Acton Memorial Library
DEA. ARTHUR A. HART
Dea. Arthur A. Hart passed away at his home here Saturday, July 29, about noon. Mr. Hart was stricken with a paralytic shock the Monday previous and though partially regaining consciousness for short periods, gradually failed until the end.
Mr. Hart was born in Lysander, N.Y., Dec. 28, 1833, the son of Nodiah and Clarissa Hart. During the Civil war he served in Battery B., N.Y. 1st Artillery. With his family he came here to reside in 1873 and has been known and highly esteemed for his many virtues. Although of a quiet, unassuming nature, his many qualities of heart and mind will cause him to be greatly missed, not only in his home, where he was the devoted husband and father, but in our village, where all can say “he was a man without an enemy.” He was especially fond of little children and his tender, gentle, sympathetic ways drew them to him up to the last days of his activity. He united with the Baptist church here in 1876 and for 13 years held the office of senior deacon and was devoted to all the church interests. He was married in 1863 to Miss Harriet Parker, who survives him. There are also three children, Mrs. John S. Hoal and Miss Emma Hart of this village and one son, Wm. Hart of Medford. He also leaves one brother, Thompson Hart of Long Beach, Cal., and two sisters, Mrs. Keeler of Ridgefield, Conn., and Mrs. Howe of Santa Barbara, Cal. His is the third death to occur in his family in nine months, two of his brothers having passed away, one Rev. Wm. Hart, who came here to visit his brother, was taken seriously ill and survived but a short time.
Funeral services were held at his residence Tuesday afternoon, Rev. D. Lovett, pastor of the Baptist church conducting. In his brief words of eulogy Mr. Lovett paid a fitting tribute to the deceased, and read a beautiful poem which applied to the christian character of the departed one. Miss Waterman of Somerville rendered two solos very sweetly, “A Little While,” and “One Sweetly Solemn Thought.” A number of the comrades of Isaac Davis Post 138, G.A.R., of which he was a member, were present, and many relatives and friends. A profusion of floral tributes added their mute but sweet testimony of the love of sorrowing ones. Burial was in the family lot at Mt. Hope.