ht by seines where the dam is now.
There were a few beaches where seines were set for catching alewives; wagon loads of these were often taken, salted, and shipped south.
A few shad were captured in this way.
Joseph and Milton James, before 1845, had a lumber yard on Main street, at the southwest corner of the bridge.
Mr. Joseph James lived just south of the yard, where Ames' paint shop, No. 49 Main street, stands.
About 1845, the Messrs.
James sold their property here and removed the1845, the Messrs.
James sold their property here and removed their business to the Branch Canal, near Swan street.
Parallel with Main street was an inclined way leading from the lumber yard to the river at the bridge, which was used as a boat landing and for hauling timber from the river.
Some of the very earliest deeds refer to this landing, which was public property before that part of Medford south of Mystic river was set off from the town of Charlestown.
Mr. James B. Gregg bought the property formerly occupied by the lumber yard, and removed the E
rbes, 1836–'41; Isaac Ames, 1841–'44; M. T. Gardner, 1844; Edwin Wright, 1844–'45; James Waldock, 1845–'46; Charles Cummings, 1846–‘76; Lorin L. Dame, 1876-1903; Leonard J. Manning, 1903.
$5.48. The three next in order were Chelsea, Charlestown and Boston.
According to the census of 1845, each of the three towns first named had a much larger valuation than Medford in proportion to th1843 to 1853, in which one hundred and eighty-five vessels were constructed.
The banner year was 1845, in which thirty of the number slid over the ways.
Though the launchings in Medford did not exetermine.
The Boston Almanac credited Medford with four omnibus trips per day from Elm street in 1845, and six trips (at 9.30 A. M., 12 M., 2, 4, 6, 8 P. M.) in 1846.
But memory declares them to havties, and not with the Medford of 1902.
The town was relatively wealthy.
By the State census of 1845, it was number twenty-six in that respect, while fifty-two others had a larger number of pol