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Full text of "Annual reports, Town of Acton, Massachusetts"

ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 




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2 Acton, Mass. ^cton Col!ect;on 

^ Acton town reports. 



Acton Memorial Library 

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Acton, Massachusetts 01720 

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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



lEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

OR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 , 

1926 




THE NEWS-ENTEIIPRTSE 

nUDSOxX, MASS. 

1927 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 , 

1926 

974.4^ 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON. MASS. 

1927 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1926 



MODERATOR 
Allen Brooks Parker 

SELECTMEN 

Howard J. Billings Term expires 1929 

Albert R. Jenks Term expires 1927 

Murray Brown Term expires 1928 

TOWN CLERK 
Horace F. Tiittle 

TOWN TREASURER 
Frank W. Hoit 

ASSESSORS 

Arthur W. Emerson Term expires 1929 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1927 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1928 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 
Howard J. Billings Albert R. Jenks Murray Brown 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
Charles A. Durkee 

TREE WARDEN 
James O'Neil 

CONSTABLES 
John T. McNift' Jesse A. Briggs Allan B. Frost Craig C. Sweet 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Fred W. Green . . . . _ Term expires 1929 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1927 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Spencer H. Taylor Term exjiires 1929 

Lulu L. Clark Term expires 1929 

Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1927 

Fi'aiik Toohey Term expires 1927 

Mary L. Richardson Term expires 1928 

Ed^ar II. Hall Term expires 1928 



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TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

J. Sidney White Tenn expires 1929 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1927 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1929 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1927 

Georoe H. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

TRUSTEESS OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Waldo E. Wliitcomb Term expires 1927 

W^illiam H. King-sley Term expires 1928 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1928 

TRUSTEE OF FIREMAN'S RELIEF FUND 

Edgar H. Hall .^ Term expires 1927 

August N. Hederstedt Term expires 1928 

C. D. Cram Term expires 1929 

TRUSTEE OF GOODNOW FUND 

Charles E. Smith Term ex]ures 1927 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

Charlotte Coimnt Term expires 1929 



Appointed By the Selectmen 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 
James B. Tuttle Frank W. Hoit Alt'i-ed W. Davis 

W^illiam Rawitser George A. Richardson Webster S. Blanchard 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 
Albert H. Perkins 

TOAVN ACC^OUNTANT 
Howard L. Jones 

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1929 

Daniel W. Sheehan, Jr Term expires 1927 

Edwin A. Phalan Term expires 1928 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 



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ELECTION OFFICERS 

Precinct 1 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy AVarden George A. Murphy 

Clerk Arthur W. Wayne 

Deputy Clerk Spencer H. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector Leo F. McCarthy 

Deputy Inspector Harold Coughlin 

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. Merrian 

Inspector Timothy Hennessey 

De])uty Inspector William Hayes 

Precinct 3 

Wardeii David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Warden Frank McDonald 

(Merk ' Fred S. Whitcomb 

Deputy Clerk Ernest S. Cooper 

Inspector James Kinsley 

Deputy Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

Inspector Arnold Leavitt 

Deputy Inspector A. R. Beach 

CATTLE INSPECTOR 

Fred S. Whitcomb 

FIRE ENGINEERS 
C. D. CVam, Chief 

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS 

Precinct 1 
Alan B. Frost 

Precinct 2 
F. W. Hoit 

Precinct 8 
A. R. Beach 



FOREST WARDEN 
Alan B. Frost 

DEPUTY FOREST WARDENS 

Spencer H. Taylor Murray Brown F. W. Hoit 

J. J. Manning C. D. Cram 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 
James O'Neil 



Jesse Brians 



POLICE OFFICERS 
Chief, Alan B. Frost 



John T. McNiff 



INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTER HOUSE 
James Kinsley 

TOWN FORESTER 
Albert R. Jenks 

DIRECTOR MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE 

Charles B. Willett 



Jury List 

Revised August 16, 1926 



Ehvin Hallowell 
Albert P. Durkee 
Frank E. Parson 
Spencer H. Taylor 
Edward M. Little 



Precinct 1 



James W. Coughlin 
George S. Tucker, Jr. 
Howard B. Daniels 
Samuel E. Knowlton 



Daniel J. Hennessey 
Edward F. Nealey 
Theron A. Lowden 
Samuel B. Ineson 



Precinct 2 



L. Edward Laird 
William T. Merriam 
Patrick J. Folev 
Carl Flint 
Samuel Jones 



Allen B. Parker 
David R. Kinsley 
William Johnson 
V. E. Estin 
Henrv L. Havnes 



Precinct 3 



A. N. Hederstedt 
James A. Grimes 
G. Howard Reed 
John T. McNiff 
Frank Bulette 



TOWN WARRANT 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
Middlesex, ss. 



To either of the Constables of the To^vn of Aeton, in said Coimtv, 

GREETING : 

111 the name of the Commonwealth of Massachnsetts 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, Acton. Precinct 2, Universalist 
church. South Acton. Precinct 3, Fire House, AVest Acton, at 
12 o'clock noon, on Monday, the Seventh Day of March, 1927, 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 seventh day of March. 

To bring- in their votes on one ballot for the following- toAvn 
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 for school committee for three years, one for board of health 
for three years, one cemetery commissioner for three years, one 
trustee Memorial Librai-y for three years, one tree warden for 
one year. 

The i)()lls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 7 
o'clock P. ?1. 




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You aro furtlier requested in the name of the Commonwealth 
ot* 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 14th, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon. Then and there to act 
on the foUoAving' articles: 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and com- 
mittes 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 com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Article 4. To see what sums of mone}' 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 Avill 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 Avill pay for fighting brush 
fires and fix price thereon. 

/. j Article 9. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Article 10. To see if the town will approju-iate a sum of 
money to insure the employees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 11. To see what amount of money the town will 
appropriate for the premiums on treasurer's and collector's 
bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer 
with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money from time 
to time, in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year begin- 
ning January 1st, 1927, and to issue a note or notes therefor, 
payable within one year, any debt or debts incurred under this 
vote to be paid from the revenue of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see what sum of money the town will vote 
to defray the expense of plowing the sidewalks of snow in the 
iiree villages or act anything thereon. 
^Article 14. To see if the town will vote to employ a public 
liealth nurse, and appropriate a sum of money for the mainte- 
nance of the same. 

Article 15. To see if the town will accept the High School 
Building or act anj'-thing thereon. 

Article 16. To see if the toAvn will vote to ai)])ropriate tlie 
^n of three hundred dollars, together with the unexpended bal- 



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aiice of 1926, for the maiiitenaiiee of the town forest, or act 
anytliing" thereon. 

Article 17. To see of the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,200. 00 for the purpose of purchasing- addi- 
^ tional land for a town forest and plantin<>' the same, or act any- 
thino- thereon. 
1 Article 18. To see if the town will vote to allow the use 

|(jL^/^ of the town hall In' the pupils of the higli school for tlie playing 
of basketball ^ames, or act anythino' thereon. 

Article 19. To se6 if the town will vote to instruct the 
^ . selectmen to miove the water fountain in West Acton from its 
• ^ present location to a location on Central street, between Massa- 
chusetts Avenue and Arling-ton Street, or act anything thereon. 

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 Middlesex County 
trustees for county aid to agriculture in the work of the Middle- 
sex County Extension Service, under the provisions of Sctions 
40 to 45, Chapter 128, General Laws of Massachusetts. 

Article 21. To see if the town Avill vote to appropriate the 
sum of two 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 setting out some shrubbery and 
otherwise beautifying the grounds immediately surrounding the 
monument to the World War Veterans. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
selectmen to ask the Telephone Company to change the name of 
the local exchange from West Acton to Acton. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to have' the'4^ctdn 
Public Health Committee consist of five members : one from 'tlie^ 
^ School Committee, one from the Board of Health, and one citizen^ 
from each precinct. 

Article 24. T'o see if the town will vote to instruct the 
selectmen to jpinploy one permanent police officer, for diitv 
through oirb^e town, and appropriate a sum of money to mainX 
tain said officer, or act anything thereon. 

Article 25. To see if the toAvn will vote to round off the 
yfy^ sharp southwest angle at Kelley's corner, and if necessary to 
' acquire sufficient land to do so, and appro])riate a s\nn of money 
tlierefor. 

Article 26. To see if the town will raise and a})propriate 
the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars for nine band concerts 
to be given by the Acton Cadet Band, three each in the village 
of South, West, and Acton Centre, or act anything thereon. 

Article 27. To see if the toAvn Avill vote to install a street 
light on Prospect street in South Acton oi)posite tlie residence 
of Charles Hardy. 



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Article 28. To see if the town will vote to install another 
light on the railroad bridge at South Acton. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to install two street 
street lig-hts on Main street in the vicinity of the three houses 
recently built. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to install a water 
hj'drant on Main street to g:ive fire protection to the buildings 
recently erected. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to accept the gift 
of Mr. George V. Mead of a plot of land f^ituated in the village 
of West Acton bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington 
Street and Central Street, or act anything thereon. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to appropriate by 
borrowing or otherwise the sum of $10,000 or any other amount, 
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 Works, and a similar sum b}' the County 
of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $2,000.00 to continue the work of rebuilding 
School Street and Laws Brook Road, providing 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. 

xVrticle 34. To see if the town aviU vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,000.00 to complete the construction of Cen- 
tral street in West Acton to the village limits, 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 35. To see if the toAvn will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,000.00 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 36. To see if the toAvn will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,500.00 to repair and oil Hosmer Street from 
^.WoodlaAvn Cemetery to Crooker's corner or act anything thereon. 
^ -^^ Article 37. To see if the town will vote to take any further 
action in regard to the proposed new highway leading from 
Massachusetts Avenue, West Acton, to the house of Sidney L. 
Richardson, following the old electric car line loeatio]i. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to purchase some 
snow fencing for use on the highways to prevent drifting of 
snow, and appropriate a sum of money therefor, or act anythinLi" 
thereon. 



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d6^'^ Article 39. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
/ Board of Health to provide a new dumping ^rround in Precinct 1, 

and to abolish the present dump, opposite Woodlawn Cemetery 
and to have it filled in and graded, or to take any action thereon. 
Article 40. To see if the town will vote to reappropriate 
ijy^ the unexpended balance of the School Appropriation of 1926, to 
be expended on the athletic field, or do or act anything thereon. 
cVrticle 41. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
lectmen to obtain lower municipal rates for electric current, or 
45>.^ do or act anything thereon. 
^ Article 42. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- L 

/\~^ priate a sum of money not in excess of $2,000.00 for the purpose .'-'w^ 
f^ of installing flush closets in the West Acton school house, or act (y\^/A^ 
^ anything thereon. 

,\ Article 43. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
\)l^ priate a sum of money to care for the water, and make needed 
repairs on Church Street in West Acton, or act anything thereon. ' 
Article 44. To see if the town will vote to consolidate the 

fft^^ ' official boards of the town or act anything thereon. 
v Article 45. To see if the town will vote to adopt the lim- 

O^ ited town meeting or act anything thereon. 
V O Article 46. To see if the town will vote to elect a High- 
way Surveyor by ballot, at its regular annual meeting, or act 
anything thereon. 
-^ Article 47. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer 

to sell the share of the stock of the Boston & Maine Railroad, 
^yj ^. . held by the town for the care of the Phineas AYetherbee lot in 
Mt. Hope cemetery and reinvest the proceeds for such purpose. 

Article 48. To see if the town Avill vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $2,000.00 to run a six inch water line from the 
Maynard water system at the Maynard town line to a point about 
1,000 feet distant and install two hydrants to afford fire protec- 

»tion for the Cellulose Products Co. at South Acton, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Article 49. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
ll'jy priate the sum of $1,500 to repair Concord Street from Fletcher 

^ Corner to the railroad switch, or act anything thereon. 
I uu ^ Article 50. To see if the town will raise and appropriate 

the sum of $500.00 for special repairs on High Street in South 
O . P ^ Acton from the Powder Mill dam to Fletcher Corner, or act 
(" " anything thereon. 

^' Article 51. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 

l)riate the sum of $2,000.00 or any other sum, the same to be 

expended in resurfacing and oiling Arlington Street in West 

Kj^. Acton, beginning at Central Street, and running easterly, or act 

anything thereon. 

Article 52. To see if the town will vote to install two street 
li'jhts on Maple Avenue in Acton Center. 




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Article 58. To see if the town will vote to build a Fire 
House in South Acton and raise and appropriate a sum of money 
to pay for same, or act anything- thereon. 

•Article 54. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money to repair Piper Street in South Acton, or 
act anything- thereon. 

Article 55. To see if the toAvn will vote to purchase a Ford- 
son tractor, and snoAV plow, or act anything thereon. 
-^ ^ Article 56. To see what action the town will take regard- 

*!• iug the provisions of the Avill of Jonathan K. W. Wetherbee, late 
of Acton, deceased, so far as the same relates to the town. 

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 nineteenth day of 
February, 1927. . 

MURRAY BROWN, 
HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We herewith snbniit to yon for 3"onr approval the reports of 
the various departments of the town for the year ending Decem- 
ber 31st, 1926. Acting under Article 15 the board appointed 
a finance committee of six members, two from each precinct, the 
personnel of this committee will be found under the list of 
ap])ointments made by the selectmen. 

Under Article 17 this board after several meetings with Bos- 
ton & Maine I'ailroad officials were successful in having them 
repair with permanent filling the grade crossings in West Acton. 

Under Article 18 we sold the land mentioned in this article 
for the sum of fifty dollars. 

We recommend that tlie town avail itself of State and 
County aid in the building of roads, as only in this way can our 
town receive the benefit which is due us from our State and 
County taxes, and our just share of motor vehicle fees. 

In continuing our road building program the mone}^ appro- 
priated in our opinion should be voted for such roads as the State 
and County will contribute like amounts for, in this way if our 
appropriation is ten thousand dollars the State and County will 
each give us a like amount, and we will soon have our roads in 
first class shape. 

AVe strongly advise against taking up any new projects in 
road construction until the present ones are completed. We now 
have partially finished four roads as follows : Main Street in 
Acton Centre, School Street in South Acton, and Central and 
AYillow Streets in West Acton. 

The greater part of Main Street is in very bad condition and 
the expense o'f maintenance in this section is very heavy, w^e 
strongly advise the town to continue the construction of this road 
this year. 

The matter of snow removal seems to be generally satisfac- 
tory, and we feel that the majority of our citizens approve of 
this Avork being c(mtinued even though the expense is a little 
heavier than the old method. 

Respect fn 1 ly subm i 1 1 ed, 

MURRAY RROWN, 
HOWARD W. BILLINGS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 
AVhole number recorded 33 

Born in Acton 13 Native parentage 23 

Males 19Foreign parentage 4 

Females 14Mixed parentage 6 

Marriages 
Whole number recorded 26 

Eesidents of Acton 33 Residents of other places. . 19 

Deaths 
While number recorded 44 

Residents of Acton 41Residents of other places. . 3 

Occurring in Acton 38 Occurring in other places. . 6 

Average age in years, 65. 

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 the 
return of births and deaths. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

TownClerk. 



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Death 


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Nov. 


27. 


2. 


Dec. 


7. 


3. 
4. 
5. 


Sept. 
Sept. 
June 


5. 

28. 
28. 


6. 


Nov. 


9. 


7. 


Dec. 


13. 


8. 
9. 


Sept. 
Oct. 


2. 
2. 


10. 


Nov. 


27. 


n. 


Jan. 


10. 


12. 


Dec. 


9. 


13. 


June 


7. 


14. 


Nov. 


10. 


15. 
16. 
17. 


Apr. 
Apr. 
Mav 


13. 
19. 

3. 


18. 


Ana'. 


4. 


19. 


Mav 


6. 


20. 


Ano'. 


19. 


21. 


Auo-. 


1. 


22. 


Dec. 


15. 


23. 






24. 


Mar. 


5. 


25. 


Jan. 


14. 


26. 


Oct. 


10. 


27. 

28. 


x\pr. 
Dec. 


3. 

18. 


29. 
30. 


Sept. 
Dec. 


22. 
2. 


31. 


Feb. 


14. 


32. 


Jan. 


10. 


33. 


June 


25. 


34. 


Mav 


15. 


35. 
36. 


Apr. 
July 


24. 

28. 


37. 


Jan. 


9. 


38. 


Dec. 


22. 


39. 


Oct. 


1. 


40. 


Sept, 


7. 



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Deaths Registered in 1926 



Yrs. 

Akers, Fred Eugene 68 

Appleyard, Fred 64 

Blanchard, Charles 83 

Brindley, Merle Wesley — 

Callan/ Bridget Mary"^ 63 

Campbell, Daniel 70 

Clare, James P 80 

Edwards, Rhoda 70 

Emerson, Willis Kimball 77 

Emery, Franklin Eaton ....... 80 

Farrand, Eldora Harriet 65 

Feltus, John Reuben 75 

Fletcher, Silas Taylor 72 

Fiske, Mary Hattie 6S 

Holbrook, George W 46 

HolloAvell, Annie L 75 

HoUowell, William T 81 

Hosmer, ]\Iary Augusta 86 

Hurley, James 67 

Joy, Alonzo 85 

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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting 
Held March 8, 1926 

The meetiiii>- was called to order hy the Moderator, Allen 
Brooks Parker. 

Art. 1. To choose all necessary town officers and coiinnit- 
tees, and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Chose, Charlotte Conant, Trnstee of the Gooduow Finid, for 
three years. 

Chose, Clarence D. Cram, Trnstee of the FirenieiTs Relief 
, Fnnd, for three years. 

Chose, Warren H. Jones, Trnstee of the Elizabeth AVhite 
Fnnd, for three years. 

Voted: To fix the salary of the Tax Collectoi* at iive-ei<>hths 
of one pel" cent of the amonnt collected. 
u Voted: That the salary of the chairman of the Selectmen 

_*j be one hnndred dollars jkm* annnm and the other members fifty 
dollars each. 

Voted: That the sahii-y of the Moderator be ten dollars per 
m(>etin^'. 

\'()ted : That the salai'y of the Overseers of the Poor be sev- 
enty-five dollars per annnm for the chairman, and forty dollars 
each per amnnn for the other members. 

\^)ted : That the salary of the Town Trc^asnrei* be three 
hnndred dollars per ammm. 

X'oted : That the salary of the Town Aeeonntant be three 
''' hnndred dollars per annmn. 

»'^"i Voted: That the salary of the Town Clei'k be one hinidred 

and twenty-five dollars pei' annnm. 

Voted : That the salary of the chairman of the Assessors be 
three hnndred and fifty dollars, the clerk three hnndred and 
twenty-five dollars, and the other member three hnndred dollars, 
])er amnnn, the same to l)e fnll compensation for all dnties 
reqnired by law, inclndin<>' clerical work and transportation. 

Voted: That the Selectmen be instrncted to fix the salaries 
j^ of all other town officers. 

Art. 2. To see if the toAvn Avill accept the imports of the 
several town officers. 

Acting- on the report of the selectmen, ])a<>'e 11 of the annna! 
town report for 1925, relating to the laying ont of a town road 
in West Acton from Massachnsetts avenue, following the location 
of the electric car line to Central street near the honse of Sidney 
R. Richardson, it was 

Voted: That the town accept the land, over wliieh the 
Lowell, Maynard & Acton street raihvay had a right of way. 






from Massachusetts avenue to Central street, near the residence 
of Sidney L. Richardson, the same to be used as a public highway 
when accepted by the town. 

Voted: To postpone further action in the matter until the 
next annual town meeting. 

A motion that the annual reports of the town accountant 
and school committee contain an itemized statement of the pay 
rolls of the highway department and school expenditures did not 
prevail. 

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. 

Voted : To accept the report of the Nineteenth of April 
committee. 

Voted : To receive the unexpended balance in the hands of 
the committee, to be invested by the town treasurer as a fund to 
be used for future observance of the anniversary of this day. 

Voted : To discharge the committee. 

William Rawister reported for the High School Building 
committee. 

On his motion, it was voted to appropriate $1,689.84 from the 
town Farm and Hapgood Funds for the use of said building 
committee. 

George A. Richardson, chairman, reported for the committee 
on by-laws, the following : 

BY-LAWS OF THE TOWN OF ACTON 

SECTION 1 

Article 1. The annual town meeting for the election of town- 
officers shall be held on the first Monday of March in each year. 

Art. 2. 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 adjourn- 
ment shall be held on the second Monday in March, at such hour 
as decided by the board of selectmen. 

Art. 3. The board of selectmen, board of health, fire depart- 
ment, police department, and the school committee, shall on or 
before P'ebruary first of each year, submit to the committee on 
finance an estimate of the amount of money required for their 
various departments for the ensuing year and for what i)uri)()ses. 
Alt. 4. All bonds, contracts, and written agreements pertain- 
ing to the several departments shall be j^laced for safe keeping 
in the custody of the town clerk, except as otherwise provided by 
law. 

Art.- 5. All const rnctivewoi-k (excei)ting day-work) aniount- 
inii- to nioi-e than two hundred dollars ($2()0.(){)) aiul except on 



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road work, sliall be advertised for bids by postiii<>" in the several 
post-offices at least ten days before contracts are awarded. 

SELECTMEN 

SECTION 2 

Article 1. The borad of selectmen shall have the general 
direction and management of the property and affairs of the town 
in all matters not otherwise provided for by law, or by these 
by-law^s. 

Art. 2. The selectmen after drawing a warrant for a town 
meeting shall immediately transmit a copy of snch warrant to 
each member of the committee on finance. 

Art. 3. 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. 

Art. 4. No person who is a member of the board of select- 
men shall hold any remunerative office by virtue of an appoint- 
ment by such board. 

Art. 5. No person shall throw in nay manner in any public 
wa3^ 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. 

Art. 6. 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.- 

Art. 7. 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 ])ublic way 
without the written license of the selectmen, which shall pre- 
scribe the limitations or restrictions of such license. 

Art. 8. The board of selectmen will issue licenses at their 
discretion as follows : Gas-filling stations, roadside stands, com- 
mon victuallers, all peddlers and junk dealers. All these subject 
to the rules and regulations of the board of selectmen. 

Art. 9. The board of selectmen shall annually appoint a 
chief of police and such other officers as they may deem neces- 
sary and have the general supervision over the police department. 

Art. 10. Automobiles and all other vehicles are subject to 
such rules as are made by 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 

SECTION 3 

Article 1. There shall be appointed animally (b^^ the board 
of selectmen) a committee on finance, consisting of six voters of 
the town, two from each precinct. 

Art. 2. No member of the finance committee shall serve on 
any other standing committee having the expenditure of town 
funds. 

Art. 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 

SECTION 4 

Article 1. 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 depart- 
ment, its officers and members, and special police officers when in 
the service of the department. 

Art. 2. 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. 

Art. 3. 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 othei- 
vehicle, or unnecessarily place any obstruction on any foot cross- 
ing made in or across any public ways in the town. 

Art. 4. The police department shall be subject to all the 
rules and regulations and perform all duties which are now or 
hereafter 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 rmoved or 
suspended or otherwise disciplined by the board of selectmen, as 
provided by law. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

SECTION 5 

Article 1. Tlie town shall maintain a fire depaprtment 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 A]:)ril following. This board of 
engineers shall have the care and superintendence of all property 
appertaining to the fire department, as required by law. 

Art. 2. No person or persons shall allow combustible rub- 
bish to accumulate upon any premises where same would 



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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. 

Art. 4. The fire department under the direction of the chief 
engineer or an assistant engineer, is hereby authorized to go to 
aid another town in extinguishing fires therein in accordance 
with Chapter 48, General Laws, and amendments thereof. 

Art. 3. Parking of vehicles is prohibited on any public way 
within fifteen feet of any hydrant. 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

SECTION 6 

Article 1. The board of health shall make and publish from 
time to time such regulations as it deems necessary for public 
health and safety, and shall cause same to be printed in form for 
public distribution. 

Art. 2. The board of health shall annually make a report 
to be printed in the annual town report, showing in detail, sta- 
tistics of the health and sanitary condition of the town with 
recommendations for its improvement, together with a full and 
comprehensive statement of its work during the previous year. 
Such report shall also contain a detailed statement of the amount 
expended by the board during the 3^ear. 

Art. 3. The board of health shall provide and maintain 
under their care and supervision some suitable place or places 
Avithin a reasonable distance of the villages of the town for free 
public dumping, upon which the inhabitants of the town may 
dump or deposit ashes, cinders, papers or other refuse and rub- 
bish in accordance with such rules and regulations as the board 
of health may from time to time make. 

Art. 4. No person vmless having the authority so to do shall 
dump or deposit any ashes, rubbish, refuse, offal, or decayed ani- 
mal or vegetable matter on any public or private land, contrary 
to the rules and regulations of the board of health. 

Art. 5. All persons keeping hogs Avithin the limits of the 
town shall be subject to all rides and regulations of the board of 
health. 

Art. 6. These by-laws may be repealed or amended at any 
annual town meeting, or at any other town meeting specially 
called for the purpose, an article or articles for such purpose hav- 
ing 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 offence. 



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I hereby certify- that the foreo-oing- is a true copy of the 
by-laws, adopted by the town of Acton, at the annual town meet- 
ing, March 8, 1926. 

Attest : 

HORAC'E F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 

[SEAL] 



Acton, March 12, 1926. 



Boston, Mass., March 24, 1926, 
The foregoino- by-laws are hereby approved. 

JAY R. BENTON, 

Attorney General. 



I hereby certifj^ that the foregoing by-laws have been pub- 
lished in the Acton Enterprise three times in accordance with 
Chap. 40, Section 32, General Laws. 

GEORGE A. RICHARDSON. 



Middlesex, ss. 

Sibscribed and sworn to this 23rd day of April, 1926. 
Before me, 

GUY C. ROWELL, 

[SEAL] 

Notary Public. 



Voted: To adopt the by-laws prepared and presented by 
the committee. 



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Art. 4. To see what sums of mone}' the towns 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 it was 
voted to appropriate from cash available in the town treasury for 

Koads, special w^ork $6,000 . 00 

Roads, general maintenance 10,000.00 

Roads, removal of snow 5,500.00 

Street lighting 5,000.00 

To appropriate for planking railroad bridge. South 

Acton , 1,000.00 

Cutting brush 400.00 

Road bonds 10,525.00 

High School bonds 6,000.00 

School bonds, interest 2,960 . 00 

Road bonds interest 1.113 . 56 

Revenue loans interest 1,200 . 00 

Schools 44,000.00 

Hight school grounds, grading 3,000.00 

Memorial Library, current expenses 700 . 00 

Memorial Library, books 200.00 

Hydrant service 3,100.00 

Forest fires 300.00 

Fire department maintenance 1,000.00 

Fire department, new hose :)5().00 

Shade trees, care of 400 . 00 

General government 3,600.00 

Enforcement of liquor laws 283 .04 

Buildings and grounds 800 . 00 

Cemeteries 1.000.00 

Moth work 1,269.39 

Memorial Day 300.00 

Bonds, treasurer's and collector's 225.00 

Police department 800 . 00 

Board of health 1,000.00 

Military and State aid 200.00 

Reserve fund 1,200.00 

Unclassified 500.00 

Demonstration woi'k in agriculture 300.00 

Poor department 1.800 . 00 

ToAvn nurse 2,000.00 

Insurance of employes 450.00 

Town forest '. 300.00 

Assessors, valation printing 500.00 

High school building, from Town Farm and Hap- 
good funds 1 ,iS'^\) . S4 



$120,965.83 



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Voted: To raise by taxation for town charges $75,000.00 

Art. 5. To see what snm of money the town will appropriate 
for Memorial Day. 

Voted : To appropriate three hundred dollars. 

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 apponted the following committee: Lowell 
H. Cram, chairman; George L. Towne, George B. Parker, Donatus 
W. Benere, Charlotte Conant. 

Art. 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 paj^able not 
later than October 15, 1926, and on all taxes remaining unpaid 
after November 1, 1926, interest shall be charged at the rate of 
six per cent per annum from October 15, 1926, until such taxes 
are paid. 

Art. 7. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $1,269.39 for moth work. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money 
to insure the employes of the town or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate $450. 

Art. 9. To see what amount of money the town will appro- 
priate for the premiums on treasurer's and collector's bonds or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate $225. 

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 beginning 
January 1, 1926, 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, 1926, 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 employ a town nurse and 
appropriate a sum of money for the salary and expense o|>fehe 



same. 

Voted: That the town employ a town nurse to be under the 
supervision of a special committee 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 two thousand dollars be appropriated for the salary 
and expense of the same. 



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Art. 12. To see if the town will purchase the tAvo snow 
plows owned b}^ the South Acton Improvement association for 
the sum of fifty dollars. 

Voted : To purchase the two snow plows for the sum of 
twenty -five dollars. 

Art. 13. To see what action the town will take toAvards 
removing the fountain from Quimb}' square and connecting the 
town water to the old stone fountain and installing a bubbler 
thereon. 

A motion that the selectmen be authorized to remove the 
fountain in Quimby square, connect the town water with the old 
stone fountain and instal a bubbler thereon did not prevail. 

Art. 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 memo- 
rial plot in the square at South Acton, conforming with the lines 
of the street, and place a metal light post using underground 
wiring for lights and othei^wise reconditioning the plot or act 
anything theneon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 15. To see if the town will vote to instruct the moder- 
ator or the selectmen to appoint a finance committee in accord- 
ance with the provisions of law; or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to appoint a 
finance committee of six members, two from each precinct. 

Art. 16. To see if the town will appro])riate a sum of money 
for the observance of Patriots' Day; or do or act auA^thing 
thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 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. 

Voted : That the selectmen be and are hereby instructed 
to take such steps as shall secure early action by the Boston & 
Maine railroad, in establishing a permanent level roadway over 
their tracks in Acton, at Arlington, Central and Martin streets 
and Massachusetts avenue crossings, such levelling to be made 
between the several sets of tracks as well as between each set of 
rails, as now. 

Art. 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 Actoii-Maynard 
town line, and formerly used as a gravel pit; or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the selectmen to sell, at their discre- 
tion, the land described in the article. 



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Art. 19. To see if the town will autliorize 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. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 20. To see if the town will vote to extend the street 
lights on Massachusetts avenue from from Kelley's corner, so- 
called, to Piper road and thence on said Piper road to the resi- 
dence of Francis B. Farrar. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 21. To see if town will raise by taxation and appropri- 
ate the sum of $3,000 for the purpose of grading the high school 
grounds or act anything thereof. 

Voted : To appropriate three thousand ($3,000) dollars for 
grading the high school grounds. 
^L(j ^I't. 22. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropri- 
ate the sum of three hundred dollars or some other amount and 
elct 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 Avork of the Middlesex County 
Extension Service under the provisions of Sections -10 to 45. 
Chapter 128 General Laws of Massachusetts. 

Voted : To appropriate $300. 

Voted : That the selectmen appoint a director. 

Art. 23. To see if the town Avill vote to raise and appropri- 
ate the sum of $3,000 to complete the construction of School 
street to the Concord line providing the State and County will 
each g:ive a like amount. 

Voted : To take up for joint consideration Articles 23 to 34 
inclusive. 

Voted : To appropriate for general maintenance of roads 
and bridges $10,000. 

Voted : To appropriate for special road work ($2,000 to be 
expended in each precinct), $6,000 to be expended under the 
direction of the selectmen. 

Art. 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 ex- 
pended in resurfacing, draining and oiliiig Arling:ton street in 
West Acton, beginning at Central street and running; easterlv. 

See Art. 23. 

Art. 25. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money to grade, gravel and oil Carlisle road, from Main street 
or Lowell road in North Acton by the North cemetery to the 
Acton-Carlisle town line or take anv action thereon. 

See Art. 23. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropri- 
ate the sum of $7,500 or any other amount by the issue of notes 
or otherwise to continue the construction of Main street from a 



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point opposite the residence of Frank E. Parsons, provided a like 
sum is allotted the town by the State Department of Public 
Works and a similar sum b}^ the County of Middlesex, or act any- 
thing; thereon. 

Art. 26. Voted : That the selectmen be requested to peti- 
tion the state and county, to complete Main street, from the resi- 
dence of Frank E. Parsons to the State highway from Concord to 
Littleton, two-thirds of the cost to be borne by the state and one- 
third by the county. 

Art. 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 anvthino- thereon. 

See Art. 23. 

Art. 28. T osee if the town will vote to raise and appropri- 
ate the sum of $2,000 to continue the construction of Central 
street in West Acton providing 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. 

See Art. 23. 

Art. 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 Sudburv and Acton town line. 

See Art. 23. 

Art. 30. To see if the tow^n will raise and appropriate the 
sum of one thousand dollars to repair Elm street in West Acton 
from Arlington street westerlv to the residence of Ben. DeSousa. 

See Art. 23. 

Art. 31. To see if the town will raise and appropriate a sum 
of money to be expended in making repairs on the road leading 
from th town Common to tlie residence of Henry L. Priest, called 
Woodbury lane; or act anvthing thereon. 

See Art. 23. 

Art. 32. To see if the town will raise and ap]u-o})riate $2,000 
for special repairs on Concord road, from the church in Acton 
Center to Woodlawn cemeterv. 

See Art. 23. 

Art. 33. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $1,500, to repair and oil Hosmer street from Woodlawn 
cemetery to Crooker's corner. 

See'^Art. 23. 

Art. 34. To see if the toAvn will raise and ap])ropriate 
$3,500, provided the state and county each Avill give like amounts 
for rebuilding Nagog Hill road, from Littleton line to Acton 
Center. 

See Art. 23. 



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Abstrect of the Proceedings of the Special Meeting 
Held Semtember 29, 1926 

Art. 1. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for fig-hting- brush fires, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted; To appropriate seven hundred ($700) for fighting 
brush fires. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of four hundred and fifty ($450) dollars for the removal of snow 
or act auA^thing thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate four hundred and fifty ($450) dol- 
lars for the removal of snow. 

Art. 3. To see if the town w^ll vote to appropriate the sum 
of six hundred ($600) dollars for the payment of the salaries of 
the board of assessors or act anything thereon. 

A'oted: To appropriate six hundred ($600) dollars for gen- 
eral government to be expended in payment of salaries of 
assessors. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will vote to insure any or all of 
its buildings and appropriate money to pay for same, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : That the school committee be authorized and in- 
structed to reinsure the high school building and contents to the 
amount of fifty thousand ($50,000) dollars. Voted: To appro- 
priate three hujidred ($300) dollars for the payment of premium. 

State Election, November 2, 1926 
Party Designations : R, Republican ; D, Democratic ; S P, 
Socialist Party ; S L, Socialist Labor Party ; W P, Workers Party ; 
M V A, Modification of the Volstead Act.' 

Governor: Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Alvan T. Fuller, R 163 216 278 657 

William A. Gaston, D 27 58 42 127 

Walter S. Hutchins, S. P 2 2 

Samuel Ledger, S. L. P 10 1 

Lewis Marks, W. P 

Blanks 3 2 4 9 

Lieutenant Governor : 

Frank G.'Allen, R 163 206 269 638 

Daniel T. Hlessington, S. L. P 1 1 2 

Albert Oddie, W. P 2 1 3 

Dennis F. Reagan, S. P 3 3 

Edmond P. Talbot, D 22 55 36 113 

Blanks 8 15 14 37 



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Secretary : 

Harry J. Canter, W. P 1 

Frank W. Cavanaugh, D 19 

Frederick W. Cook, R 154 

Stephen S. Surridge, S. L. P 

Edith M. Williams, S. P. 

Blanks 19 

Treasurer : 

Albert Sprag'ue Coolidge, S. P 1 

Winfield A. Dwyer, W. P 1 

Daniel England, D 17 

Henry Hess, S. L. P 

William S. Youngman, R 155 

Blanks 79 

Auditor : 

Leon Arkin, S. P 

Strabo V. Claggett, D 31 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 132 

Emma P. Hutchins, W. P 2 

John R. MacKinnon, S. L. P 

Blanks . , 28 

Attornej^ General : 

Isadore Harris, S. L. P 2 

Max Lerner, W. P 1 

Arthur K. Reading, R 154 

John AVeaver Sherman, S. P 7 

John E. Swift, D 15 

Blanks 14 

Senator in Congress : 

John J. Ballam, W. P 

William M. Butler, R 142 

Washington Cook, M. V. A 3 

Alfred Baker Lewis, S. P 

David L Walsh, D 44 

Blanks 4 

Congressman, Fifth District: 

James M. Hurley, D 23 

Edith Nourse Rogers, R 153 

Blanks 17 

Councillor, Third District : 

Charles Sumner Smith 152 

Blanks 41 

Senator: 

Joseph I. Holland, D 21 

George G. Moyse, R 151 

Blanks 21 



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33 

Representative in General Court : 

Edward J. Robbins, R 137 146 123 406 

Lydiard, R 19 55 140 214 

J. A. Grimes, R — — 1 1 

Blanks 37 78 60 175 

Conntv Commissioner : 

Erson B. Barlow, R 153 193 249 595 

Blanks 40 86 75 201 

Associate Commissioners : 

Sherman H. Fletcher, R 129 161 223 513 

John M. Keves, R 123 174 195 492 

Blanks 134 223 .230 587 

District Attorney : 

Robert T. Bushnell, R 159 199 253 611 

Patrick J. Delanev, D 20 47 27 94 

Blanks 14 33 44 91 

Sheriff : 

John R. Fairbain, R 158 208 259 625 

Blanks 35 71 65 171 

County Commissioner : 

Nathaniel I. BoAvditch, R 153 193 239 585 

Daniel F. McBride, D 19 43 29 91 

Blanks 21 43 56 12a 

Reg-ister of Probate and Insolvencj^ : 

John J. Butler, D 29 48 32 109 

Loring P. Jordan, R 142 185 247 574 

Blanks 22 46 45 113 

Question Xo. 1 : 

Yes 76 92 112 270 

Xo 43 50 53 156 

Blanks 74 137 159 370 

Question Xo. 2 : 

Yes 78 63 87 228 

Xo 74 119 121 314 

Blanks 41 97 116 254 

Vote for Representative 11th Middlesex District, Xovember 2, 1926 



Edward J. Robbins of 

Chelmsford 406 180 81 1570 366 480 3083 

F. S. Lydiard of Bedford 214 255 62 24 !) 15 579 

James A. Grimes of Acton 1 1 

Blanks 175 97 19 570 64 258 1183 



796 532 162 2164 439 753 4846 



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Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1926 



Allard, Moses $2.00 

Anderson, John 2.00 

Anderson, Rufus 2.00 

Angler, Ralph F 2.00 

Armbur<>', Fred 2 . 00 

Banks, F. M 2.00 

Baxter, Miriam F 2.00 

Beach, Hazel 2.00 

Bedford, Mrs. A. E. . . . 4.00 

Benere, Antonia 2.00 

Bergllnd, Edward E. . . 5.00 

Berglind, eJohn E 2.00 

Blllino-s, Howard J. ... 12.00 

Blaisdell, Lncile 2. .00 

Bond, R. J 2.00 

Bondelvltch, Walter ... 4.00 

Bowen, Robert M 2.00 

Boxil, Mrs. Cyril 2.00 

Bradford, F. W. R 2.00 

Bradbnry, Rolfe ...... 2.00 

Braman, James W 2.00 

Brill, Fred E 7.00 

Brlndley, Charles R. . . . 2.00 

Brown, J. A 2.00 

Bnlette, Frank W 2.00 

Bnrsaw, H. W 2.00 

Busch, EdAvard 2.00 

Butler, Horace B 10.00 

Caldwell, Margaret A... 2.00 

Campbell, Leland H. . . . 2.00 

Casavoy, Alfred B 4.00 

Chaffin, Nancy S 4.00 

Charter, W. W 2.00 

Christoffersen, Allen M. 2.00 

Clapp, George E 2.00 

Cobleigh, Mrs. William. 2.00 

Condon, Timoth}^ 2.00 

Conquest, James E. ... 2.00 

Cook, David 5.00 

Coughlin, Harold J. ... 4.00 

Davis, Wendell F 7.00 

Dean, Mrs. Thomas 2.00 

Densmore, Joseph A. . . 2.00 

DeSousa, Ben 2.00 

Doyle, Henry K 4.00 



Duren, Delta B 2.00 

Edney, Charles F 2.00 

Enneguess, Michael ... 4.00 

Evans, John H 7.00 

Farrar, Frank B 2.00 

Farrar, J. (Maple St.).. 2.00 

Fee, Mrs. Frank 2.00 

Fisher, Austin W 2.00 

Fitzgerald, James 2.00 

Flagg, Alden 4.00 

Fletcher, Charles J. . . . 2.00 

Fobes, J. Edwin 2.0t) 

Folev, Patrick 2.00 

Ford, Isaac S 2.00 

Freeman, George 2.00 

Freeman, Mather 2.00 

Freeman, Richard 5.00 

French, C. H. 2.00 

French, James H 2.00 

Frost, Alan B 5.00 

Fullonton, Llewellyn T.. 4.00 

Gallagher, Howard \'... 2.00 

Gallant, Mildred 2.00 

Gates, James N 2.00 

Gibbs, Harriet E 2.00 

Gould, Paul 2.00 

Goward, Annie R 5.00 

Green, Catheriiu' 2.00 

Grenon, N. J 2.00 

Griffin, Franklir. E 7.00 

Hall, Irwin 5.0r 

Hall, Mary Farrell 2.00 

Hansconi, Walter 2.00 

Hastings, Lewis C 2.00 

Havev, H 5.00 

Haves, Michael (i 2.00 

Haynes, xVlbert L 2.00 

Havward. George^ K. ... 2.00 

Hoibrook, F. A 5.00 

Holdeii, F. H 2.00 

Holland, John 2.00 

Hollowell, El win 5.00 

Holt, Harrv E 2.00 

Howe, 0. H 2.00 

Hurlev, James J 2.00 



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Jones, Karl R 2.0C 

Jones, Warren H 2.00 

Kennedv, Duncan S. . . . 2.00 

Kemp, Mrs. H. M 2.00 

Kilmratin, William T... 5.00 

Knowlton, Helen A. . . . 2 . 00 

Knowlton, Samuel 2.00 

Laffin, Sidney 2.00 

LaRoche, Arthur 12.00 

Larrabee, Georo-e W. . . 5.00 

Larsen, Jorsen 5.00 

Lears, William 2 . 00 

LeClare, Edward 2.00 

Livermore, William J... 2.00 

AlacFawn, Vivian P. . . . 2.00 

MaeGreo-or, H. S 2.00 

AlaeKinion, F. R 5.00 

Marsh, A. W 2.00 

Mason, Bertha 2.00 

Mason, Rooer 9.00 

Mav, Francis A 2.00 

McDonald, D. F 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Ida 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Thora 2.00 

:\Iel, Eleanor 2.00 

Middleton, Willis J. . . . 5.00 

Morrison, Alexander ... 5.00 

Morrison, Frederick D. . 5.00 

Muise. Joseph 4.00 

Munn, William 2.00 

Muroatroyd, James .... 5.00 

Xealey, EdAvard F 2.00 

Xewell, L F 5.00 

Xewell, P. S 2.00 

O'Xeil, James 10.00 

O'Xeil, Richard 10.00 

Packard, James B 2 00 

Parker, Edith M 2.00 

Parsor.s, R. L 5.00 

Pedersen, John 5.00 

Penney, D. F 4.00 

Penney, John 7.00 

Perkins. A. Hazelton ... 2.00 

Perkins, Levi W 2.00 

Peterson, Carl X 2.00 

Phillips, Andrew 2.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Pratt, Herbert T 5.00 



Prentiss, A. S 2 

Priest, Henry L 2 

Pope, Benj 4 

Rawitser, William 2 

Rayner, Dorothy 2 

Reed, G. Howard 2 

Reed, Otis J 

Reid, Robert A., 3rd . 
Reynolds, Harold R. . 
Reynolds, Jesse C. . . . 
Richardson, George A. 

Rich, L. A 

Roche, Francis B 2 

Rugg, George 2 

Russell, Mrs. John H. . . 2 
Sanborn, Everett R. . . . 5 
Sawyer, Benjamin H. . . 2 

Scanlon, William J 2 

Schofield, Harris C 10 

Scott, T. A 

Sebastian, Lester .... 

Shapley, Eva C 

Sheehan, Michael J. . . 
Sherwood, Albert C. . 
Shidluskas, Joseph A. 

Sisson, George T 

Smith. Hattie E 

Smith, Ralph 2 

Spinney, Alice L 2 

Squires, James 4 

Stiles, Frank L 5 

Stokes, William 2 

Stoney, Mrs. R 

Sylvia, Winifred M. . 
Taylor, Spencer H. . . 
Teele, Wm. Henry . . . 

Todd, Ethel . . .^ 

Tompkins, Elizabeth P.. 5 

Toohey, William J 2 

Toomey, Timothy 2 

Tripj:), Horatio W 2 

Troupe. John 2 

Tucker, Jr., George S. . . 4 

Turnbull, Georire L 7 

Vallie, A. H. .^ 2 

\'itkauskis, Antony .... 2 

Waite, F. A ' 16 

Waltlier. Augnstine J. . . 2 



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Watkins, John H 15.00 

Weaver, Georoe T 25.00 

Wheeler, Elbridge ... 5.00 

Whipple, Marion H 2.00 

Whitcomb, Fred S 2.00 



184 licenses at $2.00 

51 licenses at $5.00 

1 license at $25.00 



Whitnev, Cora A 2.00 

Willis, bra A 2.00 

Wood, Oliver D 2.00 

Yetman, Thomas E 2.00 

Yonno-, David 2.00 



$368.00 

255.00 

25.00 



Deduct fees, 236 licenses at 20c each 



Due Ccunty Treasurer, 1925 account 



May 26, 1926— Paid County Treasurer 
Nov. 22, 1926— Paid County Treasurer 
Due County Treasurer, 1926 account . 



$648.00 
47.20 

$600.80 
123.60 

$724.40 



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40 



REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1926 



$724.40 



Burial permits issued in Acton 38 

Burial ]~)ermits of non-residents 23 

List of contagious diseases reported bv the Board of Health 
Jan. 1st, 1926, to Dec. 1, 1926: 

Scarlet Fever 4 

Influenza 1 

Measles 52 

Mumps 1 

Tuberculosis (pulmonary) 1 

Total 59 

(Death none) 

Your board \vould recommend that $1,000.00 be appropriated 
for use of the board for the present year. 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

C. A. Durkee, Agent. 



37 



ASSESSORS' REPORT 



Buildings, exclusive of land $2,119,000.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 720,580 . 00 

Personal estate 602,981.00 

$3,442,561.00 
Valuation April 1, 1925 2.844,915.00 



Increase in valuation 597,646 . 00 

Rate of taxation $26.40. 

Tax assessed as follows : 

Real estate $74,964.91 

Personal estate 15,918 . 59 

Polls 1.580.00 



Amount of monev raised : 

State tax . ." 5,160.00 

State highwav tax 1,573.20 

County tax 4,186.19 

Tuberculosis tax 72.33 

Town grant 77,505 . 29 

Overlav 3,966.49 



December assessment : 

Buildings, exclusive of land $35,750.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 5,700.00 

Personal 600.00 



Tax assessed : 

Real estate $1,094.28 

Personal estate 15.84 

Polls 12.00 



$92,463.50 



$92,463.50 



$42,050.00 



$1,122.12 



WARREX H. JOXES, 
HEXRY L. HAYXES 
ARTHUR W. EMERS(3X. 



38 



REPORT OF TAX COLLECTOR 



1923 Taxes 

Dr. 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1926 $196.53 

Interest collected 7 . 81 



Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $96.38 

Abated 107.96 



1924 Taxes 

Dr. 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1926 $7,243.01 

Interest collected 746.41 



Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $7,728 .40 

Abated 151.83 



$204.34 



$204.3' 



$7,989.42 



$7,880.23 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1927 $109.19 

1925 Taxes 

Dr. 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1926 $47,243.69 

Interest collected 1,802 . 35 



$49,046.04 



Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $35,917 . 39 

Abated 152.00 



$36,069.39 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1927 $12,976. 6^ 



39 

1926 Taxes 
Dr. 

Committed by Assessors $93,587 . 62 

Interest collected 45 . 30 



$93,632.92 



Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $62,130.12 

Abated 326.06 



$62,456.18 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1927 $31,176.74 

CHARLES A. DURKEE. 
January 1, 1927. 



REPORT OF POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen : — I herewith submit my ji*eport for the year end- 
in<>- December 31st, 1926. 

Assault and battery 1 

Bastardy 1 

Larceny 3 

Drunkenness 3 

Operating' under the influence of liquor 1 

lUeg-al sale of liquor 2 

lUeg-al keeping of liquor 1 

Illegal manufacturing of liquor 1 

Illegal transportation of liquor 1 

Default warrant 1 

The work of this department is far greater than most o four 
good citizens realize, and I therefore wish to recommend that at 
least one regular officer be appointed for duty throughout the 
town, and that sufficient money be raised to maintain such officer. 
Under the present condition the town is not getting the serv- 
ice from the department that they should, therefore I have nmde 
this lecommendation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALAX B. FROST, 

Chief of Police. 



40 



REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



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

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1926. 

Expenditures 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appropriations $4,200 . 00 

Appropriations, Treasurer's and Collector's 

bonds 225.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 520 . 80 



SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid : 

Murray, Brown, salary $100.00 

A. R. Jenks, salary 50.00 

HoAvard Billinos, salary 50.00 

Murray Brown, perambulating- town lines. . 9.00 

Murray Brown, postage, telephone 5 . 32 

A. R. Jenks, perambulating town lines. ... 8.00 

Howard Billings, perambulating toAvn lines 6.00 
HoAvard Billings, postage, transportation, 

etc 5.90 

Enterprise Press, advertising 3 . 75 

R. S. Osterhout, town reports 491.00 

R. S. Osterhout, advertising 6.72 

Hobbs & Warren, stationery 8.48 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co '. 4.17 

Turner's public spirit advertising 3.75 

Murph.y & Snyder, ledger 3 . 50 

Hobbs & Warren, licenses 2.08 



ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 

Paid : 

Everett Montague, salary $100.00 

Everett Montague, expenses 3 . 50 

Howard L. Jones, salary 200.00 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 3 . 25 

James T. Towhee Co., book, printing 17.75 

Kalamazoo Loose Leaf Binder Co., ledger 

outfit 16.55 



$4,945.80 



$752.67 



$341.05 



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TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $ 300. 00 

Frank AV. Hoit, postag-e, telephone, cai'fare 42.39 

Frank W. Hoit, deposit box 5.00 

Frank W. Hoit, eertifvino- notes 8.00 

American Snret\' Co., bond 150.00 



OVERSEERS OF POOR 

Paid: 

Albert R. Jenks, salary 75.00 

Murray Brown, salary 40 . 00 

Howard Billings, salary 40.00 

Albert R. Jenks, expenses 22 . 10 



COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid : 

Chas. A. Dnrkee, salary $906.25 

Chas. A. Durkee, verification of taxes 15.00 

Chas. A. Durkee, postage 4.10 

Murphy & Snyder, printing: stationery .... 23.00 

H. S. furner,'blanks ! 7.75 

K. W. Brownell, printing 2.07 

Hobbs & Warren, book 6.30 

American Surety Co., bond 75.00 



ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Warren H. Jones, salary $350.00 

Henry L. Haynes, salary 325.00 

Arthur W. Emerson, salary 300.00 

Henry L. Haynes, expenses 17.95 

Kardex Rand Sales Corp., cards 34.21 

L. L. Applin, transfer records 20.47 

Library Bureau, cards end equipment .... 69.32 

Hobbs & Warren, books, supplies 26 . 63 

H. S. Turner, printing' 47 .50 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes, printing 17.50 

Auto. Tax Service, auto tax register 5.00 



$505.39 



$177.10 



$1,039.47 



$1,213.58 



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TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $125.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording births 34.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording marriages .... 13.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths 22 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, postage, telephone 29.00 

P. B. Murphy, book 2.50 

A. H. Bartlett Co., birth certificates .53 



$226.03 
SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Paid : 

Theron F. Newton, salary $120.00 

W. & L. E. Gurley, equipment 10.75 



$130.75 
CATTLE INSPECTION 
Paid : 
Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $175.00 $175.00 

SUNDRY 
Paid : 

Chas. Durkee, inspector of animals $6.26 

A. Brooks Parker, moderator 20.00 



ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 
Paid : 

Horace F. Tuttle, registrar $50.00 

Chas. J. Holton, registrar 20.00 

Edw. A. Phalen, registrar 20.00 

Harold Coughlin, officer 5.00 

Arthur F. Davis, officer 15 .00 

L. C. Hastings, officer 15 . 00 

L. C. Hastings, placing booths 3.75 

Theron Newton, officer 15.00 

John J. Manning, officer 5.00 

Timothy Hennessey, officer 15.00 

Thomas Murray, officer 10 . 00 

Fred S. Whitcomb, officer 15.00 

James Kinsley, officer 10.00 

David R. Kinsley, officer 10.00 

Ernest Cooper, officer 10.00 

Universalist church, rent 15.00 

J. T. McNiff, expense on account Avai'rants 18.00 

Enterprise Co., advertising 2.00 



$26.26 



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R. S. Osterliout, warrants reo'istratioii 

notices 72 . 75 

Murphy & Snyder, notices , 2.50 

Turner's Public Spirit, advertising' 4.50 

James Coughlin, officer 5.00 

Daniel Sheehan, registrar 20.00 



$358.50 



Total general government $4,945.80 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation $800.00 

Paid: 

Oliver D. Wood, labor $6.40 

American Woolen Co 70 . 64 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 138.84 

S. E. Knowlton, painting 57 .00 

West and South Water District 15.50 

Geo. A. Braman, care of ag- 10.00 

B. A. King', wiring, repairs, etc 30.45 

J. W. Livermore, care of grounds 18 . 30 

N. H. Tenney, repairing bell 44.05 

H. B. Moore, filling old cistern 40.00 

John Pederson, wood , . . . 45 . 50 

N. H. Tennev, pipe and repairs 3.38 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 18.90 

E. P. Gates, irons 1.00 

Arthur Wayne, janitor 148.25 

Arthur Wayne, care of lawn 19 . 23 

Arthur Wayne, care of fountain 6.00 

Arthur Wayne, care of clock 30.00 

$703.44 
Unexpended balance 96.56 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $800 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 86.24 



Paid: 

J. T. McNiff, police duty $195.25 

J. E. Coombs, police duty 10.00 

0. D. Wood, police duty 31 .94 

A. B. Frost, police duty 304.99 

A. B. Frost, court fees' 27 .50 



$800.00 



$886.24 



44 

A. B. Frost, telephone 20.82 

Jesse Rriggs, police duty 60.50 

Jesse Briggs, altering uniform 4.00 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co 18.82 

Com. of mass, licenses .60 

Harding Uniform Co., badges, cap, etc. ... 9 . 87 

Geo. S. Braman, police duty 5.00 

H. B. Morse, police duty 25.50 

Craig Sweet, police duty 24.75 

Wm. Ryan, court fees 6 . 50 

Murray Brown, police duty 25.00 

Ernest Rasmussen, police duty 15.00 

Arthur Reyiiolds, police duty 8.45 

Robert G. Everett, police duty 9 . 10 

Wm. D. Tuttle, police duty .' 10.40 

Michael Foley, police duty 72.25 



ENFORC^EMENT OF LIQUOR LAW 

Appro])riatioii $283.04 

Transferred from reserve fund 4.96 



Paid : 

Jesse Briggs, police duty 5.00 

A. B. Frost, police duty 8.00 

Crawford Detective Bureau 275.00 



FTRE DEPARTMENT (General) 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 184.46 



Paid: 

So. Acton Woolen Co. acid $18.12 

A. B. Frost, pay rolls 16 . 39 

A. R. Beach, pay rolls 30. 50 

Frank W. Hoit, pay rolls 44.50 

Geo. S. Braman, pay rolls 86.00 

Geo. S. Braman, janitor 70 . 50 

Geo. S. Braman, supplies 1 .85 

UnderAvriters Equipment Co., soda 57.10 

Underwriters Equipment Co., extinguishers 58.50 

American Woolen Co., lighting 30.04 

Fitzgerald's Garage, gasoline 15.90 

David Clayton, labor 1 7 . 50 

Maynard Coal Co., coal 21 .40 



$886.24 



$288.00 



$288.00 



$1,184.46 



45 

Acton Motor Co., labor, supplies 40.80 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 35.44 

American Fire Equipment Co., supplies ... 14.70 

J. Herbert MacKenzie, janitor 75.00 

AVest & South Water Suppl.y 24.00 

Wm. G. Lawrence, janitor 117 . 25 

M. J. Sheehan, gasoline 2.20 

A. W. Davis, towing- 3 .50 

A. W. Davis Co., coal 80.00 

A. W. Davis Co. , supplies 1.70 

B. A. King, pay rolls 88.00 

B. A. King, labor, supplies 14.00 

Finney & Hoit, tires, tubes 66.10 

Maynard & Acton Coal Co., gas, oil 8.09 

H. K. Barnes, chemicals, tubes 39.60 

Assabet Coal Co., coal 2.10 

A. H. Perkins, gasoline 1 .05 

A. W. Foss, gasoline 4.76 

Geo. H. Reed, coal and wood 61.57 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co 9.82 

Fritz Oebschlegals, belt and snaps 14.50 

Linscott Motor Co., repairs 9.80 

E. Z. Stanley, pipe 1 . 28 

.]. S. Moore, alcohol .90 



$1,184.46 

BRUSH FIRES 

Appropriations $1,000.00 

Paid : 

A. B. Frost, pay rolls $342.00 

J. J. Manning, pay rolls 1 . 50 

B. A. King, pay rolls 204.00 

So. Acton Fire Dept., pay rolls 227.75 

American Fire Equipment, supplies 13.21 

E. P. Gates, repairs on truck 4.50 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 15.10 

A. W. Davis Co., shovels 8.00 

Hedge & Mathews Co., shovels 7.38 

L. W. Perkins, labor and auto 6.00 

$829.44 
Unexpended balance 170.56 

$1000.00 



46 

SPECIAL NEW HOSE 
Appropriation $350.00 

Paid: 
B. A. King, retappino' hose coimections, 

valves, etc 27.00 

Underwriters Equipment Co., neAv hose . . 296.00 

$323.00 
Unexpended balance 27.00 



$350.00 



HYDRANTS 

Appropriation $$3,100.00 

Paid: 

West & South Water Supply District $2,725.00 

Town of Concord 368 . 00 

$3,093.00 
Unexpended balance 7 .00 



$3,100.00 
HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Appropriation $1,000 . OU 

Paid: 

Hobbs & Warren, book $2.64 

James Kinsley, inspection 62.40 

Geo. H. Reed,' lime, posts 17 . 25 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber 1 . 10 

Geo. H. Tuttle, inspection 3.00 

A. W. Davis Co., wire 16.00 

W. B. Holt, stove and pipe 5.00 

Chas. A. Durkee, services and expenses as 

ag-ent to board 143 . 99. 

Geo. H. Tuttle, salary 10.00 

A. F. Durkee, salary 15 . 00 

F. E. Tasker, salary 25.00 

F. E. Tasker, professional services 16.00 

Levi Perkins, milk 86 . 56 

$403.94 

Unexpended balance 596 . 06 



$1,000.00 



TOWN NURSE 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Paid : 

Mildred Walther, salary $1,677 . 86 

Esther P. Robinson, salary 250.00 



47 

Aeton Drug Co., supplies 25.65 

Fuller Brush Co., brush 1.35 

E. F. Mahadv Co., gloves 1 . 11 

X. E. Tel. & Tel. Co 16.48 

0. L. Clark, alcohol 2.00 

C. E. Searles, supplies 12 . 50 

Library Bureau, cards 4.96 

Baiubridge Kempton Inc 1.00 

$1,992.93 
Unexpended balance 7.07 

$2,000.00 
STREET LIGHTING 

ApiD^'opriation $5,000 . 00 

Paid: 

American Woolen Co $4,884.03 

Unexpended balance 115.97 

$5,000.00 
HIGHWAYS 

GENERAL 

Appropriation $10,000.00 

Appropriation, State under Chapter 81 . . . 5,700.00 



$15,700.00 

Paid: 

John Pederson, equipment $12.00 

H. B. Morse, freight 6.22 

Hobbs & Warren, stationery 3.72 

Good Roads Machinery Co., parts 33.90 

Barrett Co., tarvia . /. 1,010.10 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., pipe, lumber 272.24 

Barbour, Stockwell Co., frame and grate . . 21.50 

Mass. Broken Stone Co., stone 336.69 

W. B. Holt, pipe and fittings 22.90 

A. W. Davis Co., supplies 65.88 

A. W. Davis, trucking 22.00 

Geo. H. Reed, cement 28 . 75 

Standard Oil Co., asphalt 2,752.17 

Greenough Construction Co., trucking sand 940.90 
Conant Machine Co., parts and repairs on 

loader 116.61 

Finney & Hoit, batteries 2.80 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 58.42 

A. F. Davis, painting signs 7.00 

H. E. Fletcher, stone 27 . 00 



48 

AVilsou Lumber Co., brick 19.20 

E. P. Gates, repair work 50 . 10 

Berger Mfg. Co., culvert 41 . 58 

A. H. Perkins, gasoline, oil 25 . 95 

Dyar Sales & Mach. Co., shovels 13.00 

B. A. King, cord 3.74 

Jas. P. Brown, repairs 8 . 10 

Howard L. Jones, analysis of pay rolls .... 25.00 

Hall Bros., planing lumber .50 

R. A. Reed, Jr., gravel 2.85 

Paul Gould, gravel .90 

Mrs. McCrossin, gravel 24.30 

Geo. S. Tucker, gravel 11.85 

Levi Perkins, gravel 121 . 50 

A. W. Fisher, gravel 102.30 

A. R. Jenks, gravel 10 . 05 

E. P. Gates, basin cover 12.50 

Conant Machine Co., loader 410.00 

A. H. Perkins, cement 1 .70 

Conant Machine Co., rental of loader 117.75 

Geo. H. Reed, shovels 3.00 

PAY ROLLS 
Labor: 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $599 . 95 

E. Banks 228.00 

G. Penney 217 . 50 

A. B. Frost 194.00 

A. Derby 218.50 

P. Bressette 272 . 00 

A. Reynolds 201 .75 

F. Courville 243.75 

P. Coughlin 187.50 

L. Allard 263.00 

E. Nault 150.00 

J. Gagnon 170.50 

T. Murray 122 . 00 

H. B. Morse 176 . 75 

R. Penney 98.75 

E. Leclair ^ 4 00 

L. 0. Mace 55,50 

J. Cobleigh .* 8.00 

E. Fobes 27 . 25 

A. R. Jenks 3 25 

^- St- Cyj, ;;;;;; ^^ioo 

^'- M^J'se 6.00 

N. McCrossin 17 25 

L. Worden 51 00 



49 

E. Laird 4.00 

B. C. Steele 5.00 

E. H. Shaw 62.25 

A. Wessel 39.00 

C. Shaw 16.00 

N. Perkins 31.50 

Geo. Morse 9.00 

R. Perkins 28.00 

A. Maiiro 8.00 

P. Durklee 20.00 

H. Durklee 6.00 

Martin Brown 3 .00 

John Gilbride 1.00 

H. Perkins 8.00 

Ralph Jones 92.00 

Teams : 

Geo. Greenough $192.00 

J. E. Coombs 300.00 

W. H. Kingsley 321.00 

Levi Perkins 410 . 50 

A. H. Perkins 520.50 

Trucks : 

Ralph Jones $185 . 25 

E. Morse 60.00 

Geo. Morse 476.25 

W. H. Kingsley 877 . 13 

A. R. Jenks 638 .25 

H. B. Morse 686.25 

R. Smith 2.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 289.50 

$15,586.25 
Unexpended balance 113.75 

$15,700.00 
SPECIAL HIGHWAY WORK 

Appropriation $6,000 . 00 

Appropriation, State, Central street, $2,000 ; 

School street, $2,000 4,000.00 

Appropriation, Countv, Central street .$2,- 

000 ; School street $2,000 4,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 72.18 



$14,072.18 
CENTRAL STREET 
Paid: 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal $36.50 

A. W. Davis Co., pipe, supplies 13.66 



50 

Whitney Coal & Grain Co., coal 18.89 

Conant Machine Co., parts 15.48 

Berger Mfg\ Co., culvert 73.44 

A. H. Perkins, tools, gas, oil 47.36 

J. T. McNiff, repairs 7 . 80 

Standard Oil Co., asphalt 168.00 

A. R. Jenks, oravel 58 .35 

Levi Perkins, gravel 185 . 85 

Robert Reed, gravel 167 .70 

PAY ROLLS 
Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $271.50 

Albert St. Cyr 356.00 

G. Penney 131 .00 

R. Penney 181.75 

C. R. Morse 46.00 

E. Banks 34.50 

A. Derby 122.50 

P. Bressette 134.50 

P. Coughlin 87.00 

T. Murray 142.25 

E. Nault 154.75 

R. Jones 60.50 

L. Kent 12.00 

R. Kent 12.00 

A. Morse 46 . 50 

B. C. Steele 160.62 

A. Mcintosh 114.50 

Wm. Cabin 8.00 

W. Blaisdell 10 . 50 

L. Worden 14 . 00 

R. Caldwell 80.00 

A. Wessel 2 . 00 

H. Perkins 4 . 50 

W. H. Kingsley, man 3.00 

L. Worden 23 . 00 

A. Reynolds 43 . 50 

J. Cobleigb 77.50 

A. Munro 49 . 00 

B. Cahill : 18.50 

A. B. Frost 18.00 

E. Fobes 8 . 00 

Teams : 

A. H. Perkins .$233 . 00 

Levi Perkins 26 . 00 



51 

Trucks : 

State Trucks $127.50 

H. Morse 297.00 

W. H. Kingslev 321.00 

R. Jones 371.25 

A. R. Jenks 420.75 

W. H. Kingslev, No. 2 189.25 

A. W. Davis 79.50 

C. Morse 85.50 

Geo. Morse 446.25 

F. E. Farrar 144.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 132.00 



CONCORD STREET 
Paid : 

W. H. Kingslev, crushing stone $563 . 60 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 30.85 

Barrett Co., tarvia 249.20 

Mass. Broken Stone Co 74.85 

Berger Mfg. Co., culvert 93.06 

E. P. Gates, basin cover 25.00 

E. P. Gates, repairs 5.75 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 7.23 

Geo. H. Reed, lime 6.40 

J. D. Smith, laying brick 16. 12 

A. W. Fisher, eravel 4 . 65 



7 is' 



PAY ROLLS 
Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $90.00 

A. B. Frost 44.75 

Albert St. Cyr 136.00 

E. Fobes 16.00 

E. Nault 47.25 

R. Pennev 51.25 

A. Derbv 43.25 

T. Murray 47.25 

A. Reynolds 43.00 

P. Bressette 17 . 25 

A. R. Jenks 22.25 

J. Gaynor 16.00 

F. Courville 4.75 

H. Morse 7.50 

T. McCrossin 2 . 00 

E. Shaw 4.00 

W. H. Kingsley, man 6.00 



$6,093.40 



52 

Teams : 

A. H. Perkins $104.00 

W. H. Kingsley 36.00 

Trucks : 

A. R. Jenks $87.00 

W. H. Kingslev 7.50 

H. Morse 24.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 42.00 



SCHOOL STREET 
Paid : 

Berger Mfg. Co., culvert $180.00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 57.75 

Cellulose Products Inc., dynamite, caps .... 1.7 • 38 

A. H. Perkins, oil, gas . .' 61 .00 

Hall Bros., oil .75 

Geo. H. Reed, coal 55 . 53 

Geo. H. Reed, cement, tools 27.05 

X. AV. Davis, cartage 10. 00 

Abel P. Stevens, blasting 264.55 

Conant Machine Co., parts 2. 11 

Abe Granberg, gravel 88 .05 

A. W. Fisher, gravel 116.50 

Mrs. McCrossin, gravel 169. 65 

Conant Machine Co., loader rental 250.00 

PAY ROLLS 
Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $360.00 

E. Fobes 8.00 

A. B. Frost 40.00 

A. Derby 28 . 00 

A. R. Jenks 8 . 00 

R. Penney 204 . 50 

E. Xault^ 50.75 

T. Murray 13 . 25 

A. Reynolds 166.00 

P. Bressette 37 . 00 

J. Gaynor 168 . 50 

F. Courville 143 . 75 

A. Wessel 153.50 

H. Morse 125.50 

L. Worden 129 . 50 

E. Laird 138 . 25 

A. McCrossin 48 . 00 

Albert St. Cyr 304 . 00 

Geo. Morse 38 . 00 

N. McCrossin 95 . 00 



$1,975.71 



53 

C. Morse 15.50 

E. Shaw 82.00 

R. Jones 20.00 

A. Maiiro 80.75 

L. Allard 4.00 

E. Banks 4.00 

A. H. Perkins $417.00 

A. R. Jenks 8.00 

L. W. Perkins 24.00 

Trucks : 

R.Jones $6.00 

H. Morse 658.50 

A. R. Jenks 418.50 

W. H. Kingsley 519.00 

C. Morse 12.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 174 . 00 



$6,003.07 



Total special highway $14.072 . 18 

SNOW REMOVAL 

Appropriations $5,950 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 8 . 57 



Paid 

Good Road Machinery Co. (2) snow plows. $587.82 

Good Road Machinery Co., parts 103.10 

John Pedersou, pav rolls 1,480.75- 

E. S. Fobes, labor 12.00 

"Wm. Kilmartin, labor 10.00 

J. E. Coombs, team 25.00 

Fabian Walkei', labor 7.50 

A. J. Doucette, labor 15.00 

Wm. H. Kingsley, team 15.00^ 

Henry Mekkelson, labor 92.50 

Murray Brown, superintendent 36.00 

A. W. Davis, pay roll 872.87 

Greenough Construction Co., team 188.00 

Albert R. Jenks, payroll 233.50" 

A. S. Aleen, team . .' 64.25 

A. Christofferson, tractor and laboi- 362.50 

Alvin Christofferson, labor 119.00 

C. C. ( ullinane, truck 240.00 

H. B. Morse, pavroUs . 873.00 

Eraser Luffin, labor 15. Oa 



$5,958.57 



54 

Benj. De Soiisa, labor 17 . 75 

Acton Motor Co., work on plow 18.75 

H. E. Goodrich, gasoline 2.40 

H. B. Morse, lunches 22.14 

Fred W. Green, labor 6.00 

Fritz Oelschlegal, repairs on chains 2.25 

Four Wheel Drive Co., repairs, parts 159 . 19 

H. F. Davis Tractor Co., snoAv ploAv 234.88 

A. H. Perkins, payrolls 83.00 

J. S. Moore, shovels 9.48 

J. T. McNiff, repairs 7 . 45 

E. O. Gates, repairs 4. 50 

R. F. Durkee, labor 5.00 

A. W. Davis, storage 20.50 

Geo. H. Reed, equipment 8.00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber 4.49 

CUTTING BRUSH 

Appropriation $400 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 10 . 95 

Paid 

J. A. MacPherson, tools $2.85 

H. F. Robbins, labor 18 .00 

H. B. Morse 60.00 

E. Nault 68.00 

T: Murray 68 .00 

Geo. Morse 2.00 

P. Coug'hlin 16.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 45.00 

A. H. Perkins, payrolls 127 .20 

Maynard, Acton Oil Co., oil 3 . 90 

PLANKING RAILROAD BRIDGE 

Appropriation 

Paid 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber $461 .02 

W. A. Havnes Co., lumber 35.00 

H. Hale, labor 19.80 

R. Penney, labor 12.00 

L. Worden, labor 12.00 

€. Morse, truck 6.00 

Unexpended balance 



$5,958.57 



$410.95 



$410.95 



$1,000.00 



$545.82 
454.18 



$1,000.00 



00 



MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,269 . 39 

Transferred from reserve fund 20 . 78 



Paid 

James O'Neil, labor $647.30 

James O'Neil, truck 245.00 

James O'Neil, express and telephone 9.80 

General Chemical Co., lead 388.07 



TREE WARDEN 

Appropriation . $400 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 50 . 15 



Paid 

James O'Neil, labor $346.50 

James O'Neil, truck 85.00 

James 'Neil, expenses 4. 65 

Otis W. Butler, pruners 14.00 



CHARITIES 

Relief of Poor 

Appropriation $1,800.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 22 . 74 



Paid 

Board and care $954 . 63 

Acton Drug' Co., medicine, etc 16.60 

H. Lawrence, provisions 64.02 

A. C. Foss & Co., clothing- 12.80 

Finney & Hoit, clothing; 6.50 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, medicine, services 151.75 

Chas. Durkee, Avood 31 .50 

P. S. Fowler, funeral expenses 45 . 00 

Village Relief Ass'n, Whitinsville ........ 27.00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., provisions 108.53 

Kelly & Sharkey, clothes 26.50 

Flora McDonald, clothes 9.77 

J. T. McNiff, auto 10.00 

Dr. Geo. H. Tuttle, transportation 13.00 

John T. Savage, funeral expenses 100.00 

Walker Motor Co., auto 8.00 



$1,290.17 



$1,290.17 



$450.15 



$450. lo 



$1,822.74- 



34 


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19 


00 


60 


00 


50 


00 


17 


15 


43 


15 


2 


34 


o 


50 


8 


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56 

J. P. Boiirner, medical services 

Dept. of Public Welfare 

Dr. O. L. Clark, medical services 

Emerson Hospital 

J. S. Moore, provisions 

City of Worcester 

Hobbs & AVarren Co 

A. R. Jenks, cash advanced 

F. W. Green, services 

$1,822.74 

STATE AID 

Amount due from State Treasurer $428.00 

Paid 428.00 

MILITARY AID 
Appropriation $200 . 00 

Paid for aid 76.50 

Unexpended balance 123 . 50 



$200.00 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
Current Expense 

Appropriation $700 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 31.74 



Paid: 

Dennison Mfg. Co., labels $1.09 

Samuel Ward, stationery .48 

American Woolen Co 31 .29 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., fuel 187.87 

Wm. H. Kingsley, wood 13.50 

0. D. Wood, labor 43 . 05 

P. E. Houghton, trans, books 50.00 

A. F. Davis, librarian 153 . 00 

A. F. Davis, janitor 153 . 00 

A. F. Davis, cataloging and expense 26.85 

B. A. King, installing lights 20.34 

E. F. Conant, insurance 31 .09 

E. J. Stanley, repairs on heater 13.30 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 6.88 



$731.74 



$731.74 



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LIBRARY BOOKS 

Appropriation $200 .00 

Interest on Library Fund 468. 82 

$668.82 
Paid : 

Crosby Publishing- Co $8.00 

Cragie Co 129.56 

Rand, McNally Co 3.00 

De Wolfe Fiske & Co 395.76 

Ginn & Co 8.98 

(loodspeeds 33 . 97 

Union Library Association 11.91 

American Nature Association 1.00 

W. A. Wilde Co 14.99 

Dura Binding- Co. 8 . 10 

Herman Goldberger 47 . 55 

National Republic 5 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle . 1.00 

$668.82 
SCHOOLS 

Appropriation $44,000.00 $44,000.00 

Paid: 

Report of School Committee $41,485 . 62 

Unexpended balance 2,514.38 

$44,000.00 
High School Building 

Unexpended balance $17,610.89 

Appropriation from Town Farm and Hap- 
good funds 1,689 . 84 



$19,300. 7a 
Paid : 

John H. Pray & Sons Co., rug and linoleum $137.38 

L. H. Schwaurb, piano 35 . 00 

Mass. Ref ormator.y, furniture 59 . 00 

John Pederson, labor 10 . 00 

Smith Finney, insurance 265.00 

John H. Bickford, architect 640.16 

John F. Caheen, heat and ventilation 4,216.00 

Heywood Bros. & Wakefield Co., furniture . 27 . 90 

Manufacturers Equipment Co., lockers 660.00 

Duncan Construction Co., contract 8,304.88 

A.' W. Davis, tools 4.10 

A. J. Wilkinson & Co., hardware 28.30 

So. Acton Woolen Co., coal 116.32 



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Allen Chair Co., furniture 190.50 

Kinney & Hoit, furnishings 146.23 

Geo. W. Jameson, painting* 48.29 

Wm. Rawitser, furnishings 119.16 

T. E. Costello, cushions 25.00 

J. A. MacPherson, rail 24.39 

Chamberlain Metal Weather Strip Co 7.50 

Bonded Floors Co 50.00 

Orville P. Tucker, screens, labor, etc 345.87 

American Woole;n Co., lamps 47.54 

C. W. Lawrence, paid labor 26.25 

C. W. LaAvrence, paid for drill 20.00 

Geo. A. Robinson, paid for supplies 49.87 

Wilson Lumber Co., Inmber 21.83 

N. H. Tenney, labor, supplies 272.45 

A. W. Davis, express 13.00 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 33.00 

L. C. Smith Typewriter Co 304.00 

Burdett & Williams, plates 30.40 

Kenney Bros & Wolkins, desks 38.69 

Edgar H. Hall, balance on tablets 50.16 

W. B. Holt, labor and supplies 63 . 69 

Ashley Rich, labor 9 .00 

D. MacDougal, labor 8.00 

R. A. Fife Corporation, desk 32.00 

J. S. Moore, supplies 17 .83 

Underwood Typewriter Co 140.00 

Yawman & Erbe Mfg. Co., files 37.20 

Paid on account of grading 300.00 

West & South, water supply 100.00 

Sexton Can Co 6.08 

Wells & Douglass, lamp and lens 279.00 

Thomas P. Hurley, painting floors 150.00 

Howe Lumber Co 50 . 02 

Sherwin Williams Paint Co 88.20 

Gould & Cutler Co., paint 332.06 

Chas. B. Dawson 3.00 

W. A. Haynes Lumber Co 40.39 

Edgar H. Hall, flag pole 59.21 

Pratt & Forest Co 23.00 

R. A. Fife Corp 382.85 

A. W. Davis Co., shellac, varnish 22.30 

Bonded Floors Co .' 384. 14 



$18,896.14 
Unexpended balance 404.59 

$19,300.73 



59 

GRADING HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDS 

Appropriation $3,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 8 . 06 



$3,008.06 



Paid: 

V. T. Eslin, dynamiting- 80.75 

A. W. Davis Co., lawn seed, fertilizers .... 52.29 

E. P. Gates, repairs, chairs, etc 13.50 

Hall Bros., stakes 1 . 10 

Wm. H. Kingsley, loam 123.02 

L. W. Perkins, gravel 15 . 15 

West & South, water supply, picks 6.00 

H. F. Tuttle, laying out grounds 16.75 

M. A. C. Landscape Club, plans 4.50 

E. H. Longley, cement walk 446.00 

Pay Rolls 

A. B. Frost $136.75 

R. Jones 

F. Courville 

Fred Smith 

Aldred Smith 

R. Morgan 

A. Wessel 

L. Allard 

R. Pennej' 

J. Gaj^nor 

T. Shea 

R. O'Neil 

Waldo Whitcomb 

V. Smith 

P. Bressette 

W. Cahill 

W. H. Kingsley, truck 

W. H. Kingsley, team 

L. W. Perkins team 

J. E. Coombs, team 



Appropriation 

Paid : 
Smith Finney 



Insurance on High School Building 



33.25 




137.25 




142.75 




150.75 




90.25 




147.75 




145.25 




42.50 




138.75 




24.00 




19.75 




189.75 




45.25 




7.00 




7.00 




42.00 




305.50 




133.00 




310.50 






$3,008 . 06 


uilding 


$:}()(). 00 




$300.00 



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CEMETERIES 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Paid: 

Fred W. Green, labor $669.83 

L. W. Chase, loam 50.00 

Otis Butler, pruners 13 . 00 

Wm. H. Kinosley, team 12.00 

A. Bately & Son., flowers 37.45 

E. L. Spinney, mowing 2.00 

Y. & A. Trad^ing- Co., sod cutters 34.25 

West & South Water Supply Co 22.11 

E. P. Conant, insurance 6.40 

A. H. Perkins, team 13.50 

J. W. Livermore, team 7 . 50 

Horace Tuttle, services 19 . 00 

$887.04 
Unexpended balance 112.96 

$1,000.00 
PERPETUAL CARE . 

Reserved interest on cemetery fund $1,020.25 

Paid : 
Fred W. Green, labor $1,020.25 

MEMORIAL DAY 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid $300.00 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid : 

Middlesex Conntv Extensioji Service $300. 00 

LIABILITY INSURANCE 

Appropriatio]! $450.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 170.64 

$620.64 
Paid : 

A. M. Whitcomb $160.53 

A. N. Hederstedt 460.11 

$620 . 64 
ASSESSORS' VALUATION PRINTING 

Appropriation $500 . Of) 

Paid: 
Horace F. Tuttle, examination of title .... $5.00 

Enterprise Co., advertising 1.60 



61 

Maplewood Press, printing books 256.20 

Warren Jones, copying- books 100.00 



$362.80 
Unexpended balance 137.20 



$500.00 



TOWN FOREST 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid: 

Com. of Mass., trees $36.75 

A. R. Jenks .88 



$37.63 
Unexpended balance 262 . 37 



$300.00 



UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid: 

Geo. A. Richardson, expense acct. By-laws $22.85 

A. B .Frost, services 25 .00 

Murphy & Snyder, cards 3 . 25 

Enterprise Co., By-laws 17 .00 

Enterprise Co., advertising 13.13 

Dr. C. R. Clement 3.00 

Finney & Hoit, flags 12 . 50 

A. \V. Davis, moving safe 6.00 

Leslie, W. Sims, professional services 55.00 

Oliver D. Wood, signs 7 .20 

W. B. Holt, repairs 10.79 

Turner's Public Spirit, advertising 8.75 

W. & L. E. Gurley, supplies for sealer 15.20 

Harding Uniform & Regalia Co., suit 52.42 

A. X. Hederstedt, insurance 26.11 

J. T. McNiff, traveling expense 6.00 

Murphy & Snyder, dog licenses 6.75 

J. E. Coombs, ploughing sidcAvalks 20.00 

Ralph Piper, ploughing sidewalks 11.50 

A. B. Frost, expense on acct. dog tax 10.19 

J. P. Brown, repairs 14 . 50 

Dr. Geo. H. Tuttle, reporting births .25 

Dr. A. L. Clark, reporting births 1.25 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, reporting births .75 

Dr. J. W. Chester, reporting births .25 

Dr. R. E. Hooper, reporting births .25 

Dr. E. F. Ryan, reporting births .25 

Dr. J. H. Matzken, reporting births .25 



62 

New Eiioland Tel. & Tel. Co .12 

So. Acton Iinprovement Assn., snow plow. . 25.00 

Cam. of Mass., penalty 2.00 

Com. of Mass., Trust Co. tax 42.22 

Com. of Mass., National Bank tax .81 

Com. of Mass., Corp. tax 2.50 

Murphy & Snj'der, printing 67 . 50 

$490.54 
Unexpended balance 9.46 

$500.00 
RESERVE FUND 

Appropriation $1,200.00 

Transferred to : 

General Government $520 . 80 

Police 86.24 

Enforcement of Liquor LaAv 4.96 

Fire Department 184.46 

Moth 20.78 

Tree Warden 50 . 15 

Highways 72.18 

Cutting- Brush 10 . 95 

Relief of Poor 22.74 

High School Grounds, grading 8.06 

Library Expense 31 . 74 

Liability Insurance 170 . 64 

Snow Removal 8 . 57 



Laiexpended balance 



INTEREST 

Appropriation: Revenue Loans $1,200.00 

High School Bonds 2,960.00 

Road Notes 1,113.56 

Received Interest on Bank Balances 239.05 

Received Interest on taxes 2,601 .87 



Paid : 
Merchants' National Bank, interest on High 

School bonds . $2,960.00 

Interest in Road notes 1,171 .93 

Interest on Revenue Loans 2,127.14 

Trans, to Est. Receipts Accts 1,855.41 



$1,192.27 



$1,200.00 



$8,114.48 



$8,114.48 



63 

LOANS 

Appropriation : High School Bonds $6,000.00 

Other notes 10,525.00 

$16,525.00 

Paid: 

Merchants' Xational Bank $6,000.00 

No. Middlesex Inst, for Savintjrs, Fire Dept. 

note 2,000.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, Lowell Road note 2,500.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, Special road note 1,750.00 
No. Middlesex Inst, for Savings, Lowell 

Road note 2,500.00 

First National Bank of Aver, Special road 

note \ 400.00 

Kidder Peabody & Co., Bridge note 1,375.00 

$16,525.00 
REVENUE LOANS 

Amount outstanding Jan. 1, 1926 $30,000.00 

Received First National Bank of Aver 125,000.00 

$155,000.00 
Paid : 
First National Bank of Aver $115,000.00 

Outstanding Dec. 31, 1926 $40,000.00 

ABATEMENTS 

C. A. Durkee, collector, 1923 $107.96 

C. A. Durkee, collector, 1924 151.83 

C. A. Durkee, collector, 1925 152.00 

C. A. Durkee, collector, 1926 326.06 

$737.85 
REFUNDS 
Paid: 

Mary C. Fowler, 1926 tax $18.48 

Heirs Wm. Squires, 1926 tax 13.20 

Heirs Martha D. Buel, 1926 tax 6.60 

$38.28 
FINANCIAL STATEMENT 
Due from Collector, Jan, 1, 1926 $54,683.23 

Received : 

State tax 5.160.00 

State highwav tax 1.573.20 



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County tax 4,258.52 

Town grant 78,629 .41 

Overlay 3,966.49 



$148,270.85 
Treasurer's cash on hand, Jan. 1, 1926 .... $26,763.60 

Treasurer's receipts other than taxes 161,335.96 

Interest on taxes 2,601.87 

$190,701.43 



$338,972.28 



Paid : 

State tax $5,160.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

County tax 4,258 . 52 

General Government 4,945 . 80 

Buildings and grounds 703.44 

Police Department 886.24 

Enforcement of Liquor Law 288 . 00 

Fire Department 1,184.46 

Fire Department — Brush 829.44 

Fire Department— Special 323 .00 

Hydrant service 3,093.00 

Moth Department 1,290.17 

Tree Warden 450.15 

Health 403.94 

ToAvn nurse 1,992. 93 

Highwaj^s 15,586 . 25 

Highways — special work 14,072 . 18 

Planking railroad bridge 545.82 

Cutting brush 410 . 95 

Snow removal 5,958 . 57 

Street lighting 4,884.03 

Relief of poor 1,822.74 

State aid 428.00 

Military aid 76 . 50 

Schools 41,485 . 62 

High school building 18,896. 14 

High school grounds 3,008.06 

Memorial Library 731 . 74 

Memorial Library books 668.82 

Cemeteries 887 . 04 

Cemeteries, perpetual care 1,020.25 

Unclassified 490.54 

Insurance of town employees 620.64 

Memorial Day '. 300.00 



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Demonstration Work in Agriculture 300.00 

Town forest 37 . 63 

Assessors valuation printing 362 . 80 

Insurance high school building 300.00 

Interest 6,259.07 

Bond and notes 16,525 . 00 

Revenue loans 115,000.00 

Refunds 38 . 28 

Abatements 737 .85 



$278,836.81 
Amount due from Collector Dec. 31, 1926. . $44,262.58 
Treasurer's balance, Dec. 31, 1926 15,872.89 



$338,972.28 

OVERLAYS 

1923-1924: 
Balance Jan. 1, 1926 $2,307 . 94 

1923 abatements $107 . 96 

1924 abatements 151 . 83 

Transferred to overlaj^ surplus 1,938.96 



2,198.75 
Balance December 31, 1926 $109.19 

1925: 

Balance Jan. 1, 1926 $1,790.45 

Abatements 152 . 00 



Balance, December 31, 1926 $1,638.45 

1926: 

Overlay $3,966.49 

Abatements $326.06 

Refunds 38.28 



$364.34 

Balance December 31, 1926 $3,302.15 

OVERLAY SURPLUS 
Dec. 31, 1926: 
Transferred from 1923-1924 overlav $1,938.96 



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BALANCE SHEET DEC. 31, 1926 

Assets 

Cash $15,872.89 

Accounts Receivable : 

1924 taxes 109.19 

1925 taxes 12,976.65 

1926 taxes :J1,176.74 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, highways 500.00 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, state aid. 428.00 

Town of Ayer . . 831.30 



$61,394.77 



Liabilities 

Revenue loan, First Nat. Bank of Ayer $40,{)()0.0() 

Appropriation, balance high school buikliiig 404.59 

Departmental revenue 331.30 

Overlays : 

Received for abatements— 1923-1924 109.19 

Received for abatements — 1925 1,638.45 

Received for abatements— 1926 3,602. 15 

Overlap' surplus 1,938 . 96 

Revenue surplus 13,^)7(). l^) 

•1^61.391.77 

DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net funded or bonded debt $82,550.00 

High School bonds $68,000.00 

Fire Department notes 4,000.00 

Special road notes 4,300 . 00 

Lowell road notes 6,250.00 



$82,550.00 



Respectfully submitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant, 



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. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



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78 



TREASURER'S REPORT 



Year Ending December 31, 1926 

Cash on hand $26,763.60 

Keceived from State Treasurer: 

Dep't of Public Works, Highwavs . . . $675.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Hig-liways ... 4,000.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Higliways . . . 1,500.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Hiohways ... 500.00 

Dep't of Public Works, Highways ... 1,200.00 

Dep't of Public AVorks, Highways . . . 2,000.00 

Aid Vocational Schools 412.18 

Corporation Tax 301 . 56 

Reimbursement for Loss of Taxes .... 383.23 

Corporation Tax, P. S 381 .02 

Corporation Tax, Business 3,230.20 

National Bank Tax 2 . 91 

National Bank Tax 116 .27 

Trust Co. Tax 90.79 

Income Tax, 1923 67 . 50 

Income Tax, 1924 85 . 50 

Income Tax, 1925 215 .00 

Income Tax, 1926 7,010.04 

State Aid 282.00 

Soldiers' exemption 100.06 

School Superintendent Fund 528.89 

Surplus Income Tax, 1926 3,934.10 

Tax Loans, First National Bank, Ayer 25,000.00 

Tax Loans, First National Bank, Ayer 40,000.00 

Tax Loans, First National Bank, Ayer .... 20,000.00 

Tax Loans, First National Bank, Ayer .... 40,000.00 

County Treasurer, Dog Tax 437.47 

County Treasurer, Highways 1,500.00 

County Treasurer, Highways 2,000 . 00 

CountA' Treasurer, Highways 500.00 

Library Fines 54 . 00 

Sealer of AVeights and Measures 54 . 26 

Cemetery Lots Sold, H. F. Tuttle *. 285.00 

Cemetery Lots Sold, F. W. Green 60.00 

Loam, F. AY. Green 19.00 

Donations for Poor Department 20 . 00 

Town of Maynard, Poor Department .... 110.00 



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79 

Town of Concord, Poor Department 206.35 

Jas. O'Neil, lead sold 279.90 

Paul Hilander, oravel pit 50.00 

Department of Standards 8 . 00 

C. W. Lawrence, old desk 7 .00 

V. AV. Lawrence, school book 1 .48 

Town of Concord, Lake Xagog Taxes .... 25.12 

Town of Boxboro, Tuition 720.00 

Town of Boxboro 30 . 00 

Mr. Van Winkle, telei)hone 1.90 

Geo. H. Reed, rebate on road tools 6.40 

Damagres to Town Hall Bell 44.04 

Badd Hesten, alcohol license 1.00 

Badd Hesten, alcohol license 1.00 

Rebate on Insurance Policies 25.47 

Town of Carlisle, Tuition 36.00 

Town of Boxboro, Tuition 60.00 

A. H. Sadler, Tuition 32.25 

Central ^liddlesex Court, fines 130.45 / 

Railroad brush fires 508 . 50 ,^ "^. 

Town Nurse, collections 123.00^Cll..,^ / 

Town Hall rents 195 . 00 ^"""^ 

Interest, First National Bank 200.62 

Interest, Merchants National Bank 38.43 

Licences, 1 second class dealer 1 .00 

Licenses, 4 garages 4 . 00 

Licenses, 21 gas pumps 21.00 

Licenses, 3 Innholders 3.00 

Licenses, 13 victualers 13 .00 

Licenses, 1 auto agent 1 .00 

Licenses, 13 motor bus 13 .00 

Licenses, 2 bakers 2 . 00 

Licenses, 1 pedlars 1 .00 

Cemetery Fund, perpetual care 1,020.25 

Library Fund, book account 468.82 



$161,335.96 



Received of Chas. A. Durkee, Collector: 

1923 Taxes $96.38 

1924 Taxes 7,728.40 

1925 Taxes 35,917.39 

1926 Taxes 62,130.12 



105,872.29 



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1923 Abatements : $107 . 96 

1924 Abatements 151.83 

1925 Abatements 152 . 00 

1926 Abatements 326 .06 



737.85 



$294,709.70 

Paid Out, Selectmen's Orders 278,836.81 

Balance on hand $15,872.89 

FRANK W. HOIT 



Treasurer. 



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

Perpetual Care Funds $29,025.00 

Unexpended balance 3,149 . 02 

Received for care of lots : 

50.00 

Geo. J. Lothrop lot 100.00 

Charles H. Badger lot 100 . 00 

Marshall E. Wrig-ht lot 75 . 00 

James P. Brown lot 100.00 

Wm. T. Hollowell lot 100.00 

Granville and Millicent Rouillard lot . 200.00 

Symonds and Tuttles lots 100.00 

Wm. F. Stevens lot 100.00 

N. Emery Whitcomb lots 400.00 

Income from 

Water Bonds 222.00 

Liberty Bonds 305.83 

Maynard Trust Co 68 .06 

North Middlesex Savings Bank 45 . 50 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank 193 19 

Warren Institute for Savings 4 . 46 

Central Savings Bank, Lowell 45 . 50 

Middlesex Institute for Savings 115.99 

Worcester North Savings Bank 100.00 

Home Savings Bank 45 . 00 

Worcester Five Cent Savings Bank ... 67 . 50 

Marlboro Savings Bank 45.00 

North End Savings Bank 28 94 



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Boston & Maine Railroad 7 . 50 

Assabet Institute for Savings 158.53 

$34,952.02 
Transferred to surplus account 103 . 84 

$34,848 . 18 

Paid Town of Acton, care of lots $1,020.25 

Water Bonds 5,400.00 

Liberty Bonds 7,300.00 

Maynard Trust Co 2,475 . 00 

North Middlesex Savings Bank 1,500.00 

Warren Institute for Savings 102 . 99 

Central Savings Bank, Lowell 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institute for Savings 2,475 . 00 

Worcester North Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Home Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Worcester Five Cent Savings Bank 1,500.00 

Marlboro Savings Bank . 1,000.00 

North End Savings Bank 665.46 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank .... 3,877.11 

Assabet Institute for Savino-s 3.532.37 



$34,848.18 
Principal Funds 30,350.00 



Unexpended balance $3,477 .93 

Surplus Fund : 

Balance $303 . 31 

Surplus added 1926 103 . 84 



.^407.15 
Cash : 

Assabet Institute for Savings $407.15 



Wm. Chaplin Fund 

Balance $125 . 44 

Paid Fred W. Green $12 . 74 

Paid New England Nurseries 100.00 

Assabet Institute for Saving's 12.70 



$125.44 

FRANK W. ilOlT. 

Tr(visni'(M". 



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Treasurer's Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Principa] of Fund $9,000 . 00 

JSusan Augusta and Lntlier Conant Fund . . 1,000.00 

Hiram J. Hapo-ood Fund 200.00 

Luke Tuttle Fund 200.00 

Unexpended balance r)7.r)8 

Received : 

Interest on Bond, Conant Fund 40.00 

Interest, Middlesex Savings Bank .... 48.05 
Interest, Charlestown Five (^ent Sav- 
ings Bank 151.88 

Interest, Warren Institution for Sav'gs 91.01 

fnterest, Lowell City Inst, for Savings 50.68 

Interest, North End Savings Bank ... 45.50 

Interest, Home Savings Bank 45.50 

Interest, Maynard Trust Co 20.67 

$•10,950.77 

Paid Town of Acton, book account $4()8.82 

Cash in Warren Institution for Savings . . . 2.000.00 

diarlestown Five Out Savings Bank . .8,000.00 

Lowell City Institution for Savings . . . 1,000.00 

North End Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Home Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Savings Bank 1.000.00 

Maynard Trust (^o 400.00 

West Shore K. R. Boiul, ''(/onant Fund" . 1,000.00 

:\raynard Trust Co., balance 81 .95 

$10,950.77 

FRANK W. IIOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Treasurer's Report of Fireman's Relief Fund 

Balance on hand . $375 . 92 

Received interest 18 . 04 



$393. 9() 
Cash in Middlesex Institute for Savings . . . $393.96 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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Treasurer's Report of Elizabeth White Fund 

Principal of Fund $25,000.00 

Balance of income 1,544.99 

Received interest : 

Worcester North SaA^ings Bank 50.00 

Waltham Savings Bank 90.00 

Marlboro Savings Bank 90 .00 

Athol Savings Bank 100.40 

Amherst Savings Bank 95.00 

Lawrence Savings Bank 100.00 

East Cambridge Savings Bank 100.00 

Middlesex Institute for Savings 95.00 

Lowell Institute for Savings 90 . 00 

Andover Savings Bank 100.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank 100.00 

North Middlesex Savings Bank 90.00 

Worcester Five Cent Savings Bank .. 90.00 

Assabet Institute for Saviiigs 78.04 



$27,8i:J.4:] 



Paid out, Trustees' orders $630.00 

Cash in : 

Worcester North Savings liauk 1,000.00 

Waltham Savings Baid^ 2,000.00 

Marlboro Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Athol Savings Bank 2,000 .00 

Amherst Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Lawrence Savings i>aidv 2,000.00 

East (^ambridge Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Middlesex Institute for Savings 2,000.00 

Lowell lustitute for Savings 2,000.00 

Andover Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank . 2,000.00 

North iMiddlesex Savings Bank 2,000.00 

Worcester Five ("ent Savings Bank . . .. 2,000.00 

Unexpended balance in Assabet Institution 

for Savings 2,183 . 43 



$27,813.43 

.FRANK W. IK) IT, 

Ti-easni"(M' 



Balance 

Received interest 



84 
19th of April Fund 



$264.13 
15.06 



Cash, ]\riddlesex Institution for Savings . . . 



$279.19 
$279.19 



FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer 



Outstanding Notes and Bonds 



North Middlesex Savings Bank : 
Lowell Road Note No. 38, due Aug-. 1927 
Fire Dep't Note No. 57, due May 1927 . . . 
Fire Dep't Note No. 58, due May 1928 . . . 

Assabet Institution for Saving's: 
Lowell Road Note No. 61, due June 1927 
Lowell Road Note No. 62, due June 1928 
Special Road Note No. 72, due June 1927 
Special Road Note No. 73, due June 1928 

First National Bank, Ayer: 
Special Road Note No. 83, due Oct. 1927 
Special Road Note No. 84, due Oct. 1928 
Anticii)ation of Revenue Note, due June 

High School Bonds, due in 1927 

Hioh School Bonds, due 1928 to 1945 . . . 



$1,250.00 
2,000.00 
2,000.00 

2,500.00 
2,500 . 00 
1,750.00 
1,750.00 

400.00 
400.00 

40,000.00 
6,000.00 

62,000.00 



FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



TRUSTEES' REPORT OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



The trustees have signed orders to the treasurer for six hun- 
dred and thirty dollars ($630.00) for the year ending December 
31, 1926. This has been given after investigation by the trustees 
and found to be worthy. 

The trustees would recommend that the citizens and organ- 
ization for the good of the town, give more co-operation to the 
trustees, Avhich would aid very much in placing this fund where 
most needed. 

Respectfully yours, 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WM. H. KINGSLEY, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 
Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1926 

INVESTMENTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,304.56 

Chariest own Five Cents Savings bank 1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000.00 



RECEIPTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $ 58 . 35 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings 50.00 

City Institution for Savings 50 . 00 



PAYMENTS 

Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evangelical 

Church in Acton 1 125.00 

Fred W. Green, care of Goodnow lot, 

Woodlawn cemetery 11.00 

Unused income, for care of cemetery lot, 
dposited with Warren Institution for 
Savinsrs 32.35 



$3,304.56. 



$ 158.35 



$ 158.35. 



CHARLOTTE CONANT, 
CHARLES E. SMITH, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund.. 



86 



TOWN FORESTER'S REPORT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Mass. 

Gentlemen: — Followin^r cnstom inaugurated last year, your 
Town Forester has distributed free of cliarg-e to property owners 
in the town white pine and spruce three year old transplant 
seedlings. I wish that more land might be ])lanted to forests 
each year in this manner. 

No suitable tract of land could be found for purchase so as 
to increase size of our town forest with the amount of money 
available from the appropriation. 

Considerable study has been made in co-operation with out- 
side experts in connection Avith establishing a real town forest 
and a sound permanent town forest policy. As a result of this 
stud3^ I wish to recommend that the town appro])riate a larger 
sum of money so that we may establish a minimum commercial 
unit as soon as possible. This could within a very few years be 
placed upon a self-supporting basis and shortly afterwards start 
returning to the town a profit. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT R. JENKS. 
I '. Town Forester. 



REPORT OF OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We have been called upon to render tem])orary aid in four 
different cases during the year. In two of the more expensive of 
these" cases we have been re-imbursed by neigliboring towns. 

In addition we have cared for two regular charges, one of 
Avhom died during the latter pai't of the year after a long illness 
which necessitated an operation and hospital care. 

We close the year Avith one regular charge and one case 
wliere Ave are rendering tmporary aid. 

HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
MURRAY BROWN, 

Overseers of the Poor. 



87 
REPORT OF FOREST WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen : — I herewith submit my report as Forest Warden 
for the year ending December 31st, 1926 : 

Total number of forest fires responded to fifty (50). 

The cost of extinguishing these fires has been far in excess of 
the amount appropriated for it. and many of our good citizens do 
not realize that the money expended for the extinguishing of 
railroad fires, is refunded by the railroad. More than three- 
quarters of these fires were railroad fires, therefore the actual 
expense of the town of extinguishing these fires falls within the 
appropriation. I will, nevertheless recommend that the sum of 
five hundred dollars, ($500) be appropriated to meet this expense,, 
so that it will not be necessary to draw from other sources. 

I will further recommend, that all citizens of the town make 
themselves fully acquainted with Chapter 48, paragraph 13, of 
the General Laws of the state, relating to permits for fires in the 
open air. All deputies are instructed to arrest Avithout warrant, 
all violators of this chapter. 

While the cost of extinguishing has been large this 3'ear, the 
property' damage has been exceedingly small, owing to the 
prompt response of all companies, and I wish to take this oppor- 
tunity to thank all members of the various companies for their 
hearty support and quick response. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALAN B. FROST, 

Forest Warden^ 



REPORT OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 

January, 192T. 
To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen : — I herewith submit my report of the fire depart- 
ment for year ending December 31st, 1926 : 

Chimney fires 18 

Buiklings 8 

The loss and damage by fire the past year was about $5,000, 
whicli was nearly all covered by insurance, two small taxable 
buildings destroyed. 

The departments certainly pi-oved their worth at Lake Nagog 
Inn in -June when one of tJie cottages Avas destroyed and with a 
strong' wind blowing several other buildings caught fire from 
spai'ks whicli were extinguished with only $75.00 damage. 

Grass Hud brush fires caused considerable work and expense- 



88 

during the month of May, the departments being called out every 
day, which will be covered by the Forest Warden's report. 

The apparatus is in good condition. Each truck should have 
a spare tire this year as they have none at present time. 

The South department will need a small supply of new hose, 
The men have not received their salaries for year as I under- 
stand appropriation was used up, therefore will have to come out 
of this year's appropriation. 

I would recommend the sum of fifteen hundred dollars be 
appropriated for regular maintenance and three hundred dollars 
for the purchase of new hose. 

Respectfullv, 

C. D. CRAM, 
Chief Eng-ineer. 



ItEPORT OF PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE 



Report for District Work from Jan. 1, 1926, to November 16, 1926 

District : 

Prenatal 3 

Post natal 4 

Bedside 69 

Child welfare 14 

Maternity 2 

Emergency calls 9 

Social service work 39 

T. B. follow-up 4 

John Hancock cases 2 

Deaths 5 

Fees collected $75 . 50 

Fees due 

I would suggest that the town continue to get Metrojiolitan 

nursing as it would double the amount of district income. 
Respectfullv submitted, 

MILDRED E. WALTHER. K. X. 



flJ3 



89 
REPORT OF PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE 



Report on District Work from Nov. 15, 1926, to Dec. 31, 1926 

Cases carried over 2 

New cases 



5 

Fees collected $14.00 

Fees due 1.00 

Deaths 3 

Social Service 6 

Prenatal 1 

Post natal 1 

Respectfully submitted, 

ESTHER A. ROBINSON, R. N. 



REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of the Town of Acton : 

I hercAvith submit the following report as inspector of ani- 
mals for the 3'ear 1926 : 

Numb*er of dairy cows 516 

Number of young cattle 44 

Number of bulls 17 

Number of swine 94 

Number of goats 3 

Number of stables inspected 105 

Number of dogs quarantined suspicious of 

having rabies 8 

Number of swine quarantined suspicious of 

having rabies 6 

Number of cattle quarantined with tuberculo- 
sis and killed by the State 6 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRED S. WHITCOMB, 

Inspector of Animals. 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 



West Acton, Mass., Jan. 10, '27. 
To the Honorable Board of Health : 

I herewith submit my report for inspection of slaughtering 
from January 7, '26, to January 7, '27 : 

Cattle 29 I Condemned 1 

Veal 36 Condemned 4 



Hogs 21 



Condemned 



86 
JAMES KINSLEY, Inspector. 



90 



REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen: — I herewith snbmit my re})oi"t for the year end- 
ing' December 31st, 1926. 

On Central street in West Acton, I have bnilt 2,800 feet and 
oiled the same, also pnt in two metal pipe culverts. 

I built 2,200 feet of g-ravel road on School street in South 
Acton and put in three metal pipe culverts. 

I repaired and widened Cemetery road in Acton Center, 
about 2,000 feet, and put in a catch l)asin at the corner near 
Hosmer street. 

Some of the maintenance work done Avas as follows: 
Pope road near the Acton-Concord line, gravled 450 feet. Nagog- 
Hill road g^raveled 800 feet, School street 500 feet. Charter road 
155 feet, Hosmer street 300 feet, Prospect street, in "West Acton, 
390 feet, Hammond street 500 feet, River street 150 feet, Arlin<>- 
ton street 500 feet, Woodbury lane 150 feet, Nashoba road 300 
feet. Brooks street 200 feet, and patches in other sections. Tlie 
main bridge over the B. & M. railroad was rejilanked, and the 
plank bought for the branch line bridge. 1 rebuilt 432 feet of 
drain in West Acton village. 

We exchanged our old loader for a new one. Which was 
badly needed. 

The expense of maintenance on that part of Main street 
which has not been rebuilt will be very heavy this coming year 
and I should recommend that the town consider I'ebuilding this 
section. 

Stow street in South Acton is in very bad condition and will 
have to be resurfaced with gravel this coming year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT II. PERKINS, 
Supc^rintejident of Streets. 



91 

A REPORT OF THE WORK DONE BY THE MIDDLESEX 

COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE IN THE TOWN OF 

ACTON, FOR THE YEAR 1926 

An appropriation of $300.00 was made at the annual meetin<j;' 
in support of the Middlesex County Extension Service, through 
the County Board of Trustees for County Aid to Ag-riculture. 
The following- is an account of the work done by this organiza- 
tion in Acton for the year 1926. 

Tn agriculture the principal work carried on was with those 
interested in fruit, asparagus, and poultry. A total of ninety- 
tAvo farm visits was made in giving personal assistance to those 
who requested it. Assistance was given at three poultry meet- 
ings held by the Middlesex County Poultry Association for the 
benefit of local poultrymen. 

Local farmers interested in the Farmers Roadside Stand 
Association were given assistance by means of this organizatioii. 
Four meetings were held, and aid was given in obtaining speak- 
ers in order that the work of the association could be carried 
out in the best possible way. 

At the Acton Fair an agricultural and home economics 
exhibit was judged. Hely) was also rendered to the Boys and 
Girls Club exhibit, and judges furnished for several departments. 

Forty-one women enrolled in a Food Preservation class to 
receive instruction in the most satisfactory methods to use in 
canning fruits and vegetables. Thirty were enrolled in a Food 
Selection class where the principles of preparation and selection 
of food were taught with the idea of improving the general 
health of the family. Clothing work was conducted in West 
Acton and South Acton by means of local leaders. 

Seventy-one boys and girls were enrolled in 4-H Club work, 
comprising six different clubs. Mrs. Madeline Howe, Mrs. R. 
Stoney, Mr. Hardy, and Mr. Charles Edney assisted with these 
local clubs. Two girls from South Acton, — Betty Howe and 
Helena Tucker, — were first and second in a state-wide canning- 
contest at the Brockton Pair. Marion Stoney was County Cham- 
pion in the clothing clubs. Mildred Pullerton and James Edney 
Avere awarded a tAvo day trip to the Massachusetts Agricultural 
College for prominent club AA^ork. 

Six motion pictui'o shoAvs Avere conducted Avith a total attend- 
ance of 826. 

