It was not known whether she stepped from the car on to the track; her dress caught on the step of the engine and she was dragged under the wheels.
Doubtless further search of reports would reveal further accidents and fatalities, and we have only quoted those on the branch or in some way related thereto.
This branch railroad certainly was of great service to Medford in its earlier years, and had its first competitor in passenger service in the Medford and Charlestown Horse Railroad in 1860.
This continued until 1873, but it is questionable if the long haul over Winter hill was very attractive to Medford people, other than the few who dwelt along its line, and even its operation attracted few new residents.
This road was taken over by the Middlesex corporation and, after 1873, eleven years discontinued.
Reopened in 1884, extended to West Medford and Malden, and soon after operated by electricity, it became a powerful competitor.
Taking its patrons at their very doors and lan
the fence line.
The peach attracted great attention at the exhibitions of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and won many prizes, both for the originator and others who grew the trees.
It was a very attractive looking fruit, and specimens were sold at a dollar each.
More plates of this variety were exhibited than of any other, it is said, either because it was so popular, or because the season favored its growth.
This seedling peach tree came up about 1857 and the apple about 1860.
The fruit of the latter is of good size, yellow with a handsome red cheek.
At the time when these fruits were so prominently before the public Medford was also well represented at the exhibition of our State Horticultural Society by the following—Mrs. Caroline B. Chase, Mrs. Elsey Joyce, Mrs. Ellen M. Gill and Francis Theiler.
The ladies were genuine lovers of flowers and enthusiastic and successful growers.
Fifty years ago they were prize winners at the weekly exhibitions of the socie