JOHN CHISHOLM COLLECTION OF CONCORD, MASS., TOWN FINANCIAL RECORDS, 1844-1878
Vault A5, Unit A18
EXTENT: 150 items (one container).
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT: Items are organized in a single file chronologically by the date when the town marked the bill as paid, rather than by the date the bill was submitted to the town or the date that the payee began to keep a billable tally. Items are arranged in folders by the town’s fiscal year, running March to March. Several undated items have been placed in sequence through reference to the printed town report. When more than one bill carries the same paid date, items are arranged in the sequence indicated by the town’s handwritten accounting or filing numbers that appear on the back of most documents in the collection. When no paid date is given, items are arranged by the latest date appearing on the document.
BIOGRAPHY: Born in Concord, Massachusetts, on 1 May 1922, John Chisholm is a lifetime resident of Concord, as were his parents, Allen Chisholm and Ellen Brennan Chisholm. After service in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, he married in 1947, started a family, and worked in several jobs locally and in Boston. In 1955, he joined the Concord Fire Department, where he served until his retirement in 1983. Interested in genealogical studies and history, especially local history, he is a charter member and active participant in the Concord Minute Men.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: A collection of bills, checks, requisitions, one promissory note, and one bid submitted to the Town of Concord, Mass., for goods and services provided from 8 May 1844, to 9 March 1878, as well as other records of money paid by the town. Approximately half the documents represent fiscal years 1845-46, 1848-49, and 1849-50. Bills from the 1840s can generally be matched to the same items listed in the printed town reports, under the category of General Expenses. While figures tally precisely between the bills and the printed town reports, the wording used to describe an expense can vary between the two sources, with each conveying different information. For example, a bill from 1849 is for "Advertising $100 reward" in the Middlesex Freeman; in the printed town record, the same expenditure is described as "for detection of persons who mutilated Dr. Bartlett’s horse." Approximately one third of the documents relate to the fire department. Other departments, organizations, and groups referenced include Schools, Highways, Grounds, Concord Artillery, Concord Light Infantry, Concord Town Library, and Overseers of the Poor. Collectively the documents reflect the growth in size and complexity of the town’s budget, the active building of roads, bridges, and schools during this time, the constant maintenance required of fire engines of the day, the lingering financial relationship between the town and First Parish, the movement to a cash economy, and the diverse obligations met by the town. As represented in the collection, these obligations were as large as $4,175 (paid in 1869 for the Massachusetts State Annual Tax) and as small as $1.12 ½ (paid in 1846 for "putting up and lettering a monument stone and lettering the rock between Concord and Sudbury").
PROVENANCE: Donated to the Concord Free Public Library in three batches by John Chisholm, on 1 October 2001, an interim date, and 31 March 2004. Acquired and preserved by John Chisholm when lawfully deaccessioned by the town in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS: The public records for the Town of Concord are deposited in and accessed through the Concord Free Public Library Special Collections. Moreover, multiple collections of lawfully deaccessioned town records in the Concord Special Collections dovetail with material in the Chisholm Collection. Consult Special Collections staff for more information.
NOTES/COMMENTS: One gift, that received 1 October 2001, accessioned (AMC 069).
PROCESSED BY: Martha Bustin, under the supervision of LPW; finding aid completed 14 May 2004.
All bills in the collection were submitted for payment to the Town of Concord.
Folder 1, March 1844-March 1845:
Bill from Sherman Barrett for rent paid by Concord Light Infantry for an armory, $20, dated 1844 Nov. 16, paid 1844 Nov. 16.
Bill from D.C. Emerson for oil, tallow, beeswax, broom, bucket, and other items, and work on fire engines, $39.05, dated 8 May 1844, entries from 8 May to 15 Nov. 1844, paid 11 Jan. 1845.
Cancelled promissory note, indicating town’s final payment on $1276 loan from Concord Congregational Ministerial Fund, signed F.R. Gourgas and Nathan Brooks, $500.24, dated and paid 30 Feb. 1845. When issued in 1832, signed by Abiel Heywood, Daniel Clark, Cyrus Hubbard, Reuben Brown, Jr. Interim payments of principle and interest recorded on back.
