This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is our misfortune at times not to hear of the death of friends till some time after. Abiel Chandler, who died at Concord, New Hampshire, on the 22d of April, in his seventy-fourth year, was one of the earliest friends of the Gardener's Monthly, and among its most highly esteemed correspondents. Unknown to us personally,he became attracted to the magazine, as he once wrote, by its " intelligently practical character," and remained its fast friend to his death. He was originally a silversmith and maker of mathematical instruments, but for the last twenty-five years had retired from active business and devoted himself wholly to amateur gardening pursuits. In almost every community progress depends on one or two leading men, and such a man was Mr. Chandler in his town. He fought against an unjust pavement effort, and by the help of the Gardener's Monthly succeeded. Only for his efforts, to-day the people of Concord would be paying a tax on every yard of pavement laid down. The present supply of water in the town is mainly through his efforts; the newspapers of that date show how nobly he fought the project through.
As a maker of telescopes he was probably second only to Alvin Clark. His funeral from the Unitarian Church of Concord, was attended by a long concourse of his fellow-citizens. He leaves a widow and five children, one daughter, Lydia, being the wife of Jacob Manning, the well-known and esteemed nurseryman of Reading, Mass.