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rancis published several orations, a History of Watertown, and Lives of John Eliot and Sebastian Rale for the Library of American Biography, 1795-1872. The Rev. Charles Brooks wrote a History of Medford in 1855, one of the first of the Massachusetts town histories; Biographies of Eminent Men and Women, two volumes; Letters of a se of training teachers for their work; by his constant writing and lecturing on the subject, caused the normal school system to be adopted in Massachusetts. Mr. Brooks also wrote, by request of the citizens, The Tornado of 1851, an account of the devastation of the same in Medford and West Cambridge.—Editor. The Rev. Andreer in genealogy, wrote Simon and Joan Clarke Stone and Three Generations of Their Descendants. James Madison Usher published the History of Medford, by the Rev. Charles Brooks, in 1855, and revised and enlarged it afterwards up to the year 1886. Edward Preston Usher wrote The Church's Attitude Towards Truth, 1907, and a memoria
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., The passing of a Medford estate. (search)
just attained his majority, and this was one of his earliest works. The name of the builder is unknown, but it is related that fifty years afterward he came and viewed with pleasure and satisfaction the work of his younger days. The granite composing it was boated from Concord, N. H., down the Merrimac and the canal. For a little over thirty years its graceful curves were reflected in the placid waters till the canal was abandoned, killed by the rival railroad. Three years later Rev. Charles Brooks wrote of it, hoping it would always remain, a gravestone to mark where the highway of the waters lies buried. For fifty-six years it had thus remained, when one day, after an imperilled year of doubtful fate, it was, stone by stone, pulled down. Thus a thing of beauty, missed by many, was sacrificed in the extension of Boston avenue along the old canal site. It has been said that the Real Estate Trust was ignorant of its historic associations, and had so far progressed as to make
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Colonial houses—old and new. (search)
a descendant of one of Medford's early settlers, went to live in this house, which has since borne his name. There all his children were born, among them the Rev. Charles Brooks, who was so active in Medford school matters. Here and in the adjoining house his accomplished daughter Elizabeth dispensed the gracious, old-fashioned ht colonial days, and backward for some years. The home of the pious deacon at the height-oa — land (where later was built the more modern house occupied by Rev. Charles Brooks)was probably of the older style with the lean-to. Possibly opposite was his father's (the Ensign John's house), where the church was gathered. Jonathan, J's, sister Susannah in 1762, purchased the little gambrel roof frame covered with boards, and built against it the larger structure, in or near 1768. Historian Brooks used a wood cut of it as the tailpiece on the final page of his history of Medford, together with a fac-simile of his father's signature, piously adding (he was a