Folder 2, March 1845-March 1846:
Requisition from J.B. Farmer, Chairman of Building Committee, for building road "from Damon’s factory to Pratt’s powder mill and the bridges thereon," $300, dated 24 March 1845.
Bill from Kelsey & Pierce for "spunyarn, Russia duck" and work on fire engine, dated 8 April 1845, entries from 23 Oct. 1844 to 1 Jan. 1845, paid 7 April 1845.
Bill from Charles G. Hazewell for Eben Wild for printing reports of Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, and School Committee, $32.84, dated 20 March 1845, paid 16 April 1845.
Bill from members of Engine Companies No. 1 and No. 2 for their services for the year, $238, dated 3 May 1845.
Bill from J.B. Farmer, Chairman of Building Committee, for building of the Factory Road, $29.56, dated and paid 5 July 1845.
Bill from Nathan Pratt, American Powder Co., for timber, $58.41, dated April 1845, paid 11 July 1845.
Requisition from Cyrus Stow, "against the town and David Clark’s note," on account of building the Factory Road, $250, dated 22 Sept. 1845.
Bill from Sherman Barrett for rent paid by Concord Light Infantry for an armory, $25, dated and paid 6 October 1845.
Bill from J. B. Farmer for "repairing Hunt’s and Flint’s bridges," and other work, $6.87, dated 19 Oct. 1845, entries from 11 Dec. 1844 to 13 Oct. 1845, paid 19 Oct. 1845.
Bill for balance due from J. B. Farmer for work building road, oxen, poles, cash paid to John Hosmer, Joseph Darby, S. Fletcher, H. Pratt, Daniel Clark, Cyrus Stow, Joel Britton, and R. S. Willis, and "journeys to Acton to see Mr. Reed," $57.23, dated 25 Oct. 1845, entries from 29 Nov. 1843 to 20 Nov. 1845, paid 25 Oct. 1845.
Requisition from Joel Britton for money towards building an armory for the Concord Artillery, $200, dated 23 Oct. 1845, paid 28 Oct. 1845.
Requisition for payment of state bounty to Concord Light Infantry for military service, $329.50, signed F. R. Gourgas, dated 11 Nov. 1845.
Requisition from Reuben Rice, Overseers of Poor, for appropriated funds, $200, dated and paid 15 Nov. 1845.
Requisition for payment of state bounty to Concord Artillery for military service, $257, signed F. R. Gourgas, dated 21 Nov. 1845.
Bill from Isaac F. Thayer for repairing Engine No. 2 and making pole for fire hook, $3, dated 4 Oct. 1845, entries from 16 Dec. to 21 Jan. 1845, paid 29 Nov. 1845.
Bill from D.C. Emerson for hoses, oil, paint, rope, fire buckets, 4 sets of harnesses, lettering of guide posts, care and repair on engines, one key, and other items, $75, dated 29 Nov. 1845, entries from 30 Jan 1845 to 22 Nov. 1845, paid 29 Nov. 1845.
Bill from William P. L. Badger for ironwork on harness, repairs on Engine No. 1, and painting runners, $18.75, entries from 11 July to 26 Dec. 1845.
Bill from Charles B. Davis for "[illegible] furnished to the fire wards at the fire, Middlesex Hotel, $4, dated 11 June 1845, paid 6 Feb. 1846.
Bill from John Stacy for 17 itemized books, $5.53, entries from 6 Jan. to 23 Dec. 1845, paid 9 Feb. 1846. (Printed town report lists this item as "for books furnished poor children.")
Bill from Isaac F. Thayer for making two sets of runners for engines, dated 23 Dec. 1845, paid 9 Feb. 1846.
Note ("Gentlemen, This is my entreaty") from Samuel Staples that he is due abatement of town, county, and Parish Tax, $9.72, dated 9 Feb. 1846.
Bill from John Wilson, foreman of Engine No. 2, for "the use of two horses to draw the engines to the factory fire," $2, signed for by Samuel Staples, dated 4 Dec. 1845, paid 14 Feb. 1846.
