Season of 1924-25.

October 20. Unseasonably cold, but nine present to give their ‘vacation experiences.’ President Ackerman told his, in which he felled an oak tree (just over Medford line in Somerville), where thirty-two two-apartment houses have been built. The tree was one hundred and ninety years old. Mr. Mann told of his at the Holton family reunion at Northfield, where he read the historical address on [p. 80] August 28, quoting a little therefrom. Several others alluded to theirs and a pleasant evening (indoors) was passed.

November 17. Sudden winter conditions, and but five came to our rooms. Rev. Arthur Ackerman was to have spoken but it was thought best to await a better time.

December 15. A cold day and evening. Misfortune of fire in barrel of kindling wood—some damage by smoke. But four ventured out to the meeting.

January 19, 1925. Annual meeting. Various reports made and officers chosen.

January 26. Seven directors held meeting at Mr. Colby's and appointed committees.

March 16. Mr. Mann spoke of the old British flag, exhibiting the one captured at Lexington. The evening was taken up with consideration of the coming Patriot's Day.

April 20. No meeting was held nor house kept open at this time, owing to the lack of suitable attendants and care.

May 18. Owing to illness of the President, who was to make provision, no meeting was held.

The issues of the Register speak for the publication department.

During the year the usual regular accessions have come to the library and quite a number of interesting articles to our collection, including the piano of the late Miss Ellen M. Lane.

The Society has been represented at most of the quarterly gatherings of the Bay State Historical League, which is awaiting an invitation to meet with us and which we are yet unable to extend.

The damage occasioned by the slight fire was covered by insurance, but that respectively done to the exterior and to the windows has caused us much expense, and from this we have no protection or redress. One visitor had his automobile stolen and another was assaulted on a Patriot's Day by some of the disorderly element to whom we cannot open our doors. The storms of winter and weather conditions we must cheerfully endure, but it does seem that the other conditions should not continue longer.

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