In addition to the local meetijigs held, several coiuity-wide 
meetings Avere conducted, such as the county picnic at the 
Market Garden Field Station, the annual meeting of the Exten- 
sion Service at Waltham, and sectional meetings of fruitgroAvers 
and poultrymen. These Avere attended bv manv Acton i)eople. 

CHARLES B. WILLETT, 

Dii'ector. 



92 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT, 1926 



Accessions : No. of volumes in the Library, Jan.l, 1926, 16,249. 

Increase by purchase, 412, of which 6 were obtained by bind- 
ing magazines. Increase by gift, 92. Total increase, 504. 

No. of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1927, 16,753. 

Circulation : Number of days the Library was opened, 102. 
Number of volumes circulated, 9,934. Largest daily circulation, 
179, on April 3. Smallest daily circulation, 24, on February 10. 
Daily average circulation, 97 plus. 

Received from Library Fines and old maga- 
zines sold $55 . 87 

Expended for postage, etc 1.87 

Paid to Town Treasurer $54.00 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
U. S. Government, 2 ; State of Massachusetts, 11 ; American In- 
stitute of Homeopathy, 1 ; C. M. Auers, 22; Earle Barker, 24; 
Boston 5c Savings Bank, 1 ; Cancer Society, 1 ; Dr. L. G. R. Cran, 
don, 1 ; Wm. Charter, 1 ; Crosby Pub. Co., 1 ; A. L. Freese, 1 ; Mrs. 
E. P. Gates, 4; Ida H. Harper,'^3; M. Muhammad Ali, 1; X. E. L. 
Association, 1 ; Benjamin Pope, 17 ; total, 92. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, Labrarian. 



NON-FICTION 

Adams, J. Q. — Life in a New England town in 1787- 

1788 922A21111 

Albertieri, L.— The art of Terpsichore 79A334ii 

Allcroft, A. H.— Donland Pathways 914.2A421d 

American Tree Asso. — Forestry Almanac 63A512f 
Anon — The American Society for Control of Cancer 61A100am 

Anon — The Confessions of a Prima Donna 922A100o 

Anon — Ever^^body's Song Book 78A10()e 

Anon— Favorite Poems 80A100f 

Anon— The Lost Books of the Bible 22A1001 

Archer, D. — Corsica the Scented Isle * 914.4A671c 

Arthur, G.— Life of Lord Kitchener. 3 vols. 924K62a 



93 

Barker, L. F. and Cole, N. B. — Rheumatism 61B255r 

Baudioii, C, and Lestchinsk}^ A. — The Inner Discipline 15B341i 
Beebe, W.— Galapagos ; World's End 59B414g 

Bernardi, G. G. — Counterpoint 78B523c 

Bird, J. M.— "Margery," the Medium 13B618m 

Bolton, E. S.— Shirley Uplands and Intervales 974.5B6492s 

Bradford, G.— Darwin 924D228b 

Branch, D.— The Cowboy and His Interpreters 917.3B816c 

Bridge, F. M.— Princes of Wales 923B851p 

Brierley, J. T. — Bookkeeping at a Glance 65B853b 

Butterfield, L. P.— Floral Forms in Historic Design 75B988f 

Coldwell, 0. W., and Eikenberry, W. L. — Elements of 

Science 50C147e 

Casserlv, G.— Algeria Todav 916.5C344a 

Cescinsky, H.— The Old World House. 2 vols. 74(^421o 

Chapman, E. 0. (Ed.) — A Thousand and One Gems of 

English and American Poetry 80C466t 

Chatelain, X. — Guide-book to France for Americans 914.4C492g 
Chelev, F. H.— Dad, Whose Bov is Yours? 17C516d 

Church, R. W.— Spencer 2C562s 

Cloman, S. A.— Myself and a Few Moros 919.1C643m 

Collins, A. F.— The Radio Amateurs' Handbook 62C712r 

Collins, A. F. and V. D. — The Wonders of Natural 

History 59C712w 

Cortissoz, R. — John LaFarge 922L159c 

Crowther, S.— John H. Patterson 922P317c 

Croy, H.— How Motion Pictures are Made 77C954h 

Davis, W. T. — Plymouth Memories of an Octogenarian 922D265d 
Day, L. F.— Alte^und newe Alphabete 74D274a 

Dearborn, F. M. (Ed.) — American Homeopathy in the 

World War * 940D285a 

Dickinson, J. — The Building of an Army 35D553a 

Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society — History 

of Dorchester, Massachusetts ' 974.5D693h 

Drinkwater, J., and Others — The Artists in London 75D781a 

Drinkwater, J., and Others — The Art and Craft of Let- 
ters. 3 vols. 8()D781a 
Eaton, W. P.— Eaton, AY. P., In Berkshire Fields 81E14i 
Elliott, B. B.— Jersey, an Isle of Romance 914.2E46J 
Fiske, B. A.— From Midshipman to Rear Admiral 922F5412f 
Fletcher, F. M.— Wood Block Printing 76F612av 
Fowles, E.— Musical Competition Festivals 78F785m 
Fox, C. D.— Mirrors of Hollywood 917.3F791m 
Frost, A. B.--Carlo 75F939e 
Garland, H.— The Book of the American Indian 970G233b 
Gerbault, A.— The Light of the Firecrest 910G361f 
Gibbs, E. J. W.— The Poets and Poetrv of Turkev 89G437i) 
Gilbert, W. S.— H. M. S. Pinafore and Other Pla'vs 82G466p 



94 

Gilbert, W. S.— The Mikado and Other Plays 82G466m 

Gilman, B.— Roosevelt and the Happy Warrior 9221i781o- 

Goldbero-, T.^Bi-azilian Literature 86G618b 

Graham^ J.— A Century of Welsh Music 78G739c 

Griffith, G. B.— The Poets of Maine 81G853p 

Harlow, R. V. — Samuel Adams, Promoter of the Amer- 
ican Revolution 922A217ha 
Harper, G. M.— Charles Aug:ustin Sainte-Beuve 925S156h 
Harper, I. H. — Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony 

3 vols. 922A628h 

Harry, M.— A Springtide in Palestine 915.6 H296s 

Hawkins, H. J.— The Polishino- and Plating- of Metals 67H393p 
Hayward, C. H. — English Rooms and Their Decoration 

at a glance, 1066-1800 74H427e 

Hendrick, B. J. — Life and Letters of Walter H. Page. 

4 vols. 922P133h 

Hrbert, G — Works in Prose and Verse 82H536w 

Hobbs, E. W.— Sailing Ships at a Glance 38H682s 

Holland, J. G. — Historv of Western Massachusetts, 

2 vols. ' 974.5H735h 

Hough, E.— The War to theWest 973H838w 

Howe, H. E. (Ed.)— Chemistrv in Tndustrv. 2 vols. 66H856c 

Hunt, E. R.— The Plav of Todav 8()H939p 

Hvatt, S. P.— The Old Transport Road 916.8H992o 

Ibsen, H.—A Doll's House 89114d 

Izard, F.— Heroines of the Modern Stage 92()I98h 

Kaye, G. K.— Millinery for Everv Woman 64K23m 

Kelly, R. W. and Allen, F. J.— The Ship Building 

Industry 62K29s 

Keun, 0. — My Adventures in Bolshevik Russia 9147K43m 

Key, P. V. R.— Enrico Caruso 927(\329k 

Koldeway, R. — The Excavations at Babylon 913K81o 

Kyle, G. A. — The Eighteen Fifties and the Boston Five 

Cent Savings Bank 974.5K99e 

LaBranch, E. E. — An American Battery in P'raiice 940L126a 

Lawrence, W. — Memories of a Happy Life 922L4241 

Lincoln, E. C. — Rhymes of a Homesteader 81L736r 

Lockwood, S. M. — Antiques 72L817a 

MacDonald, D. — Scots and Scots Descendants in 

America 92()M137s 

Macgowan, K. and Rosse, H. — Masks and Demons 13M146m 

McNeal, T. A.— When Kansas AVas Young 978.1M169w 

MacQuarrie, H.— Tahiti Days 919.3M173t 

Manchester, F. A. (Ed.)— Harpers Anthology Poetry 80M268]i 
Masters, D.— The Conquest of Disease 61M423c 

Mavor, J. — Niagara in Politics 33M461m 

Merimee, P. — Letters to an Unknown 925M561m 



95 



Middleton, A. S.— South Sea Foam 
Mills, E. A. — The Adventures of a Native Guide 
Monckton, C. A. W. — Taming New Guinea 
Morg'anthaler, H. 0. — Matahari 
Muhammad, M. A. — Muhammad tlie Prophet 
Murtao'h, G.— Small Houses 

Northend, M. H. — Historic Doorways of Old Salem 
NoA^es, A. — The Elfin Artist and Other Poems 
Noyes, A. — ^^The Enchanted Island and Other Poems 
Noyes, A. — The New Morning- 
Nutting-, W.— The Clock Book 
Nutting, W. — Massachusetts Beautiful 
Paine, A. B.— In One Man's Life— T. N. Vail 
Parsons, P. A. — The Psychology of Dress 
Peabody, R. E.— The Log of the Grand Turks 
Peloubet, F. M.— Sunday School Notes 
Pepper, C. M. — Life and Times of Henrv 

Davis 
Plummer, B. H. — Little Homespun Songs 
Ragster, 0. — Chats on Big and Little Fiddles 
Rickston, D. — Daniel Rickston and His Friends 
Rogers, C. B. (Ed.)— The Standard Hoyle 
Romdahl, H. von A. — Anders Zorn 
Scollard, C. (Ed.) — ^Ballads of American BraverA 
Silver, F. — Modern Banking 
Spitta, E. J. — Microscopy 
Stevens, W. B. — Historv of Stonebam, Mass. 



919.6M628S 

917.3M657a 

919.5M787t 

915.9M851m 

29M952m 

72M972S 

917.3N864hi 

82N952e 

82N952en 

82N952n 

52N976C 

917.3N976m 

922V129]) 

39P267p 

973P3581 

26P392S 

Gassawa}' 

922D2622i> 

78P7351 

78R141C 

922R539r 

79R724S 

76R764a 

81S422b 

33S586m 

57S761m 

974.5S846h 



ThAving, AY. E. — History of the First Church in Roxbury 



Mass. 1630-1904 
Tilley, A. — Francois Rabelais 
Townsend, G. AV.— Life of William McKinley 
Usher, A. P. — The Industrial History of England 
Van Dvke, ?I. — Music and Other Poems 



Vil 



-Poems 



Vopicka, C. J. — Secrets of the Balkans 
Vulliamy, C. E. — Our Prehistoric Forerunners 
Welles, G. — Diary of Gideon Welles, 3 vols. 
Wbite, W. A.— Calvin Coolidge the Man 

President 
Wier, A. E. (Ed.)— The Child's Own Music lioo 
Wilson, P. W.— The Christ We Forget 
AVing, R. (Ed.)— Bluebook of the Screen 
Younghusband, F. — The Epic of Mount Everest 



Who 



974.5T548I1 

925R114t 

922M158t 

942U85i 

81V248m 

84V759p 

940V952S 

57V9910 

922W449AA 

Is 

922(774av 
78W648C 
23W752C 

921W769b 
915.1Y72e 



FICTION 
Adams, B. — Fenceless MeacloAvs 
Aldrich, B. S.— The Cutters 
Aldrich, B. S.— The Rim of the Prairie 



A21ir)f 
A3652C 
A3652r 



96 



Ames, J. B. — The Lone Hand 

Aiion — The Cynics Cyclopedia 

Anon— To L. M. G., He Who Passed 

Anon— The Life Mask 

Anthony, I. — Three Ships in Azure 

Austen, J. — Lady Susan and the Westons 

Aiisten, J. — Love and Friendship 

Bailey, T.— The Blue Window 

Balzac, H. de — Short Stories 

Bartlev, N. — Her Mother's Daughter 

Baxter, G. 0.— The Shadow of Silver Tip 

Beck, L. A.— The Way of the Stars 

Becke, L. — Edward Barry 

Beedino-, F.— The Little White Hag 

Beeding, F. — The Seven Sleepers 

Biggers, E. D. — Love Insurance 

Bindloss, H.— The Broken Trail 

Bindloss, H. — Pine Creek Ranch 

Bindloss, H. — Prairie Gold 

Birmingham, G. A. — Larlarge's Lovers 

Bojer, J. — The Emigrants 

Borden, M.- — Three Pilgrims and a Tinker 

Bower, B. M.— Black Thunder 

Bower, B. M. — Van Patten 

Boyd, J. — Drums 

Buchan, J. — The Dancing Floor 

Buck, C. N. — Portuguese Silver 

Chapman, A. — John Crews 

Chesterton, G. K. — Tales of the Long Bow 

Cohen, 0. R.— Black and Blue 

Cohen, 0. R.— The Iron Chalice 

Colver, A. R. — Under the Rainbow Sky 

Cooper, C. R.— The White Desert 

Crane, S. — The Red Badge of Courage 

Creed, S.— The Shot 

Davis, B.— The Goat Without Horns 

Day, H. — Blow the Man Down 

DeFoe, D. and Others— Best Ghost Stories 

Delafield, E. M.— A Revision to Type 

Diver, M. — Siege Perilous 

Donnelly, I. — Caesar's Column 

Dovle, A. C— The Stark-Munroe Letters 

Dutton, C. J.— The Second Bullet 

Evafts, H. G. — Spanish Acres 

Fane, L. — Legation Street 

Farjeon, J. J. — The Green Dragon 

Farnol, J. — The High Adventure 

Ferber, E.— Show Boat 



A51410 
AlOOcv 

Aiodt 

AlOOl 

A628t 

A9331 

A93310 

B156B 

B198s 

B2892h 

B355s 

B393W 

B394e 

B41421 

B4142S 

B59221 

B612b 

B612pi 

B612ps 

B6191 

B685e 

B728t 

B786b 

B786va 

B789d 

B918d 

B922p() 

C466J 

(^5252t 

C678b 

C678i 

C727u 

C7762W 

C891r 

C913s 

D2612g 

D273b 

D314b 

. D333r 

D618si 

D685c 

])754st 

D981s 

E921s 

F2111 

F299g 

F235h 

F346sh 



97 

Field, E. S.— Twin Beds T4532t 

Fisher, J.— The Cradle of the Deep F534c 

Flaubert, G. — Madame Bovary F587m 

Fletcher, J. S.— False Scent F613j: 

Fletcher, J. S. — Marchester Royal F613mb 

Fletcher, J. S.— The Mill of Many Windows F613mi 

Fletcher, J. S.— Revensden Court F613ra 

Fletcher, J. S. — The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation F613rb 

Fletcher, J. S.— The Root of All Evil F613r 

Fletcher, J. S.— The Secret of the Barbican F613se 

Fletcher, J. S.— The Secret Way F613sf 

Foster, M.— I Want to be a Lady F756i 

France, A.— The Red Lily ' F815r 

Furman, L.— The Glass Window F986g 

Galsworthy, J.— The White Monkey G178w 

Garland, H.— Trailmakers of the Middle Border G233t 

Gibbs, G.— The Flame of Courage G442fl: 

Gibbs, G.— Mad Marriage G442m 

Glasgow", E. — Barren Ground G548ba 

Glass, M. — Abe and Mawruss G549a 

Gluck, S.— The House of the Missing G567h 

Goold, M. N.— Heather Heretics G659h 

Gravson, D. — Adventures in Understanding G784ae 

Greene, A. B.— Dipper Hill G7992d 

Gregory, J.— The Desert Thoroughbred G822de 

Grey, Z. — The Vanishing American G842v 

Gross, M.— Nize Baby G878n 

Hains, T. J.— Bahama Bill H153b 

Hains, T. J.— The Black Barque H153bl 

Hains, T. J.— The Voyage of the Arrow . H153v 

Hains, T. J.— The Wind Jammers H153w 

Hawes, C. B.— The Mutineers H391m 

Hazard, R. H.— The House on Stilts H428h 

Henshaw, N. — The Inheritance of Jean Trouve H526i 

Hill, G. L.— Coming Through the Rve H646c 

Hough, E.— The Ship of Souls H838sh 

Hough, E.— The Way Out H838wa 

Hueston, E.— Swedey H887sw 

Hume, F. — The Disappearing Eye H921d 

Hurst, F.— Mannequin H9595m 

Jepson, E. — Alice Devine J51a 

Kelland, C. B.— Contraband K293c 

King, B.— The Happv Isles K521ha 

King, B.— The High Forfeit K521h 

Kiiibbs, H. H.— The Sunoazers K69su 

Knibbs, H. H.— Temeseal K69t 

Kyne, P. B.— The Understanding Heart K99u 

Lee, J.— Dead Right L478d 



98 



Leroux, G. — The Phantom of the Opera L618p 

Lewis, S. — Mantrap L676ma 

Lincohi; J. C— The Bio- Mooul L7372b 

Lincoln, N. S.— The Blue Car Mystery L7375b 

Locke, W. J.— Perella L814p 

Litz, G. L. H.— A New Name ]^975n 

McCutcheon, G. B.— Black is White M133bl 

McCutcheon, G. B.— East of the Setting Sun M133e 

Macdonald, P.— The Rasp M1352r 

MacGrath, H.— Parrot and Co. * M147pa 

Marsh, C. F.— Shelter M365s 

Marshall, E.— Child of the Wild M3675c 

Mason, A. E. W.— The Broken Road M398b 

Mason, A. E. W.— The Winding Stair M398w 

Maughan, W. S.— The Trembling of a Leaf M449t 

Maxwell, W. B.— Elaine at the Gates M465e 

Mears, M.— The Bird in the Box M483b 
Merimee, P. — A Chronicle of the Reign of Charles IX. 

and Other Stories MoGlch 

Merimee, P. — The Mosaic and Other Stories Mr)61m 

Merimee, P. — Carmen and Other Stories M561c 

Miller, A. D.— The Reluctant Duchess M6471r 

Mila, L. J.— Tt Happened in Peking M659it 

Miln, L. J.— Ruben and Tvy Sen . M659r 

Montgomery, L. M.— The Blue Castle M787b 

Morrow, H. W.— We Must March W741w 

Neidig, W. J.— The Fire Flingers N397f 

Norris, C. G. — Pig Iron N854p 

Norris, K.— The Black Flemings N856bl 

Norris, K. — Hildegai'de N856hi 

Norris, K.— Little Ships N856I 

Ogden, G. W.— The Trail Rider 034t 

Oppenheim, B. P.— The Double Traitoi* 062d 

Oppenheim, E. P.— The Golden Beast O62oo 

Ostenso, M.— Wild Geese 0852w 

Packard, F. L.— The Red Ledger P119re 

Paine, R. D.— In Zanzibar P146i 

Parker, G.— The Power and the Glory P239p 

Phillips, D. G.— The (V)nflict P558c 

Pinkerton, R. E.— The 4th Norwood P6552f 

Pinkerton, R. E.— White Watei* P6552w 

Raine, W. M. — Bonanza R155bo 

Raine, W. M.— Roads of Doubt R155ro 

Raine, W. M.— Tangled Trails Rl55ta 

Raine, W. M.— Troubled Waters Rlooti' 

Rath, E. J.— The Brains of the Family H234h 

Read, O.— The Waters of Caney Fork R284^^ 

Rees, A. J.— The Threshold of Fear R328t 



99 



Riiiehart, M. R.— The Bat R578ba 

Rinehart, M. R. — The Case of Jennie Brice R579ca 

Robins, E. — The Messenger R657me 

Roe, E. P. — Opening of a Chestnut Burr R698o 

Russell, W. C— The Captain's "Wife R968c 

Russell, W. C— The Mate of the Good Ship York R968m 

Sabatini, R. — Bellarion S113be 

.Sabin, E. L.— Desert Dust S116d 

Sadleir, M.— Obedience S126o 

Savage, C. M.— The Turn of the Sword ' S2632t 

Schultz, J. W.— Sun Woman S387s 

Scott, R. T. M.— The Black Magician S4282b 

Seltzer, C. A. — The Vengeance of Jefferson Gawne S468v 

Seltzer, C. A.— The Wav of the Buffalo S468w 

Seltzer, C. A.— West S468we 

Shaw, G. B. — An unsocial Socialist S4345a 

Sheldon, C. M. — John King's Question Class S544j 

Sinclair, B. W.— Wild West S6165w 

Sinclair, M. — Ann Severn and the Fieldings S616a 

Smith, A. D. H.— Porto Bello Gold S643p 

Smith, A, P.— Kindred S642k 

Smith, H. L.— Pollyanna's Jewels S6492p 

Smith, R. P. — Prisoners of Fortune S658p 

Smith, S. K.— Starbrace S659s 

Spearman, F. H. — Selwoocl of Sleepy Cat S741s 

Stanlev, H. A.— The Backwoodsman S784b 

Sferrett, F. R.— Up the Road with Sallie S838u 

Stevenson, B. E. — The Coast of Enchantment S847 

Stewart, J. L. — The Laughing Buddah S511 

Sullivan, A.— The Jade God S949J 

Tarkington, B.— Women T176w 

Thurston, E. T.— The Greatest Thing in the World T5452g 

Townley, H.— The Bishop's Emeralds T746b 

Tracy, L.— The Turning Point T761t 

Train, A.— The Blind Goddess T768b 

Train, A.— Page Mr. Tutt T7682i^ 

Treynor, A. M.— The Long Patrol T8171 

Vachell, H.— Watlings V118w 

Venner, N. — The Imperfect Lnposter V463i 

Wells, C— The Redhaired Girl W453re 

Weston, G.— The Beauty Prize W535b 

White, W. P.— The Buster W5892b 

Williamson, A. M.— Secret Gold W729se 
Williamson, C. N. and A. M.— A Soldier of the Legion W729so 

Williamson, H.— The Dream of Fair Women W7292d 

Yezierska, A. — Salome of the Tenements Y49s 



100 



JUVENILE 

Abbott, J.— Martha the Seventh JA1322m 

Adams, K.— Toto and the Gift JA2145t 

Alexander, C. — Bobbie a Great Collie JA3756 

Alger, H., Jr. —Try and Trust JA395t 

Almond, L. S. — Mary Redding- Takes Charge JA452m 

Ames, J. B. — The Mounted Troop JA514m 

Anderson, R. G.— Over the Hill Stories JA549o 
Andress, J. M.— The Boys and Girls of Make Up Town JA561b 

Appleton, V. — Don Sturdy in the Desert of Mystery JA652d 
Appleton, V. — Don Sturdy in the Land of Volcanoes JA652da 
Appleton, V. — ^Don Sturdy with the Big Snake Hunters JA652db 

Appleton, V. — Don Sturdy in the Tombs of Gold JA652dc 

Appleton, V. — Don Sturdy Across the North Pole JA652de 

Ashmun, M. — Brenda Sta^^s at Home JA827b 

Ashmun, M. — No School Tomorrow JA827n 

Ashmun, M. — School Keeps Today JA827sc 

Baker, E. A.— Frolics at Fairmount JB1672f 

Barbour, R. H.— Barry Locke Half-back JB239bb 

Barbour, R. H.— Bases Full JB239ba 

Barbour, R. H.— Pud Pringle Pirate JB239pu 

Barbour, R. H.— Right Half Hollins JB239rh 

Bartlett, A. C— Spunk, Leader of the Dog Team JB2891s 

Bassett, S. W.— Christopher and the Clock Makers JB319cli 

Bianco, M. W.— The Appletree JB578a 

Bianco, M. W.— The Little Wooden Doll JB5781 

Bickford, F.— Daddv Joe 's Fiddle JB5831d 

Blake, G.— At Bow View JB636a 

Blanchard, A. E. — June Duncan JB639ju 

Brady, L. E. — Loyal and Mary Louise JB81251() 

Breciv, J.— The Bad Little Owls JB829b 

Breck, J.— The Jay Bird That Went Tame JB829J 

Breck, J.— Mostly About Nibble the Bunny JB829m 

Breck, J.— Nibble Rabbit Makes More Fri'ends JB829ii 

Breck, J.— The Sins of Silvertop, the Fox JB829s 

Breck, J.— Tad Coon 's Great Adventure JB829t 

Breck, J.— Tad Coon's Tricks JB829ta 

Breck,— J. The Wavv Tailed W^arrior JB829w 

Brill, E. C— The Island of Yellow Sand JB857i 

Brown, A. F.— Under the Rowan Tree JB877u 

Burgess, T. W.— The Christmas Reindeer JB955c 

Burgess, T. W.— Little Joe Otter JB9551 

Burton, C. P.— Treasure Hunters of Bobs Hill JB9742t 

Bush, B. E.— A Prairie Rose JB978p 

Carter, H. — The Boy Scouts on Sturgeon Island JC323ba 

Carter, H.— The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods JC323bl) 

Carter, H.— Boy Scouts on the War Trails JC323bc 

€arter, H. — Boy Scouts Along the Susquehanna JC323b(l 



101 

Carter, H.— Boy Scouts First Campfire - JC323be 

Carter, H.— Boy Scouts in the Rockies JC323bi' 

Carter, H.— Boy Scouts Down in Dixie JC323bg- 

Carter, H.— Bay Scouts Afoot in France JC323bli 

Carter, H. — Boy Scouts at the Battle of Saratoga JC323hi 

Carter, H.— Boy Scouts Through the Big Timber JC323b.i 

Castleman, H. — Frank the Young Naturalist JC353f 

Castleman, H. — Frank on a Gunboat JC353fa 

Castleman, H. — Frank on the Lower Mississippi JC353fb 

Chance, L. M.— Little Folks of Many Lands JC45421 

Chapman, H. E. — Barbara in Pixie-land •JC466b 

Coe, F. E.— Heroes of Everyday Life J9C672h 

Coldwell, 0. W. and Meier— Open Doors to Science J9C147o 

Colodi, C— Pinocehio JC7182p 

Daulton, A. M.— Green Gate JD2392g 

Donahey, M. D.— Marty Lu JD674m 

Evans, L. B.— The Trail Blazers JE92t 

Tryer, J. E.— Stories of Everyday Friends JF948st 

Paris, J. T.— Real Stories from Our History J9F228r 

Paris, J. T.— Real Stories of the Geography Makers J9F228re 

Frver, J. E.— Stories of Evervdav Wonders JF948s 

Gaze, H.— Copper Top JG289c 

Gollomb, J. — Turning in at Lincoln High JG626t 

Green, p.— Uncle Sam's Sailors JG7952u 

Hall, M. E.— Dutch Days JH1782d 

Hammond, J. W. — A Magician of Science JH226m 

Hawthorne, H.— Island Farm JH389i 

Heath, J. F.— Ann's Family JH437a 

Hertzman, A. M. — When I Was a Girl in Sweden JH576w 

Heyliger, W. — QuimbA' and Son JH617q 

Holland, R. S.— The Rider in the Green Mask JH736r 
Hope, L. L. — Bunnv Brown and His Sister Sue on the 

Rolling Ocean JH791bn 

Hope. L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins JH791bob 

Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins in the Country JH791bobl 

Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsev Twins at the Seashore JH791bob2 

Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins at School JH791bob3 

Hope, L .L.— The Bobbsy Twins at Snow Lodge JH791bob4 

Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat JH791bob5 

Hope, L. L. — The Bobbsey Twins at Meadow Brook JH791bob6 

Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins at Home JH791bob7 

Hope, L. L. — Six Little Bunkers at Indian John's JH791sd 

Howard, P. S.— The W. Chuck Familv JH851w 

Hull, J. H.— Trail and Packhorse JH913t 

Judd, M. C— Wigwam Stories JJ92w 

Judson, C. L— The Camp at Gravel Point JJ93c 

Kempton, K. P.— Red Eagle Island JK32r 

Knipe, A. A.— Bunnv Plays the Game JK692b 



102 



hamprey, L. — Children of Ancient Egypt JL239c 

Lansing', M. F. — Life in the Greenwood JL2461 

Large, L. A. — Little Stories of Famous Explorers JL3221J 

Lindsay, M.— The Toy Shop JL749t 

Long, W. J.— Little Brother to the Bear JL84921 

Lynde, F.— The Cruise of the Cuttlefish JL988c 

McNeil, E.— Daniel DuLuth JM1698d 

Marshall, A.— John JM3671J 

MarshallB.— Old Hickory's Prisoner JM3672o 

Marshall, E. — Campfire Courage JM3673c 

Montgomery, L. L. — Miss Jeffrey's Neighborhood JM786m 

Munroe, K. — In the Heart of the Everglades JM968in 

Murphy, M.— Patricia of New York JM978i) 

Murphy, M.— Patricia and the Other Girls JM978pa 

Orton, H. F.— The Lost Little Pigs J077i 

Otis, J.— Tddy and Carrots J088tc 

Pay son, H. — Boy Scouts under Fire in Mexico JP347bo 
Perkins, L. F. — The American Twins of the Revolution JP449am 

Perkins, L. F.— Mr. Chick JP449m 

Perrv, S. G. S.— Barbara of Telegraph Hill JP465b 

Phillips, E. C— Little Sally Waters JP5581 

Phillips, E. C— Pretty Polly Perkins JP558p 

Rankin, C. W.— Gipsy Nan JRinigi 

Raymond, E. — Dorothy on a Ranch JR268db 

Raymond, E.— Dorothy at Oak Knowl JR268(L' 

Raymond, E. — Dorothy's Home Party JR26Sdr 

Raymond, E. — Dorotliy in California JR268f)]f 

Raymond, E. — Dorotliv's Travels JR268d'i 

Raymond, E. — Dorotliy 's Triumph JR268dli 

Raymond, E.— Dorothy's Tour JR268di 

Raymond, E. — Dorothy's House Boat JR268dj 

Raymond, E.— Dorothy at Skyrie JR268dk 

Raymond, E. — Dorothy's Schooling JR268dl 

Raymond, E.— Dorothy JR268dm 

Robinson, M. L.— Little Lucia's School JR663Ii 

Scales, L. AV. L.— Boys of the Ages J9S279b 

Schultz, J. W. — AVilliam Jackson, Lidian Scout JS387w 
Seaman, A. H. — The Adventures of the Seven Keyholes JS438a 

Seaman, A. H.— The Secret of the Beach JS438se 

Sherman, J. W.— The Talkative Table JS5532t 

Shute, H. A.— Plupv, Bennv and Pewt JS5625p 

Skinner, C. L.— Silent Scot JS628s 

Smith, R. D. The Indian Canoe JS6572i 

Stein, E.— Child Songs of Cheer JS819c 

Theiss, L. E.— Aloft in the Shenandoah 11. JT376a 

Tomlinson, E. T.— The Champion of the Regiment JT659ci 

Tomlinson, E. T.— The Mystery of Ramapo Pass JT659my 

Tomlinson, E. T. — Scouting- with General Funston JT659sg 



103 

Wallace, D.— The Wav to Burning Mountain JW188w 

Warde, M.— The Holiday Book JW265h 

Wheeler, F. R. — The Boy with the American Red Cross JW562bu 

Wheeler, F. R.— The Boy with the U. S. Marines JW562bb 

Wilson, J .F.— Scouts of the Desert JW749s 

Wilson, M. — Klipper-Klopper JAA^Tolk 

BOUND MAGAZINES 

American Magazine of Art — Jan. -June, 1925 
National Geographic — July-Dec, 1925 
Popular Mechanics — July-Dec, 1925 
Review of Reviews — July-Dec, 1925 
St. Nicholas— Nov., 1925-April, 1926 
St. Nicholas— May-Oct.. 1926 

REFERENCE 
Acton and Maynard Directory 

Journal of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts 
Journal of the Senate of Massachusetts 
Proceedings of the G. A. R., 1926 
Proceedings of the American Legion, 1925 
Report of the Library of Congress 
Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1924 
Vital Records of Dana, Mass. 
Vital Records of Groton, Mass. Vol. 1 
Vital Records of Lawrence, Mass. 
Vital Records of Nantucket, Mass. Vol. 2 
Vital Records of Roxburv, Mass. Vols. 1 and 2 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



School Committee 



and 



Superintendent of Schools 

OF THE 

TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 

1926 



THE XEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1927 



ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 



Spencer H. Taylor, Cliairmaii 

Mrs. Lulu L. Clark 

Mrs. Alice Carlisle 

Frank Tooliey 

Mrs. Marv Kichardson 

Edo-ar Hall 



Superintendent 



Charles W. Lawrence, So. Acton, Mr 



ss. 



Term expires 1929 

Term expires 1929 

Term expires 1927 

Term expires 1927 

Term expires 1928 

Term expires 1928 



Telephone 45-4 



Oliver D. AVood 
Harry Morse 
Tliomas Sc anion 



Attendance Officers 



Acton 
South Acton 
AVest Acton 



Dr. E. A. Mave] 



School Physician 



Acton 



Esther Robinson 



School Nurse 



AVest Acto] 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 1927 



First short term begins January 3, 1927 
First short term ends February 18, 1927 
Second short term begins Feb. 28, 1927. 
Second short term ends April 15 
Third short term begins April 25 
High school graduation week of 



1927. 
1927. 

June 



Third short term ends June 24. 192 



6-10, 1927 



1927-1928 
ins Se])tember 6, 1927 



School closes X"ov. 2o. 1927, and reopens; 



Fall term be^ 
Thanksgiving 
Nov. 28, 1927. 

Fall terms ends December 28, 1927. 
First short term begins Januarv 2, 1928 



Legal Holidays 

January 1, February 22, April 19, May 30, July 4, first Mon- 
day of September, October 12, Thanksg-iviug" Day, Christmas Day 
(the day following Avhen 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 11, 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 Dav, 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 oi)ening of school in Sej)- 
tember, may be admitted with the ap]n-oval of the sni)eriiitendent 
of schools. 

Rule 2. Pui)ils shall be promoted from grade to grade and 
school to school according to merit. Thorough and satisfactory 
work will be required of pn])ils in a lower grade or school before 
entering a higher grade oi- school. 

Rule 3. Children who have not . previously attended any 
school shall be admitted to the public schools only at the be- 
ginning of the fall term, unless qualified in the opinion of tlie 
teacher and superintendent of schools to do the work. 

Rule 4. Pui)ils shall be held responsible for books loaned 
to them until returned to the teacher. 

Rule 5. No re])airs shall be made upon the ])ublic ]u-o])erty 
in the care of the school committee exce]^t 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 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 
any 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 Grade School 
Buildings shall have an outdoor recess each afternoon; other 



room.s 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 
monthlj^ meeting. 

Rule 8. Doors shall not be opened before principals arrive. 
Pupils maj^ be allowed to come to their rooms with the permis- 
sion of their room teachers, and pupils coming in barges may 
enter the basements, if weather conditions make it advisable. 

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



Teachers in Service, December 31, 1926 



ScliooJ Teacher 

Center: 

Martha F. Smith 

Marion L. Towne 
.South : 

Molly Gilligan 

Ellise Dickerman 

Ilelga Xeilsen 

Julia McCarthv 
AVest : 

Maud B. Priest 

Mildred H. :\roore 

Margery Stearns 
Acton High, Junior Section: 

Ella L. Miller 1899 

Mary Branley 1925 

Olive Valente 192o 



App. Where Educated Home Address 



1902 
1921 

1921 
1926 
1923 
1906 

1922 
1925 
1925 



Lowell Normal 
Smith 



xlcton 
Concord 



Lowell Normal Concord Jet. 
Fitchburg Normal Ayer 
Fitchburg Normal Stow 
Fitchburg Normal South Acton 

Fitchburg Normal West Acton 
Leslie Kinder. West Acton 
Fitchburg Normal West Acton 



Framingham Nor 
Hyannis Normal 
Framingham No. 



Acton 

So. Braintree 

Newton 



Acton High School, Senior Section 



Charles AV. Lawrance 1925 

Winifred Bruce 1925 

AYilliam Felt 1926 

Hazel Murray 1925 

Mabel Noyes 1925 

L. Ashley Rich 1925 

E. Louise Turner 1926 



Mass. Inst. Tech. South Acton 
Boston T'niversity W. Medford 
Clark University Northboro 
Boston University W. Lynn 
Wellesley Nashua, N.H. 

North University West Acton 
1926 Chandler Hanover 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



To the Voters of Acton : 

The year 1926 lias certainly been one of progress for tlie 
School Dei)artment. 

The state released Acton from the Littleton, Acton, Carlisle, 
union, allowinjj:' us to hire a much needed full time Su])erin- 
tendent. AVe were fortunate lo procure Mr. Charles W. Lawrance, 
then with the Lexington High School, to be Princii)al of our High 
School, and Superintendent of Schools. Under his supervision 
marked improvement has been made in our entire system. 

Repairs and replacements to buildings and equipment have 
been carefully considered and attended to. Where necessary, new 
text books have been purchased. In the grade buildings electric 
lights have been installed in the remaining used class rooms. The 
West building has been painted outside. New blackboards have 
been installed in a portion of the South building. At the Centre 
a section of the ceiling in Miss Towne's room fell and more of it 
was badly cracked and sagged. This was replaced with a metal 
ceiling. New chairs and desk tops were put in our grade schools. 
These have been needed for several years. 

At the High School a start has been made to remove the 
apple tree stumps between the building and Mrs. Kelley's prop- 
erty and eventuallj^ we will have an athletic and recreation 
grounds for the students. 

Our two busses have been a success and have shown a 
marked saving in our trans]:)ortation ex])ense. 

We recommend that toilets be installed in the West School 
to improve sanitary conditions. 

We are pleased to state that 1926 bills are settled and that 
we are turning a good balance from our appropriation back to 
the Town Treasurer. 

We wish to thank the Superintendent and Teachers for their 
co-operation throughout the year to raise the standard of our 
schools. 

Respectfully submitted, 

SPEN(^ER II. TAYLOR. (Iiairman. 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS 
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1927 



Salaries and other expenses of School 

Committee $150.00 

Salaries and other expenses of Supt. 

and Enforcement of Law 2,500 . 00 

Clerk of Superintendent 500.00 

Salaries of Teachers 24,800.00 

Text Books (High and Elementary) 2,000.00 

Supplies (High and Elementary) 1,000.00 

Janitor's Avages, fuel and misc. 

operating expenses 7,100.00 

Repairs 1,500.00 

Health, Auxiliary Agencies 250.00 

Transportation \ 3,000.00 

New Equi])ment 200. 00 

Unclassified 1,000.00 



$44,000.00 

PAID OUT FOR SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS, 
YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1926 

General Expenses 

Expenses and salary of School Committee $135.79 
Expenses and salary of Su])erintendent .... 2,511 .13 

Expenses of Instruction 

Salaries of Teachers, Principals and 

Supervisors $22,904 . 18 

Text Books (High) 750.12 

Text Books (Elementary) 582.32 

Stationery Supplies and Miscellaneous 

(High) 1,343.73 

Stationery Supplies and Miscellaneous 

(Elementary) 660.61 

Operating Expenses (High) 3,046.05 

Operating Expenses (Elementary) 4,112.06 

Repairs (High) " 213.41 

Repairs (Elementary) 2,041 . 60 



8 

Libraries and 1 lealtli 200 . UO 

Transportatio]) 2,022.21 

Special Allotiiient of Miscellaneous Expense 246.00 

Outlays 30.00 

New Equipment 552 . 45 

Vocational Education 133.96 

— $41,485.62 

Balance returned to Treasurer 2,514.38 

Total Appropriation for 1926 $44,000.00 

Salaries of School Committee 

Lulu L. Clark, Secretary $80.00 

$80.00 

Expenses of School Committee 

Thomas Groom & Co., Committee Rec. Books $4.75 

C. W. LaAvrance, Reimburse for Grad. 

Expenses 36 . 00 

AVrig'ht & Potter, New Account Book. Fillers 15.04 



$55.79 



Superintendent's Office, Salary and Travel Expenses 
and Enforcement of Law 

Salary of Su])t. Herman Knight $79.17 

Salary of Supt. C. AV. Lawrance 1,625.02 

Expenses of Supt. Travel, H. C. Knight ... 22.03 

Expenses of Supt. Travel, C. W. Lawrance. 78.51 
Miscel. Office Expenses, Reimbursement for 

Stamps, Ex])ress, Freight 

H. C. Knight 12.85 

C. AV. Lawrance 51 . 26 

Lulu L. Clark, for special clerk hire 

(Town Rei)ort) 30.00 

Student Clerk Hire 315.26 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co 139.88 

Mrs. Nellie Stevens, Clerk Union 33 4.00 

H. S. Home & Co., Fin. Report Forms L5.20 

C. F. Williams & Sons, Application Forms. 5.66 

Had ley Pre.ss, Letter Heads 26 . 00 

AV. }). Currier, Stamped Envelopes 34.64 

Burroughs Add. ^Mach. Co., Ribbon .75 

J. L. Hammett & Co 7 . 75 

Yawman & Erbe Co., Filing Equip. Cards, 

Folders, Indexes 21 . 15 

Rand Kardex Co., School Attendance 

Forms, Elementarv 5 .00 



9 

A. N. Hederstedt, Columbian Envelopes .... 3.00 

Census Taking, Pet. 1, $12.00: Pet. 2, 

$12.00 ; Pet. 3, $10.00 34.00 



$2,511.13 



Salaries of Supervisors and Teachers 

Supervisors, ^Music and Drawing - $-J:r)5.00 

High, Principal and Teachers 10,193.30 

Elementary, Principal and Teachers 12,255.88 



Text Books (High) 

Benj. Sanborn 

J. L. Hammett Co 

DeWolf e & Fiske 

Macmillan & Co 

Allyn & Bacon 

Old Corner Book Store 

Ginn & Co 

llarloAv Publ. Co 

Edward E. Babb 

D. C. Heath 

Gregg Publishing Co. (Commercial Books) 

Houghton Mifflin Co . . 

The Hadley Press 

American Book Co 

Ryan & Buker (History Books) 

Little Brown Co 

C. C. Birchard & Co. (Music Books; 

Charles Homey er (Music Books) 

Oliver Ditson (Music Books) 



Text Books (Elementary) 

C. H. Congdon 

DeWolf e & Fiske 

Wm. Thayer, atlas 

Ginn & Co., music 

Charles Scribners Sons 

Scott Foresman & Co 

^Vmerican Book Co 

Allyn & Bacon 

The Macmillan Co 





$22,904.18 


$12 


.07 


1 


.57 


18 


.12 


23 


.94 


140 


.56 


4 


.00 


178 


.31 


1 


.18 


112 


.51 


45 


.05 


27 


.33 


30 


.66 


3 


.11 


4 


.80 


4 


.34 


5 


.73 


134 


.40 


1 


.41 


1 


.03 




$750.12 


y) 

$1.89 




.90 


13, 


.14 


112 


.39 


36. 


,50 


202. 


,32 


141, 


.10 


66. 


00 


8. 


,08 



$582.32 



10 
stationery Supplies and Miscellaneous (High) 

Edward E. Babb $24.42 

Ryan & Buker 14.19 

J. L. Hammett & Co., from 1923, $218.20, 

paper, draAving- supplies, pencils, ink, 

pens, etc 819 . 56 

L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., laboratory note 

books 77.29 

Emerson & Co., rubber stamps 6.12 

J. S. Moore, lunch room equipment 1 . 65 

A. W. Davis, express 12 . 65 

Office Appliance Co., stencils 83.68 

Cinn & Co., students' maps, etc 53.52 

Cambridge Botanical Supply Co., rubber 

apron, cliemistry .93 

Jordan ]\Iarsh Co., graduation supplies .... 9.60 

Finney & Hoit 7 . 60 

Lexington llardwai-e Co., stainless knives . . 4.50 
Vannah Lithogra])li Co., diploma plates and 

diplomas 155 . 00 

L. A. Kick, reimbursement 4.19 

Pierce 's Express 1.75 

Laffin 's Bedford Express 6 . 00 

The Hadley Press, report cards, study forms 58.25 

Acton Drug Co 1 . 85 

South Acton Woolen Co .58 

$1,343.73 

Stationery Supplies and Miscellaneous (Elementary) 

Milton Bradlev (^o., paints $63.06 

World Book Co 1 .76 

Finney & Iloit 1 .50 

Dowling School Suppl}^ pencils, primary . . 8.14 

C. C. Birchard Co., music 3 . 68 

J. L. Hammett Co., composition paper, 

drawing ]^aper, pencils, doormats .... 395.32 

P\iller Brush Co., brushes, brooms 16.87 

Hall Brothers 6 . 55 

A. N. Hederstedt .80 

Frank Johnson, elementarv report cards . . 10.23 

A. W. Davis Co ". 5.90 

A. W. Davis (pers.), trucking 4,73 

The Hadley Press, report cards 18.50 

National Child Welfare Association, Inc. . . 10.00 

Scott Foresman & Co 50.35 

Kyan & Buker, wall map equipment 62 . 97 

Acton Drug Co .25 

$660.61 



11 

Operating Expenses (High School) 

Janitors and Fuel 

Wages of Janitor and Expenses 

South Acton Woolen Co., coal .^968. 2() 

Edgar Hall, demurrage 2.00 

A. W. Davis, trucking coal 81 .19 

John Pederson, trucking coal 25.50 

Jesse A. Briggs, trucking coal 4^1:. 00 

James Frence, cutting wood 25.00 

Joseph Gagnon, cutting wood 31.50 

Greenough Construction Co., hauling wood 12.00 

H. Butler, sawing wood 11 .88 

(Mias. A. Durkee. kindling 10.00 



Miscellaneous Operating Expenses (High) 
E. E. Gra3', cleaning materials and lunch I'oom 

supi)lies $4 . 93 

A. W. Davis, trucking freight, January 

supplies 74 . 71 

C. W. Lawrance, reimbursement for emer- 
gency labor, high school 4.00 

Fuller Brush Co. broom and brushes (i.OO 

W. & 8. Water Supply Districts, water . . . 37.26 

Wilkinson & Company, hardware 34.08 

Claflin & Co., paper towels, toilet paper, fix- 
tures 77 . 20 

Finnev & Hoit, vacuum s\v(H^])er cord, cloth 92.17 

J. S. Moore 3.50 

Herbert M. hawrance, rental waxer 2.00 

George Richardson, reimbursement 2.75 

American Woolen Co., light, ])ower 290. ()5 

Fuelite Natural Gas Co. 99.00 

L. M. Glover, floor oil and liquid soap. . . . 32.50 

Acton Drug Co 1 . 55 

Commissioner of Public Safetv. ins])ecting 

boiler '. 5.00 

Laffin's Bedford p]xpress .60 



*1,211. 83 



$767.90 
Total High School Operating Expenses $3,046.05 

Repairs (High) 

Orson A. Balch, labor $57 . 20 

Orville P. Tucker, shelves in closets 112.29 



12 

George W. Jamison, painting shelves in 

closets 38.20 

Allen Chair Co., repair parts, hinges, etc. . . 4.17 

William B. Holt, plumbing 1.55 

$213.41 
Operating Expenses (Elementary) 

Wages of Janitors $2,146.75 

Fuel : 

South Acton Coal and Lumber Co., coal . . 1,560.52 

Hall Bros., wood $150. 00 

Hall Bros., kindling 6.00 

C. A. Durkee, kindling 20.00 

H. Butler, sawing 27 . 50 

Total Wood 203.50 

Miscellaneous : 

American Woolen Co., lights 62.98 

Fred W. Green, cleaning vaults 11 .00 

J. W. Livermore, labor 1 . 50 

J. j\[. Glover, floor oils and soap 32.14 

American Radiator, brush .61 

Finnev & Iloit 4.25 

J. S. Moore 1 . 00 

Claflin & Co., paper towels and toilet paper 21.00 

West and South Water Supply 59 . 91 

Fuller Brush Co 6 . 90 

Total Miscellaneous 201.29 



Total Elementary Operating Expenses $4,112.06 

Repairs (Elementary) 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs, boiler, center building $18.80 
W. B. Holt, repairs, furnaces, center, south, 

west 

Oliver D. Wood, flagpole, center 

John S. Hoar, repairs, west 

Theron Newton, summer labor, south .... 

Noel Christion, labor, desks 

John Ruble, labor, desks 

Allen Chair Company, desk tops and labor 

A. W. Davis, trucking 

L. E. Heinze, clocks 

L. T. Fullonton, painting west building . . . 
Orvill P. Tucker, repairs, windows, doors, 

blackboards, south and west buildings 94.00 



146 


.28 


5 


.00 


9 


.15 


21 


.10 


10 


.00 


10 


.00 


486, 


.05 


2 


.00 


7, 


.00 


339, 


,00 



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George Jamison, painting and varnishing 

sonth and west buildings 61,35 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company .... 2.22 
Cliarles E. Smith, new ceiling, center, paint- 
ing, carpentering, and repairs 212.09 

B. A. King, electric liglits, center, south, and 

west 305.00 

M. E. Taylor, repair material, center 6.43 

Wm. Thayer, blackboards, siatebestos .... 64.43 

New England Slate l>]ackboard Company, 

cement 6 . 22 

Greenough Constructiou Company, gravel, 

south 9.00 

Kenney Bros. & Wolkins, new chair seats . 226.48 



Auxiliary Agencies 

Health (Elementary) : 
E. xMayell, M. D., medical iiispection and 

supervision 

Health (High) : 
E. Mayell, M. D., medical inspection and 

supervision 

Total Health Supervision 



Transportation 

Lowell Bus Lines, balance from 1925 . . . 
Bus, Precinct I : 

Wages of Drivers : 

A. Christofferson $298.50 

J. Briggs 222.00 



Storage : 

A. Christofferson $72.00 

Mrs. I. MacGregor 24.00 



Gas and Oil : 

George L. Noves $98.38 

A. AV. Davis 62.27 



$2,041.60 



$150 . 00 




[ 

50.00 






$200.00 




$62.00 



$520.50 



96.00 



160.65 



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Jve])aii'.s and Overhauling: 

Gately Motor Co $36 . 90 

Acton Motor Co 31 . 20 

68.10 
Insurance and Kegistration : 

Paul Hederstedt 167 . 30 

Total for Koutes I $1,012 . 55 

Bus, Precinct II: 
Wages of Driver : 

Carl Christoft'erson $520 . 50 

Storage : 

A. Christofferson 96.00 

Gas and Oil : 

Highland Filling Station ... $87 . 11 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co. . 25.00 

Fletcher Corner Filling Sta- 
tion 11.30 

123.11 
Kepairs and OverhaiUing: 

Gately Motor Co 36.90 

Mayac Garage, emergency . 1.00 

J. S. Moore, paint . 2.20 

Finney & Hoit, brush .35 

40.45 
Insurance and Registration : 

Paul Hederstedt 167 . 30 

Total Routes 11 $947 .66 

Total Transportation $2,022 .21 * 

Miscellaneous Expenses 

Special Allotments — High School Expenses for Fall of 1925 : 
West Acton Baptist Church, repairs account $200 . 00 
A. N. Hederstedt, rental of hall, store, and 

services 46 . 00 

$246.00 
Outlays — High School Grounds 

V. T. Esten, blasting $26 .00 

George Briggs, helper 4 . 00 

$30.00 



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New Equipment 

Superintendent's Office: 
Yawman & Erbe, shelves for safe $5.40 

High School: 
].. E. Knott Apparatus Co., geometrical 

models 12.60 

I.. C. Smith Co., typewriter 70.00 

New England Slate l>lackboard Co., room 

13, high school 120.00 

Allen Chair Co., desks, chairs for bookeep- 

ing and typing rooms 80.50 

J. L. Hammett Co., bulletin boards 36.00 

Elementary Schools : 
Allen Chair Co., tablet arm-chairs, primary 

chairs : 

Precinct 1 48.00 

Special Room. Precinct II 179.95 



Vocational Training 

Tuition, City of Lowell $115 .40 

Transportation 18 . 56 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT 



$552.45 



$133.96 



To the School Committee, 
Town of Acton, ]Mass. 

Ladies and Gentlemen: 

It is an honor to present herewith my first annual report as 
Sujx'i'intendent of the schools of Acton, as well as the second an- 
imal report as Principal of the Acton High School. 

My first duties as Su])erintendent were to become acquainted 
with the schools, their teachers, work and equipment, which had 
been added to my charge. I found that the buildings, though 
old, were still serviceable for a time to come, although they all 
will need extensive internal repairs in a very few years, if they 
are to be continued in service. Almost all of the desk tops were 
in very bad shape from years of marring and no repair. It was 
literally impossible on the majority of the desks for a child to 
write a line on a foolscap sheet without moving his paper to keep 
his pencil from slipping into the grooves. Many seats were 
broken. Many rooms had no electric lights. 



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The School Committee adopted a policy of bringing" these 
necessary school room fixtures and equipment up to a good state 
of repair, and at the same time not allowing the exterior repairs 
to be neglected. 282 new desk tops have been placed on the 
old boxes, at a cost which is a fraction of the cost of new desks. 
Every school room in common daily use has been equipped with 
electric lights, leaving only one, which is now a spare room, not 
equipped. Fourteen feet of slate blackboard 30 inch wide have 
been salvaged from discarded and unused slate sections and in- 
stalled in South building, together with over 126 square feet of 
new composition blackboard. One hundred new chair seats of 
comfortable and especially rugged design have been installed in 
the Center building and the South building. Other old seats have 
been repaired and put back in service. Further repairs of this 
sort are contemplated. 

It is found that the teaching effort of the elementary schools 
can be made more effective immediately by revising our curricula, 
or plans of study in the three R's in all grades. A detailed study 
and plan for work in reading and language is being worked on, 
using the best material available. A good systematic series of 
readers and language books has been installed in certain grades. 
This should be followed by further new book equi})ment as the 
curriculum is developed towards a unified system. This kind of 
work demands and deserves the unremitting thouglit and care of 
every teacher and supervisor. 

We have three school buildings housing Grades I to VI in- 
clusive, making a total of 18 small, more or less correctly graded 
units. There are nine teachers for these six grades, all of whom 
have to instruct two grades or three grades at the same time. Six 
teachers have charge of two grades, and two teachers have charge 
of three grades. This gives each teacher a roomful of children, 
but with a very wide age distribution. It is easy to see, that in 
a two-grade room one class can get at the most, only one-half of 
the teacher's time and effort; in a three-grade room only one- 
third. Because of these conditions and especially the large num-^ 
bers of pupils and relatively large age distribution in South 
School, an assistant has had to be employed in that building. 
She devotes her time each day to intensive work, part of the day 
with Grade II and the rest with Grade Y. The employment of 
this assistant relieves one situation. 

If these groups were gathered together there would be 
formed, six good sized graded classes, which for many years 
would be within the abilities of good teachers, one grade per 
teacher. The sizes of such classes can be gathered from the 
census of October 1, 1926, shown in the table below. The braces 
indicate the number of children now committed to the instruc- 
tion of each teacher. The approximate size of graded classes can 
be seen from the ''total" column. 



Center 


South 


West 




School 


School 


School 


Total 


11 


J 23 


(19 


53 


<10 


(24 


(12 


46 


10 


(13 


\18 


41 


13 


(14 


(12 


39 


■11 

10 


521 


(14 


46 


U' 


(14 


41 



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Grade I 
Grade II 
Grdae III 
Grade IV 
Grade V 
Grade VI 

Totals 65 112 89 266 

Since early in March, 1926, the .seventh and eighth grades 
have been moved from the three precinct schools to the rooms 
prepared for them in the High School building. Here the children 
are grouped together in single grades to a room under one teach- 
er, and much of their preparation has been evened ujo. These 
classes are being instructed, recite and study under undivided 
supervision of a teacher throughout the school day. They are 
being built into more compact units of a fully graded school 
system, and the results are well worth the change. Moreover 
they share the facilities of the assembly hall, the lunch and cook- 
ing rooms and the library and they associate with the students 
of the senior section of the High School. AVhen properly used 
these are advantages of great value to the teachers who are 
guiding children through the troublesome years of adolescence. 

The High School has steadily grown into a well-knit school. 
In spite of the handicaps under which pupils and teachers 
worked until the very end of June, 1926, the instruction of that 
year proved satisfactory. 

The hard year's work was capped by the graduation of 
Acton's first class from the new High School, the first for 
years. The exercises that celebrated this first graduation had a 
beauty which lingers long as a pleasant memory. Great credit 
is due to the students and their faculty advisors, for the speech- 
es, to Miss Albrecht and her assistants for the delightful music. 
and to Mr. Gardner, the speaker of the evening. The graduation 
program and list of graduates follows: 

Commencement Prog^ram 

1. March High School Orche.stra 

2. Senior Class Greetings Marion S. Fobes 

3. ''Carmena" Double (Quartet 

4. Address Mr. Harry Gardner, 

Deputy Commissioner of Education, 
State of Massachusetts 

5. ''Landing of the Pilgrims" 

''Oh, Miss Hannah" Double Quartet 

6. Class History Sumner J. Teek' 



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7. Vocal Solo Leona B. Albrecht 

8. AVarrior Bold 

Alice Where Art Thou 

Two Grenadiers High School Chorus 

9. Valedictory A. A. Hodgen 

10. Moonlight Serenade 

La Spagnola High School Chorus 

11. Presentation of Diplomas Mr. Spencer Taylor, 

Chairman of School Committee 
Keception by Seniors to Parents and Friends 
(In Rear of the Auditorium) 

Graduating Class of 1926 

Post Graduates 
Dorothy Mabel Jones Thomas Joseph Sliea 

Viola Isabel Merriam \'irginia Swift 

Seniors 
Grace Eleanor Chickering Alberta Augusta Agnes Hodgen 

John Henry Ingman Charles Bradford Howe 

John Francis Enneguess Florence Arlene Jones 

Marion Sturtevant Fobes Richard Joseph O'Neil 

Kutli Billings Fiillonton Sumner Josei)h Teele 

Ethel Olive (Iranberg Miklred Harris Tuttle 

Albert Thom])soii Ci-imcs William Davis Tuttle 

Ruth Christine VanWinkle 

The High School reo])ened in September, 192(3, \vith the 
addition of fifteen students from Boxboro, with an unusually 
large entering class and with many others moA^ng to town, cai-- 
rying the registration to 135, as com]:)ared with 102 for the 
opening of school in Se])tember, 1925. Every effort was made 
to see that the new membei-s were welcomed to the school and 
made to feel at home as soon as possible. The work this year 
has been of a much harder grade than the year before and ap- 
]^roaches more nearly the standards accepted for the better grade 
of High School. Disappointment has been expressed at times 
that student's inarks are not always high, which would show, 
perha])s that the school is not doing its full part by the student. 
In reality the standards are stiffened, and more and better work 
than ever before is being demanded. The quality of work is 
approaching the standards re(juired to successfidly meet the 
College Entrance Board Examinations. The work of the (Com- 
mercial Department is of a grade practicall}^ parallel to the 
College Course. It is the duty of the teachers and the Super- 
intendent to maintain the highest standards of Avoi'k, in oi-dei" 
to justify the existence of this school. 

The work in Domestic Science has been begun with classes 
in cooking. Classes in sewing will be started at a very early 



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date. Other classes relating to home planning- and luanage- 
ment will be given later. A teacher has been engaged to organ- 
ize the work and to teach these classes. The instruction is given 
mostly to girls of the Ttli, 8th, and 9th grades, with a class from 
the rest of the senior High School. It is not the aim to give a 
complete Domestic Science course for all years in the High 
School, but one which will give tlie younger girls thorough in- 
struction in the basic work of housekeeping. 

The High School lacks proper athletic facilities for its teams 
and school games. Last Spring a West Acton citizen courteous- 
ly and generously allowed the boys and girls of the High 
School to use his fields by his home for practice and games. 
This enabled the school to put a baseball team on the field. Tlie 
season Avas reasonably successful and it showed a high promise 
of what can be done with pro])er facilities in the future. A 
levelled and properly equipped field, suitable for baseball, fiehl 
hockey and football should be ju-ovided for Spring and Fall 
sports. The present field, which is next to the High School 
building and which is partially cleared, is a good beginning. 
Some gymnasium or large liall slioiild also be provided for 
basketball and other intrainiira!, competitive sports, as well as 
corrective gymnastics and athletic drills during the long winter 
months. The students are |)roviding their own personal team 
equipments, but are not able to ])rovi(le the bigger facilities of 
field and hall. 

Every school consists of the tlirce essential parts, tlu^ 
y)upils, the buildings and equii)ment, and the teachers. The 
])upils are the sole reasons for the schools, although they often 
consider themselves the most hardly used factor of the three. 
Buildings and equi])ment which are in a high degree of repair, 
inspire and make good work possible in place of mediocre work. 
To the teachers of CA^ery school and grade therefore, it is an 
honor to express my ap|)reciation for the high ]u-ofessi()7ial 
spirit they have shown in their work this ])ast year. This ap- 
preciation is shared by the i)ersous who k]U)w their work' mikI 
achievements intimately. 

Res]iectfully submitted, 

CHx\RLES W. LAWRAN(Mv. 

Supt. of Schools and Principal TTigh Sdionl. 



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REPORT OF THE ART SUPERVISOR 



Mr. C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools : 

Dear Sir: 

This is the best opportunity possible for me to put down wliat 
drawing means to the child in the public school. 

Art is not always a necessity as regards our total existence, 
but it is a necessity to civilization. 

In our design work we are overcoming disorder in balance 
and color. Tn some of our representation, scenes, figures, posters, 
paper cutting, and interior decoration, Ave are trying to sliow liow 
loveliness, happiness, and more satisfaction can grow out of some 
of the ugly settings which have to do with every-day life. The 
object of our teaching is not to make an artist of the child, but 
if he will learn to love art it will seep into his personality, soul, 
and character, making liis life more beautiful. 

The object of our art Avork is : 

1st. We are trying to develop the power of listening and 
observation, along witli the appreciation of the beautiful, with 
an intelligent interest. Later in the year we will study some of 
the great masterpieces of famous artists. 

2nd. We are leading and encouraging the impulse to repro- 
duce with the individual touch. Science and art are closely 
related. This is to be seen a great deal in the designs already 
completed, and Avill continue later in our construction work. 

3rd. We are trying to secure a genuine creative effort which 
is a higher kind of thought. 

Tracing is never going to bring about drawing as a universal 
language, and it is therefore avoided in our supervision. 

Some work is not of the highest rank but it always answers 
the problem Ave are striving for in their expression. 

I heartily thank all of the teachers and the superintendent 
for their kind co-operation. 

Kespectfully submitted, 

JEANETTE C. LANDREVTLLE, 

Art Supervisor. 



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REPORT OF THE MUSIC SUPERVISOR 



The School Committee and the Superintendent of Schools : 

In the music work of the Acton Grade Schools the aim has 
been to first establish good tone quality, then rhj'-thm, and a good 
song repertory. The children have been given an ample song 
repertory of suitable songs to be sung musically and intelligently, 
individually as well as collectively. This song work teaches the 
child to use a good singing voice, increases the appreciation of 
beauty, and stimulates a sense of rhythm and pitch. Tone quality 
and correct use of the singing voice are the first essentials we 
always keep before us. In Grades I and II the work is to a certain 
degree taught by imitation. Special attention and individual 
work is given to Monotones. The child is a monotone usually, not 
because he can't sing, but because he can't hear. The sense of 
hearing is the most important thing in music and in the loAver 
grades the children are learning to listen and in the upper grades 
they are listening to learn. 

The lesson usually consists of (1) Vocal Drill, (2) Familiar 
Songs, (3) Listening and Identifying Lessons, (4) Presentation, 
of New Material or a Review of the Old, (5) Familiar Songs. 

In Grades III and IV we continue the Listening Lessons. We 
specialize on much sight reading and individual work. 

In Grades V and VI we review the material used before and 
continue with work of increasing difficulty. 

Two part singing. 

In all the grades, but in these two especially, we try to give 
much attention to interpretation which includes : Tone Quality, 
Tempo, Expression, Phrasing, Pronunciation, Enunciation. 

In the Junior High School as in all other Junior High Schools 
we have the problem of the infant adult. The child is vivid and 
restless. The material in the class is good and a wa}^ must be 
devised to bring it to the top. One device would be the organiza- 
tion of a club. I have already spoken to the boj'S of the possi- 
bilities of a Harmonica Club. The enthusiastic response with 
which it was greeted shows that the boys have a liking for music 
and the **gang" instinct could be utilized here to bring out the 
self-expression of the boy and make him forget his self -conscious- 
ness. It will also give them nn interest in music which will be a 
great aid. Little by little I can see the false impressions that 
these boys have acquii-ed on music fast disappearing, and I hope- 
that the work will prove to be much better as a result. 

The High School Chorus has reached the point where the 
students can sing the fonr-pai-t selections we use, artistically. At 



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the same time they are being- brouglit into contact with g'ood 
melody and harmony. Every boy and girl in the chorus wislies 
to be able to participate in the sin«>in^- of jjood music and wishes 
to be able to use the voice i)roperly. 

If the work is carried on and more time is eventually o-iyeu 
to it the final result should be a Class A Hig-h School Chorus — A 
Junior High School Chorus — A High School Glee Club— Orches. 
tra and other musical organizations and clubs. 

I sincerely hope that the outcome will be such. 

To the teachers of the various schools I am deei)ly grateful 
for the assistance which they have given so willingly during the 
year. Their assistance has been steady and generous. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARY C. WILLHAUe K, 

Sui)ervisor of Music. 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools, 
Acton, Massachusetts. 

Dear Sir: 

The following is my annual rei)ort as Medical lus]:)ector of 
Schools. 

The year as a whole has been a healthy one for our school 
children. In November our physical examinations were inter-, 
rupted by an outbreak of scarlet fever ; fortunately the cases were 
detected early and quarantined, and we escaped an epidemic. 

All of the cases were of a mild type. 

Total number of visits to schools ijS 

Total number of pupils examined 4~u 

Results of examinations will be found in the nurse's report. 

During the year we have had the Schick test for diphtheria 
and a goiter clinic, both conducted bv the State De])artment of 
Health. 

I wish to thank the su]>erintendent. teachers, nui'ses and the 
town's people for their co-o])eration. 

Respectfully submitted. 

K. A. MAYEl.L, M. 1). 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



School Report from January 1st to November 16, 1926 : 

No. of Pupils in Schools 455 

No. of Pupils Weighed and Measured 162 

No. of Pupils Examined by Doctor 395 

No. of Pupils with Defects 365 

No. of Pupils Examined for Pediculosis 1,561 

Defects : 

Tonsils 126 

Adenoids 15 

Teeth 317 

Lungs 10 

Skin 6 

Heart 45 

Glands of the Neck : 

Thyroid 75 

Anterior and Posterior Cervical 100 

Others 10- 

Defective Posture 36 

Scalp — Dandruff 16 

Pediculosis 

Examined for Sore Throat 97 

Excluded for Sore Throat 3 

Examined for Illness 21 

Excluded for Illness 8 

Measles 44 

Scarlet Fever 2 

Talks on Hygiene 14 

Sanitary Inspection of Schools 8 

Simple Dressings 51 

, Excluded from School on Account of Illness in Home ... 6 

I Diabetes 1 

1; Nephritis 1 

Cases of Impetigo 

Cases of Accident 1 

Home Visits for School FoJlow-up Work 214 

School (^hildren Taken to Clinic 

Tonsil and Adenoid (Minic at High School 1 (28) 

1 Schick Test 128 

Visits to Boxboro Schools 3. 

Cast off clothing distributed to sc'veral chihlren. 

l\es])ectfully snbmitted, 

:\rnj)KEn e. walther, r. n. 



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Rei)ort on School AYork from Nov. 15, 1926, to Dec. 31, 192H : 

No. of Pupils Examined by Doctor (yearly physicals) . . 62 

No. of Pupils Weighed and Measured 290 

Defects : 

No. of Pupils with Defective Tonsils 24 

No. of Pupils Avitli Defective Adenoids 5 

No. of Pupils with Defective Teeth 33 

No. of Pupils with Defective Lungs 

No. of Pupils with Defective Hearts 1 

No. of Pupils with Defective Skin 1 

No. of Pupils with Defective Nutrition 

7% underweight 11 

10% underweight 1 

15% underweight 2 

Glands of the Neck : 

Thyroid :> 

Anterior and Posterior Cervical 37 



Defective Postur 



e t 



Scalp : 

Pediculosis 17 

Excluded for Pediculosis 17 

Home Visits for Pediculosis 2 

Eyes and Ears Examined 228 

Notices Sent Home for Defective Eyes 24 

Excluded for Sore Throat 3 

Excluded on Account of Scarlet Fever in Family 2 

Communicable Diseases "2 

Follow-up Visits for Communicable Diseases 110 

Follow-up Visits on Absentees 79 

Individual Instruction 141 

Simple Dressings 46 

Hygiene Talks 10 

Sanitary Inspection of Schools 8 

Fire Drill 3 

All class rooms visited daily except High School. 

Visits to Boxboro Schools 2 

Respectfully submitted, 

ESTHER A. ROBINSON, R. N\ 



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THE MEMORIAL TABLETS PLACED IN THE ACTON 
HIGH SCHOOL 



Es])ecial interest centers around the lueuiorial tablets erected 
in the High School bnilding. 

From them much can be learned of Acton's past histories and 
the activities of mam^ of the prominent men and women. 

On the lower floor are the following memorial bronze tablets. 

Auditorium of High School: 

BL AN CHARD HALL 

Given in Memorv of 

LUKE BLAXCHARD 

1826 — 1901 

^Merchant of Boston 

And 

JERl^SHA VOSE BLANCHARD 

1826 — 1909 

LOYAL CITIZENS OF ACTON 

By Their Son 

ARTHUR F. BLANCHARD 

1926 

Cooking Room : 

The Furnishings of This Room 
AVere Griven as a Memorial to 

\\\RNr:\r balfour mead 

1882 — 1908 

and 

DIREXA ELIZABETH MEAD 

1835 — 1900 

By Their Children 

George Varnum Mead 

Frederic Stearns Mead 

Adelbert Francis ^NFead 

Typewriting Room : 

OLI\'ER AYARREN MEAD 

1828—1912 

A prominent Citizen Active in 

Promoting Higher Edncation and 

The General Welfare of the 

TOWN OF ACTON 

For More Than Fiftv Years 

This Tablet Erected by His 

Children in Affectionate Rememln-Hiu'e 



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Science Room : 

The Fittings and Furnishings of this Room 

AVere Given by the Children of 

GEORGE CLEVELAND WRIGHT 

and 

SUSAN HASKELL DAVIS WRIGHT 

As a Memorial to Their Parents both of Whom 
Were Life Long Residents of this Town 

1823 — 1910 

GEORGE CLEVELAND WRIGHT 

Served this District as its Representative to the 

General Court 1873-1874. He was a prosperous 

Merchant, a wise counsellor, a generous sympathetic 

Friend of Those in Distress, and Foremost 

in all Community Work 

He was a direct descendant of 

Deacon John W^right of Woburn, 1640 

SUSAN HASKELL DAVIS WRIGHT 

Was Born Within One-half Mile of this Spot. 

Before Her Marriage She Taught in All But Two 

School Districts of this Town. She was a Prime 

Factor in her Husband's Success. She Avas a Gi'and 

Niece of Capt. Isaac Davis shot by the British 

Soldiers April 19, 1775 at Concord, and a Direct 

Descendant in the Eighth Generation of Dolor Davis 

1635, Husband of Margery Willard, Sister of 

Major Simon Willard of Concord Who Bought Much 

Land From the Indians in this Vicinity. 

ACTON HIGH SCHOOL 

Completed A. D. lf^26 

Building Committee 

William Rawitzer W. Stuart Allen 

George A. Richardson Frank Toohey 

AValdo E. Whitcomb P]dgar Hail 

Architect — John H. Bickford 

Builders — Duncan Construction Co. 

John F. Cabeeii 

THE BRONZE LANTERNS 

Are Giveu 

In Loving Memor\' of 

DAVID R. RAWITZER 

By 

His Parents 



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Upstairs are tlie following: 

Room 12 and Room 11, So])liom()re ITonie Room and Junior 
Home Room : 

The Furnishings 

of 

These Two East Rooms 

Are Given in Memory of 

VARNOI TUTTLE 

1823 — 1904 

A Life Long Resident of the 

TOAVX OF ACTON 

Room 10, Senior Home Room: 

This Room is Furnished 

Fn Memory Of 

EMERY, AV. CLARK 

1870 — 1923 

X'aledietorian of the class of 1886 

The first class graduated from 

THE ACTOX HIGH SCHOOL 

Front Rooms, used by Grades \'II and AHII : 

The Furnishings of these Rooms 

Are in Memory of 

FREDERICK C. NASH 

Formerly Supei'intendent of Schools For 

The Town of Acton 

and 

CLARA ILIPGOOD NASH 

In her Youth a Teacher 

West Room, No. 15 : 

The Furnishings of this Room were given 

In Memory of 

DELETTE II. HALL 

1843 — 1920 

Served through the Civil War in 

Co. E 26th Regiment Mass. Vol. Inf. 

With General Butler in the Gulf Department 

and with General Sheridaii in the Shenandoah Valley 

1861 — 1863 

A Loyal Soldier and an honored citizen 

Representative to the General Court 1906 

and 

SUSAN A. AVETHERHEE HALL 

184^— 1922 



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The Library and Reading- Rooms : 

LIBRARY AND READING ROOM 

A memorial to 

1831 LUTHER CONANT 1922 

and his wife 

1837 SUSAN AUGUSTA CONANT 1903 

By Their Children 

1926 

Northwest Room : 

This Room is Furnished In Memory Of 

1728 COLONEL FRANCIS FAULKNER 1805 

Upright In Character, Wise In Counsel, Faithful In Service 

Member Of Provincial Congress 1774, Colonel of Middlesex 

Regiment 1775 

Delegate To Constitutional Convention 1779 

Representative To The General Court 1783-1785 

As Chairman Of The Committee Of Safety His Signal Gun "Was 
Fired Three Times Before Daybreak April 19, 1775, Which Signal 
Was Repeated From Every Farm House The Sounds Growing 
Fainter In The Distance. The Acton ]Minute-Men Assembled At 
The Faulkner And Davis Homesteads, Then Marched With 

Captain Davis To Concord Bridge. 
In Peace He Was A Leading Citizen In All Public Interests. He 
Developed At The Faulkner Mills, South Acton, One Of The 
Earliest Cloth Mills Of This Country. The Wool, After Carding, 
Was Distributed To The Homes For Spinning And Weaving, Then 
Returned To The Mill For I\illing, Dyeing, And Dressing. Prizes 
Were Awarded For The Finest Specimens In Home ]\Iade 

Broadcloth. 

And His Grandson 

1805 COLONEL WINTHROP E. FAULKNER 1880 

Member Of The State Senate 1853-1854 

Director Of The Fitchburg Railroad 1855-1872 

Genial, Hospitable, Public-Spirited, A Leader In The Military 

Musical, Social, And Civic Activities Of Acton. 

Given By His Daughter In 1926 
SOPHIA FAULKNER (WMPBELL 



INDEX 



Accountant 40 

Appointments by Selectmen 4 

Assessors ' Report 37 

Board of Health 36 

By-Laws 21 

Cemetery Commissioners 67 

Collector's Report 38 

Fire Department . " 87 

Forester 86 

Forest Warden 87 

Health Nurse 88-89 

Inspector of Animals 89 

Inspector of Slaughtering- 89 

Jury List 6 

Library Report 92 

Middlesex County Extension Service 91 

Overseers of Poor 86 

Police Department 39 

Selectmen 's Report 13 

Superintendent of Streets 90 

Town Clerk 14 

Births 15 

Deaths 18 

Dog Licenses 34 

Marriages 16 

Non-Resident Burials 19 

Town Meetings 20 

Town Officers 3 

Town Warrant 7 

Treasurer's Report 78 

Cemetery Funds 80 

Elizabeth White Fund 83 

Firemen's Relief Fund 82 

Nineteenth of April Fund 84 

Wilde Library Fund 82 

William Chaplin Fund 81 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 85 

Trustees Elizabth White Fund 84 



SECOND SECTION 



School Report : 

Financial Statement 7 

Leg-al Holidays 4 

Memorial Tablets 25 

Organization 3 

Principal of High School 15 

School Calendar 3 

School Committee 6 

School Nurse 28 

School Physician 22 

Standing Rules 4 

Superintendent 's Rport 15 

Supervisor of Drawing 20 

Supervisor of Music 21 

Teachers 5 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Several Official Boards 

OF THE 

Town of Acton 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 , 

1927 



THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 
HUDSON, MASS. 
1928 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Several Official Boards 

OF THE 

Town of Acton 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 , 

1927 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 
HUDSON. MASS. 
1928 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1927 



MODERATOR 
Allen Brooks Parker 

SELECTMEN 

Murray Brown Term expires 1928 

Howard J. BilKngs Term expires 1929 

Waldo E. Whiteomb Term expires 1930 

TOWN CLERK 
Horace F. Tuttle 

TOWN TREASURER 
Frank W. Hoit 

ASSESSORS 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1928 

Arthur W. Emerson Term expires 1929 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1930 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR 

Howard J. Billings Term expires 1928 

Murray Brown Term expires 1928 

Waldo E. Whiteomb Term expires 1928 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
Charles A. Durkee 

TREE WARDEN 
James O'Neil 

CONSTABLES 
John T. McNiff Charles A. Durkee 

* Jesse A. Brigg's *Alan B. Frost 

*Did not take the oath. 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1929 

Wendell F. Davis .' Term expires 1930 



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SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Mary L. Richardson Term expires 1928 

Edgar H. Hall Term expires 1928 

Spencer H. Taylor Term expires 1929 

Lulu L. Clark Term expires 1929 

Alice M. Carlisle Term expires 1930 

Frank Toohey Term expires 1930 

TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1929 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1930 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

iGeorge H. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1929 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1930 

TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

William H. Kingsley Term expires 1928 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1929 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1930 

TRUSTEES OF THE WEST ACTON FIREMAN \S 
RELIEF FUND 

August N, Hederstedt Term expires 1928 

C. D. Cram Term expires 1929 

Edgar H. Hall Term expires 1930 

TRUSTEES OF GOODNOAV FUND 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1928 

Charles E. Smith Term expires 1929 

Charlotte Conant Term expires 1930 



Appointments by thei Selectmen 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

James B. Tuttle Frank W. Hoit Alfred W. Davis 

William Rawitser, George A. Richardson, Webster S. Blanchard 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 
Albert H. Perkins 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
Howard L. Jones 



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REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1928 

Charles J. Holtoii Term expires 1929 

Daniel W. Sheehan, .Tr Term expires 1930 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 



ELECTION OFFICERS 
Precinct 1 

AVarden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden George A. Murphy 

Clerk Arthur W. Wayne 

Deputy Clerk Spencer H. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur W. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector Leo F. McCarthy 

Deputy Inspector Harold Coughlin 

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 Timothy Hennessey" 

DejHity Inspector William Hayes 

Precinct 3 

Warden Bertram D. Hall 

Deputy Warden Fred S. Whitcomb 

Clerk David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Clerk Frank McDonald 

Inspector A. R. Beach 

Deputy Inspector Arnold Leavitt 

Inspector James Kinsley 

Deputy Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

CATTLE INSPECTOR 
Fred S. Whitcomb 

FIRE ENGINEERS 
Frank W. Hoit, Chief 



ASSISTANT ENGINEERS 
Precinct 1 
Alan B. Frost , 

Precinct 2 
John J. Manning 

Precinct 3 
Alfred W. Davis 

FOREST WARDEN 
Alan B. Frost 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH ^YORK 
James O'Neil 



John T. McNiff 



POLICE OFFICERS 
Chief, Michael J. Foley 



Jesse Brioos 



DIRECTOR MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE 

Charles B. Willett 



Jury List 

Revised August 2, 1927 



Fred W. Billings 
Albert P. Durkee 
Frank E. Parsons 
Spencer H. Taylor 
Edward M. Little 

Edward F. Nealey 
Theron A. Lowden 
Charles Miles 
Herbert A. Thayer 
Clarence Chickering 

Allen B. Parker 
David R. Kinsley 
William Johnson 
Henry L. Haynes 
Howard C. Tracy 



Precinct 1 



Precinct 2 



Precinct 3 



James W. Coughlin 
George S. Tucker 
Howard B. Daniels 
Samuel E. Knowlton 



L. Edward Laird 
Patrick J. Foley 
Carl Flint 
El win Harris 



James E. Kinsley 
James A. Grimes 
G. Howard Reed 
John T. McNiff 
Frank Bulette 



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, ToAvn Hall in said Acton. Precinct 2, Universa- 
list Church, South Acton. Precinct 3, Fire House, West Acton, 
at 12 o"ch)ck noon, on Monday, the Fifth day of March, 1928, 
by posting a c()i)y 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. 



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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 for department of public welfare for one year, one treas- 
urer for one year, one collector of taxes for one year, four con- 
stables for one year, two for school committee for three years, 
one for board of health for three years, one cemetery commis- 
sioner for three years, one trustee Memorial library for three 
years, one tree warden for one 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 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 on 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 com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Article 4. To see what sum of money the town will appro- 
priate to defray the necessary and usual expenses of the several 
departments of the town and determine how the same shall be 
raised. 

Article 5. To see what sum of money the town will raise 
for the observance of Memorial day. 

Article 6. To see Avhat 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 Avhat action the town will take toAvard 
the snppression of the brown-tail and gypsy moth. 

Article 10. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money to insure the employees of the town, or act anything- 
thereon. 

Article 11. To see what amount of money the town will 
appropriate for the premiums on the treasurer's and collector's 
bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 12. 'To see if the town will authorize the treasurer, 
with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money from time 
to time, in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year 
beginning January 1st, 1928, 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 13. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
selectmen to have the sidewalks in the three villages plowed of 
snoAv and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to employ a public 
health nurse, and appropriate a sum of money for the main- 
tenance of the same. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
]U'iate 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 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 16. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
selectmen to sell the old fire house in South Acton, together with 
.any unused fire department equipment, or act anything thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $180,00 for a low^ering device for the use of the 
cemetery departnient, or act anything thereon. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $500.00 to make necessary repairs on Ester- 
brook road, in East Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town Avill vote to raise and appi'o- 
priate the sum of $500.00 for special repairs on High street in 
South Acton, between Fletcher corner and the Powder Mill dam. 



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Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $500.00 for special repairs on Stow street from 
its intersection with Maple street to the Main street bridge, or 
act anything* thereon. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $4,000.00 to rebuild the bridge on Laws Brook 
road and continue the re-construction of this road to the Con- 
cord line, 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 22. To see if the town Avill vote to authorize the 
selectmen to dispose of the steam road roller, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,800.00 for the purpose of installing a fire 
alarm signal in each of the three precincts, or making necessary 
repairs to present equipment if deemed advisable to do so, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of $2,000.00 to develop the high school athletic field, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to re-insure the 
high school building and its contents on the expiration of its 
present policies, November 1st, 1928, and appropriate a sum of 
money to pay for such insurance, or act anything thereon. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of three hundred dollars to repair and oil Church 
street in West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Article 27. To see if the town will extend the street lights 
in North Acton along the Lowell road from the end of the 
present line to the railroad crossing, known as Gallagher's cross- 
ing, or act anj^thing thereon. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to maintain a street 
light on Arlington street in West Acton near the residences of 
A. C. Jones, E. Henry Hall Jr., and Bertram E. Hall, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
selectmen to renew the electric lighting contract with the Ameri- 
can Woolen Company, or act anything thereon. 



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Article 30. To see if the toAvn will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars for nine band 
coiioerts to be given by the Acton Cadet band, three each in the 
villages of South, West and Acton Center, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of one thousand dollars to gravel Arlington street 
in "West Acton, starting at Elm street and continuing in an east- 
erly direction, or act anything thereon. 

Article 32. To see if the tOAvn will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of fifteen hundred dollars to rebuild Nagog Hill 
road from Littleton line to Acton Center, provided a like sum is 
allotted the town b}' the state and a similar sum by the county of 
Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

xVrticle 32. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
selectmen to confer with the officials of the Boston & Maine 
R. R., and see if something cannot be done to replace the high 
Avooden fence on the west side of the R. R. bridge at South Acton 
with a lower metal or wire fence, and to reduce the height of the 
wooden fence on the northerly side of Maple street. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of five hundred dollars to purchase a road scraper 
for the road department, 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 vmder our hands at Acton, this eighteenth day of 
February, 1928. 

MURRAY BROWN, 
HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



We liereAvith submit to you for your approval the reports of 
the various departments of town for the vear ending, Dec. 31, 
1927. 

Acting* under Article 19, we entered into an arrangement 
with A. W. Davis, and had the water fountain in West Acton 
moved to a new location on Central street. 

Under Article 22 the matter of changing the name of the lo- 
cal telephone exchange from West Acton to Acton w^as taken up 
with the officials of the Telephone Company and this change will 
be made and take effect about March 1, 1928. 

Six additional street lights have been installed, these will 
bring our annual bill for 1928 street lighting up to $5,000.00. 
We do not recommend any further installations. 

Under Article 25, we have petitioned the county commis 
sioners to make a taking of land at the southwesterly point at 
Kelly's Corner in order to improve this sharp turn. We recom- 
mend that the amount appropriated for this work which was not 
spent be reappropriated. 

Twenty-three hundred feet of snow fence Avas purchased and 
erected at various points, Avhere the drifting of snoAv has been 
noticed. 

A new fire house has been built in South Acton. A report of 
the committee that had charge of this work Avill be found else- 
where in this book. The fire department seems now to be in 
first-class condition, Avell housed and Avell equipped. The one 
Aveak spot being the lack of a suitable alarm system. We recom- 
mend that the West Acton fire house be painted. 

Much road Avork has been done through the year, Avith the 
completion of Main street, as soon as Aveather permits, as far as 
the State road, and Central street in West Acton to the village 
limits ; also the rebuilding of WilloAV street in AVest Acton up to 
the point of the old oiled surface. We feel that our main roads 
are in excellent shape, and that the toAvn should not be called 
upon for so much ncAv construction, and Ave recommend that the 
customary $6,000 that Ave have been appropriating for special 
road Avork, be cut to $4,000.00, and that this be spent in contin- 
uing the Avork on School street and Daws Brook road in South 
xVcton, Avhere it appears that the bridge Avill have to be rebuilt at 
considerable expense. 

It is regrettable that our tax rate should have jumped to 
over $30.00 and Ave feel that the voters should bear in mind that 
Ave still have large sums of money Avhich have been borroAved for 
highA\'ay construction and fire department purposes, besides our 



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high school bonds, which must be repaid each year. There are 
road notes outstanding amounting to $15,650.00 and fire depart- 
ment notes amounting to $5,100.00, of these amounts $10,250.00 
must be paid in 1928. It would seem that we should practice 
economy in all our departments and use care in our annual ap- 
propriations, and for this reason the selectmen are not recom- 
ding that we embark on any new projects at present. 

An audit of the town books was made by the state authori- 
ties, and their report is printed in full in this book. 

The town's finances are in a very healthy condition, and a 
study of the reports of the treasurer and town accountant is 
urged upon all who receive this report. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MURRAY BROWN, 
HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Selectmen. 



REPORT OF THE 
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We have been called upon during the year to render aid in 
four different cases, which promise to be of a permanent nature. 
Two of these are elderly persons, who are being boarded in pri- 
vate families ; the third consists of a mother and two children, 
Avho are being aided in their own home, and the fourth, of two 
children, who have been placed with the State Department of 
Public Welfare. 

We are also furnishing continuous support for one child, 
who has a settlement in a neighboring town. Our town is being 
re-imbursed for this case. 

In addition to these cases, we have rendered temporary aid 
to three other persons during the vear. 

HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
MURRAY BROWN, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Department of Public Welfare. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded 40 

Born in Acton 16 Native parentage 27 

Males 22 Foreign parentage 5 

Females 18 Mixed parentage 8 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded 30 

Residents of Acton 40 Residents of other places, 20 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 35 

Residents of Acton 34 Residents of oHier places, 1 

Occurring in Acton 27 Occurring in other places, 8 

Average age in years, 51 plus. 

The town clerk requests information of any errors or omis- 
sions in the list of births, marriages and deaths. 

The town clerk herebj^ 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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Deaths Registered in 1927 

Date of Age 

No. Death Name Yrs. Mos. Days 

1. Dee. 24. Balch, Legurtha Mae 45 5 27 

2. Jan. 9. Bampton, Joseph Milton 1 10 — 

3. Auo>. 5. Bancroft, Albion 2 3 — 

4. Mar. 13. Case, Lily Clark 70 9 11 

5. Apr. 10. Chickering, Ida L 53 1 13 

6. Aug". 1. DeSouza, Benjamin 54 10 10 

7. Apr. 1. Dike, Charles Nicholas 72 3 1 

8. Apr. 20. Dike, Ida 62 — — 

9. Apr. 2. Dunn, Charles H 64 11 — 

10. Sept. 21. Ericksson, Hanna W .' 52 8 25 

11. May 29. Fiske, Abbie 67 6 18 

12. Oct. 22. Frost, Lillian Elizabeth 71 9 25 

13. July 9. Holley, Nancy 77 10 21 

14. Mar. 26. LaBlanc, John Joseph — 3 1 

15. June 8. LaTulippe, Octavia Kate 31 9 9 

16. Oct. 30. MacKenzie, Irvine Kemp 72 7 7 

17. Feb. 3. Maddox, Charles Edward 67 7 — 

18. June 10. Manion, Thomas J 49 1 2 

19. Apr. 9. Mead, Lucv Maria 88 9 8 

20. eluly 2. Mills, Charles Winwood 4 2 . 11 

21. Dec. 11. Morse, Ernest Snow 62 8 27 

22. Dec. 19. Pendergast, Robert William . . — 2 6 

23. Oct. 1. Porter, Isabelle Mae 50 11 25 

24. Shimka, Marka 43 — — 

25. July 1. Stiles, Katherine J 82 6 5 

26. Feb. 3. Teele, Ernest R 49 — 

27. May 18. Tenney, John Priest 69 — 3 

28. May 8. Tracy, Bessie Louisa 41 7 12 

29. Dec. 12. VanLul, Leon Ernest 73 8 11 

30. June 16. Vose, Nancie Swallow 92 4 25 

31. Oct. 1. Waite, Kenneth Allen 9 10 26 

32. Oct. 1. Waite, Louise Lowrey 36 3 4 

33. May 21. Webster, Eva Orpha 45 2 25 

34. Mar. 8. Welch, Hulda Jane 76 7 1 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting 
Held March 14, 1927 

The meeting was called to order by Moderator Allen Brooks 
Parker. 

Art. 1. To choose all necessary town officers and commit- 
tees and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Chose, Charles E. Smith, trustee of the Goodnow Fund, for 
three years. 

Chose, Edgar H. Hall, trustee of the West Acton Fireman's 
Relief Fund, for three years. 

Chose, Waldo E. Whitcomb, trustee of the Elizabeth White 
Fund, for three years. 

Voted : To fix the salary of the tax collector at five-eighths 
of one per cent of the amuont collected. 

Voted : That the salary of the chairman of the selectmen 
be t^\'0 hundred dollars per annum and the other members one 
hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the moderator be ten dollars per 
meeting. 

Voted: That the salary of the overseers of the poor be 
seventy-five dollars per annum for the chairman and forty dollars, 
each per annum for the other members. 

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

Voted : That the salary of the town accountant be four 
hundred dollars per annum. 

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

Voted : That the salaries of the assessors be six hundred 
dollars, in the aggregate, per annum, to be apportioned as they 
may determine. 

Voted: That the selectmen be instructed to fix the salaries 
of all other town officers. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will accept the reports of the 
several town officers. 

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

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any committtee 
chosen at any previous meetings. 

The article was passed over. 

Art. 4. To see what sums of money the town will raise by 
taxation and appropriate to defray the necessarj' and usual ex- 
penses of the several departments of the town. 

Under this article and other articles in the warrant it was 
voted to appropriate for 



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Pioads, general maintenance .$10,000 . 00 

lioads, Main street, Art. 32 10,000.00 

School street, Art. 33 2,000.00 

Central street, Art. 34 . 1,000.00 

Willow street. Art. 35 1,000.00 

Arlington street, Art. 51 1,000.00 

Hosmer street, Art. 36 500 . 00 

Concord-Stow road, Art. 49 1,000.00 

High street, Art. 50 500.00 

Snow removal 3,400 . 00 

Street lighting 5,000.00 

Bonds, road payment of 5,900 . 00 

^onds, high school 6,000.00 

Bonds, fire equipment 2,000.00 

Interest, high school bonds 2,600.00 

Interest, road bonds 475 . 00 

Interest, revenue loans 1,200 .00 

Schools 44,000.00 

Higli school grounds, grading reappropriated .... 2,000.00 

Memorial library, current expenses 800.00 

Memorial library, books 200 . 00 

Hydrant service 3,150 . 00 

Fires, forest 500.00 

Fire department maintenance 1,200 . 00 

Fire department, new hose 300.00 

Fire house. South Acton 4,000.00 

Shade trees, care of 150 . 00 

* General government 4,600.00 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 175.00 

Buildings and grounds 800 . 00 

Cemeteries 1,000.00 

Moth work 1,269.59 

Memorial day 300.00 

Police department 800.00 

Board of I|ealth 1,200.00 

Military and State aid 400.00 

Reserve fund 1,200.00 

Unclassified 500.00 

Demonstration work Agriculture 300.00 

Poor department 1,800.00 

Town nurse 2,200.00 

Insurance of employees 500 . 00 

Fountain at West Acton, relocating- 100.00 

Widening road at Kellej^'s corner, Art. 25 200.00 

Snow, fencing 400.00 

Total appropriations J{>127,619 . 59 



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Voted to raise by taxation $102,000.00 

Voted to raise by borrowing for construction 

of Main street 8,000.00 

Voted to raise by borroAving for fire house at South 

Acton 3,100.00 

Art. 5. To see what sum of money the town will raise for the 
observance of Memorial Day. 

Voted : To appropriate three hundred dollars. 

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 : Murray 
Brown, chairman, George L. Towne and Herbert Merriam. 

Art. 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 Oct. 15, 1927 and on all taxes remaining unpaid after 
Nov. 1, 1927, interest shall be charged at the rate of six per cent 
per annum from Oct. 15, 1927, until such taxes are paid. 

Art. 7. To see what sum of money the toAvn will raise and 
appropriate for the maintenance of the fire department or vote 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate $1,200 for maintenance and $300 for 
new hose. 

Art. 8. To see if the toAvn will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix price thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of five hundred dollars,, 
and that the price per hour be fixed by the forest warden. 

Art. 9. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the brown tail and gypsj^ moth. 

Voted : To appropriate $1,269.59 for moth work. 

Art. 10. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money to insure the employees of the town or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $500. 

Art. 11. To see what amount of money the town will ap- 
propriate for premiums on treasurer's and collector's bonds or 
act anj^thing thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate $175.00. 

Art. 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, 1927, 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 



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begiiiiimg- January 1, 1927, 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. 13. To see what sum of money the town will vote to 
defray' the expense of plowing- the sidewalks of snow in the three 
villages, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Art. 14: To see if the town will vote to employ a public 
health nurse and appropriate a sum of money for the maintenance 
of the same. 

Voted : To take up for joint consideration Art. 23. 

Voted : That the town employ a town nurse to be under the 
:supervision of a committee to include Mrs. Eugene L. Hall, Mrs. 
William Rawitser and Miss Charlotte Conant in conjunction with 
the board of health and school committee and that twenty-two 
hundred dollars be appropriated for the salary and expense of 
tbe same. 

Art. 15. To see if the town will accept the high school 
building, or act anything thereon. 

William Rawitser, chairman of the building committee, pre- 
sented the following statement, as the final report of the com- 
mittee : 

Final Statement of High School Building Committee 
Income : 

ToAvn appropriation .$100,000.00 

Int. on bonds, bonus 1,689 . 84 

Received from building committee for tablet 50 . 16 

$101,740.00 
Gifts : 

Mr. and Mrs. Wright $2,800.00 

Varnum B. Mead 1,000.00 

O. W. Mead 1,000.00 

F. H. Nash 800.00 

E. and B. Hall 400.00 

Varnum Tuttlc 1,000.00 

E. and C. Clark 350.00 

Mrs. S. A. Cutler 500.00 

Ladv Campbell ,. 400.00 

A. F. Blanchard, assembly 10,000 . 00 

Conant, library 5,971 .40 

William Rawitser, lanterns 200 . 00 

Total amount of gifts $24,422.40 

Town appropriation, grading 3,000.00 

Grand Total $129,162.40 

* Representing the total amount of money invested. 



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Expenses : 

Kelley heirs, land $3,100 . 00 

H. A. Wilson, legal 206 . 20 

J. .H. Bickford, architect 5,050.00 

Duncan Construction Co., contract 70,184.50 

J. H. Cabeen, contract 15,016 . 00 

Water installation * 100.00 

Insurance 550 . 01 

Coal 116.32 

Expense of bonds 242 . 95 

Additional for grading out of building fund 300 . 00 

Equipment, etc 6,496 . 69 

Balance 377.33 

$101,740.00 
Balance turned over to school committee 377 . 33 

Total expenses $101,362.67 

Voted : That the toAvn accept the high school building and 
discharge the committee as having completed its work in full. 

Voted : Unanimously, by a rising vote, that the town extend 
its thanks to the committee for their services. 

Voted : Unanimously, that the town place on record its 
appreciation of the gifts received from individuals toward the 
erection and equipment of the building and that the clerk be in- 
structed to send to the several donors a letter expressing the 
thanks of the town. 

Art. 16. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of three hundred dollars, together with the unexpended balance 
of 1926, for the maintenace of the town forest or act anything* 
theron. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 17. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,200 for the purpose of purchasing additional 
land for a town forest and planting the same or act anything 
theron. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 18. To see if the town will vote to allow the use of the 
town hall, by the pupils of the high school for the purpose of 
playing basketball games, or act anything theron. 

A motion that the town allow the use of the town hall for 
playing basketball, subject to regulations made or approved by 
the selectmen, did not prevail. 

iVrt. 19. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to move the water fountain in West Acton from its present 
location to a location on Central street, between Massachusetts 
avenue and Arlington street, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the matter be left in the hands of the select- 



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men and the snm of $100 be appropriated to defray the cost of 
relocation. 

Axt. 20. To see if the town Avill 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 co-operation with the Middlesex county trustees 
for county aid to agriculture in the work of the Middlesex 
County Extension Service, under the provisions of Sec. 40 to 45, 
Chap. 128, General Laws of Massachusetts. 
Voted : To appropriate the sum of $300. 
Art. 21. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum 
of two hundred dollars, the same being part of the amount re- 
turned to the town, under the provisions of Chapter 480 of the 
Acts of 1924, for the purpose of setting- out some shrubbery and 
otherwise beautifying the grounds immediateh^ surrounding the 
monument to the World War Veterans. 
Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 22. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to ask the telephone company to change the name of the 
local exchange from West Acton to Acton. 

Voted: Unanimously, that the selectmen be instructed to 
petition the N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co., to change the name of the local 
exchange to Acton. 

Voted : That articles 27, 28, 29 and 52 be considered jointly. 
Voted: That the matters mentioned in articles 27, 28, 29 
and 52 be referred to the selectmen, with power to act in their 
discretion. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will vote to install another light 
on the railroad bridge at South Acton. 
See action under article 27. 

Art. 29. To see if the town Avill vote to install two street 
lights on Main street in the vicinity of the three houses recently 
erected. 

See action under article 27. 

Art. 30. To see if the town will vote to install a water 
hydrant on Main street, to give fire protection to the buildings 
recently erected. 

Voted: That the selectmen be authorized to maintain one 
hydrant or more on Main street, between Acton Center and Kel- 
ley's corner, to protect the houses recenth^ built. 

Art. 31. To see if the town will vote to accept the gift of 
George V. Mead of a plot of land situated in the village of West 
Acton, bounded by Massachusetts avenue, Arlington street and 
Central street, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the town accept from George V. Mead, the 
gift of a plot of land in West Acton, upon the conditions men- 
tioned in his deed of gift. 

Voted: That the thanks of the town be given to Mr. Mead, 
and that the clerk be instructed to send him a copy of this vote. 



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Art. 23. To see if the town will vote to have the Acton 
Public Health Committee consist of five members, one from the 
school committee, one from the Board of Health and one citizen 
from each precinct. 

Considered jointly with Art. 14. 

Art. 24. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to employe one permanent police officer, for duty throughout 
the town, and appropriate a sum of money to maintain said offi- 
cer, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 25 : To see if the town will vote to round off the sharp 
southAvest angle at Kelley's corner, and if necessary, to acquire 
sufficient land to do so, and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Voted: That the selectmen be authorized to purchase the 
necessary amount of land at said corner ; the same to be cleared 
of all obstructions, properly surfaced for travel and that the sum 
of two hundred dollars be raised for that purpose. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of four hundred and fifty dollars for nine band concerts, 
to given by the Acton Cadet band, three each in the villages of 
South, West and Acton Center, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 27. To see if the town will vote to install a street light 
on Prospect street in South Acton, opposite the residence of 
Charles Hardy. 

Art. 32. To see if the town will vote to appropriate, by 
borrowing oi otherwise the sum of $10,000 or any other amount, 
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 Works and a similar sum by the County 
of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That there be appropriated the sum of ten thousand 
(10,000) dollars for the purpose of continuing the construction of 
Main street, from a point opposite Frank E. Parsons. Said sum 
to be used with a like amount or more allotted by the State De- 
partment of Public Works and by the county commissioners and 
to meet said appropriation there be raised in the levy of the cur- 
rent year the sum of two thousand (2,000) dollars, and that the 
treasurer with the approval of the selectmen be authorized to 
borrow the sum of eight thousand (8,000) dollars, and to issue 
bonds or notes therefor. Said bonds or notes to be payable in 
accordance with Chapter 44 of the General LaAvs, so the whole 
loan shall be paid in not more than five years, or at such earlier 
dates as may be fixed by the treasurer and selectmen. 

Art. 33. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum oi two thousand (2,000) dollars to continue the 
work of rebuilding School street and Laws Brook road, providing 



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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 any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of two thousand (2,000) 
dollars to continue the work of rebuilding School street and 
Laws Brooks road, provided a like sum is allotted the town by the 
State Department of Public Works, and a similar sum by the 
County of Middlesex. 

Art. 34. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of one thousand (1,000) dollars, to complete the 
construction of Central street, in West Acton, to the village 
limits, provided a like sum is allotted the town by the State De- 
partment of Public Works, and a similar sum by the Count^^ of 
Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of one thousand (1,000) 
dollars, to complete the construction of Central street in West 
Acton to the village limits, provided a like sum is allotted the 
town by the State Department of Public Works and a similar 
sum by the County of Middlesex. 

Art. 35. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of one thousand (1,000) dollars, to continue the 
construction of WilloAv street, in West Acton, provided a like 
sum is allotted the town by the State Department of Public 
W^orks, and a similar sum by the County of Middlesex, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of one thousand (1,000) 
dollars, to continue the construction of Willow street in West 
Acton, provided a like sum is allotted the town hy the State 
Department of Public Works and a similar sum by the County of 
Middlesex. 

Art. 36. To see if the town will vote to raise and appor- 
priate the sum of $1,500, to repair and oil Hosmer street from 
Wpodlawn cemetery to Crooker's corner, or act an3'thing 
thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate for repairs on said street $500. 

Art. 37. To see if the town will take any further action in 
regard to the proposed new highway, leading from Massachusetts 
avenue, West Acton, to the house of Sidney L. Richardson, fol- 
lowing the old electric car line location. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Art. 38 : To see if the town will votC to purchase some snow 
fencing, for use on the highway's to prevent drifting of snow and 
appropriate a sum of money therefor, or act anything theron. 

Voted : To appropriate $400 to purchase snow fencing to be 
placed at the discretion of the selectmen. 

Art. .39. To see if the town will vote to instruct the Board 
of Health to provide a new dumping ground in precinct 1, and to 
abolish the present dump opposite Woodlawn cemetery, and to 
have it filled in and graded, or to take any action thereon. 



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Voted: That the Board of Health be instructed to abolish 
the present dump, opposite Woodlawn cemetery. 

Voted : That the Board of Health be authorized to purchase 
from Francis B. Farrar, about five acres of land at a cost not ex- 
ceeding $450 for a public dump. 

Art. 40. To see if the town will vote to reappropriate the 
unexpected balance of the school appropriation of 1926 to be 
expended on the athletic field, or do or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To re-appropriate two thousand dollars from said 
unexpended balance for an athletic field for the high school. 

Art. 41. To see if the town will vote to instruct the select- 
men to obtain lower municipal rates for electric current, or do or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To instruct the selectmen to secure, if possible, 
lower rates for electric current, in all the town buildings. 

Art. 42. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money, not in excess of $2,000, for the purpose of 
installing flush closets in the AVest Acton school house, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Art. 43. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money to care for the water and make needed re- 
pairs on Church street in West Acton, or act am'thing thereon. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Art. 44. To see if the town will vote to consolidate the offi- 
cial boards of the town, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Act. 45. To see if the town will vote to adopt the limited 
town meeting, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Art. 46. To see if the town will vote to elect a highway 
surveyor, by ballot at its regular annual meeting, or act anything 
theron. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 
, Art. 47. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer to 
sell the share of the stock of the Boston & Maine Railroad, held 
by the town for the care of the Phineas Wetherbee lot in Mt. 
Hope cemeter}', and reinvest the proceeds for such purpose. 

Voted : That the treasurer be and is hereby authorized to 
sell the share of stock of the Boston & Maine railroad, held by 
the town and invest the proceeds in a savings bank, the income to 
be used for the perpetual care of the Phineas Wetherbee lot in 
Mount Hope cemetery. 

Art. -48. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $2,000 to run a six-inch water line from the 
Maynard water system at the Maynard town line to a point about 
1,000 feet distant and install two hydrants to afford fire protec- 
, tion for the Cellulose Products Co. at South Acton, or act anj-- 
thing thereon. 



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Voted : That the matter be referred to the selectmen and 
the Avater commissioners of the West and South Water Suppl.v 
District of Acton, to investig'ate and report at a future meeting'. 

Art. 49. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,500 to repair Concord street, from Fletcher 
Corner to the railroad switch, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $1,000, to repair said 
road. 

Art. 50. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $500 for special repairs on High street, in South Acton, 
from the Powder Mill dam to Fletcher corner, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate $500 for repairs on said road. 

Art. 51. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of two thousand dollars, or any other sum, the 
same to be expended in re-surfacing and oiling Arlington street 
in West Acton, beginning at Central street and running easterly, 
or act anything: thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate $1,000, to gravel Arlington street, 
the work to begin where it ended in 1926 and continue eiasterly. 

Art. 52. To see if the town will vote to install two street 
lights on Maple avenue in Acton Center. 

See action taken under Article 27. 

Art. 53. To see if the town will vote to build a fire house in 
South Acton and raise and appropriate a sum of money to pay 
for the same, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the town build a new fire house at South 
Acton, buy a lot of land, if necessary, and appropriate the sum 
of four thousand dollars to pay for the same. To raise $900 the 
present year and issue notes payable within five years for the 
balance. The building committee to be the selectmen and three 
members of^the South Acton Fire Department, to be appointed by 
the moderator. 

The moderator appointed Frank W. Hoit, John Manning and 
Ralph W. Piper. 

Art. 54. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money to repair Piper street in South Acton, or 
act anything theron. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 55. To see if the town will vote to purchase a Fordson 
tractor and snow plow, or act anything- thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 56: To see what action the town will take regarding 
the provisions of the will of Jonathan K. W. AVetherbee, late of 
Acton, deceased, so far as the same relates to the town. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Special Meeting 
Held June 8, 1927 



Art. 1. To see if the town will vote to authorize the treas- 
urer with the approval of the selectmen to renew any or all of 
the revenue loan issued Dec. 2, 1926, in accordance with the pro- 
visions of Chapter 44, Section 17, General Laws of Massachusetts, 
the same to be paid from the revenue of the year 1926. 

Voted : To authorize the treasurer w^ith the approval of 
the selectmen to jenew any or all of the revenue loan issued Dec. 
2, 1926, in accordance Avith the provisions of Chapter 44, Section 
17, General Laws of Massachusetts, the same to be paid from the 
revenue of .the year 1926. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will vote to appropriate, by bor- 
rowing or otherwise, the sum of $2,000 dollars to run a six-inch 
water line and install two hydrants to afford fire protection for 
the Cellulose Products Co. at South Acton, either by connecting 
with the Maynard water system or assisting the West and South 
"Water Supply District to enlarge the district and furnish the 
necessary supply, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To postpone action under this article until the next 
annual meetino-. 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Special Meeting 
Held August 25, 1927 

Art. 1. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate 
an additional sum of money for the purpose of continuing the 
re-construction of Main street ; said sum to be used in conjunc- 
tion with sums allotted by the state and county or either of 
them; determine how the same shall be raised; or take any action 
relative thereto. 

Voted : LTnanimousl}^ that there be appropriated the sum of 
three thousand dollars for the purpose of continuing the re- 
construction of Main street ; said sum to be used in conjunction 
with sums allotted by the state and county, or either of them ; 
and that, to meet said appropriation, the treasurer with the 
approval of the serectmen, be and is hereby authorized to borrow 
said sum and to issue bonds or notes of the town therefor, said 
bonds or notes to be payable in accordance with the provisions 
of Section 19, of Chapter 44, of the General Laws, so that the 
whole loan shall be paid in not more than five years from the 
date of issue of the first bond or note, or at such earlier dates as 
the treasurer or selectmen may determine. 

