Many veterans are remembered today and our regards include our active duty son-in law Ian.
Ebenezer Osborne lived in Scituate Light in the 1940’s. The Cottage and Tower were in tough shape and his reporting led to a good deal of work being done to improve the Light. The 1840 census tells us that he had a young son living here as he struggled with “a miserable, leaky, smoky, and uncomfortable tenement…” That son went on to serve and serve at the highest possible standard.
William Henry Osborne is included in the soldier’s memorial on the Scituate Town Common. He is remembered here each day as the boy whose first steps likely were on these old floors and on the beach.
Members of the Osbourne family offered this historical gem during an open house some years ago. This was a hometown hero and it was unknown to the Scituate Historical Society before they shared it with me. I remain very grateful.
I will give President Lincoln the last word today:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
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