Tufts' dwelling and Richard Tufts' wheelwright shop on the same side were also laid in ashes.
On the opposite side of Main street the fire commenced at the bridge with the dwelling of Nathan W. Wait, and swept down Daniel Lawrence's store and dwelling house Jas. Hyde's dwelling and store, Elias Tufts' wheelwright shop and dwelling, George E. Willis' tinware shop and dwelling, Mitchell's barber shop and dwelling, Benj. Parker's dwelling and stable, Moses Merrill and Son's paint shop, and Hartshorn's harness shop (all in one building). A ten-footer, occupied by an Irish family and three stables, were all totally destroyed.
The conflagration swept on before a strong northwest wind until about twelve o'clock, when it came to the lumber yard of Oakman Joyce, two-thirds of which was destroyed, when its progress was checked.
The old Nathan Wait house, nearly opposite the hotel, came near being destroyed, but fortunately, the flames in this direction were stayed.
Mr. John Schwartz'
m Thomas, who at one time lived in Mr. Butters' house, Mrs. Rebecca Stearns, daughter of Caleb Brooks of West Medford, Ebenezer Chamberlain, hatter, Bartholomew Richardson, hatter, Mrs. Henry Withington and others.
In the next house lived Mr. Amory Hartshorn and John T. White.
Both were employed at Mr. Peck's hat factory.
The latter colored hats; when his services were needed his presence was required night and day. He was constable, deputy sheriff and tax collector for many years.
About 1850 he moved into his house on Ashland street, where he died.
Jesse Crosby's wheelwright shop occupied the triangle made by the Turnpike (Mystic avenue), Union street and Mr. Hartshorn's premises.
He removed to Nashua, New Hampshire, and was succeeded by Elbridge Teel.
Later Thomas O. Hill, one of Mr. Teel's apprentices, was in partnership with him for many years.
The youngest son and two grandsons of Mr. Teel now conduct a large business there under the old firm name of E. Teel & Co.