be accepted and approved, and accordingly the present fire department was organized in due form.
There were three engine companies formed under this act, viz.: Governor Brooks No. 1, General Jackson No 2, and J. Q: Adams No. 4.
The Governor Brooks No. 1 was located where the public pound now is on Back street. The Selectmen appointed a company consisting of twenty-nine members, who on the thirteenth day of November, 1835, met and organized by the choice of the following officers: George L. Stearns, clerk; James T. Floyd, foreman; David Kimball, assistant foreman; and Luther Angier, treasurer.
The company continued its organization till July 2, 1839, when there was an insufficient number to work the engine at a fire.
They chose a committee to wait on the Selectmen, make a statement of the condition of the company, and request that it be disbanded.
It was also voted, that the foreman, Mr. John T. White, surrender the engine Governor Brooks and whatever moneys there may be in th
Stickney, Mrs. Allison M.
Stone, Miss Katherine H.
Street, John D.
Street, Miss Mary B.
Sturtevant, James S.
Deceased.Swan, Charles H.
Swift, Miss Caroline E.
Symmes, Amelia M.
Symmes, Arthur C.
Tay, Mrs. Anna J.
Teele, Edward W.
Thompson, Mrs. Susan B.
Thompson, William A.
Tucker, Charles D.
Tufts, James W.
Wait, William Gushing.
Wait, Francis A.
Wait, Miss Hetty F.
Wait, Miss Sarah H.
Washburn, Miss M. L.
Weitz, Herbert A.
Wellington, Mrs. H. E.
Wheeler, Joseph H.
Deceased.Whitmore, William H.
Wilber, Nahum E.
Wilber, Mortimer E.
Wilcox, Miss E. J.
Wilcox, Miss Martha C.
Wild, Miss Helen T.
Winkley, William H.
Wood, Joseph W.
Woolley, Fred H. C.
Life Members.Wright, Walter C.
M. E. Chandler.
Deceased.Hon. T. S. Harlow.
Mrs. Geo. L. Stearns.
om their resort were men of advanced age, and might be considered as links connecting the centuries.
Beside those I have already mentioned were Ebenezer Hall, Joseph Manning, 1st., Dr. Daniel Swan, Dudley Hall, and Joseph Swan.
Their conversation, reverting to incidents which occurred in their youth, opened vistas into a past which now seems very remote to us. Other patrons of the reading-room, belonging to a later generation, were Samuel Lapham, Joseph Manning, 2d., Daniel Lawrence, George L. Stearns, John Sparrell, Jonas Coburn, George Hervey, Dudley C. Hall, Peter C. Hall, George W. Porter, John Clough, Albert H. Butters, and Col. Francis R. Bigelow, and there were doubtless others whose names escape me. Let it be remembered that I am speaking of the reading-room in the early period of its history.
I was not so well acquainted with it afterwards.
When the Tufts House was taken down the quarters of the club were removed to a building on the east side of Pasture Hill Lane (recen
he workmanship of Mr. Faphet Sherman held a superior place.
His trim-looking house, just below the corner of Pleasant street, was his residence from the time he built it, fifty-two years. He came from Marshfield, born there in 1818.
In 1834 he apprenticed himself to Oakman Joyce, to learn carpentering and joinering, which trade he followed through life.
His thoroughness and skill still speak in the fine work on the interiors of the houses of Gen. Samuel C. Lawrence, James W. Tufts, George L. Stearns, and Hon. Edward Brooks.
He was a member of Volunteer Fire Department of General Washington, No. 3, and was instrumental in detecting the incendiaries who made the year 1855 one of terror.
On his advocacy the cemetery was constituted a separate department of town government.
He served six years on the first Board of Trustees.
His zest for nature was keen.
He knew every rare plant, and where in our woods it grew.
His knowledge of shade and fruit trees was sought, and he shared his