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ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 




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REFERE^^CF. BOOK 
ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01720 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 

OF THE 

TOWN OF ACTON 

>rASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 31 



1916 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1917 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 31 



1916 




974.44^ 



THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1917 



/ REFERENCE BOOK 

ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01720 



TOWN OFFICERS. 1916 



Selectmen 



Charles J. Holton Term expires 1918 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1917 

William H. Kingsley Term expires 1919 

Town Clerk 
Horace F. Tuttle 

Town Treasurer 
Frank W. Hoit 

Assessors 

James B. Tuttle Term expires 1918 

Arthur M. Whitcomb Term expires 1917 

William B. Franklin Term expires 1919^ 

Overseers of the Poor 
William H. Kingsley Warren H. Jones Charles J. Holton 

Collector of Taxes 

Arthur M. Whitcomb 

Tree Warden 

James O'Neil 

Constables 

John T. McNiff Charles A. Taylor Oliver D. Wood; 



John T. McNiff 
Leon A. Gale 



Field Drivers 



Elw>Ti T. Hollowell 
Charles A. Taylor 



Fence Viewers 

Charles J. Ilolton Warren H, Jones William H. Kingsley 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Julian Tuttle Term expires 1918 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1917 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1919 

School Committee 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1917 

Herbert W. Lewis Term expires 1918 

Bertram E. Hall Term expires 1919 

Trustees Memorial Library 

J. Sidney AVhite Term expires 1917 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1918 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1919 

Board of Health 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1917 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1918 

Edward C. Page Term expires 1919 



James B. Tuttle 
Horace F. Tuttle 



Finance Committee 

Edgar H. Hall Asaph Merriam 

Arthur M. Whitcomb 



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APPOINTED BY THE SELECTMEN 



Superintendent of Streets 

Albert H. Perkins 

Town Accountant 
Howard L. Jones 

Registrars of Voters 

Lewis Willard Term expires 1919 

James McGreen Term expires 1918 

George E. Helton Term expires 1917 

Horace F. Tnttle, ex-officio 

Election Officers 

Precinct 1 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden Edwin A. Phalen 

Clerk Horace F. Tuttle 

Deputy Clerk Moses E. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector . James 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector William C. Coughlin 

' Precinct 2 

AVarden L. A. Hesselton 

Deputy Warden T. F. Newton 

Clerk Lorenzo E. Reed 

Deputy Clerk Francis J. Crowley 

Inspector L. C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector Frank A. Merriam 

Inspector Constance 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector . . . .' David J. Foley 



Precinct 3 

Warden Charles J. Holton 

Deputy Warden Eugene L. Hall 

Qgi-k .David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Clerk William L. Tenney 

Inspector Fred S. Whitcomb 

Deputy Inspector C. H. Mead 

Inspector G^^Y P- Littlefield 

Deputy Inspector John T. McNiff 

Cattle Inspector 

Fred S. Whitcomb 

Fire Engineers 
William H. Kingsley. Chief 

Precinct 1 

Dexter L. Spinney, 1st Asst. Arthur F. Harris, 2nd Asst. 

E. P. Gates, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 2 

Nelson J. Cole, 1st Asst. E. C. Page, 2nd Asst. 

W. H. Jones, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 3 

Edgar T. Rice, 1st Asst. A. B. Parker, 2nd Asst. 

W. J. Costello, 3rd Asst. 

Forest Warden 

William H. Kingsley 

Deputy Forest Wardens 

All the above named assistant Fire Engineers 

Surveyors of Lumber and Measurers of Wood and Bark 

J. W. Dupee Bertram D. Hall E. C. Cheney 

Charles E. Smith Frank A. Merriam 



Public Weighers 

J. P. Fletcher M. E. Taylor E. C. Cheney E. P. Conant 

Thomas jHearon George H. Reed William H. Teele 

John H. Greer 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 
Lowell H. Cram 

Superintendent of Moth Work 
James O'Neil 

Police Officers 

Charles A. Taylor Oliver D. Wood 

John T. McNiff James N. Berry 

Inspector of Slaughter Houses 
Charles A. Dudley 



COMMONWEALTH OP MASSACHUSETTS 
Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton in the 
County aforesaid. GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you 
are hereby required and directed to notify and warn the 
inhabitants of the town of Acton, who are qualified to vote 
in elections and in town affairs therein, to meet in the town 
hall in said town, on Monday, the fifth day of March, 1917, 
at nine o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to act on the 
following articles, namely: 

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

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the 
following named town officers, to wit: One town clerk for 
one year, one selectman for three years, three overseers of 
the poor for one year, one town treasurer for one year, five 
members of the finance committee for one year, one collector 
of taxes for one year, one tree warden for one year, four 
constables for one year, four field drivers for one year, three 



fence viewers for one year, one assessor for three years, one 
assessor for two years to fill unexpired term, one trustee of 
the Memorial library for three years, one member of the 
school committee for three years, one cemetery commissioner 
for three years, one member of the board of health for three 
years. Also on the same ballot to vote Yes or No on the fol- 
loAving question: "Shall licenses be granted for the sale of 
intoxicating liquors in this town?" 

The polls will be opened at 9.30 a. m., and may be closed 
at 4 p. m. 

Article 3. To choose all necessary town officers not 
named in Article 2, and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Article 4. To see if the town will accept the reports of 
the various town officers. 

Article 5. To hear and act upon the reports of anj^ 
committees chosen at any previous meeting that have not 
already reported.^ 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will 
raise by taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary 
and usual expenses of the several departments of the town. 

Article 7. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for the due observance of Memorial 
day. 

Article 8. To see if the town will appropriate a sum 
of money for the enforcement of the liquor law, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in 
regard to the extermination of the elm leaf. beetle. 

Article 10. To see what action the town will take in 
regard to the extermination of the gypsj' and brown tail 
moth. 

Article 11. To see what action the town will take in 
regard to the collection of taxes. 

Article 12. To see if the town will pay for fighting 
brush fires and fix the price, or act anything thereon. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money to insure the employes of the 
town, or do or act anything thereon. 



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Article 14. To see what sum of money the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate for the maintenance of the fire 
department, or do or act anything thereon. 

Article 15. To see what amount of money the town 
will raise and appropriate for payment of premium on treas- 
urer and collector's bond, or act anything thereon. 

Article 16. To see if the town will install one or more 
street lights in Acton Center, on the Littleton road, between 
the schoolhouse and residence of John F. Schneider, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will appropriate a sum 
of money to improve the grounds around the town hall, or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
j&re engineers to make certain interior alterations in the fire 
house at West Acton, or do or act anything thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to authorize 
the purchase and equipment of automobile trucks for the 
use of the fire and forest fire departments, and will vote to 
raise and appropriate a sum of money therefor, or do or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to re- 
appropriate the twenty-five dollars, appropriated at the last 
annual meeting, for the removal of the watering trough at 
the Center, or do or act anything thereon. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to re- 
appropriate the unexpended balance of money appropriated 
at a special town meeting for the repair of the Pope road 
so-called, or act anything thereon. 

Article 22. To see what action the town will take to 
raise and appropriate $150.00 for the George Washington 
Memorial Building, Washington, D. C. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
selectmen to petition the American Woolen Company to ex- 
tend the street lighting system from "Merriman's Corner" 
to the Christofferson place in South Acton, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 24. To see what action the town will take on 



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the acceptance of Section 1, Chapter 153, of the Acts of 
1916, viz: "In towns having less than ten thousand inhabi- 
tants, the annual license fee for carrying on the business of 
slaughtering neat cattle, sheep, or swine, shall be such sum, 
not exceeding one hundred dollars, as the selectmen shall 
fix." 

Article 25. To see if the town will appropriate the 
sum of three hundred dollars for the purpose of removing 
snow and sanding that part of the streets used as sidewalks, 
one hundred dollars to be at the disposal of each precinct 
and to be expended at the discretion of the selectmen, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 26. To see if the town will authorize the treas- 
urer, with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money 
from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the finan- 
cial year, beginning January 1, 1917, and to issue a note or 
notes therefor payable within one year. Any debt or debts 
incurred under this vote to be paid from the revenue of said 
financial year. 

And you are hereby commanded to serve this warrant 
by posting an attested copy thereof in each of the Post Offices 
and Railroad Stations in said town, and one in each of the 
stores of C. H. Mead & Co., W. E. Whitcomb, M. E. Taylor 
& Co., iH. W. Lewis. Finney & Hoit, George H. Reed, and one 
at the Nagog House, all in said town, 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 town clerk, or the select- 
men, at or before the time appointed for holding said 
meeting. 

Given under our hands at Acton, this twenty-first day 
of February, in the year one thousand, nine hundred and 
seventeen. 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
WARREN H. JONES, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, March 6th, 1916 

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

Allen Brooks Parker was chosen moderator. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for 
town officers: also to vote on the question: ''Shall licenses. 
be granted for the sale of intoxicating liciuors in this town?" 

The following town officers were chosen: 

Town Clerk— Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectman, three years^ William H. Kingsley. 

Selectman, one year — Warren H. Jones. 

Assessor, three years — William B. Franklin. 

Assessor, one year — Arthur ^I. Whitcomb. 

Overseers of the Poor — William H. Kingsley. Warren 
H. Jones, Charles J. Holton. 

Treasurer — Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes — Arthur M. Whitcomb. 

Constables— John T. McXiff. Charles A. Taylor, Oliver 
D. Wood. 

Field Drivers— John T. McXiff. Elwyn T. Hollowell, 
Leon A. Gale, Charles A. Taylor. 

Fence Viewers — Charles J. Holton. Warren H. Jones, 
William H. Kingsley. 

School Committee — Bertram E. Hall. 

Cemetein- Commissioner — Horace F. Tuttle. 

Board of Health— Edward C. Page. 

Trustee of Memorial Library — Horace F. Tuttle. 

Tree Warden — James O'Xeil. 

Finance Committee — James B. Tuttle. Edgar H. Hall, 



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Asaph Merriam, Horace F. Tuttle, Arthur M. Whitcomb. 

On the question: ''Shall licenses be granted for the sale 
of intoxicating liquors in this town?" 

27 voted Yes. 138 voted No. 

Article 3. To choose all necessary town officers not 
named in Article 2 and to fix the salaries of all town officers. 

Voted: To instruct the selectmen to appoint surveyors 
of lumber and measurers of wood and bark. 

Chose Horace F. Tuttle, trustee of Goodnow fund for 
three years. 

Voted: That the board of health be instructed to ap- 
point one school physician at a salary of fifty dollars per 
year. 

Voted : That the salary of the collector of taxes be one 
percent of the amount collected. 

Voted : That the salary of the treasurer be two hun- 
• dred dollars ($200) per annum. 

• Voted: That the salar}^ of the chairman of the select- 
men by one hundred dollars ($100) per annum and the other 
members fifty dollars ($50) per annum each. 

Voted : That the salary of the superintendent of streets 
be fixed by the selectmen. 

Article 4. To see if the town will accept the reports of 
the various town officers. 

Voted: To accept the reports of the several town 
officers. 

Article 5. To hear and act upon the reports of any 
committees chosen at any previous meeting that have not 
already reported. 

The committee appointed to consider the matter of by- 
laws reported that in their opinion it was inexpedient to 
adopt any special by-laws and suggested that the standing 
votes of the town and the provisions of the state law which 
have been adopted by this town, be printed in the next 
annual town report. 

Voted: To accept the report and that its suggestions 
be carried out. 



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The committee appointed at the last annual town meet- 
ing to make an investigation concerning a supply of electric 
current for this town reported through its chairman, Alien 
Brooks Parker. The committee recommended that the town 
take no action at present in relation to the town supplying 
its own electric current for light and power. 

Voted: To accept the report and give the committee a 
vote of thanks for their efficient services. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will 
raise by taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary 
and usual expenses of the several departments of the town. 

Voted: To raise for 

Memorial day $150.00 

Repairing roads and bridges 4,000 . 00 

Special work on Lowell road 1,000.00 

Memorial library, current expenses 450 . 00 

Memorial library, for books 200.00* 

Schools 18,000.00 

Hydrant service 2,700.00 

Street lighting 3,300.00 

Moth work 1,005.76 . 

Salaries of town officers 1,800.00 

Voted : To appropriate for oiling roads such sum as 
the selectmen may determine. 

Buildings and grounds $200 . 00 

Repairing interior of town hall 300.00 

Gilding faces to town clock 35 . 00 

Removing watering trough 25 . 00 

Laying water main to Woodlawn cemetery 500.00 

Treasurer's bond 50 . 00 

Collector's bond 100.00 

Elm leaf beetle 400.00 

Insurance of town employes 200.00 

Police department 150 . 00 

Fire department 400 . 00 

Fire department for supplies 400.00 

Fire department, brush fires 200 . 00 



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Board of Health 500.00 

Town home 500.00 

Outside poor 1,500.00 

Cemeteries 700.00 

Unclassified 500.00 

Printing 250.00 

Eeserve fund 1,500.00 

Article 7. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for the due observance of Memorial 
Da}'. 

Voted : To raise $150 for the due observance of Mem- 
orial Day. 

Article 8. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the enforcement of the liquor laws, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : To re-appropriate the unexpended balance of 
last year for the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in 
regard to the extermination of the elm leaf beetle. 

Voted : To appropriate four hundred dollars, the same 
to cover all work done by the tree warden. 

Article 10. To see what action the town will take in 
regard to the extermination of the gypsy and brown tail 
moth. 

Voted: To raise the amount required by state law, or 
one thousand, five dollars and seventy-six cents. 

Article 11. To see what action the town will take in 
regard to the collection of taxes. 

Voted :That all taxes shall be payable not later than 
October 15, 1916, and on all taxes remaining unpaid after 
November 1, 1916, interest shall be charged at the rate of 
six per cent per annum from October 15, 1916, until such 
taxes are paid. 

Voted: That poll and personal taxes only be payable 
on demand. 

Voted that the collector shall issue summons for all poll 



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.-and personal taxes only remaining unpaid September 1, and 
that the collector shall collect all taxes committed to him 
within the municipal year in which they are assessed. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to oil the 
•streets in the villages of the town, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the matter be left in the hands of the 
.selectmen. 

Article 13. To see if the town will pay for fighting 
l)rush fires and fix the price, or act anything thereon. 
Voted to pass over the article. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money to insure the employes of the 
town, or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate two hundred dollars to insure 
all employes of the town. 

Article 15. To see what sum of money the town Avill 
raise and appropriate for the maintenance of the fire depart- 
ments, or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate four hundred dollars for fire 
departments, and four hundred dollars for supplies, pro- 
vided that any balance after the purchase of supplies may 
be used to pay salaries. 

Article 16. To see if the town will appropriate a sum 
of money not exceeding $500 toward the water main that 
is to connect Woodlawn cemetery with the town water 
system, or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate five hundred dollars toward 
the water main to connect Woodlawn cemetery with the 
town water system. 

Voted: That Edgar H. Hall, William F. Stevens and 
Horace F. Tuttle be a committee to act for the town in all 
matters relating to the laying of said water main. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to discontinue 
the road leading from the state road at a point a few rods 
east of the house of A. W. Da^ds. to the house of Gr. T. 
Sisson (known as the Grould farm), or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To discontinue the road leading: from the state 



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road at a point a few rods east of the house of A. W, Davis, 
to the house of G. T. Sisson (known as the Gould farm). 

Article 18. To see if the town will appropriate a sum 
of money to have the hands and figures on three faces of 
the town clock gold-leafed. 

Voted: That the matter be referred to the selectmen 
with power to act, and to appropriate thirty-five dollars to 
defray the expense. 

Article 19, To see what action the town will take in 
reference to securing the removal of the partly burned 
building situated on the hotel property in Acton Center. 

Voted : Unanimously that the selectmen be requested to 
secure the removal if possible of the partially burnjed 
building situated on the hotel property in the center of the 
town. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to spend 
fifteen hundred dollars of the money raised and appropriated 
for highways, for the repair of the so-called Lowell road, 
from the Great road to the place where it was repaired last 
year,provided the state and county will each appropriate 
like amounts for said road, or take any action thereon. 
Voted to pass over the article. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to close or 
discontinue the two pieces of road leading from the so-called 
Daniel Tuttle road, one by Dr. Allen's house, and the other 
crossing over by the town hall. 

Voted to discontinue the two pieces of road leading 
from the so-called Daniel Tuttle road, one by Dr. Allen's 
house, and the other crossing over by the town hall. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to have the 
old stone watering trough that stands at the old town pump 
moved to some other part of the town, where it can be used 
for the public's benefit, and appropriate a sum of money for 
doing the same. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to remove the 
stone watering trough, to some place where it can be used 



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and that twenty-five dollars be appropriated to defray the 
expense. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to tint the 
walls and ceilings of the town hall, including ante rooms, 
and paint the wood work, patch the plastering and sn.cli 
other work to make the job complete, and appropriate a 
sum of money for the same. 

Voted: To paint, decorate and repair the interior o^* 
the town hall as specified in the article, and that three 
hundred dollars be appropriated to pay the expense. 

Article 24. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for payment of premium on treasurer's 
and collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the town reimburse the present tax col- 
lector, W. F. Stevens, for any premium he may be ooiigerl 
to pay for his bond by treason of uncollected taxes. . 

Voted: To appropriate fifty dollars for treasurer's 
bond and one hundred dollars for tax collector's bond. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to sell the 
town farm, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: Not to sell the town farm. 



Proceedings of the Special Town Meeting, March 30th, 1916. 

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

Allen Brooks Parker was^ chosen moderator. 

Article 2. To see if the town will authorize the treas- 
urer, with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money 
from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the 
financial year beginning January 1, 1916, and to issue a note 
or notes therefor, payable within one year, any debt or debts 
incurred under this vote to be paid from the revenue of 
said financial year. 

Voted that the town treasurer, Avith the approval of 



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the selectmen, be authorized to borrow money and issue a 
note or notes as specified in this article. 

Article 3. To see what action the town will take 
toward re-contracting for street lamps. 

Voted: That the selectmen contract with the American 
Woolen Company for street lighting for five years. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money to contract with the water 
district for the rental of hydrants on the Littleton road, or 
do or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the town appropriate twenty-five dollars 
per hydrant for not more than five hydrants on said road, 
in accordance with the contract existing between the tcwii 
and water district. 

Article 5. To see if the town will appropriate the saiu 
of two hundred and fifty dollars to widen and repair tlie 
road leading from the house of Miss Alice Davis on the 
"Great road," so-called, to the house of Mrs. Gertrude <^. 
Daniels, or pass any vote or votes thereon that the cown 
may think proper. 

Voted: That the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars 
be appropriated to widen and repair the road described in 
the article, and that the appropriation be expended under 
the direction and supervision of Mrs. Gertrude C. Daniels. 



Proceedings of the Special Town Meeting, July 10th, 1916 

Article 1. To choose, a moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Allen Brooks Parker was chosen moderator. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to borrow the 
sum of one thousand dollars to be expended in repairing 
the road extending from the "Great road," so-called, at a 
point near the WebsLei Bobbins place to the Carlisle line, 
as recommended by the county commissioners, or act any- 
thing thereon. 



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Voted: Unanimously that a sum of money not exceed- 
ing one thousand dollars be borrowed by the treasurer, with 
approval of the selectmen, to repair said road in accordance 
with this article, said sum to be payable in 1917. 



State Election, November 7th, 1917. 

Party designations: D., Democratic; Prog., Progressive,- 
R., Republican; S., Socialist; S. L., Socialist Labor; P,^ 
Prohibition. 

Precincts Total 
12 3 

Whole number of ballots cast 124 142 167 433 

President and Vice President 

Benson and Kirkpartrick, S 

Hanley and Landreth, P 

Hughes and Fairbanks, R 98 

Reimer and Harrison, S. L 

Wilson and Marshall, D 25 

Blanks 1 

Governor 

James Hayes, S. L 1 

Chester R. Lawrence, P 1 

Samuel W. McCall, R 100 

Frederick W. Mansfield, D 18 

Dana A. White, S 

Blanks 4 

Lieutenant Governor 

Calvin Coolidge, R 101 

Alfred H. Evans, P 

Sylvester J. McBride, S 



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Thomas J. Maher, S. L 

Thomas P. Riley, D 15 

Blanks 8 

Secretary- 
Thomas F. Brennan, S. L 

Leon R. Eyges, D 15 

Louis Adams Grout, S 

Albert P. Langtry, R 96 

Blanks 13 

Treasurer 

Charles L. Burrill, R 99 

Frederick E. Oelcher, S. L 

ElamK. Sheldon, S. 

Henry N. Teague, D 15 

Blanks 10 

Auditor 

Joseph Bearak, S 

Frank Bohmback, S. L 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 94 

John B. N. So-ulliere, D 16 

Blanks 14 

Attorney General 

Henry C. Attwill, R 95 

Joseph Joyce Donahue, D 15 

Joseph Jiskra, S. L 

John Weaver Sherman, S 1 

Blanks 13 

United States Senator 

John F. Fitzgerald, D 17 

Henry Cabot Lodge, R 99 



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Congfressman Fifth District 



Roger Sherman Hoar, D. 20 42 

John Jacob Rogers, R 97 96 

Blanks 7 4 

Councillor Sixth District 

James G. Harris, R 96 105 

Blanks 28 37 

Senator Seventh Middlesex District 

Frederick W. Burke, D 15 30 

Charles A. Kimball, R 101 105 

Blanks 8 7 

Representative in General Court 

Walter Perham, R 101 112 

J. T. McNiff 

Blanks 23 30 

County Commissioner 

Erson B. Barlow, R 96 108 

Blanks 28 34 

Associate Commissioners 

Frederic P. Barnes, R 81 94 

H. iHarding Hale, R 71 83 

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District Attorney Northern District 

William R. Scharton, D 14 25 18 56 

Nathan A. Tufts, R 100 109 125 334 

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51 


113 


113 


288 


75 


229 



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Clerk of Courts 

William C. Dillingham, R 90 106 115 311 

Blanks 34 36 52 122 

Register of Deeds 

Thomas Leighton, Jr., R 94 106 111 311 

Blanks 30 36 56 122 

Register of Probate and Insolvency- 
Frederick M. EstY. R. 91 97 111 299 

Timothy E. Quinn, D 12 20 14 46 

Blanks 21 25 42 88 

Shall there be a convention to revise, alter or amend the 
constitution of the Commonwealth ? 

Yes 35 43 42 120 

No 32 39 38 109 

Blanks 57 60 87 204 

Shall an act by the General Court in the year 1916, to 
make the first day of Januar^^, known as New Year's day, a 
legal holiday, be approved and become law? 

Yes 40 69 63 172 

No 38 43 54 135 

Blanks 46 30 50 126 

Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 
1916, entitled, ''An act to prevent the voters of one political 
party from voting in the primaries of another political 
party" be approved and become law? 

Yes 46 48 65 169 

No 21 30 32 83 

Blanks 47 44 70 181 



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"Vote for Hepresentative in the Eleventh Middlesex District 
Walter Perham of Chelmsford, R. 









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Chelmsford, R. 339 194 79 743 162 134 293 1944 

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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded 34 

Born in Acton 28 

Males 16 

Females 18 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded 29 

Residents of Acton 43 

Residents of other places 15 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 24 

Residents of Acton 23 

Residents of other places 1 

Occurring in Acton 23 

Occurring in other places . . , 1 

Average age. years 61 plus 

Note. The town clerk requests information of any 
error or omission in the lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

The town clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared 
to furnish blanks for the returns of births and deaths. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 






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33 



PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 1916 



Amadon, L. Q 


$2.00 


Greenleaf Kennels, 


2 


Brown, James A 


2.00 


females ; 1 male . . 


. 12.00 


Bradford, Fred W. R. 


2.00 


Gilmore, A. H 


. 2.00 


Baird, Edson 


2.00 


Green, Fred W 


. 2.00 


Bragan, Thomas B. . . 


2.00 


Hay ward, George . . 
Hunt, Roy W 


. 2.00 
. 2.00 


Brown, Murray 


2.00 


Hazel, Marv D 


. 2.00 


Bursaw, H. W 


2.00 
2.00 


Ploit, F. W 


. 2.00 


Baker, Ralph G 


Harris, Hattie B. . . . 


. 5.00 


Brill, Fred E 


2.00 


Holden, F. H 


. 2.00 


Bradbury, Rolf e 


2.00 


Jones, Warren H. . . 


. 2.00 


Barteaux, Arthur .... 


5.00 


Jones, Ralph T 


. 2.00 


Bacon, Frederic C. . . . 


2.00 


Knowlton, Helen A. 


. 2.P0 


Clapp, George E 


2.00 


Kimball, Elnathan J 


., 2.00 


Capelle, C. H 


2.00 


Kimball, B. Milton . 


. 2.00 


Coughlin, John 


2.00 


Kennedy. Duncan S. 


. 5.00 


Culver, Roy C 


5.00 


Lewis, Herbert W. . . 


. 2.00 


Conrad, William 


2.00 


Livermore, William J 


r. 2.00 


Crosby, William C. . . 


2.00 


Laffin, Sidney 


. 2.00 


Charter, William W. . 


2.00 


Libby, Geol^ge A. . . . 


. 5.00 


Cole, Thomas W 


2.00 


Lucier. Joseph 


. 2.00 


Crosby, Clarence L. . . 


2.00 


Marsh, A. W 


. 2.00 


Daniels, G. E 


2.00 


Moore, J. Sterling . . 


. 2.00 


Daniels, Isabella B. . . 


2.00 


McGregor, Stuart . . 


. 2.00 


De Fegueredo, Antonio 


2.00 


Mavnard. F. B 


. 5.00 


Davis. Charles E 


2.00 


Millan, Albion L. (2 


) 4.00 


Davis, Wendell F. (2) 


4.00 


Manson, H. and G. (2 


) 7.00 


Davis, Minnie * 


2:00 


Mekkelsen, Soren . . 


. 2.00 


Dole, Cyrus G 


2.00 


Mekkelsen, Jens . . . 


. 2.00 


Densmore, J. A 


2.00 


Moore, William J. . . 


. 2.00 


Dean, William H. ... 


2.00 


Morrison, F. D 


. 2.00 


Enneguess, Michael . . 


2.00 


Nealey, Edward F. . 


. 5.00 


Edney, Charles F. , . . 


2.00 


Newsham, Thomas . . 


. 5.00 


Ford, Isaac S 


2.00 


Osborn, Edgar W. . . 


. 2.00 


Farrand, W. H 


2.00 


O'Connell, Michael . 


. 2.00 


Farrar, Daniel H. . . . 


2.00 


Olsen, Simon 


. 2.00 


Fletcher, Lester N. (2) 


7.00 


Palma, John 


. 2.00 


Foster. S. J .' . . 


2.00 


Priest, H. L 


. 5.00 


Flagg, Alden 


2.00 


Perkins, Levi 


. 2.00' 



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Perkins, A. H. 


2.00 


Tuttle, Arthur (3) 


.. 6.00 


Pope, Benjamin (5) . . 


10.00 


Tucker, George S. 


. .. 2.00 


Page, E. C 


2.00 


Turnbull, George . 


... 2.00 


Ring, Mrs. John E. . . 


5.00 


Taylor, Charles A. 


(2) 7.00 


Rivers, Edward E. (2) 


7.00 


Taylor, Moses E. . 


... 2.00 


Reed, Howard 


5.00 


Weeks, Elinor F. 


. .. 2.00 


Robbins, Solon 


2.00 


Wood, Fred W. . . 


. .. 2.00 


Russell, John H 


2.00 


West, Mrs. I. C. . . 


. .. 2.00 


Richardson, George A. 


5.00 


Willis, Ora A 


... 2.00 


Sanborn, Everett R. . 


2.00 


Worden, Martin H. 


.. 2.00 


Stearns, Clifton S. . . . 


2.00 


Whitcomb, Fred S. 


.. 2.00 


Schofield, Harris C.(2) 


4.00 


Watkins, J. H. ... 


... 2.00 


Smith, Albert 


2.00 


Wheeler, Charles 


H. 


Smith, Eva M 


2.00 


(2) 


. .. 7.00 


Smith, John D 


2.00 


Williams, William 


... 2.00 


Townsend, P. C 


2.00 


Weaver, George T. 


(2) 10.00 


103 licenses @ $2.00 . . 






$206.00 


21 licenses @ $5.00 . . 






105.00 












$311.00 


Dednct fees 124 license 


3s at 20 


'c each 


24.80 










$286.20 


Paid to county treasurer .... 




$280.80 


Due county treasurer 






5.40 



$286.20 



REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town : 

Your board has carried out the wishes and instructions 
of the town, as far as possible, considering the adverse con- 
ditions existing the past year. As a result of the thaw of 
January of 1916, we found both stone and gravel roads in 
very bad shape, and, this, coupled with heavy and continuous 
rains through spring and early summer, with scarcity and 
increased cost of labor detained us from doing as much as we 
wished on repairs. We believed that the town should con- 
serve as far as possible, the stone roads already built, and 
towards that end, as soon as weather would permit, we re- 
surfaced and repaired such as needed it most; notably be- 
tween West and South, and the hill near "Wheeler's 
Corner," at the Center, For this purpose (with the excep- 
tion of one car of "Pea" stone which we purchased for 
patching) we crushed and laid some 800 tons of stone in 
these repairs. We also continued the rebuilding of the 
' ' Lowell Road ' ' so far as the appropriation of the town, and 
the contributions of the state and county would permit. We 
would recommend that the town expend a like amount to 
continue the work this year. 

Finding that the price of road oil had advanced about 
seventy-five percent, we decided to oil the stone roads only ; 
using for this purpose one carload of oil. 

Of the one thousand dollars of the "Pope Road" money, 
some $758.00 was expended, weather conditions stopping the 
work. The interior of the town hall will tell you that the 
appropriation for re-decorating was well spent. 

We have not at this writing found a suitable location for- 



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the old stone trough at the Center, but hope to make some 
arrangement soon, whereby it will continue the usefulness 
designed by its giver. We recommend that the sum of 
$5,000 be raised and appropriated for the repair of roads and 
bridges this year. We append a brief statement of principal 
disbursements of road moneys: 

Crushing and laying stone $1,202 . 12 

Scraping and cleaning up roads 1,040.22 

Graveling roads 327 . 00 

Patching with oil 347 .90 

Miscellaneous 870 . 03 

Fencing 63.07 

Gravel 48.45 

Snow expense 350. 14 

Oiling (labor) 304.70 

Culverts 47.13 

Pope road 758.00 

LoAvell road 2,839.62 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY. 
WAPREN H. JONES, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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TREE WARDEN'S REPORT 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

I submit my report as tree warden. 

The town raised for this department $400.00. Expended 
as follows: 

Paid James O'Neil, labor, team ex- 
penses $145 . 78 

Martin Brown, labor 76.50 

Pat Pickett 22.50 

W. H. Kingsley, team 19.25 

John Murphy, labor 6 . 00 

State, arsenate of lead ^2.25 

$362.28 
Received for private trimming 23.00 

$339.28 

I would recommend the raising of $400.00 for this 
department. \ 

JAMES O'NEIL, 

Tree Warden. 
January 22, 1917. 



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REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



The board of'health submits the following report for the 
year ending December 31, 1916 : 

Burial permits issued in Acton 22 

Burial permits issued in other places 1 

List of contagious diseases reported by the l)oard of 
health, January 1, 1916^ to December 31. 1916: 

Anterior poliomyelitis 1 

Chicken-pox 5 

German measles 3 

Measles 1 

Scarlet fever 2 

Tuberculosis pulmonary 2 

Whooping cough . 32 

Deaths from contagious diseases 1 

Meat Inspected for the Town 

Inspected Condemned 

Cattle 1074 8 

Veals 815 27 

Hogs 333 9 

Lambs or Sheep 41 

Your board would recommend the appropriation of 
$1,500.00 for our use the present year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

By E. C. Page, Secy. 
January 1, 1917. 



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REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



I herewith submit the following- report for the year end- 
ing- December 31st, 1916 : 

Number of milch cows 502 

Number of dry cows 125 

Number of young cattle 175 

Number of bulls 25 

Number of swine 142 

Number of sheep 14 

Stables inspected 105 

Condemned in the year with tuberculosis 17 

FRED S. WHITCOMB, 

Inspector. 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Aetoii. Mass. : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 
1916: 

General Government 

Approx)riation ^^ ,800. 00 

Appropriation collector's and ^treas- 

nrer's bonds " 1 50. 00 

Received from sealer of weights and 

measnres .Il' . 0() 

Transferred from reserve fnnd 68.15 

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.^2.065.21 
Selectmen's Department 
Paid: 

C. J. Holton, salary .^100.00_ 

W. H. Jones, salary 50.00 

W. H. Kin^sley, salary 50 . 00 

E. Z. Stanley, postage, 1915 :^.62 

W. H. Jones, postage 1 . 20 

C. J. Holton. postage, telephones, etc. 10.71 

$215.53 
Auditing and Acconntino DepartnxMit 
Paid: 
Howard L. Jones, salary balance 1915 .^52.80 

Howard L. Jones, salary 1916 . 188.00 

Howard L. Jones, postage and station- 
ery 1.11 

.^91. 91 



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Treasurer's Department 
Paid: 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $200 . 00 

American Surety Company, bond ... 50 . 00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage, telephones . . 27.64 

Frank W. Hoit, certifying notes 10.00 



Collector's Department 
Paid: 

William F. Stevens, salary $71 .17 

William F. -Stevens, expenses .66 

^, M. Whitcomb, salary 368 . 98 

A. M. Whitcomb, books, postage, rub- 
ber stamps, stationery 18.06 

American Surety Company, bonds . . . 115.00 



Assessors' Department 
Paid : 

James B. Tuttle, salary $75.00 

A. M. Whitcomb, salary 60.00 

William B. Franklin, salary 55.00 

A. M. Whitcomb, copying valuation 

book 15 . 00 

A. M. Whitcomb, book, express, sta- 
tionery, etc 9 . 70 

E. W. Prescott, services in regard to 
stockholders in various foreign 
corporations 24. 00 



Town Clerk's Department 
Paid: 
Horace F. Tuttle, salary $45.00 



$287.64 



$573.87 



$238.70 



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Horace F. Tuttle, postage, telephones, 

etc 14.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, attending meeting at 

Chelmsford 3.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, collecting and re- 
cording births 16 . 50 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths .. 4.80 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording marriages 5.80 
A. H. Bartlett Company, birth pads . . .50 

Dura Binding Company, 2 town reports 1 . 90 



Overseers of Poor Department 
Paid: 

William H. Kingsley. salary $50 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 20 . 00 

Charles J. Holton, salary 20.00 

William H. Kingsley, postage and tele- 
phone 2.31 



Town Physician 
Paid: 
Hall Staples, salary $25.00 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 
Paid: 

L. H. Cram, salary $60.00 

L. H. Cram, livery expenses 10.00 



Cattle Inspector 
Paid: 
Fred S. Whitcomb, salarv $100.00 



$92.00 



$92.31 



$25.00 



$70.00 



$100.00 



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Election and Registration 
Paid: 

Horace F. Tattle, registrar" $25.00 

Lewis T. Willard, registrar 20.00 

0. E. Holton, registrar 20.00 

H. F. Robbins, election officer 2 . 50 

1. S. Ford, election officer 2.50 

R. W. Porter, election officer . 2.50 

C. D. Cram, election officer 2 . 50 

4. O'Neil, election officer 5.00 

F. S. Whitcomb, election officer 7 . 50 

W. H. Kingsley, election officer 2 . 50 

L. A. Hesselton. election officer 7 . 50 

L. C. Hastings, election officer 7.50 

L. E. Reed, electicjn officer 7 . 50 

C. O'Neil, election officer 7.50 

C. J. Holton, election officer 5.00 

J. T. McNiff, election officer 5.00 

H. F. Tuttle, election officer 5.00 

R. W. Porter, placing booths 2 . 50 

L. C. (Hastings, placing booths 8 . 75 

L. C. Hastings, repairing ballot box . . 1 .00 

F. S. Glines, opening schoollionse 2 . 00 

Universalist society, rent of vestry . . 9 . 00 
J. T. McNiff, posting warrants and re- 
turning ballots to town clerk . . . 20.00 

A. F. Davis, election officer 5.00 



$178.25 

Total general government $2,065.21 

Due from state for cattle inspection . . $100.00 



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Buildings and Grounds 

Appropriation ' $200 . 00 

Appropriation decorating and painting 

hall 300.00 

Appropriation gilding clock 35 . 00 

Received from rent 98 . 00 

Received old pump . ■ 7 . 50 



$640.50 



Paid: 
R. W. Porter, janitor and labor on 

grounds $92 . 55 

American Woolen Company, lighting, 41.06 

West & South Water Supply District . 18.00 

J. W. Livermore, work on common . . 8.45 

L. T. Fullonton, painting 285.00 

L. T. Fullonton, gilding clock 24.00 

L. T. Fullonton, setting glass 3 . 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

coal 32.08 

Dexter Spinney, wood 6 . 00 

William H. Kingsley, repairs 2 . 50 

Town farm, wood 5 . 00 

0. D. Wood, repairs 7.00 

Davis, King Company, wiring 7.50 

E. P. Gates, repairs 2.80 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies ... 14.20 

R. W. Porter, care of clock 25 . 00 

$574.14 
Unexpended 66.36 

$640.50 



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Protection Persons and Property 

Police 



Appropriation $150 . 00 

Received for court fees 24.32 

Received D. D. Tinnio, private work . 3.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 22 . 13 

Paid: 

C. A. Taylor, duty $35.35 

C. A. Taylor, court fees 6 .45 

J. T. McNiff, duty 24.00 

J. T. McNiff, court fees 33.65 

H. E. Gates, special duty 2 . 50 

P. Callan, special duty 5.00 

Edson Baird, special duty 5.00 

J. N. Berry, special duty 13.00 

L. Kempton, special duty 20.00 

0. D. Wood, duty 21.50 

C. J. Holton, use of auto 8.00 

J. Shaughnessy, prosecuting case 

against dance hall disturbers ... 25.00 



Enforcement of Liquor Law 

Appropriation 

Unexpended 

Fire Department 

Appropriations 

Paid : 
West & South Water Supply District, $30.00 
C. E. Smith, watching fire 2.00 



$199.45. 



$199.45 



$830.30 
830.30 



$800.00^ 



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"South Acton Department, lighting ... 11.14 

South Acton Department, janitor .... 31.50 

C. H. Mead & Company, supplies .... 14.54 

American Woolen Company, lighting, 4.53 
-Outta Percha Rubber Manufacturing 

Company, hose 315 . 00 

F. Oelschlegal, belts 13.60 

William II. Kingsley, labor at fire ... 4.50 

J. T. McNiff, labor and supplies 4.50 

J. P. Brown, repairs 15.60 

E. C. Page, cleaning 6.98 

Carl Jones, cleaning 1.50 

James J. Cole, cleaning 4,02 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

coal 7.51 

West Acton Department 25.25 

West Acton Department, salaries .... 95.00 

N. J. Cole, lighting 5.58 

N. J. Cole, hanging door 1 . 14 

N. J. Cole (3) engineers 15.00 

South Acton Department, pay. roll ... 12.00 

W. H. Kingsley, engineer 5.00 

E. P. Gates, engineer 5 . 00 

A. P. Harris, engineer 5 . 00 

Total maintenance fire depart- 



ment 

Unexpended 


$635.89 
164.11 




$800.00 


Hydrant Service 




Appropriation 

Paid: 
W^st and South Water Supply Dis- 


$2,700.00 



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trict, hydrant rental $2,500.00 

Town of Concord, hydrant rental ... 184.00 



$2,684.00^ 



Unexpended 



16.00 



$2,700.00 

Appropriation of $125.00 made at special town meeting 
for hydrants on Littleton road, unexpended. 

Brush Fires 



Appropriation 

Paid : 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, sup- 
plies $33.58 

Badger Fire Extinguisher Company, 

(10) extinguish e-rs 85.00 

A. F. Harris 2.80 

Allen Frost .75 

A. B. Parker .70 

E. T. Rice 1.70 

W. J. Costello .70 

William Stevenson .75 

0. Spinney .75 

B. Littlefield ^ .50 

S. McGregor .50 

R. Davis .50 

R. Griffin .50 

F. Oelschelegal .50 

J. Young .50 

W. Davis .50 

D. Spinney 3.00 

E. C. Page 5.60 



$200.00 



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A. F. Blanchard -i.50 

Henry Thatcher 1 . 25 



$144.58 
Unexpended 55 . 42 



$200.00 



Health and Sanitation 

Appropriation $500.00 

Received for inspection 12.55 

Transferred from reserve fund 121.16 



Paid: 

Carter, Carter and jMeigs, form $6.18 

Concord public library, book .,84 

C. A. Dudley, inspection 412.61 

E. C. Page, fumigating, etc 71.50 

F. K. Shaw, school physician ' 50.00 

H. S. Turner, printing 6 . 58 

Asa Parlin, opening Center school and 

removing sealing paper 2 . 00 

Boston Consumptives hospital 78.00 

W. A. Flint, rent of land for dump . . 6.00 



$633.71 



$633.71 

Due from Edward Murphy, inspection $63.00 

Moth Department 

Appropriation $1,005 . 76 

Received state treasurer, gypsy moth, 180.59 
Received state treasurer, state high- 
way 25 . 63 



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Received state treasurer, state high- 
way 109.50 

Received tree warden, account lead . . 92 . 25 

Private work 146 . 50 

Lead sold 440.22 

\ ' 

$2,000.45 

Paid: 

James O'Neil, labor $1,745.48 

James O'Neil, labor, state Ihighway 

work 66.88 

Maynard & Acton Oil Company, gaso- 
line 25.00 

Balance due from state, January 1st, 

1916 351.38 

$2,188.74 

$188.29 
Less work on state highway 66 . 88 

Balance due from state, January 

1st, 1917 $121.41 

*Note. By error the accountant in his last report made 
amount due from the state on January 1st, 1916. $517.18; 
the amount should have been $351.38. 

Tree Warden 

Appropriation $400. 00 

Received private work 23.00 

$423.00 
Paid: 
James O'Neil, labor $270.03 



50 
Moth department, lead 92 . 25 



$362.28 
Unexpended 60.72 



$423.00 



Highways and Bridges 

Appropriation $4,000 . 00 

Appropriation Lowell road 1,000.00 

Appropriation oiling roads 693 . 61 

Appropriation Pope road 1,000.00 

Received : 

Town of Westford, use of roller 20.00 

Street dust 1 . 75 

Town of Sudbury, use of sprinkler ... 6 . 75 

Concord, Maynard & H. St. R. R. Co., 4.00 
South Acton Improvement Society, 

oiling 5 . 00 

State treasurer, account Lowell road, 800.00 

County treasurer, account Lowell road 900.00 



Paid : 

A. H. Perkins, pay rolls $2,519.96 

W. H. Kingsley. pay rolls 208.14 

W. B. Franklin, labor, teams 103 . 25 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Com- 
pany, supplies 159 . 94 

Edson Baird, labor 4.00 

B. F. Townsend, pipe 1.92 

J. T. McXiff, repairs 9.40 

J. Mekkelson. teaming 5.00 

J. Baker, Jr.. liquid asphalt 101.65 

Massachusetts Broken Stone Com- 
pany, stone 37 . 00 



.431.11 



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Dyar Supply Company, signs 11 . 50 

L/unt, Moss Company, supplies 37 . 74 

Standard Oil Company, gasoline 75 . 25 

Buffalo Steam Roller Company, repairs 15 . 14 

George H. Reed, coal 1 . 60 

W. H. Jones, teaming and labor 114.50 

Davis, King Company, batteries and 

gasoline 5 . 55 

E. T. Rice, supplies 2. 60 

Barbour, Stockwell Compan}^ grate, 14.50 

C. H. Mead & Company, supplies .... 62 . 96 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies . . 36 . 54 

J. P. Brown, jobbing 6 . 72 

E. P. Gates, jobbing 14.15 



Oiling 
Paid : 

Alden Speares Company, oil , $490 . 56 

A. H. Perkins, pay rolls 203 . 05 



Lowell Road 

Paid : 

A. H. Perkins, pay roll $1,958 . 25 

A. H. Perkins, freight 5 . 85 

A. H. Perkins, use of auto 57 . 00 

C. A. Frost, lighting lamps 3 . 55 

C. A. Frost, gravel 21 .05 

C. A. Frost, moving barn 175 . 00 

A. B. Frost, lighting lamps 2 . 25 

W. H. Kingsley, pay roll 324.75 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

lumber, etc 1 85 . 80 



$3,549.01 



$693.61 



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Whitney Coal & Grain Company, coal, 54.-57 

Hall Brothers, posts 45.40 

E. P. Grates, irons 6.15 



$2,839 . 62- 



$758.00 



Pope Eoad 

Paid : 

A. H. Perkins, pay rolls $518.06 

A. H. Perkins, use of auto 21 . 00 

A. H. Perkins, carfare 1 . 92 

W. H. Kingsley, pay roll 217.02 



Snow Bills 
Paid: 

A. H. Perkins $230.80 

George Greenough 60 . 49 

J. Mekkelson 30.00 

W. H. Kingsley 20.85 

F. Buelette 8.00 

W. H. Jones 8.00 

$358.14 

Total highways and bridges $8,198 . 38 

Unexpended 232.73 



^431. 11 



Appropriation of $250.00 to repair road leading to Mrs. 
G. C. Daniels', unexpended. 

Street Lighting 

Appropriation $3,300.00 

Paid: 



r)3 



AmericaD Woolen Company $3,247.92 

S. Bresth, 1915-1916 8.0O 

Carl Pickens, 1914-1915-1916 12.00 

Patrick Foley 4.00 

B. De Souzy 4.00 

$8,275.92- 

Unexpended 24:08 



Charities 



Town Farm 



Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received from sale of product and 

stock 1,719.34 

Transferred from reserve fund 534 . 6(> 



Paid : 

L. Q. Amadon, warden $120.00 

L. Q. Amadon, supplies 2 . 50 

L. Q. Amadon, help 60.00 

C. L. Crosby, warden 360.00 

C. L. Crosby, labor 191.44 

C. L. Crosby, supplies and express ... 9.13 

George H. Reed, grain 408 .45 

J. S. Moore, supplies 215.26 

W. E. Whitcomb, supplies 14.39 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies . . . 403 . 75 

S. B. Ineson, supplies 9 .63 

C. H. Mead & Company, supplies 258. 14 

Fritz Oelschelegal, repairs 19.70 

N. E. Telephone & Telegraph Company 15.01 

J. N. Murray, professional services .. * 6.00 

T. F. Parker & Company, supplies .... 3 . 36 



$3,300.00 



$2,754.00 



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Davis, King- Company, repairs 2 . 10 

Davis, King Company, boxes 7 . 92 

E. T. Rice, repairs 4 . 10 

W. C. Robbins, mare 125.00 

W. H. Kingsley, harness 16.00 

Joseph Breck & Son, wheel 2.40 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 43 . 02 

P. W. Cunningham, supplies 2 . 50 

C. R. Burr & Company, trees 16.00 

Hall Staples, professional services ... 4.00 

W. S. Kelley, labor, stock 21 . 30 

Tuttle & Newton, cow relief 1.00 

T, B, Bragan, labor 14.75 

W. A. Haynes Company, Rutland F. 

clay 1.00 

J. P. Brown, jobbing 2 . 00 

J. W. Livermore, use of machine .... 4.80 
Miley Soap Company, soap and disin- 
fectant 26.25 

E. 8. Fobes, pasture 9.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

coal 55 . 82 

W. H. Kingsley, repairs 3.00 

Dexter Spinney, cows 225 . 00 

E. P. Gates, shoeing and jobbing 39.25 

Hall Brothers, sawdust 10. 00 

Town of Acton, moth tax 18,45 

Brackett, Shaw & Lunt, supplies 2.58 



Outside Poor 

Appropriation $1,500.00 

Received from state treasurer 5.48 

Received town of Dartmouth 332 . 55 



$2,754.00 



00 



Received town of Templeton 121 . 65 

Towns from reserve fund 77 . 93 



Paid: 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies .. $490.04 

Tuttle & Newton, supplies 64 . 15 

W. E. Whitcomb, supplies 305.87 

Elizabeth J. Ring, board and care . . . 424.00 
South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

coal 57 . 68 

E. A. Phalen, rent 96.00 

J. R. Priest, milk 15 . 15 

Town of Braintree 3.00 

Hall Staples, medical attendance .... 1 36 . 00 

L. Davis, milk 28.05 

L. Davis, rent 80.00 

W. T. S. Bartlett. rent 57.00 

M. Diskin, rent 70.00 

City of Waltham 48.77 

F. E. Tasker, medical attendance 38.50 

F. R. Knowlton, rent 36.00 

City of Leominster 2 . 52 

Alice Wamboldt 27.00 

E. M. Deeth 4.70 

W. H. Lewis 15.68 

W. H. Kingsley, teaming wood 3 . 00 

D. Spinney, wood 22.50 

Town farm, wood 1 2 . 00 



$2,037.61 



$2,037.61 
Soldiers' Benefits 

State Aid 

Received from state treasurer $740.00 

Amount due from state, January 1, 

1916 '. ... $740.00 



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Paid 686.00 

Amount due from state, January 1, 

1917 686.00 



$1,426.00 $1,426.00 
Memorial Library 
'•* Library Expenses 

Appropriation $450 . 00 

Received from fines 29 . 50 



Paid: 
American Woolen Company, lighting 

and supplies $35 . 1 

O. B. Houghton, transportation books 50.00 

E. P. Conant, insurance 54.23 

F. W. Tingley, indexing 1 . 67 

S. H. Taylor, janitor 103.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

coal 73.12 

A. F. Davis, librarian 106 . 00 

A. F. Davis, cataloguing 10 . 00 

R,. Farrar, printing cards 4.00 

Brookside Printing Company, slips .. 13.80 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies ... 9.01 



Library Books 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Interest on library fund 260 . 74 

Transferred from reserve fund 39 . 54 



$479.50 



$459.93 
Unexpended 19 . 57 



$479.50 



$500.28 



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Paid : 

F. W. Tingley, cards 

W. B. Clarke, books .... 
Dura Binding Company . . 

0. M. Overlock 

De Wolfe, Fiske Company 

II. Goldberger 

Horace F. Tuttle 



Cemeteries 



$4 


47 


366 


6G 


57 


55 


1 


25 


13 


60 


42 


15 


14 


60 



$500.28 



Appropriation $700 . 00 

Received sale of lots, Woodlawn ^ 26 . 00 

Keeeived sale of lots, Mt. Hope 30.00 

Paid: 

A. H. Moore, labor $34. 13 

J. W. Livermore, labor 57.75 

R. Tingiey, labor 4.38 

-Tnliaii Tuttle, labor 95.75 

Julian Tuttle, plants 20.52 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company. 

.lumber 16.09 

F. E. Fiske, labor 14.25 

J. Pederson, labor 28 . 75 

A. 11. Smith, labor 20.00 

Dexter Spinney, labor 26 . 67 

II. F. Tuttle. services as commissioner 5.00 

II. F. Tuttle. recording deeds 1 . 00 

H. F. Tuttle. services as superintend- 
ent 2.00 

F. W. Green, labor 186.01 

F. W. Green, fertilizer 9.50 

AVest & Sontb AVater Supply District, 12.00 



$756.00 



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C. H. Mead & Company, supplies .... 4.45 

A. Batley, flowers 14.86 

E. T. Rice, repairs 2.00 



$555.11 
Unexpended 200.89 



$756.00 



Perpetual Care 
Received interest on cemetery fund . . $424 . 24 

Paid : 

Julian Tuttle, plants $67 . 49 

Julian Tuttle, labor . 215 . 75 

F. W. Green, labor and plants 120.00 

F. C. Hayward, interest 17. 50 

George Decoster, interest 3 . 50 



Education 

Appropriation $18,000.00 

Received county treasurer, dog- tax . . 819.32 
Received state treasurer, industrial 

school 407.83 

Received state treasurer, superintend- 
ent fund 343 . 75 

Received state treasurer, tuition of 

children 95.38 

Received Finney & Hoit, old books . . 29.42 

Received L. D. White, old books 2 . 50 

Received E. E. Babb & Company, old 

books 25.00 

Received tiiitiou E. Sadler 19.50 



:4.24 



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Received tuition Charlotte Gouch ... 15 . 75 

Received tuition town of Stow 25 . 50 

Received ticket refunds 6.00 

$19,289.45 
Paid : 

Report of school committee $19,289.45 

Unclassified 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received town of Boxboro, use of 

sprayer 20 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 579 . 76 



$1,099.76 



Paid : 

Howard Hamblen, returning births . . $ . 25 

F. E. Tasker, returning births . 1 .50 

Haven & Crosby, investigation of elec- 
tric light problem 75 . 00 

George Worster, delivering reports . . 1 . 50 
National Express Company, express 

on reports 1 . 60 

Town of Concord, agricultural school 758.70 

D. C. Harris, bounds 1 . 80 

L. M. Spencer Manufacturing Com- 
pany, measures 2 . 66 

Finney & Hoit, flags 6.50 

Hobbs & Warren, book 1.00 

W. S. Greenough & Company, book . 2.00 

Hall Staples, medical attendance .... 280 . 00 

A. jH. Perkins, moving safes • 7.75 

W. H. Kingsley, perambulating town 

lines 4.50 

R. W. Porter, care of flag 5.00 



$1,099.76 



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Memorial Day 

Appropriation $150. 00 

Paid : 
Isaac Davis Post G. A. R $150.00 

Liability Insurance 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid: 

A. M. Whitcomb $121.79 

Unexpended 78.21 

$200.00 

Laying Water Main to Woodlawn Cemetery 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid: 
West and South Water Supply District $500 . 00 

Printing 

Appropriation $250 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 16.81 

$296.81 
Paid : 

R. S. Osterhout, reports $196.75 

R. S. Osterhout, ballots, warrants ... 67 . 25 

P. B. Murphy, licenses .75 

H. 8. Turner, warrants 3 . 50 

Brookside Printing Company 1.00 

W. M. Sargent 15.11 

Hobbs & Warren 1 . 45 

ETnterprise f ^ompany 11 . 00 

$296.81 



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Reserve Fund 

Appropriation $1,500. 00 

Transferred to general government . $63.15 

Transferred to police department ... 22 . 13 

Transferred to health and sanitation, 121.16 

Transferred to town farm 534.66 

Transferred to outside poor 77 . 93 

Transferred to library book account, 39.54 

Transferred to printing 46 . 81 

Transferred to unclassified 579.76 

$1,485.14 

Unexpended 14.86 



$1,500.00 



Interest. 

Received from interest on taxes $280 . 33 

Received interest on deposits 67 . 64 



.$347.97 
Paid : 
First National Bank of Ayer $533.90 

Municipal Indebtedness. 

Balance due First National Bank^of 

Ayer, January 1, 1916 $5,000.00 

Received loans, First National Bank of 

Ayer 28,000.00 

$33,000.00 
Paid: 
First National Bank of Ayer $28,000.00 



Due First National Bank of Ayer, Jan- 
uary 1, 1917 $5,000.00 



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Refunds. 

Abatements, 1914 taxes $8.55 

Abatements, 1915 taxes 163. 64 

Abatements, 1916 taxes 69 . 60 



Financial Statement. * 
Receipts 

Due from treasurer,, January 1, 1916 $608.70 

Due from collector, January 1, 1916. . 7,084.55 

Raised : 

State tax 4,400. 00 

State highway tax 1,090.96 

County tax 2,839.50 

Overlay tax 624. 65 

Memorial Day 150:00 

Highways and bridges 4,000 . 00 

Special work on Lowell road 1,000.00 

Memorial library expenses 450 . 00 

Memorial library, books^ 200 . 00 

Schools 18,000.00 

Hydrant service 2,700.00 

Street lighting 3,300.00 

Moth work 1,005.76 

Salaries of town officers 1,800.00 

Received 

Treasurer's report 42,605. 19 

Farm receipts 1,719 . 34 

Interest on taxes 280. 33 



$241.79- 



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Moth tax 613.92 

Excise tax 246.86 

December assessment 56 . 80 



$94,726.56 



Expenditures 

• 

State tax $4,400.00 

County tax 2,839 . 50 

State highway tax 1,090.96 

General government 2,065 . 21 

Buildings and grounds 574 . 14 

Police department • 199 . 45 

Moth 1,837.36 

Fire department 3,464.47 

Street lighting 3,275.92 

Highways and bridges 8,198.38 

Health and sanitation 633.71 

Outside poor 2,037.61 

Education 19,289.45 

Library expense/ 459 . 93 

Library books 500 . 28 

Cemetery 555 . 11 

Cemetery perpetual care 424 . 24 

Unclassified 1,099 . 76 

Memorial day 150 . 00 

Liability insurance 121 . 79 

Laying water main to Woodlawn ... 500.00 

State aid 686.00 

Printing 296.81 

Town farm 2,754.00 

Municipal indebtedness 28,000 . 00 

Interest 533 . 90 

Tree warden 362 . 28 



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Refunds 241.79 

Du« from treasurer 2,532 . 43 

Due from collector 5,602 . 08 

$94,726.56 

.Financial Statement for Year Ending December 30, 1916 

Due from treasurer $2,532.43 

Due from collector 5,602.08 

Due from county treasurer, dog tax. 258.34 
Due from state treasurer, moth work 66.88 
Due from state treasurer, state aid . 686.00 
Due from state treasurer, cattle in- 
spection 100.00 

Due from Edward Murpjiy, inspec- 
tion 63 . 00 

$9,308.73 
Liabilities 

First National Bank of Aver, note . . . $5,000.00 

Education 

Town of Concord, tuition $1,243.04 

Health and Sanitation 

C. A. Dudley '. $3,325.00 

E. C. Page 7.46 

Smith Finney 10.00 

Boston Consumptives hospital 78.00 

F. E. Tasker 54.00 

$6,425.75 

Balance in favor of town $2,882.98 

Respectfully submitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES. 

Town Accountant. 



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South Acton, Mass., February 12, 1917. 

I have examined the accounts of the tax collectors and 
treasurer of the town of Acton, and find them correct to the 
best of my knowledge. 

HOWARD L. JONES. 

Town Accountant.- 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 



Receipts for Year Ending* December 31, 1916 

Cash on hand, January 1st, 1916 $608.70 

State Treasurer : 

Corporation tax, public service . . $416.47 

Corporation tax, business 5,617.24 

National bank tax 507.85 

State aid 740.00 

Independent educational indus- 
trial schools 407.33 

Highway commissioners, moth 

work 315 . 72 

Highway commissioners, Lowell 

road 1,000.00 

Street railway tax 2.31 

Tuition of children 95 . 38 

Reimbursement for loss of taxes, 188.54 

Soldiers exemption 79.96 

Highway commission, Lowell 

road 800.00 

County Treasurer: 

Dog tax 319.32 

Lowell road 998.31 

Lowell road 900.00 

Town of Concord, in lieu of Lake Na- 

gog land taxes. 1914-15-16 75.36 

Cemetery lots, F. W. Green 30.00 

Cemetery lots, H. F. Tuttle 26.00 

Sealer of weights and measures, fees . 52.06 



C. J. Holton, pool license 2.00 

C. J. Holton, pool license 2.00 

J. H. Mitchell, inspection of beef .... 12.55 

A. F. Blanchard, slaughter license ... 1 . 00 

E. T. Murphy, slaughter license 1 . 00 

Town of Boxboro, use of sprayer 20.00 

Outside police duty 3.00 

Interest on deposits 67 . 64 

Court fines 24.32 

Town hall rents 98.00 

Library fines 29 . 50 

Superintendent of school fund 343 . 75 

Town of Westford, use of road roller, 20.00 

Street dirt sold 1.75 

Town of Sudbury, road department . . 6 . 75 

Street railway repairs 4,00 

Private road oiling 5 . 00 

Town of Dartmouth, outside poor ... 332.55 
Town of Templeton, outside poor .... 121 . 65 
Aid of mothers with dependent chil- 
dren 5 . 48 

Old pump sold 7 . 50 

First National Bank of Ayer, loans . . 28,000.00 

Finney & Hoit, old books 29.42 

L. D. White, old books 2.50 

E. E. Babb & Company, old books ... 25.00 

Boston & Maine R. R., tickets returned 6.00 

Tuition of Enid Saddler 19.50 

Tuition of Charlotte Gouch 15.75 

Tuition of Miss Morrison 25 . 50 

Moth department, lead 92 . 25 

James O'Neil, private tree trimming, 23.00 

Interest on library fund 260 . 74 

Interest on cemeterv fund 424 . 24 



$42,605.19' 



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Town Farm Receipts : 

xMilk $913.91 

Cows 235.00 

Apples 376.63 

Pigs 16.00 

Calves 25.50 

Eggs 44 . 44 

Beans 4.88 

Fowl 2 . 00 

Bags . . : 5 . 28 

Peas 1.20 

Telephone 1.25 

Wood , 90.25 

Teaming gravel 2 . 00 

Use of rake 1.00 

$1,719.34 
Received of William F. Stevens, Collector: 

Taxes 1914 $512.30 

Interest 1914 66.12 

Taxes 1915 6,522.25 

Interest 1915 192.42 

$7,293.09 
Received of A. M. Whitcomb, Collector: 

Taxes 1916 $36,876.37 

Interest 1916 21 .79 



$36,898.16 

$89,124.48 
Paid approved selectmen's orders .... '$86,592.05 
€ash on hand, January 1, 1917 2,532.43 



$89,124.48 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



69 



TREASURER'S REPORT OF WILDE MEMORIAL 
LIBRARY FUND 



Cash Charlestowii Five Cent Savings 

bank $1,000.00 

Warren Institutions for Savings 1,000.00 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 1,000.00 

North End Savings bank 1,000.00 

Interest on deposits 206 . 70 

Bojid West Shore R. R. of Susan 
Augusta and Luther Conant 

fund 1,000.00 

Interest ou bond 40 . 00 

Unexpended balance 14.04 

Appropriation for })Ooks 200 . 00 

Transfer from reserve fund 39.54 



Cash in banks . $5,000.00 

Bond, ''Conant Fund'' 1,000.00 

Amount expended 1916 500.28 



$6,500.28 



$6,500.28 

FRANK W. HOIT. 

Treasurer. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT OF MONEY HELD FOR CARE 
OF LOTS IN CEMETERIES 



Bond of West and South Water Supply 

District of Acton $8,700 . 00 

Balance of cemetery funds 6,152.40 

Unexpended balance 862.27 

Joseph Barker lot 50 . 00 

Emma F. Blood lot 50.00 

Jerome B. Whitney lot 100.00 

D. J. and E. E. Wetherbee lot 200.00 

Varnum Robbins lot 100.00 

Sophie E. Campbell lot 200.00 

Harriet W. Palmer lot 100.00 

Jason W. Livermore lot 50.00 

Josiah Piper lot 75 . 00 

William P. Wood lot 50.00 

John White lot 100.00 

Cyrus Hale lot 100.00 

Robert Wayne lot 75 . 00 

Daniel Tuttle lot 200. 00 

Edwin Tarbell lot '. 100.00 

Elisha Comstock lot 100.00 

Interest on bonds 342 . 00 

Interest on deposits 205 . 23 



$17,912.40' 



By amount paid for care of lots $424 . 24 

West and South Water Supply District 

bonds 8.400.00 

Cash in banks 8.102 . 90 

Unexpended balance 985.26 



$17,912.40 

FRANK W. HOIT. 

Treasurer. 



71 
ASSESSORS' REPORT 

Valuation April 1, 1916 

Buildings, exclusive of land $1140,420.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 535,560. 00 

Personal estate 839,449 . 00 

Total valuation $2,515,429.00 

Valuation April 1, 1915 ; 2,487,530.00 

Increase in valuation $27,899 . 00 

Rate of taxation. $16.00. 

Tax Assessed as Follows: 

Real estate $26,815.68 

Personal estate /. 13,431.19 

Polls : 1,314.00 

$41,560.87 

December assessment $56 . 80 

Moth tax 613.92 

Excise tax 246 . 86 

Amount of Money Raised 

For state tax $4,400 . 00 

State highway tax 1,090.96 

County tax 2,839 . 50 

Town grant 32,605.76 

Overlay 624. 65 

$41,560.87 
JAMES B. TUTTLE, 
ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, 
WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN, 

Assessors of Acton. 



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COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1914 Taxes 

Balance uncollected, January 1, 1916, $512.30 
Interest collected 66 . 12 

$578.42 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $569 .87 

Abatements N 8 . 55 

$578.42 

1915 Taxes 

Balance uncollected January 1, 1916. $6,522.25 

Interest collected 192 . 42 

$6,714.67 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $6,551 . 03 

Abatements 163 . 64 

$6,714.67 

W. F. STEVENS, 

Collector. 



Collected by Arthur M. Whitcomb 

1916 Dr. 

Town, state and county taxes, com- 
mitted to colleetor, July 15, 1916. !i;41,560.87 • 

Moth tax 613.92 

December assessment 56 . 80 

Excise tax 246.86 

$42,478.45 
Interest collected 21 . 79 



$42,500.24 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $36,581 . 70 

Paid treasurer, excise tax 246.86 

Abatements 69 . 60 

$"36,898.16 

Uncollected $5,602.08 



74 



REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



The overseers of the poor submit the following- report 
for the year ending December 31, 1916 : 

The cost for support of outside poor has been about the 
same as usual ; the local case, which was approved and pro- 
vided for by vote of the town, has been wisely cared for by 
the lady Avho has it in charge. 

We recommend that $1,500.00 be appropriated for this 
department. 

The town home since April 1, has been in charge of Mr. 
and Mrs. Clarence Crosby as warden and matron, and they 
have taken splendid care of it. 

Number of inmates cared for during year 6 

Number at present time 2 

We recommend that $600.00 be appropriated for this 
department. 

Dr. Hall Staples has served as town ph.ysician during 
the year and has promptly performed all services required of 
him. 

Aid Furnished Outside Poor 

Expenses $1 ,924 . 81 

Receipts $454 . 20 

Due from state 91 .44 

$545.64 
Net cost for financial year $1,879.17 



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Town Home 

Expenses $2,754.00 

Receipts $1,719 . 34 

Due for apples 2 . 00 

Due for milk 47 .45 

$1,768.79 



Net cost for financial year $985.21 

The increase in cost at the home is due chiefly to a short 
•crop of apples, being about $600.00 less than last year. 
Does it pay to make milk? 

First three months of this year, grain, $251.00 
Four months, grain 364.45 



$615.45 
First three months of this year, milk . $235 . 74 
Four months, milk 725 . 62 



$961.36 

Inventory at Town House, January 1, 1917: 

The personal property is the same as last year, with a 
few changes; two cows taken by the state and three sold, 
buying two more to take their place. We found our horse 
unfit for work and bought one to take his place for $125.00 ; 
also double harness for $16.00; shingled one side of barn, 
patched house, repaired chimney; painted and papered in- 
side of house ; cost $74.20. You are invited to visit the home 
at anv time and see its condition and what it needs to make 



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it as good as we can for the purpose it is used for. We 
recommend that the wood and lumber be sold and the money 
invested; the income to be used for the support of the home. 

WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY. 
WARREX H. JONES, 
CHARLES J. HOLTON, 

Overseers of the Poor. 



77 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1916 



We present the following schedule showing the amounts 
of the several funds for the perpetual care of cemetery lots 
and the income and expenditures on account of each fund 
for the year. 

JULIAN TUTTLE, 
FRED W. GREEN, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
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85 
REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1916. 

Investments. 
Warren Institution for Savings, Book 

83531 $1,117.20 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank. 

Book 71200 1,000. 00 

City Institution for Savings. Lowell. 

* Book 84244 1,000.00 

$3,117.20' 
Receipts. 
Warren Institution for Savings, divi- 
dends $44.00 

Charlestown Five cents Savings Bank, 

dividends 45. 00 

Oitv Institution for Savings, dividends 40.00 

$129.00 
Payments. 
Paid Julian Tuttle, care of Goodnow 

lot, WoodlaAvn cemetery $7 . 00 

Unpaid income for care of cemetery 
lot, deposited with Warren Insti- 
tution for Savings 17. 00 

H. F. Robbins, treasurer of Evangeli- 
cal Congregational church in Acton 105.00 

$121). 00 
LUTHER CONANT, 
I. WARREN FLAGTG, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 



Accessions : Number of volumes in the library January 

1, 1916, 12,743. Increase by purchase, 310, of which 38 
weie obtained by binding magazines. Increase by gift, 
87. Total increase, 397. Number of volumes in the library 
January 1, 1917, 13,140. 

Circulation: Number of days library was opened, 104. 
Number of volumes circulated, 8,920. Daily average circu- 
lation, 85.76. Largest daily circulation, 153. on December 

2. Smallest daily circulation, 37, on June 21. 

iReceived for fines $29.60 

Expended for postage .10 



$29.50 

Late in the fall the money drawer was broken into and 
the money on hand, less than a dollar, stolen. 

Gifts of books have been received from the following 
sources: U. S. government, 11; State of Massachusetts, 
15; American Jewish committee, 1; A. A. Carey, 1 
Carnegie Peace Foundation, 1 ; Fritzran Fratzius, 1 
Mrs. Gertrude Daniels, 20; G. sA. .R. Encampment. 1 
3\Iaxim Hudson, 1 ; National Canners Association, 1 ; New 
Church Press, 1; Mrs. Bertha Palmer, 4; Spanish So- 
ciety of New York, 1 ; Rev. F. W. Tingley, 27 ; Washburn 
Crosby Company, 1 ; — 87 volumes. 



<S7 



BOOKS ADDED TO THE ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRAHY 

m 1916. 

NON-FICTION. 

Adams, H. — iHistory of the United States during the 
administration of Thomas Jefferson and James Mad- 
ison— 9 vols. 973-A214h 
Adeney, W. F.— How to read the Bible 22-A232h 
Allen, J. R. — Notes on heating- and ventilntion 64-A427n 
Anon — National Parks portfolio 71-AlOOii 
Anon — Outlines of economics 33-A10()o 
Anon — The Jews in the Eastern Wmt Zone 940-Al()()j 
Anon— The Sermon Bible— 12 vols. 25-AlOOs 
Averill,M.— The flower art of Japan 71-A952f 
Bade, W. F.— The Old Testament in the light of 

to-day 22-B1330 

Banks, J. E. — English for adult students of foreign 

birth 42-B218e 

Beals, C. E. — Religious studies for laymen 23-B366r 

Beck, J. M. — The evidence in the case (great wnr) 940-B391e 
Beecher, H. W. — A book of public prayer 26-B414b 

Blackmar, F. W.— Outlines of Sociology 30-B629o 

Boynton, P. H. — Principles of Composition 42-B792p 

Brown, A. E. — Faneuil Hall and Faneuil Hall 

Market 974.5-B877f 

Burroughs, J. — Under the apple-tree 81-B972u 

Butler, S. — Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography 

910-B987a 
Buxton, W. E. M.— Wales (Peeps Series) 914.2-991w 

Callender, G. S. — Economic history of the United States 

33-Cn56(i 



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Carver, T.. N. — Sociology and social progress 30-C331s 

Chandler, W, E. — Acceptance and Unveiling of Daniel 
Webster Statue in Washington, January 18, 1900 922-C456c 
Christian, E. — Eat and be well 61-C555e 

Qark, S. D.— John Woodbridge, D. D. 922-C595m 

Cooper, L.— Theories of style , 80-C777t 

Cosgrove, J. J. — Principles and practice of plumbing 

69-C834p 
Currey, E. H.— Sea Wolves of the Mediterranean 910-C976s 
Dana, Mrs. W. S. — How to know the wild flowers 58-D171h 
Daniels, F. H. — The furnishing of a modest home 64-D186f 
Edwards, A. — The romantic shore 917.3-E26r 

Elliott, E.— Biographical story of the Constitution 921-E46b 
Fabre, J. H.— The life of the fly 59-F1231 

Fabre, J, H,— The life of the spider 59-F1231a 

Field, W. S. — English for New Americans 42-F457e 

Fontaine, J. — Memoirs of a Huguenot family 925-F678f 
Forbush, E. H.— The domestic eat 63-F696a 

Fox, F.— Australia 919.4-F791a 

Freeman, W. G. — The World's Commercial products 

38-F855W 
French, E.— New England 917.3-F873n 

Frost, R.— North of Boston 81-F939n 

Grenung, J. F. — The working principles of rhetoric 80-G342w 
Georgia, A. E. — A manual of weeds 63-G597m 

Giddings, F. H. — Readings in descriptive nnd historical 

Sociology 30-G453r 

Goodsell, W. — A history of the family as a social and 

educational institution 37-G646h 

Graham, S.— Through Russian Central Asin 914.7-G742t 

Grant, C— Quaker and Coutier 922-P397.i 

Gray, A. — Scientific papers — 2-vols. 58-G778sc 

Gutmann, L. — The motorman and his duties 62-G983m 

Hale, J. W. L. — Practical mechanics 62-I-n62p 

Hamilton, C. — Materials and methods of fiction 80-H217m 
Harrison, E. S. — A Spanish commercial reader „ 46-H318s 
Hart, A. B.— Formation of the T^nion. 1750-1829 973-H325f 



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Haworth, P. L. — George Washington ; Farmer 922-W318hs 
Heath, Wm. — Memories of the American War 922-H438h 
Heper, C— The fellowship of silence 24-H529f 

Hitchcock, A. M. — New practical book in English com- 
position 42-H67411 
Hobbs, G. W.— The gasoline automobile 62-H682g^ 
Hough, E.— The story of the cowboy 63-H838S 
James, H.— Daisy Miller 81-J27d 
Jastrow, M., Jr. — The civilization of Babylonia and 

Assyra 913-J39c 

Johnson, C. — Highways and byways of New England 

917.3-J66hl 
Kellogg, R. S. — Lumber and its uses 67-K291 

Kennedy, C. R. — The servant in the house 81-K35s 

LeConte, J. — Religion and science 21-L466r 

Lomer G. R. and Ashmun M. — The study and practice 

of writing English 42-L845s 

Lounsberry, A. — A guide to the wild flowers 58-L862g 
Macdonald, Wm. — Select documents illustrative of the 

history of the United States 973-M135s 

McMahan, J. R.— The house that Junk built 69-M167h 

Mahan, Capt. A. T. — ^Sea power in its relations to the 

war of 1812—2 vols, 973.5-M214s 

Marshall, J. — The constitutional decisions of John Mar- 
shall, 1803-1821 34-M368C 
Marshall, L. C. and others — Materials for the study of 

elementary economics 33-M368m 

Mathews, B.— The short story 80-M438s 

Maxim, H. — Defenseless America 35-M464d 

Merriman, M.— Strength of materials 62-M568s 

Merriman, M. — Treatise on hydraulics 53-M568t 

Merwin, H. C— Thomas Jefferson 922-J45m 

Meyer, H. C— Steam power plants 62-M613s 

Miner, G. W.— Bookkeeping 65-M644b. 

