Reports of the Selectmen and Other Officers of the Town of Concord, From March 7, 1859, to March 5, 1860


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REPORTS OF THE SELECTMEN AND OTHER OFFICERS OF THE TOWN OF CONCORD, FROM MARCH 7, 1859 TO MARCH 5, 1860. INCLUDING The Marriages, Births and Deaths in Town, in 1859. ALSO, THE REPORT OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR THE YEAR ENDING APRIL 1, 1860.

CONCORD, BENJAMIN TOLMAN, PRINTER. 1860.


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1. State of the Treasury, March 5th, 1860.

RECEIPTS.
  • Balance in Treasury, March 7th, 1859, $2082 81
  • Of Joseph Holbrook, Collector, bal. tax, 1857, 296 45
  • Commonwealth, Military Bounty, 1858, 375 00
  • " School Fund, 88 83
  • Trustees Cuming and Beaton Funds, 94 00
  • Selectmen, rent of Town Hall, 217 00
  • Chas. B. Davis, pay't in part for Cemetery
  • Meadow, 147 50
  • J. Hancock Bent, amount given by him to
    town towards alteration of Turnpike, 50 00
  • Town Clerk, licenses of dogs, 43 00
  • License of Circus, 10 00
  • Sundry persons, Taxes paid under Act of
  • 1852, chap. 169, 7 00
  • Town, County and State Tax, for 1859, and
    overlay on same, 13,355 78
  • ---$16,767 37

PAYMENTS.
  • Sundry orders on Treasury paid, $10,911 68
  • State Tax, 1859, 642 00
  • Balance of County Tax, 1858, 305 48
  • ---$11,859 16

Balance, $4908 21

JOHN B. MOORE, Treasurer.

March 5th, 1860.

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There will be due, April 19, 1860, from C.B.
Davis, balance for land sold him, $147 50

3. (4)SELECTMEN'S REPORT.

The usual monotony of the municipal life of this town has been varied the past year by an event of no small moment. It pleased the powers at the head of the affairs of this Commonwealth, to order an encampment of all the volunteer militia of the state, and Concord was selected as the favored spot where it was to be held. The announce- ment of this determination created almost as much sensation among the citizens of this place, as did the proposed excursion of the troops of George the 3d to Concord in 1775, and the Selectmen on the one hand were besieged by numerous highly respectable citizens, who set forth in the most pathetic manner, the dire calamities that would befall the town if six thousand troops were suffered to cross its boun daries, and take up their abode here for the space of three days,-- that rum, riot and gambling would. (sic) ,without molestation, rule at the muster field; that, in the village, buildings would be broken into and fired, hen roosts robbed and clothes lines stripped; while, on the other hand, as many and as respectable citizens, set forth in glowing terms the great advantage that the town would derive by so great an addition to its population; that perhaps there would be a little rum drinking and gambling done on the sly, on the other side of Acton line, but that the encampment was to be model temperance gathering; that the ancient military reputation of the town would suffer if a timid policy was pursued, and they urged the Selectmen to give the assent required by the statutes.

There being so great a diversity of opinion upon this subject, it was thought advisable to submit the whole matter to the town. A town meeting was accordingly called, and upon the suggestion, ‘"that as 800 regulars were so easily disposed of in 1775, a few irregulars could be taken care of in 1859," ’and it was voted by a large majority, that the Selectmen should give their assent, provided the town should be at no expense for police force. Acting upon this vote, the Selectmen began to make arrangements for a requisite police force; the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars was raised by parties outside of the town and interested in the encampment, and put into the hands of the Selectmen. Although at first this sum was deemed to be ample, it was found to be wholly inadequate for the purpose, if all the police men were to be paid their per diem compensation in full. Letters were therefore sent to the mayors of several of the cities of this Common wealth, requesting them to volunteer a police force for the term of the muster. The cities of Boston, Cambridge, Charlestown, Lowell, Chelsea, Roxbury, New Bedford and Lynn, generously responded to


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this call, and good officers were sent from each of these places with out charge for the same, except for their board, &c., while on duty. For this liberality as evinced by these cities, the undersigned know that every citizen of this place will be grateful; and on behalf of the town they tender their sincere thanks to them. The above money, and that derived from licenses for exhibitions, was nearly sufficient to settle all police expenses, leaving only a small amount to be paid out of the treasury of the town. And the Selectmen are of the opin ion that the unusual quiet and good order observed on that occasion, was attributable in a great measure to the strong police force, and the precautions used to prevent any violation of law or disturbance of the public peace.

