Appendix II to "To Kill a Squirrel"
A Continuation of
The Unofficial History of the Sudbury Minutemen

By Ray Duven, Bryon Bausk, Les Longworth
Dan Tanona, Joe Bausk, Bob Childs
March 1991

Again, a few of us got together, with pen and drink in hand and attempted to set down, before age and faulty memory found us, some of the events that have kept Sudbury Companies Militia and Minute tradition alive and well.

We recognize that is impossible to remember all that transpires in any year's march or meetings. We welcome any and all additions to this record. Just jot down your recollection. (We may clean up the language though as younger eyes may see this). If you have any photos that can easily be copied in black and white or cartoons of the time, please contact any of the listed culprits. A list of the men who "stood in" as Colonel:

          1964 - Alfred Bonazzolli
          1965 - John Powers
          1966 - Maurice Fitzgerald
          1967 - Joseph Brown
          1968 - John Cheney
          1969 - Roger Bump
          1970 - Robert Oram
          1971 - John Polutchko
          1972 - Ira Amesbury
          1973 - Robert Maclean
          1974 - William Vollheim
          1975 - Palmer True
          1976 - Raymond Clark
          1977 - Cornell Gray
          1978 - Joe Bansk
          1979 - Theodore Stone
          1980 - Daniel Tanona
          1981 - Edward Schow
          1982 - David Sargent
          1983 - Don Dacier
          1984 - Ray Duven
          1985 - Jim Santamaria
          1986 - Hal Cutler
          1987 - Bob Duncan
          1988 - Dwight Dixon
          1989 - Ron Maclnnis
          1990 - Bob Childs
          1991 - Edward Kreutz
          1992 - Bryon Bausk
          1993 - Roger Backman

1980 Col Dan Tanona

Dan Tanona, " Warsaw Blackie ", organizer of the Trojan Horse, had a very interesting (strange) year. It started with the organization of the 4th Middlesex Militia so that we could join in more battle reenactments. We were also struck with OSHA Regulations that wouldn't quit.


Palmer True's " Musket Mule " (the colonial version of a machine gun)

Mark Dodge showing what the well equipped musketman would carry, but not very far

The end, hopefully of the Williamsburg Movies

The never ending meetings

The passing of Al Bonazolli, our first Colonel and Frank Grinell and Ray Clark's moving obituaries

Drills for Yorktown

The girl in the yellow sweater Sher Rol Trio's musical debut at the Ball. (Several demanded double their money back)

Burial of Nancy at the Fair Party, and the Old Guards disbelief in the activity

Refusal of Sudbury to be a part of Concord's parade

Lt. Colonel Dacier ALMOST got the National Guard to build a bridge over the Assabet River

First year our own Parson said a prayer in the Center -- SAY A-MEN !

1981 Col Ed Schow

Our beloved "Easter Bunny" Colonel as the 19th fell on Easter Sunday that year. We still had a great turn out.

Ed marched us thru hill and vale (Lincoln Conservation Land) as Concord wouldn't give permission to set foot on their streets. We had ceremonies at Hardy's Hill and we took busses to the bridge for our usual noisy activity.


Jelly beans in the road apples

First year of the road signs (Longworth and Zschau)

Easter lilies in muskets

Great weather for a change

Women invaded line of march (excited by Joe Bausk)

No smoking in Conservation Land -- drinking o.k.

Cranes music at fair -- a touch of class -- didn't last long

Meetings held in the 18th Century Ballroom for the first time

1982 Col Dave Sagrent

Dave had an interesting year with the re-election of not one but two staff officers -- was this a field coup?

Dave got new mugs for Colonels -- his was gold with rubies and diamonds, the rest were pewter. Dave also got the replica of Colonel Ezekiel How's sword and he gave such a fancy salute to the reviewing stand in the Concord Parade that there was some question if it was really Sudbury going by, this was soon cleared up by the troops.


How the Colonel went one way at the end of the parade and the troops went another, that was the start of a sometimes tradition.

Ear protectors and safety goggles

Les Longworth's cartoons

Best run food booth at the fair (Dave imported a professional)

Last meetings in the Main Dining Room -- never again?

1983 Col Don Dacier

Don's march started in rain and cold and got much worse. By the time we left Dakin Farm it had started to sleet and snow. We had received word that Concord had canceled its parade. Gleefully (but wet) we went on in the sleet, snow, rain, earthquake, etc.


Mud (and stuck vans) at Barrett's Farm

Don dancing in the puddles, up to his knees

Joyce Maclnnis chastising Magrath's son for using "foul and unseemly language in the presence of our camp followers"

The decision to never go this way again

Mark Dodge's hat and red stain all over Bob MacLean's orange hair (his hat lost it's dye)

600 pound capes and plastic bag raincoats

1984 Col Ray Duven

Ray had a year that started with excellent weather at the fair and went downhill thereafter. The January meeting was canceled due to an unscheduled snow storm (shades of Colonel Gray) but things got worse.

