6, the 5th Regiment was inspected at the race course (Mystic Park). Co. E had three officers, fifty-seven men, and fifty-five guns.
Fully two-thirds of the company were veterans; about thirty had served with the three years men. In June, 1866, the company began to fit up rooms in Usher's Building.
The drill hall was shared with the Lawrence Rifles.
At this time, when the Light Guard is about to take possession of an elegant building, a few items of the simple furnishings of the armory of 1866 are interesting.
The woodwork was painted white; a black walnut picture moulding was put up; battle mottoes decorated the walls.
Three pictures of battle scenes were donated, also a life size photograph of Mr. Daniel Lawrence. Milton F. Roberts made the knapsack boxes from lumber furnished by the company.
A Magee stove was set up, and somebody gave free gratis, as the records say, a blacking box and a fluid can. It was voted to buy a step ladder, if not too expensive.
When the company tho
st in science in general he became a member of the Middlesex Institute and of the Natural History Society of Boston.
He was one of the founders of the New England Botanical Club and an active member at the time of his death.
His Alma Mater appreciated the judicial and well balanced mind, and in 1894 elected him to the Board of Trustees.
Later he was one of the executive committee of that body, holding this office at the time of his death.
The degree of A. M. had been conferred on him in 1866, and in 1895 Tufts honored herself as well as him by bestowing the degree of S. D. in recognition of his distinguished service to botanical science.
Of his service to the Medford Historical Society only brief mention need be made.
He was so closely associated with the founding of the society and with its whole active life that all recognize his devotion to the ideals for which the society stands.
Thus has passed a life noble and unselfish, progressive without ostentation, loving and lo