By a vote of the town, at the last April meeting, it was determined that the money raised for the support of schools, should be expended under the direction of the School Committee; orders, therefore, have been drawn for the whole sum raised for the year 1859-60, directly to the School Committee. The details of the expenditure of the same will appear in their report. The special amounts paid teachers, &c., as by the following report, were for the unexpired term of the year 1858-9, and have been taken from the general balances in the treasury to which it was transferred in 1857, when, by a vote of the town, the wages per week of teachers was fixed by the town.

It is found by an examination of the bridges, that a larger sum than usual will be required for the support of same. Somewhat extensive repairs must be made upon the Powder Mill bridge, and the bridge near Damon's factory, involving an outlay of from two to three hun- dred dollars for each bridge. The Nine Acre Corner bridge, near the residence of Isaac S. Lee, must be repaired at an expense of from fifty to seventy-five dollars. Most of the other bridges are believed to be safe and in fair repair, and will not require a large appropriation to keep them in good condition.

The following sums are recommended to be raised by the town for the ensuing year:

  • Support of Schools, $3300 00
  • Payment of Town House debt and interest, 1780 00
  • Repairs of Highways, 1000 00
  • Support of Poor, 800 00
  • Fire Department, 350 00
  • Repairs of Bridges, 700 00
  • Town Library, 287 00
  • Improvement of Public Grounds, 100 00
  • General Expenses, 1500 00

The following statement of the Receipts and Expenditures of the town for the year ending March 5, 1860, is herewith submitted.

GEORGE M. BROOKS,Selectmen

B.N. HUDSON,of

JULIUS M. SMITH ,Concord.

CONCORD, March 5, 1860.

4. (6) Appropriations and Receipts,

APPROPRIATIONS.
  • For Support of Schools, $3300 00
  • " Payment of Town House debt and interest, 1840 00
  • " Support of Poor, 1000 00
  • " Repairs of Highways, 1000 00
  • " General Expenses, 1500 00
  • " Alteration of Turnpike, 700 00
  • " Fire Department, 350 00
  • " Repairs of Bridges, 300 00
  • " Repair of Bedford Road, 300 00
  • " Town Library, 293 00
  • " Improvement of Public Grounds, 100 00
  • " Repair of Sluice near Emeline Barrett's, 100 00
  • " County Tax, 1475 97
  • " State Tax, 642 00
  • --- $12,900 97

RECEIPTS FROM OTHER SOURCES.
  • Overlay on Taxes, $454 81
  • Rent of Town Hall, 217 00
  • Commonwealth School Fund, 88 83
  • " Military Bounty, for 1858, 375 00
  • Income Cuming and Beaton Funds, 94 00
  • " Silent Poor Donations, 253 83
  • Of J. Hancock Bent, towards altering turnpike, 50 00
  • Licenses of Dogs, 43 00
  • C.B. Davis, payment in part for land purchased, 147 50
  • License for Circus, 10 00
  • For Taxes paid by persons under act of 1852, 7 00
  • --- $1740 97

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Expenditures, SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS.
  • Appropriation for 1859-60, $3300 00
  • Income Cuming and Beaton Funds, 94 00
  • " State School Fund, 88 83
  • ---$3482 83
  • Paid orders of School Committee, $3317 75
  • " John Garrison, care of School rooms, 73 00
  • " Proportion of fuel charged to Dist. 92 08
  • ---$3482 83

The following amounts due to teachers and for school expenses for the year 1858-9, have been drawn against the general balance in the Treasury, a portion of which belonged to the schools.

  • Paid Mary H. Davis, N. Centre School, teaching $80 00
  • " Jane Hosmer, E. Centre, School, do., 80 00
  • " Harriette Buttrick, W. Centre School, do., 80 00
  • " John Brown, Jr., Dist. No. 1, care &c., 24 73
  • " Mary H. Wood, Dist. No. 2, teaching, 90 00
  • " E.W. Bull, Dist. No. 2, wood, care &c., 34 76
  • " Mary Lee, Dist. No. 3, teaching, 84 00
  • " Gardner Wheeler, Dist. No. 3, wood, care, &c., 15 19
  • " Martha Farmer, Dist. No. 4, teaching, 108 00
  • " Augusta H. Barrett, Dist. No. 5, do., 80 00
  • v" Wm. G. Barrett, Dist. No. 5, care, &c., 14 97

