. 4, J. Q. Adams, was located at the Ship Yard nearly opposite Park street, and having no suction hose was used for the watering of ships in course of construction.
Engine No. 3, Washington, was organized in 1855, and at a subsequent meeting the following officers were elected: Joseph W. Mitchell, foreman; Jonathan Oldham, first assistant foreman; Almon Black, second assistant foreman; Samuel N. Sylvester, clerk; and Hiram Simmons, steward.
They continued their organization till the year 1868.
This company was composed of persons who had seen service in the other companies of the department, many of whom were prominent in the higher offices of the town.
They also contributed largely in filling the quotas of the town in the Civil War, many never returning to their homes again.
Capt. Joseph W. Mitchell remained at the head of the company during the entire time of their organization, and was highly respected and esteemed.
The members of the company were ever watchful and zealous
ory, its lessons are inspiring.
Mr. Boynton was born in Rockport, Essex County, Sept. 29, 1824.
His early education was obtained in the public and private schools of his native town, supplemented by a course of instruction at Phillips Academy, Andover.
He came to Boston at the age of twenty-one, and entered the wholesale grocery and ship chandlery establishment of Boynton & Miller, becoming a partner in the firm in 1849.
In 1855 the firm-name was changed to that of N. Boynton & Co. In 1868 Hon. Nehemiah Boynton died, and Mr. Boynton became the senior member of the firm, continuing as such till January i this year, when he retired from business.
The firm constantly increased its business, mainly through the sterling business integrity of Mr. Boynton.
It added to its line of goods, and became one of the largest manufacturers and dealers in cotton duck in the country.
Mr. Boynton was for years a vice-president and trustee of the Medford Savings Bank, holding that position at
incident is well worth a record here on account of the builder being one of Medford's best.
In 1851 there was constructed by B. F. Delano, at Magoun's yard, the ship Dauntless, of 800 tons, faultless in every particular, the pride of the builder and owner.
She was commanded by Captain Miller, who then lived in the large house at the corner of Revere place and Salem street. From the day she sailed away no tidings of her ever came to shore.
The ship Don Quixote, built at Foster's yard in 1868 (A picture of this vessel is reproduced on the invitations to this meeting.
She is represented just before the launch.) has a notice in the Boston Evening Journal of Oct. 29, 1868, as follows: Launched, ship Don Quixote.
A fine vessel of about 1,000 tons was launched by Mr. Foster, at Medford, a few days since.
She now lies at Long wharf and will load for San Francisco.
Her commander was Captain Nelson, formerly of ship Golden Fleece, and she sailed for Winsor's regular line for San Franc