first is of 1855, and scantily illustrated.
The earliest attempt to portray any view or scene in Medford which has come to our knowledge was made (doubtless in 1835) when some one painted a view with the legend, Junction of the River, Canal and Railroad in Medford, 1835.
As one said of it in Marblehead, where we first saw it 1835.
As one said of it in Marblehead, where we first saw it (1903), It is evidently the work of a novice.
It conveys the idea expressed but imperfectly, and the novice introduced features so manifestly incongruous as to cause its later owner to endorse on its back (in effect) that the fine houses were a fancy of the artist.
Crude as it is, and of no artistic merit, it, however, is tith look at West Medford from the reservoir.
Mystic lower lake is seen in the distant extreme left, the right taking in Auburn street. The locality that novice of 1835 tried to depict, with the high embankment of the railway, the river, the canal's course and the tavern are clearly seen, also the Colonial Chemical Works, erected
39, made his stately garden walks at the Royall farm of gravel imported from England.
I cannot quite believe this story.
The colonel, though the father of a Tory, was no fool, and he must have seen the handsome and excellent red gravel of Medford a good while before he died, in 1739.
In the foregoing lines is a lot of information given by no other writer, which is replete with interest.
The Magoun place (or library building) was probably (see Register, Vol.
XXII, No. 1) erected in 1834-5.
Its frontage on High street is about equal with those enumerated B to G (inclusive), about two hundred feet, which latter limit is reached at the line between the Centre school and Telephone and Historical buildings.
The cobbler's shop must have been just east of where Hillside avenue now is, but the hill has been more excavated since Mr. Stetson's boyhood observation.
Aunt Polly's candy shop was probably well known to him and other Medford boys.
He locates the tan yard as across the st