  • " Sarah P. Bean, Dist. No. 6, teaching, 114 00
  • " Wm. Melvin, Dist. No. 6, care and wood, 6 46
  • " Caroline E. Hosmer, Dist. No. 7, teaching, 38 50
  • " Francis Hunt, Dist. No. 7, care, &c., 7 96
  • --- $858 57

PAYMENT OF TOWN HOUSE DEBT.
  • Appropriation, $1840 00
  • Paid Middlesex Institution for Savings, 840 00
  • Balance unpaid, $1000 00

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SUPPORT OF POOR.
  • Appropriation, $1000 00
  • Paid Jabez Reynolds, Chairman Overseers of Poor, 1000 00

REPAIRS OF HIGHWAYS.
  • Appropriation, $1000 00
  • Paid N. B. Stow, District No. 1, $265 07
  • " Wm. S. Rice, " No. 2, 83 05
  • " Wm. Wheeler, " No. 3, 126 87
  • " Jas. P. Brown, " No. 4, 134 42
  • " E. Wood, Jr., " No. 5, 99 50
  • " Jos. D. Brown, " No. 6, 114 80
  • " Silas Conant, " No. 7, 124 73
  • " W. H. Adams, " No. 8, 49 63
  • --- $998 07
  • Unexpended balance, $1 93

ALTERATION OF TURNPIKE.
  • Appropriation, $700 00
  • Rec. from J. Hancock Bent, (a gift to town,) 50 00
  • --- $750 00
  • Paid J. B. Moore, work on 204 1-2 rods road, $255 63
  • " Geo. L. Prescott, posts and lumber for
    railing, 20 21
  • ---$275 84
  • Unpaid balance, $474 16
  • Of which there is due the contractor but held by the
    trustee proccess, $350 00

FIRE DEPARTMENT.
  • Appropriation, $350 00
  • Paid Geo. L. Prescott, Chief Engineer, May 31, 1859, $264 27
  • " Geo. L. Prescott, " " March 5, 1860, 157 46
  • ---$421 73
  • Deficiency, 71 73

CEMETERY.
  • Unexpended balance in Treasury, $75 18
  • Paid John S. Keyes, Chairman Committee, 75 18

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REPAIRS OF BRIDGES.
  • Appropriation, $300 00
  • Paid Geo. L. Prescott, lumber and plank, $185 47
  • " Joseph P. George, labor and materials, 103 77
  • " Horton Hall & Co., spikes, nails, &c., 37 50
  • --- $326 74
  • Deficiency, $26 74

REPAIR OF BEDFORD ROAD.
  • Appropriation, $300 00
  • Paid Enoch Garfield, as per contract, $249 00
  • " " " for work since, 11 76
  • " H.D. Thoreau, surveying, &c., 10 00
  • ---$270 76
  • Unexpended balance, $29 24

TOWN LIBRARY.
  • Appropriation, $293 00
  • Paid E. R. Hoar, Chairman Library Committee, 293 00

IMPROVEMENT OF PUBLIC GROUNDS.
  • Unexpended balance, $54 87
  • Appropriation, 100 00
  • --- $154 87
  • Paid Samuel Staples, Superintendent, 145 44
  • Unexpended balance, $9 48

REPAIR OF SLUICE NEAR EMELINE BARRETT'S.
  • Appropriation, $100 00
  • Paid Cyrus Pierce, work on sluice and paving,
    gutter, $78 25
  • " for stone for same, 10 00
  • --- $88 25
  • Unexpended balance, $11 75

SILENT POOR.
  • Unexpended balance, $25 32
  • Income from Donations, 253 83
  • --- $279 15

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  • Paid sundry persons, as appears by Selectmen's
    book, $247 00
  • Unexpended balance, $32 15
  • State Tax, $642 00
  • County Tax, $1475 97

GENERAL EXPENSES.
  • Appropriation, $1500 00
  • Overlay on Taxes, 454 81
  • Commonwealth, Military Bounty, 375 00
  • Rent of Town Hall, 217 00
  • License of Circus, 10 00
  • Taxes of sundry persons, in 1858, 7 00
  • --- $2563 81

EXPENSE OF TOWN HOUSE.
  • Paid Geo. L. Prescott, for coal, $101 13
  • John Garrison, care of school rooms, 73 00
  • " " " hall and moving seats, 67 30
  • " " " library room, 10 00
  • Walcott & Holden, fluid, oil, candles, &c., 59 53
  • For oil, and express on same, 25 50
  • E. Stowell & Co., cleaning stoves, and
    pipe, and work on furnace, 26 26
  • G. Chilson & Co., new grate for furnace, 6 10
  • Sundry repairs on house, fence, &c., 18 65
  • Wood and cutting, and charcoal, 17 00
  • --- $404 47
  • Deduct am't charged Dist. No. 1, for fuel, care, &c, 165 08
  • Leaves expense of Hall and rooms, $239 39

