orge E. Willis, tin ware manufacturer, put up a building on these premises, using one-half of the lower floor for his business and living over his shop.
William Parker, carriage trimmer, occupied the other half.
Later Henry Forbes succeeded Mr. Willis, the latter going to the New England Gas Works at East Cambridge.
The next building was the old Admiral Vernon Tavern, occupied by Benjamin Parker in our day for a dwelling, and it was the place of business of his sons, Benjamin, a mason, Gilbert, who had a job wagon, and Timothy and William, harness makers.
There was a stone cutters' yard, shaded by a large poplar tree, between the house and Swan street. At different times the proprietors were Mr. Ridgley, Samuel Cady and Mr. Cabot.
Rough and hammered stone, the product of Pasture Hill and two quarries above Pine Hill, was sent out in drags drawn by four horses harnessed tandem.
The trade extended over a large territory.
The fashion of keeping one's residence and business
n Medford, August 24, 1803.
Hezekiah, Jr., son of Hezekiah (V.) and Susanna (Dexter), was born in Medford, September 3, 1758; married, 1st, Esther Tufts of Medford, December 16, 1784; 2d, Eunice Floyd of Medford, January I, 1797; succeeded his father as tavern-keeper; died in Medford, March 17, 1818.
Andrew, son of Hezekiah (V.) and Sarah (Hall), was born July 27, 1764; married Mary Waters of Charlestown, September 14, 1786; died in Medford, March 13, 1857, aged 92.
Gilbert, son of Hezekiah, Jr. (VI.), and Esther (Tufts), was born in Boston, August 3, 1787; married Mary Blanchard, daughter of Andrew (VI.) and Mary (Waters), November 26, 1818; he died in Medford, June 21, 1852.
His wife was born October 27, 1789, and died in Medford, April 9, 1876.
The Medford Historical Society has given two delightful entertainments this winter.
On New Year's Eve a colonial ball was held in the Opera House.
The hall was decorated in buff and blue in a very artistic man