f Peter C. Brooks and lived for a while in the house on High street west of the Public Library, now occupied by the Misses Ayres.
Another daughter of Mr. Brooks married Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, in 1829.
At that time Mr. Brooks had the reputation of being the wealthiest man in New England.
A letter written by Edward Everett while here is in possession of our Public Library, and one dated 15 June, 1857, was headed Medford.
A ship built in the yard of Paul Curtis in 1843 was named the Edward Everett, and our town honored the distinguished statesman by naming one of her school buildings for him.
It adds to the interest of local and general history to recall the fact that John Brown (before 1859) was a guest at the home of George L. Stearns, and received sympathy and encouragement from the host and his wife.
If he could only have looked down the years to see Doctor Booker T. Washington
December 17, 1905, Opera House and Mystic Church. that fine specimen
He was a coal dealer, with a wharf on Ship street. To this house he brought three wives and reared three sets of children; his children by his first wife were old enough to be parents of their youngest brother.
Next came our house, and next to that Grandfather Wild's house, with a gate in the fence between the two lots.
Our house is almost unchanged, with the exception of raising the two ells and building a kitchen between them.
My father brought my mother to this house a bride in 1843.
He hired the east half from Messrs. Galen James and Nathan Sawyer at $17.50 a quarter.
The kitchen had no cellar under it, and they found it so uncomfortably cold that they remained there only till January, 1845, when they removed to Washington street. In 1850 my father and Mr. J. A. Smith bought the house, my father going back to his old rooms on the east side and Mr. Smith occupying the west side.
Before 1860 Mr. Smith sold out to my father.
My grandfather built his house about 1842.