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Mrs. M. T. Haskins. Mrs. Matilda T. Haskins, an honored member of this society, died at Providence, R. I., December 8, 1901. She was born in Medford nearly eighty years ago, being the daughter of the well-known Galen James. She was a life-long resident of this city. In her death there is a distinct loss to this community which she loved, to the church which she served and honored, and to this society, of which she was an early member, and in whose work she was deeply interested. We desire to hereby place on record our expression of sorrow for her removal from us, our high regard for her character, so pure and lofty, and our sense of loss to this organization. Fred. H. Kidder. Charles H. Loomis. March 1, 1902. John Ward Dean. The committee appointed to prepare resolutions in memory of the late John Ward Dean would respectfully report the following:— Again death has invaded our ranks and has taken the Nestor of the society. John Ward Dean was a charter memb
ague, Daniel Lawrence and Elisha Stetson. The town voted to build the Town House of wood at an estimated cost of $3,600. In 1834 the above committee was discharged and John P. Clisby, John Sparrell and Thomas R. Peck were appointed, with instructions to observe generally the outlines of the plan, which was drawn by Mr. Benjamin, as regards the general exterior appearance of the building. The structure was damaged by fire October 27, 1839. John P. Clisby, Lewis Richardson, Samuel Lapham, Galen James and Darius Waitt were the committee to repair. At this time the brick wall on the south side was built. In 1850 it was again burned. George T. Goodwin, Daniel Lawrence and Charles S. Jacobs were chosen a committee to repair the building. It was proposed to build a belfry at this time, but the town voted in the negative. Slate roof and copper gutters were the extent of outside improvements. Except in a few minor details, the exterior of the building has never been changed.—Compiled f