



Edward Fisher of Westford, (D.) 

George H. Hartford of Westford, (R) 231 

Blanks, 25 

345 



30 


24 


22 


76 


2 


1 


2 


5 


86 


78 


77 


241 


6 


7 


10 


23 


124 


110 


111 


345 


a 23d Middlesex District 






Acton Aver 


Littl'n Shirlej 


Westfd 


Total. 


89 152 


72 54 


181 


548 



207 105 106 166 815 

30 8 25 19 107 

389 185 185 366 1470 



TOWN OF ACTON. 15 



Town Clerk's Report 



Births. 



Whole number recorded, 


36 


Mixed parentage, 


14 


Males, 


17 


Foreign parentage, 


12 


Females, 


19 


Born in Acton, 


36 



Native parentage, 10 One parent born in Acton, 9 

Both parents born in Acton, 1 

Marriages. 

Whole number recorded, 32 

Residents of Acton, 45 

Residents of other places, 19 

Deaths. 

Whole number recorded, 38 

Residents of Acton, 35 

Residents of other places, 3 

Occurring in Acton, 34 

Occurring in other places, 4 
Average age, 54.3. 

Note. — The Town Clerk requests information of any omission 
or error in the lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

The Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared to 
furnish blanks for the return of births and deaths. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



16 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Births Registered in 1903. 



NO. 


DATE. 


NAME OF CHILD. 


NAME OF PARENTS. 


1 


Jan. 


2 


Helen Beatrice Searles 


Sandford S. and Annie H. (Hayward ) 


2 


i • 


3 


Annie Josephine Cahill 


John and Mary (Tobin) 


3 


t < 


27 


Frederick Lyman Bosworth 


Albert M. and Luella (Herrick) 


4 


" 


29 


Judith Alwild Lee 


John and Kristine (Kolseth x 


5 


Feb. 


17 


Wilbur Lloyd Lonmer 


George D. and Retta W. | Berry 


6 


< < 


23 


Winslow Harris Tuttle 


Frank H. and Bessie May ( Harris) 


7 


Mar. 


3 


Ruth Helena Davis 


Alfred W. and Lizzie M | Morse 


8 


14 


21 


Jennie Louise Tuttle 


Luke H. and Hattie Lee (Miles) 


9 


April 


7 


Walter David Thompson 


David G. and Bessie E. (Carle) 


10 


(« 


28 


Margaret Amanda McAllister 


George O. and Mary V. (Mclntyre) 


11 


May 


7 


Ralph Isaac Smith 


John D. and Louisa (Frasher^ 


12 


" 


10 


Henry Wilson Evans 


loseph W. and Mary Alice (Knights) 


13 


June 


3 


Russell Firield Buckley 


John H. and Nellie M. f Firield) 


14 


" 


29 


Fercival Winslow Wood 


Charles E. and Nellie S. ( Rice) 


15 


July 


13 


Carleton Warren Gallant 


Joseph and Minnie (Jones) 


16 




15 


Frank Eugene Porter 


Ralph E. and Bertha May (Snyder) 


17 


44 


20 


Agnes Gertrude Coughlin 


William C. and Annie J. ^Brennan 


18 


" 


29 


Marion Frazier Spinney 


Dexter L. and Margaret S. v Frazier) 


19 


Aug. 


3 


Gladys Marie Kinney 


Joseph M. and Charloitie A. ( Baker) 


20 




4 


Patrick Joseph Laws 


Isaac D. and Delia (Baker) 


21 


" 


15 


Pauline Augusta Jones 


Frank and Hortense (Champagne) 


22 


" 


31 


Hazel Clementine Beach 


Albert R. and Flora A. (Frazier) 


23 


Sept . 


4 


Edith Naomi Schnair 


Charles H. and Leah ("Squires) 


24 


" 


12 


George Lewis Ziegler 


August G. and Olive M. (Clough) 


25 


" 


18 


William Edgar G. Skinner 


Edgar G. and Emma (Gregory) 


26 


Oct. 


2 


Mary Ellen Hearon 


Thomas and Ellen ( Maboney) 


27 


" 


3 


Elizabeth Agnes Manion 


Thomas J. and Charlotte E. (Duggan) 


28 


•« 


6 


Helen Annie Lawson 


John R. and Almaiitta I. (Harvev 


29 


" 


12 


Genavee Elizabeth Coughlin 


John F. and Mary T. (Waldron >' 


30 


<i 


13 


Thomas Walter Byron 


James F. and Bridget E. (Delaney 


31 


u 


18 


Harlan Emery Tuttle 


Horace F. and Carrie E. (Taylor) 


32 


Nov. 


21 


Frances Elizabeth Eneguess 


Michael and Mary .Sullivan") 


33 


Dec. 


10 


John Les.er Fletcher 


Lester N. and Alma A. (Fountain) 


34 


« 4 


12 


Raymond Edwin Johnson 


Albion A. and Linnea H. ( lungbeck) 


35 


44 


28 


Muriel Vilette Miner 


Ernest B. and Martha F. (Davis) 


36 




28 


Sele Sood 


Morris and Katie (Singer 



TOWN OF ACTON. 
Marriages Registered In J 903. 



17 



NO. 


DATE PLACE 


NAMES 


RESIDENCES 


1 


Jan 1 f 


William Hart 


W. Acton 




W. Acton ( 


Harriet Erma Mason 


<( i < 


2 


Jan. 1 J 


William J. Mullin 


Ayer 




Maynard \ 


Mary E. Hubbard 


W. Acton 


3 


Jan. 1 f 
W. Acton \ 


Edward H. Read 


Fitchburg 




Ethel M. Cutler 


W. Acton 


4 


Jan. (3 f 


Isaac D. Law 


W. Acton 




Acton \ 


Delia Baker 


W. Acton 


5 


Jan. 31 1 


Eugene L. White 


W. Acton 




Boston \ 


Angeline M. Bennett 


Fitchburg 


6 


Feb. 12 f 


Frank R. Knowlton 


W. Acton 




\V. Acton \ 


Ellen Hosmer Hall 


W. Acton 


7 


Feb. 15 \ 


Walter S. Pierce 


X. Billerica 




Maynard ( 


Virginia S. Hubbard 


W. Acton 


8 


March 9 1 


Chester B. Robbins 


Acton 




Cambridge \ 


Augusta A. Dole 


Cambridge 


9 


March 23 1 


Hanie S. Greenough 


Acton 




Acton \ 


Effie E. Pickens 


Acton 


10 


April 2 / 


Sidney L. Richardson 


Acton 




Newbury \ 


Helen Hale Ilsley 


Newbury 


11 


April 14 1 


James A. Grimes 


W. Acton 




Acton | 


Jessie A. Thompson 


Acton 


12 


April 29 


William Harris 


Acton 




Concord \ 


Minnie Boulger 


Acton 


13 


May 17 I 


Llewellyn T. Fullonton 


S. Acton 




S. Acton ( 


Ethel M. Quimby 


S. Acton 


14 


May 23 ( 

Acton \ 


Albert R. Beach 


W. Acton 




Flora A. Frazier 


W. Acton 


15 


June 3 f 


Walter Priest 


Maynard 




W. Acton \ 


Lizzie Blanche Downie 


W. Acton 


16 


June 5 f 
Acton \ 


Oscar Rathburn Adams 


Worcester 




Sarah Gertrude Cutler 


Marlborough 


17 


June 10 ( 
S. Acton X 


Augustus L. Sanderson 


Acton 




Bertha M. Stanley 


Haverhill 


18 


June 22 f 


Fred W. Gray 


W. Acton 




Charlestown \ 


Florence A. Win slow 


W. Acton 


19 


Tune 25 f 


Walter H. Skinner 


Boston 




Waltham \ 


Sarah A. Collier 


Acton 


20 


Aug. 2 f 


Lewis E. Dinsmore 


Boston 




Acton \ 


Sarah Dobbins 


Boston 


21 


Sept. 2 f 


William Arthur Rayner 


Acton 




Watertown \ 


Lenora Alice Gowing 


Watertown 


22 


Sept. 13 1 
So. Acton X 


George Raymond Tuttle 


S. Acton 




Elaine Climena Symonds 


S. Acton 


23 


Oct. 14 ( 


W 7 illiam Henry Latham 


New Britain, Ct. 




W. Acton \ 


Mary Catherine Parker 


W. Acton 


24 


Oct. 21 } 
Maynard \ 


Clovis Gallant 


W. Acton 




Mary Agnes Wright 


W. Acton 



18 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Marriages — Continued, 



25 


Oct. 25 f 
Maynard \ 


Antoine I. Courtemarche 


S. Acton 




Mary L. LaFlamme 


S. Acton 


26 


Oct. 28 ' f 


William J. Clark 


S. Acton 




Acton \ 


Emma Johnson 


Maynard 


27 


Nov. 4 | 
Concord \ 


Peter C. Jensen 


Concord 




Annie Dennieheigh 


Acton 


28 


Nov. 25 ( 


Charles Julian Tuttle 


Acton 




N. Acton \ 


Hattie Belle Harris 


N. Acton 


29 


Nov. 28 / 


Ole Granberg 


S. Acton 




Acton ( 


Matilda Anderson 


S. Acton 


30 


Dec. 2 f 


Allen Brooks Parker 


W. Acton 




Chambersb'g, Pa \ 


Nora Elizabeth Spayd 


Chambersb'g, Pa 


31 


Dec. 5 ( 


Edward Anderson 


S. Acton 




Concord \ 


Tilda Petersen 


Lowell 


32 


Dec. 23 ( 


George Lucian Noyes 


Acton 




Acton ( 


Jennie Ethel Miles 


Acton 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



19 



Deaths Registered in 1903. 



AGES 



1 


January 


8 


2 


January 


12 


3 


January 


18 


4 


January 


23 


5 


January 


24 


6 


January 


24 


7 


February 


3 


8 


February 


7 


9 


February 


26 


10 


March 


11 


11 


March 


11 


12 


March 


15 


13 


May 


<> 


14 


May 


<» 


15 


May 


22 


16 


May 


I'- 


17 


June 


ll 


18 


June 


11 


19 


June 


22 


20 


July 


4 


21 


'July 


17 


22 


July 


18 


23 


July 


22 


24 


July 


2H 


25 


August 


11 


26 


August 


17 


27 


August 


18 


28 


September 


14 


29 


September 


22 


30 


September 


24 


31 


October 


13 


32 


October 


•Jl 


33 


October 


26 


34 


October 


29 


35 


November 


16 


36 


December 


17 


37 


December 


25 


38 


December 


28 



Charles Henry Clark 

Sidney S. Shattuck 

Thaddeus Liscomb Barker 

Will Murray Charlton 

Nettie Francena (Cummings) Forbush 

Eliza Jane (Ackerman) McLaughlin 

Susan Augusta (Davis) Conant 

Joel Hayward Whitcomb 

Mary (Davis) Richardson 

Alonzo Lincoln Tuttle 

Howard Emerson Faulkner 

Solomon Stillman Flags; 

Rebecca (Robbins) Allen 

Frank Henry Whitcomb 

Mary Ann (Hyde) Houghton 

Mary Jane (Dean) Murphy 

Gertrude Southwick Heath 

Maud Ethel Clark 

Louisa Jane ( Richardson) Burroughs 

Elizabeth F. (Dodge) Burleigh 

Lewis Vinal Clough 

Gertrude M. (Fuller) Hutchinson 

Charles Hubbard 

Hanson A. Littleheld 

Herbert Harvey Ramsdell 

Russell Fifield Buckley 

Benjamin Warren Read 

Gertrude E. Peet 

Harriet Proctor (Handley) Tuttle 

James Edwin Norcross 

Adeline (W 7 alker) Haynes 

Eliza T. (Donahue) Gould 

Charles Edward Brown 

George Thomas Knowlton 

Annie (McNeil) McNeil 

Eben Frank Wood 

Hiram Nickerson 

Sarah Ann (Atherton) Carleton 



YR. 


MO. 


DS. 


16 


3 


7 


22 


7 


29 


76 


7 


1 


34 


5 


25 


60 


6 


28 


77 






65 


1 


10 


77 


3 


7 


84 


2 


9 


73 


3 


29 


66 


10 


18 


73 


10 


15 


77 


10 


23 


65 


4 


2 


75 


11 


2 


25 




18 


1 


2 


2 


14 


7 


12 


92 


9 


18 


72 


3 


8 


57 


9 


20 


27 


1 


16 


41 






54 


11 


28 


'Z\ 


4 


18 




2 


14 


58 





12 


26 


2 


2 


81 


10 


26 


74 


1 


13 


81 


2 


2 


35 


3 


23 


23 


7 


10 


51 


8 


8 


60 






66 


6 


8 


70 


8 


1 


95 


8 


28 



20 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Non-Resident Burials in J 903. 



AGES 



NO. 


DATE OF 
DEATH 


NAME OF PERSON. 


RESIDENCE 


YR. 


MO. 


DS 




1903 














1 


March 


6 


Augusta Conant Parker 


Stoneham 






2 


2 


March 


9 


Henry F. Hosmer 


Lancaster 


06 


2 


9 


3 


March 


11 


Ernest R. Smith 


Carlisle 






3 


4 


March 


15 


Amanda M. Barnard 


Fitchburg 


78 


2 


10 


5 


March 


22 


John H. Clark 


Concord 


56 


9 


16 


6 


March 


24 


Samuel T. Brown 


Nashua, N. H. 


60 






7 


April 


25 


Helen A. Rowell 


Westfield 


74 






8 


April 


30 


Lydia Law 


Medford 


64 


3 


25 


9 


May 


3 


Charles H. Tuttle 


Chelsea 


61 


7 


16 


10 


June 


6 


Eva May Allsop 


Boston 


28 


6 


19 


11 


Sept. 


6 


Emma F. Billings 


Worcester 


59 


1 


20 


12 


Sept. 


17 


Helen E. Whitcomb 


Clinton 




4 


2 


13 


Oct. 


6 


Dorothy E. Abbott 


Methuen 




6 


11 


14 


Oct. 


17 


Nathan H. Wheeler 


West Newton 


79 


3 


5 


15 


Nov. 


8 


Mary A. Call 


Springfield 


72 







TOWN OF ACTON. 



21 



Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1903. 



Wm. F. Stevens, 


$2 00 


John Temple, 


$2 00 


C. H. Morris, 


2 00 


Wm. F. Merrill, 


2 00 


E. C. Shapley, 


2 00 


Solon A. Robbins, 


2 00 


J. Sterling Moore, 


2 00 


Herbert Hale, 


2 00 


Henry J. Stoos, 


2 00 


George E. Humphrey, 


2 00 


Albert H. Perkins, (2) 


4 00 


Charles Wheeler, 


2 00 


Frank Williams, 


5 00 


Jack E. Durkee, 


2 00 


Moses Taylor, 


2 00 


Charles T. Calder, 


2 00 


Moses E. Taylor, 


2 00 


J. Linwood Richardson, 


5 00 


Mrs. J. Williams, 


2 00 


Luther Conant, 


2 00 


Everett Spinney, 


5 00 


Alfred Weeks, (2) 


7 00 


Luke Tuttle, 


2 00 


Michael O'Connell, 


2 00 


George F. Simonds, 


2 00 


A. L. Lawrence, 


2 00 


Herbert Kingman, 


2 00 


Carlton C. Taylor, 


5 00 


John Downey, 


2 00 


Tuttle ik Newton, 


2 00 


Cyrus G. Dole, (2) 


4 00 


Margaret Coughlin, 


2 00 


Roy L. Duren, 


5 00 


Amasa E. Lincoln, 


2 00 


Lester N. Fletcher, (2) 


4 00 


John M. Brown, 


2 00 


Daniel C. Lincoln, 


2 00 


Chester H. Harris, 


2 00 


Harry E. Holt, 


2 00 


Edmund Dow, 


2 00 


Wm. B. Holt, 


2 00 


B. T. Maxim, 


4 00 


W. F. Kelley, 


2 00 


N. J. Cole, (3) 


9 00 


L. W. Perkins, 


2 00 


Timothy A. Thompson, 


2 00 


F. J. Barker, 


5 00 


Hugh Waters, 


5 00 


Joseph Reynolds, 


2 00 


Daniel H. Farrar, 


2 00 


H. A. Gould, 


2 00 


Arthur S. Lanone, 


2 00 


W. C. Taft, 


2 00 


W. W. Hern, 


2 00 


Francis S. Davis, 


5 00 


Elnathan Jones, 


2 00 


David C. Harris, 


2 00 


L. H. Pinkham, 


2 00 


Eugene L. White, 


2 00 


Charles S. Moulton, 


2 00 


Robert L. Randall, 


2 00 


Henry M. Smith, 


2 00 


Arthur Tuttle, 


2 00 


John H. Watkins, (2) 


7 00 


John M. Stevenson, 


5 00 


William F. Watkins, 


2 00 


Catherine Green, 


2 00 


George Weaver, 


2 00 


Frank W. Bulette, 


2 00 


Fred A. Hallowell, 


2 00 


Chas. L. Ford, (2) 


10 00 


Frank A. Pratt, 


2 00 



22 


ANNUAL 


REPORTS 




Chauncey B. Robbins, 


$2 00 


Hiram E. Gates, 


$2 00 


James A. Grimes, 


2 00 


C. M. Kimball, (2) 


4 00 


Ernest Smith, 


2 00 


Moses Thompson, 


2 00 


Elizabeth Taylor, 


2 00 


Augustine Risso, 


2 00 


Ellery Wright, 


2 00 


O. A. Knowlton, 


2 00 


J. M. Kelly, 


2 00 


Robert G. Reed, 


2 00 


L. C. Carberg, 


2 00 


John Kennedy, 


2 00 


Patrick O'Neil, 


2 00 


Madeline M. Ineson, 


2 00 


James Cole, 


2 00 


Edward Willis, 


2 00 


Alfred J. Morse, 


2 00 


George Brooks, 


2 00 


Frank Pratt, 


2 00 


John Maines, 


2 00 


C. A. Sawyer, 


2 00 


William S. Warren, 


2 00 


Edwin T. Swift, 


5 00 


Frank E. Harris, 


2 00 


John Buckley, 


5 00 


George A. Barker, 


2 00 


George W. Worster, 


2 00 


W. P. Hooper, 


2 00 


George F. Lawrie, 


5 00 


George A. DeLord, 


2 00 


Michael Hayes, 


2 00 


Daniel Mahoney, 


2 00 


F. H. Holden, 


2 00 


Michael Eneguess, 


2 00 


W. H. Hill, 


2 00 


Warren Jones, 


2 00 


W. C. Robbins, 


2 00 


Wilbur Fisk, 


2 00 


W. C. Coughlin, 


2 00 


O. W. Penniman, 


2 00 


Willard Rudolph, 


2 00 


George T. Knowlton, 


2 00 


J. L. Adams, 


2 00 


Wm. J. Moore, (2) 


4 00 


Harry Wilkins, 


2 00 


T. C. Lothrop, (2) 


7 00 


Constance O'Neil, 


2 00 


Benj. Pope. (4) 


14 00 


Whole number licensed, 137. 






Number of males, 117, 


at $2.00 each, 


$234 00 


Number of females, 20, 


at >.") each 


, 


100 00 
$334 00 


Deduct fees, 137 licensi 


*s at 20 cents each, 
Treasurer, 


27 40 


Amount paid to County 


$306.60 






HORACE F. TUTTLE, 






Town 


i Clerk. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



23 



Selectmen's Report. 



South School, 




Paid Eudora W. Gould, Primary, 


$120 00 


Inez G. Kilton, " 


260 00 


Jennie A. Willey, Intermediate, 


120 00 


Martha Fagerstrom, " 


260 00 


Bertha Bridges, Grammar, 


120 00 


Virginia Rowell, " 


80 00 


Sarah Kelley, 


88 00 


Mary A. Walker, " 


20 00 


Martha Hosmer, " 


15 00 


Emma J. Foster, " 


15 00 


Katherine B. Feeley, " 


40 00 


Geo. C. Turner, Janitor Grammar, 


47 50 


" " cleaning Grammar, 


12 05 


" " fuel and extra labor, Gram 




mar, 


10 63 


" " Janitor South, 


100 00 


" " cleaning " 


16 25 


" " fuel and extra labor, South 


, 7 75 


South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, " 


87 77 


Tuttle & Newton, incidentals, " 


2 28 


" " " Grammar, 


35 


E. Jones, 


1 05 


" " " South, 


4 47 


J. L. Hammett & Co. " 


4 39 


Poor Farm Dept., wood, 


12 00 



$1,444 49 



24 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Center School. 

Paid Ella L. Miller, Intermediate, $418 00 

Sadie A. Collier, Grammar, 120 00 

Nancy Bucknam, " 260 00 

Martha F. Smith, Primary, 406 00 

Asaph Parlin, Janitor, 145 99 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, 11 09 

D. J. Wetherbee, 39,550 lbs. " 111 65 
Luther Davis, wood, 12 50 
Poor Farm Dept., wood, 12 00 
J. L. Ham met & Co., incidentals, 4 39 

E. Jones, " 7 90 
M. E. Taylor & Co., " 4 60 



West School. 




Paid Lena E. Sewell, Intermediate, 


$118 00 


Gertrude E. Peet, " 


20 00 


Agnes C. Develin, " 


236 00 


Harriet H. Gardner, Primary, 


456 00 


Blanche E. Clough, Grammar, 


80 00 


Marion W. Flagg, " 


30 00 


Jennie V. Sargent, " 


260 00 


Thomas Scanlon, Janitor, 


132 98 


" " cleaning, 


20 00 


" " incidentals and 


carrying 


water, 


11 00 


E. Jones, incidentals, 


14 80 


Poor Farm Dept., 4 cords wood, 


24 00 


E. C. Parker & Co., coal, 


155 31 



High School. 

Paid A. L. Faxon, Principal, $1,067 50 

Helen B. Waterman, Assistant, 162 50 

Ruby M. Atwood, " 337 50 

Tuttle & Newton, incidentals, 1 08 

E. Jones, " 25 



$1,514 12 



$1,558 09 



TOWN 


OF ACTON. 






25 


Paid G. C. Turner, Janitor, 




$100 


00 




" " cleaning, 




16 


25 




" " fuel and extra labor, 


7 


75 




E. Jones, incidentals, 


4 


48 




Tuttle & Newton, 




2 


28 




So. Acton Coal and Lumbe 


r Co., coal, 


87 


78 




Poor Farm Dept., wood, 




12 


00 











— $1, 


799 37 


Appropriated, 


$1,800 00 








School Supplies. 








Paid J. L. Hammett & Co., 




$215 13 




D. C. Heath & Co., 




38 


53 




Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 




44 


92 




E. E. Babb & Co., 




36 


13 




Ginn & Co., 




35 


01 




Silver Burdett & Co., 




35 


27 




American Book Co., 




15 


00 




Educational Publishing Co.. 


• 


41 


17 




University Publishing Co., 




8 


20 




De Wolf, Fiske & Co., 




2 


00 




Maynard, Merrill & Co., 




1 


00 




Wm. G. Poore, 




34 


00 




H. E. Richardson, 




5 


50 




J. Rums Wales, 




2 


00 




Allyn & Bacon, 




6 


67 





$520 53 

A. W. Ray nor, express on supplies, 10 53 

T. Scanlon, " " " 30 

A. L. Noyes, transporting supplies, 10 65 21 48 

542 01 



Apparatus for High School. 

Paid D. C. Heath, $10 00 

A. W. Hall Scientific Co., 6 00 

DeWolf, Fiske & Co., 31 28 



47 28 



Appropriated, 50 00 



26 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Musical Instructions in Schools. 
Paid Marion W. Brown, $114 00 



SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION. 


High 


School Scholars. 




Paid B. W. Reed, 1901, 




$5 00 


B. W. Reed, 1902, 




5 00 


S. B. Insen, 1902, 




5 00 


John Maines, 1902, 




5 00 


F. A. Pratt, 1902, 




5 00 



$25 00 



Public School Scholars. 



Paid Wm. S. Jones, 

George E. Greenough, 
Jens Mikkleson, 



Appropriated, 51,360 00 



Soldiers Relief and Burial of Indigent Soldiers. 

Paid Tuttle & Newton, aid Mrs. Whalen, $ 7 08 

16 00 

5 00 

5 00 

26 03 

5 00 



$237 50 




544 00 




532 00 






11,313 50 



(I 



Jas. L. Adams, " 

E. Jones, " 

Chas. B. Heath, board, 

M. E. Taylor & Co., aid 

Mary A. Whalen, " 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., Coal, 

aid Mrs. Whalen, 8 15 

Mrs. Wm. Gordon, care Phebe Wood, 

13 months, 364 00 

Elsworth Houghton, transporting Phebe 

Wood to Maynard, 1 00 

Dr. Good now, disinfectant for Phebe 

Wood's House, 1 00 

E. A. Phalen, expenses, Phebe Wood, 4 35 



TOWN OF ACTON. 




Paid Mrs. L. A. Hesselton, clothing, 




Phebe Wood, 


$4 45 


City of Marlboro, aid for Wm. F. B. 




Whitney, 


85 28 


Received from City of Newburyport, 


71 25 


Due 


26 00 



27 



Received from Pension and State Aid, 

account Phebe Wood, 
Due from Pension and State Aid, account 

Phebe Wood, 



240 00 



$532 34 



State and Military Aid. 



Paid Emma F. Blood, 


12 months, 


$48 00 


John Clark, 


12 


u 


60 00 


Aaron S. Fletcher, 


12 


a 


48 00 


Ephraim B. Forbush, 


12 


a 


48 00 


Lydia Handley, 


12 


it 


48 00 


Hulda Moulton, 


12 


ti 


48 00 


Mary A. Parlin, 


12 


tt 


48 00 


Mary Smith, 


12 


H 


48 00 


Addison B. Wheeler, 


12 


11 


48 00 


Mary A. W T halen, 


12 


« 


48 00 


Eben F. Wood, 


8 


e< 


50 00 


Bridget Mavvn, 


9 


a 


36 00 


Susan A. Clough, 


4 


tt 


16 00 



Amount to be returned by Commonwealth, 



$594 00 



Support of Poor on Farm. 

Paid L. C. Taylor, carrying milk, $3 84 

Moses Thompson, salary, 350 04 

C. G. Durkee, 4,770 lbs. hay, 33 39 

F. J. Hastings & Co., 1,284 lbs. hay, 8 99 

F. J. Livingston, soap, 1902, 2 00 

E. C. Parker & Co., grain, 288 52 

Hobbs & Warren, blanks, 111 



28 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid C. E. Broudier, repairs, $10 77 

J. S. Moore, meat and provisions, 85 77 

M. E. Taylor & Co., groceries and sup- 
plies, 

S. S. Searles, blacksmithing, 

Fred W. Gray, painting, 

Fred S. Whitcomb, mowing machine, 

H. T. Clark, 1 wagon, 
" " 1 rack, 

S. A. Guilford, ironing wagon, 
" " blacksmithing, 

A. D. Holt, labor and stock, "repairs,' 

So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co., coal and 
lumber, 

W. E. Whitcomb, meat and provisions, 

H. L. Whitcomb, wall paper, 

E. B. Harlow, meat, 
J. E. Rice, repairs, 
C. B. Robbins, 2 pigs, 
Luther Conant, 6,100 lbs. feed, 
I. W. Flagg, 1 pair traces, 
A. H. Perkins, 1 cow, 

F. J. Livingston, soap, 
E. Jones, 1 pair pants, 
C. H. Mead & Co., supplies, 
A. H. Perkins, pasturing cattle, 
J. E. Durkee, use of bull, 
H. T. Clark, 1 sled, 
Extra help, 
A. Risso, use of bull, 
Moses Reed, seed potatoes, 
M. Thompson, repairing wringer and ex- 
press, 

M. Thompson, 1 ladder and supplies, 

Tuttle & Newton, groceries, 

S. S. Searles, ironing sled, 

Jas. Grimes, cutting 32 cords wood, 

$1,911 80 



428 


95 


11 


55 


17 


76 


39 


00 


50 


00 


7 


50 


58 


00 


8 


45 


46 


02 


l 
6 


73 


16 


69 


6 


99 


1 


44 


2 


85 


6 


00 


68 


63 


3 


00 


57 


50 


3 


00 


1 


25 


60 


14 


17 


50 


10 


00 


13 


89 


121 


87 


1 


00 


1 


60 


1 


30 


2 


80 


2 


96 


26 


00 


32 


00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 29 

Support Outside Poor. 

Paid Westboro Insane Hospital, care F. H. 

Harris, $128 60 

Westboro Insane Hospital, care Hattie K. 

Warren, 37 14 

Worcester Insane Hospital, care Anna H. 

Parlin, 169 46 

Worcester Insane Hospital, care James A. 

McLane, 169 46 

Worcester Insane Asylum, care of Clara 

Wheeler, 169 46 

Abbie Fiske, care Susan Fiske, 75 00 

Dr. F. J. Barker, attendance Susan Fiske, 50 75 
Massachusetts General Hospital, care E. P. 

Hunt, 11 00 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, attendance George T. 

Knowlton, 197 80 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, attendance James Lynch, 5 00 
F. L. Whitcomb, care " " 4 77 

Dr. F. J. Barker, attendance E. P. Hunt, 4 00 
J. E. Richardson, care Hattie K. Warren, 6 00 
City of Boston, care Clara Whitney, 21 00 

$1,049 44 



Repairs Town Buildings and Grounds. 

Paid Geo. W. Daniels, repairing Town Hall 

heater, 75 

N. H. Tenney, repairing Town Hail heater, 4 50 

E. A. Phalen, " " " 7 25 
Thomas Scanlon, repairs West School house 

and grounds, 23 43 
Asaph Parlin, repairs Center School house 

and grounds, 37 98 
G. C. Turner, repairs South School house 

and grounds, 14 75 

J. E. Rice, repairs Town Hall, 2 94 
W. S. Kelley, painting Center School house, 267 00 



30 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Paid E. A. Phalen, lumber and labor, Center 

School house, $82 60 

E. A. Phalen, lock Town Hall cellar, 2 30 

E. A. Phalen, repairing Center School house, 5 36 

West " " 2 50 

Keith Plumbing Co., repairs Center School 

furnace, 113 23 

Keith Plumbing Co., repairs Center School 

furnace, 22 50 

Keith Plumbing Co., repairs South School 

furnace, 2 50 

Keith Plumbing Co., repairs West School 

furnace, 9 60 

Keith Plumbing Co., repairs Memorial Li- 
brary furnace, 40 75 

Keith Plumbing Co., repairs Memorial Li- 
brary furnace, 32 30 

Chandler Desk Works, new desks and re- 
pairing, 60 00 

Wadsworth & Howland, paint stock, 66 11 

Thomas McCarthy, stone water spouts, 

Town Hall, 10 40 

Fred W. Gray, painting Town Hall, 128 00 

Tuttle & Newton, paint stock, Town Hall, 71 35 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber 

Center school house, 22 19 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., storm 

windows, Center School house, 28 25 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., storm 

windows, West School house, 13 50 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 37 ft. 

boards, South Grammar School house, 115 

South Acton Coal and Lumber Co., lum- 
ber, South School house, 4 30 

C. J. Williams, repairs school furniture, 25 

Wm. Kinsley, labor on West School house 
grounds, 81 08 

F. E. Harris, repairs on West School house, 14 55 



TOWN OF ACTON. 31 

Paid Sam Jones, repairs on South School house, $4 20 

S. H. Taylor, labor on common and monu- 
ment grounds, 14 80 

S. H. Taylor, labor on lawn and cellar, Li- 
brary grounds, 7 50 

M. A. Reed, teaming sand and cleaning 

vault, '2 75 

M. E. Taylor & Co., repairs Center School, 5 95 

N. H. Tenney, repairs Town Hall, 23 75 

J. L. Hammett & Co., repairs West Acton 

School desks, 2 00 

*1,234 32 



Cemetery Expenses. 

Paid S. Hammond Taylor, labor, Wood lawn, 

N. G. Brown, 

Julian Tuttle, 

" " plants, " 

Asaph Parlin, labor, " 

Keith Plumbing Co., labor and stock, Wood- 
lawn, 

Fred W. Green, labor, Mt. Hope, 

A. H. Perkins, 

H. T. Clark, 

Shady Hill Nursery, plants, etc., Mt. Hope, 102 00 

Albert Batley, plants, Mt. Hope, 

N. G. Brown, labor, North, 

Julian Tuttle, " 

Asaph Parlin, " 

H. F. Tuttle, care lots, 

H. T. Clark, " " 



Sll 


28 


66 


75 


85 


37 


4 


12 


38 


83 


5 


35 


30 


00 


31 


77 


54 


04 


102 


00 


8 


54 


1 


00 


1 


00 


1 


50 


124 


17 


24 


35 



Appropriated, $500 00 

Interest on Cemetery funds, 83 90 



S590 07 



$583 90 



ANNUAL REPORTS 




Street 


Lighting. 




id Fred W. Green, care of 


lamps, 


$192 00 


W. H. Kingman, " 


< 




26 70 


Ralph L. Hastings, care 


of 


lamps, 


53 40 


H. V. Simonds, " 




<« 


53 40 


Karl Jones, u 




it 


26 70 


Harold L. Phalen, " 




n 


80 00 


M. G. Hayes, 




« 


65 00 


Globe Gas Light Co., su 


ppl 


ies, 


30 35 


Tuttle & Newton, 


14 




143 08 


Est. H. A. Littlefield, 


It 




46 20 


M. E. Taylor & Co., 


It 


Centre, 


35 30 


a tt u 


(( 


East, 


32 94 


Harold Phalen, repairs, 






1 25 


W. H. Kingman, " 






1 20 


Fred Green, •' 






1 90 


D. C. Harris, maintaining 1 


Lamp, 


4 00 


John D. Moulton, " 




u 


4 00 


Sidney L. Richardson, 




a 


4 00 


S. A. Christie, 




a 


4 00 


Abel Farrar, 




tt 


4 00 


Lyman C. Taylor, 




a 


4 00 


Chas. Wheeler, 




a 


4 00 


H. W. B. Proctor, 




it 


4 00 


I. F. Durear, 




a 


4 00 


M. Tobin, 




a 


4 00 



$829 42 



Appropriated, 



$800 00 



Fire Department. 

Paid Geo. E. Greenough, use of horses, 1902, 
C. W. Leach, care of South house and en- 
gine, 
Tuttle & Newton, supplies, 
C. Callihan & Co., 1 nozzle and supplies, 
Fellows & Co., 1 extension and 3 small lad- 
ders, 



$2 00 

22 26 

13 *8 

8 25 

59 35 




FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING, WEST ACTON 
Built in 1903 



TOWN OF ACTON. 33 

Paid F. W. Green, labor at Redfern, barn for 

chemical, $1 50 
E. Jones, lamp and duster, 4 25 
Jas. Devane, repairing and painting chemi- 
cal, 9 50 
W. E. Hayward, straps for ladders, 1 00 
S. A. Neil, soda for chemicals, 2 24 
So. Acton Woolen Co., acid for chemicals, 3 44 
J. P. Brown, repairs, 1 65 

D. N. Hall, chemical supplies, 3 60 

E. C. Parker & Co., 1,760 lbs. coal, 6 33 
E. F. Conant, 1 cord wood, 4 50 
West Acton Co., allowance of $2.25 per 

week to March 12, 31 50 

South Acton Co., allowance of $2.25 per 

week to March 12, 32 63 

Fred W. Green, attending fires and team- 
ing, 2 25 

$210 13 



Fire Department Special Appropriation. 

Paid Wm. H. Kinsley, foundation for West 

Acton house, 52 08 

E. B. Hastings, 4 copies specifications West 

house, 1 00 

John S. Hoar, changing specifications West 

house, 1 00 

John S. Hoar, West Acton house per con- 
tract, 1,313 00 

John S. Hoar, Frost proof room for chemi- 
cal, 61 41 

John S. Hoar, extra for shed, closet, etc., 88 63 

Wm. H. Kinsley, moving old West house to 

No. Acton, J 33 00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., for West 

house, 9 40 



34 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid D. H. Hall, allowance for furnishing West 

house, $50 25 

Wm. Kinsley, grading, 38 90 



Appropriated, $1,200 00 

Unexpended balance, 405 80 



Roads and Bridges. 

Paid Good Roads Machine Co., supplies, labor 

and repairs, 81 70 

F. J. Hastings & Co., supplies, 19 45 

T. F. Parker, supplies, 13 00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., supplies, 38 23 

Tuttle & Newton, gasoline and supplies, 155 68 

W. A. Haynes Co., 1 scraper, 7 25 

J. P. Brown, blacksmith work, 20 23 

S. S. Searles, " " 6 50 

S. A. Guilford, " " 5 25 

Thomas McCarthy, stone for highway, 22 70 
N. H. Tenney, labor and stock, "crusher 

1902," 6 27 

F. W. Hoit, telephones, 1 00 

Francis Jones, labor and glass, 3 50 

Town of Concord, use of watering cart, 10 00 
American Powder Mills, powder, dynamite, 

etc., 25 60 

D. C. Harris, stone, 4 50 

Wm. Kinsley, road commissioner, 1,433 66 

Anson C. Piper, " " 1,606 53 

Albert H. Perkins, " « 1,576 51 



Received from Good Roads Machine Co., 
for expense of getting Maynard sprinkler 
Road Commissioners, crushed rock, etc., 
Appropriation, regular, 

" River St. repairs, 

" Hennessey road, 



, $ 5 


00 


77 


15 


4,000 


00 


500 


00 


300 


00 



$1,648 67 
$1,605 80 



$5,037 56 



$4,882 15 



TOWN OF ACTON. 35 



Watering Cart, 

Paid Good Roads Machine Co., cart 
J. P. Brown, labor on cart, 

Appropriated, 

and unexpended balance, 



$384 65 




2 85 


' 




$337 50 




$150 00 




254 56 






$404 56 



Enforcement Liquor Laws. 
Paid L. E. Reed, special work, $10 00 

Appropriated, 

Received from Court fines, 

Snow Bills or Breaking Out Roads. 

Paid Thos. McCarthy, 1902, 
Wra. Kinsley, 
A. H. Perkins, 
Lester Fletcher, 
A. C. Piper, 
A. Christefferson, 
Chas. Edwards, 
W. A. Flint, 



Rents. 

Paid Boston & Maine R. R., rent of land, West 

Acton, $ 1 00 

A. L. Noyes, storing school supplies, 10 00 

Mrs. Ella Hosmer, use Central Hall, 5 00 

U it it tt f or 

school, 125 00 

Universalist Society, use of Vestry, for elec- 
tion, 3 00 






10 00 


500 00 




98 51 






$598 51 



S10 


17 


40 


80 


167 


50 


29 


77 


76 


08 


45 


85 


30 


60 


29 


40 



$430 17 



$144 00 



36 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Loans and Interest. 

Paid Elnathan Jones, interest on note for 

$2,000.00 to May 17th, 1903, $80 00 

F. C. Hayward, interest on $500.00 ceme- 
tery fund, 17 50 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, money borrowed in 

anticipation of taxes, 1,500 00 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, interest for 5 mos., 25 00 



Board of Health. 

