March 18, 1819, the school received its customary visit, when J. Haywood
, then in charge, is pronounced an excellent teacher, and his school gives a fine exhibition.
The male teachers next named were Simeon Booker
, for the winter of 1819-20, and Mr. Colburn
, for 1820-21.
Nothing has been learned of these gentlemen; the latter may have been Joshua O. Colburn
, who taught the Milk Row School a few seasons later.
At his examination, March 22, 1821, twenty-two girls and fifteen boys were present out of an enrollment of fifty-four. ‘The school was addressed by Rev.
, and closed with prayer.’
From time to time the records give us the names of the trustees in charge of this district.
For the years 1822-23 the school near ‘elewife bridge’ was superintended by Samuel (P.) Teel
The next year James Russell
was in charge.
An oil portrait of this gentleman may be seen at Arlington
in the home of a descendant.
For 1826-27 Nathaniel H. Henchman
was the local trustee.
This gentleman, who lived in what was later known as the Porter
residence, and later still as the Morrison-Durgin place, died while in office that year.
The first lady teacher in this district whose name has come down to us was Miss Sarah Perry
, who taught during the spring
, and autumn
The late Mrs. Lucretia Russell Carr
, granddaughter of the above-named James Russell
, vividly remembered Miss Perry
, who was her first teacher.
Her words were: ‘She boarded with my grandmother and I liked her.’
was then but three years old.
Other female teachers of this period were Hersina Knight, 1826, and Miss Ann Brown
, 1827, the latter of whom, on being transferred to a school in Old Charlestown, was succeeded July 3 by Elizabeth Gerrish
Later Miss Gerrish
taught the lower Winter Hill School.
For the summer of 1828 Miss Miranda Whittemore
was engaged, a daughter of Jonathan Whittemore
, of West Cambridge
His homestead is still standing on Massachusetts Avenue (nearer to Boston
than the John P. Squire
estate). Miss Whittemore
was the first teacher of Mrs. Susanna