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THE 



THIRTEENTH 



PRINTED REPORT 



or 



RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES 



IN THE 



TOWN OF DOECHESTER. 



BEING A 



STATEMENT OF THE FINANCES OF THE TOWN 



FROM 



February 1, 1850, to February 1, 1851. 



BOSTON: 

PRINTED BY DAVID CLAPP 184 WASHINGTON STREET. 

1851. 



SELECTMEN'S EEPOET. 



The Selectmen of Dorchester submit to the Town the 
following as their Annual Report : — 

The plan adopted by the Town, within the past year, of 
having orders drawni by the Selectmen upon the Treasu.rer 
for all disbursements, and vouchers for the same to be kept 
on file at the Selectmen's room, has made it necessary that 
an account in detail of the receipts and expenditures should 
be presented by this board, instead, as formerly, by the 
Auditors of the Treasurer's accounts. And in preparing 
this statement, some remarks are offered by way of explana- 
tion as to what has been done within the municipal year 
just now closing, and also some recommendations for the 
future. 

The increasing wants of the town must, as a matter of 
course, place upon this board many new duties and respon- 
sibilities. And in the performance of these, it may be hoped 
that whatever shall appear to have been injudicious or un- 
wise, will be attributed to unintended errors in judgment, 
rather than a want of interest or endeavor in the discharge 
of the various trusts that have been committed. 

The Aljis House Establishment. 

The condition of things in and about the Alms House 
establishment may be represented by the board as satisfactory. 
The commendation that was awarded in a previous report 
may still be continued. So far as relates to those employed in 
the charge and oversight of this establishment, the good order 



that has been observed, and the care and attention bestowed 
upon all who have been committed to their keeping, are 
creditable alike to them and to the town. The number of 
paupers in the house on the 1st of February, 1850, was 
twenty-four. There have been admitted during the past 
year, twenty-one ; and discharged, twenty ; which, together 
with five deaths, will leave its number twenty on the 1st of 
February, 1851. Of the whole number that have been ad- 
mitted, seventeen were foreigners. 

Reservoir. 

A reservoir has been constructed at the " watering-place," 
so called, situated near the house of Moses Draper, which, 
in case of fires in that vicinity, would furnish a supply of 
water that could not be so well obtained otherways. The 
boundary lines of land belonging to the town, and adjoining 
the land of said Draper, have all been established. 

Land for Gravel Banks. 

A quantity of land has been purchased upon Commercial 
street, for the purpose of supplying that section of the town 
with gravel for repair of roads. The estimated quantity of 
gravel included in this purchase, together with the location 
of the land, would seem to justify the outlay, for it is be- 
lieved by the board that the land, after the gravel has been 
removed, will sell for as much or more than it now costs. 
And as it is growing more and more difficult to procure good 
gravel for the repair of highways, it is recommended that the 
Selectmen be authorized to purchase, in other sections of the 
town, land for that purpose, whenever in their opinion it can 
be done for the interest of the tovm. 

Gibson School Fund. 

The expenses under this head are for the completion of a 
new street over the land o^vned by the town, and the fenc- 
ing out of the same, all of which is now finished. 



School Expenses. 

The amount expended by the school committee over the 
appropriation, as appears in this report, may be attributed 
partly to the keeping out of this account an unexpended 
balance of last year, and also by the outlay of a part of the 
income of the Gibson fund in finishing a new road of that 
name and fencing the same. In regard to the balance of 
last year, the board would say that all balances of appropria- 
tions which in any former year may remain unexpended, 
must as a matter of course pass into one general fund at the 
close of each financial year, at the auditing of the Town 
Treasurer's accounts — and that all such balances should not 
be considered as available by any subsequent committee of 
the succeeding year. 

Highways. 

The repair of highways does not come within the control 
of this board : but there are two important matters that 
are so closely connected with this subject, it is not deemed 
out of place to mention them in this report ; viz. the filling 
up of side ways, which are unsafe for public travel, and the 
formation of side walks, in aU the principal streets through- 
out the tovwi. The amount of money now raised and ex- 
pended in the highway department is appropriated mainly 
by the surveyors to the repair of the travel part of the roads 
only — the general condition of which will no doubt give a 
favorable impression of the fidelity of those who have them 
in charge. But it is believed that the widening and filling 
up of side ways, to a certain extent, as well as the forma- 
tion and repair of side walks, might be accomplished from 
year to year, to an extent that would contribute in no small 
measure to the comfort, convenience and safety of the citi- 
zens, and without any increased appropriation from what is 
ordinarily made. It is believed that more attention to the 
matters referred to, would receive the united commendation 
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of the public ; but in particular that of the formation of side 
walks — the neglect of which is as disreputable to a town as 
it is inconvenient for its citizens. 

Commercial Street. 

A sea-wall has been built a part of the way on the wester- 
ly side of Commercial street, which was required for the 
preservation of the road ; and an appropriation will be neces- 
sary for further repairs the coming season. 

Dyke on Causeway. 

The building of a dyke on the causeway and repairing 
the same, in conformity to a vote of the town, has been com- 
pleted, it is believed, in a thorough and economical manner. 
The board, mindful of the interests and rights of abut- 
ters, as well as those of the town, gave its careful considera- 
tion to a proposition made by them to have the dyke built at 
a distance from and northerly of the road, for the sake of 
preventing a flowage by the salt water of their estates — 
which proposition might have been acceded to if a liberal 
and equitable contribution had been offered. But as the 
offer made was not considered by the board an equivalent 
for the extra expense that would be incuri'ed, the proposition 
was set aside. The plan finally adopted has received some 
opposition from abutters, inasmuch as it was considered by 
them an encroachment upon their rights. This board, how- 
ever, did not so consider it ; but, on the contrary, feel that its 
action in the matter has been just and proper, and it is be. 
lieved that the dyke thus completed and the road widened , 
will prove an effectual remedy for the evils so long com- 
plained of by the public, without the least infringing upon 
the interests or rights of individuals. 

