Acton Memorial Library
WINTHROP, Oct. 28 – Varnumn F. Robbins, a veteran of the Civil War and a resident of Winthrop for the last 15 years, is dead at the home of his daughter, Mrs George H.Prior, 7 Washington av. Death was due to heart failure.
Mr Robbins was born in South Acton 75 years ago, and was educated in the country school there. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Co. E, 6th Massachusetts Regiment and participated in the historic riot in Baltimore during the early stages of the war. He also took part in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Returning home Mr Robbins became connected with a Boston firm and remained with it until a few years ago when he retired. Previous to coming to Winthrop about 15 years ago Mr Robbins resided in Charlestown. He was a member of the Prescott Lodge, A.O.U.w. and Abraham Lincoln Post, G.A.R., both of Charlestown.
The funeral services will be held from the above residence tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock. Burial will be in the family lot in South Acton. In addition to his wife Mr. Robbins is survived by his daughter, already mentioned.
Varnum F. Robbins, a well and favorably known resident of Winthrop for the last 15 years and a Civil War veteran, died suddenly early Monday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George H. Prior, 7 Washington avenue. Death was due to heart failure.
Mr. Robbins was born in South Acton 75 years ago, and it was in the public schools there that he obtained his early education. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in Company E, 6th Massachusetts Regiment. It was his company which figured in the historic riot in the streets of Baltimore during the early stage of the war. He was under fire in the Battle of Gettysburg and other important conflicts.
After the struggle was over Mr. Robbins found employment in a Boston concern and remained there until a few years ago when he retired from active business life. He lived in Charlestown most of the time before coming to Winthrop. Mr. Robbins was a member of Abraham Lincoln Post and Prescott Lodge, A.O.U.W., both of Charlestown.
Scores of people attended the funeral services which were held at his daughter’s home Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock, including delegations of war veterans and members of the A.O.U.W. Rev. William W. Peck, pastor of All Soul’s Unitarian Church, officiated and the Beethoven Quartet sang. The floral tribute was beautiful.
Following the service the remains were taken to South Acton for interment in the family lot there. Mr. Robbins is survived by his wife and daughter, Mrs. Prior. They have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. Undertaker Bennison had charge of the funeral arrangements.