Paid Julian Tuttle, agent, $ 3 75 

Wm. Kinsley, labor on public dump, 6 00 

Moses A. Reed, agent, 132 64 

F. H. Willard, supplies, 2 80 

Est. F. H. Whitcomb, inspector meats, 5 00 

Moses A. Reed, " " 5 70 



Peace Celebration, April 20th, 

Paid Acton Cadet Band, 

A. L. Noyes, dinners for guests and band, 
G. W. Worcester, carriages, - 
F. W. Hoit, expense of badges and flags, 
A. Hosmer, programmes and tickets, 

Appropriated, $100 00 

Memorial Library Books. 



$50 


00 


30 


50 


9 


00 


6 


15 


2 


50 



$1,622 50 



$155 89 



$98 15 



Paid W. B. Clark & Co,, 


$448 28 




W. A. Wilde Co., 


8 34 




National subscription agency, 


39 35 




Wm. D. Tuttle, periodicals, 


5 99 


$501 



96 



TOWN OF ACTON. 37 

Memorial Library Expenses. 

Paid D. J. Wetherbee, insurance, $85 00 

8,050 lbs. coal, 28 96 

D. O. D. Wood, janitor, 41 50 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, 31 45 

Massachusetts Reformatory, cards, 4 00 

300 catalogues, 40 00 

Arthur F. Davis, librarian, 102 00 

" " extra cataloguing, etc., 10 00 

Chas. S. Twitchell, carrying books, 52 00 

Library Bureau, Index cards, 2 00 

S. H. Taylor, janitor, 50 00 

" " express, 25 

G. H. Brooks, wood, 3 50 

Page and Baker, 1 table, 3 00 

J. R. Wales, binding, 52 40 

A. Hosmer, printing, 1 55 

$507 61 






Printing. 

Paid E. F. Worcester Press, 25 Town warrants, $ 2 75 
" " 750 Town reports, 

" 50 School " 108 90 

J. L. Hammett &Co., 26 School certificates, 6 00 
Enterprise Pub. Co., pub. petition for over- 
head bridge hearing, 
A. Hosmer, printing for Town Clerk, 
" Notices and Folders, 
" Printing for School Committee, 
" Town orders, 
" Printing envelopes, 
" " for Overseers Poor, 

H. S. Turner, Notices for street lamps, 

" " Printing, School Committee, 
News Pub. Co., Bicycle notices, 

" " Board of Health notices, 

E. F. Worcester Press, 25 Town warrants, 
" 25 Poll tax lists, 



7 


88 


3 


90 


3 


25 


1 


75 


2 


50 




75 


2 


15 


1 


25 


1 


50 


3 


00 


2 


50 


2 


75 


11 


50 



38 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid News Pub. Co., 600 copies Electric Road 

Franchises, SlO 00 

News Pub. Co., 25 cloth signs, 2 50 



Salaries Town Officers. 

Paid Chas. J. Williams, School Committee, $84 10 

Horace F. Tuttle, " " 15 00 

H. E. Richardson, School Superintendent, 480 00 

E. Faulkner Conant, Assessor, 

C. B. Robbins, Assessor, 
Win. F. Kelley, " 

" " Overseers Poor, 

F. A. Knowlton, " " 
I. W. Flagg, " " " 1902 " 

a u u a 

Edwin A. Phalen, Selectman, 

N. A. Littlefield " Estate " Selectman, 

Frank W. Hoit, 

J. R. W. Wetherbee, Treasurer, 

D. J. Wetherbee, Collector Taxes, 1902, 

" 1% on 

$16,199.00 
D. J. Wetherbee, taking school census, 
Horace F. Tuttle, Town Clerk, 

" " »' " Registrar 

Voters, 
David T. Kinsley, Registrar Voters, 
Samuel A. Guilford, " 
Jas. McGreen, u u 

H. E. Clough, Sealer Weights & Measures, 
Moses Reed, Inspector Animals, 

" " Deputy Tree Warden 

" " Truant Officer, 

Geo. C. Turner, " 
L. E. Reed, Constable, 
Wm. Kinsley, Special Police duty, 



85 


00 


55 


00 


55 


00 


25 


00 


50 


00 


20 


00 


20 


00 


100 


00 


25 


00 


75 


00 


100 


00 


175 


00" 


161 


99 


15 


00 


30 


00 


15 


00 


12 


00 


12 


00 


12 


00 


6 


00 


66 


30 


7 


70 


1 


75 


2 


25 


13 


50 


2 


50 



5174 83 





TOWN 


OF ACTON. 




Moses Reed, Spec 


ial Police duty, 


$2 50 


Jas. Kinsley, ' 


i tt 


tt 


2 50 


A. S. Bradley, 


tt 


2 50 


Nelson J. Cole, Election Officer, 


2 50 


T. F. Newton, 


a 


a 


2 50 


Abram Tuttle, 


tt 


tt 


2 50 


H. J. Hapgood, 


tt 


a 


2 50 


D. H. Hall, 


ft 


it 


2 50 


Wm. F. Kelley, 


tt 


tt 


2 50 


Jas. Kinsley, 


tt 


it 


2 50 


C. B. Stone, 


tt 


tt 


2 50 


Lyman C. Taylor, 


u 


tt 


2 50 


N. C. Reed, 


tt 


it 


2 50 


Aaron Foster, 


tt 


tt 


2 50 


Horace F. Tuttle, 


tt 


a 


2 50 



39 



$1,759 59 



Miscellaneous. 
Paid A. L. Noyes, entertainment County Com- 
missioners, 512 00 
D. J. Wetherbee, stationery, postage, etc., 



1902, 



9 22 



Geo. W. Worster, teams for County Com- 
missioners, 2 50 

B. T. Maxim, entertainment Bridge Com- 
missioners, 15 75 

C. W. H. Moulton, ladder for Tree Warden, 14 00 
Isaac Davis Post, Memorial Day, 100 00 

C. J. Williams, postage, telephone, etc., 
"schools," 9 62 

Acton Cadet Band, band concerts, 100 00 

H. E. Richardson, car fare, postage, tele- 
phone, etc., " schools," 22 02 
Tuttle & Newton, settees for Common, 19 00 

D. C. Harris, boundary posts, per order 
County Commissioners, 48 00 

Wm. Kinsley, setting boundary posts, per 

order County Commissioners, 54 52 



40 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid Arthur Wayne, janitor Town Hall, care 

clock, trough, etc., $45 25 

E. F. Conant, postage, telephones, etc., 4 26 

I. F. Dureh, flowers for funeral of H. A. 

Littlefield, 6 00 

C. W. H. Moulton, step ladder, " schools," 4 00 
Frank A. Bennett, use of hack for small- 
pox patients, 1902, 25 00 

J. L. Hammett & Co., school furniture, 9 16 

J. L. Hammett & Co., sand tables, "schools," 30 00 

Robert S. Robson, repairing ballot box, 10 00 

George H. Decoster, cleaning clock, 1 25 

E. Jones, Assessors' books, 3 75 

E. Jones, Collector's books, 2 50 

E. Jones, table and chair, " schools," 7 00 
Little, Brown & Co., 1 book, 4 00 
J. K. W. Wetherbee, carpenters insurance 

policy on West engine house, 7 56 

D. J. Wetherbee, abatement taxes, 1902, 235 08 
Thos. Scanlon, care school house for meet- 
ings, 4 62 

D. J. Wetherbee, stationery, postage, etc., 14 51 

F. H. Kendall, civil engineer for south 
grade crossing matter, 100 00 

Parker & Bateman, civil engineer for north 
grade crossing matter, 

0. A. Knowlton, postage, telephones, etc., 
A. H. Perkins, trimming trees on State road, 
Jas. Kinsley, use of Hurley road, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies for Town Hall, 
W. F. Kelley, postage, 

1. F. Duren, 2 burials, 
I. F. Duren, 25 returns of death, 
Jas. L. Adams, 1 stove for engine house, 
J. E. Rice, funnell and labor, engine house, 
George E. Greenough, 1 cord wood, Town 

Hall, 3 00 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, postage, stationery, 

etc., 12 52 



20 


45 


9 


72 


3 


00 


8 


00 


7 


90 




25 


6 


00 


6 


25 


8 


25 


9 


74 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



41 



Paid M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies for Tree War- 
den, 54 93 
E. A. Phalen, car fares, postage, express, 

etc., 
C. J. Williams, freight on school furniture, 
C. J. Williams, freight and lettering ladder 

for Tree Warden, 
F.W. Hoit, expense grade crossing hearings, 
" " postage, car fare, telephones, 

etc., 
" " expense on watering trough, 
" " books and paper fastener, 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, reporting 9 births, 
T. Chamberlain, " 1 " 

I. L. Pickard, " 1 " 

E. J. Alley, " 1 " 
D. Goodnow, " 1 " 
T. H. Grady, " 1 M 

F. U. Rich, " 4 " 
S. A. Christie, " 3 " 
F. J. Barker, " 14 " 

Horace F. Tuttle : 

Collecting and recording 35 births, 
Recording 38 deaths, 
Recording 32 marriages, 
Transmitting copies to other towns, 2 

births, 3 deaths, 1 25 

Attending Town Clerk's meeting at 

Aver, 
Copying for Town Reports, 
Looking up and copying records of 

Town roads, 
Blanks and postage for registrars, 
Blanks, books, telephones, postage, etc., 
Laying out lots, Woodlawn Cemetery, 
Writing and recording deeds, cemetery 

lots, 5 60 



14 


31 





19 


1 


00 


12 


30 


12 


45 




75 


3 


35 


2 


25 




25 




25 




25 




25 




25 


1 


00 




75 


3 


50 


17 


50 


7 


60 


6 


40 



2 


50 


3 


00 


2 


00 


3 


10 


7 


54 


3 


00 



42 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Surveying engine house lot and making 

plan, #5 00 

Surveying Hennessey road and making 

plan, 5 00 

Joslin & Mendum, legal services, 1902, 81 18 

Joslin & Mendum, legal services, 1903, 26 00 



Receipts for Year Ending March J2, 1904. 

Balance due from Treasurer Mar. 12, 1908, 1,867 68 

" Collector Mar. 12, 1903, 2,612 82 

Appropriation for Memorial Library, 600 00 

" Memorial Day, 100 00 

" roads and bridges, 4,000 00 

" Common schools, 3,800 00 

" High schools, 1,800 00 

" " school supplies, 475 00 

" " transportation of pupils, 1,360 00 

•' " Books and apparatus for 

High school, 50 00 

" " salary of Superintendent of 

Schools, 480 00 

" street lamps, 800 00 

" " fire engine houses, 1,200 00 

" " watering cart, 150 00 

Amount raised for State tax, 1,550 00 

" highway tax, 207 45 

" County tax, 2,030 37 

" " town charges, 1,000 00 

Overlayings, 315 99 

Received of Ernest G. Wetherbee, borrowed 

money, 3,000 00 

" " J. Roland Wetherbee, borrowed 

money, 3,000 00 

" "J. K. W. Wetherbee, borrowed 

money, 1,500 00 

" " cemetery fund, 275 00 



$1,252 25 



TOWN OF ACTON. 43 



Received 


of 


State Treasurer corporation tax, $4,316 31 


tt 


tt 


" " national bank tax, 


457 67 


tt 


tt 


income of Mass. school fund, 


779 85 


tt 


tt 


State Treasurer, military aid, 


68 25 


it 


tt 


" " State aid, 


602 00 


n 


tt 


" " burial of soldiers, 


70 00 


tt 
ti 
tt 


tt 
it 
it 


" " State paupers, 
" M inspection animals 
County Treasurer, acct. of dog 
licenses, 


36 52 
s, 62 85 

294 34 


It 


tt 


Middlesex Central District Court, 








" fines," 


98 51 


it 


tt 


supervision of schools, 


375 00 


It 


" 


income Memorial Library fund, 


181 20 


it 
tt 

a 


tt 
a 


cemetery fund, 

city of Newburyport, aid for 

Mary Whalen, 
Horace F. Tuttle, lots sold in 


83 90 
71 25 


n 


n 


YVoodlawn cemetery, 
H. T. Clark, lots sold in Mt. 


115 00 


a 


a 


Hope cemetery, 
Elias Gruber, pedlar's license, 


72 00 

8 00 


a 


tt 


A. F. Blanchard, slaughter house 








license, 


1 00 


a 


tt 


Dexter Spinney, slaughter house 
license, 


1 00 


a 


" 


Chester B. Robbins, pool room 
license, 


2 00 


a 


a 


Frank R. Knowlton, white lead, 


6 40 


tt 


a 
tt 


Phebe Wood, pension, 
" " State aid, 


216 00 
24 00 


a 


a 


M. A. Reed, for fumigating house 
of J. Redfern, 


5 00 


a 


a 


Memorial Library, " fines," 


16 00 


a 


it 


rent of Town Hall and cellar, 


51 75 


a 


a 


E. H. Cutler, guardian for Clara 
Wheeler, 


287 50 


n 


a 


C. J. Williams, school supplies 
sold, 


2 00 







ANNUAL REPORTS 








ived 


of Good Roads Machine Co., 


on 










account, water 


sprinkler, 




£5 


00 


tt 


tt 


Win. Kinsley, crushed rock, 


etc., 


66 


40 


tt 


u 


A. H. Perkins, 


< it 


a 


10 


75 


(i 


tt 


Fred Billings, use 


of chairs, 




1 


00 


tt 


a 


Milk sold on town 


farm, 




871 


98 


u 


tt 


Carrying milk " 


tt 




182 


57 


a 


tt 


cows sold, " 


" 




90 


92 


" 


a 


calves " " 


tt 




16 


00 


a 


tt 


apples, " 


n 




113 


08 


(( 


a 


wood, " 


a 




87 


00 


<< 


it 


potatoes, " 


a 




47 


25 


a 


it 


mowing mach. " 


a 




5 


00 


a 


n 


board of child, " 


a 




12 


25 


a 


tt 


eggs, 


a 




16 


49 


tt 


tt 


corn, " 


a 




2 


40 


a 


it 


use of wagon, " 


a 




2 


50 


a 


a 


use of horse, " 


a 




1 


00 


a 


a 


labor % day, " 


it 






75 


tt 


tt 


H. T. Clark, " 


" lumber 










sold, 






1 


20 


tt 


it 


International Trust Co., interest 










on deposits, 






54 


94 


a 


tt 


D. J. Wetherbee 
taxes, 1902, 


, interest 


on 


83 


10 

«49 1 ^>1 1Q 






■ pTijlOl XJ7 


Town voted to raise $2,500.00 for town 


:harg< 


?s. The Board 



of Assessors cut it down to $1,000.00. 



Expenditures for Year Ending March 12, 1904. 



For support of Center school, 
" West 

South 
High 
Musical instruction schools, 
School supplies, 
Books for High school, 



$1,514 12 

1,558 09 

1,444 49 

1,799 37 

114 00 

542 01 

47 28 






TOWN OF ACTON. 45 

For Transportation of public school scholars, SI, 313 50 

High " " 25 00 

Soldiers' Relief and burial indigent soldiers, 532 34 



Street lighting, 


829 42 




Fire Department, 


210 13 




" " Special appropriation, 


1,648 67 




Watering cart, 


337 50 




Miscellaneous charges, 


1,252 25 




State and Military aid, 


594 00 




Support of Poor on Farm, 


1,911 80 




" of outside poor, 


1,049 44 




Repairs Town buildings and grounds, 


1,234 32 




Peace Celebration, April 20, 


98 15 




Printing, 


174 83 




Memorial Library books, 


501 96 




" " expenses, 


507 61 




Roads and bridges, 


5,037 56 




Enforcement liquor laws, 


10 00 




Snow bills, 


430 17 




Board Health, 


155 89 




Cemetery expenses, 


590 07 




Rents, 


144 00 




Town officers, 


1,759 59 




Loans and interest, 


1,622 50 




State tax, 


1,550 00 




County tax, 


2,030 37 




Repairs on State highway, 


207 45 




ount due from Treasurer, 


6,684 66 




" Collector, 


2,688 65 






S42,151 


19 



Financial Condition of the Town of Acton for the Year Ending March 12, 

1904. 

Due from City of Newburyport, S 26 00 

" State for Inspection of Animals, 33 15 

" " Board of F. H. Harris, 13 00 



46 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Due from Lowell, Acton & Maynard Street R.R.. 

Snow Bills, $ 5 75 

" State for State Aid, 706 00 

" Treasurer, 6,684 66 

" Collector, 2,688 65 

" Interest on uncollected taxes, 49 30 



$10,206 51 



Liabilities. 



Due Ernest G. Wetherbee, note, $3,000 00 

J. Rowland Wetherbee, " 3,000 00 

E. Jones, note, 2,000 00 

Interest on notes, 256 00 

Cemetery fund, 2,250 00 

" " unexpended balance, 82 70 

Wild Memorial Library Fund, unexpended 

balance, 68 38 

$10,657 08 

Less, 10,206 51 



Deficit, $450 57 

EDWIN A. PHALEN, 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Selectmen of Acton. 
Acton, Mass., March 12, 1904. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



47 



JURORS, 



The following names will be presented at the Annual Meeting 
March 28, 1904, to be placed in the jury box, subject to revision and 
acceptance by the town : 



Burroughs, Samuel R. 
Clark, Herbert T. 
Cole, Nelson J. 
Devane, James. 
Flint, Alfred W. 
Grimes, James A. 
Worster, George W. 
Hayward, Edwin L. 
Jones, Warren H. 
Keyes, John C. 
Kinsley, James. 
Kingsley, William H. 
Mead, Willis L. 
O'Neil, Constantine. 
Richardson, Edward F. 
Richardson, Sidney L. 
Reed, Moses A. 
Reed, Nahum C. 
Smith, Charles E. 
Taylor, S. Hammond. 
Taylor, Lyman C. 
Tuttle, Abram. 
Turner, George C. 
White, John S. 



Barber. 

Wheelwright. 

Restaurant Keeper. 

Carriage Painter. 

Farmer. 

Carpenter. 

Stable Keeper. 

Stable Keeper. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

Manufacturer. 

Stone Mason. 

R. R. Employee. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

R. R. Employee. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

Clerk. 

Janitor. 

Farmer. 



EDWIN A. PHALEN, 
FRANK W. HOITT, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



48 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Treasurer's Report* 



11,867 


68 


, 3,000 


00 


3,000 


00 


1,500 


00 


275 


00 


4,316 


31 


457 


67 


779 


85 


68 


25 


602 


00 


70 


00 



Receipts, 
1903. 
March 12, To cash on hand, 

Received : 
From Ernest E. Wetherbee, borrowed money, 3,000 00 
J. Roland Wetherbee, " 
J. K. W. Wetherbee, " 
Cemetery Fund, 
State Treasurer, corporation tax, 

" National Bank tax, 
" income of Mass. 

school fund, 
° Military aid, 

" State aid, 
" for burial of soldiers, 
" support of State 

paupers, 36 52 

" inspection of ani- 
mals, 62 85 
County Treasurer on account of dog 

licenses, 294 34 

Middlesex Central District Court for 

fines, 98 51 

Supervision of schools, 375 00 

Income of Memorial Library fund, 181 20 

Income of Cemetery fund, 83 90 

City of Nevvburyport for support of 

Mary Whalen, 71 25 

Horace F. Tuttle for lots sold in 

Woodlawn cemetery, 115 00 

Herbert T. Clark for lots sold in 

Mount Hope cemetery, 72 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



49 



1 


00 


2 


00 


6 


40 


216 


00 


24 


00 


5 


00 


16 


00 


51 


75 


287 


50 


10 


75 



From Elias Gruber, pedlar's license, $8 00 

Arthur F. Blanchard, slaughterhouse 

license, 1 00 

Dexter Spinney, slaughterhouse 

license, 
Chester B. Robbins, pool table license, 
F. R. Knowlton, for white lead, 
Phebe F. Wood, pension, 
Phebe F. Wood, State aid, 
Moses A. Reed, for fumigating house 

of J. Redfern, 
Memorial Library for fines, 
Rent of Town Hall and cellar, 
E. H. Cutler, guardian for Clara 

Wheeler, 
A. H. Perkins, for road dust, 
C. J. Williams, for school supplies 

sold, a 2 00 

Good Roads Machinery Co., on ac- 
count of water sprinkler, 5 00 
Fred Billings, for use of folding 

chairs, 1 00 

For milk sold from Town farm, 871 98 

carrying milk, 182 57 

Cows, sold from Town farm, 90 92 

Calves " " " " 16 00 

Apples " " " " 113 08 

Wood " " " " 87 00 

Potatoes " " " " 47 25 

Mowing machine from Town farm, 5 00 

Board of child at " " 12 25 

Eggs sold from " " 16 49 

Corn " " " " 2 40 

Use of wagon, " " 2 50 

Use of horse, " " 1 00 

Labors-day, " " 75 

H. T. Clark, for lumber from Town farm, 1 20 



50 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



From Road Commissioners, $66 40 

International Trust Co. interest on 

deposits, 54 94 

D. J. Wetherbee, Collector of taxes 

for A. D., 1902, 2,536 47 

D. J. Wetherbee, interest on taxes, 

1902, 83 10 

D. J. Wetherbee, collector taxes, 

A. D., 1903, 17,306 51 





$39,462 54 


Expenditures. 




id State tax, 


1,550 00 


County tax, 


2,030 37 


For repairs on State highway, 


207 45 


On Selectmen's orders, 


28,990 06 


Cash on hand and in Bank, 


6,684 66 



March 12, 1904, 



$39,462 54 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 51 



Treasurer's Report of Money Held for Care of Lots in Cemeteries. 

March 12, 1904. Dr. 

To Cash in North-End Savings Bank, $2,175 00 

Cash in Town Treasury, 2,250 00 

Unexpended balance March 13, 1903, 93 06 

Income for 1893-1894, 155 66 

S4,673 72 



Cr. 

By Cash paid — 

Cemetery Committee for care of lots, 

Cash paid F. E. Hayward, 

Principal of Cemetery Fund March 12, 
1904, 
Balance of income unexpended, 



>148 52 




17 50 




4,425 00 




82 70 






$4,673 72 



J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



52 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Report of the Wild Memorial Library. 

March 12, 1904. Dr. 

To Cash in North- End Savings Bank, 

Cash in Home Savings Bank, 

Cash in Middlesex Institution for Sav- 
ings, 

Cash in AVarren Institution for Savings, 

Cash in Charlestown Five Cent Savings 
Bank, 

Unexpended balance March 12, 1903, 

Cash received for fines, 

Cash received for interest on money in 
Banks, 

Town appropriation for books, 



$1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


173 


14 


16 


00 


181 


20 


200 


00 



$5,570 34 



Cr. 



By Cash in Banks, 

Paid for Books and Magazines 
The Pilgrim Press, 
Henry D. Noyes & Co., 
W. B. Clark & Co., 
N. J. Bartlett, 
W. A. Wilde Co., 
Balance unexpended, 



55,000 00 



2 


49 


42 


35 


448 


28 




50 


8 


34 


08 


38 



$5,570 34 



J. K. W. VVETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 53 



Tax Collector's Report* 



Gentlemen : — I wish to report to the town the condition of your 
tax collector's account. At the last annual meeting you instructed 
the assessors to assess all poll taxes on or before the 15th of May; 
also your tax collector to collect the same on or before the 15th of 
June. This system has been a financial success. I think the town 
should make the rate of interest six per cent. The following is a 
list of taxes uncollected for the year 1902 : 



Nellie T. Hardy, 




$ 9 15 


C. B. Robbins, 




46 90 


L. E. Reed, 


Non-Resident. 


20 00 


Estate Geo. Barrett, 




$ 50 


Charles Joy, 




1 00 


B. J. Sampson, 




50 



Uncollected 1903 Tax. 

Anderson & Chistofferson, $ 35 86 

Nelson Basharo, poll, 2 00 

Henry Barker, 250 55 

T. H. Brown, poll, 2 00 

Chas. E. Broduer, 2 28 

Annie L. Broduer, 6 87 

Chas. Buckley, poll, 2 00 

Simon Breath, 45 84 

Arthur Blanchard, 154 62 

Blanc hard & Gould, 104 23 

Silas Conant, poll, 2 00 

Thos. Calder estate, 15 05 

Chas. T. Calder, 6 40 



04 ANNUAL REPORTS 




John F. Coughlin, 


#3 10 


Mary T. Coughlin, 


12 92 


D. S. Center, poll, 


2 00 


W. A. Charles, poll, 


2 00 


0. W. Dutton, 


24 77 


Geo. A. Duessault, 


2 82 


Daniel Dane, poll, 


2 00 


Robert Dishler, 


3 64 


R. W. DockendofT, poll, 


2 00 


L. H. Denton, poll, 


2 00 


John Emmett, poll, 


2 00 


J. W. Evans, 


11 90 


Michael Ennegness, 


24 79 


E. B. Forbush, poll, 


2 00 


J. W. Fisk, 


19 82 


John Fuller, poll, 


2 00 


Wilbur Fisk, 


2 27 


Luther R. Forbush, poll, 


2 00 


Wm. Fitzgerald, poll, 


2 00 


W. M. French, 


3 65 


Helen E. French, 


12 37 


A. W. Flint, 


49 74 


A. Fieldman, poll, 


2 00 


Abel Farrer, 


16 07 


Estate M. Foley, 


8 25 


A. S. Fletcher, 


8 80 


Lottie C. Flagg, 


2 75 


D. J. Gallagher, 


14 43 


Arthur Green, poll, 


2 00 


Fred W. Green, 


8 16 


Catherine Green, 


17 05 


H. E. Gates, 


34 83 


Angie Hill, 


13 47 


Henry Hopps, poll, 


2 00 


E. P. Hunt, poll, 


2 00 


D. J. Hennessey, 


38 63 


Nellie Hardy, 


31 85 


Fred Hatfield, poll, 


2 00 



TOWN OF 


ACTON. 


Hattie C. Hay ward, 


$23 10 


Emile Johnson, 


1 32 


Warren H. Jones, 


63 60 


Shirley E. Jones, 


14 10 


Wm. Jordon, poll, 


2 00 


John C. Keyes, 


3 32 


John M. Kelley, 


2 00 


Geo. R. Keyes, poll, 


2 00 


D. Kunnietman, poll, 


2 00 


0. A. Knowlton, 


63 05 


Geo. T. Knowlton, poll, 


2 00 


Geo. T. Lawrie, 


14 26 


J. W. Livermore, 


41 10 


Henry L. Livermore, 


12 17 


Thos. Larner, poll, 


2 00 


T. C. Lothrop, 


48 04 


Jos. Labelle, poll, 


2 00 


Estate H. A. Littlefield, 


145 00 


Wm. J. Moore, 


2 44 


Thos. McCarty, 


42 31 


Thos. Mannion, poll, 


2 00 


Estate T. Mannion, 


13 20 


Frank D. Morse, 


27 19 


John Morrisey, poll, 


2 00 


John D. Moulton, 


16 74 


John McMahon, poll, 


2 00 


John P. McLaughlin, 


9 70 


Jas. McLaughlin, poll, 


2 00 


Estate A. Moulton, 


18 15 


Dormick Mano, poll, 


2 00 


Simon Mano, poll, 


2 00 


Albert Merriam, poll, 


2 00 


Geo. L. Noyes, 


12 17 


A. L. Noyes, 


22 07 


Frank Nagle, poll, 


2 00 


F. H. Nickerson, 


17 27 


Constantine O'Neil, 


42 98 


John H. O'Niel, poll, 


2 00 



55 



Ob ANNUAL REPORTS 


Estate E. O'Niel, 


$3 30 


Frank A. Pratt, 


10 52 


Alex. Peterson, poll, 


2 00 


Arnold Pegdin, poll, 


2 00 


John C. Page, poll, 


2 00 


M. Polush, poll, 


2 00 


Adeline Priest, 


28 87 


Frances Pratt, 


124 21 


Estate W. B. Reed, 


24 82 


John Regan, poll, 


2 00 


Gustaf Ruben, poll, 


2 00 


C. B. Robbins, 


51 00 


P. Rappaport, poll, 


2 00 


R. Rosenblatt, poll, 


2 00 


L. E. Reed, 


21 80 


Thos. E. Reed, poll, 


2 00 


J. D. Richardson, poll, 


2 00 


J. E. Rice, 


8 49 


Ada B. Rice, 


22 82 


Clifford E. Reed, poll, 


2 00 


Richard Stancombe, 


11 


Arthur D. Shaw, 


44 


Chas. H. Smith, 


20 97 


Waldo F. Skelton, 


26 20 


Walter Smith, poll, 


2 00 


Wm. Sullivan, poll, 


2 00 


R. J. Smith, 


13 55 


Lyman Smith, poll, 


2 00 


N. H. Tenney, 


40 82 


L. C. Taylor, 


18 50 


David Thompson, poll, 


2 00 


W. H. Teele, 


80 54 


Chas. Veasey, 


3 10 


G. W. Watson, poll, 


2 00 


Eliza A. Wheeler, 


3 85 


E. J. Willis, poll, 


2 00 


A. E. Willis, poll, 


2 00 


W. E. Whitney, poll, 


2 00 





TOWN OF ACTON. 




Frank Whitcomb, poll, 




$2 00 


C. E. Wakefield, 




2 00 


Ora A. Willis, 




13 75 


Florence Wheeler, 




11 00 


Wm. Williamson, poll, 


Non- Resident Tax. 


2 00 


Chas. Barker, 




25 58 


Giles A. Barber, 




11 00 


Estate Geo. H. Barrett, 




55 


Chas. E. Bradford, 




1 65 


City of Cambridge, 




5 50 


Geo. A. Duessault, 




18 70 


Estate John Drass, 




2 20 


Ada A. Evans, 




3 85 


Cyrus Fletcher, 




83 


S. H. Hasty, 




15 40 


Hrs. Sylvester Hosmer, 




2 48 


Geo. W. Heywood, 




7 70 


Chas. Joy, 




1 10 


D. H. Mason, 




82 


C. I. Miller, 




14 30 


Wm. B. Mullen, 




57 20 


Rosabella L. Maker, 




47 02 


E. J. Noyes, 




2 47 


A. P. Richardson, 




9 35 


Abbie Sibley, 




14 30 


Wm. E. Simms, 




1 93 


U c ti 




1 93 


J. A. Smith, 




3 30 


Erastus Smith, 




1 10 


B. J. Sampson, 




55 


Hrs. N. A. Taylor, 




1 98 


Estate H. Wood, 




55 




D. J. WETHERBEE, 






Collector. 



57 



58 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Auditor's Report* 



I have examined the accounts of the Selectmen, Treasurer, and 
Tax Collector of the Town of Acton to the best of my ability and 
find them correct. 

WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Auditor. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 59 



Assessors' Report, 



Valuation May 1, 1903 : 

Real estate, (buildings), $932,435 00 

Real estate, (land), 462,710 00 

Value of assessed personal estate, 286,565 00 



Total valuation, $1,681,710 00 

Valuation May 1, 1902, 1,672,423 00 



Gain, $9,287 00 
Rate of taxation, 1903, $11.00 on a thousand. 

Tax assessed as follows : 

On Real Estate, $15,346 59 

Personal property, 3,152 22 

Polls, 1,420 00 





$19,918 81 


Amount of money raised : 




For State tax, 


$1,550 00 


State Highway tax, 


207 45 


County tax, 


2,030 37 


Town purposes, 


15,815 00 


Overlayings, 


315 99 



$19,918 81 



60 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Number of individuals assessed on property, 


411 


All others, 


61 


Number of individuals (non-residents), assessed on 




property, 


111 


All others, 


29 


Number of persons assessed on property, 


612 


" " " for poll tax only, 


398 


" " horses assessed, 


482 


" " cows " 


912 


" " sheep " 


11 


" " neat cattle other than cows assessed, 


215 


" " swine assessed, 


30 


" " houses " 


516 


" fowls 


6,095 



E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
CHAUNCEY B. ROBBINS, 
WILLIAM F. KELLEY, 

Assessors of Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



61 



Report of Road Commissioners, 







Receipts. 




Appropriation for 


repairing roads and bridges, 


#4,000 00 


tt << 


River St. 




500 00 


u << 


D. J. Hennessy's road, 


300 00 


Received for crushed stone, 




47 40 


" " road dust, 




10 75 


11 " rent of roller, 




15 00 


a a tt 


11 truck, 




2 00 


tt a n 


" pump, 




2 00 


" of Good Roads Machinery Co., ex 




penses on watering cart, 


5 00 




Expenditure. 




Wm. H. Kingsley, 


for labor, 




$ 210 80 


it a 


" horses labor, 


446 56 


a a 


" men, 


a 


160 13 


P. Downey, 


tt 


n 


167 *5 


S. B. Ineson, 


a 


a 


110 69 


A. W. Foster, 


tt 


a 


146 28 


E. Thompson, 


" 


tt 


162 75 


Man, 


tt 


a 


24 00 


A. C. Piper, 


a 


a 


247 50 


tt n 


" horses 


a 


478 78 


J. Coughlin, 


a 


it 


190 75 


P. Fahey, 


" 


a 


218 75 


J. McCommick, 


a 


tt 


148 75 


L. Leavitt, 


tt 


a 


157 50 


A. Green, 


tt 


a 


101 50 


Other men, 


a 


tt 


63 00 



$4,882 15 



62 ANNUAL REPORTS 

A. H. Perkins, for horses labor $234 23 

465 00 
" men> 

A. McCouloster, " " 

G. Wetherbee, " " 

F. Gilmore, " " 

F. Williams, M " 

L. Perkins, " team, 

Good Roads Machine Co., " edge plate, 

" " " crusher supplies, 

T. Parker, u . « 

Tuttle & Newton, oil and gasoline 
T. McCarthy, stone, 
F. J. Hastings Co., tools, 
South Acton C. and L. Co., lumber, 
S. S. Searles, repairs, 
D. C. Harris, stones, 
H. Jones, repairs, 
W. A. Haynes Co., scraper, 
S. Gilford, repairs, 
A. H. Perkins, tools and gravel, 
F. W. Hoit, telephones, 
J. P. Brown, repairs, 
American Powder Mills, dynamite, 
Wm. H. Kinsley, express, 

" " shovel, 

" " dynamite, 

N. H. Tenney, labor on crusher, 1902, 
Town of Concord, use of watering cart, 1902, 



155 


75 


166 


25 


154 


35 


152 


25 


148 


35 


87 


00 


8 


'50 


73 


20 


13 


00 


155 


68 


22 


70 


19 


45 


38 


23 


6 


50 


4 


50 


3 


50 


7 


25 


5 


25 


13 


33 


1 


00 


20 


23 


25 


60 




90 




50 


3 


20 


6 


27 


10 


00 



$5,037 56 



We have built 5,455 feet of crushed stone road, average width, 
15 feet. Cost, $2,720.00. Repaired River street. Total cost, 
$800.00. Widened D. J. Hennessy's road with cost of $538.86. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 63 



Inventory of Tools on Hand March 12, 1904. 



Crushing plant, 
One truck, 

" roller, 

" scraper, 
Two road machines, 
One sewer pump, 

" plow, 
Small tools, 
Watering cart, 



$1,765 


00 


100 


00 


300 


00 


7 


00 


175 


00 


56 


00 


30 


00 


15 


00 


337 


50 



$2,785.60 



We recommend that the town purchase a snow roller. We are 
pleased to report that the crushing plant is in good condition and 
able to continue its good work. We recommend that $5,000.00 be 
raised for the repair of roads and bridges. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. H. KINGSLEY 
ANSON C. PIPER, 
A. H. PERKINS, 

Road Commissioners. 



64 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Report of the Board of Health, 
Town of Acton for Year 1904. 



The Board of Health submit the following report for the year 
ending March 1st, 1904 : 

The number of deaths occurring in the Town during the year 
ending January 1st, 1904, was 34. 

Below is a table of contagious diseases required by law to be 
reported to the Board of Health from March 1st, 1903, to March 
1st, 1904 : 



Disease. 




No. 


of Cases 


Small pox, 









Diphtheria, 






3 


Scarlatina, 






6 


Typhoid fever, 






3 


Measles, 






48 


Cerebro-spinal 


Meningitis, 

Sanitation. 




1 



It is the earnest desire of this Board that our citizens shall take 
a more general interest in the sanitary improvement of our Town at 
large, and that each individual householder strive to correct such 
abuses as may exist on or about their premises. In a town whose 
inhabitants are dependent upon wells as a source of water supply too 
great care cannot be exercised to prevent the pollution of this source 
by defective drainage or the accumulation of filth upon one's prem- 
ises. 

Let each one, responsible for the proper maintenance of such, 
know by personal inspection that the house drains are in order, the 
privy vaults are water tight and properly cleaned and cared for, the 
rubbish piles are removed and the buildings and grounds kept in a 
sanitary condition. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 65 

Such care and oversight will safeguard the health of our people, 
add to the good appearance of our Town and save this Board a lot 
of trouble. Those who neglect to properly attend to these matters 
and are from necessity compelled to do so, must consider that this 
Board has no other alternative than to enforce the Laws of this Com- 
monwealth, and that it is not a personal matter with the Board of 
Health or any member of it. 

Lands suitable for the maintenance of a public dumping ground 
where ashes, old papers, boxes and other rubbish may be deposited 
and cared for, has been secured by this Board. One in West Acton, 
near the Stow line, on the property of Mr. George Houghton, and 
one in South Acton, on the land of Mr. Edward F. Barker. Both 
are easy of access ; and all persons are hereby warned that the dump- 
ing of rubbish or refuse of any description along the public highways 
will not be permitted. 

The contents of house-drains and privy-vaults must be removed 
in a manner to cause as little annoyance as possible and be cared for 
in such ways as shall not endanger the public health. Such advice 
and assistance in these matters as he is able to give will be promptly 
rendered by the agent of the Board, Mr. M. A. Reed. 

Quarantine. 

The members of this Board feel that they would be remiss in 
their duty if they failed to again urge upon the voters of the Town 
the earnest consideration of establishing a proper quarantine station 
for the isolation and treatment of contagious diseases. As condi- 
tions are at present we have absolutely no means of successfully com- 
bating an epidemic of any contagious disease should one occur. 

Moneys Expended and Appropriations. 

The expenses incurred by the Board of Health for the past year 
may be found under report of the Board of Selectmen. 

