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ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OP THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOB THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1921 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1922 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1921 







THE NEWSBNTBRPBI8B. 

HUDSON. MASS. 

1922 



4 

FIRE ENGINEERS 

William H. Kingsley, Chief 

PRECINCT 1 

Fred W. Billings, 1st Asst. J. W. Livermore, 2nd Asst. 

Allan Frost, 3rd Asst. 

PRECINCT 2 

George E. Clapp, 1st Asst. F. W. Hoit, 2nd Asst. 

W. H. Jones, 3rd Asst. 

PRECINCT 3 

C. D. Cram, 1st Asst. A. R. Beach, 2nd Asst. 

A. ^Y. Davis, 3rd Asst. 

FOREST WARDEN 
William H. Kingsley 

DEPUTY FOREST WARDENS 
All the above named Assistant Fire Engineers 

SURVEYORS OP LUMBER AND MEASURERS OF WOOD AND BARK 

J. S. White Bertram D. Hall W. H. Kingsley 

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

PUBLIC WEIGHERS 

M. E. Taylor George H. Reed E. F. Conant 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Theron F. Newton 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 
* James O'Neil A. H. Perkins 

POLICE OFFICERS 
0. D. Wood John T. McNiff L. Edward Laird 

INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTER HOUSE 

^Albert P. Durkee Charles A. Durkee 

* Resigned 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said County, 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are 
hereby required to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton, 
qualified to vote at town meetings for the transaction of town affairs, 
to meet as follows : Those residing in Precinct 1 at the town hall in 
said Acton at 12 o'clock noon. Those residing in Precinct 2 in the 
Universalist church at South Acton, at 12 o'clock noon. Those resid- 
ing in Precinct 3 in the fire house at West Acton, at 12 o'clock noon, 
on Monday, the sixth day of March, 1922, by posting a printed copy of 
this warrant, by you attested, at each of the places as directed by vote 
of the town, seven days at least before the said sixth day of March. 
Then and there to act on the following articles : 

Article 1. To choose a moderator. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following 
town officers : One town clerk, for one year ; one selectman, for three 
years; three overseers of the poor, for one year; one assessor, for 
three years; one auditor, for one year; one treasurer, for one year; 
one collector of taxes, for one year; two for school committee, for 
three years; one trustee Memorial library, for three years; four con- 
stables, for one year ; one cemetery commissioner, for three years ; 
one cemetery commissioner, for two years ; one for board of health, 
for three years; five for finance committee, for one year; one tree 
warden, for one year. 

Also on the same ballot with the above-named town officers to 
vote upon the following question: '^ Shall license be granted for the 
sale of certain non-intoxicating beverages as defined in Section 1 of 
Chapter 138, this year?" 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 7 o'clock 
p. m. 



You are further requested in the name of the Common^vealth of 
Massachusetts to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton, as 
aforesaid, to meet at the town hall, in said Acton, on Monday, March 
13th, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon. Then and there to act upon the 
following articles : 

Article 1. To choose a moderator. 

Article 2. To choose all necessary town officers and committees. 

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 hy 
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 what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the elm tree beetle and brov^n 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 1, 
1922, 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 if the town will vote to give the use of the 
town hall and town grounds to the Acton Agricultural association for 
their meetings and fair for the ensuing year. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $3,000, more or less, to repair the road known as the Town Farm 
road, from the Littleton line to Acton Center, or to act anything 
thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to have poles erected 
and whatever necessary electric lights installed on Hosmer street, 
from the nearest existing point where there are lights, to so-called 
Crooker's Corner, or to act anything thereon. 



Article 18. To see if the town will extend its street lighting 
system from the so-called Nash place (Mr. Stokes) on Central avenue, 
to the intersection of the electric car line and Central avenue at Rich- 
ardson's Corner, or act anything thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money for salary and expenses of a town nurse. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money for the installation of a flush closet in the Acton 
Center school. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money for the installation of a flush closet in the West 
school. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money for the establishment of a new drainage system at 
the South school. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to repair the road lead- 
ing from Acton Center to East Acton depot and appropriate money 
therefor as recommended by the committee, or act anything thereon. 

Article 24. To sep if the town will vote to change the date of 
the annual town meeting. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropri- 
ate the sum of $300, 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 the aid of agriculture of the Middlesex County 
Bureau of Agriculture and Home Economics ; under the provisions 
of Chapter 273, General Acts 1918, it being understood that $100 of 
this amount shall be used to provide local paid supervision of boys' 
and girls' club work. 

Article 26. To see what action the town will take upon the by- 
laws as printed. 

Article 27. To see if the toAvn will instruct the selectmen to 
have the town buildings insured, or take any action thereon. 

Article 28. To see if town will vote to instal electric lights 
on street leading to house of B. J. DeSouza. 

Article 29. To see if town will vote to instal four street lights 
on the South Acton road leading from State road in East Acton to 
South Acton. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to pay the school com- 
mittee for their services. 

Article 31. To see what action the town will take toward build- 
ing a high school and raise and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Article 32. To see what action the town will take toward en- 
gaging a town attorney. 

Article 32. To see what action the town will take toward choos- 
ing a superintendent of streets. 

Article 34. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
renewing contract for street lights with the American "Woolen 
Company. 

Article 35. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
trees injured by ice storm and appropriate money therefor. 



8 

Article 36. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to sell the jail at South Acton. 

Article 37. To see if town will vote to borrow $14,000 by issuing 
notes to continue work on Lowell road, from Maynard line to State 
road leading from Concord to Littleton. 

Article 38. To see if town will accept road as laid out by select- 
men from State road in West Acton to land of George V. and Effie R-. 
Mead. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of 
money to enforce the liquor law. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the town clerk at or before the first time of meeting 
as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this twentieth day of February^ 
1922. 

Signed, 

WAREEN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
ALFRED W. DAVIS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



REPORT OF 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, 
1921. 

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 16 of last year's warrant the town's interest in the Benjamin 
Hapgood property was sold to Miss Hapgood for $3,000.00. 

Article 17 — The services of the state bridge engineer were se- 
cured and he recommended a cement bridge at an estimated cost of 
$10,500.00. This report was made to a special meeting held May 2, at 
8 p. m. The town voted to let the building of the bridge by contract 
to the lowest bidder. Plans, contracts and specifications were drawn 
up, advertised and let by the state engineer to the lowest bidder, Mr. 
E. B. Savage. The work was done under the supervision of the state 
engineer, and was very satisfactory. Notes were issued for 
$8,500.00 to pay for this work. Bad weather prevented the comple- 
tion of the work, but it will be finished early in the spring. 

By vote of the town taken March 1, 1920, to rebuild road from 
Maynard line to Wheeler's corner, $20,000 was received from state 
and county, and notes issued by town for $10,000. Road was rebuilt 
from Maynard line to the bridge in South Acton. For figures see 
town accountant's report. 

We would suggest that the taxpayers carefully look over the 
articles of the warrant for the coming annual meeting. 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
ALFRED W, DAVIS, 



10 
STATE POLICE PATROL 



The new State Police Patrol is now organized and ready to 
render that police protection to the citizens of the country dis- 
tricts of the State, for which they were established. 

Personnel. The State Police Patrol is composed of young men, 
thoroughly trained in police work and ready to act quickly and 
intelligently in any emergency that may require their services. 

Location. State Police Barracks have been located at Fram- 
ingham and Northampton, with Headquarters at the State House, 
Boston. These three stations are open and ready for business, day 
and night, Sundays and holidays. They are all connected by tele- 
phone, which is never left unattended. A force of officers is con- 
stantly held in reserve at the Barracks, ready to respond quickly 
to any emergency call. 

Equipment. All State Police Officers are fully armed, have 
full police power throughout the Commonwealth and are equipped 
with automobiles, motorcycles and horses for quick transportation. 
At each of the Barracks there is an automobile ambulance v>dth 
lung-motor, stretchers, blankets and first-aid equipment, quickly 
available in case of accident. 

How to Call the State Police. Call the operator at the nearest 
Central Telephone office, saying, ^'I want the nearest State Police" 
and give your telephone number, name and location. If it is an 
emergency say, ''State Police Emergency." You will be immedi- 
ately connected with the nearest State Police Station, where you 
can state the nature of the case requiring their attention. The De- 
tective Branch of the State Police may be notified in the same way. 

You are requested to give the above information full publicity 
to the end that the citizens of your town may at once avail them- 
selves of the services of the State Police, established for their bene- 
fit in the event of serious accident or emergency and for their pro- 
tection against criminals of all kinds. 

ALFRED F. POOTE, 

Commissioner. 



PRECINCT 1 

Elwin Hollowell 
Albert Durkee 
F. E. Parsons 
Raymond E. Durkee 
Arthur W. Emerson 
Alden C. Flagg 
James B. Tuttle 
James O'Neil 
A. B. Frost 
O. D. Wood 



Revised Jury List 

PRECINCT 2 
L. W. Hastings 
E. A. Pratt 
W. H. Jones 
W. S. Fletcher 
Earl F. Hayward 
T. F. Newton 
L. E. Laird 
D. J. Hennessey 
Hugh H. Hodgen 
Elwin F. Nealy 



PRECINCT 3 
E. R. Sanborn 
M. J. Handley 
James N. Berry 
Geo. E. Holton 
H. W. Owens 
A. B. Parker 
Arthur W. Houghton 
J. A. Goding 
David R. Kinsley 
Albert R. Beach 



11 

REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



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

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1921: 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appropriation $2,200.00 

Appropriation on collector's and treasurer's 

bonds 150.00 

Received from sealer of weights and measures 42.96 

Transferred from reserve fund 234 . 78 



$2,627.74 



SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Warren H. Jones, salary $100.00 

"William H. Kingsley, salary 50 . 00 

Alfred W. Davis, salary 50.00 

Warren H. Jones, postage, etc 4.60 

Alfred W. Davis, postage, etc 2.84 

Harold Merriam, files 3 . 50 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 2.75 

Enterprise Company, notice 1.50 

Finney & Hoit, book 2 . 25 



AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Howard L. Jones, salary $180.00 

Howard L. Jones, postage, supplies 3 . 32 



TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $200.00 

American Surety Company, bond 50.00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage, telephone, etc. ...... 33.05 

Certifying notes 40.00 



COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Henry L. Haynes, salary $627 . 25 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 50 . 85 

American Surety Company, bond 100.00 

Hobbs & Warren, book 9 . 77 

Henry L. Haynes, postage 27 . 14 



$217.44 



$183.32 



$323.05 



$815.01 



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ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

A. P. Durkee, salary $125 .00 

Henry L. Haynes, salary 100 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 75 . 00 

L. L. Applin, account transfers 16 . 69 

Hobbs & Warren, books 30 . 85 

H. S. Turner, printing 39 . 50 

Henry L. Haynes, postage 7 . 60 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $50.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording births 37 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths 20 . 50 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording marriages 14.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, postage, telephones 23.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, license blanks 1 . 70 

Horace F. Tuttle, dog notices 11.25 

Library Bureau, blanks 1 . 00 



OVERSEERS OF POOR DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

William H. Kingsley, salary $50 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 20 . 00 

Alfred W. Davis, salary 20.00 

William H. Kingsley, postage 1 . 42 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Paid: 

Theron F. Newton, salary $85.00 

Theron F. Newton, express 1 . 02 

Dover Stamping Co., measures 15.00 

W. and L. E. Gurley 6.03 

Hobbs & Warren, book 2 . 11 



$394.64 



$158.45 



$91.42 



$109.16 
CATTLE INSPECTION 
Paid : 

Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $125.00 

ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 
Paid: 

Horace F. Tuttle, registrar $40.00 

James McGreen, registrar 26 . 00 

E. A. Phalen, registrar 20.00 

R. S. Osterhout, ballots, warrants 53.75 

A. Brooks Parker, moderator 20 . 00 

George E. Holton, registrar 20.00 



13 

James McGreen, officer 11 . 00 

J. W. Coughlin, officer 6.00 

C. E. Smith, officer 2.50 

C. D. Cram, officer 2.50 

A. F. Davis, officer 2.50 

J. T. McNiff , posting warrants 6 . 00 



$210.25 



Total general government $2,627 .71 

Due from state for cattle inspection, $62.50 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation $300.00 

Received for rent 132.22 

Transferred from reserve fund 125 . 64 

$557.86 
Paid : 

American Woolen Co., lighting $92.09 

Allen Chair Co., parts 2.01 

B. A. King, lamps and labor 3 . 25 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal and 

lumber 104.48 

0. D. Wood, labor on flag-pole 3 . 40 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 25 . 50 

G. W. Daniels, sharpening mower 1.25 

J. W. Livermore, labor 53 . 05 

N. E. Telephone & Telegraph Co 5 . 60 

West and South Water Supply District 6 . 00 

E. P. Gates, repairs 3 . 50 

William H. Kingsley, care of hall 13 .75 

William H. Kingsley, repairs 13 . 25 

William H. Kingsley, wood 33.00 

F. Z. Taylor, labor 6.00 

N. H. Tenney, repairs 36.27 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 19.71 

Arthur Wayne, care of hall 100 . 75 

Arthur Wayne, care of clock and flag 35.00 

$557.86 
PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 
Police 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Received from fines 152 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 102 .45 

$454.45 
Paid: 
N. E. Telephone & Telegraph Co $26.06 

C. T. Baxter, services 6.50 



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L. E. Laird, services 154.48 

L. E. Laird, court fees 71 . 16 

Ealph Jones, services 13 . 00 

J. T. McNiff , services 65 . 30 

J. T. McNiff, uniform 29 . 65 

W. H. Jones, court fees 10 . 30 

A. W. Davis, services 30 . 00 

0. D. Wood, services 48 . 00 



$454 . 45 
ENFORCEMENT OF THE LIQUOR LAW 

Appropriation $830 . 00 

Paid: 

L. E. Laird, services $51 . 00 

A. W^. Davis, services 8 . 00 

J. T. McNiff, services 7 .00 

$66.00 
Unexpended balance 764.00 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 
General 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Appropriation, hose 600 . 00 

Appropriation, hydrant service 2,784.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 127 . 35 



George H. Reed, coal $85 . 83 

American Woolen Co., lighting 28 . 63 

Standard Extinguisher Co., nozzles 16.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 70.33 

J. A. Abrer, repairs and jack 12.77 

C. D. Cram, pay rolls 74.50 

C. Callahan Co., repairing gates 38.24 

H. S. Orr Co., battery 49 . 12 

F. G. Williams, janitor 117 . 25 

J. W. Livermore, services 4.75 

R. W. Foss, services 26 . 50 

F. R. Allen, services 2 . 75 

A. W. Davis, trucking 1 . 00 

C. Fay Allen Co., repairs ' 69 . 70 

West and South Water Supply District 12.00 

Finney & Hoit, batteries and repairs 11.60 

George Clapp, pay roll , 17 . 00 

George Clapp, engineer , . . 5 . 00 

George Clapp, supplies 8 . 15 

W. H. Jones, engineer 5 . 00 

F. W. Green, cleaning vault 1 . 50 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 3 . 19 



$830.00 



$4,011.35 



15 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies 55 . 54 

H. K. Barnes Co., hose 421.00 

West Acton department, salaries 90 . 00 

West and South Water Supply District, hydrant 

service = 2,600.00 

Town of Concord, hydrant service 184.00 

$4,011.35 
Brush Fires 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid: 

William H. Kingley, pay roll $34.00 

C. D. Cram, pay roll 84. 00 

J. W. Livermore, services 3 . 95 

'George Clapp, pay roll 21 . 00 



$142.95 
Unexpended balance 57 . 05 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Appropriation ..." $500 . 00 

Received from George T. Weaver, license 100.00 

Received from Mitchell, license 100.00 

Received from C. H. Mead & Co., license 1.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 110 . 34 



Paid: 

C. A. Dudley, services $3.83 

A. P. Durkee inspection 139 . 00 

C. A. Durkee, services 153 .40 

P. S. Whitcomb, inspection 376 . 20 

R. P. Durkee, inspection • 3 . 00 

C. A. Durkee, inspection 27 . 30 

E. F. Jewett, labor 27 .40 

Dennison Manufacturing Co., supplies 1.15 

Murph}^^ & Snyder, cards 1 . 65 

W. J. Costello, sign , 2.25 

W. A. Haynes Co., fencing 13 . 70 

T. F. Newton, expenses 10 . 00 

R. F. Durkee, stamp 1 . 66 

George Seymour, labor „ . . 4.80 

Massachusetts Agricultural College, water 

analysis 3 . 00 

W. A. Flint, rent of dump 8 . 00 

R. F. Durkee, secretary and expenses 12.00 

John Watkins, labor 3 . 00 

F. E. Tasker, chairman 20.00 



$200.00 



$811.34 



$811.34 



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MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $965 . 67 

Received from state treasurer, moth work . . . 371 . 82 
Lead sold 958.61 

$2,296.10' 
Paid : 

James 'Neil, labor and expense $661 . 50 

A. H. Perkins, labor and expense 822.76 

Balance due from state, January 1, 1921 641 . 23 



$2,125.49 

Amount due from the state, January 1, 1922 . . $170 . 61 

TREE WARDEN 

Appropriation . $200 . 00' 

Paid: 

A. H. Perkins $29.50 

W. H. Jones 2.00 

$31.50 
Unexpended balance 168 . 50 

$200.00 
HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES— GENERAL 

Appropriation, highways $10,000 . 00 

Appropriation, bridged 500 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 468 . 78 

Received for crushed stone and oiling 50 . 10 

$11,018. 8a 
Paid : 

W. A. Flint, gravel $2.00 

B. & M. railroad, protecting tracks 17 . 38 

A. W. Davis, truck 102.50 

W. H. Kingsley, pay rolls 6,756.03 

Tremont Oil Co., cold patch 92.15 

W. A. Raynor, freight 17 . 05 

J. A. Brown, repairs 7 . 50 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, boiler 

inspection 5 . 00 

Buffalo Steam Roller Co., repairs 78 . 67 

George H. Reed, tools 28 . 90 

George Greenough, pay roll 29 . 00 

N. E. Road Machinery, parts and repairs 145.50 

Texas Co., oil 1,439.86 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal ........ 64.68 

American Oil Products Co., asphalt 723.15 

J. S. Moore, pulley 1.40 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 4. 80 



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Finney & Hoit, batteries 8 . 33 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gasoline 32.50 

American Oil Products Co., oil 91 . 35 

H. F. Tuttle, lines 4.00 

A. H. Perkins, teams, labor 65 . 50 

A. H. Greenwood, trucking 914.07 

W. J. Costello, signs 8.00 

Abe Granberg, gravel 85 . 70 

"West and South Water District, gravel 43 . 60 

L. W. Perkins, gravel 40 . 80 

A. F. Davis, signs 27 . 65 

E. P. Gates, repairs 97.05 

N. H. Tenney, repairs 84. 76 



$11,018.88 
SPECIAL HIGHWAY WORK 
Appropriation $6,000.00 

Prospect Street 
Paid: 

George E. Greenough, pay rolls $1,043.10 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 28.50 

Abe Granberg, gravel 36.20 



$1,107.80 

School Street 
Paid : 

"George E. Greenough, pay rolls $271 . 65 

Windsor Avenue 
Paid: 

William H. Kingsley, pay rolls $1,742.50 

A. W. Davis, truck 130.00 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gasoline 88 .25 

Horace F. Tuttle, lines 8.00 

West and South Water District, gravel 41 . 40 

South Acton Coal & Grain Co., coal 46.30 



$2,056.45 



CEMETERY ROAD 
Paid: 

William H. Kingsley, pay roll $388 .48 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 22.36 



$410.84 

Total special work $3,846.74 

Unexpended balance 2,153 . 26 

$6,000.00 



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POWDER MILL AND MAYNARD ROAD 

Borrowed $18,750.00 

Less notes paid 3,750 . 00 

$15,000.00 

Received from state treasurer, 1920 4,450 . 66 

Received from county treasurer, 1920 4,450.67 

Received from town of Concord, 1920 65 . 10 

Received from state treasurer, 1921 9,685.98 

Received from county treasurer, 1921 9,685.98 

$43,338.39^ 

Paid 1920, as per report > $15,350.40 

1921 

Paid: 

William H. Kingsley, pay rolls $11,668.84 

Boston Transcript, adv 7 . 50 

J. S. Moore, lanterns and supplies 50.54 

A. W. Davis, truck 664. 63 

George H. Reed, tools 67 . 35 

E. P. Burnes, crushed stone 1,200.00 

A. H. Perkins, teams 292.00 

West Acton Garage, gasoline 6 . 00 

T. F. Parker, supplies 82 . 04 

H. J. Ernshaw, shovel 1,281.98 

Whitney Coal & Grain Co., coal 34.10 

Byrne Brothers, crushed stone 4,267 . 87 

W. H. Jones, team 280.00 

M. Rothberg, team 110.00 

South Acton Garage, gasoline and oil 42 . 20 

Hill Brothers, team 542.50 

N. E. Metal Culvert Co 72.00 

North Acton Quarry Co 435 . 30 

Standard Oil Co., asphalt 3,374.00 

N. E. Road Machinery, parts 18 . 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal and 

cement 508.89 

Massachusetts Broken Stone Co 3,646.84 

General Crushed Stone Co 283 . 13 

Conant Machine Co., loader 305 .00 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, wire brooms, 12.50 

Victor Lundquist, team , 123 . 32 

Maynard Coal Co., coal 43 . 70 

C, M. & H. St. R. R., ties 39.00 

Abe Granberg, gravel 157 . 80 

Hall Brothers, oil and lacing 16 . 50 

E. P. Gates, repairs 35 . 50 

J. P. Brown, repairs 11 . 21 

N. H. Tenney, repairs 7 .40 



19 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 28.85 

B. & M. R. R. Co., freight 71.64 

American Oil Products Co., asphalt 51.30 



Amount due from American Powder "Co., $450.00. 
Amount due from state treasurer, $946.40. 
Amount due from county treasurer, $946.40. 

POWDER MILL BRIDGE 
Borrowed 

Paid: 

William H. Kingsley, labor $99 . 25 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., plank 7.04 

Boston American, adv 10 . 85 

Olobe Newspaper Co., adv 11.60 

C. E. O'Brien, engineer 425.00 

B. E. Savage, contractor 5,736.54 

Unexpended balance , 



$29,839.43 

$45,189.83 



$8,500.00 



$6,290.28 
2,209.72 

$8,500.00 



SNOW REMOVAL 

Appropriation 

Paid: 

E. L. Spinney $6.00 

L. W. Perkins 14. 63 

H. Mekkleson 10.00 

W. H. Kingsley 29.50 

W. H. Jones 139.87 



$200.00 



$200.00 



CUTTING BRUSH 

Appropriation , , 

Paid : 

A. H. Perkins $326.00 

W. H. Kingsley 31.50 

W. H. Jones 28.63 

Unexpended balance 



$400.00 



$386.13 
13.87 

$400.00 



Appropriation for removal of snow from sidewalks, $200.00; 
unexpended. 



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STREET LIGHTING 

Appropriation $3,675. 0I> 

Paid: 

American Woolen Co $3,425.31 

Patrick Foley 8.00 

$3,433.31 
Unexpended balance * 241 . 6^ 

$3,675.00 
Amonnt $500 appropriated to cover extensions, unexpended. 

RELIEF OF POOR 

Received interest on town farm fund $530.17 

Paid: 

Mrs. Michael Murphy, board $312.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 3.71 

Wilder Macurda, medicine 1 . 00 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 14 . 56 

L. Piscaer, board 36 . 00 

City of Boston, aid 27.43 

City of Worcester, aid •. . 89 .47 

F. K. Shaw 12.00 

J. S. Moore, supplies , 18 . 00 

E. D. Morse, milk 8 . 00 

W. H. Jones, expense 8 . 00 

$530.17 

SOLDIERS' BENEFITS 

State Aid 

Received from state treasurer $450.00 

Amount due from state treasurer, January 1 . . $452 . 00 

Paid 372.00 

Amount due from state, January 1, 1922 374.00 

$824.00 $824.00 

Military Aid 

Appropriation $100 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 5 . 00 

$105.00 
Paid J. G. Bennett 105.00 

MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Appropriation $700 . 00 

Appropriation, heating apparatus 500.00 

Received from fines 53 . 50 

Received for old paper .50 

$1,254,001 



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Paid: 

R. S. Osterhout, slips $22.75 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal ........ 154.11 

American Woolen Co., lighting 29.64 

A. F. Davis, librarian 140 . 50 

A. F. Davis, janitor 153.00 

A. F. Davis, writing cards 3 . 50 

A. F. Davis, cataloging 10 . 00 

A. E. Houghton, transporting books 50.00 

Oeorge Daniels, sharpening mower 1.25 

B. F. Conant, insurance 43 . 02 

'Dennison Manufacturing Co., labels 1.07 

A. F. Davis, painting , , 9 . 70 

Dura Binding Co 27 . 75 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 3.04: 

H. F. Tuttle, express .83 

F. R. Allen, heater 490.00 

0. H. Greenwood, cartage 15 . 00 



$1,155.16 
Unexpended balance 98 . 84 



$1,254.00 
Library Books 

Appropriation $200.00 

Interest on library fund 246 . 54 

$446.54 
Paid: 

DeWolf Fiske & Co $300.21 

Dura Binding Co 50.40 

H. R. Hunting Co 19.52 

D. W. Barnes 3.95 

Milton Bradley Co 9 . 15 

W. A. Wilde Co 9.00 

National Republican 1 . 50 

M. D. Wilson 5.06 

H. Golberger 46 . 25 

Enterprise Co 1 . 50 

$446.54 
CEMETERIES 

Appropriation $800 . 00 

Received, sale of lots, Woodlawn 22.00 

Received, sale of lots, Mt. Hope 146.00 

$968.00 
Paid : 

H. F. Robbins, labor $340.90 

H. F. Robbins, hose and plank 13.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, commissioner 7 . 50 



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Horace F. Tuttle, writing deeds 7 . 00 

West & South Water Supply District 22.06 

A. Batley & Son, flowers 35.76 

F. W. Green, labor 321.82 

A. H. Wetherbee, labor 22.00 

A. H. Perkins, team 11 . 50 

W. J. Costello, setting glass 10.83 

Unexpended balance 

Perpetual Care 

Eeceived, interest on cemetery fund 

Paid: 

H. F. Robbins, labor $332.98 

F. W. Green, labor 287.75 

A. Batley & Son, flowers 76.46 

EDUCATION 
Appropriation 

Paid, report of school committee 

Unexpended balance ,....,.. 

PRINTING 
Appropriation 

Paid R. S. Osterhout, reports 

Unexpended balance 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriation $700 . 00 

Appropriation, Memorial day 150 . 00 

Appropriation, liability insurance 350 . 00 

Appropriation, demonstration work in agricul- 
ture 200.00 

Appropriation, scales for schools 100.00 

Appropriation, observation tower at Harvard, 150.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 25.49 



$792.37 
175.63 

$968.00 

$697.19^ 



$697.19 

$37,475. Oa 

37,426.54 
48.46. 

$37,475.00 

$300.00 

$250.00 
50.00 

$300.00 



Paid: 

Isaac Davis Post, G. A. R $150.00 

A. M. Whitcomb, liability insurance 315 . 08 

Middlesex Farm Bureau 200 . 00 

Massachusetts Tuberculosis League, scales .... 78 . 91 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, tower 150 . 00 

W. Larrabee, damages 12 . 00 



$1,675.49' 



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W. B. Holt, labor on fountain 1.50 

P. Wood, delivering reports 2.00 

Howard Wilson, legal services 100.00 

Dura Binding Co., reports 3 .00 

Annie Kimball, damages 100 .00 

Finney & Hoit, flags 14. 40 

Enterprise Co., notice 1 . 50 

W. H. Jones, perambulating town lines 5.00 

W. H. Jones, delivering reports 3 . 00 

W. H. Kingsley, labor at fountain 13.25 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, penalty .... 2.00 

A. W. Davis, perambulating town lines 10.00 

F. K. Shaw, reporting births 1 . 50 

H. J. Walcott, reporting births .25 

A. G. Scoboria, reporting births .25 

J. D. Christie, reporting births .25 

G. E. Titcomb, reporting births .25 

E. J. Flaherty, reporting births .50 

George H. Tuttle, reporting births 1.00 

S. B. Annis, reporting births .25 

E. A. May ell, reporting births 1 . 00 

H. F. Tuttle, writing Hapgood deed 3 . 00 

H. F. Tuttle, revenue stamps *. . . 3.00 

A. H. Perkins, labor, ice storm 365 . 05 

W. H. Kingsley, labor, ice storm 110.75 

A. W. Davis, labor, ice storm 26.30 

F. E. Tasker, reporting births .50 

$1,675.49 
RESERVE FUND 

Appropriation $1,500 . 00 

Transferred to : 

General government $234.78 

Buildings and grounds 125 . 64 

Police department 102 . 45 

Fire department 127 . 35 

Health and sanitation 110 . 34 

Military aid 5.00 

Highways 468.78 

Unclassified 25 .49 

$1,199.83 
Qnexpended balance 300 . 17 



$1,500.00 



INTEREST 

Received, interest on taxes $319 . 37 

Received, interest on deposits 127 . 99 

$447.36 
Paid, interest on bank loans $1,772.07 



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MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS 

Due First National Bank of Ayer, Jan. 1, 1921, $20,000.00 

Received loans : 

First National Bank of Ayer $50,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co., bridge account 8,500.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, account Pow- 
der Mill and Maynard road 6,250.00 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, ac- 
count Powder Mill and Maynard road 12,500.00 



$77,250.00 

* $97,250.00 
Paid: 

First National Bank of Ayer $60,000.00 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings 2,500 . 00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 1,250.00 

$63,750.00 

Total amount for loans $33,500.00 

REFUNDS 

Abatements, 1919 taxes $22.30 

Abatements, 1919 excise tax 10.50 

Abatements, 1920 taxes 13 . 98 

Abatements, 1921 taxes 533.32 

Isaac Flagg, refund 39 . 45 



$619.55 
FINANCIAL STATEMENT 
Receipts 

Due from treasurer, Jan. 1, 1921 $3,104.07 

Due from collector, Jan. 1, 1921 7,005.63 

$10,109.70 
Received : 

State tax $7,140.00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 40 

County tax 3,806 . 67 

Special county tax 272 . 96 

Town grant 55,965 . 67 

Overlay 2,908.06 

Special state tax 336 . 60 

Special state poll tax 1,854.00 

$73,857.36 
Less amount paid by the state on account in- 
tangible personal property 6,730 . 00 

$67,127.36 



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Received : 

Treasurer's report $117,908.27 

Interest on taxes 319 . 37 

Moth tax 49.00 

December assessment 429 .75 



$118,706.39 

$195,943.45 
Expenditures 

State tax $7,140.00 

State highway tax 1,573 .40 

Special state tax 336 . 60 

Special poll tax 1,854.00 

County tax 3,806 . 67 

Special county tax 272 . 96 

General government 2,627 .74 

Buildings and grounds 557 . 86 

Police 454 . 45 

Enforcement of liquor law 66 . 00 

Fire department 4,011 . 35 

Brush fires 142.95 

Health and sanitation 811 . 34 

Moth 1,484.26 

Fire warden 31 . 50 

Highways and bridges 11,018 . 88 

Highways, special 3,846 . 74 

Powder Mill and Maynard road 29,839 .43 

Pov/der Mill bridge 6,290.28 

Snow removal 200.00 

Cutting brush 386.13 

Street lighting 3,433.31 

Relief of poor 530.17 

State aid 372.00 

Military aid 105.00 

Library expense 1,155 . 16 

Library books 446 . 54 

Cemeteries 792.37 

Cemeteries, perpetual care 697 . 19 

Education 37,426.54 

Printing 250.00 

Unclassified 1,675 .49 

Interest 1,772.07 

Municipal indebtedness 63,750.00 

Refunds 619.55 

Due from the collector 12,205 . 31 

$201,983.24 

Less amount of orders not paid 6,039 . 79 



$195,943.45 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT, DECEMBER 31, 1921 

Due from collector $12,205.31 

Due from state treasurer, cattle inspection ... 62 . 50 

Due from state treasurer, moth work 170.61 

Due from state treasurer, on account Powder 

Mill and Maynard road 946 .40 

Due from county treasurer on account Powder 

Mill and Maynard road 946 .40 

Due from American Powder Co., on account 

Powder Mill and Maynard road . 450.00 

Due from state treasurer, state aid 374.00 

$15,155.22 

Liabilities 

Unpaid orders $6,039.79 

First National Bank of Ayer, note 10,000.00 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, notes 

on account Powder Mill and Maynard road 10,000 . 00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, notes on ac- 
count of Powder Mill and Maynard road . 5,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co., notes on account of Pow- 
der Mill bridge 8,500.00 



$39,539.79 

Balance against the town $24,384.57 

EespectfuUy submitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES, Town Accountant. 



South Acton, February 13, 1922. 
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. 



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FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE WEST 
ACTON FIREMAN'S RELIEF FUND 



Jan. 1st, 1922 
By vote of the town March 1st, 1920, said Fund is on deposit in 
the Middlesex Institution for Savings, Concord, Mass., subject to 
draft by the town treasurer only on instructions from the trustees. 
Said Fund with accumulations is now $317.70. 
No moneys were drawn out during the year 1921. 

EDGAR H. HALL, 
CLARENCE D. CRAM, 
ARTHUR F. BLANCHARD. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 

Year Ending December 31st, 1921 



Cash on hand, January 1, 1921 $3,104.07 

Beeeived from state treasurer: 

State forestry department $371 . 82 

Corporation tax, public service 273.76 

Corporation tax, domestic 4,751.09 

Corporation tax, foreign 16 . 35 

Income tax, 1921 6,461.74 

Income tax, 1920 765.00 

Income tax, 1919 153.00 

Income tax, 1918 56.00 

Educational Independent Industrial school ... 247.75 

Loss of taxes on land used for public purposes, 311.59 

Inspection of animals 62 . 50 

Superintendent of schools fund 531 . 67 

Corporation tax, 0. S 9 . 07 

Income tax, school fund 1,913 . 60 

National bank tax 1,063 . 81 

Burial of indigent soldiers 50 . 00 

State aid 450.00 

Soldiers ' exemption 127 . 88 

Income from Massachusetts school fund 33 . 87 

Civilian war tax 12 . 00 

Received from county treasurer : 

Dog tax '. 397.99 

Central Middlesex court, fines 152.00 

Town hall rents 132.22 

Sale of lead 658.61 

Sealing of weights and measures 42 . 96 

School account, rebate on tickets 55.74 

Tuition of E. Sadler 28.50 

Tuition of A. Sadler 25.50 

Tov/n of Westf ord .93 

Town of Littleton 1.25 

Town of Carlisle .50' 

Garage license 1 . 50 

Slaughter license, George T. Weaver 100.00' 

Slaughter license, John J. Mitchell ....... 100.00 

Board of health, one license 1.00 

Director of standards, two licenses 16 . 00 

Town of Concord, Nagog taxes 25.12 

Cemetery lots sold, Mt. Hope 146.00 

Cemetery lots sold, Woodlawn 22.00 

Crushed stone 48 . 60 

Oiling private driveways 10 . 00 

Old lumber 1 . 50 

Powder Mill road, county treasurer 685.98 

Powder Mill road, state treasurer 685.98 

Maynard road, county treasurer 9,000.00 



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Maynard road, state treasurer 9,000.00 

Interest on deposits 127 . 99 

Interest on cemetery fund 697 . 19 

Interest on library fund 246 . 54 

Interest on town farm fund 530 . 17 

Library fines 54.00 

■ $40,658.27 

Loans received : 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 6 $10,000 . 00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 7 10,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 16 10,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 17 10,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 28 10,000.00 

$50,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings Bank : 

Special road work, note No. 11, due 1921 $2,500.00 

Special road work, note No. 12, due 1922 2,500.00 

Special road work, note No. 13, due 1923 2,500.00 

Special road work, note No. 14, due 1924 2,500.00 

Special road work, note No. 15, due 1925 2,500.00 

■ $12,500.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings : 

Special road work, note No. 23, due 1921 $1,250.00 

Special road work, note No. 24, due 1922 1,250.00 

Special road work, note No. 25, due 1923 . 1,250.00 

Special road work, note No. 26, due 1924 1,250.00 

Special road work, note No. 27, due 1924 1,250.00 



Maynard Trust Company: 

Powder Mill bridge, note No. 18, due 1922 . 
Powder Mill bridge, note No. 19, due 1923 . 
Powder Mill bridge, note No. 20, due 1924 . 
Powder Mill bridge, note No. 21, due 1925 . 
Powder Mill bridge, note No. 22, due 1926 . 



$3,000.00 
1,375.00 
1,375.00 
1,375.00 
1,375.00 



$6,250.00 



Eeceived of Henry L. Haynes, collector : 

1919 taxes and 1919 interest $708.20 

1920 taxes and 1920 interest 5,800 . 59 

1921 taxes and 1921 interest 55,636.91 

Abatements 580 . 10 



$8,500.00 



$62,725.80 

$183,738.14 

Amount of selectmen's orders $189,777 . 93 

Less amounts received 183,738 . 14 

Accounts entered, but unpaid $6,039 .79 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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Treasurer's Report of Funds Held for Care of Cemetery Lots 



On hand January 1, 1921 : 
Bonds of West and South "Water Supply Dis- 
trict of Acton $7,200.00 

Cash in banks 6,252 . 90 

Liberty bonds 7,800.00 

Unexpended balance 1,642 . 90 

Eeceived for lots : 

J. H. Whitcomb lot 100.00 

Jonas Heald lot 100.00 

Harold L. Burr lot 100.00 

James E. Chandler lot 50.00 

Aaron C. Handley lot 100.00 

D. H. Hall lot 75.00 

C. M. Cadworth lot 150.00 

J. D. Coburn lot 100.00 

Reuben L. Reed lot 100.00 

Martin and Ruth Pike lot 100.00 

Herbert T. Clark lot 100.00 

Income from funds 1,000 . 00 

$24,970.80 

Paid for care of lots $697 . 19 

West and South Water District bonds 6,900.00 

Liberty bonds 7,950.00 

Cash in banks 7,477 . 90 

Unexpended balance 1,945 . 71 



$24,970.80 
FRANK W. HO IT, 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 

North End Savings bank 1,000 . 00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 1,000 . 00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood fund 200.00 • 

Interest on deposits 261 . 50 

Bond West Shore R. R., Susan Augusta and 

Luther Conant fund 1,000.00 

Interest on bond 40 . 00 

Unexpended balance 163 . 36 

$6,864.86 

Paid town of Acton, book account $246 . 54 



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Cash in banks 5,400.00 

Bond, Conant fund 1,000.00 

Balance unexpended 218 . 32 



$6,864.96 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report on Town Farm Fund 

Cash on hand $127 . 25 

Liberty bonds 14,012 . 44 

Mortgage . 2,550.00 

Interest on mortgage 153 . 00 

Interest on bonds 680 . 00 

$17,522.69 

Balance on mortgage on hand $2,050.00 

Liberty bonds 14,012 . 44 

Paid town poor department 530 . 17 

Balance of fund 930 . 08 



$17 522.69 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Firemen's Relief Association 



Received of trustees of West Acton Firemen's 

Relief association $317 . 70 

Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings 317.70 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 

Treasurer's Report of Hapgood Farm Fund 

Received from Hapgood heirs $3,000.00 

Cash in bank 3,000.00 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



The Overseers of the Poor submit the following report for the 
year ending Dec. 31, 1921 : 

We have had several cases of temporary aid, one case supported 
in full by the town and one case of a man and wife that received a 
certain sum a week until the September, when they lost their settle- 
ment. At the present time there are six names on the books. 

WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
ALFRED W. DAVIS, 

Overseers of the Poor. 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting" 
March 7, 1921 

Article 1. Allen Brooks Parker was chosen Moderator. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for town offi- 
cers, also to vote on the question, ''Shall licenses be granted for the 
sale of certain non-intoxicating beverages in this town"? 

The following town officers were chosen: 

Town Clerk, Horace F. Tuttle. 

Selectman, three years, Alfred W. Davis. 

Assessor, three years, Henry L. Haynes. 

Overseers of the Poor, "William H. Kingsley, Warren H. Jones, 
Alfred W. Davis. 

Treasurer, Prank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes, Henry L. Haynes. 

Constables, John T. McNiff, Oliver D. Wood, Charles T. Baxter, 
L. Edward Laird. 

School Committee, three years, Alice M. Carlisle, William T. 
Merriam. 

Cemetery Commissioner, James B. Tuttle. 

Board of Health, Frank E. Tasker. 

Trustee of Memorial Library, Lucius A. Hesselton. 

Tree Warden, James O'Neil. 

Finance Committee, one year, James B. Tuttle, Frank W. Hoit, 
Edgar H. Hall, Asaph Merriam, Horace F. Tuttle. 

On the question. Shall licenses be granted for the sale of non- 
intoxicating beverages in. this town? 112 voted yes, 243 voted no. 

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

Chose I. Warren Flagg, 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, the same to cover all charges and expenses 
relative to the office. 

Voted, to fix the salary of the chairman of the selectmen at 
one hundred dollars per annum, and the other members fifty dollars 
each. 

Voted, that the salary of the treasurer be two hundred dollars 
per annum. 

Voted, that the salary of the assessors be as follows, the chair- 
man one hundred and twenty-five dollars per annum, the clerk one 
hundred dollars, and the other member seventy-five dollars. 

Voted, that the moderator be paid ten dollars per day or meet- 
ing for his services. 

Voted that the selectmen be instructed to fix the salary of all 
other town officers. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the 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. 
Mr, James B. Tuttle presented a report from the Welcome Home 



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Committee, which, was considered in connection with Article 47. 

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

Voted, that when this meeting shall take up for consideration 
any article in the present warrant relating to the repair of any 
road or bridge it shall also take up for joint consideration there- 
with every other article in said warrant relating to the repair of 
any road or bridge, that is to say, that Articles numbered 17, 20,, 
24, 25, 45 and 46 shall all be considered together. 

Voted, that when this meeting shall take up for consideration 
any article in the present warrant relating to the extension of the 
present electric lighting system it shall also take up for joint con- 
sideration therewith every other article in said warrant relating 
to any extension of said lighting system, that is to say that Articles 
numbered 30, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 and 48 shall all be con- 
sidered together. 

Voted to appropriate for : 

Roads, general repairs $10,000.00 

Eoads, special work under articles in the warrant 6,000.00 

Roads, removing snow 200.00 

Roads, payment of loan on acct. of Pow. Mill road 1,000.00 

Bridges, general repairs 500.00 

Schools . . . . , V 37,476.00 

Memorial library, current expenses 700,00 

Memorial Library, books 200.00 

Hydrant service 2,784.00 

Street lighting general 3,675.00 

Street lighting, extensions 500.00 

Moth work 965.67 

Salaries of town oiScers 2,200.00 

Buildings and grounds 300.00 

Police department 200.00 

Board of health 500.00 

Care of the poor income of fund 

Cemeteries 800.00 

Unclassified 700.00 

Printing 300.00 

Reserve fund 1,500.00 

Military aid 100.00 

Fire department maintenance 500.00 

Fire department, new hose 600.00 

Memorial day • • 150.00 

Enforcement of the liquor laws 830.00 

Insurance of employees 350.00 

Premium on treasurer's and collector's bonds 150.00 

Elm leaf beetle 200.00 

Forest fires 200.00 

Cutting brush , 400.00 

Demonstration work in agriculture 200.00 

Sidewalks, removal of snow 200.00 



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B'enjamin Hapgood, real estate, purchase of 3,000.00 

Fire observatory on Oak Hill 150.00 

Memorial Library, heating plant 500.00 

Scales, purchase of for schools 100.00 

Voted to raise by taxation for town charges 55,000.00 

Voted to raise for moth work 965.67 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will raise for 
the observance of Memorial Day. 

Voted, to appropriate one hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 8. 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 Oct. 15, 
1921, and on all taxes remaining unpaid after Nov. 1, 1921, interest 
shall be charged at the rate of six per cent per annum from Oct. 
15, 1921, until such taxes are paid. 

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. 

Voted, to appropriate $500 for general maintenance and $600 for 
the purchase of hose. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix the price for same. 

Voted, that the amount to be paid be fixed by the forest warden, 
subject to the approval of the selectmen. 

Article 11. To see what action the town will take towards the 
suppression of the elm leaf beetle, the brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Voted, to appropriate two hundred dollars for the control of the 
elm leaf bettle, to be expended at the discretion of the selectmen. 

Voted, to raise and appropriate for moth work the sum required 
by state law, $965.67. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer, 
vdth the approval of the selectmen to borrow money from time to 
time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year, beginning 
January 1, 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. 

Voted, that the town treasurer, with the approval of the select- 
men, be and is hereby authorized to borrow money from time to 
time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning 
January 1, 1921, and to issue a note or notes therefor payable with- 
in 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 vdll vote to raise and appropri- 
ate a sum of money to insure the employees of the town or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted, to appropriate three hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 14. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the payment on treasurer's and collector's bonds 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted, to appropriate one hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 15. To see what action the town will take relative to 



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Chapter 240, Acts of 1920, viz.. An act to permit under public regu- 
lation and control certain sports and games on the Lord's Day. 

On the question of the acceptance of the act, 144 voted yes, 203 
voted no. 

Article 16. To see what action the town will take (if any) 
towards disposing of their interest in the OBenjamin Hap good 
property. 

Voted, to authorize the selectmen to sell and convey to Lula 
Hapgood for the sum of three thousand dollars all the rights and 
interest which the town acquired in certain real estate under the will 
of Benjamin Hapgood, late of Acton, deceased. 

Voted, to authorize the selectmen to purchase for the sum of 
three thousand dollars the life estate or interest of Lula Hapgood in 
the real estate devised by will to the town. 

Voted, to appropriate three thousand dollars to purchase said 
estate provided the selectmen decide to do so. 

Voted, that the selectmen be authorized to sell at public sale the 
Benjamin Hapgood farm, provided they first acquire for the town 
a complete title to the same, and provided they can legally do so. 

Voted, that the standing timber be sold separate from the laud. 

Voted, that the proceeds of any sale be added to the fund for 
the care of the poor. 

Article 17. In accordance with a previous vote. Articles 20, 24, 
25, 42, 45 and 46 were taken up for consideration. 

Voted, to choose a committee of six, two from each precinct, to 
determine where such money as the town may appropriate under 
Articles 20, 24, 45 and 46 shall bo expended. 

The following were chosen a committee : J. Sidney White, An- 
son C. Piper, Alfed W. Davis, Albert P. Durkee, George E. Green- 
ough, Waldo E. Whitcomb. 

Voted, that the following persons be added to the committee : 
W. Stuart Allen, Charles Edney, Albert H. Perkins. 

Voted, to appropriate six thousand dollars for special work and 
repairs on the roads described in Articles 20, 24, 45 and 46. 

Voted, to refer the matter of rebuilding the Powder Mill bridge 
to the selectmen with instructions to employ an expert to make an 
estimate of the cost and to report to the town at the next annual 
meeting or any special meeting previous thereto. 

Article 18. To see if the town will instruct the assessors to 
abate the 1919 taxes of the Concord, Maynard and Hudson Street 
R. R. or take any action thereon. 

Voted, to pass over the article. 

Article 19, to see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum 
of one hundred and fifty dollars as requested by the state forester, 
the same to be expended in the erection of a fire observatory on 
Oak Hill in the town of Harvard or act anything thereon. 

Voted, to appropriate $150.00. 

Article 20. So see if the town will appropriate the sum of two 
thousand dollars, more or less, to repair the road known as Windsor 
Avenue in West Acton, beginning with its intersection with Massa- 



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€h"Qsetts Avenue to beyond the residence of Webster S. Blanchard, 
or act anything thereon. 

See votes recorded under Article 17. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropri- 
ate 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 by, and the director to serve in co-operation with the 
county trustees for aid to agriculture of the Middlesex County Bu- 
reau of Agriculture and Home Economis under the provisions of 
Chapter 273, General Acts of 1918, it being understood that $100 
of this amount shall he\ used to provide local paid supervision of 
boys' and girls' club work. 

Voted, to appropriate $200.00. 

Article 22. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money 
to repair the existing or install a new heating apparatus in the 
Memorial Library. 

Voted, that the sum of five hundred dollars be appropriated for 
installing a new heating apparatus in the Memorial Library to be 
expended at the discretion of the trustees. 

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. 

Voted, that the full amount of income received from funds de- 
posited with the town for the care of cemetery lots be credited to the 
several funds so deposited. 

Article 24. To see if the tov/n will vote to repair Prospect street 
in South Acton, or act anything thereon. 

See votes recorded under Article 17. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to rebuild the road 
from the Miaynard town line to Wheeler's Corner this year or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted, to pass over the article. 

Article 26. To see if the tow^n will vote to retain and engage 
an attorney to serve the town in a legal advisory capacity and ap- 
propriate money therefor. 

A motion to engage the services of an attorney and appropriate 
one hundred dollars therefor did not prevail. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to accept the '' Side- 
walk Act," or act anything thereon. On the question of acceptance 
83 voted yes, 125 voted no. 

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 se- 
lectmen or act anything thereon. 

Voted, that the committee appointed at the special town meet- 
ing, June 23, 1919, be discharged. 

Voted, that Irvine K. MacKenzie, L. Edward Laird, Prank Mer- 
riam, John E. Case and Frank B. Lothrop be a committee to frame 
a set of by-laws and report at a future meeting. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum 
of money for clearing paths of snow. 



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Voted, to appropriate two hundred dollars to be expended under 
the direction of the selectmen. 

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. 

In accordance with a previous vote Articles 30, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 
38, 39, 40 and 48 were considered together. 

Voted, that the several articles be referred to the selectmen with 
power to act. 

Voted, that five hundred dollars be appropriated for the exten- 
sion of street lighting. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to install one or more 
additional lights on High Street, South Acton, and appropriate 
money therefor. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to install one street 
light on Martin Street, South Acton, and appropriate money there- 
for. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 

Article 32. To see if the town vdll vote to install one street 
light on Martin Street, South Acton, and appropriate money therefor. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 

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. 

Voted, to appropriate one hundred dollars to purchase scales. 

Article 34. To see if the town will purchase additional fire hose 
fro South Acton. 

Voted, to pass over the article. 

Article 35. To see if the town will extend the lighting system 
from the residence of Mr. Luther Conant to the residence of Mr. 
George S. Tucker on Lowell road. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 

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 Kelley's corner. 

iSee votes recorded under Article 30. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to install one street 
light on Windsor Avenue in West Acton near the residence of Mr. 
Thomas E. Ruggles. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to install a suitable 
number of street lights on Arlington 'Street in West Acton between, 
the crossing at Massachusetts Avenue and the residence of Mr. 
Samuel Carlisle. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to maintain sufficient 
electric lighting as far as the Tuttle Place on Estabrook Road, East 
Acton, and instruct the selectmen to have the same installed. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 



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Article 40. To see if the town will request the selectmen to place 
and maintain a street light at Kelley's corner, so called. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 

Article 41. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the suppression of the liquor traffic in this state. 

The following resolutions presented by ;Mrs. Lily C. Case were 
adopted : 

Resolved, I, That the town of Acton, in town meeting assembled, 
respectfully urge the legislature of this state to enact laws in har- 
mony with the '^ Volstead act" to enforce the Eigtheenth Amend- 
ment to the Constitution of the United States. II, That a copy of the 
above resolution be forwarded by the town clerk to the chairman 
of the Committee on Legal Affairs and to the Senator and Represen- 
tative of this district. 

Voted, to appropriate the unexpended balance of eight hun- 
dred and thirty dollars for the enforcement of the liquor lav\^s. 

Article 42. To see if the town will accept the provisions of 
Chapter 155, of the General Acts of 19X8 relative to the repair of 
town roads or act anything thereon. 

Votedj not to accept the provisions of the act. 

Article 43. To see what action the town will take towards 
erecting a high school building. 

Voted, that a committee be appointed by the moderator to con- 
sider the matter and report at a special meeting to be called in the 
near future. x 

The moderator appointed the following persons as members of 
the said committee : 

Precinct One: J. Sidney White, Charlotte Oonant, Horace F, 
Tuttle. 

Precinct Two, Prank W. Hoit, Madeline Howe, John E. Case. 

Precinct Three, Bertram E. Hall, Albertie M. Mead, Charles J. 
Holt on. 

Article 44. To see if the town will vote to appoint trustees of the 
funds of the West Acton fire department, or act anything thereon. 

The following persons were chosen trustees : Arthur F. Blancli- 
ard for one year ; Clarence D. Cram for two years ; Edgar H. Hall 
for three years. 

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 (Ceme- 
tery Road) and appropriate money therefor. 

See votes recorded under Article 17. 

Article 46. To see if the town will vote to repair School Street 
in West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

See votes recorded under Article 17. 

Article 47. To see if the town will vote to establish a perma- 
nent marker for the World War veterans, or take any action there- 
on. 

Mr. James B. Tuttle reported for the Welcome Home Commit- 
tee. The report recommended that no definite action be taken at 
this time. That the money in the hands of the committee be in- 



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vested as a separate fund to be available for a memorial or honor 
roll at some future time. 

Voted, to accept the report of the committee. 

Voted, that the matter be referred to the Welcome Home Com- 
mittee for further consideration with instuctions to report at some 
future meeting. 

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 lights, thus accommodating the 
families of George Dusseault, and Albert W. Doolittle and others. 

See votes recorded under Article 30. 
Abstract of the Proceedings of the Special Meeting, May 2, 1921 

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

Allen Brooks Parker was chosen moderator. 

Article 2. To see what action the town will take relative to 
Chapter 240, Acts of 1920, viz., an act to permit under public regu- 
lation and control certain sports and games on the Lord's Day. 

Voted, to indefinitely postpone. 141 voting in favor, 57 against. 

Article 3. To see if the town will vote to rebuild the bridge at 
the Powder Mills and borrow money by issue of notes to pay for the 
same, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, unanimously to authorize the treasurer, with the ap- 
proval of the selectmen to borrow a sum of money not exceeding 
eleven thousand dollars, to meet the expense of rebuilding the bridge 
at the Powder Mills, and to issue notes therefor payable within five 
years, three thousand dollars to be paid in 1922, and the balance in 
four equal annual payments. 

Voted that the bridge be of cement construction. 

Voted, that the selectmen be instructed to advertise for bids 
with authority to reject any or all bids at their discretion. 

Article 4. To see if the town will take any action toAvard ac- 
cepting and enforcing a set of by-laws, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, that the by-laws prepared by the committee chosen at 
the last annual meeting be published under the direction of the se- 
lectmen and that the question of their acceptance be acted upon at 
a future meeting, said meeting to be called at the discretion of the 
selectmen. 

Article 5. 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. 

Voted, unanimously to accept the provisions of Chapter 155, of 
the General Acts of 1918. 

Article 6. To see if the town will vote to accept the provisions 
of Section 421, Chapter 835, Acts of 1913, relative to precinct voting- 
for town officers. 

Voted, to adopt said provisions of law. 

^Meeting adjourned. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

"Whole number recorded 38 

Born in Acton 23 Native parentage 25 

Males ; 24 Foreign parentage 7 

Females 14 Mixed parentage 6 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded , ■■ 28 

Kesidents of Acton 38 Residents of other places 18 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 41 

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

Occurring in Acton 37 Occurring in other places .... 4 

Average age in years, 70 

The town clerk requests information 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 1921 



Allen, W. iStuart 

Allen, Mrs. Percy W. . . . 

Annis, S. B 

Aldrich, E. L 

Amadon, L. Q 

Burke, Olive V 

Barker, Frank A 

Bradford, Fred W. R. . . 

Bradbury, Rolfe 

Brill, Fred E 

Brown, James A 

Bulette, Frank "W 

Berry, James N 

Billings, Emily N 

Bursaw, H. W 

Cahill, John P 

CahiU, W. F 

Capelle, C. H 

Casavoy, Alfred B 

Charter, W. W 

Conquest, James 

Chaffin, Myron L 

Clapp, George E 

Coughlin, John F., Jr.. . 

Comstock, M. M 

Densmore, Joseph 

Davis, Wendell F 

Daniels, Gertrude C. . . 
De Fegueredo, Antonio. 

De Sousa, Ben 

Durkee, Harold 

Duren, Roy L 

Edney, E. Esther 

Evans, John H 

Edwards, A. J 

Emerson, Arthur W. . . 
Enneguess, Michael .... 

Flynn, Edith M 

Fletcher, Lester N 

Farrand, W. H 

Farrar, Earl 

Fobes, E. S 

Foley, Patrick 

Ford, Charles L 

Freeman, Richard 

Frost, C. A 

French, Mrs. C. H 

Ford, I. S 

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.00 


2 


.00 


2 


.00 


5 


.00 


5 


.00 


2 


.00 


10 


.00 


5 


.00 


2 


.00 


2 


.00 


2 


.00 


2 


.00 



Goodrich, Horace M 2.00 

Goward, Annie R 5 . 00 

Green, Katherine 2 . 00 

Greenleaf Kennels 2 . 00 

Griffin, Isabella 4.00 

Hastings, Ralph L 2.00 

Hunt, Roy W 2.00 

Hollowell, William 2.00 

Hayes, Michael G 2.00 

Hansen, Otto 2.00 

Haxne^^ Albert L 2.00 

Haynes, ^hlrles E 2.00 

Hay ward, Earl 2.00 

Hayward, George K. . . . 2.00 

Holden, F. H 4.00 

Holland, John H 5.00 

Halberg, S. D 2.00 

Hindle, Arthur 2.00 

Holden, Willis L 2.00 

Jenks, Albert R 2.00 

Jones, Warren H 2.00 

Johnson, E. E 2.00 

Keiley, Julia T 2.00 

Kinsley, James 2.00 

Kimball, B. A 2.00 

Kennedy, Duncan S. . . . 2.00 

Kimball, Elnathan J. .. 17.00 

Kellum, Arthur 2 . 00 

Kilmartin, Wm. T 2.00 

Dears, William 2.00 

Laffin, Sidney 2.00 

Libby, George A 5 . 00 

Livermore, W. J 2.00 

Lundblad, Emil 2.00 

Mannion, Arthur 2 . 00 

Manson, Hans 2 . 00 

McDonald, D. F 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Ida 2.00 

Martin, M. Viola 2.00 

Mason, Roger 2.00 

Mason, W. E. 2.00 

Mead, George V 2.00 

Mill an, Albion L 2.00 

McGovern, Hugh 2 . 00 

Morse, Harry 2 .00 

Mc'Crossin, Joseph .... 2.00 

Middleton, W. J 2.00 



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Morrison, F. D 2.00 

Nolan, Hannah 5 . 00 

Nolan, Peter 2.00 

Nealey, Edward F 10.00 

O'Connell, Michael .... 2.00 

Parsons, Frank E 2.00 

Planta, E. A 7.00 

Perkins, A. H 2.00 

Perkins, Levi W 2.00 

Pope, Benjamin 8.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Priest, Henry L 4.00 

Piscaer, Lovis 2.00 

Prescott, Wm. F 5.00 

Quinn, E. L 5 . 00 

Eeed, Otis J 2.00 

Robbins, Solon A 2.00 

Smith, George 1 2.00 

Smith, George A 2.00 

Smith, Ealph 2.00 

Smith, Hattie E 2.00 

Scanlon, Wm. 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 

Stuart, Leslie E 5.00 

Spinney, Alice L 2.00 

Taylor, M. E 2.00 

Todd, Geo. S. 4.00 

Tucker, George S., Jr. . . 7.00 

Tuttle, Arthur 6.00 

Tuttle, William D 2.00 

Tripp, Horatio W 6.00 

TurnbuU, George L. . . . 4.00 

Vallie, A. H 2.00 

White, E. L 2.00 

Watkins, J. H 9.00 

Weaver, George T 17.00 

Webster, George A 2 . 00 

Whitcomb, Fred S 2.00' 

Willis, Ora A 2.00' 

Willis, Nelson B 5.00 

Wood, Jessie 2.00 



144 licenses at $2.00 ; $288.00 

32 licenses at $5.00 160 . 00 



Deduct fees, 176 licenses at 20c each . 
Due county treasurer in 1920 account 



$448.00 
35.20 

$412.80 
13.80 

$426.60 



June 1, 1921, paid county treasurer '. $205 . 80 

Dec. 1, 1921, paid county treasurer 213.60 

Due countv treasurer on 1921 account 7 . 20 



$426.60 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



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REPOUT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending December 31, 
1921. 

It is becoming more expensive every year to maintain roads. 
The increased automobile travel on what were once called back roads, 
and the expectation of the drivers that they will find them in better 
condition than what was once considered necessary for the main 
roads, with good bank gravel scarce and expensive loading, long 
hauls, the need of wider roads and better drainage, the high cost of 
tools and repairs for machines, the high cost of labor, the delay 
caused by the large amount of travel over roads being repaired; 
these and many other things are big factors in the cost of maintaining 
roads. 

At this time I wish to call your attention to the generous offer 
of Mr. Luther Conant, who for years has given the use of a nice sand 
pit and gravel bank free, and I have used this privilege more than 
ever this year, hauling hundreds of yards of gravel onto the roads in 
the Northeast part of the town, and almost all of the sand that was 
used for sanding oil came from this pit, which has meant a big saving 
to the town. 

Ten Thousand Dollars was appropriated for the general repair 
of roads, expended as follows : 
.Oilmg" Roads 

Oil $2,265.10 

Teaming Sand 440.00 

Labor Spreading Sand 157 . 60 

Total $2,862.70 

Patcliing' with Coal Patch 

Oil $146.86 

Labor *:*.:: 212.50 

Total $359.36 

Repairing with Gravel 

Gravel Pit Eoad 1,000 feet, using 220 yards of gravel, costing 

$400.00. . _, , ^ -, 

Near house of Frank Bulette 1950 feet, using 550 yards of gravel, 

costing $725.00 . ' 

Near Hall's Mill 1260 feet, using 600 yards of gravel, costing 

From South Acton to West Acton 810 feet, using 600 yards of 
o-ravel field stone fifty loads, crushed stone 320 tons, costing $1514.00. 

South Acton to Stow 750 feet, using 600 yards of gravel, costing 
$876.00. 



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Cost of repairing hill near house of Mr. Flagg after storm $485.00. 

Patching with gravel the Town Farm Eoad and Pope's Road, 
the road from Pope's corner towards Carlisle, three roads in south- 
east Acton, and three roads in North Acton, gravelling 300 feet on 
road from South Acton to Concord which took several hundred yards 
of gravel. 

Scraping, cleaning water ways, catch basins, sluices, tools, re- 
pairing tools, scraper, roller, crusher, and paying for gravel and sup- 
plies; for exact amount spent for this work see Town Accountant's 
Report. 

Special Appropriation of $6,000 to be spent on four roads, and a 
Committee was chosen to say how much should be spent on each road. 
The Committee's report was $1500.00 to be used to gravel and oil 
Prospect Street; $300.00 to be used to gravel and oil School Street; 
$1600.00 to be used to gravel and oil 1200 feet on "Windsor Avenue; 
$2600.00 to be used on Cemetery Road, to build a penetration road 
with crushed stone and oil; starting from the State Road in East 
Acton and building as far as the money would go. 

The work of gravelling Prospect Street was done by George E. 
Greenough, using 543 yards of gravel, and cleaning out sluice at end 
of road, costing $1115.70. This street was oiled when the rest of the 
roads were oiled and is included in the cost of oiling roads. A part 
of School Street was also gravelled, and the remainder scraped by 
Mr. Greenough, using 166 yards of gravel, costing $291.75. This 
was also oiled and included in the oiling of roads. 

Windsor Avenue — ^After a great deal of discussion by the Select- 
men and part of the Committee and interested parties it was decided 
to grade the street with gravel and surface it with crushed stone ; and 
the work was done by the road department, using 621 yards of gra- 
vel, 480 tons of crushed stone, costing $1943.45. 

Cemetery Road — Work was started on this road and gravel and 
crushed stone used, but bad weather stopped the work. $410.84 was 
used. 

Maynard Road — The State and County appropriated $10,000 
each, to build a permanent road starting at the Maynard line, and 
with the $10,000 borrowed by the Treasurer under a vote of the Town 
making $30,000 available for this work. It was estimated by the 
Slate Engineers that this amount would build 4600 feet. It is 5,000 
feet from the Maynard line to the bridge in South Acton, and we 
tried to make this amount finish the road to that point. This work 
was done by the Road Department under the supervision of the State 
Engineers. A large amount of material was used and moved to do 
this work, some of which is enumerated below. The road is exca- 
vated 18 feet wide and from 6 to 18 inches deep, requiring the re- 
moval of approximately 2600 yards. Most of this had to be carted 
off of the road. Thirty-three yards of gravel was used for grading. 
This had to be carted about two and one half miles. 1460 tons of 
trap rock, 2.550 tons of local crushed stone, 24,100 gallons of oil, 2 
large culverts to rebuild with cement, 2 pipe culverts with catch 
basins and grades, 435 feet stone curbing to dig out and cart away, 
150 feet of railroad track to be raised and graded. These are some 



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of the big items that went into the building of this piece of road. It 
will cost about $500.00 more to finish to the bridge. For the total 
cost of this work to date see Town Accountant's Report. 

Thanking you for your many courtesies, and your splendid co- 
operation, 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 

Supt. of Streets. 



REPORT OF SPECIAL ROAD COMMITTEE 



Alfred W. Davis, Anson C. Piper, "W. Stuart Allen, 

Albert H. Perkins, George E. Greenough, J. Sidney White, 
Waldo E. Whitcomb, Charles F. Edney, Albert P. Durkee. 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton : 

Gentlemen — In accordance with the instructions of the special 
committee of nine on roads, I am sending you this copy of their 
recommendations. 

Resolved — That the special committee appointed to work under 
Articles 20, 24, 45 and 46 of town warrant dated February 19, 1921, 
having carefully inspected the four pieces of road in question, do re- 
commend that these roads be repaired or constructed as follows : 
Windsor avenue : Estimated 1,200 feet, 15-foot wide ; 

$1,200 for gravel ; $400 for oil $1,600.00 

School street : Estimated 500 feet, 12-foot wide ; $300 for 

gravel 300.00 

Prospect street : 2,000 feet, 8-foot wide ; $1,200 for gravel ; 

$300 for oil 1,500.00 

Cemetery road : 500 feet penetration, 15-foot wide ; $1,125 

for stone ; $300 for gravel; $470 for tarvia 1,895.00 

600 feet top surfacing : $563 for stone ; $560, apshalt or 

tarvia; $100 gravel 1,223.00 

700 feet penetration, 15-foot wide : $1,575 for stone ; $420 

for gravel; $658 for tarvia or asphalt 2,653.00 

Total $9,171.00 

These figures were arrived at with the assistance of Mr. G. E. 
Greenough and if you consider that they are reasonable we would 
suggest that the work be given to Mr. Greenough at a maximum of 
these figures. The money in excess of $6,000 to be taken from the 
general fund raised for road repairs. 

The following prices were given us by Mr. G. E. Greenough : 
Teams (double), $8.00 per day; men, 40c per hour; $2.75 per ton for 
crushed stone, delivered on job ; $1.00 per ton for spreading, rolling 
and finishing. This day labor does not include insurance, use of tools 
or money. Tarvia or asphalt figured at 25c per gallon, 2i/4 gallons to 
the square yard. Crushed rock figured 60 tons to 100 lineal-foot road, 
15-foot wide. 

If the selectmen do not see their way clear to carry out these re- 



PROPOSED BY-LAWS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 




PROPOSED BY-LAWS OF THE 
TOWN OF ACTON 

SUBMITTED BY THE COMMITTEE 



ARTICLE I 

TOWN MEETINGS 

Section 1. A town meeting shall, unless a different .time or 
method is prescribed by law, be called by posting an attested copy of 
the warrant, calling the same, at the town house, at the town clerk's 
office, at the post-office, and at six other public places in the town at 
the discretion of the officer serving the warrant, seven days, at least, 
before the day appointed for said meeting, and by publication in a 
newspaper, if any be published in the town ; but if an emergency arises 
which, in the judgment of the selectmen, renders it necessary to call 
a meeting upon shorter notice, it may be called by posting attested 
copies of the warrant in sixteen additional public places in the town, 
and by publication in some newspaper, or newspapers, published in the 
town, if practicable, three days, at least, before the day appointed for 
said meeting. 

ARTICLE II 

GOVERNMENT OF TOWN MEETINGS 

Section 1. The moderator, while occupying the chair, shall not 
second any motion nor participate in any discussion before the meet- 
ing. 

Section 2. No vote shall be reconsidered except upon notice for 
that purpose by one who voted with the majority thereon, given 
within one hour after such vote was taken, at the same, or succeeding 
session ; but if the voter who gives such notice shall not afterward 
make such motion, a motion to reconsider may be made by any other 
voter who voted with the majority. 

Section 3. No article in the warrant shall be again taken into 
consideration after having been disposed of unless ordered by a vote 
of two thirds of the voters present and voting. 

Section 4. No voter shall speak more than twice upon any ques- 
tion without first obtaining leave of the meeting, except to correct an 
error or make an explanation, nor until all others who have not spoken 
upon the question, and desire so to do, shall have been given an oppor- 
tunity therefor. 



Section 5. All motions shall be reduced to writing before being 
submitted to the meeting, if required by the moderator. 

Section 6. No vote fixing the time of closing a ballot shall be 
reconsidered after such ballot shall have commenced; but the time 
for closing such ballot may be extended without reconsideration. 

Section 7. When a question is under debate, motions may be re- 
ceived to fix time of adjournment, to adjourn, to lay on the table, the 
previous question, to postpone to a certain time, to commit, to amend, 
and to postpone indefinitely, which several motions shall have prece- 
dence in the order in which they are herein enumerated, and the sec- 
ond, third, and fourth shall be decided without debate. All motions 
shall be seconded, but any motion may be withdrawn by the mover 
if no objection is made. 

Section 8. Articles in the warrant shall be acted upon in their 
order, unless otherwise directed by a majority vote of the town meet- 
ing. 

Section 9. The duties of the moderator and the conduct of the 
meeting, not specially provided for by law nor by the foregoing rules, 
shall be determined by the rules of parliamentary law contained in 
Cushing's Manual, so far as they are adapted to town meetings., 

Section 10. A vote to receive the report of a committee shall 
place the report before the meeting, but shall not discharge the com- 
mittee. A vote to accept or to adopt a report of a committee with or 
without amendment shall discharge the committee, and any recom- 
mendations contained in such report shall become the action of the 
town. 

ARTICLE III 

TOWN AFFAIRS 

Section 1. The financial year shall begin with the first day of 
January in each year, and end with the thirty-first day of December 
following. 

Section 2. The annual town meeting shall be held on the first 
Monday of March. 

Section 3. During the interval between the first day of January 
in each year and the time of making the next annual appropriations 
the selectmen, the commissioners of public works, the school commit- 
tee, the board of health, the trustees of the public library, and the en- 
gineers of the fire department, in order to meet the liabilities of their 
several departments incurred in the carrying on of the work entrusted 
to them, shall have authority to make expenditures and payments from 
the treasury from any available funds therein, and the same shall be 
charged against the next annual appropriations; but such expenditures 
and liabilities, incurred for any purpose, shall not exceed one sixth of 



the entire amount appropriated for that purpose in the previous year. 

Section 4. All town officers, except the auditor, shall deliver to 
the selectmen their annual report prior to the fifteenth day of January 
in each year. The board of selectmen shall deliver its annual report 
to the auditor on or before the fifteenth day of January in each year. 
The auditor shall deliver to the selectmen his annual report on or be- 
fore the first day of February in each year. The selectmen shall cause 
these reports, together with a list of town officers and other matter 
usually published, to be printed and placed in the hands of the town 
clerk, ready for distribution, ten days, at least, before the annual meet- 
ing in March. They shall cause the by-laws of the town to be printed 
in the annual report once in five years. 

Section 5. The reports of the several boards of town officers 
shall contain a schedule of all property in their charge at the end of 
the year, with the valuation thereof, and an estimate of the amount re- 
quired for the ensuing year. 

Section 6. The assessors shall once in five years, beginning in 
1916, and every fifth year thereafter cause to be printed a schedule 
of the valuation of property and a list of the names of the taxpayers 
of the town, to be delivered to the town clerk for distribution on or 
before the first day of October of the year in which said valuation shall 
have been taken. 

Section 7. The selectmen, commissioners of public works, and 
the town treasurer shall have full authority as agents of the town to 
appear and defend suits brought against it, to appear in proceedings 
before any tribunal, and to adjust by compromise suits or other claims 
against the town, unless it is otherwise ordered by a vote of the town. 

Section 8. No town officer and no salaried employee of the 
town, nor any agent of any such officer or employee, shall sell mate- 
rials or supplies to the town without the permission of the board of 
selectmen expressed in a vote which shall appear on their records with 
the reasons therefor. 

Section 9. No town officer and no salaried employee of the 
town, nor any agent of any such officer or employee, shall receive any 
compensation or commission for work done by him for the town ex- 
cept his official salary and fees allowed by law without the permission 
of the selectmen expressed in a vote which shall appear on their 
records with the reasons therefor. 

ARTICLE IV 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Section 1. There shall be a finance committee of five (5) citi- 
zens of the town, other than town officers, elected at the annual town 
meeting of 1921 ; two for a term of two (2) years, two for a term of 
three (3) years and one for a term of one (1) year, the terms of said 



members to expire on the first day of April 1923, 1924 and 1922. An- 
nually thereafter there shall be elected a member to serve for three 
(3) years from said date. Said committee shall have full powers to 
choose its own officers. Any member of said committee being elected 
to any other town office shall cease to be a member of the finance com- 
mittee. 

Section 2. It shall be the duty of this committee to consider all 
matters of business included within the articles of any warrant for a 
town meeting hereafter issued, and it shall be the duty of the select- 
men after drawing a town warrant to transmit immediately a copy 
of the same to the chairman and the secretary of the finance committee, 
and the committee shall, after due consideration of the subject matter 
in said articles, report thereon, in print, or otherwise, such informa- 
tion, and recommendations as it shall deem best. All recommenda- 
tions of the committee made to the town shall be recommendations of 
the entire committee. The finance committee shall have authority 
at any time to investigate the books, accounts, and management of any 
department of the town, and to employ such expert and other assis- 
tance as it may deem advisable for that purpose, and the books and 
accounts of all the departments and officers of the town shall be open 
to the inspection of the committee and of any person employed by it. 
It may appoint sub-committees, and delegate to them such of its pow- 
ers as it deems expedient. 

Section 3. The various town officers, boards, and committees 
charged with the expenditure of the town's money are directed annu- 
ally to prepare detailed estimates of the amounts necessary to carry on 
the town's business entrusted to them for the ensuing year, with ex- 
planatory statements as to any changes from the amount appropriated 
for the same purpose in the preceding year. They shall also prepare 
estimates of any income which may be received by the town during 
the ensuing year in connection with the town's business or property 
in their care. The selectmen shall include in their estimates the 
salaries of all officers elected directly by the town, and all other items 
not otherwise provided for, and the salaries of all other persons shall 
be included in the estimates of the officers, boards, or committees ap- 
pointing them. The treasurer shall include in his estimates the 
amount required for the payment of interest on the town debt, and 
for the payment of such portions of the town debt as may become due 
during the succeeding year. Said estimates and explanations shall be 
filed with the secretary of the finance committee on or before the fif- 
teenth day of January, and he shall forthwith compile the same in 
tabulated form, and add thereto two columns, one giving the amounts 
appropriated, and the other the amounts expended in the preceding 
year, and shall furnish a copy to each member of the finance commit- 
tee. Said committee shall at once consider the estimates and add an- 
other column giving the amounts which in their opinion should be 
appropriated for the ensuing year, and shall add thereto such explan- 
ations and suggestions in relation to the proposed appropriations as^ 



they may deem expedient. The document shall be completed and 
returned to the selectmen in time to enable them to have it printed 
and distributed with the warrants for the annual town meeting, which 
they are hereby directed to do. 

Section 4. Any board, standing committee, or officer of the 
town, or any person or persons intending to ask an appropriation at 
any meeting of the town, other than the regular annual appropria- 
tions, shall file a written notice in the office of the selectmen of such 
intention, at least fourteen days before such meeting, stating the object 
and the sum of the appropriation intended to be asked. The selectmen 
shall thereupon record such notice and inform the secretary of the fi- 
nance committee thereof. It shall thereupon be the duty of the fi- 
nance committee to examine into the subject, and be prepared to in- 
form the town thereon, and a statement of the proposition shall be 
printed and circulated with the warrant for the meeting, provided, 
however, that an appropriation may be asked, without such notice, 
at a'ny meeting of the town, but, in the absence of such previous no- 
tice, the subject shall not be acted upon except at an adjournment of 
said meeting, or at another meeting, not less than one week later in 
either case ; and during said interim the fina^nce committee shall cause 
a printed notice of the sum and object of said proposed appropriation, 
with its recommendation in relation thereto, to be posted in seven 
public places at least three days before such adjourned or other meet- 
ing. 

ARTICLE V 

COLLECTION OF TAXES 

Section 1. In addition to the books required by law the collect- 
or shall provide, at the expense of the town, tax notices, bills, and 
partial-payment receipts in the form hereinafter referred to. The 
bills and partial-payment receipts shall be printed in book form, and 
the stubs therein, with the accompanying bill or receipt, shall be num- 
bered consecutively. 

Section 2. The following forms shall be used : 

Poll Tax Notice. No 

Mr Address. 

The amount of your Poll Tax in the Town of Acton, Mass., for 

the year 19. . . .is •. . .$2.00 

Delivery of this notice is a demand for payment, 

and all single Poll Taxes must be paid within fourteen 

( ) days thereafter. This notice is not to be receipted by 

(SEAL) the Collector, who will deliver a regular tax bill, duly 

( ) receipted, using for that purpose only the printed blanks 

provided for that use. 

Collector. 

Acton, Mass 19 . 



Mr 

Poll Tax No 

19. 
Poll Tax, 
Interest, 

Costs, 



^Poll Tax Bill 19 . No 

'5 Residence 

f^The amount of your Poll Tax in the 
^Town of Acton, Mass., for the year.... 
'% is $2.00 

aj Interest, 

t { ) Costs, 

^ (SEAL) Received payment, 

^ ( ) Collector. 

^ Acton, Mass., 19. 



General Tax Notice. Enclose Stamp for return receipt. No. 
Mr Residence (No. and Street) 



The amount of your Tax in the town of Acton, Mass. for the 
year is as follows : 

( ) Poll Tax, $2.00 

( ) (Year) 

(SEAL) ( ) Personal Estate, . ., . . . . 

( ) Real Estate, . . 



Total, $ 

This notice must not be receipted by the Collector, who 

will deliver the original Tax Bill, duly receipted, or in case 

S of partial payments will issue separate receipts therefor, using 

g for that purpose only the official blanks provided for that use. 

Poll Taxes must be paid in one payment, and not less 



>» 2 

(« o 



Qu 



g than 25 per cent of other taxes may be paid at any one time 



^ o prior to February 1st, next succeeding the assessment. 
'^ SS- When partial payments are made, the taxpayer should 

§ u see that the payment is endorsed on the back of the Tax Bill, 
g o« Article 5. Section 3 of the By-Laws of the Town of 

^ Acton. All taxes assessed on Real Estate or Personal Estate 

* ^ shall be due on October 1st., in the year in which they are 
^ assessed, and no discount shall be allowed on such taxes. All 
.Si .2 single Poll Taxes shall be paid within fourteen days after 
rt demand. All taxes remaining unpaid after February 1st 
«J next succeeding their assessment shall be levied and collected 
^ according to law, unless such taxes shall be abated or sus- 
® pended by the Assessors. 

By vote of the Town passed March , on all 

o2 taxes unpaid after October 1st , interest at the 

:3 rate of six per cent per annum shall be charged until paid. 

Q I shall be at the Town House (insert dates) for the pur- 

pose of receiving taxes. 

Collector 

{Insert Location of Collector's Office) 



Z 



o 



General Tax Bill 

No. 
Poll Tax 

Personal Estate Tax 
Real Estate Tax 

Interest 

Costs 

Total 
Partial Payments 



19... 



General Tax Bill 19 . No 

Rate of taxation, $ per thousand. 

-^Mr Residence 

'Z The amount of your tax in the Town 

ojof Acton, Mass., for the year is as 

f^ follows: 

2 Poll Tax $2.00 

'% Personal Estate 

Real Estate 

>( ) . Total 

S ( ) Interest 

g(SEAL) Costs 

f^ Received Payment, 

Collector 

Acton, Mass., 19 . 



Partial Payment 

Receipt No. 

Date 

Endorsed on Tax 
Bill No. 



Partial Payment Receipt. No 

Received of the sum 

+:of Dollars ($ ) on account 

•S'of Tax for the year. 



p<( ) 

.(SEAL) 



Endorsed on Tax Bill No. 



; Collector. 

Acton, Mass. 

See that this payment is en- 
dorsed on the back of the Tax 
Bill by the Collector. 
Receipts must be filled up and 
signed with ink. 



Section 3. All taxes assessed on real or personal estate shall be 
due on October 1st in the year in which they are assessed, and no dis- 
count shall be allowed on such taxes. All taxes remaining unpaid 
after February first, next succeeding their assessment, shall be levied 
and collected according to law unless abated or suspended by the as- 
sessors with the assent of finance committee. 



ARTICLE VI 



RECORDS 



Section 1. The town clerk shall record in full in a book kept for 
the purpose all written contracts, deeds and other instruments to 
which the town is a party except such instruments as may by law 
be recorded in the Registry of Deeds; and it shall be the duty of 
any board or officer executing or receiving such written contract, or 
other instrument, to deliver the same forthwith to the town clerk for 
the purpose of record. It shall be the duty of the town clerk to see 
that all conveyances of real estate to the town are properly recorded 
in the Registry of Deeds. 



Section 2. The town clerk shall keep a file of all town reports, 
reports of all committees chosen by the town, and all original docu- 
ments relating to the affairs of the town which may come into his 
possession. 

ARTICLE VII 

DEALERS IN JUNK 

Section 1. The selectmen may license suitable persons to be 
dealers in and keepers of shops for the purchase, sale, or barter of 
junk, old metals, or second-hand articles, in the town. They may 
also license suitable persons as junk collectors, to collect, by purchase 
or otherwise, junk, old metals, and second-hand articles from place 
to place in the town ; and they may provide that such collectors shall 
display badges upon their persons or upon their vehicles, or upon both, 
when engaged in collecting, transporting, or dealing in junk, old met- 
als, or second-hand articles; and may prescribe the design thereof. 
They may also provide that such shops and all articles of merchan- 
dise therein, and any place, vehicle, or receptacle used for the collec- 
tion, or keeping of the articles aforesaid, may be examined at all times 
by the selectmen, or by any person by them authorized thereto. 

Section 2. Every keeper of a shop for the purchase, sale or bar- 
ter of junk, old metals, or second-hand articles, within the limits of 
the town, shall keep a book, in which shall be written, at the time of 
every purchase of any such article, a description thereof, the name, 
age and residence of the person from whom, and the day and hour 
when, such purchase was made; such book shall at all times be open 
to the inspection of the selectmen and of any person by them author- 
ized to make such inspection; every keeper of such shop shall put in 
a suitable and conspicuous place on his shop a sign having his name 
and occupation legibly inscribed thereon in large letters; such shop, 
and all articles of merchandise therein, may be at all times examined 
by the selectmen, or by any person by them authorized to make such 
examination; and no keeper of such shop and no junk collector shall, 
directly or indirectly, either purchase or receive by way of barter or 
exchange any of the articles aforesaid of a minor or apprentice, know- 
ing or having reason to believe him to be such; and no article purchased 
or received by such shopkeeper shall be sold until at least thirty days 
from the date of its purchase or receipt have elapsed. Such shops 
shall be closed between the hours of 6 P. M. and 7 A. M., and no 
keeper thereof and no junk collector shall purchase any of the articles 
aforesaid during such hours. 

Section 3. Notice of an application for a license under this ar- 
ticle shall be published in a newspaper published in said town at least 
three days before the granting of such license. Said notice shall give 
the date when such application will be heard, and any person may ap- 
pear to favor or to oppose the granting of such license. All adver- 
tising charges shall be paid by the applicant. 



ARTICLE VIII 

\ CEMETERIES 

Section 1. The annual meeting of the Commissioners shall be 
held in April, on or before the 15th day of said month, when a Chair- 
man and a Clerk shall be elected by ballot, to serve during the muni- 
cipal year, or until their successors are chosen. 

Section 2. There shall also be chosen at said meeting a Super- 
intendent of each cemetery in the town to serve for the year, unless 
sooner removed by a majority vote of the Board. 

Section 3. The annual and special meetings shall be held when 
called by the Chairman or by the Clerk upon request of a majority 
of the Board. 

Section 4. Sales of lots shall in each case be consummated by the 
payment therefor and by the execution and delivery of the following 
deed ; and no lot shall be considered sold or any rights gained therein, 
until delivery of such deed. 

KNOW ALL MEN By These Presents, That the Town of Ac- 
ton, in the County of Middlesex, and Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts, in consideration of dollars, paid by 

, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, does 

hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey to the said , 

heirs and assigns, the exclusive right of burial of the dead in one lot 
of land in Cemetery, in said Town of Acton, situ- 
ated and numbered . on the plan 

of said Cemetery, which is in the possession of the Board of Commis- 
sioners having the care and management thereof, and may be inspected 
by the said grantee, his heirs and assigns at all reasonable times. 

To Have and to Hold the aforesaid premises unto the said . . . . 

heirs and assigns forever; but subject to the restrictions, 

limitations and conditions, and with the privileges following, viz.: 

First, The grades of all lots shall be established and corner 
bounds placed by the Commissioners. 

Second, That the said lot shall not be used for any other purpose 
than as a burial place for the dead; and that no trees within the lot 
or border shall be cut down or destroyed without the consent of the 
said Commissioners. 

Third, That if any trees or shrubs in said lot shall become in any 
way dertimental to the adjacent lots, avenues or paths, or dangerous 
or inconvenient, it shall be the duty of the said cojnrnissioners for the 
time being to enter into said lot and remove said trees or shrubs, or 
such parts thereof, as are thus detrimental, dangerous or inconvenie?}t. 

Fourth, That if any monument or effigy, cenotaph, or other 
structure whatever, or any inscription be placed in or upon said lot, 
which shall be determined by a majority of the said Commissioners 



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for the time being, to be offensive or improper, the said Commission- 
ers, or a majority of them, shall have the right, and it shall be their 
duty to enter upon the said lot and remove said offensive or improper 
object or objects. 

Fifth, That no tomb shall be constructed within the bounds of 
the Cemetery except by permission of the Commissioners and in such 
manner as they shall approve; and no proprietor shall suffer the re- 
mains of any person to be deposited within the bounds of his lot for 
hire. 

Sixth, That said lot shall be indivisib'le ; and upon the death of 
the grantee, the devisee of said lot or the heir at law shall be entitled 
to all the privileges of the original grantee, and if there be more than 
one devisee or heir at law they shall within nine months from such 
death designate in writing to the Secretary of the Board of Commis- 
sioners which of said devisees or heirs at law shall represent the lot, 
and on their failure so to designate, the Board of Commissioners shall 
enter of record which of said devisees or heirs at law shall represent 
the lot while such failure continues. 

Seventh, That said premises or any part thereof shall not be sold 
or conveyed to any person who is not, at the time of such sale a resi- 
dent of the Town of Acton, without the written consent of the said 
Commissioners; a breach of this condition by the grantee or any per- 
son holding under him shall make this conveyance void. 

Eighth, The said lot shall be holden subject to all the by-laws, 
rules and regulations made, and to be made, by the Board of Com- 
missioners. 

And the said Town of Acton hereby covenants to and with the 

said heirs and assigns, that it is lawfully 

seized in fee simple of the aforegranted premises, and of the way lead- 
ing to the same from the highway ; that the granted premises are free 
from all incumbrances, that it has a good right to sell and convey the 

same to the said in the manner and for the 

purposes aforesaid; and will warrant and defend the same, unto the 
said , heirs and assigns forever. 

In Witness Whereof, the said Town of Acton has caused its seal 
to be hereto affixed, and these presents to be signed in its name and be- 
half by the Secretary of said Board of Cemetery Commissioners of 

said Town, this day of / in the year one 

thousand nine hundred and 

Town of Acton 

By. 

Secretary of the board of Cemetery Commissioners. 
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of 



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Section 5. The restrictions, limitations and conditions men- 
tioned in said deed and numbered 1 to 7 inclusive shall form and be- 
come a part of the rules and regulations of the cemeteries of the town. 

Section 6. Curbing, projecting corner posts, fences, hedges and 
walls, steps and walks, about or on any lot or lots are prohibited, ex- 
cept as approved by the Commissioners. 

Section 7. Lots will be cared for by the year at reasonable rates 
according to size and labor required. 

Section 8. (Adopted March 25, 1901). 

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

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

Third. Said Cemetery Committee shall receipt for and faith- 
fully apply all sums gf interest so received by it in accordance with 
the statement so made by the Town Treasurer, and report its doing 
in the premises annually to the Town. But no part of said sums shall 
be used in paying for the official duties of said Committee. 

Fourth. The following form of receipt shall be given in be- 
half of the Town by its Treasurer to persons depositing money : 

Received of (A. B.) dollars as a perpetual fund, the income of 
which is to be used to pay the expense of keeping in repair and good 
order lots in the cemeteries of Acton, Mass., as follows: (Description 



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of lots). This money is received in accordance with an ordinance 
of the Town, passed March 25, 1901. 

TOWN OF ACTON 

By 

Treasurer. 

Section 9. All foundations for monuments, headstones, markers, 
etc., shall be put in by or under the immediate supervision of the Su- 
perintendent, at his discretion, and no foundation shall be laid dry or 
with cobblestones, and no memorial shall be erected without a suitable 
foundation. 

Section 10. Foundations for monuments shall be at least four 
and one-half feet deep, and for markers and other small stones not 
less than three feet. 

Section 11. The following charges shall be made for inter- 
ments: From $1.00 to $4.00 as the judgment of the Superintendent 
may determine. These charges shall apply to removals, with a suit- 
able additional charge for disinterments. Graves, if desired, will be 
trimmed, for which an extra charge will be made, proportionate to 
the time expended and cost of material used. 

Section 12. All graves shall be filled level or to conform to the 
grade of the lot, and shall be suitably designated. Mounds will not 
be allowed, except by special permission. 

Section 13. All persons are forbidden to needlessly walk across 
lots, to pluck wild or cultivated flowers, or to leave rubbish of any 
kind in the cemeteries. 



ARTICLE IX 

STREETS 

Section 1. No person shall place or cause to be placed in any 
public place, street, or private way, or in any running stream or body 
of water, dirt, rubbish, wood, timber, or other material tending to 
cause obstruction, nor deposit ashes, garbage, carrion, filth, or offal, 
except in such places as shall be permitted by the road commissioner, 
under a penalty of not less than two or more than twenty dollars. 

Section 2. No person shall construct or maintain any drain or 
conduit from any house, shop, or other building, or from any vault, 
cesspool, or cistern, to or upon any street or way so as to discharge 
water or other matter in or upon any such street or way except when 
permitted in writing so to do by the road commissioner, under a pen- 
alty of not less than two or more than twenty dollars. 

Section 3. Whoever violates the provisions of the preceding 
sections and suffers the material so placed by him in such public place, 
street, or private way to remain therein more than twenty-four hours, 



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shall be liable to a like penalty for each additional day thereafter, 
during which he shall suffer such material to remain in such public 
place, street, or private way. 

Section 4. No person shall pasture or tether any animal in any 
street in the town in such manner as to obstruct the street or sidewalk, 
under a penalty of not less than two nor more than twenty dollars. 

Section 5. No person shall break or dig up, or aid in breaking 
or digging up, the ground in any street or square in the town, or set 
up any post, fence, tree, or edgestone in any street or square in the 
town without a permit from the road commissioner, under a penalty 
of not less than two nor more than twenty dollars for each offense. 

Section 6. No person shall bathe or swim in any waters within 
the town in a state of nudity in places exposed to public view, or in 
the immediate sight of the occupant or occupants of any dwelling 
house, shop, or factory under a penalty of not less than one nor more 
than twenty dollars for each offense. 

Section 7. > No person shall own or keep in this town any dog or 
cow which, by biting, barking, howling, or in any other manner, dis- 
turbs the peace or quiet of any neighborhood, or endangers the safety 
of any person. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall 
be liable to a penalty of ten dollars. 

Section 8. Whoever shall ride any horse, or drive any horse at- 
tached to a vehicle of any description, or auto, at such an immoderate 
rate of speed as to endanger or to expose to injury any person stand- 
ing, walking, or riding in any street or way open to public travel, 
shall forfeit and pay a sum not less than five dollars nor more than 
$100 dollars for each offense. 

Section 9. No person shall permit any team or auto under his 
care or control to stand across any highway, crosswalk, sidewalk, or 
street in such manner as to obstruct the travel over the same ; no 
person shall stop with any team or auto in any public street so near 
to another team as to obstruct public travel and no person shall stop 
with any team or carriage upon or across any crossing in any street 
or highway in the town. 

Section 10. No" person shall make any indecent figure or write 
any indecent or obscene words upon any fence, building, or other 
structure in any public place, or upon any sidewalk or wall. 

Section 11. No person, unless required by law so to dp, shall 
make any marks, letters, or figures of any kind, or place any sign, ad- 
vertisement, or placard upon or against any wall, fence, post, ledge, 
stone, tree, building, or structure in or upon any street in this town 
without the permission of the owner of adjacent property. 

Section 12. No person shall distribute papers, circulars, or ad- 
vertisements through the town in such a manner as to create a dis- 



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turbance or litter, nor throw papers on street, nor shall any person 
distribute for any purpose to any person in any street, or upon any 
sidewalk, any hand bill, card, circular, or paper, except newspapers. 

Section 13. No person shall throw stones, snowballs, sticks, or 
other missiles, nor kick at football, nor play at any game in which 
a ball is used, nor fly any kite or balloon, nor shoot with or use a 
bow and arrow, gun, air-gun, or sling, in or across any of the public 
ways of the town; nor obstruct any street in the town; nor unneces- 
sarily make any alarming or tumultuous noise ; nor take hold of, nor 
ride upon, the hind part of any carriage, or other vehicle, without 
leave; nor join in any assemblage or group in the street, or on any 
sidewalk in the town, to the annoyance of passengers, or so as to ob- 
struct the free passage of passengers; nor otherwise disturb the quiet 
of any person improperly; nor drive, wheel, or draw any coach, or 
bicycle, or cart, or other carriage of burden or pleasure, except chil- 
dren's carriages drawn by hand upon any sidewalk in the town; nor 
drive or permit any horse under his care to go, or stand, upon any 
sidewalk in the town ; nor behave himself in a rude or disorderly man- 
ner ; nor use any profane, indecent, or insulting language in any street 
or other public place in the town, or near any dwelling-house or other 
building therein; nor be or remain upon any door-step, portico, or 
other step or projection of any such building or house, to the annoy- 
ance or disturbance of other persons, under a penalty of not less than 
one, nor more than twenty dollars for each offense. 

Section 14. No person shall coast upon any sidewalk in the 
town, nor shall any person coast upon any of the public ways of the 
town except upon such streets as the selectmen may designate each 
year by public notice. 

Section 15. No person shall resort to or frequent any school- 
house grounds or enclosure in the town to interfere with or annoy any 
person lawfully using or enjoying the same; nor shall any person re- 
sort to or frequent any cemetery or graveyard in the town and there 
engage in or be present at any game of cards or other game or sport, 
or lounge or loiter therein to the annoyance or interference of per- 
sons properly visiting or resorting to said places, under a penalty of 
not less than one nor more than twenty-five dollars for each offense. 

Section 16. No person shall place over any sidewalk any awn- 
ing, shade, or signboard less than seven feet from the ground at the 
lowest part, nor construct or maintain any awning, shade, or sign- 
board extending beyond the line of the sidewalk; and for any offense 
against this by-law an offender shall pay a fine of ten dollars. 

Section 17. All covering for roofs within the village limits both 
new and renewals, shall be of suitable fire proof material acceptable 
to the fire engineers or fire commissioner. 

Section 18. Any person who shall violate any provision of these 



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pay 



by-laws shall, in cases not otherwise provided for, forfeit and 
for each offense a fine not exceeding twenty dollars. 



ARTICLE X 

TREE WARDEN 

All trees on or within the limit of a highway are public shade 
trees, and shall not be removed in whole or in part except by a tree 
warden, or by any other person except with a permit in writing from 
a tree warden, nor by the tree warden without a public hearing after 
due notice, posted in two or more public places in said city or town. 
If the tree warden shall refuse to cut or remove or issue a permit to 
any owner to cut or remove any such tree, the damages sustained by 
him shall be determined, in towns by the selectmen, and in cities by 
the officer or officers in charge of public shade trees. The owner- 
ship of the wood in said tree belongs to the owner of the land on 
whose premises the tree stands. The abutters on the highway in 
towns own the fee of said highway to the middle thereof. 

The selectmen shall from time to time cause to be printed a suf- 
ficient number of copies of the by-laws of the town- and shall incor- 
porate therewith a list of the laws of the commonwealth which have 
been accepted by the town. 



ARTICLE XI 

TRUANTS 

Section 1. Any minor being a habitual truant, and any child 
between the ages of seven and fifteen years found wandering about 
the streets or public places within the town having no lawful occupa- 
tion or business, not attending school, and growing up in ignorance, 
and such children as persistently violate the reasonable rules and regu- 
lations of the public schools, may upon conviction thereof be com- 
mitted to the Middlesex County Truant School at Chelmsford, Mass., 
or to any other place provided by the town within its limits, for con- 
finement, instruction, and discipline. 

These by-laws as amended above are herewith presented for 
adoption or rejection in whole or in part as the voters may determine, 
by 

L. EDWARD LAIRD 

IRVING R. McKENZIE 

FRANK MERRIAM 

MR. CASE 

By-Laws Committee. 