Bill from E. Rockwood Hoar for retainer and "advice in the suit of John N. Smith and wife vs. Concord to defense of an indictment for a defect in two highways," dated May 1846-Oct. 1845, paid 14 Feb. 1846.
Bill from John Wilson for housekeeping and other work, $6.62, signed for by Samuel Staples, entries from 18 Jan. to 7 April 1845, paid 14 Feb. 1846.
Bill from J.M. Billings for horses and sleighs to houses of Joseph Darby and Sherman Barrett, and to pull fire engines, $4.12 ½, dated 15 Oct. to 5 Dec. 1845, paid 14 Feb. 1846,
Bill from G.E. Dean for repairing Engine No. 1, $5.50, dated 1 August 1844, paid 16 Feb. 1846.
Bill from A.A. Kelsey for oil, repairs to hose and lamps, and "Care of Engine for one year," $7.97, signed for by Samuel Staples, dated 23 Feb. 1846, entries from 1 July 1845 to 22 Feb. 1846, paid 23 Feb. 1846.
Bill from J.B. Farmer for work on Flint’s bridge and Hunt’s bridge, drawing stone and lumber, $7.97, dated 23 Feb. 1846, entries for Dec. 1845 to 23 Feb. 1846.
Bill from F. Potter of Grimm’s Pottery for refreshments and broken crockery on the occasion of Middlesex Hotel fire, $2.50, dated 10 June 1845, paid 30 Feb. 30, 1846.
Folder 3, March 1846-March 1847:
Bill from Dennis Brigham for "services rendered as a watcher when the Middlesex Hotel was burnt," $1.50, dated 21 March 1846.
Requisition from Reuben Rice, Chairman of Overseers of Poor, on account of town appropriation for support of poor, $400, dated 26 March 1846.
Bill from A. Adams for freight of engine hose, $1.25, dated 5 June 1846, paid 1 August 1846.
Bill from F.R. Gourgas, J.B. Farmer, Joseph Darby for "services rendered in perambulating town lines," specifically for time and horse, $15.62, dated and paid 26 Sept. 1846.
Requisition from members of Concord Artillery for military services the past season, $237, order signed by F.R. Gourgas, J.B. Farmer, Joseph Darby, dated 7 Nov. 1846.
Requisition from members of Light Infantry for military services performed in the past season, $175.50, order signed by F.R. Gourgas, J.B. Farmer, Joseph Darby, dated 7 Nov. 1846.
Bill from H. J. Warren, Concord Freeman, for advertising Selectmen’s meeting, Assessors’ notice, $50 reward, and "lumber wanted," $4.75, entries from 24 April to 20 Nov. 1847, paid 28 Dec.1846.
Bill from George H. Barrett for rent paid by Concord Light Infantry for an armory, $25, dated and paid 28 Dec. 1846.
Bill from J. Holbrook, Surveyor of Highways, for working on highway with oxen and boy and clearing snow for 1845-1846, $6.80, dated 4 March 1846, paid 28 Dec. 1846.
Bill from Abel B. Jones for putting up and lettering monument stone and lettering rock between Concord and Sudbury, $1.12 ½, dated 2 Nov. 1846.
Bill from G. F. Duren, Collector, for Town and County Tax in Carlisle for 1846, $1.25, dated 2 February 1847.
Two attached bills from C. Hadlock for rooms, horses, suppers, dinners, and "segars" (cigars?), one page for the Selectmen and one page for the Assessors, totaling $46.52, dated 9 Feb.1847 and 12 Feb. 1847, entries for 25 April 1846 to 20 Feb. 1847.
Folder 4, March 1847-March 1848:
Bill from H.J. Warren, Concord Freeman, for advertisement for a man and woman to take the poor establishment and for printing the town records, $19.50, with $4 to be charged to First Parish, paid 6 April 1847.
Bill from Daniel C. Emerson for work on Engine No. 1, $2, dated 3 May 1847, entries from 7 Jan to 1 May 1847.
