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arm the fruit of her labor.

HoLTEN High School.
The High School in the North Parish appeared in two carriages,
each of which was trimmed for the occasion with evergreens. The
advance carriage was the " Hector," bearing most of the ladies dressed
in white, and wearing on their heads turbans of pink tarlatane, with
long veils. In this carriage were two banners, one having the arms of
the D'Anvers Family, and the motto, " History is our lesson to-day ;"
on the reverse,

" We are grateful for the Past, and we will labor
FOR the Future."
The other, bearing the name of the school, and the motto,

" ipi,Xojoq)lu lliov KvSeQvr^rijg ;''"'
on the reverse, " Scientia lux Mentis."


In the next carriage was most admirably represented a Trial for
Witchcraft — the court and its officers in full costume. The Chief
Justice, Cotton Mather, E,ev. Mr. Burroughs, and other historical char-
acters, the witnesses, &c., were enacted to the life. Dr. Mather was
rather surprised on finding himself introduced to the Rev. Mr. Braman,
the present pastor of the church at " Salem Village," but with dignity
and courtesy he greeted the reverend gentleman, who, on his part,
extended a most hearty and cordial salutation, with his wonted humor.
The Judge and Mr. Burroughs went through the same ceremony with
characteristic gravity.

After this interruption the trial proceeded, the several witnesses,
Eleazer Kcyson, Samuel Webber, Ann Putnam, and Goodwife Sarah
Viber testifying, in the strongest manner, to the guilt of the accused,
who was of course convicted, and put under the custody of the Royal
Sheritf, whose scarlet coat and otBcial staff rendered him a prominent
figure at the trial.

This school is under the care of Mr. A. P. S. Stuart, and forty-two
pupils took part in the representations.

School District No. 1 is situated in the south part of the town, join-
ing Salem, with which it is connected by Main Street. In this district
is located the Lexington Battle Monument, the Danvers Bank, Meth-
odist Meeting-house, Southwick's large Tannery, and the principal
burying-ground, where now rest many of the earliest and most valued
citizens of the town. This district was the home of Gen. Foster, the
greater part of his life ; of Dennison Wallis, Edward Southwick,
Squires Shove, William Sutton, Major Sylvester Osborn, Mr. W^ard, and
Dea. Fitch Poole, Ebenezer Shillaber, and Oliver Saunders, as well as
others whose lives of usefulness have done much to give a character of
enterprise and worth to Danvers. Some notoriety has been acquired
abroad on account of this being the place where Elizabeth Whitman
sojourned and died, (better known to romance readers as Eliza Whar-
ton,) and pilgrimages are still made to her grave, the mutilated head-
stone bearing ample evidence of the ravages of these relic-seeking and
lovesick votaries.

The schools in this district were under the care of Mr. Thomas B.
Hinckley, Miss Sarah H. Burt, and Miss Elizabeth E.Winchester. The
number of scholars furnished to the procession was two hundred and
ten, one hundred and sixty of whom were dressed in Turkish costume.
The boys were attired in blue tunics and white trowsers, with scarfs
and turbans, each carrying a glittering scimitar ; the girls, in blue
waists and white skirts, with Turkish head-dress.

The schools represented in this part of the procession were the
Grammar, Wallis, and Primary, each accompanied by its teacher.
The order of arrangement was as follows. First came the Grammar
school, at the head of which was borne a banner inscribed with the
No. of the district to which it belonged, followed at a short distance
by another, bearing the Wallis school motto, "Dennison Wallis,
OUR Benefactor." Then came another, with the inscription, " True
thatched with evergreen and decorated with wreaths and flowers, con-


taining " buds of promise" in their holiday dresses, accompanied by
their teacher. From the back of this carriage was seen a gentleman
of the olden time, who, judging from the expression of his countenance,
was evidently regarding, with a troubled mind, the changes wrought in
dress and habits of life by the lapse of years. There was also among
the pedestrians one old gentleman, who evidently belonged to a former
age, and who, though " in the world, was not of the world."

There are three schools in District No. 2, under the care of Mr.
E. B. Lear, Miss Sarah A. Osgood, and Miss Lydia A. Tilton. This
district comprises what was formerly called Skelton's Neck, afterwards
New Mills, and now Danvers Port. It was formerly the residence of
Gov. Endicott, and within its bounds the famous old Pear Tree, which
tradition informs us was planted by the Governor, still flourishes, and
the fruit of its tliird century is annually plucked by his descendants.
Col. Hutchinson, of revolutionary memory, was born in this district.
Here is a Post Office and Railroad Station, and two Churches, Baptist
and Universal ist.

