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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The pump in the market place; and other water supplies of Medford, old and modern. (search)
The pump in the market place; and other water supplies of Medford, old and modern. by Eliza M. Gill. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, January 2, 1909.] THE meeting-house and the village pump have been conspicuous objects in the New England towns of the past, and each of these widely different institutions has been necessary to the community, and around them the waves of life have rolled and surged. At the meeting-house the spiritual needs of our ancestors were filled; there they obtained soul refreshment that carried them through The strain of toil, the fret of care, of each succeeding week. There too was mental stimulus obtained, not only from the long and weighty sermons often timed by a more than once turned hour-glass, but also from the debates in the town meetings, when church and state being one, the New England freemen met in the sacred edifice to plan civil benefits and set in motion the machinery of public affairs. The pump ministered to the phy
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., Water Works, ancient but not public. (search)
by hand labor with the old-time pump auger. This last would seem a strange tool to present day mechanics and was one requiring skill as well as strength to operate. The method of joining was simple. One end of the pump log (so called) was smoothly tapered, much as a pencil is sharpened, and the bore in the end of the next slightly enlarged, while to prevent cleavage when driven together, a stout iron band was first driven on the outer surface. A section cut from one of these reveals the growth of forty years, beside that of the bore, probably fifteen more. Doubtless the trees had taken root, perhaps in Medford soil, in colony days when we were under the king. The finding of these and preservation of a specimen through the thoughtfulness and interest of Miss Eliza M. Gill (who made the allusion referred to) is a way mark in Medford history worthy of note. A sizable specimen is added to the Society's collection as well as to those of people interested in old, historic Medford.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., Medford Historical Society. (search)
fred R. Winter. Historic Sites. Moses W. Mann, Chairman. Miss Ella L. Burbank. Leonard J. Manning. Frederick H. Kidder. Francis A. Wait. Charles N. Jones. Genealogy. George S. Delano, Chairman. Rev. Clarence L. Eaton. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Miss Hetty F. Wait. Mrs. James E. Cleaves. Heraldry. Charles B. Dunham, Chairman. William A. Thompson. John Albree. Orrin E. Hodsdon. Library and collection. Miss Agnes W. Lincoln, Chairman. Wm. Cushing Wait. Miss Mais A. Wait. Charles N. Jones. Genealogy. George S. Delano, Chairman. Rev. Clarence L. Eaton. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Miss Hetty F. Wait. Mrs. James E. Cleaves. Heraldry. Charles B. Dunham, Chairman. William A. Thompson. John Albree. Orrin E. Hodsdon. Library and collection. Miss Agnes W. Lincoln, Chairman. Wm. Cushing Wait. Miss Mary E. Sargent. Benjamin F. Fenton. Miss Ella A. Leighton. George S. Delano. Miss Eliza M. Gill. B. Frank Bullard. Henry Brooks.
The Bigelow family. Eliza M. Gill. Medford has a special interest in the honor bestowed on Prof. Abbott Lawrence Lowell, by his election to the Presidency of Harvard University, for among the many illustrious families from which he is descended, one goes back to a period of Medford's history when its members for many years occupied important positions in the civic and social life of the town. In 1806, Hon. Timothy Bigelow, son of the distinguished Revolutionary patriot Col. Timothy Bigelow; made Medford his residence when he removed from Groton to Boston to open a law office, and here he remained till his death, May 18, 1821, aged 54. His widow Lucy, daughter of Oliver Prescott, M. D., of Groton, survived him thirty-one years, dying December 15, 1852, aged 81 years, 9 months. Mr. Bigelow was an able lawyer, the first in our town, which he served as its Representative in the General Court for many years, and was a highly esteemed citizen. He also served in the broader cap
vember 16.—Around the Caribbean. Rosewell B. Lawrence, Esq. December 21.—The Cost of Municipal Government in Massachusetts. Charles F. Gettemy, Esq. January 18.—The Evolution of a New England Home. Mr. Frank Smith, of Dedham. February 15.—A Union Spy and Her Correspondents. Mr. John Albree, of Swampscott. April 19.—The First Inauguration of John Hancock. Francis Hurtubis, Jr., Esq., of Boston. May 17.—The West Medford Congregational Church. Deacon Herbert N. Ackerman. In the Saturday evening course the subjects and speakers were; December 5.—Shay's Rebellion. Mr. George S. Mann, of Brookline. January 2.—The Pump in the Market Place. Miss Eliza M. Gill. February 6.—From the Stage Coach to the Parlor Car. Mr. Charles E. Mann, of Malden. March 6.—The Water Supply of Medford. Mr. Fred L. Cushing, of Medford. April 3.—Some Ancient Law Suits in Upper Medford. Mr. Arthur Whitney, of Winchester. May 1.—Interoceanic Traffic of the Isthmus of Tehauntepec