A strip of land now belonging to the town, and that can 
be appropriated to road purposes only, is left on the south- 
east side of the Causeway. And as it may be of value to 



the o^^'l^ers of land adjoining, the road being there widened 
as much as is required (say 50 feet), the board submit, 
that it would not be detrimental to the interests of 
the to\ATi if a vote was passed to discontinue the further use 
of the strip of land referred to, and thereby enable the abut- 
ters to assume the fence as it now stands, as the true boun- 
daiy between themselves and the town ; providing, however, 
that unless the abutters indicate in writing their approval of 
such an adjustment, it shall remain as it now is. 

New Street. 

So much of the street laid out by the County Commis- 
sioners as extends from Neponset Turnpike to Adams street, 
is fuUy completed, in accordance with contract. The portion 
from Adams street to South Boston Turnpike is under con- 
tract and nearly finished, some grading and side-railing only 
being required to complete the same. The whole has been 
contracted for upon most reasonable terms, and when ready 
for acceptance will, it is believed, be satisfactory to the pub- 
lic. An obligation now held by the town for the payment 
of three hundred dollars by a responsible individual, will, 
when paid, bring the cost for construction and land damage 
within the appropriation. 

The other portion of the road, extending from South Bos- 
ton Turnpike to Washington Street, will require an appro- 
priation for its construction. 

The estimates usually made by this board for appropria- 
tions to meet expenses the current year, are omitted in this 
report, as the amount required will depend upon the action 
of the town upon various matters that may be presented at 
the April meeting. 

OLR^ER HALL, ) c 7 . 

WILLIAM TOLMAN, ( ^ff^^^f «^ ef 
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Dorchester, Feb. 20, ISol. 



TREASURER'S ACCOUNT. 



RECEIPTS OF TOWN TREASURER FROM ALL 
SOURCES, 1850-51. 

Amount received from Taxes for the year 1850 $33,348 87 



Interest on Gibson School Fund 


64137 


Interest on Stoughton School Fund 


209 87 


State School Fund 


307 10 


For Books to indigent scholars 


41 


State Pauper Account 


246 65 


Interest on sale of land 


12 00 


Sale of sundry articles 


420 21 


Balance in the Treasury February 1, 1850 : 




Gibson School Fund 


148 10 


Stoughton School Fund 


440 20 


Cash on hand 


780 01 


Total Receipts and Balance 


$36,554 79 



Gibson School Fund. 

Balance in the Treasury Feb. 1, 1850 148 10 

Income of said Fund to' Feb. 1, 1851 641 37 



$789 47 



Deduct expenses of finishing and fencing 

Gibson street 433 09 



Balance carried forward and credited to 

School Account $356 38 



EXPENDITURES, 1850-51. 

SCHOOLS. 

Everett School — Sumner Street. — One Male and three 

Female Teachers. 

Paid EhveU WoodbuiT, for teaching (G. S.) 700 00 

Sarah H. Page, ' " (A. G. S.) 250 00 

Sarah R. Pearson, for teaching (I. S.) 241 66 

Eliza 0. Pearson, " (P. S.) 219 33 



Teaching . $1,410 99 



Mather School — High Street. — One Male and three Fe- 
male Teachers. 

Paid Levi Adams, for teaching (G. S.) 700 00 

Hannah B. Page, " (A. G. S.) 250 00 

Mary Pearson, " (L S.) 250 00 

Betsey Hooper, » (P. S.) 225 00 



Teaching $1,425 00 



AdajNis School — Adams Street. — One Male and two Female 

Teachers. 

Paid Frederick Crosby, for teaching (G. S.) 
Adoniram Alden, 
Sarah M. Hayden, 
Ann Tohnan, 
E. H. Fletcher, 
J. A. Cutter, 

Teaching $987 78 



(G. S.) 


130 13 


(G. S.) 


511 54 


(A. G. S.) 


43 27 


(A. G. S.) 


86 50 


(P. S.) 


51 92 


(P. S.) 


164 42 



Gibson School — School Street. — One Male and two Female 

Teachers. 

Paid Daniel B. Wheeler, for teaching (G. S.) 700 00 

Lucy P. Tolman, " (P. S.) 225 00 

Susan W. Tolman, " (A. P. S.) 215 83 

Teaching $1,140 88 



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WiNTHROP School — River Street. — One Male and three 

Female Teachers. 

Paid Isaac Swan, for teaching (G. S.) 700 00 

Mary J. Greenwood, " (A. G. S.) 57 60 

Mary F. Temple, " (A. G. S.) 175 00 

Elizabeth J. Stetson, " (P. S.) 225 00 

Elizabeth Ruggles, " (A. P. S.) 183 00 



Teaching $1,340 60 



Elliot School — Adams Street. — Two Female Teachers. 

Paid Ahnira French, for teaching (I. S.) 250 00 

Joanna T. Tucker, " (P. S.) 210 00 



Teaching $460 00 



Norfolk School — Norfolk Street. — One Male a'iid one 

Female Teacher. 

Paid Simon Barrows, for teaching (G. S.) 700 00 

Martha A. Baker " (P. S.) 225 00 



Teaching $925 00 



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Butler School — River Street. — Male Teacher five months 
— Female Teacher seven months. 

Paid Eben Tolman, for teaching (G. S.) 175 00 

Eleanor Jones, " (P. S.) 96 00 

A.Wellington, " (G. S.) 100 00 

Teaching $371 00 



Neponset School — Nepon^et Village. — Two Female 

Teachers. 

Paid Abby French, for teaching (I. S.) 109 60 

Mary C. Seaverns, " (P. S.) 77 88 

Mary E. Leach, " (R S.) 129 14 

Mary A. Carroll, " (I. S.) 135 57 

Harriet Buttrick, " (I. S.) 25 00 

Abby C.Ford, " (P. S.) 18 75 

Teaching $495 94 



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Maverick School — Commercial Point. — Two Female 

Teachers. 
Paid Amelia S. Wright, for teaching (I. S.) 300 00 

Mary E. Tolman, " (P. S.) 225 00 



Teaching 


$525 00 


WASHijNrGTON School — Washington Village. - 

and two Female Teachers. 
Paid John Kneeland, for teaching (G. S.) 

