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fer can be seen in a view of the same place and occurrence in the Illustrated National Mirror. In 1855 came the publication of the History of Medford, by Rev. Charles Brooks, and in this are eight steel engravings. Medford had then the Daguerreian Rooms of O. R. Wilkinson, not as yet styled a photographer. His work forms the bWindward than to Leeward, should be glad You would sell mine as You go down the Coast—the barrells may be easily come at between Decks. The Medford historian (Brooks) said (on p. 436) The gentlemen of Medford have always disclaimed any participation in the slave trade, and, evidently doubtful of the same, makes a half-page quol vessels in the African trade, and for the last twelve (or more) years of his life was a property owner and resident in Medford, passing away in 1790. Historian Brooks, writing about midway between the time of these papers and the present day, said, How will the above read in the capital of Liberia two hundred years hence?
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Women of the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony. (search)
we have heard similar deprecatory remarks made very recently, to which latter we cannot agree. They could not have been simply plaster casts and have remained exposed to the weather the year round for over sixty years; nor is it at all likely that men of wealth and taste, as were these owners, would have surrounded their homes with any inferior specimens of art. There were also two statues on the elder Magoun's estate, which like those already named, are shown in the steel engravings in Brooks' History of Medford (1855). These, with similar marble vases, are mentioned in the letter of Mr. Magoun to the selectmen, as included in his gift, and are shown in the illustration in the Usher publication of 1886. But where are they today? On the front lawn of the old Brooks mansion on Grove street, also, were two smaller statues of white marble, on pedestals of darker stone; whether others were beyond the mansion in the extensive grounds we cannot say, neither what these represented.
yours, Thos. M. Stetson. Not all Mr. Stetson's queries were answered, and we are presenting them anew, with his notes in full, hoping they may awaken new interest along historic lines. He was the son of Rev. Caleb Stetson, the able minister of the First Parish (1827 to 1848). Under the caption A Medford Schoolboy's Reminiscences, in Vol. XVII, No. 4, is a most interesting contribution to our columns to which we call especial attention. His parents lived in Medford, first in the Rev. Charles Brooks house, but later on High street where is now St. Joseph's rectory. In reading his Reminiscences and these following notes it will be seen that he was at home on old High street, and his observations and descriptions the very best. It was to our regret that his likeness did not appear among the Octogenarians with the old Highschool house at that time, as we had intended. It is now seven years since he passed away from his home in New Bedford, Mass., where he took up the practice
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Mr. Stetson's notes on information wanted. (search)
eral way, it ought to be definite in order to condemn land for a public easement. Besides, it does not say how wide the easement was to be. We must conclude that High street owed its existence to our potato cart and its successors, and not to the County of Middlesex. I am satisfied that the gravel excavations on the east side of Pasture hill (about Terrace road) were later affairs than those about and in the High street region. Query: What was the name of Governor's lane prior to Governor Brooks? By the foregoing it will be seen that Mr. Stetson was an interested and careful reader of the Register. His quaint remarks about the spectacle town and the bulky red nose show that in the olden time the division between east and west in Medford was a prominent and physical one. Never before has anyone pointed out so clearly the barrier the cliffs of old Pasture hill placed in the way of travel as has Mr. Stetson, or called attention to the absence of buildings between the old hous
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
vertiser of June 22, and the Middlesex Union of June 29, and mentions their features. Doubtless, we saw them at their time, but they have faded from our memory. (The Historical Society would be glad to add them to its collection if anyone has preserved them.) But another, the Brooks Advocate, had a longer career than these. It was issued at the time of the proposed division of the town, advocating it and the incorporation of the western section beyond Winthrop street, under the name of Brooks. During the present month one issue of this has drifted into the Historical collection and it is hoped that others may. The Advocate probably ceased when the adverse action of the General Court was taken, or soon after. In succeeding years there have been other papers issued in Medford for a brief period, but which are now forgotten, except as we find them among the strays in the Historical rooms. A complete file of the Riverside News (seventeen by twenty-four inches, seven columns),