deeply interested in the change of dangerous crossings at grade, and worked hard with some of us to do away with it, especially on the Fitchburg branch
of the Boston & Maine Railroad, at Somerville Avenue, Medford Street, Webster Avenue, Park Street, etc. I wish he could see the advancement now made at Somerville Avenue. The construction has progressed so far that in a few weeks, we are told, we shall be able to cross in safety and without delays.
During the Civil War Mr. Elliot
's services were promptly given to the country, and he did good and faithful work as a civil engineer in that branch of the service.
His modesty alone kept him from having an officer's title attached to his name.
On the special committee of our board for a memorial to our soldiers and sailors he did good work; his heart was in it. We now have the monument on our historic hilltop,—a work of art that will be a reminder for all time of love and sacrifice, home and country.
Rivers and harbors.
You smile when our rivers and harbors are mentioned, we have so little of them.
But Mr. Elliot
had a vision of what might be done with our Mystic River
front, and the picture of its beauty, as he would have it, was stamped upon his mind, and he often talked of it to his friends.
On several occasions he delivered interesting and valuable addresses before the Board.
He was an active participant in our debates, a most constant attendant; he enjoyed his membership with us, and we enjoyed him.
On his death suitable resolutions were adopted, and our members attended his funeral services.
We miss him from our membership, and as I think of it to-day, I do not know where we are to find one to fill his place.
I knew him so well; he was so companionable and entertaining; he talked easily and well, was always a gentleman, clean and true.
He has gone home a little while before us. We will, I know, meet again, and we shall know each other there, and in that City, in that better Country, I want him for a neighbor, I want to live on the same street with him.