Bill from Joshua R. Brown for "services teaching the art of singing in Centre District School," $15, dated 10 July 1847, paid 16 July 1847.
Bill from Nathan S. Hosmer for partial payment on contract to build a schoolhouse in District No. 6, $200, dated and paid 20 Sept. 1847.
Bill from G. E. Hosmer for oiling hose to Engine No.1 and taking care of engine and hoses for one year, $18, entries from 1 May 1847 to 15 Nov. 1847.
Bill from Ephraim C. Wetherbee for patching the engine house, $2, dated 10 Dec. 1847, paid 25 Dec. 1847.
Bill from Nathan S. Hosmer for work on schoolhouse and supplies such as clapboards, nails, shingles, and "8 hat hooks," $48.13, dated 25 Dec. 1847.
Bill from George H. Barrett, Captain of Light Infantry, for rent paid by Concord Light Infantry for an armory, $25, dated 20 Jan 1848.
Bill from Aaron A. Kelsey for repair of hose to Engine No. 2, posting warrants for town meeting, and care of Engine No. 2 from 1 April 1847 to 1 April 1848. $11.25, entries from 7 August to 6 Nov. 1847, paid 12 Feb. 1848.
Folder 5, March 1848-March 1849:
Bill from Asa Parker, Prudential Committee, for money "due to the town of Acton for schooling furnished children belonging to the Major Hayward place," $4.45, dated 14 March 1848.
Bill from members of Engine Company No. 2 for their services the past year, $87.50, signed Silas M. Holden, clerk, dated 28 April 1848.
Bill from members of Engine Company No. 1 for their services the past year, $122.50, signed John S. Keyes, clerk Engine No. 1, dated 28 April 1848.
Bill from Minot Pratt for setting trees in Monument Ground, $2, dated 1 June 1848, paid 23 June 1848.
Bill from Cyrus Hubbard for surveying lanes and schoolhouse lot in district no. 4, "bought of Joseph Darby," $2, dated 4 July 1848.
Bill from Asa C. Collier, Daniel Shattuck, Sherman Buttrick, Phineas Hay, Anthony C. Collier, Firewards, for services rendered as watchmen by Benjamin Webster, H. Culbertson, George L. Prescott, G.D. Lawrence, S. A. Tuttle, C.H. Eaton, Anthony Cullom, D. Farnsworth, M.H. Mandall, H.D. Tuck, Charles Wheeler, Albert Atherton, A.W. Britton, and others, $24 ($1.50 to 16 men), dated 20 May 1848, paid 10 August 1848. (Printed town report lists this item as "A.C. Cullom and 15 others for watching night of Steam Mill fire.")
Bill from Leonard Hoar for "cash paid detention caused by seven cattle getting into ditches east and west on Augustus Tuttles in 1846 and 1847," $6, dated and paid, 28 August 1847.
Bill from Fitchburg Railroad Company for transporting from Charleston to Concord 2079 feet of plank, $2, dated 31 October 1848, paid 2 Nov. 1848.
Bill from Willard Maynard for building a sluice over Second Division Brook and extra work, $17, dated 1 Nov. 1848, paid 10 Nov. 1848.
Bill from Francis Robbins for 60 feet of stone and settings of post, $13, dated 6 Nov. 1848.
Bill from George H. Barrett, Captain of Light Infantry, for rent paid by Concord Light Infantry for an armory, $25, dated 4 Dec. 1848.
Bill from Nelson Fairbank for plank and repairing of the dry bridges near the Major Hayward place, $2, dated and paid 1 Jan. 1849.
Bill from the Middlesex Freeman for advertising $100 reward and Dog Law, $2.50, dated and paid 1 Jan. 1849. (Printed town report establishes year, and that reward is for "detection of persons who mutilated Dr. Bartlett’s horse.")
Bill from Asa C. Collier for winding the town clock for the year 1848 and new [illegible], $19.86, dated and paid 1 Jan. 1849.
Bill from Mary O’Brien for "a lot of stone for grave yard wall," $2, signed for by Charles Hockney, dated and paid 21 Jan. 1849.