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commendations, we would suggest that $1,600 be spent on Windsor 
avenue ; $1,500 on Prospect street ; $300 on School street, and $2,600 
on the cemetery road. 

Resolved — That a copy of this resolution be prepared by the 
secretary and forwarded immediately to the selectmen. 

This being a true copy of the resolutions to the best of my know- 
ledge, I remain, 

Sincerely yours, 

ALBERT P. DURKEB, Secretary. 



At a subsequent meeting of this committee, held April 23, 1921, 
it was voted to reconsider the vote whereby they had recommended 
gravel for Windsor avenue. 

It was then voted to recommend that crushed stone be substi- 
tuted for gravel to the amount of $1,600. 

Recommended, that the selectmen take enough money from the 
general fund to finish the job on Windsor avenue. 

A copy of these recommendations and resolutions were sent to 
the selectmen. 

ALBERT P. DURKEE, Secretary. 



COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1919 Taxes 

IfncoUected Jan. 1, 1921 $630.75 

L^ncollected excise tax, 1919 57.05 

Interest collected • 48 . 64 

Interest collected, excise tax 4.56 



Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $708 . 20 

Abatements 22 . 30 

Abatement, excise tax 10 . 50 



1920 Taxes 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1921 $6,317.83 

December assessment 5 . 00 

Interest collected 226 . 30 



$741.00 



$741.00 



1,549.13 



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Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $5,800.59 

Abatements 13 . 98 

$5 814 57 
Uncollected Jan. 1, 1922 $734.56 

$734.56 
1921 Taxes 

Town, state and county taxes, committed to 

Collector, October 1, 1921 $73,857.36 

Less amount returned from, state account in- 
tangible personal 6,730.00 

$67,127.36 

December assessment, West End Railway Stock 424.75 

$67,522.11 

Moth Tax 49 . 00 

Interest collected 39 . 87 

$67,640.98 
Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $55,636 . 91 

Abatements 108 . 57 

Abatements, December assessment. West End 

Railway Stock 424.75 

$56 170 23 
Uncollected Jan. 1, 1922 , $11,470.75 

$11,470.75 
HENRY L. HAYNES, 

Collector. 



REPORT OF MEAT INSPECTOR 

Acton, Mass., Jan. 1, 1922. 
To the Honorable Board of Health: 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report as Inspector of Slaugh- 
tering from April 1, 1921 to Jan. 1, 1922 : 

Cattle 84 Condemned 15 

Veal 1398 Condemned ,56 

Hogs 56 Condemned 1 



1538 72 

C. A. DURKEE, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT 1921 

Buildings, exclusive of land $1,287,315 . 00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 560,225 . 00 

Personal estate 587,285 . 00 

$2,434,825.00 
Valuation April 1, 1920 2,414,185.00 

Increase in valuation $20,640 . 00 

Rate of taxation $26.30 

Tax Assessed as follows : 

Real estate $48,591 . 25 

Personal estate 15,446 . 11 

Polls 3,090.00 



$67,127.36 
Received from state account intangible 

personal 6,730.00 

$73,857.36 
Moth Tax 49.00 

Amount of Money Raised 

State tax $7,140.00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 40 

County tax 3,806 . 67 

Special county tax 272 . 96 

Town Grant 55,965.67 

Overlay 2,908.06 

Special State tax 336 . 60 

Special state poll tax ($3.00 each poll) 1,854.00 

$73,857.36 
ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
HENRY L. HAYNES, 
WARREN H. JONES. 



CATTLE INSPECTOR S REPORT FOR YEAR 1921 



Acton, Mass., Jan. 1, 1922. 
To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, I hereby submit the 
following report : 

Inspected 612 dairy cows ; 165 young cattle ; 25 bulls ; 136 swine ; 
126 stables. 

Quarantined in the year: Thirteen head of cattle affected witli 
1 tuberculosis, which Avere taken by the state. 

FRED S. WHITCOMB, 

Inspector of Animals. 



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REPORT OP THE 
ACTON HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE 



At the annual town meeting' held March 7, 1921, it was voted 
that a high school building committee be appointed, with instructions 
to inquire into the expediency of erecting a high school building in 
Acton and to report their findings at a later meeting. The follow- 
ing committee was appointed : Precinct 1, J. Sidney "White, Charlotte 
Conant, Horace F. Tuttle. Precinct 2, Frank W. Hoit, Madeline 
Howe, John E. Case. Precinct 3, Bertram B. Hall, Albertie M. Mead, 
Charles J. Holton. 

The first meeting of the committee was held at Acton Center. 
Mr. Frank Ploit was named as temporary chairman ; Miss Charlotte 
Conant as temporary secretary. Mr. John E. Case resigned and Mr. 
Harry N. Brown was chosen to fill the vacancy. It was voted to hold 
a public hearing in each of the three precincts. These meetings were 
well attended and much interest was shown. Our superintendent of 
schools, Mr. H. C. Knight, was present at all these meetings and gave 
valuable suggestions. The question at issue was discussed and an 
informal vote was taken. Of the total 112 votes cast, 85 vv-ere in favor 
of building a high school in Acton and 27 opposed. 

The town of Concord has alw^ays maintained a high school of 
very high merit. Advantages are given pupils that could not be ex- 
pected in a newly organized high school with an estimated attend- 
ance of approximately one hundred pupils. Nevertheless, a small 
high school can maintain a high standard of efficiency and individual 
attention to the scholar is a great benefit. 

The transportation problem is a serious one from both the moral 
and financial standpoint, but in whichever village a high school might 
be established, this problem would still exist in some degree. 

It was decided the location of the building could be left to un- 
prejudiced, outside parties if the voters failed to agree. 

The committee feels it should place before you the comparative 
cost of the present arrangement and what may be expected to be the 
approximate cost of constructing a suitable building and operating 
same. 

This year, 1921-1922, we will have paid the town of Concord for 
tuition, $11,994.58 ; in addition, transportation will amount to 
$3,128.05 ; making a total of $15,122.63. 

Acton wants a good high school or none. The committee feels 
that three courses of study are necessary : College, business and gen- 
eral course. This would require a building of six rooms with office, 
basement, etc. The initial cost of a suitable building is hard to esti- 
mate, but the committee placed the figures at $60,000 ; this to include 
lighting, heating, plumbing and equipment. Payment for this ex- 
penditure would undoubtedly be provided by an issue of serial bonds, 
maturing annually over a period of ten or twenty years. Therefore, 



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interest charges would gradually decrease as bonds were retired, 
but principal payments would have to be met by taxes. 

Four teachers, including principal, would be required for such 
a school. Basing salaries upon present rates, the payroll might ap- 
proximate $7,000; heat and janitorship $1,200, and transportation 
$2,500. Without considering depreciation of the building, the an- 
nual cost would be around $16,000. 

There is in our town treasury about $21,000, collected from the 
recent sale of the town farm and Hapgood farm. If the voters so 
elect, these funds can be used as a nucleus for our high school 
building. 

The town would take great pride in such an institution and it 
would undoubtedly tend to increase the value of real estate: Superior 
teachers living in the town, in constant contact with the parents and 
pupils would have a wholesome effect and the pupil's interest and 
loyalty would be centered in the home town. 

In conclusion, the committee, after thoughtful consideration, 
feels the problem offers many obstacles at this time and that further 
investigation of the subject be given. We would recommend that 
another committee be chosen to report at a later date. 
Respectfully submitted, 

BY THE COMMITTEE. 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 



Jan. 1, 1922. 
The Board of Health submit the following report for the year 
ending December 31st, 1921 : 

Burial permits issued in Acton 38 

Burial permits of non-residents 24 

List of contagious diseases reported by the board of health Jan- 
uary 1, 1921 to December 31, 1921 : 

Chicken pox 3 

Measles 10 

Mumps 5 

Tuberculosis 3 

(Deaths none.) 

Your board would recommend that $1,000 be appropriated for 
use of the board for the present year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Acton Board of Health, 

By C. A. DURKEE, 

Agent. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 

For the Year Ending 1921 

Investments 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,194.49 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank 1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000.00 



$3,194.49 
Receipts 
Warren Institution for Savings, dividends .... $54.03 
Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank, dividends 50.00 

City Institution for Savings 50.00 

$154.03 
Payments 
Paid H. F. Bobbins, care of Goodnow lot, 

Woodlawn Cemetery $7.00 

Unused income for care of cemetery lot de- 
posited with Warren Institution for Savings 17 . 03 
Paid to Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical Cong, church in Acton 130 . 00 

$154.03 
LUTHER CONANT, 
I. WARREN FLACa, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1921 



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

FRED W. GREEN, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Cemetery Commissioners. 



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CEMETEEY FUNDS FOR CAEE OF LOTS 



WOODLAWN CEMETERY 



No. 



Name of Fund. 



Amount 
Deposited 



On hand 

Jan. 1 

1921 



Income 



On hand 
Exp'n'd Dec. 31, 
1921 



9 
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 
48 
49 
50 
51 
52 

53 
54 
55 
56 
57 
58 
59 
60 
61 
62 
63 
64 
65 
66 
67 
68 
69 
70 
71 
72 
73 
74 



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 AVheeler 100 . 00 

William H. Chapman 100.00 

Mary 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 

Eiisha 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 

Elnathan 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 .' lOO .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 OO 

Charlotte C. Flagg 100 00 

Cyrus G. Dole 100 . 00 

Daniel Fletcher lOO 00 

^-h^^^'^'xt'" \;r- • ; • • 100-00 

Wilham N. Wood 100 00 

Leonard Bulette 100 . 00 

Ruth Robbins 100 00 

Henry T. Billings .' . ' " loo .'oO 

Mary E. Lothrop 200 . 00 

Lewis Wood, Jr 100 . 00 

Georg-e Conant lij i . o() 

Zoeth Taylor 50 . 00 

Herbert S. Lane 100 . Oo 

George H. Harris 100.00 

Mary W. Fletcher 100 . 00 

John J. Lothrop 50 . 00 



$54.00 


$2.25 


$1.00 


$55.25 


103.65 


4.50 


2.00 


106.15 


102.00 


4.50 


3.00 


103.50 


50.50 


2.25 


1.50 


51.25 


213.32 


9.00 


6.00 


216.32 


570.02 


22.50 


16.43 


576.09 


105.00 


4.50 


3.00 


106.50 


104.75 


4.50 


3.00 


106.25 


109.50 


4.50 


14.00 


100.00 


103.54 


4.50 


2.50 


105.54 


208.82 


9.00 


8.78 


209.04 


105.09 


4.50 


2.00 


107.59 


105.50 


4.50 


3.00 


107.00 


103.57 


4.50 


3.00 


105.07 


105.00 


4.50 


3.50 


106.00 


104.00 


4.50 


3.00 


105.50 


103.35 


4.50 


3.50 


104.35 


101.88 


4.50 


3.98 


102.40 


76.61 


3.37 


2.00 


77.98 


104.50 


4.50 


3.00 


106.00 


105.50 


4.50 


3.00 


107.00 


105.11 


4.50 


2.00 


107.61 


103.20 


4.50 


3.00 


104.70 


102.33 


4.50 


3.00 


103.83 


77.29 


3.38 


2.00 


78.67 


104.47 


4.50 


3.00 


105.97 


102.14 


4.50 


4.32 


102.32 


105.09 


4.50 


2.00 


107.59 


50.97 


2.25 


2.00 


51.22 


165.22 


6.75 


3.00 


168.97 


103.47 


4.50 


3.00 


104.97 


545.77 


22.50 


14.25 


554.02 


51.42 


2.25 




53.67 


104.50 


4.50 


3.00 


106.00 


51.75 


2.25 


1.50 


52.50 


77.40 


3.37 


3.00 


77.77 


105.07 


4.50 


3.00 


106.57 


259.69 


11.25 


8.00 


262.94 


103.65 


4.50 


3.00 


105.15 


214.45 


9.00 


6.00 


217.45 


103.70 


4.50 


6.00 


102.20 


105.17 


4.50 


3.00 


106.67 


104.46 


4.50 


3.00 


105.96 


119.66 


4.50. 


4.40 


119.76 


77.72 


3.38 


2.00 


79.10 


100.00 


4.50 


2.00 


102.50 


52.98 


2.25 


1.00 


54.23 


104.26 


4.50 


3.00 


105.76 


104.68 


4.50 


3.00 


106.18 


103.35 


4.50 


3.00 


104.85 


50.881 


2.25 


2.00 


51.13 


101.72 


4.50 


2.00 


104.22 


103.00 


4.50 


3.00 


104.50' 


101.14 


4.50 


3.00 


102.64 


108.33 


4.50 


11.00 


101.83 


104.04 


4.50 


3.00 


105.54 


162.96 


6.75 


17.00 


152.71 


52.40 


2.25 


2.50 


52.15 


103.60 


4.50 


3.00 


105.10 


104.87 


4.50 


3.00 


106.37 


103.92 


4.50 


3.00 


105.42 


103.93 


4.50 


3.00 


105.43 


106.75 


4.50 


3.00 


108.25 


103.70 


4.50 


3.00 


105.20 


104.40 


4.50 


3.00 


105.90 


103.33 


4.50 


3.00 


104.83 


215.87 


9.00 


5.96 


218.91 


107.03 


4.50 


3.00 


108.53 


111.66 


4.50 


14.00 


102.16 


53.23 


2.25 


1.50 


53.98 


102.58 


4.50 


2.00 


105.08 


117.90 


4.50 


20.00 


102.40 


103.03 


4.50 


4.00 


103.53 


57.62 


2.25 


1.00 


58.87 



58 



75 
76 

77 
78 
79 
80 
81 
82 
83 
84 
85 
86 



89 
90 
91 



94 

95 

96 

97 

9h 

99 

100 

101 

102 

103 

104 

105 

106 

107 

108 
109 
110 



Franklin P. Wood 100 . 00 

Israel H. Giles 100.00 

Joseph Barker 50 . 00 

Emma F. Blood 50.00 

Daniel J. and E. E. Wetherbee 200.00 

Francis Campbell 200 . 00 

Harriet W. Palmer 100 . 00 

Jason W. Livermore 50 . 00 

Josiah Piper 75.00 

William F. Wood 50.00 

John White 100 . 00 

Cyrus Hale 100 . 00 

Robert Wayne 75 . 00 

Daniel Tuttle 200.00 

Edwin Tarbell 100 . 00 

Elisha Comstock 100 . 00 

Luke Tuttle 100 . 00 

Moses Taylor 400 . 00 

William D. Tuttle 100 . 00 

Cyrus Pickard 100 . 00 

J. E. Billings 100.00 

Lorenzo A. Pratt 100 . 00 

George R. Keyes 100 . 00 

William Hosmer . 50 . 00 

Henry Barker 100 . 00 

F. E. Parsons 200 . 00 

Joseph Truette 100 . 00 

Lowell A. Jones 100.00 

John Conant 100 . 00 

Cyrus Hale 200 . 00 

George M. Pike 100 . 00 

Calvin Harris 100 . 00 

J. P. Snelling 100 . 00 

1921 

May 20 — Aaron C. Handley .. 100.00 

Sept. 17 — C. M. Cudworth .. 150.00 

Nov. 7 — Reuben L. Reed 100.00 



10 
11 
12 
13 
14 
15 
16 

17 
18 

19 
20 
21 
22 



106.16 


4.50 


3.00 


107.66 


102.79 


4.50 


3.00 


104.29 


52.10 


2.25 


2.00 


52.35 


56.60 


2.25 


1.00 


57.85 


214.40 


9.00 


4.00 


219.40 


213.50 


9.00 


5.00 


217.50 


105.20 


4.50 


4.00 


105.70 


52.60 


2 . 25 


2.00 


52.85 


77.68 


3.37 


2.00 


79.05 


52.44 


2.25 


2.00 


52.69 


102.87 


4.50 


3.00 


104.37 


102.80 


4.50 


5.00 


102.30 


77.52 


3.38 


2.00 


78.90 


212.00 


9.00 


3.00 


218.00 


103.50 


4.50 


2.00 


106.00 


111.00 


4.50 


1.00 


114.50 


101.50 


4.50 


3.32 


102.68 


421.00 


18.00 


15.00 


424.00 


103.80 


4.50 


3.00 


105.30 


103.87 


4.50 


2.00 


106.37 


103.00 


4.50 


2.00 


105.50 


103.00 


4.50 


2.00 


105.50 


103.10 


4.50 


2.00 


105.60 


51.76 


2.25 


1.00 


53.01 


103.25 


4.50 


2.00 


105.75 


205.90 


9.00 


4.00 


210.90 


102.32 


4.50 


1.00 


105.82 


101.95 


4.50 


3.00 


103.45 


101.75 


4.50 


2.00 


104.25 


203.50 


9.00 




212.50 


101.45 


4.50 


2.00 


103.95 


101.16 


4.50 


2.00 


103.66 


100.60 


4.50 


2.00 


103.10 




2.62 




102.62 




2.25 




152.25 




.75 




100.75 
100.00 



111 


Dec. 


23 — Martin & Ruth 


Pike, 100.00 


100.00 








$12,500.00 $12,693.03 S 


^547.87 $401.94 $13,288.96 


NORTH cemetery- 


No. 




Name of Fund. 


Amount On hand 
Deposited Jan. 1 
1921 


On hand 
Income Exp'n'd Dec. 31, 
1921 



1 Samuel Temple $50.00 $56.04 $2.25 $1.50 $56.79 

2 Frances Hutchinson 50.00 53.79 2.25 1.50 54.54 

3 Henrietta Anderson 50.00 53.29 2.25 1.50 54.04 

4 Mary Hapgood 50.00 53.02 2.25 1.50 53.77 



5 


Jerusha Blood 200 . 00 246 . 75 


9.00 


1.50 254.25 




$400.00 $462.89 


$18.00 


$7.50 $473.39 


MT. HOPE CEMETERY 


No. 


Amount On hand 
Name of Fund. Deposited Jan. 1 


Income 


On hand 
Exp'n'd Dec. 31, 



Eliza A. Whitcomb $75.00 

Phineas Wetherbee IshFRR 

Lizzie Hayward 100 . 00 

Prank C. Hayward 500.00 

George C. Wright 100 . 00 

George Crampton 100 . 00 

Joel Wright 100.00 

George S. Wright 100 . 00 

George C. Wright (Davis Mem.) 50.00 

B. H. and O. K. Patch 50 . 00 

Howard E. Faulkner 150 . 00 

J. Warren Hayward 50 .00 

Lewis B. Goodnow 100 . 00 

Sarah A. Hutchins 100 .00 

F. D. Walcott 100 . 00 

A. Louise Warren and Simon 

[Hosmer 150.00 

John R. Houghton 100 . 00 

William A. Cutler and Brad- 

[ley Stone 100.00 

John Blanchard 100 . 00 

Wheeler and Shattuck 50. 00 

George H. Decoster 100.00 

Henderson Rowell 50.00 



1921 






1921 


$80.12 


$3.37 


$4.00 


$79.49 


40.90 


2.25 


5.00 


38.15 


125.60 


4.50 


5.00 


125.10 


509.33 


22.50 


8.00 


523.83 


140.15 


4.50 


3.25 


141.40 


113.65 , 


4.50 


3.50 


114.65 


115.15 


4.50 


3.25 


116.40 


116.15 


4.50 


3.50 


117.15 


82.05 


2.25 


3.50 


80.80 


50.15 


2.25 


2.00 


50.40 


187.05 


6.75 


6.00 


187.80 


50.05 


2.25 


2.00 


50.30 


112.65 


4.50 


3.00 


114.15 


116.16 


4.50 


3.00 


117.66 


116.81 


4.50 


3.00 


118.31 


172.77 


6.75 


3.25 


176.27 


114.37 


4.50 


3.50 


115.37 


100.58 


4.50 


4.00 


101.08 


113.58 


4.50 


3.50 


114.58 


50.00 


2.25 


2.00 


50.25 


104.50 


4.50 


3.00 


106.00 


50.03 


2.25 


2.00 


50.28 



59 



26 John Temple & Edw. F. Pratt 100.00 103.40 

27 W. K. Davy 50.00 50.09 

28 Ella & Lucius S. Hosmer .. 100.00 112.97 

29 Caroline A. Hosmer 100.00 112.10 

30 Isaiah Reed 100 . 00 112 . 98 

31 Benjamin F. Hapgood 100 . 00 111.23 

32 Lucy A. (Wetherbee) Burbeck 100.00 110.73 

33 Francis Jones 50.00 50.04 

34 Simon Hartwell 100.00 110.95 

35 Emerson Fuller 100.00 106.65 

36 John Porter Priest 100.00 106.15 

37 Harriet D. Brown 100.00 106.25 

38 Oliver Mead 100.00 107.28 

39 Bessie E. Brown 100.00 107.41 

40 G-eorge Gardner 100.00 107.33 

41 Hiram J. Hapgood 100.00 105.29 

42 Charles Robinson 75.00 78.07 

43 Emerline A. Johnson, 'F. E. 

Flint and H. Louis Bush .. 400.00 43 7.77 

44 Nahum Littlefield 50.00 50.02 

45 Francis Hayward 100.00 105.50 

46 Charles S. Twitchell 50.00 50.04 

47 Pratt & Hooper 100.00 100.00 

48 Marcus M. Keyes 500.00 536.66 

49 Alcander P. Bean 100.00 104.08 

50 Bancroft Whitcomb 100.00 104.45 

51 Hobart S. Mead 100.00 106.08 

52 Jerome B. Whitney . 100.00 102.95 

53 Varnum Robbins 100.00 101.50 

54 Walter A. Holden 100.00 105.20 

55 G-. W. Knowlton 50.00 51.16 

56 Edith A. Watson 50.00 51.16 

57 A. Knowlton 50.00 51.16 

58 Edwin Stone o 100.00 102.85 

59 * Joseph E. Chandler 100.00 50.27 

60 Granville E. Whitcomb 100.00 102.50 

61 James E. Richardson 50.00 50.05 

62 William P. Piper 100.00 101.53 

63 Walter A. Gilmore 50 . 00 50.51 

64 Henry F. Hosmer ., 50.00 50.87 

65 Lyman Mead 100.00 102.37 

66 E. F. Richardson 50.00 49.70 

67 Ira B. Hall 100.00 101.15 

68 Alonzo L. Tuttle 50.00 50.91 

69 W^illiam Chaplin, Sr 100 .00 99.78 

70 William Chaplin, Jr 200.00 205.31 

71 William Chaplin, G. A. R. .. 100.00 102.53 

72 Guy Staples 50.00 50.00 

73 Albert Brown 100.00 100.75 

74 Edwin C. Parker 150.00 153.38 

75 Eben Smith 50.00 51.87 

76 Whitcomb & Preston 100.00 loi, 

77 Alvin A. & Ellen M. Hayward 100.00 ]oi, 

78 James Rentell 100.00 loi 

79 Henry Willard 100 . 00 i02 . 63 

80 Bixby Woodward 50.00 51.17 

81 Waldo Littlefield 100 . 00 102 . 03 

82 E. L. Hall 75.00 75.00 

83 B. D. Hall 75.00 75.00 

1921 

84 June 6 — D. H. Hall 75.00 

85 Sept. — J. D. Coburn 100.00 

86 Feb. 28 — AVilliam Burr 100.00 

87 Feb. 10— J. H. Whitcomb 100.00 

88 Dec. 1 — H. T. Clark 100.00 

89 Feb. 16 — Jonas Heald 100.00 



67 

08 
08 



,50 
,25 
,50 
.50 
,50 
.50 
,50 
.25 
,50 
,50 

50 

50 
,50 

50 
,50 

50 
,38 



3.00 



18.00 



22.50 



4 
4 
4 

4 

4 
4 

2 
2 

4. 

3, 

4 

2, 

4, 

2, 

2 

4, 

2 

4, 

2 

4, 

9. 

4. 

2. 

4.50 

6.75 

2.25 

4.50 

4.50 

4.50 

4.50 

2.25 

4.50 

3.37 

3.37 

1.69 
1.12 
3.75 
3.75 
.37 
3.75 



50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
25 
25 

;.25 

50 
56 
50 
25 
50 
25 
25 
50 
25 
50 
25 
50 
00 
50 
25 



3.00 
2.00 
3.00 
3.50 
3.00 
3.00 
3.00 
3.00 
3.00 
3.50 
2.50 

13.00 
2.00 



3 

2, 
3, 
L6. 
3, 
3, 
2.50 
3.00 
3.50 
3.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2 00 
3.50 



2.00 

4.50 

4.50 

2.00 

2.00 

2.75 

5.00 

.75 

50 

,00 

,00 

50 

,00 

00 

,00 

,00 



2.00 
2.00 
3.00 
2.50 



104.90 
50.34 
114.22 
113.10 
114.48 
112.23 
112.23 
50.29 
112.45 
107.65 
107.65 
107.75 
108.78 
108.91 
108.83 
106.29 
78.95 

442.77 

50.27 

107.00 

50.29 

101.50 

543.16 

105. 5S 

105.95 

108.08 

104.45 

102.50 

106.70 

51.41 

51.41 

51.41 

103.85 

100.83 

104.00 

50.30 

103.03 

50.76 

51.12 

103.87 

49.95 

102.90 

51.16 

99.78 

209.81 

105.03 

50.25 

102.50 

155.13 

53.37 

101.67 

101.58 

102.58 

101.63 

51.42 

101.53 

76.37 

76.37 

74.69 
99.12 
100.75 
101.2.5 
100.37 
103.75 



added May 31, 1921. 



,725.00 



,704.44 $382,48 $280.25 



,431.67 



MT. HOPE CEMETERY 

Luke Blanchard Fund, accepted by special vote of the town, March 29, 1909 

Luke Blanchard $500 . 00 $748.55 $37.40 $4.50 $781.45 

Simon Blanchard Tomb 100.00 141.92 7.05 3.00 145.97 

Calvin and Luther Blanchard 

Memorial 100 . 00 144 . 97 7 . 20 152 . 17 

$700.00 $1,035.44 $51.65 $7.50 $1,079.59 



60 
LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 1921 



Accessions : No. of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1921, 14,359. 

Increase by Purchase 232, of which 31 were obtained by binding 
magazines. Increase by gift 69. Total increase, 301. 

Number of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1922, 14,660. 

Circulation : Number of days the Library was opened 102 ; Num- 
ber of volumes circulated 9,555; daily average circulation, 93+; 
largest daily circulation 201, Oct. 15; smallest daily circulation 32, 
April 13. 

Beceived from fines and old paper sold $51 . 54 

Expended for postage .54 

Sent to Town Treasurer $51 . 00 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
U. S. Government, 12; State of Massachusetts, 19; W. L. Chaffin, 1; 
Mrs. Ralph Eooker, 1 ; Mrs. Frank Fiske, 1 ; A. E. Griffin, 1 ; Frank 
Munsey, 1 ; F. E. Parsons, 1 ; H. R. Phalen, 2 ; J. H. Penniman, 1 ; 
Benjamin Pope, 12; J. K. Snyder, 1; Mrs. Geo. S. Tucker Jr., 12; 
Sons American Revolution, 1 ; Town of Maynard, 1 ; Foreign Policy 
Asso., 1; Venezuela S. A., 1. Total 69. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



NON-FICTION 



Abdy, H. B.— On the Ohio 917.3A137o 

Addison, J. DeW.— The Boston Museum of Fine Arts 75A225b 

Andrews, R. C. — Across Mongolian Plains 915.1A569a 

Babson, R. "W.— Religion and Business 20B112r 

P>aker, G. P.— The Pilgrim Spirit, a Pageant 973.2B167p 

Bangs, M. R.— Old Cape Cod 917.3B216o 

Bautain, M.— The Art of Extempore Speaking 80B352a 

Bell, G. L.— Syria the desert and the Sown 9156B434s 

Bostwick, A. E.— The different West 81B747d 

Burroughs, J. — Whitman, a study 81B972wh 

Ceiresarto, A.— The Roman Campagna 914.5C419r 

Chapman, A.— Cactus Centre 81C466c 

(;ollins, J. H. — Straight business in South America 918C712s 

Crawford, M. C— In the days of the Pilgrim Fathers 973.2C899i 

Curtin, J.— The Mongols a history 950C978m 

Curwood, J. 0.— God's Country the trail to Happiness 81C982g 

DeFoe, D.— A journal of the Plague Year 82D314J 
Litchfield, P. H.— The Cottages and the Village life of 

Rural England 914.2D615c 
Douglas, N. — Fountains in the Sand rambles among the 

oases of Tunisia 916.5D735f 

Dunbar, P. L.— Complete Poems 81D899c 

Eggleston, G. C— Recollections of a varied life 922E291e 

Faris, J. P.— Seeing the Far West 917.3F228s 

Gibson, C. D.— Book of drawings 75G448d 



61 

Gutteridge, W. H.— A brief history of Maynard, Mass. 974.5G985b 
Home, G. — Yorkshire vales and wolds 914.2H765y 

lloudini, E. — Miracle Mongers and their methods a com- 
plete expose ^79-H836m 
Huard, F. W. — With those who wait 940H874w 
Irwin, W. — The next war an appeal to common sense 35I65n 
Kelly, H. A. — Some American medical botanists commem- 
orated in our botanical nomenclature 921K29s 
Kephart, H. — Our Southern highlanders 917.3K380 
l.andor, A. H. S.— Tibet and Nepal 915.1L261t 
Lansing, E. — The peace negotiations a personal narative 940L294p 
Legros, Dr. C. V. — Fabre, poet of Science 925F1231 
Lockwood, G. B. — ^Americanism 32L817a 
Maeterlinck, M. — Poems done into English verse 84M186p 
Mongreiff, A. R. H.— Middlesex (England) 9l4:.2M743m 
Mosby, J. S. — Stuart's Cavalry in the Gettysburg Cam- 
paign 973.7M894S 
Munday, A. H. — ^The eyes of the Army and Navy practical 

aviation 35M965e 

Munsell, A. H.— A Color Notation 75M969c 

Murdock, V.— ''Folks" 917.3M974f 

Oberholtzer, E. P. — Jay Cook financier of the Civil War, 2 

vols. 922C7720 

Ogden,R.— Life and letters of E. L. Godkin, 2 vols. 924G586o 

Omar, Khayyam. — Suffistic Quatrains, Three separate 

translations 89054s 

Powell, I. L. — ^Chrysanthemums and how to grow them 63P8831c 

Eansome, S. — The engineer in South Africa 916.8R212c 

Robinson, E. A. — ^TTie three taverns 81.R659t 

Robinson, J. H. — Principles and practice of poultry culture 63R662p 
Robinson, R. E.— Silver fields 81R6636s 

Sabin, A. H. — Red-lead and how to use it 69sll6r 

Sanbon, F. B. — Life of Henry David Thoreau (Edition of 

1917) 922T488s2 

Scott, W. B. — History of land Mammals in the Western 

hemisphere 56S431H 

Sears, F. C— Productive small fruit culture 63S439pr 

Simmons, J. R. — ^Historic trees of Massachusetts 974.5S611h 

Sims, Admiral W. S.— The Victory at Sea 940S614v 

Smith, J. R.— The ocean carrier 38S651o 

^Stephens, W. P. — ^American Yachting 79S935a 

Svlvester, H. M.— Maine Pioneer settlements, 5 vols. 973.2S985m 

Taylor, E. G.— New England in France, 1917-1919 940T241n 

Taylor, S.— Sound and music 53T246s 

Townsend, E. W.— Our Constitution 32T747o 

Tucker, T. I.— The American Road 62T888a 

Waller, M. E.— From an island outpost 81W198f 

Washington, G.— Writings of George Washington 81W318w 

AA^aterton, C. — Wanderings in South America 918W332w 

Wier, A. E. (Editor) Masterpieces of Piano Music 78W648m 

Williams, G. W.— Negro troops in the Rebellion, 1861- 

1863 973.7W717n 



62 

FICTION 
Altslieler, J. A. — My Captive 
Andrews, M. E. S.— The perfect tribute 
Bailey, T. — Mistress Anne 
Bailey, T. — The trumpeter Swan 
Baily, W. — The homeward trail 
Bassett, S. W.— Flood tide 
Bindloss, H. — Listers great adventure 
Bower, B. M. — Cow Country 
Brand, M. — Trailin! 
Burt, K. N.— Hidden Creek 
Caine, H. — ^The master of man 
Canfield, D. — The bent twig 
Cather, W. — Youth and the bright medusa 
Christie, A.— The mysterious affair at Styles 
Clemens, S. L. — ^A dog's tale 
Cobb, I. S. — The abandoned farmers 
Connolly, J. B. — Hiker Joy 
Conrad, J. — The rescue 
Cronin, B. — Timber "Wolves 
Curwood, J. 0. — The valley of silent men 
DeFoe, D.— Life of Colonel Jack 
Diverill — Far to seek 
Dell, E. M.— The top of the "World 
Dudley, E. L. — Spriggies 
Putt on, C. J. — The Underwood mystery 
P^arnol, J. — The Geste of Duke Jocelyn 
I'enger, F. A. — ^The golden parrot 
Fletcher, J. S. — Dead Men's money 
Fletcher, J. S. — The orange yellow diamond 
Fletcher, J. S. — The Paradise mystery 
Fombona, B. R. — ^The man of Gold 
P'ootner, H. — ^The furbringers 
Footner, H.— The Owl Taxi 
Forbes, G. — Adventures in Southern Seas 
Fox, J., Jr. — Erskine Dale Pioneer 
Gale, Z.— Miss Lulu Bett 
Gibbs, G. — The vagrant Duke 
Gregory, J. — Desert valley 
Gregory, J. — Lady fingers 
Green, F. N. — The right of the strongest 
Grey, Z. — The mysterious rider 
ICaggard, H. E. — King Solomon's mines 
Haggard, H. E. — The, a history of adventure 
Haggard, H, E. — She and Allan 
Haggard, H. E. — ^Smith and the Pharohs 
Hall, H. S.— Steel Prefered 
Holland, E. S. — Eefugee rock 
Hooker ,F. — The long dim trail 
Hutchinson, A. S. M. — If winter comes 
Ibanez, V. B. — Woman triumphant 



63 

Johnston, Sir H. — ^The man who did the right thing J735m 

Kelley, E. M.— Beauty and Mary Blair K295b 

Kendall, E. S.— The luck of the mounted K331 

Kenyon, C. — Spanish doubloons K37s 

King, B.— The thread of flame K521t 

Kyne, P. B.— The valley of the Giants K99v 

Laing, M. E. — The hero of the long house L1875h 

Lange, D.— The threat of Sitting Bull L269t 

Leverage, H. — ^^The ice pilot L659i 

Lewis, S. — Main Street L676m 

Lincoln, J. C. — Galusha the Magnificent L7372g 

Livermore, G. G. — Take it from Dad L784t 

Locke, W. J. — The house of Baltazar L814h 

liutz, G. L. H.— Cloudy Jewell L975c 

McFarland, R. — Skipper John of the Nimbus M143s 

Mackail, D.— What next? M1535w 

MacNamara, B. — In clay and bronze M1595i 

Marshall, A. — ^The hall and the grange M367h 

Marshall, E.— The strength of the Pines M3675s 

Meigs, C— The pool of stars M512p 

Melville, H. — Typee, a romance of the South Seas M5315t 

Merrick, L. — When love flies out o' the window M569w 

Mulder, A. — The sand doctor M954s 

Nicholson, M. — ^The little brown jug at Kildare N6271 

Oppenheim, E. P. — ^An amiable charlatan 062a 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Jacobs ladder 062j 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The lost ambassador 0627 

Oppenheim, E. P. — ^The Profiteers 062pr 

Pocock, E. — Curley, a tale of the Arizona desert P741c 

Porter, E. H.— Sister Sue P844s 

Porter, G. S. — Her Father's daughter P845he 

Post, M. D.— The sleuth of St. James Square P8575s 

Eaine, W. M. — Gunsight Pass E155g 

Eaine, W. M. — A man four-square E155m 

Eeynolds, K. — Green valley E463g 

Eickard, Mrs. V.— Cathy Eossiter E538c 

Einehart, M. E.— 23 1-2 hours leave E579tw 

Sedgwick, A. D. — The third window S448th 

Sinclair, B. W. — Poor man's rock S6165p 

Singmaster, E. — Ellen Levis S617e 

Smith, F. H.— The wood fire in No. 3 S647w 

Smith, S. K.— The four roads S659f 

Thayer, L.— That affair at 'Hhe Cedars" T371t 

Tooker, L. F. — The middle passage T'669m 

Ward, Mrs. IL— Eltham House W258em 

Wells, C— Li the Onyx lobby W453i 

Wellp, C— The man Avho fell through the earth W453mb 

Wells, C— The mark of Cain W453mC 

Wharton, E. — The acre of innocence W553a 

White, E. L.— Anclivius Hedulio W5832a 

White, S. E.— The rose dawn W588r 



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"Wiggin, K. D. — ^Homespun tales 

Wilkins, M. E. — ^A humble romance 

"Williamson, C. N. & A. M. — ^^The great pearl secret 

Willsie, H. — ^The enchanted canyon 

"Wright, H. B. — ^Helen of the old house 



W655h 

W685h 
W729g 
W741e 
W949h 



JUVENILE 

Alcott, L. M. — Silver Pitchers JA355si 

Altsheler, J. A. — The scouts of the valley JA469sb 

Altsheler, J. A. — The scouts of stonewall JA469sc 

Altsheler, J. A. — The quest of the four JA469q 

Altsheler, J. A. — The star of Gettysburg JA469st 

Altsheler, J. A. — The Texan scouts JA469te 

Alsheler, J. A. — The Texan triumph JA469tf 

Ames, J. B. — Curby and the Aztec gold JA514c 

Ashmun, M. — Marian Frear's summer JA827m 

Ashmun, M. — Stephens last chance JA827s 

Bailey, C. S. — Broad stripes and bright stars JB155b 

Bailey, C S. — Merry tales for children JB155m 

Blanchard, A. E.— From tenderfoot to Golden Eaglet JB639fr 

Burgess, T. W. — Bowser the hound JB955bp 

Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of Jimmy Skunk JB955ap 

Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of Bob White JB955ar 
Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of 01' Mistah Buzzard JB955aq 

Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of Bobby Coon JB955as 

Burgess, T. W. — The adventures of old man Coyote JB955at 

Burritt, E. C— The boy scout Crusoes JB9715b 

Burritt, E. C— <Cameron Island JB9715c 
Burton, A. H. — The story of the Indians of New England JB974s 

Chaffee, A.— The adventures of Twinkly Eyes. JC433a 
Chaffee, A. — The adventures of Fleet Foot and her fawns JC433ad 

Chaffee, A.— Twinkly eyes at Valley farm JC433t 

Conant, R. W.— Hiking westward JC743h 

Durell, C. P.— The skipper of the Cynthia B. JD965s 

Fabre, J. H. — Insect adventures JF123i 

Forrester, I. L. — Kit of Greenacre farm JF731k 

Francillon, R. E.— Gods and Heroes JF817g 
Fryer, J. E. — The Mary Frances knitting and crocheting 

book JF948m 

Graris, H. R. — Rick and Ruddy a boy and his dog JG232r 

Garis, H. R.— Rick and Ruddy in Camp JG232ri 

Gray, J. — Rosemary Greenaway JG779r 

Gray, J.— Rusty Miller " jG779ru 

Henty, G. A. — ^Through three campaigns JH527ti 

Hunting, G.— Sandsy's pal JH948s 

Hunting, G.— Sandsy himself JH948sa 

Knipe, E. B. and A. A. — A cavalier maid JK69c 

Meiklejohn, N. L. — ^^The cart of many colors JM512c 
Pairpoint, N. M. — Noel and the little people of the Woods JP148n 

Parker, T. D. — Sailing under sealed orders JP243sa 

Parsons, G.— The land of fair play JP2681 



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Perkins, L. F. — The scotch twins JP449s 

Phillips, E. C— Wee Ann JP558w 

Putnam, E. H. — Watty & Co. JP989w 

Plye, K. — Tales of folk and fairies JP9965ta 

Rhoades, N. — Nora's twin sister JE474b 

Smith, M. P. W.— The Browns JS655bir 

Smith, M. P. W.— The Young Puritans of Old Hadley JS655yqj 

Smith, M. P. W.— Two in a Bungalow JS655tw 

Smith, M. P. W. — ^More good times at Hackmatack JS655m 
Stuart, G. — The Boy Scouts of the air at Greenwood School JS931b 

Theiss, L. E. — The young wireless operator as a fire patrol JT376yo^ 
Wright, J. McN. — ^Seaside and Wayside (Nature readers) 

4 vols. JW9515S 

JUVENILE HISTORY 

Guerber, H. A. — The story of the Romans J9G929s 

Starr, F. — ^American Indians - J9S896a 

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Acts and Resolves of Mass. — 1920. * 

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America's munitions — 1917-1918 

Ancestral lineage of Josiah H. Penniman. 

Annual report Smithsonian Institution. 

Book of flowers and Butterflies. 

Final Act Second Pan American Congress — 1916. 

General Acts of Mass. — 1918. 

History of Robert Chaffin and his descendants. 

Journal of the House of Representatives of Mass. Extra Session — 1920 

Journal of the Senate of Mass. Extra session — 1920. 

Manual for the General Court Mass. — 1921. 

Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

Metropolitan District Commission, 1st annual report. — 1920. 

Munsey — Hopkins Genealogy. 

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the World War— Peloubets select S. S. Notes— 1922. " 
Proceedings of the Encampment Dept. Mass. U. S. W. V. — 1920. 
X^roceedings Dept. Mass. G. A. R.— 1920. 
Proceedings of the American Legion, 1921. 
Proceedings of the U. S. National Museum vols. 57-58. 
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Simon Bolivar. 

Statistics of Municipal Finances of Mass. — 1918. 
Statistics of Railways in the U. S.— 1915-1916-1917-1918. 
34 Annual Report Interstate Commerce Commission. 

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Atlantic — January-June, 1920. 
Atlantic — July-December, 1920. 



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i\tlantic — January- June, 1921. 
Century — November 1919-April, 1920. 
Century— May-October, 1920. 
Century— November, 1920-April, 1921. 
Harpers — December, 1919-May, 1920. 
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Popular Mechanics — January-June, 1920. 

July-Dec, 1920. 
Review of Reviews — July-December, 1919. 
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Scribners — July-December, 1919. 
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World's Work— November, 1919-April, 1920. 
AVorld's Work— May-October, 1920. 
World's Work— November, 1920-April, 1921. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1921 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1922 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 



1922 
April 7, 1922 Winter term closes. 
April 17, 1922. Spring term opens. 
June 16, 1922. Spring term closes. 

1922-23 
Sept. 5, 1922. Fall term opens. 

Thanksgiving recess : Thanksgiving and the day following. 
Dec. 22, 1922. Fall term ends. 
Jan. 2, 1923. Winter term begins. 



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. 

The same is true of November 11, Armistice Day. 



3 
STANDING RULES 

Rule I. Children shall not be admitted to the public schools 
until they are six years of age, excepting that children who are six 
by first of that school year may be admitted with the approval of the 
superintendent of schools. 

Rule II. 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 III. 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 super- 
intendent of schools to do the work. 

Rule IV. Pupils shall be held responsible for books loaned to 
them until returned to the teacher. 

Rule V. No repairs shall be made upon the public property in 
the care of the school committees except by their authorized agents. 

Rule VI. There shall be no signal for ''no school" on stormy or 
inclement days, but parents shall determine in their individual cases 
whether it is expedient to send their children to school or not. 

Rule VII. Schools in the different buildings shall be five and 
one-quarter hours long, including one 15 minute recess. Primary 
rooms shall have an out door recess each afternoon: other rooms 
shall have a recess of sufficient length to allow pupils to go to base- 
ments or out houses. Deviation from these hours shall be made only 
with the consent of the superintendent, and shall be reported by 
him to the school committee at its next monthly meeting. 

Rule VIII. Doors shall not be opened before the principals 
arrive. Pupils may be allowed to come to their rooms with the 
permission of their room teachers, and pupils coming in barges may 
enter the basements, if weather conditions make it advisable. 

Rule IX. The fire drill shall be given at least once in two weeks, 

ORGANIZATION 

School Oommittee 

Bertram E. Hall, Secretary .Term expires 1922 

Mrs. Elsie F. Parsons Term expires 1922 

Allen C. Flagg, Chairman Term expires 1923 

Mrs. Lily C. Case .Term expires 1923 

Frank Merriam Term expires 1924 

Mrs. Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1924 

Superintendent 

Herman C. Knight, Littleton, Mass. 

Telephone, Littleton, 12-5 

Attendance Officers 

Thomas Scanlon -.West Acton 

L. Edward Laird South Acton 

Oliver D. Wood Acton, Mass. 

Herman C. Knight, Supt Littleton 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

We submit herewith our report of finances for the year 1921, 
showing the total receipts, total expenses and our estimate for 1922 
needs. 

Following these figures will be found the annual report of Super- 
intendent Herman C. Knight covering the activities of this Commit- 
tee and the schools in general, which report this Committee has ac- 
cepted and voted to adopt as its own. 

ESTIMATE'S FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1922 
For general expenses : 

Salaries and other expenses of the com- 
mittee $175.00 

Salaries and other expenses of the Super- 
intendent and truant officers 1,100 . 00 

For expenses of instruction: 

Tuition of pupils attending out-of-town 

schools 13,750.00 

Salaries of elementary school teachers ... 13,000.00 
For text books : 

Elementary schools 1,000. 00 

For stationery and supplies: 

Elementary schools 250.00 

For expenses of operating school plants : 

Wages of janitors, fuel and miscellaneous 

expenses 3,500. 00 

Maintenance and repairs 1,000.00 

For auxiliary agencies : 

Health 1,250.00 

For transportation: 

High school scholars 4,000. 00 

Elementary scholars 3,100 . 00 



$42,125.00 
School Receipts, 1921 

Interest on Mass. School Fund $33.87 

Industrial School Fund 247.75 

Superintendency Fund 531 . 67 

Income tax 1,913 . 60 

Not available for use of School Committee .... $2,726.89 
Appropriation at town meeting, March, 1921 $37,475.00 

Dog tax 397.99 

Tuition, out-of-town pupils 54 . 00 

Rebate on R. R. tickets 55.74 

Rebate on telephone tolls 2 . 68 

Total amount available for committee .... $37,985.41 



6 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Greneral Expenses 

School Committee 
Salaries : 

B. E. Hall, salary 1921 $100.00 

Other expenses: 

Milton Bradley Company, cards $10.68 

Wright & Potter Printing Co., blanks for school 4.10 

B. B. Hall, telephone and postage 5.54 

Under\¥Ood Company, typewriter for super- 
intendent 25 . 36 

Arthur F. Davis, taking census 25 . 00 

Samuel Wdrd Company, stationery 7 . 00 

Huntley S. Turner, printing, rules for barges 6.00 



$83.68 

Superintendent of Schools and Enforcement of Law 

Salaries : 

Herman C. Knight $825.12 

Thomas Scanlon, truancy 2 . 00 

Walter M. French, truancy 11 .22 

■ $838.34 

Miscellaneous 
Herman C. Knight, telephone, stationery, 

postage, travel, etc $169 . 17 

Marion O. Flagg, clerk for superintendent .... 10.12 

Nellie M. Scanlon, clerk for superintendent ... 37.50 

Huntley S. Turner, printing cards 1.75 

Kenney Bros. & Wolkins, table for typewriter 10.58 

New England Tel. & Tel. Coaxipany 13.09 

Town of Littleton, stationery 6 .20 

. $248.41 

Expenses of Instruction 

Town of Concord $11,994.58 

City of Lowell 326.16 

City of Boston 4.50 

■ $12,325.24 

Elementary Schools: 

Helmi Myllykangas $1,200.04 

Doris M. Look 969.73 

Florence Geary 605 . 36 

Ella L. Miller 1,109.19 

Martha F. Smith 969.73 

Florence M. Williams 544.76 

Helen H. Cummings 1,412 . 35 

Julia L. McCarthy -^'aal'il 

Florence Moore ^^^ • ]A 

Katherine Wrenn q^qqI 

Lucy Lamkin 378 .94 



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Marion Towne 434. 18 

Maud Green, substitute 10 . 00' 

Mrs. Forest K. Howe, substitute 565 . 00 

Alice Hartwell, substitute 5 . 00 

0. H. Howe, substitute 2 . 50 

A. L. Saben, substitute 25 .00 

Maud Priest, substitute 5 .00 

Euth Dix, substitute 5 . 00 

Mabel Howd, music 211 . 83 

Blanche Millard, drawing 161 . 00 

Eleanor Clark, music 108 . 00 

$11,056.80 
Fuel 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., coal $946.07 

Geo. H. Keed, coal 464.20 

Wm. H. Kingsley, wood 26 . 00 

Hall Bros. Company, wood 52.00 

H. Prescott Burroughs, wood 50.00 

H. Hartford, sawing wood 7 .00 

J. R. Priest, sawing wood 8.75 

$1,554.02 
Miscellaneous 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies for 1920 . . . $7.22 

Finney & Hoit, supplies for 1920 16 . 50 

J. S. Moore, supplies for 1920 2.11 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Company, supplies for 1920 1.17 

H. I. Dahlman Co., janitors' supplies 12.06 

1. G. Dwinell, janitors' supplies 5.13 

H. C. Doughty, floor oil 32.50 

Masury, Young & Company, floor oil 4.83 

West & South "Water Districts, water 37.31 

American Woolen Company, electricity 6.50 

B. F. Townsend, sewer work 7 . 50 

Richard Freeman, water in pit. So. Acton .... 2.93 

Jas. R. Cole, water in pit, So. Acton 5. 25 

Theron F. Newton, extra cleaning 30 . 33 ^ 

$171.34 
Maintenance 

Repairs 

F. Z. Taylor, carpentering $14.97 

E. A. Phalen, carpentering 7.00 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., lumber, South School 9.76 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., lumber. Center School 10.72 

0. D. AVood, repairing flag pole 5 . 80 

0. D. Wood, work on blackboards 25.05 

Kenney Bros. & Wolkins, blackboards 158.69 

E. Z. Stanley, overhauling heating plant. Centre 32 . 30 
B. F. Townsend, overhauling heating plant, 



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South 92.54 

Chas. J. Kelley, overhauling heating plant, West 64.25 

A. J. Wilkinson & So., chains for ventilators. . 1.63 

L. F. Fullonton, painting Center School outside 368.00 
R. J. Rodday & Company, painting Center 

School inside 270.00 

R. J. Rodday & Company, painting West School 

inside 75.00 

Penn Metal Co., steel ceiling. Center School. . 130.00 

Geo. H. Guttridge, repairing clock 2.00 

H. R. Strand, repairing clock 2.50 

A. C. Flagg, freight, etc., on blackboards 12.82 

Thomas Scanlon, miscellaneous repairs 5 . 80 

Wm. Johnson, repairing bubblers 1.50 

J. S. Moore, springs .40 

T. F. Newton, springs .10 



Text Books 

American Book Company $352 . 16 

Little, Brown & Company 10. 30 

Silver, Burdett & Company 22.51 

Theo, Pressor Company 24.04 

Milton Bradley Company 7.23 

Benjamin H. Sanborn Company 16.95 

C. C. Birchard & Company 7.88 

J. L. Hammett & Company 20. 65 

World Book Company 96 . 53 

The Gregg Publishing Company 3.31 

J. B. Lippincott & Company 26 .01 

Edward E. Babb & Company 3 . 94 

Ginn & Company 7.29 

The MacMillan Company 17.11 

Theron F. New^ton, express .50 



Stationery and Supplies 

Ryan & Baker $68.24 

Milton Bradley Company 236 .13 

J. L. Hammett Company 80 . 69 

National Child Welfare Association 17.25 

Edward E. Babb Company 26 .55 

Library Bureau Company 2 . 56 

Nonantum Pack Paper Company 4.18 

Underwood Typewriter Company 1.00 

Thomas Scanlon, freight and express 1.89 

Theron F. Newton, freight and express 1 . 00 

F. W. Green, teaming .50 



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Expenses of Operating School Plants 

Wages of Janitors 

Theron F, Newton, janitor $532.00 

Thomas Sc'anlon, janitor and supervisor 697.00 

George Little, janitor and supervisor 608.00 

Mrs.' C. B. Groodearl, supervisor at So. Acton. . 165.00 



$2,002.00 



Auxiliary Agencies 

Health 

Dr. Ernest Mayell $100.00 

Dr. T. Brvden Annis 54 . 25 

Geo. B. Bobbins Dis. Co 50.00 

F. W. Green 10.50 

W. T. Merriam, freight and cartage 1.49 

Theron F. Newton, freight and cartage 1.24 



$217.48 



Transportation 
High School: 
B. & M. E. R. Co., from West and South Acton $1,608.01 

Geo. L. Noyes, from A. C 1,484.00 

Fred E. Brill 33.40 

Geo. E. Murphy 2.64 



Lowell Industrial 

B. & M. R. R. Co., from S. A $79.20 

N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. Co. from C. Junction. . 129.36 



1,128.05 



$208.56 
Elementary : 

Walter M. French $380.00 

A. Christofferson 760.00 

Charles Edwards 950.00 

J. D. Smith 950.00 

$3,040.00 

Total for transportation $6,376.61 

» 

Miscellaneous Expenses 

Wm. H. Kingsley, gravel for Center School. . . . $16.00 

Reformatory for women, flag 6 . 39 

Carter Lafters Company, tuning pianos 8.00 

$30.39 



10 

New Equipment 

B. H. King, wiring West School $75.00 



$75.00 

Total disbursements ' $37,426 . 54 

EespectfuUy submitted, 

ALLEN C. FLAGa, Chairman 
BERTRAM E. HALL, Secretary 
WM. T. MERRIAM 
LILLY C. CASE 
ELSIE F. PARSONS 
ALICE M. CARLISLE 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



To the Committee of the Acton Schools : 

Ladies and Gentlemen: — The following report will aim to cover 
the work of the year, and to acquaint the citizens with the policies 
of the school authorities, and also to enlist their support in the man- 
agement of the schools for the boys and girls. 

In that clever volume ''Mirrors of "Washington," the author 
fearlessly and perhaps truthfully reflects the strong and the weak 
points of men prominent in public affairs at Washington. 

Last Spring, at the meetings held to consider the High School 
question, your superintendent was afforded the opportunity of ob- 
taining reflections of the school situation in Acton as some of the 
towns people saw it. The meetings were held in the several precincts 
of the town in as many successive weeks, and at a majority of the 
meetings apprehension as to the ability of the school officials to suc- 
cessfully manage a high school was expressed, because of the alleged 
failure to successfully carry on the work of the grades. 

With these educational reflections of the school problem in mind, 
this report will aim to give the towns people an accurate, and as far 
as possible, comprehensive but brief discussion of the school problem 
as a whole, as it exists in Acton. 

Any school system may be divided into several parts from a pure- 
ly abstract view, and first in order is that which has to do with the 
GENERAL CONTROL and which is the part that the school com- 
mittee, chosen by the voters, through their executive, the superin- 
tendent, is responsible for. As the caption indicates, the general 
control has to do with the situation as a whole, and presupposes that, 
since the committee is responsible for the welfare of the schools, 
they shall manage impartially all school affairs in the bpst interests 
of the boys and girls of the town, and that they shall recommend 
the appropriation of sufficient sums of money for the successful car- 
rying out of the same. 

In order that this might be done, the committee decided to hold 
meetings at regular times, so that constructive policies could be 
worked out after routine business had been attended to. This was a 
forward step, and one that the public has apparently appreciated, 



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and has taken advantage of several times. Rules outlining the duties 
of the school committee, the superintendent, principals and teachers 
have been adopted, and from a standpoint of General Control, the 
reflection tells a hopeful story. 

INSTRUCTION^ 

The next general subject covering several subdivisions, is that 
of instruction. 

The teachers are the most important part of the educational sys- 
tem of any town or city, and in Acton we have two groups of teachers 
— those giving all their time, and those who are part time teachers of 
special subjects of music and drawing. Obviously the former group 
is of prime importance, and will receive our consideration. The 
teachers of Acton in point of training have always ranked high. In 
experience this has not been uniformly true. Occasionally a girl 
teaching her first year has failed or has made mistakes incidental 
to inexperience. This is quite likely to continue as long as the sala- 
ries for elementary full time teachers are as low as they have been in 
Acton, and criticism of a teacher as weak or inexperienced can be met 
only when an increase of salaries is provided, so that the teacher with 
successful experience can be obtained. Last year two of our suc- 
cessful Intermediate teachers were hired by Lowell and Lexington. 
In one case the boarding problem was the reason, in the other a much 
Idgher salary played an important part. A liberal salary schedule for 
service and ability, I believe, should be adopted. The school com- 
mittee made a generous offer to the teachers of the town when they 
were re-elected, by offering an extra raise of $50.00 for one year to 
each teacher who did accredited work at a Summer school. Another 
offer of $50.00 was made to any one who received a Palmer Writing 
Diploma. Two teachers, Mrs. Cummings and Miss McCarthy did 
Summer school work at Simmons and Fitchburg respectively. These 
offers should be made again at the next election. 

The quality of instruction in our three buildings must necessarily 
vary. At the Centre and West there are only three teachers. At the 
South there are four. The number in a grade is a determining factor, 
but more important is the number of grades in a room. Miss Smith 
and Miss Look have the three first grades at the Centre and the West. 
The time for each class must be short. The third grade should have a 
great deal of time given it for number work, for language, oral and 
written, for reading, oral and silent, for music, for hygiene, and this 
work can not be grouped successfully with that of the other grades, 
if it has to be adapted to the ability of the pupils of any one grade. 
One more teacher at the Centre and West would help to make it 
possible for each teacher to have only two grades, and that would do 
much to meet the reflection that our schools are not managed ably. 
The extra expense, except for the teachers themselves, would be com- 
paratively small, as only movable furniture and blackboards would 
be needed, and $500.00 would probably meet the necessary outlay, 
including seats and blackboards. 

It is customary to regard one teacher in each of the buildings as 
principal. According to the State Board of Education, our princi- 



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pals are teaching principals, since they give more than half of their 
time to class room instruction. I believe that so far as possible, male 
teaching principals should be hired. In two of the towns in this su- 
pervisory union men have been hired to teach the grammar grades, 
and with marked success. Should this be tried in Acton, I am sure 
good results would follow. 

The text books and supplies are important items of instruction. 
During the year new geographies, new spelling books, and new music 
books, as well as supplementary readers have been placed in the 
schools, and here it would seem as though the schools have gained 
rather than lost ground. 

OPERATION OF SCHOOL PLANT 

This heading has to do with the janitor service, fuel, and the mis- 
cellaneous items of wa1:er and electricity. 

Next to the teacher in many ways, the most important person 
connected with a School Plant is a competent and conscientious jan- 
itor. It is he who is the first person in a building in the morning and 
the last one to leave it at night. He must be able to see more things 
to do than he is paid for, and be willing to do them. He is a friend of 
the pupils in the building, and their guardian. He must eat his break- 
fast late and his dinner early so that he may be on duty during the 
noon hour. He must keep the building warm and not be extravagant 
with fuel. He must keep the school well ventilated, clean and the 
toilets sanitary, and he must make many small repairs and not con- 
tract bills. He m.ust do all these things for such time as school is in 
session, clean floors and wash windows for a week or more when 
school is done, and then find some other work for the remaining weeks 
■of the summer vacation. From the very nature of the case, it is a 
hard position to fill to the satisfaction of all, and one that has been 
underpaid. The committee have arranged with the janitors at the 
Centre and West to be in the building during the noon hour, and to 
take charge of those pupils who bring their dinners. At the South a 
woman has been hired to take charge of the lunch period, as the 
janitor of that school could not be in the building during the noon 
hour. The supervision of the lunch hour, with all that it involves, 
is an important one here in Acton and it is worthy of the study 
which we are all giving it. That the mirror does not reflect the 
sort of picture that we wish is true, but it is the desire and aim of us 
all to find a better solution to the dinner hour problem. 

As a part of the study of the operation of the School Plant, it 
seems desirable that some systematic plan be adopted for the pur- 
chasing of fuel for all the schools. Wood should be delivered early 
in the summer vacation, so that it may be well seasoned for Fall use. 

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS 

*'A stitch in time saves nine" is a truth about school houses as 
well as in the home. Buildings many times are allowed to go to rack 
and ruin because they are public buildings. 

During the past summer the Centre school was painted on the 
outside, and the walls and ceiling were painted and tinted on the 
inside. New slate blackboards were put into this building, but not 



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enough to fully equip the rooms. With buildings as old as the school 
buildings are in our town, many dollars should be expended annually 
for upkeep, and with this in mind it is recommended that special 
appropriations be made for suitable sanitary conditions at the Cen- 
tre and West Schools, and that the basement of the South Acton 
building be drained. The State Police Inspection Department re- 
quirements for Fire Alarm should be carried out. This as a part of 
a well defined program for repairs and upkeep, is necessary, and will 
be a step in keeping with wise administration. 

The last comprehensive part under which the remaining school 
problems are grouped may be known as 

AUXILIAEY AaBNCIES 

This includes school libraries, the health work of the schools, 
transportation and tuition, and miscellaneous items. The agency 
which is the most costly in Acton is the one that in many towns is 
almost negligible in amount — tuition. This as a financial problem 
is one for which those concerned with General Control are in no way 
responsible. Transportation easily takes second place in expense, 
and to the school committee and superintendent of any town it is by 
far the most vexatious problem of all. 

When the mirror is turned upon the problem of transportation 
as it exists in our Acton school system, the reflection is a picture 
glaring with local color. Our barges are crowded, and we do not 
have accommodations for all the children who come from a distance. 
Our barges are drawn by horses with one exception, and in cold 
weather the driver is apart from the pupils, so that they lack super- 
vision. The transportation, as it now exists, is not what it should be, 
and with the foregoing statement, I shall temporarily dismiss the 
problem. 

The health work of the schools, previous to this year, has been 
done wholly by the school physicians. Last Spring, through the 
kindness of the local Eed Cross, we had a nurse in addition to the 
school physicians, and the work done in the short time that the nurse 
visited the schools was truly surprising. The Massachusetts toAvns 
of more than a million dollars in valuation are required by law to hire 
a school nurse for either part, or full time, and it is safe to say that 
when we have the school nurse the health of the child will be 
stressed to its advantage. 

Because of its location but few of the pupils of the town are 
able to use the public library, and this necessitates the purchase of 
some reference books for the West and South schools. 

The State Department of Education says that before leaving the 
elementary schools every child should know the following : 

Minimum Library Essentials 

1. Intelligent use of the printed parts of any book; such as 
the table -of contents, index, appendix, preface, etc. 

2. Complete use of an unabridged dictionary. 

3. Complete use of an encyclopedia. 

4. Use of an atlas. 



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5. How to find books in a library. 

Card catalogue 
Classification. 

6 . How to reach material in magazines. 

Reader's guide to Periodical Literature. 
Emphasis should be placed on; 

Behaviour in a library and on 

Civic responsibility in handling of books. 

As superintendent of schools I am in full accord with the impor- 
tance of these essentials, and I should like to see library work done 
in our public schools. 

In summarizing the school survey which is obviously made by an 
interested party, and as Avas indicated earlier in this study, it must 
of necessity be brief. It seems fair to remind the tax payer that, 
while there are many satisfactory features, and as we have frankly 
admitted, there are some features that can and must be improved, 
this can be done only with his support and co-operation. 

Male teachers receive more wages than we are paying. The 
skilled teacher cannot be kept on a low salary schedule. The 
teachers, too, in some of our centers find it difficult to obtain boarding 
places. It is quite clear to me that there is a responsibility that can- 
not be ignored by those families in a Community who can furnish 
comfortable living conditions to our teachers. The teacher cannot 
commute and do her best work for her school, for she cannot know all 
of her problem. From this time on, regular teachers will be asked 
to, live during the week in the community where they work, and the 
assistance of the citizens in making this possible is earnestly solicited. 
The extra teacher previously suggested, probably would mean more 
than any one thing toward making our schools what we think they 
ought to be. 

Again, repairs, insurance and maintenance in general cost 
money, and here again we make the appeal. 

Proper transportation means added expense. Some towns own 
the bodies of their barges, and the contracts are given to the person 
who Avill furnish the remainder of the equipment. In this way it is 
possible for the town to have any special feature that its committee 
sees fit to designate as desirable. Here the initial cost is considera- 
ble, but the advantages over the present system need no mention. 

Finall}^ let me remind the citizens that the schools of Acton are 
their schools. That in the last analysis they will have in the future, 
as they have had in the past and at the present, the kind of schools 
that they really want. The school committee this past 3^ear for the 
first time for several years was granted the amount of money original- 
ly asked for. The expense for the pupils attending high school has 
been so large that it has overshadowed that of the pupils of the ele- 
mentary schools, and estimates that have seemed liberal have proved 
to be inadequate. But with the parents, the committee and the super- 
intendent all working for the same things, the schools are bound to 
improve, and with improvement, pride and confidence in them will 
increase. 



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I want to express my appreciation of the helpful interest in our 
schools shown by so many of our towns people. 

Special mention should be made of the service rendered by the 
Acton Branch of the American Red Cross. For nearly half a year 
they were financially responsible for the work of Miss Marshall, a 
Public Health nurse, who came to Acton schools two days a week. 
The good work which she begun was of just the type that our town 
is in need of. 

Again the schools acknowledge the splendid service of Mr. Doo- 
little and Mrs. Tucker at the Centre, and Mrs. Chas. Howe of South 
Acton, and the interest and helpfulness of Miss Myllykangas and Mrs. 
Cummings as leaders and advisors of the boys' and girls' achievement 
clubs. 

Mr. Trask, Comity Club leader, reports as follows : 

ACTON 

ENROLLMENT— Home Economics 37 

Poultry 25 

Canning 20 

Garden 11 

Pig 3 

Potato 1 

Corn 1 

ORGANIZED CLUBS 12 

CLUB MEETINGS 94 

HOME VISITS 67 

''Acton has the largest enrollment and best club organization of 
any rural town in the county. This i^j due to the splendid co-operation 
of the teachers and men and women in the community who give much 
time without pay. Acton Fair stimulates the interest which is going 
to be greater now that they have practically turned their junior de- 
partment over to the club organization. 
Charles Howe won second honors in the county garden club. 
Margaret Rayner won a two day trip to the College for her canning 
and club leadership. 

Lewis Whitney won a tvv^o day trip for his work in the corn and poul- 
try clubs." 

I am heartily in sympathy with this work, and I appreciate the 
part that the Acton Fair management has taken in the educational 
work of the Acton boys and girls. 

In closing this report which is the thirtieth report of superin- 
tendent of schools, I am glad to note a fijie spirit of co-operation on 
the part of all the teachers. With the superintendent living in another 
toAvn, much work falls upon the local committee. This is appreciated 
by him, and he acknowledges especially the helpfulness of the chair- 
man, Mr. Flagg, who has given of his time and the use of his car 
without stint. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. C. KNIGHT, 

Superintendent. 



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REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 



To the Superintendent of Schools : 

The Music Supervisor was very pleased to find the Hollis Dann 
system introduced in the schools at the South and West and Acton 
Centre Schools. Since September each building has been supplied 
with a Hollis Dann teacher's manual. 

Each grade is following the work as graded therein. Owing to 
the fact that the manuals had not been in the hands of the grade 
teacher before, some of the grades were not up to standard, so in 
many cases it has been necessary to assign the work of the preceding 
grade in order that each grade might come up to its requirements. 

Special drill has been given in Sight Eeading and Dictation, par- 
ticularly in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades, as it was discov- 
ered that in these two phases of the work the pupils were weakest. 

The aim of the course is to develop the power of reading music 
at sight. This is done through the ear, therefore much stress is 
placed upon Dictation, both Oral and Written. The very first step in 
this work is the learning of many rote songs — (First Grade work) 
by which the pupil learns — 

1. ''The use of the singing voice, selecting from the unnum- 

bered varying tones used in speech a certain few definite 
and sustained tones, known as the scale. 

2. The exclusive use of these sustained tones, combined 

with varying meters and rythms, forming melodies. 

3. The application of Avords to the melodies. 

4. The practical use of this New Material in songs, resulting 

in free oral expression of words and music." 
Two part singing is being carried on very successfully in the 
fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. At South Acton we are 
making plans to organize a school orchestra from material which was 
found in the seventh and eighth grades. 

It is the supervisor's desire now to arouse interest in the work, 
and to give the pupils a chance to display their talent by presenting 
either a simple operetta or cantata in the schools where this is pos- 
sible. 

The kind co-operation and friendly spirit of the teachers, princi- 
pals and superintendent is greatly appreciated. 
Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) ELEANOR L. CLARK. 
Supervisor of Music. 
Jan. 29, 1922. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 

Superintendent of Schools of Acton. 

Herewith I have the honor to give my report for 1921 as School 
Physician for South Acton. 

I have visited the schools in South Acton several times besides 
my regular examination, for the purpose of being sure that the pupils 



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were well, and the buildings were properly cared for, and in a 
sanitary condition. 

I have found the teachers always on the watch for possible dis- 
ease, and having a personal interest in each pupil seems to increase 
each year. 'The janitor takes pride in keeping his building clean and 
in a sanitary condition. 

"We have had very little disease in our school of a serious nature. 
Of the 127 pupils in the South Acton school, I have found 84 whose 
teeth need attention, 55 who need to have their tonsils removed, and 
13 who need the attention of an optician. 

I am more than ever convinced that the town should appropriate 
money for a school dejatist, as so many children will suffer all their 
lives for so much neglect in childhood. Our children can have no 
better heritage than a start in life with good teeth. 
Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) S. B. ANNIS, 

School Physician. 



REPORT OF MEDICAL INSPECTOR OF CENTER AND WEST 
ACTON SCHOOLS, 1921 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 
Superintendent of Schools. 

Number of visits to schools 30 

Number of pupils examined 172 

DISEASES FOUND IN THE SCHOOLS. 
Scabies 1 

Pediculosis 5 

Impetigo 4 

Abnormal Hearts 6 

Defective Vision 5 

Discharging Ears 2 

Defective Hearing 4 

For a time during the year we had a school nurse, and much 
good was accomplished. 

I would recommend that each school be provided with First Aid 
Kit. 

Respectfully submitted, 

(Signed) E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



ACTON PUPILS IN THE CONCORD; 


HIGH 


SCHOOL AS 


OF 


JAN. 1, 1922. 








Course. 1922. 


1923. 


1924. 


1925. 


College 9 


2 


6 


16 


Commercial 4 


5 


8 


15 


Domestic Arts 


2 


2 


3 


General 1 


1 


, 


1 


Mechanic Arts 1 


1 


3 


8 


Scientific 2 


1 


5 


4 



Total 17 12 24 47 



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ACTON PUPILS IN LOWELL VOCATIONAL SCHOOL. 
Course 
Auto repairing 



TABLE I, SEPTEMBEE, 


, 1920- 


-JUNE, 


1921 








Total 


Ave. 


Ave. 


P.O. of 


School. Teacher. 


Grd. 


Mem.* Mem. 


DlyAtt. 


Attend. 


Centre — 












Martha F. Smith 


1-2-3 


40 


28 


26 


92 


Florence M. Williams 


4-5-6 


36 


33 


30 


93 


Ella L. Miller 


7-8 


28 


24 


23 


94 


South- 












Florence Moore 


1-2 


41 


38 


34 


88 


Julia L. McCarthy 


3-4 


32 


29 


26 


91 


Jennie E. Stowell ) 
Mrs. Agnes G. Howe ) 


5-6 


39 


35 


32 


9a 


Helen H. Cummings 


7-8 


30 


29 


27 


92 


West- 












Doris M. Look 


1-2-3 


40 


40 


36 


89 


Myrtha Dimlick 
Florence Geary 


4-5 


22 


23 


21 


92 


Helmi Myllykangas 


6-7-8 31 
aentary enrollme 


29 
nt. 

NORS. 


27 


93 


*Not including suppler 




REGISTRATION OF Mi: 




APRIL 1, 


1921. 














Males. 


Females. Total. 


Persons 5 to 7 years of 


age 




31 


37 


6S 


Persons 7 to 14 years of 


age 




122 


130 


252 


Persons 14 to 16 years of 


age 




28 


20 


48; 


Total 






181 


187 


36& 



MEMBERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
AS OF APRIL 1, 1921. 



Grade 
Grade 
Grade 
Grade 
Grade 
Grade 6 
Grade 7 
Grade 8 



48 
37 
33 
43 
39 
33 
33 
42 



Total 



308 



INDEX 

Assessors ' Report 53 

Board of Health ....,.,, . 55 

Cemetery Commissioners 56 

Collector's Report 51 

Cattle Inspector , , 53 

Jury List _ 10 

High School Building Committee 54 

Librarian's Report 60 

List of Books Added . 60 

Meat Inspector 52 

Overseers of the Poor 30 

Selectmen's Report 9 

Special Road Committee 50 

State Police Patrol 10 

Superintendent of Streets 48 

Town Accountant's Report . 11 

Town Clerk 's Report ; 39 

Births 40 

Deaths 43 

Dog Licenses . 46 

Marriages ^ . . , 41 

Non-Resident Burials 45 

Town Meetings 31 

Town Officers , 2 

Town Warrant 5 

Treasurer 's Report 27 

Cemetery Funds . 29 

Firemen 's Relief Association , 30 

Hapgood Farm Fund 30 

Town Farm Fund 30 

Wilde Library Fund 29 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 56 

West Acton Firemen's Fund 26 

SECOND SECTION 
School Report : 

Financial Statement 5 

Legal Holidays 2 

Organization 3 

School Calendar 2 

School Physicians 16-17 

Standing Rules 3 

Statistics 17 

. Superintendent 's Report 10 

I Supervisor of Music 16 

Teachers 4 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1922 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON. MASS. 

1923 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1922 

SELECTMEN 

Warren H. Jones Term expirss 1928 

Alfred W. Davis Term expires 1924 

Murray Brown Term expires 1925 

TOWN CLERK 

Horace F. Tnttle 

TOWN TREASURER 

Frank "W. Hoit 

ASSESSORS 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1925 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1923 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1924 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 
Murray Brown Warren H. Jones Alfred W. Davis 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
Henry L. Haynes 

TREE WARDEN 

Albert H. Perkins 

CONSTABLES 

John T. McNiff Oliver D. Wood 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1923 

Lyman Tuttle Term expires 1924 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Lilly C. Case Term expires 1923 

Alden C. Flagg Term expires 1923 

Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1924 

William T. Merriam Term expires 1924 

Mary L. Eichardson Term expires 1925 

Bertram E. Hall Term expires 1925 

TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1923 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1924 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1923 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1924 

George H. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

James B. Tuttle Frank W. Hoit Edgar H. HalL 

Asaph Merriam Horace F. Tuttle 



Appointed by the Seleictmen 



SUPERINTENDENT OP STREETS 
Alfred W. Davis 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
Howard L. Jones 

REGISTRARS OP VOTERS 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1922 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1923 

Daniel W. Sheehan, Jr Term expires 1924 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 

ELECTION OPFICERS 

PRECINCT 1 

Warden James W. Coiighlin 

Deputy Warden Edwin A. Phalen 

Clerk Arthur W. Wayne 

Deputy Clerk Arthur W. Emerson 

Inspector Arthur P. Davis 

Deput}^ Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector James 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector George Murphy 

PRECINCT 2 

Warden Lucius A. Hesselton 

Deputy Warden Theron P. Newton 

Clerk Lorenzo E. Reed 

Deputy Clerk James McGreen 

Inspector Lewis C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector .Prank A. Merriam 

Inspector ' . .Daniel J. Hennessey 

Deputy Inspector Benjamin W. Ineson 

PRECINCT 3 

Warden Charles J. Holton 

Deputy Warden C. H. Mead 

Clerk David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Clerk Edwin T. Swift 

Inspector Pred 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 

Albert P. Durkee, 1st Asst. Fred "W. Billings, 2nd Asst. 

J. W. Livermore, 3rd Asst. 

PRECINCT 2 

George E. Clapp, 1st Asst. F. W. Hoit, 2nd Asst. 

Frank E. Greenough, 3rd Asst. 

PRECINCT 3 

C. D. Cram, 1st Asst. A. R. Beach, 2nd Asst. 

A. W. Davis, 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. S. White Bertram D. Hall W. H. Kingsley 

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

PUBLIC WEIGHERS 

M. E. Taylor George H. Reed E. F. Conant 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Theron F. Newton 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 
James O'Neil Prank Manning 

POLICE OFFICERS 

O. D. Wood John T. McNiff L. Edward Laird 

Murray Brown A. W. Davis 

INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTER HOUSE 
Charles A. Durkee 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. 
Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said County, 

GREETING : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are 
hereby required to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton, 
qualified to vote at town meetings for the transaction of town affairs, 
to meet at follows : Those residing in Precinct 1, at the town hall, in 
said Acton, at 12 o'clock noon. Those residing in Precinct 2, in the 
Universalist church, at South Acton, at 12 o'clock noon. Those re- 
siding in Precinct 3, at Fire House, in West Acton, at 12 o'clock 
noon, on Monday, the fifth day of March, 1923, by posting a copy of 
this warrant, by you attested, at each of the places as directed by 
vote of the town, seven days at least before the said fifth day of 
March. Then and there to act on the following articles: 

Article 1. To choose a moderator. 

Article 2. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the follow- 
ing town officers : One town clerk for one year, one selectman for 
three years, three overseers of the poor for one year, one assessor for 
three years, one trustee Memorial library for three years, one audi- 
tor for one year, one treasurer for one year, one collector of taxes 
for one year, two for school committee for three years, four con- 
stables for one 3^ear, one cemetery commissioner for three 3'ears, one 
for board of heal'h for three years, five for finance committee for one 
year, one trt^e warden for one year. Also on the same ballot with 
the above-named town officers, to vote upon the following questions: 
''Shall license be granted for the sale of certain non-intoxicating bev- 
erages, as defined in Section 1, of Chapter 138, this year?" "Shall 
the town petition for the installation of an accounting system by the 
Com.monwealth ? (This question is submitted under the provisions 
of Chapter 516, Acts of 1922.) " 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 7 o'clock 
p. m. 

You are further requested in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton as 
aforesaid, to meet at the town hall, in said Acton, on Monday, March 
12th, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon. Then and there to act upon the 
following articles : 

Article 1. To choose a moderator. 

Article 2. To choose all necessary town officers and 
committees. 

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 necessarj^ and usual expenses 
of the several departments of the town. 

Article 7. To see v/hat 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 
anything thereon. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix price thereon. 

Article 11. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the elm tree beetle and brown tail and gyps}^ 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 1, 1923, 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 appro- 
priate 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 
collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to sive the use of the 
town hall and town grounds to the Acton Agricultural association for 
their meetings and fairs. 

Article 16. To see if the town will provide a safe or vault, or 
make some other suitable provision for the safe keeping of its records 
and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Article 17. To see if the town will purchase three snow plows, 
one for each precinct, to be used for clearing the roads of snow, and 
appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Article 18. To see what action the town will take to keep the 
roads open for travel in the winter. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of two thousand dollars to be used with the unexpended bal- 
ance of the $30,000 borrowed for the re-building of the Lowell road, 
to extend it to a point beyond ''Kelley's Corner." 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of three hundred dollars, or some other amount and 
elect a director; the money to be expended by and the director to 
serve in cooperation with the county agricultural trustees of the 
Middlesex County Bureau of Agriculture and Home Economics, 
under the provision of Section 40 to 45, Chapter 128, General Laws 
of Massachusetts. 

Article 21. To see if the toAvn will vote to maintain a public 
health nurse for the ensuing year, or act anything thereon. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 



the sum of two thousand dollars for maintenance of the public health 
nurse or any other sum, or act anything thereon. 

Article 23. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
fixing the price of the services of the public health nurse, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to dispose of the stone 
crusher, or act anything thereon. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to accept Article 4th of 
the will of the late George R. White, or act anything thereon. 

Article 26. To see what action the town will take relating to 
Chapter 240, Acts of 1920, viz : An act to permit under public regu- 
lations and control, baseball games on the Lord's day. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to discontinue the road 
in North Acton leading from the Lowell road to the County road 
near the farm of Gertrude C. Daniels. 

Article 28. To see if the town will maintain street lights on 
that part of road from Acton Center to South Acton, between Main 
street, Acton Center, and the farm now occupied by W. S. Dunn, 
formerly the Moses Taylor farm. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to extend the electric 
lights on the Acton Center road to the house of the late Patrick 
Foley. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to establish two lights 
beyond the residence of Benjamin Ineson to the three houses near the 
Stow line on Eed Acre road, and appropriate money therefor. 

Article 3L To see if the town will establish lights on Massa- 
chusetts avenue in West Acton near the garage of James Fitzgerald. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on the Lowell road in North Acton from the railroad crossing 
to the house of Miss Spinney, or take any action thereon. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to place two street 
lights on Wright Terrace in Precinct 3, or act anything thereon. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote and appropriate money 
to macadamize High street from Maynard street to the back road 
leading to Maynard, or act anything thereon. 

Article 35. To see what action the town will take to place 
street lights from Fletcher's Corner to the Barker's place, or act 
anything thereon. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the town clerk at or before the first time of 
meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this twentieth day of 
February, 1923. 



Signed, 



WARREN H. JONES, 
ALFRED W. DAVIS, 
MURRAY BROWN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



REPORT 05= SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We hereby submit to you for your approval the reports of the 
various departments of the town for the year ending December 31, 
1922. 

The cement bridge at the Powder Mill has been completed at a 
cost of $8,156.50. Work on the Maynard road was completed to the 
bridge in South Acton, making a total of 5100 feet, costing 
$31,029.47 ; this piece of road was built by the town, under supervi- 
sion of the state engineer. Continuing the road north from the 
bridge, 3150 feet was built at a cost of $29,670.69 ; the work of this 
piece of road was given out by contract to the lowest bidder. 

Acting under Articles 17, 18 and 28, the instructions of the town 
have been carried out. Article 29 is still open. 

Under Article 34 the contract for the street lighting has been 
renewed with the American Woolen Company for a period of three 
years. 

Article 27 — The town hall, three schoolhouses and fire house at 
West Acton have been insured for three years. 

Article 35 — Under this article, $1,000.00 was appropriated and 
spent under the direction of the selectm-cn and tree warden. The 
trees in all three villages were pruned and dangerous limbs removed 
in the outlying districts. We recommend that this work be continued 
under the direction of the tree warden. 

Article 36 — The jail at South Acton was sold at auction for the 
sum of $400.00. 

WARREN H. JONES, 
ALFRED W. DAVIS, 
MURRAY BROWN. 



JURY LIST 



Revised August 26, 1822 



PRECINT 1 

Elwin Hollowell 
Albert Durkee 
Prank E. Parsons 
Arthur W. Emerson 
Alden C. Flagg 
James B. Tuttle 
James O'Neil 
^ilen B. Frost 
Oliver D. Wood 
Franklin E. Emery 



PRECINT 2 
Lewis C. Hastings 
Warren H. Jones 
William S. Fletcher 
Earl F. Hayward 
Daniel J. Hennessy 
Hugh H. Hodgen 
Edward P. Nealy 
Clesson A. Lowell 
Walter M. French 
George E. Clapp 



PRECINT 3 
Everett R. Sanborn 
Millard J. Handley 
James N. Berry 
Allen B. Parker 
Arthur W. Houghton 
J. Alfred Coding 
David R. Kinsley 
Albert R. Beach 
James A. Grimes 
Charles A. Durkee 



STATE POLICE PATROL 



The new State Police Patrol is now organized and ready to 
render that police protection to the citizens of the country dis- 
tricts of the State, for which they were established. 

Fersormel. The State Police Patrol is composed of young men, 
thoroughly trained in police work and ready to act quickly and 
intelligently in any emergency that may require their services. 

Location. State Police Barracks have been located at Fram- 
ingham and Northampton, with Headquarters at the State House, 
Boston. These three stations are open and ready for business, day 
and night, Sundays and holidays. They are all connected by tele- 
phone, which is never left unattended. A force of officers is con- 
stantly held in reserve at the Barracks, ready to respond quickly 
to any emergency call. 

Equipment. All State Police Officers are fully armed, have 
full police power throughout the Commonwealth and are equipped 
with automobiles, motorcycles and horses for quick transportation. 
At each of the Barracks there is an automobile ambulance with 
lung-motor, stretchers, blankets and first-aid equipment, quickly 
available in case of accident. 

How to Call the State Police. Call the operator at the nearest 
Central Telephone office, saying, '^I want the nearest State Police'- 
and give your telephone number, name and location. If it is an 
emergency say, ''State Police Emergency." You will be immedi- 
ately connected with the nearest State Police Station, where you 
can state the nature of the case requiring their attention. The De- 
tective Branch of the State Police may be notified in the same way. 

You are requested to give the above information full publicity 
to the end that the citizens of your town may ot once avail them- 
selves of the services of the State Police, established for their bene- 
fit in the event of serious accident or emergency and for their pro- 
tection against criminals of all kinds. 

ALFRED F. FOOTE, 

Commissioner. 



10 
REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



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

Gentlemen — I herev/ith submit my report for the year 1922 : 
GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appropriation $2,800 . 00 

Appropriation, collector's and treasurer's 

bonds 150.00 

Received from sealer 37 . 05 



$2,987.05 
SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Warren H. Jones, salary $100 .00 

"Warren H. Jones, postage, delivering reports . 5.50 

Alfred W. Davis, salary 50.00 

Murray Brown, salary 50 . 00 

R. S. Osterhout, town reports 260 . 50 

Enterprise Company, notices 4.38 

A. W. Davis, moving safe 6 . 00 

Whitney Brothers, paper 4. 00 

R. S. Osterhout, letterheads 7 . 50 

Murphy & Snyder, blanks 3 . 35 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, applications, .75 

$491.98 
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Howard L. Jones, salary $200 .00 

Howard L. Jones, postage 2 . 25 

James T. Towhill Company, vouchers, book ... 9.50 

$211.75 
TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid • 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $200.00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage, telephone, etc 37.47 

Certifying notes 28 . 00 

American Suretv Company, bond 50 . 00 

Finney & Hoit, "^book 2.70 

$318.17 
COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Henry L. Haynes, salary $490 . 13 

Henry L. Haynes, postage 14.79 

Hobbs & Warren, books, notices 35.75 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 26 . 25 

American Surety Company, bond 100.00 

$666.92 



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ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 

Paid : . • 

A. P. Diirkee, salary $125 . 00 

Warren H, Jones, salary 75 . 00 

Henry L. Haynes, salarj^ 100.00 

Plenrj^ L. Haynes, postage 5 .25 

Henry L. Haynes, certified copy of valuation 

book . 15.00 

L. L. Applin, transfers '. 15.44 

H. S. Turner, poll tax lists 39 .00 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid: 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $50.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording- births 39.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths 21.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording" marriiages 9.50 

Plorace F. Tuttle, postage, telephone, express, 23.00 
Horace F. Tuttle, attending meeting at 

Chelmsford 3.00 

P. B. Murphy, dog blanks 2.45 

Carter Ink Company, ink 1 . 08 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes 2.85 



OVERSEERS OF POOR DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Murray Brown, salary $50 . 00 

Murray Brown, postage .61 

Alfred W. Davis, salary 20.00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 20 . 00 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Paid: 

Theron F. Newton, salary $85.00 

W. and L. E. Gurley 7 .43 



$374.69 



$151.88 



$90.61 



$92.43 
CATTLE INSPECTION 
Paid: 
Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $125.00 

ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 
Paid : 

A. Brooks Parker, moderator $20.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, registrar 40.00 

E. A. Phalen, registrar 20.00 

C. J. Holton, registrar 7 . 50 

G. E. Holton, registrar 15 . 00 



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L. C. Hastings, officer 

E. A. Teele, officer 

F. S. Whitcomb, officer 

T. F. Newton, officer 

J. T. McNiff, officer 

D. R. Kingsley, officer 

A. F. Davis, officer 

D. Hennessy, officer 

J. O'Neil, officer 

G. E. Holton, officer 

L. A. Hesselton, officer 

F. T. Holland, officer 

C. J. Holton, officer 

J. W. Coughlin, officer 

D. W. Sheehan, Jr., officer 

A. Wayne, officer 

R. S. Osterhout, warrants . . .• 

R. S. Osterhout, ballots 

R. S. Osterhout, lists 

Universalist society, rent 

L. C. Hastings, placing booths 

J. T. McNiff, posting warrants and returning 

ballots 

Total general government 

Unexpended balance 



Due from state for cattle inspection, $62.50. 



