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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Stage-coach days in Medford. (search)
rred way was over Winter Hill. This must have been a steep climb (the grade is now easier), but there was more chance of obtaining passengers. A rival stage line was established, greatly to the annoyance of Mr. Wyman, and he would sit by his fireside, saying to himself, I drive my own coach, I crack my own whip. Amos Hemphill, who bought out Mr. Wyman, had driven for him, although Mr. Wyman handled the reins the most of the time. Other drivers were Thomas Gillard, Warren Tileston, Jerry Jordan, George Clapp and Charles Knapp. Mr. Wyman, as was the old-time custom, often took a drop, and a favorite drink of that time was Tom and Jerry, so the joke went round that Wyman had a Tom and Jerry within and without. Samuel Blanchard, who started the rival line, also carried on an extensive livery business for many years, using both stage and omnibus. I am unable to give the dates of this enterprise, but both stage and omnibus seem to have been used even after the Medford Branch