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CONTENTS 



CONTENTS 




THE • 

TWENTY-FIEST 

ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

FINANCES 

OF THE 

TOWN OE DORCHESTER, 

FOR THE 

YEAR ENDING JANUARY 31, 1859, 

WITH 

REPORTS OF THE SELECTMEN, AUDITORS, 

; AND 

CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE FIBE DEFABTMENT. 



BOSTON : 

JOSEPH G. TORREY, PRINTER, 32 CONGRESS STREET. 

18 5 9. 




SELECTMEN'S REPORT. 



TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF DORCHESTER: 

The undersigned, in conformity with your requirements, 
have the honor to submit the follownng report, together with 
a statement of the financial condition of the Town, for the 
year ending January 31st, 1859. 

On the first day of February 1858, the amount in the 
Treasury was two thousand and fifty-two dollars and 
fourteen cents. 

During the past year the receipts, from all sources, in- 
cluding the above sum, is eighty-nine thousand nine hundred 
nineteen dollars and fifty -seven cents; the amount of ex- 
penditures, including with other Town expenses, the pur- 
chase of gravel land, the County and State taxes, is eighty- 
eight thousand three hundred and sixty dollars and fifty-two 
cents, leaving in the Treasury, February 1st, 1859, the sum 
of one thousand five hundred fifty-nine dollars and five 
cents. 

•POOR IN THE ALMS-HOUSE. 

The number of paupers in the Alms-house on the first day 
of February, 1858, was seventeen. During the year ten 
have been admitted, ten discharged, and four have died, — 
leaving thirteen on the first day of February, 1859. It may 
be interesting to some to know that three of those discharged 
were ladies, who wished to leave because three gentlemen 
from other towns had become interested in their welfare, 
and had agreed to maintain them during life, by marrying 
them. 

The expense of the Alms-house Establishment will prob- 
ably appear large in comparison with the number of in- 
mates, to those who are not aware that it is a Pubhc 
House for travelling vagrants, and persons seeking employ- 



ment who have not the means to pay for lodging, as well as 
a home for our own poor. 

The Superintendent states, that during the past year he 
has provided one thousand and twelve meals for transient 
people, and lodging for four hundred and ninety-four. 

At each weekly visit we have observed the good order 
and cleanliness in all parts of the establishment. The in- 
mates are neatly attired, well behaved, and generally appear 
happy and contented. 

Not having sufficient employment at all seasons of the 
year at the Establishment, the Superintendent, men and 
horses have been employed a portion of the time in 
other departments, which has resulted in a saving to the 
Town, so that the expenses of this department are consider- 
ably less than the sum appropriated. The amount of labor 
so performed will appear charged under the different de- 
partments. 

POOR OUT OF THE ALMS-HOUSE. 

Owing to the depression in business, there are many out 
of employment, consequently the applications for assistance 
have been numerous. Many of the persons who applied 
had no legal settlement in this Town. For aliens and oth- 
ers having no legal settlement in any Town in the Com- 
monwealth, the State makes provision in her own Alms- 
houses ; hut for any assistance rendered this class of Poor 
by the Towns there is no remuneration, except a small sum 
for funeral expenses in case of death. 

In all cases where the pauperism resulted from perma- 
nent causes, we have endeavored to have the applicant 
accept the hospitalities provided by the State; but believing 
that the humane feelings and christian principles of the in- 
habitants of this Town were such, as to warrant us in fur- 
nishing relief to this class of Poor, when their poverty was 
of a temporary nature, such as present loss of employment, 
we have aided them whenever there existed a reasonable 
prospect that with a little assistance, they would support 



themselves, although by so doing, we have somewhat ex- 
ceeded the Town's appropriation, besides dispensing seventy 
dollars generously handed us by a benevolent individual of 
this Town for that purpose. 

HIGHWAYS. 

The expenses of this Department are on the increase, in 
consequence of so many new streets and turnpikes having 
been laid out as public highways, and the difficulty of ob- 
taining suitable material for grading and repairing them. 

Water, Ericcson, and the continuation of Walnut street, 
having been accepted by the Town as public streets, we 
have caused them to be graded and repaired, 

Adams street has been widened, against the estate of Jo- 
seph Howe, deceased, which is an improvement to the 
street, and also to said estate. 

That part of the new street, laid out by the County 
Commissioners, from the Upper Mills toDedham Turnpike, 
in West Roxbury, which lies in the Town of Dorchester, 
has been constructed at a cost of four thousand five hun- 
dred and three dollars and fifty cents. L. M Sargent, Esq. 
paid two hundred dollars towards that sum, having land 
that would be made more valuable by said road. 

River street has been partly graded, at an expense of 
nine hundred ninety-eight dollars and fifty-two cents. The 
County Commissioners have ordered a further widening of 
said street, which will require another appropriation the 
coming season. 

The easterly side of the Dorchester Avenue south of the 
South Cemetery has been filled, and a wall laid at an ex- 
pense of five hundred and twenty-nine dollars and ninety- 
six cents. There have been four thousand, three hundred 
and ninety-six yards of gravel carted from the Alms-house 
lot to widen the travelled part of the Dorchester Avenue, 
between Savin Hill Avenue and Commercial street, at an 
expense of one thousand and ninety-nine dollars. 



GEAVEL LAND. 

Ill compliance with a vote passed by the TowD; April 3d, 
1854, we have purchased thirty thousand feet of gravel 
land adjoining the Town's land in Milton, for the sum of 
four hundred and fifty dollars. Also another lot of gravel 
land containing fifty-six thousand four hundred and ten 
feet, situated on Commercial Street, near Neponset Turn- 
pike, for which we paid two thousand dollars. 

Having the olfer of these two pieces of land we thought 
it advisable to secure them, as most of the gravel has been 
taken from the land belonging to tjie Town in Milton, and 
on Commercial Street. 

There was no money raised by the Town for this specific 
purpose, we have therefore paid for it from money raised for 
incidental expenses, and it will appear charged in that 
account. 

SCHOOL PASTURE LAND. 

At the Town Meeting in April, we were authorized to sell 
or lease a portion of the Town's land on the Westerly side 
of Dorchester Avenue, Agreeably to said instructions on the 
twenty-fourth day of July we gave a bond for a deed to 
Oore, E,ose & Company, of that part of the land on the 
northerly side of Park Street, containing ninety-three thous- 
and one hundred and forty-five square feet, and after they 
had erected a stable and other buildings upon the land we 
gave them a deed of said land, and received their note 
dated Nov. 24th, 1858, for three thousand three hundred 
twenty.five dollars and twenty-seven cents, secured by a 
mortgage on said premises. 

LAND GIVEN FOE THE RELIEF OF THE 

POOR. 

The amount of money (eight hundred forty-two dollars 
and six cents) received for the sale of the Wood Land, 



which was given for the relief of the poor, has been loaned 
to Seth Williams, the interest accruing therefrom to be 
appropriated for that purpose. 

CEMETERIES. 

Having the offer of some material to fill up a hollow in 
the South Cemetery, we thought it advisable to accept it, 
although we had no appropriation for that purpose. More 
work needs to be done, but the season being far advanced, 
we deferred it until another year. 

POLICE AND WATCH. 

The knowledge of the existence of an efficient Police 
and Night Watch in this town, has afforded a greater de- 
gree of security to many of the inhabitants than they 
would oherwise have felt ; and has been a means of pre- 
venting burglars and evil disposed persons from committing 
depredations upon our property, or otherwise disturbing the 
public peace. The Watch have furnished destitute and 
benighted travellers with lodging und refreshment at the 
watch-houses, to many of whom it was a timely relief 

All of which is respectfully submitted 

EI3ENEZER EATON, ) 

E. H. R. RUGGLES, } Selectmen. 

LEWIS F. PIERCE, \ 



RECEIPTS AND IXPIDITURES. 



SCHOOLS. 

High School — Gibson Street. 

Paid Jonathan Kimball, for teaching, $1,500 00 

Mary W. Hall, 500 00 

Augusta N. Davenport, 325 00 

J. Kimball, for books and stationery for desks, 6 90 

" " " " for indigent children, 1 76 

" " " sundry chemicals, 3 09 
•' " " thermometer, screw-driver and 

brushes, 3 SO 

" " " cleaning, 1 00 

" " " tassels for curtains, 62 
James C. Sharp, for course of lectures on Chemistry, 50 00 

Hickling, Swan & Brewer, books for desk, 6 17 

E. P. Dutton (fc Co., chalk drawings, 22 50 

David Clapp, books, cards and stationery, 15 27 
I. S. Smith, preparing questions and examining 

candidates, 8 00 

" " man making fires and sweeping, 54 00 

" " " preparing wood and shavings, 4 20 
" " cash paid for Redfield's map and book 

of Natural History, 10 00 

" " cash paid for dust brush, 87 

Thomas FJynn, making fires and sweeping, 18 00 

" " preparing wood, 2 00 

Martin K. White, cleaning. 8 70 

" " " glazing, ' 8 55 

Chickering & Sons, tuning piano, 2 50 

Isaac Field, brushes and brooms, 2 58 

Ira Foster, floor brush and pail, 1 50 

J. H. Upham & Brother, nails, screws and chain 

for well, 1 05 

J. P. Tolman, portable furnace, 40 00 

" " shovel and coal-hod, 1 20 

" " repairs on furnace, 17 37 



Amount carried forward, $2,616 63 



Amount brought forward, 
Paid Samuel Dyer, repairs, 

J. VV. Foster, labor of man and horse, 

Daniel Talbot, labor in yard, 

J. P. Tolman, furnace work and stock, 

A. B. Wilton, repairs on p'limp and lightning rods 

J. & A. Pope, carpenter work and stock, 

Royce's Express, carting, 

Stacy & Co., " " 

Connaughton & Qnigley, cleaning vault, 

Spear & Purinton, wood, 

" " preparing wood, 

E. Preston, wood and coal. 



$2,616 


63 


19 


35 


1 


25 


4 


12 


16 


23 


)ds, 14 


75 


17 


16 


3 


75 


2 


01 


6 


00 


9 50 


3 


00 


79 25 



$2,793 00 



Everett School. 



Paid Henry C. Rolfe, for teaching, |1,000 00 

Ann E. Jones, " '■ 325 00 

S. B. Perrigo, " " 325 00 

C. K Nickerson, " " 325 00 

H. C. Rolfe, for books furnished indigent scholars, 1 50 
J. H. Upham &- Brother, books furuiblied indigent 

scholars, 1 03 

" " " ink and crayons, 5 00 

" " " coal-hod and rep'g thermometer, 2 54 

" " " brushes, jar and pail, 5 39 

J. F. Williams, making fires, 36 00 

" " shoveling snow, 2 00 

Charles Gleason, making fires, 41 00 

Mrs. Hook, sweeping and cleaning, 54 50 

O. Davenport, Jr., removing settees for exhibition 

and repairs, 3 50 

William Curtis, repairing desks, chairs and locks, ] 50 
Baldwin & Emerson, well cover and conductor, 6 25 
Abijah Cotton, repairing pump and cleaning well, 3 50 
J. Davis, labor and stock on furnace, 48 PO 

William Eaton, repairing roof and stock, 2 37 

John H. Bird, pamting, 1 25 

John Sargent, digging well. 77 18 

Alexander Glover, pump, 27 45 

A. B. Wilton, repairing pump, 1 50 



Amount carried forward, $2,296 96 



10 

Amount brought forward, $2,296 96 

Paid Stacy & Co. Express, carting, 25 
A. H. Establisiiment, men and team carting gravel 

into yard, 48 06 

Connaughton & Quigley, cleaning vaults 8 Ol> 

E. Preston & Co,, wood and coal, 129 00 

" " preparing wood, 7 00 

$2,489 27 



Mather School — Meetmg- House Hill. 

