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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
ly followed by the second school-house. In the History of Medford it is assumed that this school-house was built in accordance with the vote of March 1, 1771, but at the adjourned meeting in April, 1771, that vote was reconsidered, and it was voted to purchase a piece of Land of Mr. Jonathan Watson, thirty-five feet square, between his house and Mr. Putnams and to give him for the said land Fifty Milld Dollars. Also voted to build a School House upon sd land purchased of said Watson. Thomas Secomb and Joshua Symonds were added to the committee chosen at the March meeting to build, and they were empowered to select the plan for the building. The old house lot by Meeting House Brook was then sold for £ 38 Old Tenor, and the land on which had stood the second meeting-house and the first schoolhouse was bought by Ebenezer Hall, Jr., for £ 197 Old Tenor. The last master who taught in this first school-house was doubtless Daniel Newcomb, of the Harvard class of 1768. The second b