ille appendix, to the river.
The slowly decaying aqueduct, with its abutments of boulders and its granite piers, still spanned the river —a picturesque ruin.
Because of the fact that a citizen of Medford, Nathan Brown, had eyes to see, and skill to paint, and that others appreciated his work, we of today may know how that locality appeared in 1865.
When Mr. Stevens moved to the Hillside, in 1870, Medford's entire population west of the railroad consisted of an even dozen of families.
In 1871 the new owners of the Smith estate (the level plain of West Medford) purchased a tract called the Osgood estate, bordering on North street.
This was laid out in small lots, with Adams and Quincy streets intersected by others, and plans plotted.
The long-disused stonework of the canal aqueduct invited a crossing of the river by Boston avenue, and strange to say this was opposed by some.
The wisdom of the county commissioners in its laying out is amply justified, however.
In those years t
ntly been built above it, striking his pickaxe into this later main and of his surprise at the copious flow of water therefrom.
The artificial banks of the reservoir were stepped into interval spaces of from twenty to fifty feet, to avoid seepage, and inner slopes faced with rock and surmounted with a granite coping.
The reservoir was completed in early November, 1864.
At that time the neighboring buildings of Tufts college numbered but three.
Beginning with the erection of West hall in 1871 their number has increased with the expansion of the college work, and gradually the hill slopes have been built upon until the suburban cities of Somerville and Medford have crowded closely upon the once distrusted earthwork that for a half century has proved its stability and faithful construction.
From the promenade of over a third of a mile around its top a magnificent view of the surrounding country may be had and is well worth the time and effort of any one.
It lies entirely within th
er covering a period of more than a hundred years, containing nothing of civic interest, but showing the business life of the Hall family for several generations.
The book, or second source, rich in manuscript notes and printed matter of historical and genealogical interest, was found among the effects of the late James Gilchrist Swan, a nephew of Caleb Swan, and was given to our Historical Society by a grandson of the former about twelve years ago. The first owner's notes run from 1855 to 1871.
The second owner added to these notes in 1886 and 1888.
Much of this data and matter from the Hall papers have been incorporated at various times in the papers of the Register.
In 1793 The Revd.
Mr. Wm Wells came from England to Boston.
He lived in the house afterwards of Mr. Ebenr Hall in Medford near the bridge.
He sometimes preached for Dr. Osgood.
He imported a number of apple trees from England for his farm he had bought in Brattleborough, but they came too late in the spring