Paid liemuel C. Grosvenor, for teaching, $1,000 00 

Kate L. Perrigo, ^ u 243 75 

Mary A. Allen, " " 81 25 

Mary L. Kinne, " " 325 00 

Betsy Hooper, " '' 325 00 

Hannah H. Pope, " " 325 00 

L. C. Grosvenor, books for indigent scholars, 9 35 

" '' crayons, 40 

" " cash paid for washing sheds, 50 

H. H. Pope, books for indigent scholars, 7 23 

" " " " desk, 1 20 

Betsy Hooper, books for indigent scholars, 30 

J. H. Upham & Brother, books for indigent scholars, 84 

" " " ink, 1 00 

" " " door springs, 2 61 

" " " mats, brooms, brushes, dusters, 

pails, mugs and coal-hod, 13 11 
Benjamin C. Bird, care of house one year, 150 00 

" " " extra work and repairs, 10 00 

Mrs. Holland, cleaning, 1 00 

J. W. Blanchard, timepieces and chair, 14 25 

C. H. Dewey, glazing, 1 50 

William Curtis, repairs, 2 32 

Chandler Fisher, lock and repairing seats, 2 00 

William Eaton, mending slate on roof, 2 25 

Smith, Felton & Co., stair balusters, 3 25 

E. V. JVlunroe, repairing lightning rods and cellar 

doors, ■ 6 00 

James J. Walworth & Co., labor and grate castings, 8 40 
Thomas Payson, gravel for yard, 57 87 



Amount carried forward, $2,595 33 



11 

Amount brought forward, 
Paid Connaughton & duigley, cleaning vault, 
Amasa Pray, wood, 
John Hubener, preparing wood, 
E. Preston (fc Co., coal, 



|2 


595 


38 




9 25 




21 


00 




5 


50 




143 


75 



$2,774 88 



Adams School — Adams Street. 



Paid Leavitt M, Chase, for teaching, 
Ann Tolmaw, " " 

R. A. Prouty, " " 

L. M. Chase, books for desk, 

" " indigent children, 
crayons and waste basket, 
cards and reports, 
cash paid for cleaning, 
" " " repairs, 
John T. Pope, care of house, 

" " " preparing wood, 
J. H. Upham & Brother, ink, 

" " " brush, shovel, hinges and 

nails, 
Isaac Field, mat and bowl, 
Stephen Tolman, Jr., repairing desks, 
H. W, Blanchard, carpenter work and stock, 
J. Marshall, 2d, plastering and whitewashing 
Samuel Tileston, paint and painting, 
C. P. Tolman, stove work and stock, 
J. P. Tolman, tin spout, 
J. &. A. Pope, carpenter work and stock, 
A. B. Wilton, repairs. 
Highway Department, gravel for yard," 
George Barry, cleaning vault, 
L. H. Howe, expressage, 
Royce's Express, carting, 
Stacy & Co.'s Express,- carting. 
E. Preston & Co., coal, 



$1,000 


00 


325 


00 


325 


00 


2 


78 


5 


78 


2 GO 


5 


00 


3 


50 




75 


48 


00 


2 75 


1 


25 


a 

5 


03 


2 


13 


2 00 


3 


70 


3 00 


5 


50 


17 


12 




50 


47 


53 


1 


00 


3 


00 


5 


00 


1 


00 


1 


00 




63 


57 


50 



$1,877 45 



12 

Gibson School — School Street. 

Paid Lucius H. Buckingham, for leaching, 
Mary J. Homer, " " 

Lucy P. TohTian, " " 

Mary E. Tohnan, " " 

Harriet H. Haven, " " 

L. P. Tohnan, books for desk, 

'• " " " indigent children, 

J. H. Upham & Brother, ink and copperas, 

" " ''• " thermometers, 

" " " " brooms, brushes, dusters, and 
shovel, 
E. C. Wilder, care of house, 

" " cleaning, 

" '^ services at exhibition, 

" " preparing wood, 

" " repairing seats, 
Thomas W. Capen, for brooms, dusters, brushes 
and scrapers, 
" " " " clocks, 
" " " " glazing and repairs, 
" " " " searching for clothing 

stolen from School House, 
J. C. Hewins, moving settees for exhibition, 
David Clapp, programmes for dedication, 
E. H. R. Ruggles, settees, 
Chilson, Gould, & Co., iron linings, 
J, H. Burt & Co , carpenter work and stock 
George Dodge, mason work, 
S. W, Haley, iron work, 
C. P. Tolnian, furnace work and stock, 
S. D. Nichols, glazing, 
Gardner Ewell, carpenter work and stock, 
Daniel Rickerby, repairs on house, 
Stacy & Co., expressage, 
Royce, " 

R. Vose, wood, 
Amasa Pray, wood, 
E. Preston, wood and coal, 



$1,000 00 


325 


00 


325 


00 


325 


00 


87 50 


1 


00 




50 


1 


26 


7 50 


rs, and 




5 


60 


144 


00 


3 


60 


i 


00 


7 


75 


2 00 


les 

6 


75 


22 


00 


1 


99 


Bouse, 3 


00 


1 


50 


, 4 00 


^ 6 


96 




95 


28 86 


8 


50 


I 


75 


27 


16 


1 


50 


12 


30 


7 


18 




88 




38 


9 


12 


13 50 


171 


75 



|2,56C 74 



13 

VViNTHROP School — River Street^ 

Paid Isaac Swan, for teaching, $1,000 00 

Sophia A. Clapp, " " 325 00 

Sarah R. Child, " " 325 00 

Mary J. Gilbert, " " 325 00 

Hannah C.Robinson." " 325 00 

Elizabeth J. Stetson, " " 325 00 

Isaac Swan, books and stationery for desk, 7 24 

" " " for indigent children, 21 90 

" " thermometers, 2 00 

E. A. Smith, care of house, 174 00 

" " removing seats. 4 50 

" " repairs, ' 16 00 

•' " cleaning, 5 50 

" '• preparing wood, 7 75 

Hickling, Swan & Brewer, Li ppincott's Gazetteer, 4 50 

J. H. Upham &- Bro., mats, dusters and brushes 6 75 

J. C. Talbot, mats, pails, brooms, brushes & shovel, 16 03 

R. F. Tolman, brushes, brooms, &,c., 2 89 

Samuel Tileston, glazing, 25 10 

Mr. Haynes, settees, 1 50 

J. Marshall, 2d, enlarging black-board, 18 76 

T. W. Capen, repairing clock, 1 50 

J. J. Walworth &. Co., balance due on heating 

apparatus, 82 21 

" " '' grate bars, &c., 17 45 

Henry Crane, scrapers, tongs and iron work, 10 39 

J. H. Burt, carpenter work and stock, 88 61 

Charles Tileston, repairing pumps and radiator, 3 80 

Daniel Rickerby, repairing roof, 9 53 

G. Haynes & Son, pump, pipe and labor, 32 07 

Fiske &. Crane, use horse and wagon, carting, 3 25 

Stacy (fc Co., expressage, 2 27 

R. M. Todd, wood, 9 75 

E. Preston & Co., wood and coal, 190 50 

G. W. Gibson, wood, 10 25 



$3,400 99 



Norfolk School. — Norfolk Street. 

Paid Elbridge G. Emery, for teaching, |771 36 

Martha A. Baker, " " 425 00 



Amount carried forward, $1,196 36 



14 

Amount brought forward, $1,196 36 

Paid Hattie L. Wales, for teaching, 128 64 

Mary J. Pope, " " 325 00 

E. G. Emery, books for desk, 1 44 

" " •' " indigent scholars, 1 31 

" " ink, 2 37 

Martha A. Baker, books for desk, 75 

" " " indigent scholars, 50 

M. J. Pope, books for indigent scholar, 84 

" " washing curtains, 50 

G. L. Fisher, books furnished scholars who lost 

theirs by fire, 15 79 

G. L. Fisher, books furnished indigent children, 2 77 

ink, 67 

Mrs. Butler, sweeping, 5 00 

" cleaning, 1 50 

Clara T. Fenno, sweeping, 3 33 

Benjamin Tucker, " 2 00 

William Clark, making fires, 25 76 

" '• glazing and repairs, 7 00 

" " labor in yard and gravel, 5 10 

" " shovel and kindling wood, I 75 

Cox & Tavener, coal hods, brooms, brushes and 

mats, 9 23 

J. H. Upham & Brother, brushes, 2 33 

J. H. Burt, carpenter work and stock, 26 80 

Vose & Chapin, painting, 7 67 

C. P. Tohnan, stove work and stock, 15 00 

Royce's Express, carting, 1 00 

Stacy &Co.'s '' " 63 

E, Preston (fcCo., sand and lime, 5 18 

" " wood and coal, 71 50 







$1,867 72 


Washington School. — Walnut Street. 




Paid P. Brooks Merritt, for teaching, 


$ 1000 00 


Ann E. Crane, " 


(( 


325 00 


Fannie R. Blake, 


u 


137 50 


Mary 0. Larkin, " 


(( 


56 25 


M. A. M. Newhall, " 


C( 


268 75 


A. L. B. Deanes, " 


u 


187 50 



Amount carried forward, f 1,975 00 



15 

Amount brought forward, $ 1,975 00 

P. B. Merritt, books for desk, 41 

P. B. Merritt, books for indigent children, 9 43 

E. N. Darling, care of house, 76 00 

" " extra work, 9 86 

" " preparing wood, 8 00 

C. H. Buck, care of house, 74 00 

" " moving settees for exhibition, 2 50 

Rowland & Harding, thermometer, 1 00 

" " '' ink, brush and oil, 2 14 

J. C. Talbot, mats, 3 50 

J. J. Walworth & Co., grate bars, regulator and 

jack chain, 21 38 

Mass. Steam Heating Co., new boiler and repairing 
steam apparatus, 

John Cook, repairing settees, and desks, 

Benjamin Buck, labor, 

H W. Blanchard, carpenter work and stock, 

P. F. White, mason work and stock, 

William Eaton, repairing roof, 

Otis Baird, repairing pump, 

Connaughton & Quigley, cleaning vault, 

Stacy & Co., expressage, 

E. Preston, & Co., wood and coal, 

$2,667 53 



Butler School. — River Street. 

Paid Elizabeth H. Page, for teaching, 325 00 

" " books for indigent child- 

ren, 
" " ink and crayons 

" '' brooms, pails, &c. 

'' " glazing, 

" " making fires and sweep- 

ing, 
Walter Beal, making fires, 
Atkins Beal, " 

Margaret Murray, sweeping, 
C. Sullivan, cleaning, 
T. W. Capen, repairing clock, 
G. W. Leeds, painting blackboard, 

Amount carried forward $354 03 



295 


27 


8 


79 


7 50 


6 


50 


2 


50 


1 


25 


3 


75 


6 


50 




50 


151 


75 





77 


1 


07 




75 




50 


3p- 

10 


68 


4 26 


3 


18 


1 


32 


4 


50 


1 


00 


1 


00 



16 



Amount brought forward, 
Walter Beal, preparing wood, 
J. H. Burt & Co., carpenter work and stock, 
Samuel Tileston, painting and stock, 
C P. Tolman, stove work, 
Nathaniel Hebard, wood, 
E. Preston & Co., coal. 



$354 


03 


1 


50 


22 03 


38 


49 


1 


50 


5 


22 


18 74 



441 51 



Maverick School. — Commercial Street. 