Art. 2. To see if the toAvn will vote to authorize the select- 
men to acquire by eminent domain or otherwise the land form- 



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erly laid out as a county road from School street to the Boston 
& Maine railroad tracks in South Acton for firehouse purposes. 
Voted: That the selectmen be authorized to take by right 
of eminent domain or otherwise acquire, for the purpose of build- 
ing a firehouse thereon a certain parcel of land in South Acton, 
between the store formerly of Tuttle & Newton and the bridge 
over the Boston & Maine railroad, described as follows : 
Beginning' at the southerly line of School street, thence southerly 
along the easterly line of the old road to Maynard, fifty (50) 
feet; thence westerly, parallel to said School street forty-one 
and one-quarter feet ; thence northerly parallel with the first 
described line and forty feet distant therefrom about fifty feet 
to said School street ; thence easterly along said School street 
about forty-one and one-quarter feet to the place of beginning, 
or any part of the above described parcel ; provided said part of 
the old Maynard road shall be discontinued as a public highway. 



Persons Having 

Allard, Moses $2. 

Anderson, John 2 . 

Angears, Clifford 2 . 

Armburg, Fred 2 . 

Arthur, John 5 . 

Bancroft, C. A 5. 

Banks, F. M 7. 

Barker, Earl L 2. 

Baxter, Miriam F 2 . 

Beach, Hazel 2. 

Bedford, Mrs. A. E. . . . 2. 

Benere, Antonia 2. 

Bennett, L. W 2. 

Berglind, Edward E. . . . 5. 

Berglind, John E 2. 

Billings, Howard J. . . . 5 . 

Blaisdell, Lucile 2. 

Blanchard, Webster S. . 2. 

Bond, R. J 2 . 

Bondelvitch, Walter ... 7 . 

Bowen, Robert M 2. 

Boxil, Mrs. Cyril 2. 

Bradford, F. W. R 4. 

Bradbury, Rolf e 2 . 

Braman, Mrs. Frank ... 5 . 

Braman, James W 2. 

Brassette, John 2. 

Brill, Fred E 7. 



Dogs Licensed in 1927 



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00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
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00 
00 
00 



Brindley, Charles R. .. 2.00 

Britton, E 5.00 

Brown, J. A 2.00 

Bulette, Frank W 2.00 

Bursaw, H. W 2.00 

Caldwell, Hazel 2.00 

Caldwell, Margaret A. . 2.00 

Campbell, Leland H. . . . 2.00 

Chafein, Nancv S 6.00 

Charter, W. W 2.00 

Clapp, George E 2.00 

Clifford, Albert 2.00 

Cobleigh, Mrs. William 2.00 

Condon, Timothy 2.00 

Conquest, James E 2.00 

Cook, David 2.00 

Conant, Augustine B. . . 2 . 00 

Cooper, Ernest 5.00 

Costello, T 5.00 

Coughlin, Harold J. . . . 4.00 

Cram, Irene 2.00 

Crocker, Charles 4.00 

Cummings, Bertha M. . . 5.00 

Davis, Charles E 2.00 

Davis, Wendell F 7.00 

Densmore, Joseph A. . . 2 . 00 

De Sousa, Ben 2.00 

Doyle, Henry K 7.00 



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Dug'^an, John A 2.00 

Durkee, C. A 5.00 

Durkee, Raymond F. . . 2.00 

Duren, Delta B 2.00 

Edmunds, William 2.00 

Edney, Charles F 2.00 

Enneg-uess, Michael .... 4.00 

Evans, John H 7 . 00 

Farrar, Frank B 2.00 

Farrar, J. (Maple St.) . 2.00 

Fitzgerald, James 2 . 00 

Flagg, Alden 4.00 

Fletcher, Charles J 2.00 

Fletcher, Lester N 2.00 

Fobes, J. Edwin 5.00 

Foley, Patrick 2.00 

Freeman, George 2.00 

Freeman, Mather 2.00 

Freeman, Richard 5.00 

French, C. H 2.00 

Frost, Alan B 5.00 

Frost, Lillian E 5-. 00 

Fullonton, LlcAvellyn T. 4.00 

Gallagher, D. Joseph .. 2.00 

Gallagher, Howard V... 2.00 

Gallant, Mildred 2.00 

Gates, Esther E 2.00 

Gibbs, Harriet E 2.00 

Gould, Paul 2.00 

Goward, Annie R 5.00 

Green, Catherine 2.00 

Grenon, N. J 2.00 

Griffin, Franklin E 7.00 

Hall, Irwin 5.00 

Hall, Mary Farrell .... 2.00 

Hardy, Portia 2.00 

Harrison, B. M 2.00 

Hasting, Lewis C 2.00 

Hayes, Michael G. . . . . 2.00 

Haynes, Albert L 2.00 

Hennessey, Daniel .... 5.00 

Herrick, J. M 10.00 

Hodgcn, Hugh 2.00 

Holbrook, F. A 5.00 

Holden, F. H 2.00 

Holland, John .....'... 2.00 

Hollowell, El win 5.00 

Howe, 0. H. .' 2.00 

Howe, Richard P 5.00 



Hurley, James J 2 . 00 

Jacobs, John B 2.00 

Jalonen, Arthur 2 . 00 

Jenks, Albert R 2.00 

Jensen, Peter 7 .00 

Johnston, James 5 . 00 

Jones, Karl R 2.00 

Jones, Warren H 2.00 

Kelley, Julia T 2.00 

Kennedy, Duncan S. . . 2.00 

Kemp, Mrs. H. M 2.00 

Kilmartin, William T. . . 4.00 

Knowlton, Helen A. . . . 2.00 

Knowlton, Samuel E. . . 2.00 

LaRoche, Arthur 4.00 

Larrabee, George W. .. 5.00 

Larsen, Jorgen 5 . 00 

Lawrence, Charles W. . . 2.00 

Lears, William 2.00 

Le Clare, Edward 2.00 

Littlefield, Ralph F. . . 2.00 

Livermore, AVilliam J. 2.00 

MacFawn, Vivian P. . . 2.00 

MacGregor, H. S 2.00 

MacKinion, F. R 7.00 

Manion, Mrs. T. J 2.00 

Marsh, A. W 2.00 

Mason, Bertha 2.00 

Mason, Roger 9.00 

May, Francis A 2.00 

McGovern, John 2.00 

Mead, Hobart E 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Ida 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Thora .... 7.00 

Merchant, Ralph 2.00 

Merriam, Harold 2.00 

Middleton, AVillis J. .. 10.00 

Mills, Guy 2.00 

Montague, Everett N. . 2.00 

Morse, George 2 . 00 

Morrison, Frederick D. 10.00 

Muise, Joseph 2.00 

Munn, AVilliam 2.00 

Newell, L. F 2.00 

Newell, P. S 2.00 

Olsen, Peter J 2.00 

O'Neil, James 5.00 

O'Neil, Richard 10.00 

Packard, James B 2.00 



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Parker, 'Edith M 2.00 

Parsons, R. L 5.00 

Parzkienicz 2.00 

Pedersen, John 5 . 00 

Penney, D. F 4.00 

Penney, John 7 . 00 

Penniman, Leonard .... 2.00 

Perkins, A. Hazelton .. 2.00 

Perkins, Levi W 2.00 

Peterson, Carl N 2.00 

Phillips, Andrew S 2.00 

Polep, Fannie S 2.00 

Pope, Benjamin 11.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Prentiss, A. S 2.00 

Price, Thelma 2.00 

Rayfuse, Edith M 2.00 

Rawitser, William 2.00 

Rayner, Dorothy 2 . 00 

Reed, G. Howard 7 . 00 

Reed, Otis J 2.00 



Reid, Robert A. 3rd . . . 


. 2.00 


Reynolds, Harold R. . 


. 2.00 


Reynolds, Jesse C. . . . 


. 2.00 


Richardson, George A. 


. 2.00 


Roche, Fi-ancis B 


. .2.00 


Roo-ers, E. Stuart 


. 2.00 


Rugg', George 


. 2.00 


Russell, Mrs. John H. . 


. 2.00 


Sanborn, Everett R. . . 


. 5.00 


Sawyer, Benjamin H. . 


. 2.00 


Sawyer, Lester 


. 5.00 


Scanlon, William J. . . 


. 2.00 


Schofield, Harris C. . . 


. 12.00 



Scott, T. A 2.00 

Sebastian, Lester 2.00 

Shapley, Eva C 2.00 

Sheehan, Michael J. . . . 2.00 

Shidluskas, Joseph A. . . 2.00 

Sisson, George T 5.00 

Smith, Hattie E 2.00 

Smith, Ralph 2.00 

Spinney, Alice L 2.00 

Stearns, Margery E. . . . 2.00 

Stiles, Frank L 5.00 

Stokes, William 2.00 

Stuart, Raymond 2.00 

Swensen, Oscar 2.00 

Teele, William Henrv . . 2.00 

Todd, Ethel 10.00 

Tripp, Horatio W 2.00 

Truippe, John 2.00 

Tucker, Jr. George S. . 4.00 

TurnbuU, George L. . . 7.00 

Turner, Georiie C 2.00 

Vallie, A. H 2.00 

Vila, Maude 2.00 

Waite, F. A 7.00 

Walther, Augustine J. . 2.00 

Watkins, John H 10.00 

Weaver, George T 25.00 

Wheeler, Elbridge .... 5.00 

Whipple, Marion H. . . . 2.00 

Whitcomb, Fred S 2.00 

Whitney, Cora A 2.00 

Wood, Oliver D 2.00 

Zanceiwicz, J 2.00 



203 licenses at $2.00 $406.00 

59 licenses at $5.00 295.00 

1 license at $25.00 25.00 



Deduct fees, 263 licenses at 20c each 
Due County Treasurer, 1926 account 



$726.00 
52.60 

$673.40 
59.40 



$732.80 



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May 31, 1927— Paid County Treasurer ... $229.80 

Nov. 30, 1927— Paid County Treasurer ... 503.00 



$732.80 



HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



ASSESSORS' REPORT- 1927 



Buildings, exclusive of land $2,245,150.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 716,260.00 

Personal estate 693,516.00 

$3,654,926.00 
Valuation, April 1, 1926 3,442,561.00 

Increase in valuation $212,365.00 

Rate of taxation $30.50 

Tax assessed as follov^s : 

Real estate $90,322.68 

Personal estate 21,151 . 71 

Polls 1,564.00 

$113,038.39 
Amount of monev raised : 

State tax.. \. $5,160.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

County tax 4,500.20 

County tuberculosis tax 367.23 

Town grant 97,952.71 

Overlay 3,485.05 

$113,038.39 
December assessment : 

Buildings, exclusive of land $000.00 

Land, exclusive of building .... 350.00 

Personal estate 1,050 . 00 

$1,400.00 



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Tax assessed as follows: 

Real estate $10 . 68 

Personal estate 32.02 

Polls 4.00 

WARREN H. JONES, 
ARTHUR W. EMERSON- 
HENRY L. HAYNES. 



$46.70 



REPORT OF TAX COLLECTOR 

1924 Taxes 

Dr. 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1927 $109 . 19 

Added tax 2.00 

Interest collected 17.11 

$128.30 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $126 . 30 

Abated 2.00 

$128.30 

1925 Taxes 
Dr. 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1927 $12,976.65 

Interest collected 1,276 . 13 

$14,252.78 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $13,579 . 78 

Abated 673.00 

$14,252.78 
1926 Tax 
Dr. 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1927 $31,176.74 

Interest collected ^23 . 91 

$32,000.65 



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Cr. 

Paid treasurer $20,296.66 

Abated 125.40 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1928 11,578 . 59 

$32,000.65 
1927 Tax 
Dr. 

Committed $113,085.09 

Interest collected 121.74 

$113,206.83 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $69,659 . 55 

Abated 179.12 

Uncollected 43,368.16 

$113,206.83 

C. A. DURKEE, 

Tax Collector. 



REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1927 

Burial permits issued in Acton 28 

Burial permits of non-residents 25 

List of contagious diseases reported by the Board of Health, 
January 1, 1927, to December 31, 1927 : 

Chicken-pox 9 

Diphtheria 8 

Measles 3 

Mumps 2 

Scarlet Fever 5 

Tuberculosis (Pulmonar}^) 1 

Typhoid Fever 1 

Total 29 

(Deaths none) 

Your board would recommend that $1,500.00 be appropri- 
ated for use of the board for the present year. 

AC^rON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

C. A. Durkee, Agent. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 

Year Ending December 31, 1927 



Cash on hand $15,872. 8^ 

Received from state treasurer : 

Income tax, 1926 $ .89 

Corporation tax B, 1926 298.84 

National bank tax, 1923 .95 

Division of highways 500 . 00 

Income Massachusetts school fund ... 1,227.92 

Income tax, 1926 430.00 

Division of highways 3,000 . 00 

Income tax, 1925 86.00 

Aid vocational schools 100.97 

Income tax, 1926 215.00 

Corporation tax, B 239.41 

Loss of land tax 398 . 27 

Tuition 439.62 

Highways, Lowell road 3,865.89 

Highways, Lowell road 3,500.91 

Highways, Central street 1,000.00 

Highways, Lowell road 2,222.84 

Highways, Willow street 1,000.00 

Division of highways 2,500.00 

Highways, School street 2,000.00 

Highwaj^s, Lowell road 301 . 77 

Corporation tax, P. S 348 . 98 

Corporation tax, business 3,131.40 

Income tax, 1927 10,833.82 

National bank tax 124. 15 

Trust Co. tax 85.83 

State aid 432.00 

Veterans' exemption 109 . 55 

County treasurer : 

Dog tax 626 . 55 

Highways, Lowell road 3,865 . 89 

Highways, Lowell road 3,500 . 91 

Highways, Central street 1,000.00 

Highways, Lowell road 2,222.85 

Highways, Willow street 1,000.00 

HighAvays, Lowell road 301 . 77 

Highways, School street 2,000.00 



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Received district court fines 216.50 

Memorial library fines 52 . 25 

Town nurse collections 170.50 

Pour alcohol licenses 4.00 

I-I. F. Tuttle, cemetery lots sold 140.00 

F. W. Green, cemetery lots sold 145.00 

Use of lowering- machine 18.00 

First National bank, Ayer, interest 241.81 

Sealer of weights and measures, collections 52.12 

ToAvn of Boxboro 95.00 

Town hall rents 162.50 

Rebate on insurance, high school 64.99 

Non-permit fires 3 . 68 

Non-permit fires 2 . 60 

Town of Charlton, poor department 123.50 

Department of standards, licenses 32.00 

Lead sold, tree warden 186.44 

Town of Ayer, poor department 331.30 

Town of Concord, Nagog taxes 25.12 

Tuition, Boxboro 1,755.09 

M. Fole}', seven firearm permits 1.75 

Tuition, Harvard 52 . 31 

Tuition, Carlisle 120.00 

Damages to school books 3.01 

Damage to school desks 1.60 

Use of school telephone 3 .05 

Seven garage licenses 7 .00 

One motor junk license 1.00 

Ni]ie motor bus licenses 9.00 

23 gasoline pump licenses 23.00 

Two ammunition licenses 2.00 

Fourteen victuallers licenses 14.00 

One oleomai'garine license 1.00 

Two innholders" licenses 2.00 

One bakers license 1 . 00 

One pedlers license 1 .00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, tax loan 30,000.00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, tax loan . 30,000. 00 

Assabet Inst, fo;:* Savings, Lowell road loan 2, 000. 00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, Lowell road loan 2,000.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, Lowell road loan 2,000.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, Lowell road loan 2,000.00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, tax loan 20,000.00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, fire dep't. loan 800.00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, fire dept. loan 800.00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, fire dept. loan .... 800.00 

First Nat. Bank, x\yer, fire dept. loan 700.00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, Lowell road loan . . 800.00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, Lowell road loan . . 800.00 



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First Nat. Bank, Aver, Lowell road loan . . 700 . 00 

P^irst Nat. Bank, Ayer, Lowell road loan . . 700.00 

First Nat. Bank, Ayer, tax loan 25,000.00 

Cemetery fund, care of lots 1,136.00 

Library fund, book acct 515. . 21 

Surplus, cemetery acct 171 . 00 

$177,900.31 
Chas A. Durkee, Collector: 

1924 taxes $126.30 

1925 taxes 13,579.78 

1926 taxes 20,296 . 66 



1927 taxes 69,659.55 



$103,662.29 



$297,435.49 
Paid Selectmen's orders 271,218.56 



Cash on hand $26,216 . 93 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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

Perpetual care funds $30,350.00 

Unexpended balances 3,477 . 93 

$33,827.93 

Received for care of lots : 

Emma L. Cullis lot $100.00 

Wm. S. Kelley lot 100.00 

W. A. Raynor lot 100.00 

Jos. E. Chandler lot 50.00 

Lewis B. Goodnow lot 50.00 

Chas. B. Stone lot 100.00 

Lewis Guy Mead lot 100.00 

Cyrus Putnam lot : 100.00 

Chas H. Fairbanks lot 100.00 

Wm. L. Lothrop lot 100.00 

Willie S. Fletcher lot 100.00 

Horace R. Hosmer lot 75.00 

Wm. Chaplin G. A. R. lot balance .... 12.70 

Phineas Wetherbee R. R. stock sold 78 . 96 

$1,166.66 
Income from : 

Water bonds $210.00 

Liberty bonds 305 . 67 



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Maynard Trust Co 103 . 27 

Worcester North Savings 100 . 00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 194.01 

Home Savings 45 . 00 

Worcester Five Cent Saving's 67.50 

B. & M. R. K stock 5.00 

Assabet Institute for Savings 190.76 

Marlboro Savings 50 . 00 

North Middlesex Savings • 76.15 

Middlesex Institute for Savings 125.28 

North End Savings 30.26 

Warren Institute for Savings 4.66 

$1,507.56 

Transferred to surplus account 115.20 



$1,392.36 

$36,386.95 

Paid town of Acton, care of lots $1,136.00 

Water District bonds 5,100.00 

Liberty bonds 7,300.00 

Maynard Trust Co 3,228 . 96 

North Middlesex Savings bank 1,800.00 

Warren Institute for Savings 107 . 65 

Central Savings, Lowell $1,000.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 2,475.00 

Worcester North Savings 2,000.00 

Home Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Worcester Five-Cent Savings 1,500.00 

Marlboro Savings Bank 1,000.00 

North End Savings Bank 695.72 

Charlestown Five-Cent Savings 3,893 . 62 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 4,150.00 

$3,638.95 

Principal funds $31,516.66 

Unexpended balance 3,734.29 

Cemetery Suplus Fund. 

Balance $407.15 

Transferred from cemetery fund .... 115.20 

$522.35 

Transferred to town account $171.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, balance .... 351.35 

$522.35 

FRANK W. IIOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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Elizabeth White Fund 

Principal fund $25,000.00" 

Unexpended balance 2,183.43 

Received interest : 

Waltham Savings Bank 90.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Saving's 100 . 00 

East Cambridge Savings 100.00 

Lowell Inst, for Savings 90.00 

Andover Savings . . '. 100.00 

Lawrence Savings 100 . 00 

Amherst Savings 100.00 

Marlboro Savings 100.00 

Worcester Five Cent 90.00 

Worcester North Savings 50 . 00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 100.00 

North Middlesex Savings 90.00 

Athol Savings 100.40 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 89.81 

$28,483.64 

Paid out trustees orders $915.00 

Cash in : 

Waltham Savings Bank $2,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent 2,000.00 

East Cambridge Savings 2,000.00 

Lowell Inst, for Savings 2,000.00 

Andover Savings 2,000.00 

Lawrence Savings 2,000 .00 

Amherst Savings 2,000.00 

Marlboro Savings -. 2,000.00 

Worcester Fine Cent 2,000 . 00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 2,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings 2,000.00 

Athol Savings 2,000.00 

Worcester North Savings 1,000.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, balance .... 2,568 . 64 



$28,483.14 

FRIANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Principal fund $9,000.00 

Susan, Augusta and Luther Conan fund . . 1,000.00 

Hiram J. Hiapgood fund 200.00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Unexpended balance 81.9^") 



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Received interest : 

Conant Fund Bond 40 . 00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings .... 151.88 

Warren Inst, for Savings 91.01 

Lowell City Inst. Savings 50.1)3 

North End Savings . /. 45.50 

Home Savings .45 . 50 

' Middlesex Inst, for Savings 50.63 

Maynard Trust Co 21.89 

$10,978.99 

Paid town of Acton, book account $515.21 

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 Saving Bank 1,000.00 

Home Savings Bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 1,000.00 

West Shore R. R. bond 1,000.00 

Maynard Trust Co 400.00 

Maynard Trust Co., balance 63.78 



$10,978.99 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Fireman's Relief Fund 

Principal fund $393.96 

Interest, Middlesex Inst. Savings 19.91 

$413.87 
Cash in Middlesex Inst, for Savings $413.87 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



19th of April Fund 

Principal fund $279 . 19 

Received interest, Middlesex Inst 14.13 



$293.32 
Cash in Middlesex Institution for Saviiigs, $293.32 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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William Chaplin Fund 
Balance on hand $12 . 70 



Transferred to G. A. R. Cemetery fund . . 12.70 



$12.70 



$12.70 



FRANK W. HOIT, * 
Treasurer. 



Outstanding Notes and Bonds 

Note No. 58, Fire Dep't., due May 1928 $2,000.00 

Note No. 62, LoAvell road, due June 1928 2,550.00 

Note No. 73, Special road, due June 1928 1,750.00 

Note No. 84, Special road, due Oct. 1928 400.00 

Note No. 97, Lowell road, due July 1928 2,000.00 

Note No. 98, Lowell road, due July 1929 2,000.00 

Note No. 99, Lowell road, due July 1930 2,000.00 

Note No. 100, Lowell road, due July 1931 2,000.00 

Note No. 101, Anticipation revenue, due Sept. 1928 . . 20,000.00 

Note No. 102, Fire house, due Oct. 1928 800.00 

Note No. 103, Fire house, due Oct. 1929 800.00 

Note No. 104, Fire house, due Oct. 1930 800.00 

Note No. 105, Fire house, due Oct. 1931 700.00 

Note. No. 106, Lowell road, due Nov. 1928 800.00 

Note No. 107, Lowell road, due Nov. 1929 800.00 

Note No. 108, Lowell road, due Nov. 1930 700.00 

Note No. 109, Lowell road, due Nov. 1931 700.00 

Note No. 110, anticipation revenue, due Dec. 1928 . . . 25,000.00 

High school bonds, due 1928 6,000.00 

High school bonds, due 1929 to 1945 56,000.00 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



TRUSTEES' RERORT OF THE 
ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



The trustees have signed orders to the treasurer for $915.00 
(nine hundred and fifteen dollars) for the year ending December 
31, 1927. This has been distributed from time to time as in the 
best judgment of your trustees, after investigation and found to 
be worthv needy poor. 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WM. H. KINGSLEY, 
WALDO E. WmTCOMB, 
Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund. 



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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 1927. 

Expenditures 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 
Appropriation $4,600 .00 

SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Murray Brown, salary $200.00 

Waldo E. Whitcomb,' salary 100.00 

Howard J. Billings, salary 100 . 00 

Murray Brown, telephone, postage 3.30 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, postage .70 

Murphy & Snyder, printing cards 2.75 

R.'S. Osterhout, printing town reports . . 490.00 

$896.75 
ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Howard L. Jones, salary $400.00 

Howard L. Jones, postage 10.00 

James T. Towhee Co., envelopes, printing 27.75 

Thorp & Martin Co., book 4.75 

Murphy & Snyder, stationery 5.50 

$448.00 
TREASURER 'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $500.00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage, telephone, carfares 41.07 

Frank W. Hoit, books 8.50 

Frank W. Hoit, paid for certifying notes 34.00 

Murph}^ & Snyder, receipts 4 . 25 

$587.82 



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PUBLIC WELFARE DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

Howard J. Billings, salary $75.00 

Murray Brown, salary 40 . 00 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, salary 40.00 

Howard J. Billings, postage, telephone 3.30 



COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

Charles A. Durkee, salary * 550 . 13 

Murphy & Snyder, tax bills, envelopes .. 12.53 

Hobbs & Warren, books 4.65 

Charles A. Durkee, book .50 



ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 
Paid 

Warren H. Jones, salary $200 . 00 

Henry L. Haynes, salary 200 . 00 

Arthur W. Emerson, salary 200 . 00 

Assessors' auto tax service, book 5.00 

Hobbs & Warren Co., books, stationery.. 27.82 

L. L. Applin, transfer notices 19.32 

Carters Ink Co .67 

Henry L. Haynes, postage, tel., etc 10.59 

Richard Haynes, clerk 50.00 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Hoi*ace F. Tuttle, salary $200.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording births 37.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording marriages . . 13 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths .... 15.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, tel., postage, etc 25.80 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes 5.40 

P. B. Murphy, blanks 1 . 25 

P. B. Murphy, dog book 2 . 50 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Paid: 

Thereon F. Newton, salary $120.00 

W. & L. E. Gurley, instruments 15.21 

Hobbs & Warren, book 2.09 



$158.30 



$567.81 



$713.40 



$300.45 



$137.30 



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CATTLE INSPECTION 
Paid : 
Fred S. Whtcomb, salary $175.00 

ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 
Paid: 

Horace F. Tnttle, registrar ■ 30.00 

Charles J. Holt on, registrar 20.00 

Daniel W. Sheehan, Jr. registrar 2 yrs. 40.00 

Fred S. Whitcomb, election officer .... 5.00 

Leo McCarthy, election officer 15.00 

Arthur AVayne, election officer 20.00 

Lewis C. Hastings, election officer 5.00 

Thomas Murray, election officers 5.00 

Theron F. Newton, election officer .... 5 . 00 

T. J. Hennesse}', election officer 5.00 

John W. Coughlin, election officer 15.00 

Arthur F. Davis, election officer 5.00 

Lewis C. Hastings, placing booths 1.25 

L'niversalist* church, rent 5.00 

Robert S. Osterhout, warrants, ballots . . 78.00 

H. S. Turner, voting lists 47 . 50 

J. T. McNiff, trans., Avarrants 5.00 

Enterprise Co., adv 2.00 



$308.75 
MODERATOR 
Paid: 
A. Brooks Parker $30.00 

$4,323.58 
Unexpended balance $276.42 

$4,600.00 

TREASURER'S AND COLLECTOR'S BONDS 

Appropriation $175 . 00 

Paid: 

American Surety Co 172.50 

Unexpended balance 2.50 

$175.00 
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation $800 . 00 

Paid: 

American AVoolen Co 58 . 12 

Arthur Wayne, janitor 128.25 

Arthur "W'ayne, care of lawn 39.13 



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Arthur Wayue, care of clock 30 . 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 61. 60 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 75.00 

West & South W'ater Supply District ... 12.00 

Thos J. Gre}' Co. care lawn mowers .... 9.30 

O. D. Wood, enlarging coal bin 15.00 

0. H. Greenwood, express .50 

C. H. Smith, Jr., graves shears 2.25 

N. H. Tenney, repairs on boiler 35.09 

J. W. Livermore, mowing 1.00 

L. T. Fullonton, painting blinds 45.00 

John Peterson, wood 60.00 

Alfred Harris, ceiling cap for bell .... 1.00 

Geo. H. Braman, care of flag 5.00 

E. H. Longley, cement work 3.00 

Geo. H. Phelps, repairing roof 118.37 



$699.61 
Unexpended balance * $100 . 39 



$800.00 



Protection of Persons and Property 
POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $800.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 16.36 



Paid : 

Michael Foley, services $315.43 

Michael Foley, paid for telephone service 32.44 

Michael Foley, badges 3 .00 

Allen B. Frost, services 131.85 

Allen B. Frost, telephone 15.51 

Allen B. Frost, court fees 5.00 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, emergency call 3.00 

J. T: McNiff, services . . ' 146.00 

Harry B. Moore, services 54.75 

Chas. Whitcomb, services 10.13 

Ernest "Rasmussen, services 25.50 

Jesse Brigss, services 13 .00 

0. D. Wood, services 5 .00 

Daniel Curtin, court fees 20 . 20 

Geo. S. Braman, services 15.25 

A. W. Davis Co., traffic paint 11.70 



$816.36 



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W. J. Costello, painting . . . . 
Murphy & Snyder, envelopes 
A. B. Frost, postage 



3.00 
2.10 
3.50 



$816.36 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,200.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 231 . 10 



Paid: 

So. Acton Dept., salaries 1926-1927 

West Acton Dept., salaries 1926-1927 .... 
Acton Center Dept., salaries 1926-1927 . . 

Geo. S. Braman, janitor 

Geo. S. Braman, pay rolls 

American Woolen Co 

So. Acton Dept., pay roll 

B. A. King, pay roll 

A. W^. Davis Co., coal 

A. W. Davis Co., supplies 

Acton Motor Co., labor, supplies 

Fitzgerald garage, supplies 

C. D. Cram, salary 

C. D. Cram, telephone 

C. D. Cram, investigations 

J. S. Moore, pail 

Geo. H. Reed, brooms 

Theron Lowden, janitor 

Theron Lowden, shovelling hydrants . . 

Wm. G. Lawrence, janitor 

West & South Water Supply District . . . 

James A. Grimes, repairs 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co., iiasoline .... 

E. P. Gates, irons 

Laffins Express 

W. A. Haynes, lumber 

Henry K. Barnes Co.. extinguishers 

B. A. Kino-, repairs on A\'histle 

Andrew Ed^rardson, labor 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal .... 
M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 



$180.00 

180.00 

177.50 

60.50 

79.75 

29.84 

2.00 

94.50 

152.53 

8.33 

18.60 

8.55 

5.00 

10.50 

8.00 

.85 

2.25 

85.00 

9.88 

138.25 

24.00 

40.70 

5.21 

7.50 

.45 

16.26 

22.00 

7.35 

6.00 

5.75 

33.12 

10.93 



$1^31.10 



$1,431.10 



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BRUSPI FIRES 

Appropriation 500.00 

Paid: 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, shovels $21.45 

Eastern Drug Co., soda 23.40 

A. B. Frost, express 1.83 

Laffins Express, express 4.50 

Merrimac Chemical Co., vitrol 29.73 

So. Acton Fire Dept., pay rolls 62.00 

A. B. Frost, pay rolls 146.66 

B. A. King, pay rolls 4.00 

$293.57 
Unexpended balance 206 .43 



$500.00 



SPECIAL (HOSE) 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid: 

Henry K. Barnes Co 255.00 

Unexpended balance 45.00 



NEW FIRE HOUSE 

Appropriation $900.00 

Loans authorized 3,100.00 



$300.00 



$4,000.00 



Paid: 
Geo. K. Hay ward, on account of contract $3,200.00 

Balance due 800.00 



$4,000.00 



HYDRANT SERVICE 

Appropriation 3,150 . 00 

Paid : 
West & South Water Supply District . . . $2,750.00 
Town of Concord 184.00 

$2,934.00 
Unexpended balance 216.00 



$3,150.00 
MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,269 . 59 

Paid: 

James O'Neil, labor $601.50 

James O'Neil, truck 215.00 

James O'Neil, sundry expense 5.70 

Underhay Oil Co., oil 3.25 



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General Chemical Co., lead 418 . 97 

Com. of Mass., repairs on engine 4.72 

Arthur L. Stuart, repairs 16.05 

Fitzhenry-Guptill Co., poles 3.82 

$1,269.01 

Unexpended balance .58 



$1,269.59 



TREE WARDEN 

Appropriation $150 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 59 . 78 



Paid: 

James O'Neil, labor . $151.00 

James O'Neil, truck . 41.00 

James O'Neil, sundry expense 10.78 

N. E. Nurseries Co., trees 7.00 



$209.78 



$209.78 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Appropriation $1,200.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 97.59 

$1,297.59 

Paid: 

Francis B. Farrar, land $450.00 

Chas. A. Durkee, services and expenses as 

agent $199.12 

Sears, Roebuck & Co., posts 29 . 00 

R. F. Durkee, locating dump 10.00 

James Kinsley, inspection 23 . 20 

Fred Amberg, labor 29 . 75 

Horace F. Tuttle, services in reference to 

land purchase 29 . 45 

A. W. Davis Co., wire 42.50 

E. P. Gates, account of quarantine 180.00 

John Gagnon, account of quarantine .... 28.00 

Waltham Hospital 74.00 

W. J. Costello, signs 5.00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 35 . 17 

Bellows Stock Farm, milk , 10.64 

R. A. Logan, supplies 43.40 

0. M. Swanson, supplies 14.86 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, services 36.00 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, chairman 25.00 



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Dr. G. H. Tuttle 10.00 

R. F. Durkee, secretary 15.00 

Acton Drug Co., supplies 7.50 

$1,297.59 
TOWN NURSE 

Appropriation $2,200.00 

Paid : 

Esther Robinson, nurse $1,000.08 

Lillian E. Frost, nurse 675.72 

Ethel R. Rawitzer, book, stamps 2.20 

Chester T. Dolan, supplies 10.23 

Acton Drug Co., supplies 26.65 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co 28.96 

Rand, Kardry Co 3.00 

H. S. Turner, printing 8.00 

$1,754.84 
Unexpended balance 445 . 16 

$2,200.00 

HIGH WAYS— ( General ) 

Appropriation $10,000.00 

Appropriation State under Chapter 81 . . 5,700 , 00 

$15,700.00 

Paid: 
So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal, lumber, 

tile $41.49 

0. D. Wood, making signs 8.05 

Harrison Sq. Foundry, catch basins .... 92.00 

W. S. Darley & Co.,^ signals 29.00 

W. J. Costello, signs 2.00 

Mrs. McCrossin. gravel 13.30 

J. T. McNife, irons, repairs 27.85 

No. Acton Concrete Const. Co., mixer and 

labor 17.00 

J. S. Moore, tile 4.85 

O. F. Nelson, sharpening 1.25 

Greenough Const. Co., removing trees .. 30.00 

Wm. H. Kingsley, gravel, stone 74.50 

Conant Machine Co., parts 45 . 31 

L. W. Perkins, gravel 10 . 35 

Fred S. Whitcomb, gravel 3.15 

Hall Bros. Co., lumber, stakes . . . .' 6.35 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 14.12 

N. E. Road Machinery Co., parts 44.94 

E. P. Gates, three drags 43.00 



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E. P. Gates, repairs 27.40 

A. W. Davis Co., lead, oil 24.69 

A. W. Davis Co., cement, supplies 83.73 

Edward Anderson, gravel delivered ... 10 . 00 

Barrett Co., tarvia 681.20 

Mass. Broken Stone Co., stone 24.50 

Samuel Knowlton, gravel 74 . 70 

Standard Oil Co., oil 2,847.15 

A. W. Fisher, gravel 36.90 

W. H. Kingsley, e. stone 27 . 15 

Jos. Gagnon, gravel 22 . 80 

Fitzgeral's Garage, welding 3.75 

Geo. H. Reed, bags, tools 18.74 

Jas. Kinsley, sand 6 . 75 

Geo. S. Tucker, Jr., gravel 9.75 

Greenough Const. Co., trans, roller .... 50.00 

A. W. Davis Co., resetting curbing 22.00 

Geo. Greenough, scraper 9 . 00 

A. H. Perkins, gas, oil 8 . 60 

PAY ROLLS 

Labor: 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $748.50 

Hazelton Perkins 14.00 

C. Whitcomb 359.00 

Leo. Allard 190.50 

F. Courville 312.00 

Geo. Cann 181.50 

Earl Barker 152.75 

J. Bedard 16.00 

A. Wessell 325.75 

Jos. Gagnon 264 . 50 

J. Pennev 61 . 50 

E. Leard 97.69 

F. Leard 172.75 

E. LeClair 172.75 

G. Penney 34.00 

Geo. Greenough 32.00 

M. Sheehan 103.25 

John Schofield 125.50 

E. Hurley 9.00 

AV. Taylor 274.50 

E. Lemay 64 . 00 

C. Briggs 2.00 

John Gagnon 84.44 

A. Mauro 80.50 

R. Boyce 49.50 

N. Perkins 4.00 

R. Perkins 12.00 



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A. Leard . 25 . 69 

Albert St. Cyr 32 . 00 

C. Monroe 158.00 

L. Worden 58 . 00 

U. Joy 28.50 

el . Jones 1 . 00 

O. Keyes 1.00 

P. Callan 84.75 

W. H. Kin^sley, men 16 . 00 

P. Coughlin 46.00 

V. Smith 34.00 

it. Harlow , 61 .00 

X Hallowell 18.00 

W. Benere 3 .00 

L. Perkins 4.00 

Horace Tuttle 1.00 

J. Briggs 7.00 

T- M©nalian 12 .00 

J. Shed 4.00 

Morins 6.00 

Grennon 2 . 25 

R. Sanborn 9 . 60 

A. H. Perkins, payroll 124.75 

3. D. Smith 4.00 

Teams : 

Henry Mekkelson 8 . 00 

George Greenough 288 . 00 

Ix W. Perkins 394.50 

E. Coons 94.50 

A. H. Perkins 607.00 

W. H. Kingsley 251.50 

A. Christofferson 4.00 

A. R. Jenks 88.00 

A. W. Davis 4.00 

Trucks : 

Allen Frost 186.00 

Jesse Briggs 693 . 75 

George Greenough 1 . 50 

W. H. Kingsley 869 . 25 

George Morse 117 . 75 

Harry Morse 684.00 

R. Jones 571 . 50 

A. VV. Davis 168.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 336.75 

$14,550 . 74 
Unexpended balance 1,149.26 

$15,700.00 



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HIGH STREET 

Appropriation $500 . OO 

Transferred from reserve fund 118.50 



$618.50 



Paid: 

Trimount Oil Co., oil $85.00 

Mrs. MeCrossin, gravel 39 . 00 

Payrolls — Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent 6 . 00 

E. Barker 14.00 

E. Leclair 22.00 

A. Wessell 24.00 

C. Whitcomb 14.00 

F. Leard 18.00 

J. Schofield 30.00 

Leo Allard 14. OQ 

J. Gagnon 14.00 

W. Tavlor 14.00 

M. Sheehan 6.00 

George Cann 10.00 

F. Courville 4.00 

A. Mauro 1 . 50 

L. Worden 2.00 

Teams: 

W. H. Kingslev 8.00 

L. AV. Perkins 8.00 

Trucks : 

H. Morse 72.00 

W. H. Kingslev 48.00 

F. Penney 18.00 

J. Briggs 72.00 

P. Jones 72.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 3.00 

$618.50 

ARLINGTON STREET 
Appropriation $1,000.00 

Paid : 

Harrison Square Foundry, grate 9.38 

Trimount Oil Co., oil 59 . 50 

Berger Manufacturing Co., culvert 198.00 

George H. Reed, coal 12.96 

Payrolls — Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent 18.00 

C. Whitcomb 22.00 

R. Pennev 20.00 

W. Tavlor 20.00 



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E. Leard 15.00 

L. Worden 20.00 

€. A. Monroe 12 . 00 

E. LeClair 20.00 

A. St. Cyr 16.00 

John Gagnon 8 . 00 

Joseph Gagnon 6 . 00 

A. Wessell 8.00 

P. Courville '. 8.00 

J. Sherd 8.00 

R. Joy 8.50 

R. Boyce 3.00 

P. Callan 2.00 

A. Mauro 1 .50 

Teams : 

A. H. Perkins 24.00 

W. H. Kingsley 16.00 

L. W. Perkins 16.00 

Trucks : 

George Morse 36 . 00 

W. H. Kingsley 66.00 

R. Jones 75.00 

J. Briggs 72.00 

H. Morse 30.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 7.50 

$838.34 
Une:jqpended balance 161 , Q^ 



$1,000.00 



CENTRAL STREET 

AppTopriation $1,000 . 00 

Received from state treasurer, under Chap- 
ter 90 1,000.00 

Received from countv treasurer, under 

Chapter 90 1,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 143 .31 



Paid: 

A. W. Davis Co., coal $37.59 

A. W. Davis Co., tile 99.10 

E. G. Chisholm Co., pipe 24.69 

A. H. Perkins, freight 8.74 

A. R Perkins, gas and oil for loader 27.40 

R. A. Reid, gravel 185 . 70 

George H. Reed, coal 68.06 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber . . 4.67 

Standard Oil Co., oil 152.35 



$3,143.31 



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Coiiant Machine Co., repairs 28 . 19 

Payrolls — Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent 182.25 

A. St. Cyr 176.00 

C. Whitcomb 110.00 

A. Wessell 114.25 

J. Gagnon 107 . 19 

F. Courville 86.00 

E. LeClair 75 . 00 

W. Taylor 65.00 

E. Leard 61 . 63 

F. Leard 20.00 

R. Penney 78.00 

M. Sheehan 18.00 

L. Worden 71 . 00 

C. A. Monroe 64.00 

F. Bryan 4.00 

R. Joy 8.00 

R. Boyce 6.00 

Teams : 

A. H. Perkins 180 00 

L. W. Perkins 8"00 

Trucks : 

Harry Morse 256 . 50 

W. H. Kingsley 250.50 

R. Jones 232.50 

J. Briggs 217.50 

G. Morse 28.50 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 87 . 00 

CONCORD STREET 
Appropriation 

Paid: 

A. W. Fisher, gravel $87 . 75 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber . . 12.59 

Payrolls — Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent 30 . 00 

George Cann 28 .00 

E. Barker 28.00 

F. Courville 16.00 

J. Gagnon 30.00 

E. LeClair 31.00 

A. "Wessell 30.00 

C. Whitcomb 16.00 

F. Leard 32.00 

J. Schofield 30.00 

W. Taylor 16.00 

L. Allard 22.00 



$3,143.31 
$1,000.00 



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Teams : 

A. H. Perkins 32.00 

L. W. Perkins 4.00 

Trucks : 

H. Morse 90.00 

AV. H. Kingsley 84.00 

J. Briggs 90.00 

R. Jones 90 . 00 

F. Penney 90.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 15.00 

T 

$904.34 
Unexpended balance 95 . 66 

$1,000.00 
HOSMERi STREET 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 14 . 00 

$514.00 

Paid: 

W. H. Kingsley, gravel $51 .00 

Payrolls — Labor : 

C. Whitcomb $32.00 

P. Callan 32.00 

P. Coughlin 32.00 

L. Worden 24.00 

A. Mauro 21.00 

J. Penney 12.00 

V. Smith , 8.00 

C. A. Monroe 30.00 

W. Tavlor 12.00 

T. Newsham 12.00 

Teams : 

A. H. Perkins 8.00 

Trucks : 

R. Jones 48.00 

W. H. Kingslev 96.00 

H. Morse 96.00 

$514.00 
MAIN STREET 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Loans authorized 11,000 . 00 

Received from state treasurer 9,891.41 

Received from county treasurer 9,891.42 

$32,782.83 



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Paid : 
Greenoug-h Construction Co 29,674.23 



Unexpended balance $3,108.60 

SCEGOOL STREET 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Received from state treasurer, under Chap- 
ter 90 2,000.00 

Received from county treasurer, under 

Chapter 90 '. 2,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 149.95 



Paid: 

Conant Machine Co., parts $40 . 56 

E. G. Chisholm & Co., pipe 19.56 

A. W. Fisher, gravel 199.05 

Ole Granberg, gravel 26.55 

Trimount Oil Co., oil 272.00 

A. W. Davis Co., supplies 51 . 70 

A. W. Davis Co., coal 19.21 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber . . 18.76 

E. Christofferson, stone 60.00 

A. H. Perkins, gas, oil for loader 42 . 85 

A. H. Perkins, freight 6.24 

George H. Reed, coal 56.07 

George V. Mead, posts 20 . 50 

W. A. Haynes Co., lumber 89 .75 

W. H. Kingsley, gravel 72 . 60 

J. T. McNife, repairs 8.55 

Payrolls — Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent 330.75 

F. Courville 214.00 

R. Joy 78.00 

C. A. Monroe 194.25 

J. Pennev 68.00 

A. Mauro 115.00 

L. Worden 128.00 

C. Whitcomb 130.00 

R. Boyce 73.50 

E. Leard 91.50 

W. Taylor 136.00 

Joseph Gagnon 186 . 00 

John Gagnon 136 . 50 

A. Wessell 170.00 

P. Callen 110.00 

P. Coughlin 84.00 

A. St. Cyr 232.00 



1,149.9.5 



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T. Newsham 4 . 00 

V. Smith 60.00 

R. Harlow 16.00 

George Penney 12.00 

Teams : 

A. H. Perkins 368.00 

W. H. Kingsley 96.00 

L. W. Perkins 64.00 

Trucks : 

J. Briggs 527.25 

R. Jones 519.00 

H. Morse 508.00 

W. H. Kingsley 336.75 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 157 . 50 

$6,149.95 
WILLOW STREET 

Appropriation $1,000 . 00 

Received from state treasurer, under Chap- 
ter 90 1,000.00 

Received from -county treasurer, under 

Chapter 90 [ 1,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 95.33 

$3,095.33 
Paid: 

E. G. Chisholm & Co., pipe 23.48 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber . . 3.10 

Conant Machine Co., chain 17 . 25 

P. S. Whitcomb, gravel 12 . 15 

R. A. Reed, gravel 210.30 

A. H. Perkins, cement 8 . 00 

J. T. McNiff, repairs 8.80 

Trimount Oil Co., oil 187.00 

Payrolls — Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent 129 , 00 

J. Gagnon 57.00 

A. Wessell 84.00 

P. Courville 62.00 

Joseph Gagnon 50 . 50 

A. St. Cvr 124.00 

J. Penney 60.00 

R. Joy 76.00 

C. A. Monroe 76.00 

C. Whitcomb 68.00 

W. Taylor 74.00 

E. Leard 63.00 

E. LeClair 76.00 



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R. Penney -30.00 

L. Worden 67.50 

R. Boyce 31.50 

A. Mauro 39 .00 

J. Shedd " • 55.50 

P. Callan 2.00 

P. Couo-hlin 2.00 

T. Newsham 2 . 00 

F. Smith 2.00 

Teams: 

A. H. Perkins 177 .50 

W. H. Kingsley 32.00 

L. W. Perkins 24.00 

Trucks : 

H. Morse 256.00 

K. Jones ' 167.75 

^M. H. Kingsley 184.50 

J. Brig-gs 292.50 

A. Frost 72.00 

E. Hallowell 120.00 

A. H. Perkins, transportation 68.00 



SNOW REMOVAL 

Appropriation $3,400 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 18 . 10 



Paid : 

A. Christofferson $295.75 

Fred S. Whitcomb 4.00 

A. H. Perkins 143.00 

X. E. Road Machinery Co., parts 122.36 

D. F. Penney 12.00 

John Pederson 2,789.84 

Eraser Laffin 10.00 

H. F. Davis Tractor Co., repairs 11.50 

J. T. McNiff , sharpening 15 . 65 

E. P. Gates, repairs on plough 9.50 

George H. Reed, shovels 4.50 



$3,095.33 



$3,418.10 



$3,418.10 

SNOW FENCE 
Appropriation $400.00 



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Paid : 

Eastern Tractors Co., snoAv fence $328 . 90 

A. H. Perkins, freight 34.49 

$363,39 
Unexpended balance 36 . 61 

$400.00 
STREET LIGHTING 

Appropriation $5,000 . 00 

Paid: 

American Woolen Co $4,930 . 82 

Unexpended balance 69 . 18 

$5,000.00 

WIDENING ROAD AT KELLEY'S CORNER 

Appropriation $200 . 00 

Appropriation nnexpended 

PUBLIC WELFARE 

Appropriation $1,800 . 00 

Paid : 

Orders as approved by board of public 

welfare ' $1,140.09 

Unexpended balance 659 . 91 

$1,800.00 
STATE AID 

Appropriation $400.00 

Paid $292.00 

Unexpended balance 108.00 

$400.00 
Amount due from state treasurer, $292.00 

EDUCATION 
Appropriation $44,000.00 

Paid : 
Report of school committee 43,987.67 

Unexpended balance 12 .33 

$44,000.00 

HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING 

Balance $404.59 

Paid: 

N. H. Tenney, hoist for ashes $75.00 

0. P. Tucker, labor 30.09 



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E. E. Smith Co., hardware 37.32 

Ed^ar H. Hall, balance of fund for equip- 
ment 262 . 18 

$404.59 
HIGH SCHOOL GRJOUNDS 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Paid : 

W. H. Kingsley, teams $383.75 

W. H. Kingslev, truck 14.00 

W. H. Kingsley, labor 5.50 

L. W. Perkins, teams ,. . . . 152.00 

J. W. Livermore, teams 204.00 

A. Dubey, labor 120.00 

R. Dudley, labor 109.50 

C. Dudley, labor 109.00 

P. Callan, labor 118.00 

T. Monihan, labor 98.00 

J. Crosby, labor 20.00 

E. Hurley, labor ' 72.00 

F. Lawrence, labor 66.00 

W. E. Whitcomb superintendent 183.00 

P. Coughlin, labor 110.00 

y. T. Estin, blasting 94.82 

A. W. Davis, truck 9 . 50 

A. W. Davis Co., tools, seed, etc 61.55 

Hall Bros. Co., stakes 1.85 

E. P. Gates 10.90 

Warren Boyce, labor 22.50 

$1,965.87 
Unexpended balance 34. 13 



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LIBRARY 
Maintaenance 

Appropriation $800 . 00 

Tranf erred from reserve fund 88,74 



Paid : 

A. F. Davis, librarian $154.50 

A. F. Davis, janitor 154. 50 

A. F. Davis, catloging, binding, writing 

cards, etc 66 . 90 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber .. 73.40 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., coal 169.79 

American Woolen Co 34.05 



$2,000.00 



$888.74 



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Scott & Williams, eastings 3 . 30 

0. E. Houg'hton, trans, books 50.00 

Frank E. Fiske, labor 45.00 

0. W. Wood, labor 51.30 

Geo. H. Phelps, repairs 16.27 

E. F. Conant, insurance 51 . 85 

E. Z. Stanley, labor 5.70 

S. Ward Co., paper .35 

Dennison Mfg. Co., boxes 1.08 

M. E.. Taylor & Co., supplies 10.75 

BOOK ACCOUNT 

Appropriation ' $200.00 

Transferred from library fund 515.21 

Paid: 

Boston Athenarum $1 . 50 

Reagil Co 153.01 

DeWolfe Fiske & Co 466.76 

Dura Binding Co 14 . 95 

Butterick Reading Co 3.00 

Business Book Pub. Co 2.89 

Real Book Co 2.25 

Ezra Meeker 2.00 

Wash Publishing Co 3.00 

Edwin H. Frost 1.00 

Herman Goldberger 49 . 00 

Enterprise Co 1 . 50 

Campbell & Leunig 14.35 

CEMETERIES 
Appropriation 

Paid: 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., boards .... $6.91 

Fred W. Green, labor 590 . 35 

Fred W. Green, lawn mowers 13 . 10 

W. H. Kingsley, loam 12.00 

W. H. Kingsley, truck 18.00 

A. W. Davis Co., tools, paint, cement .... 52.25 

West & So. Water Supply District 20.79 

M. E. Taylor & Co., tools 27.43 

C. B. Dolge Co 58.60 

Horace F. Tuttle, services, care of lots .. 32.00 

L. W. Perkins, team 8.00 

E. P. Gates, repairs 1 . 00 



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$715.21 



$715.21 



$1,000.00 



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Albert Bately & Son, flowers 5.75 

E. A. Phalen, labor 5.25 

"W. J. Costello, painting* chapel 36.00 

J. W. Livermoore, mowing 9.75 

E. L. Spinney, mowing 4.00 

Pitzegerald garage, acetylene cutting .... 4.50 

J. T. McNiff, repairs 4.25 

$949.93 
Unexpended balance . 50 . 07 

$1,000.00 

PERPETUAL CARE 

Received intrest on cemetery fund $1,136.00 

Received from surplus fund 171.00 

$1,307.00 
Paid: 

Fred W. Green, labor, flowers $1,136.00 

Frigid Fluid Co., lowering device 171.00 

$1,307.00 
INSURANCE OF EMPLOYES 

Appropriation $500 , 00 

Paid: 

A. N. Hederstedt 364.93 

Unexpended balance 135.07 

$500.00 

MEMORIAL DAY 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid : 

Murrav Brown, chairman 300.00 

^ DEMONSTRATION WORK IN AGRICULTURE 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid: 
Middlesex Count}^ Extension Service 300.00 

FOUNTAIN AT WEST ACTON 

Appropriation $100 .00 

Paid : 
A. W. Davis, moving 100.00 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid : 
Enterprise Co. adv $8 . 50 



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So. Acton Improvement Ass'n., rent . . 50.00 

Howard Wilson, professional services .. 80.00 

Turners Public Spirit, adv 6.50 

M. Linsky & Bro., uniforms 87.00 

H. F. Tuttle, recording deed 1.00 

Globe Newspaper Co., adv 10.80 

Framingham News, adv 4 . 50 

C. S. Parker & Son., adv 3.00 

N. E. Road Builders' Ass'n., adv 11.00 

Balch Bros. & West Co., markers 3.14 

Finney & Hoit, flags 12.50 

H. J. Billings, express 2 . 87 

Town of Concord, labor on water main.. 26.54 

Allen Chair Co., furniture 82.50 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, reporting birth 1.00 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, reporting birth 1.25 

Dr. R. E. Hooper, reporting birth .50 

Dr. E. F. Ryan, reporting births .50 

Dr. J. H. Matzkin, reporting births .25 

Dr. J. D. Christie, reporting births .... .25 

Dr. Ross K. Whitten, reporting births .. .25 

J. E. Cooms, ploughing sidewalks 30.00 

Ralph Piper, ploughing sidewalks 19 . 25 

Fred W. Green, ploughing sidewalks .... 3 . 00 

$446.10 
Unexpended balance 53 . 90 



$500.00 



RESERVE FUND 

Appropriation $1,200 . 00 

Transferred to : 

Police department $16.36 

Fire department 231. . 10 

Tree warden 59.78 

Health and Sanitation 97.59 

High street 118.50 

Central street 143 . 31 

Hosmer street 14 . 00 

School street 149.95 

W^illow street 95 . 33 

Snow removal 18 . 10 

Library account 88 .74 

$1,032.76 

Unexpended balance 167 . 24 

$1,200.00 



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INTEREST 

Appropriations : Revenue loans $1,200.00 

High school bonds 2,600.00 

Other notes 475.00 

Received interest on bank balance 241 . 81 

Received interest on taxes 2,238.89 



$6,755.70 
Paid: 

First Nat. Bank of Ayer, Revenue Loans . -$2,462.19 

Merchants Nat. Bank, High School Bonds $2,720.00 

No. Middlesex Inst, for Savings 188.12 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 277 .02 

First Nat. Bank of A.yer 32.00 

$5,679.33 
Trans, to estimated receipts " acct 1,076.37 



$6,755.70 
LOANS 
Appropriations : High School Bonds .... $6,000 . 00 

Road notes 5,900.00 

Fire Department notes 2,000.00 

$13,900.00 
Paid: 

Merchants' National Bank Bonds $6,000.00 

No. Middlesex Inst, for Savings, Fire Dept. 2,000.00 

No. Middlesex Inst, for Savings, Road 1,250.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, Road 4,250.00 

First National Bank of Ayer, Road 400.00 

$13,900.00 
REVENUE LOANS 

Amount outstanding Jan. 1, 1927 $40,000.00 

Received First National Bank of Ayer.. 105,000.00 

$145,000.00 
Paid : 

First National Bank of Ayer $100,000.00 

Amount outstanding Dec. 31, 1927 45,000.00 

REFUNDS 
Paid on account 1926 tax 18.48 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Due from collector Jan. 1, 1927 $44,262.58 

Received : 
State tax 5,160.00 



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State highway tax 1,573 . 20 

County tax 4,500.20 

County Tuberculosis tax 367.23 

December assessment 46.70 

Additional tax 2 . 00 

Overlay 3,485.05 

Tofwn grant 97,952. 71^ 



$157,349.67 

Treasurer's cash on hand Jan. 1, 1927 .. $15,872.89 

Treasurer's receipts other than taxes 177,900.31 

Interest on taxes 2,238 . 89 



$196,012.09 

$353,361.76 
Paid : 

State tax $5,160.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

County tax 4,500.20 

County tuberculosis 367 . 23 

General Government 4,323 . 58 

Treasurer's and collectors bonds 172.50 

Buildings and grounds 699 . 61 

Police department 816 . 36 

Fire department 1,431 . 10 

Brush fires 293.57 

New hose 255.00 

Fire house 3,200.00 

Hydrant service 2,934.00 

Moth department 1,269.01 

Tree Warden 209.78 

Health and Sanitation 1,297 . 59 

Town nurse 1,754.84 

Highways— General 14,550.74 

High street 618.50 

Arlington street 838 . 34 

Central street 3,143 . 31 

Concord street 904.34 

Hosmer street 514 . 00 

Main street 29,674.23 

School street 6,149.95 

Willow street 3,095.33 

Snow removal 3,418 . 10 

Snow fence 363 . 39 

Street lighting 4,930.82 

Public welfare 1,140.09 

State aid 292.00 

Education 43,987.67 



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High school building 404.59 

High school grounds 1,965 . 87 

Library maintenance 888 .74 

Libray Book acct 715 . 21 

Cemeteries 949.93 

Cemeteries, perpetual care 1,307.00 

Insurance of emploA'ees 364.93 

Memorial Day \ 300.00 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300 . 00 

Fountain at West Acton 100.00 

Unclassified 446.10 

Interest 5,679.33 

Notes and bonds 13,900.00 

Revenue loans 100,000.00 

Refunds 18.48 

$271,218.56 

Abatements 979.52 

Amount due from collector Dec. 31, 1927 . . 54,946.75 

Treasurer \s balance Dec. 31, 1927 26,216.93 

$353,361.76 
OVERLAYS 

1924: 

Balance, Jan. 1, 1927 $109.19 

Abatement $2.00 

Transferred to overlay surplus 107 . 19 

$109.19 
1925 : 

Balance Jan. 1, 1927 $1,638.45 

Abatements $673 .00 

Transferred to overlay surplus 965.45 

$1,638.45 
1926: 

Balance Jan. 1, 1927 $3,602.15 

Abatements $125 . 40 

Refund 18.48 

$143.88 

Balance Dec. 31, 1927 $3,458.27 

1927: 

Overlay $3,485.05 

Abatements 179 . 12 

Balance Dec. 31 1927 $3,305.93 



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OVERLAY SURPLUS 

Balance Jan. 1, 1927 1,^38 . 9K 

Transferred from 1924 overlay 107 . 19 

Transferred from 1925 overlay 965.45 

Balance Dec. 31, 1927 $3,011.60 

BALANCE SHEET, DEC, 31, 1927 
Assets 

Cash $26,216.93 

Taxes 1926 11,578.59 

Taxes 1927 43,368. 16 

Accounts receivable 583.00 

$81,746. 68^ 
Liabilities 

Revenue loans $45,000.00 

Appropriation balance fire house 800.00 

Appropiation balance Main street 3,108.60 

Widening road at Kelley's Corner ....... 200.00 

Departmental revenue 583 . OO 

Surplus War Bonus fund 655 . 95- 

Surplus revenue 1927 1,600.00 

Reserved for abatements — 1926 3,458.27 

Reserved for abatements— 1927 3,305.93 

Overla}^ surplus 3,011 . 60 

Revenue surplus 20,023.33 

$81,746.68 
DEBT ACCOUNT 

Net funded or bonded debt $82,750.00) 

High school bonds $62,000.00 

Fire department notes 2,000.00 

Special road notes 2,150.00 

Lowell road notes 2,500.00 

Fire House notes 3,100.00 

Main street notes 11,000.00 



$82,750.00 
Respectfully sudmitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



AUDITOR'S REPORT 

I have examined the accounts of the tax collector and 
treasurer of the town of Acton and find them correct to the best 
of mv knowledge. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 
February 10, 1928, . Town Accountant. 



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STATE AUDIT OF ACCONTS 



December 21, 1927. 
To the Board of Selectmen, 

Mr. Murray Brown, Chairman, 
Acton, Massachusetts. 
Gentlemen : — 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the accounts of 
the town of Acton for the period from January 1, 1926 to Sep- 
tember 26, 1927, made in accordance with the provisions of Cap- 
ter 44 of the General Laws. This report is in the form of a re- 
port made to me by Mr. Edward H. Fenton, chief accountant of 
this division. 

Very truh' yours, 

THEODORE N. WADDELL, 

Director of Accounts 



Mr. Theodore N. Waddell, 
Director of Accounts, 

Department of Corporations and Taxation, 
State House, Boston. 
Sir:— 

As directed by you, I have made an audit of books and ac- 
counts of the town of Acton for the period from January 1, 1926, 
to September 26, 1927, and submit the following report thereon : 

The financial transactions of the several departments re- 
ceiving or disbursing money for the town 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 with 
the records of the departments paying money to the treasurer 
and with other sources from which money was received; and the 
payments were checked with the selectmen's orders authorizing 
the treasurer to disburse town funds. The treasurer's cash book 
Avas footed, the necessary correcting and adjusting entries were 
made, and the cash balance was verified. 

Appended to this report is a table sliowing a reconciliation 
of the treasurer's cash and bank accounts. 

The books of the tax collector were examined and checked. 



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the commitments were reconciled to the warrants given by the 
assessors, the payments to the treasurer were compared Avith the 
treasurer's books, the cash on hand was counted, the abatements 
were checked with the assessors' records of abatements granted, 
and the outstanding accounts were listed and verified. The out- 
standing accounts were further proved by mailing notices to a 
number of persons whose names appeared on the books as owing 
money to the town, the replies received thereto indicating that 
the accounts, as listed, are correct. 

Tables shoAving summaries of the tax accounts are appended 
to this report. 

The savings bank books and securities representing the in- 
vestments of the various trust and investment funds were per- 
sonally examined and listed. Appended to this report are tables 
showing the condition of these funds. 

The town clerk's records of appropriations and other finan- 
cial items as voted b}^ the town in 1926 and 1927 were examined, 
and the appropriations were listed and checked to the account- 
ant's and the assessors' records. 

It was noted that the appropriations raised by the assessors 
in 1927 contained an item of $2,000, which was reappropriated 
from an unexpended balance of 1926, Avhile they did not raise 
an item of $400.00 voted in 1927. This resulted in an excess of 
revenue for 1927 of $1,600.00. 

It was noted that it has been the custom of the town to 
vote to raise by taxation a specified amount each year. This 
vote is not necessary, as the assessors are governed in this respect 
b}^ Section 23, Capter 59, General Laws. 

In checking the payments charged to the various appropria- 
tions, it w^as noted that on June 22, 1927, there was an item of 
$50.00 charged to the appropriation for schools and paid to the 
American Woolen Company with a notation: ''By vote of school 
committee to maintain a cash balance Avith the American Woolen 
Company in order to take advantage of the cash discounts." As 
this payment does noti^ome Avithin the purposes for Avhich a ioAvn 
maj^ appropriate money, the sum advanced should be Avitli- 
draAvn. 

It Avas found that in 1926 receipts derived from interest on 
bank deposits and from interest on overdue taxes Avere credited 
to the appropriation for interest on toAvn debt. This procedure 
is contrary to the provisions of Section 53, Chapter 44, General 
LaAvs, as amended by Chapter 205, Acts of 1926, Avhich reads as 
f olloAvs : 

All money's received by any toAvn officer or department, 
except as otherwise provided by special acts and except 
fees provided for by statute, shall be paid by such officer 
or department upon their receipt into the toAvn treasury. 
Any sums so paid into the tOAvn treasury shall not later 
be used by such officer or department Avithout a specific 



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appropriation thereof, except that sums allotted to towns 
for hio'hway purposes by the commonwealth of a coun- 
try, which shall be used only for the purposes specified 
by the officials making the allotment or to meet tem- 
porary loans issued in anticipation of such allotment as 
provided in section six or six A, shall be available there- 
for without any appropriation. 
In addition to the departments and accounts mentioned, vhe 
books and accounts of all other departments receiving money for 
the town were examined and checked, the payments to the treas- 
urer and the cash on hand being verified. 

Summary tables showing the transactions of the departmen- 
tal acc^ounts, and a balance sheet, showing the financial condition 
of the town as of September 26, 1927, are appended to this re- 
port. 

While engaged in making the audit 1 received the co-opera- 
tion of the various officials and I wish, on behalf of my assistants 
and for myself to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDW. H. FEXTOX, 

Chief Accountant. 



RECONCILIATION OF TREASURER'S CASH 



Balance Januarv 1, 1926 $26,763.60 

Receipts 1926 267,946.10 



$294,709.70 

Pavments 1926 $278,836.81 

Balance December 31, 1926 15,872.89 



$294,709.70 

Balance January 1, 1927 $15,872.89 

Receipts Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 127,647.48 

Unpaid orders 1927 425 . 33 

$143,945.70 

Payments Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 $124,929.03 

Balance Sept. 26, 1927: 
First Xat. Bank, Ayer, 

per statement $24,470.34 

Less outstanding checks, 

per list 8,494.43 



$15,975.91 



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Cash on hand as of Sept. 26, 

1927, (deposited Oct. 13, 1927) 3,025.76 
Cash memorandum 15 . 00 

$19,016.67 

$143,945.70 

TAXES AND MOTH ASSESSMENTS 1923 

Commitment per warrants : 

Taxes, $83,047.08 

Moth assessments 72 . 75 

$83,119.83 

Interest collections : 

1923 ..• $42.00 

1924 573.47 

. 1925 582.59 

1926 7.81 

$1,205.87 

$84,325.70 
Payments to treasurer: 

1923 $63,704.19 

1924 13,627.58 

1925 6,119.29 

1926 96.38 

$83,547.44 
Abatements : 

1924 $464.82 

1925 205.48 

1926 107.96 

$778.26 

$84,325.70 

TAXES AND MOTH ASSESSMENTS, 1924 

Commitment per warrants: 

Taxes $93,682.86 

Moth, 18.50 

Commitment list in excess of 

warrant 2 . 00 

$93,703.36 



Interest collections : 

1924 $161.42 

1925 844.93 

1926 746.41 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 ... 17.01 



$1,769.77 

$95,473 . 13 



Payments to treasurer: 

1924 $67,196.82 

1925 19,996.22 

1926 7.728.40 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26. 1927 124.10 

$95,045.54 
Abatements : 

1924 $111.78 

1925 159.88 

1926 151.83 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 .... 2.00 

$425.49 
Cash on hand Sept. 26, 1927, verified 2.10 

$95,473.13 

Taxes— 1925 

Commitment per warrant ....$115,434.10 
Commitment list in excess 

of warrant 2.00 

$115,436.10 
Interest collections : 

1925 $115.98 

1926 1,803.35 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927... 916.14 

$2,835.47 
Abatement after payment, to be refunded 13.00 

$118,284.57 
Payments to treasurer : 
. ' 1925 $67,643.01 

1926 35,917.39 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 . . . 9.960.54 

$113,520.94 



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Abatements : 

1925 $663.00 

1926 152.00 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 ... 27.00 

$842.00 

Outstanding' Sept. 26, 1927, per list 3,431.69 

Cash on hand Sept. 26, 1927, verified : 

Taxes $400.58 

Interest 89.36 

$489.94 

$118,284.57 

Taxes— 1926 

Commitment per warrant $93,587.62 

Interest collections : 

1926 $45.30 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 ... 447.50 

$492.80 
Abatement after payment, refunded .... $38.28 
Overpayment to treasurer 95 . 00 

$94,213.70 

Paj^ments to treasurer : 

1926 $62,130.12 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 .... 13,292.61 

$75,422.73 
Abatements : 

1926 $364.34 

Jan. 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 .. 113.52 

$477.86 
Outstandino- Sept. 26, 1927, per list ....*.. $17,863.40 
Cash on hand Sept. 26, 1927, verified : 

Taxes $382.99 

Interest 66.72 

$449.71 

$94,213.70 

Taxes— 1927 

Commitment per warrant $113,085.09 

Outstanding Sept. 26, 1927, per commit- 
ment book 113,085.09 



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Reconciliation of Water District Treasurer's Cash 

Balance April 1, 1926 $3,373.75 

Receipts to March 31, 1927 13,331.19 

$16,704.94 
Payments April 1, 1926 to March 31, 1927. $13,335.47 
Balance March 31, 1927 3,369.47 

$16,704.94 

Balance April 1, 1927 $3,369.47 

Receipts to October 13, 1927 7,863.37 

$11,232.84 
Payments April 1 to October 13, 1927 .. $8,491.05 
Balance October 13, 1927 2,741.79 

$11,232.84 

Balance October 13, 1927 $2,741.79 

Bank balance October 13, 1927 2,163.72 

Cash on hand October 13, 1927 578.07 

$2,741.79 

Bank balance October 13, 1927 $2,163.72 

Ontstanding checks per list 398 . 58 

$2,562.30 

Balance, per bank statement $2,562.30 

Water District Taxes— 1924 

Commitment $1,973.87 

Interest collections 33.76 

Abatement after payment 1 . 12 

Overpayment to treasnrer .44 

$2,009.19 
Payments to treasnrer : 

To April 1, 1925 $1,501.45 

To April 1, 1926 340.20 

To April 1, 1927 143.69 

$1,985.34 
Abatements : 

To April 1, 1925 $2.35 

To April 1, 1926 .89 

$3.24 



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Outstanding- Sept. 26, 1927, 

per list $5.36 

Cash on hand Sept. 26, 1927, 

verified 15 . 25 

$20.61 

$2,009 . 19 

Water District Taxes— 1925 

Commitment $1,986 . 26 

Interest collections 28 . 95 

Overpayment, to be refunded .43 

$2,015.64 
Payments to treasurer : 

^ To April 1. 1926 $1,444.50 

To April 1, 1927 310.65 

April 1 to Sept. 26, 1927 .. 49.69 

$1,804.84 
Abatements : 

To April 1, 1926 $2.41 

Outstanding Sept. 26, 1927, 

per list $123 . 18 

Cash on hand Sept. 26, 1927, 

verified 85.21 

$208.39 

$2,015.64 

Dog Licenses 
1926 

Cash on hand January 1, 1926, $123.60 

Licenses issued : 

Males, 184 '@ $2.00 $368.00 

Females, 51 @ $5.00 .... 255.00 

Kennel, 1 @ $25.00 25.00 

$648.00 

$771.60 

Pavments to countv treasurer ' $665.00 

Town clerks fees, 236 @ 20c 47.20 

Cash on hand December 31, 1926 59.40 

$771.60 



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1927 

Cash on hand January 1, 1927 $59.40 

Licenses issued January 1 to October 17, 1927 : 

Males, 203 @ $2.00 406.00 

Females, 59 @ $5.00 .... 295.00 

Kennel, 1 @ $25.00 25.00 

$726.00 



Payments to county treasurer $229 . 80 

Town clerks fees, 263 @ 20c 52 . 60 

Cash on hand October 17, 1927 503.00 



Hunting and Fishing Licenses 
1927 

Licenses issued : 

Resident citizens' sportino-, 80 @ $2.25 $180.00 
xllien citizens' sporting, 1 @ $15.25 . . 15.25 

Resident citizens' trapping*, 1 @ $2.25 2.25 



Payments to state treasurer $145 . 00 

Town clerk's fees, 82 (r/) 25c 20.50 

Cash on hand October 17, 1927 32.00 



$785.40 



$785.40 



$197.50 



$197.50 



Licenses Issued by Selectmen 
1926 

Licenses issued $59 . 00 

Payments to treasurer 59 . 00 

January 1 to September 26, 1927 

Licenses issued $60 . 00 

Payments to treasurer $39 .00 

Cash on hand September 26, 1927 16.00 

Outstanding September 26, 1927 5.00 

Licenses issued $60 . 00 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASL^RES 
1926 

Fees for sealing $53.89 

Overpayment to treasurer .37 

$54.26 
Payments to treasurer $54.26 



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January 1 to October 21, 1927 

Fees for sealing $51 . 29 

Cash over 1 . 38 



Payments to treasurer $50 . 32 

Cash on hand September 26, 1927 2.35 



$52.67 



$52.67 

SEALER OF LEAD 
Lead sold January 1 to October 29, 1927 $186.44 

Oustandmg' September 26, 1927 $30.00 

Cash on hand September 26, 1927 156.44 

$186.44 

LIBRARY 

1926 

Fines, etc. collected $55.87 

Payments to treasurer $54 . 00 

Expended for postage, etc 1.87 

$55.87 

January 1 to October 19, 1927 

Fines, etc collected $43.47 

Payments to treasurei* $39 . 00 

Expended for postage, etc .51 

Cash on hand October 19, 1927 3.96 

$43.47 

WOODLAWN CEMETERY 
1926 

Sale of lots $285.00 

Payments to treasurer $285 . 00 

January 1 to October 17, 1927 

Sale of lots $110.00 

Cash on hand October 17, 1927 110.00 

MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY 
1926 

Sale of lots $60.00 

Payments to treasurer 60.00 

January 1 to October 17, 1927 

Sale of lots $50.00 

Cash on hand October 17, 1927 50.00 



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ELIZABETH WHITE CHARITY FUND 

Savings Bank Total 

Deposits 

On hand at beginning of vear 1926 . . $26,544.99 $26,544.99 

On hand at end of vear 1926 27,183 . 43 27.183 . 43 

On hand September 26, 1927 27,286.34 27,286.34 

Receipts Pavments 

1926 

Income $1,268.44 Added to saving deposits $638.44 

^'Trustees' orders 630.00 



Total 



Income 



Total 



$1,268.44 



Total $1,268.44 



January 1 to September 26. 1927 

602 . 91 Added to savings deposits $102 . 91 
Trustees' orders 500.00 



$602.91 



On hand at beginning 
of year 1926 

On hand at end of 
year 1926 

On hand September 
26, 1927 



Receipts 
Income .... 



Total 

Income 
Total 



$602.91 Total 

LIBRARY FUNDS 

Securities 
Savings Par 

Deposits Value Total 

$9,457.53 $1,000.00 $10,457.53 

$9,481.95 $1,000.00 $10:481.95 

$9,512 . 66 $1.000 . 00 $10,512 . 66 

Pavments 
1926 

$493.24 Added to savings deposits $24.42 
Transferred to town for 

librarv 468.82 



$493.24 Total $493.24 

January 1 to September 26. 1927 

$30.71 Added to savings deposits $30.71 

$30.71 Total $30.71 



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FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 



On hand at beginning: of year 1926 

On hand at end of year 1926 

On hand September 26, 1927 



Savings Bank 

Deposits 

$375.92 

393.96 

393.96 



Total 

$375.92 
393.96 
393.96 



Receipts 
Income 
Total . . . . 



1926 
$18.01: Savings bank deposits 



Payments 

$18.04 



$18.04 Total 



APRIL 19TH (CELEBRATION FUND 

Savings Bank 



On hand at beginning of year 1926 

,0n hand at end of year 1926 

On hand September 26, 1927 



Deposits 

$ 
279.19 
279.19 



$18.04 

Total 



279.19 
279.19 



Receipts Payments 

1926 
From committee, $264.13 Savings bank deposits $279.19 
Income 15.06 



Total 



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79.19 



CEMETERY PERPETUAL CARE FUND AND 
WILLIAM CHAPLIN FUND 

Savings Securities 
Cash Bank Par 

Deposits Value Total 



On hand at beginning 

of year 1926, ....$100.00 

On hand at 'end of 
year 1926 

On hand Sept. 26, 
1927 

Receipts 



$19,502.77 $13,000.00 $32,602.77 

$21,547.78 $12,700.00 $34,247.78 

$23,033.17 $12,400.00 $35,433.17 

Payments 
1926 



Sale of securities $300.00 Added to savings deposits $2,045.01 

Bequests 1,325.00 Care of lots 1,020.25 

Income 1,453.00 Expended Chaplin Fund . 112.74 

Cash on hand Jan. 1, 
1926 100.00 



Total ^ . . . . . .$3,178.00 Total 3,178.00 



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January 1 to September 26, 1927 

Sale of securities $300.00 Added to savings deposits $1,485.39 

Bequests 700.00 Transferred to tOAvn ... . 108.00 

Income 593 . 39 

Total $1,593.39 Total $1,593.39 

CHARLOTTE L. GOODNOW FUND 

Savings Bank Total 
Deposits 

On hand at beginnino- of year 1926 . . $3,282.21 $3,282.21 

On hand at end of year 1926 3,304.56 3,304.56 

On hand September 26, 1927 3,304.56 3,304.56 

Receipts Pavments 

1926 

Income $158 . 35 Added to savings deposits $22 . 35 

Evangelical Congregational 

Church \ 125.00 

Care cemetery lot 11.00 

Total $158.35 Total $158.35 

January 1 to September 26, 1927 

Evangelical Congregational 
Income $75.00 Church $75.00 

Total $75.00 Total $75.00 

TOWN OF ACTOX 

BALANCE SHEET— SEPTEMBER 26, 1927 

GENERAL ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 

Cash in bank and office $19,016 . 67 

Accounts Receivable : 

Taxes— Levy of 1924 $ 2 . 10 

Levy of 1925 3,819.27 

Levy of 1926 18,151 . 39 

Levy of 1927 113,085.09 

135,057.85 

Estimated receipts to be collected 11.972.68 

Loans authorized 6,100 . 00 



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Accounts Overdrawn: 

Central street $2,097 . 96 

Willow street 1,325 . 58 

High street 14.00 

Snow removal 18.10 

Library books 220 . 61 

Care of cemeterv lots 650.00 



$4,326.25 
$176,473.45 

LIABILITIES 

Temporary' loans : 

In anticipation of revenue $100,00.00 

Unpaid orders 425 . 33 

Surplus war bonus fund 655.95 

State tax 5,160.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20^ 

County tax .^ 4,500.20 

Tuberculosis hospital tax 367 .23 

Unexpended balances 41,768 . 70 

Overlavs reserved for abatements: 

Lew of 1925 $1,611.45 

LevV of 1926 3,488.63 

Leyj of 1927 3,485.05 

8,585.13 

Reserve fund — Overlav surplus 2,046 . 15 

Revenue 1927 I 1,600.00 

Surplus revenue 9,791 . 56 

$176,473.45 

DEBT ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 
Net funded or fixed debt $77,050 . 00 

LIABILITIES 

Fire department loan $2,000.00 

Lowell road loan 2,500.00 

Special road loan 2,550.00 

Main street loan 8,000.00 

High school loan 62,000.00 

$77,050.00 



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TRUST ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 
Trust funds — Cash and securities : 
In custody of: 

Town treasurer $73,905 . 32 

Goodnow fund trustees 3,304.56 



$77,209.88 

LIABILITIES 

White charity fund $27,286.34 

Library funds 10,512 . 66 

Firemen's relief fund 393.96 

April 19th celebration fund 279 . 19 

Cemetery perpetual care funds 35,420.47 

William Chaplin fund, cemetery 12.70 

$73,905.32 
Goodnow fund 3,304.56 

$77,209.88 



REPORT OF 
FIRE HOUSE BUILDING COMMITTEE 



The committee organized with Frank W. Hoit, chairman, 
and R. W. Piper, secretary. After deciding on the location, pro- 
ceded to straighten out the title and claims. After some time 
this was arranged without expense. 

The committee finall}^ decided on the plans as built and after 
advertising, according to the town by-laws, the contract was 
awarded to George K. Haywood, for $4,000.00. 

The committee feels that the contractor carried out his con- 
tract and the town has a building to be proud of. The cement 
grading was not completed on account of the weather, and the 
committee asks for further time to complete the cement grading 
and iinal acceptance of the building. 

FRANK W. HOIT, Chairman, 
R. W. PIPER, Secretary, 
J. J. MANNING, 
MURRAY BROWN, 
HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Committee. 



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A REPORT OF THE WORK DONE BY THE 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION 
SERVICE 

In the Town of Acton, for the Year 1927 



The toAvn of Acton appropriated $300.00 in support of the 
Middlesex County Extension Service, through the Trustees for 
County Aid to Agriculture, for 1927. Following is a report of 
the work accomplished during the year : 

In agriculture one hundred and fifteen farm visits were made 
assisting with individual problems of fruit growing, asparagus, 
forestry, poultry, dairjdng, and field crops. A complete mailing 
list is maintained and those thereon received timely information 
.on these same subjects. 

Talks w^ere given before the local Grange, the Roadside Stand 
Association, and the Poultry Association. Co-operating with the 
State College a demonstration of rat control was given. At the 
Acton fair judges were furnished for several of the departments, 
and an exhibit was displayed showing some of the results of the 
work as it is now conducted. 

In home-making a series of Home Improvement meetings 
were held for organized groups in West Acton and North Acton, 
with a total enrollment of about forty home-makers. Three local 
women enrolled in the Kitchen Improvement contest (county- 
wide), two of whom received a first prize of $25.00 each. A gen- 
eral meeting was also held at which time convenient kitchens 
were discussed. In the Fall a tour was conducted, and six women 
from Acton visited the prize kitchens. In West Acton a demon- 
stration of furniture renovation was held with a large group at- 
tending. 

Sixty-five boys and girls were enrolled in the 4-H clubs. 
These clubs included garden, canning, calf, poultry, handicraft, 
clothing and room beautiful. The local leaders co-operating in 
this work were Mrs. Rodney Stoney, Charles Edney, Miss Olive 
Vallenti, and Spencer Taylor. 

James Edney won first prize in the county-wide boys' room 
beautiful contest. Ruth Flint was the outstanding girl in the 
clothing clubs, making a large number of articles. These two 
young people were visited by the club agents from other counties 
-in Massachusetts, to note the exceptional work they had done. 

Several Acton bovs and girls entered the canning and vegeta- 



99 

ble judging- contest at the Acton fair. Donald Peppard, David 
Young and Austin Fisher won prizes. Betty Howe won first, 
second and third prizes in the various exhibits at the National 
contest held in Chicago. Ruth Flint and Austin Fisher were 
awarded a two-day trip to the Massachusetts Agricultural Col- 
lege at Amherst because of the fine work they had done through- 
out the year. 

At the Acton fair assistance was given in the arrangement 
of the boys' and girls' club exhibit, which was awarded first prize 
by the Middlesex North Agricultural Society. 

In addition to the local work reported above the citizens of 
Acton had an opportunity to attend the annual meeting and the 
county picnic of the Extension Service in Waltham, as well as 
county-wide poultry, asparagus, fruit and dairy meetings. 

Eight educational motion picture shows were given in the 
town during the year, to a total attendance of 1,047. These meet- 
ings were not as well attended as those in other towns of similar 
size. It is hoped that another year more of the townspeople will 
avail themselves of this part of the service. 

CHARLES B. WILLETT, 

Director. 



REPORT OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report of the fire depart- 
ment. We have answered to calls for nineteen chimney and 
small fires and five building fires ; only one of which was a 
serious one. 

Would report the department in good condition in regard to 
equipment and members. We have a department of men always 
ready to answer all calls and render service. 

There should be some repairs on the West fireliouso and 
some new hose for West Acton. 

I would recommend $350.00 for new hose, and $1,200. 00 for 
regular expenses. 

I would also recommend some action in regard to new alarm 
systems for the three precincts. 

Also three Foamite chemicals for the department. 
RespectfuUv, 

FRANK W. HO IT, 

Chief Engineer. 



100 



REPORT OF 
SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — I herewith snbmit my report for the year ending- 
December 31st, 1927 : 

The following- is a list of the special work done in yonr town 
last year, outside of the ordinary maintenance, such as scraping-, 
dragging, surface repairs and treatments : 

WORK DONE UNDER CHAPTER 81 

Brooks Street — Repaired 12'x6' stone bridge. 

Central Street — Scarified and re-shaped 1,000 square yards. 

Concord Street — Gravel, 200 feet. 

Main Street — Raised 50 feet curbstone, six inches. Scarified 
and re-shaped 500 square yards. Gravel, 200 feet. 

Fort Pond Road — Widened the corner at the junction of 
Newtowne road. 

Nagog Hill Road— Gravel, 600 feet. 

Parker Street — Gravel, 500 feet. 

Pope Road — Gravel, 400 feet. 

Powder Mill Road — Re-built shoulders of gravel, 400 feet. 

Prospect Street — Gravel, 200 feet. Extended I'xl' stone 
culvert, 4I/2 feet. 

Quimby Street— Gravel, 200 feet. 

Railroad Street— Gravel, 200 feet. 

Robbins Street— Gravel, 300 feet. 

School Street (S. A.) — Scarified and re-shaped 800 square 
yards. 

Stow Street — Scarified and re-shaped 600 square yards. 

Summer Street— Gravel, 200 feet. 

WORK DONE UNDER CHAPTER 90 

Central Street— Gravel, 1,371 feet; surface treated with 45% 
asphaltic oil. One drop inlet, 39 feet of 12" re-inforced concrete 
pipe ; 300 feet of 5'' side drain ; one stone culvert repaired ; 185 
feet of boulder guard rail. 

School Street (S. A.)— Gravel, 2,600 feet; surface treated 
with 45% asphaltic oil. One drop inlet, 33 feet of 12" re-inforced 
concrete pipe ; one twin 3'x3' stone culvert repaired and 
extended, with concrete curbs installed ; guard rail 644 feet. 

Willow Street — Gravel 1,950 feet; surface treated with 45^^ 
asphaltic oil. One drop inlet, 36 feet of 12" re-inforced concrete 
pipe ; one 2'x2' stone culvert repaired and extended. 



101 

WORK DONE UNDER SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS 
Arlington Street — 1,150 feet of gravel, treated with 45% 
oil (asphaltic) ; one catch basin, 200 feet of 12'' corrugated iron 
pipe. 

Concord Street — Gravel, 1,300 feet. 
High Street— Gravel, 900 feet. 
Hosmer Street— Gravel, 1,200 feet. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT H. PERKINS, 
Superintendent of Streets. 



REPORT OF PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE 

Report for District Work from January 1, 1927 to June 30, 1927 

Prenatal 7 

Postnatal 5 

Confinements 3 

•Child welfare 19 

Bedside cases 51 

Bedside calls 451 

Emergency calls 6 

Social service 21 

Deaths 1 

John Hancock 1 

Metropolitan 3 

Fees collected $90.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

ESTHER A. ROBINSON, R. N. 



REPORT OF PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE 

From September 1, 1927, to January 1, 1928 

Prenatal . . .• 5 

Postnatal 6 

Metropolitan (bedside) 1-19 

John Hancock (bedside) 50 

Town calls (collected) 35 

Town calls (unfinished case) 15 

Total fees collected $62.50 

Outstanding' fees 80 . 00 

Clerical works Over 100 hrs. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN E. FROST, R. N. 



102 

REPORT OF POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit mj^ report for the year 

ending December 31, 1927 : 
Arrests made : 

Drunkenness 8 

Operating under influence of liquor 4 

Illegal sale of liquor 2 

Bastardy 1 

Assault 1 

Posting bills on private property 1 

Default Avarrant 1 

Arrests 18 

Returns from fines, $216.50. 
The Avork of this department is growing each year and it is 
impossible to do all the police work necessary on an appropria- 
tion of $800.00. 

The state police patrol, under Corporal William Puzzo, has 
co-operated splendidly, but, the citizens of Acton cannot expect 
them to do all their police work for them. 

Out of eighteen arrests made last year, sixteen were made 
b}' the local police. 

AVe were handicapped in our work the past year, because of 
the people not reporting to the police promptly and we ask all 
the citizens of Acton for their co-operation in this matter. When 
a crime is committed, get in touch with the police at once ; do 
not wait, as it makes the work harder for the police and often 
helps the guilty party to escape justice. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY, 

Chief of Police. 



REPORT INSPECTOR OF 
SLAUGHTERING 

1927 



Beef 3 

Veals 15 

Hogs 9 

Condemned, veal 1 

JAMES KINSLEY. 



103 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of the Town of Acton : 

I hercAvith submit my report as inspector of animals for the 
year 1927 : 

Milch cows 400 

Young cows 62 

Bulls . 21 

Sheep 

Swine 133 

Stables 118 

Condemned for T. B 6 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRED S. AYHITCOMB, 

Inspector. 



REPORT OF FOREST WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report as forest warden 
for the year ending December 31, 1927. 

Total number of fires responded to, twenty-four. 

This number, I am glad to say, is less than half of what we 
had the preceding year and consequently the cost of extinguish- 
ing and property damage has been correspondingly low, which 
is very remarkable in consideration of the drought of last spring. 

Non-permit fires are growing less, but two parties paid the 
penalty of having a fire without a permit this year. 

All deputy forest wardens are instructed to enforce Chapter 
■48, Paragraph 13, of the General Laws, relating to permits for 
fires in the open air. 

Our equipment is in good condition, but Ave are in need of a 
few more extinguishers, Avhich I think may be purchased if a 
sum of $500 be appropriated for the maintenance of this depart- 
ment. I Avould like to recommend, hoAvever, that a sum of $1,000 
be appropriated for the purpose of purchasing a portable pump 
and hose for use at forest fires. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALAX B. FROST, 

Forest Warden. 



104 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 



Accessions : No. of volumes in the library, Jan. 1, 1927, 
16,753. 

Increase b}^ purchase, 443, of which seven Avere obtained by 
binding magazines. Increase by gift, 68. Total increase, 511. 

No. of volumes in the Library Jan. 1, 1928, 17,264. 

Circulation : Number of daj's the Library was opened, 103. 
Number of volumes circulated, 10,960. Largest daily circulation, 
152, February 23 ; smallest daily circulation, 61, on January 1. 
Daily average circulation, 106 plus. 

Received from library fines and old maga- 
zines sold .../. $52.96 

Expended for postage .71 

Paid to town treasurer $52 . 25 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
U. S. Government, 4 ; State of Massachusetts, 11 ; American Tree 
Association, 1 ; Helena Arnold, 1 ; H. Bogigian, 1 ; Mrs. J. M. 
Brown, 3 ; Wm. A .Cook, 1 ; A. F. Davis, 1 ; C. A. Doten, 1 ; W. 
Filkin, 1 ; E. S. Fobes, 5; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford, 1; J. W. 
Howell and H. Schroeder, 1 ; Samuel E. Knowlton, 1 ; T. E. Mit- 
ten, 1 ; Frank E. Parsons, 2 ; Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., 2 ; Ben- 
jamin Pope, 25 : Publishing Committee on Economics, 1 ; Leonard 
D. White,4. Total, 68. 

The librarian has presented to the library, two small water- 
color draAvings of historic inns of Acton. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, Librarian. 



NON-FICTION 
Adams, H.— The Education of Henry Adams 922A213a 

Adkins, F. J.— Historical Backgrounds of the Great Avar 940A236h 
Agg., T. R. — The Construction of roads and pavements 62A266c 
Anon — American Standard of Perfection 63A100a 

Anon — Amateur Telescope Making 52A100a 

Anon— Heart Songs 78AljKm 

Arnold, H. — Teachings on Divine LaAv 23A755t 

Arnold, A. G.— The Little Country Theater 79A79^51 

AtAvood, A. W. — Putnam's Investment Handbook 33A887p 



105 



Audubon, J. J. — Delineations of American Scenery 

and character 
Baker, C. H. C. — Design in Modern Industry 
Barrett, E. S.— What I Saw at Bull Run 
Barton, B. — The Book Nobody Knows 
Barton, W. E. — The Life of Abraham Lincoln. 

2 vols. 
Barton, W. E.— The life of Clara Barton. 2 vols 
Bardwell, F.— The Adventure of Old Age 
Bassett, J. S. — The Middle Group of American Historians 

921B319m 
Baynes, S. G.— The Pith of Astronomy 
Beebe, W. — The Arcuturus Adventure 
Beehe, W.— The Log of the Sun 
Billy J. W.— Nanook of the North 
Black, H. — The real North American Guide Book 
Blundell, P. — On the Fringe of Eastern Seas 
Bogian, H. — In Quest of the Soul of Civilization 
Bradley, A. G. — An Old Gate of England 
Brewster, E. T. — SAvimming 
Brown, I. — Gj^psy Fires in America 
Burbank, L. & Hall AV. — The Harvest of the years 
Butt, A.— The Letters of Archie Butt 
Campbell, C. M. & Detwiller, A. K.— The Lazy Colon 
Charnley, M. V. (Ed.)— Secrets of Baseball 
Chase, C. B.— The Young Voltair 
Chase, J. C. — Drawing made easy 
Chase, S.— The Tragedy of Waste 
Clemens, S. L. — Mark Twain's Speeches 
Cohen, G. M. — Twenty Years on Broadway 
Coleman, A. P. — Ice Ages, Recent and Ancient 
Collins, A. F. — Short Cuts in Figures 
Columbus, C. — Journal of His First Voyage to America 910C726J 
Cook, W. W. — American Institutions and their 

preservation 
Coolidge, T. J.— T. Jefferson Coolidge, 1831-1920 
Cornelius, C. 0. — Early American Furniture 
Craig, E. G. — AVoodcuts and Some Words 
Crawford, M. C. — Old Boston in Colonial Days 
Crevecoeur, J. H. S. and J. — Letters from an American 

Farmer 973C9261 

Dana, M.— Shorthand Made Easy 65D169s 

Daniel, H.— Ships of tlie Seven Seas 38D184s 

D'Auvergne, E. B.— The English Castles 914.202440 

Davenport, C. — The Art Students vade-mecum 7r)n247a 

Davis, \V. S.— Europe Since Waterloo 9401)2G5e 

Dean, E. 0.— Opportunities Out of Doors 37D281o 

Ditchfield, P. H.— Countrv Folk 914.2D615co 

Filkin, W.— What Wins 81F486w 



81A916d 

74B167d 

973.7B274W 

20B293b 

922L736ba 

922B293ba 

36B247a 



52B361p 

59B414a 

59B4141 

919.8B595W 

910B627r 

919.1B6580 

922B675b 

914.2B8110 

79B848S 

917.3B878g 

922B946b 

922B9882b 

61C1871 

79C483S 

925V935C 

74C487dr 

33C487t 

922C625C 

922C678t 

55C692i 

51C712S 



32C771a 

922C7742C 

74C814e 

76C886W 

973.2C8990 



106 



Gibbons, H. A.— Veniz.elos 928X^4590: 

Glase, C. — An Adventure in Constructive Finance 33G549a 

Goodwin, J. A.— The Pilgrim Republic 973.2G656p 

Graham, S.— The Gentle Art of Tramping 82G742g 

Grant, J. R.— In the Days of My Father General Grant 922G763gs 
Greenwood, W. J. — Business Letter, Phrases and 

Paragraphs 65G816g 

Griffin, S. B.— W. Murray Crane— A Man and Brother 922C891g 
Hartley, G. I.— The Importance of Bird Life 63H332i 

Harvey A.— William Dean Howells 81H341w 

Hayes, D. A.— Greek Culture and the Greek Testament 88H417g 
Helps, E. A.— Songs and Ballads of Greater Britain 80H484s 
Hind, C. L.— The Education of an Artist 70H662e 

Hogan, W.— The Call of the Hen 63H714c 

Hollingworth, H. L. and Poffenberger A. T. — Applied 

Psychology 15H741a 

Horn, A. A.— Trader Horn 916.7H813t 

Howell J. W. and Schroeder, H. — History of the 

Incandescent Lamp 62H859h 

Huddleston, S. — Poincare, a Biographical Portrait 925P751h 

Ingersoll, R. McA. — In and under Mexico 917.2I47i 

Isman, F.— Weber and Fields 922I83w 

James, H. — Richard Olney and His Public Service 922046.] 

James, M. — A History of the American Legion 940J28h 

Kansas, S. — U. S. Immigration, exclusion and Deportation 32K16u 
Lalanne, M.— A Treatise on Etching 76L194t 

Langstroth, L. L.— On the Honey Bee 63L2851 

Luack, Wl J. — Political and industrial Democrac}^ 

1776-1926 33L366p 

Leary, J. J. Jr.— Talks with T. R. 922R7811e 

Lewisolm, S. A. — The New Leadership in Industrv 33L673n 

Lindberg, C. A.— ^'We^' " 922L7421 

Long, J. D. and J. C— Motor Camping 79L848m 

Lord, A.— Plymouth and the Pilgrims 973.2L866p 

Lovett, B. B. (Ed)— ''Good Morning" 79L897g 

LoAvell, A.— East Wind 81L914e 

McKee, T. H.— The Gun Book 68M154g 

McMasters, J. B. — A History of the People of the United 

States During Lincoln's Administration 973M167hi 

Mason, T. W. and Nightingale, M. A. — New Light on 

the Pilgrims Story 973.2M412n 

Mav, E. C— 2000 Miles Through Chile 918M466t 

Morrison, S. E.— Harrison Gray Otis. 2 vols. 922088m 

Nichols, R. S. — Spanish and Portuguese Gardens 71N621s 

Norton, D. M. — Freehand Perspective and Sketching 74N883f 
Norton, L. — Lillian Nordica's Hints to Singers 78N8551 

No3'es, W. A.— College Textbook of Chemistry 54N959c 

Overton, G.— Authors of the Day 81096a 

Pack, C. L.— The School l^ook of Forestry 63P119s 



107 



Palen, L. S.— The White Devils Mate 947P156wh 
Paston J. and Others.— The Paston Letters. 2 vols. 82P292p 
Pearson, E. — Murder at Smutty Nose and Others 973P361m 

Peattie, D. C— Cargoes and Harvests 63P368c 

Pellett, F. C— American Honey Plants 63P388a 

Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.— Glass 66P692g 

Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.— Paint 66P692p 

Plumb, C. S.— Types and Breeds of Farm Animals 63P734t 

Porter, G. S.— Moths of the Limberlost 59P845m 

Post, L. F.— The Basic Facts of Economics 33P857b 
Prescott, W. H. — The correspondence of William 

Hinckling Prescott 922P983p 

Puel, A. L.— Fuel's Phonetic Method 44P977p 

Ray, E. — Driving, Approaching, Putting 79R263d 

Ray, E.— Golf Clubs and Hoav to Use Them 79R263g 

Read, G. W.— A Pioneer of 1850 922R282r 

Redgrove, H. S. — Alchemy Ancient and Modern 54R316a 

Regan, M. J.— Echoes from the Past 922R333r 

Ripley, W. Z.— Main Street and Wall Street 33R592m 

Robinson, J. De M.— The Circus Lady 922R662r 

Rohan, T.— Confessions of a Dealer 74R737c 

Rohde. E. S.— A Garden of Hert^s 64R737g 

Rosengarten, W. — Choosing Your Life Work 37R813e 

Safford, Y.— Immigration Problems 32S128i 

Saint-Saens, C. — Musical Memories 78S152m 

Sharp, D. L. — Sanctuary! Sanctuary! 81S531s 

Shepard. E. Y. — Correct Auction 79S547c 

Smith, C. A.— What Literature Can Do for Me 81S644w 

Smith, W.— A Smaller History of Rome 937S664s 

Smith, W.— A Smaller History of Greece 938S664s 

Sprague, E. and C. — How to Design Monograms 74S7661h 

Sprague, E. and C. — Greeting cards 74S7661ho 

Spratling, W. P.— Pencil Drawing 74s766p 



iam De Morgan and His Wife 924D386s 
Perrv J. H. — Florida in the 



Stirling, A. M. W.— Wi] 
Stockbridse F. P. and 

Making " 917.3S864f 
Stone, G. — England from the Earliest Times to the 

Great Charter 942S877e 

Sullivan, M.— Our Times, 1900-1925 973S951o 

Tarkington, B. — Looking ForAvard 81T1761 

Teheng, S.— A Girl from China 929T251t 

Tetrozzini, L.— My Life of Song 927T348t 

Thompson, B.— My Experience in Scotland Yard 940T482m 

Thoroau, H. D.— The Heart of Thoreau's Journals 81T4881 

Thoerau, H. D.— Thoreau's Bird-lore 59T488t 

Tramerye, P. E.— The World Struggle for Oil 33T771w 
Yaughan, W. — The Life and Work of Sir Willam Yan 

Korne 922Y256r 

Waldo, F.— The Saga of a Super Cargo 919.8W165s 



108 

Warner, L.— The Long- Old Road in China 915.1W2821 

Watson, I. B.— The True Story of a Real Garden 63W3381t 

White, L. D.— The City Manager 35W585ci 
White, L. D. — The Status of Scientific Research in 

Illinois 35W585S 
White, L. D. — Conditions of Municipal Employment in 

Chicago 35W585C 
White, L. D. — Introduction to the Study of Public 

administration 35W585i 

W^hite, S. E.— Credo 57W588c 

White, S. E.— Lions in the Path 916.7W5881 

W^hite, W. D.— The Book of Winter Sports 79W589b 

Wilbur, E. M.— Our Unitarian Heritage 28W666o 

Wilson, E. H.— America's Greatest Garden 71W747a 

Wllstach, P. J.— Wild Bill Hickok 922H629w 
Wolfe, F. and A. T.— How to lidentify Oriental Rugs 74W853h 

Wood, F. J.— The Turnpike's of New England 973W875t 

Woodword, H.— Through Many Windows 922W899w 

Worstell, M. V.— Everybody's Puzzle Book 79W931e 



FICTION 
Adams, A. — The Ranch on the Beaver 
Ames, J. B. — ^Curly of Circle Bar 
Ashmun, M. — Including Mother 
Bacheller, I. — Dawn 
Bailey, T.— Wallflowers 
Banning, M. C. — Pressure 
Barreto, L. — A Conqueror Passes 
Barreto, L. — To Bab^don 
Bartle}"", N. — Bread and Jam 
Bartley, N. — Fair to Middling 
Bartley, N. — Morning Thunder 
Bartley, N. — Op and Coming 
Bassett, S. W.— The Green Dolphin 
Baxter, G. 0.— The Long, Long Trail 
Baxter, G. 0. — The Range Land Avenger 
Beach, R. — Big Brother 
Beach, R, — Going Some 
Beach, R. — The Goose Woman 
Bennett, A. — The City of Pleasure 
Bennett, A. — Lord Raingo 

Bennett, A. — The.W^oman Who Stole Everything 
Bennet, R. A. — ^^The Boss, of the Diamond A 
Bennct, R. A.— The Cattle Baron 
Bennet, R. A. — The Rough Rider 
Bethea, J. — Honor Bound 
Biggers, E. D. — The Chiiijese Parrot 
Bill, A. H.— Highroads of Peril 
Bindloss, H. — Brandon of the Engineers 



A211r 

A514cu 

A827i:i 

B121da 

B156w 

B219p 

B2741C 

B2741t 

B2892b 

B2892f 

B2892m 

B2892U 

B319gr 

B355] 

B355r 

B365bi 

B365go 

B365g 

B471c 

B4711 

B471w 

B469b 

B469c 

B469r 

B562h 

B5922C 

B596h 

B612br 



109 



Bindloss, H. — Cross Trails B612cr 

Bindloss, H.— The Dark Road B612d 

Bindloss, H. — Kit Musgrave's Luck B612k 

Bindloss, H. — Wyndham's Pal B612wy 

Bower, B. M.— White Wolves B786w 

Boyd, J.— Marching On B786m 

Brown, A.— The Story of Thyrza B8773s 

Buck, C. N.— Sandollar ' B922s 

Burnham, C. L. — The Queen of Farrandale B966q 

Burroughs, E. R.— The bandit of Hell's Bend B972b 

Canfield, D.— Her Son's Wife C222h 

Carruthers, P. — The Cruise of the Colleen Bawn C3193c 

Challis, G.— The splendid Rascal C437s 

Chambers, R. W.— The Fighting Chance C444fi 

Clark, E. H.— The Lost Galleon C5921 

Colby, N. S.— Green Forest C686g 

Connolly, J. B. — Coaster Captain C743co 

Converse, F. — Into the Void C766i 

Cooper, C. R.— Oklahoma C7762o 

Curwood, J. 0.— The Black Hunter C982bl 

Cushraan, C. F.— The New Poor C986n 

Davis, W. S.— Oilman of Redford D265g 

Day, H.— Clothes Make the Pirate D273c 

Deeping, W.— Kitty D311k 

Deeping, W. — Sorrel and Son D311s 

Dehan, R.— The Sower of the Wind D322s 

De Jeans, E.— The Winiiine- Game D326av 

Del], E. M.— The Black Knight D357b 

Dell, E. M.— A Man Under Authority D357m 

Dell, F.— Runaway D3571r 

Dela Roche, M.— Jalna D339j 

Diver, M.— But Yesterday D618b 

Diver, M.— Coombe St. Mary's D618co 

Dorrance, J. F.— The Long Arm of the Mounted D71621 

Eaton, R. (Ed)— Best French Short Stories of 1924-25 E143b 

Ertz, S. — After Noon E65a 

Ertz, S.— Now East Now West E65no 

Ertz, S. — Wind of Complication E65w 

Evarts, H. G.— The Moccasin Telegraph E921m 

Farnham, M. H.— Rebellion F236r 

Farnol, J, — Black Bartlemys Treasure F235bl 

Farnol, J.— The Loring Mystery F2351 

Farnol, J. — Martin Conisb}- 's Vengence F235ma 

Ferber, E.— Mother Knows Best F346m 

Fletcher, J. S.— The Great Brighton Mystery F613g 

Fletcher, J. S.— The Mortover Grange Affair F613mo 

Fletcher, J. S.— Sea Fog F613sg 

Forbes, E.— Genteel Lady F6921o 

Galsworthy, J.— The Silver Spoon G178s 



110 



Gibbs, A. — Peter Vacuum G4421p 

Gibbs, A. H.— Labels G44251 

Gibbs, I. P.— Portia Marries G4426p 

Gordon, R. C— To Him That Hath G662t 

Gordon, R. C— Treading the Wine Press G662tr 

Gregory, J. — Captain Cavalier G822c 

Grey, Z.— Forlorn River G842f 

Grey Z.— Under the Tondo Rim G842un 

Griffith, H. S.— The Lane G8531 

Grimstead, J. E.— The Scouro-e of the Little ''C" G865s 

Hamilton, C— His Majesty the King H2171h 

Harrington, E. — Texas Men and Texas Cattle H297t 

Hendrex, J. B.— Downey of the Mounted H498d 

Hendrex, J. B.— Frozen Inlet Post H498f 

Hendrex, J. B. — Prairie FloAvers H498p 

Hendrex, J. B.— The Texan H498t 

Herring, P. — Bold Bendigo H567b 

Hevward, Du B.— Angel H622a 

Hotchkiss, C. C— The Ivory Ball H832i 
Humphrey, M. M. (Ed)— The Best Love Stories of 1925 119261b 

Hurst, F. — Appassionata H9595a 

Jacks, L. P.~The Majic Formula J13m 

James, W.— Smoky J29s 

Johnston, M.— The Exile J73e 

Johnston, M.— The Great Valley J73g 

Kelley, E. — Home James K295h 

Kipling, R.— Debits and Credits K57de 

Kyne, P. B.— They Also Serve K99t 

Landon, H. — Gray Magic L259g 

Lehmann, R. — Dustj' Answer L523d 

Le May, A. — Painted Ponies L549p 

Lincoln, J. C. — The Aristocratic Miss Brewster L7372a 

Livingston, A. — Light Fingered Ladies L7861 

Locke, AV. J.— The Kingdom of Theophilus L814k 

Loos, A. — Gentlemen Prefer Blonds L8632g 

Lutz, G. L. PL— The White Flower L975wh 

Lynde, F.— The Fight on the Standing Stone L988f 

MeCutheon, G. B.— The Inn of the Hawk and Raven M133i 

McCutcheon, G. B.— Kindlings and Ashes M113k 

McCutcheon, G. B. — Romeo in Moon Village M133ro 

Mclntyre, J. T.— Shot Towers M1526s 

Maclsaac, F.— Tin Hats M152H 

Marshall, A.— The Mystery of Red Marsh Farm M367m 

Marshall, E.— The Dead Fall M3675d 

Meeker, E.— Kate Mulhall M494k 

Miller, A. D.— Are Parents people? M6471a 

Miller, W. H.— The White Buffalo M652w 

Miln, L. J.— In a Yan Nun Courtyard M659in 

Miln, L. J.— The Soul of China M659s 



Ill 



IVlitchel], R. C— Call of the House M6824c 

Montgomery, L. M.— Emily's Quest M787em 

Morton, G.— Black Gold M8891) 

Mulford, C. E.— The Bar-20 Three M955be 

Mulford, C. E.— The Bar 20 Rides Again M955ba 

Mulford, C. E.— Black Buttes M955bl 

Mulford, C. E.— Bring Me His Ears M955br 

Mulford, C. E.— The Orphan M955o 

Mulford, C. E.— Tex M955t 

Nason, L.— Chevrons N263c 

Norris, K. — Barberry Bush N856ba 
O'Brien, E. J. (Ed)— Best British Short Stories of 1925 Ol3bf 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Miss Brown of X. Y. 0. 062mc 

Ostenso, M.— The Dark Dawn 0852d 

Ostrander, I. — Liberation 0851 

Ostrander, I.— The Tattoed Arm 085ta 

Packard, F. L.— Broken Waters P119b 

Packard, F. L.— From Now On P119f 

Packard, F. L. — Jimmie Dale and the Phantom Clue P119ji 

Paine, R,. D.— The Penfold Adventure P146pe 

Parrish, A. — Tomorrow Morning P2615t 

Payne, E. S.— All the Wav by Water P8461a 

Payne, E. S.— Fathom Deep P3461f 

Payne, E. S.— Hearthstones P3461h 

Payne, E. S.— Lights Along the Ledges P34611 

Pedler, M.— Tomorrows Tangle P371t 

Pedler, M.— Yesterdays Harvest P371y 

Pert wee, R.— Gentlemen March . P468g 

Phillips, C— The Doctors Wooing P554d 

Poling, D. — John of Oregon P766J 

Porter, E. H.— Just Mother P844j 

Porter, G. S.— The Magic Garden P845ma 

Hawlence, G.— Their Tradition R258t 

Reynolds, B.— The Lost Discovery R4621 

Rich, F. K.— Caleb Peaslee R498c 

Richmond, G. — Cherrv Square R532c 

Richmond, G.— Lights Up R5321 

Rdnehart, M. R.— Lost Ecstasy R5791o 

Eud, A. M.— The Sentence of the Six Gun R913s 

Sabatinin, R.— The Nuptials of Corbal S113n 

Schriener, 0. — Stories, Dreams and Allegories S378s 

Seltzer, C. A'.— Land of the Free S4681 

Smith, H. L.— The Girls of Friendly Terrace S6492g 

L.—PoUyanna's Debt of Honor " ' S6492pa 

L.— Polly anna of the Orange Blossoms S6492po 
, D.— The Man Who saw Through Hevaen S8142m 

-The Bright Face of Danger S941b 

-Summer Storm S978su 

T3181a 



Smith, H. 
Smith, H. 
Steele, W 
Sublette, C. M.- 
Swinnerton, F.- 



Terhune, A. P. — The Amateur Inn 



112 

Terhuiie, A. P.— Najib T3181ii 

Terhime, A. P.— The Runaway Bag T3181r 

Thayer, L.— Doctor S. 0. S. T371d 

Thayer, L.— Q. E. D. T371q 

Tuttle, M.— Kingdoms of the World T967k 

Tuttle, W. C— Thicker Than Water: T9671t 

Van Dyke, H.— The Golden Key V248g 

Van Slyke, L.— Nora Pays V279n 

Wadsley, 0. — Sometimes Wr24s 

AVallace, E.— The Traitors Gate W188t 

Walpole, H.— Harmer John W218h 

Wasson, M.— The Big House W3212b 

Waters, F.— Eight Bells W329e 

Wells, C— Face Cards W453fb 

Wells, C— Feathers Left Around W453fe 

Wells, C— The Furthest Fury W453fu 

Wells, C— The Mvsterv Girl W453my 

Wells, C— Prilligirl W453pr 

Wells, C— Raspberry Jam W453ra 

Wells. C.^The Sixth Commandment W453si 

Wells, C— Spooky Hollow W453sp 

Wells, C. Wheels Wdthin Wheels W453wh 

Wescott, G. — The grandmothers W511g 

Weston, G.— The Horseshoe Nails W535h 

Wliarton, E.— Twilight Sleep W553tw 

White, E. L. — Lukundoo and other Stories W58321 
White, N. G.— Jen Culliton • W586J 

White, S. E.— Skookum Chuck W588sk 

Wickham, H.— The Boncoeur AfPair W637b 

Widdemer, M.— More Than Wife W638m 

Williams, B. A. — Immortal Longings W721i 

Williams, V.— The Key Man W727k 

Winter, W. W. —When Death Rode the Range W787w 

W^inter, W: W.— The Lone Hand Tracker W7871 

Wodehouse, P. G.— Leave It to P. Smith W838le 

Wodehouse, P. G.— Sam in the Suburbs W838s 

W^odehouse, P. G.— Three Men and a Maid W838t 

Wren, P. C— Beau Geste W945b 

Wren, P. C— Beau Sabreur W945be 

Wright, H. B. — God and tlie Groceryman W949g 

Young, F. B.— Cold Harbor Y715c 

Yore, C— Raw Gold Y61r 

JUVENILE 



Abbott, J. — Barberry Gate 
Abbott, J.— Fidelis 
Abbott, J.— ^High Acres 
Abbott, J. — Janny 



JA1322b 
JA1322f 
JA1322h 
JA1322J 



113 



Adams, K. — Midsummer JA2145m 

Ames, J. B.— The Secret of Spirit Lake JA514s 

Anon — My Animal Story Book JAlOOmy 

Ashmun, M. — Mothers Away JA827mo 

Barbour, R. H.— Behind the Line JB239be 

Barbour, R. H.— The Fighting- Scrub JB239fj 

Barbour, R. H.— Forward Pass JB239fp 
Barbour, R. H.— The Long Pass • JB2391o 

Barbour, R. H.— The Relief Pitcher JB239re 

Barbour, R. H.— Tod Hale in Camp JB239to 

Bassett, S. W.— The Story of Leather JB319sb 

Bassett, S. W.— The Story of Lumber JB319sa 

Bassett, S. W.— The Storv of Porcelain JB319st 

Bassett, S. W.— The Story of Silk " JB319sc 

Baynes, E. H.— The Sprite, Storv of a Red Fox JB361s 

Beard, D.— Do It Yourself JB368d 

Blaisdell, A. F. and Ball, F. K.— Log Cabin Days JB6341 

Blaisdell, M. F.— Bunny Rabbits' Diary JB635b 

Blaisdell, M. F.— Cherry Tree Children JB635c 

Blaisdell, M. F.— Polly and Dolly JB635p 

Blauvelt, Ala T.— The Piece Bag Book . JB645p 

Bok, E. W.— America Give Me a Chance JB686a 

Bond, A. R. — On the Battle Front of Engineering JBTllon 

Bond, A. R.— Pick, Shovel and Pluck JBTllp 
Bridges, T. C. and Tiltman, H. H. — Heroes of Modern 

Adventure JB851h 

Brown, E. C— The Three Gays JB8772t 

Burgess, T. W. — Longlegs the Heron JB9551o 

Burtis, T. — Russ Farrell, Border Patrolman JB973ru 

Burtis, T.— Russ Farrell, Test Pilot JB973r 

Cameron, M. — A Sporting Chance JC182s 

Carter, R. G.— A Patriot Lad of Cape Cod JC3245p 

Chase, M. E.— Marv Christmas JC487m 

Curtis, A. T.— A Little Maid of Vermont JC9781a 

Curtis, A. T.— The Story of Cotton JC978s 

Davis, E. C— Polly Wiggles and Some Others JD261p 

Denton, C. J.— Open Air Stories JD415o 

Doubleday, R.— A Year In a Yawl JD272y 

Dussauge, A.— Little Jack Rabbit JD9741 

Eliot, L. C— Storey Manor JE425s 

Emery, S. — Chickens and Vegetables, Inc. JE53c 

Frey, H. G.— The Campfire Girls JF893cb 

Frey, H. G.— Campfire Girls on the Open Road JF893ca 

Garis, H. B.— The Uncle Wiggily Book JG232uq 

Gray, E. J.— Merediths Ann .]G7782m 

Heward, C. — Cliappie and the Others -IHC)22(' 

Heyliger, AV.— The Fighting Captain .11161 7f 

Hooker, F. C. — Civilizing Cricket .lH783ci 



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Hope, L. L. — The l^obbsey Twins on the Deep Blue 

Sea ' JH791bob8 

Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey TAvins and Baby May JH791bob9 

Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins in a Great City JH791boblO 
Hope, L. L. — The Bobbsey Twins at Cherry Corners JH791bobll 
Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins at the County Fair JH791bobl2 
Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins at Cedar Camp JH791bobl3 

Hope, L. b.— The Bobbsey Twins at Cloverbank JH791bobl4 
Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins in Washington JH791bobl5 
Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Tivins Camping Out JH791bobl6 

Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins on Bluberry Island JH791bobl7 
Hope, L. L.— The Bobbsey Twins in the Great West JH791bobl8 



Home, R. H. — The Goodnatured Bear 

Howitt, M. — The Childrens Year in a Happy Hom(^ 

Kilbourne, C. E. — -Baby Polar Bear and the Walrus 

King, C. and others — Boys Book of the Army 

La Rue, M. G.— The Billy Bang- Book 

La Rue, M. G. — In Animal Land 

Lavell, E.— The Girl Scout's Captain 

E.— The Girl Scout's Motor Trip 
E.— The Girl Scout's Vacation 
The Girl Scout's Rivals 
Marjorie Dean, High, Schoo 
Marjorie Dean, High School 
-Marjorie Dean, High School 
-Marjorie Dean, High School Senior 
-Marjorie Dean, High School Past 
M.— The Honor Girl 
Z. K. — Cobblestones 



Layell, 

Lavell, 

Lavell, 

Lester 

Lester 

Lester, 

Lester, 

Lester, 

Macdonald, 

Macdonald, 



E.- 
P.- 
P.- 
P.- 
P.- 
P.- 



Freshman 
Sophomore 
Junior 



Marsh, G. — Flash, the Lead Dog 

Masefield, J. — Martin Hyde 

Meigs, C— The Trade Wind 

Meyer, Z. — The Garden of Happiness 

Meyer, Z. — In the Green Fields 

Moroso, J. A, — Cap Fallon, Fire Fighter 

Murphy, M. — Patricias Problem 

Orton, H. F. — Prancing Pat 

Otis, J.— Left l^ehind 

Paine, R. D. — Campus Days 



Perry, L. — The Big Game 

Robbins, O.— A Boy of the Old French AVest 

Rogers, W. A. — Danny's Partner 

Roy, L. E.— Girl Scouts at Dandelion Cam)) 

Samuel, E. I. — The Story of Iron 

Seaman, A. H. — The Shadow on the Dial 

Slusser, E. Y. — Stories of Lutlier l>url)aiik aiu 

Plant School 
Smith, L. R.— The Treasure Twins 



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JL336i 

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JL399gc 

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Graduate JL642md 

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Stall, S.— With the Children on Sunday JS781w 

Stoddard, W. O.— The Red Mustang " JS869r 

Stone, K. P.— The Four-Year Olds Story Book JS878f 

Tolman, A. W.— Jim Spurling Trawler .JT652ji 

Tomlinson, E. T.— The Boy Officers of 1812 JB659bb 

Tomlinson, E. T.— Days and Deeds of '76 JT659d 

Tomlinson, P. G. — The Strange Grav Canoe JT 6595s 

Wells, C— Dick and Dolly " JW45:Udi 

Wells, C— Dick and Dolly Adventures JW4584dj 
"Wheeler, F. R.— The Boy\vith the U. S. Diplomats JW562bo 

Wheeler, F. R.— The Boy with the U. S. Navy JW562bf 

AVhite, E. O.— Diana's Rosebush JW588d 

Youmans, E. — Skitter Cat and Major JY67s 

BOUND MAGAZINES 
American Magazine of Art — Jan. -June, 1926 
American Magazine of Art — July-Dec, 1926 
National Geographic — Jan. -June, 1926 
National Geographic — July-Dec, 1926 
Popular Mechanics — Jan. -June, 1926 
Popular Mechanics — July-Dec, 1926 
Review of Reviews — Jan. -June, 1926 



REFERENCE 
Acton Town Reports, 1922-25 Avith Valuations. 
Acts and Resolves of Mass., 1927 
Annual Reports of Smithsonian Institution, 1925-1926 
Encampment, U. S. AY. Y., 1925 

Journal of the House of Representatives of Mass., 1927 
Journal of the Senate of Mass., 1927 
Manual for the General Court, 1927-8 
Report of the Library of Congress, 1926 
Yital Records of Groton, Mass. 
Yital Records of Nantucket, Mass. 
Yital Records of New Salem, Mass. 