There were one hundred and fifteen pupils from this district, who
came in a building which was intended to represent a schoolhouse, and
was appropriately trimmed with green branches and various kinds of
flowers. It was drawn with its immense load by a noble team of eight
gray horses, each bearing on his headstall a miniature American flag.
This beautiful team was gratuitously furnished by Mathew Hooper,
Esq., an enterprising and public spirited inhabitant of the district.

The girls wore white dresses and millinett hats trimmed with ever-
green. The boys had dark jackets, white pants, and palm-leaf hats
trimmed with evergreen and flowers. On a banner \Vas inscribed,
" Substance not Show."

The school taught by Miss Sophia C. Appleton, in District No. 3,
(Putnamville) followed in a carriage drawn by two horses, which were
decorated with evergreen and flowers. The carriage was also arched
with birch boughs, and bore a banr^er inscribed, " Putnamville, Dis-
trict No. 3."

The boys were dressed in blue sacks, white pantaloons, and palm-
leaf hats trimmed with evergreen. The girls wore white dresses, with
millinett hats, with wreaths of flowers. The whole number of scholars
in attendance was thirty-seven. This district is the birthplace of Gen.
Moses Porter and Hon. Elias Putnam.

The school in District No. 4, the birthplace of Gen. Israel Putnam,
also came in a carriage trimmed with evergreen, and drawn by two
horses tastefully decorated. Banners were borne with the following
inscriptions :

" Our Koh-i-noor,"
" From the Bush."

The boys of this school were uniformly dressed in green jackets
and palm-leaf hats. The girls also wore palm-leaf hats with wreaths.
This school was under the care of Miss Mary A. AVilkins, and forty
scholars attended.

The schools in District No. 5, the home of Judge Holten and Rev.
Dr. Wadsworth, where is located the Village Meeting-house, and where
Rev. Mr. Parris formerly lived, and the Witchcraft delusion originated,
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came next in three carnages, which were trimmed with evergreen and
arched over with foliage. They were well filled with happy-looking
mastei'S and misses, the whole number being eighty-four. The first
carriage bore this inscription, " We come from Salem Village ;"
the second — " Descendants of the Witches," and the third — " The child
is father to the man." These schools were attended by their teach-
ers, Miss Sarah F. and Miss Ann Jeanette Emery.

School District No. 6 is in the central part of the town, the former
residence of Master Daniel Eppes, and is known as the place where the
Royal Governor, Gen. Gage, was encamped with his troops, previous
to the Revolutionary war, to overawe the colonists. His head quarters
were at the old mansion now standing, called the Collins house.

The school in this district, under the care of Miss Harriet Felton,
made a fine appearance. The children connected with it numbered
about fifty. First in order came a vehicle containing the boys, who
were intended to represent Robin Hood's archers, each boy having in
his hand a bow and arrow. Their dress was white pants, green tunics,
and straw hats, with a wreath of evergreen. On their banners were
the following : In front —

" No. 6. Incorporated Nov. 17, 1800."
In the rear —

" Bend the bow and wing the dart,
Let it reach each foeman's heart ;
But the enemy must be
All that's bad in you or me."

Next came the girls belonging to the school. They were intended
to represent Flower Girls. They were dressed in white, with a wreath
of flowers around their hats, and each one having a bouquet in her
hand. Their carriage was roofed over and densely covered with hem-
lock boughs and evergreen, interspersed with flowers of every variety
and hue. For their motto they had the following : " Flowers are types
of innocent childhood."

" Flowers that bloom for a season.
Flowers that bloom forever."

There were also two other vehicles connected with the district, — one
contained some of the older girls dressed partly in antique style ; the
other was a very ancient sleigh, owned by one of the inhabitants of the
district, in which were four girls dressed in ancient costume. Dresses
of brocade silk and damask, high-heeled shoes, bonnets of ancient
style, and a beaver hat ornamented with plumes, comprised a part of
their attire. As it was the custom of the original owner of the sleigh
to have a black servant for a driver, they procured one of the same
race for their driver, an old horse, an ancient string of bells, &;c.,
were all intended to represent a sleigh-ride in 1752.

