amed for Hon. Daniel A. Gleason of the school committee.
Madison street was one of the later streets, and probably suggested by James Madison Usher, a namesake of President Madison. Usher road lies within the limits of his former estate, while Gorham, Clewley, Chardon and Wheelwright are those of relatives of the Brooks family, whose land they traverse.
Century road was laid out in the closing year of the nineteenth century.
Playstead road is self-evident, as it borders the playground.
Chaernon are probably fanciful, as also Boylston terrace.
Smith's and Hastings' lane and Whittle road were proprietary.
Rock hill is also very truly named, and High street reaches its highest point near by.
At the West End one looks in vain for Gorham and Lake parks as shown on Walling's map of Medford, or some streets of old recorded plans.
One of these, Winthrop, became Sharon by the town's acceptance.
Medford already had a Winthrop street and several names were suggested for this new one
entire tract between High street, the B. & L. R. R. and the river, with the Middlesex canal and its lock, aqueduct and tavern.
Practically the same layout is shown on the Walling map of 1855, but without the names of streets, though the names of Gorham and Lake parks are given.
This plan was made in the last days of the canal's operation, which had ceased when the Walling map was made.
In the records of the canal company is an allusion by its agent to a company of gentlemen who had laid out ted Brooklands, and a suggestion that the canal's property there might be disposed of to the proprietors of Brooklands.
In the closing of the canal's affairs this strip with a portion beyond the river, was sold to J. M. Usher Of those park names Gorham was a family name (of Brooks), while Lake was appropriate, as a miniature lake or pond was shown therein.
Conditions favored the same, as the writer has seen the springy ground there covered with flags and cat-tails.
In Plan Book 8, Plan 1, 1