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The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (ed. Arthur Gilman) 3 1 Browse Search
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burg, Mass. Agent. Henry O. Houghton.1872.1823.1895.Sutton, Vermont. Publisher. Isaac Bradford.1873-74-75-76.1834.Boston, Mass. Mathematician. Frank A. Allen.1877.1835.Sanford, Maine. Merchant. Samuel L. Montague.1878-79.1829.Montague, Mass. Merchant. Jas. M. W. Hall.1880.1842.Boston, Mass. Merchant. Jas. A. Fox.1881-82-83-84.1827.Boston, Mass. Lawyer. William E. Russell.1885-86-87-88.1857.Cambridge, Mass. Lawyer. Henry H. Gilmore.1889-90.1832.1891.Warner, N. H. Manufacturer. Alpheus B. Alger.1891-92.1854.1895.Lowell, Mass. Lawyer. Wm. A. Bancroft.1893-94-95-96.1855.Groton, Mass. Lawyer. From the above it will be seen that all of our mayors have been New England men, and that of the entire number sixteen were born in Massachusetts. Two of the number were born in Cambridge, and five were Boston boys. Sixteen were born under town-meeting rule, and received their first impressions of community government in that way, while the six who were born under municipal charter gov
ulated. Such being the condition, we cannot but ask ourselves what efforts we have made to give to every man, especially to those who are living under the least favorable circumstances, opportunity to breathe pure air in the midst of natural beauty, a privilege which should become the birthright of every dweller in an American city. It was not until 1892 that any special exertion was made to enlarge the public grounds. In that year, a committee of five was appointed by the late Hon. Alpheus B. Alger, then mayor, to consider the subject of parks. To General Hincks, the chairman, a strong man, eager always for the welfare of Cambridge, and especially earnest in his desire to take advantage of the possibilities of the city in this respect, thankfulness for our awakening to the needs of Cambridge along present park lines is largely due. In November of 1892, the report of the committee was rendered, and it showed how easily we had let the years slip by, and with how little we had be