Bill from Dean and Parkes for funnels for Engine No. 2, elbows, box stove, and other items., $11.22, dated 5 Feb. 1949.
Bill from G.E. Hosmer, for Engine No. 1, lamp oil, making repairs, changing hose, care and oiling of hose, care of engine for one year, $22.25, dated 20-21 May 1848, paid 14 Feb. 1849.
Bill from A.A. Kelsey for cash paid for tax book, voters list in March and February, oil and repairs on Engine No. 2, care of engine from 1 May 1848 to 18 May 1849, $21.08, entries from 5 June 1848 to 17 Feb. 1849, paid 17 Feb. 1849.
Bill from W.W. Wheildon for advertising in Bunker-Hill Aurora, $100 reward and proposals for building schoolhouse, $2, dated and paid 27 Feb. 1849.
Bill from the Middlesex Freeman for printing specifications and proposals, and advertising proposals to carpenters, $6, dated 28 Feb. 1849.
Bill from H.D. Tuck for repairing engine and new spanners, $1, dated 24 May 1848, paid 5 March 1849.
Folder 6, March 1849-March 1850:
Bill from Smith Farnham and George M. Brooks, attorney, "in full settlement of the claim of Smith Farnham for damages sustained by defect in the highway," $7, dated and paid 8 March 1849.
Bill from G. F. Duren, Collector, for County Tax in Carlisle for 1848, $1.30, dated 14 March 1849, paid 20 March 1849.
Bill from Aaron Brooke as "amount due to School District No. 2 of Lincoln, on account of Concord school children attending this school in said district," $8.85, dated 20 April 1849.
Bill from members of Engine Company No. 1 for work, $122.50, signed by George L. Prescott, dated 24 April 1849.
Bill from members of Engine Company No. 2 for work, $87.50, signed by F.A. Gourgas and G. E. Hosmer, dated and paid 5 May 1849.
Requisition from Cyrus Warren, Chairman of Building Committee, on account from town’s appropriation for building a schoolhouse in the North Centre District, $100, dated 25 May 1849.
Requisition from Cyrus Warren, Chairman of Building Committee, on account from town’s appropriation for building a schoolhouse in the North Centre District, $300, dated 9 June 1849.
Bill from T.D. Wilson for "refreshment at the fire of the court house, loss of crockery ware," $30, signed by William Dodge, dated 20 June 1849, paid 2 August 1849. (Printed town report lists with this item the date of fire, 19 June 1849.)
Requisition from Cyrus Warren, Chairman of Building Committee, on account from town’s appropriation for building a schoolhouse in the North Centre District, $200, dated 31 Aug. 1849.
Bill from Ephraim C. Wetherbee and Francis Monroe for money to pay Oratio Watts, Mr. Hide, Daniel Haynes, Joseph White, and Mr. Clark "for watching the fire of Mr. Heywood’s woods," and to pay Anthony Cullom, Mr. McNeal, and Franklin [illegible] "for watching the fire of the court house," $8.50, dated and paid 10 Sept. 1849.
Bill from Samuel A. Willis for building schoolhouse in School District No. 4, $931, dated 6 Oct. 1849.
Requisition from Cyrus Warren, Chairman of Building Committee, on account from town’s appropriation for building a schoolhouse in the North Centre District, $226, dated 31 Oct. 1849.
Requisition from Cyrus Warren, Chairman of Building Committee, on account from town’s appropriation for building a schoolhouse in the North Centre District, $818.74, dated 7 Dec. 1849.
Bill from Joshua Buttrick, surveyor, for clearing the roads of snow during winter of 1847-1848, $13.70, 1 Jan. 1849.
Bill from Isaac F. Thayer for two sets of runners for Engine No. 3, a whippletree, and other items for maintenance of the engine, $5.20, dated 2 Dec. 1849, paid 5 Jan. 1850.
Bill from James Boyd and Sons for 454 feet of hose, nine sets of screws, and other items for maintenance of the engine, $533.78, entries from 24 Aug. 1849 to 3 Oct. 1849, paid 8 Jan. 1850.
