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of the Constitution, yet the same is in English money. What the Sundries were does not appear, nor yet their value, as the amount carried out only equals the rum part of the charge. There also seems a disparity in the prices with ten gallons at two shillings and fifteen and one-half at one and six, with the half barrel thrown in. Perhaps the Sundries were also. With molasses at one and nine and rum at one and six we are led to wonder wherein lay the profit of the rum manufacture. Mr. Brooks wrote It was never a profitable branch of trade; and till 1830, it ruined many persons who entered it. The load of salt-hay of which Mr. Fulton could not carry out the price, was a product of the lower Medford marshes, which Mr. Symmes, like others of upper Medford, owned. These papers were found in Mr. Fulton's desk. How the account was settled does not appear, but a few years later these Medford men had a settlement, as appears by the following in the handwriting of Mr. Fulton and
er at West Medford, better known as Faithful Mike. (This digression may, as a matter of history, be added to page 395 of Brooks' History of Medford.) Today, extending from the parkway, there may be seen in excellent preservation the embankments ohe new lake thus created is kept at the normal height. Just here we digress a little from our subject, to quote from Mr. Brooks' History of 1855:— The lands on each side are slightly elevated, and in future times will doubtless be filled with d for residence, and Interlaken may become filled with country seats. Not such as had just been erected at the time of Mr. Brooks (where is the stone windmill tower) for during the years Arlington has slowly grown toward the lower lake, and even nowtainly not until the picric acid and other deleterious matter from the chemical works, miles up stream, is eliminated. Mr. Brooks wrote of Medford pond:— This beautiful sheet of water, though cousin-german to the sea, is as quiet and retired as
A Medford town meeting. There are yet some in Medford who can vividly recall town events of sixty years ago, but there are few who have written the story. Mr. Brooks' history had then been published but two years, and he was resident in the town of his boyhood. His was one of the earliest town histories, and despite some inho had so vigorously opposed these roads and bridges also made an ineffectual attempt to disallow the compensation heretofore allowed the School Committee. Rev. Mr. Brooks sent a communication, which is thus noted:— Resolved that the bridge on Main street be called the Cradock Bridge, and that the new bridge running from Soun were instructed to enforce the law imposing a tax on dogs. The selectmen were also directed to dispose of the old schoolhouse lot near the residence of Rev. Charles Brooks. This was up Woburn street (opposite where is now the Sarah Fuller home), and had been purchased when the first West Medford schoolhouse was built in 1829
Editorial note. In 1883 a third edition of Mr. Warren's Life on the Nile in a Dahabeaeh was published. A copy of this, with illustrations, has just come into the Society's library by courtesy of his nephew, Henry W. Hart. In 1884 Mr. Warren published his autobiography (forty-five pages), with the genealogies of affiliated families (Bennett, Schouler, Russel, Wilkins and others), the former containing interesting side-lights on Medford history. On page 217, Brooks' History of Medford, is a view of his boyhood home when in Medford.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 20., Notes Epistolary and Horticultural. (search)
ngement of floral designs. The last, at an advanced age, is still At the time of writing this, May, 1914. enjoying the cultivation of flowers, and her zeal is undiminished. Mr. Theiler had the German love for flowers and was the first trade florist here, carrying on the business for many years. Pasture hill indicates by its name the purpose for which it was early used, and until a late time herds of cows might have been seen grazing there. Today the prophecy is fulfilled made by Charles Brooks—The hill is mostly rock, and will afford, in coming years, a most magnificent site for costly houses. Statements made in the Register, Vol. III, No. 2, p. 85, April, 1900, Vol. XV, No. 3, p. 65, October, 1912, and the account of the planting of fruit trees of which we have made mention, show the state of cultivation the south end of the hill was under at one time. The first change was made probably when the three Hall brothers built their houses just at the foot of this round hill
es of today when distilleries are made into garages. The above was accompanied by the more than column article, from which this rum, lemon and sugar quotation was taken. In that article, Beverly, Danvers, Dunstable, Medford, Northampton, Pittsfield and Windsor are alluded to under the title of The Puritanic Present, and the writer thereof credited practically the whole to Bonfort's Wine and Spirit Circular. As the Vermont historian gives his quotation from the Transcript and not from Mr. Brooks, we are led to infer that he may not have read the latter. But evidently some other had, and none too carefully, and as her own peculiar product was famous, Medford got all that was coming to her. We have in years past heard people in the cars of northern trains stopping at West Medford, at the conductor's call of Medford—West Medford, remark, This is where they make Medford rum, isn't it? But until it can be verified by credible evidence that such fatality as is named really occurred