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REPORT OF THE 
TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 

For the Year Ending Dec. 31, 1927 



INVESTMENTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,328.89 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank .... 1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000.00 



RECEIPTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $59 . 33 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank .. 50.00 

City Institution for Saving 50.00 



PAYMENTS 
Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evangelical 

Church in Acton $125.00 

Fred W. Green, care of Goodnow lot. 

Woodlawn cemetery 10 . 00 

Unused income, added to savings deposit 24.33 



$3,328.89 



$159.33 



$159.33 



CHARLOTTE CONANT, 
CHARLES E. SMITH, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



School Department 

OF THE 

Town of Acton 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 , 

1927 




f.M»^g^ 



THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 
HUDSON, MASS. 
1928 



ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 



Spencer H. Taylor, chairman 

Mrs. Lulu L. Clark 

Mrs. Alice Carlisle 

Frank Toohey 

Mrs. Mar3' Richardson 

Edgar Hall 



Term 
Term 
Term 
Term 
Term 
Term 



expires 1929 
expires 1929 
expires 1930 
expires 1930 
expires 1928 
expires 1928 



Superintendent 

Charles W. LaAvrence, So. Acton, Mass. 



Thomas Scanlon 
Harry Morse 
Oliver D. Wood 



Dr. E. A. Mavell 



Attendance Oificers 



School Physician 



Telephone 45 



West Acton 

South Acton 

Acton 



Acton 



Lillian Frost 



School Nurse 



North Acton 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 



26, 



First short term begins January 3, 1928. 
First short term ends February 17, 1928. 
Second short term begins Feb. 27, 1928. 
Second short term ends April 13, 1928. 
Third short term begins April, 23, 1928. 
High school graduation week of June 4-9, 1928. 
Third short term ends June 22, 1928. 

1926-1927 

Fall term begins September 4, 1928. 

Thanksgiving — School closes Nov. 21, 1928 and reopens Nov 
1928. 

Fall term ends December 21, 1928. 
First short term begins January 2, 1929. 



Legal Holidays 

January 1, February 22, April 19, May 30, July 4, first Mon- 
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. 



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 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 satisfactor}' 
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 bo- 
ginning of the fall term, unless qualified in the opinion of the 
teacher and superintedent 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 grade school buildings 
shall be five and one-quarter hours long, and in the high school 
b.uilding 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 
any 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 grade 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. Deviation from these hours shall be made 
only with the consent of the superintendent, and shall be re- 
ported by him to the school committee at its next monthly meet- 
ing. 

Rule 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 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 
School Teacher 

Center : 

Marion Towne 

Edith Taylor 
South School : 

Julia McCarthy 

Helga Nielson 

Resigned J. 3 1928 

Dorothy Glazier 

Elise Dickerman 

Florence Merriam 
AVest School : 

Maud Priest 

Marjorie Stearns 

Mildred Moore 



Service, December 31, 1927 

App. Where Educated Home Address 



1921 Smith 
1927 Wheelock 



Concord 
Littleton 



1906 Fitchburg Normal Stow 

1923 Fitchburg Normal South Acton 

1928 Fitchburg Normal Fitchburg 

1906 Fitchburg Normal Ayer 

1927 Framingham Nor. South Acton 

1922 Fitchburg Normal West Acton 

1925 Fitchburg Normal West Acton 

1925 Leslie School West Acton 



Teachers in Service, December 31, 1927 

Grades VII and VII : 

Ella Miller 1899 Framingham Nor. Acton 

Olive Valente 1925 Framingham Nor. Newton 

Florice Fernald 1927 Mt. Holyoke Arlington 

Acton High School Senior Section 

Charles W. Lawrence 1925 Mass. Inst. Tech. 



Elsie Bixby ^ 1927 

Richard Hood 1927 

John F. Hough 1927 

Hazel P. Murray 1925 

L. Ashley Rich ' 1925 

E. Louise Turner 1926 



South Acton 
Framingham Nor. Woodville 
Boston University 
Dartmouth Waltham 

Colgate Ayer 

Boston University Lynn 
Northeastei'H Univ. Concord 
Chandler Hanover 



JANITORS 

Hjgh school, Daniel MacDougal, West Acton. 
Center school, George Little, Acton. 
South school, Theron Newton, South Acton. 
West School, Thomas Scanlon, West Acton. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



To the Voters of Acton: 

The Acton school committee herewith submits the financial 
report and the approved reports of our superintendent and super- 
visors. 

We wish to thank them and our teachers for their hearty 
co-operation throughout the year. 

The committee has practiced the strictest economy and are 
glad to state that the 1927 accounts have been closed, and that 
we have been able to keep within our appropriation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

SPENCER TAYLOR, 
Chairman, Acton School Committee. 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1928 



FOR GENERAL EXPENSES 
Salaries and other expenses of the Superin- 
tendent and Truant Officers $2,340.00 

Clerk for Superintendent 660 . 00 

Salaries of Teachers 27,000.00 

Text Books 1,200.00 

Supplies ; 750.00 

Janitors wages, fuel and misc. operating 

expenses 6,800 . 00 

Repairs 1,000.00 

Transportation 3,000.00 

Health, Aux. Agencies " 250.00 

Unclassified HOOO.pO 



$44,000.00 

Received by Town of Acton on account of schools for reduc- 
tion of taxes : 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Part 1, Chapter 

70, General Laws $4,340.00 

Tuitions Boxboro and Carlisle 1,927.40 



Total $6,267.40 



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PAID OUT FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR ENDING 
DECEMBER 31, 1927 

GENERAL CONTROL 
Salaries and other expenses of superintedent 

and truant officers $2,397.79 

Superintendents clerk 563 . 84 

Total control $2,961.63 

EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION 

Salaries, Supervisors, Tearchers : 

High school and elementary $26,099.92 

Textbooks, high school 570 . 62 

Textbooks, elementary 1,425.51 

Stationery and supplies, H. S 376.86 

Stationery and supplies, elementary 621 . 18 

Total instruction $29,095.09 

EXPENSES OF OPERATION 

AVages of janitor, high school $1,300.00 

Fuel, high school 893.29 

Miscellaneous 845.43 

Total $3,038.72 

"Wages of janitors, elementary $2,120.00 

Fuel, elementary 1,157 . 64 

Miscellaneous, elementar}^ 389.19 

$3,666.83 
Total operating $6,705 . 55 

Maintenance and repairs : 

High school, including alterations $886.48 

Elementary 614.88 

Total repairs $1,501.36 

Health 201.00 

Transportation 2,609 . 13 

Outlays and unclassified 913.91 

Total expended $43,987 .67 

Balance 12.33 

Appropriation, 1927 $44,000 . 00 



8 

Supt. salary $2,000.04 

Supt. clerk hire ^ 563.84 

Supt. travel expenses 138 . 14 

Total $2,702.02 

OFFICE EXPENSES AND ENFORICEMENT OF LAW 

Michael Foley, census $30.00 

W. B. Currier, stamps, etc 63.35 

Emerson & Co., rubber stamp 2.05 

Yawman & Erbe, filing" equipment 13.44 

Finney & Hoit, paper, etc 8 . 33 

Macmillan Co., books 1 .28 

C. Smart & Co., account and record books . 12.00 

J. L. Hammett, office equipment 17.48 

School Service Co., office report blanks .. 8.53 
Wrig'ht & Potter Printing Co., Curtis 

reports 4.31 

Allen Bros, Corporation, numbering stamp 8.14 

New Eng. Tel. & Tele. Co., telephones .. 90.70 



$259.61 

$2,961.63 

Supervisors salary, music $380 . 00 

Supervisors salary, drawing 220 . 00 

Total $600.00 

Principal high school, salary $1,500.00 

Teachers salary, high school 9,906.00 

Teachers salary, elementary 14,093.92 

Total $25,499.92 

Total salaries for instruction $26,099 . 92 

EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION TEXT BOOKS (HIGH) 

Grinn & Company, high scool texts $118.11 

C. C. Birchard & Co., music books 29.54 

Edward E. Babb, high school texts 134.60 

World Book Company, high school texts . . 1.76 

Longmans Green & Co .40 

C. Merrill Co., high school texts, English 

books , 28 . 39 

Little Brown & Co., high school texts 48 . 11 

The M,acmillan Co., high school texts ... 1.40 
Houghton Mifflin, high school texts, Eng- 
lish books -^^•'79 



96 


.92 


1 


.44 


2, 


.80 


2 


.09 




.25 


24 


.40 


11 


.05 


19 


.57 



Allyn & Bacon, high school texts, Eng- 
lish books 

Harcout Brace & Co., high school texts . . . 
Oxford Book Compam^, high school texts, 
The Century Company, high school texts, 

C. Cnllinnane, trucking 

F. T. Welch, books, repairing 

American Book Company 

Rand McNally 

Total $570.62 

TEXTS BOOKS— ELEMENTARY 

J. B. Lippincott, elementary texts 31.98 

Ginn & Co., music books. Geographies, etc. $486.87 

World Book Co 19.40 

Scott Foresman Co., reading books 204.16 

C. Pu Button & Co 1.69 

C. C. Birch ard & Co., music books 8.24 

American Book Co 16.72 

D. C. Heath & Co 334.11 

John C. Winston 24.77 

C. Cullinnane .25 

Dura Binding Co., book repairs 1.45 

The Century Co , 3.10 

EdAvard Babb & Co 4.83 

Macmillan Co., reading books 101.01 

Silver Burdett Co., reading books 172.7.4 

F. T. Welch, books repaired 6.50 

Lyons & Carnahan 5 . 12 

Warwick & York 1.70 

Milton Bradley Co 1 . 87 



$1,426.51 

Total text books $1,997.13 

STATIONERY SUPPLIES AND MISCELLANEOUS— HIGH 
Vannah Litho^'raph Co., high school Sup- 
plies ...T $25.00 

W. H. Claflin & Co., high school supplies, 7.00 

J. L. Hammett & Co., paper, pencils 239.43 

A. J. Wilkinson, office supplies 7.70 

John Pederson, express .50 

Acton Drug Co., high school supplies .... 2.45 

C. C. Birchard Co., music supplies 2.65 

Tracy Music Library, music supplies, grad- 
uation 2.19 



10 

J. S. Moore, high school supplies 16.80 

W. M. Welch, chemistry supplies 8.71 

Ryan & Buker, maps, etc 22 . 38 

Edward E. Babb, high school supplies ... 26.33 
L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., physics equip- 
ment 11 . 52 

Ginn & Co., students maps 4.20 

Total high school $376.86 

STATIONERY SUPPLIES AND MISCELLANEOUS— ELEM. 

J. L. Hammett, paper, note books, pencils $376.17 

Ryan & Buker, students maps 24.17 

World Book Co., Arith. pads, etc 24.58 

Benjamin Sanborn & Co 9.51 

Finney & Hoit 5 . 25 

Yawman & Erbe 19 . 25 

Milton Bradley Co., drawing supplies .. 96.21 

Edward W. Babb & Co., primary supplies . 40.75 

Laffin;s Express 1.00 

Lyons & Carnahan 7 . 95 

Scott Foresman & Co., primary supplies .. 4.98 

Iroquois Publishing Co., primary supplies 11.36 

Total Elementary $621 . 18 

Total stationery and supplies $998.04 

Operating Expenses (High School) 

Janitors, Fuel and Miscellaneous 

Wages of janitor, high school $1,300.00 

Fuelite Natural Gas Co 153.90 

South Acton Woolen Co., coal 424.37 

John Pederson, trucking fuel 43.00 

Total $1,921.27 

Miscellaneous Operating Expeaises (High) 

A. W. Davis, janitor's supplies, tools, etc., $88.78 

American Woolen Co., light 147.94 

American Woolen Co., power 94.11 

American Woolen Co., special deposit .... 50.00 

West and South Water district 40.96 

A. J. Wilkinson 13.01 

Masury Young & Co., hand soap, floor oil, 

etc 69.50 

Strong & Tracy 1.86 



11 

C. B. Dolge, janitor's soap and cleaning 

supplies 11 . 00 

J, L. Hammett, blackboard equipment, sup- 
plies, etc 175.00 

Maydale Ginger Ale Co., distilled water 

batteries ;•••■.•' ^*^^ 

Commissioner of public safetj^ boiler in- 
spection 00 

L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., repair of 

physics instruments 9 .75 

C. W. Lawrance, refund on express and 

freight 3 . 34 

William Holt, plumbing repairs 7.30 

Fuelite Natural Gas Co., gas for labora- 
tories 64 . 80 

International Time Recording Co., clock 

and battery repair 7 . 88 

Acton Drug Co 3 . 60 

Jordan Marsh Co., graduation equipment, 8.20 

AY. H. Claflin, paper towels, toilet paper . . 39 . 65 

,]. S. Moore 1.20 

Finney & Hoit .30 

$845.43 

Total operating high school $2,766.70 

Operating Expenses, Elementary 

Janitors, Fuel 

Center (1) South (2) West (3) 

Janitors $640.00 $760.00 $720.00 

Fuel, coal, 307.21 451.02 157.16 

Wood • 80.75 80.75 80.75 

$1,027.96 $1,291.77 $957.91 

Miscellaneous Operating Expenses (Elementary) 

Center South West 

American Radiator Co., flue $ $ $ 

brushes 1 . 13 

American Woolen Co., light .. . 10.76 22.86 10.85 

West & South Water District . . 18.58 22.11 12.00 

Theron Newton, lawn mower .. 3.00 

Masury Young, soap, floor oil, 

janitor 's supplies 21 . 75 41 . 75 21 . 75 

C. C. Cullinnane, express, 

freight, etc 2.00 2.00 2.00 



12 

F W. Green, cleaning vaults, 

West l^-^O 

John Pederson, expressing sup- 
plies 80 .90 .80 

Acton Coal & Lumber Co .35 

Chandler Barber Co 4.55 4.55 

Carter's Furniture Co., piano 

tuning 4.00 4.00 4.00 

W. H. Clafiin & Co., paper 

towels, etc 20.70 20.70 39.65 

A. W. Davis 2.36 

Kennev Bros. & Wolkins, seat 

repairs 29.50 13.10 

W. B. Holt 3.30 

Herbert Hale, storm windows, 

doors, etc 9 . 50 

M. E. Taylor, supplies 2.65 

S. W. Perkins 6.25 

T. F. Newton, care of building 

during summer 5 . 00 

C. W. Lawrance, refund express 

and freight 1.11 l.H 1.12 

J. L. Hammett, express fund .. .25 .25 .25 

Thomas Scanlon, summer care 

of building 5.00 

Finney & Hoit .90 

$126.20 $131.84 $131.15 
Total $389.19 

Summary Operating 

Totals Center South West 

Janitors $640.00 .$760.00 $720.00 

Coal 307.21 451.02 157.16 

Wood 80.75 80.75 80.75 

Miscellaneous 126.20 131.84 131.15 

Totals $1,154.16 $1,323.61 $1,089.06 

Total operating, elementary $3,665 . 83 

Maintenance and Repairs — High School 

W. B. Holt $58.54 

Burroughs Adding Machine Co , 2.53 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co .70 

A. J. Wilkinson 1 .50 

B. A. King 97.00 

Maynard Machine Shop 2. 35 



13 



3 


.00 


330 


.15 


328, 


.86 


12 


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6 


.95 


42 


.90 



0. p. Tucker . . 
L. T. Fullonton 
C. S. Smith . . . 
John Evans, Jr. 
E. J. Stanley . . 
Roy Jones .... 



Maintenancei — Elementary 

C. S. Smith $13.25 

J. H. Bickford 25.00 

J. B. Wilson 15.00 

Herbert Hale 2.00 

L. T. Fullonton 414.11 

E. J. Stanley 48.17 

Clerk hire 23 . 85 

Roy -Jones, clerk hire 28.50 

A. Fletcher 45 .00 



Health 

High School : 
Ernest A. Mayell $50 . 00 

Elementary : 

Norman W. Fradd, posture manikins 1.00 

Ernest A. Mayell 150 . 00 



$886.48 



$614.88 



Total $201.00 

Transportation 

PRECINCT 1 

Driver, Jesse Briggs $597.00 

Storage, Mrs. I. McGregor 72.00 

Gas and oil and repairs and replacement 
ment of chassis : 

A. W. Davis, gas and oil, etc $59.81 

Maynard & Acton Oil Co 95.23 

Acton Motor Co., repairs 75.93 

Gately Motor Co 394.71 

Registrar of motor vehicles 2.00 

$627.68 
Insurance, Paul Hederstedt 175 97 



Total $1,472.65 



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PRECINCT 2 

Drivers : 

Carl Christofferson $171 .00 

Edwin Christofferson 201 .00 

Paul Olsen 222.00 

Stuart McGregor 3 . 00 



Storage : 

Allen Christofferson $62.00 

Paul Olsen 24.00 



$597.00 



$86.00 
Gas, oil and repairs: 

Carl Christofferson, repairs $ 6 . 00 

0. Laffin 14.71 

Hewitt's Tire Shop 83.30 

Fletcher Corner Station 92.85 

Coughlin 's Garage 80 . 64 

$277.50 
Insurance, Paul Hederstedt 175 . 98 



$1,136.48 



Total transportation : 

Precinct 1 $1,472.65 

Precinct 2 1,136.48 

Total $2,609.13 

Outlays 
Labor on high school drain : 

John Gognon, labor $52.00 

Albert Wessel, labor 52.75 

Charles Monroe, labor 38.25 

A. H. Perkins, labor 21.00 

Tim Moynihan, labor 22.00 

Otto Geers, labor and blasting 80.89 

B. Perkins, Cr., supervision 10.00 

Ralph Jones, labor 10.85 

Raymond Perkins, labor 5.00 

Norman Perkins, labor 5.00 

George Penney, labor 8 .00 

E. P. Gates, sharpening tools 11.50 

Alvin H. Fletcher, tile drain 15.00 

Total $332.24 



15 

W. T. Thayer $25.00 

W. H. Claiain 4.80 

Ryan & Buker, maps, history, H. S 17.40 

J. L. Hammett, maps, gloves, miscellaneous 161.70 

Finney & Hoit, electric iron 6 . 97 

Smith Finney, insurance 365 . 80 

$581.67 

Total $913.91 



REPORT OF 
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



The School Committee, 
Town of Acton, Mass. 

Ladies and Gentlemen — It is a pleasure and an honor to 
present my second annual report as superintendent of schools 
and the third as principal of the Acton high school. For con- 
venience the two reports have been combined into one. 

The work in the elementary schools and high school has 
been carried on. It has been possible to give more attention than 
before to the needs of the elementary grades. The elementary 
buildings had already been considerably improved outside and 
in, although they are still in far from first-class shape. The time 
is coming in the not-too-distant future when first one, then an- 
other, then possibly the third building will have to undergo 
thorough renovation, or more likely complete replacement. South 
school building is more worn out than the other two. There is a 
noticeable sag in the center of the building due to the settling of 
the center underpinning, with a corresponding displacement of 
the cross beams and its support. The building is still safe for use 
for the present, but will eventually have to be strengthened. The 
floors and stair treads of South and Center buildings are practic- 
ally worn out. West building is in almost the same shape and 
will be in need of new floors in a very few years. 

The heating systems of all three grade buildings are not 
economical to run. In each building there are two hot-air fur- 
naces, and a steam heater to heat the corridors in severe weather. 
Each furnace heats only certain rooms, the other furnace heats 
the remaining rooms. One furnace cannot in any way be made 
to heat the whole building. On chilly days both furnaces have to 
be run to take the chill off the rooms, instead of just one. 

If the ducts of these buildings could be altered without too 
great expense, so that one or both furnaces could heat the whole 



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building, greater economy' in operating buildings would be pos- 
sible. In South school the furnaces are still sound, but consume 
much more coal than the others, even with most economical 
running. It is believed that these furnaces are the original ones 
installed when the building was constructed. Both of the other 
buildings have been equipped with late types of hot-air furnaces 
and are much more economical to run. There will be continu- 
ally mounting expense to maintain and operate these buildings. 

Attention this year has been directed towards securing more 
uniform work in each subject taught in each grade in the differ- 
ent schools of the town. More text-books and other teaching 
paraphernalia, as maps, globes, and drill materials, have been 
provided. The teachers have cooperated wholeheartedly in 
meeting frequently to discuss their work in different subjects, 
comparing methods and achievements and planning new work. 
Two visiting days, one in the spring and one in the fall, have 
been especially beneficial ; giving us a chance to see how others 
are doing the same kind of work, hoAv our work may be improved 
and mistakes avoided. The oral and written reports of these 
visits are still a source of inspiration to the teachers and myself. 
Great credit must be given to the teachers for their fine spirit of 
cooperation and for the good work already done. 

During the year a number of teachers resigned to go to 
other positions. From the high school. Miss Noyes, teacher of 
English ; Miss Bruce, of the commercial department, and Mr. Felt, 
teacher of modern language and history, have left. Miss Bran- 
ley and Miss Gilligan, from the grade schools; Miss Willhauck, 
supervisor of music, have gone to other positions, and Miss Mar- 
tha Smith retired after twenty-five years of faithful service to 
the town. Their places have been taken by Mr. Hough of Ayer, 
Miss Bixby of Woodville, Mr. Hood of Waltham, Miss Fernald of 
Arlington, Miss Merriam of South Acton, Miss Lovley of Spring- 
field, and Miss Taylor of Littleton. All have carried on success- 
fully the work of their predecessors and are achieving worth- 
while results. 

A strong and stable teaching staff, one contented with their 
conditions and encouraged for their future, is essential to an 
organization effective over a number of years, helping the chil- 
dren of the town to develop through that long time from early 
childhood to maturity. The school committee has consistently 
followed the policy of "What do the schools need most, and how 
can we make the funds available most effective." This policy 
should by all means be continued and extended. 

It is fitting that the retiring of a faithful teacher should be 
recorded and the achievement of a notable quarter-century be 
spread before her townspeople. To quote the words of a long 
associate : 

' ' It was with a deep feeling of regret on the part of all con- 
cerned that we received Miss Martha F. Smith's decision to 



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retire from our teaching- force in June, 1927. She taught for a 
short time in the district school at North Acton and in the neigh • 
boring towns before attending the Lowell Normal school and in 
the Model school of the Plymouth (N. H.) Normal school after 
graduation. Desiring to be at home, she accepted the position of 
teacher in the Center primar}^ school in September, 1902, where 
she has given a faithful and devoted service for nearly a quarter- 
of-a-century. Many happy, eager little faces have looked into 
her's during that time. The}' loved their teacher and knew that 
she loved them and many lessons were learned that did not come 
from books. Some of those first children took an active part in 
the World Avar and many are living useful lives as citizens of 
this town and elsewhere. May she live many years in our midst 
to enjoy watching the development of those of the later vears 
also." 

During the year the school committee has brought the grade 
school equipment and work to a higher grade of efficiency. They 
have spent nearly three-fourths of the money budgeted for text- 
books, for books in Grades I. to VIII., inclusive. These books 
include new readers, geographies, some arithmetic books, some 
language books, and music books. 

The basic reading course started in 1926 has been added to, 
so that it is now almost complete in Grades I. to VI., inclusive. 
It is of a grade sufficiently stiff to require the pupil to "dig" to 
master the facts and problems presented Avith each lesson. At 
the same time they are graded to the abilities of the children 
with great care to develop their poAvers of oral reading, accurate 
observation, silent reading, memory, and composition, etc. 

In the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades, ncAv geography 
texts have replaced the ones Avorn out, so that noAv every child 
has a ncAv and up-to-date book. The instruction has been shaped 
to bring it more in line Avith the ncAv Massachusetts standard 
course in geography being taught and developed throughout the 
great majority of the cities and toAvns of the state. Further revi- 
sion and replacement of th^ text-book equipment in Grades III. 
to VII. in arithmetic and history is needed. 

The essential parts of a carefully graded series of music 
books have been purchased and are noAv in use in Grades IT. to 
VIII., inclusive, Avith rote songs for Grade I. This series not 
only teaches the child to sing, but through systematic training 
of the voice and ear lays a foundation so tliat the child can 
learn to appreciate the finer types of music. 

Work in domestic science Avas begun in February. 1927, 
under the instruction of Miss Edith Ames of Littleton, Mass., 
teaching classes in cooking, scAving, home planning and home 
management for girls of Grades VIL, VIII., and IX., Avith one 
class of high school girls. A summary of hei- Avork appears 
elscAA^here. 



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The reports of the supervisor of music, of drawing, and the 
school physician and school nurse appear at the end of this 
report. 

During the year the town of Boxboro has sent thirteen 
students, and Carlisle one student to the Acton high school. They 
have entered fully and wholeheartedly into the studies and 
student life of the school and are taking positions of leadership. 
They are a most welcome addition to our school. 

Very few parents realize the long special work now 
required to prepare students to go to college. Parents frequently 
demand of our high school teachers that their children shall take 
any high school course and yet, ''be ready to go to college on 
graduation, if they Avant to." This is a misconception of the 
present position in which all high schools find themselves. Our 
New England colleges have not only steadily raised and stiffened 
the requirements for admission, but are even beginning to put 
on regional restrictions. A quarter-of-a-century ago, almost 
any bright, capable student could hope to enter the college of 
his Or her choice, without "conditions," on one or two years of 
intensive preparation in high school after deciding at the end of 
the sophomore year to attend college. It is noAv absolutely im- 
possible to complete a child's preparation for college in one or 
two years. Four successful years of intensive work in the college 
course is needed. It is of vital importance that parents and the 
high school teachers know, if possible, at the beginning of the 
freshman year, never later than the beginning of the sophomore 
year, whether the boy or girl has any possible intention of enter- 
ing college or normal school and is capable of carrying college 
preparatory work. 

There has also been a misconception of the grade of the 
Massachusetts Normal schools, that they are "easy" to enter for 
one who does not care to enter college. The requirements of the 
Normal schools have greatly stiffened and are approximately on 
the level of a majority of colleges, with an additional restriction 
of accepting students to their capacity in rotation only. At the 
present time there are many more graduates from our Normal 
schools than there are positions available for. This need not 
discourage the really bright, energetic, and capable girl from 
entering Normal school. 

At present there are two courses, with variety of subjects, 
taught in the Acton high school. About one-third of the students 
are in the college course. The aim is to make the commercial 
course every bit as high grade as the college course. The courses 
at present given are : 



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COLLEGE COURSE 
Freshman Year (25 hours) : 

Pts. 

English lA 5 

Algebra A 5 

Latin I 5 

World History to 1700 5 

Gen'l Sci. and Biol. ... 5 

Sophomore Year 

(25 hours) : 

English IIA 5 

Latin II 5 

Plane Geometry 5 

French I 5 

European Hist., 1000- 

1925 5 



Junior Year (25 hours) : 
English IIIA and B . 

Latin III 

French II 

Review Mathmatics . 

Chemistry (Physics) . 

(In alternate years) 



COMMERCIAL COURSE 

Pts. 

English IB 5 

Arithmetic B 5 

Elems. Commerce and 

Industry 5 

World History to 1700, 5 

Gen'l Sci. and BioL ... 5 



English IIB 5 

Bookkeeping I 5 

Typewriting 1 3 

Steno. I 5 

Elect One : 

French I 5 

European Hist. 1000- 

1925 5 

English III A and B . . 5 

Bookkeeping II 5 

Typewriting II 3 

Sten. II 5 

Elect One : 

French II 5 

European Hist, (if 

not already taken) 5 



(Juniors may elect U. S. History if schedule permits) 
Senior Year (25 hours) : 

English IV A and B . . 5 
L^. S. History and Civics 5 

IIFrench III ' 5 

*||Latin IV 5 

*l!Trig. and Solid Geom., 5 
1 1 Chemistry (Ph^'sics in 
alternate years) .... 5 
IIElect three subjects to com- 
plete requirements. 
*0nl3' if sufficient number 
elect. 



English IV A and B . . 5 

U. S. Hist, and Civics, 5 

tOffice Practice 5 

Economics and Com'l 

Law 5 

Elect One: 

Accounting, Steno. 

and Type. Ill ... . 5 

tTwo }'ears of Steno. required. 



To be graduated from the Acton high school a student must 
receive credit in 76 subject-points. To be certified to any college 
the students must maintain an average of A or B throughout the 
year in the particular subject. The Acton high school enjoyed 
the Class A certifying privileges in 1927. These are given only 



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for high grade of work and for one year at a time. A mark as 
low as a D is accepted for credit towards the high school 
diploma, but the student is barred from all dependent subjects 
until the D is raised to a C, either by examination or by repeating 
the subject. The subjects which require a C, or higher, to admit 
to dependent subjects are as follows : 

C in Latin I. to be admitted to Latin II. 

C in Latin 11. to be admitted to Latin III. and IV. 

C in French I. to be admitted to French II. 

C in French II. to be admitted to French III. 

C in Stenography I. to be admitted to Stenography 11. 

C in Stenography 11. to be admitted to Stenography III. 

C in Bookkeeping I. to be admitted to Bookkeeping 11. 

C in Bookkeeping 11. to be admitted to Bookkeeping III. 

Space is too limited in this report to give the outline of sub- 
ject material and college entrance requirements for each of the 
subjects given above. 

I wish again to express the appreciation of the teachers and 
students in the Acton high school to the various donors for the 
special donations of equipment which have made our work in 
the new building so much easier and brighter. The more they are 
used, the greater, we realize, are the benefits they give our 
students. 

The Conant library, donated by members of the Conant fam- 
ily, is becoming a strong factor in the educational work of all the 
children in the high school building, from Grades VII.. through 
the high school. Care has been taken to allow as little duplica- 
tion as possible of the books in the Wilde library, which the cour- 
tesy of the trustees and the librarian have made available to the 
high school. The books are selected for their special adaptability 
for the needs of high school -children. The}^ may be divided roughly 
into two classes, according to their use : Special reference, and gen- 
eral reading. The reference books are to provide additional 
background material for subjects, as: Ancient history, medieval 
history, modern history, U. S. history, general science, physics, 
chemistry and biology. The general reading list includes the 
books most commonl.y called for in book reports, college exams 
and general information reading, and special reading require- 
ments for English, economics and even the geography and com- 
mercial law. The general reading list is the one that needs 
developing most. It is the desire of. the donors and the com- 
mittee that as many yersons as feel that the}^ can, do contribute 
books or in other ways to this library. One of the things most 
useful at present would be files, either complete or broken, of 
magazines, as: The National Geographic, World's Work, Literary 
Digest, and others that relate to geography, current events. The 



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library already contains over 400 general reading. books or his- 
tory, and some very fine reference sets and encyclopedias, total- 
ing over 250 volumes additional. All are in practically constant 
use. 

In addition to the original donors, I wish to thank others, 
especially Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Mead, and Mr. and Mrs. John 
Hoar of West Acton, Mr. and Mrs. Murray BroAvn, and Mr. 
Horace Tuttle of Acton Center, for their contributions of the 
past year. 

Graduation exercises of the class of 1927 were very appro- 
priate and colorful, marking a fitting recognition of the achieve- 
ments of the class. Unfortunately the speaker of the evening, 
the Hon. John F. Fitzgerald, of Boston, Massachusetts, was 
unable to be present to give the address to the seniors, because 
of a severe cold which he was unable to overcome in time. The 
exercises were very interesting, using the simple features 
provided by the students and the orchestra. 

Graduation Exercises 

Blanchard Hall, High School Building, June 10, 1927 

Overture — ''Bridal Rose" V. Lavalle 

Entrance March — Selections from ' ' Aida " Verdi 

Invocation, 

Rev. B. S. Batstone 
Salutatory, 

Miss Florence Clifford 

Songs— ''0 Sole Mio" Di Capua 

''Forget-Me-Not" Giese 

Address, 

By the Honorable John F. Fitzgerald, 
Ex-Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts 

Songs— "The Dawn of Maytime" Von Flotow 

' ' Royal Summer Comes Apace " Gounoud 

Class History, 

Miss Marion Stoney 

Song— ''Olaf Trygavason" Edvard Grieg 

Selection by Orchestra 
A'aledictory, 

Miss Mary Wheeler 
Presentation of Diplomas, 

Mr. Spencer Taylor, 
Chairman of School Committee 

Reception by Seniors Front of Auditorium 

Exit March 

Class speakers, direction Miss Mabel Noyes. 

Vocal music, direction Miss Mary C. Willhauck. 

Orchestra direction, :\[r. and Mrs.* L. Ashlev Rich. 



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It is interesting to note how the graduates of the Acton high 
school are entering on their life work. The majority are contin- 
uing their life work. The majority are continuing their educa- 
tion at college or schools, while the rest are taking up useful work 
at home or in industry. 



Grace E. Chickering 
Ruth B. Fullonton 
Ethel 0. Granberg 
Marion Fobes 
Alberta A. A. Hodgen 
Arlene Jones 

Dorothy Jones 

Viola Merriam 
Virgina Swift 

Mildred Tuttle 
Ruth VanWilkle 
John Engman 
John F. Enneguess 
'Charles B. Howe 
Albert T. Grimes 
Thomas Shea 
ISumner Teele 
William D. Tuttle 
Richard O'Neil 



Ruth E. Costello 

"Florence H. Clifford 
Doris F. Gardner 
Emily Y. Grala 
Tnger Pederson 
Althea R. Richardson 
Arlene Stuart 

Marion Stoney 
Mary L. Wheeler 
Mary K. Wooten 

George A. Braman 
James N. Gates 
Robert C. Holland 
Lewis H. Whitney 



Class of 1926 

At home 

Burdett College 

Burdett College 

Burdett College 

Mass. School of Art 

Stenographer — Loose Wiles Bis- 
cuit Co., Boston 

Clerk — Mercantile Agency, Bos- 
ton, Mass. 

Boston University 

Middlesex Mutual Fire Insur- 
ance Co. 

At home 

At home 

Bellows Stock Farm 

Bentley's School of Accounting 

Northeastern University 

Hall Bros. Co. 

Boston College 

Hall Bros. Co. 

Farming 

Concord Garnet Mill 

Class of 1927 

Librarj^ Bureau — Cambridge, 

Mass. 
Chandler School 
Laselle Seminary 
Boston University 
At home 

Twin Mutual Insurance Co. 
New England Tel. & Tel., West 

Acton 
Boston University 
At home 
Post Graduate — Acton High 

School 
Acton Drug Company 
Lawrence Academy 
Dartmouth College 
Northeastern University 



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In connection with the operating expenses of buildings, Mr. 
Thomas Scanlon of West Acton should be commended for his 
very economical use of fuel last year. 

During the year the school committee voted to purchase a 
new bus chassis and have the old body mounted on it, rather 
than repair the chassis that had served through two hard years 
of use. While there is still some dissatisfaction with the present 
bus arrangements, the school committee is doing the very best it 
can with the equipment available. It feels that it can not very 
well make any more changes in arrangements until a third bus 
is provided. 

A number of repairs and alterations have been necessary in 
the elementary and high school buildings. 

It was necessary to install a heavy, sound-resisting partition 
between the two large front rooms, on the south side, of the high 
school building, to enable the teachers of grades VII and VIII 
in these rooms to hold their classes without interfering with 
each other. These rooms were orginally separated by a large 
folding partition, which would quickly convert them into one- 
large room. In a great mam^ cases, this is a big advantage to a 
school. To allow these doors to be moved without machinery, 
they had to be made comparatively light. As a result they were 
far from sound-proof. This made it exceedingly difficult to satis- 
factorily hold classes in these rooms. It happened literally again 
and again that a boy or girl reciting in a perfectly normal voice,, 
near the partition, would be heard not only in his own room but 
couldn't help being heard in, and interfering with, the recitation 
or study in the adjoining room. To correct this serious situation 
a sound proof partition was built. 

At the same time certain alterations had to be made to the 
desk and chair equipment in these and the adjoining rooms. To 
make them less noisy, and fastened firmly in rows. 

At the annual meeting in 1926, the town voted and appro- 
priated money to isure the high school building and contents, to 
be effective on the expiration of the building insurance which 
had been placed on the building by the building committee dur- 
ing construction. This renewed insurance expired November 1, 
1927. Prior to the expiration, the school committee considered 
the matter of reinsurance. They felt that since the town had 
once specifically voted such protection to its property, the com- 
mittee should not allow the insurance to lapse until the matter 
had been brought before the town at its annual meeting. It was 
voted to reinsure and pay the premium from the funds that would 
be avalaible at the end of the year, although no provision was 
made for this insurance premium in the 1927 operating budget. 
No provision whatever is made in the 1928 operating budget, for 
this purpose. Therefore the school committee requests that if it 
is the desire of the town that the insurance be continued, and the 



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property protected against loss from fire, that a separate appro- 
priation for this purpose be made. 

During the year it was noticed that the effluent from the 
septic tank, which cares for the sewage from the west wing of 
the high school building, was not being taken care of in the 
ground. This was believed to be partly due to the very wet con- 
dition of the ground after the heavy and long rains of the Sum- 
mer and Fall. It was hoped that the condition was temporary 
and Avould correct itself as the ground dried out. Conditions did 
not right themselves, consequently the school committee decided 
to dig a leaching drain from the tank towards the northwest 
corner of the school land. It was necessary to cut this drain 
through a considerable amount of ledge to get down to level 
which would drain the water off. The drain began to function 
just before the Christmas vacation, 1927, and appears to have 
corrected the trouble. 

Frequently during the year the roof of the high school build- 
ing has leaked, causing damage to the interior. While the roof 
is built of high grade standard materials, and covered by a gold 
bond of a big and reliable bonding company there is a technical 
point in the bond exempting the roofing company and its bonds- 
man from leaks wherever the roofing material joins the metal 
flashing. It is exactly at these points that the leaks have oc- 
curred. Consequently it has been difficult to hold the builders 
and roofers responsible and get the work done so as to prevent 
a repitition of the leaks and damage. However, the committee is 
taking energetic steps and shortly should have the damage and 
roof repaired. 

Purusuant to a vote of the town meeting in 1927, the select- 
men, acting with the school committee expended the $2,000 
voted to (develop the athletic field bj^ the high school. A finan- 
cial statement of this work appears elsewher in the Town Report. 

Very fortunatel}^ Waldo Whitcomb of West Acton, Avho was 
already familiar with the character of the ground and the ledges, 
consested to direct the work. Through his planning the work has 
progressed to an astonisting point, when one considers the quan- 
tities, of rocks and rootj^ ground raised and removed, and the 
grading and levelling done. Funds gave out before he could 
blast and remove the ledge, or even complete the grading of the 
southeast corner of the lot. The students have provided equij)- 
ment for two basketball courts on the finished part of the grounds 
at the rear of the building, which provide for a limited number 
of students only. The balance of the field is not yet usable for 
either baseball or football. 

It is hoped that it can be used for major sports. It is desired 
to thank the town for the funds provided and Mr. Whitcomb for 
the work accomplished. 

It is hoped that the town will appropriate sufficient funds to 
.complete the field. 



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No school sj'stem can function efficiently without the willing 
co-operation of all supervisors and teachers, and janitors, whose 
care makes our work safe and comfortable. Few people realize 
the large number of hours that the school committee devotes 
every month to discussion and plans for school affairs. More than 
ever, these enterprises are the result of team work, on a large 
scale. Not only do I want to thank the teachers, each and all, 
past and present, but also the members of the Acton school com.- 
mittee for their work during the past year. 
Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES W. LAWRANCE, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



REPORT OF THE TEACHER OF DOMESTIC SCIENCE 



Mr. C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools : 
Dear Sir : — 

In the three grades of cooking that is grades VII, VIII and 
IX a general survey on all foods is being given, including meal 
planning, placing of each article cooked or made into a balanced 
menu and figuring of the costs of simple dishes. It is planned 
to use everything made to be served in some form on the Cafe- 
teria table. Cleanliness and order are two main objects im- 
pressed. 

The seventh grade has a lighter course and work their les- 
sons out step by step on such foods as bread, cereals, fruits, eggs 
and milk dishes. It is difficult for them to understand meal 
planning until they have learned measurements and accuracy of 
following a recipe in a systematic way with the lesson given. 

The eighth grade has more lessons on bread, cereals, fruits, 
milk, eggs, also soups, sauces, beverages and cheese. Each lesson 
includes, finding the cost of the food, arranging menus for 
different kinds of meals, and how the foods should be taken 
care of. 

The ninth grade completed their cooking lessons on January 
24th. Each lesson included meal planning, costs of ingredients 
and caloric values. More lessons were given on breads, cereals, 
fruits, eggs, milk, soups, sauces, plus vegetables, salads, meat, 
fish and deserts. Their cooking period came the two periods 
before the noon recess, so the class prepared the school luncheon 
and helped served. 

In sewing the seventh grade has as a first project, and apron 
to be made by hand. This brings in the first plain stitches and 
seams. The use of the sewing machine is taught on their second 
project, a piece of underwear being made. Mending, darning. 



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making buttonholes and studying samples of cotton material and 
different types of seams are included in their course. 

The eighth grade reviews all seams, stitches and buttonholes, 
makes two undergarments, a dress, does several kinds of mend- 
ing, and remodels dresses. Each girl prepares a booklet showing 
styles best suited to her type and how to dress herself well and 
economically. 

Instructions are given on how to oil and care for the machine 
and the use of the attachments. 

The lunch room has the following report to make : 

Total sales $1,727.75 

Cost of supplies $1,457.33 

Replacements — New equipment and trans- 
fer to Athletic Ass'n 246.72 

Cash on hand 23.70 



Totals $1,727.75 $1,727.75 

Respectfully sudmitted, 

EDITH AMES, 

Instructor. 



REPORT OF THE MUSIC SUPERVISOR 



Mr. C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Public Schools, 
Acton, Mass. : 
Dear Sir: 

At your request I herewith submit the following report con- 
cerning the music department of the Acton public schools. 

Having had charge of this department for only about four 
months this report must necessarily be short. 

The Music Education Series of Books has recently been 
adopted in the grade ; this is one of the new song method series, 
containing a wealth of material which is very carefully graded. 

In the first and second grades much time is being spent on 
voice placement and rhythm. The children who have poor tone 
perception learn to sing tunefully by listening to a model class 
of singers rather than by constantly singing off pitch themslves. 
The grade teachers are doing excellent work and are giving me 
fine co-operation. 

The work at the Center school is much handicapped hy lack 
of teaching force. 

The Junior High school pupils are doing class work and 
much has already been accomplished. 



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The Senior High school chorus meets once each week and 
special attention is being given part singing. 

Later a course of music appreciation will be introduced in 
all grades and high school. This is a very important phase in 
the public school music today, as a great majority of the boys 
and girls will be listeners in the future and not performers, there- 
fore the}^ should learn to listen intelligently to good music, for 
the further enrichment of their lives, if for no other purpose. 

I wish to thank the school committee and superintendent for 
their hearty cooperation they have given me. 
Respectfully submitted, 

ETHEL LOVLEY, 
Supervisor of Music. 



REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF DRAWING 

Feb. 6, 1928.. 
Mr. C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools, 
Acton, Mass. 
Dear Sir: 

As supervisor of drawing in the schools of Acton, Mass., I 
herewith submit my third annual report. 

There are five real objectives that must be kept in mind in- 
teaching drawing and these objectives are sometimes not compre- 
hended by the pupils. This is the reason for impressing these ob- 
jectives on the minds of the pupils at every possible opportunity. 

These five objectives are, briefly : 

1. The appreciation of the beautiful. 

2. Reproduction with the individual touch. 

3. The power of listening and observation. 

4. Genuine creative effort. 

5. Drawing as a universal language. 

In some of our representation, scenes, figures, posters and 
interior decoration, we are accomplishing individual creative ex- 
pression. In design we are overcoming disorder in balance and 
color. The construction work is simplified so as to ''carry over" 
a great deal more than complicated work will. 

Very few of the girls and hojs Avill ever be accomplished ar- 
tists, but they will all book back at the art teachings as having 
helped them to beautify or build up their homes, towns, or busi- 
nesses. 

I wish to heartily thank the superintendent and all of the' 
teachers for their very kind assistance and loyalty. 

Respectfully submitted, 
JEANETTE C. LANDREVILLE.. 



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REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. Charles W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools. 
Dear Sir: 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician. 

Physical examinations were completed in November. 

During October we had several cases of diphtheria in Acton 
Center and it became necessary to take cultures of all the children 
in the Center school, and close the school for a week as a pre- 
cautionary measure. 

We had two positive cases (carriers) and they were isolated 
and an epidemic avoided. 

Our nurse deserves special commendation for her work dur- 
ing" this time also the Board of Health for its cooperation. 

The year as a whole has been a healthy one for our school 
<3hildren. 

Details will be found in the nurses' report. 

I wish to thank the superintendent, nurses and teachers for 
their hearty cooperation. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 

Feb. 6, 1928. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



Report of school work from Jan. 1, 1927 to June 30, 1927. 

Special examinations 859 

Clinic 1 

Individual instruction 409 

Simple dressing's ; 151 

Contagious diseases 36 

Pupils excluded on ace. of con. diseases 13 

Home visits 147 

Sanitary insped-tion 60 

Hygiene tallss 42 

Examinations by a dentist 432 

Dental defects found 404 

Cases of Pediculosis 14 

Cases excluded on ace. .of pediculosis 12 

Pediculosis corrected 10 

Home visits for pediculosis 8 

Hot cocoa introduced at Center school. 

Milk introduced at West school. 

Hjealth day observed at Centre and West schools. 

Visits to Boxboro schools , 11 

Respectfullv submitted, 

ESTHER A. ROBINSON, R. N. 



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REPORT OF THE SCHOOL NURSE 



Report of school nursino- from Sept. 1, 1927, to Jan. 1, 1928 : 

No. of children enrolled 479 

No. of children examined 461 

Defects found — Tonsils and adenoids 79 

Lungs needing- special care 4 

Thyroid 132 

Gland — Anterior and posterior cervical 158 

Heart i 70 

Posture — Very poor 101 

Teeth— Very poor 191 

Eyes 34 

Ear 3 

Notices sent for eyes 34 

Excluded for sore throats 20 

Corrections for eyes made 6 

No child should be sent to school with a sore throat. 

Communicable diseases 9 

Simple dressings 52 

Children taken home ill 30 

Home visits for corrections and contagion 120 

Sanitary inspections 64 

Individual instruction in personal hygiene 42 

Class room talks on hygiene and posture 22 

Individual inspections of children 1,833 

Visits to Boxboro 7 

Lighting and sanitation at the South school could be greatly 
improved and should be for the good of the children. The con- 
ditions existing there are not conducive to good health. 

Much work is needed in all the schools in posture and physi- 
cal education. 

Because of three consecutive cases of diphtheria, with no ap- 
parent connections with each other, the entire Center school was 
cultured. A carrier located, quarantined and immunized, I would 
like to suggest, here, all children previously immunized should 
be reshicked to determine if they are still immune. 

It may be determined by a simple skin test called the 
Shick test, whether or not a child is susceptible to diptheria. A 
child is schicked to find out if he is susceptible to diphtheria. If 
he re-acts, he should be immunized. Then six months to one year 
later, he should be re-schicked to determine, if he is immune or 
still susceptible. If he is still susceptible, he should then be im- 
munized again. Ninety-five per cent of all children between the 



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ages of six months and ten years are susceptible to diphtheria. 
Eighty per cent of this number can be made immune by the first 
three innoculations. If protection can be had so easil}' and with- 
out cost to you, why not give yourself and your child this protec- 
tion? 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN E. FROST, R. N. 



Boys and Girls of Acton Schools, 
Membership by Age and Grade, October 1, 1927 



Grade 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 10 11 12 


13 14 15 


16 17 


18 


19 Totals 


1 


. 12 23 


6 


2 










43 


2 




6 37 


5 


1 








49 


3 






8 21 


11 3 








43 


4 . 






2 


5 17 5 3 1 








33 


5 










4 17 13 2 


1 






37 


6 










1 10 15 8 


7 1 






42 


7 










1 11 18 


9 8 






47 


8 










^ 2 4 


8 13 11 






38 


9 










1 


9 15 13 


3 1 




42 


10 










2 


2 10 9 


6 2 


2 


33 


11 












3 7 


9 8 


1 


28 


12 

T 


otal 










2 


6 14 


3 


2 27 
. .. 462 



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INDEX 



Accountant 45 

Appointments by Selectmen 4 

Assessors' Report , 35 

Auditor 70 

Audit of Accounts by State ... 71 

Board of Health 37 

Cemetery Commissioners 86 

Collector's Report 36 

Fire Department 99 

Fire House Building Committee 85 

Forest Warden 103 

Health Nurses 101 

Inspector of Animals 103 

Inspector of Slaughtering 102 

Jury List 6 

Library Report 104 

Middlesex County Extension Service 98 

Public Welfare 13 

Police Department 102 

Selectmen 's Report 12 

Superintendent of Streets 100 

Town Clerk 14 

Births 15 

Deaths 19 

Dog Licenses 32 

Marriages 16 

Non-Resident Burials 20 

Town Meetings 21 

Town Officers 3 

Town Warrant 7 

Treasurer's Report 38 

Cemetery Funds 40 

Elizabeth White Fund 42 

Firemen \s Relief Fund 43 

Nineteenth of April Fund 43 

Wilde Library Fund 42 

William Chaplin Fund 44 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 116 

Trustees Elizabeth White Fund 44 



SECOND SECTION 



School Report : 

Domestic Science 25 

Financial Statement 6 

Legal Holidays 4 

Organization 3 

Principal of High School 15 

School Calendar 3 

School Committee 6 

School Nurse 28-29 

School Physician 28 

Standing Rules 4 

Superintendent 's Report 15 

Supervisor of Drawing 27 

Supervisor of Music ' 26 

Teachers 5 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Several Official Boards 



OP THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 , 

1 928 



THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON. MASS. 

1929 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OP THE 



Several Official Boards 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 . 

1928 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 
HXTDSON. MASS. 
1929 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1 928 



MODERATOR 
Allen Brooks Parker 

SELECTMEN 

Howard J. Billings Term expires 1929 

Waldo E. Whiteomb Term expires 1930 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1931 

TOWN CLERK 
Horace F. Tuttle 



TOWN TREASURER 
Frank W. Hoit 

ASSESSORS 

Arthur W. Emerson Term expires 1929 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1930 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1931 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

Howard J. Billings Term expires 1929 

Waldo E. Whiteomb Term expires 1929 

Wendell F. Davis ." Term expires 1929 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
Charles A. Durkee 

TREE WARDEN 

James O'Neil 

CONSTABLES 

Michael Foley Alan B. Frost 

John T. McNiff Charles A. Durkee 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1929 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1930 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 



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SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Spencer H. Taylor Term expires 1929 

Lulu L. Clark Term expires 1929 

Alice M. Carlisle Term expires. 1930 

Frank Toohey Term expires 1930 

Louisa N. Wood Term expires 1931 

Edgar H. Hall Term expires 1931 

TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1929 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1930 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1929 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1930 

George H. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1929 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1930 

William H. Kingsley Term expires 1931 

TRUSTEES OF THE WEST ACTON FIREMAN'S 
RELIEF FUND 

C. D. Cram Term expires 1929 

Edgar H. Hall Term expires 1930 

A. N. Hederstedt Term expires 1931 

TRUSTEES OF GOODNOW FUND 

Charles E. Smith Term expires 1929 

Charlotte Conant Term expires 1930 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 



Appointments by the Selectmen 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Murray Brown Frank W. Hoit Alfred W. Davis 

William Rawitser, George A. Richardson, Webster S. Blanchard 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 
Albert H. Perkins 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
Howard L. Jones 



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REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1929 

Daniel W. Sheehan, Jr Term expires 1930 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1931 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 

ELECTION OFFICERS 
Precinct 1 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy AYarden George A. Murphy 

Clerk Arthur W. Wayne 

Deputy Clerk Spencer H. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deput}' Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector Leo F. McCarthy' 

Deputy Inspector Harold Coughlin 

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 Timothy Hennessey 

Deputy Inspector James Brown 

Precinct 3 

Warden Bertram D. Hall 

Deputv Warden Fred S. Whitcomb 

Clerk ' David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Clerk Frank McDonald 

Inspector A. R. Beach 

Deputy Inspector Harry Holt 

Inspector James Kinsley 

Deputy Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

CATTLE INSPECTOR 

Fred S. Whitcomb 

FIRE ENGINEERS 
Frank W. Hoit, Chief 

ASSISTANT EXGIXEERS 

Precinct 1 

Alan B. Frost 

Precinct 2 
John J. Manning 

Precinct 3 
Alfred W. Davis 



John T. McNiff 



FOREST WARDEN 
Alan B. Frost 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 
James O'Neil 

POLICE OFFICERS 
Chief, Michael J. Foley 



Jesse Briggs^ 



DIRECTOR MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE, 

Charles B. Willett 



Jury List 
Revised 1928 

Precinct 1 



Arthur Emerson 
David Morrison 
Albert P. Durkee 
Frank E. Parsons 
Spencer H. Taylor 



Edward F. Nealey 
Theron A. Lowden 
Charles Miles 
Herbert A. Thayer 
Clarence Chickering 



Allen B. Parker 
David R. Kinsley 
William Johnson 
Henry L. Haynes 
Howard C. Tracy 



Precinct 2 



Precinct 3 



Edward M. Little 
James W. Coughlin 
George S. Tucker 
Samuel E. Knowlton 



L. Edward Laird 
Patrick J. Foley 
Carl Flint 
James Brown 



James E. Kinsley- 
James A. Grimes 
G. Howard Reed 
John T. McNiff 
William J. Benere- 



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 
liereb}^ 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 — Universalist Church, South Acton. 

Precinct 3 — Fire House, West Acton. 

At 12 o'clock noon, on Monday, the fourth day of March, 
1929, 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 fourth 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 



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for department of public welfare for one year, one treasurer for 
one year, one 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 three 
years, one trustee Memorial library for three years, one tree 
warden for one 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 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 11th, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon. Then and there to act 
on 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 sum of money the town will 
appropriate to defray the necessary and usual expenses of the 
several departments of the town and determine how the same 
shall be raised. 

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 brown-tail and gypsy moth. 

Article 10. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money to insure the emploj^ees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 11. To see what amount of money the town will 



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appropriate for the payment of premiums on the treasurer's and 
collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer, 
with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money from time 
to time, in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year 
beginning January 1st, 1929, 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 employ a public 
health nurse, and appropriate a sum of money for the mainten- 
ance of the same. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $300, 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 15. To see if the town will vote to instal three (3) 
additional street lights on Central street in South Acton, between 
Martin street and the residence of Sidney Richardson, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to condition Martin 
street from Maple street to Stow road, by re-surfacing, grading 
and coating with tarvia, supplying new catch basins and culverts 
where necessary for complete drainage, or act anything thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to erect a light pole, 
twent}- feet or thereabouts, north of the bridge crossing the 
stream on Martin street and on the east side of above street, and 
maintain a light on said pole, or act anything thereon. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
board of health to arrange to keep open for not more than two 
days in each week, the public dump in precinct one, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of $300, to be used, or any part of it, to grade the now aban- 
doned dump in precinct one, opposite the cemetery, or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 20. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate, to repair Harris street in the northerly 
part of the town. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
unexpended balance of $655.95 from the surplus war bonus fund 
to fix up the Common at Acton Center, or act anything thereon. 



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Article 22. To see what action the town will take with 
regard to electric street lighting. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1,500 to continue the re-construction of 
Laws Brook road to the Concord line, 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 24. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1,500 to continue the re-construction of 
School street from its intersection with Laws Brook road to the 
State highway, 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 25. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
one thousand dollars ($1,000) to gravel Arlington street from 
Elm street, going east. 

Article 26. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
$1,000 for the purpose of re-building the road extending from 
Fletcher corner to the Maynard line, or act anything thereon. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to raise a sum of 
money to repair Summer street from Willow street to the 
Boxboro line. 

Article 28. To see what action the town will take with 
regard to the purchase of new road machinery. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to accept the ladder 
truck which has been constructed by the members of the South 
Acton fire department, said truck to be a part of the fire fighting 
equipment of the town of Acton, but to be housed at the South 
Acton Fire House, in charge of the South Acton fire department. 

Article 30. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $500 to continue the re-construction of Nashoba road. 

Article 31. To see if the town will raise and appropriate 
the sum of $300 for town forest work. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of one thousand dollars to lay out and build 
a road from Massachusetts avenue, West Acton, to the driveway 
leading to Mr. Orla Nichol's house, following the line of the 
abandoned electric car road, or act anything thereon. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $2,000 for the purpose of macadamizing 



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Stow street from the Main street bridge to the lumber-yard, or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 34. To see if the town will establish and maintain a 
street light, at or near the houses of A. C. Jones, E. H. Hall, Jr., 
and B. E. Hall, on Arlington street. 

Article 35. To see if the town will establish and maintain a 
street light near the high school building, at the corner of Mass- 
achusetts avenue and the Cutler road, so-called. 

Article 36. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
one hundred dollars to grade the west corner of the Cutler road, 
so-called, where it enters Massachusetts avenue. 

Article 37. To see if the town will re-appropriate the sum 
of $1,500 from cash on hand in the treasury for the purpose of 
re-constructing the Nagog Hill road from the Littleton line to 
Acton Center, and instruct the selectmen to obtain an allotment 
from the County of Middlesex on this project if possible, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
selectmen to sell the unused gravel-pit, located on the State road, 
about one mile north of East Acton village. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $2,000 to develop the high school athletic 
field, 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 aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton, this sixth day of February, 
1929. 

HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 
WENDELL F. DAVIS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



We herewith submit for your approval the reports of the 
various departments of the town, for the year ending December 
31, 1928 : 

Acting under Article 16 the selectmen have sold the old fire- 
house in South Acton at public auction, and the building has been 
removed. 

Under Article 25 of the 1927 warrant the work of widening 
Kelley's Corner has been completed. 

Under Article 29 the selectmen appointed a committee to act 
with them in studying the electric street lighting problem. The 
report of this committee will be found elsewhere in this town 
report. 

Under Article 32, we have finally succeeded in having the 
wooden fence on the west side of the R. R. bridge at South Acton 
replaced by a wire fence, and the selectmen have decided to 
replace the wooden fence on Stow street with a wire fence as 
soon as possible. 

The new bridge on Laws Brook road has been completed, but 
owing to the fact that the state did not let this contract until very 
late in the year, it was not possible to finivsh an additional section 
of this road. The money which was left after the completion of 
the bridge was expended in drainage and in graveling a consid- 
erable section of the road. An additional appropriation of $1500 
by the town will be necessary to complete this project to the 
Concord line. 

An appropriation of $1500 was made to re-build a section of 
the Nagog Hill road, contingent upon the state and county contri- 
buting a like amount. The state refused to enter into this pro- 
ject ; consequently, the money was not expended. 

In carrying out the expenditure of the appropriation for the 
general maintenance of roads, under Article 4, we have 
endeavored to give special attention to the roads named in Arti 
cles 18, 19, 20, 26 and 31 so far as possible. It must be borne in 
mind, however, that money expended under this appropriation is 
largely spent under the direction of the Department of Public 
Works. 

The financial condition of the town is improving each year, 
and we urge upon every citizen the necessity of carefully study- 
ing the reports of the treasurer and town accountant, as well as 
that of the finance committee, in order that we may co-operate in 
keeping our tax rate at a reasonable level. 
Respectfully submitted, 

HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 
WEND ALL F. DAVIS. 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded 42 

Born in Acton 15 Native parentage 26 

Males 21 Foreign parentage 5 

Females 21 Mixed parentage 11 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded 32 

Residents of Acton 41 Residents of other places, 23 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 35 

Residents of Acton 35 Residents of other places, 

Occurring in Acton 20 Occurring in other places, 15 

Average age in years, 66 plus. 

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 the return of births and deaths. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



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Name Yrs. 

Adams, Daniel Henry 82 

Allen, Benjamin Franklin .... 65 

Armes, William A 50 

Banks, Frank Martin 57 

Bedford, Alfred 70 

Brown, Caroline Lamson 75 

Daniels, Gertrude C 66 

Fletcher, Belle Cora 53 

Foley, Johanna M 66 

Hanscom, Walter 62 

Harrod, William Judson 66 

Hayward, Edwin L 78 

Hosmer, Susan Harriet 80 

Jones, William S 89 

Livermore, Hiram Brooks .... 88 

Livermore, Laura Esther 83 

Merley, Letitia D 73 

Merriam, Harriet B 75 

McCarthy, John 67 

McGreen, Estella Augusta .... 62 

Morse, Harry Burton 44 

Pratt, Mary Bibber 89 

Reed, Helen Maria 67 

Rines, Mary Ann 76 

Scanlon, Thomas 77 — 

Stevens, Mary C 88 6 

Swanson, Helen 25 — 

Tully, Joseph C 58 — 

Van Lul, Elise 61 1 

Waterbury, Edgar Gordon 70 10 

Webster, Everett H. 20 — 

Zancewecz, Josephine 32 — 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 
Held March 12, 1928 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and com- 
mittees and fix salaries of all town officers. 

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

Chose, A. N. Hederstedt, trustee of the West Acton Fireman's. 
Relief fund, for three years. 

Chose, William H. Kingsley, trustee of the Elizabeth White^ 
fund, for three 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 
two hundred dollars per annum and the other members, one hun- 
dred dollars each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the moderator be ten dollars per 
meeting. 

Voted : That the salary of the chairman of the board of 
public welfare be seventy-five dollars per annum ; and the other 
members, forty dollars each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the town treasurer be five hun- 
dred dollars per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the town accountant be four 
hundred dollars per annum. 

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

Voted: That the salaries of the assessors be five hundred 
and fifty dollars, in the aggregate, per annum to be apportioned 
as they may determine, and fifty dollars for the salary of a clerk. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to fix the salaries 
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 an}^ com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Mr. Murray Brown presented an itemized report of the com- 
mittee appointed to make arrangements for the observance of 
Memorial day, which report was accepted. 

Article 4. To see what sum of money the town will appro- 
priate to defraj' the necessary and usual expenses of the several 
departments of the town and determine how the same shall be 
raised. 

Under this article and other articles in the warrant it w^as 
voted to raise and appropriate for : 



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Koads, general maintenance $10,000 . 00 

Laws Brook road 3,000 . 00 

Nagog Hill road l',500.00 

Snow removal 1,000 . 00 

Schools 44,000.00 

Bonds, payment of, high school and others 16,250.00 

Interest on bonds 3,197 . 35 

Interest on revenue loans 2,600 . 00 

Street lighting 5'oOO . 00 

Memorial library, current expenses 800 . 00 

Memorial library, books 200 . 00 

Memorial library, repairs 100 . 00 

Hydrant service 2,984 . 00 

Fire department, maintenance 1,200.00 

Fire department, new hose 350.00 

-Fire department, forest fires 500.00 

•General government 4,600 . 00 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 270.00 

Buildings and grounds 800 . 00 

Liability insurance 500 .00 

•Cemeteries 1,000.00 

Cemeteries, lowering device 180.00 

Moth work 1,269.39 

Memorial day 300.00 

:Military aid 100.00 

.State aid 300.00 

JPolice department 1,200.00 

Board of health 1,300.00 

Reserve fund 1,000.00 

Unclassified 500.00 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300.00 

Public welfare department 1,500.00 

Town nurse 2,200.00 



$110,000.74 



Toted : To instruct the assessors to deduct from the amount 
Tequired to be assessed the current year, $10,000 on account of 
.surplus revenue and the amount of all the estimated receipts of 
the town, except from loans and taxes. 

< Article 5. To see what sum of money the town will raise 
for the observance of Memorial day. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate three hundred dollars. 

Voted : That the chairman of the selectmen, the commander 
of Isaac D,avis Post and the commander of the American Legion 
be a committee to expend this appropriation and direct the 
ceremonies of the observance of Memorial day. 

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 



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later than October 15, 1928, and on all taxes remaining unpaid 
after November 1, 1928, interest shall be charged at the rate of 
six percent per annum from October 15, 1928, 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 $1200 for maintenance and $350 for 
new hose. 

Article 8. To see if the town will pay for fighting brusb 
fires and fix the price thereon. 

Voted: To raise five hundred dollars and that the price per 
hour be fixed by the forest warden. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the brown-tail and gypsy moth. 

Voted : To raise $1,269.39 for moth work. 

Article 10. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money to insure the employes of the town, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of five hundred dollars. 

Article 11. To see what amount of money the town will 
appropriate for the premiums on the treasurer's and collector's 
bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate two hundred and seventy 
dollars. 

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, 1928, 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, 1928, 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 instruct the 
selectmen to have the sidewalks in the three villages plowed of 
snow and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to employ a public 
health nurse and appropriate a sum of money for the mainten- 
ance of the same. 

Voted : To employ a public health nurse, to be employed 
and serve under the direction of a joint committee, consisting of 
the board of health and three members of the school committee : 
the school committee to choose the three members from its 
committee. 

Voted: To appropriate $2,200 for the maintenance of said 
nurse. 



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Article 15. 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 Middlesex County trus- 
tees 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. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate three hundred dollars. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 

selectmen to sell the old fire house in South Acton, together with 

jELuy unused fire department equipment, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the selectmen be authorized to sell at auction 

^tlie building and such unused equipment as the fire chief may 

^approve. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $180 for a lowering device for the use of the 
tcemetery department. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of $180. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $500, to make necessary repairs on Estabrook 
road in East Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Acting under Articles 4, 18, 19, 20, 26 and 31 jointly, it was 
voted to raise for general maintenance of roads and for special 
work on roads, named in Articles 18, 19, 20, 26 and 31, the sum of 
$10,000 ; to be expended under the direction of the selectmen. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $500, for special repairs on High street in South 
Acton, between Fletcher corner and the Powder Mill dam. 
;See action under Article 18. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
rpriate the sum of $500, for special repairs on Stow street from 
iits intersection with Maple street to the Main street bridge, or act 
.anything thereon. 

Action recorded under Article 18. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 

jpriate the sum of four thousand dollars to re-build the bridge on 

Laws Brook road and continue the re-construction of this road to 

the Concord line, 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 raise and appropriate the sum of three thousand 

V dollars to re-build the bridge on Laws Brook road, and continue 

the re-construction of this road to the Concord line, provided a 

like sum is allotted the town by the State Department of Public 

Works and a similar sum by the County of Middlesex. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
.selectmen to dispose of the steam road roller, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : That the disposition of the steam roller be left with 
.the selectmen to act in their discretion. 



Acton, February 14, 1929 

The Committee on Finance makes the following recommendations relating 
to appropriations : 

Article 4. Roads, General Maintenance $10,000.00 

Schools 45,000.00 

Street Lighting- 5,000,00 

Memorial Library 800 . 00 

Books 200.00 

Hydrant Service 2,984.00 

General Government 5 , 000.00 

Buildings and Grounds 800.00 

Cemeteries 1,000.00 

Military Aid 200.00 

State Aid 300.00 

Soldiers' Relief 300.00 

Police Department 1,200.00 

Board of Health 1,000.00 

Public Welfare 2,500.00 

Snow Removal 1.000.00 

Care of Shade Trees 500.00 

Reserve Fund 1,200.00 

Unclassified 500.00 

Bonds (High School and others 9,600.00 

Interest on Bonds and Notes 2,580.00 

Interest on Revenue Loans 2,600.00 

5. Memorial Day 300.00 

7 . Fire Department— Maintenance 1 , 300.00 

New Hose 250.00 

Forest Fires 500.00 

Article 9. Gypsy Moth Work 1,250.00 

Article 10. Liability Insurance 500.00 

Article 11. Treasurer's and Collector's Bonds 270.00 

Article 13. Public Health Nurse 2,200.00 

Article 14. Demonstration Work (Agriculture) 300.00 

Article 15, 17, 34. The Committee advises no extension of street lights. 

Article 19. Filling and Grading Dump 300.00 

Article 20. Harris Street 500.00 

Article 21. Common (Acton Center) not to be raised 655.95 

Article 23. Laws Brook Road 1,500.00 

Article 24. School Street 1,500.00 

Article 25. Arlington Street 500.00 

Article 26. Fletcher Corner 500.00 

Article 28. Road Machinery (Gasoline Roller) 5,000.00 

Article 30. Nashoba Road 500.00 

Article 36 100.00 

Article 37. Nagog Hill Road 500.00 

Article 39. High School Athletic Field 2,000.00 

Murray Brown, Webster S. Blanch ard^ 
William Rawitser, Alfred W. Davis, > ^ 

Frank W. Hoit, Geo. A. Richardson, ) 



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Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,800, for the purpose of installing a fire- 
alarm signal in each of the three precincts, or making necessary 
repairs to present equipment if deemed advisable to do so, or act 
anything thereon. 

A motion to appropriate the sum of $1800 to install a fire 
alarm signal in each precinct did not prevail. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of $2,000, to develop the high school athletic field, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Article 25. To see if the toAvn will vote to re-insure the 
high school building and its contents on the expiration of its 
present policies, November 1, 1928, and appropriate a sum of 
money to pay for such insurance, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To insure the high school building and its contents 
for $75,000, for the term of three years and to raise a sum of 
money sufficient to pay the same. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of three hundred dollars to repair and oil Church 
street in West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Action recorded under Article 18. 

Article 27. To see if the town will extend the street lights 
in North Acton along the Lowell road from the end of the present 
line to the railroad crossing, known as Gallagher's crossing, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to maintain a street 
light on Arlington street in West Acton, near the residences of 
A. C. Jones, E. Henry Hall Jr., and Bertram E. Hall, or act. 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
selectmen to renew the electric lighting contract with the Ameri- 
can Woolen Company, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the selectmen be authorized to make a new 
contract for electric street lighting for the best advantage of the 
town. Also, that the selectmen be authorized to appoint a com- 
mittee of three, one from each precinct, to assist them in the 
investigation of such new contract and that the sum of $150 be 
appropriated to cover any necessary expense incurred. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars for nine 
band concerts to be given by the Acton Cadet band, three each 
in the villages of South, West and Acton Center, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of one thousand dollars to gravel Arlington 



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street in West Acton, starting at Elm street and continuing in 
an easterly direction or act anything thereon. 

Action recorded under Article 18. 

Article 32A. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of fifteen hundred dollars to rebuild Nagog 
Hill road from Littleton line to Acton Center, provided a like 
sum is allotted the town by the state and a similar sum by the 
county of Middlesex or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen hun- 
dred dollars to rebuild Nagog Hill road from Littleton line to 
Acton Center provided a like sum is allotted the town by the 
state and a similar sum by the county of Middlesex. 

Article 32B. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
selectmen to confer with the officials of the Boston & Maine Rail- 
road and see if something cannot be done to replace the high 
wooden fence on the west side of the railroad bridge at South 
Acton with a lower metal or wire fence, and to reduce the height 
of the wooden fence on the northerly side of Maple street. 

Voted to instruct the selectmen to confer with the officials of 
the Boston & Maine Railroad and obtain if possible the objects 
specified in the article. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of five hundred dollars to purchase a road 
scraper for the road department or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Mr. James B. Tuttle made some remarks as a member of 
the finance committee at the conclusion of which the meeting 
gave him a unanimous vote of thanks for his service as a mem- 
ber of the finance committee for many years. 

During the meeting the following resolution was presented 
and unanimously passed. 

Resolved : That we extend a vote of thanks to Mr. Murray 
Brown for the faithful and invaluable service he has given to 
the town of Acton during his term of office as selectman. 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Special Town Meeting 
Held November 7, 1928 

Article 1. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the care of shade trees or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the surplus revenue of 1927 
the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 2. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money for soldiers relief or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the surplus revenue of 1927 
the sum of three hundred dollars. 

Article 3. To see if the town will appropriate an additional 
sum of money for the use of the department of public welfare. 



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Voted : To appropriate from the surplus revenue of 1927 
the sum of three hundred dollars. 

Article 4. To see whether the town will authorize the 
school committee to sell the two school busses. 

Voted : To authorize the school committee to sell the two 
school busses. 

Article 5. To determine whether the town will appropriate 
the money received from the sale of the two school busses ta 
the use of the school committee. 

Voted: To appropriate the money received from the sale^ 
of the school busses to the use of the school committee. 

Article 6. To determine whether the town will adopt the 
following by-law : — 

Section 1. Article 6. The school committee shall have the 
power to sell personal property of the town relating to the school 
department or give such personal property in full or partial 
payment for services rendered or goods received provided that 
the value of the property involved in a single transaction shall 
not exceed five hundred dollars. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 7. To determine whether the town shall authorize 
the school committee to dispose of by sale or otherwise, the out- 
buildings at the Acton Center school. 

Voted : That the school committee be authorized to dispose 
of, by sale or otherwise, the outbuildings at the Acton Center 
school. 

Article 8. To determine whether the town will authorize 
the appointment of a committee which shall have the power to 
determine the compensation to be paid to the children or to the 
parents of the children injured in the accident to the school bus 
in South Acton and to petition the legislature to authorize the 
payment of such compensation. 

Voted : That the matter be referred to the selectmen and 
school committee, with instructions to employ counsel, to in- 
quire into all matters relating to claims and liability on account 
of the accident to the school bus at South Acton, April 27, 1928, 
and to report with their recommendations at the next annual 
Town meeting. 



STATE ELECTION, NOVEMBER 6, 1928 

Party designations: D, Democrat; S. L., Socialist Labor; 
W. P., Workers Party; S., Socialist; R., Republican. AVhole 
number of ballots cast — 1147. 

President and Vice President 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 T't'I 

Foster and Gitlow, W. P 2 2 

Hoover and Curtis, R 252 317 332 901 

Reynolds and Crowley, S. L 1 1 



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Smith and Robinson, D 46 

Thomas and Maurer, S 1 

Blanks 7 

Governor 

Frank G. Allen, R 236 

Chester W. Bixby, W. P 

Charles H. Cole, D 56 

Washington Cook, V. P. E 1 

Mray Donovan Hapgood, S. P 1 

Edith Hamilton MacFadden, I. C 

Stephen J. Surridge, S. L 

Blanks 12 

Lieutenant Governor 

John Corbin, W. P 1 

Henry C. Hess, S. L. P 

Walter S. Hutchins, S. P 2 

John F. Malley, D 37 

William S. Youngman, R 235 

Blanks 31 

Secretary 

Harry J. Canter, W. P 

Frederick W. Cook, R 233 

Oscar Kinsalas, S. L. P 1 

Joseph Santosuosso, D 32 

Edith M. Williams, S 2 

Blanks 38 

Treasurer 

James P. Bergin, D 36 

Albert Sprague Coolidge, S 1 

John W. Haigis, R 228 

Albert Oddie, W 

Charles S. Oram 1 

Blanks 40 

Auditor 

John W. Aiken, S. L 1 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 223 

David A. Eisenberg, S 1 

Eva Hoffman, W 4 

Frances J. 'Gorman, D 37 

Blanks 40 

Attorney General 

Edward P. Barry, D 40 

Morris I. Becker, S. L • 

Max Lerner, W 

John Weaver Sherman, S 2 

Joseph E. Warner, R 239 

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Senator in Congress 

John J. Ballam, W 2 

Alfred Baker Lewis, S 2 1 

David I. Walsh, D 63 150 84 

Benjamin Loring Young, R 223 254 287 

Blanks 16 40 25 

Congressman 

Cornelius F. Cronin, D 37 84 40 

Edith Nourse Rogers, R 242 306 306 

Blanks 27 54 51 

Councillor 

Esther M. Andrews, R 227 267 276 

Henry W. Brett, D 44 95 42 

Blanks 35 82 79 

Senator 

Paul A. Mogan, D 37 97 41 

George G. Movse, R 232 271 293 

Blanks 37 76 63 

Representative in General Court 

Edward J. Robbins, R 242 296 292 

Blanks 64 148 105 

County Commissioners 

Nathaniel I. Bowditch, R 215 249 252 

George L. Colson, D 28 88 37 

Daniel F. McBride, D 25 85 30 

Walter C. AVardwell, R 195 221 233 

Blanks 35 245 54 

Clerk of Courts 

John D. Medeiros, D 27 85 37 

Ralph N. Smith, R 223 253 269 

Blanks 56 106 91 

Register of Deeds 

John C. Kelleher, D 31 80 36 

Thomas Leighton, R 224 254 270 

Blanks • 51 110 91 

Associate Commissioner 

Melvin G. Rogers, R 233 266 271 

Blanks 73 178 126 

Question 1. Sunday Sports Bill 

Yes 81 149 116 

No 151 166 186 

Blanks 74 129 95 

Question 2. Repeal of Eighteenth Amendment 

Yes 87 141 103 

No 150 171 196 

Blanks 69 132 98 



2 

3 
297 
764 

81 



161 

854 
132 



770 
181 
196 

175 

796 
176 

830 
317 

716 
153 
140 
650 
423 

149 
745 
253 

147 

748 
252 

770 
377 

346 
503 

298 

331 
517 
299 



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Vote for Representative 11th Middlesex District 

November 6, 1928 

Edward J. Robbins, of Chelmsford : Blanks Totals 

Acton 830 317 1147 

Bedford 476 258 734 

Carlisle 187 56 243 

Chelmsford 2129 878 3007 

Littleton 541 140 681 

Westford 662 482 1144 

Total 4825 2131 6956 



Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1928 



Allard, Moses $2.00 

Armburg, Fred 2 . 00 

Bancroft, C. A 5.00 

Banks, F. M 7.00 

Barker, Earl L 2.00 

Baxter, Miriam F 2.00 

Bedford, Mrs. A. E 2.00 

Benere, Antonia 2.00 

Bennett, L. W 2.00 

Berg-lind, Edward E. . . . 5.00 

Berglind, John E 2.00 

Busch, EdAvard 2.00 

Blaisdell, Lucile 2.00 

Blanchard, Webster S. . 2.00 

Bond, R. J 2.00 

Bondelvitch, Walter ... 6.00 

Bowen, Robert M 2.00 

Boyle, Mrs. Marv 5.00 

Boxill, Mrs. Cyril 2.00 

Berry, James N 2.00 

Bradford, F. W. R. . . . 2.00 

Bradbury, Rolfe 4.00 

Braman, Mrs. Frank ... 5 . 00 

Braman, James W 2.00 



Brill, Fred E 7.00 

Brindley, Charles R. . . . 2.00 

Britton, Daniel 5.00 

Brown, J. A 2.00 

Bulette, Frank W 2.00 

Bursaw, H. W 2.00 

Caldwell, Hazel 2.00 

Campbell, Leland H. . . . 2.00 

Cann, Irene 2.00 

Carey, Alfred S 2.00 

Chaffin, Nancy S 6.00 



Charter, W. W 


2.00 


Cheney, Edward 


2.00 


Christofferson, Allen M. 


2.00 


Clifford, Albert 


2.00 


Cobleigh, Mrs. William. 


2.00 


Condon, Timothy 


2.00 


Coombs, George J 


2.00 


Conant, Charlotte ....'. 


2.00 


Cooper, Ernest 


5.00 


Costello, T 


5.00 


Coughlin, Harold J. . . . 


6.00 


Crocker, Charles 


4.00 


Cumming's, Bertha M. . . 


5.00 


Davis, Charles E 


7.00 


Davis, Wendell F 


5.00 


DeSousa, Mrs. Benj. . . 


2.00 


DiGiacomandria, Nichols 


2.00 


Do3'le, Henry K 


5.00 


Dug-gan, John A 


5.00 


Durkee, C. A 


5.00 


Durkee, Raymond F. . . 


2.00 


Diiren, Dejta B 


2.00 


Edney, Charles F 


2.00 


Enneguess, Michael . . . 


4.00 


Evans, John H 


7.00 


Farrar, Frank B 


2.00 


Farrar, J. (Maple St.), 


2.00 


Fitzgerald, James 


2.00 


Flagg, Alden 


4.00 


Fletcher, Charles J. ... 


2.00 


Fletcher, Lester N 


2.00 


Fobes, J. Edwin 


5.00 


Foley, Michael 


2.00 


Foley, Patrick 


2.00 


Freeman, George 


2.00 



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iPreeman, Mather 2 . 00 

Freeman, Richard 5 . 00 

French, James H 2.00 

French, Sarah 2.00 

Frost, Alan B 5.00 

Prost, Lillian E 5.00 

Fullonton, L. T 4.00 

Oagnon, Joseph E 2.00 

Gagnon, Raj'mond .... 2 . 00 

Gallagher, Thomas C. . . 2.00 

Gallant, Mildred 2.00 

Gates, Esther E 2.00 

Gibbs, Harriet E 2.00 

Goncher, Edward S. . . . 2.00 

Green, Catherine 2.00 

Grenon, N. J 2.00 

Griffin, Franklin E 7.00 

Hall, IrAvin 5.00 

Hall, Marv Farrell .... 2.00 

Harrison, B. M 2.00 

Harvey, Lucretia H. . . . 7.00 

Hastings, Lewis C 2.00 

Hayes, Michael G 4.00 

Haynes, Albert L 4.00 

Herrick, J. M 5.00 

Hilliard, John A 2.00 

Hodgen, Hugh 2.00 

Holbrook, F. A 4.00 

Holden, F. H 2.00 

Holland, John 7.00 

HoUowell, Elwin 5.00 

Howe, Leland F 2.00 

Howe, 0. H 2.00 

Hurlev, James J 2.00 

Jacobs, John B 2.00 

Jalonen, Arthur 2 . 00 

Jones, A. C 2.00 

Jones, Karl R 2.00 

Jones, Warren H 2.00 

Kazokas, Joseph 2 . 00 

Kelley, Julia T 2.00 

Kennedv, Duncan S. . . . 2 . 00 

Kimbalf, Carrie E 2.00 

Kilmartin, William T. . . 4.00 

Knowlton, Samuel E. . . 2.00 

Laffin, Eraser 2.00 

Lamont, Frank H 2.00 

Lamson, Wallace 1 2.00 

LaRoche, Arthur 4.00 



Larrabee, Wesley 5.00 

Larsen, Jorgen 5.00 

Leard, Earl 2.00 

Lears, William 2.00 

LeClare, Edward 2.00 

MacFawn, Vivian P. . . . 2.00 

MacGregor, H. S 2.00 

MacKinion, P. R 6.00 

Marsh, A. W 2.00 

Mason, Roger 9.00 

Mayell, Ruth 2.00 

Mav, Francis A 2.00 

McCarthy, Leo 5.00 

McLoughlin, Joseph E., 2.00 

McGovern, John 2.00 

Massie, William, Jr. . . . 2.00 

Mead, Hobart E 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Thora 2.00 

Mel, Eleanor 2.00 

Merriam, Harold 2.00 

Mills, Charles H 2.00 

Montague, Everett N. . . 2.00 

Morse, George 2.00 

Morrison, Frederick D., 10.00 

Muise, Joseph 2.00 

Munn, William 2.00 

Murgatrovd, James .... 9 . 00 

Nelson, Olaf F 2.00 

Nealv, Edward F 5.00 

Newell, L. F 2.00 

Newell, P. S 2.00 

Nolan, Edward (1927) . 10.00 

Noterman, Emile 7.00 

Oldrovd, Catherine 2.00 

Olsen, Peter, Jr., 2.00 

Olsen, Simon 2.00 

O'Neil, James 5.00 

Packard, James B 2.00 

Parzkienicz, Stanley ... 2.00 

Pedersen, John 5.00 

Penney, D. F 4.00 

Penney, John 2 . 00 

Penniman, Leonard .... 2 . 00 

Perkins, A. Hazelton .. 2.00 

Perkins, Levi W 2.00 

Peterson, Carl N 2.00 

Phillips, Andrew S 2.00 

Polep, Mildred 2.00 

Pope, Benjamin 9.00 



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Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Pratt, Herbert T 2.00 

Price, Frank 2.00 

Rafuse, Edith M 2.00 

Rawitser, William 2.00 

Rayner, Dorothy 2.00 

Reed, G. Howard 7.00 

Reed, Otis J 2.00 

Reid, Robert A., 3rd . . . 2.00 

Reynolds, Arthur 2 . 00 

Reynolds, Harold R. . . . 2.00 

Reynolds, Jesse C 2.00 

Richardson, George A. . 2.00 

Roche, Francis B 2.00 

Rogers, E. Stuart 2.00 

Rugg, George 4 . 00 

Russell, Mrs. John H. . . 2.00 

Sanborn, Everett R. . . . 5.00 

Sawyer, Benjamin H. . . 2.00 

Schofield, Harris C 10.00 

Scott, Annie J 2.00 

Sebastian, Lester 2.00 

Shapley, Eva C 2.00 

Sheehan, Michael J. . . . 2.00 

Sisson, George T 10.00 

Small, Hazel 2.00 

Smith, Ralph 2.00 

Soar, Henry 2.00 

Spinney, Alice L 2.00 

Stearns, Margery E. . . . 2.00 

Stiles, Frank L 5.00 

Stokes, William 2.00 

Stoney, Mrs. Reginald . 2.00 



Stuart, Raymond 

Swensen, Oscar 

Sylvia, E. W 

Taylor, Spencer H 

Teele, Sumner J 

Teele, William Henrj^ . . 

Todd, Ethel 

Toohey, William J 

Toohey, William J. 

(1927) 

Tompkins, Elizabeth P. 

Tracy, Alfred 

Tripp, Horatio W 

Tucker, George S., Jr., 
Turnbull, George L. . . . 

Turner, George C 

Tuttle, George F 

Tuttle, Harlan E 

Vallie, A. H 

Vila, Maude 

Vilkauskis, Anthony . . . 

Wamboldt, Harry 

Ward, Edward J 

Watkins, John H 

Weaver, George T 

Whitcomb, Fred S 

Wliitney, Cora A 

Wilkowski, Paul 

Willett, Charles E 

Wood, Mrs. Herbert L., 

Wood, Oliver D 

Woodworth, Randall . . 



2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
5.00 
2.00 
8.00 
2.00 

2.00 
5.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
5.00 
2.00 
2.00 
5.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
7.00 
25.00 



Young, David 



00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
2.00 
2.00 



223 licenses at $2.00 

53 licenses at $5.00 

1 license at $25.00 



$446.00 

265.00 

25.00 



Deduct fees — 277 licenses at 20c each 



May 28, 1928— Paid county treasurer $222 . 60 

Nov. 30, 1928— Paid county treasurer .... 454.40 
Dec. 31, 1928— Due county treasurer 3.60 



$736.00 
55.40 

$680.60 



$680. 6(. 



TREASURER'S REPORT 

Year Ending December 31, 1928 



Cash on hand $26,216. 9^ 

Received from State Treasurer: 

Corporation tax B $187 . 17 

Corporation tax P. S 4. 19 

Corporation tax P. S. interest .01 

National Bank tax, 1925 .07 

National Bank tax, 1926 .03 

Highway Department 200.00 

Income Mass. School fund 2,978.41 

Highways, Lowell road 961 . 51 

Highway department 3,000.00 

Highways, Lowell road 2,147 . 08 

Loss of Land taxes 406.55 

Income tax, 1927 430.00 

Corporation tax B 229.09 

Corporation tax P. S., 1925 6.79 

Corporation tax P. S., 1926 2 . 69 

Corporation tax P. S., 1927 3.34 

Highways, School street .' 1,055.98 

Highways, School street 615.31 

Corporation tax, P. S 365.79 

Corporation tax, Business 3,628.40 

Income tax, 1928 12,750.00 

National Bank tax 134.32 

Trust Co., tax 93.89 

Tuition of Children 276.43 

State Aid 292.00 

Veterans Exemption 54.86 

Highway Department 2,800 . 00 

Highways, School street 862.04 

Corporation tax, P. S 46.66 

Corporation tax, B 316.65 

County Treasurer: 

Dog tax 671.74 

Highways, Lowell road 961 . 50 

Highways, Lowell road 2,147 . 08 

Highways, School street 1,055 . 98 

Highways, School street 615 . 32 

Highways, School street 862 . 04 

Charles E. Davis, old fire house 135 .00 

F. W. Green, old fire truck 10.00 

Harry Tuttle, old hose reel 1 . 25 

Town of Charlton, public welfare 175 . 50 



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Town of Boxboro 55 . 00 

Town of Concord, Nag'og tax 25.12 

Fred W. Green, cemetery lots 10.00 

Fred W. Green, rent of lowering device . . 39 . 00 

Fred W. Green, 13 loads loam 13.00 

H. F. Tuttle, cemetery lots 55.00 

Boston & Maine Railroad, brush fires .... 35.10 

N. Y. N. H. & H. Railroad, brush fires 121.40 

Damages to W. A. Beacon 25.00 

Damages to W. A. Beacon 15.00 

Damages to W. A. Beacon 28 . 24 

Damages to tree guard 4.00 

Library fines 46 . 50 

Old books and papers 12.00 

First National Bank, interest 314.51 

2 alcohol licenses 2 . 00 

Department of Standards, 2 licenses 16.00 

Court fines 241.00 

Town hall, rents 133.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 57.70 

Nurses clolections 228 . 50 

Licenses, g-asoline 24.00 

Licenses, victuallers 13 . 00 

Licenses, bus permits 13 . 00 

Licenses, innholders 3.00 

Licenses, used car dealers 3.00 

Licenses, 3rd class garage 2.00 

Licenses, Sunday baker 1 .00 

Licenses, auctioneer 1 . 00 

Licenses, ammunition 1 .00 

Licenses, 2nd class garage 1.00 

Licenses, fruit pedler 1 .00 

Licenses, oleomargine 1 .00 

School Tuition, Boxboro i;932.56 

School Tuition, Carlisle 48 . 00 

School Tuition, Mr. Thompson 30.00 

School paper 1 . 00 

School, old junk 2.75 

School, old lumber and iron 3.85 

Rebate on insurance 97.79 

A. W. Davis, school busses 400.00 

First National bank, Ayer, loan 25,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, loan 25,000.00 

First National bank, Ayer, loan 25,000 . 00 

First National bank, Ayer, loan 20,000.00 

Cemetery fund, care of lots 1,301.50 

Library fund, book account 408 . 55 

Cemetery fund, surplus 100 . 00 



$141,351.74 



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C. A. Durkee, collector: 

-1926 taxes $12,544.56 

1927 taxes 23,790.32 

1928 taxes 53,151.18 



$89,486.06 

$257,054.73 
Paid selectmen's orders 237,767.98 



Cash on hand $19,286.75 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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

Perpetual care funds $ 31,516 . 66 

Unexpended balance 3,734.29 

Received for care of lots : 

George V. Mead lot $100.00 

Alfred J. Edwards lot 100.00 

Winthrop E. Wood lot 100.00 

J. K. W. Wetherbee lot 200.00 

James I. Mills lot 75.00 

Harold L. Page lot 100.00 

W. C. Ames lot 100.00 

Harris CoAvdrv lot 100.00 

Samuel Burroughs lot 100.00 

George A. Webster lot 75.00 

Phineas Wetherbee lot, R. R. bond sold 78.96 



$1,128.96 



Income from : 

Water District bonds $198 . 00 

Liberty bonds interest 182.38 

Liberty bonds sold, premium 96.56 

Maynard Trust Company 140 . 69 

East Cambridge Savings 25 . 00 

Warren Institution for Savings 22.50 

North Middlesex Savings 81.90 

Central Savings, Lowell 91.00 

Middlesex Savings bank 112.52 

Worcester North Savings 100.00 

Home Savings 45 . 00 

Worcester Five Cent Savings 67.50 

Marlboro Savings 50 . 00 

Charlestown Five Cent 194.85 



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Boston Five Cent 22.50 

Suffolk Savings 20.42 

Assabet Institution for Savings 192.20 

North End Savings 31 . 64 

Warren Institution 4.89 



$1,679.55 
Transferred to surplus account 235.18 



$1,444.37 

$37,824.28 
Paid: 

Town of Acton, ' ' Care of Lots " $1,301 . 50 

Water District bonds 4,800.00 

Maynard Trust Company 3,228 . 96 

East Cambridge Savings 2,000.00 

Warren Institution for Savings 2,000 . 00 

North Middlesex 1,800.00 

Central Savings, Lowell 1,000 . 00 

Middlesex Savings 2,475 . 00 

Worcester North Savings 2,000 .00 

Home Savings 1,000.00 

Worcester Five Cent 1,500.00 

Marlboro Savings 1,000.00 

Boston Five Cent Savings 2,000.00 

North End Savings 727 . 36 

Charlestown Five Cent 3,910 . 97 

Suffolk Savings 2,375.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 603.25 

Warren Institution for Savings 112.54 

Assabet Institution for Savings, balance . . . 3,989.70 

$37,824.28 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Cemetery Surplus Fund 

Balance $351.35 

Interest 14.62 

Transferred from cemetery account 235 . 18 

$601.15 

Paid to town of Acton $100.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, balance . . . 501 . 15 



$601.15 



FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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Elizabeth White Fund 

Principal fund $25,000.00 

Unexpended balance 2,568 . 64 

Interest received : 

Waltham Savings bank $ 90.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 100 . 00 

East Cambridge Savings 100.00 

Lowell Institution for Savings . . . .' 90 . 00 

Andover Savings 100 . 00 

Lawrence Savings 100 . 00 

Amherst Savings 100 . 00 

Marlboro Savings 100 . 00 

Worcester Five Cent 90.00 

Worcester North Savings 50.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 90 . 00 

North Middlesex Institution 90.00 

Athol Savings 100.40 

Assabet Institution for Savings 105 .74 



$1,306.14 

$28,874.78 

Paid trustees' orders $ 83i8.00 

Waltham Savings 2,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent 2,000 . 00 

East Cambridge 2,000.00 

Lowell Institution for Savings 2,000 . 00 

Andover Savings 2,000.00 

Lawrence Savings 2,000 . 00 

Amherst Savings 2,000.00 

Marlboro Savings 2,000.00 

Worcester Five Cent 2,000.00 

Worcester North Savings 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 2,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings 2,000.00 

Athol Savings 2,000.00 

Assabet Institution, balance 3,036.78 



$28,874.78 



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FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer 



Wilde Memorial Library 

Principal fund •. $9,000.00 

Susan Augusta and Luther Conant fund . . 1,000.00 

Iliram J. Hapgood fund 200.00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

Unexpended balance 63 . 78 



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Received interest: 

West Shore R. R. bond $ 40.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 151.88 

Warren Institution for Savings 91 . 01 

Lowell City Institution 45 . 50 

. North End Savings 45 . 50 

Home Savings 45 . 50 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 45 . 50 

Maynard Trust Company 21 .00 

$10,949.67 

Paid library book account $408 . 55 

Cash in : 

Warren Institution for Savings $2,000.00 

Charlestown. Five Cent 3,000.00 

Lowell City Institution 1,000 . 00 

North End Savings 1,000.00 

Home Savings 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution 1,000 . 00 

West Shore R. R. bond 1,000.00 

Maynard Trust Company 400 . 00 

Maynard Trust Company, balance 141 . 12 

$10,949.67 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Nineteenth of April Fund 

Principal fund $293.32 

Interest, Middlesex Institution 13.32 

$306.64 

Cash in Middlesex Institution $306 . 64 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Fireman's Relief Fund 

Principal fund $413.87 

Interest, Middlesex Institution 18.81 

$432. 6H 

Cash in Middlesex Institution $432 . 68 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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Outstanding Notes and Bonds 

Note No. 98, Lowell road, due July, 1929 $2,000.00 

Note No. 99, Lowell road, due July, 1930 2,000.00 

Note No. 100, Lowell road, due July, 1931 2,000 .00 

JsTote No. 103, Fire house, due October, 1929 800.00 

Note No. 104, Fire house, due October, 1930 800.00 

Note No. 105, Fire house, due October, 1931 700.00 

Note No. 107, Lowell road, due November, 1929 800.00 

Note No. 108, Lowell road, due November, 1930 700.00 

Note No. 109, Lowell road, due November, 1931 700.00 

Note No. 113, anticipation revenue, due December 

15, 1929 25,000.00 

Note No. 114, anticipation revenue, due December 

28, 1929 20,000.00 

High school bonds, due 1929 6,000.00 

High school bonds, due 1930 to 1945 50,000.00 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



REPORT OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the fire department. • 

We have answered seventeen calls for chimney and small 
fires outside of brush fires ; with very small damages, except in 
one house fire. 

The department is in good condition, with full membership 
of good men always ready to answer calls. 

Would recommend an appropriation of $1,550.00 for depart- 
ment and new hose. 

Respectfully, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Chief Engineer. 



