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ct of excellent land, and became separated territorially from many long-cherished and valuable friends. The last record of town-officers, elected at the annual March meeting, which we can insert, is that of 1850; and it is as follows:-- John Sparrell, Moderator. Jos. P. Hall, Town-clerk. James O. Curtis,Selectmen. Chas. Caldwell, Timothy Cotting, George W. Porter, Treasurer. Horatio A. Smith,Assessors. Samuel Joyce, Henry Withington, John T. White,Overseers of the Poor. Benj. R.ollector of Taxes. Eleazer Davis,Field Drivers. Willard Butters, Thos. Gillard, Pyam Cushing,Fence Viewers. Peter C. Hall, Nathan W. Wait, John T. White,Fish Committee. Amos Hemphill, Elbridge Teel, Henry H. Jacquith, Pound Keeper. John Sparrell,Surveyors of Lumber. Jas. O. Curtis, J. T. Foster, E. Stetson, J. Loring, S. Lapham, O. Joyce, J. Stetson, J. Taylor, P. Curtis, P. Cushing, E. Hayden, G. T. Goodwin, A. Hutchens, R. E. Ells, H. Taylor, C. S. Jacobs, B. R. Te
thy Bigelow1808. Dudley Hall1813. Abner Bartlett1815. Turell Tufts1824. Thatcher Magoun1825. John B. Fitch1826. John Sparrell1831. Thomas R. Peck1833. Frederick A. Kendall1834. Timothy Cotting1834. John King1835. James O. Curtis1836. Geo Abner BartlettDec. 18, 1833. Turell TuftsMar. 28, 1835. Jonathan PorterJan. 27, 1836. Dudley HallAug. 30, 1836. John SparrellNov. 24, 1836. Thatcher MagounDec. 6, 1836. Nathan WaiteDec. 31, 1836. Jonathan BrooksJan. 6, 1837. Daniel SwanJul842. Henry PorterJan. 5, 1843. Judah LoringFeb. 25, 1843. Alexander GreggFeb. 25, 1843. Dudley HallJune 3, 1843. John SparrellAug. 20, 1843. Thatcher MagounAug. 29, 1843. Jonathan BrooksJan. 1, 1844. Sanford B. PerryApril 24, 1847. Abner BaringFeb. 12, 1850. Aaron K. HathawayFeb. 12, 1850. Edmund T. HastingsFeb. 12, 1850. Alexander GreggFeb. 12, 1850. John SparrellJuly 19, 1850. Thatcher RaymondJan. 31, 1851. Timothy CottingApril 2, 1851. George W. PorterApril 21, 1852. T. P.
ril 3, 1810, but he refused to qualify. The next captains were:-- Henry ReedchosenJuly 2, 1810. Daniel CopelandFeb. 27, 1812. Henry ToddApril 2, 1816. Galen JamesMarch 16, 1818. Moses MerrillApril 14, 1820. John T. WhiteMay 4, 1824. John SparrellAug. 6, 1827. L. O. ChaseMay 3, 1836. It was disbanded under a general order, April 24, 1840. Whatever confusion may seem to belong to one or two of these records, could doubtless be rendered clear if it had been the custom to make pry made of them. Members of one company would join another for a single campaign of actual service, and, at their return, take their former places in the rank and file. In 1828, when the Medford Light Infantry had resigned its charter, Captain John Sparrell was ordered to enroll its members in his company. He did so; and, in that autumn, he appeared at a muster in Maiden with one hundred and ninety-six men, rank and file. Let us now return to our history near the close of the eighteenth
Streets, was purchasd of the heirs of Samuel Buel for $3,000. The plan of the building was drawn by Mr. Benjamin of Boston. The length was extended to seventy feet. The cost of land and building was $10,062.25. The engraving will give an exact idea of its present appearance. It was found commodious, and was used for all public gatherings. It was let for two dollars per evening, and to a religious society for two dollars per Sunday. The building-committee were Messrs. John P. Clisby, John Sparrell, and Thomas R. Peck. The first story is occupied by stores on Main Street, and by the selectmen's room on the west. The hall includes the second story. Oct. 27, 1839: Saturday night it was partly destroyed by fire. Nov. 25, the town voted to rebuild on the original model. The insurance of $5,000 was used to pay for the repairs, and nearly covered the whole amount, which was $5,389.89. The south end was built of brick, and the house made thirteen feet longer than at first. It wa
prague & JamesD. P. ParkerBoston287 144 ShipLouisaSprague & James'sSprague & JamesNathaniel GoddardBoston325 1451829ShipMargaret ForbesT. Magoun'sT. MagounBryant SturgisBoston398 146 ShipColiseumT. Magoun'sT. MagounJohn Brown & T. MagounBoston & Medford302 147 ShipFlaviusT. Magoun'sT. MagounJohn Brown & T. MagounBoston & Medford302 148 Sch.EdwardS. Lapham'sGeorge FullerGeorge B. LaphamMedford55 149 Sch.KingS. Lapham'sGeorge FullerJohn BishopMedford65 150 Sch.MysticSprague & James'sJohn SparrellJohn BishopMedford70 151 ShipGibraltarSprague & James'sSprague & JamesE. E. BradshawCharlestown298 1521830BrigRomanT. Magoun'sT. MagounE. Hathaway & Co.Boston268 153 BrigNahantT. Magoun'sT. MagounBarker, Cofran, & WadeBoston234 154 BrigNabobS. Lapham'sS. LaphamS. Glover & G. B. LaphamRoxb'y & Medford309 155 ShipLintinSprague & James'sSprague & JamesR. B. ForbesBoston330 156 ShipHomerSprague & James'sSprague & JamesHartshorn & HomerBoston243 157 ShipCaliforniaGeorge Fuller'sGeo
