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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Some Unpublished School reports. (search)
five. There are some two hundred scholars in the schools between four and eight years of age. Admit none under five, and you reduce that number about one quarter part, and will be able to accommodate the remainder for several years to come.— With these views, your Committee recommend as a matter of expediency to admit no scholars to the public schools, under five years of age.— Galen James, School Com. Samuel Gregg, School Com. James O. Curtis, School Com. Alexander Gregg, School Com. Martin Burridge, School Com. Medford, Nov. 7, 1840. Report of School Committee, accepted March 7, 1842. The School Committee report: That they have given earnest attention to their arduous trust. The experience of every month gives them a deeper sense of the importance of frequently visiting and carefully watching over the interests of the public schools. Accordingly they have not been sparing of time or labour. They have held regular meetings monthly, and frequently met at other times,
ugh to make him long to enter and explore the attractions he knew must lie beyond. Marshall P. Wilder, who contributed the chapter on The Horticulture of Boston and Vicinity for the Memorial History of Boston, describing the fine estates in the towns nearby, says, There were many fine estates in Medford in our own day. Such were those of Timothy Bigelow, Peter C. Brooks, Thatcher Magoun and others, who were interested in horticultural pursuits and had good gardens and greenhouses. Martin Burridge, whose descendants are living here, was the gardener, and his certificate of membership in the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, issued a few years after its formation, has recently been presented to that society, and as it had none of this early issue, this relic of its former history has been very gratefully accepted and will be carefully preserved. Several children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow while living here, and of those who came here young several rose to eminence in
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., A Medford garden and the gardener's notes. (search)
ore. This garden was on the estate, on the banks of the Mystic, owned by Timothy Bigelow. Martin Burridge was the gardener, in the employ of the Bigelow family many years. The writer has at handere neatly kept; the writing is plain, sometimes done with ink, again with pencil. They show Mr. Burridge as being careful, systematic, thorough, and interested in his work. The entries of the gar. Stow did painting, glazing; Mr. Clough did hooping; Mr. Floyd carted chips and sold pigs; Captain Burridge sold hay, for which he received $13.00, to Mr. F. Bigelow, for whom he often bought cider; ns up to us the rural aspect of Medford. Many residents enjoyed the luxury of keeping a cow. Mr. Burridge attended to the pasturing of Mr. Bigelow's, Mr. Stetson's (the minister), and Mr. Train's cowdener, who supplied him with dinners and lunches, for which the captain was duly charged. Mr. Burridge joined the Massachusetts Horticultural Society on December 17, 1831, and he exhibited for his
in the vanguard many a time, and it is pleasant to know that when the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was formed, among the original (one hundred and thirty-eight) members who subscribed before the organization of the society, March 17, 1829, that the name of Samuel Train of this town is found. During the first fifty years of the society's life the following citizens enrolled in the membership:— 1829Dr. Samuel Swan. 1829George Thompson. 1830Dudley Hall. 1830John King. 1831Capt. Martin Burridge. 1834Nathaniel H. Bishop. 1845Edmund T. Hastings, Jr. 1845Nathaniel Whiting. 1847John H. Bacon. 1847Robert Bacon. 1850George E. Adams. 1851Charles Hall. 1855S. B. Perry. 1859George L. Stearns. 1860James Bean. 1863Peter C. Hall. 1864Caroline B. Chase (Mrs.) 1864David W. Lothrop. 1865Francis Brooks. 1865;Joshua T. Foster. 1865J. Q, A. Griffin. 1865William B. Whitcomb. 1865Ellen M. Gill (Mrs.) 1866Mrs. Samuel Joyce. 1866Edward Kakas. 1866Francis Thieler. 1867S. <
orchard, and for many years after her father purchased it a large greening apple tree yielded fine fruit. The garden of today, although a pleasant spot, does not show the elegance of the one a hundred years ago, for that was a wealth of shrubbery, plants and trees, and the greenhouse was filled with rare plants, and trees were trained on the brick walls. The fame Timothy Bigelow had as an expert in raising fine fruits and vegetables was in part due to his able and faithful gardener, Martin Burridge. Some of the following facts and dates have been stated in papers mentioned in previous Registers. Timothy Bigelow died in 1821, his wife in 1852. A son and daughter, both unmarried, from that time lived hermit lives in the old home. They were eccentric, and lived in a wretched way, shutting themselves away from both stranger and friend. The place had a gloomy aspect, for the house was nearly surrounded by pine trees, and they filled the space from the street to house and had gro
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., An old-time Medford gardener. (search)
An old-time Medford gardener. The family of Martin Burridge was descended from English stock found in Seething, Norfolk county. Robert, the first ancestor of whom there is any record, was there early in the sixteenth century. John, a great-grandson, became the emigrant ancestor, coming to Charlestown about 1637. One of his sons took Burridge, and another Burrage, as the form for the family name, and their descendants respectively have followed the standard set for them. This line is successively traced from Charlestown to Newton, Concord, Lunenburg, where John of the ninth generation married Lois Barthrick of that town in 1781. His brother Jonathanr in the war of the Revolution. About 1800 he came to Medford, where he died, July 20, 1822. Mr. Francis Converse of Medford, meeting someone by the name of Burridge in Boston, where he traded, asked if he was related to the late John Burridge of Medford, saying, It would be an honor to be, for he was a very worthy man, great
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., A Remembrance of the old bakery. (search)
A Remembrance of the old bakery. Martin Burridge's brother-in-law, Henry Withington (the second of the name in this town, and father of the late assessor), enjoyed telling, so the latter informed the writer, that he was once a scullion in Timothy Bigelow's kitchen. Whatever his service or position there, without doubt he had an experience that enabled him, when he entered into the bakery business, to supply his townsmen with superior products. Who does not love to recall that little old shop, than which nothing in story or reality was quainter nor more alluring. Small, low studded, with beamed ceiling, it looked antique in every particular, with the tiny desk on the wall where one stood or perched on a high stool to cast up his accounts. You might enter sometime and find no one to attend to your wants, but a bell on the door as you opened it had given notice of your entering, and very soon someone opened a glass door of a living-room at the west, stepped down two steps,