11.00 

2.50 
15.00 

8.00 
15.00 
15.00 
15.00 

3.50 
15.00 

3.00 
15.00 

5.00 
15.00 
15.00 

6.00 
15.00 
34.25 
62.25 
32.50 

9.00 

3.75 

13.00 



$431.25 

$2,954.68 
32.37 

$2,987.05 



BUILDINGS. AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation $400 . 00 

Received from rent 202 . 50 

Paid : 

West and South Water District $12.00 

American Woolen Company, lighting 69 . 34 

Finney & H[oit, sweeping compound 7 . 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 34.56 

Carter, Loftus Company, tuning piano 3 . 00 

0. D. Wood, repairs 12.00 

Joseph Breck & Son, lawn mower 13.25 

George L. Noyes, mowing lawn 7.00 

A. Wayne, janitor 160.50 

A. Wayne, care of clock . , 30.00 

A. Wayne, care of flag and fountain 11.00 

A. Wayne, care of common 21 . 75 

J. E. Coombs, wood 33.00 



$602.50 



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T. McCarthy, wood 16.00 

J. D. Smith, sawing wood 14.00 

C. Dickson, painting 18 . 97 

Eagle Oil & Supply Co., sweeping compound . . 5 . 00 

M. E. Tajdor & Co., supplies ■ 27.60 



$495.97 
Unexpended balance 106 . 53 



$602.50 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police 

Appropriation $200.00 

Received from fines 32 . 04 

Transferred from reserve fund 175 . 29 



Paid : 

N. E. Telephone & Telegraph Co $24.90 

L. E. Laird, services 82 . 06 

C. T. Baxter, services 75 . 15 

Murray Brown, badges, twisters, handcuffs ... 36.50 

Murray Brown, services 10 . 00 

Craig Sweet, services 20 . 00 

Town of Concord, meals 1.00 

William Murphy, services 44 . 50 

O. D. Wood, services 40 . 50 

Harding Uniform Co., uniforms 25.92 

J. T. McNiff, services 46.80 



$407.33 



$407.33 

ENFORCEMENT OF THE LIQUOR LAW 

Appropriation $764.00 

Paid: 

L. E. Laird, services . $189.76 

0. D. Wood, services 18.00 

C. T. Baxter, services 22.00 

George Clapp, pictures 5 .00 

A. W. Davis, services 23 . 50 

Murray Brown, services 26 . 60 

George Worster, team 2 . 00 

J. T. McNiff, services 21.50 

$308.36 
Unexpended balance 455 . 64 

$764.00 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT 
General 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 158 . 22 



Paid: 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal $49.70 

George H. Reed, coal 48 . 10 

West and South "Water District, water 24.00 

American Woolen Co., lighting 22.79 

South Acton Woolen Co., chemicals ......... 20.25 

L. T. Fullonton, setting glass 4.40 

C. D. Cram, payrolls 190.00 

C. D. Cram, express .97 

Strong, Tracey, bulbs 1 . 75 

West Acton Garage, gasoline and supplies .... 9 . 50 

George Garland, care of house , 34.00 

George Clapp, payrolls 42 . 50 

Georg^ Clapp, repairs and labor . 21.95 

George Clapp, engineer 5 . 00 

F. Williams, janitor 127 . 75 

W. PI. Kingsley, services 9 .00 

R. E. Wright, supplies 6.81 

J. W. Livermore, labor .50 

F. W. Green, cleaning vault 1 . 50 

A. W. Davis, trucking 1 . 00 

A. Hindle, repairs 25 . 00 

J. Coughlin, repairs 7 . 00 

C. Callahan, Co., repairs 4. 75 



$658.22 



$658.22 

PIYDRANT SERVICE 

Appropriation $2,784.00 

Paid : 

West and South Water District $2,600.00 

Town of Concord 184.00 



$2,784.00 

Special 

Appropriation for hose $250 . 00 

Paid: 

C. Callahan Co. $202.25 

Boston Coupling Co 8 . 35 



$210.60 
Unexpended balance 39 . 40 

$250.00 



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Brush Fires 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 7 .45 



Paid : 

C. D. Cram, payrolls $101.00 

George Clapp, payrolls 21 . 50 

William H. Kingsley, labor 30.50 

A. B. Frost, labor 10.00 

I. Gagnon, labor 5 . 00 

N. Willis, labor 1.50 

W. Pratt, labor 1 50 

C. Hallowell, labor 1.50 

J. Hurley, labor 2.50 

G. G. Watkins, payroll 4.00 

T. A. Scott, payroll 10.00 

A. W. Davis, truck and labor 13 . 10 

J. W. Livermore, labor 5 . 35 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Received from George T. Weaver, license 100.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 104.39 



Paid : 

Hobbs & Warren, books $10.80 

C. A. Durkee, inspection 373 .10 

C. A. Durkee, services as agent 126.65 

T. F. Newton, services and expense 2.00 

A. W. Davis, moving safe 5 . 00 

J. Hurley, labor 4.00 

J. Watkins, labor 4.00 

J. T. McNiff, iron 1.00 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes and notices 14 . 05 

Enterprise Co., notice 2.50 

City of Boston, hospital 98.29 

George H. Tuttle, professional services 5 . 00 

George H. Tuttle, salary 10.00 

R. F. Durkee, salary and expenses 11.00 

F. E. Tasker, salary 25.00 

A. W. Flint, rent 8.00 

E, Jewett, labor 4.00 



$704.39 



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TOWN NURSE 

Appropriation $2,500.00 

Paid : 

Ida Breidenbaek. salarv $825 . 00 

Nel Nock Motor Co., Ford sedan 633.50 

F. E. Tasker, cask allovred account sedan ... 25.00 

F. E. Tasker, registration of sedan 10.00 

C. A. Lowell, insurance on sedan 75.50 

J. T. McNirf, auto 2.00 

T. W. Reed Co., supplies 86.15 

Murphy & Snyder, cards 8 .25 

M. E. Taylor & Co.. supplies 87.32 

North Acton Garage, supplies 21.50 

South Acton Garage, supplies 2 . 50 

"W. J. Costello, lettering auto 2.00 

Goodrich Corner Garage, supplies 6.35 

Rexall Store, supplies 3.85 

James Fitzgerald, supplies 13 . 21 

W. X. Macurda, supplies 1 . 10 

J. Coughlin. repairs 2 . 25 

Finney & Hoit, tires and robe 23 . 30 

C. A. Durkee, services 11 . 17 

C. A. Durkee, postage 1 . 50 

C. A. Durkee, registration 1923 10.20 

E. S. Fobes, garage 6 . 00 

Mrs. J. McCarthy^ garage 8 . 75 



$1,866.40 
Unexpended balance 633.60 



MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $965 . 67 

Received from state treasurer, moth Tvork .... 500.00 

Lead sold 432.20 



Paid: 

A. H. Perkins, payroll $206.00 

F. Manning, payroll 1,062.29 

F. Manning, truck and expense 246.36 

A. W^ayne, handling lead 10. 50 

J. S. Moore, brush .35 



$2,500.00 



$1,897.89 



$1,525.50 
Balance due from state. Januarv 1st. 1922 .... 170 . 61 



$1,696.11 

Amount due from the state, January 1st, 

1923 $201.78 



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TREE WARDEN 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid : 

A. H. Perkins , . . $67.30 

Unexpended balance 132.70 

$200.00 
SPECIAL ON ACCOUNT OF TREES DAMAGED BY ICE STORM 

Appropriation $1,000 . 00 

Paid: 

J. F. O'Leary $644.50 

A. H. Perkins 324. 90 

$969.40 

Unexpended balance 30 . 60 

$1,000.00 
HIGHWAYS 

Appropriation $10,000 . 00 

Received from state treasurer 2,841.91 

Received from Canedy Construction Co., roller 480.00 

Received from town of Littleton, roller 85.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 473 . 71 

$13,880.62 

Paid: 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies $31.43 

L. E. Laird, repairs 3 . 00 

Hill Bros., breaking roads 24.14 

F. S. Wliitcomb, breaking roads 5.00 

E. L. Spinney, breaking roads 1.00 

W. H. Kingsley, breaking roads 27.05 

Middlesex Farm, breaking roads 8.00 

Massachusetts Broken Stone Co 8.48 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, lumber 

and cement 130 . 09 

Buffalo Steam Roller, repairs 453.47 

W. J. Coughlin, labor . 1.50 

Alfred Foote, boiler inspection 5.00 

George H. Reed, tools 50.25 

W, H. Kingsley, crushed stone 633.52 

J. S. Moore, supplies 24.39 

Conant Machine Co., loader 189.00 

George L. Noyes, gasoline .....' 13.55 

J. T. McNiff, repairs 41.35 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gasoline 61.45 

A. W. Davis, sundry expense 16.46 

A. W. Davis, express 56 . 00 

H. E. Fletcher, stone 23.29 

George Greenough, scraping roads 16.00 

W. A. Haynes, boards and nails 12.83 



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W. H. Jones, labor 5.00 

H. F. Tiittle, surveying 7 . 00 

Hall Bros., lumber 4 . 00 

N. E. Road Machinery Co., parts 4.00 

Berger Manufacturing Co., culvert 328.24 

Berger Manufacturing Co., pipe 85.00 

Barrett Co., tarvia 178 . 56 

T. F. Parker, oil 2.35 

General Crushed Stone Co 23.34 

Standard Oil Co., oil 1,460.00 

J. Kingsley, sand 37 . 05 

Town of Stow, use of roller 125 . 00 

Standard Oil Co., oil 3^8.40 

W. E. Baker, labor 62.50 

North Aeton Quarry Co., stone 186.25 

W. H. Kingsley, team 173.32 

C. J. Kelley, pipe 5.79 

E. P. Gates, repairs 72 . 55 

Payrolls 9,494. 11 



$14,488.71 
Amount due from state, $608.09. 
CEMETERY ROAD 

Appropriation $2,200 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 244.21 

$2,444.21 
Paid : 

William H. Kingsley, stone $1,471.36 

North Acton Quarry Co., granite 10 . 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 27.65 

Payrolls 935.20 

$2 444 . 21 
POWDER MILL, MAYNARD, LOWELL ROAD 

Appropriated and borrowed 1920 $10,000.00 

Appropriated and borrowed 1921 8,750.00 

Appropriated and borrowed 1922 11,250.00 

Received from state treasurer, 1920 4,450.66 

Received from county treasurer, 1920 4,450 . 67 

ReceiA^ed from town of Concord, 1920 65.10 

Received from state treasurer, 1921 9,685.98 

Received from county treasurer, 1921 9,685.98 

Received from state treasurer, 1922, on ac- 
count 1921 1,234.13 

Received from county treasurer, 1922, on ac- 
count 1921 1,234.13 

Received from state treasurer, 1922 9,703.86 

Received from county treasurer, 1922 9,703.86 



,214.3^ 



19 

Paid: 

1920 — See previous report $15,350.40 

1921 — See previous report 29,839.43 

1922 
To complete work started 1921 

Paid: 

Thomas F. Parker, tools $3 .75 

South. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal and 

lumber 32.05 

W. H. Kingsley, stone 7 . 80 

J. Hoar, labor 6 . 00 

Hill Bros., team 56.00 

Payrolls 1,084.44 



New Work 
Paid : 

Canedy Construction Co. $29,601.59 

Barbour Stockwell Co., grate 17.00 

Framingham News, advertising 3 . 50 

Globe Newspaper Co., advertising 12.40 

Enterprise Co., advertising 3.75 

R. S. Osterhout, advertising \ . . . 3.30 

Post Publishing Co., advertising 26.65 

Murphy & Snyder, signs 2 . 50 



$1,190.04 



$29,670.69 

Total amount expended to January 1, 1923 $76,050.56 

Unexpended balance 4,163 . 81 



$80,214.37 
Amount due from American Powder Co., $450. 
Analysis of payrolls covering town highways. Cemetery road 
and Maynard-Lowell road : 
A. W. Davis, superintendent and transportation $700.00 

A. H. Perkins, foreman 531.25 

J. Pederson, foreman 262 . 90 

T. Riviezzo, labor 386.33 

D. Lovell, labor 301.73 

A. Goodrich, labor 288.00 

H. Goodrich, labor 70 . 65 

P. Liola, labor 83.48 

George Seaman, labor 79 . 88 ' 

F. A. Hill, labor 1.80 

D. Lattrell, labor 85.05 

F. French, labor 174.82 

A. W. Davis, tiucks 637.00 

J. Pederson, tiucks 2,390.62 

J. Tariezzo, labor 61.20 

F. Mosvotto, labor 225.00 



20 

J. Gallant, labor 198.90 

J. Dosher, labor 27.00 

D. Connelly, labor 100.00 

J. Hoar, labor 72.00 

D. Ryan, labor 78.75 

P. Higgins, labor 32.40 

B. Williams, labor 12.60 

Joseph Elly, labor 14.40 

Jim Spotto, labor 32.40 

B. Gallant, labor 30. 60 

J. Gongon, labor 18 . 00 

0. H. Greenwood, truck 151 . 13 

S. O'Connell, labor 32.40 

R. Cole, labor 14.40 

R. Palmer, labor „ 3 . 60 

J. Murphy, labor 3 . 60 

T. A. Hall, labor 10.80 

R. Vareorilli, labor 7.20 

P. Enello, labor 7.20 

J. Grued, labor 25.20 

J. Comley, labor , 88 . 65 

F. Arnsberg, labor 10 . 80 

H. Gould, labor 3.60 

George Weaver, labor 25 . 00 

E. Spinney, teams 24 . 00 

Ralph Jones, teams 633 . 00 

W. Charter, labor 390.23 

J. W. Davis, labor 43.20 

J. Briggs, labor 7 . 20 

F. Foote, labor 213.53 

1. Pederson, labor 46 . 35 

J. Gormer, labor 213.75 

F. Gould, labor 256.95 

C. Wiley, labor 236.70 

W. H. Kingsley, team 88 . 00 

W. B. Franklin, team 240.00 

W. H. Jones, team 200 . 00 

A. H. Perkins, team 696.00 

Hill Bros., team 944.50 

$11 513 75 
PLOWING SIDEWALKS 
Appropriation 

F. W. Green $36.50 

0. D. Wood 16.00 

E. L. Spinney 1.50 

George Greenouglh j 32.00 

Unexpended balance 



$200.00 



$86.00 
114.00 



$200.00 



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CUTTING BRUSH 

Appropriation $400 . 00 

Paid : 

James O'Neil $312.50 

Unexpended balance 87 . 50 



$400.00 



POWDER MILL BRIDGE 

Amount unexpended last year (1921) $2,209.72 

Paid : 

B. E. Savage $565.26 

P. DeSilvia 75.37 

Midville-Cambria Steel Co 387.00 

American Powder Co 302 . 04 

W. A. Haynes Co 268.00 

T. F. Parker 100.00 

Massachusetts Broken Stone Co 158.55 

A. W. Davis 10.00 



$1,866.22 
Unexpended balance 343 . 50 



$2,209.72 

STREET LIGHTING 

Appropriation $3,850.00 

Paid: 

E. B. DeSouza $8.00 

P. Foley 4.00 

American Woolen Co 3,779 . 17 

$3,791.17 
Unexpended balance 58 . 83 



$3,850.00 



RELIEF OF POOR 

Received from state treasurer $52 . 24 

Received from tov^n farm fund 1,428 . 61 



Paid: 

City of Maiden $204.37 

J. S. Moore, supplies 105.00 

E. S. Morse, milk 74.22 

F. S. Whitcomb, wood 34.00 

Mrs. M. Murphy, board 317.80 

F. E. Tasker, medical attendance 4.00 

City of Worcester 129.96 

Stone Tracey, supplies 86 . 22 



$1,480.85 



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Moses Thompson, wood 12 . 00 

E. M. Burroughs, rent 11 . 00 

George H. Tuttle, medical attendance 118 . 50 

Hall Bros., wood 15.00 

Massachusetts General Hospital 28 . 00 

L. Garland, services 20 . 00 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 29 . 03 

Citv of Boston 142.48 

City of Worcester 104. 32 

W. X. Macurda 1,25 

H. B. Butler, sawing wood 1.75 

J. P. Sisson, wood 23 .00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 18.95 



$1,480.85 
SOLDIERS' BENEFITS 
State Aid 

Eeceived from state treasurer $354 . 00 

Amount due from state treasurer, January 1, 

1922 $374.00 

Paid 372.00 

Amount due from state, January 1, 1923 392 . 00 



$746.00 $746.00 
Military Aid 

Appropriation $100 . 00 

Paid : 

B. B. Smith, supplies $15.98 

J. H. McCrossin, supplies 23 . 10 

$39.08 
Unexpended balance 60 . 92 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Appropriation $700 . 00 

Received from fines 57 . 75 

Received old cards and books 2.75 



Paid: 

A. W. Davis, librarian $154. 50 

A. W. Davis, janitor 154 . 50 

A. W. Davis, writing cards 6.77 

A. W. Davis, cataloging 10 . 00 

A. W. Davis, binding books 4.25 

P. E. Houghton, transporting books 50.00 

Library Bureau, cards 10 . 52 

American Woolen Co 34.71 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 69.28 

E. F. Conant, insurance 64. 39 



$100.00 



$760.50 



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J. W. Smith, sawing wood 2 . 00 

C. D. Lapham, labor and repairs 30.80 

Dennison Manufacturing Co., labels 1.07 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 5.23 



$598.02 
Unexpended balance 162.48 



$760.50 



LIBRARY BOOKS 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Received interest on library fund 325 . 52 



Paid : 

DeWolfe Fiske & Co $343.37 

Dura Binding Co 34. 65 

H. R. Hunting Co 52.56 

Enterprise Co 1 . 50 

Friedman 's 6 . 14 

Ball Publishing Co , . . . 5.00 

Manuel Art Press , 3.30 

Student Volume for Foreign Missions 3.00 

Tieker Publishing Co 3.81 

W. A. Wilde Co. 12.29 

H. Goldberger 50.00 

Educators Association 9 . 90 



CEMETERIES 

Appropriation $800 . 00 

Received sale of lots, Woodlawn 95.00 

Received sale of lots, Mt. Hope 74.00 



$525.52 



$525.52 



$969.00 



Paid : 

H. F. Robbins, labor $360.66 

"West and South Water Supply 27 . 95 

A. Batley, flowers ,. 33 . 65 

H. F. Tuttle, commissioner 7 . 50 

H. F. Tuttle, writing deeds 5.00 

F. W. Green, labor 303.44 

E. F. Conant, insurance 7 . 20 

H. S. Turner, book 13.50 

$758.90 
Unexpended balance 210 . 10 

$969.00 



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Perpetual Care 

Received interest on cemetery fund . . /. $737.80 

Paid : 

H. F. Robbins, labor $319 .70 

F. W. Green, labor 320.50 

A. Batley, flowers 97.60 

$737.80 
EDUCATION 

Appropriation $41,125 . 00 

Received from ticket refund 2. 64 

$41,127.64 
Paid : 

Report of school committee $38,356.21 

Unexpended balance 2,771.43 

$41,127.64 
SOUTH ACTON DRAINAGE 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Paid : 

B. F. Townsend, labor $82.34 

C. H. Davis 109.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber 16 . 95 

Abe Granberg, gravel .90 

A. Jones, team 16 . 00 

C. Romano, contractors 559 . 12 

B. F. Townsend, supplies 5 .48 

A. C. Piper & Son, team 7 . 80 

$797.59 
Unexpended balance 202.41 



$1,000.00 

WEST AND CENTER SCHOOLHOUSE IMPROVEMENT 
Appropriation $1,800.00 

Paid: 
Woodbury and Stuart, plans $50.00 

Unexpended balance 1,750 . 00 

$1,800.00 
UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriation $700.00 

Paid : 

C. A. Pierce & Co., bylaws $56.00 

George Worster, washing auto 2.00 

Town of Acton, town farm tax 1 . 50 

W. C. Crosby, land damage 30.00 

C. A. Ford, land damage 40 . 00 

Charles Miles, land damage ., 100 . 00 

E. and L. Richardson, land damage 100.00 



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R. R. Winkley, land damage 

H. A. Gray, land damage 

James B. Tuttle, auctioneer, selling jail 
James B. Tuttle, advertising sale of jail 

W. J. Costello, signs 

W, B. Holt, repairs fountain 

Town of Concord, bounds 

George Guariano 

A. W. Davis, moving jail 

A. Wayne, selling lead 

W. H. Jones, delivering reports 

H. F. Tuttle, writing deed of jail 

Finney & Hoit, flags . 

"W. and G. E. Gurley, supplies, sealer . . . 

F. E. Tasker, reporting births 

George H. Tuttle, reporting births . . . . 

E. A. Mayell, reporting births 

S. B. Annis, reporting births 

F. K. Shaw, reporting births 

I. L. Pickard, reporting births 

M. H, Paine, reporting births 

J. D. Christie, reporting births 

Unexpended balance 



35.00 

50.00 

10.00 

5.00 

9.00 

4.60 

14.52 

46.94 

12.00 

15.00 

3.00 

3.00 

14.40 

8.96 

.50 

1.00 

.25 

.25 

1.25 

.50 

.25 

.50 



$565.42 
134.58 

$700.00 



MEMORIAL DAY 

Appropriation 

Paid : 
Isaac Davis Post, G. A. R 

INSURANCE OF TOWN BUILDINGS 

Appropriation , 

Paid : 

A. M. Whitcomb $228.90 

E. F. Conant 654.60 

J. K. W. Wetherbee 228.90 

LIABILITY INSURANCE 
Appropriation 

Paid : 
A. M. Whitcomb 

Unexpended balance 



Appropriation 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY BUREAU 



$200.00 
$200.00 

1,112.40 



$1,112.40 

$400.00 

$328.65 
71.35 



$400.00 
$800.00 



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Paid : 
Middlesex County Bureau, demonstration work 

in agriculture $300 . 00 

Appropriation for memorial tablet, $700.00, unexpended. 

RESERVE FUND 

Appropriation $1,200 . 00 

Transferred to : 

Police department $175 . 2^ 

Fire departtoient, 158 . 22 

Brush fires 7 .45 

Health and sanitation 104.39 

Cemetery road «... 244 . 21 

Highways 473.71 

$1,163.27 
Unexpended balance 36 . 73 

$1,200.00 

INTEREST 

Received interest on taxes $439.90 

Received interest on deposits 130. 12 

$570.02 
Paid: 

Maynard Trust Co., interest on bridge notes . . $497.26 

Assabet Institution for Savings, interest on 

road notes 362 . 50 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, in- 
terest on road notes 379 . 58 

First National Bank of Ayer, interest on notes 

in anticipation of revenue , . . 1,372 . 69 

$2,612.03 

MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS 
Total notes outstanding January 1, 1922 $33,500.00 

Received loans : 
First National Bank of Ayer, in anticipation of 

revenue $72,000.00 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, road 

loan 11,250.00 



Paid : 

First National Bank of Ayer $72,000.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, road notes . . . 1,250.00 



$83,250.00 
$11,675.00 



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North Middlesex Institution for Savings, road 

notes 2,500.00 

Maynard Trust Co., bridge note 3,000 .00 



$78,750.00 

Total notes outstanding January 1, 1923 . . $38,000 . 00 

Special appropriation for loans and 

interest $8,450.00 

Paid notes $6,750.00 

Interest L239.34 



$7,989.34 

Unexpended $460 . 66 

REFUNDS 

E. "W. Sylvia, refund $24.71 

Abatements, 1920 taxes . 1 . 57 

Abatements, 1921 taxes „ . . . 30.26 

Abatements, 1922 taxes 557 . 28 



$613.82 
FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Due from collector, January 1, 1922 $12,205.31 

Received : 

State tax $5,400.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

County tax 3,430.26 

Town grant 75,888 . 17 

Overlay '. 2,675.26 

Poll tax 2,178.00 



$91,144.89 
Received : 

Treasurer's report $134,187.05 

Interest on taxes 439 . 90 

Moth tax 28.08 

December assessment 10 . 00 



$134,665.03 

$238,015.23 
Expenditures 

Overdrafts, 1921 $6,039.79 

State tax 5,400.00 

State highway tax , 1,573 . 20 

County tax 3,430.26 

Poll tax 2,178.00 

General government 2,954 . 68 

Buildings and grounds 495 . 97 



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Police 407.33 

Enforcement of liquor law 308 . 36 

Fire department, general 658 . 22 

Hydrant service 2,784.00 

Fire department, special hose 210 . 60 

Brush fires 207.45 

Health and sanitation 704 . 39 

Town nurse 1,866.40 

Moth department 1,525 . 50 

Tree warden 67 . 30 

Special tree damaged by ice storm 969.40 

Highways, general 14,488 . 71 

Cemetery road 2,444. 21 

Powder Mill, Maynard, Lowell road 1,190 . 04 

Powder Mill, Maynard, Lowell road 29,670.69 

Street lighting 3,791.17 

Plowing sidewalks 86 . 00 

Cutting brush 312.50 

Powder Mill bridge 1.866.22 

Belief of poor 1,480 . 85 

State aid 372.00 

Military aid 39.08 

Library expense 598 . 02 

Library books 525 . 52 

Cemeteries 758 . 90 

Cemeteries, perpetual care 737.80 

State treasurer, penalty for failure to make 

return 22.00 

State treasurer, account National bank tax, 

1921 6.22 

Education 38,356 . 21 

South Acton school drainage 797 . 59 

West and Center schoolhouse improvement ... 50 . 00 

Unclassified 565 . 42 

Memorial day 200 . 00 

Insurance of town buildings 1,112 . 40 

Liability insurance 328 . 65 

MiddlesW County Bureau 300.00 

Interest 2,612.03 

Municipal indebtedness . 78,750 . 00 

Eefunds 613.82 

Due from collector 22,612.39 

Due from treasurer 1,545 . 94 

$238,015.23 
FINANCIAL STATEMENT, DECEMBER 31, 1922 

Due from collector $22,612.39 

Due from treasurer 1,545 . 94 

Due from state treasurer, cattle inspection ... 62 . 50 

Due from state treasurer, moth work 201 . 78 

Due from state treasurer, highway work ..... 608.09 



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Due from state treasurer, state aid 392 . 00 

Due from American Powder Mills, Powder 

Mill road 450.00 

Due from county treasurer, dog tax 460 . 99 

$26,333.69 
Liabilities 

Unexpended balance liquor fund $455.64 

Unexpended balance, Maynard-Lowell road .. 4,163.81 

Notes : 
North Middlesex Institution for Savings, road 

notes 18,750.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, road notes . . . 3,750.00 

Maynard Trust Co., bridge notes 5,500.00 

First National Bank of Ayer, anticipation of 

revenue 10,000.00 

Unpaid bills : 

Highway department . . . 193 . 73 

Fire department . 112 . 81 

$42,925.99 

Balance against the town $16,592.30 

Respectfully submitted 

HOWARD L. JONES, Town Accountant. 



South Acton, February 16, 1923. 
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 

For Year Ending December 31st, 1922 

Received from state treasurer : 

Income tax, 1919 $12 . 75 

Income tax, 1920 89 . 25 

Income tax, 1921 535.50 

Income tax, 1922' 270.00 

Income tax, Massachusetts school fund 6,446.02 

Corporation tax, 1921 91 . 61 

Vocational education 272.00 

Civilian war poll tax, 1921 54.00 

Civilian war poll tax, 1921 6.00 

Civilian war poll tax, 1920 9.00 

Reimbursement for loss of taxes 336.42 

State Highway Com 26.00 



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State Highway Com 1,500.00 

State Highway Com 1,315 . 91 

State treasurer, Lowell road 10,937 . 99 

Superintendent of schools fund 513 . 91 

Corporation tax, domestic,- 1920 .11 

Corporation tax, public service, 1922 2.71 

Corporation tax, public service B, 1922 171.41 

Highway department 500 .00 

Corporation tax, public service * 219 . 39 

Corporation tax, public service 5.86 

Corporation tax, business 2,749 .21 

Income tax, 1922, general 5,080 . 92 

Income tax, 1922, schools 1,931 . 10 

National bank tax 1,101 . 52 

Department public welfare 52 . 24 

Military aid 52 . 50 

State aid 354.00 

Soldiers ' exemption 191 . 56 

County treasurer, dog tax 404.72 

County treasurer, Lowell road 10,937.99 

Library fines 60 . 50 

School account, rebate on tickets 2.64 

Town hall rent 202 . 50 

Court fines 32.04 

Lots sold in Woodlawn cemetery 95 . 00 

Lots sold in Mt. Hope cemetery 74.00 

Sealer of weights and measures , . . 37.05 

American "Woolen Co., work on poles 23.85 

George T. Weaver, slaughter license 100.00 

Inspection of animals 62 . 50 

Middlesex Insurance Co., loss on fire house ... 15.00 

Director of Standards, two licenses 16 . 00 

Lead sold 432.20 

Canedy Construction Co., rent of roller 480.00 

C. I. Ford, lockup and land 400.00 

Town of Concord, Nagog taxes 25 . 12 

Interest on deposits 130 . 12 

Interest on cemetery fund 737 . 80 

Interest on library fund 325 . 52 

Interest on town farm fund 1,428 . 61 

Town of Littleton 55. dO 

Town of Littleton 30 . 00 

Loans received : 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 29 6,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 30 6,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 31 •. 10,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 32 10,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 33 10,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 39 10,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, note No. 40 10,000.00 



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First National bank, Ayer, note No. 41 10,000.00 

Loans for special roadwork: 

North Middlesex Savings bank, note No. 34 . . . 2,500.00 

North Middlesex Savings bank, note No. 35 . . 2,500.00 

North Middlesex Savings bank, note No. 36 . . 2,500.00 

North Middlesex Savings bank, note No. 37 . . 2,500.00 

North Middlesex Savings bank, note No. 38 . . 1,250.00 



$134,187.05 



Keceived of Henry L. Haynes, collector : 

1920 taxes and interest $782.12 

Abatement 1 . 57 

1921 taxes and interest 8,198.83 

Abatement 30.26 

1922 taxes and interest 71,645.73 

Abatement 557 . 28 



$81,215.79 

$215,402.84 
Paid selectmen's orders 213,856.90 



Balance on hand, December 31, 1922 .... $1,545.94 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Punds Held for Care of Cemetery Lots 



On hand January 1, 1922 : 

West and South Water District, bonds .' $6,900.00 

Cash in banks 7,477.90 

Liberty bonds 7,950.00 

Unexpended balance 1,945 . 71 

Enoch Hall lot 75.00 

George F. Keyes lot 75.00 

Mrs. Emma Preston lot 100.00 

William T. Mason lot 100.00 

George C. Turner lot 50 . 00 

Hugh West lot 100.00 

F. C. Nash lot 100.00 

Lucian J. Priest lot 100.00 

Ira Stockw'ell lot 100.00 

E. A. Phillips lot 200.00 

George Wheeler lot 100.00 

William V. Norton lot 100.00 

Varnum B. Mead lot 100.00 

Moses A. Reed lot 100.00 

Aaron J. Fletcher lot 75.00 

William F. Charles lot 75.00 

Charles J. Fletcher lot 75.00 

James L. Adams lot 75 . 00 



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Asaph and Henrj'- D. Parlin lot 150 . 00 

"William Chaplin, care of soldiers' markers . . . 100.00 

Income from funds 1,061 . 94 



$27,285.55 

Paid for care of lots $737.80. 

West and South District, bonds 6,600.00 

Liberty bonds 8,150.00 

Cash in banks 9,527 . 90 

Unexpended balance 2,269 . 85 



$27,285.55 
Received of William Chaplin $900.00, not reported in above 
account, to be used for improvements and care of soldiers' lots, or 
for any purposes he may desire. 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Cash, Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank . $1,000.00 

Warren Institution for Savings 1,000 . 00 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

North End Savings bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings ....... 1,000 . 00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood fund 200 . 00 

Interest on deposits 254 . 27 

Bond, West Shore R. R., Susan Augusta and 

Luther Conant fund 1,000.00 

Interest on bond 40 . 00 

Unexpended balance 218 . 32 

$6,912.59 

Paid town of Acton, book account $325.52 

Cash in banks 5,400.00 

Bond, Conant fund . 1,000.00 

Balance unexpended 187 . 07 



$6 912.59 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Town Farm Fund 



Balance of mortgage $2,050 . 00 

Liberty bonds , 14,012.44 

Balance of fund 930.08 

Hapgood farm fund .- . 3,000.00 

Income 803.00 

$20,795.52 

Balance due on mortgage $2,050 . 00 

Cash in North End Savings bank 1,000.00 



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Cash in Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

Cash in Suffolk Savings bank , . . 1,000.00 

Liberty bonds 14,012 .44 

Paid town of Acton, poor department . 1,428 . 61 

Balance of fund ' 304.47 



$20,795.52 



Treasurer's Eeport of Fireman's Relief Association 

Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings .... $317 . 70 
Interest on account 15 . 24 



$332.94 
Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings . . . 332 . 94 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of the Geiorge R. White Fund 



Heceived from estate of George R. White $25,000.00 

Cash in First National bank, Boston 25,000.00 



FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE aOODNOW FUND 

For thei Year Ending December 31, 1922 



INVESTMENTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,220 . 14 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank 1,000 . 00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000 . 00 



RECEIPTS 

Warren Institution for Savings, dividends .... $54.65 
Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank, 

dividends 50.00 

City Institution for Savings 50.00 



$3,220.14 



$154.65 



PAYMENTS 

Paid H. F. Robbins, care of Goodnow lot, 

Woodlawn cemetery $9 .00 

Unused income for care of cemetery lot de- 
posited with Warren Institution for Sav- 
ings ; 15 . 65 

Paid to Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical church in Acton 130.00 



$154.65 
I. WARREN FLAGG, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 
March 13, 1922 

Article 1. To choose a moderator. 

Allen Brooks Parker was chosen moderator. 

To choose all necessary town officers and committees. 
V Article 2. Action taken under Article 3. 

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

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

Chose Arthur F. Blanchard, trustee of the Firemen's Relief fund 
for three years. 

Voted : To fix the salary of the tax collector at four hundred 
dollars per annum. 

A motion that the same include all charges and expenses rela- 
tive to the office did not prevail. 

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 treasurer be two hundred dollars 
per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the assessors be as follows: The 
chairman, one hundred and twenty-five dollars per annum ; the clerk, 
one hundred dollars, and the other member seventy-five dollars. 

Voted : That the salary of the moderator be ten dollars per 
meeting. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to fix the salary of all 
other town officers. 

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

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

Voted: To accept the report of the committee on special road 
work, and thank them for their services. 

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

Voted : To receive the report of the welcome home committee, 
to which was referred the matter of a memorial to those who served 
in the World war from Acton. 

On motion of Mr. James B. Tuttle, chairman, it was voted: That 
the tov/n of Acton place a bronze tablet, with the names inscribed 
thereon, of all Acton boys who responded to the country's call in the 
World war ; the tablet to be placed upon the walls of the Acton 
Memorial library, and that the sum of seven hundred dollars be 
appropriated for this purpose. 

Voted : That said committee carry out this vote. 

Voted : To receive the report of the committee on high school. 

A. motion to discharge the committee did not prevail. 

Article 6. To see what sums of money the town will raise by 



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taxation and. appropriate to defray the necessary and usual expenses 
of the several departments of the town. 

Article 6. Voted to appropriate for : 
Roads and bridges, general repairs of, and removal of 

snoM , $10,000.00 

Roads, special work : Cemetery road. East Acton 2,200.00 

Cutting brush 400.00 

Loans and interest 8,450 . 00 

Schools 41,125.00 

Schoolhouse, South Acton, drainage system 1,000 . 00 

Schoolhouses, Center and West, special improvements . . . 1,800 . 00 

Town nurse ' 2,500.00 

Memorial library, current expenses 700.00 

Memorial library, purchase of books 200.00 

Hydrant service 2,784.00 

Fire department, maintenance 500 . 00 

Fire department, new hose. South Acton . . . : 250.00 

Forest fires 200.00 

Street lighting 3,850.00 

Moth work 965 . 67 

Care of shade trees, general 200 . 00 

Care of trees, special, under Article 35 1,000.00 

General government 2,800 . 00 

Insurance of employees 400 . 00 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 150.00 

Enforcement of the liquor laws 764.00 

Buildings and grounds 400 . 00 

Cemeteries 800.00 

Mem_orial day 200.00 

Police department 200 . 00 

Board of health 500.00 

Military aid 100.00 

Sidewalks, removal of snow^ 200 .00 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300.00 

Deficiency, 1921 7,350.00 

Memorial tablets 700.00 

Reserve fund ." 1,200.00 

Unclassified 700.00 

Voted to raise by taxation for town charges 84,000.00 

Voted to raise for moth work 965 . 67 

Voted to raise,for drainage system, South Acton 1,000.00 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will raise for 
the observance of Memorial day. 

Voted : To appropriate two hundred dollars. 

Article 8. To see what action the town will take in rojiard to 
the collection of taxes. 

Voted : That all taxes, other than poll, shall be payable not 
later than October 15, 1922, and on all taxes remaining niipaid after 



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November 1, 1922, interest shall be charged at the rate of six percent 
per annum from October 15, 1922, until such taxes are paid. 

Article 9. To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the fire department, or vote 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate five hundred dollars for general main- 
tenance, and two hundred and fifty dollars for the purchase of hose 
for South Acton. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and ^:s. the price for the same. 

Voted^- To appropriate two hundred dollars for fighting forest 
fires. 

Voted : That the amount to be paid be fixed by the forest 
warden, subject to the approval of the selectmen. 

Article 11. To see w^hat action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the elm tree beetle, and brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Voted: To appropriate two hundred dollars for the control of 
the elm leaf beetle, to be expended at the discretion of the selectmen. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate for moth work the sum of 
$965.67. 

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, 1922, 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, 1922, 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 appro- 
priate a sum of money to insure the employees of the town, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate four hundred dollars. 

Article 14. 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 anj^thing thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate one hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to give the use of the 
town hall and town grounds to the Acton Agricultural association 
for their meetings and fair for the ensuing year. 

Voted: That the town give the use of the town hall and town 
grounds to the Acton Agricultural association for their meetings and 
fairs. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $3,000, more or less, to repair the road known as the Town Farm 
road, from the Littleton line to Acton Center, or to act anything 
thereon. 



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A motion to appropriate $3,000 for repairing the road described 
in the article did not prevail. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to have poles erected 
and whatever necessary electric lights installed on Hosmer street, 
from the nearest existing point where there are lights, to so-called 
Crooker's Corner, or to act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the selectmen be instructed to have the electric 
lighting system installed on Hosmer street from the nearest existing 
point where there are lights to Crooker's Corner, so-called, and to 
install the necessary lights. 

Article 18. To see if the town will extend its street lighting 
system from the so-called Nash place (Mr. Stokes) on Central 
avenue, to the intersection of the electric car line and Central avenue 
at Eichardson's Corner, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to have one electric 
light placed at or near the Nash railroad crossing and one at the in- 
tersection of the electric car line and Central avenue near Richard- 
son's Corner. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money for salary and expenses of a town nurse. 

Voted : That the board of health be instructed to employ a town 
nurse. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars 
to care for the expense. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money for the installation of a flush closet in the 
Acton Centei; school. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money for the installation of a flush closet in the 
West school. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money for the establishment of a new drainage 
system at the South school. 

Articles 20, 21 and 22 were considered jointly. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand 
dollars for a drainage sj^stem at the South school. 

Voted : That the school committee be instructed to install flush 
closets in the Center and West schools. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of eighteen hundred dollars 
therefor. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to repair the road lead- 
ing from Acton Center to East Acton depot and appropriate money 
therefor as recommended hy the committee, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of twenty-two hundred dollars 
therefor. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to change the date of 
the annual meeting. 

A motion to change the time to the first Monday in February did 
not prevail. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 



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priate the sum of $300, 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 the aid of agriculture of the Middlesex 
County Bureau of Agriculture and Home Economics ; under the pro- 
visions of Chapter 273, General Acts, 1918, it being understood that 
$100 of this amount shall be used to provide local paid supervision 
of boys' and girls' club work. 

Voted: To appropriate $300, and instruct the selectmen to ap- 
point the director referred to in the article. 

Article 26. To see what action the town will take upon the 
by-laws as printed. 

"Voted : To dismiss the article. 
Article 27. To see if the town will instruct the selectmen to have 
the town buildings insured, or take any action thereon. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to insure all buildings 
belonging to the town. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to install electric lights 
on the street leading to the house of B. J. DeSou^a. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to have the street 
lighting system extended to the house of B. J. DeSouza, and to have 
the necessary number of lights installed. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to install four street 
lights on the South Acton road leading from State road in East 
Acton to South Acton. 

Voted : To refer the matter to the selectmen with power to act. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to pay the school com- 
mittee for their services. 

Voted: To dismiss the article. 

Article 31. To see what action the town will take toward build- 
ing a high school and raise and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Voted : To dismiss the article ; 106 voting yes ; 71 voting no. 

Article 32. To see what action the town will take toward en- 
gaging a town attorney. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 33. To see what action the town will take towards 
choosing a superintendent of streets. 

Voted : To refer the matter to the selectmen. 

Article 34. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
renewing the contract for street lights with the American Woolen 
Company. 

Voted : That the selectmen be authorized to make a contract 
with the American Woolen Company for street lighting. 

Article 35. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the trees injured by the ice storm and appropriate money therefor. 

Voted : To appropriate one thousand dollars, to be expended 
under the direction of the selectmen. 

Article 36. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to sell the jail at South Acton. 

Voted: That the selectmen be authorized to sell at public auc- 
tion the land and building in South Acton hitherto used as a lockup. 



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Voted : That the cages be placed in the fire house in South 
Acton. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to borrow $14,000 by 
issuing notes, to continue work on the Lowell road from Maynard 
line to the State road leading from Concord to Littleton. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 38. To see if the town will accept the road, as laid out 
by the selectmen from the State road in West Acton to land of 
George V. and Effie R. Mead. 

Voted : To accept the laying out of a road by the selectmen, in 
West Acton, as described in the article. 

Article 39. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money 
to enforce the liquor law. 

Voted : To appropriate the unexpended balance of last vear, 
$764. 



Abstract of the Proceedings of a Special Meeting Held May 3, 1922 

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 rescind the unused 
authority for a loan for the construction of Lowell road, as granted 
at the meeting held on March 1, 1920, or to take any action relative 
thereto. 

Voted : That the town rescind the unused authority for the loan 
authorized at the meeting held on March 1, 1920, for the construction 
of Lowell road. 

Article 3. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of 'money for the construction of Lowell road, from Maynard 
line to the State road leading from Concord to Littleton, to be used 
in conjunction with amounts allotted by the Division of Highways, 
Department of Public Works, or to take any action relative thereto. 

Voted : That there be appropriated the sum of eleven thousand, 
two hundred and fifty ($11,250) dollars for the purpose of construct- 
ing the Lowell road from the Maynard line to the State road leading 
from Concord to Littleton; said sum to be used in conjunction with 
a sum allotted by the Division of Highways, Department of Public 
Works, and a similar sum allotted by the County of Middlesex ; and 
to meet said appropriation that the treasurer, with the approval of 
the selectmen, be and is hereby authorized to borrow said sum and to 
issue bonds or notes of the town therefor, to be payable in accord- 
ance with Section 19, Chapter 44, General Laws, so that the whole 
loan shall be paid in not more than five years from date of issue, or 
at such earlier dates as the treasurer and selectmen may determine ; 
25 voted in favor ; two voted against. 

Article 4. To see if the town will elect a moderator for the 
term of one year on the official ballot, as provided by law. 

Voted: That the town elect a moderator for the term of one 
year on the official ballot. 

Article 5. To see if the town will take action relative to naming 
the streets and highways in the town. 

Voted: That the selectmen be authorized to appoint a commit- 



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tee consisting of three voters from each precinct, said committee to 
propose names for the streets and highways in the town and report 
such names for the approval of the town at the next annual meeting. 
The selectmen appointed the following persons as said committee : 

Precinct 1 — J. Sidney "White, Horace F. Tuttle, Charlotte 
Conant. 

Precinct 2 — Anson C. Piper, Lewis Hastings, Alice Stiles. 

Precinct 3 — Allen Brooks Parker, "W. E. Whitcomb, Alice M. 
Carlisle. 

Article 6. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $1,112.40 ; said sum to be used for paying insurance pre- 
miums on town buildings. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,112.40 to pay 
premiums on town buildings. 



State Election, November 7, 1922 
Party designation : D, Democratic ; S. L., Socialist Labor ; S., 
Socialist; R., Republican; P., Prohibition; L, Independent. 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of ballots cast 157 211 285 653 

GOVERNOR 

Channing H. Cox, R 141 150 227 518 

John F. Fitzgerald, D 16 51 41 108 

Henry Hess, S. L 

Walter S. Hutchins, S 2 1 3 

John B. Lewis, P 4 4 8 

Blanks 4 12 16 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 

John F. Doherty D 16 40 34 90 

Alvan T. Fuller, R 128 157 230 515 

Oscar Kinsalis, S. L 

Thomas Nicholson, S 1 4 1 6 

Blanks 12 10 20 42 

SECRETARY 

Frederick W. Cook, R 135 160 222 517 

Albert Sprague Coolidge, S 3 2 5 

James Hayes, S. L 2 2 

Charles H. McGlue, D 14 32 27 73 

Blanks 8 14 34 56 

TREASURER 

James Jackson, R 134 160 220 514 

Patrick H. Loftus, S. L 1 1 

Dennis F. Reagan, S 1 1 2 

Joseph E. Venne, D ' 13 32 26 71 

Blanks 10 17 38 65 

AUDITOR 

John Aiken, S. L 1 3 2 6 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 120 153 206 479 

Alice E. Cram, D 19 37 34 90 

Edith M. Yv^illiams, S 2 1 3 

Blanks 17 16 42 75 



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ATTORNEY GENERAL 

Joseph Bearak, S 1 3 4 

Jay R. Benton, R 134 152 212 498 

David Craig, S. L 1 1 

John E. Swift, D 14 39 32 85 

Blanks 9 18 38 65 

SENATOR IN CONGRESS 

Washington Cook, I 2 1 3 

William A. Gaston, D 28 52 48 128 

Henry Cabot Lodge, R 114 136 205 455 

John A. NichoUs, P 10 10 15 35 

John Weaver. Sherman, S. 1 3 1 5 

William E. Weeks, Progressive 

Blanks 4 8 15 27 

CONGRESSMAN— Fifth District 

Andrew E. Barrett, D 19 33 32 84 

John Jacob Rogers, R 127 157 233 517 

Blanks 11 21 20 ,52 

COUNCILLOR— Sixth District 

Charles S. Smith, R 135 163 216 514 

Blanks 22 48 69 139 

SENATOR— Seventh Middlesex District 

Frank P. Bennett, Ind 24 23 34 81 

William F. Curtin, D 13 33 32 78 

Charles P. Howard, R 109 134 183 426 

Blanks 11 21 36 68 

REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT— 
Eleventh Middlesex District 

Fred L. Snow, R 137 165 215 517 

Blanks 20 46 70 136 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER— Middlesex Countv 

Erson B. Barlow, R 138 163 208 509 

Blanks 19 48 77 144 

ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONERS— Middlesex Countv 

Sherman H. Fletcher, R 118 132 178 428 

John M. Keves, R 102 111 164 377 

Blanks 94 179 228 501 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY— Northern District 

Arthur K. Reading, R 113 133 210 456 

James C. Reilly, D. . . . ) 35 51 38 124 

Blanks 9 27 37 73 

CLERK OF COURTS— Middlesex County 

Ralph N. Smith, R 137 157 216 510 

Blanks 20 54 69 143 

REGISTER OF DEEDS— Middlesex Southern District 

Thomas Leighton, Jr., R 135 161 209 505 

Blanks 22 50 76 148 

COUNTY TREASURER— Middlesex County 

Charles E. Hatfield, R 136 158 209 503 

Blanks 21 53 76 150 



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QUESTION ONE— Kelative to Eoll Calls in General Court 

Yes 80 97 115 

No 16 36 40 

Blanks 61 78 130 

QUESTION TWO— 
Relative to Voluntary Associations Suing 

Yes , 84 79^, 110 

No ...' 21 62 56 

Blanks 52 70 119 

QUESTION THREE— 
Relative to Censorship of Motion Pictures 

Yes 50 44 88 

No 78 133 140 

Blanks 29 34 57 

QUESTION POUR— 
Relative to the Enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment 

Yes ■ 98 79 135 

No 39 105 99 

Blanks 20 27 51 

QUESTION FIVE— Relative to District Attorney 

Yes 99 122 145 

No 20 40 42 

Blanks 38 49 98 



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Births 

Whole number recorded 38 

Born in Acton 17 Native parentage 24 

Males 21 Foreign parentage 5 

Females 17 Mixed parentage 9 

Marriages 
"Whole number recorded 19 

Residents of Acton 18 Residents of other places ... 20 

Deaths 
Whole number recorded 41 

Residents of Acton 38 Residents of other places ... 3 

Occurring in Acton 33 Occurring in other places . . 8 

Average age in years, 63 plus. 

The town clerk requests information of any errors or omissions 
in the list of births, marriages, and deaths. 

The town clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared to fur- 
nish blanks for the return of births and deaths. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



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Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1922 

Allen, W. Stuart $2 . 00 1 Farrell, Mary 2.00 



Allen, Mrs. P. W. 
Amadon, L. Q. . , 



2.00|Fullonton, L. T. 
5,00 



2.00 



Fletcher, Charles J 2.00 

Flynn, Edith M 5.00 

Fletcher, Lester N 2 . 00 

Fobes, E. S 5.00 

Foley, Patrick J 2.00 

Ford, Charles L 10.00 

Freeman, Richard 5 . 00 

French, C. H 2.00 

Ford, I. S 2.0a 

Goodrich, Horace M 2.00 

Coward, Annie R 5 . 00 

Bradford, Fred W. R. ... 2.00 1 Green, Catherine 2.00 

Bradbury, Rolfe 2.00 j Griffin, Isabella 2.00' 



Akers, Fred 4 . 00 

Anderson, Rufus 2.00 

Baker, Martin 5.00 

Braman, James W 2 . 00 

Braman, Benjamin E 2.00 

Brown, Murray 2 . 00 

Burke, Olive V 2.00 

Billings, Howard J 7.00 

Baxter, Charles T 9.00 

Butler, H. B 5.00 



Brill, Fred E 9.00 

Brown, James A 2 . 00 

Bulette, Frank W 7.00 

Berry, James N 5 . 00 

Chaffin, Nancy S 2.00 

Carlisle, S. F., Jr 5.00 

Campbell, Leland H 2.00 

Cnmming's, George P 2 . 00 

Carlson, Christian 7 . 00 

Clapp, Barbara 2.00 



Hall, Edgar H., Jr 2.00^ 

Hingley, John W 5.00' 

Hastings, Ralph L 2.00 

Hollowell, William T 2.00' 

Hayes, Michael G 2.00^ 

Hansen, Otto 2. 00 

Haynes, Albert L 2.00 

Hayward, Earl 2 . 00 

Holden, F. H 4.00 

Holland, John H 5.00 



Cahill, Jack 2.00 iHalberg, S. G. . . . 



2.00 



Chase, A. M 2.00 

Capelle, C. H 2.00 

Casavov, Alfred B 2.00 

Charter, W. W 2.00 

Conquest, James 2.00 

Chaffin, Myron L 2.00 

Clapp, George E 2.00 

Coughlin, John F., Jr 2.00 

Comstock, M. M 2.00 

Durkee, Raymond F 2 . 00 

Doten, Wallace V 2 . 00 

Durkee, Charles A 5.00 

Densmore, Joseph 2.00 

Davis, Wendell F 4.00 

Daniels, Gertrude C 2 . 00 

DeFegueredo, Antonio ... 2.00 

DeSousa, Ben 2.00 

Duren, Roy L 2.00 

Enright, John M 2.00 

Edney, E. Esther 2.00 

Edwards, A. J 2 . 00 

Phnerson, Arthur W 2 . 00 

Fole3^ Mary 2.00 



Hindle, Arthur 2 . 00 

Holden, Willis L 2 .00 

Jones, Karl 2.0O 

Jones, Ralph T 5.00 

Jones, Clara 2 . 00 

Jenks, Albert R 2.0O 

Jones, Warren H 5 . 00 

Johnson, E. E 2.00 

Knowlton, Helen A 2.00 

Kemp, H. M 2.00 

Kelley, Charles J 5.00 

Kelley, Julia T 2.00 

Kinislev, James 2 . 00 

Kimball, B. A 2.00 

Kennedy, Duncan S 2.00 

Kimbali, Elnathan J 23.00 

Kilmartin, William T 2.00 

LeClare, Edward L 2.0O 

Little, Edward M 2.00 

Lears, William 2.00 

Libby, George A 5.00 

Livermore, W. J 2.00 

Morse, Ernest S 2.00 



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2.00 


Moulton, Charles S. . . 




2.00 


Mills, Charles .... 


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Mekkelsen, Ida . . 


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Middleton, W. J. . 






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Morrison, F. D. . . . 






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2.00 


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2.00 


Perkins, A. H. ... 






2.00 


Perkins, Levi W. . 


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Pope, Benjamin . . 


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Pratt, Edward F. . 






2.00 


Priest, Henry L. . 




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Piscaer, Louis .... 






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Revnolds, Jesse C. 






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Reed, G. Howard . 






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Stokes, William 2.00 

Salmon, Paul 2.00 

Sanborn, Everett R 5.0.0 

Schofield, Harris 2.00 

Smith, George 1 2.00 

Smith, George A 2.00 

Smith, Ralph 2.00 

Smith, Hattie E 2.00 

Scanlon, William J 2.00 

Schnair, Charles H 2.00 

Scott, T. A. • 4.00 

Seamon, George A 5.00 

Shapley, Eva C 2.00 

Stearns, Clifton S 2.00 

Stiles, Frank 5.00 

Spinney, Margaret S 2 . 00 

Taylor,'' Spencer H 2.00 

Teele, Ernest R 2.00 

Tavlor, M. E. 2.00 

Todd, George S '. . . . 2.00 

Tucker, George S., Jr. . . . 7.00 

Tuttle, Arthur 2.00 

Tuttle, W. D 2.00 

Tripp, Horatio W 4.00 

Turnbull, George L 7.00 

Vallie, A. H 2.00 

Wheeler, Herbert L 2.00 

Weaver, George T 25.00 

W^ard, Mary E 2.00 

White, E. L 2.00 

Watkins, J. H 6.00 

Webster, George A 2.00 

Willis, Ora J 2.00 

Wood, Jessie 2.00 



163 licenses at $2.00 $326.00 

34 licenses at $5.00 170.00 

1 license at $25.00 25.00 

Deduct fees, 198 licenses at 20c each 

Due county treasurer, 1921 account . . , 



$521.00 
39.60 



$481.40 
7.20 



$488.60 



51 

June 1, 1922. Paid county treasurer $204 . 00 

Dec. 1, 1922. Paid county treasurer 276.20 

Dec. 31. 1922. Due county treasurer on 1922 

account 8 . 40 



$488.60 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year ending 
December 31, 1922 : 

Appropriation $10,000.00 

Received from state 3,450.00 

Special for Cemetery road 2,200.00 

$15,650.00 

Received for use of roller 565.00 

$16,215.00 

Amount expended $16,932.92 

This amount was expended as follows : 

Scraping and cleaning gutters $1,699 . 96 

Repairing and cleaning culverts and drains 889 . 52 

Oil 1,818 . 40 

Sand and labor 1,263 . 58 

Patching and labor 725 . 60 

Patching material 218 . 56 

Resurfacing 869 . 00 

Scarefying and re-shaping approximately 2,000 square 

yards 1,419.55 

Dragging ,. . 326.50 

Re-building drain in West Acton 431 . 90 

Repairing bridge at East Acton 368 . 65 

Repairing bridge at Powder Mill 202 . 90 

Repairing bridge on Concord road 68 . 20 

Washouts and fences 420 . 51 

General repairs to machines and tools 783.94 

Re-building 1850 feet on Cemetery road 2,444.21 

Graveling [ 2,981.94 



$16,932.92 
Some of the larger graveling jobs were on the road from Pope's 
Corner to Carlisle line, about 1800 feet; on the road from house of 
Luther Conant's to the State road, about 800 feet; on the Town Farm 
road, about 2000 feet; on Easterbrook road, about 600 feet; on River 
street. South Acton, about 800 feet; on road near Parker's crossino-, 



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about 500 feet; on road from house of A. H. Perkins, to Middlesex 
farm, about 600 feet. Also many small jobs of patching in different 
parts of the town. 

Upon looking over the equipment of the street department, I 
found that the town had very little with which to work : Two scrap- 
ers, which were badly in need of repairs ; very few small tools ; the 
:steam roller was in very bad condition, which required an overhaul- 
ing, at a cost of nearly $500. 

The crushing plant was looked over and it was estimated it 
would cost over $1,000 to put it in working order. After considering 
the age and condition of this plant, it was decided not to operate 
<irusher this year. A contract was made with Mr. Kingsley to fur- 
nish crushed stone delivered on job for $2.40 per ton. 

I would recommend that the town consider the purchase of some 
road building equipment. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALFRED W. DAVIS, 

Superintendent of Streets. 



ASSESSORS' REPORT, 1922 



Buildings, exclusive of land $1,334,495.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 566,675.00 

Personal estate 577,995.00 



$2,479,165.00 
Valuation, April 1, 1921 ,. 2,434,825.00 



Increase in valuation $44,340.00 

Rate of taxation, $35.30. 
Tax assessed as follows : 

^eaX estate $67,111.55 

Personal estate 20,403.34 

Polls 3,630.00 



$91,144.89 

Moth tax 28.03 

Amount of money raised : 

State tax $5,400.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

County tax 3,430.26 

Town grant 75,888 . 17 

Overlay 2,675.26 

Special state poll tax ($3.00 each poll) . . . 2,178.00 



ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
HENRY L. HAYNES. 



$91,144.89 



53 
COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1920 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1922 $734. 56 

Interest collected 72 . 37 

$806.93 

Cr. 

Paid treasurer $782 . 12 

Abatements 1 . 57 

$783.69 
Uncollected January 1, 1923 $23 . 24 



$23.24 



1921 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1922 $11,470.75 

December assessment 10 . 00 

Interest collected 312.89 

$11,793.64 

Cr. 

Paid treasurer $8,198.83 

Abatements 30.26 

$8,229.09 
Uncollected January 1, 1923 $3,564.55 

$3,564.55 

1922 Taxes 
Town, state and county taxes committed to 

collector, October 1, 1922 $91,144.89 

Interest collected 54.64 

Moth tax 28.08 

$91,227.61 

Cr. 

Paid treasurer $71,645.73 

Abatements 557.28 

$72,203.01 

Uncollected January 1, 1923 $19,024. 60 

$19,024.60 

HENRY L. HAYNES. 



54 
REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



January 1, 1923. 
The Board of Health submits the following report for the year 
1922: 

Burial permits issued in Acton 33 

Burial permits of non-residents 20 

List of contagious diseases reported by the board of health, 
January 1, 1922, to January 1, 1923 : 

Chicken pox 30 

German measles 1 

Trachoma 1 

Measles 9 

Scarlet fever 1 

Tuberculosis (Pulmonary) 3 

Typhoid fever 1 

Whooping cough 2 

(Death none.) 
Your board would recommend that $1,000 be appropriated for 
use of the board for the present year. > 

Respectfully submitted, 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

By C. A. Durkee, Agent. 

CATTLE INSPECTOR'S REPORT 
For Year 1922 



I hereby submit the following report for year 1922 : 
Inspected : 

Cows 547 1 Swine 80 

Young cattle 175 1 Goats 5 

Bulls 27 I Stables inspected 121 

Quarantined in the year : Twelve cattle condemned as being 
affected with tuberculosis and taken by the state. 

FRED S. WHITCOMB, 

Inspector of Animals. 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 

January 1, 1923. 

To the Honorable Board of Health : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report as inspector of slaugh- 
tering from January 1st, 1922, to January 1st, 1923 : 



Cattle 120 

Veal 404 

Hogs . , 85 

609 



Condemned 17 

Condemned 22 

Condemned 



39 
C. A. DURKEE, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



55 

REPORT OF DEMONSTRATION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND 
HOME ECONOMICS IN THE TOWN OF ACTON 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1922 



An appropriation of $300 was made at the annnal town meet- 
ing* for demonstration work nnder the direction of the Middlesex 
Count}'" Bureau of Agriculture and Home Economics. Following is 
a report of the work done by this organization in Acton: 

Agents of the Bureau have made 164 farm and home visits. 
The County Agricultural Agent gave a poultry-culling demonstra- 
tion and judged at the Acton Fair. The Home Demonstration Agent 
held a program meeting to plan work for the coming year ; also two 
two-day millinerj- classes at which sixty-two women learned how 
to make hats. 

The Dental Clinic made a visit to the town in March and the 
work has shown good results. 

Bureau moving pictures were shov/n five times to a total 
audience of 845. 

Acton is one of the leading towns in the County in boys' and 
girls' Club work. Club Agents have held over 100 meetings with 
boys' and girls' Clubs during the year and they co-operated with 
the officials of the Acton Fair in making their Junior Department 
a big success. In addition to this, a big, joint exhibit was held in 
the Acton town hall in the spring, showing the work of Home 
Economics and Poultry Clubs. Two of the ten Countj^ champion- 
ships came to Acton, being won by Charles Howe in Gardening- 
and Margaret Raynor in Bread-making. The death of Margaret 
Raynor in the Spring was one of the greatest single losses ever 
suffered by Club Avork in the State. She was an untiring worker 
and a successful leader in all Club activities. 

There were ninety-eight boys and girls enrolled in twelve or- 
ganized Clubs in the town, divided as follows : Home Economics, 
29; Poultry, 23; Garden, 25; Canning, 21. 

Middlesex County continues to lead all others in the United 
States in the number of boys and girls enrolled in Club projects. 
There were 2,965 enrolled in various Club projects and they pro- 
duced $75,475 worth of products during the year. All of these 
young people were under the leadership of Agents of the Count}' 
Bureau and 184 paid and volunteer local leaders. 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1922 



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

FRED W. GREEN, 
LYMAN TUTTLE, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Cemetery Commissioners. 



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REPORT OP TOWN NURSE 



As Town Nurse of Acton, I respectively submit the following 
report from May 17, to December 31, 1922. 

No. district calls 752 

No. home calls or follow-up work 96 

No. contagious cases found in school 14 

No. calls or follow up on T. B. work 9' 

Baby welfare calls 21 

Child welfare calls 11 

Prenatal calls 5 

First aid to • 24 

Anesthetics given ' 2 

Confinement 2 

Health talks 26 

Children brought home ill from school 4 

No. hours spent in schools 187 

All school children having been examined as per requirement 
of school regulations. 

IDA BREIDENBACH, R. N. 



66 

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ACTON 
MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1922 



Trustees 



BYank R. Knowlton 
George T. Ames 
Lucius A. Hesselton 
Horace. F. Tuttle 



*Luther Conant ; President 
E. Faulkner Conant; Secretary 
Caroline L. Brown 
•J. Sidney White 

*Died November 13, 1922. 

The trustees of the Memorial Library respectfully submit their 
annual report for 1922, including the report of the librarian and 
the list of books added in 1922. The receipts and expenditures for 
the year ending December 31, 1922 are shown in the report of the 
treasurer and town accountant. 

The trustees ask for the folloMdng appropriations : 
For current expenses $700 

For purchase of books $200 

The death of Mr. Luther Conant has created another vacancj^ 
in the corporate body. He was the last surviving member of the 
corporate board named by the donor, Mr. Wilde, and president 
of the board since its organization in 1890. Mr. Conant was born 
in Acton, in 1831 ; his long life was lived on the ancestral farm. By 
some living he is remembered as their teacher in the public schools of 
this town. For forty years he presided as moderator of the town 
meetings. Twice he was chosen a representative to the State Legis- 
lature. He was an ardent lover of his native town, proud of its 
patriotic history and always sought to maintain its best traditions 
as a citizen. 

Acton has reason to remember gratefully Mr. Conant for his 
generous public service and the large place he filled in town 
affairs. 

For the trustees, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE. 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 1922 



Accessions: No. of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1922, 14.660. 

Increase by purchase 354, of which 18 were obtained by binding 
magazines. Increase by gift 60. Total increase, 414. 

Number of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1923, 15,074. 

Circulatio'n : Number of days the Library was opened 101 : 
Number of volumes circulated 10,735 ; daily average circulation, 
106 plus ; largest daily circulation 207, Feb. 25 ; smallest daily circu- 
lation 43, Aug. 16. 

Received from fines, etc $61 . 16 

Expended for postage, etc 5.66 



Sent to Town Treasurer $60.50 



67 



Gifts of books have been received from the following sources: 
U. S. Government, 5 ; State of Massachusetts, 12 ; Charlotte H. Allen, 
1; Family of Wilmer Atkinson, 1; Earl Barker, 2; Addie M. Chase, 
8; T. Condon, 1; A. J. Fraser, 1; Mrs. E. P. Gates, 1; Mrs. Orman 
Greenwood, 1 ; American Jewish Committee, 1 ; Manson Kimball, 2 ; 
Mrs. James M. Lawton, 1 ; Claudia Q. Murphy, 1 ; Frank E. Parsons, 
7; Benjamin Pope, 4; President L. D. S., 1; Reading Class Acton 
Woman's Club, 1; Yozo Tamura, 2; Artemas "Ward, 1; Estate of 
Charles J. Williams, 6. Total 60 

ARTHUR P. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



NON-FICTION 



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Anderson, R. — An artillery officer in the Mexican War 

1846-47-922 
Anon, — Cement houses and private garages 
Anon, — Suburban homes 

Armstrong, Sir W. — Art in Great Britain and Ireland 
Atkinson, W. — Wilmei^ Atkinson an Autobiography 
Avers, L, P. — The war with Germany, a statistical sum 

mary 
Barber, E. A. — Salt Glazed Stoneware 
Barnard,IT. C. — The expansion of the Anglo Saxon nations 909B259e 
Benson, A. C, and Latham, H. F. W. — Men of Might 

studies of great characters 920B474m 

Bingham, H.— Inca land 918B613i 

Bok, E.— The Americanization of Edward Bok 922B686b 

Bradley,F.C.B.— The Boston & Maine Railroad, a history 974.5B811b 

tory 974.5B811b 

Brown, A. — Louise Imogene Guiney 922G964b 

Brown, F. C— Letters and lettering 74B8771 

Brown, J. P. — Intervals, chords and ear training 78B878i 

Brubacher, A. R.— The Volume Library 03B946v 

Bryce, J. — Modern Democracies, 2 vols. 32B916m 

Buell, J. — The Grange Master and the Grange Lecturer 36B928g 

Buell, L.— The Washington Conference 32B928w 

Burdett, R. J.— Old time and Young Tom 81B951o 

Burroughs, J.— The last harvest 81B9721a 

Burton, T. E., and Selden, G. C— A century of prices 33B974c 

Cole, T., and Others — A landscape book by American 

artists 
Comerford, F. — The new world 
Cornish, C. J. — Garnett, R. and Loftie, W. J. Isle of 

Wight, Richmond on Thames, Whitehall 
Couture, T. — Conversations on art methods 
Crandall L. S. — Pets, their history and care 
Daudet, A. — Memoirs of a man of letters 
Daudet, A. — Thirty years in Paris 
Daudet, Land E.— Alphonse Daudet and the Daudet family 925D238d 
Davis, J. J.— The iron puddler 922D262d 



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Dewey, J. — Schools of to-morrow 

Dole, N. H. Translator — Odes of Anacreon 

Duane, J. T.— Dear Old K 

Dukes, Sir P. — Red dusk and the morrow 

Eaton, W. P. — Penguin Persons and Peppermints 

Eaton, W. P. — Skyline Camps 

Edwards, A. — The old coast road from Boston 

Plymouth 
Fabre, J. H. — The glow worm and other beetles 
Fabre, J. H. — More hunting wasps 
Garnett, J. M. — Beowelf an Anglo Saxon poem 
Fedden, R. — Modern "Watercolor 
Fletcher, W. L. — How to get the job you want 
Ford, H. — My life and work 
Fowler, N. C. Jr. — How to get and keep a job 
Franck, H. A. — Working north from Patagonia 
Franklin, F. — What Prohibition has done to America 
Freeman, L. R. — Down the Columbia 
Garland, H. — A son of the Middle Border 
Garland, H. — A daughter of the Middle Border 
<Tarnett, J. M. — Beowelf an Anglo Saxon poem 
Garrett, J. H. — The Idyllic Avon 
iGeorge, A. E., and Cooper, E. H. — Pictorial history of 

the 26th Division U. S. Army 
'Gibbs, P. — Now it can be told 
Gore, J. R. — The boyhood of Abraham Lincoln 
Grey, Z. — Tales of lonely trails 
Griffith, I. S. — Carpentry 
Hagedorn, H. — Roosevelt in the Bad Lands 
Hall, C. A. — How to use the microscope 



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57H174h 



-Hammond, J. H., and Jenks, J. W. — Great American Issues 32H226g 
Hartt, R. L.— The people at play 79H325p 
HasluckjP. 'N. — Dynamos and Electric motoirs 62H352d 
.Hasluck,P. N. — Practical graining and marbling 67H352p 
Hayward, W. B. — Bermuda past and present 917.29H427b 
Higginbottom, S. — The gospel and the plow 26H635g 
Holland W. J.— The moth book 59H737m 
Hoskins, IT. L. — Guide to Latin American history 918H826g 
Hudson, W. H.— Idle days in Patagonia 918H866i 
Hudson, W. H.— A Shepherd's life 914.2H866s 
Jackson, A. T. — The diary of a forty-niner 922J125J 
Jeffery, J. A. — Text book of land drainage 63J45t 
Kellogg, J. H. — Colon hygiene 61K29c 
Krehbiel, H. E. — A second book of operas 78K92s 
Leslie, C. R.— Memoirs of the life of John Constable R. A. 924C7561 
Levinger, L. J.— A Jewish Chaplain in France 940L665J 
Logan, T. F. — Manchuria, land of opportunity 915.1 L831m- 
Lowell, A.— Six French Poets : . 81L914s 
Lowry, E. G. — Washington close-ups 921L921w 
McCook, H. C. — Ant communities and how they are gov- 
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Maine, H. S. — Ancient Law 

Martyn, C. — The life of Artemns "Ward 

Melden, C. M.— From Slave to Citizen 

Moore, A. — Odes of Pindar 

Moreau, A. — A day in the Moon 



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Morison, S. E. — Maritime history of Massachusetts 1783- 

1860 974.5M861m 

Morris, R. T.— Nut growing 63M877n 

Murphy, C. Q.— The history of the art of table setting 64M9782h 
Neill, B. D.— The history of Minnesota 977.6N411h 

O'Brien, E. J.— Distant music 81013d 

Packard, Yf .— Wildwood ways 81P119wi 

Packard, W.— Woodland paths 81P119w 

Paine, J. K. — The history of music 78P145h 

Paine, T.— Rights of man 32P147r 

Paley, F. A. Translator — Selections from Aristophanes 

and Lucian 88P158s 

Perry, H.— Theories of Energy 53P463t 

Phelps, W. L. — Essays on Modern Dramatists 81P541e 

Pilsworth, B. S. — Process Engraving 76P643p 

Preyer, D. C. — The art of the Metropolitan Museum of 

New York 75P944a 

Prout, H. G.— A life of George Westinghouse 922W529p 

Quennell, M., and C. H. B. — -A history of everyday things in 

England 942Q3h 

Rhodes, J. F.— Historical essays 904R476b 

Robinson, W. J. — Forging the sword 940R666f 

Rogers, W. A.— A world worth while 922R731r 

Roof, K. M.— The life and art of William Merritt Chase 922C4872r 
Root, H. W.— The ways of the circus 922C752r 

St. John, B. — North American students and world 

advance 26S143n 

Saliers, B. A. — Financial statements made plain 33S165f 

Salway, J. — The art of drawing in lead pencil 74S186a 

Scott, J. A.— The Unity of Homer 88S427u 

Schevill, F.— The history of the Balkan Peninsula. 949S328h 

Scrimshaw, S. — Bricklaying in modern practice 69S4341t 

Seaman, G. W. — Progressive steps in Architectural draw- 
ing 72S4385p 
Selden, G. C— Bond yields at a glance 33S464b 
Selden, G. C— Investing for profit 33S464i 
Shaler, J. — The pleasures of literature and the solace 

of books . 80S528]) 

Shute, H. A.— The country band 81S562e 

Singleton, E.— The story of the White House 973S617s 

Slosson, E. E. — Creative Chemistry 66S634c 

Smith, J. Translator— The book of Mormon 29S653b 

Speakman, H.— Beyond Shanghai 915.1S741b 

Spencer, E. and Cobb, J. C— Fish cookery 64S745f 

Stefansson, V.— The friendly Arctic 919.8S817f 

Stevenson, B. E. _^Ed, — Poems of American History 81S847p 



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Stevenson, W. Y.— At the front, in a flivver 940SS48p. 

Stoddard, L.— The new world of Islam 32S867n 

Stone, A. P. and Garrison S. L. — Essentials of argument 80S878e 

Swift, E. J.— Learning by doing 37S9771 

ToAvne, C. H. — Autumn loiterers 81T744a 

U. S. War Department — Citizens Military training camps 35W253c 

Van Loon, H. W. — The golden book of Dutch Navigators 910V261g 

Verrill, A. H. — The home radio, how to make and use it 62V555ho 

Villehardouin and DeJoinville^Memoirs of the Crusades 940V734m 

Washburn, F. L.— The rabbit book 63W315r 

Wells, H. G.— The outline of history ^ 909W454o 

White, J. A. — Practical amateur wireless stations 62W5852p 

Whiteiy, 0.— The story of Opal 922W594w 

Whiting, J. D. — Practical illustration 75W598p 
Whymper, F. — Travel and adventure in the territory of 

Alaska 
Williams, W. — What's on the worker's mind? 
Wohlfahat, H. — Guide to musical composition 



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FICTION 

Abdullah, A. — Night drums xil36n 
Adams, S. H. — Success A127s 
Atherton, G.— Transplanted A868tr 
Atkinson, E. — Johnny Appleseed A875J 
Baeheller, I. — Keeping up with Lizzie B121k 
Bacheller, L— Silas Strong B121s 
Balzac, H. De— The. wild Ass's skin B198w 
Bennett, A.— The roll-call B471r 
Blindloss, H. — The man from the Avilds B612ma 
Birch, W.— Apache gold B617a 
Birmingham, G. A. — Adventures of the night B619ad 
Bone, D. W.— The brass bounder B712b 
Bottome, P. — The second fiddle B751s 
Bower, B. M.— The thunder bird B786t 
Broadhurst and Hornblow — Bought and paid for B863b 
Buck, C. N.— A pagan of the hills B922p 
Buck, C. N.— When Bearcat went dry B922w 
Burnham,C. L. — Heart's haven B966h 
Burroughs, E. R.— The war lord of Mars B972w 
Burt, K. N.— The branding iron B973b 
Butler, I— Tales from the old French B9862t 
Canfield, D.— The squirrel cage C222s 
Chamberlain, N. H. — The autobiography of a New Eng- 
land farm house C4432a 
Chapman, A. — Mystery ranch C466w 
Cody, H. A.— The touch of Abner C671t 
Cody, H. A. — Under sealed orders C671u 
Cody, H. A. — The unknown wrestler C671un 
Cohen, 0. R.— Gray dusk C678g 
Comstock, H. P.— A son of the hills C739s 
Connolly, J. B.— Tide rips C743ti 



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Coolidge, D. — Eimrock Jones C7742r 

Curwood, J. 0. — Baree Son of Kazan C982b 

Curwood, J. 0.— Flower of the North C982f 

Curwood, J. 0. — The gold hunters C982g'o 

Ciirwood, J. 0. — The golden snare • C982g 

Curwood, J. 0. — The grizzly King C982gr 

Curwood, J. 0. — Nomads of the North C982n 

Curwood, J. 0. — The wolf hunters C982w 

Dana, M.— The shooting of Dan McGraw D169s 

Daudet, A. — The Evangelist and Eose and Ninette D238e 

Daudet, A. — The immortal and the struggle for life D238i 

Daudet, A. — The support of the family D238s 

Dell, E.— The obstacle race D357o 

Dell, E. — ^The safety curtain D357sa 

Dell, E.— The swindler D357s 

Dell, E.— The tidal wave D357ti 

Dodge, H. I. — Skinner's dress suit D644s 

Fletcher, J. S.— The Talleyrand and Maxim D613t 

Eraser, W. A. — The three sapphires F842t 

Gibbs, G.— The bolted door G442bo 

Gibbs, G.— The yellow dove G442y 

Glass, M. — Potash and Perlmutter ' G549p 

Gregor, B. R, — The son of rolling thunder G818s 

Gregory, J. — The outlaw G822o 

Gregory, J.— The short cut G822sh 

Gregory, J.— Six feet four G822s 

Gregory, J.— Wolf breed G822w 

Grey, Z.— The red headed outfield G842re 

Grey, Z.— To the last man G842t 

Grey, Z.— "Wild fire G842w 

Grismer, J. R, — Way down East G869w 

Hawthorne, N. — Doliver romance H3995d 

Hay, J. Jr. — The man who forgot H413m 

Hemon, L. — Maria Chapdelaine H489m 

Hines, J.— The blue streak H662b 

Hueston, E. — Leave it to Doris H8871 

Hueston, E. — Prudence of the Parsonage H887p 

Hueston, E. — Prudence says so H887pr 

Hueston, E. — Sunny slopes H887s 

Hughes, E.— What will people say H894w 

Hutchinson, A. S. M.— This freedom H975t 

Ibanez, B. — The mayflower II 2m 

Johnston, M. — Lewis Eand J731e 

Johnston, W. — The apartment next door J739a 

Johnston, W. — The mystery of the Eitsmore J739m 

Johnston, W. — The tragedy at the beach club J739t 

Kendall, E. S.— Benton of the Eoyal Mounted K33b 

Knibbs, H. H. — Jim Waring of Sonoratown K69j 

Knibbs, H. H.— Stephen March's way K69st 

Kummer, P. A.— The web K96w 

Kyne, P. B.— The long chance K991 



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Kyne, P. B. — Webster man's man 

LeBlanc, M.— The teeth of the Tiger 

Lee, J. — The other Susan 

Leroux, G. — The mystery of the yellow room 

Leverage, H. — The white cipher 

Locke, W. J. — The rough road 

Locke, W. J. — The wonderful year 

London, J. — The faith of men 

London, J. — The house of pride 

London, J. — South Sea tales 

London, J. — The strength of the strong 

Lutz, G. L. H. — The best man 

Lutz, G. L. H. — The mystery of Mary 

Lutz, G. L. H. — Phoebe Deane 

Lutz, G. L. H. — The witness 

McCutcheon, G. B. — Quill's window 

MacGowan and Newberry, P. — The million dollar suitcase 

MacGrath, H. — The drums of jeopardy 

Maniates, B. K. — Amarilly of clothesline alley 

Marshall, E. and 15 Others — 0. Henry Memorial Prize 

Stories of 1921 M3675o 

Martin, H. R.— Barnabetta M381b 

Martyn, W.— The secret of the Silver Car M388s 

Melville, H.— Moby Dick M5315m 

Mitchell, D. G.— Fudge doings M681f 

Mulford, C. B. — Buck Peters, ranchman M955b 

Mulford, C. E.— Johnny Nelson, M955J 

Norris, K. — Sisters N856si 

Oemler, M. C— Slippy McGee 028s 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The great Prince Shan 062gr 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Nobody's man 062n 

Oyen, H.— Big flat 0972b 

Packard, F. L. — The miracle man P119m 

Patterson, J. E. — The passage of the barque Sappho P317p 

Porter, E. H. — ^Across the years P844a 

Porter, E. H.— Oh, Money! Money! P844o 

Porter, E. H.— The tangled threads P844t 

Porter, E. H.— The tie that binds P844ti 

Porter, G. S. — The song of the Cardinal P845s 

Raine, W. M.— Brand blotters Rl55b 

W. M.— The highgrader R155h 

W. M.— Mavericks RloSma 

W. M. — The pirates of Panama R155p 

M. — Ridge way of Montana R155i* 

The Sheriff's Son R155s 

Steve Yeager R155st 

W. M.— A Texas ranger R155t 

"W. M.— The vision splendid R155v 

W. M.— "Wyoming R155w 

The silent bullet R331s 

-The treasure train R331t 



Raine, 

Raine, 

Raine, 

Raine, 

Raine, 

Raine, 

Raine, 

Raine, 

Raine, 

Reeve, A. B.- 

Reeve, A. B. 



W. 

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Kinehart, M. R.— More Fish R579in 

Rinehart, M. R. — When a man marries R579w 

Rohlf, Mrs. C. — The mystery of the Lasty arrow R738my 

Ryan, M. E.— That girl Montana R989t 

Ryan, M. E.— The treasure trail R989tr 

Scott, M.— Tom Cringle's log S428t 

Sears, C. E.— The romance of Fiddler's Green S439r 

Seltzer, C. A.— The Boss of the Lazy Y S468b 

Seltzer, C. A. — The ranchman S468ra 

Seltzer, C. A. — The range boss S468r 

Service, R. W.— The trail of ninety eight S491t 

Sidgwick, Mrs. A.— The Black Night S568b 

Simpson, R. — The bite of Benin S613b 

Sinclair, B. W.— North of fifty-three S6165n 

Smith, S. K.— Tamrisk town S659t 

Snaith, J. C— The sailor S669s 

Snaith, J. C— The Van Roon S669v 

Sterrett, F. R. — Rebecca's promises S838r 

Stockley, C— Blue Aloes S865b 

Sully — American love tales S953a 

Sully — English love tales S953e 

Sully — German love tales - S953g 

Sully — Irish love tales S953i 

Sully — Scotch love tales S953s 

Vance, L. J.— The dark mirror V2222d 

Van Schaik, G. — The peace of roaring river V278p 

Wallace, E.— Jack 'Judgment W188J 

Webster, H. K. — An American family W3812a 

Weston, G.— Oh Mary be careful! W535o 

Weston, G. — You never saw such a girl W535y 

Wharton, E. — The glimpses of the moon W553gl 

White, E. L.— The song of the Sirens W5832s 

White, G. M.— Rose 0' Paradise W5845p 

White, G. M. — The shadow of the sheltering pines W5845sh 

White, G. M.— Storm country Polly W5845s 

White, G. M.— Tess of the storm country W5845t 

White, S. E.— Arizona nights W588a 

White, S. E.— The riverman W588ri 

White, S. E.— Simba W588si 

Yi^hite, W. P.— The rider of the Golden Bar W5892r 

Williams, B. A. — All the brothers were valiant W721a 

Williamson, C. N. and A. M.— The brightener W729b 

JUVENILE 

Ames, J. B. — Torrance from Texas JA514t 

Anon — The gingerbread boy JAlOOgi 

Anon — The golden blackbird JAlOOg 

Anon — Mother Goose book JAlOOmo 

Babson, R. W. — A Central American journey JBllSc 

Bailey, A. S.— The tale of Jolly Robin JB154te 

Bailey, A. S.— The tale of old Dog Spot JB154tc 

Bailey, C. S. — Hero stories JB155h 



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Bailey, M. — The little man with one shoe JB15551 

Bigham, M. A. — Stories of Mother Goose village JB592s 

Blanehard, A. E.— Becky JB639be 

Borthwick, J. D.— The gold hunters JB739g 

Botsford, C. A.— At the front JB748a 

Burgess, T. W.— Blacky the Crow JB955bl 

Burgess, T. W. — Whitefoot the woodmouse JB955w 

Chaffee, A.— Lost river JC4331 

Cheley, F. H. — Camp fire yams JC5161c 

Eaton, W. P. — Boy Scouts at Crater Lake JE14bs 

Ellis, E. S. — Storm mountain JE47st 

Gates, E.— The little poor rich girl JG2591 

Gordon, E.— Flower children JG6621f 

Gordon, E.— Wild flower children JG6621w 

Gray, J.— Bouncing Bet JB779b 

Grey, Z.— The short-stop JG842s 

Grey, Z.— The young forester JG842y 

Grey, Z. — The young lion hunter JG842yp 

Grey, Z. — The young pitcher JG842yo 

Grover, E. 0.— The overall boys JG883o 

Harris, M. C. — Journej^s of Johnny Jack-rabbit JH315.i 

Hendrj^x, J. B. — Connie Morgan in the fur country JH498c 
Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and Sister Sue on an Auto 

tour JH791bg 
Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and Sister Sue in the big 

Woods JH791bf 

Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and Sister Sue and their 

Shetland Pony JH791be 

Hope, L. L. — Six little Bunkers at Grandma Bell's JH791s 

Kelland, C. B. — Catty Atkins, riverman JK291ca 

Knipe, E. B. and A. A. — Diantha's guest JK69d 

Lang, A. — The green fairy book JL269g 

Lippincott, J. W. — Gray Squirrel JL765g 

McDonald, I. T.— On his toes JM1355o 

Mathewson, C— First Base Faulkner JM4382f 

Mathewson, C— Pitcher Pollock JM4382pi 

Mathiews, F. K. — The boy scout book of Camp fire 

stories JM431b 

Maule, M. K.— The little Knight of X Bar B JM449i 

Morrison, G. W.— The girls of Central High JM8791g 

Pairpoint, N. M. — Jacinth and her friends JP148:j 

Pyle, K.— Six little ducklings JP9965s 

Pyle, K.— Three little kittens • JP9965tlL 

Pyle, K.— Two little mice JP9965tw 

Ripley, G. S. — Games for boys JK589g 

Ruxton, G. F.— In the old West JR984i 

Saunders, M. — Boy the wandering dog JS2575bo 

Sexton, B. — Gray wolf stories JS518g 

Smith, M. E. E.— Eskimo stories JS654e 

Tarkington, B. — Penrod and Sam JT176pe 



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Theiss, L. E. — The young wireless operator with the 

oyster fleet 
Tolman, A. W. — Jim Spurling, millman 
Tomlinson, E. T. — The mysterious rifleman 
Van Loon, H. W. — Ancient man 
Verhoff, C. — All about Johnny Jones 
Wallace, D. — The young Arctic traders 
Watson, F. and Others — This year's book for boys 
White, E. 0. — Peggy in her blue frock 

JUVENILE HISTORY 
Prescott, D. R. — A day in a colonial home 

BOUND MAGAZINES 
Atlantic — July-December, 1921. Jan. -June, 1922. 
Century— May-Oct., 1921. Nov., 1921-April, 1922 
Harpers— June-Nov., 1921. Dec, 1921-May, 1922. 
National Geographic — July-Dec, 1921. Jan.-June, 1922 
Popular Mechanics — Jan.-June, 1921. July-Dec, 1921 

January-June, 1922. 
Review of Reviews — July-Dec, 1921. Jan.-June, 1922 
Scribners — July-Dec, 1921. Jan.-June, 1922. 
St. Nicholas— May-October, 1921. 
Worlds Work— May-Oct., 1921. Nov., 1921-April, 1922. 



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Annual Report Smithsonian Institution — 1920. 

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General laws of Mass. — 1921. 

Journal Senate Mass. — 1921. 

Journal House of Representatives Mass. — 1921. 

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Report Librarian of Congress — 1921. 

Report Mass. G. A. R. Encampment— 1921-1922. 

Report on Municipal finances Mass. — 1920. 

35th Annual Report Interstate Commerce Commission. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1922 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1923 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 



1923 

March 22, 1923— Winter term closes. 
April 2, 1923 — Spring term opens. 
June 16, 1923 — Spring term closes. 

1923-'24 
Sept. 4, 1923— Fall term opens. 

Thanksgiving recess — Thanksgiving and the day following. 
Dec. 21. 1923— Fall term ends. 
Jan. 2, 1924 — Winter term begins. 



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. 

The same is true of Armistice day, November 11. 



STANDING RULES 



Kule I. Children shall not be admitted to the public schools 
until they are six years of age, excepting that children who are six 
by first of that calendar year following opening of school in Septem- 
ber, may be admitted with the approval of the superintendent of 
schools. 

Rule II. 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 III. 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 IV. Pupils shall be held responsible for books loaned to 
them until returned to the teacher. 

Rule V. No repairs shall be made upon the public property in 
the care of the school committee except by their authorized agents. 

Rule VI. There shall be no signal for ''no school" on stormy 
or inclement days, but parents shall determine in their individual 
cases whether it is expedient to send their children to school or not. 

Rule VII. Schools in the different buildings shall be 'SlYq and 
one-quarter hours long, including one 15-minute recess. Primary 
rooms shall have an outdoor recess each afternoon ; other rooms shall 
have a recess of sufficient length to allow pupils to go to basements 
or outhouses. Deviation from these hours shall be made only with 
the consent of the superintendent, and shall be reported by him to 
the school committee at its next monthly meeting. 

Rule VIII. Doors shall not be opened before the principals 
arrive. Pupils may be allowed to come to their rooms with the per- 
mission of their room teachers, and pupils coming in barges may 
enter the basements, if weather conditions make it advisable. 

Rule IX. The fire drill shall be given at least once in two 
weeks. 



ORGANIZATION 

School Committee 

Bertram E. Hall, secretary Term expires 1925 

Mrs. Mary Richardson Term expires 1925 

Frank Merriam Term expires 1924 

Mrs. Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1924 

Alden C. Flagg, chairman Term expires 1923 

Mrs. Lilly C. Case Term expires 192?. 

Superintendetnt 
Herman C. Knight, Littleton, Mass. 
Telephone, Littleton, 42-3. 
Attendance Officers 

Thomas Scanlon .West Ac^on 

Oliver D. Wood Acton 

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REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



We submit herew'ith our report of finances for the year 1922, 
and our estimate of requirements for 1923. 

Following these figures will be found the report of Superin- 
tendent Herman C. Knight, which the committee has accepted and 
endorsed. 

The committee regrets to report its inability to carry out the vote 
at the last town meeting regarding the fliish closets at the "West and 
Center schools, owing to a lack of sufficient appropriation. 

After the committee had secured plans and specifications, the 
parties making the first estimates declared the work could not be 
done for the sum appropriated. As both jobs must be done for the 
sum of $1800, we could not do one and leave the other ; so the whole 
matter was dropped until next town meeting, when we hope to give 
definite figures for this work. 

We are glad to show an unexpended balance this year, which is 
partly accounted for from the fact that we were unable to secure the 
usual supply of coal, and that fewer scholars entered Concord high 
school than v/as expected. 

Our total disbursements for the year amounts to $38,353.57, but 
the town has received reimbursement from the state and for dog tax 
the sum of $9,295.75, which brings the net cost down to $29,057.82.. 

ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR, 1923 
For general expenses: 

Salaries and other expenses of the com- 
mittee $175.00 

Salaries and other expenses of the super- 
intendent and truant officers 1,200 . 00 

For expenses of instruction: 

Tuition of pupils attending out-of-town 

schools 12,500.00 

Salaries of elementary school teachers ... 14,000.00 
For text books: 

Elementary schools 1,000.00 

For stationery and supplies: 

Elementary schools 250.00 

For expenses of operating school plants : 

Wages of janitors, fuel and miscellaneous 

expenses 3,500 . 00 

Maintenance and repairs 1,000.00 

For auxiliary agencies: 

Health 250.00 

For transportation: 

High school scholars 3,600.00 

Elementary scholars 3,400 . 00 



$40,875.00 



Reiceipts — School Account, 1922 

Income Massachusetts school fund $6,446.02 

Income tax 1,731 . 10 

Superintendent of schools fund 513 . 91 

Dog tax 404.72 



DISBURSEMENTS 



$9,295.75 



General Expenses 

School Committee 

Salaries : 
B. E. Hall, salary, 1922 $100.00 

Other expenses: 

B. E. Hall, telephone and postage $5.74 

A. C. Flagg, telephone and postage 4.81 

Albin L. Millan, legal advice 26.10 

Edw. E. Babb & Co., filing cabinet 7.78 

Wright & Potter, school blanks 2 . 05 

Bump Paper Fastener Co .96 



$47.44 



Superintendent of Schools and Enforcement of Law 

Salaries : 

Herman C. Knight, superintendent $825 . 12 

L. Edward Laird, truant officer 10 . 50 



Miscellaneous : 

Milton Bradley Co., calendar $ .90 

J. L. Hammett Co., supplies 8 .44 

Squanticook Printing Co., supplies 1.94 

Brown-Howland Co., supplies 7.29 

Thorp & Martin Co., scales 4.49 

Kenney Bros. & Walkins, table 20.00 

Herman C. Knight, freight and express 2 . 50 

Herman C. Knight, telephone, postage, 

stationery and travel 183 . 80 

N. E. Telephone & Telegraph Co 43.18 

Nellie M. Scanlon, superintendent 's clerk 123 . 67 



$835.62 



Expenses of Instruction 
Tuition : 

Town of Concord $11,559.19 

City of Lowell 907.80 



$396.21 



$12,466.99 



Salaries — ^Teachers 
Elementary : 

Helmi Myllykangas $1,231.62 

Doris M. Look 594.72 

Katherine "V^renn 47 . 37 

Ella L. Miller 1,231.62 

Martha F. Smith 1,005.24 

Marion Towne 1,111.49 

Helen H. Cummings 1,547.38 

Julia L. McCarthy 1,107.82 

B. Florence Moore 1,010.51 

Lucy Lamkin 578 . 94 

Marion E. Twitchell 1,149 . 51 

Maud Priest 104.74 

Julia T. Long , 378.96 

Florence A. Ladd 505.28 

Eleanor Clark, singing 207 .00 

A. Parmelia Precious, singing 120 . 00 

Ella Munsterberg, drawing 261 .00 

Mrs. Forrest K. Howe, substitute 5 . 00 

Mrs. Percy Foss, substitute 16.58 

Mrs. A. L. Saben, substitute 50.00 

Mrs. Charles E. Smith, substitute 20.00 

Mrs. Sara M. French, substitute 5 . 00 

Mabel Drew, substitute 15 . 00 



$12,304.78 



Text Books 

American Book Co $187 . 71 

Edw. E. Babb & Co 88.31 

Ginn & Co 23.18 

Little, Brown & Co 18.24 

The MacMillan Co 20.50 

Silver, Burdett Co 32.71 

World Book Co 78.59 

Atkinson & Mentzer Co 2 . 31 

Ryan & Buker 12.62 

Warwick & York 9 .45 

Rand, McNally Co 59 . 65 

Houghton & Mifflin Co 17.49 

John C. Winston Co 108 . 14 

Charles Scribner 's Sons 61 . 26 

J. B. Lippincott Co 77 . 63 

J. L. Hammett Co 5 . 52 

Benjamin H. Sanborn & Co 34.77 

D. C. Heath & Co 28.09 

Educational Publishing Co 7 .50 

C. C. Bichard Co 3 . 60 



$879.27 



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Stationery and Supplies 

Edw. E. Babb & Co $12.66 

Draling School Supply Co 16.99 

J. L. Hammett & Co 69 . 92 

Ryan & Buker 2.57 

Brown-Howland Co 2 . 38 

Huntley S. Turner 3 . 00 

Milton Bradley Co 230.52 

Masury-Young Co 6. 91 

Harris & Gilpatrick 5 . 81 

Wright & Potter Printing Co 7.92 

Library Bureau 1 . 10 

W. H. Davis 3.00 

P. W. Green, cartage 1 . 50 

T. F. Newton, cartage .95 

Wadsworth-Howland Co 13 . 79 



Expenses of Operating School Plants 
"Wages of janitors : 

Theron F. Newton $586.20 

Thomas Scanlon 725 . 00 

George Little 624.00 

Mrs. C. B. Goodearl 115.00 



Fuel: 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal $645.06 

George H. Reed, coal 98.56 

T. McCarthy, wood 112.50 

Hall Bros. Co., wood 2.00 

Jl. B. Butler Co., sawing wood 28 .75 



Miscellaneous : 

American Woolen Co., electricity $18.97 

W. & S. Water District of Acton, water 34.69 

M. E. Taylor & Co., janitor's supplies 8.52 

J. S. Moore, janitor's supplies 2.85 

J. L. Hammett & Co., janitor's supplies 14.49 

George H. Reed, janitor's supplies 1.75 

Finney & Hoit, flag rope 1.20 

Finney & Hoit, janitor's supplies 7.78 

Barilone Bros., cleaning cesspool 14.00 

Edw. E. Babb & Co., floor oil 5.00 

H. C. Dohert3% floor oil and brushes 40.59 

S. D. Salmon, 3rd, batteries \ 2.70 

F. W. Green, cleaning vault 14.00 

T. F. Newton .90 



$379.02 



$2,050.20 



$886.87 



$167.44 



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Maintenance 

Repairs : 

Harold R. Strand, repairing clock „ $2.00 

B. F. Townsend, repairing furnaces, etc 36.43 

B. F. King, repairing electric bells 4.20 

Arthur "Wayne, blackboards - 18 . 12 

Charles J. Kelley, repairing bubblers 2 . 50 

Milton, Bradley Co 4.22 

E. Z. Stanley, repairing furnaces 4.97 

Finney & Hoit, curtains 12 . 00 

George H. Gutteridge, repairing clocks 5 . 00 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., lumber 1.94 

George H. Reed, cement .90 

T. F. Newton, repairs , . .20 

Carter-Loftus Co., repairing victrola 1.50 

J. P. Brown 2.30 

R. J. Bradley Co., inside painting, W. school . . 215.00 

A. C. Flagg, freight and cartage 8.75 



Auxiliary Agencies 

Health : 

Dr. Ernest A. Mayell $100.00 

George B. Robbins, Dis. Co 35.00 



Transportation 

"Within town : 

Charles Edwards $975.00 

J. D. Smith 975.00 

"W, M. French 420.00 

A. Christofferson 920.00 



To other towns — High school : 

B. & M. R. R. Co., to Concord $1,578.25 

George L. Noyes, to Concord 1,514. 00 

John Pederson, to Concord 105.00 

Fred E. Brill, to Concord 45.40 



Lowell Industrial : 

B. & M. R. R. Co $44.88 

N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R 166.32 



$320.03 



$135.00 



$3,290.00 



$3,242.65 



$211.20 



Miscellaneous Expenses 

J. F. O'Leary, work on trees at S. A. and 

Center $45 . 00 



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Outlays 

New equipment : 

Concord Reformatory, desk $30.00 

Concord Reformatory, chairs 21.00 

Kinney Bros. & Wolkins, kindergarten chairs . 27.69 

Kinney Bros. & "Wolkins, extension desk chairs 252.00 

Ryan & Buker, two movable desk chairs 23 . 20 

Rand, McNally Co., new maps, etc 116.93 

Masury -Young & Co., soap servers 7.00 

Carpenter-Morton Co., paint, West school .... 12.25 

Penn Metal Co., steel, "West school 13.36 

American LaFrance Fire Engine Co., new fire 

alarms 73 . 56 

Oliver D. Wood, work on new fire alarms 21.50 

$598.49 

Total • $38,356.21 

Less ticket rebate 2 . 64 

$38,353.57 

Total appropriation $41,125 . 00 

Unexpended balance $2,771.43 

Special appropriation for new sewerage system 

at S. A $1,200.00 

Paid out : 

B. F. Townsend, plumbing $87.82 

Charles H. Davis, engineering services 109.00 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., supplies 16.95 

Ralph Jones, teaming 16.00 

A. C. Piper '& Sons, teaming 7 . 80 

C. Romano & Co., contract 559.12 

Allie Granberg, gravel .90 

$797.59 

Unexpended balance $402.41 

Special appropriation for [new toilets, West 

and Center $1,800.00 

Paid Woodbury and Stewart, plans and specifi- 
cations 50 . 00 

Unexpended balance $1,750 . 00 

Respectfully submitted, 
ALDEN C. FLAGG, Chairman, LILLY C. CASE, 
BERTRAM E. HALL, Sec'y, ALICE M. CARLISLE, 

WILLIAM T. MERRIAM, MARY E. RICHARDSON. 



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REPORT OF SUFERmTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



To the Committee of the Acton Schools : 

Ladies and Gentlemen : — I submit my third annual report and 
the thirty-first report of superintendents reporting to Acton School 
Committee since the town has been a part of a Union district. 

During the past year we have had few changes in our teaching 
force. Miss Florence Ladd of Dover, Maine, is teaching grades five 
and six in the South Acton school in place of Miss Lamkin. Miss 
Doris Look accepted a position in Braintree, and the position made 
vacant by her resignation is filled by Mis§ Julia Long of West 
Groton. 

Since September the music has been under the supervision of 
Miss Pamelia Precious of Forge Village. This last change brings 
the subject of music throughout the entire district under the direc- 
tion of one person. 

Last spring the Board of Health in accordance with the vote of 
the town at its annual town meeting, hired a nurse. Miss Breid- 
enback gives part of her time to the schools, and a great- deal of 
work that in past years has seemed desirable is now being done by 
her. The schools are visited daily and through the auspices of the 
Red Cross milk is served to those who are under weight. Weigh- 
ing and measuring is done systematically, as well as a great deal of 
^'follow up" work at the homes. In the opinion of your super- 
intendent Miss Breidenback is rendering a valuable service to the 
schools. In this connection mention should be made of the splendid 
effort made by the local Red Cross which financed the Middlesex 
County Travelling Dental Clinic. This Clinic came to Acton Center, 
making its headquarters at the Community house, and treated the 
children of the Center. The possibilities of work of this sort are 
hard to understand, but the significiant thing is, that people are 
waking up to the importance of child Avelfare. Wie trust the Clinics 
will visit the other schools of the tov^ai. 

It is only fair to commend the genuine interest shown by our 
school physician in his work. Dr. Mayell is regular in his visits, 
untiring in his work, and gives freeh^ of his time. 

We have spoken in other reports of the part taken by Acton 
boys and girls in club w|ork. This 3^ear the interest in this phase of 
work has been keener than ever before. The exhibits made b}' 
Acton boys and girls at the Acton fair bear ample testimony to 
the value of this new kind of educational outlet. The action of 
the Fair organization in appropriating $100 for special supervis- 
ion of the summer projects of the boys and girls, showed its vision 
and its belief in the work of the youngsters. Much credit is due 
the teachers and the local leaders who have, under the direction 
of the County Club Agent, Mr. Trask, made the work a success. 
Special interest attaches itself to this work when we know that 
Charles Howe of South Acton was awarded the Count}^ Champion- 
ship in market gardening. Other individuals have done credit- 
able work. 

September found Miss Long's room at the West Acton school 



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occupied by three grades, with a membership of forty-three pupils. 
Nineteen of these were in grade three, eleven in grade two and 
thirteen in grade one. A careful survey of the promotions in the 
first -^Ye grades showed that in four years many pupils had lost 
one year on account of non promotion, and. several had failed of 
promotion for two years, so that it seemed wise to provide for an 
extra teacher. The recommendation of your superintendent was 
supported and Miss Maud Priest began work on the Monday fol- 
lowing Thanksgiving in a room made by partitioning off a part 
of the large room formerly used for the high school. Here she 
has twenty four pupils in grades five and six. The improvement 
of interest in scholarship throughout the whole school is very 
marked, as each teacher now has two grades and more time is 
possible for all. The results show the wisdom of the committee 
in providing for this change. 

With the large amount of money that education costs, con- 
stantly in our minds, it is almost incomprehensible that there should 
be any such problem for any one to solve as how to obtain better 
attendance in school. This is more especially true in the elementary 
schools with those pupils coming from homes of people of foreign 
birth and is more easily understood. The great problem is : How 
can we impress upon the parents of high school pupils the in- 
justice that is being worked out against those children who are 
allowed to stay at home for all sorts of trivial reasons? More 
seriously still is the problem of driving home to a number of the 
pupils, themselves, that they are squandering the town's money 
when they pla}" truant, or miss trains, or fail to get up in time 
to take them. Examples of each of these instances have come to 
my attention within the past year. 

The previous paragraph is fraught with special significance 
when we know that during the past year the school authorities 
at Concord raised the high school tuition rate to $125. until the 
valuation is raised to two and one-half millions the state will re- 
fund about one-half of this tuition to the town. The change in the 
law became operative last year, for the first time, and Acton's share 
of the general school fund, Part IL, increased from $33.87 in 1921, 
to over $6,000 in 1922. Because the state refunds liberally does not 
lessen the obligation of parents and pupils to obtain for the pupils 
all that is possible, but rather increases it. 

A word should be said about the work of the superintendent's 
office. At the West Acton school building the superintendent has 
tried to organize some means of keeping records, letters and other 
material on file, so that less time should be consumed in making 
reports to the towns, state and U. S. Department of Education. In 
eleven months, 1651 pieces of mail were sent from this office alone. 
This included reports, bulletins, outlines, letters written in the 
ordering of supplies and books, and also answers to letters sent 
to inquire about any phase of the work. 

A full time clerk should be hired by the district so that more 
time could be given by some one person, to details that could 



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easily become matters of routine, and the time of the Superintendent 
would be saved for supervision. 

I wish to acknowledge the helpful service rendered by Miss 
Scanlon who has acted as part time clerk, and to whose intelligent 
effort the credit for much help is due during these weeks when 
illness has made it impossible for me to be at the office. 

I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge the earnest 
effort of the teachers. They are the soldiers on the firing line, 
and to them is due credit for whatever of success our boys and 
girls achieve. 

The counsel of the committee, and the tireless interest of the 
chairman is gladly acknowledged. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HERMAN C. KNIGHT, 

Superintendent. 



REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, Superintendent of Schools, 
West Acton, Mass. 

Dear Sir — Following is my report as Music Supervisor in the 
Town of Acton. 

Each room is visited every other week. One week the day 
is divided between Acton Centre and South Acton; the next week 
between "West Acton and the remainder of South Acton. 

Throughout the schools the Holiis Dann system is used, and 
while containing excellent rote song material, still I do not think 
there is sufficient sight reading material to enable the pupil to 
gain ability in reading either by syllables or v/ords. Indeed, I 
have found places where the reading of syllables, prior to that of 
reading words, was unknown. So in places where it seemed ad- 
visible, we have substituted the New Educational Reader, and I am 
glad to say much improvement has been shown. 

In some of the fourth and fifth grades, two part music has 
been started, which is most enjoyable. At Acton Centre the seventh 
and eighth grades are doing some fine three part work. 

In closing let me thank both superintendent and teachers for 
their cooperation. 

Very respectfully, 

A. PAMELIA PRECIOUS, 

Supervisor of Music. 



REPORT OF DRAWING SUPERVISOR 

Mr. Herman C. Knight, 

Superintendent of Schools of Acton. 

It is my aim to give my pupils a genuine joy in beauty and to 
make them walk through life with open eyes. I do not attempt 
to make them artists; I attemxpt to add to their educational ad- 
vantages by strengthening, and at times even awakening their 
perception of the fudamental values of beauty. 



14 

The little people have studied shape and color. I have had them 
trace round my models — only rarely have I had them attempt to 
draw, and this was, of course, copying from the board. In case of 
the Christmas stocking, for instance, I drew the toys on the board, 
and bit by bit they drew with me. I have tried in all classes, 
and most especially with the tiny people to have special holiday 
work, and to keep all the work in harmony with the season — as 
now for instance, we are cutting out snow flakes in grades 1 and 2. 
Of grades 3 and 4, I expect a somewhat maturer handling of the 
crayons. I have tried to show them rainbovr colors and blending — 
blending we used in autumn foliage. For example, at Thanksgiving 
I put a turkey on the board. I colored it with colored crayons, 
using, on a large scale, the strokes which they imitated on paper. "We 
are now working on simple design. 