Moyer, J. A. — Descriptive geometry for students of 

Engineering 51-M938d 

Moyer, J. A.— Power plant testing 62-M938pL 



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Moyer, J. A.— Steam turbines 62-M938s 

Neystrom, P. H. — ^Retail selling and store management 

33-N574r 

Norris, E. B. — Advanced shop mathematics 51-N854a 

Norris, E. B.— Shop arithmetic 51-N854s 

Nutter, C. R. and others — Specimens of prose composi- 
tion 80-N976S 
Olmstead, P. L. — A journey in the back country in the 

winter of 1853-4—2 vols. 917.3-051jo 

Orth, S. P.— The Imperial Impulse ^ 32-077i 

Overlock, M. G. — A nurse in every home 61-096n 

Parkhurst, C. H.— Three gates on a side 25-P246t 

Parsons, F. A. — Interior decorations, its principles and 

practice 74-P267i 

Perry, B. — A study of prose fiction 81-P462s 

Phillips, J. A. — Roman Catholicism analized 28-P561r 

Pitkin, W. B. — The art and the business of story writing 

'80-P684S 
Rauchenbusch, W. — Dare we be christians 24-R248d 

Rihbany, A. M.— The- Syrian Christ 23-R571s 

Ripper, "W. — ^Steam-engine theory and practice 62-R588s 
Ross, E. A. — Foundations of sociology 30-R823f 

Roosevelt, T.— A booklover's holidays in the open 

917.3-R781b 
Sampson,C. H. — Mechanical drawing 74-S193m 

Scott, F. N. and Denney, F. V. — Paragraph writing 80-S425p 
Seabury, J. S. — New homes under old roofs 72-S438n 

Sears, C. E.— Bronson Alcott's fruitlands 81-S439b 

Smith, H. J. and Smith, H. — Rejected addresses 82-S651r 
Smyth, J. K. — Christian certainties of belief 28-S667c 

Still, A.- — Overhead electric power transmission 62-S857o 
Taft, Mrs. W. H.— Recollections of full years 922-T1241t 
"Taft, W. H. and Bryce, J. — Washington, the Nation's 

capital 917.3-T124W 

Taussig, F. W.— Tariff history of the United States 33-T228t 
Thackray, G. E.—Cambria steel 67-T358c 

Thomson, W. M.— The land and the book 27-T4781 



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Timbie, W. H.— Essentials of electricity 53-T583c 

Tyler, R.— Brief chapters on Spain 914.6-T983b 

VanDyke, H.— Straight sermons 25-V248s 

VanTyne, C. 11. — The loyalists in the American revolu- 
tion 937.3-V2821 
Vieller, L. — ^Housing reform 33-V661h 
VonFrantzius, F.— The book of truth and facts 940-V946h 
Walker, A. M.— Historic Hadley 917.3-W177h 
AVallach, I. R. — A second book in English for foreign- 
ers 42-Wi96s 
Ward, L. F.— Pure sociology 30-W259p 
Warner, A. G. — American charities 36-W279a 
Wentworth and Smith — Academic algebra 51-W478a 
Wooley, E. C— Handbook of composition 42-W913h 
Wooley, T. W.— Shop sketching 62-W913& 
Worman, J. H.— First Spanish book 46-W928f 
Wilson, W. — Congressional government 32-W754c 
Wilson, W. — Mere literature and other essays 81-W754m 
Yard, R. S. and others — Glimpses of our national, parks 

71-Y27g 

FICTION 



Allen, J. L. — A cathedral singer 
Altsheler, J. A. — In circling camps 
Bindloss, H. — Vane of the Timberlands 
Blackmore, R. D. — Springhaven 
Borrow, G. — Lavengro 
Borrow, G. — The Romany Rye 
Bosher, K. L. — People like that 
Buck, C. N. — The call of the Cumberlands 
Bullen, F. T. — A coipnplete seacook 
Burgess, G. — The log of the ark of Noah 
Burns, W. J. — The crevice 
Coxon, S. — The individual 
Dalrymple, L. — The lovable meddler 



A427ca 
A469i 
B612v 
B629s 
B7371 
B737r 
B743p 
B922c 
B936e 
B955I 
B967e 
C879i, 
D1511 



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Dorrance, E. S. — ^His role of honor D716h 

Bay, H.— King Spruce D237k 

DeCrespigny, C. — Where the path breaks D298w 

Dostoieffsky, F. — Crime and punishment D722e 

Dostoieffsky, F.— The house of the dead D722h 

Dostoieffsky, F.— The Idiot D722i 

Ebers, G. — An Egyptian Princess E.16e 

Erskine, P.— Joyful Heatherby ' E73j 

Ferber,E. — Roast beef medium F346r 

Gould, E. L.— Cap'n Gid G696c 

Grayson, D. — Adventures in contentment G784ad 

arey, Z.— The border legion G842b 
Hawthorne, N. — The scarlet letter and Blithdale romance 

H3995S 

Henry, O. — Cabbages and kings H523c 

Kester, V. — The fortunes of the Landrays K42f 

Kussy, N.— The abyss K97a 

Lincoln, J. C. — Kent Knowles, Quahaug L7372ke" 

Little, F. — The house of the misty star L778h 

Lutz, G. L. H.— The finding of Jasper Holt L975f 
Lutz, G. L. H.— Miranda 

Lutz, G. L. H. — The obsession of Victoria Graceri L975o 

Lynde, F. — The real man L988r 

McCall, S.— The stirrup latch M1699s 

McCutcheon, G. B.— Beverly of Graustark M133b 

McCutcheon, G. B. — The purple parasol >\I133pu 

Morris, E. B.— Our Miss York M86I0 

Munn, C. C— Myrtle Baldwin :M966m 

Nforris, K.— The heart of Rachel N856h 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The way of these women 062w 

Orcutt, W. D.— The bachelors 065b 

Orczy, B.— El Dorado 063e 

Orczy, B.— The bronze eagle 063b 

Parrish, R.— The air pilot P261a 

Parrish, R. — When wilderness was king P26^w^ 

Patterson, I. — The shadow riders P296s 

Plumb, A.. H,— AVhen ]\Iavflowers blossom P7o4w 



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Pryce, R.— David Penstephen P973d 

Richmond, G. — ^Red Pepper Burns \ R532r 

Roberts, C. Gr. D. — A sister to Evangeline R643s 

Sinclare, B. W.— Big timber S616b 

Spearman, F. H. — Nan of Music Mountain S741n 

Turgener, I. S.— Li^a T9361 

Turgener, I. S. — Virgin soil T936v 

Vachell, H. A. — Spragges canyon V118s 

VanDyke, H. — The story of the other wise man V248s 
Waite, A. V. and Taylor, E. M. — Modern Masterpieces 

of short prose fiction W145m 

Waller, M. E. — A cry in the wilderness W198c 

Warner, A.— The taming of Amorette W2792t 

Warwick, A. — The unpretenders WSllu 

Wheelwright, J. T. — A child of the century W566c 
Williamson, C. N. and A. M.— The Chauffeur and the 



Chaperon 
Wilson, A. E. — A speckled bird 
Wright, H. B.— That printer of Udells 
Wright, H. B. — When a man's a man 



W729c 

W746s 

W949th 

W949wh 



JUVENILE 



Alcott, L. M. — Little women J-A3551m 

Altsheler, J. A.— The border watch J-A469b 

Altsheler, J. A. — The forest of swords J-A469fo 

Altsheler, J. A. — The guns of Europe J-A469ga 

Altsheler, J. A.— The hosts of the air J-A469ho 

Altsheler, J. A. — The rock of Chickamauga J-A469ro 

Barbour, R. H.— Finkler's field J-B239fi 

Beard, D. C. — New ideas for out doors J-B368n 

Bicknell, L. M. — How a little girl went to Africa J-B583h 

Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of Buster Bear J-B955aj 

Burgess, T. W.— The adventures of old Mr. Toad J-B955ac 
Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of Prickly Porky J-B955ak 

Carey, A. A. — The scout law in practice J-C273s 



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Dickens, C. — Children's stories J-D548e 

Dix, B. M.— A little captive lad J-D6191 

Dowd, E. C. — Doodles the sunshine boy J-D745d 

Dowd, E. C— Polly of Lady Gay cottage J-D745po 

Eastman, E. G. — Yellow star J-E13y 

Eggleston, E. — The Hoosier schoolboy J-E29h 

Fitzhugh, P. K.— Along the Mohawk trail J-'F555a 

Gates, J. S.— Captain Billie J-G2592e 

Henty, G. A.— Beric the Briton J-H527be 

Johnson, A. F.— The little colonel's hero J-J721 

Kelland, C. B.— Mark Tidd J-K29m 

Madison, L. F. — Peggy Owen and liberty J-M182pb 

Madison, L. F. — Peggy Owen at Yorktown J-M182pa 

Madison, L. F. — Peggy Owen, patriot J-M182p 

Otis, J.— Seth of Colorado J-088s 

Porter, E. H.— Just David J-P844J 

Shute, H. A. — The real diary of a real boy J-S562or 

Taggart, M. A.— Hollyhock house J-T125ho 

Taggart, M. A. — Miss Lochinvar J-T125ni 
Taggart, M. A. — The daughters of the little gray house 

J-T125d 

Taylor, B.— Boys of other countries J-T238b 
Tomlinson, E. T. — A Jersey boy in the Revolution J-T659J 

Tomlinson, E. T. — In the hands of the Redcoats J-T659in 

Tomlinson, E. T. — Tecumseh's young braves J-T659t 

Tomlinson, E. T. — Under colonial colors J-T659u 

Verrill, A. H. — Pets for pleasure and profit J-V555p 

Warde, M. — Betty Wales on the campus J-W265bd 

Warde, M.— Betty Wales, senior J-W265bf 

Washburn, Crosby Co. — Wheat and flour primer J-W315w 

JUVENILE HISTORY 



Gordy, W. F. — A history of the United States for schools 

J9-G-661h 



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MAGAZINES 

Atlantic — January-June, 1915; July-December, 1915; Jan- 
uary-June, 1916. 
Century— November, 1914- April, 1915; May-October, 1915; 

November, 1915-April, 1916. 
Cosmopolitan — December, 1914-May, 1915 ; June-November, 

1915; December, 1915-May, 1916. 
Everybody's — January-June, 1915; July-December, 1915; 

January-June, 1916. 
Harper's — December, 1914-May, 1915; June-November, 1915; 

December, 1915-May, 1916. 
National— April-September, 1915 ; October, 1915-March, 1916. 
National Geographic — January-June, 1915. 
Popular Mechanics — January-June, 1915 ; July-December, 

1915 ; January-June, 1916. 
Heview of Keviews — January-June, 1915 ; July-December, 

1915; January-June, 1916. 
Scribner's — January- June, 1915; January- June, 1916. 
St. Nicholas — November, 1914-April, 1915; May-October, 

1915; November, 1915-April, 1916. 
Scientific American — January-June, 1915; July-December, 

1915; January-June, 1916. 
World's Work— November, 1914-April, 1915; May-October, 

1915 ; November, 1915-April, 1916. 
Youth's Companion — January-June, 1915; July-December, 

1915; January-June, 1916. 



REFERENCE 



Book of knowledge ; 20 vols. 
Manual for the general court. 



96 



Journal of the House of Representatives extra session, 1916. 

Journal of the Senate extra session, 1916. 

Proceedings U. S. national museum; vol. 49. 

Report general education board. 

Vital records of Bridgewater, i\Iass. ; 2 vols. 

Vital records of New Ashford, Mass. 

Vital records of Richmond, Mass. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



School Committee and Superintendent 
of Schools 

OF THE 

TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 31 



1916 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1917 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE'S REPORT 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 
1917 



March 16. Winter term closes 14 weeks' 

Vacation, One Week 

March 26. Spring term opens 

June 15. Spring term closes 12 weeks 

Summer Vacation 

1917-1918 

Sept. 4. Fall term opens 

Nov. 28. Fall term closes 18 weeks- 
Vacation (Thanksgiving and day following) 

Dec. 3. Winter term opens 

Vacation, Two Weeks (December 21-January 7) 

1918 

March 15. Winter term closes 13 weeks- 
Vacation, One Week 

March 25. Spring term opens 

June 14. Spring term closes 12 weeks 

Total 38 weeks; 



SPECIAL EXERCISE DAYS AND HOLIDAYS 



1917 

Feb. 12. Lincoln exercises, one hour. 

Feb. 21. Washington exercises, one hour. 

Apr! 18. Patriots' Day exercises, one hour. 

May 29. Memorial Day exercises, one hour. 

Oct. 11. Columbus Day exercises, one hour. 

Nov. 28. Thanksgiving Day exercises, one hour. 
1918 

Feb. 12. Lincoln exercises, one hour. 

Feb. 21. Washington exercises, one hour. 

Apr. 18. Patriots' Day exercises, one hour. 

May 29. Memorial Day exercises, one hour. 

LEGAL HOLIDAYS 

The words, "legal holiday," shall include the twenty- 
second day of February, the nineteenth day of April, the 
thirtieth day of May, the fourth day of July, the first Mon- 
day of September, the twelfth day of October, Thanksgiving 
day and Christmas day, or the day following when any of 
the four days first mentioned, the twelfth day of October or 
Christmas day occurs on Sunday. 

January 1 is now a holiday. 

Arbor day occurs on the last Saturday in April, and is 
not a legal holiday. 

Flag day occurs on June 14, and is not a legal holiday. 
It should be observed by any school then in session, by 
appropriate exercises. 



SCHOOL OFFICERS AND TEACHERS 



School Committee 



Edwin A. Plialeii, Chairman Term expires 1917 

Herbert W. Lewis Term expires 1918 

Bertram E. Hall. Secretary Term expires 1919 

Superintendent 

Frank H. Hill. Residence, Littleton, Mass. 
Telephone, 36-3, Littleton 

Attendance Officers 

Thomas Scanlon. Address. West Acton 
Asaph Parlin. Address, Acton Center 
Walter M. French. Address, South Acton 

Janitors 

Fred S. Glines. Address. South Acton 
Thomas Scanlon. Address, West Acton 
Asaph Parlin. Address, Acton Center 






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STANDING RULES 

*Rule 1. Children under five years 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 shall be held responsible for books 
loaned to them until 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. 

Rule 6. There shall be no signal for "no school" on 
stormy or other inclement days, but parents shall deter- 
mine in their individual cases whether it is expedient to 
send their children to school or not. 

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



GENERAL REPORT. 



In presenting our report for 1916, and our estimates of 
expenses for 1917, we have used the old form which has been 
used for several years, but would also like to show the 
comparison between the amounts asked for in 1916, and the 
amounts actually expended, or that should properly have 
been expended from school funds. We say "properly 
expended," as while the State Board of Education does not 
require it, it seems to be the consensus of opinion of those 
of the town officials with whom we have talked, that all 
the items for agricultural scholars should be disbursed by 
this committee, but this was impossible during the last year 
because of lack of funds. 

It will be seen that while some of our estimates were 
high, others fell below, but the aggregate of actual school 
needs figures to just about what the committee asked for. 
It is not easy to estimate the amount needed for some items, 
for instance, about a year ago, during a heavy gale we lost 
part of the ventilating plant from the top our West school 
building. To replace this cost us about seventy dollars. 
Then in December, 1915, the valuation of our town taxable 
property went over the two and one-half million mark and 
we lost the amount usually paid by the State from the in- 
come of Massachusetts school funds, amounting to about 
eleven or twelve hundred dollars and considering the 
amount of money involved, we feel that our estimate for 
1916 was fairly correct. Following we show the amounts 
asked for in 1916, and the amount required: 



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For general expenses: 
Salaries and other expenses of com- 
mittee $100.00 $93.68 

Salary and other expense of superin- 
tendent and truant officers 600.00 665.91 

Instruction : 
Tuition of pupils attending out of town 

schools 8,000.00 *7,815.41 

Salary of elementary teachers 5,890.00 5,646.18 

Textbooks 290.00 147.66 

Stationery and supplies 313 . 00 423 . 88 

Wages of janitors and fuel 1,795.00 1,960.23 

Maintenance and repairs 375 . 00 556 . 60 

Health 75.00 87.50 

Transportation : 

High school 2,300.00 2,045.19 

Elementary 1,850.00 1,849.00 



$21,588.00 $21,291.24 



^Amount paid by school committee, $5,813.67; unpaid 
$1,243.04 ; paid from other funds $758.70. 

The amount paid under item, "salary and other expenses 
of superintendent," was somewhat increased owing to the 
fact that at the annual meeting of the joint committee of this 
school district, it was voted to allow the superintendent five 
dollars per week for the services of a secretary, the expense 
to be borne proportionately by the several towns in this 
district. The tuition of pupils attending outside schools was 
a little less than was estimated, owing to the dropping out 
of several of the expected high school scholars, and in this 
connection we must acknowledge the prediction of the 
finance committee. 



10 

Teachers' salaries decreased because we did not have 
to hire an additional teacher in South Acton, as we did the 
previous year. Stationery and supplies increased because 
of an unexpected demand and also on account of higher 
prices. Transportation of high school scholars fell off for 
the same reason as the expense of tuition. Wages of jan- 
itors, etc., increased because of the extra cost of fuel. Re- 
pairs increased becaused because of the extra expense 
incurred in the installation of w^ater in the South school. 
With the introduction of tow^n water, it was found that the 
sanitary arrangements and the sewerage system were en- 
tirely inadequate. This necessitated extra expense. 

In the estimate for repairs for 1917, we have asked for 
an increase over last year as we desire, if our request for 
funds is granted, to renovate the interior of the South school 
so that it may compare favorably with our other schools and 
town buildings, not only as regards appearance, but we 
desire that the house may be made bright and sanitary for 
our children who spend such a considerable part of their 
time there. 

In making our estimate for 1917, we have tried to be 
conservative, bearing in mind the steadily advancing cost 
of labor and all commodities. 

In conclusion, may we ask your careful consideration of 
these matters, and we trust for your earnest support, so that 
this committee, who have in hand matters which so vitally 
affect the future welfare of our boys and girls, may not be 
handicapped in their efforts.. Following is a detail of esti- 
mated expenses for 1917, and receipts and expenses for 
1916. 



11 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR 
THE FISCAL YEAR 1917 



For general expenses : 

Salaries and other expenses of 

the committee $100 . 00 

Salaries and other expenses of 
the superintendent and truant 

officer 675.00 

For expenses of instruction : 

Tuition of pupils attending out 

of town schools 8,000.00 

Salaries of elementary school 

teachers 5,865.00 

For textbooks : 

For elementary schools it is antici- 
pated that the amount to be 
received from dog tax will 

cover this item 275 . 00 

For stationery and supplies : 

Elementary schools 425.00 

For expenses of operating school plants : 
Wages of janitors, fuel and mis- 
cellaneous expenses 2,000 . 00 

Maintenance and repairs 500.00 

For auxiliary agencies: 

Health 90.00 

For transportation: 

High school scholars 2,300.00 



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Elementary scholars 1,850.00 

Balance 1916 tuition 1,243.04 

Total $23,323.04 

Less estimated income from various 

outside sources 1,200 . 00 

$22,123.04 

RECEIPTS ON ACCOUNT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE YEAR 

1916 

Appropriated at town meeting $18,000.00 

Received from Commonwealth of Massachusetts : 
Industrial school, superintendent 

fund, and tuition 846 . 46 

Dog tax 319.32 

Sale of old books : 

Finney & Hoit $29.42 

L. D. White 2.50 

E. E. Babb 25.00 

56.92 
Tuition : 

E. Sadler 19.50 

C. Gouch 15.75 

Town of Stow 25.50 

60.75 
B. & M. R. R., refund 6.00 

Total receipts $19,289.45 



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DISBURSEMENTS 

General Expenses 

School Committee 

Salaries : 
Paid B. E. Hall, salary 1916 $75.00 

Miscellaneous : 
Paid News-Enterprise, printing school 

reports $11 . 00 

E. C. Page 1.35 

B. E. Hall, telephone tolls, postage 6.28 

$18.63 
Superintendent of Schools and Enforcement of Law- 
Paid Frank H. Hill, superintendent . . $577 . 50 

W. M. French 3.00 

Asaph Parlin 4. 00 

Thomas Scanlon 5.50 

$590.00 
Miscellaneous : 
Paid Frank H. Hill, stationery and 

telephone $14 . 05 

Eleanor L. Hill, secretary to sup- 
erintendent 61.86 

$75.91 



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Expense of Instruction 

Paid Town of Concord, high $5,040.42 

Town of Concord, agricultural . 573.25 

Citv of Lowell, industrial 200.00 



Elementary Schools 

Paid Harriet H. Gardner $570.00 

E, Sophia Taylor 505.65 

Kuth L. Harrington 490.00 

Ella L. Miller 400.50 

:\rartha F. Smith 520.50 

:\rarion H. Barrett 490.00 

Emma :\r. Halliday 547.00 

Elizabeth A. Hinckley 520.50 

Julia L. McCarthy 520.50 

Jennie E. Stowell 520.50 

]\[rs. Forrest K. Howe 13.50 

Alice :\r. Genthner 121 . 10 

^lildred Brennan 78.98 

:\rarion C. Taylor 212.45 

Emma ]\I. Gordon 135.00 



Text Books 

Paid Edward E. Babb & Company .. $122.11 

Ginn & Company .64 

Thompson. Brown & Company . . .21 

American Book Company 9.01 

Silver. Burdett & Company 10.56 

The Orville-Brewer Publishing 

Company 3 . 00 

The A. S. Barnes Company 1.88 

D. Hennessev .25 



$5,813.67 



$5,646.18 



$147.66 



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Stationery and Supplies 

Paid Fimiey & Hoit $8.58 

Fred S. Glines 1.45 

The Industrial association 25.00 

Edward E. Babb & Company ... 363.11 

Ginn & Company 2 . 38 

Huntley S. Turner 2.07 

E. C. Page .50 

Dowling School Supply Company 16.10 

J. L. Hammett Company .80 

Ella L. Miller 1.20 

Thomas Scanlon 1 . 82 

Tuttle & Newton .87 



Expenses of Operating School Plants 

Wages of Janitors 

Paid Fred S. Glines $380.00 

Thomas Scanlon 351.00 

Asaph Parlin 304.00 



Fuel 

Paid A. H. Perkins $22.00 

W. H. Kingsley 4.00 

Hall Brothers Company 1 . 25 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Company . 735.66 

T. E. Downie 14.00 

L. W. Richardson 5.00 

Overseers of Poor 66 . 25 



$423.88 



$1,035.00 



$848.16 



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Miscellaneous 

Paid M. E. Taylor & Company $7.16 

W. & S. Water Supply 30.00 

C. L. Chase & Son 20.70 

American Woolen Company ... 3 . 60 

Tuttle & Newton .42 

H. W. Lewis 4.82 

Edw. E. Babb & Company 1.12 

Fred S. Glines 1.25 

Hopkinson & Holden 6 . 00 

D. Hennessey 2 . 00 



Maintenance 

Repairs 

Paid Chandler & Barber Company .. $8.10 

F. Z. Taylor 4.76 

E. T. Rice 108.50 

Davis, King Company 2.75 

C. H. Mead & Company 23.35 

Tuttle & Newton 2.52 

Finney & Hoit 10.20 

E. A. Phalen 46.75 

Thomas F. Parker 2.40 

E. Z. Stanley 7.65 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Company . 59.19 

J. T. McNiff .50 



Auxiliary Agencies 

Health 

Paid F. S. Glines $ . 50 

George B. Robbins Disinfectant 



$77.07 



$276.67 



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Company 70.00 

D. W. Hennessey 15 . 50 

Asaph Parlin 1 . 50 



Transportatio 

(High School: 

Paid Boston & Maine R. R 

N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R 

H. W. Bursaw 


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.. $1,491 

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$1,959.34 

$14.00 
71.85 



$85.85 
Elementary : 

Paid W. M. French $354.00 

Charles Edwards 545.00 

Jens Mekkelsen 532.00 

A. Christofferson 418.00 



$87.50 



$1,849.00 $3,894.19 



Outlays 



New Equipment : 
Paid West & South Water Supply Dis- 
trict $42.78 

E. Z. Stanley 180.00 

D. Hennessey 2.00 



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William H. Kingsley 40.75 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Company . 14.40 



$279.93 

Total disbursements $19,289.45 

Unpaid Bills 

Town of Concord (balance 1916 tui- 
tion) $1,243.04 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWIN A. PHALEN, 
HERBERT W. LEWIS, 
BERTRAM E. HALL, 

Committee. 
Acton, January 27, 1917. 



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SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT 



Gentlemen of the Committee : 

Following is my seventh annual report, the twenty-fifth 
in the series of such reports. 

An attempt was made last year to raise the standard of 
advancement to the Concord high school over that of pre- 
vious years, with the policy in mind of requiring the same 
degree of proficiency in grade work for whatever course to 
be taken in the high school. The result was that several 
eighth grade pupils were not promoted, and are still in the 
Acton schools. They will no doubt go on to Concord next 
fall, and, with a better academic preparation, do much more 
satisfactory work even in the vocational subjects they may 
elect. In the agricultural department, age instead of rank 
is the standard of admission. "When a boy is fourteen years 
of age he is eligible to enter that department whether judged 
to be entitled to promotion or not. 

One of the standing rules of the committee is: "Chil- 
dren under five years of age shall not be admitted to the 
public schools." A child who is five in September may enter 
the schools and be ready to go into the high school at thir- 
teen. It is too young for the average child to enter high 
school. It is a period when such a child should be near 
those who know him. He is not ready for the readjustments 
that must come in his new environment. He is not ready to 
choose companions among so many new schoolmates. He is 
not ready to be trusted alone so many hours from home. If 
his choice is the agricultural department he cannot enter it 
until he is fourteen. The same reason should deter him from 



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entering any vocational departmout until he is fourteen. For 
these reasons I recommend that the age of entrance to the 
public schools be raised to six years. 

For agricultural students we are being charged $130 
per year, one-half of which tuition is paid by the state. For 
each subject outside the agricultural course, a charge of 
$16.00 additional is made. As the agricultural students take 
two subjects, English and science, in addition to the agri- 
cultural work, the cost to the town per pupil amounts to 
$97.00. The tuition received for such a course from all 
courses is $162.00. Add to this about $20.00 for transporta- 
tion and it makes the agricultural course seem an expensive 
one. The doubt has arisen in my mind as to whether the 
agricultural students can do justice to themselves in taking 
so much work. This may be the reason for some failures in 
this department in the last year. 

I have held two general teachers' meetings in Acton 
since September. As often as once a month during the re- 
mainder of the year, teachers' meetings will be held, and the 
special subject for the year will be English, with the greatest 
emphasis laid upon oral expression. It is hoped that, as one 
result of this series of meetings, pupils will be better taught 
to express themselves logically and fully upon any given 
subject than now. The influence of this work upon written 
themes ought to be considerable. *' Common Sen^e Didac- 
tics," by Sabin, has been selected as a book for general read- 
ing and discussion. In this way, I hope to make the year 
professionally profitable for the teachers, both by a general 
review of school conditions and by the special application of 
thought to a single subject of the program. 

As work certificates and special home permits are based 
upon birth certificates as one condition, and upon school at- 
tendance of one hundred thirty days after the thirteenth 
birthday, as another condition, it would seem reasonable to 
require that children approaching their thirteenth birthday 
should deposit their birth certificates with the teacher as a 
part of the school record. Upon leaving town to acquire a 



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school residence elsewhere, the birth certificate could be. 
given to the child with his discharge card. More preliminary 
correspondence, and consequent delay, comes from the lack 
of a birth certificate when a work permit is desired than from 
any other cause. If, upon entering school, a birth certificate 
was deposited, and one required from pupils thirteen years 
of age, in a few years we should have a complete and abso- 
lutely correct record. Heretofore, the school register, our 
only immediate reference, has been very unsatisfactory 
evidence of birthday data. 

Parents having their children educated in any town 
other than their legal residence should clearly pay tuition 
for such children. We should all make it an object to see 
that such parents or guardians are immediatel}^ made ac- 
quainted with the law relating to such pupils, that they may 
entertain no doubts as to the rights of the town in such cases. 
As it is not easy to follow up such cases after the child has 
left the school, as often happens during the year, the simplest 
Avay to administer this law might be to send a bill for tuition 
for a period of ten or twelve weeks in advance, as soon as the 
child is registered, the teacher to send all necessary informa- 
tion at once to the secretary of the school committee. 

Numerous complaints of a minor nature have come to 
me in an indirect manner showing some friction between the 
management of the schools in South Acton and some of the 
parents of that section. Parents are usually interested to 
the point of complaining only when the liberties or rights of 
their children are affected. Liberties and rights are relative 
and dependent upon the liberties and rights of others, and 
especially it is the function of the teacher to decide under 
what conditions certain apparent liberties and rights may be 
exercised to the end that proper school discipline may be 
protected. So far as possible teachers are expected to con- 
sider the individual child and his development; but when 
that care involves the well being of the school, the school 
should have first consideration. The average teacher is less 
inclined to be prejudiced in favor of the individual child 



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than the fond mother; and on the other hand the average 
teacher is more inclined to stand erect for the school she is 
responsible for than the parent whose single son or daughter 
is the only object under her eye. I am sure that all mis- 
understandings could be cleared away if the parents, 
including the few with complaints to offer, should meet with 
the teachers and superintendent for a conference and ex- 
planation of school ideals and responsibilities. In mutual 
understanding the cause for any friction should be found 
preventable. No teacher can afford to lay herself open to 
the charge of being arbitrary and unreasonable, and parents 
should be equally anxious to avoid the imputation. I recom- 
mend to parents and teachers alike the sret-together spirit, 
for the good of all. 

Several text-book houses have notified me that prices 
will be advanced January 1, 1917. Prices of all kinds of 
;school supplies advanced some time ago. It is not expected 
that the situation will change in the near future. It is pro- 
bable that the expenditures for books and supplies will 
increase rather than decrease next year. To be entirely safe 
rseventy-five dollars should be estimated as the possible 
increase and added to the usual appropriation. 

For the benefit of parents who think they have the right 
to keep children from school occasionally to help about the 
house and farm, I will quote, in part, the law relating to at- 
tendance as passed and approved IMareh 18, 1915: "Every 
child between seven and fourteen years of age . , . .and 
every child under sixteen years of age who has not received 
an employment certificate .... or has not the written per- 
mission of the superintendent of schools .... to engage in 
profitable employment at home, shall attend a public day 
school in said city or town or some other day school approved 
by the school committee, during the entire time the public 

schools are in session The superintendent of schools. 

or teachers in so far as authorized by said superintendent or 
by the school committee, may excuse cases of necessary 
absence for other causes not exceeding seven day sessions or 



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fourteen half -day sessions in any period of six months.'" 
And further: "Every person having under his control a 
child as described in section one shall cause him to attend 
school as therein required, and, if he fails for seven day 
sessions or fourteen half-day sessions within any period of 
six months while such control obtains, to cause such child to 
attend school he shall, upon complaint by an attendance of- 
ficer and conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not 
more than twenty dollars, and no physical or mental condi- 
tion which is capable of correction, or which renders the 
child a fit subject for special instruction at public charge in 
institutions other than public day schools, shall avail as de- 
fence under the provisions of this or the preceding section, 
unless it shall be made to appear that the defendant has 
employed all reasonable measures for the correction of the 
condition and the suitable instruction of the child. Who- 
ever induces or attempts to induce a child to absent himself 
unlawfully from school, or employs or harbors a child while 
school is in session, shall be punished by a fine of not less- 
than ten, nor more than fifty dollars." 

In concluding this report I have to thank the committee 
for their generous and continued support throughout tlie 
year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PRANK 11. HILL, 
Superintendent of Schools. 
Acton, January 8, 1917. 



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BEPORT OF THE SUPERVISOR OF DRAWING 



Superintendent Frank H. Hill : 

Dear Sir — I submit the following as my fifth annual 
report on drawing in the schools of Acton, ]\[ass. 

Since beginning my work in the schools of Acton I have 
be^n very much encouraged by the enthusiasm with which 
most of our pupils take hold of the work. I can watch from 
year to year, the improvement and advancement in the in- 
dividual pupils. I also can recall a few pupils, that simply 
ignored art at first, but now are some of my best workers. 
Some are still continuing their good work at the Concord 
high school. The work of this year has progressed as well 
as I could expect under the several difficulties we have to 
contend with, but I do feel, that better work can be accom- 
plished, if the grade teachers would only have the pupils 
be more particular. In some cases the papers show untidy- 
ness and carelessness. That can be overcome in time I feel 
very sure. 

I do not think that I need to repeat the work covered 
from grade to grade, as it is very much the same as last 
year's work, with few exceptions. I will say here, though, 
that I am trying to make the art subject as practical as pos- 
sible this year by introducing household furnishings, or the 
study of interior decoration. I am hoping to teach the girls 
and boys of this town to have very orderly homes and rooms 
of their own. We are working out drawings of a side of a 
room and choosing a good color scheme for that picture ; we 
also are learning how to group objects on a mantel or on the 
table, to avoid an unbalanced effect or a crowded appearance. 



25 



Appropriate shades and draperies are chosen and draped 
artistically, pictures are hung correctly on the wall. In a 
short time I feel that the pupils will understand the subject 
quite well. Both boys and girls are interested in this sub- 
ject, as they can design an imaginary room of their own. 
After all this work I feel that the Acton schools lack training 
in any vocation; our boys and girls should be taught sewing 
and manual training on a small scale. At South Acton the 
principal of the school has been struggling along with sew- 
ing, on a small scale, but she has done well under the condi- 
tions she has to contend with. At Acton Center there is a 
nice sewing machine, but nobody can spare the time to use 
it, and at West Acton neither sewing or manual training 
work have been attempted at all, owing to shortage of time 
and having three grades in the grammar room, 

I could go ahead with this work and devote a half-day 
in each village if the committee agreed to have the work 
carried out, but I could not do the work on the present sal- 
ary. At West Acton a few benches could be put up, in the 
vacant room and a few tools could be bought for a small 
amount of money, and some packing boxes could be used up 
to supply pupils with lumber. A number of articles can be 
made from cigar boxes, so the expense would not be very 
heavy. 

At South Acton and Acton Center we do not have the 
extra room, which we have at West Acton, but I know some 
work can be done and the town would not regret the extra 
expense, which would not be very heavy. I have felt for 
some time that the elementary grades are not getting all 
they should along the vocational line in their education. 
Some pupils going to Concord high school, taking the me- 
chanics art course and domestic science course, are 
unprepared. 

I hope that this matter will be considered so we may 
give our boys and girls in Acton a better education. 

In closing my report I wish to thank all that have eo- 



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operated and helped to make my work a success thr(>ug:hout 
the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARION CELESTE TAYLOR, 

Supervisor of Drawing". 
Acton, December 28th, 1916. 



27 
REPORT OF THE SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 



Mr. F. H. Hill, Superintendent of Schools : 

Dear Sir — ^I herewith present my first report of the work 
in music in the Acton schools. I think that the first three 
grades cover the most important period of development in 
music, for the foundation of sight reading and proper tone 
production is established in these grades. 

We are devoting much time in the lower grades to indi- 
vidual work and every new problem that is presented is 
being drilled individually. If pupils become able to sing 
independently in the lower grades the most difficult problem 
of upper grade work will be solved — that is, part singing. 

I have found it advisable in the work of the first four 
years to give a separate lesson to each grade, even where 
there are two grades in a room. If two grades sing together 
the lower grade allows itself to be carried along instead of 
doing independent work. 

All pupils, when they leave the grammar school, should 
be able to sing correctly in parts the familiar songs, the 
songs of the people, that are being so widely used in promot- 
ing "Community Music." We are spending considerable 
time in the seventh and eighth grades learning these songs. 
The majority of pupils will eventually become listeners, not 
performers, and they should be taught to understand and 
appreciate the best in music. The victrola is of great help 
in this line of work and in connection with its use I plan to 
take up the lives and works of famous composers, instru- 
ments of the orchestra and band, and music forms, such as 
opera and oratorio. 

I wish to thank the teachers and superintendent for 
their interest and co-operation in carrying on the work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MILDRED L. BRENNON, 

Supervisor of Music. 



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ROLI. OF HONOR 

Not Absent or Tardy for One Year 

West Primary — Haverlock Schnair. 
West Intermediate — Warren Boyce. 

Center Primary — Louis Livermore, Olga Pederson, Inga 
Pederson. 

Center Intermediate — Roland Flagg;. 

REPORT OF SIGHT AND HEARING TEST 



School examined ^ ^ '^ ^ -j^ h 



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West 89 5 1 G 

Center 87 5 5 

South 188 1) 7 

Total 809 1!) 1 IS 

SCHOOL CENSUS, SEPTE:\115KH. I91G 

Boys Girls Total 
Number children between 5 and 7 . . . 27 80 57 

Number children between 7 and 14 . . 182 12") 257 
NumlDer children between 14 and 16 . 26 20 46 

Number minors between 14 and 16 

who cannot read at sight and 

write legibly simple sentences in 

the English language 

Number of illiterate children 16 years 

of age or over and under 21 years 

of age 

Total 185 175 860 



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ATTENDANCE OFFICERS' REPORT 

South 

Number of cases investigated 7 

Number returned to school 6 

Number committed to truant school . 
Estimated cost 



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SCHOOL SAVINGS 

Number Amount 

Depositors Collected 

South Acton 71 $342.54 

West Acton 78 179.89 

Acton Center 22 135.60 

Totals 171 $658.03 

Number Graduated from Grammar Schools 

Boys Girls Total 

South Acton 6 6 12 

West Acton 7 4 11 

Acton Center 6 3 9 

Total 19 13 32 

Acton Pupils in Concord High 



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College course 

General course 

Scientific course 

Domestic Arts course 

Mechanic Arts course 

Agricultural course 

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1919 


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2 


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Boys Girls Total 

Acton Center 3 2 5 

South Acton 5 8 13 

West Acton 6 4 10 

East Acton 3 3 

North Acton 1 1 

Totals 18 14 32 

Acton pupils in Lowell Industrial school 2 



INDEX 

Assessors ' Report '^ 

Board of Health » ^^ 

Cemetery Commissioners '' 

Collector's Report ^2 

Inspector of Animals ^ 

Librarian's Report °^ 

List of Books Added ^' 

Overseers of the Poor "^ 

Selectmen's Report ^^ 

ToAvn Accountant's Report ^^ 

To\^m Clerk's Report ^^ 

Births j^ 

Deaths ^^ 

Dog Licenses ^^ 

Marriages ^^ 

Non-Resident Burials ^^ 

Town Officers ^ 

Town Meetings -'^^ 

Town Warrant Jt 

Treasurer's Report ^^ 

Wilde Library Fund ^^ 

Cemetery Funds Jz 

Tree Warden 'P 

Trustees Goodnow Fund ^^ 

SECOND SECTION 

School Report ^ 

School Calendar ^ 

Special Exercises and Holidays 4 

School Officers and Teachers ^ 

Standing Rules ' 

General Report ^ 

Financial Statement 1^ 

Superintendent's Report 1^ 

Supervisor of Drawing 24 

Supervisor of Music ^' 

Roll of Honor ^^ 

Statistical Tables ^^ 



ANNUAL REPORT 



07 TEX 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS. 
FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1917 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1918 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OP THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS. 
FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1917 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1918 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1917 



Selectmen 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1918 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1920 

William H. Kingsley Term expires 1919 

Town Clerk 

Horace F. Tuttle 

Town Treasurer 

Frank W. Hoit 

Assessors 

James B. Tuttle Term expires 1918 

Arthur M. Whitcomb Term expires 1920 

Ralph W. Piper Term expires 1919 

Overseers of the Poor 
William H. Kingsley Warren H. Jones Charles J. Holton 

Collector of Taxes 

Arthur M. Whitcomb 

Tree Warden 

James O'Neil 

Constables 

John T. McNiff Charles A. Taylor Oliver D. Wood 

James N. Berry 

Field Drivers 

John T. McNiff Charles A. Taylor Oliver D. Wood 

James N. Berry 

* Fence Viewers 

Charles J. Holton Warren H. Jones William H. Kingsley 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Julian Tuttle Term expires 1918 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1920 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1919 



School Committee 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1920 

Herbert W. Lewis Term expires 1918 

Bertram E. Hall Term expires 1919 

Trustees Memorial Library 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1920 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1918 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1919 

Board of Health 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1920 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1918 

Edward C. Page Term expires 1919 

Finance Committee 

.^ames B. Tuttle Edgar H. Hall Asaph Merriam 

Horace F. Tuttle Arthur M. Whitcomb 



APPOINTED BY THE SELECTMEN 

Superintendent of Streets 
Albert H. Perkins 

Town Accountant 

Howard L. Jones 

Registrars of Voters 

Lewis Willard Term expires 1919 

James McGreen Term expires 1918 

George E. Holton Term expires 1920 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 

Election Officers 
Precinct 1 

AVarden James "W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden Edwin A. Phalen 

Clerk Horace F. Tuttle 

Deputy Clerk Moses E. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector James 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector William C. Coughlin 

Precinct 2 

Warden L. A. Hesselton 

Deputy Warden T. F. Newton 

Clerk Lorenzo E. Reed 

Deputy Clerk Francis J. Crowley 

Inspector L. C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector Frank A. Merriam 



Inspector Constance 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector Benjamin W. Ineson 

Precinct 3 

Warden Charles J. Holton 

Deputy Warden Bertram D. Hall 

Clerk David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Clerk William L. Tenney 

Inspector Fred S. Whitcomb 

Deputy Inspector C. H. Mead 

Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

Deputy Inspector John T. McNiff 

Cattle Inspector 

Fred S. Whitcomb 

Fire Engineers 

William H. Kingsley, Chief 

Precinct 1 

Fred W. Billings, 1st Asst. Arthur F. Harris, 2nd Asst. 

E. P. Gates, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 2 

Nelson J. Cole, 1st Asst. E. C. Page, 2nd Asst. 

W. H. elones, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 3 

Edgar T. Rice, 1st Asst. A. B. Parker, 2nd Asst. 

W. J. Costello, 3rd Asst. 

Forest Warden 

William H. Kingsley 
Deputy Forest Wardens 

All the above named assistant Fire Engineers 

Surveyors of Lumber and Measurers of Wood and Bark 

J. W. Dupee Bertram D. Hall E. C. Cheney 

Charles E. Smith George H. Reed Frank A. Merriam 

Public Weighers 

J.P.Fletcher M.E.Taylor E.C.Cheney E. F. Conant 

Thomas Hearon George H. Reed William H. Teele 

Howard G. Reed 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Theron F. Newton 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

James O'Neii 

Police Officers 

•Charles A. Taylor Oliver D. Wood 

John T. McNiff James N. Berry 

Inspector of Slaughter Houses 

Edward S. Fobes 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton in the County 
aforesaid. GREETING : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts yon 
are hereby required and directed to notify and warn the inhabi- 
tants of said town who are qualified to vote in elections and 
town affairs therein, to meet in the town hall, in said town, on 
Monday, the fourth day of March, 1918, at 9 o'clock in the fore- 
noon, tlien and there to act on the follow^ing articles, namely: 

Article 1. To choose a ^ moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the- 
following named town officials, to wit : One town clerk for one 
year, one selectman for three years, three overseers of the poor 
for one year, one town treasurer for one year, five members of 
the finance committee for one 3'ear, one collector of taxes for 
one year, one tree warden for one year, four constables for one 
year, four field drivers for one year, three fence viewers for on > 
year, one assessor for three years, one trustee for the Memorial 
library for three years, one member of the school committee for 
three years, one cemetery commissioner for three years, one 
member of the board of health for three years. Also on the 
same ballot to vote Yes or No on the folloAving question : ''Shall 
licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in this 
town?" 

The polls will be opened at 9.30 a, m., and may be closed at 
4 Y). m. 

Article 3. To choose all town officers not named in 
Article 2, and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Article 4. To see if the town will accept the reports of 
the various town officials. 



Article 5. To hear and act on the reports of any commit- 
tees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise 
by taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary and usual 
t'K])enses of the several departments of the town. 

Article 7. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for the due observance of Memorial day. 

Article 8. To see what sum of money the town will ap- 
pr()])riate for the enforcement of the liquor law, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in regard 

10 the collection of taxes. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush 

11 res and fix the price, or act anything thereon. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
jn-opriate a sum of money to insure the employees of the town, 
or act anj^hing thereon. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer 
with the approval of the selectmen to borrow money from time 
to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year be- 
ginning January 1st, 1918, and to issue a note or notes therefor, 
payable within one year. Any debt or debts incurred under 
ill is vote to be paid from the revenue of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for payment of premium on treasurer's 
Mud collector's bond, or act anything thereon. 

Article 14. To see what action the town will take in re- 
gard to the extermination of the elm leaf beetle, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 15. To see if the town w411 vote to raise and ap- 
propriate money to continue the drain pipe near the house of 
Lewis Willard on Martin street. South Acton, or instruct the 
road commissioners to continue the drain pipe past the oak tree 
on Martin street, or act anything thereon. 

Article 15. To see if the town w^ll vote to increase the 
number of its school committee. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate a sum of money sufficient to finish the rebuilding of 
the ''Lowell Road," or act anything thereon. 

And you are directed to serve this warrant by posting at- 
tested copies thereof in the following places : One each in the 
stores of C. H. Mead & Co., W. E. Whitcomb, George H. Reed, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., Herbert W. Lewis, Finney & Hoit, one in 
each of the R. R. Stations and Post Offices, and at the Nagog 
House, at least seven days before the time for holding said 
meeting. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 



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your doings thereon to the selectmen or the town clerk on or 
before the time for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands in Acton this sixteenth dav of 
February, A. D. 1918. 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H KINGSLEY, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Abstracts of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, March. 
5th, 1917, and March 12th, 1917 

The meeting Avas called to order by the town clerk. 

Article 1. James B. Tuttle was chosen moderator bv 
ballot. 

Voted to adjourn the meeting to Monday, March 12, 1917, 
at 9 o'clock a. m., at the town hall. 



Proceedings of the Adjourned Annual Meeting, March 12, 1917 

The meeting was called to order by the moderator, James 
B. Tuttle. 

Mr. James B. Tuttle requested to be excused from serving 
as moderator and it was so voted. Allen Brooks Parker was 
chosen moderator. 

• On motion of Mr. Luther Conant it was voted : That the 
town adopt resolutions relating to the present crisis ; it was 
voted that the moderator, the town clerk, and James McGreen 
be a committee to prepare such resolutions and report to the 
meeting. 

Voted : Unanimously the following resolution : 

Resolved : That we, the citizens of Acton, Mass., in the 
annual town meeting assembled, assure the President of the 
United States that his efforts to preserve peace and protect the 
lives and property of our citizens upon the high seas, and to 
uphold the rights of the nation to conduct its commerce un- 
molested shall and do have our support, and we assure the 
President that the spirit prevailing among us today is the same 
as was manifested by our ''Minute Men of '75," and our 
''Patriots of '61." 

Voted: That an engrossed copy, bearing the seal of the 
town be sent to the President by the moderator and town clerk. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for town 
officers ; also to vote on the question : "Shall licenses he granted 
for the sale of intoxicating liquors in this town?" 



The following town officers were chosen : 

ToAvn Clerk— Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectman, three years — Warren H. Jones. 

Assessor, three years — Arthur M. Whitcomb. 

Assessor, two years — Ralph W. Piper. 

Overseers of the Poor — Charles J. Holton, Warren H. 
Jones, William H. Kingsley. 

Treasurer — Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes — Arthur M. Whitcomb. 

Constables— John T. McNiff, Charles A. Taylor, Oliver D. 
Wood, James N. Berry. 

Fence Viewers — Charles J. Holton, Warren H. Jones, 
William H. Kingsley. 

School Committee — Edwin A. Phalen. 

Cemetery Commissioner — Fred W. Green. 

Board of Health — Edwin A. Phalen. 

Trustee Memorial Library — J. Sidney White. 

Tree Warden — James O'Neil. 

Finance Committee — Edgar H. Hall, Asaph Merriam, 
James B. Tuttle, Horace F. Tuttle, Arthur M. Whitcomb. 

On the question: ''Shall licenses be granted for the sale 
of intoxicating liquors in this town?" Twenty-two voted Yes; 
106 voted No. 

Article 3. To choose all necessary town officers not 
named in Article 2 and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Voted : To instruct the selectmen to appoint surveyors of 
lumber and measurers of wood and bark. 

Chose Luther Conant, trustee of the Goodnow fund for 
three years. 

Voted: That the salary of the collector of taxes be one 
percent of the amount collected. 

Voted: That the salary of the treasurer be two hundred 
dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the chairman of the selectmen 
be one hundred dollars, and the other members fifty dollars 
each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of superintendent of streets be 
fixed by the selectmen. 

Article 4. To see if the town will accept the reports of 
the various tow^n officers. 

Voted: To accept the reports of the several town officers. 

Voted : To sell such wood and lumber on the town farm as 
the overseers of the poor deem best, and to invest the proceeds 
and apply the income to the support of the town home. 

Article 5. To hear and act upon the reports of any com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

No reports were presented. 



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Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise- 
by taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary and usual 
expenses of the several departments of the town. 

Voted : To raise for : 

Memorial day $100.00 

Repairing roads and bridges 4,000.00 

•Special work on Lowell road 1,000.00 

\Memorial library current expenses 450.00 

Memorial library for books 200.00 

Schools ! 22,000.00- 

Hydrant service 2,750.00 

Street lighting 3,300.00 

Moth work 1,007.59 

Salaries of town officers 1,800.00 

Voted: To appropriate for: 

Oiling roads $700.00 

Buildings and grounds 200 . 00 • 

Police department 200 . 00 ' 

^oard of Health 500.00 

Town home 500.00 

Outside poor 1,500.00 

Cemeteries 600.00 

Unclassified 300.00 

Printing 300.00 

Reserve fund 1,000.00 

Military aid or soldiers' relief 200.00 

Road to Bellows' farm 250.00 

Article 7. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for the due observance of Memorial day.. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate $100. 

Article 8. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the enforcement of the liquor law, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the unexpended balance of last 
year. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in re- 
gard to the extermination of the elm leaf beetle. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate $400 to be expended un- 
der the direction of the selectmen. 

Article 10. To see what action the town will take in 
regard to the extermination of the gypsy and brown tail moths. 

Voted: To raise the amount required by state law, or 
$1,007.59. 

Article 11. To see what action the town will take in 
regard to the collection of taxes. 

Voted: That all taxes shall be payable not later than 
October 15, 1917, and on all taxes remaining unpaid after No- 
vember 1, 1917, interest shall be charged at the rate of six per 



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cent per annum from October 15, 1917, until such taxes are 
paid. 

Voted : That poll and personal taxes only be payable on 
demand. 

Voted : That the collector shall issue summons for all poll 
^nd personal taxes only, remaining unpaid September 1, and 
that the collector shall collect all taxes committed to him 
within the municipal year in which they are assessed. 

Article 12. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush 
fires and fix the price, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate $200. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate a sum of money to insure the employes of the town, 
or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate $150. 

Article 14. To see what sum of money the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate for the maintenance of the fire depart- 
ment, or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate $400. 

Article 15. To see what amount of mone}^ the town will 
xaise and appropriate for payment of premium on treasurer's 
and collector's bond. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate $150. 

Article 16. To see if the town will install one or more 
street lights in Acton Center, on the Littleton road, between 
the schoolhouse and residence of John F. Schneider, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : That the selectmen be authorized to install one 
additional light on said street, provided it can be done without 
increasing the expense of street lighting. 

Article 17. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money to improve the grounds around the town hall, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted: That the sum of $150 be appropriated; the same 
to be expended under the direction of a committee to be 
appointed by the moderator. 

The moderator appointed as that committee : Edwin A. 
Phalen, Luther Conant Jr., Horace F. Tuttle. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
fire engineers to make certain interior alterations in the fire 
house at West Acton, or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate ($50) fifty dollars, the same to be 
expended by the fire engineers. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
purchase and equipment of automobile trucks for the use of the 
fire and forest fire departments, and will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

A motion: ''That the board of fire engineers of the town 



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be and hereby are authorized to purchase and equip for the use^ 
of the fire and forest fire departments two. automobile trucks 
and that the sum of two thousand dollars, or such part thereof 
as may be necessar}^ therefor be and hereby is appropriated for 
the same," did not prevail.. 

Mr. Franklin E. Griffin, in behalf of Mrs. Gertrude C. 
Daniels, offered to present to the town, her Chalmers touring 
car to be equipped as a fire truck, to store the same in her gar- 
age and to furnish a driver without expense to the town, pro- 
vided said car is kept in the garage on her farm in North Acton. 

Voted: Unanimously to accept the offer of Mrs. Daniels 
with thanks and to appropriate the sum of $350 for equipping 
Jhe car as a fire truck. 

Voted : That the sum be expended under the direction of 
the fire engineers and Mr. Griffin. 

Voted : To authorize the fire engineers to expend a sum 
equal to the sum already appropriated to equip a motor fire 
truck in each of the precincts of South and West Acton, pro- 
vided the car or truck is donated. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to re-appropriate 
the twenty-five dollars, appropriated at the last annual meet- 
ing, for the removal of the watering trough at the Center. 

Voted : To re-appropriate the sum of $25, to be expended 
under the direction of the committee appointed to improve the 
grounds around the town hall. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to re-appropriate 
the unexpended balance of money appropriated at a special 
town meeting for the repair of the Pope road so called. 

Voted : To re-appropriate the unexpended balance to re- 
pair the Pope road. 

Article 22. To see what action the town will take to raise 
and appropriate $150 for the George "Washington Memorial 
building, AVashington, D. C. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 23. To see if the tow^n will vote to instruct the 
selectmen to petition the American Woolen company to extend 
the street lighting sj^stem from "Merriam's Corner" to the 
Christofferson place in South Acton. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 24. To see what action the town will take on the 
acceptance of Section 1, Chapter 153, of the Acts of 1916, viz : 
''In towns having less than ten thousand inhabitants the an- 
nual license fee for carrying on the business of slaughtering 
neat cattle, sheep or swine, shall be such sum, not exceeding 
one hundred dollars, as the selectmen shall fix." 

Voted : To accept the provisions of Section 1, Chapter 153, 
of the Acts of 1916, relating to the business of slaughtering- 
cattle. 



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Voted : That the license fee be fixed at $100. 

Article 25. To see if the town will appropriate the sum 
of three hundred dollars for the purpose of removing snow 
and sanding that part of the streets used as sidewalks ; one hun- 
dred dollars to be at the disposal of each precinct and to be 
expended at the discretion of the selectmen, or act anything 
thereon. 

A motion in the form of the article did not prevail. 

Article 26. To see if the town will authorize the treas- 
urer with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money from 
time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year 
beginning January 1, 1917, and to issue a note or notes therefor 
payable within one year. Any debt or debts incurred under 
this vote to be paid from the revenue of said financial j^ear. 

Voted : That the town treasurer with the approval of the 
selectmen be and hereby is authorized to borrow money from 
time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year 
beginning January 1, 1917, and to issue a note or notes there- 
for, payable within one year. Any debt or debts incurred un- 
der this vote to be paid from the revenue of said financial year. 

Mr. Oliver D. Wood was granted the privilege of speaking 
on the matter of military drill and training. 

Voted: That a committee of five be chosen to consider the 
matter of military preparedness. 

Voted : That the moderator be chairman of this committee 
and that the moderator appoint the remaining four members. 
Oliver D. Wood, Nelson J. Cole, AValter A. Tuttle and Ralph 
T. Gates were apj^ointed members of this committee. 

Voted : That the town offer the use of any town buildings 
to the committee and to any organization working for military 
preparedness. 



State Election, November 6th, 1917 

Party designations: D., Democratic; P., Prohibition; R., 
Republican; S. L., Socialist Labor; S., Socialist; Prog., 
Progressive. 

Governor 



Whole number of ballots cast 

James Hayes, S. L 

•Chester R. Lawrence, P 

Frederick W. Mansfield, D. . . . 

Samuel W. McCall, R 

John McCarty, S 

Blanks 





Precincts Total 


1 


2 


3 


92 


111 


122 325 


1 


2 


3 








1 1 


8 


15 


14 37 


83 


90 


107 280 





3 


3 





1 


1 



14 



Lieutenant Governor 

Calvin Coolidge, R 81 91 

Mathew Hale, D.., P., Prog 6 13 

Sylvester J. McBride, S 1 2 

Fred E. Oelcher, S. L 1 1 

Blanks 3 4 

Secretary 

Herbert S. Brown, P 2 3 

Albert P. Langtry, R 74 84 

Ingrar Paulsen, S. L 1 

Arthur B. Reed, D 9 15 

Marion E. Sproule, S 2 

Blanks 7 6 

Treasurer 

Charles L. Burrill 77 86 

Solon Lovett 1 2 

Joseph A. Murphy 2 

Humphrey 'Sullivan 11 13 

Marv E. Peterson 1 

Blanks 3 7 

Auditor 

Elzear H. Choquette, D 11 14 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 71 80 

David Craig, S. L 1 

Walter S. Peck, S 3 

Henry G. Smith, Jr., P 2 2 

Blanks 8 11 

Attorney-General 

Henry C. Atwill, R 74 83 

Frank Auchter, P 1 2 

William R. Henry, S 2 

Thomas J. Maher, S. L 1 

Josiah Quincy, D 12 16 

Blanks 5 7 

Councillor 

James G. Harris, R 78 90 

Blanks 14 21 

Senator 

Edward B. Eames, R 79 90 

Blanks 13 21 

Representative in General Court 

Walter Perham, R 80 92 

Blanks 12 19 

County Commissioner, Middlesex County 

Walter C. Wardwell, R 77 89 

Blanks 15 22 



105 


277 


13 


32 





3 





2 


4 


11 


1 


6 


98 


256 





1 


12 


36 





2 


11 


24 


102 


265 





3 





2 


12 


36 





1 


8 


18 


12 


37 


96 


247 





1 





3 





4 


14 


33 


95 


252 


1 


4 





2 





1 


12 


40 


14 


26 


96 


264 


26 


61 


95 


264 


27 


61 


101 


273 


21 


52 


90 


256 


32 


69 



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Shall the Article of Amendment relative to absentee vot- 
ing, be approved and ratified? 

Yes 69 78 87 234 

No 9 16 12 37 

Blanks 14 17 23 54 

Shall the Article of Amendment relative to appropriations 
for educational and benevolent purposes, be approved and 
ratified? 

Yes 72 90 97 259 

No 11 12 13 36 

Blanks 9 9 12 30 

Shall the Article of Amendment relative to the taking and 
distribution by the CommouAvealth and its municipalities of 
common necessaries of life, be approved and ratified? 

Yes 71 85 96 252 

No 8 7 6 21 

Blanks 13 19 20 52 

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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 
Whole number recorded 43 

Born in Acton 37 Native parentage 20 

Males 30 Foreign parentage .... 9 

Females 13 Mixed parentage 14 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded 33 

Residents of Acton . . .41 Residents of other places 25 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 58 

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Average age in years, 58 plus 

Note. The town clerk requests information of any errors 
or omission 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. 



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24 



PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 1917 



Allen, W. Stuart $4.00 

Amadon, L. Q 2.00 

Baird, Edson 2.00 

Baker, Ralph G 2.00 

Barteaiix, Arthur ... 2 . 00 
Bradford, Fred W. R. 2.00 

Bradburv, Rolfe .... 2.00 

Brill, Fred E 2.00 

Brown, James A. ... 2.00 

Bulette, Frank W. . . . 2.00 

Burgess, . Alice M. . . . 2 . 00 

Bursaw, H. W 2.00 

€ahill, John P 2.00 

€apelle, C. H 2.00 

Charter, William W. . 2.00 

€lapp, George E. . . . 2.00 

Cole, Thomas W. . . . 2.00 

Conquest, James .... 2.00 

Coughlin, Margaret . 2.00 

Coughlin, John 2.00 

Crosby, William C. . . 5.00 

Davis, Wendell F. . . . 4.00 

Davis, William E. . . . 2.00 

Daniels, G. C 2.00 

DeFegueredo, Antonio 2 . 00 

DeTinno, Angelo ... 2.00 

Densmore, J. A 2.00 

Edney, Charles F. . . . 2.00 

Enneguess, Michael . 4.00 

Farrand, W. H 2.00 

Farrar, Daniel H. . . . 2.00 

Fletcher, Lester N. . . 7.00 

Folev, David J 2.00 

Ford, Charles L 2.00 

Foster, S. J 2.00 

•Gilmore, A. H 2.00 

Green, Fred W 2.00 

Greenleaf Kennels . . 14.00 

•Greenwood, Ormond . 2.00 

Griffin, Franklin 2.00 

Griffin, Mrs. Franklin 2.00 

Groton, Robert 2.00 

Hayes, Mich. ael 5 . 00 

Hay ward, George ... 7.00 



Hay ward, B. F 5.00 

Haynes, Charles E. . . 2.00 

Hazel, Marv D 2.00 

Hodgen, H. C 2.00 

Holden, F. H 2.00 

Hoit, F. W 2.00 

Holland, John H. . . . 5.00 

Hunt, Roy W 2.00 

Jones, Warren W, ... 2.00 

Kennedv, Duncan S. . 2.00 

Kimball, Elnathan J., 6.00 

Kimball. B. Milton .. 2.00 

Knowlton, Helen A. . 2.00 

Laffin, Sidney 2.00 

Lewis, Herbert W. . . 2.00 

Libby, George A. . . . 5.00 

Licard, Felix 2.00 

Livermore, William J. 2.00 

Lucier, Joseph 2.00 

McGovern. Hugh ... 2.00 

McGregor, Stuart .. 2.00 

Mannion, Arthur ... 2.00 

Manson, H. and G. . . 2.00 

Marsh, A. W 2.00 

Mauro, Nicholas 2.00 

Mason, William 2.00 

Mekkelson, Jens 5.00 

Me^kelsen, John 2.00 

Millan, Albion L. . . . 4.00 

Moore, James 2.00 

Moore, J. Sterling ... 2.00 

Morrison, F. D 2.00 

Nagie, Alex 2.00 

Nealey, Edw^ard F. . . 5.00 

Nolan, Peter 5.00 

'Conn ell, Michael .. 2.00 

Olsen, Simon 2 00 

Palma, John 2.00 

Page, E. C 2.00 

Perkins, A. H 2.00 

Perkins, Levi ^0.0 

Pone, Beniamin 8.00 

Priest, u/l 5.00 

Reed, George H 5.00 



25 



Kich, Addie M 


2.00 


Richardson, George A. 


5.00 


Ring, John F 


2.00 


Ring, Mrs. John E. . . 


5.00 


Rivers. Edward E. . . 


7.0U 


Robbins, Solon 


2.00 


Robbins, Webster C. 




(Estate of) 


4.00 


Rosenau, Milton .... 


5.00 


Rothberg, Max 


2.00 


Rudolph, W. H 


2.00 


Rnssell, John H 


2.(10 


Sanborn, Everett R. . 


2.00 


Scanlon, William S. . 


2.00 


Schofield, Harris C. . . 


4.00 


Scott, Annie J 


2.00 


Shapley, Eva 


2.00 


Shapley, Eva (1916), 


2,00 



Shea, Peter, J. . . , 
Smith, George A. 
Smith, Hattie E. . 
Stearns, Clifton S. 
Taylor, Charles A. 
Tucker, George S. 
Turnbull, George 
Tuttle, Arthur . . . 
Watkins, J. H. . . 
Weaver, George T. 
Weeks, Elinor F. 
West, Mrs. 1. C. . . 
Whitcomb, Fred S. 
Wood, Fred W. . . 
Williams, William 
AVillis, Edward . . 
Worden, Martin H. 



124 licenses @ $2.00 
22 licenses @ $5.00 



Deduct fees, 146 licenses @ 20c each 



Paid county treasurer on 1916 account 
Total amount paid county treasurer 



2. 00 

2.ao 

2.00 
2.00 
7.00 
7.0(i 
2.00 
6.00 
4.0> 
14.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 



$248,00 
110.00 

$358.00 
29.20 

$328.80 
5.40 

$334.20 



26 



REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town : 

The selectmen have carried ont the instructions of the 
voters of the town as far as possible. We were confronted by 
the same conditions, only much worse, as regards the labor 
question as in 1916. ^Ye found it almost impossible to procure 
competent help for the Road department at anywhere near the 
wage which the town expects to p'dy. We appointed Mr. A. H. 
Perkins superintendent of streets and he managed to build the 
piece of road (Lowell) for which the town voted $1,000. We 
^started this work early, about August 1st, hoping to complete 
same in time to do some needed repairs on the gravel roads, but 
the early freeze prevented this work. We would call your 
attention to the wornout condition of our stone roads. A large 
percent have gone beyond the '' patching'' stage and must be 
re-surfaced to put them in any kind of shape for the heavy traf- 
fic which. they are obliged to stand. This will be expensive, 
particularly at this tim€\ We recommend that the Lowell road 
be finished this year and that a sufficient sum be appropriated 
for this purpose in addition to the regular moneys for repairs. 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 

Selectmen. 



27 



REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Acton, Mass. : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 
1917: 

General Government 

Appropriation $1,800.00 

Appropriation premium on collector's 

and treasurer's bonds 150.00 

Received from sealer of weights and 

measures 56 . 23 

Transferred from reserve fund 150 . 47 

$2,156.70 

Selectmen's Department 

Paid: 

Charles J. Holton, salary $100.00 

William H. Kingsley, salary 50 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 50.00 

Charles J. Holton, postage, telephones, 

etc 17.26 

R. S. Osterhout, envelopes, noteheads . . 24.75 

Warren H. Jones, postage 1.30 

$243.31 
Auditing and Accounting Department 
Paid : 

Howard L. Jones, salary $139. oO 

Howard L. Jones, postage, stationery .. 2.10 

W. S. Greenough & Co., books, vouchers 5.30 

$146.90 
Treasurer's Department 
Paid : 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $200.00 

Frank W^ Hoit, postage, telephone, etc., 30.39 

Frank W. Hoit, certifying notes 8 . 00 

American Surety Co., bond 50.00 

$288.39 



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Collector's Department 
Paid : 

Arthur M. Whitcomb, salary $392.94 

A. M. Wiiitcomb, postage 11.50 

W. M. Sargent, printing and envelopes, 8.50 

Hobbs & Warren, book 4.08 

American Surety Co., bond 100 . 00 



Assessors' Department 
Paid: 

James B. Tuttle, salary $75 . 00 

Ralph W. Piper, salary 55 . 00 

A. M. Whitcomb, salary 60 . 00 

ThLomas Groom, book 3 . 87 

P. B. Murphy, blanks 8.85 

W. M. Sargent, printing 11 . 00 

James B. Tuttle, "warrants and postage, 3.00 

A. M. Whitcomb, postage, express, etc., 5.80 



Town Clerk's Department 
Paid: 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $45.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, postage, express, etc., 17.54 
Horace F. Tuttle, attending meeting at 

Chelmsford 3 .00 

Horace F. Tuttle, collecting and record- 
ing births 21.50 

Horace F.^ Tuttle, recording marriages . 6.40 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths .... 11 . 60 

Wright & Potter, book ; 1.57 

P. B. Murphy, blanks .75 

Library Bureau, blanks .75 

H. S. Turner, envelopes 2.35 

Carter Ink Co., ink .50 



$517.02 



$222.52 



$110.96 
Overseers of Poor Department 
Paid: 

William H. Kingslej^ salary $50.00 

Cliarles J. Holton, salary 20 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 20 . 00 , 

William H. Kingsley, postage 1 . 35 

$91.35 
Town Physician 
Estate of Hall Staples $20.00 



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Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Theron F. Newton, salary 

Cattle Inspector 

Fred S. Whitcomb, salary 

Election and Registration 
Paid: 

James McGreen, registrar, 191G-1917 .. $i0.00 

G. E. Holton, registrar 20.00 

Horace F. Tnttle, registrar 25 .00 

David A. Kingsley, election officer, 1916- . 

'17 17.50 

Eugene Hall, election officer 2.50 

James 'Neil, election officer 7 . 50 

I. S. Ford, election officer 2.50 

C. W. Cram, election officer 2 . 50 

R. W. Porter, election officer 2 . 50 

L. C. Hastings, election officer 10 . 00 

L. A. Hesselton, election officer 10.00 

L. E. Reed, election officer 10.00 

C. E. Smith, election officer 5.00 

T. F. Newton, election officer 2.50 

J. T.. McNiff, election officer 7 . 50 

C. O'Neil, election officer 5.00 

F. S. Whitcomb, election officer 7.50 

Charles J. Holton, election officer 10.00 

A. F. Davis, election officer 10.00 

H. F. Tuttle, election officer 7.50 

R. S. Osterhout, warrants, ballots, notices 80.25 

H. F. Tuttle, election officer 2.50 

F. S. Glines, opening schoolhouse 1.00 

R. W. Porter, placing booths 5.00 

L. C, Hastings, placing booths 5.00 

Universalist society, rent 12.00 

C. J. Holt, rent 4.50 

J. T. McNiff, posting warrants, trans- 
porting ballots 21 .00 

Total general government 

Due from state for cattle inspection .... 

Buildings and Grounds 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Received from rent 153 . 50 



$80.00 
$100.00 



$336.25 

$2,156.70 
$100.00 



$353.50 



30 



Paid: 
R. W. Porter, janitor and labor on 

grounds $122.70 

American Woolen Co., lighting hall and 

jail 66.27 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal . . 56.37 

West & South Water Supply District ... 6.00 

Dexter Spinney, wood , . . 8 . 00 

B. A. King, wiring 6 . 10 

C. J. Persons, tunirig piano 3 . 00 

W. H. Kingslc}', sawing wood 2 . 00 

N. H. Tenney, repairs on boiler 16.35 

E. P. Gates, repairs 3 . 10 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 4.26 

Town farm, wood 16 . 50 

R. W. Porter, care of clock 25.00 

Unexpended 

Special on Grounds 
Appropriation 

Paid : 
J. D. Smith, labor 

Unexpended 



$335.65 
17.85 

$353.50 

$150.00 

$5.50 
144.50 



Protection of Persons and Property- 
Police 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 39 . 00 

Paid: 

J. T. McNife, court fees $83.21 

William Craig, court fees 13 . 08 

J. Connors, court fees 2 . 05 

J. T. McNife, special duty . 17.00 

J. N. Berry, special duty 7 . 34 

C. J. Holton, badges and automobile ... 10 . 75 

0. D. Wood, special duty 24.25 

J. M. Kempton, special duty 76 . 25 

W. H. Jones, cartridges, twisters, keys, 3.32 

R. S. Osterhout, noteheads 1.75 



$150.00 



$239.00 



$239.00 



31 



Enforcement of Liquor Law 

Appropriation 

Unexpended 

Fire Department 

General 
Appropriation 

Paid: 

H. W. Lewis, supplies $3.91 

E. T. Rice, stove 19.00 

E. T. Rice, repairs 13.56 

South Acton Woolen Co., vitrol 24.45 

American Woolen Co., lighting 16.39 

James French, care of fire 15.00 

N. J. Cole, care of fire 15.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal . . 56.92 

George H. Reed, coal 15 . 28 

Badger Fire Extinguisher Co 7.25 

American La France Fire Engine Co., 

acid siphon 10 . 00 

West & South Water Supply District . . 12.00 

W. H. Jones, lighting .74 

A. AV. Davis, gasoline 4. 95 

W. E. Whitcomb, soda 13.50 

West Acton Department, pay rolls 11.75 

West Acton Department, salaries 80.00 

N. J. Cole, care of house 17 . 95 

N. J. Cole, engineer 5.00 

W. H. Jones, engineer 5 . 00 

E. C. Page, engineer 5.00 

W. H. Kingsley, engineer 5 . 00 

E. P. Gates, engineer 5.00 

F. W. Billings, engineer 5.00 

A. F. Harris, engineer 5 . 00 

N. J. Cole, pay roll 2.40 

Unexpended 

Special for Alterations West Acton House 

Appropriation 

Paid: 

West Acton Department, labor $16.23 

B. A. King, wiring 6 . 50 

Unexpended 



$830.30 
830.30 



$400.00 



$375.05 
24.95 

$400.00. 