Eebecca F. Hovey, " (A. G. S.) 
Adeline M. Sheldon, " (P. S.) 


-One Male 

700 00 
243 75 
220 75 


Teaching 


$1,164 50 



REPAmS, FURNITURE, ETC. 

Paid Sundry bills for repairs, furnitiire and books, as ap- 
proved by the supervisor}'' committee, endorsed by the 
secretary of the board of school committee, and allowed 
by the selectmen. 



Everett Schools, 
Mather " 
Adams " 
Gibson " 
Winthrop " 
Elliot 



122 17 


105 85 


82 57 


51 13 


39 03 


150 75 


55150 



Norfolk Schools, 
Butler " 

Neponset " 
Maverick " 
Washington " 



121 34 
62 61 
50 04 

31 72 
58 38 

324 09 
55150 

$875 59 



FUEL. 



Paid Hall J. Howe, for 94 tons coal and housing do. 
Preston & Curtis, for coal 
Alvah Phelps & Co., bill of charcoal 
Charles Emery & Co., for coal 
sundr}^ small bills, for charcoal 



559 30 
62 30 

102 00 
25 66 
28 33 

$777 59 



GENERAL SCHOOL EXPENSES. 



Paid Increase S. Smith, for examining schools 24 00 

Orin P. Bacon, for examining schools in 1849-50 46 00 



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Paid Richard Pike, for examining schools 
David Clapp, for printing report 
Chas. Howe, for distributing do. 
O. Pelton, bill of maps 
Ballard & Stearns, bill for water kegs 
Peter Blake, for dinners and refreshments for 

school committee 
Ebenezer Clapp, jr., bill of stationery 
Editors of papers, for advertising for teachers 
Orin P. Bacon, for services as secretary of S. C. 

in 1849-50 
Increase S. Smith, for expenses to engage teacher 
North Baptist Society, for rent of Vestry 2 quar- 
ters, for P. S. 



27 00 


73 81 


10 00 


47 50 


27 91 


78 00 


4 50 


6 50 


24 00 


2 00 



50 00 



SCHOOL AT SQUANTUM. 

Paid Edmund Pope, his proportion of school money 
John N. Reed, " " " 



29 12 

2184 

$472 18 





RECAPITULATION. 








Teaching. 


Repairs, 


Furnitur 


e, ^c. 


Everett Schools, 1,410 99 


Everett Schools, 


150 33 


Mather 


1,425 00 


Mather 




(( 


121 98 


Adams ' 


987 78 


Adams 




( 


74 32 


Gibson ' 


1,140 88 


Gibson 




( 


68 68 


Winthrop ' 


1,340 60 


Winthrop 




t 


39 03 


Elliot 


460 00 


Elliot 




< 


155 50 


Norfolk ' 


925 00 


Norfolk 




( 


126 92 


Butler 


371 00 


Butler 




( 


66 11 


Neponset ' 


495 94 


Neponset 




( 


59 05 


Maverick ' 


525 00 


Maverick 




( 


31 72 


Washington ' 


1,164 50 


Washington " 

10,246 69 


58 38 




$10,246 69 
ching 


$952 02 


Total, Tea 




" Fur 


niture and repairs 




875 59 




" Fue 


1 




777 59 




" Gen 


eral School Exper 
;nses of Schools 


ises 


472 18 




Total Expt 






$12,372 05 



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Cr. 

Amount of Income of State School Fund 307 17 
Balance of Gibson School Fund, brought 

forward 356 38 

Income of Stouo-hton School Fund 209 80 

Received for books furnished to indigent 

scholars 41 

Appropriation 11,000 00 

Expended over Appropriation & income 498 29 



$12,372 05 



POOR IN THE ALMS HOUSE. 

Paid John Keen, for services as keeper 1 year 350 00 

Nancy Spear, for 51 weeks services 76 50 

Nancy Sargent, for 9 " " 13 50 

Nathaniel P. Weymouth, for 6 months labor 96 25 

John Freeman, for 110.^ days labor 138 12 

John Clark, for 1 month " 9 00 

John Kelly, for 2 days " 2 50 

Leonard Howe, for labor and use of wagon 13 00 

John Sargent, for yoke of oxen 125 00 

Emery Rice, for " " 140 00 

William Hendry, for use of wagon 50 

Estes Kimbal, for 2 iron bars 2 50 

Charles A. Upham, for wheelwright work 1 1 27 

Cyrus Balkum, for " " 12 00 

Thomas W. Capen, for wheel drag 87 00 

John P. Cotton, for repairing pump 3 00 

Edward V. Munroe, for blacksmith work 37 87 

John C. Hewins, for " " 27 62 

Isaac Field, for spade 1 12 
Joel Lucas, jr., for boots and shoes and repairs do. 17 51 

David Prouty & Co., for agricultural tools 77 01 

Neponset Bridge Corporation, for tolls 1 00 

Jacob Davis, for mason work 4 12 

Benjamin Stone, jr., for painting 10 21 

William Tolman, for hay 10 93 
cash paid expenses to Worcester, with Mrs. Dolan 7 95 

Preston & Curtis, for bill of fuel 59 65 
Robert Thaxter, M.D., for professional services 21 75 

Benjamin Cushing, M.D., " " 3 00 

Edward Jands, M.D., " " 2 50 

E. & J. H. Sumner, bills for beef 107 55 
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Paid Holden & Bullard, bill for beef 



