He died in Cambridge
, January 6, 1888, in his eightieth year.
From this barren sketch, it is possible to conceive somewhat of his long and useful life.
During the spring
of 1830 Milk Row School had the services of Miss Sarah A. Mead
, a young lady from Waltham
She was followed by Jeremiah Sanborn
, who taught the winter term, 1830-1.
was born in Cambridge
and was educated at the Lexington Institute, when under the charge of Rev. Caleb Stetson
This, it will be remembered, developed into our first State Normal School.
It was here that Miss Mead
became acquainted with her future husband, Bowen Adams Tufts
, son of Thomas Tufts of Charlestown
was educated at Bradford Academy, and before marriage was also a teacher in this vicinity.
For several terms he taught school at Charlestown
‘End,’ called in this history the Gardner Row district.
At another time he was teaching in Cambridge
in a school just over the Somerville
line from our Elm Street, and boarded with the parents of Timothy Tufts
and Mrs. Bowen Tufts
passed their married life in Lexington
One of their large family of eleven children, Mrs. Selwyn Z. Bowman
, is a resident of this city.
Mrs. Sarah Mead Tufts
died in October, 1874, aged about seventy; among her pupils at the old Milk Row School were the late Robert
and Quincy A. Vinal
A school census, taken in 1830, by Messrs. John Runey
and Guy C. Hawkins
, reports 109 scholars between the ages of four and fifteen in this district.
The school calendar was now lengthened to the full twelve months of the year.
The school building, now about a dozen years old, was reported to be in need of repairs and April 25, 1731, John Sweetser
received $64.62 for attending to, the same.
The year 1831-2 finds the school in a fine condition, apparently, with Miss Catherine Blanchard
engaged for her second term and John N. Sherman
for the winter.
At the close of the season, on the recommendation of Guy C. Hawkins
, it was voted to retain the service of Mr. Sherman
for the entire year at a salary of $360. This is the first instance, in this part of