Acton Memorial Library
WAS 77 YEARS OF AGE
Augustus Wetherbee Died at Home of His Niece in Ayer
Augustus Winslow Wetherbee, aged 77 years, passed away at the home of his niece in Ayer Friday, having been in failing health the past year. Mr. Wetherbee was well known in this village and had a large circle of friends. He was born in Boxboro, Sept. 1, 1839, son of John and Louisa Wetherbee. After attending the public schools in Boxboro he graduated from the Pepperell academy in 1861, after which he worked with his father on the home farm until 1865.
Jan. 1, 1870 he married Hattie Lane of Windham, N.H. He was then engaged in the produce and commission business in Boston for two years and then learned the business of carpenter and builder, in which occupation he continued until failing health showed itself, after which he retired from active duties, to a life of ease and comfort.
Mr. Wetherbee was interested in all that pertains to the town where he lived and had held various positions of usefulness. He was sent as representative to the general court form the 33rd Middlesex district in 1881, and was chairman of the Republican town committee for a period of 10 years. He was especially interested in church affairs and had the position of chorister of the Congregational church for many years and served as clerk and treasurer 13 years, also as a Sunday school superintendent three years. For 18 years he was a member of the school board, four times its superintendent and for 15 years secretary of the Farmer’s club.
Mr. Wetherbee, whose name appears among those of our soldiers of the Civil war, enlisted in the Co. B. 32d Regt. Mass Volunteers, Nov. 26, 1861, and was discharged Nov. 26, 1864.
He was with the Army of the Potomac in the 2d brigade, 1st division, 5th Army corps, from Harrison’s landing to Weldon R.R., Petersburg, Va., and served two years as commissary sergeant of the 1st division.
Mr. Wetherbee was one of the oldest members of Acton lodge, I.O.O.F. No. 203, and a member of Isaac Davis post, 138, G.A.R.
The body was brought to the Congregational church, Boxboro, Sunday afternoon, where the funeral was held at 2 o’clock with Rev. G.M. Messirian officiating, assisted by Rev. F.H. Viets of Waltham, a former pastor. The service was largely attended and the floral tributes were many. The bearers who were members of Acton lodge, were James Grimes, John E. McGregor, Frank Taylor and C.T. Wetherbee. The burial service was under the direction of Isaac Davis post 138.