$50.00 



$22.73 

27.27 

$50.00 



32 

Equipping Motor Truck, Precinct 1 

Appropriation $350 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 190 . 80 



$540.80 
Paid: 
American La France Fire Engine Co., 

two 25-gallon steel tanks $420 . 00 

One wire mesh basket 16.00 

One chemical engine nozzle 6.50 

150 feet chemical hose 37.50 

E. P. Gates, labor 38.00 

W. J. Costello, painting 22.80 

$540.80 
Hydrant Service 

Appropriation $2,750 . 00 

Paid: 
West & South Water Supply District . . $2,562.50 

Town of Concord 92.00 

$2,654.50 

Unexpended 95 . 50 

$2,750.00 
Brush Fires 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid: 

A. F. Harris, labor $4.85 

Allan Frost, labor 1.00 

Alfred Harris, labor .25 

C. I. Miller, labor .25 

Henrj^ Austin, labor .25 

Henry Thatcher, labor .25 

Leo Bayer, labor .25 

L. E. Frost, labor 2.50 

William Hallowell, labor .50 

A. Hallowelll, labor .25 

I. Gagnion, labor .25 

West Acton Department, pay rolls .... 21 . 35 

E. C. Page, pay rolls 18 . 17 

W. H. Kingsley, pay rolls 19.90 

N. J. Cole, pay rolls 8.95 

Pay roll, account B. & M. R. R. Co., fire 

North Acton 29.68 

Pay roll, account B. & M. R. R. Co., fire 

North Acton 16 . 55 



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Pay roll, account B. & M. R. R. Co., fire 

West Acton 12.00 

$137.20 
Unexpended 62.80 



Health and Sanitation 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received from Murphy & Mitchell, in- 
spection 23.80 

Received from Mitchell & Maloney, in- 
spection 100.00 

Received from A. F. Blanchard, inspec- 
tion 100.00 

Received from A. J. Edwards, chemicals 4.00 

Received from Hall Brothers, chemicals 4.50 

Transferred from reserve fund 159 . 72 

Paid: 

C. A. Dudley, inspection $136.55 

E. C. Page, inspection 64.00 

E. C, Page, fumigating, etc 67.53 

E. C. Page, salary 1916-'17 8.75 

Smith Finney, auto to Boston 10.00 

Boston Consumptives hospital 78.00 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 2.00 

Hall Staples, professional services 7 . 50 

Carter, Carter & Meigs, chemicals 9.70 

H. S. Turner, notices 4.55 

W. B. Clarke Co., book 1.35 

E. S. Fobes, inspection 304.00 

F. E. Tasker, inspection 66.00 

F. E. Tasker, school physician 50.00 

F. E. Tasker, account complaints 4.00 

Jj. A. Jones, labor 3 . 64 

L. C. Hastings, labor 4.20 

C. E. Wood, wages 20.00 

City of Waltham 44.25 

W. A. Flint, use of land for dump 6 . 00 

Moth Department f 

Appropriation $1,007 . 59 

Received state treasurer, gypsy moth 

work 133.72 

Private work 75 . 90 

Lead sold 589.44 



$200.00 



$892.02 



$892.02 



$1,806.65 



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Paid: 

James O'Neil, labor $1,992.47 

James O'Neil, state highway work 76.65 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, sup- 
plies 48.64 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gasoline 21,25 

$2,139.01 
Balance due from state, January 1, 

1917 121.41 

$2,260.42 

$453.77 
Less for work on state highAvay 76 . 65. 



Balance due from state, January 1, 

1918 $377.12 

Tree Warden 

Appropriation $400 . 00 

Paid : 

Northeastern Forestry companj^ 12.00 

Unexpended 388.00 



Highways and Bridges 

Appropriation, general $4,000 . 00 

Appropriation, road to Mrs. Daniels' .. 250.00 

Appropriation, oiling 700 . 00 

Appropriation, Pope road, unexpended 

balance 242.00 

Appropriation, Lowell road 1,000.00 

lieceived, state treasurer, account Low- 
ell road, 1916 200.00 

Received, Framingham Construction Co., 

use of roller 60 . 00 

Eeceived, town of Westford, use of 

roller 10.00 

Received, state treasurer, use of roller . 244.00 



Paid: 

A. H. Perkins, pav rolls $2,525.76 

A. H. Perkins, labor Powder Mill bridge 105.66 

A. H. Perkins, gravel 56 . 15 

N. H. Tenney, repairs 28.20 

Buffalo, Springfield Steam Roller Co., 

repairs 6 . 12 

Hall, Lincoln Co., cover 8 .00 



$400.00 



$6,706.00 



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Lunt, Moss Co., repairs 25.92 

W. E. Whitcomb, tools 12.62 

W. J. Costello, signs 5.00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 39.86 

C. H. Mead & Co 9.05 

E. P. Gates, repairs 14.35 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co 1.86 

Upton, Gilman Machine Co., welding .. 2.00 

W. H. Jones, labor 2.00 



Oiling 
Paid: 

Standard Oil Co., oil $461.32 

A. H. Perkins, labor 230.50 



Snow Bills 
Paid: 

A. H. Perkins $54.44 

George Greenough 18 . 00 

W. H. Jones 20.00 



$2,842.55 



$691.82 



$92.44 
Lowell Road 

Paid: 

A. H. Perkins, pay rolls $2,708.68 

A. H. Perkins, gravel 101 .40 

A. H. Perkins, use of road to pit 5.00 

A. H. Perkins, coal, posts 140.61 

F. A. Hollowell, land damage 25.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber, 

etc 12.28 

$2,992.97 
Total expenditures highv/ays and 

bridges 6,619.78 

Amount due from state, account Lowell 

road $1,000.00 

Amount due from countv, account Low- 
ell road \ 1,000.00 



$2,000.00 

$4,619.78 
Unexpended balance 2,086.22 

$6,706.00 



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Street Lighting 
Appropriation $3,300.00 

Paid : 
American Woolen company 3,247.92 

Unexpended balance 52.08 



$3,300.00 
Charities 
Town Farm 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received from sale of product and stock 2,787 . 31 

Transferred from reserve fund 16 . 41 

$3,303.72 

Paid: 

C. L. Crosby, warden $120.00 

*C. L. Crosby, labor ; 44.47 

C. R. Stearns, warden 360.00 

C. R. Stearns, labor 335 . 61 

C. R. Stearns, boxec 13.00 

C. R. Stearns, veterinary 5 . 00 

C. R. Stearns, tomato plants .50 

C. R. Stearns, tools and repairs 23.75 

C. R. Stearns, sundries 2 . 98 

J. S. Moore, supplies 233.81 

N. E. Telephone & Telegraph Co 16.10 

George H. Reed, grain 530.37 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 

and lumber 55 . 73 

C. H. Mead & Co., grain and supplies . . 760.73 

H. W. Lewis, supplies 44 . 41 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 56 . 07 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 330.54 

J. Wright, cutting ice 5 . 58 

H. F. Robbins, hay 50.00 

E. T. Rice, repairs 3.00 

W. H. Jones, spraying 30 . 30 

F. E. Tasker, professional services 32.75 

Joseph Breck & Sons, tank and tools ... 10.18 

F. Oelschelegel, repairs 2.00 

W. A. Haynes Co., mower 55.00 

W. A. Haynes Co., supplies 2.25 

W. H. Kingsley, labor 31.25 

W. E. Whitcomb, supplies .60 

Town of Acton, moth tax 8 . 15 

N. H. Tenney, repairs 2.50 

F. A. Wakelin, supplies 4.07 

E. P. Gates, shoeing and jobbing 58.70 



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Durkee Brothers, service of bull 10.00 

Huntington Agricultural Camp, labor .. 64.32 

$3,303.72 
Outside Poor 

Appropriation $1,500 . 00 

Received from state treasurer, account 

dependent mothers 91.44 

$1,591.44 
Paid: 

Town of Braintree $98.98 

City of Waltham 39.25 

Luther Davis, rent 112 . 00 

Luther Davis, milk 25 . 13 

Elizabeth J. Ring, board and care 572.00 

H. W. Lewis, supplies 80.37 

W. E. Whitcomb, supplies 39.70 

M. Nerskin, rent 30.00 

B. A. Phalen, rent 24.00 

W. T. S. Bartlett, rent 38.00 

Tuttle & Newton, supplies 7.60 

Dexter Spinney, wood 5 .00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 169.62 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal . . 32.82 

Town farm, wood 22 .50 

$1,296.97 
• Unexpended balance 294.47 



$1,591.44 



Soldiers' Benefits 

State Aid 

R-eceived from state treasurer $686.00 

Amount due from state, Januarv 1, 1917 $686.00 

Paid ^ 624.00 

Amount due from state, January 1, 1918 624.00 



$1,310.00 $1,310.00 
Military Aid 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid: 

H. Hamblin, medical attendance $20 . 00 

Hall Staples, medical attendance 38 . 00 

Edwin Hay ward, rent 10 . 00 

E. C. Page, services 2.00 

Mrs. W. C. Butler, services 30.20 

D. J. Brown, rent 5.00 



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E. W. Ford, rent 30.00 

S. A. Christie, medical attendance 62.90 



$198.10 
Unexpended balance 1 . 90 



Memorial Library 

Librarj^ Expense 

Appropriation $450 . 00 

Received from fines 31.00 

Received for old paper 2.20 



$200.00 



Library Books 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Interest on library fund 233 . 38 

Received for book destroyed 1.00 



Paid: 

W. B. Clarke Co., books $238.94 

C. E. Lanriet Co., books 1.87 

DeWolfe, Fiske Co., books 14.30 

W. A. Wilde Co., books 9.14 

Dura Binding Co 62.60 

Town of Acton, to balance 1916 account, 39.54 
National Association for Providing Em- 
ploj^ment, for Cured Tubercular, 

book 1.50 

Graphic Arts Co .50 



$483.20 



Paid: 

American Woolen Co., lighting $30.19 

R. Farrar, printing 2.75 

A. F. Davis, librarian 102.00 

A. F. Davis, cataloguing 10.00 

A. F. Davis, painting .65 

O. E. Houghton, transporting books ... 50.00 

E. F. Conant, insurance 64.70 

S. H. Taylor, janitor 100.00 

S. H. Taylor, repairing clock 2.00 

Acton Printing Co., printing 3.75 

.H. F. Tuttle, expressage, etc 5.10 

$371.14 
Unexpended 112.06 



$483.20 



$434.38 



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H. W. Wilson Co., l)ook 1.25 

Boj^lston Publishing Co .75 

A. H. Heusser, book 1.85 

H. Goldberger, magazines 45.85 

K. Farrar, cards 5 . 00 

H. F. Tuttle, magazines 2.00 

Acton Printing Co., cards 4.77 

Brookside Printing Co., slips 3.70 

Dennison Mfg. Co., labels .82 

$434.38 

Cemeteries 

Appropriation $600 . 00 

Received sale of lots, Woodlawn 50.00 

deceived sale of lots, Mt. Hope 42.00 

$692.00 

Paid : 

Julian Tuttle, labor $115 . 25 

J. Pederson, labor 134.23 

I. Pederson, labor 11.25 

J. Tuttle, plants 7.98 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 2.25 

W. H. Kingsley, team 4 . 50 

H. F. Tuttle, services as commissioner . . 7.50 

H. F. Tuttle, writing deeds 2.50 

AVest & South Water Supply District . . 13.17 

F. W. Green, labor 147.90 

E. R. Teele, team 9.40 

E. L. Spinney, team 6.00 

E. F. Conant, insurance 7.20 

0. E. Preston, labor 9.00 

E. T. Rice, repairs 11.77 

A. Batley, plants 9.78 

T. E. Downie, mowing 1 .50 

€. H. Mead & Co., rakes 1.50 

F. W. Green, writing deeds 1 . 00 

$503.68 

Unexpended 188.32 



$692.00 



Perpetual Care 

Received interest on cemetery fund .... $479 . 80 
Paid: 

J. Tuttle, labor $233.50 

J. Tuttle, plants 66.55 

F. W. Green, labor and plants 158.75 

F. C. Hayward, interest 17.50 

George Decoster, interest 3 . 50 

$479.80 



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Education 

Appropriation $22,000.00 

Received county treasurer, dog tax ... 258. 3S 
Received state treasurer, industrial 

school 695.85 

Received C. 0. Prescott, superintendent 

funds 343.75 

'Received tuition E. Sadler 57.00 

Received tuition Anna Wright 12 . 75 

Received tuition town of Stow 28 . 50 

Received ticket refunds 30.81 

Received book .85 

Received old paper and books 10.71 

$23,438.55 
Paid: 

Report of school committee $22,527.76 

' Unexpended 910.79 

$23,438.55 
Printing 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid: 

R. S. Osterhout, town reports $190.70 

Erterprise company 10.20 

$200.90 
Unexpended 99.10 

$300.00 
Memorial Day 

Appropriation $100.00 

Paid: 

Isaac Davis Post, G. A. R 100.00 

Liability Insurance 

Appropriation $150 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 25 . 48 

$175.48 
Paid : 

A. M. Whitcomb $175.48 

Removing Watering Trough at Acton Center 

Appropriation $25 . OO 

Paid: 

H. F. Tuttle $7.00 

Unexpended 18.00 

$25.00 



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Unclassified 

Appropriation $300 .00 

Paid: 

G. W. Worster, delivering reports $2.00 

F. K. Shaw, returning births 7.00 

F. E. Tasker, returning births .75 

Estate Hall Staples, stove 12.00 

M. Bender & Co., book 10.50 

E. W. Porter, repairing flag .50 

R. W. Porter, care of flag 5.00 

Concord Foundry Machine Co 2.15 

Finnev & Hoit, flags 15.00 

Hobbs & Warren, book 7.82 

S. M. Spencer Mfg. Co., stamps 2.45 

W. and L. E. Gurley, refinishing brass, 

yard standard 7 . 42 

:S. A. Christie, returning births 2.50 

F. P. Flagg, returning births .50 

C. J. Holton, perambulating town lines, 7.50 

C. «T. Holton, delivering reports 1.00 

H. F. Tuttle, printing notices of military 

enrollment 2 . 75 

W. H. Jones, perambulating town lines, 2.50 
Estate Hall Staples, returning births ... • 1.25 

$90.59 

Unexpended 209.41 



Reserve Fund / 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Received library account to balance, 

1916 39.54 

Transferred to : 

General government $150.47 

Police department 39.00 

Fire department (special) 190.80 

Health and sanitation 159 .72 

Town farm 16.41 

Liability insurance 25 . 48 



$300.00 



$1,039.54 



$581.88 



Unexpended $457.66 

Interest 

Received interest on taxes $213 . 24 

Received interest on deposits 74.96 

$288.20 



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Paid: 
First National bank of Aver, interest on 

loans $581 . 56 

Municipal Indebtedness 
Balance due First National bank of Aver, 

January 1, 1917 .'. . . $5,000.00 

Eeceived loans. First National bank of 

Aver 27,000.00 

$32,000.00 

Paid : 
First National bank of Aver 27,000.00 



Due First National bank of Aver. 

January 1, 1918 \ . . $5,000.00 

Refunds 

Abatements, 1916 taxes $101 . 60 

Abatements, 1917 taxes 253.68 



Financial Statement 
Receipts 

Due from treasurer, January 1, 1917 . . $2,532.43 

Due from collector, January 1. 1917 . . . 5.602.08 

Poll taxes added ' 34.00 

Raised : 

State tax $6,160.00 

State highway tax 1,031.06 

Countv tax 2.817 . 25 

Overlav 680.12 

Memorial dav 100.00 

Hi^rhways and bridges 4.000.00 

Highways and bridges, Lowell road .... 1,000.00 

Memorial library, expenses 450.00 

Memorial librarv. books 200.00 

Schools ' 22.000.00 

Hvdrant service 2,750.00 

Street lighting 3,300 . 00 

General government 1.800.00 

Moth work 1^007 . 59 

Tree warden work 400 . 00 



$355 . 2a 



$8,168.51 



$47,696.02 
Less amount paid by state account 

intangible personal property . . 8,316.81 



$39,379.21 



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Received 

Treasurer 's report $46,157 . 24 

Farm receipts 2,787 . 31 

Interest on taxes 213 . 24 

Moth tax 673.26 

Excise tax 250.73 

$50,081.78 



$97,629.50 
Expenditures 

State tax $6,160.00 

State highway tax 1,031.06 

County tax 2,817.25 

General government 2,156.70 

Buildings and grounds 335 . 65 

Buildings and grounds, special 5 . 50 

Police department 239.00 

Fire department, general 375.05 

Fire department, special 22.73 

Fire department, special 540 . 80 

Hydrant service 2,654.50 

Brush fires 137.20 

Health and sanitation 892.02 

Moth department 2,139 .01 

Tree warden 12 .00 

Highways and bridges 6,619 .78 

Street lighting 3.247 . 92 

Town farm 3,303 .72 

Outside poor 1,296 . 97 

State aid 624.00 

Military aid 198 . 10 

Library expense 371 . 14 

Library books 434 . 38 

Cemeteries 503 . 68 

Cemeteries, perpetual care 479 . 80 

Education 22,527.76 

Printing 200.90 

Memorial day 100.00 

Liability insurance 175 . 48 

Removing watering trough 7 . 00 

Unclassified 90.59 

Interest 581.56 

Municipal indebtedness 27,000.00 

Refunds 355 .28 

Due from treasurer 3,134.44 

Due from collector 6,858 .53 

/ 

$97,629.50 



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Financial Statement for Year Ending December 31, 1917 

Due from treasurer $3,134.44 

Due from collector 6,858 . 53 

Due from county treasurer, dog tax . . . 307.56 
Due from state treasurer, moth work . . . 377 . 12 
Due from state treasurer, account Low- 
ell road 1,000.00 

Due from county treasurer, account Low- 
ell road ./. 1,000.00 

Due from state treasurer, cattle inspec- 
tion 100.00 

Due from state treasurer, state aid 624.00 

$13,401.65 
Liabilities 
First National bank of Ayer, note $5,000.00 

Balances in favor of the town .... $8,401.65 

Respectfully submitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 

South Acton, Mass., February 12, 1918. 
I have examined the accounts of the tax collector and 
treasurer of the town of Acton, and find them correct to the 
best of mv knowledge. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1917 

Cash on hand, January 1, 1917 $2,532. 4:i 

State Treasurer: 

Corporation tax, public service .... $499 . 69 

Corporation tax, business 5,145.86 

National bank tax 565.84 

Street railway tax 2.35 

State aid 686.00 

Soldiers' exemption 79.25 

Income tax 8,316.81 

income tax additional 70.92 

Reimbursement for loss of taxes on 

land used for public institutions 191.78 
Independent educational industrial 

schools 695.85 

Aid of mothers with dependent 

children 91 . 44 

Highway work, Lowell road 200.00 

Highway commission, moth work .. 133.72 

Superintendent of school fund 343.75 

Highway department, use of roller, 244.00 

County treasurer, dog tax 258.33 

Slaughter house inspection 23.80 

Slaughter license, A. F. Blanchard 100.00 

Slaughter license, Mitchell & Mahoney, 100.00 

Board of Health, supplies 8.50 

Concord, Lake Nagog taxes 25.12 

Cemetery lots sold, Mt. Hope 42.00 

Cemetery lots sold, Woodlawn 50.00 

Use of road roller, Framingham 60 . 00 

Use of road roller, Westford 10.00 

Town hall rents 153.50 

First National bank, Ayer, loans 27,000.00 

Sealer of weights and measures 56.23 

Town of Stow, tuition 28.50 

Old books and papers, school depart- 
ment 11 . 56 

Rebate on school transportation 30.81 

Tuition of Enid and Craig Sadler 57.00 



12 


.75 


31 


.00 


1, 


.00 


2 


.20 


74 


.96 


233 


.38 


479 


.80 


; 39, 


.54 



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Tuition of Anna Wright 

Library fines 

Library books destroyed 

Old papers, library 

Interest on deposits 

Interest on library fund 

Interest on cemetery fund 

Amount overdrawn library account, 1916 

$46,157.24 
Town Farm Receipts : 

Milk $1,565.13 

Apples 725.86 

Fowl 66 . 69 

Eggs 117 . 19 

Calves 46.00 

Wood 86.75 

Potatoes 19.25 

Labor 18.10 

Bull service . 2.00 

Cows 115.00 

Telephone 2.20 

Old lead 4.49 

Old bags and junk 18 . 65 

$2,787.31 
Received of A. M. Whitcomb, Collector : 

Taxes, 1916 $5,270.42 

Interest, 1916 195.71 

$5,466.13 

Taxes, 1917 $33,810.33 

Interest, 1917 17.53 



$33,827.86 

$90,770.97 

Paid approved selectmen's orders $87,636.53 

Balance on hand, January 1, 1918 3,134.44 



$90,770.97 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT OF WILDE MEMORIAL 
LIBRARY FUND 



Cash Charlestown Five Cent Savings 

bank $1,000.00 

Warren Institution for Savings ... 1,000.00 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings . 1,000.00 

North End Savings bank 1,000.00 

Interest on deposits 204.15 

Bond West Shore R. R. of Susan 

Augusta and Luther Conant fund . 1,000.00 

Interest on bond 40 . 00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Appropriation for books 200.00 

$6,644.15 

Cash in banks $5,200.00 

Bond, Conant fund 1,000.00 

Amount expended 1917 433.38 

Balance unexpended 10.77 

$6,644.15 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



TREASURER'S REPORT OF FUNDS HELD FOR CARE OF 

LOTS IN CEMETERIES 

Bonds of West and South Water Supply 

District of Acton $8,400.00 

Cash in banks 8,102.90 

Unexpended balance 985.26 

Luke Tuttle lot 100.00 

Walter 0. Holden lot 100.00 

Moses Taylor, lots 400.00 

G. AV. Knowlton lot $50; Edith A. Wat- 
son lot $50; A. Knowlton lot $50 . . 150.00 

Edward Stone lot 100.00 

Joseph E. Chandler lot 50.00 

Granville E. Whitcomb lot 100.00 

James Richardson lot 50.00 

William D. Tuttle lot 100.00 

Interest on bonds 336.00 

Interest on deposits 277 .47 

$19,251.63 



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Paid for care of lots $479.80 

West and South Water Supph^ District 

of Acton bonds 8,100.00 

Cash in Banks 9,002 . 90 

liberty bonds . 550 00 

Unexpended balance 1,118.93 



$19,251.63 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



ASSESSORS' REPORT 

Valuation on April 1, 1917 

Buildings, exclusive of land $1,149,210.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 536,620.00 

Personal estate 381,844.00 

Total valuation $2,067,674.00 

Valuation April 1, 1916 2,515,429.00 

Decrease in valuation $447,755.00 

Rate of taxation, $18.40. 
Tax Assessed as Follows : 

Real estate $31,019.26 

Personal estate 7,025 . 95 

Polls 1,334.00 

$39,379.21 
Received from state account intangible 

personal 8,316.81 

$47,696.02 

Moth tax $673.26 

Excise tax 250.73 

Amount of Money Raised 

For state tax $6,160.00 

State highway tax 1,031 .06 

County tax 2,817.25 

Town grant 37,007.59 

Overlay 680.12 

$47,696.02 
JAMES B. TUTTLE, 
ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, 
RALPH W. PIPER, 

Assessors of Acton. 



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COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1916 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1917 $5,602.08 

Polls added 34.00 

Interest collected 195.71 



,831.79 



Cr. 

Paid treasurer ! $5,364.53 

Abatements 101 . 60 

$5,466.13 
Uncollected January 1, 1918 $365.66 

1917 Taxes 
Town, state and county taxes committed 

to collector, September 1, 1917 $47,696.02 

Less amount returned from state account 

intangible personal 8,316.81 

$39,379 2i 

Moth tax 673.26 

Interest collected 17 .53 

$40,070.00 
Excise tax 250 . 73 

$40,320.73 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $33,574.18 

Abatements 253.68 

$33,827.86 

Uncollected January 1, 1918 $6,242 . 14 

Uncollected January 1, 1918, excise tax . 250.73 

$6,492.87 

ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, 

Collector, 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1917 

Investments 
AVarren Institution for Savings, Book 

83531 $1,135.32 

Cliarlestown Five Cents Savings bank, 

Book 71200 1,000.00 

Citv Institution for Savings, Lowell, 

' Book 84244 1,000.00 



Receipts 
Warren Institution for Savings, divi- 
dends $45 . 12 

Charlesto^^n Five Cents Savings bank, 

dividends 42 . 50 

City Institution for Savings, dividends . 40.00 



Payments 
Paid Julian Tuttle, care of Goodnow lot, 

Woodlawn cemetery $7.00 

Unpaid income for care of cemetery lot, 

deposited with Warren Institution 

for Savings 18 . 12 

H. F. Bobbins, treasurer of Evangelical 

Congregational church in Acton . . 102 . 50 



$3,135.32 



$127.62 



$127.62 
LUTHER COXANT, 
I. WARREX FLAGG, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



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REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



The overseers of the poor submit the following report for 
the year ending December 31, 1917. 

There has not been as many cases of outside poor aided 
this year, but war prices have advanced the cost of this depart- 
ment, so that the net cost is about the same as last year. The 
local case referred to last year is still being cared for by the 
same lady and too much cannot be said for the faithful way 
she has cared for them. 

We recommend that $1,300 be appropriated for this 
department. 

The town home since April 1st has been in charge of Mr. 
and Mrs. C. R. Stearns as warden and matron, and they have 
taken good care of it and the inmates. The high price of sup- 
plies and labor has struck this department too, and though 
there was a good crop of apples and a good amount of milk, we 
have not been able to keep within the appropriation. 

Many things are needed on the farm and among them is a 
power sprayer. There w^ill have to be a new^ horse this year, as 
the one that has been on the farm for a long time is too oJd to 
be of any more use. 

Number of inmates cared for during year 3 

Number at present time 2 

We recommend that $700 be appropriated for this depart- 
ment. 

See treasurer's and town accountant's reports for the 
financial statement of this department. 

WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, Chairman, 
CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 

Board of Overseers of Poor. 



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REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



January 1, 1917. 

The board of health submits the following report for the 
year ending December 31, 1917 : 

Burial permits issued in Acton 44 

Burial permits issued in other places 23 

List of contagious diseases reported by the board of health, 
January 1, 1917, to December 31, 1917 : 

Acute poliomyelitis 1 

Chicken pox 12 

German measles 4 

Measles 2 

Mumps • 1 

Whooping cough 1 

Diphtheria 1 

Meat Inspected for the Town 

Inspected Condemned 

Cattle 43 1 

Veals 799 30 

Hogs 60 1 

Your board would again request all using the public 
dumps to dump back from the entrances and save the town the 
needless expense of overhauling the refuse and making an 
entrance way. 

Your board would recommend that $1,500 be appropriated 
for use of the board for the present year, as the state board 
has added the duty of inspecting stables and the issuing of per- 
mits for the production and sale of all milk used in the town, 
the expense to be borne by the town. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

By C. A. Dudley, Agent. 



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REPORT OF CATTLE INSPECTOR 



I herewith submit the following report for the year 1^17 : 

Dairy cows .650 

Young cattle 227 

Bulls 36 

Swine 185 

Sheep . , 28 

Stables inspected ' 106 

I have quarantined nine head of cattle with tuberculosis, 
w^hich were taken bv the state and killed. 

FRED S. WHITCOMB, 

Inspeetov. 

Acton, Mass., January 5, 1918. 
Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — Enclosed is report of cattle, hogs, veal and 
sheep inspected by me from May 9, 1917, to January 1, 1918, 
and reported to state board of health : 

Beef 302 11 condemned 

Veal 287 4 condemned 

Hogs 127 condemned 

Sheep 11 condemned 

Yours truly, 

EDWARD S. FOBES. 



TREE WARDEN'S REPORT, 1917 

Paid Northeastern Forestry company $12.00 

I would recommend the raising of $400.00 for this 
department. 

JAMES O'NEID, 

Tree Warden. 



54 



ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ACTON 
MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1917-1918 



Luther Conant, President. E. Faulkner Conant, Secretary. 

Delette H. Hall. Frank Knowlton. 

J. S. White. Horace F. Tuttle. L. A. Hesselton. 



The Acton Memorial Library was open to the public the 
fourteenth of' June, 1890, and has therefore been in service 
nearly twenty-eight years. It has enjoyed a regular and con- 
tinuous period of prosperity, serving a population nearly sta- 
tionary, no great increase of patronage could be reasonably 
looked for. 

The existence of another library in the West Village in 
some degree lessens the call for books from that quarter. The 
sending of the high school children to Concord where they have 
access to a mach larger collection of books also diminishes the 
demand from our own library. 

The library has been fortunate from the start in securing 
librarians who have been very helpful in the assistance they 
have given its patrons in selecting books that would be both 
interesting and useful. 

And to Mr. Davis, the present official, thanks are due not 
only for kindly service, but also for his good taste in buying 
new books. His artistic skill with brush and pencil specimens, 
hung in front of the alcoves, brighten the room and make it 
still more attracrive. 

There are living at present but two of the six charter mem- 
bers of the board of trustees named by Mr. Wilde in the act of 
incorporation. Vacancies were caused by the death : First, Mr. 
Adelbert Mead, then Mr. Daniel James Wetherbee, then Mr. 
Moses Taylor, and in the last year, Mr. Hiram J. Hapgood. 

Mr. Hapgood had been in failing health for some time and 
a few years ago left Acton to live with his daughter in Reading. 
He died the seventh day of June, 1917, in the eightieth year 
of his age. 

The surviving members of the board of trustees attended 
the funeral in the church where he worshipped so long. As 
proof of his interest in the library, Mr. Hapgood made a be- 
quest of two hundred dollars in its favor. Thus ended a long 



55 

and useful life. The remains were buried in Mount Hope ceme- 
tery, where the}' repose amid or near the scenes where he had 
played ir. his childhood. 

We ask the town to vote the same appropriation, $200 foi* 
new books, and $450 for current expenses, as in years past. 
Respectfully submitted, 

LUTHER CONANT, 

For the Trustees. 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 

Accessions : Number of volumes in the library, January I. 

1917, 13,140. Increase by purchase 255^ of which 33 were ob- 
tained by binding' magazines. Increase by gift 16. Total 
increase 271. Number of volumes in the library, January 1, 

1918, 13,411. 

Circulation : Number of days library was opened 102. 
Number of volumes circulated, 8,438. Daily average circula- 
tion 82 plus. Largest daily circulation 134, on March 3. Small- 
est daily circulation 28, on December 26. 

Received for fines $34.20 

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$33.64 

Gifts of books have been received from the following 

sources : United States Government 2 ; State of Massachusetts 

11 ; Anti-Suffrage league 1 ; Carnegie Endowment 1 ; Chenev, 

AV. A., 1. 



BOOKS ADDED TO THE ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

IN 1917 

NON-FICTION 
Adams, C. F.— Autobiography 922-A211a 

Allen, F. J.— The shoe industry 67-A425s 

Andrews, Captain L. C. — Fundamentals of military ser- 
vice 35-A567f 
Atwood, A. W.— How to get ahead 33-A887h 
Bailey, L. H.— The holy earth • 63-B155h 
Bailey, L. H.— The survival of the Unlike 63-B155s 
Baker, G. P. and Huntington, H. B. — The principles of ar- 
gumentation 80-B167p 
Barnett, G. E. and McCabe, D. A. — Mediation, investiga- 
tion, and arbitration in industrial disputes 33-B259m 
Batchelder, R. — Watching and waiting on the border 35-B328w 
Bennett, H. M.— Women and work 39-B471w 
Bird, C. S., Jr. — Town planning for small communities 35-B618t 



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Bradley, W. A. — French etchers of the second empire 76-B811f 
Brady,* C. T.— Northwestern fights and fighters 973.8-B812n 
Brooks, C. S.— Journeys to Bagdad 81-B873.i 

Buck, A. H. — The growth of Medicine from the earliest 

times to about 1800 61-B922g 

Bullock, E. D.— Selected articles on child labor 33-B938s 

Burnaby, A. — Travels through the Middle settlements in 

North America in 1759 to 1760 973-B963t 

Cantley, R. W.— Descriptions of land 51-C375d 

Chapman, A. — Out where the west begins 81-C466o 

Cheney, A. E. — Dreams of Hellas and other poems 81-C518d 
Chevney, E. G. and Wentling, J. B. — The farm woodlot 

63-C531f 
Oark, B. H. — How to produce amateur plays 79-C592h 

Coester, A. — The literary history of Spani^ America 80-C6731 
Collver, A. — Augustus Conant, Illinois pioneer and 

preacher 922-C743c 

Cosmos — The basis of durable peace 17-AlOOb 

Davies, W. H.— Collected poems 82-D257c 

Dawson, M. — Money-making entertainments for church 

and charity ^ 79-D272m 

Dooley, W. H.— Textiles 67-D691t 

Dow, A. W.— Composition 75-D744c 

Duchene, Captain — ^The mechanics of the aeroplane 62-D828m 
Earle, A. M. — Stage coach and tavern days 973.2-E12st 

Eberlein, H. D. and McCIure, A. — ^The practical book of 

early American arts and crafts 74-E16p 

Ekblaw,*^K. J. T.— Farm structures 63-E36f 

Ellis, 0. O. and Garey, E. B.— The Plattsburg manual 35-E47p 
Evans, B. — Life romance of Lloyd George 924-G348e 

Fabre, J. H.— The life of the grasshopper 59-F1231b 

Fillebrown, C. B. — ^The principles of natural taxation 33-F485p 
Frothingham, L. A. — A brief history of the Constitution 

and government of Massachusetts 34-F941b 

Furness, C. E.— An introduction to the study of variable 

stars * 52-F98^.' 

Galsworthy, J. — Strife, a drama 81-G178s 

Galsworthy, J.— The fugitive, a play 81-G178f 

Gerard, J. W.— My four years in Germany 914.3-G356m 

Goldring, D. — A long France's river of romance the Loire 

914.4-G-621a 
Goxdon, G. A. — Aspects of the infinite mystery 23-G663a 

Guenther, L. — Investments and speculation " 33-G926i 

Haien, J, A. — Anti-suffrage essays 32-H149s 

ilalmar, L. C. — Scenes from the life of Benjamin Franklin 

922-F831h 
Hart, E. I.— Virgil C. Hart, missionary statesman 922-H325h 
Hayden, A.— Chats on old fiu^niture 72-H414c 



57 
Heusser, A. H.— The land of the prophets 9I5.6-H595I 

Jenkins, H.— Life of George Borrow 924-B737J 

Jewell, J. — Heroic deeds of noble Master Masons during 

the Civil war 36-J59h 

Kittridge, G. L. — ^The old farmer and his almanac 973-K62o 
Lane, R. W.— Henry Ford 's own story 922-F711I 

Lippman, W. — Drift and mastery 30-L766(l 

McCall, S. W.— The liberty of citizenship 32-M122J 

Michel, E. — Great masters of landscape painting 75-M623^- 
Mair, J. — My first summer in the Sierra 917.3-M953my 

Niles, G. G.— The Hoosac valley 974.5-N697h. 

Overlock, M. G. — The working people, their health and 

how to protect it 61-Q96w 

Parker, Captain R. M. — An officer's notes 35-P244a 

Persky, S. — Contemporary Russian novelists 89-P466e 

Putnam, G. R. — Lighthouses and lightships of the United 

States 62-P99H 

Rickert, E. and Paton, J. — American lyrics 81-R539a 

Robinson, E. L. — One hundred years of savings banking 

33-R659X) 
Roget, P. M. — Thesaurus of English words and phrases 

42-R732S 
Sargent, P. E.— A handbook of New England 917.3-S245b 

Scherer, J. A. B. — Cotton as a world power 33-S326e 

Sears, C. E. — Gleanings from old Shaker journals 917.3-S439c| 
Service, R. W.—The spell of the Yukon 81-S591« 

Shepardson, G. D. — Telephone apparatus 62-S547t 

Shorey, P. — The assault on Lumanism 81-S559a 

Shomk, C. S. — An army woman in the Philippines 919.1-S5.62a 
Sims, N. L. — Ultimate democracy and its making 32-S614u 

Smith, H. W.—The Christian's secret of a happy life 20-S649.C 
Spencer, L. J. — The world 's minerals 55-S745w 

Stefansson, V.— My life with the Eskimo 919.8-S817m 

Stetson, F. L. and Others — Some legal phases of corporate 

financing,, reorganization and regulation 33-S841^i 

Stirling, V., U. S. N. — Fundamentals of naval service 35-S861f 
Suklofe, M.— The life story of a Russian exile 928-S942s 

Talbot, F. A.— Lightships and lighthouses 62-T1381 

Thomas, E.— Richard Jefferies, his life and work 924-J.45t 

Thompson, H. L. — Selt instruction in navigation 52-T472s 

Tower, C. — Along Germany 's river of romance, the 

Moselle 914.3-T738a 

U. S. War Department — Infantry drill regulations 35-AlOOi 
U. S. War Department — Manual of interior guard duty 

35-AlOOm 
Westergaard, W.—The Danish West Indies 972-W526d 

Wilson, W. — War messages 35-W754w 

Wing, J. E. — Sheep farming in America 63-W769s 

Wood, J. E. — Popular natural history 59-W8T6p 



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FICTION 

Adams, A.— Wells brothers A211\v 

Adams, S. H.— The unspeakable Perk A217ii 

Andrews, M. R. S. — The eternal femenine A568i^ 

Baeheler. I. — The light in the clearino: B1211 

I^arr, A. E.— Profit and loss B268pT 

Bartlett. F. 0.— The triflers B289r 

B.artlett, F. 0.— The Wall street girl B2S9w 

Beach, R.— The barrier B365b 

Bower, B. M.— Jean of the Lazy A B786J 

Bower, B. M.— The phantom herd B786p 

Bower, B. M.— Starr of the desert B786s 

Brown, A. — The country road B8773co 

Brown, G. R. — My cotuitry B8776m 

Burnham. C. L. — Instead of the thorn . B964i 

BiuTow, C. K.— Patricia of the hills B974p 

Carlsen, C. L. — The taming of Calinga • C284t 

Carter. M. H. — Soul's resergent C323s 

Chambers, R. W. — The maid at arms C-lilrma 

Cobb, I.— Old Judge Priest C6535o 

Cobb, I. — Those times and these C6535t 

Connolly. J. D.— Head winds C743h 

Conrad, J. — Within the tides C754w 

Crawford. F. M. — Adam Johnstone's son C899a 

CuUum, R. — The golden woman C967g 

CuUum, R. — The men who wrought C967m 

Deland, M.— The rising tide D337r 

Dumas, A. — Marguerite de Valois DSSGma 

Eaton, W. P.— The bird-house man E142b 

Fitch, G.— The twentj^-four F544t 

Flagg, J. M. — The mystery of the hated man F574m 

Frank, W. — The unwelcome man F828u 

Frederic, H. — The damnation of Theron Ware F852da 

Frederic, H.— The Lawton girl F8521 

Frothingham. E. B. — The wav of the wind F941w 

Gale, Z.— Hearts kindred ' G152h 

George, W. L. — The strangers wedding G349st 

Grenfell, W. T.— Tales of the Labrador G826t 

Hageard, R.— The ivory child H145i 

Hardv, A. S.— Helen H268he 

Herriek, R. — The conscript mother H566co 

Hill, M.— McAllister's grave H647m 

Hodges. A.— Pincus Hood H688p 

Hough, E. — The magnificent adventure n838mb 

Hough, E. — The man next door H838ma 

Howells, W. D.— The leatherwood god H8591f 

Hufrhes. R. — The thirteenth commandment H894t 
Hyne, C. J. C— McTodd . H997m 



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Jackson, H. H. — Hetty 's strange history 

Janvier, J. — The Aztec treasure house 

King, B. — The side of the angels 

Lagerlof, S. — Emperor of Portugallia 

Lewis, A. H.— Wolfville 

Locke, W. J. — The red planet 

London, J. — Jerry 

Lowndes, B. — Good old Anna 

Lynde, F. — After the manner of men 

Lynde, F. — Stranded in Arcady 

Lynde, F. — The grafters 

Martin, H. R. — Tillie, a Mennonite maid 

McCutcheon, G. B. — Brewster's millions 

McCutcheon, G. B. — Jane Cable 

Maniates, B. K. — Our next door neighbor 

Mervin, S.— The Trafflers 

Mitchell, E.— The call of the bells 

Mitchell, J. A.— The villa Claudia 

Mullins, I. M. — Anne's wedding 

Noble, E.— The bottle fillers 

Norris, C. G. — The amateur 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Mr. Marx's secret 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The hillman 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The kingdom of the blind 

Orczy, B. — Leatherface 

Parrish, R. — Contraband 

Phelps, G. F. — The mountains of the morning 

Piper, M. R.~Sylvia of the hilltop 

Poole, E. — His family 

Porter, E. H. — Pollyanna grows up 

Porter, E. H. — The road to understanding 

Raine, W. M.— The Yukon trail 

Reinhardt, M. R.— Tish 

Richards, L. E. — Pippin 

Richmond, G. — Mrs. Red Pepper 

Richmond, G. — Under the country sky 

Rideout, H. M.— The far cry 

Robins, E. — The magnetic north 

Rohlfs, A. K. G.— To the minute 

Rohmer, M. — The hand of Fu Mauchu 

Rowland, H. C. — Filling his own shoes 

Runkle, B. — Straight down the crooked lane 

Scott, H. J. R. — The cab of the sleeping horse 

Scott, W. — Anne of Geirestein 

Scott, W. — The pirate 

Sheehan, P. P. and Davis, R. H. — The bugler of 

Smith, F. H. — Enoch Crane 

Smith, F. H. — Forty minutes late 



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Smith, F. H. — Kennedy Square S6-I:Tk 

Smith, F. H.— The veiled lady S647v 

Stephens, J. — ^The crock of gold S833c 

Tagore, R. — The hiiugry stones T128h 

Tarkington, B.— Seventeen T176s 

V'an Sr-liaiek, G.— The son of the otter V278sw 

Von.Hiirton, B.— Araby V9464a 

Waller, M. E.— Flamsted quarries W198f 

Wells, C— Patty's fortune W453pi 

Wells, C— The curved blades W453e 

Weils, C— The Maxwell mystery W453ma 

WelLs, H. G.— Mr. Britling sees it through Wi54m 

We^-man, S. J. — Count Hannible W549eo 

Weyman, S. J. — In King's b^-ways W549i 

We\-inan, S. J. — Shrewsbury Wo49sv 

We^Tnan, S. J. — Starvecrow farm W549sn 

Wharton, E. — Summer W553su 

Wliarton, E. — Xingu W553x 

White, E. L.— El Supremo W5832tr 

White, S. E. — The leopard woman W5881 

White, S. E. — The claim jumpers W5S8e 

Wilkiiis, M. E.— The debtor W685.1 

JUVENILE 
Allen, W. B. — Play away, a story of the Boston Fire de- 
partment J-A432p 
'.Utsheler, J. A.— The tree of Appomattox J-A469tr 
Anon — Mother Goose jingles J-AlOOm 
BaU, Pi S.— Starland J-B187s 
Barbour, R. H.— Winning his '*¥*' J B239w 
Blanchard, A. E.— Fagots and flames J-B639fa 
Blanchard, A. E. — The four corners at school J-B639fo 
Burgess, T. W. — The adventnres of Paddy the Beaver J-955am 
Biu'gess, T. W. — The adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack J-B955al 
Douglas, A. M. — A little girl in Old New York J-D7351m 
Eaton, W. P. — Peanut, Cub reporter J-E14p 
Foster, E. A. — Something to do, boys J-F754:lso 
Foster, E. A. — Something to do. girls J-F7541s 
Hughes, T.— Tom Brown at Oxfo^rd J-H89-lrt 
Johnson, A. F; — Georgina of the rainbows J-J72g 
Johnson, W. A. — ^Deeds of doing and darinsr J-J712d 
Lothrop, M. S.— The little red shop ^ J-LSS21m 
Lothrop, M. S. — Rob : A story for boys .J-L882r 
McFarlane, A. E.— Redney McGaw * J-M143r 
Ph mptou, H. G. — ^Dorcaster days .J-P733dp 
Porter, E. H. — Six star ranch J-P844s 
Sterne, E. — Sonny Jim J-S839s 
Stevenson, B. E. — Tommy Remington s battle J-SS4:7t 
Stoddard, W. 0., Jr.— The farm that Jack built J-S869fa 



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Ta^gart, M. A.— Beth of Old Chilton J-T125bg 

Theiss, L. E.— Lumber Jack Bob J-T3761 

Tomlinson, E. T.— Captain Dan Richards J-T659ca 

Tomlinson, E. T.— Carl Hall of Tait J-T659cb 

Tomlinson, E. T.— The pennant J-T659p 

Trowbridge, J. T.— The fortunes of Toby Trafford J-T863fo 

Van Dresser — Gibby of Clamshell alley J-V246g 

JUVENILE HISTORY 

Abbott, J. S. C— Captain William Kidd 59-A1324ca 

Stewart, C. H. — The stars and stripes, a history of the 

United States flag 59-S849s 

MAGAZINES 

Atlantic — Julv-December, 1916 ; January -June, 1917. 

Century— May-October, 1916; November, 1916-April, 1917. 

Everybody's — July-December, 1916; January -June, 1917. 

Garden Magazine— 1915 ; 1916. 

Harper's — June-November, 1916; December, 1916-May, 1917. 

International Studio — Januarv-June, 1916. 

Little Folks— 1915 ; 1916. 

National— April-September, 1916; October, 1916-March, 1917. 

N^aiional Ge(>G:rap]iic^Julv-Decembef, 1915: January-Juno, 
1916 ; July-December, 1916. 

Popular Mechanics — July-December, 1916 ; January-June, 1917. 

Review of Reviews — July-December, 1916 ; January-June, 1917. 

St. Nicholas— May-October, 1916; November, 1916-April, 1917. 

Scientific American — July-December, 1916; Januarj^-June, 
1917. 

Seribner's — July-December, 1915; July-December, 1916; Janu- 
ary-June, 1917. 

World's Work— May-October, 1916; November, 1916-April, 
1917. 

Youth's Companion — Julv-December. 1916; January-June, 
1917. 

REFERENCES 

Chelsea vital records. 

Gloucester vital records; volume 1. 

Granville vital records. 

Greenfield vital records. 

8alem vital records. 

Uxbridge vital records. 

Cornegie endowment year book. 

General acts of Massachusetts, 1916. 

Manual for the general court, 1917. 

Peloubet's notes for 1917. ^ 

Proceedings U. S. national museum. 

Special acts and resolves, Massachusetts, 1916. 

Statistics of municipal finances. 

Thirteenth annual report interstate commerce commission. 



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REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1917 



We present the following schedule showing the amounts of 
the several funds for the perpetual care of cemetery lots and 
the income and expenditures on account of each fund for the 
vear. 

JULL\X TUTTLE. 
FRED W. GREEX. 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
Cemeterv Commissioners. 



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MASSACHUSETTS. 
FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1917 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1918 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE'S REPORT 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 
1918 



March 15. Winter term closes. 

Vacation, One Week 
March 25. Spring term opens. 
June 21. Spring term closes. 

Summer Vacation 
1918-1919 
Sept. 3. Fall term opens. 

Nov. 27. Fall term closes 13 weeks 

Vacation (Thanksgiving and day following). 
Dec. 2. Winter term opens. 

Vacation (December 20- January 6). 
1919 

March 14. Winter term closes 13 weeks 

Vacation, One Week. 
March 24. Spring term opens. 
June 13. Spring term closes 12 weeks 

Summer Vacation. 
Total 38 weeks 



1918: 




Feb. 


12. 


Feb. 


21. 


Apr. 


18. 


May 


29. 


June 


14. 


Oct. 


11. 


Nov. 


27. 


1919 : 




Feb. 


12. 


Feb. 


21. 


Apr. 


18. 


May 


29. 


June 


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SPECIAL EXEKCISES AND HOLIDAYS 



Lincoln exercises, one hour. 
Washington exercises, one hour. 
Patriots' Day exercises, one hour. 
Memorial Day exercises, one hour. 
Flag Day exercises, one hour. 
Columbus Day exercises, one hour. 
Thanksgiving Day exercises, one hour 

Lincoln exercises, one hour. 
Washington exercises, one hour. 
Patriots' Day exercises, one hour. 
Memorial Day exercises, one hour. 
Flag Dav exercises, one hour. 



STANDING RULES 

* Rule 1. Children under five years 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 satisfac- 
tory 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, unless qualified in the opinion of the 
teacher and superintendent of schools to do the work. 

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

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public pro- 
perty in the care of the school committee except by their 
authorized agents. 

Rule 6. There shall be no signal for ''no school" on 
stormy or other inclement days, but parents shall determine in 
their individual cases whether it is expedient to send their 
children to school or not. 

* When the birthday of a child falls on or before the fif- 
teenth day of the niontli it is reckoned as falling upon the first 
dav of that month. 



SCHOOL OFFICERS 

School Committee 

Edwin A. Plialen, Chairman Term expires 1920 

Herbert W. Lewis Term expires 1918 

Bertram E. Hall, Secretary Term expires 1919 

Superintendent 

Frank H. Hill, Residence. Littleton, Mass. 
Telephone, 36-3, Littleton. 

Attendance OflBcers 

Thomas Scanlou West Acton 

Asaph Parlin Acton Center 

Walter M. French South Acton 

Janitors 

Thomas Scanlon West Acton 

Asaph Parlin Acton Center 

Theron Newton South Acton 



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In presenting our report for the year 1917, we wish to 
preface our financial statement with a few words concerning 
our schools. 

We believe this school district was wise in re-electing our 
present superintendent of schools. He has the full confidence 
of this committee and is, we believe, loyally supported by all 
the teachers. Under his leadership and management we feel 
confident in saying that the morality and mental capacity of 
our scholars is unsurpassed by any of our sister towns in the 
state. So far as we knoAv, only minor complaints have been 
made, and the machinery of our system is running in well-oiled 
fashion. While this committee does not wish to take any undue 
credit for this condition, we feel that full recognition should 
be accorded the fine ability and efficiency of Superintendent 
Hill and the teaching force. 

In regard to the physical condition of our schools, we feel 
that this committee was particularly fortunate in securing the 
services of Mr. Theron F. Newton as janitor for our South 
school. Since his advent, this schoolhouse has been thoroughly 
renovated, and with the help of fresh paint and varnish the 
interior has been put on a par with our other buildings. Tavo 
of our schoolhouses need outside paint, and we purpose paint- 
ing one of them this coming year. The heavy hand of war has 
been felt in this department, and in common with many other 
towns, we liave had our fuel troubles, but we trust that this 
matter will be smoothed out during the coming year. 

We wish to thank the townspeople for their loyal support 
at the last town meeting, and, in this connection, we desire to 
print for your consideration a letter from the Massachusetts 
Commissioner of Education. This letter follows: 

MASSACHUSETTS BOARD OF EDUCATION 

STATE HOUSE ' 

BOSTON 

^'January 2, 1918. 
"To the Members of the School Committee: 

"With the approach of the annual town meetings, when 
the question of appropriations is to be taken up, our people 
should give thoughtful attention to the unusual conditions con- 
fronting the schools. Increased costs in every direction bring 



the towns and cities face to face with the necessity of increas- 
ing school appropriations for the coming* year. The schools 
have never before required more thoughtful attention to their 
needs, and it Avill not be safe to handicap them with a policy 
of retrenchment. 

"It is worthy the attention of the American people that, 
in spite of enormous expenditures for war. purposes, France is 
giving unprecedented attention to her public schools, and Eng- 
land, for the current year, increased her expenditures for 
public education thirty percent over that for am^ preceding 
year. 

"In the school year 191516, Massachusetts expended ap 
proximately $27,000,000 for public education. This amount 
was increased to $28,500,000 for the school year 1916-17. This 
increase of approximately six percent shows the serious inten- 
tion of our people to maintain a vigorous educational policy. 
In view of the present situation, Massachusetts cannot afford 
to relax in an}" degree her efforts to carry on her schools at 
highest efficiency. 

"Education is a long-time investment. Its purpose is to pro- 
tect democracy through the right training of the youth. Even 
temporar}^ interference with this purpose, through inadequate 
financial support, may seriously impair the quality of our 
future citizenship. In the present crisis, it is imperative that 
towns and cities give careful consideration to the needs of the 
schools. 

"Sincerely vours, 

"PAYSON SMITH, 
"Commissioner of Education." 



Following is a detail of the receipts and disbursements for 
1917, and our estimate of expenses for the year 1918 : 

ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1918 

For general expenses : 

Salaries and other expenses of the 

committee $100.00 

Salaries and other expenses of the 
superintendent and truant offi- 
cers 700.00 

For expenses of instruction : 

Tuition of pupils attending out of 

town schools 8,000.00 

Salaries of elementary school 

teachers 6,285.00 



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For textbooks: 

For elementary schools it is antici- 
pated that the amount to be re- 
ceived from dog tax will cover 

this item 275.00 

For stationery and supplies : 

Elementary schools 375.00 

For expenses of operating school plants : 
Wages of janitors, fuel and miscel- 
laneous expenses 2,875 .00* 

Maintenance and repairs 350.00 

For auxiliarv agencies : 

Health '. 90.00 

For transportation : 

High school scholars 2,000.00 

Elementary scholars 2,052 . 00 

Total $23,102.00 

Less estimated income from outside 

sources 1,290.00 



$21,812.00 



*This amount exceeds the request of last year, as we did 
not receive our full supply of coal in September as expected, 
and we must pay for the balance of 1917, which we hope will be 
delivered this spring, and our next winter's supply, which 
should be delivered in September next. 

RECEIPTS OX ACCOUNT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE YEAR 

1917 

Appropriation at town meeting . $22,123.04 

Received from Commonwealth of Massachusetts : 

Account of Industrial schools 695 . 85 

Account of superintendent 343.75 

Received for tuition of out-of-town 

scholars 98 . 25 

Received from refund on railroad tickets 30.81 

Received from sale of old books 6.55 

Received from sale of old paper 5.01 

Received from count}^ dog tax 258.33 

$23,561.59 



DISBURSEMENTS 

General Expenses 

School Committee 

B. E. Hall, salary 1917 $75.00 

Wright & Potter Printing Co., printing 

blanks 

Samuel Ward Company, stationery . . 
Rumford Supply Company, stationery 
B. E. Hall, telephone and postage .... 

E. A. Phalen, postage 

The Enterprise Company, advertising 



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Superintendent of Schools and Enforcement of Law 
Paid Frank H. Hill, superintendent ... $604.98 

W. M. French 12.30 

Thomas Scanlon 2 . 50 

Asaph Parlin 3 .75 



Miscellaneous : 

Frank H. Hill, stationer}^ telephone and 

postage $15 . 00 

Eleanor L. Hill, secretary to superinten- 
dent ". 61.15 



$623.53 



$76.15 
Expenses of Instruction 

Town of Concord, high $7,714.44 

Town of Concord, agricultural 1,006 . 33 

$8,720.77 
Cit}^ of Lowell, industrial 192 . 50 

Elementary Schools 

Harriet H. Gardner $579.00 

E. Sophia Taylor 532.00 

Ruth L. Harrington 534.50 

Ella L. Miller 585.00 

Martha F. Smith 546.00 

Marion H. Barrett 534.50 

Emma M. Halliday 579.00 

Elizabeth A. Hinckley 546.00 



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Julia L. McCarthy 540.40 

Jennie E. Stowell 546.00 

Marion C. Taylor 234.00 

Mildred Brennan 205.33 

Mrs. Forrest K. Howe 26.00 

Emily Nagle 5.60 

$5,993.33 
Text Books, High 

Town of Concord $2.70 

Text Books, Elementary 

Milton, Bradley Company ' $10.32 

Edward E. Babb & Company 113.37 

American Book Company 25.99 

Houghton, Mifflin & Company 25.48 

Silver, Burdett & Company 11 . 83 

D. Appleton & Company 11.25 



Stationery Supplies 

Finney & Hoit $11.27 

Edward E. Babb & Company 249 . 69 

Bowling School Supply Company 30.57 

Houghton, Mifflin & Company 7.38 

George W. Wooster, cartage 1.50 

F. S. Glines, express .74 

D. Hennessey, cartage 1.50 

Emma M. Halliday, express 1.10 

Thomas Scanlon, express .25 

Theron F. Newton, express 1.19 

H. I. Dallman Company 2.51 



$198.24 



Expenses of Operating School Plants 

Wages of Janitors 

Fred S. Glines $230.00 

Asaph Parlin 336.00 

Thomas Scanlon 378.00 

Theron F. Newton 160.00 

Fuel 

Charles Wheeler $20.25 

T. E. Downie 19.00 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Company 341.72 

George H. Reed 122.30 

Overseers of poor 41 . 25 



$307.70 



$1,104.00 



$544.52 



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Miscellaneous 

M. E. Taylor & Company $12.91 

Finney & Hoit 3 .70 

H. W. Lewis 4.37 

Robert W. Carter 2.00 

Tuttle & Newton 3.51 

D. Hennessey 2.00 

American Woolen Companj^ 3 . 38 

West and South Water Supply District 

of Acton 36.70 



Maintenance 
Repairs 

J. P. Brown $1.10 

Davis, King Company 22 . 50 

E. T. Rice 89.29 

H. W. Lewis 116.67 

Edward E. Babb & Company 7.34 

Marion C. Taylor 3.75 

C. L. Chase & Son 13.80 

L. T. Pullonton 261.70 

Theron F. Newton 9.40 

F. Z. Taylor 1.05 

E. A. Phalen 38.75 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company . 22.57 



Auxiliary Agencies 

Health 
George B. Robbins Disinfectant Company $118.40 
D. Hennessey .50 



Transportation 
High School : 

N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad Company . . $291.75 

B. & M. Railroad Company 1,502.00 

Fred E. Brill 10.02 

H. W. Bursaw 21.00 

Lester N. Fletcher 10.50 

A. Christofferson 3.90 



Lowell Industrial: 

B. & M. Railroad Company $28.00 

N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad Company ... 44.85 



$68.57 



$587.92 



$118.90 



$1,839.17 



$72.85 



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Elementary : 

W. M. French $390.00 

Jens Mekkelsen 364.00 

Charles Edwards 610.00 

A. Christofferson 429.00 

J. D. Smith 195.00 



Total receipts $23,561.59 

Total disbursements 22,527 .76 



$1,988.00 



Unexpended balance $1,033 . 83 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWIN A. PHALEN, 
HERBERT W. LEWIS, 
BERTRAM E. HALL, 
Acton, January 21, 1918. Committee 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT 



Gentlemen of the Committee : 

I herewith present my eighth annual report, the tAventy- 
sixth in the series of such reports. 

Looking back over, the year's work I am reminded of the 
experieience of the average home-maker who finds her house 
clean and in good order, yet hardly different from its condition 
a year before. Every day she has swept and dusted and 
scrubbed and washed and wiped dishes and made beds and 
kept the fires going and cooked and tended the baby and done 
numberless other things — to what end^ To change the house 
into a mansion^ No, only to be able to say at the close, "I 
found my house in good order and have kept it so for a year.'' 
This much I can say of the schools with all assurance, giving 
due credit to the teachers for conscientious and untiring Avork 
through the year. 

It has not been my policy to inaugurate spectacular work, 
or, in other words, show work. It is not easy to do this with 
any real success in schools of two and three grades. The 
required work is quite sufficient for the average teacher whose 
two grades are often in reality three or four classes by reason of 
the wide difference in the ability of her pupils to acquire and 
retain information of value or to reason well or promptly. 
Let us see what the schools must do: Such (public) schools 



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shall be taught by teachers of competent ability and good 
morals and shall give instruction in orthography, reading, 
writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arith- 
metic, drawing, the history of the United States, physiology 
and hygiene, and good behavior. In each of the subjects of phy- 
siology and hygiene special instruction as to the effects of 
alcoholic drinks and of stimulants and narcotics on the human 
system, and as to tuberculosis and its prevention, shall be 
taught as a regular branch of study to all pupils in all schools 
which are supported wholly or partly by public money, except 
schools which are maintained for instruction in particular 
branches." There are three public schools in Acton — Center, 
South and West. In the Center three teachers — assisted one- 
half day each week by the supervisor of drawing — face the 
above program of subjects for some 185 days in the year. The 
West school has the same problem ; while the South school has 
four regular teachers instead of three for the work. More or 
less ignorance in the above required subjects on the part of 
pupils is assumed, else it would not be necessary to ^each them. 
Nor is all knowledge of or in them acquired at once, but only 
after from eight to twelve years of constant and earnest effort. 
''Good behavior" is well and thoroughly taught in the schools 
of the town, but too often its practice begins and ends in the 
schoolroom. That must be evident even to the most casual ob- 
server as well as to the most critical. The influence of the 
school day will never extend through the twenty-four-hour day 
until the public meets the teacher at the school door in the 
until the public meets the teacher at the schoolroom door in the 
'afternoon and says, "I will be as careful of the behavior of 
these children until they return to you in the morning as you 
have been today." This would be real cooperation and would 
be much appreciated by the schools. 

Now let us see what may be taught in the schools. "Book- 
keeping, algebra, geometry, one or more foreign languages, the 
elements of the natural sciences, kindergarten training, manual 
training, agriculture, sewing, cooking, vocal music, physical 
training, civil government, ethics, thrift, and such other sub- 
jects as the school committee consider expedient may be taught 
in the public schools. ' ' I have quoted the Revised Laws, Chap- 
ter 42, showing the required and the permissible subjects. 
Since their compilation the teaching of thrift has been made 
compulsory, and last year the teaching of citizenship was also 
made compulsory. I shall speak of this further on. School 
practice has put bookkeeping, algebra, geometry, the lan- 
guages, the sciences (general sciences, physics and chemistry), 
agriculture and civil government into the high school years. 
Acton pupils get no kindergarten training ; their manual train- 
ing, sewing and cooking come in the high school years ; the}' 



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get no physical training of permanent value ; only in the mat- 
ter of vocal music are the permissible subjects recognized in 
our elementary schools. 

This 3^ear the war has laid its hands upon our schools and 
added to the responsibilities of our teachers. Pupils have been 
and are to be urged to do their bit in gardening and in the con- 
servation of food. The meaning of Liberty Bonds has been 
explained to them and they have been asked to explain to their 
parents in the hope that parents would see the advantage as 
well as the patriotism involved in the purchase of these bonds. 
The Y. M. C. A. movement was explained ; the Red Cross drive 
was advertised; and the superintendent has been authorized 
and urged to sell the War Savings stamps throughout the dis- 
trict. Every child is to have an opportunity^ to do something, 
however little, for the great cause for which the United States 
is laboring, and no efforts will be spared to inculcate in the 
minds of the children in the schools the principles of true 
patriotism so vital to the future welfare of this, our country. 

The United States Fuel Administration has designated 
January 30, 1918, as a National ' ' TAG-YOUR-SHOVEL- 
DAY," when all school children will be provided with tags for 
themselves and their neighbors to attach to their coal shovels. 
The tags will be distributed b}' the superintendent of schools. 

Schools are warned against many mushroom organizations 
collecting money for war-relief. The Red Cross has been 
named as the one organization through which such contribu- 
tions should be made with confidence that money so collected 
would be used in a manner corresponding to the claims of the 
organization. 

Schools are urged to form Junior Red Cross societies. One 
at least has been formed in West Acton schools. 

It will thus be seen that many extra school activities are 
demanding our attention. They will be met with as little con- 
fusion as possible. They demand study on the part of teachers, 
and time on the part of both teachers and pupils, to accomplish 
their object without seriously affecting the program of the 
schools. This study and time Ave shall give cheerfully ; for even 
the children realize that the war must be won, and that the 
winning of the war abroad depends upon the determination to 
win here. 

The teaching of citizenship must be founded upon the old- 
fashioned virtues. One without character cannot claim to be a 
good citizen, however loudly he shouts for the things good men 
and women desire for their toAvn. But to character he must 
add some intelligent understanding of the communit}^ needs 
and some more or less expert knowledge of the apparatus and 
machinery and expense necessary to meet those needs. In this 
connection the water system, the electric light plant, the man- 



15 

agement of the roads, the value of food products, the disposaf 
of waste and garbage, etc., become legitimate subjects of study 
by the children in their preparation for the duties of citizen- 
ship. In the upper grades they must acquire some exact know- 
ledge of the duties of the officers at the heads of departments, 
whether town, state or national, and of the manner of electing 
them. Almost insensibly community civics extend into civil 
government. The teaching of citizenship is now required, and: 
it is a great task. Teachers' meetings for the remainder of the 
school year Avill be devoted to its solution — if such be possible. 
No doubt a text book for the upper grades will be desirable and 
I shall recommend one later that seems best adapted to ouv 
needs. 

Every school building has been supplied with a set of 
blanks for every possible kind of work certificate. The teach- 
ers have been instructed in their use and requirements. 
Parents and employers should cooperate in making the prelimi- 
nary requirements plain to those who desire positions between 
the ages of fourteen and sixteen, and between sixteen and 
twenty-one. The order between fourteen and sixteen is: 

1. The promise of employment (A card). 

2. The physician's certificate of health (The reverse side 
of promise of employment card). 

3. The school record. 

4. The birth certificate. 

With the above cards the child may get from the super- 
intendent of schools — or at the present time from Mr, Frank 
W. Hoit of South Acton, also — the final certificate, the employ- 
ment certificate. 

If over sixteen and under twenty-one the child may get au 
educational certificate from the same sources by presenting the 
promise of employment card and the birth certificate. 

If the birth certificate is not obtaina])]e, evidence of age 
may b6 offered in the following order : 

1. Baptismal record (Attested transcript). 

2. Passport, attested immigration record (Attested tran- 
script) ; other official or religious record. 

3. Register of school first attended in state. 

4. Authorized physician 's certificate. 

It should help to make a better citizen of one to know ex- 
actly how to go about the important business of getting a job 
with the least trouble to himself and otiicrs. Efficiency itself 
is summed up in these words: Knowing how to do things with 
the least trouble to yourself and others. 

The interior of the South school house has been made very 
attractive by its new coat of paint. In one or two places, how- 
ever, the roof needs repairing if the ceilings and walls within 
are to be preserved spotless for any length of time. Much 



16 

credit belongs to Miss Taylor, the supervisor of drawing-, in the 
final selection of the color schemes. 

So many of the children of South Acton bring their 
lunches that the problem of furnishing a place to eat in became 
acute last winter. A room over the upper hallway was parti- 
tioned off, but proved inadequate both in the matter of space 
and heating. The children were then allowed to eat in one of 
the school rooms, bringing a newspaper or napkin to keep the 
crumbs from the desks and floor. For a time one of the teach- 
ers remained in charge, but afterwards arrangements were 
made for the janitor to stay in the room during lunch time. 
The arrangement was much more satisfactory^ than ?iny that 
had been followed previously, and will continue practically the 
same this winter. 

The increased cost of living has raised the question 
Avhether or not fourteen or fifteen dollars per week is sufficient 
salary for even the average inexperienced teacher with the de- 
gree of training required — four years of high school and two 
or three years of normal school, or four at college. Teachers, 
generally, think not. They are answering the question in a con- 
crete way by leaving the profession. Mill girls in one of my 
towns are receiving more per week than the teachers in the 
school one hundred yards distant. Tool makers with onl}^ a 
grammar school education receive a yearly salary far in excess 
of college men who are teachers. Where then is the force of 
the argument for keeping boys and girls in the schools if their 
remuneration at the end is to be less than that of workers in 
other occupations? I ask this question with all respect for 
those who work with their hands, as well as for those of mod- 
erate education (in the school), but of extraordinary talents 
who have won deserved success in special lines. Speaking com- 
paratively, teaching is becoming more and more a poorly paid 
profession except for certain experts — and all ma}^ not be 
experts. The average teacher this year is very much better 
than the average teacher twenty years ago, but she can never 
be the expert, though she does the work the expert devises. 
She is the teacher w^e are familiar with, and we should be glad 
to have her with us. But I believe that a contented and hope- 
ful i^iind is of the same importance in the schoolroom as in the 
liome of the wage earner — and only the best work can be done 
and the highest ideals entertained when the mind is clear to act 
above the petty disturbances the lack of sufficient income al- 
w^ays causes. Every teacher in Acton ought to receive at least 
six hundred fifty dollars a year. And even this, averaged for 
fifty-two weeks, amounts to but $12.50 per Aveek. Principals 
now receive $570, and other teachers $532. To give the prin- 
cipals $675 per yesir and all other teachers $650 would mean 
an annual increase of $1,141. But T earncstlv recommend that 



17 

increase, to begin immediately after the town appropriates suf- 
ficient funds. There are certainly men enough in this town 
who have daughters ambitious to be teachers, or at least appre- 
ciate the value of the service of teaching to the community to 
convince the voters of the justice and necessity of this request. 
In concluding this report I have to thank you and the 
teachers for the universal courteous support of the year, and 
the townspeople for their indulgence and good will. 
Respectfully submitted, 

FRANK H. HILL, 
Superintendent of Schools. 
Acton, January 17, 1918. 



REPORT OF THE SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 

Mr. F. H. Hill, Superintendent of Schools: 

Dear Sir — I herewith submit my second annual report of 
the work in music in the Acton schools. 

I have not made any definite changes in the plan of work 
this year and for the most part the music is progressing 
satisfactorily^ 

Great stress has been laid on tone-quality during the past 
year, and a gratifying improvement in that respect is notice- 
able in nearly every room this term. 

Individual singing in the lower grades has been continued, 
resulting in a larger percent of independent singers and also 
better class singing. 

We have also secured better work in part-singing this 
term. Last year we were able to have three-part singing -in 
only one school, and this year we have it in all three schools. 

I wish to thank the teachers and superintendent for their 
interest and cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

^ MILDRED L. BRENNON, 

Supervisor of Music. 
Lowell, Mass., December 14, 1917. 



REPORT OF THE SUPERVISOR OF DRAWING 

Superintendent F. H. Hill : 

Dear Sir — I herewith submit my sixth report of drawing in 
the Acton public schools. 

The drawing course has been somewhat the same as that of 
last year. We have accomplished a great deal under the picto- 
rial, decorative and a little in mechanical drawing. 

I will give a general synopsis of the whole course : 

A. Landscapes in pencil, crayon, and water color: (a) 
Applied to covers of books, compositions, posters, postcards 
and book plates for decoration. 



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B. Decorative art in pencil, pen and ink, crayons, and 
"ivater-color : (a) Horizontal, vertical, oblique and curved lines 
*used to form designs; (b) Lines applied to borders, posters, 
•surface patterns, book covers, dress goods, paper boxes, tiles, 
'"home furnishings. 

C, Interior decoration: (a) Plans for living room; (b) 
Color schemes for woodwork, walls, ceilings, and floors in dark 
;and light rooms; (c) Correctly designed furniture for ordinary 
-^omes and the proper placing of furniture in a room ; (d) Win- 
«dow hangings and portieres; (e) Proper pictures for living 
uroom and mantle ornaments; (f) Floor coverings. 

D, Perspective principles, applications and renderings; 
((a) Object drawing in three elevations: 1. Applied to posters 
iPor decoration ; 2. Applied to book covers; (b) Street scenes, 
•railroad tracks, buildiiigs; (c) Quick sketches of objects with 
jand vvithout models. 

E. Mechanical drawing: (a) Working drawings and their 
'application to wood making tiles, plant sticks, book racks, 
paper knives; (b) Compass practice making geometric figures 
for working drawings and design; (c) Lettering for posters, 
3book-covers, cards, etc. 

This comprises, the work for the year and I feel that we 
liave all had a very successful year's work. 

I thank the teachers, superintendent and all who have 
anade the year's work pleasant. 

Respectfully vours, 

MARION CELESTE TAYLOR. 
1101 Comonwealth Ayeiiue, Concord Junction, Mass. 



ROLL OF HONOR 

Not Absent or Tardy for One Year 

•South Acton — Sylvia Stannard. 
-Acton Center — Amelia Marsh. 



REPORT OF SIGHT AND HEARING TEST 



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Boys Girls 
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Number children between 7 and 14 . . 138 121 
Number children between 14 and 16 . 33 24 

Number minors between 14 and 16 who 
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ATTENDANCE OFFICERS' BEPORT 

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Number of cases investigated 22 1 

Number returned to school 19 

Number committed to truant school ... 

Estimated cost $12.80 50c 

SCHOOL SAVINGS 



Number 
[ Depositors 

South Acton h 88 

West Acton 63 

Acton Center 30 

Total 181 



Amount 

Collected! 

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122.65 

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$467,81 



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West Acton 4 

Acton Center 4 

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INDEX 

Assessors ' Report 48 

Board of Health 52 

Cemetery Commissioners 62 

Collector's Report 49 

Inspector of Animals 53 

Library Trustee's Report 54 

Librarian 's Report 55 

List of Books Added 55 

Overseers of the Poor 51 

Selectmen's Report 26 

Town Accountant 's Report 27 

Town Clerk's Report 16 

Births 17 

Marriages 18 

Deaths 21 

Dog- Licenses 24 

Non-Resident Burials 23 

Town Officers 3 

Town Meetings 8 

Town Warrant 6 

Treasurer 's Report 45 

Wilde Library Fund : . 47 

Cemeter}^ Funds 47 

Tree Warden , 53 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 50 

SECOND SECTION 

School Report 1 

School Calendar 3 

Special Exercises and Holidays 3 

School Officers and Teachers 4 

Standing Rules 4 

General Report 6 

Financial Statement 7 

Superintendent 's Report 12 

Supervisor of Drawing 17 

Supervisor of Music 17 

Roll of Honor 18 

Statistical Tables 19 



K.* 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OP THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1918 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1919 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 



1918 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1919 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1918 



Selectmen 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1921 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1920 

"William H. Kingsley Term expires 1919 

Town Clerk 

Horace F. Tuttle 



Town Treasurer 
Frank W. Hoit 

Assessors 

James B. Tuttle Term expires 1921 

Arthur M. Whitcomb Term expires 1920 

Ralph W. Piper Term expires 1919 



Overseers of the Poor 

William H. Kingsley Warren H. Jones 

Collector of Taxes 

Arthur M. Whitcomb 



Charles J. Holton 



Tree Warden 
James O'Neil 



John T. McNiff 



John T. McNife 



Charles J. Holton 



Constables 

James N. Berry 

Field Drivers 

James N. Berry 

Fence Viewers 
Warren H. Jones 



Oliver D. Wood 



Oliver D. Wood 



William H. Kingsley 



Cemetery Commissioners 

Julian Tuttle Term expires 1921 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1920 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1919 

School Committee 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1920 

Herbert W. Lewis Term expires 1921 

Bertram E. Hall Term expires 1919 

Trustees Memorial Library 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1920 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1921 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1919 



Board of Health 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1920 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1921 

Theron F. Newton Term expires 1919 

Finance Committee 

James B. Tuttle Edgar H. Hall Asaph Merriam 

Horace F. Tuttle Arthur M. Whitcomb 



APPOINTED BY THE SELECTMEN 



Superintendent of Streets 

Albert H. Perkins 

Town Accountant 

Howard L. Jones 

Regfistrars of Voters 

Lewis Willard Term expires 1919 

James McGreen Term expires 1921 

George E. Holton Term expires 1920 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 

Election Officers 
Precinct 1 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden Edwin A. Phalen 

Clerk Horace F. Tuttle 

Deputy Clerk Moses E. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector James 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector William C. Coughlin 

Precinct 2 

Warden Lucius A. Hesselton 

Deputy Warden Theron F. Newton . . 

