ecision of the town to leave the building of a drawbridge to the discretion of a committee did not prove satisfactory to quite a number of the inhabitants of the town, for at a meeting held May 16, 1829, only twelve days later, the town voted to instruct the committee in charge of rebuilding the bridge to build with a draw.
This decision of the town to build with a draw was no doubt influenced by the fact that a shipyard had already been established above the bridge, and as early as the year 1815 a ship of 370 tons burden had been built there.
The register of vessels built in Medford shows that prior to 1829 some 13 vessels had been built above the bridge, and their construction must have given employment to quite a number of mechanics and laboring men, as the demands of commerce from time to time called for a larger class of vessels; so the demands of the parties interested in shipbuilding caused the town to vote to widen the draw in the Great bridge.
In 1833 Mr. George Fuller bui
ion-house and gardens to William Welch, who bought for investment.
One Thomas Hughes was a tenant until the estate was bought and refitted by Jacob Tidd, Esq., in 1815.
His family remained in possession for nearly sixty years. In that mansion used to be Free-hearted Hospitality. His great fires up the chimney roared, The strane square pew of Nathan Wait in the third meeting-house was in the hall.
Beside it was a chair which was blown out of a house in West Medford during the tornado of 1815.
A chair which belonged to Governor Brooks was exhibited, which was bought for a trifle from a woman who was using it for a wash-bench.
The good governor's effecble, yet it was mainly made up of bits of family treasures valued by their owners for love's sake.
A cake basket of silver wire was brought to the Royall House in 1815 by Madam Ruth Tidd, and was used there as long as she lived.
A silver porringer was owned by her father, William L. Dawes.
He was a descendant of William Dawes,