The fifth and sixth grades have tried landscape in pencil, in 
shading, in silhouette ; they have started water color painting, 
growing acquainted with the technique by painting scales of the 
primary colors. At Thanksgiving they constructed little tables 
with opulent feasts upon them. They are now learning the fun- 
damental divisions of design; and towards spring they are to do 
much work from nature. 

Of the seventh and eighth grades I expect an almost mature 
attitude towards the visual world. I started them on perspective 
and tried to reduce it to the simplest and most direct forms. I 
was glad that we had an abundance of variously shaped wooden 
blocks, so that after my explanations and demonstrations, each pupil 
could have his or her own still life to work from. I have tried to 
have them paint from nature, leaves and the like, without dravN'ing 
in pencil first; in this way the young painter gains greater freedom 
and rhythm. The pupils have drawn and painted a long book on 
Thanksgiving in which there was difficult figure work. At present 
they are learning the elements of anatomy. I think that both anat- 
omy and perspective are needed by the maturer pupil for a general 
understanding of drawing. Last spring the older pupils designed 
book covers and wall papers and we shall do that again this 
spring ; we shall also make posters pertaining to school life. 

The fields of art are vast. It is my aim to arouse in the 
pupils only a certain understanding of the various fields. I try 
always to bring them a finished model of what they are to do. This 
model I myself have made. I do this because, in the first place, I 
know thereby just what the difficulty is — if there is any — and in 
the second place — because it gives the child a visual aim to work 
for; he knows, to speak from the child's viewpoint, "what he is 
driving at." If I have helped the children to a keener understand- 
ing of beauty and thereby to a greater fundamental happiness, 1 
have then approached my aim in teaching. 

I want to express my appreciation of the cooperation of the 
administration and teachers. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ELLA MUNSTERBURG. 



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REPORT OF MEDICAL INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, 1922 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 
Superintendent of Schools. 

Number of visits to schools 44 

Number of pupils examined 292 

Number of pupils poor vision - 9 

Number of pupils poor teeth 172 

Number of pupils nasal defects 7 
Number of pupils throat affection, including 

tonsils, etc. 55 

Number pupils poor posture 22 

Number pupils with pediculosis 19 

Number pupils with scabies 14 

Number pupils Vfith ringworm 2 

Number pupils with impetigo 8 

Number pupils with chicken pox 2 

I wish to thank the Superintendent, Teachers and Nurse for 
their cooperation. 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



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MEMBERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

AS OF APEIL 1, 1922. 



Grade 1 


52 


Grade 2 


44 


Grade 3 


34 


Grade 4 


42 


Grade 5 


37 


Grade 6 


39 


Grade 7 


33 


Grade 8 


29 


Total 


310 



TABLE 1, SEPTEMBER, 1921— JUNE, 1922 



School. Teacher. 


Grd. 


Mem.* 


Mem. Dly 


Att. 


Attend. 


Centre — 












Martha F. Smith 


1-2-3 


35 


28 


26 


92 


Marion Towne 


4-5-6 


35 


31 


29 


93 


Ella L. Miller 


7-8 


22 


18 


17 


92 


South- 










. 


Florence Moore 


1-2 


43 


39 


33 


85 


Julia L. McCarthy 


3-4 


34 


28 


25 


87 


Lucy Lamkin 


5-6 


32 


31 


29 


93 


Helen H. Cummings 


7-8 


30 


27 


26 


93 


West- 












Doris M. Look 


1-2-3 


39 


33 


28 


84 


Julia T. Long 












Catherine "Wrenn 


4-5 


29 


28 


26 


89 


Marion Twichell 












Helmi Myllykangas 


6-7-8 


33 


31 


29 


93 



'Not including supplementary list. 



REGISTRATION OF MINORS, 
APRIL 1, 1922. 



Persons 5 to 7 yesLVs of age 
Persons 7 to 14 years of age 
Persons 14 to 16 years of age 

Total 



Males. 


Females. 


Total 


35 


34 


69 


125 


126 


251 


33 


35 


68 



193 



195 



388 



INDEX 

Agriculture and Home Economics 55 

Assessors ' Report 52 

Board of Health 54 

Cemetery Commissioners ' 55 

Collector 's Report 53 

Inspector of Animals 54 

Inspector of Slaughtering 54 

Jury List S 

Library Report 66 

Selectmen's Report 8 

State Police Patrol 9 

Superintendent of Streets 51 

Town Accountant 10 

Town Clerk 34 

Births 44 

Deaths 46 

Dog Licenses 49 

Marriages 45 

Non-Resident Burials 48 

Town Meetings 34 

Town Nurse 65 

Town Officers 2 

Town Warrant 5 

Treasurer 's Report , 29 

Cemetery Funds 31 

Firemen's Relief Association 33 

George R. White Fund 33 

Town Farm Fund 32 

Wilde Library Fund 32 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 33 



SECOND SECTION 
School Report: 

Financial Statement 5 

Legal Holidays 2 

Medical Inspector 15 

Organization 3 

School Calendar , 2 

School Committee 5 

Standing Rules 3 

Statistics 16 

Superintendent's Report 11 

Supervisor of Drawing 13 

Supervisor of Music 13 

Teachers 4 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDINa DECEMBER 31 

1923 



THE NEWS-ENTERPTJTSl 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1924 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1923 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1924 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1923 

MODERATOR 

Allen Brooks Parker 

SELECTMEN 

Alfred W. Davis Term expires 1924 

Murray Brown Term expires 1925 

Harry B. Morse Term expires 1926 

TOWN CLERK 

Horace F. Tuttle 

TOWN TREASURER 

Frank W. Hoit 

ASSESSORS 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1921 

AVarren H. Jones Term expires 1925 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1926 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 
Harry B. Morse Alfred W. Davis Murray Brown 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 

Charles A. Durkee 

TREE WARDEN 

James O'Neil 

CONSTABLES 
John T. McNiff Oliver D. Wood 

Charles T. Baxter Michael Foley 

CEMETEREY COMMISSIONERS 

Lyman Tuttle Term expires 1921 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1926 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1924 

William T. Merriam Term expires 1924 

Mary L. Richardson Term expires 1925 

Bertram E. Hall Term expires 1925 

Spencer H. Taylor Term expires 1926 

Lulu L. Clark Term expires 1926 

TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1924 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1926 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1924 

George H. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1926 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

James B. Tuttle Frank W. Hoit Edgar H. Hall 

Asaph Merriam Horace F. Tuttle 



Appointed by the Selectmen 



SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 
Alfred W. Davis 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
Everett N. Montague 

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Daniel W. Sheehan, Jr Term expires 1924 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1925 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1926 

Horace F. Tnttle, ex-ofiicio 

ELECTION OFFICERS 

Precinct 1 

Warden : James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden Edwin A. Phalen 

Clerk Arthur W. Wayne 

Deputy Clerk .Arthur W. Emerson 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector .Willis L. Holden 

Inspector James 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector G-eorge Murphy 

Precinct 2 

Warden Lucius A. Hesselton 

Deputy Warden Theron F. Newton 

Clerk Lorenzo E. Reed 

Deputy Clerk 

Inspector Lewis C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector Frank A. Merriam 

Inspector Daniel J. Hennessey 

Deputy Inspector . .Benjamin W. Ineson 

Precinct 3 

Warden Charles J. Holton 

Deputy Warden C. H. Mead 

Clerk David R. Kinsley 

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 

Alan B. Frost, 1st Asst. Fred W. Billings, 2nd Asst. 

J. W. Livermore, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 2 

George E. Clapp, 1st Asst. F. W. Hoit, 2nd Asst. 

Frank Holland, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 3 
C. D. Cram, 1st Asst. A. E. Beach, 2nd Asst. 

A. W. Davis, 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. S. White Bertram D. Hall W. H. Kingsley 

Charles E. Smith George H. Reed 

PUBLIC WEIGHERS 

M. E. Taylor George H. Reed Wm. T. Haves 

E. F. Conant 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

Theron F. Newton 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 

James O'Neil 

POLICE OFFICERS 

0. D. Wood John T. McNifP Michael Foley 

Murray Brown A. W. Davis 

INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTER HOUSE 

Charles A. Durkee 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. 
Midcllesx, ss. 



To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said County. 

GREETING : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 3^ou are 
hereby required to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton, 
qualified to vote at town meetings for the transaction of town affairs. 
to meet as follows, 

Those residing in Precinct 1, at the town hall in said Acton, at 
12 o'clock noon. Those residing in Precinct 2, in the Universalist 
church, at South Acton, at 12 o'clock noon. Those residing in 
Precinct 3, at the Fire House, in West Acton, at 12 o'clock noon^ on 
Monday, the third day of March, 1924, by posting a copy of this war- 
rant, by you attested? at each of the places as directed by vote of the 
town, seven days at least before the said third day of March. 

To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following town 
officers : One moderator for one year, one town clerk for one year, 
one selectman for three years, one assessor for three years, three 
overseers of the poor for one year, one treasurer for one year, one 
collector of taxes for one year, four constables for one year, two foi- 
school committee for three years, one cemetery commissioner for 
three years, one for board of health for three years, one trustee 
Memorial library for three years, one tree warden for one year, five 
for finance committee for one year. Also on the same ballot with the 
above-named town officers, to vote upon the f olloAving question : 
''Shall licenses be granted for the sale of certain non-intoxicating 
beverages, as defined in Section 1, of Chapter 138?" 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 7 
o'clock p. m. 

You are further requested in the name of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton as 
aforesaid? to meet at the town hall, in said Acton, on Monday, March 
10th, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon. Then and there to act upon the 
following articles : 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and com- 
mittees, and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the town officers. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any committees 
chosen at any previous meeting that have not already reported. 

Article 4. To see what sums of money the town will raise by 
taxation and appropriate to defray the necessar}^ and usual expenses 
of the several departments of the town. 

Article 5. To see what sum of money the town will raise for 
the observance of Memorial day. 

Article 6. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the collection of taxes. 

Article 7. To see w^hat sum of money the town wall raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the fire department, or vote 
anything thereon. 



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Article 8. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix price thereon. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the elm tree beetle and brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Article 10. 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, .1924, 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 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. 

Article 12. 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 an^^thing thereon. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to discontinue the use 
of the reservoir, opposite the Cider Mill in South Acton as a water 
supply, or act anything thereon. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $400.00, or some other amount, and elect a director ; 
the money to be expended by, and the director to serve in coopera- 
tion with the County Agricultural trustees of the Middlesex County 
Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics, under 
provisions of Section 40 to 45, Chapter 128, Laws of Massachusetts. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to reimburse the Mid- 
dlesex Count}^ Extension Service the $40.00 paid for a special motor 
necessary to give educational motion pictures in the town of Acton. 

Article 16. To see if the town Avill vote to authorize the select- 
men to appoint a committee to report at the next annual meeting on 
whether the toAvn should establish a town forest, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to borrow the sum of 
$10,000 by issuing notes, to coiitinue rebuilding Main street (Lowell 
road) from Majaiard line to the State road leading to Littleton, 
provided a like sum is allotted the town by the State Department of 
Public Works and a similar sum by the county of Middlesex, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $2,000.00, provided a like amount is provided by 
the state and by the county for the purpose of rebuilding Central 
street, West Acton, starting at the Boxboro line, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money sufficient to macadamize a portion of High street in South 
Acton, approximately 1400 feet, beginning at Main street and 
extending to a point on the brow of the hill, or act anything thereon. 

Article 20. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money for repairing and reconstructing such portion of River 
street as may seem necessary, or act anything thereon. 

Article 21. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 



of money for the repair of Piper street in South Acton, from School 
street, to Duren's Corner, or act anything thereon. 

Article 22. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $7^000.00 for the purchase of new fire apparatus, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 23. To see if the town will appoint a committee of ^ye 
with authority to investigate the electric lighting situation and 
report at a subsequent town meeting whether the present contract 
is the best for the town, and make any recommendation they deem 
advisable, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $100.00 for 
necessary expenses. 

Article 24. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the maintenance of a public health nurse for the ensuing year, or act 
anj^thing thereon. 

Article 25. To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the public health nurse, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $3,000.00 for the repair of Arlington street in West 
Acton, beginning at or near Odd Fellows hall, and extending 
easterlj^, or do or act anything thereon. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
amount of the dog tax for the support of the public libraries of the 
town. 

Article 28. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money to repair Maple and Martin streets in South Acton, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money sufficient to repair Red Acre Farm road in 
South Acton, from the house of Benjamin Ineson to a point near the 
residence of Philip Newell, or act anything thereon. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to change the name of 
Central square in West Acton to Sidney J. Edwards square, and 
allow the ex-servicemen to erect a tablet. 

Article 31. To see what action the town will take relating to 
Chapter 240, Acts of 1920, viz: "An act to permit under public 
regulations and control, baseball games on the Lord's day." 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to put additional lights 
in Howard Quimby square, or act anything thereon. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to put additional lights 
in Central square, West Acton? or act anything thereon. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote to install a street light 
at the bridge on Martin street, and one at the intersection of Stow 
and Main streets in South Acton. 

Article 35. To see if the town will vote to install street lights 
on Main street from Kelly's Corner to the residence of Mrs. Mary F. 
Coiighlin. 

Article 36. To see if the town will vote to maintain street 
lights on Strawberry Hill road from the State highway to the 
residence of Alden C. Flagg. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to establish the neces- 



sary street lights on Maple avenue^ Acton Center, to the residence 
of James B. Tnttle. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on Massachusetts avenue from Kelly's Corner, so called, to 
Piper road, and thence on said Piper road to the residence of Frank 
B. Farrar. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to extend the lighting 
system to the residence of Herbert F. Kobbins, on NewtoAvne road, 
and Hammond street, or act anything thereon. 

Article 40. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $800.00, or some other amount, to assist the 
American Woolen Company in installing an electric light line from 
in front of B. J. DeSousa's house, in "West Acton, to Central street, 
thence along Central street to the house of Albert Perkins, thence 
along Nashoba road by the houses of Albert R. Jenks and Frank 
Bulette, to the house of Levi Perkins. No street lights are requested 
or expected by the property owners or the American Woolen 
Company under this article. 

Article 41. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on the State highway in North Acton from the house of Mrs. 
Thomas McCarthy to a point opposite the house of E. J. Farrell. 

Article 42. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on Arlington street? West Acton, from 0. A. Knowlton's, 
Corner to a point opposite the residence of James N. Berry. 

Article 43. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money for the repairing of the sidewalk in West 
Acton, from Windsor avenue to the schoolhouse on the southerly 
side of Massachusetts avenue, or do or act anvthing thereon. 



Signed, 



MFRRAY BEOWN, 
ALFRED W. DAVIS, 
HARRY B. MORSE, 

Seleetiiien of Acton. 



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REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We hereby submit to you for your approval the reports of the 
various departments of the town for the year ending December 31, 
1923. 

Work on the rebuilding of Main Street (Lowell Eoad) was con- 
tinued, 3,000 feet being built, at a cost of $18,909.87 ; the town road 
department doing the work. 

The State and County have signified a willingness to assist us in 
carrying on the further rebuilding of the road this coming year, and 
we recommend that another section be built as this would leave off 
at a point where the old road is in fairly good condition, and we could 
then well afford to wait a few years before attempting to complete 
the work to the Great Eoad. 

Acting under Article 18 we secured a truck and snow plow 
from the State, and thus far the Superintendent of Streets has done 
excellent work with this equipment. All work under Articles 28, 29, 
30, 31, 32 and 33 has been completed, under Article 35 the lights have 
been installed from the Maynard line to the house of John E. Berg- 
lind ; there was not sufficient monej^ left in the appropriation to com- 
plete this line as called for in the article. 

The town maintains 300 street lights at a cost of $4,800.00 a year. 

We find the fire apparatus of the town to be in poor condition, 
its upkeep being considerable, and we recommend to the citizens that 
thev carefullv consider the purchase of some new equipment. 

MURRAY BROWN, 
ALFRED W. DAVIS, 
HARRY B. MORSE. 



JURY LIST 

Revised August, 1923 

PRE CI NT 1 
Ehvin ITollo^vell James O'Neil 

Albert P. Durkeo ' Alan B. Frost 

Frank E. Parsons Creorge S. Tucker, J] 

Arthur W. Emerson Frank E. Fiske 

A I den (\ Flaa-Ji- 

PRECINT 2 

Daniel J. Heimessey L. T. Fullonton 

TIngh H. Hodgen William T. Merriam 

Edward F. Nealey Ralph W. Piper 

George E. Clapp Carl Flint 

Samuel B. Ineson 

PRECINCT 3 

Everett R. Sanborn James A. Grimes 

Millard J. Handley Charles A. Durkee 

Allen B. Parker John T. McNiff 

David R. Kinsley Waldo E. Whitcomb 

Albert R. Beach Fred S. Whitcomb 



10 



STATE POLICE PATROL 



The new State Police Patrol is now organized and ready to ren- 
der that police protection to the citizens of the country districts of 
the State, for which they were established. 

Personnel. The State Police Patrol is composed of young men, 
thoroughly trained in police work and ready to act quickly and in- 
telligently^ in any emergency that may require their services. 

Location. State Police Barracks have been located at Framing- 
ham and Northampton, with Headquarters at the State House, Bos- 
ton. These three stations are open and ready for business, day and 
night, Sundays and holidays. They are all connected by telephone, 
which is never left unattended. A force of officers is constantly held 
in reserve at the Barracks, ready to respond quickly to any emer- 
gency call. 

Equipment. All State Police Officers are fully armed, have full 
police power throughout the Commonwealth and are equipped with 
automobiles, motorcycles and horses for quick transportation. At 
each of the Barracks there is an automobile ambulance with lung- 
motor, stretchers, blankets and first-aid equipment, quickly available 
in case of accident. 

How to Call the State Police. Call the operator at the nearest 
Central Telephone office, saying, '*! want the nearest State Police" 
and give your telephone number, name and location. If it is an emer- 
gency say, ''State Police Emergency." You will be immediately 
connected with the nearest State Police Station, where you can state 
the nature of the case requiring' their attention. The Detective 
Branch of the State Police may be notified in the same way. 

You are requested to give the above information full publicity 
to the end that the citizens of your town may at once avail themselves 
of the services of the State Police, established for their benefit in 
the event of serious accident or emergency and for their protection 
against criminals of all kinds. 

ALFRED F. FOOTE, 

Commissioner. 



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REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



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

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1923 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $3,000 . 00 

Appropriation, treasurer's and collector's 

bonds 150.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 126.07 



SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 
Payments : 

Murray Brown, salary $100 . 00 

Murray Brown, expenses 23 . 47 

A. W. Davis, salary 50.00 

H. B. Morse, salary 50.00 

A. W. Davis, moving safe , 15 . 00 

Robert S. Osterhout, town reports 292.75 

Robert S. Osterhout, advertising . 90 

James T. Towhill Co., stationery 26.50 

Murphy & Snyder, stationery 10. 15 

Dalton Adding Machine Co., adding machine 132.30 



$3,276.07 



AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 

Paid : 

Howard L. Jones, salary $50.00 

James Towhill, books 13.00 

Everett N. Montague, salary 150.00 

Everett N. Montague, expenses and postage 4.00 

Murphy & Snyder, printing . 4.25 

Everett N. Montague, use of office by State 

accountants 18 . 00 



$701.07 



TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $200.00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage, telephone, etc 37 . 80 

Certifying notes 16 . 00 

Maynard Trust Co., box, 3 years 15.00 

Murphy & Snyder 15 .05 



$239.25 



$283.85 



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COLLECTOR'S DEPAETMENT 

Paid : 

C. A. Durkee $456.25 

Hobbs & Warren, books, notices 35 . 94 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 35 . 20 

C. A. Durkee, postage 14.21 

American Surety Company, bonds 375.00 



ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Albert Durkee, salary $125 . 00 

Henry L. Haynes, salary 100.00 

Henry L. Haynes, postage, etc 3.85 

Warren Jones, salary 75 .00 

L. L. Applin, transfers 14. 60 

Huntley S. Turner, poll tax list 39 . 50 



$916.60 



$357.95 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid : 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $50.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording births 27 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths 17 . 50 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording marriages 13,50 

Horace F. Tuttle, postage, telephone, etc 22.00 

Thorpe & Martin, transfer files 14. 00 



$144.00 



OVERSEERS OF POOR DEPARTMENT . 
Paid : 

Harry B. Morse, salary $75 . 00 

Harry B. Morse, expenses 10.50 

Murray Brown, salary 40. 00 

Alfred W. Davis, salary 40.00 



$165.50 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Paid : 

Theron F. Newton, salary $85 . 00 

Dover Stamp & Mfg. Co., equipment 16.50 

Theron F. Newton, expenses .76 

Finney & Hoit, book 3.50 



CATTLE INSPECTION 

Paid: 
Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $125.00 



$105.76 



$125.00 



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ELECTION AND REGISTIIATION 
Paid: 

A. Brooks Parker, moderator $10 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, registrar 20.00 

E. A. Phaleii, registrar 20.00 

D. W. Sheehan, registrar 10.00 

C. J. Holton, registrar 10.00 

C. J. Holton, officer 5.00 

J". A. Merriam, officer 5 . 00 

T. F. Newton, officer 5 . 00 

L. A. Hesselton, officer 5.00 

L. C. Hastings, officer 6.25 

James O'Neil, officer 10.00 

Fred S. Wliitcomb, officer 5 . 00 

Arthur F. Davis, officer 10.00 

David R. Kinsley, officer 5 . 00 

0. E. Houghton, transfer of ballot box 1 . 50 

R. S. Osterhout, ballots 31 . 50 

R. S. Osterhout, warrants 10.50 

R. S. Osterhout, caucus notices 5 . 50 

A. W. Brow^nell, corp. equipment 1.25 

Earl Hayward, repair on ballot box 56 . 09 

Horace F. Tuttle, transfer ballot box 1.50 

Universalist Church, rent 3.00 



$237.09 



Total general government $3,276.0" 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $400. 00 

Rentals, towii hall 160.00 



$560.00 



Paid: 

West and South Water Supply District, water $15.00 

Joseph Breck & Sons, repairs on lawn mower . . 1.60 

American Woolen Co., lighting 56.56 

South Acton Coal & Lumber, coal 99.80 

J. W^. Livermore, care of Common 13.80 

Murray Brown, expenses 3 . 00 

F. G. Williams, varnishing and whitening West 

Fire House 59.80 

Geo. H. Reed, tools * 1.00 

T. F. Parker, door set 5.00 

Barbour Stockwell Co., cesspool cover 14.50 

A. W. Davis, repairs on cesspools 21.50 

R. Jones, labor 4. 00 

Arthur Wayne, janitor 209 . 50 

James O'Niel, labor 21 .48 



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McLellon Awning Co., flag pole 12.50 

E. H. Webster, care of flag 5.00 



$544.04 
Unexpended balance 15 . 96 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Receipts : 

Appropriation ; $400. 00 

Fines 165.22 



$560.00 



$565.22 

Paid: 
Iver Johnson Sporting Goods Co., ammunition 

and revolvers $17 . 45 

New England Telephone & Telegraph Co 9.75 

Allan Brothers, badges 11 . 05 

Murray Brown, services and expenses 39 . 80 

Harding Uniform & Regalia Co., uniform 33.01 

Allan B. Frost, services 108.00 

Traffic Sign & Signal Co., silent policeman ... 11 . 00 

0. D. Wood, services 35.75 

Geo. Weaver services 3. 00 

J. T. McNife, services 45.25 

Charles T. Baxter, services 7 .00 

M. Foley, services 114.45 

Ernest Rasmussen, services 5 . 00 

L. E. Laird, services 16.00 

A. W. Davis, services 19 .00 

Joseph Dinsniore, services 5 . 00 

P. Foley, services 6 . 00 

P. W. Wood, services 5 . 00 

H. B. Morse, services 10.00 

$501.51 
Unexpended balance 63. 71 



$565.22 



ENFORCEMENT OF THE LIQUOR LAW 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $455 . 64 

Paid: 

Murray Brown, transportation ^ $23 . 00 

Vincent Russo, ^rvices 25.00 

F. C. Matteson, car hire 12.00 

$60.00 
Unexpended balance 395. 64 

$455.64 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $500. 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 375 . 46 



Paid: 

€. D. Cram, payroll $323.10 

W. W. Kingsley, labor 17.50 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 5.31 

West Acton Bakery, gas 9 . 64 

O. H. Reed, coal 41.24 

American Woolen Co., light 26.46 

Strong & Tracy, gas .95 

Wert and South Water Supply District 24.00 

James Fitzgerald, auto 3 . 75 

Geo. Clapp, payroll 47.75 

A. W. Davis, express 6 . 50 

F. G. AVilliams, janitor services 127.75 

Acton Motor Co., services 31. 30 

South Acton Coal and Lumber Co., coal 17.35 

Cornelius Callahan Co., ''Hose" 62.80 

James Grimes, services 4.00 

R. W. Foss, truck supplies 99 . 64 

F. W. Green, labor . 4.00 

John Coughlin, labor 11 . 75 

W. B. Holt, supplies 1.50 

Hall Bros., lumber 1 . 30 

C. J. Kelley, services and supplies 2 . 50 

South Acton Woolen Co., acid 5.37 



HYDRANT SERVICE 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $2,784.00 



Paid: 

West and South Water Supply District $2,600.00 

Town of Concord 184.00 



FOREST FIRES 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $200. 00 

Refund, Boston & Maine Railroad 149.25 



Paid: 

Allan Frost, payroll $5R.25 

0. D. Cram, pavroll 80.50 



$875.46 



$875.46 



$2,784.00 



$2,784.00 



$349.25 



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Ctgo. Clapp, payroll 92. 25 

Wm. H. Kingsley. payroll 35.00 

$266.00 
Unexpended balance 83.25 



$349.25 



FIRE DEPARTMENT (New Hose) 
Receipts : 
Appropriation $400. 00 



Paid: 

The Cornelius Callalian Co $302.00 

Unexpended balance 98.00 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $750. 00 

Licenses 2 . 00 



$400.00 



$400.00 



$752.00 



Paid: 

C. A. Durkee. agent $204.49 

W. L. Seanlon, labor 2.00 

Hobbs & Warren, book 1 . 25 

M. E. Taylor & Co., oil and gas : . 7.69 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 27 . 25 

Acton Garage, alcohol .75 

James Fitzgerald, labor 9 . 11 

James Kingsley, inspector of slaughtering .... 129.35 

Acton Motor Co., labor on dump 7. 50 

A. W. Davis, labor on dump 21 . 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., supplies ... 1.64 

Geo. H. Read, supplies 6 . 50 

W. X. Macurda, supplies 1 . 30 

C. B. Dolge. supplies 5 .75 

F. E. Tasker, services 25.00 

W. A. Flint, use of dump 8.00 

Geo. H. Tuttle, services 10.00 

R. F. Durkee. services 10.00 

$478.58 

Unexpended balance 273 . 42 

.$752.00 



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TOWN NURSE 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Nurse collections 66 . 00 



$2,066.00 

Paid: 

Ida Briedenbach, salary $1,300.00 

James Fitzgerald, repairs on car 157 . 08 - 

E. S. Forbes, garaging car 119 . 00 — 

W. X. Macnrda, supplies 2 .75 

M. E. Taylor & Co., gas and oil 36.02- 

Rexall Store, supplies 3 . 24 

C. A. Lowell, car insurance 52 . 18 — 

Acton Garage, repairs on nurse's car 39.97- 

Acton Motor Co., repairs on nurse's car 25.30- 

W. J. Costello, painting nurse's car 26.15- 

Finney & Hoit, tires and tubes . . . * 38 . 00- 

E. P. Gates, labor on car 3 . 50 - 

Maynard Acton Oil Co., oil and gas 6.95- 

A. W. Davis, garaging car 40.00 - -f J'f,- 

Whip Poor Will Garage, repairs on car 1 . 50 

C. A. Durkee, registering car , . . . 14.00 

$1,865.64 

Unexpended balance 200. 36 



$2,066.00 



MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Receipts: 

Appropriation $965 .67 

Received from state treasurer . 15.89 

Due from state treasurer for Dec. 1923 work 70.00 

Due from state treasurer to Dec. 1, 1923 ..... 134.06 

Private work 72.75 



$1,258.37 



Paid : 

James O'Neil, pay roll $868.50 

James 'Neil, team and expense 344 . 48 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., oil 19.25 



$1,232.23 
Unexpended balance 26 . 14 

$1,258.37 



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TREE WARDEN 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Transfer from reserve fund 8 . 95 



Paid: 

A. H. Perkins, labor $8 . 00 

James 'Neil, pay roll 355 . 50 

James O'Neil, truck and team 132.00 

James O'Neil, supplies and equipment 13.45 



$508.95 



$508.95 
ELM LEAF BEETLE 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Unexpended balance $300. 00 

HIGHWAYS 
General 
Receipts : 

Appropriation, Town $10,000.00 

State Treasurer 5,134.09 

J. R. Brest, use of loader 42 . 00 

Town of Littleton, use of roller man 30 . 00 

W. & S. Water Supply, repair on road 25 . 00 

$15,231.09 

Paid: 

J, P. Brown, repairs of equipment $15 . 30 

Hall Bros. Co., lumber 10.50 

North Acton Quarry Co., stone 30 . 80 

Geo. H. Tuttle, medical services 9.00 

W. C. Lund, bridge work . 65 . 62 

A. W. Davis, telephone and supplies 20 . 68 

M. E. Taylor, equipment 66.79 

N. H. Tenney, repairs 26 . 94 

A. W. Davis, labor on roads and bridges 76,00 

New Eno-land Road Machinery Co., equipment 111.70 

Barrett Company, tarvia 247 . 51 

H. E. Fletcher Co., crushed stone 161.19 

A. W. Davis, express 63 . 50 

J. S. Moore, lantern 1 . 00 

John Pederpon, trucking and loader 160.00 

Conant Machine Co., equipment (loader) 202.47 

C. H. Mead Co., equipment 153.42 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., road and 

bridge material 260. 82 

Standard Oil Co., of N. Y., road oil 2,455.02 

Geo. H. Reed, tools 5.10 

Alfred F. Foote, boiler inspection 5.00 



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William H. Kingsley, use of stone crusher .... 290.00 

W. A. Haynes Co., material 13.10 

John T. McNiff, labor on equipment 11 . 00 

W. H. Kingsley, labor 210.75 



Analysis of Payrolls 

A. W. Davis, superintendent $335 . 00 

A. W. Davis, transportation 303.00 

A. H. Perkins, foreman 483 .26 

A. H. Perkins, team 335.00 

A. W. Davis, trucking 763.75 

Don Lovell, labor 253.75 

W. Scanlon, labor 114.75 

C. Gallant, labor 46.00 

H. Wooding, labor 121.00 

Geo. Weaver, teams 567 . 00 

Wm. H. Kingsley, teams 480.00 

R. Jones, team 607 .00 

R. Angier, labor 225 . 50 

M. Hale, labor 82.00 

Chas. Wiley, labor 84.00 

T. Revezzo, labor 138.50 

J. Beavis, labor 22.00 

F. Green, labor 4 . 50 

J. Beach, labor 11.00 

J. E. Coombs, team 629.50 

J. Manning, labor 48 . 00 

E. Brocklehurst, labor 24.00 

S. MacGregor, labor 4. 00 

D. Ryan, labor 332.75 

E. Hayannas, labor 267 . 75 

Wm. H. Kingsley, truck 1,180.50 

J. Bennet, labor 134.00 

G. Keith, labor 69.00 

J. Gagnon, labor 211 . 75 

H. Gould, labor 194.25 

M. Baker, labor 301 .00 

E. S. Spinnev, team 236.00 

T. Gould, labor 97.25 

J. Cullinane, labor 119 .00 

D. Campbell, labor 173.75 

J. Gallant, labor 98.50 

R. Freeman, labor 116 . 75 

W. Conquest, labor 11 .00 

J. Kingsley, labor 18 . 00 

J. W. Livermore, labor 1 . 50 

W. Livermore, labor 1 . 50 

C. Briggs, labor 67.25 

A. W. Davis, heating car oil 67 . 50 

Wm. Murphy, labor 147 . 00 



$4,673.21 



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F. Armburg, labor 139 . 75 

T. Murray, labor 73.50 

M. Davis, labor 6.00 

A. St. Cyr, labor 127.50 

R. Quinlan, labor 47 . 50 

Wm. Hooper, labor 28 . 00 

H. Gould, truck . 42 . 00 

Wm. Jones, labor 4 . 00 

Wm. H. Kingsley, trucking and men 378.00 

F. Davis, labor 27 . 00 

P. Viola, labor 8.00 

W. Boyce, labor . 23 . 50 

C. French, labor 19.50 

$10,457.76 

Total payments $15,130 . 97 

Unexpended balance 100 . 12 



$15 231 09 
HIGIHWAYS (Lowell Hd., now Main St.) 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Unexpended balance January 1, 1923 4,163.81 

State treasurer 6,000.00 

County treasurer 6,000. 00 

American Powder Company 450.00 

$18,613.81 
Transferred from reserve fund 296.06 



$18,909.87 



Paid: 

Standard Oil Co., of N. Y., oil $1,548 . 10 

Wm. H. Kingsley, stone 818.81 

Geo. H. Reed, equipment 18.00 

C. J. Kelley , equipment 1.10 

Hedge & Matthers, equipment . .• 46.20 

Mass. Broken Stone Co., stone 4,589.78 

A. W. Davis, freight on stone 15S . 40 

A. W. Davi-^, trucking 63 . 01 

C. H. Mead & Co., tools 20.79 

Barbour Stockwell Co., gate 29.50 

Conant Machine Co., equipment 484.50 

S. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., material ... 404.01 

J. T. McNiff. ^abor on equipment 25.60 

R. A. Reed, Jr., gravel 322.20 

Fred Hondlette & Son, pipe 211 . 50 

American Powder Co., powder 17 . 75 



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General Craslied Stone Co., stone 668.07 

Baldwin Brick Co., brick 9 . 60 



Analysis of Payrolls 
Paid: 

A. W. Davis, superintendent $435.00 

A. W. Davis, transportation 258.00 

A. H. Perkins, foreman 353. 75 

A. H. Perkins, team 250.00 

J. C. Coombs, team 684.00 

E. S. Spinney, team 260.00 

W. 6. Franklyn, team 138.00 

Geo. Weaver, team 174 . 00 

R. Jones, team 176 . 00 

A. W. Davis, trucks 915 . 25 

Wm. H. Kingsley, trucks 627 .75 

H. Gould, trucks 348.00 

M. Goodrich, trucks 282.00 

R. Quinlan, labor 344.25 

J. Gagnon, labor 190 . 00 

H. Gould, labor 84.25 

C. French, labor 65 . 00 

F. Gould, labor 59.00 

A. St. Cyr, labor 504.00 

T. Murray, labor 28.00 

F. Davis, labor 398.80 

Wm. Hooper, labor 73 . OO 

W. Jones, labor 53 . 50 

D. Campbell, labor 120.00 

C. Briggs, labor 34. 00 

R. Cole, labor 20.00 

R. Davis, labor 61 . 00 

J. Bennett, labor 18.00 

D. Ryan, labor . 108 . 00 

J. Truiffe, labor 105.00 

R. Freeman, labor ' 210.25 

W. Murphy, labor 93 . 00 

J. Gallant, labor 150. 50 

A. Duby, labor 15.00 

M. Baker, labor 255.50 

G. Keith, labor • 109.00 

Lawrence, truck 238 . 50 

L. K. Savage, truck 200. 00 

F. Arnsburg, labor J 26 . 00 

J. Kinsley, labor 135 . 50 

P. Viola, labor 216.75 

H. Wambolt, labor 2.00 

R. Joy, labor 77.00 

H. Chaplin, labor 32.00 

H. French 16.00 



$9,436.92 



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T. French, labor 143.25 

R. Hatch, labor 12.00 

J. Downie, labor 86.00 

H. Cross, labor 24.25 

W. Boyce, labor 107.00 

H. Boyer, labor 23.00 

T. J. McGrath, labor 32.90 

$9,472.95 

Total payments $18,909.87 

REMOVAL OF SNOW (Roads) 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $1,500 . 00 

Transfer from reserve 100 . 78 



Paid : 

E. S. Spinney $38.00 

J. Ga^on 10.80 

A. W. Davis, 250.60 

Ralph Jones 275.58 

Leo. McCarthy 85.00 

Albert R. Jenks 97.50 

C. Cambell 3.60 

0. D. Wood 7.50 

P. Foley 34.20 

J. D. Smith ....- 7.75 

F. H. Tuttle 9.00 

Georg-e Weaver 258 . 25 

F. W. Bulette 60.00 

A. Christofferson 329.00 

Benj. De Sonza 18.00 

Wm. H. Kino'slev 75.75 

Benj. Pope 40.25 



$1,600.78 



$1,600.78 

REMOVAL OF SNOW (Sidewalks) 

Receipts : 
Appropriation , $200.00 

Paid : 

H. Hodgen $25.50 

E. S. Spinney 12.00 

J. E. Coombs 15.00 

0. D. Wood 18.00 

P. Foley 12.60 

W. H. Jones 35.00 

F. W. Green 14.00 

A. C. Flagg 13.50 



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E. P. Gates, repair of plow 1 . 75 

$147.35 
Unexpended balance 52.65 



$200.00 



STREET LIGHTS 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $4,700.00 

Paid: 

American Woolen Co $4,264. 99 

Patrick Foley 6.00 

$4,270.99 
Unexpended balance 429 . 01 



$4,700.00 



RELIEF OF POOR 
Receipts : 

Received from state treasurer $233.24 

Received from town farm fund 854.76 ♦ 

$1,088.00 
Paid: 

Alice R. Mitchell, board $198.00 

Mrs. Michael Murphy, board 134.80 

E. R. Teele, wood 21.00 

H. P. Burroughs, wood 27 . 00 

E. S. Forbes, transportation 3 . 00 

E. S. Morse, milk 38.50 

S. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., wood 7 .00 

Strong & Tracy, provisions 159 . 73 

J. P. Sisson, wood 22.00 

F. E, Tasker, medical service 4.00 

H. B. Butler, sawing wood 15 . 50 

0. AV. Wood, teaming wood 1 . 50 

Jennie Driscoll, nursing services 10 . 71 

A. C. Foss Co., supplies . 30.52 

Hobbs & Warren, book 4.08 

A. W. Davis, services 21 . 50 

Mrs. J. L. Richardson, board 65.70 

M. E. Taylor & Co., provisions 7.79 

George H. Tuttle, medical services 6 . 00 

Chris Kane, board 238. 60 

F. W. Green, services 7 . 00 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 31 . 36 

Flora A. Beach, milk 16 . 56 

C. A. Durkee, wood 13.50 

W. B. Holt, services , 2.65 

$1,088.00 



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SOLDIERS' BENEFITS 

State Aid 
Receipts : 

Received from state treasurer $372.00 

Amount due from state treasurer, Jan. 1, 1923 $392.00 

Payments $324.00 

Amount due from state treasurer, Jan. 1, 1924 344.00 

$716.00 $716.00 
Military Aid 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $100 . 00 

Paid : 

Burial expense of veteran $60. 00 

Unexpended balance 40.00 

$100.00 
EDUCATION 
Receipts: 

Appropriation $40,000 . 00 

Received from dog tax 460. 99 

Received ^from refunds on railroad tickets ... 3.71 

$40,464.70 
Paid: 
Report of school committee $40,444. 84 

Unexpended balance 19 . 86 

$40,464.70 
SCHOOL HOUSE AT CENTER 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $1,500. 00 

Paid : 

Unexpended balance $1,500.00 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $700.00 

Received from sale of old stone crusher ' 50.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 28.36 

$778.36 
Paid : 

Howard A. Wilson, legal services $140.00 

Frederick Morrison, damage closing road .... 350.00 

Leslie W. Sims, legal services 35.00 

A. W. Davis, school signs 16.40 

R. S. Osterhout, reports on streets 15.75 

W. H. Jones, rent of selectmen's meeting room 20.00 

W. B. Holt, material and labor 13.40 



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Julia Kelley, land damage 100.00 

Finney & Hoit, flags 12.00 

James B. Tuttle, auctioneer selling crusher ... 8 . 00 

Whitney Auto Shop, repairs, Green automobile 36.30 

W. J. Costello, signs 7.00 

Traffic Sign & Signal Co., signs 9.00 

T. T. Baxter, labor 7.90 

W. H. Jones, express and distribution town 

reports 7 . 61 



$778.36 

MEMORIAL TABLETS 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $700 . 00 

Unexpended balance $700.00 

DEMONSTRATION WORK IN AGRICULTURE 

Receipts : 

Appropriation , $300. 00 

Paid: 

Middlesex County extension service :....... $300.00 

MEMORIAL DAY 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $225 . 00 

Paid: 

George W. Town, chairman $225 . 00 

LIABILITY INSURANCE 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $400. 00 

Paid : 

Arthur M. Whitcomb $228.81 

Unexpended balance 171 . 19 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $700^.00 

Library fine 57 . 00' 

Rebate on fire insurance 3.87 



Paid: 

Arthur P. Davis, librarian $160.00 

Arthur F. Davis, janitor 160.00 

Arthur F. Davis, cards, cataloging, binding . . 43.75 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber 3.60 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 33.55 

American Woolen Co., light 41 . 34 

Finney & Hoit, mat 6.00 



$400.00 



$760.87 



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0. E. Houghton, transporting books 50.00 

Kobert Osterhout, slips 20 . 00 

Dura Binding Co., binding 10. 70 

E. F. Conant, insurance 37 . 68 

E. P. Gates, repairs 1 . 75 



$568.37 
Unexpended balance 192 .50 



$760.87 



LIBRARY BOOKS 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Received from. interest on library fund 244.74 



Paid: 

H. R. Hunting Co $3.20 

De Wolfe Fiske Co 315.83 

Houghton Mifflin 4.11 

C. E. Goodspeed & Co : 9.30 

Ginn & Co 9.61 

Standard Book Co 9.78 

United Press Association 21 . 18 

W. A. Wilde Co 10.71 

Herman Goldberger 48 . 60 

Bargain Book Co 2 . 50 

Milton Bradley Co 7.42 

H. F. Tuttle Enterprise 1 . 50 

The Voice 1.00 



CEMETERIES 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $900.00 

Sale of lots, Woodlawn 161.00 

Sale of lots, Mt. Hope 50.00 



Paid: 

H. F. Robbins, labor $420.35 

West and South Water Supply, water 25 . 48 

West and South Water Supply, pipe 147.95 

Finney & Hoit, burlap 4. 00 

F. W. Green, labor 222.79 

H. F. Tuttle, commissioner 10.00 

H. F. Tuttle, writing deeds 4.50 

A. W. Davis, labor 13.00 

D. MacDougal, labor 7 . 50 



$444.74 



$444.74 



$1,111.00 



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W. H. Kingsley, building new avenue ........ 179 . 00 

A. W. Davis, trucking pipe 1.00 



$1,035.57 
Unexpended balance 75.43 



$1,111.00 
PERPETUAL CAEE 
Receipts : 

Interest on cemetery fund $806 . 50 

Paid: 

F. W. Green, labor $396.50 

H. F. Robbins, labor 372.55 

Albert Batley & Son, jlowers 37.45 

$806.50 
REFUNDS 
Abatements, 1922 taxes $73.64 

RESERVE FUND 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $1,200. 00 

Paid: 

Transferred to : 

General Government . $126 . 07 

Fire Department 375 .46 

Removal of Snow (Highways) 100.78 

Tree Warden 8.95 

Highways, Main Street (formerly Lowell Road) 296.06 
Unclassified 28.36 

$935.68 
Unexpended balance 264. 32 



LOANS AND INTEREST 
Receipts : 

Appropriation . $8,150.00 

Interest on taxes 989 . 26 

Interest on deposits 139 .55 



$1,200.00 



Paid: 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, inter- 
est on road notes $928 . 12 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, road 

notes 5,000. 00 

Maynard Trust Co., interest on bridge notes 321.72 

Maynard Trust Co., bridge note 1,375.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, interest on 

road notes 225 . 00 



$9,278.81 



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Assabet Institution for Savings, road note .... 1,250 . 00 
First National Bank of Ayer, interest on notes 

in anticipation of revenue 934.43 

$10,034.27 

MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS 

Receipts : 

Total notes outstanding January 1, 1923 $38,000.00 

First National Bank of Ayer, loans in anticipa- 
tion of revenue 66,000.00 

$104,000.00 

Paid: 

First National Bank of Ayer $66,000.00 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, road 

notes 5,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co., bridge note 1,375 . 00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, road note .... 1,250.00 

$73,625.00 

Total notes outstanding January 1, 1924 . . $30,375.00 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Due from collector, January 1, 1923 $22,612.39 

Received : 

State tax 5,400.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

County tax 3,323.11 

Town grant 66,203 . 69 

Overlay 2,942.08 

Poll tax 3,605.00 

$105,659.47 

Treasurer's report $109,618 . 47 

Interest on taxas 989 . 26 

Moth tax 72 . 75 

$110,680.48 

$216,339.95 

Paid: 

State tax $5,400.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

Poll tax 2,163.00 

County tax 3,323.11 

General government 3,276 . 07 

Buildings and grounds 544 . 04 

Police 501.51 

Enforcement of liquor law 60 . 00 

Fire department, maintenance 875 . 46 



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Fire department, new liose 302 . 00 

Hydrant service 2,784. 00 

Brush fires 266.00 

Health and Sanitation 478 . 58 

Town nuree 1,865 . 64 

Moth department 1,232.23 

Tree "Warden 508. 95 

Highways, general 15,130 . 97 

Highways, (Main Street 18,909 .87 

Snow removal (roads) 1,600. 78 

Snow removal (sidewalks) 147 .35 

Street lighting 4,270. 99 

Relief of poor 1,088.00 

State aid 324.00 

Military aid 60 . 00 

Education 40,444. 84 

Unclassified 778.36 

Middlesex county extension service 300.00 

Memorial Day 225.00 

Employers Liability Insurance 228 .81 

Library expense 568 . 37 

Library, purchase of books 444.74 

Cemeteries 1,035 . 57 

Cemeteries, perpetual care 806 . 50 

Refunds . . .' 73.64 

Interest 2,409.27 

Municipal indebtedness 73,625 . 00 

$187,625.85 

Due from collector $21,698 . 85 

Due from treasurer 7,015 . 25 



$216,339.95 

FINANCIAL Statement, December 31, 1923 

Assets 

Due from collector .$21,698.85 

Due from treasurer 7,015 . 25 

Due from state treasurer, cattle inspection .... 62.50 

Due from state treasurer, moth work 204.06 

Due from state treasurer, state highway 574.00 

Due from state treasurer, state aid 344.00 

Due from county treasurer, dog tax 462.10 

$30,360.76 

Liabilities 

Unexpended balance liquor fund notes $455. 64 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, road 

notes 13,750.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, road notes .... 2,500.00 



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Mayiiard Trust Co., bridge notes 4,125.00 

First National Bank of Ayer, anticipation of 

revenue 10,000.00 

$30,830.64 

Balance against the town $469.88 

Respectfully submitted 

EVERETT N. MONTAGUE, Town Accountant. 



1 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. 

EVERETT N. MONTAaUE, Town Accountant. 



TREASURER'S REPORT 



For Year Ending December 31, 1923 

Cash on hand January 1, 1923 $1,545.94 

Received from state treasurer : 

Income tax, 1921 and previous years $195 . 00 

Income tax, 1923 5,719 . 10 

Income tax, Massachusetts school fund 5,768.13 

Superintendent of schools fund 529 .77 

Corporation tax, 1923 business 3,048 . 56 

Income tax, 1923 school fund 2,081.58 

Inspection of animals 62 . 50 

Reimbursement for loss of taxes 355 . 11 

Civilian war, poll tax 249 .00 

Temporary aid 233 . 24 

Corporation tax, public service 329 . 94 

National Bank tax 170.08 

National Bank tax 1 4. 08 

State aid 372.00 

Soldiers' exemption 136 . 19 

Tuition of children 66 . 21 

Aid of Vocational and Industrial schools 300.00 

Gypsy and Brown Tail moth acct 15 . 89 

Highway Commission 134. 09 

Acct. Lowell Road 6,000.00 

Town roads 3,800.00 

Highway Commission 700.00 

Highway Commission 500 . 00 

Corporation tax, 1922 business 298 . 82 

Corporation tax, 1922 public service 128 . 63 

Income tax, 1922 202.50 



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Corporation tax, 1923 business 608.49 

County treasurer, dog tax 460.99 

County treasurer, Lowell Road 6,000.00 

Director of standards, 2 licenses 16 . 00 

Sealer of weights and measures 40.21 

Rent of town hall 160. 00 

Receipts of town nurse 66 . 00 

Court fines 165 . 22 

Interest on deposits 139 . 55 

American Powder Mills, grading road 450 . 00 

Town of Littleton, use of roller man 30.00 

Board of health, two permits 2.00 

Rent of gravel loader 42 . 00 

Sale of old stone crusher 50 . 00 

Town of Concord, Nagog taxes 25 . 12 

Water District, repairing road 25 . 00 

Auto sales, license 1 . 00 

Boston & Maine R. R., forest fires acct. . 149.25 

Lots sold, Mt. Hope Cemetery 50.00 

Lots sold, Woodlawn Cemetery 161 .00 

Library fines and books 57 . 00 

Rebate on school tickets 3. 71 

Outside tuitions 12. 00' 

Town of Littleton, school supt. expenses ...... 12.85 

Town of Westford, school supt. expenses 22.85 

Sale of grass. So. School 2 . 00 

Interest on cemetery fund 806 . 50 

Interest on library fund 244.74 

Interest on town farm fund 854.76 

Rebate on library insurance 3.87 

Loans received: 

First National Bank, Ayer, Note No. 42 6,000.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, Note No. 43 10,000.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, Note No. 44 lO.OOO.OO 

First National Bank, Ayer, Note No.*45 10,000.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, Note No. 46 10,000.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, Note No. 47 10,000.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, Note No. 48 10,000.00 



$108,072.58 
Received of Henry L. Haynes, collector : 

1920 taxes $8.17 

1921 taxes 3,659.44 

1922 taxes 3,624.01 

1921 abatement 43.28 

1922 abatement 12. 36 

$7,347.26 



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Eeeeived of Chas. A. Durkee, collector: 

1922 taxes $13,971.18 

1923 taxes 63,704.19 



$77,675.37 

$194,641.10 
Paid selectmen's orders 187,625.85 



Balance on hand, January 1, 1924 $7,015 . 25 

FEANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Eepor't of Funds Held for Care of Cemetery Lots 

Total fund, January 1, 1923 $26,547.75 

Received : 

Asaph Merriam lot 100.00 

Benj. Hapgood lot, Liberty Bonds 100.00 

Thos. N. Chase lot 100.00 

Frank Priest lot, Mead & Priest 50.00 

Rebecca C. Wright lot 100.00 

David C. Harris lot . 100.00 

Clarence H. Jones lot, for flowers 100 . 00 

Wm. P. Hart lot 250.00 

Income from funds 1,134.01 

$28,581.76 



Paid for care of lots $806.50 

West and South Water District, bonds 6,300.00 

Liberty Bonds 7,300.00 

North Middlesex Savings Bank* 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 2,000 . 00 

Central Savings, Lowell 1,000. 00 

North End Savings Bank 582.35 

Worcester North Savings Institution 900.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank 1,755 . 80 

Warren Institution for Savings 90.15 

Worcester Five Cent Savings 1,500 . 00 

Marlboro Savings Bank 1,000 . 00 

Home Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co 1,500.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank 250 . 00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 1,000.00 

Unexpended balance, Assabet Inst, for Savings 596.96 

$28,581.76 

Surplus cemetery income $257 . 63 



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Wm. Chaplin fund $900.00 

Paid: 

Loring & Saunders, stone $500.00 

Robt. W. Reed, Jr 22.00 

Fred W. Green 50.54 

A. W. Davis 56.50 

West Acton Library Association 36 . 00 

Unexpended balance, Assabet Inst, for Savings 234.96 



$900.00 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Principal of Wilde Fund $5,000.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood, fund 200.00 

Luke Tuttle, fund 200.00 

Susan Augusta and Luther Conant fund ....... 1,000 . 00 

Unexpended balance 187 . 07 

iiiterest on bond, Oonant fund 40.00 

In&est on deposits 256 . 05 

$6,883.12 

Paid town of Acton, book account $244.74 

Cash in Warren Savings Institution 1,000.00 

Cash in Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Cash in Home Savings Bank t\ 1,000.00 

Cash in North End Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings .... 1,000.00 

West Shore R. R. bond, Conant fund 1,000.00 

Cash in Maynard Trust Co 400.00 

Unexpended balance, Maynard Trust Co 238.38 

$6,883.12 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Elizabeth White Fund 

Received from First National Bank $25,000.00 

Income from fund 829.89 

$25,829.89 

Paid out, trustees orders $200 . 00 

Cash in Andovcr Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Cash in East Cambridge Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Cash in Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank . . 2,000.00 
Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings 2,000.00 



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Cash in North Middlesex Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Cash in Lowell Institution for Savings 2,000.00 

Cash in Lawrence Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Cash in Athol Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Cash in Worcester Five Cent Savings Bank .... 2,000.00 

Cash in Amherst Savings Bank 2,000 . 00 

Cash in Marlboro Savings Bank 2,000 . 00 

Cash in Waltham Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Cash in Worcester North Savings Institution . 1,000.00 

Balance of income, Assabet Inst, for Savings 629.89 

$25,829.89 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Fireman's Relief Fund 



Balance on hand, January 1, 1923 $332 . 94 

Interest received 15 . 12 



$348.06 
Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings $348 . 06 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Town Farm Fund 

Balance on hand, January 1, 1923 $16,366. 91 

Hapgood farm fund 3,000.00 

Income from fund 911 . 39 

$20,278.30 

Paid town of Acton poor department $854.76 

Cash in North End Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Cash in Home Savings Bank 1,000. 00 

Cash in Suffolk Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Liberty Bonds ($16,000.00) .^ 14,012.44 

Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings .... 861.10 

Balance due on mortgage 1,550.00 

$20,278.30 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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Outstanding Notes 



North Middlesex Savings Bank: 
Lowell Road, note No. 14, due Nov., 1924 
Lowell Road, note No. 15, due Nov., 1925 
Lowell Road, note No. 35, due Aug., 1924 
Lowell Road, note No. 36, due Aug., 1925 
Lowell Road, note No. 37, due Aug., 1926 
Lowell Road, note No. 38, due Aug., 1927 

Assabet Institution for Savings: 
Lowell Road, note No. 26, due Oct., 1924 
Lowell Road, note No. 27, due Oct., 1925 

Maynard Trust Co. : 
Bridge account, note No. 20, due Sept., 1924 
Bridge account, note No. 21, due Sept., 1925 
Bridge account, note No. 22, due Sept., 1926 

First National Bank, Ayer : 
Anticipation of revenue, note No. 48, due June, 

1924 



$2,500.00 
2,500.00 
2,500.00 
2,500.00 
2,500.00 
1,250.00 

1,250.00 
1,250.00 

1,375.00 
1,375.00 
1,375.00 



10,000.00 



$30,375.00 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



REPORT OP AN AUDIT OF THE ACCOUNTS OP 
THE TOWN OP ACTON 



From January 1, 1922, to December 10, 1923 



Made in Accordance With the Provisions of Section 40, Chapter 44, 

General Laws 



To the Board of Selectmen, 
Mr. Murray Brown, Chairman, 
Acton," Masachusetts. 



February 11, 1924. 



Gentlemen — I submit herewith my report of an audit of the ac- 
counts of the town of Acton for the period from January 1, 1922, to 
December 10, 1923, made in accordance with the provisions of Section 
40, Chapter 44 of the General Laws. This report is in the form of a 
report made to me by Mr. Edward H. Fenton, Chief Examiner of this 
Division, who was placed in charge of the work. 

Very truly yours, 

THEODORE N. WADDELL, 

Director of Accounts. 



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Mr. Theodore N. Waddell, Director of Accounts. 
Dept. of Corporations and Taxation^ 
State House, Boston. 

Sir — ^As directed by you, I have made an audit of the accounts of 
the town of Acton for the period from January 1, 1922, to December 
10, 1923, and submit the following report thereon: 

The financial transactions of the town as recorded on the books of 
the several departments receiving or disbursing money for the town, 
or committing bills for collection, were examined and checked for 
the entire period. 

The books and accounts of the treasurer were examined and 
checked in detail. The recorded receipts were compared ^^-ith the de- 
partmental records of payments to the treasurer and with the several 
other sources from which money was paid into the town treasury; and 
the payments were checked with the selectmen's orders authorizing 
the treasurer to disburse town funds. The treasurer's cash book was 
footed and the cash balance was verified with the bank statements. 

The actual cash on hand and in the bank was in excess of the 
amount called for by the books by $411.74, owing to an error in enter- 
ing receipts from the sale of liberty bonds, the treasurer having put 
personal funds into the town's account sufficient to balance the books. 
Appended to this report is a table showing a reconciliation of the 
treasurer's cash. 

The appropriations voted by the town were checked to the town 
clerk's records. It was found that in the previous years a number of 
receipts from various sources were added to the amounts appropriated 
by the to^^Ti. It is apparent, therefore, that it has been the custom 
TO make appropriations of smaller sums than are required for expenses 
of departments, depending upon the receipts to make up the necessary 
amounts, thereby leaving an indefinite amount to be used by depart- 
ments. In this connection attention is called to Section 53, Chapter 
44, General Laws, which provides that: 

All moneys received by any town officer or department, 
except as otherwise provided by special acts and except fees 
provided for by statute, shall he paid by such officer or de- 
partment upon their receipt into the town treasury. Any 
sums so paid into the town treasury shall not later be used 
by such officer or department without a specific appropria- 
tion thereof. 

It is recommened therefore, that in the future all appropriations 
be made for the full amount to be expended by each department, 
since, under the statute, the assessors are authorized to use estimated 
receipts to a limited amount in fixing the rate and, accordingly, 
appropriations on a flat basis would in no way increase the tax rate. 
If, through economy, a surplus should accrue in the treasury b7\' allow- 
ing appropriation balances to lapse at the end of the year, the town 
could appropriate such sums as may be available from surplus funds 
in the treasury for any town purpose. 

Appended to this report is a balance sheet, showing the financial 
condition of the town as of December 10, 1923. 

As may be seen on the balance sheet, a number of appropriations 



37 

for 1923 (no receipts having been credited to them) appear over- 
drawn, which is contrary to the provisions of Section 31, Chapter 44, 
General Laws, which reads as follows: 

No department of any city or town, except Boston, shall 
incur liability in excess of the appropriation made for the 
use of such department, except in cases of extreme emer- 
gency involving the health or safety of persons or property, 
and then only by a vote in a city of two thirds of the members 
of the city council, and in a town by a vote of two thirds of 
the selectmen. 

In this connection attention is also called to Section 62 of Chap- 
ter 44, General Laws, which was added to that Chapter on April 6, 
1922 and reads as follows : 

Any city, town or district officer who knowingly violates, 
or authorizes or directs any official or employee to violate, 
any provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of 
not more than one hundred dollars ; and the mayor, select- 
men, prudential committee, or commissioners, shall, and five 
taxpayers may, report such violation to the district attorney 
who shall investigate and prosecute the same. 
The books of the tax collectors were examined and checked, the 
commitments were reconciled, the payments to the treasurer were 
comipared with the treasurer's books, the abatements were checked 
with the assessors' records of abatements granted, and the outstand- 
ing accounts were listed and verified. The outstanding accounts were 
further proved by mailing notices to those x>ersons whose names 
appeared on the books as owing money to the town, and from the 
replies received I am satisfied they are correct. 

The savings bank books and securities in custody of the treasurer, 
representing the investments of the various trust funds^ were exam- 
ined and checked. The accounts, although correct as of December 
10, 1923, did not lend themselves to proper auditing, since the treas- 
urer kept no adequate records showing the trust fund transactions 
from year to year. Appended to this report are tables showing the 
condition of the trust funds. 

In addition to the departments and accounts mentioned the books 
of the sealer of weights and measures, the town clerk, the cemeterj^ 
department and the trustees of Goodnow Fund were examined. 
Furthermore, the accounts of the treasurer of the Water District, as 
well as those of the tax collectors of the Water District, were exam- 
ined and verified, summary tables of which are appended herewith. 
For the courtesy extended by the several department officials 
while engaged in making the audit, I wish, on behalf of my assistants 
and for myself, to express my appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD H. FENTON, 

Chief Examiner. 



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RECONCILIATION OF TREASURER'S CASH 

Receipts 1922 $215,402.84 

PRvments 1922 • 

Selectmen's orders 1922 $207,817.11 

Unpaid orders 1921 .... 6,039.79 

$213,856.90 
Balance December 31, 1922 1,545.94 

$215 402 84 

Balance January 1, 1923 $1,545.94 

Receipts to December 10, 1923 169,328.52 

$170,874.46 
Payments to December 10, 1923 : 

Selectmen's orders $165,211.00 

"Without selectmen's orders: 

School transportation $385.40 

Public Health nurse 200 . 00 

Poor 36.00 

Care of shade trees 24.00 

Moth 14.00 

Buildings and grounds .... 21 . 48 

680.88 
Balance December 10, 1923 4,982 . 58 

$170,874.46 
Balance December 10, 1923, per cash book . . $4,982.58 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 1,128.55 

Memorial Library Fund 20 . 00 

Cash over .* 411.74 

$6,542.87 
Balance December 10, 1923 : 

First National Bank of Ayer $4,655 . 94 

Cash in office 1,786.93 

Petty cash fund — School Department .. 100.00 

$6,542.87 

TAXES— 1920 

Henry L. Haynes, Collector 

Commitment : 

Real, personal and moth $38,720.31 

Polls 2,965.00 

Additional commitment 5.00 

$41,690.31 



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Payments to treasurer : 

1920 $35,316.02 

1921 5,574.29 

1922 709.75 


$41,600.06 

67.01 
23.24 


' 


Abatements 

1920 $51.46 

1921 13.98 

1922 1.57 




Outstanding December 31, 1922 




Outstanding January 1, 1923 

Payments to treasurer to December 10, 1923 

Outstanding December 10, 1923, per list 


$7.07 
16.17 


$41,690.31 
$23.24 






$23.24 


TAXES— 1921 





Henry L. Haynes, Collector 

Commitment : 

Real, personal and moth . . $64,086 . 36 

Polls 3,090.00 

Additional commitment . . 434.75 



$67,611.11 
Abatement after payment (refunded) 39.45 



Payments to treasurer : 

1921 $55,597.04 

1922 7,885.94 



$67,650.56 



Abatements : 
1921: 

Taxes $148.02 

Additional 

commitment 424.75 



$63,482.98 



$572.77 
1922 30.26 



603.03 
Outstanding December 31, 1922 3,564.55 



$67,650.56 



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Outstanding January 1, 1923 $3,564.55 

Payments to treasurer to December 10, 1923 $2,924.21 

Abatements to December 10, 1923 38.28 

Outstanding December 10, 1923, per list 508.43 

Cash on hand December 10, 1923 93.63 



TAXES— 1922 

Henry L. Haynes, Collector 

Commitment : 

Eeal, personal and moth $87,542.97 

Polls, 3,630.00 



Payments to treasurer 1922 : 

Real, personal and moth . . $68,475 . 09 
Polls . .. , 3,116.00 

71,591.09 
Abatements 1922 : 

Real and personal $238 . 28 

Polls 319.00 

557.28 

Outstanding December 31, 1922 : 

Real, personal and moth. . $18,829.60 
Polls 195.00 

19,024.60 



Outstanding January 1, 1923 : 

Real, personal and moth $18,829.60 

Polls 195.00 



Payments to treasurer to Maxch 12, 1923 : 
Real, personal and moth . . $3,551.49 
Polls 5.00 

$3,556.49 

Abatements to March 12, 1923 12.36 

Recommitted to Charles A. Durkee : 

Real, personal and moth . . $15,265 .75 
Polls '. 190.00 

15,455.75 



$3,564.55 



$91,172.97 



$91,172.97 



$19,024.60 



$19,024.60 



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INTEREST ON DEFERRED TAXES 

Henry L. Haynes, Collector 
Collections 1920: 

Levy of 1920 $12.65 

Collections 1921: 

Levy of 1920 $226.30 

Levy of 1921 39.87 

266.17 
Collections 1922: 

Levy of 1920 $72.37 

Levy of 1921 312.89 

Levy of 1922 54.64 

439 . 90 
Collections 1923 (to December 10) : 

Levy of 1920 $1.10 

Lew of 1921 266.60 

Levy of 1922 67.52 

335.22 

Pavments to troasurcr : 
i920: 

Levy of 1920 . . . $12.65 

1921: 

Levy of 1920 $226.30 

Levy of 1921 39.87 

266.17 
1922: 

Levy of 1920 $72.37 

Levy of 1921 312.89 

Levy of 1922 54.64 

439.90 
1923 (to December 10) : 

Levy of 1920 $1.10 

Levy of 1921 258.77 

Levy of 1922 67.52 

327.39 
Cash on hand December 10, 1923 : 

Lew of 1921 7.83 



TAXES 1922 and 1923 



Charles A. Diirkee, Collector 

Re-commitment : 
Levy of 1922 : 

Real, personal and moth . $15,265.75 

Polls 190.00 

$15,455.75 



$1,053.94 



$1,053.94 



42 

Commitment : 
Levy of 1923 : 

Real, personal and moth . $79,514.83 
Polls 3,605.00 



83,119.83 



Interest collections: 

Lew of 1922 $545.82 

Levy of 1923 11.52 

557.34 

Collector's overpayment to treasurer 130.92 



Payments to treasurer to December 10, 1923 

' Taxes of 1922 $13,327.79 

Taxes of 1923 60,764.49 

Abatements to December 10, 1923 : 
Levy of 1922: 

Real and personal $7.59 

Polls 26.00 

Levy of 1923 : 

Real and personal $189.54 

Polls 255.00 

Outstanding' December 10, 1923, per list: 
Levy of 1922 : 

Real and personal ... $2,569 . 92 

Polls 55.00 

Moth 1.41 

Levy of 1923 : 

Real and personal $21,517.60 

Polls 520.00 

Moth 29.50 



$74,092.28 



33.59 



444.54 



2,626.33 



22,067.10 



$99,263.84 



$99,263.84 



RECONCILIATION OF WATER DISTRICT TREASURER'S CASH 



Balance March 15, 1923 $4,065 . 52 

Receipts to December 10, 1923 10,165.80 

$14,231.32 
Payments to December 10, 1923 : 

On commissioners' orders $12,694.27 
Not on commissioners' 

orders 452.93 

$13,147.20 

Balance December 10, 1923 1,084.12 

$14,231.32 



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Balance December 10, 1923 $1,084.12 

Cash over 129.89 

$1,214.01 

Balance per bank statement 

December 10, 1923 .. $1,719.84 
Less outstanding checks 

December 10, 1923 .... 590.86 

$1,128.98 
Cash on hand December 10, 1923 85.03 

$1,214.01 



WATER DISTRICT TAXES— 1920 

Henry L. Haynes, Collector 

Commitment $3,565 . 74 

Payments to treasurer : 

ToApriU, 1921 $3,096.20 

To April 1, 1922 405.70 

To April 1, 1923 55.89 

$3,557.79 
Abatements : 

To April 1, 1921 $6.06 

To April 1, 1923 .26 

6.32 
Outstanding December 10, 1923, per list . . 1 . 63 



WATER DISTRICT TAXES— 1921 

Henry L. Haynes, Collector 

Commitment $3,549.22 

December commitment 19.21 

Payments to treasurer: 

^ To April 1, 1922 $3,064.04 

To April 1, 1923 326.35 

To December 10, 1923 .. 124.69 

$3,515.08 
Abatements : 

To April 1, 1922 $29.66 

To April 1, 1923 .50 

To December 10, 1923 ... 2.78 

32.94 
Outstanding December 10, 1923, per list . . 6.56 

Due from collector December 10, 1923 13.85 



$3,565.74 



$3,568.43 



$3,568.43 



44 
WATER DISTRICT TAXES— 1922 



Henry L. Haynes, Collector 

Commitment ' $2,041 . 98 

Payments to treasurer to March 15, 1923. . . $1,674.99 

Abatements to March 15. 1923 7.78 

Re-committed to C. A. Durkee 359.16 



$2,041 . 93 



INTEREST ON DEFERRED WATER DISTRICT TAXES 

Henry L. Haynes, Collector 
Collected to April 1, 1921 : 

Levy of 1920 $2.66 

Collected to April 1. 1922: 

Lew of 1920 $1S.S5 

Lew of 1921 6.04 

24.89 
Collected Tu April 1. 1923: 

Levy of 1920 $6.14 

Lew of 1921 16.60 

Lew of 1922 3.46 

26.20 
Collected to December 10, 1923 : 

Lew of 1921 12.56 

$66.31 
Pavments to treasurer: 
To April 1, 1921 : 

Lew of 1921 $2.66 

To April 1. 1922 : 

Lew of 1920 $18.85 

Lew of 1921 6.04 

24.89 
To AprH 1. 1923 : 

Lew of 1920 86.14 

Lew of 1921 16.60 

Lew of 1922 3.46 

26.20 
To December 10, 1923: 

Levy of 1921 11.22 

Due from collector December 10, 1923 : 

Levy of 1921 1.34 

$66.31 



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WATER DISTRICT TAXES— LEVIES 1922 and 1923 



Charles A. Durkee, Collector 

Ke-commitment : 

Levy of 1922 $359.16 

Commitment : 

Levy of 1923 1,952.02 

Interest collections : 

Levy of 1922 $12.16 

Lev:^^ of 1928 . .28 



Payments to treasurer to December 10, 1923 : 

^ Levy of 1922 $288.07 

Levy of 1923 1,215.01 

Abatements : 

Lew of 1922 $ .08 

Lew of 1923 6.12 



TOWN CLERK 



Payments to county treasurer 
Clerk's fees, 184 (ci> 20c 



12.44 



$1,503.08 



6.20 



Outstanding December 10, 1923, per list : 

Levy of 1922 $82.83 

Lew of 1923 551.56 

634.39 

Due from collector December 10, 1923 .... 179 . 95 



Dog- licenses issued in 1922 : 

167 males @ $2.00 $334.00 

34 females @ $5.00 170.00 

1 keimel @ $25.00 25.00 

Payments to county treasurer, 1922 $480.20 

Clerk's fees. 202 (a 20c 40.40 

Cash on hand December 31, 1922 8.40 



Cash on hand January 1, 1923 

Licenses issued to December 10, 1923 : 

140 males @ $2.00 

43 females . @ $5 . 00 

1 kennel (a $25 .00 



$2,323.62 



$2,323.62 



;529.00 





$529.00 


$8.40 




280.00 




215.00 




25.00 






$528.40 


$491.60 




36.80 





$528.40 



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SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

Fees for sealing— 1922 $41.10 

Payments to treasurer in 1922 $37 .05 

Cash on hand December 31, 1922 $4. 05 

$41.10 

Cash on hand January 1, 1923 $4. 05 

Fees for sealing to December 10, 1923 .... 38.56 

$42.61 
Payments to treasurer to December 10, 1923 $40 . 21 

Outstanding December 10, 1923 1.21 

Cash on hand December 10, 1923 1.19 

$42.61 

FIREMEN'S RELIEF ASSOCIATION FUND 

Savings Bank 

Deposits Total 

On hand January 1, 1922 $317.70 $317.70 

On hand December 31, 1922 332.94 332.94 

On hand December 10, 1923 332.94 332.94 

RECEIPTS 
1922 

Interest and income earned $15 . 24 

Total $15.24 

PAYMENTS 

1922 f ^iil 

Added to savings deposits $15.24 

Total $15.24 

HAPGOOD FARM FUND 

Cash Total 

On hand January 1, 1922 $3,000.00 $3,000.00 

On hand December 31, 1922 

RECEIPTS 
1922 

Cash on hand, January 1, 1922 $3,000.00 

Total $3,000.00 

PAYMENTS 
1922 

Transferred to Town Farm Fund .... $3,000.00 

Total $3,000.00 



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TOWN FARM FUND 

Savings Bank 
Cash Deposits Securities Total 
On hand January 1, 1922 $930.08 $18,050.00 $18,980.08 

On hand Dec. 31, 1922 304.47 $3,000.00 18,050.00 21,354.47 

On hand Dec. 10, 1923 3,644.47 18,050.00 21,694.47 

KECEIPTS 
1922 

Transferred from Hapgood Fund $3,000.00 

Interest and income earned 803 . 00 

Cash on hand January 1, 1922 980.08 

Total $4,733.08 

PAYMENTS 
1922 

Added to savings deposits $3 000.00 

Transferred to town 1,428. 61 

Cash on hand December 31, 1922 304.47 

Total $4,733.08 

KECEIPTS 
January 1 to December 10, 1923 : 

Interest and income earned $340.00 

Cash on hand January 1, 1923 304.47 

Total $644.47 

PAYMENTS 
January 1 to December 10, 1923 : 

Added to savings deposits $644.47 

Total $644.47 



WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND 

Savings Bank 

Cash Deposits Securities Total 

On hand Jan. 1, 1922 $196.38 $5,421.94 $1,000.00 $6,618.32 

On hand Dec. 31, 1922 165.13 5,421.94 1,000.00 6,587.07 

On hand Dec. 10, 1923 20.00 5,610.49 1,000.00 6,630.49 

RECEIPTS 
1922 

Interest and income earned $294.27 

Cash en hand January 1, 1922 196.38 



Total $490.65 



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PAYMENTS 
1922 

Transferred to town 


$325.52 
165.13 

$43.42 
165.13 

$188.55 
20.00 




Cash on hand December 31, 1922 




Total 


$490.65 


RECEIPTS 

January 1 to December 10, 1923 : 

Interest and income earned 

Cash on hand January 1, 1923 




Total 


$208 . 55 


PAYMENTS 
January 1 to December 10, 1923: 

Added to savings deposits 

Cash on hand December 10, 1923 




Total 


$208 . 55 







GEORGE A. WHITE FUND 

Savings Bank 
Cash Deposits Total 

On hand January 1, 1922 

On hand December 31, 1922 $25,000.00 $25,000.00 

On hand December 10, 1923 160.95 $25,000.00 25,160.95 

RECEIPTS 

.1922 

Bequest $25,000.00 

Total $25,000.00 

PAYMENTS 
1922 

Cash on hand December 31, 1922 .... $25,000.00 

Total $25,000.00 

RECEIPTS 
January 1 to December 10, 1923 : 

Interest on deposits $160. 95 

Total - .$160.9.1 

PAYMENTS 

January 1, to December 10, 1923 : 

Cash on hand December 10, 1923 $160. 95 

Total $160.95 



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CHARLOTTE L. GOODNOW FUND 

In Custody of Trustees 

Savings Bank 

Deposits Total 

On hand January 1, 1922 . $3,204.49 $3,204.49 

On hand December 31, 1922 3,220.14 3,220.14 

On hand December 10, 1923 3,220.14 3,220.14 

EECBIPTS 

1922 

Interest and income earned $154 , 65 



Total $154.65 

PAYMENT^S 
1922 

Expenditures $139.00 

Added to savings deposits 15 . 65 



Total . $154.65 

RECEIPTS 
January 1 to December 10, 1923 

Interest and income earned $100.00 



Total $100.00 

PAYMENTS 

January 1 to December 10, 1923 

Expenditures $100 . 00 



Total $100.00 



CEMETERY PERPETUAL CARE FUNDS 

Savings Bank 
Cash Deposits Securities Total 
On hand Jan. 1, 1922 $2,520.97 $6,902.64 $14,950.00 $24,373.61 
On hand Dec. 31, 1922 5,230.18 7,467.62 14,850.00 27,547.75 
On hand Dec. 10, 1923 792.71 14,056.35 13,700.00 28,549.06 

RECEIPTS 

Sale of securities $300 . 00 

Interest and income earned 1,061.94 

Bequests 2,850.00 

Cash on hand January 1, 1922 2,520. 97 



Total $6,732.91 



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PAYMENTS 

Purchase of securities $200.00 

Added to savings deposits 564.98 

Care of lots 737 . 80 

Cash on hand December 31, 1922 5,230.13 



Total $6,732.91 

EECEIPTS 
January 1 to December 10, 1923 

Sale of securities $3,350.00 

Interest and income earned 601.31 

Bequests 900.00 

Cash on hand January 1, 1923 5,230.13 



Total $10,081.44 

PAYMENTS 
January 1 to December 10, 1923 

Purchase of securities $2,200.00 

Added to savings deposits 6,588.73 

Expended on Chaplin lot 500 . 00 ' 

Cash on hand December 10, 1923 792.71 



Total $10,081.44 



CEMETERY PERPETUAL CARE SURPLUS FUND 

Cash Total 

On hand Januarv 1, 1923 $335.84 $835.84 

On hand December 10, 1923 335.84 335.84 

RECEIPTS 

Januarv 1 to December 10, 1923 

Cash on hand January 1, 1923 $335.84 



Total $335.84 

PAYMENTS 
Januarv 1 to December 10, 1923 

Cash on hand December 10, 1923 $335 . 84 



Total $335.84 



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54 
REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FiJND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1923 

INVESTMENTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,237. 65 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank 1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000 . 00 

$3,237.65 
RECEIPTS 

"Warren Institution for Savings $55. 51 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank 50 . 00 

City Institutions for Savings 50.00 

$155.51 
PAYMENTS 
Paid H. F. Robbins, care of Goodnow lot, 

Woodlawn cemetery $8 . 00 

Unused income, for care of cemetery lot de- 
posited with Warren Institution for Sav- 
ings 17 . 51 

Paid to Ella L. Miller, Treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical Church in Acton 130 . 00 

$155 51 
CHARLOTTE CONANT, 
I. WARREN FLAGG, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting", 
March 12, 1923 

The meeting was called to order by the moderator Allen Brooks 
Parker. 

The moderator appointed Bertram D. Hall and William T. Mer- 
riam, tellers. 

Article 1. To choose a moderator. 

Allen Brooks Parker was chosen moderator at the town election 
March 5, 1923. 

To choose all necessarj^ town officers and committees. 

Article 2. (ToAvn officers chosen at the town election, March 
5, 1923.) 

Article 3. To choose all necessary town officers not named in 
Article 2. (See warrant for election, March 5, 1923), and fix salaries 
of all town officers. 

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



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Chose Clarence D. Cram, trustee of the Firemen's Relief fund for 
three years. 

Voted: To fix the salary of the tax collector at five-eighths 
of one per cent of the amount collected. 

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. 

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

Voted : That the salary of the assessors be as follows : The 
chairman, one hundred and twenty-five dollars per annum ; the clerk, 
one hundred dollars, and the other member seventy-five dollars. 

Voted: That the salary of the moderator be ten dollars per 
meeting. 

Voted: That the salary of the overseers of the poor be as fol- 
lows: The chairman, seventy -five dollars and the other members, 
forty dollars each 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 vote to accept the several 
reports of the 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 by the selectmen, under authority of 
a vote passed at a special town meeting, May 3, 1922, submitted a 
printed report. 

Voted : To amend said report by substituting the name of 
Prospect street for Blanchard street, item number 43. 

Voted: To strike out the name Quimby street, item 36. 

Voted : To substitute the name Howard L. Quimby square for 
Exchange square. 

Voted : To substitute the name Piper Road for Quimby street, 
item 3G. 

Voted: To accept the report of the committee as amended. 

Voted : To receive the verbal report of the Welcome Hnme 
Committee, to which was referred the matter of a memorial to those 
who served in the World War from Acton. 

Voted: That the committee be continued and the sum of seven 
hundred dollars be reappropriated for the use of said committee. 

Voted : That three ex-service men be added to tlie committee, 
all of whom shall have seen service in the army, navy or marines of 
the United States. 

Voted: That the three men, be chosen by the ex-service men of 
the town, one from each precinct. 

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 6. Voted to appropriate for: 

Roads and bridges $10,000.00 

Removal of snow 1,500 . 00 



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Loans and interest 8,150 . 00 

Schools 40'000.00 

School house at the Center, special improvements 1,500.00 

Town Nurse 2,000.00 

Memorial Library, current expenses 700.00 

Memorial Library, purchase of books 200.00 

Hydrant service 2,784 . 00 

Fire department for new hose 400 . 00 

Forest Fires 200. 00 

Street Lighting 3,900.00 

Street lighting for additional lights 800.00 

Shade trees, care of 500 . 00 

General government 3,000 . 00 

Treasurers and Collectors bonds 150 . 00 

Enforcement of the liquor laws 465 . 64 

Buildings and grounds 400 . 00 

Cemeteries 900.00 

Police department 400 . 00 

Board of Health 750 . 00 

Military Aid 100.00 

Sidewalks, removal of snow 200 .00 

Memorial Tablets 700 . 00 

Keserve Fund 1,200.00 

Unclassified 700 . 00 

Fire house No. Acton, a sum of money sufhcient to shingle 

Elm leaf beetle, control of 300.00 



$81,899 . 64 

Yoted to raise and appropriate for: 

Special work on Main Street, sometimes called Lowell 

Road, from So. Acton to Kelley's Corner $2,000.00 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300.00 

Fire department maintenance 500.00 

Moth work 965 . 67 

Memorial Day 225.00 

Insurance of employees 400 . 00 

Voted to raise by taxation for town charges 60,000.00 



$64,390.67 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will raise for tlie 
observance of Memorial day. 

Voted : To raise the sum of two hundred and twenty-five 
dollars. 

Voted : That the Moderator be instructed to appoint a commit- 
tee of seven, to take in charge the expenditure of this appropriation 
and direct the ceremonies of the observance of Memorial day. 

The follow^ing persons were appointed by the Moderator. 

George Towne, Fannie Wetherbee, George B. Parker, Charlotte 
Conant, Lowell Cram, Helen Knowlton, 0. D. Wood. 

Article 8. To see vrhat action the town will take in regard to 
the collection of taxes. 

Voted: That all taxes, otlier tlian poll, shall be payal)le not 



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later than October 15, 1923 and on all taxes remaining unpaid after 
November 1, 1923 interest shall be charged at the rate of six per 
cent, per annum from October 15, 1923 until such taxes are paid. 

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. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of five hundred dol- 
lars. 

Article 10. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix price thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate two hundred dollars for fighting brush 
fires. 

Voted : That the amount to be paid be fixed by the forest war- 
den subject to the approval of the selectmen. 

Article 11. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the elm tree beetle and brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Voted : To raise $965 . 67 for moth work. 

Voted : To appropriate three hundred dollars for suppression 
of the elm leaf beetle. 

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, 1923 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 reve- 
nue of said financial year. 

Voted : That the town treasurer with the approval of the select- 
men, be and is hereby authorized to borrow money from time to time 
in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning Janu- 
ary 1, 1923, and to issue a note or notes therefor payable within one 
year. Any debt or debts incurred under this note to be paid from the; 
revenue of said financial year. . ■ w ■ 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and apAopriateJ 
a sum of money to insure the employees of the town or act |Eny thing - 
thereon. f 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of four hundred (400) 
dollars. 

Article 14. 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 appropriate the sum of one hundred and fifty (150) 
dollars. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to give the use of the 
town hall and town grounds to the Acton Agricultural Association 
for their meetings and fairs. 

Voted: That the town give the use of the town hall and town 
grounds to the Acton Agricultural Association for their meetings and 
fairs. 

Article 16. To see if the town will provide a safe or vault or 
make some other suitable provision for the safe-keeping of its records 
and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Voted : That a committee of three be appointed by the Moder- 
ator to investigate the matter of providing suitable accommodations 



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for keeping the town records and report to the town at the next an- 
nual meeting or an earlier meeting. 

The Moderator appointed the following committee : James B. 
Tuttle, William Eawitser, Edgar H. Hall. 

Article 17. To see if the town will purchase three snow plows, 
one for each precinct, to be used for clearing the roads of snow, and 
appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 18. To see what action the town will take to keep the 
roads open for travel in the winter. 

Voted : That the matter be referred to the selectmen to act 
in their discretion. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of two thousand dollars to be used with the unexpended 
balance of the $30,000, borrowed for the rebuilding of the Lowell 
road to extend it to a point beyond Kelley's Corner. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of two thousand dol- 
lars to be used for rebuilding the Lowell road as stated in the article. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of three hundred dollars or some other amount, and elect a 
director, the money to be expended by and the director to serve in 
co-operation with the county agricultural trustees of the Middlesex 
County Bureau of Agriculture and Home Economics under the pro- 
vision of Section 40 to 45, Chap. 128, General Laws of Massachusetts. 

Voted : To appropriate $300 and instruct the selectmen to ap- 
point the director referred to in the article. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to maintain a public 
health nurse for the ensuing year or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the town maintain a public health nurse the ensu- 
ing year. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of two thousand dollars for maintenance of the public health 
nurse or any other sum or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of two thousand dollars. 

Article 23. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
fixing the price of the services of the public health nurse or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : That a charge of fifty cents per call be made for the 
services of the public health nurse. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to dispose of the stone 
crusher or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the matter be left in the hands of the selectmen 
with power to act. 

Article 25. To see if the town Avill vote to accept Article 4 of 
the will of the late George R. "White or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the town accept a legacy in Article 4 of the will 
of the late George R. White of $25,000, to be known as the Elizabeth 
White fund, upon the trusts and conditions in said will set forth. 

Voted : To choose three trustees, one for one year, one for two 
years and one for three years and that annually hereafter, one trus- 
tee shall be elected for three years. Chose: Waldo E. Whitcomb, 



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trustee for one year; William H. Kingsley, trustee for two years; 
Warren II, Jones, trustee for three years. 

Article 26. To see what action the town will take relating to 
Chapter 240, Acts of 1920 viz : An act to permit under public regula- 
tion and control, base ball games on the Lord's day. 

A motion to accept the provisions of law permitting base ball 
games on the Lord's day did not prevail. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to discontinue the road 
in North Acton, leading from the Lowell road, to the County road 
near the farm of Gertrude C. Daniels. 

Voted : That the road in North Acton, leading from the Lowell 
road to the County road near the farm of Gertrude C. Daniels be dis- 
continued. 

Article 28. To see if the town will maintain street lights on 
that part of the road from Acton Center to South Acton, between 
Main Street, Acton Center and the farm now occupied by W. S. Dunn, 
formerly the Moses Taylor Farm. 

Voted: To take up for joint consideration articles 29, 30, 31, 32, 
33, and 35. 

A motion that the articles be referred to the selectmen with 
power to act did not prevail. 

Voted : That the extensions called for in the several articles be 
installed, so far as possible. 

Voted : To appropriate eight hundred dollars for additional 
street lights. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to extend the lights on 
the Acton Center road, to the house of the late Patrick Foley. 

See action under Article 28. 

Article 30. To see if the town will establish two lights beyond 
the residence of Benjamin Ineson to the three houses near the Stow 
line on Red Acre road, and appropriate money therefor. 

See action under Article 28. 

Article 31. To see if the town will establish lights on, Massa- 
chusetts Avenue in West Acton hear the garage of James Fitzgerald. 

See action under Article 28. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on the Lowell road in North Acton from the railroad crossing 
to the house of Mrs. Spinney or take any action thereon. 

See action under Article 28. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to place two street 
lights on Wright Terrace in Precinct 3 or act anything thereon. 

See action under Article 28. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote and appropriate money 
to macadamize High street from Maynard street to the back road 
leading to Maynard or act anything thereon. 

A motion to raise and appropriate $3 500, to macadamize 2,000 
feet of High street in South Acton beginning at Maynard street, did 
not prevail. 

Article 35. To see what action the town will take to place street 
lights from Fletcher's Corner to the Barker place, or act anything 
thereon. 

See action under Article 28. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded 30 



Born in Acton 19 

Males 17 

Females 13 



Native parentage 15 

Foreign parentage 5 

Mixed parentage 10 



Marriages 

Whole number recorded 30 

Residents of Acton 39 Residents of other places. ... 21 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 37 

Residents of Acton 35 Residents of other places .... 2 

Occurring in Acton 28 i Occurring in other places. . . 9 

I Average age in years, 60 plus. 

The town clerk requests information of any errors or omissions 
in the list 0f births, marriages, and deaths. 

The town clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared to fur- 
nish blanks for the return of births and deaths. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



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Persons Having Dog's Licensed in 1923. 



Mien, AV. Stuart :. . $2 

Allen, Mrs. P. AV 2 

x4madon, L. Q 5 

Almgren, Geo. W 2 

Baker, Martin 5 

Braman, James W 2 

Brown, Murray 2 

Billing's, Howard J 7 

Baxter, Charles T 2 

Butler, H. B 5 

Bradford, Fred R. "W 2 

Bradburv, Rolf e 2 

Brill, Fred E 7 

Brown, James A 2 

Bulette, Frank W 7 

Berry, James N 5 

Brown, Evelyn L 2 

Bliss, Grace 1 5 

Berglind, John E 5 

Brindley, Charles 2 

Beach, Hazel 2 

Chaffin, Nancy S 2 

Chaffin, Myron L 2 

Carlisle, S. F 5 

Cummings, George P. . . . . 2 

Clapp, Barbara 2 

Casavoy, Alfred B 2 

Charter, W. W 2 

Clapp, George E 2 

Comstock, M. M 2 

Coloumb, Antonia 2 

Durkee, Raymond F 2 

Durkee, Charles A 5 

Doten, Wallace V 2 

Davis, Wendell F 4 

DeSousa, Ben 2 

Duren, Roy L 2 

Dixon, Charles 

Day, Herbert L 2 

Day, Alonzo G 5 

Evans, J. H 2 

Enneguess, Michael 14 

Enright, John M 2 

Edney, E. Esther 2 

Fitzgerald, James 2 

Foss, Richard W 5 

Farrar, F. B 5 

Farrell, Mary 2 

Fullonton, L. T 2 



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Fletcher, Charles J 2.00 

Flynn, Edith M 5.00 

Fletcher, Lester N 2.00 

Fobes, E. S 5.00 

Folev, Patrick J 2 . 00 

Ford, Charles L 10.00 

Freeman, Richard 5.00 

French, C. H 2.00 

Ford, I. S 7.00 

Gallant, Mildred 2.00 

Gibbs, Harriet E 5.00 

Griffin, F. E 7.00 

Griffin, Isabella 2.00 

Gallagher, Howard B 2.00 

Goward, Annie R 5 . 00 

Green, Catherine 2.00 

Hall, Edgar H 2.00 

Hingley, John W 5.00 

Hastings, Lewis C 2.00 

Hayes, Mildred G 2.00 

Havnes, Albert L 2.00 

Hoiden, F. H 4.00 

Holden, Willis S 2.00 

Jones, Karl 2.00 

Jones, Ralph T 5.00 

Jones, Clara 2.00 

Jenks, Albert R 2.00 

Johnson, E. E 2.00 

Kimball, Hope 5 .00 

Kimball, Elnathan J 39.00 

Knowlton, Helen A 2 . 00 

Kemp, H. M 2.00 

Kellev, Julia T 2.00 

Kimball, B. A 2.00 

Kennedy, Duncan S 2.00 

Kilmartin, Wm. T 2.00 

Llovd, Wm. E 2.00 

Lamson, Wallace 1 2.00 

Lowell, C. A 7.00 

Laffin, Sidnev 2.00 

LeClare, Edward L 2.00 

Little, Edward M 2.00 

Lears, William 2.00 

Livermore, W. J 2.00 

Morse, Ernest S 2.00 

Moulton, Charles S 2.00 

Mills, Charles 2.00 

Mason, Roger 2.00 

Mead, George Y 2.00 



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Martin, M. Viola 4.00 

Mannion, Arthur W 2 . 00 

Nealey, Edward F 10.00 

Nolan, Nellie 2.00 

Prentiss, A. S 5.00 

Porter, Fannie T 2.00 

Peterson, C. U 2.00 

Pereira, Antonio 5 . 00 

Packard, James B 2.00 

Perkins, A. H 2.00 

Perkins, Levi W 2.00 

Pope, Benjamin 8.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Priest, Henry L 2.00 

Piscaer, Louis 2 . 00 

Kug'g, George 2.00 

Russell, John H 2.00 

Reynolds, Jesse C 2.00 

Rayner, W. A 2.00 

Roche, Francis B 2.00 

Savage, L. E 2.00 

Stokes, William 2.00 

Sanborn, Everett R 5.00 

Schofield, Harris C 12.00 

Smith, George 1 2.00 

Smith, George A 2.00 

Smith, Ralph 2.00 



Smith, Hattie E 2.00 

Scanlon, Wm. J 2.00 

Schnair, C. H 2.00 

Shapley, EvaC 2.00 

Stearns, Clifton S 2.00 

Stiles, Frank 5.00 

Spinney, Margaret S 2.00 

Turner, George C 2.00 

Toohey, William 2.00 

Todd, Ethel L 4.00 

Tavlor, Spencer H 2.00 

Teele, W. Henry 2.00 

Taylor, M. E 2.00 

Tucker, George S., Jr 4.00 

Tuttle, Arthur 2.00 

Tuttle, W. D 5.00 

Tripp, Horatio W 2.00 

Turnbull, George L 7.00 

Vallie, A. H 2.00 

Waite, Fredk. A 2.00 

Whitcomb, Fred S 2.00 

Weaver, George T 25.00 

While, E. L 2.00 

Watkins, J. PI 12.00 

Willis, Ora J 2.00 

Wood, 0. D 2.00 



143 licenses at $2.00 $286.00 

45 licenses at $5.00 225.00 

1 license at $25.00 25.00 



Deduct fee, 198 licenses at 20c each 
Due county treasurer, 1922 account 



$536.00 
37.80 

$498.20 
8.40 

$506.60 



June 1, 1923, Paid County Treasurer . . . . 
December 1, 1923, Paid County Treasurer 
Due County Treasurer on 1923 account . . 



169.20 

322.40 

15.00 



$506.60 



68 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen— I herewith submit my report for the year endine" 
December 31, 1923. 

Appropriation $10,000.00 

Received from State 5,100.00 

Total $15,100.00 

Amount expended $15,130. 97 

This amount was expended as follows : 

Scraping and cleaning gutters $1,474.88 

Oil 2,301.10 

Sand and labor 1,463 .48 

Tools 'l62 . 61 

Patching 775 . 19 

Scarifying and reshaping 252 . 00 

Rolling new gravel 276 . 00 

Dragging 310.00 

Guard rail 750. 04 

Cutting brush 120 . 00 

Repairs on tools 235 . 27 

Paid on loader 300 . 00 

River St. Bridge 143.98 

Repairs on bridge at So. Acton 233 .37 

Rebuilding bridge on Lowell Road 491 . 50 

Stow Road 1,404.20 

Kingsley Road 910 . 15 

Holden Road 150.00 

Pope Road 382.00 

Repairing culverts 573 . 50 

Graveling 2,421.70 



$15,130.97 

Some of the larger jobs were on the road near the house of W. 
H. Kingsley about 900 feet which was done with gravel run through 
a crusher. This was somewhat of an experiment as there was so 
much stone to be thrown out at the pit. I decided to try and use 
this waste stone and it worked out very satisfactory and at very little 
added expense. The Stow Road from West Acton to the Stow line 
was resurfaced, a very bad hill cut down and many large boulders 
removed, about 1,400 feet being covered. About 1,000 feet on Pros- 
pect street near the house of D. J. Hennessey was resurfaced with 
gravel, also 800 feet on the Boxboro Road. The section in the South. 
East part of the town was gone over and many bad places resurfaced 
with gravel on the Concord Road. Parker's Crossing, Fletcher's Cor- 
ner and the Powder Mill section were gone over. Many bad stones 
were removed from roads in different parts of the town. There are 
still many bad places on the back roads which need gravel, also guard 
rails which must be repaired or rebuilt. 



69 

The roads in town were all measured to get our total mileage 
which was found to be 57 miles, therefore we shall receive about 
$900.00 less from the State than last year. 

I would recommend that the town appropriate the sum of $10,000 
for the coming year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. W. DAVIS, 
Superintendent of Streets, 



LOWELL ROAD 



Continuing work on this road to Kelley's corner the contract 
called for 2,350 feet after which 600 feet was built making a total of 
2,950 feet at a cost of $18,909.87. 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Unexpended balance 4,163 . 81 

Received from Am. Powder Co 450.00 

Received from State 6,000.00 

Received from County 6,000.00 

Total $18,613.81 

Some of the items which make up this amount were as follows : 

Excavation 1,200 cu. yds. 

Burrow gravel 610 cu. yds. 

Gravel ' 2,140 cu. yds. 

Crushed stone 1,956 tons 

Asphalt 13,300 gals. 

Extending culverts 6 ft. 

Cast iron pipe drains 80 ft. 

Ledge removed 150 

Catch basin 1 cu. yds. 

Concrete 4 cu. yds. 

Trees removed 4 

Side drain 425 ft. 

Guard rail stone 210 ft. 

Use of loader $300 

Having a large amount of gravel to load the selectmen decided 
to purchase a power loader from the Conant Machine Co. at a cost of 
$890.00 to be paid for on a rental basis. $600.00 has been paid leav- 
ing a balance of $290.00 due. The loader has given excellent service 
and has been a great saving in loading gravel. "We were very for- 
tunate in obtaining a new steam roller from the State Department of 
Public "Works. 

This roller was in constant use from June to November the only 
expense to the town was the roller man and coal. 

I would recommend that the town continue work on road at 
least 4,000 feet which is in very bad condition. 

Respectfully submitted, 
A. W. DAVIS, 

Superintendent of Streets. 



70 
REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



The Overseers of the Poor submit the following report for the 
>ear ending December 31, 1923. We have had three cases to look 
after most of the year. At the present time there are three. 

HARRY B. MORSE, 
ALFRED W. DAVIS, 
MURRAY BROWN. 

Overseers of the Poor. 



REPORT OF THE 1ST ENGINEER OF THE FIRE DEPT. 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen. 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report of tlie Fire Department of Precinct 

3 for the year ending December 31, 1923. 

