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The amount paid by the town for support of the poor, from Feb. 15, 1854, to Feb. 15, 1855, was $3,571.86!


Medford bears its suffering testimony to the effects of the terrible tornado of Aug. 22, 1851. Such extensive destruction of property from such a cause has never before been witnessed in this State. At a meeting of citizens, Aug. 28, the following votes were passed:--
Voted that a committee of five be appointed to appraise damages.

Voted that Gorham Brooks, Charles Caldwell, Franklin Patch, Albert Smith, and Jeremiah Gilson, constitute the committee.

Voted that the committee be instructed to consider the circumstances of the sufferers, and report cases (if any) where charity is deemed necessary.

Voted that the committee be authorized to communicate with similar committees from other towns, in relation to the publication of the results of their investigations.

Voted that Rev. Charles Brooks be a committee to collect and arrange the facts in reference to science.

Report of Committee of appraisement.

The amount of individual losses, as estimated by the committee, is as follows:--

Edward Brooks — Barn$25
Estate belonging to T. P. Smith and others — Buildings, $300; fruit-trees, $600; carriages, $75; vegetables, $10985
Charles Rollins--Two dwelling-houses, unfinished, which Mr. Rollins was building by contract, both entirely demolished, including, in one case, the cellar wall. One of these buildings was on the property belonging to T. P. Smith and others, $4,320; the other was for the Rev. Mr. Haskins, $1,4505,770
House building by J. F. Edward, on property belonging to T. P. Smith and others12
Boston and Lowell Railroad Company — Freight car blown from track, and buildings injured40
J. M. Usher — Buildings, $442; fruit-trees, $30; fruit; ornamental tree (horse-chestnut), $50522
L. B. Usher — Buildings, $50; fruit-trees and fruit, $58; ornamental trees (elm in road, and horse-chestnut), $100208
Heirs of Leonard Bucknam — Buildings and fences, $450; fruit-trees, $25475
J. M. Sanford — Fence, $10; vegetables, $5; furniture and clothing, $150 ;. carriages, $75$240
H. T. Nutter — Vegetables, $5; furniture and clothing, $400405
Joseph Wyatt — Buildings, $250; fruit-trees, $150; fruit, $10410
Town of Medford — Buildings (school and poorhouse fences, &c.), $410; ornamental trees, $50; fruit-trees, $50510
George E. Harrington — Buildings, $30; fruit-trees, $50; fruit, $888
J. Vreeland — Fruit-trees, $150; fruit, $12162
A. L. Fitzgerald (house slightly damaged). 
Samuel Teel, jun.--Buildings, $800; fruit-trees, $200; fruit, vegetables, and hay, $61; wagons, furniture, &c., $1201,181
George CaldwellHouse, $25; fruit-trees, $2045
George F. Lane — Buildings, $600; fruit-trees, $250; vegetables, $16866
Thomas Huffmaster — Buildings, $275; fruit-trees, $500; fruit and corn, $45820
Wellington Russell — Clothing and furniture25
E. T. Hastings — Fences, $30 ; fruit-trees, $100; fruit, $20150
J. B. Hatch — Fences, $5; fruit-trees, $75; fruit, $25105
Nathaniel Tracy — Fence10
John W. Hastings — House and fence25
Rev. John Pierpont--Buildings, $500; fruit-trees, $100600
Heirs of Jonathan Brooks — Buildings and fences, $677; fruit-trees, $500; ornamental trees, $200; fruit, vegetables, and hay, $80; carriages and hay-rack, $1751,632
Alfred Brooks — Buildings, $350; fruit-trees, $100450
Noah Johnson — Buildings, $445; hay and grain in barn, $40; ox-wagon and farming-tools, $42527
James Wyman — Fruit-trees30
Moses PierceHouse25
John V. Fletcher — House, $25; fruit-trees, $2045
Joseph Swan — Fruit-trees20
P. C. Hall-Fruit-trees, $920; ornamental trees, $50; fruit, $801,050
Jonathan Porter — Fruit-trees, $75; fruit, $35110
William Roach — Fruit-trees25
Dudley Hall — Fruit-trees25
Samuel Kidder — Buildings, $50 ; fruit-trees, $400; ornamental trees, $50500
Thatcher R. Raymond — Fruit-trees, $100; ornamental trees, $100; fences, $10210
John A. Page — Fruit-trees, $150; ornamental trees, $50; fences, $50250
----Russell — Ornamental trees150
Orchard (East of Andover Turnpike)40

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