Starr King and his predecessors in office.
The most distinguished guests within our borders have been two of world-wide fame, Washington (1789) and Lafayette (1824). The magnet that drew them was John Brooks, their comrade-in-arms.
President James Monroe, during his term of office, on a visit to Boston in 1817, was in Medford twice.
A Boston newspaper says that Thursday, July 3, he came with his suite in carriages to return a call made him by Governor Brooks, partook of an elegant collat of that pleasant afternoon in later years, remembered that strawberries were served, and undoubtedly they were fine if grown on the host's ground, as they probably were; while the baby girl when she grew up had the pretty story to tell that President Monroe took her in his arms and kissed her.
Mrs. Smith was the grandmother of Mr. Wait and the Misses Wait, members of our historical society.
If the after life of some who had a brief residence with us has been a recital of interest we may p