Chimney Fires 13 

Brush Fires ' 10 

Buildings 4 

Auto Trucks 2 

Total calls 29 

1 recommend that the tov/n consider the purchase of a new fire 
truck, the present piece of apparatus has done excellent work for a 
number of years, but it is now j^ractically worn out, and is no longer 
reliable. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

C. D. CRAM, 

Engineer. 



REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



The Board of Health submits the following report for the year 
ending December 31st 1923. 

Burial permits issued in Acton 29 

Burial permits of non-residents 21 

List of contagious diseases reported by the Board of Health 
January 1, 1923 to December 31, 1923. 

Anterior Poliomyelitis 1 

Chicken-pox 8 

German measles 1 

Mumps 23 

Scarlet fever 3 

Whooping cough 3 

(Death none.) 
Your board would recommend that $1,000.00 be appropriated for 
use of the board for the present year. 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

By C. A. Durkee, Agent. 



71 
CATTLE INSPECTOR'S REPORT 

Would submit the following report for the year 1923 : 

Cows 409 

Young cattle . 225 

Bulls 24 

Swine 55 

Goats 6 

Barns inspected 120 

Quarantined in the year, 5 cows that were taken by the state and 
slaughtered because affected by tuberculosis, also placed in quaran- 
tine three dogs under suspicion of being affected with rabies. 

FRED S. WHITCOMB, 

Inspector of Animals. 



INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 



To the Honorable Board of Health. 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report as inspector of slaughtering from 
June 1, 1923 to January 1, 1924. 



Cattle 
Veal . 
Hoo's 



73 

200 
24 



297 



Condemned 



11 
4 




15 
JAMES KINSLEY, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 



To the Honorable Board of Health. 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit mv report as Inspector of Slaughtering from 
January 1, 1923 to July 1, 1923. 



Cattle 

Veal 

Hogs 



24 

81 
10 



115 



Condemned 



18 
CHARLES A. DURKEE, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



72 
REPORT OF TOWN NURSE 



To the Honorable Board of Health : 

Following is a record of my work as District Nurse for the 
Town of Acton. 

No. of calls from Jan. 1 to March, 1923 124 

No. of calls paid for from March 1 to Dec. 31, 1923 127 

No. of free calls 90 

No. of T. B. follow up calls 16 

No. emergency calls 5 

Anesthetics given 2 

Confinements 3 

Health talks 10 

Assistance to operation 2 

Respectfully submitted, 

IDA BREIDENBACH, R. N. 

Public Health Nurse. 



ASSESSORS' REPORT 



Buildings, exclusive of land $1,394,815.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 571,345 . 00 

Personal estate , 580,060.00 

$2,546,220.00 
Valuation, April 1, 1922 2,479,165.00 



Increase in valuation $67,055 . 00 

Rate of taxation, $31.20. 
Tax assessed as follows : 

Real estate $61,344.20 

Personal estate 18,097 . 88 

Polls 3,605.00 

$83,047.08 

Moth tax $72.75 

Amount of money raised : 

State tax $5,400.00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 20 

County tax 3,323.11 

Town grant 67,645.69 

Overlay 2,942.08 

Special state poll tax ($3.00 each poll) . . . 2,163.00 

$83,047.08 
ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
WARREN H. JONES, 
HENRY L. HAYNES. 



73 
AGEICULTUEE AND HOME ECONOMICS 



Report of demonstration work in agriculture and home economics 
carried on by the Middlesex County Extension Service in the town 
of Acton, during the year ending December 31, 1923. 

An appropriation of $300 was made at the Annual Meeting for 
demonstration work under the direction of Middlesex County Bureau 
of Agriculture and Home Economics, now known as the Extension 
Service. Following is a report of the work done by this organization 
in Acton : 

Agents of the Extension Service made 182 farm and home visits. 
The Agricultural Agent judged at the Acton Fair, gave public demon- 
strations in pasture improvement, poultry culling, pruning and small 
fruits and held a fertilizer meeting. During the year he conducted 
a iDOultry automobile tour and fruit survey, which was of direct 
benefit to many farmers of the town. 

The Home Demonstration Agents judged at the Acton Fair, gave 
a dress form demonstration, three lectures, trained a leader in mil- 
linery and held four millinery classes, each of which were attended 
by twenty-five to thirty women. 

Moving pictures were shown four times to a total audience of 
570. 

Acton continues as one of the leading towns in the County in 
boys' and girls' club work. Club Agents co-operated with the of- 
ficials of the Acton Fair in making their Junior Department a success, 
by assisting in securing exhibits, setting them up and judging. A 
very successful joint exhibit of poultry and home economics work 
was held in West Acton, which brought all sections of the town to- 
gether. There were 107 boys and girls enrolled in twelve organized 
clubs. Eighty-two meetings were held with these groups by Club 
Agents of the Extension Service. Having provided two County 
Champions last year, Acton again furnished a County Champion this 
year, George Braman, in the breadmaking club. Two-day trips to 
the Massachusetts Agricultural College were awarded to Milton 
Parks, Stephen Teele, Betty HoAve, Alberta Hodgen and Inga Peder- 
son, for excellence in club work. 

These young people were a part of the great County Achieve- 
ment Organization, containing nearly 3,000 boys and girls who pro- 
duced during the year 1923, $129,000 worth of products. All of these 
were under the leadership of Agents of the County Extension Service 
and two liundred paid and volunteer local leaders. 

FRANK H. HOLDEN, 

Director. 



COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1920 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1923 $23 .24 

Interest collected 1.10 



$24.34 



74 

Cr. 
Paid treasurer $8 . 17 

$8.17 
Uncollected January 1, 1924 $16. 17 

1921 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1923 $3,564.55 

Interest collected 295.45 

$3,860.00 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $3,659 . 44 

Abatements 43 . 24 

$3,702.72 
Uncollected January 1, 1924 $157 . 28 

1922 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1923 $19,024.60 

Interest collected 67 .52 

Cr. $19,092.12 

Paid Treasurer $3,624. 01 

Abatements 12.36 

$3,636.37 

Uncollected March 12, 1923 $15,455.75 

HENRY L. HAYNES. 

COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

1922 Taxes 

Recommitted to collector March 19, 1923 $15,455.75 

Interest collected 583 . 19 

Cr. $16,038.94 

Paid treasurer $13,953 . 18 

Abatements 18.00' 

$13,971.18 
Uncollected January 1, 1924 $2,067 .76 

1923 Taxes 
Town county and state taxes committed to col- 
lector September 26, 1923 $83,047.08 

Interest collected 42 . 00 

Moth tax 72.75 

Cr. $83,161.83 

Paid treasurer $63,704. 19 

Uncollected $19,457.64 

CHARLES A. DURKEE, 

Collector. 



75 
LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 1923 



Accessions : No. of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1923, 15,074. 

Increase by purchase 298 of which 12 were obtained by binding 
magazines. Increase by gift 59. Total increase 357. 

Number of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1924, 15,431. 

Circulation : Number of days the Library was opened 101 ; Num- 
ber of volumes circulated 9977 ; daily average circulation 88 plus ; 
largest daily circulation 152, July 7 ; smallest daily circulation 51, 
June 20. 

lieceived from fines, etc $66.00 

Expended for postage, etc 9.00 

• 

Sent to Town Treasurer $57 .00 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
U. S. Government, 5; State of Massachusetts, 6; Acton Woman's Club, 
4 ; American Relief, 1 ; Anon, 1 ; Earle Barker, 1 ; F. L. Bullard, 1 ; 
Canadian Government, ,1 ; Mrs. T. Condon, 2 ; E. H. Gary, 1; John C. 
Gray, 1 ; William S. Hart, 1 ; Hendricks Commercial Register, 1 ; Mrs. 
Benj. Kimball, 4; Manson Kimball, 3; Claudia Q. Murphy, 1; Nijgh 
& Van Ditman's, 1; P. A. Parker, 1; Clias. L. Polep, 1; Benjamin 
Pope, 17 ; George A. Richardson, 1 ; J. B. Stevens & Brown, 1 ; Mary 
W. Tileston, 2 : Fiske Warren, 1. Total 59. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 

NON-FICTION 

About, E. — ^La Mere de la Marquise et la fille du Chanoine 

(French text) 84A1561 

Ackerman, P. — Wallpaper, its history, design and use 74A182w 

Agassiz, G. R. — Letters and recollections of Alexander 

Agassiz 922A2621a 

Babbitt, G. F.— Norman Prince 940P956b 

Ball, T. — Mv three score and ten, an autobiography 922B187b 

Bok, E. W.— A man from Maine 922C979b 

Bourget, P. — Extraits choisis des oeuvres (French text) 84B758e 
Brown, I. — Nights and days on the Gypsy trail 914.6B878n 

Bullard, F. L.— The public refuses to pay 33B935p 

Canfield, D.— Raw material 81C222r 

Cantel, J. and Jones, C. S. — Sun Yat Sen and the awaken- 
ing of China 951C231s 
Champney, B. — Sixty years' memories of Art and Artists 922C453c 
Cheley, F. H.— The job of being a Dad 37C516J 
Clark, J. S.— John Fiske, life and letters, 2 vols. 922F541c 
Clarke, J. M.— Lile Percee the finial of the St. Lawrence 917.1C5991 
Clay, A. T.— The origin of Biblical traditions 22C619o 
Collins, A. F.— Farm and Garden tractors 62C712f 
Conrad, H. S. and Hush — Waterlilies and how to grow them 71C743w 
them 71C743W 
Cook, J. H.— Fifty years on the old Frontier 922C771c 



76 



Cornell, F. C. — The glamour of prospecting 916.8C814g 

Cundall, H. M.— The Norwich School of Painters (English) 
Daudet, A. — La Belle Nivernaise (French text) 84D2381 

Depew, C. M. — My memories of eighty years 922D4:19d 

De Witt, A.— Island India 919.1D522i 

Dorado, C. M. — Espana Pintoresca, Spain in story and legend 86D693e 



Drake, S. A. — History of Middlesex County, 2 vols. 
Drew, J. — My years on the stage 
Drinkwater, J. — Abraham Lincoln, a play 
Flexner, H. — Clouds and Cobblestones 

Foster, K. F. Eoyal Auction bridge with Nullos 

Franck, H. A. — Wandering in Northern China 



974.5D763h 

922D776d 

81D781a 

81F619C 

79F756r 

915.1F822W 

916.1F985g 

940G443m 

81G554t 

34G779n 



Furlong, C. W. — The gateway to the Sahara 

Gibbs, P. — More that must be told 

Gleason, H. W. — Through the year with Thoreau 

Gray, J. C. — The nature and sources of the Law 

Guerlac, 0. G. — Selections from standard French Authors 

(French text) 84G929s 

Hail, B.— A little land and a living. 63H17441 

Hanson, 0. — Americanism versus Bolshevism 32H251a 

Ilervey, A. — Saint Saens 925S152h 

Howe, M. A. D.— Memories of a hostess 922F4621h 

Huntington, C. W.— Enclaves of Single Tax 33H949e 

Huntington, E.— Earth and Sun 52H949e 

Hurll, E. M.— Greek Sculpture 73H965g 

Hurll, E. M.— Reynolds (English Painter) 75H965r 

Huse, C. P.— The financial history of Boston 1822-1909 974.5H969f 
Jan Feith, J.— Modern Holland 914.9J33m 

Johnson, T. B. — Tramps round the mountains of the moon 916.7J69t 
Judd, C. H. — Psychology, General introduction 15J92p 

Jusserand, J. J. — With Americans of past and present days 84J96w 
La Fontaine — One hundred Fables (French Text) 84L166o 

Larson, L. M.— Canute the Great, 995-1035 942L337c 

Lathrop, H. B.— The art of the Novelist 80L354a 

Ijevermore, C. H. — The American Song Book 78L658a 

Leighton, J. A. — Man and the Cosmos (Metaphysics) ll.L528m 

Lighton, W. R.— Lewis and Clark 973.4L7231 

Loree, L. F. — Railroad freight transportation 65L868r 

Ijull, R. S. and Others — The evolution of man 57L955e 

Lynch, F. C. C— The Unexploited West (Canada) 917.1L987u 

McKay, G. L. and Larsen, C. — Principles and practice of 

butter making 63M153p 

Mason, W. A. — A history of the art of writing 40M412h 

Masters, E. L.— The great valley ^ 81M423g 

Maupassant, G. De — Selections from writings (French text) 84M452s 
Meagher, G. A. — ^A guide to artistic skating 79M482g 

Mitchell, P. — The American Relief Clearing House 1914- 

1917. Its work in the Great War 
Mitman, C. W. — Watercraft collection in the National Mu- 
seum 
Morley, S. G. — Spanish humor in story and essay 
Murphy, C. Q. — A collation of cakes 



940M682a 

38M679W 

86M864S 

64M9782C 



77 



Olds, M. — ^Analysis of the Interchurcli World Movement 

Report on the steel strike, part 2 33044a 

Picton, J. A.— Man and the Bible 22P611m 

Rawson, H. — Success in market gardening 63R262s 

Rice, W. E. and Cox, W. E. Squabs for profit 63R497s 

Robinson, J. H.— Domestic Birds 63R662d 
Samuels, E. A. and Kimball, H. H. — Somerville Past and 

Present 974.5S187s 
Sayler, 0. M.— The Russian Theatre 7yS^75r 
Shackleton, Sir E.— The heart of the Antartic 919.9S524h 
Shaler, S. P. — The masters of fate the power of the Will 61S528m 
Sheldon, C. — The wilderness of the North Pacific Islands 917.3S544w 
Sherwell, G. A. — Simon Bolivar, Patriot Warrior, States- 
man, Father of Five Nations 922B689s 
Simmons. E. — From Seven to Seventy 922S592s 
Smith, C' F.— Sailor town days ^ 914.2S644s 
Stearns, A. E.— The challenge of youth 37S799c 
Steele, D. M.— Vacation journeys East and West 917.3S814v 
Stevens, A. W. and Darling, E. A. — Practical rowing 79S844p 
Strang, L. C. — Celebrated Comedians of Light Opera and 

Musical Comedy in America 921S897c 
Strang, L C. — Famous Actors of the day in America 921S897f 
Strang, L. C. — Prima Donnas and Soubrettes 921S879p 
Taft, W. H.— Liberty under Law 32T1241 
Thoreau, H. D. — Miscellanies and Biographical sketch 81T488m 
Ticknor, C. — Hawthorne and his publisher 922H399t 
Tileston, M. W. — Amelia Peabodv Tileston and her Can- 
teens for the Serbs ^ 922T572t 
Tileston, M. W.— Caleb and Mary Wilder Foote 922F6881t 
Vallandigham, E. N. — Delaware and the Eastern shore 917.3V177d 
Van Doren, M. — Henry David Thoreau a critical study 81V246h 
Van Dyke, H. — Companionable Books 81V248co 
Wade, M. L.— The book of Potato "Cookery 64W121b 
White, S. E.— Daniel Boone wilderness scout 922B724w 
AVhite, S. E.— The Forest 81W588f 
AViggin, K. D. — My garden of Memory 922W655w 
Williams, M. — Stairbuilders guide 69W725s 
?:immerman, L. M. — For love's sake 20Z74f 

FICTION 
Adams, S. H.^ — From a bench in our Square 
Ames, J. B. The man from Painted Post 



Ames, J. B. — Shoe-bar Stratton 
Andrews, M. R. S. — Yellow butterflies 
Anon — West of the Water Tower 
Hacbeller, I. — The Scudders 
Bailey, T. — The dim lantern 
Bailey, T.— Glory of Youth 
Balmer, E.— Ruth of the U. S. A. 
Bassett, S. W. — (rranite and Clay 
Beach, R. — Flowing gold 
Benson. E. F.— The Challoners 
Bindloss, II. — ^Carmen's Messenger 



A217f 

A514m 

A514S 

A568y 

AlOOw 

B121SC 

B156d 

B156g 

B194r 

B319g 

B365f 

B4742C 

B612c 



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Birmingham, G. A. — Our casualty and other stories B619o 

Bower, B. M. — The Parowan bonanza B786pa 

Bower, B. M.— The trail of the White Mule B786tr 

Bower, B. M. — The voice at Johnnywater B786y 

Brown, A. — Old Crow B8773o 

Buck, C. N. — The code of the mountains B922co 

Burnett, F. H. — The head of the house of Coombe B964he 

Burnett, F. H.— Robin B964:r 

Canfield, D.— Rough-hewn C222r 

Castaigne, A. — The bill-toppers C346b 

Gather, W.— One of ours C3635o 

Chambers, R. W.— The little red foot G4441i 

Cobb, I. S. — From place to place ^ C6535f 

Cody, H. A.— The fourth wateh C671fo 

Cody, H. A.— The frontiers man C671f 

Cohen, O. R.— The Crimson Alibi C678c 

Cooper, J. A. — Sheila of Big Wreck Gove G777s 

Cullen, R. — The one way trail C967o 

Cullen, R. — The twins of Suffering Creek C967tw 

Curwood, J. 0.— The Alaskan C982a 

Curwood, J. 0.~The Country beyond G982c 

Curwood, J. O. — Danger trail G982d 

Curwood, J. 0. — The honor of the big snows C982ho 

Curwood, J. 0. — The hunted woman G982h 

Curwood, J. 0.— Isobel C982i 

De la Mare, W. — Memoirs of a midget D3365w 

Deland, M.— The Vehement flame D337v 

Dell, E.— Tetherstones D357te 

Dillon, M. — Comrades D579c 

Diver, M.— Candles in the wind D618c 

Diver, M.— Lonelv furrow D6181 

Dodge, L.— Children of the Desert D6442c 

England, G. A.— Cursed E58c 

England, G. A.— The flying legion E58f 

Evarts, H. G.— Tumbleweeds E921t 

Farnol, J. — Peregrines progress F235p 

Ferber, E. — Buttered side down F346b 

Ferber, E.— Gigolo F346g 

Fletcher, J. S.— The lost Mr. Linthwaite F6131 

Fletcher, J. S. — The Markenmore mystery F613ma 

Footner, H. — The substitute millionaire F687su 

Ford, S. — Shortv McCabe looks 'em over F71188 

Ford, S.— Shorty McCabe gets the nail F7118sh 

Ford. S. — Side-stepping with Shorty F7118si 

Gale, Z.— Faint perfume G152f 

Gullizier, N. — The sorceress of Rome G168s 

George, W. L. — ^Her Unwelcome Husband G349u 

Gibbs, G. — Fires of Ambition G442f 

Gibbs, P.— The middle of the road G443m 

Gibbs, P.— Wounded Souls G443w 

Gordon, R. C— The Doctor G662d 

Gordon, R. C— The Gaspards of Pine Croft . ' G662g 



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Gould, N.— Fast as the wind G697f 

Grant, D.— The fifth ace G7612f 

Greene, F. N.— The Devil to pay G799d 

Grey, Z. — Wanderer of the wastelands G842wa 

Harris, J. C. — Uncle Remus and his friends H3145un 

Harrison, H. S. — Saint Teresa H319s 

Hawes, C. B.— The dark frigate H391d 

Hergesheimer, J. — The bright shawl H545b 

Hergesheimer, J. — Cythera • H545c 

Plill, H.— The Duke decides H6451d 

Hough, E. — The covered wagon 4838c 

Hough, E.— North of 36 H838n 

Inchbold, I. C. — Love and the Crescent ^ 1371 

Johnson, 0.— The wasted generation J68w 

Johnston, M.— 1492 ' J73fo 

King, B. — The dust flower K521d 

Xirby, W. — The golden dog K585g 

Kyne, P. B. — Captain Scraggs K99c 

Kyne, P. B.— Cappy Ricks K99ca 

Kyne, P. B. — The pride of Palomar K99p 

Leacock, S. — Behind the beyond L434b 

Lee, J. — The green jacket L478g 

Lewis, S.— Babbitt L676b 

Lincoln, J. C— Dr. Nye of North Ostable L7372do 

Lincoln, J. C— Fair Harbor L7372f 

Lindsey, W. — The severed mantle L753s 

Locke, W. J. — The lengthened shadow L8141 

Locke, W. J.— The tale Triona L814t 

London, J. — Burning daylight L847b 

London, J. — A daughter of the snows L847d 

London, J.— The Game L847g 

Lucas, E. V. — Genevra's money ' L933g 

Lutz, G. L. H.— Dawn of the morning L975d 

Ijynde, F. — Mr. Arnold a romance of the Revolution L988mr 

McCutcheon, G. B.— The rose in^ the ring M133r 

McFee, W.— Command M1432c 

Marshall, E.— The land of forgotten men M36751 

Marshall, E.— The sky line of spruce M3675sk 

Maxwell, W. B. — Spinster of this parish M465s 

Miller, A, D.— Come out of the kitchen M4671c 

Montgomery, L. M.— Rilla of Ingleside * M787ri 

Morley, C. — Where the blue begins M864w 

Norris, C. — Bread N854b 

Norris, K.— Butterfly N856b 

Norris, K. — Certain People of importance N856c 

O'Brien, E. J.— Best short stories for 1922 013be 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The evil shepherd 062e 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Michael's evil deeds 062mb 

(Oppenheim, E. P. — The seven connundrums 062s 

Packard, F. L. — The adventures of Jimmy Dale P119a 

Packard, F. L.— Pawned P119p 

Pao-e. T. N.— Red Rock P133r 



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l*eterson, M. H. — The Sanctuary P485s 

Phillips, D. G. — ^Light-fingered gentry P5581 

Pickthall, M.— The house of Islam P611h 

Prouty, H. 0.— Stella Dallas P968st 

Raine, W. M.—Bucky O'Connor ■ E155bu 

Raine, W. M. — Crooked trails and straight E155c 

Kaine, W. M.— The fighting edge Ill55f: 

Rath, E. J. — The mantle of silence R234m 

Reeve, A. B, — Constance Dunlop R331c 

Reeve, A. B. — The dream doctor R331d 

Reeve, A. B. — The ear in the wall . R331e 

Reeve, A. B.— Gold of the Gods R331g 

Reeve, A. B. — The mystery mind R331m 

Rhodes, E. M, — Brandsford of Rainbow range R47651) 

Rhodes, E. M.— The desire of the moth R4765d 

Rinehart, M. R. — The circular staircase R579c 

Rives, A. — The ghost garden R623g 

Rohlfs, Mrs. C. — A strange disappearance R738s 

Sabatini, R. — Captain Blood S113e 

Sabatini, R. — Fortune's fool S113f 

Sabatini, R. — Scaramouche S113s 

Sabatini, R.— The Sea Hawk S113.se 

Scott, L. — A daughter of two Avorlds S427d 

Sedgwick, A. D. — Adrienne Toner S448a 

Seltzer, C. A.— Firebrand Trevison S468f 

Smith, C. A. — Short stories old and new S644s 

Smith, S. K. — The end of the house of Alard S659e 

Snaith, J. C. — Araminta S669a 

Spearman, F. H. — Laramie holds the range S7411 

Street, J. — Rita Coventry S9155r 

Tarkington, B.— The Flirt T176f 

Tarkington, B.— Gentle Julia T176ge 

Tracy, L. — ^^A son of the immortals T761s 

Train, A.— Tut, Tut! Mr. Tutt T7682t 

Trollope, A.— The Belton Estate T847be 

Trollope, A. — The Eustace diamonds T847e 

Trollope, A.— Rachel Rav T847ra 

Tuttle, M.— Feet of clay T967f 

Walpole, H. — Jeremy and Hamlet W218.J 

Ward, Mrs. H. — The case of Richard Meynell "W258ca 

Warner, A. — Susan Clegg and her neighbors affairs W2792sv 

Webster, H. K.— The real adventure W3812r 

Weston, G. — Queen of the World W535q 

Wharton, E. — ^A son at the front W553so 

Wilkins, M. E. — A New England nun and other stories W685n 

Willoughbv, B. — Where the sun swings north W739w 

Willsie, H.— Exile of the Lariat W741ex 

AVillsie, H. — Judith of the godless valley W741.i 

Wilson, H. L.— Merton of the Movies W748m 

Wilson, M.— The able McLaughlins W751a 

Wright, H. B. — The mine with the iron door W949m 



81 

JUVENILE 

Abbott, J.— Rollo's philosophy (sky) JA132r 
Adams, W. T. — The boat club or the Bunkers of Rippleton JA219b 

Anon— The foolish fox JAlOOf 

Anon— The little small red hen JAlOOl 

Anon— The tale of Peter Rabbit JAlOOt 

Bailey, A. S.— The tale of Grandma Goose JB154tf 

Barbour, R. H.— The Turner twins JB239t 

Bashford, H. H.— Half past bed time JB299h 

Baynes, E. H. — Polaris the story of an Eskimo dog JB361p 

Blanchard, A. E.— The awakening of Martha JB639a 

Burgess, T. W. — ^The Burgess flower book for children JB955bq 

Bvron, M.— The little black bear JB9961 

H. M. C— Little Lambie Lambkin JClOOl 

Carter, R. G.— Bob Hanson Scout JC3245b 

Chaffee, A.— Trail and tree top J0433tu 

Chaff oe, A.— The travels of honk-a-tonk JC433tr 

Colver, A. R. — The long ago years stories JC7271 

Corey, D. — ^Little Jack Rabbit and the big brown bear JC833L 

Leland, E. D.— Josephine JD3372i 
Duffield, K. G. — The four little pigs that didn't have any 

mother JD857f 
Duffield, K. G.— The story of Chicken little JD857s 
Duffield, K. G.— The wonderful story of Cinderella JD857w 
Evans, L. B.— America first JE92a 
Evarts, H. G.— Fur sign JE922f 
Garis, H. R.— Rick and Ruddy afloat JG232rk 
Garis, H. R.— Rick and Ruddv out "West JG232rj 
Garis, H. R.— Uncle Wiggily in the Woods JG232u 
Gate, E. M.— The fortunate days JG258f 
Gate, E. M.— Punch and Robinetta JG258p 
Graham, D. — How Peter Rabbit went to sea JG738h 
Grinnell, G. B.— "When Buffalo ran JG8682w 
Grover, E. 0.— The sunbonnet babv's book JG883s 
Guyol, L. H.— The funny house JG989f 
Hooker, F. C— Star the story of an Indian pony JH783s 
Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue at Christ- 
mas tree cove JH791b 
Ho])e, L. L.^ — Bunnv Brown and his sister Sue keeping 

store ^ ^ JH791bh 

Hope, L. L. — Six little Bunkers at Captain Bens JH791sb 

Hope, L. L. — Six little Bunkers at Cousin Toms JH791si 

Hope, L. L. — Six little Bunkers at Mammy Junes JH791sc 

Hope, L. L.— Six little Bunkers at Uncle Freds JH791sa 

Hoyt, H. B.— The story of Jesus the Christ JH8681s 

James, M.— My friend Jim JJ28m 

Johnston, A. F. — Georgina's service stars JJ72ge 

Johnston, A. F.— The litle Colonels holidays JJ721p 

Lamprey, L. — Days of the Colonists »JL239d 

Large, L. A. — Little stories of a big country .11^32211 

Lavelle, E. — The girl scouts' good turn JL399g 

Lavelle, E. — The girl scouts at Miss Allen's school JL399gi 



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Lee, E. E. — Andy Blake in Advertising JL4775a 

Lerrigo, C. H. — Boy scouts on Special service JL334b 

Martin, G. M. — Emmy Lou's road to grace JM381em 
Morrison, G. W. — The girls of Central High aiding the Red 

Cross JM8791gj 
Morrison, G. W. — Girls of Central High on track and field JM8791gi 

Otis, J. — The aeroplane at Silver Fox Farm J088ae 

Otis, J. — Airship cruising at Silver Fox Farm J088ai 

Otis, J. — Building an Airship at Silver Fox Farm J088bu 

Otis, J. — The wireless station at Silver Fox Farm J088w 

Pier, A. S.— David Ives a story of St. Timothv's JP615d 

Piffles A-B-C-Book of funny animals JP627p 

Potter, M. C— The Pinafore pocket story book JP8682p 

Paulsson, E.— In the child's world JP8742i 

Rankin, C. W.— The girls of Gardenville JR211g 

Rhoades, N. — How Barbara kept her promise JR474h 

Robinson, M. L. — Little Lucia JR6681 

Scoville, Jr. S. — The Inca Emerald JS432i 

Silvers, E. R.— At hillside high JS587h 

Smith, H. L. — Peggy Raymond's way JS649p 

Solano, E. J. — Physical training junior course JS684p 

Stone, G. — Cousin Nancy and the Lees of Clifford JS877c 
Theiss, L. E. — The young wireless operator with the U. S. 

Secret Service JT376yq 

Tomlinson, E. T.— In the Camp of CoruAvallis JT659io 

Wheeler, F. R.— The Bov with the U. S. Miners JW562bs 

Wheeler, F. R.— The wreck hunters JW562wr 

Woolley, E. M.— The winning ten JW913w 

BOUND MAGAZINES 

Atlantic — July-December, 1 922. 
Century— May-October, 1922 
Harpers — June-November, 1922 
National Geographic — July-December, 1922 
National Geographic — January-June, 1923 
Popular Mechanics — July-December, 1922 
Popular Mechanics — January-June, 1923 
St. Nicholas— November 1921, April, 1922 
St. Nicholas — January-June, 1923 
Scribners — July-December, 1922 
Scribners — January-June, 1923 .n 

World's Work— May-October, 1922 

REFERENCES 

Acton Vital Records to 1850 

Deerfield Records to 1850 

Gloucester Records to 1850, vol. 2 

Mendon Records to 1850 

Plympton Records to 1850 

Acton Town Reports 1916-1921 

Annual Report Smithsonian Institution 

Hendricks Commercial Register 

Reports of Interstate Commerce Commission 



83 
ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



Copy of Article 4 of the Will of George R. White 

To the inhabitants of the town of Acton, Massachusetts, I give 
the sum of twenty-five thousand ($25,000) dollars, to be held as a 
permanent fund to be known as the Elizabeth White Fund, in 
memory of my mother; the income only to be expended in relieving 
the necessities of the deserving poor or unfortunate, preferably 
widows and orphans, irrespective of citizenship, and particularly in 
those cases for which the town may not be liable, but may feel a 
moral obligation to care for ; the same to be dispensed in gifts of 
cash, and it shall be the duty of the town to anticipate such necessity 
of aid and assistance b}^ inquiry and investigation in advance of 
claims as far as possible, in order that sensitive and deserving people 
may receive assistance, who might because of publicity refrain from 
making application for aid. I direct that the fund be invested in 
investments lawful for savings banks in Massachusetts, and that the 
income and expenditures under said fund, omitting names of benefi- 
ciaries, be published annually in the town reports, with a list of the 
securities in which said fund is invested and the market value of the 
same at date of publication. In case of loss of any part of the prin- 
cipal of said fund by bad investments or otherwise, the income shall 
be alloAved to accumulate until such loss is made good. If said town 
of Acton declines to accept this gift on the conditions expressed, then 
it shall become a part of my residuary estate. 

Voted, unanimously, that the town accept a legacy in Article 4 
of the will of the late George R. White, to be known as the Elizabeth 
White fund, upon the trusts and conditions in said will set forth. 

Voted, to choose three trustees, one for one year, one for two 
years, and one for three years, and annually hereafter one for three 
years. Chose: Waldo E. Whitcomb, trustee for one year; William H. 
Kingsley, trustee for two years ; Warren H. Jones, trustee for three 
years. 

A true copv. Attest : 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 
Acton, Mass., March 12, 1923. 



TRUSTEES' REPORT OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



The treasurer having received $25,000.00 to be known as th(^ 
Elizabeth White Fund, the trustees gave him an order to deposit 
same in thirteen savings banks, the interest to be paid the treasurer 
semi-annually. From this vour trustees have drawn oi-ders to tbe 
amount of $200.00. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KING8LEY, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund. 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1923 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1924 



ORGANIZATION 

School Committee 

Spencer H. Taylor, Chairman Term expires 1926 

Mrs. Louise L. Clark ,:......., .Term expires 1926 

Bertram E. Hall, Secretary Term expires 1925 

Mrs. Mary Richardson Term expires 1925 

Wm. T. Merriam ; Term expires 1924 

Mrs. Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1924 

Superintendent 

Herman C. Knight, Littleton, Mass. 
Telephone, Littleton 42-3 

Attendance Officers 

Thomas Scanlon West Acton 

Michael Foley South Acton 

Oliver D. Wood Acton 

Herman C. Knight, superintendent Littleton 

School Physician 
Dr. E. A. Mayell Acton 

School Nurse 
Ida B. Breidenhach West Acton 



CALENDAR 1924 



First short term begins January ■], 1924. 
First short term ends Feb. 15. 
Second short term begins Feb. 25. 
Second short term ends April 18. 
Spring term beings April 28. 
Spring term ends June 14. 

1924- '25 

School opens September 2. 
Thanksgiving recess November 26. 
School reopens December 1. 
Fall term ends December 19. 
Winter term opens December 29. 
First short term ends February 20. 
Second short term opens March 2. 
Second short term ends April 24. 
Spring term begins May 4. 
-Spring term ends June 12. 

1925- '26 

School opens September 8. 



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 
lioliday. 

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.. 

The same is true of Armistice Day, November 11. 



STANDING RULES 



Rule I. Children shall not be admitted to the public schools 
until they are six years of age, excepting that children who are 
six by the first of January following opening of school in September, 
may be admitted with the approval of the superintendent of schools. 

Rule II. 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 III. 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 super- 
intendent of schools to do the work. 

Rule IV. Pupils shall be held responsible for books loaned to 
them until returned to the teacher. 

Rule V. No repairs shall be made upon the public property in 
the care of the school committee except by their authorized agents. 

Rule VI. There shall be no signal for ''no school^' on stormy 
(•r inclement days, but parents shall determine in their individual 
cases whether it is expeclient to send their children to school or not.. 

Rule VII. Schools in the different buildings shall be five and 
one quarter hours long, including one fifteen minute recess. Primary 
rooms shall have an outdoor recess each afternoon; other rooms shall 
have a recess of sufficient length to allow pupils to go to basements; 
or outhouses. Deviation from these hours shall be made only with 
the consent of the superintendent, and shall be reported by him to. 
the school committee at its next monthly meeting. 

Rule VIII. Doors shall not be opened before the princi|)als ar- 
rive. Pupils may be allowed to come to their rooms with the per- 
mission of their room teachers, and pupils coming in barges may enter 
the basements, if weather conditions make it advisable. 

Rule IX. The fire drill shall be given at least once in two. 
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REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMtTTEE 



We submit herewith our report of finances for the year 1923, 
and our estimate of requirements for 1924. 

Following these figures will be found the report of Supt, Herman 
C. Knight, which the committee has accepted and endorsed. 

We regret our continued inability to install flush closets in the 
Centre school for which the town voted the sum of $1500. at the last 
regular town meeting. The reason being, that we could not secure 
bids for the work, to come within this f gure. * 

Since January 1, 1924, however, we have had figures from a 
reliable contractor for both the Centre and West schools, and as 
we believe these figures to be fair and prices not likely to be lower, 
we have ii eluded these amounts in our 1924 budget and trust for your 
favorable consideration. 

The total amount expended in 1923 was $40,444.84. 

Besides the amount appropriated at the town meeting, there has 
been received on account of schools the sum of $7,176.51 as follows — 

Dog Tax $460.99 

Rebate on School tickets 3.71 

Rebate from Town of Littleton, for tel., etc 12.85 

Rebate from Town of Westford, for tel., etc 22.85 

Mass. School fund 5,768.13 

Mass. Superintendency fund 529 . 77 

State Aided Vocational schools 300.00 

State Children tuition . 66.21 

Tuition of Out of Town Scholars 12.00 



Tliis brings the net cost for school down to $33,268.33. 



',176.51 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR, 1924 

For general expenses : 

Salaries and other expenses of the com- 
mittee $175.00 

Salaries and other expenses of the super- 
intendent and truant officers 1,200.00 

For expenses of instruction : 

Tuition of pupils attending out-of-town 

schools 12,500.00 

Salaries of elementar.y teachers 14,000.00 

For text books : 

Elementary scliools 1 ,000 . 00 

For stationery and supplies : 

Elementary schools 250. 00 

For expenses of operating school plants: 

Wages of janitors, fuel and miscellaneous. 4,150.00 

Maintenance and repairs . 1,700.00 



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For auxiliary agencies: 

Health 250. 00 

For transportation: 

High 4,050.00 

Elementary 3,700. 00 

For special improvements : 

Flush closets at Centre school 1,579.25* 

Flush closets at West school 1,962.40* 



$46,516.65 
*These are the exact figures of contractor. 

DISBURSEMENTS 

General Expenses 

School Committee 
Salaries : 

B. E. Hall, Salary, 1923 $100.00 

Other expenses: 
B. E. Hall, telephone, postage and typewriting. $4.75 

A. C. Flagg, telephone and postage 2.17 

-0. E. Houghton, transportation of school com- 
mittee 2.00 

"Wright & Potter Prtg. Co., school blanks 4.10 

Eoger Priest, transportation of school commit- 
tee 6.00 

G. EdAvard Prouty, expenses of conference .... 3.00 

Brown-Howland Co., furniture and fixtures ... 16.69 

-Allen Brooks Parker, legal advice 2.00 



$40.71 



Superintendent of Schools and Enforcement of Law 



'Salaries : 
Herman C. Knight, superintendent $838.84 

Miscellaneous : 

Herman C. Knight, telephone, postage, etc $34.21 

Herman C. Knight, travel 132 . 86 

Nellie M. Scanlon, clerk for superintendent . . . 152 . 13 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co 32.55 

Milton Bradley Co., office supplies 4.61 

Library Bureau, office supplies 27 . 35 

J. L. Hammett & Co., office supplies .23 

Thorp & Martin, office supplies 4.20 

Town of Littleton, part cost of stall 12.09 

W. S. Ross, printing 3.00 

H. S. Turner, printing 2 . 65 

X^nderwood Typewriter, repairs 4.09 

$409.97 



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Expenses of Instruction 

Town of Concord, Hig^h School $11,311.34 

City of Lowell, Industrial school 240.95 

City of Somerville, Industrial school 380 . 71 

$11,933.00 
Elementary Schools 

jdelmi Myllykangas $749 .76 

Ernest Maynard 631 . 60 

Maud B. Priest 1,200.04 

Marion E. Twitchell . 1,057 .92 

Julia T. Long 876.34 

Helen H. Cummings 1,497 . 94 

Julia T. McCarthy 1,092.02 

B. Florence Moore 1 ,021 . 01 

Helga Neilson 378 . 96 

Florence H. Ladd 682.12 

Ella L. Miller 1,200.04 

Martha F. Smith 1,001.79 

Marion Towne 1,094.12 

Mabel Wren, substitute 5.00 

Mrs. A. L. Saben, substitute 55 . 00 

Mrs. Forrest K. Howe, substitute 95 . 00 

Mrs. Percy Foss, substitute 5 . 00 

Miss Clark, substitute 5 . 00 

A. Pamelia Precious, music 285.00 

Ella Munsterberg, drawing 342 . 00 

$13,275.66 
Fuel 

8. H. Coal & Lumber Co $1,404.90 

George H. Reed 22.72 

Chas. A. Durkee, hard wood 191.25 

F. E. Parks & Co., kindling 23.00 

Benj. A. Buzzell & Co., coke 333.81 

B. & M. R. R. Co., freight on coke 216.05 

E. R. Teele, teaming coke ; . . 8 . 00 

F. W. Oulette, teaming coke 15.00 

Ralph Jones, teaming coke 29.75 

E. L. Spinney, teaming coke 30.00 

J. E. Coombs, teaming coke 20.00 

$2,294.48 

Miscellajieous 

American Woolen Co., electricity $17.31 

W. & S. Water Dist. of Acton, water 69 .75 

Theron F. Newton, extra cleaning, freight and 

express 24 . 28 

Thomas Scanlon, extra cleaning, freight and ex- 
press 44 . 00 

J. S. Moore, supplies . 2 . 17 



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Chas. H. Mead & Co., supplies, 1918-19-20-21-22 24.81 

Masury-Young Co., supplies 24.26 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 9 . 60 

J. L. Hammett & Co., supplies 17 . 00 

Acton Drug Co., supplies .95 

Milton, Bradley Co., supplies 19.23 

J. W. Livermore, teaming, supplies, etc., clean- 
ing vault 40 . 63 

Arthur F. Davis, school census 25 . 00 

Henry C. Doughty, floor oil 43.00 

F. W. Green, teaming supplies and cleaning 

vault 17 . 55 

Harold K. Strand, repairing clocks 4.75 

Wilmot B. Cleaves, tuning pianos 7 . 50 

Frank J. Jameson, supplies 26 . 55 

Mass. State Prison, supplies 11 .41 



Maintenance 

Repairs : 

Kinney Bros. & Walkins $37.26 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., lumber 59.81 

Hall Bros. & Co., lumber 19.11 

J. T. McNiff, labor 13.00 

B. F. Townsend, labor on furnace 36.50 

Yale & Towne Mfg. Co., supplies 1.19 

Milton Bradley Co., supplies 1 .30 

Albert B. Clifford, putting up black board .... 2.00 
Chas. J. Kelley, v/ork on furnace and ventila- 
tors ....'. 26.05 

Clias. E. Smith, carpenter work 39.75 



Text Books 

American Book Co $217.58 

Ginn & Co 147.33 

Rand, McNally & Co 36.42 

J. B. Lippincott & Co 28.69 

Warwick & York, Inc 27.50 

Little, Brown & Co 29.32 

Churchill-Grindell Co 2.00 

C. C. Birchard & Co 11.01 

World Book Co 38.84 

0. C. Heath & Co 71.76 

The Arlo Pub. Co 10.50 

Edward E. Babb & Co 27.34 

Houghton, Mifflin Co 19 . 82 

The Macmillan Co 18.60 

The A. N. Palmer Co. 8.28 

Chas. Scribner's Sons 68.25 

Silver Burdett & Co 26.26 



$429.75 



$235.97 



The John C. Winston Co 9.52 

Hooper & Bros 8.63 

Iroquois Publishing Co 34. 97 

Oliver Ditson Co 3.19 



Supplies 

Milton Bradley Co. $308.58 

J. L. Hammett & Co 178.19 

Edward E. Babb & Co 3.03 

Kinney Bros. & Walkins 2.22 

Huntley S. Turner 13 .70 

S. Kershaw 3.55 

Dowling School Supply Co. 40.94 

Harris & Gilpatrick . 99.52 

Library Bureau 1 . 53 

Fred "W. Green, freight .' 1.46 

H. C. Knight, freight 3.00 



Expenses of Operating School Plants 

Wages of Janitors : 

Theron F. Newton, janitor and supervisor .... $605.00 

Thomas Scanlon, janitor and supervisor 540.00 

George Little, janitor and supervisor 608.00 

F. D. Green, substitute 149.00 

Jas. Fitzgerald, substitute 24.00 

Est. Lowell A. Jones 5.00 



Health : 
Dr. S. B. Annis (1922) . 
Dr. Ernest A. Mayell . . 
Acton Drug Co 


Auxiliary Agencies 


$50 . 00 






155.00 
16.00 


Thos. W. Reed Co 






4.22 


Huntley S. Turner . . . , 
Geo. B. Robbins Dis. Co 
Theron F. Newton, freig 


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3.00 

50.00 

1.09 







Transportation 

High School: 

B. & M. R. R $1,425.64 

Geo. L. Noyes 1,170.00 

J. F. Lowell 800.00 

Fred E. Brill 29.60 



$845.81 



$655.72 



$1,931.00 



$279.31 



$3,425.24 



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Lowell Industrial: 

B. & M. R. R $34.32 

N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R 111.36 



145.68 

Somerville Industrial: 

B & M. R. R 95.58 

Elementary : 

Charles Edwards $600.00 

J. D. Smith 600.00 

A. Christofferson 950.00 

W. M. French 244.00 

J. F. Lovell 800.00 



3,194.00 



$6,860.50 



New Equipment 

Masury-Young & Co., soap servers $10.50 

Am. LaFrance Fire Engine Co., fire extinguish- 
er 68.40 

Mass. Reformatory, desk '. 25 .00 

Harold R. Strand, clock 14.50 

Kinney Bros. & Walkins, black boards, etc. . . . 142.35 

Samuel Lewis, steps 6 . 50 

Milton Bradley Co 9.33 

Rand, McNally Co. 37.54 

$314.12 

Total $40,444. 84 

Respectfully submitted, 

SPENCER H. TAYLOR, Cli airman, 
BERTRAM E. HALL, Secretary, 
WILLIAM T. MERRIAM, 
Mrs. ALICE M. CARLISLE, 
Mrs. MARY E. RICHARDSON, 
Mrs. LOUISE L. CLARK. 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



Members of Acton School Committee : 

Ladies and G-entlemen: The work of the schools during the year 
that has just ended has not been of a spectacular sort, but on the 
contrary it has given evidence of honest effort and very gratifying 
achievement on the part of pupil and teacher alike. 

The work at the West school has shown a substantial improve- 
ment as a result of having four teachers. 



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The rooms at the South Acton school show more or less con- 
gestion, while at the Center the primary teacher, Miss Smith, has 
three grades, and the remaining five classes are taught by two- 
teachers. 

There are two ways in which our Acton school problem may be- 
treated. We may make additions to the South Acton building and 
we can crowd a fourth teacher into the Center, but, better still, we 
can provide a central junior high school building for the seventh, 
eighth and ninth years, thereby eliminating one year at Concord, and 
at the same time relieving the congestion at South Acton and also 
providing for the Acton Center pupils accommodations so that there 
would not be more than two grades in a room. 

The enrollment of such a school would be about one hundred 
twenty-five. Since the attendance in any high school in the fresh- 
man and sophomore years, is proportionately greater than it is in the 
upper classes, there would be a considerable saving of money on tui- 
tion by having the freshmen who now attend Concord get the work 
of the first year at home. It would take at least five teachers for 
^such a school. There would still be needed for the first six grades 
in the three precincts nine and perhaps ten teachers, which with the 
five juuior high school teachers would make fifteen teachers in alL. 
We now have eleven teachers. At least two more are needed — one 
for the Center and one for the South. If they are provided for these 
respective communities there is still the problem of providing extra 
housing for the pupils at South and Center schools. 

During the past year much attention has been placed on the 
physical condition of the school plants, and as a result many repairs 
have been made. Our buildings are all practically fifty years old, 
and are splendid monuments to the honesty and integrity of those 
who planned and builded them. They are, however, like any other 
plant that is much used, subject to the laws of wear and tear, and it 
has become necessary to have a good deal of replacement. 

New treads to stairways at the Center, copper valleys replacing; 
those of zinc at the South, and new timbers and steps at West Acton 
for the piazza are some of the larger repairs. 

The greatest single expense was incurred at West Acton, when 
it became necessary to replace one of the worn out furnaces with a 
new one. The old furnace was cracked and leaked gas and smoke, 
but fortunately no very serious damage had resulted because of its 
condition. 

Electric lights at the Center and extra lights for the superin- 
tendent's office have been installed. 

As a temporary means of helping to relieve the poor lighting in 
the various rooms, adjustable shades have been purchased and before 
this report is published they will be in use. 

In the room opened at West Acton a year ago new slate boards 
have been installed. 

Fire alarms which operate mechanically have been installed in 
each building, and fire drills are practiced regularly. 

The work of the nurse deserves special mention. Miss Breiden- 
bach's report shows that she has made many visits to the homes in 



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addition to lier regular visitations to the scliools. A strong feature 
and one which deserves special commendation is the serving of milk 
to the children in the different schools during school hours. Increase 
in weight of those who were below standard, and increase in achieve- 
ment in studies is very noticeable where the milk has been taken 
regularly. In other words there is a noticeable relationship between 
milk drinking and scholarship. 

Perhaps the most radical procedure during the year has been the 
changing of transportation by horse-drawn barges to motor busses. 
"When school opened in September the children from the eastern and 
northern parts of the town were transported in busses operated by 
the Concord, Maynard and Hudson Motor Bus Company. Much time 
and thought has been given to this problem, and while some pupils 
are required to start earlier than they did previously, more children 
.are transported than before, and are carried with greater comfort to 
themselves. 

There are still special problems. School attendance is one of 
them. A few parents seem to think that they can exercise their own 
volition when it comes to the sending of their children to school. In 
my opinion the most progressive step we could take to solve this 
problem would be to join with some other town or towns as Maynard, 
Stow or Littleton in the hiring of a full time attendance officer. The 
knowledge that an outsider, whose business would be the enforce- 
ment of the school attendance laws, was available would act as a 
healthy stimulus toward better school attendance. This person 
f'ould be a man or a woman. 

I wish to call to your attention the reports of the school physi- 
cian, the nurse, and the drawing and music supervisors. 

There have been few changes in the teaching force during the 
year, and whatever of success has been attained is due to the faithful 
service of the workers, pupils, teachers and janitors, and I should be 
unfair should I omit the helpful attitude of the committee whose 
friendly counsel and sound advice I fully appreciate. I also acknow- 
ledge in this my fourth annual report, and the thirty-second report 
of superintendents, the co-operation of various organized bodies : — 
the Parent-Teachers' Association at South Acton, the Neighborhood 
Club at West Acton, and the Acton branch of the American Red Cross 
for their help in carrying out the work of the Dental Clinic. The 
assistance of the Neighborhood Club and of the i^ublic in general for 
its response in making possible the purchase of playground equip- 
ment is appreciated. 

The work of local leaders who have done much toward the suc- 
cessful termination of boys' and girls' activities in their club work 
deserves commendation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HERMAN C. KNIGHT. 



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REPORT OF DRAWING SUPERVISOR 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 
Superintendent of Schools. 

Dear Sir — Complete artistic understanding comes after years of 
training and living with objects of beauty. Pure artistic achieve- 
ment — the result of an intellectual mental activity, can hardly be de- 
manded from a child. Therefore models in art work for children 
must appeal not only from the artistic point of view, but they must 
arouse the emotions and the imagination. 

It was my aim in all classes to arouse not alone the joy of beauty, 
but the love of creating; the joy in imagination and the love of order 
and unity. Special emphasis was laid on all holidays. 

The very little people have done chiefly tracing and crayoning 
but free hand draAving has been encouraged. The third and fourth 
grades have had much training in cut out work. These two grades 
have this year started in water color painting. From there up paints 
have been used throughout. The technique and water color painting 
is difficult. It is difficult at six, at sixteen and at sixty. Therefore 
the earlier the child handles the tools, the easier it will be to over- 
come difficulties. 

In the fifth and sixth grades we have tried to master the study 
of objects as they appear — that is the study of perspective. 

In the seventh and eighth grades we study the human head-ana- 
tomy. Throughout all grades we have an element of design in all 
•work— but in the seventh and eighth grades we go into the govern- 
ing laws of design. 

Almost always I bring the children models which I have made, 
but in about the sixth grade I encourage actual divergence from my 
iiiodel. Ahvays I urge individual creative work. 

My ultimate aim in teaching drawing and painting is to arouse 
llie slumbering soul of the girl and boy. My aim is not to make 
artists but to make men and women. Apart from giving them the 
practical knowledge in handling materials and using drawing and 
painting freely like a language apart from the obvious practical help 
— I want to take the blinders off from their eyes. I want to give to 
Tom, Dick and Harry an inner resourcefulness and a breadth of 
vision, so that '^Each in his separate star — shall paint the thing as lie 
sees it, for the master of things as they are." 

Respectfully submitted, > 

ELLA MUNSTBRBERG. 



REPORT OF MUSIC SUPERVISOR 

Mr. Herman C. Knight, 

Superintendent of Schools. 

Dear Sir — My report as supervisor of music is hs follows: 

The regulai- program of work has been carried on in the schools 

the past year. On account of the severe winter, the schedule was 

upset for a short time, and had to be rearranged, but what little time 

we lost was made up. 

In many of the rooms, the Hollis-Dann system had been used. 



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Most of these rooms are now using the New Educational Music Book^ 
a course which seems to fit the present needs of the pupil. With the 
use of these books the pupil gains more accuracy both in sight read- 
ing and sight singing. 

In the lower grades at Acton Center we have a Toy Symphony, 
introduced for rhythm. The intruments used are bells, triangles, 
cymbals, drums, castanets, tambourines, etc. The victrola is used- 
and a child from one of the first three grades is chosen as leader of 
the orchestra. This work is beneficial and at the same time is a great 
delight to the children. 

In all schools the teachers have worked very faithfully to raise 
the standard of singing; that is, in teaching the child to read and 
sing for himself, rather than learn things by rote. 

In closing I would like to thank the teachers and the supermten- 
d^nt for their cooperation and support. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. PAMELIA PRECIOUS. 



REPORT OF MEDICAL INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, 1923 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 
Superintendent of Schools. 

Dear Sir — Following is my annual report as medical inspector 
of the schools of Acton. 

Number of visits to schools 54 

Number of pupils examined ' 260 

Number of pupils poor vision 19 

Number of pupils poor teeth 206 

Number of pupils ^^ ith throat affections, includ- 
ing tonsils 92 
Number of pupils poor posture 12 
Number of pupils with pediculosis 10 
Number of pupils with scabies 5 
Number of pupils advised to be sent home with 
mumps 14 
I wish to thank the Superintendent, Teachers and Nurse for their 
cooperation. 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 

Superintendent of Schools. 

Dear Sir — I herewith submit my second annual report as school 
nurse for the Town of Acton. 

'The work which was begun last year has been continued along 
the same lines in the schools with the assistance and cooperation of 
parents, teachers and others interested in the schools. 

Lunches of crackers and milk are provided for the pupils who 
v^'ish for the same during each morning session of school; and much 
benefit is derived from these lunches, as the increase in weight from 



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month to month of those taking milk is in most cases quite marked. 
Some of the children bring milk from their homes, and we are glad to 
have them do this. 

The children are weighed every month, and records are kept of 
the increase or loss from month to month, and in cases of under- 
weight suggestions have been given in regard to diet. 

Underweight clinics were held in June in charge of Dr. Emerson^ 
Superintendent of the State Sanatorium at Eutland, assisted by Dr. 
Hubbard and Dr. C. B. Simpson of the State Board. Twenty-two 
children and eight mothers were interviewed at this clinic. Of this 
number five children were advised to take treatment at Sanatoriums. 
Forty-two homes were visited and two trips made to Rutland in con- 
nection with these clinics. 

Children were also taken to Lowell for removal of tonsils, and 
several were taken to Boston to have their eyes tested and to be 
fitted with glasses. 

Since September a dental clinic has been held in each of the 
three villages, when nearly half of the children had their teeth 
treated by registered dentists under the management of the Middle- 
sex County Farm Bureau. As a whole these clinics proved to be 
satisfactory. 

Every child is physically examined during the year by the school 
physician, assisted by the nurse, and records of such examinations are 
kept on file for future reference. This work has been finished at 
South and West Acton, and is now being done at Acton Center. Thus 
far 260 children have been examined physically. During school year 
16 were sent home suspicious communicable, 25 were taken home 
ill, 132 home calls w^ere made, and 58 First Aid treatments were 
given in the schools. 

The nurse has aimed to visit each of the three buildings in town 
some time during every school day, to consult with teachers and 
pupils in regard to any question which may arise. Five minutes 
health talks have been given from time to time. 

The work of the school nurse is at present in its infancy, and 
much remains to be done which can only be accomplished with the 
co-operation of parents and all other persons interested in the wel- 
fare of the children. 

I would suggest that if possible, new shades be furnished for 
the school rooms, and also new drinking bubblers. 

We are especially thankful to the Neighborhood Club at West 
Acton, the Parent-Teacher Association at South Acton, and the 
Red Cross at Acton Center for their assistance and financial aid 
during the year. 

In closing this report I wish to thank the superintendent, 
teachers, school physician and parents for their interest and co- 
operation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

IDA BREIDENBACl^, R. N. 

School Nurse. 



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EYE AND EAR REPORT 



Number of pupils examined 273 

Number found defective in hearing .7 

Number found defective in eyesight . 23 

Number of parents notified 24 



Registration of Minors, Ages as of April 1, 1923 



Persons 5 years of age or over and under 7 
Persons 7 years of age or over and under 14 
Persons 14 years of age or over and under 16 

Total 217 213 430 



Boys 


Girls 


Total 


45 


26 


71 


131 


144 


275 


41 


43 


84 



Membershirp in the Public Schools by Grades as of April 1, 1923 

Grade 1 44 

Grade 2 50 

Grade 3 41 

Grade 4 46 

Grade 5 37 

Grade 6 43 

Grade 7 40 

Grade 8 30 



Total 331 



INDEX 

Agriculture and Home Economies 73 

Appointments by Selectmen 3 

Assessors ' Report 72 

Audit of Accounts 35 

Board of Health 70 

Cemetery Com-missioners 84 

Collector's Report 73-74 

Fire Department 70 

Inspector of Cattle 71 

Inspector of Slaughtering 71 

Jury List 9 

Library Report 75 

Overseers of Poor 70 

Selectmen 's Report 9 

State Police Patrol 10 

Superintendent of Streets 68 

ToAvn Accountant 11 

Town Clerk 54 

Births 61 

Deaths 64 

Dog Licenses 66 

Marriages 62 

Non-Resident Burials 65 

Town Meeting 54 

Town Nurse 72 

Town Officers 2 

Town Warrant 5 

Treasurer 's Report 30 

Cemetery Funds .'. 32 

Elizabeth White Fund 33 

Firemen's Relief Fund 34 

Town Farm Fund 34 

Wilde Library Fund- 33 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 54 

Trnstees Elizabeth White Fund 83 

SECOND SECTION 
School Report : 

Financial Statement . . 5 

Legal Holidays 3 

Medical Inspector 14 

Organization 2 

School Calendar 2 

School Committee ■ 5 

School Nurse 14 

Standing Rules 3 

Statistics 16 

Superintendent's Report 10 

Supervisor of Drawing 13 

Supervisor of Music 13 

Teachers 4 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1924 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1925 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 

OP THE 

TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1924 







THE NEWS-ENTERPRTSE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1925 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1924 



MODERATOE 
Allen Brooks Parker 

SELECTMEN 

Murray Brown Term expires 1925 

Harry B. Morse Term expires 1926 

Albert R. Jenks Term expires 1927 

TpWN CLERK 
Horace F. Tuttle 

TOWN TREASURER 

Frank W. Hoit 
ASSESSORS 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1925 

Albert P. Durkee Term' expires 1926 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1927 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 
Harry B. Morse Albert R. Jenks Murray Brown 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
Charles A. Durkee 

TREE WARDEN 

James O'Neil 

CONSTABLES 

John T. McNiff Oliver D. Wood Alan B. Frost Michael Foley 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1926 

Lyman Tuttle Tdrm expires 1927 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Mary L. Richardson Term expires 1925 

*Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1925 

Spencer H. Taylor Term expires 1926 

Lulu L. Clark Term expires 1926 

Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1927 

Frank Toohey Term expires 1927 

^Bertram E. Hall resigned. 

TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1926 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1927 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

George H. Tuttle Term expires 1925 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1926 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1927 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

James B. Tuttle Frank W. Hoit Edgar H. Hall 

William Rawitser Horace F. Tuttle 



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Appointed by the Selectmen 



SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

Alfred W. Davis 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

Everett N. Montague 

(Term expires 1926) 

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1925 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1926 

Daniel "W. Sheehan, Jr. Term expires 1927 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 

ELECTION OFFICERS 
Precinct 1 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden Willis L. Holden 

Clerk Arthur W. Wajoie- 

Deputy Clerk Arthur W. Emerson 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Leo F. McCarthy 

Inspector James 'Neil 

Deputy Inspector George Murphy 

Precinct 2 

Warden Lucius A. Hesselton 

Deputy Warden Theron F. Newton 

Clerk John J. Manning- 
Deputy Clerk Thomas Murray 

Inspector Lewis C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector Frank A. Merriam 

Inspector Patrick J. Foley 

Deputy Inspector Charles Ford 

Precinct 3 

Warden C. H. Mead 

Deputy Warden David R. Kinsley 

Clerk Fred S. Whitcomb 

Deputy Clerk .Bertram D. Hall 

Inspector John T. McNiff 

Deputy Inspector D. Frank McDonald 

Inspector James Kinsley 

fieputy Inspector Arnold Leavitt 

CATTLE INSPECTOR 

Fred S. Whitcomb 

FIRE ENGINEERS 

C. D. Cram, Chief 

Precinct 1 

Alan B. Frost, 1st Asst. Fred W. Billings, 2nd Asst. 

Spencer H. Taylor, 3rd Asst. 



Precinct 2 

George E. Clapp, 1st Asst. F. "W. Hoit, 2ncl Asst. 

Frank Holland, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 3 

A. R. Beach, 1st Asst. A. W. Davis, 2nd Asst. 

B. A. King, 3rd Asst. 

FOREST WARDEN 

Alan B. Frost 

DEPUTY FOREST WARDENS 

All the above named Assistant Fire Engineers 

SURVEYORS OF LUMBER AND MEASURERS OF WOOD AND BARK 

F. W. Hoit Bertram D. Hall W. H. Kingsley 

Charles E. Smith George H. Reed 

PUBLIC WEIGHERS 

M. E. Taylor George H. Reed E. F. Conant 

George A. Smith William T. Hayes 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

Theron F. Newton 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 

James O'Neil 

POLICE OFFICERS 

Chief, Murray BroAvn 

Alan B. Frost 0. D. Wood John T. McXifl' 

Michael Foley Harry B. Morse 

INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTER HOUSE 
Charles A. Durkee 



Elwiii Hollowell 
Albert P. Dnrkee 
Frank E. Parsons 
James B. Tuttle 
Spencer H. Taylor 

Daniel J. Hennessey 
Hugh H. Hodgen 
Edward F. Nealey 
Theron A. Lowden 
Samutil B. Ine^son 

Everett R. Sanborn 
George T. Weaver 
Allen B. Parker 
David R. Kinsley 
Albert R. Beach 



Jury List 

Revised August, 

Precinct 1 



Precinct 2 



Precinct 3 



1924 



James W. Coughlin 
Alan B. Frost 
George S. Tucker, Jr 
Frank E. Fiske 



L. Edward Laird 
William T. Merriam 
Patrick J. Foley 
Carl Flint 



James A. Grimes 
G. Howard Reed 
John T. McNiff 
Waldo E. Whitcomb 
Fred S. Whitcomb 



TOWN WARRANT 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. 
Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said County, 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are 
hereby required to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton, 
qualified to vote at town meetings for the transaction of town affairs, 
to meet in their respective precincts, to wit : 

Precinct 1: Town hall, in said Acton. Precinct 2: Universa- 
list church, South Acton. Precinct 3 : Fire House, West Acton, at 12 
o 'clock noon, on Monday, the second day of March, 1925, by posting 
a copy of this warrant by you attested, at each of the places as 
directed by vote of the town, seven days at least before the said 
second day of March. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the 
following town officers : One moderator for one year, one town clerk 
for one year, one selectman for three years, one assessor for three 
years, one assessor for one year (to fill vacancy), three overseers 
of the poor for one year, one treasurer for one year, one collector 
df taxes for one year, four constables for one year, two for school 
committee for three years, one for board of health for three years, 
one cemetery' commissioner for three years, one trustee Memorial 
library for three 3^ears, one tree warden for one year, five for finance 
committee for one year. Also on the same ballot with the above 
named town officers to vote upon the followmg question; ''Shall 
licenses be granted for the sale of certain non-intoxicating beverages 
as defined in Section 1, of Chapter 138?" 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 7 o'clock 
p. m. You are further requested in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton as 
aforesaid, to meet at the town hall, in said Acton, on Monday, March 
9th, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon. Then and there to act upon the 
following articles: 



Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and committees 
and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the town officers. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any committees 
chosen at any previous meeting that have not already reported. 

Article 4. 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 5. To see what sum of money the town will raise for 
the observance of Memorial day. 

Article 6. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the collection of taxes. 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the fire department, or vote 
anything thereon. 

Article 8. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix price thereon. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the elm tree beetle and brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Article 10. 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, 1925, 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 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 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 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $350.00, or some other amount, and elect a director, the 
money to be expended by and the director to serve in cooperation 
with the Middlesex county trustees for county aid to agriculture in 
the work of the Middlesex County Extension Service, under the 
provisions of Sections 40 to 45, Chapter 128, General Laws of 
Massachusetts. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to authorize the select- 
men to sell the fire shed at North Acton and the unused fire apparatus 
of the town. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to borrow the sum of 
$10,000.00, or any other amount, by the issue of notes, to continue 
the construction of Main street from a point opposite the residence 
of Frank E. Parsons to the State road leading to Littleton, provided 
a like sum is allotted the town by the state department of public 
-oiks and a similar sum by the coanty of Middlesex, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 16. To see what action, if any, the town will take with 



regard to repairing that portion of School street extending from Mer- 
riam's corner to the Concord line, or Harvard State road. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $2,000.00 to lay new plank on the railroad bridge in South 
Acton and erecting 2,000 feet of fencing within the town. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money to take care of the drainage on Massachusetts 
avenue, at Edwards square in West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money to repair Pearl street in West Acton, or take any 
action thereon. 

Article 20. To see if the town will construct a drain along 
Woodbury road, by the residences of Edward C. Wood and H. M. 
Kobbins to take care of the overflow from the fountain on the town 
common, or act anything thereon. 

Article 21. , To see if the town will lay out, build and accept as 
a public highway a section of land about forty feet wide, leading 
from Massachusetts aveiiue. West Acton, and following the old loca- 
tion of the electric car Ime to a point where it enters the South 
Acton road near house of Sidney L. Richardson, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 22. To see if the town will appropriate and raise by 
taxation, or issuing of notes or bonds, a sum of money for the pur- 
pose of building the road as described in Article No. 21, or act 
anj^thing thereon. (j 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money sufficient to gravel and oil Willow street in West 
Acton from the residence of E. L. Hall to the Stow line. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $3,000.00, or any other amount, to be expended in re- 
surfacing, oiling and draining of Arlington street in West Acton 
from Central street to Elm street. 

Article 25. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money to re-surface Arlington street in West Acton from Central 
street to Summer street, or act anything thereon. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money sufficient to repair Red Acre Farm road in South 
Acton, from the house of Benjamin Ineson to a point near the resi- 
dence of Philip Newell, or act anything thereon. 

Article 27. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $600.00 to gravel and oil Pope road from the state highway in 
East Acton to the brow of the hill, or act anything thereon. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $5,000.00 to macadamize Maple street in South Acton, or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to erect a high school 
building in the vicinity of Kelly's corner, and to raise and appro- 
priate a sum, not to exceed $100,000.00 to defray the cost of site and 
building, and to act anything thereon. 

Article 30. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 



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sum of $500.00 for the purpose of erecting street signs, or guide- 
posts, ^Yithin the town. 

Article 31. To see if the town will instruct the selectmen to 
install a hydrant opposite the residence of Henry W. Bursaw, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 32. To see if the town will authorize the selectmen to 
renew the water hydrant contract. 

Article 33. To see what action, if any, the town will take in 
regard to the licensing of roadside stands within the town. 
<5^ ' Article 34. To see if the town will vote to employ a town nurse 
and appropriate a sum of money for the salary and expense of the 
same. i-'/A.- , >//' ■ :■" / ■- '' . /;■-' 'p..^.- ' . v /.:/.-: ■ :- ■ 

Article 35. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
^ the sum of $3,250.00 to purchase a site and erect a fire house in Acton 
Center and appoint a committee to carry out the provisions of this 
article, or act anything thereon. 

Article 36. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
not over $500.00 for repairs on the South Acton fire house, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $500.00 to purchase a moving picture machine and install 
a booth in the town hall, or act anything thereon. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to insure the fire apparatus of the town against property and 
liability damage and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to appoint a committee 
to draw up a code of by-laws governing the town and to report at a 
subsequent meeting. 

Article 40. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $600.00 to paint the interior of the Memorial library, or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 41. To see if the town will vote to grant the selectmen 
the power of disposing of the old watering trough in South Acton, 
or act anything thereon. 

Article 42. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to move the fountain in the square at South Acton over the site 
of the old watering trough if satisfactory agreement can be made 
with the water commissioners, and raise and appropriate a sum of 
money not to exceed $150.00 to cover cost of same, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 43. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $600.00, the same being part of the amount returned to the town 
under the provisions of Chapter 480, of the Acts of 1924 (an act pro- 
viding for the return to the cities and towns of certain surplus funds 
collected to provide suitable recognition of those residents of Mass- 
achusetts who served in the army and navy of the United States 
during the war with Germany), for the purpose of placing a suitable 
foundation, base, bronze plate and otherwise re-conditioning the 
Spanish war memorial, or act anything thereon. 

Article 44. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $300.00, the same being part of the amount returned to the town 



under the provisions of Chapter 480, of the Acts of 1924, for the pur- 
pose of placing a raised triangular memorial plot in the square at 
South Acton conforming- with the lines of the street; and place a 
metal light post with light, using underground wiring, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 45. To see if the town will vote to renew the electric 
lighting contract with the American Woolen Company and instruct 
the selectmen to sign the same, or act anything thereon. 

Article 46. To see if the town will vote to install street lights 
and extend its line on Parker road in South Acton from the residence 
of John E. Berglind to the Concord road, or School street. 

Article 47. To see if the town will instruct the selectmen to 
contract for additional street lighting in the business section of "West 
Acton and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Article 48. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights from the residence of Alonzo Joy on Willow street in West 
Acton to the residence of L. W. Sylvester. 

Article 49. To see if the town wdil vote to extend the street 
lights from Crooker's corner on Massachusetts avenue to a point 
1300 feet east of the corner. 

Article 50. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on Arlington street in West Acton from Elm street to the 
residence of James N. Berry. 

Article 51, To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $1,000.00 for the purpose of installing a heating plant and 
making certain repairs on the fire house in West Acton, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 52. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $1,650.00 for the purchase of a Fordson tractor and Wehr 
grader to be used by the road department for road work and clearing 
the roads of snow, or act anything thereon. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the town clerk at or before the first time of meeting 
as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton, this sixteenth day of 
February, 1925. 



Signed, 



T) 



MURRAY BROWN, 
HARRY B. MORSE, 
ALBERT R. JENKS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We hereby submit to yon for your approval the reports of the 
various departments of the town for the year ending December 31^ 
1924. 

The re-building of Main street was continued for a distance of 
5,000 feet, at a cost of $30,078.90. There remains approximately 
8,451 feet more to be built to complete this work, the county and 
state each paying a-third of the cost. It is for the voters to say as to 
how much of this road they desire to build this coming year. 

The Greenough Construction Company was given the work of re- 
building River and High streets in South Acton ; 3,800 feet of stone 
road was built on River street, and 1,200 feet on High street; at a 
cost of $11,550.93. River street was built sixteen feet wide, and High 
street twelve feet wide. 

The town was obliged to spend $859.58 for the repair of bridges 
on River street, as they were found to be unsafe, and it would not 
have been wise to have built the new construction over them without 
having had them repaired ; this amount also included some extras, 
such as culverts, which were not included in the estimate given for 
this work. 

There is a considerable amount of fencing, and many feet of new 
guard rails to be erected, which should be attended to this coming 
year ; as in many places the old guard rails have rotted away, leaving 
the roadways unsafe. 

The fire shed in East Acton on the property of Mrs. W. C. Rob- 
bins was sold at auction, and we recommend the sale of the one in 
North Acton, as with the recent purchase by the town of new motor 
fire apparatus it does not seem necessary to maintain these buildings. 
We recommend that repairs and improvements be made on the fire- 
houses in West and South Acton, and that a new house be con- 
structed in Acton Center for the new piece of apparatus, which has 
been housed through the kindness of Mr. Spencer H. Taylor in his 
private garage, without any charge to the town. 

We also recommend the placing of guide-posts or street signs on 
the more important roads of the town. 

Acting under Article 16, the selectmen appointed the following 
committee to consider the advisability of the town establishing a 
town forest : Edgar H. Hall, Frank H. Holden, Fred L. Burke, Alan 
B. Frost, Glen C. Gould. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MURRAY BROWN, 
HARRY B. MORSE, 
ALBERT R. JENKS. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 
March 10, 1924 

The meeting was called to order by the moderator, Allen Brooks 
Parker. 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and committees, 
and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Chose 1. Warren Flagg, trustee of the GoodnoAv fund for three 
years. 

Chose Edgar H. Hall, trustee of the fireman's relief fund for 
three years. 

Chose Waldo E. Whitcomb, trustee of the Elizabeth AVhite fund 
for thrc^e years. 

Voted : To fix the salary of the tax collector at five-eighths of' 
one percent of the amount collected. 

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 treasurer be tliree hundred 
dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary oL' the assessors be as follows: The 
chairman, one hundred and twenty-five dollars per annum; the clerk, 
one hundred dollars, and the other member, seventy-five dollars. 

Voted : That the salary of the moderator be ten dollars per 
meeting. 

Voted: That the salary of the overseers of the poor be as fol- 
lows: The chairman, seventy-five dollars, and the other members, 
forty dollars each per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of~ the toAvn accountant be three 
hundred dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the selectmen be instructed to fix the salary of all 
other town officers. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the town officers. 

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

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any committees 
chosen at any previous meeting that have not alread.y reported. 

James B. Tuttle reported for the committee appointed to investi- 
gate the matter of providing suitable accommodations for the town 
records. 

On motion of Edgar H. Hall, it was 

Voted: That there be appropriated the sum of seventy-five 
hundred (7500) dollars for the building of an addition on the rear 
of the present town house, in accordance with the general plan 
presented by the committee chosen at the annual town meeting in 
1923, and to meet the said appropriation there be raised in the tax 



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levy of 1924, the sum of $1500.00, and that the treasurer, with the 
approval of the selectmen, be authorized to borrow the sum of 
$6,000.00 and to issue bonds or notes therefor, payable in accordance 
with Section 19, Chapter 44, General Laws, so the whole loan shall 
be paid in not more than four years, and that a committee be chosen 
to build such addition, consisting of the chairman of the board of 
selectmen, chairman of the finance committee, president of the Acton. 
Agricultural association, master of the Acton Grange, and three 
ladies, one from each precinct, to be appointed by the moderator; 
81 voted in the affirmative ; eight voted in the negative. The mod- 
erator appointed : Charlotte Conant, Precinct 1 ; Lulu L. Clark, Pre- 
cinct 2; Helen A. Knowlton, Precinct 3, members of the committee. 

The following letter was read by James B. Tuttle : 

'^Mr. Moderator — In connection with the report just made and 
in particular that part of it which recommends an addition to the 
rear of this town hall, I address you as the present representative of" 
the town of Acton, myself speaking as the official voice of the Acton 
Agricultural association. 

"The Acton Agricultural association appreciates the privileges, 
that have been granted to the association by the town and the very 
courteous treatment received at the hands of the town officers. 

''This association is seven years old, and, in that time, it has 
become an institution within the town, each year it being of greater 
benefit to the town and its members. The association hopes to con- 
tinue this work with greater scope in its particular field of work. 

"Indirectly, the plan of an addition to the town hall, came to 
the attention of the association. It was the concensus of opinion 
within the association, that rather than it should be the aim of the 
association to some day own grounds of its own where some thous-- 
ands of dollars were invested, and only used once a year, that it was 
preferable that the Acton Agricultural association continue to use 
the town grounds when it did not interfere in town affairs, and so 
perhaps, be able to turn some of the money they would otherwise 
invest in permanent property, to the benefit of those grounds they 
used. It seemed that it was now time to commence to show some 
appreciation of the benefits the association has received. In order- 
that this might be accomplished, the following vote was unanimously 
passed by the association, namely: 'That the Acton Agricultural 
association appropriate one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) to the town 
of Acton, provided the town votes to build an addition onto the rear 
of the town hall, and provided suitable arrangements can be made- 
for the accommodation of the Acton Agricultural association.' 

"It is the belief of the association that should this arrangement 
succeed, the association can, from time to time, be of numerical 
benefit to the town as regards the property they have the privilege 
of using, and hopes that the plan referred to may prevail. Yours 
respectfully, Acton Agricultural Association, W. Stuart Allen,, 
president." 

It was voted that the generous offer of the Acton Agricultural 
association be accepted, with thanks. 

James B. Tuttle reported for the committee on a war memorial.. 



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Voted: That the sum of two thousand (2,000) dollars be appro- 
priated for a war memorial. 

Voted: That the committee be continued, and that they be 
authorized to erect a memorial in substantial conformity to the plans 
submitted in their report. 

Article 4. 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. 

Under this article and other articles in the warrant the follow- 
ing- sums were appropriated : 

General government $3,500 . 00 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 225.00 

Building and grounds, including fire-houses 1,000.00 

Police department 800.00 

Enforcement of the liquor law 395 . 64 

Fire department — Maintenance 750.00 

Fire department — New hose 100.00 

Hydrant service v 2,819 .00 

Forest fires 200.00 

Health and sanitation 500 . 00 

Tovm nurse : 500.00 

Moth department 1,088 . 65 

Shade trees (tree warden's department) 400.00 

Highways — General repairs 10,000 .00 

Highways — Snow removal 400 . 00 

Highways — Cutting brush 500 . 00 

Sidewalks — Snow removal 200 . 00 

Highways — Re-building High and River streets 11,550 . 00 

Highways — Re-building Central street 2,000.00 

Highways — Re-building Main street 10,000.00 

Street lighting 4,850.00 

Military aid 100.00 

Schools, not including flush closets 43,000.00 

Middlesex County Extension Service 350.00 

Memorial day .\ 300.00 

Employers' liability insurance 225 . 00 

Memorial library — Current expenses 600 . 00 

Memorial library — Purchase of books 200.00 

Cemeteries 1,000.00 

Loans and interest 10,000.00 

Enlarging town hall 7,500.00 

Fire equipment 10,000.00 

Memorial tablets 2,000.00 

Reserve fund 1,200.00 

T^nclassified 500.00 

Electric light committee 250 . 00 



$129,003.29 



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Voted: To raise by taxation in 1924, the following sums: 

For repairs on High, River, Central and Main streets . . . $4,770.00 

Enlarging town hall 1,500.00 

Fire equipment 2,000.00 

Moth work 1,088.65 

Demonstration work in agriculture 350.00 

Town charores 70,000.00 



$79,708.65 



Voted : To borrow the following sums of money for the follow- 
ing purposes : 

Ke-building High, River, Central and Main streets $18,780.00 

Enlarging town hall 6,000.00 

Fire equipment 8,000.00 

$32,780.00 

Article 5. To see what sum of money the town will raise for 
the observance of Memorial day. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of $300.00. 

Voted : That the moderator be instructed to appoint a com- 
mittee to take in charge the expenditure of this appropriation and 
direct the ceremonies of the observance of Memorial day. 

The moderator appointed the following committee : Lowell 
Cram, Theron Lowden, George L. Towne, Charlotte Conant, Frank 
R. Knowlton. 

Article 6. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the collection of taxes. 

Voted : That all taxes, other than poll, shall be payable not 
later than October 15, 1924, and on all taxes remaining unpaid after 
November 1, 1924, interest shall be charged at the rate of six percent 
per annum from October 15, 1924, until such taxes are paid. 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the fire department, or vote 
anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate $750.00. 

Article 8. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix price thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate $200.00. 

Voted: That the forest warden be instructed to fix the price 
for fighting forest fires. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the elm leaf beetle and brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of $1,088.55. 

Article 10. 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, 1924, 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. 



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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 beginnings 
January 1, 1924, 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 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money to insure the employes of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $225.00. 

Article 12. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
and appropriate for the payments of premiums on treasurer's and 
collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate $225.00. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to discontinue the use 
of the reservoir opposite the Cider Mill in South Acton as a water 
supply, or do or act anj^thing thereon. 

Voted : To discontinue the use of said reservoir as a water 
suppi3^ 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $400.00, or some other amount, and elect a director; the 
money to be expended bj^, and the director to serve in cooperation 
with the county agricultural trustees of the Middlesex County Exten- 
sion Service in agriculture and home economics, under provisions of 
Section 40 to 45, Chapter 128, laws of Massachusetts. 

A motion to appropriate $400.00 did not prevail. 

Voted : To take up Article 15 for joint consideration with 
Article 14. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to reimburse the Mid- 
dlesex County Extension Service the $40.00 paid for a special motor 
necessary to give educational motion pictures in the town of Acton. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate $350.00 for the purposes 
stated in Articles 14 and 15. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to authorize the select- 
men to appoint a committee to report at the next annual meeting on 
whether the town should establish a town forest, or act anything 
thereou. 

Voted : That the selectmen appoint a committee to consider the 
matter and report at the next annual town meeting. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to borrow the sum of 
$10,000.00 by issuing notes, to continue re-building Main street 
(Lowell road) from Maynard line to the State road leading to Little- 
ton, provided a like sum is allotted the town by the state department 
of ])ublic works and a similar sum by the county of Middlesex, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To take up for joint consideration all articles relating 
to highways, including Articles 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28, 29, and 43. 

Voted : That there be appropriated the sum of $23,550.00 for 
the purpose of re-building roads in the town as asked for in Articles 
17, 18, 19, and 20 of the present warrant, of which sum, $10,000.00 is 
for the continuation of work on Main street, provided a like sum is 



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allotted the town by the state department of public works and a like 
Slim by the county of Middlesex; $2,000.00 for re-building Central 
street in West Acton, starting at the Boxboro line, provided a like 
sum is allotted the town by the state and a like sum by the county of 
Middlesex, and $11,550.00 for macadamizing River and High streets 
in South Acton, and that to meet said appropriation there be raised 
in the tax levy the present year the sum of $4,770.00, and that the 
treasurer, Avitli the approval of the selectmen, be authorized to bor- 
row the sum of $18,780.00 and to issue bonds or notes therefor, pay- 
able in accordance with Section 19, Chapter 44, General Laws ; so 
the whole loan shall be paid in not more than four years and that the 
selectmen sliall carry out the instructions of this motion the present 
year. 

The moderator declared the motion passed by more than a 
two-thirds vote. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to repair the roads 
described in Articles 21, 26, 28, and 29, under the appropi^iation for 
general repairs, so far as possible. 

Article 18. To see if the toAvn will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $2,000.00, provided a like amount is provided by the state 
and by the county for the purpose of re-building Central street in 
West Acton, starting at the Boxboro line, or act anything thereon. 

See action under Article 17. 

Article 19. To see if the town will appropriate and raise a suf- 
ficient sum of money to macadamize a portion of High street in South 
Acton, approximately 1400 feet, beginning at Main street, and 
extending to a point on the brow of the hill, or act anything thereon, j 

See action under Article 17. | 

Article 20. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money for repairing and reconstructing such portion of River 
street as may seetn necessary, or act anything thereon. 

See action uuder Article 17. 

Article 21. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money for the repair of Piper street in South Acton, from School 
street to Duren's corner, or act anything thereon. 

See action vmder Article 17. 

Article 22. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $7,000.00 for the purchase of new fire apparatus, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Article 22. Voted unanimously: That there be appropriated 
the sum of ten thousand ($10,000.00) dollars for the purpose of pur- 
chasing three fire trucks, if found wise, for the fire department 
and to meet the said appropriation there be raised in the tax levy of 
1924 the sum of $2,000.00, and that the treasurer, with the approval 
of the selectmen, be authorized to borrow the sum of $8,000.00, and 
to issue bonds or notes therefor, payable in accordance with Section 
19, Chapter 44, General Laws, so that the whole loan shall be paid in 
not more than four years. That the purchase of said trucks and their 
location in town be left to a committee of nine, consisting of the 
board of selectmen, the three chief fire engineers and three citizens 
of Acton, to be appointed by the moderator, one from each precinct. 



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The moderator appointed as members of the committee: 
Precinct 1, J. Sidney White ; Precinct 2, Fred L. Burke ; Precinct 3, 
Edgar H. Hall. 

Article 23. To see if the town will appoint a committee of five, 
with authority to investigate the electric lighting situation and 
report at a subsequent town meeting whether the present contract 
is the best for the town, and make any recommendation they deem 
advisable, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $100.00 for 
necessary expenses. 

Voted : That a committee of five be appointed by the moderator 
and that the sum of $250.00 be appropriated to meet any expenses 
incurred by said committee. 

The moderator appointed the following committee : "William 
Rawitser, chairman; George A. Richardson, Clarence N. Goward, 
Waldo E. Whitcomb, Arthur W. Emerson. 

Article 24. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
the maintenance of a public health nurse for the ensuing year, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : That thirty days from this date the town discontinue 
the public health nursing service. 

Voted : Tliat the automobile used by the town nurse be turned 
over to the selectmen to be disposed of as they see fit. 

Article 25. To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the public health nurse, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $500.00. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $3,000.00 for the repair of Arlington street in West Acton, 
beginning at or near Odd Fellows hall, and extending easterly, or do 
or act anything thereon. 

See action under Article 17. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
amount of the dog tax for the support of the public libraries of the_ 
town. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. -** 

Article 28. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money to repair Maple and Martin streets in South Acton, or act 
anything thereon. 

See action under Article 17. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money sufficient to repair Red Acre Farm road in South 
Acton from the house of Benjamin Ineson to a point near the 
residence of Philip Newell, or act anything thereon. 

See action under Article 17. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to change the name of 
Central square in West Acton to Sidney J. Edwards square, and 
allow the ex-servicemen to erect a tablet. 

Voted : That the name of Central square in West Acton be 
changed to Sidney J. Edwards square and that the ex-servicemen be 
permitted to erect a tablet. 

Article 31. To see what action the town will take relating to 



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Chapter 240, Acts of 1920, viz: "An act to permit under public regu- 
lations and control, baseball g:ames on the Lord's day/' 

Voted: That the town accept and adopt Chapter 240, Acts of 
1920, viz: ''An act to permit under public regulation and control 
certain sports on the Lord's day." 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to put additional lights 
in Howard Quimby square, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To take up for joint consideration all articles relating 
to electric lighting, including Articles 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 
and 42. 

Voted : That action under the several articles be suspended 
until the committee appointed to investigate the situation has made 
its report, but not later than the next annual town meeting. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to put additional lights 
in Central square. West xVcton, or act anything thereon. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote to install a street light 
at the bridge on Martin street and one at the inter -section of Stow 
and Main streets in South Acton. 

Article 35. To see if the town will vote to install street lights 
oil Main street from Kelley's corner to the residence of Mrs. Mar}^ F. 
Coughlin. 

Article 36. To see if the tow^n will vote to maintain street 
lights on Strawberry Hill road, from the State highway to the 
residence of Alden C. Flagg. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to establish the neces- 
sary street lights on Maple avenue, Acton Center, to the residence of 
James B. Tuttle. 

Article 38. To see if the toAvn will vote to extend the street 
lights on Massachusetts avenue from Kelley's corner, so-called, to 
Piper road, and thence on said Piper road to the residence of Frank 
B. Farrar. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to extend the lighting 
system to the residence of Herbert F. Bobbins, on Newtowne road, 
and Hammond street, or act anything thereon. 

Article 4(P To see if the toAvn will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of eight hundred dollars, or some other amount, to assist the 
American Woolen Company in installing an electric light line, from 
in front of B. J. DeSousa's house, in West Acton, to Central street, 
thence along Central street to the house of Albert Perkins, thence 
along Nashoba road by the houses of Albert R. Jenks, and Frank 
Bulette, to the house of Levi Perkins. No street lights are requested 
or expected by the property owners, or the American Woolen Com- 
})an3^ under this article. 

Article 41. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on the State highway in North Acton from the house of Mrs. 
Thomas McCarthy to a point opposite the house of E. J. Farrell. 

Article 42. To see if the town Avill vote to extend the street 
lights on Arlington street, West Acton, from O. A. Knowlton\s 
corner to a point opposite the house of James N. Berry. 

Article 43. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money for the repairing of the sidewalk in West Acton from 



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Windsor avenue to the schoolhouse on the southerly side of Mass- 
achusetts avenue, or do or act anything thereon. 



Abstract of the Proceedings of a Special Meeting, 
Held May 19, 1924 

Article 1. To see if the town will vote to confirm the vote 
passed on March 10, 1924, under Article 22 of the warrant for the 
annual town meeting, appropriating $10,000.00 for the purpose of 
purchasing fire department equipment and authorizing the borrow- 
ing of $8,000.00, said sum to be payable in accordance with the provi- 
sions of Section 19, Chapter 44, General Laws, so that the whole loan 
shall be paid in not more than four years. 

Voted, unanimously^ : That the town confirm the vote passed on 
March 10, 1924, under Article 22 of the warrant for the annual town 
meeting, appropriating $10,000.00 for the purpose of purchasing fire 
department equipment and authorizing the borrowing of $8,000.00; 
said sum to be payable in accordance with the provisions of Section 
19, Chapter 44, General Laws; so that the whole loan shall be paid in 
not more than four years. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to confirm the vote 
passed on March 10, 1924, under Articles 17, 18, 19, and 20 of the 
warrant for the annual town meeting, appropriating $23,550.00 for 
the purpose of re-building roads in the town as asked for in the 
above articles and authorizing the borrowing of $18,780.00 ; said sum 
to be payable in accordance with the provisions of Section 19, Chap- 
ter 44, General Laws, so that the whole loan shall be paid in not more 
than four years. 

Article 2. Voted, unanimously : That tlie town, confirm the 
vote passed on March 10, 1924, under Articles 17, 18, 19, and 20 of 
the warrant for the annual town meeting, appropriating $23,550.00 
for the purpose of re-building roads in the town as asked for 
in Articles 17, 18, 19, and 20, and authorizing the borrowing of 
$18,780.00; said sum to be payable in accordance with the provisions 
of Section 19, Chapter 44, General Laws ; so that the whole loan shall 
be paid in not more than four years. 

Article 3. To see if the town will vote to instruct the water 
commissioners to install a hydrant on Central street in West Acton 
near the residence of Dr. F. E. Tasker. 

Voted : That the water commissioners be instructed to place a 
hydrant on Central street near the residence of Dr. F. E. Tasker. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money to purchase additional fire hose, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of eight lunidred 
dollars for the purchase of fire hose. 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to change the name of 
School street (from Massachusetts avenue to Arlington street), or do 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 



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Article 6. To hear the report of the committee appointed at 
the town meeting, March 10, 1924, under Article 23, to investigate 
the electric lighting situation, and do or act anything thereon. 

A verbal report was made by the chairman of the committee, 
Mr. Rawitser. 

Voted : To receive the report as a report of progress. 



Abstract of the Proceedings of a Special Meeting, 
Held December 18, 1924 

Article 1. To see if the town will vote to appropriate from the 
overlay surplus a sum of money sufficient to meet the needs of the 
school department for the year 1924, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, unanimously: To appropriate three thousand (3,000) 
dollars from the overlay surplus to meet the needs of the school 
department for the year 1924. 



rState Election, November 4, 1924 

Party designations : D, Democratic ; I. P., Independent Progres- 
sive ; S. ij.. Socialist liabor; W. P. Workers Party; R., Republican: 

S., Socialist. 

Whole number of ballots cast 959 

PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Coolidge and Dawes, R 216 258 323 797 

Davis and Brvan, I) 18 40 27 85 

Foster and Gitlow, W. P 

Johns and Revnolds, S. E 

LaFollette and Wheeler, I. P 8 22 6 36 

Blanks 13 15 13 41 

GOVERNOR 

John J. Ballam, W. P 1 1 2 

James M. Curlev, D 31 72 37 140 

Alvan T. Fuller, R 212 245 318 775 

James Haves, S. L 3 3 

Walter S. Hutehins, S 1 1 

Blanks 11 13 14 38 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 

Frank G. Allen, R .215 235 305 755 

John J. Cummhigs, D 22 54 32 108 

Arthur A. Cunning, S. L 2 2 

Thomas Nicholson, S 

Edward Rand Stevens, W. P 1 5 6 

Blanks 17 39 32 88 



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SECRETARY 

Frederick W. Cook, R 214 227 

Winfield A. Dwyer, W. P. 15 

Samuel Leger, S. L 2 

H. Oscar Rocheleau, D 18 36 

Edith Williams, S 3 

Blanks 23 52 

TREASURER 

Michael L. Eisner, D 19 43 

Patrick H. Loftus, S. L 1 

Louis Marcus, S , 3 

Albert Oddie, W. P 2 

William S. Youngman, R 208 229 

Blanks # 28 57 

AUDITOR 

Strabo V. Claggett, D 47 82 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 168 186 

Isidore Harris, S. L. 1 2 

James J. Lacey, W. P 2 

Dennis F. Reagan, S 1 2 

Blanks 38 61 

ATTORNEY GENERAL 

Jay R. Benton, R 211 232 

Harry J. Canter, W. P 1 1 

Frederick Oelcher, S. L 2 

John Weaver Sherman, S 1 

John E. Swift, D 20 44 

Blanks 23 55 

SENATOR IN CONGRESS 

Frederick H. Gillett, R 196 207 

Antoinette F. Konikow, W. P 2 

David I. Walsh, D 44 96 

I^lanks 15 30 

CONGRESSMAN— Fifth District 

Humphrey 'Sullivan, D 19 46 

John Jacob Rogers, R 216 248 

Blanks 20 41 

COUNCILLOR— Sixth District 

Bernard J. Golden, D 19 45 

diaries S. Smith, R 208 223 

Blanks 28 67 

SENATOR— Seventh Middlesex District 

John J. Healey, D 16 48 

Charles P. Howard R 205 222 

Blanks 34 65 

REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT 
Eleventh Middlesex District 

Langdon Prouty, R 199 225 

Blanks 56 110, 



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COUNTY COMMISSIONERS— Middlesex 

Alfred L. Cutting, R 178 193 246 617 

Walter C. Wardwell, R 193 194 205 592 

Blanks 169 103 101 373 

REGISTER OF PROBATE AND INSOLVENCY— 
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John J. Butler, D 18 44 42 104 

Charles N. Harris, R 199 212 251 662 

Blanks 38 79 76 193 

COUNTY TREASURER— Middlesex 

Charles E. Hatfield, R 205 225 272 702 

Daniel F. McBrid«, D 20 42 25 87 

Blanks » 30 68 72 170 

QUESTION 1— Relative to Qualifications for State Officers 

Yes 120 155 144 419 

No 51 57 61 169 

Blanks , 84 123 164 371 

QUESTION 2~Relative to Notary Public Commission 

Yes 128 152 151 431 

No 54 65 70 189 

Blanks 73 118 148 339 

■QUESTION 3— Relative to Intoxicating Liquor 

Yes 151 145 147 443 

No 65 107 106 278 

Blanks 39 83 116 238 

QUESTION 4— Relative to Tax on Gasoline 

Yes 65 88 98 251 

No 128 146 140 414 

Blanks 62 101 131 294 

QUESTION 5— Relative to Deposits of Money 

Yes 122 138 134 394 

No 28 48 51 127 

Blanks 105 149 184 438 

QUESTION 6— Relative to Davlight Saving 

Yes 75 103 130 308 

No 139 173 189 501 

Blanks 41 59 50 150 

QUESTION 7— Relative to Child Labor Amendment 

Yes 52 62 69 183 

No 166 206 225 597 

-Blanks 37 67 75 179 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded , 39 

Born in Acton 22 Native parentage 20 

Males 22 Foreign parentage 6 

Females 17 Mixed parentage 13 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded 19 

Residents of Acton 24 Residents of other places . . 14 



Deaths 

Whole number recorded 30 

Residents of Acton 27 Residents of other places . . 3 

Occurring in Acton 25 Occurring in other places . . 5 

Average age in years, 66 plus. 

The town clerk requests information of any errors or omissions 
in the list of births, marriages, and deaths. 

The town clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared to fur- 
nish blanks for the return of births and deaths. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

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Persons Having 

Allen, Mrs. P. W $2 

Amadon, L. Q. 5 

Almgren, George W. . 2 

Anderson, John 2 

Baker, Martin 5 

Brainan, James W 2 

Brown, Murray 2 

Billings, Howard J 7 

Baxter, Charles T 2 

Butler, H. B 5 

Bradford, Fred R. W 2 

Bradbury, Rolf e 4 

Brill, Fred E 7 

Brown, James A 2 

Bulette, Frank W 7 

Berry, James N 5 

Brown, Evelyn L 2 

Berglind, John E 5 

Beach, Hazel 2 

Benere, Antonia 2 

Burts, John 2 

Berglind, Edward E 2 

Bent, James 7 

Bursaw, Henry "W 2 

Chaffin, Nancy S 4 

Chaffin, Myron L 2 

Cummings, George P. . . . . 2 

Clapp, Barbara 2 

Casavoy, Alfred B 2 

Charter, W. W. 2 

Clapp, George E 2. 

Condon, Timothy 2. 

Carlson, Chris 4 

Conquest, James 2. 

Durkee, Charles A 5 . 

Doten, Wallace V 2. 

Davis, Wendell F 2. 

DeSousa, Ben 2 . 

Duren, D. B 2. 

Densmore, Joseph A 2 . 

Daniels, Gertrude C 2. 

Evans, J. H 2 . 

Enright, John M 2. 

Edney, E. Esther 2. 

Fitzgerald, James 2 . 

Foss, Richard W 5 . 

Farrar, F. B 5. 

Parrell, Mary 2. 

Fullonton, L. T 2. 

Fletcher, Charles J 2. 

Flynn, Edith M 5. 



