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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., Wood's dam and the mill beyond the Mystic. (search)
he dam, and it is said one of the number contracted a severe rheumatism by his efforts in the water. Ere long Mr. Wood had the dam rebuilt, though in a less substantial manner, by driving stakes into the river and placing planks against them, this developing some power by turning the river's current against the millwheel. On November 14 following, the Medford selectmen voted, that Mr. Richardson make inquiry in regard to Wood's dam and report at meeting on Monday evening next. On November 21 they voted, that counsel be engaged to take charge of the matter of Wood's Dam now pending before the Supreme Court, the same to be referred to Mr. Richardson. Winter was setting in, and the boating season over. No more appears of record till July 17, 1871, when Messrs.——and——appeared on account of Wood's dam, and it was voted, that Mr. Richardson be a committee to take legal advice, and so the summer passed away. It is probable that Mr. Wood continued to use the water-power, but