the most renowned people, and certainly the most prolific writer of Medford was Lydia Maria (Francis) Child, a sister of Rev. Converse Francis.
Her first novel, Hobomok, published in 1824, when she was only twenty-three years of age, was a great success, and was soon followed by the Rebels in 1825.
She edited a periodical for children called Juvenile Miscellany, afterwards published as Flowers for Children.
The Frugal Housewife; Evenings in New England, 1826; First Settlers of New England, 1829; The Girl's Own Book; The Coronal; The Mother's Book, 1831; and the Ladies' Family Library, four volumes of short biographies, followed in quick succession.
Some of her books reached twenty-five editions and were translated and printed abroad.
In 1833 she wrote a pamphlet, An Appeal for that Class of Americans Called Africans, which cost her her popularity as woman and writer.
She never faltered in her work for the anti-slavery cause, however, but left her home and went to New York to ed
ssibly a gambrel roof, making a roomy attic therein.
Built into the end walls were four chimneys and numerous fireplaces for warmth, as this was before the advent of hot-air furnaces or steam-heating apparatus.
The windows were wide and well up from the floors, and the glass was in numerous small panes.
A stone set in the eastern wall, above the entrance door, bears the date 812.
Medford's streets (roads they were then called) were few, and had not the specific names they now bear until 1829.
Then the selectmen took action and named the various public ways that radiated from the town pump or from the hotel.
That high way to Menotomy they called High street, and the almshouse was somewhat back from the village street that was appropriately named High as its course lay over Marm Simond's hill.
This road was the one taken by Paul Revere after he awakened Capt. Isaac Hall of the Medford Minute Men on April 19, 1775.
From the earliest times there had been near the river a dwelli