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days. A striking figure on the stage of recollection is Nathan Childs, the village baker, who had his shop in the good old town of Medford. He drove his cart through the streets from door to door, and continued on through the neighboring towns. In Woburn town, on Pleasant street, there stood a cluster of houses, at the junction of two streets, one of which led directly to Lexington—that town of historic fame—while the other wound its way to Burlington, the town that protected Hancock and Adams, while the British soldiers marched to Concord. The coming and going of Nathan Childs to and from this little group of neighbors, was like the old clock that stood in the corner of the family room—tick, tick, strike, all the day long, always on time. Nathan Childs had an eye to business—he was a friend to the old and the young. His cart was not unlike other bakers' carts, while the jingle of the old sleigh bells was heard from afar. He was always ready to share his seat with one or mo
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Medford a century ago—1819. (search)
there was duplication enough to reduce the number to fifty. It may be noticed there was no school board especially named. The annual town meeting was held in March, hence usually styled the March meeting, and adjourned from time to time as the amount of public business required. At that of 1819, Hon. Timothy Bigelow, who had the experience and distinction of eleven terms as speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, was moderator. Dr. Luther Stearns, Thatcher Magoun and Nathan Adams, three of Medford's prominent citizens, were chosen selectmen, Joseph Manning, treasurer, and Reuben Richards, clerk of the market. These names are evidence that it was a notable and efficient board, as also those that follow in the long list of other officers shown. It is recorded that ere adjournment to April 1, the town clerk was directed to put the law in force against persons chosen who do not qualify. Then follow several pages of certificates of qualification. At the April meeti
Anthony Hatch Benjamin Floyd Jun Loveman Buel Abijah Kendall Gilbert Blanchard 2d Thomas Cox Jun Asa Sprague A Bartlett Those with this mark are officers for the present year John Howe Those with this mark are officers for the present year Jeduthun Richardson Those with this mark are officers for the present year Jonathan Porter Those with this mark are officers for the present year Joseph Lamson Cornelius Tufts Henry Withington Nathan Adams Those with this mark are officers for the present year Joseph Manning J Swan Those with this mark are officers for the present year Daniel Symmes Benjamin Hill Stilman Clark Moses Merrill Henry Reed Noah Johnson Those with this mark are officers for the present year Seth Mayo Nathaniel Jaquith Timothy Bigelow D Hall Those with this mark are officers for the present year Andrew Bigelow Jonathan Harrington Edward Bradbury David