|Vignette No. 25|
Cornelius J. Lynch
| The late beloved Cornelius J. Lynch is the subject of our Vignette to- day. Known by his legion of friends as Connie and Neely we can now, in retrospect, evaluate his character, his moral strength, and his worth to the community.
He was born in East Boston, Dec. 18, 1877 the son of Michael and Julia (Swanton) Lynch. The Lynch family moved to Maynard when Connie was only three years old. This family was to obtain considerable prominence in the years to follow. He attended the local schools and graduated from the Grammar school with high honors. Like other boys of that period he felt that he should sacrifice any further schooling and help out the family needs. Because of the persuasion of his teacher (Emily Gordan) he attended Maynard High School for two years. Mr. Alger was the principal at the time. Despite his high scholastic rating, Connie still harbored the thought that he should be doing more for his people. Accordingly, he gave up his schooling and went to work in Boston, learning the cigar-maker's trade. After acquiring a full knowledge of the trade, he returned to Maynard and set up a buckeye.
The shop was but a short distance from the entrance to Riverbank Road. It was a two story affair with a Mr. Sirverson occupying the ground floor as a harness maker. The upper half had been recently vacated by a Mr. Carver, a show maker and repairer. And this is where our young hero started in business for himself. The business grew rapidly and expansion was necessary. He located on the ground floor of the Masonic Block with added help. His C.J.L., became one of the most popular cigars in the area. He later became interested in politics and offered himself as a candidate for representative. He was successful in the election that followed, defeating his formidable Republican rival Fred F. Trull. This was quite an upset in politics as the district which comprised Boxboro, Maynard, Hudson and Stow was considered at that time overwhelmingly Republican.
He was appointed to the Committee on Labor, a committee for which he was eminently qualified. He was instrumental in having a law passed granting Labor shorter hours. After the expiration of his Legislative term, Mr. Lynch accepted the position of editor and reporter for the Maynard Enterprise, a position he held for thirty years. These were the years in which the local paper reached its zenith.
At the time of his passing, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eagles, Cigar Makers Union and The Holy Name Society. Discovering that there were several families in dire need he organized the White Cross Guild, and great good that this organization has done in absolute secrecy regardless of race or creed will never be known. In regards to this matter we feel that the names of Miss Alice Nagle and the late John Hannon should not be overlooked. In 1911 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Greene by the late Rev. Walter Browne. She resides at 37 Acton St., and their charming daughter Julia makes her home in Wakefield, the wife of Albert Minehan, a former well known resident and now proprietor of Wakefield's most prosperous drug store.
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