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[143] the Centre and Southeast Districts, is accomplished, and new school-houses erected.


This year guide-posts are mentioned, and wells in the public highways.


The town voted to allow the members of the Friendship Engine, their poll tax from the year 1828.


The Parish Hall is used for town meetings at this period. The selectmen are a committee, in 1841, to sell or otherwise dispose of the Old Centre School-house, the Engine House and the Engine Friendship.


A school-house is built on land purchased for the purpose in the South District, and the land where the former school-house stood, and the former house, are sold. The town voted to dispose of the school-house near Miles Gardner's.


The town voted not to appropriate the Lower Common for a Burial Ground. The town purchased the lot on Medford Street, where the present cemetery now is, for a new Burying Ground.1

District School Libraries are mentioned in the town records this year.


The Lexington and West Cambridge Railroad Company was incorporated March 24, 1845.
The early History of the Lexington and West Cambridge Rail Road, before the organization under its charter, has been prepared from the papers in possession of Wm. Wilkins Warren of Boston, a native of West Cambridge, who, then residing in this town, took an active part in the proceedings of its citizens in that Road. To them belongs the credit of originating the measures which led to the realization of the enterprise.

1 The committee for the purpose of laying out the new Burying Ground, were Thomas Thorp, Daniel Cady, Josiah H. Russell, Isaiah Jenkins, Edward Smith and Moses Proctor. A good and substantial stone wall around the Old and New Cemeteries was erected, with suitable gates, in 1843. Trees were set out in Old Cemetery in 1845. The New Cemetery was known by the name of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in 1846. The hearse-house was located at the lower end of the main avenue in the latter cemetery in 1847.

John B. Hartwell was chosen sexton by the town in 1848 (chosen sexton by the First Parish in 1841), and has continued in office with his son John H. Hartwell to the present time. A receiving tomb was built in the new cemetery in 1855. The cemetery was enlarged in 1871-72, by the purchase of a large lot of land extending to the Mystic River, some of which is at present laid out for cemetery purposes.

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