Clerk Lorenzo E. Reed 

Deputy Clerk James McGreen 

Inspector Lewis C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector Frank A. Merriam 

Inspector Constance 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector Benjamin W. Ineson 

Precinct 3. 

Warden Charles J. Holton 

Deputy Warden Bertram D. Hall 

Clerk William L. Tenney 



Deputy Clerk Edwin T. Swift 

Inspector Fred S. Whiteomb 

Deputy Inspector Charles H. Mead 

Inspector John T. McNiff 

Deputy Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

Cattle Inspector 

Fred S. Whiteomb 

Fire Engineers 

William H. Kingsley, Chief 

Precinct 1 

Fred W. Billings, 1st Asst. Arthur F. Harris, 2nd Asst. 

E. P. Gates, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 2 

Nelson J. Cole, 1st Asst. E. C. Page, 2nd Asst. 

W. H. Jones, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct '3 

C. D. Cram, 1st Asst. A. B. Parker, 2nd Asst. 

W. J. Costello, 3rd Asst. 

Forest Warden 

William H. Kingslej^ 

Deputy Forest Wardens 

All the above named assistant Fire Engineers 

Surveyors of Lumber and Measurers of Wood and Bark 

J. W. Dupee Bertram D. Hall E. C. Cheney 

Charles E. Smith George H. Reed Frank A. Merriam 

Public Weighers 

J. P. Fletcher M. E. Taylor E. C. Cheney E. F. Conant 

Thomas Hearon George H. Reed William H. Teele 

Howard G. Reed 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Theron F. Newton 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

James 'Neil 

• 

Police Officers 

Charles A. Taylor Oliver D. Wood 

John T. McNiff James N. Berry 

Inspector of Slaughter Houses 

Edward S. Fobes 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Middlesex, ss. 




A€;TO)i!i^ 



'To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton. 

GREETING : 

In the name of the Commonwealth you are hereby re- 
quired and directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of said 
town who are qualified to vote in elections and town affairs 
therein, to meet in the town hall in said town, on Monday, the 
third day of March, 1919, at 9 o 'clock in the forenoon, then and 
there to act on the following articles, namely : 

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

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the 
following named town officials, to wit : One town clerk for one 
year, one selectman for three years, three overseers of the poor 
for one year, one town treasurer for one year, five members of 
the finance committee for one year, one collector of taxes for 
one year, one tree warden for one year, four constables for one 
year, four field drivers for one year, three fence viewers for 
one year, one assessor for three years, one trustee for the 
Memorial library for three years, one cemetery commissioner 
for three years, one member of the board of health for three 
years, five members of the school committee. Also on the same 
ballot to vote Yes or No on the following question : "Shall 
licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in the 
town?" 

The polls will be open at 9.30 a. m., and may be closed at 
4 p. m. 

Article 3. To choose all town officers not named in 
Article 2, and fix salaries of all town oflicers. 

Article 4. To see if the town will accept the reports of 
the various tow^n officials. 

Article 5. To hear and act on the reports of any commit- 
tees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
leported. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise 
hy taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary and usual 
expenses of the several departments of the town. 



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Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will appro- 
priate for the enforcement of the liquor law, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 8. To see what sum of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the due observance of Memorial day. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in 
legard to the collection of taxes. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush 
fires and fix the price, or act anything thereon. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money to insure the employees of the 
town, or act anything thereon. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treas- 
urer, with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money from 
time to time, in anticipation of the revenue of the financial 
year beginning January 1st, 1919, and to issue a note or notes 
therefor, payable within one year. Any debt or debts incurred 
under this vote to be paid from the revenue of said financial 
year. 

Article 13. To see w^hat amount of mone}^ the town will 
laise and appropriate for the payment of the premiums on 
treasurer's and collector's bonds, or act an^^thing thereon. 

Article 14. To see whether the town will raise and 
appropriate money to contribute to the cost of operation and 
fixed charges of the Concord, Maynard & Hudson Street Rail- 
way Company, under Chapter '!88, of the General Acts of 1918 : 
an act to authorize cities and towns to contribute to the cost of 
operating and fixed charges of street railway companies, or take 
any action thereon. 

Article 15. To see what action the town will take 
towards the completion of repairs on the "Lowell Road," and 
laise and appropriate monej'^ therefor. 

Article 16. To see if the town will employ a district 
nurse. 

And you are directed to serve this warrant by posting 
ftttested copies thereof at each and all of the places as directed 
by vote of the town, at least seven days before the time 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 iDcfore the time for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands in Acton, this tenth day of 
February, A. D. 1919. 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 

Selectmen of Acton. 

A true copy. Attest : 

Constable. 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 
March 4, 1918 

The meeting was called to order by the town clerk. 

Article 1. Allen Brooks Parker was chosen moderator. 
C. D. Cram, Herbert F. Bobbins, Charles E. Smith and Ernest 
K. Teele were sworn as tellers. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for town 
officers ; also to vote on the question : ' ' Shall licenses be 
granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in this town?" 

The following town officers were chosen : 

Town Clerk— Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectman, three years — Charles J. Holton. 

Assessor, three years — James B. Tuttle. 

Overseers of the Poor — William H. Kingsley, Warren H. 
Jones, Charles J. Holton. 

Treasurer — Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes — Arthur M. Whitcomb. 

Constables— John T. McNife, Oliver D. Wood, James N. 
Berrj^, HoUis F. Leach. 

Fence Viewers — Charles J. Holton, Warren H. Jones, Wil- 
liam H. Kingsley. 

School Committee — Herbert W. Lewis. 

Cemetery Commissioner — Julian Tuttle. 

Board of Health, for three years — Frank E. Tasker. 

Board of Health, for one year (to fill vacancy) — Theron F. 
Newton. 

Trustee Memorial Library — Lucius A. Hesselton. 

Tree Warden — James O'Neil. 

Finance Committee — Edgar H. Hall, Asaph Merriam, 
James B. Tuttle, Horace F. Tuttle, Arthur M. Whitcomb. 

On the question : "Shall licenses be granted for the sale 
of intoxicating liquors, in this town?" Eleven (11) voted Yes; 
eighty-fiye (85) voted No. 

Article 3. To choose all necessary town officers not 
named in Article 2, and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Voted : To instruct the selectmen to appoint surveyors of 
lumber, wood and bark. 

Chose I. Warren Flagg trustee of the Goodnow fund for 
three j^ears. 

Voted : That the salary of the tax collector be one percent 
of the amount collected. 

Voted : That the salary of the treasurer be two hundred 
dollars per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the chaiman of the selectmen 
be one hundred dollars, and the other members fifty dollars 
each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the superintendent of streets be 
fixed by the selectmen. 



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Article 4. To see if the town Avill accept the reports of 
the various toAvn officials. 

Voted : To accept the reports of the several town officers.. 

Article 5. To hear and act on the reports of any commit- 
tees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Voted : To accept the report of the committee appointed tO' 
consider the placing of the names of certain men who served in: 
the war of the Revolution on the Isaac Davis monument. 

Voted : To excuse this committee from further service. 

Voted : That a committee be appointed by the moderator- 
to consider the perpetuation of the names of Acton men who 
served in the war of the Revolution and the form in which it 
shall be done. 

Mr. Allen Brooks Parker presented a report in writing for 
the committee on military preparedness. 

Voted : To accept the report of the committee. 

Voted : That the thanks of the town be given to the com- 
mittee for their services. 

Voted : That the thanks of the town be given to Messrs. . 
Finney and Hoit for the use of Exchange hall. 

Voted : That Allen Brooks Parker, Nelson J. Cole and Oli- 
ver D. Wood be a committee on military preparedness. 

Voted : That one hundred dollars be appropriated for the 
use of this committee. 

Voted : That a statement of military service and contribu- 
tions to the war in the town of Acton, covering the years 1917 
and 1918, be printed in the next annual town report. 

Voted : The following resolution : ''Resolved that we, the- 
citizens of this town in town meeting assembled, having before 
us the Proclamation of the Governor of this Commonwealth, 
issued February 22nd, 1918, will aid in carrying through by all 
means in our power, the War Savings plan put before the coun- 
try by the secretary of the treasury. ' ' 

Voted : That the use of the town buildings be given to- 
committees and organizations engaged in war work. 

Voted : To accept the report of the committee on improve- 
ment of the grounds around the tow^n hall. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise 
by taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary and usual 
expenses of the several departments of the town. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate for 

Roads and bridges $4,000.00 

Rebuilding of the Lowell road 1,000.00 

Memorial library, current expenses 450 . 00 

Memorial library, books 200 . 00 

Schools $21,000.00 

Hydrant service 2,775 . 00 



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-Street lighting 3,250.00 

Moth work 827.15 

Voted : To appropriate for 

Salaries of town officers 2,000 . 00 

Oiling roads 700.00 

Building and grounds 200 . 00 

Police department 200.00 

Board of health 500.00 

Town home 500.00 

Outside poor 1,300.00 

Cemeteries 600.00 

Unclassified 100.00 

Printing 200.00 

Reserve fund 1,000.00 

Military aid 200.00 

Fire department 400 . 00 

Repairs on fire truck 200 . 00 

Memorial day 100.00 

Enforcement of liquor laws 830 . 30 

Insurance of employees 150.00 

Premium on treasurer's and collector's bonds 150.00 

Elm leaf beetle control of 400.00 

Fighting forest fires 200.00 

Article 7. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for the due observance of Memorial day. 

Voted : To appropriate one hundred dollars. 

Article 8. To see what sum of money the town will ap- 
propriate for the enforcement of the liquor law or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the unexpended balance of 1917, 
$830.30. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in re- 
gard to the collection of taxes. 

Voted : That all taxes shall be payable not later than 
Oct. 15, 1918, and on all taxes remaining unpaid after Nov. 1, 
1918, interest shall be charged at the rate of six per cent, per 
annum from Oct. 15, 1918, until such taxes are paid. 

Voted : That poll and personal taxes only be payable on 
demand. 

Voted : That the collector shall issue summons for all 
poll and personal taxes only remaining unpaid Sept. 1, and that 
the collector shall collect all taxes committed to him within 
the municipal year in which they are assessed. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush 
fires and fix the price or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To pay the warden and deputy warden thirty- 
iive cents per hour and others twenty-five cents per hour. 

Voted : To approriate two hundred dollars. 



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Article 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate a sum of money to insure the employes of the town 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate one hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasur- 
er with the approval of the selectmen to borrow money from 
time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial 
year beginning January 1st, 1918, and to issue a note or notes 
therefor payable within one year. Any debt or debts incurred 
under this vote to be paid from the revenue of said financial 
year. 

Voted : That the town treasurer with the approval of the 
selectmen be and is hereby authorized to borrow money from 
time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year 
beginning January 1st, 1918, and to issue a note or notes there- 
for payable within one year. Any debt or debts incurred un- 
der this vote to be paid from the revenue of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for payment of premium on treasurer's 
and collector's bond or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate one hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 14. To see what action the town will take in re- 
gard to the extermination of the elm tree bettle or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate four hundred dollars to be ex- 
pended at the discretion of the selectmen. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate money to continue the drain pipe near the house of 
Lewis Willard on Martin street. South Acton, or instruct the 
road commissioners to continue the drain pipe past the oak- 
tree on Martin street, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the matter be referred to the selectmen. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to increase the 
number of its school committee. 

Voted : That the number of the school committee be in- 
creased to six. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate a sum of money sufficient to finish the rebuilding of 
the Lowell road, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate $1,000, on condition that 
the state and county appropriate an equal amount and pro- 
vided the building of the road shall be let out to the lowest 
bidder with the right to reject any and all bids. 



STATE ELECTION NOVEMBER 5th, 1918 



Party designations : D., Democratic ; R., Republican 
S., Socialist ; S. L., Socialist Labor ; L, Independent. 



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Governor 

Precincts Total 

12 3 

Whole number of votes cast 101 112 129 342 

Calvin Coolidge, R 83 74 107 264 

Richard H. Long, D 17 38 22 77 

Sylvester J. McBride, S 

Ingvar Paulson, S. L 

Lieutenant G-overnor 

Channing H. Cox, R 84 80 104 268 

Oscar Kinsalas, S. L 1 1 

Joseph H. 'Neil, I) 16 29 21 66 

Secretary 

Albert P. Langtry, R 81 79 104 264 

Charles H. McGlue, D 17 31 16 64 

William Taylor, S. L 

Ttph ^iiyfiT* 

Charles L. Burrill, R 81 82 105 268 

Charles Giddings, D 18 27 18 63 

Mary E. Peterson, S. L 

Auditor 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 79 78 101 258 

Francis M. Costello, D 18 30 19 67 

Fred E. Oelcher, S. L 1 1 

Attorney-General 

Henrv C. Atwill, R 80 86 104 270 

Morris I. Becker, S. L 

Joseph L. P. St. Coeur, D 17 23 18 58 

Senator in Congress 

Thomas W. Lawson, 1 4 6 1 11 

David I. Walsh, D 20 49 24 93 

John W. AVeeks, R 75 52 101 228 

Congressman 

John Jacob Rogers, R 87 92 108 287 

Councillor, 6th District 

James G. Harris, R 86 87 98 271 

Senator, 11th Middlesex District 

Edward B. Eames, R 84 87 99 270 

Representative in General Court, 11th Middlesex District 

James Harry Wilkins, R 86 89 98 273 

County Commissioner, Middlesex County 

Alfred L. Cutting, R 87 90 98 275 

County Treasurer, Middlesex County 

Joseph 0. Hayden, R 86 90 96 272 

Register of Probate and Insolvency, Middlesex County 

Frederick M. Esty, R 87 89 101 277 



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Vote on the Following Articles of Amendment Submitted hy 

the Constitutional Convention 



Article 1. The establishment of the popular initative and 
referendum and the legislative initiative of specific amend- 
ments to the constitution. 

Yes 12 27 26 65 

No : 74 60 78 212 

Article 2. Relative to the public interest in natural re- 
sources. 

Yes 24 46 33 103 

No 44 34 50 128 

Article 3. To provide for regulation of advertising in 
public places. 

Yes 46 53 44 143 

No 25 26 38 89 

Article 4. Relative to the preservation and maintenance 
of property of historical and antiquarian interest. 

Yes 44 44 42 130 

No 26 33 39 98 

Article 5. Relative to adjournment of the General Court. 

Yes 33 33 35 101 

No 30 40 40 110 

Article 6. Authorizing the General Court to prescribe the 
manner of appointment and removal of military and naval 
officers. 

Yes 31 29 36 96 

No . 31 35 40 106 

Article 7. Defining the powers and duties of the General 
Court relative to the militarv and naval forces. 

Yes ^ 31 39 38 108 

No 30 32 33 95 

Article 8. Providing for the succession in case of vacan- 
cies in the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor by the 
secretary, attorney-general, treasurer and receiver-general and 
auditor in order named. 

Yes 42 52 42 136 

No 24 28 34 86 

Article 9. Authorizing the Governor to return to the 
General Court with a recommendation for amendment bills and 
resolves which have been laid before him. 

Yes 36 44 40 120 

No 25 27 32 84 

Article 10. Providing that women shall be eligible to ap- 
pointment as notaries public. 

Yes 28 35 39 102 

No 40 36 43 119 



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Article 11. Relative to the retirement of judicial officers. 

Yes 38 42 34 114 

No 26 28 36 90 

Article 12, Relative to the revocation or alteration of 
grants, franchises, privileges or immunities. 

Yes 35 44 28 107 

No 30 28 39 97 

Article 13. Relative to the power of the General Court 
to limit buildings according to their use or construction tO' 
specified districts of cities and towns. 

Yes 37 45 33 115 

No 29 27 36 92 

Article 14. Relative to compulsory voting at elections. 

Yes 23 31 29 83 

No 52 43 48 143 

Article 15. Limiting the power of the General Court to* 
lend the credit of the Commonwealth and to contract loans. 

Yes 34 33 35 102 

No 33 32 37 102 

Article 16. Providing for a state budget and the veto by 
the Governor of items or parts of items in appropriation bills. 

Yes 35 38 35 108 

No 28 24 34 86 

Article 17. Providing for biennial elections of state of- 
ficers, councillors and members of the General Court. 

Yes 31 33 39 103 

No 40 39 40 119 

Article 18. Relative to service on certain legislative re- 
cess committees and commissions. 

Yes 30 44 35 109 

No 31 24 37 92 

Article 19. To provide for the more efficient administra- 
tion of the business of the Commonwealth. 

Yes 28 34 38 100 

No 30 34 40 104 

Vote for Representative in the Eleventh Middlesex District, 

1918 

O ri ^ '^ 

'S ^ °s § i g 

<1 pq O - O H^ Eh ^ H 

James Harry Wilkins 

of Carlisle 273 158 65 533 142 100 232 1503 

Blanks 69 47 15 196 40 19 98 484 

Totals 342 205 80 729 182 119 330 1987 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births • 

IVhole number recorded 41 

Born in Acton 28 Native parentage 23 

Males 19 Foreign parentage .... 8 

Females 22 Mixed parentage 10 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded 15 

Residents of Acton^ .... 20 Residents of other places 10 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 36 

Residents of Acton .... 32 Residents other places 4 

Occurring in Acton 28 Ocurring in other places 8 

Average age in years 52 — 

Note. The town clerk requests information of any errors 
or omissions 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. 



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21 



PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 1918 



Allen, W. Stuart 


. $2.00 


Hayward George K 


. 2.00 


Baker, Ralph G 


. 2.00 


Hazel, Mary D 


.. 2.00 


Bradford, Fred W. R. 2.00 


Hodgen, H. C 


.. 2.00 


Bradbury, Rolfe . . . 


. 2.00 


Holden, F. H 


.. 2.00 


Brill, Fred E 


. 2.00 


Holland, John H. . . 


.. 5.00 


Brown, James A. . . . 


. 2.00 


Hollowell, Ehvin . . 


.. 2.00 


Bulette, Frank W. . . 


. 5.00 


Ineson, Benjamin J 


. 2.00 


Cahill, John P 


. 2.00 


Jones, Warren H. . 


.. 2.00 


Capelle, C. H 


. 2.00 


Kennedy, Duncan S 


. 2.00 


Clapp, George B. . . . 


. 2.00 


Kimball, Elnathan 


J., 6.00 


Cole, Thomas W. . . . 


. 2.00 


Kimball, B. Milton 


.. 4.00 


Coughlin, William . . 


. 2.00 


Knowlton, Helen A 


. 2.00 


Crosby, William C. . . 


. 5.00 


Laffin, Sidney . . . . 


.. 2.00 


Davis, Wendell F. . . 


. 4.00 


Libby, George A. . 


.. 5.00 


Daniels, G. C 


. 2.00 


Livermore, Pearl R. 


. 2.00 


DeFegueredo, Antonio 2.00 


Lucier, Joseph . . . . 


.. 2.00 


DiTinno, Angelo . . . 


. 2.00 


Lundblad, Emil . . . 


.. 2.00 


Densmore, J. A 


. 5.00 


McGregor, Stuart . 


.. 2.00 


Duren, Roy L 


. 5.00 


Manson, H. & G. . . 


.. 2.00 


Edney, Charles F. . . 


. 2.00 


Marsh, A. W 


.. 2.00 


Enneguess, Michael . 


. 4.00 


Mauro, Frank . . . . 


.. 2.00 


Farrand, W. H 


. 2.00 


Mason, William . . . 


.. 2.00 


Farrar, Daniel H. . . 


. 2.00 


Mead, George V. . . 


.. 2.00 


Farrar, Earle 


. 5.00 


Mekkelsen, John . . 


.. 2.00 


Fletcher, Lester N. . 


. 7.00 


Millan, Albion L. . 


.. 2.00 


Fobes, E. S 


. 5.00 


Moore, James 


.. 2.00 


Foley, David J 


. 2.00 


Moore, J. Sterling . 


.. 2.00 


Ford, Charles L. . . . 


. 7.00 


Morrison, F. D. . . . 


.. 2.00 


Gallagher, Howard . 


. 7.00 


Nealey, Edward F. 


.. 5.00 


Gibbs, H. F 


. 2.00 


Newsham, Thomas . 


.. 5.0i: 


Graham, George .... 


. 2.00 


Nolan, Peter 


.. 2.00 


Grady, Roy 


. 5.00 


'Council, Michael 


.. 2.00 


Green, Fred W 


. 2.00 


Packard, James B. . 


.. 2.00 


Green, Katharine . . . 


. 2.00 


Page, E. C 


.. 2.00 


Greenleaf Kennels . 


. 10.00 


Parsons, Frank E. . 


.. 2.00 


Griffin, Franklin . . . 


. 2.00 


Pennell, Mrs. F. E. 


.. 2.00 


Griffin, Mrs. Franklin, 2.00 


Perkins, A. H 


.. 2.00 


Greenwood, 




Perkins, Levi 


.. 2.00 


Ormond H 


. 2.00 


Planter, Edwin G. . 


.. 5.00 


Hayes, Michael .... 


. 5.00 


Pope, Benjamin . . . 


.. 8.00 


Haynes, Albert L. . . 


. 2.00 


Pratt, Edward F. . 


. . 2.00 


Haynes, Charles E. . 


. 2.00 


Priest, H. L 


. . 5.00 


Hay ward, Earle . . . 


. 2.00 


Reynolds, H. R. . . . 


. . 2.00. 



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Rich, Addie M 


. 2.00 


Taylor, Charles A. 


. 7.0:; 


Richardson, George A 


. 5.00 


Taylor, M. E 


. 2.00 


Ring', John E 


. 2.00 


Tucker, George S. . 


. 7.00 


Robbins, Solon 


. 2.00 


Turnbull. George . . 


. . 2.00 


Rothberg, Max .... 


. 2.00 


Tuttle, Arthur ... 


. 6.00 


Russell, John H. . . . 


2.00 


Tuttle, Osgood 


. 2.00 


Scanlon, William J. 


2.00 


Vallie, A. H 


. 2.00 


Schofield, Harris C. . 


4.00 


Watkins, J. li 


. 4.00 


Shapley, Eva C 


2.00 


AYeaver, George T. 


. 9.00 


Sherry, Charles E. . 


5.00 


Weeks, EJinor F. . . 


. 2.00 


Sisson, George T. . . 


2.00 


West, Mrs. I. C. . . . 


. 2.00 


Smith, George A. . . 


2.00 
2.00 


Willis, Ora 


. 2.00 


Smith, Hattie E. . . . 


Worden, Martin H. . 


. 2.00 


Stearns, Clifton S. . 


2.00 







108 licenses @ $2.00 $216.00 

24 licenses @ $5.00 120.00 



Deduct fees, 132 licenses @ 20c each 



Balance due county treasurer on 1917 account 



$336.00 
26.40 

$309.60 
3.60 

$313.20 



June 1, 1918, paid county treasurer $123 . 00 

December 1, 1918, paid county treasurer 150.00 

Due county treasurer on 1918 account 40 . 20 



$313.20 



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REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We would report that the only important instruction of 
yours to the selectmen, that the continuance of the Lowell road 
repairs be let to the lowest bidder, Avas complied with, with the 
result of something like $4,300.00 as the low bid. As Acton 
had but $1,000 available for this purpose, we could do nothing 
about it. 

We hope you will keep in mind the great increase in labor 
and materials cost, when making 3^our appropriations for the 
several departments. We would suggest an appropriation of 
$6,000 for roads this year. 

Very respectfully, 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



24 
REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Acton, Mass. : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the vear 
:1918 : 

General Government 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Appropriation, premium on collector's 

and treasurer's bonds 150.00 

Received from sealer of weights and 

measures 56 . 17 

Received from state treasurer on account 

inspection of animals 50 . 00 

$2,256.17 

Selectmen's Department 

Paid : 

Charles J. Holton, salary $100.00 

William H. Kingsley, salary 50 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 50.00 

Charles J. Holton, postage, telephones 

and express 26 . 77 

Charles J. Holton, auto 13.00 

Charles J. Holton, delivering reports . . 2 . 00 

Charles J. Holton, traveling expense ... 6.00 

W. H. Kingsley, postage 1 . 72 

Boston Post, advertisement 4.00 

$253.49 
Auditing and Accounting Department 
Paid : 

Howard L. Jones, salary $141 .00 

Howard L. Jones, postage and stationery 5 . 20 

$146.20 
Treasurer's Department 
Paid : 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $200.00 

Frank W. Hoit, stationery, postage and 

telephone 35 . 49 

Frank W. Hoit, certifying notes 6 . 00 

American Surety Company, bond 50 . 00 

$291.49 
Collector's Department 
Paid : 

Arthur M. Whitcomb, salary $367.95 

Arthur M. Whitcomb, postage 23.50 



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American Surety Company, bond 100 . 00 

L. L. Applin, account transfers 16.80 

H. M. Sargent, printing and envelopes . 11.75 

Hobbs & Warren, books 4.97 



Assessors' Department 
Paid : 

James B. Tuttle, salary $75.00 

Ralph W. Piper, salary 55.00 

Arthur M. Whitcomb, salary 60.00 

Arthur M. Whitcomb, postage and ex- 
press 9 .58 

James B. Tuttle, supplies 1 . 85 

Thomas Groom & Company, book 3.75 



Town Clerk's Department 
Paid : 

H. F. Tuttle, salary $50.00 

H. F. Tuttle, attending town clerks' 

meeting 3 . 00 

H. F. Tuttle, recording marriages 3 . 00 

H. F. Tuttle, recording deaths 7.20 

H. F. Tuttle, collecting and recording 

births 20.00 

H. F. Tuttle, dog notices 2.20 

H. F. Tuttle, postage, telephone and ex- 
press 18 . 35 

Thorpe & Martin Co., transfer cases ... 15. SO 

P. B. Murphy, dog blanks 1 . 15 



Overseers of Poor Department 
Paid : 

William H. Kingsley, salary $50 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 20 . 00 

Charles J. Holton, salary 20.00 

Acton Printing Co., printing 3.95 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 
Paid : 

Theron F. Newton, salary $85 . 00 

Hobbs & Warren, books 1 . 86 



$524.97 



$205.18 



$120.90 



$93.95 



$86.86 



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Cattle Inspector 
Paid : 

Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $125.00 

Election and Registration 
Paid : 

Lewis T. Willard, registrar, 1917-1918, $40.00 

George E. Holton, registrar 20.00 

James McGreen, registrar 20.00 

C. O'Neil. officer 1917-1918 7.50 

F. F. Newton, officer 5.00 

J. W. Coughlin, officer 1917-1918 12.50 

H. F. Bobbins, officer 2.50 

C. D. Cram, officer 2.50 

L. A. Hesselton, officer 5 . 00 

James McGreen, officer 5 . 00 

L. C. Hastings, officer 5 .00 

James 'Neil, officer 5 . 00 

F. S. Whitcomb, officer 5 .f)0 

C. J. Holden, officer 5.00 

J. T. McNiff, officer 5.00 

W. L. Tenney, officer 5 . 00 

A. F. Davis, officer 5.00 

E. D. Dee, printing 2 . 75 

News-Enterprise Co., printing 32.00 

W. M. Sargent, printing 8.00 

R. S. Osterhout, printing 34.75 

Universalist Society, rent 6.00 

R. W. Porter, placing booths 5.50 

H. F. Tuttie, printing 2.00 

H. F. Tuttie, labor and expense, account 

Constitutional Amendment 12 . 50 

C. J. Holton, janitor work 2.50 

J. T. McNiff, returning ballots and post- 
ing warrants 13 . 00 

L. C. Hastings, placing booths 2.50 

H. F. Tuttie, registrar 25.00 

H. F. Tuttie, officer 5.00 

H. F. Tuttie, printing and supplies .... 2 . 35 



$308.85 



Total general government $2,156.89 

Unexpended balance . 99 .28 



$2,256.17 



Due from state for cattle inspection .... $62.50 



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Building and Grounds 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Received from rent 103 . 00 



Paid : 
R. W. Porter, janitor and labor on 

gTounds $87.25 

W. H. Kingsley 10.00 

West and South water supply district . . 18 . 00 

American Woolen Co., lighting 38.45 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., Coal . . 39.34 

0. D. Wood, repairs 20.75 

Town Farm, wood 26 . 00 

E. P. Gates, repairs 2 . 50 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 5.26 

R. W. Porter, care of clock and flag . . 30.00 



Protection of Persons and Property 

Police 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Received fines 58 . 05 

Transferred from reserve fund 18.91 



$303.00 



$277.55 
Unexpended balance 25 .45 



$303.00 



$276.96 



Paid : 

E. J. Lyons, services $9 . 50 

M. Peterson, automobile 12.00 

A. D. Wood, services 59 . 00 

H. F. Leach, services 23 . 49 

Iver, Johnson Co., supplies 17.15 

C. J. Holton, services 8 . 50 

C. J. Holton, automobile 7 . 50 

J. N. Perry, services 3 . 00 

J. M. Kempton, services 57 . 50 

J. T. McNiff, services 34.20 

J. T. McNife, court fees 30.06 

H. F. Leach, court fees 12.06 

F. W. Hoit, automobile 3 .00 

ili- $276.96 



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Enforcement of Liquor Law 

Appropriated $830.30 

Unexpended 830.30 

Fire Department 

General 

Appropriation $400.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 107 . 43 



$507.43 
Paid : 

West & South water supply district $24 . 00 

A. W. Davis, gas and supplies 34.62 

A. W. Davis, tires 142.70 

E. Spinney, teaming coal 2.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal . . 30.52 

J. Bernier, care of fire 29 . 50 

Hall Bros., wood 1.25 

Chalmers Motor Co., repairs 9.91 

Bo3-ce Motor Co., battery 46.88 

N. J. Cole, pay roll 3.50 

N. J. Cole, labor and supplies 17.85 

Badger Fire Extinguisher Co., hose and 

couplings 4 . 07 

Acton Printing Co., permits 6.20 

American Woolen Co., lighting 20 . 36 

West Acton Dept., pay roll 9.25 

W. E. Whitcomb, soda 12.00 

West Acton Dept., salaries 70.00 

B. A. King, repairs 6 . 60 

J. Fitzgerald, expense to Boston 1 . 00 

J. Fitzgerald, gasoline 4 . 20 

W. H. Kingsley, engineer 5 . 00 

E. P. Gates; engineer 5.00 

F. W. Billings, engineer 5.00 

A. F. Harris, engineer 2.50 

M. E. Tavlor & Co., soda 1.52 

Geo. Clapp, pay roll 12.00 

$507.48 
Special Repairs on Truck 

Appropriation $200.00 

Paid : 

C. Fay Allen Co., repairs . . . : $191.50 

$191.50 

Unexpended 8 . 50 

$200.00 



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Hydrant Service 

Appropriation $2,775.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 76 . 00 



$2,851.00 
Paid : 
West & South water supply district .. $2,575.00 
Town of Concord 276.00 

$2,851.00 
Brush Fires 

Appropriation $200.00 

Paid : 

N. J. Cole, pay rolls $48.62 

A. F. Harris, pay rolls 15 . 10 

West Acton Dept., pay rolls 46.00 

Geo. Clapp, pay rolls 26.84 

A. W. Davis, truck 6.00 

$142.56 
Unexpended balance 57.44 



$200.00 



Health and Sanitation 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

deceived, Geo. T. Weaver, license .... 100.00 

Received, Mitchell & Maloney, license . 100.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 132 . 03 



Paid : 
F. E. Tasker, school phvsician 1917- 

1918 ' $100.00 

E. S. Fobes, inspection 556.00 

C. A. Dudley, services 82.02 

H. S. Turner, printing 2.85 

Carter, Carter & Meigs, chemicals .... 7.91 

F. E. Taylor & Co., printing 5.75 

W. A. Flint, rent 6.00 

Rachael Haynes, professional services . . 19.50 

E. A. Phalen, inspection 4.00 

T. Scanlon, salary ace. quarantine .... 36.00 

Smith Finney, auto to Tewksbury 10.00 

F. E. Tasker, professional services .... 2.00 



$832.03 



$832.03 



30 

Moth Department 

Appropriation $827 . 15 

Received from state treasurer gypsy 

moth work 106 . 17 

Received from state treasurer state high- 
way work 28.00 

Private work 57 . 30 

Lead sold 832.33 



Paid : 

James O'Neil, labor and expense $1,661.71 

James 'Neil, state highway work .... 28 . 00 

Frost Insecticide Co., lead 435.00 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gasoline .... 22.50 



$1,850.95 



$2,147.21 
Balance due from state Jan. 1, 1918 . . 377 . 12 



$2,524.33 

673.38 

Less for work on state highway" 28.00 



Amount due from State, January 1, 1919 $645.38 

Tree Warden 

Appropriation $400.00 

Paid : 
James O'Neil $79.50 

Unexpended balance 320 . 50 



Highways and Bridges 

Appropriation, general $4,000 . 00 

Appropriation, oiling 700 . 00 

Received from town of Aver for use of 

roller ' 54.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 391.97 



Paid : 

A. H. Perkins, pay rolls $3,595 .47 

A. H. Perkins, boiler inspection 5 . 00 

A. H. Perkins, auto 17.00 

A. H. Perkins, gravel 38 . 70 

Buffalo Steam Roller, repairs 259 . 15 

H. R. Revnolds, team 18.00 



$400.00 



15,145.97 



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W. H. Kingsley, labor 22.50 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal and 

lumber 99.01 

Dyer Supply Co., sign 17.50 

^. J. Holton, lanterns 4.40 

C. J. Holton, auto and labor 19.00 

C. J. Holton, express 1.00 

F. W. Green, team 10.68 

N. E. Metal Culvert Co 250.00 

W. H. Jones, team 12.00 

A. W. Davis, teaming pipe 15 .00 

T. F. Parker, oil ♦ 7.30 

J. P. Brown, repairs 8 . 37 

Martin Brown, labor 1.00 

J. T. McNiff, repairs 11.50 

Hall Bros. Co., supplies 7 .81 



Snow Bills 
Paid : 

Geo. E. Greenough $15.00 

A. H. Perkins 153.50 

W. H. Jones 23.50 

H. Mekkleson 18.75 

W. H. Kingsley 37.00 



Oiling 
Paid : 

Independent Coal Tar Co $83.20 

Barrett Co 240.00 

A. H. Perkins, pay roll 154.63 



Total expenditures highways and 
bridges 

Amount due from county on account of 
Lowell road 

Amount due from state for use of steam 
roller 

Special appropriation on the Lowell 

road unexpended 

Street Lighting 

Appropriation 



$4,420.39 



$247.75 



$477.83 

$5,145.97 

$144.20 

308.75 

1,000.00 

$3,250.00 



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Paid : 

American Woolen Co $2,696.27 

S. Bresth, one light 4.00 

B. DeSousa, one light 4.00 

Patrick Foley, two lights 8.00 



$2,712.27 
Unexpended balance 537 . 73 



$3,250.00 



Charities 
Town Farm 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received from sale of produce and stock 3,039.09 
Transferred from reserve fund 203 . 87 



Paid : 

C. R. Stearns, warden $200.00 

C. R. Stearns, labor 378.19 

C. R. Stearns, medicine, repairs, etc. .. 3.79 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co., service 25.20 

Geo. H. Reed, grain 525.24 

J. S. Moore, supplies 194.99 

M. E. Tavlor & Co., supplies 196.37 

W. H. Kingsley, labor 379.80 

W. H. Kingslev, gasoline engine 35 . 00 

Thos. Baldwin^ warden : 280 . 00 

Thos. Baldwin, labor 164 . 68 

Thos. Baldwin, carpenter work 24.00 

Thos. Baldwin, swill 10.00 

Thos. Baldwin, expenses to Boston .... 11.36 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 48 . 39 

S. B. Ineson, supplies 36 .00 

G. H. Cash, ice 15 . 50 

Brackett, Shaw & Grant, sprayer 105.00 

Brackett, Shaw & Grant, nozzle 4.60 

Brackett, Shaw & Grant, repairs 4.95 

S. B. Church, engine supplies 4.67 

0. E. Houghton, horse ... 160.00 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies 354.47 

H. W. Lewis, supplies 18.22 

J. L. Peckham, hay 55 . 37 

Globe Newspaper Co., adv 12.10 

F. Oelschlegal, repairs 50.00 

J. P. Tenney, feed 8.28 

F. E. Tasker, medical attendance 7.50 



$3,742.96 



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F. A. Wakelin, supplies 6.31 

Emma Baldwin, groceries 15 . 20 

E. T. Rice, repairs 1 . 25 

Jos. Breck, egg case 4.90 

W. A. Haynes Co., machine parts 4.62 

R. W. Cunningham, sows 150 . 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal . . 43.41 

J. N. Murray, veterinary 15 . 00 

J. McNalley,*^ labor 50.00 

Town of Acton, lead 16 . 50 

C. Snyder, labor 60.00 

Hall Bros., sawdust 2 . 50 

E. P. Gates, shoeing, etc 57.10 

J. T. McNiff, shoeing 2.50 

$3,742.96 
Outside Poor 

Appropriation $1,300.00 

Paid : 

Elizabeth J. Ring, board and care .... $636.00 

H. W. Lewis, supplies 23.19 

Luther Davis, rent 88 . 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal . . 71.22 

0. S. Fowler 36.00 

F. K. Shaw, medical attendance 4.50 

W. H. Kingsley, cash paid outside aid . . 50 . 00 

M. H. Paine, medical attendance 20.00 

Finney & Hoit, cloth 2.64 

Town Farm, wood 76 . 00 

City of Taunton 137.33 

$1,144.88 

Unexpended balance 155.12 

$1,300.00 
Amount due from state on ace. of aid 

furnished 70.00 

Soldiers' Benefits 

State Aid 

Received from state treasurer , $624.00 

Amount due from state Jan. 1, 1918 .. $624.00 

Paid 542.00 

Amount due from state Jan. 1, 1919 . . 542 . 00 

$1,166.00 $1,166.00 
Military Aid 

Appropi lation $200 . 00 



$35.00 




24.00 






$59.00 




Ul.UO 



34 

Paid : 

F.dwin Fo' d, r-nt 

Tsi?.h Leach 

Unexpended balance 



Memorial Library 
Library Expense 

Appropriation $450.00 

Received from fines 30.00 

Transferred from reserve fimd 17.66 

Paid : 

A. W. Davis, librarian slOO.OO 

A. W. Davis, cataloging 10.00 

A. ^. Davis, express .32 

0. E. Hougbton. transporting books .... 50.00 

Somb Acton Coal & Lumber Co.. coal . . 137.36 

Acton Printing Co., printing 1.25 

American Woolen Co., lighting IS . 95 

E. F. Conant, insurance 51.58 

S. H. Taylor, janitor 100.00 

S. H. Taylor, repairs 1.25 

S. H. Tavior, oil .50 

H. F. Tuttle, express 3 . 11 

W. H. Kingsley, wood 5 . 50 

Dorothv Dusseault, writinsr cards 5.82 

E. Z. Stanlev, repairs . . . .^ 8.24 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 3.7S 

Library Buoks 

Appropriation 8200 . 00 

Interest on library fund 260.27 

Received of W. B. Clarke (S: Co.. refund. 5.85 



Paid : 

Ra^Tuond Farrar. cards $1.50 

De Wolfe. Fiske & Co., books 218.08 

H. A. TVilde Co.. books 12.38 

W. B. Clarke Co., books 132.85 

Dura Binding Co., books 54.25 

Milton Bradley Co., books 1.31 

Boylston Publishing Co .85 

H. Goldbero:er. magazines 38.40 

H. F. Tuttle, books 3.50 



$200.00 



8497.66 



8497.66 



$466.1: 



^6.12 



35 

Cemeteries 

Appropriation $600 . 00 

Eeceived sale of lots, Woodlawn 16.00 

Received sale of lots, Mt. Hope 78.00 



Paid : 

West & South Water Supply District . . $26.06 

H. F. Bobbins, labor 255.10 

H. F. Bobbins, tools 6.00 

A. Batley & Son, flowers 17.84 

Julian Tuttle, commissioner 10 . 00 

F. W. Green, labor 240.82 

E. A. Teele, limestone 3 . 75 

E. T. Rice, labor 1.40 

W. J. Costello, painting 14. 60 

C. H. Mead & Co., paint and oil 27 .43 

J. T. McNife, wrench 1 .00 

H. F. Tuttle, commissioner 7.50 

H. F. Tuttle, recording deeds 1.00 



Education 

Appropriation $21,000.00 

Received from State treasurer, Massa- 
chusetts school fund 1,029.64 

Received from State treasurer, indus- 
trial school 602.79 

Received from State treasurer, tuition . 9.75 

Received superintendent school fund .. 343.75 

Received county treasurer, dog tax .... 317.49 

Received ticket refunds 18.00 

Received tuition town of Stow 57 . 00 

Received tuition and transportion R. 

Webb 190.20 



$694.00 



$612.50 
Unexpended balance 81.50 



$694.00 



Perpetual Care 

Received interest on cemetery fund . . . $468 . 13 
Paid : 

H. F. Robbins, labor $200.14 

F. W. Green, labor 166.25 

A. Batley & Son, flowers 80.74 

F. C. Hayward, interest 17 . 50 

George Decoster, interest 3.50 



$468.15 



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Eeceived tuition E. Sadler 28.50 

Eeceived tuition C. Sadler ^ 28.50 

$23,625.62 
Paid : 

Report of school committee $20,605.65 

Unexpended balance 3,019 . 97 



$23,625.62 
Printing 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid : 

News-Enterprise Co., reports $190.00 

Unexpended balance 10.00 



$200.00 



$455.00 



Unclassified 

Appropriation $100 . 00 

Appropriation, Memorial day 100 . 00 

Appropriation, liability insurance 150.00 

Appropriation, military preparedness 

committee 100 . 00 

Received E. F. Nealey on account old ice 

house 5 . 00 

Paid : 

Isaac Davis Post, G. A. R $100.00 

Employers' Liability Insurance Co 288.30 

Pinney & Hoit, flags 15.00 

News-Enterprise Co., advertising 1.60 

George W. Worster, repairs on carriage, 8.50 

W. and L. E. Hurley 5.38 

P. E. Tasker, returning births 2.75 

S. A. Christie, returning births .25 

E. J. Flaherty, returning births .75 

H. J. Walcott, returning births .25 

G. E. Titcomb, returning births .25 

H. H. Braley, returning births .25 

F. J. Barker, returning births .25 

F. K. Shaw, returning births 2.75 

M. H. Paine, returning births .25 

A. B. Parker, account military prepar- 
edness 18 . 16 

$444.69 
Unexpended balance 10.31 

$455.00 



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Reserve Fund 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Transferred to : 

Police department $18 . 91 

Fire department, general 107.43 

Fire department, hydrant service 76.00 

Health and sanitation 132 . 03 

Highways and bridges 391.97 

Town farm 203.87 

Library 17 . 66 

$947.87 

Unexpended balance 52 . 13 



Interest 

Received interest on taxes $278.21 

Received interest on deposits .... o ... . 95 . 90 



$1,000.00 



$374.11 



Paid : 
First National bank of Ayer, interest on 

loans $380.00 

Municipal Indebtedness 
Balance due First National bank of 

Ayer, January 1st, 1918 $5,000.00 

Received loans First National bank of 

Ayer 20,000.00 

$25,000.00 
Paid : 

First National bank of Ayer $25,000.00 

Refunds 

Abatements, 1916 taxes $6.00 

Abatements, 1917 taxes 116.02 

Abatements, 1918 taxes 50.31 



$172.33 



Financial Statement 

Receipts 
Due from treasurer, January 1, 1918 . . . $3,134.44 
Due from collector, January 1, 1918 .... 6,858.53 



Raised : 

State tax $6,160.00 

State highway tax r 1,535 . 60 

County highway tax 3,052.76 



$9,992.97 



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Highways and bridges 4,000.00 

Lowell road 1,000.00 

Memorial library, expense 450 . 00 

Memorial library, books 200.00 

Schools 21,000.00 

Street lighting 3,250.00 

Hydrant service 2,775.00 

Moth work 827.15 

Overlay 134.64 

$44,385.15 
Less amount paid by State, on account 

intangible personal property 8,907 . 97 

$35,477.18 

Received : 

Treasurer's report $47,169.48 

Farm receipts 3,039.09 

Interest on taxes 278 . 21 

Moth tax 899.98 

Excise tax 102.24 



$51,489.00 

$96,959.15^ 
Expenditures 

State tax .^ $6,160.00 

State highway tax .* 1,535 . 60 

County tax 3,052.76 

General government .' 2,156 . 89 

Buildings and grounds 277 . 55 

Police 276.96 

Fire department, general 507 . 43 

Fire department, special 191 . 50 

Hydrant service 2,851 . 00 

Brush fires 142.56 

Moth 2,147.21 

Tree warden 79 . 50 

Health and sanitation 832.03 

Highway's and bridges 5,145 . 97 

Street lighting 2,712.27 

Town farm 3,742. 9& 

Outside poor 1,144.88 

State aid 542.00 

Military aid 59.00 

Library expense 497 . 66 

Library books 466 . 12 

Cemeteries 612 . 50 

Cemeteries, perpetual care 468 . 13- 



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Schools 20,605.65 

Printing 190.00 

Unclassified 444.69 

Interest on loans 380.00 

Municipal indebtedness 25,000 .00 

Refunds 172.33 

Due from treasurer 7,743 . 20 

Due from collector 6,820.80 

Financial Statement, December 31, 1918 

Due from treasurer $7,743 . 20 

Due from collector 6,820.80 

Due from county treasurer, dog tax .... 259 . 35 

Due from State treasurer, moth work . . 645 . 38 
Due from State treasurer, inspector of 

animals 62 . 50 

Due from State treasurer, State aid .... 542 . 00 
Due from county treasurer, account Low- 
ell road 144.20 

Due from State treasurer, outside aid . . 70.00 
Due from State treasurer, use of steam 

roller 308.75 



$96,959.15 



$16,596.18 
Liabilities 

American Woolen Co., street lighting .. $541.32 

Town Farm : 

M. E. Taylor & Co $127.36 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co 4.00 

E. Z. Stanley 31.78 

W. E. Whitcomb 18.07 

L. B. Ineson 7 .02 

C. H. Mead & Co 146.84 

Health and Sanitation : 

C. A. Dudley $5 . 68 

E. A. Phalen 6.00 

F. E. Tasker 10.00 

E. S. Fobes 72.00 

Massachusetts Homeopathic hospital ... 79 . 30 

T. F. Newton 3.00 

$1,052.37 

Balance in favor of the town $15,543.81 

Respectfully submitted 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



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South Acton, Mass., February 10, 1919. 
I have examined the accounts of the tax collector and 
treasurer of the town of Acton, and find them correct to the 
best of my knowledge. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



TREASURER'S REPORT 



For Year Ending December 31, 1918 

Cash on hand, January 1, 1918 $3,134.44 

Received from State treasurer : 

Corporation tax, public service .... $249 . 94 

Corporation tax, business 9,099.84 

Income tax, 1917 280.00 

Income tax, 1918 8,907 . 97 

Income tax, 1918, additional 1,067.59 

National bank tax 691 .43 

State aid 624.00 

Soldiers' exemption 60.07 

Corporation tax 19.86 

Lowell road account 900 . 00 

Lowell road account 100 . 00 

Moth work 106.17 

Moth work 28.00 

Inspection of animals 50.00 

Tuition of children 9.75 

Independent educational industrial 

schools 602.79 

County treasurer, dog tax 317.49 

Lowell road account 900.00 

Slaughter license, George T. Weaver . . 100.00 

Slaughter license, Mitchell and Mahoney 100.00 

Town of Concord, Nagog taxes 25.12 

E. C. Page, fire extinguisher 3 . 50 

House of Correction, fines 10 . 50 

Central Middlesex Court, fines 47 . 55 

E. F. Nealey, town's interest in ice house 5.00 

Cemetery lots sold, Mt. Hope 78.00 

Cemeterj^ lots sold, Woodlawn 16.00 

Town of Ayer, use of roller 54 . 00 

Sealer of weights and measures 56.17 

W. B. Clark & Co., rebate on library 

books 5 . 85 

Library fines 30 . 00 

Rents 103.00 

Massachusetts school fund 1,029 .64 

Superintendent of school fund 343 . 75 



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Boston & Maine R. 'R., rebate on school 

tickets 18.00 

Tuition of R. Webb 190.20 

Tuition of Enid Sadler 28.50 

Tuition of C. Sadler 28.50 

Tuition town of Stow 57.00 

Interest on deposits 95 . 90 

Interest on library fund 260 . 27 

Interest on cemetery fund 468 . 13 



$27,169.48 

First National bank of Ayer, loans 20,000.00 

Town Farm Receipts : 

Milk $1,688.91 

Eggs 89.04 

Bags 20.74 

Telephone ..: 1.72 

Teaming 34.80 

Fowl 24.85 

Cows 225.00 

Calves 36.00 

Potatoes .25 

Horse 39.63 

Wood 364.00 

Apples 358.35 

Pigs 155.80 

$3,039.09 
Received of Collector : 

Taxes, 1916 $365.66 

Interest, 1916 35.95 

$401.61 

Taxes, 1917 $5,294.39 

Interest, 1917 208.61 

$5,503.00 

Taxes, 1918 $30,857.08 

Interest, 1918 33 . 65 



$30,890.73 

$90,138.35 

Paid selectmen's orders $82,395.15 

Balance on hand, January 1, 1919 7,743.20 



$90,138.35 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT OF WILDE MEMORIAL 

LIBRARY FUND 



Cash, Charlestown Five Cent Savings 

bank $1,000.00 

Warren Institution for Savings .... 1,000 . 00 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings . . 1,000 . 00 

North End Savings bank 1,000.00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood fund 200.00 

Interest on deposits 237.29 

Bond, West Shore R. R., of Susan Aug- 
usta and Luther Conant fund . . 1,000 . 00 
Interest on bond 40 . 00 

Appropriation for books 200.00 

Balance unexpended 10 . 77 



Cash in banks $5,400 . 00 

Bond, Conant fund 1,000.00 

Amount expended for books, 1918 466.12 

Balance unexpended 21 . 94 



$6,888.06 



$6,888.06 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



TREASURER'S REPORT OF FUNDS HELD FOR CARE OF 
LOTS IN CEMETERIES 



Bonds, West & South Water Supply Dis- 
trict of Acton $8,100.00 

Cash in banks and Liberty bonds 9,552.90 

Unexpended balance 1,118 . 93 

John Temple lot 50.00 

W. T. Piper lot 100.00 

Walter A. Gilmore lot 50.00 

Henry F. Hosmer lot 50.00 

Lyman Mead lot 100.00 

Cyrus Pickard lot 100.00 

James E. Billings lot 100.00 

Interest on bonds 318 .00 

Interest on deposits 320 . 04 



$19,959.87 



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Paid for care of lots $468 . 13 

West & South Water Supply District, 

bonds 7,800.00 

Cash in banks 7,602.90 

Liberty bonds 2,800.00 

Unexpended balance 1,288 . 84 

$19,959.87 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 

ASSESSORS' REPORT 

Valuation on April 1, 1918 

Buildings, exclusive of land $1,164,795.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 542,010 . 00 

Personal estate 366,476.00 

Total valuation $2,073,281.00 

Valuation April 1, 1917 2,067,674.00 

Increase in valuation $5,607.00 

Rate of taxation, $16.50. 
Tax Assessed as Follows : 

Real estate $28,162.36 

Personal estate 6,046.82 

Polls 1,268.00 

$35,477 . 18 
Received from State, account intangible 

personal 8,907 . 97 

$44,385.15 

Moth tax 899 . 98 

Excise tax 102.24 

Amount of Money Raised 

For State tax $6,160.00 

State highway tax 1,535 . 60 

County tax 3,052.76 

Town grant 33,502 . 15 

Overlay 134.64 

$44,385.15 

JAMES B. TUTTLE, 
ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, 
RALPH W. PIPER, 

Assessors of Acton. 



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COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

1916 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1918 $365 . 66 

Interest collected 35 . 95 

$401.61 

Paid treasurer $395 . 61 

Abatements ' 6 . 00 

$401.61 

1917 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1918 $6,242.14 

Uncollected January 1, 1918, excise tax, 250.73 
Interest collected 208 . 61 

$6,701.48 

Paid treasurer $5,386 . 98 

Abatements 116.02 

$5,503.00 

Uncollected January 1, 1919 $1,198.48 

1918 Taxes 
Tjown, State and countj^ taxes committed 

to collector, October 1, 1918 $44,385.15 

Less amount returned from State, ac- 
count intangible personal 8,907 . 97 

$35,477.18 

Moth tax 899 . 98 

Interest collected 33 . 65 

$36,410.81 
Excise tax 102.24 

$36,513.05 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $30,840.42 

Abatements 50 . 31 

$30,890.73 

Uncollected January 1, 1919 $5,520.08 

Uncollected January 1, 1919, excise tax, 102.24 

$5,622.32 
ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, 

Collector.. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1918 

Investments 
Warren Institution for Savings, Book 

83531 $1,160.96 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank, 

Book 71200 1,000.00 

Citv Institution for Savings, Lowell, 

^ Book 84244 1,000.00 



Receipts 
"Warren Institution for Savings, divi- 
dends $51 . 64 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings bank, 

dividends 50.00 

City Institution for Savings, dividends, 45.00 



Payments 
Paid H. F. Robbins, care of Goodnow 

lot, Woodlawn cemetery $3.50 

Unpaid income for care of cemetery lot, 

deposited with Warren Institution 

for Savings 25 . 64 

H. F. Robbins, treasurer of Evangelical 

Congregational church in Acton . . . 117 . 50 



$3,160.96 



$146.64 



$146.64 
LUTHER CONANT, 
I. WARREN FLAGG, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



The overseers of the poor submit the following report for 
the year ending December 31, 1918 : 

There has not been many cases of outside poor aided this 
year, but some of this has been expensive ; still we have been 
able to keep well within the appropriation. 

We recommend that $1,300 be appropriated for this depart- 
ment. 



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The warden and matron of the town home, Mr. and Mrs. 
Stearns, resigned the first of June. We hired Mr. and Mrs. 
Baldwin, who have since had charge of the home, but coming 
so late in the season, they could not accomplish the best results. 
A large sum was received from the sale of milk, apples, wood, 
and stock, but not enough to pay the running expenses. We 
have shingled the shed, repaired windows and doors, replacing 
some with new ones. Bought a horse, a sprayer and an engine 
for pumping water. We recommend that the amount appro- 
priated be large enough to meet the expenses of this depart- 
ment, or that the farm be closed or rented and the inmates be 
boarded out. 

We recommend that all bills a'gainst this department be 
rendered monthly. Some bills were not received in time to get 
into this report. See town accountant's report for financial 
report of this department. 

WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, Chairman, 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 

WARREN H. JONES. 



REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



January 1st, 1919. 

The board of health submits the following report for the 
year ending December 31st, 1918 : 

Burial permits issued in Acton 32 

Burial permits issued in other places 34 

List of contagious diseases reported by the board of 
health, January 1st, 1918, to December 31, 1918 : 

Deaths from influenza 3 

Measles 6 

Tuberculosis, 2 ; pulmonary tuberculosis, 1 3 

Whooping cough 2 

Scarlet fever 7 

Influenza 62 

Chickenpox 7 

Your board would recommend that $1,000 be appropriated 
for use of the board for the present year, as the State board has 
added the duty of inspecting stables and the issuing of permits 
for the production and sale of all milk used in the town, the 
expense to be borne by the town. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

By C. A. Dudley, Agent. 



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REPORT OF CATTLE INSPECTOR 



I herewith submit the following report for the year 1918 : 

Dairy cows 560 

Young cattle 190 

Bulls 29 

Swine 193 

Sheep 37 

I have quarantined in the year eight head of cattle with 
tuberculosis, which were taken by the State and killed. 

FRED S. "WHITCOMB, 

Inspector. 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF MEAT 



Acton, Mass., January 1, 1919. 
Selectmen, Town of Acton : 

Gentlemen — Enclosed find beef inspected for the town of 
Acton for the year 1918 : 

Cows 190 Condemned 6 

Hogs , . 200 Condemned 

Veal 793 Condemned 21 

Total 1183 27 

Yours truly, 

EDWARD S. FOBES, 

Inspector of Meat. 



TREE WARDEN'S REPORT 



Paid : 
James O'Neil, labor, team expenses .... $56.25 
Arthur Manion, labor 22 . 50 



$78.75 

I would recommend the raising of $300.00 for spraying 
the elm trees this year. 

JAMES O'NEIL, 

Tree Warden. 



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LIST OF JURORS REVISED BY THE SELECTMEN, 

JULY 22, 1918 ( 



Precinct 1 

J. Sidney White Farmer 

Willis J. Holden Farmer 

Thomas F. McCarthy Stone Cutter 

Arthur F. Davis Librarian 

Herbert F. Robbins Farmer 

James B. Tuttle Farmer 

Arthur Harris Stone Cutter 

Fred Billings Housepainter 

George E. Murphy Farmer 

William H. Kingsley Contractor 

Precinct 2 

Frank W. Hoit Merchant 

William B. Franklin Farmer 

Benjamin W. Ineson , Clerk 

Nelson J. Cole Merchant 

Laurin Pratt Carpenter 

Walter E. Hayward R. R. Employee 

Warren H. Jones Farmer 

William S. Fletcher R. R. Employee 

Earl F. Hayward Machinist 

T. F. Newton Clerk 

Precinct 3 

Everett R. Sanborn Farmer 

M. J. Handley Farmer 

James N. Berry . . . .' Carpenter 

George E. Holton R. R. Employee 

Herbert W. Owens Decorator 

Allen Brooks Parker Lawyer 

E. L. White ,. Woodworker 

James E. McGregor Carpenter 

Albert R. Beach Woodworker 

William L. Tenney Machinist 



WEEK OF MARCH 24-31 



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THE RED CROSS 

WANTS 

ALL THE USED CLOTHING 

UNDERWEAR, SHOES 

and BLANKETS 

IT CAN GET 

To clothe and comfort 

The Refugees of the Devastated Countries 

of Europe 

THE NEED IS URGENT 



Notify your local Red Cross 
They will call for it 



Mr. HOOVER'S APPEAL 

MR. HOOVKR has cabled the American Red Cross for 
an immediate supply of every kind of clothing for the 
millions of men, women and children in the war- 
devastated areas and countries of Europe. He says the 
sufferings of these people from lack of clothing are in- 
describable and the mortality will be of a magnitude which 
will double the horrors of the war unless the people are 
clothed at once. There are no materials in Kurope to make 
clothing, the four years of war have consumed everything in 
the way of material, and in many places paper has been used 
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The people suffering most acutely for clothing are those 
who have been freed from the German yoke in Northern 
France, Belgium, Serbia, Czecho-Slovakia, Macedonia, L 
Montenegro, Northern Italy, Northern Greece, Poland and 
Armenia. 

To meet this grave emergency the American Red Cross 
will begin a drive for used clothing of every description, 
on March 24 to continue to March 31. Kvery member of 
the Red Cross is asked to take part in this drive, collect II 
all the used clothing and shoes possible and see that these 
are sent to the headquarters of the local or nearest Red Cross 
organization. 

The Red Cross will attend to all of the collecting, packing 
and shipping of this clothing and the distribution in Europe 
will be under American supervision. Mr. Hoover will 
provide the organization and machinery to effect the dis- 
tribution. 

This is a war duty as well as a humanitarian 
necessity. 

Our soldiers won the war. Let us finish the job 
handsomely. 



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THE THINGS MOST NEEDED 

VIENS' WEAR— 

Shirts (preferably of light - colored flannels), under- 
shirts, underdrawers, trousers, coats, work-suits, suits, 
shoes, overcoats, jerseys, sweaters, sweater-vests, socks. 

i^OMEN'S WEAR— 

Skirts, drawers, corset-slips, petticoats, blouses, shirts, 
coats, suits (2-piece), shoes, cloth hats, knitted caps, 
stockings. 

430YS' WEAR— 

Shirts, union suits, undershirts, coats, suits, trousers, 
shoes, overcoats, jerseys, stockings, sweaters, socks. 

GIRLS' WEAR-- 

Dresses, skirts, overcoats, night dresses, drawers, 
stockings, undergarments, petticoats, suits, blouses, 
i| waists, shoes. 

^%OYS' and GIRLS' WEAR— 

Hooded caps, pinafores, woolen union suits. 

jlNFANTS' WEAR— 
Cr[ Baby blankets, baby shirts, sweaters, bonnets, bibs, 
jjjj diapers, shoes, binders, baby dresses, cloaks, jackets, 

shawls, socks, bootees. 

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MISCELLANEOUS— 

Bed-ticks, bed-sheets, pillow cases, blankets, mufflers. 

Tie each pair of shoes together. 

Woolen goods of any kind whatsoever are acceptable ; 
soft hats and caps for all ages, and sweaters of any kind and 



size. 



ir(l Men's shirts and pajamas, so worn or shrunken as no 
^longer to be serviceable are particularly welcome, since the 
^material can be utilized for making children's garments. 

THINGS NOT WANTED 

Ball dresses, high hats, straw hats, derby hats, trimming 
for hats, feathers, mattresses, flimsy dresses, collars, shoe 
b jtrees, canes, pillows, rugs, clocks, carpets, toys, neckties, 
crutches, parasols, crockery, umbrellas, glassware. 






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Organize the World through a League of Nations 

Question i. Why should the world be organized? 

Ansiver. Organization has been made acutely necessary as the only way' to 
prevent destruction of civilization by war. It is the next step in the develop- 
ment of civilization. The world should be organized as effectively as we have 
already organized cities, states, and nations. 

Q. 2. What does world peace mean.'* 

A. It does not mean merely stopping war. If this war should come to an 
end without laying the foundations of organization between the nations, we 
should not have peace but only an armed truce. " Peace means a condition of 
organized living together among nations." 

Q. J. How can the nations have an "organized living together"? 

A. The forty-eight nations can be organized eventually on somewhat the 
same plan as that on which our forty-eight states are organized, with a Supreme 
Court to settle disputes between them; with a conference or congress meeting 
regularly, its members chosen from all the nations ; and with :. common police 
force to ensure order and safety. 

Q. 4. What is the first step to be taken toward such organization? 

A. Education of the public on the needs and methods of world organization 
and immediate preparation for a League of Nations as its initial feature. 

Q. 5. What should the members of ^League of Nations agree to do ? 

A. The members should agree to settle all disputes between one another 
without resort to violence and bloodshed, and to protect one another from 
injustice and attack from outside their number. They should also provide for 
common defence against a possible recalcitrant member. 

Q. 6. What should be the essential foundations of the League? 

A. {a) A World Court, (b) A Permanent Council of Conciliation, 
(c) A World Conference meeting regularly. 

Q. y. What should a World Court do ? 

A. It should settle international disputes capable of judicial decision. 

Q. 8. What should a Permanent Council of Conciliation do ? 
• A. It should be in constant session to study causes of friction and to take 
such action as will promote better understanding and good feeling. It should 
receive disputes exclusive of those that involve questions of law, and should 







examine and report on them to the members of the League, with recommenda- 
tions for their settlement. 

Q. p. What should the World Conference do? 

.A. It should create new international law, and provide for new agreements 
needed to preserve justice in a world of growth and change. 

Q. 10. What would happen if one of the great nations at the Peace Settle- 
ment should refuse to come into the League ? 

A. It would leave the world divided, and thereby hinder the realization of 
international peace. 

Q. II. Would a League be of any value if Germany remained out of it? 

A. Yes; for though it would not ensure permanent peace, the members of 
the League, acting under collective control, might exert such pressure on 
Germany, both educational and economic, as would finally force her to enter 
the League. 

Q. 12. What are the principal advantages of membership in the League? 

A. (o) Equal trade opportunities, by the abolition of preferential tariffs 
and the removal of economic barriers, so far as practicable. (&) Greater 
security without the necessity of huge rival armaments. 

Q. ij. Is it likely that Germany, as a member of the League, would keep 
her pledges in the future, after having broken so many in the past? 

A. Not only would it be for the material advantage of each nation to keep 
its pledges, but, as stated above, the League would exert compulsion on any 
recalcitrant member. 

Q. 14. When should the organization of the League be consummated? 

A. At the Peace Conference. But its detailed plan or constitution should 
now be carefully worked out by the best international minds and accepted by 
the peoples. Since all t rritorial readjustments and other agreements will be 
profoundly affected by the decision as to whether or not there is to be a League 
of Nations and what its character is to be, it is therefore absolutely necessary 
to have a plan thoroughly thought out beforehand. The delegates to the Peace 
Conference should be instructed to present a plan for a League of Nations as a 
basis for all other settlements. 

Q. 15. Would a nation lose any of its sovereignty if it joined a League of 
Nations ? 

A. Yes ; but on the other hand it would gain far more than it lost, as did our 



thirteen states when they united under our Constitution and each surrendered^ 
a small portion of its sovereignty. Each nation would still regulate its internal 
affairs, yielding control only in matters of international concern. 

Q. i6. What force would a League of Nations use in addition to a propa- 
ganda of education ? 

A. Economic force, and the armies and navies of the nations of the League 
acting under collective control. As soon as possible, however, after the war, 
national armies and navies should by mutual agreement be reduced and trans- 
formed into a genuine international police force whose sole function will be 
to maintain law and order. 

Q. I'j. Would large and small nations have an equal vote in the World 
Conferences ? 

A. There is as yet no agreement on this matter. It is possible that there 
might be an upper house representing all nations equally on the basis of our 
Senate, and a lower house based on population, as in our House of Representa- 
tives. National resources, education, and other elements might also enter into 
the consideration. Justice and satisfaction must be given the weaker nations 
as to their vote, otherwise suspicion of the strong nations might lead to a 
coalition of the small states. As soon as trade barriers and the consequent rival 
armaments are removed, there will be little to fear. Prosperity and safety will 
be as assured to a dweller in a small country as to one living in a large country ; 
— just as a citizen of a small town or small state is as prosperous and safe as a 
citizen of a large city or of a large state. A man, for example, is as prosperous 
and safe living in Westfield, Massachusetts, as if he lived in Boston; and equally 
so in Rhode Island as in New York State. 

Q. i8. Can World Organization abolish war among nations ? 

A. War can be abolished among nations as surely as it has been abolished 
between cities and between states. Six hundred years ago European walled 
cities had armies which fought one another ; Scotland and England fought one 
another ; little princedoms in Germany fought one another. Internal peace 
came when all these little units became parts of a larger whole. Our Supreme 
Court has settled upwards of eighty interstate disputes. Without our federal 
organization and our Supreme Court, friction would inevitably have led to war 
in many cases. International war can practically be abolished by a League of 
Nations developing world organization. War between nations is bound to 
be abolished just as much as slavery and other long existing evils have been 
abolished. 



»» 



Q. ip. What is to be said to those who argue that war is inevitable so long 
as human nature remains unchanged ? 

A. That the same human nature that has abolished war between cities and 
between states has only to go Oiie step farther and to abolish it between groups 
of nations. It is not primarily a question of human nature, but one of organ- 
ization. 

Q. 20. Why should we plan noiv for what is coming after the war? 

A. If we wait until the last shot is fired, it will be too late to make sure 
that the peoples and not precedent and privilege shall dictate the agreements. 
The world will in any case be embittered and frightfully impoverished, and will 
find itself in a state of industrial and financial chaos. Under these conditions 
men new to such problems will be unable to grapple successfully with the colos- 
sal task of world organization. It is the duty of all patriots at this moment to 
enter on a new preparedness, based on President Wilson's ultimate aims as ex- 
pressed in his fourteen points on January 8, 1918. The ground plan for the new 
edifice must be marked out now, and the free peoples of the world must bring 
materials for its erection or the fruits of victory may be lost. 

Lord Bryce has said: "If the opportunity which the close of the present 
conflict will ofifer for the provision of means to avert future wars be lost, 
another such may never reappear, and the condition of the world will have 
grown worse because the occurrence of the like calamities will have been recog- 
nized as a thing to be expected and their causes as beyond all human -^ure." 



The leading statesmen of the world have signified their approval 
of a League of Nations. An informed public opinion is vital to its 
establishment. 

No individual is unimportant in ^furthering this world plan. 
A taper may light a beacon fire ! 

Will you help ? ♦ * 

Executive Board of the League for Permanent Peace 

421 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass. 

Copies of this leaflet at $1.00 per hundred may 
be obtained from the League for Permanent Peace. 

September JO, igi8. 



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THE REPORT OF THE ACTON PREPAREDNESS COM- 
MITTEE FOR THE YEAR, MARCH, 1917, TO 
MARCH, 1918 



This committee was appointed in pursuance of a vote of the 
town of Acton at its annual meeting held in March, 1917. By 
that vote the moderator was made the chairman of the commit- 
tee and was instructed to appoint four other members. In ac- 
cordance with that authority the moderator appointed Messrs. 
Nelson J. Cole, Oliver D. Wood, Walter A. Tuttle and Ralph E. 
Gates. Mr. Tuttle attended but one meeting of the committee 
and has never acted with it. Mr. Gates attended a few meet- 
ings and took an interest in its work until some time in June 
last, when he left the country to engage in a lumbering enter- 
prise in Scotland. Consequently the active membership of the 
committee has been limited to three for the greater part of the 
year. 

It was at first contemplated that this committee would de- 
vote its efforts mainly to the organization of a local company 
of men as a military organization, but it early became 
apparent that other duties would be expected to be performed 
by it. The organization of a committee of public safety for the 
State rendered it desirable that the Acton preparedness com- 
mittee should be the local representative of the State commit- 
tee and should attend to such matters as were of local character. 
This your committee has sought to do. 

At the beginning of the year the committee was asked to 
conduct a campaign to increase the production of food stuffs. 
It seems to us that this important work could be more satisfac- 
torily conducted by the local Patrons of Husbandry and the 
local representatives of the Middlesex Farm Bureau. They 
were accordingly asked to take this work in charge and, we 
understand, have put forth some effort in the desired direction. 
Other work similar to that undertaken by the Red Cross socie- 
ties was asked of us, but we plainly saw that such work would 
be a duplication, attended with a loss of effort. 

Consequently we have left untouched this important work 
with the knowledge that it was being done better than we could 
do it. Other work of the character of instruction in food con- 
servation and economics ha's been conducted by the Women's 
clubs, though the committee has received and distributed con- 
.siderable literature upon this subject. Your committee has also 



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been asked by various State boards and officers to nominate 
men for important special duties and we have made the follow- 
ing nominations, all of which we believe have been appointed : 

As a committee to keep an accurate record of the where- 
abouts and welfare of every Massachusetts man in the service 
of his country — Horace F. Tuttle, chairman; Frank W. Hoit, 
Allen Brooks Parker. 

As a committee on fuel administration — Edgar H. Hall, 
chairman; James B. Tuttle, Frank W. Hoit. 

As an agent to aid in the enrolment of men of different 
crafts and trades to assist in the construction of emergency 
shipping for the country — William H. Kingsley. 

As a war savings committee to aid in the sale of War Sav- 
ings Stamps — The several postmasters of the town. 

A committee on food conservation and kindred activities — 
Mrs. Rachel Haynes. 

A committee on food administration — Waldo E. Whitcomb. 

In addition to the foregoing nominations your committee 
was asked to raise funds for the relief of the sufferers from the 
Halifax disaster and on the day following the calamity we be- 
gan the w^ork. Altogether $239.05 w^as quickly raised and 
promptly remitted to the proper person. The larger part of 
this amount was raised in Precinct 1, where a house to house 
canvass was carried out. 

The Home Guard — It was toward the organization of a 
compam^ of the Massachusetts State or Home Guard that your 
committee bent its energy early in the year. A petition was 
circulated throughout the town to procure names of men w^ho 
were wdlling to join such a company. Seventy-two names were 
procured and the petition filed with the State Guard board. 
Instruction in the elements of military drill began in April in 
each of the three precincts of the town, under the direction of 
the committee. At first these drills were only slightly at- 
tended, but gradually the numbers increased. A supplemen- 
tary roll was subsequently prepared, so that the entire roster 
included ninety-eight names. Unfortunately quite a number 
of these were not regular attendants at drill and a few of the 
original signers never attended. Progress, however, was con- 
tinuous, and in May your committee called the members of the 
companj^ together and they chose Allen Brooks Parker, cap- 
tain; Frank W. Chapman, first lieutenant; and Oliver D. 
Wood, second lieutenant. Drills were held weekly and witli 
each drill interest and proficiency increased. The company 
was inspected in June by an officer of the State Guard and 
there was much to justify the opinion that Acton would again 
have within its limits a military organization as a part of the 
armed forces of the State. The hopes of your committee and 
of the public were, however, destined to be disappointed. 



