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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 23.,
Medford turnpike
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8, 1861, it was voted that the corporation hereby give their consent to the county commissioners of Middlesex County to lay open their road as a public highway, upon the petition of George T. Cutter and others, the said commissioners awarding to the corporation what damages shall in their judgment be right and just. The committee appointed to confer with the county commissioners reported that the commissioners do not deem it expedient to take any action at present. At a meeting held January 24, 1866, it was voted that the directors be directed to petition the legislature for leave to abandon the Medford turnpike. The petition was presented January 27, 1866, and leave to abandon was granted, and the road was laid out by the county commissioners as a public way. The amount of assessments on each share was $430.00, making a total of $43,000.00.The number of dividends was 129, but the total amount is not stated in the records. The foregoing history of the Medford Turnpike Corporati
tion. Of its two hundred and sixty-eight pages, one hundred and forty-one are occupied with the act of incorporation, passed March 2, 1803, the records of various contracts, and of stockholders' and directors' meetings, closing with that of January 24, 1866. Its unruled pages are enclosed in stiff board covers, eight by thirteen inches in size. These were once covered with two layers of leather, shown by fragments remaining and folded over the edges, and fly-leaves securely pasted over them. e its unfortunate neighbor, the canal, the turnpike now had no available or salable holdings, and for six years held its annual meetings, elected officers, voted a compensation of $15.00 to its agent and $5.00 to the clerk. Its last record, January 24, 1866, tells its pathetic story, That the Directors be directed to petition the Legislature to abandon the Medford Turnpike Voted, to dissolve. A pencilled line follows— Petition presented in House Jan 27 ‘66 After sixty-three y