Unknown soldiers, probably from New Hampshire or Maine, who died in Medford during siege of Boston.
Mr. John H. Hooper, whose portrait appears in this number of the Register, and whose article on the bridges in Medford will be found of valuable interest, is a recognized authority on the landmarks and boundary lines of Medford, his knowledge and experience having been gained by many years' connection with town affairs.
He was for ten years a member of the Board of Selectmen, acting as Chairman for eight years. Assessor for eighteen years, Chairman of the Board for fifteen years. Road Commissioner three years. On the Board of Health three years. Representative to the General Court four years. Moderator of twenty-seven town meetings, eleven of them being annual meetings, and has served on many committees.
Mr. Hooper is not a native of Medford, but is descended from the early settlers of the place.
One of his ancestors, Samuel Polley, who settled in Medford in 1708, married El
Com entreat that it may stop ere it reaches the public schools.—For who that has visited our schools: That regards the dearest interests of the rising generation:— That views the poor as possessing equal talents, and entitled to equal honours & benefits with the rich: Who that has weighed the advantages of educating together all classes of the community, Thus, elevating the vulgar, & the rude, to a proper selfrespect that will lead them to lay aside their rude habits, and vulgar expressions.
Thus too:—Subduing the family pride, and haughty spirit of the children of the rich, when they find powerful competitors (for the highest honours of the school) from the poorest & most obscure families in the town.
Who: your Com. ask that entertain these views, will withhold the necesary funds to carry out the system: or, graduate the benefits of public instruction by dollars & Cents.
By order of the School Committee Galen James Chairman Medford March 4th.
Charlestown Line on the Road leading to Lechmere point Court St—from Main St. near Nathan Adams' House to Charlestown Line leading to Harvard College, Cambridge St from Benjm Tufts Corner to Stoneham Line Mountain Street— from Ship St to Salem St leading by the new Burring Ground Cross Street from Turell's Corner to Woburn Line purchase St from High St by Jona Brooks the old road to purchase St Woburn St—from High St near Cannel Bridge by P. C Brooks to Symme's Corner Grove St. John Howe, Chairman.
Whether, as a matter offact, the town adopted all these names I do not know.
Certainly some of them did not last many years; for only old residents of Medford or students of her history will recognize all the ways now known as High, Salem, Main, Riverside avenue, South, South Winthrop, Medford, Harvard, Fulton, Cross, North Winthrop, Woburn, and Grove streets. Several of the names are improvements on the present nomenclature, for there was a meaning in them, lost in the present names<