Josiah Harmar papers  1681-1937
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Biography

William Morton Prest (1862-1945), the son of English immigrants William Prest and Rebecca Morton, received a bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1888. After studying law at Boston University, he was admitted to the bar in 1891; he practiced in Boston and later became a judge of the probate court. After the death of his first wife, Emma A. Day, in 1891, he married Bertha F. Sias; he had one child, Alice E. Prest. William M. Prest later retired to Lancaster, Massachusetts, with his third wife, Katharine Grinnell, a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Between June 1941 and August 14, 1945, Katharine hosted a soldiers' canteen in the couple's Lancaster home, entertaining men stationed at Fort Devens, injured servicemen, and returning veterans.