29 
Bogs Licensed in 1924 

.00 Fletcher, Lester N 2.00 

,00 Fobes, E. S 7.00 

.00 Freeman, Richard 5.00 

.00 Ford, I. S 2.00 

.00 French, C. H 2.00 

.00 Frost, Alan B 5.00 

.00 Flagg, Roland C 2.00 

.00 Freeman, Matti 2.00 

. 00 Freeman, George 2 . 00 

.00 Gallant, Mildred 2.00 

.00 Gibbs, Harriet E 2.00 

.00 Griffin, F. E 7.00 

.00 Griffin, Isabella , 2.00 

.00 Gallagher, Howard B 2.00 

.00 Goward, Annie R 5.00 

.00 Green, Catherine , 2.00 

.00 Hingley, John W 5.00 

.00 Hastings, Lewis C 2.00 

.00 Hayes, Michael G 4.00 

.00 Haynes, Albert L 2.00 

.00 Hoiden, Willis S 2.00 

.00 Hoiden, F. H 2.00 

.00 Hall, Irwin 5.00 

.00 Howe, 0. H 2.00 

.00 Hicks, Albert 2.00 

.00 Hansen, Otto 2.00 

.00 Hay ward, George K 2.00 

.00 Jones, Karl 2.00 

.00 Jones, Ralph T 5.00 

.00 Jones, Clara 2.00 

00 Jenks, Albert R 5.00 

00 Jacobs, John B 2.00 

.00 Jones, Richard B 2.00 

00 Johnson, Albin 2.00 

00 Kimball, Elnathan J 18.00 

00 Knowlton, Helen A 2.00 

00 Kemp, H. M 2.00 

00 Kelley, Julia T 2.00 

00 Kennedy, Duncan S 2.00 

00 Kilmartin, William T 2.00 

00 Kelley, Charles J 5.00 

00 Lamson, Wallace 1 2.00 

00 Lowell, C. A 2.00 

00 Laffin, Sidney 2.00 

00 Little, Edward M. 2.00 

00 Lears, William 2.00 

00 Livermore, W. J 2.00 

00 Larrabee, Wesley 5 . 00 

00 LeClare, Omar '. . 2.00 

00 Moulton, Charles S 2.00 

00 I Mason, Roger 2.00 



30 



Mead, George V 2 

Marsh, A. W. 2 

Morrison, Berniee 2 

Mason, Bertha 2 

Morse, Leonard G. 2 

Morrison, Fred K 5 

Mekkelsen, Soren 2 

Mitchell, Joseph 2 

McDonald, D. F 2 

Mekkelsen, Henry 2 

Mekkelsen, Ida 2 

Nealey, Edward F 5 

Nolan, Nellie 2 

Newell, Philip S 2 

'Neil, James 5 

Prentiss, A. S 5 

Porter, Fannie T 2 

Peterson, Carl N 2 

Packard, James B 2 

Perkins, Levi W 2 

Pope, Benjamin 8 

Pratt, Edward F 2 

Priest, Henry L 2 

Pratt, Herbert T 2 

Perkins, A. Hagelton .... 5 

Penney, David F 2 

Penney, John 5 

Rugg, George 2 

Russell, John H 2 

Reynolds, Jesse C 2 

Roche, Francis B 2 

Rawitser, William 2 

Reynolds, Harold R 2 

Reed, G. Howard 2 

Stokes, William 2 

Sanborn, Everett R 5 

161 licenses at $2.00 

38 licenses at $5.00 

1 license at $25.00 



.00 
.00 
.00 
.00 
.00 
.00 
.00 



Schofield, Harris C 7.00 

Smith, Ralph 2.00 

Smith, Hattie E, 2.00 

Scanlon, William J 2.00 

Schnair, C. H 2.00 

Shapley, Eva C 2.00 

Stiles, Frank 5.00 



.00 Stoney, Dorothy 2.00 

.00 Stines, C. W 2.00 

.00 Servais, D. A 2.00 

.00 Stanislaw, P 7.00 

.00 Sisson, George T 2.00 

.00 Sullivan, John H 2.00 

.00 Toohey, William 2.00 

.00 Todd, Ethel L 6.00 

.00 Taylor, Spencer H 2.00 

.OO'Teele, W. Henry 2.00 

.00 'Tucker, George S., Jr. ... 4.00 

.00 I Tuttle, Arthur 2.00 

.00 , Tripp, Horatio W 2.00 

.00 Turnbull, George L 7.00 

.00 Toomey, Timothy 2.00 

.00 Vallie, A. H 2.00 

.00|Waite, Frederick A 4.00 

.OOiWhitcomb, Fred S 2.00 

.00 1 Weaver, George T 25.00 

.00 White, E. L 2.00 

.00;Watkins, J. H 4.00 

.00, Willis, Ora A 2.00 

.00, Wood, 0. D 2.00 

.00| Whitcomb, Charles 2.00 

.00 1 Wallman, Matti 2.00 

.00 Whitney, Cora A 2.00 

.00 Wheeler, Elb ridge L 5.00 

.00 Walther, Augustine J. . . . 2.00 

.00 Yetman, Thomas 2.00 

$322.00 

190.00 

25.00 



Deduct fees, 200 licenses at 20 cents each 
Due county treasurer, 1923 account . . . . 



$537.00 
40.00 

$497.00 
21.60 



June 1, 1924 — Paid county treasurer 
Dec. 1, 1924 — Paid county treasurer 
Due county treasurer, 1924 account . , 



$518.60 

$157.80 

325.40 

35.40 



$518.60 



31 



AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS 



An appropriation of $350.00 was made at the annual meeting in 
support of the Middlesex County Extension Service in Agriculture 
and Home Economics. The following is a report of the work done 
by this organization in Acton for the year 1924 : 

In agriculture, definite work has been carried on with the poul- 
trymen, assistance being given in the raising of clean pullets, free 
from disease and in the selection of breeding stock. Two of the suc- 
cessful poultry plants in Acton were included on the poultry tour in 
which two hundred poultrymen took part. At the Acton Fair, assist- 
ance was given in the poultry department and judges were also fur- 
nished for part of the agricultural exhibits. An educational exhibit, 
showing some of the solutions for the problems of the farmer and 
home-maker, was put on at the fair and a great manj^ people stopped, 
not only to see the exhibit, but to talk over with the county agents 
present facts concerning their own individual problems. In fruit 
groAving, demonstrations were given in the thinning of apples and 
pruning demonstrations were also given to those interested. 

In home economics work, judges were furnished for the Acton 
Fair, a demonstration in canning was given to fifty people, com- 
munity leaders were sent to the district canning school and a milli- 
ner}' demonstration was given to all interested. 

Motion pictures were shown six times, to a total attendance of 
1,045. 

The Boys' and Girls' club work for the year was very successful, 
with a total enrollment of 140. Clubs in clothing, food, garden, 
canning and poultry were carried on. Mrs. M. H. Howe, Mrs. A. W. 
Rayner, Mrs. H. H. Cummings and Mrs. Ernest Maynard acted as 
local leaders under the direction of the county club leaders. George 
Braman was director for the club and was one of the twelve boys 
and girls chosen from Massachusetts to represent club work at Camp 
Vail, Eastern States Exposition. The junior department at the 
Acton Fair was unusually good, with all projects represented. Grace 
MacCammon, Milton Parks, Stephen Teele, Betty Howe and Alberta 
Hodgen were awarded the two-day trip to Massachusetts 
Agricultural. 

In addition to a great many farm and home visits several 
county-wide meetings, such as the county picnic at Wayside Inn, the 
annual Extension Service meeting at Waltham, and meetings for 
fruit growers and poultrymen, have been held during the year that 
have interested many of the Acton people. 

Respectfully submitted, 

F. H. HOLDEN, Acton Director, 



32 



REPORT OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report of the fire department 
for the year ending December 31st, 1924: 

Calls for chimney fires 11 

Calls for buildings 7 

Calls for factories 2 

Total 20 outside forest fires 

We have been very fortunate the past year having had only one 
serious fire, which was handled in a very commendable way by the 
departments all responding quickly and did efficient work. 

The town now has a well equipped department, comprising one 
triple combination pumping engine, two chemical tanks and hose; 
two combination chemical and hose trucks, one of which is equipped 
with forest fire fighting equipment and all three mounted on Reo 
chassis. 

We have three well organized companies, who will be able to 
handle any ordinary fire without outside assistance. 

The town has been re-classified by the New England Insurance 
Exchange and a reduction in rates has been received by agents. 

This new apparatus must be taken care of and ready for use at 
all times. A place to house the piece of apparatus at the Center is 
needed. The house at the South needs some repairs, which should be 
made right away ; also the house at the West and new heating system 
installed, as present stove heater in room with apparatus has been 
condemned by insurance inspector. 

I would recommend the sum of $1,000.00 be appropriated for the 
regular maintenance of the three departments, and $300.00 for hose. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. D. CRAM, Chief Engineer. 



33 



REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



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

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1924: 

TREASURER'S RECEIPTS 
Taxes, town: 

1920 $16.17 

1921 118.47 

1922 1,776.52 

1923 13,627.58 

1924 67,196.82 

$82,735.56 
Taxes, county, 94% dog tax 462. 10 

Taxes, state: 

1922 income . $112.17 

1923 corporation 193.90 

1923 civilian war poll tax 204.00 

1923 income 292.50 

1923 national bank 8.51 

1924 income 7,928.28 

1924 corporation 3,895.43 

Reimbursement for loss of taxes 361 . 38 

1924 national bank 197.02 

Soldiers ' exemptions 139 . 82 

Surplus war bonus funds 1,248 . 63 

$14,581.64 
Highways : 

State treasurer, Main street and State 

roads $14,100.00 

County treasurer, Main street 10,000 . 00 

Town of Stow 15.00 

Town of Carlisle 25.80 

Assabet Institution for Savings, loans . . . 17,180.00 
The Texas Company 37.70 

$41,358.50 

Interest : On deposits 115 . 51 

Library : Fines 63 . 00 

Town Nurse : 

Collections $18.00 

Rebate on registration of car 5 . 00 

Rebate on insurance of car 10.28 

Sale of car 250.00 

$283.28. 



34 



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Education : 

Town of Carlisle $5.71 

Town of Westford 12.53 

Town of Littleton 8.62 

Leo Cunningham, tuition 71 . 25 

State treasurer, school superintendent^ 

small towns 531 . 69 

State treasurer, industrial school aid ..... 407 . 04 

Boston & Maine R. R., abatement on tickets 6.84 

State treasurer, tuition of children 489 . 05 

A. H. Saddler, tuition 88.50 

Moth: 

State treasurer $165 . 56 

James O'Neil, lead sold 403.98 

Loans in Anticipation of Revenue : 

First National bank of Aver 

Health and Sanitation : 

One license to slaughter house $1 . 00 

One license to slaughter, 1923 100.00 

Three licenses to slaughter, 1924 300 . 00 

General Government : 

Sixteen licenses at $1.00 $16.00 

Sealer of weights and measures, collections 41 . 92 

Director of standards, four licenses 32.00 



Loss of Taxes : Town of Concord, Lake Nagog, 
Buildings and Grounds : Rent of town hall . . 

Police Department : Court fines 

Fire Department — Maintenance : 

Sale of two old fire trucks 

J. W. Livermore, East Acton fire house . . . 

Acton Supply Co., over-payment 

Forest Fires : 

Boston & Maine railroad 

New York, New Haven & Hartford R. R., 
State treasurer, Reformatory fire 



New Fire Apparatus: 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, 
four notes 



$1,621.23 

$569.54 
$80,000.00 



$401.00 



$89.92 

25.12 

164.50 

402.35 



$47.00 

26.00 

1.65 



$74.65 



$9.75 
56.00 
39.50 



$105.25 



$8,000.00 



35 

Cemeteries : 

Hall Bros. Co., lumber sold at Mt. Hope . . $510 . 15 

H. F. Tuttle, sale of lots, Mt. Hope 65.00 

F. W. Green, sale of lots, Woodlawn 146.00 

Interest on cemetery fund — perpetual care 897.75 

$1,618.90 
State Aid : State treasurer 324 . 00 

Library : 

Interest on library fund, for books $354 .40 

Surplus interest on library fund, current 

expenses 93 . 20 



$447.60 
Poor Department: Interest on poor farm fund 1,294.38 

Abatements : 

1921 taxes $48.13 

1922 taxes 108.72 

1923 taxes 464.82 

1924 taxes 111.78 

$733.45 

Total receipts $235,471.48 

Expenditures 
GENERAL GOVERNMENT 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $3,500 . 00 

Appropriation, treasurer's and collector's 

bonds 225.00 



$3,725.00 



SELECTMEN 'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid : 

Murray Brown, salary $100 . 00 

Murray Brown, expenses 18 . 92 

Harry B. Morse, salary 50 . 00 

Albert R. Jenks, salary 50.00 

Albert R. Jenks, expenses as clerk 5.50 

Hobbs & Warren, stationery 3 . 95 

Enterprise Press, Inc., advertising 10.25 

A. W. Davis, delivering reports 3.00 

R. S. Osterhout, town reports 350.00 

R. S. Osterhout, warrants 9 . 00 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 21.75 

A. B. Parker, moderator 30.00 



$652.37 



36 

ACCOUNTINa DEPAETMENT 
Paid : 

Everett N. Montague, salary $300.00 

Everett N. Montague, expenses and postage . . 4.26 

Dalton Adding Machine Co., paper rolls .78 

A. W. Davis, moving safe 6 . 00 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 6 . 90 



TEEASUEEE'S DEPAETMENT 
Paid : 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $300.00 

Safety deposit l30x 5 . 00 

Certifying notes 36 . 00 

Postage 27.51 

Telephones, etc 17 . 13 

Murphy & Snyder 5.65 

Frank W. Hoit, certifying notes 24.00 



POOE DEPAETMENT 

Paid: 

Harry B. Morse, salary $75 .00 

Murray Brown, salary 40 . 00 

Albert R. Jenks, salary 40 .00 



COLLECTOE 'S DEPAETMENT 

Paid: 

Murphy & Snyder,, stationery $26.25 

William M. Sargent, stationery 3.08 

H. L. Haynes, salary 38 . 93 

Charles A. Durkee, salarv 437 . 50 

Charles A. Durkee, book 2.00 

Hobbs & Warren, supplies 16 . 61 

American Surety Company of N. Y., bonds . . . 225.00 



ASSESSOES' DEPAETMENT 

Paid : 

L. L. Applin, transfers $18 . 50 

Hobbs & Warren, supplies 20 . 05 

Albert Durkee, salary 125 . 00 

Henry L. Haynes, salary 100.00 

Henry L. Haynes, expenses 4.72 

Warren Jones, salary 75 . 00 

Huntley S. Turner, voting lists 42 . 00 

Murphy & Snyder, stationery 10 . 25 



$317.94 



$415.29 



$155.00 



$749.37 



$395.52 



37 

TOWN CLEEK-S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $75.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording 42 births 42 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording 30 deaths 15.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording 22 marriages ... 11.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, postage, telephone, etc. ... 33 . 50 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deed 1.45 

Carter Ink Co., ink 1.08 

P. B. Murphy, book 2.80 

A. W. Brownell Corp., stationery 1 . 20 

Murphy & Snyder, stationery 8 . 50 

Hobbs & Warren, stationery 1.31 

K. S. Osterhout, printing 6.25 



EEPORTING BIRTHS 
Paid: 

F. K. Shaw, M. D $3.25 

George H. Tuttle, M. D 2.25 

E. A. Mayell, M. D 1.25 

Plenry Wolcott, M. D .25 

R. K. Whiten, M. D .25 

Frank E. Tasker, M. D , 1.00 

James A. Christie, M. D .50 

R. E. Hooper, M. D .50 

E. J. Flaherty, M. D .25 

E. A. Adams .25 

Mrs. Frank Louka .25 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Paid: 

Theron F. Newton, salary $85 .00 

AV. & L. E. Gurley, eq.uipment 8.27 

Boston Nickel Plating Co., equipment 8.50 

F. W. Hoit, express paid 2 . 55 

Hobbs & Warren, stationery 6 . 15 



ELECTION x\ND REGISTRATION 
Paid: 

Robert S. Osterhout, warrants $39 .75 

Robert S.. Osterhout, lists and ballots 88.00 

Murphy & Snyder, warrants 8.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, registrar 50.00 

C. J. Holton, registrar and officer 25.00 

E. A. Phalen, registrar 20.00 

D. W. Sheehan, registrar 20.00 

David S. Kinsley, election officer 20.00 

C. H. Mead, election officer 20.00 



$199.09 



$10.00 



$110.47 



38 



F. S. Whitconib, election officer 20.00 

L. C. Hastings, election officer 20.00 

L. C. Hastings, moving booths 5.00 

L. A. Hesselton, election officer 15.00 

Thomas Murray, election officer 15 . 00 

John J. Manning, election officer 10 . 00 

Michael Foley, election officer 10.00 

T. F. Newton, election officer 10.00 

IJniversalist church, rent 20 . 00 

J. W. Coughlin, election officer, 1923 5.00 

J. W. Coughlin, election officer, 1924 5.00 

J. F. McNiff, election officer 20.00 

J. F. McNiff, returning ballots, posting war- 
rants 22.00 

James O'Neil, election officer 10.00 

Arthur F. Davis, election officer- 15.00 

Arthur Wayne, election officer, 1923 5 . 00 

Arthur Wayne, election officer, 1924 20.00 

W. A, Hajmes Co., lumber for booths 2.49 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, register of 

voters 2 . 75 

A. R, Jenks, labor on voting booths 8.70 



CATTLE INSPECTION 
Paid : 
Fred S. Whitconib 

Total for general government 

Unexpended balance 



BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Transfer from reserve fund " 8.76 

Paid : 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal $273.25 

J. D. Smith, teaming 3.00 

E, A. Comeau, pumping cesspool 8.00 

J. W. Livermore, labor 18 . 75 

American Woolen Co., light 47 . 73 

A. W. Davis, repairs 8 . 00 

William Edwards Slate Co., repairs 175.79 

W. & S. W. S. D., water 12.00 

Arthur Tuttle, labor 71.20 

T. J. McGrath, labor 8.75 

E. H. Webster, labor 4.50 

W. H. Kingsley, wood . 43.50 



$531.69 



$125.00 

53,661.74 
63.26 



$3,725.00 



$1,008.76 



39 

D. C. Harris, labor 9.00 

George Braman, labor 9 . 00 

Oliver D. Wood, labor 4.00 

Finney & Hoit, flag ^ 24.00 

Eagle Oil & Supply Co., oil 5 .00 

George H. Reed, fertilizer 14.75 

Christian Jensen, labor 8 .00 

Arthur Wayne, services 221 . 10 

E. Z. Stanley, labor and materials 13.85 

M. E. Taylor, supplies 25.59 

$1,008.76 
. ADDITION TO TOWN HALL 

Appropriation ,..,,.. $1,500 . 00 

Paid : 

Everett N. Montague, plans and specifications, $40.66 

Charles D. Smiley, plans and specifications .. 50.00 



$90.66 
Unexpended balance 1,409 .34 



$1,500.00 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $800.00 

Transfer from reserve fund 78 . 28 



$878.28 
Paid : 

A. B. Frost, services $99 . 10 

L. W. Livermore, burying dog 1.50 

0. D. Wood, services 82.95 

J. T. McNiff, services 263.40 

M. Foley, services 90.85 

Hobbs & Warren, records 10 . 12 

Iver Johnson Sporting Goods 33.55 

Murray Brown, services and express 103.56 

George Turner, services 46 . 15 

E. Rasmussen, services 15.00 

Harding Uniform & Regalia Co 39 . 50 

Henry A. Bayeur, services 22 . 60 

Leo Bayeur, services 4.00 

Harry B. Morse, services 66.00 

$878.28 
ENFORCEMENT OF LIQUOR LAW 

Appropriation $395 . 64 

Paid : 

Murray Brown $68 . 10 

Unexpended balance 327 . 54 

$395.64 



40 

FIRE DEPARTMENT— MAINTENANCE 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $750 . 00 

Transfer from reserve fund 377 . 26 



4 



$1,127.26 
Paid : 

C. E. Fay Co., equipment $ 9 .35 

George H. Reed, coal 150.68 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 21 . 34 

William Kingsley, payroll, 1923 15.00 

J. W. Livermore, services 6.20 

George E. Clapp, payroll 40 . 50 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal "90.59 

American Woolen Co., light 24.90 

C. D. Cram, payroll 20.02 

C. A. Durkee, wood 10.00 

L. H. Cram, light 5.00 

South Acton Woolen Co., acid 5.61 

A. R. Beach, payroll 187.50 

Cor. Callahan Co., six extinguishers 69.00 

M. E. Taylor Co., supplies 1.00 

AV. & S. W. S. D., water 12.00 

Acton Motor Co., labor and supplies 3 . 10 

F. G. Williams, janitor 85.00 

Acton Supply Co., gasoline 10.59 

Fitzgerald Garage, gas and labor 30 . 05 

E. & F. King & Co 10.08 

Combination Ladder Co 20 .00 

Eastern Drug Co., soda 14.34 

J. S. Moore, soda 6.28 

A. B. Frost, pavroll 139 . 60 

F. W. Green, labor 2.00 

A. R. Jenks, light .98 

Town of Concord, assistance 50.00 

Frank W. Hoit, payroll 33.00 

William G. Lawrence, janitor 53.55 

$1,127.26 

Receipts: 

Appropriation $200.00 

Transfer from reserve fund 65 . 25 

$265.25 

Paid : 

A. B. Frost, payroll $58.75 

George Clapp, payroll 9 . 75 

A. R. Beach, payroll 50.50 

F. W. Hoit, payroll 67.00 

Spencer Taylor, payroll 8 . 51 ) 

J. J. Manning, payroll 70 . 75 

■ $265.25 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT— NEW HOSE 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $900 . 00 

Paid : 

Underwriters' Equipment Co $858 .80 

A. B. Frost, freight 1.23 

$860.08 
Unexpended balance 39 . 97 

$900.00 
HYDRANT SERVICE 
Receipts : 
Appropriation $2,819 .00 

W. & S. Water Supply $2,625.00 

Unexpended balance 194.00 

$2,819.00 
FIRE DEPARTMENT— NEW EQUIPMENT 
Receipts : 

Appropriation " $10,000.00 

Paid: 

Linscott Motor Co., three Reo chassis $3,795 . 00 

Combination Ladder Co., bodies and equipment 6,205.00 

$10,000.00 
HEALTH AND SANITATION 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund ^. . . 38 . 69 

Transferred from emergency overdraft, per 

order of selectmen 403 . 68 

$942.37 
Paid : 

C. A. Durkee, inspection of slaughtering $145.60 

C. A. Durkee, services and expenses as agent . 203.19 
James Kinsley, inspection of slaughtering .... 178.75 

Hobbs & Warren, books 2.07 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 13 . 25 

J. W. Livermore, transportation 4.00 

D. Campbell, dump 124.00 

E. Spinney, team 90 . 00 

L. W. Perkins, milk 79.20 

C. B. Doldge Co., supplies 12.27 

Carl Flint, labor 6.00 

J. H. Watkins, labor and gravel 20.20 

Acton Drug Co., supplies 2.50 

W. A. Flint, dump .* 16.34 

F. E. Tasker, salarv 25.00 



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R. F. Durkee, salary 10.00 

George F. Tuttle, salary 10.00 



$942.37 



TOWN NURSE 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid : 

J. Fitzgerald, nurse 's car $61 . 80 

M. E. Taylor, nurse's car 7 . 95 

Acton Motor Co., nurse's car 2.25 

Ida Breidenbach, salary 254 . 19 

A. W. Davis, garaging car 16 . 00 

$342.19 

Unexpended balance 157 . 81 



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$500.00 



MOTH DEPARTMENT 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $1,088 . 65 

Due for December, 1924, work 70.00 

Private work 30 . 50 

State road work 31 . 50 

Sale of lead 403.98 



Paid : 

James 'Neil, payroll $1,054 . 50 

James 'Neil, truck and expenses 439 . 67 

George H. Reed, scales 23 . 00 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, amount due 

on lead sold 107.46 



$1,624. 6a 



$1,624.63 



TREE WARDEN 
Receipts : 
Appropriation $400 . 00 

Paid : 

James O'Neil $399.40 

Unexpended balance .60 



$400.00-' 



HIGHWAYS (State) 
Receipts : 

Appropriation : Town allotment $7,125.00 

State allotment 4,275.00 



$11,400.00' 



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Paid : 

A. W. Davis, paid out and expenses $39 . 28 

A. W. Davis, labor 105.00 

J. T. McNiff, labor 60.60 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal and lumber, 178.35 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies 169.25 

Barrett Co., tarvia 887 . 12 

New England Road Machinery Co., equipment, 5.86 

James Grimes, labor 15 . 00 

American Powder Co., powder 34.63 

Hedge & Matthies Co., equipment 16.87 

The Texas Co., road oil 2,186.84 

The General Crushed Stone Co., stone . , 383.83 

Waldo Bros. & Bond Co., pipe 21 . 60 

Conant Machine Co., equipment 7 . 10 

Buffalo Springfield Roller Co 10.72 

J. A. Macone, gravel 72 . 75 

W. A. Haynes, lumber 88 . 50 

George S. Tucker, gravel 27 . 15 

James Kinsley, gravel 31 .20 

H. H. Hawley, gravel 83.85 

C. D. Fletcher, gravel 5.10 

John Anderson, gravel 17 . 25 

Ole Grandberg, gravel 35 . 10 

E. P. Gates, repairs 53 . 95 

Payroll No. 1 142.00 

Pavroll No. 2 911.40 

Payroll No. 3 711.60 

Pavroll No. 4 920.00 

Payroll No. 5 855.20 

Pavroll No. 6 626.20 

Payroll No. 7 856.68 

Pavroll No. 8 836.20 

Payroll No. 9 : 499.35 

Payroll No. 10 391.95 

Payroll No. 11 111.60 

Unexpended balance 



$11,399.08 
.92 



$11,400.00 



HIGHWAYS (Town) 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $2,875 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 63.43 

$2,938.43 

Paid: 

Conant Machine Co., equipment $416.10 

James Kinsley, sand and gravel 132.00 

R. A. Reed Jr., sand and gravel 11.40 



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William H. Kingsley, stone 4.47 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 54.32 

Charles Edwards, weighing stone 137 . 20 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co 206.31 

T. E. Costello, windshield 5.00 

A. W. Davis, payroll 503.52 

A. W. Davis, trucking 9 . 50 

A. K. Jenks, gravel 34. 95 

B. A. King, wire 6 . 50 

Hall Bros. Co., lumber 6.85 

E. Z. Taylor, labor 24.00 

H. B. Morse, labor 36.00 

Greenough Construction Co., labor 722 . 38 

E. P. Gates, repairs 81 . 85 

J. T. McNiff, repairs 6.50 

Mrs. M. Spinney, gravel 8 . 10 

H. B. Morse, stone 23.00 

Waldo Bros. & Bond Co., material 142.56 

A. H. Perkins, labor 35.00 

Commissioner public safety, boiler inspection, 5.00 

James 'Neil, labor on tree and stump 90 . 00 

J. S. Moore, equipment 6 . 10 

C. D. Fletcher, gravel 15.60 

C. H. Mead & Co., equipment 32.94 

Town of Concord, roller 181 . 28 



HIGHWAYS (Main Street) 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $10,000.00 

State treasurer 10,000.00 

County treasurer 10,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 78 . 90 

Paid : 

Standard Oil Co. of N. Y., road oil $370.50 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., material 91.54 

American Powder Co., powder and fuses .... 60 . 63 

The Texas Co., road cement 2,834.88 

Bay State Builders' Co., material 418.64 

Massachusetts Broken Stone Co., stone 9,232.21 

Hedge & Matthies, equipment 21 . 92 

Waldo Bros. & Bond Co., pipe 28 . 63 

C. A. Durkee, wood 16.00 

C. H. Mead & Co., supplies 22.81 

Conant Machine Co., equipment 336.76 

Maynard Coal Co., coal 43 . 98 

George H. Reed, material 314.70 

A. W. Davis, freight paid 311 . 66 

A. W. Davis, paid for gas, oil and expenses . . 102 . 70 



$2,938.43 



$30,078.90 



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A. W. Davis, paid W. C. Lund 77.40 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co 1.00 

J. S. Hoar, labor 3.60 

E. P. Gates, labor 73.40 

J. A. McPherson, material 4. 18 

W. G. Lund, labor 17.30 

L. P. Palmer & Sons, cover stone 10.00 

Barrett Go., tarvia 29 . 84 

Alvin H. Fletcher • 18.90 

J. T. McNiff, labor 3.20 

A. B. Frost, police duty 5.00 

William H. Kingsley, labor 46.07 

William H. Kingsley, stone 540 . 06 

B. V. Estein, dynamite 11 .45 

M. E. Taylor & Go., weighing stone, gas and oil 114.42 

George S. Tucker, gravel 470 . 85 

Payroll No. 1 47.40 

Payroll No. 2 271.30 

Pavroll No. 3 545.45 

Pavroll No. 4 521.40 

Payroll No. 5 593.28 

Pavroll No. 6 568.80 

Payroll No. 7 949.60 

Payroll No. 8 1,050.40 

Payroll No. 9 1,167.30 

Payroll No. 10 1,108.58 

Payroll No. 11 882.90 

Payroll No. 12 737.25 

Pavroll No. 13 578.28 

Pavroll No. 14 602.60 

Payroll No. 15 535.00 

Payroll No. 16 505.08 

Pavroll No. 17 402.60 

Pavroll No. 18 508.00 

Payroll No. 19 567.60 

Payroll No. 20 628.50 

Payroll No. 21 705.40 

Payroll No. 22 455.70 

Pavroll No. 23 314.00 

Pavroll No. 24 198.25 



$30,078.90 

HIGHWAYS (High and Eiver Streets) 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $11,550.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 2 . 93 

$11,552.93 

Paid: 

Greenough Construction Co $9,359 .44 

Texas Co., paving cement 2,193.49 

$11,552.93 



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HIGHWAYS (Central Street) 
Receipts 

Appropriation 

Unexpended balance 

SNOW REMOVAL— HIGHWAYS 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $400 . 00 

Transfer from reserve fund 427 . 88 



Paid : 

T. B. Costello, windshield $4.50 

The Good Roads Machine Co 4.45 

J. E. Coombs 40.00 

R. Jones 73.00 

William Kingslev 31.00 

A. W. Davis . . .' 518.08 

J. T. McNife 17.60 

A. H. Perkins 70.00 

Middlesex Fruit Farm 13.00 

A. Christoff erson 55 . 00 

E. R. Teele 1.25 



SNOW REMOVAL— SIDEWALKS 

Receipts : 
Appropriation 

Paid : 

J. W. Livermore $12.75 

J. E. Coombs 8.00 

R. Jones 76.00 

George T. Weaver 71 . 15 



Unexpended balance 

CUTTING BRUSH— HIGHWAYS 
Receipts 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Transfer from reserve fund 4.63 



Paid : 

James O'Neil $336.30 

Joseph Gagnon 2 . 25 

A. W. Davis 30.60 

John Pennev 9.00 

F. W. Bulette 8.00 

L. F. HoAve 5.00 

A. R. Jenks 113.48 



$504.63 



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STREET LIGHTING 

Receipts 
Appropriation $4,850.00 

Paid : 
American Woolen Company $4,742.39 

Unexpended balance 107 . 61 



$4,850.00 
RELIEF OF POOR 
Receipts : 

Received from town farm fund $1,294.38 

Paid: 

A. C. Foss, clothing $12.79 . 

Flora A. Beach, milk 55 .46 

Chris Kane, board 374.40 

W. B. Holt, labor 7.50 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., fuel 13.00 

Charles A. Durkee, fuel 43.88 

Frank E. Tasker, M. D., services 20.50 

Strong' & Tracy, provisions 221 . 33 

B. B. Smith, provisions 93 . 50 

City of Worcester, board and medical services, 59.50 

George H. Tuttle, M. D., services 15.00 

Fred W. Green, services 16 . 50 

0. S. Fowler, services 35.00 

Mrs. J. S. Richardson, board 223.36 

Finney & Hoit, clothing 20.89 

American Ry. Express Co 2.77 

Bert L. Beer, undertaker services 26.00 

George Worster, team hire 3 . 00 

E. F. Ryan, M. D., services 50.00 

$1,294.38 
EDUCATION 
Receipts 

Appropriation $43,000.00 

Appropriation from overlay surplus 3,000.00 

$46,000.00 
Paid : 

Report of school committee $45,728 . 70 

Unexpended balance 271 . 30 

$46,000.00 
MILITARY AID 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $100.00 

Paid $30.00 

Unexpended balance 70 . 00 

$100.00 



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STATE AID 
Receipts : 

Amount due from state treasurer $258 . 00 

Paid $258.00 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid: 

William B. Holt, repairs of drinking* fountain, $17.73 

James B. Tuttle, auctioneering E. A. fire house 10.00 

Everett N. Montague, engineering services ... 9 . 75 

Harry B. Morse, trucking services 25 . 00 

Howard A. Wilson, legal services 35.00 

Enterprise Press, Inc., advertising 1.75 

W. J. Costello, signs 5.00 

A. R. Jenks, labor and lumber 3.76 

Finney & Hoit, flags 12.00 

Home Traffic Signal Co., cross road sign 30.00 

F. E. Parsons, dynamite damage 5.42 

A. M. Whitcomb, fire insurance on W. A. fire 

truck 41.85 

E. A. Mavell, medical services 3.00 

$200.26 

Unexpended balance 299 .74 

$500.00 
ELECTRIC LIGHT COMMITTEE 

Appropriation $250 . 00 

LTnexpended balance $250.00 

MEMORIAL MONUMENT 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $2,000.00 

Paid: 
Harry B. Morse $1,900.00 

Unexpended balance 100 .00 

$2,000.00 
DEMONSTRATION WORK IN AGRICULTURE 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $350.00 

Paid: 
Middlesex County Extension Service $350.00 

MEMORIAL DAY 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $300.00 

Paid: 
Lowell H. Cram, chairman of committee $300.00 



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LIABILITY INSURANCE 
Receipts 

Appropriation $225 . 00 

Transfer from reserve fund ^ 53.99 

$278.99 
Paid: 
Arthur M. Whiteomb, agent $278 . 99 

MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $600 . 00 

Transferred from interest on library fund ... 93 . 20 



Paid : 

William H. Kingsley, wood $12.50 

M. E. Taylor, supplies 2.43 

Library Bureau, supplies 13 .50 

American Woolen Co., light 29.25 

0. D. Wood, labor 34.00 

S. A. C. & L. Co., lumber and coal 122.87 

A. F. Davis, services 371 .00 

0. E. Houghton, transportation 50.00 

E. F. Conant, insurance 52 . 78 

E. Z. Stanley, labor 3.80 

Dennison Mf j?. Co., labels 1 .07 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY— BOOKS 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $200.00 

Interest on librarv fund 354 . 40 



Paid: 

The World : $ .90 

Goodspeed Book Shop 39.24 

Charles D. Graigie 5.00 

DeWolfe & Fiske Co 357.97 

Masonic Service Association 3 . 29 

Ada J. Smith 1.20 

Friedman 's 5.83 

H. R. Hunting Co 5.70 

Albert Whitman Co 6.22 

The Voice 1.00 

Silver Burdette Co .99 

Ginn & Co 5.44 

Schultes' Book Store 3.06 

The Union Library Association 8.35 

Herman Goldberger 49 . 80 



$693.20 



$693.20 



$554.40 



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A. N. Marquin & Co 6.98 

Rand McNally & Co 7.36 

Dodd Mead & Co 13.75 

American Osteopathic Association .56 

W. A. Wilde Co 13.41 

Dura Binding Co 18.35 



$554.40 



CEMETERIES 
Receipts : 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Paid: 

E. P. Baker, labor $33.25 

Charles S. Baker, labor 42.75 

F. W. Green, payroll and labor 699.06 

H. F. Robbins, payroll and labor 12.00 

M. E. Taylor, tools 18.25 

Albert S. Batley, flowers 33.25 

W. & S. W. Supply, water 21.51 

A. H. Perkins, labor 18.00 

E, Z. Stanle}^, material and labor 1.25 

J. W, Livermore, labor 12.20 

Sidney Richardson, labor 27 .00 

W. b!^ Holt, labor 37.20 

E. F. Conant, insurance on chapel 7.20 

H. F, Tuttle, services .' 21.50 

$984.42 

Unexpended balance 15 . 58 



$1,000.00 
CEMETERIES (Perpetual Care) 
Receipts : 

Interest on cemetery fund $897 .75 

Paid : 
Fred W. Green, labor $897.75 

OVERLAYS 

Received : 

Overlay surplus $3,375 . 37 

Received 1924 3,036.38 

$6,411.75 

Transferred to: 

Abatement 1921 taxes $48.13 

Abatement 1922 taxes 108.72 

Abatement 1923 taxes 464.82 

Abatement 1924 taxes 111.78 

Education 3,000.00 

$3,733.45 
Surplus 2,678.30 



$6,411.75 



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RESERVE FUND 

Receipts: 
Appropriation 

Paid: Transferred to : 

Highwa3^s — High and River streets , $2.93 

Highways — Main street 78 . 90 

Fire department — Maintenance 377.26 

Forest tires 65 . 25 

Employers' liability insurance 53.99 

Highways— Town " 63.43 

Highways — Snow removal 427 . 88 

Buildings and grounds 8.76 

Police department 78 . 28 

Cutting brush 4.63 

Health and sanitation department 38 . 69 



$1,200.00 



$1,200.00 



LOANS AND INTEREST 

Receipts : r 
Appropriation 

Paid : 
North Middlesex Institution for Savings, 

interest on road notes $851.87 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings, .'» 

road notes 5,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co., interest on bridge notes . . 240.82 

Maynard Trust Co., bridge note 1,375.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, interest on 

road notes 523.07 

Assabet Institution for Savings, road note .... 1,250 . 00 
First National Bank of Ayer, interest on loans 

in anticipation of revenue 1,395.41 



$10,000.00 



$10,636.17 



UNEXPENDED BALANCES 
Received : 

General government $63 . 26 

Addition to town hall 1,409.34 

Fire department — New hose 39 . 97 

Hydrant service 194 . 00 

Town nurse 157 . 81 

Tree wardeji .60 

Highway— Central street 400.00 

Snow removal — SidcAvalks 32 . 10 

Education 271 .30 

Street lighting 107 . 61 

Military aid 70.00 

Enforcement of liquor law 395.61 

Unclassified 299.74 



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Electric light committee 250.00 

Memorial monument 100 . 00 

Cemeteries 15 . 58 

Total $3,806.95 

MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS 

Receipts : 

Total notes outstanding, January 1, 1924 $30,375.00 

First National Bank of Aver, loans in antici- 
pation of revenue . . . '. 80,000.00 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings 8,000.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 17,180.00 

$135,555.00 

Paid : 

First National Bank of Aver $70,000.00 

North Middlesex Institution for Savings 5,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co 1,375.00 

Assabet Institution for Savino:s 1,250.00 



$77,625.00 

Total notes outstanding, January 1, 1925, $57,930.00 

* FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Due from tax collector, January 1, 1924 $21,698.85 

Received : 

State tax 4,500.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

Special state auditing tax 304.51 

Countv tax 3,581.00 

To^^Ti ^ra;nt 80,687.77 

Overlav 3,036.38 

Moth tax 18.50 



$115,400.21 



Treasurer's cash on hand, January 1, 1924 ... $7,015.25 

Treasurer's receipts other than taxes 152,002.47 

Interest on taxes 928.27 



$159,945.99 

$275,346.20 
Paid : 

State tax $4,500.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

Auditing municipal accounts 304.51 

Poll tax 117.00 

County tax 3,581.00 



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General government 3,661 . 74 

Buildings and grounds 1,008 . 76 

Police 878 . 28 

Enforcement of liquor law .^ 68 . 10 

Fire department — Maintenance 1,127.26 

Fire department — New hose 860.03 

New fire apparatus 10,000 . 00 

Forest fires 265.25 

Hydrant service 2,625 . 00 

Health and sanitation 942 . 37 

Town nurse , = 342.19 

Moth department 1,624.63 

Tree warden 399.40 

Highways— State 11,399.08 

Highways— Town 2,938.43 

Highways— Main street 30,078.90 

Highways — High and River streets 11,552.93 

Highways — Removal of snow 827 . 88 

Sidewalks — Removal of snow 167 . 90* 

Street lighting 4,742.39 

Relief of poor 1,294.38 

State aid 258.00 

Military aid 30.00 

Education 45,728.70 

Unclassified 200.26 

Middlesex County Extension Service 350 . 00 

Memorial day .' 300.00 

Memorial monument 1,900 . 00 

Cutting brush 504. 63 

Employers ' liability insurance * 278 . 99 

Library — Expenses 693 . 20 

Library — Purchase of books 554.40 

Cemeteries 984.42 

Cemeteries — Perpetual care 897.75 

Refunds 733.45 

Interest 3,011.17 

Municipal indebtedness 77,625.00 

Enlarging town hall . 90.66 



Total expenditures $231,021 . 24 

Due from collector $32,859 , 47 

Due from treasurer 11,465 .49 



$275,346,20; 



FINANCIAL STATEMENT, DECEMBER 31, 1924 

ASSETS 

Due from collector $32,859.47 

Due from treasurer 11,465 .49 



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X)ue from county treasurer — Dog tax . 444.54 

Due from state treasurer — State highways 175.00 

Due from state treasurer — State aid . . ! 258 . 00 

$45,202.50 
LIABILITIES 

-Notes outstanding $57,930.00 

Balance against the town $12,727 . 50 

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. 

Eespectfully submitted, 

EVERETT N. MONTAGUE, 

Town Accountant. 



FOREST WARDEN'S REPORT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Town of Acton : 

Gentlemen — ^Your forest warden submits the following report on 
forest fires for the year ending December 31, 1924: 

Total number of fires '. 25 

Cost of extinguishing (labor) $274.75 

Of this number nine (9) were caused by railroads, on which the 
cost of extinguishing has been refunded to the town. The cost of 
extinguishing two non-permit fires has also been refunded to the 
town. 

The forest warden Avishes to take this opportunity to thank the 
board of selectmen and all the people of the town for their hearty 
support and cooperation in handling all matters pertaining to fires. 

We passed very successfully through forty-five days of drought. 
Much of this success we must attribute to the fact that we have three 
splendid, new fire trucks manned by competent companies, who re- 
sponded willingly at the first call for help. 

The fire truck maintained at Acton Center is especially designed 
for combating forest fires and has been a wonderful help in the past 
year. South Acton has a new company, and I am glad to sa}' handles 
forest fires in a very efficient manner. The West Acton company is 
of long standing and always handles forest fires with quickness and 
dispatch. 

I would recommend that some provision be made for housing 
the forest fire truck in Acton Center, as it is now housed in a private 
garage. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. B. FROST, Forest Warden. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT, 1924 



Buildings, exclusive of land .$1,481,605.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 586,550.00 

Personal estate ...,, 606,320.00 

$2,674,475. aO 
Valuation, April 1, 1923 2,546,220.00 

Increase in valuation $128,255 . 00 

Rate of taxation, $34.40. 

Tax assessed as follows: 

Real estate $71,144.50 

Personal estate 20,857.24 

Polls 1,502.00 

$93,503.74 
Moth tax • 18.50 

Amount of money raised: 

State tax $4,500.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

Special state auditing tax 304.51 

County tax 3,581.00 

Town grant 80,508.65 

Overlay 3,036.38 

$93,503.74 
December assessment : 

Buildings, exclusive of land $3,660.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 1,140.00 

$4,800.00 
Tax assessed as follows : 

Real estate $165.12 

Polls 14.00 

$179.12 

ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
WARREN H. JONES, ^ 

HENRY L. HAYNBS. 



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COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1920 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1923 $16 . 17 

Cr. 
Paid treasurer . . .' $16 . 17 

1921 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1923 $157 . 28 

Interest collected 9 . 32 

$166.60 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $118 . 47 

Abatement 48 . 13 

$166.60 
HENRY L. HAYNES. 



COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1922 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1924 $2,067.76 

Interest collected 184.06 

$2,251.82 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $1,776 . 52 

Abated , 108.72 

$1,885.24 

Uncollected January 1, 1925 $366 . 58 

1923 Taxes 

Uncollected January 1, 1924 $19,457 . 64 

Interest collected 573 . 47 

$20,031.11 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $13,627 . 58 

Abatements , 464.82 

$14,092.40 

Uncollected January 1, 1925 $5,938 .71 



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1924 Taxes 
Town, county and state taxes committed to 

collector $93,682.86 

Interest collected 161 . 42 

Moth tax 18.50 

$93,862.78 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $67,196.82 

Abatements Ill . 78 

$67,308.60 

Uncollected $26,554.18 

C. A. DURKEE, Collector. 



REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



For the Year Ending December 31st, 1924 

Burial permits issued in Acton 28 

Burial permits of non-residents 20 

List of contagious diseases reported by the board of healthy 
January 1st, 1924, to December 31st, 1924: 

Anterior Poliomj'elitis 1 

Chicken-pox 2 

Diphtheria 2 

Measles 74 

Mumps 48 

Scarlet Fever 3 

Tetanus 1 

Tuberculosis 3 

Total 134 

(Death, none.) 
Your board would recommend that $1,000.00 be appropriated for 
use of the board for the present 3^ear. 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

By C. A. Durkee, Agent. 



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INSPECTOR'S REPORT, 1924 



Beef Veal Hogs Sheep Total 

Inspected 101 482 61 2 646 

Condemned 9 71 80 

JAMES KINSLEY, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 



To the Honorable Board of Health : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report as inspector of slaugh- 
tering from January 1, 1924, to January 1, 1925 : 

Cattle 94 Condemned 8 

Veal 2,805 Condemned 724 



2,899 732 

CHARLES A. DURKEE, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



INSPECTOR OF ANIMAL'S REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Town of Acton : 
I herewith submit the following report for year 1924 : 

Number of cows inspected 558 

Number of young stock 88 

Number of bulls 16 

Number of swine 104 

Number of goats 1 

Number of stables 112 

Number of cows quarantined for tuberculosis 6 



FRED S. WHITCOMB, 

Inspector of Animals. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE 
GOODNOW FUND 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1924 

INVESTMENTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,258 . 94 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank 1,000 . 00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000 . 00 



RECEIPTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $56 . 29 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank 50.00 

City Institution for Savings 50 . 00 



$3,258.94: 



$156.29 



PAYMENTS 
Paid F. W. Green, care of Goodnow lot, Wood- 
lawn cemetery $10 . 00 

Unused income, for care of cemetery lot, 
deposited with Warren Institution for 

Savings 21.29 

Paid to Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evan- 

o'elical church in Acton 125 . 00 



$156. 29^ 



CHARLOTTE CONANT, 
I. WARREN FLAGG, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



TRUSTEES' REPORT OF THE ELIZABETH 

WHITE FUND 



The trustees have signed orders to the treasurer for $500.00 for 
the year ending December 31, 1924. This has been distributed from,^ 
time to time as the trustees found any who they thought might be in: 
need of a little help to tide over. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund. 



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FIRE APPARATUS 



Report of the Committee Appointed By the Town At the Annual 

Town Meeting Held March 10, 1924, To Purchase New 

Fire Apparatus For the Town 

To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

Your committee after carefully looking into the condition of the 
fire apparatus owned by the town decided it best to equip each vil- 
lage with an efficient piece of apparatus, making- use of what was in 
good condition on the two old trucks. The body of tlie South Acton 
truck was rebuilt, and the chemical tanks from the West Acton 
truck were thoroughly renovated and these were mounted on a new 
Reo chassis giving us a well equipped piece of apparatus especially 
adapted for fighting forest fires, and carrying 500 feet of hydrant 
hose. This was placed in Acton Centre. 

A triple combination pumper, chemical and hose truck, mounted 
on a Reo chassis, with two 35 gallon chemical tanks and carrying 
1000 feet of hose was bought and placed in West Acton. A new 
combination chemical and hose truck carrying two 35 gallon chemical 
tanks and 1000 feet of hose was bought and placed in South Acton. 

All of the above equipment was purchased within the appropria- 
tion of $10,000.00. 

A fire company has been organized in South Acton and one in 
Acton Centre. We have for some years had a well organized com- 
pany in West Acton. We have every reason to believe that the town 
will be granted more favorable insurance rates as engineers of the 
New England Insurance Exchange have completed their work of 
re-classification of the town for minimum rates on dwelling house 
property, and are about ready to issue a promulgation re-classifying 
the town, pending action by the schedule rating department on 
specifically rated risks. 

MURRAY BROWN, 
HARRY B. MORSE, 
ALBERT R. JENKS, 
ALAN B. FROST, 
J. SIDNEY WHITE, 
FREDERICK L. BURKE, 
EDGAR H. HALL, 
GEO. E. CLAPP, 
C. D. CRAM. 



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REPORT OP SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen: I herewith submit my report for the year ending 
December 31, 1924. 

Appropriation $10,000 . 00 

Eeceived from State 4,275.00 

$14,275.00 

Amount expended $14,337 .41 

This amount was expended as follows: 

Oiling $4,726.28 

Scraping and cleaning 1,493 . 10 

Patching : 1,199.37 

Dragging 286.75 

Repairing culverts and bridges 450 . 80 

Scarifying and reshaping 834 . 71 

Blasting and removing stone , 413 . 90 

Repairing and building fence 450. 37 

Cutting brush 50.40 

graveling 1 2,106.53 

Tools 240.30 

Repairs 250.97 

Boiler inspection 5 . 00 

Town of Concord, use of roller 181 . 28 

Balance on loader 290.00 

Gravel, paid for 259 .20 

River street 1,098 .45 



$14,337.41 



We have at present four very important streets which are in 
need of extensive repairs the coming year. In South Acton, School 
street from the house of A. C. Piper to the State highway near the 
house of A. Christofferson is in very poor condition the entire length 
and should be rebuilt. In West Acton, Central street from I. 0. O. P. 
hall to the Boxboro line is in "very poor condition. Arlington street 
is in need of quite extensive repairs. In North Acton, from tlie State 



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highway to North Acton station should be resurfaced' with gravel. 
The bridge in South Acton will probably have to be replanked this 
year. The fences around the bridge are beyond repair and should be 
rebuilt, also fences in other parts of the town that should be repaired 
and new ones built. 

In regard to snow removal: We have been able to keep the 
main roads open but find that the outlying sections will have to be 
opened, and this will require more equipment than we have at pres- 
ent. 1 would recommend that a committee be appointed to look into 
this matter with power to act. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALFRED W. DAVIS, 
Superintendent of Streets. 



LOWELL ROAD 



Continuing work on this road from near Kelley's corner toward 
Acton Centre, 4600 feet was laid out and built after which an exten- 
sion of 480 feet was built, making a total of 5,080 feet at a cost of 
$30,078.90. 

Appropriation $30,000.00 

Expended .,. 30,078.90 

The items which make up this amount were as follows : 

Excavation 1,470 cu. yds. 

Ledge 200 cu. yds. 

Borrow gravel 400 cu. vds. 

Gravel 2,830 cu. yds 

Broken stone 3,657 tons 

Sidedrains 1,600 ft. 

Asphalt 21,000 gals. 

12 in. concrete pipe 30 ft. 

24 in. concrete pipe 80 ft. 

Guard rail stone 300 ft. 

Concrete 12 cu. yds. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALFRED W. DAVIS, 

Superintendent of streets. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 



Year Ending December 31, 1924 

Cash on hand, Januarj^ 1, 1924 $7,015.25 

Received from State Treasurer : 

Income tax, 1924 $427.50 

Corporation tax, B 356 . 58 

Corporation tax, P. S., .39 

Department public works, highway divi- 
sion 100.00 

Gypsy and brown tail moths 134 . 06 

Corporation tax, public service, 1923 .... 24.25 

Corporation tax, business 169 . 65 

Civilian war poll tax, 1923 204.00 

Income tax, 1922 and prior 112 . 17 

Income tax, 1923 292.50 

Aid of vocational and industrial schools . . 407 . 04 

Highway commission, moth work 31.50 

Corporation tax, business 170.96 

Reimbursement for loss of taxes 361 . 38 

National bank tax, 1923 8.51 

Tuition of children 489.05 

School superintendent, small town account 531.69 

Reformatory land fire 39 . 50 

Department public works, highway divi- 
sion 4,000.00 

Department of public works, Lowell road, 10,000.00 

Corporation tax, public service 334.40 

Corporation tax, business 3,033 . 10 

Income tax, 1924 7,500.78 

National bank tax 3 . 05 

National bank tax 193.97 

State aid ' 324.00 

Soldiers' exemption . 139.82 

Surplus war bonus funds 1,248 . 63 

Town of Stow, use of roller 15 . 00 

Town of Westf ord, oiling road 25 . 80 

The Texas Co., 500 gallons road oil 37.70 

Court fines 402.35 

Sealing of weights and measures 41 . 92 

Town hall rents 164.50 

Library fines 63 . 00 

Board of health, nurse's car 250.00 

Collections 18.00 

Rebate on insurance 10 . 28 

Rebate on registration ... 5 . 00 

County treasurer, dog tax 462 . 10 



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William McDonald, slaughtering license ..^.. 100.00 

William McDonald, rendering license 100 . 00 

William McDonald, S. H. license 1.00 

George T. Weaver, slaughtering license, 1923, 100.00 

George T. Weaver, slaughtering license, 1924, 100.00 

Boston & Maine R. R,, forest fires 9.75 

N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R,, forest fires 56.00 

Tree warden, lead sold 403.98 

West Acton fire truck sold 25 . 00 

South Acton fire truck sold 22.00 

Acton Supply Co., West fire department over- 
paid 1 . 65 

County treasurer, Lowell road 10,000 . 00 

Hall Bros. Co., lumber sold, Mt. Hope cemetery 510.15 

Lots sold, Woodlawn cemetery 65.00 

Lots sold, Mt. Hope cemetery 146.00 

Director of standards, four licenses 32.00 

Town of Concord, Nagog taxes 25. 12 

Interest on deposits 115 . 51 

Town of Carlisle, school account 5.71 

Town of Littleton, school account 8.62 

Boston & Maine R. R., rebate on tickets 6.84 

Town of Westford, school account 12 . 53 

Tuition, Leo Cunningham 71.25 

Tuition, A. H. Sadler 88.50 

J. W. Livermore, old fire house 26.00 

Three garage alcohol permits 3.00 

Pour victualer's licenses 4.00 

Seven gas pump permits 7 . 00 

Two second-hand car licenses 2.00 

Cemetery fund, perpetual care 897 . 75 

Library fund, book account 354.40 

Town farm fund, relief of poor 1,294 . 38 

Library fund, expense account 93 .20 



20,000.00 
20,000.00 



$46,822.47 

Loans Received — Revenue: 

First Naeional Bank, Ayer, note No. 49 . . . $10,000.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, note No. 54 . . . 10,000.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, note No. 63 ... 10,000.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, note No. 64 . . . 10,000.00 
First National Bank, Ayer, note No. 65 
First National Bank, Ayer, note No. 74 

Fire Department Loans : 

No. Middlesex Savings Bank, note No. 55, 2,000.00 

No. Middlesex Savings Bank, note No. 56, 2,000.00 

No. Middlesex Savings Bank, note No. 57, 2,000.00 

No. Middlesex Savings Bank, note No. 58, 2,000.00 

Special Road Work Loan: 

Assabet Institution for Savings, note No. 59 2,500.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, note No. 60 2,500.00 



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Assabet Institution for Savings, note No. 61 2,500.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, note No. 62 2,500.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, note No. 70 1,930.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, note No. 71 1,750.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, note No. 72 1,750.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, note No. 73 1,750.00 



Received of Henry L. Haynes, Collector : 

1920 taxes .' , $16.17 

1921 taxes 118.47 

1921 abatements 48.13 



Keceived of Charles A. Durkee, Collector: 

1922 taxes $1,776.52 

1923 taxes 13,627.58. 

1924 taxes 67,196.82 

1922 abatements 108.72 

1923 abatements 464.82 

1924 abatements 111.78 



$105,180.00 



$182.77 



$83,286.24 

$242,486.73 
Paid selectmen's orders 231,021.24 



Balance on hand $11,465.49 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer, 



Treasurer's Report of Funds Held for Care of Cemetery Lots 

Perpetual care fund $25,200.00 

Unexpended balance 2,600 . 26 

Received for Care of Lots : 

John Wayne lot 100.00 

Lucius A. Hesselton lot 100.00 

Mary P. Hosmer lot 100.00 

Lucy Irene Dole lot 100.00 

Abraham White lot 100.00 

William H. Murphy lot 50.00 

Adelbert Mead lot 100.00 

David Cutler lot 100.00 

George L. Towne lot 75.00 

Henry Haynes lot 150 . 00 

James McGreen lot 75.00 

George S. Wright lot . 100.00 

Margaret Rouillard lot 100.00 



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Income from water bonds 246.00 

Income from Liberty bonds 305.83 

Income, Charlestown Five Cent Savings 

bank 75.00 

Income, North End Savings bank 26.49 

Income, Worcester North Savings bank . . 48 . 75 

Income, Worcester Five Cent Savings bank 67.50 

Income, Home Savings bank 37.50 

Income, North Middlesex Savings bank .. 45.50 

Income, Middlesex Institution for Savings 91.01 

Income, Central Savings, Lowell 45 . 50 

Income, Marlboro Savings bank 45 . 00 

Income, Maynard Trust Co 68 .06 

Income, Assabet Institution for Savings . 84.50 

$30,236.90 

Paid for care of lots $897.75 

West and South Water District bonds . . . 6,000.00 

Liberty bonds 7,300.00 

North Middlesex Savings bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Savings Institution 2,000.00 

Central Savings, Lowell 1,000 . 00 

North End Savings Institution 608 . 84 

Worcester North Savings Institution .... 2,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 1,755.80 

Warren Institution for Savings 90.15 

Woi^ester Five Cent Savings . 1,500.00 

Marlboro Savings bank 1,000.00 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

Maynavd Trust Co 1,500.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 250 . 00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 2,334.36 

$30,236.90 

Principal fund $26,450.00 

Unexpended balance 2,886 .47 

Surplus fund 260.31 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of William Chaplin Fund 

Unexpended balance, January 1, 1924 $234.96 

Income • • • • 10 . 57 

$245.53 

Cash in Assabet Institution for Savings 245 . 53 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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Treasurer's Report of Fireman's Relief Fund 



Balan(3e on hand, January 1, 1924 $348 . 06 

Income 15 . 82 

$363.88 
Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings ..... 363.88 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Town Farm Fund 



Balance on hand, January 1, 1924 $19,423 . 54 

Income, Home Savings bank . . , , . 45.00 

Income, Suffolk Savings bank 45 . 00 

Income, North End Savings bank 45.00 

Income, Middlesex Institution for Savings ... 38 . 34 

Income, Liberty bonds 680.00 

Income from mortgage 93 . 00 

$20,369.88 

Paid town of Acton, poor department $1,294.38 

North End Savings bank 1,000.00 

Home Savings bank 1,000 . 00 

Suffolk Savings bank 1,000.00 

Liberty bonds, ^^$16,000.00" 14,012.44 

Balance due on mortgage 1,550 . 00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 513 . 06 



$20,369.88 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Elizabeth White Fund 

Principal fund $25,000.00 

Balance of income 629 . 89 

Received Interest : 

Waltham Savings 90.00 

East Cambridge Savings 95 . 00 

Charlestown Five Cent 100 . 00 

Lowell Institution for Savings 90.00 

Worcester North Savings 50 . 00 

Amherst Savings 90 . 00 

North Middlesex Savings 90 . 00 

Lawrence Savings 100 . 00 

Worcester Five Cent 90.00 

Marlboro Savings 90 . 00 

Middlesex Savings 90.00 

Athol Savings 100.40 

Andover Savings 100 . 00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 24.10 



$26,829.39 



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Paid account trustees' orders $500.00 

Cash in : 

Waltham Savings bank : 2,000.00 

East Cambridge Savings bank 2,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent 2,000.00 

Lowell Institution for Savings 2,000 . 00 

Worcester Five Cent 2,000.00 

Amherst Savings 2,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings 2,000.00 

Lawrence Savings 2,000 . 00 

Marlboro Savings 2,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 2,000 . 00 

Athol Saving:s 2,000.00 

Andover Savings 2,000.00 

Worcester North Savings 1,000.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 1,329.39 

$26,829.39 

Unexpended balance ^ . . $1,329 . 39 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Principal of Wilde fund $5,000.00 

Susan Augusta and Luther Conant fund 1,000.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood fund 200 . 00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Unexpended balance 238 . 38 

Interest on bond, Conant fund 40.00 

Interest, Warren Institution for Savings 45 . 50 

Interest, Charlestown Five Cent Savings .... 50.63 

Interest, Home Savings bank 45.50 

Interest, North End Savings bank 45.50 

Interest, Middlesex Institution for Savings ... 45 . 50 

Interest, Maynard Trust Co 27 . 92 

$6,938.93 

Paid town of Acton, expense account $93.20 

Paid town of Acton, book account 354.40 

Warren Institution for Savings 1,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 1,000 . 00 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

North End Savings bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 1,000 . 00 

West Shore R. R. bond, Conant fund 1,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co 400.00 

Maynard Trust Co., balance 91.33 

$6,938.93 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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Outstanding Notes 



North Middlesex Savings Bank: 
Lowell road, note No. 15, due November, 1925 
Lowell road, note No. 36, due August, 1925 
Lowell road, note No. 37, due August, 1926 
Lowell road, note No. 38, due August, 1927 
Fire department, note No. 55, due May, 1925 
Fire department, note No. 56, due May, 1926 
Fire department, note No. 57, due May, 1927 
Fire department, note No. 58, due May, 1928 

Assabet Institution for Savings : 
Lowell road, note No. 27, due October, 1925 
Lowell road, note No. 59, due June, 1925 
Lowell road, note No. 60, due June, 1926 
Lowell road, note No. 61, due June, 1927 
Lowell road, note No. 62, due June, 1928 
Special road, note No. 70, due June, 1925 
Special road, note No. 71, due June, 1926 
Special road, note No. 72, due June, 1927 
Special road, note No. 73, due June, 1928 

Maynard Trust Company : 
Bridge, note No. 21, due September, 1925 
Bridge, note No. 22, due September, 1926 

First National Bank, Ayer : 
Anticipation of revenue, note No. 74, due 

June, 1925 



$2,500.00 
2,500.00 
2,500.00 
1,250.00 
2,000.00 
2,000.00 
2,000.00 
2,000.00 

1,250.00 
2,500.00 
2,500.00 
2,500.00 
2,500.00 
1,930.00 
1,750.00 
1,750.00 
1,750.00 

1,375.00 
1,375.00 



20,000.00 



$57,930.00 



FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ACTON 
MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1924 



During the year, three corporate members have been chosen to 
fill vacancies in the board of trustees. 

The board of trustees now being : E. Faulkner Conant, Frank K. 
Knowlton, Caroline L. BroAvn, Eugene L. Hall, Arthur F. Davis, 
Halph W. Piper, corporate members,' and Lucius A. Hesselton, J. 
Sidney White and Horace F. Tuttle, chosen by the town. 

The board of trustees is organized as follows : 

Committee on library: E. Faulkner Conant, Ralph W. Piper, 
Horace F. Tuttle. 

Committee on building and grounds : Caroline L. Brown, Arthur 
F. Davis, Eugene L. Hall. 

Committee on finance : Frank R. Knowlton, Lucius A. Hessel- 
ton, J. Sidney White. 

Regular meetings of the trustees are held on the third Wednes- 
days of February, May, August and November. 

The trustees ret3ommend and respectfully ask for the following 
appropriations for 1925 : 

For painting and decorating the interior of the library 

building $600.00 

For current expenses 700 . 00 

For the purchase of books 200 . 00 

Your attention is called to the reports of the town accountant 
and treasurer for the items of receipts and expenditures and to the 
report of the librarian, submitted herewith. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

For the Trustees. 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 



Accessions: No. of volumes in Library Jan. 1, 1924, 15,431. 

Increase by purchase 365 of which 14 were obtained by binding 
magazines. Increase by gift 46. Total increase, 411. 

No. of volumes in Library Jan. 1, 1925—15,842. 

Circulation: Number of days the library was opened, 102. Num- 
ber of volumes circulated 10,100; daily average circulation 99 plus. 
Largest dailv circulation 166, May 10. Smallest daily circulation 58, 
July 23. 

Received from Library Fines $6S.77 

Expended for postage, etc. 2.77 



Sent to Town Treasurer $63.00 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources: U. 
^. Government, 3; State of Massachusetts, 12; Acton Boy Scouts, 1; 
Earle Barker, 4; Boni & Liveright, 1; L. K. Birinyi, 1; Better Under- 
standing Society, 1; John Condon, 2; A. R. Erskin, 1; George L. 
Hosmer, 5; Irish Relief Committee, 1; Jewish Pub. Society, 1; The Mac- 
Millan Co., 1; R. J. May, 3; New Church Press, 1; Teddy Pogozala, 1; 
Benjamin Pope, 4; George A. Richardson, 1; Sons American Revolution, 
1; H.P.Willis, 1. Total 46. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, 

Librarian 



NON-FICTION 

Anon — Masonic Poems ^ 36A100ma 

Anon — Masonry and Americanism 36A100mb 
Anon — Report of American Committee for relief in Ireland 36A100r 

Babcock, F. M.— The appraisal of Real Estate 33B112a 

Baird, G. W. — Great American Masons 36B163g 

Barker, J. E.— Cancer 61B2555c 

Barker, L. F. and Cole N. B. 61B255b 

Barry, J. W.— Masonry and the Flag 36B279m 

Bartlett, G. H.— Pen and Ink drawing 74B326p 

Bazalgette, L.— Walt Whitman 922W615b 

Beaume, G. — Fromentine 925F931b 

Beck, J. M. — The Constitution of the United States 32B393c 

Birinyi, L. K.— The tragedy of Hungary 94:}H619t 

Breed, C. B. & Hosmer, G. L. — Elementary Surveying 52B832pr 

Breed, C. B. & Hosmer G. L. — Higher Surveying 52B832p 

Brewer, R. F. — The art of versification and the technicalities 

of Poetry 42B847a 

Bull, S. A.— History of the town of Carlisle 974.5B955h 

Camehl, A. W.— The Blue China Book 73C181b- 



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Carver, W. — Brick, how to build and estimate 69C331b 

Cheever, G. B. — The journal of the Pilgrims 973.2C514J 

Clark, F. E. — Memories of many lands 922C592c 

Claudy, C. H. — A masters wages 36C615m 

Claudy, C. H.— The Old Pastmaster 36C615o 

Clark, A. H.— The Clipper ship era 973.6C592c 

Cody, W. F.— Story of the Wild West 921C671s 

Coolidge, C. — The price of freedom 81C774p 

Crastre, F. — Bastien Lepage 92SL591c 

Crastre, F. — Roso Bonheur 925B714c 

Crawford, M. M.— Madame LaFayette and her Family 925L1612c 

Cumberland, W. W. — Cooperative marketing 63C961c 

DaVinci, L.— Note Books 85D259n 

Davis, G. W.— Sketches of Butte 917.3D261s 

Davis, P.— Street land 30D263s 

Day, L. E. — Pattern Design 74D274p 

Drake, S. A. — Our Colonial Homes 973.2D763ou 

Drake, S. A.— The Pine tree coast 917.3D763p 

Duggar, J. F. — Southern field crops 63D866c 

Duval, M. — Duval's artistic anatomy 74D983d 

Dyer, W. A.— The lure of the Antique 74D9961 

Dyke, A. L. — Automobile Encyclopedia 62D994d 

Eliot, C. W.— A late harvest ^ 81E421 

Erskine, A. R. — The Studebaker Corporation 62E73h 
Evans, H. R. — The history of the York and Scottish Rites of 

Masonry 36E92h 

Farrington, C. C— Paul Revere 973.3F246p 

Fosdick, H. E. — The modern use of the Bible 22F748m 

Preeman, L. R. — Down the Grand Canyon 917.3F855do 

Frost, R. — New Hampshire ' 81F937ne 

Goodwin, S. H. — Mormonism and Masonry 36G657m 



Gould, G. L. — Historical Sketch of the Paint, oil, 

and allied trades of Boston 
Greene, F. V. — The Revolutionary war . 
Green, H. — Life of Calvin Coolidge 
Gribble, F. H.— Montreal 
Grifhs, W. E. — Story of the Walloons 
Hall, F. H. — Memories grave and gay 
Hammond, J. M. — Winter Journeys in the South 
Harrison, J. S. — The teachers of Emerson 
Henri, R. — The art spirit 
Hind, C. L. — Art and I 

Historical Society — Littleton, Mass., 1894-95 
Hopkins, B. S. — Chemistry of the rarer elements 
Hosmer, G. L. — Aizmuth 
Hosmer, G. L. — Practical Astronomy 
Hosmer, G. L. Geodesy 
Howe, O. T. — Augonauts of '49 
Hosmer, G. L. — Geodesy 
Hudson, W. H. — Birds in town and village 
Johnston, C. — Why the World laughs 



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Johnson, W. F.— The life of Warren G. Harding 922H263j 

Josselyn, J. — An account of two voyages to New England, 

1638-63^ 973.2J84a 

Judge, A. W. — Design of Aeroplanes 62J92d 

Keim, A.— Gerome 925G377k 

King, T. S.— The white hills ^ 917.3K54w 

Kirkland, C. — Some African highways 916.8K59s 

Lawrence, V. C. and Others — Mass. Society Sons of the 

American Revolution 36L423m 

Lincoln, J. C— Cape Cod Ballads 81L737c 

Ludy, L. v.— Air Brakes 62L948a 

Lyman, R. H.— The World Almanac for 1924 03L986w 

McFarland, J. H. — The rose in America 71M143r 

Marr, S.— Into the Frozen South 919.9M358i 

Maurice, A. B.— Fifth Avenue 917.3M454f 

Mellon, A. W. — Taxation the Peoples business 33M527t 

Aiorris, R. S. and Others — In memory of Meyer Suzberger, 

1923 922S954m 

Morse, E. W.— Life and letters of Hamilton W. Mabie 922M112m 

Morse, S. — Freemasonry in the American Revolution 36M886f 

Neuhans, E. — The appreciation of Art 70N485a 

Newell, F. H. — Irrigation management 63N544ir 

Newton, J. F. — Best Sermons for 1924 25N564be 

Newton, J. F.— The Builders 36N564b 

Newton, J. F. — The great light in Masonry 36N564g 

Newton, J. F. — Modern Masonry 36N564m 

Newton, J. F. — The three degrees and great symbols of 

Masonry 
Olcott, C. S.— Life of William McKinley 
Paine, R. D. — Joshua Barney 

Palmer, J. C. — The morgan affair and anti-Masonry 
Papini, G. — Life of Christ 
Pike, A. — The meaning of Masonry 
Pound, R. — Masonic Jurisprudence 
Ravenscroft, W.— The Comacines 
Reeves, W. P. — New Zealand 

Richardson, W. and Owen, J. M. — Literature of the World 
Robinson, J. H.; Smith, E. P.; and Brested, J. H.— Our world 



today and yesterday 
Rockefeller, J. D., Jr. — The personal relation in industry 
Sears, C. S. — Days of Delusion 
Shaw, W. — The evolution of an endeavorer 
Shepherd, S. H. — The landmarks of Freemasonry 
Skinner, O. — Footlights and Spotlights 
Smith, A. J. — How to make handmade flowers 
Smith, C. H. — Rising above the ruins in France 
Steinmetz, C. P. — Relativity and space 
Sterling, A. — ^The Jew and Civilization 
Stoddard, A. M.— Life of Isabella Bird Bishop 
Stork, C. W. — Second Contemporary Verse Anthology 
Straws, S. W. — History of the thrift movement in America 



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Swedenborg, E. Life after Death 23S9741 

Tarbell, I. M. — In the footsteps of the LIncolns 922L736ta 

Tracy, G. A. — Uncollected letters of Abraham Lincoln 922L736tr 

Trafton, G. H.— Bird friends 59T764b 

Van Tyne, C. H.— India in Ferment 954V282i 

Vibert, L. — Anderson's Constitutions of 1723 36V624a 

Vibert, L.— The story of the Craft 36V624s 

Walter, L. E.— The fascination of Belgium 914.9W235f 

Waters, W.— History of Chelmsford, Mass. 974.5 W331h 

Weber, F. W. — Artists pigments 75W373a 
Weeks, L. H. — History of Paper manufacturing in the United 

States 67W395h 

Werner, M. R.— Barnham 922B263w 

White, C. E., Jr.— The Bungalow book 72W583b 
Whiting, E. L. — Calvin Coolidge his ideals of Citizenship 17.W599c 
Willis, H. P. and Byers, J. R. B.— Portland Cement prices 33W734p 

Wilson, G. M.— What is Americanism 32W748w 

Winter, W.— Old Friends ^ 81W787o 
Wood, E. F. — Leonard Wood conservator of Americanism 922W876w 

Woodall, P. H.— Osteopathy ^ _ _ 61W873o 

Woods, R. A. — The neighborhood in nation building 30W896n 

Wright, D. — The Ethics of Freemasonry 36W949e 

Wright, I. A.— The early history of Cuba 972W951e 

FICTION 

Adams, S. H. — Siege A217si 

Anon — In the Mountains AlOOi 

Babcock, B. — The soul of Abe Lincoln B112so 

Babcock, B. — The Soul of Anne Routledge B112s 

Belasco, D. — The girl of the Golden West B425g 

Bindloss, H. — Green timber B612gs 

Bower, B. M.— Casey Ryan B786ca 

Bower, B. M. — The eagles wing B786e 

Burnham, C. L. — The keynote B966k 

Burt, S. — The interpreters house B9735i 

Conrad, J. — The rover C754ro 

Corelli, M.— The life everlasting C7971 

Curwood, J. O. — The courage of Marge O'Doone C982co 

Davis, W. S. — The beauty of the Purple D265b 

Deland, M.— New friends in Old Chester D337n 

Dillon, M.— The farmer of Roaring Run D579f 

Drago, H. S.— Smoke of the 45 D759s 

Eaton, W. P.— The Idyl of twin fires E142i 

Ertz, S.— Nina E65n 

Evans, A. J. — Inez E92i 

Ferber, E. — Halfportions F346h 

Ferber, E.— So Big F346f 

Fletcher, J. S. — The Borough Treasurer F613b 

Fletcher, J. S. — The Charing Cross mystery F613c 

Fletcher, J. S. — The Chestermarke instinct F613ch 

Fletcher, J. S. — Exterior to the evidence F613e 



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Fletcher, J. S. — The heaven kissed hill F613h 

Fletcher, J. S. — The safety pin F613s 

France, A. — Monsieur Bergeret in Paris F815m 

Fraser, W. A.— Bulldog Carney F842bu 

Gibbs, G. — The secret witness G442s 

Gibbs, P. — Heirs apparent G443h 

Greene, S. P. M.— Cape Cod folks G812c 

Gregory, J. — ^Judith of Blue Lake Ranch G822ju 

Grey, Z.— The call of the Canyon - G842c 

Habberton, J.— Budge and Toddie HI 13b 

Haines, D. H.— The sky-line Inn H1535s 

Harris, C. and Leech, F. H. — From sun up to sun down H3155£ 

Hart, W. S.— A lighter of flames H326i: 

Harvey, M. — The mystery of the hidden room H342m 

Havard, A. — Where the trail divides H383w 

Holland, R. S.— The mystery of the Opal H737m 

Hough, E.— Mother of Gold H838mo 

Hough, E. — The way of a man ^ H838w 

Hueston, E. — Prudence's daughter H887ps 

Hueston, E. — Eve to the rescue H887e 

Husband, J.— Citadel H968c 

Hutchins, E. G. — Indian Summer H974£. 

Kelland, C. B.— The steadfast heart K293s 

Knibbs, H. H.— Wild horses K69w 

Kyne, P. B.— Kindred of the Dust K99k 

Kyne, P. B. — Never the twain shall meet K99n 

Lee, J. — The raincoat girl L478r 

LeQueux, W. — The crystal claw L613c 

Lincoln, J. C. — Rugged water L7372ru 

Locke, W. J.— The Mountebank L814m 

Luther, M. L.— The Boosters L973b 

Lutz, G. L. H. — Marcia Schuyler L975ma 

Lutz, G. L. H. — The search L975s 

Lutz, G. L. H.— The tryst L975t 

McCutcheon, G. B. — The hollow of her hand M133ho 

A/IacHarg, \V. and Balmer, E. — ^The Indian drum M149i 

Marshall, A.— Pippin M367p ' 

Mason, A. E. W.— The house of the arrow M398h 

Miller, A. D.— Manslaughter M6471m 

Miln, L. J. — In a Shantung garden M659i 

Miln, L. J.— Mr. Wu • M659m 

Morton, G.— Rangy Pete M889r 

Mulford, C. E. — Hopalong Cassidy returns M955h 

Mulford, C. E.— Rustlers valley M955r 

Muredach, M. — Charred wood M9752c 

Norris, K. — Josselyn's wife N856J 

Norris, K. — Martie the unconquered N856ma. 

Norris, K.— Rose of the World N856ro 

O'Brien, E. J.— Best short stories for 1923 Ol3bf 

Oemler, M. C. — The purple heights 028p- 

Ogden, G. W.— The Bond boy Q34b 



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Ogden, G. W. — The duke of Chimney Butte 
Ogden, G. W. — The flockmaster of Poison Creek 
Oppenheim, E. P. — The lighted way 
'Oppenheim, E. P. — Mysterious Mr. Sabin 
Oppenheim, E. P. — The wrath to come 
Packard, F. L. — The locked book 
Paine, R. D. — Four bells 
Pedler, M. — The hermit of far end 
Pedler, M. — The lamp of fate 
Porter, G. S. — The white flag 
Raine, W. M. — The big town round up 
Raine, W. M. — Iron heart 
Richmond, G. S. — Red of the Redfields 
Richmond, G. S. — Rufus 
Reynolds, M. J. — The Crayon clue 
Rinehart, M. R. — Love stories 
Rinehart, M. R. — The man in lower ten 
Sabatini, p.. — The banner of the Bull 
■Sabatini, R. — Mistress Wilding 
Seltzer, C. A. — Square deal Sanderson 
Seltzer, C. A. — The trail horde 
Sinclair, M. — The tree of heaven 
Stanford, A. B. — The ground swell 
Steele, W. D. — Lands end and other stories 
Sterrett, F. R. — The jam girl 
Sterrett, F. R.— Mary Rose of Mifflin 
Sterrett, F. R. — Nancy goes to town 
Sterrett, F. R. — These young rebels 
Tarkington, B. — The midlander 
Thomas, A. — The witching hour 
Tracy, L. — The house of peril 
Tracy, L.— The strange case of Mortimer Fenley 
Train, A.^The needles eye 
TuUy, J. — Emmett Lawler 
Wallace, E. — Diana of Kara-Kara 
Waller, M. E. — Deep in the hearts of men 
'Walpole, H.— The Cathedral 
Webster, J. — Jerryjunior 
Wells, C. — The fourteenth key 
Well, H. G. — The soul of a Bishop 
White, G. M. — Judy of Rogues Harbor 
White, W. P.— The twisted foot 
Whitlock, B.— T. Harding & Son 
Williams, V. — Island Gold 
Williams, V. — Th orange divan 
Wilson, H. L. — The Boss of Little Arcady 
Wilson, H. L. — Bunker Bean 
Wilson, H. L. — Ruggles of Red Gap 
Wilson, J. F. — Somewhere at Sea 



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JUVENILE 

Anon — Farm Friends 

Anon — Favorite Animal book 

Anon — First Animal Book for Children 

Anon — Mother Goose's nursery rhymes 

Anon — Snow white and Red Rose 

Anon — Little Red Riding-hood 

Anon — Nursery folks friends 

Appleton, V — ^Tom Swift and his Photo telephone 

Bailey, C. S. — In and out door play games 

Bailey, C. S. — Surprise stories 

Banks, H. W.— The Boynton Pluck 

Beard, D. C. — The Jack of all trades 

Bishop, G. Jr. — Lieutenant Comstock, U. S. Marines 

Blanchard, A. E. — An everyday girl 

B rower, H. — Home help in music study 

Brown, A. F. — John of the Woods 

Broun, H. — The boy grew older 

Burgess, T. W. — Mother West Winds "How" stories 



Mother West Wind "When" stories 
-Mother West Wind "Where" stories 

stories 



Burgess, T. W.- 

Burgess, T. W.- 

Burgess, T. W.— Mother West Wind "Why' 

Burnham, C. L. — Jewel's story Book 

Carter, H. — The Boy Scouts on the trail 

Cheley, F.H. — The mystery of Chimney Rock 

Clemens, S. L. — Tom Sawyer abroad 

Codd, M. J.— On board a U. S. Battleship 

Collins, A. F. — Jack Heaton, gold seeker 

Collins, A. F. — Jack Heaton, oil prospector 

Collins, A. F. — ^Jack Heaton, wireless operator 

Crane, W. — The absurd ABC 

Crane, W. — ^^The Fairy ship 

Crocket, S. R. — Sweetheart travellers 

Denton, C. J. — Homespun stories 

Dickinson, A. D. — The Childrens book of Thanksgiving 

Dugmore, A. R. — Adventures in Beaver Stream Camp 

Eaton, W. P. — Boy Scouts on Katahdin 

Fitzhue, P. K.— Roy Blakeley 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Roy Blakeley's adventures in Camp 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Roy Blakeley's bee-line hike 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Roy Blakeley's Camp on wheels 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Roy Blakeley in the haunted Camp 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Roy Blakeley, lost strayed or stolen 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Roy Blakeley motor caravan 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Roy Blakeley, Pathfinder 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Roy Blakeley, silver fox patrol 

Fitzhue, P. K. — Tom Slade with the flying corps 

Gates, E. — The poor little rich boy 

Gordon, M. D.— The Crystal ball 

Gowar, E. — Adventures in Mother-Goose land 

Hall, A. N. — Home made toys for girls and boys 



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Hart, W. S. — Injun and Whitey 

Hart, W. S. — Injun and Whitey strike out for themselves 

Hart, W. S. — Injun and Whitey to the rescue 

Heyliger, W. — Bartley freshman pitcher 

Heyliger, W. — Don Strong of the Wolf Patrol 

Heyliger, W. — Don Strong, Patrol leader 

Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and his sister Sue giving a show 

Hope, L. L. — Bunny Brown and his sister Sue in the Sunny 

South 
Hope, L. L. — Six little Bunkers at Cowboy Jacks 
Hope,L. L. — Six little Bunkers at Farmer Joels 
Hope, L. L. — Six little Bunkers at Grandpa Fords 
Hornibrook, I. — Campfire girls at Mt. Graylock 
Hornibrook, I. — Girls of the Morning-glory Campfire 
Hyett, F. B. — Fifty Christmas Poems for children 
June, C. S. — Fifty Indian legends 
Kelland, C. ,B.— Mark Tidd's citadel 
Kelland, C. B.— Mark Tidd, Manufacturer 
Large, L. A. — Everyday wonders 
London, J. — The cruise of the Dazzler 
Maitland, R. — The boy scout fire fighters 
Mathewson, C. — Second Base Sloan 
Mirriam, I. C. — W^ashington's boyhood 
Oliver, F. G. — The Circus boys 
Peary. R. — Snowland Folk 
Potter, B. — Ten small book for children 
Ralphson, G. H. — Boy scouts in an airship 
Rhoades, N. — Puzzling Pepita 
Sabin, E. L. — On the overland stage 
Saunders, M. — Golden Dicky 

Schultz, J. W. — The quest of the Fish Dog skin 
.'Seaman, A. H. — The boarded-up house 
Shute, H. A. — Brite and Fair 
Smith, L. R. — The singing twins 
Snell, R. J. — The dinner that was always there 
Snyder, F. — The lovely garden 
Speed, J. — Billy and Jane, Explorers 
Stewart, G. B. — In and out of the jungle 
Stone, G. — Jane and the owl 
Taggart, M. A. — A Pilgrim Maid 
"Tappan, E. M. — Ella 
Theiss, L. E. — The wireless operator with the U. S. Coast gua 



Thorndyke, 
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H. L. — Honey bunch just a little girl 

H. L. — Honey bunch her first day on the farm 

H. L. — Honey bunch her first visit to the city 

E. T. — The boys with Old Hickory 

E. T. — Guarding the Border 



Wallace, D. — The gaunt gray wolf 
Wallace, D. — Grit a plenty 
Walsh, R. J.— Kiddie-Kar Book 
Wells, C. — The Dorrance Domain 



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Williams, A.— Motor Car Peter JW721ni 

BOUND MAGAZINES 

Harpers— Dec. 1922-May 1923 
Harpers — June-Nov. 1923 
National Geographic — July-Dec. 1923 
National Geographic — Jan. -June 1924 
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St. Nicholas— Mav-Oct. 1923 
St. Nicholas— Nov. 1923-April 1924 
Scribners — July-Dec. 1923 
Scribners — Jan.-June 1924 

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Acts and Resolves of Mass. 1923 

Acts and Resolves of Mass. 1924 

G. A. R. Encampment, Mass. 1924 

International Encyclopedia Supplement — 2 vols. 

Index to the General Laws, Mass. 

Journal, House of Representatives, Mass. 1923 

Journal, House of Representatives, Mass. 1924 

Journal, Senate, Alass. 1923 

Journal, Senate, Mass. 1924 

Rand & McNally, International Atlas 

Report Library of Congress, U. S. 

Report, Smithsonian Institution 

Thirty-seventh report, Interstate Commerce Commission, U. S, 

Vital Records of Gloucester, Mass. 

Vital Records of Salem, Mass., 2 vols. 

Who's Who (English) 

Who's Who in America, 1924 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



and 



SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
POR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1924 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRTSE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1925 



ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 

Spencer H. Taylor, Chairman Term expires 1926 

Bertram E. Hall, Secretary* Term expires 1925 

Mrs. Lulu L. Clark, Secretary Term expires 1926 

Mrs. Mary Richardson Term expires 1925 

Mrs. Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1927 

Frank Toohey Term expires 1927 

"Waldo E. Whitcomb* Term expires 1925 
*Mr. Hall resigned April 1, Mr. "Whitcomb chosen to complete 
his unexpired term. 



Superintendent 

Herman C. Knight, Littleton, Mass. Telephone, Littleton 42-3 



Attendance Officers 

Thomas Scanlon West Acton 

Michael Foley South Acton 

Oliver D. Wood Acton 

Herman C. Knight, Superintendent Littleton 



School Physician 
Dr. E. A. Mayell Acton 



School Nurse 

Clara L, Chase Littleton 



CALENDAR 

1925 



First short term begins Jan. 5, 1925. 
First short term ends Feb. 20, 1925. 
Second short term begins March 2, 1925. 
Second short term ends April 17, 1925. 
Spring term begins April 27, 1925. 
Spring term ends June 19, 1925. 

1925-1926 I 

Fall term begins Sept. 8, 1925. 

Thanksgiving recess — school closes Nov. 25 and reopens Nov. 30,- 
1925. 

Fall term ends Dec. 23, 1925. ^: 

First Winter term begins Jan. 4, 1926. fl 



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 anj' school in session on that day. 

The same is true of Armistice Day. November 11. 



STANDING RULES 



Rule 1. Children shall not be admitted to the public schools 
until they are six years of age, excepting that children who are six 
by the first of January following opening of school in September, 
may be admitted with the approval of the superintendent of 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 super- 
intendent 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 
inclement days, but parents shall determine in their individual cases 
whether it is expedient to send their children to school or not. 

Rule 7. Schools in the different buildings shall be five and one 
quarter hours long, including one fifteen minute recess. Primary 
rooms shall have an outdoor recess each afternoon; other rooms shall 
have a recess of sufficient length to allow pupils to go to basements 
and outhouses. Deviation from these hours shall be made only with 
the consent of the superintendent, and shall be reported by him to 
the school committee at its next monthly meeting. 

Rule 8. Doors shall not be opened before principals arrive. 
Pupils may be allowed to come to their rooms with the permission 
of their room teachers, and pupils coming in barges may enter the 
basements, if weather conditions make it advisable. 

Rule 9. The fire drill shall be given at least once in two weeks. 



Teachers in Service, December 31, 1924 



School 



Teacher 



App. Where Educated Home Address 



Center Martha F. Smith 1902 
Marion L. Towne 1921 
Ella L. Miller 1899 



Lowell Normal Acton 
Smith Concord 

Pram. Normal Acton 



West Julia T. Long 1922 Fitch. Normal 

Margaret Pederson 1924 N. Adams Nor. 

Maud B. Priest 1922 Fitch. Normal 

Maude E. Barnes 1924 Univ. of Chic. 



West Groton 
Orange 
West Acton 
So. Windham 
Me. 



South Molly Gilligan 1924 

Helga C. Neilson 1923 

Wilhelmine Sparrow 1924 

Julia L. McCarthy 1906 



Lowell Normal 
Fitch. Normal 
Westfield Nor. 
Fitch. Normal 



Concord Junct. 

Stow 

North Adams 

South Acton 



REPORT OP SCHOOL COiypVEITTEE 



We submit herewith our report of finances for the year 1924 
and our estimates of requirements for 1925. 

Following these figures will be found the report of Supt. Herman 
C. Knight, which the committee has accepted and endorsed. 

You will notice in our estimates for the support of schools for 
the fiscal year 1925, that there has been an increase in the amount 
asked as salary for the superintendent, his travelling expenses, and 
for his office. When the Town of Westford withdrew, in September, 
from the superintendency union, the three remaining towns agreed 
to assume the part of his time which had formerly been required 
by Westford. In the new distribution Acton pays for one-half of 
his time, and Carlisle and Littleton seven and thirteen fortieths 
respectively. While the cost of supervision has increased, the state 
reimbursement will be increased pro rata. 

It has been the aim of the present committee to clear up all 
bills carried over from 1923, and to start the year 1925 with a clean 
slate. 

The continued increase in the cost of sending our pupils out of 
town for high school and vocational training, has been a matter of 
discussion throughout the year. The committee have come to the 
conclusion that the only way out of this difficulty is to establish a 
high school in town. 

The transportation problem is an increasing one, and if at the 
present time some of the means of transportation are unsatisfactory, 
the committee have tried, to the best of their knowledge and ability 
to make it as comfortable as possible for the children, and we ask 
your cooperation in our efforts. Especially would the committee 
appreciate having their attention called at once to anything that 
might occur that would be injurious to the health or morals of the 
pupils being transported. 

The total amount expended in 1924 is $45,728.70. 

There has been received on account of the schools, the sum of 
$4,203.33 as follows: 

Mass. School Fund (Income Tax) $2,120.00 

Mass. Superintendency Fund 531 . 69 

State Aided Vocational Schools 407.04 

State Children Tuition 489.05 

Dog License 462.10 

Tuition of Cunningham Children 71.25 

Tuition of Sadler Children 88.50 

Rebate on School Tickets 6.84 

Rebate from Town of Littleton, tel., etc 8.62 

Rebate from ToAvn of Carlisle, tel., etc 5.71 

Rebate from Town of Westford, tel., etc 12.53 

$4,203.33 



From the above it is seen that the net cost of the schools for 
1924 is $41,525.37. 

Two years ago the town received about five thousand dollars 
under the provisions of the General School Fund, Part 1, which is 
participated in by towns whose valuation do not exceed $2,500,000. 
Based on the tri-ennial assessment made by the Department of Taxa- 
tion at the State House, the valuation of Acton is $2,721,635. 

During the past year the law was codified so that Acton and a 
group of towns whose valuations range from $2,500,000 to $3,000,000 
are again allowed to participate. As a result our town will receive 
in March the sum of $6,696.05. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LULU L. CLARK, 

Secretary. 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1925 



FOR GENERAL EXPENSES 

Salaries and other expenses of the Committee . $175.00 
Salaries and other expenses of the Superinten- 
dent and Truant Officers 2,000.00 

Salaries of Teachers 14,000.00 

Text Books 500.00 

Supplies 250.00 

Janitors wages, fuel and misc. operating ex- 
penses , 4,100.00 

Repairs 2,500.00 

Tuition 15,000.00 

Transportation 8,000 . 00 

New Equipment 350 . 00 

Health, Aux. Agencies 1,000.00 



$47,875.00 



PAID OUT FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR ENDING DEC. 31, 1924 

1. Expenses of Instruction, 

Salaries of Teachers $12,926.68 

2. Text ;Books 254.04 

3. Supplies 240.48 

4. Operating Expenses, 

Wages of Janitors 2,057 . 40 

Misc. Operating Expenses 250 . 76 

Fuel 1,976.93 

5. Repairs 1,741 .20 

6. New Equipment 2,631 . 16 

7. Transportation, 

In town, (South & Center) 3,990.00 

To Other towns, (Cone. & Maynard) . . 3,554.13 

8. Tuition, (Concord & Majaiard) 12,690.64 

9. Auxiliary Agencies, Health 618. 55 

10. General Expenses, 

School Committee, Salaries - 95.83 

School Committee, Other Expenses .... 69.64 

Superintendent, Salary 1,084.96 

Superintendent, Other Expenses 483 . 59 



$44,665,99 



VOCATIONAL EDUCATION 

Transportation $212.53 

Tuition 850.18 

$1,062.71 

Total Expenditures $45,728.70 



B. & M. R. R. Co. 
B. & M. R. R. Co. 
B. & M. R. R. Co. 


VOCATIONAL EDUCATION 

TRANSPORTATION 

To Lowell 

To Someryille . . 
To Cambridge . . 


$110.55 
60.19 
41.79 


City of Somerville 
City of Lowell . 


TUITION 


$328.15 
522.03 









$212.53 



$850.18 



EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION 



SALARIES OF TEACHERS 

West South Center 

Mrs. Maude E. Barnes, Prin . $ 547 . 36 

Maud B. Priest 1,199 . 96 

Julia T. Long 921.06 

Margaret Pederson 378 . 88 

Joan A. MacDonald 578 . 90 

Ernest E. Maynard 868.45 

Marion E. Twichell 63 . 16 

Mrs. A. L. Saben, (Sub.) 22.50 

Julia L. McCarthy, Prin $1,213.08 

Helga Neilson 762 . 58 

Molly Gilligan 378 . 88 

Helen H. Cummings 810.48 

Florence Sargent 580 . 23 

Wilhelmine Sparrow 494 . 72 

Mrs. Allan Hathaway, (Sub.) 125.00 

Mrs. A. L. Saben, (Sub.) 40 . 00 

Ella L. Miller, Prin 

Marion Towne 

Martha Smith 

Mrs. Percy Foss, (Sub.) 

Mrs. Chas. Smith, (Sub.) 



$1,199.96 


1,082 


.51 


1,091 


.18 


15 


.00 


5. 


,29 



$4,580.27 $4,404.97 $3,393.94 

SPECIAL TEACHERS 

Ella Munsterberg, Drawing Supervisor, $90 . 00 $90 . 00 $90 . 00 
Pamelia Precious, Music Supervisor, 92.50 92.50 92.50 



$4,762.77 $4,587.47 $3,576.44 

TEXT BOOKS 

West South Center 

American Book Co $35 . 58 $50 . 62 $9 . 07 

E. E. Babb & Co 2.53 4.37 6.17 

C. H. Congdon Co 8.26 

Ginn & Co 6.81 3.48 1.57 

D. C. Heath Co 4.09 21.64 

Houghton Mifflin Co . 1.80 

Inst, for Public Service 75 .75 .50 

L. B. Lippincott Co 19.83 7.41 1.91 

Macmillan Co 25.80 3.41 

A. N. Palmer Co 3.47 

Rand, McNally Co 5.31 



Silver, Burdett Co. . . . 
"World Book Co. ... 
Chas. Scribiier's Sons 
Benj. H. Sanborn Co. 
John C. Winston Co. 



10.96 
2.06 



2.37 



3.34 

.73 
9.45 



$104.17 $117.13 $32.74 



SUPPLIES 

West 
Milton Bradley Co. Drawing material . . $41.48 

J. L. Hammett Co. Supplies 27.63 

Finney & Hoit Light fixtures 

Finney & Hoit, Burlap 1 . 94 

Library Bureau, Reg. cards 51 

E. E. Babb & Co. Word builders ...... 

Harris & Gilpatrie, Paper 56 

H. C. Knight, Ribbon for diplomas. . . . 
T. F. Newton, Ex. on supplies 



South 
$41.48 
53.14 
2.20 

.51 

.54 

1.50 

.50 



$72.12 $99.87 



Center 

$31.11 

35.67 



.51 
.66 
.54 



$68.49 



OPERATING EXPENSES 

Wages af Janitors 

West South Center 

Thomas Scanlon $715.00 

Theron F. Newton $734.40 

George Little $608.00 



MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING 



T. F. Newton, express, teaming, cleaning 
grounds, etc 

T. F. Newton, extra cleaning 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., window cord 

Am. Woolen Co., lights 

Am. Woolen Co., supplies 

W. & S. Water Dist., water 

H. C. Doughty, floor oil 

M. E. Taylor & Co., janitor supplies 

A. D. MacRae, electric light fixtures 

J. L. Hammett Co., bell 

J. L. Hammett Co., thermometers 

F. J. Jameson, paper towels and fixtures. . 

F. J. Jameson, floor brushes 

Masury, Young Co., floor brush 

Masury Young Co., liquid soap 

F. W. Green, cleaning vault and mowing 

grounds 16.10 



$715.00 


$734.40 


$608.00 


sTt expenses 




West 
L 


South 

$10.10 

12.42 

1.00 


Center 


$8.24 


8.38 


$6.49 
7.50 


6.00 


30.36 


6.00 


12.46 


12.48 


12.46 
23.08 

3.85 


2.02 






.53 


.53 


.55 




9.61 


9.63 




6.18 


5.70 




3.15 





6.82 



.70 



3.94 



. 