REPAIRS OF SCHOOL HOUSES.
  • Paid J. M. Smith, painting and setting glass in
    District No. 1, $18 89
  • M. Hobson, work on houses in do., 15 20
  • E. W. Bull. repairs on fence and work on
    grounds, District No. 2, 42 26
  • J. M. Smith, setting glass in do., 1 00
  • H. H. Buttrick, whitewashing, and repairs
    of plastering in do., 10 50
  • J. M. Smith, painting house, and repairing
    blinds in District No. 3, 48 02
  • J. M. Smith, painting fence, District No. 6, 6 20
  • J. P. George, repair'g slating on school houses, 5 00
  • --- $147 07

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MISCELLANEOUS.
  • Paid Alvan Pratt, keeping weights and measures, $10 00
  • Wm. D. Brown, services on School Com., 29 00
  • Minot Pratt, do., 30 50
  • Joseph Reynolds, do., 48 50
  • A. Stacy, stationery for town officers, 6 32
  • Concord Artillery, bounty, 345 00
  • F. Buttrick, work railing on highways, 15 50
  • Geo. L. Prescott, posts and rails for do., 69 78
  • H. Newton, entertainment of town officers, 27 37
  • Robert H. Logan, work on highway near
    muster field, 9 00
  • Eben Wild, salary as librarian, 50 00
  • Richard Barrett, services as Assessor and cash
    paid tax book, 93 50
  • John B. Moore, " " use of team, 45 00
  • S. H. Rhoades, " " 35 00
  • Jos. Holbrook, sundry abatements of taxes,
    1857, 7 92
  • John B. Moore, do., do., 1858, 163 39
  • do., do., salary as Town Treasurer, 10 00
  • do., do., serving warrants, 2 00
  • do., do., collecting tax, 1858, 163 39
  • F. Stowell, care of clocks on church and
    school houses, 25 38
  • Geo. Heywood, services as Clerk, 20 00
  • " recording and returning marriages,
    births, and deaths, 13 86
  • Geo Heywood, going to Lincoln to count
    votes for representative, 2 00
  • Moses Hobson, repair of liberty pole, 4 50
  • J. M. Smith, painting of do., 12 68
  • " " " fences, 11 25
  • C. Pierce, work and material on Mill Dam
    sluices, 15 52
  • Policeman, cattle show, 4 00
  • Derby Brothers , powder for salutes, &c., 31 16
  • For express postage, 3 05
  • Interest on money borrowed, 46 40
  • Geo. L. Prescott, lumber for muster, 56 83
  • B. Tolman, printing town reports, warrants,
    dog license book, &c., 88 55
  • J. P. George, railing highways, 23 81
  • Jonas Melvin, returning 17 deaths, 1 70
  • " repairing sluices, 6 38
  • J. S. Keyes, damage to sleigh by defect in
    highway, 3 25
  • S. Staples, services killing dogs, 6 00

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  • Paid tax on land in Carlisle, 2 21
  • Sundry small bills paid by Selectmen, 13 75
  • Selectmen, making report, 15 00
  • --- $1448 81
  • Unexpended balance, $728 54

TABULAR STATEMENT OF
Receipts and Expenditures,
FROM MARCH 7TH, 1859, TO MARCH 5TH, 1860.RECEIPTS.
  • Unexpended balance as per Treasury Report, March 7,'59, $2082 81
  • Of Joseph Holbrook, balance of tax, 1857, 296 45
  • Appropriations for various objects, 12,900 97
  • Receipts from other sources, 1487 14
  • $16,767 37

EXPENDITURES.
  • Support of Schools, 1859-60, $3482 83
  • " " balance 1858-59, 858 57
  • Payment Town House Debt and Interest, 840 00
  • Support of Poor, 1000 00
  • Repairs of Highways, 998 07
  • Alteration of Turnpike, 275 84
  • Fire Department, 421 73
  • Cemetery, 75 18
  • Repairs of Bridges, 326 74
  • Repairs of Bedford Road, 270 76
  • Town Library, 293 00
  • Improvement of Public Grounds, 145 44
  • Repair of sluice near Emeline Barrett's, 88 25
  • General Expenses, 1835 27
  • County Tax, balance 1858, 305 48
  • State Tax, 1859, 642 00
  • ---$11,859 16
  • Unexpended balance, $4908 21

5. (13)Eighth Annual Report of the Town Library Committee.


