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imate the greatness of their labors by the grandeur of the results which have flowed from them. No commonwealth like Massachusetts can spring up and grow to its present proud position without an adequate cause; and among those who did their share oexact, of what the people had left behind in Old England. The statement is frequently made that by the law of 1647 Massachusetts established the first system of free public schools in the world. But this is hardly true. They were public school children of those days learned to spell work with a capital W, says Martin in his Evolution of the Public Schools of Massachusetts. If they came trailing clouds of glory, nevertheless the shades of the prison house began early to close about them,ity for him. Horace Mann had not yet formulated his three famous propositions on which the common school system of Massachusetts rests: 1st. That the successive generations of men, taken collectively, constitute one great commonwealth.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 1., Medford Historical Society. (search)
Medford Historical Society. the Medford Historical Society was incorporated under Massachusetts laws, May 22, 1896. The incorporators were Wm. Cushing Wait, Will C. Eddy, Lorin L. Dame, Mrs. Louise G. DeLong, Miss Helen T. Wild, Miss Eliza M. Gill, Miss Mary E. Sargent, Allston P. Joyce, and Charles H. Loomis. The objects of the Society are to collect, preserve, and disseminate the local and general history of Medford and the genealogy of Medford families; to make antiquarian collections; to collect books of general history, genealogy, and biography; and to prepare, or cause to be prepared, from time to time such papers and records relating to these subjects as maybe of general interest to the members. Medford is one of the ancient and honorable communities of the country. Founded in 1630, its municipal life has been patriotic, dignified, and law-abiding, while the family history of many of its citizens is filled with facts and experiences relating to ye early tymes, w
cord is honorable. Into the Civil War she sent 769 Union soldiers. She has ever been foremost in the cause of education. The Keels of Medford-built ships have ploughed every sea. On the banks of the Mystic shipbuilding flourished seventy years. Responded with her Minute men to the call in 1775. Indian Chief Nanepashemit lived on Rock Hill, 1615. Cradock House built in 1634 still stands in good condition. Admitted to have one of the finest High School Buildings. Lydia Maria Child born in house occupied by Historical Society. Saw her favorite son seven times Governor of Massachusetts. On College Hill stands Tufts College, opened in August, 1855. City charter adopted 1892; City Government organized January, 1893. In natural beauties of woods and hills is well favored. Enjoys the distinction of being a city of homes. That because when every one does something much is accomplished You should develop and cherish an interest in Medford history.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 1., Sarah Bradlee Fulton Chapter, D. A. R. (search)
Sarah Bradlee Fulton Chapter, D. A. R. by Eliza M. Gill, historian. this local chapter of the patriotic order known as the Daughters of the American Revolution was formally organized on Dec. 17, 1896. Its formation was the outcome of a correspondence between Madame Anna Von Rydingsvard, then State Regent of Massachusetts, and Mrs. Ellen M. Gill, of our city. At the suggestion of the latter, the matter was put into the hands of Mrs. Emma W. Goodwin, at that time a member of Old Concord Chapter, and under her guidance, and the incentive of her own interest in the work, the preliminary meetings were called, and the necessary steps taken to effect organization. The following names appear in the charter: Mrs. Mary S. Goodale, Mrs. Mary B. Loomis, Miss Helen T. Wild, Miss Adeline B. Gill, Mrs. Emma W. Goodwin, Miss Eliza M. Gill, Mrs. S. Olive Loring, Miss M. Gertrude Bragdon, Miss Bertha G. Paige, Miss Jessie M. Dinsmore, Mrs. Hannah E. Ayers, Mrs. Sarah F. E. Bruce, Miss Sarah L.
lly the price of all these articles. The Middlesex canal was the first step towards the solution of the problem of cheap transportation. The plan originated with the Hon. James Sullivan, who was for six years a judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, attorney-general from 1790 to 1807, and governor in 1807 and 1808, dying while holding the latter office. A brief glance at a map of the New England States will bring out in bold relief the full significance of Sullivan's scheme. It willg a sum total of $82,797 to be paid from the income of the Middlesex canal. The constant demand for money in excess of the incomes had proved demoralizing. Funds had been raised from time to time by lotteries. In the Columbian Centinel and Massachusetts Federalist of Aug. 15, 1804, appears an advertisement of the Amoskeag Canal Lottery, 6,000 tickets at $5, with an enumeration of prizes. The committee, consisting of Phillips Payson, Samuel Swan, Jr., and Loammi Baldwin, Jr., appealed to the
, O. K., Hasty Pudding and Harvard Finance Club college societies. Was admitted to the Suffolk Bar, July 25, 1885, Circuit Court of United States, District of Massachusetts, May 15, 1888, and Circuit Court of Appeals, 1891. First practised law in office of Nathan Matthews, Jr., ex-mayor of Boston. Opened his own office in 1886. Arcanum, Lawrence Light Guard, and is a Trustee of the Ministerial Fund of the First Parish. He also holds memberships in the New England Free Trade League, Massachusetts Reform Club (Executive Committee), Reform Club, New York, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Twentieth Century Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Suffolk Bar Association, and Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous historical sketches of towns and cities in the United States census of 1880, of law articles in American and English Encyclopedia of Law, and is a frequent contributor to the local press. His interest in the formidable array of organization
l 18.—Medford in the War of the Revolution. Miss Helen T. Wild. May 16.—The Life and Work of Mrs. Lydia Maria (Francis) Child. Mrs. Richard P. Hallowell. England, and John Winthrop succeeded to the chief executive office. From that time, Massachusetts became to a large degree self-governed. The earliest information we get concerning the circumstances under which Medford was settled comes from a letter written by Governor Dudley, March 28, 1631. After a recital of the events connected whad sent over a seine, salt, lines, hooks, knives, boots, etc., for the fishermen. It is pretty evident from these and other records that the plans of Mr. Cradock embraced the planting of fishing stations along this portion of the coast of Massachusetts, and it would appear that he made Medford the headquarters of his business; although he had establishments at Marblehead and in the vicinity of the Merrimac, and perhaps elsewhere. And now, at last, I reach my special topic; for it was in
and will ever be held in grateful remembrance by their townsmen and their country. I have spoken of Governor Brooks. It was once my good fortune to see him. In 1819, when he was governor and the district (now State) of Maine was a part of Massachusetts, he came down among us to attend, in his capacity of commander-in-chief, the annual militia musters. My father then lived at Castine, and the muster-field was about three miles from the village. He took me, then a lad of hardly seven years parson under the English law, to have a freehold. It was his property, in the enjoyment of which he could not be disturbed. But in the settlement of Mr. Bigelow a novel clause was for the first time in the history of Medford, and perhaps of Massachusetts, introduced, providing that the relation between them might be terminated by either party, upon six months written notice. Mr. Bigelow availed himself of this provision in November, 1825. My first visit to Medford was to my uncle, the Rev