Bill from F.E. Bigelow for two large hooks and springs, and other items for maintenance of the engine, $17.43, entries from 20 Nov. to 23 Dec. 1849, paid 12 Jan. 1850.
Bill from William Whiting for gallons of Neats oil and new oil brushes, $9.75, entries from 7 Sept. to 14 Oct.1849, paid 21 Jan. 1850.
Bill from James Giles for painting runners, Engine No. 3, $3, dated 24 Dec. 1849, paid 23 Jan. 1850.
Bill from N.P. Banks for services as referee in case of Woodbury vs. Town of Concord, $11.20, dated 6 Feb. 1850.
Bill from George Hosmer for cleaning and repair of Engines No. 1 and No. 3 and buckets, ropes, and other items for maintenance of the engines, $69.59, dated 24 Nov. 1849, entries for 10 May to 24 Nov. 1849.
Folder 7, March 1857-March 1858:
Bill from Thomas Cousens for money to pay T.P. Brown, Jonas Buttrick, F.E. Bigelow, Cyrus Hosmer, John Hosmer, and Joesph Miles for work on Powder Mill bridge and Lee’s bridge and for horse and wagons, "carting plank," $82.15, entries from 4 March to 12 Nov. 1857.
Undated note on inside of folded paper used to store and file small bills (bill missing from this folded paper; handwritten accounting number on back of folded paper similar to those in 1857): "Thomas H. Brooks—Soon after the appointment the widow told Brooks Bent that Webster Moore didn’t care for God, man, or the devil. Was the man she wanted. She said she had got men that would work for her interest. She said that the other men didn’t like the [hogs?]. We asked her what she appointed such men for. She said she wanted men to work for her. J.P. Bent heard W. Moore say that he was glad the will was broke so that the Smith boys wouldn’t get any thing."
Bill from Joseph Holbrook for "engine services one year, bill paid to sundry persons, Joseph Holbrook engineer salary," $294.97, dated 1 May 1857.
Requisition for payment of state bounty to Concord Artillery for military service, $270,
signed by George Heywood, dated 13 Nov. 1857.
Bill from Joseph L. Ross for town’s order of double and single desk and chairs, teacher’s desk, cushion and settees, $148.68, dated 25 Nov. 1857. Includes a note urging prompt payment.
Requisition from G. L. Prescott for money on account, $100, dated 15 Dec. 1857.
Bill from Walcott and Holden for kegs of powder for 20 April 20 1857 and 4 July 1857, $17.75, dated 1 Jan. 1858.
Bill from Nathaniel Hutchinson and G. F. Duren, Collector for Carlisle, for Real Estate Tax and delinquency for Highway Tax in 1857, $1.96, dated 8 Jan 1858.
Bill from Middlesex Hotel for suppers for Selectmen, $28, dated 1 March 1858, entries from 1 April to 1 March 1858, paid 1 March 1858.
Requisition from Francis E. Bigelow for appropriation for Fire Department for 1857-1858, $127, dated 1 March 1858.
Bill from E.W. Bull for money paid to "Dr. Raynolds for expenses in procuring teacher, paid to William Blanchard for whitewashing fences, Silas Hosmer for repairing blackboard, J. R. Brown, setting new stone post, George F. Hall, for sawing wood, washbowl, waterpot, dipper, handbrush, pail, broom," $41.64, dated 6 March 1858, entries from May to August 1857.
Tax abatement list for 1856, signed by Richard Barrett, Chairman of Assessors, $35.89, dated 13 March 1858. People listed include George Walker, Owen Sullivan, Lucius B. Rumsell, Charles Lawrence, Michael Keating, Thomas Flynn, Charles Hood, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Marshall M. Mason, Patrick Leyden, Andrew J. Dunn, George Dugan, and John Bigelow.
Folder 8, March 1859-March 1860:
Bill from George L. Prescott, chief engineer, for services of Engine Companies No. 1 and No. 3, and salary of chief engineer, $264.27, dated 31 May 1859.
Bill from Enoch Garfield for "work done on the Bedford between the entrance to the cemetery and the Foley house (so called) and to be hereafter done thereon, pursuant to the appeasement of even date herewith," $249, dated 1 July 1859.
