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SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT
PEABODY HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
INCORPORATED AUGUST 15th, 1896.
OFFICERS, igo2 — 1903.
President, . . Gen'l, Francis H. Appi,eton
Vice Presidents, . j '^^^^^^^ Carroll
( Sarah J. C. Needham
Treasurer, . . Sylvanus L. Newhall
Assistant Treasurer, Helen C. Allen
Recording Secretary, . Mary A. Forness
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. L. J. Thomas
Curator, . . Mary A. Osborn
Librarian, . . Mrs. Lyman P. Osborn
Cbairman Hospitality Com., Mrs. D. P. Grosvenor
Daniel H. Felton, Rufus H. Brown, Mary W. Nichols,
Richards B. Mackintosh, Mrs. John Moulton, Mary M. Farley,
Robert H. Gowing, Helen C. Allen, Rev. O. F. Safford.
REGULAR MEETINGS, 1902— 1903.
May 7. Annual Meeting. Reading of annual reports. Election of officers.
Address by Rev. O. F. Safford on "Tbe Poet Wbittier." Informal
reception by President and Vice Presidents of tbe Society and tbe
President of tbe Woman's Club. Music and ligbt refresbments.
Nov. 5. Paper on "Tbe Floating Bridge," by C. J. H. Woodbury of Lynn.
Dec. 3. Address on "Birds of Peabody," by Ricbards B. Mackintosli of
tbis Society. A line collection of bird skins loaned by Mr. Davis
of Newton added mucb to tbe interest of tbe evening.
Jan. 7. Illustrated lecture on "Some Old Houses and Places of Interest in
Lynn," by Howard Mudge Newball of Lynn.
Feb. 4. Paper on tbe "Agawam River." An imaainary canoe triji down
tbe river from source to moutb, by George Francis Dow of tbe
Essex Institute, Salem. Followed by personal reminiscences of
tbat river by members of tbe Society.
Mar. 4. Paper on "Samuel Holten of Danvers," by William B. Sullivan,
Esq., of Danvers.
Apr. 1. Address, "Tbe Story of tbe Coal," by Rev. Lewis J. Tbomas of
June 10, 1902. The liltieLli anniversary of tlie founding of the Peabody
Institute by (Jeorj^e Peabody, was observed by placing a bronze tablet, suit-
ably inscribed, at his birthplace, 205 Washington street. The exercises took
l)lace at S.:)0 in the mornin;;-, and were quite simple, consisting of the unveil-
ing of the tablet by four little girls, Misses Eleanor and Hilda Butraau,
Dorothy Canijibell and Elizabeth O. Pahner; and short addresses by Pres.
Api)leton, llev. George A. Hall and Mr. J. H. Morse of Texas, a student in
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a grateful beneficiary of the
Peabody Educational Fund in the .Soutliern States. Letters were read from
Gov. Crane and from G. A. Peabody, president of the Board of Trustees of
the Peal)o(iy Institute at Danvers. Mr. Thomas Carroll, who had charge of
this memorial celebration, has issued a neat pamphlet giving a full account
of the same.
Early in the year it had been voted to prepare a "Century Chest," in
which various articles, similar to those usually deposited under the corner
stone of a new public building, should be enclosed, and presented "'From
present to future generations,' to be opened on (or after) 16 June, 2002," the
150th anniversary of the founding of our library. The committee having
the matter in charge collected with great i)ains a large number of photo-
graphs, letters, manuscripts of different kinds, newspapers and other articles
designed to give those who shall open the chest an idea of life in our own
town as it is today. The "Chest" was a copper box about 10x9x13 inches,
placed within a small iron safe. On October 7th, at 3 o'clock p. m., a meet-
ing was held for the purpose of soldering the box and finally closing the
chest, which was later jjlaced in the vault at the Peabody Institute.
October 3, 1902. A memorial tablet to the memory of John Proctor was
unveiled with ai)propriate exercises in the early afternoon. This bronze
tablet is bolted to a rough boulder set in the triangle of land at the junction
of Summit and Lowell streets, near the site of John Proctor's home, and
bears the following inscription : —
This monument is erected near his home
BY descendants TO PERPETUATE HIS MEMORY
IlE WAS BORN IN ENGLAND, 1(1.V2, AND SUFKKRED
DEATH BY ORDER OF COURT IN SALEM, 19 AUGUST
1692, DURING THE WITCHCRAFT DELUSION
A Martyr to the Truth.
Placed by the
Peabody Historical Society
19 August 1902
In the absence of President Appleton, Vice President Carroll presided at
this meeting and made a brief oj^ening address. The other speakers were
iMr. Henry H. Proctor of Boston, Mrs. Sarah Proctor Josliu of Boston, Mr.
