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Acton Business Section, 1909

Today’s photo, submitted by Eric Uehlein‎, is a postcard showing Exchange Street in Acton around 1909. This was the business district, or “business section,” as it is labeled on the photo, around the turn of the century. The photo features some…
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Remembrances: Rural Free Delivery

by president emerita Sylvia Henricks The goal of RFD (Rural Free Delivery), “Everyman’s mail to Everyman’s door,” was a new idea in the late 1800s, but one that John Wanamaker, President Benjamin Harrison’s Postmaster General fully supported. Congress did not…
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1905 Franklin Township Map

This fragment of a 1905 map of Franklin Township, found online by one of our members, gives an indication of the decades-long transition from “New Bethel” to “Wanamaker” (as described in a previous post) in that it labels the town…
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Happy Birthday to Marjorie Main

On this date in 1890, a girl named Mary Tomlinson was born in Acton, which was then a thriving community on the rail line in the corner of Franklin Township. The daughter of minister Samuel Tomlinson, Mary wasn’t content with small-town life, and…
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Collection Spotlight: Acton State Bank

In today’s Collection Spotlight, we’re looking at some artifacts from the Acton State Bank. This bank was located on Exchange Street, next to the U.S. Post Office. It was robbed in 1924; the robbers, who were never caught, got away…
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Marjorie Main Film at Artcraft Theatre

Once again, it’s time for the Historic Artcraft Theatre’s annual Ma & Pa Kettle film screening! This year it’s Ma & Pa Kettle At The Fair (1952), running June 27-28. Actress Marjorie Main, best known for her recurring role as…
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Vintage Clothing Show this Saturday

Just a reminder that the Vintage Clothing Show will be this Saturday, September 28 from 1 to 4 PM at Acton United Methodist Church, 5650 Senour Road (just off I-74 at the Acton Road exit). This free event will showcase…
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Marjorie Main Film: The Egg & I

Once again, the Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana is screening a film featuring Acton’s own Marjorie Main! The Egg & I stars Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray, and was the film that introduced the iconic “Ma and Pa Kettle”…
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