This Board recommends the appropriation of the sum of $100.00 
to its use for the ensuing year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

F. J. BARKER, M. D., Chairman. 
C. J. WILLIAMS, 
F. E. TASKER, M. D. 
Acton, Mass., March 1st, 1904. 



66 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Report of Overseers of Poor* 



Inventory of Stock and Provisions 


on Hand March 9, J904, 


Two horses, 


$300 


00 


Eleven cows, 


490 


00 


Three heifers, 


60 


00 


Two calves, 


8 


00 


Eleven tons of hay, 


200 


00 


Fifteen cords wood, 


75 


00 


Farming tools, 


25 


00 


Two sleds, 


80 


00 


One wood wagon and rack, 


115 


00 


Hay wagon, 


25 


00 


Market wagon, 


60 


00 


One set double harness, 


20 


00 


Express harness, 


18 


00 


One light harness, 


12 


00 


Two collars and pad, 


2 


00 


Grain, 


6 


00 


Roller, 


5 


00 


Horse rake, 


10 


00 


Stone drag, 


3 


50 


Twenty-five market boxes, 


2 


50 


Drain pipe, 


4 


80 


Two horse cart, 


25 


00 


Two harrows, 


14 


00 


Cultivator, 


5 


00 


Seven ladders, 


12 


00 


Wheelbarrow, 


2 


00 


Hay cutter, 


2 


00 


Three plows, 


13 


00 


Feed trough, 


2 


00 


Canvas cover, 


1 


75 






TOWN OF ACTON. 




Pung, 


$5 00 


Two democrat wagons, 


35 00 


Four blankets, 


6 00 


One set measures, 


50 


Salt, 


90 


Apple header, 


1 00 


Lumber, 


8 00 


Wrench, 


75 


Five saws, 


3 00 


Wagon jack, 


1 50 


Thirty-eight hens, 


28 50 


Mowing machine, 


36 00 


Grindstone, 


1 00 


Spray pump, 


8 00 


Twelve apple barrels, 


2 40 


Second-hand barrels, 


60 


Forty-seven bushels potatoes, 


42 00 


Washing machine, 


5 00 


Six baskets, 


1 50 


Range and water front, 


28 00 


Lounge, 


2 00 


Three rocking chairs, 


3 50 


Pork and barrel, 


12 00 


Two lanterns, 


1 00 


Two razors, 


2 00 


Raisins, 


15 


Lamps 


2 50 


Soap, 


25 


Two axes, 


1 50 


Molasses, 


75 


Lard, 


30 


Butter, 


1 30 


Spices, 


50 


Flour, 


5 00 


Sugar, 


1 10 


Fruit jars, 


3 00 


Brooms, 


50 


Canned fruit, 


5 00 



67 



OQ ANNUAL REPORTS 










Crockery and tin ware, 




£8 00 






Crackers, 




2 


00 






Tea and coffee, 




1 


30 






Oil and tank, 




1 


75 






Pails and tubs, 




3 


00 






Four stoves, 




20 


00 






Two cabinet chairs, 




2 


00 






Three tables, 




6 


00 






Eight chairs, 




4 


00 






Twenty-seven cords 4-foot 


wood, 


100 


00 






Five cords trash wood, 




10 


00 






Chamber set, 




12 


00 






Air cushion, 




1 


00 






Four beds and bedding, 




56 


00 






Bed pan, 




3 


00 






Traps, 






50 






Two trunks, 




2 


00 






Wheel chair, 




22 


00 






Two clocks, 




6 


00 






Cereals, 




1 


00 






Soft soap, 




4 


00 


$2,121 




Inventory March, 1904, 






10 


Receipts from farm, 








1,450 


39 


Victualing and lodging 231 


tramps, 






57 


75 



$3,629 24 



Dr. 

Expenditures, $1,911 80 

Interest on farm, $3,500, at 3 per cent, 105 00 

Inventory, March 1, 1903, 1,971 35 



$3,988 15 
Less receipts and stock on farm, 3,629 24 



Cost of supporting poor on farm, $358 91 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



69 



Sarah Hunt, 
Lucy Hapgood, 
William Quinlan, 
Frank H. Harris, 
Edwin P. Hunt, 



Inmates at Farm During Year, 



12 months 
12 « 
12 « 

3 " 

1 « 



OCTAVUS A. KNOWLTON, 
WM. F. KELLEY, 
I. WARREN FLAGG, 

Overseers of Poor. 



70 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Report of the Tree Warden. 



To the Citizens of Acton: 

Again, during the year now closing, the work of this department 
has been chiefly directed towards the preservation of the wayside 
trees and the prevention of their disfigurement in the various ways 
adopted by advertisers. In this work many of our fellow citizens 
have rendered valuable assistance. One of them has rendered es- 
pecially valuable service. At several times during the past summer 
the attention of the Warden was requested to the attacks upon the 
elms of certain insects supposed to be the elm leaf beetle. Investi- 
gation determined, in each instance, that the destroyer was the fall 
web worm and not the elm leaf beetle. The caterpillars of the web 
worm weave their nest much as do the well known tent caterpillars, 
but always at the tips of the branches. 

North of New York the web worms breed but once in the 
season and do but little damage. 

The trees in several parts of the town are in need of judicious 
trimming; this, however, cannot be done until the town sees fit to 
make an appropriation covering the cost of the work. 

The laws relating to public shade trees are again published for 
the public convenience. 

CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 

Tree Warden. 

Note. — Upon application to the tree warden or to a deputy 
tree warden by persons desiring to cut trees growing within the 
limits of a public way along their lands and outside of village limits, 
such trees as the Town desires to permanently retain will be 
marked, and a permit given to cut the remainder. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 71 

REVISED LAWS* 
Chapter 53. 

Section 12. The tree warden may appoint and remove deputy 
tree wardens. He and they shall receive such compensations as the 
town determines, or, in default thereof, as the selectmen allow. He 
shall have the care and control of all public shade trees in the town, 
except those in public parks or open places under the jurisdiction of 
the park commissioners, and of those, if so requested in writing by 
the park commissioners, and shall enforce all the provisions of law 
for the preservation of such trees. He shall expend all money 
appropriated for the setting out and maintainance of such trees. 
Regulations for their care and preservation made by him, approved 
by the selectmen and posted in two or more public places, imposing 
fines and forfeitures of not more than twenty dollars in any one 
case, shall have the force and effect of town by-laws. All shade 
trees within the limits of a public way shall be public shade trees. 

Section ij. Public shade trees outside the residential part of 
a town, as determined by the selectmen, shall not be cut or re- 
moved, in whole or in part, except by the tree warden or his deputy 
or by a person holding a license so to do from the tree warden. 
Public shade trees within said residential part shall not be cut, 
except for trimming by the tree warden, nor shall they be removed 
by the tree warden or his deputy or other person without a public 
hearing at a suitable time and place, after notice thereof posted in 
two or more public places in the town and upon the tree and after 
authority granted by the tree warden therefor. Whoever violates 
the provisions of this section shall forfeit not less than five nor more 
than one hundred dollars to the use of the town. 

Chapter 208. 

Section 102. Whoever wantonly injures, defaces or destroys 
an ornamental or shade tree in a public way or place, or negligently 
or willfully suffers an animal, driven by or for him or belonging to 
him, and lawfully in a public way or place, to injure, deface or 
destroy such tree, or whoever, by any other means, negligently or 



72 ANNUAL REPORTS 

willfully injures, defaces or destroys such tree, shall forfeit not less 
than five nor more than one hundred dollars, one-half to the use of 
the complainant and one-half to the use of the city or town in which 
said act is committed ; and shall in addition thereto be liable to 
said city or town or other person interested in said tree for all dam- 
ages caused by said act. 

Section ioj. Whoever negligently or willfully suffers an 
animal, driven by or for him or belonging to him and lawfully on 
the highway, to injure, deface or destroy a tree which is not his 
own, standing for use or ornament on the highway, or whoever, by 
any other means, negligently or willfully injures, defaces or destroys 
such tree, shall forfeit not less than five nor more than one hundred 
dollars, one-half to the use of the complainant and one-half to the 
use of the city or town in which said act is committed ; and shall in 
addition thereto be liable in damages to the owners or tenant of the 
land in front of which the tree stands. 

Section 104. Whoever affixes to a tree in a public way or 
place, a playbill, picture, announcement, notice, advertisement or 
other thing, whether in writing or otherwise, or cuts, paints or 
marks such tree except for the purpose of protecting it and under 
a written permit from the officers having the charge of such trees in 
a city or from the tree warden in a town, shall be punished by a 
fine of not more than fifty dollars for each offence. The tree warden 
shall enforce the provisions of this and the preceding two sections 
in towns. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 73 



Report of the Cemetery Commissioners 

For the Year 1903-1904. 



The Town at its last annual meeting appropriated $500 for the 
care of cemeteries. 

The amount of this appropriation expended was $441.55. 

Mt. Hope Cemetery, $226.35; Woodlawn Cemetery, $211.70; 
and North Cemetery, S3. 50. 

The amount received and paid to the Town Treasurer for lots 
sold in Woodlawn Cemetery was $115, and for lots sold in Mt. 
Hope Cemetery $72. 

The fund for the perpetual care of lots has been increased the 
past year by three deposits, amounting to $275, making the amount 
of funds now deposited with the town $4,425. 

As a part of our report we present a schedule showing the 
amounts of the several funds for the perpetual care of cemetery lots, 
and the income and payments on account of each fund during the 
past year. 

From the income of the Cemetery fund, $166.02 has been ex- 
pended on the several lots, as shown in the schedule. We recom- 
mend that the town adopt some rules and regulations for the gov- 
ernment of its cemeteries. 

In our last annual report we submitted to the town, for its 
approval, certain rules and regulations which seemed to us necessary 
and proper for the best government of its cemeteries. 

We trust the Town will give them due consideration and adopt 
such of them as they approve. 

We recommend the same amount be appropriated for Ceme- 
teries as last year, $500. 

JULIAN TUTTLE, 
HERBERT T. CLARKE, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Cemetery Commissioners. 
Acton, March 1, 1904. 



74 



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Report of the Trustees of Acton Memorial Library, 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 

Luther Conant, President. William D. Tuttle. 

Moses Taylor. Adelbert Mead. 

D. J. Wetherbee, Secretary. Delette H. Hall. 

Hiram J. Hapgood. Charles J. Williams. 

L. A. Hesselton. 



The Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library take pleasure in 
presenting their 14th Annual Report. At a meeting of the Trustees 
on March 12th, 1904, the following communication was received : 

Acton, Mass., March 12, 1904. 
To the Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library : — 

" I hereby respectfully offer for your acceptance for the Library 
the enclosed First Mortgage West Shore R. R. Registered Four Per 
Cent. Bond, No. M. 28360 for the sum of one thousand dollars, 
guaranteed by the New York Central & Hudson River R. R. Co. of 
New York. This bond has four hundred fifty-seven years to run and 
upon its maturity Jan. 1, 2361, 1 trust our successors — the then 
Trustees — of the Acton Memorial Library will re-invest the proceeds 
in some safe and conservative security for the perpetual service of 
the institution. I request the Trustees to expend the income from 
this bond for the purchase of books, magazines, or for such purposes 
as the Trustees may think best. 

" I am impelled to do this in the hopes that it may in some 
degree keep fresh the memory of one who was always interested in 
the Library, who, by her natural kindness of heart, deep affection 
and unselfish devotion to me and ours, made our home in no small 
measure an earthly Paradise. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 77 

" It is my desire that this may be known as the Mrs. Susan 
Augusta and Luther Conant Fund, and so entered on the records of 
the Library. " 

Very respectfully, 

LUTHER CONANT. 

Memorial Library, 

Acton, March 12th, 1904. 
The Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library hereby gratefully 
acknowledge the very generous gift to the Library from the honored 
President of its Board of Trustees, Mr. Luther Conant, of one thou- 
sand dollars ; the sum named to constitute a fund to be known as the 
Susan A. and Luther Conant Fund, the annual income of which is to 
be devoted to the purposes of the Library, under the direction of the 
said Trustees. 

WILLIAM I). TUTTLE, 

Secretary pro tern. 

On the expiration of the present term, Mr. William U. Tuttle 
declines further service on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Tuttle has 
served fourteen years, and all of that time has been on the Library 
Committee, whose duty it is to purchase new books. 

Having been on that committee with Mr. Tuttle, I think it only 
a matter of simple justice to him, to state that almost all the labor 
has fallen on him. How well he has performed this duty, those who 
have enjoyed the privileges of the Library can best appreciate. I 
cannot help saying that he has given to the performance of this duty 
the same faithful care and conscientious effort that he has to a'l his 
Public service during a long life to Church, Town and State. 

With possibly one or two exceptions, every town in Massachu- 
setts now has a free Public Library. The appreciation of the value 
of these institutions constantly expands and many of the ablest and 
deepest thinkers are laboring to make its benefits still more general 
and if possible to reach people who have hitherto failed to come 
under its influence. Here the young acquire a taste for useful read- 
ing, and to many who have enjoyed but scanty opportunity for ob- 
taining an education, a broad field is opened. To those who have 



78 ANNUAL REPORTS 

been more fortunate in securing a general or even liberal education, 
the Public Library offers a chance for a post-graduate course, so all, 
if they choose, may have their minds enriched if they but improve 
the opportunity that such an institution affords. 

We ask the Town to vote the same appropriation, $200 for 
new books, and $400 for current expenses, as in years past. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LUTHER CONANT, 

For the Trustees. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 79 

14th Annual Report. 

Accessions: Number of volumes in the library March 12th, 
1903, 8,073; number of volumes in the library March 12, 1904, 
8,530 j increase by purchase, 401, of which 44 were obtained by 
binding magazines : increase by gift, 56. 

Circulation: Number of days library was open, 102; number 
of volumes circulated, 6,192 ; daily average circulation. 61 ; largest 
daily circulation, 110, on April ISthand March 2Sth ; smallest daily 
circulation, 20, on April 22. 

Amount received from fines and catalogues, >17 62 

Expended for postage, etc. 60 



517 02 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
U. S. Government, 9 ; State of Massachusetts, 33 ; City of Boston, 
1 ; Town of Concord, 1 : James M. Barnard, 1 ; W. R. Buxton, 1 : 
Luther Conant, 2 ; Mrs. Luther Conant, 1 ; Miss Charlotte L. 
Conant, 1 ; Harper & Bros., 1 ; James S. Munroe, 1 ; S. L. Phillips, 
I : A. E. Pillsbury, 1 ; Universalis! Pub. Co., I ; Charles H. Vail, 1. 

Periodicals in the reading room : Book Lovers Magazine, Cas- 
sells, Century, Chatauquan, Child's Hour, Cosmopolitan, Country 
Life in America, Everybody's, Harper's, Harper's Weekly, Masters in 
Art, McClure's, Munsey's, Nationil, New England, Our Paper, 
Reformatory, Outing, Review of Reviews, Scientific American, Scrib- 
ner's, St. Nicholas, Success, Worlds Work, Youths Companion. 

A. F. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



67th ANNUAL REPORT 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS. 

FOR THE YEAR 1903-1904. 




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Marlborough, Mass.: 
the estabrook press, printers and binders, frye block. 

1904. 



School Committee, 1903- 1904, 



Charles J; Williams, Chairman, Term expires 1905 

Frank R. Knowlton, " " 1904 

Horace F. Turtle, Secretary, " " 1906 

Superintendent of Schools. 
Herbert E. Richardson, Residence, Littleton, Mass. 

Truant Officers. 

James Kinsley, Moses A. Reed, George C. Turner. 



STANDING RULES. 



*Rule 1. Children under five years of age shall not be 
admitted to the public schools. 

Rule 2. Pupils shall be promoted from grade to grade and 
school to school, according to merit. Thorough and satisfactory 
work will be required of pupils in a lower grade or school before 
entering a higher grade or school. 

Rule 3. Children who have not previously attended any 
school shall be admitted to the public schools only at the beginning 
of the fall term. 

Rule 4. Pupils will be held responsible for books loaned to 
them until such books shall have been returned to the teacher. 

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public property 
in the care of the school committee except by their authorized 
agents. 

*When the birthday of a child falls on or before the 15th day 
of the month it is reckoned as falling upon the first day of that 
month. 



SCHOOL REPORT 



School Calendar 1904-1905. 



High School— 40 Weeks. 

Fall term begins September 6th. Fall term closes November 
23d. 

*Winter term begins November 28th. Winter term closes 
March 17th. 

Spring term begins March 27th. Spring term closes June 23d. 

Common Schools — 38 Weeks. 
Fall term begins Sept. 6th. Fall term closes Nov. 18th. 
*Winter term begins Nov. 28th. Winter term closes March 17th. 
Spring " " March 27th. Spring " " June 16th. 



f Recess of one week, December 25th to 31st. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



EXTRACTS FROM THE STATUTES. 



REVISED LAWS. 

Chapter 43. 

Section u. The several school teachers shall faithfully keep 
the registers of attendance daily, and make due return thereof to 
the school committee, or to such person as the committee may 
designate. No teacher of a public school shall receive payment for 
services for the two weeks preceding the close of any term, until the 
register, properly filled up and completed, is so returned. All 
registers shall be kept at the schools, and at all times during school 
hours shall be open to the inspection of the school committee, the 
superintendent of schools, the truant officers and the secretary and 
agent of the board of education. In reckoning the average member- 
ship and the percentage of attendance in the schools, no pupil's 
name shall be omitted in counting the number of persons belonging 
to the school and the number of absences of such persons until it is 
known that such pupil has withdrawn from the school without inten- 
tion of returning or, in the absence of such knowledge, until ten 
consecutive days of absence have been recorded ; but the foregoing 
provision for computing the average membership and the per centage 
of attendance shall not affect proceedings against habitual truants, 
absentees or school offenders, or other persons, under the provisions 
of section one of chapter forty-four and sections three, four and five 
of chapter forty-six. A pupil who is not present during at least half 
of a session shall be marked and counted as absent for that session. 

Chapter 44. 

Section i. Every child between seven and fourteen years of age 
shall attend some public day school in the city or town in which he 
resides during the entire time the public day schools are in session, 
subject to such exception as to children, places of attendance and 
schools as are provided for in section three of chapter forty-two and 
sections three, fhe and six of this chapter. The superintendent of 



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schools or, if there is no superintendent of schools, the school com- 
mittee, or teachers acting under authority of said superintendent or 
committee, may excuse cases of necessary absence. The attendance 
of a child upon a public day school shall not be required if he has 
attended for a like period of time a private day school approved by 
the school committee of such city or town in accordance with the 
provisions of the following section, or if he has been otherwise in- 
structed for a like period of time in the branches of learning required 
by law to be taught in the public schools, or if he has already 
acquired such branches of learning, or if his physical or mental 
condition is such as to render such attendance inexpedient or im- 
practicable. Every person having under his control a child as de- 
scribed in this section shall cause him to attend school as herein 
required ; and if he fails for five day sessions or ten half day sessions 
within any period of six months while under such control to cause 
such child, whose physical or mental condition is not such as to ren- 
der his attendance at school harmful or impracticable, so to attend 
school, he shall, upon complaint of a truant officer and conviction 
thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars. 
Whoever induces or attempts to induce a child to absent himself 
unlawfully from school, or employs or harbors a child who, while 
school is in session, is absent unlawfully from school shall be pun- 
ished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars. 

Section 6. A child who has not been vaccinated shall not be 
admitted to a public school except upon presentation of a certificate 
signed by a regular practising physician that he is not a fit subject 
for vaccination. A child who is a member of a household in which 
a person is ill with smallpox, diphtheria, scarlet fever or measles, or 
of a household exposed to such contagion from another household 
as aforesaid, shall not attend any public school during such illness 
or until the teacher of the school has been furnished with a certifi- 
cate from the board of health of the city or town, or from the attend- 
ing physician of such person, stating that, in a case of smallpox, 
diphtheria or scarlet fever at least two weeks, and in a case of measles, 
at least three days, have elapsed since the recovery, removal or death 
of such person, and that danger of conveying such disease by such 
child has passed. 



town of acton. 7 

Chapter 46. 

Section j. Any child between seven and fourteen years of age 
who wilfully and habitually absents himself from school contrary to 
the provisions of section one of chapter forty-four shall be deemed 
to be an habitual truant, and, upon complaint of a truant officer and 
conviction thereof, may, if a boy, be committed to a county truant 
school for not more than two years and, if a girl, to the state indus- 
trial school for girls, unless such child is placed on probation as pro- 
vided in section seven of this chapter. 

Section 4. A child between seven and sixteen years of age who 
may be found wandering about in the streets or public places of any 
city or town, having no lawful occupation, habitually not attending 
school, and growing up in idleness and ignorance, shall be deemed 
an habitual absentee, and, upon complaint by a truant officer or any 
other person and conviction thereof may, if a boy, be committed to 
a county truant school for not more than two years or to the Lyman 
school for boys, and, if a girl, to the state industrial school for girls, 
unless such child is placed on probation as provided in section 
seven. 

Section 5. A child under fourteen years of age who persistently 
violates the reasonable regulations of the school which he attends, 
or otherwise persistently misbehaves therein, so as to render himself 
a fit subject for expulsion therefrom, shall be deemed to be an 
habitual school offender, and, upon complaint by a truant officer and 
conviction thereof, may, if a boy, be committed to a county truant 
school for not more than two years or to the Lyman school for boys, 
and, if a girl, to the state industrial school for girls, unless such child 
is placed on probation as provided in section seven. 

Section 73. Truant officers shall inquire into all cases arising 
under the provisions of sections one and six of chapter forty-four 
and sections three, four and five of this chapter, and may make com- 
plaints and serve legal processes issued under the provisions of this 
chapter. They shall have the oversight of children placed on pro- 
bation under the provisions of section seven. A truant officer may 
apprehend and take to school, without a warrant, any truant or ab- 
sentee found wandering about in the streets or public places thereof. 



o school report 

Chapter 106. 

Section 28. No child under the age of fourteen years shall be 
employed in any factory, workshop or mercantile establishment. 
No such child shall be employed at work performed for wages or 
other compensation, to whomsoever payable, during the hours when 
the public schools of the city or town in which he resides are in ses- 
sion, nor be employed at work before six o'clock in the morning or 
after seven o'clock in the evening. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



67th Annual Report of the School Committee* 



To the Citizeris of Acton : 

In our report for last year we stated that the South primary 
school was seriously overcrowded. During the spring term following 
the publication of that report there were in this school, distributed 
in three grades, fifty-six pupils, a much greater number than one 
teacher can properly instruct or care for under such conditions and 
a number which occupied every available inch of floor space in the 
room. 

It was impossible to relieve the situation, either by the em- 
ployment of an assistant or by the establishment of another school, 
since the school building was already fully occupied, while suitable 
accommodations for another school outside of the building were not 
to be had. With these conditions confronting us at the beginning 
of the fall term there seemed open but a single course, viz., to re- 
strict the numbers of the entering class, and this course was adopted. 
No first-grade pupils under the age of six years were admitted to the 
school in September, yet with numbers thus restricted there were 
present during the opening days of the term forty-one pupils — an 
attendance which has been since maintained — while fifteen or six- 
teen children of five years of age were necessarily and regretfully ex- 
cluded from school privileges which they should rightfully enjoy and 
which children of like age in other parts of the town do enjoy. 

The lack of accommodations for the schools at South Acton has 
engaged the attention of your committee and has been made the 
subject matter of their reports at more or less frequent intervals for 
. many years. 

In their report for 1898 they wrote as follows : 

" The great number of pupils in the Primary school at South 
Acton, seconded by an urgent and -unanimous appeal from the par- 
ents of the pupils attending this school, compelled the appointment 
of an assistant teacher in January of this year. 



10 SCHOOL REPORT 

An Intermediate school should be established in South Acton, 
thereby permitting a reduction in the number of grades in the 
several rooms of the common schools, but no action in this direc- 
tion can well be taken until the necessary accommodations shall 
have been provided. 

Your attention is again requested to the need of better accom- 
modations for the High school and for the common schools in South 
Acton. In the report of the School Committee for 1886, written 
by the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. C. L. Roades, there appears 
this paragraph : " In the schools at the West the average attend- 
ance has been 66, while that at the South has been 62. These 
school rooms are crowded ; more room is needed. The classes 
are too large and difficult to teach the few minutes the teacher has 
for each when all the classes must be heard. An Intermediate 
school is recommended for each of these districts, and in the opinion 
of the Committee and Superintendent needed for the best interests 
of these schools." 

In the report for 1887 the Committee say: "And it is now, 
as it was last year, urged upon the town by its School Committee, 
that it take speedy action to provide for the necessity now before 
us. The South Primary school, with its membership of 52, and the 
West, with its membership of 46, would have presented difficulties 
that your Committee could not have answered for, had not sickness 
taken many from their desks and given room for others." 

In later years this matter has at intervals been presented for 
your consideration. 

In their report for 1895, the School Committee recommended 
the enlargement of the school building at South Acton for the bet- 
ter accommodation of the High and common schools, and that the 
Board of Selectmen be appointed a committee to consider the sub- 
ject and report thereon. At the annual meeting in that year the 
committee was appointed and instructed agreeably to this request. 
At the annual meeting in the succeeding year, 1896, the committee 
of the Board of Selectmen requested an extension of time, and that 
the School Committee might be joined to it. Both requests were 
complied with, and the town thereupon instructed this committee 
to procure plans and estimates of cost of the proposed addition to 



TOWN OF ACTON. 11 

the school building at South Acton, and to present them to the town 
at an early date. 

Acting under these instructions, the committee procured plans 
for an addition to the South school building, which in their judg- 
ment provided for the needs of the High school and for those of the 
common schools of South Acton for a term of years, and at a cost 
well within the resources of the town. 

The committee reported at the special meeting in June, 1896, 
in favor of the purchase of a tract of land of about one and one 
quarter acres in the rear of the school building, and of the erection 
of an addition to the latter, which should provide upon the lower 
floor accommodations for an Intermediate school and upon the up- 
per floor recitation rooms and a laboratory for the use of the High 
school. The price of the land was $600, and the cost of the ad- 
dition to the building was estimated by Mr. John S. Hoar of West 
Acton, who drew the plans at $2/250. 

The report was laid upon the table. 

A generation of pupils has entered and left your schools since 
your attention was first invited to this subject, twelve years ago. It 
may fairly be assumed that definite and favorable action upon it will 
presently be taken." 

The report for 1899 reads : "We again urge upon the town 
that it provide adequate accommodations for the common schools at 
South Acton and for the High school." 

In September 1899, the town having taken no steps towards 
providing the accommodations so long and urgently asked for, the 
only available hall in South Acton was rented for the use of the 
Grammar school and an Intermediate school was established there, 
thus reducing from four to three the number of grades in the Primary 
school. Notwithstanding this reduction in the number of grades in 
this school we are, in consequence of the increase in the school 
population of South Acton, again confronted with the old conditions 
and the Primary grades are again overcrowded. Moreover, the hall 
now used for the Grammar school, which was most kindly placed by 
its owner at our disposal at a time when it was the only hall in South 
Acton available for public purposes (an action taken with the full assent 
of the public), though serving the purpose very well so far as the room 



12 SCHOOL REPORT 

itself is concerned, is nevertheless thoroughly unfit for such use be- 
cause of its location — very near the railway, in a public and much 
used business square, without grounds and consequently without 
proper sanitary arrangements. We desire to point out that the fore- 
going statement presents to the town a very serious condition of 
affairs and one which should have its careful and immediate con- 
sideration. 

There appears to be two feasable methods of overcoming the 
difficulties of the situation at South Acton. 

1st, and preferably, by providing accommodations elsewhere for 
the High school, thus permitting the use of the whole of the school 
building for the common schools. 

2d, By such additions to the grounds and building at South 
Acton as will provide for the necessities of both the Common and 
High schools. 

Otherwise than as above stated we are able to report your 
schools to be in good condition and quite the equals of many schools 
in larger and, in some respects, more fortunately situated places. 

Notwithstanding the extreme and long continued severity of the 
winter, the school houses have at all times been thoroughly heated, 
a fact due in a large measure to the unfailing care and watchfulness 
of the janitors of the several buildings, of whose services in this 
respect especially we desire to record our thorough appreciation. 

It is, perhaps, needless to say that the consumption of fuel has 
been very much greater than in years of ordinary temperature. 

The High School is now well supplied with reference books and 
apparatus and the annual expenditure for this purpose will, hereaf- 
ter be comparatively small. On the other hand, the demands of 
the common schools for supplies are constantly increasing, and in no 
year are we fully able to comply with them. We recommend that 
the annual appropriation of fifty dollars for books and apparatus for 
the High School be discontinued and that the appropriation for 
school supplies be increased by that amount, such reference books 
and apparatus as the High School may need to be purchased from 
the latter appropriation. 

The increase in income from the Mass. School Fund will, we 
hope, enable us, through some increase in their salaries, and without 



TOWN OF ACTON. 13 

further present charge upon the town, to retain the services of highly 
competent and successful teachers for longer periods than we have 
sometimes in the immediate past been able to do and to free our- 
selves in some degree from the embarrassments occasioned by the 
efforts of other towns, in some cases towns smaller than our own, 
to deprive us of the services of such teachers by offers of larger sal- 
aries. 

For detailed statements regarding the schools you are respect- 
fully referred to the report of the Superintendent, included herein. 

The appropriation of $50.00 for books and apparatus for the 
High School has been expended as follows- 

Books, $41 28 

Apparatus, 6 00 

Total, $47 28 

The sum of $375.00 has been received from the state on ac- 
count of salary of Superintendent of Schools for the year ending 
Sept. 1st, 1903. 

The reports of the purchasing agent and of the truant officers are 
appended. 



Receipts and Expenditures. 
On Account of Schools for the Financial Year 1903-1904 

Receipts. 



Appropriation for Common Schools, $3,800 00 




(« 


" High School, 1,800 00 




it 


" School Supplies, 475 00 




%t 


" Transportation of pupils, 1,360 00 




a 


" Books, etc., for High School, 50 00 




a 


" Salary of Superintendent of 

Schools, 480 00 




Received from Mass. School Fund, 779 85 




a t 


1 dog licenses, 294 34 








$9,039 19 



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Expenditures. 




For Common Schools, 


$4,516 70 


High School, 


1,799 37 


School supplies, 


540 01 


Transportation of pupils, 


1,313 50 


Books, etc., for High School, 


47 28 


Salary of Superintendent of Schools, 


480 00 


Unexpended balance, $342 33 





Estimates for the Support of Schools. 
For the Year 1904-1905. 



For Common schools, 




$3,800 00 


High school, 




1,800 00 


school supplies, 




525 00 


transportation of pupils, 




1,360 00 


salary of Superintendent 


of schools, 


480 00 



The School Committee of Acton, 



$8,696 86 



$7,965 00 



By CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 

Chairman. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



15 



Superintendent's Report. 



Gentlemen of the School Committee : — 

In accordance with the rules of your Board, I hereby submit 
the following report to you and through you to the citizens of the 
town for the year ending February 26, 1904. Below are given the 
school census of September, 1903 and a summary of statistics for 
the year ending June, 1903. At the end of this report will be 
found tabulated statistics to Feb. 26, 1904 : 



Population, U. S. Census of 1900, . 

Valuation, May 1, 1903, .... 

Number of persons in town between 5 and 15 years 
Boys, 145. Girls, 174. Total, . 

Number of persons in town between 7 and 14 years 
Boys, 107. Girls. 117. Total, . 

Whole number enrolled in all the schools, 

" " " between 5 and 15 years, 

" " " " 7 and 14 years, 

" " " over 15 years, 

Average membership, 
" attendance, 

Percent of attendance, 

Number of weeks in school year, 

Whole number of different schools, 

W T hole number of teachers, 

Number of different male teachers during year, 
" f em ale " 
" Normal School graduates, 

" who have attended Normal schools, 
" College graduates, 

Averages wages per month of male teacher, 
" " " " " female teachers 

Aggregate of months all the schools have kept, 

Average number of months schools have kept, 



2,120 
$1,681,710 

319 

224 

351 

307 

241 

29 

312.6 

288.6 

92 

38 

10 

11 

1 

. 13 

9 

9 

4 

$100 00 

42 20 

95i 

9.55 



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SCHOOL REPORT 



IN MEMORIAM, 

It becomes our painful duty to record the death of Miss Ger- 
trude E. Peet of Cornwall, Vermont, which occurred Sept. 14, 
1903, from typhoid fever. She was the only daughter of Mr. Lyman 
W. Peet, who for many years was superintendent of schools in Ver- 
mont, and it was her early ambition to become a teacher. She was 
graduated from the Westfield Normal school and for the past two 
years had taught with marked success in Orleans, Mass. 

Miss Peet possessed a bright, sunny disposition and her charm- 
ing personality and sweet influence were felt by all with whom she 
came in contact. She began her work at the West Intermediate 
school, Aug. 30. Although her stay in our midst was brief, she was 
thoroughly devoted to her work and completely won the hearts of 
her pupils and the confidence and esteem of all associated with her 
in the work. 



School Work. 

During the past year no new lines have been attempted but 
faithful, effective work has been done. Our school system is so 
organized that notwithstanding the many changes in the teaching 
corps each year, new teachers are enabled to carry on the work with 
but little interruption. Our teachers are painstaking, conscientious, 
efficient and we trust that parents and citizens know by personal 
inspection what is being done in the schools. 

To make right motives and right actions habitual is the con- 
stant endeavor of the schools. The great purpose is not to teach 
the contents of the book alone but to give the children an all round 
development, physical, mental, moral and to train them to become 
worthy and law-abiding citizens. 

Teachers. 

At the beginning of the year the usual number of changes oc- 
curred. Miss Helen Waterman resigned from the High School, and 
Miss Ruby M. Atwood, a graduate of Brown University, succeeded 



TOWN OF ACTON. 17 

her. Miss Bertha Bridges resigned from the South Grammar to 
teach in Maine, her home state, and Miss Virginia Rowell was 
elected to the school. We have been unfortunate in being obliged 
to make frequent change of teachers in this school. Early in the 
year, Miss Rowell, on account of ill health was obliged to give up 
her work and was granted leave of absence for the rest of the fall 
term. She was again obliged to leave school in the middle of the 
winter term. We were fortunate in securing the services of Mrs. 
Hosmer and Miss Emma Foster of Fitchburg Normal school as sub- 
stitute teachers and notwithstanding many changes the work was 
carried forward satisfactorily. Miss Katherine B. Feeley, a graduate 
of Fitchburg Normal school, has been placed in charge of the school 
for the rest of the year. 

Miss Jennie Willey of the South Intermediate school, who re- 
signed to enter a matrimonial alliance, was followed by Miss 
Martha Fagerstrom, a graduate of Worcester Normal school. Miss 
Eudora Gould resigned from the South Primary to teach elsewhere 
and was succeeded by Miss Inez Kilton, a graduate of the Worcester 
Normal school. 

Miss Sadie Collier of the Center Grammar school resigned after 
two years' successful service to enter a matrimonal alliance and 
Miss Nancy M. Bucknam of Dorchester, a teacher of several years' 
successful experience, was chosen for the place. 

After the resignation of Miss Blanche Clough from the West 
Grammar in the spring, Miss Marion Flagg of the Fitchburg Nor- 
mal school, substituted acceptably for several weeks, and Miss 
Jennie V. Sargent, a graduate of Worcester Normal school and of 
Mt. Holyoke College, was elected regular teacher. 

Miss Lena Sevvell resigned to accept a school in Maine and 
Miss Gertrude Peet was appointed to the place. After the death of 
Miss Peet, Miss Agnes Devlin, a graduate of the four years' course 
at Fitchburg Normal was chosen for the school. 

School Accommodations. 

For a number of years the South Primary school has been over 
crowded, having over fifty pupils last year. With such large numbers 
it has been impossible to bring the children up to grade work and 

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18 SCHOOL REPORT 

results were beginning to be manifest in the next room where many 
of the children were obliged to repeat their grade work. 

On account of these circumstances, last September it was nec- 
essary to refuse admission to all children under six years of age. 
This has brought no hardship to the children for it is the concensus 
of opinion sustained by state law that a child who enters school for 
the first time even as late as seven years of age is at no disadvantage. 

The question that will confront us again next September is : 
What to do with the large class of beginners desiring to enter the 
school. Overcrowding is especially to be depreciated as little chil- 
dren just entering school need much individual care with constant 
direction and instruction. 

Another room is much needed for the primary grades and one 
also for the grammar school, which now assembles in the hall, where 
conditions are not altogether favorable. Nearness to railroad trains 
causes frequent interruptions in the work and isolation from the 
other schools makes the discipline more difficult. 

Absence and Tardiness. 

It may be well at this time to refer to the custom of requiring 
written excuses for absence and tardiness from parents or guardian 
of pupils. The object of this regulation is to enable parents to co- 
operate with the schools in securing punctual, regular attendance on 
the part of their children and to show that the pupil is absent 
with the consent of the parent. Teachers are simply doing their 
duty when they insist upon such excuses. 

The High School. 

The work of the year in the High school has been very satisfac- 
tory. The spirit of the school has been excellent and the discipline 
effective. Each year marks an increase in its efficiency, both in 
point of instruction and general equipment. The numbers in the 
school have gradually increased making a total membership during 
the year of about forty. 

For a fuller account of the High school, you are referred to the 
the Principal's report which is appended, and which has my full 
approval. 



town of acton. 19 

Attendance at High School. 

A paper on attendance at High schools given at the National 
Educational Association in Boston last July by a speaker who had 
gathered statistics from all over the country, brought out the some- 
what startling facts that little over 5 per cent, of the pupils who 
enter the elementary schools remain to enter the high schools j of 
those who enter the High schools between 20 and 24 per cent, are 
reported as graduating and of the original number entering the 
elementary schools only about 2 per cent, graduate from the High 
schools. 

As a possible explanation of this state of affairs attention was 
called to the fact that many pupils enter the High school simply to 
get one of more years' additional school training, knowing before- 
hand that they will not be able to remain to graduate. If all pupils 
admitted to High schools entered with the intention of remaining to 
graduate, the dropping out of so large a percentage would mean 
disappointment and defeat to the majority. 

Principals of schools were asked to state in order of importance 
the causes they considered most potent in taking pupils out of High 
Schools and the following were put among the first by teachers in 
Massachusetts, New York, California, Georgia and Texas : 

1. Needed for support. 

2. Desire to enter factory. 

3. Desire to enter business school. 

4. Commercial ideals at home and lack of appreciation of 
education. 

5. Laziness. 

The speaker stated that one who had made a special study of 
fifteen selected High schools scattered from Cambridge to Portland, 
many of very high repute, found that only 16 per cent, of the stu- 
dents entering these schools remained till the fourth year and hardly 
more than 12 or 14 per cent, graduated. 

In spite of the seeming advantages of these choicest High 
schools with their liberal, complete equipment, and supposedly 
superior teaching force, it is shown that the smaller High schools as 



20 SCHOOL REPORT 

a rule hold their pupils better than the large ones — due in part to 
the closer personal relations between teachers, parents, and pupils. 

In the light of the foregoing statements the Acton High school 
is to be congratulated upon graduating each year so many boys and 
girls well prepared for higher education or for the business of life. 

I wish to express my appreciation of the loyalty of teachers to 
our schools and to you, gentleman, for your uniform courtesy and 
support. 

This report and the special reports are respectfully submitted. 

HERBERT E. RICHARDSON, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 21 



REPORT OF THE PRINCIPAL. 



Superintendent H. E. Richardson, 

Dear Sir: — The work during the current year has proceeded 
in general along the lines started in our last report. There have 
been no radical changes, yet we have endeavored to avoid the estab 
lished ruts and to realize as far as possible, the demands imposed 
under the present system of education. 

