ed development of springs of water.
But Father Gilligan and his undaunted parishioners were not to be discouraged.
The stately and noble church which we now occupy arose, and the congregation moved into the chapel in the basement, finding it most commodious and cheerful.
Indeed, it was so much so that Father Gilligan used to say, We are so comfortable here I fear it will be difficult to finish the interior of the upper church.
Alas! he did not live to see his great work completed, for in 1900 he passed away, after a long and painful illness.
In March, 1900, the Rev. Thomas L. Flanagan came to Medford from the parish of Stoneham, where he had been pastor for some years.
He was an intimate friend of Father Gilligan, and he took up the work of completing the new church as Father Gilligan laid it down.
And indeed, as we review the twelve years that he has been in Medford, the amount accomplished by his efforts, with the hearty co-operation of the parish, seems quite wonderful.
We had several interviews with one we had long known, at that time over ninety years of age and in possession of her faculties, and her testimony is entirely credible.
Mrs. Harriet (Wright) Smith, Woburn. She distinctly recalled the passing of this steamboat through the deep cut of the canal just beside her father's house, and spoke particularly of the noise and smoke it made. The latter was doubtless resultant upon the tar burning fixture alluded to. Probably at our interview (in 1900) she was (in that locality) the only witness of the scene then living.
Some years later it was our good fortune to find in an English work on the steam engine, an illustrated description of one American—the Morey—engine, such as propelled the Merrimack through Medford and up to Concord, N. H. the following year.
At that time Mr. Sullivan kept a journal of his cruise which is as follows:
June 13.In the evening set off from Canal Head, Chelmsford, with two boats in tow.