re preceded thus,
No list of graduates prior to 1847 has been preserved. Space forbids their reproduction here, but those pages are an interesting study.
In 1852 and 1859 no class was graduated, and in 1858 and 1863 but three in each, the latter girls, and during the Civil War but six boys.
The forty-three graduating classes totaled six hundred and twenty-two, the largest number being thirty-one in 1888.
The first name on the list (in 1847) is Samuel C. Lawrence, and in 1848 is John H. Hooper.
Each, in his own way, a worthy and honored citizen of Medford the rest of his life.
The one was the first mayor of the city and a public benefactor; the other a capable moderator and town officer, second president of our Historical Society, and painstaking and careful historian.
That in the all too brief space of eighty-four pages allotted him he could tell so much of Medford history proves him such; while his abstract of Medford land titles (now in the society's library), with his c
We are presenting an extract from the early records of Charlestown, relative to a boundary fence erected within the limits of present Medford.
The reader should remember that the Medford of 1662 was entirely surrounded by Charlestown, but not included in it, and had no town government or records till 1674, when the few new owners of Mr. Cradock's farm began to associate themselves for that purpose.
We find a quotation from this record (on p. 51, Vol.
XV. of the register) by Mr. Hooper in his article on the Stinted Pasture.
We give the entire record and in the actual form in which the record commissioners reproduced it in 1883:—
Articles of Agreement made And Concluded this 15th 2nd mo: 1662, betweene the selecte men of Charlestowne, In the behalfe of the propriators of the stented Common of the one partie: And Leffttenant: Richard Sprague: of the other partie: Concerning the fencing the said Common: which lieth betweene Cambridge And Mr Winthroups farme: And sa
g was on January 16, 1922.
It was certainly a Lodge of Sorrow.
The members stood while the president again announced the passing away of Messrs. Lawrence and Manning, followed by those of Miss Agnes Wyman Lincoln, Charles Nelson Jones and John Henry Hooper; a series of great losses to the Society and unprecedented in its history.
A letter from Miss Lincoln, written at the hospital, regretting her inability to attend the December meeting, and hoping for further service with us, was read and, enclosed in glass, was presented for preservation.
Especial mention of the interest and service of all was made by members present; especially of the long life and public service of Mr. Hooper and his contributions to Medford history in the register's pages.
Discussion of publication followed; reports of officers for the past year were read and accepted, and the present board of officers re-elected; all suggestions made were referred to the directors for consideration.
On April 17, 19