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While the report of the inspecting officer recommended the 
mustering in of the company, he expressed a doubt as to the 
ultimate proficiency on account of widely scattered member- 
ship. The men were neither uniformed, nor armed. The State 
Guard board did not vote to accept the company and the men 
began to lose interest. It had been the attitude of the State 
Guard board not to uniform companies if possible to get them 
uniformed at private expense, and other things being equal to 
accept those companies that had uniformed themselves. The 
officers of this company did not feel justified in asking the men 
to uniform themselves at an expense which would have becji 
burdensome to most of the members. Had this company been 
uniformed at the time of its inspection it might have been ac- 
cepted. Shortly after the inspection the captain called upon 
General Ames, the commanding officer of the State Guard, and 
was informed no funds were available for the purchase of uni- 
forms and unless companies uniformed themselves they would 
not be accepted. When this became know^n to the men attend- 
ance at drills began to grow smaller, until finally in July the 
officers decided to discontinue drills. The captain again in 
February consulted with the State officials in regard to uni- 
forming the men this season, but was informed that nothing 
more could be done for the company. The officers of the com- 
pany feel that they did everything in their power to make a 
success of this undertaking and are grateful for the loyal sup- 
port of the men under their command. One regretable fact in 
this failure to maintain the past reputation of Acton in things 
military, is the fact that this undertaking failed to receive the 
support of some prominent citizens of the town, who would 
count it an insult to have their patriotism questioned, but who, 
none the less, apparently loved the ease of physical inactivity 
more than the salutary exercise and wholesome stimulation of 
being a citizen soldier. 

We recommend that a committee of a similar character be 
continued, as it performs a very useful purpose in co-operating 
with the State public safety committee. Also that the town 
make a small appropriation to cover the proper disbursements 
of such a committee. 

FOR THE COMMITTEE, 
Allen Brooks Parker, Chairman. 



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THE REPORT OP THE ACTON PREPAREDNESS COM- 
MITTEE FOR THE YEAR, MARCH, 1918, TO 
MARCH, 1919 



This committee is a continuance of the committee of last 
year, except that its membership was reduced to three ; the 
names of Mr. Tuttle and Mr. Gates being- dropped. 

In accordance with the vote of the town at its last annual 
town meeting this committee, which has generally come to be 
called the "Acton Public Safety Committee," herewith pre- 
sents its report. The report consists, in the main, of a compila- 
tion of the reports of the several war activities carried on in 
the town during the last two years. The committee has pro- 
cured statements from as many of these activities as possible 
and has condensed them. They appear in such form, under 
their several heads : 

ACTON BRANCHES OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS 

There are, in this town, two branches of the American Red 
Cross, the "West and South Branch, and the Acton Center 
Branch. Work was undertaken in all three parts of town very 
shortly after the great war began and a considerable time pre- 
vious to the affiliation of these branches with the national or- 
ganization. In April, 1917, the West and South Branches 
united and were recognized as a part of the Middlesex Chap- 
ter, which had its headquarters at Lowell. In January, 1918, 
this branch was transferred to the Concord Chapter. The Ac- 
ton Center Branch, comprising Acton Center, East and North 
Acton, became recognized as a branch of the Concord Chapter 
in May, 1918. The West and South Branch has collected by va- 
rious means, such as food sales, entertainments, sales of old 
paper and magazines and penny collections at its meetings, 
$2,934.53. It has expended for supplies, Christmas presents to 
''Our Boys," home service work, etc., $2,451.02. From the be- 
ginning of the work to January 1, 1919, this Branch has 
produced : 
Surgical dressings ...22,676 Refugee garments .... 186 

Knitted articles 1,368 Comfort kits 50 

Hospital supplies .... 1,012 

Sixty-six soldiers and sailors from West Acton, South Ac- 
ton, and Boxboro, have been supplied with knitted articles. In 
1917, thirty-five Christmas boxes were sent and in 1918, Christ- 



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mas cards were sent to all our boys in the service. Two collec- 
tions of clothing for Belgian sufferers were attended with gen- 
erous response. A linen drive netted 121 articles, thirty-six 
more than were asked for. A home service committee has at- 
tended to the needs of soldiers' families. 

In the month of May, 1918, the Red Cross Second War 
Fund Drive was inaugurated and the country was asked to 
subscribe $100,000,000. The quota of West and South Acton 
was fixed at $1,000. The actual amount raised was nearly 
twice, being $1,993. The work for these districts was in charge 
of Mr. B. E. Hall, with Mrs. Ella Feltus captain of the West 
Acton team, and Mr. Fred W. Nagle of the South Acton team. 
Numerous solicitors were a part of each district's organiza- 
tion. In the drive for membership in December, 1918, the goal 
was fifty percent of the population. This was not quite at- 
tained, but 588 names were obtained, a percentage which was 
equal to and in excess of many surrounding towns. Mr. B. E. 
Hall was also in charge of this drive, with Mrs. R. Gates Baker 
of the West district, and Miss Clara Sawyer of the South dis- 
trict as captains, assisted by numerous solicitors. On account 
of sickness, Mrs. R. Gates Baker was obliged to give up the 
work before the completion of the drive and Miss Jennie Dur- 
kee filled the vacancy. The present membership is 588. We 
have no information relative to any drive previous to the one 
of May, 1918. 

All the pupils of the public schools were enrolled as mem- 
bers of a Junior Red Cross and they produced 778 articles,, 
consisting of gun wipes, weight bags, pin balls, comfort pil- 
lows and trench candles. 

Facts relating to the Acton Center Branch are not as com- 
plete as is desirable, owing to the absence from town of its 
president while this report was in process of preparation. The 
folloAving facts are to be noted, however : This branch has 
collected from all sources $2,432.62. It has expended $2,141.54. 
It has made and distributed 1,397 garments, of which a large 
number were knitted articles. In the 1918 drive for funds, $715 
were raised ; about $250 more than its allotment or quota. This 
drive was in charge of Mrs. George S. Tucker, Jr., and Miss 
Charlotte Conant, assisted by solicitors. In the Christmas 
1918 drive for members, 244 were secured and this is its pre- 
sent membership. This drive was in charge of Mrs. Albion 
Millan and Miss Charlotte Conant, assisted by solicitors. 

An Acton Center Junior Red Cross was also organized, 
with a membership of 77. It has raised $49.03, and disbursed 
$19.66. It has hemmed forty-six handkerchiefs, knitted one 
afghan and three washcloths, made ten fracture pillows, a bun- 
dle of fifty gun wipes, a pair of wristers and a pair of stock- 
ings. The work was in charge of Miss Ella L. Miller. 



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From the very beginnino', both the West and South 
Branch and the Center Branch have had the most efficient 
and enthusiastic leadership. Mrs. Rachael Haynes of the West 
and South Branch, and Mrs. Gertrude Daniels of the Center 
Branch have each been at the head of their respective organi- 
zations from their beginning. Mrs. Alberta Tuttle as vice 
chairman of the West and South Branch, has given her special 
j>ttention to the work carried on in South Acton. All of these 
ladies have shown unfailing devotion and their work has been a 
great inspiration to everyone. 

THE FIKST AND SECOND LIBERTY LOANS 

It has been found impossible to get data respecting these 
two loans which was full and accurate enough to be of value. 
Subscriptions were received by F. K. Shaw, M. D., represent- 
ing Concord National bank, and Mr. Ralph Hastings, repre- 
senting the North Middlesex Savings bank. 
THIRD LIBERTY LOAN 

The quota for the town of Acton was $57,000. The num- 
1ber of subscribers and the amounts from each precinct are as 
follows : 

Number of subscribers, Precinct 1 . . 153. Amount, $36,600 
Number of subscribers, Precinct 2 '. . 140. Amount, 46,900 
Number of subscribers, Precinct 3 . . 251. Amount, 36,500 



Total 544 $120,000 

The committee in charge of this work were F. K. Shaw for 
Precincts 1 and 3, and Ralph Hastings for Precinct 2. Mrs. R. 
Gates Baker was in charge of the canvassing for the entire 
town and was assisted by Mrs. George S. Tucker, captain of 
Precinct 1 ; Miss Clara Sawj^er, captain Precinct 2, and Mrs. 
Ruth Gould, captain Precinct 3. A large number of solicitors 
assisted in the canvass. Honor flags showing that the town 
had reached its quota were unfurled in each precinct upon the 
last day of the drive. Mr. C. L. Crank, attorney general of 
Colorado, gave stirring addresses in each precinct, and Corpo- 
ral F. E. Evans and Corporal S. A. Briggs of the Depot Bri- 
gade, 76th Division, played several duets upon cornets. A star 
showing that Acton had doubled its quota was afterward 
added to the flag. 

FOURTH LIBERTY LOAN 
The quota for Acton was $94,000. The amount and num- 
l)er of subscribers by precincts is as follows : 
Number of subscribers. Precinct 1 . . 185. Amount, $53,200 
Number of subscribers, Precinct 2 . . 300. Amount, 53,800 
Number of subscribers. Precinct 3 . . 238. Amount, 42,000 



Total 723 $149,000 



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The drive for this loan was in charge of Mrs. E. Gates 
Baker, chairman, with Mrs. George S. Tucker, captain Precinct 
1 ; Miss Clara Sawyer, captain Precinct 2, and Miss Jennie Dur- 
kee, captain Precinct 3. A large number of solicitors assisted 
in the canvass. Honor flags were also unfurled in each pre- 
cinct, showing that Acton had met its quota and a blue star 
was presented to be placed upon the flag raised in the center of 
the town, showing that the town had doubled its quota. The 
solicitors were untiring in their efforts. In some cases several 
calls were made upon subscribers for their conveniences. 
WAR SAVINGS STAMPS 

The following facts relating to the War Savings Stamps 
which have been sold in Acton does not convey an absolutely 
accurate impression concerning the matter, due to the fact that 
the rural free delivery routes running both into Acton and out 
of Acton have sold considerable amounts and the record of 
these amounts have not been segregated. By precincts the 
number of subscribers, the number of stamps of a maturing 
value of five dollars each, and the maturity value of the aggre- 
gate is as follows : 

Precinct 1 — Number of subscribers 114 

Precinct 2 — Number of subscribers 311 

Precinct 3 — Number of subscribers 330 

Total 755 

Precinct 1 — Number of stamps 164. Maturity value $820 
Precinct 2 — Number of stamps 1963. Maturity value 9,815 
Precinct 3 — Number of stamps 1887. Maturity value 9,435 



Total 4014 $20,070 

The organization for the town was as follows : Chairman 
for the town, Mr. W. F. Kelley; captain Precinct 1, Miss May 
Pickard ; captain Precinct 2, Mrs. Louise L. Clark ; captain Pre- 
cinct 3, Miss Eleanor Weeks. 

The above figures take no account of the Thrift Stamps 
that have been sold in town, as no records of these are kept. 
Only War Savings Stamps of a maturity value of five dollars 
each are reported. 

Y. M. C. A. DRIVE 

In the spring of 1917, a drive for the war work of the 
Young Men's Christian Association was conducted. The amount 
of about $1,000 was raised in the entire town. About $300 in 
Precinct 1, $100 in Precinct 2, and $600 in Precinct 3. The ex- 
act figures are not now available without considerable search, 
due to the fact that the treasurer of the committee is out of 
town. The chairman of the committee was Mr. Edgar H. Hall. 



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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 

About fifty dollars was contributed for the work of this 
organization, the same being- forw^arded to the Marlboro 
Chapter. 

THE UNITED WAR WORK CAMPAIGN 

This work consisted of a drive to raise funds for num- 
erous organizations engaged in furnishing entertainment, in- 
struction and many other most desirable comforts to the sol- 
diers in the field and in camps. These organizations included : 
The Young Men's Christian Association, Young Woman's 
Christian Association, The Knights of Columbus, The Jewish 
Welfare Board, The War Camp Community Service, The Sal- 
vation Army, and The American Library Association. The 
funds realized from the drive were apportioned among these 
organizations according to the magnitude of their work. The 
quota for Acton was $3,000. It raised $3,061.89. The organi- 
zation of this work for the town was as follows : Bertram D. 
Hall, chairman for the town ; George S. Tucker, Jr., captain 
Precinct 1 ; Lewis T. Willard, captain Precinct 2 ; R. Gates 
Baker, captain Precinct 3. Contributions were as follows : 
Number of contributors — Precinct 1, 173. Amount $814.00 
Niijnber of contributors — Precinct 2, 217. Amount 733.95 
Number of contributors — Precinct 3, 237. Amount 763.94 



Total 627 $2,311.89 

The American Powder Company gave $2,000 from its Bos- 
ton office, of which $750 was credited to Acton. 
FOOD ADMINISTRATION 
The Food Administration in Acton did not become so se- 
rious a problem as in some communities. The people and the 
dealers in food stuffs were almost without exception anxious 
to aid to the fullest in the production, conservation and dis- 
tribution of food. There appears to be no data of the amount 
of food produced in town, but it is common knowledge that an 
amount greatly in excess of pre-war years was produced. In 
this respect many home gardens were conducted, which were un- 
utilized for that purpose formerly. Notice should not be passed 
over that a tract of land near Acton Center was given free use 
of by Mr. James B. Tuttle to be used as a boys' summer camp. 
This camp furnished much necessary labor to the farmers of 
this and adjoining towns, without which the food production 
of this locality would have been greatly reduced. A boys' and 
girls' contest was held for the production of the best half-acre 
of field corn. The food conservation activities were largely 
carried on through the agency of the Red Cross Branches, the 
Women's clubs and the local representatives of the Women 's- 
Council for National Defense. A much larger amount than 
usual of food stuffs were canned, dried and preserved, thus 



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showing that the housewives of Acton are thrifty, as well as 
patriotic. Much literature was received and distributed, cal- 
culated to aid housewives in conserving food. Regulations re- 
specting food control were, in the main, handed down from na- 
tion, state and county authority. A flour inventory was taken 
in May, 1918. No hoarding was discovered. On the contrary 
the fact was disclosed that families were almost without excep- 
tion complying with the regulations and had very small quan- 
tities of flour on hand. The sugar situation became somewhat 
more difficult of regulation. It became necessary to place the 
town upon the card or coupon system for the distribution of 
sugar in order that honest consumers might receive the protec- 
tion their due as against the dishonest. The system was simi- 
lar to the one in use in many other towns. It was of short dura- 
tion and the people accommodated themselves to it in good 
spirit. 

The Food Administration was in charge of Mr. Allen 
Brooks Parker, assisted by Miss Charlotte Conant, Mr. N. J. 
Cole, Mr. James B. Tuttle,*and Mr. W. E. Whitcomb. 
FUEL ADMINISTRATION 

The Fuel Administration was in charge of Mr. Edgar H. 
Hall, Frank W. Hoit and James B. Tuttle. Their authority was 
entirely subject to State authorities. Their efforts were largely 
confined to trying to obtain coal in sufficient quantities to meet 
the needs of the people. In this particular they were fairly suc- 
cessful so far as South Acton was concerned, but without fault 
on their part there continued, a considerable shortage in the 
West District. With the approval of the State Fuel Adminis- 
trator the price was fixed for 1917, at $10.50 at the car for West 
and South Acton, and $11.00 delivered at the Center. For 
1918, the price was $1.00 higher. 

THE CHURCHES 

The churches of the town have held gatherings, in which 
the pastors have kept before the people the critical issues of 
the great war and much of an instructive character has emin- 
ated from this source. It must not be overlooked, furthermore, 
that through the agency of the churches the people have been 
helped to seek the aid of All Mighty God in the prosecution of 
this war and His blessing in the success of those issues for 
which we were fighting, issues in which our fathers and fore- 
fathers were rewarded by the blessing of Him, who holds the 
destinies of the nations in the hollow of His hand. Thanks- 
giving services were held in the churches upon the signing of 
the armistice, for the hearts of the people rejoiced in His 
salvation. 

ROSTER OF MEN IN THE SERVICE 

It has been concluded by your committee that it is unwise 
to attempt to publish at this time a list of the Acton men in 



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the military and naval service of the country. Such a list at 
this time could hardly be expected to be complete, either in its 
personel or other desirable information relating to individual 
record and service. Another committee has been appointed for 
the collecting of this information and has already begun its 
work. Its report will be available for public record at some 
future time. 

THE LUMBER UNIT 
Early in the summer of 1917, numerous American Lumber 
Units were organized to assist the British Government in fur- 
nishing lumber for war purposes. Such a unit was organized 
in this locality and several Acton men joined it. It was sta- 
tioned at Ardgay, Scotland, and made a very creditable record 
in the speed and quantity of manufactured lumber that it 
turned out. Mr. Webster Blanchard was in charge of this unit. 
THE INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC 
Early in the course of the great epidemic of inflenza your 
committee was asked by the State Board of Health to organize 
the town against a possible spread of the dead disease. The 
committee sought to avoid this work, as it properly belonged 
to the local Board of Health. However, after urgest request, a 
skeleton organization was effected, consisting of a district 
nurse, a district housekeeper, and the service of an automobile 
for each precinct. The local Board of Health was able to ade- 
quately deal with the situation and our organization performed 
no work. 

CONCLUSION 
Your committee recognizes that this report is a wholh^ in- 
adequate representation of the war activities of the people of 
the town. Much more might have been said of an interesting- 
character. The work of its preparation has been a considerable 
task for all who have contributed to its substance and a limited 
space has determined its length. 

In conclusion your committee thinks that the contribution 
which the people of Acton have made toward the winning of 
the great war has been a creditable one. Because of small 
population this contribution has been quickly lost in the great 
aggregate of the State and nation, but it has been typical of 
the spirit of the great American people. 

There seems little doabt that the Imperial German Gov- 
ernment would not have precipitated the war had they ade- 
quately gauged the spirit of our people and their capacity for 
accomplishment. 

FOR THE COMMITTEE, 

Allen Brooks Parker, Chairman. 



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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ACTON 

MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1918-1919 



Luther Conant, President E. Faulkner Conant, Secretary 

Delette H. Hall Frank Knowlton 

Mrs. Caroline L. Brown George T. Ames 

J. S. White Horace F. Tuttle L. A. Hesselton 



The service of the Acton Memorial Library has pursued 
the even tenor of its way the past year with the average de- 
mand for books. That the call is less than we would have it, 
goes without saying. The reasons for this have been discussed 
in recent reports which we need not repeat. 

The vacancies in the Board of Trustees were tilled at a 
special meeting called for the purpose. Mrs. Caroline L. Brown 
was chosen to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. 
Moses Taylor and Mr. George T. Ames, a soldier of the Union, 
to take Mr. Hiram Hapgood's place. The choice of both was 
unanimous. 

The library has been fortunate in the gifts received the 
past year. Mrs. Caroline L. Brown donated a life size oil por- 
trait of Daniel Webster, suitably framed. Governor Long 
said of Webster : "Our mightest intellect, our greatest 
statesman and our most renowned and powerful orator." The 
Webster portrait is hung at the left entrance to the reading 
room. A visitor, standing under the mantle would see on his 
right the marble semblance of Washington, on the other cor- 
ned the one of Lincoln, both by the eminent sculptor, Thomas 
Ball, and on the opposite wall the portrait of Webster, three 
great Americans. 

The grave has just been closed over the lifeless form of 
one, who by his intense patriotism, his virile Americanism may 
well be named with illustrious Americans. 

We have received from Miss Ellen A. Kimball of Little- 
ton a copy, four quarto volumes, richly bound in leather, of 
"The Memorial History of Boston," from the settlement in 
1630 to 1880, two hundred and fifty years, a symposium by 
many prominent authors. 

Before closing we cannot refrain from expressing our 
thanks to the many brave sons of Acton, who in this, one of the 
greatest eras of the world's history, have gone wherever duty 
called, whether in the trenches on the battlefields of France, 
upon the high seas, in the mountains of Scotland, for the Red 



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Cross or the Y. M. C. A. And last but not least to the noble 
women of Acton who have given so freely of their time and 
labor, to ameliorate the conditions of their sons and brothers 
in the service, not forgetting those who have gone abroad, 
real angels of mercy to care for the sick and wounded without 
regard to race or color. 

We ask the town to vote the same appropriation, $200.00 
for new books and $450.00 for current expenses as in years 
past. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LUTHER CONANT, 

For the Tustees. 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 



Accessions : Number of volumes in the library January 1, 
1918, 13,411. Increase by purchase 317, of which 25 were ob- 
tained by binding magazines. Increase by gift 49. Total in- 
crease 366. Number of volumes in the library Jan. 1, 1919, 
13,777. 

Circulation : Number of days library was opened 100. 
Number of volumes circulated 8,850. Daily average circula- 
tion 88%. Largest daily circulation 138, on June 15th. Small- 
est daily circulation 43 on April 3. 

Received from fines $30.75 

Expended for postage .75 



$30.00 

Gifts of books have been received from the following 
sources : U. S. Government 5 ; State of Massachusetts 21 ; 
Mrs. J. M. Brown 4 ; E. Carbonnel 1 ; Carnegie Endowment 
1; Mrs. E. S. Fobes 4; Mrs. E. P. Gates 1; Miss Ellen Kim- 
ball 4; Harold R. Phalen 1; Benj. Pope 5; New Church 1; 
Security League 1. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



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BOOKS ADDED TO THE ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

IN 1918 

NON-FICTION 

Aldrich, A. — A hilltop on the Marne 940-A365h 

Andrews, R. C. and Y. B. — Camps and trails in China 

915.1-A569C 
Anon — Drawing's by Rembrandt 74-AlOOl 

Anon — Wounded and a prisoner of war 940-AlOOw 

Anon— Out of their mouths 940-AlOOo 

Anon — Our first half million 940-AlOOou 

Auguecheek — My unknown chum 81-A922m 

Avebury — The scenery of England 55-A948s 

Barbusse, H. — Under Fire 940-B241u 

Beith, I. H.— The first hundred thousand 940-B422f 

Beith, I. H.— All in it ; K 1 carries on 940-B422a 

Bigelow, J. — The Bible that was lost and is found 22-B592b 
Boardman, M. T. — Under the Red Cross flag at home and 

abroad 61-B662u 

Bott, A.— Cavalry of the Clouds 940-B751c 

Breasted, J. H. — Ancient times, a history of the early 

world 930-B828a 

Breshkorsky, C. — The little grandmother of the Russian 

revolution 928-B842b 

Bruce, C. G.— Kashmir .915.4-B886k 

Bryan, J. H.— Ambulance 464 940-B915a 

Canfield, W. W.— The legends of the Iroquois 39-C2221 

Calton, M. A.— The small grains 63-C284s 

Cary, E. L.— Honore Daumier 74-C332h 

Cary, E. L.— The works of James McNeil Whistler 75-C332w 
Castle, v.— Modern dancing 79-C353m 

Cheradame, A. — The United States and Pangermania 

940-C521U 
Clark, A. T.— To Bagdad with the British 940-C592t 

Clarke, G. H. (Ed)— A treasury of war poetry 940-C598t 

Clarke, H. A.— Hawthorne 's country 917.3-C598h 

Clemenceau, G. — South America today 918-C625s 

Coburn, F. W. — Fiction and truth about the battle on Lex- 
ington Common 973.3-C658i 
Coburn, F. W.— The battle of April 19, 1775 973.3-C658b 
Collins, A. F.— How to fly 62-C712h 
Collins, A. F. — Keeping up with your motor car 62-C712k 
Coolidge, W, A. B.— The Alps in nature and history 914-C774a 
Croiset, A. — An abridged history of Greek literature 88-C942a 



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Curran, W; T.— In Canada's wonderful northland 917.1-C976i 
Cussans, J. E.— Handbook of Heraldry 929-C9841i 

Davidson, J. B. — Agricultural engineering 63-D252a 

Davis, A. N.— The Kaiser as I know him 940-D261k 

Davis, 0. S. — Using the Bible in public address 20-D263u 

Dawson, C. — Carry on, letters in war time 940-D272c 

Depew, A. — Gunner Depew 940-D419g 

Dugmore, A. R. — The romance of the beaver 59-D866r 

Emerson, E. W. — Henry Thoreau as remembered by a 

young friend 922-T488e 

Empey, A. C— Over the top 940-E55o 

Empey, A. G.— First call 940-E55f 

Fait, C. M.— Wharf and fleet 81-F197w 

Ferris, R.— How it flies 62-F394h 

Fisher, H. A. L. — The republican tradition in Europe 32-F533r 
Fitzgerald, E. A.— The highest Andes 918-F553h 

Fletcher, A. C. B. — From job to job around the world 

910-F612f 
Fox, F.— The British empire 910-F791b 

Frost, R.— Mountain interval 81-F939m 

Gav, C. W. — The principles and practice of judging live 

^ stock 63-G285p 

Gerard, J. W. — Face to face with Kaiserism 940-G356f 

Goltz, H. — My adventures as a German secret agent 940-G629m 
Grimshaw, B. — Fiji and its possibilities 919.6-G864f 

Gwynne, P. — Along Spain's river of romance, the Guadal- 
quivir 914.6-G995a 
Haigh, R.— Life in a tank 940-H1491 
Hall, B.— ''En I'air!" (in the air) 940-H174e 
Hamerton, P. G. — Painting in France after the decline of 

classicism 75-H215p 

Hankey, D. W. A. — A student in arms 940-H241s 

Hankey, D. W. A. — A student in arms (second series) 

940-H241s2 
Harvey, W. J.— Denmark and the Danes 914.8-H342d 

Henderson, T. E. — The Auld Avrshire of Robert Burns 

914.1-H497a 
Henderson, W. J. — The elements of navigation 52-H497e 

Hodges, G. — The early church from Ignatius to Augustus 

20-H688ea 
Holmes, R. D.— A Yankee in the trenches 940-H749y 

Holland, W. J.— To the river Platte and back 918-H737t 
Howe, M. A. D. — The life and letters of George Bancroft, 

2 vols. 922-B213h 

Jackson, H. — Rambles in the Pyrenees and the adjacent 

districts ^ 914.4-J12r 

James, G. W. — Arizona the wonderland ' 917.3-J27a 

Jameson, J. M. — Elementary practical mechanics 53-J31e 



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Jerrold, W.— The Danube 914-J55d 

Johnson, C — Old time schools and school books 973.2-J665o 
Jonson, B. — Dramas 82-J81d 

Keene, S.— Eat to live 64-K26e 

Kelley, R. T.— Egypt 916.2-K29e 

Keppel, F. — The golden age of engraving 76-K38g 

King, F. H. — A textbook of the Physics of Agriculture 

63-K52t 
Lauder, H. — A minstrel in France 940-L368m 

Liddle, W.— Sweden 914.8-L712s 

Lincoln, M. J.^ — Boston cook book 64-L736b 

Lindsay, V. — The art of the moving picture 77-L753a 

Lintier, P. — My '75 reminiscences of a gunner 940-L761m 
Mathews, F. S. — The writing table of the twentieth cen- 
tury 929-M438W 
Mills, E. A.— The Rocky Mountain wonderland 917.3-M657r 
Mills, E. A.— Your National Parks 917.3-M657y 
Morris, C— The life of a star 922-M875m 
Mortane, J. — Guynemer, the ace of aces 940-M887g 
Muir, J.— A thousand mile walk to the Gulf 917.3-M953th 
Murphy, C. J. — American Indian corn, 150 ways to pre- 
pare and cook it 64-M978a 
Myrick, H.— The book of corn 63-M998b 
Neihardt, J. G.— The river and I 917.3-N397r 
Nelson, G. N. — Income tax law and accounting 33-N426i 
Nobbs, G.— On the right of the British line 940-N744o 
O'Brien, P.— Outwitting the Hun 940-O13o 
Owen, M. B. — The secret of typewriting speed 65-097s 
Page, V. W. — Aviation engines 62-P132a 
Paine, R. D.— The fighting fleets 940-P146f 
Pearson, G. — The escape of a Princess Pat 940-P361e 
Perry, L. — Our navy in the war 940-P463o 
Pinkerton, R. D.— ^'Ladies from Hell" 940-P6551 
Quick, H. — American inland waterways 38-Q6a 
Richard, T.— Forty-five years in China 924-R513r 
Rihbany, A. M. — Militant America and Jesus Christ 20-R472m 
Roe, A. S. — History of the first regiment of heavy artillery, 

Mass. Volunteers, 1861-1865 973.7-R698h 

Rostand, E. — Cyrano de Bergerac 84-R839c 

Schelema, J. F.— Java 919.2-S322J 

Seitz, D. C. — Training for the newspaper trade 07-S462t 

Sell, M. A. — Good taste in home furnishing 64-S467g 

Shaw, V. — Encyclopedia of the stable 63-S536e 

Smith, F. H.— Outdoor sketching 75-S647o 

Smith, W. C. — How to grow 100 bushels of corn per acre 

on worn soil 63-S664h 

Strong, T. G.— Joseph H. Choate 922-C545s 

Sulzer, W. — Short speeches 81-S954s 



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Sweetser, M. F.— A guide to the White Mountains 917.3-S974g 
Talbot, F. A.— The Canadian Pacific railway 917.1-T138c 

Thrasher, M. B. — Tuskegee, its story and its work 37-T529t 
Tinayre, M.— To arms 940-T587t 

Trent, W. P.— Daniel Defoe and how to know him 82-T795d 
Ussher, C. D. — An American physician in Turkey 940-U85a 
Vaka, D. — In the heart of German intrigue 940-V134i 

Van Dyke, H.— Fighting for Peace 940-V248f 

Wetmore, H. C. — Last of the great scouts (Buffalo Bill) 

922-C671W 
Wood, E.— Thrilling deeds of British airmen 940-W875t 

Wooley, E. C. — The mechanics of writing 42-W913m 



FICTION 

Aumonier, S. — Just outside A925j 

Barclay, F. L.— The Upas tree B244u 

Barclay, F. L. — The white ladies of Worcester B244wh 
Barry, A. S.— The little girl who couldn't get over it B2791 

Bassett, S. W. — The wayfarers at Angel's B319w 

Bell, J. J.— 'Til the clock stops B4335t 

Bellamy, F. R.— The balance B4332b 

Benson, E. F.— Michael B4742m 

Berger, M.~The secret of the Marne B496s 

Bilbro, M. — The middle pasture B595m 

Bindloss, H. — The girl from Keller's B612gi 

Bower, B. M.— Cabin fever B786c 

Brown, A.— ^Bromley neighborhood B8773b 

Buchan J. — Greenmantle B918g 

Buckrose, J. E. — The matchmakers B925m 

Cable, G. W.— The flower of the Chapdelaines C115f 

Casev, P. T. — The wolf cub, a novel of Spain C338w 

Chambers, R. W.— The girl Philippa C444g 

Cholmondeley, A. — Christine C5471c 

Churchill, W.— The dwelling place of light C563d 

Cobb, I. S.— Local color C65351 

Conrad, J. — The shadow line C754sh 

Delano, E. B.— June D3374J 

Dell, E. M.— Great heart D357g 

Dix, B. M.— Blithe McBride D619b 

Doubleday, R. — The green tree mystery D727g 

Doyle, A. C— His last bow D754hi 

Farnol, J.— The definite object F235d 

Ferber, E.— Fanny herself F346f 

Fox, J., Jr.— In happy valley F7925i 

Gibbs, G.— The golden bough G442g 

Glaspell, S.— Fidelity G5485f 

Gorden, R. C— The major G662ma 

Gorden, R. C— The doctor G662do 



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Grey, Z.— Betty Zane G842be 

Grey, Z. — The rainbow trail G842ra 

Grey, Z.— The spirit of the border G842s 

Grey, Z.— The U. P. trail G842u 

Hardy, A. S.— No. 13 Rue du Bon Diable H268n 

Harrison, H. S. — Angelia's business H319a 

Ibanez, V. B. — The four horsemen of the Apocalypse I12f 

King, B.— The high heart K521h 

Knibbs, H. H.— Sundown Slim K69s 

Lincoln, J. C. — Extracting- Obadiah L7372e 

Lincoln, J. C— Shavings L7372s 

Lincoln, N. S. — The moving finger L7375m 

Lutz, G. L. H. — A voice in the wilderness L975v 

McCarter, M. H.— Vanguards of the Plains M1235v 

McCutcheon, G. B. — Castle Craneycrow M133c 

McCutcheon, G. B.— Cowardice Court M133co 

McCutcheon, G. B.— The day of the dog M133da 

McCutcheon, G. B.— The flyers M133fl 

Mc^btcheon, G. B.— The Sherrods M133s 

Marsh, R.— The Beetle, a mystery M366b 

Masefield, J.— Lost endeavor M3961 

Maupassant, G. de — The second odd number M452s 

Nicholson, M. — A reversible Santa Claus N627r 
Norris, C. G. — Salt on the education of Griffith Adams N854s. 

Norris, K. — Undertow N856u 

O'Brien, E. J.— The best short stories of 1916 013b 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The pawn's count 062pa 

Orczy, B. — A sheaf of blue bells 063s 

Pier, A. S.— Jerry P615J 

Piper, M, R. — Sylvia Arden decides P665sz 

Prouty, 0. H.— The fifth wheel P968f 

Reed, M.— Flower of the dusk R325f 

Rice, A. H.— Calvary Alley R495c 

Richmond, G. — The indifference of Juliet R532i 

Richmond, G. — Red Pepper's patients R532re 

Rinehart, M. R.— Bab, a Sub-Deb R579b 

Rholfs, C— The chief legatee R738c . 

Ruck, B.— Miss Million's maid R911m 

Seton, J. — Destiny, a new thought novel S4952d 

Strayer, E. W. — Making good with Margaret S913m 

Tarkington, B.— The turmoil T176tu 

Vance, L. J.— The false faces V2222f 

Van Schaick, G.— A top floor idyl V278t 

Wallace, E.— The clue of the twisted candle WlSSc 

Walpole, H.— Fortitude "W218f 

Ward, H.—Missing W258mi 

Wawn, F. T.~The joyful years W356j 

Webster, J. — Dear enemy W381de- 



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Wells, C— Pattv Blossom 
Wells, C— Patty Bride 
Weston, G. — ^The apple tree girl 
White, E. L. — The unwilling Vestal 
Wren, P. C. — ^The wages of virtue 



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Altsheler, J. A- 
Altsheler, J. A- 
Altsheler, J. A.- 
Altsheler, J. A.- 



JUVENILE 

-The eyes of the woods J-A469e 

-The hunters of the hills J-A469hu 

-The keepers of the trail J-A469k 

-The rulers of the lakes J-A469ru 

Altsheler, J. A. — The shades of the wilderness J-A469sh 
Altsheler, The shadow of the North J-A469s 

Ashmun, M. — Isabel Carlton's year J-A827i 

Bailey, A. S.— The tale of Billy Woodchuck J-B154t j 

Bailey, A. S.— The tale of Cuffy Bear J-B154tc 

Bailev, A. S.— The tale of Fatty Coon J-B154ta 

Bailey, A. S.— The tale of Sandy Chipmunk J-B154t 

Barbour, R. H. — Around the end J-B239a 

Barbour, R. H. — Change signals J-B239ch 

Barbour, R. H. — ^^The purple pennant J-B239pu 

Barbour, R. T^. — Rivals for the team J-B239r 

Barbour, R. H.— The secret play J-B239se 

Barnes, J. — With the flag in the channel J-B2615w 

Beach, E. L. — Roger Paulding, apprentice seaman J-B365ro 
Beach, E. L. — Roger Paulding, ensign J-B365rp 

Beach, E. L. — Roger Paulding, gunner J-B365rq 

Blanch ard. A.. E. — A girl scout of Red Cross troop J-B639gi 
Blanchard, A. E. — In camp with the Muskoday Camp 

Fire gils J-B639in 

Brown, E. A.— The Spanish chest J-B8774s 

Burgess, T, W. — Mother West Wind 'Svhen" stories J-B955mq 
Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of Danny Meadowmouse 

J-B955ao 
Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of Grandfather Frog 

J-B955an 
Cadby, C— The doll's day J-C121d 

Camp, W. -Old Rverson J-CI860 

Canfield, D.— Understood Betsy J-C2222u 

Cheyney, E. G. — Scott Burton, forester J-C531s 

Cole, N. B.— First aid for boys J-C689f 

Dickinson, A. D, — Children's book of patriotic stories 

J-D552ch 



Dix, B. M. — Kay Danforth's camp 
Dowling, S. — Harry Dale, city salesman 
Eaton, W. P. — Boy scouts in Glacier Park 
Endicott, R. B. — ^Carolyn of the corners 
^vans, L. B. — Worth while stories for every day 



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Fabre, J. H. — The story book of science J-F123s 
Fox, F.— Australia J-F7912a 
Garis, H. R.— The venture boys afloat J-G232v 
Grinnell, G, B. — Jack, the young cowboy J-G8682]e 
Grinnell, G. B. — Jack, the young ranchman J-G8682jb 
Harris, J. C. — Uncle Remus returns J-H3145u 
Hasbrouck, L. S. — Chokeberry Island J-H344e 
Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and his sister Sue on Grand- 
pa's farm J-H791ba 
Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and his sister Sue playing 

circus J-H791bb 

Hope, L. L. — Bunnv Brown and his sister Sue at Camp 

Rest-a-while " J-H791bd 

Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and his sister Sue at Aunt 

Lu's city home J-H791be 

Hornibrook, J. — Drake of troop one J-H816d 

Johnston, W. — Limpv, the boy who felt neglected J-J7251 

Kelland, C. B.— Mark Tidd in business J-K291mb 

Knipe, E. B.— The lost little lady J-K691 

Knipe, E. B.— Polly Trotter, patriot J-K69p 

McDonald, E. B.— Betty in Canada J-M135b« 

McDonald, E. B.— Colette in France J-M135c 

McDonald, E. B.— Donald in Scotland J-M135d 

McDonald, E. B.— Gerda in Sweden J-M135g 

Mason, A. B.— Tom Strong Junior J-M398tp 

Mathewson, C— Catcher Craig J-M4382c 

Morris, C— Lives of the Presidents J-M8751 

Munroe, K. — Dorymates J-M968d 

Newberry, P. — Castaway Island J-N534c 

Olcott, F. J. — Good stories for great holidays J-043g 

Paine, R. D. — ^The fugitive freshman J-P146f 

Parker, T. D.— The cruise of the Deep Sea Scouts J-P243o 

Parker, T. D. — The spy on the submarine J-P243s 
Parker, T. D. — Young heroes of the American navy J-P243y 

Pollock, F. L.— Wilderness honey J-P776w 

Pyle, H.— Men of Iron J-P996me 

Pyle, H.— Pepper and Salt J-P996p 

Rhodes, N.— Plucky little Patsy J-R474pl 

Sabin, E. L.— Buffalo Bill and the Overland Trail J-S116bu 

Sabin, E. L.— Gold seekers of '49 J-S116g 

Sabin, E. L. — On the plains with Custer J-SII60 

Sabin, E. L.— The boy settler J-S116b 

Sabin, E. L. — With Carson and Fremont J-S116wi 

Seaman, A. H. — The girl next door ■ J-S438g 

Sewell, A.— Black beauty J-S4421b 

Sewell, M. E.— Little Jarvis J-S4421i 

Smith, M. P. W. — Boys and girls of seventy-seven J-S655bp 
Stoddard, W. O., Jr. — Making good with an invention 



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Theiss, L. E. — The secret wireless 

Theiss, L. E. — The wireless patrol at Camp Brady 

Tomlinson, E. T. — Scouting with Daniel Boone 

Tomlinson, E. T.The search for Andrew Field 

Tomlinsoii, E. T.— The trail of the Mohawk chief 

Tomlinson, E. T. — The young rangers 

Verrill, A. H. — The amateur carpenter 

Wells, C. — Marjorie at Sea Cote 

Wells, C. — Marjorie 's new friend 

Wells, C. — Marjorie 's Maytime 

Weir, H. C. — The young telephone inventor 

Wheeler, P. R. — The boy with U. S. weathermen 

Williams, J. — Bruce Wright 



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MAGAZINES 

Atlantic — July-December, 1917 ; January-June, 1918. 
Century— May-October, 1917 ; November, 1917 ; April, 1918. 
Harper's — June-November, 1917; December, 1917-May, 1918. 
International Studio — January -June, 1917; July -December, 

1917; January-June, 1918.' 
National — April-September, 1917. 
National Geographic — January-June, 1917 ; July-December, 

1917. 
Popular Mechanics — July-December, 1917 ; Januarv-Jun ?, 

1918. 
Review of RevicAvs — July-December, 1917; January- June, 191'^. 
Scientific American — July-December, 1917; January- Ju^ie, 

1918. 
Seribner's — July-December, 1917; January-June, 1918. 
St. Nicholas— May-October, 1917 ; November, 1917-April, 1918. 
World's Work— May-October, 1917; November, 1917; April, 

1918. 
Youths' Companion — July-December, 1917. 

REFERENCE 

Boston Memorial History; 4 vols. 

Dictionary of military terms. 

Handbook of Manuscripts in the Library of Congress. 

Journal of the House of Representatives of Mass., 1917 and 

1918. 
Journal of the Senate of Massachusetts, 1917 and 1918. 
Manual for the General Court for 1918. 

Money and investments by M. Rollins, a reference dictionary. 
Peloubet's select notes for 1918 and 1919. 
Proceedings of the encampment of the G. A. R. for 1917. 
Proceedings of the U. S. National Museum ; vols. 52 and 53. , 
Proceedings of the United Spanish War Veterans for 1917. 



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Keport Smithsonian Institution for 1916. 

Thirty-first annual report of the Interstate Commerce Com- 
mission for 1917. 
Carlisle vital records. 
Charlmont vital records. 
Cohasset vital records 
East Bridgewater vital records 
Hardwick vital records 
Harvard vital records 
Milford vital records 
Northbridge vital records 
Salem vital records 
Shirley vital records. 
Stoneiiarri vital records. 
West Newbury vital records. 
Windsor vital records. 
Year Book of the Carneo:ie Endowment for 1918. 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1918 

We present the following schedule showing the amounts 
of the several funds for the perpetual care of cemetery lots and 
the income and expenditures on account of each fund for the 
vear. 

JULIAN TUTTLE, 
FRED W. GREEN, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Cemetery Commissioners. 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



School Committee and Superintendent 
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OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 



1918 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1919 



2 
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SCHOOL CALENDAR 

1919 

March 14. Winter term closes 13 weeks 

Vacation, one week 
March 24. Spring term opens. 

June 13.* Spring term closes 12 weeks 

1919-1920 
Sept. 2. Fall term opens 

Nov. 26. Fall term closes 13 weeks 

Vacation, Thanksgiving and day following. 
Dec. 1. Winter term opens. 

Vacation, Christmas week and week following 
1920 

March 12. Winter term closes 13 weeks 

Vacation, one week 
March 22. Spring term opens. 
June 11.* Spring term closes 12 weeks 

Total School Year 38 weeks 



^Subject to change. 



LEGAL HOLIDAYS 

The words, '4egal holidays," shall include the first day of 
January, the twenty-second day of February, the nineteenth 
day of April, the thirtieth day of May, the fourth day of July, 
the first Monday of September, the twelfth day of October, 
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, or the day following 
when any of the four days first mentioned, the twelfth day of 
October or Christmas Day occurs on Sunday. January 1 is 
now a legal holiday. 

Arbor Day occurs on the last Saturday in April and is not a 
legal holiday. 

Flag Day occurs on June 14, and is not a legal holiday. 

In many cases the law requires it, and in all cases it is de- 
sirable that special exercises lasting from 30 minutes to an 
hour, appropriate to the day, shall be held in all the schools 
on the last session preceding the following named days : Lin- 
coln's Birthda}^, Washington's Birthday, Patriots' Day, Memo- 
rial Day, Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day. 



STANDING RULES 

*Rule 1. Children under five years 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 satis- 
factory 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, .unless qualified in the opinion of the 
teacher and superintendent of schools to do the work. 

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

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

Rule 6. There shall be no signal for ''no school" on 
stormy or other inclement days, but parents shall determine 
in their individual cases whether it is expedient to send their 
children to school or not. 

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



SCHOOL OFFICERS 



School Committee 

Edwin A. Phalen, Chairman Term expires 1920 

Bertram E. Hall, Secretary Term expires 1919 

Harry Nelson Brown Term expires 1919 

Superintendent 

Frank H. Hill, Residence, Littleton, Mass. 

Telephone, 36-3, Littleton. 

Attendance Officers 

Thomas Scanlon West Acton 

Carl Pickens Acton Center 

Walter M. French South Acton 

Janitors 

Thomas Scanlon West Acton 

Carl Pickens Acton Center 

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GENERAL REPORT 



The personnel of our Board has been changed twice dur- 
ing the year. Early last fall Mr. Herbert W. Lewis was obliged 
to resign on account of a change in business, and consequent 
removal from South Acton. 

The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee at a 
joint meeting appointed Mr. C. F. Edney of South Acton to 
fill the remainder of the year. Mr. Edney early gave evidence 
of being a valued addition to our Board, but unfortunately 
on account of ill health, he too, was obliged to resign. The 
Selectmen and the School Committee again met, and appoint- 
ed Mr. Harry Nelson Brown to represent the South District. 

Our financial report for the year 1918 shows an unexpend- 
•ed balance of $3,019.97, notwithstanding the fact that the 
tuition in the Concord High School has been raised to $90, the 
tuition for agricultural scholars to $165, and rates for trans- 
portation over the railroads have also increased. This is not 
due to miscalculation in our budget for 1918, but to a combina- 
tion of events not wholly expected. Our coal dealers were 
unable this year to fill our orders in September, as has been 
the usual custom, and the bills for part of this winter's fuel 
will, therefore, be paid for in 1919. Then the closing of schools 
for three weeks during the epidemic of influenza lessened our 
expenses by nearly $500. 

Owing to the attractive prices paid for labor, several of 
our young people left High School, and seven of our boys 
who would ordinarily be in High School, are now attending 
the Lowell Industrial School. The bill for this tuition at 
Lowell has not yet been received. 

Also it will be seen from our receipts for 1918 that Acton 
has once more entered the list of those towns to be benefitted 
by the income from Massachusetts School Funds. This item 
amounted to $1,029.64, and was not included in our estimate 
of the receipts for 1918, so it will be seen that several items in 
our budget have fallen considerably below the estimated, and 
in only two items have we exceeded the amount asked for. 

Two of our school buildings are in need of outside paint, 
but owing to the prevailing high cost of material and labor, 
we thought best not to attempt the work in 1918. We hope, 
however, to do this necessary work during the present year. 

A glance at the list of teachers employed during the year 
will serve to show that, like most other towns and cities, we 
have had our teacher troubles. Before the fall term opened, 
we had one teacher out on account of illness and four resigna- 
tions. Miss Barrett's place in the Center has been filled by 



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Miss Anna D. Taylor. Miss Harrington's place in the West 
School has been filled by Miss Hazel M. Stone. Miss Brennan, 
as supervisor of music, has been replaced by Miss Irma M. 
Durkee, and in the South School, Miss Halliday had had sev- 
eral successors, but fortunately, we now have Miss A. Eugenia 
LeMoine in charge of that room. Miss Elizabeth A. Hinckley 
was given a year's leave of absence on account of illness, and 
Miss Gladys Farnsworth has been teaching in her room. 

Death, too, has broken our ranks, and from the West 
school has passed one of our oldest and best loved teachers. 
With less than a year to teach before being retired, Mrs. Har- 
riet H. Gardner was taken ill last October. She recovered, 
however, sufficiently to be about, and was looking forward to 
returning to her desk when she was again stricken, and died 
suddenly on December first. For nearly thirty years she had 
presided over the room where begins the child's public instruc- 
tion, and it is no mean eulogy to say that many a boy and girl 
now grown to manhood and womanhood looks back with love 
and gratitude to her whose thoughtful care and patience 
helped wonderfully to start them in the path of wisdom and 
rectitude. 

She was firm in discipline, yet gentle withal, a good 
teacher, a wise counsellor. Possessed of a naturally sunny 
disposition, her presence in any gathering was almost a guar- 
antee of optimism and good fellowship. Her place in our school 
and in our midst will be hard to fill. Her memory will live 
always. Mrs. Evelyn K. Reed is now teaching in Mrs. Gard- 
ner's room. 



The following is a detail of the expected expenses for 1919, 
and the receipts and disbursements for 1918. 

ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1919 

For general expenses: 

Salaries and other expenses of the 

committee $100 . 00 

Salaries and other expenses of the 
superintendent and truant offi- 
cers 700.00 

For expenses of instruction: 

Tuition of pupils attending out of 

town schools 7,900.00 

Salaries of elementary school 

teachers 6,500.00 



For textbooks : 

For elementary schools it is antici- 
pated that the amount to be re- 
ceived from dog tax will cover 

this item 300.00 

For stationery and supplies: 

Elementary schools 275.00 

For expenses of operating school plants : 
Wages of janitors, fuel and miscel- 
laneous expenses 2,686.00 

Maintenance and repairs 500 . 00 

For auxiliary agencies : 

Health 75.00 

For transportation : 

High school scholars 1,800.00 

Elementary scholars 2,496.00 

Total $23,332.00 

Less estimated income from outside 

sources 2,500.00 



$20,832.00 



EECEIPTS ON ACCOUNT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE YEAR 

1918 

Appropriation at town meeting $21,000.00 

Received from Commonwealth of Massachusetts : 
Account Income Mass. School fund $1,029.64 

Account Industrial Schools 602,79 

Account superintendent ~ 343 . 75 

Miscellaneous tuition 9 . 75 

1,985.93 

County dog tax 317.49 

Received for tuition of out-of-town pupils : 

R. Webb $190.20 

E. Sadler 28.50 

C. Sadler 28.50 

Town of Stow 57.00 

304.20 
Refund on railroad tickets 18.00 

$23,625.62 



DISBURSEMENTS 



General Expenses 

School Committee 

B. E. Hall, salary 1918 $75. OQ 

Other expenses: 
Wright & Potter Printing Co., printing 

blanks $1.05 

B. E. Hall, telephone and postage 2.81 

B. E. Hall, telephone and postage . . ^ . . . 2.93 

E. A. Phalen, traveling 5.00 



$11.79 



Superintendent of Schools and Enforcement of Law 

Salaries : 

Frank H. Hill, superintendent $632 . 50 

Carl Pickens 3.50 

Walter M. French 3.50 

Thomas Scanlon 4.00 

Asaph Parlin 3 . 50 



Other expenses : 

Frank H. Hill, telephone and postage . . $16.40 
Frank H. Hill, expense of procuring 

teachers 23.10 

Elizabeth W. Hill, assistant to superin- 
tendent 24.44 



$647.00 



$63.94 



Expenses of Instruction 

Town of Concord, High $6,395.00 

Town of Concord, Agricultural 414.19 

Town of Maynard, High 30.00 

City of Lowell, Industrial 40.00 



Elem^entary Schools 

Harriet H. Gardner $452 . 10 

E. Sophia Taylor 564.00 

Ruth L. Harrington 308.00 

Ella L. Miller 594.00 



$6,879.19 



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Martha F. Smith 556.00 

Marion H. Barrett 308.00 

Emma M. Halliday 330.00 

Julia L. McCarthy 556.00 

Jennie E. Stowell 572.00 

Helen A. Westwood 252.00 

Marion C. Taylor 244.00 

Mildred Brennan 115.83 

Myrtle F. Houghton 25.20 

Hazel M. Stone 248.00 

Anna D. Taylor 248.00 

Emily B. Campbell * 155.00 

Gladys Farnsworth 232.00 

Irma M. Durkee 84.24 

Muriel K. Fairchild 24.80 

Evelyn K. Reed 101.50 

Madeline H. Howe 6.20 

Lottie L. D. Blodgett 31.00 

A. Eugenia LeMoine " 46 . 50 



Text Books, Elementary I 

Houghton, Mifflin & Company 24 . 03 

Longmans, Greene & Co 9.14 

Benj. H. Sanborn Co 7 .85 

Edward E. Babb & Co 201.72 

The A. S. Barnes Co .75 

American Book Co 3 . 77 

J. Q. Adams & Co 56 . 25 

Silver, Burdett & Co 9 . 12 

D. Appleton & Co 5 . 68 



Stationery and Supplies 

The Waterbury Brass Goods Corp $1 . 29 

Edward E. Babb & Co 159.10 

Finney & Hoit 4.70 

F. Z. Taylor 2.40 

H. W. Lewis .25 

Theron F. Newton .50 



$6,054.37 



$318.31 



$168.24 



10 

Expenses of Operating School Plants 

Wages of Janitors 

Asaph Parlin $76.00 

Thomas Scanlon 282.00 

Theron F. Newton 367.00 

Carl Pickens 216.00 

James Fitzgerald 48 . 00 

Mrs. Isabelle Kennedy 2 . 95 

Fuel 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co $898.42 

George H. Eeed 428.10 

Whitney Coal & Grain Co 57 . 16 

William H. Kingsley 30.00 

Thomas E. Downie 12.00 

Charles Edwards, teaming coal 8 . 00 

T. F. Newton, handling wood .50 

Overseers of the Poor, Acton 155.00 

Miscellaneous 
West and South Water Supply District 

of Acton $36.00 

E. T. Rice 8.60 

H. W. Lewis 4.30 

Henry C. Doughty 37.00 

T. F. Newton 19.18 

R. W. Carter 2.50 

Hopkinson & Holden 3 . 25 

Wilmot B. Cleaves 2.00 



Maintenance 
Repairs 

John S. Hoar $4.00 

E. T. Rice 14.32 

E. Z. Stanley 51.40 

F. Z. Taylor .30 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company . . 1 . 10 

E. A. Phalen 25.00 

L. T. Fullonton 6.35 



Auxiliary Agencies 

Health 

George B. Robbins Disinfectant Company $49 . 50 

F. W. Green 7.00 



$991.95 



$1,589.18 



$112.83 



$102.47 



$56.50 



11 

Transportation 
High School : 

Boston & Maine Railroad Company ... $1,271.44 

N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad Company ... 119.25 

Ida Fields 4.80 

Ormel Laffin 1.08 

Hannah Monson 11 . 60 

W. J. Benere 3.36 

H. W. Bursaw 22.50 

Lester N. Fletcher 15 .40 

A. Christofferson 4.80 



Lowell Industrial : 
Boston & Maine Railroad Company .... $41.00 
N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad Company ... 79 . 65 



Elementary : 

Charles Edwards $630.00 

J. D. Smith 575.00 

W. M. French 350.00 

A. Christofferson 405 .00 



$1,454.23 



$120.65 



$1,960.00 

$20,605.65 

Total receipts $23,625 . 62 

Total disbursements 20,605 . 65 

Unexpended balance $3,019 . 97 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWIN A. PHALEN, 
HARRY N. BROWN, 
BERTRAM E. HALL. 
Acton, January 11, 1919. 



12 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT 



Gentlemen of the Committee : 

Following is my ninth annual report as superintendent of 
schools of Acton, the twenty-seventh in the series of such 
reports. 

More and more each year the superintendent's work keeps 
him from that close personal touch with the schoolroom which 
used to engage his best efforts and wherein his professional 
training had the chief opportunity to show itself. The de- 
mands of the several departments of the state and national 
government for statistics and information are increasingly 
heavy. To the associations and societies engaged in social wel- 
fare work and war propaganda and drives the school superin- 
tendent appears to be the natural clearing-house for all their 
activities touching the schools. A few months in the winter 
after the school reports are in and before the demands of the 
closing weeks of the school year begin, are alone somewhat free 
for professional investigation and helpfulness. This year es- 
pecially his time has been occupied with providing the schools 
with teachers. The towns having the fewest changes have suf- 
fered most, so far as his services are concerned, in that his time 
has been withdrawn to the towns affected most. In addition to 
the changes enumerated in your report for Acton, there have 
been twenty other changes in the other towns of the district 
since the closing of the schools in June. Section 2 of Chapter 
444, Acts of 1911, provides : "The superintendent of schools 
shall recommend teachers to the school committee . . . ." 
This act seems to fix his responsibility in the important matter 
of the selection of teachers, and in the face of so many changes 
it has not been an easy task to fill every position satisfactorily, 
though no effort has been spared to do so. 

In my search for teachers I found that many had with- 
drawn from the profession to enter the services of their coun- 
try in one department or another ; that these withdrawals were 
in greater numbers from the high schools and grammar grades ; 
that teachers were putting a price upon their services in excess 
of prevailing prices at the close of the school year in June, and 
that they were selecting the kind of school positions they would 
accept to a much greater degree than formerly. The legisla- 
ture of 1918 made the minimum salarj^ of elementary teachers 
in towns exceeding $1,000,000 valuation, $550 per year. Our 
maximum for principals was $627 per 3^ear, and for other 
teachers $589. Under all these circumstances to engage an ex- 
perienced teacher with a good record and equipped by training 
for the position — especially if that position were in the gram- 



13 

mar school — was found to be quite impossible. I have done the 
best I could, and it has been a source of comfort to me that you 
have recognized the difficulties and supported and approved my 
efforts. I hope and believe that the situation will be easier 
next year, but to make it permanently so the recommendation 
in last year's report, that principals be paid $675 per year and 
other teachers $650, must be repeated. The good of the Acton 
schools seems to demand that action. The superintendent must 
be able to go out into the market with the money to enable him 
to go to other counters than the cheapest for his teacher- 
material. In no way is this intended as a reflection upon our 
present corps of teachers, many of whom are worth far more 
in the open market than the^^ are being paid today. For good 
and sufficient reasons they are not in the market, home ties and 
proximity to home towns proving a stronger force than greater 
compensation. 

I have limited my search for teachers to those not in ser- 
vice. This is in strict accord with the ethics of the profession 
— which, unfortunately, all do not observe. When a teacher 
resigns from a position for a good and sufficient reason I con- 
sider her a logical candidate. I do not feel that I have any 
right to induce her to resign a position in order to accept mine. 
This has delayed the process of securing the right teacher, and 
has added to the expense, but I believe from the standpoint of 
the employer it is the ethically correct process. 

The influenza epidemic, causing the schools to close for a 
period of three weeks, was an unavoidable misfortune. I made 
fairly representative inquiries of superintendents in other sec- 
tions of the state and found that the policy of paying the teach- 
ers during the closed period was practically universal. I am 
glad to note that the toAvn of Acton was equally liberal in its 
treatment of the teachers. Further inquiry disclosed that there 
was a difference of opinion as to whether the time lost should 
be made up, and if so, how. In a communication addressed to 
the teachers previously to this inquiry I called attention to 
the difference between time lost and work lost, suggesting that 
the work might be made up even if the time were not, and how 
it could be done. Some towns planned to make up the time ac- 
tually lost by extending the school year, or shortening the win- 
ter vacation, or increasing the length of the school day by an 
hour or half -hour. Other towns were to try out the method of 
intensive work, which would involve longer lessons and more 
home work. Still other towns reported that nothing had been 
planned to make up either the time or the work. In Acton we 
have shortened the winter vacation by one week. Probably 
the plan of intensive work will be followed to make up essen- 
tial subjects, and if this is not sufficient a week at the close of 
the school year would perhaps suffice. In whatever way the 



14 

results are accomplished I hope the parents Avill appreciate 
the unusual situation, and feel, with me, that it is the pupil's 
right to have the chance to do all the work necessary for 
promotion into another grade, as it is work we promote on 
and not time spent in the schoolroom. I have myself never 
noted a case where I felt that a child's school work had caused 
a breakdown in health. Either the child was constitutionally 
sickly, or home duties or home environment or music lessons 
or other outside interests so added to the school requirements 
as to make it a physical impossibility to keep up the work and 
keep well. I hope the attitude of the parents will be such 
that the child may be minded to cheerfully meet all the re- 
quirements of the school, and that no extra burdens will be 
placed upon him during this trying period. 

At that point where the superintendent's personal atten- 
tion cannot be immediately given to a matter affecting the 
morale of a school, there the work of the principal, or teacher 
in charge of the room, or other recognized agency for carry- 
ing out the purposes of the school department, must begin. 
The matter of handling truancy is an illustration at hand. 
Attending to truancy cases is a side issue with a truant officer 
in small towns where there is no adequate salary to induce 
him to go to the schools daily for a list of absentees. He might 
go daily for weeks and find not a single case. The superin- 
tendent of four towns cannot be in each town each day, mucli 
less in each school in the several towns. Just here is the 
teacher's point of contact with the question. She is the first 
to know of the absence. By inquiry she may easily discover if 
sickness is the cause. When she is satisfied that there is no good 
cause for absence she should at once communicate with the 
truant officer. Always someone is in a position to know first 
Avhat is going wrong in the school, and an attempt should be 
made to correct it before it becomes anybody's business. The 
dut}' may be the janitor's, the barge driver's, the teacher's, the 
principal's, the superintendent's, the committee's. It should 
be recognized by the right party when it reaches him and be 
attended to at once. 

On several occasions during the year the question has 
arisen as to the exact meaning of a parent's signature on the 
report card as it comes home at regular intervals. It does not 
signify approval of the rank shown on the card. It does signi- 
fy that the parent has received the card and noted the stand- 
ing of the child. If the parent is not satisfied she should go 
to the teacher with an open mind to inquire into the difficulties 
and to cooperate with the teacher to the end that the child's 
work may be improved. To immediately place all the blame 
upon the teacher is unreasonable and does not take into con- 
sideration anv of the child's limitations in the schoolroom 



15 

either in the way of discipline or mental capacity or lazy ap- 
plication. The average teacher desires above all other things 
to make a good showing in the matter of promotions, and to 
pass a deserving child along to make room for others coming 
up. In all fairness to the parents of this town I have to say 
that I believe the mothers of our school children are exceed- 
ingly reasonable in this respect, though enough are not so to 
warrant this paragraph. 

The usual special reports and tables of statistics and in- 
formation follow. I trust they will be carefully read as all 
are of value. 

In concluding my report I thank the committee for their 
support during the especially trying period of the past few 
months, to ask their indulgence in any omissions on my part, 
and to assure them that I shall give as fully of my time and 
interest to the Acton schools as my equally imperative atten- 
tion to my other three towns will permit. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANK H. HILL, 
Superintendent of Schools. 
Acton, January 16, 1919. 



REPORT OF THE SUPERVISOR OF DRAWING 



Mr. F. H. Hill, Superintendent of Schools : 

Dear Sir: — I herewith submit my seventh report of the 
work in drawing in the Acton schools. In the first threfe 
grades the work has been the same as the previous year. Chil- 
dren are taught to draw images they have already formed in 
their minds and they are extended to more definite and con- 
crete forms. Most children will produce best that which has 
appealed to them strongest. The following subjects are merely 
to suggest the sources from which we draw our material. 

Subjects for drawing : 

Draw a house or a barn. 

Draw a chicken coop, dog house, playthings. 

Draw objects in the home and school. 

Draw garden tools, objects seen in the street during the 
day. 

Action drawing has been attempted, but not with much 
success in the first two grades. The third grade appear to 
grasp the idea of proportion of the figures, but the other two 
grades do not understand it yet. Much time is spent on paper 



16 

cutting or construction work, which teaches the little children 
shapes of objects as well as drawing them with pencils. 

There is not very much I can say about the work in the 
upper grades that is any different from that of last year, only 
at West Acton a course of bookbinding has been introduced 
and some excellent results were obtained this past year. I 
only wish the course could be introduced in the two other vil- 
lages for it is a vocational subject that appeals to so many 
children that cannot draw very w^ell. They really know they 
are getting good results when they make a book but some 
pupils cannot judge their drawing papers. It would be a sav- 
ing for the town to have this course introduced in the whole 
district so all school books could be repaired here in the 
schools. 

As the schools closed for three weeks this fall the work has 
been somewhat delayed but we will gradually make up the 
work so that the pupils will be as well fitted as they were last 
year. 

Much credit must be given the teachers and superintend- 
ent for their cooperation in this work. 

RespectfuUv submitted, 

MARION CELESTE TAYLOR, 

Supervisor of Drawing. 
December 31, 1918. 



REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 



Mr. Frank H. Hill, Superintendent of Schools: 

Dear Sir : — I herewith submit my first report of music in 
the Acton schools. 

There is little to report at this time, as the school year has 
been so broken into because of the epidemic. 

The teachers and pupils join in an effort to carry out the 
work and their interest and co-operation are excellent. 

We are working in tone-quality and part-singing in the 
eighth, seventh, sixth and fifth grades. Note-reading, tone- 
quality and self-independence is the work in the lower grades. 

I thank all the teachers and the superintendent most 
heartily for their help and interest. 

Respectfully submitted, 

IRMA M. DURKEE, 

Supervisor of Music. 

West Acton, Mass., Dec. 26, 1918. 



17 

ROLL OF HONOR 

Not Absent or Tardy for One Year 

Dora 0. Livermore, Acton Center. 
Louis A. Livermore, Acton Center. 
Norman Livermore, Acton Center. 
Roland C. Flagg, Acton Center. 

REPORT OF SIGHT AND HEARING TEST 



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SCHOOL SAVINGS 

Number Amount 

Depositors Collected 

West Acton 44 $66.09 

Acton Center 21 32.25 

South Acton 63 132.99 



Total 128 $231.33 

WAR SAVINGS AND THRIFT STAMPS 

Number Aggregate 

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West Aeton 38 $334.00 

Acton Center 62 331.00 

South Acton 67 602.00 



Total 167 $1,267.00 

REGISTRATION OF MINORS 

(Ages as of April 1, 1918) 

Males Females Total 

Persons 5 to 7 years of age 18 18 36 

Persons 7 to 14 years of age 133 121 254 

Persons 14 to 16 years of age 36 27 63 



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18 



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(By Grades, April 1, 1918) 

Grade 1 37 

Grade 2 35 

Grade 3 31 

Grade 4 40 

Grade 5 48 

Grade 6 32 

Grade 7 30 

Grade 8 30 



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West Acton 2 4 

Acton Center 3 4 

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INDEX 



Assessors' Report , 43 

Board of Health 46 

Cemetery Commissioners 69 

Collector's Report 44 

Inspector of Animals 47 

Jury List 48 

Library Trustee 's Report 59 

Librarian 's Report 60 

List of Books Added 61 

Overseers of the Poor 45 

Preparedness Committee 49 

Selectmen's Report 23 

Town Accountant's Report 24 

Town Clerk 's Report 14 

Births 15 

Marriages 16 

Deaths 18 

Dog Licenses 21 

Non-Resident Burials 20 

Town Officers 2 

Town Meetings 7 

Town Warrant 5 

Treasurer's Report 40 

Wilde Library Fund 42 

Cemetery Funds 42 

Tree Warden 47 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 45 

SECOND SECTION 

School Report 2 

School Calendar 2 

Special Exercises and Holidays 2 

School Officers and Teachers 3 

Standing Rules 3 

General Report 5 

Financial Statement 8 

Superintendent's Report 12 

Supervisor of Drawing 15 

Supervisor of Music 16 

Roll of Honor 17 

Statistical Tables 18 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE 



Year Ending December 31st, 

1919 




HUDSON, MASS. 

THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

1920 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THB 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OP THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE 



Year Ending December 31st, 



1919 




HUDSON, MASS. 

THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

1920 



TOWN OFFICEI^S, 1919 

Selectmen 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1921 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1920 

William H. Kingsley . Term expires 1922 

Town Clerk 
Horace F. Tuttle 

Town Treasurer 

Frank W. Hoit 
Assessors 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1920 

Henry L. Haynes ,, Term expires 1921 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1922 

Overseers of the Poor 
William H. Kingsley Warren H. Jones Charles J. Holton 

Collector of Taxes 

Henry L. Haynes 

Tree Warden 

James O'Neil 

Constables 

John T. McNiff James N. Berry Oliver D. Wood 

Field Drivers 
John T. McNiff James N. Berry Oliver D. Wood 

Fence Viewers 
Charles J. Holton Warren H. Jones William H. Kingsley 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Julian Tuttle Term expires 1921 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1920 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1922 

School Committee 

Lilly C. Case Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1920 

Alice H. Carlisle Harry N. Brown Term expires 1921 

Elsie F. Parsons Bertram E. Hall Term expires 1922 

Trustees Memorial Library 

J. Sidney White .Term expires 1920 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1921 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1922 

Board of Health 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1920 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1921 

Theron F. Newton Term expires 1922 

Finance Committee 

James B. T'uttle Edgar H. Hall Asaph Merriam 

Horace F. Tuttle William F. Stevens 



3 
APPOINTED BY THE SELECTMEN 



Superintendent of Streets 
Albert H. Perkins 

Town Accountant 

Howard L. Jones 

Registrars of Voters 

James McGreen Term expires 1921 

George E. Holton Term expires 1920 

Horace P. Tuttle, ex-officio 

Election Officers 
Precinct 1 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden Edwin A. Phalen 

Clerk Horace F. Tuttle 

Deputy Clerk Moses E. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector James 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector William C. Coughlin 

Precinct 2 

Warden Lucius A. Hesselton 

Deputy Warden Theron F. Newton 

Clerk Lorenzo E. Reed 

Deputy Clerk James McGreen 

Inspector Lewis C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector Frank A. Merriam 

Inspector Constance 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector Benjamin W. Ineson 

Precinct 3 

Warden Charles J. Holton 

Deputy Warden Bertram D. Hall 

Clerk William L. Tenney 

Deputy Clerk Edwin T. Swift 

Inspector Fred S. Whitcomb 

Deputy Inspector Charles H. Mead 

Inspector John T. McNiff 

Deputy Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

Cattle Inspector 

Fred S. Whitcomb 



Fire Engineers 

William H. Kingsle}^, Chief 
Precinct 1 
Fred W. Billings, 1st Asst. J, W. Livermore, 2nd Asst. 

Precinct 2 
Geo. E. Clapp, 1st Asst. F. W. Hoit, 2nd Asst. 

A¥. H. Jones, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 3 

C. D. Cram, 1st Asst. A. B. Beach, 2nd Asst. 

Forest Warden 

William H. Kingsley 

Deputy Forest Wardens 

All the above named assistant Fire Engineers 

Surveyors of Lumber and Measurers of Wood and Bark 

J. W. Dupee Bertram D. Hall E. C. Cheney 

Charles E. Smith George H. Reed Frank A. Merriam 

W. H. Kingsley 

Public Weighers 

J. P. Fletcher M. E. Taylor E. C. Cheney E. F. Conant 

Thomas Hearon George H. Reed William H. Teele 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Theron F. Newton 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

James O'Neil 

Police Officers 
John M. Kempton Oliver D. Wood 

John T. McNife James N. Berry 

Inspector of Slaughter Houses 

Edward S. Fobes 



5 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in the County 
aforesaid, GREETING : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are 
directed to notify the inhabitants of the town to meet in the town 
hall, in said town, on Monday, the first day of March, 1920, at 9.30 
o'clock in the forenoon, then and tliere to act on the following 'articles 
to wit : 

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

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the follow- 
ing town officers, to wit : One town clerk for one year, one selectman 
for three years, three overseers of the poor for one year, one town 
treasurer for one year, five members of the finance committee for one 
year, one collector of taxes for one 3^ear, one tree warden for one year, 
four constables for one 3^ear, four field drivers for one year, three 
fence viewers for one year, one assessor for three years, one trustee 
for Memorial library for three years, one cemetery commissioner for 
three years, one member of the board of health for three years, two 
members of the school committee for three years. 

The polls will be opened at 9.30 a. m., and may be closed at 4 p. m. 

Article 3. To choose ai«L town officers not named in Article 2 
and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Article 4. * To see if the town will accept the reports of the 
various town officials. 

Article 5. To hear and act on reports of any committee chosen 
to report at this meeting. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise by 
taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary and usual expenses 
of the several deyjartmcJits of the town. 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will appropriate 
for the enforcement of the liquor law, or act anything thereon. 

Article 8, To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the observance of Memorial day. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
collecting of taxes. 



Article 10. To see if the town will fix the price for fighting 
brush fires, or act anything thereon. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money to insure the employees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer, with 
the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money from time to time 
in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 
1st, 1920, and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one 
year. Any debt or debts incurred under this vote to be paid from the 
revenue of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the payment of premiums on treasurer's and 
collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 14. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the suppression of the elm tree beetle, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 15. To see what action the tow^n will take towards ex- 
tending the lighting system from Merriam's corner to the Christof en- 
son place in South Acton. 

Article 16. To see if the town will authorize the selectmen to 
sell the town farm. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $200.00, or some other amount, and elect a director for 
demonstration work in agriculture and home economics, the money to 
be expended by and the director to serve in cooperation with the 
county trustees for aid to agriculture of the Middlesex County 
Bureau of Agriculture and Home Economics, under the provisions of 
Chapter 273, General Acts of 1918, it being understood that one-fourth 
of this amount shall be used to provide local paid supervision of boys' 
and girls' club work. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to accept the fund 
hitherto known as the West Acton Fireman's Kelief Fund, and to 
administer the same in accordance with the vote of the West Acton 
Volunteer Fireman's Association. Also, if the town will accept va- 
rious other property belonging to said Association, for the use of the 
West Acton Fire Department, or act anything thereon. 

Article 19. To see what action the town will take towards erect- 
ing a roll of honor for soldiers and sailors who served in the World 
War, and raise and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Article 20. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the abatement of taxes of the Concord, Maynard & Hudson Street 
R. R., as voted at the last annual meeting. 

Article 21. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $400.00 for cutting brush, the same to be expended by the tree 
warden, under the direction of the selectmen, or act anything thereon. 

Article 22. To see what action the town will take towards ac- 
cepting a certain proposition of Mr. N. H. Tenney on expense on 
operating stone crusher, or act anj^thing thereon. 



Article 23. To see if the town will build a suitable vault for the 
safe keeping of records and other town property. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to maintain one or more 
street lights on Maynard street in South Acton and to instruct select- 
men to have same installed. 

Article 25. To see if the town will borrow money by the issue 
of notes to defray the town's share of the cost of rebuilding or repair- 
ing the Powder Mill road and Maynard street from the Maynard line 
to South Acton, or act thereon. 

And you are directed to serve this warrant by posting copies 
thereof, attested by you, at each and all of the places as voted by the 
town, 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 said meeting. 

