From Mrs. Libby
I learned that Miss Burnham
was a member of the Baptist Church at East Cambridge, and that my informant was also in her Sunday School class there.
She also remembered that her old teacher boarded in the family of Squire Henry Adams
on Bow Street. The clerk of the Second Baptist Church of Cambridge
informs me that Miss Burnham
united with that church May 31, 1840, and died August 24, 1901. Mrs. Libby
thinks she lived to be eighty-five years of age. Of her antecedents I have learned little.
In her later years she was quite alone in the world; her burial was at Goffstown, N. H.
The photograph which is reproduced with this article was contributed by Mrs. Woodbury
, of Methuen
August 17, 1846, Adaline L. Sanborn
was elected teacher of the Milk Row
Her first examination took place September 28 following, when she had on her list 101 scholars.
She had to undergo no slight ordeal that day, when she faced ‘Messrs. Bell
, and Hill
, of the School Board,’ who no doubt had come to see how the new teacher was doing.
Another primary school was started that year in the Leland district near by. This school was held in a room hired for the purpose, and Miss Frances B. Adams
was the teacher.
At her examination October 2 she had an enrollment of sixty-eight pupils.
Meanwhile on the lot of land recently purchased, at the corner of Milk and Kent Streets, a schoolhouse was built, the duplicate of one that was being erected at the same time in East Somerville, and January 8, 1847, it received the name of the Franklin School. One room was given to a new grammar department, and Miss Frances B. Adams
took charge of the primary scholars.
At the February examination, 1847, in consequence of these changes, Miss Sanborn's school was reduced to a total of sixty-four scholars, and her numbers continued to diminish.
The school report for 1847 says: ‘The Primary School at Milk Street, formerly one of our largest, embracing nearly or quite 100 pupils, contains at the present time about forty, the decrease being mainly attributable to the erection of the Franklin School.’
At the examination February 13, 1849, Miss Sanborn's school had a showing of only thirty-seven, with