The Daily Times and Chronicle, Tuesday, July 17, 1979
                Burlington Past and Present, by John E. Fogelberg
                                 (Article # 004)


                              Welcome Home Jubilee


 Sixty years ago this month the citizens of Burlington gave a banquet and organized a celebration worthy of any little town of approximately eight hundred inhabitants.  The war to end all wars  had ended seven months before and most of the boy's  were back home. Now Burlington wanted to honor its dead and show its appreciation for the service given by those who returned.
             

 Thirty  names with photos are listed in the pamphlet  published for the occasion. Some of the boys whose names are there actually  saw action overseas,  others would have,  had the war lasted longer. Two of those who did see combat never returned.
             

Today  their sacrifice is remembered by local  Legionnaires whose  quarters  now on Winn Street is known  as  the  Millican-  McKenzie Post No. 273 of the American Legion.
             

 The  part  that  Burlington played in that World  War  was worthy of the town. But the effort was made somewhat differently than those of former conflicts. Then the duty of raising and equipting  men was the responsibility of the  individual  towns. Towns  were required to enlist their own quotas and payment for same was theirs as well. For instance Burlington oversubscribed its quota during the Civil War.
             

 Now the Federal Government assumed those responsibilities, for the first Selective Service Act which made all men  between the  ages of 21 and 30 subject to military services was  passed in  May  of 1917 and changed the following year to include  all men between the ages ot 18 to 45.
             

 Burlington  did not have its own recruiting office but  it did  have a number of very active service organizations run  by the  women of the town. The sparkplug of the local Red  Cross unit was Mrs. Rose B. Perkins. That energetic lady also chaired the Home Service Committee and the Soldiers and Sailors Christmas  Parcel Committee.  The first Red Cross drive was under the direction of Mrs. Henderson, the second in December of 1918 was chaired by Mrs.  Walter Skelton. Both drives were very successful.
            

  To  pay  for the war income taxes had been  increased  and four issues of Liberty Bonds and one post-war issue of  Victory Bonds  were  sold.  Those people who could not invest at  least $25.  for a bond could buy War Savings Stamps which sold for as little  as ten cents.  The value of bonds bought by  Burlington people  is  not known but students in the  Union  School  saved $946.50  in  Thrift and Savings Stamps in 19l8 alone. The  War  Savings,  Stamps Committee had eight members,  only one of whom was  a man,  Arthur Nichols,  the Chairman.  He was  the  local mailman at the time.
              Leonard  Millican lived with his mother and brother in the
         old Simonds farmhouse which is still standing on the  southerly
         side  of Lexington Street near the Mall.  He not only ran  that
         farm  but also worked at times as a furniture salesman.  He was
         an active member of the Burlington church.  Because of his fine
         tenor voice he often sang solo in the church choir. He enlisted
         in  the Army July 25,  1917,  for a time trained with a Cavalry
         unit  but  went overseas as a member of the 102nd  Machine  Gun
         Battalion. He was killed in action.
              Kenneth  A.  McKenzie also was a member of the church here
         and  also  sang in the choir because he too had  a  fine  tenor
         voice.  He joined Co. G, 101st Infantry from Woburn on July 12,
         1917  and sailed for France with his outfit in October.  He was
         killed  in action July 22,  1918 while participating in  a  no-
         man's land raid on enemy positions.
  At  the  annual Town Meeting in March of 1919 the  sum  of $300.00  was  voted to be expended for a suitable Welcome  Home observance for the returning veterans. The Moderator appointed a committee of ten to organize the affair.  Arthur Nichols  was named  the Chairman and Treasurer and Joseph MacDowell  became, Secretary.  To supplement the small appropriation the Committee raised  an extra $260 by running a series of whist parties  and dances and by solicitation.
   A  concert  by the Woburn National Band was given  in  the early  afternoon  with various athletic contests for the  small fry later.  There were 215 guests seated at the catered  dinner served  at  six  o'clock on long tables set up on the  lawn  in front  of the new Town Hall.  That building was then only  four years old.  The reception in the evening was held inside. There bronze  medals  were presented to each veteran present by  Col. Edward L. Logan, Comdr. 101st Infantry, 26th "Yankee" Division.
        

The  families  of Leonard Millican and  Kenneth  McKenzie  were presented  with  similar gold medals.  The three boys who  were still in the service received their bronze medals later.
             

One of the featured speakers of the afternoon  testimonial  was Capt.  Wilford A.  Walker of Co.  F, 318th Infantry. Walker was  a Burlington boy,  born the son of Samuel and Rose  Pooler Walker  in 1895.  He lived while he was growing up and going to school  and college in the little house on Winn Street now  the home of Mr.  and Mrs.  Robert Blenkhorn.  He was graduated from Woburn High in 1913 and granted his AB degeree from Harvard  in 1917.  He enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1916 as a 2nd Lieutenant,  was activated upon his graduation from Harvard, married Bertha  Emery of Woburn in August,  and a short time later  set sail for France as Comdr. Co. C, 302nd Infantry.
             

 Colonel Walker died at his home on Bow Street, Woburn only three  years  ago, (1976),  after a very active life in that city  as  a teacher  of History in Woburn High School,  as a member of  the famed  26th  "Yankee" Division in the Second World  War,  as  a member of the General Court for two terms,  as a Comdr.  of the George A.  Campbell Post No.  101,  the American Legion,  as an active  member of Woburn's Trinity Church and as  the  Business Manager of the Charles Choate Memorial Hospital.
             

In all things Wilford Walker was a gentleman. I know.

Kenneth  A.  McKenzie also was a member of the church here and  also  sang in the choir because he too had  a  fine  tenor  voice.  He joined Co. G, 101st Infantry from Woburn on July 12, 1917  and sailed for France with his outfit in October.  He was killed  in action July 22,  1918 while participating in  a  no-man's land raid on enemy positions.

Leonard  Millican lived with his mother and brother in the old Simonds farmhouse which is still standing on the  southerly side  of Lexington Street near the Mall.  He not only ran  that farm  but also worked at times as a furniture salesman.  He was an active member of the Burlington church.  Because of his fine tenor voice he often sang solo in the church choir.

He enlisted in  the Army July 25,  1917,  for a time trained with a Cavalry unit  but  went overseas as a member of the 102nd  Machine  Gun Battalion. He was killed in action 29 Jul 1918 (aged 26).

Sgt. Leonard Millican place of rest.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial
Also known as:  Argonne American Cemetery·         Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France

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