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REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To fhe Honorable Board of Selectmen, Acton, Massachusetts : 
Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1928 

Expenditures 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appropriation $4,600 . 00 

Transferred from the reserve fund 25 . 43 



$4,625.43 
SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Howard J. Billings, salary $200.00 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, salary 100 . 00 

Wendell F. Davis, salary 100.00 

Robert S. Osterhout, town reports 532.00 

Hobbs & Warren, license blanks 1.79 

Murphy & Snyder, stationery and notices, 12.00 

H. S. Turner, notices * 3.50 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, telephone and postage 1.57 

Wendell F. Davis, postage .97 

$951.83 
ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Howard L. Jones, salary $400 . 00 

Postage and envelopes 8 . 00 

Service Stationery & Printing Company . . 13 . 50 

$421.50 
TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $500.00 

Frank W. Hoit, certifying notes 8 . 00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage, telephone 31.82 

Frank W. Hoit, safe deposit box 5.00 

$544.82 
PUBLIC WELFARE DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, salary $ 75 .00 

Howard J. Billings, salary 40 . 00 

Wendell F. Davis, salary 40.00 

$155.00 



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COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Charles A. Durkee, salary $562 . 50 

Hobbs & Warren, notices, book 7.11 

Murphy & Snyder, printing 21 . 50 

Charles A. Durkee, envelopes 3.12 



ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Henry L. Haynes, salary $183 .33 

Arthur W. Emerson, salary 183 .33 

Warren H. Jones, salary 183 . 34 

Hobbs & Warren, books, stationery 33 . 28 

Assessors' auto tax service 5.00 

L. L. Applin, transfer notices 17.17 

H. S. Turner, voting lists 95.00 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes 6.25 

Rachael Haynes, salary as clerk 50.00 

Henry L. Haynes, making copy 25.00 

Henry L. Haynes, traveling expense, post- 
age, telephone 18 . 70 

Henry L. Haynes, attending state meeting 5.00 
Arthur W. Emerson, attending state 

meeting 5 . 00 

Warren H. Jones, attending state meeting, 5.00 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $200.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording births 43 . 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording marriages .. 17.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths 16.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, telephone and postage, 31.25 
Murphy & Snyder, letterheads and enve- 
lopes 7.70 

P. B. Murphy, notices 3 . 00 

Carter 's Ink Company 1 . 63 

A. H. Bartlett Company, certificates .28 



SEALER OF WEIGHlTS AND MEASURES 
Paid: 

Theron F. Newton, salary $120.00 

Hobbs & Warren, book 2.09 



$594.23 



$815.40 



$320.86 



$122.09 



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CATTLE INSPECTION 
Paid: 
Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $175.00 

ELECTION AND REGISTKATION 
Paid : 

Horace F. Tnttle, registrar $ 50.00 

E. A. Phalen, registrar 20 . 00 

L. C. Hastings, officer 20.00 

L. C. Hastings, placing booths 5.00 

Timothy Hennessey, officer 20 . 00 

Theron F. Newton, officer 20.00 

Thomas Murray, officer 5 .00 

A. R. Beach, officer 20.00 

A. F. Davis, officer 20.00 

John J. Manning, officer 15 . 00 

B. D. Hall, officer 15.00 

B. D. Hall, pencils .20 

David R. Kinsley, officer 20.00 

James Kinsley, officer 25 . 00 

H. E. Holt, officer 5.00 

F. S. Whitcomb, officer 5.00 

James P. Brown, officer 5 . 00 

Harold Coughlin, officer 15.00 

A. W. Haynes, officer 20.00 

Horace Tuttle, padlocks 1 . 00 

Universalist church, ' rent 20 . 00 

R. S. Osterhout, ballots, warrants, etc 173.50 

Turner's Public Spirit, notices 5.00 



$504.70 

MODERATOR 
Paid : 
A. Brooks Parker $ 20.00 



$4,625.43 



TREASURER'S AND COLLECTOR'S BONDS 

Appropriation $270.00 

Paid : 
American Surety Company $270.00 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation $800.00 

Paid: 

American Woolen Company $ 66.20 

John Pederson, wood 24. 00 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 15.50 

West & South Water Supply District 12.00 

B. A. King, wiring 10 . 05 



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Joseph Breck & Son, lawn mower handle . . 2.00 

T. F. Parker, lawn mower handle 18.00 

L. T. Fullonton & Company, painting West 

fire house 175 . 00 

L. T. Fullonton & Company, re-decorating 

walls at hall .^ 15 . 00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, coal 64.65 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, padlock and keys ... 3.40 

J. W. Livermore, mowing Common 17 . 75 

H. N. Clark Compam^, ash barrels 20.68 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies 8.26 

Albert E. Sims, repairs 6.80 

F: W. Green, labor and teaming 10.53 

George K. Hayward, six loads filling 7.50 

Walter S. Jones, setting glass 1.00 

Arthur Wayne, janitor 118 .75 

Arthur, Wayne, care of clock 52.00 

Arthur Wayne, mowing lawn 43 . 50 

$692.57 

Unexpended balance 107 . 43 



$800.00 



Protection of Persons and Property 

POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,200.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 36 . 67 

Paid: 

Michael Foley, services $345 . 72 

Michael Folev, telephone, postage 9.79 

John T. McXiff, services 328 . 62 

John T. McNiff, court fees 23.00 

Allan B. Frost, services 167 . 01 

Charles Whitcomb, services 25 . 50 

George Braman, services 12 . 75 

Charles Monroe, services 12.75 

William Driscoll, services 17.25 

Ernest Rasmussen, services 24.75 

Daniel Curtin, services 86.75 

Jesse Briggs, services 20 . 50 

Mrs. Mar}' Barry, matron 10 . 80 

X. E. Telephone & Telegraph Company, 

service 42 . 73 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, examination 5.00 

Charles A. Durkee, services 2.25 

A. H. Perkins, express .94 



$1,236.67 



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W. J. Costello, marking road signs 15.00 

A. W. Davis Company, paint cement 35.30 

Finney & Hoit, equipment 44.00 

American Woolen Company, lighting 6.26 



FIRE DEPARfTMENT 

Appropriation $1,200.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 180 . 11 



• 



Paid: 

West Acton department, salaries $ 90.00 

South Acton department, salaries 90.00 

Center department, salaries 90.00 

B. A. King, payroll 91 . 50 

John J. Manning, payroll 40 . 00 

John J. Manning, janitor 120.00 

William G. Lawrence, janitor 128.10 

George Braman, janitor 78 . 00 

George K. Hayward, janitor 12.00 

American Woolen Company, lighting .... 35.49 

N. E. Telephone & Telegraph Company ... 28.96 

Finney & Hoit, tires and tubes 80.80 

Finney & Hoit, supplies for firehouse ... 22.43 

Strong & Tracey, oil, bulbs 2.25 

West & South Water Supply 39.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, coal 136.35 

A. W. Davis Company, coal 128.70 

A. W. Davis Company, paint 2.00 

A. W. Davis, labor on whistle 47.50 

B. A. King, re-wiring whistle 33.96 

Maynard & Acton Oil Company, oil and 

gasoline 8.96 

Harland Tuttle, driver's license 2.00 

Fitzgerald Garage, repairs and supplies .. 16.31 

Acton Motor Company, repairs 24.20 

A. E. Doten, gasoline 1.71 

James Grimes, labor and cement 3.45 

J. S. Moore, supplies 3 . 74 

William B. Holt, fan for engine 21.70 

Fritz Oelschergel, belts 1 .00 



$1,236.67 



$1,380.11 



$1,380.11 

BRUSH FIRES 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid: 

A. B. Frost, payrolls $ 88.65 

B. A. King, payrolls 26.00 



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A. W. Davis, payrolls 97 . 50 

J. J. Manning, payrolls 92 . 65 

American Fire Equipment Company, 

siphon, bottles 14.58 

S. M. Spencer Manufacturing Company, 

badges 12.39 

Standard Extinguisher, extinguishers and 

acids 128.00 

A. B. Frost, express 2.50 

A. B. Frost, investigation and enforcement 

of slash law 6 . 00 

Murphy & Snyder, 500 reports 6 . 35 

Norman Livermore 1 . 00 

M. E. Taylor Company, supplies 8.61 

$484.23 
Unexpended balance 15 . 77 



$500.00 



SPECIAL FOR HOSE 

Appropriation $350 . 00 

Paid : 

Henry K. Barnes Company $315 . 00 

Pierce 's Express 2 . 00 

$317.00 
Unexpended balance 33 . 00 



$350.00 



FIRE HOUSE 

Balance, January 1, 1928 $800.00 

Paid: 
George K. Hayward, balance of contract . . $800.00 

HYDRANT SERVICE 

Appropriation '. $2,984.00 

Paid: 

West & South Acton Supply District $2,750.00 

Town of Concord 184.00 

$2,934.00 
Unexpended balance 50 .00 



$2,984.00 



MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,269.39 

Transferred from reserve fund 34 . 90 



$1,304.29 



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Paid: 

James 'Neil, labor $868 . 00 

James O'Neil, truck 396.00 

James O'Neil, sundry expenses 12.95 

Arthur L. Stewart, repairs 14.83 

Tar Products Corporation, creosote 12.51 



$1,304.29 

TREE WARDEN 

Appropriation $250 . 00 

Paid : 

James O'Neil, labor $181.50 

James O'Neil, truck 59.00 

James 'Neil, filing saws and bolts 2 . 50 

$243.00 

Unexpended balance 7 . 00 



$250.00 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Appropriation $1,300 . 00 

Paid : 
Charles A. Durkee, service and expenses as 

agent $232.86 

James Kinsley, inspection 40.30 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, anti-toxin, account school 35.00 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, professional service 8.00 

Dr. G. N. Tuttle, professional service 70.00 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, professional service 45.00 

Acton Drug' Compan}^ f umigators 18 . 00 

Parke Davis Company, supplies 56.28 

Hobbs & "Warren, blanks .27 

A. W. Davis & Company, wire 2 . 40 

A. W. Davis & Company, graveling road to 

dump 64.50 

A. W. Hederstedt, book 1.50 

Franklin Press, posters 3 . 30 

R. F. Durkee, secretary 15.00 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, chairman 25.00 

Dr. G. W. Tuttle 10.00 

$627.41 

Unexpended balance $672.59 

$1,300.00 



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TOWN NURSE 

Appropriation $2,-200.0a 

Paid: 

Lillian E. Frost, nurse $2,000.16 

X. E. Telephone & Telegraph Company .. 13.95 

Aijton Drug Company, supplies 28.44 

$2,042.55 
Unexpended balance 157 .45 



$2,200.00 



HIGmVAYS 

Appropriation $10,000.00 

Appropriation from state under Chapter 81 5,800.00 



$15,800.00 
Paid: 
E. P. Gates, two drags, irons, repairs, etc., $ 84.90 
South Acton Coal & Grain Company, lum- 
ber and pipe *. . . 19 . 08 

Massachusetts Broken Stone Company .. . 28.00 

Barrett Company, tarvia 723.75 

A. W. Davis, cement, tools, paint, etc 100.54 

Strong & Tracy, asphaltum 6.56 

Standard Oil Company, oil 2,366.40 

Berger Manufacturing Company, culverts, 185.60 

X. Y., X. H. & H. R. R. Company, cinders, 56.25 
Conant Machine Company, parts, repairs, 

etc ' 56.33 

George Hayward, cold patch 12.99 

H. A. Haynes Company, lumber 6.12 

Hall Brothers, stakes 5.40 

Hedge & Matthews Company, mixer 171.00 

Good Roads ^Machinery Company, repairs 

scraper 109 . 60 

Pierce 's Express 8 . 00 

Essco Manufacturing Company, signs .... 11.09 

Traffic Sign & Signal Company, signs 51.50 

Acton Motor Company, drilling 2.50 

X. E. Metal Culvert Company, culvert ... 31.20 

Simon Olsen, building temporary bridge . . 50.00 

Herbert Hall, lumber, labor 9.35 

\V. J. Costello, painting signs 3.00 

Tate & Company, pipe 1 .00 

A. H. Perkins, freight and express 9.66 

Paul Gould, gravel 18 . 60 

James S. Gagnon, gravel 24.75 

A. A. Jenks, gravel 55 . 05 

James A. Berry, gravel 38 . 70 

Fred S. Whitcomb, gravel 30.60 



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L. W. Perkins, gravel 7 . 05 

R. A. Reed, gravel 8 . 55 

Harrison Square Foundry Company, catch 

basin 24 . 00 

J. S. Moore, paint brush 1 . 95 

B. A. King, meter switch and repairs on 

traffic signal 24 . 00 

E. A. Phalen, signs 1 . 92 

A. F. Davis, painting signs 4.75 

Finney & Hoit, plugs 2 . 40 

M. E. Taylor & Company, gasoline, oil ... . 1.36 
Fletcher Corner Filling Station, gasoline, 

oil 45.35 

J. T. McNift', repairs 10.25 

William B. Holt, labor .75 

William H. Kingsley, gravel 135.30 

PAYROLLS 
Labor : 

A. H. Perkins $1,216.00 

Jesse Briggs 21 . 50 

P. Callan 695.50 

Ralph Jones 113.00 

Paul Coughlin '. 630.00 

T. Conquest .' 8.00 

^. Blaisdell 30.00 

W. Larrabee 573.00 

George Rugg 568 . 50 

A. Wessells 615.50 

R. Boyce 84.50 

M. Sheehan 92.00 

J. Gallant 522.00 

W. Jones 175.00 

L. Allard 327.50 

George Key es 10 . 00 

J. DeSouza 26.25 

R. Perkins 206.00 

A. Dubey 23.00 

J. Schofield 36.00 

G. Penney 36.00 

J. Gagnon 8.00 

A. Christensen 8 . 00 

L. Perkins ." 8.00 

O. Granberg 4.00 

Trucks : 

Jesse Briggs $1,317 . 63 

F. Penney 67.50 

R. Jones 819.75 

William H. Kingsley 640.00 

Mrs. Harry Morse 601 . 50 



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George Hayward 50 . 00 

A.B.Frost 55.00 

P. Granberg 14.00 

A. H. Perkins 582.00 

T^paTTis * 

William H. Kingsley 314.00 

E. Cooms 13.50 

L. W. Perkins 449.00 

Mr. Price 11.50 

William Lawrence 7 . 00 

George Greenough 8 . 00 

A. Christofferson 66.00 

R. Perkins 1.50 

A. H. Perkins 116.00 

$15,716.28 
Unexpended balance 83 . 72 

$15,800.00 

SCHOOL STREET AND LAW BROOK ROAD 

Appropriation $3,000.00 

Received from state under Chapter 90 .... 2,533.33 

Received from county under Chapter 90 . . 2,533.34 



$8,066.67 



Paid : ^ 
Westcott & Monroe, building bridge as per 

contract $5,013 . 89 

N. E. Concrete Pipe Corporation, pipe .... 28.44 

American Powder Company, exploders ... 3 . 63 

A. n. Fletcher, tile 186.44 

Wilson Lumber Company, lumber 61.04 

George V. Meade, posts 7.50 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

lumber 6.28 

A. W. Davis Company, cement, tools, straw 27.65 

George H. Reed, cement, straw 19 . 18 

A. H. Perkins, oil, gasoline for loader 39.25 

A. W. Fisher, gravel 162 . 15 

William H. Kingslej^ gravel 29 . 55 

PAYROLLS 
Labor : 

A. W. Perkins, superintendent $210.00 

P. Callan 130.00 

P. Coughlin 80.00 

George Rugg 96.00 

A. Wessells 134.00 

J. Gallant 138.50 

J. Schofield 120.50 



50 

W. Larrabee 114 . 50 

L. Perkins 76 . 50 

A. Christensen 46 . 00 

George Penney 64 . 50 

Ole Granberg 20 . 00 

J. Gagnon 34.00 

Trucks : 

A. H. Perkins 105.00 

R. Jones . .' 275 . 63 

Jesse Briggs 75 .00 

William H. Kingsley 285.00 

A. Oleson 15.00 

George Hayward 102 .50 

Teams : 

A. H. Perkins 6.00 

L. W. Perkins 6.00 

$7,719.63 

Unexpended balance 347 . 04 



$8,066.67 



WIDENING KELLEY'S CORNER 

Appropriation, balance, January 1, 1928 .. $200.00 
Paid : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $ 18.00 

W. Larrabee, labor 6.00, 

P. Callan 8.00 

P. Coughlin 6.00 

George Rugg 16 . 00 

A. Wessells 8.00 

Leo Allard 13.25 

J. Gallant 14.00 

R. Perkins 14.00 

Jesse Brigcs, truck 15 . 00 

G. A. Morse 18.00 

A. H. Perkins 9.00 

R. Jones 10.00 

$155.25 

Unexpended balance 44.75 



$200.00 



MAIN STREET 

Appropriation — Balance January 1, 1928 . $3,108.60 

Appropriation — By state^ under Chapter 90 3,108.59 
Appropriation — By count}^ under Chapter 

90 3,108.58 

Q^'ransf erred from reserve fund 398 . 23 



$9,724.00 



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Paid : 
Greenough Construction Company $9,724.00 

NAGOG HILL ROAD 

Appropriation $1,500 . 00 

Unexpended $1,500.00 

SNOW REMOVAL 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 45 . 92 

$1,045.92 

Paid : 

John Pederson $738.35 

A. H. Perkins 48.00 

A. Christofferson, tractor 84.00 

E. P. Gates, repairs on plow 24.00 

N. E. Road Machine Company, repairs and 

parts 133.97 

Good Roads Machine Company, parts .... 17.60 

$1,045.92 
STREET LIGHTING 

Appropriation $5,000 . 00 

Paid: 

American Woolen Company $4,986 . 66 

Unexpended balance 13 . 34 

$5,000.00 
PUBLIC WELFARE 

Appropriation $1,800 . 00 

Paid: 
Orders as approved bv the board of public 

welfare \ $1,499.21 

Unexpended balance 300 . 79 

$1,800.00 
STATE AID 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid $264.00 

ITnexpended balance 36 . 00 

$300.00 
MILITARY AID 

Appropriation $100 . 00 

Paid : 

Orders board of public welfare $ 15 . 00 

Unexpended balance 85 . 00 

$100.00 



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SOLDIERS' RELIEF 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid: 

Orders board of public welfare $217.71 

Unexpended balance 82.29 



$300.00 

EDUCATION 

Appropriation $44,400 .00 

Paid: 

Report of schools $43,984.70 

Unexpended balance 415 . 30 



$44,400.00 



LIBRARY 

MAINTENANCE 

Appropriation $800.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 121.03 



Paid : • 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, coal $179.25 
South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

lumber 120 . 45 

American Woolen Company, light 39 . 25 

0. D. Wood, labor ' 52.70 

W. A. Fuller & Son, shelf plugs 5.08 

William H. Kinoslev, Avood 6.75 

R. S. Osterhout^ slips 30.00 

E. F. Conant, insurance 79.31 

A. F. Davis, librarian 151 . 50 

A. F. Davis, janitor 151.50 

A. F. Davis, cataloging 10 . 00 

A. F. Davis, rebinding books and Avriting 

cards 15 . 14 

A. F. Davis, repairs 4. 60 

0. E. Houghton, transporting books 50.00 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs on furnace 15.20 

D. E. LaFollette, book labels 5.00 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies 5 . 30 



BOOK ACCOUNT 

Appropriation $200.00 

Transferred from library- fund 408 . 55 



$921.03 



$921.03 



$608.55 



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Paid : 

Louisa N. Wood $ 2.00 

DeWolfe Fiske Company 411.13 

W. A. Wilde Company 17.91 

Campbell & Lewnig 82.47 

Silver Burdett Company 1 . 25 

Ginn & Company 4 . 00 

The Normal Person 1 . 00 

Goodspeeds Book Shop 8 . 29 

Frontier Press Company 19 . 50 

George L. Hosmer 10 . 00 

Herman Goldberger 49 . 00 

George H. B. Turner 2.00 



$608.55 

SPECIAL REPAIR WORK 

Appropriation $100 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 40 . 00 

$140. Oa 
Paid : 
E. H. Longley, cement walk $140.00 

CEMETERIES 
Appropriation $1,000 . 00 

Paid : 

Fred Green, labor $533.85 

Fred Green, team 75 . 63 

Fred Green, fertilizer ' 3.00 

C. B. Dodge Company, weed killer 80.48 

N. E. Nurseries, trees 100 . 00 

William H. Kingsley, team 12.00 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 1.71 

William H. Kingsley, truck, labor, gravel, 69.45 

Albert Batley & Son, floAvers 38.50 

E. L. Spinney, team 4.00 

M. E. Taylor & Company, rope and seed . . 3.68 

A. W. Davis Company, scythe and seed ... 3.45 

J. W. Livermore, mowing 15.75 

West & South Acton Water Supply District 13.38 

H. F. Tuttle, commissioner 15.00 

H. F. Tuttle, making deeds and laying out 

streets and walks 10 .00 

$979.88 
Unexpended balance 20 . 12 

$1,000.00 



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PERPETUAL CARE 

Received interest on cemetery fund $1,301.50 

Paid: 

F. W. Green, labor $906.83 

F. W. Green, flowers 219.50 

Fred W. Green, fertilizer 116.25 

Fred W. Green, sharpening lawn mowers, 12.40 

Fred W. Green, laAvn 20.00 

Fred W. Green, sundry expenses 26 . 52 



$1,301.50 

GRAVELING ROADS AND WALKS 
Transferred from cemetery surplus fund . . $100.00 

Paid : 
W. H. Kingsley . $100.00 

LOWERING DEVICE 

Appropriation $180 . 00 

Paid : 

Frigid Fluid Company $171 .00 

Unexpended balance 9 . 00 



$180.00 

INSURANCE OF EMPLOYEES 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid: 

Paul R..Hederstedt $412.23 

Unexpended balance 87 .77 

$500.00 

MEMORIAL DAY 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid: 

Acton Cadet band, music $130.00 

F. A. Beach, cream 1 . 50 

Stone & Tracey, provisions 13 . 15 

A. C. Jones & Company, provisions 8.81 

Harding Uniform & Regalia Company, flag 10.40 

Isaac Davis Post, flags 28 . 10 

A. W. Davis Company, paper 1.40 

Albert Batley & Son, flowers 41.25 

$234.61 
Unexpended balance 65 . 39 

$300.00 



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DEMONSTRATION WORK ON AGRICULTURE 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid : 
Middlesex County Extension Service $300.00' 

COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE ELECTRIC LIGHT 
CONTRACT 

Appropriation $150.00 

Unexpended $150.00 

INSURANCE ON HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING 

Appropriation $1,150 . 00 

Paid : 

Dewick & Flanders $970.01 

Unexpended balance 179 . 99 



$1,150.00 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid: 

E. F. Conant, insurance on fire trucks .... $ 14.75 

Grace B. Little, land damages 100.00 

John Pederson, moving cell 5.00 

E. F. Conant, insurance on sealer's equip- 
ment 34.05 

James B. Tuttle, auctioneer 15.00 

Finney & Hoit, flags 13 . 00 

James O'Neil, work on shade trees 4.00 

H. S. Turner, signs 1.50 

Dyar Sales & Machine Company, signs ... 5.00 

Waltham News Tribune, advertising 4.00 

Globe Newspaper Company, advertising . . 10 . 80 
1^. E. Road Builders' Association, adver- 
tising 9 . 90 

Post Publishing Company, advertising .... 12 . 60 
Courier-Citizen Newspaper Company, ad- 
vertising 3 . 00 

Dr. R. E. Hooper, reporting births .75 

Dr. J. W. Christie, reporting births 1.00 

Dr. 0. L. Clarke, reporting births .75 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, reporting births 1.00 

George S. Braman, care of flag 5.00 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, National 

bank tax, 1923 .22 

$241.32 

Unexpended balance 258 . 68 

$500.00 



5e 

RESERVE FUND 

Appropriation $1,000 . 00 

Transferred to : 

General government $ 25 . 43 

Police department 36 . 67 

Fire department 180 . 11 

Moth department 34 . 90 

Main street 398 . 23 

Snow removal 45 . 92 

Library maintenance 121 .03 

Librarj^ repairs 40 . 00 

Reserve loans interest 110.34 

$992.63 
Unexpended balance 7 . 37 

$1,000.00 

INTEREST ON FUNDED DEBT 

Appropriation $3,197 . 35 

Paid: 

Merchants' National bank $2,480.00 

North Middlesex Savings bank 45 . 00 

First National bank of Ayer 260.00 

- Assabet Institution for Savings 405 . 22 

$3,190.22 
-Unexpended balance 7.13 

$3,197.35 

INTEREST ON REVENUE LOANS 

Appropriation $2,600 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 110.34 

$2,710.34 
Paid: 
First National bank of Ayer $2,710.34 

BONDED INDEBTEDNESS 

Appropriation $16,250.00 

Paid: 

Merchants' National bank, H. S. bonds . . . $6,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings bank, fire depart- 
ment note 2,000.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, special 

road notes 1,750.00 

First National bank of Ayer, special road 

notes 400.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, Lowell 

road notes v 2,500.00 



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First National bank of Ayer, Main street 

notes 2,800.00 

First National bank of Ayer, firehouse note 800 . 00 

$16,250.00 

REVENUE LOANS 

Amount outstanding January 1, 1928 $45,000.00 

Received First National bank of Ayer 95,000.00 

$140,000.00 
Paid: 

First National bank of Ayer $95,000.00 

Amount outstanding, December 31, 1928 . . 45,000.00 

$140,000.00 
REFUNDS 
Paid on account, 1927 tax $ 9.15 

TAX TITLE 
Paid collector, 1926 tax $134.31 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Due from collector, January 1, 1928 $54,946.75 

State tax 4,505.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

Auditing 676.23 

County tax 4,743.57 

County tuberculosis tax 310.21 

Additional assessments 42 . 20 

Overlav 3,776.57 

Town grant 80,968 . 14 

$151,541.87 

Treasurer's cash on hand, January 1, 1928, $26,216.93 
Treasurer's receipts other than taxes 143,721.04 

$169,937.97 

$321,479.84 
Paid : 

State tax $4,505 . 00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

State auditing 676.23 

County tax 4,743.57 

County tuberculosis tax 310 . 21 

General government 4,625.43 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 270.00 

Building and grounds 692 . 57 

Police 1,236 . 67 

Fire department 1,380.11 



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Brush fires 484.23 

Fire department, new hose 317 .00 

Fire house, balance of contract 800 . 00 

Hydrant service 2,934.00 

Moth department 1,304 . 29 

Tree warden 243 . 00 

Health and sanitation 627 . 41 

Town nurse 2,042 . 55 

Highways 15,716.28 

Widening road at Kelley's corner 155.25 

Main street ' 9,724.00 

School street to Law Brook road 7,719 . 63 

Snow removal 1,045 . 92 

Street lighting 4,986 . 66 

Public welfare . 1,499.21 

State aid 264.00 

Military aid 15.00 

Soldiers' relief 217.71 

Education 43,984.70 

Library 921.03 

Library books 608 . 55 

Library repairs 140 . 00 

Cemeteries 979.88 

Cemetery perpetual care 1,301 . 50 

Cemeteries 100.00 

Lowering device 171 . 00 

Unclassified 241.32 

Insurance of town employees 412 . 23 

Memorial day 234 . 61 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300 . 00 

Insurance on high school building 970.01 

Interest on notes and bonds 3,190.22 

Interest on revenue loans 2,710.34 

Notes and bonds 16,250.00 

Revenue loans 95,000.00 

Refunds 9.15 

Tax titles 13.4.31 

$237,767.98 

Abatements 426 . 13 

Amount due from collector, December 31, 

1928 63,998.98 

Treasurer's balance 19,286.75 

$321,479.84 
OVERLAYS 
1926 

Balance, January 1, 1928 $3,458.27 

Abatements $225.97 

Transferred to overlay surplus 3,232.30 

$3,458.27 



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1927 

Balance, January 1, 1928 $3,305 . 93 

Abatements $ 69 . 56 

Refund 9.15 

$78.71 

Balance, December 31, 1928 $3,227.22 

1928 

Overlay $3,776.57 

Abatements 130 . 60 

Balance, December 31, 1928 $3,645.97 

OVERLAY SURPLUS 

Balance, January 1, 1928 $3,011 . 60 

Transferred for 1926 overlay 3,232.30 

Balance, December 31, 1928 $6,243 . 90 

SURPLUS REVENUE, 1927 

Balance, January 1, 1928 $1,600.00 

Amount appropriated November meeting, $850.00 
Transferred to surplus account 750.00 

$1,600.00 
SURPLUS ACCOUNT 

Balance, January 1, 1928 $20,023.33 

Transferred from surplus, 1927 750 . 00 

Surplus revenue, 1928 13,526 . 63 

$34,299.96 
Dr. 

Revenue account, 1928 $10,000.00 

Tax title revenue 134.31 

$10,134.31 
Balance, December 31, 1928 $24,165.65 

BALANCE SHEET, DECEMBER 31, 1928 
REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 

Cash $19,286.75 

Accounts receivable : 
Taxp^ . 

Lew of 1927 20,635 . 60 

Levy of 1928 43,363.38 

Tax titles 134.31 



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Departmental : 

Public welfare 84.50 

Highway 15.00 

State aid 264.00 

$83,783.54 

LIABILITIES 

Revenue loans $45,000 . 00 

Appropriation balance : 

School street and Law Brook road . . 347 . 04 

Departmental revenue 363 . 50 

Tax title revenue 134.31 

Overlay reserved for abatements : 

Levy of 1927 3,227.22 

Levy of 1928 3,645.97 

Overlay surplus 6,243.90 

Surplus war bonus fund 655 . 95 

Surplus revenue 24,165 . 65 



$83,783.54 
DEBT ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 

Net funded or fixed debt $66,500.00 

LIABILITIES 

High school bonds $56,000.00 

Main street road notes 8,200.00 

Fire house notes 2,300.00 



$66,500.00 
Respectfully submitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



AUDITOR'S REPORT 



I have examined the accounts of the tax collector and 
treasurer of the town of Acton, and find them correct. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 
February 8, 1929. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES 
OF THE GOODNOW FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1928 



INVESTMENTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,389 . 32 

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

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000.00 

$3,389.32 
RECEIPTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $ 60 . 43 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank ... 50 . 00 

City Institution for Savings 47 . 50 

$157.93 
PAYMENTS 
Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evangelical 

church in Acton $122 . 50 

Fred W. Green, care of Goodnow lot, 

Woodlawn cemeter}- 10 . 00 

Unused income, added to savings deposit 25.43 

$157.93 
CHARLOTTE CONANT, 
CHARLES E. SMITH, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



TRUSTEES' REPORT OF THE 
ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

The trustees have signed orders to the treasurer for $838.00 
(Eight hundred and thirty-eight dollars), for the year ending 
December 31, 1928. Your trustees have tried to keep in touch 
with those who have been unfortunate in life and after an investi- 
gation found them in need, we have given them assistance. 
Respectfully submitted, 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 
Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT, 1928 



Buildings, exclusive of land $2,293,700.00 

Land, exclusive of buildings 713,485 . 00 

Personal estate 644,235.00 

$3,651,420.00 
Valuation, April 1, 1927 3,654,926.00 

Decrease in valuation $3,506 . 00 

Rate of taxation, $26.00. 

Tax assessed as follows: 

Real estate $78,186.81 

Personal estate 16,750 . 11 

Polls 1,616.00 

$96,552.92 
Amount of money raised: 

State tax $4,505.00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 20 

State auditing tax 676 . 23 

County tax 4,743.57 

County tuberculosis tax 310.21 

Town grant 80,968.14 

Overlay 3,776.57 

$96,552.92 

.December assessment: 

Personal estate $700.00 

Tax assessed as follows : 

Personal $ 18.20 

Polls 24.00 

$42.20 
WARREN H. JONES, 
HENRY L. HAYNES, 
ARTHUR W. EMERSON. 

Assessors. 



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REPORT OF TAX COLLECTOR 



1926 TAXES 

Dr. 

Uncollected January 1, 1928 $11,578.59 

Interest collected 1,191.94 

$12,770.53 

Cr. 

Paid treasurer $12,544 . 56 

Abated 225.97 

$12,770.53 

1927 TAXES 

Dr. 

Uncollected January 1, 1928 $43,368 . 16 

Interest collected 1,127.32 

$44,495.48 

Cr. 

Paid treasurer $23,790.32 

Abated 69.56 

Uncollected January 1, 1929 20,635 . 60 

$44,495.48 

1928 TAXES 

Dr. 

Committed $96,595 . 12 

Interest collected 50 . 04 

$96,645.16 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $53,151 . 18 

Abated 130.60 

Uncollected January 1, 1929 43,363.38 

$96,645.16 

CHARLES A. DURKEE, 

Tax Collector. 



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REPORT OF THE 
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We have been called upon during the year ending December 
31, 1928, to render aid to eleven persons. Most of these will be of 
a permanent nature for the present year. One, a mother aid case, 
for which the state will re-imburse the town one-third of the 
expense from July 1. We are aiding one child who has a settle- 
ment in a neighboring town. Our town is being re-imbursed for 
this case. 

Two children are under the care of the State Department of 
Public Welfare. 

One adult is being cared for at the State Infirmary. 
The others are being aided in their own homes, or private 
families. 

Kespectfully submitted, 

WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 
HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WENDELL F. DAVIS, 

Department of Public Welfare. 



REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 



For the Year Ending December 31, 1928 

Burial permits issued in Acton 20 

Burial permits of non-residents 17 

List of contagious diseases reported by the Board of Health, 
January 1, 1928, to December 31, 1928 : 

Influenza 12 

Pneumonia (Lobar) 1 

Measles 4 

Mumps 1 

Rabies 3 

Scarlet fever 2 

Total 23 

(Deaths, none.) 
Your board would recommend that $1,000.00 be appropriated 
for use of the board for the present year. 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

C. A. Durkee, Agent. 



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REPORT OF 
SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I herewith submit my report of work done during the year 
ending December 31st, 1928 : 

The following: is a statement of the special work done in your 
town last year, outside of the ordinary maintenance, such as 
scraping, dragging, surface repairs and patching : 

CHAPTER 81 
WORK DONE OTHER THAX GENERAL MAIXTEXAXCE 
Surface treatment of 459^ asphaltic oil applied on the follow- 
ing streets : Arlington, Central, Chadwick, Davis road, Davis 
terrace. Brooks, Liberty, Main, Maple, Martin, Xagog Hill, Pope, 
Prospect, Quimby, School (S. A.), School (W. A.), Stow, Straw- 
berry Hill, Summer, Willow, High street, XewtoAvn road, Wright 
terrace. 

OTHER WORK DOXE 

Concord street — 600 feet gravel. 

High Street — 700 feet gravel, 2,000 feet oil surface treated. 

Sudbury Road — Relaid 65 feet, ten-inch corrugated iron pipe. 

Conant Road — Installed 24 feet, twelve-inch corrugated iron 
pipe. 

Martin Street — 600 feet gravel. 

Robbins Road — 400 feet gravel. 

School Street (S. A.) — Lowered catch basin, seven inches, re- 
laid 40 feet, six-inch clay pipe. 

Prospect Street — 400 feet gravel, 200 feet oil surface treated. 

Windsor Avenue — 800 feet gravel. 

Summer Street — 800 feet oil surface treated. 

Arlington Street — 250 feet gravel. 

W^oodlawn Lane — Relaid 16 feet of two-foot by one foot, 
stone culvert. 

Maple Avenue — 250 feet gravel. 

Woodburj^ Lane — 600 feet gravel. 

Taylor Street— 700 feet gravel. 

Wetherbee Street — Relaid 25 feet, 18-inch clay pipe. In- 
stalled 166 feet of 18-inch corrugated iron pipe. 

Harris Street — 1100 feet gravel. 

Quarry Road — Relaid 20 feet of one foot by one foot, stone 
culvert. Installed two 20 feet, 12-inch corrugated iron pipe 
culverts. 



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Davis Koad — 200 feet gravel. 
Esterbrook Road — 425 feet gravel. 
Pope Road — 400 feet gravel. 
Hosmer Street — 1,000 feet gravel. 
School Street (S. A.)— 200 feet gravel. 
Strawberry Hill Road — 300 feet gravel. 

Surface treatment with tarvia B — Conant road, Massachu- 
setts avenue. Pearl street and Windsor avenue. 

CHAPTER 90 

Laws Brook road — Gravel surfacing from Station 40 to 
Station 57, plus 50, 1,750 feet ; re-location of portions of roadway 
to eliminate curves and increase vision ; installation of 36 feet of 
12-inch re-inforced concrete pipe, 296 feet of 12-inch clay pipe, 
and three concrete drop inlets; erection of 253.5 feet of wooden 
guard rail. 

SPECIAL WORK 

School Street (S. A.) — Installation of two catchbasins, 24 
feet of 12-inch corrugated iron pipe and 20 feet of 12-inch clay 
pipe (Village funds). 

Church Street — 200 feet gravel. 
Kingsley Road — 400 feet gravel (Village Funds). 
Elm Street— 800 feet gravel (Village Funds). 
Nashoba Road — 850 feet gravel, with stone foundation. 
Funds from Village and Chapter 81. Stone for foundation, 
together Avith the team and men for delivering the stone onto the 
road, were given without any cost to the town, by Mr. A. R. 
Jenks. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. H. PERKINS, 
Superintendent of Streets. 



REPORT OF PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE 



To the Board of Health : 

Fees collected $255.75 

Metropolitan calls 200 

Town pay calls 204 

Town non-pay calls 100 

Child welfare 24 

Pre-natal 28 

Social service 28 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN E. FROST, R. N. 



79 

REPORT OF POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit mv report for the year ending 
December 31, 1928 : 

Arrests made : 

Drunkenness 5 

Illegal sale of liquor 1 

Suspicious persons 1 

Passing bad checks 1 

Manufacturing liquor 1 

Drunk and driving under influence 2 

Driving under influence, speeding, and failing to stop 1 

Illegal transportation of liquor 4 

Assault .' 1 

Breaking and entering 2 

Beggetting 1 

Neglected children warrant 3 

Arrests 23 

Returns from fines, $241.00. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY, 

Chief of Police. 



INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of the Town of Acton : 

I herewith submit mv report as inspector of animals for the 
year 1928 : 

Milch cows 365 

Young cattle 94 

Bulls 16 

Swine 321 

Sheep 5 

Goats 6 

Stables 120 

Condemned for T. B 4 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRED S. AYHITCOMB, 

Inspector. 



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REPORT OF FOREST WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Gentlemen — Your forest warden submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1928 : 

Total number of fires responded to, 25. 

The cost of extinguishing this year has been comparatively 
low, OAving to the prompt response of the various companies, for 
Avhich we take this opportunity of thanking them. 

We are very much pleased to report a great reduction in the 
number of fires this year due largely, we believe, to the co-opera- 
tion of the townspeople in removing fire hazards. 

''Burn up that brush pile and the dead grass along the high- 
way at the proper time and save property, time, and anxiety 
later on. Call on your forest warden if you want assistance ; he 
may be able to help 3^ou. " 

Very few people are taking advantage of the fact that they 
can purchase trees from the State nurseries for re-foresting at a 
very reasonable price. We wish more would do so. Your forest 
warden has information regarding prices, etc. 

In closing I beg to recommend that the sum of $500 be appro- 
priated for the extinguishing of forest fires and an additional 
sum of $500 be appropriated for the purchase of three-quarter 
inch canvas hose, which can be used from our pumping engine for 
forest fires. Much time and labor can be saved b}^ using this 
smaller hose and consequently better results can be obtained. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALAN B. FROST, 

Forest Warden. 



REPORT INSPECTOR OF 
SLAUGHTERING 



1928 

Beef 5 

Veal 2 

Hogs 36 

JAMES KINSLEY. 



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REPORT OF ELECTRIC LIGHT 
COMMITTEE 



At the annual town meeting, March 12, 1928, it was voted: 
That the selectmen be authorized to make a new contract for 
electric street lighting for the best advantage of the town. Also 
that the selectmen be authorized to appoint a committee of three, 
one from each precinct, to assist them in the investigation of such 
new contract and that the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars 
be appropriated to cover any necessary expense incurred. 

Acting under this vote the selectmen appointed Mr. Stuart 
Allen, Mr. Arthur Blanchard and Mr. Frederick Burke to assist 
in this investigation. The chairman of the board of selectmen, 
Howard Billings, was elected chairman of this committee. 

It became apparent at once upon consideration of this pro- 
blem that we could only act on street lighting under this vote, but 
your committee decided that before entering into a new agree- 
ment for street lighting, it would be well to make a study of our 
house lighting rates, as well as our street lighting rates, as com- 
l^ared with other towns similarly situated. We first obtained a 
list of the number of customers in Acton, and the total amounts 
paid by each in 1927, Avhich was as follows : 

Customers paying : 

Under $10 118 

$10 but under $11 20 

11 but under 12 24 

12 but under 13 11 

13 but under 14 22 

14 but under 15 17 

15 but under 20 87 

20 but under 25 77 

25 but under 30 55 

30 but under 35 65 

35 but under 40 57 

40 but under 45 30 

45 but under 50 19 

50 but under 55 31 

55 but under 60 13 

60 but under 65 . . 19 

65 but under 70 8 

70 but under 75 13 

75 but under 80 4 

80 but under 90 8 

90 but under 100 7 

100 but under 200 13 



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400 1 

Street lighting, $4,930.82 1 

725 

As you will no doubt recall during the spring of 1928, man}- 
public utility companies were investigated by the Department of 
Public Utilities and forced to cut their electric lighting and 
power rates. We obtained the new rates of several of these 
companies and the following is a typical example of these rates : 

Investment charge. This pays for no electricity; 80c per 
month for home-floor area of 1,000 square feet, or less ; plus 7c per 
100 square feet of floor area over 1,000 square feet, plus an elec- 
tricity charge of 6^/20 per K. "W. H. for the first 50 K. W. H., or 
hours per month, and 4V2C per K. W. H. for all electricity over 
50 K. W. H. per month. Discount, %c per K. W. H. on or before 
discount date on the hill. 

In studying these rates, of which the above is an average 
example, including the Edison Company rates, it became apparent 
that 299 out of our 725 customers would pay more for their elec- 
tric lighting Avith these rates than they are now paj'ing. Such a 
charge would benefit the larger users of current in our town, but 
react to the disadvantage of those families who find it necessarj^ 
to economize on lighting, which obviously would not be a 
desirable change. 

Our street lighting rates Avere found to compare favorably 
with those of other towns buying electricit}^ from public utility 
companies, but are higher than the published costs of lighting in 
towns like Littleton, where the town owns the equipment and 
buys its power at the source. 

Under the laAv we as a town have a right to buy the equip- 
ment at its appraisal value and go into the electric lighting 
business, but in so doing much of the equipment in our homes as 
well as on the transmission lines would be a total loss in changing 
to 60-c3^cle current. 

This is the second or third time a committee has been 
appointed by the town of Acton to investigate the electric light 
or electric current situation. None of these committees have 
accomplished a great deal, although this last committee did not 
have as much authority as the others, because this last committee 
had only to do with the street lighting situation. 

It is the opinion of this committee that no future committee 
can accomplish a great deal, because of the use of 40 cycles in our 
territory; therefore, your committee recommends that a perma- 
nent committee be appointed with authority to act at the 
opportune moment in forming a municipal company to furnish 
the town of Acton with electric current under 60-cycle operation. 

We realize that such action will make a higher rate both for 
the town and the consumers in the town for a period of years, but 



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in the end it will save money for all concerned for the reason that 
every piece of apparatus used with a 40-C3^cle current costs any- 
where from 10 to 25% more than the 60-cycle apparatus, and the 
longer such action is put off the grreater will be the cost of the 
change, because of the greater load as time goes on. 

Again, with 60-cycle current, there is a possibility of compe- 
tition in existing rates and points of suppl.y, while with the 
40-cycle situation there is no competition and the public utilities 
is the only factor that holds the situation in check, and that can 
be considerably camouflaged because of the interlocking of costs 
with those of the Maynard electric light supply and the American 
Woolen Mills. 

This last mentioned phase of our electric lighting problem is 
•one which should be given serious consideration by the town. 

After several meetings, at which the foregoing details were 
discussed, your committee met with the officials of the American 
Woolen Company, in an effort to obtain a better street lighting 
rate, if possible, before entering into a new contract. 

The company officials were firm in their refusal to reduce 
rates and said that they were willing to go before the Public 
Utilities, if necessary, to justify their present rates. In conse- 
quence of this interview we asked the American Woolen Com- 
pany to furnish us street lighting for a year from the expiration 
of the old contract, according to the terms of that contract, in 
order that we might bring the whole matter before the town at 
our next annual town meeting. In reply to this request Mr. Ram- 
sey, acting for the American Woolen Company, wrote the 
following letter: 

(Copy) 

August 9, 1928. 
Mr. H. J. Billings, Chairman, 
Board of Selectmen, Town of Acton, 
Acton, Massachusetts. 

Dear Mr. Billings — The company are willing to 
comply with your original request made about the time 
of the expiration of your lighting contract, that street 
lighting be furnished the Town of Acton for a year from 
the expiration of the old contract without the formality 
of signing a new one. 

The rates will be those which have been approved 
by the Department of Public Utilities. The service will 
be the same as under the previous contract, except that 
we will cause the lights to be lighted fifteen minutes 
after sunset instead of at sunset, which will be the new 
arrangement at Maynard. As the lights are on the same 
circuit, it will be difficult to handle them separately for 
Acton. 

We will make any reasonable extensions or removals 
in connection with this street lighting but, should the 



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town decide to use ornamental street lighting or ask an 
unreasonable extension of the lines for several lights, we 
would expect you to sign a contract, which would result 
in the company getting its money back on this particular 
portion of the street lighting system. Any ordinary 
extensions or slight changes we shall be \ery glad to 
make at your request. 

It is our belief that this arrangement will be 
mutually satisfactory. 

"We accepted this arrangement for one year and the select- 
men will be guided by your action at this annual meeting as to 
whether this arrangement should be continued or other action 
taken. 

The selectmen Avish to thank Mr. Allen, Mr. Blanchard and 
Mr. Burke for their valued assistance in this investigation. 
Respect fullv submitted, 

HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 

Chairman. 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION 
SERVICE 



The tOAvn of Acton appropriated $300 in support of the 
Middlesex County Extension Service through the trustees for 
County Aid to Agriculture for 1928. The following is a report of 
the work accomplished during the year. 

In agriculture five poultry meetings were held, with an 
attendance of 254. One meeting on the subject of soils and crops 
with an attendance of sixteen, and two dairy meetings for Acton 
and surrounding towns were held, with an attendance of seventy- 
three. A pruning meeting for the interest of orchard men was 
held on the farm of C. E. Willett, with an attendance of eighteen. 
All farmers interested in poultry, dairying, and orcharding 
received circular letters during the year, giving timely sugges- 
tions. At the time of the Acton fair, judges were furnished for 
several of the departments and also an exhibit was put on ; show- 
ing some of the recommendations that were being made to assist 
farmers. Eighty-four individual farm visits were made during 
the year on request to help with different problems. 

In homemaking a total of eighty-six women attended the 
groups that were held. These groups held their meetings in 
North Acton, South Acton and West Acton. Mrs. Alden Flagg is 



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the president in the North Acton unit ; Mrs. John Holland, vice- 
president ; Mrs. Andrew Phillips, secretar}^; Mrs. Stuart Allen 
and Mrs. Charles Willett are the leaders. In South Acton, Mrs. 
Carl Flint is the president; Mrs. Elwyn Harris, vice-president; 
Mrs. Elwin Young, secretary; Mrs. Walter Tucker and Mrs, 
Charles Reiner, leaders. In West Acton the groups have been 
conducted at the Neighborhood club meetings. Leaders for this 
group are Mrs. William J. Scanlon and Mrs. Ada M. Durkee. 

A series of five home improvement meetings were held in 
each of these communities. As a result, homemakers have 
reported that many improvements in kitchens have been made, 
which include the re-arrangement of equipment to save steps, 
better cupboard and storage space, re-finishing of floors, walls, 
ceilings, and woodwork, and the raising of tables and sinks to the 
heights of the worker. 

The nutrition program consisted of a series of four meetings.- 
The homemakers report that their meal planning problems have 
been simplified and that they now realize the healthful value of 
milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and water. 

The homemakers in these units have passed on what they 
have learned to 247 others who could not attend the meetings. 

This fall, these units are carrying on a clothing program of 
four meetings to discuss line and design in dress and short-cuts 
in garment finishes. 

In boys' and girls' 4-H club work, ninety-two were enrolled 
in garden, canning, poultry, food, and clothing clubs. Mrs. R. 
Stoney, Mr. Charles Edne}', and four junior leaders assisted in 
the work. James Edney represented the county at Camp Field,. 
Brockton fair. Annie Bulette won honorable mention in the 
cotton school dress contest for the county. Porter Jenks, Annie 
Bulette and David Young were awarded a two-day trip to the 
Massachusetts Agricultural college for doing outstanding club 
work. 

Assistance Avas given the Acton fair in putting on the Boys^ 
and Girls' club exhibit. 

Eight educational motion picture shows Avere given in the 
town to a total attendance of 1225. 

In addition to the local work mentioned above, the citizens 
of the town had an opportunity to attend the county-wide meet- 
ings in the interest of various phases of agriculture and home- 
making. 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 



Accessions : No of volumes in the library, January 1, 1928, 
17,894 (including 630 of town official books not previously 
-counted). 

Increase by purchase, 280. Increase by gift, 80. Total 
lincrease, 990. 

Number of volumes in the library, January 1, 1929, 18,254. 

Circulation : Number of days the library was open, 100. 

Number of volumes circulated, 11,164. Largest daily circu- 
lation, 199, July 7. Smallest daily circulation, 59, on December 
22. Daily average circulation. 111 plus. 

Keceived from library fines, and old books and maga- 
zines sold $ 59 . 88 

."Expended for postage 1 . 38 

Paid to town treasurer $ 58 . 50 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
JJ. S. Government, 2 ; State of Massachusetts, 8 ; Interstate Com- 
merce Commission, 1; Acorn Press, 1; Baha Committee, 1; Wil- 
liam J. Batt, 1 ; Robert M. Bowen, 41 ; Mrs. J. M. Brown, 3 ; 
William Edmonds, 1; George B. Parker, 4; Benjamin Pope, 12; 
John Richardson, 1 ; E. E. Smith, 1 ; Society for Cancer Control, 
1 ; Sweedenborgian Society, 1 ; A. 0. Taylor, 1 ; total, 80 volumes. 

ARTHUR F. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



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NON-FICTION 

Allen, H. — Israfel: The life and times of Edgar Allan 

Poe 922P743a 

Amundsen, R. and Ellsworth L. — First crossing the 

Polar Sea 919.8A529f 

Andersson, J. G. — The dragon and the foreign devils 915.1A544d 
Annesley, M. — My Parisian year 914.4A614m 

Ashbrook, F. G.— Fur farming for profit 63A819f 

Baldry, A. L. — British marine painting 75B178b 

Bangs, J. K. — The bicyclers and three other farces 81B216b 

Bartlett, R. A.— The log of Bob Bartlett 922B2912b 

Barton, W. E.— The father of his country 922W318b 

Bashkirtseff, M.— The journal of a young artist 928B311b 

Baskin, J. — Artificial flower making 74B315a 

Bates, K. L.— The English religious drama 82B329e- 

Batt, W. J.— Cyrus Knox prisoner 36B33oc 

Beebee, W. — Beneath tropic seas 59B414b- 

Benton, J. R. — An introductory text-book of electrical 

engineering 62B478i 

Bernat, J. (Madam Judith) — My autobiography 925B524b 

Bordeux, J.— Eleanora Duse, the story of her life 927D972b 

Bradford, G.— Bare souls 920B799b 

Burlingame, E. L. — Art life and theories of Richard 

Wagner 926W134b 

Burrell, C. B.— Our girls and our times 17B969o 

Busbev, L. W.— Uncle Joe Cannon 922C226b 

Byrd, R. E.— Skyward 922B995s 

Calvert, A. F. — Spanish arms and armour 39C167s 

Caruso, D. and Goddard, T. — Wings of song, the story 

of Caruso 927C329c 

Clapp, H. A. — Reminiscences of a dramatic critic 920C589r 

Conklin, E. P. — Middlesex countv and its people ; 

4 vols. ^ 974.5C752m 

Crane, W. H.— Footprints and echoes 922C8912f 

Crosb}^ I. B. — Boston through the ages 55C949b 

Dell, A.— Llama land 918D3571 

Depew, C. M. — Orations and afterdinner speeches 81D419o 

Donaldson, J. W.— The theatre of the Greeks 938D676b 

Drake, J. R.— The culprit fav 81D761c 

Dugmore, A. R.— The vast Sudan 916.7D866v 

Emery, M. S. — How to enjoy pictures 70E53h 

Engeibach, R.— The problem of the obelisks 930E57p 

Finberg, A. J. — Earh' English water-color drawings 75F491e 

Forbush, E. H.— Birds of Massachusetts. Part 2, land 

birds 59F696b 

Foster, W. T. and Catchings, W.— The road to plenty 33F758r 
Freeman, L. — By waterways to Gotham 917.3F855b 

Gardner, E. A. — A handbook of Greek sculpture 73G226h 

Garland, H.— Back trailers from the Middle border 922G233g2 



917.3G377a 
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Gerould, K. T.— The aristocratic west 

Gibbons, H. A.— The new map of South America 

Gilbart, J. W.— The history principles and practice 
banking 

Gilman, R. — Great styles in interior architecture 

Glover, Lady J. — Memories of two continents 

Goldoni, C— The comedies of Carlo Goldoni 

Gordon, G. A. — Unto victory 

Gordon, J. and C— Poor folks in Spain 

Greenshield, E. B.— Landscape painting and modern 
Dutch artists 

Guest, E. A. — A heap o'livin' 

Gurteen, S. H.— An Arthurian epic 
Halliburton, R. — The royal road to romance 

Hamburg, M. — Beginning- to fly 

Hamerton, P. G. — Philip Gilbert Hamerton, an auto- 
biography, 1834-1858, with memories bv his 
wife, 1858-1894 
Hamerton, P. G. — Thoughts on art 
Harding, C. — Chester Harding, artist 
Hennequin, A. — The art of plaj^writing 
Herrick, F. H. — Audubon, the naturalist ; 2 vols. 
Hoggson, N. F. — Banking through the ages 
Home, H. P. — The binding of books 
Hosmer, G. L. — Hosmer genealogy 
Houdini, B. — ^Houdini, his life stor}^ 
Howes, P. G. — Backyard explorations 
Irwin, W. — Herbert Hoover, a reminiscent biography 
Irwin, W. — The house of shadows 
Jefferson, J. — The autobiography of Joseph Jefferson 
Keller, H — My religion 

Kennedy, J. P. (Ed.)— The story of the films 
Larwood, J. and Hotten, J. C. — The history of signboards 65L336h 
Lea, J. H. and Hutchinson, J. R. — The ancestry of 

Abraham Lincoln 922L7361e 

Lewes, G. H. — On actors and the art of acting 82L671o 

Ludwig, E. — Bismarck, the story of a fighter 926B6221 

MacMillan, D. B.— Etah and beyond 919.8M167e 

Madden, D. H.— The diary of Master William Silence 82M179d 
Maspero, G. — Manuel of Archaeology 930M412m 

Mathews B. and Hutton, L. (Eds.) — Actors and Act- 
resses of Great Britian and the United 
States 920M387a 

Matthews, J. B.— The theatres of Paris 914.4M439t 

Maurice, A. — Disraeli, a picture of the Victorian age 924D613ma 
Maurice, A. B. — The Paris of the novelists 914.4M454p 

Mayo, K.— Mother India 915.4M473m 

Melville, L. — Life and letters of Laurence Sterne ; 

2 vols. 924S839m 

JMelville, L.— Life and letters of Tobias Smollett 924S666m 



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72G487g 

924G566g 

85G621C 

20G663U 

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924H215h 

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Moehlman, C. H. — The story of the ten commandments 22M698^ 



Moore, N. H. — Old glass, European and American 
Munro, W. B. — The invisible government 
Mussolini, B. — My autobiography 
Mussolini, B. — My Avar diary 
Page, V. W. — Modern aircraft 

Page, W. — London, its origin and early development 
Peloubet, F. N. — Select notes on Sunday school les- 
sons, 1928 
Pollard, A. W. — Early illustrated books 
Ponsette-Dart, N.— Abbott H. Thayer 
Ponsette-Dart, N, — Childe Hassam 
Ponsette-Dart, N. — James McNeill, whistler 
Prussing, E. E. — The estate of George Washington, 

deceased 
Ranlett, L. P.— Let's go! 
Remey, C. M.— The Baha' I' teachings 
Riegel, R. — Elements of business statistics 
Roosevelt, T. — Theodore Roosevelt's diaries of boy- 
hood and youth 
Russell, C. E. — The American orchestra and Theodore 

Thomas 
Ruth, G. H. — Babe Ruth's own book of baseball 
Sandberg, C. — Abraham Lincoln, the prairie years; 

2 vols. 
Seitz, D. C. — From Kaw Teepee to capitol 
Sergeant, E. S. — French perspectives 
Shakespeare, W. — The art of singing 
Siegfried, A. — America comes of age 
Smith, E. E. — Aluminium compounds in food 
Soper, G. A. and Many Others — Cancer control 
Starr, J. W., Jr. — Lincoln and the railroads 
Stone, C. E. W. — Sonnets, songs, laments 
Stone, J. T. — Everyday religion 
Stout, G. F. — Manual of psychology 
Sullivan, M. — America finding herself 
Taylor, A. 0. (Ed.) — Persistent public problems 
Thomas, E. M. — Selected poems 
Thomas, L. — Count Luckner, the sea devil 
Ticknor, C— May Alcott 
TocquevilleDe, A. — The recollection of Alexis de 

Tocqueville 
Torrey, D. C. — The normal person 
Tytter, S. — Modern painters and their paintings 
VandeWater, V. T.— The heart of a child 
Walden, A. T. — A dog puncher on the Yukon 



73M823ol 

32M968i 

927M989m 

940M989m 

62P133m 

942P133I 

26P392S 
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72P878a 
75P878C 
75P878i 

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940R211I 

29R386b 

65R548e 

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Ward, T. H. (Ed.)— English poets, vol. 4, Wadsworth 

to Tennyson 82W263e- 

Warren, L. — Through Algeria and Tunisia, on a 

motor-bicycle 916.5W291t 



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Wells, A. R.— Know your Bible? 22W453k 

"Wilder, T.— The angel that troubled the waters 81W673a 

Williams, D. — Gardens and their meanings 63W722g 

Winter, W.— The life and art of Edwin Booth 922B725w 

Woolman, J. — Journals and essays with biography 922W914w 

Yale, L. M. and Others— Angling * 79V17a 
York, A. C. — Sergant York, his own life story and war 

diary 922Y61y 



FICTION 

Ade, G.— Fables in slang A228f 

Ames, J. B. — Chaps and chuckers A514ch 

Ames, J. B. — Flame of the desert A514f 

Ames, J. B. — The stranger from Cheyenne A514st 

Bailey, T.— Silver slippers B156s 

Beith, Maj. — The poor gentleman B422p 

Benson, R. — Hill country B4746h 

Bindloss, H.— The lone hand B6121o 

Bower, B. M.— Points West B786po 

Brand, M. — Pillar mountain B817p 

Bromfield, L. — A good woman B868g 

Burr, R.— St. Helios B968s 

Burton, B.— The little yellow house B97411 

Cannon, C. J.— Red rust C226r 

Cartwright, Z. — Wapoose C392w 

Chalmers, M. P. — April and Sally June P665a 

Chamberlain, G. A. — The stranger at the feast C443s 

Chambers, R. W.— The sun hawk C444su 

Chancellor, J.— The dark god C454d 

Churchill, W.— The crisis C563cr 

Cockrell, S.— The hinge of heaven C666h 

Cohen, 0. R.— Spring tide C678s 

Colver, A. R.— The lookout girl C7271 

Cooper, C. R.— The golden bubble C7762g 

Oopp, L.G.— Sue Stanwood C785s 

€urwood, J. 0.— The plains of Abraham C982p 

Deeping, W.— Old Pybus D311o 

DeFord, A. — Singing river D315s 

Deland, M.— The Kays D337k 

Dell, E. M.— Peggy by request D357p 

Diver, M. — Unconquered D618u 

Duffield, A.— Miss Mayhew and Ming Yun D857m 

Eaton, W. P.— The man who found Christmas E142m 

Edginton, M. — The joy girl E232j 

Erskine, L. V.— Power of the hills E735p 
Evarts, H. G.— Fur brigade, a story of the early West E921f 

Farnol, J.— The quest of youth F2j^5q 

Ferguson, J. A. — The man in the dark F352m 

Field, R. C— Heritage F455h 

Fletcher, J. S.— Hardican's hollow F613ha 



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Gibbs, G. — The shores of romance G442sh 

Gollomb, J. — The portrait invisible G627p 

Grey, Z.— Nevada G842n 

Grey, Z. — Wild horse mesa G842wi 

Hapredon, H. — The rough riders H141r 

Hart, F. N.— The Bellamv trial H325b 

Hill. G. L. (Lutz)— Blue ruin L975bl 

Hill, G. L. (Lutz) — Crimson roses L975cr 

Hurst, F. — A president is born H9595p 

James W. — Cow country J29c 

Jones, H. B. — The king's paspourt J77k 

Knipe, E. B. and A. A.— Silver dice K692s 

Leeds, L. — The phantom of the shore L484p 

LeMay, A.— Old father of waters L549o 

Lincoln, J. C— Silas Bradford's boy L7372si 

Lincoln, N. S. — The secret of Mohawk pond L7375s 

Loring, E. — A certain cross road L873c 

Loring, E. — Gay courage L873g 

Loring, E. — Here comes the sun L873h 

Loring, E. — The solitary horseman L873s 

Loring, E.— The trail of conflict L873t 

Lynn, M. — The land of promise L989I 

McCutcheon, G. B.— Blades M133bm~ 

Mclntvre, J. T.— Stained sails M1526st 

Marshall, A.— The Allbrights M367a 

Marshall, E.— The far call M3675f 

Masson, T. L. (Ed.) — Best short stories M419b 

Merrick, L. — The position of Peggy Harper M569p 

Miln, L. J. — Red lily and Chinese jade M659re 

Montgomery, L. L. — Old Bayberry road M787a 

MorroAv, H. (Willsie) — Forever free W741fo< 

Morrow, H. (Willsie) — Wild malice toward none W741wi 

Mottram, R. H.— Our Mr. Dormer M812o 

Norris, The foolish virgin N856f 

Norris, K. — Mv best girl N856my 

Norris, K.— The sea gull N856se- 

Ogden, G. W.— Cherokee trails 034c 

Ogden, G. W.— Sheep limit 034s 

Oppenheim, E. P.— The light beyond 0621j 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Matorni's vinyard 062ma 

Owen, C. M.— The cradle of the rose 097c 

Payne, E. S.— Painters of dreams P3461p 

Pedler, M.— Bitter heritage P371b 

Proutv, 0. H.— Conflict P968e 

Pryde, A. and Weekes, R. K.— A fool in the forest P9731f 

Raine, W. M. — Colorado R155co 

Raine, W. M. — Texas man R155te 

Richmond, G. — At the south gate R532a 

Ruck, B. — The youngest Venus R911y 

Russell, J. — Where the pavement ends R964w 



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Sabatini, R. — The hounds of god 

Seltzer, A. C. — Mystery range 

Seltzer, A. C. — ^^The mesa 

Shepherd, E. — Coming the rose 

Shute, H. A. — A country lawyer 

Sinclair, M. — Far end 

Smith, W. H.— Red ivory 

Spearman, F. H. — Flambeau Jim 

Steele, D. W.— Meat 

Suckow, R. — The Bonney family 

Tarkington, B. — Claire Ambler ^ 

Tarkington, B. — The Plutocrat 

Terhune, A. P.— Water ! 

Toy, M. F. S. — Lady Hammond's heridity 

Toy, M. F. S. — When summer goes 

TurnbuU, M. — Rogues march 

Tuttle, W. C— The Morgan trail 

Wallace, E. — The squealer 

Walpole, H. — Winter's moon 

Wells, C. — The crime in the crypt 

Wharton, E. — The children 

Wharton, E. — Here and beyond 

White, W. P.— Cloudy in the West 

White, W. P. — Sweetwater range 

Whitlock, B.— Uprooted 

Wilder, J. — The bridge of San Luis Rey 

Williams, B. A. — Splendor 

Williams, B. C. — Best American stories; 2 vols. 

Wing, F.— ^'The Foty graft Album" 

Wisehart, M. K.— The Kiss 

Wodehouse, P. G. — Money for nothing 

Wren, P. C— Beau Ideal 



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JUVENILE 

Adams, K. — MidAvinter JA2145mi 

Bailey, C. S. — All the year play games JB155a 

Bailey, C. S. — Boys and girls of discovery days JB155bo 

Bailey, C. S. — In and outdoor play games JB155in 

Bailey, C. S. — Lincoln time stories JB1551i 

Bailey, C. S. — Little men and women stories JB1551 

Bailey, C. S. — Reading time stories JB155r 

Barbour, R. H.— Adventures of Tom Marvel JB239ad 

Barbour, R. H.— Comrades of the key JB239eo 

Barbour, R. H.— Lovell leads ofe JB2391p 

Bartlett, A. C— The sea dog JB2891s 

Bennett, E. H.— Camp Conqueror JB4712c 

Bowen, 0.— The Hepzibah hen book JB78Gh 

Brown, E.— Three gates JB8774t 
Burgess, T. W.— The Boy Scouts of Woodcraft Camp JB955bx 

Burtis, T. — Russ Farrell, circus flyer JB973ra 



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Burtis, T.— Russ Farrell, airman JB973rb 

Byington, E.— Doll land stories JB993d 

Cieyney, E. G. — Matu, the Iroquois JC531m 

Chrisman, A. B. — The wind that wouldn't blow JC556w 

Cobb, B. E. and E.— Pennie JC6531p 
Dasent, G. AV. — East o' the sun and west o' the moon JD2292e 

Davis, M. M.— Dr. Pete of the Sierras JD2631d 

Dearborn, F. R.— How the Indians lived J9D285h 

Donah ey, M. D.— Marty Lu's treasure JD674ma 

Dudley, A. T.— At the home plate JD847a 

Dudley, A. T.— Making the nine JD847m 

Dudley, A. T.— With mask and mitt JD847w 

Eaton, W. P. — Hawkeye's roommate JE141i 

Gask, L. — All about animals JG248a 

Hill, H. and Maxwell, V.— Charlie and his friends JH6462c 

Hinkle, T. C— Trueboy JH663t 

Holmes, B. (Ed.) — Burton travel stories — Japan JH749bu 

Holmes, B. (Ed.)— Burton travel stories— Egypt JH749b 

Hooker, F. C— Prince Jan St. Bernard JH783p 

Jacobs, A. M. — Knights of the wing JJ17k 

Jay, M. F. — Rag house tales JJ42r 

June, C. S. — Rosy face twins JJ95r 

Justus, M.— Betty Loa of Big Log Mountain JJ96b 

Lofting, H. — Doctor Doolittle in the moon JL829do 

Macdonald,M.— Found treasure JM1357f 
McElroy, M. J. and Younge, J. 0.— The squirrel tree JM1412s 

McGowan, A.— The trail of the little wagon JM146t 

Mathiews, F. K. (Ed.)— The Boy Scouts year book JM431bp 

Meigs, C. — Master Simon's garden JM5121m 

Meigs, C. — The wonderful locomotive JM5121w 

Milne, A. A. — The house at Pooh corner JM659h 

Mirriam, I. C. — Knowledge Primer games JM671k 

Perkins, L. F.— The farm tAvins JP449fa 

Perkins, L. F. — The pioneer twins JP449pi 

Rhoades, N. — The adventures of Joan JR474a 

Rhoades, N. — The children on the top floor JR474c 

Rhoades, N. — The independence of Nan JR474i 

Rhoades, N.— Little Queen Esther JR4741 

Rhoades, N. — Masie's Merry Christmas JR474ma 

Rhoades, N. — Making Mary Lizzie happy JR474mb 

Rhoades, N.— The other Sylvia ^ JR474ot 

Rhoades, N. — A real Cinderella JR474re 

Rhoades, N. — Winifred's neighbors JR474w 

Rowe, D.— The moon's birthday JR878m 

Seaman, A. H. — Bluebonnet bend JS438b 

Seaman, A. H. — The crimson patch JS438c 

Silvers, E. R. — Barry goes to college JS587ba 

Smith, L. R, — Comical circus stories JS653c 

Smith, L. R.— Jolly Polly and Curly Tail JS653J 

Smith, L. R.— The tale of Curly Tail JS653ta 



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Smith, L. R. — Fifty funny animal stories J5653f 

Smith, N. A.— A truly little girl JS6551t 

Snell, R. J.— Strange land bird life JS671s 

Snell, R. J.— The little red pony auto JS6711 

Theiss, L. E.— Keepers of the sea JT376k 

Theiss, L. E.— Piloting the air mail JT376p 

Theiss, L. E. — The search for the lost mail plane JT376se 

Tomlinson, E. T.— Three boys in Alaska JT659th 
VanDeusen, E. K. — Picturesque Porto Rico stories and 

poems JV247p 

Varble, R. M.— The red cape JV287r 

Washburn, Jr. B.— Bradford "on Mt. Washington JW314b 

Wheeler, P. R.— The Aztec hunters JW562a 

Wheeler, F. R.— The gem hunters JW562g 

Wheeler, F. R. — Hunters of the ocean depths JW562h 

Wheeler, F. R. — The monster hunters JW562m 

Wheeler, F. R.— The News hunters JW562n 

Wheeler, F. R.— The Sahara hunters JW562s 

Wheeler, F. R.— The Tusk hunters JW562t 

Willis, E.— The bronze turkey JW735b 



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Journal of the Senate of Massachusetts. 

Journal of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts. 

Lincoln Library of Essential Information. Two volumes. 

Proceedings of Encampment of the U. S. W. V. for 1926 and 1927. 

Proceedings of the American Legion for 1927. 

Report of the Library of Congress, 1927. 

Railways of the United States Statistics. 

Vital Records of Nantucket — Volume 5. 

Vital Records of Rowley. 

World Almanac for 1928. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



School Department 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 . 

1928 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 
HUDSON. MASS. 
1929 



ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 



Spencer H. Taylor, chairman 

Mrs. Lulu L. Clark 

Mrs. Alice Carlisle 

Frank Toohey 

Mrs. Oliver Wood 

Edgar H. Hall 



Term expires 
Term expires 
Term expires 
Term expires 
Term expires 
Term expires 



1929 
1929 
1930 
1930 
1931 
1931 



Superintendent 
Charles W. Lawrance, So. Acton, Mass. 



Telephone 45 



Attendance Officers 



Miss Lillian Frost 



North Acton 



School Physician 



Dr. E. A. Mayell 



Acton 



School Nurse 



Lillian Frost 



North Acton 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 



First short term begins January 2, 1929. 
First short term ends February 18, 1929. 
Second short term begins February 22, 1929. 
Second short term ends April 15, 1929, 
Third short term begins April 29, 1929. 
Third short term ends June 21, 1929. 

1927-1928 

Fall term begins September 4, 1929. 

Thanksgiving — School closes Nov. 27, 1929 and reopens Dec. 
1929. 
Fall term ends December 20, 1929. 
First short term begins January 6, 1930. 



Legal Holidays 

January 1, February 22, April 19, May 30, July 4, first Mon- 
day of September, October 12, November 11, Thanksgiving Day, 
Christmas Day (the day following when any of the first five days 
mentioned, the 12th of October, or Christmas occurs on Sunday). 

Arbor Day falls on the last Saturday in April, and is not a 
legal holiday. 

Flag Day falls on June 14, and is not a legal holiday. It 
should be observed by proper exercises by any school in session 
on that day. 



STANDING RULES 



Rule 1. Children 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 who have not previously attended any 
school shall be admitted to the public schools only at the be- 
ginning of the fall term, unless qualified in the opinion of the 
teacher and superintendent of schools to do the work. 

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

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public 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 grade school buildings shall 
be five and one-quarter hours long, and in the high school build- 
ing shall be six hours long. In the high school building the six 
hours shall include one 10-minute recess, one thirtj-minute recess 
for lunch and a compulsory tutoring period of thirty minutes for 
all students not receiving passing grades in any subject. Stu- 
dents in the high school building, whose grades are above passing 
in all subjects may be excused from this compulsory tutoring 
period. Primary rooms in the grade 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. Deviation 
from these hours shall be made only with the consent of the super- 
intendent, 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 permis- 
sion 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, 1928 



Center School : 

Teacher 
Marion Towne 
Edith Taylor 
Caroline Chase 



App. Where Educated Home Address 

1921 Smith Concord 

1927 Wheelock Littleton 

1928 Bridgewater New Bedford 



South School: 

Julia McCarthy 1906 

Dorothy G-lazier 1928 

Elsie Dickerman 1906 

Florence Merriam 1927 

West School 

Margery Stearns 1925 

Madeline Allard 1928 

Harriette Chace 1928 

High School Building: 

Ella Miller 1899 

FlorJce Fernald 1927 

Helen Murray 1928 

Elsie Bixby 1927 

Marion Fuller 1928 

Thelma Eaton 1928 

Edith Damon 1928 

Edith Ames 1928 

Walter Holt 1928 

John Hough 1927 

Chas. W. Lawrence 1925 



Fitchburg Nor. 
Fitchburg Normal 
Fitchburg Normal 
Framingham Nor. 



Fitchburg Normal 
Lowell Normal 
Bridgewater Nor. 



Framingham Nor. 
Mt. Holyoke 
Tufts College 
Framingham Nor. 
Boston Univ. 
Wheaton 
Boston Univ. 
Mt. Holyoke 
Simmons 
Dartmouth 
Colgate 
Mass. Inst. Tech. 



South Acton 
Fitchburg 
Ayer 
South Acton 



West Acton 
Lowell 
Fall River 



Acton 
Arlington 
N. Attleboro 
Woodville 

Walpole 

Waltham 

Gardner 

Littleton 

Ashburnham 

Ayer 

South Acton 



Supervisors : 

Music : Mr. Elmer Pierce, Gardner, Mass. 
Drawing : Miss Marion Ray, Leominster, Mass. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



To the Voters of Acton: 

The School Committee presents herewith its annual report 
for the fiscal year 1928, and its requirements for the year 1929. 
The reports of the Superintendent and Supervisors are approved 
and attached herewith. 

The new appropriation is expected to cover the cost of main- 
taining the third teacher in Acton Center School and the increase 
in the transportation due to the three year contract signed last 
September. 

A new teacher was added to the staff at Acton Center to re- 
lieve the situation, where a large increase in attendance made it 
very difficult for two teachers to satisfactorily carry the work. 
A number of new books have been put into the hands of the 
pupils from Grade I to VIII. The School Department has brought 
the elementary school buildings to a higher state of repair and 
has improved teaching conditions. Further details about repairs 
may be found in the financial report and the superintendent's 
report. 

The Committee has insured the High School building and 
contents for the sum of $88,000.00 at a premium of $970.01 for 
three years, by taking advantage of the 80 percent insurance 
clause. It was found that this insurance could be written for 
more face value of policy and at less premium expense to the 
town, by insuring the building in this manner instead of for 
$75,000 previously specified. Otherwise the Town of Acton would 
have had to become co-insurers, with insurance of less face value 
of insurance ($75,000) and expend more in premium payment. 
The present insurance is more advantageous to the town from all 
three of these points. 

The School Committee has found it advisable and practically 
necessary to go out of the transportation business because it was 
found that as a town agency it was practically impossible to ob- 
tain adequate insurance to protect the chilclren. This protec- 
tion can be obtained by operating the busses by private individ- 
uals or a corporation. The Committee therefore disposed of 
the busses to Mr. A. W. Davis of West Acton for cash and made 
a contract with him for transportation for the next three years 

Through a clerical error in reporting the transportation 
balance it was believed necessary to have the money from the 
sale of busses reappropriated to the school committee. It has 
since been found not to be needed, and the monej^ is returned to 
the treasury. 

The following table shows the amounts received by the Town 
Treasurer for the reduction of taxes (with correction in 1927) : 



7 

Mass. School Fund 1928 1927 1926 

Part I $3740.00 $4360.00 $3801.50 

Part II 2978.41 1227.92 none 

State Wards and miscel 276.43 439.62 528.89 

Total from State $6994.84 $6027.54 $4330.39 

Out of Town Tuitions* 2010.56 1927.40 128.00 

Grand Total $9005.40 $7954.94 $4458.39 

*Towns of Boxboro, Harvard, Carlisle and private families. 

The School Committee are glad to report that the 1928 ac- 
■counts are closed with a balance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

SPEXCEE TAYLOR, 
Chairman Acton School Committee. 



:estimates for the support of schools for the 
fiscal year 1929 



FOR GENERAL EXPENSES 
Salaries and other expenses of the Superin- 
tendent and Truant Officers $2,340.00 

'Clerk for Superintendent 660.00 

Salaries for Teachers 27,600.00 

Text Books 1,000.00 

Supplies 700.00 

Janitors wages, fuel and misc. operating- 
expenses 6,800.00 

Repairs 1,200.00 

Transportation 3,450.00 

Health, Aux. Agencies 250.00 

Unclassified 1,000.00 



$45,000.00 



SUMMARY OF EXPENSES FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31. 1928 



gent:ral control 

Salaries and other expenses of superinten- 
dent and truant officers, clerk $3,088.06 



Total control $3,088.06 



8 

EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION 

Salaries, Supervisors, Teachers: 

High School and elementary $26,785.67 

Text books, high school 472.73 

Text books, elementary 1,100.33 

Stationery and supplies, high school 477.92 

Stationery and supplies, elementary 687.16 

Total instruction '. $29,523.81 

EXPENSES OF OPERATION 
Wages of janitor, high school building. . . . $1,300.00 

Fuel, high school 687.48 

Miscellaneous 1,004.50 

Total High School Building $2,991.98 

Center South West 

Janitor $640.00 $760.00 $768.00 

Fuel 301.13 656.80 325.81 

Misc. Op. . . . 86.16 120.84 147.84 

Big. Total . . $1,027.29 $1,537.64 $1,241.65 

Total Elementary Operating $3,806.58 

Total Operating High School and 

Elementary $6,798.56 

Maintenance and Repairs : 

High School $522.66 

Center South West 

Elem $288.10 $533.43 $216.87 

Total Elementary Repairs $1,038.40 

Total Repairs $1,561.06 

AUXILIARY 

Health $200.00 

Transportation 2,595.21 

Outlays H. S. Drain Special 208.08 

Unclassified 9.92 

Total expended $43,984.70 

Unexpended balance 415.30 

Appropriation, March, 1928 $44,000.00 

Appropriation, November, 1928 400.00 

Totals $44,400.00 



9 

PAID OUT FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR ENDING 

DECEMBER 31, 1928 



GENERAL CONTROL 

Superintendent salary $2,000.00 

Superintendent, clerk hire 781.50 

Superintendent, travel expenses 158.62 

Total $2,940.12 

OFFICE EXPENSES AND ENFORCEMENT OF LAW 

C. W. Lawrence, office expenses $3.10 

Finney & Hoit, office supplies 3.40 

John Pederson, delivering supplies 1.00 

W. B. Currier, stamps 32.00 

Mass. Child Labor Assn., pamphlets, labor 

laws 4.00 

Webster Publishing Co 6.15 

Daniel MacDougal, census 30.00 

J. L. Hammett, office supplies 8.40 

Wright & Potter Printing Co., office supplies 8.16 

New England Tel. & Tel. Co., telephones. . 51.73 



$147.94 



$3,088.06 



Supervisor's salarj^, music $277.00 

Supervisor's salary, drawing 450.00 

Total $727.00 

Principal high, salary $1,500.00 

Teachers salary, high school 9,496.17 

Teachers salary, elementary 15,070.50 

Total $26,066.67 

Total salaries for instruction $26,793.67 

EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION TEXTS BOOKS (HIGH) 

Allyn & Bacon, high school texts $127.60 

Edward E. Babb & Co. high texts books . . 58.80 

American Book Co. high texts books 3.07 

Oliver Ditson 30.05 

Oinn and Company 90.02 

Rand & McNally 9.88 

Benj. H. Sanborn & Co 15.14 

Harper & Brothers 2.94 

Scott Foresman & Co .50 

Charies Scribner Sons 2.15 



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Harvard University Press 2.50 

F. T. Welch, bookbinding 78.83 

Iroquois Publishing Co 25.20 

Gregg Publishing Co 8.80 

D. C. Heath 7.69 

The MacMillan Co 9.81 

Thelma Eaton 1.75 



$472.7$ 

TEXTS BOOKS— ELEMENTAEY 

Ginn & Company, Language books, etc. . . $201.93 

Mass. Tuberculosis League 3.00 

Row, Peterson & Co 3.40 

Scott, Foresman & Co., Arith. books, etc. . . 269.80 

Warwick & York 16.45 

Iroquois Publishing Co 21.26 

American Book Co 51.54 

Lyons & Carnahan 2.00 

Charles E. Merril & Co 58.16 

Benj. Sanborn & Co 18.93 

Ye Old Towne Shop 1.20 

The MacMillan Company, Readers 165.06 

J. B. Taylor 29.09 

Edward E. Babb Co 5.92 

Laurel Book Company 18.27 

Silver Burdett & Company 13.35 

World Book Company 1.84 

Rand & McNally Company 1.89 

D. C. Heath & Co 46.75 

Charles Scribners & Sons, Literature books 131.01 

F. T. Welch Bookbinding 32.25 

Houghton & Mifflin 7.23 

$1,100.33 

Total texts books $1,573.06 

STATIONERY SLTPPLIES AND MISCELLANEOUS— HIGH 

The Office Appliance Company $10.14 

J. L. Hammett Co., paper, pencils, miscel.. . 151.48 

American Council on Education, supplies 9.00 

A. W. Davis Company, supplies 3.96 

Finney & Hoit, office supplies 13.30 

Ryan & Buker, Inc 17.80 

William B. Holt, supplies, wire 2.50 

Hazel Hooper, high school music 5.00 

Kenney Bros. & Wolkins, supplies 51.58 

Gregg Publishing Co., supplies 12.13 

School Service Co., forms, paper, etc 43.25 

W. H. Claflin & Co 16.00 



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Edward E. Babb & Co., supplies 30.14 

Ginn and Company, supplies 13.87 

Southwestern Publishing Co., supplies . . . 35.62 

J. A. MacPherson, supplies 11.83 

Murphy & Snyder Printers, science paper 9.75 

Sanderson 's, Maynard, supplies 1.45 

Carl Fischer, music 2.45 

Laidlaw Bros., music 8.79 

Educational Music Bureau, music 8.24 

C. C. Birchard, music 19.64 

Total high school $477.92 

STATIONEKY SUPPLIES AND MISCELLANEOUS— ELEM. 

Milton Bradley Company, drawing sup- 
plies, etc $129.50 

A. W. Davis, supplies 10.96 

A. N. Palmer Company, wall blackboards . . 21.19 
Wheeler Publishing Company, rapid chart 

printers 7.66 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 16.75 

Iroquois Publishing Co., supplies 17.78 

Ryan & Buker, Inc., supplies 17.81 

J. L. Hammett Company, paper, pencils, 

miscellaneous 284.91 

Massachusetts State Prison, floor brushes, 

etc 20.55 

The MacMillan Company, supplies 1.68 

Worid Book Co., charts . 1.27 

Scott, Foresman & Co., supplies 17.90 

School Service Co., supplies 21.87 

W. H. Claflin & Co., supplies 24.00 

Barnes & Noble, supplies 8.82 

Webster Publishing Co 2.15 

Daniel MacDougal, Trans, of supplies .... 9.50 

J. S. Moore, supplies 1.10 

J. A. MacPherson, supplies 12.21 

Kenney Bros. & Wolkins, supplies 4.70 

Benj. Sanborn Co., supplies 7.39 

Gfinn & Company, music books 6.46 

Theron Newton, supplies .90 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., supplies .20 

Edward E. Babb Co., supplies 39.90 

Total Elementary $687.16 

Total Expenses of Instruction $29,523.81 



12 
OPERATION EXPENSES (HIGH SCHOOL) BUILDING 

Janitors, Fuel and Miscellaneous 

Wages of janitor, high school $1,300.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co 555.08 

George Hayward, trucking, coal, etc 6.15 

Hall Brothers Co., wood 76.00 

South Acton AVoolen Co., coal 50.25 

Total $1,987.48 

Miscellaneous Operating Expenses (High) 

American Woolen Co., light $151.56 

American Woolen Co., power 123.72 

J. L. Hammett, supplies 234.15 

Fuelite Natural Gas Co 154.80 

Finney & Hoit, supplies , 9.03 

Maynard Drug Co., bulb 4.00 

J. S. Moore, supplies .72 

Strong & Tracy, supplies .40 

West and South Water district 36.43 

Masury Young Company, floor oil mops, 

etc 28.75 

0. F. Nelson, bleacher, labor and supplies 40.60 

A. W. Davis, supplies, varnishes, misc 101.84 

Vannah Lithograph Co., diplomas 35.50 

William H. Holt, supplies 9.62 

Hall Brothers Co., lumber 5.88 

J. W. Livermore, trucking 6.00 

Jordan Marsh Co 2.40 

Laffin's Bedford Express 1.00 

R. H. Austin, repair battery & clock 19.44 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., pipe .... 4.00 

F. T. Welch, rebinding 1.25 

Acton Agricultural Association, gas 7.00 

Commissioner of public safety, boiler in- 
spection 5.00 

J. T. McNiff 3.00 

J. A. MacPherson, hardware supplies .... 15.61 

Acton Drug Co., acid 2.80 

$1,004.50 

Total operating high school $2,991.98 

Operating Expenses, Elementary 

Janitors, Fuel 

Center (1) South (2) West (3) 

Janitors ^ $640.00 $760.00 $768.00 



13 

Fuel, coal 255.13 617.60 287.81 

Wood 46.00 39.20 38.00 



$941.13 $1,416.80 $1,093.81 

Miscellaneous Operating Expenses (Elementary) 

Center South West 

American Woolen Co., light .. $22.08 $36.40 $32.71 

J. L. Hammett Co., supplies .. 10.96 21.02 14.50 

A. W. Davis, supplies 41.63 

J S. Moore, supplies 1.47 

A. X. Hederstedt, supplies .39 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co. .26 

Finney & Hoit 5.36 

J. A. MacPherson Co., supplies .80 3.50 .80 

West & South Water District 20.86 12.36 12.00 
Masury Young- Co., soap, floor 

oil, janitors supplies 16.46 16.47 16.46 

Theron F. Newton, care of build- 
ing during summer 5.00 

George Little, care of building 

during summer 5.00 

H. B. Butler, sawing wood 9.50 14.50 9.50 

Laffin's Express .50 .50 .50 

E. E. Grey Co., supplies .35 

Thomas F. Parker 4.00 

F. W. Green 10.00 

Alfred D. Holt 4.00 

John Evans, helping at West 

School 5.00 

$86.16 $120.84 $147.84 

Total $354.84 

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS— HIGH SCHOOL 

E. Z. Stanley, furnace repairs $15.20 

Nelson Tenney, radiators, etc 54.05 

Chandler Barbor Co., door check repairs 10.42 

William B. Holt 3.83 

Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber and 

hardware 31.02 

A. Johnson, sharpening lawn mower 1.00 

Roy Jones, labor 72.80 

Martin Duggan, labor 39.55 

Edwin Costello, labor 22.75 

Herbert Evans, labor 29.75 

Charles E. Smith, labor 51.18 

Albert E. Sims, labor 5.95 

J. A. MacPherson, hardware 20.45 



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A. J. Wilkinson & Co., hardware 148.98 

E. P. Gates 1.00 

Massachusetts Reformatory, chair repairs 12.00 

A. W. Davis 2.73 

Total $522.66 

MAINTENANCE— ELEMENTARY 

Charles E. Smith, coalbin, fence, misc. . . . $312.77 

Acton Coal & Lumber Co 25.30 

A. Merriam Co., seats 6.00 

O. D. Wood, carpentry work 18.00 

L. T. Fullonton, ceilings and misc 155.90 

Hall Brothers, posts and lumber 17.64 

E. Z. Stanley, furnace pipes and grates . . 97.46 

Albert E. Sims, toilet and ventilation .... 373.41 

Thomas F. Parker 4.76 

Ed. Jewett, cement work 10.50 

M. E. Taylor 8.50 

A. W. Davis Co 8.16 

Total $1,038.40 

Health 

High School : 
Ernest Mayell $50.00 

Elementary : 
Ernest Mayell 150.00 

Total $200.00 

Transportation Jaji. 1, 1928, to Sept. 1, 1928 

PRECINCT 1 

Driver, 0. M. Swanson $342.00 

Storage, 0. M. Swanson 48.00 

Gas, oil and repairs : 

J. T. McNiff, repairs $3.75 

0. M. Swanson, gas and oil 85.66 

Arthur's Acton Garage, repairs 9.50 



98.91 



Total Transportation, Precinct 1, Jan. to Sept. $488.91 

PRECINCT 2 
Drivers : 

Paul Olsen $306.00 

Lovell Bus Line, special 150.00 

$456.00 



15 

Storage : 

Paul Olsen $48.00 

$48.00 
Gas, oil and repairs : 

Gately Motor Co., repairs $87.78 

Fletcher Corner Filling Station 42.02 

Herbert Nealy, repairs 90.00 

Hewett's Tire Shop 2.50 

$222.30 

Total Transportation, Pet. 2, Jan. to Sept $726.30 

Transportation Sept. 1, 1928, to Dec. 31, 1928 

Special Contract : 

A. W. Davis (four months) $1,380.00 

$1,380.00 

Total : Transportation Fiscal Year $2,595.21 

Outlays 
Labor on high school drain: 

Tim Moynihan, labor $4.00 

Jesse Briggs, labor 3.25 

Norman Perkins, labor 3.50 

Raymond Perkins, labor 3.50 

A. H. Perkins, labor 6.00 

Hall Brothers, lumber 38.76 

A. "W. Davis, supplies 40.39 

John Evans, septic tank labor 13.75 

Albert E. Sims, septic tank labor .... 68.93 

Ed. F. Jewett, septic tank labor 26.00 

Total $208.08 

Unclassified 
City of Waltham, tuition $9.92 

Total , $9.92 

Total outlays, etc $218.00 

Total expended fiscal year $43,984.70 



16 

REPORT OF 
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



To the School Committee and the Voters of the Town of Acton: 

It is again an honor to present my report, the third report 
as Superintendent of Schools and the fourth as Principal of the 
Acton High School. 

The year has been one of marked progress in many lines in 
the Elementary Schools and in the High School. 

In the Elementary Schools the curricula and work are be- 
ginning to be knit together, grade by grade in each of the build- 
ings. Marked improvement has followed the introduction of our 
reading text books and new arithmetic and language text books, 
during the past two years. In the seventh and eighth grades 
the work is developing along the lines outlined by the State and 
the leading Educators throughout the country. The High School 
continues to do effective work in spite of the heavy turnover of 
Teachers. 

One of the important items to report progress on is revision 
and development of the School Curriculum. It is planned to 
broaden the high school curriculum to provide better educa- 
tional opportunities for the non-college going student. The 
elementary school curriculum is being revised gradually as new 
units of the Massachusetts State course of study are made avail- 
able to us. The loyal support of the elementary and high school 
Teachers has made progress in curriculum development much 
more rapid. It is safe to state that Acton's schools are abreast 
of the great majority of the schools of the State in almost all sub- 
jects of classroom instruction. 

One of the most acute school problems confronting the 
Town of Acton is the too rapid ^'turnover" of teachers. In the 
past year this has been particularly true in the staff at the high 
school and the West Acton school building. Acton suffers too 
much from the difficulty common to many small towns, namely 
its schools are training grounds for the larger towns and cities. 
With rapid change of teacher personnel there is an inevitable 
break in the continuity of efficient instruction until the inex- 
perienced teacher has mastered the art of teaching, and of class 
room management, and learned how to achieve the aims and 
objectives outlined in the course of instruction. Under such con- 
ditions the pupils too often suffer seriously in their progress. One 
remedy which will help to relieve this situation, and keep our 
good teachers with us for a longer time is the paying of higher 
salaries to the elementary and intermediate school teachers and 
even to the high school teachers. Such an increase should put 
us on a salary basis with our surrounding towns. A more stable 
staff will minimize the loss in educational progress to the school 
children. 



17 

During the year the following teachers resigned from the 
School Department: Mr. Richard Hood, Mr. L. Ashley Rich, 
Miss Hazel Murray, Miss Louise Turner, Miss Olive Valente 
from the high school building, and Miss Moore and Miss Spring 
from West Acton and Miss Jeaneth Landerville, drawing teacher, 
and Miss Ethel Lovely, music teacher. Their places are taken 
by Miss Thelma Eaton, Mr. Walter Holt, Miss Marion Fuller, 
Miss Edith Damon, Miss Helen Murray, Miss Madeline Allard 
and Miss Harriette Chace, Miss Marion Ray, and Mr. Elmer 
Pierce, respectively. 

When school opened in the Fall it was found that the popu- 
lation of Acton Center School had grown unexpectedly to such 
a size (from about 60 in June to over 75 in September) that it 
was deemed advisable to add another teacher to the staff of that 
school to teach grade HI and IV. Miss Caroline Chace was 
elected to the new position. This leaves each of the three teach- 
ers with two grades apiece. The new arrangement is producing 
very desirable results. 

Mr. Thomas Scanlon 

It is with regret that we record the passing, on December 21, 
1928, of Mr. Thomas Scanlon of West Acton. For nearly thirty- 
five years he faithfully performed more than his duty in caring 
for the school and the children who attended West Acton build- 
ing. His hard work, thoughtfulness and care has made many a 
teacher's load lighter and many a scholar more considerate. His 
passing is a loss to the department, as well as to his friends. 

One of Our Biggest Needs 

Physical training in the grade schools and athletics in the 
high school are two urgent needs of the School Departments. 
The classroom teachers are doing what they can in their rooms 
and on the play ground. Much corrective work and group train- 
ing needs to be done. We have some equipment but it is by no 
means sufficient. More play ground equipment is needed at the 
elementary schools. Our athletic field should be finished at the 
high school. 

The High School is still seriously handicapped in not having 
sufficient area for group athletics. In the Fall and Spring the 
boys and girls can use the front and side lawns immediately sur- 
rounding the High School building. Every recess and spare 
moment out of doors during fair weather, this area is swarming 
with boys and girls at play and there are many who cannot 
find place to play on this limited area. There is about 11/2 acres 
of our total area of 3 acres still to be developed for the use of 
outdoor sports. It has been found impossible to develop this 
land from private initiative and resource. It is therefore neces- 
sary to bring this matter before the Town again for assistance. 

For winter athletics a number of plans have been discussed 
to make Blanchard Hall available for physical exercise and at 
the same time not damage the beauty of the hall. One plan 
appears feasible above the others but difficulties in designing an 



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installation which are sure to protect the hall during athletic 
exercises and ball games indoors, as well as high costs, have de- 
layed this plan. 

It is hoped that if the land now owned by the Town is de- 
veloped so as to be usable for play, the children can have some 
real physical training and athletic work out of doors. They 
can do much themselves toward helping to develop the facilities 
for indoor athletic work, as soon as a satisfactory plan is ap- 
proved. 

Maintenance and Repairs 

In the elementary school buildings many of the more urgent 
repairs have been made. The committee voted to have all of 
the ceilings whitened. Sufficient funds were not available to 
refinish the walls of these buildings. This should be done at an 
early date as a measure to save eye strain, as well as saving 
electricity on dark days. 

In Center school the metal ceilings were painted, some plaster 
patched, chairs and desks revarnished, furnaces and chimneys 
cleaned and repaired. In South School building the toilets have 
been repaired and their ventilation system so changed that the 
former unwholesome odors and condition which have existed for 
many years are removed and the system is functioning in a highly 
satisfactory manner. No trace of the former objectionable 
odors has been found since the work was completed in Septem- 
ber. Furnaces have been cleaned and repaired. Desks and 
chairs were revarnished. In West building the desks, chairs, 
and blackboards have been renovated, ceilings whitened, furnace 
pipes cleaned with renewals. 

An Important School Problem 

Elementary school buildings are becoming increasingly ex- 
pensive to operate and repair. For the past three years they have 
exceeded the cost of operation of the High School building, even 
where the latter has had some unusual repairs and improvements. 
They do not care for proportionately greater number of children 
as the following table shows: 

Enrollment Grade School Buildings vs. High School Blgf. 
Total enrollment by grades. 



Grades 


Oct. 1928 


April 1927 


April 1926 


April 1925 


1 


40 


53 


44 


58 


2 


37 


49 


41 


36 


3 


49 


44 


39 


40 


4 


41 


37 


43 


41 


5 


37 


45 


49 


50 


6 


38 


39 


39 


52 


(7) 


— 


— 


_* 


44 


(8) 


— 


— 


_* 


41 



Total Grades 242 267 255 362 



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School Bigs. 










7 


48 


45 


30 


— 


8 


32 


53 


36 


— 


9 


45 


49 


32 


37 


10 


36 


34 


34 


19 


11 


29 


30 


15 


20 


12 


29 


14 


16 


22 


P.G. 


3 


8 


5 


4 



222 



233 



168 



Totals all Schools 

464 500 423 

*Grades 7 & 8 moved to H. S. Big. March, 1926. 



102 



464 



Authorized Capacities 


Center 


South 


West ] 


High School 




100 


140 


120 


245 


Enrollment 












78 


99 


77 


228 


December 31, 1928. 











It is rarely possible to use each eleinentary building to its 
capacity under the present arrangements of six grades in each 
precinct school, without overcrowding in some room. Temporary 
readjustment of furniture and transfer of grades from room to 
room make possible satisfactory work up to a certain point in 
growth of numbers. After that point some other plan must be 
adopted. 

The elementary school buildings are costing more to operate 
than a modern building. All of the buildings were erected from 
fifty to fifty-five years ago. In spite of improvements already 
made and others urgently required, they are still not economical 
nor wholly satisfactory, although they provide fair to good edu- 
cational and sanitary facilities in each precinct. One important 
item, where costs are high, is fuel. In South Acton Mr. Newton 
deserves high commendation for his efforts and success in keep- 
ing his building very clean and attractive, and operating his 
heaters economically. Yet in spite of all his care and efforts the 
heaters consume more coal each year than the other two element- 
ary buildings together. Repeated checks and investigations 
bring the committee and myself to conclude that the high expense 
for fuel in this building is due to the inefficiency of the old 
heaters and not in the method of handling them, which we be- 
lieve is as economical as possible with present old apparatus. It 
should be noted that fuel costs in South Acton School are within 
a few dollars as much as the heating costs of the new High School 
building. 

Moreover the elementary school buildings need thorough ren- 
ovation in their interiors. The floors in Center School are 
especially weak and thin, new stair treads, and many new sashes 
are needed, all walls refinishing. In South School economy sug- 
gests new furnaces, new floors, stairtreads, some new sashes, walls 



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refinished. West School needs flush toilets, and alterations to 
make heating more economical; almost all sashes are rotted and 
will have to be replaced soon, walls need to be refinished. These 
repairs are in addition to the repainting of exteriors of each 
building and ordinary annual operating repairs. It will either 
be necessary to i^our money into these old buildings, or replace 
them, or prepare a plan for a new central building. 

The following facts may be pointed out. It is true that a 
central building would require more transportation than at 
present. This could be covered by certain savings in the present 
operation costs, (1) by utilizing eight teachers for grades I to 
VI instead of ten as at present, (2) one janitor for three, (3) 
and a saving in coal and other operating costs equal to about half 
of the present elementary operating costs. The net saving from 
these three economies would probably cover all of the added cost 
of transportation. 

This is an important school problem that must be met in the 
near future. 

We acknowledge gratefully the gifts of books, magazines 
and money for the Conant Library, especially from Mrs. Frank 
Lothrop and the members of the Conant family. Books and 
magazines are a valuable addition to the library facilities of the 
schools and the teachers in their work. Grateful acknowledg- 
ment is made to the Trustees and Librarian of the Acton Library 
for their cooperation and courtesy in permitting the use of their 
books among our teachers a;id school children. 

School Activities 

The morale and spirit of the schools has been on a high 
plane. Acton Center School has purchased and almost completed 
payment for a new piano, of a special school type for their use^ 
as the result of a musical playlet, several socials and parties, 
through the enthusiasm and generosity of many of their friends. 
West Acton has followed close behind in buying a new piano 
for their own use to replace the very old one now discarded. 
It is a duplicate of the piano in use at Acton Center School, and 
is al^o very satisfactory from a school point of view. South 
Acton has similary purchased a much needed encyclopedia and 
some athletic equipment. They also need a new school type 
piano. The High School has raised money towards the athletic 
equipment of the hall or for other athletic uses. 

At Christmas time the School Children presented a Christ- 
mas party for all of the children of the town. To accomodate 
all who wanted to come, it was given twice, on the afternoon and 
evening of December 21. The theme was ** Christmas in Many 
Lands.'' It started with a tableau of the Nativity, with Christ- 
mas songs, then a journey to see Christmas in Holland, Russia, 
and Old England, with dances, carols and songs, under the 
guidance of the Spirit of Christmas. As the concluding number, 
the Spirit of Christmas produced Santa Claus, who distributed 
candy to them. 



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Graduation was held in Blanchard Hall, high school build- 
ing on the evening of June 8, 1928. At the exercises the gradua- 
ting class was addressed by the Hon. John F. Fitzgerald, while 
the chorus sang several selections, among them. The Recessional 
by DeKoven, and the Song of Farewell, by Kountz. Twenty- 
four diplomas were presented at that time. It is a pleasure to 
record that a number of this class are continuing with their 
education in colleges. 

The graduates of Acton High School class of 1928 are em- 
ployed as follows: 



Esther Balch 
Alice Bernier 
Mary Butler 
Charles Byron 
Alfred W. Davis, Jr. 
Herbert Evans 
Eleanor Heath 
Elizabeth Howe 
Ethelyn King 
Evelyn King 
Ethel Massie 
Laura Mayell 
Walter O'Neil 
Raymond Perkins 
John Risgin 
Olga Servais 
Margaret Shea 
Pauline Tracy 
Albert Tucker 
William Toohey 
Mable Wamboldt 
Thomas Yetman 



Burdett College 

Acton High School 

At Home 

Northeastern Univ. Law School 

A. W. Davis Co. 

American Woolen Co. 

Office Clerk at West Concord 

Mass. Agricultural College 

Burdette College 

Burdette College 

Mass. Women's Hospital 

Acton High School 

Garnette Mfg. Co., W. Concord 

Levi Perkins Farm 

Northeastern Univ. Eng. School 

Acton High School 

St. Elizabeth's Hosp. Tr. School 

Leslie School for Kindergarten 

American Woolen Co. 

Harvard College 

At Home 

Boston College Prep. School 



Stephen Teele, should have been recorded last year as gradu- 
ating in the class of 1927. He is employed in managing the large 
farm left by his father. 

The report of the Supervisor of Domestic Science indicates 
but a small proportion of the fine work accomplished. It should 
be especially noted that this lunch room provides a very much 
needed facility for hot lunches for the very many children who 
are away from home so many hours each day. This lunch room 
also has materially assisted the athletic association in providing 
minor athletic equipment. There is another fact not brought 
out before, namely that in the past three years much sewing room 
equipment has been purchased from the excess of income over out- 
go, namely a sewing desk for the teacher, teacher's chair, fitting 
stand, individual boxes for each girl in the sewing class and other 
needed equipment. 



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THE REPORT OF THE TEACHER OF DOMESTIC SCIENCE 

FOLLOWS: 



Mr. C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools. 
Dear Sir : 

In the Sewing Course of the seventh grade, the outline is 
similar to last year's. The pupils first make an apron by hand, 
each one is made different so as to illustrate the various stitches 
.and trimmings that may be used. The use and care of the sewing 
.machine is taught as they start on their underwear. Mending, 
■darning, the making of buttonholes and a simple course in Tex- 
tiles are included in this course. 

The eighth grade reviews the work of last year. The pro- 
jects include three different pieces of underwear, and a dress, 
practical darning and mending. The work in this grade is 
greatly helped by the aid of a new sewing book for each pupil. 

The seventh grade have simple cooking lessons. Dishes of 
-foods are prepared that can be used on the Cafeteria Table and 
may also be made at home. In each lesson the following are 
taken up : — kinds, care, cleanliness, ways of buying and serving, 
preparation and the planning of simple meals. 

The eighth grade have more to consider in their lessons : — 
costs, food values and balancing of the food products. With 
the aid of the new class book ''foods. Preparation and Serving, '' 
the pupils will accomplish more and have a broader sense of 
the values of well balanced economical meals. 

It is important to point out that the supplies for these cook- 
ing lessons are paid for from the receipts of the Cafeteria Lunch- 
♦eon. Thread, patterns, and supplies for the Sewing Course are 
.also paid for from this same fund. 

The Cafeteria has the folloAving report to make : — 

Dr. Cr. 

'Cash Jan. 1, 1928 $2.45 

Total Sales for Fiscal Year 1,749.02 

'Costs of Supplies, Cooking and Sewing $1,657.67 

Athletic Ass*n 77.63 

Cash on hand, Dec. 31, 1928 16.17 



$1,751.47 $1,751.47 



I wish to thank the Superintendent and the School Com- 
imittee for their help and assistance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDITH M. AMES. 



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REPORT OF THE SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 



Mr, C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools, 
Acton, Mass. 
Dear Sir: 

In response to your request, I shall endeavor to outline a 
report on my work in music in your schools. I should begin by 
saying that my time has been short, my work beginning October 
first and in continuation of that done so well by Miss Lovely. 

The best thing one can do in public school music is to make 
secure a good standard of singing, first one-part and later, and 
at the proper time, two, three and four-part, and following a 
course of study embracing necessary fundamentals. This 
furnishes a reliable basis for a departure in music appreciation,, 
instrumental practice and other musical activity. 

To read music expertly is then something to set up, not as; 
an end in itself, but rather, as a means toward a richer musical 
experience in any field. It is, further, the most economical way 
to proceed in terms of effort, and in other ways, in the end. In- 
dividual singing and recitation are imperative. 

The course in music appreciation which you introduced last 
year is one of the best things of its kind on the market. We are 
giving about one-fifth of the music time to this work. It divides 
itself into a few well-defined headings and, if carried out for some 
time, should result in habitually intelligent listening. One may 
well consider the possibilities in store for those who will listen 
to the constantly improving radio programs. An outline in brief 
follows : 

1. Name of selection and composer. 

2. Recognition of tone quality and the instrument, or in- 
struments, playing the melody, or air. 

3. Nature of the accompaniment, whether rhythmic or 
chordal, etc., and the instruments furnishing it. 

4. Form ; involving recognition of recurring themes, the 
introduction of new ones, etc. 

5. Program notes of reliable nature and other interesting 
facts. 

It should be stated that the children thoroughly enjoy this 
work. 

We have two-part music well started in grades five and six 
and grades seven and eight are getting the swing of three-part 
work. As soon as this is well-grounded we may look forward to 
three-part in the former, and four-part in the latter schools, if 
there are basses. 

In the senior high school the interest and effort are very 
good and there are a few very good leaders, but a more genera! 
good reading ability would aid tremendously toward better work, 
as it is obvious that the individual contribution improves when* 
all, or nearly all, know what to do. 



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This work should find community expression in the local 
<}hoirs. 

There are a few string players in the junior and senior high 
schools and the attempt is made to help them for work in a high 
school orchestra and for community activity. If other players 
appear and desire help it will be freely given — and this without 
attempting in any way to interfere, with the work of private 
teachers, but, rather, to give their work more meaning. 

My connection with the Christmas party was a great pleas- 
ure to me. The preparation and carrying out of the work with 
you and the schools was very interesting and successful. 

I hope that we may prepare other programs for presentation 
during the spring. 

I wish to thank yourself and all teachers for interest and 
.^cooperation. 

All of which is respectfully submitted and with kindest re- 
Yours very truly, 

ELMER E. PIERCE, 

Supervisor of Music. 
vJanuary 23, 1929. 



The School Doctor and School Nurse have labored effective- 
ly in keeping sickness at a minimum in the schools and attend- 
ance of children as high as possible. It is a pleasure to comment 
on their hard work. In connection with the clinic held in the 
High School, it should be noted that the doctors and the nurses 
from the State Department of Health worked most enthusiasti- 
cally and effectively in helping our nurse discover children who 
might, unless properly protected, develop Tuberculosis. They 
examined 173 children in one day which almost equals their 
highest record, which was achieved under extreme pressure. Due 
;to the effective planning of Miss Frost, this work was completed 
in one day instead of at least two, under ordinary conditions. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



IMr. Charles W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools. 
^Dear Sir: 

I herewith submit my annual report as School physician. 

Physical examinations were completed in late Octobeiu 

During the year we have been practically free from con- 
tagious diseases, and the general health of the school population 
lias been remarkably good. 

Details of health work will be found in the nurse 's report. 

I wish to thank the Superintendent, nurse and teachers for 
;their hearty co-operation. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



To the School Committee and Superintendent of Schools. 

The Physical examinations for the year were completed in 
October with the following results : — 

Number of Examinations '. . . 482 

Defects found 

Tonsils and Adenoids 75 

Poor Posture 208 

Glands (Anterior and Posterior cervical) 160 

Thyroid 6 

Heart 72 

Teeth (badly in need of dentistry) 175 

Corrections made in eyes 12 

Corrections made in Tonsils and Adenoids 8 

Special Examinations 2473 

Clinics 2 

Simple dressings 215 

Contagious Diseases 13 

Pupils excluded because of contact with Communicable 

Diseases 14 

Home visits 266 

Sanitary inspections 150 

Individual Talks on Personal Hygiene 178 

Clerical work 523 

hrs. 

Visits to Boxboro 11 

April 6th, 1928, the State Department of Public Health 
held a clinic at the Iligh School. There were 131 children from 
Acton Schools and 42 from the Boxboro Schools examined at 
this time making a total of 173. 

Of this number 32 re-acted to the Von Pirquet test. The 
Von Pirquet test is a skin test given to indicate, whether or not 
the child has ever had a Tuberculous infection, at any time, but 
does not mean active infection at present. The X-ray is then 
taken to determine the actual infection. Two more were made 
for Special X-rays because of Physical condition. All but four 
of this number were X-rayed at Boxboro, April 24. The final 
report of the clinic is as follows : 

Grades I to VI 

Population of School Children 257 

Total Number of Children Examined 132 

Percentage Examined 51% 

Total Number of Contacts Examined 3 

Total Number of Children Given the Tuberculin Test . . 131 
Total Number of Children Who Reacted to the Test ... 32 

Total Percentage of Reactors 24% 

Total Number Children X-rayed 33 



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Total Number of Children with Enlarged or Diseased 

Tonsils and adenoids 42 

Total Number of Cases Classified as Suspects 5 

Total Number of Cases Classified as Negative 28 

Percentage of suspicious cases of the number of children 

examined .04 

Percentage of negative cases of the number of children 

X-rayed .85 

Percentage of T & A Cases of the number of children 

Examined .32 

Total Number of Children in Need of Dentistry 84 

Percentage of dental cases of the number of children 

examined .64 

Total Number of Cases Showing Indication of Heart 

Diseases 

Total Number of Cases of Malnutrition (Exclusive of 

the Suspicious cases) 12 

Percentage of Malnutrition Cases of the Number of 

Children examined .09 

In May, there were requests for the Schick test and im- 
munization from 62 children. Of this number there were 32 
Schicked. 13 were immune. The rest received Toxin- Antitoxin 
with the other 30. 

Parts of two days in May were spent with Mr. Love and Mr. 
Lawrance, testing the hearing of all children above the Second 
Grade by the Audiometer. Many children with defective hear- 
ing were found. 

