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Edward was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Edward is his father's name and grandfather's name. It is also his son's name. Edward's middle name Benjamin came from his maternal grandfather Benjamin Legge and his uncle Bennie Legge.
Ed, or "Buddy" as he was called, lived with his family on Winter Street and later at 35 Brigham Park in Fitchburg. He graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1942.
|The day Bud met Millie Bartlett
His sister-in-law, Rebecca (Bartlett) Nally told this story with the photo above:
In the summer of 1942 I worked as a dietitian and cook at a summer health camp. Cal was head counselor and Joyce helped me in the kitchen. Bud was general handyman. Well, great grandma Bartlett (2 greats for the kids) died + I set out to go to the funeral. I was in an accident and never got there. My folks were worried about me. (I was hurt some but really O.K.) My sisters and Alice were sent up to camp to check me out. This could be the first time Millie and Bud met. If they hadn't, where would you be?
Bud + Millie had both graduated from high school that year. Soon after Bud enlisted in the Coast Guard.
Edward enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard on December 3, 1942, and went into active duty on January 27, 1943. He served three years in the European, African, Asiatic, and Pacific Campaigns on the U.S.S. Bangor (Patrol Frigate PF-16). When he was discharged he went home to live with his parents until he got married.
Edward married Mildred Bartlett on August 11, 1946. They lived most of their lives together on White Street in Lunenburg.
He was a Mason and a Shriner (Aurora Lodge of Masons, Harris Council, Thomas Royal Arch Chapter, Jerusalem Commandery No. 19, Aleppo Temple Shrine and the Fitchburg-Leominster Shrine Club), a member of the Greater Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the United Parish Church in Lunenburg.
He worked for 20 years at Simonds Saw and Steel Co. in Fitchburg. He started there shortly after returning from the service, working on the factory line, and he ended as a foreman.
After retiring he went into business with a partner named Al Cadrette and operated the Settle Shop, Settle Shop Gift Shop, and Old Brick Store in West Townsend.
Edward and Al were friends and partners in many entrepreneurial ventures. The first one was selling Christmas trees. For a number of years they bought booths at the "Big E" expo in Springfield, Mass, and sold items such as spice racks, wood stain, and rings made from horseshoe nails.
Edward died at the age of 57 from heart failure, in his home on White Street. He is buried in North Cemetery in Lunenburg.
- ↑ 1942 graduation date is confirmed by FHS yearbook; another source said 1941
- ↑ At some point during the 1960s, he was offered a promotion into management, but it would have meant moving to Canada. The family decided against this.
- ↑ His retirement wasn't entirely by choice. The Simonds family sold out and the new corporate owners were cutting costs. They offered early retirement. Although there was a severance, this meant Edward wouldn't collect a pension as he expected.
- ↑ As remembered by Ted Whittenkraus.
- Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. Keith Whitten Sr. and Chris Whitten match on 37 out of 37 markers, as reported by Family Tree DNA. This confirms their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Richard Whitten.
- Maternal relationship is confirmed with a 23andMe test match between Chris Whitten and Glenn Legge, second cousins once removed. Predicted relationship by 23andMe: 2nd to 3rd Cousin based on 1.87% DNA shared across 6 segments.
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