The Library Committee present their Report for the year ending on the first Monday in March, 1860.

The amount of money received by them, is as follows:

  • The balance of last year's account, $78 51
  • The Town's appropriation for 1859, 293 00
  • Fines collected by Librarian in 1859, 8 58
  • ---$380 09

The amount expended has been:

  • For 233 volumes purchased, $259 12
  • For binding and covering books, and stationery, 7 06
  • Leaving a balance unexpended, of 113 91
  • --- $380 09

The whole number of books now belonging to the Library is 2762. The number added the past year has been, by purchase, 233; by donation, 26. No book has been lost during the year, and all but four volumes were in the Library room at the time of annual examination.

The number of ratable polls in Concord in the year 1859, was 574, and the appropriation for the maintenance and increase of the Library which the town is allowed by law, and required by contract to make this year, is $287 00.

A duplicate set of Miss Edgeworth's and of Dickens' works, strongly bound, have been purchased during the year, the sets already in the Library having been nearly read to pieces. The demand for both is so great, that it will be convenient to have two sets as long as the old ones last.

The additions to the Library have been greater during the past, than in any previous year; and it is now nearly twice as large as it was eight years ago. Another year will probably increase it to three thousand volumes, and it will then fill all the available space in the room which it now occupies. It is perhaps proper, therefore, for the town to begin to consider what accommodations shall be provided for its future growth. The room now occupied by the Intermediate school, while it is not very convenient for a school room, is very well adapted by its size and shape to the requirements of such a library as we hope in a few years to possess. As the question must so soon be presented, we have thought it best to make the suggestion thus seasonably.

E. R. HOAR,

R. W. EMERSON,Library

SIMON BROWN,

GEO. HEYWOOD,Committee.

G. REYNOLDS,

CONCORD, March 5, 1860.

6. (14)REPORT OF THE Superintendent of Public Grounds.


During the past year a strong and substantial fence has been put around the Green in front of the Town Hall, at a cost of about $70, which will be readily seen is of a lasting quality. The usual care of the Burying Grounds have come in course. There have been from 50 to 75 trees planted, and some replaced where others have died; and an arbor vitae hedge put in front of the Old Burying Ground, near Mrs. Bigelow's.

I think that the office of Superintendent of Public Grounds, and Superintendent of the Cemetery, might both be in one; and as Mr. Keyes is a superior man for the place, I hope that the town will choose him, as I must decline the office, on account of other business taking up my time for the present season.

The expenditures of the last year have been as follows:

  • Paid Cyrus Pierce, $46 00
  • George Clark, 1 50
  • Samuel Pierce, 11 20
  • Edward Hall, 6 00
  • E. C. Wetherbee, 4 83
  • G. Hyde, 27 50
  • Jerry Nolan, 10 50
  • Anthony Wright, 19 19
  • John Gregg, 2 00
  • For 108 chestnut posts, 9 72
  • For horse and cart, boards, nails, &c., &c., 14 00
  • ---$152 44

Respectfully submitted.
SAMUEL STAPLES, Superintendent.
CONCORD, March 5, 1860.

7. (15)Report of the Cemetery Committee.


The Committee having charge of the Cemetery, report that the operations of the year have consisted chiefly in the regular care of the ground, the planting of the flower border on the side of the main avenue, the making of a new entrance from the road, and of the work on the pond. This has occupied all the time of the superintendent, except when at work for the owners of lots.

The Concord Musical Society contributed the proceeds of a concert given by them, (amounting to over fifty dollars,) in a well selected collection of ornamental trees and shrubs. These were planted in the portion of the ground nearest to the village, and will soon add much to its beauty. The ladies raised nearly $200 by their Fourth of July entertainment, which was expended in excavating the pond. The mud dug out was sold for a fair price, and the amount received has been expended in gravelling the banks of the pond this winter.

For the coming season, the most pressing want is a well to supply water for the ground, and next, a thorough covering of the paths and avenues with gravel. These, with the care of the Cemetery, and the improvement of lots, will furnish work for one man the whole season, and the Committee recommend that the present superintendent be em- ployed another year. Seven lots have been sold this year, for $122, which is probably about the average yearly demand, and the whole number sold to this time is ninety-six, for $1,865. The number of interments the past year is ten, previously one hundred.

