away of the first and eldest of the six, who were so nearly of an age. Inquiry fails to show that they were related to each other (except as stated), or that they were officers of some society, but just a group of friends and acquaintances.
It is thought that each had a copy, and that after their going, only the nephew of Miss Blanchard had the thoughtfulness to provide for the preservation of hers, and to furnish the authentic data above given.
As a matter of interest, we add that in June, 1885, the first dry-goods store in West Medford was opened on Harvard Avenue, and Miss Blanchard was in charge of it from the first and for several years.
The Bee-Hive was a lively competitor of a larger one next door, which managed to continue in business only by taking in other lines.
At the anniversary time, Miss Blanchard contributed to the local press some reminiscences of the old sexton (her father) and others, which are reproduced in this issue.
A Sweet story of old