grandfather built his house in 1842 there were only two houses on that side of the street between it and the Maiden line.
(I am not counting two others which stood on lanes just off the highway.) One was the house of Mr. James S. Burrell, now occupied by his son, on the corner of Revere place. This house belonged long ago to William Cutter, a soldier of the Revolution, whose daughter Rebecca married Isaac Sprague of the firm of Sprague and James.
But pardon me if I go back to mention Mrs. Eben Jackson, who lived on the corner of Vine street. Her lovely character endeared her to many children.
She was active in the Universalist Church, and often substituted in the public schools.
Just west of the Burrell lot was Aaron Child's cobbler shop, with the sign of a big, long-legged boot.
I learned that big A, little a, ron spelled Aaron, not from my Bible, but from his sign.
On the opposite side of the street was the gambrel-roofed house lately owned by Mrs. Thomas B. Dill, and a sim
the town at the next march meeting.
The next entry is ominous
The first Monday in April 1823 no meeting
Reference to the town-meeting records shows that after discussion at several meetings, on April 6, 1829, it was voted to purchase a new engine for the west part of the town, and the committee for that purpose, Samuel Train, John Bishop, Leonard Bucknam, were directed to dispose of the old engine.
The new engine was called Extinguisher No. 2, and in 1837 received name of General Jackson, in honor of the President.
There is no reference to the new one in the old record book, and the last entry is—
Medford January the fifth 1830
Paid to Edward S Staniels forty five cents for services
This was according to vote of previous year and the only record we notice of such payment, and follows—
Sewell Pierce agrees to keep the snow from the engine house doors till the first of April for ten cents.
The old Grasshopper went to Upper Medford (Symmes' Corner) for