With a school building well equipped, and tastefully furnished 
we certainly have no complaint to offer, so far as regards our sur- 
roundings. But we must again call attention to the need of co- 
operation on the part of the parent with the teacher. During the 
school life of the child, harmony should exist between the school 
and the home. Teachers are not always judicious in their assign- 
ment of home work, sometimes the lessons are two difficult, some- 
times too much, often times too little help is given. Frequently 
through lack of sympathy, they not only fail to give the pupils proper 
encouragement but to comment honest effort. 

Each child requires an individual method. If the parent and 
teacher were to talk over the child's deficiencies and to decide upon 
some course to pursue to remedy these, there is but little doubt in 
my mind that a marked change for the better would be noticed. 

Lessons that are to be prepared out of school, should be a sub- 
ject of attention to the parents. Let them take an interest in the 
daily progress of their children ; let the children realize that the 
home and school are alike interested in, and anxious for their im- 
provement. 

Some children become discouraged when the lesson is assigned 
without preliminary help, or a subject given for original work. 
They lack initiation ; are unable to think for themselves. This is 
the very point education aims to accomplish — to teach the child to 
think j to awaken his latent capacities ; to give him ability to work 



22 SCHOOL REPORT 

alone ; to solve his problems unaided ; to acquire knowledge for 
himself. The knowledge and information thus secured are but 
means to the great end. 

Especial stress has been laid upon co-operation between home 
and school, because, during the past year, but one parent has visited 
the High school. 

The school has now its full quoto of classes, and this is reflected 
in the increased enrollment. 

Miss Helen Waterman, the former assistant, resigned to accept 
a position in her native city, Providence. Her place has been satis- 
factorily filled by Miss Ruby M. Atwood, a graduate of Brown Uni- 
University. 

In closing I wish to impress upon the parents the importance 
of regular attendance on the part of the child. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. L. FAXON, 

Principal Acton High. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 23 



REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC. 



To the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. H. E. Richardson, 

Dear Sir : — In giving a report of the work accomplished in 
music for the past year, in the Public schools of Acton, I am very 
glad to say that much progress has been made. 

In the primary grades a great deal of technical work has been 
done, for if the rudiments are well mastered, one is pretty sure of 
success. 

The children in these grades have spent much time in writing 
exercises. This form of work, though not an easy thing for a child 
to do, has brought some excellent results. If a child can originate, 
and correctly write an exercise, with only the key and time given, it 
proves very positively that he understands thoroughly any exercise 
he has to sing. 

The work in tone perception has been very satisfactory. Often 
as many as eight or ten tones sung with "loo," by the teacher, have 
been correctly recognized by the pupils. All this work, of course, 
has been done individually, besides much sight reading. In many 
ways the pupils in the Intermediate and Grammar grades have im- 
proved this year. They have worked more understandingly, and 
have mastered difficulties in time and tune, that they have not been 
able to before. Occasional musical tests and written exercises 
show just what each child can do. 

Nearly all the pupils have bought for themselves little song 
books, costing ten cents a piece. These books, full of bright little 
selections, have been enjoyed much, especially as they are each 
child's own property. 

In the High school I wish more time could be spent each day, 
for music. Now only five minutes a day are given, and those the 
first thing in the morning, before the pupils that arrive on the train, 



24 SCHOOL REPORT 

are present. Out of those five minutes, time for the devotional 
exercises is taken. Considering the number of minutes that are 
given to the subject, very good work has been done. 

The year has. been made exceedingly pleasant for me, both by 
pupils and teachers, and I most cordially thank them for their 
efforts. The interest shown by the pupils is proof of their love for 
music, and its development may well prove a part of the school 
course, for " Music is God's greatest gift to man." 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARIAN MARSHALL BROWN, 

Supervisor of Music. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



25 



Statistics for J 902- J 903 





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High 


10-13 


40 


30 


28 


26 


91 


1 


5 


25 


South Grammar 


7-9 


38 


19 


18 


17 


94 


15 


18 





" Intermediate 


4-6 


38 


39 


36 


33 


91.6 


41 


41 





1 ' Primary 


1-3 


38 


62 


49 


44 


89 


34 


56 





Center Grammar 


7-9 


38 


29 


27 


25 


92 


26 


26 


3 


" Intermediate 


4-6 


38 


35 


33 


31 


92 


35 


35 





" Primary 


1-3 


38 


39 


31 


28.9 


93 


16 


34 





West Grammar 


7-9 


38 


20 


19 


17.9 


93.5 


17 


20 





" Intermediate 


4-6 


38 


36 


33.8 


31 


91.7 


34 


34 


1 


" Primary 


1-3 


38 


42 
351 


37.8 
312.6 


34.8 


92 


22 


38 





Totals 


288.6 


92 


241 


307 


29 



26 



SCHOOL REPORT 



Statistics Fall and Winter Terms, J903-J904, 







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2 




13 


41 














High 


12 

11 

10 

9 


6 I 
12 [ 

18J 
4 ) 


40 


31 


28 


92 


1 


2 


37 


South Grammar 


8 
7 
6 


xi} 

12) 


24 


21 


17 


83 


20 


3 


1 


South Intermediate 


5 
4 
3 


9 
19 J 

17) 


40 


35.8 


30 


87 


38 


40 





South Primary 


2 

1 
9 


15 
10 J 

8 ) 


42 


38 


35 


89 


29 


42 





Center Grammar 


8 
7 
6 


10 

11 J 
14) 


29 


28 


26 


92 


20 


25 


4 


Center Intermediate 


5 
4 
3 


7 ) 


31 


28 


26 


91 


31 


31 





Center Primary 


2 
1 
9 


13 
12 J 
5 1 


32 


31 


29 


92 


19 


32 





West Grammar 


8 
7 
6 


10 
14 J 

9 1 


29 


27 


25 


91 


20 


27 


a 


West Intermediate] 


5 
4 
3 


10 
U J 
11 ) 


30 


28 


26 


93 


30 


30 





West Primary 


2 
1 


10 
20 J 


41 


38 


32 


83 


23 


41 





Totals 


338 


305.8 


274 


90 


231 


273 


44 



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Inez G. Kilton 
Nancy M. Bucknam 
Ella L. Miller 
Martha F. Smith 
Jennie V. Sargent 
Agnes Devlin 
Harriet H. Gardner 


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SCHOOL REPORT 



Roll of Honor lor the Year Ending June 1903. 



Burke, Henry 
Cheney, Robert B. 
Gilbert, Alfred G. 
Griswold, Ethel 
Harris, V. Maud 
Stancombe, Eva L. 



One Year. 



Harris, Bertha M. 
Harris, Alfred B. 
Kingman, Layman 
Reynolds, Albert 
Sawyer, Benj. 



Two Terms. 



Boyce, Helen M. 
Davidson, Guy 
Duren, Ethel 
Greenough, Frank 
Griswold, George D. 
Gray, Annie 
Gould, Glenn 
•<~Hall, H. Wesley 
Littlefield, Harold 
Moan, David 
Merriam, Harold A. 
Mekkelson, Christine 
Mekkelson, Ida M. 
Mekkelson, Bertha 



Baker, Ella 
Blanchard, Webster 
Boyce, Elmer 
Brown, Irma M. 
Carburg, Grace 
-^Cram, Bertha 
Cram, Lowell 
Day, Gertrude 



O'Connell, Margaret 
O'Connell, Alice 
Phalen, Harold R. 
Quimby, Russell B. 
Quimby, Margaret 
Robbins, Hazel G. 
Richardson, Harold M. 
Schnair, Cora M. 
Schna.ir, Ellen M. 
Taylor, William S. 
Taylor, Marion C. 
Worden, Henry S. 
Worden, M. Florence 
Wood, Chester 



One Term. 



Davidson, Carl 
Downie, Cora 
Easterbrook, Fred 
Flagg, Harland W T . 
Fletcher, Liza 
Fredrikson, Esther L. 
Frost, Gladys 
Gates, Ralph 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



29 



Gilmore, Lillian 
Green, Bertha F. 
Green, Isabell 
Grady, Percy 
Grady, Ray J. 
Harris, Roy 
Harris, Arthur F. 
Holton, Edward M. 
Hoar, Carl 
Johnson, Ethel 
Kingsley, David 
Kingsley, Richard 
Kimball, B. Milton 
Knowlton, Ruth 
Lawrence, Eva 
Lawrence, Louise F. 
Lincoln, Arnold 
McNeil, Mary C. 
Miner, Ethel H. 
Magnes, Emily 
Macomber, Maud 
Mekkelsen, Loren 
Mekkelsen, Henry 
Mekkelsen, Maricus 
Morse, Arthur 
Morse, Walter K. 



Nickerson, Marion 
O'Connell, Lena 
Olsen, Agnes 
Perkins, Louise 
Piper, Ralph 
Quimby, Chauncy 
Rodway, Charles 
Reed, Everett W. 
Ross, Samuel 
Ross, Joseph 
Schnair, Harriett 
Schnair, Jara 
Schnair, Joseph 
Schnair, Charles 
Smith, Ernest 
Smiles, Emma 
Symonds, Harold 
Stancombe, George 
Thomas, Rosa 
Tuttle, Gertrude M. 
Whitcomb, Florence I. 
Wheeler, Ralph 
Wheeler, Merrill 
W T orden, Grace E. 
Wood, Helen B. 
Wood, Ratha A. 



Roll of Honor for Fall and Winter Terms, J903-J904. 
Two Terms. 



Burroughs, Lizzie 
Cram, Bertha 
Duren, Ethel M. 
Greenough, Frank 
Hawes, Verne 
Holder), Hazel M. 
Hoar, Carl 
Kinsley, David 
Lawrence, Wayne G. 



Mekkelsen, Ida M. 
Piper, Ralph 
Robbins, Sylvia 
Simonds, Harold 
Stancombe, Eva L. 
Tuttle, Elizabeth 
Tuttle, Varnum H. 
White, Leonard D. 



30 



SCHOOL REPORT 



One Term, 



Boyce, Helena M. 
Byron, James 
Campbell, Leland H. 
Cheney, Robert 
Davidson, Guy 
Durkee, Raymond 
Durkee, Irma M. 
Foley, Mary 
Foley, Michael 
Gates, Ralph 
Gallant, Mildred A. 
Gilbert, Alfred 
Gould, Glenn 
Griswold, Ethel 
Harris, Bertha M. 
Harris, Elizabeth 
Harris, Alfred B. 
Harrington, Elizabeth 
Hayes, Willie 
Heath, Isabel 
Hoar, Burton 
Hall, H. Wesley 
Jones, Carl 
Kimball, B. Milton 
Leach, Nathalie 
Lincoln, Arnold H. 
McCarty, Frank 
McCarty, Nora 
McCarty, Helena J. 



Mikkelsen, Christine 
Merriam, Harold 
Morse, Walter 
Morse, Arthur W. 
Nickerson, Marion 
O'Connell, Alice 
Perkins, Louise 
Phalen, Harold R. 
Randall, Earl 
Richardson, Harold M. 
Robbins, Hazel G. 
Schnair, Harriet A. 
Schnair, Zara 
Schnair, Cora M. 
Smith, Minnie E. 
Sonier, Gladys 
Sonier, Mary 
Stancombe, George A. 
Taylor, Marion 
Thompson, Carl L. 
Quimby, Margaret 
Quimby, Josephine 
Quimby, Chauncy 
Quimby, Russell B. 
White, Richard 
White, Florence E. 
Wood, Rotha A. 
Worden, M. Florence 



TOWN OF ACTON. 31 



Department of School Supplies, 



Report of the Purchasing Agent. 

To the School Committee : 

I respectfully submit the expense account of the department 
for the financial year ending March 12th, 1904 : 

J. L. Hammett Co. 

Mar. 13. 4 packages No. 25 letter paper, 
5 Cyr's Primers, 

2 Fifty Famous Stories, 
1 package Blotters, 
10 packages No. 3 practice paper, 

3 packages medium 00 practice paper 

6x9, 
50 Cornhill pads, 
10 dozen No. 140 Note books, 
1 dozen quarts Treasury ink, 
12 Coulthos Plant Studies, 



Mar. 17. 40 packages No. 3 practice paper, 
500 Blotters, 6x8, 
12 packages No. 1 practice paper, 
40 packages Blue Margin paper, 
12 packages, 8x104- medium 00 paper 
2 lbs. No. 120 Boston erasers, 
12 gr. Easterbrook Vest pens, No. 556, 
1 gr. medium green crayons, 
8 packages No. 25 Hecktograph paper 
6 packages No. 27 paper, 
100 No. 127 spelling blanks, 
36 blocks New Century Devel. maps 
4 bottles Hecktograph ink, 



%\ 


40 


1 


30 




63 




30 


2 


30 


1 


08 


1 


75 


4 


20 


3 


00 


13 


00 


$$ 


80 


1 


50 


2 


16 


13 


00 


, 7 


68 


1 


30 


5, 5 


40 




75 


*,2 


80 


2 


70 


1 


75 


10 


80 




80 



$29 46 



59 44 



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UT 





j 






32 


SCHOOL REPORT 






Mar. 24. 


4 blocks New Century Devel. maps, 


$1 20— 


$1 20 


" 31. 


1 Excelsior map N. A. board roller, 


3 00- 


3 00 


May 9. 


24 boxes number builders, 


2 31 






23 Tales of Troy, 


8 05 






9 Jackman's Nature Studies, 


9 72 






3 U. S. History and Constitution, 


2 40 






12 Roland, 


14 40 






3 Man Before Metals, 


4 20 





$41 08 
Credit 12 Roland, $U 40 

" 9 Jackman's Nature 
Studies, 9 72 $24 12 



May 21. 



5 dozen Boston Table Cards, No. 9, 


$1 25 


1 package tags, 9x12, 


25 


50 packages Arithmetic paper, 9x6, 


7 25 


240 No. 140 Note Books, 


8 40 


2 Lawton Duplicators, 4 surface, 


9 75 


100 Cornhill pads, 


3 50 


10 gr. No. 701 pencils 


9 00 


^ case white crayons, 


3 00 


12 sheets gummed trans, paper, 


60 


10 packages 00 medium drawing pa- 




per, 6x9, 


3 60 


12 boxes Dennison cloth strips, 


4 32 


5 packages Manila drawing paper, 




9x12, 


1 80 



72 sheets wrapping paper, 



16 96 







55 04 






Credit 1 Hecktograph, 


$2 63— 


52 41 


June 16. 


5 dozen Boston Table Cards, Na^, 


— 1 20 






3 Tales of Troy, 


95 






Engraving Diplomas, 


25— 


2 40 


Aug. 31. 


12 dozen No. 120 spelling blanks, 


1 44— 


1 44 


Sept. 2. 


3 dozen quarts Treasury ink, 


9 00— 


9 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 33 

Sept. 8. 2 gr. No. 620 penholders, $2 00 

2 lbs. No. 120 Boston erasers, 1 30 

2 dozen Gem B. B. erasers, 1 00— $4 30 

14. 1 7-ft spear head flag pole, 30— 30 
Oct. 7. 10 Siegfried, 5 40— 5 40 

15. 1 Gem pencil sharpener, 3 00 
5 clay bricks, 1 00 

3 The Peasant and The Prince, 1 08— 5 08 
Nov. 17. 6 gr. Easterbrook Vertical pens, No. 

556, 2 70 

4 packages No. 27 letter paperp= ^- ^ 1 80 

4 packages No. 25 Hecktograph paper, 1 40 
8 pads letter paper, 48 

( dozen Chandler ink wells, 1 00 — 7 38 

26. 1 Gem pencil sharpener, 3 00 — 3 00 

Dec. 26. 15 packages H. 3. Practice paper, 3 30 

2 dozen Gem B. B. erasers, 1 00 

1 dozen envelopes gummed paper, 75 — 5 05 

Feb. 6. 10 dozen white Practice paper, 2 20 

10 packages Manila Drawing paper, 1 50 

5 gr. No. 556 Easterbrook Vertical 

pens, 2 25 

10 dozen blotters, 36 — 6 31 

Feb. 12. 1 dozen quarts Treasury ink, 3 00— 3 00 



$215 13 



D. C. Heath & Co. 

Mar. 28. 12 French Dictionaries, $12 00 

4 German " 4 00 



Apr. 4. 4 Wilhelm Tell, 

Less one-sixth, 33 



Express, 



2 


00 




33 


1 


67 




15 



S16 00 



1 82 



S 3 



34 SCHOOL REPORT 

Apr. 24. 10 Vols. Elem. Arithmetic, $3 00 

10 " Inter. " 3 50 



Less one-sixth, 

May 1. 2 Le Cid, 

2 Le Tastuffe, 



Less one-sixth, 



Express, 

Sept. 3. 4 J. & M. German Grammar, 
Less one-sixth, 

" 4. 4 J. & M. German Grammar, 
12 Columbus Note Books, 



Less one-sixth, 

Nov. 17. 3 gr. Volpenna B. pens, 
Postage, 

" 25. 4 Minnadon B, 
Less one-sixth, 



Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 



6 


50 


1 


08 




60 




50 


1 


10 




18 




92 




11 


4 


48 




74 


4 


48 


4 


20 


8 


68 


1 


44 


1 


20 




08 


2 


40 




40 



Mar. 20. 9 Riverside Lit. Series, at .40, less 
pr. 23. 



33 Riverside Lit. Series, 


7 01 


Q ti <( U 


1 02 


6 Our Country's Story, 


3 32 


1 Fiske History U. S. 


85 



$b 42 



1 03 



3 74 



7 24 

1 28 

2 00 

£38 53 



15% 3 06 
June 3 06 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



35 



Apr. 23. 3 A Year in Fields, 

78 Riverside Lit. Series, 
10 " " " B, 



$3 00 
9 94 
3 40 



Oct 8. 10 Fiske History U. S., at $1.00, less 

15%, 8 50 

Jan. 13. 20 Riverside Lit. Series, 2 55 

6 " « « 2 04 



$28 77 
8 50 

4 59 
44 92 



Edward E. Babb & Co. 

Apr. 22. 3 Elson Side Lights on Am. Hist., 
vol. 1, 
3 Elson Side Lights on Am. Hist., 
vol. 2, 

5 Fiske 

6 Thomas 
6 McMaster " 
3 Mowry 
3 Sheldon 
3 Montgomery u 



Hist. U. S., 2d Hand, 



1 69 

1 69 

2 25 

1 20 

2 70 
1 35 
1 35 
1 35 



Sept. 13. 2 Botsford Hist, of Greece, net, 1 84 

Oct. 8. 15 Metcalf Eng. Grammars, 4 05 

5 Sheldon Hist. U. S., 2 50 

5 Thomas " " 1 00 

5 McMasters " " 2 25 

10 Prince Arith. No. 6, 70 

10 Tass and McMurray Geog. Part 5, 4 17 

Oct. 14. 5 Channing Student's Hist. U. S. 5 84 



13 58 
1 84 



14 87 

5 84 

36 13 



Apr. 24. 



GlNN & CO. 




12 Each and All, 


6 00 


Less one-sixth, 


1 00 



5 00 



36 SCHOOL REPORT 

May 13. 12 Thompson Fables and Rhymes, #2 88 
Less one-sixth, 48 



27. 3 Friends and Helpers, 1 80 

Less one-sixth, 30 



Aug. 29. 7 doz. each No. 4 and 6 best 

Writing Books, 10 50 

Less one-sixth, 1 75 



Sept. 23. 10 Wentworth New Leh. Algebra, 
3 " Solid Geometry, 



Less one-sixth, 

Jan. 13. 15 Peabody Step by Step, 
Less one-sixth, 



11 


20 


2 


25 


13 


45 


2 


24 


4 


50 




75 



Silver, Burdett & Co. 



$2 40 



1 50 



8 75 



11 21 



3 75 



Jan. 22. 8 Cyr 2d Readers, 2 88 

Less one-sixth, 48 — 2 40 



£35 01 



April 17. 25 Beacon Series, No. 177, 
23. 25 Beacon Series, No. 75, 
Postage, 
May 14. 12 Stepping Stones, 1st Reader, 
Less one-sixth, 
22. 25 Beacon Series, No. 123, 
Oct. 4. 20 Normal Music Readers, Bk.2, Pt.l, 7 20 
p r Less one-sixth, 1 20 — 6 00 

13, 2 First Steps in English History, 1 40 

Less one-sixth, 23 — 117 

19. 35 Cecilian Series, No. 4, 14 00— 14 00 



1 13— 


1 13 


75 




10— 


85 


3 60 




60— 


3 00 


1 25— 


1 25 



TOWN OF ACTON. 37 

Jan. 13. 15 Stepping Stones to Lit, No. 1, $4 50 
4 Normal Readers, Bk. 2, Pt. 2, 1 44 



Less one-sixth, 

22. 7 Stepping Stones to Lit., Bk. 3, 
Less one-sixth, 



American Book Co. 



5 94 




99— 


$4 95 


50 




58— 


2 92 



Less one-fifth, 88— 3 56 

Oct. 10. 20 Webster Pri. Dictionaries, 
2 Eggleston 1st Bk. Am. Hist., 

Less one-fifth, 2 16— 8 64 



3 


50 




70— 


1 


80 


1 


92 




72 


4 


44 




88— 


9 


60 


1 


20 


10 


80 


2 


16— 



$35 27 



April 21. 10 Famous Stories, 
Less one-fifth, 

Sept. 5. 12 New Intro. Journals, 
12 " " Ledger, 
12 " " Day- Books, 



Educational Publishing Co. 



$15 00 



April 23. 


11 Pizarro, 


3 30 






20 Legends of Norseland, 


8 00 






3 Children of the Cold, 


3 75 






12 Ivanhoe, 


4 80 






5 Lincoln, 


25 






12 each Washington-Pilgrims, 


1 20 






1 each Marquette and Joliet-La Salle, 


10 


; 




30 Legends of the Spring Time, 


9 00 


t 




1 Cortez, 


30 





ent 



38 



SCHOOL REPORT 



April 23. 4 Ulysses, 

40 Lady of the Lake, 
5 In Mythland, , 

Less one-iixth, 



University Publishing Co. 



May 2. 24 Pilot, 
12. 12 Spy, 
6 Harold, 
6 Knickerbocker Stories, 

Less one-fifth, 

Oct. 19. 10 Harold, 

Less one-fifth, 



DeWolfe, Fisk & Co. 
May 1. 2 Pointer's History of Education, 



$1 20 

16 00 

1 50 

49 40 
8 23 



4 80 

1 50 

1 20 

75 


$8 25 
1 65 


2 00 
40 


1 60 



2 00 



2 00 



Maynard, Merrill & Co. 
May 14. 10 English Classics, No. 216, 1 00 

1 00 



William G. Poore. 

T une 9. 1 set Students Cyclopaedia, 
l'set International, 
1 set New People's Cyclopaedia, 



9 


00 


15 


00 


10 


00 



#41 17 
#41 17 



6 60 



20 



2 00 



1 00 



34 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 39 

H. E. Richardson. 

July 3. 12 Green's English History, $3 00 

6 Prescott's Peru, 1 50 

4 " Mexico, 1 00 



5 50 



Allvn & Bacon. 

Sept. 3. 8 Bennett's Caesar, 8 00 

Less one-sixth, 1 33 



6 67 



J. Rufus Wales. 

Aug. 18. Rebinding 2 vols. Lippincott Gazet- 
teer, 2 00 



Express Charges. 



Paid A. W. Raynor, 
Thomas Scanlon, 
A. L. Noyes, 



Credit by supplies sold, 



$5 50 



6 67 



2 00 


2 00 


$10 53 

30 

10 65 




21 48 


21 48 








$542 01 
2 00 



$540 01 



The value of supplies now on hand is estimated at about thirty 
dollars. 

CHAS. J.WILLIAMS, 

Purchasing Agent. 



40 SCHOOL REPORT 

TRUANT OFFICERS' REPORT. 

For the Year Ending March 1, 1904. 



To the School Committee of Acton, Mass. : 

The Truant Officers submit their second annual report to the 
School Committee for the year ending March 1, 1904. 

The Truant Officers submit the following list of pupils looked 
up for the year, the cause for their absence, and if truants, the num- 
ber that have been returned to school. 

Whole number of pupils looked up, 12. 

Cause of Absence. Centre School. 

Sickness, 1 

Kept at home by parents, 1 
Returned to school, 1 

Reported truants, 

Yours respectfully, 

MOSES A. REED, 
JAMES KINGSLEY, 
C. G. TURNER, 

Truant Officers. 



South Sch. 


West Sch 














8 


2 


8 


2 



Town Warrant 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables in the town of Acton, in the 
County of Middlesex, Greeting : 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Act- 
on, qualified to vote in elections and Town affairs, to assemble in the 
Town Hall, in said Town, on Monday, the twenty-eighth day of 
March, A. D., 1904, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to 
act on the following Articles as they may think proper, viz. : 

Article I. To choose a moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, Library 
Trustees and other Town officers. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary Town officers and commit- 
tees and fix salaries. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the report of any Committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
due observance of Memorial Day. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the Jury List as re- 
vised by the Selectmen. 



A TOWN WARRANT 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for repairing roads and bridges the present year. 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will authorize its Treasurer, with 
the approval of its Selectmen, to borrow money for the Town, if 
necessary, in anticipation of taxes the current year. 

Art. 9. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question : — 
" Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 
Acton the present year?" 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Art. 11. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of Schools the present year. 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for School supplies. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for Town charges. 

Art. 14. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money 
for the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will maintain street lamps the 
present year or act anything thereon. 

Art. 16. To determine what action the Town will take in the 
matter of providing suitable and sufficient accommodations for the 
schools at South Acton. 

Art. 17. To determine what action the Town will take in the 
matter of providing a location for and of building a High school 
house. 

Art. 18. To see what sum of money the Town will appropri- 
ate for the care of cemeteries the current year or act anything 
thereon. 



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Art. 19. To see if the Town will approve and adopt all or 
any of the rules and regulations for the government of its cemeteries, 
prepared by the Cemetery Commissioners, and printed in their 
annual report for 1903. 

Art. 20. To see if the Town will accept the road from the 
house of D. J. Hennessy to the old road from Acton Center to South 
Acton as widened and relocated by the Road Commissioners. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will present a certain sign to the 
Davis Guards of Marlboro. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will take any action in regard to 
Old Home Week. 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will vote to raise a suitable 
amount of money to purchase a banner or flag to be presented to 
Co. F, 6th Regiment of Infantry, M. V. M., of Marlboro, Mass., or 
act anything thereon. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will build an addition to the 
Town hall or act anything thereon. 

Art. 25. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
to maintain the Fire Department. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town will pay for burials as heretofore 
or act anything thereon. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will purchase the lot of land near 
the west gate of Woodlawn Cemetery, now used as a public dump. 

Art. 28. To see if the Town will purchase a snow roller or 
act anything thereon. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by posting 
copies, attested by you, in the following places : One in each of 
the Post Offices and Railroad stations, one in each of the stores of 



4 TOWN WARRANT 

C. H. Mead & Co., M. E. Taylor & Co., Tuttle and Newton, Estate 
of H. A. Littlefield and Elnathan Jones, one at the office of F. J. 
Hastings & Co., and one at the Nagog House, seven days at least 
before the time appointed for holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant, with your 
doings thereon, to the Selectmen or Town Clerk, on or before the 
time of holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands, in Acton this 14th day of March, in 
the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and four. 

EDWIN A. PHALEN, 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Index to Contents. 



Town Officers - 
Town Clerk's Report 

Town Meetings, 1903 
Births 
Marriages . 
Deaths 

Dogs Licensed 
Report of Selectmen 

List of Jurors 
Report of Treasurer 
Collector 
Auditor 
Assessors 

Road Commissioners 
Board of Health 
Overseers of Poor 
Tree Warden 
Library Trustees 
Cemetery Commissioners 

School Report : 

Organization 

School Calendar 

Committee 

Financial Statement . 

Superintendent's Report 

High School Principal 

Supervisor of Music . 

Truant Officers . 

Roll of Honor . 

Statistical Tables 

Department of School Supplies 
Town Warrant. 



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16 
17 
19 
21 
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48 
53 
58 
59 
61 
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66 
70 
76 
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ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

Massachusetts 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 1 1 

1905 

Together with the School Report 



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\'EWS PUBLISHING COMPANY. PRINTERS 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1905 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



Massachusetts 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 1 1 



1905 



Together with the School Report 




NEWS PUBLISHING COMPANY, PRINTERS 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1905 




Town Officers. 1904-1905 



Town Clerk — Horace F. Turtle. 

Selectmen. 
Frank W. Hoit, Arthur M. Whitcomb, Edwin A. Phalen. 



E. Faulkner Conant, 



Assessors. 

Win. F. K. Uev, 



Daniel J. Wetherbee. 



Overseers of the Poor. 
Edwin A. Phalen, Frank W. Hoit, Arthur M. Whitcomb. 

Town Treasurer — Jona. K. W. Wetherbee. 

Auditor — Charles A. Durkee. 

Collector of Taxes — Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

Constables. 



James Kinsley, 
Albert S. Bradlev, 



Herbert T. Clark, 
Julian Tuttle, 
Horace F. Tuttle, 



Albert H. Perkins, 
Anson C. Piper, 
Wm. H. King>ley, 



Wm. H. Kingsley*, 
Daniel H. Farrar*. 



Cemetery Commissioners. 



Road Commissioners. 



Term expires 1905. 
Term expires 1906. 
Term expires 1 907. 



Term expires 1906. 
Term expires 1 90 7. 
Term expires 1905- 



School Committee. 



Charles J. Williams, 
Horace F. Tuttle, 
Frank R. Knowlton, 



Term expires 1905. 
Term expires 1906. 
Term expires 1907. 



Trustees of Memorial Library. 



Charles J. Williams, 
Luoins A. Hesselton, 
Horace F. Tuttle, 



Board of Health. 



Frank J. Barker, M. D., 
Frank E. Tasker, M. D., 
Charles J. Williams, 



Term expires 1905. 
Term expires 1906. 
Term expires 1907. 



Term expires 1907. 
Term expires 1906. 
Term expires 1905. 



Edwin A. Phalen, 



Fence Viewers. 
Frank W. Hoit, Arthur M. Whitcomb. 



Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves. 



Herbert T. Clark, 
Jona. P. Fletcher, 
Edward F. Richardson, 



Edgar H. Hall,* 
Charles E. Smith, 
Job W. Dupee.* 



James Kinsley,* 
Albert S. Bradley,* 



Field Drivers. 



Wm. H. Kiugsley,* 
Daniel H. Farrar. * 



Tree Warden — Charles J. Williams. 
*Have not taken the oath required by law. 



Proceedings of the Annual ToWn Meeting Held March 28, 1904. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Charles M. Kimball was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will accept the reports of the Seleof- 
men, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, Library Trustees 
and other town officers. 

Voted, To accept the reports of the several Town Officers. 

Voted, That the Collector of Taxes charge interest at the rate of 
five per cent per annum on all taxes remaining unpaid after the 
first day of November next. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessan- town officers and committees 
and fix salaries. 

Voted, To choose on one ballot a Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, 
three Seleotmen, tliree Assessors, three Overseers of the Poor, one 
member of the School Committee, a Collector of Taxes, four Con- 
stables, one Cemetery Commissioner, four Field Drivers, six sur- 
veyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves, three Fence Viewers, 
one Trustee of Memorial Library, one Auditor, one Road Commis- 
sioner, one member of the Board of Health, and a Tree Warden. 

Voted, That the salary of the Collector of Taxes be one per oent 
of the amount collected and that he perform the duties hitherto 
performed by said officer. 

Voted, That the salary of the Road Commissioners be the same 
as last year, namely: 



Two and one half dollars per day employed, nine hours to con- 
stitute a day. 

Voted, That the Road Commissioners, as far as practicable ao- 
oompany the men employed. 

Voted, That the salary of the Auditor be fixed at six dollars. 

The following town offioers were chosen: 

Town Clerk— Horaoe F. Tuttle. 

Treasurer — Jona. K. W. Wetherbee. 

Selectmen— Edwin A. Phalen, Frank W. Hoit, Arthur M. Whit- 
comb. 

Assessors — E. Faulkner Conaut, William F. Kelley, Daniel J. 
Wetherbee. 

Overseers of the Poor — Edwin A. Phalen, Frank W. Hoit, 
Arthur M. Whitoomb. 

Sohool Committee — Prank R. Knowlton. 

Collector of Taxes — Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

Constables — James Kinsley, Wm. H. Kingsley,* Albert S. Brad- 
lej', Daniel H. Farrar*. 

Cemetery Commissioner — Horace F. Tuttle. 

Field Drivers — James Kinsley,* Wm. H. Kingsley,* Albert S. 
Bradley,* Daniel H. Farrar*. 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves — Herbert T. 
Clark, Edgar H. Hall,* Jona. P. Fletcher, Charles E. Smith, Ed- 
ward F. Richardson, Job W. Dupee*. 

Fenoe Viewers — Edwin A. Phalen, Frank W. Hoit, Arthur M. 
Whitoomb. 



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Trustee of Memorial Library — Horace F. Tuttle. 

Auditor — Charles A. Durkee. 

Road Commissioner — Anson C. Piper. 

Tree Warden — Charles J. Williams. 

Member of the Board of Health — Frank J. Barker, M. D. 

*Not sworn. 

Art. 4. To hear and aot upou the report of any committee 
ohosen to report at this meeting. 

No action taken. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
the due observance of Memorial day. 

Voted, To raise fifty dollars. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will accept the jury list as revised 
by the Seleotmen. 

Voted, To take from the list the names of John C. Keyes, Moses 
A. Reed and Constantino O'Neil. 

Voted, To accept the Jury List as revised by the Seleotmen. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
repairing roads and bridges the present year. 

Voted, To raise four thoasaud dollars. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will authorize its Treasurer, with the 
approval of its Selectmen, to borrow money for the town, if neces- 
sary, in anticipation of taxes the current year. 

Voted, To authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the 



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Selectmen, to borrow money for the town, if neoessary, in antici- 
pation of taxes the ourrent year. 

Art. 9. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question : hall 
licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in Acton the 
present year? 

Total number of ballots oast, 211 

Yes, 47 

No, 164 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Voted, To raise four hundred dollars for current expenses and 
two hundred dollars for books. 

Art. 11. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
the support of schools the present year. 

Voted, To raise for 

Common schools, $3,800 00 

High school, 1,800 00 

School supplies, 525 00 

Transportation of pupils, 1,360 00 

Salary of supt. of schools, 480 00 

$7,965 00 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
sohool supplies. 

Aotion taken under Art. 1 1 . 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
town charges. 



Voted, To raise five thousand dollars. 



Art. 14. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money 
for the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Voted, To appropriate five hundred dollars. 

Voted, That the Selectmen be instructed to enforce the liquor 
laws. 

Art. 15. To see if the town will maintain street lamps the 
present year, or act anything thereon. 

Vcted, To laise eight bundled dollars to maintain street lrmps 

Art. 16. To determine what action the town will take in the 
matter of providing suitable and sufficient accommodations for the 
schools at South Acton. 

Art. 17. To determine what aotion the town will take in the 

matter of providing a location for and of building a high school 

house. ^ 

Articles 16 and 17 were considered together and it was voted, 
That the School Committee be requested to ascertain the possibility 
of sending our high school pupils to the Concord high school and 
the probable ccst to the town. 

Voted, That the School Committee be requested to use their best 
efforts to provide accommodations for the common schools at South 
Acton without building additional sohool rooms. 

Art. 18. To see what sum of money the town will appropriate 
for the care of cemeteries the current year, or aot anything thereon. 

Voted, To appropriate five hundred dollars for the oare of oeme- 
teries. 

Art. 19. To see if the town will approve and adopt all or any 
of the rules and regulations for the government of its cemeteries 
prepared by the Cemetery Commissioners and printed in their an- 
nual report for 1908. 



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Voted, That the town approve and adopt the rules and regula- 
tions for the government of its cemeteries, submitted by the Ceme- 
terj T Commissioners in their report for the year 1902-1903 except- 
ing section number eight relating to the perpetual oare of lots. 

Art. 20. To see if the town will aocept the road from the 
house of D. J. Hennessy to the old road from Acton Center to 
South Aoton as widened and relocated by the Road Commissioners. 

Voted, To accept the road as widened and relocated by the Road 
Commissioners. 

Art. 21. To see if the town will present a oertain sign to the 
Davis Guards of Marlboro. 

A motion to present the sign, formerly belonging to the Aoton 
Davis Guards, to the Marlboro Davis Guards, did not pass. 

Voted, That the town reimburse Mr. Luke J. Robbins for any 
expense incurred by him in repairing the sign formerly placed in 
the armory of the Acton Davis Guards. 

Art. 22. To see if the town will take any action in regard to 
Old Home Week. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will vote to raise a suitable amount 
of monej 7 to purchase a banner or flag to be presented to Co. F, 
6th Regiment uf Iufautry, M. V. M. , of Marlborough, Mass., or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted, The following Resolutions: 

Resolved, That we, Citizens of Acton, tender to Co. F., 6th 
Regiment of Infantry, M. V. M. , an expression of our appreciation 
of the fact, that in the choice of a name for their organization, 
they have ohusen that of Capt. Isaac Davis, the commander of 
Acton's company of Minute Men at the Old North Bridge in Con- 






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oord on the 19th of April, 17 75, and who, while leading his men 
at the right of the line in this, the first organized armed resistance 
to King George III, was the first commissioned ofiSoer to fall, in 
that war that made us a nation and gave political being to the 
United States of Amerioa. 

Resolved, That as Aoton is no longer represented in the State 
Militia as she was for many years successively by the Davis Blues, 
and by the Davis Guards, that we tender our hearty and sincere 
thanks to Co. F. , 6th Regiment, M. V. M., for adopting his name 
and for thus tending to pass it on, that it may carry with it a 
similar patriotic inspiration in the future to that which it has 
carried with it in the past. 

Art. 24. To see if the town will build an addition to the town 
hall, or act anj 7 thiug thereon. 

Voted, That the matter be referred to the Seleotmen with 
authority to procure plans and estimate of oost, to report at a 
future meeting. 

Art. 25. To see what amount of money the town will rais9 to 
maintain the Fire Department. 

Voted, To appropriate three hundred and fifty dollars for expenses 
of the Fire Department. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will pay for burials as heretofore 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted, To pass over the artiole. 

Art. 27. To see if the town will purchase the lot of land near 
the West gate of Woodlawn Cemetery, now used as a public dump. 

Voted, That the matter be left with the Seleotmen with power 
to aot. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will purchase a snow roller or 
scraper. 



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Voted, That the Selectmen and Road Commissioners be' au- 
thorized to purchase a snow roller or soraper. 



Voted, To dissolve the meeting. 
A true reoord, Attest: 



Horaoe F. Tuttle, 

Town Clerk. 



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State Election, 



Proceedings of Meetings Held NoV. 8 in Precincts l t 2 and 3. 



Votes. 



For Electors of President and Vice Pres. 