Paid A. B. Hyde, for teaching, 
Anne M. Gilbert, " " 
Ellen H. Crehore, " " 
Eliza F. Shepard, " " 
A. B. Hyde, books and cards, 
J. H. Upham & Brother, ink, 
Mary Splain, sweeping, 

" " cleaning, 
John B. Rogers, making fires, 

" " preparing wood, 

" " repairs, 

" " cleaning cellar, 
Isaac Field, broom, 
E. H. Crehore, sweeping, 
T. W. Capen, repairing clocks, 
P. F. White, whitewashing, 
Howland & Harding, feather duster, 
Martin K. White, glazing, 
A. N. Glover, carpenter work and stock, 
George Yendall, painting house, 

" " glazing and repairs, 

John Sargent, stoning cess pools, 
Joseph Marshall, 2d, plastering and whitening, 
John Coughlan, grading yard, 
J. P. Tolman, furnace work and stock, 
C. P. Tolman, " " " " 

John W. Howe, glazing, 
Connaughton &. Quigley, cleaning vault, 
Amasa Pray, coal and wood. 
Spear & Purington, wood, 
E. Preston & Co., coal, 



$284 37 


325 


00 


40 


62 


8 01 


2 


67 


1 


25 


8 


00 


3 


00 


15 


00 


4 


50 


2 


85 


1 


50 




33 


3 00 


3 


50 


3 


00 


2 


00 


I 


10 


43 


05 


336 


12 


9 


90 


16 


00 


15 


00 


11 


25 


37 


50 


29 50 


1 


12 


6 


00 


32 


50 


8 


25 


57 50 



1,313 39 



17 

BowDoiN School. — Mount Bowdoin. 

Paid Jane E. Wate for teaching, $325 00 
" " books for desk, 1 17 
" " books for indigent children, 3 14 
" " making fires and sweeping, 30 00 
" " cleanmg, 2 00 
" " housing coal and wood, 1 25 
" glazing, 37 
J. H. Upham & Bro., ink, book for desk and ther- 
mometer, 2 41 
" " bell, axe, coal hod, &c., 3 14 
James Davenport, repairing desk, 2 12 
Wiiliam Cnrtis, lock, 75 
M, C. Warren, locks and knobs, 1 75 
A. C. Clapp, glazing, 30 
Richard Wall, gravel for yard, 23 10 
C. P. Tolman, furnace work, screen and sieve, 5 25 
Gardner Ewell, carpenter work and stock, 7 00 
Deimis Gurry, preparing wood, 3 50 
E. Preston & Co., coal and wood, 23 25 



$435 50 



General School Exp?:nses. 

Paid I. S. Smith, for examining schools, - $48 00 

T. T. Hunger, " " 20 00 

B. W. Barrows, " '■ 22 00 

S. G. Bulfinch, '' '•' 34 00 

" " services as secretary, 50 00 

B. W. Barrows, u <. 43 75 

" " postage and bearing letters, 4 80 

" " stationery and printing, 7 40 

S. G. Bulfinch, " postage, 6 30 

" " carriage hire, 1 75 

I. S. Smith, preparing report for School Committee, 12 00 

" " carriage hire, 3 00 

J. H. Upham, services as committee on expenses, 75 00 

David Clapp, for printing Annual Report of S. C, 4S 73 

" " " regulations of School 

Committee, 21 81 

John Robie, distributing School Reports, 15 00 



Amount carried forward, $ 413 54 

3 



18 



Amount brought forward, $413 54 

Stacy & Co., carting Reports, 50 

Nathan HollDrook, dinners for School Committee, 15 00 
T. W. Capen, care of Town Hall for School Com- 
mittee, 3 00 



$432 04 



EECAPITULATION. 











Sta. for Books fr. 








SCHOOLS. 


Salaries. 


Fuel. 




Desks. 


iudi. suh 


Incidentals 
349 15 


TOTAL. 


High School, 


2,325 00 


88 


75 


28 34 


I 76 


2,793 00 


Evt^rett, " 


1,975 00 


129 


00 


5 00 


2 53 


377 


74 


2,489 27 


Miuher, " 


2,300 00 


164 


75 


2 60 


17 72 


289 


81 


2,774 88 


Adams, " .... 


1,650 00 


57 


50 


7 78 


5 78 


1.56 


39 


1,877 45 


Gibson, " 


2,062 50 


194 


37 


2 26 


50 


307 


11 


2,566 74 


Winihrop," 


2,625 00 


210 


50 


7 24 


21 90 


536 


35 


3,400 99 


Norfolk, " .... 


1.650 00 


71 


50 


4 56 


2 65 


139 


01 


1,867 72 


Washington School 


1,975 00 


151 


75 


41 


9 43 


530 


94 


2,667 53 


Builer 


325 00 


23 


96 


1 07 


77 


90 


71 


441 51 


M-.verick '• 


658 00 


98 


25 


3 92 




553 


22 


1,313 39 


Bovvdoin " 


325 00 


23 


25 


2 58 


3 14 


81 


53 


435 50 


General School 


















Expenses. 
















432 04 




17,870 50 


1,213 


58 


65 76 


66 18 


3,411 


96 


23,060 02 



Total amount of expenditures, 
Unexpended, 



CR. 

By appropriation, 

income of Gibson School Fund, 
" Stoughton " 

" State, " 

Cash of Otis Wright, for stones. 



23,060 02 
1 93 

$23,061 95 

22,000 00 

502 77 

243 00 

313 18 
3 00 
$23,061 95 



19 



POOR IN THE ALMS-HOUSE. 

Paid Elisha Ford and wife, for services one year 450 00 

Benjamin Gushing, for services as physician, 202 50 

Edward Jarvis " " 6 00 

J. H. Upham & Bro., flour and groceries, 226 61 

C. S. Davis & Co., groceries, 151 43 

Benton & Caverly, butter and cheese, 269 82 

John Preston & Sons, chocolate, 50 00 

Kelton & Bird, provisions, 37 57 

L. P. Bird, provisions, 104 61 

J. H. & A. Sumner, beef, pork and sausages, 46 87 

Holden, Bullard & Co " " 175 41 

John McDonald, fish, , 29 77 

James Shepard, bread, 31 02 

J. K. Stone, grain and meal, 122 64 

Stebbins & Anderson grain and meal, 182 57 

W. & A. Bacon, domestic goods, 74 54 

E. E. Glover, " 13 02 

William F. Pope, clothing, 7 50 

Joel R. Howe, repairing boots and shoes, 9 93 

Elisha Ford, provisions and sundries, 290 78 

" cloth and clothing, 38 33 

" medicine, 41 48 

" watchers for the sick, 30 00 

" labor of hired men, 81 13 

" expense of removing paupers from 

Groton, 14 17 
" fare of sundry persons to State Alms- 
house, 3 10 
" pigs, 44 40 
John B. Newcomb, cow, 55 00 
C. J. Sumner, stove work and tin ware, 30 74 
C. P. Tolman, oven door and frame, 2 25 
Pettis & Lovejoy, carpet, 17 51 
William Davenport, coffin, and attending funeral 

ol G. W. Pond, 9 00 
" attending funeral of T. Perkins, 3 50 
E, A. Smith, attending funeral of James Mcintosh, 4 00 

Moses N. Young, labor, 54 50 

Patrick Dolan, labor, SB 87 

Michael Quiglcy, labor, 7 80 

Amount carried forward, $3,216 37 



20 



Amount brought forward, 
Michael Feely, labor, 
J. Davis, labor, 

William Hendry, use horse and wagon. 
Estate of Israel Turner for repairing harness, 
Ebenezer Eaton, buffalo robe, &c. 
Charles A. Upham, wheelwright work, 
O. Davenport & Co., blacksmith work, 
Ira Foster, saw, saw-horse, &c. 
Briggs & Robinson, paint and oil, 
William 0. Neil, painting at Alms-house, 
C. P. Preston & Co., lumber, 
J. P. Clapp, shingles, 
Daniel W. Baker, gravel and loam, 
E. Preston & Co. coal. 
Spear & Purington, coal, 



$3,216 37 


39 93 


8 00 


18 50 


4 00 


5 20 


24 86 


39 44 


8 31 


27 09 


21 75 


3 16 


4 38 


3 99 


20 25 


82 50 



$3,257 73 
Unexpended, 550 46 



$ 3,808 19 

CR. 

By appropriation, $3,000 00 

Cash of H. Shepard, for milk, 28 56 

Mrs. x4mory, for milk, 3 65 

for pears, 62 25 

hay, 255 17 

pork, 3 10 

of James Shepard, for faggots, 17 07 

pound fees, 2 25 

old iron, 3 70 

supplies furnished people in watch house, 4 50 

of town of Plympton for support, doctoring 

and burial of T. Perkins, 15 00 

of Susan Grover lor support, 35 71 

of A. E. Belknap, for board of M. Hartford 

to Feb. 1, 1859, 67 12 

labor, men and team, carting gravel into 

School House yard, 48 06 

labor, men and team, on fence side of streets 

and culverts 95 55 

labor, men and team carting gravel into 

South Cemetery, 33 50 

for Horse on highways, 13J 00 

$3,808 19 



21 

POOR OUT OF THE ALMS HOUSE. 

Paid Ebenezar Eaton, for cash to sundry persons, $41 85 
E. H. R. Ruggles, " " " 134 00 
Lewis F. Pierce, " " " 3 00 
J. P. Spooner, for professional service and med- 
icine, 2 50 
J. H. Warren, for professional services, 22 00 
Jonathan Ware, " " 12 00 
Town of Shirley, for supplies to sundry persons, *233 92 
Town of F^ramingham, for supplies to persons, 25 50 
Town of Milton for support of a person, 32 60 
Town of Wrentham, for support of sund. persons, 48 75 
City of Boston, for support of sundry persons 

to April 1858, 50 87 
City of Boston, for " " " 

to January, 1859, 9 37 

City of Charlestown, for support of a person, 7 87 

Cox & Tavener, goods delivered sundry persons, 11 50 

J. C. Talbot, " " 38 15 

Jonathan Whorf, '' " 25 03 

Howland & Harding, " " 8 00 

J. H. Upham &Bro., " " 45 00 

.1. D. Reinhard, groceries, coal and wood, 124 02 

Ira Foster, groceries, delivered sundry persons, 27 75 

Amasa Pray, coal, delivered sundry persons, J 4 00 

Edw. Preston, coal and wood, del. sund. persons, 70 76 

E. Preston & Co. " " " 135 25 

Spear &Purinton," " " 87 51 

R. M. Todd, " " " 3 25 

G. W. Gibson, " " " 20 00 

Robert Vose, wood to a person, 8 00 

William Pope, supplies furnished sund. persons, 40 00 

Seth Williams, " " " 44 00 

S. H. Hebard, food for lodgers in watch house, 3 66 

James Hunt, for board of John Haynes, 36 00 
Mary A. Hill, for board'g man sick with sm. pox, 21 00 
David McDonald, for taking care of man sick 

with small pox, 15 00 

E. H. R. Ruggles, for a coffin for Mrs. J. Smith, 5 00 
William Davenport, for coffin, and attending 

funeral of A. L. Blackman, 9 00 



Amount carried over, $1,416 01 

*We have the promise that this sum of ^233 92 will soon be refunded to the 
town. 



22 

Amount brought forward, $1,416 01 

William Manning, coffin for a child, 2 00 

E. A. Smith, for coffin and attending funeral of 

John Haynes, 11 00 

" " " attending funerals of two children, 6 00 



$1,435 01 
CR. 

By appropriation, $800 00 

cash of the City of Boston for support of sundry 

persons to Jan. 1858, 52 00 

cash of the City of Boston for support of sundry 

persons to Jan. 1859, 62 37 

cash of the Town of West Roxbury for support 

of a person, 32 04 

" " " " South Scituate for support 

and burial of a person, 49 50 
" " " " Sudbury for support of 

sundry persons, 20 00 
" " " '• Canton for support of sundrj'" 

persons, 1 4 25 

•' received of Seth Williams for int'st on note, 25 26 
" " " Edward Voy for labor of G. W. 

Pond, 24 00 

" presented to the Overs'rs by Dan'l Denny, Esq., 

to be distributed among the poor. 70 00 



$1,149 42 
Exceeds appropriation, 285 59 



$1,435 01 



LUNATICS AT ASYLUM. 



