Acton Memorial Library
PASSING OF G.A.R. VETERAN
Honor Paid Memory of Lucius A. Hesselton of Acton
South Acton- In the death of Lucius A. Hesselton, which occurred at Detroit, Mich, in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alla Hesselton Drew, Tuesday, May 19, his town has lost another esteemed citizen and the Isaac Davis Post, G.A.R. an active and efficient officer and beloved comrade.
Mr. Hesselton was born at Cavendish, Vermont, May 15, 1846 and was a son of Mr. And Mrs. Daniel Hesselton. At the age of seventeen, on August 15, 1864 he enlisted as a private in Company G, 7th Vermont Volunteer Infantry and after serving eleven months and 10 days was honorable discharged July 25, 1865. On March 2, 1882, he was mustered in a charter member into Isaac Davis Post G.A.R. wheer [sic)] he served for three years. Adjutant and other different offices; was a faithful worker and respected by all who came to know him.
Soon after the close of the war he was married to Miss Martha F. White of Cavendish, and came to this village in 1870 and he entered the employ of Tuttle, Jones and Wetherbee and served for a number of years. Later he became a partner with Frank Hastings in the grain business at Faulkner Mills and at the death of M. Hastings entered the employ of Bluine Company at West Concord with the exception of about two years, when his health began to fail he was employed in the office of the Loose-Wiles Biscuit factory at Boston. Upon the death of his wife, which occurred April 9, 1918 he gave up his home and boarded at the home of Miss. M.A.Stowell on Maple street until about one year ago, when, after a serious illness, he went to the home of his daughter in Detroit where he was tenderly cared for until his death.
His body was brought here on Thursday and lay in state in the Congregational church on Friday morning with Commander Clark of Edwards Quimby Post and Joseph, U.S. Army, as body guards; Herbert W. Merriam, Theron A. Lowden, and Arthur Tupper acting in that capacity in the afternoon.
The funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday and was attended by the officers of Charles A. Welch lodge. A. F. and A.M. Commander George L. Towne, and members of Issac Davis Post, G.A.R. Commander O.L. Clark and members of Edwards-Quimby Post American Legion, Womans Relief Corps G.A.R., Legion auxiliary, Delegation of officials of the Loose Wiles Co. of Boston, Master Sergeant Joseph T. Leon of the U.S.Army, and a large number of citizens and friends from Acton and others from Springfield, Vermont, Worcester and Boston. This officiating clergymen were Rev. Ralph A. Barker asisted [sic] by Rev. Andrew K. Torsleff of the Universalist church. The Committal service of the G.A.R. was impressively rendered by the aged Commander George L. Towne and Isaac S. Ford of Isaac Davis Post, assisted by officers of the Legion.
Mr. Hesselton was a member of Charles A. Welch, Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Maynar; Trinity Commandry, Knights Templar of Hudson; Boston Consistory Scottish Rites of Boston and Alleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine. The services at the family lot in Mount Hope cemetery were in charge of Worshipful Master Frank R. Rowe of Charles A. Welch lodge and officers and the Masonic ritual beautifully rendered. The entire service was one of signal honor bestowed upon a worthy man.
He is survived by one daughter Mrs. Alla H. Drew of Detroit and four grandchildren.