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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Two Medford buildings of the Fifties. (search)
f stone fell off, and a stream of water flowed in. His helper shouted, The tub! the tub! and before they were hoisted out by the men on the surface the water was up to their necks. The writer had not heard of the Brooks schoolhouse then, but very likely this is the place. Reference has been made to the excess of expense above the town's appropriation. In the immediately preceding years several new houses had been erected in the West End, notably those of Revs. John Pierpont and David Greene Haskins, the two Hastings, and two by D. N. Skillings. Beside these were the Wood, Breed and Spaulding residences beyond the railway. These were all large, well-built houses, which shame some of more modern construction. Too large for present-day use by one family, they do not lend themselves well to the recent craze for two-flat houses. These and the less pretentious ones of that period can readily be identified by careful observers. With these came the call for increased school accommo