Stearns (1879)

[ portrait photo: Jonathan F. Stearns
from Brown’s History of Bedford ]

The Town of Bedford celebrated its 150th anniversary on August 27, 1879.

An account of that day was published in the booklet Bedford Sesqui-Centennial Celebration (1879). Reproduced in this section is that work’s first part: Jonathan F. Stearns’ “Historical Discourse”.

Abram E. Brown later wrote in his History:

“This service required many months of careful preparation, and was given as a labor of love. It . . . is treasured as a lasting memorial of this honored son of Bedford.” (II: p 40)

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