Passing out of girlhood Miss Sawyer devoted herself to teaching.
She graduated from the Bridgewater Normal School, where her brother Rufus also received his professional education.
She taught at first in the towns neighboring upon Bolton—Boylston, Northboro, Marlboro, as well as in Newburyport.
Then, in July, 1857, she came to Medford.
Just at this point our enthusiasm for Miss Sawyer and her work is especially aroused, for there are few of our Medford citizens who realize hos the pound, so thrifty, indeed, that she amassed a goodly property, she was generous with her means and her benefactions were numerous.
The Historical Society of Medford can testify to her liberality, so can the church of her choice in Medford, Bolton and Northboro.
Other organizations benefited by her gifts, the Teachers' Guild, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Bolton Library, the Unitarian Ministerial Fund, and probably other institutions.
In religious belief she wa