The town contains 203 families or householders. . . . The law requires two masters. . . . There are 159 boys over seven years, and 158 girls. . . and 117 of both sexes over four and under seven that require to be taught in summer by women.There were two private schools or academies in town (those of Dr. Stearns and Miss Hannah Swan), but some of their students came from other towns. This record says ‘that two schools for those younger children must be established, one at Brooks' corner [High and Woburn streets] and the other on “Mill lane, so-called” [Riverside avenue.]’ The above figures are interesting as showing the average Medford family of a century ago as being of five children, and probably as many over seventeen as under four. But the needed schoolhouse at ‘Brooks' corner’ remained a need for twenty years more. The meeting of 1819 required four gatherings. At the last (May 5) Jonathan Porter was chosen town clerk. His handwriting is clear and graceful and inclined a little to embellishment. The committee reported that it was expedient to paint the meeting-house, and the town referred the matter to them for execution. One more item of that record is especially interesting,
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