ntil April 23, 1862, attaining seventy-eight years. Caleb Swan made note soon after of the same, saying-
She left no will and the property which was not divided after Mr. Magoun's death now all goes to the only two surviving children, Thatcher Magoun Jr. merchant of Boston and Medford and Mrs. Revd. Dr. Wm. Adams of New York.
The Mansion House of their father built by him about 1835 is already advertised for sale. Of the occupants, or if there were any during the succeeding years prior to 1874, we have no information.
Early in 1875 the selectmen of Medford were informed by Mr. Magoun, by letter dated January 22, 1875, of his intention to donate to the town the Mansion House of his late honored father for a library building.
A copy of this letter was published in the Medford Chronicle at the time and may be found in the annual reports of the town.
He stated in the letter—
The style of the Mansion House, certainly in its exterior, appears to me to be admirably adapted for th
oned or to be erected.
It is the most radical change this part of the old cow-pasture has experienced in all its history.
The works, when completed, will employ several hundred persons of both sexes, who will require places of abode and education of their children.
Thus both Medford and Somerville will find added problems to solve.
In years agone, but within memory, conditions had been unsavory in the Somerville corner.
A slaughter-house was on the old rangeway for many years.
At about 1874 a hill below it was devoted to drying hog-bristles.
Later this hill was all dug down and carted away, and to its place was moved the Somerville pest-house.
This remained for a period of years beside the serpentine, sluggish Alewife brook.
This latter had been receiving the refuse and filth of Tannery brook, with its adjoining marshes a foot lower than those a mile down stream. Little wonder that malaria was in an alarming increase.
One day the writer noticed an unusual stir about the pest