One child was taken to Dr. Fernald's School at Waverley for 
mental testing in July. 

There is great need for Phj-sical Director and equipment 
as many of the pupils show much need for special corrective 
exercises. A great deal more time should be spent on Physical 
Education than the grade teachers can possibly spare. 

Dental work is much needed for all grades. If facilities 
for dental work were provided at a central point, such as the 
High School, students could have work done at a nominal cost 
and the health of the pupils much improved. Such equipment 
can be obtained temporarily from the State Department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN E. FROST, R. N. 



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REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF DRAWING 

January 24, 1929. 
Mr. C. W. LaAvrance, 

Superintendent of Schools, 
Acton, Mass. 
Dear Sir: 

On commencing my duties as supervisor of drawing in the 
Schools of Acton. I was pleased to find a superintendent and 
group of teachers Avho have been always ready to co-operate with 
me in my plans and suggestions. 

The development and cultivation of taste and the apprecia- 
tion of the beautiful in form and color, are the general aims in 
teaching art in the schools. In the lower grades, the children 
are taught mainly the use of their hands, and the ability to fol- 
low directions, together with simple color facts and design ele- 
ments. Expression of oneself in line and form, and a further 
understanding of color and design, are the aims of the lessons in 
the upper grades. 

Tastes and appreciation are important factors in these 
grades. While I do not attempt to make an artist of every child, 
I try to direct and encourage the talented pupil, though not at, 
the expense of the others. 

It is the purpose to correlate art with the other activities^ 
of the school room as : — geography, history, language, health, 
special holidays and seasons, etc. This is to make the child see 
that art is not something for a few, but it is a factor which enters 
the life of every individual. 

Eespectfully submitted, 

MARION E. RAY. 



In conclusion, the teachers and special-subject supervisors 
join me in thanking the School Committee for their hearty co- 
operation, and the parents and townspeople for their loyalty 
to and support of the schools during the past year. Such support 
from the townspeople, and the many hours of work by the School 
Committee, is raising our schools to an effective factor in prepar- 
ing our pupils for the great business of life. 

Respectfully yours, 

CHARLES W. LAWRANCK 



INDEX 



Accountant 40 

Appointments by Selectmen 4 

Assessors ' Report 62 

Auditor 60 

Board of Health 64 

Cemetery Commissioners 65 

Collector's Report 63 

Electric Light Committee 81 

Fire Department 39 

Forest Warden 80 

Health Nurse 78 

Inspector of Animals 79 

Inspector of Slaughtering 80 

Jury List 6 

Library Report 86 

Middlesex County Extension Service 84 

Public Welfare ' 64 

Police Department 79 

Selectmen 's Report 12 

Superintendent of Streets 77 

Town Clerk 13 

Births 14 

Deaths 19 

Dog Licenses 30 

Marriages 16 

Non-Resident Burials 20 

Town Meetings 21 

Town Officers 3 

Town Warrant 7 

Treasurer's Report 33 

Cemetery Funds 35 

Elizabeth White Fund 37 

Firemen 's Relief Fund 38 

Nineteenth of April Fund 38 

Wilde Library Fund 37 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 61 

Trustees Elizabeth White Fund 61 



SECOND SECTION 



School Report : 

Domestic Science 22 

Financial Statement 6 

Legal Holidaj^s 4 

Organization 3 

School Calendar 3 

School Committee 6 

School Nurse 25 

School Physician 24 

Standing Rules 4 

Superintendent's Report 16 

Supervisor of Drawing 27 

Supervisor of Music 28 

Teachers 5 



I ANNUAL REPORT 



/fi O OF THE 



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Several Official Boards 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 . 

1929 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1930 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Several Official Boards 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 , 

1929 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1930 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1929 



MODERATOR 
Allen Brooks Parker 

SELECTMEN 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1930 

Howard J. Billings Term expires 1932 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1931 

TOWN CLERK 
Horace F. Tuttle 

TOWN TREASURER 
Frank W. Hoit 

ASSESSORS 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1932 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1930 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1931 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

Howard J. Billings Term expires 1930 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1930 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1930 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
Charles A. Durkee 

TREE WARDEN 
James O'Neil 

CONSTABLES 

Michael Foley Alan B. Frost 

John T. McNiff Charles A. Durkee 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1932 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1930 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Forrest E. Bean Term expires 1932 

Lulu L. Clark Term expires 1932 

Alberta M. Mead Term expires 1930 

PVank Toohe}^ Term expires 1930 

Louisa N. Wood Term expires 1931 

Arthur M. Whitcomb Term expires 1930 

(Appointed to fill vacancy) 



TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1932 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1930 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

BOARD OF HiEALTH 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1932 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1930 

George H. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1932 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1930 

William H. Kingsley Term expires 1931 

TRUSTEES OF THE WEST ACTON FIREMAN'S 
RELIEF FUND 

C. D. Cram Term expires 1932 

Edgar H. Hall Term expires 1930 

A. N. Hederstedt Term expires 1931 

TRUSTEES OF GOODNOW FUND 

Charles E. Smith Term expires 1932 

Charlotte Conant Term expires 1930 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 



Appointments by the Selectmen 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Murray Brown Frank W. Hoit Alfred W. Davis 

William Rawitser, George A. Richardson, Webster S. Blanchard 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 
Albert H. Perkins 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
Howard L. Jones 

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Charles J. Holton Term expires 1932 

Daniel W. Sheehan, Jr Term expires 1930 

Edwin A. Phalen Term expires 1931 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 



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ELECTION OFFICERS 

Precinct 1 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden George A. Murphy 

Clerk Arthur W. Wayne 

Deputy Clerk Spencer H. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis L. Holden 

Inspector Leo F. McCarthy 

Deputy Inspector Harold Coughlin 

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 Timothy Hennessey 

Deputy Inspector James Brown 

Precinct 3 

Warden Bertram D. Hall 

Deputy Warden Fred S. Whitcomb 

Clerk David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Clerk Frank McDonald 

Inspector A. R. Beach 

Deputy Inspector Harry Holt 

Inspector James Kinsley 

Deputy Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

CATTLE INSPECTOR 
Fred S. Whitcomb 

FIRE ENGINEERS 
Frank W. Hoit, Chief 

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS 

Precinct 1 
Samuel E. Knowlton 

Precinct 2 
George K. Hayward 

Precinct 3 
H. Stewart MacGregor 

FOREST WARDEN 
Alan B. Frost 



John T. McNiff 



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SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 
James O'Neil 

POLICE OFFICERS 
Chief, Michael J. Foley 



Alan B. Frost 



DIRECTOR MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE 
Charles B. Willett 



Fred Billings 
Arthur Emerson 
David Morrison 
Frank E. Parsons 
Spencer H. Taylor 



Edward F. Nealey 
Theron A. Lowden 
Charles Miles 
Herbert A. Thayer 
Clarence Chickering 



David R. Kinsley 
William Johnson 
Henry L. Haynes 
Howard C. Tracy 
Eugene L. Hall 



Jury List 

Revised 1929 

Precinct 1 

Oliver D. Wood 
James W. Coughlin 
George S. Tucker 
Charles E. Willett 



Precinct 2 

Patrick J. Foley 
Carl Flint 
James Brown 
David Cook 



Precinct 3 

James E. Kinsley 
James A. Grimes 
John T. McNiff 
William J. Benere 
Edgar I. Blaisdell 



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 — Universalist Church, South Acton. 

Precinct 3 — Fire House, West Acton. 

At 12 o'clock noon, on Monday, the third day of March, 1930, 
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 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 j^ears, one assessor for three years, three 
for department of public welfare for one year, one treasurer for 
one year, one collector of taxes for one year, four constables for 
one year, two for school committee for three years, one for school 
committee for one year, to fill the unexpired term of Edgar H. 
Hall; one for board of health for three years, one cemetery 
commissioner for three years, one trustee Memorial library for 
three years, one tree warden for one year. 

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



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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, 
the tenth day of March, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon, then and 
there to act on 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 sum of money the town will appro- 
priate to defray the necessary and usual expenses of the several 
departments of the town and determine how the same shall be 
raised. 

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 brown-tail and gypsy moth. 

Article 10. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money to insure the employees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 11. To see what amount of money the town will 
appropriate for the payment of premiums on the treasurer's and 
collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer, 
with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money from time 
to time, in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year 
beginning January 1st, 1930, 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 reveue of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to employ a public 
health nurse, and appropriate a sum of money for the main- 
tenance of the same. 



Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $300.00, or some other amount, and elect 
a director, the money to be expended hy, 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 Service, under the provisions of Sections 40 to 45, 
Chapter 128, General Laws of Massachusetts. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
selectmen to sell any unused equipment of the different depart- 
ments of the town or act anything thereon. 

Article 16. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
$300.00 or some other sum for he settlement of claimes against 
the town and legal expenses in connection therewith or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
selectmen to have one street light placed at or near the driveway 
of Herbert S. Davis, on Main street. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00), to rebuild Summer 
street, from Central street to the Boxboro' line, provided a like 
sum is allotted the town by the state and a similar sum by the 
county of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00), to rebuild Newtown 
road, from Main street to the Littleton line, provided a like sum 
is allotted to the town by the state and a similar sum by the 
county of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Article 20. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
$150.00 for town forest work, or act anything thereon. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to accept the Board 
of Survey act, in accordance with Chapter 41, Section 73 to 81 
inclusive, General Laws, or act anything thereon. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to appoint a com- 
mittee, to present to the town, at next annual town meeting, a 
tentative zoning map and laws, in accordance with Chapter 40, 
Section 25, General Laws, or act anything thereon. 

Article 23. To see if the town will appoint a planning 
board, in accordance with Chapter 41, Section 70, General Laws. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to establish and 
maintain a street light on the pole opposite the Acton Motor 
company. School street. West Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of two hundred dollars ($200.00), to buy new improved 
equipment for the Fire Truck, in precinct three, or act anything 
thereon. 



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Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), for the 
purpose of reconstructing the roof of the Fire House, at Acton 
Center, so as to provide a room on the second floor for firemen's 
meetings, or any other^ to wn purposes, or act anything thereon. 

Article 27. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
six hundred and fifty dollars ($650.00), to install a compressed 
air whistle, at the fire house, in South Acton, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of thirty-five hundred dollars ($3500.00), 
to develop the High School athletic field and grounds, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 29. To see if the town will instruct the selectmen, 
to removed the fountain located in the center of Quimby square, 
and to connect water to the stone trough on School street, or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 30. To see what action the town will take with 
regards to a tercentennial celebration. 

Article 31. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
five hundred dollars ($500.00), to improve the ground for parking 
purposes around the town hall, or act anything thereon. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote, to relocate the 
highway, at the southeast corner of Quimby square, and appropri- 
ate a sum of money therefor, or act anything thereon. 

Article 33, To see what action the town will take toward 
placing a raised triangular plot, in Quimby square, conforming 
to the three ways, making them two way streets from all angles, 
placing an under ground wiring to a light or lights on a metal 
pole, and otherwise reconditioning the square, 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 fifth day of February, 
1930. 

WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 
WENDELL F. DAVIS, 
HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



n 
FINANCE COMMITTEE 



The Commitee on Finance makes the following recomenda- 
tions relating to appropriations. 

Article 4: 

Roads, general maintenance $12,000.00 

Schools 45,000.00 

Street lighting 5,050.00 

Memorial Library 800.00 

Books 200.00 

Hydrant service r^ 2,959.00 
General government ^cr-crt , i,SOty.i)0 

Buildings and grounds 800.00 

Cemeteries 1,200.00 

Military aid 200.00 

State aid 200.00 

Soldiers' relief 500.00 ■ 

Police department 1,500.00 '^ 

Board of health 1,000.00 

Public welfare 2,500.00 

Snow removal 1,500.00 

Care of shade trees 500 . 00 

Reserve fund 1,200.00 

Unclassified 500.00 

Bonds, (High school and others) 9,500.00 

Interest on bonds and notes 2,276.00 

Interest on revenue loans 2,300.00 



$96,485.00 
19,120.00 





$115,605.00 


Article 5 


Memorial Day $300.00 


Article 7 


Fire department maintenance 2,000.00 




New hose. 700.00 


Article 8 


Forest fires 500.00 


Article 9 


Gypsy moth work 1,250.00 


Article 10 


Liability insurance 500.00 


Article 11 


Treasurer's and collector's bonds 270.00 


Article 13 


Public health nurse 2,200.00 


Article 14 


Demonstration work 300.00 



(Agriculture) 
Article 16 Settlement of claims 300.00 

Article 17 and 24 To leave to Board of Selectmen 
Article 18 Summer street road 3,000.00 

Article 19 Newtown road 3,000.00 



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Article 20 
Article 25 
Article 26 
Article 27 
Article 28 

Article 29 

Article 31 



150.00 



1,000.00 
650.00 



Town forest work 

To be included in Article 7. 

Centre fire house 

Fire whistle, South Acton 

Committee on finance 

recommends not over 
Committee on finance is advised that no 
special appropriation need be made. 
Town Hall Grounds 500.00 



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$19,120.00 

Article 32 Committee on finance is unable to make any recom- 
mendation, as no estimate of cost has been 
furnished. 

Article 33 Committee on finance does not think it advisable to 
recommend. 



FINANCE COMMITTEE, 



Precinct 1. Precinct 2. 

Murray Brown, Frank W. Hoit, 

George A. Richardson, William Rawitser, 



Precinct 3. 
Webster S. Blanchard, 
Alfred W. Davis, 



AUDITOR'S REPORT 



I have examined the books and accounts of the Treasurer of 
the Town of Acton and also the books and records of the Collector 
of taxes and have found them correct. Notices have been sent 
to all delinquent tax payers. 



HOWARD L. JONES 

Town Accountant 



February 12, 1930. 



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REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN 



We herewith submit for your approval the report of the 
various departments of the town for the year ending December 
31, 1929 : 

Under Article 19 to grade the abandoned dump in precinct 
one opposite the cemetery. For this we advertised for bids. When 
we opened our bids we found all except one far in excess of the 
appropriation for this work and your board rejected all bids. 
Later Mr. George Greenough took the contract to fill the dump and 
bring it up to grade for the sum of three hundred dollars and this 
has been filled and seeded down with grass. 

Under Article 21, the common at Acton center has been 
greatly improved doing all that could be done with the appro- 
priation, as this has been neglected in the past much more could 
be done here. 

Under Article 22, a committee of six has been appointed by 
the selectmen to act as an electric light committee and you will 
find their report printed elsewhere in this report. 

Under Article 23 ,and 24, the state and county came in with 
the town under the provisions of Section 34, Chapter 90, of the 
general laws. The work was advertised for bids and the contract 
was awarded to John J. Watkins of Amesbury Mass. he being the 
lowest bidder. 

The work has been completed and approved by the commis- 
sioners of public works, November 26, 1929, and we feel that we 
made a saving to the town by having this work done by contract, 
as the town has not the equipment for this work. 

Under Article 28, after looking at several makes of Road Rol- 
lers, we decided on a twelve ton Buffalo Gasoline Roller which has 
been doing good work on our roads this year. We also purchased 
new sprinklers for the watering cart which puts this in good work- 
ing order. 

Under Article 34, one electric light was placed near the house 
of A. C. Jones on Arlington street, also the electric light near the 
high school v/as moved up one pole, so as to give better light to 
the entrance to the high school grounds. 

Under Article 37, after several meetings with the state and 
county officials with no success we were obliged to repair Nagog 
Hill road without help from either state or county. So with the 
appropriation made by the town this road was graveled in part, 
scraped oiled and rolled, Avhich brought this road into very good 
shape for the present time. 

Under Article 38, a vote to authorize the selectmen to sell the 



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unused gravel pit located on the state road to Mr. Murray Brown, 
for the sum of one dollar, this deed has been given and the sum 
paid. 

Under Articles 20, 25, 26, 27, 30, 32, 33 and 36, we have en- 
deavored to give special attention to the roads named in these 
Articles and to have what has been done in the form of a perma- 
nent nature that may be added to from year to year 

In conclusion, we feel that the conditions of the town are im- 
proving each year having paid a part of our bonded indebtness 
thus cutting down our heavy expense and we would urge the citi- 
zens to read and carefully study the reports of all the town offi- 
cers and committees printed in this report especially that of the 
finance committee in order that we may keep our tax rate down 
below the average of the state. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 
WENDALL F. DAVIS, 
HOWARD J. BILLINGS. 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded 41 

Born in Acton 14 Native parentage 26 

Males 24 Native parentage 27 

Females 17 Mixed parentage 11 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded • 28 

Residents of Acton 34 Residents of other places, 22 

Deaths 

Whole number recorded 42 

Residents of Acton 37 Residents of other places,.. 5 

Occurring in Acton 31 Occurring in other places, 11 

Average age in years, 65 plus. 

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 the return of births and deaths. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



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Deaths Registered in 1929 

Name Yrs. Mos. Days 

Baldwin, Mary Maria 73 2 8 

Banks, Ella Frances 72 3 22 

Boyne, Agnes E 88 2 27 

Bunnell, Carson 26 — — 

Callahan, Mary J 75 — — 

Chandler, Ella M 67 — 19 

Daniels, George W 72 — — 

Davis, Alice E 88 4 6 

Durkee, Florence Elizabeth . . — 6 3 

Eaton, Ralph Dyer 57 4 — 

Eaton, Warren 21 4 23 

Edwards, Charles 80 8 9 

Farrar, Daniel H 85 4 17 

Fletcher, Lizzie Roth 73 4 4 

Fobes, Marv Adella 58 7 13 

Heath, Charles Barker 67 8 18 

Holbrook, Ellen Ann 77 11 25 

Holt, Clara E 80 6 25 

Howe, Maggie Ann 88 2 14 

Knowlton, Angle Harvey 80 6 18 

Kolb, Joseph J 61 — — 

Kuczun, Simon 44 — — 

Lee, Thomas E 59 2 — 

Lowden, Arthur Stevens 57 11 18 

MacMillan, Miles 54 — — 

Marchuk, Akalina 45 — — 

Morehouse, Hazel 1 36 — — 

Nagle, Agnes Julia 68 8 1 

Nurmi, Hjalmar 35 — — 

Phalen, Harriet D 71 3 28 

Proctor, Martha Elizabeth 74 4 24 

Richardson, Sidney Laforest . . 72 2 20 

Schofield, John Albert 30 6 12 

Stanley, Marv A 83 10 14 

Teele, Stephen E 20 4 17 

Vitakevetz, Tony 56 — — 

Wells, Leonard R. D 69 7 5 

Willis, Marrilla E 87 5 5 

Wooding, Henry Joseph 71 9 6 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 
Held March 11, 1929 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and com- 
mittees and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Chose, Warren H. Jones, trustee of the Elizabeth White fund, 
for three years. 

Ghose, Clarence D. Cram, trustee of the West Acton Fire- 
man's Relief fund, for three years. 

Chose, Charles E. Smith, trustee of the Goodnow fund, for 
three years. 

Voted : To fix the salary of the tax collector at three quar- 
ters of one percent of the amount collected. 

Voted : That the salary of the chairman of the selectmen be 
two hundred dollars per annum and the other members one hun- 
dred dollars each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the moderator be fifteen dollars 
for the annual meeting and ten dollars for other meetings. 

Voted: That the salary of the chairman of the board of 
public welfare be seventy-five dollars per annum and the other 
jnembers forty dollars each per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the town treasurer be five hun- 
dred dollars per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the town accountant be four hun- 
dred dollars per annum. 

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

Voted : That the salaries of the assessors be five hundred 
and fift}' dollars in the aggregate per annum to be apportioned as 
they may determine and fifty dollars for the salary of a clerk. 

Voted: That the selectmen be instructed to fix the salaries 
of all other town officers. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the reports 
of the several town officers. 

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

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

The chairman of the selectmen presented a report for the com- 
mittee chosen at the special town meeting, November 7, 1928, to 
investigate the matter of claims and liabilities on account of the 
accident to the school bus at South Acton, April 27, 1928. 

Voted : To receive the report of the committee as a report 
of progress, and that the committee be continued for the purpose 
for which it was chosen. 

Article 4. To see what sum of money the town will appro- 
priate to defray the necessary and usual expenses of the several 



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departments of the town and determine how the same shall be 
raised. 

Under this article and other articles in the warrant it was 
voted to raise and appropriate for : 

Roads, general maintenance $12,000.00 

Schools 45,000.00 

Street lighting 5,016.50 

Memorial library 800.00 

Books 200.00 

Hydrant service 2,984 . 00 

General government 4,800 . 00 

Buildings and grounds 800 . 00 

Cemeteries 1,000.00 

Military aid 200.00 

State aid 300.00 

Soldier's relief 300.00 

Police department 1,200.00 

Board of health 1,000.00 

Public welfare 2,500 .00 

Snow removal 1,500 . 00 

Care of shade trees 500 . 00 

Reserve fund 1,200.00 

Unclassified 500.00 

Bonds, high school and others 9,600.00 

Interest, bonds and notes 2,580.00 

Interest on revenue loans 2,600 . 00 

Memorial day 300.00 

Fire department maintenance 1,300.00 

New hose 250.00 

Forest fires 500.00 

Gypsy moth work 1,250.00 

Liability insurance 500 . 00 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 270.00 

Public health nurse 2,200.00 

Demonstration work (agriculture) 300.00 

Dump, grading and filling 300 . 00 

Laws Brook road 1,500 . 00 

School street 1,500.00 

Road machinerv 5,000 . 00 

Nagog Hill road 1,500.00 

Athletic Field high school 2,000.00 

Town forest 300.00 



$115,550.50 



Voted to appropriate the unexpended balance of $655.95 from 
the surplus war bonus fund, to improve the common at Acton 
Center. 

Voted : To instruct the assessors to deduct from the amount 
required to be assessed the current year $10,000 on account of 



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surplus revenue and the amount of all the estimated receipts of 
the town, except from loans and taxes. 

Article 5. To see what sum of money the town will raise for 
the observance of Memorial day. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate three hundred dollars. 

Voted : That the chairman of the selectmen, the commander 
of Isaac Davis Post and the commander of the American Legion 
be a committee to expend this appropriation and direct the cere- 
monies of the observance of Memorial day. 

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, 1929, and on all taxes remaining unpaid 
after November 1, interest shall be charged at the rate of six 
percent per annum from October 15, 1929, until such taxes are 
paid. 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will raise for 
the maintenance of the fire department or vote anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate thirteen hundred dollars for main- 
tenance and two-hundred and fifty dollars for new hose. 

Article 8. To see if the town will pay for fighting brush fires 
and fix price thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate five-hundred dollars and that the 
price per hour be fixed by the forest warden. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take toward the 
suppression of the brown tail and gypsy moth. 

Voted : To appropriate twelve hundred and fifty dollars. 

Article 10. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
mone}^ to insure the employees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of five hundred dollars. 

Article 11. To see what amount of money the town will ap- 
propriate for the payment of premiums on the treasurer's and col- 
lector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 11. Voted to appropriate the sum of two hundred 
and seventy dollars. 

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 begin- 
ning January 1, 1929, and to issue a note or notes therefor, pay- 
able 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, 1929, 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 employ a public 
health nurse and appropriate a sum of money for the maintenance 
of the same. 



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Voted: To employ a public health nurse to be under the 
direction of the board of health. 

Voted: To appropriate $2,200 for the maintenance of said 
nurse. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
])riate the sum of $300 or some other amount and elect a director, 
the money to be expended by, and the director to serve in co-ope- 
ration with the Middlesex County trustee's for county aid to 
agriculture in the work of the Middlesex County Extension Ser- 
vice under the provisions of Sections 40 to 45, Chapter 128, Gene- 
ral Laws of Massachusetts. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $300. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to appoint a 
director. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to install three ad- 
ditional street lights on Central street in South Acton between 
Martin street and the residence of Sidney Richardson or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to condition Martin 
street from Maple street to Stow road, by resurfacing, grading 
and coating with tarvia, supplying new catch basins and culverts 
v/here necessary for complete drainage, or act anything thereon. 

A motion to appropriate $1,000 did not prevail. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to erect a light pole, 
twenty feet or thereabouts, north of the bridge crossing the stream 
con Martin street and on the east side of above street and maintain 
;a light on said pole, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the selectmen be instructed to install a street 
light at the place described in the article provided it can be done 
without increasing the present appropriation for street lighting. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to instruct the board 
of health to arrange to keep open for not more than two days in 
each week the public dump in precinct one or act anything tliere- 
on. 

Voted : To dismiss the article. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of $300 to be used or any part of it to grade the now aban- 
doned dump in precinct one opposite the cemetery, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $300. 

Article 20. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise and appropriate to repair Harris street in the northerly 
part of the town. 

Voted: That the special Avork called for in articles 20,25, 
26, 27, 30, 32, 33 and 36 of this warrant shall be taken care of by 
the selectmen, at their discretion under the appropriation for 
general maintenance of roads. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
unexpended balance of $655 . 95 from the surplus war bonus fund, 
to fix up the common at Acton Center, or act anything thereon. 



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VQted : To appropriate the unexpended balance amounting 
to $655.95, from the surplus war bonus fund, for the improve- 
ment of the Common at Acton Center. 

Article 22. To see what action the town will take with regard 
to electric street lighting. 

Voted : That a committee of six be appointed by the select- 
men, with full power to act as they deem for the best interests of 
the town, in all negotiations relating to electric lighting in the 
town of Acton the ensuing year. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1500 to continue the reconstruction of Laws 
Brook road to the Concord line 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 raise and appropriate the sum of $1500 to conti- 
nue the reconstruction of Laws Brook road to the Concord line 
provided a like amount is allotted the town by the State Depart- 
ment of Public Works and a similar sum by the County of Mid- 
dlesex. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1500 to continue the reconstruction of School 
street from its intersection with Laws Brook road, to the State 
highwa}^ provided a like seem is allotted the town by the State 
Department of Public Works and a similar sum by the County of 
Midddlesex or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of $1500 to con- 
tinue the reconstruction of School street from its intersection with 
Laws Brook road to the State highway provided a like sum is al- 
lotted the town by the State Department of Public Works and a 
similar sum by the County of Middlesex. 

Article 25. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
$1000 to gravel Arlington street from Elm street going east. 

See vote recorded under article 20. 

Article 26. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
$1000, for the purpose of rebuilding the road extending from 
Fletcher corner to the Majoiard line or act anything thereon. 

See vote recorded under Article 20. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to raise a sum of 
money to repair Summer street from Willow street to the Box- 
boro line. 

See vote recorded under Article 20. 

Article 28. To see what action the town will take with 
regard to the purchase of new road machinery. 

Voted : To appropriate $5,000 for the purchase of new road 
machinery. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to accept the ladder 
truck, which has been constructed by the members of the South 
Acton fire department, said truck to be a part of the fire fighting 
equipment of the town of Acton, but to be housed at the South 
Acton fire house in charge of the South Acton fire department. 

Article 29. Voted to accept the ladder truck from the mem- 



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bers of the South Acton fire department upon the terms and 
conditions described in the article. 

Voted : That the town place on record its hearty apprecia- 
tion of the work of the members of the South Acton fire depart- 
ment. 

Article 30. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $500 to continue the reconstruction of Nashoba road. 

See vote recorded under Article 20. 

Article 31. To see if the town will raise and appropriate the 
sum of $300 for town forest work. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of $300. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of one thousand dollars to lay out and build a road 
from Massachusetts avenue, West Acton, to the driveway leading 
to Mr. Orla Nichols' house following the line of the abandoned 
electric car road or act anything thereon. 

See vote recorded under Article 20. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of two thousand dollars for the purpose of maca- 
damizing Stow street from the Main street bridge to the lumber 
yard or ^ct anything thereon. 

See vote recorded under Article 20. 

Article 34. To see i-f the town will establish and maintain 
a street light at or near the houses* of A. C. Jones, E. H. Hall Jr. 
and B. E. Hall on Alington street. 

Voted : To instruct the selectmen to procure the installation 
of one street light to be located as described in the article. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $16.50 for the mainten- 
ance thereof. 

Article 35. To see if the town will establish and maintain a 
street light near the high school building at the corner of Massa- 
chusetts avenue and the Cutler road so called. 

Voted : To instruct the selectmen to petition for such 
changes in street light locations as will provide a light at the 
place described in the article, such changes to be made without 
expense to the town. 

Article 36. To see if the town will appropriate the sum of 
one hundred dollars to grade the west corner of the Cutler road, 
so called,) where it enters Massachusetts avenue. 

See vote recorded under Article 20. 

Article 37. To see if the town will reappropriate the sum of 
$1500 from cash on hand in the treasury for the purpose of recon- 
structing the Nagog Hill road from the Littleton line to Acton 
Center and instruct the selectmen to obtain an allotment from the 
County of Middlesex on this project if possible or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $1500 for the purpose of 
reconstructing Nagog Hill road as called for in the article. 

Voted: To instruct the selectmen to obtain if possible an 
allotment from the County of Middlesex. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 



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selectmen to sell the unused gravel-pit located on the State road 
about one mile north of East Acton village. 

Voted : Unanimously to instruct the selectmen to tender to 
Mr. Murray Brown a deed of the land referred to in Article 38, 
for the sum of one dollar. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of two thousand dollars to develop the high school 
athletic field or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of two thousand 
dollars to develop the high school athletic field to be expended 
under the direction of the school committee. 



Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1929 



Allard, Moses $2.00 

Allen, John F 2.00 

Armburg, Fred 2.00 

Bancroft, C. A 5.00 

Baxter, Miriam F 2.00 

Beach, Hazel 2.00 

Bedford, Mrs. A. E. . . . 2.00 

Bennett, L. W 2.00 

Berglind, Edward E. . . 2.00 

Berglind, John E 2.00 

Berry, James N 2 . 00 

Blaisdell, Lucile 2.00 

Blanchard, Webster S. . 2.00 

Bondelvitch, Walter ... 4.00 

Bowen, Robert M 2.00 

Bowman, Herbert E. . . 2.00 

Boxill, Mrs. Cyril 2.00 

Bradford, F. W. R 2.00 

Bradbury, Rolfe 4.00 

Braman, Mrs. Frank ... 5.00 

Brill, Fred E 4.00 

Brown, J. A 2 . 00 

Brown, Robert 2.00 

Bulette, Frank W 2.00 

Busch, Edward 2.00 

Caldwell, Hazel 2.00 

Caldwell, Margaret 2.00 

Cahill, William 2.00 

Campbell, Leland H. . . . 2.00 

Chaff in, Nancy S 4.00 

Charter, W. W. . . . 2.00 

Cheney, Edward 2.00 

Christofferson, Allen M. 2.00 

Clark, 0. L 2.00 

Clapp, George E 2.00 



Clifford, Albert 2.00 

Condon, Timothy 2.00 

Conway, John F 2.00 

Conant, Charlotte 2.00 

Cook, David 5.00 

Costello, Edward 5.00 

Coughlin, Harold J 6.00 

Crocker, Charles 2.00 

Davis, Charles E 21.00 

Davis, Wendell F 5.00 

Deane, Mrs. Thomas ... 2.00 

PeSousa, Mrs. Benj. ... 2.00 

DiGiacomandria, Nichols 5.00 

Doyle, Henry K, 2.00 

Drummond, Thomas F. . 2.00 

Duggan, John A 5 . 00 

Durkee, C. A 5.00 

Durkee, Raymond F. . . . 2.00 

Duren, Delta B 2.00 

Dymaska, A 2.00 

Edney, Charles F 2.00 

Eilertsen, Carl 2.00 

Enneguess, Michael ... 4.00 

Evans, John H 7.00 

Farrar, Frank B 2.00 

Farrar, F. Earl 5.00 

Farrar, J. (Maple St.) . . 2.00 

Finan, Bertha Cummings 5.00 

Fitzgerald, James 2.00 

Flagg, Alden 4.00 

Fletcher, Charles J 2.00 

Fletcher, John L 5.00 

Foley, Patrick 2.00 

Freeman, Georg;e 2.00 

Freeman, Mathew 2.00 



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Freeman, Richard 5 . 00 

French, C. H 2.00 

Frost, Alan B 5.00 

Fullonton, L. T 2.00 

Gallant, Mildred 2 . 00 

Gibbs, Harriet E 2.00 

Green, Catherine 2 . 00 

Griffin, Franklin E 7 .00 

Hall, Mary Farrell 2.00 

Harrison, B. M 2.00 

HJart, Mrs. Nelson 2.00 

Harvey, Lucretia H. . . . 7 . 00 

Hastings, Lewis C 2.00 

Hayes, Michael G 2.00 

Haynes, Albert L 2.00 

Hensen, William W. . . . 2.00 

Herrick, J. M 5.00 

Hilliard, John A 2.00 

Holbrook, F. A 4.00 

Holden, F. H 2.00 

Holland, John 5 . 00 

Howe, Leland F 2.00 

Howe, 0. H 2.00 

Hurley, James J 2 . 00 

Jalonen, Arthur 4 . 00 

Jenks, Albert R 2.00 

Jensen, P. A 4.00 

Johnson, Albion 2 . 00 

Johnson . . . . : 5 . 00 

Jones, A. C 2.00 

Jones, Helen A 2.00 

Jones, E^ugh 2.00 

Jones, Warren H 2 . 00 

Kazokas, William 7 . 00 

Kelley, Julia T 2.00 

Kennedy, Duncan S. . . . 2.00 

King, Benjamin 2.00 

Kilmartin, William T. . . 7.00 

Knowlton, Samuel E. . . 2.00 

Laffin, Ormal S. R 2.00 

Laffin, Sidney 5.00 

Lamson, Wallace 1 2.00 

LaRoche, Arthur 6.00 

Larsen, Jorgen 5.00 

Lears, William 2.00 

LeClare, Edwar^ 2.00 

Littlefield, Ralph 2.00 

Livermore, William J. .. 5.00 

Lowden, E. Philip 2.00 

Manion, Thomas 2.00 

Marsh, A. W 2.00 



Mason, Roger 6.00 

Massie, Williams, Jr. . . . 2.00 

Mayell, Ruth 2.00 

Maynes, Everett M. . . . 2.00 

May, Francis A 2.00 

McCarthy, Leo 5.00 

McGovern, John 2.00 

Mead, Hobart E 2.00 

Mekkelsen, Thora 2.00 

Mel, Eleanor 2.00 

Merriam, Harold 2.00 

Morehouse, Mrs. C. F. . . 4.00 

Montague, Everett N. . . 2.00 

Middleton, W. J 2.00 

Morse, Leonard 2.00 

Morrison, Frederick D. . 10.00 

Muise, Joseph 5 . 00 

Munn, William 2.00 

Murgatrovd, James .... 9 . 00 

Nelson, Olaf F 2.00 

Newell, Dorothy 2.00 

Newell, L. F 2.00 

Nichols, Orla E 5.00 

Noterman, Emile 5 . 00 

Oldroyd, Catherine 2.00 

Olsen, Peter, Jr 2.00 

Olsen, Simon 2.00 

O'Neil, James 5.00 

Packard, James M 2.00 

Parker, George M 2.00 

Parzkienicz, Stanley ... 2.00 

Pedersen, John 5.00 

Penney, D. F 4.00 

Penney, John 2.00 

Penniman, Jessie M. . . . 2 , 00 

Perkins, A. Hazelton ... 2.00 

Perkins, Levi W 2.00 

Peterson, Carl N 2.00 

Pope, Benjamin 6.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Pratt, Herbert T 2.00 

Price, Louise M 2.00 

Rafuse, Edith M 2.00 

Rawitser, William 2.00 

Ravner, Dorothy 2.00 

Reed, G. Howard 7.00 

Reed, Otis J 2.00 

Reid, Robert A. 3rd ... . 2.00 

Reynolds, Arthur 2.00 

Reynolds, Harold R. . . . 2.00 

Reynolds, Jesse C 2.00 



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Richardson, George A. . 2.00 

Roche, Francis B 2 . 00 

Rugg, George 2.00 

Sanborn, Everett R 2 . 00 

Sawyer, Benjamin H. .. 2.00 

Schofield, Harris C 7.00 

Scott, T. A 2.00 

Shapley, Eva C 2.00 

Sisson, Geogre T 12.00 

Smith, Hattie E 2.00 

Smith, Ralph 4.00 

Spinney, Alice L 2 . 00 

Stearns, Margery E. . . . 2.00 

Stevens, Woodbury 2.00 

Stiles, Frank L 5.00 

Stokes, William 2.00 

Stoney, Mrs. Reginald . 2.00 

Stuart, Leslie E 2.00 

Sylvia, E.W 2.00 

Taylor, Spencer H 2.00 

Todd, Ethel 8.00 



Toohey, WUliam J 2.00 

Tompkins, Elizabeth P. . 5.00 

Tracy, Alfred 2.00 

Tripp, Horatio W 2.00 

Tucker, George S. Jr. . . 2.00 

Turnbull, George L. . . . 5.00 

Turner, George C 2.00 

Tuttle, George F 2.00 

Tuttle, Horace C 2.00 

Vila, Maude 2.00 

Vilkauskis, Anthony ... 2.00 

Watkins, John H 7.00 

Weaver, George T 25.00 

Whitcomb, Fred S 4.00 

Whitney, Cora A 2.00 

Willet, Charles E 2.00 

Wise, Glenna 2.00 

Wood, Mrs. Herbert L. . 2.00 

Wood, Oliver D 2.00 

Woodworth, RandaU ... 2.00 



210 licenses at $2.00 
44 licenses at $5.00 
1 license at $25.00 



$420.00 

220.00 

25.00 



Deduct fees — 255 licenses at 20c each . 



Due county treasurer, 1928 account 



$665.00 
51.00 

$614.00 

$3.60 



May 23, 1929- 
Nov. 25, 1929- 
Dec. 31, 1929- 



-Paid county treasurer 
-Paid county treasurer 
-Due county treasurer 



$207.00 

400.40 

10.20 



$617.60 



$617.60 



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ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Acton, Massachusetts: 
Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year 1929 : 

Expenditures 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 
Appropriation $4,800 .00 

SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid: 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, salary $200.00 

Howard J. Billings, salary 100.00 

Wendall F. Davis, salary 100.00 

R. S. Osterhout, town reports 488.40 

Marjorie Jones, clerk 3.00 

Hobbs and Warren, license blanks 2.00 



ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Howard L. Jones, salary $400 . 00 

Howard L. Jones, postage 10 . 00 

Compass Printing Company, printing .... 5 . 25 
Thorp and Martin Company, books and sta- 
tionery 8.90 

Service Printing and Stationery Company, 

vouchers 10 . 75 



TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $500.00 

Finney and Hoit, book 2 . 50 

Frank W. Hoit, postage 24.74 

Frank W. Hoit, telephone 1 . 65 

Frank W. Hoit, safety box rent 5.00 

Frank W. Hoit, stationery 4.30 

Frank W. Hoit, paid for certifying notes 4.00 



PUBLIC WELFARE DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Wendall F. Davis, salary $75.00 

Wendall F. Davis, telephone and blanks . . 2.30 



$893.40 



$434.90 



$542.19 



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Howard J. Billings, salary 40 . 00 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, salary 40.00 



COLLECTOR'S DEPARTMENT 

Paid: 

Charles A. Durkee, salary $812.80 

]\turphy and Snyder, printing tax bills ... 33.25 

Hobbs and Warren Company, stationery, 

notices 16 . 23 

Charles A. Durkee, postage 4.85 



ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Henry E. Haynes, salary $183 . 33 

Warren H. Jones, salary 183 . 34 

Albert P. Durkee, salary 183.33 

Hobbs and Warren, stationery, books etc. 56.25 

Rachael Haynes, clerk 50.00 

Carter's Ink Company, .67 

Assessor 's Auto Tax, service 5 . 00 

L. L. Aplin, transfer notices 25.40 

C. A. Durkee, examining records 8.00 

Henry L. Haynes, attending rneetings (3) 31.56 

Warren H. Jones, attending meetings (3) 31.56 

Albert P. Durkee, attending meetings (2) 15.00 

Henry L. Haynes, travel expense 7.00 

Henry L. Haynes, postage, telephone, etc. 9.68 

Maplewood Press, poll tax lists 57.50 



TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $200.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording births 40.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording marriages .... 14.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deaths 24.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, telephone and postage . . 28.50 

P. B. Murphy, blanks 4.10 

A. H. Bartlett Company, blanks 1.07 

Murphy and Snyder, envelopes 3 . 00 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Paid : 

Theron F. Newton, salary $120.00 

Ilobbs and Warren, book 6.16 

W. and L. S. Gurley, supplies 9.71 



$157.30 



$867.13 



$847.62 



$315.67 



$135.87 



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CATTLE INSPECTION 
Paid: 

Fred S. Whitcomb, salary $175.00 

ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 

Paid : 

Horace P. Tuttle, registrar $25 . 00 

Charles J. Holton, registrar 1928 and 1929 40.00 

Daniel Sheehan, registrar 1928 and 1929 40.00 

J. T. McNiff, registrar 8.00 

R. S. Osterhout, printing warrants and 

ballots 53.50 

oTames W. Coughlan, election officer 25 . 00 

Thomas Murray, election officer 5 . 00 

L. C. Hastings, election officer 5.00 

A. F. Davis, election officer 5 . 00 

Timothy Hennessy, election officer 5.00 

T. F. Newton, election officer 5.00 

Leo McCarthy, election officer 10 . 00 

Fred S. Whitcomb, election officer 5.00 

A. R. Beach, election officer 5.00 

Arthur Wayne, election officer 5 . 00 

L. C. Hastings, placing booths 1 . 25 

Universalist Church, rent 5 . 00 

A. W. Brownell Corporation, notices 2 . 07 

Enterprise Compam^, advertising 2 . 25 

Turner's Public Spirit, advertising 3.00 

A. Brooks Parker, moderator 15.00 

$270.07 

Total general government $4,639 . 15 

Unexpended balance 160 . 85 

$4,800.00 
TREASURER'S AND COLLECTOR'S BONDS 

Appropriation $270.00 

Paid : 

American Surety Company $270 . 00 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation $800.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 45 . 72 

$845.72 
Paid : 

American Woolen Companj^ $35.05 

Edison Electric Illuminating Company ... 32 . 65 

B. A. King, wiring 31 . 46 



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Eagle Oil & Supply Company, sweeping 

compound 5 . 00 

A. W. Davis Company, coal 80.29 

A. W. Davis Company, fertilizer 19.75 

West & South Water Supply 12.00 

Com. of Massachusetts, boiler inspection . . 10.00 

A. J. Wilkinson, lock 14.38 

M. E. Taylor & Company, lawn mower .... 225.00 

M. E. Taylor & Company, edge trimmer ... 10.00 

Allen Chair Company, repairs 1 . 10 

W. B. Blodgett, adjusting mower 3.00 

George Braman, painting and repairing 

flag pole 14 . 65 

Jos. Breck & Son, parts for mower 3.70 

Fitzgerald Garage, repairs on mower 2.00 

Wm. H. Kingsley, gravel 3.30 

R. M. Prentiss, 1 shade 1.00 

T. E. Costello, repairing chairs 11.00 

Fred Green, labor 9 .43 

N. H. Tenney, work on boiler 30 . 10 

Wm. G. Lawrence, shellacing chairs 7 . 20 

F. G. Williams, repairing ceiling 2.00 

M. E, Taylor Company, supplies 17 .56 

A. W. Wayne, janitor 141 . 50 

A. W. Wayne, care of clock 52.00 

A. W. Wayne, care of grounds 70 . 60 



Protection of Persons and Property 

POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,200.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 228.79 



Paid: 

Michael Foley, services $377.75 

John T. McNiff, services 399.33 

A. B. Frost, services 297 . 20 

Charles Whitcomb, services 21.75 

William Driscoll, services 18.00 

George S. Braman, services 22.50 

Charles A. Durkee, 6 . 60 

Charles Monroe, services 13.50 

E. Rassmunssen, services 25.50 

E. Keef e, services 16 . 50 

M. Linsky & Brothers, overcoat 45.00 

American Woolen Company, ambulance .. 22.90 

New England Telephone Company 47.57 

American Woolen Company 9 . 67 



$845.72 



$1,428.79 



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Edison Electric Illuminating Company 3 . 84 

Rosenfield Uniform Company, 1 belt 9.75 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes 9 . 00 

Acton Drug Company, bulb .25 

C. C. Cullinan, truck 50.00 

Finney & Hoit, supplies 32 . 18 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,300.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 356 . 54 



Paid: 

George K. Hay ward, repairs $7 . 05 

B. A. King, pay-rolls 7 . 50 

American Woolen Company, 25 . 57 

Edison Electric illuminating Company ... 12 . 94 

George S. Braman, janitor 67.50 

George S. Braman, pay-rolls 13 . 25 

New England Telephone & Tel. Company 29.76 

Acton Motor Company, batteries 40.00 

Acton Motor Company, labor, supplies 71.16 

J. J. Manning, janitor 120.00 

J. J. Manning, paj^rolls 16.00 

Walter S. Jones, setting glass .50 

A. W. Davis Company, shovels, supplies ... 47 . 68 

Wm. G. Lawrence, janitor 127.75 

West & South water supply 36.00 

Arthur H. Blanchard Company, extinguish- 
ers, chargers, ladder hooks, etc 196.69 

South Acton Woolen Company, acid 33 . 50 

Norman Livermore, gas, etc 12.40 

Mavnard & Acton Oil Companv, gas, oil and 

alcohol .' 25.26 

Henr}^ K. Barnes Company, supplies 39.13 

Albert E. Sims, labor on truck 11.22 

South Acton department, payrolls ........ 49.00 

W^est Acton department, payrolls 119.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, coal 114.81 

Finney & Hoit, tires, tubes, bulbs 29.85 

J. S. Moore, paint and brushes 6.75 

W. B. Holt, pipe and couplings .65 

Acton Center department, payrolls 14.00 

George H. Reed, rope 2.31 

Linscott Motor Company, supplies 2 . 80 

Fitzgerald Garage, supplies 3 . 35 

Tate & .Company, pipe and labor 3.41 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies . 3 . 50 

Salaries, three companies 270.00 

Moulton Ladder Company, ladder 96.25 



$1,428.79 



$1,656.54 



$1,656.54 



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BRUSH FIRES 

Appropriations $500 . 00 

Paid: 

A. W. Davis, payrolls $70.10 

J, J. Manning, payrolls 21 . 50 

A. B. Frost, payrolls 45 . 15 

A. B. Frost, posting notices, investigations 

and express 13 . 25 

West Acton, department payrolls 30.50 

South Acton, department payrolls 11.00 

F. W. Hoit, department payrolls 13.20 

Acton Center, department payrolls 10.18 

Eastern Drug Company, soda 36.34 

Laffins express 2 . 50 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 3 pumps 36.00 
Gorham Fire Equipment Companv, 12 extin- 
guishers \ 82.80 

$372.52 

Unexpended balance 127 . 48 

$500.00 

SPECIAL HOSE 
Appropriation $250.00 

Paid : 

Arthur H. Blanchard Company, hose $175.00 

Unexpended balance 75.00 

$250.00 

HYDRANT SERVICE 

Appropriation $2,984.00 

Paid: 

West, South water supplv $2,750.00 

Town of Concord ". 184.00 

$2,934.00 
Unexpended balance 50.00 

$2,984.00 

MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Appropriations $1,250 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 72.20 

$1,322.20 
Paid: 

James 'Neil, labor $855 . 00 

James O'Neil, truck 328.00 

James 'Neil, gas and oil 7 . 10 

James 'Neil, expenses 22 . 70 

Arthur L. Stewart, labor and repairs 13.40 

James 'Neil, teams 96 . 00 

$1,322.20 



TREE WARDEN 

Appropriations $500 . 00 

Paid: 

James 'Neil, labor $272.00 

James O'Neil, truck 63.00 

James O'Neil, teams 10.00 

James 'Neil, filing saws etc 2 . 55 

$347.55 
Unexpended balance 152.45 



$500.00 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 
Appropriations $1,000 . 00 

Paid : 

Towne & Robie, signs $3 . 50 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, professional services ..... 21.00 

Helen Russell, services 25 . 00 

A. W. Davis Company, wire 4.75 

Chas. A. Durkee, services and expenses as 

agent to board of health 211.09 

W. J. Costello, signs 16.00 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, professional services ... 70.00 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes • . . . 8 . 00 

James Kinsley, inspection 31.20 

John H. Watkins, labor 34.75 

Dr. F. E. Tasker, salary as chairman 25.00 

Dr. G. W. Tuttle, salary 10.00 

R. F. Durkee, salary 15.00 

R. F. Durkee, postage .50 

A. B. Frost, payroll for fire in town dump 1.00 
South Acton department, payroll for fire in 

town dump 11 . 25 

West Acton department, payroll for fire in 

town dump 9 . 00 

$497.04 
Unexpended balance 502.96 



$1,000.00 
TOWN NURSE 

Appropriations $2,200.00 

Paid: 

Lillian E. Frost, nurse $2,000.16 

Acton Drug Company, supplies 46 . 53 

Will Ross, supplies 8.00 

$2,054.69 
Unexpended balance 145 . 31 

$2,200.00 



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HIGHWAYS 

Appropriation $12,000.00 

Appropriation. from state under Chapter 81 5,800.00 



Paid: 

Essco Mfg. Company, two signs $4.90 

Conant Machine Company, parts and repairs 

on loader 376.26 

A. F. Davis, painting signs .75 

A. W. Davis, cement, tools, paint, gas, etc., 104.16 
Hedge & Matthews Company, parts for 

mixer 14 . 54 

Pitzgerald Garage, gas and oil 3 . 00 

W. J. Costello, painting signs 5 .00 

Tate & Company, pipe 2.75 

Hall Bros, lumber 3 .40 

George H. Reed 1.00 

John T. McNiff, sharpening and repairing 29.75 

Wetmore Savage Company 9 . 02 

Dver Sales & Machinery Company, guard 

rail 112.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

lumber 14 . 94 

€has. H. Vass Company, sprinkler attach- 
ment 152.16 

Pletcher Corner filing station, gas and oil 41.78 

Maynard & Acton Oil Company, gas and oil 152 . 20 
New England Culvert Company, highway 

guard 59.80 

Barrett Company, tarvia 1,004.50 

Acton Motor Company, gas and oil 2.85 

W. H. Kingslev, gravel 269.70 

F. S. Whitcomb, gravel 13.35 

John Smith, gravel 14.25 

James Berry, gravel 43 . 50 

Levi Perkins, gravel 73 . 50 

0. F. Nelson, lumber, repairs 3.90 

M. E. Taylor, gas, oil and supplies 75.04 

George V. Mead, posts 21.25 

Nelson H. Tenney, fittings 3.70 

E. P. Gates, sharpening, bolts etc 26.60 

A. H. Perkins, freight paid 1.11 

Mass. Broken Stone Company, stone 56.70 

N. Y. N. H. & n. R. R. Company, cinders 62.50 

Standard Oil Company, asphalt 2,617.44 

James Kinsley, gravel 56.55 

Margaret Spinney, gravel 25 . 20 

Allen B. Frost, gravel 2.85 

J. E. Gagnon, gravel 6 . 60 



$17,800.00 



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PAYROLLS 
Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $1,100.00 

Albert Wessell 384.00 

W. H. Kingsley 93.25 

A. Duprey 651.75 

E. S. Fobes 4.00 

W. Larrabee 682.75 

P. Callan 660.25 

E. Hollowell 28.00 

J. Schofield 222.25 

J. Gagnon 198.00 

R. Boyce 162.00 

J. Gallant 518.00 

W. Scanlon 384.00 

J. Briggs 140.50 

T. Murray 262.75 

Campbell 9.00 

D. Bezanson 16 . 25 

S. Ineson 20.25 

E. Spinney 24.25 

J. Cole 56.00 

PL Conquest 10.00 

Leonard Morse 8 . 00 

L. Allard 1.50 

M. J. Sheehan 26.00 

L. W. Perkins 12.50 

E. Briggs 178.50 

R. Perkins 4.00 

B. Holt 45.50 

J. Knight 32.00 

W. Perkins 4.00 

A. Frost 12.00 

Trucks : 

A. W. Perkins $529.50 

W. H. Kingsley 1,486.25 

R. Jones 1,419.38 

A. Frost 1,043.13 

C. A. Morse 514.75 

George Hay ward 25 . 00 

Teams : 

A. H. Perkins $40.00 

W. H. Kingsley 358.00 

L. W. Perkins 767.00 

$17,602.76 
Unexpended balance 197 .24 

$17,800.00 



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NAGOG HILL ROAD 

Appropriation $1,500 .00 

Paid: 

Standard Oil Company, asphalt $137 . 50 

Maynard & Acton Oil Company, gas and oil 24 . 98 

W. B. Holt, couplings 1.60 

W. H. Kingsley, gravel 59 .40 

L. W. Perkins, gravel 49 . 35 

PAYROLL 
Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $102 . 00 

W. Larrabee 85.00 

P. Callan 65.00 

A. Wessell 41.00 

C. Briggs 37.00 

J. Gallant 65.00 

G. Briggs 57.00 

A. Duby 49.00 

T. Murray 19.00 

L. W. Perkins 28.00 

W. Scanlon 30.00 

J. Knight 8.00 

Trucks : 

A. W. Perkins $51.00 

R. Jones 122.50 

A. Frost 148.75 

W. H. Kingsley 232.50 

C. A. Morse 27.00 

L. W. Perkins $24.00 

$1,464.58 
Unexpended balance 35.42 

$1,500.00 

SCHOOL STREET AND LAW BROOK ROAD 

Appropriation $3,000.00 

Unexpended balance from 1928 $347.04 

Received from state under chapter 90 .... 2,271.79 

Received from county under chapter 90 .. 2,271.79 

$7,890.62 
Paid: 

Westcott & Munroe, balance of bridge con- 
tract $945.70 

Standard Oil Company, asphalt 61.00 

A. J. Poutas, granite bounds 98 .00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, 

lumber 2.07 



40 

A. W. Davis Company, wire 7 .01 

North Acton Concrete Construction Com- 
pany, covers 62 . 90 

John J. Walkins, contractor 5,561 . 99 

PAYROLLS 
Labor : 

A. W. Perkins, superintendent . . ! $33 . 00 

W. Larrabee 35.00 

P. Callan 24.00 

A. Duby 22.00 

A. Wessell 22.00 

R. Boyce 16.50 

W. Scanlon 16.00 

T. Murray 18.00 

J. Gallant 38.00 

B. Holt 18.00 

G. Briggs 4.00 

Trucks : 

A. W. Perkins 18.00 

C. A. Morse 12.00 

A. Frost 70.00 

R. Jones 50.00 

W. Kingsley 60.00 

Teams : 

L. W. Perkins 56.00 

$7,251.17 
Unexpended balance 639 .45 



$7,890.62 



SNOW REMOVAL 

Appropriation $1,500 . 00 

Transferred from reserve fund 189 . 48 



Paid: 

John Pederson $1,193.28 

Eastern Tractor Company, snow fence .... 130 . 50 

Dyar Sales & Machinery Company, blades 20.00 

Good Roads Machinery Companj^ 4.95 

E. P. Gates, repairs ! 42.75 

PAYROLLS 
Labor : 

A. H. Perkins, superintendent $60 . 00 

W. Larrabee 18.00 

P. Callan 16.00 

A. Duby 19.00 



$1,689.48 



41 

G. Briggs 8 .00 

J. Knight 8.00 

J. Gallant 18.00 

L. W. Perkins 4.00 

W. W. Kingsley 12.00 

Trucks : 

A. W. Perkins 24.00 

A. Frost 10.00 

W. W. Kingsley 31.50 

R. Jones 37.50 

A. Christofferson 32.00 

$1,689.48 
STREET LIGHTING 

Appropriation $5,016 . 50 

Paid: 

American Woolen Company $2,235 . 68 

Edison Electric Illuminating Company .... 2,771.83 

$5,007.51 

Unexpended balance 8 . 99 



$5,016.50 
PUBLIC WELFARE 

Appropriation $2,500 .00 

Paid : • 
Orders as approved by the board of public 

welfare $2,003.03 

L^nexpended balance 496 . 97 

$2,500.00 
STATE AID 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid $246.00 

Unexpended balance 54.00 

$300.00 
MILITARY AID 

Appropriation $200.00 

Paid: 

Orders, board of public welfare $90.00 

Unexpended balance 110 .00 

$200.00 
SOLDIERS' RELIEF 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid: 

Orders, board of public welfare $148.75 

Unexpended 151 . 25 

$300.00 



42 

EDUCATION 

Appropriation $45,000.00 

Paid: 

Reports of school committee $44,845 . 89 

Unexpended balance 154. 11 



$45,000.00 
LIBRAEY 

MAINTENANCE 
Appropriation $800.00 

Paid : 

American Woolen Company $21.92 

William H. Kingsley, wood 13 . 50 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Company, coal 252.36 

E. F. Conant, insurance 39 . 86 

Charles Dickson, painting 1.00 

0. E. Houghton, transporting books 50.00 

A, F. Davis, librarian 151 . 50 

A. F. Davis, janitor 151 . 50 

A. F. Davis, writing cards and binding 

books 35.25 

A. F. Davis, sundry expenses 9 . 21 

A. F. Davis, cataloguing 10.00 

H. B. McArdle .86 

Edison Electric 111. Company 10.64 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes 3 . 60 

Horace F. Tuttle, paid for seal 5.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, paid for mowing lawn . . 2.30 

E. Z. Stanley, repairs 10.00 

M. E. Taylor & Company, supplies 9.21 

$777.71 

Unexpended balance 22 . 29 



BOOK ACCOUNT 

Appropriation $200.00 

Received from library fund 491 . 64 



Paid: 

Horace F. Tuttle, books $10.00 

De Wolfe Fiske & Company 378.93 

Bureau of applied economics 5 . 90 

The Enterprise Company 1 . 50 

Banks Law Publishing Company 7 . 50 

Students Supply Shop 6 . 85 

Little Brown & Company 7 . 17 

Ginn & Company 14 . 86 

H. R. Hunting Company 129.87 



$800.00 



$691.64 



43 

Old Stoughton Musical Society 2.10 

F. W. Fayon Company 4. 65 

E. P. Button & Company Inc 22.46 

Campbell & Leunig 16 . 87 

Herman Goldberger 51 .40 

Union Library Association 25.93 

Jean Karr 5 . 65 

$691.64 
CEMETERY 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 4 . 08 

$1,004.08 
Paid: 

Fred Green, labor $712.66 

Fred Green, team 43 . 25 

James Grimes, labor 1 . 50 

A. W. Davis 4.00 

C. B. Dolge, weed killer 81.24 

C. B. Dolge, lease of cart 5 . 00 

A. F. Davis, painting seats 2 . 50 

M. E. Taylor & Company, tools 10.43 

West & South Water Supply 12.00 

W. H. Kingsley, team 12.00 

Y. & A. Trading Company, taupaulin 16.00 

0. F. Nelson, sharpening mowers 12.00 

Albert Batley & Son, flowers 41.75 

E. F. Conant, insurance 8 . 00 

J. W. Livermore, mowing 9.00 

J. L. Fairbanks, binding book 4.75 

Horace F. Tuttle, recording deeds 8.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, staking out lots 5.00 

Horace F. Tuttle, compiling report for lots 

in perpetual care 15 . 00 

$1,004.08 
PERPETUAL CARE 

Received interest on cemetery fund $1,290.75 

Paid: 

F. W. Green, labor $1,290.75 

$1,290.75 

Received from surplus account $88.58 

Paid: 

George K. Hayward, labor and material .. $63.43 

William J. Kingsley, truck 10.00 

William J. Kingsley, gravel 1.05 

A. W. Davis Companj^ brush, padlock .... 14.10 

$88.58 



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INSURANCE OF EMPLOYEES 

Appropriation $500.00 

Paid: 

Paul R. Hederstedt $462.19 

Unexpended balance 37 . 81 

$500.00 
MEMORIAL DAY 

Appropriation $300 . 00 

Paid: 

Marsten & Wells Fireworks Mfg. Co., flags $25.50 

Acton Cadet Band 130.00 

Lovell Bus Line Inc., transportation 30.00 

A. W. Davis Company, paper 1 . 20 

A. C. Jones, provisions 6.96 

Strong & Tracey, provisions '. . . 13.91 

First Baptist Church 10.00 

R. E. Wright, food 2.16 

A. Batley & Son, flowers 41 . 50 

$261.23 
Unexpended balance 38 . 77 

$300.00 
DEMONSTRATION WORK AND AGRICULTURE 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid : 

Middlesex County Extension Service $300.00 

TOWN FOREST 

Appropriation $300 .00 

Paid : 

A. B. Frost, labor $27.00 

A. B. Frost, cord .50 

$27.50 
Unexpended balance 272 . 50 

$300.00 
ROAD MACHINERY 

Appropriation $5,000.00 

Paid: 

Buffalo Springfield Roller Company $4,500.00 

W. Larrabee, labor 4.00 

J. Schofield, labor 4.00 

W. H. Kingsley, labor 4.00 

W. H. Kingsley, truck 10.00 

$4,522.00 
Unexpended balance 478 . 00 

$5,000.00 



45 

FILLING IN DUMP NEAR WOODLAWN 

Appropriation $300.00 

Paid: 
Greenough Cents. Compam^, contract $300.00 

IMPROVEMENT TO COMMON 
Appropriation 
Unexpended balance on surplus War Bonus 

fund $655.95 

Paid: 

A. B. Frost, labor $252.90 

A. B. Frost, truck 369.00 

A. B. Frost, transportation 8.00 

M. E. Taylor, grass seed 6.80 

A. W. Davis Company, fertilizer 16.50 

$653.20 
Unexpended balance 2.75 

$655.95 
ATHLETIC FIELD 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Paid: 
Greenough Conts. Company, contract ... $2,000.00 

RESERVE FUND 

Appropriation $1,200.00 

Transferred to : 

Buildings and grounds $45 . 72 

Police department 228.79 

Fire department ' 356 . 54 

Moth department 72.20 

Snow removal 189 .48 

Interest 80.00 

Cemeteries 4 . 08 

$976.81 
Unexpended balance 223 . 19 



INTEREST ON FUNDED DEBT 

Appropriation $2,580.00 

Transferred from reserve fund 80 . 00 



Paid: 

Merchants' National Bank $2,240.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 240.00 

First National Bank of Ayer 180.00 



$1,200.00 



$2,660.00 



$2,660.00 



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INTEREST ON REVENUE LOANS 

Appropriation $2,600.00 

Paid: 

First National Bank of Ayer $2,311.11 

Unexpended balance 288 . 89 



$2,600.00 
BONDED INDEBTEDNESS 

Appropriation $9,600.00 

Paid: 

Merchants' National Bank, H. S. bonds . . . $6,000.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, road note 2,000.00 

First National Bank of Ayer, road note . . 800.00 
First National Bank of Ayer, fire house 

note 800.00 

$9,600.00 
UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriation $500 . 00 

Paid : 
Lungmotor Corporation, repairs and over- 
hauling lungmotor $75 . 75 

Howard A. Wilson, services 120.00 

Reformatory for women, flag 15 . 39 

Simon and Mary Olsen, deed 1.00 

Anton Christianson, deed 1 . 00 

C. A. Durkee, insurance on roller 33 . 75 

Sexton Can Company, measure 10 . 80 

Paul R. Hederstedt, insurance on fire truck 4.37 

Finney & Hoit, flags 13.00 

John W. Evans, land damage 75.00 

George S. Braman, care of flag 5.00 

Globe Newspaper Company, adv 11 . 20 

N. E. Road Builders Association, adv 9.90 

Enterprise Company, adv .60 

R. S. Osterhout, adv 11.64 

Horace F. Tuttle, surveying and writing 

deeds 15.00 

$403.40 

Unexpended 96 . 60 



REVENUE LOANS 

Amount outstanding January 1, 1929 $45,000.00 

Received, First Natioal Bank of Ayer 50,000.00 



$500.00 



$95,000.00 



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Paid: 

Received, First National Bank of Ayer 50,000.00 

Amount outstanding December 31, 1929 . . . 25,000.00 



Paid: 
1927 tax 


REFUNDS 


$95,000.00 
$ 9.15 


1928 tax 

1929 tax 




15.60 
57 . 69 


1929 excise tax . . . . 




189.22 



$271.66 
FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Due from collector January 1, 1929 $63,998.98 

Received state tax 4,250,00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

State snow removal 151 . 21 

County tax 4,835.84 

County Tuberculosis tax 655 .40 

Added assessment 2 . 00 

Overlay 2,998.68 

Town grant 75,736.00 

Motor vehicle excise tax 9,227 . 67 

$163,428.98 
Treasurer's cash on hand, January 1, 1929 . $19,286.75 

Received interest on taxes 3,750.92 

Received receipts other than taxes 88,309 . 64 

$111,347.31 

$274,776.29 
Paid : 

State tax $4,250.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

State snow removal 151 . 21 

County tax 4,835.84 

County tuberculosis tax 655 .40 

General government 4,639 . 15 

Treasurer's and collector's bond 270.00 

Buildings and grounds 845 . 72 

Polic;g department 1,428.79 

Fire department 1,656 . 54 

Brush fire 372.52 

Hose 175.00 

Hvdrant service 2,934.00 

Moth department 1,322.20 

Tree warden 347 . 55 

Health and sanitation 497.04 

Town nurse 2,054.69 



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Highways 17,602.76 

Nagog Hill road 1,464.58 

School street and Laws Brook road 7,251.17 

Snow removal 1,689 .48 

Street lighting 5,007.51 

Public welfare 2,003 . 03 

State aid 246 . 00 

Military aid 90 . 00 

Soldiers ' relief 148 . 75 

Education 44,845.89 

Play grounds 2,000.00 

Librarj^ maintenance 777 . 71 

Library books 691 . 64 

Cemeteries 1,004.08 

Cemeteries perpetual care 1,290.75 

Cemeteries surplus account 88 . 58 

Unclassified 403 .40 

Liability insurance 462 . 19 

Memorial day 261.23 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300.00 

Town forest 27.50 

Road machinery 4,522 . 00 

Filling in dump near Woodlawn 300 . 00 

Improvement on common 653 . 20 

Interest funded debt 2,660.00 

Interest revenue loans 2,311 . 11 

Notes and bonds 9,600.00 

Revenue loans 70,000.00 

Refunds 82.44 

Refunds, motor vehicle excise tax 189 . 22 

Refunds to state treasurer. National Bank 

tax .86 

$205,983.93 

Abatements $857.82 

Abatements, motor vehicle excise tax .... 475.76 

Tax titles 240.12 

Amount due from collector Dec. 31, 1929 . . 48,564.06 

Treasurer's balance 18,656.26 

$274,777.95 
Less amount due collector over remittance 

of 1927 taxes 1.66 

$274,776.29 
OVERLAYS 
1927 

Balance January 1, 1929 $3,227.22 

Abatements $541 . 08 

Refunds 9.15 

Transferred to overlay surplus 2,676 . 99 

$3,227.22 



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1928 

Balance January 1, 1929 $3,645. Q"! 

Abatements $157.30 

Kefunds 15.60 

$172. 9tJ 

Balance December 31, 1929 $3,473 .07 

1929 

Overlay $2,998.68 

Abatements $159 . 44 

Refunds 57.69 

$217.13 

Balance December 31, 1929 $2,781 . 55 

MOTOR VEHICLES EXCISE TAX REVENUE 

Amount committed to collector $9,227 . 67 

Refunds $189.22 

Abatements 475.76 

Estimated receipts account total amount 

collected 6,166.12 

$6,831.10 

Balance December 31, 1929 $2,396.57 

TAX TITLE REVENUE 

Balance January 1, 1929 $134.31 

Added during 1929 240.12 

Balance December 31, 1929 $374.43 

SURPLUS ACCOUNTS 

Balance January 1, 1929 $24,165 . 65 

Surplus revenue for 1929 10,082 .46 

$34,248.11 
Dr. 

Revenue account 1929 $10,000.00 

Tax title revenue 240. 12 

Refund to state treasurer on account 

national bank tax .86 

$10,240.98 
Balance December 31, 1929 $24,007 . 13 



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51 



TREASURER'S REPORT 

Year Ending December 31, 1929. 

Cash on hand $19,286.75 

Received from State Treasurer; 

Income tax, 1928 $530.00 

Loss of land taxes 409 . 17 

Income tax 204 . 85 

Corporation tax, P. S. 1928 .29 

Corporation tax, B., 1929 245.63 

National Bank tax, 1928 .16 

Corporation tax, P. S 427 . 95 

Corporation tax, B 3,688.90 

Income tax 14,260.00 

National Bank tax 208.22 

Trust Company tax 123.70 

Military aid 7.50 

State aid 264.00 

Veterans Exemption 46 . 11 

Tuition of children 131.25 

Corporations tax, B 408 . 17 

National Bank tax, 1927 .79 

National Bank tax, 1928 .17 

Highway department 3,200.00 

Highway department 2,600 . 00 

Highway department 933 . 75 

Highway department 466 . 67 

Highway department 871 . 37 

County Treasurer: 

Dog tax 629.43 

Highway department 466 . 66 

Highway department 871 . 37 

Highway department 933 . 76 

Town of Charlton 84.50 

J. J. Dee, Probation officer 10.00 

W. H. Kingsley, Center school out building 22.00 

State aid to Independent Ind. schools .... 4.96 

Director of Standards 24.00 

Non-permit fires 13 . 10 

Murray Brown, deed 1 • 00 

First National bank, Ayer, loan 25,000.00 

F. E. Griffin, milk license 10.00 

American Woolen Company, E. L. rebate . .75 

James O'Neil, use of sprayer 35.00 



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H. S. Insurance, rebate 9 . 70 

Two alcohol licenses 2 . 00 

Town hall rent 179 . 00 

Town of Concord, Nagog^ taxes 25.12 

Cemetery lots sold, Mt. Hope 83.00 

Cemetery lots sold, Woodlawn 80.00 

Rent of lowering device 57 .00 

Loam sold 13 . 00 

Lovell Bus Line, Inc., license 5.00 

American Woolen Company, refund of E. L. 

deposit \ 50 . 00 

E. J. Bursaw, advertisement expenses 2.28 

First National bank, Ayer, loan 25,000.00 

School tuition, Boxboro 2,563.28 

School tuition, H. A. Steele 73 . 50 

School tuition, Leo Cunningham 180.75 

School tuition. Harvard 164.00 

School tuition, Mrs. Thompson 30.00 

School tuition, Carlisle 48.00 

Nurses collections 127 . 25 

Librarv fines 66 . 00 

Court fines 227.07 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 59 . 85 

First National bank, interest 206 . 69 

liicenses, selectmen 51 . 00 

Cemetery fund, care of lots 1,290.75 

Library fund, book account 491 . 64 

Cemetery surplus account 88 . 58 

$88,309.64 
Received of C. A. Durkee, collector : : 

1927 taxes $22,164.82 

1928 taxes 30,326.32 

1929 taxes 58,194.19 

1929 excise taxes 6,358.47 



$117,043.80 

$224,640.19 

Paid selectmen's orders $205,983.93 

Cash on hand $18,656.26 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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Funds Held for Care of Cemetery Lots 

Perpetual care funds $32,533.08 

Unexpended balance 3,989.70 

Issac S. Ford lot $50.00 

Ida F. Dyke lot 75.00 

Margaret P. Schauler lot 100.00 

Levi Stevens lot 100.00 

Thomas Taylor lot 100.00 

Everett Flagg lot 100.00 

Thomas Scanlon lot 75.00 

Wm. and Mary Law lot 100.00 

Moses A. Reed lot 50.00 

Wm. and Clarence Brown lot 100 . 00 

Alice Davis lot 100.00 

Daniel H. Farrar lot 100.00 

$1,050.00 
Income from : 

W. and S. water district bonds $186.00 

Worcester North Savings 100 . 00 

Warren Institution for Savings 100 . 40 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 195 . 73 

East Cambridge Savings 100.00 

Boston Five Cent Savings 95.00 

Home Savings bank 47 . 50 

Suffolk Savings bank 116. 54 

Worcester Five Cent Savings 71 . 25 

Marlboro Savings bank 50.00 

Maynard Trust Company 146 . 80 

North Middlesex Savings 86.50 

Middlesex Institution for Savings .... 125 . 28 

Central Savings, Lowell 45 . 50 

North End Savings 34.94 

Assabet Institution for Savings 201 . 67 

Assabet Institution for Savings 28.25 

$1,731.36 

Transferred to surplus account $231 . 24 

$1,500.12 

$39,072.90 

Paid town of Acton, care of lots $1,290.75 

Water District bonds 4,500.00 

Maynard Trust Company 3,228 . 96 

Central Savings, Lowell 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 2,875.00 

North Middlesex Savings 1,800.00 

Home Savings 1,000.00 

Worcester Five Cent 1,500.00 

Worcester North Savings 2,000.00 

Boston Five Cent Savings 2,000.00 



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Marlboro Savings 1,000.00 

East Cambridge Savings 2,000.00 

Warren Institution for Savings 2,200 . 00 

Suffolk Savings 3,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent 3,929.20 

North End Savings 762.30 

Warren Institution for Savings .... 117 . 94 

Assabet Institution for Savings .... 728 . 25 

Assabet Institution for Savings balance 4,140.50 



$39,072.90 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Cemetery Surplus Account 

Balance on hand $501 . 15 

Interest 23.48 

Transferred from cemetery account .... 231 . 24 

$755.87 

Transferred to town account 88 . 58 

Assabet Institution for Savings, balance .. 667.29 

$755.87 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Nineteenth of April Fund 

Principal fund 306.64 

Interest 15.50 



$322.14 
Cash in Middlesex Institution for Savings, 322.14 

FRANK W .HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Fireman's Relief Fund 

Principal Fund $432.68 

Interest 21.88 

$454.56 
Cash in Middlesex Institution 454.56 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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Wilde Memorial Library 

Principal fund $9,000.00 

Susan Augusta and Luther Conant fund . . 1,000.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood fund 200.00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

John D. Heald fund, August 3 666 . 00 

L^nexpended balance 141 . 12 

$11,207.12 
Received interest 

West Shore R. R. bonds $40.00 

Home Savings bank 47 . 50 

Middlesex Institution for Savings ... 50 . 63 

Middlesex Institution for Savings , . 5 . 55 

City Institution for Savings 45 . 50 

Charlestown Five Cent 151.88 

North End Savings 48.06 

Warren Institution for Savings .... 96 . 13 

Maynard Trust Company 23 . 63 



$508.88 

$11,716.00 

Paid town book account $491 . 64 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 1,000.00 

Lowell City Trust 1,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent 3,000.00 

Massachusetts Savings 1,000.00 

Warren Institution for Savings 2,000 . 00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 666 . 00 

Maynard Trust Company 400 . 00 

West Shore R. R. bond 1,000.00 

Maynard Trust Company, balance . . . 158 . 36 

$11,716.00 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Elizabeth White Fund 

Principal Fund $25,000.00 

Unexpended balance 3,036.78 

Interest received 

Andover Savings 100 . 00 

Athol Savings 100.40 

Waltham Savings 95 . 00 

North Middlesex Savings 95.00 

East Cambridge Savings 100 . 00 

Marlboro Savings 100.00 



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Charlestown Five Cent 100.00 

Lawrence Savings 100.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 100 . 00 

Amherst Savings 100.00 

Worcester Five Cent 95 . 00 

Lowell Institution for Savings 90.00 

Vv^orcester North Savings 50 . 00 

Assabet Institution for Savings 131.70 



$1,357.10 

$29,393.88 

Paid trustees' orders $1,360.00 

Andover Savings bank 2,000 .00 

Athol Savings bank 2,000.00 

Waltham Savings bank 2,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings 2,000.00 

East Cambridge Savings 2,000.00 

Marlboro Savings 2,000.00 

Charlestown Five Cent Savings 2,000.00 

Lawrence Savings 2,000.00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings 2,000 . 00 

Amherst Savings 2,000.00 

Worcester Five Cent 2,000.00 

Lowell Institution for Savings 2,000 . 00 

Worcester North Savings 1,000.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, balance . . 3,033.88 

$29,393.88 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Outstanding Notes and Bonds 

Note No. 99, Lowell road, due July, 1930 $2,000.00 

Note No. 100 Lowell road, due July, 1931 2.000.00 

Note No. 104, Fire House, due Cctober, 1930 800.00 

Note No. 105, Fire House, due October, 1931 700.00 

Note No. 108, Lowell road, due November, 1930 . . 700.00 

Note No. 109, Lowell road, due November, 1931 . . 700.00 
Note No. 116, Anticipation revenue, due December, 

1930 25,000.00 

High school bonds, due 1930 6,000.00 

High school bonds, due 1931 to 1945 44,000.00 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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GOODNOW FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1929 



INVESTMENTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $1,379 . 40 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank $1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell $1,000.00 



RECEIPTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $65 . 07 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank .... 50.00 

City Institution for Savings 45 . 00 



PAYMENTS 

Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evangelical 

church in Acton $125 . 00 

Fred W. Green, care of Goodnow lot. Wood- 
lawn cemetery 10 . 00 

Unused income, added to savings deposit . . 25 . 07 



1,379.40 



$160.07 



$160.07 



CHARLOTTE CONANT, 
CHARLES E. SMITH, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



The trustees have signed orders to the treasurer for $1,360.00 
(Thirteen hundred and sixty dollars), for the year ending 
December 31, 1929. Of this, we have given, where in our best 
judgment, it was most needed, to assist over some unfortunate 
time when help was most needed. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT, 1929 



Buildings, exclusive of land $2,329,025.00 

Land : 714,451.00 

Personal 546,840.00 

$3,590,316.00 
Valuation, April 1, 1929 $3,651,420.00 

Rate of taxation, $24.60 

Tax assessed as follows : 

Real estate $74,869.50 

Personal estate 13,452.38 

Polls 1,602.00 

$89,923.88 
Amount of money raised: 

State Tax $4,250.00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 20 

Snow removal tax 151 . 21 

County tax 4,835.84 

County tuberculosis tax 655.40 

Town grant 75,459 . 55 

Overlay 2,998 . 68 

$89,923.88 
December assessment: 

Buildings, exclusive of land $5,000 . 00 

Land 4,600.00 

Personal 1,150.00 

$10,750.00 
Tax assessed as follows: 

Real $236.16 

Personal 28.29 

Polls 12.00 

$276.45 
Number of motor vehicles assessed .... 1038 

Total valuation of motor vehicles $351,430.00 

Rate of taxation $29.65 

Total tax assessed $9,227.67 

WARREN H. JONES, 

HENRY L. HAYNES, 

ALBERT P. DURKEE. 

Assessors. 



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REPORT OF TAX COLLECTOR 

1927 TAXES 

Dr. 

Uncollected January 1, 1929 $20,635.60 

Interest collected 2,198.26 

$22,833.86 
Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $22,164.82 

Tax title 129 . 62 

Abatements 541.08 

$22,835.52 
Over remitted 1 . 66 

$22,833.86 

1928 TAXES 

Dr. 

Uncollected January 1, 1929 $43,363.38 

Committed February 4, 1929 2.00 

Interest collected 1,524.56 

$44,889.94 
Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $30,326.32 

Abatements 157 . 30 

Tax title 110.50 

Uncollected 14,295.82 

$44,889.94 

1929 TAXES 

Dr. 

Committed $90,200.33 

Interest collected 24 . 97 

$90,225.30 
Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $58,194.19 

Abatements 159 . 44 

Tax title 104.55 

Uncollected 31,767 . 12 

$90,225.30 



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1929 EXCISE 

Dr. 

Committed $9,227.67 

Interest collected 3 . 13 

$9,230.80 
Cr. 

Paid Treasurer $6,358.47 

Abatements 475.76 

Uncollected 2,396.57 

$9,230.80 

CHARLES A. DURKEE 

Tax Collector. 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1929 



Burial permits issued in Acton 32 

Burial permits of non-residents 23 

Burial permits of residents who died in 

other towns 10 

List of contagious diseases reported to the Board of Health, 
January 1, 1929, to December 31, 1929 : 

Chicken Pox 1 

Influenza 11 

Measles 7 

Scarlet fever 2 

Total 21 

(Deaths, none.) 

Your board would recommend that $1,000.00 be appropriated 
for use of the board for the present year. 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH, 

C. A. Durkee, Agent. 



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REPORT OF PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE 



To the Board of Health : 

Fees collected $215.75 

Number of Metropolitan calls 195 

Number of John Hancock calls 27 

Number of Town pay calls 100 

Number of Town non-pay calls 200 

Number of Child welfare calls 250 

Number of Social service calls 300 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN E. FROST, R. N. 
Public Health Nurse. 



INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 



Hogs 5 

Veal 9 

Beef 2 



Total 16 

JAMES KINSLEY. 

Inspector 



DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton : 

During the year 1929 we have aided eleven persons. These 
cases are of a permanent nature, excepting two, who will become 
State charges early in the Spring. One died, which leaves nine 
who will need continuous help indefinitely. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WENDELL F. DAVIS, 
HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB. 
Department of Public Welfare. 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I herewith submit my report for the fire department. The 
department has been very prompt in answering all calls and has 
done very good work. The different companies have answered 
calls as follows : 





Buildings Grass 


Autos 


Chimneys 


Others 


Center 


4 9 


2 


1 


3 


West 


5 13 


3 


3 


4 


South 


4 7 




2 


5 



The apparatus is in good condition and the new ladder 
truck is a much needed addition, and the South Precinct is to 
be congratulated on having members willing to spend their time 
and money in bettering the equipment. We must have some new 
hose and a number of much needed supplies, and with the ex- 
pense of heating and caring for the three buildings. I would 
recommend an appropriation of $2,000.00 and $700.00 for new 
hose. 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Chief Engineer. 



TOWN FORESTER 



The Town Forest of about 22 acres is about two thirds seed- 
ed to white pine. The entire tract was covered for white pine 
weavel ; 649 growths were removed and tops tied up. 

A small amount of releasing should be done the present 
year, and some white pine set out. 

I would recommend that $150 be appropriated. 

CHARLES A. DURKEE 

Town Forester. 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report for the year end- 
ing December 31, 1929. 

Arrests made : 

Drunkenness 3 

Illegal sale of intoxicating liquors 1 

Manufacturing intoxicating liquors 3 

Drunkenness and operating under the influence of liquor ... 3 

Operating under influence of liquor and speeding 1 

Operating without a license and failing to stop for police 

officer 1 

Illegal transportation of liquor 1 

Assault 2 

Begetting 1 

Violation of probation rules 3 

Operating without a license 2 

Hit and run drivers .• 2 

Committed to the State Hospital at Westboro 1 

Total arrests 24 

Respectfully submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY 

Chief of Police 



INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of the Town of Acton 
I herewith submit my report for the year 1929 : 

Cows 464 

Young cattle 133 

Bulls 23 

Swine 263 

Sheep 16 

Goats 2 

Stables 121 

Condemned 3 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRED S. WHITCOMB, 

Inspector. 



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SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report of work done in your town last 
year outside of the ordinary maintenance, such as scraping, drag- 
ging, surface repairs and packing. 

CHAPTER 81 
WORK DONE OTHER THAN GENERAL MAINTENANCE 

Surface treatment of 45% of asphaltic oil applied on the 
following streets: Arlington, Central, Chadwick, Davis road, 
Davis terrace. Brooks, Liberty, Main, Martin, Maple Pope, Pros- 
pect, Quimby, School (S. A.), School (W. A.), Stow, Strawberry 
Hill, Summer, Willow, High, Hosmer, Newtown road, Wright ter- 
race, Woodbury lane, Taylor street, Harris street. Church street. 

Surface treatment with tarvia B, Concord road, Massachu- 
setts avenue, Pearl street, Windsor avenue. 

OTHER WORK DONE 

Concord Street — 2400 feet gravel. 
Conant Road — 550 feet gravel. 
Robbins Road — 300 feet gravel. 
Windsor Avenue — 600 feet gravel. 
Arlington Street — 300 feet gravel. 
Harris Street — 700 feet gravel. 
Esterbrook Road — 1100 feet gravel. 
Pope Road — 700 feet gravel. 
Strawberry Hill Road — 500 feet gravel. 
Charter Road — 200 feet gravel. 
Kingsby Street — 300 feet gravel. 
Nashoba Road — 700 feet gravel 
Carlisle Road — 435 feet gravel 
Wheeler Lane — 200 feet gravel. 
High Street — 450 feet gravel. 
Parker Street — 200 feet gravel 
Stow Road— 700 feet gravel. 
Railroad Street — 200 feet gravel. 
Quimby Street — 200 feet gravel. 

SPECIAL WORK 

Nagog Hill Road — 2,000 feet gravel and oil, and cutting 
brush. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. H. PERKINS. 
Superintendent of Streets. 



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EXTENSION SERVICE 



The following is a report of the Avork carried on in the town 
of Acton under the auspices of the Middlesex County Extension 
Service. 

In boys' and girls' 4-H club work, 57 were enrolled in the 
clothing, food, handicraft, poultry, garden and canning clubs. 
Mrs. R. Stoney, Miss Annie Bulette, Miss E. Taylor, Charles 
Edney and Porter Jenks of Acton and Alex Balnis of Maynard 
assisted as local leaders. James Edney was awarded a trip to 
the Madison Square Poultry Show, New York City, to judge on 
a poultry judging team at this show. Annie Bulette took part in 
the county cotton dress contest. Wallace Sims was awarded one 
of the prizes offered by the Middlesex North Agricultural society 
for having an excellent garden. Several of the boys and girls 
attended the 4-H club rally held in Concord. 

In home economics four groups of wqmen have been inter- 
ested in the work — two in North Acton, one in South Acton and 
one in West Acton. A series of five meetings w^ere held in each 
of these communities in the Living-room Improvement project. 
In addition to the women attending these meetings information 
was passed on to 145 women and a great many changes were 
made in the homes as a result of the information furnished. These 
same sections carried on a series of meetings on Vegetable Pre- 
paration which were very successful. Professor William R. Cole 
of the Massachusetts Agricultural College gave a canning demon- 
stration for the benefit of the Acton women. 

In agriculture a great deal of assistance has been rendered 
individual farmers who have requested service from the Exten- 
sion Service office. A tour of applestorages was made in town 
and the storages of Ralph Piper and A. S. Phillips were visited 
by thirty-five men. Ralph Piper was one of two farmers within 
the county, and of fifteen in the state, to successfully win out 
in the state-wide 90% Clean Apple Club, fostered by the Massa- 
chusetts Agricultural College. Cooperating with the Acton Agri- 
cultural Pair Association, an exhibit was put on at the time of 
the Fair and judges were furnished in several of the departments. 
Sixty-two farm visits were made in the town of Acton. 

Acton Center has been used a great deal for meetings of 
county-wide organizations such as The Middlesex County Poul- 
try Association, The Nashoba Cow Test Association, etc. 

Seven motion picture shows w^ere given to a total attendance 
of 944. 

County-wide meetings have been available to Acton people 
in poultry, fruit growing and market gardening and many at- 
tended the county picnic held during the summer at Wayside 
Inn, Sudbury, Mass. 



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ELECTRIC LIGHT COMMITTEE 



At the annual town meeting, March 11, 1929, it was voted: 
That a committee of six be appointed by the Selectmen with 
full power to act as they deem for the best interests of the Town 
in all negotiations relating to electric lighting in the ToAvn of 
Acton the ensuing year. 

Acting under this vote, the ^Selectmen on April 13 appointed 
the following committee : 

W. Stuart Allen, Frank Merriam, Frederick Burke, Arthur F. 
Blanchard, Arthur M. Whitcomb and Horace F. Tuttle. 

On April 20, this committee came together and W. Stuart 
Allen was appointed Chairman. 

Taking the report of the electric light committee appointed 
by the Town for 1928 as a foundation for the continuance of this 
work, it was found that two recommendations were the funda- 
mental consideration of this report as follows : 

That it was most desirable for the Town of Acton to be 
supplied with 60 cycle current instead of 40 cycle current. 

That to assure the users of electric current in the Town of 
Acton of a minimum rate, it was desirable to have a municipal 
company either manufacuring its own current or buying it at 
v/holesale from some company connected wdth the town lines. 

Because of the investment necessary and the additional cost 
of changing from 40 to 60 cycle current, a municipal company 
to handle the electric lighting in the Town of Acton was con- 
sidered impracticable at this time by this committee. 

On the 22nd day of April, a hearing Avas held by the Depart- 
ment of Public Utilities of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
on a joint petition of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company 
of Boston and the American Woolen Company for the approval 
of the purchase by the first named company of the electric prop- 
erty of the last named company in the towns of Maynard and 
Acton. 

This committee attended this hearing and supported the 
petitions because of the following reasons: 

1. Because it offered an opportunity to change from 40 to 60 

cycle electric current. 

2. Because the American Woolen Compau}^ had almost reached 

the capacity of its present plant and would of necessity, if 
it continued in business, be obliged to put in new equipment 
and if this was done, a later change from 40 to 60 cycle 
would be still more expensive than at present. 



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3. Because the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Bos- 
ton were the logical people to supply electric current to the 
towns of Mavnard and Acton as is evidenced by the map 
showing territories supplied by them filed with this report. 

4. Because the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Bos- 
ton was the most reliable company in the estimation of this 
committee, bidding for the electrical business of the Ameri- 
can Woolen Company at this time. 

The purchase price agreed upon by the two companies is 
.1^381,000. While this is much more than the cost of the property 
to the American Woolen Company, it was the opinion of the 
Department of Public Utilities of the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts that under all circumstances, it was in the public inter- 
est that the sale be consummated. Therefore, on May 3, 1929, 
the petition of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Bos- 
ton and the American Woolen Company was approved by the 
Department of Public Utilities of the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts. 

It was the original intention of the Edison Electric Illumin- 
ating Company of Boston to continue the old rates as established 
by the American Woolen Company until such time as the change 
was consummated from 40 to 60 cycle electric current but on 
June 17, 1929, the Edison Company decided to continue the old 
rates in connection with street lighting but to change to their 
own rates as are set forth in the circular filed with this report 
under Resident Rate B. Inasmuch as the users of electric cur- 
rent in the Town of Acton received bills from the Edison Com- 
pany since that date, details here are not necessary. 

On -November 7, 1929, a hearing was started before the 
Department of Public Utilities of the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts on the maximum price of electricity sold and delivered 
by the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston to its 
household or domestic customers. This hearing has been con- 
tinued and a finding not yet rendered. 

Since the starting of this hearing, the question of zoning 
system of ratings has been raised. The following is. a statement 
by L. R. Wallis, Superintendent of the Sales Department of the 
Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston: 

'' Regarding the zoning system, this companj^ has no zoning 
system in spite of Roger Babson's statement to the contrarj^ 
The company's policy from the beginning has been to charge the 
same rates throughout the entire territory it serves (625 square 
miles in 38 cities and towns), and this policy has been approved 
by the Massachusetts regulatory authorities. The Company will 
not change this policy except with the consent of the Massa- 
chusetts Department of Public Utilities." 

The Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston have 
opened offices on Xason Street in Mavnard where incandescent 



lamp service and all matters pertaining to electric service in the 
Town of Acton can be taken up. A pamphlet of incandescent 
lamp service is filed with this report. 

General power is available for use in Acton by electric cur- 
rent in the Edison Electric Company's General Power Rate F, 
a pamphlet of which is filed with report. 

This electric current service is available on application to 
the Sales Department of the Edison Electric Illuminating Com- 
pany of Boston. The customer pays for all construction beyond 
the first section of wire from the street mains. No charge, how- 
ever, will be made if the cost is $5.00 or less. The Company 
will do additional private property work if paid for by the 
customer or the customer may have this done by his contractor. 

At the hearing before the Department of Public Utilities, 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on the petition as before-men- 
tioned, particular mention was made by your committee and 
agreed to by the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Bos- 
ton that, at the time of change from 40 cycle to 60 cycle electric 
current, all apparatus designed to be used on 40 cycle current 
would be changed to apparatus suitable for 60 cycle current 
at the expense of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of 
Boston. 

Since taking over the business of the American Woolen 
Company, however, the Edison Electric Illuminating Company 
reserved the privilege of passing on the reasonableness of the 
cost of changing any apparatus from 40 cycle to 60 cycle before 
such installation is made. 

It was the original intention of the Edison Electric Illumin- 
ating Company of Boston to serve Maynard and Acton with 
electric current by way of Saxonville to Maynard, but since that 
time, the situation of furnishing the Town of Concord with elec- 
tric current came up. 

From the point of view of the Edison Electric Illuminating 
Company, the business of the Town of Concord was desirable 
because in acquiring the towns of Maynard and Acton, their 
service completely surrounded the Town of Concord and the 
work of serving Acton and Maynard from Saxonville was held 
up so that these towns might be served through Concord should 
they be able to acquire the privilege of serving the Town of Con- 
cord. 

The committee have followed closely and with interest this 
situation until at the last town meeting in the Town of Concord, 
it was voted that arrangements be made to purchase electric 
current from the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Bos- 
ton at wholesale to be distributed at retail by the municipal 
lighting company of the Town of Concord and it will be inter- 
esting to follow and note the future rates to be made by the 
municipal company in the Town of Concord. 

The date set in the contract between the Town of Concord 



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and the Edison Electric Illuminating Company for this service 
to commence is November 1, 1930, subject to riots, strikes, delay 
in shipments, etc. 

It is, therefore, apparent that it will be some time after 
this date before the change form 40 cycle to 60 cycle can be 
consummated in the Town of Acton, probably the first of Decem- 
l)er or later. 

At present, the Town of Acton has the following street 
lights in service : 

3 60 candle power lights burning all night. 
184 60 candle power lights burning from 15 minutes 

after sunset until 1 :30 a.m. 
126 75 candle power lights burning from 15 minutes 

after sunset until 1 :30 a.m. 



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The reason for burning three of these lights all night is 
because they are on that stretch of road between Concord and 
Maynard in the Town of Acton and are served with electric cur- 
rent through the Town of Maynard 's line on this same street 
and the Town of Maynard 's schedule is an all-night schedule. 

The cost of these three lights is $18.35 per year. 

The cost of the remaining lights burning from 15 minutes 
after sunset until 1:30 a.m. is $16.00 per year, making a total 
cost at present of $5,015.05. 

These rates will apply until the change is made from 40 
cycle to 60 cycle electric current, when the Edison Electric Il- 
luminating Company of Boston will supply current under their 
Street Lighting Rate E as per pamphlet filed with this report. 

All of the lights at that time will be 80 candle power and 
the cost of the three lights burning all night will be $20.55. 

The remaining lights will be $17.43 per year, making a total 
charge per year for the present number of lights of $5,464.95. 

It was the thought of this committee that there were some 
unnecessary lights on the streets of Acton, but in trying to cut 
down the quanity of these lights, it was apparent that it could 
not be accomplished without discrimination between those per- 
sons where these lights were not situated. 

Therefore, it seemed the best policy of this committee to 
leave the present number of lights as they are now situated 
unless those people living in the vicinity of electric lights which 
are not deemed necessar}^ by them, would voluntarily come to 
this committee or the Selectmen of the Town of Acton and agree 
to the discontinuance of such lights and so save on every light 
discontinued before the consummated change from 40 to 60 
cycle current, $16.00 per year. 

It has been the experience of other towns that all-night 
lighting has become of great value in preventing accidents and 
crime, and a great convenience for the users of highways during 
the remaining: dark hours. 



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If all-night lighting; is considered by the town, it would 
increase the cost about $738.85 per year. The present lighting 
until 1.30 a.m. covers 2550 hours per year and all-night lighting 
would cover 3750 hours per year. 

The Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston do not 
require a contract for street lighting service. 

The rights and privileges of the Town of Acton under the 
law remain the same with the Edison Electric Illuminating Com- 
pany of Boston as they Avere with the American Woolen Com- 
pany furnishing the electric current to the Town of Acton. 

This committee has received very courteous attention and 
co-operation from those with whom we have come in contact 
in the employ of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company. 

We recommend the appropriation of $5,050, to defray elec- 
tric street lighting for the year 1930 in the Town of Acton. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. STUART ALLEN, Chairman, 
FRANK MERRIAM, 
FREDERICK BURKE, 
ARTHUR F. BLANCHARD, 
ARTHUR M. AVHITCOMB, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Electric Light Committee. 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 



Accessions : Number of volumes in library, January 1, 1929, 
18,254. Books withdrawn and destroyed, 49. 

Increase by purchase, 359. Increase by gift, 55. Total in- 
crease, 414. 

Number of volumes in the library, January 1, 1930, 18,619. 

Circulation : Number of days the library was open, 101. 

Number of volumes circulated, 11,978. Largest daily circu- 
lation, 226, on October 5. Smallest daily circulation, 60, on May 
29. Daily average circulation, 118 +. 

Received from library fines, and magazines sold $67.34 
Expended for postage 1 . 34 



Paid to town treasurer $66 . 00 

Gifts of books have been received from the following sources : 
T.J. S. Government, 4 ; State of Massachusetts, 13 ; New York Stock 
Exchange, 1; Frigid Air Corporation, 1; Royal Baking Powder 
Company, 1; Outdoor Advertising Association, 1; S. H. Alex- 
ander, 4; Gordon Barrow, 2; Mrs. Charles T. Baxter, 4; W. W. 
Cook, 2 ; William Edwards, 3 ; George IIorton,l ; L. H. Hallock, 
1 J C. E. Kelly, 1 j Benjamin Pope, 16 ; total, 55. 

ARTHUR P. DAVIS, 

Librarian. 



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NON-FICTION 

Anderson, J. — Circling South America 918A546c 

Anon — Any one can bake 64A100a 

Anon — Food preservation in our daily life 64A100f 

Anon — Make it yourself 68A100m 

Anon— New York stock exchange year book 1928-1929 33A100m 
Anon — Outdoor advertising the modern marketing 

force 65A100O 

Arthur, W. — Estimating building costs 69A791e 

Bacheller, I.— Coming up the road 922B121b 
Baldwin, A. M. — The New England Clergy and the 

American Revolution 973.2B181n 

Baldwin, S. — On p]ngland and other addresses 82B182o 

Baynes, E. H.— War whoop and Tomahawk 63B361w 

Beard, C. A. and M. R.— History of the United States 973B368h 
Bishop, J. B. — Theodore Roosevelt and his time shown 

in his own letters ; two volumes 922R781b 

Bolton, C. K.— The real foimders of New England 9732B694r 

Bradford, G.— Life and I 81B7991 

Bradford, G.— D. L. Moody a worker in souls 922M817b 

Brennecke, E. Jr.— The life of Thomas Hardy 924H272b 

Bruce, H.— William Blake in this world 924B636b 

Carson, W. E.— Northcliffe, Britain's man of power 924H287c 

Cederholm, B.— In the clutches of the Tcheka 928C389c 

Chapman, C. E.— A history of the Cuban Republic 972C466h 
Cheatham, K. — America triumphant under God and 

his Christ 28C514a 
Collins, D.— Sea tracks of the Speejacks 910C712s 
Cook, W. W. — American institutions and their preser- 
vation; two volumes (2nd edition) 32C771am 
Coolidge, C. — The autobiography of Calvin Coolidge 922C774c 
Cooper, C. R. — Go north young man 917.1C776g 
Corbett, L. C— Garden farming 63C789g. 
Cutler, F. M. — The old first Massachusetts coast artil- 
lery in war and peace 973C989o 
Dana, J. C— Suggestions 02D168s 
De la Mare, A. T. (Ed)— Garden guide 63D336g 
Downing, A. J. (Waughs edition) — Landscape garde- 
ning 71D7511 
Eadie, T.— I like diving 922Elle 
Fay, B. — Franklin the apostle of modern times 922F831fc 
Flandrau, G.— Then I saw the Congo ^ 916.7F585t 
Eraser, C. — The story of engineering in America 62F8412s 
Fuller, R. H.— Jubilee Jim, the life of Col. James Fisk 

Jr., 922F538f 
Gay, R. M. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, a study of the poet 

as seer 922E53g 

Gibbon, J. M.— Canadian folk songs 78G439c 

Gillett, J. B.— Six years with the Texas rangers 917.3G479s 



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Gorman, H. — Nathaniel Hawthorne, a study in solitude 922H399g 
Graham, M. W. — New governments of eastern Europe 940G741ne 
Graham, M. W. — New governments of central Europe 940G741n 
Gregory, J. W. — The elements of economic geology 55G822e 

Grenfell, W. T.— Labrador looks at the Orient 910G8171 

Griffin, S, B.— People and politics 922G852g 

Halloek, L. H.— A little journey 917.3H1921 

Harrow, B. — What to eat in health and disease 61H296w 

Hart, W. S.— My life east and west 922H326h 

Hesler, L. R. and Whetzel, A. B. — Manual of fruit 

diseases 63H584m 

Hinton, W. — Opportunities in aviation 62H666o 

Holmes, J. H. — In primative New Guinea 919.5H751i 

Hopkins, R. T.— Old English mills and inns 914.2H795o 

Howe, E. W.— Plain people 922H855h 

Hudson, W. H.— A find in Richmond park 59H886h 

Hughes, C. E. — Our relations to the nations of the 

western hemisphere 32H8931o 

Humphrev, S. K.— Loafing through the Pacific 919.3H9261 

Huxley, L.— Charles Darwin 924D228h 

Jennings, H. — The Rosicrusians 36J54r 

Keller, H.— Midstream, the story of my later life 922K29ke 

Kipling, R. — Sea and Sussex 75K48s 

Lee, I. — Present day Russia 914.7L478p 

liocy, W. A.— The growth of biology 57L819g 

Long, J. C. — Brvan, the great commoner 922B91511 

Lowell, A.— John Keats 924K25I 

Maclver, D. R.— The Etruscans 930M152e- 

Manle}^, J. M. and Rickert, E. — Contemporary Ameri- 
can literature 
Maurois, A. — Aspects of biography 
Meehan, J. P. — The lady of the Limberlost 
Melba, N. — Melodies and memories 
Millikan, R. A. — Evolution in science and religion 
Mills, J.— Within the atom 
Mixer, K. — Old houses of New England 
Muirhead, J. F. — American shrines on English soil 
Ostwald, W. — Practical colloid chemistry 
Paine, A. B. — Mark Twain a biography, 3 volumes 
Pell, J. — Ethan Allen, the leader of the Green moun 



tain boys 
Powell, E. A. — The last home of mystery 
Redfield, J. — Music a science and an art 
Robinson, R. E. — Vermont a study of independence 
Sheldon, C. M.— Charles M. Sheldon, his life story 
Sherw^ood, M. E. W. — The art of entertaining 
Simpson, F. L. — Massachusetts law 
Smith, A. D. H. — John Jacob Astor 
Smith, F. H. — Charcoals of old New York 
Spender, J. A. — Through English eyes 
Sprague C. — How to draw silhouettes 



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74S7661hp 



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Standish, L. W. (Ed) — ^The old Stoughton musical so- 
ciety 974.5S7850 
Stetson, A. E.— Poems 81S841p 
Stetson, A. E. — Vital issues in Christian Science 28S841v 
Strachej^ L. — Elizabeth and Essex 924E43s 
Thomas, L.— Raiders of the deep 940T458v 
Usher, A. P. — A history of mechanical inventors 60U85h 
Van Dyke, H.— The man behind the book 81V248ma 
Van Loon, H. — Man the miracle maker 62V261m 
Wanamaker, J.— The life of Isaiah V. Williamson 922W729w 
Warren, G. and Cheney, H. B. — The romance of design 74W288v 
Warshow, R. I.— The story of Wall street 33W253s 
Watterson, H. — "Marse Henry" an autobiography 922W344w 
Wells, C— An outline of humor 80W453o 
Werner, M. R. — Brigham Young the Morman leader 922Y68w 
Wilkins, G. H.— Flying the Arctic 919.8W684f 
Wright, R. — ^The practical book of outdoor flowers 71W953p 

FICTION 

Adams, I. — Heart of the woods A214h 

Aldrich, B. S. — A lantern in her hand A36521 

Atherton, G. — The jealous Gods A868j 

Athey, B. — The unknow^n path A873u 

Bacheller, I. — The house of the three Ganders B121ho 

Bailey, T. — Burning beauty B156bu 

Barrington, E. — The empress of hearts B276e 

'Barrington, E. — The laughing queen B2761 

Beers, L. D. — A humble lear B415h 

l^one, D. W. — Broken stowage B712br 

Bower, B. M.— Hay wire B786ha 

Bower, B. M.— Swallowfork bulls B786sw 

Brown, K. H.— The father B8782f 

Burr, A. R.— Palludia B968p 

Calvin, J. — Square-rigged C168s 

Campbell, T. B.— Old Miss C191o 

Canney, H. E.— Sentry ^ C224s 

Chambers. R. W.— The king in yellow C444k 

Chapman, M. — Home place C4662h 

Chase, D.— The pines of Jaalam C487p 

Chestnut, C. W.— The conjure woman C525co 

Christie, A.— The big four C5551b 

Coolidge, D.— War paint C7742w 

Cottrell, D.— Singing gold C846s 

Curwood, J. 0.— The crippled lady of Peribronka C982cr 

Deeping, W. — Ropers row D311r 

Dilmot, G.— The black ace D576b 

Edmonds — Rome haul E24r 

Erskine, J. — Penelope's man E732p 

Ertz, S.— The galaxy E65g 

Fletcher, J. S.— The BoxhiU murder F613bo 

;Fletcher, J. S.— The house in Tuesday market F613ho 



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Fletcher, J. S. — Paradise Court 

Folson, E. L. — Free 

Freeman, H. W. — Joseph and his brethren 

Gibbs, A. H. — Harness 

Gibbs, P. — Out of the ruins 

Gibbs, P. — The street of adventure 

Gissing, G. — A life's morning 

Gissing, G. — The nether world 

Glasgow, E. — The romantic comedians 

Gluck, S. — The man who never blundered 

Graham, S. — The lay confessor 

Gregory, J. — Sentinel of the desert 

Grew, D. — Migration 

Hart, F. N.— Hide in the dark 

Hatch, R. W.— Into the wind 

Haycock, E. — Free grass 

Heyward, D. — Maba's daughters 

Hill, G. L. (Lutz)— Duskin 

Hueston, E. — Ginger and speed 

Hughes, R. — Destiny 

Hunting, G. — Sunrise calling 

Keable, R. — The mother of all living 

Kelland, C. B. — Dynasty 

Kelland, C. B. — Knuckles 

Kilbourne, F.— Dot and Will 

Knick, H. — A young people 

Kyne, P. B.— fide of Empire 

Kyne, P. B. — The parson of Panamint 

Kyne,P. B. — Tide of Empire 

LaFarge, 0. — Laughing boy 

Leacock, S. — Literary lapses 

Leacock, S. — My discovery of England 

Leacock, S. — Nonsense novels 

Leacock, S. — Sunshine sketches 

Lee, M. — It's a great war 

Lewis, E. — Mantis 

Lincoln, J. C. and F. — Blair's attic 

Locke, W. J. — Jushuas vision 

McEvoy, J. P. — Show girl 

McFarland, R. — The sea panther 

McFee, W. — Pilgrims of adversity 

MacGrath, H. — The wolves of chaos 

Mack, C. S.— Two black crows in the A. E. F. 