Given under our hands at Acton, this sixteenth day of February, 
1920. 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
WHjLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 

Selectmen of Acton, 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 
March 3, 1919 

The meeting was called to order by the town clerk. 

Article 1. Allen Brooks Parker was chosen moderator. C. D. 
Cram, Herbert F. Robbins, Charles E. Smith and Ernest R. Teele 
were chosen as tellers. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for town officers ; 
also to vote on the question: ''Shall licenses be granted for the sale 
of intoxicating liquors in this townT' 

The following town officers were chosen: 

Town Clerk— Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectman, three years — William H. Kingsley. 

Assessors : three years — Warren H. Jones. 2 years — Henry L. 
Hajmes. 1 year — Albert P. Durkee. 

Overseers of the Poor- — William H. Kingsley, Warren H. Jones, 
Charles J. Holton. 

Treasurer — Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes — Henry L. Haynes. 

Constables — John T. Mc'Niff, Oliver D. Wood, James N. Berry. 

Fence Viewers — Charles J. Holton, Warren H. Jones, William 
H. Kingsley. 

School Committee, 3 years: — Elsie F. Parsons, Bertram E. Hall. 
2 year,: — Alice H. Carlisle, Harry N. Brown. 1 year — Lilly C. Case. 

Cemetery Commissioner^ — Horace F. Tuttle. 

Board of Health for three years — Theron F. Newton. 

Trustee Memorial Librarv — Horace F. Tuttle. 



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Tree Warden — James O'Neil. 

Finance Committee — Ed^ar H. Hall, Asaph Merriam, James B. 
Tuttle, Horace F. Tuttle, William F. Stevens. 

On the question: ''Shall licenses be granted for the sale of in- 
toxicating liquors in this town?" Twenty-four (24) voted Yes, 
eighty -nine (89) voted No. 

Article 3. To choose all necessary town officers not named in 
article 2, and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Voted: To instruct the Selectmen to appoint surveyors of 
lumber, wood and bark. 

Chose Horace F. Tuttle trustee of the Goodnow fund for three 
years. 

Voted : That the salary of the tax collector be one per cent, of 
the amount collected. 

Voted : That the salary of the treasurer be two hundred dollars 
per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the chairman of the selectmen be one 
hundred dollars, and the other members fifty dollars each per an- 
num. 

Voted: That the selectmen be instructed to fix the salary of 
all other town officers. 

Article 4. To see if the town will accept the reports of the 
various town officials. 

Voted: To accept the reports of the several town officers as 
printed. 

Article 5. To hear and act on the reports of any committee 
chosen at any previous meeting that has not already reported. 

Voted: To accept the report of the committee on Preparedness 
as printed in the town report. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise 
by taxation and appropriate to deirsiy the necessary and usual 
expenses of the several departments of the town. 

Voted: To appropriate for 

Roads and Bridges, including oiling $ 6,000.00 

Rebuilding Lowell road 1,500.00 

Memorial library, current expenses 450.00 

Memorial library, books 200.00 

Schools ;. 20,000.00 

Hydrant service 1 . 2:,775.00 

Street lighting 3,250.00 

Moth work 829.31 

Salaries of town officers 2,200.00 

Buildings and Grounds 300.00 

Police department 200.00 

Board of Health 500.00 

Town home 500.00 

Outside Poor 1,300.00 

Cemeteries 700.00 



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Unclassified 200.00 

Printing 200.00 

Reserve Fund 1,000.00 

Military Aid 200.00 

Fire department 550.00 

Memorial day 150.00 

Enforcement of Liquor law 830.00 

Insurance of Employees 350.00 

Elm leaf beetle, control of 300.00 

Premium on treasurer's and collector's bonds 150.00 

Fighting forest fires 200.00 

Voted to raise by taxation for town charges 28,000.00 

In accordance with the recommendation of the finance com- 
mittee : 

Voted: That a committee be chosen to consider the matter of 
selling the town farm Avitli reference to applying the proceeds to 
the erection of a high school building, to report at the next annual 
town meeting. 

Voted: That the finance committee constitute the said com- 
mittee and that they report at an earlier date if they so desire. 

A motion to authorize the Overseers of the Poor to rent or close 
the town farm for one year did not prevail. 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will appro- 
priate for the enforcement of the liquor law or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the unexpended balance of last year. 

Article 8. To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the due observance of Memorial day. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $150. 

Article 9. To see what action the toAvn Avill take in regard to 
the collection of taxes. 

Voted: That all taxes shall be payable not later than Oct. 15, 
1919, and on all taxes remaining unpaid after Nov. 1, 1919, interest 
shall be charged at the rate of six per cent, per annum from Oct. 15, 
1919 until such taxes are paid. 

Voted: That poll and personal taxes only be payable on de- 
mand. 

Voted: That the collector shall issue summons for all poll and 
personal taxes only remaining unpaid Sept. 1,1919. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix the price, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To pay for fighting brush fires, the amount to be fixed 
by the Forest Warden subject to the approval of the selectmen. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money to insure the employees of the town or act 
anything thereon. 

Acting under Art. 6, Voted to appropriate $350. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer with 
the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money from time to time, in 



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anticipation of the revenue of the financial year, beginning January 
1, 1919, and to issue a note or notes therefor payable within one year. 
Any debt or debts incurred under this vote to be paid from the 
revenue of said financial year. 

Voted: That the town treasurer, with the approval of the 
selectmen be and is hereby authorized to borrow money from time 
to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year, beginning 
Jan. 1, 1919, and to issue a note or notes therefor payable within one 
year. Any debt or debts incurred under this vote to be paid from 
the revenue of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see Avhat amount of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the payment of the premiums on treasurer's and 
collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Acting under article 6, Voted to appropriate $150. 

Article 14. To see whether the town will raise and appropriate 
money to contribute to the cost of operation and fixed charges of the 
Concord, Maynard and Hudson street railway company, under Chap- 
ter 288, of the general acts of 1918, an act to authorize cities and 
towns to contribute to the cost of operating and fixed charges of 
street railway companies, or take any action thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $600 to be expended at the 
discretion of the selectmen. 

Article 15. To see W'hat action the town will take toward the 
completion of repairs on the ''Lowell road," and raise and appro- 
priate money therefor. 

Voted : To appropriate $1500 towards the completion of re- 
pairs on the Lowell road, provided the state and county appropriate 
an equal amount. 

Article 16. To see if the town will employ a district nurse. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Abstract of Proceedings of a Special Town Meeting 
Held June 23, 1919 

Article 1. To choose a moderator to preside at said meeting. 
- Allen Brooks Parker Avas chosen moderator. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to borrow a sum of 
money not to exceed $5000, to be used for further repairs on roads 
and bridges or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted : Unanimously that the treasurer with the approval of 
the selectmen be authorized to borrow three thousand dollars for a 
term not exceeding one year to be used for the repairing of roads 
and bridges. 

Article 3. To see what action the town will take, if any, toward 
presenting memorials to Acton soldiers and sailors avIio were in the 
service of our country in the late Avar, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: Unanimously that a committee of fifteen, five from 
each precinct, be chosen to make arrangements for a 'Svelcome 
home" to all Avho served in the ''Great War" from this tOAvn. 

Voted: That the moderator be instructed to appoint a nomi- 



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nating committee of three to report the names of fifteen persons to 
be voted upon at this meeting. The moderator appointed Wm. H. 
Kingsley, Bertram D. Hall and Frank W. Hoit. The nominating 
committee reported the following names : 

Wm. H. Kingsley, Warren H. Jones, Charles J. Holton, Gertrude 
C. Daniels, Clara Sawyer, Albert E. Beach, Charlotte Conant, Lulu 
M. Clark, Helen A. Knowlton, James B. T'uttle, Fred L. Burke, Rachel 
A. Haynes, Horace F. Tuttle, Frank W. Hoit, Bertram D. Hall, and 
they were chosen a committee of arrangements. 

Voted: To appropriate three hundred dollars for tlie use of said 
committee. 

Voted: That said committee consider the matter of a permanent 
memorial and report to the town at some future meeting. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to discontinue the road 
leading from the house of Mrs. Gertrude Daniels to the Lowell road 
at North Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To discontinue the road in North Acton leading from the 
Lowell road to the Old County road, near the farm of Mrs. Gertrude 
C. Daniels, reserving to owners of land abutting said road, the right 
pass to and from their land. 

Article 5. To see what action the town w411 take tOAvard the 
adoption of a system of by-laws, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That a committee consisting of the moderator and four 
others appointed by him frame a set of by-laws and report them to 
the tow^n at the next annual meeting. 

The following persons were appointed: Allen Brooks Parker, 
moderator; James B. Tuttle, Horace F. Tuttle, Charles J. Holton and 
Frank B. Lothrop. 



STATE ELECTION NOVEMBER 4, 1919 



Party designations: D., Democratic; R., Republican: S., Social- 
ist; S. L., Socialist Labor; P., Prohibition. 

Governor 

Precincts 

12 3 Total 

Whole number of votes cast Ill 135 144 390 

Calvin Coolidge, R 103 120 131 354 

Charles B. Ernst, P 1 1 

William A. King, S 

Richard H. Long, D 6 13 11 30 

Ingvar Paulsen, S. L 

Lieutenant- Governor 

Carl J. Brant, S 2 1 3 

Channing H. Cox, R 99 116 127 342 

E. Edward Gordon, P 

John F. J. Herbert, D 8 15 14 37 

Patrick Mulligan, S. L 



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Secretary 

Harry W. Bowman, P 3 3 

James Hayes, S. L 2 2 

Albert P. Langrtry, R 97 116 119 332 

Charles H. McGlue, D 5 14 14 33 

Herbert H. Thompson, S 

Tres surer 

Fred J. Burrell, R 82 107 113 302 

David Craig, S. L 

Charles D. Fletcher, P '. 1 1 2 

Louis Marcus, S 

Chandler M. Wood, D 21 23 22 66 

Auditor 

Arthur J. B. Cartier, D 9 16 13 38 

Alonzo B. Cook, R." 92 112 120 324 

Oscar Kinsalas, S. L 

Walter P. J. Skahan, S 

Henry J. D. Small, P 1 1 1 3 

Attorney- General 

J. Weston Allen, R. 96 115 123 334 

Morris I. Becker, S. L 1 1 

Joseph A. Conrv, D 6 15 14 35 

Conrad W. Crooker, P 1 2 3 

William R. Henry, S 

Councillor — Sixth District 

James G. Harris, R 92 112 116 320 

Senator — Seventh Middlesex District 

Charles H. Burns, D 8 14 13 35 

Gardner W. Pearson, R 94 115 119 328 

Representative in General Court — 11th Middlesex District 

Karl M. Perham, D 25 19 25 69 

James H. Wilkins, R 80 111 105 296 

County Conrmissioner — Middlesex County 

Erson B. Barlow, R 94 111 115 320 

Charles J. Barton, D 10 15 12 37 

Associate Commissioners — Middlesex County 

Frederic P. Barnes, R 84 96 102 282 

H. Harding Hale, R 47 73 63 183 

District Attorney — Northern District 

William E. Russell, D 8 12 20 40 

Nathan A. Tufts, R 95 116 116 327 

''Shall the re-arrangement of the Constitution 

of the Commonwealth, submitted by the 

Constitutional Convention be approved 

and ratified?" 

Yes 47 72 64 183 

No 19 16 13 48 



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Shall an act passed by the General Court in the 
year 1919 entitled ''An act relative to the 
establishment and maintenance of contin- 
uation schools and courses of instruction 
for employed minors" be accepted? 

Yes 51 87 70 208 

No 17 9 7 33 

Shall Chapter 116, General Acts of 1919 ap- 
proved by the General Court Avithout divi- 
sion, which provides that deposits in sav- 
ings banks and savings departments of 
trust companies may be placed on interest 
once a month and not oftener; that divi- 
dends on such deposits may be declared 
semi-annually and not oftener, and that 
interest shall not be paid on any such de- 
posits withdrawn between dividend daj^s, 
be approved? 

Yes 61 84 81 226 

No 19 22 15 56 

Vote for Representa,tive in the Eleventh Middlesex District, 1919 



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Karl M. Perham, 

Chelmsford 69 64 

James H. Wilkins, 

Carlisle 296 178 

Blanks 25 15 

Totals 390 257 



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Whole number recorded 

Born in Acton 19 Native parentage 

Males 15 Foreign parentage 

Females 18 Mixed parentage 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded 

Residents of Acton 22 Residents of other places 

Deaths 

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Residents of Acton 37 Residents of other places . 

Occurring in Acton 26 Occurring in other places 



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Note. The town clerk requests information of any errors or 
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The town clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared to fur- 
nish blanks for the return of births and deaths. 

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20 



PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 1919 



Allen, W. Stuart $4.00 

Armstrong, Gordon ... 2.00 

Baker, Ealph G 2.00 

Barker, Frank A 2.00 

Bayeur, Rose 2.00 

Bradford, Fred W. R. . . 2.00 

Bradbury, Rolfe 2.00 

Brill, Fred E 7.00 

Brown, James A 2 . 00 

Bulette, Frank W 7.00 

BursaAv, H. W 2.00 

Cahill, John P 2.00 

Capelle, C. H 2.00 

Casovoy, Alfred B 2.00 

Chaffin, Myron L 2.00 

Clapp, George E 2.00 

Coughlin, John F., Jr. . . 2 . 00 

Crosby, Wm. C 5.00 

Davis, Wendell F 4.00 

Daniels, G. C 2.00 

De Fegueredo, Antonio . 2 , 00 

De Sousa, Ben 2.00 

Donovan, P. F 4.00 

Duren, Roy L 2.00 

Edwards, A. J 2.00 

Enneguess, Michael .... 7 . 00 

Farrand, W. H 2.00 

Farrar, Daniel H 2.00 

Farrar, Earle 5 . 00 

Fobes, E. S 5.00 

Foley, Michael 2.00 

Foley, Patrick 2.00 

Ford, Charles L 5.00 

Ford, Isaac S 2.00 

Freeman, Richard 5 . 00 

Frost, C. A 2.00 

Gallagher, Howard .... 2 . 00 

Goodrich, Horace M. . . . 2.00 

Goward, Annie R 5 . 00 

Graham, George 2.00 

Green, Fred W 2.00 

Green, Katharine 2 . 00 

Greenleaf Kennels 10.00 

Griffin, Franklin 2.00 

Griffin, Mrs. Franklin . . 2.00 

Greenwood, Orman H. . . 2 . 00 



Hansen, Otto 2.00 

Haynes, Albert L 2.00 

Haynes, Charles E 2.00 

Hayward, Earle 2 . 00 

Hay ward, George K. . . 2.00 

Hodgen, H. C 2.00 

Holden, F. H 4.00 

Holland, John H 5.00 

Hollowell, Elwin 2.00 

HoAvard, A. J 7.00 

Jones, Clara 5 . 00 

Jones, Warren H 2.00 

Kelley, Wm. F 2.00 

Kennedy, Duncan S. . . . 2 . 00 

Kimball, Elnathan J. .. 11.00 

Knowlton, Helen A 2 . 00 

Labontely, G. E 2.00 

Libby, George A 5.00 

Livermore, Pearl R 2.00 

Lucier, Joseph 2.00 

Lundblad, Emil 2.00 

Marsh, A. W 2.00 

Martin, M. Viola 2.00 

Mason, Perley J 5.00 

Mason, Roger 2.00 

Mason, William 2.00 

Mauro, Frank 2.00 

Mead, George V 2.00 

Mekkelsen, John 2.00 

Millan, Albion L 2.00 

Moore, J. Sterling .... 2.00 

Morrison, F. D 2.00 

Nealey, Edward F 5.00 

Newsham, Thomas 5 . 00 

Nolan, Peter 2.00 

O'Connell, Michael .... 2.00 

Perkins, A. H 2.00 

Perkins, Levi 2.00 

Pope, Benjamin 6.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Pratt, Frank A 5.00 

Priest, H. L 5.00 

Reed, Otis J 2.00 

Richardson, George A. . 5.00 

Robbins, Solon 2.00 

Russell, John H 2.00 



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Sanborn, Everett R. . 


.. 2.00 


Scanlon, William J. . . 


.. 2.00 


Schnair, Clias. H 


.. 2.00 


Scott, T. A 


.. 4.00 


Seamor, George A. . . 


.. 5.00 


Shapley, Eva C 


.. 2.00 


Smith, George A 


. . 2.00 


Smith, Ralph 


.. 2.00 


Smith, Hattie E 


. . 2.00 


Stearns, Clifton S. . . . 


.. 2.00 


Stiles, Frank 


.. 5.00 


Taylor, M. E 


. . 2.00 


Tobin, E. S 


.. 7.00 


Todd, George S 


.. 2.00 



114 licenses at $2.00 
29 licenses at $5.00 



Tucker, George S 7.00 

Turnbull, George 2.00 

Tuttle, Arthur 6.00 

Tuttle, Wm. D 2.00 

Vallie, A. H 2.00 

Watkins, J. H 4.00 

Weaver, George T 14.00 

Webster, George A ,2.00 

Weeks, Elinor F 2.00 

Whitcomb, Fred 2.00 

Whitcomb, J. A 5.00 

Willis, Ora 2.00 

Wood, Jessie 2.00 

Worden, Martin H 2.00 



$228.00 
145.00 



Deduct fees, 143 licenses at 20c each 

Balance due county treasurer on 1918 account 



$373.00 
28.60 



$344.40 
43.20 



$387.60 



June 1, 1919, paid county treasurer $155 .40 

Dec. 1, 1919, paid county treasurer 168. 60 

Due county treasurer on 1919 account 63 . 60 



$387.60 



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LIST OF JURORS REVISED BY THE SELECTMEN 



Precinct 1 

Murray Brown Bindery 

Willis J. Holden Farmer 

Thomas F. McCarthy Stone Cutter 

Arthur F. Davis Librarian 

Herbert F. Bobbins Farmer 

James B. Tuttle Farmer 

Arthur Harris Stone Cutter 

Fred Billings House Painter 

George E. Murphy Farmer 

William H. Kingsley Contractor 

Precinct 2 

Frank W. Hoit Merchant 

William B. Franklin Farmer 

'Carl Jones R. R. Employee 

Nelson J. Cole . '. Merchant 

Edward A. Pratt R. R. Employee 

Walter E. Haywood R. R. Employee 

Warren H. Jones Farmer 

William S. Fletcher R. R. Employee 

Earle F. Hay ward Machinist 

Theron F. Newton . .^ Clerk 

Precinct 3 

Everett R. Sanborn Farmer 

M. J. Handley Farmer 

James N. Berry Carpenter 

George E. Holton R. R. Employee 

Herbert W. Owens Decorator 

Allen Brooks Parker Lawyer 

Alfred W. Davis Truckman 

J. Alfred Coding Clerk 

Albert R. Beach Woodworker 

William L. Tennev Machinist 



23 
REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Acton, Mass. : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1919 : 
GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appropriation $2,200.00 

Appropriation premium on collector's and treas- 

bonds 150.00 

Received from sealer of weights and measures . 44.96 

Received from state treasurer on account in- 
spection of animals 62 . 50 

$2,457.46 
SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid Chas. J. Holton, salary $100.00 

Wm. J. Kingsley, salary 50 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 50 . 00 

Chas. J. Holton, postage express, etc 10.12 

Chas. J. Holton, traveling expenses 33 . 69 

Chas. J. Holton, telephones 22.50 

Hobbs & Warren, supplies 1 . 65 

R. S. Osterhout, printing 4.25 

Warren H. Jones, postage, etc. ..'..' 1 . 20 

$273.41 
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT. 

Paid Howard L. Jones, salary $139.50 

Howard L. Jones, postage, etc 1.30 

W. S. Greenough & Co., printing 9.25 

$150.05 
TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT. 

Paid Frank W. Hoit, salary $200.00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage, telephones and sta- 
tionery 36.47 

Frank W. Hoit, certifying notes 6 . 00 

W. F. Stevens, bond 50.00 

$292.47 
COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT. 

Paid A. M. Whitcomb, salary $65 . 17 

H. L. Haynes, salary 282 . 77 

H. L. Haynes, postage 23 . 05 

Hobbs & Warren, books 7 . 90 

American Surety Co., bond 100.00 

Wm. M. Sargent, printing 2 . 00 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 17 . 00 

$497.89 



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ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT. 

Paid A. P. Durkee, salary $75r.00 

W. H. Jones, salary 55 .00 

H. L. Haynes, salary 60.00 

H. L. Haynes, making certified copy of val- 
uation book 15 . 00 

Hobbs & Warren, tax list 1 . 85 

A. W. Brownell, notices 1 . 50 

L. L. Ai)lin, account transfers 15 . 98 

Thomas Groom, book 5.47 

Hobbs & Warren, supplies .65 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT. 

Paid H. F. Tuttle, salary $50.00 

H. F. Tuttle, recording" births, deaths and 

marriages 27 . 00 

H. F. Tuttle, postage, express, etc 17.50 

H. F. Tuttle, canvassing representative vote 

at Chelmsford 3.00 

P. B. Murphy, dog blanks .75 



$230.45 



$98.45 



OVERSEERS OF POOR DEPARTMENT. 

Paid W^m. PI. Kingsley, salary $50.00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 20 . 00 

Chas. J. Holton, salary 20.00 

Chas. J. Holton, use of auto 6 . 00 

Wm. H. Kingslev, postage, etc 3.45 

$99.45 
SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. 

Paid Theron F. Newton, salary $88.75 

CATTLE INSPECTOR. 

Paid Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $125.00 

ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 

Paid James McGreen, registrar 1918-1919 $40.00 

James McGreen, clerk 2 . 50 

James McGreen, recount 2.50 

Geo. E. Holton, registrar 20.00 

*Geo. E. Holton, recount 2 . 50 

H. F. Tuttle, registrar 25 . 00 

H. F. Tuttle, officer 5.00 

€. E. Smith, officer 5.00 

E. A. Phalen, officer 5.00 

E. A. Teele, officer 5.00 

T. F. Newton, officer 6.00 

€. D. Cram, officer 2.50 

L. C. Hastings, officer 6.00 

L. A. Hesselton, officer 6.00 



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H. F. Robbins, officer 2.50 

L. E. Reed, officer 2.50 

F. S. Whitcomb, officer 6.00 

W. L. Tenney, officer 6.00 

C. J. Holton, officer 6.00 

A. F. Davis, officer 6.00 

J. F. McNiff, officer 6.00 

L. T. Willard, registrar 20.00 

R. S. Osterhout, warrants, ballots and lists 67.75 

F. E. Taylor & Co., printing- 7.50 

Acton Printing Co., warrants 3.50 

Murphy & Snyder, lists 17 .00 

R. W. Potter, placing booths 4.00 

T. F. Newton, placing booths 1.25 

L. C. Hastings, placing booths 2.50 

Universalist society, rent 6.00 

J. T. McNiff, posting warrants 16.00 

$313.50 

Total general government $2,169.42 

Unexpended balance 288.04 

$2,457.46 

Due from state for cattle inspection $62 . 50 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS. 

Appropriation $300.00 

Received from rent 252 . 50 

$552.50 

Paid R. W. Porter, janitor $129 .00 

R. W. Porter, care of clock 25.00 

R. W. Porter, care of flag 5.00 

American Wooolen Co., lighting 70.55 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 87.57 

J. W. Livermore, labor 20 . 05 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 14.73 

G. L. Towne, repairs 7 . 80 

M. E. Taylor & Co., flag 43.71 

West & South Water Supply District 6.00 

Geo. Gutteridge, repairing clock 1.50 

Wm. H. Kingsley, pipe 35 . 00 

Wm. H. Kingsley, labor 15.73 

A. F. Davis, signs 4.25 

E. P. Gates, repairs 4.50 

$470.39 

Unexpended balance 82.11 

$552.50 



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PEOTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY. 
Police. 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Received fines 25 . 00 

$225 00 

Paid J. T. McNiff, services $85.30 

H. F. Leach, services 2.00 

J. N. Berry, services 10 .00 

Burton Littlefield, services 5 . 00 

O. D. Wood, services 17.75 

Acton Printing Co., printing 2.25 

C. J. Holton, auto 15.50 

R. W. Piper, auto 6.00 

Smith. Finney, auto 3 . 00 

Finnev & Hoit, quilt 2.25 

N. E. Telephone & Tel. Co 4.77 

$153.82 
Unexpended balance 71 . 18 

$225 00 
ENFORCEMENT OF LIQUOR LAW. 

Appropriation $830 . 30 

Unexpended 830.30 

FIRE DEPARTMENT. 
General. 

Appropriation $550 . 00 

Received from sale of old engine 50 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 23 . 73 

$623.73 

Paid American Woolen Co., lighting $19 . 19 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal .... 82.25 

South Acton Woolen Co., vitrol 24.45 

Finnev & Hoit, supplies 30 . 64 

West & South Water Supply District 18.00 

C. D. Cram, pay rolls 30.50 

J. W. Livermore, pay rolls 9 . 90 

J. W. Livermore, engineer 5 . 00 

W. H. Kingsley , engineer 5 . 00 

F. W. Billings, engineer 5.00 

George H. Reed, coal 13 . 10 

White's Garage, repairs 25.25 

J. H. French/ janitor 40.80 

J. H. French, labor 6.20 

B. A. King, repairs and alcohol 13 . 10 

Smith Finney, labor 6 . 00 



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A. W. Wood, fire and tank 58 .80 

A. R. Beach, pay roll 9.30 

W. S. Kelley, painting 122.75 

T. F. Parker, alcohol 4.00 

Hall Brothers, wood 3.00 

F. W. Green, teaming 1 . 50 

West Acton Department, salaries 90.00 

$623.73 

Hydrant Service 

Appropriation $2,775 . 00 

Paid West & South Water Supply District . . . $2,600.00 

Town of Concord 92.00 

$2,692.00 

Unexpended balance 83 . 00 



$2,775.00 



Brush Fires 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid George Clapp, pay roll $36 . 30 

A. E. Beach, pay roll 19 . 15 

W. H. Kingsley, labor 2.00 

$57.45 

Unexpended balance 142 . 55 



. HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received, George T. Weaver, license 100.00 

Received, John H. Mitchell, license . . . =„ 100.00 

Received, county treasurer 14.00 

Received for supplies 1 . 50 

Received for license for alcohol 1.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 245 . 57 



Paid E. S. Fobes, inspection $752.00 

C. A. Dudley, services 74 . 27 

E. A. Phalen, secretary of board, 1918- '19, 11.00 

E. A. Phalen, expenses 7.98 

T. F. Newton, services 11.92 

F. E. Tasker, salary, chairman 10.00 

Massachusetts Homeopathic hospital .... 79.30 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 1 . 50 

Times Publishing Co., book 1.75 

International Chemical Co., supplies 8.60 

W. A. Flint, rent 6.00 

W. J. Costello, sign .75 



$200.00 



$965.07 



$965.07 



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MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $829 . 31 

Received from state treasurer, moth work .... 522 . 58 
Received from state treasurer, state highway 

work 13.50 

Private work 133 . 13 

Lead sold 753.53 

$2,252.05 

Paid James 'Neil, labor and expense $2,019 . 90 

James 'Neil, state highway work 13 . 50 

Maynard & Acton Coal Co., gasoline 23.46 

Town of Maynard, lead 120.00 

$2,176.86 
Balance due from state, Jan. 1, 1919, $645.38 
Less amount uncoUectable 18.30 

627.08 $2,803.94 

$551.89 
Less for state highway work 13 . 50 

Amount due from state, Dec. 31, 1919 $538.39 

TREE WARDEN 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid James O'Neil $207.00 

Unexpended balance 93 . 00 

$300.00 
HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES 

Appropriation $9,000.00 

Received, state treasurer, use of roller 308 . 75 

Received, county treasurer, account Lowell 

road (1918) 144.20 

Received for crushed stone 6.00 

Received for use of roller 40.00 



Paid George Greenough, teams and labor .... $3,119.00 

William H. Kingsley, teams and labor . . . 3,172.99 

William H. Kingsley, coal 18 .00 

William H. Kingsley, freight 9 . 09 

William H. Kingsley, repairs on roller . . . 105 . 29 

E. P. Gates, repairs 32.55 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 66.78 

A. H. Perkins, teams 392.42 

Fred W. Green, teams 36.88 

W. H. Jones, teams and labor 171.50 

H. Austin, labor 24.50 



$9,498.95 



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Barrett Co., tarvia 178.37 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal and 

lumber 57.93 

Texas Co., oil 1,191.47 

Standard Oil Co., gasoline 33 . 15 

Buffalo Steam Roller Co., parts 181.99 

Keystone Lubricating Co., oil 4.76 

Hall Brothers, lumber 21.20 

B. & M. R. R., freight 14.42 

Dyar Sign Co., sign 6 . 00 

E. J. Spinney, labor 29.40 

E. L. Spinney, teams 98.40 

Boston Transcript Co., adv 2.50 

A. Sevenson, labor 19 . 20 

George Hodgen, teams 40.00 

J. P. Brown, repairs 15 . 31 

D. Kennedy, labor 4 . 50 

H. Seaman, labor 4 . 50 

D. Lattrell, labor 4.50 

N. E. Road Machinery Co., parts 100.12 

■ T. F. Parker, oil 3.75 

W. J. Costello, sign 2.00 

Underhay Oil Co., oil 18.86 

J. N. Berry, gravel 40 . 10 

James Kingsley, gravel 11 . 30 

Ole Granberg, gravel 5 . 30 

John Watkins, gravel 15 . 12 

A. W. Flint, gravel 22.80 

George Tucker, gravel 9 .00 

F. S. Whitcomb, gravel 6.00 

C. B. Needham, gravel .40 

West & South Water Supply, gravel 1.00 

L. W. Perkins, gravel 1 . 00 

C. J. Holton, care of crossing 10.00 

W. E. Whitcomb, cement 1.90 

H. R. Reynolds, team 6 . 95 

West & South Water Supply, supplies ... 5 . 50 

$9,317.70 
Unexpended balance 181.25 

$9,498.95 
Lowell Road 

Appropriation $1,500 . 00 

Received, state treasurer 748 . 67 

Received, county treasurer 748 . 67 

$2,997.34 



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Paid William H. Kingsley, teams and labor . . $2,556 . 63 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 3.98 

Margaret Spinney, gravel 38 . 50 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 44.17 

American Powder Mills, dynamite 19.73 

$2,663.01 

Unexpended balance 334.33 



STREET LIGHTING 

Appropriation $3,250.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 272 . 58 



Paid American Woolen Co $3,518 . 58 

E. B. DeSousa 4.00 



CHARITIES 

Town Farm 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received from sale of produce and stock 1,540 . 50 



Paid Thomas Baldwin, warden $160 . 00 

Thomas Baldwin, labor 17.80 

Thomas Baldwin, supplies 16.05 

J. S. Moore, supplies 140.46 

W. E. Whitcomb, supplies 40.92 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies 365.79 

S. B. Ineson, supplies 29 . 73 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 213.60 

George H. Reed, supplies 369.35 

N. E. Telephone & Telegraph Co 25.59 

F. E. Tasker, medical attendance 8.00 

F. K. Shaw, medical attendance 9 . 00 

J. N. Murray, veterinary ■ 6 . 00 

Finnev & Hoit, supplies 10 . 16 

W. H. Kingsley, hay 87.75 

W. H. Kingsley, labor 40 . 17 

W. H. Kingsley, teaming and sawing wood 32.00 

Jane Marsh, board 180.00 

Jane Marsh, boarding heifers 25.40 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 31.78 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., sash .... 4.00 

J. Sheehan, sawdust . 5.00 

Mass. Agricultural College, water analysis 3.00 

E. W. Coombs, bull service 5.00 



$2,997.34 



$3,522.58 



$3,522.58 



$2,040.50 



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E. R. Teele, labor 34.00 

Town of Acton, moth tax 21 . 00 

F. Oelschelegal, repairs 7 .70 

George Greenough, teams 24.00 

E. P. Gates, repairs 20.40 

A. H. Perkins, cutting ice 8 . 55 

$1,942.20 
Unexpended balance 98 . 30 

$2,040.50 
Outside Poor 

Appropriation $1,300 . 00 

Received from state treasurer 70 . 00 

$1,370.00 

Paid Elizabeth J. Ring, board and care $536.55 

L. Davis, rent 88 .00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal .... 50.86 

W. E. Whitcomb, supplies 56 . 61 

C. V. Twitchell, rent 36.00 

I. L. Pickard, medical attendance 10.00 

G. H. Tuttle, medical attendance 6 . 00 

F. E. Tasker, medical attendance 317.00 

H. M. Wood, medical attendance . » 10.00 

Waltham hospital , 33.75 

N. E. Deaconess Association 5.00 

Town farm, wood 39 . 50 

Mrs. J. McDonald, board and care 84.00 

William H. Kingsley, aid furnished 40 . 00 

Elizabeth J. Ring, supplies 3 . 13 

— $1,316.40 

Unexpended balance 53 . 60 

$1,370.00 
SOLDIERS' BENEFITS 
State Aid 

Received from state treasurer $542 . 00 

Amount due from state, Jan. 1, 1919 $542.00 

Paid 534.00 

Amount due from state, Dec. 31, 1919 534.00 

$1,076.00 $1,076.00 
Military Aid 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid 0. E. Preston $50.00 

Isiah Leach 96.00 

$146.00 



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Unexpended balance 54.00 



$200.00 
Amount due from state, Dec. 31, 1919, $50.00. 

MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Appropriation $450 . 00 

Received from fines 47 . 00 

$497.00 

Paid A. W. Davis, librarian $99.00 

A. W. Davis, cataloging 10.00 

A. W. Davis, supplies .65 

American Woolen Co., lighting 39 . 92 

0. E. Houghton, transporting books 50.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 70.35 

E. F. Conant, insurance 51.88 

S. H. Taylor, janitor 100.00 

Whitney Coal & Grain Co., coal 13.00 

H. F. Tuttle, express 6.70 

D. Dusseault, writing cards 4.90 

Acton Printing Co., printing 1.75 

$448.15 
Unexpended balance 48.85 

$497.00 
Library Books 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Interest on library fund 193 . 74 

$393.74 

Paid DeWolfe, Fiske & Co., books $321.30 

Dura Binding Co., books 28 . 15 

Cornhill Co., books 1.79 

H. F. Tuttle, books 2.00 

Herman Goldberger, magazines 40.50 



$393.74 
CEMETERIES 

Appropriation $700 . 00 

Received, sale of lots, Woodlawn 78.00 

Received, sale of lots, Mt. Hope 104.00 

$882.00 

Paid H. F. Robbins, labor $235.00 

A. Batley & Son, flowers 32.05 

West & South Water Supply District .... 13.00 

Julian Tuttl-e, commissioner 10.00 



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H. F. Tuttle, preparing report 7 . 50 

H. F. Tuttle, making deeds 2.50 

H. F. Tuttle, staking out lots 4.50 

F. W. Green, labor 175.95 

A. H. Perkins, teams 39.00 

E. R. Sanborn, labor 6.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber . 47.63 

J. A. Grimes, labor 16.24 

$589.37 

Unexpended balance 292 . 63 



$882.00 
Perpetual Care 

Eeceived interest on cemetery fund $515 . 56 

Paid H. F. Bobbins, labor $228.00 

F. W. Green, labor 191.46 

A. Batley & Son, flowers 75.10 

F. C. Hay ward, interest 17.50 

George Decoster, interest 3 . 50 

$515.56 

EDUCATION 

Appropriation $20,000.00 

Received from state treasurer, Massachusetts 

school fund $962.07 

Received from state treasurer, account indus- 
trial school 233.79 

Received from state treasurer, superintendent 

school fund 343 .75 

Received from county treasurer, dog tax .... 259 . 35 

Received for tuition 92 . 20 

Received ticket refunds 73 . 82 

$21,964.98 

Paid report of school committee $21,964.98 

PRINTING 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid R. S. Osterhout, reports $190 . 00 

Unexpended balance 10 .00 



$200.00 



UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Appropriation, liability insurance 350.00 

Appropriation, Memorial daj^ 150.00 

Appropriation, welcome home committee .... 300.00 

Appropriation, aid of C, M. & H. St. Railway, 600.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 379 . 67 



$1,979.67 



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Paid W. and L. E. Gurley, tags etc., $6.06 

W. H. Jones, delivering reports 2 . 50 

Finney & Hoit, flags 17.29 

A. F. Davis, signs 2.00 

W.. B. Holt, labor on fountain 30.55 

A. W. Brownell, blanks 2.50 

0. A. Knowlton 1.50 

A. M. Whitcomb, liability insurance 262.77 

Isaac Davis Post, G. A. R 150.00 

Mrs. G. Daniels, welcome home 300 . 00 

C, M. & H. St. Railway 600.00 

J. E. Rice, Bradley case 600.00 

F. K. Shaw, reporting births 2.50 

F. E. Tasker, reporting births .50 

S. A. Christie, reporting births .75 

G. H. Tuttle, reporting births . .25 

E. J. Flaherty, reporting births .25 

1. S. Pickard, reporting births .25 

$1,979.67 
RESERVE FUND 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Transferred to : 

Unclassified $379.67 

Fire department (general) 23.73 

Health and sanitation 248 . 57 

Street lighting 272.58 

$924.55 
Unexpended balance 75 .45 



$1,000.00 



INTEREST 

Received interest on taxes $309 . 15 

Received interest on deposits 117 . 16 

$426.31 
Paid First National bank of Ayer, interest on 

loans • $460.00 

MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS 

Received loans First National bank of Ayer . . $25,000.00 

Paid First National bank of Ayer 25,000.00 

REFUNDS 

Abatements 1917 taxes $9.25 

Abatements 1918 taxes 93.22 

Abatements 1919 taxes 60.52 

$162.99 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT 
Receipts 

Due from treasurer, Jan. 1, 1919 $7,743.20 

Due from collector, Jan. 1, 1919 6,820.80 

$14,564.00 

Raised : 

State tax $5,610.00 

State highway tax 1,535 . 60 

County tax \ 2,882.20 

Special tax 336 . 60 

Town grant 28,000.00 

Overlay 1,250.64 

$39,615.04 
Less amount paid by state on account in- 
tangible personal property 7,171.38 

$32,443.66 
Received : 

Treasurer's report $49,659.17 

Farm receipts 1,540 . 50 

Interest on taxes 309 . 15 

Moth tax 859.21 

Excise tax 57 . 05 

$52,425.08 



$99,432.74 
Expenditures 

State tax $5,610.00 

State highwa}^ tax 1,535 . 60 

County tax \ 2,882.20 ' 

Special tax 336.60 

General government 2,169 .42 

Buildings and grounds . . . 470 . 39 

Police ^. 153.82 

Fire department 623.73 

Hydrants 2,692,00 

Brush fires 57 . 45 

Moth 2,176.86 

Tree warden 207.00 

Health and sanitation 965 . 07 

Highways and bridges 9,317 . 70 

Highway, Lowell road 2,663.01 

Street lighting 3,522.58 

Town farm 1,942.20 

Outside poor 1,316.40 

State aid 534.00 

Military aid 146.00 

Library expense 448 . 15 



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Library books 393.74 

Cemeteries 589.37 

Cemeteries, perpetual care , . 515 . 56 

Education 21,964.98 

Printing 190.00 

Unclassified 1,979.67 

Interest 460.00 

Municipal indebtedness 25,000.00 

Refunds 162.99 

Due from treasurer 2,711 . 05 

Due from collectors 5,695 .20 

$99 432.74 
FINANCIAL STATEMENT, DECEMBER 31, 1919 

Due from treasurer $2,711 . 05 

Due from collectors 5,695 . 20 

Due from count}^ treasurer, dog tax 259.35 

Due from state treasurer, moth work 538 . 39 

Due from state treasurer, inspection of animals 62.50 

Due from state treasurer, state aid 534 . 00 

Due from state treasurer, military aid 50 . 00 

$9,850.49 
Liabilities 

ToAvn of Concord, for tuition $1,470 . 59 

Health and sanitation: 

E. S. Fobes $78.00 

F. E. Tasker 60.00 

C. A. Dudley 4.95 

Fire department : 

No. East Novac-Lar Battery Co 71.56 

M. E. Taylor & Co 1.32 

George E. Clapp 32.00 

Street lighting : 

American Woolen Co 270.66 

$1,989.08 

Balance in favor of the town $7,861.41 

Respectfullv submitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



South Acton, Mass., February 14, 1920. 
I have examined the accounts of the tax collectors and treasurer 
of the town of Acton, and find them correct to the best of my know- 
ledge. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 



Year Ending December 31, 1919 

Cash on hand, January 1, 1919 $7,743.20 

Received from State Treasurer : 

Use of steam roller $308.75 

Income tax, 1917 224.00 

Income tax, 1918 392.00 

Income tax, 1919 6,916.38 

State forestry department 522 . 58 

G. & B. T., m^oth work 13.50 

Inspection of animals 62 . 50 

Superintendent of school fund 343 . 75 

Temporary aid 70 . 00 

Income of school fund , 962.07 

Massachulsetts Highway Commission, 

^'Lowell Road" 748.67 

Educational Independent Industrial schools 233.79 

Corporation tax, public service 310 . 38 

Corporation tax, business 8,834.01 

Income tax, general school fund 75 . 00 

National bank tax 800 . 69 

Other aid 542.00 

Loss of taxes on land used for public 

purposes 191 . 18 

Soldiers ' exemption 66 . 14 

County Treasurer : 

Dog tax 259.35 

Lowell road account 144.20 

Contagious diseases 14.00 

Lowell road 748 . 67 

Received : 

Town hall rents 252.50 

Tuition of C. and E. Sadler 54.00 

Tuition of R. Webb 38.20 

Collections of sealer of weights and 

measures 44 . 96 

Board of health 2.50 

Use of steam roller 40 . 00 

Crushed stone 6 . 00 

B. & M. R. R., rebate on school tickets ... 73.82 

Slaughter license, George T. Weaver 100.00 

Slaughter license, J. H. Mitchell 100.00 

Central Middlesex Court, fines 25 . 00 

Department of Standards, license 8.00 

Old fire engine sold 50 . 00 

Library fines 47 . 00 

Town of Concord, Nagog taxes 25 . 12 

Cemetery lots sold, Woodlawn 78.00 



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Cemetery lots sold, Mt. Hope 104.00 

Interest on deposits 117 . 16 

Interest on cemetery fund 515 . 56 

Interest on library fund 193.74 

$24,659.17 

First National Bank of Ayer, loans : 

Note No. 34 $5,000.00 

Note No. 35 10,000.00 

Note No. 36 10,000.00 

$25,000.00 

Town Farm Receipts: 

Pigs $75.00 

Milk 173.00 

Cows 360.00 

Boardino; horses 25.00 

Apples 578.10 

Telephone 2.00 

Grasoline .90 

Hens 28.00 

Wood 164.50 

Use of sprayer 4. 00 

Grass 80.00 

Rent of pasture , 50 . 00 

$1,540.50 

Received of A. M. Whitcomb, collector : 

Taxes, 1917 $1,189.23 

Interest, 1917 118.93 

Abatements, 1917 9.25 

$1 317 41 

Taxes, 1918 $4,934.52 

Interest, 1918 173.02 

Abatements, 1918 93.22 

$5,200.76 
Received of H. L. Haynes, collector : 

Taxes, 1919 $28,198.78 

Interest, 1919 17.20 

Abatements 60 . 52 

$28,276.50 

$93,737.54 

Paid selectmen's orders $91,026.49 

Balance on hand, Jan. 1, 1920 2,711.05 

$93,737.54 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT OF WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

FUND 



Cash Charlestown Five Cent Savings bank .. $1,000.00 

Warren Institution for Savings 1,000 . 00 

Home Savings bank 1,000 . 00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 1,000.00 

, North End Savings bank 1,000.00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood fund 200.00 

Interest on deposits 247 .46 

Bond West Shore R. R., Susan Augusta and 

Luther Conant fund , 1,000.00 

Interest on bond 40 , 00 

Unexpended balance . 21.94 



Paid town of Acton, "account books" $193.74 

Cash in banks 5,400.00 

Bond, Conant fund 1,000.00 

Balance unexpended 115 . 66 



$6,709.40 



$6,709.40 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



TREASURER'S REPORT OF FUNDS HELD FOR CARE OF LOTS 

IN CEMETERIES 



Bonds, West & South Water Supply. District of 

Acton ■ $7,800.00 

Cash in banks and Liberty bonds 10,402.90 

Unexpended balance 1,288.84 

ileceived for Lots : 

Lorenzo A. Pratt lot 100.00 

E. F. Richardson lot 50.00 

Ira B. Hall lot 100.00 

George R. Keyes lot 50.00 

Alonzo L. Tuttle lot 50.00 

William Chaplin lot 100.00 

William Chaplin lot 200.00 

G. A. R. lot, ''William Chaplin" ...;.... 100.00 

William Hosmer lot 50.00 



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Guy Staples lot 50.00 

Albert Brown lot , 100 . 00 

Edwin C. Parker lot 150.00 

Eben Smith lot 50.00 

Oscar Preston lot 50 . 00 

Henry Barker lot 100.00 

F. E. Parsons lot 200.00 

Alvin A. and Ellen Hayward lot 100.00 

James Rentell lot 100.00 

Pratt and Hooper lot 50 . 00 

$21,241.74 
Income from funds 679 . 97 

$21,921.71 

Paid for care of lots $515 . 56 

Bonds, West & South Water Supply District 

of Acton 7,500.00 

Cash in banks • 4,752.90 

Liberty bonds 7,700.00 

Unexpended balance 1,453 . 25 

$21,921.71 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1917 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1919 $1198.48 

Interest collected 118 . 93 

$1,317.41 

Paid treasurer $1,308.16 

Abatements 9 . 25 

$1,317.41 

1918 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1919 $5,520.08 

Uncollected excise tax for 1918 102.24 

Interest collected 173.02 

$5,795.34 

Paid treasurer $5,107 . 54 

Abatements 93.22 

$5,200.76 



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Uncollected January 1, 1920 $492.34 

Uncollected excise tax for 1918 102.24 

$5 795 34 
ARTHUR M. WHITCOMB, Collector. 

1919 Taxes 
Town, state and county taxes, committed to 

collector, October 1, 1919 $39,615.04 

Less amount returned from state account, 

intangible personal 7,171.38 

$32,443.66 

Moth tax 859.21 

Interest collected 17 . 20 

$33,320.07 
Excise tax 57 . 05 

$33,377.12 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $28,215.98 

Abatements 60 . 52 

$28,276.50 

Uncollected January 1, 1920 $5,043 . 57 

Uncollected January 1, 1920, excise tax ...... 57 . 05 

$5,100.62 
HENRY L. HAYNES, Collector. 

• TREE WARDEN'S REPORT 

James O'Neil, labor and expense $162.00 

I would recommend spraying all the elm trees this year. 

JAMES O'NEIL, Tree Warden. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT 



Valuation on April 1, 1919 

Buildings, exclusive of land $1,179,545.00 

Land, exclusive of building-s 536,875.00 

Personal estate 434,652 .00 



Total valuation $2,151,072.00 

Valuation April 1, 1918 2,073,281.00 



Increase in valuation 77,791 . 00 

Rate of taxation, $14.50. 

TAX ASSESSED AS FOLLOWS 

Real estate $24,888 . 09 

Personal estate 6,301 . 57 

Polls 1,254.00 



$32,443.66 



Received from state, account intangible 

personal 7,171.38 



$39,615.04 

Moth tax 859.21 

Excise tax 57.05 

AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED 

For state tax $5,610 . 00 

State highway tax 1,535 . 60 

County tax 2,882.20 

Town grant 28,000.00 

Overlay 1,250.64 

Special state tax 336.60 



$39,615.04 



ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
HENRY L. HAYNES. 



REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



The overseers of the poor submit the following report for the 
year ending December 31, 1919. There has been more call for outside 
help this year and we have used more than the appropriation, but the 
state will reimburse us for part of it. 

The town Home — It would seem almost useless to make any re- 
port of this department. In last year's report we recommend that all 



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bills be rendered monthly; yet we received May 1, 1919, a bill for 
July, October, November and December, 1918, and for February, 
March and April, 1919, per grant, and a small one for March and 
April, too late to get into thils report. It would seem that some of the 
merchants do not care to cooperate with us in making this depart- 
ment pay. We reported at the town meeting- last March that the 
water was bad. With these conditions and the help we decided not 
to run the farm, so sold the cows and hens, and put a caretaker in 
the house and got him to board the inmate. If Ave had done this the 
first of January, instead of June 1st, the financial condition would 
be better. For the financial report see town accountant's report. 

WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
CHARLES J. HOLTON, 

Overseers of th.e Poor. 



SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS' REPORT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1919. I 
accepted the appointment early in March and looking over the roads 
I found them in a very poor condition. The shortage of labor and the 
high cost of same for the last few years is the cause of present condi- 
tions of the roads, and it has been worse this j^ear, for we have had 
to pay higher wages this year than ever before. I have endeavored 
to keep the roads from getting any worse this year. I will take this 
opportunity to report some of the roads repaired and cost of same : 

Pope 's road repaired with ci]uler^• and gravel $295 . 30 

Town farm road with gravel 190 . 00 

Road from South Acton to Stow with gravel 149.00 

Back road from South Acton to Stow with gravel 100.00 

Road from North Acton to Littleton with gravel 383 . 20 

Road from North Acton to Stow with gravel 365 . 70 

Road from North Acton to L. W. Perkins', with gravel . . 211.60 

Gravelpit road, with gravel 384.70 

Road from South to West Acton Avith crushed stone 1,223.50 

The road from South Acton to Maynard, about 500 . 00 

Scraping and cleaning roads 1,005 .43 

Oil and sanding roads, about 1,000 . 00 

I have patched quite a lot Avith gravel and oil. For full cost of 
this department, see toAvn accountant's report. 

I Avould suggest a larger appropriation and a hearty cooperation 
Avith the state and county in putting some of the main roads into 
permanent repair- 
Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 

Superintendent of Streets. 



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REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



January 1, 1919. 

The board of health submits the following report for the j^ear 
ending December 31st, 1919 : 

Burial permits issued in Acton 29 

Burial permits issued in other places 23 

List of contagious diseases reported bv the board of health, Janu- 
F.vy 1, 1919, to December 31st, 1919 : 

Influenza 34 

Scarlet fever 4 

Whooping cough 15 

Chicken pox 9 

Diphtheria 1 

Your board would recommend that $1,000 be appropriated for 
use of the board for the present year, as the state board has added 
the duty of inspecting stables and the issuing of permits for the pro- 
duction and sale of all milk used in the town, the expense to be borne 
by the town. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

By C. A. Dudley, Agent. 

CATTLE INSPECTOR'S REPORT FOR 1919 

I herewith submit the following report for year ending Decem- 
ber 31st: 

Number of cows inspected 468 

Number of young cattle inspected 217 

Number of bulls inspected 27 

Number of swine inspected 256 

Number of sheep inspected 47 

Number of stables inspected 112 

Number condemned 6 

F. S. WHITCOMB, Inspector. 

REPORT OF MEAT INSPECTOR 

Acton, Mass., Januar}^ 1, 1920. 
Selectmen of Town of Acton : 

Gentlemen — Report of meat inspected for the year 1919 : 

Cattle 218 

Veal 2417 Condemned 24 

Hogs 364 Condemned 9 

Sheep 3 

3002 EDWARD S. FOBES, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1919 

Investments 
Warren Institutions for Savings, Bool-c 

83531 $1,173.76 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank, Book 

71200 1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, LoAvell, Book 

84244 1000.00 



Receipts 
Warren Institution for Savings, dividends . . $52.80 
Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank, divi- 
dends 50.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell, dividends 45.00 

dends 45.00 



Payments 
Paid H. F. Robbins, care of Goodnow lot, 

Woodlawn Cemetery $10 . 00 

Unpaid income for care of cemetery lot de- 
posited with Warren Institution for 

Savings 12 . 80 

H. F. Robbins, treasurer of Evangelical Con- 
gregational church in Acton 125 . 00 



$3,173.76 



$147 . 80 



$147.80 



LUTHER CONANT, 
I. WARREN FLACG, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 



Accessions: Number of volumes in the library, January 1, 
1919, 13,777. Increase by purchase, 267, of which 16 Avere obtained 
by binding magazines. 

Increase by gift, 26. Total increase, 293. 

Number of volumes in the library Jan. 1, 1920, 14,070. 

Circulation: Number of days library was opened, 99. Num- 
ber of volumes circulated, 10,013. Daily average circulation, 
101+. Largest daily circulation, 165, on Oct. 1. Smallest daily 
circulation, 52, on Dec. 24. 

Received from fines $48 . 26 

Expended for postage 1.26 



$47.00 
Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
U. S. Government, 5 ; State of Massachusetts, 5 ; Aircraft Association, 
1; Bankers Trust Co., N. Y., 1; Benjamin Pope, 4; Miss Dee Beebee, 
1 ; Frederick E. Kipp, 2 ; George A. Webster, 1 ; Miss Inez Beebe, 1 ; 
J. Ogden Armour, 1 ; League to Enforce Peace, 1 ; Miss Marion Forbes, 
1 : Moody Institute, 1 ; P. W. Snyder, Pennsylvania, 1. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



BOOKS ADDED TO THE MEMORIAL LIBRARY IN 1919 



NON-FICTION 

Adams, B. — The Emancipation of Massacliusetts 974.5-A211e 

Adams, H. Wand — "I cried and he answered," Others 

(Eds.) 24-A213i 

Alexander, F. — Art crafting in metal for amateurs 74-A375a 

Allen, C. C— Engineering workshop practice 62-A425e 

Anon. — Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg 973 . 7-AlOOf 
Anon. — Our northern domain, Alaska 917.3-AlOOo 

Armour, J. 0. — Business problems of the war 33-A727b 

Atkinson, F. H. — Scene painting and the Bulletin Art 75-A875s 

Ayer, M. F. — Early days on Boston Common 974.5-A976e 

Bagot, R. and DuCane B.— The Italian lakes . 914.5-B148i 

Bailey, L. H. — The pruning manual 63-B155p 

Bailey, L. H.— The nursery book 63-B155n 

Benwell, H. A.— Historv of the Yankee Division 940-B479h 

Bingham, D.— The Bastele (2 vols.) 944-B613b 

Blackstone, W. E. — Jesus is coming 28-B613J 

Bolton, C. K. — Brookline, the history of a favored town 974.5-B694b 
Braithwaite, W. S. — Anthologv of magazine verse for 

1917 ^ 81-B814a 

Buttner, J. L.— A fleshless diet 61-B988f 

Campbell, 0. D. and Sharp, C. J. — ^English folk songs 



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from the Southern Appalachians 
Carpenter, E. J. — Roger Williams 
Chamberlain, A. — Vacation tramps in 

Highlands 
Chapman, J. W. — When home is heaven 



78-C189e 
922-W726C 
New England 

917 . 3-C443Y 
17-C466W 



Chase, H. — Game protection and propagation in America 79-C487g 
Chase, J. S.— California desert trails 917.3-C487ca 
Clausen, G. — Six lectures on painting 70-C616s 
Collins, A. E.— The amateur chemist 54-C711a 
Comstock, D. F., and Troland, L. F. — The nature of mat- 
ter and electricity 53-C739n 
Conyngton, T.- — Business law 34-C768b 
Coolidge, C— Have faith in Massachusetts 81-C774h 
Cramer, F.— Talks to students on the art of study 37-C889t 
Cuttriss, F.— Romany life 39-C991r 
Davis, C. B. — Adventures and letters of Richard Hard- 
ing D^vis 922-D263d 
Davies, M. C. — The drums in our street 81-D256d 
Dawson, C— The glory of the trenches 940-D272g 
Deland, M.— Small things ^ ^ ^ 914.4-D337s 
Dinwiddle, W. — Puerto Rico, its condition and possi- 
bilities 917.29-D583p 
Dorr, R. C. — Inside the Russian revolution 947-D716i 
Dutt, W. A.— The Norfolk Broads 914.2-D979n 
Farrar, R.— The void of war 940-F243v 
Faurote, F. L. (Editor)— Aircraft year book, 1919 62-F266a 
Fisk, H. E.— Our public debt 33-F538o 
Foss, S. W. — Back country poems 81-F751b 
Franck, H. A. — Tramping through Mexico, Gautemala 

and Honduras 917 . 2-F822t 

Franck, H. A. — Vagabonding down the Andes 918-F822v 

Fuller, H. B.— The speakers of the house 973-F966s 

Gayley, C. M.— Plays of our forefathers 82-G287p 
Henderson, H. W. — The Pennsylvania Academy of the 

Fine Arts * 75-H496p 

Hosmer, G. L. — Navigation for students 52-H827n 

Hurlbert, A. B.— Washington and the west 922-W318h 

Inness, G., Jr. — Life, art and letters of George Inness 922-I58i 

Jenkins, S.— The story of the Bronx 974.7-J52s 

Johnson, C. — Highways and byways of Florida 917.3-J66hp 

Kipp, F. E. — Equal opportunity for all 33-K57e 

Kipp, F. E.— Tariff facts and effects from 1789 to 1916 33-K57t 

Knyrett, R. H.— ''Over there" with the Australians 940-K69o 

Lawton, F.— Balzac 925-B1981 

Lazarovich, H.— The Servian people and their destiny 949-L431s 

Mackaye, P. — Jeanne D'Arc 81-M153.i 

Mason, D. G. — Contemporary composers 78-M398c 

Maurice, F.— Forty days in 1914 940-M454f 



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Mayorga, M. G. — Representative one-act plays bj^ Amer- 
ican authors 81-M473r 
Mills, E. A. — ^^The grizzly, our greatest wild animal 59-M657g 
Miltoun, F. — Royal palaces and parks of France 914.4-M662r 
Moore, T. (Trans.)— The odes of Anacreon 88-M824o 
Montgomery, E. G.- — Productive farm crops 63-M787p 
Noyes, E.— Salisbury Plain 914.2-N953s 
Nystrom, P. H.— Textiles 67-N998t 
Page, V. W. — Gasoline and kerosene carburetors 62-P133g 
Palmer, W. T.— The English lakes 914 . 2-P177e 
Poore, H. R. — The conceptions of art 70-P823c 
Rawnsley, W. F. — Highways and byways in Lincolnshire 914,2-R257h 
Reed, C. A.— Wild flowers east of the Rockies 58-R323av 
Rhodes, H., and Dumont, M. W. — A guide to Florida for 

tourists, sportsmen and settlers 917.3-R476g 

Robertson, D. M. — A history of the French Academy 

1635-1910 944-R649h 

Savage, M. J.— Living by the day 20-S2641 

Sears, J. H.— Tlie career of Leonard Wood 922-W876s 

Sedgwick, H. D.— A short history of Italy (476-1900) 945-S448s 
Shattuck, G. B.— The Bahama Island 917 . 29-S533b 

Shaw, B. — Plays pleasant and unpleasant 82-S534p 

Shorter, C. — Highways and byways in Buckinghamshire 914.2-S559h 



Sibley, F. P. — With the Yankee division in France 



940-S564W 



Simonds, W. E. — A student's history of American literature 81-S597s 
Smith, G.— Gipsey Smith, his life and work 924-S648s 

Smith, G. G. (Ed.)— Spencer Kellogg BroAvn 922-B879s 

Swan, C. J.— My company 940-S972m 

Taft, W. H. and others — Win the Avar for permanent 

peace 17-T124w 

Turner, J.— Buddy's blighty 940-T948b 

Waterman, A. E.— Self instruction courses in civil service 35-W328s 
Whall, C. W.— Stained glass Avork 75-W552s 

Wharton, E. — French wavs and their meaning 914.4-W553f 

White, J. S. (Ed.)— History of Herodotus, 2 vols. 88-W585h 

Wood, W.—NcAv England prospect 917.3-W881n 



FICTION 

Angellotti, M. P.— The firefly of France 

Bailey, T.— The tin soldier 

Bartlett, F. 0.— Joan & Co. 

Barton, B. — The making of George Groton 

Beach, R. — Laughing Bill Hyde and other stories 

Beach, R. — Tlie Avinds of chance 

Beckley, Z. — A chance to live 

Bindloss, H. — Partners of the out trail 

BoAver, B. M.— Chip of the flying U 

BoAver, B. M. — Flying IT ranch 



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Bower, B. 
Bower, B. 
Bower, B. 
Bower, B. 
Bower, B. 



Bower, B. M. — Good Indian 
Bower, B. M. — Lonesome land 

M.— Rim o' the A^orld 

M. — The gringos 

M. — The lonesome trail 

M. — The long shadow 

M.— The lure of the dim trails 
Bower, B. M. — The range dwellers 
Bower, B. M.— Skyrider 
Brainerd, E. H. — How could you, Jean 
Brebner, P. J. — A gallant lady 
Buchan, J. — Prester John 
Buckrose, J. E. — The silent legion 
Burnham, C. L. — In apple blossom time 
Castle, A. & E. — New wine 
Chamberlain, G. A. — Not all the king's horses 
Chambers, R. W. — Tte firing line 
Chambers, R. W. — The green mouse 
Chambers, R. W. — ^The laughing girl 
Chambers, R. W. — The moonlit v/ay 
Chambers, R. W. — Special messenger 
Clouston, J. S. — Tlie spy in black 
Comfort, W. L. — The shielding wing 
Cooper, J. A. — Cap'n Jonah's fortune 
Cullum, R. — The night riders 
Cullum, R. — The trail of the axe 
Cullum, R. — The triumph of John Kars 
Day, H. — Where your treasure is 
Dell, E. M.— The hundredth chance 
Dell, E. M.— The knave of diamonds 
Dell, E. M. — The keeper of the door 
Dell, E. M. — The way of an eagle 
Diver, M. — The strong hours 
Dodge, H. L— The yellow dog 
Farnol, J. — Our Admiral Betty 
Ferber, E. — Cheerful by request 
Fleming, G. — Over the hills and far away 
Foster, D. S.— The lady of Castle Queer 
Fox, J., Jr. — A knight of the Cumberland 
Gates, E. — Apron strings 
Gibbs, G.— The black stone 

Gordon, R, C. — The sky pilot in No Man's Land 
Grayson, D. — Great possessions 
Gregory, J. — The joyous trouble maker 
Grey, Z. — The desert of wheat 
Grey, Z.— The last trail 
Hawkins A. H. — The secret of the tower 
Henry, 0. — Rolling stones 



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Hine, M. — The hidden valley C87})h 

Hodgson, W. H. — Captain Gault H691c 

Hough, E. — The sagebrusher H838s 

Hughes, R. — The cup of fury H894c 

Knibbs, H. H. — Overland Red K69o 

Knibbs, H. H. — The ridin' kid from Powder river K69r 

Lagerlof, S. — The holy city Jerusalem H. L174h 

Laing, J. — Before the Avind L187b 

Lutz, G. L. — The enchanted barn L975e 

Lutz, G. L. — The red signal L975r 

Lynde, F.— Branded L988b 

McCutcheon, G. B. — Sherry M133sh 

MacGill, P. — The dough boys M145d 

MacGrath, H. — The girl in his house M147«: 

MacNamara, B. — The valley of the squinting windows M1695v 

Maniates, B. K. — ^Amarilly in love M278a 

Montgomery, L. M. — RainboAv valley M787r 

Morley, C. — Parnassus on wheels M864p 

Morley, C., and Haley B. — In the sweet dry and dry M864i 

Morris, E. B.— Blue Anchor Inn ' M861b 

Mulford, C. E.— The coming of Cassidy M955e 

Mulford, C. E.— The man from Bar 20 M955m 

Mundy, T.— Hira-Singh M965h 

Oppenlieim, E. P. — ^The box with broken seals 062b 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The curious guest 062c 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The Zeppelin's passenger 062z 

Ostrander, I. — The island of intrigue 085i 

Packard, F. L. — The wire devils P119w 

Paine, R. D. — ^The call of the offshore wind P146c 

Parrish, R. — The strange case of Cavendish P261st 

Pelley, W. D.— The greater glory P385g 

Porter, E. H.— Dawn P844d 

Porter, G. S.— A daughter of the land P845d 

Porter, G. S. — At the foot of the rainbow P845a 

Post, M. D.— Uncle Abner P8575v 

Prouty, 0. H.— The star in the window B968s 

Rickard, Mrs. V. — The light above the cross road R5381 

Rinehart, M. R. — Dangerous days R579d 

Sears, C. E.— The bell ringer S439b 

Sinclair, B. W. — Burned bridges S6165bu 
Smith, A. D. H. — The audacious adventures of Miles Me- 

Conaughy S643a 

Smith, R. D. — Sea king of Barnegat S657s 

Snaith, J. C— The time spirit S669t 

Snaith, J. C— The undefeated S669v 

Spearman, F. H. — Robert Kimberly S741r 

Spearman, F. H. — Held for orders • S741h 

Springer, F. C— Gregg S769g 



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Streeter, E.— Dere Mable 

Taferail (Pseud.)— The sub 

Tarbell, I. M.— The rising of the tide 

Tarkington, B. — The magnificent Ambersons 

Thayer, L. — The mystery of the 13th floor 

Turner, G. K. — The biography of a million dollars 

Turner, G. K. — Red Friday 

Vallotton, B. — ^The heart of Alsace 

Waller, M. E. — Out of the silences 

Ward, Mrs. H.— Elizabeth's campaign 

Ware, R. D. — Rollo's journey to Washington 

Wells, C— Faulkner's folly ' 

Wells, C. — The diamond pin 

Wells, C. — ^^The room with the tassels 

Wells, C— Vicky Van 

White, W. P.— The owner of the Lazy D 

AViggin, K. D. — Ladies-in-waiting 

Willsie, H. — The heart of the desert 

Wrisrht — The re-creation of Brian Kent 



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JUVENILE 

Altsheler, J. A. — The lost hunters J-A4691o 

Barbour, R. H.— The lucky seventh J-B2391u 

Beach, E. L. — Roger Paulding, gunner's mate J-B365rs 

Birdsall K. N. — Jacks of all trades and what they did J-B618J 

Bolton, S. K. — Our devoted friend, the dog J-B694o 

Brooks, A.— Dorothy Dainty J-B8725dp 

Burgess, T. W. — The Burgess bird book for children J-B955bu 

Eastman, E. G. — Indian legends retold J-E13io 

Ernst, C. H.— Blind trails J-E71b 

Frey, H. G.— The camp fire girls on Ellen's isle J-F893c 

Kellogg, E.— Brought to the front J-K29b 

Kellogg, E. — Burying the hatchet J-K29bu 

Kellogg, E.— Forest glen J-K29fo 

Kellogg, E.— Mission of Black Rifle J-K29m 

Kellogg, E.— Saved by the wind J-K29s 

Lothrop, M. S.— Our Davie Pepper J-L882o 

Meyer, Z. — Orchard and meadow J-M613o 

Mullins, I. M.— The Mt. Blossom girls J-M959m 

Munroe, K. — In pirate waters J-M968i 

Pier, A. S.— The hilltop troop J-P615hi 

Rhoades, N. — Priscilla of the dollshop J-R474pr 

Sabin, E. L. — General Crook and the fighting Apaches J-S116ge 

Seton, E. T. — Krag and Johnny Bear J-S495k 

Seton, E. T.— Lobo, Rag and Vixen J-S4951 

Smith, M. P. W.— Boys of the border J-S655bq 

Smith, M. P. W. — The young Puritans in captivity J-S655yp 

Taggart, M. A. — Nut brown Joan J-125n 



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Theiss, L. E. — ^A champion of the foothills J-T376c 

Tomlinsou, E. T.— Sergeant Ted Cole, United States 

Marines J-T'659sf 

Tomlinson, E. T. — The young minute-man of 1812 J-T659y 

Tomlinson, E. T. — The young sharpshooter of Antietam J-T659yp 

Tomlinson, P. G.— The trairof Black Hawk J-T6595tr 

Wade, M. H.— Leaders to liberty J-W1211e 

Whitson, J. H. — With Fremont the pathfinder J-W577w 

Wright, I. L.— With the little folks J-W9493w 

MAGAZINES 

Atlantic — July-December 1918. 

Centmy— May-October, 1918; November, 1918; April, 1919. 

Harper 's — June-November, 1918. 

International Studio — Mav-October, 1918 ; November, 1918 : Febru- 
ary 1919. 

National Geographic — January -June, 1918 ; July-December, 1918. 

Popular Mechanics — July-December, 1918. 

Review of Reviews — July-December, 1918. 

St. Nicholas— May-October, 1918; November, 1918; April, 1919. 

Scientific American — July-December 1918. 

Scribner 's — July-December, 1918. 

World's Work— May-October, 1918; November, 1918; April, 1919. 



REFERENCE 

Municipal Finances, 1916. 

Opinions of Attorney Generals of Mass. 

Proceedings Encampment of the G. A. R., 1918. 

Proceedings Encampment of the G A. R. with the histor}^ of the 

first encampment. 
Report of the Librarian of Congress, 1918. 
Second Pan American Congress. 

Thirty-second Report of the Interstate Commerce Commission. 
The proposed Court of Arbitral Justice. 
The War Avith Germany, government report. 
Westport, Mass., vital records to 185U. 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1919 

AVe present the following schedule showing the amounts of the 
several funds for the perpetual care of cemetery lots and the income 
.and expenditures on account of each fund for the year. 

JULIAN TUTTLE, 
FRED W. GREEN, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Cemeterv Commissioners. 



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SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE 



Year Ending December 31st, 

1919 




HUDSON; MASS. 

THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

1920 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 

1920 

March 12. Winter term closes 13 weeks 

Vacation, one week 
March 22. Spring term opens. 
June 11*. Spring term closes 12 weeks 

1920-1921 

Sept. 7. Fall term opens. 

Nov. 24. Fall term closes 12 weeks 

Vacation, Thanksgiving and day following 
Nov. 29. Winter term opens. 

■ Vacation Christmas week and week f olloAving 

1921 

March 18. Winter term closes 14 weeks 

Vacation, one week 
March 28. Spring term opens. 
May 17. Spring term closes 12 weeks 

Total 38 vreeks 



LEGAL HOLIDAYS 



January 1, February 22, April 19, May 30, July 4, First Monday 
of September, October 12, Thanksgiving Day, Chrismtas Day. (The 
day following when any of the four first days mentioned, the 12th of 
October or Christmas occurs on Sunday.) 

Arbor Day falls on the last Saturday in April and is not a legal 
holiday. 

Flag Day falls on June 14, and is not a legal holiday. It should 
be observed by proper exercises by any school in session on that day. 



STANDING RULES 

*Rule 1. Children under five years 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, unless qualified in the opinion of the teacher and superin- 
tendent of schools to do the work. 

Rule 4. Pupils shall be held responsible for books loaned to 
them until 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. 

Rule 6. There shall be no signal for ^*no school" on stormy or 
other inclement days, but parents shall determine in their individual 
cases whether it is expedient to send their children to school or not. 

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



SCHOOL OFFICERS 



Harry Nelson Brown, Chairman Term expires 1921 

Bertram E. Hall, Secretary Term expires 1922* 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1920 

Mrs. Lilly C. Case 
Mrs. Elsie F. Parsons 
Mrs. Alice M. Carlisle 

Superintendent 

*Herman C. Knight, Residence, Townsend, Mass. 
* (Elected Dec. 27, 1919.) 

Attendance Officers 

Thomas Scanlon West Acton 

Carl Pickens Acton Center 

Walter M. French South Acton 

Janitors 

Thomas Scanlon West Acton 

Carl Pickens Acton Center 

Theron Newton South Acton 






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GENERAL REPORT 

In presenting our financial statement for 1919, we wish to call 
your attention once more to the seemingly never ending tendency 
to higher prices, both for wages and commodities. Notwithstanding 
this fact, our estimate of 1919 expenses came within $103.57 of the 
amount asked for, the total amount of bills against this Department 
being $103.57 more than estimated. The receipts, hoAvever, were 
$535.02 less than expected, and this loss with the cut in our budget 
recommended by the Town Finance Committee, resulted in an un- 
paid bill at the end of the year of $1470.59. This is summarized as 
follows : 

Total expenses $23,435.57 

(Amount asked for, $23,332.) 

Appropriation $20,000. 00 

Receipts (estimated $2,500) 1,964.98 

Total receipts 21,964.98 

Balance unpaid $1,470 . 59 

The Massachusetts State Board of Education has recommended 
that Towns appropriate the amount asked for by the School Commit- 
tee, but that taxes be levied taking into consideration the estimate 
of receipts, and we sincerely trust this recommendation may be fol- 
lowed by our Town. 

One important bill was passed by the Legislature in 1919 which 
provides for re-imbursement of towns for a part of the teachers' sal- 
aries, if the salaries paid are over certain amounts, and while our 
teachers for the most part have been satisfied with the increase grant- 
ed last year, they have recently petitioned this Board to consider 
further increases in accordance with this legislation and as the grant- 
ing of this increase will result eventually in a saving to the Town, we 
have raised our teachers' salaries for the coming year accordingly. 
We believe Acton has a splendid teaching force, and we desire to 
keep them satisfied and contented. 

During the year we lost one teacher, who was receiving $627 to 
the City of Somerville, where she went to receive $900. 

Our Supervisor of Drawing, Miss Marion C. Taylor, who has 
given us such excellent and efficient service for so many years, has 
left for other fields of usefulness, and Mr. DeMerritt Allen Hiscoe is 
teaching in her place. 

One other important change has occurred. In December 1919 
Mr. Frank H. Hill, Superintendent of this District, resigned to ac- 
cept the Superintendency of Schools at Marblehead. At a meeting 
of the joint District Committee held December 27th, in Littleton, Mr. 
Hill's resignation was reluctantly accepted, and Mr. Herman C. 
Knight was given a unanimous call to be Superintendent of this Dis- 



trict. A committee was appointed to draw up resolutions on Mr. 
Hill's departure and reported as follows: 

''The following Resolution was prepared by direction of the 
School Committees of the Towns of Acton, Carlisle, Littleton and 
Westford, Massachusetts, meeting in joint session in Littleton, Dec. 
27, 1919. 