Paid expense of Edward A. Capen, James W. 
Bryant and Elizabeth Bronsdon, at the 
Asylum, Taunton, to June 1, 1858, $410 49 

for board of Joanna Gibson at Brattleboro' 

Asylum, 138 44 



$548 93 



CR. 

By appropriation, $400 00 

cash of VV. B. Bronsdon, for board of his wife, 143 52 

Exceeds appropriation, 5 41 

$548 93 



23 

EEPAIRS OP HIGHWAYS. 

District No. 1. 

Paid Ebenezer Wales, for labor of men and teams,^1.337 78 
Alms-house Establishment, labor of horse, 
O. Davenport &. Co., blacksmith work, 
John Hagerty, " " 

J. H. Upham «fe Brother, shovels and spikes, 
Blake, Barnard & Co., shovels, 
Ira Foster, powder and nails, 
Sylvanus Percival, painting and paint for carts, 
Ebenezer Wales, gravel and stones, 
Henry Humphej's, " " " 



Daniel W. Baker, 
J. H. Cheney, 



130 


00 


42 


01 


2 


30 


. 6 


87 


11 


00 


20 


86 


9 


36 


83 


15 


29 (10 


35 


90 


1 


76 



^1,709 99 



District No. 2. 



Paid Joseph Pillsbury for labor of men and 

teams, |1,837 99 

J. C. Robinson, blacksmith work, 18 22 

J. T. Mnrphy, repairing harnesses, 3 20 

Joseph Pillsbary, oil and use of wheels, 1 90 

Hugh McGuire, use of derrick, 1 50 
Daniel Harwood, part of expense of culverts 

in Minot Street, 25 00 



[,887 81 



District No. 3. 

Paid Henry Fobes, for labor of men and teams, ^ 
Thomas Campbell, blasting rocks, 
Edwin B. Bennette, drag, &c., 
John Delano, blacksmith work, 
S. W. Haley, 

Henry Crane, " " 

J. C. Talbot, powder, fuse, axe, pail and dipper, 
Henry Durell, powder and fuse, 

Amount carried forward, $1,548 74 



P,42I 


01 


26 


25 


5 


50 




56 


54 


62 


20 


09 


5 


40 


15 


31 



24 

Amount brought forward, $1. 
T. W. Capen, oil, pail and use of screws, 
Blake, Barnard & Co. shovels, 
.„ Joel Capen, stones, 
John N. Tileston, stone chips, 
E. H. R. Ruggles, cash paid for damages blowing 

rocks, 
Jonathan Harod, for gravel, 



,548 


74 


2 


05 


11 


00 


13 20 


12 


75 


3 


50 


44 SO 



.^1,636 04 
Whole amount expended, $5,233 84 

CR. 

By appropriation, $5,000 00 

cash of A. S. Mansfield for stones, 
" Henry Diirell, for gravel, 
" School Department, for gravel carted to 

Adams School house yard, 
" John A. Tucker, for gravel, 
*' Daniel Pierce, for loam, 
" sundry persons, for gravel, 



Exceeds appropriation. 





6 


80 




1 


00 


to 








3 00 




1 


37 




2 


25 




6 


00 


^; 


5,020 


42 




213 


42 



$5,233 84 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Fountain Engine, — No. 1. 



Paid Engine Company for services, $483 75 

Henry S. Need ham, for services as steward, 12 50 

Charles F. Hall, '' " " " ' 25 00 

J. C. Talbot, oil, duster and broom, 11 66 

R. F. Tolman, oil and fluid, ■ 2 46 

Charles Tileston, lanterns, repairs and fluid, 12 94 

G. Haynes & Son, signal lantern and repairs, 14 13 
E. H.R Ruggles, repairs on engine &hose carriage, 2 00 

J. W. Sloan, repairs on engine, 14 75 
E. W. Knight, blacksmith work on engine and 

hose carriage, 34 17 

Amount carried forward, $613 36 



25 



Amount brought forward, 
Paid Henry Crane, blacksmith worl^:, 
WilHam Tucker, repairs, 
John A. Tucker, spanner-belts and repairs, 
R. WendemuCh, leather for engine, 
W. A. Webster, hose composition, 
Thomas Strangman, wheelwright work, 
Shelton & Cheever, new hose, 

" " repairs, 

Fulton Iron Foundry, castings, 
H. G. Durell, red lead, 
E. B. Bennette, plank for tub, 
W. C. Spargo, repairs on engine house, 
Fiske &/ Crane, use of horses and chaise, 
Stacy & Co., carting, 
C. E. Whall, carting, 
G. W. Gibson, pine wood, 



Protector Engine, No. 2. 

Paid Engine Co. for services, 

N. H. Bird, services as steward, *^ 

George H. Barnes, services as steward, 
Isaac Field, oil, fluid, pails and brushes, 
Jonathan Whorf, oil, fluid and polish, 
Ebenezer Clapp, book and stationery, 
E. C. Fruean, hose composition, 
C J. Sumner, lantern, fender and repairs, 
Charles A. Upham, pole for engine, 
George S. Esty, putting up hose reel, 
Shelton & Cheever, hose caps and badges, 

" " repairs, 

Hunnem^n & Co., rollers and repairs, 
John Hagerty, blacksmith work, 
William Hall & Co., locks and repairs, 
David Berry, hose belts and repairs, 
N. H. Bird, glazing, &c., 
J. H. Howe, glazing, 
Jacob Davis, ventilator and labor, 
H. Davenport, repairing reservoir, 
Fiske & Crane, use of horse, 
J. & T. Keen, carting, 
Spear & Purinton, coal gifld bark. 



$613 


36 


17 44 


1 


00 


5 


25 


6 


00 


6 


18 


2 


75 


45 


00 


.29 


13 


3 76 




12 


1 


50 


27 50 


10 


00 


8 


88 




50 


1 


63 



$780 00 



462 


70 


37 50 


12 50 


41 


38 


5 


05 


4 83 


4 50 


11 


94 


3 50 


3 


00 


23 


00 


6 


25 


11 


87 


9 


40 


5 


38 


3 


90 


2 


33 




58 


9 


75 


2 


25 


1 


50 


1 


50 


19 


25 



$683 86 



26 



Torrent Engine, No. 3. 

Paid Engine Company for services, 
M. H. Warren, services as steward, 
R. Gleason & Son, oil and fluid, 
Tiiomas Baldwin, oil and fluid, 
J. H. Upham & Bro., oil, 
W. A. Webster, hose composition, 
C. P. Tclman, repairing lantern, 
George Ireland, repairing stove, 
Henry Smith, making and painting sideboard, 
E. H, R. Ruggles, handle to engine, 
Shelton & Cheever, hose, 

" " repairs, 

Hunneman & Co., rings and piston, 
Cyrus Savage, repairing and painting engine, 
John Delano, repairs on engine, 
S. W. Haley, blacksmith work, 
N. W. Garland, five leading hose hats, 
Amos Morse, glazing, 
George Dorr, use of horse, 



$ 584 90 


50 00 


3 42 


5 15 


1 70 


6 17 


1 25 


2 00 


4 00 


25 


135 00 


14 25 


3 00 


8 00 


15 00 


2 89 


20 00 


25 


1 25 



1 858 48 



Alert Engine, No. 4. 

Paid Engine Co. for services, 

Nathaniel Withington, for services as steward, 
John Wheeler, " " 

G. F. Fenno, " " 

Cox & Taverner, lamps, oil, sponge, &c. 
J. C. Talbot, oil and sponge, 
George Haynes & Son, cauldron and lanterns, 
" " basins, funnel and zinc, 

Shelton & Cheever, new hose, 

" " repairs, 

William G. Swan, repairs on engine. 
Gates & Weeman, iron work, 
Peter Cook, repairs on engine, 
G. L. Fisher, iron work on hose carriage and 

gine, 
Estate of Enoch Fenno, breaks and pole for 

gine, 
James Hersey. leather straps, 



Amount carried forward, $692 98 



|355 25 


12 50 


25 00 


12 50 


15 49 


7 79 


24 50 


21 13 


93 50 


50 70 


5 00 


3 25 


3 00 


Bn- 

51 24 


en- 

8 50 


3 63 



27 

Amount brought forward, $692 98 

J. T. Murphy, leather straps, 2 25 

G. G. Dewnison, repairs and paintmg, 60 00 

J. C. Robinson, blacksmith work, 4 25 

C. E. Whall, oil and carting, 1 75 

J. Deane, use of horses, and carting, 33 25 

Stacy &/ Co., carting. 50 

$794 98 



Independence Engine, No. 5. 

Paid Engine Co. for services, $525 65 

G. G. Dennison, services as steward, 50 00 

" " repairs and painting, 12 90 

Howland & Harding, fluid and broom, 1 06 

W. A. Webster, hose composition, 6 17 

Shelton & Cheever, new hose, 135 00 

" " buckets, badges and repairs, 45 30 

Hunneman & Co., repairs on hose cart, 20 00 

George Baynton, repairs on engine, 3 50 

J, C. Robinson, iron work oij wheels, 6cc., 1 1 15 

William G. Swan, pair of wheels, 16 00 

" " repairs on engine and hose, 22 75 

« " " " house, 6 GO 

J. F. McClair, " " " 50 00 

Henry Crane, blacksmith work, 1 00 

Howe, Robinson & Co., lumber, 2 76 

Jefferson Pratt, use of horse, 3 00 

A. Stearns, wood, 2 50 



$914 74 



Tiger Engine, No. 6. 

Paid Engine Co. for services, 

F. A. Sumner, for services as steward, 
Theodore Hersey, '* " 

J. H. Upham & Bro., oil, fluid, &c., 
A. P. Poole, oil and fluid, 
C. J. Sumner, lantern and repairs, 
J. N. Berry, repairs and buckets, 



$249 60 


37 50 


12 50 


27 44 


18 74 


7 82 


7 50 



Amount carried forward $361 10 



28 

Amount brought forward, 
H. Pratt, for keys, 
Sheltorx & Cheever, hose caps and badges, 

" " repairs, 

Hnnneman & Co., altering hose carriage, 

" " painting engine and hose car 

riage, 

" " repairs, 

J. Gately, stock for closet, and labor, 
J. P. Silsby, repairs on pump, 
John Field, labor and stock, 
James Curtis, labor and stock on house, 
J. H. Bird, glazing, 
O. Davenport &■ Co., blacksmith work, 

" " use of horse, 

Fiske & Crane, " " 

Patrick Brannon, preparing wood, 
Amasa Pray, wood and coal. 



Hook and Ladder Company. 

Paid Company for services, 

A. S. Packard, services as steward, 
J. C. Talbot, oil and rope, 
R. F. Tolman, goods, 
G. Haynes & Son, labor and stock, 
William Tucker, repairs, 
J. A. Tucker,'leather straps, 
Henry Crane, blacksmith work, 
Fiske & Crane, use of horses, 
Mary Tolman, rent of barn. 



General Expenses. 



#361 


10 


6 


00 


18 


83 


13 


25 


20 


00 


ar- 
25 


00 


24 95 


5 


50 


3 


12 




75 


2 


00 


1 


00 


12 51 


2 00 


1 


25 


2 75 


11 


50 



1511 51 



177 90 


25 00 


4 38 


1 20 


10 35 


3 37 


2 12 


13 00 


30 50 


20 00 



$287 82 



Paid S. H. Hebard, services as chief engineer, 100 00 

E. C. Fruean " assistant engineer, 25 00 

Cyrus Savage, • '' " 25 00 

G. L. Fisher, " " 25 00 

Amount carried forward, $ 175 00 



29 

Amount brought forward, $ 175 00 
Wm. G. Swan, services as assistant engineer 25 00 
Alfred Clapp, " " 25 00 
Independence Co., refreshments for Q.uincy En- 
gine Co., 7 00 
Torrent Co., refreshments, 8 00 
S. H, Hebard, cleaning snow from reservoir, 1 50 
E. J. Baker, rent of land for Fountain Engine, 

for 2 years, 20 00 
Henry Clark, rent of land for Torrent Engine, 

for 1 year, 25 00 

Henry Crane, use of horse and chaise, 7 50 



$294 00 



Recapitulation. 