The school in District No. 8, the place where Gen. Foster spent the
last part of his life and where he died, was represented by sixty
scholars, who attracted much attention from their lively and animated
appearance, the magnitude of their carriage, and the novelty of its
team. The carriage was of great size, arched with birch trees, and
trimmed with evergreens and flowers, the sides being festooned with
oak leaves. A banner, trimmed with evergreen and roses, with the


name of the district, was borne at each end of the carriage, one of
which had the following inscriptions : —

"/'•anV — never accomplished anything.
"I'LL TRY"— has done wonders.

On the other banner were the following: —
Knowledge is Power.
Strive to Improve.
Patience. Perseverance.

The carriage was drawn by a team of six pair of fine looking oxen,
which were well managed by their young drivers. The cattle wei'e
gaily decorated with miniature flags, Evergreens and flowers.

The scholars were uniformly dressed ; the boys in brown linen sacks
and blue sashes, straw hats trimmed with blue ribbon, and white
pantaloons. The girls wore blue waists, white skirts, and white paste-
board hats, trimmed with wreaths of flowers. The merry voices of
these young people were often heard from their leafy bower, in lively
cheers and jocund school songs, as they were drawn through the streets.

This school is imder the charge of Mr. W. F. Gile.

From District No. 10, in West Danvers, under the care of Miss
Harriette Proctor, the number of scholars that joined the procession
was fifty-seven, riding in three carriages, trimmed with evergreen, and
drawn by two horses each. They were escorted to South Danvers by
a cavalcade, consisting of about twenty young men, uniformly dressed
in Kossuth hats and white pants, former members of the school. The
first carriage contained the boys composing the school, wearing hats
and epaulettes made of evergreen and roses, with scarlet sashes,
accompanied by two of the descendants of the Salem Witches, attired
in a costume of by-gone days. On the banner borne by these lads
was the following inscription : — " Common Schools. The tree due


In the next carriage were twelve little boys and girls, dressed in
white, accompanied by their teacher, wearing wreaths of roses, with
bouquets in their hands. The carriage bore the motto — "Flowers


In the last, came the girls of the school, with dresses of white, pink
hats and jackets, each carrying a fancy flower basket, and singing on
the route a variety of school songs. Their banner was a representation
of a rainbow. Underneath was the following : —

" The rainbow promise gives
That future years shall brighter be."

The whole number of scholars in the procession from District No.
11, was one hundred and seventy. There are in this district three
schools. Primary, Intermediate and Grammar. The boys of these 'N
schools, numbering about ninety, were dressed in the Grecian costume, .'
consisting of a white frock with a black belt, a toga or cape, fastened (
at both shoulders, and extending to, and fastened around, the wrist of
the right arm ; long white hose ; low shoes ; and a blue cap, of conical
form, the upper part hanging upon the right side of the head. The
girls' dress consisted of a white waist and skirt, and a white hat


adorned with wreaths. la front of the Greeks, were two scholars
representing, in costume, ancient and modern physicians. In the
centre of the Greeks of the Grammar School was a group of High-
landers. The scholars of this school bore a banner, upon the folds of
which was inscribed, " Knowledge is power"; the Highlanders one,
whh the motto, " Scotland ! there is music in the sound"; and the
Intermediate had for their motto, written partially in hieroglyphics,
"Tall oaks from little acorns grow."

Between the boys and girls was a carriage with a platform, upon
which Hydropathy was represented. This carriage was tastefully
ornamented with wreaths and flowers, and bore on each side the words,
" Give me Niagara and I will cul-e the world." The care and adroit-
ness which the Doctor manifested in wrapping up his patient, convinced
the multitude that he was skilled in the science which he represented.

A second carriage contained a representation of the Spiritual Rap-
pings. Upon the platform was a stand, from which an iron rod passed
to a boy underneath, who worked the stand agreeably to signals gi%'en
by the operator on the top. Upon each side of this carriage was
inscribed, "Modern Witchcraft; call and investigate."

In the rear of the Grammar and Intermediate, was the Primary
School, drawn in a truly splendid carriage, having seats arranged in
the form of a pyramid. From the centre of the upper seat arose a
tree, which was rendered truly beautiful by being adorned with roses.
The motto, "We are a happy band," appeared among its branches.