WHEREAS : Superintendent Frank H. Hill is about to sever his 
connection with the schools of this district after eight years of ex- 
cellent service, be it 

RESOLVED : that it is the wish of the Committee to give hearty 
and public expression of their appreciation of Mr. Hill's able, consci- 
entious and painstaking administration of the schools of this district ; 
of his unvarjdng courtesy in all relations with the Committees, and 
of his attitude as a man and citizen tow^ard the various interests of 
the towns Avithin the district. 

For the Joint Committee : 

HARRY N. BROWN, South Acton 
HERBERT A. LEE, Carlisle 
HERBERT L. CAULKINS, Littleton 
CHARLES 0. PRESCOTT, Westford 

COMMITTEE'^ 

These sentiments are heartily subscribed to by this Committee 
and we wish Mr. Hill continued success and prosperity in his new 
relations. 

We also feel that in Mr. Knight we have a worthy successor to 
Mr. Hill. 

During the year the Center School House was given some much 
needed interior repairs and the West School House was painted on 
the outside. This year it is intended to paint the exterior of the 
South School House. 

The following is our detailed estimate of expenses for 1920 and 
the receipts and disbursements for 1919 : 

ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1920 
For general expenses : 

Salaries and other expenses of the com- 
mittee $125.00 

Salaries and other expenses of the super- 
intendent and truant officers 800.00 

For expenses of instruction : 

Tuition of pupils attending out of town 

schools 8,300.00 

Salaries of elementary school teachers .... 10,000.00 
For textbooks : 

For elementary schools it is anticipated 
that the amount to be received from 
dog tax will cover this item 300.00 



For stationery and supplies : 

Elementary schools 400 . 00 

For expenses of operating school plants : 

Wages of janitors, fuel and miscellaneous 

expenses 2,930.00 

Maintenance and repairs 700 . 00 

For auxiliary agencies: 

Health 100.00 

For transportation : 

High school scholars 1,800.00 

Elementary scholars 2,500 . 00 

Total $27,955 . 00 

Less estimated income, doof tax 300.00 



$27,655.00 



RECEIPTS ON ACCOUNT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE YEAR 1919 

Appropriation at town meeting $20,000 . 00 

Received from Commonwealth of Massachusetts : 

County Dog Tax $259.35 

Mass. School Fund 962.07 

Industrial Schools 233.79 

Account Superintendent 343 .75 

Tuition (Sadlers) 54. 00 

Tuition from Avon Home 38 . 20 

Ticket rebates 73.82 

1,964.98 

Total $21,964.98 

DISBURSEMENTS 



General Expenses 

School Committee 

Salaries : 
B. E. Hall, salary 1919 $75.00 

Other expenses : 
Wright & Potter Printing Co., printing blanks 
B. E. Hall, telephone, postage & travel . . . 

Samuel Ward Co., card indexes 

Mrs. L. C. Case, expenses 

$25.27 



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Superintendent of Schools and Enforcement of Law 
Salaries : 

Frank H. Hill, Superintendent $659 . 94 

Carl Pickens, truancy 5 . 50 

Walter M. French, truancy 19 . 50 

Thomas Scanlon, truancv 2.50 



Miscellaneous : 

Frank H. Hill, postage and telephone $42.73 

Frank H. Hill, travelling expense 34 . 38 

Ruth D. Willard, assistant to superintendent . . 10.33 

Elizabeth AV. Hill, assistant to superintendent 7.57 



Expenses of Instruction 

Town of Concord, High $4,950.53 

ToAvn of Concord, Agricultural 140. 63 

Citv of Lowell, Industrial 747 . 50 

Citv of Boston 7 . 50 



Elementary Schools 

E. Sophia Tavlor $699.50 

Hazel M. Stone 571.00 

Mrs. Evelyn K. Reed 46.40 

Mary Morris 113.10 

Muriel K. Fairchild 55 . 26 

Frances Hodgen 171 . 10 

Dorris M. Look 256.00 

Ella L. Miller 699.50 

Martha F. Smith 644.50 

Anna D. Tavlor 356.50 

Florence M. Williams 272 . 00 

Jennie E. Stowell 667 .50 

Gladvs Farnsworth 597.50 

Julia L. McCarthy 644.50 

A. E. LeMoine 114.70 

Cora D. West 217.00 

Helen H. Cummings 33 . 68 

Grace Tucker 298.91 

:\[arion C. Tavlor 273.00 

Irma M. Durkee 205 .33 

F. AY. Lamberton 20.00 



Text Books 
Edward E. Babb & Co $120.69 



$687.44 



$95.01 



$5,846.16 



$6,956.98 



Benj. H. Sanborn Co 14.26 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co 3.52 

Ginn & Co 6.92 

$145.39 

Stationery and Supplies 

Edward E. Babb & Co " $173.59 

Milton Bradlev & Co. ' 189.45 

H. I. Wallman & Co 4.72 

Huntley S. Turner 14. 00 

T'lieron F. Newton, freight and express 3.81 

Frank H. Hill, express .34 

E. A. Phalen, freight and express 1.43 

Thomas Scanlon, freight and express 2 . 58 

$389.92 
Expenses of Operating School Plants 

Wages of Janitors 

Theron F. Newton $402.00 

Thomas Scanlon 377.00 

Carl Pickens 328 . 00 

$1,107.00 
Fuel 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co $1,046.68 

George H. Reed 259.47 

Hall Bros. Co 37.00 

Benj. F. Hayward 6 . 25 

Thomas Scanlon 6 . 00 

Thomas E, Downie 6.00 

Theron F. Newton 1 . 00 

$1,362.40 
Miscellaneous 

Carl Pickens $18 . 92 

AVest and South Water Supply District 

of Acton 65 . 32 

J. S. Moore 1.86 

Theron F. Newton 20 . 79 

Henry C. Doughty 80 . 00 

Thomas Scanlon 11 . 29 

Hopkinson & Holden 6 . 25 

Fred W. Green 7 .00 

American Woolen Co 1 . 88 

J. W. Livermore , 4 . 00 

$217.31 



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Maintenance 
Repairs 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co $18.47 

Thomas McWalter 24.25 

A. S. Lowden 3.58 

Theron F. Newton 2 . 55 

L. T. Fullonton 476 .34 

E. Z. Stanley 36.89 

E. A. Phalen 44.67 

Hall Bros. Co 2.80 

J. W. Livermore 6 . 40 

J. L. Hammett Co 44.00 

Charles Edwards 11 . 00 



Auxiliary Agencies 

Health 

George B. Bobbins Disinfectant Co 

D. Henessey 

Thomas Scanlon 



Transportation 
High School: 

Boston & Maine Railroad Co $1,443 .42 

N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad Co 33.00 

Forrest'D. Parker 9.36 



Lowell Industrial: 

Boston & Maine Railroad Co. .' $125.40 

N. Y., N. H. & H. Railroad Co 219.45 



Elementary : 

W. M. French' $390.00 

A. Chrlstofferson 533.00 

Charles Edwards 774.00 

J. D. Smith 760.00 



$95.00 

3.00 

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$670.95 



$98 



$1,485.7^ 



$344.85 



$2,457.00 

$4,287 . 63 

Total disbursements $21,964. 98 



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Unpaid Bills 

Town of Concord: 
Balance, Dec, 1919, tuition bill $1,470.59 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARRY N. BROWN, Chairman 
B. E. HALL, Secretary 
EDWIN A. PHALEN 
LILLY C. CASE 
ELSIE F. PARSONS 
ALICE M. CARLISLE 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT 



Members of the School Committee — Ladies and Gentlemen : 

Following is my tenth annual report, the twenty-eighth in the 
series of superintendents' reports. 

The school year ending June, 1919, was so broken that it was 
hardly possible to do all the work planned, or to do it in the most 
satisfactory manner. But essentials were emphasized and promotions 
were made on the basis of the children's ability and application. I 
believe it is possible to make the present year cover the defects of the 
past unless the unexpected happens, such as another epidemic or the 
loss of some of our experienced and valuable teachers. 

Little by little in the town the salaries of the teachers have crept 
upward. But not fast enough to keep in line with the trend in other 
places, or with the advance in the cost of living. Our schedule has 
been changed from time to time, to give teachers of corresponding 
positions or corresponding experience and training practically the 
same salaries ; yet, to fill unexpected and difficult positions we have 
had to go into the market and take such teachers as we could get 
and at such salaries as they demanded. Many towns have a grad- 
uated ^cale of salaries from a minimum to a maximum, varying ac- 
cording to the grades, as primary,' grammar and high. But until the 
situation become:^ normal and teachers salaries settle into somewhat 
definite standards, such a schedule, unless very liberal, would be like- 
ly to hinder rather than to help a superintendent in his search for de- 
sirable teachers. Meanwhile, the G-eneral School Fund law offers a 
way to substantially increase the teachers' salaries without adding 
much to the present appropriation, and I think it should be taken 
advantage of at the earliest moment and to the fullest extent. It 
would purchase contentment and devotion at the state's expense. 

Nothing so binds together the several members of a town into a 
strong unit as a high pchool in its midst. Such a high school Acton 
needs ; with eighty or more pupils it could offer satisfactory and de- 
sirable courses for all; problems of discipline and management would 
not lie within the jurisdiction of a town with which otherwise Acton 
has nothing in common; talents would be developed and used at 



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home; Acton's money would be earned and spent in the home town; 
instead of three centrifugal forces tending to disrupt the interests 
of the town a single force would be created to build it up and elevate 
it. I had hoped to see this brought about in my time, but I must be 
content to be a Voice calling out the direction only. It may be and 
I hope, that the corner stone will soon be laid for such an edifice as 
my dreams have pictured. 

I liave been somewhat troubled by the attitude of some parents 
towards the enforcement of the compulsory attendance laAV. Either 
they believe themselves above the operation of the law or that they 
are in some way different from other people. It is the duty of the 
attendance officer to see to it that every child under sixteen years 
of age shall be in school unless he has an employment certificate or 
home permit from the superintendent of schools, or unless his physi- 
cal or mental condition is such as to render attendance inexpedient 
or impractical, or unless he is being otherwise instructed in a manner 
approved in advance by the superintendent of schools or the school 
committee. The superintendent of schools, or teachers in so far as 
authorized by said superintendent or by the school committee may 
excuse cases of necessary absence for other causes not exceeding 
five day sessions or ten half-day sessions in any period of six months. 
And, further, to secure a work certificate or home permit as issued 
between the ages of fourteen and vsixteen, the child must have com- 
pleted sixth grade work, by a law passed in 1919. 

T am convinced, after long experience in district supervision, 
that at least two innovations are necessary to bring about the results 
expected under supervision. There should be a supervisor for the 
first six grades, devoting all her time to that w^ork, under the leader- 
ship of the superintendent. And there should be an agent under 
the direction of the superintendent to look after all repairs of build- 
ings and furniture and adjustment of the same, to see that what is 
proposed and ordered done shall be done promptly and fully ; and 
to act as attendance officer for the district, and supply officer 'to the 
extent only of insuring prompt delivery and distribution after books 
and supplies arrive at the freight or express offices. Since noAV all 
this is a part of the duties of the superintendent, and only a part, it 
would follow that such a division of his work would be greatly to his 
advantage from a professional point of view and to the advantage of 
his tOAvns educationally. 

The school physician should be appointed by the school commit- 
tee and subject to the call of committee, superintendent and teachers. 
It is sometimes necessary to liaA^e the school physician at once and 
before a condition arises to invite criticism from the outside. The 
roundabout way in which Ave have often had to proceed to secure such 
attention has been discouraging at times. The section relating to 
School Physicians reads as folloAvs: — "The school committee of every 
city and tOAvn in the commonAvealth shall appoint one or more school 
physicians, shall assign one to each public school AA-ithin its city or 



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town, and shall provide them with all proper facilities for the per- 
formance of their duties as prescribed in this act; and shall assign 
one or more to perform the duty of examining children who apply 
for health certificates in accordance with this act : provided, however, 
that in cities wherein the board of health is already maintaining or 
shall hereafter maintain substantially such medical inspection as this 
act requires, the board of health shall appoint and assign the school 
physician. ' ' I believe that the provision at the conclusion of the sec- 
tion quoted refers only to cities, and not to tow^ns, and that in tow^ns 
the school physician must be appointed by the school committee. 

In closing I wish to express my appreciation of the assistance, 
and sympathetic support of the committee, teachers and citizens of 
this town during the nearly ten years of my Avork here. A non- 
resident superintendent is always at a disadvantage when troubles 
arise, for between visits a week apart a little matter may gain great 
speed and cover a wide extent ; whereas, if he were on the ground all 
the time, knowing intimately all the people, few troubles would arise 
that could not be checked at once. Your realization of the limita- 
tions of a non-resident superintendent has been comforting to me. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FEANK H. HILL, 
Superintendent of Schools. 

December 27, 1919. 



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REPORT OF THE SUPERVISOR OF DRAWING 



101 Commonwealth Ave., Concord Junction, Mass. 

December 17, 1919. 
Mr. Frank H. Hill, Superintendent of Schools, 
Littleton, Mass. 

Dear Sir : — I have the honor of presenting to you my eighth re- 
port of drawing for the town of Acton for the vear ending December 
31, 1919, 

The subject of drawing in the public schools is very important. 
Many people feel that if any subject can be put aside, it is drawing. 
Little do they realize what they are doing, for if it were not for art 
what a gloomy world it would be for people. 

Drawing trains the eyes and hand; it enables us to give free ex- 
pression to the facts, the appearance, and the decoration of form. 
Drawing is the only universal language ; it is the basis of working 
drawings, and thus of all skilled trades. It is the basis of all pic- 
torial and decorative art. Drawing is the basis of all the world's 
artistic products, all home and interior decoration and art apprecia- 
tion. Drawing and color acquaint us with the beauties of nature and 
finally, the history of art is the history of civilization, and, hence, 
it is the history of all that has been best in the lives of any people. 

In teaching drawing as an aid in developing power to draw I 
have worked on the blackboard before pupils and teachers, and I 
have sat at the desks of the individual pupils during their lesson and 
corrected their work by drawing rather than by explanation and 
criticism. The making of such drav/ings develops the teacher's pow- 
er as well as the pupil's, and the pupil benefits by seeing rather than 
by hearing what should be done. 

The work completed this year has been very successful in all the 
schools. The time allowed for the w^ork in the schools is an hour a 
week for grades below seven and eight, and in grades seven and 
eight we have an hour and thirty minutes a Aveek. Many times, 
though, the lessons are carried over, as sometimes the lessons are 
better finished at one time, than to be left for another day. 

The course of study includes drawing by imitation, drawing 
from objects, painting, light and shade drawing, drawing from mem- 
ory, imagination, construction drawing and designing. 

In conclusion, I wish to express my appreciation of the loyalt}^ 
and support I have received from the superintendent and teachers. 
Respectfully submitted, 
MARION CELESTE TAYLOR, 

Supervisor of Drawing. 



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REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 



Mr. Frank H. Hill, Superintendent of Schools: 

Dear Sir: — I hereAvith submit my second report of music in the 
Acton schools. 

I spend one-half a day a week, respectively, in the West, South 
and Center schools. In the first, second and third grades we spend 
much time on sight reading, individual singing and time. The latter 
being drilled and explained by the use of the victrola while the chil- 
dren march. Great success has been accomplished in this way. 

The fourth, fifth and sixth grades are introduced into part-sing- 
ing, tone-quality and more difficult note reading. 

I have been most interested in the seventh and eighth grades 
this year. We have been training the ear to instantly recognize the 
most popular classical music and have studied a bit of music history. 

I wish to thank all the teachers and the superintendent most 
heartily for their help and co-operation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

IRMA MAY DURKEE, 

Supervisor of Music. 



ROLL OF HONOR 



Not Absent or Tardy for One Year 

Philip Rideout, Acton Center Primary 
Kenneth Bursaw, South Acton Upper Primary 
Clara Laffin, South Acton Grammar 

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Center 22 77.05 

South 59 139.26 

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WAR SAVINGS AND THRIFT STAMPS 



Number Holding 
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West . 45 8 

Center 10 8 

Sontli 44 21 



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$1,371.25 



(Ages as of April 1, 1919) 

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Persons 7 to 14 years of age 132 

Persons 14 to 16 years of age 34 

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MEMBERSHIP IN PUBLIC DAY SCHOOLS 

(April 1, 1919— Dec. 1, 1919) 

Grade 1 35 

Grade 2 35 

Grade 3 37 

Grade 4 25 

Grade 5 33 

Grade 6 50 

Grade 7 31 

Grade 8 28 



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Commercial 6 3 4 9 22 

College 4 11 1 16 

General 1 1 2 

Scientific 4 1 5 10 

Domestic Arts 2 5 5 12 

Mechanic Arts 2 4 4 10 

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INDEX 

Assessors ' Report 42 

Board of Health 44 

Cemetery Commissioners 52 

Collector's Report 40 

Cattle Inspector 44 

Jury List 22 

Librarian 's Report 46 

List of Books Added 46 

Meat Inspector 44 

Overseers of the Poor 42 

Superintendent of Streets 43 

Town Accountant's Report 23 

Town Clerk's Report 13 

Births 14 

Deaths 17 

Dog Licenses 21 

Marriages 15 

Non-Resident Burials 19 

Town Meetings 7 

Town Officers 2 

Town Warrant 5 

Treasurer 's Report 37 

Wilde Library Fund ^ 39 

Cemetery Funds 39 

Tree Warden 41 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 45 

SECOND SECTION 
School Report : 

Financial Statement 6 

General Report 5 

Legal Holidays 2 

Roll of Honor 15 

School Calendar 2 

School Officers 3 

Standing Rules 3 

Statistical Table 15 

Superintendent's Report , 11 

Supervisor of Drawing 14 

Supervisor of Music 15 

Teachers 4 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 



1920 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1921 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 



1920 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1921 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1920. 

SELECTMEN. 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1921 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1923 

William H. Kingsley Term expires 1922 

TOWN CLERK. 

Horace F. Tuttle. 

TOWN TREASURER. 

Frank W. Hoit. 

ASSESSORS. 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1923 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1921 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1922 

OVERSEERS OP THE POOR. 

William H. Kingsley Warren H. Jones Charles J. Holton 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES. 

Henry L. Haynes. 

TREE WARDEN. 

James O'Neil 

CONSTABLES. 

John T. McNiff, Oliver D. Wood, James N. Berry, Charles T. Baxter 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS. 

*Julian Tuttle Term expires 1921 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1923 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1922 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 

Lilly C. Case Term expires 1923 

Alden C. Flagg Term expires 1923 

Elsie F. Parsons Term expires 1922 

Bertram E. Hall Term expires 1922 

Alice H. Carlisle Term expires 1921 

Harry N. Brown Term expires 1921 

TRUSTEES MEMORIAL LIBRARY. 

J, Sidney White Term expires 1923 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1922 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1921 

BOARD OF HEALTH. 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1921 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1923 

Theron F. Newton Term expires 1922 

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

James B. Tuttle Frank W. Hoit Edgar H. Hall 

Asaph Merriam Horace P. Tuttle 

-Deceased 1920. 



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Appointed by the Selectmen. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS. 
W. H. Kingsley. 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT. 
Howard L. Jones. 

REGISTRARS OP VOTERS. 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1922 

James McGreen Term expires 1921 

George E. Holton Term expires 1923 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio. 

ELECTION OFFICERS. 
PRECINCT 1. 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden Edwin A. Phalen 

Clerk Horace F. Tuttle 

Deputy Clerk Moses E. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector James 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector Thomas McCarthy 

PRECINCT 2. 

Warden Lucius A. Hesselton 

Deputy Warden Theron F. Newton 

Clerk Lorenzo E. Reed 

Deputy Clerk James McGreen 

Inspector Lewis C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector Frank A. Merriam 

Inspector Constance 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector Benjamin W. Ineson 

PRECINCT 3. 

Warden Charles J. Holton 

Deputy Warden C. H. Mead 

Clerk William L. Tenney 

Deputy Clerk Edwin T. Swift 

Inspector Fred S. Whitcomb 

Deputy Inspector Bertram D. Hall 

Inspector John T. McNiff 

Deputy Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

CATTLE INSPECTOR. 
Fred S. Whitcomb. 



FIRE ENGINEERS. 
William H. Kingsley, Chief. 

PRECINCT 1. 

Fred W. Billings, 1st Asst. J. W. Livermore, 2d Asst. 

E. C. Cheney, 3d Asst. 

PRECINCT 2. 

Oeo, E. Clapp, 1st Asst. P. W. Hoit, 2d Asst. 

W. H. Jones, 3d Asst. 

PRECINCT 3. 

C. D. Cram, 1st Asst. A. E. Beach, 2d Asst. 

C. J. Holton, 3d Asst. 

FOREST WARDEN. 
William H. Kingsley. 

DEPUTY FOREST WARDENS. 

All the above named assistant Fire Engineers. 

SURVEYORS OF LUMBER AND MEASURERS OF WOOD AND BARK. 
J. S. White Bertram D. Hall E. C. Cheney 

Charles E. Smith George H. Reed Frank A. Merriam 

W. H. Kingsley 

PUBLIC WEIGHERS. 

J. P. Fletcher M. E. Taylor E. C. Cheney E. F. Conant 

Thomas Hearon George H. Reed William H. Teele 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Theron F. Newton. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK. 
James O'Neil 

POLICE OFFICERS. 
W. F. H. Davis, Oliver D. Wood, John T. McNiff, James N. Berry 

INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTER HOUSES. 
Albert P. Durkee. 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. 
Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in the County 
aforesaid, GREETING : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are 
directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of the town of Acton who 
are qualified to vote in town affairs to meet in the town hall, in said 
town, on Monday, the seventh day of Marchjil921, at nine (9) o'clock 
in the forenoon, then and there to act on the following articles to wit; 

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

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following 
named town officers : One town clerk for one year, one selectman for 
three years, three overseers of the poor for one year, one town treas- 
urer for one year, five members of the finance committee for one year, 
one collector of taxes for one year, one tree warden for one year, 
four constables for one year, four field drivers for one year, one 
assessor for three years, one trustee for Memorial library, two mem- 
bers of the school committee for three years, one cemetery commis- 
sioner for three years, one member of the board of health for three 
years. And also the following question : ' ' Shall license be granted 
for the sale of certain non-intoxicating beverages as defined in Sec- 
tion 1, of Chapter 138, this year?" The polls will be opened at 9.30 
a. m. and may be closed at 4 p. m. 

Article 3. To choose all necessary town officers not named in 
Article 2, and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the town officers. 

Article 5. To hear and act upon the reports of any committees, 
chosen at any previous meeting that have not already reported. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise by 
taxation, and appropriate to defray the necessary and usual expenses 
of the several departments of the town. 



Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will raise for the 
observance of Memorial day. 

Article 8. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the collection of taxes. 

Article 9. To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the fire department, or vote any- 
thing thereon. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix price for same. 

Article 11. To see w^hat action the town will take towards the 
suppression of the elm tree beetle, the brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer with 
the approval of the selectmen to borrow money from time to time in 
anticipation of the revenue of the financial year, beginning January 
1st, 1921, and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one 
year. Any debt or debts incurred under this vote to be paid from 
the revenue of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money to insure the employees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 14. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the payment of premiums on treasurer's and col- 
lector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 15. To see what action the town will take relative to^ 
Chapter 240, Acts of 192^, viz: "An act to permit under public regu- 
lation and control certain sports and games on the Lord's Day." 

Article 16.- To see what action the town will take (if any) 
towards disposing of their interest in the Benjamin Hapgood property. 
^- Article 17. To see if th6 town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money for repairing or rebuilding the Powder Mill bridge, so- 
called, or act anything thereon. 

Article 18. To see if the town will instruct the assessors to abate 
the 1919 taxes of the Concord, Maynard & Hudson Street R. R., or 
take any action thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $150.00 as requested by the State forester, the same to be ex- 
pended in the erection of a fire observatory on Oak Hill, in the town 
of Harvard, or act anything thereon. 

^,.^ Article 20. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $2,000.00, more or less, to repair the road known as Windsor 
avenue in West Acton, beginning at its intersection with Massachu- 
setts avenue, to beyond the residence of Webster S. Blanchard, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $300.00, or some other amount, and elect a director for 
demonstration work in agriculture and home economics, the money 
to be expended b}" and the director to serve in cooperation with the 
county trustees for aid to agriculture of the Middlesex County Bureau 
of Agriculture and Home Economics, under the provisions of Chap- 



ter 273, General Acts of 1918, it being understood that $100.00 of this 
amount shall be used to provide local paid supervision of boys' and 
girls' club work. 

Article 22. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money 
to repair the existing, or instal a new heating apparatus in the 
Memorial library. 

Article 23. To see if the town will increase the rate of interest 
allowed on money deposited with the town for the perpetual care of 
cemetery lots. 

*^i^ Article 24. To see if the town will vote to repair Prospect street 
in^5outh Acton, or act anj^thing thereon. 

^ Article 25. To see if the town will vote to rebuild the road from 
the Maynard town line to Wheeler's corner this year, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to engage and retain an 
attorney to serve the town in a legal advisory capacity and appro- 
priate money therefor. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to accept the ' ' Sidewalk 
Act," or act anything thereon. 

Article 28. To see if the town will take any action towards ac- 
cepting and enforcing a set of by-laws now in possession of the 
selectmen, or act anything thereon. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of 
money for clearing paths of snow. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lighting to the Maynard line on Maynard street, not to exceed six 
lights, and appropriate money therefor. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to instal one or more 
additional lights on High street, South Acton, and appropriate money 
therefor. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to instal one street light 
on Martin street. South Acton, and appropriate money therefor. 

Article 33. To see if the town will purchase scales for each 
school in the town that the weight of the pupils may be registered 
from time to time. 

Article 34. To see if the town will purchase additional fire hose 
for South Acton. 

Article 35. To see if the town will extend the lighting system 
from Mr. Luther Conant's to the residence of Mr. George S. Tucker 
on Lowell road. 

Article 36. To see if the town will extend its street lighting 
system from the end near the residence of F. R. Knowlton in West 
Acton, as far and to Kelly's corner. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to instal one street light 
on Windsor avenue in West Acton, near the residence of Mr. Thomas 
E. Ruggles. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to instal a suitable num- 
ber of street lights on Arlington street in West Acton, between the 



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erossing at Massachusetts avenue and the residence of Mr. Samuel 
Carlisle. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to maintain sufficient 
electric lighting as far as the Tuttle place on Esterbrook road, East 
Acton, and instruct the selectmen to have same installed. 

Article 40. To see if the town will request the selectmen to 
place and maintain a street light at "Kelly's Corner," so-called. 

Article 41. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the suppression of the liquor traffic in this state. 
yf Article 42. To see if the town will accept the provisions of 
Chapter 155, of the General Acts of 1918, relative to the repair of 
town roads, or act anything thereon. 

Article 43. To see what action the town will take towards erect- 
ing a high school building. 

Article 44. To see if the toAvn will vote to appoint trustees of 
the funds of the West Acton fire department, or act anything thereon. 
' — v; Article 45. To see if the town will vote to repair the road from 
the church in Acton Center to the State road in East Acton (Cemetery 
road) and appropriate money therefor. 

"^ — r Article 46. To see if the town will vote to repair School street 
in West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Article 47. To see if the town w^ill vote to establish a permanent 
marker for the World war veterans, or take any action thereon. 

Article 48. To see if the town will vote to extend the electric 
lights on Main street, Acton Center, westwards from the residence of 
Frank Parsons, installing two (2) lights, thus accommodating the 
families of George Dusseault and Albert W. Doolittle and others. 

And you are hereby commanded to serve this warrant by posting 
attested copies thereof at each of the places as directed by the vote 
of the town, seven days at least before the time of said meeting. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the town clerk or the selectmen at or before the 
time appointed for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands at Acton, this nineteenth day of 
February, 1921. 

Signed, 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We hereby submit to you for your consideration the reports of 
the various departments of the town for the year ending December 
31, 1920. 

Your board has endeavored to carry out the wishes and instruc- 
tions of the town as far as it was possible to do so. Acting under 
Article 22 of last year's warrant, relative to proposition of Mr. N. H. 
Tenney, re-electric power, w^e found that Mr. Tenney did not get his 
arrangements advanced to a stage that would warrant your board 
making any deal with him at that time. Since then, however, he has 
got his ideas advanced to a stage whereby the town might well con- 
sider his offer. Under Article 23, re-vault for town records, your 
board recommends a large safe to be placed in the town hall. The 
town could probably purchase a second-hand safe which would be 
satisfactory to the state and which would be a material saving over a 
fire-proof vault. 

Article 15, relative to street lights, would report progress. Act- 
ing under instructions received in Article 16, we proceeded to sell by 
public auction on Monday, April 26, 1920, the Acton town farm, the 
proceeds of which were as follows : Pine timber, $6,500 ; the farm, 
$9,050; and personal property (less expense of sale), $980.61. Would 
say the above funds have been invested by your treasurer in Liberty 
bonds at the then prevailing quotations. 

Relative to action of the town under Article 25 would report that 
we were unable to make satisfactory arrangements with the state on 
the Maynard-Wheeler corner proposition, but did rebuild the Pow 
der Mill road as suggested by the state. This road was built under 
the provisions of Chapter 525, Acts of 1910, the state, county and 
town equally dividing and sharing the cost. A glance at the town 
.accountant's report will give the figures. We would suggest that the 
tax payers carefully digest the various and somewhat numerous 
articles of the warrant for the coming annual meeting. Keep in mind 
there is likely to be some chaff in all wheat. You are to do some sift- 
ing. Be sure you don't retain the chaff. Our roads, our fire depart- 
ment, our health and sanitation, and our schools and other essentials 
should be our first consideration. 

CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM II. KINGSLEY, 



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List of Jurors Revised by the Seleictmen for the year 1920-1921 



NAME 

Murray Brown 
Raymond F. Durkee 
Sydney White 
Arthur P. Davis 
Herbert F. Robbins 
James B. Tuttle 
Arthur Harris 
Alden Flagg 
George E. Murphy 
William H. Kingsley 



Frank W. Hoit 
J. P. Brown 
L. W. Hastings 
Nelson J. Cole 
Edward A. Pratt 
Walter E. Haywood 
Warren H. Jones 
William S. Fletcher 
Earle F. Hayward 
Theron F. Newton 



Everett R. Sanborn 
M. J. Handley 
James N. Berry 
George E. Holton 
Herbert W. Owens 
Allen Brooks Parker 
Arthur W. Houghton 
J. Alfred Goding 
Albert R. Beach 
William L. Tenney 



PRECINCT 


1. 






ADDRESS 








OCCUPATION 


Concord Junction, 


R. 


F. 


D. 


Bindery 


Concord Junction, 


R. 


F. 


D. 


Farmer 


Concord Junction, 


R. 


F. 


D. 


Farmer 


Acton 








Librarian 


Acton 








Farmer 


Acton 








Farmer 


North Acton 








Stone Cutter 


Concord Junction, 


R. 


F. 


D. 


Farmer 


Concord Junction, 


R. 


F. 


D. 


Farmer 


Acton 








Contractor 


PRECINCT 


2. 






South Acton 








Merchant 


South Acton 








Blacksmith 


South Acton 








Retired Clerk 


South Acton 








Merchant 


South Acton 








R. R. Employee 


South Acton 








R. R. Employee 


South Acton 








Farmer 


South Acton 








R. R. Employee 


South Acton 








Machinist 


South Acton 








Clerk 


PRECINCT 


3. 






West Acton 








Farmer 


West Acton 








Farmer 


West Acton 








Carpenter 


West Acton 








R. R. Employee 


West Acton 








Decorator 


West Acton 








Lawyer 


West Acton 








Painter 


West Acton 








Clerk 


West Acton 








Woodworker 


West Acton 








Machinist 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Acton, Mass. : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1920 : 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appropriation $2,200.00 

Appropriation premium on collector's and 

treasurer's bonds 150.00 

Received from sealer of weights and measures, 42.32 

Received from state treasurer on account 

inspection of animals 62 . 50 

$2,454.82 
SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid Charles J. Holton, salary $100.00 

William H. Kingsley, salary 50 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 50.00 

Charles J. Holton, telephone 16.75 

Charles J. Holton, postage, express, etc. . . 14.88 

Warren H. Jones, postage 1 . 50 

Murphy & Snyder, cards 2.00 

Acton Printing Co., stationery 2.80 

$237 93 
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 

Paid Howard L. Jones, salary $172 . 00 

Howard L. Jones, book, postage, supplies, 5.95 

$177.95 
TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid Frank W. Hoit, salary $200.00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage, telephones and 

stationery i 31 . 56 

Frank W. Hoit, certifying notes 8 . 00 

William F. Stevens, bond 50.00 

$289.56 
COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid Arthur M. Whitcomb, salary $6.36 

Henry L. Haynes, salary 399 . 55 

Hobbs & Warren, books 20.28 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 38 . 65 

William F. Stevens, bond 100.00 

$564.84 



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ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 

Paid Albert P. Durkee, salary $125.00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 75 .00 

Henry L. Haynes, salary 100 . 00 

L. L. Aplin, account of transfers 18 . 17 

Hobbs & Warren, books 10.55 

Henry L. Haynes, postage and express ... 5.28 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid Horace F. Tuttle, salary $50.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths, births 

and marriages 31 . 90 

Horace F. Tuttle, postage, express, etc. ... 20.55 

Horace F. Tuttle, attending meeting at 

Chelmsford 3.00 

Murphy & Snyder, dog blanks and licenses, 3.50 



OVERSEER OF POOR DEPARTMENT 

Paid William H. Kingsley, salary $50 . 00 

Charles J. Holton, salary 20 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 20 . 00 

William H. Kingsley, postage 2 . 44 



$334.00 



$108.95 



$92.44 
SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

Paid Theron F. Newton, salary $85.00 

CATTLE INSPECTION 

Paid Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $125.00 

FENCE VIEWERS 

Paid Charles J. Holton, salary $3.00 

ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 

Paid George E. Holton, registrar $26.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, registrar 40.00 

Theron F. Newton, officer 11.00 

Charles E. Smith, officer 2.50 

L. A. Hesselton, officer 11.00 

L. C. Hastings, officer 11.00 

James O'Neil, officer 10.00 

Fred S. Whitcomb, officer 11.00 

Charles J. Holton, officer 11.00 

W. L. Tenney. officer 11.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, officer 11.00 

A. F. Davis, officer 5.00 

J. T. McNife, officer 11.00 

R. S. Osterhout, warrants 59 . 25 

R. S. Osterhout, voting lists 57 . 25 

Murphy & Snyder, warrants 12 . 25 



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C. A. Dudley, posting warrants 3.00 

Universalist Society, rent 9 .00 

T. F. Newton, opening selioolhouse 2.50 

T. F. Newton, making booths 8.00 

L, C. Hastings, placing booths 3.75 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber, 3.13 

W. S. Kelley, paint and labor 3 .00 

J. F. McNiff, posting warrants 22.50 

Charles J. Holton, returning ballots 2.50 

William H. Kingsley, opening hall and 

placing booths 6 . 00 



$363.63 

Total general government $2,382.30 

Unexpended balance 72.52 



5,454.82 



Due from state for cattle inspection, $62.50 
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Received from rent 177 . 00 

$477.00 

Paid M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies $5.82 

West & South Water Supply District 18.00 

R. W. Porter, janitor 26.00 

R. W. Porter, care of clock 4.00 

American Woolen Co., lighting 67.04 

William H. Kingsley, wood 64.00 

B. A. King, wiring 7 . 15 

J. J. Mitchell, war tax 5 . 17 

Acton Printing Co., notices 2.25 

W. H. Kingsley, care of hall 85 .50 

W. H. Kingsley, labor on grounds 24.50 

A. Haynes, care of clock 20.83 

Finney & Hoit, curtains 49 . 50 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal ... 31.25 

$411.01 
Unexpended balance 65 . 99 



$477.00 
PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 
Police 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Received fines 191 . 95 

$391.95 



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Paid J. T. McNiff, court fees $15.55 

E. S. Fobes, services 5 . 00 

J. N. Berry, services 2 . 00 

Kalph Jones, services 12.00 

J. Reynolds, services 12 . 00 

L. E. Laird, services and expenses 138.88 

New England Telephone 20.41 

Finney & Hoit, badges 2.25 

J. T. McNiff, services 16.25 

William Craig, court fees 3 .00 

J. Hughley, court fees 10.00 

0. D. Wood, services 17.25 

H. R. Greene, services 10.00 

Charles J. Holton, services and auto 38.75 

Unexpended balance 

ENFORCEMENT OF THE LIQUOR LAW 

Appropriation 

Unexpended 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 
General 

Appropriation $500.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 65 . 63 

Paid Northeast MacLar Battery Co., battery, $71.56 

M. E. Tavlor & Co., supplies 2.12 

George Clapp, engineer, 1918-19 30.00 

George Clapp, pay rolls 16.50 

George Clapp, supplies 2 . 89 

West & South Water District 36.00 

C. D. Cram, pay rolls 42.00 

C. D. Cram, valves 3.37 

American Woolen Co., lighting 30.09 

E. L. Spinney, teaming coal 2.00 

F. W. Green, teaming coal 1.50 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal .... 49.45 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies 60.79 

J. French, janitor 53 . 30 

J. French, cleaning 16 . 30 

B. A. King, lamps 2 . 50 

South Acton Woolen Co., supplies 2.36 

George H. Reed, coal 10.73 

F. W. Green, cleaning 1 . 50 

A. W. Davis, gasoline 8 .00 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 11 . 77 



$303.34 

88.61 

$391.95 

$830.30 
830.30 



$565.63 



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Hall Brothers, lumber 2 . 50 

West Acton Department, salaries 90.00 

J. T. McNiff, repairs 3.40 

Warren Jones, engineer 5.00 

Charles J. Holton, engineer 5.00 

William H. Kingsley, engineer 5 . 00 

$565.63 
Hydrant Service 

Appropriation $2,775 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 9 . 00 

$2,784.00 
Paid West & South Water Supply District . . . $2,600.00 
Town of Concord 184.00 

$2,784.00 
Brush Fires. 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 38 . 00 

$238.00 

Paid C. D. Cram, pay rolls $62.00 

Geo. Clapp, pay rolls 14.50 

W. H. Kingsley, pay rolls 131.50 

A. B. Frost 2.50 

E. Halloran 2.50 

L. Byer 2.50 

J. Downey 2 . 50 

S. Taylor 2.50 

W. Livermore 2 . 50 

H. Gould 2.50 

E. Barker 2.50 

John Downey 2 . 50 

S. Hagen 2.50 

L. McCarthy 2.50 

A. Goodrich 2 . 50 

$238.00 
HEALTH AND SANITATION. 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received from George T. Weaver, license 100.00 

Received from Mitchell & Mahoney, license . . . 100 . 00 

Received for labor and licenses 9.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 284 . 07 

$993.07 
Paid F. E. Tasker, school physician, 1919 $50 . 00 

F. E. Tasker, chairman, 1919-1920 25.00 



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E. S. Fobes, inspection of meat 244.00 

C. A. Dudley, services as agent 138.76 

F. E. Tasker, inspection 14.00 

Hobbs & Warren, books 5.32 

E. A. Phalen, services 7 . 12 

Dennison Mfg. Co., tape 4.37 

International Chemical Co. 19 . 66 

M. E. Taylor & Co., pail .50 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes 2.00 

R. F. Durkee, inspection 43.00 

R. F. Durkee, secretary and attending meet- 
ings 11.50 

A. P. Durkee, inspection 329.00 

F. E. Tasker, expenses to Boston and at- 

tending meetings 10.34 

Department of Public Welfare 65.00 

H. A. Flint, rent 8 .00 

F. W. Green, cleaning cesspool 8.00 

T. F. Newton, expenses 7 .50 



$993.07 



$1,876.79 



MOTH DEPARTMENT. 

Appropriation $860 . 43 

Received from state treasurer, moth work.... 155.93 
Received from state treasurer, state highway 

work 24.00 

Private work 103.00 

Lead sold 733.43 

Paid James 'Neil, labor and expenses $1,967 . 68 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gasoline 11.95 

$1,979.63 

Balance due from state, January 1, 1920 538.39 

$2,518.02 

Amount due from state, January 1, 1921 $641.23 

TREE WARDEN. 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid James O'Neil $178.75 

Unexpended balance 121 . 25 



HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES. 

Appropriation $6,800 . 00 

Received from state treasurer 3,000.00 

Received from state treasurer, account detour 325.00 



$300.00 



$10,125.00 



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Paid J. T. McNiff, repairs $4.00 

Finnev & Hoit, batteries 2.70 

C. H.^Mead & Co., supplies 19.50 

W. H. Kingsley, teams and labor 4,889.54 

W. E. Whitcomb, shovels 5 . 25 

A. H. Perkins, teams and labor 804.96 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal ... 82.65 

F. W. Green, teams 11.76 

N. E. Road Machinery Co., parts 77.00 

Buffalo Steam Roller Co., parts 30.21 

Barrett Co., tarvia 1,781.92 

State of Massachusetts, oil 58.71 

Standard Oil Co., oil 1,517.10 

Geo. E. Greenough, teams 49 . 60 

B. & M. R. R. Co., freight and demurrage, 79.28 

T. F. Parker, oil 4.50 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 29.06 

J. D. Smith, team 24.00 

Hall Bros. Co., lumber 16.95 

W. H. Jones, labor 7.00 

West & South Water District, gravel 22. 10 

J. Kinsley, gravel 3 . 90 

W. H. Kingsley, boiler inspection 5.00 

Jenney Mfg. Co., oil 537.59 

$10,064.28 
Unexpended balance 60 . 72 



$10,125.00 
LOWELL HIGHWAY. 

Appropriation $334 . 33 

Received from county treasurer 751.33 

Received from state treasurer 751 . 33 

Transferred from reserve fund 51.30 

$1,888.29 

Paid American Powder Co., exploders $4.61 

N. E. Metal Culvert Co 37.74 

W. C. Harris, drills 3.00 

George E. Greenough, teams 80.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber. . 32.06 

Wm. H. Kingsley, teams and labor 1,132.50 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 10.09 

Margaret Spinney, gravel 4. 60 

James Grimes, posts 3 . 00 

E. P. Gates, repairs 23 . 10 

Jenney Mfg. Co., oil 557 . 59 

$1,888.29 



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POWDER MILL HIGHWAY. 

Appropriation 10,000.00 

Received from state treasurer 4,450 . 66 

Received from county treasurer 4,450 . 67 

Received from town of Concord 65 . 10 

$18,966.43 

Paid Wm. H. Kingsley, teams and labor $4,491.50 

James Russell, teams 445 . 50 

N. E. Metal Culvert Co 111.00 

Thomas F. Parker, shovels and supplies . . 56.70 

Geo. Greenough, stone delivered ........ 3,649.24 

Town of Concord, crushing, hauling and 

weighing stone 2,282 . 74 

Penn. Metal Culvert Co 90.00 

North Acton Quarry, granite posts 93 . 00 

AY. A. Haynes Co., cement 63.00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 31.82 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., cement. . 135.69 

N. H. Tenney, pipe 163 . 66 

Mace Moulton, Jr., asphalt 3,505.00 

American Powder Co., repairs 22.30 

American Powder Co., coal and cement .. 188.46 

A. H. Perkins, labor • 4. 60 

Wm. H. Kingsley, supplies 16.19 

$15,350.40 
Unexpended balance 3,616 . 03 



$18,966.43 

Due from state treasurer $899 .74 

Due from county treasurer 899 .73 



SNOW BILLS. 

Appropriation $2,200.00 

Paid Wm. H. Kingsley $567.00 

Patrick Foley 14.00 

E. A. Warren 14.75 

Geo. E. Greenough 269.00 

H. Mekkelson 156.50 

E. S. Fobes 14.00 

N. B. Willis 8.50 

W. H. Jones 20.50 

George Hodgdon 20.00 

A. Christofferson 98.50 

A. C. Flagg 29.50 



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A. H. Perkins 646.85 

F. H. Tuttle 9.75 

$1,868.85 
LTnexpended balance 331 . 15 



$2,200.00 
CUTTING BRUSH. 

Appropriation $400.00 

Paid Geo. Worster $2.00 

Wm. H. Kingsley 80.00 

0. A. Knowlton 10.00 

H. Seamans 10.00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., tools 4.57 

$106.57 
Unexpended balance 293 .43 



$400.00 



SOUTH ACTON BRIDGE. 

Appropriation $800.00 

Paid South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber. . $264.79 

J. Grimes, posts 3.75 

Wm. H. Kingsley, labor 204.50 

$473.04 
Unexpended balance 326 . 96 



STREET LIGHTING. 

Appropriation 3,250 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 272 . 58 



Paid American Woolen Co $3,518.58 

E. B. DeSousa 4.00 



RELIEF OF POOR. 

Appropriation $2,000 . 00 

Received from state treasurer 233 . 76 



$800.00 



Paid Jane Marsh, board $80.00 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co 8.55 

Wm. H. Kingsley ,wood 90 . 00 

Mrs. J. MacDonald, board and care 468.00 

Mrs. J. MacDonald, supplies 4.03 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 35.96 



$3,522.58 



$3,522.58 



$2,233.76 



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J. S. Moore, supplies 109 .48 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 4. 93 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies 22.92 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 7 . 35 

H. B. Butler, board 35.00 

E. A. Mayell, professional services 56.30 

G. H. Tuttle, professional services 20.00 

W. H. Jones, services and supplies 11 . 75 

Mrs. M. Murphy, board 198.00 

City of Boston 192.00 

City of Boston 38.00 

L. Davis, rent 72.00 

E. Z. Stanlev, repairs 9 . 05 

"Wm. H. Kingsley, board 18.00 

A. Johnson, rent 41 . 00 

City of Somerville 17.14 

0. S. Fowler 97.00 



$1,636.46 
Unexpended balance 597 . 30 



$2,233.76 
SOLDIERS' BENEFITS. 
State Aid. 

Received from state treasurer $532.00 

Amount due from state, January 1, 1920 $534 . 00 

Paid 450.00 

Amount due from state, December 31, 1920 $452.00 



$984.00 $984.00 
Military Aid. 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid Isiah Leach $24.00 

Unexpended balance 176 . 00 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Appropriation $450 . 00 

Received from fines 51 . 90 

Received for old paper 7 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 51.09 



$200.00 



Paid A. W. Davis, librarian $100.00 

A. W. Davis, janitor 129.00 

A. W. Davis, cataloging and writing cards 16.00 

A. W. Davis, supplies .90 

American Woolen Co., lighting 34.77 

Acton Printing Co., slips 15.00 



$559.99 



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E. Z. Stanley, repairs 13 . 62 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 101 . 64 

0. E. Houghton, transporting books 50.00 

E. F. Conant, insurance 46 .02 

S. H. Taylor, janitor 26.50 

Acton Printing Co., labels 7 .00 

Wm. H. Kingsley, wood 13.00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 3.54 

Horace F. Tuttle, repairing clock 3.00 

$559.99 
Library Books. 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Interest on library fund 252 . 26 . 

$452 . 26 

Paid DeWolfe Fiske & Co., books $305 . 19 

"W. A. Weede Co., books 14.81 

Negro Historical Society, books 2.90 

Levi B. Chase, books 2 . 25 

H. R. Hunthing Co., books 6.92 

Beacon Press Co., books 4. 64 

C. E. Goodspeed Co., books 13.63 

H. F. Tuttle, books .67 

National Geographic Society, books 2.00 

Art War Relief, books 2.75 

Fassett Publishing Co., books 4.50 

Dura Binding Co 42 .40 

H. Goldberger Co., books 46.10 

W. Packard, Inc., books 3.50 

$452.26 
CEMETERIES. 

Appropriation $800 . 00 

Received, sale of lots, Woodlawn 87.00 

Received, sale of lots, Mt. Hope 96.00 

$983.00 

Paid H. F. Robbins, labor $334.40 

West & South Acton Water Supply District 18 . 58 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 2 . 25 

R. S. Osterhout, deeds 10.75 

T. F. Parker, tools 18.50 

H. F. Tuttle, commissioner 7 . 50 

H. F. Tuttle, writing deeds and staking lots 5 . 50 

A. Batley, flowers 15 . 20 

F. W. Green, labor 220 . 74 

A. H. Perkins, labor 29 . 00 



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West & South Acton Water Supply District 

supplies 1 . 60 

$664.02 

Unexpended balance 318 . 98 

$983.00 
Perpetual Care 

Received interest on cemeterv funds $560.28 

Paid H. F. Robbins, labor .\ •. . $237.86 

A. Batlev & Son, flowers 76.20 

F. W. Green, labor 225.22 

F. C. Hayward, interest 17 . 50 

Georg'e Worster, interest 3 . 50 

$560.28 
EDUCATION. 

Appropriation $27,000.00 

Received from state treasurer, Mass. school fund 302 . 65 
Received from state treasurer, industrial school 

fund 406.56 

Received from state treasurer, superintendent 

fund 343.00 

Received from state treasurer, superintendent 

fund for small towns 129 . 77 

Received from county treasurer, dog tax 301.32 

Received for tuition 70 . 10 

Received, ticket refunds 85 .00 

Received, grass sold 2 . 00 

Received, Geo. B. Robbins Co., barrel returned 5.00 



},645.40 

Paid, report of school committee $28,645.40 

PRINTING. 

Appropriation , $200 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 73 . 00 

$273.00 

Paid R. S. Osterhout, reports $249.50 

H. S. Turner 23 . 50 

$273.00 
UNCLASSIFIED. 

Appropriation $700 . 00 

Appropriation, liability insurance 350.00 

Appropriation, Memorial day 150.00 

Appropriation, aid of C. M. & H. St. Railway. . 168.24 
Appropriation, demonstration work in agricul- 



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ture 200.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 349 . 33 



Paid Finney & Hoit, flags $30.00 

Finney & Hoit, yard stick .50 

Hobbs & Warren, book 2.11 

Carter Ink Co., ink .50 

W. & L. E. Greeley, account sealer 4.92 

• Enterprise Co., notices 3.00 

Johnson & North, professional services. . . . 380.94 

C. M. & H. St. Railway, account taxes 168.24 

Middlesex County Bureau of Agriculture 

and Home Economics 200.00 

Estate D. Spinney, land damages 517.50 

A. M. Whitcomb, liability insurance 260.48 

Isaac Davis Post 150.00 

Howard Wilson, professional services .... 25 . 00 

Lungmotor Co 150 . 00 

Geo. L. Towne 9.88 

F. E. Tasker, returning births 1.50 

S. B. Annis, returning births 1.25 

G. H. Tuttle, returning births 1.00 

E. A. Mayell, returning births .50 

F. K. Shaw, returning births 2 . 00 

H. J. Walcott, returning births .25 

E. J. Flaherty, returning births .50 

I. L. Pickf ord, returning births .25 

J. W. Christie, returning births .25 

H. T. Farrar Co., wreaths 1.00 

C. J. Holton, perambulating town lines . . 6 . 00 



$1,917.57 



$1,917.57 
RESERVE FUND. 

Appropriation $1,500.00 

Transferred to fire department $65 . 63 

Transferred to fire department, account hydrants 9 . 00 

Transferred to fire department, brush fires ... 38 . 00 

Transferred to health department 284.07 

Transferred to street lighting 272 . 58 

Transferred to library expense account 51 . 09 

Transferred to printing account 73 . 00 

Transferred to unclassified 349 . 33 

Transferred to highways, Lowell road 51.30 



$1,194.00 
Unexpended balance 306.00 

$1,500.00 



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INTEREST. 

Received, interest on taxes $216 . 31 

Received, interest on deposits 132.49 

$348.80 
Paid First National Bank of Ayer, interest on 

loans $770.00 

MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS. 

Received, loans, First National Bank of Ayer. . $45,000.00 

Paid First National Bank of Ayer \.... 25,000.00 



Due First National Bank of Ayer $20,000.00 

REFUNDS. 

Abatements, 1918 taxes $6 . 00 

Abatements, 1919 taxes 44.46 

Abatements, 1920 taxes 51.46 



FINANCIAL STATEMENT. 
Receipts. 

Due from treasurer, January 1, 1920 $2,711.05 

Due from collector, Januarv 1, 1920 5,695.20 



$101.92 



$8,406.25 
Received : 

State tax $7,140.00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 20 

County tax 3,128.44 

Town grant 32,600.00 

Overlay 1,793.86 

Special state tax 336 . 60 

Special state poll tax 1,779 .00 

$48,351.10 
Less amount paid by state on account intangible 

personal property $7,482 , 11 

$40,868.99 
Received : 

Treasurer's report $77,917.71 

Interest on taxes 216 . 31 

Moth tax 816.32 

$78,950.34 

$128,225.58 
Expenditures. 

State tax $7,140.00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 20 

Special state tax 336 . 60 



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State, special poll tax 1,773.00 

County tax 3,128.44 

General government 2,382 . 30 

Buildings and grounds 411 . 01 

Police 303.34 

Fire department 565 . 63 

Hydrants 2,784.00 

Brush fires 238.00 

Moth 1,979.63 

Fire warden 178.75 

Health and sanitation 993 . 07 

Highways and bridges 10,064.28 

Highways, Lowell road 1,888.29 

Highways, snow bills 1,868 . 85 

Highways, Powder Mill road 15,350.40 

Highways, cutting brush 106 . 57 

Highways, South Acton bridge 473 . 04 

Street lighting 3,522.58 

Relief of poor 1,636.46 

State Aid 450.00 

Military aid 24.00 

Library expense 559 . 99 

Library books 452 . 26 

Cemeteries 664 . 02 

Cemeteries, perpetual care 560 . 28 

Education 28,645.40 

Printing 273.00 

Unclassified 1,917.57 

Interest 770.00 

Municipal indebtedness 25,000 . 00 

Refunds 101.92 

Due from treasurer 3,104 . 07 

Due from collector 7,005 . 63 



$128,225.58 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT, DECEMBER 31, 1920. 

Due from treasurer $3,104 . 07 

Due from collector 7,005 . 63 

Due from county treasurer, dog tax 397 . 99 

Due from state treasurer, inspection of animals 62.50 

Due from state treasurer, moth work 641 . 23 

Due from state treasurer, state aid 452 . 00 

Due from state treasurer, Powder Mill road.. 899.74 

Due from county treasurer. Powder Mill road 899.73 

$13,462.89 



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Liabilities. 

Town of Concord, Tuition $1,479.46 

First National Bank of Ayer, note 10,000.00 

First National Bank of Ayer, note on account of 

Powder Mill road 10,00.00 

$21,479.46 



Balance against the town $8,016 . 57 

Eespectfully submitted, 
HOWARD L. JONES, Town Accountant. 



South Acton, Februar^^ 15, 1921. 
I have examined the accounts of the tax collector and treasurer 
of the town of Acton and find them correct to the best of my know- 
ledge. • 

HOWARD L. JONES, Town Accountant. 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



Year Ending December 31, 1920. 

Cash on hand January 1, 1920 $2,711 .05 

Received from state treasurer : 

State forestry department $155 . 93 

Street railway corporation tax 48 . 16 

Income of Mass. school fund 302.65 

Educational Independent Industrial school . . 406 . 56 

Temporary aid 40 . 00 

Gypsy and brown tail moth work 24.00 

Inspection of animals 62 . 50 

Support of paupers 193 . 76 

Maintenance and improvement of highways . . . 1,251 . 33 

Superintendent of school fund 343 . 00 

Loss of taxes on land used for public purposes 284.89 

State highAvay work 4,450 . 66 

State highway work 2,825.00 

School Supt. acct., dept of education 129.77 

Income tax, 1917 70.00 

Income tax, 1918 84.00 

Income tax, 1919 1,530.00 

Income tax, 1920 9,479 . 96 

Corporation tax, public service 264.62 

National bank tax 1,020.38 

State aid 532.00 

Soldiers ' exemption 81 . 72 

Corporation tax, 1919 1 . 44 



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Corporation tax, 1920 1,529.99 

County treasurer: 

Dog tax 301.32 

Highway work 4,450 . 67 

Lowell Road 500.00 

Lowell road 251 . 33 

Received : 

Library fines 50 . 90 

Library, old papers 8 . 00 

Tuition of R. Webb 41.60 

Tuition of C. Sadler 28.50 

Rebate on school tickets 85.00 

"■ iron drum returned 5 . 00 

Grass from South school grounds 2 . 00 ' 

Collections from sealer of weights and measures 42 . 32 

Town hall rents 177 .00 

Cemetery lots sold, Mt. Hope 96.00 

Cemetery lots sold, Woodlawn 87 . 00 

Board of Health, for labor 8 . 00 

Board of health, licenses 1.00 

Director of standards, licenses 8.00 

Central Middlesex court, fines 191 . 95 

Town of Concord, Nagog taxes 25 . 12 

Town of Concord, road department 65 . 10 

Overseers of Poor, auction 234.55 

Slaughter license, Geo. T. Weaver 100.00 

Slaughter license, Mitchell & Mahoney . 100.00 

Interest on deposits , 132.49 

Interest on cemetery fund 560 . 28 

Interest on library fund 252.26 

$32,917.71 
First National Bank of Ayer, loans: 

Note No. 2 $10,000.00 

Note No. 3 15,000.00 

Note No. 4, road department 10,000.00 

Note No. 5 -(^ 



/->/-> . 



$45,000.00 
Received of A. M. Whitcomb, collector : 

Taxes and interest, 1918 $630 . 15 

Abatements 6 . 00 

$636.15 
Received of Henry L. Haynes, collector: 

Taxes and interest, 1919 $4,530.45 

jS batements 44 . 46 

$4,574.91 



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Taxes and interest, 1920 $35,328 . 67 

Abatements 51 . 46 



$35,380.13 

$121,219.95 
Paid, selectmen's orders 118,115.88 



Balance on hand, January 1, 1921 $3,104.07 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer 

Treasurer's Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund. 

Cash, Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank .. $1,000.00 

Warren Institution for Savings 1,000 . 00 

Home Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 1,000 . 00 

North End Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood fund 200.00 

Interest on deposits 259 . 96 

Bond West Shore R. R., Susan Augusta and 

Luther Conant fund 1,000.00 

Interest on bond 40 . 00 

Unexpended balance 115 . 66 

$6,815.62 

Paid town of Acton, book account $252.26 

Cash in banks 5,400.00 

Bond, Conant fund 1,000.00 

Balance unexpended 163 . 36 



$6,815.62 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer 



Treasurer's Report of Funds held for Care of Cemetery Lots. 

Bonds, West & South Water Supply District of 

Acton $7,500.00 

Cash in banks and liberty bonds 12,452.90 

Unexpended balance 1,453 . 25 

Received for lots : 

George R. Keyes lot 50.00 

Whitcomb and Preston lot 50 . 00 

Henry Willard lot 100.00 

Jos. Truette lot 100.00 

Lowell A. Jones lot 50 . 00 

Bixby Woodard lot 50.00 

Waldo Littlefield lot 100.00 



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rohn Conant lot 100.00 

Clarence H. Jones lot 50 . 00 

Cyrus Hale lot 200.00 

Geo. M. Pike lot 100.00 

Calvin Harris lot 100.00 

Mrs. J. P. Luelling lot 100.00 

Eugene L. Hall, lot 75.00 

Bertram D. Hall lot 75.00 

Income from funds 749 . 93 

$23,456.08 

Paid for care of lots $560.28 

Bonds, W. & S. Water District 7,200.00 

Cash in Banks 6,252.90 

Liberty bonds 7,800.00 

Unexpended balance 1,642 . 90 

$23,456.08 

Surplus cemetery funds $512 . 82 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer 



Treasurer's Report of Town Farm Fund. 

Eeceived from: 

Blanchard & Gould, timber $6,500.00 

Wm. T. Kilmartin 2,500.00 

Wm. T. Kilmartin, Mtg 6,550.00 

Sale of personal property 980 . 61 

Interest on Mtg 159 . 08 

$16,689.69 

On hand, balance of Mtg $2,550.00 

Liberty bonds 14,012 . 44 

Balance of fund 127 . 25 



$16,689.69 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 
March 1, 1920. 



The meeting was called to order by the assistant town clerk, 
Charles E. Smith and Ralph Piper were appointed and sworn as 
tellers. 

Article 1. Allen Brooks Parker was chosen Moderator. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for town officers; 
also to vote on the question," Shall licenses be granted for the sale of 
intoxicating liquors in this town?" The following town officers 
were chosen : 

Town clerk, Horace F. Tnttle. 

Selectman, three years, Warren H. Jones. 

Assessor, three years, Albert P. Durkee. 

Overseers of the poor, one year, William H. Kingsley, Warren H. 
Jones, Charles J. Holton. 

Treasurer, Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes, Henry L. Haynes. 

Constables, John T. MeXiff, Oliver D. Wood, James X. Berry, 
Charles T. Baxter. 

School committee, three years, Lilly C. Case, Alden C. Flagg. 

Cemetery commissioner, three years, Fred W. Green. 

Board of health, three years, Raymond F. Durkee. 

Trustee of Memorial library, three years, J. Sidney White. 

Tree warden, one year, James 'Xeil. 

Finance committee, one year, James B. Tuttle, Frank W. Hoit, 
Edgar H. Hall, Asaph Merriam, Horace F. Tuttle. 

On th^ question "Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intox- 
icating liquors in this town?" 26 voted yes, 43 voted no. 

Article 3. To choose all town officers not named in Article 2, 
and fix salaries of all town officers : Voted, to instruct the selectmen 
to appoint surveyors of wood, lumber and bark. 

Chose Luther Conant trustee of the Goodnow fund for three 
years. 

Voted, to fix the salary of the tax collector at one per cent of the 
amount collected, with no other charge against the town for this 
duty. 

Voted that the salary of the treasurer be two hundred dollars 
per annum. 

Voted, that the salary of the chairman of the selectmen be one 
hundred dollars per annum, and the other members fifty dollars each 
per annum. 

Voted, that the salary of the assessors be as follows : the chair- 
man one hundred and twenty-five dollars ; the clerk one hundred 
dollars, and the remaining member seventy-five dollars per annum. 

Voted, that the selectmen be instructed to fix the salary of all 
other town officers. 

Article 4. To see if the town will accept the reports of the 



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various town officials. Voted, to accept the reports of the several 
town officers as printed. 

Article 5. To hear and act on the reports of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. Voted, to accept the report of the 
committee chosen to consider the sale of the town farm. Voted, to 
accept the report of the "welcome home" committee. Voted, that the 
town place on record its appreciation of the services of this committee 
and grant this committee further time to consider the matters referred 
to it. Voted, that any unexpended money in the hands of this com- 
mittee be retained by it another year. No action was taken upon the 
report of the committee on by-laws. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise by 
taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary and usual expenses 
of the several departments of the town. Voted to raise and appro- 
priate for: 

Roads and bridges $6,800.00 

Planking railroad bridge at South Acton 800 . 00 

Memorial library, current expenses 450 . 00 

Memorial librarv, books 200 . 00 

Schools ." 27,000.00 

Hydrant service 2,775 . 00 

Street lighting 3,250.00 

Moth work •. 860.43 

Salaries of town officers '. . . 2,200 . 00 

Buildings and grounds 300 . 00 

Police department 200 . 00 

Board of health 500.00 

Care of the poor 2,000 . 00 

Cemeteries 800.00 

Unclassified 700.00 

Printing 200.00 

Reserve fund 1,500 . 00 

Military aid 200.00 

Fire department , 500 . 00 

Memorial day 150.00 

Enforcement of the liquor law 830 . 00 

Insurance of employees 350 . 00 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 150.00 

Elm leaf beetle, control of 300.00 

Cutting brush in highways 400 . 00 

Fighting forest fires 200 . 00 

Repairs on fire house in the center of the town 150 . 00 

Demonstration work in agriculture 200 . 00 

Voted, to raise by tas:ation for town charges 32,000.00 

Voted, to reappropriate for repairs on the Lowell road the unex- 
pended balance of the sum appropriated last year for repairs on 
said road. 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will appropriate 



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for the enforcement of the liquor laws, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, to pass over the article. 

Article 8. To see what sum of money the town will raise and ap- 
propriate for the observance of Memorial day. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the collection of taxes: Voted, that all taxes shall be payable not 
later than October 15, 1920, and on all taxes remaining unpaid after 
November 1, 1920, interest shall be charged at the rate of six per 
cent per annum from October 15, 1920, until such taxes are paid. 

Article 10. To see if the town will fix the price for fighting 
brush fires, or act anything thereon. Voted, that the amount to be 
paid be fixed by the forest warden, subject to the approval of the 
selectmen. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money to insure the employees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. Voted, to appropriate $350.00 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer with 
the approval of the selectmen to borrow money from time to time in 
anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 
1, 1920, and to issue a note or notes therefor payable within one year. 
Any debt or debts incurred under this vote to be paid from the 
revenue of said financial year. 

Voted, that the town treasurer with the approval of the selectmen 
be and is hereby authorized to borrow money from time to time in 
anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 
1, 1920, and to issue a note or notes therefor payable within one 
year. Any debt or debts incurred under this vote to be paid from the 
revenue of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the payment of premiums on treasurer's and 
collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. Voted, to raise and appro- 
priate one hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 14. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the suppression of the elm leaf beetle or act 
anything thereon : Voted, to raise and appropriate the sum of three 
hundred dollars. 

Article 15. To see what action the town will take toward ex- 
tending the lighting system from Merriam's corner to the Christof- 
ferson place in South Acton. Voted, to instruct the selectmen to 
procure the extension of the street lighting system from Merriam's 
corner to the Christofferson place. Six lights to be placed along the 
street, beginning at the house of Ole Granberg and going easterly, 
any other lights to be placed elsewhere in the town at the discretion 
of the selectmen. 

Article 16. To see if the town will authorize the selectmen to 
sell the town farm. Voted, that the selectmen be authorized and em- 
powered to sell the town farm at public sale and to execute in behalf 
of the town a proper deed or deeds conveying the same, said farm to be 
sold in two parts. First, the farm with the buildings thereon, re- 



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serving all the pine timber on the premises easterly of the town road, 
with the right to cut and remove the same within two years. Second, 
the pine timber standing on the premises easterly of the town road 
with the right to cut and remove the same within two years. Voted, 
that the money received from such sale be invested by the town 
treasurer as a separate fund, the income to be used for the support 
of the poor. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $200, or some other amount, and elect a director for dem- 
onstration work in agriculture and home economics, the money to be 
expended by and the director to serve in cooperation with the county 
trustees for aid to agriculture of the Middlesex County Bureau 
of Agriculture and Home Economics, under the provisions of Chapter 
273, General Acts of 1918, it being understood that one-fourth of this 
amount shall be used to provide local paid supervision of the boys' 
and girls' club work. Voted, that the town appropriate the sum of 
$200, the same to be expended in accordance with the provisions of 
this article. Voted, that the selectmen be instructed to appoint a 
director. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to accept the fund 
hitherto known as the ''West Actori Fireman's Relief Fund," and to 
administer the same in accordance with the vote of the West Acton 
Volunteer Fireman's Association. Also, if the town w^ll accept 
various other property belonging to said association for the use of 
the West Acton fire department, or act anything thereon. Voted, 
that the town of Acton accept such property as has been tendered 
by the West Acton Volunteer Fire Association and that such 
property shall be held by the town for the use of the West Acton com- 
pany of the town fire department. Voted, that the town of Acton 
accept the fund tendered by the West Acton Volunteer Fire 
Association and knoAvn as the "Relief Fund," and that said fund be 
and hereby is accepted in accordance with the terms of said offer, 
which terms are made a part of this vote as follows : To hold the same 
as a trust fund upon the following terms : First, to choose three 
trustees for said fund as follows : one for one year, one for two years, 
one for three years, and thereafter one annually for the term of three 
years. Said trustees shall be voters of the town and shall be resi- 
dents of Precinct 3 as it is at present constituted. Second, the town 
Treasurer shall hold said fund and shall invest the same in accordance 
Avith instructions from said trustees. He shall also pay out of said 
fund such moneys as said trustees shall order and none other. Said 
fund shall be secured by the bond of said treasurer. Third, said 
fund and any accumulations shall be kept invested in one or more 
savings banks of this Commonwealth. Should suitable banks be 
found wanting, then said fund and accumulations shall be invested 
in such securities as the savings banks of the Commonwealth are, by 
law, authorized to invest their funds. Said trustees shall have the 
authority of determining what savings banks or other securities said 
funds may be invested in, but the same shall not be inconsistent with 



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this paragraph. Fourth, said trustees shall have authority of making 
awards out of said fund to any person who may be injured while 
engaged in fighting fires or otherwise in the performance of his duties, 
however, that no award shall be made for anything but a personal in- 
jury and provided that no award shall be made to any person other 
than a duly appointed or authorized fireman or engineer belonging or 
attached to the West Acton company, so called, or such company of 
firemen having special charge over fires in Precinct 3 of said town 
as said precinct is at present constituted, but said award may be 
made for such injury sustained by such fireman anywhere within 
the limits of the town of Acton, while in the lawful performance of 
his duties as such fireman. Fifth, said fund shall be known as the 
West Acton Fireman's Relief Fund and said trustees are authorized 
to receive additional funds from any source and when so received 
shall be administered in the same manner as the original fund. Sixth, 
said trustees shall make a report in writing annually to the town and 
such report shall be published in the town report. 

Article 19. To see what action the town will take towards erect- 
ing a roll of honor for soldiers and sailors who served in the World 
War, and raise and appropriate a sum of money therefor. Voted, to 
refer the matter of a roll of honor to the Welcome Home committee. 

Article 20. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the abatement of taxes of the Concord, Maynard & Hudson Street R. 
R. as voted at the last annual meeting. Voted, to pass over the article. 

Article 21. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $400 for cutting brush, the same to be expended by the tree 
warden under the direction of the selectmen, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, to appropriate the sum of $400 for cutting brush, the money 
to be expended under the direction of the selectmen. 

Article 22. To see what action the town will take toward ac- 
cepting a certain proposition of Mr. N. H. Tenney relating to the 
expense of operating a stone crusher, or act anything thereon. Voted, 
to refer the matter to the selectmen with power to act. Voted, to 
appropriate $1,000 to carry out the provisions of this article pro- 
vided a satisfactory guarantee from Mr. Tenney is obtained. 

Article 23. To see if the town will build a suitable vault for the 
safe keeping of records and other town property. Voted, to leave 
the matter to the selectmen to investigate and report at some future 
meeting. 

Article 24. To see if the toAvn will vote to maintain one or 
more street lights on Maynard street in South Acton, and instruct the 
selectmen to have the same installed. Voted to refer the matter to 
the selectmen. 

Article 25. To see if the town will borrow money by the issue 
of notes to defray the town's share of the cost of rebuilding or re- 
pairing the Powder Mill road and Majaiard street from the Maynard 
line to South Acton, or act anything thereon. Voted, that the treas- 
urer with the approval of the selectmen be authorized to borrow a 
sum of money not exceeding thirty thousand dollars to be applied 



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to the cost of rebuilding- or repairing the Powder Mill road and the 
road from Maynard line to the intersection of the Lowell road with 
the state highway from Concord to Littleton, and to issue notes there- 
for, said notes to be payable in five years, provided the state and 
county will appropriate equal amounts for this purpose. Thirty-three 
voted yes, nine voted no. 



Abstract of Proceedings of a Special Town Meeting, April 12, 1920. 



Article 1, To choose a moderator to preside at said meeting. 
Allen Brooks Parker was chosen moderator. 

Article 2. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money 
for the payment of snow bills. Voted, to appropriate the sum of 
twenty-two hundred ($2200) dollars. 

Article 3. To see if the town will appropriate and donate a 
sum of money to the Concord, Maynard & Hudson Street Railway, 
or act anything thereon. Voted, to appropriate and donate to said 
company a sum equal to the taxes due the town from said companj^ 
for the year 1918. 

Article 4. To see what action the town will take towards re- 
building the Powder Mill road. Voted, to pass over the article. 



State Election, November 2, 1920. 



