Perkins Playground on Beacon Avenue was named for him by the city council in April of 1945. Edward G. Perkins died in May of 1955 at the age of 80.
Bradley Fuller served the city as a member of the School Committee for 46 years. First elected in 1939, he served nine years until 1947. He then served from 1952 until his death in April of 1989 at the age of 84. Mr. Fuller was vice chairman of the committee in 1943 and then from 1945 through 1948. He then was elected vice chairman of the committee every year from 1954 until April 1989. He also served as Newburyport’s first representative to the Whittier School Committee and held that position for several years.
Mr. Fuller, like Mr. Perkins, seldom missed a committee meeting. He was also known for his faithful attendance at athletic events, shows, musicals and academic awards ceremonies involving the schools’ children.
Mr. Fuller was a graduate of Dartmouth College and worked at the United Shoe in Beverly as an engineer. The outdoor athletic complex on Low Street is named in his honor. No one has served the city as an elected official for a longer period than Bradley Fuller.
Don’t look for those two men’s accomplishments to be surpassed any time soon.
Joe Callahan is a former fire chief of Salisbury who is interested in historical accounts of the area.