his sixty-eighth year.
In the fullness of years, he is still engaged in civil engineering, which has been his life work.
His has been an experience equaled by few men in the profession.’
And again at the time of Mr. Elliot
's death: ‘His career was remarkable for its usefulness to the nation and to the community.
No man in the city was more conversant with Somerville
history, and this fund of general information was always at the disposal of the public.
Geniality was characteristic of the kindly-natured man, who was most happy when among his friends, and his entertaining reminiscences were frequently interspersed with amusing stories and witty speeches.
He had an intense interest in the public welfare.
In the family circle he was a tender husband and father.
His death deprives Somerville
of one of its most upright citizens, whose achievements in his chosen profession, in the realm of history, and in his private life will preserve an honored memory. . . . Besides his public service as the first City Engineer, and in the various organizations in which he was an active member, he was easily first of all men in his knowledge of Somerville
For years . . . his literary talent and much of his time were devoted to preparing papers and arranging documentary material that had to do with the early days of Somerville
With him goes much valuable and interesting historical information which can never be replaced. . . . He was public-spirited in the highest degree.
He was the man at whose suggestion the Somerville Journal
was established, and from the early days of the city until his death he was actively concerned with projects looking towards the betterment of the city.
His presence will be missed in many companies.
Kindly, cheerful, entertaining, and talented, a man of high integrity and spotless character, he leaves a whole city to sympathize with his bereaved family.’