Bill from Derby Brothers for nails, kegs of powder, latches, hook, screws, hinges, lock, $31.16, rec’d payment of $25, balance due $5.66, entries from 18 April to 1 Sept. 1859.
Bill from S.W. Bean for load of wood for Mr. Bean and delivery of it to Town House, $3, dated 20 Sept. 1859.
Bill from Cyrus Pierce for one day serving as police and for James Darby, one day serving as police, $4, dated 29 Sept. 1859.
Bill from Horton, Hall, Co. for bird calls and police handcuffs, $19.50, dated October 1859.
Requisition for payment of state bounty to Concord Artillery for military service, $345,
signed by George Heywood, dated 13 Oct. 1859.
Bill from George L. Prescott for wood, posts, planks, carting, and freight, $416.91, dated 1 Nov. 1859, entries from 1 Nov. 1858 to 29 August 1859, paid 3 Nov. 1859.
Bill from Francis Stowell for clock for East Quarter School, $6, dated 3 Dec. 1859.
Requisition from E. Wilde for salary as librarian to 1 Jan., $50, approved by E.R. Hoar, chairman of the Library Committee, dated 2 Jan. 1860.
Bill from Southard, Herbert, and Co., for five gallons of lard oil, $6, dated February 1860.
Bill from George Heywood, town clerk, for recording proceedings of meeting to March 1860, returning 53 births, 17 deaths, 19 namings, going to Lincoln to count votes for Representative, cash for expenses on [illegible] and postage, $38.91, dated March 1860.
Requisition from G. L. Prescott on account of the Fire Department, $157.46, dated 17 March 1860.
Folder 9, March 1862-March 1863:
Check to Thomas Balcom (printed town report lists as for repair of highways and raising causeway near Red Bridge), $44.65, signed by Ephraim W. Bull, Chairman of Selectmen, dated 3 March 1862.
Check to John Garrison for $115.91, signed by Ephraim W. Bull, Chairman of Selectmen, dated 3 March 1862.
Check to Nathan S. Hosmer, Chief Engineer, for $10, signed by A.G. Faye, dated 26 April, 1862.
Check to N. Henry Warren, Treasurer Engineer, for $153.12, signed by A.G. Faye, dated 3 May 1862.
Check to N. Henry Warren, (printed town report lists as for pay on Engine No. 1), $93.63, signed by A.G. Faye, dated 5 May 1862.
Folder 10, March 1863-March 1865:
Check to F. B. Sanborn, (printed town report lists as for settees and blackboards), $27.59, signed by A.G. Faye, dated 1 Sept 1863.
Check to E. R. Hoar, $290, signed by A.G. Faye, dated 24 Oct. 1863.
Check to E. R. Hoar, (printed town report lists as "for six month rent of house,") $35, signed by A.G. Faye, dated 24 Oct. 1863.
Check to Nathan S. Hosmer, $61.61, signed by A.G. Faye, dated 27 Feb. 1864.
Bill from A. E. Wood for one day surveying, $4, dated 21 Oct. 1864.
Folder 11, March 1865-March 1870:
Bill from Boston Daily Journal to Charles O. Rogers, for advertising proposals for building of school house, $5.25, dated 27 July 1865, paid 1 August 1865.
Bill from Benjamin Tolman for printing notices, proposals for building, $2, dated 28 July 1865.
Bill from Boston Daily Herald to E. C. Bailey and Co. for advertising proposals, 1 ¾ square, 1 week, $6.13, dated 28 July 1865, paid 18 August 1865.
Check to J.M. Cheney, chairman for building High School, $2000, signed by George Heywood, treasurer, dated 13 July 1867.
Requisition from George Heywood for members of Concord Artillery Co., $760, dated 11 Nov. 1867.
Bill from John R. Heath, for Stephen Heath, deceased, for balance on contract for building High School House made with Stephen Heath, $2355, dated and paid 11 July 1869.
Requisition from John H. Lord [?] for Massachusetts State Annual Tax due 1 Dec 1869, $4175, dated 4 Dec. 1869.
