e waking up to the importance of education for their children, but we hear no more about building a school-house till 1730.
On the 5th of October in this year the town voted to build a school-house on the town land by the meetinghouse, chose a committee of five men to attend to the matter, and then promptly refused to appropriate any money therefor.
The next year, 1731, the town repeated the performance—voted to build the school-house, and then refused to raise the money.
On the 17th of January, 1732, the town again refused to raise money to build a school-house.
On 25th of September, 1732, the town voted to build a school-house, to be finished the 25th of November. Captain Brooks was chairman of a committee of three to attend to the matter, and, although no appropriation was made at the time, and no allusion is made to the matter at a meeting held the next January, I am inclined to think the building was erected.
From about 1736 Medford seems to have had what may be called