Charlestown schools after 1793 By Frank Mortimer Hawes
Since our reference to Samuel Holbrook, schoolmaster of Charlestown (Vol.
III., p. 68) an interesting article has appeared in the New England Genealogical Register, Vol. 58, p. 308, which informs us that he was born in Boston, 1729, the son of Abiah and Mary (Needham) Holbrook.
His eldest brother, Abiah, Jr., was a distinguished schoolmaster of Boston, from 1741 to his death in 1768 or 1769.
Samuel began to teach in 1745 as his brother's assistant, and in 1750 was receiving a salary of £ 50 as usher of the South Writing School.
In 1769 he succeeded his brother as master of this school, at a salary of £ 100. In 1770 one Thomas Parker complained that Master Holbbrook had given his son an unreasonable correction, but apparently no action was taken.
In 1776 Mr. Holbrook received an extra £ 80 on account of the high cost of living, and in 1777 he was allowed £ 100 for the same reason.
He seems to have contin
number 8 Washington and Prospect streets By Joseph H. Clark
I lived at the corner of what is now called Washington and Prospect streets (then Charlestown) about the year 1838-40, with my parents, Jonathan C. and Irene G. Clark.
Father kept a grocery store in the same building that now stands there, and there was at that time but one other grocery in town—that was Johnny Ireland's at the corner of School street and Somerville avenue, now called, whose principal trade was retailing New England rum, which was a common custom in those days with grocerymen.
I attended school at the building or schoolhouse on Medford street (Mrs. Whittredge, teacher), and I think there were but two other schoolhouses in town at that time.
I attended church and Sunday school in the hall of the old Engine house, situated corner of Washington and Prospects streets, opposite my house, where I think the first Unitarian society first worshipped.
Next to me, easterly, was the residence of Mr. Clark B
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Murray's English Reader, 71, 101.
Murray's Introduction to His English Reader, 101.
Mussey, Miss, Letitia Howard, 1.
Mystic Avenue, 8.
Mystic Ponds, 14, 65.
Mystic River, 4, 11, 74, 77.
Mystic Valley Club, 2.
Neighborhood Sketch Number 8, 47.
Newburyport, Mass., 88.
New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools, 2.
New England Commission on Admission Examinations, 2.
New England Genealogical Register, 38.
New England Historic-Genealogical Society, 2.
New Ipswich Academy, 70.
New Orleans, La., 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 62.
New Pearl Street, 11.
New London, Conn., 1.
New York, 27, 36, 86.
New Zealand, 81.
Normal School, Salem, 2.
North Street, Somerville, 18.
Nova Scotia, 86.
Oak Street, Somerville, 7, 8.
Occasional Addresses, 3.
Orne, Sarah, 86.
Paige, 14, 18.
Paine, Colonel, 53.
Palfrey's Swamp, 11.