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ord, there passed away one, a native of Medford (and whose boyhood days were spent here), who is kindly remembered by his old associates still living. These lines are not intended as obituary; rather an appreciative mention of one we have never met, or even heard of, till in recent years. Thomas Meriam Stetson was the son of Rev. Caleb Stetson, the second Unitarian pastor of Medford's First Parish. His birth occurred in the house on High street, later the home of Rev. Charles and Miss Lucy Ann Brooks, June 15, 1830. His later boyhood home was the parsonage house, erected on the site of the present St. Joseph's parochial residence. His early education was in the schools of Medford (public and private), and his college course was at Harvard, graduating there in 1849. After study in the Dane Law Zzz. to the bar in 1854. His father's pastorate (of twenty-one years) in Medford closed in 1848, prior to the son's graduation, and this may account for the settlement of this Medford
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., History for Medford schools. (search)
. A Medford teacher has recently prepared such a work, advance sheets of which have been submitted to us for inspection. They give evidence of much thought and labor in their preparation, quote authorities, and refer to many writings. As a matter of course, the printed histories of Medford are frequently quoted or referred to. After sending the author our criticisms, we gave the sheets to former President Hooper, which has led to the preparation of his article in our present issue. Mr. Brooks' work was one of the earlier town histories of Massachusetts. He said in its preface, The gathering of these annals has been too long delayed, and prophesied discovery of facts beyond his reach. With no local records of the first forty-four years, it is no wonder that he fell into some errors. He was an excellent annalist and wrote interestingly. In his day, and since, he had not the credit he deserved for his work for public education, he was even railed at in the public press. It is
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Two Medford buildings of the Fifties. (search)
now. It is not known that any photograph was ever taken of the building itself. The picture mentioned is a photographic enlargement of the engraving illustrating Brooks' History of Medford, which was probably made from the architect's drawing, and was made by Erving Conant at the instance of some friend of the school. Of the ehe appearance of the second will be striking as compared with the then prevailing style and appearance of schoolhouses. There was a reason for this. Historian Brooks devoted nearly a page to this house and its public exercises, and records that on March 10, 1851, the town voted to build it and appropriated $2,000 therefor, andced the striking architecture of this building (the more noticeable because of the few adjacent houses), and very naturally thought it was the village church. Mr. Brooks gives the names of the building committee and adds, they spared no pains in procuring a skillful draughtsman. We wish he had given his name, as careful search