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November 29, 2011

Mix-up squared away

Square was rededicated to the wrong veteran


In a way, Collins said, the mistake has had a positive impact because it brought to light the histories of two Beverly veterans. Rojo was unaware, until Collins told her, that her great-great-great-grandfather had been killed during the Civil War.

Collins said the city plans to dedicate a square in Joseph Healey's honor near Bartlett Street, where he lived.

"The whole episode makes the case as to why these stories need to be told," Collins said.

Collins has given Lois Healey the Healey Square sign that was taken down this month. Lois Healey said she's not sure if she wants another ceremony in honor of her husband, but if there is one, she would like Rojo to be there.

Rojo also said she is not upset with the city's error. She works as a genealogist and said it's not unusual for mistakes to be made.

"You can add a whole branch to your family tree and later find out you've got to trim it off," she said. "It's really interesting that they found out who the real Healey is."

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or by email at

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