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Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Literary men and women of Somerville. (search)
ng, as well. In his active life as a sailor, and in his excursions into French and English literature, he gathered the facts and the readiness of expression which stood him in good stead as an author. An earlier writer is Isaac F. Shepard, who lived in Somerville and Cambridge. He published much. Besides being editor of the Christian Souvenir, and contributing to the Christian Examiner, the list of his writings includes: a poem on The Seventy-first Anniversary of Leicester Academy, Massachusetts, August 7, 1835; a poem on The Will of God, printed about 1837; a volume of poems, Pebbles From Castalia, 1840; a Fourth-of-July Address, given in West Killingly, Conn., 1856. Mr. Shepard appears to have been a fluent writer of English. His tale, Lewis Benton, published in 1842, shows considerable facility of expression. It is a temperance story, picturing the deterioration of a well-meaning and able man through a failure to abstain entirely from the use of liquor. The little volu
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Charlestown School in the 17th century. (search)
from the salary, a free school, at least for this twelve-month, was thus early established here, and on the principle of voluntary taxation. It may be worth while to remember that this date is eleven years prior to the so often quoted law of Massachusetts, compelling towns to maintain schools. A brief word on this first-named school teacher of Charlestown will not be amiss. Rev. William Witherell (the name admits of various spellings) came from Maidstone, Kent, Eng., in 1635, under certifi The will of the wife was probated in 1669. In 1660 one thousand acres of land, in the wilderness, on the western side of Merrimack river, at a place commonly called by the Indians Sodegonock, were laid out by order of the General Court of Massachusetts Colony, for the use of the town of Charlestown. The rental of this tract of land helped to defray the annual expenses of the school. November 26, 1661, Mr. Ezekiel Cheever entered upon his labors in behalf of the Charlestown grammar schoo
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Charlestown School in the 17th century. (search)
him 5 pounds per year for house rent, to be payd in Towne pay, which agreement is to continue for one year.’ December 6, 1686. ‘Mr. Samuel Phipps, as Town Treasurer, is empowered to lay out the 25 pounds money belonging to the Free School, Provided he take sufficient security therefor.’ From Sibley's ‘Harvard Graduates’ we learn that the Rev. Samuel Miles was the son of Rev. John Miles, a Baptist preacher, who, in 1663, formed a society in Rehoboth, the oldest Baptist church in Massachusetts. He died in 1683, while his son Samuel, according to his will, was a student at the college. After graduating in 1687, young Miles continued to teach in Charlestown for a while, for it appears that the town was obliged to pay him his salary up to October of that year. About this time he became an Episcopalian, and we next find him connected with King's Chapel, Boston. In 1692 he visited England and brought away gifts for his chapel left by Queen Mary, then deceased, and also from
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Historical Sketch of the old Middlesex Canal. (search)
too vast, and the physical obstacles too formidable to admit of full consummation, and their labors resulted only in uniting by navigable water the capitals of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, covering a distance of about eighty-five miles. The Middlesex Canal, twenty-seven miles long, from Boston to the Merrimac River at what if Mystic River to the town of Boston.’ There were present at this meeting the Hon. James Sullivan, who was at this time attorney general, and later governor of Massachusetts, and in whose fertile mind the idea originated; Benjamin Hall, Willis Hall, Ebenezer Hall, Jonathan Porter, Loammi Baldwin, a leader in the enterprise and supe Sudbury, a distance of twenty-three miles. This formed a portion of Mr. Sullivan's far-reaching plan for inland waterways, extending well into the interior of Massachusetts, and by way of the Merrimac River to Concord, New Hampshire, through Lake Sunapee to the Connecticut River, at Windsor, and thence to the St. Lawrence River.
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, The Prospect Hill Park Celebration. (search)
bearing the motto of Connecticut Qui Transtulit Sustinet and of Massachusetts, ‘an Appeal to Heaven.’ from this eminence on January 1, 17 Governor Bates spoke as follows:— On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I extend her greetings to her citizens in Somerville, s that for the last time saw a foreign foeman tread the soil of Massachusetts. Here for the first time was hoisted the first flag of an Amert flag to fly from the redoubt on Prospect Hill was not that of Massachusetts. Putnam had built the works, and Putnam, though a son of MassaMassachusetts, hoisted on July 18, 1775, the flag not of his native but of his adopted state; the flag of the state which, except Massachusetts, cMassachusetts, contributed most to the Revolution. It was Connecticut's flag with its ‘Qui Transtulit Sustinet’ and the motto of all the revolutionists, ‘Anight a foreign foe, stood together not as Virginians or sons of Massachusetts, but as Americans united against the common enemy. Addr
t flag to fly from the redoubt on Prospect Hill was not that of Massachusetts. Putnam had built the works, and Putnam, though a son of MassaMassachusetts, hoisted on July 18, 1775, the flag, not of his native state, but of his adopted state, the flag of the state which, except MassachuMassachusetts, contributed most to the Revolution. It was Connecticut's flag, with its Qui transtulit sustinet, and the motto of all the Revolutionitant point in the siege of that city, and the hardy yeomanry of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island straightway came bably had much to do with designating Prescott and his thousand Massachusetts and Connecticut men for the service. He was anxious to bring td in 1818, and was declared by Alden Bradford, the historian of Massachusetts, ‘The Christian Examiner,’ and other highest authorities, to bened General Pomeroy and Captain Knowlton, with their respective Massachusetts and Connecticut forces. As the proud and formidable column of
trouble with his eyes, he was unable to carry out his plans for a college course. He graduated from the medical department of Bowdoin College in 1859, and after practicing in Lisbon Falls, in 1862 he entered the army as assistant surgeon of the Eighth Maine regiment. When he returned, much broken in health from overwork and exposure, he remained at Lisbon Falls until his removal to Somerville in 1874. For twelve years he was a valuable member of the school board, and he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the years 1897–‘98–‘99-1900. During this time he was on various important committees, as the one on metropolitan affairs, of which he was chairman two years. Dr. White was identified with all educational and temperance measures in which the city was interested. His work in leading the movement which resulted in the establishment of the Somerville hospital is well known to the people of this city. Besides being a member of the above-mentioned church, he be
axony10 Elliot, Charles D.74 Ellis, Rev. George E., D. D.97 Emerson, Rev. John, Schoolmaster, 169139, 40 Emerson Genealogy, The40 Emerson, Nathaniel (Thomas)40 Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England 20 English and Classical School, Walpole, Mass.103 Everett Ave., Somerville44 Everett, Edward1 Fairbanks, Asa104 Fairfield, Conn.11, 13, 62, 63 Faneuil Family, The12 Farmer, Mrs. Ann19 Fernandina, Fla.23 Fisher, Caroline M.27 Fisher, Mary16 Fishkill, N. Y.15 Fitch, Sarah62 Flanagan Frothingham, Richard, Jr.97 Frothingham, Samuel36 Furber, Hon. William H.100 Galletly Rope-Walk, The44 Gage, General79 Gardner, Col.94, 96 Garrison, William Lloyd104 Garton, Rev. J. Vanor76 Geary, Captain Benjamin64 General Court of Massachusetts, The41, 52 General Court of Mass. Colony, The19 Geneva10 George III.79 Gerrish, Colonel94 Gilman, Charles E., Town Clerk, Somerville43, 44 Gilman, Charles E., Farm of43 Gilman Square, Somerville43 Gilman Street, Somerville43, 44 Gle