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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
the list of those that have not been printed, but it is sufficient to mention a few, taking them in nearly consecutive periods of time, or else in groups. The names of the clergymen who were present at the installation, dismissal or burial of Medford pastors, or who came to preach by way of exchange, make a notable list of early Puritan divines who were always honored guests of our people at such times, but as they are found in the histories by Brooks and by Usher, they need no mention. Ants from the sky that have given the glow to so many of his pictures, to be used at a later time, for though he lived abroad many years he returned to America in 1860, and from the following item in the Art journal, May, 1875, we may infer that Medford was placed under contribution for art's sake: Brown's Sunrise, Genoa [1875], is one of those gorgeous, idealized, hazy Italian scenes, for which this artist is so much noted, in the vein of Turner. Is it not something to have had with us an a
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Volume II of Medford records. (search)
was the first public school kept in Medford. In 1647 the General Court had passed an act making it obligatory on towns of fifty families to keep reading and writing schools and towns of one hundred families to have grammar schools. Evidently Medford had not reached the size demanded by the first requirement until this period. Prior to this time the children obtained what education they received in the neighboring towns where schools existed, or were taught privately. On February 22, 1720, stand by the decision of these men is shown in that on May 19th following it was voted not to raise any money for a new meeting house, and on February 20, 1721, it was voted not to except of ye Result of ye Comte Refering to a meeting house for Medford as A perfect Result According To ye Votes of ye Town. This action did not suit some of those interested, as twenty of the apparently most prominent citizens entered their Decent against ye Towns proceedings In ye above writen Vote for ye follow