to recommend to the voters at town meeting the expediency of building another school building.
The trustees complied, and the result was that by the following November a new house was erected on Medford Street, in what was now first designated the Prospect Hill district.
Some of the women teachers of to-day will be pleased to know that ‘Miss Whipple
was appointed at the same compensation for her winter school as was given to a male teacher,’ $30. a month.
So well did she sustain herself during the two years which she taught at this time, that the trustees rewarded her by putting her in charge of the new Prospect Hill School.
We may safely say that during the teaching of Mr. Parker
, Mr. Sherman
, and Miss Whipple
, the Milk Row School was at its high water mark.
Shorn a second time of a large strip of territory from which to draw scholars, we can understand why the old school, as far as numbers were concerned, never again attained unto its former greatness.
In 1837 we have the first mention of an ‘annual vacation,’ which was to begin August 17 and to continue to September 1.
We understand that a private school was opened in the neighborhood of Union Square at this time, kept by Miss Sarah Hawkins
at her own home.
For the spring
of that year Rachel Y. Stevens
was engaged as Miss Whipple
She was the sister of Mrs. Underwood
(wife of one of the trustees) and finds her best recommendation in the school records, which say that she was engaged because of the illness of the regular teacher, to finish out the winter term at the Gardner Row School. A Mr. Oliver March
taught that winter at Milk Row.
Educational matters in 1838-9 are interesting for several reasons; one is that Miss Sarah M. Burnham
first appears as the teacher at our old school.
This lady had proved her ability while teaching a term at the Russell district in 1836, and again at the Lower Winter Hill School in 1837.
Of her first term at Milk Row, the report says that she had seventy scholars enrolled, but the low percentage of attendance (an average of fifty) is lamented.
The report speaks in high terms of her efficiency.