Concord Enterprise, 3 June 1903
   James Richardson went to Rindge, N. H., to participate in Memorial Day exercises, he having served on that town's quota during the Civil war.
   Women's Relief Corps No. 62, has voted to observe “Flag Day,” June 15, by public exercises, with the schoolchildren throughout the town as their guests.
   At the close of the last regular meeting of Isaac Davis Post 138 G. A. R. Wednesday evening, May 27, the comrades were pleasantly surprised by a visitation from W. R. C. No. 62 accompanied by E. C. Parker, whom the Corps president, Mrs. S. R. Richardson, introduced as their guest of honor and said that he would explain the object of the visit.
   Mr. Parker then stepped forward and in words expressive of deep ragard for the Post and as a memorial tribute presented a beautiful and life like picture of his brother, the late Chas. W. Parker, who was the first commander of the Post during its existence and later should an annex for the preservation of memorials be added to Memorial hall, Acton Center, it should be placed therein, or should no such provision be made it shall revert to his heirs. The picture was received by Mr. Clark in behalf of the Post and the different members present called upon for remarks each of whom paid a personal tribute to their late commander.
   Comrade Parker was a member of the 16th Regt. Conn. Vols. and was incarcerated in Andersonville prison about a year and which undoubtedly was the primary cause of his early demise.
   After the formalities the meeting was thrown open and the time spent socially. Refreshments of cake and ice cream were served.
   The picture presented is done in India ink and was made by R. B. Lewis of Hudson. It has been hung in G. A. R. hall and will be cherished by the comrades as long as one remains.
   Memorial day was quietly celebrated in town. The exercises by the Post were carried out according to the program. At Mt. Hope cemetery the order of the exercises was music by the band, prayer by Rev. Mr. Easterbrook, recitation by a pupil from each school in charge of Miss Sewall of the Intermediate grade, singing by the children, Miss Marion Brown conducting, and the decoration of 23 graves.
   Dinner was served by the W. R. C. at G. A. R. hall at noon after which barges were taken for Woodlawn where appropriate exercises were rendered by the school children in charge of their teachers and the graves of 47 veterans were decorated. At Memorial hall wreaths were placed on the tablets and this concluded the decoration services.
   The exercises in the town hall were of an unusually interesting character, consisting of music by the band, singing by the Weber quartet of Boston, prayer by Rev. Mr. Miles, remarks by S. V. Commander Clark, reading of a selection from Lincoln's address at Gettysburg by Evelyn Knowlton, address by Rev. S. Smith Ford of Lowell. This closed another day sacred to the memory of our Nation's dead.

   The services at Acton Decoration day afternoon were well attended from all parts of the town, and the G. A. R. are to be congratulated on their choice of speakers for the day. Is is seldom we hear as able a man as the Rev. Smith Ford.
   It must have been very pleasant for Commander Clough and his family, when at the close of the exercises Memorial day, a large delegation of members of Post 138 of West Acton called at his residence and entering each one in his turn gave to their commander a warm hand shake and afterward formed in line in front of the house and gave the G. A. R. salute to which he responded. Mr. Clough had been feeling the disappointment keenly that he could not be with “The Boys” during the day but that kindly act cheered him as it manifested to him the strength of the bond of fraternity, charity and loyalty which so firmly unites the hearts of all comrades. “All Hail” to the surviving veterans of '61.