as Pasture Hill lane, opposite the Savings Bank building, with a workroom adjoining (Mr. William Wyman, the provision dealer, living in the rear). I think, from hearsay, his most prosperous days in business were spent there.
At that time he had numerous apprentices, several of whom married townspeople and became honored wives and mothers.
Finally he was able to retain only his oldest patrons, who cared little for advanced methods, and styles in tailoring, and his trade was transferred to Mr. Hervey and others. . . .
There was a tinge of romance about his marriage.
A foster-sister of Mrs. Lydia Maria Child, who lived in the house corner of Ashland and Salem streets, applied to him to be taught the trade.
He told her he did not care for more apprentices, but if she would promise, when through, not to set up business in Medford, he would take her. In a year they were married, he being twenty-eight years old and his wife eighteen.
She was a direct descendant of Peter Tufts. . . . I
blisher of the Nation,, a Boston weekly.
Probably his new venture was printed and sent out from the same press in Boston, and equally probable that the editorial sanctum, if not in the Nation office, was in his West Medford home.
We have heard an editor of later years remark, Mr. Usher's office was in his hat.
The Journal's first page was devoted to home reading matter of wholesome character.
For a time there were articles on the Flora of Medford, by George S. Davenport, accounts of Frank Hervey's readings and a series relating to conveyances of property.
The inside pages told of local happenings in Medford, Winchester and Arlington.
The local tradesmen were generous in their advertising patronage, as well as those here residing doing business in Boston, and the third page was mainly theirs, overflowing onto the last.
We notice that the subject of a new town hall was then being agitated.
After three years the Journal was sold, but directly after changed hands again, then to