March, G. — Lender frozen stars 

Miln, L. J.— The flutes of Shanghai 

Morrow, H. (Willsie)— Splendor of God 

Mowerv, W. B. — The silver hawk 

Mulford, C. E.— Me an' Shorty 

Mulford, C. S. — Mesquite Jenkins 

Mundj', T. — Queen Cleopatra 

Nason, L. H. — The man in the White slicker 



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88 



Nasoii, L. H. — The top kick 

Norris, K. — Beauty and the beast 

Norris, K. — Red silence 

Norris, K. — Storm house 

Og'den, G. W. — Sooner land 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Mr. Billingham the Marquis and 

Madelon 
Oppenheim, E. P. — The Glenlitten murder 
Oppenheim, E. P. — The treasure house of Martin Hews 
Phillpots E.— Redcliff 
Pool, M. L. — Against human nature 
Porter, E. H.— The fortunate Mary 
Pvle, H. — The price of blood 
Raine, W. M.— Judge Colt 

Remarque, E. M. — All quiet on the Western front 
Rhodes, J. — The murders in Praed street 
Richmond, G. — The listening post 
Riesenberg, F. — P. A. L. 
Kinehart, M. R. — This strange adventure 
Rosman, A. G. — The windoAv 
Ruck, B. — Joy-ride 
Sabatini, R. — The romantic prince 
Salten, F. — Bambi 

Sayers, D. L. — The omnibus of crime 
Scanlon, W. T. — God have mercy on us 
Sedgwick, A. D. — Dark Hester 
Seltzer, C. A. — The raider 
Singmaster, E. — What everybody wanted 
Smith, S. K. — The George and the Crown 
Smith, S. K. — Iron and smoke 
Smith, S. K. — Isle of thorns 
Smith, S. K.— The village doctor 
Steel, H. — The ninth circle 
Strange, J. S. — The man who killed Fortescue 
Tarkington, B. — Young Mrs. Greelej^ 
Titus, H. — Bruce of Circle A 
Train, A. — The horns of Ramadan 
Train, A. — Illusion 
Trejmor, A. M. — Snow-blind 
Van Vechten, C. — Spider boy 
Wallace, E. — The door with seven locks 
Wallace, E.— The double 
AVallace, E.— The flying spuad 
Wallace, E. — The girl from Scotland Yard 
Wallace, E. — The hairy arm 
Wallace, E. — A king by night 
Wallace, E. — The terrible people 
Walling, R. A. J. — That dinner at Bardolphs 
Wast, H. — Peach blossom 
Weaver, J. V. A. — Her knight comes riding 
Webster, H. K. — The clock strikes two 



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89 

Wells, C— All at sea W453a 

Wells, C— The bronze hand W453b 

Wells, C— Sleeping dogs W453sl 

Wells, C. — The tapestry room murder W453t 

Wells, C— Where's Emily W453Avi 

Wells, H. G.— Mr. Blettsworth on Rampole Island W454m 

Wentworth, P.— Grey mask W479g 

Weyman, S. J.— The lively Peggy W5491i 

Wharton, E. — Hudson river bracketed W553hu 

Wharton, J. B.— Squad W554s 

Williams, B. A. — Death on Scurvv street W721d 

Williamson, H.— The beautiful vears W7292b 

Williamson, H.— The pathway W7292p 

AVilson, M.— Daughters of India W751d 

Wister, 0. — When west was west W817w 

Wodehouse, P. G.— Fish prefered W838f 

Wren, P. C— Father Gregory W945f 

Wright, W. — The canary murder case W954c 

Wright, W. — The Bishop murder case W954b 

Young, F. B. — The young physician Y915y 



JUVENILE 

Abbott, J.— Happy house JA1322ha 

Abbott, J.— Larkspur JA13221a 

Aldredge, E. M.— Wags and Woofie JA3652w 
Allee, M. H. — Susanna and Tristram * JA422s 

Allen, G.— The trail of the comet JA4251t 

Allen, N. B. — How and where we live JA4281h 

Audress, J. M. — A journey to health land JA561,i 

Audress, J. M. — The sunshine school JA561s 

Bacon, P.— The lion-hearted kitten JB1291 

Bailey, C. S. — When grandfather was a boy JB155w^ 

Ball, W. S.— Carmelia commands JB1871c 

Barbour, R. H— Grantham gets on JB239g 

Barbour, R. H.— Tod Hale on the nine JB239tp 

Bartlett, A. C— Game-legs JB2891g 

Bartlett A. C— The runaway dog team JB2891v 

Bigham, M. A.— The bad little rabbit JB592b 

Bigham, M. A. — Many animal tales JB592m 

Blaisdell, A. F. — Bovs and girls in American history JB634b 

Blaisdell, E. A.— Boy blue and his friends JB6341b 

Blaisdell, E. A.— The kelpies JB6341k 

Blaisdell, E. A.— Toytown JB6341t 

Blaisdell, M. F.— Tommy Tinker's book JB635t 

Blaisdell, M. F.— Twilight town JB635tw 

Brill, E. C— South from Hudson bay JB857s 

Broughall, H. K. — Barbara Winthrop abroad JB8757o 

Bullard, M.— The cow next door JB935e 
Burgess, T. W. — The Burgess seashore book for children JB955by 

Burtis, T. — Russ Farrell over Mexico JB973vc 

Butler, E. P.— Dorna or the hillvale affair J,B986d 



90 



-Fairy grammar 



'Capuana, L. — Italian fairy tales 
Carpenter, J. H. and Hoben, A. M. 
Carroll, G. H. — Cockatoo 
Carter, R. G. — A patriot lad of old Boston 
Carter, R. G. — A patriot lad of old Long Island 
Carter, R. G. — A patriot lad of old Philadelphia 
Carter, R. G. — A patriot lad of old Salem 
Clai'ter R. G. — A patriot lad of old Saratoga 
(.'arter, R. G. — A patriot lad of old Trenton 
Carter, R. G. — Three points of honor 
Case, J. F. — Banners of Scoutcraft 
Chandler, A. C. — A voyage to treasure land 
Chandler, K. — In the reign of Coyote 
Cheley, F. H. — Boy riders of the Rockies 
Clark, B. — The climbing twins and other stories 
Coatsworth, E. J. — ^^The cat and the captain 
Colcord, W. A. — Wings and Paws 
Curtis, A. T. — A little maid of Bunker Hill 
Curtis, A. T. — A little maid of old Connecticut 
Curtis, A. T. — A yankee girl at Lookout Mountain 
Curtis, A. T. — A little maid of Massachusetts Colony 
Curtis, A. T. — A little maid of Narragansett Bay 
Curtis A. T. — A little maid of Provincetown 
Curtis, A. T. — A yankee girl at the battle of the Wil- 
derness 
Daniel, H.— ^Bare hands 

Dawson, J. — The boys and girls of Garden city 
Deihl, E. G.— The little would nots 
DeSegur, M. — Sophie, the story of a bad little girl 
Dillingham, E. T. — Tell It again stories 
Dixon, F. W. — Hunting for hidden gold 
Dixon, F. W. — The shore mystery 
p]astman, C. A. — Indian child life 
Eastman, C. A. — :Smok3^ days wigwam evenings 
Eastman, E. G. — The luck of old acres 
Eaton, W. P. — Boy scouts on the Green Mountain trail 
Eddy, S. J. — Friends and helpers 



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Evans, H. — Derry airdale of the frontier 

Field, R. — Polly patchwork 

Fyleman, R. E. — Round the mulberry bush 

Gag, W. — Millions of cats 

Giddings, T. P. — Juvenile music 

Ginther, P. — The jade necklace 

Green, F. — Fought for Annapolis 

Green, F. — Hold 'em Navy 

Green, F. — Midshipmen all 

Green, F. — The mystery of the Erik 

Green, F. — Z. R. wins 

Gruelle, J. — Raggedy Ann's magical wishes 

Hayes, C. W. — The boy Allies on the firing line 



JC978va 

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JIayes, C. W.— The boy Allies with Haig in Flanders JH4172bo 



91 



Hayes, C. W.— The boy Allies with Marshal Foeh JH4172b 
Rauck, L. P.— The gold trail JH368g 
Heath, J. F. — Ann at Starr house JH437an 
Hill, M. — Lessons for junior citizens JH64711 
Hinkle, T. C— Black storm JH663b 
Hogan, I. — The little black and white lamb JH7141 
Hoyt, V. J.— Silver boy JH869s 
Humphrey, G.— Flags JH926f 
Jay, M. F.— By rail and trail , JJ42b 
Jekyll, G. B. — Two boys in South American Jungles JJ43t 
Jewett, F. G.— Tom and city JJ584t 
Kennedy, M. — Programs for special occasions for pri- 
mary grades JK36p 
Ketchum, I. A. and Rice, A. L. — The land of make- 
believe JK431a 
Ketchum, I. A.— The land of play JK43I 
Lane, M. A. L. — Industries of to-day JL265i 
Lane, M. A. L. — Strange lands near home JL265st 
Lansing, M. F.— Food and life JL294f 
Lansing, M. F. — Quaint old stories JL294v 
Large, L. A. — Little known stories of well known 

Americans . JL3221k 

Lenski, L. — Alphabet people JL573a 

Lindsay, M. — The choosing book JL749c 

Lisle, C.— Hobnails and leather J9L771h 

Lofting, H.— Noisy Nora JL829n 

Lynch, M. D.— Billy Gene and his friends JL987b 

MacDonald, M.— Out of ihe storm JM)_357o 

Mackall, L. and R. — Poodle-oodle of Doodle farm JM153p 

Meyer, Z. — Under the maple tree JM613u 

Minor, R. — Fun at Sunnyside farm JM666f 

Montgomery, L. M. — Magic for Marigold JM787m 

Morse, E.— The Siamese Cat JM884s 

Nordhoff, C— and Hall, J. N.— Falcons of France JN832f 

Noyes, M. G.— Little plays for little people JN9561 

Patterson, H. W. — Frenchman's island JP317f 

Perdue, H. A. — How other children live JP433h 

Phillips, E. C— The Popover family JP558po. 

Pier, A. S.— The captain JP615c 

Pitman, J. A. — A Aveek with Andy JP685w 

Rice, L. W.— The box in the sand JR496b- 

Robinson, M. L. — Sarah's Dakin JR663s 

Schwartz, J. A. — Grasshopper Greens garden JS399g 
Stetson, A. E. — Greetings and a message to the dear 

children ^ JS841g 
Thompson, J. G. — Fables and rhymes for beginners FT4731f 

Tucker, K.— The haunted ship JT8921h 

Wells, R.— Peppi the duck JW455p 
West, J. E. — The lone scout of the sky 

Boys life of Charles A. Lindburgh J9W5181 



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White, S. E. — Daniel Boone, wilderness scout J9B724w 

Wilder, J. A.--Jack knife cookery JW673J 

Wiltse, S. E. — Folk lore stories and proverbs JW756f 

REFERENCES 
Acts and Resolves of Massachusetts for 1928-1929. 
Annual proceedings of the American Legion 1928. 
Encampment of the G. A. R. 1929. 
Gold Star record of Massachusetts — Volume 2. 
Journal of the House of Representatives — Massachusetts 1929. 
Journal of the Senate of Massachusetts 1929. 
Manual for the General Court 1929-1930. 
Reports of the Library of Congress 1928-1929. 
Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1928. 
Report of the Railways of the United States. 
Vital Records of Brookline Massachusetts to 1850. 
Vital Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts to 1850. 
Vital Records of Georgetown, Massachusetts to 1850. 
Vital Records of Taunton, Massachusetts to 1850. 
Who's who in America, 1928-1929. 
World Almanac for 1929. 



School Report 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



School Department 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 3 1 , 

1929 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1930 



ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 

Frank Toohey, chairman 
Mrs. Lulu L. Clark 
Mrs. Alberta Meade 
Forest Bean 
Mrs. Oliver Wood 
Arthur Whitcomb 



Term 
Term 
Term 
Term 
Term 
Term 



expires 1930 
expires 1932 
expires 1930 
expires 1932 
expires 1931 
expires 1930 



Superintendent 

Charles W. Lawrance, So. Acton, Mass. Telephone 45 

Office H. S. Bldg.— Office Hours Wednesdays 3-5 P. M. 



Attendance Officer 



Miss Lillian Frost 
Dr. E. A. Mayell 
Miss Lillian Frost 



School Physician 



School Nurse 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 



North Acton 

Acton 

North Acton 



First short term begins January 6, 1930. 
First short term ends February 21, 1930. 
Second short term begins March 3, 1930. 
Second short term ends April 18, 1930. 
Third short term begins April 28, 1930. 
Third short term ends June 13, 1930, for Grades I. to VIIL^ 
inclusive. 

Third short term ends June 20, 1930, for high school. 

1930-31 

Fall term begins September 3, 1930. 

Thanksgiving — School closes Nov. 26, 1930 and reopens Dec. 
1, 1930. 

Fall term ends December 19, 1930. 
First short term begins Dec. 29, 1930. 

Legal Holidays 

January 1, February 22, April 19, May 30, July 4, first Mon- 
day of September, October 12, November 11, Thanksgiving Day, 
Christmas Day (the day following Avhen any of the first five 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 dav. 



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 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 who have not previously attended any 
school shall be admitted to the public schools only at the be- 
ginning of the fall term, unless qualified in the opinion of the 
teacher and superintendent of schools to do the work. 

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

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public 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 daj^s, 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 grade school buildings shall 
be five and one-quarter hours long, and in the hi^^h school build- 
ing shall be six hours long. In the high school building the six 
hours shall include one 10-minute recess, one thirty-minute recess 
for lunch and a compulsory tutoring period of thirty minutes for 
all students not receiving passing grades in any subject. Stu- 
dents in the high school building, whose grades are above passing 
in all subjects may be excused from this com])ulsory t\itoring 
period. Primary rooms in the grade school buildings shall have 
an outdoor recess each afternoon ; other rooms shall have a re- 
cess of sufficient length to alloAv pupils to go to basements. 
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 permis- 
sion 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, 1929 



Teachers 


App.Where Educated 


Home Address 


Center School: 








(Grades I— VI Incl.) 








Marion Towne 


1921 


Smith Col. 


Concord 


Edith Taylor 


1927 


Wheelock 


Littleton 


Caroline Chase 


1928 


Bridgewater N. 


N. Bedford 


South School: 








(Grades I— VI Incl.) 








Julia McCarthy 


1906 


Fitchburg N. 


S. Acton 


Florence Merriam 


1927 


Framingham N. 


S. Acton 


Jessie Kinnevan 


1929 


Worcester N. 


Worcester 


West School: 








(Grades I— VI Incl.) 








Harriet Suchovsky 


1929 


Framingham N. 


Clinton 


Elise Dickerman 


1926 


Fitchburg N. 


Ayer 


Madeline Allard 


1928 


Lowell N. 


Lowell 


High School Building: 








Ella Miller 


1899 


Framingham N. 


Acton 


Helen Murray 


1928 


Tufts Col. 


N. Attleboro 


Gyneth Prew 


1929 


N. H. Univ. 


Foxboro 


Elsie Bixby 


1927 


Framingham N. 








Boston Univ. 


Woodville 


Marion Fuller 


1928 


Wheaton Col. 


Walpole 


Thelma Eaton 


1928 


Boston Univ. 


Waltham 


Edith Ames 


1928 


Simmons 


Littleton 


Margaret Boornazian 


1929 


Boston Univ. 


Methuen 


Walter Holt 


1928 


Dartmouth 


Ashburnham 


John Hough 


1927 


Colgate 


Ayer 



Supervisors : 

Music : Mr. Elmer Pierce, Gardner, Mass. 
Drawing: Miss Elizabeth Farmer, Worcester, Mass. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



To the Voters of Acton : 

The School Committee herewith presents its annual report 
for the fiscal year 1929 and an estimate of its requirements for the 
year 1930. The reports of the superintendent and supervisors are 
approved and are attached hereto. 

The transportation problem has been satisfactorily settled. 

The money appropriated for developing the grounds about 
the High School Building has been expended with the result that 
approximately 80% of the ground suitable for athletics is avail- 
able. To finish the playground, it will be necessary to remove 
a relatively large ledge, and it is believed that a sum of $3500 will 
finish this very necessary work. 

We are confronted with ever increasing costs for repairs, 
both to the High School Building and to the grade school build- 
ings at South, Center and West. These repairs are necessary if 
we are to keep the buildings in proper condition for school Avork. 
Because of the necessity for such repairs we have asked the town 
for $2100.00 for the ensuing year. 

The following table shows the cost of operating the schools 
for the years 1926-1929 inclusive and the source and amount of 
monies received other than from taxation. The amount received 
from the Massachusetts School Fund is less this year than for 
the past three years and may be expected to decrease as the 
valuation of the town increases, unless there is a change made in 
the laws. 

The work of the teaching staff is very satisfactory. Our 
main problem is to devise means to retain teachers over a period 
of years. 



Respectfully submitted. 



FRANK TOOHEY, 

Chairman. 



COMPARISON OF COST FOR OPERATING ACTON SCHOOLS 



Mass. School Fund 1929 1928 1927 1926 

Part I $3,560.00 $3,740.00 $4,360.00 $3,801.50 

Part II none 2,978.41 1,227.92 none 

State Wards and- 

miscellaneous .... 131.25 276.43 439.62 526.89 



Total from State. . . . $3,691.25 $6,994.84 $6,027.54 $4,330.39 
Out of Town Tui- 
tions* 2,775.28 2,010.56 1,927.40 128.00 

Grand Total $6,466.53 $9,005.40 $7,954.94 $4,458.39 

Expended from Ap- 
propriation $44,845.92 $43,984.70 $43,987.67 $41,485.62 

Net Cost to Town 
(raised by taxa- 
tion) $38,379.39 $34,979.30 $36,032.73 $37,027.25 

Appropriations $45,000.00 $44,000.00 ^4,000.00 $44,000.00 



^Boxboro, Harvard, Carlisle. 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1930 



FOR GENERAL EXPENSES 

Salaries and other expenses of the Superin- 
tendent and Truant Officers $2,320.00 

Clerk for Superintendent 780.00 

Salaries for Teachers 27,000.00 

Text Books 800.00 

Supplies 800.00 

Janitors wages, fuel and misc. operating 

expenses 6,500.00 

Repairs 2,100.00 

Transportation 3,450.00 

Health, Aux. Agencies 250.00 

Unclassified 1,000.00 



$45,000.00 



SXIMMARY OP EXPENSES FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1929 



GENERAL CONTROL 
Salaries and other expenses of superin- 
tendent and truant officers, clerk $3,103.95 



Total control $3,103.95- 

EXPENSES OF INSTRUTION 
Salaries, Supervisors, Teachers: 

High School and elementary $27,046.86 

Text books, high school 506.22 

Text books, elementary 479.05 

Stationery and supplies, high school 405.14 

Stationery and supplies, elementary 361.94 



Total instruction $28,799.21 

EXPENSES OF OPERATION 
Wages of janitor, high school building. . . . $1,300.00 

Fuel, high school 858.12 

Miscellaneous 1,045.02 



Total High School Building $3,203.14 

Center South West 

Janitor $640.00 $760.00 $720.00 . 

Fuel 453.29 414.05 258.57 

Misc. Op 78.01 117.63 128.53 



Big. Total ...$1,171.30 $1,291.68 $1,107.10 

Total Elementary Operating $3,570.08 



Total operating high school and elementary $6,773.22 

Maintenance and Repairs : 

High School $971.33 

Center South West 
Elem $236.51 $912.17 $392.93 

Total Elementary Repairs $1,541.61 



Total Repairs $2,512.94 



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AUXILIARY 

Health $206.57 

Transportation 3,450.00 

Total expended $44,845.89 

Unexpended balance $154.11 

Appropriation, March, 1929 $45,000.00 

Totals $45,000.00 

Special appropriation H. S. Grounds 2,000.00 

Greenough Construction Co 2,000.00 

$2,000.00 2,000.00 

Grand Total $47,000.00 



PAID OUT FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR ENDING 
DECEMBER 31, 1929 



GENERAL CONTROL 

Superintendent, salary $2,000.00 

Superintendent, clerk hire 765.00 

Superintendent, travel expenses 116.62 

Total , $2,881.62 

Office Expenses and Enforcement of Law 

New England Tel. & Tel. Co., Telephones $63.28 

Finney & Hoit, office supplies 2.00 

W. B. Currier, stamps, envelopes 35.87 

A. N. Hederstedt Co., envelopes 1.50 

Murphy & Snyder, records, paper 9.00 

Yawman & Erbe Co., steel shelves, office 

equipment 77.00 

Alice Spinney, office work 3.68 

Daniel MacDougall, census 30.00 

$222.33 

Total General Control $3,103.95 

EXPENSE OF INSTRUCTION 

Supervisor's salary, music $400.00 

Supervisor's salary, drawing 280.00 

Total $680.00 



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Principal high, salary $1,500.00 $1,500.00 

Teachers' salary, high school 

John Hough 2,040.00 

Walter Holt 1,640.00 

Elsie Bixby 1,670.00 

Edith Damon, 6 months 780.00 

Margaret Boornazian, 4 months 520.00 

Marion Fuller 1,340.00 

Thelma Eaton 1,240.00 

Total high school teachers $9,230.00 

Teachers' salary, elementary 

Ella Miller $1,370.00 

Florice Fernald, 6 months 720.00 

Gyneth Prew, 4 months 440.00 

Helen Murray 1,140.00 

Edith Ames 1,190.00 

Marion Towne 1,240.00 

Edith Taylor 1,140.00 

Julia McCarthy 1,400.00 

Florence Merriam 1,200.00 

Dorothy Glazier, 6 months 675.00 

Jessie Kinnevan, 4 months 400.00 

Marjorie Stearns 750.00 

Madeline Allard 920.00 

Harriet Chace 540.00 

Harriet Suchovsky 480.00 

Elise Dickerman 1,040.00 

Caroline Chase 920.00 

Mrs. Henry Capell, substituting 55.00 

Mrs. 0. H. Howe, substituting 15.00 

Marjorie Stearns, travel expenses. . . . 1.86 

Total elementary $15,636.86 

Total expense of instruction $27,046.86 

EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION TEXT BOOKS (HIGH) 

Charles Scribner Sons $9.04 

D. C. Heath Co 5.29 

Allyn and Bacon 19.26 

Theodore Presser Co., music 5.00 

F. T. Welch, bookbinding 39.80 

Longman's Green & Co., bookkeeping books 10.82 
The Macmillan Co., history, civics, physics, 

etc 230.32 

Silver, Burdett Co 9.67 

McKnight & McKnight 7.32 

Southwestern Pub. Co., bookkeeping books 75.60 



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Scott, Foresman & Co., Latin and English 

texts 56.79 

Webb Pub. Co., domestic science texts. . . 2.68 

Boston Music Co., music books 3.93 

Ginn and Company, mathematic books. . . . 27.78 

Regent Publishing"^ Co 1.30 

Oxford Book Co 1.62 

Total text books, high $506.22 

TEXT BOOKS— ELEMENTARY 

Webb Book Publishing Co $25.86 

Ginn and Company, English books 97.35 

Beckley-Cardy Co 10.04 

Silver, Burdett Company 47.48 

Charles E. Merrill Company 23.97 

The Macmillan Company 98.11 

J. B. Tavlor Company 15.69 

D. C. Heath Company 9.85 

Allyn and Bacon 11.56 

Longman's Green & Co 7.71 

Edward E. Babb Company 12.69 

American Book Company 12.91 

Scott, Foresman Company 28.63 

Iroquois Publishing Co 69.90 

World Book Company 1.19 

Benj. H. Sanborn Co 6.11 

$479.05 

Total Text Books $985.2? 

STATIONERY SUPPLIES AND MISCELLANEOUS— HIGH 

Laffin's Bedford Express $1.50 

Webster Publishing Compam^ blank forms 5.53 

J. L. Hammett Company, supplies 166.74 

Southwestern Publishing Company 8.72 

Pierce 's Express .75 

Gregg Publishing Company, supplies 9.57 

Edward E. Babb Company, supplies 77.75 

A. J. Wilkinson & Company 5.20 

Thomas F. Parker, paint and turpentine. . . 8.75 

L. E. Knott Apparatus Company, supplies. . 8.40 

Bon Marche 2.33 

W. B. Case 2.00 

Government Printing Office, commerce bul- 
letins 4.00 

Vannah Lithograph Company 2.20 

Webster Publishing Company, supplies . . . 34.66 

Ginn and Company, bookkeeping blanks. . . 5.83 



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Milton Bradley Company, supplies, paper, 

etc 53.18 

Boston Music Company, sheet music 1.72 

Carl Fischer, Inc 3.06 

Finney & Hoit, supplies , . . . . 3.25 

Total high school $405.14 

STATIONERY SUPPLIES AND MISCELLANEOUS— ELEM. 

Laffin's Bedford Express $2.00 

Laidlaw Brothers, music 2.29 

John Evans, supplies 3.31 

Edward E. Babb, number builders, etc 126.41 

Scott, Foresman Company, survey tests, etc. 29.00 
Ginn and Company, music appreciation rec- 
ords 1.88 

Milton Bradley Co., drawing paper, supplies 125.23 

J. L. Hammett Company, supplies 35.91 

Campbell & Leunig, Inc., writing equipment 35.91 

Total elementary $361.94 

Total Expense of Instruction $28,799.21 

Operation Expenses (High School) Building 

JANITORS, FUEL AND MISCELLANEOUS 

Wages of janitor, high school $1,300.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co 858.12 

Total $2,158.12 

MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING EXPENSES (HIGH) 

American Woolen Co., light $77.08 

American Woolen Co., power 67.90 

Edison Electric 111. Co., light 67.43 

Edison Electric 111. Co., power 24.58 

Masury-Young Company, paper towels, 

floor oil, and soap 95.12 

Puelite Natural Gas Co 142.00 

J. A. MacPherson, hardware 22.59 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber. . . 27.02 
L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., laboratory sup- 
plies • 22.94 

Maydale Spring Water Co., distilled water. 1.50 

P. T. Welch, binding 46.80 

Robert Prentiss, battery 13.10 

J. F. Chaffin Company, tuning piano 5.00 

Hall Brothers Company, surveyors stakes. . 1.20 

L. M. Glover Company, disinfectant 2.16 

J. L. Hammett Co., flags and display hooks 16.67 



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A. W. Davis Company, supplies 136.30 

Acton Drug Company, charger bulbs 8.00 

Roy Jones, labor 2.50 

James Baker, labor 2.50 

Yawman & Erbe Mfg. Co., general office 

equipment 117.60 

V. M. Baxter, roll white paper 3.25 

Murphy & Snyder .30 

Vannah Lithograph Co., diplomas 35,10 

William B. Holt, plumbers friend 1.00 

J. S. Moore, floor wax 5.50 

Dept. of Correction, floor brushes 11.90 

Laffin's Bedford Express 1.11 

Thomas F. Parker, hardware 14.57 

Albert E, Sims, grate bar in steam boiler. . 28.28 

Strong & Tracy, supplies .57 

Commissioner of Public Safety, boiler in- 
spection 5.00 

West and South Water District 32.00 

John Hoar, repairs 6,45 

Total Operating High School $1,045.02 

OPERATING EXPENSES— ELEMENTARY 
Janitors, Fuel 

Center (1) South (2) West (3) 

Janitors $640.00 $760.00 $720.00 

Fuel, coal .... 387.03 349.31 195.81 
Wood 66,26 64.74 62.76 



$1,093,29 $1,174.05 
Total Janitors and Fuel . . . , 



$978.57 



$3,245.91 



MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING EXPENSES 
(ELEMENTARY) 

Center South West 
American Woolen Co., light. $17,38 $25.29 $26.00 
Masury - Young Co., paper 

towels, floor oils, soaps. . 24.12 24.14 24.12 

J. S. Moore, supplies 3,55 

West & South Water District 17,57 12.06 12.00 

Robert Prentiss, switch .50 

J. L. Hammett, flags 1.16 1,18 1,16 

Daniel MacDougall, helping 

at West School 5.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber 

Co 1.75 5,40 

M. E, Taylor, supplies 3.17 

Levi Perkins, truck and man . 1.00 1.00 1.00 





.20 




6.27 


9.03 


5.82 

1.60 

12.47 


3.97 


3.96 


3.97 



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F. W. Green, cleaning vaults . 6.00 

Finney & Hoit, supplies .50 

Laffin's Bedford Express .... 1.12 1.12 
Theron F. Newton, work at 

South School in summer 35.60 

A. W. Davis, supplies 23.99 

Laurel Book Co., insurance on 

books 

J. A. MacPherson, supplies . . 
Thomas F. Parker, supplies. . 

John S. Hoar 

Dept. of Correction 

$78.01 $117.63 $128.53 

Total Miscellaneous Operating Elem. . . $324.17 

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS— HIGH SCHOOL 

Albert E. Sims, pressure reducer, repairs. . $227.97 
South Acton Coal & Lumber Co., lumber 89.16 
L. C. Smith & Corona Typewriting Co., re- 
pairs 2.98 

E. P. Gates, door iron and bolts 2.00 

L. T. Fullonton, painting per contract, set- 
ting glass 213.00 

Ro3^ Jones, labor 55.30 

Masury-Young Co., repairs on floor oiler. . 1.91 

0. F. Nelson, misc. iron repairs 68.10 

Tate & Company, iron for fire escape 15.00 

J. L. Hammett Company, racks 20.28 

J. S. Moore, paint brush 1.25 

John Hoar, office repairs, misc. repairs and 

alterations 231.96 

Charles Smith, repairs 17.15 

Robert Prentiss, lights and switches 14.15 

Byron Lumber Co., lumber 11.12 

Total high maintenance and repairs. . . $971.33 

MAINTENANCE— ELEMENTARY 

Center South West 
E. Z. Stanley, general repairs $36.26 

Albert E. Sims 

John Evans 

L. T. Fullonton, painting and 

setting glass 70.00 

Roy Jones, labor 15.21 

Tropical Paint Co., paint. 

South School 14.85 



$23.75 
65.90 


$10.94 

68.67 

1.93 


120.85 
15.23 


76.85 
15.21 



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J. L. Hammett Co 6.76 6.76 6.76 

Byron Lumber Co., lumber.. 5.70 
South Acton Coal & Lumber 

Company, lumber 4.00 

John S. Hoar, repairs 11.20 422.00 34.57 

Charles Smith, repairs 1.50 

Robert Prentiss, wire repair. 78.17 

0. F. Nelson, fire escape 238.83 

Ed. Jewett, cement work. . . . 34.00 

Nelson Tenney, radiators and 

repairs 144.00 

Thomas Parker 10.21 

Hall Brothers 1.50 



$236.51 $912.17 $392.93 
Total Maintenance and Repairs, Elem. $1,541.61 

HEALTH 

High School: 
Ernest Mayell $50.00 

Elementary : 

Ernest Mayell 150.00 

Masury -Young, slate cement 1.37 

Ed. Jewett, labor West Acton toilet 5.20 



Total Health $206.57 

TRANSPORTATION, Jan. 1, 1929 to Dec. 31, 1929 

A. W. Davis $3,450.00 

Total Transportation $3,450.00 

Total for Support $44,845.89 

OUTLAYS 

Labor on high school grounds : 
Greenough Construction Co $2,000.00 

Total outlays $2,000.00 

Total Expended Fiscal Year $46,845.89 



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SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT 



To the School Committee and Voters of Acton: 

I present herewith my fourth annual report. 

The Schools of Acton have kept to a high standard of 
achievement throughout the year, with a constant endeavor to 
improve the instruction in each subject, and to do as much as 
possible for each individual, where it is noted that special train- 
ing and extra work are needed. The teachers have been most 
loyal in their endeavors to give the best instruction they are 
capable of giving. They are constantly trying to improve their 
work by study, by group discussions, and by frequent conferences 
with the Superintendent. 

SCHOOL HEALTH 
It is a pleasure to report that in the health situation, the 
school children have been unusually free from contagious diseases. 
This is due in large measure to the hygiene practiced in the 
schools and to the careful supervision of the School Doctor and 
Nurse, and the cooperation of the practicing physicians. The re- 
sulting high percentage of attendance has made the work of the 
teachers measurably easier. 

THE CURRICULUM OF OUR SCHOOLS 
The curriculum is being, and must constantly be, revised, in 
all grades, in Acton Schools as well as in all other schools. The 
constant aim is not only to train in fundamental processes and 
skills, but also to develop each student, as rapidly as can be 
done profitably, bj^ utilizing everything that can contribute to 
his growth and welfare, both mental and physical. 

In the Primary grades the teaching methods and materials 
of the fundamental tool-subjects of reading, writing, arithmetic 
and spelling, are being steadily improved, although we still are 
far from the goal we have set for ourselves. In the fourth, fifth, 
and sixth grades, the training in tool-subjects is continued with 
the addition of much subject material for information. Training 
in reading and thinking is emphasized as foundation for study 
and work in later gi-ades. Students who do not continue much 
beyond these grades get much useful information. In grades 
drills in arithmetic and reading are continued, and much formal 
seven and eight, the subject material is broadened, while review 
grammar and training in oral and written composition are intro- 



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duced. Here the children are approaching the years of adoles- 
cence ; consequently they are closely studied by the teachers. The 
methods and educational materials are somewhat different from 
those used in their earlier years of training. They are chosen with 
the aim of studying and developing abilities to achieve success 
in High School work, as well as to further the education of those 
who must leave school in these years. 

The High School Curriculum retains the College Preparatory 
Course without change. It has been altered to reduce the amount 
of strictly commercial work from three years to two, or two and 
one-half years. General information and cultural subjects have 
been added in the place of certain commercial subjects. This 
enables a student to make a wider selection of subjects in a gen- 
eral course. The subjects permitted per student have been 
changed from live to four subjects per day as a normal load, with 
more study material per subject. 

The College Preparatory Course is almost entirely set for us 
by the very high entrance requirements of our New England 
Colleges. Here again may we point out that the good student in 
Acton High School can go directly to college at the end of our 
College Preparatory Course, without going to a Preparatory 
School to complete his preparation. However students and par- 
ents must realize that the colleges are demanding high scholar- 
ship in their candidates and certain restrictions are enforced. A 
mark "A" or "B" in any High School is practically pre-requisite 
for entrance to any college, either by certificate or by examina- 
tion. The latter is the more commonly accepted method of satis- 
fying entrance requirements. Parents who hope even remotely 
that their children will go to college, should consult the High 
School principal and teachers, for the preparation is intricate and 
very specialized, involving courses that extend over four years. 

For the non-college going student the High School offers the 
Commercial Course and the newer General Course, both on a 
grade comparable with the college preparatory course. These 
courses aim to give the student broadening subjects that are likely 
to be of more interest and value than the strictly college pre- 
paratory courses for a large percentage of High School students. 
The Commercial Course has been considerably shortened, and 
biology and more history, geography, and science courses have 
been added. 

COLLEGE AID 
Every student who can do High School college preparatory 
work is urged to do so. Many parents of bright students are 
afraid to let their children attempt the College Preparatory 
Course as they feel that the student will probably be unable to 
go to college, for lack of sufficient funds. Any student who has 
the mental ability to enter college and the physical stamina to 
carry a normal college course with good scholarship can always 
get financial aid to put himself or herself through the four years 
of study. The benefits that are derived from collesre studv in- 



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telligently and energetically pursued far out-weigh the cost to 
the student in labor and financial obligation. The last four 
classes to graduate from Acton High School have given funds in 
varying amounts to be used for graduates who may need or desire 
assistance. This scholarship fund now amounts to $198.44. 

ATHLETICS 
Through the generosity of the voters and tax payers, the two 
thousand dollars voted for the High School Athletic Field was 
granted by the selectmen to the School Committee and has been 
expended judiciously by them through the splendid cooperation 
of their sub-committee and Mr. Greenough, the Acton contractor. 
The ledge in the center of the field has been one of the main 
obstacles in developing this field. The committee considered that 
the greatest need was to give immediately as much playing ground 
as possible with the money available. To remove the ledge at 
that time, last spring, would have required more than half of the 
total appropriation. This amount was higher than the original 
estimates for its removal. It was therefore deemed wiser to 
spend the money so as to make as much of the field immediately 
available for playing purposes as possible, to cover some of the 
ledge and to fill and grade the lot as much as possible. Through 
the energy of Mr. Greenough, considerably more work has 
been accomplished than at first was believed possible and now 
the front two-thirds of the field towards the highway and about 
one-third of the remaining land lying in the back part of the lot 
is graded and in use. During the operation most of the huge 
stones that formerly lined the field were buried in the fill. A bit 
of the ledge was also removed, but the greater part still remains, 
blocking off some of the most valuable part of our field from use 
in football or baseball. 

ATHLETIC TEAMS IN ACTON HIGH 

Herewith are extracts from a report of a committee of teach- 
ers, in which I concur : 

''Last year the baseball team started out rather hopefully by 
winning the first two games, but after that it struck a snag and 
didn't progress so well. Practice was carried on as usual on 
Blanchard Field, which is a long way from the School building, 
a thing which makes it difficult for some boys to practice. 

'^This year we hope that the School grounds will be available 
for this sport. This development will make it much easier for 
the teacher in charge, and will tend to make better and more uni- 
form practice periods, as well as develop morale and school spirit 
for the School and health to as many individuals as possible. 

*'This winter the boys and girls are starting basket-ball 
teams. Two or three games have already been scheduled. Prob- 
ably the boys will enter the village tournament at Pitchburg 
again this year in March. There is no hall available in any of the 



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Actons, so one was found in Maynard and practice is usually held 
there twice a week, the teams getting back and forth as best 
they can. 

''These basketball practices have accommodated about thirty 
boys and girls in the High School, and are valuable for the boys 
who will play baseball next spring, as well as keeping up some 
of our health program during the winter. 

^'Interscholastic contests help to give girls and boys pride in 
their own schools. They take them to meet other boys and girls 
as pupils of other schools in nearby towns, and are an important 
phase of school life. The need for a gymnasium has always been 
apparent and grows more acute. Some of us think that the 
auditorium could be arranged by means of nets so that basketball 
and volley ball could be played there without any injury to the 
furnishings or finishing. If such a thing were done a marked 
change would occur in the discipline and spirit of the school." 

COMMERCIAL WORK ON HIGH STANDARD 

The work of some of our commercial students has been very 
good for the past few years. Some of our present students are 
doing especially well. 

The following list of Typewriting awards is the largest we 
have ever had. A student must write 30 words per minute for 
15 minutes to qualify to take an award test. These tests are 
standard commercial material furnished free by the typewriter 
companies. This is a valuable check on our work and an incentive 
to the students to strive for higher achievements. 

The work of Miss Brill, Miss Hagen, Miss Costello, Miss 
Jones, Miss Schnair and Miss Batchelder is especially good. 

LIST OF STUDENTS RECEIVING TYPEWRITING AWARDS 

DURING 1929 

January to June — Second Year Students 

Awards After 1 vr. 5 mo's. Training 



Helen Taylor 


Remington 


Certificate 


Glenna Jones 


L. C. Smith 




Gertrude Schnair 


Remington 




Ella Pederson 


L. C. Smith 




Gertrude Schnair 


L. C. Smith 




Ella Pederson 


Remington 




Francis Byron 


Remington 




Mildred Fullonton 


Remington 




<< it 


Underwood 




(( (t 


Royal 




(t (( 


L. C. Smith 




Helen Grala 


L. C. Smith 




Helen Taylor 


L. C. Smith 




Francis Byron 


L. C. Smith 




Ruby Baker 


L. C. Smith 




Gertrude Schnair 


Royal 




Helen Grala 


Remington 





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Mildred Brill 



Gertrude Schnair 



Glenna Jones 
Mildred Brill 



Royal 

L. C. Smith 
Underwood 
Remington 
Remington 
L. C. Smith 
Underwood 
Remington 
September to December 
Underwood 
Underwood 



Silver Pin and Gold 

Pin 
Silver Pin 
Bronze Medal 
Silver Pin 
Gold Pin 
Bronze Pin 
Bronze Medal 
Silver Pin 

Bronze Pin 
Silver Pin 



January to June — First Year Students 

Awards After 6 Months' Work 

Gladys Hagen Remington Certificate 

Edna Jones Underwood *' 

William Roche L. C. Smith 

Eleanor Costello Underwood '' . 

Laura May ell Remington ** 

Ruth McLaughlin Remington *' 





September to Decembei 




Buelah Batchelder 


Remington 


Certificate 


li << 


L. C. Smith 




Eleanor Costello 


Remington 




<< << 


L. C. Smith 




Gladys Hagen 


L. C. Smith 




Edna Jones 


Remington 




<< << 


L. C. Smith 




Buelah Batchelder 


Underwood 




Gladys Hagen 


Underwood 




Buelah Batchelder 


Royal 




Gladys Hagen 


Royal 




Norman Perkins 


Remington 




Rena Mason 


Remington 




Eleanor Costello 


Underwood 


Bronze Pin 


Edna Jones 


L. C. Smith 


Bronze Pin 


Edna Jones 


Underwood 


Bronze Pin 


Gladys Hagen 


L. C. Smith 


Bronze Pin 



Beginners of September, 1929, will be eligible for Awards 
after March 1, 1930. 



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GRADUATION CLASS OF 1929 

The graduation of the Class of 1929 was memorable for its 
good music, excellent speaker, and the fact that this was the 
first class to receive its entire education in the Acton schools. 

Acton High School Commencement Program — June 20, 1929 

Blanchard Hall 
March of the Seniors 

Prayer, 

Rev. Mr. Long 
Salutatorian, 

Roy Jones 

Historian, 

Spencer Taylor, Jr. 

School Day Lessons in Song: 

Lullaby Brahms 

Toyland . . .• Herbert 

Sailing : Marks 

Hunting Song English Folk Song 

Loch Lomond Scotch Folk Song 

The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls ''Grammachree'' 

The Lorelei Silcher 

Santa Lucia Italian Folk Song 

The Grand Old Flag Wilmarth 

Commencement Speaker, 

Mr. Robert Lincoln O'Brien. 

A Group of Favorite Songs : 

When the Foeman Bares His Steel Sullivan 

Carmelina Stevens 

Canoeing Coerne 

Class Song Words by W. MacKenzie 

Marching Song Class of 1929 A. H. S. 

Valedictory, 

Craig Sadler 

Presentation of Diplomas, 

By Mr. Frank Toohey, 
Chairman School Committee. 

America The Beautiful Katherine Lee Bates 

Finale March 

Reception to Seniors 

Music : Direction of Mr. Elmer Pierce. 
Speaking: Direction of Mr, John Hough. 
Senior Advisor: Miss Marion Fuller. 
Piano: Mona Servais A. H. S. 1931. 



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What Our Graduates Are Doing : Class of 1929 



James Wesley Baker 
Ethel May Cobleigh 
Warren Bruce Cole 
Cyrus Joseph Downey 
*James Alfred Farrar 

Lillian Gertrude Feltus 
Fred Stuart Gorton 
Sophie Antonia Grala 
*Eleanor Frances Jones 
Howard Fullonton Jones 
*Roy Glendon Jones 
William Cypras Kazokas 
Mary Agnes Lawrence 
Winifred Elizabeth MacKenzie 

Gertrude Edna Massie 
George Raymond McGovern 
Margaret Aniia McGovern 
Eleanor Gertrude Morse 
Mary Elizabeth Parker 
**Mildred Rose Polep 
Mary Louise Richardson 

tCraig Sadler 

*Aliee Louise Spinney 

Barbara Swift 

Spencer Copland Taylor 

Helena Mae Tucker 



Acton High School 

Burdett College 

Clerk, Lowden's Store 

At Home 

Salesman & Clerk, Wholesale 

Merchant Corp. 
N. E. Tel. & Tel. W. Acton 
Northeastern L^niversity 
Housekeeper 
A. H. S. Post Graduate 
Northeastern L^niversitv 
Tufts College 
Working On Farm 
A. H. S. Post Graduate 
Clerk B. & M. Gen'l Office 
N. Bennett Industrial School 
Linotyping 
Burdett College 
At Home 

N. E. Baptist Hospital 
A. H. S. Post Graduate 
A. H. S. Post Graduate 
Treasurer's Dept. State House, 

Boston 
Harvard College 
Stenographer, Waltham Watch 

Co. 
N. E. Tel. & Tel. W. Acton 
Harvard College 
Waltham Hospital Training 



School 
t High Honor at graduation. 
* Honors at graduation. 
** Honors 3 years. 

THE PRESCHOOL ROUND-UP CONFERENCES 

In the Spring, through the School Nurse, work was started 
to get the incoming primary grade children ready to enter in 
September, promptly at the opening of school. A list of pupil? 
who were to enter school for the first time in September, 1929, 
was prepared. Through letters and personal conferences with 
the parents of these children, a number of physical defects were 
corrected during the summer, such as diseased tonsils and 
adenoids removed, postures improved, and the necessary vac- 
cination and birth certificates were presented. The schools 
opened promptly on September 4, with the least loss of time in 
the last five years. 



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DOMESTIC SCIENCE DEPARTMENT 



Attention is called to the fact that the food prepared in the 
Domestic Science Cooking Classes is sold to the students in the 
form of hot lunches at noon-time. This provides hot lunches for 
as many students as wish, while the proceeds buy the supplies 
for the cooking and sewing rooms, thus accomplishing a double 
purpose. Miss Edith Ames is especially to be commended for the 
capable way in which she has handled this department and for 
making it self-supporting. Her report follows : 

In the Sewing Course of the seventh grade much work has 
been done. The class is smaller than last year, numbering 
fourteen, which means that more individual attention may be 
given. The first garment made is an apron, all by hand. Seven 
undergarments have been completed. Darning, mending, the 
making of buttonholes, and instruction in the proper use of the 
Sewing Machines are included in this course. 

The Sewing Course in the eighth grade begins with a review 
of last year's work. This year the individual pupils were asked 
to make a list of six garments they wished to make. From this 
list four garments were chosen, and listed in order for progres- 
sive work. In this way pupils make garments which are needed. 
This has meant more individual work, but the results have im- 
proved over last year. Practical darning, and special sewing 
machine attachments are taught in this course. 

The Cooking lessons in the seventh grade are similar to last 
year's. The first period is given to discussion, and the second 
period to the actual preparation. The pupils are allowed to work 
by themselves as much as possible, as it gives them more re- 
sponsibility. 

In the Cooking Course of the eighth grade, using ''FoodSy 
Preparation and Serving," a wide field has been covered. Balanc- 
ing and Variety of Meals are two of the main objects, but at the 
same time keeping the costs as low as possible. 

All the supplies of the Cooking Classes and the thread, 
needles and pins for the Sewing Classes are paid for out of the 
Cafeteria account. 

The Cafeteria has the following report to make : — 

Dr. Cr. 

Cash Jan. 1, 1929 $ 16.17 

Total Sales for Fiscal Year 1,682.60 

Costs of Supplies, Cooking and Sewing $1,605.79^ 

Athletic Ass'n 20.00 

Cash on hand Dec. 31, 1929 22.98 



$1,648.77 $1,648.77 

Respectfullv submitted, 

EDITH M. AMES. 



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SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 



Mr. C. W. Lawrence, 

Superintendent of Schools, 

Acton Public Schools, 
Dear Sir: 

*'In general, there seems to be a steady improvement in the 
-condition of music in the schools. In the grades the attempt has 
been made to improve the standard of reading music, not for 
the sake of reading alone but for its bearing on the whole music 
situation. 

Most educators agree to-daj' that it is necessary to have a 
good standard of music reading in order to insure efficiency and 
success, to say nothing of its effect in the attitude of the pupils. 
I often think of the splendid achievements of pupils in the read- 
ing of English. No thoughtful person will dem- that there is 
better power to-day than there was twenty-five years ago in this 
respect. How is this brought about? Mainly by ''doing" read- 
ing. It is safe to say that the average sixth grade pupil has 
been through at least twenty books. 

An examination of the leading music text books of the day 
reveals more general agreement in the matter of grading of 
material. It is apparent that there is no reasonable excuse for 
poor reading ability in music. 

As in English it is necessary to do some individual work, so 
it is necessarj^ to do some individual work in music. 

There is much interest in the listening lessons in music and 
a good deal is being accomplished. 

There is a more general interest and better power than be- 
fore in grades VII and VIII. The classes are doing very well for 
the time we have for practice. 

Considering the number of those who can read music, I 
think we may feel pleased with the work of the high school 
chorus. The girls' glee club is doing very well. 

Yours verv trulv, 

ELMER E. PIERCE. 



SUPERVISOR OF DRAWING 



Mr. C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools, 

Acton, Massachusetts. 
Dear Sir: 

"We do not try to make an artist of every child — we can 
only try to help him to realize that some of the finer things «> 
life are right at hand if he will but look for them. 

In the short period that I have been supervising the art 



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work, I have found a very pleasant and helpful group of teach- 
ers. Their co-operation, so necessary in this work, has been, 
and is, very gratifying. A visiting teacher who comes but once 
a week or every two weeks must necessarily leave much in the 
hands of the regular teacher, and each and every teacher has 
been very helpful in fulfilling their part of the task. 

RespectfuUv submitted, 
ELIZABETH A. FARMER. 



DENTAL WORK 



The School Doctor and Nurse have repeatedly pointed out 
in their examinations the need for dental work, and for correc- 
tions of defective vision and hearing. For a large proportion of 
our children, neglect of defective teeth, especially, causes such 
an amount of poor health, loss of time from school, loss of pro- 
motion, etc., as to deserve special attention. Parents have been 
repeatedly notified of these dental defects. They are again re- 
quested to have these defects remedied, when the notices are sent. 
It is to their own advantage, as well as to that of the school and 
town, that dental defects be eliminated and that the health of 
the students, and their attendance at school be kept as high as 
possible. 

The reports of the School Doctor and School Nurse follow. 



SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. C. W. Lawrance, 

Superintendent of Schools. 
Dear Sir: 

I herewith submit my annual report as School physician. 

Physical examinations were completed in early October. 

Our pre-school physical examinations have ^vorked to good 
advantage and have shown good results. 

Our schools have been practically free from contagious 
diseases. 

Details of health work will be found in the nurse's report. 

I have had the hearty co-operation of the Superintendent, 
nurse and teachers for which I am grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



Mr. Charles W. Lawrance, 
Supt. of Schools, 
Acton, Mass. 

Dear Sir: 

The Physical Examinations for the year were completed 
early in October with the following results: 

Number of Examinations 465 

Defects found: 

Tonsils and Adenoids (diseased or enlarged) 54 

Poor Posture 205 

Glands 163 

Teeth (badly in need of attention) 240 

Heart 33 

Report of School examinations during the school year done 
by the nurse: 

Special Examinations 2204 

Simple first aid dressings 181 

Individual talks on Personal Hygiene - . 231 

Sanitary inspections of various buildings 142 

Home Visits 259 

Pupils excluded from School .because of communicable 

Disease IS 

The Schick test for diphtheria was given to thirty-four 
pupils in May — Sixteen of this number were positive and re- 
ceived three more doses of T. A. T. There were forty-seven 
given treatment for the first time. 

The summer round-up conferences were held for the first 
time last June in an endeavor to bring our first graders to school 
more physically fit. The response was very satisfactory. All 
children not examined at the conference were examined by their 
own family physician before school began. Five out of the enter- 
ing classes had their Tonsils and Adenoids removed before school 
opened. That alone was a great help in getting these children 
started right. In most instances children came on the first day 
of school with their birth certificate, thus overcoming past dif- 
ficulties in complying with the state laws in regard to these 
matters. We feel deeply grateful to the hearty co-operation of 
the parents in this matter. 

Three children were taken to the Bolton summer camp. One 
child gained nine pounds and greatly improved health during 
her stay at camp. 

Four children were re-examined at the under-weight con- 



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ference. Three were found o^reatly improved, while the other 
one was found to be in about the same condition. 

The additional play-ground work at high school ha« proved 
a great help to Physical Education but we are still very much 
in need of more time and equipment for this work, especially 
for indoor work during the winter. 

Nearly fifty percent of the students need dental work of a 
serious nature. If this work is continually neglected it means 
that the health of the child is greatly impaired and therefore 
proper progress in school can not be made. We still have no 
local facilities for this work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN E. FROST, R. N. 



IN CONCLUSION 

The past year has been very satisfactory in the cooperation 
of the school teachers and supervisors with myself and the 
school committee. Every school plan which covers the educa- 
tional activities of even four hundred and fifty pupils in twelve 
grades is intricate and never easy to carry out. May I thank all 
the teachers and pupils for making their Avork so successful, and 
the school committee for their careful planning and considera- 
tion of school problems. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES W. LAWRANCE. 



INDEX 



Accountant 30 

Appointments by Selectmen 4 

Assessors ' Report 58 

Auditor 12 

Board of Health 60 

Cemetery Commissioners 71 

Collector's Report • 59 

Electric Light Committee 66 

Extension Service 65 

Finance Committee 11 

Fire Department 62 

Forester 62 

Health Nurse 61 

Inspector of Animals 63 

Inspector of Slaughtering 61 

Jury List 6 

Library Report 83 

Police Department 63 

Public Welfare 61 

Selectmen 's Report 13 

Superintendent of Streets 64 

Town Clerk 14 

Births 15 

Deaths 19 

Dog Licenses 27 

Marriages 17 

Non-Resident Burials 20 

Town Meetings 21 

Town Officers 3 

Town Warrant 7 

Treasurer 's Report 51 

Cemetery Funds 53 

Elizabeth White Fund 55 

Firemen 's Relief Fund 54 

Nineteenth of April Fund 54 

Wilde Library Fund 55 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 57 

Trustees Elizabeth White Fund 57 



SCHOOL INDEX 



School Report : 

Domestic Science 23 

Financial Statement 7 

Graduation 21 

Legal Holidays 4 

Organization 3 

School Calendar 3 

School Committee 6 

School Nurse 26 

School Physician 25 

Standing Rules 4 

Superintendent 's Report 16 

Supervisor of Drawing 24 

Supervisor of Music 24 

Teachers 5 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Several Official Boards 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1930 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1931 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Several Official Boards 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1930 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1931 



TOWN OFFICERS, 1930 



MODERATOR 
Allen Brooks Parker 

SELECTMEN 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1931 

Howard J. Billings Term expires 1932 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1933 

TOWN CLERK 
Horace F. Tuttle 

TOWN TREASURER 
Frank W. Ho it 

ASSESSORS 

Warren H. Jones Term expires 1931 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1932 

Henry L. Haynes Term expires 1933 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

Howard J. Billings Term expires 1931 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1931 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1931 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
Charles A. Durkee 

TREE WARDEN 

James O'Neil 

CONSTABLES 
John T. McNiff Charles A. Durkee 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

Fred W. Green Term expires 1932 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1933 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

* Randall N. Woodworth Term expires 1931 

Louisa N. Wood Term expires 1931 

Arthur M. Whitcomb Term expires 1931 

Forrest E. Bean Term expires 1032 

Lulu L. Clark Term expires 1932 

Alberta M. Mead Term expires 1933 

* (Appointed to fill vacancy) 



TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

J. Sidney White Term expires 1932 

Lucius A. Hesselton Term expires 1933 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

George H. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

Raymond F. Durkee Term expires 1932 

Frank E. Tasker Term expires 1933 

TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

William H. Kingsley Term expires 1931 

Warren H. Jones Term expn^es 1932 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1933 

TRUSTEES OF THE WEST ACTON FIREMAN'S 
RELIEF FUND 

A. N. Hederstedt Term expires 1931 

G. D. Gram Term expires 1932 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term expires 1933 

TRUSTEES OF GOODNOW FUND 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1931 

Gharles E. Smith Term expires 1932 

Gharlotte Gonant Term expires 1933 



Appointments by the Selectmen 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Murray Brown Frank W. Hoit Alfred W. Davis 

William Rawister (ieorge A. Richardson 

Webster S. Blaiichard 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 
Albert H. Perkins 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
Howard L. Jones 

REGISTRARS OF VOTEIRS 

Clarence D. Chickering Term expires 1932 

Daniel W. Sheehan, Jr Term expires 1933 

Edwin A. Phelan Term expires 1931 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio 



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ELECTION OFFICERS 

Precinct 1 

Warden James W. Coughlin 

Deputy Warden George A. Murphy 

Clerk Arthur W. Wayne 

Deputy Clerk ^ . . . . Spencer H. Taylor 

Inspector Arthur F. Davis 

Deputy Inspector Willis N. Holden 

Inspector Leo F. McCarthy 

Deputy Inspector Harold Coughlin 

Precinct 2 

Warden Theron F. Newton 

Deputy Warden Theron A. Lowden 

Clerk John J. Manning 

Deputy Clerk Thomas Murray 

Inspector Lewis C. Hastings 

Deputy Inspector . Frank A. Merriam 

Inspector Timothy Hennessey 

Deputy Inspector James Brown 

Precinct 3 

Warden Bertram D. Hall 

Deputy Warden Fred S. Whitcomb 

Clerk David R. Kinsley 

Deputy Clerk Frank McDonald 

Inspector A. R. Beach 

Deputy Inspector Harry Holt 

Inspector James Kinsley 

Deputy Inspector Guy P. Littlefield 

FIRE ENGINEERS 
Frank W. Hoit, Chief 

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS 

Precinct 1 Precinct 2 

Samuel E. Knowlton George K. Hayward 

Precinct 3 
H. Stuart MacGregor 

CATTLE INSPECTOR FOREST WARDEN 

Fred S. Whitcomb Alan B. Frost 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 
Theron F. Newton 

SUPERINTENDENT OF TOWN FOREST 
Charles A. Durkee 



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BURIAL AGENT 
Frank W. Hoit 

SURVEYORS OF WOOD AND LUMBER 

Frank W. Hoit Charles E. Smith 

Bertram D. Hall George H. Reed 



Michael Foley 



FIELD DRIVERS 
Alan B. Frost 



John T. McNiff 



SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTH WORK 
James O'Neil 

POLICE OFFICERS 
Chief, Michael J. Foley 
John T. McNiff Alan B. Frost 

DIRECTOR MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE 

Harlan E. Tuttle 



Fred Billings 
Arthur Emerson 
David Morrison 
Frank E. Parsons 
Spencer H. Taylor 



Charles Miles 
Herbert A. Thayer 
Elwyn W. Harris 
Carl Flint 



Jury List 

Revised 1930 

Precinct 1 

Oliver D. Wood 
James W. Coughlin 
George S. Tucker 
Charles E. Willett 



Precinct 2 

James Brown 
Herbert Pratt 
Timothy Hennessey 
John C. Starbuck 



Precinct 3 
David R. Kinsley James E. Kinsley 

William Johnson James A. Grimes 

Howard C. Tracy John T. McNiff 

Eugene L. Hall William J. Benere 

Clarence D. Chickering Edgar I. Blaisdell 



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 — Universalist Church, South Acton. 
Precinct 3 — Fire House, West Acton. 

At 12 o'clock noon, on Monday, the second day of March, 
1931 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, three for department of public welfare for one 
year, one treasurer for one year, one collector of taxes for 
one year, four constables for one year, two for school 
committee for three years, one for school committee for 
two years to fill the unexpired term of Frank Toohey, one 
for board of health for three years, one cemetery commis- 
sioner for three years, one trustee Memorial Library for 
three years, one tree warden for one year. 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close a( 7 
o'clock P. M. 



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You are further requested in the name of the Common- 
wealth 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, the ninth day of March, at 9 o'clock in the 
forenoon, then and there to act on 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 sev- 
eral reports of the town officers. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Article 4. To see what sum of money the town will appro- 
priate to defray the necessary and usual expenses of the sev- 
eral departments of the town and determine how the same 
shall be raised. 

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 brown- tail and gypsy moth. 

Article 10. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money to insure the employees of the town, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 11. To see what amount of money the town will 
appropriate for the payment of premiums on the treasurer's 
and collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Article 12. To see if the town will authorize the treas- 
urer, with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money 
from time to time, in anticipation of the revenue of the 
financial year beginning January 1st, 1931, and to issue a 
note or notes therefor, payable within one year, any debt or 
debts incurred under tliis vote to be paid from the' revenue 
of said financial year. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to employ a 
public health nurse, and appropriate a sum of money for the 
maintenance of the same. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate the sum of fifty ($50) dollars, or some other 
amount, in furtherance of and the director to serve in co-op- 
eration with the Middlesex County Trustees for County Aid 
to Agriculture in the work of the Middlesex County Exten- 
sion Service, under the provisions of Sections 40-45, Chap- 
ter 128, General Laws of Massachusetts. 

Article 15. To see if the town will appropriate the sum 



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of eight hundred dollars ($800) for the purpose of complet- 
ing the action taken under Article 32 of last year or take any 
action thereon. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to continue 
the reconstruction of Nagog Hill Road from a point about 
100 feet east of Main street to the intersection of said Nagog 
Hill Road with Concord street, a distance of about 1,000 
feet, or act anything thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to close the 
dump at South Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money to insure its Town Hall or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1,350.00 to purchase and install a 
fire w^histle, or other fire signal device, for use at Acton 
Centre, or act anything thereon. 

Article 20. To see what action the town will take to- 
ward locating the new forest fire pump in any particular 
precinct. 

Article 21. To see if the town will accept the provisions 
of law relative to choosing one highway surveyor or a board 
of road commissioners^ 

Article 22. To see what action the town will take in 
recognition of the gift to the town, of the sidewalks along 
Main Street in the Centre Village. 

Article 23. To see if the town will take some action to 
enlarge and improve the condition of the vault in the Memo- 
rial Library, now used for the keeping of the public records, 
and appropriate a sum of money therefor. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to purchase a 
gas range for the town hall and a gas radiator heater for the 
town clerk's office in the town hall, or act anything thereon. 

Article 25. To see if the town will appropriate the sum 
of $2,000 to rebuild the Stow Street bridge or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 26. To see if the town will appropriate the sum 
of $2,000 to install heat and make necessary repairs on the 
West Acton Fire House, or act anything thereon. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to install 18 
1.000 candle power lights, six lights to be installed in each 
village, or act anything thereon. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to appoint a 
planning board in accordance with Chapter 41, Section 70, 
General Laws. ' 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $1,500 for the purpose of preparing a zoning map 
and zoning law for the town, to be brought before the town 
at the next annual town meeting, and appoint a committee 
to carry out this article, or act anything thereon. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to purchase a 



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strip of land of the Citizens' Library Association situated on 
the northerly side of the Fire House in West Acton, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 31. To see if the town will appropriate the sum 
of $2,000 to lay approximately 1,000 feet of pipe from the 
Maynard line to the property of the American Powder Com- 
pany, and install two hydrants, or act anything thereon. 

Article 32. To see if the town will authorize the School 
Committee to dispose of the old building formerly used for 
toilets at the West Acton School, or take any action thereon. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to re-insure the 
high school building and its contents on the expiration of its 
present policies, November 1, 1931, and appropriate a sum 
of money to pay for such insurance, or act anything thereon. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
proposed additions to the by-laws as printed in the town 
report, or act anything thereon. 

Article 35. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the 5um of $4,000 to continue the reconstruction of the 
Newtown Road to the Littleton line provided a like sum is 
allotted to the town by the state and a similar sum by the 
County of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Article 36. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $3,000 to rebuild High Street, from a point oppo- 
site the home of Wm. Rawitzer to the Sudbury line provided 
a like sum is allotted to the town by the state and a similar 
amount by the County of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Article 37. To determine whether the Town of Acton 
will relocate Newtown Road, so called, near by, or through 
the property of the Church of Jesus Christ, in accordance 
with plans satisfactory to the Department of Public Works, 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or take any other action 
in relation thereto. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to purchase new 
chairs for the tow^n hall and appropriate a sum of money 
therefor, 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 fourth day of Feb- 
ruary, 1931. 

WENDELL F. DAVIS. 
HOWARD J. HILLINGS, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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SELECTMEN'S REPORT 



We submit herewith for your approval a report of the 
various departments of the Town for the year ending De- 
cember 31, 1930. 

In addition to the supervision of the regular work of the 
various departments which come under our jurisdiction, 
we were instructed to carry out certain special work under 
Articles 18, 19, 26, 27, 29 and 32. 

Article 18. We have completed the reconstruction of 
Summer Street from Central Street to the Boxboro line ac- 
cording to the provisions of the vote. 

Article 19. We have completed the reconstruction of 
about 6,000 feet of the Newtown Road, starting at Acton 
Centre and going tow^ard the Littleton line. Both Summer 
Street and the Newtown Road were let out as one contract 
to John J. Watkins of Amesbury, Mass. By letting both of 
these roads under the one contract we were able to get a 
much more favorable bid on this work. 

Article i26. The improvements on the Fire House at 
Acton Centre called for under this article have been com- 
pleted. The contract for this work was awarded to John 
Smith and Ellwyn Hollowell for the sum of $1,000. 

The very creditable work of improving the outside of the 
Acton Centre Fire House including the cement driveway and 
cement sidewalk has been done by the Acton Chemical Com- 
pany No. 1. Mr. Thomas F. Drummond was chairman of the 
committee who raised the money necessary for this work by 
public subscription. The Selectmen wish to take this op- 
portunity to again thank the Fire Company on behalf of the 
Town for this work. 

Article^ 27. The installation of the compressed air fire 
whistle has been completed in the South Acton Fire House. 
We wish here again to thank the members of the South 
Acton Fire Company who gave so much of their time to the 
work of installing this whistle. The committee in charge 
of this work were: Mr. George K. Hayward, Mr. Earl Hay- 
ward, Mr. Ralph Piper and the Selectmen. 

Acting under Article 29 the Selectmen have had the foun- 
tain formerly located in the centre of Quimby Square re- 
moved and have connected the water and installed a drink- 
ing fountain in the old stone trough on School Street. 

Article 32. The County Commissioners have relocated 



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the line of the highway at the southeast comer of Qiiimby 
Square. 

The new cement sidewalks which have been constructed 
in Acton Centre during the past year were made possible by 
the generosity of Mr. Augustine B. Gonant and we extend to 
him and to the other citizens who contributed in this work, 
the sincere appreciation of the people of Acton for this out- 
standing improvement. 

We feel that the financial condition of the Town is very 
favorable, largely due to the careful planning of the Finance 
Committee before making their recommendations to the 
Town and further to the co-operation which the towns- 
people have shown in following the recommendations of 
that committee. We now have a very reasonable tax rate 
and we feel sure that the business of our town can be prop- 
erly conducted without greatly increasing this tax rate, pro- 
viding this policy of careful planning and co-operation is 
continued. 

HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WALDO E. WHITGOMB. 



DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE 



To the citizens of the Town of Acton : 

We have rendered aid continuously through the year to 
two elderly persons who are being cared for in private fam- 
ilies. We also have another permanent case in the State 
hospital at Tewksbury. 

Two other families have received temporary aid, one re- 
siding in the town of Acton and one in the town of Littleton. 

HOWARD J. BILLINGS, 
WENDELL F. DAVIS, 
WALDO E. WHITGOMB. 



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Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 
Held March 10, 1930 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and 
committees and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Chose, Waldo E. Whitcomb, trustee of the Elizabeth 
White fund, for three years. 

Chose. H. Stuart, McGregor, trustee of the West Acton 
Fireman's Relief fund, for three years. i 

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

Voted: To fix the salary of the tax collector at three 
quarters of one percent of the amount collected, and to al- 
low an additional charge for expense of postage incurred in 
the collection of taxes. 

Voted: That the salary of the chairman of the select- 
men be two hundred dollars per annum and the other mem- 
bers one hundred dollars each per annum. ; 

A^oted: That the salary of the moderator be fifteen dol- 
lars for the annual meeting and ten dollars for other meet- 
ings. 

Voted: That the salary of the chairman of the board 
of public welfare be seventy-five dollars per annum and the 
other members forty dollars each per annum. 

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

Voted : That the salary of the town accountant be four 
hundred dollars per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the town clerk be two hun- 
dred dollars per annum. 

Voted : That the salaries of the assessors be nine hun- 
dred dollars, in the aggregate; per annum to be apportioned 
as they may determine, the said sum to include any salary 
of a clerk. 

Voted: That the selectmen be instructed to fix the 
salaries of all other town officers. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
several reports of the tow^n officers. 

Voted : To accept the reports of the several town of- 
ficers. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any 
committees chosen at any previous meeting that have not 
already reported. 

Mr. Howard J. Billings reported for the committee 
chosen to investigate the matter of claims on account of the 
accident to the school bus, at South Acton, April 27, 1928. 

The report of the committee, appointed to consider the 
matter of electric lighting in the town of Acton, was pre- 
sented as printed in the annual reports of town officers. 



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Voted: That the reports given be accepted as reports 
of progress. 

Article 4. To see what sum of money the town will 
appropriate to defray the necessary and usual expenses of 
the several departments of the town and determine how the 
same shall be raised. 

Under this article and other articles in the warrant it 
was voted to appropriate for: 

Roads, general maintenance $12,000.00 

Schools 45,000 . 00 

Street lighting 5,050 . 00 

Memorial library, current expenses 800.00 

Memorial library, books 200 . 00 

Hydrant service 2,959 . 00 

General government 5,000.00 

Buildings and grounds 800 . 00 

Cemeteries 1,200 . 00 

Military aid 200 . 00 

State aid 200.00 

Soldiers relief 500.00 

Police department 1,500.00 

Board of health 1,000 . 00 

Public welfare 2,500 . 00 

Snow removal 1,500 . 00 

Care of shade trees 500 . 00 

Unclassified 500 . 00 

Bonds (High school and others) 9,500.00 

Interest on bonds and notes 2,276 . 00 

Interest on revenue loans 2,300.00 

Memorial day 300 . 00 

Fire department maintenance 2,000.00 

Fire department, new hose 700.00 

Forest fires 500 . 00 

Gypsy moth work 1,250 . 00 

Liability insurance 500 . 00 

Treasurer's and collector's bonds 270.00 

Public health nurse 2,200 . 00 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300 . 00 

Claims, settlements 300 . 00 

Summer street, rebuilding 3,000.00 

Newton road, rebuilding 3,000.00 

Town Forest work 150 . 00 

Fire house, Acton Center alterations 1,000.00 

Fire whistle, South Acton 650.00 

High school, athletic field 3,500.00 

Town hall grounds 500 . 00 

Committee on tercentennial observance .. 100.00 

Quimby square, alterations 200 . 00 

$115,905.00 



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Voted: To appropriate $1,200.00 from the overlay 
surplus for a reserve fund. 

Voted : To instruct the assessors to deduct from the 

the amount required to he assessed the current year 

$10,000.00 on account of surplus revenut and the amount 

of all the estimated receipts of the town, except from loans 

and taxes. 

Article 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 hun- 
dred dollars, to be expended under the direction of a com- 
mittee consisting of the commander of Isaac Davis Post, 
G. A. R., the commander of the American Legion, and the 
chairman of the selectmen. 

Article 6. To see what action the town will take in re- 
gard to the collection of taxes. 

Voted : That all taxes, other than poll, shall be pay- 
able not later than October 15, 1930, and on all taxes re- 
maining unpaid after November 1, interest shall be charged 
at the rate of six percent per annum from October 15, 1930, 
initil such taxes are paid. 

Article 7. To see what sum of money the town will 
raise and appropriate for the maintenance of the fire de- 
partment or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate two thousand dollars 
for the maintenance of the fire department and seven hun- 
dred dollars for the purchase of new hose. 

Article 8. To see if the town will pay for fighting 
brush fires and fix the price thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate five hundred dollars, for fight- 
ing brush fires, and that the price per hour be fixed by the 
forest warden. 

Article 9. To see what action the town will take to- 
ward the suppression of the gypsy and brown tail moth. 

Voted : To appropriate $1,250.00 for moth work. 

Article 10. To see if the town will appropriate a sum 
of money to insure the employees of the town. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of five hundred dol- 
lars. 

Article 11. To see what amount of money the town 
will appropriate for the payment of premiums on the treas- 
uurer's and collector's bonds, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of two hundred and 
seventy dollars. 



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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, 1930, 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 rev- 
enue 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, 1930, 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 employ a 
public health nurse and appropriate a sum of money for the 
maintenance of the same. 

Voted : To employ a public health nurse to be under 
the direction of the board of health. 

Voted: To appropriate twenty-tw^o hundred dollars 
for the maintenance of said nurse. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $300.00, 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 Sectcions 40 to 45, Chapter 128, General Laws of Massa- 
chusetts. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of three hundred 
(300) dollars to be expended as stated in the article, and to 
instruct the selectmen to appoint a director. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to authorize 
the selectmen to sell any unused equipment of the different 
departments of the town, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the selectmen to sell any unused 
equipment of the different departments of the town. 

Article 16. To see if the town will appropriate the 
sum of three hundred dollars, or some other sum for the 
settlement of claims against the town and legal expenses in 
connection therewith, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of three hundred dol- 
lars for the settlement of claims against the town and legal 
expenses connected therewith. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to authorize 
the selectmen to have one street light placed at, or near the 
driveway of Herbert S. Davis, on Main street. 

Voted: To authorize the selectmen and the electric 



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light committee appointed in 1929, acting jointly, to have 
one street light placed at or near the driveway of Herbert 
S. Davis on Main street. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of three thousand (3,000) dollars, to rebuild Sum- 
mer street from Central street to the Boxboro line, provided 
a like sum is allotted the town by the State and a similar 
sum by the county of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of three thousand dol- 
lars to rebuild Summer street from Central street to the 
Boxboro. line, provided a like sum is alloted the town by the 
state and a similar sum by the county of Middlesex. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of three thousand (3,000) dollars, to rebuild New- 
town road from Main street to the Littleton line, provided 
a like sum is allotted the town by the state and a similar 
sum by the county of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of three thousand dol- 
lars to rebuild Newtown road from Main street to the Little- 
ton line, provided a like sum is allotted the town by the state 
and a similar sum by the county of Middlesex. 

Article 20. To see if the town will appropriate the 
sum of $150.00 for town forest work, or act anything there- 
on. 

Voted: To appropriate one hundred and fifty (150) 
dollars for town forest work. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
Board of Survey act, in accordance with Chapter 41, Section 
73 to 81 inclusive. General Laws, or act anything thereon. 

Voted to accept the provisions of Chapter 41, Sections 
73 to 81 inclusive of the General Laws, known as the Board 
of Survey act. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to appoint a 
committee, to present to the town, at next annual town 
meeting a tentative zoning map and laws, in accordance 
with Chapter 40, Section 25. General Laws, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: That a committee of seven be appointed by 
the moderator to consider the advisability of adopting the 
zoning laws, and also to consider the advisability of choos- 
ing a planning board to report to the town at the next an- 
nual meeting. 

The moderator appointed the committee, as follows: 
W. Stuart Allen, William H. Merriam. \Mlliam tlawitzer, 
Horace F. Tuttle, A. N. Hederstedt, George A. Richardson, 
Everett N. Montague. 

Article 23. To see if the town will appoint a planning 
board, in accordance with Chapter 41, Section 70, General 
Laws. 

This article was considered jointly with Article 22. 

See vote recorded under Article 22. 



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Article 24. To see if the town will vote to establish 
and maintain a street light on the pole opposite the Acton 
Motor Company, School street, West Acton, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : That the town maintain a street light opposite 
the Acton Motor Company garage. 

Voted: That the arrangements for installing such 
light be left with the selectmen and electric light commit- 
tee, acting jointly. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of two hundred dollars to buy new improved equip- 
ment for the fire truck, in precinct three, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of one thousand (1,000) dollars for 
the purpose of reconstructing the roof of the fire house at 
Acton Center, so as to provide a room on the second floor 
for firemen's meetings, or any other town purposes, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted, unanimously, to appropriate one thousand dol- 
lars for the purpose stated in the article. 

Article 27. To see if the town will appropriate six 
hundred and fifty dollars to install a compressed air whistle 
at the fire house in South Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate six hundred and fifty dollars 
for the purpose named in the article, provided an efficient 
w^histle can be installed for that sum. Voted, that the select- 
men and three members of the South Acton fire department 
to be chosen by the selectmen, be a committee to carry out 
this vote. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of thirty-five hundred dollars to de- 
velop the High school athletic field and grounds, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of thirty-five hundred 
dollars to develop the High school athletic field and grounds. 

Article 29. To see if the town will instruct the select- 
men, to remove the fountain located in the center of Quimby 
square and to connect water to the stone trough on School 
street, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : That the selectmen be authorized to remove 
the fountain in Quimby square and connect water to the 
stone trough on School street. 

Article 30. To see what action the town will take with 
regards to a tercentennial celebration. 

Voted: That the town accept the invitation of the 
town of Concord to participate in a tercentennial celebra- 
tion. Voted, to instruct the town clerk to notify the town 
of Concord of the acceptance of their invitation. 

Voted: That the selectmen, with Miss Charlotte 



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Conant, Arthur F. Blanchard and Frank A. Merriam be a 
committee to represent the town in all matters relating to 
said celebration. 

Voted: To appropriate one hundred dollars, for the 
use of the committee. 

Article 31. To see if the town will appropriate the 
sum of five hundred dollars to improve the ground for park- 
ing purposes around the town hall, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the matter be placed in the hands of the 
selectmen and that the sum of five hundred dollars be ap- 
propriated for the work. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote, to relocate 
the highway at the southeast corner of Quimby square and 
► appropriate a sum of money therefor, or act anything there- 
on. 

Voted: To instruct the selectmen to petition the 
County Commissioners to relocate the line of the highway, 
near or at the southeast corner of Quimby square. 

Article 33. To see what action the'town will take to- 
w^ard placing a raised triangular plot, in Quimby square, 
conforming to the three ways making them two-way streets 
from all angles, placing an underground wiring to a light or 
lights on a metal pole and otherwise reconditioning the 
square, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the matter be left discretionary with the 
selectmen with power to act. That two hundred dollars be 
appropriated to defray any expense incurred by the select- 
men in the matter. 



Proceedings of the Special Meeting, 
Held July 17,1930 

Article 1. To determine what action the town will 
take regarding the proposed application of the Boston Con- 
solidated Gas Company for a franchise to distribute gas in 
the town of Acton. 

Voted: That the selectmen be instructed to grant a 
franchise to the Boston Consolidated Gas Company to dis- 
tribute gas in the town of Acton. 

Voted: That the matter of requiring bonds and all 
matters relating to the laying of pipes in the streets of the 
town be left with the selectmen. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to maintain 
three hydrants, one opposite the residence of W. Stuart 
Allen on the State road; one on Davis road, between the 
residences of Luther Davis and Franklin E. Griffin and one 
near the buildings of Charlotte Conant on Lowell road. 

Voted: That the town maintain three hydrants, one 
opposite the residence of W. Stuart Allen on the State road; 



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one on Davis road, between the residences of Luther Davis 
and Franklin E. Griffin and one near the residence of 
Charlotte Gonant on Lowell road. 

Voted that thirty dollars be appropriated from the 
overlay surplus fund for the cost of service for the current 
year. 

Article 3. To see if the town will appropriate an ad- 
ditional sum of money for fighting brush fires. 

Voted: To appropriate four hundred dollars from the 
overlay surplus for expenses of fighting brush fires the 
current year. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to buy a piece 
of brush fire fighting equipment similar to that used and 
recommended by the State Forestry department and ap- 
propriate from the overlay surplus fund a sum of money 
therefor, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the selectmen, fire chief, the three fire 
engineers and forest warden be a committee to investigate 
the matter of equipment for fighting brush fires, with au- 
thority to purchase. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 from the 
overlay surplus fund therefor. 



STATE ELECTION, 

November 4, 1930 

Party designations: D, Democrat; S. L., Socialist La- 
bor; G, Gommunist Party; S, Socialist Party and R, Repub- 
lican Party. Whole number of ballots cast, 904. 

GOVERNOR 

Prec't 1 Prec't 2 Prec't 3 Total 

John W. Aiken, S. L 4 1 4 9 

Frank G. Allen, R 204 219 268 691 

Harry J. Ganter G 

Joseph B. Ely, D 41 88 60 189 

Alfred Baker Lewis, S 1 1 1 3 

Blanks 1 4 7 12 

LIEUTENANT-GOVBBNOR 

Strabo V. Glaggett, D 35 84 52 171 

Maria G. Gorreia, G 

Stephen J. Surridge, S. L. . . . 2 2 

Edith M. Williams, S 1 1 2 

William Sterling Youngman,R 207 212 271 690 

Blanks 8 16 15 3^ 



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SECRETARY 

Daniel T. Blessington, S. L. . . 

Frederick W. Cook, R 202 

Albert Sprague Goolidge, S. . 2 

James W. Dawson, G 

Chester J. O'Brien, D 32 

Blanks 15 

TREASURER 

Fred Jefferson Burrell, R. . . . 173 

Eva Hoffman. C 1 

Charles F. Hurley, D 58 

Walter F. Hiitchins, S 2 

Charles S. Oram. S. L 

. Blanks 17 

AUDITOR 

Alonzo B. Cook, R 189 

Harry Fieldman, S 1 

Francis X. Hurley, D 40 

Albert Oddie, C 

Fred E. Oelcher, S. L. . . ,'. . . 

Blanks 21 

ATTORNEY GENERAL 

Morris I. Becker, S. L 1 

John W. Janhonen, C 

John Weaver Sherman, S. . . 1 

Harold W. Sullivan, D 33 

Joseph E. Warner, R 207 

Blanks 9 



SENATOR IN CONGRESS 

W^illiam M. Butler, R 191 

Marcus A. Goolidge, D 52 

Oscar Kinsalas, S. L 

Max Lerner, G 

Sylvester J. McBride, S 2 

Blanks 6 

CONGRESSMAN 

Joseph M. Halloran, D 28 

Edith Nourse Rogers, R 213 

Blanks 10 

COUNCILLOR 

Esther M. Andrews, R 198 

Henry W. Brett, D 30 

Blanks 23 












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SENATOR 

Paul A. Mogan, D . 42 83 51 176 

George G. Moyse, R 188 199 256 643 

Blanks 21 31 33 85 

REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT 

Karl M. Perham, D 45 78 43 166 

Louis Pfeiffer, R 179 199 259 637 

Blanks 27 36 38 101 

DISTRRIGT ATTORNEY 

Warren L. Bishop, R 197 199 261 657 

John F. Daly, D 31 72 41 144 

Blanks 23 42 38 103 

REGISTER OF PROBATE AND INSOLVENCY 

John J. Butler, D 31 73 49 153 

Toring P. Jordan, R 191 191 247 629 

Blanks 29 49 44 122 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER 

Erson B. Barlow, R 196 180 253 629 

Robert F. Donovan, D 26 73 46 145 

Blanks 29 60 41 130 

ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONERS 

E. Perry Johnson, D 24 57 34 115 

John M. Keyes, R 171 175 234 580 

John J. Noreau, D 19 51 21 91 

Melvin G. Rogers, R 135 143 192 470 

Blanks 153 200 199 552 

COUNTY TREASURER 

J. Frank Facey, D 26 68 42 136 

Charles E. Hatfield, R 180 173 248 601 

Blanks 45 72 50 167 

QUESTION NO. 1 

Proposed amendment to the Constitution relative to 
apportionment of Senatorial, Representative and Councillor 
districts. 

Yes 87 101 109 297 

No 41 47 45 133 

Blanks 123 165 186 474 

QUESTION NO. 2 

Relative to repeal of State Volstead act. 

Yes 82 125 118 325 

No 134 131 151 416 

Blanks 35 57 71 163 



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QUESTION NO. 3 

Relative to trapping animals. 

Yes 118 141 161 420 

No 85 96 98 279 

Blanks 48 76 81 205 

VOTE FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE 11th MIDDLESEX 
DISTRICT, NOV. 4, 1930 

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Karl M. Perham, of Chelmsford, 166 156 62 1286 113 384 2167 

Louis Pfeifeer, of Bedford 637 436 107 908 329 446 2863 

Blanks 1 01 59 17 129 39 85 430 

Total 904 651 186 2323 481 915 5460 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



Births 

Whole number recorded 41 

Born in Acton 8 Native parentage .... 29 

Males 27 Foreign parentage ... 3 

Females 14 Mixed parentage 9 

Marriages 

Whole number recorded 27 

Residents of Acton ... 36 Residents other places 18 

Deathis 

Whole number recorded 41 

Residents of Acton . . 37 Residents other places 4 

Occurring in Acton . . 32 Occurring other places 9 

Average age in years 62 plus 

The town clerk requests information of any errors op 
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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May 


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Deaths Registered in 1930 

Age 
Name Yrs. Mos. Days 

Amico, Salvatore 54 

Brown, James Augustus . . 76 6 8 

Bumpus, Catherine S 85 11 25 

Butler, Horace Bert 50 

Gahill, Michael 72 7 14 

Gobleigh, Alfred Jerden .... 4 16 

Cook, David 64 8 1 

Crocker, Charles 64 6 9 

Dike, Fanny L 70 4 . . 

Flagg, Roland Crosby 27 4 10 

Gagnon, Robert S 13 8 21 

Garceau, Joseph August ... 4 3 3 

Holton, Charles J 66 2 25 

Jones, Elizabeth 96 4 8 

Jones, Emma Estella 76 7 21 

King, Ethelyn Lois 19 3 20 

Maker, Elizabeth 72 8 5 

Marsh, Amelia E 82 10 5 

McCarthy, Mary McElhgott 69 5 9 

Packard, Marion Inez .... 67 1 1 

Parker, George Bethone . . 92 6 29 

Penney, John Clovis 78 8 19 

Porter, Alice Eliza 81 1 24 

Pope, Benjamin 72 11 1 

Bobbins, Solon A 82 10 15 

Richardson, Ellen S 81 4 23 

Sanborn, Eunice Loretta . . 75 . . 24 

Schofield, Ronald Dayson . . 1 5 17 

Schnair, Leah 62 8 10 

Shapley, Carrie Luella .... 62 3 1 

Sheehan, Catherine 81 3 19 

Spinney, Everett 62 3 26 

Taplin, Guy L 50 . . . . 

Taylor, William Stearns .. . 36 6 16 

Turner, George Clinton ... 86 9 1 

Watson, Joseph 81 4 3 

Whitcomb, Mary Houghton 78 

Wolff, Herman 59 9 26 

Wolff, Mary Walker 50 5 . . 



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Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1930 



Allard, Moses $2. 

Allen, John F 2. 

Armburg, Fred 2. 

Alt, Julia 2. 

Bancroft, G. A 5. 

Batchelder, Walter I. 2. 
Baxter, Miriam F. . . . 2. 
Bedford, Mrs. A. E. . . 2. 

Bennett, L. W 2. 

Berglind, Edward E. . 2. 
Berglind, John E. ... 2. 
Berry, James N 2. 

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Brown, 

Brown, 

Bulette. 

Biisch, 

Butler, 

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Berry, Ethel M 

Blaisdell, Lucile . . . . 
Blanchard. Webster S 
Bondelvitch, Walter . 
Booker. John .... 
Bowen, Bobert M. 
Bowman, Herbert E. 
Bradford. F. W. R. 
Bradbury, Rolfe . 
Brothen, Arne . . . 
Brill, Fred E. . . . 
Brown, J. A 

Robert . . . 

Evelyn L. . 
Frank W\ 

Edward . . 

Mrs. H. B. 
Hazel . . 
Caldwell. Margaret 
Gahill, William . . 
GhafTm, Nancv S. . 
Charter, W^ W. . 
Charles, Florence f 
Cheney, Edward . 
Christofferson, Allen 
Clark, 0. L. ..... 

Claflin, Leon N. . . 
Clifford, Albert . . 
Condon, Timothy . 
Conant, Charlotte 
Coombs. George J 
Costello, Edward 
Goughlin, Genevie\ 
Coughlin. Harold J 
Greeley Estate . . . 
Crocker, Charles . 
Curlev, Thomas . . 



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Davis, Charles E. . . .14.00 

Davis, Wendell F. . . . 5.00 

Davis, H. S 4.00 

Davis, Warren A. & Son 5.00 

Densmore, Joseph A. . 4.00 

DeSousa, Joseph J. . . 2.00 
DiGiacomandrea, Nico- 

lo 5.00 

Drummond. Thomas F. 2.00 

Durkee, G. A 5.00 

Durkee, Raymond F. . 2.00 

Duren, Delta B 2.00 

Edney, Charles F. . . . 2.00 

Enneguess, Michael . . 4.00 

Evans, John H 7.00 

Farrar. Frank B 2.00 

Farrar, J 2.00 

Ferguson, Robert C. . 2.00 

Fisher, Charles 2.00 

Finan, Bertha C 5.00 

Flagg, Alden 4.00 

Fletcher, GharUe J. . . 2.00 

Fletcher, John L 7.00 

Foley, Patrick 2.00 

Freeman, Mathew . . . 4.00 

Freeman, Richard . . . 5.00 

French. G. H 2.00 

Frost, Alan B 5.00 

Fullonton, L. T 2.00 

Gallant. Mildred .... 4.00 

Gallant. Minnie P. . . . 2.00 

Gagnon. John B 2.00 

Garceau, Jean B 5.00 

Gibbs, Harriet E. . . . 2.00 

Goodwin, Martin F. . . 2.00 

Green, Catherine .... 2.00 

Griffin, Franklin E. . . 7.00 

Hall, Mary F 2.00 

Harrison,' B. M 6.00 

Hart, Mrs. Nelson . . . 2.00 

Harvey, Lucretia H. . . 7.00 

Hayes! Michael G. ... 4.00 

Haynes, Albert L. . . . 2.00 

Havward, George K. . 2.00- 

Hicks, Albert J 2.00 

Hilliard, John A 2.00 

Holbrook, F. A 4.00 

Holden, F. H 2.00 

Howard. Clarence R. . 2.00 



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Howe, Leonard . . . . 

Howe, 0. H 

Hurley, James J. . . 
Jaloiien, Arthur . . . 

Jensen, Peter 

Jones, A. G 

Jones, Howard F. . . 

Jones, Hugh M 

Jones, Warren H. . . 

Kane, Walter E. . . . 

Kasokas, William . . 

Kelley, Julia T. . . . 

King, P3enjamin . . . . 

Kilmartin, W. T. . . 

Knowlton, Samuel E. 

Laffin, Ormal S. R. . . 

Laffin, Sidney 

LaRoche, Arthur . . . 

Larsen, Jorgen .... 

Lears, William .... 

LeClare, Omar 

Littlefield, Ralph . . . 

Livermore, W. J. . . . 

Lowden, E. Philip . . 

Marsh, A. W 

MacGregor, Ida 

MacGregor, Stuart . , 

MacKinnon, F. R. . . . 

Mason, Roger 

Massie, William, Jr. . 

Mayell, Ruth 

Maynes, Everett M. . . 

McCarthy, Leo 

McGovern, John . . . . 
McLaughlin, Joseph . . 

Mel, Eleanor 

Merriam, Harold . . . . 
Morehouse, Mrs. G. F. 
Montague, Everett N. . 

Morse, Leonard 

Morrison, Frederick D 

Munn, William 

Murgatroyd, James . . 
Newell, Dorothy .... 

Newell, L. F 

Noterman, Emile .... 

Olsen, Peter, Jr 

O'Neil, James 

Packard, James M. . . 
Paskiewicz, Stanley . . 
Pederson, John 



. 2.00 
. 2.00 
. 2.00 
. 4.00 
. 2.00 
. 2.00 
. 2.00 
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. 7.00 
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25.00 
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5.00 
2.00 
2.00 
4.00 
2.00 
4.00 
2.00 
2.00 
10.00 
2.00 
9.00 
2.00 
2.00 
5.00 
2.00 
5.00 
2.00 
2.00 
5.00 



Penney, D. F 4.00 

Penney, John 2.00 

Penniman, Leonard . . 2.00 
Perkins A. Hazelton . . 2.00 

Perry, Antonio 2.00 

Phillips, Andrew 2.00 

Pope, Bessie N 6.00 

Porter, Fannie T. . . . 4.00 
Powers, Edwin L. . . . 2.00 

Pratt, Edward F 2.00 

Pratt, Herbert T. . . . 2.00 

Price, Louise M 4.00 

Rafuse, Edith M 2.00 

Rawitzer, William . . . 4.00 
Rayner, Dorothy .... 2.00 

Reed, G. Howard 10.00 

Reed, Otis J 2.00 

Reid, Robert A. 3d . . 2.00 
Reynolds, Arthur .... 2.00 
Reynolds, Harold R. . . 2.00 
Reynolds, Jesse G. . . . 2.00 
Richardson, Geo. A. . . 2.00 
Roche, Francis B. . . . 5.00 
Robbins, Freeman W. 2.00 

Robbins, Paul G 2.00 

Russell, Emma F. . . . 2.00 

Rugg, George 2.00 

Sanborn, Everett R. . . 2.00 
Sawyer, Benjamin H. 2.00 
Schofield, Harris G. . . 5.00 

Scott, T. A 4.00 

Sebastian, Josephine E. 2.00 

Shapley, Eva G 2.00 

Sherman, Gladys .... 2.00 
Sherman, Jacob .... 5.00 
Sisson, George T. . . .12.00 

Smith, Ralph 2.00 

Soar, Henry 2.00 

Spinney, E. R 2.00 

Spinney, Alice L 2.00 

Starck, Gecil 2.00 

• Stearns, Margery E. . . 2.00 
Stevens, Woodburg . . 2.00 

Stiles, Frank L 5.00 

Stokes, William 2.00 

Stoney, Mrs. Reginald 2.00 
Swanson, Oscar .... 2.00 

Sylvia, E. W 2.00 

Taylor, Spencer H. . . 2.00 

Todd, Ethel 10.00 

Terrio, Ephraim .... 5.00 



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Tolman, Wilbur .... 

Tracy, Alfred 

Tripp, Horatio W. . . . 
Tucker, George S., Jr. 
Tucker, Lawrence I. . 
Turner, George G. . . . 
Tuttle, George F. . . . 

Tuttle, Horace G 

Vila, Maud 

Waite. F. A 

229 licenses at $2.00 
41 licenses at $5.00 . 
2 licenses at $25.00 



5.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
2.00 
5.00 



Watkins. John H 4.00 

Weaver, George T. ..25.00 
Whitcomb, Fred S. . . 4.00 

W^hitnev, GoraA 2.00 

Wlllett,^GharlesE. . . . 2.00 

Wise, Glenna 2.00 

Wood, Mrs. H. L 2.00 

Wood, Oliver D 2.00 

Woodworth. Randall N. 2.00 
Young, David E 2.00 



$458.00 

205.00 

50.00 



Deduct fees — 272 licenses at 20c each 



Due county treasurer, 1929 account 



$713.00 
54.40 

$658.60 
10.20 

$668.80 



May 21, 1930- 
Nov. 15, 1930- 



Paid county treasurer 
-Paid county treasurer 



Dec. 31, 1930 — Due county treasurer 



$167.40 

499.60 

1.80 



$668. 8a 



NOTICE 

All dog licenses here listed expire March 31, 1930. 

Dogs must be licensed on or before April 1st or the 
owners or keepers thereof are liable to a fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three months old or over, 
regardless of time of year ownership is acquired. 

No tax bills are sent to owners of dogs. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk.. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 



Year Ending December 31, 1930 

Gash on hand $18,656.26 

Received from State Treasurer: 

Income of Mass. School fund 1,909.84 

Income tax, 1929 650.00 

Tuition of children 151.76 

Income tax, 1929 266.30 

Income tax B, 1929 286.58 

Income tax P. S., 1929 .63 

National Bank tax, 1927 .31 

National Bank tax, 1929 .27 

Trust Go. tax, 1928 .25 

Loss of land taxes 463.00 

Shirley School, hose reel 14.70 

Corporation tax P. S 798.73 

Corporation tax, business 3,998.40 

Income tax 12,000.00 

Income tax, educational 3,610.00 

National Bank tax 110.25 

Trust Company tax 131.37 

Military aid 15.00 

State aid 246.00 

Veterans exemption 25.46 

■Corporation tax P. S., 1929 ,24 

Corporation tax P. S., 1930 14.87 

Corporation tax, business 624.16 

Highway department 797.29 

Highway department 1.500.00 

Highway department 370.00 

Highway department 1,000.00 

Highway department 1,086.04 

Highway department 1,600.00 

Highway department 1,130.00 

Highway department 2,313.96 

Highway department 4,300.00 

County treasurer: 

Dog tax 538.19 

Highway department 628.63 

Highway department 168.66 

Highway department 370.00 



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Highway department 1,000.00 

Highway department 1,086.04 

Highway department 1,130.00 

Highway department 2,313.96 

Highway department 1,600.00 

Miscellaneous receipts: 

H. F. Tuttle, cemetery lots 45.00 

F. W. Greene, cemetery lots 20.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 57.57 

Boston & Maine Railroad, use of roller 36.00 

Director of Standards - 8.00 

Insurance, rebate on roller 6.75 

Fanny Polep, tax acct 546.12 

H. G. Holland, adv 2.20 

Boston & Maine Railroad, grass fires 122.55 

J. E. Starbuck. old watering trough 10.00 

Geo. W. Daniels Estate ^ 44.30 

F. Stewart & Son, use of roller 10.00 

F. W. Green, loam sold 31.50 

F. W. Green, rent of lowering device 36.00 

Tow^n of Concord, Nagog tax acct 25.12 

First National Bank, Ayer, loan 25,000.00 

Nurses collections 236.50 

Library, fines 70.75 

Bank interest, Ayer 235.67 

Court fines (Middlesex Central) 533.50 

First National Bank, Ayer, loan 20,000.00 

Hall rent 189.00 

School tuition, Boxboro 2,516.19 

School tuition, Framingham 141.75 

School tuition, Hamilton 12.21 

Licenses for pasturizing milk 20.00 

Alcohol licenses 12.00 

Licenses, Selectmen 42.00 

John W. Healy fund, transfer 233.70 

Cemetery account, transfer 1,403.75 

Cemetery surplus account, transfer 83.50 

Library account, transfer 588.80 

19th of April account, transfer 119.95 

L. Blanchard fund, transfer 30.50 

First National Bank, Ayer, loan 25,000.00 

Edison Electric 111. Co., rebate 19.38 



$125,739.15 

Received of Chas. A. Durkee. collector: 

1928 taxes $15,451.58 

1929 taxes 16,996.72 

1930 taxes 53,251.20 



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1929 Excise taxes 2,024.67 

1930 Excise taxes 5.468.54 

Bank interest 162.50 

1927 interest 5.95 



?93,361.16 



Total $237,758.57 

Paid selectmen's orders 219,866.34 



Balance on hand $17,892.23 

FBANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Outstanding Notes and Bonds 

Note No. 100, Lowell road, due July, 1931 $2,000.00 

Note No. 105, Fire House, due October, 1931 . . 700.00 

Note No. 109, Lowell road, due Nov., 1931 . . 700.00 

Note, Anticipation revenue, due Dec, 1931 . . 25,000.60 

High School bonds, due 1931 5,000.00 

High School bonds, due 1932 to 1945 40.000.00 



Elizabeth White Fund 

Principal fund $25,000.00 

Unexpended balance 3,033.88 

Received interest: 

Gharlestown Five Gent Savings 100.00 

Athol Savings bank 95.20 

Amherst Savings bank 100.00 

Andover Savings bank 100.00 

Marlboro Savings bank 100.00 

Waltham Savings bank 100.00 

Worcester Five Gent Savings 100.00 

North Middlesex Savings 100.00 

Middlesex Savings bank 100.00 

Lowell Inst. Savings 90.00 

East Gambridge Savings 100.00 

Lawrence Savings bank 95.00 

Worcester North Savings 50.00 

Athol Savings, accumulated interest 8.33 

Trustees order No. 85, returned 75.00 

Trustees order No. 90, part returned 140.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 109.29 

$29,596.70 



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Paid trustees orders $1,250.00 

Gash Athol Savings bank 2,000.00 

Andover Savings bank 2,000.00 

North Middlesex Savings 2,000.00 

East Cambridge Savings 2,000.00 

Marlboro Savings 2,000.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent 2,000.00 

Lawrence Savings 2,000.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings 2,000.00 

Amherst Savings 2,000.00 

Worcester Five Gent 2,000.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent 2,000.00 

Lowell Inst, for Savings 2,000.00 

Worcester North Savings 1,000.00 

Hudson Savings, income 1,000.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, income 2,346.70 



$29,596.70 



FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Cemetery Funds ) 

Principal funds $33,641.65 

Unexpended balance 4,140.50 

$37,782.15 

Transferred to Luke Blanchard fund $1,325.81 

$36,456.34 
Received for perpetual care: 

Jonathan P. Fletcher lot $100.00 

Adelbert Mead lot 200.00 

L. U. Holt lot 100.00 

William S. Jones lot 100.00 

Moses Taylor lot 150.00 

Glarence N. Goward lot 100.00 

John Sherman Hoar lot 100.00 

Edwin M. Wheeler lot 100.00 

WilHam F. Hale lot 100.00 

Abram H. Jones lot 100.00 

Thomas J. Owen lot 50.00 

Asaph Merriam lot 100.00 

Agnes J. Nagle lot 100.00 

George W. Holbrook lot 100.00 

Tena Bassett Merrill lot 100.00 

$1,600.00 



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Income from interest on : 

Water bonds $174.00 

Warren Inst, for Savings 109.17 

Home Savings bank 50.00 

East Cambridge 100.00 

Boston Five Gent 95.00 

Suffolk Savings 135.00 

Worcester North Savings 100.00 

Worcester Five Gent 75.00 

Marlboro Savings 50.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent 75.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent 75.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent 12.50 

Gharlestown Five Gent 15.00 

Athol Savings 18.19 

No. Middlesex Savings 103.26 

Maynard Trust Go 163.25 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 144.36 

Gentral Savings, Lowell 45.50 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 221.64 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 36.30 

$1,798.17 

Transferred to surplus acct $276.37 



$1,521.80 
$39,578.14 



Paid cash: 



Town of Acton, care of lots $1,403.75 

Lowell Gentral Savings 1,000.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 2,875.00 

No. Middlesex Institution 2,200.00 

Maynard Trust Go 3,228.96 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 728.25 

Warren Inst, for Savings . 2,200.00 

East Cambridge Savings 2,000.00 

Marlboro Savings 1,000.00 

Boston Five Gent Savings 2,000.00 

Worcester North Savings 2,000.00 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

Worcester Five Gent Savings 1,500.00 

Suffolk Savings 3,000.00 

Athol Savings 1,050.00 

W & S. Water District bonds 4,200.00 

Hudson Savings 450.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent Savings 1,500.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent Savings 1,500.00 



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Gharlestovvn Five Gent Savings 300.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent Savings 250.00 

Assabet Inst, for Savings 4,192.18 

$39,578.14 
Cemetery Surplus Account 

Principal fund $067.29 

Assabet Inst, for Savings, interest 32.79 

Transferred from cemetery account 276.37 

$976.45 

Paid : 
Town of Acton $83.50 

Gash: 
Assabet Inst, for Savings 892.95 

$976.45 
Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 

Principal $1,325.81 

Received : 

Warren Inst, for Savings 2.93 

Warren Inst, for Savings 1 .97 

Mass. Savings bank 39.68 

Gharlestown Five Gent 11.53 

Gharlestown Five Gent 5.17 

$1,387.09 

Paid : 

Town of Acton, care of lots $30.50 

Gash : 

Warren Inst, for Savings 82.90 

Mass. Savings bank 975.64 

Gharlestown Five Gent Savings 214.89 

Gharlestown Five Gent Savings 83.16 

$1,387.09 
FRANK W. HOIT. 

Treasurer. 

Nineteenth of April Fund 

Principal fund $322.14 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings, interest 16.30 

$338.44 

Paid : 
Town of Acton $119.95 

Gash: 
Middlesex Inst, for Savings 218.49 

$338.44 
FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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Fireman's Relief Fund 

Principal fund $454.56 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings, interest 22.98 



$477.54 

Gash Middlesex Inst, for Savings $477.54 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



Wilde IVIemorial Library Fund 

Principal fund $9,000.00 

Susan Augusta & Luther Gonant fund 1,000.00 

Hiram J. Hapgood fund 200.00 

Luke Tuttle fund 200.00 

John W. Heald fund 1,050.70 

Unexpended balance 158.36 

Received interest: 

Home Savings bank $50.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 50.63 

Lowell Gity Inst, for Savings 45.50 

Gharlestown Five Gent Savings 151.88 

Mass. Savings bank 48.06 

Warren Inst, for Savings 101.25 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings, Heald fund 40.78 

West Shore Railroad bond 40.00 

Maynard Trust Go 28.13 

$12,165.29 

Paid : 

Town of Acton, Heald fund $233.70 

Town of Acton, Book account 588.80 

Gash: 

Home Savings bank 1,000.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings 1,000.00 

Lowell Gity Inst, for Savings 1,000.00 

Gharlestown Five Gent Savings 3,000.00 

Mass. Savings bank 1,000.00 

Warren Inst." for Savings 2,000.00 

Middlesex Inst, for Savings, Heald fund 817.00 

West Shore Railroad bond 1,000.00 

Maynard Trust Go 400.00 

Maynard Trust Go., balance 125.79 



$12,165.29 



FRANK W. HOIT, 

Treasurer. 



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GOODNOW FUND 

For the Year Ending Dececmber 31 , 1 930 



INVESTMENTS 

Warren Insitution for Savings $1,409.20 

Charlestown Five Gents Savings bank 1,000.00 

City Institution for Savings, Lowell 1,000.00 



$1,409.20 
RECEIPTS 

Warren Institution for Savings $69. 80 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings bank 50 . 00 

City Institution for Savings 45.00 



$164.80 
PAYMENTS 

Ella L. Miller, treasurer of the Evangelical 

church in Acton $125 . 00 

Fred W. Green, care of Goodnow lot. Wood- 
lawn cemetery 10 . 00 

Added to savings deposit 29.80 

$164.80 

CHARLOTTE CONANT, 
CHARLES E. SMITH, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



The trustees have signed orders to the treasurer for 
twelve hundred and fifty dollars ($1,250.00) for the year 
ending December 31, 1930. 

These orders have been given after investigating and 
finding each person to be needy and worthy of help from 
this trust fund. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WARREN H. JONES, 
WILLIAM H. KINGSLEY, 
WALDO E. WHITCOMR, 
Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT 



Buildings, exclusive of land . . .$2,439,500.00 

Land 721,045.00 

Personal 568,860 . 00 

$3,729,405.00 

Valuation, April 1, 1930 $3,590,316.00 

Increase in valuation $139,089.00 

Rate of taxation $22.40. 

Tax assessed as follows: 

Real estate $70,796 . 20 

Personal estate 12,742 . 50 

Polls 1,666.00 

$85,204.70 
Amount of money raised: 

State tax $3,500 . 00 

State highway tax 1,573 . 20 

Snow removal tax 388 . 33 

County tax 5,283 . 64 

County tuberculosis tax 340. 86 

Town grant 71,664 . 50 

Overlay 2,454.17 

$85,204.70 
December assessment: 
Land $550.00 

$550.00 
Tax assessed as follows: 

Real estate $12.32 

Polls 28.00 

$40.32 
Number of motor vehicles assessed, 1,127. 

Total valuation of motor vehicles $380,100.00 

Rate of taxation, $29.12. 

Total tax assessed $8,512.34 

WARREN H. JONES, 
ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
HENRY L. HAYNES, 

Assessors. 



SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith siibmith my report of work done in your town 
last year, outside of the ordinary maintenance,' such as 
scraping, dragging, surface repairs and packing. 

Work done other than general maintenance : 

Surface treatment of 45 percent asphaltic oil applied on 
the following streets: Arlington, Central, Ghadwick, Davis 
road, Davis terrace, Brooks, Liberty, Main, Martin, Maple, 
Pope, Prospect, Quimby, School (S. A.), School (W. A., 
Stow, Straw^berry Hill, Willow, High, Hosmer, W^right ter- 
race, Nagog Hill road. Maple avenue, Woodbury lane, Tay- 
lor, Harris, Church, Winsor avenue, Sudbury road. Ester- 
brook road. 

Surface treatment with tarvia B, Concord road, Mass. ave- 
nue, Pearl street, Winsor avenue. Central street. School 
street (S. A.) ^ 

Surface treatment with 85 percent asphaltic: Central 
street. 

Other work done: 
High street — 1375 feet gravel. 
Sudbury road — 550 feet gravel. 
Concord street — 990 feet gravel. 
Parker street — 1250 feet gravel. 
Wetherbee street — 350 feet gravel. 
Pope road — 1400 feet gravel. 
Strawberry Hill — 400 feet gravel. 
Esterbrook road — 500 feet gravel. 
Davis road — 500 feet gravel. 
Carlisle road — 1100 feet gravel. 
Harris street — 800 feet gravel. 
Maple avenue — 400 feet gravel. 
Taylor street — 1400 feet gravel. 
MaVtin street — 300 feet gravel. 
Nashoba road — 800 feet gravel. 
Charter road — 350 feet gravel. 
Elm street — 100 feet gravel. 
Prospect street — 400 feet gravel. 
Winsor avenue — 600 feet gravel. 
Fort Pond road — 200 feet gravel. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. H. PERKINS, 
Superintendent of Streets. 



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REPORT OF BOARD OF HEALTH 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1930 



Burial permits issued in Acton 32 

Burial permits of non-residents 16 

Burial permits of residents who died in other towns . . 9 

List of contagious diseases reported by Board of Health 
January 1, 1930, to January 1, 1931 : 

Measles 7 

Chicken pox 4 

Tuberculosis 1 

12 

Deaths None 

Your board would recommend that $1,000.00 be appro- 
priated for the use of the board for the present year. 

ACTON BOARD OF HEALTH. 

C. A. DURKEE, Agent. 



HEALTH NURSE 



Tothe Board of Health: 

Fees collected $236 . 50 

Number of Metropolitan cases 208 

Number of John Hancock calls 21 

Number of town calls 165 

Number of non-pay calls 240 

Number of Child Welfare calls 400 

Number of Social Service calls 320 

/ Respectfully submitted, 

•' LILLIAN E. FROST, R. N. 



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POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen — I herewith submit my report of arrests 
made for the year ending December 31, 1930: 

Drunkenness 14 

Drunkenness and operating under the influence of liquor 2 

Accessory to abortion 1 

Non-support 1 

18 
Respectfully submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY, 

Chief of Police. 

INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of the Town of Acton: 

I herewith submit my report as inspector of animals for 
the year 1930: 

Cows 438 

Young cattle 152 

Swine 377 

Sheep 16 

Goats 7 

Bulls 18 

Quarantined six cows for tuberculosis. Quarantined 
seven dogs under suspicion for rabies. 

, Respectfully submitted, 

FRED S. WHITGOMB, 

Inspector. 

INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of the Town of Acton : 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1930: 

Inspected : 

Gattle 4 

Hogs 7 

Sheep 13 

Veals 52 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES KINSLEY, Inspector. 



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EXTENSION SERVICE 



The following is a report of the work of the Middlesex 
County Extension Service as developed in the town of Acton 
for the year 1930. 

In agriculture, a large number of requests were received 
for help with individual problems, 68 of these visits being 
made. Assistance has been given the County Poultry Asso- 
ciation which has held its meetings in the town of Acton. 
Judges were furnished the Acton fair and the assistance of 
the agents given wherever desired. A spray equipment 
demonstration meeting was held at the farm of Ralph Piper 
and attended by a large number of local people. 

Four groups of homemakers represented Acton in Exten- 
sion Service work during the year. Eighty different women 
were enrolled in the study of the greater use of vegetables 
and finished the project 100 percent. These women in turn 
passed on the information to 371 homemakers who were 
unable to attend the meetings. Mrs. Stuart Allen, Mrs. 
Eugene Hall, Mrs. Charles Edney and Mrs. E, H. Hallowell 
assisted greatly in the development of these projects. A 
large number of local women were also interested in the 
improvment of home grounds and several meetings were 
held in this project. A specialist from the Massachusetts 
Agricultural College assisted in a community project in 
West Acton. A small group of homemakers from Acton at- 
tended a series of meetings in child guidance held in the 
town of Westford. 

