urch in Medford is not recorded in their archives.
I found the task of giving a correct statement hedged about with many difficulties, owing to the fact that in the earlier times but few records were kept, and the men and women who began the movement sixty-three years ago have passed away, but I have tried my best.
It will not be unprofitable to compare the numerical strength of the Catholics in the diocese at the time of the establishment of this parish with that at the present time.
In 1856 the number of priests laboring in the diocese of Boston was sixty-five, forty-eight in the territory now included in said diocese, and seventeen in what are now the dioceses of Springfield and Fall River.
There are now over six hundred priests laboring in this diocese, and four hundred and twenty-two in the dioceses of Springfield and Fall River, while the Catholic population of the archdiocese is nearly one million, and of the remainder of the State about five hundred thousand.
of the matter, Mr. Curtis felt, It's up to me to provide the bell.
It is safe to say that no bell ever placed on a Medford meeting-house was ever accorded such a reception, both adverse and kindly, as was this.
After a time the city clock was arranged to strike each hour on this memorial bell.
The city's bells are mainly those of the fire-alarm service.
The one longest in use is that hanging in the graceful tower of the brick fire station on Salem, near Park street. It was purchased in 1856 (to replace the school bell destroyed by fire), but placed instead on the engine house of Washington (No. 3) Engine.
Hooper & Co. furnished it at a cost of $238.42, and for sixteen years it was Medford's only fire-alarm bell.
When the new house was built the bell was divested of its hangings and suspended from a beam in the tower, from which it sends out its warning tones simultaneously with all the others.
When this bell was first hung, the first steam fire engine had just been built and
ch are plenty of game fish.
This Medford got its name by the loyalty to New England of the Wisconsin Central Railroad manager in 1873.
He was Charles R. Colby from Boston, and gave the various stations names of Massachusetts towns—Medford, Chelsea, Auburndale, and others.
Another Medford is, as Clerk Bigelow writes, back in the Maine woods; was incorporated in 1824 as Kilmarnock (the birthplace in Scotland of an early settler's father), and changed, by petition of citizens, to Medford in 1856.
Water power is abundant (more than is utilized), lumbering and farming the chief occupation of its 300 people.
It has one church, Free — will Baptist, is on the Piscataquis river, and reached from Bangor.
Mr. Bigelow sent an excellent historical sketch of his town that exhibits his interest in our plan.
Medford, Maryland, was a railroad station, originally called Medwood. When it came to have a post office it was discovered that one named Medwood already existed, and so its name was ch