||Edwin B. Worthen Collection
|Date of photo
||Gathering of residents at Village (Volunteer) Hall during presentation of piano to Miss Carrie Fiske, 1890.
"As we get well past middle age, our thoughts turn back to our school-days. To everyone of us come memories of our teachers. Those who labored long and faithfully to start us well in the battle of life. Memories not always pleasant but time tempers our judgement so we condemn few and sing the praises of the many.
With no exception the most beloved teacher Lexington ever had was Miss Carrie F. Fiske who taught the primary grade at Adams School from 1872 to 1917. Forty-five years! Early in 1890 the Boston Evening Record started a voting contest for the most popular teacher in Massachusetts. The prize - an Esty Piano. East Lexington entered Miss Fiske's name and went to it with a wiil to see that she should win. Groups met every evening to cut out the votes and fill them in. Generous pocket-books bought Records by the thousands. And Miss Fiske won - leading the nearest competitor by over 25,000 votes.
The picture was taken May 16, 1890, the day the piano was presented to Miss Fiske. There was a fine parade, and then the presentation exercises at the Village Hall. The parade had just reached the Hall and the piano is being unloaded to be carried inside. That evening we collected all the hundred thousand newspapers and carted them to the hill back of the hall and had a fine bonfire.
Building erected 1838 for Universalist Church. Used only a few years. Sold to Catholics in 1865. Purchased by Town for fire station in 1873. She received 108,824 notes. Total vote in state just over 700,000. Began to rain just as parade reached Village Hall. Band concert inside. In evening - fine concert and presentation of piano."
Village Hall, Massachusetts Avenue #1006
East Lexington Fire Station, Massachusetts Avenue #1006
Massachusetts Avenue #1006, East Lexington Fire Station
||Gathering at Village (Volunteer) Hall, 1890