The meadow north of the Cemetery, was sold at auction pursuant to the vote of the town, and brought $295, which sum will soon be in the town treasury unappropriated. It affords an opportunity to the town to do something handsome. What shall it be?

The accounts for the year are as follows:

RECEIPTS.
  • From Fourth of July entertainment, $198 27
  • Receipts from pay for nine lots, 142 00
  • From labor of superintendent on lots, &c., 86 92
  • From wood, and mud, and grass sold, 70 00
  • From town, unexpended balance of last year, 75 18
  • --- $572 37

PAYMENTS.
  • Paid J. Wood, for 8 months' labor, at $27.50, $220 50
  • J. Wood, work in March, Dec., Jan., Feb., 55 00
  • J. Buttrick, for use of wagon, 2 75
  • J. M. Smith, for painting summer house, 7 71
  • Moses Hobson, for fence and new gate, 22 36
  • B. F. Nealey, for wheelbarrow, 6 50
  • E. Hall, blacksmith work, 4 67
  • H. Newton, use of horse and cart, 7 50
  • J. Holbrook, do., do., 2 00
  • J. W. Garfield, do., do., 7 50
  • G. L. Prescott, lumber for fence, &c., 12 80
  • G. Clark, sods and loam, 9 75
  • J. B. Moore, for trees, 6 67
  • Walcott & Holden, for sundries, 9 26
  • C. B. Davis, for rent of tenement, 9 00
  • For three ladders, 6 00
  • For labor on pond in August and Sept., 162 61
  • ---$552 58
  • Unexpended balance, $19 79

There are several sums still due for the work of the superintendent, and for deeds of lots, sufficient, when collected, to pay any outstand- ing bills, and leave a small balance to begin the new season with.

J. S. KEYES,
J. M. CHENEY,
R. W. EMERSON, Committee
N. BARRETT,
J. HOLBROOK,
CONCORD, March 5, 1860.

8. (17)Tenth Annual Report of the Fire Department.


Herewith is submitted to the town a list of the officers of the Fire Department for the year 1859-60, together with a statement of the condition of the property belonging to the town. There have been seven alarms of fire during the year, five of which were caused from fires out of town. The services of the engines have been required but twice; once at the burning of a shed, owned by Col. Shattuck, and once at the burning of Edward Conner's barn.

The Department is organized as follows:

GEO. L. PRESCOTT, Chief Engineer;
SAMUEL LEES,
JOEL W. WALCOTT, Assistant Engineers.
JOHN B. MOORE,
MOSES HOBSON, Foreman;
Fountain FRANCES STOWELL, Assistant Foreman;
No. 1. CHARLES BOWERS, Clerk.
30 Members.
SAMUEL LEES, Foreman;
Factory Boy, W. D. BROWN, Assistant Foreman and Clerk.
No. 2. 25 Members.
EDWARD STOWELL, Foreman;
Independence, JONAS MELVIN, Assistant Foreman;
No. 3. JOHN F. WINCH, Clerk.
45 Members.

Engine No. 1, is in good order; has 300 feet leading hose, and 35 feet suction hose.

No. 2, is in good order; has 200 feet leading hose, and 24 feet suction hose, and is well manned by a volunteer company.

No. 3, is also in good order; has 825 feet leading hose, and 36 feet suction hose.

The expenses for the past year have been as follows:

EXPENSES OF NO. 1.
  • Paid for wood, $1 64
  • Charles D. Tuttle for horse, 1 00
  • J. M. Smith, 1 69
  • N. H. Warren, horses, 5 00

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  • Paid E. Stowell & Co.'s bill, 2 00
  • F. E. Bigelow, 5 00
  • Walcott & Holden, 2 doz. chairs, and 1 table,10 15
  • E. Hall, 4 24
  • G. W. Todd, horses, 9 00
  • T. A. Skinner's bill, 4 94
  • H. C. Watts's bill, 20 00
  • ---$64 66

EXPENSES OF NO. 2.
  • Paid T.A. Skinner, repairing hose, $6 65

EXPENSES OF NO. 3.
  • Paid for wood, $1 40
  • L. Fay, 9 pulley blocks, 5 00
  • J. M. Smith, 2 17
  • C. E. Snell, steward, 16 50
  • Sweet oil, candles, &c., 2 12
  • vE. Stowell & Co., 1 75

