Conditions favored the same, as the writer has seen the springy ground there covered with flags and cat-tails.
In Plan Book 8, Plan 1, 1855, is the same territory (see Register, Vol.
I, p. 126), being the Fuller plan of Smith estate.
Here we must good naturedly differ a little with His Honor, who styles it the present laying out.
Fuller's plan was made in early '50s, but little or no use was made of it until 1870, when, on June 21, there was a land sale on the premises.
In 1865 the conduit of the Charlestown water works was built across this entire tract.
The Fuller plan (which omitted the parks and had a somewhat different arrangement of streets) was modified somewhat.
Two new plans were later made by Josiah Hovey covering the entire river border, or half the area of Brooklands, which name had been forgotten.
Then the county commissioners came and laid out Boston avenue, as they had previously done with Harvard avenue. Therein lies an explanation of the hopeless
lete, it was well the project was abandoned and the lower lake did not become a floating junk-yard.
Another project that failed was, in 1876, the Mystic Valley railroad that began to fill an embankment requiring a bridge across the old course of the Aberjona at the upper end of the lake.
This, the upper reach of the Mystic (and sometimes called Symmes' river) had been crossed by the long wooden aqueduct of the canal in 1802, replaced by the substantial stone structure of 1827, removed in 1865, as was also the Symmes dam and waterpower the same year.
If we trace the stream farther up we go beyond old Medford bounds and out of Upper Medford, as it used to be called.
We will find that our neighboring town of Winchester has improved its flow through her territory, making it permanently ornamental, adding much to its attractiveness.
And now we come back to our caption query, Why Mystic?
and answer, Mystic it is not, except by common usage.
Missi-tuk, the Indians called it. The
of the society's life the following citizens enrolled in the membership:—
1829Dr. Samuel Swan.
1831Capt. Martin Burridge.
1834Nathaniel H. Bishop.
1845Edmund T. Hastings, Jr.
1847John H. Bacon.
1850George E. Adams.
1855S. B. Perry.
1859George L. Stearns.
1863Peter C. Hall.
1864Caroline B. Chase (Mrs.）
1864David W. Lothrop.
1865;Joshua T. Foster.
1865J. Q, A. Griffin.
1865William B. Whitcomb.
1865Ellen M. Gill (Mrs.）
1866Mrs. Samuel Joyce.
1867S. R. Roberts.
1868Dr. H. H. Pillsbury.
1869William C. Child.
1869James W. Tufts.
1871George S. Buss.
1872Benj. F. Morrison.
1873William H. Northey.
1873Alonzo E. Tainter.
In 1841 Mrs. Lucy Bigelow, widow of Timothy, was made an honorary member, an honor shared, up to 1879, with<
y surrounded by pine trees, and they filled the space from the street to house and had grown so large that the street was dark and so muddy that the neighbors rejoiced when they were cut down and sunlight flooded the space.
Miss Bigelow died in 1865, and her brother sought a home elsewhere.
The story is current that among her effects were found seventeen bandboxes, each containing a bonnet and a veil.
To clear the house of the accumulation of years was a great piece of work.
A fine dress ies for a fancy dress costume.
The townspeople were accustomed to speak of Mr. Bigelow as Speaker Bigelow.
The house was a two-story, broad wooden structure.
A broad walk led from the front door to the street, meeting it in a deep curve.
In 1865 the estate was advertised for sale.
It was divided into three lots.
The middle one was purchased in 1867 by Ellen Shepherd Brooks, who, on the site of the Bigelow house, erected Grace Church.
The east lot was bought by the late James W. Tufts,
gious services in West Medford, named Mystic hall as the place, but did not give the name of the preacher.
This makes the date specific—December 1, 1867—agreeing as to the year with Mr. Hooper, but placing it earlier than Mr. Usher, who is correct in his statement that there was no church organization.
As this Christian Union formed a connecting link between the earlier and later organized churches of various orders in Medford, it is of interest that its brief history be preserved.
In 1865 Medford had a population of 4,839; in 1870, 5,717; it is safe to assume that in December, 1867, a little rising 5,000.
Its outlying villages were East Medford (now called Glenwood) and West Medford, the latter the larger, more residential, with possibly 500 people, and with the advantage of a hall where public gatherings could be held.
For some two years there had been a neighborhood Sunday school, and from this effort for the children grew that of a public service for their elders.