Obituary for Albert S. McDonald
Lexington Minuteman, Februrary 11, 1921
ALBERT SOUL McDONALD
The floating of “Old Glory” at half-staff from the flag pole over Grand Army Hall, for three days this week, told the story of the passing of another of the ten surviving members of the George G. Meade Post, No. 119. G.A.R., of this town-Albert Soul McDonald, for many years a well known resident and a prominent worker in the G.A.R. Mr. McDonald was a junior vice-commander of the post, and although unable to be actively at his post, he ever had the interests of his fellow comrades at heart.
Mr. McDonald died Sunday noon in the Massachusetts General Hospital, following an operation. He was in poor health for some time, and it was found that the only possible chance of saving his life would be an operation.
The deceased was born in Plymouth, on Feb. 29, 1849, and although nearly 81 years old had, from the fact that he was born in Leap Year, comparatively few birthdays. Mr. McDonald enlisted on Nov 6, 1862, in Company A, 47th New York Volunteer Infantry, and served through the rest of the Civil War, being honorably discharged on Aug. 30, 1865. He had a splendid war record, for he entered the service a private, and came out a second lieutenant. He had many exciting experiences during the war and for two months he was a prisoner in Libby Prison.
Mr. McDonald had lived in many places in this state, including Plymouth, South Boston, Charlestown, West Acton, Concord and Lexington. For the last 30 years or so, he had been in the florist business with a place of business in Boston.
He was married in Charlestown on July 4, 1867, to Chastine Sumner, and the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, three years ago last July. Besides his wife, Mr. McDonald leaves a son, Arthur Harris McDonald, and a grandson, Albert Frederick McDonald, all of this town, and to them goes out the deepest sympathy of a host of friends.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, in his late home, at 568 Mass. avenue, the service being largely attended with a profusion of beautiful flowers. The church service was conducted by the Rev. Christopher Walter Collier, pastor of the Lexington Hancock congregational church, supplemented with the Grand Army ritual, with Selectman William B. Foster, commander of the post, in charge. Comrades of the post, members of the American Legion, and Sons of Veterans, attended the funeral. The body was taken to West Acton for burial in the family lot in Mount Hope Cemetery.