There are four teachers employed in these schools. Charles E.
Bradford, teacher of the Grammar School; Miss Sarah Safford, assist-
ant teacher of the Grammar School; Miss Julia A. Page, teacher of
the Intermediate School ; Miss Catherine L. Wiswell, teacher of the
Primary School.

This school district is situated in the south part of the town, which
was formerly called Brooksby, and afterwards the Middle Precinct.
Here is the principal Post Office, Hotel, W^arren Bank, the large
Bleachery, and extensive Glue Works of Walker & Upton, the Peabody
High School, and four of the five churches of South Danvers. Here
also is the junction of the South Reading, the Essex, and the Lowell
Railroads, and their several Stations.

This district was the residence and birth place of Zacbary King,
and his numerous descendants, among whom was Hon. Daniel P. King.
It was also the birth place of Gen. Gideon Foster, and George Peabody,
now of London. It was the residence of Rev. Mr. Holt; and the
school was formerly taught by Master Benjamin Gile, the teacher so
much celebrated for his eccentricities, as well as his excellencies, and
who caused to be inscribed the following words on his grave stone, as
his most honorable epitaph : —


District No. 12 came next, and presented more variety, and evi-
dences of at least as great taste and ingenuity, as any which preceded
it. Great credit is due to the principal teacher. Miss A. J. DeMerritt,
' and to those spirited inhabitants of the district who assisted in the
preparations, for the beauty and variety of their part of the show. It


was in this district that some of the youthful days of the Philosopher
Dr. Bowditch were passed, and the house where he lived is still stand-
ing. Rev. Daniel Poor, D. D., Missionary to Ceylon, was also born
here. Here is the Monumental Cemetery, and the spot long known
as the "Pine Tree," a famous landmark in ancient times.

There were one hundred and twenty in the procession, who were
led off by a gentleman, in full attire of a Hussar, with two military
attendants. Then came a Potter, manufacturing the Danvers China'
Ware as he passed along. After him came the brave Minutemen of
1775, Capt. Foster as their leader, all being dressed in the costume of
'75. The minutemen were followed by a Quaker and Quakeress of
one hundred and twenty years ago ; also five young ladies and a young
gentleman, in costume from one hundred to four hundred years

Next came a representation of Dr. Bowditch, in a vessel, with his
globes, quadrant, sextant and compass, with four naval officers, — a
banner, on one side of which was painted the cottage of Dr Bowditch,
with these words, "The Home of Bowditch." On the opposite side,
" He who has added laurels of Scientific research to his town
or country, deserves to be gratefully reme3ibered."

Old Dr. Parr and his Lady, in an ancient chaise, were represented,
and both bore marks of extreme old age. Next came a banner, borne
by three lads in Italian costume, with this inscription : —

" From the clime of song and sun,
From the banks of Arno's river,
Italia's fair daughters we come,
With Floral offerings hither."

Following the banner were fourteen young misses, as Italian Flower
Girls, dressed in white muslin, with baskets of flowers on their heads,
singing as they passed along. A pony and chaise, with a miniature
man, in costume of olden time, with two young misses.

Then followed a Turkish tent or harem, with the grand Sultan and
his family, which consisted of four wives and eight children, in the
full dress of the in-door costume ; the Sultan quietly enjoying a smoke
from his chibouk as he passed along, while his wives were as happily
engaged with the smaller Turkish pipes.

Three carriages were decorated with evergreens, flowers and ban-
ners, in which were placed the floral procession.

There was also a large carriage, in which were represented the
mothers and daughters of a century ago. One was spinning — another
combing flax — another carding — one at the foot-wheel — another mend-
ing — one reeling yarn — another knitting — all in ancient costume, with
furniture of ancient date. This was the fourth scene in the proces-

It was a source of much regret that the services of the junior
teacher. Miss Lucy A. Colby, could not be commanded, on account of
ill health. Her heart was, however, so much in the undertaking, that
her fine poetical talent was put in requisition, and in her sickness she
dictated to an amanuensis an original hymn, which was sung by her
pupils in the procession.


