r. Nathan Brown of West Medford sketched a view of the river, looking up-stream from the railroad embankment, and painted in oil two copies.
The central feature is the picturesque ruin of the second aqueduct of the Middlesex Canal, which, after thirteen years of disuse, still spanned the river and seven years later took on the superstructure of the first Boston avenue or Canal bridge.
One of these paintings is in the Historical Society's collection, framed in wood from the aqueduct built in 1827, and shows the edges of Somerville and Medford, the ancient Linefielde of Charlestown, now Arlington, with the towering hills beyond.
It is a valuable contribution to our historical knowledge.
Photographed by E. B. Conant, it was reproduced in Vol.
It is one of eleven views in the same locality, covering a period of a hundred years, framed in the same old pine wood which had been buried in the salt mud for twenty-eight years. Two of these views were secured by the c
You two seem to know the most about High street. You once made a winter ramble along the smelt brook.
You might make a back-yard ramble behind the High street houses and possibly discover or infer something.
Sincerely yours, Thos. M. Stetson.
Not all Mr. Stetson's queries were answered, and we are presenting them anew, with his notes in full, hoping they may awaken new interest along historic lines.
He was the son of Rev. Caleb Stetson, the able minister of the First Parish (1827 to 1848). Under the caption A Medford Schoolboy's Reminiscences, in Vol.
XVII, No. 4, is a most interesting contribution to our columns to which we call especial attention.
His parents lived in Medford, first in the Rev. Charles Brooks house, but later on High street where is now St. Joseph's rectory.
In reading his Reminiscences and these following notes it will be seen that he was at home on old High street, and his observations and descriptions the very best.
It was to our regret that