Percival Proctor Baxter of Portland, Me. — all descendants of John Proctor, —
Rev. A. P. Putnam, D. D., of Danvers, Rev. Charles B. Rice, former pastor
of the First Parish Church, Danvers, Rev. O. F. Safford of Peabody, and
Mr. Win. P. Upham of Newton ville. Letters of regret were read from Messrs.
James P. Baxter of Portland, Me., and Hon. Robert S. Rantoul of Salem.
After the exercises the company adjourned to the rooms of the Society,
where an informal reception was held and light refreshments served.
April 19th, 1903, was observed as usual by this Society by the marking of
graves of Revolutionary soldiers.
April 20th, 1903, the rooms of the Society were kept open during the after-
noon, and in the evening a meeting was held at which Hon. Robert S. Ran-
toul gave a talk on " I'ersonal Reminiscences of Great Men," which was
much api)reciated by all i)resent. After the address an informal social hour
was enjoyed and light refreshments served.
The Peabody Historical Society witli the Essex Institute of Salem will
hold a Field Meeting;- at Proctor's Corner, Peabody, Wednesday, August 14,
from 10 o'clock a. m. to 5 p. m., to which you are cordially invited.
The place chosen for the gathering is the former home of John Proctor,
hanged for witchcraft at Salem, Aug. 10, 1602, one of the most notable of
that martyr band who died rather than lie.
THE ROUTE FROM SALEM.
The place is easy of access from neighboring cities and towns. Electric cars
leave the office at Salem for Lowell Street, Peabody, every half hour, a quarter
past and a quarter of the hour, passing up Essex Street, to Boston Street,
through "Blubber Hollow, "where in early times shii)s were built and anchors
were forged, and wliere Giles Corey lived and from which Gallows Hill rises on
the left; passing the Big Tree, which for many years marked on the east
side of Boston Street the dividing line between Salem and Danvers; reach-
ing next the "Plains," passing the house of William Shillaber, Chairman
of the " Committee of Safety " ; next the Old Burying Ground at the Pea-
body line where lie the bodies of four of the Danvers Minute Men who were
killed at the battle of Lexington.
At Poole's Hollow, the Sutton mansion, now the Old I^adies' Home, rises
on the left. The little stream here flowing under the street marked the
boundary of Salem and Danvers on the west side of the street until 185.5. At
the junction of Washington and Main Streets stands the Lexington Mon-
ument, marking the spot where the Minute Men assembled on the morning
of A))ril 19, 1775, and on which are the names of seven of their number
who fell on that day. The Old Bell Tavern, the rendezvous of the village
patriots, stood on the lawn at the eastern corner.
A little further on is the Peabody Institute, with tlie house of Deniso:i
Wallis, a Revolutionary hero, adjoining. Reaching the Square the Soldiers'
Monument will attract the eye. On the western corner of the street bearing
his name. Gen. Gideon Foster was born. The South Church on the right
was founded in 1713 — in the edifice which stood on its site the funeral ser-
vices were held over the bodies of the slain at Lexington. Proceeding up
Lowell Street by the Town Hall, Reed's Hill, now Buxton's Hill, one of the
earliest royal grants, comes into view on the right. At the terminus of the
electric line the visitor will be left in " the Kingdom."
The distance from this point to the meeting-place is a third of a mile over
a good road in a delightful rural country. Barges will be in readiness for
those who wish to ride.
OTHER CARS AND TRAINS.
Electrics leave Central Sciuare, Lynn, for Peabody Square every half hour,
passinj;- the house where George Peaboily was born and the Lexington Mon-
ument. From the Square take Lowell Street electrics for " the Kingdom."
Electrics from Danvers every hour.
Salem and Lowell R. R. train leaves Salem at 11.40 and Peabody at 11.47,
stopping at Proctor'w Crossing, a short distance from the place of meeting.
IVtarblehead visitors take Lowell Street electrics at Salem.
Visitors are requested to provide themselves with basket lunches.
Cotfee and lemonade will be furnished by the Peabody Society.
If the day should be stormy, the meeting will be held the first fair day.
The meeting will be held in the grove where the farewell picnic dinner to
(ieorge Peabody was given August 13, 1857. The grove is about two minutes
walk from the John Proctor House.
The forenoon will be devoted to individual rambling and informal socia-
bility, during which the adjacent Salem Country Club may be an entertain-
ing attraction. The picnic lunch ■will be at 12.30.
The I'ublic Exercises will begin promptly at 2 p. M.
(ieu. Francis H. Appleton, President of the Peabody Society, will preside,
and brief addresses will be made by Hon. Roberts. Rantoul, President of the
Essex Institute, Hon. James P. Baxter of Portland, President of the N. E.
