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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Medford a century ago—1819. (search)
ecially named. The annual town meeting was held in March, hence usually styled the March meeting, and adjourned from time to time as the amount of public business required. At that of 1819, Hon. Timothy Bigelow, who had the experience and distinction of eleven terms as speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, was moderator. Dr. Luther Stearns, Thatcher Magoun and Nathan Adams, three of Medford's prominent citizens, were chosen selectmen, Joseph Manning, treasurer, and Reuben Richards, clerk of the market. These names are evidence that it was a notable and efficient board, as also those that follow in the long list of other officers shown. It is recorded that ere adjournment to April 1, the town clerk was directed to put the law in force against persons chosen who do not qualify. Then follow several pages of certificates of qualification. At the April meeting the town fixed the assessors' pay at $2.00 per day, and $1.50 to the constable for warning town meeting.