from The Webster Evening Times, October 22, 1926 (Volume 4 #18),

Sixtieth Annual Re-union of Co. I, 15th Mass. Infantry,
Is Held In Grand Army Hall in Worcester.

Elias B. Wakefield, Webster and Dudley’s only surviving member of I Co., of the 15th Mass. Infantry was again honored at the 60th annual reunion of the association held in G. A. R. Hall, Worcester, when he was again elected as president of the association. There were about 20 members of the association present and after greetings and handshaking the veterans held a business meeting followed by dinner served by members of the George W. Ward Relief Corps.

The other officers were also re-elected and are Leonard E. Thayer, of Leominster,vice-president, George W. Ward, son of George H. Ward for whom Post 10 G. A. R. is named, secretary and treasurer; Samuel J. Simmons, of Co. K., Boston, chaplain; John Legassey of Co. G., Worcester, Albert H. Foster of Co. H., North Brookfield, Joseph F. Pierce of Co. D., Worcester and Francis G. Huckins of Co. G., No. Grafton were elected as directors.

During the business session the following were reported as having died during the past year: J. R. Houghton of Chicago; Amable Beaudry of Kidder Mo.; J. R. Farnum of Marlboro N.H.; Herbert D. Thayer of East Walpole; Thomas Burgess of Beverly; William F. Miller of Holden; Porter Walbridge of Brimfield; Gen. Henry S. C. Ward of Wellesley Hills; and Patrick Healy of Dudley a few weeks ago.

The names of Harry Harold of Akron Ohio, and Simon E. Waters of Natick were marked as “missing" as letters written to them have been returned.

Many of the members unable to be present sent letters of regret. A bouqet of chrysanthemums were sent by Mrs. Marion Putnam and Miss Ethel M. Woods, the daughters of the late Dwight Woods of Co. D.

Following the fine dinner many speakers were heard and the principal speaker being Congressman George R. Stobbs, a former Webster boy, now of Worcester. Other speakers were Col. Joseph A. Titus, Sergeant Samuel E. Simmons, E. Walter Smith, John Legassey, Joseph F. Pierce, Albert H. Foster, James Clifford;, Albert Everett, Henry S. Baker and Francis Huckins, all members of the 15th regiment, except Mr. Smith, who is the son of the late Col. Henry E. Smith.

Elias Wakefield is well known in G. A. R. circles and at the age of 82 is one of the most active members of Nathaniel Lyon Post, G. A. R. and he is also the lock up keeper of the town.

With the death of Patrick Healy several weeks ago Mr. Wakefield is now the only surviving member of I Co. in Webster and Dudley. Whenever meetings of interest to the G. A. R. are held Mr. Wakefield can be found in attendance as he is vitally interested in everything pertaining to the veterans of the Civil War.