t of Mrs. Rowson, from which those in the Register and Medford Past and Present are reproduced.
This was given to Miss Sargent by a granddaughter of Mrs. Bachelder, the Mary Montgomery who attended Mrs. Rowson's school and there (and in her early married life in New Ipswich) used this old piano.
We also took from the library, for a careful reading, the Memoir of Mrs. Rowson, above alluded to. It was with some surprise that we found that though written by a Medford author, and published in 1870, it was not acquired by our library until March, 1901, and in the twenty years since then had been taken out but once (March, 1914).
Attached to page 99 is the following typewritten statement:—
In 1884 there was given to the New England Conservatory of Music an old piano—made in London in 1782.
This instrument originally belonged to the Princess Amelia, the youngest daughter of George III, and she gave it to the Chaplain of the royal family, whose daughter married a Mr. Odiorne, an Am
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 ourden, an examination of the account of public expenditure is of real interest.
Allusion has been made to the report of 1870.
We have before us our entire lot for fifty years. They are not cast in one mold, though their pages are of uniform size.d amount of the tax bill they grumble about, and finally with sacrificing effort pay?
We have alluded to the report for 1870 and its distribution to every dwelling in town.
There were probably 1,000 copies printed, and the month that intervened b
ight of them were present, and with their wives formed a long receiving line.
Dr. N. T. Whitaker, whose pastorate was 1869-70-71, was followed by Revs. Watkins, Bragg, Curnick, Chadbourne, Pomeroy, Bridgham and Richardson in the order of their serviserving both Medford and Malden, was near the town boundary.
In those fifty years the population had quadrupled, being in 1870, five thousand, seven hundred and seventeen, with but scant increase in the outlying sections.
Its increase began in West Medford in 1870.
There, first a Sunday school, and later in ‘68, a community preaching service was begun, and continued for four years. From this grew two churches.
Trinity had suitably remembered its fifteenth, twenty-fifth, thirtyfifth and forti words of cheer and counsel.
Like a wonderful benediction was the presence of Rev. N. T. Whitaker (pastor at Medford in 1870-72), who organized the class-meeting in October, ‘71, and was present at the formal organization, April I, ‘72, and also p<