  • Walcott & Holden, 1 04
  • E. Hall, 6 24
  • G. W. Todd, horses, 12 00
  • " " " oiling harness, 3 00
  • T. A. Skinner, 27 04
  • ---$78 26

GENERAL EXPENSES.
  • Paid Derby Brothers ' bill of 1858, $2 67
  • B. Hastings, refreshments after fire at Lincoln, 5 22
  • --- $7 89
  • Summary, General Expenses, $7 89
  • Expense of No. 1, 64 66
  • " " 2, 6 65
  • " " 3, 78 26
  • Pay of Engine Company No. 1, 102 50
  • " " " 3, 131 77
  • Chief Engineer's salary, 30 00
  • --- $421 73

GEO. L. PRESCOTT, Chief Engineer.
CONCORD, March 5, 1860.

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Report of the Overseers of the Poor.RECEIPTS.
  • By order on Treasury, $1000 00

EXPENDITURES AT THE FARM.
  • Paid Joseph Dakin, amount due as per last report, $71 00
  • Joseph Dakin, salary in part, 605 00
  • vM. Hobson's bill for work, 11 85

  • J. M. Smith's bill for door and paint, 2 45
  • J. H. Bent, bill for fence, 9 60
  • " " for wagon cap, 1 50
  • " " setting tire on cart, 2 00
  • " " whitewashing, 2 50
  • There will be due Superintendent, April 1st, 45 00
  • --- $750 90

EXPENDITURES AWAY FROM THE FARM.
  • Paid town of Provincetown, support of Hayne's boy, $7 36
  • City of Lowell, support of Mrs. How and 3 children, 70 05
  • Mrs. Hayward, support of 3 children, 110 00
  • City of Lynn, " Elsey Hook, 8 36
  • " Boston, " Martha Fletcher, 19 74
  • Eliza H. Gilson, " Mrs. Bailey, 26 00
  • Interest on borrowed money, 2 33
  • Wood, groceries, & c., to John Goodwin, 8 78
  • Groceries to William Haynes, 6 18
  • Aid rendered sundry persons, 9 55
  • J. Reynolds, journey to Lowell, 2 50
  • Postage, stationery, &c., 1 25
  • Dr. Bartlett, services rendered, 5 00
  • J.H. Bent, journey and expenses to Lowell, 10 00
  • " services as overseer, 7 00
  • --- $294 10
  • $1045 00
  • 20
  • From which deduct balance due Superintendent, as per last report, $71 00
  • Repairs in and about the premises, 29 00
  • Amount due from State, 15 00
  • ---$115 90
  • Will give the cost of supporting the poor for the year, $929 10

Respectfully submitted.
JABEZ REYNOLDS,Overseers

J. HANCOCK BENT,of

MOSES HOBSON,the Poor.

CONCORD, March 5, 1860.


10. (21)Marriages, Births and Deaths in Concord, in 1859.

The records of Marriages, Births and Deaths which have occured in Concord, during the year 1859, show the following facts:

MARRIAGES.--Whole number, 19. Of the parties, 28 were inhab- itants of Concord, and 10 of other places; 7 were born in Concord, 9 in other towns in Massachusetts, and 22 in other places. Of the males, 18 were first marriages, and 1 a second marriage. Of the females, 18 were first marriages, and 1 a second marriage. There were in 1858, 13 marriages; increase, 6.

BIRTHS.--Whole number, 48, being 7 more than 1858. Males, 29 females, 19. Of these, 24 were born of Irish parents, being one- half of the whole number. Still-born, 3; illegitimate, 1.

DEATHS.--Whole number, 17. Males, 7, females, 10. Of the males, 2 were married, 3 unmarried, and 2 were widowers. Of the females, 4 were married, 4 unmarried, and 2 widows.

The whole number of deaths is less for the year 1859, than in any year since 1791.

Of these persons, 6 were born in Concord, 5 in other towns in the State, and 6 in other places.

Of the males over 15 years of age, 2 were farmers, 1 a trader, 1 a pencil manufacturer, 1 a laborer, and 1 a pauper.

Deaths between 80 and 90 years of age--males,1--females, 0

  • " " 70 " 80 " " " 2 " 3
  • " " 60 " 70 " " " 0 " 2
  • " " 50 " 60 " " " 2 " 1
  • " " 40 " 50 " " " 0 " 1
  • " " 30 " 40 " " " 1 " 0
  • " " 20 " 30 " " " 0 " 2
  • " " 10 " 20 " " " 0 " 0
  • " " 5 " 10 " " " 0 " 0
  • v" " 1 " 5 " " " 0 " 0

  • " under 1 year, " " " 1 " 1

Average length of life, 50 1-4 years.

