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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Incidents and reminiscences of the Fire Department of Medford. (search)
as R. Peck1827. Two, Abnah Bartlettno date. One, E. Hallno date. One, Daniel Lawrence1841. One, Timothy Cottingno date. One, Samuel Chaseno date. Two, Andrew Blanchard, Columbian Eagle Fire Society. One, Nathan Sawyerno date. One, Gov. BrooksNo. 1 One, Gen'l JacksonNo. 2. We have now in the service of the city an organization bearing the name of Washington Hook and Ladder Company which has been in existence for seventy-two years without interruption. From time to time this hato work the engine at a fire. They chose a committee to wait on the Selectmen, make a statement of the condition of the company, and request that it be disbanded. It was also voted, that the foreman, Mr. John T. White, surrender the engine Governor Brooks and whatever moneys there may be in the hands of the Treasurer to the Selectmen to be disposed of as they may judge expedient. On July 3, the next day after disbandment, the Selectmen appointed twenty-nine men to take charge of the engine
all persons who were subject to the smallpox to a suitable house, subject to the will of the Selectmen. It was voted that if any person chanced to have the smallpox he might obtain permission to be inoculated in such a house as might be obtained for that purpose. This order also provided that if a person desired to be inoculated he must pay the expenses of this house for two months. Under these severe regulations it was not likely that many persons were inoculated. A petition from Governor Brooks and others relative to further inoculation was discussed at a town meeting in 1789 It was decided that any person could be inoculated if he desired to pay the expenses. It was also voted that the Selectmen could put a stop to inoculation if they thought it expedient. Another epidemic made its appearance in 1792 Town Records, Volume III., page 99. At a meeting of the townsmen in September of that year it was voted to take all possible measures to prevent the spread of the existing
his, an element of danger must have been introduced into the courting of those days. 1670: Some Indian children were brought up in our English families, and afterwards became idle and intemperate. A gentleman asked the Indian father why this was so. He answered: Tucks will be tucks, for all old hen be hatch 'em. 1810: Medford had a large choir of volunteer singers, under the faithful Ephraim Bailey. One Sunday the pitch pipe set the pitch so high that the whole choir broke down. General Brooks could not endure it any longer, and he rose in his pew, beckoned to Bailey, and said, Hadn't you better take another pitch? Bailey replied, No, sir, I guess we can get through it. Rev. Mr. Osgood boarded many years in the family of Deacon Richard Hall, and a very close intimacy blessed both parties afterwards. One Sunday Mrs. Hall was taken ill in church, and her husband went out with her. After some time the deacon returned. As soon as he had shut the door, Mr. Osgood stopped in h
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Reminiscences of an earlier Medford. (search)
room on the western corner was for many years used for the reading-room to which I have already referred, and concerning which I shall have something more to say. A very faithful likeness of the Tufts building will be found in Usher's edition of Brooks' History. And the Tufts family played an important part in the earlier and later history of the town. The founder of the family, Mr. Peter Tufts, was born in England in 1617, and came to New England somewhere about 1638 and was one of the earw one of the most thickly settled parts of Medford. His son, Capt. Peter Tufts, resided in Medford and was the father of Dr. Simon Tufts, the first physician of the town. It seems likely that he was the builder of the house in the square which Brooks, I know not by what authority, says was built in 1725. Dr. Simon Tufts was succeeded by his son, Dr. Simon Tufts, Jr., a man of high character and excellent professional standing. In my earliest recollection of the Tufts house it was occupied by
r subjects. Under date of Oct. 11, 1833, he writes: Lecture in vestry by M. Fowle on rocks, shark's jaws, mountains &c. In Mr. Blanchard's day people manufactured their own ink, and Mr. Blanchard, who was a fine penman, made his very carefully by the following receipt: 2 oz. nut gall, 1 do. Copperas, 1/2 do. gum arabic to 1 qt. Rain Water. Among Mr. Blanchard's friends and patrons were Governor Brooks, John Bishop, Benjamin and Dudley Hall, Dr. Daniel Swan and his brother Joseph, Rev. Charles Brooks, Major John Wade, Turrell Tufts, and others. In 1815 Mr. John Bishop, Richard Hall, Major Wade, and Samuel Kidder still wore small clothes. In 1820 Major Wade was charged for seating and repairing small clothes 37 It is said that Major Wade was the last man in Medford to wear the ruffled shirt, small clothes, and shoe buckles of the colonial period. Mr. Blanchard's price for making a surtout coat was three dollars. In 1815 a great coat was provided with silver hooks and rings. Dr.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Letter from John Brooks to Dudley Hall. (search)
d an extra carriage, which rendered the latter part of the journey extremely pleasant. The ladies were less fatigued than might have been expected. Hepsey Hepsey Hall, sister of Dudley Hall. sustained her ride remarkably well. To-day we all seemed perfectly willing to rest. We are at Gregory's, who has contributed all in his power to refresh and recruit us. He gives us a profusion of strawberries. Hepsey has added them to her lacteal regime, to which she strictly adheres. I gave Mrs. Brooks an airing this morning around the suburbs of the city as far to the northward as to give her a view of Troy. Previously, however, I conducted the ladies to the wharf and gave them a view of a steamboat. We had just time enoa to visit the different apartments before she sailed for New York. The whole was a great treat to us all and has added to the strength of our wishes, which were previously very strong to participate with you, the pleasure of a passage in one of those wonderful aquat