et, where it now remains, a dwelling.
From early times there had been two rangeways through this territory, from Menotomy road to the Mystic, one became Winthrop street in Medford, the other North street.
The first proved the most convenient stopping place for the Medford patrons of the railroad, which laid its track between two towns all the way from Boston to Lowell.
The college was established in 1850, and had only three buildings when the reservoir and gate-house was constructed in 1863. One dwelling, the home of J. W. Perkins, had been built on Winthrop street west of the railroad a little earlier.
C. C. Stevens came next in 1870, building his house on North street.
No highway crossed the Mystic between Winthrop and Usherbridges till 1873, so when Mr. Stevens moved his barns from his former residence on Warren street in West Medford, they went via High street to Winthrop square, crossing the river and railway on the Winthrop street bridges, then down across the field, a
Wait's great-grandfather(on the maternal side),when five years old, witnessed the battle of Lexington, whose scenes were so distinctly impressed on the lad's mind as never to be forgotten.
By inheritance (or otherwise) Mr. Wait possessed a remarkable memory and was quite an authority on Medford in the 50's. He furnished the material for several articles in the Historical Register under the caption Reminiscences of Medford Fifty Years Ago.
He was a Mason, a member of Henry Price Lodge since 1863, in religion a Unitarian, in politics an Independent.
By appointment, the writer of this article walked with Mr. Wait during the forenoon of a fine day in September last, up Forest street, by Bellevue, and Quarry road around Pine hill to the main highway, recalling the names of the families who forty years since occupied the houses by the way, paying special attention to the remaining evidences that quarrying stone was a considerable business eighty years ago, looking at the dignified prof
Treasurer, Sidney Gleason.
It started under favorable circumstances with four hundred Medford members who had been engaged in Red Cross work.
Others rapidly became interested and now its membership is one thousand plus.
Headquarters are established at the library annex on High street, in front of which floats the familiar badge of the original society, a red cross on a white ground, chosen out of compliment to the Swiss Republic, where the first convention was held in 1863, their colors, a white cross on a red ground, being reversed.
Attendants are on duty every afternoon, and much work is given out and the finished articles received by the Sewing Committee, Mrs. Lyman Sise, chairman.
Some of the Red Cross groups already busily employed are:—
Woman's Christian League (W. M. Cong.
Ch.), Mrs. W. E. Farr, chairman.
Tufts College Auxiliary, Mrs. A. H. Gilmer, chairman.
Woman's Alliance (Unitarian), Mrs. Charles Sawyer, chairman.
Sesame Club, Miss Mi
re than a hundred years ago in Bowdoin square. Part of his estate is now the site of the Revere House.
He had a very fine garden and is said to have had the first orchids in New England.
He had several children, Kirk, Francis, William, Mrs. William Wells, Mrs. Lyman, Mrs. Edward Brooks, John Wright Boott.
Francis was a physician and botanist of note who spent most of his time in England.
His brother William was a botanist of local fame.
The former, born in Boston, 1792, died in London, 1863.
The latter, born in Boston, 1805, died there, 1887.
He spent much time in summer in Medford studying its flora.
He was accustomed to pass Sundays and Wednesday nights at the home of his relative Francis Brooks, whose father, Edward, oldest son of Peter Chardon Brooks, married Eliza Boott, 1821. of Boston.
Alfred and Howard the two youngest sons, died in comparatively early life.
Martha the eldest daughter had received a superior education to her sisters, under the patronage of a wealth