Precinct Precinct Precinct 



Corregan and Cox, Eleotors, Socialist Labor, 
Debs and Hanford, Electors, Socialist, 
Parker and Davis, Electors, Democratic, 
Roosevelt and Fairbanks, Eleotors, Republican, 94 
Swallow and Carroll, Electors, Prohibition, 
Watson and Tibbels, Electors, Peoples, 
Blanks, 

Governor. 

John Quiucy Adams, Socialist, 
John L. Bates, Republican, 
Miohael T. Berry, Socialist Labor, 
Oliver W. Cobb, Prohibition, 
William L. Douglas, Democratic, 
Blanks, 

Lieutenant Governor. 

Olof Bokelund, Soc, 
John C. Crosby, Dem., 
Frank P. Dyer, Prohib., 
Curtis Guild Jr., Rep., 
Moritz E. Ruther, Soc. Labor, 
Blanks, 



1 


- 


3 


Total 


























31 


25 


20 


76 


94 


95 


93 


282 





2 


3 


5 














5 


5 


11 


21 














81 


82 


78 


241 




















2 


2 


43- 


39 


42 


124 


6 


6 


5 


17 














36 


29 


30 


95 








2 


2 


79 


85 


83 


247 














15 


13 


12 


40 



H 



Seoretarv. 



James A. BresnahaD, Soc. Labor, 
Farmie J. Clary, Prohib. , 
Charles C. Hitchoock, Soc, 
Henry B. Little, Dein. , 
William M. Oliri, Rep., 
Blanks, 



Treasurer. 



Hubert C. Bartlett, Soc, 
Arthur B. Ohapin, Rep., 
Edmund D. Codmau, Dem., 
Audrew Mortensen, Soc Labor, 
Willard O. Wylie, Prohib., 
Blanks, 



Auditor. 



Charles E. Burnham, Prohib. 
Walter J. Hoar, Soc. Labor, 
Charles Stevens, Soc, 
Francis X. Tctrault, Dem., 
Henry E. Turner, Rep., 
Blanks, 






1 





1 








2 


2 














27 


19 


26 


72 


82 


88 


83 


253 


21 


19 


16 


56 














82 


87 


81 


250 


29 


22 


26 


77 

















1 


3 


4 


19 


17 


17 


53 


1 





2 


3 


























28 


21 


24 


73 


81 


89 


83 


253 


20 


17 


18 


55 



Attorney General. 



Henry M. Dean, Prohib. , 
John P. Leahy, Dem. , 
Herbert Parker, Rep., 
John Weaver Sherman, Soc, 
Thomas Stevenson, Soc Labor, 
Blanks, 






2 


2 


4 


25 


20 


23 


68 


86 


90 


84 


260 


1 








1 














18 


15 


18 


51 



Representative in Congress. Fourth District. 



Marcus A. Coolidge, Dem., 
John F. Mullen, Soc, 
Charles Q. Tirrell, Rep. , 

Blanks, 



30 


20 


28 


78 














84 


92 


85 


261 


16 


15 


14 


45 



J 5 

Councillor, Sixth District. 

John E. Brennan, Soc, 

John F. O'Brien, Derm, 26 18 23 67 

Walter Scott Watson, Rep., 80 87 83 250 

Blanks, 24 22 21 67 

Senator, Sixth Middlesex District. 

Chester W. Clark, R«p., 79 84 82 24 5 

Peter B. Murphy, Dern. , 26 20 23 69 

Blanks, 25 23 22 70 

Representative in General Court, 2 3d Middlesex. 

M. Henr}- Chrystal, Deic, 
Waldo E. Oonant, Rep. , 

Blanks, 



28 


20 


2 5 


73 


80 


86 


81 


247 


22 


21 


21 


64 



County Commissioner. 



80 


88 


83 


251 





1 





1 


28 


19 


22 


69 


22 


19 


22 


63 



Francis Bigelow, Rep., 
Charles F. Drury, Soc, 
James E. Kelley, Dem. 
Blanks, 



Associate Commissioners. 

Laughlin Cameron, Soc. , 

Embert E. Hopkins, Soc, 

David T. Strange, Rep., 

Edward Everett Thompson, Rep., < 

Blanks, 127 110 125 362 



2 


o 


1 


6 


2 


3 


2 


7 


8 


74 


68 


210 


1 


6 4 


58 


183 



District Attorney, Northern Dist. 



John J. Devine, Dem. 
Squire E. Putney, Soc, 
George A. Sanderson, Rep. 
Blanks, 



24 


18 


2 


62 














82 


87 


92 


261 


24 


2 2 


15 


61 



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Sheriff. 

Frederiok Bancroft, Dem. , 28 18 23 69 

John R. Fairbairn, Rep. , 81 88 87 256 

John J. Mulholland, Soc. , 10 1 

Blanks, 21 20 17 58 

Total number of ballots oast, 130 127 127 384 

VOTE FOR REPRESENTATIVE. 23d MIDDLESEX DISTRICT. 

Acton Ayer Littl'n Shirley West'd Total 

M. Henry Chrystal of Ayer, D., 73 190 29 58 87 437 
Waldo E. Conant of Littleton, R., 247 234 152 115 224 972 
Blanks, 64 64 22 54 76 280 



384 488 203 227 387 1689 



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Town Clerk's Report 





BIRTHS. 




Whole number recorded, 


31 


Mixed parentage, 


7 


Males, 


14 


Foreign parentage, 


11 


Females, 


1? 


Born in Acton, 


31 


Native parentage, 


13 


One parent born in Acton, 


6 



Both parents born in Acton, 



Whole number recorded, 
Residents of Acton, 
Residents of other plaoes, 



MARRIAGES. 



18 
22 
14 



DEATHS. 



Whole number recorded, 
Residents of Acton, 
Residents of other places, 
Occuring in Acton, 
Occurring in other plaoes, 
Average age, 



37 
36 

1 
34 

3 
65 



NOTE — The Town Clerk requests information of any omission 
or error in the lists of births, marriages and deaths. The Town 
Clerk herebj' gives notice that he is prepared to furnish blanks for 
the return of births ami deaths. 



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Births Registered in 1904. 



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2 


DATE 


1 


Jan. 


7 


2 


Jan. 


12 


3 


Jan. 


23 


4 


Feb. 


2 


5 


Feb. 


8 


6 


Feb. 


17 


V 


March 


"1 


8 


March 


21 


9 


April 


(5 


Id 


April 


1(1 


11 


May- 


15 


12 


May 


16 


13 


May 


21 


14 


June 


2 


15 


June 


21 


16 


July 


1 


17 


July 


22 


is 


July 


26 


lit 


August 


7 


•_'() 


Sept. 


1 


21 


Sept. 


22 


22 


Sept. 


23 


23 


Oct. 


2 


24 


Oct. 


3 


25 


Oct. 


13 


26 


Nov. 


7 


27 


Nov. 


11 


28 


Nov. 


15 


:.".» 


Dec. 


9 


30 


Dec. 


11 



NAME OF CHILD 



Walter Ernest Brodeur 
Lena Frances Hennessey 
Dorothy Lowden 
Sheldon Ellsworth Littlefield 
Horace Edwin Shattuck 

Theodore William Hart 
Olgar Jennie Granberg 
Ormal Seth Robert Laffin 
Clara Josephine Tobin 
Mary Theresa Heath 
S^lvatore Falma 
Marion Desire Barteaux 
Daniel Joseph Hurley 
Erwin Melvin Beach 
Sherman Foote McGreen 
Samuel Conway Ineson 
hlsie Florence Shaw 
Charlotte Lauretta Davis 
Marion Etta Biathron 
Walter Henry Stiles 
Evelyn Maud Farrar 
Norman Edward Livermore 
William Francis Cahill 
Violet Evelyn Specht 
Dorothy Hope Drew 
Harriet Adeline Fogg 
Margaret JennieChristaffersen 
Alfred Olsen 

Bertha Whittemore Merriam 
Elizabeth Roxanna Hall 



NAMES OF PARENTS 



Charles E. and Annie L. (Woodward) 
Daniel J. and Hannah (Lynde) 
Arthur S. and Bertha M. (Newton) 
Sheldon E. and Marion (Wood) 
Clarence C. and Pearl Frances 

(Chaplin) 
William D. and Harriet E. (Mason) 
Ole and Matilda (Anderson; 
Sidney O. and Ruby A. (Dill) 
Michael J. and Mary (Quinlan) 
Charles B. and Mary A. (Cahill) 
Sam and Virgelia (Palma) 
Harry P. and Minnie M. (Littlefield) 
James and Bridget (Neyland) 
John E. and Lizzie Annie 'Robertson; 
James and Estella A. (Foote) 
Samuel B. and Katharine (Conway) 
Arthur D. and Mary (Maitland) 
Francis S. and L. Emily (Noyes) 
Murton H. and Lizzie F.-(Wetherbee) 
James Frederick and Anna L. (Clark) 
Frank B. and Dora Jane (Welch) 
J. William and Pearl (Rikeman) 
John and Mary (Tobin) 
A. Scott and Lucinda (Savage) 
Arthur and Alia B. (Hesselton) 
John J. and Emma A (Priest) 
Anders and Annie (Anderson) 
John and Marta (Lee) 
William T. and Lizzie (Whittemore) 
Bertram D. and Grace N. (Houghton) 



19 



Marriages Registered in J904, 



6 


DATE 


PLACE 


NAMES 


RESIDENCES 


1 


Jan. 13 


Acton 1 


Clarence Leighton Crosby 


Littleton 






Salomona Letitia Barteaux 


Littleton 


2 


April 5 




J. William Livermore 


Acton 




Providence, R. 1. \ 


Pearl Rikeman 


Revere 


3 


April 21 


Maynard 1 


George Edwin Murphy 


Westford 






Hannora Gertrude Mannion 


Acton 


4 


May 12 


Acton 1 


Charles Edgar Beach 


West Acton 






Mabel Ella Burroughs 


West Acton 


5 


May 18 


1 


Arnold V. Beach 


West Acton 






Hingham 1 


Carrie L. Turner 


Norwell 


6 


May 29 


\ 


George A. Libbey 


South Acton 






Maynard j 


Mary Mawn 


Maynard 


7 


June 2 


1 


Charles E. Smith 


Acton 






Acton 1 


Mary Edwards 


Acton 


8 


June 11 


Maynard ) 


John J. Eogg 


South Acton 






Emma A. Priest 


South Acton 


9 


June 22 


1 


Oliver D. Wood 


Acton 






Concord j 


Louisa N. Pratt 


Acton 


10 


June 22 




James Nelson Cook 


South Acton 




Bartlet 


Bertha Mae Stevens 


Bartlett, N. H. 


11 


June 30 


1 


Archer L. Faxon 


South Acton 






Medford f 


Katharine W. Hall 


Boston 


12 


July 5 




Orson A. Balch 


Hudson 






Acton 


Legurtha Mae Sweet 


South Acton 


13 


Sept. 1 




George S. Braman 


Boxboro 






Acton. 


Bessie F. Pratt 


Acton 


14 


Sept. 3 




Ole Johansen 


Concord 






Acton 


Anna M. Mathisen 


Concord 


15 


Sept. 22 


* 


David C. Harris 


North Acton 






Acton 


Katharine M. Howes 


Boston 


16 


Nov. 3 




John Downey 


Acton 






Maynard 


Mary Ann Tobin 


Acton 


17 


Nov. 24 




John William Burgess 


Boston 






Acton 


Alice May Hanson 


Acton 


18 


Dec. 27 




John Arthur Raymond 


Acton 






Acton 


Lizzie May Streeter 


Acton 



20 



No. 



DATE 



1 


Jar.,: 


- 


2 


February 


1 


3 




> 


4 




20 


" 


Febr - 


a 


6 




29 


2 


rch 


1 


- 


.rch 


4 


9 


March 


- 


10 


rch 


13 


11 


rch 


28 


12 




10 


13 


April 


14 


14 


April 


14 


15 




9 


16 




16 


IT 




- 


- 




2 


19 


June 


15 


- 


June 


_ 


21 


July 




22 




Lfl 




r.USt 


4 


M 


i ust 


- 


-■ 




4 


^ 


ruber 


14 




September 




28 


October 


1-' 


29 


ber 


i 


30 


mber 


11 


31 


vmber 


16 


- 


E mber 


18 


33 


December 


1 


34 


Dece: 


21 


35 


Dece 


_ 


36 


riber 





Deaths Registered in J904. 



NAMES 

Catherine Coones 
Francis Jones 

e Harris 
Candace Maria Parlin 
Anna W 
George W. Loomer 

James Dow: 

. J. Gallagher 
Hannah D. Rob: 
Varnum Tuttle 
rill 

Sarah Hunt 
Percy Eveleth Tuttle 
Sarah Eiiza Wheeler 
Ulen 

Emerline Elizabeth Tuttle 
Lvdia Parker H . 

..sPelton 
Edwin Tarbell 
Ralph Browning Stillman 
Luther Robbins Forbush 
Lymar. " 

Liscomb Barker 

William J. H 

od 

ran Jones 

Reed 
Mary Long 

Emeline Hall 






Yrs 




Ds. 


64 


1 


15 


1 


— 


n 


46 


j 


3 


~~ 


3 


16 


30 


— 


— 


51 


v 


— 


4-3 


— 


— 


-- 


— 


— 


~- 


11 


19 


- 


11 


7 


- 


— 




" 


i 


16 


' 


11 


— 


71 


7 





- 


- 




60 


6 


— 


:• 


— 


— 


aa 


— 


— 


■ 


— 


— 


Bfl 


3 


- 


" 




~4 


_ 


6 


II 




11 


u 


14 


4 


g 


- 


4 




1 


3 


— 


- 


3 


U 


77 


11 


.- 


44 




3 


93 


4 


11 




B 


.'4 




11 


T 


66 


9 


— 




- 


— 


00 


9 


" 






21 



Nonresident Burials in J904. 



AGES 



No. 


DATE OF 
DEATH 


NAME OF PERSON 


RESIDENCE 


Yrs 


Ms. 


Ds. 


1 


1904 
January 


11 Ann M. Green 


Watertown 


63 


9 


14 


2 


January- 


20 Thomas Earl Smith 


Littleton 


1 


5 


20 


3 


February 


4 Joseph Warren Hayward 


Boxboro 


55 


10 


1 


4 


February 


7 Lydia Harris 


Maiden 


95 


10 


16 


5 


February 


21 Anna Barbara Pinkham 


Boston 


80 


4 


20 


6 


February 


25 Lydia F. Pratt 


Boston 


62 


7 


27 


7 


April 


5 Gertrude Frances Deffly 


Providence, R. I. 


— 


9 


17 


8 


May 


4 Emma C. Hunt 


Brockton 


53 


10 


19 


9 


May 


28 Nancy M. Hayward 


Fitchburg 


84 


3 


28 


10 


July 


9 Sarah J. Briggs 


Mt. Vernon, N. Y. 


78 


2 


2 


11 


August 


7 Henry Orville Lothrop 


Framingham 


80 


10 


21 


12 


August 


15 Myrick Putnam Brown 


Concord 


17 


11 


21 


13 


August 


19 Joseph R. Bassett 


Salt Lake City, Utah 


— 


— 


— 


14 


August 


21 Minnie Ann Blodgett 


Concord 


47 


2 


5 


15 


September 


21 Mary M. Perkins 


Boston 


75 


8 


28 


16 


October 


25 Clara Blanchard 


Boxboro 


49 


4 


10 


17 


November 


26 Minnie May Smith 


Littleton 


27 


7 


23 


18 


November 


30 Maud V. Tapley 


Leominster 


22 


10 


3 


19 


December 


8 Newell Knight 


South Royalston 


81 


2 


16 


20 


December 


13 Harriet White 


Wayland 


85 


10 


— 


21 


December 


24 Catherine Burns 


North Andover 


73 


3 


— 



22 



Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1904. 



Edson Baird, 


$2 


00 


J. Sterling Moore, 


2 


00 


Charles Morris, 


2 


00 


Wm, F. Merrill, 


2 


00 


Henry J. Stoos, 


2 


00 


Warren Jones, 


2 


00 


F. J. Barker, 


5 


00 


Frank W. Bnlette, 


2 


00 


Levi W. Perkins, 


2 


00 


Cyrus G. Dole, (2), 


4 


00 


Moses Taylor, 


2 


00 


Francis Pratt, 


2 


00 


Eugene L. White, 


2 


00 


Henry Hanson, 


2 


00 


Wm. F. Watkins, 


5 


00 


Daniel C. Lincoln, 


2 


00 


L. H. Pinkham, 


2 


00 


Henry M. Smith, 


2 


00 


George Weaver, (2), 


4 


00 


W. J. Webster, 


2 


00 


Wm. B. Holt. 


2 


00 


Lester N. Fletcher, 


2 


00 


F. W. Hoit, 


O 


00 


Wm. F. Stevens, 


2 


00 


Carlton C. Taylor, 


5 


00 


A. W. Lawrence, 


2 


00 


Edmund Dow, 


2 


00 


Daniel Farrar, 


2 


00 


J. E. Dnrkee, 


2 


00 


Eva C. Shapley, 


2 


00 


N. J. Cole, (3), 


9 


00 


Frank A. Pratt, 


2 


00 


W. W. Hem, 


2 


00 


Roy J. Grady, 


5 


00 


Edward McKean, (2), 


4 


00 


Dexter L. Spinney, 


2 


00 



Charles E. Boyce, $2 00 

Charles J. Williams. 2 00 

Frank Williams, 5 00 

Roy L. Duren, 5 00 

George F. Siinonds. 2 00 

Michael Eneguess, 2 00 
Albert H. Perkins 

Lilla Willis. 2 00 

John Downey, 2 00 

Charles T. Calder, (2l 4 00 

John M. Kelley, 2 00 

W. C. Taft, 2 00 

J. Linwood Richardson, 5 00 

John Watkins. 4 00 

Frank Cjussans, 2 00 
F. D. Morrison, 

Benjamin Pope, (4 1. 14 00 

Carl E. Moore, 2 00 

Catherine Greeu, 2 00 
Wm. F. Kelley, 

Michael O'Counell. 2 00 

L. C. Carberg. (i), 4 00 

Clarence B. Owens. 5 00 

John M. Stevenson, 5 00 

Arthur Tutrle, 2 00 

Charles M. Kimball, 2 00 

Margaret Coughlin. 2 00 

Smith Finney. 2 00 

George D. Loomer, 2 00 

Herman A. Gould. 2 00 

Luke Tuttle, 2 00 

Solon A. Robbins, 2 00 

Fred A. Hallowell, 2 00 

Timothy A. Thompson, 2 00 

David C. Harris, 2 00 
Charles Wheeler. 



23 



Luther Conant, 


$2 00 


George F. Lawrey, 


5 00 


George W. Worster, 


2 00 


Joseph Reynolds, 


2 00 


John F. Coughlin, 


2 00 


Arthur S. Lauoue, 


2 00 


Fred E. Clark, 


2 00 


Charles L. Ford, 


5 00 


F. G. Smith, 


2 00 


Elizabeth Taylor, 


2 00 


Fred S. Whitoornb, 


2 00 


Harding Bent, 


5 00 


James Cole, 


5 00 


Michael G. Hayes, 


5 00 


Patrick O'Neil, 


2 00 


C. F. Sproule, 


2 00 


Win, S. Warren, 


2 00 


John L. Leqnin, 


2 00 


John Kennedy, 


2 00 


Wm. C. Coughlin, 


2 00 


Robert G. Reed, 


2 00 


F. H. Willard, 


o 00 


Wm. J. Moore, 


2 00 


Joseph R. Brown, (2), 


4 00 


William Rawitzer, 


2 00 


Wm. H. Teel, 


2 00 



Samuel B. Ineson, §2 00 

O. A. Knowlton, 2 00 

James A. Grimes, 2 00 

George Laflamme, 2 00 

Elnathan Jones, 2 00 

Abel Farrar, 2 00 

George E. Murphy, 2 00 

Edward Willis, 2 00 

C. A. Sawyer, 2 00 

C. S. Moulton, 2 00 

Tuttle & Newton, 2 00 

Hiram E. Gates, 5 00 

William H. Hill, 
Webster C. Robbins, (2), 
Francis S. Davis. 
Alfred J. Morse, 
T. C. Lothrop, (2), 
Ellery Wright, 
George A. DeLord, 
George A. Barker, 
Fred W. Gray, (2), 
Moses Thompson, 
John Palmer, 
Charles H. Schnair, 
Oreuzo Penniman, 
F. D. Morse, 



Whole number licensed, 



00 

00 

00 

00 

00 

00 

00 

00 

00 

2 00 

2 00 

5 00 

2 00 

2 00 

139 



120 at $2.00 eaoh, 
19 at $5.00 each, 



$240 00 
95 00 



Deduct fees, 139 licenses at 20 cents each, 



$335 00 
27 80 



Amount paid to County Treasurer. 



$307 20 



HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



24 



Selectmen's Report 



HIGH SCHOOL. 



Paid A. L. Faxon, principal, 

Ruby M. Atwooo\ assistant, 

Geo. C. Tomer, janitor, « 

E. L. Wheeler, janitor, 

So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co. , ooal, 

Geo. C. Turner, wood, 

Poor Farm Dept. , wood , 

Geo. C. Turner, cleaning, 



Tuttle & Newton, incidentals, 

J. L. Hammett & Co., incidentals, 

Musical instruction, 



SOUTH SCHOOL. 

Paid Inez G. Kilton, salary urimary, $406 00 

Martha Fagerstrom, salary intermediate, 380 00 

Catherine Feeley, salary grammar . 380 00 

Geo. C. Turner, janitor, 85 00 

E. L. Wheeler, janitor, 15 00 

So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co., coal, 84 41 

Geo. C. Turner, wood. 11 3 7 

Poor Farm, wood, 9 75 

Geo. C. Turner, cleaning, 13 60 

E. L. Wheeler, labor, 1 00 



$1,100 


00 




500 


00 




85 


00 




15 


00 




84 


40 




11 


38 




9 


7 5 




13 


60 








$1,819 13 

2 06 

2 04 

46 00 

$1,869 7 3 



$41 


25 








6 


25 








19 


73 








8 


75 








8 


25 












$1 


,470 

2 

2 

45 


36 

57 
04 
66 






$1 


,520 


63 



25 



Paid Geo. C. Turner, janitor grammar sohool, 
E. L. Wheeler, janitor grammar sohool, 
So. Aoton Coal and Lumber Co. , ooal 

grammar school, 
G. C. Turner, cleaning grammar sohool, 
G. C. Turner, wood grammar sohool, 



Tuttle & Newton, incidentals, 

J. L. Hammett & Co., incidentals, 

Musical instruction, 



CENTER SCHOOL. 

Paid Nanoy Bucknam, salary grammar, $120 00 

Angie F. J. Main, salary grammar, 286 00 

Martha P. Smith, salary primary, 444 00 

Ella Miller, salary intermediate, 418 00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., ooal, 22 76 

D. J. Wetherbee, ooal, 191 14 

A. Parlin, janitor, 132 54 

A. Parlin, cleaning, 25 25 

A. Parlin, sawing wood, 1 00 

Geo. E. Greenough, teaming coal, 31 00 

Poor Farm Dept., wood, 12 00 

$1,683 69 
M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 3 84 

J. L. Hammett & Co., incidentals, 2 50 

Musioal instruction, 45 67 

$1,735 70 



26 



WEST SCHOOL. 
Paid Jennie V. Sargent, grammar salary, 
Agnes O. Develin, intermediate salary, 
Emma Foster, intermediate salary, 
Elizabeth Sheehan, grammar salary, 
Harriet Gardiner, primary salary, 
Thos. Scanlon, janitor, 
Thos. Scanlon, cleaning, 
Thos. Scanlon,, carrying water, 
Thos. Scanlon, labor on wood, 
E. 0. Parker & Co., ooal, 
Hall Bros. , wood, 
Poor Farm Dept. , wood, 



C. H. Mead & Co., incidentals, 
J. L. Hammett & Co., incidentals, 
Musical instruction, 



SCHOOL SUPPLIES. 
Paid J. L. Hammett & Co. , 
Ginn & Co., 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 
Silver Burdette & Co., 

D. C. Heath & Co. , 
American Book Co., 
Rand, McNally & Co. , 
University Publishing Co., 
Lothrop Publishing Co., 
Educational Publishing Co., 

E. E. Babb & Co , 
Glynn & Bacon, 
Lee & Sheppard, 
Thompson, Brown & Co. , 
Bessie M. Weaver, 



$120 00 




120 00 




260 00 




260 00 




456 00 




124 98 




24 00 




8 00 




1 00 




105 63 




2 50 




24 00 




$1,506 


11 


2 


29 


2 


50 


45 


67 


$1,556 


57 


$195 74 




75 37 




114 83 




37 20 




6 42 




15 21 




32 06 




10 75 




10 80 




11 35 




9 12 




8 34 




6 20 




2 57 




1 50 





$537 46 





27 




EXPRESS ON SUPPLIES. 


A. W. Raynor, 


$11 70 


A. L. Faxon, 


2 60 


A. L. Noyes, 


14 55 



SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION. 

Paid Jens. Mikkleson, $532 00 

Wm, S. Jones, 237 50 

Geo. E. Greenongh, 570 00 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Paid West Acton Fire Dept., allowance, 
So. Acton Fire Dept. , allowance, 
Fred W. Green, cleaning and filling 

chemicals, 
So. Acton Woolen Co., acid, 
Fitchburg Fire Dept., expense of oall 

Littlefield fire, 
Boston Coupling Co., two hydrant valves, 
C. A. Durkee, repairing hose, 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies 1903, 
E. A. Phalen, repairing hook, 

D. H. Farrar, care of house and at- 

tending 2 fires, 

E. W. Qnimby, watching fire at Noyes, 
Will Charter, labor, 

C. W. Leach, expenses and labor 

Littlefield fire, 
Hall Bros., 8 doz. pails, 
J. L. Richardson, Littlefield fire, 



$117 


00 


117 


00 


4 


25 


2 


67 


4 


00 


15 


00 


1 


20 


8 


02 


1 


00 


4 


00 


2 


00 




60 


2 


50 


10 


80 


10 


75 



$28 85 
$566 31 



$1,339 50 



28 



Pasd Ernest Morse, Littlefield fire, 
Frank Williams, Littlefield fire, 
John Campbell, Littlefield fire, 
Ohas. JBoyce, Littlefield fire, 
Lewis Leveronia, Littlefield fire, 
William Ooolidge, Littlefield fire, 
J. D. Christie, Littlefield fire, 
E. S. Morse, Littlefield fire, 
G. W. Colby, Littlefield fire, 
C. E. Smith, Littlefield fire, 
Wm. D. Hart, Littlefield fire, 
A. H. Smith, Littlefield fire, 
E. L. Wheeler, Littlefield fire, 
Geo. E. Greenough, team, Littlefield fire, 
E. Jones Est., team, Littlefield fire, 



10 


75 


8 


50 


2 


50 


2 


50 


2 


50 


1 


25 




50 




50 




50 




50 




50 




50 




50 


2 


00 


2 


00 



STREET LIGHTING. 



$336 29 



Paid Fred Green, lighting, 
Harold Phalen, lighting, 
Karl Jones, lighting, 
Harold Simonds, lighting, 
Ralph Hastings, lighting, 
Earl Hay ward, lighting, 
D. H. Farrar, lighting, 
C. H. Mead & Co,, supplies, 
Tuttle & Newton, supplies, South, 
Tuttle & Newton, supplies, Center, 
Tuttle & Newton, supplies, West, 
C. J. Holton, repairs, 
Globe Gas Light Co. , repairs, 
F. W. Hoit, repairs, 
Automatic Inoandesoent Light Co. , 2 

lamps complete, 
So. Aoton Lamp, complete, 
So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co., rope, 



$188 


40 


82 


00 


53 


40 


53 


40 


16 


02 


37 


38 


70 


00 


12 


19 


89 


39 


2 


24 


7 


51 


1 


80 


2 


50 


1 


05 


64 


45 


32 


50 


Center, 


83 



2 


65 


3 


60 


34 


22 


21 


63 


4 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 


4 


00 



29 



C. H. Mead & Co., supplies, 1903, $53 45 

D. H. Farrar, repairing and express, 
Fred Green, founts, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies, Center, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies, East, 
D. C. Harris, care 1 lamp, 
J. D. Moulton, care 1 lamp, 
S. L. Richardson, care 1 lamp, 
W. J. Webster, oare 1 lamp, 
Abel Farrar, oare 1 lamp, 
Lyman C. Taylor, care 1 lamp, 
Chas. Wheeler, care 1 lamp, 
H. W. B. Proctor, care 1 lamp, 
I. F. Duren, care 1 lamp, 
M. Tobiu, care 1 lamp, 



CEMETERY EXPENSES. 

Paid Julian Tuttle, labor, Woodlawn, 
N. G. Brown, labor, Woodlawn, 
A. Parliu, labor, Woodlawn, 
Arthur Tattle, labor, Woodlawn, 
J. J. Vanderveer & Co. , repairing 

pump, Woodlawn, 
Julian Tattle, plants, Woodlawn, 
L. H. Piukham, painting, Woodlawn, 
M. E. Taylor, &Co., paint, cement, etc., 

Woodlawn, 
A. Vandnrhoof, repairing pump, Woodlawn, 
E. A. Phalen, 1 gate, Woodlawn, 
A. H. Perkins, labor, Mt. Hope, 
Fred Green, labor and fertilizer, Mt. Hope, 23 
Shady Hill Nursery, Mt. Hope, 
A. Batley & Son, Mt. Hope, 
H. T. Clark, labor, Mt. Hope, 
Shady Hill Nursery, 800 plants, Mt. Hope 



$96 


53 


81 


37 


32 


64 


8 


92 





10 


1 


25 


6 


25 


7 


82 


n, 


50 


3 


50 


83 


73 


, 23 


11 


25 


75 


16 


93 


44 


05 


, r :64 


00 



70 61 



30 



Paid A. Parlin, labor, North, $1 50 

N. G. Brown, labor, North, 1 00 

Julian Tuttle, labor, North, 1 00 

H. T. Clark, perpetual care lots, Mt. Hope, 29 50 

Julian Tuttle, perpetual care lots, 103 70 
Julian Tuttle, perpetual care lots, 

plants and flowers, 17 12 

J. R. Wales, binding records, 75 



ROADS AND BRIDGES. 

Paid S. S. Searles, blacksmithing, 
John Sheehan, blacksmithing, 
S. A. Guilford, blacksinithiug, 
J. P. Brown, blacksmithing, 
F. J. Hastings & Co., tools, 
So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co. , lum- 
ber, pipe, etc. , 
T. F. Parker, tools, 
Good Roads Maohine Co., repairs, 
N. H. Tenue} 7 , repairs, 
Amerioan Powder Mills, powder, 
Tuttle & Newton, gasoline and supplies 
O. A. Knowlton, dosing up dry bridge, 
Hall Bros. , lumber and posts, 
E. H. Whitney, 60 loads gravel, 
H. F. Tuttle, locating line at West Aoton, 
Anson C. Piper, expenses and labor, 
Wm. H. Kingsley, expenses and labor, 
A. H. Perkins, expenses and labor, 
A. H. Perkins, 259 loads gravel, 
A. H. Perkins, sundries and repairs, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies, 



56 02 





$2 


00 




20 


89 




7 


64 




8 


03 




4 


75 




101 


62 




8 


03 




83 


25 




10 


48 




1 


15 




167 


97 




15 


00 




5 


63 




6 


00 


a, 


3 


00 


1, 


,345 


08 


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65 


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52 




12 


95 




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9 


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$4,289 46 



$15 


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00 


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Rec'd from J. B. Tuttle for crushed stone, 
J. B. Tattle, for removing wall, 
E. A. Phalen, crushed stone, 
For road dust, 
Use of pump, 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY EXPENSES. 

Paid S. Hammond Taylor, janitor, $75 00 

Wm. D. Tuttle, expanses, 10 71 

Arthur Davis, librarian, 104 00 

Arthur Davis, extra cataloging, 10 00 

Chas. Twitchell, carrying books, 52 00 

Mass. Reformatory, printing, 5 00 

D. J. Wetberbee, coal and del'd, 5 7 18 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, 7 55 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies, 26 56 

J. R. Wales, binding, 32 15 

W. W. Oliver, repairing clock, 5 00 

D. J. Wetberbee, insurance, 22 50 
S. H. Taylor, 1 lamp extinguisher, 50 

E. A. Phalen, 1 step ladder, 1 50 
Luther Conant, wood, 5 50 
Horace F. Tuttle, expenses and express, 10 5 7 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOKS. 

Paid Wm. D. Tuttle, magazines, $3 69 

W. B. Clark & Co., 283 81 

W. J. Bartlett, 17 18 

W. A. Wilde Co., 8 03 

Philadelphia book store, 14 35 

National Subscription Agency, magazines, 40 80 

Horace F. Tuttle, magazine, 1 50 



25 



$425 72 



$369 36 



32 



ENFORCEMENT LIQUOR LAWS. 

Paid Edwin F. Knight, bill 1902, $415 59 

J. Connors, 

A. S. Bradley, expenses, 
Frank W. Hoit, expenses, 



Received for fines, 

STATE AID. 

Paid Ephraim B. Forbush, 12 months, 
Lydia Haudley, 12 mouths, 
Mary A. Parlin, 12 mouths, 
Mary Smith, 12 months, 
Addison B. Wheeler, 12 mouths, 
Mary A. Whalen, 12 months, 
John Clark, 12 months, 
Aaron S. Fletcher, 12 months, 
Emma Bloorl, 12 months, 
Susan A. Clough, 12 months, 
Huldah Moulton, 9 months, 
Edwin Tarbell, 5 months, 
Pheobe Wood, 7 months, 
Mary A. Wood, 7 months, 
Amelia Tarbell, 6 months, 
Win, F. B. Whitney, 1 month, 
Mary A. Riohardson, 2 mouths, 



Amt. returned from state, 

RENT ACCOUNT. 

Paid Mrs. Ella L. Hosmer, central hall, $125 00 

Universalist Societ}', vestry for election, 3 00 

A. L. Noyes, rent of room for supplies, 10 00 



5 00 






38 88 






8 00 








$462 


47 




$54 


72 


$48 00 






48 00 






48 00 






48 00 






48 00 






48 00 






60 00 






48 00 






48 00 






48 00 






36 00 






20 00 






28 00 






28 00 






24 00 






6 00 






8 00 








$642 


00 



$138 00 



33 

SNOW ROLLER. 

Paid Geo. W. Tibbitts, $100 00 

B. & M. R. R. , freight, 6 25 

SUPPORT OF POOR OX FARM. 

Paid Moses Thompson, salary, $350 04 

J. S. Monre, meat, 85 58 

W. E. Whitcomb, meat, 12 38 

Tuttle & Newton, groceries and supplies, 104 02 
M. E. Taylor & Co., groceries and 

supplies, 318 44 

E. C. Parker & Co., grain, 252 76 

F. J. Hastings & Co.. grain, 49 58 
J. Shattuck, labor, 42 46 
T. Hannau, labor, 20 00 
Walter Porter, labor, 40 00 
J. Watts, labor, 20 00 
J. Flynn, labor, 9 00 
J. Walsh, labor, 20 00 
Eugene Hobart, labor, 4 00 

E. Jones, clothing, 12 75 

C. H. Mead & Co., groceries and supplies, 31 54 
S. S. Searles, blacksmitbing, 2 80 
John Sheehnn, blacksmitbing, 9 7 8 
Chas. Maban, labor, 12 00 
J. P. Brown, blacksmitbing, 1 23 
W. H. Lawrence, blacksmitbing, 7 00 
Dr. F. J. Barker, medical attendance, 12 00 
C. H. Clark, repairing harness, 7 95 

F. P. Wood, attending funeral, 2 00 
So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, 8 93 
M. Hayes, fish, if 01 
C. B. Bobbins, two pigs, 6 00 
F. J. Livingstone, soft soap, 5 25 
A. H. Perkins, one cow, 45 00 



$106 2. 



34 



Paid A. H. Perkins, one oow, 

A. H. Perkins, pasturing three cows, 

A. H. Perkins, pasturing two heifers, 

Tnttle & Newton, one hay fork, 

Luke Tuttle, forty-five barrels, 

L. H. Tuttle, barrels, 

J. E. Durkee, one cow, 

J. N. Murray, veterinary, 

F. W. Lovejoy, M. D. , medical attendance, 

J. E. Beeoh, repairs, 

Hall Bros., sawing lumber, 

Weeks auction, two chairs, 

I. F. Duren, burial of Sarah Hunt, 

E. A. Phaleu, washing machine. 

E. A. Phaleu, tramp house stove. 

E. A. Phaleu carfare for E. P. Hunt. 

E. A. Phaleu. sundries, 
For 1 bu. turnips, 
X. G. Brown, labor, 
J. McGrath, labor, 
Moses Rerd, labor, 

F. Cassidy, labor. 



OUTSIDE POOR. 

Paid Abbie Fisk, care of Susan Fisk, $8 7fi 

I. F. Duren, burial of Mrs. A. Weeks, 15 00 

I. F. Duren, burial of Alfred Weeks. 18 00 
City of No. Adams, aid furnished 

Margaret Gongh, 130 85 
S. A. Christie, M. D., atttendance on 

Joe Skolosky. 21 00 

Estella D. Flint, care of Joe Skolosky, 19 00 
M E. Taylor & Co., aid furnished 

Mrs. Galliger. 1 IS M 



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$429 82 



$140 79 



35 

Paid M. E. Taylor & Co. , aid furnished 

Geo. Brooks, $92 47 

M. E. Taylor & Co. , aid furnished 

Dan Daley, 5 93 



BOARD OF HEALTH. 

Paid Moses A. Reed, agent, labor and ex- 
penses, $117 19 
C. H. Goldrhwait & Co., supplies, 20 35 
S. A. Christie, M. D. , 3 25 



SPECIAL BRIDGE JOB. 

Paid A. H. Perkins, labor, $98 90 

Thos. McCarthy, covering stone, 23 40 

$122 30 

Lowering ditch and widening biidgn at West Aoton, per order of 
Board of Health. 

PRINTING. 

Paid E. F. Woroester Press, 2 5 town warrants, 
E. F. Worcester Press, registration notices, 
E. F. Worcester Press, poll tax lists, 
E. F. Worcester Press, 50 voters lists, 
E. F. Worcester Press, cemetery com- 
mittee printing, 
E. F. Woroester Press, town warrants, 
Enterprise Co., notices, 
Enterprise Co., notices tree warden, 
Esterbrook Press, town reports, 
News Publishing Co., notices, 
P. B. Murphy, printing for Assessors, 
Brookside Printing Co., notices and ballots, 3 25 



$2 


75 


3 


50 


12 


00 


10 


00 


12 


25 


2 


75 




50 


2 


30 


111 


30 


6 


00 


1 


50 





$5 50 


labels, 


85 


posters, 


1 00 


printing for 






25 50 


town orders, 


2 50 


envelopes for 






75 



36 

Paid Brookside Printing Co., stationery and 

printing, 
Brookside Printing Co 
Brookside Printing Co 
Brookside Printing Co 

town clerk, 
Brookside Printing Co 
Brookside Printing Co 

treasurer, 

$181 20 

REPAIRS ON TOWN BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS. 