Engine Company, No 1, 

" 2, 

" 3, 

- 4, 

" 5, 

" 6, 
Hook and Ladder Company, 
General expenses of Fire Department, 

$5,125 39 
CR. 

By appropriation, $ 4,000 00 

Cash of Shelton & Cheever, iron and brass from 

No. 1 Engine, 17 58 

" " ' brass and old hose 

No. 5 Engine, 24 92 



$780 


00 


683 


86 


858 


48 


794 98 


914 74 


511 


51 


287 


82 


294 00 



4,042 50 
Exceeds appropriation, 1,082 89 

$5,125 39 



30 

TOWN OFFICERS. 

Paid Ebenezer Eaton, for services as Selectman, 
Overseer of the Poor, and Surveyor of 
Highways, $250 00 

E. H. R. Ruggles, for services as Selectman, 
Overseer of the Poor, and Surveyor of 
Highways, 250 00 

Lewis F. Pierce, for services as Selectman 
Overseer of the Poor, and Surveyor of 
Highways, 250 00 

Eben Tolman, clerk for Selectmen, and pre- 
paring report, 
" " services as Town Clerk, 

Oliver Hall, services as Town Treasurer, 
" " extra services as assessor in 1857, 

Robert Vose, " " 

WiUiam Tolman " " 

Harvey Howe, " " 

S. H. Hebard, " " 

Oliver Hall, services as assessor in 1858, 

William Tolman, ". '' 

Robert Vose, " " 

S. H. Hebard, " " 

N. W. Tileston, " " 

Assessors collecting census of children, 

William Tolman, services as collector, 



Unexpended, 

CR. 



By appropriation, 



250 00 


150 


00 


175 


00 


, 22 UO 


22 


00 


20 00 


20 00 


20 00 


125 


00 


125 


00 


125 


00 


125 


00 


125 


00 


30 


00 


400 00 


$2,484 00 


116 


00 


$2,600 


00 


$2,600 00 



CEMETERIES. 

North Cemetery. 



Paid William Davenport, labor for himself & man, $95 63 
William Davenport, repairing & painting gates, 4 37 
O. Davenport & Co., bolt for gate, 1 12 

$101 12 



31 

South Cemetery. 

Paid Samuel Littlefield, for labor, 

" " manure, 

Sewall Jenkins, labor, 
Thomas Campbell, labor, 

" " building wall, 

Henry Fobes, men and teams grading land, 
Alms House Establishment, for men and team 

grading land, 
Sewall Jenkins, gate, 
Henry Crane, blacksmith work, 
William Tucker, painting and repairing hearse, 
John A. Tucker, oiling harness, and cushion for 

hearse, 
J. C. Talbot, duster, 



$40 


50 


6 


00 


45 


00 


18 


88 


20 


00 


143 


94 


36 


50 


13 


81 


2 


13 


, 12 


00 


r 

2 


37 




80 


$341 


93 



Whole amount expended, 

CR. 

By appropriation, 

cash for old hearse house, &c., 

Exceeds appropriation. 



|443 05 



^300 00 
15 00 

|315 00 

$128 05 

$443 05 



INSTALMENTS AND INTEREST ON NOTES. 



Paid Provident Institution for Savings in Boston, 
instalment and interest, 
Dedham Savings Bank, principal and interest, 
Dorchester Savings Bank, interest, 
Dorchester Mutual Fire Ins. Co., interest, 
R. G. Living, Trustee, interest, 
Robert Vose, interest, 
Lusanna Tucker, interest, 
A. C. Talbot, interest, 
J. H. Burt & Co., interest, 

Amount carried forward, ' 



17-, 127 


00 


1,177 00 


300 00 


120 


00 


120 00 


120 00 


60 


00 


60 


00 


180 


00 



,264 00 



32 

Amount brought forward, ^9,264 00 
C. P. Ripley, interest, 27 00 

Money used in 1857, being the amount of the 
sale of wood land given to the poor, (now 
loaned to Seth Williams,) 842 06 

|10,133 06 
CR. 

By appropriation, $10,000 00 

exceeds appropriation, 133 06 

$10,133 06 



INTEREST ON MONEY BORROWED IN ANTICI- 
PATION OF TAXES. 

Paid Blue Hill Bank, interest, $791 67 

Mattapan " " 791 67 



$1,583 34 



CR. 



By appropriation, $1,500 00 

exceeds appropriation, 83 34 



$1,583 34 



ABATEMENT OF TAXES. 




Paid William Withington, 
William Tolman, 


on tax of 1855, 

of 1856, 

" of 1857, 

" of 1858, 

CR. 


^3 00 

89 00 

738 92 

793 76 




$1,624 68 


By appropriation, 

exceeds appropriation. 




$1,500 00 
124 68 



$1,624 68 



33 

STATE AND COUNTY TAX. 

Paid M. Tenney, jr., Treasurer, State Tax, |3,942 00 

C. C. Churchill, Treasurer, County Tax, 5,556 26 



CR. 



$9,498 26 



By appropriation for State Tax, ^3,942 00 

Appropriation for County Tax, 5,556 26 

$9,498 26 



NEW STREET FROM UPPER MILLS TO 
WEST ROXBURY. 

Paid Richard Wall, balance for building street, $2,100 00 
J. H. Burt &D Co., stakes for staking out road, 3 50 

|2,l(t3 50 
Unexpended, 96 50 



^2,200 00 



CR. 

By appropriation, $2,000 00 

cash presented by L. M. Sargent, 200 00 



$2,200 00 



WIDENING RIVER STREET. 

Paid Henry Fobes, labor of men and teams, $720 20 

Ebenezer Wales, " " " 220 24 

Thomas Campbell, blasting rocks, 58 08 

$998 52 
Unexpended, 1 48 



CR. 



$1,000 00 



By appropriation, $1,000 00 

5 



u 



POLICE AND WATCH. 

Paid John E. Jones, for services as night watch, 

Wilson Stanley, " " 

William G. Seavy, " '' 

Seth Crane, '' " 

John Robie, " " 

Thomas W. Capen, " " 

S. H. Hebard, " " 

F. E. Rugglos, " " 

John E. Jones, services as police, 
S. H. Hebard, 



John Robie, 






Seth Crane, 






Wilson Stanley, 






F. E. Ruggles, 






W. F. Porter, 






William Moulton, 







$319 00 


331 00 


332 00 


328 00 


284 00 


328 00 


30 00 


16 00 


13 00 


9 50 


4 60 


. 9 00 


4 00 


5 00 


5 00 


2 00 



CR. 



By appropriation. 

Expended over, 



$2,020 00 



$2,000 00 
20 00 

$2,020 00 



INCIDENTAL EXPENSES. 



Paid Charles Tucker, for 30,000 sq. ft. of land 

adjoining the town's gravel land in Milton, $450 00 
Henry F. Darling, for 56,410 sq. ft. of gravel 

land situated on Commercial street, near 

the junction of Neponset turnpike, 
Richard Wall, removing gravel from A. H. lot 

to the sides of Dorchester Avenue, 
Thomas Campbell, for laying wall, blasting 

rocks and filling up side of Dorchester Av. 
Asa Davenport, carpenter work on culvert 

and fences side of Dorchester Avenue, 
Asa Davenport, for nails, spikes, &c., 
Michael Quigley, labor on Dorchester Avenue, 

Amount carried forward, $4,187 41 



2,000 00 


1,099 00 


529 96 


93 13 

7 20 

8 12 



131 


74 


34 09 


10 


46 


22 


70 


3 09 



3§ 

Amount brought forward, $4,187 41 

Asa Davenport, carpenter work on fence side 

of street, 66 73 

William Pope (fc (^o., posts and lumber for fence 

side of street, 
C. F. Preston & Co., " " " 

E. H. R. Ruggles, plank for railing side of sts., 
Sewall Jenkins, carpenter work on fence side 

of streets, 
Sewall Jenkins, repairing bridge at L. Mills, 
" " making and repairing guide 

boards, 17 99 

Richard Wall, labor on street leading from 

Berry street 7 00 

Thomas Campbell, blasting rocks on Adams 

and River streets, 10 30 

Henry Crane, iron posts, rivets and bolts for fence, 27 94 
J. H. Burt & Co., carpenter work and stock, on 

fence at Hyde park, 46 29 

Alms-house establishment, labor of men and 

teams on fence and culverts for streets, 95 55 

Seth Pettee, for land to widen Cottage street, 20 00 

Thomas M. Moseley, for surveying land to widen 

Cottage street, 3 00 

Luther Briggs, jr., surveying sts. at Port Norfolk, 5 00 
Eben Tolman, surveying gravel at Alms-house 

lot, Hyde park and D. avenue, 11 88 

Eben Tolman, looking up titles to gravel land, 3 50 

" " surveying land on the corner of 

Park street and D. avenue, 5 00 

Eben Tolman, expense to Abington, searching 

records in pauper case, 1 50 

Oliver Hall, expense to Dedham and postage on 

letters, 4 50 

Asaph Churchill, consultation and hearing about 

bridge and road at Hyde park, 25 00 

Asaph Churchill, consultation and hearing in the 

claim of Haskell, 25 00 

Asaph Churchill, professional services in the 

case of N. Ward, 74 35 

Richardson & Churchill, advice concerning tax- 
es in 1855, 6 00 
Joseph G. Torrey, printing annual report, ISO 18 



Amount carried forwaid, $5,016 20 



23 

79 
5 


91 
94 

00 


24 00 


32 


14 


8 
5 
3 


63 

98 
37 


20 00 
219 00 


7 00 


30 25 


4 25 



36 

Amount brought forward, $5,016 20 

Joseph G. Torrey, printing warrants, voting and 

jury h'sts, and order book, 
Joseph G. Torrey, printing By-laws, &c., 
David Clapp, printing Collector's summons, 
C. C. P. JMoody, printing Assessors' notices and 

tax bills, 
Ebenezer Clapp, valuation book and stationery 

for Assessors, 
Ebenezer Clapp, binding and lettering town doc- 
uments, 
A, R. Gay, stationery, for Selectmen, 
Robert Vose, postage for Assessors, 
Robert Vose, jr., collecting and copying return 

of stocks for Assessors, 
Peter Blake, dinners & luncheons for Assessors, 
" " " for town officers at town 

meeting, 
T. W. Capen, care of town hall and attendance 

on Assessors, 
T. W, Capen, care of town hall for Clerk, Select- 
men and Collector, 
T. W. Capen, care of town hall and attendance 

at town meetings, 14 00 

John Robie, services as Constable at town meet- 
ings, 4 00 
S. H. Hebard, services as Constable and notify- 
ing town meetings, 56 50 
E. C. Wilder, ringing bell for town meeting, 1 50 
Eben Tolman, obtaining statistics of births and 

recording births, marriages and deaths, 69 85 

Eben Tolman, recording marriages which oc- 
curred in other towns, in compliance with 
the law of 1857, 19 60 

William Davanport, returning statistics of deaths 

to Clerk, 8 50 

E.C. Wilder, returning statistics of deaths to Clerk, 3 00 
E. A. Smith, " " '' " 5 40 

Wm. Manning, " " " " 2 20 

William Davenport, burying an infant found 

drowned, 2 00 

Enos Foord, recording deed, 50 

E. W. Sampson, copv of approval of Court of 

By-laws, ' 1 00 

Amount carried forward, $5,667 72 



37 

Amount carried forward, $5,667 72 

Charles Ewell, Carpenter work and stock at 

town hall, 15 94 

T. W. Capen, glazing at town hall, 
C. P. Tolman, cleaning stove at town hall, 
Henry Crane, blacksmith work, for watch house, 
R. M. Todd, coal for watch house, 
S. H. Hebard, furnishing food for men in watch 

house, 
R. F. Tolman, pail, brooms, oil, &c., for watch 

house, 
William Hendry, iron for reservoir, 
S. S. Drew, for repairs on reservoir, 13 02 

Henry Shaw, injuries sustained by horse taking 

fright by firing crackers, 20 00 

Charles Tucker, building half of fence against 

town's land, 15 31 



1 


80 


1 


50 


61 


72 


7 77 


1 


50 


1 


81 


3 


10 



$5,811 19 
Unexpended, 295 12 



$6,106 31 
CR. 

