The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 15, 2005


Paging through Carlisle's Annual Reports: 1940 - 1949

Servicemen march in Memorial Day Observances during the 1940s. (Gleason Library Collection)


• Report of the Board of Selectmen: A committee for defense has been organized to work with the State Defense Committee.A joint committee was formed to try to check incendiary fires, and also to find out what men could be called on, if needed, for defense purposes.

A WPA project is in operation on Curve Street, consisting of widening and straightening the road.

The Billerica and Concord bounds were perambulated and found to be in good order.

At the request of the Layman's League and the Selectmen, Mr. Newbury was asked to look into the high automobile insurance rates for the town. Mr. Newbury's interesting report follows:

To the Car Owners of Carlisle: We All Pay the Bill

Do you know that again in 1941 you have to pay at least $29 for automobile insurance? Do you realize that you will thus be paying more than the car owners in over three-fourths of all the cities and towns in Massachusetts.Do you know why you pay this high rate and what you can do to bring it down?

Here Are the Answers:

The State Commissioner of Insurance decides each fall on the premium by doing some simple arithmetic. The Registrar of Motor Vehicles tells him how many Carlisle cars have been registered in the last five years.The Insurance companies report to him the total amount which they have had to pay for five years as damages for personal injuries resulting from automobile accidents occurring anywhere in Massachusetts for which Carlisle cars were to blame. The Commissioner then divides the total registrationsinto the total lossesand the result is $20.88. He adds to this figure a fair allowance to the Insurance companies to pay them for insuring, and the result is the premium that we have to pay.

So you see our insurance rate is exactly as high as we are careless in driving our cars. In 1939 ...there was one such accident for every ten cars registered from our town. Every such accident takes money out of the pockets of all of us. Will you do your share to help to lower our rate?

The national Office of Price Administration was created in 1941 to control prices and ration scarce consumer goods during wartime. The coupons pictured here were used for gas rationing. Other items rationed included tires, cars, sugar, meat, coffee, shoes and clothing containing silk or nylon. (Gleason Library Collection)

Report of the Board of Selectmen: ... The Board is in favor of an increase for laborers from forty cents an hour to fifty cents an hour.

Board of Health: This year we had two patients at the Middlesex County Tuberculosis Hospital.

On June 9, 1941, regulations were adopted in regard to piggeries, over-night cabins and trailer camps. One license has been issued for a piggery...

Report of the Department of Public Welfare: The year 1941 has shown a marked decrease in direct welfare cases ...
Persons aided, 1940 — 32
Persons aided, 1941 — 7.

• Report of Building Inspector: Permits were issued for the following purposes:

Dwellings — 1
Additions and alterations on dwellings — 6
Additions and alterations not dwellings — 3
Build garages — 5
Build hen houses — 4
Build sawmill shed — 4
Build small buildings — 1
Build hunting lodge — 1
Move buildings — 2
Reshingle — 9
Chimneys — 2.

• Superintendent's Report: We have been drawn into the greatest war of all time, and the institutions of democracy are to be tested as they have never been tested before. Whatever the years ahead have in store, we must let nothing interfere with the high standards of our schools.


• Report of the Fire Department: The Forest Fire Patrol System was inaugurated this year by the Department of Conservation and a Patrol was established for the few days of fire weather last Spring. The System showed good results throughout the State and will be continued this year. The State reimburses the Town for one half the expense incurred.

House Fires in 1942: 6
Brush and Grass: 11
Searching Parties for Lost Persons: 3

• Report of the Finance Committee: We believe that those responsible for the management of Town affairs during 1942 have made a sincere effort to operate economically and efficiently.

The Special Committee elected at the 1942 Annual Town Meeting to purchase a new fire pump placed an order with American-LaFrance-Foamite corporation, after a thorough investigation of all suitable types and makes of manufacture. The order has not been filled because of our inability to secure a sufficiently high priority rating. The Finance Committee feels that the equipment will still be necessary to the Town's requirements at such time as war conditions make delivery possible.

Corn is harvested during the late 1940s. Pictured from left to right are: Bobby Fulton, Harrison Philbrook, Guy Clark, Charles Kierstead, Ralph Metivier, Albert Simpson and Paul Kierstead. (Gleason Library Collection)


• Superintendent's Report: In these war years we are fortunate if we are able to maintain our schools on a level even approximating pre-war conditions. We have retained 75% of our teaching staff, which is fortunate in view of the extreme difficulty encountered in finding capable teachers

On the whole, the work of the school year has progressed smoothly. We have done our part in selling War Stamps and Bonds, and in similar activities, but we have likewise striven earnestly to educate our boys and girls soundly and to develop constructive citizenship.