Deaths by Consumption, 9 Deaths by Asthma, 1
" " Old age, 2 " " Schirrus of stomach, 1
" " Typhoid fever, 2 " " Infantile, 2

Of the persons who died of Consumption, 5 were between 50 and 70 years of age.


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The names and ages of the persons who died in 1859, are as follows, viz:

John Thoreau, 71 yrs. Hannah Whiting, 71 yrs.
William Tarbell, 81 yrs. Lucia H. Simmons, 71 yrs.
Tilly Buttrick, 75 yrs. Abel B. Heywood, 54 yrs.
Sarah R. Barrett, 63 yrs. Amos Wheeler, 51 yrs.
Margaret Mahoney, 52 yrs. Crista Thompson, 43 yrs.
Caroline Vance, 62 yrs. William Wood, 31 y., 7 m. 26 d.
Rebecca Prescott, 74 yrs. Sarah A. Ball, 27 yrs.
Helen Auty, 27 yrs. Margaret Fahan, 2 m.
John Appleton, 1 day.

The deaths in 1859, were, according to the United States Census for 1850, as 1 to every 132 1-3.

GEO. HEYWOOD, Town Clerk.
CONCORD, Jan. 1st, 1860.

11. (23) Town Officers, for 1860, '61.


Town Clerk,--GEORGE HEYWOOD.

Selectmen,--EPHRAIM W. BULL, BARZILLAI N. HUDSON, JULIUS M. SMITH.

Assessors,--RICHARD BARRETT, GEO. HEYWOOD, JOHN B. MOORE.

School Committee,--F. B. SANBORN, J. S. KEYES, JOSEPH REYNOLDS, E. W. BULL, EDWIN WHEELER, WM. D. BROWN, JACOB B. FARMER, L. W. BEAN, NATHAN BARRETT.

Treasurer,--GEO. HEYWOOD.

Overseers of the Poor,--JABEZ REYNOLDS, JAMES P. BROWN, MOSES HOBSON.

Collector of Taxes,--JONAS MELVIN.

Constables,--MOSES PRICHARD, SAMUEL STAPLES, JOHN B. MOORE.

E.R. HOAR, R. WALDO EMERSON,
Library Committee, SIMON BROWN, GRINDALL REYNOLDS,
GEO. HEYWOOD.

Surveryors of Highways,--
Dist. No. 1, NATHAN B. STOW, Dist. No. 5, ELIJAH WOOD, Jr.,
" 2, JOHN B. MOORE, " 6, JOSEPH D. BROWN,
" 3, GARDNER WHEELER, " 7, SILAS CONANT,
" 4, CYRUS HOSMER, " 8, THOS. M. BALCOM.

Fence Viewers,--SAMUEL STAPLES, SAMUEL H. RHOADES, SAMUEL BARRETT.

Surveyors of Lumber,--JAMES ADAMS, GEO. L. PRESCOTT, WILLIAM WHITING.

Measurers of Wood and Bark,--
JAMES ADAMS, N. W. BROOKS, WILLIAM D. BROWN, CHARLES B. DAVIS, JOSEPH P. GEORGE, JONATHAN HILDRETH, SILAS M. HOLDEN, GEORGE L. PRESCOTT, MICAJAH RICE, WILLIAM WHITING, ANTHONY WRIGHT.


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Field Drivers,-- JAMES M. BILLINGS, J. HANCOCK BENT, PETER HUTCHINSON, JOSEPH A. MELVIN.

Cemtery Committee,--JOHN S. KEYES, JOHN M. CHENEY, R. WALDO EMERSON, NATHAN BARRETT, JOSEPH HOLBROOK.

Superintendent of Public Grounds,--SAMUEL STAPLES.

Sealer of Weights and Measures,--ALVAN PRATT.

Pound Keeper,--JOHN WHEELER.

Engineers of Fire Department,--GEO. L. PRESCOTT, J. W. WAL- COTT, SAMUEL LEES, JOHN B. MOORE.--(Appointed by Selectmen.)

Auctioneer,--SAMUEL STAPLES.--(Appointed by Selectmen.)

Weigher,--GEORGE L. PRESCOTT.--(Appointed by Selectmen.)

Liquor Agent,--JOSEPH REYNOLDS.--(Appointed by Selectmen.)

Sexton,--JONAS MELVIN.--(Appointed by Selectmen.)