de 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 passed to strangers, having been owned until then, from the time the house was built, by descendants of Samuel Gray.
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il the Maiden bridge was built at the Penny-ferry in Charlestown.
The colony and province days had been a quarter century gone ere the Mistick was bridged again, this time by a more massive structure, strong enough to carry, not a highway, but a waterway, with its superincumbent weight, the aqueduct of the Middlesex canal.
This in 1802. Thirty-two years more and the canal was to have a rival, and Lowell railroad bridge was built nearby, the Winthrop bridge in 1855, and the Usher bridge in 1857.
In 1863 the Charlestown Water-works bridge, and in 1873 the Canal bridge on the old aqueduct piers, connected West Medford with Somerville territory, and another at Auburn street the same year.
Meanwhile the Middlesex-avenue bridge, with a draw, had been erected, and in earlier years (down stream, and not in Medford bounds) Chelsea bridge and those of the Eastern, and Boston and Maine railroads.
In recent years the Canal, Armory, Auburn street-Parkway, and Metropolitan pipe bridge, and ju