death, taking active and aggressive part in public affairs.
In 1875 he was elected to the Common Council, and the next year to the Board of Aldermen.
Many city improvements were made, some of them in the face of opposition.
The most important was the laying out of Broadway Park
In 1877, the first year that the Board of Health became a separate department, Mr. Sawyer
was its first chairman, and served two years. The Board discovered and abated innumerable city nuisances.
Next Mr. Sawyer
was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Public Library
, on which he served five years, and was especially active in securing for the Library its fine collection of German works.
read German with pleasure, having traveled in Germany
and other parts of Europe
He was a well-known Mason
, a member of the Henry Price Lodge
, one of the founders of Soley Lodge, and a Royal Arch Mason
and Knight Templar.
He aided in forming the Coeur de Lion Commandery
, and for two years served as commander.
was for nearly half a century president of the 999th Artillery Association of Charlestown.
He was also an Odd Fellow, a member of the Manomet Club
, and president for two years of the Training Field School Association in Charlestown
He married Julia A. Heal
, of Belmont, Me.
, who died in 1894. One son survives his parents, Dr. Edward K. Sawyer
, born in 1868.
L. Frank Arnold
was born in Somerville
September 4, 1845, son of Leonard
He lived in Somerville
all his life.
He attended the old Prospect Hill School, was employed for many years as a bookkeeper, and afterward for six years kept a boarding and baiting stable for horses in Boston
was a member of John Abbot Lodge, A. F. and A. M., since 1867, and was also a member of Highland Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star
He was the only resident of Somerville
that enjoyed membership in the Society of Cincinnati—an order formed by General Washington
and his officers in 1783.
He held this membership for eleven years through his great-grandfather, Captain Samuel Frost
, of Framingham
, one of George Washington
's officers, and succeeded his father in it,