BACON, DELOS M.  son of John, 2d, and Lucy (Marston) Bacon, was born in Coventry, Vermont, December 25, 1845. John Bacon, 2d, was a man of strong and unique personality, well and favorably known in the business and fraternal circles of this section. He was in trade six years in East Burke, came to St. Johnsbury Center in 1853, and there conducted the tanning business many years, A Republican in politics, he was assistant judge of Caledonia county court from 1872 until 1876, the year of his death, which occurred August 11. He was actively connected with the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Vermont, was a Past Master of Passumpsic lodge and Past High Priest of Haswell chapter. His children were Jerome C. of St. Johnsbury; Arzelle A., deceased wife of N. A. Gibbs; Roseme E., who died in the army in 1863 at the age of twenty, and Delos M. 

      Delos attended the village schools and St. Johnsbury academy, and successfully taught several terms of winter school. After leaving school he remained at home and conducted the tanning business until about 1890, when, owing to the distance from the great centers and costly freight rates, the business was discontinued. Since that time Mr. Bacon has been employed largely in the discharge of various fiduciary trusts and official positions.

      For thirteen years he has been a lister of St. Johnsbury and, with one exception, chairman of the board. He has been a justice of peace twenty-two years. 

      For fifteen years he: has been secretary of all of the Masonic bodies at St. Johnsbury, after having been at the head of all of them. He was Grand Master of the Grand lodge of Vermont in 1891-'92, and Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in 1887-'88, and past Grand Sovereign of the Order of Constantine, and has received the Order of the Grand Cross. Delos M. Bacon possesses in an eminent degree those qualities of head and heart that inspire and retain the confidence and esteem of his associates. He has often been a delegate to county and state Republican conventions. In religious belief and support he is a Congregationalist. 

      Delos M. Bacon married, in January, 1869, Miss Hattie E. Kimball of Bath, New Hampshire. They have three children: Edith M., widow of W. D. Stone of Lakeport, New Hampshire, who resides with her parents; Lura M., wife of Irvin B. Hutchinson of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Perley D., who married Constance G. Hazelton, and resides at St. Johnsbury center, with his parents at the old home "The Elms," which has been a most hospitable one for fifty years.

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904, page 112-113.

Prepared by Tom Dunn, September 2005.