Paid Fred Gray, painting Center fire house, $5 00 

Fred Gray, gilding town hall radiators, 1 25 

Solon Robbins, painting South school house, 16 16 
Tuttle & Newton, paint town hall, 1 50 

Tuttle & Newton, repairs So. school, 2 75 

Geo. C. Turner, sundry repairs, So. school, 18 00 
Geo. C. Turner, labor on grounds, 
vault, rep. clock, aud fnrniture 
SoutJi school, 
W. W. Oliver, repairing school clock , 
Thos. Scaulon, repairs West school, 
J. J. Vanderveer & Co., repairs Center 

school pump, 
A. Vanderhoof. repairs Center school house, 
A. Vanderhoof, repairs South school house, 
A. Vanderhoof, repairs West sohool house, 
J. L. Haminett & Co. , repairs school 

furniture, 11 15 

American School Furniture Co., re- 
pairs school fnrniture, 22 75 
John Temple, repairs So. school, 2 50 
Geo. W. Daniels, electric bells Center school, 5 00 
Geo. W. Daniels, rep. electric bells 

West school, 4 30 



17 


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50 


12 


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6 


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00 



37 



Paid'Geo. W. Daniels, rep. heater town hall, $8 25 
Geo. W. Daniels, sharpening mower 

for common, 7 5 

N. H. Tenney, repairs town hall healer, 16 50 

So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co., lumber, 

nails, So. school, 15 87 

So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co., out- 
side windows, We«t school, 3 85 
So. Aotou Coal and Lumber Co., out- 
side windows, library, 
E. Jones, 1 mirror West school, 
E. Jones, repairs So. school, 
Moses A. Reed, cleaning vault Center sohool, 
L. H. Pinkham, painting North fire house, 
A. Parliu, repairs Center school, 
S. Hammond Taylor, care of Monu- 
ment ground-, 
W. H. Kingsley, labor on town hall grounds 
C. H. Mpad & Co. .repairs West school 

house, 2 06 

A. L. Noyes, 1 clo=et for Center school 

house, 5 00 

Sam Jones, repairs South school house, 
H. T. Clark, repairs West engine house, 
H. S. Gretnough, repairs heater town 

hall, 
I. R. Beharrell, screens for West school, 
E. A. Phalen, taking down broken flag pole, 1 00 
E. A. Phalen, repairs Center school, 
E. A. Phalen, repairs West school, 

E. A. Phalen, labor and exp. library 

windows, 
Julian Tuttle, book case Center school, 

F. Z. Taylor, repairs So. school, 
So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co., re- 
pairs So. sohool well, 2 01 

M. E. Taylor & Co., repairs Center school, 3 85 



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Paid Geo. E. Greenough, teaming ashes 

Center school, $1 50 

Chas. Edwards, mowing oomraon, 1 08 
M. E. Taylor & Co. , paint for No. 

engine house, 5 68 
M. E. Taylor & Co., phosphate, etc., 

fur common, 3 67 
A. W. Hall, batteries for high sohool, 2 65 
F. E. Poor, repairs at town farm, 36 38 
E. A. Phalen, repairs at town farm, 76 50 
L. H. Pinkham, painting at town farm, 10 15 
So. Acton Coal and Lumber Co., lum- 
ber for town farm, 103 33 



$571 49 



INDIGENT 


$31 


35 


251 


00 


18 


15 


2 


65 


, 3 


00 


38 


00 



SOLDIERS' RELIEF AND BURIAL OF INDIGENT SOL- 
DIERS. 
Paid Mrs. Wm. Gordon, oare of Phoebe Wood, : 
Mrs. Emma Reed, care of Phoebe Wood, 
S. A. Christie, M. D. , attendance 

Phoebe Wood, 
F. H. Willard, medicine Phoebe Wood, 
F. W. Hoit, expenses moving Pheobe Wood, 
I. F. Duren, funeral exp. Phoebe Wood, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies for Mary 

Whalen, 90 22 

So. Aoton Coal and Lumber Co., coal 

for Mary Whalen, 16 86 

S. A. Christie, M. D., attendance 

Mary Whalen, 2 00 

A. Parlin, care of Wm. F. B. Whitney, 46 55 

Town Farm Dept., oare of Wm. F. 

B. Whitnev, 10 00 

Dr. F. J. Barker, attendance Wm. F. 

B. Whitney, 22 00 

I. F. Duren, burial exp. Wm. F. B. 

Whitney, 38 00 



39 

Paid J. F. Childs, Marlboro, burial exp. 

Wm. F. B. Whitney, $9 00 
E. A. Phalen, cash exp. Wm. F. B. 

Whitney, 4 00 

H. T. Clark, burial of Eben F. Wood, 35 00 

H. T. Clark, burial of Edwin Tarbell, 35 00 

$652 78 
DUE FROM STATE ON ACCOUNT OF BURIAL OF SOLDIERS. 

Eben F. Wood, |S5 00 

Edwin Tarbell, 35 00 

Phoebe F. Wood, 35 00 

W. F. B. Whitney, 35 00 
Reo'd from city of Newburyport for aid for 

Mary Whaleti, 2 6 00 
Due from city of Newburyport for aid for 

Mary Whalen, 104 00 



SNOW BILLS. 

Paid Anson C. Piper, 1903, $30 81 

A. H. Peikins, 1903, 35 99 

Chas. Edwards, 18 19 

A. H. Perkins, 149 86 

Anson C. Piper, 49 18 

W. A. Flint, 13 40 

Wm. Kinsley, 24 88 



SALARIES OF TOWN OFFICERS. 

Paid Waldo E. Whitcomb, auditor, $15 00 

H. E. Richardson, supt. schools, 480 00 

Chas. J. Williams, school com. , 83 00 

E. F. Conant, assessor, 85 00 



$2 70 00 



S3 2 2 31 



4 o 



Paid W. F. Kelley, assessor, 

D. J. Wetherbee, assessor, 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, treasurer, 
F. W. Hoit, selectman, 

E. A. Phalen, eeleotman, 
Arthur Whitcomb, selectman, 

E. A. Phalen, overseer of poor, 
Arthur Whitcomb, overseer of poor, 

F. W. Hoit, overseer of poor, 
Horace F. Tuttle, town clerk, 
Horace F. Tuttle, registrar of voters, 
Horace F. Tuttle, school com., 
Horace F. Tuttle, cemetery com., 
Jas. McGreen, reg. of voters, 

S. A. Guilford, reg. of voters, 
David Kinsley, reg. of voters, 
Moses A. Reed, inspector of animals, 
Moses A. Reed, truant officer, 
Geo. C. Turner, truant officer, 
D. J. Wetherbee, collecting taxes, 
D. J. Wetherbee, school census, 
Harry E. Clough, sealer of weights 

and measures, 
Abrara Tuttle, election officer, 
T. F. Newton, election officer, 
N. J. Cole, election officer, 
H. J. Hapgood, election officer, 
Lyman Taylor, election officer, 
Spofford Robbins, election officer, 
Aaron Foster, election officer, 
H. F. Tuttle, election officer, 
D. H. Hall, election officer, 
C. B. Stone, election officer, 
W. F. Kelley, election officer, 
Jas. Kiuslpy, election officer, 
Abram Tuttle, teller, 
Lyman Taylor, teller, 



$55 00 




55 00 




100 00 




100 00 




50 00 




50 00 




50 00 




20 00 




20 00 




30 00 




15 00 




15 00 




5 00 




12 00 




12 00 




12 00 




55 05 




2 00 




4 00 




197 70 




15 00 




6 00 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




2 50 




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2 00 




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75 



4i 

LOANS AND INTEREST. 

Paid F. C. Hay ward, interest on cemetery 

fnnd, $17 50 

Elnatlian Jones, interest on note, 80 00 

J. Roland Wetherbee, note, 3,000 00 

J. Roland "Wetherbee, interest on note, 202 33 

Ernest G. Wetherbee, note, 3,000 00 

Ernest G. Wetherbee, interest on note, 216 00 



MISCELLANEOUS ACCOUNTS. 

Paid Geo. B. Parker for Memorial Day, $50 00 

Arthur Wayne, care of hall, clock and 

trough, 67 60 

Wm. H. Kingsley, labor for tree warden, 7 75 

F. H. Kendall, Civil Eng. , grade crossing, 15 00 
E. Jones, assessor's book, 
E. Jones, 150 flag- Memorial day, 
E. Faulkner Conant, expenses of assessor, 
Moses Reed, special police duty, 
A. C. Piper, removing tree per order 

tree warden, 
Arthur Davis, lettering guide posts, 
E. J. Robbins, land near Woodlawn 

cemetery, 
L. H. Pinkham, painting guide posts, 
Moses Reed, labor per order tree warden, 
E. A. Phalen, resetting bounds, Con- 
cord and Arton, 
Thos. Scaulon, opening rooms for meetings, 
H. F. Tuttle, surveying and leveling 

for sluice, West A. , 
E. A. Phalen, repairing guide posts, 
E. A. Phalen, car fares, 
E. A. Phaleu, postage, 



3 


75 


3 


38 


3 


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2 


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4 


48 


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29 


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10 


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4 


50 


4 


00 




75 


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Paid Joslin & Mendum, legal services grade 

crossings, $100 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, town olerk : 

Collecting and recording 32 births, 16 00 

Recording 18 marriages, 3 60 

Recording 3 7 deaths, 7 40 
Transmitting copy of death report 

to another town, 25 

Copying for town report, 3 00 

Paid for copy, John Dean deed, 75 

Paid for recording E. J. Robbins deed, 6 7 

Papers for condemned cattle at town farm, 50 

Blanks, 1 00 

Telephones, express and postage, 6 83 

Looatiug town line, Moses Taylor land, 2 00 

F. W. Hoit, notices, 75 

F. W. Hoit, expense on trough, 7 5 

F. W. Hoit, frtandexp., 1 05 

Joslin & Mendum, legal services board 

of health, 15 00 
Joslin & Mendum, legal services W. 

F. B. Whitney oase, 10 25 
Joslin & Mendum, legal servioes tree 

warden, 51 80 

A. S. Bradley, servioes as constable, 6 25 

A. S. Bradley, servioes at state road, 10 00 

E. W. Quimby, pictures of Barker 

monument, 1 00 

Dr. F. J. Barker, reporting 10 births, 2 50 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, reporting 9 births, 2 25 

Dr. S. A. Christie, reporting 3 births, 7 5 

Dr. I. L. Pickard, reporting 2 births, 50 

Dr. E. J. Alley, reporting 1 birth, 25 

Dr. H. Hamblin, reporting 1 birth, 25 

Dr. K P. Flagg, reporting 2 births, 50 

Dr. F. U. Rich, reporting 3 births, 75 

F. W. Hoit, postage, 5 15 



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Paid F. W. Hoit. expenses grade crossing 
and st. railway, 

F. W. Hoit, oar fares and telephones, 
Jas. Kinsley, use of Hurley road, 
A. S. Bradley, carrying votes and 

posting warrants, 
A. M. Whitoomb, postage, 
J. K. W. Wetherbee, postage and sta- 
tionery, 
A. H. Perkins, trimming trees, E. A., 
A. H. Perkins, trimming trees, W. A. , 
So. Aoton Coal and Lumber Co., coal 

for town hall, 
Town Farm Dept. , wood for town hall, 

G. C. Tamer, opening rooms for meetings, 
I. F. Duren, returns of 29 deaths, 
A. S. Bradley, servioes Daily case, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies for town hall, 
D. J. Wetherbee, stationery and 

postage, 13 58 

D. J. Wetherbee, abatement taxes, 140 61 
C. H. Persons, tuning school piano 

1902, 1903, 8 25 

C. H. Persons, repairing sohool piano, 5 00 

Marion Brown, exp. on music, 15 

C. J. Williams, postage, telephone, etc, 4 05 

A. Hosmer, graduation expenses, 3 85 

Ellen A. Kimball, graduation servioes, 13 50 

F. A. Merriam, graduation music, 28 00 

G. C. Turner, 1 ladder, 3 50 
A. Merriam & Co., 1 piano cover, 3 50 
A. Hosmer, school printing, 4 25 
H. E. Richardson, R. R. fares and 

telephone, 4 00 

C. J. Williams, postage, 3 64 

E. W. Quimby, 3 pioture frames West 

school, 2 25 



$12 


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71 


8 


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2 


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$846 63 



44 



RECEIPTS FOR YEAR ENDING MAR. 11, 1905. 



Balanoe due from : 




Collector Mar. 12, 1904, 


$6,684 66 


Treasurer, Mar. 12, 1904, 


2,688 65 


Appropriation for : 




Memorial Day, 


50 00 


Roads and bridges, 


4,000 00 


Memorial Library books, 


200 00 


Memorial Library expenses, 


400 00 


Common schools, 


3,800 00 


High school, 


1,800 00 


School supplies, 


595 00 


Transportation pupils. 


1,360 00 


Salary of supt. of schools, 


480 00 


Town charges, 


5,000 00 


Street lamps, 


800 00 


Overlayings, 


46 81 


Amount raised for : 




State, 


1,500 00 


County, 


2,027 >S 


State highway, 


141 95 


Rec'd of State Treas. , corporation tax, 


2,834 96 


Nat. Bank tax, 


599 82 


Income Mass. School fund, 


986 48 


Military and state aid, 


610 00 


Inspection of animals, 


33 15 


Street railway tax, 


? 32 


Board of insane, 


11 20 


County Treas., aoct. of dogs licenses, 


277 02 


Middlesex Court, Concord, fines, 


54 72 


Supervision of schools, 


375 00 


Cemetery fund, 


7 50 00 


Society for prevention of cruelty to 




animals to aid in establishing a 




watering trough, 


20 00 


Est. of Alfred Weeks, 


17 00 






45 

Rec'd of B. H. and 0. K. Patoh, $35 13 

Income of Cemetery fond, 81 90 

Library fund, 221 20 

City of Newbnryport for aid furnished 

Mary Whalen, 26 00 

L. , A. & M. St. Railway, breaking 

roads, 5 75 

H. P. Tuttle, lots sold in Woodlawn 

cemetery, 50 00 

H. T. Clark, lots sold in Mt. Hope 

cemetery, 
A. C. Piper, for moving crusher, 
Board of Health, fumigating in Box- 

boro , 
Moses A. Reed, for board of health, 
Town of Boxboro, tuition of H. Norris, 
Tuition of Chas. M. Hay ward, 
Arthur F. Blanchard, slaughter 

license, 
Chester B. Robbius, pool license, 
Lake Nagoa: Transit Co., license, 
Rent of town hall and cellar, 
Phoebe F. Wood, state aid, 
Phoebe F. Wood, pension, 
Wm. F. B. Whitney, state aid, 
School supplies sold, 
Repairs on furniture, 
Memorial Library, flues, 
Jas. B. Tuttle, crushed stone, 
Jas. B. Tattle, removing wall, 
E. A. Phalen, crushed stone, 
Road Commissioners, road dust, 
Road Commissioners, use of pump, 
Milk on town farm , 
Apples on town farm, 
Wood on town farm, 
Cows on town farm, 



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Rec'd of Calves on town farm, 
Potatoes on town farm , 
Eggs on town farm, 
Corn on town farm, 
Board of W. F. B. Whitney on town 

farm, 
Board of Willie Carmen on town farm, 
Wagon sold on town farm, 
Labor on town farm, 
Use of bull on town farm, 
Int. Trust Co. , interest, 
D. J. Wether bee, oollector int. on taxes, 

1902, 8 73 

D. J. Wetherbee, collector int. on 

taxes 1903, 81 4 3 

$40,345 29 
EXPENDITURES FOR YEAR ENDING MAR. 11, 1905. 

For state tax, $1 ,500 00 

County tax, 2,027 88 

Repairs on state highway, 3 41 95 

Support high school, 1,869 73 

Support South school, 1,520 63 

Support of Center school, 1 ,7 35 70 

Support of West school, 1,556 57 

School supplies, 566 31 

School transportation, 1,339 50 

Rent aoct. , 138 00 

Snow roller, 106 25 

Fire Dept. , 336 29 

Street lighting, 870 61 

Support of poor on farm, 1,765 37 

Support of outside poor, 429 82 

Cemetery expenses, 656 02 

Board of Health, 140 79 

Roads and bridges, 4,289 46 



47 

For Special bridge and sluice, $122 30 

Memorial Library, exp. , 425 72 

Memorial Library, books, 369 36 

Printing, 181 20 

Repairs on town buildings, 571 49 

State aid, 642 00 

Snow bills, 322 31 

Loans and interest, 6,515 83 
Soldier's relief and burial of indigent 

soldiers, 652 7 8 

Enforcement liquor law, 462 47 

Salarips town officers, 1,57 7 7 5 

Miscellaneous accts. , 846 63 

Due from collector, 2,478 21 

Due from treasurer, 4,186 36 

840,345 29 

FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE TOWN OF ACTON FOR 
THE YEAR ENDING MAR. 11, 1905. 

Assets. 

Due from city Newburyport, $104 00 

State, inspection of animals, 2 7 53 

State, state aid, 638 00 

State, burial soldiers, 140 00 

Collector, 2,478 21 

Treasurer, 4,186 36 



87,574 10 



Liabilities. 

Cemetery fund, §2,250 00 

Cemetery fund, unexpended bal. , 91 99 

Memorial Librar}' fund, unexpended bal., 141 2 4 

E. Jones, note, 2,000 00 

E. Jones, interest on note, 68 00 



$4,551 23 



Assets, 

Less liabilities, 

Balance in favor of town. 



48 



17,574 10 
4,551 23 



$3,022 87 



Acton, Mar. 11, 1905. 



FRANK W. HOIT, 
ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, 
EDWIN A. PHALEN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



49 



List of Jurors 



The following names will be presented at the annanl town meet- 
ing March 27, 1905, to be placed in the jury box, subject to re- 
vision and acceptance bj r the town. 



Herbert T. Clark, 
S. Hammond Taylor, 
Nelson J. Cole, 
James Devane, 
Lyman C. Taylor, 
Alfred W. Flint, 
Jas. Kinsley, 
John S. White, 
George W. Worster, 
Sidney L. Richardson, 
Herbert F. Bobbins, 
Warren H. Jones, 
George H. DeCoster, 
Elmer C. Cheney, 
Edward F. Richardson, 
John T. McNiff, 
Chas. Edwards, 
Abram Tuttle, 
Clark G. Durfcee, 
Edward C. Wood, 
Smith Finney, 
Bertram D, Hall, 
Thos. McCarthy, 
William S. Jones, 



Signed, 



Wheelwright. 

Farmer. 

Restaurant Keeper. 

Painter. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

Manufacturer. 

Farmer. 

Stable Keeper. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

Farmer. 

Mechanic. 

R. R. Employee. 

Farmer. 

Blacksmith. 

Farmer. 

Clerk. 

Carpenter. 

R. R. Employee. 

Clerk. 

Mechanic. 

Contractor. 

Carpenter. 

Frank W. Hoit, 
Arthur M. Whitcomb, 
Edwin A. Phalen, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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Treasurer's Report 



RECEIPTS. 

1904. 

March 12. Cash on hand, $6,6 84 66 

Received : 
From State Treasurer, corporation tax, 2,834 96 

Stato Treasurer, national bank tax, 599 82 

State Treasurer, iucome of Mass. 

sohool fund, 986 48 

State Treasurer, military and state aid, 610 00 
State Treasurer, inspection of animals, 33 15 

State Treasurer, street railway tax, 7 32 

State Treasurer, board of insane, 11 20 

County Treasurer, on account of dog 

licenses, 27 7 02 

Middlesex Central District Court, for fines, 5 4 72 
Supervision of schools, 
Cemetery fund, 
Sooiety for the prevention of cruelty 

to animals, aid in establishing a 

watering trough, 
The estate of Alfred Weeks, 
The estate of B. H. and O. K. Patch, 
Income of cemetery fund, 
Incomo of library fund, 
City of Newburyport for support of 

Mary Whalen, 26 00 

Lowell, Acton and Maynard Street 

Railway, for breaking road, 5 75 

Horace F. Tuttle, for lots sold in 

Woodlawn cemetery, 50 00 



375 


00 


750 


00 


20 


00 


17 


00 


35 


13 


81 


90 


221 


20 



5i 



From Herbert T. Clark , for lots sold in 

Mount Hope cemetery, 
Anson C. Piper, for moving stone crusher, 
Board of Health, for fumigating in 

Boiboio, 
Moses A. Reed for the board of health, 
Town of Boxboro, tuition of H. Norris, 
Tuition of Charles M. Hayward, 
Arthur P. Blanchard. slaughter house 

license, 
Chester B. Robbins, pool table license, 
Lake Nagog Trausit Co., license, 
Rent of town hall and oellar, 
Pheobe P. Wood, state aid, 
Pheobe F. Wood, pension, 
W. F. B. Whitney, state aid, 
Charles J. Williams, sohool supplies sold, 
Charles J. Williams, repairs on furniture, 
Memorial Library, for fines, 
James B. Tuttle, for crushed stone, 
James B. Tuttle, removing wall, 
E. A. Phalen, for crushed stone, 
Road Commissioners, for road dust, 
Use of pump, 
For milk sold from town farm, 
Apples sold from town farm, 
Wood sold from town farm. 
Cows sold from town farm, 
Calves sold from town farm, 
Potatoes sold from town farm, 
Eggs sold from town farm, 
Sweet corn, sold from town farm, 
Board of W. F. B. Whitney, town farm, 
Board of Willie Carman, town farm, 
Wagon sold, town farm, 
Labor, town farm, 
Use of bull, town farm, 



$42 


00 


15 


00 


10 


00 


5 


00 


20 


00 


12 


00 


1 


00 


2 


00 


1 


00 


46 


75 


36 


00 


108 


00 


6 


00 


3 


10 


1 


50 


21 


02 


15 


00 


15 


00 


6 


75 


14 


50 


4 


00 


721 


49 


252 


04 


101 


50 


65 


14 


19 


75 


24 


85 


20 


65 




30 


10 


00 


16 


00 


5 


00 


2 


50 


1 


50 



52 

From International Trust Co., interest on 

deposits, $127 19 

D. J. Wetherbee, oolleotor of taxes for 

A. D. 1902, 75 35 

Interest for taxes for 1902, 8 73 

D. J. Wetherbee, collector of taxes 

for A. D. 1903, 2,496 09 

Interest on taxes for 1903, 8143 

D. J. Wetherbee, collector of taxes for 

A. D. 1904, 19,776 64 



EXPENDITURES. 

Paid state tax, $1 ,500 00 

County tax, 2,027 88 

Repairs on state highway, 141 95 

On Selectmen's orders, 30,010 89 

Cash on hand and in bank, 4,186 36 



7,867 08 



March 11, 1905. 



$37,867 08 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



53 



Treasurer's Report of Money Held for Care of Lots in Ceme* 

teries. 

March 11, 1905. 

To oash in North End Savings Bank, $2,17 5 00 

Cash in Town Treasury March 12, 1904, 2,250 00 

Cash received in A. D. 1904, 750 00 

Unexpended balance March 12, 1904, 82 70 

Income for 1904-1905, 177 11 

85,434 81 



Cr. 

By casli paid Cemetery committee for care 

of lots, $150 32 

Cash paid F. C. Hayward, 17 50 
Principal of cemetery fund March 12, 

1904, 5,175 00 

Balance of income unexpended, 91 99 

$5,434 81 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



$1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


1,000 


00 


21 


02 



54 

Report of the Wilde Memorial Library. 

March 11, 1905. 

Dr. 
To cash in North End Savings Bank, 
Cash in Home Savings Bank, 
Cash in Middlesex Institution for 

Savings, 
Cash in Warren Institution for Savings, 1,000 00 
Cash in Charlestown Five Cent Sav- 
ings Bank, 
Mortgage Bond of the West Shore 
Railroad Co. , 
Cash received for fines, 
Cash received for interest on money 

in banks, 181 20 

Cash received for interest on Railroad 

bond, 40 00 

Town appropriation for books, 200 00 

Unexpended balance March 12, 1904, 68 38 



Cr. 

By cash in banks, $5,000 00 

Susan Augusta and Luther Conant fund, 1,000 00 

Paid for books and magazines: 

W. B. Clark Co., 283 81 

Philadelphia Book Store Co., 14 35 

W. A. Wilde Co., 8 03 

National Subscription Agency, 40 80 

N. J. Bartlett Co., 17 18 

Pilgrim Press, 2 19 

William D. Tuttle, 1 50 

Horace F. Tuttle, 1 50 

Balance unexpended, 141 24 



,510 60 



$6,510 60 
J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



55 



Report of the Collector of Taxes 



For the Year 1904 With Uncollected Taxes for the Years 1902- 

'03-'04. 

Uncollected taxes for the year 1902: 
Joy, Charles, 
Amount of 1903 tax committed to me for 

collection, 
Collected and paid to treasurer, 
Abatements, 

Uncollected 1903 taxes: 
Gallagher estate, Daniel, 
Jones, Shirley E, 
Livermore, J. W., 
Barber, Giles A., 
Joy, Charles, 
Maker, Mrs. Arabella, 
Simms, W. E. , 
Weeks, Mrs. Mary, 

$19,941 52 $19,941 52 
Amt. due the town from collector tax 1903, $138 93 

Amount of 1904 tax committed to me for 

collection, $22,131 64 

Three polls added, 6 00 



$1 


00 




$19,941 52 


619,661 


98 


140 


61 


14 


43 


14 


10 


41 


10 


11 


00 


1 


10 


47 


02 


1 


93 


8 


25 



$22,137 64 



Colleoted and paid to Treasurer $19,770 74 

Uncollected 1904 taxes: 
Anderson, Edward, 32 62 



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Aldrioe, Wm„ poll, $2 00 

Brooks, Geo. H., 3 81 

Barker, Frank J., 8 43 

Barker, Heury, 251 17 

Barker, Edwin F. , 40 52 

Barteaux, H. P., poll, 2 00 

Beach, Daniel M., 21 6G 

Bresth, Sirnon, 50 63 

Christofferson, A. , 44 81 

Caverly, Marden, poll, 2 00 

Carney, Andrew, poll, 2 00 

Dutton, C. W. , 28 34 

Duessault, Geo. A., 2 92 

Dnggan, Michael, poll, 2 00 

Daily, Daniel, poll, 2 00 

Downey, Maurioe D., 20 68 

Evans, Joseph W., 13 03 

Fisk, James W., 21 78 

Fisk, Wilbur, 2 31 

Farrar, Abel, 42 67 

French, Walter M., 3 84 

French, Helen E., 13 78 

Fairbanks, William, poll, 2 00 

Gallagher, estate Daniel, 12 25 

Gilbridge, John, poll, 2 00 

Grandberg, Ola, 22 83 

Gates, Hiram E., 36 98 

Harris, estate Jas. , 8 58 

Hager, M. J., poll, 2 00 

Hardy, Miss Nellie, 37 73 

Hay ward, Hattie C, 25 73 

Jones, Shirley E., 15 48 

Junes, Warren H. , 70 2 9 

Jones, William S. , 43 10 

Jones, Walter A., poll, 2 00 

Kelley, Delia A., 17 45 

Know Iron, O. A., 75 62 



57 



Keriney, Jos. M., roll, 
Livermore, J. W., 
Lothrop, T. C, 
Leavette, Leonard F. , poll, 
McCarty, Johu, 
McCarty, Thomas, 
Morse, F. D., 
Morrison, F. D. , 
Monitor), John D. , 
Mansfield, Edward, poll, 
McLaughlin, Jos. S., poll, 
Munroe, J. T., poll, 
Moulton, estate Albert, 
McAllister, Oscar G. poll, 
Noycs, A. L. , 
Noyes, Geo. L. , 
Nagle, Frank, poll, 
Nickerson, Frank H. , 
Neil, John O., poll, 
Parlin, Asaph, 
Pratt, Frank A., 
Priest, Jacob, poll, 
Priest, Mrs. Adeline, 
Palmer, Patsey, poll, 
Palmer, Nicholas, poll, 
Bobbins, Freeman W. , 
Reed, J. Everett, poll, 
Reed, L. E., 
Rice, Frank S. , 
Reed, Melvin A., poll, 
Rice, John E., 
Rice, Mrs. Ada B. , 
Searles, Sanford S. , 
Scott, Frank, poll, 
Smith, Chas. H. , 
Tenney, Nelson H., 
Toney, D., poll, 



|2 


00 


42 


12 


54 


05 


2 


00 


32 


81 


48 


85 


30 


17 


13 


34 


17 


19 


2 


00 


2 


00 


2 


00 


18 


15 


2 


00 


24 


36 


10 


88 


2 


00 


22 


21 


2 


00 


15 


85 


11 


61 


2 


00 


31 


97 


2 


00 


2 


00 


50 


39 


2 


00 


24 


05 


2 


62 


2 


00 


9 


22 


25 


42 


2 


92 


2 


00 


2 


00 


45 


18 


2 


00 



58 



Teel, Win. H. , 
Teel, Ernest R. , 
Teel, Mrs. Martha K. , 
Woodman, Ernest, 
Warren, Wra S., 
Willis, Edwin J., poll, 
Willis, Ora A. , 
Wheeler, Elbridge L. , 
Wheeler, Mrs. Florence J. 
Withington, A. J., 



Bean, Harriet E., 

Barker, Charles, 

Burroughs, Geo. W., 

Barber, Giles A., 

Bradford, Chas. E., 

Cash, Geo. H. , 

Crombie, Harriet, 

Davis, Daniel S. , 

Evans, Ada A., 

Fowler, heirs of H. S. 

Hosmer, Hannah, 

Harris, estate Harriet, 

Hosmer, heirs of Sylvester, 

Joy, Charles, 

Mason, David H., 

Mnllen, W. B., 

Maker, Mrs. Rosebella 

Milling, Pilgrim Milling Co. 

Robbins, C. B., 

Readen, Patrick, 

Richardson, A. P., 

Sibley, Abbio, 

Simms, W. E. and Carver, 

Simms, W. E. , 

Smith, estate Jos., 

Smith, Erastus H. , 





$86 71 




4 14 




43 49 




3 22 




62 40 




2 00 




15 31 




2 31 


, 


12 25 




3 72 


Non-Residents. 






47 46 




28 48 




32 59 




12 25 




1 83 




62 




3 07 




1 83 




4 29 




74 




92 




9 80 


Pi 


2 76 




1 23 




92 




51 45 




52 37 


Co., 


66 15 




45 02 




114 54 




10 41 




1 53 




2 14 




2 14 




3 67 




1 22 



59 



Teel, Estella J., 
Tnttle, Horaoe, 
Thompson , 
Vase, Mary S. , 
Wyman, estate John, 
Whitcomb, estate Mary, 
Whitney, John M., 
Whitney, Geo. A., 
Weeks, Mary E. , 



$22,137 64 $22,137 64 
Amt. due the town on 1904 tax from Collector, $2,366 90 



24 


50 


23 


28 


2 


14 


2 


14 


1 


23 


3 


67 


8 


58 


2 


76 


9 


19 



D. J. WETHERBEE, 

Collector of Aoton. 



6o 



Auditor's Report 



I have examined the accounts of the Seleotmen, Treasurer and 
Tax Colleotor of the town of Aoton and find them correct. 

O. A. DURKEE, 

Auditor. 
March 17, 1905. 



6i 



Assessors' Report 



Valuation May 1, 1904: 

Real estate, (buildings) $942,235 00 

Real estate, (laud) 467,735 00 

Value of assessed personal estate, 287,960 00 



Total valuation, 
Valuation May 1, 1903 

Gain, 



$1,697,930 00 
1,681,710 00 

816,220 00 



Rate of taxation 1904, $12.25 on a thousand. 



Tax assessed as follows 
On real estate, 
Personal property, 
Polls, 



$17,272 13 
3,527 51 
1,332 00 



Amount of money raised 



$22,131 64 



For state tax, 
State highway tax, 
County tax, 
Town purposes, 
Overlayings, 



$1,500 00 

141 95 

2,027 88 

18,415 00 

46 81 



,131 64 



62 
Warrant to Treasurer. 

Middlesex, SS. 

To J. K. W. Wetherbee, Treasurer of the Town of Acton, 
Greeting: 
You are hereby required to pay over to the State Treasurer on 
or before the tenth day of Deoember, A. D., 1904, the sum of 
fifteen hundred dollars, it being this town's proportion of the State 
tax for 1904; also the sum of one hundred and forty-one dollars 
and ninety-five cents, it being this town's porportion of the State 
Highway tax for 1904. 

And you are required to pay over to the County Treasurer, on or 
before the first day of November, A. D. 1904, the sum of two 
thousand and twenty dollars and eighty-eight cents, it being this 
town's proportion of the county tax for 1904. 

Given under our hands this twenty-first day of July, nineteen 
hundred and four. 

E. Faulkner Conant, 
William F. Kelley, 
D. J. Wetherbee, 

Assessors of Acton. 



Warrant to Collector. 

Middlesex, SS. 



To D. James Wetherbee, Collector of the Town of Acton in the 
County of Middlesex, Greeting : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are 
required by us, the subscribers, Assessors of said town, to levy 
and collect of the several persons named in the warrant herewith 
oommitted to you, and of each one, his respective proportion herein 
set down, of the sum total of such list, the sum of fifteen hundred 



63 

dollars, it being the town's proportion of a state tax granted by the 
last General Court of said Commonwealth for defraying the 
necessary charges and expenses of the Commonwealth aforesaid. 

And the sum of two thousand and twenty-seven dollars and 
eighty-eight oents, it being this town's proportion of a tax granted 
by the General Court of said Commonwealth for defraying the 
necessary expenses of the County aforesaid. 

And the sum of one hundred and forty-one dollars and ninety- 
five cents, it being this town's proportion of the tax required in 
pursuance of the provisions of Chap. 432 of the Acts of the year 
1900 entitled 'An act relative to repairs of State Highways, etc." 

And the sum of eighteen thousand, four hunderd and fifteen 
dollars, voted and agreed upon by the town aforesaid at its last 
annual meeting, for defraying the necessary charges and expenses 
thereof, together with the sum of forty-six dollars and eighty-one 
cents, it being the overlay ings on said taxes. 

All taxes not paid on or before Nov. 1, 1904, you are hereby 
ordered, in accordance to vote passed by said town, and in accord- 
ance with laws of said Commonwealth, to collect interest at the 
rate of six per cent per annum until fully paid, and after Maroh 1, 
1905, if there should be any of the taxes in said list unpaid, you 
shall yourself, as Collector, immediately issue your process for 
collecting the same in accordance with the vote of the town, and 
according to law. 

For services of collecting said taxes, by vote of said town, you 
are to have as compensation therefor, the sum of one per cent on 
the total amount so collected by you, of the taxes contained in said 
list. 

Given under our hand by virtue of a warrant from the Treasurer 
of the Commonwealth aforesaid, and by virtue of a warrant; from 
the Commissioners of the County aforesaid, and by vote of the 



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said town at their last March meeting, this twenty-first day of July 
in the year nineteen hundred and four. 

State tax, $1 ,500 00 

County tax, 2,027 88 

Town tax, 18,415 00 

State highway tax, 141 95 

Overlay ings, 46 81 

$22,131 64 

E. Faulkner Conant, 
William F. Kelley, 
D. J. Wetherbee, 

Assessors of Acton. 

Numbor of individuals assessed on property, 409 

All others, 61 

Number of individuals (non-resident) assessed on property, 104 

All others, 30 

Number of persons assessed on property, 601 

Number of persons assessed for poll tax only, 359 

Number of horses assessed, 455 

Number of cows assessed, 955 

Number of sheep assessed, 13 

Number of neat cattle other than cows assessed, 168 

Number of swine assessed, 43 

Number of fowls assessed, 5,823 

Number of houses assessed, 521 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
WILLIAM F. KELLEY, 
DANIEL J. WETHERBEE, 

Assessors of Acton. 



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Road Commissioners' Report 



INVENTORY OF TOOLS ON HAND MARCH 11, 1905. 

Crushing plant, $1,700 00 

One truck, 100 00 

One iron roller, 285 00 

One piiow roller, 100 00 

One scraper, 6 00 

Two road machines, 166 00 

One sawer pump, 5 3 00 

One plow, 30 00 

Small tools, 15 00 

Watering cart, 335 00 

$2,790 00 

We are pleased to report that the crushing plant is in good con- 
dition and able to oontinue its good work. 

We recommend that $5,000.00 be raised for the repair of roads 
and bridgfls. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. H. PERKINS, 
ANSON O. PIPER, 
WM. H. KINGSLEY, 

Road Commissioners. 



66 



Report of the Board of Health 



TOWN OF ACTON FOR YEAR 1904. 

The Board of Health submits the following report for the year 
ending March 1, 1905. 

The number of deaths occurring in the town during the year end- 
ing January 1, 1905, exclusive of still-births of which there was 
one, was 34. 

The number of contagious diseases reported to this Board since 
Jan. 1, 1904, are as follows: 

Disease. No. of Cases. 

Small Pox 

Diphtheria 3 

Scarlet Fever 8 

Typhoid Fever 1 

Measles 26 

Cerebro-spinal meningitis 1 

Total for year, 39 

Some of our citizens, through ignorance of or negleot to comply 
with the law requiring them to do so, fail to report the presence of 
contagious diseases ocourring in their families, whioh fact greatly 
hampers this Board in promptly performing its duties. More care- 
ful consideration of this important matter will greatly add to the 
health and oomfort of all. 



6? 

SANITATION. 

While some progress in this direotion can be reported during the 
past year, much still remains to be accomplished. 

This Board is still handicapped in its efforts to olean up our 
Town by a lack of co-operation on the part of many of our citizens 
in our "work. Work of this character has many unpleasant features 
at best, a greater number of workers and a less number of critics 
would add materially to the welfare of our town and its citizens. 

APPROPRIATION. 

This Board respectfully asks that the sum of $100.00 may be 
appropriated for its use for the ensuing year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANK J. BARKER, M. D., Chairman, 
CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 
FRANK E. TASKER, M. D. 



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Report of Overseers of the Poor 



The Overseers of the Poor herewith present their annual report. 

ALMSHOUSE. 

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson as superintendent aud matron have 
given excellent service. Some of the buildings we found in a 
very bad condition, whioh we repaired with as little expense as 
possible. 

Having three cows condemned by the state officers, we thought 
best to renovate the inside of the cow barn, whioh we did, hoping 
there will be no more trouble from that source. 

The outside of the house, especially, should receive a ooat of 
painf, not being done for nine years, and is in very bad condition. 
There should also be a shed of some kind built for wagons aud 
farming tools. 

OUTSIDE POOR. 

The outside poor have required a good deal of time and attention. 

Owing to various causes the calls for aid have been numerous 
and have buen taken care of in as humane a mauner as possible. 



