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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., History of the Medford High School. (search)
ll 1837. The Awakening. It was in the fourth decade of this century that, according to Usher's History of Medford, a wave of unusual interest in educational matters was passing over many of the States and attained its greatest height in Massachusetts. In 1830 the American Institute of Instruction was organized, which, though national in name and object, was largely composed of Massachusetts men. It aimed at reform and progress, and proved itself most efficient in accomplishing its exalteMassachusetts men. It aimed at reform and progress, and proved itself most efficient in accomplishing its exalted purpose. A royal impulse was imparted to the educational machinery of our State, which from that time began to work with wonderful activity. Favoring laws were enacted; a State Board of Education was established; normal schools sprang into existence, and the public schools of the State soon began to assume the form and features they wear at the present day. Upon the crest of that wave were such men as Rev. Charles Brooks, a native of Medford, and at that time a pastor in Hingham; Hon. Ho
resident then announced the subject of the evening, The visit of Myles Standish and his party to the site of Medford on September 21, 1621, and called Miss Atherton, who read an extract from the oration of Charles Sprague (Boston, July 4, 1825), The Disappearing American Indian. The president then spoke on Indian trails, read from Paths and Legends of New England Border and of the Mohawk Trail, and then asked Mr. Charles Daly to read extracts from Mourt's Relation—the Expedition of the Massachusetts, which he did. Then Mr. Wilson Fiske gave his impression of the visit thus described. This was also given in the current issue of the register. The president then called attention to a large framed lithograph hanging at the right of the chair. It was published in 1873 and is now very rare. It is the March of Myles Standish, and was loaned to the society by Mr. Mann the next speaker called upon, who reviewed the story just read in the original. He traced the march of the Pilgrim
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
btaining informal permission of the Attorney General Bryant and Sturgis, M. S., Vol. 1811, p. 122. and the Secretary of the Treasury. Congress permitted this trade until the crops of 1812 had been marketed. Morison. Maritime History of Massachusetts. The ship Medford is reported as follows: Boston Tue. Apr. 30, 1813 ar. ship Medford, Capt'n Hall, Cadiz 42 days. Spoke nothing. Sunday at 3 P. M. Cape Cod, was boarded from the privateer brig Sir John Sherbrook detained a few hours and of-marque was sent by the Boston China Merchants to carry instructions to their fleet which was blockaded at Whampoa. She captured a prize off Lintin on the way out which she sent into Macao with a prize crew. Morison. Maritime History of Massachusetts. A letter from Captain Edes of the Rambler, dated Canton, December 6, says: Our prize (the ship Arabella ) arrived at Macao the same day we arrived at Canton and was taken possession of by the Portuguese government and given up to the British
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., My Revolutionary ancestors: major Job Cushing, Lieutenant Jerome Lincoln, Walter Foster Cushing (search)
ncoln, also from Norfolk county, England, who had come to this country with his wife and eight children the year preceding. From his eldest son, Samuel, descended Levi Lincoln, Attorney General of the United States and Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts. From Daniel Lincoln, the second son of Samuel Lincoln, who came to this country from England, are descended the Cohasset Lincolns, my ancestors, who married into the Cushing family. From Samuel's third son, Mordicai, came Abraham Lincond for daughter Jael, three hundred pounds—she was to be well educated. Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Cushing was of this family. He was born in 1725, was a friend and coworker with Adams, Otis and Warren, and was made Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts in 1779. Until his death he was a member of the Provincial Congress. He declined a seat in the Continental Congress in 1799. William Cushing, born in 1732, was Chief Justice in 1777. He was the first to hold office under the free govern
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., The Medford High School under Lorin L. Dame (search)
those who fail to profit by the course could be allowed to fall out of the race. . . . Therefore I would not test the admission of pupils to this school upon the results of a single competitive examination, but would allow greater force to the grammar master's certificate of the pupil's qualifications for the high school work. The effect of this was soon felt. The Medford High School, says Miss Caroline E. Swift, in an article on the Public Schools of Medford, was among the first of Massachusetts cities to do away with the stereotyped Examination day and Exhibition day. It was a grief to the budding orators and the sweet girl graduates, and it seemed hard that Medford, deprived of the unworldly advice and the fervent appeals to right and duty delivered yearly from the school rostrum, should be left to struggle unaided through the journey of life. But the judgment of the school board prevailed, and since 1895, the high school graduates, with their parents and friends, have list
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
pepper trade. the names of Medford-built ships are italicized. This trade was started by Salem enterprise almost wholly, and by way of reward Salem became the American, and for a time the world, emporium for pepper. In 1791 the United States exported seven million, five hundred and fifty-nine thousand, two hundred and forty-four pounds-over seven-eighths of the entire northwest Sumatran crop—and a very large portion of this was landed in Salem. Morison. Maritime History of Massachusetts. Among the Medford-built vessels from Salem engaged in this trade were the ships Australia, Carolina, Propontis, and the brig Lucilla. Journals of their voyages to Sumatra are preserved in Salem. Besides the Salem vessels in the pepper trade there were quite a number from Boston, among them the brig Palmer. The brig Palmer, two hundred and seventy-seven tons, was the seventy-third vessel built in Medford and the last of seven built in 1818. She was built by Sprague & James for Jose