The principal school in District No. 13 is under the management of
Mr. A. G. Webster. The whole number of scholars connected with
the school under his charge was fifty-six, only forty-six of wliom
appeared in the procession. The costume worn by the young ladies
consisted of a white dress, green sash, and foundation muslin hats,
broad rims, trimmed with a wreath of evergreen, resting on the rim
and nearly concealing the crown. That of the young gentlemen was
white pantaloons, dark cloth spencers, and cloth caps, surrounded with
a wreath of oak leaves. The carriage was drawn by a pair of gray
horses, and was very neatly trimmed with small trees and branches,
slightly arched at the top ; they were placed about fifteen inches apart
on the sides, and the branches were woven together near the top in
the form of an arch, between each upright, all of which were very
neatly interwoven with evergreen and studded with roses. In front of
the carriage, and elevated above it, a banner was suspended, bearing
the inscription, "No. 13 Grammar School." In the rear of it, a
small national flag was suspended from a staff.

The Intermediate School, Miss Martha C. Putnam, teacher, appeared
with forty scholars. The carriage was trimmed with evergreen, and
drawn by two horses. The girls were dressed in white, with white
muslin hats.

The Primary School, Miss Harriet M. Putnam, teacher, with twenty-
nine scholars. The carriage was similar to that of the Intermediate

Both schools carried banners, designating the number of the district
and name of the school.

This district is in North Danvers, and in the centre of the principal
village called the "Plains." Here is a Post Office, Hotel, the Third
Congregational Church, the Village Bank, and the Holten High School.
The Walnut Grove Cemetery, a beautiful and romantic spot, is on its
borders. This district is the present residence of Hon. Judge Samuel
Putnam, and was the former residence of the late Hon. Elias Putnam,
to whose sagacity, public spirit and energy, this village owes much of
its prosperity. It was also the residence of Col. Jeremiah Page, and
others who have done much for the credit and honor of their town and

Last in this division of the procession appeared the children of No.
14. This district is in the flourishing village of Tapleyville, the seat
of Mr. Gilbert Tapley's extensive Carpet Factory, and a Post Office.
The girls were tastefully arrayed in blue tunics, Gypsey hats, and
white dresses, and the boys in straw hats and white pants, numbering
about one hundred and twenty. They were seated upon a showy and
somewhat unique carriage, built in the form of a cone, of which the
base, or lower tier of seats, was about 16 feet across. Above this,
arose four other tiers, surmounted by a circular platform, upon which
two of the larger boys were stationed, at an elevation of about sixteen
feet from the ground, supporting a splendid banner, on one side of
which was the inscription, " Tapleyville, No. 14 "; and on the other,
the device of a budding rose tree, with the motto, " First the bud,


The carriage was carpeted throughout, by the generosity of the


gentlemanly proprietor of the carpet establishment in this vicinity,
which added much to its comfort and adornings ; while the miniature
banners, that floated in the breeze, the music, that lent its cheering
inspiration, and the myriad of happy faces, that adorned the car,
seemed strikingly illustrative of one of the mottoes with which it was
inscribed, " The good time has come, boys "; and the appropriateness
of another, " All's well that ends well," was readily appreciated
by all who "were there to see."

The two rural districts. No 7 and No. 9, Avere not represented in
the procession. They are situated in the west part of the town, the
former having been the residence of the late Hon. Daniel P. King, and
Giles Corey, of Witchcraft memory. In a remote corner of this terri-
tory and partly in No. 9, is that romantic region known as the " Devil's
Dishful," and on a stream flowing through it from Humphrey's Pond,
is a large manufactory of hosiery and woolen goods. No. 9 is the
least populous district in town, and joins Lynnfield. Its territory is
level and the scenery pleasant. It borders on that beautiful sheet
of water formerly called Humphrey's Pond, but more recently " Sun-
taug Lake," about half of which belongs to Lynnfield.

After the Public Schools, came a gay-looking chariot, called " Lady
Essex," containing about fifty young misses, the pupils of the Private
Schools of Miss Sarah B. Peirce and Miss Mary Ann Chase, both of
which are located in District No. 1.

The young ladies of the former school wore green hats with wreaths,
white dresses and green sashes. Those of the latter, wore white hats
with wreaths, white dresses and pink sacks.

Their vehicle, which was built for the accommodation of large
sleighing parties, made an elegant and imposing appearance, mounted
on wheels, and drawn by a fine team of six black horses.

Next after the schools, came a Cavalcade of Young Men, well
mounted, under the direction of the following Marshals :
Walter S. Fairfield, Chief Marshal.
Francis A. Osborn and Joseph Jacobs, Jr., Aids.
Assistant Marshals.
Thomas E. Proctor, Oscar Phillips,

Eben. Sutton, Jr., Charles C. Poor,

Nath'l p. Symonds, Jr.

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