saw him I thought some old Puritan
had come back to life.
Charles R. Adams
, who won fame on the operatic stage abroad, is remembered by many, as he had a residence here for several years (1879-1882). At that time he was filling an engagement with opera companies at the Boston Theatre
In his early years he was a tenor singer of high qualifications, with a voice of great expression of feeling.
He was born in Somerville
and later moved to Boston
He displayed a taste for singing when very young.
He spent many years in Germany
, where he became a celebrated opera singer.
frequently requested Mr. Adams
to sing before him and his friends at Vienna
, and Mr. Adams
brought home to America
a laurel wreath presented him while abroad.
Antonio F. de Navarro
received reflected glory by his marriage(1889) with Mary Anderson
, the beautiful actress.
We mention him because he was a pupil at the A. K. Hathaway
private school on Chestnut street, where there were many students of Spanish extraction.
(The school lasted from 1846-1860.)
Who can say that Medford
has not an interesting history back of her with plenty of variety?
Is there not enough charm in it to attract the attention of the boys and girls for whom our city today is spending money so generously to provide them with elegant school buildings, finely equipped, and giving them well trained, conscientious teachers of high ability?
Are not some of these boys and girls going to give a little time to the study of the history of the city that is either their birthplace or home, and then become the successors of the members of the Medford
Historical Society of today?
has had many eminent sons and daughters, and they have allied themselves with families equally distinguished, and the history of the future of our city may be even more brilliant than that of the past, but let the young people of today remember that the making of the future has a strong relation to the past.