and as the western section wanted more on July 5, the selectmen settled the matter by directing Captain Russell to fire with both guns at the center.
The guns and equipment were housed somewhere temporarily until late in the year, when a building was erected for the town by William Stetson, at an expense of $600, upon the Swan lot, known as the Pit, where is now Governors Avenue.
The company preferred this location to one on Union street, and the matter was left to the discretion of selectman Hooper, who foreseeing possible exigencies, there placed it, the highway men building the foundation therefor, thus securing a storage place beneath for some of their apparatus.
It was a serviceable structure, and the selectmen reported that in the latter respect it would prove an entire success.
A view of it may be found in the Medford Mercury. The company were given leave to finish a room in its second story at its own expense.
This was fitted up as a gymnasium, for the men were well dril
ed the farm owned by Mr. Dudley Hall), and expressed a wish that some one would write up the house.
I do not think that much more can be said regarding the house than has already been said in the paper above referred to, but a few facts may be stated in regard to the farm that may be of interest.
Under date of November 21, 172, a portion of the estate of Capt. Peter Tufts, who owned and occupied the so-called Cradock house, was set off to Dr. Simon Tufts, one of his sons, and was bounded on the Malden road (Salem street) about sixty-five rods, the line extending from near Park street to Spring street. No mention is made of any building on the estate.
After the death of Dr. Tufts there was set off to his widow, Abigail Tufts, as a part of her dower, forty-eight acres of land, with house and barn.
This house is identical with the Otis house, and was built subsequent to the year 1721, probably within a few years after the farm came into the possession of Dr. Tufts. —John H. Hooper
many changes during its existence, but the original portion must have been built by Jonathan Nutting soon after the land came into his possession.
The highway on the northerly boundary was the way to John Albree's farm and mill.
In the year 1720 John Albree purchased of Percival Hall the following described estate, Thirty-two acres of land with house and other buildings bounded westerly on land formerly of Deacon John Willis; north on woodland laid out to Major Jonathan Wade's heirs; east on land of John Bradshaw; south on land of Ebenezer Nutting, excepting one-fourth of Mill.
This estate comprises a considerable portion of the Lawrence farm being that portion upon which the farmhouse and other buildings connected therewith are located.
Marble, or Meeting-house brook runs through the southerly portion of the estate, and the mill of John Albree, weaver, must have been located upon this brook near the location of North Winthrop street (formerly Purchase street). —John H. Hooper
yrus Cutter, and the land was described as follows: One acre of marshland, bounded southwest on Mystic river, southeast on James Cutter, northeast on Deacon John Larkin, together with all the mill privileges if there be any belonging to the said parcel of land on the north side of the river.
It is on the westerly end of this land that the remains of the old mill were found.
Mr. Robbins called his meadow Bunker's meadow.
Why it was so designated is a mystery, as no person by the name of Bunker ever owned the land.
The meadow land known as Bunker's Meadow was on the south side of the river, bounded east on Alewife brook and north on Mystic river.
The name of Deacon John Larkin (formerly of Charlestown) puts one in mind of the horse ridden by Paul Revere in his famous ride to Lexington on the morning of April 19, 1775.
He rode Deacon Larkin's horse.
These meadow lands on the north side of the river in Medford are now included in the Metropolitan Park System. John H. Hooper.