There was a great deal of rain in March and April and all of Duven's plans to cross the Assabet at Bob Bowen's failed. The cause way leading to the North Bridge was under several feet of cold water. The Colonel, however, had a secret weapon in the person of Newt Hinckley who proposed to part the water for us.

Naturally when Sudbury learned that the Concord selectmen decreed that the parade had to change route, saying you could not possibly cross the bridge due to high waters, we had to go through the flood.

We arrived in time to watch the parade pass by in the distance. To the cheers of our camp followers and the park rangers we approached the flood, which by now was only one foot deep. Reverend Hinckley raised his arms and his "151 Elixir of life" and on we went. We certainly didn't feel the water and squashed thru the rest of the parade route, happy that we had again foiled Concord's parade & celebration committee.


The second split of staff and troops at the end of the parade

First presentation to Frank Koppeis at the fair

Incredulous park rangers (new) comment to other rangers (old) "I don't believe this" their answer was "What else did you expect from Sudbury, they always do it right!"

1985 Col Jim Santamaria

Jim was the first "East Sudbury" Colonel and with the weather co-operating had a very successful river crossing on a footbridge constructed by our intrepid scout Eric Volheim. We also had the whole march video taped by Raytheon. It was supposed to be part of a missile promotion. Hal Cutler also covered the march with his trusty video camera. Jim's year had memorable events (a few) .


The toll gate at the boat bridge

Route committee walked the entire route before the march (first time?)

Burma Shave signs

Gift of toilet paper to Bob Baun

"I survived the boat bridge" button

"Bloodless coup" by Hal Cutler as Colonial Fair was canceled by hurricane

Clearing downed trees at the Wayside Inn

Captain Polly of Horse Troop (Polly Puree)

Speaker from "Spirit of Mass."

Second year of new tradition, a second coffee stop at Bob Bowen's

Concord Minute Company greeting at Toll Gate (we didn't pay)

1986 Col Hal Cutler

Hal had to employ a "Bloodless Coup" to become Colonel as there was no fair and no official changing of the guard. Once this was accomplished the year went on as unusual. The march coincided with Concord's Patriots Day Parade - Note: the Birthplace of Liberty now celebrates Patriot's Day (the 19th of April to Sudbury) on the commercial Monday nearest in the tradition of our confused state's leadership. Therefore it is not usual that Sudbury gets to be in Concord's parade (we usually refuse unless it's the 19th).


The wagon for the disabled

Business cards replaced jelly beans in the road apples

Last year Pop MacLean went on the March

Paper bag salute in Concord -- highly successful

Bob MacLean struck blind by a horse MacLean had to carry horse last three miles

Tours denied access to the causeway -- had to detour

Restoration of drum head elections at Colonial Fair

Huge turnout at fair

1987 Col Bob Duncan

Easter Sunday march again. Bob said we should again go thru Lincoln. We guess he liked the route. Then we continued to the "Bloody Angle", it was the longest march since 1976, the eleven miles seemed like twenty.


Snow along the march route

Three coffee breaks

Last year Bryon Bausk couldn't remember the march

First year the 2nd man joined us

First year we had elephants on the march!

March truly followed Route Committee's route, got lost in the same place

Freddy Lawson's rabbit ears

First year Colonel's staff infiltrated by Concord Militia

Hal Cutler's video of march

1988 Col Dwight Dixon

Dwight had great weather for his march and we were able to follow our usual route. The Concord Police now felt that we were "good reliable people". Couldn't be us but we didn't question them.


Dixon's Dragsters

Reward posters along the way

Meetings were somewhat organized (a great change)

Dwight"s "small quantity of black powder" in his car, enough to blow up eastern Massachusetts

1989 Col Ron MacInnis

Ron's year was memorable for:

Disorganized meetings

Elf shoes for the Colonel

A very rainy march

Fog and road map at Route Committee meeting

Pit stops every 100 feet

Musket salute that blew up the north fire station

Concord Parade joined us, we were very wet and cold so we went first without waiting -- great. We told everyone along the route that we were the whole parade

Bowen fled his house, but we stopped for coffee anyway

Excellent job by Doughnut Dollies and Coffee Cuties as usual, these are the unsung heroes of our march. We would collapse without them

Frank K's retirement ceremony at Colonial Fair and reception

Bob Purrington the new Innkeeper, does he know what he's in for?

Harpsichord player at the Ball

1980 Col Bob Childs

Bob is also a Concord Minuteman so now we are truly integrated.


Clone of Newt Hinckley at cemetery

Colonel ambushed in march and held hostage, we got hundreds to leave him

Kilts in march

Lee Swanson's failure to deliver coffee

Ben Franklin at Muster and Colonial Fair

Lost doughnut wagon enroute to first coffee stop

Reopening of Old Bar at Inn

Bob Purrington's first horseback ride to Concord

Sober guests at Colonel's Dinner -- Bob couldn't understand it

Excellent Fair (again)