By appropriation, $6,000 00 

By Cash, Porter & Ijoring, expense in calling town 

meeting respecting Mt. Hope Cemetery, 31 60 

John A. Haven, for interest on note, 15 43 

Charles P. Tolman, rent of town house lot, 8 00 

Town of Milton, half expense of watch house, 35 64 

" '' " repairing bridge, 1 54 
Town of Quincy, State and County tax on the 

estates set off from Dorchester to Quincy, 14 10 



$6,106 31 



DEBT OF THE TOWN 



Treasurer's note to Dedham Savings Bank, $4,900 00 

" " " Boston " " 30,000 00 

" " " Dorchester " " 5,000 00 

" " " Dorchester Mutual Ins. Co., 2,000 00 



Amount carried forward $41,900 00 



38 



Amount brought forward, 
Treasurer's note to John H. Burt & Co., 

''' " " Robert Vose, 

" u a Josiah Vinton, (trustee,) 

" " " Lusanna Tucker, 

" " " A. C. Talbot, 

" " " Charles P. Ripley, 



TOWN PROPERTY. 



$41,900 00 

3,000 00 

2,000 00 

2,000 00 

1,000 00 

1,000 00 

450 00 

$51,350 00 



Salt marsh [at Farm Bar,] in Quincy, 5 acres, 

3 qrs., 22 rods of land. 
Salt marsh [at Farm Bar,] in " 2 " 

3 qrs., 38 rods of land, 
Wood land in Milton, 9 acres, 2 qrs., 15 rods, 
Gravel land in " 2 " 27 " 

Gravel land, on Adams street, near Lower Mills, 

2 acres, 35 1 rods. 
Gravel land, on Westerly side of Commercial 

street, 1 acre, 1 qr., 7 rods. 
Gravel land on Easterly side of Commercial St., 

2 qrs., 7^ rods, 
Meeting House Hill land, [common,] 4 acres, 

2 qrs., 17 rods. 
Alms-house, [of brick,] and land, 2 acres, 1 qr., 

5 rods. 

School pasture land. West of Dorchester avenue, 

6 acres, 1 qr. 3 rods. 

School pasture land, East of " " 

6 acres, 2 qrs., 5 rods, 
Town house (of brick) and 21,854 feet of land, 
Halfofwatch house and 1600 " " 

Land (called Hollow swamp) about 10,000 feet. 
Land on Boston street, about 8,000 feet, 
Pond lot on Pond street, 9,024 feet, 
Everett School house, 26,688 feet of land, 
Mather School house, on meeting house hill, 
Gibson School house, 44,809 feet of land, 
Winthrop School house, 29,875 feet of land, 
Washington School house, 16,800 feet of land, 



$475 00 

250 00 
500 00 
650 00 

1,800 00 

2,000 00 

400 00 

5,000 00 

6,500 00 

7,500 00 

6,500 00 
3,000 00 
500 00 
300 00 
300 00 
500 00 

60,000 00 



Amount carried forward, 



.$96,175 00 



39 



Amount brought forward, 
High School house, 34,074 feet of land, 
Adams School honse, 10,890 feet of land, 
Norfolk School house, 10,890 feet of land, 
Maverick School house, 10,890 feet of land, 
Bowdoin School house,4,912 feet of land, 
Butler School house, and about 5,000 ft. land, 
Six Enging houses, engines and apparatus, 
Hook and Ladder carriage '' " 

Land on which Engine house No. 6 stands 
],6l0ft. 



John A. Haven's note and mortgage, 
Seth Williams' '• " " 



196,175 00 
6,000 00 

( 7,500 00 



1,500 00 



12,000 00 



il23,175 00 

257 20 

842 06 



$1,099 26 

Note. — The foregoing valuation of the Real Estate belonging to the Town, 
is a nominal one. 



GIBSON SCHOOL FUND. 




Lyman Willard's note and mortgage, 




$503 00 


Charles Hunt's " 


a 




428 12 


Theodore L. Howe's " 


a 




342 00 


U (( il 


(C 




213 75 


Alexander Pope's " 


it 




1,660 43 


Geo. A. Houghton's " 


(i 




474 00 


Henry Jenkins " 


({ 




464 31 


John Dolan's "• 


li 




, 501 92 


John Keen's " 


li 




604 88 


Judah M. Bellows' " 


(C 




2,000 00 


Peter Blake's " 


11 




1,000 00 


Gore, Rose &Co's. " 


a 




3,325 27 


United States Loan, 






3,000 00 




$14,517 68 






STOUGHTON SCHOOL FUND. 




23 Shares State Bank stock, 


par value, 


$60 


$1,380 00 


7 " Tremont Bk. " 


(( 


100 


700 00 


4 " Blue'hill " " 


li 


100 


400 00 


4 " Western R. R. stock par value, 


100 


400 00 


Donald Ferguson's note and 


mortgage, 




440 00 



$3,320 00 



40 

AMOUNT DUE FOR TAXES. 

William Tolman, for tax of 1857, $1,370 00 

" " " 1858, 13,021 00 



1 14,391 00 

Notes to be paid from the tax, [temporary loan,] 6,000 00 

$8,391 00 

Cash in the Treasury, February 1, 1859, 1,559 05 



,950 05 



RECAPITULATION OF AMOUNT OF TOWN 
PROPERTY. 

Real Estate, engines, apparatus, &c., $123,175 00 

Notes. 1,099 26 

Gibson School Fund, . . - . 14,517 68 ^ 

StoLighton " ...... 3.320 00 

Due for taxes, 8',391 00 

Cash in the Treasury, - - - .. 1,559 05 



Whole amount, _ - - . |152,061 99 



41 



TAXES. 

The amount of taxes assessed on the Real and Personal 

Estate of the Town of Dorchester, for the year 1858, was 
as follows, viz : — 

Number of Polls, 2,241 

Value of Real Estate, $7,110,200 00 

Personal Estate, 3,581,800 00 

Total, $10,692,000 00 

State tax, 3,942 00 

County tax, 5,556 26 

Town, '' 64,430 44 



Total tax, $73,928 70 



Rate per $1,000 was $6 60. 



TOWN OFFICERS FOR 1858. 

Selectmen. Overseers of the Poor and Surveyors of High- 
ivays — Ebenezer Eaton, E. H. R. Ruggles and Lewis F. 
Pierce. 

Assessors — Oliver Hall, William Tolman, Robert Vose, 
Sylvester H. Hebard and Nathaniel W. Tileston. 

Tow?i Clerk — Eben Tolman. 

Town Treasurer — Oliver Hall. 

Collector — William Tolman. 

Representatives — E. H. R. Ruggles and George Rankin. 



42 

Dr. Oliver Hall, Town Treasurer, in Accowit Current 

To balance in the Treasury, Feb. 1, 1858, |2,052 14 

Cash Rec'd from Gibson School Fund, 502 17 
" " Stoughton " " 243 00 

" " State " " 313 18 

" " Otis Wrieht, stones sold 

at VV. S. House, 3 00 



$1,061 95 



" board of panpers, sales of 
produce and other articles 
at Alms-house, 808 19 

" other towns «fc poor fund 279 42 
presented by Daniel Denny for 
the relief of poor, 70 00 

of W. B, Bronsdon, for support of 
his wife at Taunton Asylum, 143 52 

Rec'd for highway department, sale of 
stones and loam, 
" Fire Department, sale of old 

hose and iron, 
" Cemetery Department, sale of 
old hearse house, &c., 
Rec'd from L. M. Sargent, towards build- 
ing new road from U. Mills, to 
W. Roxbury, 
for account of incidental expenses, 
Rec'd of William Withington, balance of 
tax of 1856, 
" William Withington, interest on 

tax of 1856, 
" William Tolman, on tax of 1857, 17,045 90 
" " " int. " " 200 00 

" " " 1858, 60,907 70 

" Blue Hill Bank, [Temporary loan] 2,956 22 
" Mattapan " " " -2,956 22 

,919 57 



$1 


,301 


13 




20 


42 




42 50 




15 


00 




200 


00 




106 


31 




979 20 




74 


88 



43 

from February 1, 1858, to February 1, 1859, with the Town 
of Dorchester, Cr. 

By Cash paid for Salaries of School Teachers, |1.7,870 50 
" " " Fuel for schools, 1,213 53 

" " " Stationery for Teachers' desks, 65 76 
" " " Books for indigent scholars, 66 18 

'' " " Incidental expenses of schools, 3,411 96 
" " " General school expenses, 432 04 



|23,06U 02 



" Support of poor in Alms-house. 3,257 73 
" "' " out " ' 1,435 01 

" " " Lunatics at Asylum, 548 93 











^5,241 67 






Repairs of Highways, 




5,233 84 






Fire Department, 




5,125 39 






Town Officers, 




2,484 00 






Cemeteries, 




443 05 






Instalments &• int. on notes, 


10,133 06 






Interest on money borro 
anticipation of taxes. 


wed, 


in 

1,583 34 






Abatement of taxes. 




1,624 68 






State tax, 




3,942 00 






County tax. 




5,556 20 






New street from Upper 


Mills to 






West Roxbury, 




2,103 50 






Widening River street, 




998 52 






Police and Watch, 




2,020 00 






Incidental expenses, 




5,811 19 




[Temporary loan,] Blue Hill Bank, 


6.500 00 




(( 


" Mattapan " 




6^500 00 



Balance in the Treasury February 1, 1859, 



$88,360 52 
1,559 05 



189,919 b7 
OLIVER HALL, Town Treasurer, 



44 



The undersigned hereby certify that we have examined 
the accounts of OUver Hall, Town Treasurer, and find the 
same correctly cast, and all payments and expenditures 
charged against the Town are sustained by the necessary 
vouchers. 

We find that there has been received into the Treasury 
from all sources, within the past financial year, the sum of 
eighty-seven thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven dollars 
and forty-three cents, which, with the balance on hand 
January 31st, IS5S, of two thousand and fifty-two dollars 
and fourteen cents, makes a total receipt for the year ending 
January 3lst, 1859, of eighty-nine thousand nine hundred 
and nineteen dollars and fifty-seven cents ; and there has 
been paid from the Treasury during the same period, the 
sura of eighty-eight thousand three hundred and sixty dollars, 
and fifty-two cents, leaving in the Treasury, January 31st, 
1859, the sum of one thousand five hundred and fifty-nine 
dollars and five cents, as will appear in the foregoing ac- 
count, 

ELEAZER J. BISPHAM, ) 
ROBERT VOSE, } Auditors. 

CHARLES A. WOOD, \ 

Dorchester^ February, 1859. 



50 
FIHE DEPAKTMENT. 

REPORT OF THE CHIEF ENGINEER TO THE SELECTMEN OF 
DORCHESTER. 

Gentlemen: I herewith present the Tenth Annual Report of the condi- 
tion of the Fire Department of this Town, with an account of the fires and 
alarms the year ending January 31, 1859; also the amount of loss and insurance 
as far as has been ascertained ; and also, the amount of expenditures under the 
direction of the Board of Engineers for the support of the Fire Department. 

