er the fire and stands today very much like the original in general outline.
Mr. Barker later removed to High street, just east of the old Orthodox Church.
In the rear of the Wait and Barker buildings were the dwelling and wheelwright shop of Elias Tufts, entered from a passageway now called Tufts place. His father had a large pottery there many years ago.
In the building just south of Tufts place, Mrs. Augustus Baker, afterward the landlady at the Medford House, had a variety store in 1830.
About 1840, Mr. James Hyde bought the place and opened an oyster house.
The land is now owned by his family.
He dug a well on the street line and furnished a watering trough.
This was probably the first one in town set at the street curb for public use. Mr. Hyde had a dispute with the town about the street line, and every few years would fence off a portion of the roadway.
He finally received payment for what he claimed.
George E. Willis, tin ware manufacturer, put up a building on the