Charles S. Drury, 
William H. Homes, 
Sands & Craft, 
"William Parker, 
James Hill, jr., 
Thomas Payson, 
Otis Shepard & Co., 
Jacob N. Wate, 
Reed & Watts, 
Peter Blake, 
John Preston, 
A. & J. H. Upham, 
Lewis G. Hearsey, 
Andrew Glover, 
Atkins & Weld, 
E. J. Bispham, 
Boston Paper Co., 
W. P. B. Brooks, 
Pierce & Howe, 
James Glover, jr., 
Charles J. Sumner, 
Wm. Pope, jr., 
John P. Clapp, 



for veal and mutton 

for provisions 

for apples 

for potatoes 

for 

for milk 

for bread 

for butter 

for cheese 

for provisions 

for chocolate 

for groceries 

for " 

for " 

for 

for domestic goods 



" for house paper 

" for carpeting 

" for oakum junk 

bills for grain and meal 

bill for tin ware 

" for lumber 

" for lumber 

" for lumber 



Chas. Emery & Co. 
Asa Davenport, for carpenter work 
Otis Shepard & Co., bills for manure 
Oliver Hall, for use of wagon 

bill of hard ware 

for cash paid for provisions 

do. to paupers 
Daniel Davenport, for services as sexton 



Balance unexpended 



7 98 
48 54 
77 87 

3 25 

6 00 

7 00 
5 40 
2 69 

11 16 

2 24 
38 51 

8 00 
98 38 
77 31 
42 16 

138 77 
106 89 

3 00 
22 10 

4 71 
259 66 

8 30 
24 95 

9 35 
100 
2 00 

30 00 

37 

1 76 

7 07 

4 45 

12 50 

2,543 30 
214 15 

$2,757 45 



Cr. 



Amount received from sundry persons for winter pears 98 35 
For summer pears 12 75 

For stones and teaming 5 25 

For hay 9 37 

City of Boston pauper account 21 00 

City of Roxbury " " 21 75 



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From Town of Canton, pauper account 

Mrs. Preston, for board 

For 1 yoke of oxen 

For calves 

State pauper account 



Appropriation 



9 58 
11 75 

110 00 
11 00 

246 65 

557 45 

2,200 00 

$2,757 45 



POOR OUT OF THE ALMS HOUSE. 

Paid William Hendry, for use of wagon 1 50 

Wm. Tolman, for cash paid sundry persons ISO 49 

John H. Robinson, for do. 26 00 

Oliver HaU, for do. _ 43 71 
Robert F. ToLman, for groceries to sundry persons 52 33 

James Tolman, for do. " " 10 00 

Isaac Field, for do. " " 20 00 

Andrew Glover, for do. " " 5 00 

Wm. A. Gilbert, for do. " " 5 00 

Lewis G. Hearsey, for do. " " 2 00 

Preston & Curtis, for fuel " " 89 50 

Robert M. Todd, for do. " " 56 25 

Charles Emery & Co., for do. « " 20 50 

City of Boston, for support of paupers 25 15 

City of Roxbury, for " " 57 00 

Town of Wrentham, " " 15 00 

Benjamin Pratt, for " " 17 78 

Patrick Connell, for " " 72 77 

Patrick M'Guire, for " " 10 00 

Francis A. Fuller, for " " 10 50 

Barney Gaynard, for " " 8 00 

Robert White, for " " 10 50 

Edward Jar\ds, M.D., for professional services 10 00 

Benjamin Cushing, M.D., for do. 12 GO 

James Davenport, bill for coffin 5 00 

Daniel Davenport, for services as sexton 2 00 

Wm. Davenport, for do. 3 00 



Appropriation 
Expended over do. 



600 00 
170 98 

$770 98 



$770 98 



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SUPPORT OF LUNATICS AT HOSPITAL. 

Paid Samuel Jennison, Treasurer, bills for board 

and clothing of sundry persons in Hospital 438 68 

Balance unexpended 161 32 



Appropriation $600 00 



$600 00 



HIGHWAYS. 

First Division. 



Paid Ebenezer Wales (surveyor), for 161 days labor 

673 days labor by men 

441 days labor by horses 

324 days use of carts 

1,648 loads of stone chips 
Martha Baker, for gravel 
Sylvanus Percival, for " 
John Barnard, for " 

Thos. D. Quincy, for " 
Henry Humphreys, for " 
Charles A. Upham, for wheelwright work 
Oliver Davenport, for blacksmith work 
Andrew Glover, for powder and fuse 
David Prouty & Co., for tools 

Second Division. 

Paid Thos. Baldwin (surveyor), for 143^ days labor 

6 15 J days labor by men 

575 days labor by horses 

424 days use of carts 
Ebenezer Wales, for 504 loads of gravel 
Widow Flinn, for gravel 
Aaron D. Capen, for stone 
John C. He wins, for blacksmith work 
Brewer & Son, for powder and fuse 
David Prouty & Co., for tools 
Old Colony JR. R. Co., for gravel (bill of 1849) 
S. J. Capen, for damage to plough 

for bridge stone and bridge plank 
Cash paid for pick and hoes 



281 75 


757 05 


441 00 


55 89 


98 88 


9 66 


156 


7 00 


5 16 


10 26 


11 00 


50 04 


12 41 


12 00 


251 12 


689 21 


575 00 


70 57 


30 24 


23 76 


2 81 


9 26 


5 98 


6 00 


114 40 


3 50 


4 00 


3 75 



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Squantum aTid Farms. 

Paid George B. Billings, for highway work, by 

order of Selectmen 15 00 



$3,558 26 
Appropriation 3,500 00 

Expended over do. 58 26 



$3,558 26 



as Assist. " 1 
1 
1 
1 
1 



15 00 
15 00 
15 00 
15 00 
15 00 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Paid Edw. Jones, for services as Chief Engineer 1 yr. 60 00 

Robert Richardson, for 

Charles Hunt, for 

Samuel J. Capen, for 

George L. Fisher, for 

James Pope, Jr., for 

For repairs of engines and various articles for 
the department, as per bills approved by the 
chief engineer, and examined and allowed 
by the selectmen 760 86 

Amount of poll taxes refunded to engine men 

for the year 1849 65 00 

960 86 
Balance unexpended 539 14 



$1,500 00 
Appropriation $1,500 00 



TOWN OFFICERS. 