atistics of Mr. Baker, I will state that Mr. John Stetson, our venerable fellow-citizen, informs me that he saw 19 vessels in process of construction at the same time, in the ship-yards of the town. He does not remember the year. I will now give you the aggregate results of the shipbuilding of the town as shown by Mr. Usher's tables: builders.No. vessels. Thatcher Magoun84 C. Turner & E. Briggs3 Calvin Turner25 James Ford2 Sprague & James66 George Fuller29 E. & H. Rogers9 John Sparrell1 Samuel Lapham20 Jotham Stetson32 Curtis & Co.2 P. & J. O. Curtis6 Waterman & Ewell51 Foster & Taylor22 Paul Curtis27 James O. Curtis78 George H. Briggs1 Peter Lewis1 Henry Ewell9 John Taylor12 Joshua T. Foster42 Haydn & Cudworth39 B. F. Delano .2 Luther Turner.1 Isaac Hall1 — 568 decade.Numbers.Total Tonnage. 1803-1812328,408 1813-18226215,459 1823-18328323,285 1833-184212257,674 1843-185218597,434 1853-18627057,815 1863-18731412,049 ————— 568272,124
eviews. This company resigned its charter in 1828. You all know the little brick powder-house standing near the top of the hill, just above the house of Mr. A. F. Sise. Within my recollection it was used for the storage of powder and was protected by a lightning-rod. During the war of 1812 the company last mentioned kept guard over it for some weeks. Upon the dissolution of this company the members were, under the existing law, enrolled in the militia company under the command of Capt. John Sparrell, whom some of my elder hearers may remember, and who appeared at the muster that autumn at the head of a company of one hundred and ninety-six rank and file. Medford, I think, has never mustered so large a company since, for the duty was considered irksome and was evaded when possible. This company was succeeded by the Brooks Phalanx in 1841, which was dissolved in 1849, and was succeeded by the Lawrence Light Guard in 1854. This company was well organized and in a good state of
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
made a committee to consider location, and practically the same vote was passed, and again Nathan Adams, Nathan Wait, and Noah Johnson were appointed a committee to move the building. The total cost of the removal was $119.32. This lot was near the corner of Canal and High streets. The next building came in 1833, when on April i the town voted to build a school house in the Eastern district not to exceed $400 in the whole expense thereof to the town. Elisha Stetson, Galen James, and John Sparrell were the building committee. This house was on Riverside avenue. In the next year, 1734, we reach one of the most important events in the whole school history of the town. On March 3 the School Committee were directed so to arrange the Town Schools that the girls shall enjoy equal privileges therein with the boys throughout the year. What was done that year we do not know, but probably something was accomplished or the town would not have been ready for the great stride forward whi
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Reminiscences of an earlier Medford. (search)
dents which occurred in their youth, opened vistas into a past which now seems very remote to us. Other patrons of the reading-room, belonging to a later generation, were Samuel Lapham, Joseph Manning, 2d., Daniel Lawrence, George L. Stearns, John Sparrell, Jonas Coburn, George Hervey, Dudley C. Hall, Peter C. Hall, George W. Porter, John Clough, Albert H. Butters, and Col. Francis R. Bigelow, and there were doubtless others whose names escape me. Let it be remembered that I am speaking of theh he would miss if he were standing in the square on a winter's morning—and that would be the long line of ox-teams, wagons or sleds, loaded with cord-wood, stretching from what is now Governor's avenue to Pasture Hill Lane. He would miss Capt. John Sparrell with his measuring rod, vigilant to see that purchasers lost nothing of their proper dues. And he would miss the noble oxen, waving their heads and ruminating their liberal allowance of corn fodder which was spread before them, their warm
ably, and up to the time of his death no one was more familiar with town affairs—particularly of the past—than the judge. He was a very well read man and a most pleasant conversationalist; his learning, keen intellect and many anecdotes made him a most desirable companion. My sketch would be incomplete were I to omit the name of one who was the contemporary of many of those I have spoken of. Though not a lawyer, he performed faithfully all the functions and duties of one. I refer to John Sparrell, Esq., who combined the practice of law with many other callings. He may perhaps well be compared with those of the earlier centuries. He served the town as representative, moderator, and in many other capacities. He was also trial justice. I a informed he made out more deeds than any other man in Medford, and his plans—being a surveyor—have never been found in error. In surveying he used the old time chain. He died respected by all and mourned by his fellow townsmen whom he had s
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