The Department is organized as follows: 

SYLYESTER H. HEBARD, Chief Engineer. 

Alfred Clapp, William G. Swan, George L. Fisher, Edmund 
C. Fruean and Cyrus Savage, Assistant Engineers. 

There are now seven Companies in commission, viz : 

Fountain Co. No. 1. — Dean M. Swift, Foreman: John A. Preston, As- 
sistant Foreman ; Thomas F. Temple, Clerk; Charles F. Hall, Steward. 

Protector Co. No. 2. —Oliver Glover, 2d, Foreman : Lewis P. Bird, 2d 
Foreman : James H. Bird, 3d Foreman ; H. Davenport, Clerk. George H. 
Barnes, Steward. 

Torrent Co. No. 3. — G. M. Blake, Foreman. B.|F. Bartlett,2d J^ore??ja7z.e 
N. W. Garland, Clerk. M. H. Warren, Steward. 

Alert Co. No. 4. — Isaac Williams, Foreman. G. F. Fenno, 2d Foreman. 
Benjamin F. Willey, Clerk. G. F. Fenno, Steward. 

Independence, No 5. — Andrew Collins, Foreman. N. W. Hclt, Assist. 
Foreman. E. W. Harding, Clerk. G. G. Dennison, Steward. 

Tiger Co. No. 6. — Isaac W. Bird, Foreman. J. B. Graham, 1st. Assist. 
Foreman, Robert T. Glidden, 2d Assistant Foreman. O. Davenport, Jr. 
Clerk. F. A. Sumner, Steward. 

MattapanHook and Ladder Co. — H.Crane, i^ore7«a?i. W.Preston, 
Assistant Foreman. W. Shields, Clerk. A. S. Packard,- Steward. 

The Department has been called out 77 times the past year, by alarms of fire ; 
21 limes by fires in Dorchester, 26 times by fires out of this town, and 30 times 
by false alarms from various causes. 

The members of the several companies composing the Fire Department have 
been paid, since May last, thirty cenis per hour each, for their services the time 
occupied in attending at fires in this town. Also, thirty cents each, ibr each of 
twelve monthly meetings held by the several companies. 

In the Report last made by the Chief Engineer to your Honorable Board, he 
expressed the opinion that the payment of a certain sum per year to each mem- 
ber of the Fire Department was preferable to the present system of payment, he 
has not since seen cause to alter that opinion, still believing that the interest of 
the Town and the Department would be promoted by a change of the system. 
With the present system it is impossible to calculate, with any degree of certain- 
ty, the amount necessary to be appropriated by the Town for the support of the 
Department. The present system ofpaymenthas been the great cause of the ex- 
penditure of the Department exceeding the appropriation made therefor by the 
Town the past year. It will be necessary the coming season to paint the En- 
gine Houses occupied by Companies No.'s 3 and 6 ; otheiwise, the Enjiines, 
Hook and Ladder Carriages, and the other apparatus belonging to the Depart- 
ment, with the Engine Houses, are in good order. 

The amount of the expenditures under the direction of the Board of Engi- 
neers, for Repairs, Hose, Fixtures, &c,, has been iff 1, 703 14. Toliil expendi- 
tures on account of Fire Department the past year, have been ^5,125 39. 

Annexed is a Table of the Fires and Alarms from February 1, 1858 to Feb- 
ruary 1, 1859. Respectfully, Yours, 

SYLVESTER H. HEBARD, Chief Engineer. 

Dorchester, Feb. 1, 1859. 



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49 

Extracts from the History of Dorchester^ a work now in 
press ; edited by a committee for the Dorchester Antiqua- 
rian and Historical Society. 

The earliest recorded evidence of the presence of civilized 
man upon the soil of Massachusetts, may be found in the 
oft quoted voyage to New England, in 1614, made by Capt. 
John Smith, of Virginia notoriety, a reference to which is 
especially appropriate to the History of Dorchester, inas- 
much as the concurrent testimony of various circumstances 
fixes upon the site of this ancient town, as the only place of 
his landing within the bay. Smith entered what is now 
Boston harbor, in the summer of 1614, in a boat with eight 
men, leaving his vessels engaged in taking fish on the coast 
of Maine. He undoubtedly landed on the Dorchester shore, 
carried on some traffic for furs with the Neponset Indians, 
and then run down the south shore towards Cape Cod. He 
mentions that some French vessels had shortly before visit- 
ed the same place, and defeated one of his principle objects, 
by purchasing such furs as the Indians in that neighborhood 
had collected : an occurrence which probably explains the 
fact mentioned by Mr. Winthrop, that Mr. Ludlow, in 
digging the foundation of his house at Dorchester, in 1631, 
found two pieces of French money coined in 1596. 

Among the mass of emigrants who landed upon the shores 
of Massachusetts, from all parts of England, in 1630, the 
first settlers of Dorchester may be regarded as the special 
delegation of the Western Counties, the home of Raleigh, 
Gilbert, Popham and Gorges, that region, which had almost 
monopolized the intercourse with the Northern part of the 
American continent from its first discovery by Cabot in 1497, 
until the settlement of the Bay, 133 years afterwards. The 
people of Bristol, Plymouth, Poole, Weymouth, and the 
towns of Exeter and Dorchester, were familiar with the New 
England fisheries and fur trade, years before the settlement 
of the Bay. 

7 



50 

The Rev. John White, of Dorchester, emphatically the 
prime originator of the movement which resulted the Mas- 
sachusetts charter, and the settlement of the Bay, found 
therefore but httle difliculty in collecting a company, among 
a population to whom the INew England coast was not an 
unknown region, and who naturally turned tiieir thoughts 
to the shores already familiar to them, when the edicts of 
the Star chamber and the despotism of the hierarchy first 
suggested tite idea of emigration. He had for some years 
cherished the thought of forming a community in New 
England, where all who felt themselves aggrieved by re- 
ligious or political persecution might find an asylum. 

This association sent several vessels into the Bay in 1624, 
and landed some 30 or 40 men at Cape yVnn, this plantation 
was continued about two years, when misconduct among 
the people and great pecuniary loss to the undertakers, dis- 
couraged them, and Mr. Roger Conant, superintendent of 
the enterprise, with a few of the remaining settlers remov- 
ed to Salem with the remnant of their effects in 1626, this 
association was augmented in 1628 and 1629, by some three 
or four hundred persons, and was the first in the Massachu- 
setts Colony. 

No sooner was the Salem fleet despatched, than Mr, White 
immediately began to assemble a new company in the 
Western Counties. Great pains were evidently taken to 
construct this company of such materials, as .should compose 
a well ordered settlement, containing all the elements of an 
independent community, two members of the government? 
Messrs. Rosseter and Ludlow, men of character and educa- 
tion were joined to the association, that their counsel and 
judgment might aid in preserving order, and founding the 
social structure upon the surest basis. . Several gentlemen 
past middle life with adult families and good estate were 
added. Henry Wolcott. Thomas Ford, George Dyer, Wil- 
liam Gaylord, William Rockwell and William Phelps were 
of this class. But a large portion of active, well trained 
young men, either just married or without families, such as 



51 

Israel Stoughton, Roger Clap, George Minot, George Hull, 
Richard Collicott, Nathaniel Duncan and many others of 
their age, were the persons upon whom the more severe 
toils of a new settlement were expected to devolve. T'hree 
personsof some military experience, viz : Capt. John Mason, 
Capt. Richard Southcote and Quarter Master John Smith, 
had acquired under Devere on the continent skill and dis- 
cipline which was an element of safety, essential to the en- 
terprise. A large ship of 400 tons, the Mary and John, 
Capt. Squib, was fitted out. After a passage of 70 days the 
ship arrived at Nantasket, May 30, 1630; the number of 
passengers was 140; she was the first ship of the fleet that 
arrived in the Bay: — and thus commenced the settlement of 
Dorchester. 



52 



VITAL STATISTICS FOR 1858. 



BIRTHS REGISTERED DURING THE YEAR. 

Males 143. Females 132. Whole number 275. 

There were four pairs of twins. 



NATIVITY OF PARENTS. 

Fathers. Mothers. 

Dorchester, --_-.-----_ 19 21 

United States, 102 113 

British Provinces, ---------16 9 

England, 12 10 

Scotland, 4 2 

Ireland, 113 114 

Germany, ------------ 8 G 

France, --,---------- 1 

275 275 



INTENTIONS OF MARRIAGES.— 1858. 



MALES. 


BIRTHPLACE OF FEMALES. 


Birthplace 


Total. 


Dorches. 
ter. 


United 

States. 


Britiaii Irel'nd 
Prov's. 


Ger. 
many. 


Eng- 
land. 


Scot- 
land. 


Not 
sta- 
ted. 


Dorchester 


14 




13 












1 


TJ. States 


45 


19 


24 


1 










1 


British Pro. 


6 


1 


1 


1 


3 










Ireland 


26 








26 










England 


1 












1 






Germany 


3 


1 








2 








Scotland 


3 


.3 












1 




Not stated 


1 


1 
















Total 


99 


24 


38 


2 


29 


2 


1 


1 


2 



MARRIAGES.— 1858. 



MALES. 


BIRTHPLACE OF FEMALES. 


Birthplace. 


Total. 


Dorches- 
ter. 


United 
States. 


England. 


Scot- Irel'nd British 
land. iProv's. 


Not 
stated 


Dorchester 


11 




11 












U. States 


34 


14 


20 












British Pro. 


I 












1 




England 


1 






1 










Scotland 


2 


1 






1 








Ireland 


2 










2 






Germany 


1 


1 














Not stated 


1 














1 


Total 


53 


16 


31 


1 


1 


2 


1 


1 



54 



DEATHS REGISTERED IN 1858. 

Whole No. Deaths, 152 Males, 76 Females, 76. 

( Stillborn, 5. ) 



Date 

of 
Death. 



AGE. 



Place of Birth. 



Disease or 
Cause of Death. 



15 

23 

30 

31 

Feb. 2 

5 

7 

20 

20 

24 

24 

26 

March 1 

6 

7 

11 
13 



7)Fanny Urann 
Hi William II. Crane 
111 Thomas Gately 
12JEmeline Mitchell 
14: Laura Pillsbury 
14 Henry A. Tolman 
Rebecca B. Cobb 
Mary Ann Crotty 
Mary E. Wendemuth 
Caleb Pillsbury 
Adeline Atberton 
Caroline Clapp 
Joanna Donahoe 
Henry March Eilbrick 
Mary Kelly 
Israel Turner 
Michael Halloran 
Lydia Lapham 
John Gallagher 
Daniel Halloran 
Caroline A. Davenport 
Jeremiah Fohey 
Mary Marstou 



20jCatherine Connor 
22 Mary Louisa Wyman 

26 Margaret M. West 

29 Charles A. Young, Jr. 
29 Edward H. Crane 

29 Zephaniah Tucker 

30 George H. Young 
April 2 Clementine Parker 

6 George W. Pond 

6 Mar}' Ann Dolan 
12 WiUiam E. Vincent 
16 Oliver Green 

18 Margaret Brannan 

19 Ellen Keuney 

22 Moses F. McElroy 

28 Thomas Glynn 

29 William Thompson 
29 M. Alcott Barry 

May 2 William P. Barnard 
4 John Mc Laughlin 
4 Sarah Y. Chadwick 

7 Ann B. Wild 

11 John Donally 

16 Mehetable Howe 

17 Tristram Halliday 

18 Susan Atherton 
21 Infant 

24| Margaret Kelly 
25jCorneUa A. Brigham 
June 2 Johannah Sweeney 

4 Mary E. Kimball 

4 Joseph Ripley 

SiRoswell G. Vandervoort 

9: Anna Cummings 
lOJJane White 
12iCeha Davenport 
121 Bates 

14lZenos Eaton 
14| Kirk 

leiThomas Perkins 
16;Milly L. Parker 
19|Alice Jane Galligher 

27 Susan S. Buggies 
281 James Mc Intosh 

July I'John Hallaran 

12 Rosanna Downey 
12!Abby Doody 

16 Elisha Pi'eston 
17]Francis Vanstaine 
18 James Glennan 
21 Augustus L. Blackman 



11 



24 



23 



10 



22 



16 



Dorchester 

Mansfield 

Dorchester 

Gray, Me. 