Our enrollment dropped slightly last year, but this year it has reached a new high of 94.


Report of the Fire Department: One more member of the Department has joined the armed service. Fifty per cent of the original Department are now serving their country: Samuel Parisi, George W. Foss, Francis Booth, Charles Little, and Edward J. Clark.

• Report of the Work of the Middlesex County Extension Service in Carlise:

The Extension Service during 1944 turned over all its facilities to the war effort in the production and conservation of food and other factors necessary to help win the war. The County Trustees, Town Directors and local leaders gave freely of their time in spite of the fact that most of them were fully occupied with other duties.

Under agriculture, most of the time was spent in cooperation with Selective Service Boards in furnishing information relative to registrants employed on farms. This probably was the most important job of the year as the food production program could not continue unless the key men on our farms were retained.

Farm labor is probably the next important item, with the local director cooperating with the school system in helping to make available all the boys and girls within the town and any other available people to help meet the extreme labor shortage on farms....

Homemakers were assisted, especially in the conservation and preservation of food, a better understanding of wise use of ration points and food that had to be purchased along with greater use of home-grown foods...Respectfully submitted, Guy W. Clark, Town Director.


Ration points issued by the Office of Price Administration during World War II. (Photo by Betsy Fell)

• Report of School Committee Mrs. Sleeper [School Nurse] spent a lot of extra time checking up on children exposed to mumps and scarlet fever. She also followed up X-ray tests and took children to outside clinics, including the speech clinic at Lowell.

Again this year, starting in October, one hour per week has been released from the school schedule for Week-Day Religious Education which has been conducted at the Congregational Church. Attendance is voluntary and includes grades four through seven at the school, the same as last year.

• Report of the Department of Public Welfare: The appropriations for the year 1945 were: Old Age Assistance - $4,600; Aid to Dependent Children - $700; Direct Welfare - $500; Administration - $50.

In the Old Age Assistance category, there were 17 cases at the beginning of the year, and 15 cases at the closing of the accounts on December 31, 1945.

Under Aid to Dependent Children, there has been one case throughout the year.

In Direct Welfare there are two cases with local settlement which are cared for elsewhere, but are supported by the Town.


• Town Meeting: The Meeting on February 11, 1946 was called to order by the Moderator, James H. Wilkins.

Article 8. It was unanimously voted to appropriate the sum of $198.03 to pay the County of Middlesex, as required by law, the Town's share of the net cost of the care, maintenance, and repair of the Middlesex County Tuberculosis Hospital.

Article 16. A motion to improve the present Town Dump or for a new location, was lost.

Article 20. On motion of Harry B. Stearns, duly seconded, it was unanimously voted to raise the wages of Town laborers to 65 cents per hour.

• Report of the Board of Selectmen: As stated in our 1945 report the Board complied with the request of the State and County officials to prepare and present worthy projects which would improve the safety, convenience, and health of the inhabitants of the town and provide employment. All concerned agreed that the Traffic Circle project was of prime importance. The appropriations covering the cost were made by State, County, and town and the work, while started late, advanced rapidly due to the unusually good weather prevailing.


• Report of the Planning Board: Poison ivy elimination by means of Dupont "Amate" was continued during the year. The ivy growing along all main highways was sprayed as well as much of that growing along secondary highways. We believe that, although some re-seeding will occur, we have largely eliminated this health menace.

The ball park has been very extensively used by the young people of the town during the year. Leagues for both the younger and older young people were run during the spring and summer months.

We have again attempted to reduce mosquito and fly populations in Carlisle by application of the wonder chemical DDT on stagnant water and fireholes. An extra application was made during the period when infantile paralysis was prevalent.


1948 Presidential Election

Dewey — Republican- 290
Teichert — Socialist Labor — 0
Truman — Democratic — 69
Wallace — Progressive — 7
Watson — Prohibition — 2

Question No. 8 — Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. Yes — 229; No — 67; Blanks — 85.


• Report of Fire Department: The department answered 129 calls during 1949 as follows:

Automobile Fires — 3
Brush and Grass — 21
Building — 9
Electric Wires Down — 1
Investigations — 27
Inspections — 68.

Five new water holes were constructed and six were cleaned and deepened. Two new gas masks were purchased in accordance with State law. An Emerson resuscitator was purchased and the entire department personnel trained in its use. This apparatus is useful in cases of drowning, asphyxiation, electric shock and heart trouble, and is available, with a trained operator, at all times.

I hope that the Town will take favorable action on the article requesting $2,500 for the purchase of a tank truck. I feel that this will add considerably to the fire protection of the Town.

Respectfully submitted, W. D. Wilson, Fire Chief.

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