ustom was the same in Boston.
The modern generation supposes that mattresses are as old as the Christian era.
In reality they came into use within the memory of many members of this society.
And sewing-machines and carpet sweepers!
I doubt if there were either of them known in Medford in 1853.
The first sewing-machine I ever saw was at the Mechanic's Fair in Faneuil Hall, in Boston, in the fall of 1854, and that would work only imperfectly.
At that time there was no communication with Boston except by the trains on the Medford Branch, which came and went four times a day, or by private teams, or on foot.
Nearly all travel was by the first.
The cars were small and dirty, and a single one sufficed on most trips.
Horse-cars and electrics were yet undreamed of.
West Medford existed in little more than name.
I used frequently to walk out there.
The houses were few along High street after leaving Thatcher Magoun's. In the summer of 1853 the number of dwellings within the borde