Party designations : D.-Democratic ; S. L. — Socialist Labor ; S. — 
Socialist ; R — Republican. 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of ballots cast 207 278 324 809 

President and Vice-President : 

Cox and Roosevelt, D 24 33 31 88 

Cox and Gillhaus, S. L 

Debs and Stedman, S 2 2 

Harding and Coolidge, R 179 238 287 704 

Blanks 4 5 6 15 

Governor : 

Channing H. Cox, R 181 231 281 693 

Walter S. Hutchins, S 3 1 4 

Patrick Mulligan, S. L 

John J. Walsh, D 18 22 29 69 

Blanks 8 22 13 43 

Lieutenant-Governor : 

Marcus A. Coolidge, D 19 30 36 85 

David Craig, S. L 

Alvan T. Fuller, R 132 200 202 534 

Thomas Nicholson, S 2 1 3 

Robert M. Washburn, Ind 43 29 58 130 

Blanks 13 17 27 57 



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Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Secretary : 

Frederic W. Cook, R 171 228 274 673 

Edward E. Ginsburg, D 16 24 24 64 

Anthony Hontenbrink, S. L 

Edith M. Williams, S 1 3 1 5 

Blanks 19 23 25 67 

Treasurer : 

George H. Jackson, Cit 3 2 4 9 

James Jackson, R 175 229 271 675 

Louis Marcus, S 2 1 3 

Patrick O'Hearn, D 15 23 25 63 

Albert L. Waterman, S. L 

Blanks 14 22 23 59 

Auditor : 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 166 224 267 657 

Alice E. Cram, D 22 22 27 71 

Stephen J. Surridge, S. L 1 1 

Herbert H. Thompson, S 3 1 4 

Blanks 19 28 29 76 

Attorney-General : 

J. Weston Allen, R 176 223 266 665 

Morris I. Becker, S. L 

John Weaver Sherman, S 3 1 4 

Michael L. Sullivan, D 16 23 26 65 

Blanks 15 29 31 75 

Congressman (Fifth District) : 

Jackson Palmer, D 21 26 29 76 

John Jacob Rogers, R 179 224 270 673 

Blanks 7 28 25 60 

Councillor (Sixth District) : 

Charles Sumner Smith, R 177 229 253 659 

Blanks 30 49 71 150 

Senator (Seventh Middlesex) : 

Charles H. Burns, D 22 28 29 79 

Gardner W. Pearson, R 172 223 268 663 

Blanks 13 27 27 67 

Representative in General Court : 

Alfred W. Hartford, R 177 231 264 672 

Blanks 30 47 60 137 

Count}' Commissioners : 

Alfred L. Cutting, R 166 217 245 62S 

Walter C. Wardwell, R 136 180 188 504 

Blanks 112 159 215 486 

Sheriff : 

J ohn R. Fairbairn, R 148 212 220 580 

Blanks 59 66 104 229 



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Shall an act entitled : ' ' An Act to regulate 

the Manufacture and Sale of Beer, 

Cider and Light Wines, ' ' be approved : 

Yes 49 106 90 245 

No 120 117 188 425 

Blanks 38 55 46 139 

Vote for Representative in the Eleventh Middlesex District 

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Alfred W. Hartford, 

of Westford, R 672 382 143 1399 373 293 535 3797 

Scattering 2 2 

Blanks 137 122 30 464 75 34 156 1018 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded 45 

Born in Acton 30 Native parentage 22 

Males 19 Foreign parentage 13 

Females 26 Mixed parentage 10 



Marriages 

Whole number recorded 16 

Residents of Acton 22 Residents of other places ... 10 



Deaths 

Whole number recorded 

Residents of Acton 32 Residents of other places 

Occurring in Acton 25 Occurring in other places 

Average age in years, 67 plus. 



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The town clerk requests infoimation of any errors or omissions 
in the list 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. 






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PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 1920 



Allen, W. Stuart $2.00 

Armstrong, Gordon ... 2 . 00 

Aldrich, E. L 2.00 

Amadon, Leonard Q. . . 7 . 00 

Brown, Harry N 2.00 

Burke, Edward F 2.00 

Barker, Frank A 2.00 

Bradford, Fred W. R. . . 2.00 

Bradbury, Rolfe 2.00 

Brill, Fred E 7.00 

Brown, James A 2 . 00 

Bulette, Frank W 7.00 

Charter, W. W 2.00 

Conquest, James 2.00 

Cahill, John P 2.00 

Capelle, C. H 2.00 

Casavov, Alfred B 2.00 

Chaffin, Myron L 2.00 

Clapp, George E 2.00 

Coughlin, John F., Jr. . 2.00 

Durkee, Harold 5.00 

Dayis, Wendell F 4.00 

Daniels, Gertrude C. . . . 2.00 

DeFeg'ueredo, . Antonio . 2 . 00 

DeSousa, Ben 2 . 00 

Donoyan, P. F 4.00 

Duren, Roy L 2.00 

Edwards, A. J 2.00 

Emerson, Arthur W. . . 2.00 

Enneguess, Michael ... 7.00 

Flynn, Edith M 5.00 

Fletcher, Lester N 2.00 

Farrand, W. H 2.00 

Farrar, Daniel H 2.00 

Fa>Tar, Earle 5.00 

Fobes, E. S 5.00 

Foley, Patrick 2.00 

Ford, Charles L 10.00 

Freeman, Richard .... 5 . 00 

Frost, C. A 2.00 

Gallagher, Howard 2.00 

Goodrich, Horace M. . . 2.00 

Goward, Annie R 5 . 00 

Graham, George 2.00 

Green, Fred W 2.00 

Green, Katherine 2 . 00 

Greenleaf Kennels 2.00 



Griffin, Franklin 2.00 

Griffin, Isabella 2.00 

Greenw^ood, Ormond H., 2.00 

Hastings, Ralph L. 2.00 

Hunt, Roy W 2.00 

Hollowell, William .... 2.00 

Hayes, Michael G 2.00 

Hansen, Otto 2.00 

Haynes, Albert L 2.00 

Haynes, Charles E 2.00 

Hayward, Earle 2.00 

Hay ward, George K. . . 2.00 

Hodgen, Hugh C 2.00 

Hoiden, F. H 4.00 

Holland, JohnH 5.00 

Howard, A. G 7.00 

Johnson, Roy P 2.00 

Jones, Clara 5.00 

Jones, Warren H 2.00 

Kelley, Julia T 2.00 

Kinsley, Dayid R 2.00 

Kimball, B. A 2.00 

Kennedy, Duncan S. . . . 2.00 

Kimbalf, Elnathan J. .. 13.00 

Knowlton, Helen A. . . . 2.00 

Lears, William 2.00 

Laffin, Sidney 2.00 

Libby, George A. .. 5.00 

Liyermore, Pearl R. ... 2.00 

Lucier, Joseph 2.00 

Lundblad, Emil 2.00 

McLaughlin, Joseph ... 2.00 

Middlesex Fruit Farm . 2.00 

Mannion, Arthur 2.00 

MacGregor, Stuart 2.00 

Mclntire, Walter 2.00 

Manson, Hans 2.00 

McDonald, D. F 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Ida 2.00 

Marsh, A. W 2.00 

Martin, M. Viola 2.00 

Mason, Roger 2.00 

Mason, W. E 2.00 

Mauro, Frank 2.00 

Mead, George V 2.00 

Mekkelsen, John 2.00 

Millan, Albion L 2.00 



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Moore, J. Sterling 2.00 

Morrison, F. D 2.00 

Nealey, Edward F 5.00 

Nolan, Peter 2.00 

O'Connell, Michael .... 2.00 

Parsons, Frank E 2.00 

Planta, E. A 7.00 

Perkins, A. H 2.00 

Perkins, Levi 2 . 00 

Pope, Benjamin 6.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Priest, Henry L 5.00 

Reed, Otis J 2.00 

Reed, Howard 2.0) 

Roche, Francis B 2.00 

Robbins, Solon A 2.00 

Russell, John H 2.00 

Sylvia, E. W 2.00 

Smith, George 1 2.00 

Smith, George A 2.00 

Smith, Ralph 2.0C 

Smith, Hattie E 2.00 

Snyder, John F 2.00 

Stokes, William 2.00 



138 licenses at $2.00 
28 licenses at $5.00 



Swenson, A 2.00 

Sanborn, Everett R ^ . 00 

Scanlon, William J. . . . 2.00 

Schnair, Charles H 2.00 

Scott, T. A 4.00 

Seamor, George A 5.00 

Shapley, Eva C 2.00 

Stearns, Clifton S 2.00 

Stiles, Frank 5.00 

Truippe, John 2.00 

Tavlor, M. E 2.00 

Todd, George S 2.00 

Tucker, George S., Jr. . 7.00 

Tuttle, Arthur 6.00 

Tuttle, William D 2.00 

Vallie, A. H 2.00 

Watkins, J. H 7.00 

Weaver, George T 14.00 

Webster, George A. . . . 2.00 

Whitcomb, Fred S 2.00 

Whitcomb, J. A 5.00 

Willis, Ora A 2.00 

Wood, Jessie 2.00 

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Willis, Nelson B 5 



Deduct fees, 166 licenses at 20c each 

Balance due county treasurer on 1919 account 



$276.00 
140.00 

$416.00 
33.20 

$382.80 
63.60 

$446.40 



June 1, 1920, paid county treasurer $288 . 00 



December 1, 1920, paid county treasurer 
Due county treasurer on 1920 account . . 



144.60 

13.80 



$446.40 



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46 
ASSESSORS' REPORT, 1920 



Buildings, exclusive of land $1,254,955.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 553,500.00 

Personal estate 605,730.00 

Total valuation $2,414,185 . 00 

Valuation April 1, 1919 2,151,072.00 



Increase in valuation $263,113.00 

Rate of taxation, $15.70. 
TAX ASSESSED AS FOLLOWS : 

Real estate $28,393 . 64 

Personal estate 9,510.35 

Polls 2,965.00 



$40,868.99 
Received from state, account intangible 

personal 7,482 . 11 



$48,351.10 

Moth tax 816.32 

AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED 

For State tax $7,140.00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 20 

County tax 3,128 .44 

Town grant 32,600.00 

Overlay 1,793.86 

Special state tax 336.60 

Special state poll tax ($3.00 each poll) 1,779.00 



ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
HENRY L. HAYNES. 



$48,351.10 



REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



The overseers of the poor submit the following report for the 
year ending December 31, 1920: 

By vote of the town, March 1, 1920, the town home and personal 
property was sold by auction, April 26, 1920, and brought what was 
considered a good price, and a boarding place found for the inmate. 

Miss Martha Oliver, the last of the Oliver sisters, passed away 
September 27, 1920, having splendid care to the last by Mrs. J. Mac- 
Donald. The town should feel glad that it was made possible for 
these two splendid old ladies to spend their last days in their old 



47 

home. The household goods were sold at auction and the net proceeds 
turned over to the town treasurer. 

By the death of a man whom we have had to care for the last year 
and no cases of temporary aids at the present time, there is but one 
name on the books and he is supported in full by the town. This is 
the least number receiving aid for a great many years, there being 
forty-six in 1916. 

For financial report, see town accountant's report. 

WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
CHARLES J. HOLTON, 
WARREN H. JONES, 

Overseers of the Poor. 



COLLECTOR'S REPORT. 



1919 Taxes. 

Uncollected January 1, 1920 $5,043.57 

Uncollected excise tax for 1919 57 . 05 

Interest collected 162.09 

$5,262.71 

Paid treasurer $4,530 . 45 

Abatement 44 . 46 

$4,574.91 

Uncollected January 1, 1921 $630.75 

Uncollected excise tax, 1919 57 .05 

$5,262.71 
1920 Taxes. 
Town, state and county taxes, commited to col- 
lector October 1, 1920 $48,351.10 

Less amount returned from state, account in- 
tangible personal 7,482 . 11 

$40,868.99 

Moth tax, 816 . 32 

Interest collected 12 . 65 

$41,697.96 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $35,328 67 

Abatement 51 . 46 

$35 380 13 
Uncollected January 1, 1920 $6,317 .83 

$6,317.83 
HENRY L. HAYNES, Collector. 



48 

REPORT OF MEAT INSPECTOR 

Acton, Mass., January 1, 1921. 
To the Honorable Board of Health : 

Gentlemen — I hereAvith submit my report of inspections of meat 
from April 20, 1920, to January 1, 1921 : 

Cattle 80 Condemned 6 

Veal 1394 Condemned 105 

Hogs 74 Condemned 2 

1548 

ALBERT P. DURKEE, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



CATTLE INSPECTOR'S REPORT FOR YEAR 1920 



I hereby submit the following report : 

Inspected 531 dairy cows ; 176 young cattle ; 21 bulls ; 153 swine ; 
32 sheep. 

Quarantined in the year five head which were affected with tub- 
erculosis and taken by the State. 

FRED S. WHITCOMB, Inspector. 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 



The board of health submits the following report for the year 
ending December 31st, 1920 : 

Burial permits issued in Acton 25 

F)urial permits of non-residents 19 

List of contagious diseases reported bv the board of health, Jan- 
uary 1st, 1920, to December 31st, 1920 : 

Chicken pox 2 Measles 127 

Diphtheria 1 Scarlet fever 3 

Whooping cough 6 Mumps 2 

Influenza 29 Antiror poleomyelitis 1 

(Deaths, none) 
Your board Avould recommend that $1,000 be appropriated for 
use of the board for the present year. 

Respectfulh^ submitted, 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

Bv C. A. Dudlev, Ag-ent. 



49 
REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1920 

Investments 
Warren Institution for Savings, Book 83531 . . $1,187.46 
Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank, Book 

71200 1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell, Book 

84244 1,000.00 



Receipts 

Warren Institution for Savings, dividend $50 . 70 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank, divi- 
dends 50.00 

City Institution for Savings, dividends 50 . 00 



Payments 

Paid H. F. Robbins, care of Goodnow lot, 

Woodlawn cemetery $7 .00 

Unused income for care of cemetery lot, depo- 
sited with Warren Institution for Savings 13.70 

Paid to H. F. Robbins, treasurer of Evangeli- 
cal Congregational church in Acton 25.00 

Paid to Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical Congregational church in Acton . . 105 . 00 



$3,187.46 



$150.70 



$150.70 
LUTHER CONANT, 
I. WARREN FLAGG, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS. 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1920. 

We present the following schedule showing the amounts of the 
several funds for the perpetual care of cemetery lots and the income 
and expenditures on account of each fund for the year. 

FRED W. GREEN 
HORACE F. TUTTLE 

Cemeterv Commissioners 



50 



CEMETERY FUNDS FOR CARE OF LOTS 



WOODLAWN CEMETERY 



No. 



Name of Fund. 



Amount 
Deposited 



On hand 

Jan. 1 

1920 



Income 



On hand 
Exp'n'd Dec. 31, 
1920 



10 
11 
12 
13 
14 
15 
16 
17 
18 
19 
20 
21 
22 
23 
24 
25 
26 
27 
28 
29 
30 
31 
32 
33 
34 
35 
36 
37 
38 
39 
40 
41 
42 
43 
44 
45 
46 
47 
4& 
49 
50 
51 
52 

53 
54 
55 
56 
57 
58 
59 
60 
61 
62 
63 
64 
65 
66 
67 
68 
69 



Hepsabeth Piper $50 . 00 

Frederick Rouillard 100 . 00 

William W. Davis 100 . 00 

Jedediah Tuttle 50.00 

Mary Skinner 100 . 00 

Nancy K. Hadley 500.00 

Mary Severance 100 . 00 

Mary A. Chaffin 100 . 00 

Warren Robbins 100 . 00 

Henry Loker 100 . 00 

Henry Lothrop 200 . 00 

Luther W. Piper 100 . 00 

James Temple 100 . 00 

Fidelia Wheeler 100 . 00 

William H. Chapman 100.00 

Marv A. Robbins 100 .00 

Daniel Wetherbee 100 . 00 

James Tuttle 100 . 00 

Julia Morrison 75 . 00 

Elbridge J. Robbins 100.00 

William Jennings 100 . 00 

Adeline Weston Blood 100 . 00 

Irving V. Whitcomb 100.00 

John Fletcher 100 . 00 

W. E. Faulkner 75.00 

Amanda M. Barnard 100 . 00 

George T. Ames 100 . 00 

Horace Tuttle 100.00 

Samuel Jones 50.00 

Francis Hosmer 150 . 00 

Mary E. Robbins 100 . 00 

Luther & Augustine Conant . . . 500 . 00 

Hannah D. Robbins 50 . 00 

Elisha H. Cutler 100 . 00 

Nathaniel Jones 50 . 00 

Solomon Smith 75 . 00 

Gains W. Allen 100 . 00 

Varnum & Francis Tuttle .... 250.00 

Aaron Fletcher 100 . 00 

Mary A. Harrington 200.00 

Elnatlian Jones 100 . 00 

Nathan Chaffin 100 . 00 

Jonathan W. Loker 100.00 

Rev. James T. Woodbury .... 100.00 

Henry M. Smith 75.00 

Julian Tuttle 100 . 00 

James E. Harris 50 . 00 

Francis Conant 100 . 00 

Elbridge G. Parker 100.00 

Lemuel & Augusta Dole 100 . 00 

Edwin Fletcher 50 . 00 

Nancy, Raymond & Joseph 

[Estabrook 100.00 

Edward Tuttle 100 . 00 

Abram A. Jones 100 . 00 

Joseph A. Whitcomb 100.00 

Isaac T. Flagg 100 . 00 

Jonas K. Putney 150.00 

Joseph Reed 50.00 

Charlotte C. Flagg 100 . 00 

CjTus G. Dole 100 . 00 

Daniel Fletcher 100 . 00 

Asa Parker 100 . 00 

William N. Wood 100.00 

Leonard Bulette 100 . 00 

Ruth Robbins 100.00 

Henry T. Billings 100 . 00 

Mary E. Lothrop 200 . 00 

Lewis Wood, Jr 100.00 

George Conant 100 . 00 



$53.25 


$1.75 


$1.00 


$54.00 


102.15 


3.50 


2.00 


103.65 


101.50 


3.50 


3.00 


102.00 


50.25 


1.75 


1.50 


50.50 


210.32 


7.00 


4.00 


213.32 


569.80 


17.50 


17.28 


570.02 


104.50 


3.50 


3.00 


105.00 


103.25 


3.50 


2.00 


104.75 


108.00 


3.50 


2.00 


109.50 


103.04 


3.50 


3.00 


103.54 


204.82 


7.00 


3.00 


208.82 


103.59 


3.50 


2.00 


105.09 


105.00 


3.50 


3.00 


105.50 


103.07 


3.50 


3.00 


103.57 


103.50 


3.50 


2.00 


105.00 


103.50 


3.50 


3.00 


104.00 


103.35 


3.50 


3.50 


103.35 


102.38 


3.50 


4.00 


101.88 


75.48 


2.63 


1.50 


76.61 


104.00 


3.50 


3.00 


104.50 


105.00 


3.50 


3.00 


105.50 


107.61 


3.50 


6.00 


105.11 


101.70 


3.50 


2.00 


103.20 


101.83 


3.50 


3.00 


102.33 


76.66 


2.63 


2.00 


77.29 


102.97 


3.50 


2.00 


104.47 


102.42 


3.50 


3.78 


102.14 


104.59 


3.50 


3.00 


105.09 


50.72 


1.75 


1.50 


50.97 


162.97 


5.25 


3.00 


165.22 


102.97 


3.50 


3.00 


103.47 


543.27 


17.50 


15.00 


545.77 


50.67 


1.75 


1.00 


51.42 


104.00 


3.50 


3.00 


104.50 


51.50 


1.75 


1.50 


51.75 


76.77 


2.63 


2.00 


77. 4U 


103.57 


3.50 


2.00 


105.07 


258.94 


8.75 


8.00 


259.69 


103.15 


3.50 


3.00 


103.65 


212.45 


7.00 


5.00 


214.45 


103.20 


3.50 


3.00 


103.70 


104.67 


3.50 


3.00 


105.1-" 


103.96 


3.50 


3.00 


104.46 


117.16 


3.50 


1.00 


119.66 


77.09 


2.63 


2.00 


77.72 


98.50 


3.50 


2.00 


100.00 


52.23 


1.75 


1.00 


52.98 


102.76 


3.50 


2.00 


104.26 


104.18 


3.50 


3.00 


104.68 


102.85 


3.50 


3.00 


103.35 


51.13 


1.75 


2.00 


50.88 


102.22 


3.50 


3.00 


101.72 


102.50 


3.50 


3.00 


103.0 ) 


100.64 


3.50 


3.00 


101.14 


107.33 


3.50 


2.50 


108.33 


103.54 


3.50 


3.00 


104.04 


161.71 


5.25 


4.00 


162.96 


53.15 


1.75 


2.50 


52.40 


102.10 


3.50 


2.00 


103.60 


104.37 


3.50 


3.00 


104.87 


103.42 


3.50 


3.00 


103.92 


103.43 


3.50 


3.00 


103.93 


105.25 


3.50 


2.00 


106.75 


103.20 


3.50 


3.00 


103.70 


103.90 


3.50 


3.00 


104.40 


101.83 


3.50 


2.00 


103.33 


215.37 


7.00 


6.50 


215.87 


106.53 


3.50 


3.00 


107.03 


110.16 


3.50 


•2.00 


111.66 



51 



70 Zoeth Taylor 50 . 00 

71 Herbert S. Lane 100 . 00 

72 George H. Harris 100.00 

73 Mary W. Fletcher 100 .00 

74 John J. Lothrop 50 .00 

75 Franklin P. Wood 100 . 00 

76 Israel H. Giles 100 . 00 

77 Joseph Barker 50 . OU 

78 Emma F. Blood 50 . 00 

79 Daniel J. and E. E. Wetherbee 200.00 

80 Francis Campbell 200 . 00 

81 Harriet W. Palmer 100 . 00 

82 Jason W. Livermore 50.00 

83 Josiah Piper 75.00 

84 William F. Wood 50.00 

85 John White 100 . 00 

86 Cyrus Hale 100 . 00 

87 Robert Wayne 75.00 

88 Daniel Tuttle 200 . 00 

89 Edwin Tarbell 100 . 00 

90 Elisha Comstock 100.00 

91 Luke Tuttle 100 . 00 

92 Moses Tavlor 400 .00 

93 William D. Tuttle 100.00 

94 Cyrus Pickard 100 . 00 

95 J. E. Billings 100.00 

96 Lorenzo A. Pratt 100.00 

97 George R. Keyes 100.00 

9b William Hosmer 50.00 

99 Henry Barker 100 . 00 

100 P. E. Parsons 200 . 00 

1920 

101 Apr. 12 — Joseph Truette .... 100.00 

102 May 7 — Lowell A. Jones 100.00 

103 June 8 — John Conant 100.00 

104 July 1 — Cyrus Hale 200.00 

105 Aug. 2 — George M. Pike 100.00 

106 Aug. 21 — Calvin Harris 100.00 



52.48 


1.75 


1.00 


53.23 


103.08 


3.50 


4.00 


102.58 


116.40 


3.50 


2.00 


117.90 


101.53 


3.50 


2.00 


103.03 


56.87 


1.75 


1.00 


57.62 


105.66 


3.50 


3.00 


106.16 


102.29 


3.50 


3.00 


102.79 


52.85 


1.75 


2.50 


52.10 


55.85 


1.75 


1.00 


56.60 


213.40 


7.00 


6.00 


214.40 


210.50 


7.00 


4.00 


213.50 


104.70 


3.50 


3.00 


105.20 


52 . 85 


1.75 


2.00 


52.60 


77.05 


2.63 


2.00 


77.68 


52.69 


1.75 


2.00 


52.44 


102.37 


3.50 


3.00 


102.87 


101.80 


3.50 


2.50 


102.80 


76.89 


2.63 


2.00 


77.52 


208.00 


7.00 


3.00 


212.00 


103.00 


3.50 


3.00 


103.50 


108.50 


3.50 


1.00 


111.00 


101.50 


3.50 


3.50 


101.50 


422.00 


14.00 


15.00 


421.00 


102.30 


3.50 


2.00 


103.80 


102.37 


3.50 


2.00 


103.87 


101.50 


3.50 


2.00 


103.00 


101.50 


3.50 


2.00 


103.00 


51.16 


3.94 


2.00 


103.10 


51.01 


1.75 


1.00 


51.76 


101.75 


3.50 


2.00 


103. 2iv 


202.90 


7.00 


4.00 


205.90 




2.32 




102.32 




1.95 




101.95 




1.75 




101.75 




3.50 




203.50 




1.45 




101.45 




1.16 




101.16 




.60 




100.60 



107 Oct. 6 — J. P. Snelling , . 


100.00 .60 100.60 


$12050.00 $11742.64 $406.95 $306.56 $12693.03 


NORTH CEMETERY 


No. Name of Fund. 


Amount On hand On hand 
Deposited Jan. 1 Income Exp'n'd Dec. 31, 
1920 1920 



1 Samuel Temple $50 . 00 

2 Frances Hutchinson 50 .00 

3 Henrietta Anderson 50.00 

4 Mary Hapgood 50.00 

5 Jerusha Blood 200 . 00 



$55.79 


$1.75 


$1.50 


$56.04 


53.54 


1.75 


1.50 


53.79 


53.04 


1.75 


1.50 


53.29 


52.77 


1.75 


1.50 


53.02 


241.25 


7.00 


1.50 


246.75 



$400.00 



$456.39 $14.00 



50 



$462.89 



MT. HOPE CEMETERY 



No. 



Name of Fund. 



Amount 
Deposited 



On hand 

Jan. 1 

1920 



Income 



On hand 
Exp'n'd Dec. 31. 
1920 



1 Eliza A. Whitcomb $75.00 

2 Phineas Wetherbee IshFRR 

3 Lizzie Hayward 100.00 

4 Frank C. Hayward 500.00 

5 George C. Wright 100.00 

6 George Crampton 100 .00 

7 Joel Wright 100 . 00 

8 George S. Wright 100.00 

9 George C. Wright (Davis Mem.) 50.00 

10 B. H. and O. K. Patch 50.00 

11 Howard E. Faulkner 150 .00 

12 J. Warren Hayward 50.00 

13 Lewis B. Goodnow 100.00 

14 Sarah A. Hutchins 100.00 

15 F. D. Walcott 100.00 

16 A. Louise Warren and Simon 

[Hosmer 150.00 



$79.99 


$2.63 


$2.50 


$80 . 12 


39.40 


4.00 


2.50 


40.90 


124.85 


3.50 


2.75 


125.60 


509.33 


17.50 


17.50* 


509.33 


139.90 


3.50 


3.25 


140.15 


113.40 


3.50 


3.25 


113.65 


114.65 


3.50 


3.00 


115.15 


115.40 


3.50 


2.75 


116.15 


80.30 


1.75 




82.05 


50.15 


1.75 


1.75 


50.15 


185.80 


5.25 


4.00 


187.05 


50.15 


1.75 


1.85 


50.05 


112.15 


3.50 


3.00 


112.65 


115.66 


3.50 


3.00 


116.16 


116.31 


3.50 


3.00 


116.81 



170.52 



3.00 



172.77 



52 

17 John R. Houghton 100.00 114.12 3.50 3.25 114.37 

18 William A. Cutler and Brad- 

[ley Stone 100.00 101.08 3.50 4.00 100.58 

19 John Blanchard 100.00 117.58 3.50 7.50 113.58 

20 Wheeler and Shattuck 50.00 50.00 1.75 1.75 50.00 

21 George H. Decoster 100.00 107.00 3.50 6.00t 104.50 

22 Henderson Rowell 50.00 50.03 1.75 1 75 50.03 

23 Luke Blanchard 500.00 712.50 36.05 748.55 

24 L. Blanchard, S. Blanchardtomb 100.00 137.50 6.92 2.50 141.92 

25 C. & L. Blanchard Memorial .100.00 138.00 6.97 144.97 

26 John Temple & Edw. F. Pratt 100.00 102.65 3.50 2.75 103.40 

27 W. K. Davy 50.00 50.09 1.75 1.75 50.09 

28 Ella & Lucius S. Hosmer .. 100.00 112.72 3.50 3.25 112.97 

29 Caroline A. Hosmer 100.00 112.10 3.50 3.50 112.10 

30 Isaiah Reed 100.00 112.48 3.50 3.00 112.98 

31 Benjamin F. Hapgood 100.00 111.23 3.50 3.50 111.23 

32 Lucy A. (Wetherbee) Burbeck 100.00 110.23 3.50 3.00 110.73 

33 Francis Jones 50.00 50.04 1.75 1.75 50.04 

34 Simon Hartwell 100.00 110.45 3.50 3.00 110.95 

35 Emerson Fuller 100.00 106.65 3.50 3.50 106.65 

36 John Porter Priest 100.00 105.65 3.50 3.00 106.15 

37 Harriet 1). Brown 100.00 105.75 3.50 3.00 106.25 

38 Oliver Mead 100.00 106.78 3.50 3.00 107.28 

39 Bessie E. Brov.-n 100.00 106.91 3.50 3.00 107.41 

40 George Gardner 100.00 106.33 3.50 2.50 107.33 

41 Hiram J. Hapgood 100.00 105.29 3.50 3.50 105.29 

42 Charles Robinson 75.00 77.94 2.63 2.50 78.07 

43 Emerline A. Johnson, F. E. 

Flint and H. Louis Bush .. 400.00 436.77 14.00 13.00 437.77 

44 Nahum Littlefield 50.00 50.02 1.75 1.75 50.02 

45 Francis Hayward 100.00 105.00 3.50 3.00 105.50 

46 Charles S. Twitcheli 50.00 50.04 1.75 1.75 50.04 

47 Pratt & Hooper 100.00 100.00 3.50 3.50 100.00 

48 Marcus M. Keyes 500.00 533.66 17.50 14.50 536.66' 

49 Alcander P. Bean 100.00 103.58 3.50 3.00 104.08 

50 Bancroft Whitcomb 100.00 103.95 3.50 3.00 104.45 

51 Hobart E. Mead 100.00 105.08 3.50 2.50 106.08 

52 Jerome B. Whitney 100.00 102.45 3.50 3.00 102.95 

53 Varnum Robbins 100.00 101.50 3.50 3.50 101.50 

54 Walter A. Holden 100.00 104.70 3.50 3.00 105.20 

55 G. W. Knowlton 50.00 51.16 1.75 1.75 51.16 

56 Edith A. Watson 50.00 51.16 1.75 1.75 51.16 

57 A. Knowlton 50.00 51.16 1.75 1 . 75 • 51.16 

58 Edwin Stone 100.00 102.10 3.50 2.75 102.85 

59 Joseph E. Chandler 50.00 50.52 1.75 2.00 50.27 

60 Granville E. Whitcomb 100.00 102.00 3.50 3.00 102.50 

61 James E. Richardson 50.00 50.05 1.75 1.75 50.05 

62 William F. Piper 100.00 100.78 3.50 2.75 101.53 

63 Walter A. Gilmore 50.00 50.76 1.75 2.00 50.51 

64 Henry F. Hosmer 50.00 50.87 1.75 1.75 50.87 

65 Lyman Mead 100.00 101.87 3.50 3.00 102.37 

66 E. F. Richardson 50.00 49.70 1.75 1.75 49.70 

67 Ira B. Hall 100.00 100.40 3.50 2.75 101.15 

68 Alonzo L. Tuttle 50.00 51.16 1.75 2.00 50.91 

69 W^illiam Chaplin, Sr 100.00 99.78 3.50 3.50 99.78 

70 WMlliam Chaplin. Jr 200.00 201.31 7.00 3.00 205.31 

71 William Chaplin. G. A. R. .. 100.00 100.53 3.50 1.50 102.53 

72 Guv Staples 50.00 50.87 1.75 2.62 50.00 

73 Albert Brown 100.00 99.75 3.50 2.50 100.75 

74 Edwin C. Parker 150.00 152.63 5.25 4.50 153.38 

75 Eben Smith 50.00 50.87 1.75 .75 51.87 

76 Whitcomb & Preston 100.00 50.72 3.20 2.25 101.67 

77 Alvin A. & Ellen M. Hayward 100.00 100.58 3.50 3.00 101.08 

78 James Rentell 100.00 103.58 3.50 3.00 101.08 

1920 

79 Apr. 2 — Henry Willard 100.00 2.63 102.63 

80 Apr. 30 — Bixby Woodard .... 50.00 1.17 51.17 

81 Mav 22 — Waldo Littlefield 100.00 2.03 102.03 

82 Dec. 28 — Eugene L. Hall .... 75.00 75.00 

83 Dec. 28 — Bertram D. Hall .... 75.00 75.00 

$8800.00 $9207.12 $328.98 $246.22 $9739.88 



* Paid to F. C. Hayward, $17.50. 
t Paid to George H. Decoster, $3.50. 



53 

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ACTON 
MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1920 



TRUSTEES 
Luther Conant, President Frank R. Knowlton 

E. Faulkner Conant, Secretary George T. Ames 

^Delette H. Hall Horace F. Tuttle 

Mrs. Caroline L. Brown Lucius J. Hesselton 

*Died November 18, 1920. J. Sidney White. 

Thirty years has elapsed since the Memorial Library was opened 
to the public in 1890, through the generosity of the donor, Mr. W. A. 
Wilde. The object of the giver was to erect a memorial for the men 
of Acton who served in the Civil War as well as to create a public 
library through which knowledge would be disseminated to the citi- 
zens and inhabitants of the town of Acton, but the institution is more 
than a librarj^, for in the imposing structure there have been placed 
a large number of paintings, articles of such historic nature and value 
that it well m.ay be said that the town has a collection worthy of 
being called a museum. 

The success of the library is shown by the fact that when it was 
opened there were 3,973 volumes upon the shelves, while today there 
are approximately 14,000 volumes. The annual circulation for the 
first years when the library was opened was around 9,000 volumes, 
while at this time it averages 10,000 volumes. Throughout the period 
of the library's existence, there has been a continuous uniform 
interest taken in same b^^ an appreciative public and your president 
serving throughout the thirty years takes pleasure in stating that 
nothing has occurred at any time during this period in the manage- 
ment to mar in the least the pleasantest relations of the trustees. 

It becomes my sad duty to refer to another break in the member- 
ship of the charter mem^bers of the corporate body named by Mr. 
AVilde, brought about by the death of Mr. Delette^ H. Hall. The 
writer is now the only surviving charter member of the board and 
believes it appropriate at this time and place to incorporate in the 
report of the trustees a testimonial of one who during his life was so 
familiar to the townspeople and whose personality, pleasant smile 
and kind words will be long remembered by those who came in 
contact with him. 

Although born in Bolton in 1844, he had been a resident of Acton 
since his early youth, becoming a prosperous and successful business 
man and prominent in social and church work. At the outbreak of 
the Civil War he enlisted from Acton at the age of eighteen, and 
served his country well and. faithfully for four years. He w^as 
attached to the Twenty-Sixth Regiment for three years, after which 
he re-enlisted and was with Sheridan during the latter part of his 
service. Not only did he serve his country and his town in time of 
war, but he likewise served his townspeople by being honored to re- 
present them in the State Legislature and in holding other honorable 
positions of trust, not the least being selected bv the donor of our 



54 

library to aid in its management throug'hout his life. He served as 
commander of Post 138 of the G. A. R., and as president and treasurer 
of the old Twenty-Sixth Regiment Association. His devout interest 
in the church is shov^n by the fact that he served twenty-one years 
as superintendent of the Sunday school. A most fitting tribute to 
him who has departed is found in the Scriptures and expressed in 
these few words: "Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving 
the Lord." 

The trustees recommend the usual appropriations to be made for 
the care of the library and for new books, and suggest that considera- 
tion be given at the proper time for an allotment sufficient to tabulate 
and properly describe the paintings, relics and other articles that 
have been donated or placed in trust with the trustees and for the 
printing of such information for suitable distribution. 

The trustees desire that a copy of this report attested to by the 
town clerk be presented by him to Mrs. Hall. 

Submitted for the Trustees, 

LUTHER CONANT, President. 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT, 1920 

Accessions-: Number of volumes in the library, January 1, 1920, 
14,070. Increase by purchase 235, of which 13 were obtained by bind- 
ing magazines. Increase by gift, 54. Total increase, 289. 

Number of volumes in the library, January 1, 1921, 14,359. 

Circulation : Number of days library was opened, 100. Number 
of volumes circulated, 9,635. Daily average circulation, 96 plus. 
Largest daily circulation, 193, on February 28. Smallest daily cir- 
culation, 49, on March 6. 

Received from fines and old papers sold $65.40 

Expended for postage, etc 3 . 50 

$61.90 
Gifts of books have been received from the following sources: 
U. S. Government, 9 ; State of Massachusetts, 12 ; Town of Acton, 1 ; 
Carnegie Foundation, 1; Evan J. David, 1; J. H. Edwards, 1; MarioJi 
Fobes, 1; Ingersoll Watch Company, 1; Mrs. Pennell, 21; Benjamin 
Pope, 4 ; State of Illinois, 1 ; Leonard Wood Campaign Committee, 1. 
By an error in the report for 1919, Mr. George A. Webster was 
not credited with a gift of 18 books, 17 of these being included in the 
inuraber as purchased. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, Librarian. 



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BOOKS ADDED TO THE MEMORIAL LIBRARY IN 1920 



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NON-FICTION 
Adams, J. C. — William Hamilton Gibson 
Andrea, A. L. — Dehydrating- foods, fruits, vegetables 

and meats 
Anon — Air service — Medical Manual 
Anon — Defenders of Democracy 
Bancroft, J. H. and Pulvermacher, W. D. — Handbook 

fifteen athletic games 
Baynes, E. H. — Wild bird guests — How to entertain them 
Benson, A. C. — The house of quiet 

Benton, C. F.— Work and programs for Women's clubs 
Bland, J. 0. P. — Houseboat days in China 
Brearley, H. C. — Time telling through the ages 
Bucher, E. E. — Practical wireless telegraphy 
Burice, L. W. and Owen, E. S. D. — Nature's aid to design 
Burroughs, J. — Accepting the universe 
Burroughs, J. — Field and study 
Cable, B. — Between the lines 

Calthrop, D. C. — English costume. Three volumes 
Chadwick, J. W. — ^Cap'n Chadwick, Marblehead skipper 

and shoemaker 
Chase, L. B. — The Bay path and along the way 



922G214a 

64A556d 

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940A100d 

79B213h 

59B358W 

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71B942n 

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Cleveland, F. A. and Buck, A. E. — The Budget and respon- 
sible government 

Cole, E. L. T. — Guide to mushrooms 

Collins, A. F. — Motor car starting and lighting 

Cooke, G. W. — Unitarianism in America 

Couch, A. T. Q. — The Warwickshire avon 

Crooker, J. H. — The supremacy of Jesus 

Crow, M. F. — The American country girl 

Currie, J. A. — "The red watch" with the first division in 
Flanders 

Cutler, F. M.— The 55th artillery (C. A. C.) in the Ameri- 
can Expeditionary forces, France, 1918 

Dako, C. A. — Albania, the master key to the near east 

Dana, E. S. — Minerals and how to study them 

David, E. J. — Leonard Wood on national issues 

Davis, J. — Travels of four years and a-half in the United 
States of America during 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801 and 
1802 

Davis, W. S. — A history of France from the earliest times 
to the treaty of Versailles 

Davis, V. D. — Twelve hymns and their writers 

Dunlap, W. — A history of the rise and progress of the arts 
of design in the United States. Three volumes 

Earle, A. M. — Old time gardens 



35C635b 
58C689g 
62C712m 
28C772U 
914.2C853W 
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Eastburii, R. — The dangers and sufferings of Robert East- 
burn and his deliverance from Indian captivity 973.2E13d 
Ellis, E. 8.— Our republic 973E47o 
Emerson, R. W. — Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson. 2 vols. 81E53J 
Fabie, J. H. — The mason wasps 59F123ma 
Footner, H.— New rivers of the north 917.1F687n 
Galloway, C. F. J.— The call of the west 917.1G174c 
Gibbs, P.— The soul of the war 940G443s 
Harper, M. W. — Manual of farm animals 63H295m 
Hasluck, P. N.— Tailoring 68H352t 
Hasluck, P. N.— Upholstery 64H352a 
ilatton, R. G. — Perspective for art students 74H366p 
Hawthorne, H.— Old seaport towns of New England 917.3H399o 
Heft, L. — Holders of railroad bonds and notes 33H461h 
Henson, M. — A negro explorer at the North Pole 919.8H526n 
Holme, J. C.— The life of Leonard AVood 922W876h 
How, N. — A narrative of the captivitv of Nehemiah How 

in 1745-47 ^ 973.2H847n 

Huard, F. W. — My home on the field of honour 940H874m 

llutton, E. — Highways and byways of Somerset 914.2H984h 

Irving, W. and Others — Representative essays • 80I72r 

James, G. W. — Practical basket making 67J28p 

Jefferies, R.— The story of mv heart ' 924J47J 

Jenkins, S.— The old Boston Post road 974.5J52o 

Johnson, R. — Campfire and battlefield. Two volumes 973.7J68c 

Kelley, R. E.— The book of Halloween 39K29b 

Kilbourne, F. W. — Chronicles of the White Mountains 917.3K48c 

Lossing, B. — Our countr}^ 973L881o 

Lowell, A. — Tendencies in modern American poetrv 81L914t 

Lucas, E. v.— The open road * 82L933o 

Lvman, G. H. — Storv of the Massachusetts committee of 

public safety, 1917-1918 35L986s 

Lynch, J. G. B.— The complete boxer 79L987c 

McCandless, B. and Grosvenor, G. — Flags of the world 91M113f 

McConnell, J. R.--F]ying for France with the American 

Escadrille at Verdun 940M129i* 

MacDowell, E.— Woodland sketches op. 51 78M138w 

MacGill, P. — The great push, an episode of the great Avar 940M145g 
Masefield, J.— Gallipoli 940M476g 

Mather, F. — Modern fish culture in fresh and salt water 63M427m 
Maynard, S. T. — Landscape gardening as applied to home 

decoration 71M4711 

Mereness, N. D.— Travels in the colonies 973M558t 

Millard, B. — The Mediterranean cruise 914M645m 

Mozans, H. J.— Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena 918M939u 
Orth, S. P. — Five American politicians: a study in the evo- 
lution of American politics 921077f 
Packard, W.— Old Plymouth trails 917.3P119() 
Paine, T. — Age of reason 27P147m 



57 

Parquin, C— Napoleon's victories, 1803-1814 944P274ii 

Payne, G. H. — History of journalism in the United States 973P346h 
Perry, L. D. — Seat weaving- 68P463s; 

Peters, C— The Eldorado of the ancients 916.7P481e 

Picton, J. A. — Spinoza, a handbook to the ethics 14P611s 

Presland, J.— Lynton and Lynmouth 914.2P9341 

Richardson, R. C— West Point 35R524w 

Riis, J. A.— The old town 914.8R481o 

Roberts, G. S. — Historic towns of the Connecticut river 

valley 973.2R644h 

Rodway, J. — In the Guiana forest 918R697i 

Roosevelt, K.— War in the garden of Eden 940R781w 

Scott, E. J. — Scott 's official history of the American negro 

in the World war 940S425s. 

Service, C. M. — Parks and memorials of the State of 

Illinois 977.3S591p 

Shaw, A. H.— The story of the pioneer 922S534s 

Shelley, H. C. — The British museum ; its history and 

treasures 914.2S545b 

Shuster, W. M.— The strangling of Persia 955S562s 

Sirois, E. D. and McGinnis, W. — Smashing through the 

World war with fighting battery C, 102 F. A. Y. D. 940S619s 

Smith, J. H. — Our struggle for the fourteenth colony, Can- 
ada and the American Revolution. Two volumes 973.3S651o 
Smith, R. H. — Justice and the poor 34S657J 

Steele, Z.— The Indian captive 973.2S814i 

Stobart, S. and C. — The flaming sword in Serbia and else- 
where 940S863f 
Stone, G. — Wales, her origins, struggles and later history, 

institutions and manners 942.9S877w 

Townsend, M. — An index to the United States of America 973T754a 
Townsend, W. G. P. — Embroidery, or the craft of the 

needle 74T752e 

Tunney, T. J. — Throttled, the detection of the German and 

Anarchist bomb plotters in the United States 940T926t 

T'anderlip, F. A. — What happened to Europe 940V235w 

Welham, S. — A manual for nurses 61W446m 

Wheat, G. S. — ^^The story of the American Legion 36W556i^ 

Wharton, A. H. — English ancestral homes of noted 

Americans 914.2W553e 

Williams, J. — The redeeemed captive returning to Zion 973.2W724r 
Williams, J. D.— America illustrated 917.3W724a 

Wood, E. F. — The note-book of an intelligence officer 940W875n 

Wood, E. F.— The note-book of an attache 940W875no 

Woodbury, C. H. — Painting and the personal equation 75W884p 

Young, S. H. — Adventures in Alaska 917.3Y76a 

Ziegler, V. — Popular oil geology 55Z66p 



58 



FICTION 
Ashmun, M. — Isabel Carleton in the West 
Bacheller, I. — A man for the ages 
.Bassett, S. W. — The harbor road 
Bindloss, H. — The wilderness mine 
Bower, B. M. — Her prairie knight 
Bower, B. M. — The flying U's last stand 
Bower, B. M. — The heritage of the Sioux 
Bower, B. M. — The lookout man 
Bower, B. M. — ^The quirt 
Bower, B. M. — The uphill climb 
Brown, A. — The black drop 
Chambers, R. W. — The crimson tide 
Chambers, R. W. — The slayer of souls 
Cooper, J. A. — Cap'n Abe, storekeeper 
Cooper, J. A. — Tobias o' the light 
Cullum, R. — The heart of Unaga 
Curwood, J. 0. — The river's end 
Day, H. — The rider of the king log 
Dell, E. — The lamp in the desert 
Dix, B. M.— Hands off ! 

Dorrance, E. and J. — Flames of the Blue Ridge 
DuBois, M. C. — Comrade Rosalie 
Durkin, D. — The heart of Cherry McBain 
Fletcher, J. S. — The middle temple murder 
Galsworthy, J. — The dark flower 
George, W. L. — Caliban 
Glasgow, E. — The builders 
Glasgow, E. — Life and Gabriella 
Gregory, J. — The bells of San Juan 
Grey, Z. — The man of the forest 
Hitchens, R. — Mrs. Harden 
Johnston, Sir H. — The Gay-Dombeys 
King, B, — The city of comrades 
Leverage, H. — Whispering w4res 
Lewis, S. — Free air 
Lincoln, J. C. — The Portygee 
Lutz, G. L.— Exit Betty ^ 
MacGrath, H. — The man with three names 
MacGrath, H. — The yellow typhoon 
MacKowan — Janet of the Kootenay 
Merrick, L. — Conrad in search of his youth 
Merrick, L. — Cynthia 
Merrick, L. — The actor manager 

Montgomery, L. M. — Further chronicles of Avonlea 
Mundy, T.— The ivory trail 
Norris, K. — Harriet and the piper 
Ollivant, A. — Boy Woodburn 
Oppenheim, E. P. — A millionaire of yesterday 



A827i 

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C967h 

C982r 

D273r 

D3571 

D619h 

D716f 

D816c 

D919h 

F613m 

G178d 

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G842m 

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J735g 

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M147m 

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M159J 

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062mi 



Oppenheim, E. P. — The Cinema murder 062ci 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The great impersonation 062^ 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The wicked marquis 062wi 

Ostrander, I. — Ashes to ashes 085a 

Ostrander, I. — The twenty-six clues 085t 

Packard, P. L. — The night operator P119n 

Paine, R. D. — Ships across the sea P146sh 

Parrish, R. — The mystery of the silver dagger P261my 

Porter, E. H. — Mary Marie P844ma' 

Richardson, N. — The world shut out , R524w 

Richmond, G. — Red and black R532re: 

Rinehart, M, R. — The amazing interlude R579ani 

Robins, C. — Camilla R657ca 

Rockwell, F. F.— The key to the land R684k' 

Rowland, H. C— The pedler R883p 

Shed, G. C— The iron furrow S541i 

Sidgwick, A. — Salt of the earth S568s 

Steele, C. K. — The diamond cross mystery S814d 

Swinnerton, F. — Nocturne S97Sn 

Swinnerton, F. — September S978^ 

Tarkington, B. — Ramsey Milholland T176r 

Tracy, L.— The Bartlet mystery T761b 

Tracy, L. — Number seventeen T761n 

Wallace, E. — Green rust W188^ 

Wallace, E.— Kate plus 10 W188k 

Wallace, E.— The secret house W188s. 

Walpole, H.— The dark flower W218d 

Walpole, H. — The golden scarecrow W218g: 

Walpole, H. — The green mirror W218gr 

Walpole, H.— The secret city W218s 

Ward, F.— The singing heart W259s 

AVells, C— The gold bag W453g 

Wells, C. — The man who fell through the earth W453mb 

Wells, C— The mark of Cain W45t3mc 

AVells, C— Pattv and Azalea W453pp 

Wells, C— The white alley • W453w 

Weston, G. — Mary minds her business W535m 

White, W. P.— Lynch lawyers W58921 

Williams, B. A.— The sea bride W721s. 

Willsie, H.— The forbidden trail W741f 

Wodehouse, P. G. — A damsel in distress W838d 

JUVENILE 
Altsheler, J. A.— The lords of the wild JA46916 
Bishop, A.— Bob Thorpe, sky fighter in Italy JB622b 
Bishop, A. — Bob Thorpe, sky fighter in the Lafayette fly- 
ing corps JB622bo 
Blanchard, A. E.— A little maid of Picardy JB6391i 
Blanchard, A. E.— Lucky Penny of Thistle troop JB639lu 
Cadby, C. — Puppies and kittens and other stories JC12ir> 



60 

Caiifield, F. C— The refugee family JC2221r 

D'Aulnoy, C— The children's fairyland JD239c 

Oyer, W. A.— Ben, the battle horse JD996b 

Eaton, W. P. — On the edge of the wilderness JE14o 

Frentz, E. W.— Uncle Zeb and his friends JF879u 

Hagedon, H.— The boy's life of Theodore Roosevelt J9R781h 

Haines, D. H. — The dragon-flies JH152d 

Ingersoll, E. — The Raisin Creek Exploring club JI47r 

Kelland, C. B.— Catty Atkins JK291c 

Kescel, D. T.— The adventures of Dal Hamilton JK42a 

Lange, D. — The Shawnee's warning JL274s 

Large, L. A. — Little people who became great JL322i 

MacArthur, R. B.— Daisy JM115d 

Parker, T. D.— The air raider JP243a 
Roosevelt, T. — Theodore Roosevelt's letters to his children JR781i 

Scoville, S. — Boy Scouts in the wilderness JS432b 

Sheridan, S. N.— Billy Vanilla JS552b 

Theiss, L. E.— The hidden aerial JT376hi 

Theiss, L. E. — The voung wireless operator afloat JT376y 

Walsh, G. E.— The boy vigilantes of Belgium JW224b 

Weeks, A. D. — Squaw Point JW3y5s 

BOUND MAGAZINES 

Atlantic — January -June, 1919. 
Atlantic — July-December, 1919. 
Century— May-October, 1919. 
Harper's— December, 1918-May, 1919. 
Harper 's — ^June-November, 1919. 
Popular Mechanics — January-June, 1919. 
Popular Mechanics — July-December, 1919. 
Review of Reviews — Januarv-June, 1919. 
St. Nicholas- May-October, 1919. 
Scientific American — Januarj^-June, 1919. 
Scientific American — July-December, 1919. 
Scribner 's — January-June, 1919. 
World's -Work— Mav-October, 1919. 



REFERENCE 
Acton Town Reports— 1910-1915. 

American and English Geneaologies in the Library of Congress. 
Annual Report Smithsonian Institution — 1917-1918. 
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. 
Book of the United States. 

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 
Chaml)er'.s Encyclopedia, edition 1891 — 10 volumes. 
Cyclo})cdia of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge. 
General Acts of Massachusetts —1919. 
Heroes All. 
Journal, Hoiuse of Representatives of Massachusetts — 1919. 



61 

Journal of the Senate of Massachusetts — 1919. 

List of the Washington Manuscripts in the Library of Congress. 

Manual for the General Court— 1920. 

Mr. Adams' Sermon on the Death of Col. John Edwards. 

Municipal Finances of Massachusetts — 1917. 

Peloubet's Select Notes— 1921. 

Proceedings U. S. National Museum — 2 volumes. 

Proceedings G. A. R. Department Massachusetts — 1919. 

Report Bank Commissioners of Massachusetts Department Savings 

Banks. 
Report Librarian of Congress. 
Special Acts of Massachusetts — 1919. 
Thirty-third Report Interstate Commerce Commission. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



OP THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 



1920 




■JIMUM P I II! ' i^ 



THE NEWS-ENTERPRISTC 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1921 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 

1921 

March 18. Winter term closes. 
March 28. Spring- term opens. 
June 17. Spring- term closes. 

1921- '22 

Sept. 5. Fall term opens. 

Thanksgiving- recess : Thanksgiving- and the day following. 
Nov. 28. Winter term begins. 

Vacation : Christmas week and week following, school be- 

o-innino- Jannarv 2, 1922. 



LEGAL HOLIDAYS 



January 1, February 22, April 19, May 30, July 4, First Monday 
of September, October 12, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. (The 
day following when any of the first four days mentioned, the 12th of 
October or Christmas occurs on Sunday.) 

Arbor Day falls on the last Saturday in April and is not a legal 
holiday. 

Flag Day falls on June 14, and is not a legal holiday. It should 
be observed by proper exercises by any school in session on that day. 



STANDING RULES 

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

Rule 2. Pupils shall be promoted from grade to grade and 
schooj 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, unless qualified in the opinion of the teacher and superin- 
tendent of schools to do the work. 

Rule 4. Pupils shall be held responsible for books loaned to 
them until 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. 

Rule 6. There shall be no signal for ^'no school" on stormy or 
other inclement days, but parents shall determine in their individual 
cases whether it is expedient to send their children to school or not. 

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



ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 

Harry N. Brown, chairman Term expires 192J 

Mrs. Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1921 

Bertram E. Hall, Secretary Term expires 1922 

Mrs. Elsie F. Parsons Term expires 1922 

Allen C. Flagg Term expires 1923 

Mrs. Lily C. Case Term expires 1923 

Superintendent 

Herman C. Knight, Townsend, Mass. 
Telephone: Townsend, 61-3; Littleton, 7-21 (Monday-Friday). 

Attendance OiRcers 

Thomas Scanlon West Acton 

Walter M. French South Acton 



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GENERAL REPORT 



Following is our report of receipts and disbursements for 1920, 
and an estimate of our needs for 1921. 

The superintendent in his report, to be found elsewhere, has 
taken up most of the ground usually covered by your committee's 
report and at a regular meeting of the committee, on February 3, 
1921, it was voted to accept his report as a report of this committee. 

There is one item he has not touched, however ; that is, the added 
cost of transportation. Last September all railroad fares were in 
creased, and in November your committee was petitioned by a very 
large number of residents of Acton Center and North Acton for better 
transportation for the high school children from those districts. It 
was represented that great hardship was entailed by these scholars, 
owing to the infrequency of train service to and from Concord and 
they asked for transportation over the road by auto barge. Your 
committee felt the justice of their complaints and after some inquiry, 
arrangements were made with Mr. George Noyes to transport these 
scholars by auto barge, at a cost of $35 per week. 

ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1921 
For general expenses : 

Salaries and other expenses of the com- 
mittee $175.00 

Salaries and other expenses of the super- 
intendent and truant officers 900 . 00 

For expenses of instruction : 

Tuition of pupils attending out of town 

schools 11,250.00 - 

Salaries of elementary school teachers ... 13,000.00 
For text books: 

For elementary schools it is anticipated 
that the amount to be received from 

dog tax will cover this item 1,000.00 

For stationery and supplies: 

Elementary schools 500 . 00 

For expenses of operating school plants : 

Wages of janitors, fuel and miscellaneous 

expenses 3,000.00 

Maintenance and repairs 1,500.00 -^ 

For auxiliary agencies: 

Health 250.00 

For transportation: ^ _^ 

High school scholars 3,100.00 ^i>* 

Elementary scholars 2,800 . 00 

Total $37,475.00 



Less estimated income, dog tax 300 . 00 



$37,175.00 



RECEIPTS ON ACCOUNT OF SCHOOLS FOR YEAR 1920 

Massachusetts school fund $302 . 65 

Industrial school fund 406 . 56 

Dog tax 301.32 

Superintendent of school fund 343 . 00 

Superintendent of school fund 129.77 

Tuition 70.10 

Miscellaneous 92.00 

$1,645.40 
Appropriation 27,000.00 



$28,645.40 



DISBURSEMENTS 



General Expenses 

School Committee 

Salaries : 
B. E. Hall, salary 1920 $100.00 

Other expenses : 

Samuel Ward Co $5.75 

B. E. Hall, postage and telephone tolls 5.67 

Huntley S. Turner 12.85 

Wright & Potter Printing Co 6 . 62 

Eliz. W. Cutler . 35.00 

Harry N. Brown, telephone tolls 1 . 55 

A. W. Davis 5.00 



$72.44 
Superintendent of Schools and Enforcement of Law 
Salaries : 

Herman C. Knight $727 . 60 

Walter M. French 10.60 

$738.20 
Miscellaneous 

Herman C. Knight $144.79 

Ruth D. Willard 13.75 

$158.54 



Expenses of Instruction 

Town of Concord high $8,356. 13 

City of Lowell 583.75 

(^itv of Boston 1.00 



Elementary Schools : 

Mrs. Helen H. "^Cummings $911.62 

•Vennie E. Stowell 889.80 

Julia L. McCarthy 865.44 

Florence Moore 375 . 00 

E. Sophia Taylor 514.80 

Helmi Myllykangas 453 . 90 

Doris M. Look 832.60 

Muriel Fairchild 73 . 68 

Gladys Farnsworth 471.90 

Myrtha I. Dimlich 682.14 

Ella L. Miller 986.45 

Martha F. Smith 889.80 

Florence M. Williams 841.48 

Irma M. Durkee 143.00 

Mrs. Mabel Howd 133.73 

Blanche Millard . . ., 84.00 

DeMerritt A. Hiscar 110.00 

Grace Tucker 225 . 16 

Irene Holt 25.00 

Rachel Kimball 5.00 



Fuea 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co $684.41 

George H. Reed 269.02 

•I ames Grimes 45 . 00 

Hall Brothers Co 7 . 50 

Warren Hayward 8.75 



$8,940.88 



$9,514.50 



Miscellaneous 

M. E. Taylor & Co 

Edw. E. Babb & Co 


$8.25 
4.27 

37.03 

3.17 

.85 

11.40 
5.54 


$1,014.68 


W. & S. Water Supply District of Acton 

Finney & Hoit 

J. B. Moore 

Theron F. Newton 

Henry C. Doughty 








$70. 5\ 



Maintenance 

Repairs 

Finney & Hoit 

L. T.'Fullonton 

TVilliam Jolinson , 

B. A. King 

W. B. HolT 

F. Z. Taylor 

Theron F. Xewton 

Hemy E. Keough , 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co , 

Carl Pickens 

Stone & Underbill 

H. X. Bro^vn 

W. H. Jobns-ManTille Co 

Artbur TVavne 

E. A. Pbalen 

E. Z. Stanley 

Aver Hardware Co 



Text Books 

Edward E. Babb *Sc Co 

American Book Co 

Jobn C. Winston Co 

Silver Bm^dett & Co 

D. C. Heatb & Co 

Lyons & Cornaban 

Ginn ^i Co 

Hiram Parkin 

Milton Bradley Co 

Tbe Macmillan Co 

Theron F. XeTvton, express 



S9.75 
557 . 62 
47.46 
44.10 
50.78 

7.69 

1.65 
66.02 
84.13 

2.50 

33.84 

.40 

7.37 
77.80 

7.20 
21.11 
27.00 



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.73 


295 


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58, 


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80, 


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$1,046.42 



$505 . 7 i 



Stationery and Supplies 

Edward E. Babb & Co 

Squanicook Printing Co 

J. L. Hammett & Co , 

Milton Bradley Co 

Library Bureau 

Rvan & Baker 

C. C. Birchard Co 

Theron F. Xewton. freight and express 



$73 


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143, 


.55 


56, 


,25 


4. 


.59 


40. 


26 


4. 


14 


6. 


21 



$328.65 



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Expenses of Operating School Plants 

Wages of Janitor 

Theron F. Newton $506.00 

Thomas Scanlon 474.00 

Carl Pickens 348.93 

George Little 48.00 

Lowell Jones 10.00 



Auxiliary Agencies 
Health 

George B. Robbins Dis. Co $100.00 

F. W. Green 8.00 

Theron F. Newton 1.17 



Transportation 
High School : 

Boston & Maine R. R $1,581.24 

N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R 26.40 

George E. Mnrphv 9.24 

Ruth H. Davis 1.62 



Lowell Industrial : 

Boston & Maine R. R. Co $131.34 

N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. Co 104.34 



Elementary : 

Walter M. French $370.00 

A. Christofferson 615.00 

Charles Edwards 860.00 

.1. T). Smith 860.00 



$1,386.93 



$109.17 



$1,618.50 



$235.68 



$2,705.00 

Total for transportation $4,559 . 18 

Miscellaneous Expenses 

Henr3^ C. Doughty $42 . 00 

Carswell Hawthorne 12.00 



$54.00 
New Equipment 
Xelsoii H. Brown . $45 . 53 



Total disbursements $28,645 .40 



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Unpaid Bills 

. Town of Concord : 

Balance, December, 1920, tuition bill $1,479.46 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARRY N. BROWN, Chairman, 
B. E. HALL, Secretary, 
ALLEN C. FLAGG, 
LILLY C. CASE, 
ELSIE F. PARSONS, 
ALICE M. CARLISLE. 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT 



Members of the Acton School Committee : 

I submit my first annual report, and the twenty-ninth report of 
superintendents, who have served since the town became a part of a 
superintendency union. 

My work during the past year has marked the finishing of one 
school year and the beginning of another. Necessarily it has been a 
period of observation and study. 

During the past year the schools have experienced several 
changes in the teaching force. Your superintendent was informed by 
the school committee of the resignation of Miss Muriel Fairchild, 
teacher of the intermediate room at the West Acton school, even be- 
fore he finished his duties in his former district. Late in the fall term 
Miss Myrtha Dimlich, w^ho was hired to succeed Miss Fairchild, re- 
signed to accept a position in Lexington. One other change in the 
teaching force of this building occurred last summer, when Miss Eula 
S. Taylor accepted a position in Marblehead. Miss Helma Mylly- 
kangas, a teacher of experience, was hired to take her place. 

At the South Acton school, Mrs. Grace Tucker of Maynard, who 
had substituted in the grammar room since early in the previous fall, 
was relieved by Mrs. Helen H. Cummings, who returned to her room 
in April. The opening of school in September found Miss Florence 
Moore teaching the primary room in the place of Miss Vera Farns- 
worth, who had accepted a position in Leominster. 

At the Center the teaching force has remained the same all 
through the year, w4th the exception of the part time teachers of the 
special subjects of drawing and music ; both of whom were nev/ to the 
town in September. 

There are two main reasons for the frequent changes in our 
teaching force ; the accessibility of the Acton schools to outside sup- 
erintendents, and the low average salaries paid to our teachers. It is 
true that salaries were advanced in January, and again in June, but 
even so, other towns are paying more to the teaching of the same 
grade or grades ; in many instances, than we are. 

The following data taken from the report of the Special Com- 
mission on Teachers' Salaries appointed by Ex-Governor Coolidge, 
and published since August, 1920, is of interest because of the oppor 



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tunity of studying the salary problem of several towns of nearly the 
same size, but located in different parts of the state. 

Comparative Study of Salaries in Five Massachusetts Towns 



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Jan. 1, 1920. 
Element 'y schools 



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Hull . . . 
Shirley . 
Rehoboth 



2,387 $1,762,771 
2,290 11,005,678 



$3,227|$5.09 



2,251 

2,228 



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1,635,727 
1,178,373 
2,151,072 



31,593 
7,643 
3,158 
6,458 



1.30 
2.67 
5.78 
3.23 



$380l$527 
617) 721 
5351 485 
3251 347 
500| 509 



$850 

1,220 

842 

593 

903 



124 

98 
57 
82 
81 



$850 
900 
750 
550 
790 



$850 

1,200 

850 

600 

889 



$850 
1,400 
1,000 
720 
1,040 



You will notice that the salaries of the teachers in Acton made 
practically^ no advance from 1910-11, to 1915-16, and that the increase 
of over 80 percent came in the next five years. You will further note 
that while salaries of Acton are not the lowest of the group, neither 
are they the highest. 

Last spring the school committee appointed Dr. Annis as school 
physician for the South Acton school, and Dr. Mayel for the Center 
and West Acton schools, with very satisfactory results. The health 
of the child is of prime importance and whatever affects it, affects the 
Avork of the child. 

During the summer vacation the grammar room, corridors and 
basement of the South Acton school were wired for electric lights. 
Later in the year the West Acton school was similarly wired. 

In September a new basal reader, the Progressive Road to Read- 
ing, was introduced in all the lower grades of the town; new arith- 
metics. Essentials of Arithmetic, by Hamilton, have been placed in the 
six upper grades. Both readers and arithmetics were much needed, 
and are proving to be very satisfactory. New geographies and spell- 
ers should be introduced as soon as possible. 

The cost of repairs and upkeep of buildings has been so great 
that many towns have hesitated to make repairs that were really 
necessary. The Acton committee has recognized that to delay paint- 
ing is to increase the amount of stock needed and to increase the cost 
of labor ; with this in mind the building at South Acton was painted, 
on the outside. The building at the Center should receive a coat of 
paint during the coming summer, and the sanitary accommodations 
of all three schools should be painted. 

A feature closely connected with the work of the schools is the 
club work of the Acton boys and girls. Last spring the town appro- 
priated money at its annual town meeting for the work of the Mid- 
dlesex County Farm Bureau, with the condition attached that a cer- 
tain sum should be spent for club work under local supervision. As a 
result, garden, canning, pig, poultry and home economics clubs have 



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been organized through the cooperation of the schools. These clubs 
have been very successful, and splendid work has been done under the 
leadership of Mrs. Howe of South Acton. 

Our boys and girls exhibited their canned products, and vege- 
tables from their gardens, at Acton and Waltham fairs and won many 
prizes. Two da^^ trips to Amherst were awarded by the Farm Bureau 
to Marion Forbes and Charles Howe for excellent work done in the 
pig and garden clubs. 

This work justifies our support because of its educational re- 
quirements. Club members must keep account of money expended 
and received. Stories of experience have to be written. The work 
must be finished when once begun. Beside all this, thrift and initia- 
tive are inculcated. 

Recommendations 

I recommend that the Center Acton school be painted, and that 
the walls and ceilings of this school be tinted. 

I also recommend that the toilets of the Center and West schools 
be newly painted. The moral as well as sanitary effect of fresh paint 
in school toilets is obvious. 

In concluding this report I wish to acknoAvledge the courteous 
and helpful spirit shown by the school committee, the teachers, and 
townspeople. 

Very respectfully, 

HERMAN C. KNIGHT, 

Superintendent. 



REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, Superintendent Acton Schools : 

Dear Sir — In submitting my report as supervisor of music in the 
Acton schools I have discussed the work by grades, grouping them 
together as grades one and two, three and four, etc. 
GRADES ONE AND TWO 

The first thing required of the child is the ability to match tones. 
One-third or one-half of the class and sometimes more, will at first be 
unable to match tones, but a large proportion of the class will suc- 
ceed in matching tones during the first lesson by "playing engine." 
Seeming monotones have been given special attention, as many times 
they are the result of mental dullness or bad use of voice, which can 
be overcome. Much time has been spent to arouse mental preception 
and to establish good voice use b}^ requiring the head tones. Out of 
tAventy found unable to match tones in September, twelve have been 
corrected and eight improved. 

Half of the period each week is devoted to rote songs ; individual 
and class work. 

GRADES THREE AND FOUR 

Scale drills on syllables, ''lu, la, la, le and lo,'' introduced, also 
Italian syllables, sequential scales drill, individually and collectively, 
oral tonal dictation, rote songs and introduction of sounds to prepare 



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for two-part singing. Reading from books and a monthly written test 
has been given. 

A record of the work of each pupil is kept in order to note the 
progress made. 

.GRADES FIVE AND SIX 

Scale drills on syllables, ' ' lu, la, la, le, and lo, ' ' also Italian sylla- 
bles to improve tone ; sequential scale drill, individually and collec- 
tively; oral tonal dictation. Round's two-part singing, as well as uni- 
son work ; reading from books and monthly written tests have been 
given. A record of the work, both written and oral, is kept in order 
to note progress of each pupil. 

GRADES SEVEN AND EIGHT 

Scale drills continued on vowels and also Italian syllables to im- 
prove tone; sequential scales, oral tonal dictation. Round's two and 
three-part singing ; as well as unison songs ; reading from books and 
monthly written tests have been given. A record of the work of each 
pupil is kept in order to note progress. 

MABEL B. HO WD, 

Supervisor of Music. 
Acton, January 4, 1921. 



REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 
From September 9, 1920, to January 1st, 1921 



Program : 

SOUTH ACTON 
10.00-10.30— Miss McCarthy. Grades 3 and 4. 
10.30-11.00— Miss Moore. Grades 1 and 2. 
11.00-11.30— Miss Stowell. Grades 5 and 6. 
11.30-12.00— Mrs. Cummings. Grades 7 and 8. 

WEST ACTON 
1.15-1.45— Miss Look. Grades 1, 2 and 3. Also 9.30-10.00. 
1.45-2.15— Miss Geary. Grades 4 and 5. Also 10.00-10.30. 
2.15-2.45— Miss Myllykangas. Grades 6, 7 and 8. Also 10.45-11.15. 

ACTON CENTER 
1.00-1.30— Miss Smith. Grades 1, 2 and 3. 
J. 30-2.00— Miss Williams. Grades 4, 5 and 6. 
2.00-2.30— Miss Miller. Grades 7 and 8. 



REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF DRAWING 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, Superintendent of Schools, Acton, Mass. : 

Dear Sir — I have the honor of presenting to you the report of the 
supervisor of drawing for the town of Acton to consider, for the year 
ending December 31, 1920. This is my first report for the town of 
Acton. 

I have taught a great deal of paper cutting, especially in the 
lower grades. Paper cutting is one of the best types of handwork, 
for the small child, or for any size child. Paper cutting helps a child 



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TO develop the poAver of using his hands on delicate work. It also 
helps a child to make objects on a large scale, whereas, in drawing 
objects, the tendencA^ is to make things on a small scale. 

Don't be mislead! Of course the children have had drawing, 
with pencils and crayons, also. They have drawn animals from 
.geometric resemblances, drawn from memory, drawn from a model, 
have had some figure drawing, and have drawn objects, and even 
people, by the use of squares. 

The time allowed for drawing is one hour a week in the grades 
below the seventh and eighth, and in grades seven and eight, when- 
ever possible, an hour and thirty minutes is allowed. 

In conclusion I wish to express to the teachers, my appreciation 
of the support I have received from them. 

Respectfully submitted, 

BLANCHE A. MILLARD, 

Supervisor of Drawing. 



REPORT OF MEDICAL INSPECTOR OF WEST AND CENTER 

ACTON SCHOOLS 



Mr. H. C. Knight, Superintendent of Acton Schools : 

Dear Sir — I submit the following report as medical inspector of 
AVest and Center Acton schools : 

Number of visits from May 22nd, 1920, to January 1, 1921 : 

West Acton 14 

Center 14 

Number of pupils examined prior to closing for summer vacation : 

West Acton 74 

Center 83 

Number of pupils with impaired vision : 

West Acton 2 

Center 5 

Number of pupils' vision corrected by glasses: 

West Acton 1 

( 'enter 3 

Number of pupils with imperfect hearing: 

AVest Acton 1 

Center 2 

Number of pupils' teeth needing attention: 

West Acton 22 

Center 16 

Number of pupils with both tonsils enlarged : 

West Acton 3 

( ^enter 13 

Cases of pediculosis found in the schools : 

West Acton 4 

Center 4 



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Two cases of mumps have been reported : 

West Acton 1 

Center 1 

At the present time, physical examinations are being made on all 
pupils, a record made of each pupil, their childhood diseases, etc. 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



ACTON PUPILS IN CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL 



Class Class Class Class 

Course 1921 1922 1923 1924 Total 

College 6 11 2 10 29 

Commercial 2 4 7 9 22 

Domestic Arts 4 3 2 9 

General 0* 2 1 3 

Scientific 1 1 1 4 7 

Mechanic Arts _0 3 1 7 11 

Total T3 21 15 32 ^T 



REGISTRATION OF MINORS 
April 1, 1920 

Males 

Persons 5 to 7 years of age 43 

Persons 7 to 14 years of age 135 

Persons 14 to 16 years of age 36 



Females 


Total 


31 


74 


109 


244 


32 


68 



214 172 386 



MEMBERSHIP IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
As of April 1, 1920 

Grade 1 43 Grade 6 30 

Grade 2 37 Grade 7 43 

Hfrade 3 33 Grade 8 30 

Grade 4 46 

Grade 5 33 295 



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TABLE I.— September, 1919-June, 1920 



School 



Teacher 



Total 
Grd. Mem. 



Ave. Ave. P. C. of 
Mem. DlyAtt. Attend. 



Center . . . Martha F. Smith 

Florence M. Williams 

Ella L. Miller 

West Doris M. Look 

Hazel M. Stone 

Myrtha Dimlick . . . . 

Muriel Fairchild . . . . 

Eula S. Taylor 

South. . . . I Gladys Farnsworth . . 

Julia L. McCarthy . . 

Jennie E. Stowell . . . 

Helen H. Cummings . 

Grace E.Tucker(Sub) 



1-2-3 


38 


22.59 


24.41 


4-5-6 


38 


30.64 


27.27 


7-8 


29 


26.9 


24 


1-2-3 


36 


31.04 


26.55 


4-5 


22 


19.85 


17.52 


6-7-8 


33 


30.99 


26.46 


1-2 


38 


35.4 


28.3 


3-4 


37 


34.3 


28.9 


5-6 


28 


25.7 


23.9 


7-8 


30 


28 


24.78 



92.1 

89 
89.2 
85.5 
88.2 



85.3 
79.9 
84.2 
92.9 

88.5 



INDEX 



Assessor's Report 46 

Board of Health 48 

Cemetery Commissioners 49 

Collector 's Report 47 

Cattle Inspector 48 

Jury List 10 

Librarian's Report 54 

List of Books Added 55 

Meat Inspector 48 

Memorial Library Trustees 53 

Overseers of the Poor 46 

Selectmen's Report 9 

Superintendent of Streets 45 

Town Accountant's Report 11 

Town Clerk's Report 37 

Births 38 

Deaths 41 

Dog Licenses 43 

Marriages 39 

Non-Resident Burials 42 

Town Meetings 30 

Town Officers 2 

Town Warrant 5 

Treasurer 's Report 26 

Cemetery Funds 28 

Town Farm Fund 29 

Wilde Library Fund 28 

Tree Warden 41 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 49 

SECOND SECTION 
tool Report : 

Financial Statement 5 

General Report 5 

Legal Holidays 2 

Organization 3 

School Calendar ^ 2 

Standing Rules 3 

Statistics 14 

Superintendent 's Report 10 

Supervisor of Drawing 13 

Supervisors of Music 12-13 



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