Paid Oliver Hall, for services as Selectman and 

Overseer of the Poor 1 year 125 00 

William Tolman, for do. 1 year 125 00 

John H. Robinson, for do. 1 year 125 00 

Eben Tolman, for services as Town Clerk 1 year 69 21 

Charles Howe^ for do. as Town Treasurer 1 yr. 100 00 

Oliver Hall, for do. as Assessor 55 00 

William Tohnan, " " 66 25 

John H. Robinson, " " 28 75 
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Paid Edward Pierce, Edward Jones, William B. 
Trask, John K. Wight, James Houghton, 
and Charles Howe, Assistant Assessors 
for collecting polls and taking State Census, 
$15 each 
Edward Pierce, Assistant Assessor for making 

taxes and returns of State Valuation 
Edward Jones, Assistant Assessor for collecting 
statistics and making returns of State Valu- 
ation 
William B. Trask, Assistant Assessor for do. do. 
Charles Howe, Asst. Assessor, for making taxes 
Robert Vose, for services as Assessor in 1849 
Harvey Howe, for " " " 

John Glover, for " " " 



90 00 


99 50 


45 00 


27 50 


3125 


1 00 


9 00 


9 00 



Appropriation 
Expended over do. 



$1,006 46 



1,000 00 
6 46 

$1,006 46 



IMPROVEMENT OF BURIAL GROUNDS. 



SOUTH BURIAL GROUND. 

Paid William Tolman, for labor 
Samuel Littlefield, " 
James Jenkins, " " 

NORTH BURIAL GROUND. 

Paid Daniel Davenport, for labor 
William Davenport, " " 
Leonard Howe, " " 

James Connaton, " " 
Hezekiah Park, " " 



Appropriation 
Expended over do. 





3 00 




66 93 




6 17 




11 25 




18 00 




14 00 




40 56 




3 00 




$162 91 


150 00 




12 91 





$162 91 



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ABATEMENTS, FEES AND DISCOUNT. 

Paid Stephen Tolman, Jr., abatements on Tax of 

1849 281 42 

William Tolman, do. do. 1850 1,279 24 

fees and discount on collection of tax of 1850 1,062 48 



Balance unexpended 



2,623 14 
1,025 73 



Appropriation 2,200 00 

Amn't overlaid for Abatements 1,448 87 



$3,648 87 



$3,648 87 



NEW ROAD. 

Paid Stephen Tolman, for land damages 300 00 

- Luther Spear, Jr., for " " 300 00 

Cheever Newhall, for " " 272 00 

James Clapp, for " " 50 00 
Lewis Grandy, for building road by contract 1,277 00 

James E. Lake, for lead pipe and labor 8 24 

John Regan, for labor 6 25 

John Hollaran, for do. 1 87 



Appropriation 
Expended over do. 


$2,215 36 
2,000 00 
215 36 




$2,215 36 




COMMERCIAL 


STREET. 




Paid John Sargent, for labor 




153 60 


Daniel Hart, " " 




50 62 


Michael Quigley, " " 
Michael Feely, " " 




49 37 
25 93 


John Kelly, " " 
Bartley Hughes " " 
John Hollaran, " " 




5187 

131 62 

14 38 


Joel Stone, " " 




60 81 



20 

Paid John P. Clapp, for lumber 81 34 

Edward Jones, lor building railing 35 31 



Appropriation 500 00 
Expended over do. 154 85 


$654 85 


$654 85 




CAUSEWAY. 

Paid Lawrence Whittey, for building dyke by con- 
tract 
John Freeman, for labor 
Daniel Hart, " " 
Michael Feely, " 

Martha Baker, for 600 loads gravel 
Stephen Baker, for stone and gravel 


355 61 
82 50 

35 75 
39 00 

36 00 
10 39 


Appropriation 500 00 
Expended over do. 59 25 


$559 25 


$559 25 




NOTE AND INTEREST. 

Paid William Childs, note and interest in full 
Interest on money borrowed on special appropri- 
ations for new school houses 
Interest on money borrowed in anticipation of 
the tax of 1850 


803 60 
906 00 
50150 


1 

Balance unexpended 


2,211 10 
288 90 



$2,500 00 
Appropriation $2,500 00 

STOUGHTON SCHOOL FUND INVESTED. 

John L. Capen's Note and Mortgage 440 20 



21 

INCIDENTAL TOWN EXPENSES. 

Vaccination of CMliren at Public Schools. 

Paid John P. Spooner. M.D. 
Edward Jarvis, M.D. 
Benjamin Gushing, M.D. 
Josiah Atkinson, M.D. 

Attorneys^ Fees and Expenses of Witnesses. 

Paid Nathaniel F. SafFord, Attorney 
Asaph Churchill, " 

Witnesses' fees and expenses 

Printing and Stationery. 

Paid David Clapp, for Auditors' Report 
for Taxable Valuation of 1850 
C. C. P. Moody, for voting lists, warrants and 

handbills 
Thomas Groom, for stationery 
Dutton & Wentworth, for do. 
Eayrs & Fairbanks, for do. 

Planting Trees on Town Lands. 

Paid Thos. Pierce, for 105 elm trees and planting do. 
Asa Davenport, for staking trees 

Wall, Bridges and Railing. 
Paid Ellis Houghton, for building wall on Madison 

street 51 00 

Timothy Tucker, for repairing bridge at Upper 

Mills 
John P. Clapp, bill for lumber 
Robert M. Todd, " 
Edward Jones, for building railing 
Edward V. Munroe, for iron work 
N. W. & T. Tileston, for hoisting draw-bridge 
Charles Emer)- & Co., for " " 

James B. Barnes, for painting railing 

Reservoir, near Draper's. 

Paid Leonard Howe, for labor 
James Connaton, for " 

Iron Safes. 

