In 1845 Mr. Paul Curtis had upon the stocks at his shipyard near the Winthrop-street bridge a ship of 850 tons burden, it being the largest vessel built in Medford up to that date.
This ship was too wide to pass through the draw, and the town was again petitioned to widen the draw, and March 12, 1845, chose a committee to repair according to their discretion; under this vote the bridge was rebuilt, the width of the draw increased to 40 feet, and the north abutment relaid.
In 1872, the shipyards above the bridge having been abandoned, and there being no further demand for the opening of the draw to navigation, the Selectmen petitioned the General Court for a permit to build a level bridge, which petition was granted, with the proviso that it should be so constructed as to allow a section 40 feet in width to be removed for the passage of vessels up and down the river.
No action was taken to rebuild until 1879, when the General Court was again petitioned by sundry inhab
ery appropriately balanced.
This time $3.35 was paid for moving the library.
In 1869 the library was moved to the Town House and a reading-room was opened daily, Sundays excepted, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P. M., the library being opened only on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and Saturday evenings.
In 1871 it was opened every evening except Sunday and Wednesday, and also on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
By act of the Legislature the dog tax was devoted to the use of the library.
In 1872 the charging system of the Boston Public Library was substituted for the ledger system, which had up to this time been used.
In 1875 was the generous donation by Mr. Thacher Magoun of the present home of the library.
In 1886 about $20 was received as income of the fund left to the library by Miss Lucy Osgood.
In 1897 the library received a gift of $500 under the will of Mrs. Adeline A. Munroe, formerly with her husband, the late Mr. Charles Munroe, a resident of this city.
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