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rs. Erected by her parents. Right precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Fourth. A window on the south side to the memory of Mrs. Ellen Shepherd Brooks, Mrs. Brooks was the daughter of R. D. Shepherd, of Virginia. She was born at New Orleans August 22, 1809, married Gorham Brooks, April 20, 1829, anMrs. Brooks was the daughter of R. D. Shepherd, of Virginia. She was born at New Orleans August 22, 1809, married Gorham Brooks, April 20, 1829, and died at West Medford, August 11, 1884. erected by her sons, Peter Chardon and Shepherd Brooks. This window, by John LaFarge, of New York, is noted for its exquisite colors, and is a valuable artistic decoration to the church. The subject, Rebekah at the Well, is after a painting by Horace Vernet. At the base of the window is the inscription: In memory of our mother, Ellen Shepherd Brooks, 1884. In this window the mullions are removed, the glass occupying the entire space. Fifth. The brass cross and vases on the altar and re-table from Mrs. Dudley C. Hall. The cross is inscribed: A Thanksgiving Offering. The silver of the communion service is ve
e brook. A few years ago we received a request from an elderly man, long absent from, but Medford born, that some one write for the Register the story of the Frenchman's mill. He passed away soon after, and we know not where the mill he named was, unless it was that mentioned in Vol. IV, p. 51, of the Register, and again by Mr. Woolley in his story of the brook of Medford, beside which was the Second Meeting-house. His description revived an interest awakened by reading of the Bower in Brooks' History, and led to A Midwinter Ramble. The glorious sunshine of a recent winter morning was an allurement that decided the writer to take a woodland ramble that had been long deferred, and nine o'clock found him at High street, looking into the waters of Meeting-house brook. So he said, Well, old brook, I've seen you many times before in your straight-jacket at High street, and in your serpentine wriggling ere you lost yourself in the river; but I'll make your acquaintance today in
of the accumulation of years was a great piece of work. A fine dress is said to have served some misses of the town many times for a fancy dress costume. The townspeople were accustomed to speak of Mr. Bigelow as Speaker Bigelow. The house was a two-story, broad wooden structure. A broad walk led from the front door to the street, meeting it in a deep curve. In 1865 the estate was advertised for sale. It was divided into three lots. The middle one was purchased in 1867 by Ellen Shepherd Brooks, who, on the site of the Bigelow house, erected Grace Church. The east lot was bought by the late James W. Tufts, who built his residence there. This comprised the upper and lower garden. The lower one extended in terraces to the river and was separated from the upper by a brick retaining wall ten feet or more high, on which fruit trees were trained. Later, Mr. Tufts bought the west lot and erected the house occupied by his daughter, Mrs. Prescott. When that wonderfully odd pl
d church, and so since 1849. As these of the various faiths were erected, there was no occasion for others until the growth of the town toward its border lines made it, and by that time the fashion had changed and the tower came into its own again. St. Mary's, on Salem street, near Malden line, whose brick tower in which is a clock paid for by Medford, was the first to build. Then Grace church, out growing its wooden chapel of 1850, acquired largely through the munificence of Mrs. Ellen Shepherd Brooks its beautiful stone church with ivy mantled tower. In ‘72 the First Methodist and the First Baptist, and in ‘73 Trinity Methodist and the Congregational (both the latter at West Medford and new organizations) erected new houses of worship—a remarkable record for two successive years. All these were of wood; all had the features of a corner tower and belfry, with spires varying from forty-eight to one hundred and forty feet in height. In three the town placed public clocks, at th<