Paid John E. Wilder, for two safes for Selectmen 

and Town Clerk 353 70 



11 00 


20 00 


11 00 


20 00 


193 50 


5 0O 


52 86 


70 96 


219 90 


89 50 


23 35 


2 62 


13 00 


120 37 


2 45 



9 57 


49 64 


41 22 


49 73 


26 61 


6 50 


2 00 


16 70 


38 50 


21 25 



22 

Returning and Recording Births, Deaths and Marriages. 

Paid William Davenport, for returning 32 deaths 3 20 

William Tolman, for returning 75 deaths, from 

May 1, 1848, to Jan. 1, 1850 7 50 

Eben Tolman, for recording 219 deaths, from 

May 1, 1848, to Jan. 1, 1850 10 75 

for recording 443 births, from May 1, 1848, 

to Jan. 1, 1850 
for recording 82 marriages 
for Book of Record of Marriage 

Expenses of Taion Oncers. 
Paid Oliver Hall, for cash paid expenses on services 
to sundry towns 
cash paid postage, 1 10 ; lead pencils, 18 
cash paid for acknowledging & recording deed 
Wm. Tolman, for cash paid expenses on services 
to sundry towns 
for use of horse and wagon 8 times 
cash paid postage 
for taking paupers to house 
Charles Howe, for cash paid expenses to Dedham 
and for recording deed 
cash paid postage 
cash paid for stationery 
Robert Vose, bill for postage for Assessors 
Thomas M. Moseley, for making deeds 
James C. Sharp, for " " 

William Hendry, for use of horse and wagon 

for selectmen in attending court at Dedham 19 00 

Expenses of Town Hall. 
Paid Charles Howe, for fuel and care of hall for 

school committee 9 25 

William Tolman, for fuel and care of hall for 

town meetings 
Thomas W. Capen, for setting glass 

Warning Town Meetings. 
Paid Peter Blake, for warning to^vn meetings by 
posting warrants 
for warning one meeting by leaving notices 
William Davenport, for ringing bell 
William Tolman, for " " 

Constable Services. 
Paid Peter Blake, for attending to\vn meetings 
for notifying town officers 



88 60 


8 20 


125 


15 50 


128 


75 


10 50 


6 50 


95 


3 50 


2 00 


60 


2 31 


4 80 


3 00 


75 



8 00 


90 


12 00 


12 00 


125 


100 


7 50 


7 50 



130 
3 00 


11 00 
4 00 


26 00 
5 00 
9 00 
1 00 



23 

Paid Peter Blake for summons to witnesses 
for services in case of smallpox 

Running Town Lines. 
Paid William Tolman, for cash paid for rmming 
line between Roxbury and Dorchester 
do. " Dedliam " 

Expenses on Surveying Roads. 
Paid James C. Sharp, for surveying for new road 
from Park to Washington streets 
for surveying on Madison street 
for " at North Burial Ground 

Eben Tolman, for surveying on Norfolk street 

Sundry Accounts. 
Paid Edward Pierce, for making and distributing 

Auditors' 12th Report 50 00 

Thomas J. Tolman, for distributing laws of the 

Commonwealth 8 00 

Harvey Howe, for book case for Town Clerk 12 00 

Thomas W. Capen, for repairing ox sled 37 

Thomas Kelly, for damages to horse and wagon 15 37 
John N. Reed, for loam put on school pasture 15 00 
William Hammond, for repairing funeral car 4 92 

Peter Blake, for dinners and refreshments for 

town officers 25 50 

Eben Sanborn, for services as watchman 49 nights 49 00 
Geo. W. Tuckerman, " " 39 

Peter Blake, for " " 34 

John Keen, for " " 36 

Seth Crane, for " " 32 

Elias S. Warner, for " " 25 

Wm. Davenport, for " " 6 

George A. Barker, for " " 6 

Stilknan Stone, for " " 19 

Luther Spear, for 27,380 feet gravel land 1,539 80 

Bartley Hughes, for labor in blasting rocks 131 25 

Andrew Glover, for powder and fuse 101 73 

Edward V. Muru-oe, for repairing drills, picks 

and bars, and for other iron work 73 29 

Thomas W. Capen, for hammer handle 33 

Aaron D. Capen, for 96 loads stone 48 00 

Benjamin Baker, for 53 loads gravel 3 18 

$4,107 51 



39 00 
34 00 
36 00 
32 00 
25 00 
6 00 
6 00 
19 00 



24 

Cr. 

Amount received interest on sale of land 12 00 
From John H. Collins, 110 00 

Appropriation 3,000 00 

Expended over Appropriation & income 985 51 



$4,107 51 
Deduct from receipts for incidental expenses the 
sum of $598 69, being the difference of un- 
expended and overdrawn balances under the 
several appropriations, leaving the net re- 
ceipts for incidental expenses $2,523 31, 
as carried forward. 
Note. — The excess of expenditure under the head 
of Incidental Expenses, is accounted for by 
the purchase of gravel land, for which no 
appropriation was made. 



DEBT OF THE TOWN. 

Treasurer's Notes — to Dedham Savings Institution, 9,000 00 

to Robert Thaxter 3,600 00 

" Note — to Josiah Vinton (trustee) 2,000 00 

" " to Third Parish, Dorchester 500 00 



$15,100 00 



INVENTORY OF SCHOOL FUND 

GIBSON SCHOOL FUND. 

Albert Webster's Note and Mortgage 
Lyman Willard's 
Charles Hunt's 

Theodore L. Howe's 

Alexander Pope's 

George A. Houghton's 

Henry Jenkins's 

John Dolan's 

United States Loan of 1842 



3,000 00 


503 00 


428 12 


604 88 


342 00 


213 75 


1,660 43 


474 00 


464 31 


501 92 


3,000 00 


$11,192 41 



25 



STOUGHTON SCHOOL FUND. 



