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nt numbers of Historic Leaves, need not be told that the first recorded date which we have of a public school being established outside the Peninsula, on what is now Somerville soil, was in 1728. Unfortunately this statement can hardly be said to be substantiated until 1736, when the record is somewhat more explicit. But it will be safe to say, I think, that the Milk Row School, the only one in Somerville of that day, was established not far from 1730. A school a short distance beyond Alewife Brook, on Arlington soil, but drawing its scholars from a point as far south as the Old Powder House, may have been of an equal age; both were for instructing youth in reading, writing, and ciphering. It is not my intention to repeat what has already appeared in print, but for the sake of completeness it seems advisable to emphasize a few points. Just when the first Milk Row Schoolhouse was built will probably never be known. That one was standing in 1780 is inferred from references on th
the corner of Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, where the public library now stands. This site was originally the corner of the old Watertown road. Thence they cross Massachusetts Avenue, and, following the line of the present Water Street, extend to Fowle's Mill Pond, and thence northwesterly along the mill pond and brook, and northerly across the brook to the Charlestown Line. (This brook, Sucker Brook, was originally Alewife Meadow Brook, and should not be confounded with the present Alewife Brook, flowing out of Fresh Pond, originally the Menotomy [a] River. The Rocks continued along the Charlestown Line to a point near the present Lexington and Arlington Line. The territory to the west— Lexington since 1713—was originally known as Cambridge Farms. It was colloquial to refer to the grants in this immediate vicinity as the small farms; hence the item in the inventory of the property of Thomas1 Brigham, a small fare at Charlestown line, £ 10. The ancient use of the term farm