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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
efited by this, for he received on Nov. 6, 1819, For his daughters Sally and Harriet teaching school from May 1 to Oct. 30 at $2 a week, $51.40,0 For boarding the teachers of the school $51.57, For the use of a room for the Town School $20. Miss Eliza Gray taught the primary school and all the girls in the brick school-house, and Miss Eliza B. Wait, the eastern school, at the house of Rhoda Turner, situated, I am informed, on Riverside avenue near where the Boston & Maine freight-house now stands. Up to the time when these schools were opened, there had been two male teachers occupying the two rooms in the brick school-house, and when Miss Eliza Gray took charge of one room it was necessary for one of the men to drop out. Judging from the books, Abijah Kendall, who had taught for twelve years, was the one dispensed with, for Peter Gray continued teaching after these schools taught by women were established, remaining until April, 1820. Nathaniel Cogswell took charge of the school
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., The Medford library building. (search)
st residence was near his ship-yard on old Ship street, corner of Park, and it was near the close of his active career that he erected this house, which was in some respects superior to any in town. His son Thatcher had already purchased the estate across and further up High street (in 1832) when the elder Magoun purchased of Nathaniel Bishop, on October 5, 1833, a certain piece of land with a dwelling house, having a frontage on High street of seven rods and twenty-two links, to land of Widow Gray. The record of Medford ships shows that he built his last ships in 1834 and 1835, one in each year, and that after 1835 the building at the Magoun ship-yard was by others. It would appear that the mansion-house was commenced at about the time of his retirement, about 1835. Facing page 357 in Brooks' History of Medford (1855) is a steel engraving by F. T. Stuart, showing the house and stable, with (presumably) the owner in his carriage driving out across the sidewalk. Two pieces of
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Medford a century ago—1819. (search)
lectmen directed the payment of $99.00 interest on $1,650, loaned by him to the town. As the educational matters were administered by the selectmen we find: To Eliza Wait teacher 26 wks 4.00 including board104.00 Wm. Bradbury boarding Miss Eliza Gray schoolmistress May 3 to Oct. 3. 26 wks52.00 Eliza Gray teaching at the schoolhouse 26 wks52.00 Rhoda Turner, use and improvement of room for a schoolroom 6 mos.25.00 To Jeduthun Richardson the 3 following accts. For the services of his dEliza Gray teaching at the schoolhouse 26 wks52.00 Rhoda Turner, use and improvement of room for a schoolroom 6 mos.25.00 To Jeduthun Richardson the 3 following accts. For the services of his daughters Sally & Harriet keeping school May I to Oct. 30 25 wks 3 1/2d. a 2.00 per wk51.40 use of room for school20.00 for boarding teachers 25 wks 5 1/2d.51.57 —— 122.97 By the above it appears that the town paid the teachers' board for the Sundays before and after the summer term, and it was all in the family at Brooks' corner,—and the old house, having taken a new lease of life, is still in evidence. Rhoda Turner's was probably at Mill lane, so called, and all of the above tallies<