14.00 


2.74 


2.75 


2.74 


.75 


1.50 





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N. M. Scanlon, freight on oil 

Milton Bradley Co., flag 

J. W. Livermore, cleaning, teaming, mow 

ing, etc 

W. E. Whitcomb, pyrocarbol 

W. S. Woods, keys 

J. S. Moore, dust pan and brushes 



$49.54 $98.46 $102.76 

- FUEL 

West South Center 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co.. coal $604.29 $731.44 $413.70 

F. E. Parks & Co., kindling 6.00 6.00 

C. D. Fletcher 8.00 8.00 8.00 

Hall Bros., 15 cords wood 54.50 54.50 54.50 

11. B. Butler, sawing wood 10.00 9.00 9.00 

$682.79 $802.94 $491.20 

KEPAIRS 

AVest South Center 
E. Z. Stanley, Repairing Furnace $263.00 

E. Z. Stanley, Repairs on Heaters $8.25 $77.82 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lime and ce- 
ment 4.95 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., boards and 

cement 8.05 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., nails, glass, 

finish, etc 8.69 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber . . . 29.86 

Wilson Lumber Co., lumber 43.63 

Chas. Smith, Carpenter work 195.95 81.00 181.85 

A. H. Fletcher, venting sewer and work on 

toilet 21.61 

F. Z. Taylor, carpenter work 1.00 

W. C. Lund, carpenter work 1.70 

C. H. Mead & Co., paint, brushes, and oil 15.99 

L. T. Fullonton, setting glass 5.30 

W. B. Holt, labor on vault 18.12 

W. B. Holt, cleaning flues on heaters .... 25.88 
W. E. Whitcomb, rope and pulley for flag 

pole 2.25 

J, T. McNiff, bolts and washers 1.25 

Hall Bros. & Co., sawing lumber 2.50 

L. T. Fullonton, labor and material ..... 57.50 224.70 23.50 

E. F. Jewett, labor and trucking 10.40 

H. R. Strand, repairing clocks 5.00 2.75 

George Gutteridge, repairing clock 2.00 

P. Mulcahey, repairing chimneys 58.25 33.30 

Wm. Kinsley, teaming sand 3.00 



11 

Thomas Scanlon, painting toilets, cleaning 

and whitening basements 50.00 

A. W. Cobleigh, painting roofs of toilets 

and piazza 13.70 

J. S. Moore, lock .75 

E. A. Comeau, labor and material ....... 169.40 

Kenney Bros. & Wolkins, desks and seats 30.90 

C. H. Mead & Co., locks, nails, etc 57.40 



101.88 


93.33 


111.33 


5 50.48 


49.69 


49.69 

25.00 


5.00 






5 126.04 

> 


26.83 


214.13 

861.00 


$1,034.55 


$200.46$1,396.15 



$575.82 $672.25 $493.13 

NEW EQUIPMENT 

West . South Center 

W. B. Holt, furnace as per contract $585.00 

W. B. Holt, installing furnace 45.23 

Kenney Bros. & Wolkins, desks and seats $30.61 

Kenney Bros. & Wolkins, desks and seats 

and resetting same 86.93 

A. M. Engerbretson, Inst. Elect. Lights. . . 33.99 $135.00 

F. J. Jameson, window shades 

Halsey W. Taylor Co., drinking fountains 

N. M. Faust, steel file 

A. W. Davis, trucking desks and seats 
W. B. Holt, installing drinking fountains 
W. B. Holt, installing drinking fountains 

and repairing vent , 

E. Z. Stanley, two heaters 



TRANSPORTATION 

High Elementary 

J. F. Lovell $1,960.00 $1,960.00 

J. F. Lovell, (Maynard High) 18.60 

Walter M. French 1,080.00 

A. Christofferson 950.00 

B. & M. R. R. Co., (To Concord) :..... 1,575.53 

$3,554.13 $3,990.00 

TUITION 

High 

Town of Concord $12,540.64 

Town of Maynard 150.00 

$12,690.64 

AUXILIARY AGENCIES, HEALTH 

Mrs. Lillian E. Mitchell, nursing services $175.00 

Miss Clara L. Chase 290.00 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, medical inspection 150.00 

Acton Drug Co., supplies . 3.55 

$618.55 



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GENERAL EXPENSES 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Lulu L. Clark, Secretary, Salary .... $75.00 

Bertram E. Hall, Secretary, Salary . . 20.83 

Bertram E. Hall, Expenses .75 

Spencer H. Taylor, Postage, tel., ex- 
press, etc 22 . 03 

Arthur F. Davis, Taking Census .... 30.00 
Huntley S. Turner, 

Stationery & Printing 8 . 25 

Lulu L. Clark, 

Postage, tel., supplies, etc 4.52 

Wright & Potter Printing Co., Acct. 

Blanks 4.09 



SUPERINTENDENT 

Herman C. Knight, Salary $1,084 . 96 

Herman C. Knight, 

Travelling Expenses 201 . 92 

Postage, telephone, etc 60.80 

Stamped envelopes 9 .36 

Expenses at Sunapee convention . . 12.50 

W. S. Ross, Excuse Blanks 4.50 

Library Bureau, Office supplies .... 5.85 

J. L. Hammett Co. 

Typewriter ribbon .62 

M. McWalter, 

Prosecuting Mason Case . 25 . 00 

0. D. Wood, 

Expenses on Mason Case 7.00 

Nellie M. Scanlon, Clerk 156.04 



$165.47 



$1,568.55 



13 
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT 



Members of the Acton School Committee 
Ladies and Gentlemen : 

I submit my fifth annual report as superintendent of the Acton 
schools. 

The problem facing us at present is one of proper housing facili- 
ties. Much money has been paid during the past year or two for re- 
pairs, but the rooms are already becoming crowded at the South 
school, and in a short time this will be true at the West. 

The solution of this problem is closely related to the erection of 
a local high school. Additions to the South and West buildings could 
be made at a cost of from $35,000. — $50,000. A four room addition 
made last summer in the town of Westford cost in the vicinity of 
$45,000. A building that would accommodate pupils from grades 
seven to twelve would cost according^ to type of construction and 
number of rooms. The cost roughly estimated, would be about 
$12,000 a room and would require on the start at least eight class 
rooms. 

All estimates must necessarily be approximates, and the cost can 
best be determined when location, type of construction, and number 
of rooms needed are decided upon. 

One of the strong arguements for a high school in Acton, is the 
question of distribution of the money now raised by taxation for 
school purposes. The amount that must be paid for transportation 
and tuition represents a fixed charge. Cash discounts for prompt 
payment of tuition in a neighboring town put a premium on keeping 
those bills paid. An increase in enrollment may easily require mor^ 
than the whole amount which in January Avhen the budget is made up, 
seemed to be ample with a small balance, perhaps, in favor of the 
grade schools in town. 

Now were this to happen but once the situation would not be 
serious, but each year the fixed charges for high school education 
must be met, which causes the little ''economies" to be exercised 
upon the pre-high school pupils. With a high school in town econo- 
mizing could be practiced when necessary upon the high school pupils 
if it were deemed wise, because the management would be a local 
matter. 

During the past year we have experienced several changes in 
teachers. These have taken place in the South and West schools. 
In addition, we have had a change in drawing teachers. 

Last spring we had an exhibition of work done under the direc- 
tion of Miss Munsterberg, supervisor of drawing. 

We have had visitations from Miss Bernice Batchelder, a special- 
ist in primary reading, and Miss Harriet Somers, assistant director of 
physical education, state department of education. Miss Batchelder 
visited our primary rooms, and at the close of the school session ad- 
dressed the primary teachers of both Acton and Littleton on the psy- 
chology of reading. Miss Somers addressed all the teachers, after 



14 

spending a busy day in the actual teaching of plays and games which 
are a part of the program used in correcting poor posture, and also in 
training in group activities. 

A helpful visitation was received from Miss Jenkins of the North 
Adams Normal school. Miss Jenkins is in charge of the extension 
work of that school, and visits the graduates or those who have at- 
tended sessions of the summer school. 

A valuable feature of the West Acton school Avas the Parent Day 
held in connection with National Education week. The value of 
first-hand knowledge cannot be over-estimated, and when parents and 
teachers are working together it is much easier for all concerned. 

We wish to invite the attention of the tax-payers to the detailed 
distribution of the several items of school expense. The study so far 
as was possible is made to apply to the three schools in the respective 
precincts, so that the cost of each school may be seen as a unit cost. 
A study of this sort would be of value could it be carried out for a 
period of years. 

Attention is called to the repair and replacement items. These 
are large, and details of this phase are given by the school committee 
in their report. When we consider the age of these buildings, and 
note the small amount that has been paid out in the past ten years, 
we must agree that in the light of present day standards of uni-lateral 
lighting, and modern sanitation, the amount paid for repairs and re- 
placement is small. It is poor policy to neglect buildings. The moral 
influence of dilapidated fences and defaced furniture is questionable, 
and while disfiguring and marking is deplorable, those of us who visit 
the present day schools in the Actons must admit that the standard 
of care and treatment has greatly improved since the days of the 
one-room school of our childhood. 

The health work of our schools has been in charge of Dr. May ell, 
our school physician, and the school nurse. To procure a nurse was 
a difficult matter, and the arrangement which has been made with 
Littleton, whereby a nurse comes to Acton two days a week seems to 
be the best one that could be made. 

In the late winter and early spring an epidemic of mumps made 
evident the need of a nurse. Since September we have had an out- 
break of scarlet fever in one family from which children were sent 
to school. Many home visits have been made and much follow up 
work has been done. 

The teeth of the children have had attention at the hands of the 
Dental Clinic controlled by the Farm Bureau. This was made pos- 
sible by local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and the 
Parent-Teacher Association. This work is of great importance, and 
the assistance rendered by the various agencies is appreciated. 

Perhaps the agency which did as much to shoAv the townspeople 
and others what the children of Acton are interested in was the Acton 
Fair. There was a junior department in which our young people ex- 
hibited their home work done under the direction of County Club 
agents. This work is done outside of school hours, but Avith the sanc- 
tion and assistance of the teachers and local leaders, and has a dis- 
tinct educational value ; and because this is so, your superintendent 
has been glad to encourage this phase of education. 



15 

To better prepare our pupils who enter Concord, we are asking 
parents of pupils in grades seven and eight that they cooperate by 
making a home study period possible. The great value lies not so 
much in knowledge gained, as in the forming of the habit of home 
study. The aim is not home teacMng but to gain the habit of home 
studying. Prin. Goddard who was present at a reception given by the 
Acton Grange at the beginning of the school year, to the Acton teach- 
ers said ''Oftentimes it is not the pupil who comes into the Concord 
High school from Acton or Carlisle or Boxboro conditioned who fails 
but the child whose marks have been good and excellent and who is 
sure that he will not have to study." The child who was conditioned 
is apt to work, in school and out, and to succeed. The other some- 
times fails, and sad to say, not because of lack of ability or prepara- 
tion, but because of the lack of the study habit when not under close 
supervision. 

In conclusion I wish to urge parents to visit the schools. Visit 
in the fall at the opening of school, visit in the middle of the year 
and again at its close. 

Give to the educational progress of your child that same interest 
that you bestow upon home, church, clubs, and sundry activities. 

Grateful acknowledgement is made of the help of all who have 
cooperated in the work of the year. 

Respectfully, 

HERMAN C. KNIGHT, 

Superintendent. 



REPORT OF MUSIC SUPERVISOR 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 
Superintendent of Schools, 
Acton, Mass. 
Dear Sir : 

Following is my report for the year as Supervisor of Music. 

In the first grade begins the most important work in the teach- 
ing of music. The aim constantly before us throughout the year is 
the elimination of monotones — ''those unable to carry a tune." 
Songs are tau^'ht only by note. Thus, if every child before leaving 
the first grade could sing in tune, it would mean that eventually 
every single person could do so. 

Note singing is reviewed in the first part of the second year, and 
then sight reading is begun. Sight reading is the foundation of the 
work begun in the second and continued throughout the eighth grade. 

Last year the Center school,-grades 5-6-7 and 8 presented the 
-cantata "A Merry Company" at the Town Hall. Grades 4 and 5 



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gave two veiy pretty dances, and the first three grades sang several 
songs ; also as one number the Toy Symphony Orchestra played. The 
orchestra was a great delight to the children, as well as a help 
in the teaching of rhythm. 

In closing my report I wish to express my appreciation to the 
teachers for their help, and to Mr. Knight for his sincere cooperation. 



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Respectfully submitted, 
DAISY PRECIOUS, Supervisor of Music. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 
Superintendent of Schools. 
Dear Sir 

I herewith present the annual report of the school physician for 
the year ending December 31, 1924. 

Visits to the schools, 35. 

A physical examination was made of all the pupils during the 
year, and records made and filed. Details will be found in the 
nurse's report. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



To the Superintendent of Schools and School Department : 

I hereby submit a four months report (Sept. 15 to Feb, 1) 2 days 

a week or 38 days inclusive. 

As a result of the physical examinations in the schools in Acton, 

the following defects were found and a great many of these defects 

have been corrected. 

Number of children enrolled in schools 233 

Number of children weighed and measured 231 

Number of children examined by Dr. 205 

Total number of defects found 536 
These defects are as follows : 

Tonsils 104 

Tonsils corrected 10 

Adenoids 51 

Adenoids corrected 10 

Defective teeth 176 

Children with affected lungs 7 

Children with weak heart 42 



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17 

Skin diseases . 16 

Skin diseases corrected 16 

Faulty posture 134 

Glands (anterior and posterior) 137 

Extremely nervous 3 

Defective eyes 22 

Defective eyes corrected 9 

'Children taken to Lowell for examination of eyes 8 

Heads examined for lice 491 

Condition corrected 13 

Excluded for bad cough 10 

Excluded for sore throat 12 

Examined for sore throat not excluded 1 

Examined for boils 1 

Cases of Scarlet Fever 2 
All children in So. Acton schools examined for symptoms 

of Scarlet Fever 

Home visits re. to keeping quarantine 4 

Dressings 10 

Home visits to absentees 223 
Parents interviewed re. children's health, habits and 

physical defects 32 

Children taken home for illness 4 

Inspection of school rooms 29 

Talks on Hygiene 25 

Children found to be 7 per cent and more underweight 125 
Underweight Clinic held in West Acton and Acton Ctr. 

(Drs. Stone and Simpson) 

Number of children examined "" 18 
Three children taken to Eutland Sanatorium to be X-rayed. All 

three were recommended to Westfield Sanatorium. 

One child is now in Westfield. Transportation paid for by the 

Red Cross. 

Respectfully submitted, x 

CLARA A. CHASE. 



Eye and Ear Report 



Number of Pupils examined 350 

Number found defective in hearing • 4 

Number found defective in eyesight 40 

Number of parents notified 23 



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Registration of Minors, Ages as of April 1, 1924 



Bovs Girls Total 



Persons 5 years of age or over and under 7 
Persons 7 years of age or over and under 1^1: 
Persons 14 vears of aa-e or over and under 16 



. .. 41 


32 


76 


. . . 141 


147 


288 


. . . 37 


40 


77 



222 219 441 



Membership in the public schools by grades as of April 1, 1924 

Grade 1 36 

Grade 2 37 

Grade 3 49 

Grade 4 36 

Grade 5 48 

Grade 6 45 

Grade 7 40 

Grade 8 40 

Total 331 



INDEX 

Agriculture and Home Economics 31 

Appointments by Selectmen 3 

Assessors' Report 55 

Board of Health 57 

Cemetery Commissioners 70 

Collector 's Report 56 

Fire Department . 32 

Fire Apparatus 60 

Forest Warden 54 

Inspector of Animals 58 

Inspector of Slaughtering 58 

Jury List 4 

Library Report 80 

Selectmen's Report 10 

Superintendent of Streets 61 

Town Accountant 33 

Town Clerk 11 

Births 24 

Deaths 27 

Dog Licenses 29 

Marriages 25 

Non-Resident Burials 28 

Town Meeting 11 

Town Officers 2 

ToAvn Warrant 5 

Treasurer 's Report 63 

Cemetery Funds 65 

Elizabeth White Fund 67 

Firemen's Relief Fund 67 

Town Farm Fund 67 

Wilde Library Fund 68 

William Chaplin Fund 66 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 59 

Trustees Elizabeth White Fund 59 

SECOND SECTION 
School Report : 

Financial Statement 6 

Legal Holidays 3 

Medical Inspector 16 

Organization 2 

School Calendar 2 

School Committee 5 

School Nurse 16 

Standing Rules 3 

Statistics 18 

Superintendent 's Report 13 

Supervisor of Music 15 

Teachers 4 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
POR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1925 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1926 



1775 




1925 



Town Hall 

Acton, Massachuset' 



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loOflk AiinlveFsary of fte Ibaitfle at 

NoFfk Bri^e, April 19, 1775 



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BiVND CONCERT 2:00 TO 2:30 P. M. 
Gorton's Original Y. D. Band 



SELECTION . . - . Band 

PRAYER - - - Rev. Ralph A. Barker 

OPENING REMARKS Chairman Allen. Brooks Parker 
STAR SPANGLED BANNER Audience and Band 

EXERCISES - - - By School Children 

ADDRESS - His Excellency, Gov. Alvin T. Fuller 

Ceremony of Placing- Wreath at Monument 
SELECTION--(White Cockade) - - Band 



ADDRESS 
SELECTION 
ADDRESS 
AMERICA - 
BENEDICTION 



Rev. Frederick Brooks Noyes 

Band 

Hon. John F. Fitzg-erald 

Audience and Band 



Parade and Inspection of 
Acton Minute Men 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1925 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1926 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1925 



MODERATOR 

Allen Brooks Parker 

SELECTMEN 

Harry B. Morse Term expires 1926 

Albert R. Jenks Term expires 1927 

Murray Brown Term expires 1928 

TOWN CLERK 
Horace F. Tuttle 

TOWN TREASURER 
Prank W. Hoit 

ASSESSORS 

Arthur W. Emerson Term expires 1926 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1927i 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1928 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 
Harry B. Morse Albert R. Jenks Murray Brown 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
Charles A. Durkee 

TREE AVARDEN 

James 'Neil 

CONSTABLES 

John T. McNiff Oliver D. Wood Alan B. Frost Michael Foley 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1926 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Spencer H. Taylor Term expires 1926 

Lulu L. Clark Term expires 1926 

Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1927 

Frank Toohey Term expires 1927 

Mary L. Richardson Term expires 1928 

Edgar H. Hall Term expires 1928 



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TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

J. Sidney Wliite Term expires 1926f 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1927 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1926 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1927 

George H. Tuttle ,. .Term expires 1928 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

James B. Tuttle Frank W. Hoit Edgar H. Hall 

William Rawitser George A. Richardson 

Appointed by the Selectmen 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

Harry B. Morse 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
Everett N. Montague 
(Term expires 1926) 



REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1926' 

Daniel W. Sheehan, Jr Term expires 1927 

EdAvin A. Phalen Term expires 1928 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 

ELECTION OFFICERS 
Precinct 1 

Warden James AY. Coughlin 

Deputv Warden George A. Murphy 

Clerk Arthur W. AYayne 

Deputy Clerk Spencer H. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector AYillis L. Holden 

Inspector Leo F. McCarthy 

Deputy Inspector Harold Coughlin 

Precinct 2 

AA^arden Lucius A. Hesselton 

Deputy AA^arden Theron F. Newton 

Clerk * John J. Manning 

Deputy Clerk Thomas Murray 

Inspector Lewis C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector Frank A. Merriam 

Inspector Timothy Hennessey 

Deputy Inspector William Hayes 



Precinct 3 

Warden *C. H. Mead 

Deputy Warden Bertram D. Hall 

Clerk David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Clerk D. Frank McDonald 

Inspector James Kinsley 

Deputy Inspector , Guy P. Littlefield 

Inspector Fred S. Whitcomb 

Deputy Inspector Arnold Leavitt 

CATTLE INSPECTOR 
Fred S. Whitcomb 

FIRE ENGINEERS 

CD. Cram, Chief 

Precinct 1 

Alan B. Frost, 1st Asst. Murray Brown, 2nd Asst. 

Spencer H. Taylor, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 2 

F. W. Hoit, 1st Asst. Frank Holland, 2nd Asst. 

John J. Manning, 3rd Asst. 

Precinct 3 

A. R. Beach, 1st Asst. A. W. Davis, 2nd Asst. 

B. A. King, 3rd Asst. 

FOREST WARDEN 
Alan B. Frost 

DEPUTY FOREST WARDENS 

All the above named Assistant Fire Engineers 

SURVEYORS OF LUMBER AND MEASURERS OF 
WOOD AND BARK 

F. W. Hoit Bertram D. Hall Charles E. Smith 

George H. Reed 

PUBLIC WEIGHERS 

M. E. Taylor George H. Reed E. F. Conant 

George A. Smith William T. Hayes 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Theron F. Newton 
"Deceased Jan., 1926. 



SUPERINTEINDENT OF MOTH WORK 
James O'Neil 

POLICE OFFICERS 

Chief, Harry B. Morse 

Alan B. Frost 0. D. Wood John T. McNiff 

Michael Foley Murray Bro^^ni 

INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTER HOUSE 
Charles A. Durkee 



Jury List 

Revised August, 1924 



Elwin Hollowell 
Albert P. Dnrkee 
Frank E. Parsons 
Spencer H. Taylor 
Charles E. Smith 



Precinct 1 



James AV. Couo^hlin 
George S. Tucker, Jr. 
Joseph A. Van Winkle 
Franklin E. Griffin 



Daniel J. Hennessey 
Hugh H. Hodgen 
Edward F. Nealey 
Theron A. Lowden 
Samuel B. Ineson 



Precinct 2 



L. Edward Laird 
William T. Merriam 
Patrick J. Foley 
Carl Flint 



Everett R. Sanborn 
Allen B. Parker 
David R. Kinsley 
William Johnson 
V. E. Estin 



Precinct 3 



James A. Grimes 
G. Howard Reed 
John T. McNiff 
Waldo E. Whitcomb 
Fred S. Whitcomb 



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TOWN WARRANT 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. 

Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said County, 

GREETING: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are 
hereby required to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton, 
qualified to vote at town meetings for the transaction of town 
affairs, to meet in their respective precincts, to wit : 

Precinct 1. Town hall in said Acton. Precinct 2 : Univer- 
salist church, South Acton, Precinct 3 : Fire House, West 
Acton, at 12 o'clock noon, on Monday, the First Day of March, 
1926, by posting a copy of this warrant by you attested, one in 
each of the postoffices and railroad stations in the town, one at 
the Nagog House, and one in each of the stores of C. H. Mead & 
Co., George H. Reed, Strong & Tracy, M. E. Taylor & Co., J. S. 
Moore, and Finney & Hoit, seven days at least before the said 
first day of March.. To bring in their votes on one ballot for the 
following town offices : A moderator for one 3^ear, a town clerk 
for one year, one selectman for three years, one assessor for three 
years, three overseers of the poor for one year, a treasurer for 
one year, a collector of taxes for one year, four constables for one 
year, two for school committee for three years, one for board of 
health for three years, one cemetery commissioner for one year 
(to fill vacancjO, one cemetery commissioner for three years, one 
trustee of Memorial library for three years, one tree warden for 
one year, five for finance committee for one year. 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon and ck)se at 
7 o'clock p. m. 

You are further requested in the name of the Commonwealth 



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of Massachusetts to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton 
as aforesaid, to meet at the town hall, in said Acton, on Monday, 
March 8, at nine o 'clock in the forenoon. Then and there to act 
npon the following articles : 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and com- 
mittees and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Article 2. To see if the town will accept the reports of the 
several town officers. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any commit- 
tees chosen at any previous meeting. 

Article 4. 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 tovvai. 

Article 5. To see what sum of money the town will appro- 
priate for the observance of Memorial day. 

Article 6. To see what action the town will take in regard 
to the collection of taxes. 

Article 7. To see what action the town will take toward 
the suppression of the brown tail and g^^psy moth. 

Article 8. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money to insure the employees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 9. To see what amount of money the town wall 
appropriate for the payment of premiums on treasurer's and col- 
lector's bonds; or act anything thereon. 

Article 10. To see if tlie 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, 1926, and to issue a note or notes there- 
for, payable within one year, any debt or debts incurred under 
this vote to be paid from the revenue of said financial year. 

Article 11. To see if the town will employ a town nurse 
and appropriate a sum of money for the salary and expense of 
the same. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to purchase the two 
snow plows owned by the South Acton Improvement association 
for the sum of fifty dollars. 

Article 13. To see what action the town will take towards 
removing the fountain from Quimb}^ square and connecting the 
town water to the old stone fountain and installing a bubbler 
thereon. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of four hundred dollars, the same being part of the amount 
returned to the town under the provisions of Chapter 480, of the 
Acts of 1924, for the purpose of placing a raised triangular 
memorial plot in the square at South Acton, conforming with the 
lines of the street; and place a metal light post, using under- 



ground wiring for lights and otherwise re-conditioning the plot, 
or act anything thereon. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to instruct the mod- 
erator or the selectmen to appoint a finance committee, in 
accordance with the provisions of law ; or do or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 16. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the observance of Patriots ' day ; or do or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will authorize the selectmen 
to instruct the Boston & Maine railroad to repair with permanent 
filling the following railroad crossings: Massachusetts avenue, 
Arlington street, and Central street in West Acton. 

Article 18. To see if the town will authorize the selectmen, 
to sell a certain parcel of land owned by the town, situated on 
the road from South Acton to Maynard near the Acton-Maynard 
town line, and formerly used as a gravel pit ; or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will authorize a re-valuation 
of all taxable property in the town, choose a committee to carry 
out the provisions of this article and appropriate a sum of money 
for the expenses of the same; or act anything thereon. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on Massachusetts avenue from Kelley's corner, so-called, 
to Piper road and thence on said Piper road to the residence of 
Francis B. Farrar. 

Article 21* To see if the town will raise by taxation and 
appropriate the sum of three thousand ($3,000) dollars for the 
purpose of grading the high school grounds; or act anything 
thereon* 

Article 22* To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of three hundred dollars, or some other amount 
and elect a director ; the money to be expended by and the direc- 
tor to serve in cooperation wdth the Middlesex county trustees 
for county aid to agriculture in the work of the Middlesex County 
Extension Service, under the provisions of Sections 40 to 45, 
Chapter 128, General Laws of Massachusetts. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $3,000 to complete the construction of School 
street to the Concord line, providing the state and county will 
each give a like amount. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $3,000, or any other sum, the same to be 
expended in re-surfacing, draining and oiling Arlington street in 
West Acton, beginning at Central street and running easterly. 

Article 25. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a 
sum of money to grade, gravel and oil Carlisle road, from Main 



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street, or Lowell road, in North Acton, by the North cemetery to 
the Acton-Carlisle town line ; or take any action thereon. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $7,500.00, or any other amount, hy the issue of 
notes, or otherwise to continue the construction of Main street 
from a point opposite the residence of Frank E. Parsons, pro- 
vided a like sum is allotted the town by the State Department of 
Public Works and a similar sum by the county of Middlesex; or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $2,000 to continue the construction of Willow 
street in West Acton, provided a like sum is allotted the town by 
the State Department of Public Works and a similar sum by the 
county of Middlesex ; or act anything thereon. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $2,000 to continue the construction of Central 
street in West Acton, providing a like sum is allotted the town 
b.y the State Department of Public Works and a similar sum by 
the county of Middlesex ; or act anything thereon. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $500 to gravel and oil the hill on Sudbury road 
from the Powder Mill office to the Sudbury and Acton town line. 

Article 30. To see if the town will raise and appropriate 
the sum of $1,000 to repair Elm street in AVest Acton, from 
Arlington street westerly to the residence of Ben. DeSouza. 

Article 31. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a 
sum of money to be expended in making repairs on the road lead- 
ing from the town Common to the residence of Henry L. Priest, 
called Woodbury lane ; or act anything thereon. 

Article 32. To see if the town will raise and appropriate 
$2,000 for special repairs on Concord road from the church in 
Acton Center to Woodlawn cemetery. 

Article 33. To see if the town Avill raise and appropriate 
the sum of $1,500 to repair and oil Hosmer street from Wood- 
lawn cemetery to Crooker's corner. 

Article 34. To see if the town will raise and appropriate 
$3,500, provided the state and county each will give like amounts,, 
for re-building Nagog Hill road, from Littleton line to Acton 
Center. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 
3'our doings thereon to the town clerk at or before the first time 
of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton, this nineteenth day of 
February, 1926, HARRY B. MORSE, 

ALBERT R. JENKS, 
MURRAY BROWN, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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REPORT OF SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We hereby submit to you for your approval the rejjorts of 
the various departments of the town for the year ending 
Deceihber 31, 1925. 

Acting under Article 14 the fire houses at North Acton and 
the Center, together with their contents of unused apparatus, 
were sold at auction; the sum of $157.45 being realized. 

Under Article 21 the county commissioners were requested 
by the selectmen to lay out and give an estimate of the cost of 
building a road as called for by this article. A survey was made 
and they estimate the cost at $13,475.00. 

Under Article 30, guide posts of metal were purchased, but 
owing to delay in receiving them the ground was found to be 
frozen and they cannot be erected until the late spring. 

A new electric lighting contract was entered into with the 
American Woolen Company for three years, and the water con- 
tract was renewal for hydrant service for ten years. Additional 
street lights have been installed in the business section of West 
Acton. 

A new fire house was built in Acton Center, the heating 
plant in the town hall renovated and this building was painted 
and repaired throughout. 

Your board purchased two additional plows to be used for 
the removal of snow. We think the showing made in the storm 
of February fourth proved their worth to the town. We recom- 
mend the continuance of the road building program laid out by 
this board and the special committee. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARRY B. MORSE, 
ALBERT R. JENKS, 
MURRAY BROWN. 



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REPORT OF TAX COLLECTOR 

1922 Taxes 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1925 $366.58 

Interest collected 76 . 31 

$442.89 

Paid treasurer $437 . 89 

Abated 5 . 00 

$442.89 

1923 Taxes 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1925 .\ $5,938.71 

Interest collected 582. 59 

$6,521.30 

Paid treasurer $6,119.29 

Abated 205.48 

$6,324.77 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1926 $196 . 53 

1924 Taxes 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1925 $26,554.18 

Interest collected \ 844. 93 

$27,399.11 

Paid treasurer $19,996.22 

Abated 159.88 

$20,156.10 
Uncollected Jan. 1, 1926 $7,243.01 

1925 Taxes 
Town, County and State taxes committed 

to Collector $115,434.10 

Interest collected 115 . 60 

$115,549.70 

Paid Treasurer $67,643.01 

Abated 663.00 

$68,306.01 
Uncollected Jan. 1, 1926 $47,243.69 

C. A. Durk^A Collector. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Abstract of the Proceiedings of the Annual Meeting, 
Held March 9, 1925 

The meeting was called to order by the Moderator, Allen 
Brooks Parker. 

Voted. That the moderator be authorized to exclude from 
the floor of the hall or from the gallery, all persons not entitled 
to vote, when in his discretion, the public safety requires it. 

Voted: That the moderator be authorized to adjourn this, 
meeting to another time and place when in his discretion the 
public safety may require it, filing with the town clerk forth- 
with his written order in the premises. 

Art. 1. To choose all necessary town officers and commit- 
tees, and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Chose, Horace F. Tuttle, Trustee of the Goodnow Fund, for 
three years. 

Chosej Charles E. Smith, Trustee of the Goodnow Fund for 
two years, to fill vacancy. 

Chose, August N. Hederstedt, trustee of the fireman's relief 
fund, for three years. 

Chose, William H. Kingsley, trustee of Elizabeth White Fund 
for three years. 

Voted : To fix the salary of the Tax Collector at five-eighths 
of one per cent of the amount collected. 

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 treasurer be three hundred 
dollars per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the assessors be as follows ; The 
chairman one hundred and twenty-five dollars per annum; the 
clerk one hundred dollars, and the other member seventy-five 
dollars. 

Voted: That the salary of the town accountant be three 
hundred dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the Selectmen be instructed to fix the salary 
of all other town officers. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the town officers. 

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

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any committees 
chosen at any previous meeting that have not already reported. 

Murray Brown reported for the committee chosen at the last 



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annual meeting, to provide a vault for the town records and en- 
large the town hall. 

Voted: To receive the report of the committee as a report? 
of progress, and that the committee be instructed to consider 
the matter further and report at a future meeting. 

Voted: That the Selectmlen be authorized to provide room 
for the safe keeping of the records of the tOAvn, and that the sum 
of one thousand ($1,000) dollars be appropriated for such pur- 
pose. 

James B. Tuttle and Theron A. Lowden reported for the com- 
mittee on a War Memorial. 

Voted: To receive the report of the committee as a report 
of progress. 

The committee appointed to investigate the electric lighting 
:situation reported through its chairman William Rawitser. 

Voted : To receive and accept the report of the committee 
and thank them for their gratuitious services in the matter. 

Art. 3. The committee appointed by the Selectmen to con- 
sider the matter of a town forest reported through its chairman, 
Edgar H. Hall. 

Voted : To receive the report of the committee. 

On motion of Frank H. Holden it was voted: That a tow^n 
forester be appointed by the Selectmen and that the sum of 
three hundred (300) dollars be raised and appropriated for the 
use of said forester; that one hundred dollars of that sum be 
used for the purchase of pine trees to be given to any resident 
of Acton who has land suitable and will reforest the same under 
the supervision of the forester. The other two hundred dollars 
to be used for the purchase of trees or any land which he may 
find available- for the purpose of a town forest. 

The report of the Finance Committee was presented by its 
chairman, James B. Tuttle. 

Art. 4. To see what sums of money the town will raise by 
taxation and appropriate to defray the necessary and usual ex- 
penses of the several departments of the town. 

Under article 4 and other articles in the warrant for the 
annual meeting March 9, 1925, it was voted, to appropriate for 

Roads, maintenance $10,000.00 

Removal of snow 1,200.00 

Cutting brush 500.00 

Removal of snow, sidewalks 200 . 00 

Loans and interest 16,300 . 00 

Schools 48,000.00 

Memorial Library, current expenses 700.00 

Memorial Library, books ... 200 . 00 

Memorial Library, special repairs 600 . 00 

Hydrant service 3,000.00 



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Forest fires 200.00 

Street lighting 4,850 .00 

Shade trees, care of 400 00 

General Government 3,500 . 00 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 225.00 

Enforcement of liquor laws 327 . 54 

Buildings and grounds 800 . 00 

Cemeteries ". . 1,000.00 

Police department 800 . 00 

Board of Health 1,000.00 

Military aid 100 . 00 

Reserve fund 1,200.00 

Unclassified 500 . 00 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300 . 00 

Overdraft, 1924 403.68 

Public records, care of 1,000.00 

Poor department 1,294.38 

Fire house, Acton Center 2,500.00 

Town Nurse 2,500.00 

Spanish War Memorial, Art. 43 600.00 

Hose, for fire department 300.00 

Electric lights in W. Acton, Art. 47 80.00 

Central Street reappropriation 400.00 



$104,980.60 



Voted to raise and appropriate for Fire department 

maintenance 1,000 . 00 

Moth work 1,088.65 

Memorial Day 300.00 

Insurance employes 300 . 00 

Road work, special 10,000.00 

Fire house, South Acton 500 . 00 

Street signs 500.00 

Town Forest 300.00 

Total $13,988.65 

118,969.25 

Voted to raise for town charges 75,000 . 00 

Art. 5. To see what sum of money the town will raise for 
the observance of Memorial Day. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of three hundred 
dollars. 



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Voted: That the moderator be instructed to appoint a eom- 
iiiittee to take in charge the expenditure of this appropriation and 
direct the ceremonies of the observance of Memorial Day. 

The moderator appointed the following committee : 

Lowell H. Cram Theron A. Lowden 

George L. Towne Charlotte Conant 

George B. Parker 

Art. 6. To see ^v^hat action the town will take in regard to 
the collection of taxes. 

Voted : That all taxes, other than poll, shall be payable not 
later than Oct. 15, 1925, and on all taxes remaining unpaid after 
Nov. 1, 1925 interest shall be charged at the rate of six per cent 
per annum from Oct. 15, 1925 until such taxes are paid. 

Art. 7. To see what sum of money the town will raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the fire department or vote 
anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate one thousand dollars. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix tlie price thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate two hundred dollars. 

Voted : That the forest warden fix the price to be paid for 
fighting brush fires. 

Art. 9. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the elm tree beetle and brown tail and gyps}^ 
moth. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate $1,088.65. 

Art. 10. 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- 
beginning January 1, 1925, 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 apx^foval 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, 1925, 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. 

Art. 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropria::e 
riate a sum of money to insure the employees of the town or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of three hundred 
•dollars. 

Art. 12. 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. 



PROPOSED CODE OF 
BY-LAWS OF THE TOWN OF ACTON 



ARTICLE 1. 

Section 1. The annual town meeting for the election of town 
officers shall be held on the first Monday of March in each year. 

ARTICLE 2. 
Section 1. All business of the annual meeting, except the elec- 
tion of such officers and the determination of such matters as by law 
are required to be elected or determined at such meeting, shall be 
considered at an adjournment thereof, which adjournment shall be 
held on the second Monday in March, at such hour as decided by the 
board of selectmen. 

ARTICLE 3. 
Section 1. The board of selectmen, board of health, fire depart- 
ment, police department, and the school committee, shall on or before 
February first of each year, submit to the committee on finance an 
estimate of the amount of money required for their various depart- 
ments for the ensuing year and for what purposes. 

ARTICLE 4. 

Section 1. All bonds, contracts, and written agreements per- 
taining to the several departments shall be placed for safe keeping 
in the custody of the town clerk, except as otherwise provided by 
law. 

ARTICLE 5. 

Section 1. All constructive work (excepting day-work) amount- 
ing to more than two hundred dollars ($200.00) and except on road 
work, shall be advertised for bids by posting in the several post- 
offices at least ten days before contracts are awarded. * 

SELECTMEN 

ARTICLE 1. 
Section 2. The board of selectmen shall have the general direc- 
tion and management of the property and affairs of the town in all 
matters not otherwise provided for by law, or by these by-laws. 

ARTICLE 2. 

Section 2. The selectmen after drawing a warrant for a town 
meeting shall immediately transmit a copy of such warrant to each 
member of the committee on finance. 

ARTICLE 3. 
Section 2. The board of selectmen shall cause to be posted by 
a constable of the town, a notice of every town meeting by attested 
copies, calling same, in not less than six public places in the town, to 



be designated by the selectmen and at least seven days before the day 
appointed for the meeting. 

ARTICLE 4. 
Section 2. Xo person who is a member of the board of select- 
men or any board of elected officers shall hold any remunerative 
office hy virtue of an appointment by such board or boards. 

ARTICLE 5. 
Section 2. No person shall thro-\v in any manner in any public 
way in the town, any article, substance, or material which may prove 
injurious in any respect to the hoofs of animals, or the rubber tires 
of automobiles and other vehicles. 

ARTICLE 6. 

Section 2. No person shall place, or cause to be placed, in any 
of the public streets or sidewalks in the town, without the written 
license from the selectmen, any material whatever, or any rubbish of 
any kind and suffer same to remain for twenty-four hours. 

ARTICLE 7. 
Section 2. No person shall break or dig up the ground in any 
street for any purpose whatever, or set or place any fence, post, tree, 
or edgestone, or alter or change the position or direction of any 
fence, post, tree, or edgestone, or swing any door or gate, in, upon, 
or over, or change the grade or width of any public way without the 
written license of the selectmen, which shall prescribe the limitations 
or restrictions of such license. 

ARTICLE 8. 
Section 2. The board of selectmen will issue licenses at their 
discretion as follows : Gas-filling stations, roadside stands, common 
victuallers, all peddlers and junk dealers. All these subject to the 
rules and regulations of the board of selectmen. 

ARTICLE 9. 
Section 2. The board of selectmen shall annually appoint a 
chief of police and such other police officers as they deem necessar}' 
and have the general supervision over the police department. 

ARTICLE 10. 
Section 2. Automobiles and all other vehicles are subject to 
such rules as are made hy the board of selectmen, which rules may 
be changed from time to time by the board when deemed necessary 
for the safety of the public. 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 

ARTICLE 1. 
Section 3. There shall be appointed annually (by the moderator 
or by the board of selectmen) a committee on finance, consisting of 
five voters of the town. 



AETICLE 2. 
Section S. No member of the finance committee shall serve on 
any other standing committee having the expenditure of town funds. 

AETICLE 3. 
Section 3. The committee on finance shall, as soon as possible 
after February first of each year, give a hearing to the several boards 
which shall submit to it, an estimate of the amount needed for their 
departments for the ensuing year. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT 

AETICLE 1. 

Section 4. The chief of police shall be head of the police 
department and subject to the general supervision and control of the 
board of selectmen. He shall have control of the department, its 
officers and members, and special police officers when in the service 
of the department. 

AETICLE 2. 

Section 4. The police department shall be governed by the 
rules and regulations and perform such duties as are prescribed by 
the board of selectmen, or by the by-laws of the town. 

AETICLE 3. 

Section 4. No person having the charge of a vehicle in any 
street shall neglect or refuse to stop the same when directed by a 
police officer. No person shall stop his team, carriage, or other 
vehicle, or unnecessarily place any obstruction on any foot crossing 
made in or across any public ways in the town. 

AETICLE 4. 

Section 4. The police department shall be subject to all the 
rules and regulations and perform all duties which are now or here- 
after prescribed by law, by the by-laws of the town, by the board of 
selectmen, or the rules and regulations of the police department. 
Any member of the department may be removed or suspended or 
otherwise disciplined bj^ the board of selectmen, as provided by law. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

AETICLE 1. 

Section 5. The town shall maintain a fire department and the 
selectmen shall annually appoint a chief engineer and three assistant 
engineers (one in each precinct) for the term of one year from the 
first day of April following. This board of engineers shall have the 
care and superintendence of all property appertaining to the fire 
department, as required by law. 

AETICLE 2. 

Section 5. No person or persons shall allow combustible rub- 
bish to accumulate upon any premises where same would cause a fire 
menace to their own or other persons' property. No person shall set, 
maintain, or increase a fire in the open, except by written permission 
of the fire warden, or one of his deputies, except as otherwise 
provided by law. 



AETICLE 3, 

Section 5. Parking of vehicles is prohibited on any public way 
within fifteen feet of any hydrant. 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

AETICLE 1. 

Section 6. The board of health shall make and publish from 
time to time stich regulations as it deems necessary for public health 
and safety, and shall cause same to be printed in form for public 
distribution. 

AETICLE 2. 

Section 6. The board of health shall annually make a report to 
be printed in the annual town report, showing in detail, statistics of 
the health and sanitary condition of the town with recommendations 
for its improvement, together with a full and comprehensive state- 
ment of its work during the previous year. Such report shall also 
contain a detailed statement of the amount expended by the board 
during the year. 

AETICLE 3. 

Section 6. The board of health shall provide and maintain 
under their care and supervision some suitable place or places within 
a reasonable distance of the villages of the town for free public 
dumping, upon which the inliabitants of the town may dump or 
deposit ashes, cinders, papers or other refuse and rubbish in accord- 
ance with such rules and regulations as the board of health may from 
time to time make. 

AETICLE 4. 

Section 6. Xo person unless having the authority so to do shall 
dump or deposit any ashes, rubbish, refuse, offal, or decayed animal 
or vegetable matter on any public or private land, contrary to the 
rules and regulations of the board of health. 

AETICLE 5. 

Section 6. All persons keeping hogs within the limits of the 
town shall be subject to all rules and regulations of the board of 
health. 

AETICLE 6. 

These by-laws may be repealed or amended at any annual town 
meeting, or at any other town meeting specially called for the pur- 
pose, an article or articles for such purpose having been inserted in 
the warrant for such meeting. 

These by-laws shall go into effect upon their acceptance by the 
town and legal requirements have been complied with. 

Any person violating any of these by-laws shall be punished by 
a fine not exceeding twenty dollars ($20) for each oft'ence. 

FEAXl^ W. HOIT. 
AUGUST X. HEDERSTEDT. 
GEORGE A. RICHARD SOX, Chairman. 

Bv-law Committee. 



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Voted : To appropriate two hundred and twenty-five dol- 
lars. 

Art. 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of $350, or some other amount, and elect a director, 
the money to be expended by and the director to serve in co- 
operation with the Middlesex County trustees for county aid to 
agriculture in the work of the Middlesex County Extension Serv- 
ice under the provisions of Sec. 40 to 45, Chap. 128, General Laws 
of Massachusetts. 

Voted: To appropriate three hundred dollars. 

Chose Prank H. Holden, director. 

Art. 14. To see if the town will authorize the selectmen to 
sell the fire shed at North Acton and the unused fire apparatus of 
the town. 

Voted : That the selectmen be authorized to sell at auction 
the fire shed at North Acton and to dispose of such other un- 
used fire apparatus as they deem expedient. 

Art. 15. To see if the town will vote to borrow t'he sum of 
$10,000. or any other amount, by the issue of notes, to continue 
the construction of Main street from a point opposite the res- 
idence of Frank E. Parsons to the State road leading to Littleton, 
provided a like sum is allotted the town by the State department 
of public works and a similar sum by the county of Middlesex or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 16. To see what action if any the town will take with 
regard to repairing that portion of School street extending from 
Merriam's corner to the Concord line or Harvard State road. 

Voted: To take up for joint consideration all articles re- 
lating to highways, namely, articles 16 to 28 inclusive, exceptino- 
Article 17, 21 and 22. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate $10,000. for special work 
on roads, the said sum of money to be expended by the selectmen 
in cooperation with a committee consisting of Alden C. Flagg, 
Frederick L. Burke and Waldo E. Whitcomb. 

Art. 17. To see if the tovv^n will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of two thousand dollars to lay new plank on the 
railroad bridge in South Acton and erect 2,000 feet of fencing 
within the town. 

Art. 17. Voted to pass over the article. 

Art. 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate a sum of money to take care of the drainage on Massachu- 
setts avenue at Edwards square in AVest Acton or act anything 
thereon. 

Action taken under Art. 16. 

Art. 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate a sum of money to repair Pearl street in West Acton or 
lake any action thereon. 



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Action taken under Art. 16. 

Art. 20. To see if the town will construct a drain along 
Woodbury road, by the residences of Edward C. Wood and H. 
M. Robbins to take care of the overflow from the fountain on the 
town common, or act anything thereon. 

See action under Art. 16. 

Art. 21. To see if the town will lay out, build and accept 
as a public highway, a section of land about forty feet wide lead- 
ing from Massachusetts avenue, West Acton and following the 
old location of the electric car line to a point where it enters 
the South Acton road near house of Sidney L. Richardson or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted: To instruct the selectmen to lay out a public high- 
way forty feet wide, from Mass. Ave. in West Acton to the South 
Acton road near the residence of Sidney L. Richardson as stated 
in the article. 

Art. 22. To see if the town will appropriate and raise by 
taxation or issuing of notes or bonds, a sum of money for the 
purpose of building the road as described in Art. 21 or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropri- 
ate a sum of mone}' sufficient to gravel and oil Willow Street in 
West Acton from the residence of E. L. Hall to the StOAv line. 

See action under Art. 16. 

Art. 24. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of $3000, or any other amount, to be expended in 
resurfacing, oiling and draining of Arlington street in West Ac- 
ton from Central street to Elm street. 

See action under Art. 16. 

Art. 25. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money to resurface Arlington street in West Acton from Cen- 
tral street to Summer street, or act anything thereon. 

See action under Art. 16. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate a sum of money sufficient to repair Red Acre Farm road, in 
South Acton from the house of Benjamin Ineson to a point near 
the residence of Philip Newell, or act anything thereon. 

See action under Art. 16. 

Art. 27. To see if the town will raise and appropriate $600. 
to gravel and oil Pope road from the state highway in East Acton 
to the brow of the hill, or act anything thereon. 

See action under Art. 16. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of $5000, to macadamize Maple street in South Ac- 
ton or act anything thereon. 

See action under Art. 16. 

Art. 29. To see if the town will vote to erect a high school 



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building' in the vicinity of Kelley's corner, and to raise and ap- 
propi^iate a sum, not to exceed $100,000, to defray the cost of 
site and building, and to act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the town erect a high school building in the 
vicinity of Kelley's corner, and that the selectmen be and hereby 
are authorized and directed to petition for legislation to author- 
ize the town to borrow the sum of $50,000, outside the debt limit 
for said purpose. 

Voted: That the moderator be empowered to appoint a 
nominating committee of three, to present the names of six, two 
from each precinct to act as a building committee to report at the 
meeting if possible. 

The moderator appointed Charles T. Baxter, Frank W. Hoit, 
and Charles A. Durkee a nominating committee. 

The committee reported as follows : — 

George A. Richardson W. Stuart Allen 

Edgar H. Hall Waldo E. Whitcomb 

William Rawitser Frank To obey 

The chairman to be chosen by the comimittee. 

Voted: To accept the report of the nominating committee. 

Art. 30'. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $500 for the purpose of erecting street signs or guide 
posts within the town. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate $500. 

Art. 31. To see if the town will instruct the selectmen to 
install a hydrant opposite the residence of Henry W. Bursaw 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To instruct the selectmen to install a hydrant at 
or near the residence of Henry W. Bursaw. 

Art. 32. To see if the town will authorize the selectmen to 
renew the water hydrant contract. 

Voted : To authorize the selectmen to renew the contract 
for hydrant service on such terms as they shall deem best for 
the town. 

Art. 33. To see what action if any the town will take in 
regard to the licensing of roadside stands within the toAvn. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 34. To see if the town will vote to employ a town 
nurse and appropriate a sum of money for the salary and ex- 
pense of the same. 

Voted : That the town employ a town nurse to be under 
the supervision of a special comm>ittee to include Mrs. Eugene L. 
Hall, Mrs. William Rawitser, and Miss Charlotte Conant, in con- 
junction with the school committee and board of health and that 
the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars be appropriated for the 
salary and expense of the same. 

Art. 35. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of $3250, to purchase a site and erect a fire house 



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in Acton Center and appoint a committee to carry out the pro- 
visions of this article or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate $2,500, to erect a fire house in Acton 
Center, on land owned by the town, at or near the location of the 
present fire house. 

Art. 36. To see if the to^^oi will appropriate a sum, not 
over $500, for repairs on the South Acton fire house or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate $500. 

Art. 37. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of $500. to purchase a moving picture machme and 
install a booth in the town hall or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 38. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to insure the fire apparatus of the town against property and 
liability damage and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 39. To see if the town will vote to appoint a committee 
to draw up a code of by-laws governing the town and to report 
at a subsequent meeting. 

Voted : That the moderator appoint a committee of three 
to draw up a code of by-laws and report them at the next annual 
town meeting. The moderator appointed George A. Richardson, 
A. N. Hederstedt and Frank Vv^. Hoit a committee. 

Art. 40. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of $600, to paint the interior of the Memorial 
library or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate $600. 

Art. 41. To see if the town will vote to grant the selectmen 
the power of disposing of the old watering trough in South Acton, 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 42 : To see if the town will vote to instract the select- 
men to move the fountain in the square at South Acton over the 
site of the old watering trough if satisfactory agreement can be 
made with the water commissioners and raise and appropriate a 
sum of money not to exceed $150, to cover cost of same or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 43. To see if the toAvn will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $600, the same being part of the amount returned to the tow^n 
under the provisions of Chapter 480 of the Acts of 1924, (an act 
providing for the return to the cities and towns of certain surplus 
funds, collected to provide suitable recognition of those residents 
of Massachusetts who served in the army and navy of the United 
States during the war with Germany) for the purpose of placing 
a suitable foundation, base, bronze plate and otherwise recondi- 
tioning the Spanish war memorial or act anything thereon. 



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Voted : That $600 be appropriated from said amount for the 
purpose stated in the article and that a committee of three be 
appointed by the moderator to carry out this vote. 

The moderator appointed as a committee, Theron A. Lowden, 
Alan B. Frost and Harry B. Morse. 

Art. 44. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of $300, the same being part of the amount returned to the town 
under the provisions of Chapter 480 of the Acts of 1924, for the 
purpose of placing a raised triangular memiorial plot in the 
square at South Acton, conforming with the lines of the street ; 
and place a metal light post with light, using underground 
wiring, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 45. To see if the town will vote to renew the electrie 
lighting contract with the American "Woolen Company and in- 
struct the selectmen to sign the same or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To instruct the selectmen to renew the contract 
with the American Woolen Company for the term of three years. 

Art. 46. To see if the town will vote to install street lights 
and extend its line on Parker road in South Acton from the res- 
idence of John E. Berglind to the Concord road or School street. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 47. To see if town will instruct the selectmen to con- 
tract for additional street lighting in the business section of West 
Acton and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Voted : ' To instruct the selectmen to install additional lights 
in the business section of West Acton and to appropriate the sum 
of eighty (80) dollars therefor. 

Art. 48. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights from the residence of Alonzo Joy on Willow street in West 
Acton to the residence of L. W. Sylvester. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 49 : To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights from] Crooker's corner on Massachusetts avenue to a point 
1300 feet east of the corner. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 50. To see if the town Avill extend the street lights on 
Arlington street in West Acton from Elm street to the residence 
of James N. Berry. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 51. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of $1000,, for the purpose of installing a heating 
plant and making certain repairs on the fire house in West Acton 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 52. To see if the town will vote to raise and approp- 
riate the sum of $1650, for the purchase of a Fordson tractor and 



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Wehr grader to be used by the road department for road work 
and clearing' the roads of snow or act anything thereon. 
Voted : To pass over the article. 

The following letter, from the chairman of the committee of 
arrangements, for the 19th of April celebration in Concord was 
read to the meeting by the moderator, 

Nineteenth of April Committee 

150th Anniversary of the Concord Fight 

Concord, Massachusetts, Feb. 22, 1925. 
To the Inhabitants of Acton: — 

April nineteenth will be the one hundred and fiftieth anni- 
versary of the Concord Fight, an event of world wide significance 
in which the men of Acton had a principal part. 

Young Captain Isaac Davis, with his last words, I haven't 
a man that is afraid to go, still fresh from his lips and leading 
his Acton company at the head of the Provincial force, he and 
his neighbor, private Abner Hosmer, were the two brave heroes 
who gave up their lives at the Old North Bridge, 
Mr. Lowell calls it, 

'^The Concord Bridge, which Davis when he came, 
Found was the bee-line track to Heaven and Fame." 
As Acton joined with Concord in that famous Fight ; as Acton 
joined with Concord in 1825, 1850 and 1875 in celebrating their 
common anniversary ; as Concord joined with Acton in the dedica- 
tion of its monument in 1851 so we hope that Acton -will be rep- 
resented at the celebration this year in Concord not merely by 
its Selectmen, but as in 1875 by a company of Minute Men joining 
in the Parade. 

For the Nineteenth of April Committee, 

PRESCOTT KEYES. 

Chairman. 

Yoted : That the town of Acton accept the invitation of the 
town of Concord to be represented at the celebration in Concord 
the coming 19th of April. Chose, Charlotte Conant, Murray 
Brown, George A. Richardson, Allen Brooks Parker and Theron 
A. Lowden a committee to make such arrangements for the 
observance of the Nineteenth of April as they may deem proper 
said committee to have power to add to their number- and to 
solicit, collect and disburse money. 

Voted: That the committee be instructed to invite the 
President of the United States, the Governor of Mass. and Ex- 
Mayor John F. Fitzgerald. 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Special Meeting 
Held Apiil 11th, 1925 

Art. 1. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
a sum of money for the acquiring of land in the vicinity of Kel- 
ley's corner, for a school building, for the erection of a school 
building thereon, for the original equipment and furnishing of 
such building ; authorize the borrowing of money under any 
authority of law authorizing the town to borrow for such pur- 
pose ; raise by taxation, and transfer from any available funds or 
to take any action relative thereto. 

Voted : That there be raised and appropriated the sum 
of one hundred thousand ($100,000) dollars for the purpose of 
acquiring land in the vicinity of Kelley's corner, consisting of 
3 11/100 acres, more or less, bounded and described as follows : 
Southerly by Massachusetts avenue, 400 feet. Westerly by Char- 
ter road, 317 35/100 feet, northerly by land of the heirs of W. F. 
Kelley, 503 50/100 feet, Easterly by land of the heirs of W. F, 
Kelley 300 feet, for school purposes ; and for the erection and for 
the original equipment and furnishing of a school building: 
and that the selectmen be and are hereby authorized and instruct- 
ed to acquire by purchase, emjinent domain or otherwise the land 
above described ; and to meet said appropriation, that there be 
transferred from the Town Farm fund and from the Hapgood 
fund the sum of $21,063.00 plus accrued interest and premiums^ 
that there be raised in the tax levy of the current year the sum 
of $5,000 and the treasurer with the approval of the selectmen,, 
be authorized to borrow the sum of $50,000 under authority of 
and in accordance with the provision of Chapter 190 of the Acts 
of 1925 and to issue bonds or notes of the town therefor payable 
in accordance with the provisions of said act and of Chapter 44 of 
the General Laws so the amount so borrowed shall be paid in not 
more than fifteen years and the treasurer Avith the approval of 
the selectmen, be further authorized to borrow the sum of $24,- 
000 under authority of and in accordance with the provisions of 
Chapter 44 of the General Laws and to issue bonds or notes of 
the toAvn therefor, said bonds or notes to be payable in accord- 
ance with the provisions of Section 19 of Chapter 44 so the 
whole loan shall be paid in not more than twenty (20) years from 
the dates of issue; that the Building Committee named at the an- 
nual town meeting be a building committee with full authority 
to construct, equip, and furnish a school building herein 
authorized; that said committee may make contracts and may 
do such things as may be necessary for such purpose, but no 
liability shall be incurred in excess of the appropriation remain- 
ing after the acquiring of the land herein authorized. 



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The vote was taken by ballot. 

Total number of ballots cast 394 

Yes 332 

No 60 

Blanks 2 

Art. 2. To hear and act upon the reports of any committees 
chosen at any previous meeting. 

Mr. Murray Brown reported for the committee on enlarging 
the town house and on his mjotion, it was voted ; That the vote 
passed at the annual meeting March 10, 1924, whereby the town 
voted to appropriate the sum of $7,500 for the purpose of build- 
ing an addition to the town house and accepted the offer of $1,000 
from the Acton Agricultural Association, be rescinded, and that 
the committee appointed to build this addition be discharged; 
that the sum of $2,500 be appropriated for the purpose of repair- 
ing and painting the present town house and renovating the heat- 
ing plant and that the selectmen be instructed to carry out this 
-vote. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
the sum of $1,000 for erecting fencing Avithin the tOAvn. 

Voted: To appropriate $1,000 for fencing. 

A true record. 



Attest : 



HORACE F. TUTTLE, • 

Town Clerk. 



Abstract of the Proceedings of a Special Mieeting, 
Held May 9, 1925 

Art. 1. To see if the town will rescind the vote passed at 
the annual meeting March 9, 1925, whereby it was voted to erect 
a Fire House in Acton Center on land owned by the town, at or 
near the location of the present Fire House and vote to erect said 
Fire House on land owned by the town, near the east end of the 
tennis court. 

Voted: That we rescind the vote to place the fire house at 
or near the present one and that it be placed at the Easterly end 
tof the tennis court on the town land. 

Special Election 

Congressman Fifth District (to fill vacancy) 

June 30, 1925 

Party Designations : D, Democratic and R, Republican. 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Eugene N. Foss, D 3 5 13 21 

JEdith N. Rogers, R 47 60 71 178 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of a Special Meeting 
Held Oct. 2, 1925 

Art. 1. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the 
money raised for rebuilding Central Street, and authorize the 
borrowing of the balance of the appropriation made in 1924 for 
said purpose, the sum borrowed to be paid in not more than three 
years. 

Voted, Unanimously : That the Town appropriate the money 
raised for rebuilding Central street and authorize the borrowing 
of the balance of the appropriation nuade in 1924 for said pur- 
pose, the sum borrowed to be paid in not more than three, years. 



TOWN CLERK'S BEPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded i 34 

Born in Acton 17 Native parentage 22 

Males 20 Foreign parentage . 6 

Females 14 Mixed Parentage 6 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded . .' 22 

Residents of Acton 26 Residents of other places. . 18 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 43 

Residents of Acton 39 Residents of other places. . 4 

Occurring in Acton 35 Occurring in other places . . 8 

Average age in years, 60-|-. 

The town clerk requests information of any errors or omis- 
sions in the list of births, marriages, and deaths. 

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

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



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No. Death 

1. Oct. 3 

2. June 7 

3. Jan, 31 

4. June 29 

5. Jan. 3 

6. Mar. 15 

7. Mar. 3 

8. Nov. 4 

9. May 31 

10. Mar. 6 

11. Feb. 11 

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13. Jan. 23 

14. Feb. 23 

15. Sept. 15 

16. Dec. 22 

17. Apr. 12 

18. Nov. 28 

19. June 7 

20. Feb. 11 

21. Oct. 31 

22. Mar. 27 

23. Sept. 19, 

24. Aug. 13 

25. June 7 

26. Mar. 7 

27. Sept. 1 

28. Aug. 10 

29. July 31 

30. Dec. 21 

31. July 21 

32. Mar. 14 
Sept. 21 



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Dec. 27 
Mar. 18 

37. Sept. 25 

38. Nov. 19 

39. Feb. 15 

40. July 10 

41. May 6 

42. Nov. 1 



Deaths Registered in 1925 



Name Yrs. 

Barnes, Emma Augusta ■,, 73 

Baxter, Thacher Thayer 84 

Berglin, Christina Louise 24 

Blaisdell, Alice 20 

Brown, Laura Ann 79 

Caefer, Carl J. Peter 63 

Caldwell, Jean Alice , 1 

Coburn, James David 82 

Conquest, Ellen Angelina ... — 

Crooker, Eleanor Borden 66 

Cummings, George Parker ... 65 

Driskell, William Amos 46 

Dubey, Joseph Leo Alfred ... — 

Dupee, Job W 83 

Dustin, Mary Elizabeth 80 

Edwards, Elizabeth 73 

Fairbanks, Charles Ileniy^ . . . 73 

Franklin, William Burnside . . 63 

Gibbs, Harrv Foster 75 

Guilford, Ellen M 80 

Hasty, Emma M , 72 

Hayward, Harriet Currier ... 83 

Horle, Sarah 82 

Hyndman, Lillian ....). 49 

Jones, Elizabeth Tuttle 95 

Jones, Laui'a Ann ,. 82 

Kelley, William S 59 

Livermore, Walter Hei'bert . . 63 

Lothrop, Frank B 74 

Manion, Arthur W , 23 

Martin, Oscar M 64 

McCrossin, Joachim 56 

Norton, Lauretta Williams .... 74 

Reed, George H,, Jr — 

Russell, John H 80 

Shearmur, Mary Frances 65 

Smith, Albert Henry 60 

Stevens, William Francis 78 

Tuttle, Lyman 64 

Vaughn, Arthur M 55 

Wells, Irene 63 

Woiszins, Lindwik 46 



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Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1925 



Angier, Ralph. $2.00 

Allen, Mrs. P. W 2.00 

Almgren, George W. ... 2.00 

Anderson, John 2.00 

Allarcl, M 2.00 

Anderson, Emily 5 . 00 

Anderson, Ruf us 2 . 00 

Braman, James W 2 . 00 

Brown, Murray 2 . 00 

Billings, Howard J 7.00 

Baxter, Charles T 2.00 

Butler, H. B 10.00 

Bradford, Fred R. W. . . 2.00 

Bradbury, Rolfe 4.00 

Brill, FredE 7.00 

Brown, James A 2.00 

Bulette, Frank W 5.00 

Brown, Evelyn L 2 . 00 

Berglind, John E 5.00 

Beach, Hazel 2.00 

Benere, Antonia 2 . 00 

Berglind, Edward E. . . . 2.00 

Bursaw, Henry AY 2 . 00 

Bowen, Robert M 2.00 

Bond, R. J 2.00 

Chaffin, Nancy S 4.00 

Casavoy, Alfred B 2.00 

Charter, W. W 2.00 

Clapp, George E 2.00 

Condon, Timothy 2 . 00 

Carlson, Chris 2.00 

Conquest, James 2 . 00 

Cook, Walter M 2.00 

Caldwell, Margaret A. . . 2.00 

Cardinal, Joseph 5 . 00 

Coughlin, Harold J 2.00 

Clifford, Albert 2.00 

Durkee, Charles A 5.00 

Doten, Scott T 2.00 

Davis, Wendell F 7.00 

De Sousa, Ben 2.00 

Duren, D. B 2.00 

Dimond, Hope K 5.00 

Downey, James 2.00 



Doyle, Henry K 4.00 

Densmore, Joseph A. . . . 4.00 

Enneguess. Michael 2.00 

Edney, E. Esther 2.00 

Fitzgerald, James 2 . 00 

Fullonton, L. T 2.00 

Fletcher, Charles J 2.00 

Flynn, Edith M 5.00 

Fee, Frank 2.00 

Flagg, Alden C 7.00 

Fisher, Austin W 2 . 00 

Foss, Richard W. . . . . . . 5.00 

French, James H 2.00 

Fletcher, Lester X 2.00 

Fobes, E. S 7.00 

Freeman, Richard 5 . 00 

Ford. I. S 2.00 

French, C. H 2.00 

Frost, Alan B 5.00 

Freeman, Matti 2.00 

Freeman, Georsre 2 . 00 

Gallant, Mildred 2.00 

Gibbs, Harriet E 2.00 

Griffin, F. E 7.00 

Griffin, Isabella 2.00 

Gallagher, Howard B. . . 2.00 

Goward, Annie R 5.00 

Green, Catherine 2.00 

Gould, Paul 2.00 

Hastings, Lewis C 2 . 00 

Haves, Michael G 4.00 

Haynes, Albert L. 2.00 

Hoiden, Willis L 2.00 

Holden, F. H 2.00 

Hall, Irwin 5.00 

Howe, 0. H. 2.00 

Hay ward, George K. . . . 2 . 00 

Howe, Richard P 5.00 

Holland, Frank T 2.00 

Hall, Mary F 2.00 

Havey, Henry 5 . 00 

Hurlev, James J 2.00 

Jones, Karl 2.00 

Jenks, Albert R. 7.00 



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Jacobs, JohiiB 2.00 

Jones, Warren H 2.00 

Johnston, James J 5.00 

Kimball, Elnathan J. ... 11.00 

KnoAvlton, Helen A 2.00 

Kemp, H. M 2.00 

Kennedy, Duncan S 2.00 

Kilmartin, AYilliam T. . . 5.00 

Knowlton. Samuel 2.00 

Lowell, C. A 5.00 

Laffin, Sidney 2.00 

Lears, William 2.00 

Liyermore, W. J 2 . 00 

Larrabee, Wesley 5 . 00 

Lysko, George 2.00 

Larsen, Jorgen 5 . 00 

Moulton, Charles S 2.00 

Mason, Roger 7.00 

Mead, George V 2.00 

Marsh, A. W 2.00 

Mason, Bertha 2.00 

Morrison, Fred D 10.00 

McDonald, D. F 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Henry 2.00 

May, Francis A 2.00 

Morse, Ernest 2.00 

Manion, Arthur 2.00 

Martin, Elizabeth E. . . . 2.00 

Newell, L. F 5.00 

Nealey, Edward F 5.00 

Newell, Philip S 2.00 

O'Neil, James 5.00 

Prentiss, A. S 5.00 

Porter, Fannie T 2.00 

Peterson, Carl N 2.00 

Packard, James B 2.00 

Perkins, Leyi W 2.00 

Pope, Benjamin 8.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Priest, Henry L 2.00 

Pratt, Herbert T 5,00 

Perkins, A. Hagelton ... 2.00 

Penney, David F 2.00 



l^enney, 

Parker, 

Phillip.-, 

Parker, 

Pressey, 



John 5 . 00 

George M 2.00 

Andrew S 2 . 00 

Edith 2.00 

John F 2.00 



Rugg, George 2 . 00' 

Russell, John H 2.00 

Reynolds, Jesse C 2.00 

Roche, Francis B 2.00 

Rawitser, William 2.00 

Reynolds, Harold R 2.00^ 

Reed, G. Howard 2.00 

Richardson, George A. . . 2.00 

Russell, Selwyn E 2.00 

Rayner, Arthur W 2.00 

Reed, Otis J 5.00 

Stokes, William 2.00 

Sanborn, Everett R 5.00 

Schofield, Harris C 7.00 

Smith, Ralph 2.00 

Smith, Hattie E 2.00 

Scanlon, William J 2.00 

Shapley, Eva C 2.00 

Stiles, Frank 5.00 

Servais, D. A 2.00 

Sisson, George T 5.00 

Sullivan, John H 2.00 

Sebastian, Lester 2 . 00 

Spinney, Alice L 2.00 

Soares, Tony 2.00 

Scott, Thomas A. 4.00 

Toohey, William 2.00 

Taylor, Spencer H 2.00 

Todd, Ethel L 8.00 

Teel&, W. Henry 2.00 

Tucker, GeorG:e S., Jr. . . 4.00 

Tripp, Horatio W 2.00 

TurnbuU, George L 7.00 

Toomey, Timothy 2.00 

Tortison, Frederick L. . . 5.00 

Thompkins, Elizabeth P. 5.00 

Turner, George C 2.00 

Vallie, A. H 2.00 

Whitcomb, Fred S 2.00' 

Weaver, George T 25.00 

AVatkins, J. H 2.00 

Willis, Ora A 2.00 

Wood, 0. D 2.00 

Whitney, Cora A 2.00 

Wheeler, Elbridge L. ... 5.00 

Walther, Augustine eJ. . . 2.00 

Whipple, Marion H 2.00 

Yetman, Thomas 2.00 



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164 licenses at $2.00 $328.00 

47 licenses at $5.00 235.00 

1 license at $25.00 25.00 

$588.00 
Deduct fees, 212 licenses at 20 cents each. . 42.40 

$545.60 
Due county treasurer, 1924 account 35.40 



$581.00 

May 18, 1925— Paid county treasurer $144.60 

Nov. 23, 1925— Paid county treasurer ..... 318.20 

Due county treasurer, 1925 account 118 . 20 

$581.00 



35 



REPORT OP TOWN ACOOUNTANT 



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

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1925. 

TREASURER'S RECEIPTS 

Received — ^See treasurer's report $312,003.27 

Expenditures 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appropriation . ,. . $3,500. 00 

Appropriation, treasurer's and collectors' 
bonds 225.00 



$3,725.00^ 



SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

H. B. Morse, salary $100.00 

A. R. Jenks, salary 50.00 

Murray Brown, salary 50 . 00 

Murray Brown, expenses as clerk . 2 . 20 

Murphy & Snyder, printing", warrants .... 47 . 70 

Enterprise Press Inc., advertising 6.40 

R. S. Osterhout, v/artants 18 . 75 

R. S. Osterhout, printing town reports . . . 451.75 

New Eng. Tel & Tel. Co., telephone 10 . 80 

Murray Brown, expenses on reports 13 . 70 

Albert R. Jenks, perambulating town lines 3.00 

Murray Brown, j)erambulating town lines . 3 . 00 

Hobbs & Warren, stationery 1 . 20 

A. B. Parker, moderator 50.00 

C. A. Durkee, taking census 5.00 



$813. 30> 



ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

Everett N. Montague, salary $300.00 

Everett N. Montague, expenses and postage 7 . 70 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 19 . 50 



$327.20' 



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TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid 

Erank W. Hoit, salary $300.00 

Frank W. Hoit, safety deposit box 5.00 

Frank W. Hoit, telephones 3 . 60 

Frank W. Hoit, postage and other expenses 35 . 64 
Dept. of Corp. and Taxation, certifying 

notes \ .. . 12.00 

Murphy & Snyder, stationery 2.00 

American Surety Co. of N. Y. Bond 75.00 



POOR DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

Albert R. Jenks, salary $75.00 

Harry B. Morse, salary 40.00 

Murray Brown, salary 40.00 



COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

Murphy & Snyder, stationery $33 . 25 

•Oharles A. Durkee, salary 551 . 33 

Hobbs & Warren, stationery 7 . 49 

American Surety Co. of N. Y., bond 150.00 

Thorpe & Martin, supplies 6.40 



ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

Warren Jones, salary $125.00 

Warren Jones, expenses 5 . 00 

Henr}^ Haynes, salary 100. 00 

Henry Haynes, expenres 10.39 

Henry Haynes, certified copy of tax book . . 25.00 

A. W. Emerson, salary 75.00 

Hobbs & Warren, supplies 35. 92 

Harry M. Stacy, supplies 5.00 

L. L. Applin, transfers 17 . 88 

Huntley S. Turner, voting lists 45.00 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

P. B. Murphy, dog book 1 . 30 

Carter Ink Co., ink 1.62 

A. H. Bartlett Co., stationery .53 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 3 . 85 



$433.24 



$155.00 



$748.47 



$444.19 



37 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary ,, 75.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording 37 births 37 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording 22 marriages . 11.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording 43 deaths ... 21.50 
Horace F. Tuttle, postage, telephone and 

expenses 30 . 50 

Robert S. Osterhout . 47 .75 



REPORTING BIRTHS 
Paid 

F. K. Shaw, M. D $1.50 

R. E. Hooper, M. D 1.00 

Eva Louka .25 

S. B. Annis, M. D .25 

E. A. Mayell, M. D .75 

Geo. Tuttle, iM. D .50 

0. L. Clark, M. D .25 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Paid 

Hobbs & Warren,, book $4.14 

W. & L. E. Gurley, equipment 5.85 

T. F. Newton, salary 85.00 



$230.05 



$4.50 



94.99 
CATTLE INSPECTION 
Paid 

Fred S. Whitcomb $175 .00 $175.00 

ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 
Paid 

Earl Hay ward, labor on booths $13.66 

Universalist Church, rent 15 . 00 

L. C. Hastings, election officer 15.00 

L. C. Hastings, moving booths 3.75 

Michael Foley, election officer 5.00 

Thomas Murray, election officer 15.00 

T. F. NcAvton, election officer 10.00 

L. A. Hesselton, election officer 5 . 00 

Timothy Hennessy, election officer 10.00 

A. W. Emerson, election officer 5.00 

A. F. Davis, election officer 15 . 00 

James Coughlin, election officer 10.00 

David R. Kinsley, election officer 15 . 00 

James Kinsley, election officer 15.00 

Fred S. Whitcomb, election officer 10.00 



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Leo McCarthy, warden 10 . 00 

Arthur Wampole, warden . . . 10.00 

H. F. Tuttle, clerk of registers 30.00 

C. J. Holton, registrar 20.00 

E. A. Phalen, registrar 20.00 



BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation $800. 00 

Transferred from reserve 14. 59 



Paid 

American Woolen Co., light and supplies . $83.11 

Geo. H. Eeed, fertilizer 8.50 

James "Neil, labor 7 . 00 

D. C. Harris, labor 10.00 

Wm. H. Kingslej^, grading 112.00 

A. F. Davis, painting 5 . 75 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., coal 35.05 

W. & S. Water Supply Dist., water 12.00 

Forbes L. McKenzie, labor on monument . 175.00 

Allen Chair Co., material 6.48 

Nelson H. Tenney, labor on boiler 32.25 

0. D. Wood, labor on flag pole 10.00 

Eagle Oil & Supply Co., supplies 5.00 

Craig SAveet, labor on seats 35.00 

Joseph Breck & Son, equipment 1 . 20 

S. H. Taylor, labor 5.00 

Wilbur Fish, labor on sash 2 . 00 

Arthur Wayne, care of lawn 27 . 50 

Arthur Wayne, care of hall, clock and 

fountain 220.75 

Wm. H. Kingsley, Avood 21 . 00 



$252.41 

$3,678.35 



$814.59 



$814.59 
TOWN HALL (Repairs) 

Appropriation $2,500.00 

Paid 
Forbes L. McKenzie, chimney & boiler room $432.51 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., material 2.49 

E. A. Phalen, labor and material 94.13 

L. F. Fidlonton Co., painting 1,440.00 

Geo. H. Phelps, roofing 52.95 

N. H. Tenney, labor on boiler 292.18 

Finney & Hoit, curtains 6 . 00 



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Fred N. Leman Co., sign 30.00 

0. H. Greenwood, express 2. 00 

E. P. G-ate, material 4.25 

M. E. Taylor & Co., equipment 34.12 



$2,390.60 
Unexpended balance 109 . 37 



$2,500.00 



PUBLIC EECORDS (Care of) 

Appropriation $1,000. 00 

Paid: 

The Morris Ireland Safe Co., safe $375.00 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co.^ material 8.09 • 

E. A. Phalen, labor . 55.22 

C. Daniel Lapham, labor 18 .00 

Globe Wernicke Co., shelves 33 .15 

Allen Chair Co., furniture 57 . 25 

L. J. Peabody Co., equipment 58 .40 

Finney & Hoit, heater and curtains 17 . 25 



$622.36 
Unexpended balance 377 .64 



$1,000.00 



POOR DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1„294. 38 

Received from Town of Concord 163.56 

Transferred from reserve fund 219 . 34 



Paid: 

Chris Kane, board and care $367 .20 

Emerson Hospital in Concord 166.50 

0. L. Clark, M. D., services 279.00 

H. W. Williams, M. D., services 57 . 00 

S. B. Annis, M. D., service 15 .00 

Mrs. John McDonald, board and care 112.00 

Mrs. Flora Reed, board and care 90.00 

City of Worcester 41 . 60 

J. S. Moore, provisions 60.79 

Mrs. James French, board and care 182.00 

Frank Marno, rent 51 . 00 

F. K. Shaw, M. D., services 3.00 

Albert R. Jenks 10.00 

Finney & Hoit, clothing 50.16 

E. J. Kimball, milk 13.41 



$1,677.28 



40 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., fuel 8.50 

Wilder McCurda, prescription 1.00 

Mrs. Elizabeth Martin 31 . 72 

A. C. Foss Co., clothing 7. 65 

Mrs. Mary Taylor, board and care 60.00 

Whitinsville Village Belief Association ... 15 . 75 

Prank B. Tasker, M. D 54. 00 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $800 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 71 . 76 



$1,677.28 



$871.76 
Paid: 

Murray Brown, telephone $11 . 62 

Michael Foley, police duty 219.01 

John T. McNiff, police duty 211.45 

Allan B. Frost, police duty 180.28 

Charles T. Baxter, police duty 13 . 50 

John J. Manning, police duty 13 . 50 

Murray Brown, police duty and expenses . . 33 . 73 

eJ. E. Coombs, police duty 6.75 

Earl Farrar, police duty 14,25 

0. D. Wood, police duty 10 . 50 

H. B. Morse, police duty and expenses .... 62.75 

Harding, Regalia Co., equipment 28.21 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 8 . 00 

New Eng. Tel. & Tel. Co., telephone 35.21 

D. F. Morrison, burying dog 2.00 

E. A. Rasmussen, duty 19.50 

J, W. Livermore, transportation 1 . 50 

S871 76 

ENFORCEMENT OF LIQUOR LAW 

Appropriation $327 . 54 

Paid: 

H. B. Morse, services $44.50 

Unexpended balance 283 . 04 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,000. 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 175 . 94 



$327.54 



175.94 



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Paid: 

A. R. Beach, pay rolls $74.00 

A. R. Beach, salary 18 men and chief @ $5 95.00 

Spencer Taylor, payroll 1 . 50 

Allan Frost, payroll 15. 00 

Murray Brown, salary 18 men @ $5 90.00 

Frank Hoit, payroll 6.00 

J. J. Manning, payroll 5 . 50 

Frank Hoit, salary 18 men @ $5 90 . 00 

Geo. H. Reed, fuel 114.54 

S. A. Coal & Lumber Co., fuel 88.91 

Acton Motor Co., gas, oil and labor ...... 63.02 

C. J. Kelley, material and labor 5.70 

Linscott Motor Co., chains 11 . 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., gas, oil and soda 21 . 88 

Finney & Hoit, equipment . . .' 22.20 

American Woolen Co., light 32.93 

Fitzgerald Garage, gas, oil .and alcohol .... 11 . 45 

Acton Motor Sales Co., gas and oil 5.42 

C. H. Mead & Co., gas, oil and soda 42.56 

J. Gallant, patrol duty 2 . 50 

W. G. Lawrence, patrol duty 2.50 

W. & S. "Water Supply District, water . . . 18.00 

Frank Hoit, gas and equipment 11.21 

Henry K. Barnes, soda 4.48 

Goodrich Garage, gas 3 ,92 

B. A. King, labor on siren 15 . 60 

Wm. G. Lawrence, janitor 127.75 

Combination Ladder Co., equip, and repairs 65.18 

H. M'cKenzie, janitor 75 .00 

Geo. S. Braman, janitor 14.00 

E. & F. King Co., soda 10.80 

J. S. Moore, supplies 4. 10 

South Acton Woolen Co., acid 5.40 

C. A. Durkee, wood 13.50 

C. D. Cram, express . 38 

Boston Coupling Co., couplings 4.00 

A. W. Davis, gas 1 . 40 

Maynard and Acton Oil Co., gas 1 . 61 

HYDRANT RENTAL 
Appropriation 

Paid : 

Town of Concord $184.00 

W. and S. Water Supply district of Acton 2,725.00 

Unexpended balance 



$1,175.94 
$3,000.00 



$2,909.00 
91.00 



$3,000.00 



$219.50 



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POEEST MRES 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 19.50 

Paid: 

Allan B. Frost, payroll $121.75 

Spencer Taylor, payroll 19 . 00 

Frank W. Hoit, payroll 62.25 

Albert R. Beach, payroll 3 . 50 

J. J. Manning, payroll 9 . 75 

Arthur McOrossin 3 . 25 

$219.50 
REPAIRS— SOUTH FIRE HOUSE 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid: 

Hayward & Clayton $400.00 

J. S. Moore, paint 8 . 25 

Gould & Cutler, paint and brushes 70 . 20 

$478.45 

Unexpended balance 21 . 55 



$500.00 



NEW CENTRE FIRE HOUSE 

Appropriation $2,500 . 00 

Paid: 

H. 0. Sawyer, labor iand material $1,065.52 

Forbes L. McKenzie, labor and material. . . 1,000.00 

A. F. Davis, painting 2 . 00 

E. Z. Stanley, gutters 33.50 

Gould & Cutter, paint 8.26 

E. Z. Stanley, gutters 23.50 

N. H. Tenney, heat 281.83 

B. A. King, wiring and fixtures 35.00 

Board of Water Commissioners 30.07 

■ $2,478.50 

Unexpended balance 21 . 50 



MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $1,088 . 65 

Sale of Lead 254.00 

Private work 13 . 50 

State road work 28.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 125.85 



$2,500.00 



$1,510.00 



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Due from James O'Neil, lead $22.27 

Paid: 

James O'Neil, payrolls $833.20 

James 'Neil, truck and expenses 376 . 15 

Robert S. Osterhout, printing 6.00 

General Chemical Co., lead and freight . . 276.27 

Murphy & iSnyder, printing 6 . 25 

Commonwealth of Mass., repairs of sprayers 12 . 13 



$1,510.00 



BOARD OF HEALTH 



Appropriation $1,000 . 00 

Paid: 

W. A. Flint, dump $16 . 66 

C. A. Durkee, agent 108.06 

C. A. Durkee, labor at dump 82 . 75 

C. B. Dolge Co., equipment 9 .50 

Howard A. Wilson, services 5 . 00 

Westfield State Sanitorium 114.00 

W. A. Flint, land 200.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, survey and deeds 9 . 00 

R. F. Durkee, salary 10.00 

F. E. Tasker, M. D., salary 25.00 

George H. Tuttle, M. D., salary 10.00 

Hugh McGovern, labor at dump 4. 50 

$786.87 

Unexpended balance 213 . 13 



$1,000.00 



TOWN NURSE 

Receipts : 
Appropriation $2,500 . 00 

Paid: 

Mildred Walthers, salary $600 . 90 

Huntley S. Turner, material 14. 00 

Erpenbeck & Segesman, equipment 14.38 

C. E. Searles, supplies 3.75 

J. T. McNiff, transportation 5.00 

Library Bureau, cards 3. 23 

Strong & Tracy, bags .50 

Mildred Walthers, express 3. 32 

West Acton Woman ^s Club, rent 6 .00 

Mead & Wheeler Co., equipment 6.57 



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Standard Maintenance Co., typewriter .... 70.00 

Allen Chair Co., office furniture 69.75 

Jordan Marsh, equipment 15 . 50 

R. H.White Co., equipment 144. 76 

E. P. Mahady Co., equipment 49 .57 

$1,007.23 

Unexpended balance 1,492 . 77 



$2,500.00 



TREE WARDEN 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $400 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 80.15 

$480.15 
Paid: 
James 'Neil, labor $480 . 15 

STATE HIGHWAYS 

Appropriation $11,400.00 

Transferred from Town roads 141. 89 

$11,541.89 

Payroll No. 1 $160.80 

Payroll No. 2 186.60 

Payroll No. 3 592.70 

Payroll No. 4 471 . 10 

Payroll No. 5 414. 65 

Payroll No. 6 504.34 

Payroll No. 7 522.80 

Payroll No. 8 603.50 

Payroll No. 9 682.54 

Payroll No. 10 547.26 

Payroll No. 11 356.10 

Payroll No. 12 527.40 

Payroll No. 13 536.70 

Payroll No. 14 581.78 

Payroll No. 15 649.45 

Payroll No. 16 123.50 

Payroll No. 18 52.00 

Payroll No. 19 227.00 

Payroll No. 20 532.65 

Payroll No. 21 28.60 

Payroll No. 22 140.40 



45 

Payroll No. 23 353.55 

Payroll No. 24 282.36 

Payroll No. 25 240.88 



April 2. American Oil Products Co., oil $187. "50 

American Oil Products Co., oil 225.00 

Standard Oil Co. of New York 529.11 

Standard Oil Co. of New York 1,156.82 

James Cole, gravel 124 . 80 



$9,318.66 



$2,223.23 

$11 541 89 
TOWN HIOHWAYS 

Appropriation $2,875 .00 

Transferred to State Highways 141 . 89 



Paid: 

H. B. Morse, payrolls 1 $308.93 

2 108.10 

3 253.00 

4 16.00 

5 14.50 



Conant Machine Co., loader $162.94 

E. P. Gates, labor and equipment 118 . 50 

Dyar Sales & Machine Co., tools 33.68 

Central Motor Serv., labor on loader engine 22.50 

Good Roads Mach. Co., equipment ...... 15.10 

F. W. Barry Beale Co., time books 1.60 

Conant Machine Co., equipment 102.67 

W. A. Hayes Co., concrete mixer 450.00 

E. S. Forbes, labor 5.0O 

Geo. H. Reed, equipment and material .... 30.95 

J. S. Moore, equipment 4. 70 

John Pederon, gas, oil and dynamite '69 . 55 

E. A. Mayel, M. D., services 3.00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., gas and supplies 23.41 

J. P. Brown, labor 34.66 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., material . . . 58.08 

Frank E. Tasker, M. D., services 16.00 

R. Rasmussen, labor 12 . 50 

A. H. Mead Co., equipment 92. 11 

John T. McNiff, labor 36.75 

Fitzgerald's Garage, repairs 3.90 



5,733.11 



$700.53 



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Emerson Hospital, X-ray 5 .00 

H. B. Morse, cotton waste' 4.35 

Wilbur Fisher, glazing 2.00 

Mrs. Joseph McCrossin, gravel 190 . 50 

American Oil Products Co., oil 82 . 65 

Paul Gould, gravel 48.10 

Mass. Broken Stone Co., stone 60.02 

Wm. H. Kingsley, labor 238 .40 

A. W. Davis, express 2 . 50 

Burbee Steele, rent of loader 20 . 00 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gas and oil .... 7 . 55 

Mirs. Anna W. Dodge, gravel 19 . 05 

Albert R. Jenks, labor and gravel 36 . 15 

W. B. Holt, labor 1.52 

W. A. Haynes, material 11 . 65 

C. R-. Clements, M. D., services 3.00 



$2,030.04 

$2,730.57 
Unexpended balance 2. 54 

$2,733.11 
CENTRAL STREET 

Appropriation, Town $2,000 . 00 

Appropriation, State 2,000 . 00 

Appropriation, County 2,000 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 185 .01 

$6,185.01 
Paid: 

Payroll No. 1 $414.75 

Payroll No. 2 752.38 

Payroll No. 3 620.70 

Payroll No. 4 919.80 

Payroll No. 5 : 1,023.80 

Payroll No. 6 1,222.15 

$4 953.58 

Berger Mfg. Co., culvert $196 . 86 

Thomas F. Parker, supplies 1 . 50 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gas and oil 51 . 82 

A. R. Jenks, gravel 133.20 

Robert Reed, gravel 241 .20 

Standard Oil Co. of N. Y., road oil 178.00 

II. E. Fletcher Co., stone 150.00 

George H. Reed, material 75 .50 

Town of Groton, rent of loader 156 . 00 



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Whitney Coal & Grain Co., coal 9.26 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., material 29.09 

C. C. CuUinam, trucking 9.00 



$1,231.43 

$6,185.01 
SPECIAL REPAIRS 

Appropriation, Town $10,000 . 00 

Willow St., State 2,100.00 

Willow St., County 2,100. 00 

Liberty St., County 1,000.00 

$15,200.00 
Expended on: 

School Street $1,937.65 

Arlington Street 1,414.06 

Pearl Street 451.90 

Pope Road 620.90 

Woodbury Lane 834.53 

Liberty Street 3,128.53 

Willow Street 6,512.89 

$14,900.46 
SCHOOL STREET 

Appropriation $2,000. 00 

H. B. Morse, Payroll No. 16 $293.05 

No. 17 564.05 

No. 18 493.55 

No. 19 224.00 

No. 21 52.80 

$1,627.45 

Mrs. Joseph McCrossin, gravel $122.10 

So. Acton Woolen Co., coal 10. 45 

American Oil Products Co., oil 82.65 

American Oil Products Co., oil 95.00 



$310.20 

$1,937.65 
ARLINGTON STREET 

Appropriation $1,500.00 

Payroll No. 1 $112.70 

Payroll No. 2 174.02 

Payroll No. 3 368.05 

Payroll No. 4 412.70 

$1,067.47 



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Berger Mffi. Co., culvert $43 . 35 

C. C. Cullinane, trucking 3 . 00 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gas and oil ... . 8 . 50 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gas and oil ... . 3.20 

American Oil Products Co., oil 60.00 

Geo. H. Reed, coal 63 . 21 

Robert Reed, gravel 48 . 75 

Conant Machine Co., loader 63. 58 

John T. McNife, labor 6.10 

John Wathers, gravel 46 . 90 



PEARL STREET 

Appropriation 

Payroll No. 2 

American Oil Products Co., oil $35 .00 

Robert Reed, gravel 18 . 30 

Town of Groton, loader 12 . 00 



POPE ROAD 

Allotment 

Payroll No. 16 $186.90 

Payroll No. 17 46.40 

Payroll No. 19 50.60 

Payroll No. 1 135.75 

42.75 

Whitney Coal & Grain Co., coal $7.50 

Mrs. Joseph iMicCrossin, gravel 60.75 

American Oil Products Co., oil 90 .25 



WOODBURY LANE 

Allotment 

Payroll No. 1 $21.00 

Payroll No. 2 163.08 

Payroll No. 3 214.97 

Payroll No. 4 14.00 

Payroll No. 5 9.00 



$346.59 
$1,414.06 

$400.00 

$386.60 



$65.30 

$451.90 

$1,000.00 



$462.40 



$158.50 

$620.90 

$1,000.00 



$422.05 



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0. H. Geers, labor $4. 82 

Berger Mfg. Co., culverts . . . j 407 . 66 



LIBERTY STREET 

Appropriation, Town $2,000 . 00 

Appropriation, County 1,000 . 00 



Paid: 

Payroll No. 1 $177.50 

Payroll No. 2 108.96 

Payroll No. 3 619.21 

Payroll No. 4 626.61 

Payroll No. 5 756.93 

Payroll No. 6 205.55 

Payroll No. 7 126.95 

Payroll No. 8 32.60 

Payroll No. 9 29 .50 



Joseph Lemoine, material and labor $5 . 62 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., cement .... 3 . 40 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., gas and oil ... . 20 . 63 

Mrs. Joseph McCrossin, gravel 127.50 

Berger Mfg. Co., culvert 61 . 20 

Whitney Coal & Grain Co., coal 9.72 

Robert Reed, gravel 31.05 

H. B. Morse, paving stone 42.00 

Conant Machine Co., rent of loader 143. 60 



WILLOW STREET 

Appropriation, Town $2,100.00 

Appropriation, State 2,100 .00 

Appropriation, County 2,100 . 00 



Paid: 

Payroll No. 1 $32.40 

Payroll No. 2 641.55 

Payroll No. 3 1,087.30 

Payroll No. 3A 738.70 

Payroll No. 4 642.70 



$412.48 
$834.53 



$3,000.00 



$2,683.81 



$444.72 
3,128.53 



$6,300.00 



50 

Payroll No. 5 989.10 

Payroll No. 6 471.00 

Payroll No. 7 453.16 

Payroll No. 8 324.24 

Payroll No. 9 92.08 

Payroll No. 10 88.15 

Payroll No. 11 93.25 



C. C. Cullinane, trucking $11.00 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., oil and gas .... 31.16 

Berger Mfg. Co., culvert 112.20 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 20.75 

Robert Reed, gravel 230.70 

Standard Oil Co. of N. Y., oil 151 . 30 

Whitney Coal & Grain Co., coal 49 . 74 

Conant Machine Co., rent and repairs 147.66 

Town of Groton, rent of loader 24.00 

0. H. Geeres, labor 55 . 75 

H. B. Morse, paving stone 24. 50 



$5,653.63 



$858.76 

$6,512.89 
CUTTING BRUSH (Highways) 

Appropriation $500. 00 

Paid: 

James O'Neil $313.20 

Timothy Moynihan 22.00 

A. H. Perkins 8.00 

Arnold Leavitt 3 . 00 

Hazelton Perkins 2.50 

H. B. Morse 148.00 

$496.70 
Unexpended balance 3 . 30 

$500.00 
STREET LIGHTING 
Receipts: 

Appropriation $4,930 . 00 

Paid: 

American Woolen Co $4,853 . 36 

Unexpended balance ................... 76 . 64 

$4,930.00 



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SNOW REMOVAL (Highways) 

Appropriation 

Paid: 

N. E. Road Machine Co., plow $275.00 

Thomas Murray, labor 2 . 50 

A. W. Davis 477.95 

Holland System, parts 4. 73 

F. L. Torteson 21.00 

Eastern Tractor Co., equipment 125.00 

John Pederson, labor 118 . 00 

H. B. Morse, labor 2.70 

A. R. Jenks, labor 50.00 

A. Christoff erson, labor 75 . 00 

Greenough Const. Co., labor 12 .00 

D. F. Penny, labor . 8.00 

Unexpended balance 

SNOW REMOVAL (Sidewalks) 

Appropriation 

Paid: 

R. Jones $24.00 

J. E. Coombs 20.00 

F. W. Green 8.00 

J. T. McNiff 8.30 

Unexpended balance 

STREET SIGNS 

Appropriation $500. 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 6 . 00 

Paid: 

W. J. Costello, painting signs $6 . 00 

Niles Machine Co., signs 500.00 

FENCING 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 44 . 75 



$1,200.00 



$1,171.88 
28.12 

$1,200.00 
$200.00 



$60.30 
139.70 



$200.00 



$506.00 



$506.00 



$1,044.75 



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Paid: 

H. B. Morse, Payroll No. 1 $32.40 

No. 2 191.90 

No. 3 83.65 

No. 4 60.50 

So. Acton Goal & Lumber Co., lumber .... 341.25 

C. A. Durkee, posts 35 .00 

J. A. McPherson, brush and material 2 . 85 

C. H. Morse Co., paint 21 .00 

M. E. Taylor Co., material 79.59 

J. S. Moore, paint 39.95 

O. D. Wood, labor 57.00 

Hall Bros. Co., planing and lumber 25.17 

Blancbard & Fletcher, posts 33 . 00 

H. B. M'orse, trucking 13.64 

E. P. Gates, labor and material 27.85 

$1,044.75 

STATE AID 
Keceipts : 

Amount due from State Treasurer $288 . 00 

Paid $288.00 

SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES 

Education : 

Appropriations $48,000. 00 

Paid: 

Report of School Committee $44,732.76 

Unexpended balance 3,267 .24 

$48,000.00 

New High School : 

Appropriation $100,000.00 

Paid: 

Heirs of Wm. F. Kelley, land $3,100.00 

John A. Bickford Co., architect 4,409.84 

Howard Wilson, legal services 206 . 20 

Duncan Construction Co., contract 61,879.62 

John F. Caheen, heat and ventilation 10,800.00 

Merchants National Bank, bonds 242 . 95 

Underwood Typewriter Co 140.00 

Remington Typewriter Co 350 . 00 

Allen Chair Co., desks and chairs 408 . 00 

Office Appliance Co., equipment 222.50 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, insurance 350.00 

Morris Ireland Safe Co., safe 280.00 

$82,389.11 

Unexpended balance 17,610. 89 

$100,000.00 



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MILITARY AID 

Receipts : 

Appropriation $100 . 00 

Paid $72.00 

Unexpended balance 28 . 00 



$100.00 
MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Cnrrent Expenses : 

Appropriation $700. 00 

Paid : 

American Woolen Co., light $50 . 75 

Arthur P. Davis, services 349 . 73 

0. E. Houghton, transporting books 50.00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber & coal 95 .05 

0. D. Wood, labor 19.30 

Allen Chair Co., chairs 11 .40 

E. P. Gates, material 1 . 25 

E. F. Conant, insurance 65 . 23 

George H. Phelps, roofing 8 . 84 

Robert S. Osterhout, printing 20.00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies '. 8.20 

Dura Binding Co., binding 10. 80 

$690.55' 

Unexpended balance 9 . 45 

$700.00 

Painting Interior : 

Appropriation $600 . 00- 

Paid : 

Allen A. Kennedy & Son $311 .23 

Mary A. Wood, labor 29 . 50 

S. Hammond Taylor, labor 29 . 00 

A. F. Davis, labor 36.75 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 9.89 



$416.37 
Unexpended balance 183 . 63 

$600.00^ 
Purchase of Books: 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Interest on Library Fund 390. 34 

$590.34 



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Paid: 

Masonic Service Association $5 . 24 

De Wolfe & Fiske Co 305.27 

Houghton Mifflin Oo 3.75 

Union Library Association 6 . 11 

C. T. Baxter 1.25 

H. R. Hunting Co 4. 30 

Bretano 's, Inc 1 . 18 

Freidman 's 5.75 

Seibel Press 1 . 40 

Atlantic Monthly 1 . 21 

Arthur W. Gilbert 1.80 

Standard Book Co 10.40 

Dura Binding" Co 9 . 45 

Desmond Publishing Co. . , 94.83 

Xicxington Savings Bank 1 . 00 

'The Reagie Co 32.21 

Piedmont Publishing Co 2 . 00 

Herman Groldberger 49 . 70 

A. C. Flagg 2.00 

W. A. Wilde Co 13.64 

'Oxford Book Co .80 

Town of Walpole 2.15 

Joseph C. Rice 1.00 

Loomis Publishing Oo 2 .75 

University Press 16 .75 

.Little Brown Oo 14.40 



MEMORIAL DAY 
Appropriation 

Paid : 
Lowell H. Oram, chairman 

MEMORIAL MONUMENTS 

Spanish War : 
Appropriation 

Paid : 

Henry L. Morton, tablets $75.00 

H. B. Morse, labor and stone 291.20 

Theron A. Lowden, labor and material .... 226 . 48 

Unexpended balance 



$590.34 

$300.00 
$300.00 

$600.00 



$592.68 
7.32 



$600.00 



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DEMONSTRATION WOEK IN AGRICULTURE 

Appropriation $300 .00 

Paid: 
Middlesex County Extension Service $300.00 

EMPLOYERS LIABILITY (Insurance) 

Appropriation $300.00 

Prom reserve fund 12 . 52 



$312.52 
Paid: 

Arthur M. Whitcomb $312.52, 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriation $500. 00 

Paid: 

W. B. Holt, labor on fountain $27.75 

Ernest Mayell, M. D., services 4.00 

Gately Motor Co., fenders 10.00 

A. B. Frost, chicken thief reward ........ lOO.OO 

E. H. Longley, sidewalks ,. . . 82.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, census 19 . 50 

Henry L. Haynes, census 19 . 60 

Burton B. Bursaw, census 31 . 00 

0. L. Clark, M. D 3.00 

James B. Tuttle, auctioneer — fire houses ... 15 . 00 

Arthur M. "Whitcomb, insur. on fire trucks 28.83 

Spencer Tague, garage rent, center fire trk. 90.00 

A. F. Davis, signs 8 . 75 

Wilbur Fisher, posts 32.00 

Howard A. Wilson, services — Hart bus line 25.00 

$496. 43^ 

Unexpended balance 3 . 57 

$500. 00> 



56 

CEMETERIES 

Mt. Hope and Woodl^wn 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Paid : 

Fred W. Green, payrolls $720 . 80 

E. Z. Stanley, labor and material 5.48 

Wm. B. Holt, labor 9 . 21 

A. Batley & Son, flowers 33 . 50 

Pinney & Hoit, fla^s 13.00 

J. W. Livermore, labor 8 . 75 

A. H. Perkins, labor 20.00 

E. S. Williams, markers 36 . 00 

W. & S. Water Supply, district water 23 . 37 

New England Nurseries, maple trees 45.00 

Horace P. Tuttle, services 37 . 00 

$952.11 

XTnexpended balance 47 . 89 



$1,000.00 



PERPETUAL CARE 

Received interest on cemetery fund $997.95 

Received transferred from surplus 34.00 



Paid : 

Fred W. Green, labor $997.95 

M. D. Jones Co., settees 34.00 



$1,031.95 



$1,031.95 

LOANS AND INTEREST 
Appropriation $16,300.00 

Paid : 

North Middlesex Savings Bank: 

Interest on road notes, 15, 36-38 . 282 . 81 

Interest on fire apparatus notes 55-58 .... 315 . 00 

Road notes 15 and 36 5,000 .00 

Fire apparatus note 55 . . . 2,000.00 

Kidder Peabody Co. : 
Interest on bridge notes 21 and 22 80 . 48 

Assabet Inst, for Savings: 
Interest on road notes 26, 27, 59-62, 70-73 . 448.07 
Road notes 26, 59 and 70 5,680.00 

Merchants National Bank : 
Discounting $50,000.00 ant. of rev. loan 848 . 12 



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First Nat. Bank of Ayer: 
Interest on $20,000.00 ant. of rev. loan 425.00 

Maynard Trust Co. : 

Interest on bridge notes 21 and 22 80.43 

Bridge note 21 1,375.00 

Middlesex County: 

Interest on taxes 30. 13' 

$16,565.04 

Overlays : 

Surplus Jan. 1, 1925 « $2,678.30 

Eeceived 1925 2,453.45 

$5,131.75; 

Transferred to Abatements: 

Wilbur Doten, 1924 poll $2.11 

Clias. A. Durkee, 1922 taxes 5.00 

1923 taxes 205.48 

1924 taxes 159.88 

1925 taxes 663.00 

— — $1,035.47 

Surplus, Jan. 1, 1926 4,096.28 

$5,131.75 

MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS 

Receipts : 

Total notes outstanding Jan. 1, 1925 $57,930.00 

First National Bank of Ayer ant. of rev. 

loan 30,000.00 

Merchants National Bank, High School 

Bonds 74,000.00 

Merchants National Bank, anticipation of 

rev. loan 50,000.00 

First National Bank of Ayer, three road 

notes 1,200.00 

$213,130.00 
Paid: 

No. Middlesex Savings Bank $7,000.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 5,680.00 

Miaynard Trust Co 1,375.00 

First National Bank of Ayer 20,000.00 

Merchants National Bank 50,000 . 00 

$84,055.00 
Total notes outstanding Jan. 1, 1925 ..... $129,075 .00 

$213,130.00 



58 

TOWN FOEEST 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid: 
Commomvealth of Mass., 11000 pine trees . $82.50 

Albert R. Jenks, freight paid 5 . 15 

Charles A. Durkee, land 200.00 

$287.65 
Unexpended balance 12 . 35 



$300.00 
HIGH SCHOOL 

Appropriation $100,000.00 

Paid: 

Heirs of Wm. F. Kelley, land $3,100 . 00 

John H. Bickf ord Co., architect 4,409 . 84 

Howard Wilson, council 206 . 20 

Duncan Construction Co., builders 61,879 . 62 

John F. Caheen, heat and ventilation 10,800 . 00 

Merchants National Bank, fees 242 . 95 

Underwood Typewriter Co., typewriters . . 140 . 00 

Remington Typewriter Co 350. 00 

Allen Chair Co., furniture 408.00 

Offi.ce Appliance Co., equipment 222.50 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, insurance 350.00 

Morris Ireland Safe Co., safe 280.00 

$82,389.11 

Unexpended balance 17,610 . 89 



$100,000.00 
RESERVE FUND 

Appropriation c $1,200.00 

Transferred to : 

Buildings and Grounds 14. 59 

Poor Dept 219.34 

Police Dept 71.76 

Fire Dept 175 . 94 

Tree Warden Dept 80.15 

Moth Dept 125.85 

Forest Fires 19.50 

Tree Warden 80.15 

Central Street 185.01 

Employers Liability Ins. 12 . 52 

Street signs 6 . 00 

Fencing 44. 75 

$1,035.56 



59 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT, DEC. 31, 1925 

Assets 

Due from collector, uncollected taxes .... $54,683.23 

Due from treasurer, balance 26,763.60 

Due from county treasurer, dog tax 435 . 03 

Due from state treasurer, state aid 288 . 00 

Due from state treasurer, state highways . 400.00 

$82,569.86" 
Liabilities 

Notes outstanding $129,075. Oa 

Balance against the Town $46,505.14 

I have examined the accounts of the tax collector and treas- 
urer of the town of Acton and find them correct to the best of my 
knowledge. 

