History Of The "Old High School" 1828-1840
by Charles Wells Chapin

        In November, 1830, the town paid Caleb Hopkins seven dollars for taking care of the school house; and Joseph Bull was paid five dollars for ringing the bell at 12 o'clock.
        There were evening schools during Mr. Morley's administration. Among those who attended were Henry Hills, William Winship, Eli Nutting, Henry Appleton, E. C. Ring, C.G. Hayes, C. Baxter Allen, Albert Eames, Richard Moses.
        Henry R. Vaille, a native of Marlboro, Vt., of the class of 1835, Williams College, became the next instructor, receiving a salary Of $500 per annum. He was very active in his endeavors to bring the school up to a high standard of efficiency. During the autumn of 1836 he was prostrated by sickness, and Samuel Knox, of Blandford, Mass., a graduate of Williams College in 1836, conducted the school during his absence of nine weeks, for which he received $99.28. Subsequently Mr. Knox removed to St. Louis, Mo.; he was a representative from that state to the 38th Congress, having successfully contested the seat occupied by Francis P. Blair, Jr. Mr. Knox took his seat near the close of the session ending in June, 1864, and was a member until March, 1865. Mr. Knox is pleasantly remembered. Mr. Vaille, having recovered from his illness, again assumed his position as teacher. He remained in charge of the school until about the year 1838, retiring with much credit for the successful management of the school. He soon after commenced the study of medicine with the late Dr. George Frost, who lived on the corner of State and Spring streets. (The house was moved back on to Spring street a few years since, and several years ago was torn down to make way for a more modern dwelling. He attended the Berkshire Medical School, Pittsfield, Mass., where he graduated in 1846. He then went abroad to England and France, and passed a year studying in the medical schools of London and Paris. On his return he commenced to practice medicine. He was devoted to his profession, and

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