committee was chosen annually, and their first printed report was made in 1847.
Notwithstanding the few blots here shown upon its record, Medford in its educational appointments stood in the front row. Its high school, organized for the free co-education of the sexes, and then twelve years old, had but one senior (that in Lowell), and not a baker's dozen of juniors in the entire state.
Cambridge organized one in October, 1847, Charlestown one in 1848, and it was then several years before Newton, Somerville, Malden, Woburn, or any other of the neighboring towns provided that luxury for their children.
In 1846 the State Board of Education reported Medford as number four among the 322 towns and cities in the Commonwealth in regard to the amount appropriated for each scholar between the ages of four and sixteen.
In Brookline it was $7.33, in Nantucket, $5.74, in Watertown, $5.52, and in Medford, $5.48. The three next in order were Chelsea, Charlestown and Boston.
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Abbott of Oshkosh, Wis.
Rev. Mr. Abbott brought to his new field the vigor of a fresh enthusiam.
Just graduated from Newton Theological Institution, young, ardent, hopeful, kind of heart, and fervent of spirit, he won his way, beloved of all. His ordination and installation took place in the lecture-room of the church, December 19, 1877.
The sermon was preached by Rev. Geo. B. Gow, of Millbury, Mr. Abbott's first Baptist pastor; the ordination prayer was by Rev. Dr. Hovey, president of Newton; the right hand of fellowship was given by Rev. S. W. Foljambe, then of Maiden; the charge to the candidate by Rev. (now Dr.) Henry C. Graves, then of Fall River; the charge to the church by Dr. Lorimer, then pastor of Tremont Temple, and prayer by Dr. Sawtelle, then of Chelsea.
There was also a hymn, written for the occasion by one of the members of the church.
Rev. Mr. Abbott's pastorate, so gracefully begun, continued with great success.
The church increased in numbers, and on July 1