Folder 12, March 1871-March 1879:
Bill from Dr. Henry A. Barrett for "extracting tooth Mr. Haines, liniment Mr. Quinn," and other miscellaneous medical treatments, $4.50, entries from 21 July 1869 to 1 Jan. 1871, paid 28 Feb. 1871.
Bill and letter from John Pratt for burial expenses, "We have caused the burial of the body of Edward Rice who died in the City, of Small Pox, Jan. 16, 1873, aged 29 years, and shall charge the expense, amounting to ten dollars to the town of Concord. He was the son of Reuben Rice who moved into Concord from Sudbury about 40 years since." Dated 27 Feb. 1873.
Check to James Monroe, $18, signed Charles Thompson, Chairman of the Selectmen, dated 12 April 1877.
Check to Hon. J.S. Keyes, $400, signed Charles Thompson, Chairman of the Selectmen, dated 4 June 1877.
Check to Mary Doyle, signed with X her mark, attested by R. J. Walcott, $12, signed Charles Thompson, Chairman of the Selectmen, dated 6 July 1877.
Check to Henry G. Shattuck, $100, signed Charles Thompson, Chairman of the Selectmen, dated 26 Nov. 1877.
Check to E.W. Emerson for A. C. Martin, $25, signed Charles Thompson, Chairman of the Selectmen, dated 9 March 1878.
Check to Samuel Staples, $47.25, signed Charles Thompson, Chairman of the Selectmen, dated 9 March 1878.
Check to Henry J. Walcott, town treasurer, $37.50, signed Charles Thompson, Chairman of the Selectmen, dated 9 March 1878.
Folder 13, Undated:
Bill from G. L. Prescott to Building Committee of North School District school house, for plank, bricks, casts of lime, $253.75, dated Nov. 28, no year given.
List of payments to next of kin of men who served in the Civil War [?]. At top, "Received of George Heywood, Treasurer of Concord, the amounts set against our names for state aid for the time set forth. Month of January." List of 39 men includes Patrick Hagerty, Michael Dempsey, Levi B. Farrar, Bartholemew Downing, Charles Nealey, J.P. Bachelor, Malachi Garrity, Barney Clark, Charles Appleton, Martin Lynch, Thomas McGuire, Ephraim C. Wetherbee, George P. Hoar, James Maguire, John Craig, Thomas Doyle, John Connell, Charles R. Wetherbee, O.M. Richards, John S. Puffer, Charles E. Dennis, Hiram W. Jones, George G. Flagg, Abel S. Heywood, George J. Carr, Wallace Wilson, Osmond D. Richardson, Frank M. Gregory, Henry O. Wright, Thomas Carey, Charles B. Hannaford, Gilbert G. Stevens, and others. This list tallies with men listed in 1862-63 town record’s Roll of Concord Volunteers. In right hand, facing, column are the signatures of wife, family member, or proxy signing for the financial assistance. Payments are for $4, $8, and $12, totaling $348.
List of payments to next of kin of men who served in the Civil War [?] At top, "Received of George Heywood, Treasurer of Concord, the sums set against our respective names and for the time set forth." List of 20 names includes Charles Nealy, Jonas E. Melvin, Charles Appleton, Michael Dempsey, Patrick Hagerty, Malachi Garrity, H. W. Jones, John Carroll, James D. Wright, Barney Clark, Henry A. Wright, Paul Dudley, Wallace Wilson, John S. Puffer, George J. Carr, Thomas Doyle, John Wall, Fred Pratt, and others. Payments are for $4, $5, $8, and $12, totaling $181.
Bid on bridge project and assessment of bridges, "The Powder Mill ridge will have to be fixed early in the spring. One whole pier will have to be put in new capsells and sleepers. And one half new planked, and it is estimated that the cost will be from $200-300. The bridge near Damon Factory is on a repair will have to be wholly new planked and new sleepers, estimate $200. The bridge between nine acre corner Lincoln will have to be planked, cost $50. All the cost of the bridges across tolerable repair and with little expense can be kept in good repair."