Boston, Comrade Fuller received an invitation to join in the Grand Army delegates' excursion down the harbor; but he arrived at the wharf just as the steamer had left her moorings.
Observing two colored men on the wharf, he approached them, and seeing by the brown button that they wore that they were Grand Army boys, he engaged them in conversation.
What was Mr. Fuller's surprise when he learned that one of these comrades was an attendant at his church while preaching at Boonsville, Mo., in 1850, and also that the man was one of the slaves whom he helped to set free in 1862.
The scene was a touching one as they indulged in reminiscences of the past, and will never be forgotten by the two veterans.
Comrade Fuller is now seventy-three years of age, but notwithstanding his more than three score and ten years, he marched with his Post during the entire parade.
The above account was thought worthy of insertion in the handsome souvenir volume of three hundred pages issued by the Exec
ily today recalls the pleasure he had picking up the seeds of the horse-chestnuts and storing them in the attic.
The child is father to the man, and perhaps the lad acquired in this place the love for trees that has made his name known throughout the world as the able professor of horticulture and arboriculture, the director of the Botanic Garden of Harvard University, Charles Sprague Sargent, a man of many honors, one of the latest having been noticed in the Outlook, August 22, 1917.
In 1850 Francis A. Gray, youngest child of Samuel and Mary, bought the property of the Sargents.
He was born in this house October 5, 1813, and died there, December, 1888.
He married Helen Wyckoff Wainwright of New York, 1857, who died September 12, 1895.
They had two children, who married and left Medford-Mary, now a widow, living in Paris, France, and Francis A. Gray, with wife and two children, living in Evanston, Wyoming. One of these children was born in Medford.
In 1892 the property passe
ith's somewhat famous seminary (1854-1858). For public use its furnishings were simple.
The platform (two steps high), said to be enclosed by the panel-work of the seminary organ, was laid with a red carpet, and had upon it a haircloth sofa and a chestnut pulpit with walnut mouldings, the work of some village carpenter.
There were two large cases of similar construction at the rear of the room, filled with books of the association's library.
In the other corner was a cylinder stove of the 1850 style.
About six feet high, it was famous for its heating qualities, and now, after forty-eight years more, for its longevity, as it is still in commission at the old stand.
Wooden settees, some painted, perhaps relics of the seminary, with others of later introduction, stained with the umber of human contact, seated the attendants.
An ornamental chandelier, originally with glass prism pendants, held four kerosene lamps.
There was also a shaded lamp for the pulpit.
As there were no colle