Twenty-three shares State Bank Stock, par value 

$60 1,380 00 

Seven shares Tremont Bank, par value $100 700 00 

Four shares Dorchester and Milton Bank Stock, 

par value $100 400 00 

Four shares Western Rail Road Stock, par value 

$100 400 00 

John L. Capen's Note and Mortgage 440 20 



3,320 20 
Amount of Gibson Fund, brought forward 11,192 41 



Total School Fund $14,512 61 



TOWN PROPERTY. 

Benjamin F. Glover's Note 75 00 

Balance in the Treasury Feb. 1, 1851 1,506 79 



Total means of the Treasury $1,581 79 



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TOTAL RECEIPTS Bro't forward. 



For Schools 


11,873 76 


Poor in the Alms House 


2,757 45 


Poor out of the Alms House 


600 00 


Lunatics in Hospital 


600 00 


Highways 


3,500 00 


Fire Department 


1,500 00 


Engine House and Land 


1,100 00 


Town Officers 


1,000 00 


Burial Grounds 


150 00 


Abatements, Fees and Discount 


3,648 87 


New Road 


2,000 00 


Commercial Street 


500 00 


Causeway 


500 00 


Gibson Street 


433 09 


Note and Interest 


2,500 00 


Incidental Town Expenses 


2,523 31 


Balance in the Treasury Feb. 1, 1850, 


including 


School Funds 


1,368 31 


Total Receipts and Balance 


$36,554 79 



27 



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For Schools 


12,372 05 


Poor in the Ahns House 


2,543 30 


Poor out of the Alms House 


770 98 


Lunatics in Hospital 


438 68 


Highways 


3,558 26 


Fire Department 


. 960 86 


Town Officers 


1,006 46 


Burial Grounds 


162 91 


Abatements, Fees and Discount 


2,613 14 


New Road 


2,215 36 


Commercial Street 


654 85 


Causeway- 


559 25 


Gibson Street 


433 09 


Note and Interest 


2,211 10 


Incidental Town Expenses 


4,107 51 


Total Expenses 


34,607 80 


Stoug-hton School Fund Invested 


440 20 


Balance in the Treasury Feb, 1, 1851 


1,506 79 



Total Expenses and Balance $36,554 79 



28 



The subscribers having carefully examined the Treasurer's 
accounts, certify the same to have been correctly kept and 
properly vouched. 

The foregoing Report shows the receipts and expenditures 
for the year ending Feb. 1, 1851. 

It gives us pleasure to state that the method of drawing 
orders adopted by the Selectmen has simplified the auditing, 
and has given general satisfaction to those who have had 
business with the Town. 

EDWARD PIERCE, ) . ,.^ 
EDWARD JONES, \ ^"^«^^^- 

Dorchester, Feb. 24, 1851. 



Appended are Reports to the Selectmen from the Sur- 
veyors of Highways, the Chief Engineer of the Fire Depart- 
ment, and respecting the Births, Marriages, Deaths, &c., in 
the town during the past year. 



29 



KEPORT OF SURVEYORS OF fflGHWAYS. 

The undersigned, Surveyors of Highways, report to the 
Selectmen that they have expended, during the past year, 
the sum of $3,443 86, in repairing roads and building 
bridges. It will be seen that the foot of the Treasurer's 
Highway account is $3,558 26 ; the difference is accounted 
for by the payment of a bill of gravel of 1849, amounting 
to $114 40. Without that payment, there would have been 
an unexpended balance in favor of the Highway account. 

It will be remembered that the last year was one of un- 
commonly heavy rains, which were very destructive to the 
roads, and thereby prevented many of the improvements 
which were contemplated by the undersigned. 

Respectfully submitted by 



EEENEZER WALES, ) „ 
THOM A S5 PI A T -DWTN ( surveyors. 



THOMAS BALDWIN, J 
Dorchester, Feb. 24, 1851. 



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30 

REPORT OF THE CfflEF ENGINEER. 

To the Selectmen of Dorchester. 

Gentlemen, — The following report, of the condition of 
the Fire Department, is presented for your consideration. 

The expenses from Feb. 1, 1850, to Feb. 1, 1851, have 
been seven hundred and sixty dollars and eighty-six cents, 
exclusive of the compensation to Engineers and the amount 
of poll taxes refunded to Engine-men of 1849, as will appear 
by the Treasurer's account. The Department, during the 
same time, has been called out sixteen times — nine of which 
have been from fires out of town. Engines have been used 
at five fires in the town, one in Roxbury, and one in South 
Boston. 

The amount of loss, as near as has been ascertained, is 
Sl,200, and the insurance $125 ; making a decrease from the 
previous year, of loss $7,150, and insurance $5,500. 

The Engines, Hose Carriages, and other apparatus, are in 
good order and ready for use whenever occasion may require. 

Since the last report, the Engine Houses have been 
thoroughly painted, and are otherwise in good repair. 

On the morning of Oct. 25th, the Fountain Engine House 
was discovered to be on fire, by which considerable damage 
was done to the building, and a large quantity of leading 
hose, &c., destroyed. 

The companies at the present time are, Fountain Co. No. 
Is at the Lower Mills ; Independence Co. No. 5, at Neponset 
Village ; and Tiger Co. No. 6, near the Five Corners. 

A table of fires, alarms, &c. is herewith presented. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD JONES, 
Chief Engineer Dorchester Fire Department. 

Dorchester, Feb. 24, 1851, 



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The number of persons in the Town of Dorchester, be- 
tween the ages of five and fifteen years, as collected by Otis 
Shepard, was as follows. 



May 1, 1850. 



School No. 



Squantum 





Males. 


Females 


1, 


124 


108 


2, 


88 


116 


3, 


83 


67 


4, 


77 


99 


5, 


131 


116 


6, 


64 


50 


7, 


9 


21 


8, 


62 


52 


9, 


42 


49 


10, 


85 


78 




3 


4 



768 



Increase 



760 

768 

1,528 
1,496 

32 



May 1, 1849. 



Males. 


