Acton Memorial Library
George T. Ames, a veteran of the Civil War, celebrated the seventy-eighth anniversary of his birthday at his home on School street Tuesday Aug. 1. Mr. Ames was born at Lowell August 1, 1844 and came to make his home here at the age of six years.
He answered the call of President Lincoln on the 31st of August 1862 and enlisted in Company E Sixth Regiment Massachusetts Militia under Captain C Handley of this town. Mr. Ames served as clark of the company and now has in his hands the original muster roll as written sixty years ago. The number of names it contained at that time was 60, and only six are now living, George B. Parker and Oscar E. Preston of West Acton, Daniel H. Farrar of East Acton, William Chaplin of Concord Junction, John Griffin of Boxboro and George T. Ames of South Acton. Mr. Ames is very proud of the relic and takes much pleasure in showing it to his friends and callers. He is a member of Isaac Davis Post No 138, G.A.R.
He spent the day very pleasantly at his home, receiving many callers, cards and letters of congradulation, and among the gifts was a birthday cake surmounted with seventy-eight candles.