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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. Eliza M. Gill. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, October 21, 1912.] AS we turn the leaves of the fifteen volumes of the Medford Historical Register we find mentioned the names of many well-known people, having more than local fame, who have either been residents in our town, or the guests of Medford families. These names occur in earlier and later colonial times, at the Revolutionary period, in the first and middle part of the last century, and in more recent years. It is not within the limits of this paper to recall those that have been noticed in the pages of the Register, nor to complete the list of those that have not been printed, but it is sufficient to mention a few, taking them in nearly consecutive periods of time, or else in groups. The names of the clergymen who were present at the installation, dismissal or burial of Medford pastors, or who came to preach by way of exchange, make a notable list of ear
the Dutch. A letter to the editor, including one much older ending in surprise:— Medford, December 1, 1912. Dear Mr. Mann:—Perhaps you would like the enclosed to go with the other Rum items. I copied it from a letter written by Simon Tufts at Cape Town, 20th March, 1801, to his brotherin-law, Benjamin Hall, Jr., whose wife, Lucy, was Simon Tufts' sister. Benjamin Hall was son of Benjamin Hall (whose letter I copied for you), and brother of Fitch Hall. Very truly yours, Eliza M. Gill. It appears to me if I judge right you are not in any commercial line—and 'tho not I hope going on steady—For your Satisfaction I must report to you that some Rum from your distillery has been lik'd at the Cape by the Dutch people. It was purchas'd among the Articles of a Cargo from Boston by the House here— But very little sells as so much brandy is manufactured in this country 'tho of an inferior quality! Having devoted space to the municipal water-works and to the milk bus
on of their own age, who was also drowned, they were bathing in the Housatonic river. It was supposed that Mary, the elder, was on the bank when she heard the cry of the others struggling in the water, and was drawn in when she tried to save her sister. The bodies were brought to Medford and funeral services were held at their grandfather's house (161 High street). Rev. Dr. William Adams of New York mentioned the sad accident in a sermon and gave a beautiful eulogy, which was printed by permission in the New York Observer. In it he said, Two of these, sisters, ten and twelve years of age, were little less to me than my own children. I had known them from their birth. Special relations had brought them into my intimacy. But recently removed to this city, they had been frequent inmates of my family, as they had been for a season members of our Sabbath School. Dr. Adams for many years spent the summer in Medford. He was son-in-law of the elder Thatcher Magoun. Eliza M. Gill.
Medford treasure Trove. by Eliza M. Gill. On the morning of November 16, 1900, Medford awoke to the pleasurable excitement that she had again become famous; not through the renewal of any of her old time manufactures or industries, but because a fairy tale had materialized. Buried treasure had been discovered on the banks of the Mystic and the news heralded far and near. On the preceding afternoon some boys playing in a field at the head of Spring street, were digging for the foundation of a hut. They struck a hard substance, which in attempting to dislodge, broke under their blows. It was a pottery receptacle, (covered with a piece of canvas) and contained a hoard of silver coins. Surprised and excited the boys ran home with what they could carry, telling the story as they went. Curious throngs soon gathered to see the place where the money had been unearthed and various were the opinions expressed as to who had placed it there, and for what purpose. The mystery has n
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Medford Historical Society. (search)
. Leonard J. Manning. Benjamin F. Fenton. George W. Parsons. Corresponding Secretary and treasurer. George S. T. Fuller. Recording Secretary. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Librarian and Curator. Miss Agnes W. Lincoln. Custodians of real estate. President, Corresponding Secretary, treasurer. Standing committees. Francis A. Wait. Frederick H. Kidder. Miss Catharine E. Harlow. Charles N. Jones. Genealogy. Mrs. Edith G. Dennis, Chairman. Miss Hetty F. Wait. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Mrs. James E. Cleaves. Miss Florence S. Wheeler. Heraldry. Charles B. Dunham, Chairman. Orrin E. Hodsdon. John Albree. Chas. H. Loomis. Leraldry. Charles B. Dunham, Chairman. Orrin E. Hodsdon. John Albree. Chas. H. Loomis. Library and collection. Miss Agnes W. Lincoln, Chairman. Wm. Cushing Wait. Miss Ella A. Leighton. Benjamin F. Fenton. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Henry Brooks. Rosewell B. Lawrence. Rev. Henry C. Delong. Dr. Charles M. Green.
combined with some results of his own research and illustrated it by maps. Ten years before this, however, the Historical Society was formed, one of its objects being to gather such facts relative to Medford history, near and remote, as were likely to be lost or forgotten. It has sought to do this by papers and addresses, many of which have appeared in the Register. During the past season they have been as follows:— October 21.—Distinguished Guests and Residents in Medford. Miss Eliza M. Gill. November 18.— The Roman Catholic Church in Medford. Mrs. Louise F. Hunt. December 16.—Milestones in and around Boston. Charles F. Read, Esq. January 20.—Old Salem Street. Miss Helen T. Wild. February 17.—Old Medford Records. Allston P. Joyce, Esq. March 17.—John Trumbull, Painter of the Revolution. Mr. Samuel Abbott. April 21.—The Massacre at Lancaster and the Story of Mrs. Rowlandson. Mrs. Augusta R. Brigham. May 19.—The Romance of Records. Rev. Arthur W. H.