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Medford Municipal publications.

The earliest of such to be printed that comes under our notice is ‘Receipts and Expenditures’ of the town for the year ending February 1, 1835, i.e., for the preceding fiscal year. It was a thin pamphlet of twenty-four pages, including the list of tax payers, resident and nonresident being listed separately.

In later years were added brief reports of the various town officers, and recommendations made by them. At intervals the valuation list made by the assessors was included. A collection of these may be found in the Public Library. The issues of several years are grouped into one volume, and though at the time substantially bound, are in need of rebinding, owing to the deterioration of the leather.

Our first acquaintance with such Medford output was in the spring of 1871, when the constable left at our home the warrant for the annual town meeting—‘March meeting’ we called it then—accompanied by the ‘Town book,’ or reports of the preceding year of 1870. The town meeting was then thus ‘warned’ at every dwelling within its limits.

Medford had then a population of 5,517, having more than doubled since 1838, when its first printed report was issued. The tax rate (1870) was $3.60 per thousand, there were 899 dwellings (61 being double), 1,480 ratable polls and 1,403 resident tax payers, including 747 who paid poll tax only, which was then $1.50.

In that issue, thirty-four pages covered the tax payers list, forty-six the financial statements. The reports of various departments fill nearly one hundred pages, and ask for an appropriation for 1871 of $88,468.56. Medford had the previous year built its water works. The town debt, exclusive of water bonds, was $59,000, funded over a period of nineteen years, with a balance in the treasury of $21,386.09, with $2,000 due from the state. The town's property was listed $150,596.48, the most valuable parcel being the high school house (i.e., the

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