tless the young people found the latter interesting.
One brook is today a sort of lost river—the tributary of Meetinghouse brook, which has its source near Smith's lane between Woburn and Winthrop Streets. We were told to look there for remains of the projected Stoneham railroad, but found instead that Lily pond lane (near the rock-cut) crosses the Albree brook which flows underground for many rods before it emerges to view in another enclosed field, where must have been the mill-pond of John Albree, the Medford weaver.
Some rods from the lane are parallel stone walls, about three rods long, through which the brook flows, and in the open space between, the ground slopes in either direction to the brook.
No, this wasn't the railroad at all, but was a drinking-place for cattle, unique but useful, and an arrangement not often seen.
Will some one find for us the boundary lines agreed upon by Caleb Brooks, John Hall, Thomas Willis, Stephen Willis and John Whitmore of Medford, in
a highway allowed from the country road to the several divisions of the Wade estate, northerly on a highway between said land and land then in the possession of John Albree, measuring on that line nine rods, westerly on the remaining land of Ebenezer Nutting.
The lot contained two acres, and no mention of a building was made.
Thean Nutting soon after the land came into his possession.
The highway on the northerly boundary was the way to John Albree's farm and mill.
In the year 1720 John Albree purchased of Percival Hall the following described estate, Thirty-two acres of land with house and other buildings bounded westerly on land formerly of Deacon J portion upon which the farmhouse and other buildings connected therewith are located.
Marble, or Meeting-house brook runs through the southerly portion of the estate, and the mill of John Albree, weaver, must have been located upon this brook near the location of North Winthrop street (formerly Purchase street). —John H. Hooper
s most is water.
Different conditions exist along Meeting-house brook, though its head waters of 1840 have long since been diverted by the south dam of the Winchester Water Works.
From thence to within sight of Winthrop street it flows through woodland, and a stroll along its winding course will reveal a beautiful spot our correspondent refers to. Medford people will do well to become better acquainted with its sylvan retreats.
A Medford mill site, formerly occupied by one John Albree, a weaver, who bought land in Medford in 1720.
Was seen near Mr. Noah Johnson's in 1855.
The water supply was small, and failing, the mill fell into disuse.
Any information relative to the same will be thankfully received by the editor.
Some one to write up the story of the Frenchman's mill, whose location was at the Bower.
Inquiry has been made therefor by a former resident of Medford, and a paper containing facts will be welcome at the Register office.
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ion of our local history, and for the entertainment of their auditors or readers.
October 20 we were indebted to Rosewell B. Lawrence for the charming account of his summer in Great Britain.
He had many varied and pleasant experiences, of which he spoke informally in detail, and so shared with eager listeners his privilege of travelling.
All enjoyed the accounts of visits to land of Dickens and trips to quaint London inns, and the recital of a canoe trip on the Thames.
November 17 John Albree of Swampscott, our outof-town member and the enthusiastic secretary of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, gave a most interesting paper upon Books and Other Things.
He illustrated the address by exhibiting a collection of books selected at random from his own library, valuable for historic interest, or as models of the bookmakers' art.
December 15 Rev. Frank I. Paradise of Grace Church, Medford, gave a happy, informal talk(illustrated with maps and pictures) on Switzerland