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on the north side of the river, and the earth filling back of it removed; also the retaining wall supporting the southerly side of High street, that extends from the dwelling house of Dr. Bemis to a point opposite the driveway of the public library, and the filling back of that also removed; see the new channel of the river filled up so as to turn the water into its original course, sweep away all buildings and other improvements, remembering that the tide once flowed into the square, that Cradock bridge was twice its present length, and that the south bank of the river was then substantially as at present; see also the narrow cart path creeping along the bank of the river, just above high-water mark, and then climbing the steep bank in front of the public library building, and we shall then understand the situation thereabouts when the ford was in use. The general course of the river from Cradock bridge to the northerly end of the ford is nearly east and west, then it takes an ab
An incident at the ford. IN 1644 Gov. John Winthrop, in his journal, describes the following incident as taking place at a ford in Mistick river. From a careful study of the story it is evident that the ford referred to was Mistick ford, and that the parties lived near the farmhouse of Governor Cradock (called Meadford on ancient maps), which was located, as before stated, near the present square: One Dalkin and wife, dwelling near Meadford, coming from Cambridge where they had spent their sabbath, and being to pass over the River at a Ford, the tide not being fallen enough, the husband adventured over, and finding it too deep, persuaded his wife to stay awhile, but it raining very sore, she would needs adventure over, and was carried away with the stream past her depth, her husband not daring to go help her, cried out, and thereupon his dog, being at his house near by, came forth, and seeing something in the water, swam to her, and she caught hold on the dog's tail, so he d
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Reminiscences of an earlier Medford. (search)
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 earliest settlers of Malden, where he was a large land-owner. He also bought of Cradock's heirs 350 acres of land in what is now 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 b story of the building up of the town of Medford,—telling of the people, their ways and manners, their thoughts and experiences,—what would we not give for it! The lack of such information leaves us in the dark as regards the earliest history of Medford. We only know that there was a Mr. Davidson who represented Governor Cradock and who was in his interests in this town. Who his coadjutors and companions were, and what they did— of this we know nothing, and never shall. They had no rep
ngton farmhouse, shaded in part by buttonwoods, grass-edged, irregular, and rough, keeping in sight the river, in the early years of 1800 was a road known as the Town road or River road. The section of this road from the river landing opposite the foot of Cross street to Wellington was probably made to accommodate the two brick houses, then the only buildings in this part of Medford, with the exception of the Wellington farmhouse, built 1648-165 2. One of these was at the eastern end of Governor Cradock's plantation, called the Old Fort, built in 1634, and the other about five hundred feet north of this road at a point opposite the first shipyard. In 1746 the section from the market (Medford square) to the tide-mill (near Cross street) was opened. When Thatcher Magoun, of Pembroke, Mass., came to Medford, and in 1802 selected a portion of land between the river and this road opposite its junction with Park street, and here located the first ship-yard, an industry started that drew