Acton Memorial Library
Dr. Isaiah Hutchins died at his home here about midnight Monday Aug. 7th, after a severe illness of nearly four weeks. He was born in Westford, Middlesex Co., Sept. 23d, 1829, and lived on his father’s farm in Groton till 18 years of age. His education was received in public schools and at Lawrence academy, Groton. He entered the office of Dr. Walter Burnham of Lowell, as a student in the study of medicine, and graduated from the Worcester Medical college in 1852, and the same year began the practice of medicine at West Acton and for the most of the time since has continued at the same place.
He was in the war of the Rebellion during the nine months’ campaign acting as assistant surgeon most of the time in the Sixth Mass. regiment, and during the one hundred days’ campaign as second lieutenant in Co. E. of the same regiment. In politics he was a staunch Republican and had represented his district in the Legislature; had also held prominent town office many successive years and was on the board of education at the time of his death, and also associated with Drs. McCollester of Waltham and Hoitt of Marlboro, on the examining board of pensions.
He was an active, earnest member of the Baptist church and contributed largely toward its support, was public spirited and progressive, ever ready to give his support to any worthy cause, and to stand for the right against any force.
In many homes is felt the loss of a true personal friend by his death, not merely where he had entered as physician, but to tender sympathy in sorrow or to give substantial aid as a true Christian gentleman, recognizing the brotherhood of man. He was a member of Paul Revere lodge, A.F. and A.M., Ayer, Acton lodge, I.O.O.F., and was a past commander of Isaac Davis post, G.A.R.
He married Sarah A. Fuller, a daughter of the late Alden Fuller, with whom he had lived very happily nearly 50 years, and had looked hopefully forward to the consummation of the half century, when they should celebrate their golden anniversary. As no children came to bless their union they adopted a son, George Hutchins, who is associated with the E.L. Patch Co. at Stoneham, and who, with the widow, will mourn the loss of a tender, devoted husband and father. A number of other unfortunate children have found a temporary home and shelter with the worthy couple until other homes were provided.
“The kindly plans devised for others’ good, so seldom guessed, so little understood, these are not lost.”
Funeral services will be held from the Baptist church Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock.