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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
daughter of Peter C. Brooks and lived for a while in the house on High street west of the Public Library, now occupied by the Misses Ayres. Another daughter of Mr. Brooks married Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, in 1829. At that time Mr. Brooks had the reputation of being the wealthiest man in New England. A letter written by Edward Everett while here is in possession of our Public Library, and one dated 15 June, 1857, was headed Medford. A ship built in the yard of Paul Curtis in 1843 was named the Edward Everett, and our town honored the distinguished statesman by naming one of her school buildings for him. It adds to the interest of local and general history to recall the fact that John Brown (before 1859) was a guest at the home of George L. Stearns, and received sympathy and encouragement from the host and his wife. If he could only have looked down the years to see Doctor Booker T. Washington December 17, 1905, Opera House and Mystic Church. that f
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., A Medford business incident. (search)
uld be very agreeable— Yours B Hall We are led to query whether the ten hogsheads of patent spirits, which according to the letter was Rum, that bears a high reputation in this Country, was the first exported to England. As every thing depends on the first start, Mr. Hall doubtless did his best to make a favorable impression on Johnny Bull and extend the trade. The elder Hall's letter was short and to the point. The neat proceeds are today net, though some old-timers still use the long e in speaking. Resolved into English nails (hand made), that consignment from and of Old Medford came back and may still linger here in the construction of some of our old houses. We may query as to which they are, and what became of the big kettle, if it came over sea. Mr. Hall bought many cattle from the New Hampshire traders. In his slaughtering business just such a kettle was needed. Perhaps it was later used in a Medford ship-yard and alluded to by Mr. Curtis in his recent pape