Respectfully submitted, 
EVEHETT N. MONTAaUE, Town Accountant 



FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Due from tax collector Jan. 1, 1925 $32,859.47 

Received : 

State tax 5,160.00 

State Highway tax 1,573.20 

County tax 3,930.30 

Town Grant 102,209.65 

December assessment 94. 00 

Overlay 2,453.45 

Moth Tax 13.50 

$148,293.57- 

Treasurer's cash on hand, Jan. 1, 1925 $11,465.49 

Treasurer's receipts other than taxes 216,773.50 

Interest on taxes 1,619 . 43 

$229,858.42^ 

$378,151.99 



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Paid: 

State Tax $5,160.00 

State Highway Tax 1,573.20 

Corporation tax 65 . 46 

Nat. Bank tax 2.19 

County tax 3,930 . 30 

General Oovernment . 3,678 . 35 

Buildings and Grounds 814 . 59 

Town Hall 2,390.63 

Public Records (care of) 622 . 36 

Poor Department 1,677.28 

Police Department 871 . 76 

Enforcement of Liquor Law 44 . 50 

Fire Department 1,175 . 94 

New Hose 285.00 

Hydrant Eental 2,909.00 

Forest Fires 219 .50 

Repairs to South House 478 . 45 

New Center Fire House 2,478 . 50 

Moth Department 1,510 . 00 

Care of shade trees 480 . 15 

Board of Health 786.87 

Town Nurse 1,007 . 23 

Highways, State 11,541.89 

Highways, Town 2,730. 57 

Highways, Central Street 6,185 . 01 

Special repairs 14,900 . 46 

Street Lights 4,853.36 

Cutting Brush 496 .70 

Snow Removal, Roads 1,171.88 

Snow Removal, Sidewalks 60 . 30 

Street signs 506.00 

Fencing 1,044.75 

State Aid 288.00 

Militarv Aid 72.00 

Education 44,732.76 

Library, Expenses 690 . 55 

Library, painting interior 416.37 

Librarv, Books 590.34 

High School 82,389 .11 

Memorial Day 300.00 

Memorial Monuments 592 . 68 

Demonstration work in Agriculture 300 . 00 

Employers Liability Insurance 312 . 52 

Unclassified 496.43 

Cemeteries 952.11 



61 

Perpetual care 1,031 . 95 

Refunds 1,035 .47 

Interest 2,510.04 

Municipal indebtedness 84,055 .00 

Town Forest 287 .65 

Total payments $296,705.16 

Due from collector Jan. 1, 1926 54,683.23 

Due from treasurer Jan. 1, 1926 26,763.60 



$378,151.99 



REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



To the Citizens of the ToAvn of Acton : 

We were called upon to care for a widow and children for 
a neighboring town for threp months. We have received re- 
imbursements for this expense. We are now caring for a 
deserted mother and daughter and expect to obtain re-imburse- 
ment from another nearby town or from the state. 

We had two hospital cases, both of which were expensive 
and one of our regular charges has had to have hospital treat- 
ment during the year. We have had two deaths. 

After careful investigation, we assumed the care of three 
additional cases during the year. 

We close the year caring for three people, all of whom are 
elderly and in need of frequent medical attendance, and for two 
people who do not have a settlement with us. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT R. JENKS, 
HARRY B. MORSE, 
MURRAY BROWN. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 



Year Ending Dec. 31, 1925 

Cash on hand $11,465.49 

Eec'd from State Treasurer: 

Income Mass. School Fund $6,696.03 

Aid of Vocational Schools 380.22 

Corporation Tax, Business 227.76 

Dep't of Public Works, Highways .. 275.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Highways .. 1,900.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Highways .. 2,000.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Highways .. 2,100.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Highways .. 1,700.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Highways . . 28.00 

Income Tax, 1922 22.50 

Income Tax, 1923 112.50 

Income Tax, 1924 180.00 

Income Tax, 1925 7,898 . 16 

Corporation Tax, P. iS 425 .28 

Corporation Tax, B 3,760.74 

Reimbursement for loss of taxes 378 . 40 

School Sup't fund . 94.38 

School Sup't fund 804.14 

National Bank tax 187 . 63 

Burial of indigent Soldiers 60 . 00 

State Aid 246.00 

Soldiers' exemption 115 . 83 

Tax Loan, Merchants Nat. Bank 50,000.00 

Jas. O'Neil, Lead sold 254.00 

Sealer of Weights & Measures 47.52 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, balance of road 

loan 1,200.00 

Town of Concord, Lake Nagog taxes . 25.12 

Poor Dep 't. Concord 163 . 56 

Director of Standards, 3 licenses .... 24.00 

Cemetery Lots sold, H. F. Tuttle 95.00 

Cemetery Lots sold, F. W. Green .... 30 . 00 

Old fire ladders, sold 16.45 

Old tub and hose, sold 11 . 00 

Old tub and hose, sold 11 . 50 

North Acton fire house, sold 53 . 00 

Center fire house, sold 58.00 

Old ladder truck, sold 7 . 50 



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County Treasurer, dog tax 4?4.54 

Central Street allowance 2,000.00 

Willow Street allowance 2,100.00 

Liberty Street allowance 1,000 . 00 

Geo. T. Weaver, slaughter license 100.00 

Town Nurse, collections 27 . 50 

3 Alcohol permits 3 .00 

Library Fines 54 . 00 

Town Hall rents 187.50 

12 Victualers' licenses 12.00 

14 gas stand licenses 14. 00 

Central Middlesex Court, fines 215.00 

House of Correction, fines 15.00 

Rebate on Insurance policies 308.25 

Tax Loan, First National Bank, Ayer 30,000 .00 

Tuition of Cunningham children 102 . 00 

Received on acct. brush fires 122.00 

First National Bank, Ayer, interest 304 . 30 

Cemetery Fund, Perpetual Care 997.95 

Cemetery Fund, Surplus acct 34.00 

Library Fund, Book acct 390.34 



$120,020.60 



High School Fund : 

Bonds $74,000.00 

Premium on Bonds 540.78 

Liberty Bonds, Farm Acct 16,000.00 

Premium on Bonds 121 . 88 

Interest on Bonds 504.29 

Farm Mtg., paid up 1,550.00 

Interest on Mtg. 31 . 00 

Farm surplus 513 . 06 

Interest on surplus 23 . 33 

Hapgood Fund 3,000. 00 

Interest on Hapgood Fund 135 . 00 

Interest Merchants Nat. Bank 333.56 



$96,752.90 



Received of Chas. A. Durkee, Collector : 

1922 Taxes $437.89 

1923 Taxes 6,119.29 

1924 Taxes 19,996.22 

1925 Taxes 67,643 .01 

1922 Abatements 5.00 



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Treasurer's Report of Frnids Held for Care of Cemetery Lots 



Perpetual care fund $26,450.00 

Unexpended balance 2,886 .47 

Received for care of lots : 

C. C. Babcock 100.00 

Mar3^ E. Smith 75.00 

Silas Davis 75.00 

Joel H. Conant 150.00 

Conant & Danf orth 100 .00 

Sanford and Susan E. Wheeler 300.00 

Georgie E. Whitney fund 1,500 . 00 

Harriet H. Gardner 75.00 

Hattie V. Lunt 100.00 

Income from Water Bonds 234.00 

Liberty Bonds : 308 . 88 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank . 143 . 12 

North End Savings Bank . 27.68 

Worcester North Savings Bank 100 . 00 

Worcester Five Cent Savings 67.50 

Home Savings Bank ... 45.00 

North Middlesex Savings Bank 45.50 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 91.01 

Central Savings, Lowell 45.00 

Marlboro Savings Bank 45 .00 

Maynard Trust Co 68.06 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 125.37 

Warren Inst, for Savings 8 . 38 

$33,165.97 
Transfer to Surplus fund 94 . 00 

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Paid Town of Acton, care of lots $997 . 95 

Water Bonds 5,700.00 

Liberty Bonds 7,300.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank 3,861.42 

North End Savings Bank 636.52 

Worcester North Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Worcester Five Cent Savings Bank . . 1,500 . 00 

Home Savings Bank 1,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Savings Bank 2,475.00 

Central Savings, Lowell 1,000.00 

Marlboro Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co 1,500.00 

Warren Inst, for Savings 98 . 53 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 3,002.55 

$33,071.97 

Principal Ftinds $29,025 . 00 

Unexpended balance 3,149 . 02 

Surplus Acct 260. 31 

Surplus added 1925 94.00 



$354.31 



Paid M. D. Jones Co., settees $51.00 

Balance, Assabet Inst, for Savings 303 . 31 



$354.31 



Treasurer's Report of Wm. Chaplin Fund 



Balance $245 . 53 

Interest 5 . 40 



Paid N. E. Nurseries, trees $91 . 25 

Fred W. Green, labor 8 .75 

M. D. Jones, settees 25.49 

Balance, Assabet Inst, for Savings 125 . 44 



$250.93 



$250.93 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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Elizabeth White Fund £or Year Endirig Dec. 31, 1925 



Principal Fund $25,000.00 

Balance of income 1,329 . 39 

Keeeived interest: 

Worcester North Savings 50 . 00 

Waltham Savings 90.00 

Marlboro Savings 90.00 

Athol Savings 100.40 

Amherst Savings 90 . 00 

Lawrence Savings 100.00 

East Cambridge Savings 90.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 90.00 

Lowell Instit. for Savings 90.00 

Andover Savings 100.00 

Charlestown Five Cent 100.00 

No. Middlesex Savings 90.00 

Worcester Five Cent 90.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savinors 45 .20 



$27,544.99 



Paid out on Trustees' orders $1,000.00 

Cash in : 

Worcester North Savings 1,000.00 

Waltham Savings 2,000 . 00 

Marlboro Savings 2,000.00 

Athol Savings 2,000.00 

Amherst Savings 2,000.00 

Lawrence Savings 2,000 . 00 

East Cambridge Savings 2,000.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 2,000.00 

Lowell Inst, for Savings 2,000.00 

Andover Savings 2,000.00 

> Charlestown Five Cent Savings 2,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings 2,000.00 

Worcester Five Cent Savings 2,000.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 1,544. 99 



$27,544.99 
Unexpended balance $1,544.99 

FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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Treasurer's Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund 



Principal of Wilde Fund $5,000.00 

Susan, Augusta and Luther Conant Fund 1,000.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood Fund 200.00 

Luke Tuttle Fund 200.00 

Unexpended balance 91 . 33 

Received from : 

W. A. "Wilde Est., '^Bequest'' 4,000.00 

Interest on Bond, Conant Fund 40 . 00 

Interest Middlesex Savings 45 . 50 

Interest, Lowell City Inst, for Savings 25.00 
Interest Charlestown Five Cent Sav- 
ings 75.63 

Interest North End Savings Bank ... 45 . 50 

Interest Home Savings Bank 45 . 50 

Interest Warren Inst, for Savings ... 56 . 75 

Interest Maynard Trust Co 22.66 

$10,847.87 

Paid Town of Acton, Book Accounts . $390.34 

Cash in: 

Warren Inst, for Savings 2,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 3,000.00 

Lowell City Inst, for Savings 1,000.00 

North End Savings 1,000 . 00 

Home Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 1,000 . 00 

Maynard Trust Co 400.00 

West Shore R. R. Bond, Conant Fund . 1,000 . 00 

Maynard Trust Co., Balance 57.53 



$10,847.87 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Firemen's Relief Fund 



Balance on hand $363.88 

Received interest 16 . 54 

$380.42 

Paid B. S. Holt $4.50 

Cash, Middlesex Inst, for Savings 375 . 92 



$380.42 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



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Town Farm Fund 



Balance on hand Jan. 1, 1925 $19,075.50 

Profit on Liberty Bonds 2,154.49 

$21,229.99 

Transfer to High School Acct., Liberty 

Bonds (cost $14,012.44) $16,166.93 

Farm Mtg. (taken up) 1,550.00 

Bapgood Fund 3,000.00 

Farm Fund surplus 513 . 06 

$21,229.99 
FRANK^W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



Outstanding Notes and Bonds 



North Middlesex Savings Bank : 
Lowell Road Note No. 37, due Aug., 1926 
Lowell Road Note No. 38, due Aug., 1927 
Fire Dept. Note No. 56, due May, 1926 . , 
Fire Dept. Note No. 57, due May, 1927 . 
Fire Dept. Note No. 58, due May, 1928 . , 



Assabet Institute for Savings : 
Lowell Road Note No. 60, due June, 
Lowell Road Note No. 61, due June, 
Lowell Road Note No. 62, due June, 
Special Road Note No. 71, due June, 
Special Road Note No. 72, due June, 
Special Road Note No. 73, due June, 

Maynard Trust Co. : 
Bridge Note No. 22, due Sept., 1926 



1926 
1927 
1928 
1926 
1927 
1928 



$2,500.00 
1,250.00 
2,000.00 
2,000.00 
2,000.00 



2,500.00 
2,500.00 
2,500.00 
1,750.00 
1,750.00 
1,750.00 

1,375.00 



First National Bank, Ayer: 

Special Road Note No. 82, due Oct., 1926 . 400.00 

Special Road Note No. 83, due Oct., 1927 . 400.00 

Special Road Note No. 84, due Oct., 1928 . 400.00 
Anticipation of Revenue Note No. 85, due 

June, 1926 30,000.00 



$55,075.00 



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High School Bonds, 4% : 
Due in: 

1926, July 1 $6,000.00 

1927, July 1 6,000.00 

1928, July 1 6,000.00 

1929, July 1 6,000.00 

1930, July 1 5,000.00 

1931, July 1 4,000.00 

1932, July 1 4,000.00 

1933, July 1 4,000.00 

1934, July 1 4,000.00 

1935, July 1 4,000.00 

1936, July 1 4,000.00 

1937, July 1 4,000.00 

1938, July 1 4,000.00 

1939, July 1 4,000.00 

1940, July 1 4,000.00 

1941, July 1 1,000.00 

1942, July 1 1,000.00 

1943, July 1 1,000.00 

1944, July 1 1,000.00 

1945, July 1 1,000.00 



$74,000.00 
FRANK W. HOIT, Treasurer. 



TRUSTEES' REPORT OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



The trustees haye signed orders to the treasurer for $1,000.00 
(one thousand dollars), for the year ending December 31, 1925. 
This has been distributed from time to time as in the best judg- 
ment of your trustees after inyestigation and found to be worthy 
needy poor. 

Your trustees would recommend that the churches and 
organization of the town cooperate with the trustees, as it would 
be a great help in placing the fund in the most needy places. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 



For the Year Ending^ December 31, 1925 

INVESTMENTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,282.21 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank .... 1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000.00 



EECEIPTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $57 . 27 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank .... 50.00 

City Institution for Savings 50 . 00 



PAYMENTS 

Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evangelical 

church in Acton $125 .00 

Fred W. Green, care of Goodnow lot, Wood- 
lawn Cemetery 9 . 00 

Unused income, for care of cemetery lot, de- 
deposited with Warren Institution for 
Savings ....7 .. 23.27 



$3,282.21 



$157.27 



$157.27 



CHARLOTTE CONANT, 
CHARLES E. SMITH, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT, 1925 

Buildings, exclusive of land $1,567,095.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 610,790.00 

Personal estate 667,030.00 

$2,844,915.00 
Valuation April 1, 1924 2,674,475.00 

Increase in valuation $170,440 . 00 

Rate of taxation, $40.00. 

Tax assessed as follows : 

Real estate ^ $87,115.40 

Personal estate 26,681.20 

Polls 1,530.00 

$115,326.60 

Moth tax 13.50 

Amount of money raised : 

State tax $5,160.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

County tax 3,930.30 

Town grant 102,209 . 65 

Overlay 2,453.45 

$115,326.60 
December assessment : 

Buildings, exclusive of land $950 . 00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 150.00 

Personal estate 750.00 

$1,850.00 
Tax assessed as follows : 

Real estate $44.00 

Personal estate 30.00 

Polls 20.00 



$94.00 



WARREN H. JONES, 
ARTHUR W. EMERSON, 
HENRY L. HAYNES. 



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EEPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1925 

Burial permits issued in Acton 35 

Burial permits of non-residents 20 

Burial permits of residents who died else- 
where 8 

List of contagious diseases reported by the board of health 
Jan. 1st, 1925 to Dec. 1, 1925 : 

Chicken-pox 7 

Lobar Pneumonia 1 

Measles 10 

Typhoid Fever 3 

Whooping" Cough 4 

Total 25 

Deaths — (one) 

Your board would recommend that $1,000.00 be appropriated 
for use of the board for the present year. 

BOARD OF HEALTH, 

By C. A. Durkee, Agent. 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUaHTERING 



To the Honorable Board of Health, 

Gentlemen. — I herewith rubmit my report as Inspector of 
Slaughtering from January 1, 1925, to January 1, 1926. 

Cattle 117 Condemned 8 

Veal 248 Condemned 27 

Hogs 37 Condemned 

Sheep 1 Condemned 

403 35 

JAMES KINSLEY, Inspector. 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT 

December 31st, 1925. 
To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit m^^ report of the fire depart- 
ment for year ending December 31st, 1925 : 

Chimney fires 12 

Buildings 8 

The loss by fire the past year has been quite small, about 
three thousand dollars on contents of buildings; no total loss of 
buildings. 

Chimney fires are causing considerable damage and expense. 
The citizens should look after their chimne3's more carefully, 
having them cleaned out often if using wood continualh\ 

Bituminous coal is being used so extensively, precaution 
should be taken to keep chimneys open, common salt thoroughly 
dried, sprinkled onto a good hot fire will help to cut out this 
collection ; about one pound for house heater at a time. 

The apparatus is in good condition. We have about 2,000 
feet of hose, mosth^ in good condition. The companies are co- 
operating together splendidly. They should have all the assist 
ance and encouragement possible from the citizens, as the pay 
received does not re-imburse them for losses sustained in time 
and clothing damaged. 

Chapter 343, Acts of 1924, require every city and town to 
have the same standard fire hose couplings on or before January 
1st, 1927, therefore we will have to have threads on our couplings 
re-cut, at a small cost. 

There should be some arrangement made to have all 
h^^drants cleared of snow^ after a storm. 

I Avould recommend the sum of one thousand dollars b*' 
appropriated for the regular maintenance, and three hundred 
fifty dollars for the purchase of new hose and re-threading old 
couplings and gates. 

Respectfully, 

C. D. CRAM, 

Chief Engineer. 



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REPORT OF TOWN FORESTER 



Eleven thousand three-year old white pine transplants were 
purchased from the State forester last spring at cost, and distri- 
buted free to citizens interested in setting them out and ticking- 
proper care of them. If this can be continued for several years, 
we will greatly increase our pine acreage and enhance our valua- 
tion. Several citizens have requested spruce seedlings, in order 
that they may start Christmas tree plantations. These can be 
worked in as fillers among the pine trees to advantage. I would' 
suggest, therefore, that this year a small portion of the seedlings 
be spruce. 

The Keyes and Conant tracts, comprising twenty-two acres^ 
have been purchased from C. A. Durkee and set aside for town 
forest work. This land is fairly well covered Avith pine seedlings 
and has a minimum of fire risk, as it is not near a highway or 
railroad. 

Some study has been made in cooperation with A. B. Conant 
and the State forester's office in regard to the possibilities of 
town forest work in Acton. A very desirable tract of land has 
been found covered Avith growths in different stages which would 
m_ake one of the best demonstration town forests in Eastern 
Massachusetts. 

The purchase of this tract would require several thousand: 
dollars in addition to the one thousand dollars offered by Mr. 
Conant. The tract should be self-supporting from the start and 
within a few years can be made into a proposition Avhich would 
yield the toAvn an annual income. 

I hope that some present or former citizen or citizens will 
join with Mr. Conant and help us put this proposed town forest 
through. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT R. JENKS, 

Town Forester. 



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REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen : I herewith submit my report for the year end- 
ing December 31, 1925 : 

I have re-built and oiled Piper road from School street to the 
residence of L. T. FuUonton, graveled Chadwick street and about 
500 feet on River street, below Merriam's factory; graveled 
shoulder of Main street from Maynard line to the corner of High 
:street ; also graveled patches in other sections. 

The bridge over B. & M. R. R. at South Acton will have to 
l3e re-planked this year and I would recommend that $2,000.00 be 
appropriated for that purpose. 

Central Street — I built 2900 feet of gravel road and oiled 
same. Also put in five metal pipe culverts and one of stone. 
These alone cost approximately $2,000.00. 

I have replaced a lot of the old fencing and painted same. 

There should be more fencing put up this year and what we 
have should be painted. I recommend that we appropriate 
$500.00 to be used for this purpose. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARRY B. MORSE, 

Superintendent of Streets. 



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SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ROAD WORK 



At the annual town meeting held March 9, 1925, a special 
committee was appointed to work with the selectmen on special 
road work: $10,000.00 were raised and appropriated for this 
purpose. 

After looking over the roads in each precinct, the following: 
roads were decided on : 

Precinct 1— Pope road, $1,000.00 ; feet built 500 ; cost $620.90. 
Precinct 1.— Woodbury street, $1,000.00; feet built 436, drain 

pipe; cost $834.53. 
Precinct 2— Liberty street, $2,000.00; feet built 2,350; cost 

$3,028.53. 
Precinct 2— School street, $2,000.00 ; feet built 1,750 ; cost 

$1,937.65. 
Precinct 3— Arlington street, $1,500.00; feet built 1,350; cost 

$1,414.06. 
Precinct 3— Pearl street, $400.00 ; feet built 300 ; cost $451.90. 
Precinct 3— Willow street, $2,100 ; feet built 2,000 ; cost $6512.39. 
We received from state and county, $4,200.00 for Willow 
street. 

The county allowed us $1,000.00 on Liberty street. 
With the exception of Woodbury and Liberty streets, each 
road was oiled. 

Respectfully submitted, 



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HARRY B. MORSE, 
ALBERT R. JENKS, 
MURRAY BROWN, 
FREDERICK L. BURKE, 
ALDEN C. FLAGG, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB. 



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REPORT OF POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for year eiidiutr 

December 31, 1925 : 

Assault and battery 3 

Bastardy 1 

Breaking" and entering and larceny 1 

Drunkenness 6 

Larceny 2 

Manslaughter 1 

Motor vehicles, violations ; operating under 

influence of liquor 3 

Failing to stop on signal of police officer . 1 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARRY B. MORSE, 

Chief of Police. 



A REPORT OF THE WORK DONE BY THE MIDDLESEX 

COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE IN THE TOWN OF 

ACTON FOR THE YEAR 1925 



An appropriatioji of $300.00 was made at the annual meeting 
in support of the Middlesex County Extension Service in Agri- 
culture and Home Economics. The following is a report of the 
work done by this organization in Acton for the year 1925 : 

In agriculture the main projects for the year have dealt with 
poultry, fruit and forestr3^ Two culling demonstrations were 
held in the town of Actor and three meetings of the Poultry asso- 
ciation were attended by Extension agents. A pruning meeting 
was held. An illustrated talk on orchard pests was given and a 
large percentage of the fruit growers profitted by receiving the 
spray service postal cards, which were sent out from time to 
time. Much assistance was given to the organization of the 
'' Poultry Protective" and Roadside Stand associations, which 
originated in Acton. Forty-five separate farm visits were made 
on agricultural matters. 

In Home Economics, groups of women attended three courses 
in millinery, three in clothing, one in furniture renovation and 
iwo in food selection. Tw^c canning demonstrations were held. 



89 

The Home Demonstration agents cooperated with the Better 
Homes committee and took an active part in the program. 

In the 4-H club activities, 117 boys and girls were enrolled 
in clothing, lunch box, poultry, garden, canning, handicraft, call 
and pig clubs. Accomplishments were shown at the spring 
achievement program and at the Acton Fair. Helen Tucker, 
Marion Stoney and Spencer Taylor were awarded the two-day 
trip to the Massachusetts Agricultural college. The United 
States Department of Agriculture selected Acton as one of eight 
towns in the United States in which to make a study of 4-H club 
work. 

Motion pictures were shown seven times, to a total audience 
of 1,130. 

An educational exhibit showing some solutions for the pro- 
blems of the farmer and homemaker was put on at the fair. 
Many people stopped, both to see the exhibit and talk with the 
county agents concerning their problems. Judges were furnished 
for the fair, judging agricultural as well as Home Economics, 
exhibits. 

In addition, several county-wide meetings, such as the- 
county picnic at Concord, the annual Extension Service meetings 
at Waltham, meetings for fruit growers and poultrymen and 
leaders' training meetings for homemakers have been held during 
the year and were attended by many of the Acton people. 

Respectfully submitted, 

F. H. HOLDEN, 

Acton Director. 



INSPECTOR'S REPORT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, 

of the Town of Acton : 

I herewith submit my report as inspector of animals for the 

year 1925 : 

Milch cows 550 

Young cattle 60 

Bulls 18 

Goats 7 

Swine 155 

Fowl 4,944 

FRED S. AVHITCOMB, 

Inspector.. 



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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OP THE ACTON 

MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1925 

TRUSTEES 



Corporate Members 

E. Faulkner Conant Frank E. Knowlton 

Caroline L. Brown Eugene L. Hall 

Artlinr F. Davis Ralph W. Piper 

Chosen by the Town 

Horace F. Tuttle term expires 1928 

Lucius A. Hesselton term expires 1927 

J. Sidney "White term expires 1926 

Regular meetings of the trustees are held on the third 
Wednesdays of February, May, August and November. 

At the last annual town meeting a special appropriation of 
$600 was granted for painting and decorating the interior of the 
library building. 

The trustees expended for cleaning and painting the rooms 
$416.37. 

In the will of William A. Wilde of Maiden, who died in 1902. 
he bequeathed to the Acton Memorial Library $4,000, to be paid 
after the death of Mrs. William A. Wilde, the sum to be held as 
a trust fund, the income from said fund to be expended each year 
in the purchase of books, magazines and papers for the use and 
benefit of the Acton Memorial Library. Last June, W. Eugene 
Wilde and Allan H. Wilde, trustees of the estate of William A. 
Wilde, paid over to the trustees of the library the above men- 
tioned sum. It was deposited in savings banks as a trust fund by 
the to^vn treasurer. 

The current expenses for the year have been about $700 and 
the amount expended for books and magazines about $600. 

The trustees recommend and respectfully ask for the same 
appropriations as last year, viz. : 

For current expenses $700 . 00 

For purchase of books 200 . 00 

Your attention is called to the reports of the town accountant 
and treasurer for the items of receipts and expenditures, and to 
the report of the librarian, submitted herewith. 

HORACE P. TUTTLE, 

For the Trustees. 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 

Accessions : No. of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1925, 15842. 

Increase by purchase, 316 of which 14 were obtained by bind- 
ing magazines. Increase by gift, 91. Total increase 407. 

No. of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1926, 16,249. 

Circulation : Number of days the Library was opened, 100. 
Number of volumes circulated, 9350 ; daily average circulation 
93 plus ; largest daily circulation 150 March 18 ; smallest daily 
circulation 43 June 17. 

Received from Library Fines and magazines 

sold $56.14 

Expended for Postage, etc. . 2.14 

Paid to Town Treasurer $54.00 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
U. S. Grovernment, 3 ; State of Massachusetts, 11 ; Acorn Press, 
1; W. Stuart Allen, 17; American Legion, 1; D. Appleton & Co., 
1 ; Thomas W. Baker, 2 ; B. N. Bogue, 1 ; George Braman, 1 ; A. B. 
Conant 1 ; J. Edwin Pobes, 12 ; Marion Fobes, 2 ; Mrs. Frank Par- 
sons, 2 ; J. H. Penniman, 1 ; Mildred Polep, 24 ; Benjamin Pope, 7 ; 
Prof. George L. Eaymond, 3 ; Committee Shri Shiraji, India, 1 ; 
Total, 91. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, Librarian. 



NON-FICTION 



Anon— The M^anuscript of St. Helena 925A100nT 
Anon — Seven Ages 17A100s 
Adams, J. T. — Revolutionary New England 973.3A214r 
Allen, G. H. and others — The Great War, 5 vols. 940A425g 
Andrews, C. M. — The Colonial Background to the Ameri- 
can Revolution 973.2A565c 
Appleton Co.— Portrait of a Publisher 922A649a 
Arnold, W. H. —Ventures in Book Collecting 02A761v 
Baldwin, C. C— The Men who Make Our Novels 81B181m 
Beebe, W. — Jungle Days 59B414J 
Bogue, B. N. — Stammering, Its Cause and Cure 61B675s 
Bonta, E.— The Small House Primer 72B722s 
Boswell, A. B.— Poland and the Poles 914.7B747p 
Bradford, G.— Damaged Souls 921B799d 
Burroughs, J.— My Boyhood 922B972b 
Bryce, E. M. — ^Memories of Travel 910B915m 



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Carpenter, F. G. — The Alps, the Danube and the Near 

East 914C295a 

Carpenter, F. G. — ^Alaska, Our Northern Wonderland 917.3C295a 
Carpenter, F. G. — ^Australia, New Zealand and some of 

the Islands of the South Seas 919.3C295a 

Carpenter, F. G. — Cairo to Kisumu, Egypt^ the Sudan, 

Kenya Colony 916.2C295c 

Carpenter, F. G. — ^^Canada and Newfoundland 917.1C295e 

Carpenter, F. G. — ^France to Scandinavia 914C295f 

Carpenter, F. G.— The Holy Land and Syria 915.6C295h 

Carpenter, F. G. — ^Java and the East Indies 919.1C295J 

Carpenter, F. G.— Mexico 917.2C295m 

Carpenter, F. G. — ^The Tail of the Hemisphere, Chile and 

Argentina 918C295t 

Carpenter, F. G. — From Tangier to Tripoli, Morocco, 

Algeria, Tunisia, Tripoli and the Sahara 916.1C295f 
Carpenter, F. G. — Ugunda to the Cape 916C295e 

Cobb, E.— Elijah Cobb, a Cape Cod Skipper 922C653c 

Condenhove, H. — ^IVIy African Neighbors 916.7C854m 

Crothers, S. M.— The Cheerful Giver 81C951e 

Davis, W. S.— Life on a Mediaeval Baronv 940D2651 

DeLue, W.— The Story of Walpole 974.5D366s 

Dennis, C. H.— Eugene Field's Creative Years 922F4532d 

Doran, J.— Annals of the English Stage, 3 vols. 923D693a 

Draper J. — History of Spencer 974.5D765h 

Eaton, W. P. — ^Green Trails and Upland Pastures 81E14g 

Forbush, E. H. — Birds of Massachusetts and Other New 

England States 59F696b 

Ford, AV. C. (Ed)— A Cycle of Adams' Letters, 2 vols. 921F711c 
Gilbert, A. W. (Ed.)— The Food Supplv of New England 63G464f 
Goldwyn, S.— Behind the Screen 921G624b 

Gordon, G. A.— My Education and Religion 922G663g 

Grenfell, W. T.— Adrift on an Ice-pan 917.1G826a 

Grimball, E. B.— ^Costuming a Play 79G861c 

Hamblin, S. F. — Man's Spiritual Contact with the land- 
scape 81H199m 
Hambridge J. — ^Dynamic Symmetry, the Greek Vase 72H199d 
Hardy, T.— Life and Art 82H2721 
Hubbard, E. — Little Journeys to the Homes of Great 

Americans 921H9751 

Hubbard, E. — Little Journeys to the Homes of Great 

Artists 920H9751b 

Hubbard, E. — Little Journeys to the Homes of Great 

Business Men 920H9751c 

Hubbard, E. — Little Journeys to the Homes of Great 

Geniuses 920H9751d 

Hubbard, E. — Little Journeys to the Homes of Great 

Lovers 920H9751e 



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Hubbard, E. — Little Journeys to the Homes of Great 

Reformers 920H9751f 

Hubbard, E. — ^Little Journeys to the Homes of Great 

Scientists 920H9751g 

Hubbard, E.— Little Journeys to the Homes of Great 

Teachers 920H9751a 

James, W.— The Drifting Cowboy 917.3J29d 

Johnson, 0. (Reporter) — ^Hudson Maxim 922M464J 

Johnson, C. (Reporter) — John Burroughs 922B972J 

Johnson, G. L. — Photography in Colors 77J67p 

Kent, C. F.— The Fundamentals of Christianity 23K37f 

Kerlin, R. T.— Negro Poets and Their Poems 81K39n 

Klein, H.— ^The Reign of Patti 927P321k 

Lawrence, W. — Henry Cabot Lodge 922L8221a 
Lodge, H. C. — The Senate and the League of Nations 940L822s 

Longfellow, E.— Random Memories 922L85351 

Loomis, M. T.— Radio Theory and Operating 62L863r 

Loring, C. G. — ^House Beautiful Building Annual 69L872h 

Low, W. H.— A Painter's Progress 922L9121 

Lutz, H. L.— Public Finance 33L975p 

McKinney, A. H.— A Top Notch Teacher 26M158t 

Madan, F.— Books in M^anuscript 02M178V 

Marquand, J. P.— Lord Timothy Dexter 922D527m 

Mayo, K.— The Isles of Fear 919.1M473i 
Miles, N. A. — Personal Recollections of Gen. Nelson A. 

Miles 922M643mi 

Millikan, R. A.— The Electron 53M654e 

Morris, I. N. — From an American Legation 940M876f 

Murdock, H.— The 19th of April, 1775 973.3M974n 

Nordman, C. — Einstein and the Universe 52N828e 

Palen, L. S.— The White Devil of the Black Sea 947P156w 

Powers, S. L.— Portraits of a Half Century 922P888p 
Preble, G. H. — History and Origin of the American Flag, 

2 vols. 929P922h 

Pupin, M. — ^From Immigrant to Inventor 922P984p 

Pyle, H.— Book of the American Spirit 973P996b 

Raymond, G. L. — ^An Art Philosopher's Cabinet 70R269ar 

Raymond, G. L. — Ethics and Natural Law 17R269e 

Raymond, G. L.— A Poet's Cabinet 81R269p 

Rice, J. C. — Rice's Parliamentary Rules 32R496r 

Rothschild, A.— ''Honest Abe" 922L736ro 

Rosenfeld, P.— Musical Chronicle 78R813m 

Russell, C. T.— Studies in the Scriptures 22R961s 

Saylor, H. H.— Tinkering with Tools 68S275t 

Scroggs, W. 0. — A Century of Banking Progress 973S435c 
Shannon, M. A. S. — Boston Days of William Morris 

Hunt 922H943S 

Slosson, E. E. — ^Keeping up with Science e50S634k 



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Smith, T. 0. — James Abram Garfield, 2 vols. 
Southwart, E. — Bronte Moors and Villages 
Stall, S. — What a Young Boy Ought to Know 
Stokes, H. — Girtin and Bonnington 
Strachey, L. — Landmarks in French Literature 
Takakhav, N. S. — ^The Life of Shiraji Maharaj 
Thomas, L. — With Lawrence in Arabia 
Tunis, T. — Forestry for Profit 
Van E/cnsseler, Mrs. J. K. — The Social Ladder 
Walker, J. — Rhyming Dictionary 
Wallander, A. W. — Physical Training Manual 
Washburn, E. — Historical Sketches of the Town 
Leicester, Mass. 



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FICTION 
Aldrich, B. S.— Mother Mason 
Ames, J. B. — ^Curly Graham, Cow Puncher 
Ames, J. B. — London from Laramie 
Arden, C. — ^Enticement 
Arlen, M. — These Charming People 
Bacheller, I. — ^Father Abraham 
B aimer, E. — ^Keeban 
Barrington, E. — Glorious Apollo 
Bennett, A. — Eiceyman Steps 
Benson, E. F. — ^^The Fascinating Mrs. Halton 
Bethea, J. — Bed Rock 
Bower, B. M. — Meadowlark Basin 
Buck, C. N. — Alias Red Ryan 
Burnham, C. L. — The Lavarons 
Burroughs, E. R. — The Land that Time Forgot 
Camp, W. — ^^The Abandoned Room 
Cather, W. — The Professor's House 
Chambers, R. W. — ^The Danger Mark 
Christie, M.— The Gilded Rose 
Cohen, 0. R. — Jim Hanrey 
Comfort, W. L. — ^Somewhere South in Sonora 
Corelli, M. — ^The Treasure of Heaven 
Curwood, J. 0. — ^^The Ancient Highway 
Davis, W. S. — ^Belshazzar 
Dell, E. M.— The Unknown Quantity 
Dorrington, A. — The Radium Terrors 
Doyle, A. C. — ^^The Return of Sherlock Holmes 
Doyle, A. C. — Tales of Sherlock Holmes 
Dwyer, J. F.— The White Waterfall 
Ellis, B.— The Girl Who Won 
Erskine, L. Y. — Valor of the Range 
Ertz, S. — Madame Clair 
Farnol, J. — Sir John Dering 



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Fletcher, .J S. — ^The Time Worn Town 

Fletcher, J. S. — ^The Wolves and the Lamb 

Gibbs, A. H. — Soundings 

Gregory, J. — The Maid of the Mountain 

Grey, Z.— The Thundering Herd 

Hamlin, J. H. — ^Beloved Acres 

Hanshew, T. P. — ^^Oleek of Scotland Yard 

Hanshew, T. P. — ^^Cleek, the Master Detective 

Heming, A. — ^The Living Forest 

Henry, 0. — Strictly Business 

Henshaw, N. — ^^The Painted Woods 

Hervey, H. — Caravans by Night 

Hext, H.— The Thing at Their Heels 

Hutchinson, A. S. M. — One Increasing Purpose 

Johnston, M. — ^Audrey 

Johnston, (ML — Croat an 

LeBlanc, M. — ^Arsene Lupin 

LeBlanc, M, — ^Confessions of Arsene Lupin 

LeBlanc, M. — The Crystal Stopper 

LeBlanc, M.— The Eight Strokes of the Clock 

LeBlanc, M. — ^^The Golden Triangle 

LeBlanc, M.— The Hollow Needle 

LeBlanc, M.— The Secret of Serak 

LeBlanc, M.— The Three Eyes 

LeBlanc, M. — ^The Woman of Mystery 

Le Queux, W. — Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo 

Leroux, G. — Wolves of the Sea 

Lincoln, J. C. — Queer Judson 

Lincoln, N. S. — The Unseen Ear 

Locke, W. J. — ^The Great Pandolfo 

Lowndes, B. — ^^The End of Her Honeymoon 

MiUin, S. G.— God's Stepchildren 

Montgomery, L. M. — ^Emily Climbs 

Moore, F. F. — ^The DeviPs Admiral 

New, C. H.— The Unseen Hand 

Niven, F. — Treasure Trail 

Noland, 8. C. — Sam Blick's Diary 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Gabriel Samara, Peacemaker 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The Inevitable Millionaire 

Packard, F. L. — Running Special 

Parrish, A. — ^The Perennial Bachelor 

Pedler, Mi.— Red Ashes 

Pedler, M. — ^The Vision of Desire 

Pedler, M. — ^Waves of Destiny 

Pelley, D. W.— Drag 

Porter, G. S. — ^The Keeper of the Bees 

Pryce, R. — Romance and Jane Weston 

Quick, H. — The Invisible Woman 



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Rees, A. J. — Island of Destiny 

Rhodes, E. M.— West is West 

Rinehart, M. R. — ^The Red Lamp 

Rinehart, M. R. — Temperamental People 

Roberts, C. — Scissors 

Sabatini, R. — The Snare 

Scott, H. S. M.— With Edged Tools 

Sedgwick, A. D.— The Little French Girl 

Sinclair, B. W. — The Inverted Pyramid 

Stackpoole, H. de V. — Golden Ballast 

Stine, W. M. — ^Amos Mekin's Ghost 

Stoker, B. — Dracula 

Stowe, H. B. — Pink and White Tyranny 

Sutherland, J. — ^^The Enchanted Country 

Tarkington, B. — The Fascinating Stranger 

Tarkington, B. — The Guest of Quesnay 

Walpole, H.— The Old Ladies 

Ward, H. — Marriage a la Mode 

Warner, A. — A Woman's Will 

Wharton, E.— The Fruit of the Tree 

Wharton, E. — The Mother's Recompense 

White, S. E.— The Glory Hole 

White, S. E.— The Killer 

Williams, V.— The Man with the Club Foot 

Willoughby, B. — Rocking Moon 

Wilson, M. — ^^The Kenworthys 

Woodbury, H.— The Misty Flats 

Wright, H. B.— A Son of His Father 

Young, F. B. — Woodsmoke 



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JUVENILE 

Abbott, J.— Aprilly JA1322a 

Abbott, J. — Laughing Last JA13221 

Abbott, J.— Red Robin JA1322r 

Addington, S. — Round the Year in Pudding Lane JA224r 

Allen Q.— The Outdoor Chums JA428o 

Altsheler, J. A.— The Great Sioux Trail JA469gr 

Altsheler, J. A.— The Masters of the Peaks JA469m 

Anthony, L. R. — ^Anne Thornton Junior Guide JA628a 

Appleton, V. — ^Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship JA552ta 

Appleton, Y. — Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice JA652te 

Appleton, v.— Tom Swift and His Motorcycle JA652tb 

Barboni, R. H.— Centre Rush Rowland JB239ce 

Barboni, R. H.— Left Guard Gilbert JB2391e 

Barboni, R. H.— Right Guard Grant JB239ri 

Bassett, S. W.— Carl and the Cotton Gin JB319c 

Blanchard, A. E.— The House that Jack Built JB639ho 

Brady, L. E.— Loyal Mary Garland JB81251 



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Brown E. A.— At the Butterfly House JB8774a 

Brown, E. A. — Rainbow Island JB8774ra 

Brown, E. A.— Robin Hollow jti8774r 

C'haffee, A. — ^^Cliinook, the Cinnamon Cub JC433c 

Charskaya, L. A. — Little Princess Nina JC4851 

Cheley, F. H.— The Boys Book of Campfire Stories JC5161b 
Cheyney, E. G. — Scott Burton and the Timber Thieves JC531sd 

Cheney, E. G-. — Scott Burton in the Blue Ridge C531sc 

Clark, J. E. (Ed.)— Chatterbox for 1925 JC598ca 

Collins, A. F.— The Boy Chemist JC712b 

Colver, A. R.— Babs JC727bb 

Colver, A. R.— Babs at College JC727bc 

Colver, A. R.— Babs at Home JC727b 

Colver, A. R.— Babs at Birchwood JC727ba 

Curtis, A. T.— A Little Maid of Mohawk Valley JC4781i 
DriscoU, J. R. — ^The Brighton Boys with the Submarine 

Fleet JD779b 

Earl, J. P.— Captain of the School Team JE12c 

Earl, J. P.^On the School Team JE12o 

Earl, J. P. — ^The School Team on the Diamond JE12s 

Eliot, E. C— Fireweed JE42f 

Eliot, E. C— The Vanishing Comrade JE42v 

Freehoff, W. A.— The Young Farmer at College JF853yo 

Freehoff, W. A.— The Young Farmer at Work JF853y 
Caris, H. R.— Two Wild Cherries in the Country ^ ^ JG232t 
Garis, H. R. — Uncle Wiggily and Dotty and Willie 

Flufftail JG232un 

Garis, H. R.— Uncle Wiggily 's Fortune JG232up 

Garis, H. R.— Uncle Wiggily 's Travels JG232uo 

Garis, H. R. — Jollie and Jillie Longtail JG232J 

Garis, L. C. — Nancy Brandon, Enthusiast JG2322n 

Gilchrist, B. B.— Trails End JG467t 

Graydon, W. M.— With Puritan and Pequot JG778w 

Gray, V. G. — Margery Morris JG783mt 

Gray, V. G. — Margery Morris Mascot JG783mc 

Gray, V. G. — Margery Morris and plain Jane JG783ma 

Gray, V. G. — ^Margery Morris in the pine woods JG783m 

Greene, A. B.— Greylight JG7995g 

Gregor, E. R.— White Otter JG818wh 

Gregor, E. R.— The White Wolf JG818w 

Grinnell, G. B.-^ack the Young Explorer JG8682jd 

Grinnell, G. B.— Jack the Young Trapper JG8682je 

Hawkes, C. — Silversheene King of Dogs JH392s 

Hawthorne, H.— Makeshift Farm JH389m 
Haxton, J. — Following the Trails at Camp Algonquin JH411f 

Heyliger, W. — Don Strong American JH617dp 

Higgins, A. C— The Little Princess of the Patio JH6361i 
Hooker, F. C— Cricket, a Little Girl of the Old West JH783c 



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Hooker, F. C— The Little House on the Desert HJ7831 

Holland, B. E.— Dan's Best Enemy JH736d 

Hope, L. L. — ^Bunny Brown and Sister Sue JH791bl 
Hope, L. L. — ^Bunny Brown and Sister Sue and their 

trick dog JHTQlbm 
Hope, L. L. — ^Bunny Brown and Sister Sue at a Sugar 

Camp JH791bk 

Hope, L. L. — ^^Six little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's JH791sn 

Hope, L. L.-— :Six little Bunkers at Miller Ned's JH791sm 

Hornibrook, I. — ^Ann of Sea Crest High JH816a 

Kelland, C. B. — ^^Catty Atkins band master JK291cb 

Larget, A. — ^Famous Children of Storybook Land JL322f 

Lofting, H.— Doctor Doolittle's Zoo JL829d 
•M'clntyre, J. T. — The Young Oontinentals at Monmouth JM141yp 

McNeil, E.— Tonty of the Iron Hand JM1698t 

Madison, L. F.— A Daughter of the Union JM182d 

Madison, L. F.— A Maid of Salem Towne JM182m 

Madison, L. F. — Fe^gy Owen JM182pe 

Mathiews, F. K.— The Boy Scouts Own Book JM431bo 

Payson, H.— The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam JP374b 

Perkins, L. F.— The American Twins of 1812 JP449a 

Perkins, L. F.— The French Twins JP449f 

Perkins, L. F.— The Puritan Twins JP449p 

Pierrot, C. F.— Yea Sheriton JP622y 

Quirk, L. W.— Freshman Doen Pitcher JQ7f 

Quirk, L. W. — Freshman Dorn Pitcher JQ7{ 

Ealphson, Gr. H. — ^Boy Scouts in a Submarine JR163bo 

Robinson, M. L. — All by Ourselves JR663a 

Ryttenberg, L.— The A. B. C. Family JR997a 

Sabin, E. L. — Lost with Lieutenant Pike JS1161 

Sabin, E. L. — ^Opening the "West JS116op 

Scott, E.— Third Base Thatcher JS425t 

Seaman, A. H. — The Mystery at Number Six JS438my 

Seaman, A. H. — The Sapphire Signet JS438sa 

Seaman, A. H. — ^The Dragons Secret JS438d 

Seaman, A. H.— The Slipper Point Mystery JS438sl 

Seaman, A. H. — ^^Three Sides of Paradise Green JS438t 

Seaman, A. H.— Tranquillity House JS438tr 

Seaman, A. H. — Sally Simms Adventures It JS438s 

Seaman, A. H. — ^Melissa Across the Fence JS438m 

Seaman, A. H.— The Edge of Ravenpool JS438e 

Sheppard, W. €.— The Rambler Club Ball Nine JS549r 

Silvers, E. R.— Barry the Undaunted JS587b 

Singmaster, E. — ^A Boy at Gettysburg JS617b 
Stefansson, V. and Irwin V. — ^Kak the Copper Eskimo JS816k 

Stevenson, B. E.— The Young Apprentice JS847yp 

Stockwell, G.— The Mysterious little Girl JS8665m 

Stokes, R. E.— Andy at Yale JS874a 



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Theiss, L. E.— The Flume in the Mountains JT376f 

Thompson, W. E.— Aunt Chloe and Her Birds JT478a 
Thorndyke, H. L. — ^Honey Bunch, her first days in camp JT496hq 

Thomdyke, H. L. — Honey Bunch, her first little garden JT496hr 

Tomlinson, E. T.— The Camp Fire of Mad Anthony JT659cb 

Tomlinson, E. T.— Pioneer Scouts of the Ohio JT659pi 

Tomlinson, E. T. — Scouting with Mad Anthony JT659se 

Tucker, O. F.— The Boy AVhale Man JT892h 

Wheeler, F. E.— The Book of Cowboys JW562bs 

Wheeler, F. R.— The Boy with the U. S. Naturalists JW562bd 

Wheeler, F. R.— The Boy with the U. S. Trappers JW562bc 

Wheeler, F. R.— The Polar Hunters JW562p 

White, E. 0.— Tony JW583t 

BOUND MAGAZINES 
American Magazine of Art — Jan.-June, 1924 
American Magazine of Art — Jan.-June, 1925 
American Magazine of Art — ^July-Dec, 1925 
Little Folks— Jan.-June, 1925 
Little Folks— June-Dec, 1925 
National Geographic — July-Dec, 1924 
National Geographic — Jan.-June, 1925 
Popular Mechanics — July-Dec, 1924 
Popular Mechanics — ^Jan.-June, 1925 
Review of Reviews — July-Dec, 1924 
Review of Reviews — Jan.-June, 1925 
St. Nicholas— May-Oct., 1924 
St. Nicholas— Nov., 1924; April, 1925 
Scribners — July-Dec, 1924 



REFERENCE 

Acts and Resolves of Mass., 1925 

Encampment of the G. A. R., 1925 

Encampment of the U. S. W. V., 1923 

Journal of the House of Representatives of Mass., 1925 

Journal of the Senate of Mass., 1925 

Manual for the General Court Mass., 1925-6 

Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, vol. 1 

Rockport Vital Records to 1850 

Salem Vital Records to 1850, vols. 5 and 6 

Proceedings American Legion, 1924 

Railways of the United States, Interstate 

Commerce Commission Report, 1922 and 1923 

Report Smithsonian Institution, 1925 

Select Notes on Sunday School Lessons, 1926 



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REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE 

CELEBRATION OF PATRIOTS' DAY, APRIL 

19th, 1925 



The action of tliis Committee has been taken in pursuance of 
a vote of the Town at its last annual meeting wherein Miss Char- 
lotte Conant, Mr. Murray Brown, iM'r. George A. Richardson, Mr, 
Allen Brooks Parker, and Mr. Theron Lowden were chosen a 
special initial committee to make such arrangements for the ob- 
servance of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary^ of the 
Concord Fight as they might deem proper. Said Committee was 
given power to add to their number and to solicit, collect and dis- 
burse money for this purpose. 

The Committee met promptly and organized by choosing 
Allen Brooks Parker, Chairman; Theron LoAvden, Secretary; and 
George A. Richardson, Treasurer. By vote the following were 
added to the Committee: Mr. Augustine B. Conant of A. B. 
Conant Company, Boston, a son of Acton; Hon. John F. Fitz- 
gerald, former Mayor of the City of Boston, a former resident 
and frequent visitor to the town ; Mr. George V. Mead of A. & O. 
W. Mead & Co., Boston, a son of Acton ; Mrs. Eugene L. Hall ; Mr. 
Charles F. Edney ; Mrs. A. B. Pope ; Mr. A. N. Hederstedt ; Mrs. 
Walter Tuttle ; Mr. James B. Tuttle ; Mr. George S. Todd; Mr. 
Arthur F. Davis; Mr. E. Z. Stanley and Mr. Oliver D. Wood. 

The Committee decided that the celebration should include, 
First — Public Exercises in the Town; Second — Participation in 
the celebration at Concord in acceptance of an invitation from 
that Town ; Third — ^^The decoration of Public and Private Build- 
ings within the Town. To this end the following were chosen 
Chairmen of Sub-Committees : Allen Brooks Parker, Program and 
^Speakers ; George A. Richardson, Finance ; Theron Lowden, 
Music; E. Z. Stanley, Decorations; A. N. Hederstedt, Minute 
[Men ; Arthur F. Davis, Float for the Concord Parade ; Herman G. 
Knight, Children's Programs; Murray Brown to act in conjunc- 
tion with the Police. Mr. Augustine B. Conant and Hon. John F. 
Fitzgerald gave special and valuable assistance to the sub-Com- 
mittee on Speakers. 

Invitations were sent to the following persons to be present 
;and take part in the Public Exercises in the To^vn : Calvin Cool- 



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idge, President of the United States ; Cliarles G. Dawes, the Vice- 
President ; John M. "Weeks, the Secretary of War ; United States 
Senators Frederick H. Gillet and William M. Butler; Congress- 
men George Holden Tinkham; Alvin T. Fuller, Governor of the 
Commonwealth; John F. Fitzgerald, former Mayor of Boston; 
Reverend Frederick Brooks Noyes, an honored son of Acton ; the 
Chairmen and members of the Celebration Committees of Con- 
cord and Lexington; the Selectmen of all the adjoining Towns 
and other persons of less prominence. 

The Davis Monument, the Town Hall and some other Public 
Buildings were decorated with flags and bunting at the expense 
of the Committee. Very many of the stores and private dwellings 
in all parts of the Town were likewise decorated at private ex- 
pense. To every person whether a resident of the Town or not 
the streets gave a very gorgeous and brilliant appearance. In 
this matter the Committee was very grateful to the townspeople 
for their patriotic motives. 

Public Exercises were held in the Town Hall at 2 o'clock 
Sunday the 19th. His Excellency, the Governor; Hon. John F. 
Fitzgerald, and Reverend Frederick Brooks Noyes were present 
and gave addresses. Prayer and Benediction were o:ffered by 
local clergymen. Music was furnished by twenty pieces from 
Gorton's ^'Y. D." Band. Among the selections played was *'The 
White Cockade," the piece played by Fifer Luther Blanchard as 
the Davis Company marched to ''The Old North Bridge," at Con- 
cord on the eventful morning. It had been the desire of the 
Committee to hold these exercises on the Common but the un- 
seasonably cold and severe rainy weather, which prevailed the 
entire day, prevented it. The Town Hall v/as used and was 
crowded to its utmost capacity. An overflov/ meeting for the 
children was held in the Congregational Church with special ex- 
ercises. The Governor was invited by the Committee to speak 
to them and although he was expected to speak at exercises in 
Medf ord that same afternoon he remained long enough to address 
the children. Previous to his entrance to the Town Hall, the 
Governor placed a wreath upon the tomb of Captain Isaac Davis 
and gave a brief address to the Company of Minute Men as- 
sembled on the Common. A considerable gathering of people 
unable to enter the Hall were present. 

This Company of Minute Men, organized under the direction, 
of the Committee, consisted of about one hundred men and were 
uniformed as Revolutionary Soldiers. Colonel James P. Clare, 
retired, an officer of the Civil War, the Spanish War, and the 
Philippine Insurrection, was appointed to drill and command 
them. 

Had the weather on this day been propitious, Ave feel that 
several thousand people w^ould have attended the exercises. 

The Company of Minute men had drilled much in prepara- 



102 

tioii for its participation in the exercises of the Town and for the 
parade at Concord on the following day. The next day this Com- 
pany held an honored position in the parade at Concord and re- 
ceived probably the largest measure of applause from the many 
thousands of people along the route of any unit in the entire 
procession. Among its members were several who had been mem- 
bers of the Acton Company organized for the celebration at 
Concord in 1875, fifty years previous. 

In addition to the Company of Minute Men, Acton was rep- 
resented in the Concord parade by a float representing the Coun- 
cil of Officers held previous to the fight at the bridge and at which 
Davis uttered the memorable words, ''I haven't a man that is 
afraid to go." In this tableau Charles E. Davis represented 
Captain Isaac Davis and S. Hammond Taylor, Major Butterick.. 
Other characters were represented as f oIIoavs : Allen Brooks 
Parker, Colonel John Robinson, of Westford ; Francis Davis^ 
Colonel James Barrett, of Concord; Arthur F. Davis, Captain 
William Smith, of Lincoln ; Andy Phillips, Captain David Brown^. 
of Concord; Robert Charles, Captain Charles Miles of Concord; 
Allen Brooks Parker Jr., Captain John Moore of Bedford. Though 
other officers were present at this Council, it was not possible 
to represent them all. At this Council Acton was in all probabil- 
ity represented by at least three other officers of high rank. The^ 
float consisted of a proscenium arch with the memorable words 
of Davis super-scribed and the tableaux beneath. 

On the afternoon of the same day Vice-President Dawes and 
his suite came to Acton upon the invitation of the Committee 
and placed a wreath upon the Davis tomb. The day had been a 
cold and dismally blustering one up until the Vice-President was 
about to arrive at the center of the ToAvn, when suddenly the air 
cleared, the wind abated, and the sun, breaking through the van- 
ishing clouds, smiled with benignity. The Vice-President spoke 
briefly to the large gathering of people who, braving the discom- 
fiture of the weather, were assembled. A photograph was taken 
of the Vice-Presidential party with the Monument in the back- 
ground. Lieutenant Governor Allen came with the party as the 
representative of the Commonwealth. The Minute Men were 
present in formation. 

For the purposes of this celebration the Committee raised 
$988.81, nearly all of which was by private subscription. It ex- 
pended $722.38. The balance of $266.43 is now on deposit in 
The Middlesex Institution for Savings and is drawing interest. 
We recommend that this amount be received by the Town and 
retained by the Town Treasurer as a fund to accumulate and to 
be used for a similar celebration some subsequent anniversary of 
this notable event. 

The Committee has appointed Mr. Allen Brooks Parker as 
historian of the Celebration and an account is in process of 



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preparation for preservation in the Town Library. This account 
will include the speeches delivered, photographs and newspaper 
accounts. 

In the conduct of this celebration only privately contributed 
funds were used. None other were available. This fact, together 
with the enthusiasm manifested by all who had any part in the 
carrying out of the plans of the Committee, must be counted as 
of great credit to the patriotic vigor of the citizens of the Town 
and may be regarded as ample evidence that the fire of 1775, 
which was manifested in 1861, 1898 and 1917, still lives in the 
strength of its manhood and full of its original spirit. 

We recommend that this Committee be discharged. 

ALLEN BROOKS PARKER, 

for the Committee. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE . 

and 

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1925 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1926 



ORGANIZATiaN 



School Conmiittee 




rSpencer H. Taylor, Chairman 

Mrs. Lulu L. Clark, Secretary 

Mrs. Alice Carlisle 

Frank Toohey 

Mrs. Mary Richardson 

Edgar Hall 


Term expires 1926 
Term expires 1926 
Term expires 1927 
Term expires 1927 
Term expires 1928 
Term expires 1928 



Superintendent 

Herman C. Knight, Littleton, Mass. Term expires Feb., 1926 
Charles W. La^^rrence, So. Acton, Mass. Telephone 45-4 



Thomas Scanlon 
Harry Morse 
Oliver D. Wood 



Attendance Officers 



West Acton 

South Acton 

Acton 



Dr. E. A. Mayell 



School Physician 



Acton 



Mildred E. Walther 



School Nurse 



West Acton 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 1926 



First short term begins January 4, 1926. 
First short term ends February 19, 1926. 
Second short term begins March 1, 1926. 
Second short term ends April 16, 1926. 
Third short term begins April 26, 1926. 
High school graduation week of June 7-11, 1926. 
Third short term ends June 18, 1926. 

1926-1927 

Fall term begins September 7, 1926. 

Thanksgiving — School closes Nov. 24, 1926 and reopens Nov 
28, 1926. 

Fall term ends December 23, 1926. 
First short term begins January 3, 1927. 



Legal Holidays 

January 1, February 22, April 19, May 30, July 4, first M^on- 
day 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. 

The same is true of Armistice Day, November 11. 



STANDma RULES 



Rule 1. Children shall not be admitted to the public schools 
until they are six years of age, excepting that children who are 
six by the first of January following opening of school in Sep- 
tember, may be admitted with the approval of the superintendent 
of 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 vvdio 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 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 inclement days, but parents shall determine in their individual 
cases whether it is expedient to send their children to school or 
not. 

Proposed Change to Standing Rules, Acton School Department 

Rule 7. Schools in the different Grade School Buildings 
shall be five and one quarter hours long, and in the High School 
Building shall be six hours long. In the High School Building 
the six hours shall include one five minute recess, one thirty 
minute recess for lunch and a compulsory tutoring period of 
thirty minutes for all students not receiving passing grades in 
DAiy subject. Students in the High School Building, whose grades 
are above passing in all subjects may be excused from this com- 
pulsory tutoring period. Primary rooms in the G-rade School 
Buildings shall have an outdoor recess each afternoon ; other 



rooms shall have a recess of sufficient length to allow pupils 
to go to basements and outhouses. Deviation from these hours 
shall be made only with the consent of the Superintendent, and 
shall be reported by him to the School Committee at its next 
monthly meeting. 

Eule 8. Doors shall not be opened before principals arrive. 
Pupils may be allowed to come to their rooms with the permis- 
sion of their room teachers, and pupils coming in barges m.ay 
enter the basements, if weather conditions make it advisable. 

Rule 9. The fire drill shall be given at least once in two 
weeks. 



Teachers in Service, December 31, 1925 



School 



Teacher 



App. Where educator' Home Address 



Center 








Martha F. Smith 


1902 


Lowell Normal 


Acton 


Marion L. Towne 


1921 


Smith 


Concord 


Ella L. Miller 


1899 


Fram. Normal 


Acton 


South 








Molly Gilligan 


1924 


Lowell Normal 


Concord Jet. 


Helga C. Neilson 


1923 


Fitchb. Normal 


Stow 


Mary Branley 


1925 


Hyannis Normal So. Braintree 


Julia McCarty 


1906 


Fitch. Normal 


South Acton 


West 








Maude B. Priest 


1922 


Fitch. Normal 


West Acton 


Mildred H. Moore 


1925 


Leslie Kinder. 


West Acton 


Margery Stearns 


1925 


Fitch. Normal 


West Acton 


Olive Valente 


1925 


Fram. Normal 


Newton 


Acton High School 








Chas. W. Lawrance, 


prin.1925 


Mass. Inst. Tech.S. Acton, Mass. 


Leona Albrecht 


1925 


Boston Univ. 


No. Andover 


Winifred Bruce 


1925 


Boston Univ. 


W. Medf., Mass 


Hazel Murray 


1925 


Boston Univ. 


W. Lynn, Mass. 


Mabel Noyes 


1925 


Wellesley 


Nashua, N. H. 


L. Ashley Rich 


1925 


North. Univ. 


W. Acton, Mass: 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL COMMiTTEE 



To the Voters of Acton : 

The School Committee presents herewith its annual report 
for the year 1925 and its estimates of requirements for 1926. 
With this report of the Committee is presented the Superintend- 
ent's and Principal's report which have been considered and 
accepted by the Committee. In the School Committee's report 
for 1924 your tattention was called to the increasing cost of send- 
ing our High School pupils out of town and it was suggested that 
the only way out of this difficulty was to build a High School in 
Acton. This agitation for the High School was started by the 
committee at the beginning of the year 1924 and was continued 
during that year. 

At the March town meeting, 1925, it wias voted to build a 
High School at Kelley's corner. 

The building committee chosen at that time, all successful 
business men of the town, have worked enthusiastically and un- 
tiringly and at all times in harmony with the school committee. 

As a result on the 11th day of January, 1926, the building 
committee lallowed the high school pupils to occupy the class 
rooms on the second floor although the rest of the building was 
not completed. 

Through untiring efforts of Principal Lawrance and his 
corps of teachers, the pupils of the High School, although handi- 
capped at the beginning of the year are now doing splendid work 
in the new building. 

June 11, 1907, it was voted to send all High School pupils 
to Concord, but the freshmen class. This was continued until 
June 6, 1913, when all High School pupils were sent to Concord. 
We have continued to send these pupils out of town up to the 
beginning of the present school year 1926 — a period of 18 years. 

Transportation, which has been a big problem for us, has 
been partially solved, and while the new arrangement may not 
be entirely satisfactory to all, it has been the aim of the com- 
mittee to be fair to all and use all parts of the town as nearly 
alike as possible. With the purchase of two new school busses, 
to be operated by the school department for the elementary 
school, we call your attention to the fact that we are asking for 
transportation, only $3,000.00 this year w^hile $8,000.00 has been 
asked for the past few years. Last year we asked for a total 
budget of $48,000.00 and had our High School pupils continue 
to go to Concord this amount would have been used. But again 



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we call your attention to the fact the expenditure for the year 
1925 has been but $44,732.76 and we are returning to the Treas- 
ury the unexpended balance, $3,267.24. 

This balance returned is due to the fact that a large propor- 
tion of money that ordinarily would have been paid to the 
town of Concord has been kept in Acton, and has also enabled 
the committee to carry on more extensive repairs than they other- 
wise could have done. 

Eepairs 

Nevr flush toilets have been installed at the Center school. 
The South school building has been painted and partly shingled 
and a new fence has replaced the old one. Besides this, electric 
lights have been installed at the West building and other minor 
repairs have been accomplished. It is the purpose of the com- 
mittee to paint one building each year, taking the AYest building 
this year (1926) and Center next (1927). 

It has seemed advisable to the committee for some time to 
withdraw from the Superintendency Union of Acton, Carlisle 
and Littleton and to have a Superintendent for Acton only. This 
has practically been accomplished and at the present time we 
are only a"\vaiting pei'inission from the State Authorities to ap- 
point our own Superintendent. Until such time as this can be 
done Mr. C. "W. Lawrance, principal of the High School, has been 
elected acting Superintendent of all schools. 

As the operating expenses of the High School are still prob- 
lematical, we ask your indulgence and we can but say as Presi- 
dent Coolidge said in his plea to government executives for 
economy that too much economy might not be beneficial but he 
chose rather to make every dollar count and to obtain the maxi- 
mum of results with the money in hand. 

This is the policy of your present school committee. 

There has been received on account of schools, to be paid into 
Town Treasury as follows : 

General School Fund, Part I $2,017 .40 

Mass. School Fund (Income Tax, Part II) 6,696.03 

State Aid-Vocational School 380.22 

Mass. Superintendency Fund 804.14 

Mass. Superintendency Fund 94.38 

Dog License 444. 54 

Tuition, Cunningham Children 102,00 

Tuition, Sadler Child 32.25 

$10,570.96 
From the above it will be seen that the net cost of the schools 
raised by taxation is $34,161.60. 

Kespectfullv submitted, 

LULU L. CLAEK, 

Secret arv of Board. 



ESTIMATES POJt THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1926 



FOR GENERAL EXPENSES 
Salaries and other expenses of the Commit- 
tee $150.00 

Salaries and other expenses of the Superin- 
tendent and Truant Officers 2,500.00 

Clerk for Superintendent 500 . 00 

Salaries of Teachers 25,000.00 

Text Books 750.00 

Supplies 1,000.00 

Janitors wages, fuel and misc. operating 

expenses 7,000. 00 

Repairs 2,500.00 

Transportation 3,000 .00 . 

New Equipment 350 . 00 

Health, Aux. Agencies 250 . 00 

Unclassified 1,000.00 

Total $44,000.00 

PAID OUT FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR ENDING 
DEC. 31, 1925 

General Expenses 

Expenses and Salary of Committee $131.04 

Expenses and Salary of Superintendent... 2,054.69 

Salaries of Teachers 15,919 . 15 

Text Books, Elementary 233.23 

Text Books, High 2,645 .72 

Stationery, Supplies and Misc. (High) ... 1,000.74 

Stationery, Supplies & Misc. (Elementary) 400.50 

Operating Expenses 

AVages of Janitors 2,166 . 02 

Fuel, Elementary 1,103.11 

Fuel, High 440.48 

Misc. Operating Expenses, High 515 . 48 

Misc. Operating Expenses, Elementary ... 377.18 

Repairs 

Elementary 2,532.04 

Libraries 132.69 

Health 617.36 



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Transportation 

Within the Town, Elementary 3,530.00 

"Within the Town, High 840.00 

To other Towns, High 2,494.45 

Tuition (Concord & Maynard) 3,311.60 

JSTew Equipment 285 .00 

New Equipment Busses, Insurance, etc. . . . 3,159.70 

Vocational Education 

Transportation and Tuition 841 . 58 

Total for Year $44,732.76 

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION 
Tuition: 

City of Somerville $261.49 

City of Lowell 444.30 



Transportation : 

B. & M. R. R. to Lowell $51.04 

B. & M. R. R. to Somerville 84. 75 



$705.79 



$135.79 



Total $841.59 



EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION 



SALARIES OF TEACHERS 

Elementary principals and teachers $11,898.42 

High principal and teachers 3,466.73 

Supervisors, music and drawing 554 . 00 

Total expenses of instruction $15,919.15 

ELElMENTARY TEXT BOOKS 

Ginn & Company $75.09 

American Book 52 . 37 

Silver Burdett Go 14.85 

Houghton Mifflin Co 13.63 

World Book Co 20.99 

Charles E. Merrill 6.87 



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J. B. Lippincott 5 . 60 

Charles Scribner 11.82 

Educational Publishing Co 4.14 

Edward E. Babb 17.27 

C. C. Brichard, singing books 5.83 

Lyons & Carnsham 4 . 77 

Total $233.23 

TEXT BOOK (High) 

L. Ashley Rich $3.14 

Allyn & Bacon 231.39 

Gregg Publishing Co 143.37 

Houghton Mifflin Co 87.59 

Benjamin Sanborn 142 . 41 

Little Brown & Co 66.67 

D. C. Heath 413.91 

Macmillan & Co 27.63 

Edward E. Babb 282.03 

Ginn & Company 379 . 19 

DeWolf Fisk Co 435.04 

Denoyer Geppert & Co 184.42 

F. E. Compton 110 .00 

Boston Music Co 44.10 

American Book Co 53 . 35 

Oliver Ditson 22 .45 

C. W. Lawrance, Regent's Pub. Co 6.60 

Keufeel & Esser 4.63 

World Book Co 7.80 

Total $2,645.72 

STATIONERY SUPPLIES & MISCELLANEOUS 

(High) 

Yawman Erbe Mfg. Co $94.20 

Edward E. Babb 84.83 

J. L. Hammett 383.57 

Emerson & Company 2 . 85 

Office Appliance Co 86.53 

Denoyer-Geppert Co 81 .76 

Wright & Potter Co 26.44 

Winnifred Bruce, supplies 3 . 00 

Gregg Publishing Co 28.12 

Ginn & Co., maps 20 . 16 

Burroughs Adding Machine Co 2.15 

Edgar H. Hall, freight on supplies 4 . 82 

Macmillan & Co 12.59 



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Thomas Groome & Co. 13.18 

Allen Chair Co., 2 gross inkwells 51.00 

C. W. Lawrance 29 . 32 

W. H. Claffllin & Co 63.22 

Hadley Press 14. 00 

Total $1,001.74 

(Elementary) 

J. L. Hammett $106 . 63 

Eyan & Buker, record cards 5.11 

Milton Bradley, supplies 255 .55 

Edward E. Bahb, supplies 7 . 15 

Finney & Hoit, ribbon 4 . 27 

Allen Chair Co., supplies 4. 00 

Dowling School, supplies 17 . 79 



$400.50 

OPERATING EXPENSES 

Wages of Janitors and expenses $2,166 . 02 

Fuel — Elementary 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co $949.43 

C. A. Durkee, 11 cords wood 118 .25 

H. B. Butler, sawing wood 24.75 

Hall Bros. & Co., wood 4. 68 

John Pederson, wood 6 . 00 

Total fuel $1,103.11 

Fuel— High 

So. Acton Woolen Co., coal $368 .40 

A. W. Davis Trucking, coal 70.08 

E. H. Hall, demurrage on coal 2.00 

Total fuel $440.48 

Fuel $1,543.59 

MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING EXPENSES 

(High School) 

First Baptist Church, rental $375.00 

J. L. Hammett, supplies 140.48 

Total $515.48 



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(Elementary) 

W. C. Lund, labor $12.15 

C. H. Mead, supplies 4.07 

J. L. Moore, supplies 3 . 15 

M. E. Taylor, supplies 4.05 

J. W. Livermore, labor 2 . 00 

Theron Newton, repairs on flag pole 2.00 

F. W. Grreen, cleaning vaults 7 . 00 

David Kingsley, batteries .80 

Mary A. Wood, cleaning 2.00 

Hall Brothers, 3 wheelbarrows, step lad- 
ders, and waste baskets 28 . 02 

Masury Young Co., floor oil $42.75 

Masury Young Go., 2 soap servers . . 3 . 13 48 . 88 

B. A. King, wiring West school 26.10 

Ryan & Buker, floor oil 45.80 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Water Supply, con- 
struction work 55 . 00 

Frank Jameson Co., liquid soap 73.80 

Frank Jameson Co., toilet paper & towels 33.59 

American Woolen Co., lights 31.77 

Total $377.18 

REPAffiS ELEMENTARY 

South School Fence : 

Hall Brothers & Co., chestnut posts $20.00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber and 

posts 74.18 

So. Acton Coal & Lunlber Co., lumber and 

posts 53 . 85 

Thomas Parker, brushes and paint 5 . 30 

Charles Smith, labor on South fence ..... 132.25 



Cost of So. fence $285.58 

Charles Smith, labor shingling half of So. 

school $280.00 

Center toilets : 

H. C. Sawyer, labor and material $62.26 

Charles E. Smith, labor 350.00 

Charles E. Smith, labor 10.00 

Board of Water Commissioners 76 . 62 

Robert Laughlin, installing plumbing .... 615 . 00 

Wilson Lumber Co., cement and supplies. . 18.60 

Christen Jeiison, dig^in^^ cesspool 67.60 

Nelson H. Tenney, labor and material .... 73.08 

John H. Bickf ord, professional services ... 75 . 00 

Cost of toilets $1,848.16 



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L. W. Fullerton, painting South building 

and hall $471.00 

Misc. repairs: 

W. B. Holt, labor on pipes, West school.. $9,16 

W. B. Holt, labor and material for drain 34.32 

W. B. Holt, labor on furnace. West school 10.00 

Nelson Tenney, labor and elbows 6.55 

John Hoar, labor on fire escape 8 . 00 

John Hoar, labor and basement door .... 49.65 

C. H. Mead, mdse 2.55 

A. W. Houghton, labor 1 .00 

George H. Reed, cement .90 

Total $122.13 

REPAIRS (Elementary) 

E. Z. Stanley, repaired leak in pipe $1 . 50 

E. P. Gates, bolts for chimneys 2.50 

Milton Bradley, mdse 6 . 58 

J. L. Hammett 2.68 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber, glass and latch .93 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber, glass .90 

J. L. Moore, paint 1 . 95 

A. W. Haynes, pine boards and nails (cen- 
ter) 4.63 

Walter Jones, glass and setting 2 . 10 

Thomas Parker, brackets and hooks 1.40 

$25.17 
Total Repairs $2,532.04 

TUITION 

Town of Concord $3,161.60 

Town of Maynard 150.00 

Total $3,311.60 

NEW EQUIPMENT 

Henry W. Savage, Victrola, High School . . $50.00 

Remington Typewriter Co 70. 00 

Royal Typewriter Co., H. S 70.00 

Underwood Typewriter Co., H. S 70.00 

Milton Bradley Co., Kindergarten chairs, 

Elementary 25.00 

Total $285.00 

2 Chevrolet Busses, Insurance, License, etc. $3,159 . 70 



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TRANSPORTATION 

Within the Town (Elementary) : 

Walter French $840.00 

A. Christofferson 950.00 

J. F. Lovell 1,740.00 

Total $3,530.00 

Within the Town (High) : 
J. F. Lovell $840.00 

To other Towns (High) : 
Boston & Maine R. R. : 

West Acton to Concord $533 .97 

South Acton to Concord 773.48 

Total $1,307.45 

J. F. Lovell, Center to Concord 1,140.00 

Concord Maynard Bns Line : 

South to Maynard, 20 tickets $12.00 

Freda E. Brill to Concord 35.00 

Total $47.00 



$6,864.45- 

AUXILIARY AGENCIES 

LIBRARY (High) 
DeWolf Fiske, Encyclopedias, 1 set $132 . 69 

HEALTH (High) 

J. L. Hammett, 1 first aid cabinet $15.51 

Acton Drug Co., supplies 1 . 85 

Total $17.36; 

HEALTH (Elementary) 

Clara A. Chase, School Nurse $450 .00 

Ernest A. Mayell, M. D., School Physician . 150.00 

Total $600.00 

Total Health ' $617.36 

Total Libraries 132. 69' 



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EXPENSES OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Lulu L. Clark, clerk, salary 12 months $100.00 

Frank E. Toohey, clerk,, salary 1- month . . 10.00 

Spencer Taylor, tel. and postage 4.96 

Lulu L. Clark, tel. and postage 4.83 

W. E. Whitcomb, record book for secretary 9 . 20 

Wright & Potter, account blanks 2.05 

Total $131.04 

SALARY AND EXPENSES OF SUPERINTENDENT 

Salary of Supt. H. C. Knight $1,549 .92 

Travelling expenses of H. C. Knight $218.70 

Office expenses of H. C. Knight 73 . 42 

Nellie M. Stevens, clerk 115 . 60 

Rachael Knight, clerk 9 . 00 

$416.72 

C. W. LdiWYSiiiee, expenses $5.85 

Virginia Swift, clerk 58 . 00 

.'Nellie M. Stevens, looking up H. S. pupils' 

records at Concord 24.20 

$88.05 
"Total $2,054. 69 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT 



Members of the Acton School Committee : 

I hereby submit my sixth annual report as superintendent of 
the Acton schools. 

It is customary to make of the school report a means of en- 
lightening the public as to school policies and procedure. This 
is the purpose of this report. 

For the major part of the year there has been a divided re- 
sponsibility of supervision, and I shall confine myself to that 
part of the work that I have had wholly or partly in charge, and 
I will discuss to begin with the changes in teachers. 

The overturn in teachers was heaviest in West Acton, where 
three of the four teachers resigned. The only other change oc- 
curred at South Acton. Here one teacher resigned. Three of 
the four girls hired to take the place of these who left are begin- 
ners. One has taught one year. Because these girls were begin- 
ners or home girls, or both, we were able to hire them at salaries 
not exceeding $1,000. 



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The work of the elementary schools as a whole is good when 
we consider the size of the grades at South Acton school, the 
nnmber of grades in a room at Acton Center, and the serious 
handicap placed upon the upper grade pupils at the West Acton 
school. Your superintendent is not responsible for these condi- 
tions, and he realizes that with the opening of the high school in 
the new building, the deterrent factor will be removed for many 
years to come. 

The interest of the teachers is keen. They are in earnest^ 
and welcome the kindly and constructive criticism of parents. 
The harsh and unreasoning comment is as detrimental as the 
other is helpful. We must remember that to criticize intelligent- 
ly we must know our schools, 'and the way to know them is to 
visit them. 

Perhaps the most timely topic that I can stress at this time 
in the educational history of Acton is that we must regard our 
obligation to the youth of our town not as a completed one. It is 
true that the pupils of high school age have been well provided 
for with the completion of the present splendid new building. We 
must not forget that school attendance for all pupils to the com- 
pletion of grade six is compulsory. Whether rooms are crowded 
or poorly lighted, the child in Acton who has not completed grade 
six must attend school until he is sixteen years of age if his men- 
tal condition is such that he can do so with profit. It behooves us 
then as persons to whom the physical and mental welfare of the 
boys and girls of our town have been entrusted that we urge the 
town so far as possible to provide means to remedy the crowded 
conditions in certain of our schools. 

The lighting is faulty and needs to be corrected. Several' 
rooms have antiquated furniture. Children of the tender pre- 
high school years should have a chance to sit in seats that con- 
form to the needs of individual pupils, rather than to be obliged 
to adapt themselves to the existing conditions. 

The installation of a modern system of sanitation at Acton 
Center conforms with the policy that I ami anxious to emphasize. 
A carefully worked out program of physical changes in buildings, 
a salary schedule for teachers, and an equable application of the 
funds for the solution of the transportation problem are, in brief, 
the main thought that I would leave with the tax payers and the 
school committee. 

In closing I will quote from William Head Kilpatrick in the- 
New Republic: ''We must have a new theory of education. _ 
Schooling must no longer be the acquiring of facts and skills to 
give back on demand at examination time. The new school must 
be the effort to educate for life through life. It must seek con- 
tinually to remake life to ever higher and richer levels. This 
means a new conception of curriculum, — everything accepted 
into the curriculum must be really practical, that is, influencing 



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life for good. Especially the new school must really build moral 
character. 

And a new conception of method must accompany and bring 
the new curriculum. Many of the choicest character traits cannot 
be assigned or tested, but must be called out and fixed in the 
regime of natural child living. How to direct such living in 
order to call out the best and then to fix it, this will be the prob- 
lem of the newer method, a method now conspicuous for its ab- 
sence in those schools where children are driven in herds to ac- 
quire in formal fashion a mere formal pabulum. 

These conceptions mean a new and costlier school. Let us 
repeat the word costlier. Some among us must be made to 
understand. If education is to discharge its duty, it must be 
better and richer than it has been. Civilization demands it, and 
this means that better selected and better prepared teachers must 
have charge, with fewer children to the teacher, and better equip- 
ment, and all this means money. Is it worth the cost? 

With civilization changing ever more rapidly, with problems 
increasing in equal ratio, with unrest growing among the un- 
privileged, with these things happening, we must bring the school 
more nearly abreast of the demands which it faces. Not to do 
.so is suicidal. The cost and effort are absolutely essential." 

Respectfully submitted, 

HERMAN C. KNIGHT. 

February 5, 1926. 



PRINCIPAL OF HIGH SCHOOL 



To the School Committee, 

Town of Acton, Massachusetts : 

I have the honor to submit my first annual report as princi- 
pal of the Acton High School. 

In May, 1925, I was elected principal and commissioned by 
the School Committee to organize a High School in the Town of 
Acton, which was to open its doors in September, 1925.^ My first 
duty was to become familiar with the work and the distribution 
'of Acton students in their various courses in the Concord High 
School. With the kindest cooperation of Mr. Goddard, Principal 
of the Concord High School, the records there were examined and 
it was found that over 92 per cent of all students were enrolled 
in the College Preparatory Course and the Scientific Course, and 
in the Commercial Course, the balance being enrolled in Manual 
Training and Domestic Science Courses. It therefore seemed ad- 
visable to concentrate the work of the new Acton High School on 



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two courses, the College Preparatory and Commercial Courses. 
These curricula were prepared and approved by the School Com- 
mittee. 

Provision had been made in the new High School building to 
give courses in Domestic Science and Manual Training, but until 
a dem and lappears sufficient to justify the spending of the town 's 
taxes on these courses it was recommended to and approved by 
the School Committee that such courses be not given for the 
present. These rooms are to be put to immediate and valuable 
use in carrying on the work of the High School as at present 
organized. 

During the late spring and summer a large number of teach- 
ers were interviewed for the teaching positions at Acton, and of 
these the following were elected by the School Committee : Miss 
Leona Albrecht and Miss Winnifred Bruce to teach commercial 
subjects. Miss Hazel Murray and Miss Mabel Noyes to teach 
languages and English, Mr. L. Ashley Rich to teach mathematics 
and science, and the principal to teach language and history. 

The date for the opening in the fall was set for the first Mon- 
day after Labor Day, because of some delay in getting all of the 
book equipment and typewriting equipment ready for use. The 
preceding Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were used to regis- 
ter the new students in each of the three precincts, arranging 
classes, land finishing much other organizing w^ork. 

The High School opened in West Acton in the West Acton 
G^rammar School and in the vestry of the West Acton Baptist 
Church, through the courtesy of the trustees and congregation 
of that church. This arrangement proved reasonably satisfac- 
tory to the High School scholars and teachers, although the two 
buildings were over two blocks apart, and much time had to be 
lost in frequent passing between buildings. This arrangement 
continued until about December 1, 1925, when it was found that 
the work done in the Grammar School building could be trans- 
ferred to the G. A. R. Hall and a vacant store in the same block, 
and both were just across the street from the vestry where the 
other classes were held. This arrangement was possible because 
much of the new furniture for the new building was then avail- 
able, and because of the courtesy and cooperation of the manufac- 
turer in transporting and delivering it twice. 

During the time that the High School was occupying the 
rooms of the West Acton Grammar School, the work of the Gram- 
mar School teachers was unavoidably dislocated and hindered 
to a great extent. The High School teachers and scholars ap- 
preciate the inconvenience suffered by the G-rfammar School 
teachers and scholars on their account, and feel that special 
thanks and appreciation should be made for their great patience 
and courtesy. 

During the Christmas holidays it was decided to delay the 



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reopening of the High School for one week so as to go directly to 
the new building, which was sufficiently near completion to 
occupy the upper floor. 

On January 11, 1926, the Acton High School reopened classes 
in its new home, in the fine new building on the knoll at Kelley's 
Corner. School work started oft with scarcely any delay, and has 
.continued satisfactorily, in spite of the rather frequent noises of 
the workmen completing the last stages of the construction work 
on the lower floor. This condition is now rectified, and there 
should be no further noisy interruptions. 

Since the commencement of work in September, the students 
and teachers have labored hard and patiently in the face of many 
handicaps, and have done much good work. They deserve com- 
mendation for their perseverance and patience. However, the 
teachers all feel that the best work is still to be done now that the 
School is permanently and satisfactorily housed and proper equip- 
ment available. 

CHARLES W. LAWRANCE. 



REPORT OF MUSIC SUPERVISOR 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 

Superintendent of Schools. 
Dear Sir : 

LMiy report for the year is as follows : 

The work in all the grades is continuing along the same lines 

as in former years. We have a definite amount of work laid out 

for each grade, and only the splendid help of the teachers makes 

it possible to accomplish the work. 

I 1 should like to mention, however, the unusually fine work 

I that is being carried on in the eighth grades of the West and 

I South schools, under the capable direction of two new teachei*s, 

f Miss Olive Valente and Miss Mary Branley. All of the grades 

are showing a marked improvement in their work, but the two 

grades mentioned above are worthy of special mention. 

The piano in the South Acton school has had to be removed 
from the building, leaving us with only a small Victrola. A new 
piano in the building would increase the interest of the children 
both in singing and in music appreciation, and I hope that it will 
not be long before plans are made to purchase a new one. 

I wish to thank Mr. Knight for his whole-hearted support 
and interest at all times, and also the teachers who are rapidly 
nearing the goal we have in view, namely — 
' ' Every child for Music ; 
Music for every child." 

Respectfully submitted, 
DAISY PRECIOUS, 

Supervisor of Music. 



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REPORT OF DRAWING SUPERVISOR 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 

Superintendent of Schools 
Dear Sir: 

My report of the drawing is as follows : 

T would like first of all to say a little about the art needs of 
the children. They need to develop keener observation which I 
feel we have done through representation and construction, both 
of which will be brought back to them during the year. 

They must develop creative thinking and the habit of using 
drawing as a language, which has been carried out in our differ- 
ent kinds of design work. 

We do not strive to make artists of the children but the 
drawing helps them to have a sense of order, rhythm, and the 
beauty of color harmony, — the appreciation of the beautiful. 

I am trying to create a foundation which later can be built 
upon. I hope to have an exhibition of some of the work that 
each child has done in drawing. 

I wish to thank the superintendent and the teachers for their 
hearty co-operation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JEANETTE LAMDEBVILLE, 

Drawing Supervisor. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSIGIAN 



Mr. Herman C. Knight, 

Superintendent of Schools. 
Dear Sir: I 

I herewith present my annual report as school physician for ^ 
the year ending December 31, 1925. 

Number of visits to schools — -46. 

Details will be found in the nurse's report. 

The work of physical examinations has been somewhat de- 
layed owing to the unsettled conditions of the West and High 
Schools. The examination of the pupils of the West School has 
been completed and the work is progressing very favorably in the 
High School. 

At this time I would like to inform the parents that per- 
manent record of the physical condition of each pupil is being 
kept by the nurse, and she may be consulted at any time by ap- 
pointment. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



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SCHOOL NURSING REPORT FOR YEAR ENDING 

DECEMBER 31, 1925 

No. of Pupils in Schools 447 

No. of Pupils Weighed & Measured 335 

No. of Pupils Examined by Doctor 442 

No. of Pupils with Defects 376 

No. of Pupils Examined for Pediculosis 1401 

Defects : 

Tonsils 113 

Adenoids 7 

Teeth 75 

Lung-s 5 

Skin 23 

Nutrition : 

7 per cent Underweight 28 

10 per cent Underweight 20 

15 per cent Underweight 9 

Over 15 per cent Underweight 1 

Glands of the Neck : 

Thyroid 23 

Anterior & Posterior Cervical 116 

Others 50 

Defective Posture 50 

Pediculosis 15 

Eyes Examined 300 

Ears Examined 204 

Examined for Sore Throat 25 

Excluded for Sore Throat . .*. 1 

Examined for Illness 4 

Defective Hearts 44 

Talks on Hygiene 14 

Sanitary Inspection of Schools 16 

Simple Dressings 30 

Excluded from school on laccount of measle contact ... 5 

Diabetes 1 

Nephritis , 1 

Cases of Impetigo 5 

Notices sent home from school for defective eyesight . . 5 

Eye sight corrected 5 

Each class room ^dsited every day except the High School 

Home visits for school follow up work 110 

-School children taken to clinic 1 



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Milk introduced into all the schools. 

No Trace of tuberculosis in children previously examined at 

clinic. 
One hundred per cent clean heads in all schools. 
Fire Drill Supervision. 
Would suggest the great necessity of electric light in all the 
school rooms. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MILDRED E. WALTHER, R. N., 

School Nurse. 



INDEX 



Agriculture and Home Economics 88 

Appointments by Selectmen 4 

Assessors ' Report , 82 

Board of Health 83 

Cemetery Commissioners 62 

Collector 's Report 12 

Fire Department *. 84 

Forest Warden 85 

Inspector of Animals 89 

Inspector of Slaughtering 83 

Jury List 6 

Library Report 90 

Overseers of Poor 61 

Patriots' Day Celebration 100 

Police Department 88 

Selectmen's Report 11 

Special Committee on Road Work 87 

Superintendent of Streets 86 

Town Accountant 35 

Town Clerk 13 

Births 26 

Deaths 30 

Dog Licenses 32 

Marriages 28 

Non-Resident Burials 31 

Town Meetings I'^ 

Town Officers ^ 

Town Warrant ^ 

Treasurer's Report '^3 

Cemetery Funds '^'^ 

Elizabeth White Fund ^^ 

Firemen's Relief Fund 78 

Town Farm Fund "^^ 

Wilde Library Fund '^^ 

William Chaplin Fund 76 

Trustees Goodnow Fund ^^ 

Trustees Elizabeth White Fund 80 



SECOND SECTION 

School Report : 

Financial Statement 7 

Legal Holidays . . 3 

Organization 2 

Principal of High School 16 

School Calendar , 2 

School Committee 5 

School Nurse 20 

School Physician 19 

Standing Rules 3 

Superintendent 's Report 14 

Supervisor of Drawing 19 

Supervisor of Music 18 

Teachers 4 



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WELLS BINDERY, IN.C. 

OCT 1976 
WALTHAM, MASS. 02154,