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The West End schoolhouse. Moses Whitcher Mann. THE month of April, 1829, was the time when the first West Medford schoolhouse was built—the humble predecessor of the Brooks schoolhouses—of which name there have been three. Frederic Kendall was its builder. In constructing it, he deserved commendation for the despatch with which he performed his work, as did also the committee who had the work in charge and employed him. They were John Angier, Jonathan Brooks, and Noah Johnson, and were authorized by the town in the March meeting of that year. The selectmen were equally prompt in paying Mr. Kendall for his work, as on May 10 they ordered the treasurer so to do. Three hundred and eighty-five dollars paid the bill, and twenty dollars more was received by Mr. Brooks for the land. This was on the southwesterly side of Woburn street, in the corner of the Jonathan Brooks estate, adjoining John Bishop's land, where F. A. Oxnard now resides, and was nearly opposite the Sarah Full
West Medford in 1870. by Moses Whitcher Mann. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, May 16, 1904.] THE old poet with whose writings we struggled in our schooldays, relates that when Aeneas told before Queen Dido of the siege of Troy, he remarked, quaeque ipse miserrima vidi, et quorum pars magna fui. If I may be allowed the old pronunciation I may also be allowed a free translation: All of which I saw and part of which I was, and so with so illustrious an example the speaker may not be deemed egotistical if, in the remarks of the evening, he uses the personal pronoun somewhat. I wish to antedate the time announced on our program, and by the president, by some years, and ask you to take a backward glimpse of the West End, for so was that portion of Medford once called. It is not my intention to take you into ancient history, but to ask you to view the locality, first through a schoolboy's eyes. The schoolboy lived in Woburn, and the big Lippincott's Gazetteer on th