1st and 2d lieutenants.
Capt. Manning resigned in 1876, and J. H. Whitney became captain.
Rifle practice was inaugurated during his term of service.
Through a combination of circumstances, the interest in the State militia began to wane about 1880, and the Light Guard suffered with the whole.
In 1881, it is recorded under the date of September 6, the celebrated yellow day, that eight men and one officer answered roll call and started for muster.
The largest company in the regiment mustereasurer of the latter.
He was a charter member of the Village Improvement Society of West Medford, an organization that did much to promote the development of that part of the town.
He was a selectman of the town of Medford in 1878, 1879, and 1880, and was chairman of the trustees of Oak Grove Cemetery for several years, and did very important work in laying out the grounds and in beautifying that city of the dead.
He was one of the sinking fund commissioners and one of the investment comm
ial care for him, and, as a member of the Board of Trustees, he devoted a large amount of time to advancing its interests and making it more useful to the community.
While living in Stoneham he became a member of the local Post of the Grand Army.
In the summer of 1876 he was appointed to the Medford High School, and from that time his life was lived peacefully but forcefully in our midst, and grew to be such a part of us that it seemed as if he had always belonged to us. The vacation of 1880 was spent in a walking tour through England and Scotland in company with his friend, Mr. George S. Hatch of Medford.
He labored to the very end in the interests of this community, and to him in the full vigor of life, with unabated mental power, death came suddenly on January 27, 1903.
Arising in the morning to prepare for his daily school work, he seemed in usual health, but before he had made himself ready for breakfast, he complained of vertigo and was persuaded to lie down for a short