Acton Memorial Library
MILITARY HONORS FOR WM. CHAPLIN
Was Member of Isaac Davis Post G. A. R. and Served as Officer at Concord Reformatory More Than 35 Years.
William Chaplin one of Concord Junction's oldest and most respected residents died Sunday morning in his 87th year. He was a retired officer of the Massachusetts Reformatory and a veteran of the Civil War, and at the funeral held Tuesday afternoon at his home 352 Main street, military honors were accorded him.
The services were conducted by Rev. Alfred Wheeler Stone assisted by Rev. William J. Batt. The Grand Army service was conducted by Isaac Davis Post, G. A. R. of Acton with Commander George I. Towne in charge.
The bearers were S. Thompson Blood, John J. Connorton, Fred W. Gale, Albert E. Payson, John W. Collins and Herbert C. Shepard.
Attending the services were delegates from Corinthian Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of Concord, Concord Lodge of Odd Fellows, and a large representation from the Reformatory.
The body was escorted from the house to Mount Hope cemetery in West Acton by a detail of the Corp. Ralph P. Hosmer Camp 55, United Spanish War Veterans of Concord, with colors, under command of Asst. Commander Alfred O. L. Loring, also a firing squad of Co. H, 182nd Inf., M. N. G. of Concord which came from Camp Devens, Ayer where the company is now in camp. At the grave three volleys were fired by the squad and a bugler sounded taps.
Flags at the square in Concord and on the Veteran's building were at half staff.
Mr. Chaplin was born in Acton, April 18, 1840 and received his schooling there. During the Civil War he enlisted from Acton and served with Co. E 6th Massachusetts Regiment throughout the war.
For more than 35 years before being retired he was an officer at the Reformatory.
He is survived by two daughters Mrs. A B (Clara C) Messer of Cambridge and Mrs. Richard H (Estelle F) Hatch of Watertown, two brothers, Waldo Chaplin of Concord Junction and Herman Chaplin of West Acton and a sister Miss Sophie L. Chaplin of Concord.