HaverhiU, N. H. 

Dorchester 

Princeton 

Dorchester 

Peterboro', N. II. 

Hampstead, N. H. 

Boston 

Dorchester 

Ireland 

Boston 

Ireland 

Lime, N. H. 

Dorchester 

Pembroke 

South Boston 

Dorchester 

Ireland 

Frankfort, Me. 

Ireland 

Koxbui-y 

Ireland 

Manchester, N. H. 

Seekonk 

Roxbury 

Dorchester 

Boston 

Roxbury 

Dorchester 

Boston 

Roxbury 

Dorchester 

Ireland 

Dorchester 



Baltimore, Md. 
Lunenburg, V't. 
Dorchester 
Portland, Me. 
Charles town 
Dorchester 

Halifax, N. S. 
Charlestown 

Dorchester 

Boston 

Dorchester 

Germany 

Dorchester 

Hahfax, N. S. 

Dorchester 

Hingham 

Boston 

Middleboro' 

Dorchester 

Plympton 

Boston 

Dorchester 

Kingston 

Dorchester 



England 
Dorchester 



Throat Distemper 
Consumption 
Infantile 
Consumption 

Scarlet Fever 

Disease of Bowels 

Teething 

Consumption 

Old Age 

Erysepilas 

Debility 

Consumption 

Scarlet Fever 

Consumption 

Congestion of Brain 
Old Age 
Consumption 
Lung Fever 
Consumption 

Cancer 

Dropsy 

Congestion of Lungs 

Cancer 

Hooping Cough 

Measles 

Infantile 

Hooping Cough 

Consumption 

General Debilty 

Scarlet Fever 

General Debility 

Liver Complaint 

Consumpton 

Dropsy 

Consumption 

Scarlet Fever 

Congestion of Brain 

Pneumonia 

Necrosis 

Hooping Cough 

Consumption 

Measles 

General Debility 

Accidental 

Disease of Brain 

Found Drowned 

Teething 

Heart Complaint 

Scarlet Fever 

Consumption 

Dropsy 

Scarlet Fever 

Consumption 

Brain Fever 

Hpmori'hage 

Canker 

Apoplectic 

Infontile 

Delirium Tremens 

Old Age 

Measles 

Typhoid Fever 

Old Age 

Infantile 

Teething 

Bronchitis 

General Debility 

Consumption 

Infantile 

Consumption 



65 



Date 




AGE. 






of 


NAMES. 




Place of Birth. 


Disease or 


Death. 


»: 


M .°° 


Cause of Death. 






*?. . . 


o 


?.. 






July 24 


Charles Somers 


45 




Germany 


Dropsy 


26 


John Haynes 


44 




Charlestown 


Consumption 


27 


Abigail A. Young 


9 


11 


Dorchester 


Scarlet Fever 


28 


David A. Young 


8 


5 




>' 


" 


28 


Sarah Hutchinson 


76 






iVestmoreland, Eng 


Consumption 


28 


Sarah Jane Wilder 


16 


10 




Dorchester 


Disease of Kidneys 


29 


Charles J. Y'oung 


3 


11 




•' 


Scarlet Fever 


Aug. 1 


Samuel R. Sa-^nl 


49 


4 


4 


^uincy 


Consumption 


2 


Rose Hagerty 


33 






Ireland 


" 


4 


Ann Quiulan 


17 






u 


u 


9! Mary W. Whitney 




8 


18 


Dorchester 


Teething 


ll|Mary F. Barry 


28 


9 




Boston 


Consumption 


ISiFraucis A. Seayer 




8 




Dorchester 


Infantile 


14 Mary Hickey 


31 






Ireland 


Pleurisy 


16 Clarissa B. Dohson 


27 






Concord 


Neuralgia 


17 Wendall D. Shedd 


1 




20 


Dorchester 


Fits 


18 \niliam Turner 


1 


3 




^^'inthrop, Me. 


Scarlet Fever 


18j Carrie Frances Leach 




6 


1 


Boston 


Infantile 


22! Thomas fl-. Qowen 


60 


9 


9 


" 


Disease of Heart 


SOljohaW Heavey 


1 


4 




Dorchester 


Water on Brain 


SljMary Coughlan 


33 






Ireland 


Consumption 


Sept. 1| Catharine Oostella 


1 


6 




Medway 


^Vorms 


I'Timothv 3Ic Ginnis 


22 






Ireland 


Consumption 


SKussellH. Scudder 




6 




East Cambridge 


Infantile 


'9 Helen King 


17 


2 


19 


Dorchester 


Dysentery 


10 Theodore T. Mitchell 


8 


7 


18 


Hanson 


Run over by Cars 


10, Walter Henry Fobes 


1 


2 


19 


Dorchester 


Scarlet Fever 


12 Ellen E. Robinson 


22 


5 




" 


Inflamation of Bowels 


12 William Henry Moran 


3 


4 




Lynn 


Water on Brain 


13 Thomas Tremlet 


62 


9 




St. Johns, N. B. 


Disease of Kidneys 


loiMary Bird 


1 


4 


7 


New York, N. Y. 


Cholera Infantum 


16 William Burns 




7 


14 


Dorchester 


Teethiog 


19 Luther F. Taylor 




4 


27 


" 


Infantile 


22 Nicholas Nolan 


1 


6 




" 


Hooping Cough 


23 Elhs Burgess 


22 


8 




Philadelphia, Pa. 


Yellow Fevt^r 


24 James Mulhern 


36 






Ireland 


Consumption 


24 Allen Glidden 




11 


29 


Dorchester 


Congestion of Brain 


25 Sabrina L. Packard 


29 


6 




Merrimac, N. H. 


Consumption 


30|Sarah S. Cooper 


23 






Templeton 


" 


Oct. 7 Apollos Morris 


70 






Halifax, N. S. 


Apoplectic 


7j Henry Lewis Davenport 


13 


5 


17 


Dorchester 


Consumption 


17;Ca[harlne Gorman 




6 




Lawrence 


Convulsions 


lyiArthur Melville 


2 


1 


6 


Dorchester 


Dysentery 


l9jAVilliam Vandervoort 


48 






Carmel, N. Y. 


Inflamation of Bowels 


20,EyeUna B. Glover 


29 






Dorchester 


Drowned 


22 Frederic W. Pronk 


2 


2 


28 


" 


Dj'sentery 


24 George F. Stimpson 


31 


10 




Boston 


Consumption 


28 George H. Mclntire 
28 William B. Pierce 


9 


3 


19 


Dorchester 


Accidental 


42 


1 




Dover, N. H- 


Apoplexy 


29| Charles P. Rider 




2 


18 


Dorchester 


Infantile 


Nov. 3jAnn Gately 






1 




" 


4jHannah Robinson 


77 


11 




u 


Disease of Liver 


9: Sarah H. Stimpson 


66 


9 




Virginia 


Palsy 


11 Mary Church 


87 






Boston 


Old Age 


14 George Ash, Jr. 


2 


7 




Dorchester 


Worms 


I4iEmma Louisa Drake 






8 




Infantile 


13 Lucy 0. Fobes 


4 


2 


26 


" 


Congestion of Lungs 


ISjBridget Murray 


1 






<' 


Teething 


23 Rebecca Colly er 


62 


9 




" 


Consumption 


24'Hassam Hayden 






23 


" 


Infantile 


26 Ann Baxter 


87 






Boston 


Old Age 


26! Walters B. Hawkes 


4 


2 


13 


" 


Scarlet Fever 


Dec. 1 Edward W. Howe 


41 


1 


3 


" 


Heart Complaint 


1 Isaac Norman 




8 




Dorchester 


Convulsions 


3 John Barnard 


89 


6 


7 


Bolton 


Old Age 


4 William H. Williams 






5 


Dorchester 


Infantile 


8 Mary Lisee 






1 


u 


" 


10 : Martha W. Rogers 


55 


7 


17 


11 


Paralysis 


12iMary Smith t rp • , 
14! Car6hne Smith F^^°^ 




5 


20 


i( 


Canker 




5 


22 


" 


" 


ISlHannah Greenwood 


15 


3 




" 


Brain Fever 


20 i Rosalie Morse 


1 


8 




" 


Hooping Cough 


24 Ellen Kelly 




3 




" 


u 


25 William Homes 


73 






Stoughton 


Disease of ICidneys 


27 Mary C. Howe 


28 


4 




Salem 


Purpura Hemorrhagica 


29 Jane Clapp 


90 


11 


19 


Braintree 


Old Age 


29 Mary E. Alexander 


34 






Tuftonboro', N. H. 


Consumption 


> 


31 Isaac Norman 




8 


3 


Dorchester 


Mumps 



56 



THEIR DISEASES WERE 



Accidental 3 

Apoplexy 3 

Bronchitis 1 

Cancer 2 

Canker 3 

Cholera Infantum .... 1 

Consumption 34 

Convulsions 2 

Congestion of Brain. . .3 
" Lungs ..2 

Debility 6 

Delirum Tremens 1 

Disease of the Brain.. .4 
" " Bowels .1 
" " Kidneys.3 



Disease of the Heart .3 
" " Liver.. 2 

Dropsy 4 

Drowned 2 

Erysepilas 1 

Fits 1 

Fever, Brain 2 

" Lung I 

" Scarlet 12 

" Typhoid 2 

" Yellow 1 

Hemorrhage. 1 

Hooping Cough ,6 

Infaniile. 15 

Inflamation of Bowels 2 



Measles , 

Mumps 

Necrosis 

Neuralgia 

Old Age 

Palsy 

Paralysis 

Pleurisy 

Pneumonia 

Purpura Hemorrhagica 

Teething 6 

Throat Distemper 1 

Worms 2 



152 



THE AGES OF THE DECEASED WERE 



Under 1 year, 31 

1 to 2 years 15 

2 to 5 " 17 
5 to 10 '• 6 

10 to 15 " 3 
15 to 20 " 6 



20 
30 
40 
50 
60 
70 



to 30 years 


14 


80 


to 90 years, 6 


to 40 " 


11 


90 


to 100 ♦« 1 


to 50 " 


19 






to 60 «• 


3 




152 


to 70 " 


12 






to 80 " 


8 







January 

February 

March 



THE DEATHS WERE IN THE MONTH OF 

10 April 11 July 14 October 



12 



May 
June 



11 
15 



August 
Sept. 



14 
18 



November 
December 



11 
12 
16 

152 



THE PLACES OF THEIR NATIVITY WERE 



Dorchester 70 

Other Towns in the United Statns.CO 

British Provinces 4 

England 2 



Ireland 12 

Germany 2 

Not stated 2 

162 



SELECTMEN'S OFFICE, ) 

Dorchester, February, 1859. \ 

To Persons having Claims against the Town : 

It is expected that bills .presented for the action of the Selectmen, should 
specify what the article or articles sold were for ; when for labor, where it was 
performed, number of days, and price per day, unless otherwise agreed upon ; 
and when for different appropriations, separate bills for each, with proper dates, 
&c. When for Schools, to be approved by one of the School Committee ; and 
when for the Fire Department, approved by the Chief Engineer. 

The Selectmen will be in session, at their Office, on Wednesday of each 
week, at 2 o'clock P. M. 

And all persons having clains, are requested to call promptly for their pay. 

EBENEZER EATON, ) 

E. H. R. RUGGLES, V Selectmen. 

LEWIS F. PIERCE, )