ompleted on North street.
His nearest neighbor was Billy Hamilton, often called the wild Irishman, but his home, as well as that of Bernard Born, the engineer at the water works, was within the limits of Somerville.
At that time (May, 1870,) there were but eighteen houses west of the railway.
Of these eighteen the mansion and farm houses, one house on Canal street, belonging to Edward Brooks, and two houses owned by the railway company, occupied by Rueben Willey the station agent, and Daniel Kelley, the flagman, formed a part.
On Bower street were the residences of Horace A. Breed and Henry T. Wood, while near the centre of the plain was the dwelling of George Spaulding, which, with its cruciform shape and two-story cupola, was a noticeable object, and sometimes called the steamboat house.
The home and two smaller houses of Gilbert Lincoln, and the newly built house of Florist Duane completed the number not included in the Smith estate.
This comprised the territory lying betwee
Harvard avenue, and from this diagonally across the field to the railroad was a row of poplar trees that grew to large proportions ere they were cut down.
Opposite the seminary building stood two houses belonging to the railroad, in which Daniel Kelley and Reuben Willey, the flagman and station agent, lived.
The station house was near the crossing, and had been built but about ten years. The crossing had no gates, but two huge posts supported a sign-board across the street, whose metallic letters warned passers to Look out for the engine while the bell rings.
This was the old formula ere Stop, Look, Listen, came in vogue.
Flagman Kelley was an old employee who had lost an arm while on duty as fireman, and then carried a red flag or light as danger signal.
Across the track to the left was the residence of Hon. J. M. Usher.
It stood somewhat back from the village street and was heavily shaded by trees, mostly maple, with some mountain ash. A somewhat massive fence was before
superintendent on the ground.
He alighted from the 6.15 A. M. train on the morning of May 27 and begun his duties.
The railway station was a small wooden structure, with widely overhanging roof (a counterpart of that at Winchester), had been in use for fifteen years, and stood closely in the acute angle formed by High street and the tracks.
He recognized the station agent as our old acquaintance, Reuben Willey, formerly at Woburn.
A man with a red flag was on duty at the crossing, Daniel Kelley.
There were then no gates, but in former days there had been, and at first this station was known as Medford Gates, and the next one, appropriately, as Med- ford Steps. Two houses securely fenced in, faced High street, in which these men lived.
Beyond them lay the extensive lands of the Brooks families, extending to Mystic lakes and over the hill and beyond the railroad to Oak Grove cemetery and into Winchester.
On the left of High street was the greenhouse of Florist John Duane and h