Historical and Genealogical Society, \V. P. Upham, Esq., Mrs. A. L. Joslin,
John H. Sears, Rev. O. F. Safford, D. D., and others.
During the year the Society hiis been invited to attend meetings of neigh-
boring tSocieties, and has been represented by some of its members on the
following enjoyable and profitable occasions.
Sept. 4, 1002. Field meeting of Old Planters' Society, at Gloucester.
Se]>t. 11, 1902. 25th anniversary of the formation of the Historical Society
of Old Newbury, at Newburyport.
March 16, 1903. Social tea at the rooms of the Lynn Historical Society.
April 2, 1903. Lecture on "John Proctor," by Mrs. Sarah Proctor Joslin
of Boston, before the North Bridge Chapter, Daughters of the Revolution,
at Academy Hall, Salem.
April 14, 1903. Lecture by Mrs. Lucia Ames Mead of Boston, on "Village
Improvement Societies," before the Peabody Woman's Club, in Odd Fellows'
April 7, 1903. Meeting of the " Old Planters' Society" at Ames Memorial
REPORT OF CURATOR AND LIBRARIAN.
Present number of gifts in accession book, 1,897. Gifts during past year
have numbered 213 ; from twenty-two members and thirty-four non-members.
These include 83 articles for Cabinet and Room, 4 pictures, 16 photos, 4 maps
and a framed sampler, 43 bound volumes, 22 pamphlets, 22 leaflets, 7 news-
papers, 10 manuscripts and one deed.
20 lists of Private Burial Ground inscriptions have been made and pre-
sented by the following persons: Miss Farley, King burial ground and
tombs; Mr, Felton, Felton and Wilson grounds; Miss M. F. Herrick, Brown,
Flint, Russell and Twiss grounds; D, Webster King, D. P. King tomb; Miss
Hannah Marsh, Marsh cemetery; Sylvanus L. Newhall, Bryant, Douty,
Needham, Newhall and Very grounds and Marsh tomb; Mrs. L. P. Osborn,
Old burial ground, Main street and Quaker burial ground; Mrs. Louise E.
Reuter, Pope ground; Mrs. Geo. E. Spaulding, Russell ground.
Nov. 5, 1902.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Cahill, Peabody, Mrs. Joseph J. Thorndike, Peabody,
Miss Eliza W. Preston, Danvers, Mr. Joseph Trask, Peabody.
Mrs. Eri Littlefield, born Nov. 13, 1832; died Mar. 20, 1903
Mrs. Sarah Wheeler Osborn, " Aug. 22, 1833; " Dec. 1.5,1902
Mrs. Alice W. Osgood, " Apr. 14, 1896; " Aug. 24, 1902
Mr. William F. Walker, " July 7,1828; " Mar. 16, 1903
The Treasurer of the Peabody Historical Society respectfully submits the
following report from May 7, 1902, to May 6, 1903.
Amount on hand May 7, 1902, . . . , $195.13
Received Admissions and Dues, . , . . 147.00
Interest from Savings Bank, , . . 3.62
Sale of Photographs, .... .50
Gifts from Members, .... 19.74
From Hospitality Com., balance from 19th April
meeting, ..... 3.00
From a " Social " under the auspices of the Hos-
pitality Committee, . • . 11.00
Balance from Proctor Memorial Fund, , . .71
Paid one year's rent to April, 1903,
Two dozen ("liairs,
Mrs. Brooks, May meeting, 1902,
Mr. King, Repairs on Electric,
Petition to Court,
Flags for Revolutionary Soldiers' Graves,
Envelopes, Postage, Printing, etc., for Secretaries
Transferred to Peabody Tablet Fund, per order.
Balance in bauds of Treasurer, .
PEABODY MEMORIAL FUND.
From Century Cbest Fund,
From Peabody Historical Society Fund,
Paid C. H. Freucb, Bronze Tablet,
J. C. Liuelian, Granite Sbaft,
E. S. Giles, Photos of bouse and tablet,
250 Memorial Pamphlets, .
CENTURY CHEST FUND.
Paid for Century Chest,
Brass Plate for same,
Coi)per Box for same,
Ink, Paper, Envelopes, etc..
One Dozen Photos of Chest,
C. C. Hills, per bill.
jrial Fund, p
er order, .
PROCTOR MEMORIAL FUND.
Received from the descendants of John Proctor,
Contributions to the Hospitality Committee and
fares from barge, ....
Paid C. H. French, Tablet,
Slireve, Crump & Low Co.,
J. C. Linehan,
Munroe & Arnold, express.
Carried to Historical Society Funds,
R. B. Mackintosh,
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