Females. 


115 


132 


89 


108 


71 


70 


59 


80 


141 


126 


60 


51 


15 


16 


46 


48 


38 


43 


96 


88 


2 


2 


732 


764 




732 



1,496 



33 



The Births in the several School Districts, from January 
1, 1S50, to December 31, 1850, were as follows. 



School No. 


1, 


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Males. 


Females 


15 


12 


17 


22 


13 


11 


14 


24 


20 


14 


9 


6 


1 


5 


12 


10 


8 


6 


21 


32 


130 


142 




130 



272 

Respectfully submitted to the Selectmen, by 

OTIS SHEPARD. 
Dorchester, Feb. 24, 1851. 



34 



VITAL STATISTICS Prepared by Dr. Edw. Jarvis. 

There were 49 marriages in Dorchester, in 1850. 

There were 272 births — 130 males, 142 females. 

These were children of parents — 

Fathers, American, 158; Irish, 61 ; other foreigners, 38; 
not stated, 15 — 272. 

Mothers, American, 170 ; Irish, 60 ; other foreigners, 31 ; 
not stated, 11—272. 

The last was a year of remarkable health in this town. 
There were only 68 deaths in 1850. Still born, 2. The 
deaths were, last year, one in 117 of the living. In 1849, 
one in 54; and in 1848, one in 91. The average annual 
deaths in the country part of the State, is about one in 67. 
In Boston, for the last three years, one in 39. 

Names and Ages of those who died. 
Isaac Bird, 63yrs. 6 m. Catherine Greenwood, 30 yrs. 



Samuel Bridget, 6 yrs. 

Susan Baker, 58 " 

Eliza H. Bispham, 39 " 
John Belcher, 40 " 

Avis Bowen, 70 " 

Chas. H. Burgess, 4 ds. 

Chas. E. Brown, 7 m. 

Dolly Crowell, 45 yrs. 

Mary H. Clark, 25 " 

Stephen Clapp, 72 " 

Catherine Calcouth, 23 " 
And. A. Christianson, 43 " 
Henry Chapin, 3 m. 

Mary A.Cleaveland,l y. 4 " 
Annette B. Clapp, 1 yr. 3 



John McGrann, 1 yr. 6 m. 
Esther Green, 9 m. 

Henry Humphreys, Jr. 15 yrs. 
Mary Hall, 15 « 

Sarah B. Humphreys, 42 " 
Dorus Hunt, 40 " 

Mary S. Hamilton, 26 " 
Barnabas Howard, 33 " 
Ira W. Hill's child 
Nathan Hall's child 
GerardusC.Inglee,14y.8 m. 
Rich'd Austin Living, 8 " 
Lewis Leach, 40 yrs. 

Patr'kLocknie, 11 yrs. 11 m. 
Frederick Leavitt 7 yrs. 



Byram J. Churchill, 2 yrs. Mary Liversidge, 77 

John Creed, 1 yr. 4 m. Robert Lenacon's child 

Geo. Francis Dow,2 yrs.3 " Patrick H. Mahan, 3 ds. 

Susan M. Daggett, 29 yrs. Sally Munroe, 63 yrs. 

John T. Dale, 1 yr. 2 m. Mary Moore, 46 " 

Isaac Field, 57 yrs. 7 " Elizabeth Mitchell, 53 " 

Elizabeth Francis, 7 " James Mahoney, 23 " 

Geo. H. Fowler, 13 yrs. 4 " John Mulhaden, 4 m. 

Elizabeth R. Fuller, 31 yrs. MaryE.Ockershausen,35 yrs. 



35 



Royal F. Porter, 16 yrs. 

Ruth A. H. Remick, 22 " 
Robert Rhodes, 1 " 

Harding Rich's child 
Ann E. Rowe, 25 " 

Edward Shea, 5 yxs. 5 m. 
Martha Sunderland, 14 ds. 
Samuel Temple, 2 yrs. 6 m. 
Elizab. Tolman, 21 ys. 10 m. 
Emma Thompson, 20 ds. 



George H. Tolman, 3 yrs. 
Lucy E. Turner, 21 " 

Valentine Thomas, 2 ys.l m. 
Rebecca J.Wallace, 1 yr.3 m. 
Jane White, 40 yrs, 

Rob't White, Jr., lOys. 11m. 
Joel Wait, 28 yrs. 

Nathan Wilbur, 1 d. 

Geo. Yendell, 9 yrs. 11m. 
A male child (unknown) 



The deaths and still births were — in 

January, 4 April, 5 July, 6 

February, 9 May, 2 August, 2 

March, 9 June, 6 September, 7 

The ages of the deceased were, 

Under 1—15 5 to 10—4 20 to 30—10 

1 to 2— 7 10 to 15—3 30 to 40— 5 

2 to 5— 5 15 to 20—3 40 to 50— 8 



October, 9 
November, 7 
December, 4 



50 to 60—3 
60 to 70—2 
70 to 80—3 



The causes of death were, 
Hooping cough, 4 Dropsy, 



Fever, 

Dysentery, 

Diarrhoea, 

Quinsy, 

Croup, 

Measles, 

Smallpox, 



8 Apoplexy, 

4 Palsy, 

5 Convulsions, 

1 Disease of Heart, 1 

2 Consumption, 8 

1 Teething, 3 

2 Child-birth, 1 
1 Child-bed fever, 1 



Rheumatism, 2 

Disease of spine, 1 
Killed on R. Road, 1 



Drowned, 
Old age. 
Not stated, 
Still bom. 



2 

1 
9 
2 



Erysipelas, 

The deceased were — natives of the United States, 61 (of 
these, 6 were children of foreign parents). Ireland, 3; Eng- 
land, 2 ; Nova Scotia, 1 ; Sweden, 1. Not stated, 2. 

The population of Dorchester, according to the recent na- 
tional census taken by Aaron D. Capen, Esq., was 7,979. 

Dorchester, Feb. 24, 1851. 



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