Later the house was altered to accommodate two families; an addition was made on the west side of the schoolroom, and other changes were made.
There was a fine garden with many small fruits like raspberries and currants, and the beautiful flower garden was a delight to the pupils who could look out upon it from the schoolroom.
One window in the house was always filled with flowers and plants.
The father and mother were always affectionately called Pa Bradbury
and Ma Bradbury
The former when digging in the garden was wont to apostrophize the worms he unearthed, much to the amusement of the little folks.
was considered an especially lovable person, and was a source of comfort and a tower of strength at all times to those under her charge.
Two of the school terms closed the last of February and of August respectively, and there were two other terms.
Each year on the first of May it was the custom for the scholars to go on an excursion, spend the day on Pasture Hill
, or its vicinity, and crown a May Queen
took a kindly interest in all her pupils, is pleasantly remembered by them as a dignified and most excellent teacher, and a faithful friend.
I have found many who speak of her worth and the excellence of her school.
One young woman's impressions were colored by her feelings of homesickness.
She had been sent to the school because she was in poor health.
Although the pupils were not allowed to walk out without permission, her feelings overcame her, drove her to break the rule, and she walked to her home in Charlestown
without giving any notice of her intention.
She was a boarder for a year, and is living in Charlestown
, nearly eighty-three years of age. She says she can now play ‘Java March
’ and ‘Bounding Billows,’ and recite ‘I am monarch of all I survey,’ and the other poetry she learned at the school when fifteen years of age. A boarding school girl who can't find fault with her teachers