Acton Memorial Library
J.R. LARWENCE PASSED AWAY
Concord Junction, Februay 23 –
James R. Lawrence, a well known and much respected resident of Concord Junction passed away Wednesday at his home on Central street in his 84th year.
Mr. Lawrence was born in Cambridge on June 10, 1843, where he spent his early days and received his education. He was employed for some time in West Acton but thirty seven years ago came to work as an officer at the Massachusetts Reformatory, remaining for 25 years until his retirement 12 years ago.
Fifty two years ago he married Abbie F. Puffer, who survives him together with two daughters, Mr. Charles Clark of South Acton and Mrs. Walter M. Taylor of Watertown, one son Winfield A. Lawrence of Wolfeboro, N.H., also a sister, Mrs. Benjamin P. Cushing of Marlboro, N.H.
Mr. Lawrence was a veteran of the Civil War having served one year in the navy and three years in the army as a member of Co. B 5th Massachusetts Regiment. He was in several battles and at the end of the war came out of the service as acting lieutenant. He was for years a member of Isaac Davis Post G.A.R. of West Acton.
The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from his home on 26 Central street. The services were conducted by Rev. Alfred Wheeler Stone, assis, Rev. Robert Walker. Members of Isaac Davis Post attended and conducted the G.A.R. ritual. Mrs. Benjamin Derby sang several hymns.
There were many beautiful floral pieces from neighbors relatives and friends.
Burial was in the family lot in Sleepy Hollow cemetery.