Inventory of StocX and Provisions on Hand March 6, 1905. 

Two calves, $14 00 

Two yearlings, 30 00 

Twelve cows, 600 00 

Two horses, 300 00 



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Fourteen tons hay, 

Double harness, 

Horse collars, 

Light harness, 

Express harness, 

Express wagon , 

Hay wagon, 

Wood wagon, 

Two sleds, 

Farming tools, 

Grain, 

Two horse cart, 

Stone drag, 

Horse rake, 

Two harrows, 

One iron collar, 

Cultivator, 

Seven ladders, 

Wheelbarrow, 

Hay cutter, 

Hay fork , 

Plows, 

Roller, 

Feed trougli, 

Sail cloth, 

Bushel boxes, 

Pnng, 

Democrat wagon, 

Baskets, 

Apple barrels, 

Watering trough, 

Mowing machine, 

Grind stones, 

Spray pump, 

Wood fitted for stove 

Cord wood , 

Saws, 



$25 2 


00 


20 


00 


7 


00 


10 


00 


18 


00 


75 


00 


25 


00 


115 


00 


80 


00 


2 5 


00 


3 


00 


2 5 


00 


3 


00 


8 


00 


12 


00 


1 


25 


5 


00 


12 


00 


3 


00 


2 


00 


20 


00 


13 


00 


4 


00 


2 


00 


1 


00 


2 


50 


5 


00 


35 


00 


1 


50 


10 


00 


5 


00 


36 


00 


4 


00 


8 


00 


65 


00 


40 


00 


3 


00 



JO 



Wagon jack, 

Saw clamp, 

Ladder hook, 

Set of measures, 

Salt, 

Barrel header, 

Crackers, 

Nails, 

Snow shovel, 

Wreuoh , 

Forty hens, 

Thirty-five bushel potatoes, 

Soap soft, 

Pork, 

Four barrels apples, 

Washing maohine, 

Horse blankets, 

Range and water front, 

Lounge, 

Four rookers, 

Two lanterns, 

Two razors, 

Two axes, 

Lamps, 

Soap, 

Molasses, 

Lard , 

Butter, 

Spices, 

Flour, 

Sugar, 

Fruit jars, 

Brooms, 

Twenty-nine jars fruit, 

Crockery and tin ware, 

Tea and coffee, 

Oil and tank, 



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Four stoves, 

Two cabinet ohairs, 

Three tables, 

One hundred twenty cakes ice, 

Chamber set, 

Air cushion, 

Beds and bedding, 

Bed pan, 

Traps, 

Trunks, 

Wheel chair, 

Two clocks, 

Cereals, 

Bread mixer, 

Clothes line, 

Eight ohairs, 

Inventory March 6tb, 1905, 

Reoeipts from farm, 

Due for milk, 

Yiotualizing and lodging 287 tramps, 



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Inventory March 1904, 



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Cost of supporting poor on farm , $379 65 



72 

INMATES AT FARxM DURING YEAR. 

Lucy Hapgood, 12 months; William Quinlan, 12 months; Edwin 
P. Hunt, 3 months ; Sarah Hunt, 1 month. 

EDWIN A. PHALEN, 
ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Overseers of Poor. 



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Report of the Tree Warden 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

The work of this department during the \ ast year lias been con- 
ducted upon substantially the same lines followed in preceding 
years. The way-ide trees throughout the town are no longer dis- 
figured by advertisements, placards, etc., save by such signs, notices 
and wires as were attached to them by town officers, or by their 
authority, prior to the enactment of the existing law. These will 
be removed gradually as opportunity offers. 

The New England Telephoue and Telegraph Company, having 
been granted a franchise to set a line of poles through the center 
village, the wires now attached to the shade trees there will, upon 
the building of the line in the spring, be removed to the poles, 
thus relieving the trees of an attachment which, I think, should 
nevi^r have been permitted. 

During the year there has been one prosecution in the courts for 
illegally cutting trees within the limits of the highway, in the 
process of cutting off a wocd lot, resulting in a conviction and a 
fine of twenty-five dollars. 

A certain and very limited amount of trimming of trees along 
the highways, both state and town, has been done at a very reason- 
able cost. 

Only such trimming as had become a necessity has been at- 
tempted. The recommendation of preceding reports, that a reason- 
able appropriation for the use of this department for the trimming 
of the public shade trees and for other necessary work be made by 
the town, is renewed. 



74 

All expenditures for these purposes, thus far made, have been by 
draft upon funds in the hands of the Seleotinen for expenditure for 
general purposes and for which they have many uses. 

I respectfully recommend an appropriation for this department 
of $150. 

During the paet year the brown-tail moth has appeared, in some 
cases in large numbers, in nearby aud adjacent towns, and a few of 
these insects have been found here. It is highly probable that 
this town will presently find itself invaded by the moth and obliged 
to adopt repressive measures. 

The following acoount of the brown-tail moth by A. H. Kirk- 
land, M. S., a high authority, is of espeoial interest aud value at 
this moment. 

' 'Another European insect responsible for a notable amount of 
damage and annoyanoe in eastern Massachusetts in the rapidly 
spreading brown-tail moth (Enproctis cheysonhcBa). This pest 
first came into prominence in May 1897, when it was found com- 
mitting severe depredations on pear trees in Somerville. It seems 
probable that the insect was brought to this locality on rose bushes 
imported from Hollaud or Franoe. 

"This insect has a unique life history in that its caterpillars 
successfully hibernate in a half grown oondition in conspiouous 
webs at the end of the infested twigs. Leaving these webs as 
soon as the buds swell in the spring, the tiny oaterpillars first 
consume the buds aud later devastate the foliage. By the last of 
June they have reached their foil development and spin up in 
loose coooons on the smaller branches, on houses, on walls, and in 
other sheltered localities. From these oocoons, in about three 
weeks time, the white brown-tail moths emerge and fly vigorously 
by night in search of suitable places in which to deposit their 
eggs. 

' 'These insects are strongly attracted to light and great numbers 



75 

of them meet their fate in the globes of arc lamps. This same 
attraction to light, however, has doubtless been the means of 
spreading the moths from town to town, since it is found that the 
oldest infestations are found in the centers of towns where the 
lights are most numerous. The eggs are laid in compact, hair- 
covered masses on the under surface of pear and other leaves, and 
hatch in about three weeks from the date of laying. From 200 
to 400 eggs are deposited by each female moth, the rate of in- 
crease being somewhat lower thau is the case with the gypsy moth. 
The. menu of the brown-tail moth includes a wide range of orna- 
mental trees, although primarily it must be considered to be a pest 
of the pear tree. Wherever it is numerous, maples, willows and 
elms are defoliated to a serious extent. For two years this iuseot 
was suppressed by the gypsy moth committee, but with the 
abandonment of the work of that committee in the spring of 1900 
the systematic campaign against the brown-tail moth necessarily 
came to an enti. It has been interesting to the writer, living 
since that time in the infested district, to note the gradual inorease 
and spread of this pest in the vicinity of Boston. Where in the 
winter of 1899-1900 there were but scattered webs, they may 
now be counted by the thousand. 

"Not the least important feature of outbreaks of the brown-tail 
moth is the truly terrible irritation caused by the nairs of the 
caterpillar whenever they come in contact with human flesh. This 
irritation is well compared to nettliug several degrees intensified, 
and probably is of a mechanical nature, being produced by the 
fine, brittle, barbed hairs breaking off in the skin. It. is best 
allayed by the liberal use of vaseline or sweet oil. Last summer 
so severe and general was this affliotion in the Allston and Brigh- 
ton districts of Boston that the residents of those suburbs petitioned 
for and received a public hearing at the office of Boston Board of 
Health. The nettling of these caterpillar s furnishes an excellent 
but painful means uf identifying the inseot. 

"The brown-tail moth is now known to occur in a territory 
bounded by Scituate, Brookton, Hudson, Lowell and Seabrook, N. 
H. An isolated colony also oocurs at Kittery, Me. 



;6 

"As the female moths tiy vigorously, this inseot spreads much 
more rapidly than the gypsy moth, and it seems probable that 
within a short term of years it may ocour throughout the entire 

state of Massachusetts. 

"It is fortunate that the insect is exposed in conspicuous webs 
throughout the winter, thus making its destruction easy. For 
the work of cutting off the webs the common form of pruning 
shears atttaohed to a pole is the most convenient implement. The 
webs so collected should be carefully burned at once. When this 
work is thoroughly done there will be no damage by the brown- 
tail moch the succeeding year. 

' 'This work of web destruction is the cheapest and most effective 
method of disposing of the pest; but if it is neglected until after 
the caterpillars leave the web in the spring, the infested trees 
should be thoroughly sprayed with arsenate of lead. It is also 
necessary sometimes to spray to protect the trees from the fall 
brood. This spraying should be done in September as soon as the 
small webs are noticed. In the case of pear and other fruit trees 
this late treatment will result in the poisoning of fruit approach- 
ing maturity. However, it is but a choice between two evils, 
since, if the tree is defoliated, the fruit will fall before it is ripe. 
On shade trees there is no valid objection to the fall spraying. 

"In eastern Massachusetts the fall web worm is often confounded 
with tho brown-tail moth, whose webs, however, are much smaller 
and more compact, and whose caterpillars feed outside of the web, 
returning to it for shelter only." 

OHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Tree Warden. 

NOTE — Upon application to the tree warden, or to a deputy 
tree warden by persons desiring to cut trees growing within the 
limits of a public way along their lands and outside of village 
limits, such trees as the Town desires to permanently retain will 
be marked, and a permit given to cut the remainder. 



77 

Revised Latos. 

CHAPTER 53. 

Section 12. The tree warden may appoint and remove deputy 
tree warden?. He and they shall receive such compensation as 
the town determine.-, or, in default thereof, as the selectmen 
allow. He shall have the care and control of all public shade 
trees in the town, except those in public parks or open places under 
the jurisdiction of the park commissioners, and of tho>o, if so 
requested in writing by the park commissioners, and shall enforce 
all the provisions of law for the preservation of such trees. He 
shall expend all money appropriated for the setting out aud main- 
tenance of such tree 5 :. Regulations for their care aDd preservation 
made by him, approved by the selectmen and posted in two or 
more public places, imposing flues aud forfeitures of not more thau 
twenty dollars in any one case, shall have the force aud effect of 
town by-laws. All shade trees within the limits of a public way 
shall be public shade trees. 

Seotion 13. Public shade trees outside the residential part of 
a town, r.s determined by the selectmen, shall not be cut or re- 
moved, in whole or in part, except by the tree warden or his deputy 
or by a person holding a license so to do from the tree warden. 
Public shade trees within said residential part shall not be cut, 
except for trimming by the tree warden, nor shall they be removed 
by the tree warden or his deputy or other person without a public 
hearing at a suitable time and place, after notice thereof posted 
in two or more public places in the town and upon the tree and 
after authority granted by the tree warden therefor. Whoever 
violates the provisions of this section shall forfeit not less than five 
nor more than cue hundred dollars to the use of the town. 

CHAPER 208. 
Section 102. Whoever wantonly injures, defaces or destroys 
an ornamental or shade k tree in a public way or place, or negligently 
or wilfully suffers an animal, driven by or for him or belonging 
to him and lawfully in a public way or place, ro injure, deface or 
destroy such tree, or whoever, by any other means, negligently or 
wilfully injures, defaces or destroys such tree, shall forfeit not less 



78 

than five nor more than one hundred dollars, one-half to the use o 
the complainant and one-half to the use of the city or town in 
which said act is committed; and shall in addition thereto be liable 
to said city or town or other person interested in said tree for all 
damages caused by said act. 

Section 103. Whoever negligently or wilfully suffers an animal, 
driven by or for him or belonging to him and lawfully on the 
highway, to injure, deface or destroy a tree which is not his own, 
standing for use or ornament on the highway, or whoever, by any 
other means, negligently or wilfully, defaces or detroys suoh tree, 
shall forfeit not less than five nor more than one hundred dollars, 
one-half to the use of the complainant and one-half to the use of 
the city or town in which said act is committed; and shall in 
addition thereto be liable in damages to the owners or tenant of 
the land in front of whioh the tree stands. 

Section 104. Whoever affixes to a tree in a public way or place 
a playbill, picture, announcement, notioe, advertisement or other 
thing, whether in writing or otherwise, or cuts, paiuts or marks 
suoh tree except for the purpose of protecting it, and under a written 
permit from the officers having the charge of suoh trees in a oity 
or from the tree warden in a town, shall be punished by a fine of 
not more than fifty dollars for each offence. The tree warden shall 
enforce the provisions of this and the preceding two sections in 
towns. 



79 



Report of the Cemetery Commissioners 



FOR THE YEAR 1904-1905. 

We present the following schedule showing the amounts of the 
several funds for the perpetual care of cemetery lots, and the in- 
oome and payments on account of each fund for the year. 

HERBERT T. CLARK, 
JULIAN TUTTLE, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Cemetery Commissioners. 



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Librarian's 15th Annual Report 



Accessions: Number of volumes in the library March 12, 
1904, 8,530; number of volumes in hie library March 11, 1905, 
8,83 7; increase by purohase, 254; of which 44 were obtained by 
binding magazines; increase by gift, 53; total increase, 307. 

Circulation: Number of days the library was open, 104; num- 
ber of volumes circulated, 6,026; daily average circulation, 58; 
largest daily circulation, 124, on Feb. 25; smallest daily circula- 
tion, 6 on Jan. 25, 1905. 

Amount received from fines and catalogues, $20 95 

Expended for postage, etc. , 70 

$20 25 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources: 
U. S. Government 20, State of Massachusetts 27, City of Boston 1, 
James M. Barnard 1, J. H. Bridges 1, Hawaiian Society 1, Walter 
Williams 1, M. G. Parker 1. 

Periodicals in the reading room, 22, viz: Book Lovers Maga- 
zine, Century, Cosmopolilau , Country Life in America, Current 
Literature, Everybody's, Harper's Magazine, Harper's Weekly, 
Independent, Leslie's, McClure's, Munsey's, National, New 
England, Review of Reviews, Scientific American, Scribner's, 
St. Nicholas, Sucoess, World's Work, World of Today, Youth's 
Companion. 

A. F. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



68TH ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



AND THE 



SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



Massachusetts 



FOR THE YEAR 1904--1905 




NEWS PUBLISHING COMPANY. PRINTERS 

HUDSON, MASS 

1905 



85 



School Calendar 



SPRING TERM, 1905. 

High School. 
Term begins March 2 7th. Closes June 2 3d. 

Common Schools. 
Term begins March 27th. Closes June 1 6th. 

YEAR 1905-1906. 

High School, 40 weeks. 
Fall term begins Sept. 5th. Closes Nov. 29th. 

* Winter term begins Dec. 4th. Closes March 16th. 
Spring term begins March 26th. Closes June 22d. 

Common Schools, 38 weeks. 
Fall term begins Sept. 5th. Closes N">v. 24th. 

* Winter term begins Dec. 4th. Closes March 16th. 
Spring term begins March 26th. Closes June 15th. 
*Recess of one week — December 24th to 30th. 



86 



School Committee, 1904-1905 



Chas. J. Williams, Chairman Term expires 1905. 

Horaoe F. Tnttle, Secretary, Term expires 1906. 

Frank R. Knowlton, Term expires 1907. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS. 
Herbert E. Riohardson, Residence, Littleton, Mass. 

TRUANT OFFICERS. 
James Kinsley, Moses A. Reed, George C. Turner. 

STANDING RULES. 

*Rule 1. Children under five years of age shall not be admitted 
to the public schools. 

Rule 2. Pnplis shall ba promoted from grade to grade and 
school to school, according to merit. Thorough and satisfactory 
work will be required of pupils in a lower grade or school before 
eutering^a higher grade or school. 

Rule 3. Children who have not previously attended any school 
shall be admitted to the public schools only at the beginning of 
the fall term. 

Rule 4. Pupils will be held responsible fur books loaned to 
them until such books shall have been returned to the teaoher. 

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public property in 
the care of the school committee except by their authorized agents. 

*When the birthday of a child falls on or before the 15th day 
of the month it is reckoned as falling upon the first day of that 
month. 



§7 



Extracts from the Statutes. — Revised Laws. 

Chapter 43. 

Section 11. The several school teachers shall faithfully keep 
the registers of attendance daily, and make due return thereof to 
the school committee, or to such person as the committee may 
designate. No teacher of a public school shall receive payment for 
services for the two weeks preceding the close of any term, until 
the register, properly filled up and completed, is so returned. All 
registers shall be kept at the schools, and at all times during school 
hours shall be open to the inspection of the school committee, the 
superintendent of schools, the truant officers and the secretary and 
agent of the board of education. In reckoning the average mem- 
bership and the percentage of attendance in the schools, no pupil's 
name shall be omitted in counting the number of persons belonging 
to the school and the number of absences of such persons until it is 
known that such pupil has withdrawn from the school without inten- 
tion of returning or, in the absence of such knowledge, until ten 
consecutive days of absence have been recorded; but the foregoing 
provision for computing the average membership and the percent- 
age of attendance shall not affect proceedings against habitual 
truants, absentees or school offenders, or other persons, under the 
provisions of section one of chapter forty-four and sections three, 
four and five of chapter forty-six. A pupil who is not present dur- 
ing at least half of a session shall be marked and counted as ab- 
sent for that session. 

Chapter 44. 

Section 1. Every child between seven and fourteen years of 
age shall attend some public day school in the city or town in 
which he resides during the entire time the public day schools 
are in session, subject to such exception as to children, places of 



88 

attendance and schools as are provided for in section three of 
chapter forty-two and sections three, five and six of this chapter. 
The superintendent of schools or, if there is no superintendent of 
schools, the school committee, or teachers acting under authority 
of said superintendent or committee, may excuse cases of neces- 
sary absence. The attendance of a child upon a public day school 
shall not be required if he has attended for a like period of time 
a private day school approved by the school committee of such 
city or town in accordance with the provisions of the following 
section, or if he has been otherwise instructed for a like period 
of time in the branches of learning required by law to be taught 
in the public schools, or if he has already acquired such branches 
of learning, or if his physical or mental condition is such as to 
render such attendance inexpedient or impracticable. Every per- 
son having under his control a child as described in this section 
shall cause him to attend school as herein required; and if he 
fails for five day sessions or ten half day sessions within any period 
of six months while under such control to cause such child, whose 
physical or mental condition is not such as to render his atten- 
dance at school harmful or impracticable, so to attend school, he 
shall, upon complaint of a truant officer and conviction thereof, be 
punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars. Whoever in- 
duces or attempts to induce a child to absent himself unlawfully 
from school, or employs or harbors a child who, while school is in 
session, is absent unlawfully from school shall be punished by a 
fine of not more than fifty dollars. 

Section 6. A child who has not been vaccinated shall not be 
admitted to a public school except upon presentation of a certificate 
signed by a regular practising physician that he is not a fit sub- 
ject for vaccination. A child who is a member of a household in 
which a person is ill with smallpox, diphtheria, scarlet fever or 
measles, or of a household exposed to such contagion from another 
household as aforesaid, shall not attend any public school during 
such illness or until the teacher of the school has been furnished 
with a certificate from the board of health of the city or town, or 
from the attending physician cf such person, stating that, in a 
case of smallpox, diphtheria or scarlet fever at least two weeks, 



and in a case of measles, at least three days, have elapsed since 
the recovery, removal or death of such person, and that danger of 
conveying such disease by such child has passed. 

Chapter 46. 

Section 3. Any child between seven and fourteen years of age 
who wilfully and habitually absents himself from school contrary 
to the provisions of section one of chapter forty-four shall be 
deemed to be an habitual truant, and, upon complaint of a truant 
officer and conviction thereof, may, if a boy, be committed to a 
county truant school for not more than two years and, if a girl, to 
the state industrial school for girls, unless such child is placed on 
probation as provided in section seven of this chapter. 

Section 4. A child between seven and sixteen years of age who 
may be found wandering about in the streets or public places of any 
city or town, having no lawful occupation, habitually not attending 
school, and growing up in idleness and ignorance, shall be deemed 
an habitual absentee, and, upon complaint by a truant officer or 
any other person and conviction thereof may, if a boy, be commit- 
ted to a county truant school for not more than two years or to 
the Lyman school for boys, and, if a girl, to the state industrial 
school for girls, unless such child is placed on probation as provid- 
ed in section seven. 

Section 5. A child under fourteen years of age who persist- 
ently violates the reasonable regulations of the school which he 
attends, or otherwise persistently misbehaves therein, so as to 
render himself a fit subject for expulsion therefrom, shall be 
deemed to be an habitual school offender, and, upon complaint by 
a truant officer and conviction thereof, may, if a boy, be committed 
to a county truant school for not more than two years or to the 
Lyman school for boys, and, if a girl, to the state industrial school 
for girls, unless such child is placed on probation as provided in 
section seven. 

Section 13. Truant officers shall inquire into all cases arising 
under the provisions of sections one and six of chapter forty-four 



go 

and sections three, four and five of this chapter, and may make 
complaints and serve legal processes issued under the provisions of 
this chapter. They shall have the oversight of children placed on 
probation under the provisions of section seven. A truant officer 
may apprehend and take to school, without a warrant, any truant or 
absentee found wandering about in the streets or public places 
thereof. 

Chapter 106. 

Section 28. No child under the age of fourteen years shall be 
employed in any factory, workshop or mercantile establishment. 
No such child shall be employed at work performed for wages or 
other compensation, to whomsoever payable, during the hours 
when the public schools of the city or town in which he resides are 
in session, nor be employed at work before six o'clock in the 
morning or after seven o'clock in the evening. 



Births Registered in 1900. 



DATE 



NAME OE CHILD 



NAMES OE PARENTS 



1 Jan. 

2 Jan. 

3 Feb. 
4Eeb. 

5 March 
ii April 

7 April 

8 April 

9 June 

10 June 

11 July 

12 July 

13 July 

14 July 

IT August 
16 August 
IT August 

18 August 

19 August 

20 August 

21 Sept 

22 Sept. 

23 Sept. 

24 Sept. 

25 Oct. 

26 Oct. 

27 Oct. 

28 Oct. 

29 Oct. 

30 Nov. 

31 Nov. 

32 Dec. 

33 Dec. 

34 Dec. 

35 Dec. 
3tiDec. 



Daniel Christopher Coggin 
John William Brodeur 
Louise Mary Tobin 
Annie Elizabeth McCarthy 
Laura May Stone 
Joseph Wilbur Brown 
Marie Althea Davis 
Elizabeth Ilene Hurley 
Lillie Regenia Brazier 
Edith Rose Lawrey 
Annie Mary Foley 
Laura Heath 

Harry Johannes Phillipson 
Wallace Edward Carey 
Elsie Margaret Gough 
Willard James Ingham 
Miriam Allen Barker 
Roland Fletcher Willis 
Harold Ralph Searles 
Ellis Edgar Hayward 
Edwin Henry Christafferson 
Dorothy Elizabeth Tuttle 
Grace Altha Gilmore 
Myrtle Ida Abbott 
Douglas Burns Wilson 
Charles Alfred Morse 
Francis William Hopps 
Ernest Fuller Brewster 
Richard Archibald Schnair 
Edna May Tuttle 
Abbie Elizabeth Coughlin 
Francis Earle Farrar 
Henry Ross 
Gladys Alberta Wood 
Alice Winifred Byron 
Richard Morse Davis 



Edward and Ellen Mahoney 
Charles E. and Annie L. Woodward' 
Michael and Mary Quinlan* 
John and Ellen L. Tuohey 
Peter G. and Rose Mary McGuirc 
Joseph R.. and Lottie I. Lehy» 
Francis b. and Lucy Emily Noyes 
James and Bridget Neyland 
Andrew B and Mary N. Lucier 
George Francis and Ellen A. Sullivan) 
Patrick J. and Johanna I Conway 
Charles B. and Mary Cahill 
Anton and Caroline S. Peterson) 
Edward H. and Ina S. Bryant' 
John E. and Margaret Dillon I 
Jeremiah R. and Mary Ella Sibley) 
George A. and Leah R. Allen) 
Herbert E. and Evelyn B. Eletcher> 
Sanford S. and Annie H. I Hayward 
William B. and Margaret Leary 
Anders and Annie Anderson 1 
Roswell L. and Annie B. Simpson' 
Almon H. and Mabel G. tDufresne> 
Edward A. and Ellen J. Weaver* 
James A. and Mary E. McLoughlin> 
Alfred J. and Georgena J. Beach* 
John L. and Elizabeth LaClaire- 
Cecil E. and Alice A. Fuller) 
Charles H. and Leah Squires') 
Frank H. and Bessie May Harris 
William C. and Annie J. Brannan 1 
Frank B. and Dora Jane .Welch) 
Samuel and Annie Zerukai 
Albert L. and Agnes J. Butler 
James F. and Bridget E. iDelaney") 
Rich M. and Lena Maud i Morse 



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68th Annual Report of the School Committee 



To the Citizens of Acton. 

We are again able to report your schools to be in a very ex- 
cellent condition. The unfortunate location of the South Grammar 
school is, however, a very serious handicap upon that school. The 
draft upon the physioal and mental resources of both teaoher and 
pupils in the effort to attain the required degrees of proficiency 
is far beyond that necessitated in the other schools in the town of 
equal grade. We hope, even against hope, that the town will 
presently adopt measures that will relieve the situation at South 
Aoton. 

Since the entry of the town, in 1892, into the system of district 
superintendeucy of schools, your schools have shown a measurable 
and steady progress from year to year in methods, in efficiency of 
the teaching corps, in discipline and in all things that go towards 
the making of good schools as that term is understood in Massa- 
chusetts in 1905. The following statement, taken from the report 
of the State Board of Eduoation for the year 1902-1903, is of in- 
terest : 

The average taxation cost of the public sohools for support for 
eaoh child between the ages of five and fifteen years for the year 
1902-1903 was : In the stat^, $23.36; in Acton, §24.90. 

The average taxation cost of the public schools for support for 
each child in the average membership of the public schools for the 
year 1902-1903 was: In the state, $27.30; in Acton, $27.02. 

The average cost per pupil for text books and supplies based upon 



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the average membership of the schools for the year 1902-1903 
was: In the state, 81.58; in Aoton, 81.66. 

The figures for the state for children between the ages of five 
and fifteen years cover all those children who are members of 
parochial and private schools. 

Practically all the children in Acton between the ages of five 
and fifteen years are members of the pnblio sohools. 

Many of the schools are greatly in need of a piano. The high 
school has a piano, 'the gift of the pupils of that school; the Center 
grammar school has one, the gift of Dr. Arthur Cowdrey of Stone- 
ham, and the South grammar school has the use of one, through 
the courtesy of the Royal Arcanum, who have joint use of the 
hall in which this school is quartered. We regret to say that 
none of the West schools have a piano, and we suggest to any one 
of our fellow citizeus who fears the di-gra^e of dying rich, that, 
especially, by the gift of a piano to some one of the West schools 
and, generally, by similar gifts to other schools, if he s hall be so 
inclined, he may, to the extent of his generosity, escape that un- 
happy fate. 

The report of the superintendent of schools, included herein, is 
especially commended to your attention. The sum of 83 7 5.00 has 
been received from the state on account of salary of superintendent 
of schools for the year euding Sept. 1st, 1904. 

The report of the purchasing agent and of the truant officer are 
apppnded. 



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Receipts and Expenditures on jiccounts of Schools for the 
Fiscal Year 1904-1905. 



RECEIPTS. 




Appropriation for : 




Common schools, 


$3,800 00 


High school, 


1,800 00 


Sohool supplies, 


525 00 


Transportation of pupils, 


],360 00 


Salary of supt. of schools, 


480 00 


Received from : 




Mass. Sohool fund, 


986 48 


Dog licenses, 


277 02 


Tuition fees, 


32 00 




$9,260 50 


EXPENDITURES. 




For common schools, 


$4,812 90 


High school, 


1,869 73 


School supplies, 


563 21 


Transportation of pupils, 


1,339 50 


Salary of Supt. of Sohools, 


480 00 




$9,065 34 


Unexpended balance, 


$195 16 


Estimate for the Support of Schools for the Year 1905-1906. 


For common schools, 


$3,800 00 


High school, 


1,800 00 


School supplies, 


525 00 


Transportation of pupils, 


1,360 00 


Salary of superintendent of sohools, 


4 80 00 




$7,965 00 



The School Committee of Acton, 
By 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Chairman. 



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Report of the Superintendent of Schools. 



March 11, 1905. 
Gentlemen of the School Committee: 

This my fifth annual report is hereby submitted to you and 
through you to the citizens of Acton for the year ending March 1, 
1905. 

Below are given the school census of September, 1904, and a 
summary of statistics from September, 1904, to March 1, 1905. At 
the end of this report will be found tabulated statisitcs from Septem- 
ber, 1903, to March, 1905. 

Number of persons in town between 7 and 14 years: Boys, 114; 

girls, 120; Total 234 

Number of persons in town between 5 and 15 years: Boys, 155; 

girls, 178; Total 333 

Number of illiterate minors over 14 years: Boys, 0; girls, 1; 

Total 1 
Number enrolled in all the schools: 339 

Number of pupils between 7 and 14 years: 228 

Number of pupils between 5 and 15 years: 296 

Number of pupils over 15 years 43 

Average membership 301 

Average attendance 271 

Per cent of attendance 90 

Number of schools 10 

Number of teachers 11 

Number of male teachers 1 

Numer of female teachers 10 

Number of college graduates 2 

Number who have attended college 3 

Number of normal graduates 7 



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At this time it may not be inappropriate to review briefly the 
work of the past five years. While many of the best results of 
school work can never be measured there are some that can be 
definitely noted and recorded. 

ORGANIZATION. 

The present organization of the schools is. we believe, the best 
in their history. Since the formation of a ninth grade, teachers 
testify that pupils are entering the High School better equipped to 
carry on their work successfully. The studies of the ninth grade 
tend to bridge the gulf that exists between the grammar and high 
school and give the pupils a year's additional preparation with 
greater maturity and development. 

During the year John T. Prince and J. W. MacDonald, Agents of 
the State Board of Education, have inspected the schools and made 
a favorable report of the work being done. 

A third teacher is needed in the High school. With three 
teachers each one would have fewer subjects and each pupil would 
have more recitation periods, which would be a decided advantage 
over the present plan. With present school accommodations this 
is not feasible and brings us to the vital question of a new school 
building. This subject, however, has been so frequently empha- 
sized in reports of committees and superintendent in past years that 
it does not seem necessary to dwell upon it here. 

HIGH SCHOOL. 

We are fortunate in retaining the present corps of teachers and 
at no time has the efficiency of the High School been greater than 
now. The work of the school has been characterized by harmony, 
faithfulness and efficiency. Teachers are capable and hardwork- 
ing and pupils are interested and making steady progress under 
their guidance. 

At the last annual meeting of the National Educational Associa- 
tion in St. Louis, which it was my privilege to attend last summer, 
from the many pertinent remarks relative to high schools I would 
quote the following: "The problem which confronts every high 
school is how to discover and develop the interests and capacities of 



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each individual boy and girl; and how to direct their development 
so that they will become useful members of society." A high 
school which aims to meet the demands of modern life and to be 
"the people's college" by giving the elements of a liberal education 
and by training its pupils into good citizenship is of inestimable 
value to any community. 

TEACHERS. 

We believe that there is a fundamental truth in the declaration 
that it makes very little difference what you study but that it is in 
the highest degree important with whom you study. "There 
flows from the living teacher a power which no text book can com- 
pass or contain. Text books supply information and discipline; 
teachers impart the breath of life giving inspiration and impulse." 
The value of the well trained teacher, alive to the best interests of 
her schools, faithful and efficient in the performance of her duties', 
cannot be over estimated. Our Acton teachers are conscientious, 
faithful and efficient. 

It is a pleasure to record but few changes in the corps since 
las: year. Miss Nancy Bucknam resigned from the Center Gram- 
mar school and Miss Angie F. J. Main of Waltham was appointed to 
the place. Miss Jennie V. Sargent resigned from the West Gram- 
mar and was succeeded by Miss Elizabeth A. Sheehan, a graduate of 
Fitchburg Normal school. Miss Agnes Devlin of the West In- 
termediate was followed by Miss Emma Foster also a graduate of 
Fitchburg Normal School. 

The ascending scale in teachers' salaries is a most excellent 
plan. If the minimum pay is $10 per week with an increase each 
year until the maximum $12 is received, there is some inducement 
for teachers to remain more than one year and our schools are the 
gainers thereby. Frequent change of teachers is to be deprecated 
and we shall count ourselves fortunate if the present corps can be 
retained another year. 

DISCIPLINE. 

The discipline in all the schools is good and in many it is ex- 



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cellent. Much of the former military discipline has given way 
to a freedom and naturalness such as we like to see in a well 
ordered home. The idea of good discipline is to give each pupil 
as much freedom as possible without interference with others. In 
this way the principle of self government, so essential throughout 
life, is inculcated and fostered. The aim is to make the schools 
training places for citizenship. 

COURSE OF STUDY. 
Five years ago next September a new course of study was in- 
troduced into the elementary schools and after five years' trial 
teachers testify that pupils are entering the High School, better 
prepared to grasp the subjects taken there and to carry on their 
work successfully. 

The course as outlined is in harmony with the best educational 
thought of the day and is the outcome of expert opinion on the 
various subjects that form the present curriculum. 

From time to time committees composed of ten, or fifteen, of the 
leading educators in the country as President Eliot of Harvard, U. S. 
Commissioner Harris, and prominent professors,, superintendents 
and teachers are appointed by the national or other important 
educational associations to confer and report upon matters relative 
to school work; as for instance, the best time to begin arithmetic 
and history in the grades; the subjects to be emphasized and those 
to be omitted from elementary arithmetic and geography courses; 
and the value of nature study, stories from mythology, and other 
classics in the grades. 

The suggestions of these eminent councils are universally ac- 
cepted and adopted and in this way a uniformity is secured in the 
work of our public schools throughout the country. This was ap- 
parent at the great educational exhibit at the St. Louis Fair, where 
exhibits from cities and towns in Arkansas and Massachusetts 
showed the same leading characteristics. It is evident that we have 
a national educational system as well as a state system of which our 
town systems are a part. 

Everywhere elementary courses of study have been enriched 



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by the introduction of certain subjects, adapted to the capacity 
of the children, which were thought formerly to belong alone to the 
high school, the reason for this being that the vast majority of boys 
and girls, 95 per cent in the schools throughout the land, never 
go beyond the grades, while the per cent in the Acton schools is 
considerably better than the average. The 75 or 80 percent of 
the Acton boys and girls who do not have the benefit of a high 
school education are entitled to the best elementary course that 
can be given them. 

ARITHMETIC. 

The arithmetic course as revised places such emphasis upon 
correctness, rapidity and mental work. There is no formal pre- 
sentation of arithmetic until children enter the second grade, but 
number is incidentally taught at every point and children have a 
good knowledge of it when they begin the formal use of figures and 
signs in the second grade. 

Operations in arithmetic which have become obsolete, or have 
never existed elsewhere in the world, should become obsolete in the 
school room and therefore have been omitted irom the course. 

In determining what should be taught in arithmetic, it is neces- 
sary to show that the subject is practical; that is, that it has to 
do with the affairs of life or that it is disciplinary; that is, that it 
insures mental growth and strength. 

With this end in view the course has been abridged by curtail- 
ing the time spent on compound proportion, cube root, obsolete de- 
nominate quantities, duodecimals and much commeroial arithmetic 
and by omitting examples in profit and loss, bank discount, simple 
and compound interest, not easily made intelligible to the pupils. 
At the same time it has been enriched by a greater number of 
exercises in simple calculation and in the solution of concrete prob- 
lems. 

NATURE STUDY. 
Little children are taught nature poems and songs and to ob- 
serve simple forms of insects, plant, animal and bird life. June 



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first is observed as Bird Day in all the grades. Teachers take 
the children into the fields to observe nature at first hand and to 
learn something of the habits, haunts and songs of birds. After 
returning to the school room compositions are'written by the pupils 
telling what they have seen and heard. 

We are told that fifty years ago, May thirtieth, old election day, 
was observed by killing as many birds as possible by the boys in the 
country. 

The Friday before Arbor Day is observed as Tree Day. Field 
excursions to observe the different kinds of trees and shrubs are 
made by pupils under the direction of the teachers. Compositions 
embodying the pupils' observations are written after returning to 
the school room. 

Lessons on soil, water, air, light, relation of plants and insects, 
animal and bird life are taught in all the grades, taking a different 
subject each month and aiming to make the work as practical as 
possible. In these ways children are brought into a better un- 
derstanding of their environment and by teaching them to observe 
closely a few things a whole world of beauty is opened to them 
which may be a source of inestimable pleasure and profit all through 
life. 

WRITING. 

For a number of years vertical writing was in general use in the 
schools throughout the country. As a legible hand, especially 
for beginners, it is a vast improvement over its predecessor, the 
Spencerian slant system, but the serious objection to it is that it is 
not considered a good business hand. A large business college 
in Syracuse, N. Y., states that their business has greatly increased 
since the introduction of the Vertical system into the public schools. 
Many find it necessary to go there to change their handwriting be- 
fore being able to secure positions in business offices. Now what 
is known as the Semi slant system, which is half way between the 
Spencerian and Vertical, is rapidly being introduced into all the lead- 
ing schools in the country. 



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This system is considered the most natural and hygenic as the 
Semi slant employed readily adjusts itself to the muscles of the eye 
and hand. It also is legible, admits of rapidity and individuality, 
requisites for a good business hand, and therefore seems to be the 
golden mean sought for. 

I would recommend the early introduction of the Semi slant 
system of writing into the Acton schools. 

MUSIC. 
To judge of the music one needs to visit the schools to note the 
progress made under the present system which has been in use for 
the past year. From the beginning little children are taught to 
read the notes, sing alone and keep the time as naturally and with 
as litle embarrassment as they read alone. Appreciation of and a 
taste for good music is cultivated by constant use of the best songs 
adapted to the various grades and it is a pleasure to record that 
the children are receiving thorough musical training under the effi- 
cient leadership of the present supervisor, Miss Blanche S. 
Samuels. 

READING. 

In all our school work I believe that reading is of the greatest 
importance, not only the ability to read well, but also acquiring a 
taste for good books. During the period under review we have 
added quite largely to our reading lists in all the grades. In this 
way pupils read a large amount of the best literature in school and 
a growing appreciation of good books is showing itself by the num- 
ber of boys and girls who frequent the Public Library. 

Since it has been found that children's minds are capable of 
appreciating the greatest productions, many adaptations of master- 
pieces have been made which are very popular with the children. 

In the primary grades stories which embody ideals of courage, 
usefulness, patience and kindness to animals are told them by the 
teacher. Such stories are selected because children imitate what 
they admire and because of the unconscious influence of an ideal 
upon character. When children have made sufficient observation 



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to enable them to understand them, stories of industry, invention, 
and discovery are told to them or read by them. Children long 

for stories of adventure and in recognition of this need stories 
adapted from Robinson Crusoe, the Iliad and the Odyssey Ivanho, 
The Lady of the Lake and similar selections are read by them with 
great pleasure. Special use is made of birthdays and holidays in 
the lower grades and to some extent throughout all the grades. 

Stories from mythology, history and literature have always been 
used by the greater educators and now their use is quite general. 
Mythology expresses the views of the childhood of the race and chil- 
dren, it must be remembered, reproduce in every generation the 
earliest stages of racial growth, and the books put into their hands 
ought to supply the same substance, however different the form, 
upon which the children were nourished in the days of the Greeks 
and Romans. Mythology has furnished themes for our great 
writers in all ages and unless children become acquainted with the 
subject in school the majority go through life with no appreciation 
of much of the world's best literature. 

At the present time it is not thought sufficient to train the 
memory, reason and judgment only but great emphasis is put upon 
the cultivation of the imagination, the creative faculty, the highest 
faculty of the mind. 

Hence the great value of selected stories from history, literature, 
mythology, fable, romance and poetry which appeal to the children 
through their imagination and put them in sympathetic relations 
with the world. 

Even ethics, or morals, according to the leading authorities, are 
best thought, not by formal instruction or by sermonettes, but by 
stories illustrating manliness, courage, honesty and sympathy for the 
weak and oppressed which appeal to the pupil through his imagina- 
tion. 

One of the most prominent educators in America has outlined 
three educations as follows: "The education of the past which is 
the classical education which cultivates the intellect. The educa- 
tion of the present which is the scientific and manual education 



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which cultivates the outward activity as in manual training, 
kindergarten work, etc. The education of the future which will 
include the other two but will add the education of the heart. 
Intellect makes a man individual, but feeling makes him universal." 
In looking towards the pupils' fullest development, it is not 
well to make use of the world's rich store of literary treasures, 
which children fully appreciate when presented to them from their 
point of view and which through an exercise of the imagination 
play upon the emotions and thus tend to educate the heart. 

We have taken this opportunity to write somewhat in length 
upon these subjects as we have reason to believe that their value 
and the reason for their being in our elementary schools have not 
been clear to all parents. 

The following series of readers are used in the grades: Lights 
to Literature; Stepping Stones to Literature and Cyr's. In addi- 
tion the following approved supplementary reading has been added 
during the last five years. 

Grade 1. Hiawatha Primer; Cook's Nature Myths; Kingsley's 
Greek Heroes; Fairy Tales; Scudder's Folk Stories and Fables. 

Grade 11. Seven Little Sisters, Little Folks of Other Lands; 
Stories of Ulysses; Story of the Pilgrims; Story of Washington; 
Story of Lincoln; Story of Robert Fulton; The Cave Man; The Tree 
Dwellers; Legends of Springtime. 

Grade 111. Stories Mother Nature Told; Robinson Crusoe; 
Each and All; Story of La Salle; Stories of Marquette and Joliet; 
Around the World. 

Grade IV. Ten Boys; Stories from the Iliad Adapted; Stories 
from the Odyssey, adapted; Legends of Norseland; Stories of Norse 
Mythology. 

Grade V. American Indians; American History Stories; Story 
of Roland; Story of the Crusades; Hawthorne's Wonder Book; 
Selections from Miles Standish; selections from Lady of the Lake. 

Grade VI. Stories of Pizarro, Cortez and Montazuma; Stories 
of American History; Story of Siegfried, adapted; Twice Told 
Tales; Grandfather's Chair; Knickerbocker's History of New York; 



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Landing of the Pilgrims; Rip Van Winkle; Sleepy Hollow; Little 

Nell. 

Grade VII. Evangeline; The War of Independence, Fiske; 
Cooper's Pilot ; Cooper's Spy; Paul Revere's Ride; Longfellow's 
Elizabeth; Franklin's Autobiography. 

Grade VIII. Lowell's Garrison and Wendell Phillips; Bigelow 
Papers; The Peasant and Prince; Martineau; Lincoln's First and 
Second Inaugural; Lincoln's Gettysburg Speech; Tales of the 
Grandfather; The Building of the Ship; Under the Old Elm; Old 
Ironsides; Angels of Beuna Vista; Sheridan's Ride; Nuremburg, 
Webster's Reply to Hayne. 

Grade IX. Lowell's Glance Behind the Curtain; Bigelow Pa- 
pers; Lincoln — Douglas Debate. Harold, the last of the Saxons; 
Merchant of Venice; Sir Roger de Coverley Papers; Wendell 
Phillip's Orations; Speeches on the Stamp Act by Fox; Chatham, 
Cavendish and Barre; Lowell's Commemoration Ode; Vision of Sir 
Launfal; Ode on the Death of Wellington; Shelley's Cloud. 

In conclusion we may say that the past five years have been 
characterized by spirit of harmony and we believe by steady pro- 
gress. This has been brought about by the hearty, intelligent 
support of the school committee in their desire to give to the town 
the best school system possible and by their course, impartial admin- 
istration of all matters pertaining to school affairs. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HERBERT E. RICHARDSON. 



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Report of the High School Principal 



Mr. Herbert E. Richardson, 

Dear Sir: — I herewith submit the following report of the Ac- 
ton High School from September 1904: 

Total enrollment 35; Average membership 31; Percent of at- 
tendance 93. 

From the above figures it is easily seen, that, although a few 
have been obliged to leave, since the beginning of the school year, 
the majority of those entering the high school came there evidently 
with a sincere desire to pursue their studies faithfully. When we 
consider under what difficulties many of our pupils labor in attend- 
ing school regularly and when we realize what an exceptionally 
hard winter for travel this has been, the present opportunity to 
commend the majority of the pupils for their good attendance, ought 
not to be neglected. It is a strange fact that the pupils who have 
the greatest obstacles to overcome in getting to school, are generally 
those whose attendance is best and who are most interested in 
their work. 

This past year we have changed our requirements for gradua- 
tion. Instead of promoting a pupil from year to year, a minimum 
of 64 credits is now necessary. This plan, as will readily be seen, 
admits of no doubt in the mind of the pupil, as to his eligibility or 
ineligibility to graduate when the time comes. Each study, pur- 

sued successfully, entitles the student, at the end of that special 
course, to as many credits, as the study has been taken hours, each 
week. For example: Algebra, a required study during the first 
year is recited five hours each week. Now, if the pupil passes in 



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that subject he receives five credits, and so on. Of course the 
average would be 16 hours a week, but if a student wishes and is 
capable of so doing, he may elect an extra study and secure extra 
credits. This method dispenses with the necessity of conditioning 
pupils from year to year, and allows them, in case of failure in one 
branch, to substitute some other. 

It is gratifying to see that each incoming class enters with zeal 
into the work. Although the mental ability of the average high 
school pupil remains about the same, yet we notice each year 
an improvement in concentration of mind and in attention to the 
work. It is encouraging thus to feel the support of the grades 
behind us, in our effort to improve yearly. 

We are pleased to mention the fact that two of our graduates of 
1904 are continuing their studies at the Fitchburg Normal school, 
with credit to themselves and to their high school. 

Miss Atwood continues to serve faithfully as assistant and to 
cooperate in whatever may seem for the best interest of the school. 

We are fortunate this year in having the services of Miss 
Samuels as director of music. Under her able and enthusiastic 
guidance, the singing has greatly improved. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. L. FAXON, Principal. 
South Acton, Feb. 27, 1905. 



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Report of Supervisor • of Music. 



Mr. H. E. Richardson, Superintendent of Schools, 

Dear Sir: — In submitting my first annual report it gives me 
pleasure to say our schools are advancing in all lines of their work 
in music. 

We can never hope to have our advanced grades what they 
should be if we fail in the fundamental work which constitutes a 
good foundation and for this reason we are starting in our lowest 
grades to slowly impress the important facts. When these grades 
reach the higher classes then we may expect to have the culmina- 
tion we are so earnestly striving for. It is with pleasure that we 
find Prof. Parker of Yale endorsing just such a line of work as we 
are doing. He says the intellectual side of music is the proper 
object of study and the emotional in music is the result of that 
which is intellectual. 

The individual work which the children have taken up so 
readily gives us the key to music. We are able to judge the 
ability of each pupil and like a doctor, give medicine for the case 
in hand. Now we can enter heartily into our chorus work for we 
know it is the work of all and not of a few. 

The interest we arouse in the subject of music must be stimu- 
lated by the outside influence of the home and we urge strongly that 
the parents look into the matter and assist in this grand and good 
work of educating our children to be the coming generation to rep- 
resent the American type of music. We urge the parents to en- 
courage every slight inclination in the musical line for so many 
times we hear people say, that they lost the best in music through 



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the mistaken notion that their family was not musical hence their 
avoidance of the subject. 

We cannot speak too strongly of the refining influence of good 
songs and it is our endeavor to give to the pupils the best in the 
song world. We fear they do not hear enough good music outside 
of what they get in school, and for this reason should not the 
townspeople take it upon themselves that at least two musical per- 
formances be given yearly for the further education of the school 
children. 

In closing I wish to thank the School Committee, Superin- 
tendent and Teachers for their hearty cooperation. 

Respectfully, 

BLANCHE S. SAMUEL. 



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COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES OF THE ACTON HIGH SCHOOL 
AT TOWN HALL, ACTON, MASS., THURSDAY EVENING, 
JUNE 16, 1904, 8 O'CLOCK. 



PROGRAM. 

I. Overture— "Flora" Orchestra 

II. Invocation Rev. T. N. Miles 

III. Song — "Now the Music Soundeth" School 

IV. Waltz— "Under the Rose" Orchestra 

V. Address— The Real and the False, Miss E.A. Kimball. Worcester 
VI Song— "Away to the Fields" School 

VII. Flower Song — "Hearts and Flowers" Orchestra 

VIII. Presentation of Diplomas Supt. H. E. Richardson 

IX. "America." 



Motto: "No Steps Backward. 



GRADUATES. 

Classical Course. 

Georgianna Henrietta Hawes, Margaret Dustin Quimby. 

English Course. 
Julia Loretta McCarty, William Charles Edwards. 

Colors: Green and White. 



no 



Statistics for 1903—1904. 



SCHOOLS 


■ 

V 


o O 

-: 

V 


u 
g 

X. 

- 


> V 

<2 


u 

a 

- - 

d _: 

Bi 


3 •: 

_ £ 

- - 

^ V 

>- — 


•Number 

Between 

7 ;w.<l II 
Number 
Between 
B Bind !•'■ 


1 - 

r- 

2 


High 


10, 11 
12, 13 


40 


40 


a 


23 


92 





4 


3ti 


South Grammar 


1 1 


» 


24 


19 


16 


8 


29 


23 


1 


South Intermediate 


4, 5, 6 


38 


39 


33 


30 


91 


39 


39 





South Primary- 


1,2, 3 


38 


t2 


37 


33 


n 


29 


42 





Center Grammar 




38 


29 




25 


90 


21 


* 


4 


Center Intermediate 


4,5, 6 


38 


30 


- J 


n 


93.8 


30 


30 





Center Primary 


1, 2, 3 


38 


35 


33.8 


30.9 


91 


19 


35 





West Grammar 


7,8, 9 


38 


- 


28.8 


M4) 


B3 


- 


n 


2 


West Intermediate 


4,5, 6 


38 


2> 


H 


25 


89.9 


a 


2> 





West Primary 


1. 2. 3 


38 


43 


37 


31.7 


H 


22 


43 





Totals 






339 


301 


271 


90 


241 


296 


43 



II I 



Statistics for Fall and Winter Terms, 1904-1905 







- <u 




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+, 


a. 


V 


<u 






lO 






C-o 


V 


"o 


a 


2 

2-2 


u 


u 


•>* 


L= 




SCHOOLS 


V 

-a 


e 


v to 


M<n 

V 


V 

B 
o 


c 

A3 C 




<u « C 

6> 


X- WT3 
V U c 

*- 41 IS 


> 
O 




>- 1 
O ; 


3 

z 


«« 


^ 




> « 


1? 


I 5 


3CQ 

2 


2 H 


d 
2 








Y M 




















113 


4 


18 


















High 


J12 

1 U 


7 


17-6 


40 


35 


31 


29 


93 


2 


16 


19 




10 


16-3 




















lio 


13 


16-1 




















( 9 


6 


14-0 


















South Grammar 


1? 


12 

8 
8 


13-2 
12-7 
11-3 


38 


26 


22 


19 


87 


17 


23 


3 


South Intermediate 


( 3 


10 
16 

14 


10 
8-10 
8 


38 


40 


3S 


35 


91.8 


40 


40 





South Primary 


( 7 


10 
'21 
12 


7 
6 
12-10 


38 


45 


43 


40 


93 


23 


45 





Center Grammar 


S: 

( 4 


12 
8 
9 


13-5 
14-1 
9 


38 


32 


31 


28.8 


92 


22 


30 


2 


Center Intermediate 


Is 

( i 


4 
13 
13 


10-3 

11-8 

6^3 


38 


26 


25.9 


24 


92.6 


26 


26 





Center Primary 


ii 

( 9 


12 

12 

8 


7-10 
8-5 
14-6 


38 


37 


30.5 


28 


91 


23 


37 





West Grammar 


!! 

( G 


12 
9 
10 


13-5 
11-6 
11-6 


38 


29 


26 


24 


93 


20 


26 


3 


West Intermediate 


h 

( 3 


13 
15 
10 


10-8 
9-4 
8-6 


38 


38 


36.5 


33.8 


92.6 


38 


38 





West Primary 


U 


10 

28 


7-8 
6-3 


38 


48 


43 


38.8 


90 


22 


48 















356 


327 


300 


916 


233 


329 


l" 



112 



List of Teachers, 1904—1905. 



SCHOOL 



HitfV. S Principal 
Hl * h i Assistant 

South Grammar 

South Interme- 
diate 
South Primary 

Genter Grammar 

Center Interme- 
diate 
Center Primary 

West Grammar 

West Interme- 
diate 
West Primary 

Music Teacher 



TEACHERS 



A. L. Faxon 
Ruby M. Atwood 



1900 
1903 



KatherineB.Feelyj 1904 
1903 



Martha Fager- 

strom 
Inez G. Kilton 

Angie F. J. Main 

Ella L. Miller 

Martha F. Smith 

Elizabeth A. 

Sheehan 
Emma I. Foster 



Harriet H. 

( 

Blanche S. 



Gardner 



Samuels 



1903 
1904 
1899 
1902 
1904 
1904 
1889 
1894 



EDUCATED 



Yale 
Brown 

Fitchburg 

Normal 
Worcester 

Normal 
Worcester 

Normal 
Boston Univer- 
sity 
Framingham 

Normal 
Lowell Normal 

Fitchburg 

Normal 
Fitchburg 

Normal 
Ayer 

Westfield 



$1100 
500 



Home Address 



South Acton 
New Boston, 

N. H. 
Otter River 



380 

380 Worcester 
418 Worcester 
418 Waltham 
41s Hudson 
456 Acton 
380 Fitchburg 
380 Fitchburg 
456 West Acton 
225 Westfield 



H3 



"Dram , Bertha 
Burroughs, Lizzie 
Hawes, Verne 
Piper, Ralph 
White, Leouard D. 

Harris, Bertha 
Harris, Elizabeth 
Kinsley, Richard 
Mekkelsen, Ida 
Robbins, Sylvia 
Stancombe, Geogre 
Taylor, Marion O. 
Wood, Rotha A. 



K.OLL OF HONOK. 

SEPT. 1903-JUNE 1904. 
One Year. 

Duren, Ethel 
Greenougb, Frank 
Hidden, Hazel 
Stancombe, Eva L. 



Two Terms. 

Harris, Alfred B. 
Hoar, Carl 
Kinsley, David 
Quimby, Margaret 
Schuair, Hariet 
Symonds, Harold 
Tuttle, Yarnura 



Boyce, Helena 
Campbell, Leland H. 
Coughlin, William 
Durkee, Raymond 
Byron, James 
Foley, Mary 
Gates, Ralph 
Gallant, Mildred 
Griswold, Ethel 
Harrington, Elizabeth 
-Hall, Wesley H. 
Harris, Maud V. 
Kimball, Milton B. 
Merriam, Harold 
Moore, Ethel 
McCarty, Frank 
Morse, Arthur 
Moore, Carle E. 
MoCarty, Nora 
O'Conuell, Alice 
Quimby, Marjorie 



One Term. 

Brooks, Etta L. 
Cheney, Robert 
Davidson , Guy 
Durkee, Irma M. 
Burke, Heury B. 
Foley, Michael 
Gilbert, Alfred 
Griswold, Geo. 
Gould, Glenn 
Hayes, Willie 
Hoar, Burton 
Jours, Carl 
Leacli , Natalie 
Murphy, May M. 
MekkeLon, Christine 
McNeil, Mary C. 
McCarthy, Helena J. 
Morse, Walter 
Nickerson, Marion 
Phalen, Harold R. 
Quimby, Russell 



ii4 



Quimby, Chaunoey 
Rickeman, Roland 
Reed, Kenneth 
Randall, Earl 
Somes, Gladys 
Schnair, Zara 
Sweet, Percy I. 
Taylor, William S. 
White, Richard 
Wood, Chester E. 



Roll of Honor, Sept 

Two T 



Richardson, Harold M. 
Robbing, Hazel 
Reed, Everett W. 
Somes, Mary 
Smith, Minnie 
Sheehan, Arthur 
Thompson, Carl L. 
Tuttle, Elizabeth 
White, Florence E. 
Worden, Florence 

1904-March 1905. 



Bezanson, Mabel 
Ester brooks, Fred 
Flagg, Harlaud 
Hoit, Hazel W. 
Stancombe, George 
Stillman, Geo. 
Pyser, Ralph 
Wood, Helen 
Farrar, Raymond F. 

Bent, Ellen May 
Billings, Howard 
Burroughs, Lizzie 
Cahill, Edw. 
Coolirlge, Hazel A. 
DeOssie, Dora 
Fletcher, Dora 
Foley, Patrick 
Gilbert, Alfred 
Greenough, Frank E. 
t^Hall, Ruth E. 
Hamming, Roy R. 
Heath, Isabel 
Lawrence, Ollin A. 
Low den, Therein 
Kinsley, Annie 
McNeil, Mary C. 
Mekkelsen, Christine 
Miner, Lillian F. 
Moult, George 
Peebles, Maiorie 
Quimby, Majorio 



rms. 

Bezanson, Grace E. 
Fagerstrom, Martha 
Harris, Alfred 
Moore, Carl E. 
Stancombe, Eva 
Phalen, Harold 
Willis, Clifton 
Worden, Henry 
Harris, Ray L. 
One Term. 

Bezauson, Helen M. 
Brooks, Chesier C. 
Byron, James C. 
Clark, Fred E. 
Davidson, Guy 
Downie, Cora 
Fletoher, Eliza 
Foley, David J. 
Foley, Thomas 
Griswold, Georgie D. 
Harris, Bertha 
Hawes, Yerne 
Harris, Maud Y. 
Lawrence, W T ayne G. 
Leach, Natalie 
Lincoln , Arnold H. 
Kin-ley, Riohard 
McNulty, Frank 
Mekkelsen, Ida 
Morse, Walter R. 
O'Counell, Margaret 
Quimby, Russell B. 



II 



Reed, Kenneth Reed, Everett R. 

Rice, Beatrice Richardson, Harold 

Rohbius, Hazel Riokeman, Roland 

Sargent, Vera Robbins, Ray 

Sohnair, Harriet A. Sargent, Gladys E. 

Sawyer, Benj. Seanlon, Lizzie 

Smiley, Mary E. Sheehan, Arthur 

Welsh, Grace Tuttle, Varnnm 

Willis, Mabel Wetherbee, Elmer 

Woodward, Edith Woodward, Frank 

Worden, Florence M. Willard, Leslie 

Worden, Grace Wood, Sarah 

Farrar, Merritt L. Cheney, Robert R. 

Leary, J. Vincent Frederickson. Ebba 

Ohen, Annie McCarty, Nora 
Tuttle, C. Elizabeth 



Truant Officers' Report 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 1, 1905. 

To the Sohool Committee of Acton, Mass. : 

The truant offioers submit their third annual report to the School 
Committee for the year ending Mar. 1, 1905. 

The truant officers submit the following list of pupils looked up 
for the year, the cause of their absence, and if truants, the number 
that have been returned to sohool. 



Whole number of pupils looked 


up, 




30 


Cause of absence 


Center sch. 


South sch. 


West sch. 


Sickness 


4 






Kept at home by parents, 


2 


2 




Returned to school, 


4 


3 


20 


Reported truants, 


1 


5 


20 



Yours respectfully, 

C. G. TURNER, 
JAMES KINSLEY, 
MOSES A. REED, 

Truant Officers. 



n6 



Department of School Supplies. 



Report of the Purchasing Agent. 

The School Committee of Aoton: 

The following .statement of the expense aooount of the depart- 
ment for the financial year ending Maroh 11th, 1905, is respect- 
fully submitted : 

J. L. Hammett Co. 

Mar. 15. 165 pkgs. arithmetic paper, 

7 89 lbs.. 

75 pkgs. Manilla drawing 

paper, 6x9, 
10 pkgs. Manilla drawing 

paper, 9x12, 
50 pkgs. No. 3 praotioe paper, 
10 pkgs. blotters, 6x8, 



Mar. 21. 10 pkgs. No. 2 5 Heoktograph 

paper, 
10 pkgs. No. 1 practioe paper, 
30 pkgs. blue line letter paper, 

8xl0-|, 
10 pkgs. No. 2 7 letter paper, 
10 pkgs. 00 medium drawing 

uaper, 6x9, 
10 pkgs. 00 medium drawing 

paper, 8x1 0-|, 
6 pkgs. No. 1 grey drawing 

paper, 6x9, 
30 doz. No. 140 note books, 
10 gr. No. 701 pencils, 
2 lbs. No. 120 Boston erasers, 



$22 


68 


11 


25 


3 


00 


11 


00 


3 


00 


3 


50 


2 


20 


9 


75 


4 


50 


3 


20 


6 


40 


1 


92 


12 


60 


9 


00 


1 


30 



$50 93 



ii7 



Mar 21. 5 doz. Gem B. B. erasers, $2 50 

200 No. 127 spelling blanks, 3 50 

Apr. 29. 2 doz. 4 oz. Le Page paste, $2 00 

May 5. 9 Tales from Eng. History in 

Prose and Verse, $4 05 

May 14. 1 qt. Treasury red ink, I 75 

June 4. 1 How to Know the Wild 

Flowers, $1 80 



June 9. Engraving 4 diplomas and 

postage, $10' 



$60 37 
$2 00 

$4 05 

$ 75 



$1 80 



07 



Aug. 


20. 


30 doz. No. 787 pencils.eolored, 


$7 


50 








ij doz. violet Heoktograph ink, 


1 


13 








1 doz. pkgs. sandpaper disks, 


1 


50 








10 gr. No. 556 Esterbrook pens, 


4 


50 








5 gr. Volpennie pens, 


2 


00 








J doz. No. 30 rulers, 


1 


00 










, 





$17 63 


Sept. 


23. 


1 doz. quarts Treasury ink, 


$3 


00 













— 


$3 00 


Oct. 


6. 


8 boxes sentence builders, 
8 boxes word builders, 


$ 


90 

72 








8 boxes domestic animals, 


1 


44 








8 boxes wild animals, 


1 


44 








8 boxes birds, 


1 


44 








8 boxes leaves, 


1 


44 








^ doz. primary reg. boards, 




70 








4 boxes No. 475 round pegs, 




64 








6 doz. No. 102 stioks, 


1 


20 








6 doz. No. 413, 


1 


20 








1 doz. Small red ink, 




40 








1 doz. Little Artist, 


2 


40 








120 No. 120 note books, 


3 


90 





n8 



Oct. 6. 36 No. 144 note books, $52 16 

2 gr. No. 1,407 pen holders, 2 00 

6 boxes counting regs, 72 

Nov. 23. 1 doz. quarts Treasury ink, $3 00 

Nov. 25. 2 Gem pencil sharpeners, re- 
paired, $ 50 

Nov. 28. x-1 Gem pencil sharpener, $3 00 

*W Cougoon pitch pipe, 40 

4 Courtship Miles Standish, 53 

^0 sheets Manilla tag, 9x12, 13 

50 sheets white Bristol, 9x12, 60 

boxes number builders, 58 



Jan. 10. J6 gr. No. 556 Easterbrook pens, $2 70 

Vj gr. No. 341 sketching pencils, 3 38 

Jan. 28. 1 doz. Excplsior composers, $1 00 



Ginn & Co. 
Apr. 1. 12 Jones 1st readers, $3 60 

12 Jones 2d readers, 4 80 

$8 40 
Less 1-6, 1 40 



$22 70 
$3 00 

$ 50 



$5 24 

Dec. 2. 1 Tan and MoMurray Geog. bk. 1, $ 54 
1 Tan and MoMnrrav Geog., bk 2, 68 

100 sheets grey Bristol, 24x18, 4 00 

$5 22 

Dec. 17. 50 boxes white crayons, $3 00 

1 gr. No. 341 sketching pencils, 6 75 

1 lb. No. 80 erasers, 6 5 



$10 40 

$6 08 

$1 00 

$195 74 



$7 00 



ii 9 

Apr. 29. 36 Mother Nature Stories, 

Less 1-6, 

$15 C 

Apr. 29. 17 Each and All, 

3 Greek Heroes, 

3 Anderson Fairy Tales, 1 and 2, 



Less 1-6, 

Sept. 9. 10 Prince arithmetics No. 6, 
10 Prince arithmetics No. 7, 
5 Prince arithmetics No. 5, 



Less 1-6, 

Sept. 13. 4 Gage Intro. Physios, revised, 
4 1st year Latin, 



89 83 



$18 


00 


3 


00 


|8 


50 




SO 


2 


40 


$11 


80 


1 


97 


$2 


00 


2 


00 


1 


00 


$5 


00 




83 


$4 


00 


4 


00 


|8 


00 


1 


33 



$4 17 



Less 1-6, 



Sept. 25. 35 each No. 323 and 338, Coda, $2 80 
Less 15 per cent, 42 



Sept. 29. 3 Montgomery Am. Hist. 
Less 1-6, 

Sept. 30. 2 Montgomery Eng. Hist. 

Less 1-6, 

Oct. 21. 3 Ways of Wood Folk, 
3 Wilderness Ways, 
3 Scents of the Woods, 



Less 1-6, 



$3 


00 




50 


$2 


24 




37 


$1 


50 


1 


35 


1 


50 


$4 


35 




72 



.$6 67 



$2 38 



$2 50 



$1 87 



S3 63 



120 



Oot. 22. 9 Weaver, No. 1, 
5 Weaver No. 2, 
4 Weaver No. 3 , 
1 Weaver No. 4, 



Less 1-6, 

Jan. 10. 16 A. and F. French readers. 
Less 1-6, 

Jan. 16. 1 A. and F. French readers, 
Less 1-6, 



Postage 

June 4. 6 Anoieut Mariners, 
Less 1-6, 

Feb. 7. 6 Young Astronomys, rev. 
Less 1-6, 



Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 
Apr. 1. 7 Riverside Lit. Series, 40o, 

less 15 per cent, $2 38 

Apr. 29. 2 Birds Christmas Carols, $ 66| 
20 Biglow Papers, Cambridge 

Classics, 13 38^ 

3 Larned's Eng. His., 3 19 

104 Riverside Lit. Series, cloth, 35 36 
46 Riverside Lit. Series at 

25o, less 15 per oent, 9 78 
10 Riverside Lit. Series, 60c, 

less 15 per oent, 5 10 



$4 50 






2 50 






2 00 






50 






$9 50 


- 




1 58 









$7 


92 


$8 00 






1 33 









$6 


67 


$ 50 






08 






32 






06 









$ 


48 


|1 20. 






20 









$1 


00 


$7 50 






1 25 









$6 


25 




$75 


37 



$2 38 



121 

Apr. 29. 43 Riverside Lit. Series, 45o, 

less 15 percent, $16 45 

$83 88 

May 5. 3 Riverside Lit. Series, at 40c, 
less 1 5 per oent, 
Postage , 

May 17. 25 Riverside Lit. Series at 
60c, less 15 per cent, 

Sept. 29. 12 Fiske Hist. U. S. , 

Oct. 17. 2 Biglow Papers, 

3 Riverside Lit. Series, 15c, 

less 15 per oent, 
3 Riverside Lit. Series 40c, 

less 1 5 per oent, 
2 Riverside Lit. Series 25o, 

less 1 5 per cent, 

Nov. 8. 3 Three Years with Poets, 



D. C. Heath & Co. 
Apr. 1. 2 Machen Erz. , No. 1, 
4 Die Horzreise, 



$1 02 






16 









$1 


18 


$12 75 









$12 


75 


$10 20 









$10 


20 


$1 33 






38 






1 02 






43 









$3 


16 


$1 28 









$1 


28 




$114 


83 


$1 20 






1 00 







Less 1-6 

Apr. 29. 3 Eng. Hist. Stories, 
Less 1-6, 

Oot. 24. 3 F. and S. French grammars, 
Less 1-6, 



Express, 



$2 


20 
36 


$1 


95 
32 


$3 


36 
56 


$2 


80 
15 



$1 84 
$1 63 



$2 95 

$6 42 



122 



Silver, Burdett & Co. 
Apr. 11. 25 Beacon Lines No. 124, $1 25 



Apr. 24. 3 Mowry Hist of Eng. , $2 10 

12 Stepping Stones to Lit., 

3 book, 6 00 



Less 1-6, 

Sept. 30. 3 Normal readers, No. 2, Part 2, 
8 Normal readers, No. 2 , Complete 



Less 1-6, 



2 Congdon pitch pipe, 

Oct. 10. 24 Normal readers, Part 2, 
20 Cecilian Series, book 3, 



Less 1-6, 

Nov. 23. 7 Normal readers, Book 2, Part 
Less 1-6, 



Lothrop Publishing Co. 
Apr. 29. 18 Little Folks of Other Lands, $10 80 
Less 40 per cent, 4 32 



$8 
1 


10 
35 


$1 
te, 4 


08 
80 


$5 


88 
98 


$49 
1 


02 
00 


$8 
16 


64 
80 


$25 
4 


44 
24 


I, $2 


52 

42 



May 16. 12 Little Folks of Other Lands, $7 20 

Less 40 per oent, 2 88 



Lee and Sheppard. 
Apr. 29. 3 sets Wendell Phillips, 2 vols., $6 00 

Express 20 



$1 25 



$6 75 



$5 90 



$21 20 

$2 10 

$37 20 

$6 48 

$4 32 
$10 80 

$6 20 

$6 20 



123 

University Publishing Co. 
Apr. 29. 4 The Peasant and the Prince, 
16 The Pilot, 
Spy, 

3 Tales of a Grandfather, 
20 Christmas Stories, 

Less 1-5 



Postage, 

Oct. 18. 5 Harold, 

Less 1-5 , 



Postage, 



$ 


80 


3 


20 




75 




37 


2 


50 


$7 


62 


1 


52 



May 12. 12 Harold, paper, $2 40 

Less 1-5, 48 



Sept. 31. 5 Peasant and Prince, $1 00 

Less 1-5, 20 



$ 80 

Postage, 20 

Oot. 18. 2 Pilot, $ 40 

3 Tales of a Grandfather, 37 



Less 1-5, 



$ 


77 




15 


$ 


62 




15 


$1 


00 




20 


$ 


80 




16 



Edward E. Babb & Co. 
Apr. 28. 3 Cornan and Kendall Eng. Hist. 
3 Taris 1st bk. Phys. Geog., 
12 Metcalf grammars, 



$6 10 



$1 92 



$1 00 



77 



96 



$3 13 

2 75 

3 24 


$10 75 
$9 12 





$9 12 



124 



Eduoational Publishing Co. 
May 3. 31 Washington No. 28, 
4 Lincoln No. 31, 
4 La Salle No. 83, 
4 Marquette No. 91, 
18 Legends of Springtime, 
3 Talisman, 
12 Aesops Fables No. 1, 



Less 1-6, 

May 20. 1 Children of the Cold, 
Less 1-6, 



May 3. 



Sept. 12. 



Sept. 



Sept. 13. 



Rand, McNally & Co. 
33 Holton primer, 
18 Lights to Literature No. 1, 
18 Lights to Literature No. 2, 
38 King Arthur, 
3 Green Mountain boys, 



Allyn & Baoon. 
10 Chardinals Complete French, 
Less 1-6, 



$1 55 
20 






20 






20 






5 40 






1 20 






3 60 






$12 35 






2 05 








$10 


30 




$1 25 






20 








$1 


05 






$11 


35 


$6 60 






3 60 






5 22 






15 20 






1 44 









$32 


06 




$32 


06 


$10 00 






1 66 








$8 


34 





American Book Company. 
7. 12 Wesbter Primary Diotionary, $5 7 6 



Less 1-5 , 



1 15 



8 New Intro. 


day books, 


$ 48 


8 New Iutro. 


journals, 


1 20 


8 New Intro. 


ledgers , 


1 28 
$2 96 


Less 1-5, 




59 



$8 34 



$4 61 



$2 37 



!25 



Sept. 29. 4 Eggleston 1st bk. Am. Hist. 
Less 1-5, 

Oct. 1 8. 8 New Intro, ledger, 
Less 1-5, 

Jan. 10. 4 Gateway to Burns, 
1 1 Lady of the Lake, 
4 Eclectic Burns Poems, 



Less 1-5 



Bessie M. Weaver. 
Sept. 26. 10 Supervisor and teachers review 
books, 



Thompson, Brown & Co. 
Oct. 26. 7 Meservey S. E. ledgers No. 1, 
7 Meservey S. E. ledgers No. 2, 
7 Meservey S. E. ledgers No. 3, 
7 Meservey S. E. day book, 
7 Meservey S. E. cash bonk, 



12 40 

48 



11 


28 




25 


§1 


40 


4 


40 




80 


16 


60 


1 


32 



$1 50 



|56 

56 
56 
56 
56 



$1 92 



1 03 



15 2! 



$15 21 

$1 50 
$1 50 



Less 1-6, 



Express Charges. 
Paid A. W. Raymor, express charges, 
A. L. Faxon, express charges, 
A. L. Noyes, express charges, 



3 08 

51 



811 70 

2 60 

14 55 



$2 57 
$2 57 

$28 85 



Credit by supplies sold, 



$566 31 
3 10 

$563 21 
CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Purchasing Agent. 



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Town Warrant 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex, SS. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in the County of 
Middlesex, Greeting: 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of 
Acton, qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, to assemble 
in the Town Hall, in said town, on Monday, the twenty-seventh 
day of March A. D., 1905, at nine o'clock in (he forenoon, then 
and there to aot on the following articles, as they may think 
proper, viz : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will aocept the reports of the Select- 
men, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, Library Trustees 
and other town officers. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary town offioers and committees 
and fix salaries. 

Art. 4. To hear and aot upon the reports of any committee 
chosen to report at this meetiug. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the Town will raise for 
due observance of Memorial Day. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will acoept the jury list as revised 
b\ r the Selectmen. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money the Town will raise for 
repairing roads and bridges. 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will authorize the Treasurer, with 
the approval of its Selectmen, to borrow money for the Town, if 
necessary, in anticipation of taxes the current year. 

Art. 9. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question: Shall 
licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in Acton the 
present year. 



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Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town will raise for 
the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Art. 11. To see what amount of money the Town will raise for 
the support of schools the present year. 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for school supplies. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town will raise for 
town charges. 

Art. 14. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of mone3 r 
for the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will maintain street lamps the 
present year, or aot anything thereon. 

Art. 16. To see what amount of money the Town will appro- 
priate for the care of oemeteries the current year, or aot anything 
thereon. 

Art. 17. To see if the Towu will take any action in regard to 
Old Home Week. 

Art. 18. To see if the Town will vote to straighten the road 
at the old "school house " lot in Soutli Acton and raise a special 
amount for the same, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 19. To see what amount of monej' the Town will raise to 
maintain the Fire Department. 

Art. 20. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of one 
hundred and twenty-five dollars for six band concerts, two in each 
village, Acton, South Acton, and West Acton, or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will accept as a private way, the 
laying out by the Road Commissioners of a private way, for the 
benefit of Mary T. Coughlin, from the town road near her dwelling 
house, over the land of Mary O'Neil to land of said Coughlin, 
northerly of said town road. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will take any action in relation to 
the speed of automobiles. 

Art. 2 3. To see if the Town will take any action in regard to 
the extermination of the brown tail moth. 



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Art. 24. To see what aotion the Town will take in regard to 
the erection of a flag pole at Acton Center. 

Art. 25. To see if the Town will take any action in regard to 
supplying a public watering trough for the West village. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town will vote to buy a lockup or take 
any action thereon. 

Art. 2 7. To see if the Town will build a road aoross the land 
of O. W. Mead in West Acton, beginning at the turnpike at the 
south east corner of the land uf Fitchburg R. R. Co., thence 
northerly on the east side of Fitchburg R. R. Co. land to the road 
that passps the house of Mrs. G. B. Parker, the road to be built 
30 ft. wide, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 28. To see if the Town will buy a piano for the town 
hall. 

Art. 29. To see what action the Town will take in regard to 
a heater for the town hall. 

Art. 30. To see what action the Town will take in relation to 
the collection of taxes the present year. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by posting 
copies, attesterl by you, in the following places: One in each of 
the Post Offices and Railroad stations, one in each of the stores of 
C. H. Mead & Co., M. E. Taylor & Co., Tuttle & Newton, Est. 
of E. Jones, one at the offioe of F. J. Hastings & Co. , and one at 
the Nagog House, seven days at least before the time appointed 
for holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this warrant, with your 
doings thereon, to the Selectmen or the Town Clerk, on or before 
the time of holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands in Acton, this thirteenth day of Maroh , 
in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and five. 

FRANK W. HOIT, 
ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, 
EDWIN A. PHALEN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Index to Contents. 



Town Officers :; 

Town Meetings, 5 

State Election 13 

Town Clerk IT 

Births 18 

Marriages 19 

Deaths 20 

Non-Resident Burials 21 

Dogs Licensed 2 2 

Report of Selectmen 24 

List of Jurors 4 ( .t 

Report of Treasurer, 50 

Report of Collector 55 

Report of Auditor 6 

Report of Assessors t; i 

Report of Road Commissioner* 66 

Report of Board of Health 66 

Report of Overseers of Poor 68 

Report of Tree Warden ? 3 

Report of Cemetery Commissioners 7 '.) 

Report of Librarian 82 

School Report 83 

School Calendar 85 

Organization 8(5 

Committee 92 

Financial Statement 94 

Superintendent's Report 95 

High School Principal 105 

Supervisor of Music li>7 

Commencement Exeroises 101) 

Satistical Tables 1 1 o 

Roll of Honor 11:; 

Truant Officers 115 

^Department of School Supplies 116 

Town Warrant 126 



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WELLS BINDERY, INC. 

OCT 1976 
WALTHAM, MASS. 02154