In Boys' and Girls' 4-H club work 52 were enrolled in 
garden, clothing, poultry, handicraft and food clubs. Mr. 
and Mrs. Charles Edney, Mrs. R. P. Stoney and Miss Edith 
Taylor served as local Teaders. Wallace Sims was awarded 
first prize in the Middlesex North Agricultural Society 
garden contest and also received second prize in the county- 
wide contest. James Edney won prizes in poultry judging 
at the Boston Poultry Show. Joseph Perry, Dorothy Coombs, 
Mary Ward and Alfred Gilbert were awarded a Two Day 
Trip to the Massachusetts Agricultural College for doing 
outstanding club work. Local boys and girls attended the 
Bedford rally of 4-H club members and ''The Square Work- 
ers Handicraft Club" won three of the six special ribbons 
awarded. The junior department of the Acton Fair was 
assisted in a general way and the boys and girls made this 
one of the largest exhibits ever held at the fair. 

Seven educational motion picture shows were given to a 
total attendance of 908. 



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A campaign to eradicate rats from farm and home build- 
ings was carried on on a county-wide basis and a great many 
of the poison baits were distributed in Acton. 

Many local people took part in the several county-wide 
meetings held during the year, such as the county picnic at 
Wayside Inn, Sudbury, and the Homemakers' Day at Lex- 
ington. 

There will be no appropriation this year for the support 
of the Middlesex County Extension Service because the 
County Commissions have signified their willingness to sup- 
port the work. 

HARLAN E. TUTTLE. Director. 



BY-LAWS 



The following articles are intended as additional articles 
to the Town of Acton by-laws, under the head of Fire De- 
partment (Section 5.) 

Article 4. Any person driving or operating, or in charge 
of a vehicle, upon the highway, shall, when being ap- 
proached or about to be overtaken by fire apparatus whi-le 
responding to an alarm of fire, shall slow down and bear to 
the extremen right-hand side of the highway, that such ap- 
paratus may have ample room to pass. 

Article 5. No person operating a motor vehicle shall fol- 
low within 200 feet of any piece of fire apparatus, while 
responding to or returning from a fire. 

Article 6. No person operating or in charge of a vehicle, 
shall stop, park or let stand such vehicle upon the highway 
within 300 feet from a fire, whether the fire department has 
arrived or not. 

Article 7. No member of the fire department shall be 
exempted from observing the above articles, 4, 5 and 6. 

Article 8. The forest warden shall have charge and gen- 
eral supervision over all socalled "forest fire" equipment 
owned by the town. 

Article 9. No piece of fire apparatus shall answer a call 
for aid from out-of-town without the consent of a member 
of the Board of Selectmen, the chief of the fire department 



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or one of the precinct engineers. After the consent of any 
one of the above mentioned olficers has been granted, not 
more than one piece of apparatus shall respond. 

Article 10. Article 9 shall not apply to the forest-fire 
fighting equipment in which case the forest warden, or one 
of his deputies, shall give consent to respond to a call for 
aid out of town. 

Article 11. Any town calling for and receiving aid from 
the Acton fire department, shall not be charged with any 
expense for same, providing the town calling for aid has 
fire apparatus of equal efficiency, the aid of which they may 
return. 

Article 12. Any town that does not have an organized 
fire department and who do not own efficient fire apparatus, 
who asks for and receives aid from the Acton Fire Depart- 
ment, shall be presented with a bill that is just and fair for 
services rendered, such bill to be made out by the chief of 
the fire department and approved by the selectmen. • 

Article 13. No piece of fire apparatus shall answer a call 
for aid from out-of-town, unless the call comes personally 
from some officer who shall have authority to ask for such 
aid. Neither shall the fire department answer a call for aid 
from any town that has not paid a bill for aid previously 
given, they having had at least six months time in which to 
do so. 

Article 14. The selectmen shall annually appoint some 
person whom they may consider as qualified, to carry out 
the requests and recommendations as are embodied in the 
Governor's Proclamation during the annual "Fire Preven- 
tion Week." His duties shall be, to visit each school, to talk 
to and instruct the children in the value of "Fire Preven- 
tion." He also shall call a meeting for adults in each pre- 
cinct of the town. All expenses connected with his duties 
shall be paid by the town, but shall not exceed the sum of 
($10) ten dollars for the week. 



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LIBRARIANS REPORT 



Accessions: Number of volumes in library January 1, 
1930, 18,619. Increase by purchase, 366. Increase by 
gift, 76. Total increase, 442. 

Number of volumes in library January 1, 1931, 19,061. 

Circulation: Number of days the library was open, 102. 

Number of volumes circulated, 12,210. 

Largest daily circulation, 211, on January 1. * 

Smallest daily circulation, 59, on December 24. 

Daily average circulation, 119+. 

Received from library fines and magazines sold $72 . 21 

Expended for postage 1.46 



Paid to Town Treasurer $70 . 75 

Gifts of books have been received from the following 
sources: U. S. Government, 2; State of Massachusetts, 10; 
Governor Frank G. Allen, 1 : Massachusetts Tercentenary 
Committee, 3; State of Rhode Island, 1; Government of 
South Africa, 1 ; N. C. Fellowship, Austrilia, 1 ; United Fruit 
Company, 1 ; Murray Brown, 4 ; John Condon, 1 ; Mary S. 
Dunn, 1 ; \Vm. Edmonds, 1 ; E. C. Farnell, 1 ; Mrs. Franklin 
Griffin, 13; L. H. Hallock, 1 ; Mildred Pope Moore, 9; Emile 
Noterman, 1 ; Frank Parsons, 1 ; Benjamin Pope 17; Geo. A. 
Richardson, 3; Edith N. Rogers, 1 ; E. H. H. Simmons, 2.. 
Total. 76. 



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NON-FIGTIOIN 
Akeley G. and M. L. J. — Adventures in the Afri- 
can jungle 916.7A313a 
Amann, G. — The legacy of Sun Yat Sen 951A4841 
Anon — The book of Rhode Island 974.1A100b 
Anon — Industrial development in South Africa 916.8-AlOOi 
Aubrey, G. J. — Life and letters of Joseph Gon- 

rad. 2 vols. 924G754a 

Avery, G. L. — Early American silver 72A954e 

Baker, R. S. — Woodrow^ Wilson, life and let- 
ters. 2 vols. 922W754b 
Barry, W. — History of Framingham, Mass., 

1640-1847 974.5B281h 

Beard, G. A. and M. R. — The rise of American 

civilization 973B368r 

Bell, N. S. (compiler) — Pathways of the Pu- 
ritans 917.3B434p 
Belloc, H. — Richelieur 925R528b 
Bennett, G. A. — History of manual and indus- 
trial education up to 1870 37B471h 
Beston, H. — The outermost house 917.3B561o 
Bewick, T. — Memoir of Thomas Bewick, writ- 
ten by himself • 924B572b 
Bowers,' G. G. — The tragic era 973.8B786t 
Breul, K. — Gassells New German dictionary 43B846c 
Brown, H. G. — Grandmother Brown's hundred 

years 922B8792b 

Burnham, F. R. — Scouting on two continents 922B966b 
Burr, G. L. (Ed) — Narratives of the witchcraft 

cases, 1648-1706 973.2B968n 

Byrd, R. E. — Little America 919.9B9951 

Gherrie, G. K. — Dark trails 918G521d 

Glark, G. — The church of Saint Bunco 28G593c 

Growther, S. — The romance of the American 

tropics 917.28G953r 

Davis, M. L. — Alaska the great bear cub 917.3D2631a 

Davis, M. L.— Uncle Sam's attic 917.3D2631u 

Davis, W. S. — Life in Elizabethian davs 942D2651 

Davies, W. W. — A wayfarer in Wales' 914.2p257w 

Dickinson, E. — Further poems 81D553f 

Dow, G. F. — The arts and crafts in New Eng- 
land 1704-1775 70D744a 
Downes, W. H. — John Sargent, his life and work 922S245d 
DufTy, H. S.— William Howard Taft 922T124du 
Dunn, E. A. — Mediterranean picture lands 914D923m 
Eaton, W. P. — New England vista 81E14n 
Edib, H. — Turkey faces west 956E23t 
Ellis, A. — Life of an ordinary woman 922E472e 
Emerson, W. A. — Fitchburg past and present 974.5E53f 



51 

Fairchild, D. — Exploring for plants 910F165e 

Field, R. — Points east 81F455p 

Forbush, E. H. — Birds of Massachusetts and 

other New England States. Part 3 59F696b 
Green, S. A. — Groton during the Revolution 974.5G798g 
Green, S. A. — The natural history and topog- 
raphy of Groton, Mass., and other 
town history 974.5G798n 

Grey, Z. — The last of the plainsmen 917.3G8421a 

Halliburton. R. — New worlds to conquer 918H188n 

Hallock, L. H. — A Hallock genealogy 921H192h 

Harrington, M. P. and Thomas, J. H.^^ — Our hol- 
idays in poetry 81H31 lo 
Hart, B. H. L.— The real war 1914-1918 940H3251r 
Hart, B. H. L. — Sherman — soldier — realist — 

American 922S552h 

Hennings, E. G. and R. B. — Bible talks for heart 

and mind 22H517b 

Hermans, M. G. — Studies in grammar ' 42H551s 

Hibben, P. — Henry Ward Beecher 922B414h 

Romans, G. C. and Morison. S. E. — Massachu- 
setts on the sea, 1630-1930 . 974.5H763m 
Hudson. A. S. — The history of Concord, Mass. 

Vol. 1 — Colonial Concord 974.5H885h 

Hudson, G. — History of the town of Lexington, 
Middlesex County, Mass., with 
genealogical register 974.5H883hi 

Hudson. C. — History of Marlborough. Mass., 

with sketch of Northborough 974.5H883h 

Jameson. J. F. (Ed.) — Johnson's wonder 

working Proyidence 973.2J31J 

Jameson. J. F. — Priyateering and piracy in the 

Colonial period 973.2J31p 

Jeans, J. — The uniyerse around us 52J43u 

Lamkin, N. B. — Good times for all times 79L233g 

Laurie. A. P. — The painter's methods and ma- 
terial 75L385p 
Lawrence, T. E. — Reyolt in the desert 940L423r 
Lincoln, C. H. (Ed.) — Narratives of the Indian 

wars, 1675-1699 973.2L736n 

Love, P. H. — Andrew \V. Mellon, the man and 

his work 922M5271 

Lyman. G. D. — John Marsh pioneer 922M3651 

Mackenzie, G. — Alexander Graham Bell 922B433m 

Marshall. J. — Vagabond de luxe 910M368v 

Masson. R. — The hfe of Robert Louis Stevenson 924S848m 
Mead, M. — Growing up in New Guinea 37.M479g 

Mitchell, B. \V. — Trail life in the Canadian 

Rockies 9l7.1M681t 

Morison, S. E. (Ed.) — Historical markers of the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1630- 
1930 ^ ' 9l7.3M861h 



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Morse, F. P. and ten others — Tercentenary of 
Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630- 
1930 974.5M884t 

Mumford, L. — Herman Melville 922M5312m 

Newton, A. E. — This book collecting game 02N561t 

Pennell, E. R. — The life and letters of Joseph 

Pennell. 2 vols. 922P413p 

Pennell, E. R.— Whistler the friend 75W576p 

Post, A. — Skycraft 62P857s 

Pringle, J. R. — History of the town and city of 
Gloucester, Gape Ann, Massachu- 
setts 974.5P957h 
Pulbrook, E. — English country life and work 914.2P981e 
Reconly, R. — Foch, my conversations with the 

marshal 940R311m 

Reid, W. A. — Seeing the Latin Republic of 

North America 917.28R359s 

Reid, W. A. — Seeing South America: Ports and 

Harbors of South America 918-R359s 

Robinson, W. M. — The Confederate privateers 973.7R666c 
Rockwell, F. F. — Around the year in the gard-en 63R684a 
Roosevelt, T. and K. — East of the sun and west 

of the moon 915.8R78"le 

Rowe, L. S. and Borges, E. G. — The cities of 

Latin America 918R878c 

Rowe, L. S. and Borges, E. G. — Commodities of 

Latin America 38R878c 

Rowe, L. S. and Borges, E. G. — The republics 

of South America • 918R878r 

Rudot, R. V. — The life of Louis Pasteur (Cen- 
tennial edition) 925P291r2 
Rugg, W. K. — Unafraid. Life of Anne Hutch- 
inson 922H975r 
Saxton, L.— Father Mississippi 917.3S273f 
Shaw, F. H. — Knocking around 910S534k 
Simmons, E. H. H. — Financing American industry 33S592f 
Streeter, D. W.— Denatured Africa 916.7S915d 
Sullivan, H. and Flower, N. — Sir Arthur Sulli- 
van, his life, letters and diaries 924S951s 
Sutherland, S. — Ten real murder mysteries 

never solved . ' 973S966t 

Thompson, H. (Ed.) — Land and people, the 

world in color, 7 vols. 910T472i 

Thomson, J. A. — Modern science, a general in- 
troduction 50T483m 
Tirel, M.^The last years of Rodin 925R692t 
Tyler, L. G. (Ed.) — Narratives of early Vir- 
ginia, 1606-1625 ' 973.2T982n 
Von Rheinbaben, K. — Stressman, the man and 

the statesman 926S9 1 4v 

Washburn, G. G.— The life of John W. Weeks 922W396w 



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Weissmuller, J. — Swimming the American 

Crawl 79W431S 

Werner, M. R.— Tammany Ha41 973W494t 

Weyand, A. M. — American Football 79W546a 
White, T. M. and Lehmann, P. W. — Writers of 

Colonial New England 81W588w 
Whiting, E. E.— Changing New England 917.3W599c 
Winthrop, J. — Journals, history of New Eng- 
land, 1630-1649. 2 vols. 973.2W792J 

Woolley, C. L. — The Sumarians 930W913s 
Wriston, H. M. — Executive agents in American 

foreign relations 973W955e 

FICTION 

Adams, H. — Queen's gate mystery A2132q 

Aldrich, D. — Peter good for nothing A3653p 

Arnim, M. A. von — Introduction to Sally A749i 

Attenborough, G. M. — The rich young man A883r 

Bailey, T. — Peacock feathers B156p 

Bailey, T. — Wildwind . B156wi 

Barker, R. C. — The hair-trigger brand B255h 

Beecher, C. — Maid and wife B4141m 

Benson, E. F. — Paying guests B4742p 

Berkley, A. — The poisoned chocolates case B513p 

Biggers, E. D. — Charlie Chan carries on B5922ch 

Biggers, E. D. — The black camel B5922b 

Biggers, E. D. — Behind the curtain B5922be 

Bindioss, H. — The man at Willow ranch B612mb 

Bindloss, H. — The frontiersman B612fr 

Bogoras, W. — Sons of the Mammoth B674s 

Bower, B. M. — Fools goal B786fo 

Bower, B. M. — Tiger eye B786ti 

Brand, M. — Mystery ranch B817m 

Buchan, J. — Salute to adventurers B918s 

Buck, P. S. — East wind; west wind B9221e 

Burroughs, E. R. — The war chief B972wa 

Byrne, D.— Field of honor B995f 

Caiifield, D. — The deepening stream C222d 

Christie, A — Partners in crime C5551p 

Cohen, 0. R. — The May day mystery C678m 

Colver, A. R. — The red headed goddess C727r 

Connington, J. J. — The eye in the museum C7521e 

Connor, S. — Captain Redlegs C7431c 

Cook, G. L. — Welles.ley stories C771w 

Coolidge, D. — Horse Vetchum C7742h 

Crofts, F. W. — Sir John Magill's last journey C941s 

Cullum, R. — The tiger of Cloud river G967ti 

Curwood, J. 0. — Green timber C982gs 
Davidson, T. L. — The murder in the laboratory D253m 

Davis, W. S. — The whirlwind D265w 

De la Roche, M. — Explorers of the dawn D339e 



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Dell, E. — The altar of horror D357a 

Dell, E. M. — The desire of his life D357d 

Diver, M. — A wild bird D 6 1 8w 

Driggs, L. L. — On secret air service D779o 

Edington, M. — Life isiVt so bad E2321 

Erskine, J. — Sincerity F732s 

Farnol, J. — Another day F235an 

Ferber, E. — Cimarron F346ci 

Fletcher, J. S. — The Borgia cabinet F613bp 

Fletcher, J. S. — The investigators F613i 

Fletcher, J. S. — The pinfold F613pi 

Fletcher, J. S. — The Queen of a day F6i3q 

Fletcher, J. S. — The seven days secret F6i3sh 

Gale, Z. — Borgia G152b 

Gibbs, G. — The up grade G442u 

Gibbs, P. — The hidden city G443hi 

Gilbert, A. — Death at four corners G464d 

Gilbert, A. — The night of the fog G464n 

Glasgow, E. — They stooped to folly G548t 

Grabenhorst, G. — Zero hour G727z 

Green, J. — The dark journey G796d 

Grey, Z. — The day of the beast G842da 

Grey, Z. — The fighting caravans G842ri 

Grey, Z. — The wolf tracker G842wo 

Hendryx, J. B. — Blood on the Yukon trail H498h 

Herrick, R. — Chimes H566ch 

Heyer, G. — Themasqueraders H615m 

Horler, S. — The house of secrets H8 1 2h 

Hosken, C. — The shadow syndicate 11826s 

Hueston, E. — For Ginger's sake H887f 

Hueston, E. — The people of this town H887pe 

Hughes. R. — Ladies' man H'8941 

Hurst, F. — Five and ten H9595f 

Hutchinson, A. S. M. — The uncertain trumpet H975u 

Irwin, M. — None so pretty I72n 

Johnson, G. W. — By reason of strength J 6 7b 
KaufTman, R. W. — A man of little faith ' K21 Im 

Kelland, C. B. — Hard money K293h 

Kellogg, M. A. — Leo Davne^ K2921 

Kelley, E. P.— The blacksmith of Vilno K294b 

Kyne', P. B. — Outlaws of Eden K99o 

Lewis, S. — Dodsworth L676d 

Lincoln, J. C. — Blowing clear L7372bb 

Locke, W. J. — Ancestor Jorico L814a 

Loring, E. — Lighted windows L8731 

Loring, E. — Swift water L873sw 

Lovelace, M. H. — Early candlelight L898e 

Lutz, G. L. H. — Ariel Custer L975a 

Lutz, G. L. H. — The city of fire L975ci 

Lutz, G. L. H. — The gold shoe L975g 

Lutz, G. L. H. — Job's niece L975J 



55 



Lutz, (j. L. H. — Ladybird L9751a 

Liiiz, G. L. H. — Not under the law L975no 

Lutz, G. L. H. — The prodigal girl L975pr 

Lutz, G. L. H. — Re-creation L975re 

Lutz, Ci. L. H. — Tomorrow about this time L975to 

Lynde, F. — Young blood L988y 

Marks, P. — The unwillinng god M3451u 

Marshall, E.— The fish hawk M3675fi 

Martyn, W. — The murder in Beacon street M388m 

Maxwell, W. B. — The man who pretended M465m 

Miln, L. M.— Rice M659ri 

Miln, L. M. — By Soochow waters M659b 

Moles, H. S. — Ranger district number five M719r 

Mottram, R. H. — A rich man's daughter M812r 

Neville, J. M. — Mud and glory N522m 

Norfis, K. — Passion flower N856pa 

Oemler, M. G. — Johnny Reb 028j 

Oppenheim, E. P. — Nicholas Goade detective 062ni 

Oppenheim, E. P. — The £ 1,000,000 deposit 062 £ 

Oppenheim, E. P. — What happened to Forester 062wh 

Ostenso, M. — The young may moon 0852y 

Packard, F. L. — The big shot PI 19b 

Parker, M. — Secret envoy - P242s 

Parmenter, G. W. — The dusty highwayman P254d 

Parmenter, G. W. — Silver ribbons P254s 

Parmenter, G. W. — So wise we grow P254so 

Parrish, R. — Molly McDonald P261mo 

Payne, E. S. — Easy street P3461e 

Payne, E. S. — Hedges P3461he 

Pearson, D. A. G. — The golden stone P3612g 

Pease, H. — Shanghai passage P3631s 

Pedler, M.— Guarded halo P371g 

Pelly, W. D. — Golden rubbish P389g 

Perry, M. G. — Tide house P4642t 

Perry, S. G. S. — Extra-girl P465e 

Phillpots, E. — A Gornish droll P556c 

Phillpots, E. — Tryphena P556t 

Pinkerton, K. and R. — The long traverse P65511 

Porter, E. H. — The story of Marco P844st 

Powel, H. — Married money P881m 

Queen, E. — The Roman hat mystery • Q3r 

Raine, W. M. — The fighting tenderfoot R155fi 

Rath, E. J. — The sky's the limit R234s 

Rice, A. H. — The Buffer R495b 

Richmond, G. S. — A court of inquiry R532co 

Rinehart, M. R. — The door R579do 

Roberts, E. M. — The great meadow R6441g 

Roberts, K. — Arundel R645a 

Roberts, T. G. — The golden highlander R647g 

Rosman, A. G. — Visitors to Hugo R819v 

Ruck, B. — Today's daughter R9 1 1 1 



56 

Runbeck, M. L. — People will talk R9391p 

Sampson, E. S. — The spite fence SI 92s 

Scott, E. — The wave S425w 

Seltzer, G. A. — The red brand S468re 

Sergeant, E. S. — Short as any dream S4841s 

Shaw, J. T.— Derelict S5346d 

Shea, T. — Sarah and son S5392s 

Shearton, L. N. — The other little mustard seed S5391o 

Shipman, N. — Get the woman S557g 

Sinclair, G.— Wild fruit S615w 

Smith, H. L. — Pollyanna's western adventure S6492pb 

Smith, S. K. — Three against the world S659th 

Smith, W. K. — Bowery murder S663b 

Stackpoole, H. de V. — Children of the sea S/752e 

Stanford, A. — Invitation to danger S785i 

Stringer, A. — Power S918p 

Thayer, L. — Dead men's shoes T371de 

Train, A. — Paper profits T7682pa 

Tupper, T. — A storm at the crossroads T928s 
Upson, W. H. — Alexander Bott's earthworm tractors U69a 

Vance, L. J. — Alias the lone wolf V2222a 

Vestal, S. — Dobe walls V583d 
Von Linsingen, F. W. B. — The pressure gauge 

murder V947p 

Wallace, E. — The dark eyes of London W188da 

Wallace, E. — The fellowship of the frog Wi 88f e 

W^allace, E. — The four just men W188fo 

W^allace, E. — Gunman's bluff WM 88gu 

Wallace, E. — Mammoth mystery book W^188m 

Wallace, E. — The strange countess W188st 

Walpole, H.— Hans Frost W218h 

Walpole, H. — Rogue Herries W218r 

Wasson, M. — The everlasting Harpers W3211e 

Wentworth, P.— Fool errant W479f 

W^entworth, P. — Kingdom lost W479k 

Weston, G. — The American marquis W535am 

Widdemer, M. — The board walk W^638b 

Widdemer, M. — Loyal lover W6381 

W^hite, S. E.— Secret harbor W588se 
Whitechurch, V. L. — The robbery at Rudwick 

house W569r 
Willsee, (Morrow H. W. ) — The last full measure W7411a 

Wilson, H. L.— Lone tree W7481o 

Wren, P. G. — Soldiers of misfortune W945s 

W^right, R.— Stars for sale W^953s 



JUVENILE 
Abbott, J. — Black flower 
Allen, M. P. — Tied in the ninth 
Anon — Wonderbook of Mother Goose 
Ashmun, M. — David and the bearman 



JA1322bl 

JA427t 

JAlOOw 

JA827d 



57 



Bailey, T. — The holly hedge JB156h 

Barbour, R. H. — Candidate for the line JB239cf 

Barbour, R. H. — Flashing oars JB239fl 

Bartlett, A. G. — Grumpy, son of Spunk JB2891g 

Baruch, D. W. — The two Bobbies JB295t 

Bill, A. H. — The Red Prior's legacy JB596r 

Bowles, E. S. — Ghildren of the border JB787c 

Braddock, G. — Rex Kingdon behind the bat JB7981r 

Braden, J. A. — The carved sea chest JB798c 

Britt, A. — Lincoln for boys and girls J9L736b 

Brown, E. A. — Arnold's little brother JB8774ar 

Brown, E. A. — When Max came JB8774w 

Brown, E. A. — Archer and the Prophet JB8774as 

Bullard, M. — The somersaulting rabbit JB935s 

Bullard, M. — The sad garden toad JB935sa 

Bullard, M. — Travels of Sammie the turtle JB935t 

Gastelhun, D. — Dene Avery's legacy JG348d 

Caswell, A. G. — Susan of Sandy Point JC356s 

Chaffee, A. — The winning hazard JG433w 

Chevalier, J. G. — Noah's grandchildren JC527n 

Claudy, C. H. — The girl reporter JC6151g 
Claudy, C. H. — Beginners' book of model airplanes JG6151b 

Craig, L. K. — The road from Echo JG886r 

Curtis, A. T.^ — A Yankee girl at Richmond JG978yb 

Curtis, H. P.— When Sally sews JG979w 

Davis, E. V. — The magic fiddle JD2611m 

Davis, M. M. — Betty Bradford, engineer JD2631b 

Detzer, K. W. — Pirate of the pine lands JD484p 

Deuel, J. V. — Speed wings J9D485s 
Douglas, D., Jr. — A Boy Scout in the grizzly 

country JD7331b 

Duffus, H. M. — The strawberry girls JD8571s 

Evison, M. — The good for nothing Graysons JE924g 

Ferris, H. — This happened to me JF394t 

Field, R. — Pocket handkerchief park JF455po 

Fitler, M. B.— Reddy JF546r 
Flores, A. — My hike from Buenos Aires to New 

York JF634m 

Frees, H. W. — Animal land in the air JF857a 
Fretwell, J. H. — Good games for boys and girls JF888g 

Fulton, R. — Moccasin trail JF974m 

Gawthrope, G. B. — Canary Village JG284c 

Gimmage, P. — The picture book of ships JG491p 

Gray, E. J.— Tilly Tod JG7782t 

Grey, R. — The cruise of the Fisherman JG844c 

Hamilton, B. M. — Please come to my party JH217p 

Hawthorn, A. — Billy Boys book JH2511bi 

Hawthorn, A. — Billy Boy on the farm JH251 lb 

Hawkes, C. — Bing JH392b 

Hawthorne, H. — The mysterv of Star G ranch JH389m 

Heyliger, W. — The builder of the dam JH617bu 



58 



Hinkles, T. G. — Bugle a dog of the Rockies 
Hinkles, T. G. — Tornado Boy 
Hooker, F. — The garden of the lost key 
Hope, L. L. — The Bobbsey twins at Spruce 



JH663bu 

JH663to 

JH783g 

JH791bobl9 



twins and their 



laJve 
Hope, L. L. — The Bobbsy 

schoolmates JH791bob20 

Jay, iM. F.— Tad JJ42t 

Jenkins, M. — Shiner Watson JJ52s 

Kauffman, R. W. — Mad Anthony's drummer JK21m 

Kempton, K. P. — Loot of the flying dragon JK321 

Kilmer, A. — A buttonwood summer JK482b 

Knevels, G. — Molly moonshine JK68m 

Laing, M. and Edson, A. W. — Busy folk JL187b 

Laing, M. and Edson, A. W. — Lend a hand JL1871 

Laing, M. and Edson, A. W. — Neighbors JL187n 

Laing, M. and Edson, A. W. — Work and play JL187w 

Lobagola — Folk tales of a savage JL796f 

McGann, R. — The cheerful cherub JM122c 

Macdonald, M. — The white lady JM1357w 

Macdonald, Z. K. — Mic-mac on the track JM1356m 

Macdonald, Z. K. — Windy whistle JM1356w 

MacMillan, D. B.— Kah-da JM1672k 

McNeely, M. H. — The jumping off place JM169J 

McNeil,' E. — The shores of adventure JM1698s 

Malkus, A. S. — Timber Une JM251t 

Marsh, G. — The heart of the kingdog JM365h 

Martin, G. G. — Jamaica ginger JM379J 

Meigs, G. — The crooked apple tree JM5121c 

Minot, J. G. — The best animal stories I know JM6662b 

Minot, J. G. — The best bird stories I know JM6662be 

Morrison, L. — The attic child JM879a 

Newcome, L. — Lincoln's boy spy JN5371 

Orton, H. F. — Queenie J077q 

Osborn, J. — Janet's tea house J081j 
Ossendowski, F. — The life story of a little monkey J084I 

Parker, A. G. — Gustango gold JP238g 

Parmenter, G. W. — The unknown port JP254u 

Pier, A. S. — The rigor of the game JP146r 

Rankin, G. W. — Finders keepers JR211f 

Rice, A. H.— Sandy JR4952s 

Richards, L. H. — Blue bonnets family JR5161b 

Sabin, E. L.— Gold JSllGgo 

Seaman, A. H. — A book of mysteries JS438bo 

Seaman, A. H. — The Gharlmonte crest JS438ch 

Seymour, F. W. — The Indians today J9S519i 

Showalter, H. F. — The boxbook JS559b 

Silver, E. R. — Barry and Budd JS587b 

Silver, E. R. — Garol of Granford High JS587c 

Silver, E. R. — Dick Arnold plays the game JS587d 

Silver, E. R. — The Hillsdale High champions JS587hi 



59 



Honey Bunch, her first trip 
her first trip 



Silver, E. R. — Jackson of Hillsdale High 
Silver, E. R. — The red-headed half back 
Smart, B. B. and others — Circus fund 
Smith, S. — Made in America 
Steele, R. — Scarneck 
Sterrett, F. R. — Rusty of the high towers 
Tarkington, B. — Penrod Jashber 
Theiss, L. S. — The flying reporter 
Theiss, L. E. — Trailing the air mail bandit 

H. L.- " 

west 

H. L. — Honey Bunch, 

on the Great Lakes 

H. L. — Honey Bunch, her first 

summer on an island 
Thorndyke, H. L. — Honey Bunch, her first trip 

on the ocean 
Wallace, A. — Boys w^ho made good 
Warde, M. — K. Blake's way 
Weber, L. M. — Wind on the prairie 
Wells, R. — Coco the goat 
West, J. E. and 15 others — The Scout jamboree 

book 
Wheeler, F. R. — In the time of Attila 
Wheeler, F. R. — The boy with the U. S. aviators 
White, E. 0. — Sally in her fur coat 
M^hite, N. G.— Kristin 



Thorndyke, 
Thorndyke, 
Thorndyke, 



JS587J 
JS587r 
JS636C 

JS661m 
JS814S 
JS838r 

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JT496hu 

JT496ht 

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REFERENCE 

Annual report Smithsonian Institution, 1929 

Annual convention Department Massachusetts American 

Legion 1930 
Annual encampment Department Massachusetts Grand 

Army of the Republic 
Annual proceedings Veterans of Foreign Wars 1929 
Journal of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 
Journal of the Massachusetts Senate 

New Supplement to the International Encyclopedia. 2 vols. 
Proceedings Department Massachusetts U. S. W. V. 1929 
fleport New York Stock Exchange 
Statistics of the Railways of the United States 1928 
Vital Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to 1850. Vol. 2 
Vital Records of Lowell, Massachusetts. 2 vols. 
Year book of Agriculture United States 



60 



FOREST WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen: — Your Forest Warden submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1930: 

We have just passed through one of the worst "fire 
hazard" years in the history of the forestry department, and 
we are happy to say, Acton has been one of the most fortu- 
nate towns in the State. / 

We have answered forty-eight (48) calls for grass, 
brush; four forest fires. The cost of extinguishing these 
fires was around five hundred dollars ($500) . The property 
damage on these fires was very small, with one exception, 
owing to the prompt and cheerful response by all fire com- 
panies for which I take this opportunity to thank them. 

The new forest fire apparatus has been tried out on a few 
fires and proven very satisfactory and we feel that in the 
future it will aid materially in cutting down the cost of ex- 
tinguishing all fires. 

I wish to recommend the purchase of one thousand 
(1000) feet more hose for the forest fire truck, as the 2,000 
feet we now have is insufficient in a few places. 

In view of the new law, Chapter 309, Acts of 1930, com- 
pelling towns to patrol their forested area during extreme 
drought on order of the State Forester, I wish to recommend 
that an appropriation be made to cover this contingency. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALAN B. FROST, 

Forest Warden. 



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74 



REPORT OF TAX COLLECTOR 



1927 

Dr. 

Interest collected $ 5.95 

Cr. 
Paid treasurer $ 5.95 

1928 

Dr. 

Uncollected January 1, 1930 $14,295.82 

Interest collected 1,563.78 

$15,859.60 

Paid treasurer $15,451.58 

Abated 408.02 

$15,859.60 

1929 

Dr. 

Uncollected January 1, 1930 $31,767.12 

Interest collected 679.18 

$32,446.30 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $16,996.72 

Uncollected January 1, 1931 15,449.58 

$32,446.30 

1930 

Dr. 

Committed $85,245.02 

Interest collected 25.94 

$85,270.96 
Cr. 

Paid treasurer $53,251.20 

Abated 78.22 

Uncollected January 1, 1931 31,941.54 

$85,270.96 
1929 EXCISE 
Dr. 

Uncollected January 1, 1930 $2,396.57 

Interest collected 76.05 

$2,472.62 



75 

Cr. 

Paid treasurer $2,024.67 

Abated 36.32 

Uncollected January 1, 1931 411.63 



1930 EXCISE 
Dr. 

Committed $8,512.34 

Interest collected 7.38 



Cr. 

Paid treasurer $5,468.54 

Abated 321.42 

Uncollected 2,729.76 



$2,472.6^ 



$8,519.72 



$8 519 72 
BANK ACCOUNT INTEREST 
Dr. 
Received from Maynard Trust Company . . $162,50 

Cr. 
Paid treasurer $162.50 

CHARLES A. DURKEE, 

Tax Collector. 

SUMMARY OF TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT 
TOTAL DEBITS 

1927 town tax $5.95 

1928 town tax 15,859.60 

1929 town tax 32,446.30 

1930 town tax 85,270.96 

1929 excise tax 2,472.62 

1980 excise tax 8,519.72 

$144,575.15 
Bank account interest 162.50 

$144,737.65 
TOTAL CEEDITS 

Cash paid treasurer $93,361.16 

Abatements 843.98 

Uncollected 50,532.51 

$144,737.65 

C. A. DURKEE, 

Tax Collector. 



76 



FINANCE COMMITTEE 



The Committee on Finance makes the following recom- 
mendations relating to appropriations: 

Roads, general maintenance $12,000.00 

Schools 45,000.00 

Street Lighting 5,400.00 

Memorial library 1,000.00 

Books 200.00 

Hydrant service 3,029.00 

General government 5,000.00 

Building and grounds ;. 800.00 

Gemet^ies 1,200.00 

Military aid 200.00 

State aid 360.00 

Soldiers' relief 600.00 

Police department 1,500.00 

Board of Health 1,000.00 

Public welfare 2,000.00 

Old age pension 1,000.00 

Snow removal t'^^^^^^- 

Care of shade trees 500.00 

Reserve fund from surplus overlay 1,200.00 

Unclassified 500.00 

Bonds (High school and others) 8,400.00 

Interest on bonds and notes 2,000.00 

Interest on revenue loans . . . ; ^,000.00 

$94,889.00 

Art. 5. Memorial Day 300.00 

Art. 7. Fire department, maintenance, new 

hose 2,500.00 

Art. 8. Forest fires 500.00 

Art. 9. Gypsy moth work 500.00 

Art. 10. Liability insurance 500.00 

Art. 11. Treasurer and collector bonds .... 270.00 

Art. 13. Public health nurse 2,200.00 

Art. 14. Demonstration work, agriculture. . 50.00 
Art. 15. Quimby Square, not recommended 
Art. 16. Nagog Hill road, general maintenance 
Art. 18. Town hall, insurance, not opposed, 

but no data given 
Art. 19. Fire whistle, 1932 action recom- 
mended 

Art. 23. Library vault 500.00 

Art. 24. Gas range and heater 300.00 



77 

Art. 25 Stow street bridge 2,000.00 

Art. 26. West Acton fire house 2,000.00 * 

Art. 27. White Way street lights 1,000.00 

Art. 29. Zoning expense 

Art. 30. Land northerly side of fire house . . 50.00 
x\rt. 31. \\'ater, main at Powder Mills (do not recom- 
mend) ■ ,' --, < '.', i/JLi^^'^ 
x\rt. 33. High school insurance (5 years, f^^^^"^ 
t^::fim^:m on buildings, SI, 200:06 

on fixtures 1,000,00 

Art. 35. Newtown road 1^7000.^0 ^ 

Art. 36. High street 3,000.00 

Art. 38. Town Hall chairs 650.00 

$21,320.00 

$94,889.00 

$116,209.00 
Plus snow removal 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 
Precinct 1 — Murray Brown, George A. Richardson. 
Precinct 2 — Frank W. Hoit, William Rawitser. 
Precinct 3 — Webster S. Blanchard, Alfred W. Davis. 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the fire department. 
The number of calls answered by the different companies are 
as follows : 



Buildings Grass 

Center 5 14 

West 7 36 

South 6 30 



Autos Chimneys Others 
— 2 1 

5 7 2 

3 3 4 



The new compressed air alarm at South Acton is working 
nicely. Test blows are given at 8 a. m. and 8 p. m. 

Repairs are needed on the West fire house. An alarm system 
should be installed at the Center, in the near future. 

Would recommend $2,000.00 for general maintenance, and 
$500.00 for new hose. 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Chief Engineer. 



78 



ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, Acton, Massa- 
chusetts : 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1930: 

Expenditures 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 
Appropriation $5,000.00 

SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT 
Paid : 

Wendell F. Davis, salary $200.00 

Howard J. Billings, salary 100.00 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, salary 100.00 

Howard J. Billings, postage 7.00 

Glenna Jones, clerk 37.70 

R. S. Osterhout, town reports. . . 475.00 

Howard J. Billings, book 1.05 

Wright & Poter Printing Go. 

license blanks 3.14 

Murphy & Snyder, blanks 5.75 

Hobbs & Warren, carbon 4.14 

LafTins' Express 1.25 

Enterprise Press, adv 4.88 



ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT 

Howard L. Jones, salary $400.00 

Howard L. Jones, postage 10.00 

Thorp & Martin, supplies 4.75 

Service Stationery & Printing Co. 7.90 

Murphy & Snyder, vouchers .... 12.75 



TREASURY DEPARTMENT 

Frank W. Hoit, salary $500.00 

Frank W. Hgit, certifying notes. . 6.00 

Frank W. Hoit, postage 26.95 

Frank W. Hoit, safety box rental 5.00 

Frank W. Hoit, envelopes 2.90 

Murphy & Snyder, receipts .... 3.50 



$939.91 



$435.40 



$544.35 



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COLLECTOR'S DEPARTiMENT 

Charles A. Durkee, salary .... $ 703.85 

New Boston Press, tax warrants 2.60 

Murphy & Snyder, tax bills 22.00 

C. A. Durkee, stamped envelopes 85.92 

Hobbs & Warren, books and blanks 27.23 

Carrie B. Higgins, examination. . 1.50 

$843.10 

ASSESSORS' DEPARTMENT 

Henry L. Haynes, salary $ 300.00 

Warren H. Jones, salary 300.00 

Albert P. Durkee, salary 300.00 

Assessors' Auto Tax Service . . . 7.50 

L. L. Aplin, transfer notices 20.86 

Maplewood Press, poll tax lists. . 57.50 
Henry L. Haynes, attending meet- 
ings 15.00 

Warren H. Jones, attending meet- 
ings 15.00 

Albert P. Durkee, attending meet- 
ings 10.00 

Henry L. Haynes, postage and tel- 
ephone 8.03 

Hobbs & Warren, books and sup- 
plies 49.94 

Murphy & Snyder, cards 4.75 

$1,088.58 

TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT 

Horace F. Tuttle, salary $ 200.00 

Horace F. Tuttle ' recording 

births, deaths and marriages 75.00 

Horace F. Tuttle. telephone and 

postage 31.45 

P. B. Murphy, dog book and li- 
censes 3.50 

Hobbs & Warren, blanks 10.48 

Murphy & Snyder, envelopes . . . 11.75 

$332.18 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

T. F. Newton, salary $ 120.00 

Hobbs & Warren, book 2.09 

$122.09 

CATTLE INSPECTION 
Fred S. Whitcomb, salary .... $175.00 



80 

ELECTION AND REGISTRATION 

Horace F. Tuttle, registrar .... $ 50.00 

Daniel W. Sheehan, registrar . . 20.00 

Est. of E. J. Holton, registrar 10.00 

David R. Kinsley, registrar .... 15.00 

G. D. Ghickering, registrar .... 10.00 

Arthur Wayne, election officer . . 15.00 

Harold Goughlin 10.00 

James W. Goughlin 15.00 

James Kinsley 20.00 

Timothy Hennessey 15.00 

Thomas Murray 10.00 

Willis Holden 5.00 

Bertram D. Hall 15.00 

A. R. Beach 15.00 

A. F. Davis 10.00 

J. J. Manning 5.00 

H. E. Holt 5.00 

David R. Kinsley 20.00 

T. F. Newton 15.00 

L. G. Hastings 15.00 

L. G. Hastings, placing booths . . . 3.75 

Universalist Church, rent 15.00 

A. Brooks Parker, moderator . . . 25.00 

Turners Public Spirit, notices . . 8.50 

R. S. Osterhout, ballots, w^arrants 105.00 

Murphy & Snyder, warrants .... 24.25 



$476.50 



Total general government $4,957.11 

Unexpended balance 42.89 



$5,000.00 

TREASURER'S AND COLLECTOR'S BONDS 

Appropriation $270.00 

Paid: 
American Surety Company .... 270.00 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Appropriation ,$ 800.00 

Transferred from Reserve fund. . 48.61 



$848.61 



Paid : 

Edison Electric 111. Co $ 41.31 

A. W. Davis Co., coal 84.09 

A. W. Davis Co., cement .75 

Tate & Co., pipe 1.00 

T. F. Parker, floor dressing .... 13.00 



81 

Mary A. Wood, work in hall .... 12.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, grades and 

measurements 5.00 

West & South Water Supply 12.00 

J. W. Millburv. sharpen mower . . 6.00 

Edwin H. Hollowell, chimney . . . 25.00 

No. Acton Concrete Construction 

Co.. repairing road 19.38 

B. A. King, wiring Fire House . . 34.00 

F. W. Green, care of common . . 8.54 

Boston Consolidated Gas Co., sup- 
ply pipe 10.56 

Boston Consolidated Gas Co., 

service 5.40 

John S. Hoar, repairs at West Ac- 
ton Fire House 18.00 

A. W. Wayne, care of hall 141.50 

A. W. Wayne, care of clock .... 43.85 

A. W. Wayne, care of lawn .... 43.85 

North Acton Concrete Construc- 
tion Co., town grounds . . 191.00 

Standard Oil Co., asphalt 125.73 



$848.61 
POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $1,500.00 

Paid: 

Michael Foley, services $464.80 

John T. McNifT, services 355.95 

Allen B. Frost ' 204.20 

G. A. Durkee 33.47 

George Braman 51.41 

Edward Johnston 5.00 

Charles Whitcomb 31.50 

G. W. Lawrence 18.00 

William Driscoll 32.75 

John Foster 27.50 

George Havward 40.25 

M. Linskv & Brother, suits 66.50 

Edison Electric HI. Co 12.89 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Co 40.82 

Portalite Co., light and charger . 63.50 

A. W. Davis Co., paint and brushes 12.25 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, prof, services . . 5.00 

Finney & Hoit, revolver and shells 26.32 

Herbert MacKenzie, painting signs 2.00 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co. . . 1.44 



$1,495.55. 
Unexpended balance 4.45 

$1,500.00 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Appropriation $2,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund . . 178.57 



Paid: 

Edison Electric 111. Go $62.71 

N. E. Tel. & Tel. Go. 30.91 

Salaries, three departments .... 270.00 

George Braman, janitor 79.50 

William G. Lawrence, janitor . . 127.75 

J. J. Manning, janitor 120.00 

So. Acton Goal & Lumber Go., coal 111.53 

Maynard & Acton Oil Go 27.25 

Acton Motor Go., repairs, supplies 77.88 

West Acton Dept., pay rolls .... 85.00 

South Acton Dept., pay rolls . . . 49.00 

Acton Genter Dept., pay rolls . . . 37.00 

A. W. Davis, coal 196.02 

Metropolitan Dental Supply, 

oxygen 2.40 

Fritz Oelschlegal, belt 1.00 

William B. Holt, repairs 29.06 

West & South Water Supply . . . 36.00 
Finney & Hoit, tires, batteries, 

and oil heater 45.80 

Gombination Ladder Go., repairs 322.25 

A. H. Blanchard Go., equipment . . 422.34 

Fitzgerald's Garage, grinding valves 7.60 
H. S. MacGregor, expenses to 

Providence - 10.25 

J.S. Moore, supplies 5.25 

R. S. Baker, gas and oil 5.69 

Herbert Hale, repairs 11.88 

E. P. Gates, irons 4.50 



BRUSH FIRES 



Appropriations . . . . 
From overlay surplus 



500.00 
400.00 



$2,178.57 



$2,178.57 



$900.00 



Paid: 
South Acton Dept., pay rolls 
West Acton Dept., pay rolls 
Acton Genter Dept., pay rolls 

A. B. Frost, pay rolls 

Boston & Maine R. R. Go. . . 



285.55 

350.20 

70.33 

94.35 

1.62 



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McKesson — Eastern Drug Co., 

soda 16.52 

C. G. Gullinane, trucking 1.35 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies . . . 6.56 

$826.48 
Unexpended balance 73.52 



$900.00 

NEW HOSE 
Appropriation $ 700.00 

Paid: 

Boston Woven Hose & Rubber Go. $ 670.40 

Frank Hoit. trucking 3.35 

Unexpended balance 26.25 

$700.00 

FOREST FIRE TRUGK AND PUMP 
Appropriation from overlay surplus $2,500.00 

Paid : 
Acton Motor Go. for truck., hose, 

labor, etc $2,189.53 

Unexpended balance 310.47 



$2,500.00 



HYDRANT SERVIGE 

Appropriation $2,959.00 

Overlay surplus 30.00 



Paid: 

West & South Water Supply 2,775.00 

Town of Goncord 193.00 

$2,968.00 
Unexpended balance 21.00 



AGTON GENTRE FIRE HOUSE 
Appropriation $1,000.00 



12,989.00 



$2,989.00 



Paid : 
Edwin H. Hollowell, contract . . . $1,000.00 



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WHISTLE, SOUTH ACTON FIRE HOUSE 

Appropriation $ 650.00 

Transferred from reserve fund . . 114.22 



Paid: 
IngersoII Rand Co., compresser. . 
Boston & Maine R. R., freight . . 

N. H. Tenney, pipe 

International Engine Works, air 

receiver 

Tate & Company, pipe 

General Electric Co,, switch . . . . 

A. Werby & Company, motor . . . 

Laffin's Express 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co. . . . 
Earl Hayward, tubing, pipe . . . . 
Louis W. Bribe, whistle, alarm 

box 

B. A. King, wiring motor 

H. T. Pratt, labor and supplies . . . 



$192.00 


4.06 


42.35 


200.00 


1.60 


14.40 


58.50 


1.10 


4.36 


8.00 


145.00 


60.00 


32.85 



$764.22 



$764.22 



MOTH DEPARTMENT 
Appropriation $1,250.00 

Paid: 

James O'Neil, labor $ 729.00 

James O'Neil, truck 294.00 

James O'Neil, teams 48.00 

James O'Neil, sundry expense . . . 15.30 

Arthur L. Stuart, parts, repairs . . 14.10 
Acme Rubber Co., hose and 

coupling • 17.50 

Fitzhenry Guptill Co .42 

Enterprise Co., advertisement . . 13.88 

$1,132.20 

Unexpended balance 117.80 



$1,250.00 

TREE WARDEN 
Appropriation $500.00 

Paid: 

James O'Neil, labor $ 249.00 

James O'Neil, trucks 82.00 



85 

James O'Neil, teams 16.00 

James O'Neil, rope and pulleys . . 13.44 

James O'Neil, sundry expense . . 14.60 



$375.04 
Unexpended balance 124.96 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Appropriation $1,000.00 

Transferred from reserve fund . . 19.34 



Paid: 
Charles A. Durkee, services and 

expense as agent to Board of 

Health $61.10 

Charles A. Durkee, paid for labor 

and supplies 239.19 

Hobbs & Warren, books 4.85 

A. W. Davis Co., posts, wire, ce- 

ment 17.97 

Frank Farrar, labor 6.25 

James Kinsley, inspection 52.00 

C. A. Monroe, labor 9.50 

J. W. Davis, labor 30.00 

Byron Lumber Co., lumber .... 37.40 

John Campbell, labor 7.50 

B. S. Holt, labor 2.00 

John S. Hoar, pump house 39.60 

No. Acton Concrete Const. Co., 

pump house 22.50 

So. Acton Coal & Lumber Co., 

lumber 34.87 

Ellis Chemical Co., hose and 

coupling . . . . ! 71.00 

Tate & Co., pipe and fittings 31.97 

Lunt Jillson Co., pump 222.14 

James E. Kinsley, labor 14.50 

Acton Motor Co., labor and sup- 
plies ' 7.50 

0. H. Geers. labor 7.00 

R. F. Durkee, salary 15.00 

R. F. Durkee, postage .50 

Dr. Frank E. Tasker, salary 25.00 

Dr. George H. Tuttle, salary 10.00 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, services 50.00 



$500.00 



$1,019.34 



$1,019.34 



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TOWN NURSE 
Appropriation $2,200.00 



Paid: 

Lillian E. Frost, salary $2,000.16 

Acton Drug Co., supplies 47.90 

$2,048.06 
Unexpended balance 151.94 



HIGHWAYS 

Appropriation $12,000.00 

Received from state under Chap. 81 5,800.00 
Received from state under Chap. 90 1,500.00 
Received from state under Chap. 90 1,500.00 
Transferred from reserve fund . . 351.54 



Paid: 

Trimont Oil Go $241.62 

Mass. Broken Stone Go 55.65 

Barrett Go., tarvia 518.40 

Maynard & Acton Oil Go., gas and 

oil 144.66 

A. W. Davis Go., tools, cement . . 91.46 

So. Acton Goal & Lumber Go. ... 43.08 

Acton Motor Go 40.23 

Byron Lumber Go 14.47 

Fletcher Corner Filling Station, 

gas 21.08 

Standard Oil Go., oil 3,143.27 

Geo. W. Reed, tools 2.50 

Tar Products Go., oil 682.44 

L. W. Perkins, gravel and logs . . . 75.60 

Gommonwealth of Mass., signs . . 20.20 

Good Roads Machinery Go 21.00 

A. F. Davis, painting sign 1.00 

Buffalo Springfield Roller Go., 

Scraper and blades 13.50 

Goughlin's Garage, hose 2.50 

W. B. Holt, repairs 1.38 

F. B. Lothrop Go., 1.75 

Fitzgerald Garage 2.85 

Tate & Go., pipe 19.10 

T- Stuart & Son Go., repairing 

bridge 782.52 

Gonant Machine Go., repairs .... 131.03 



$2,200.00 



$2,200.00 



$21,151.54 



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E. P. Gates, repairs 65.05 

M. E. Taylor & Go,, supplies . . . 39.09 

N. E. Metal Gulvert Go. culvert . . 30.80 
Harris Square Foundry Co., catch 

basin 18.40 

Ole Granberg, gravel 52,80 

Andres Ghristofferson, gravel . . 148,50 

Margaret Spinney, gravel 46.80 

James Kinsley, gravel 26.70 

William Kingsley, gravel 8.25 

A. G. Flagg, gravel 4.50 

0. F. Nelson, repairs 4.10 

A, H. Perkins, express 1.15 

J. Gagnon, gravel 18.90 

General Crushed Stone Go 300.12 



$6,836.45 



PAY ROLLS 
Labor : 
A. H. Perkins, superintendent . , . 

Joe Gallant 

L. W. Perkins 

P. Gallan 

A. Dubey 

L. Morse 

George Rugg 

W. Scanlon 

A. Ghristofferson 

W. Larrabee 

S. H. MacGregor 

David Gook 

W. Anderson 

E. Anderson 

John Dwyer 

J. G. Hescock 

Bert Holt 

Frank Gallant 

R. Tupper 

G. Robbins 

R. Angier 

W. H. Kingsley 

M. Sheehan . T 

T. Murray 

V, Estern 

William Munroe 

Paul Goughlin 

D. Hurley 

M. Sheehan 

R. Jones 

W. Perkins 



$1. 



431.50 
850.25 

10.00 
750.75 
669.25 
250.45 
368.50 
548.00 

12.00 
898.75 

25.00 

78.80 
411.50 
386.50 

12.00 

16.00 
118.60 

72.00 
8.00 

15.50 

4.00 

.50 

34.40 

387.25 

6.00 

135.25 

156.50 

2.00 

11.20 

11.50 
2.00 



88 

N. Perkins 20.00 

G. Briggs 3.50 

$7,707.45 
Trucks * 

A. H. Perkins $ 702.75 

R. Jones 1,843.88 

W. H. Kingsley 212.50 

A.B.Frost 1,434.75 

George Hayward 753.25 

J'esse Briggs , 55.00 

George Morse 30.00 

G. Bobbins 597.51 

5,629.64 

L. W. Perkins $ 766.00 

W. H. Kingsley 212.00 

$978.00 



Total highways $21,151.54 

SCHOOL STREET AND LAWS BROOK ROAD ^ 

Unexpended balance from 1929 $ 639.45 
Received from County under 

Chapter 90 797.29 

Received from State under 

Chapter 90 797.29 

Tranf erred from reserve fund . . . 1.03 



$2,235.06 



Paid : 

John J. Watkins, contract $1,939.18 

Tar Products Corporation 236.88 

Standard Oil Co 59.00 



$2,235.06 



SUMMER STREET AND NEWTOWNE ROAD 

Appropriations $6,000.00 

Received from County under 

Chapter 90 . 6,000.00 

Received from State under 

Chapter 90 6,000.00 

$18,000.00 

Paid: 

ff. E. Road Builders Ass'n, adv.. . $ 13.75 

A. W. Davis, trucking 67.50 

Harrison Square Foundry 18.4(5 



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Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 

posts, frames and grates . . 106.06 

A. J. Pontas, bounds 84.00 

A. Dubey, labor 24.00 

P. Goughlin, labor 6.00 

W. Munn, labor 8.00 

F. Gallant, labor 8.00 

J. Gallant, labor 18.00 

G. Robbins, labor 14.00 

P. Gallan, labor 14.00 

A. W. Perkins, truck 4.50 

J. J. Watkins, contract 14,499.55 



$14,885.76 
Unexpended balance 3,114.24 



SNOW REMOVAL 

Appropriation $1,500.00 

Transferred from reserve fund . . 12.85 



Paid: 
John Pederson, removing snow 

and sanding $1,220.52 

John Pederson, salary as supt. . . 100.00 

E. P. Gates, repairs 10.50 

A. H. Perkins, labor 93.33 

A. W. Perkins, truck 15.00 

P. Gallan. labor 8.00 

J. Gallant, labor 23.50 

A. Dubey, labor 8.00 

R. Jones, labor 4.00 

W. Larrabee. labor 15.00 

A. B. Frost, truck 15.00 



STREET LIGHTING 

Appropriation $5,050.00 

Transferred from reserve fund . . 23.26 



$18,000.00 



$1,512.85 



$1,512.85 



$5,073.26 



Paid: 
Edison Electric Illuminating Go. $5,073.26 

PUBLIG WELFARE 
Appropriation $2,500.00 



90 

Paid : 

H. J. Billings, salary $ 75.00 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, salary .... 40.00 

W. F. Davis, salary 40.00 

Hobbs, & Warren, book 1.60 

Orders as approved by the Board 

of Public Welfare 2,099.96 

$2,256.56 
Unexpended balance 243.44 

$2,500.00 
MILITARY AID 
Appropriation $200.00 

Paid: 
Orders as approved by the Board 

of Public Welfare $ 45.00 

Unexpended balance 155,00 

$200.00 
STATE AID 

Appropriation $ 200.00 

Transferred from reserve fund . . 73.00 

$273.00 

Paid $273.00 

SOLDIERS' RELIEF 

Appropriation $ 500.00 

Transferred from reserve fund . . 100.97 

$600.97 
Paid: 
Orders as approved by the Soldies' 

Relief Agent $600.97 

EDUCATION 
Appropriation $45,000.00 

Paid: 
Orders of School Committee . . . $44,534.21 
Unexpended balance 465.79 

$45,000.00 

GRADING HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDS 
Appropriation $3,500.00 

Paid: 
Greenough Construction Co. as 

per contract $3,500.00 



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LIBRARY 

MAINTENANCE 

Appropriation $800.00 

Received from Heald fund 233.70 

Transferred from reserve fund . . 140.74 


Edison Electric 111. Go 

Dennison Mfg. Co., labels 

A. F. Davis, librarian 


$1,174.44 

$ 28.60 

1.08 

153.00 


A. F. Davis, janitor 

A. F. Davis, writing, cards, bind- 
ing, cataloging, etc 

0. E. Houghton, transporting 
books 


153.00 
57.46 

50.00 


So. Acton Goal and Lumber Go., 
coal 


222.86 


E. F. Gonant, insurance 

Robert S. Osterhout, slips 

N. E. Nurseries, trees and shrubs 

E. H. Longley, cement curb .... 

Harlan E. Tuttle, agent for fund 

to build walks 


58.37 

30.00 

147.50 

36.20 

50.00 


No. Acton Concrete Gonst. Co., 
lawn 

No. Acton Concrete Const. Co., 
removing tree 

Wm. Edward Slate Co., repairing 
roof . . 


5.00 

$ 5.00 

75.00 


West & South Water Supply Dis- 
trict, installation service . . 

M. E. Taylor & Co., supplies 

Horace F. Tuttle, book 


78.98 

21.39 

1.00 


$1,174.44 

BOOK ACCOUNT 
Appropriation S200.00 


Received from Library fund .... 


588.80 


Paid: 

DeWolfe Fiske & Go 

W. R Hunting Co 


$788.80 

$375.16 

180.82 


Goodspeed Book Shop 

A. R. Worwrath, Inc 

Jean Karr 

R. H. Hurkley Go 

Manual Arts Press 


43.66 
16.82 
16.65 
44.50 
3.13 



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Chas. Scribner Sons 18.00 

George H. B. Turner 2.00 

Houghton Mifflin Go 20.13 

Herman Goldberger Agency .... 48.80 

Wm. A. Wilde Go 12.83 

Pan American Union 3.50 

American Library Ass'n 2.50 

$788.50 

Unexpended balance .30 



GEMETERIES 
Appropriation 

Paid: 

F. W. Green, labor $715.63 

F. W. Green, team 40.75 

W. H. Kingsley, labor 57.10 

W. H. Kingsley, truck 150.05 

W. H. Kingsley, gravel 7.50 

Hohnerden Go., weed destroyer. . 82.11 

West & South Water Supply . . . 18.24 

A. W. Davis, tools, paint and oil . . 18.15 

M. E. Taylor & Go., tools 4.25 

Haymarket Hardware, hose .... 28.00 

Wm. Munn, mowing 5.00 

N. E. Nursery Co., maples 37.50 

J. W- Livermore, team 7.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, compiling re- 
port of lots in Perpetual care, 
writing and recording deeds, 

staking out streets and lots 23.00 

$1,194.78 
Unexpended balance 5.22 

j 

$1,200.00 

{ 



PERPETUAL GARE 
Received interest on cemetery 

fund $1,403.75 

Received Luke Blanchard fund . . 30.50 



$788.80 



$1,200.00 



$1,200.00 



Paid : 
F. W. Green, labor 



$1,434.25 
$1,434.25 



93 

SURPLUS AGGQUNT 

Received from surplus account. . $83.50 

Paid: 

Albert Batley & Son, flowers ... $ 43.50 

Horace F. Tuttle, copying plans at 
Mt. Hope, material and blue- 
prints 40.00 



$83.50^ 

MEMORIAL DAY 
Appropriation $300.00 

Paid : 

Marsten & Wells, flags $ 16.50 

Acton Gadet Band 130.00 

A. G. Jones, provisions 5.07 

B. S. Holt, cream 1.60 

Strong & Tracy, provisions 9.20 

First Baptist church, rent 10.00 

Lovell Bus Lines 30.00 

George L. Towne, expense 7.10 

Albert Batley & Son, flowers . . . 42.00 

Boston Regalia Go., flag 8.56 

R. E. Wright, rolls 2.40 

A. W. Davis Go., paper 1.40 



$263.83 
Unexpended balance 36.17 



$300.00 

APRH. 19TH GELEBRATION 
Received from April 19th fund. . $119.95 

Paid : 
Gity of Boston Printing Dept., 

programs $ 15.00 

Gurtis, & Weld, rental of suits . . 9.00 

Murphv & Snvder. printing 22.00 

Acton Cadet Band 50.00 

Edward Bush, dinners 15.00 

Wm. Rawitser, expenses 8.95 



$119.95 

TOWN FOREST 

Appropriation $150.00 

Unexpeded 150.00 



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TOWN HALL GRADING 
Appropriation $500.00 

Paid: 
North Acton Concrete Construc- 
tion Co 500.00 

INSURANCE OF EMPLOYEES 

Appropriation $500.00 

Tranferred from reserve fund . . 49.11 

$549.11 
Paid : 

Paul R. Hederstedt 549.11 

DEMONSTRATION WORK IN AGRICULTURE 
Appropriation $300.00 

Paid : 
Middlesex County Extension 

Service 300.00 

QUIMBY SQUARE 
Appropriation 200.00 

Paid : 

West & South Water Supply $67.35 

A. W. Davis Co., paint and oil . . 61.60 

$128.95 
Unexpended balance 71.05 

$200.00 

CLAIMS AGAINST TOWN 
Appropriation 300.00 

Paid : 

Peter J. Shea for damages $188.00 

Howard J. Wilson, attorney .... 51.00 

$239.00 
Unexpended balance 61.00 

$300.00 

COMMITTE ON TERCENTENNIAL OBSERVANCE 
Appropriation 100.00 



95 

Paid : 

Stuart Allen, pine trees $ 11.00 

Mildred Dusseault, episodes .... 23.75 

Ella Miller, episodes 1.75 

Marion Towne, wigs 7.28 

Norman Perkins, costume 3.00 

Julia McCarthy, expense 3.67 

Elise, Dickerman, expense 2.78 

E. L. Young, expense 1.65 

Jennie Tuttle, coat 1.40 

Mary LafTin, cloth and patterns 8.05 

Lillia Livermore, episode .50 



$64.83 
Unexpended balance 35.17 



$100.00 

UNCLASSIFIED 
Appropriation $500.00 

Paid : 
W. &. L. E. Gurlev. suplies for 

seater \ $ 15.72 

Boston Typewriter Co., typewriter 45.00 

Shaw Walker Co., cabinet 85.60 

Burroughs Adding Machine Co. 150.00 

Office Appliance, files 5.00; 

Finney & Hoit, flags 12.00 

Globe Newspaper Co 13.20 

Concord Journal 2.00 

0. D. Wood, care of flag 5.00 

Howard J. Billings, perambulating 

town lines 5.00 

W. F. Davis, town lines 10.00 

Waldo E. Wliitcomb 10.00 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, reporting births .75 

Dr. G. H. Tuttle, reporting births .25 

Dr. E. A. Mayell. reporting births .75 

Dr. J. H. Matzkin, reporting births .25 

Dr. D. M. Fuchs, reporting births 25 

Dr. R. E. Hooper, reporting births .75 

Dr. E. J. Flaherty, reporting births 50 

Dr. R. K. Whitton, reporting births .50 

Dr. E. F. Ryan, reporting births .25 

Dr. J. D. Christie, reporting births 1.00 



$363.77 
Unexpended balance 136.23 



$500.00 



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INTEREST ON REVENUE LOANS 
Approriation ^ $2,300.00 

Paid: 
First National Bank of Ayer .... $1,715.56 
Unexpended balance 584.44 

$2,300.00 

BONDED INDEBTEDNESS 
Appropriation $9,500.00 

Paid : 
Merchants' National bank, High 

School bonds $5,000.00 

Assabet Institution for Savings, 

road note 2,000.00 

First National Bank of Ayer, road 

note 700.00 

Fire House note 800.00 

$8,500.00 
Unexpended balance 1,000.00 



$9,500.00 



REVENUE LOANS 

Amount outstanding Jan. 1, 1930 $25,000.00 
Received — First National bank 

of Ayer 70,000.00 



Paid : 

First National bank of Ayer $70,000.00 

Amount outstanding December 

31, 1930 25,000.00 



$95,000.00 



$95,000.00 

RESERVE FUND 
Appropriation $1,200.00 

Transferred to: 

Highways $351.54 

Building grounds 48.61 

Fire department 178.57 

Fire whistle 114.22 

Health 19.34 

School street and Law Brook rd. 1.03 

Snow removal 12.85 



97 

Street lighting 23.26 

State aid 73.00 

Soldiers' relief 100.97 

Library 140.74 

Liability insurance 49.11 

Interest 23.06 

$1,136.30 

Unexpeended balance 63.70 



$1,200.00 



INTEREST ON FUNDED DEBT 

Approapriation $2,276.00 

Transferred from reserve fund. . 23.06 

$2,299.06 
Paid : 

Merchants' National bank $2,023.06 

First National bank, Ayer 196.00 

Assabet Institution for Saving . . 80.00 

$2,299.06 
REFUNDS 

Paid 1930 tax $ 13.44 

Paid 1929 excise tax 29.38 

Paid 1930 excise tax 129.91 

$172.73 
FINANCIAL STATEMENT 
Amount due from collector Dec. 

31, 1929 $48,564.06 

Received State tax 3,500.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

State snow removal tax 388.30 

County tax 5,283.64 

County tuberculosis tax 340.86 

Town grant 71,664.53 

Added assessments 40.32 

Overlay, 1930 2,454.17 

Motor vehicle excise tax 8,512.34 

$142,321. 4^ 
Treasurer's cash on hand Dec. 31, 

1929 $18,656.26 

Received interest on taxes .... 2,520.78 
Receipts other than taxes 125,741.15 

$146,918.19 

$289,239.61 



98 

Paid : 

State tax $3,500.00 

State highway tax 1,573.20 

State snow removal 388.33 

County tax 5,283.64 

County tuberculosis tax 340.86 

General government .• 4,957.11 

Treasurer's and collectors' bonds 270.00 

Buildings and grounds 848.61 

Police 1,495.55 

^ Fire department 2,178.57 

Brush fire 826.48 

Hose account 673.75 

Forest fire truck and pump 2,189.53 

Hydrant service 2,968.00 

Acton Center fire house 1,000.00 

Whistle South Acton fire house . . 764.22 

Moth . . 1.132.20 

Tree Warden 375.04 

Health 1,019.34 

Town nurse 2,048.06 

Highways 21,151.54 

School street and Laws Brook road 2,235.06 

Summer street and Newtowne rd. 14,885.76 

Snow removal 1^512.85 

Street lighting 5^073.26 

Public welfare 2,256.56 

Military aid 45.00 

State aid 273.00 

Soldiers' relief 600.97 

Education 44,534.21 

Grading High school grounds . . 3,500.00 

Library 1,174.44 

Library book account 788.50 

Cemetery 1,194.78 

Cemetery perpetual care 1.434.25 

'Cemetery surplus account 83.50 

Memorial Day 263.83 

April 19th celebration 119.95 

Town hall grading 500.00 

Liability insurance 549.11 

Demonstration work in agriculture 300.00 

Quimby Square 128.95 

€laims against town 239.00 

Committee on tercentennial ob- 
servance 64.83 

Unclassified 363.77 

Interest on funded debt 2,299.06 

Interest on revenue loans 1,715.56 

Notes and bonds • 8,500.00 

Revenue loans 70,000.00 



99 

Refunds 172.73 

Refunds to State Treasury bank 

tax 4.11 

Treasurer and accountant's ad- 
justments for 1929 69.27 



$219,866.34 



Abatements $ 486.24 

Abatements, excise tax 357.74 

Tax titles .' 104.55 

Amount due from the collector 

December 31, 1930 50,532.51 

Treasurer's balance Dec. 31, 1930 17,892.23 

$69,373.27 

$289,239.61 

SURPLUS ACCOUNTS 

Balance January 1, 1930 $24,007.13 

Surplus revenue 1930 9,854.89 

Tax title revenue 1930 374.43 

$34,236.45 
Dr. ' 

Revenue account 1930 $10,000.00 

Accountants adjustments, amount 
due treasurer for 1929 ac- 
count 69.27 

Difference in amount raised by 
assessors' for state snow re- 
moval .03 

$10,069.30 

Balance December 31, 1930 24,167.15 

OVERLAYS 

1928 

Balance January 1, 1930 $3,473.07 

Abatements $ 408.02 

Transferred to overlay surplus . . 3,065.05 



$3,473.0 



1929 

Balance January 1, 1930 $2,781.55 

Balance, December 31 1930 .. 2,781.55 



100 

1930 

Overlay 2,454.17 

Abatements . . $ 78.22 

Refunds 13.44 

Balance December 31, 1930 . . . 2,362.51 

$2,454.17 
MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAX REVENUE 

Balance January 1, 1930 $2,396.57 

1930 tax 8,512.34 

$10,908.91 
Dr. 

Refunds $159.29 

Abatements 357.74 

To estimated receipts: 
Account total collected 7»250.49 

$7,767.52 

Balance December 31, 1930 $3,141.39 



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AUDITOR'S REPORT 



I have examined the books and accounts of the treasurer of 
the town of Acton, and also the books and records of the collector 
of taxes, and have found them correct. Notices have been sent to 
delinquent taxpayers. 



HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



February 17, 1931. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OP THE 



School Department 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 

1930 




THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE 

HUDSON, MASS. 

1931 



ORGANIZATION 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Lulu L. Clark, Chairman Term expires 1932 

Mrs. Albertie Meade Term expires 1933 

Forest Bean Term expires 1932 

Mrs. Oliver Wood Term expires 1931 

Arthur Whitcomb Term expires 1931 

Randall Woodworth Term expires 1931 

SUPERINTENDENT 

John F. Hough, So. Acton, Mass. Telephone 165 

Office High School Building — Every afternoon except 

Monday and Wednesday 

SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 
Dr. E. A. Mayell Acton 

SCHOOL NURSE 
Miss Lillian Frost North Acton 



SCHOOL CALENDAR 
First short term begins December 29, 1930. 
First short term ends February 20, 1931. 
Second short term begins March 2, 1931. 
Second short term ends April 17, 1931. 
Third short term begins April 27, 1931. 
Third short term ends June 12, 1931, for Grades I. to 
YIII. inclusive. 

Third short term ends June 19, 1931, for High School. 

1931-1932 
Fall term begins September 8, 1931. 
Thanksgiving — School closes November 25, 1931, and 
re-opens November 30, 1931. 

Fall term ends December 23, 1931. 
First short term begins January 4, 1932. 

LEGAL HOLIDAYS 

January 1, February 22, April 19, May 30, July 4, first 
Monday of September,, October 12, November 11, Thanks- 
giving Day, Christmas Day (the day following when any of 
the first five days mentioned, the 12th of October, or Christ- 
mas 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 ses- 
sion on that day. 



TEACHERS IN SERVICE, DECEMBER 31, 1930 



Center School: 

Teachers App. 

(Grades I-VI inclusive) 
Marion Towne 1921 
Edith Taylor 
Caroline Chase 



Where educated Home address 



Smith College 

1927 Wheelock 

1928 Bridgewater Normal 



South School : 



(Grades I-VI inclusive) 
Julia McCarthy 1906 
Florence Merriam 1927 
Jessie Kinnevan 1929 



Fitchburg Normal 
Framingham Normal 
Worcester Normal 



Concord 
Littleton 
N. Bedford 



So. Acton 
So. Acton 
Worcester 



West School: 

(Grades I-VI inclusive) 

Harriet Suchovsky 1929 Framingham Normal Clinton 

Elise Dickerman 1926 Fitchburg Normal Ayer 

Madeline Allard 1928 Lowell Normal Lowell 

High School Building: 



Ella Miller 


1899 


Framingham Normal 


Acton 


Helen Murray 


1928 


Tufts College 


No. Attleboro 


Elsie Bixby 


1927 


Framingham Normal 








Boston University 


Woodville 


Marion Fuller 


1928 


Wheaton College 


Walpole 


Edith Ames 


1928 


Simmons College 


Littleton 


Margaret 








Boornazian 


1929 


Boston University 


Methuen 


Walter Holt 


1928 


Dartmouth College 


Ashburnham 


John Hough 


1927 


Middlebury, Har- 








vard, Colgate 


So. Acton 


Henry Hopkinson 


1930 


Northeastern Law 








School 


W. Acton 


Hobert A. Dolan 


1930 


Clark University 


Marlboro 



Supervisors: 



Music: Elmer Pierce, Gardner. 
Drawing: Elizabeth Farmer, Worcester. 
Manual Arts : Edward Steuer, North Adams. 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

To the voters of Acton : 

The School Committee herewith presents its annual re- 
port for the fiscal year 1930, and an estimate of its require- 
ments for the year 1931. 

The reports of the Superintendent and Supervisors are 
approved and are attached hereto. Several changes have 
been made in the school organization during the past year. 
Mr. Frank Toohey, owing to changes in his business, re- 
signed from the iDoard shortly after his re-election. Mr. 
Toohey was a member of the board for six years and was 
chairman at the time of his resignation. He also served on 
the building committee of the High School. Dr. Randall 
Woodworth was elected by the Selectmen and School Com- 
mittee to fill the vacancy and Mrs. Charles Clark was elected 
chairman of the committee. Mr. Charles W. Lawrance, 
Superintendent and Principal of the High School, resigned 
his position with us in June and accepted a union superin- 
tendency in the towns of Kingston, Pembroke, Plympton, 
and Halifax. Mr. John Hough was elected to take his place. 
Much credit is due Mr. Lawrance for his able assistance in 
carrying out the wishes of the School Committee in the re- 
organization of the school system. Mr. Lawrance came to 
us at the time of our withdrawal from a superintendency 
union. He ably assisted us in organizing our own High 
School, a Junior High School, and in making many changes 
in the Elementary Schools. 

Several changes have been made in the teaching force of 
the High School in the past year. The committee was 
pleased to advance Mr. Hough from his position as Assistant 
Principal of the High School to Principal and Superintend- 
ent of all schools. We were also fortunate in securing Mr. 
Henry Hopkinson as Assistant Principal of the High School. 
Other changes in the teaching force will be noted in the 
report of the superintendent. 

The teachers in our High School are to be commended for 
the interest they have taken not only in the actual teaching 
of the students, but for the time taken and interest shown 
in sports and other school activities. The elementary 
teachers are also to be commended for their work and co- 
operation. Our schools are now rated Grade A, and the 
committee wishes at this time to thank all who have worked 
with them to bring the schools up to this high standard. 

The committee would like to call your attention to the 
amount of work that has been accomplished in the way of 



repairs, upkeep and new equipment. With much planning^ 
of the finances we were able to purchase some new equip- 
ment for the auditorium as well as the necessary equipment 
for the new class in Manual Arts instituted shortly after the 
school opened in September. We were also able to install 
flush closets in the West Acton School. While some other 
repairs that seemed quite necessary were postponed the 
condition of the toilets at the West Acton School was such 
that all other repairs were put aside to meet the conditions 
there. In 1926 half the roof at the South Acton School was 
shingled and it was the intention of the committee to have 
this work completed this year, but the fear that we would 
exceed our budget made us hold up this work. This year it 
will be necessary to complete this work. It will also be 
necessary to shingle the West Acton school building. One 
building should be painted, and there will be the usual 
necessary repairs in all four buildings. You will note how- 
ever that $465.79 of this year's appropriation is being 
turned back to the treasury. 

Mr. Davis has co-operated with the committee in trans- 
porting pupils from the southeast, east, and north ends of 
the town, and while our transportation of pupils continues 
to be a problem we hope that some improvement can be 
made in the near future, and Mr. Davis is working with us 
to bring this about. 

Mr. Theron Newton, for many years janitor of the South 
Acton School, was compelled to resign in December on ac- 
count of poor health. Mr. Lewis Hastings was elected in his 
place. 

In preparing our budget for the year 1931 we are asking 
for the smallest amount that we honestly think should be 
used to operate our schools efficiently — the same as was- 
granted last year. We thank you. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LULU L. CLARK, 
Chairman of School Committee. 



COMPARISON OF COST FOR OPERATING 
ACTON SGHOOIS 

Mass. School Fund 1930 1929 1928 1927 

Part I $3,610.00 $3,560.00 $3,740.00 $4,360.00 

Part II none none 2,978.41 1,227.92 

State wards and mis- 
cellaneous 151.76 131.25 276.43 439.62 

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Total from state, $3,761.76 $3,691.25 $6,994.84 $6,027.54 

Out of town tuitions, 2,670.15 2,775.28 2,010.56 1,927.40 

Grand total .... $6,431.91 $6,466.53 $9,005.40 $7,954.94 

Expended from ap- 
propriation $44,534.21 $44,845.92 $43,984.70 $43,987.67 

Net cost to town 
(raised by taxa- 
tion) 38,102.30 38,379.39 34,979.30 36,032.73 

Appropriations 45,000.00 45,000.00 44,000.00 44,000.00 

Special appropria- 
tion 3,500.00 

Total appropria- 
tion $48,500.00 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SGHOOIS FOR THE 
FISCAL YEAR 1931 

Salary and other expenses of Superintendent . . $ 3,000 . 00 

Expenses of instruction 28,000 . 00 

Expenses of operation 6,500 . 00 

Repairs 2,200 . 00 

Auxiliary agencies 4,300 . 00 

Outlays 1,000.00 

Total $45,000 . 00 



SUMMARY OF EXPENSES FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1930 



GENERAL CONTROL 

Salaries and other expenses of superintendent 

and truant officers, clerk $3,008.28 



Total control $3,008.28 

EXPENSES OF INST^RUGTION 

Salaries, Supervisors, Teachers: 

High School and elementary $26,595.13 

Text books, high school 337.69 

Text books, elementary 315.11 

Stationery and supplies, high school 806.05 

Stationery and supplies, elementary 482.42 



Total instruction 28,536.40 

EXPENSES OF OPERATION 

Wages of janitor, high school building $1,300.00 

Fuel, high school ' 779.44 

Miscellaneous 864.93 



Total High School building $2,944.37 

Center 

Janitor $640.00 

Fuel 309.01 

Misc. Op 95.37 



South 


West 


$760.00 


$720.00 


460.13 


316.62 


177.37 


103.30 



Bid. total $1044.38 $1397.50 $1139.92 

Total Elementary operating $3,581.80 



Total operating High school and elementary $6,526.17 

Maintenance and repairs: 
High school $364.50 

Center South West 

Elem $158.01 $146.20 $1885.91 

Total elementary repairs $2,190.12 

Total repairs $2,554.62 



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AUXILIARY 

Health $200.00 

Transportation 3,450.00 

Total $3,650.00 

NEW EQUIPMENT 

Security Fence Company $134.00 

Horace Partridge Go 89.74 

Atlantic Motion Picture Go 35.00 

Total new equiment $258.74 

Total expended $44,534.21 

Unexpended balance 465.79 

$45,000.00 

SPECIAL APPROPRIATION H. S. GROUNDS 

Greenough Construction Company $3,500.00 

Grand total $48,500.00 



PAID OUT FOR SUPPORT FOR YEAR ENDING 
DECEMBER 31, 1930 

GENERAL CONTROL 

Superintendent, salary $2,006.92 

Superintendent, clerk hire 795.00 

Superintendent, travel expenses 30.07 

Total $2,831.99 

OFFICE EXPENSES AND ENFORCEMENT OF LAW 

New England Tel. & Tel. Co., telephones $47.24 

The Hadley Press, Inc., letterhead paper .... 22.00 

Walter Currier, envelopes and stamps 50.98 

Yawman & Erbe, folders, office cards 8.15 

Laffin's Bedford Express .35 

Journal of Education, magazine 6.00 

Wright & Potter, summary sheets 4.64 

Thomas Groom & Company, minutes book .... 5.15 

Daniel MacDougall, census 30.00 

The MacMillan Co., office book .88 

Sanderson's, calendar pad .90 

$176.29 

Total General control $3,008.28 



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EXPENSE OF INSTRUCTION 

Supervisor's salary, music $400.00 

Supervisor's salary, drawing 280.00 

Manual Training Supervisor 32.62 

Total $712.62 

Principal's salary. High school $1,312.51 

Teachers salaries, High school: 

John Hough $1,260.00 

Henry Hopkinson, four months 800.00 

Robert Dolan, four months 480.00 

Thelma Eaton, six months 780.00 

Walter Holt 1,740.00 

Elsie Bixby 1,700.00 

Margaret Boornazian 1.340.00 

Marion Fuller 1,440.00 

Total High school teachers $9,540.00 

Teachers salary, elementary: 

Ella Miller $1,400.00 

Helen Murray 1,240.00 

Gyneth Prew, six months 660.00 

Edith Ames 1,270.00 

Marion Tovvne 1,320.00 

Edith Taylor 1,220.00 

Caroline Chase 970.00 

Julia McCarthy 1,400.00 

Florence Merriam 1,220.00 

Jessie Kinnevan 1,020.00 

Harriet Suchovsky 1.220.00 

Madeline Allard 970.00 

Elise Dickerman 1,120.00 



Total elementary $15,030.00 



Total expenses of Instruction $26,595.13 

EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION TEXT BOOKS (HIGH) 

Gregg Publishing Company, shorthand books $29.22 

The Burnham Antique Book Store, geographic .58 

C. C. Birchard & Company, music books .... 2.00 
Benj. H. Sanborn & Company, geometry books 29.58 

The' John C. Winston Company 57.01 

Ginn & Company, Business English, music 

books 75.1 1 

Allyn and Bacon 40.63 

Scott, Foresman & Company 9.93 

D. C. Heath & Company . . .* 9.87 

Teachers' College, Columbia University .... 2.75 



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Charles Scribner Sons 1.68 

World Book Company 41.44 

Herman Goldberger Agency, magazines 30.00 

M. Witmark & Sons, music books »5.00 

Edward E. Babb Company 2.89 

Total text books (High) $337.69 

TEXTS BOOKS— ELEMENTARY 

Scott, Foresman & Company $33.44 

F. A. Owen Publishing Company 24.22 

Frank G. Carpenter Foundation, reference books 43.20 

National Home & School Association, ref, books 43.50 

D. C. Heath & Company 32.84 

Silver Burdett Company 72.29 

Charles Scribner & Sons 4.87 

The MacMillan Company 13.80 

Webster Publishing Company 30.83 

Ginn & Company 11.60 

Edward E. Babb 4.52 

Total Textbooks, Elementary $315.11 

Total Textbooks $652.80 

STATIONERY AND SUPPLIES (HIGH) 

Milton Bradley Company, paper, flags $33.35 

Ginn & Company, forms, class books 7.37 

J. L. Hammett Company 270.17 

C. C. Birchard, music 7.33 

Underwood Typewriter Company, roll 4.00 

Finney & Hoit 14.15 

0. H. Howe, flowers 4.25 

Bon Marche, ribbon for graduation 5.92 

L. C. Smith & Corona Type Co., 3 typewriters 102.50 

Vannah Lithograph Company 32.40 

Laffin's Bedford Express 1.75 

Kinney Brothers & Watkins 10.14 

Wright & Potter Co., record cards 4.16 

Murphy & Snyder, chemistry paper 4.25 

Royal Typewriter Company, 3 typewriters . . 97.50 

Central Scientific Co., chemicals 43.65 

Keystone View Co., picture slides 31.45 

Edward E. Babb Co., envelopes, ink 1.80 

Atlantic Motion Picture Co., rules 1.40 

Harter Publishing Co., maps 4.13 

The John C. Winston Co., business forms .... 8.58 

John C. Ruth Co 68.53 

The Traders Carbon Supply Co., paper, ribbons 10.42 
Southwestern Publishing Co., bookkeeping 

forms 24.05 

Pierce's Express 2.00 

Yawman & Erbe Manufacturing Co 10.80 

Total Stationery and Supplies (High) $806.05 



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STATIONERY AND SUPPLIES (ELEMENTAJIY) 

Milton Bradley Company $186.39^ 

J. L. Hammett Company 168.14 

World Book Company 24.59 

Kenney Brothers & Watkins, pencils 10.15 

Webster Publishing Company 30.83 

Edward E. Babb 3.84 

J. B. Lippincott Company .28 

Benj. H. Sanborn Company 22.50 

Jibhn M. Ruth Company 19.83 

Wilbur D. Gilpatrick 15.87 

Total Stationery & Supplies (Elementary) . . $482.42 

Total Instruction & Supplies $28,836.40 

OPERATING EXPENSES— HIGH SCHOOL 

Janitor, Fuel and Miscellaneous 

Daniel iMacDougall, Janitor $1,300.00 

South Acton Coal & Lumber Co 779.44 

Miscellaneous: 

Albert E. Sims, wire brushes $ 1.50 

A. W. Davis, supplies, seeds, steel wool 82.51 

J. A. MacPherson, hardware 10.87 

L. E. Knott Apparatus Co 3.04 

Fuelite Natural Gas Co. 112.00 

Manufacturing Equipment & Engineering Go. 1.33 

L. P. Boeske, cleaning cesspool 40.00 

Strong & Tracey, floor mops .90 

George Gutteridge, thermometer 2.00 

West and South Water Supply 39.48 

Mrs. Julia Kelley 3.00 

South Acton Coal and Lumber Co 39.40 

Masury-Young Co., soap, paper towels 68.63 

Maydale Spring Water Co.. distilled water . . . .75 

C. B. Dodge Co., disinfectants 40.35 

Dallman Company 36.50 

J. S. Moore, cutter 1.25 

Laffin's Bedford Express .- 6.45 

Department of Correction, brushes 5.45 

Dura Binding Co., rebinding books 58.45 

W^est Disinfecting Company 22.97 

Allen Chair Company . . . 5.64 

Cooper Radio Electric Company 4.50' 

Commissioner of Public Safety 5.00^ 

Walter Holt, transportation and express .... 5.71 

E. P. Gates, iron and bolts 3.00' 

Charles E. Smith, fixing net, bolts 24.77 

William B. Holt, wire brushes 10.95 

Atlantic Motion Picture Co 6.30 



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G. G. Gullinane, transportation, express .... 2.13 

0. F. Nelson, iron works 21.50 

Power 104.13 

Light 94.47 



Total miscellaneous $864.93 



Total operating expense — High school .... $2,944.37 

Operating Expense-^EIementary 

Center South West 

Janitors $640.00 $760.00 $720.00 

Fuel 309.01 460.13 316.62 



>.01 $1,220.13 $1,036.62 
Total janitors and fuel $3,205.76 

JVIiscellaneous Operating Expense — Elementary 

Center 

West and South Water Supply $19.81 

South Acton Coal & Lumber 
Co 

JMasury- Young Co., soap, oil 

towels 22.87 

Dept. of Correction 3.62 

Theron Newton, mowing 
lawn, gravel 

Larkin Lumber Co., lum- 
ber 

Dura Binding Co 8.86 

0. F. Nelson 

West Disinfecting Go 8.77 

George H. Reed 

South Acton Coal & Lumber 

John Evans, supplies 

A. W. Davis, supplies 

Edward E. Babb Go 8.46 

M. E. Taylor, supplies .... 2.00 

Edison Electric Illuminating 

Company 20.98 13.55 28.98 



South 


West 


$12.00 


$12.00 


14.11 


9.23 


22.88 


22.87 


3.62 


3.62 


7.00 




25.14 




8.86 


8.88 


34.80 




8.78 


8.76 


4.50 




22.13 






2.25 




6.71 



$95.37 $177.37 $103.30 

Total $376.04 

Total elementary operating expense $3,581.80 

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR— HIGH SCHOOL 

Oliver D. Wood, beading desks $6.90 

R. A. Fife Corporation, chair braces 12.00 



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A. W. Davis, frosted glass 3.25 

Burditt & Williams Co., locks repaired 3.93 

Albert E. Sims, repairs 180.37 

Charles G. Smith, repairs 48.95 

R. H. Austin, repair on electric clock 19.50 

L. T. Fullonton, setting glass 77.90 

Robert E. Prentiss 11.70 



Total maintenance and repairs — High .... $364.50 

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR— ELEMENTARY 

Center South West 

E. Z. Stanley $^.11 $16.05 $11.70 

L. T. Fullonton, setting glass 120.90 1.00 31.40 

Charles E. Smith 14.00 127.65 18.58 

George Gutteridge 1.50 

Albert E. Sims 8.18 

E. H. Longley, cement floor 60.00 

William B. Holt 1,701.60 

Board of Water Commissioners 54.45 



$158,01 $146.20 $1,885.91 
Total Maintenance and repairs — Elementary $2,190.12 

Health 

High School : 
Doctor Mayell, school examinations $50.00 

Elementary: 
Doctor Mayell, school examinations 150.00 



Total Health $200.00 

Transportation 

A. W. Davis $3,450.00 

Outlays 

Greenough Construction Co., high school 

grounds 3,500.00 

New Equipment 

Security Fench Company $134.00 

Horace Partridge Company 89.74 

Atlantic Motion Picture, screen . . 35.00 



Total new equipment $258.74 

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Total expended during fiscal year $48,034.21 



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SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT 

To the School Committee and voters of Acton: 

I herewith offer my annual report. 

During the past year there have been some changes in the 
teaching staff of the Acton Schools. The staff of the graded 
schools has remained intact, whereas two men have entered 
into the system at the High school in the places of Miss Eaton 
and Miss Prew, who left Acton for more advanced positions 
at the end of the last school year. One of these men, Mr. 
Hopkinson, has had years of experience preparing boys for 
college in a private school in Boston, and the other, Mr. 
Dolan, is a young man with much athletic ability, as his 
football team of last fall testified. Besides this, he is a good 
teacher. The older members of the teaching force have 
continued with their usual high grade of instruction, and I 
feel very much encouraged and inspired by the assistance 
and good counsel tendered to me on all sides since my rise 
from the ranks to that of leader here. It seems right and 
proper to take this opportunity of expressing appreciation 
for the confidence placed in me by the School Committee 
and other citizens and groups of Acton, and for the co-oper- 
ation they have all shown. 

The curriculum of the school continues to offer the same 
high grade of instruction that it has in the past, preparing 
for college those who desire to go to college, and giving a 
very good commercial course. This year there is offered a 
course in commercial English apart from all other English 
classes, which emphasizes business letter writing and other 
features of the subject primarily for immediate use in busi- 
ness. This has made it possible to do more detailed and 
definite work with the college preparatory group, a class of 
fifteen to eighteen who are studying with a definite purpose 
to take college entrance examinations. 

It should be borne constantly in mind that, although the 
school and its curriculum has to be governed mightily by 
that small percentage of its whole body who go to college, 
the greater part of young people terminate their schooling 
with their graduation from high school. Therefore, it 
should be the care and desire of supervisors and preceptors 
to offer an immediately useful and practicable curriculum 
for the majority. 

We have always had a course in Household Arts for Junior 
High girls and this year we have instituted a course in 
Manual Arts for the boys. Although we are already crowded 
for room in the building we have found a corner where a 
bench has been set up and a miniature shop established. 
Thus, once a week, under the guidance of Mr. Steuer, a 
Fitchburg Normal School senior, Junior High boys meet and 



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learn the use of tools, such as hammer, saw, and soldering 
iron. I hope that at some time we can make this a full time 
course, giving it to Junior High boys two or three times a 
week and offering it to at least the Freshman boys of the 
Senior High school. 

My stand is that, while it is very desirable for boys and 
girls to go to college, in fact practically necessary for some, 
and a person never is sure that he has advised correctly. But 
it is becoming of just as great importance today to know 
when to advise boys and girls not to go to college as it is to 
help them get there. Many a good blacksmith has been 
spoiled by a college education, and there is just as much 
glory and honor in being a good blacksmith, carpenter, or 
farmer as there is in being a good doctor, lawyer, or teacher. 

PHYSICAL TRAINING 

According to the state laws relative to education there 
should be in every public high school a time set aside for 
definite physical training. Therefore in trying to fulfill the 
law, this year there has been put into the curriculum a speci- 
fied time for each pupil to have supervised physical training 
twice a week. This is a requirement of the school, and the 
only way that any one can avoid it is by a doctor's certificate 
or its equivalent! Since instituting such a course there has 
been noticed an improved attitude toward study and also a 
more rugged general health of the school. 

And not only have we endeavored to give pupils the ad- 
vantage of physical exercise and the healthful attitude 
toward life that play gives, but we are also developing lead- 
ers. Two or three of the older girls have classes of younger 
girls and some of the older boys who have had the*^ advan- 
tage of military training and athletics are taking over groups 
of the Junior High school boys. 

Through the kindness of Mr. Blanchard and the School 
Committee a net and backboards have been provided for 
the auditorium, thus making it possible to carry on our phys- 
ical training periods throughout the winter. I voice the 
opinion of the whole school, I think, when I try to express 
appreciation for this movement. And I can assure all con- 
cerned that the advantages derived from that room will 
more than compensate any expense in fitting it out. Right 
here, I wish to make it known that the Edwards -Quimby 
Post of the American Legion has made a contribution of 
thirty dollars to be used for athletic purposes in the grade 
schools. And I am not forgetting all the contributions that 
were made last fall for the High School Athletic Association, 
including the supper tendered the football team by the 
Brotherhood of the Universalist church. These manifesta- 
tions of good will, faith, and interest in the school and its 
management has been a source of encouragement and in- 
spiration to your superintendent. 



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Last year considerable money was spent in putting the 
grounds about the High School in condition. There should, 
however, be something done on the grounds each year. 
There is need for several loads of loam all over the playing 
field, but since there is so much to be spent in painting and 
shingling some of the other school buildings it does not seem 
justifiable to spend too much on other improvements this 
year. I should be glad to see one or two tennis courts made 
at the rear of the building at some future date, and some- 
thing done in the way of setting out trees on the side of the 
back road. 

INSTRUCTION IN THE SCHOOLS 

From my visits to grade schools and to the classes of the 
High schools, which have been made on an average of once 
a week, I am convinced that the instruction is good. Of 
course, all teachers make many mistakes, as do other people, 
and they would be the last to deny such a statement. Some- 
times their mistakes, even when trivial, are a source of an- 
noyance to them. They spend many hours trying to analyze 
and correct those mistakes. But it ought to be kept in mind 
that we as parents may have from one to four children in 
school; the teacher has from fifteen to thirty or thirty-five. 

The greatest amount of good can come from teaching in 
proportion to the greatest amount of work teachers can do 
with individual pupils, but in the larger classes there is very 
little opportunity to teach children individually. 

In cases where there is doubt in the parent's mind about 
the standing of a child or his treatment, the best and most 
£jatisfactory thing to do is to visit the room and teacher in 
her work with the class. Have a good talk with her in a 
friendly manner. You can tell her facts about your child 
that will be of great assistance to her, and she can tell you 
another point of view that you may not have been able to get 
in the home. Sometimes when children begin to go to 
school they develop, by their associations for a while, in a 
manner that parents had not expected. By confidential con- 
ferences with teachers very often a child may be saved, and 
such conferences about our children are worth all the time 
and effort they take. 

Finally, children should be kept in school every day, ex- 
cept for sickness. It is the law and when parents keep their 
children out for prolonged periods it makes an unpleasant 
task for the superintendent, who is in duty bound to see that 
children are in school. And they should learn the habil of 
punctuality. A boy or girl who develops a habit of getting 
to school late is handicapped throughout life, for we are 
merely compositions of habits. The young mind is ordina- 
rily quick to grasp things, is pliable and easily worked upon. 
One thing that parents in every home can do for a child is 
to rouse him out of bed and get him to school on time. In 



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after years he may be able to tell some news reporter that 
his extreme old age or his high position and success in life 
is due to the fact that his father or his mother made him get 
up in the morning and get to school on time. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN F. HOUGH, Superintendent. 



CLASS OF 1930 

What our graduates are doing: 



Ruth Berglind 
Mildred Brill 
Roy Gann 
Martin Duggan 
Judith Dunn 
Levi Dunivan 
James Edney 
Anna Flerra 
Eva Flerra 
Mildred Fullonton 
Helen Grala 
Sterling Hager 
Roland Johnson 
Glenna Jones 
Pauline Nelson 
Mildren Polep 
Louise Richardson 
Dorothy Roche 
Gertrude Schnair 
Edmund Shea 
Charles Sherry 
Helen Taylor 
Alberta Taylor 
John Whitcomb 
Hope Whitney 



A. H. S. Post Graduate 
A. H. S. Post Graduate 
At Home 
At Home 
At Home 
Amherst Agricultural College 
Amherst Agricultut^al College 
Burdett College 
Burdett College 
Connecticut 
Housekeeper 
Northeastern University 
Purdy's 
At Home 

A. H. S. Post Graduate 
University of Southern California 
Wilfred Academy 
Mt. Auburn Hospital 
Acton Motor Company 
Carney Hospital 
Surveying 
Dod son's Lunch 
A. H. S. Post Graduate 
A. H. S. Post Graduate 
Burbank Hospital 



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Acton High School Commencement Program, June 19, 1930 

Blanchard Hall 

Entrance Marches Mona Servais 

Invocation Rev. Arthur Jeffries 

Sahitatorian Sterling Hager 

Chorus: "Happy Days," "Lady June" 
Chorus: Selection from Gilbert & Sullivan's Operettas 
Speaker: Mr. Carl Schrader 

Chorus: "A Moonlight Serenade" Von Blou 

Solo: "Memories" Ruth Berglind 

Music: (a) "Pickininny Sandman" — Talbert 
(b) "Tinkle-00" — Forman 
Class History Pauline Nelson 

Chorus : ' 'Sympathy' ' — Friml 

"Fallen Leaf" — Logan 
Music: Vocal solos Gertrude Schnair 

"The End of a Perfect Day" — Bond 
Chorus: "Pilgrims Chorus" — Wagner 
Valedictory: Mildred Brill 

Awarding of Prizes 

Presentation of Diplomas Mrs. Charles Clark 

Chairman of the School Committee 
Reception to Seniors 



REPORT OF THE TEACHER OF DOMESTIC SCIENCE 

Mr. John Hough, 

Superintendent of Schools, i 
Acton, Mass. 

Dear Sir: 

The eighth grade is the only class to have sewing this year 
because of an extra class in cooking. 

The first half of the year the pupils were allowed to bring 
such garments as they wished to sew on, provided the gar- 
ment was such that they were capable of doing the work 
right. The last half of the year, along with their regular 
sewing, they are to make sample books, which include 
samples showing the use of machine attachments. 

In the cooking classes very little time is given to discus- 
sion, as the classes are held the two periods preceding the 
lunch period. The first period and a half is given over to 
the cooking lesson, and the rest to luncheon preparation. 



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Each pupil is responsible for some cleaning in the kitchen, 
and some part in the luncheon preparation, each week 
bringing her new and different duties. 

The Cafeteria is now selling chocolate pasteurized milk 
in bottles, which is felt to be of much value to the pupils. 

The Cafeteria has the following report to make: 

€ash on hand Jan. 1, 1930 $22.98 

Total sales for fiscal year 1,563 . 99 

Costs of supplies, cooking and 

sewing $1,558.50 

€ashonhand Dec. 31, 1930 28.47 

$1,586.97 $1,586.97 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDITH M. AMES. 

CAFETERIA REPORT 
January 1930 -January 1931 

€ash on hand January 1, 1930, $22.98. 

Sales Supplies 

January $153.15 $164.03 

February 121.47 112.36 

March 167.92 166.72 

April 130.25 134.08 

Mav 177.12 174.83 

June 123.50 134.24 

September 182.23 181.67 

October 211.92 199.33 

November 138.14 137.07 

December 158 . 29 154 . 17 



$1,563.99 $1,558.50 
Gash on hand January 1, 1931, $28.47. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDITH M. AMES. 



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REPORT OF THE SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 

Mr. John F. Hough, 

Superintendent of Schools, 
So. Acton, Mass. 

Dear Mr. Hough: ' 

There is a general improvement in the condition of music 
in the grades, both from the standpoint of the work done 
by the teachers and that as expressed by the rising standard 
of ability on the part of the pupils. A minimum of funda- 
mentals is taught and many of the teachers are able to give 
enough application to "set" the lessons. When this is ac- 
complished there is immediate application in songs. 

Success in music is, after all, attained in about the same 
manner as are successes in other fields of education. It is a 
matter of practice. If regular time is given and there is a 
defniite aim in view, results are bound to come — and with 
them, confidence and a certain degree of satisfaction con- 
ducive to added interest and effort. It is a cumlative affair. 

It takes some time for teachers to arrive at the point 
where they can efficiently help to carry on the work. One 
of the most successful primary teachers I have ever known 
is unable to sing a tune. However, she knows her limita- 
tions and more than makes up in other phases of the work. 
She exerts a powerful influence for good in the character 
of the work her pupils do in later grades. In short, a good 
teacher can teach anything (she chooses to). It is a mat- 
ter of common sense in direction and establishing habits of 
industry, of letting the pupils do the work. I think teachers 
have a better idea of the part they have to do than they did 
a number of years ago, as regards employment of time dur- 
ing a supervisor's visit. 

The practice of part-singing is a team job ; it is a lesson in 
cooperation and in no other subject are the demands so con- 
tinuous or more exacting. 

In dealing with such a situation, one is constantly beset 
with problems of administration. To illustrate, if one is 
dealing with the whole high school there is the question of 
age differences. Between a freshman and a sophomore 
there is a considerable one but that betw^een a freshman 
and a senior is greater than that in any equivalent period in 
human life — and the senior feels it. ^ To continue, let us 
consider what a boy endures from grades six to twelve: 

1. Thickening of vocal cords and changing voice, 
necessitating 

2. Reading and singing a third part. 



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3. Subsequent changes 'to bass, requiring practice 
with a fourth part. 

4. Also learning to read from a new clef, involving 
new positions of pitch names. 

5. Learning to pitch the speaking voice lower so as 
to avoid the ''yodling" effect due to too high pitching 
around that point where head, matches on to chest 
tone. 

.; 

Then, too, there are problems having to do with reper- 
tory. What material shall we choose for a given period? 
Is this song one they have had too much? Is that song one 
that grades too hard as to time? Is the text one that is likely 
io appeal? Is the tune one that is likely to interest the 
student body as a whole? How long shall we try it this 
period? And we might go on. 

, We are doing fairly well with grades seven and eight 
considering that we have but forty-five minutes per w^eek. 
About ninety minutes of constructive work per week is 
standard. Insufficient practice retards development of 
power in reading and consequent singing of many songs. 

I have been impressed with the improvement in the senior 
high school. There are a number of pupils who have a great 
deal of talent. 

I wish to thank all concerned for the purchase of the new 
high school song books. We have been rather limited in 
student songs — those of a light popular nature to mix with 
more serious ones. This need has been well-met in the new 
material. In a check-over of the songs it was found that 
there were over one hundred fifty songs which did not 
appear in the other books we have, which is quite good con- 
sidering that most assembly song books are a re-hash of 
material found in a large number of similar ones. I am sure 
this will prove a good investment. / 

I wish to thank all teachers and others for help and coop- 
eration. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Yours very truly, 

ELMER E. PIERCE, 

Supervisor of Music. 
Januarv 18, 1931. 



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SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 

JVIr. John Hough, 

Superintendent of Schools, 
Acton, Mass. 

Dear Sir: 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician. 

Physical examinations were completed in November. 

During the year we have had very little contagious 
disease, and the general health of the school population has 
been very good. 

Posture of the pupils has improved noticeably. 

Our pre-school clinics are working to very good ad- 
vantage, and we see healthier children entering school. 

Parents are cooperating to make our work more worth 
while and we appreciate it. 

I wish to thank the superintendent, teachers and nurse 
for their valuable assistance. 

Details will be found in the nurse's report. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. MAYELL, M. D. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 

^r. John Hough, 

Superintendent of Schools, 
Acton, Mass. 

Dear Sir: 

The physical examinations for the year were completed 
early in October with the following result: 

Total number of examinations by doctor 664 

Defects found: 

Tonsils and Adenois 54 

Glands 150 

Poor Posture 145 

Teeth 190 

Heart 25 



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Report of school examinations during the school year 
done by the nurse: 

Special examinations 1963 

Simple dressings 215 

Individual talks on Personal Hygiene 120 

Sanitary inspections of all buildings 148 

Home visits 260 

Pupils excluded from school because of communicable 

disease 30 

Number of children taken home ill 53 

In March three pupils were taken to Littleton for X-ray 
and the same three taken to Ayer for physical examinations. 
These were the remainder of the children examined by the 
State Department for under weight three years ago. They 
had all improved to such an extent that the doctors for the 
department did not consider it necessary for them to return 
another year for examination. 

A dental contest was held among the three grade schools, 
a banner being awarded to the school having the largest 
number of children with all dental work completed by June 
first. The banner went to the West Acton school. 

The Schick test for diphtheria was given to twenty-seven 
pupils in May. Seven of this number were positive and all 
but one of the seven received three more doses of T. A. T. 
Twenty-one received it for the first time, five of these were 
pre-school children, to enter school in September. 

The summer round up conferences were held early in 
June for the second year. The response was much more 
satisfactory as nearly half of the entering classes were ex- 
amined at this time by the school doctor, with the exception 
of one or two. The remainder were examined by their fam- 
ily physician before September 1. 

Many of the defects were corrected and in most instances 
the children came on the first day of school with their birth 
and vaccination certificates, thus, saving delay for the 
teachers in complying with the state laws. We feel very 
grateful for the hearty cooperation of the parents in this 
matter. 

Three children were taken to Bolton Summer camp this 
year. All showed great improvement for the treatment 
there. We owe much to our local T. B. League for their 
generous help in making this possible. 

The lower grades are using health posters to good ad- 
vantage this year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN E. FROST, R. N. 



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REPORT OF DRAWING SUPERVISOR 

"The eye so soon as ever it is opened beholds all the stars 
of our hemisphere." The physical eye beholds much but 
without the interpretation on an aid of our mental and 
spiritual eye things are meaningless. We feel, therefore, 
that it is important that the child should learn to see and 
observe — and seeing, to comprehend. Without mental ob- 
servation and vision certainly a person cannot express him- 
self v^ith pencil or paint brush or other means of graphic 
expression. And so, while we strive to help the pupil to ex- 
press himself on paper, we also try to sharpen his powers 
of observation and mental vision. 

In the lower grades we have tried to give a foundation in 
color design, representation, construction, and picture study 
and appreciation. It is important that these fundamentals 
be taught from the beginning since all the art work in the 
upper grades is based on these five principles — increasing, 
of course, in difficulty according to the grade. ! 

Problems of drawing and construction for the various 
seasonal holidays were arranged so that the children had 
an opportunity to desi*gn and make their own Halloween 
masks. Thanksgiving place cards, Valentines, May baskets, 
etc. When the children have an opportunity to apply their 
lessons in color and design to problems of particular sig- 
nificance to themselves then they begin to realize and ap- 
preciate file laws of design and color and careful workman- 
ship. 

Posters w^ere submitted to the Society for Prevention of 
Cruelty to Animals in the annual poster contest, and awards 
were received as commendation for the effort put into the 
project by the children. 

From time to time picture study and appreciation of some 
of the masterpieces of art have been our lesson topics and 
we have had the opportunity of seeing these pictures 
through the courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum. 

The cooperation and help of the teacher is very essential 
for successful work in the art period and I am very grateful 
for the cooperation I have received. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ELIZABETH A. FARMER. 



INDEX 



Accountant 78 

Auditor 102 

Appointments by Selectmen 4 

Assessors ' Report 42 

Board of Health , 44 

By-Laws 47 

Cemetery Commissioners 61 

Collector 's Report 74 

Finance Committee , 76 

Fire Department 77 

Forest Warden 60 

Health Nurse 44 

Inspector of Animals 45 

Inspector of Slaughtering 45 

Jury List 6 

Library Report 49 

Middlesex County Extension Service 46 

Public Welfare ' 12 

Police Department 45 

Selectmen's Report , 11 

Superintendent of Streets 43 

Town Clerk 23 

Births , 24 

Deaths 29 

Dog Licenses 31 

Marriages 27 

Non-Resident Burials 30 

Town Meetings 13 

Town Officers 3 

Town Warrant 7 

Treasurer's Report 34 

Cemetery Funds 37 

Elizabeth White Fund 36 

Firemen 's Relief Fund 40 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 39 

Nineteenth of April Fund 39 

Wilde Library Fund 40 

Trustees Goodnow Fund 41 

Trustees Elizabeth ^VHiite Fund 41 



SECOND SECTION 



School Report: 

Domestic Science 18 

Financial Statement 7 

Legal Holidays 2 

Organization 2 

School Calendar 2 

School Committee 4 

School Nurse 22 

School Physician 22 

Superinjtendent's Report 14 

Supervisor of Drawing 24 

Supervisor of Music 20 

Teachers 3 



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WELLS BINDERY, IN.C. 

OCT 1976 
WALTHAM, MASS. 02154,