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[p. 71] of coal in 1919, the average householder today would deem it a hardship to pay $200 for a year's fuel, to say nothing of spending two-fifths of his income for warmth.

Seth Mayo was one of the tavern-keepers and the town paid him $3.00 for the use of a room for the selectmen.

Jonathan Brooks was paid $2.00 for perambulating the town line beside Stoneham. It was a woodland walk, and is today, but it costs more.

Luther Stearns and Jonathan Brooks had the disposal of fishing rights in the river for shad and alewives between Medford and Charlestown. (This was from second beach to Wear bridge.)

James Ford surveyed eleven tons and fourteen feet of pine timber at ninepence per ton, and $1.40 paid his fee. Probably this was for the ‘great bridge.’

Timothy Bigelow seems to have been the town's banker, as the selectmen directed the payment of $99.00 interest on $1,650, loaned by him to the town.

As the educational matters were administered by the selectmen we find:

To Eliza Wait teacher 26 wks 4.00 including board104.00
Wm. Bradbury boarding Miss Eliza Gray schoolmistress May 3 to Oct. 3. 26 wks52.00
Eliza Gray teaching at the schoolhouse 26 wks52.00
Rhoda Turner, use and improvement of room for a schoolroom 6 mos.25.00
To Jeduthun Richardson the 3 following accts.
For the services of his daughters Sally & Harriet keeping school May I to Oct. 30 25 wks 3 1/2d. a 2.00 per wk51.40
use of room for school20.00
for boarding teachers 25 wks 5 1/2d.51.57

By the above it appears that the town paid the teachers' board for the Sundays before and after the summer term, and it was all in the family at ‘Brooks' corner,’—and the old house, having taken a new lease of life, is still in evidence.

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