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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Two Medford buildings of the Fifties. (search)
Hall Seminary, which was opened subsequent to the death of Mr. Smith by his widow, and which took its name from that of the hall. During the sixty-three years that have elapsed it has been more or less a social center of West Medford, seminary, lyceum, Sunday school, union religious services, churches, fraternal organizations, clubs and polling place. It still houses, as it has in all the forty-six years the writer has known it, a village grocery, with the exception of a few months, conducted by the present proprietor. This is not an advertisement, but history, and custom need not forbid mention of the name, Joseph E. Ober. Possibly its owner (its builder's name has escaped us) may have been dissatisfied with the schoolhouse wrangle and erected Mystic hall as a rival; if so he builded better than he knew for a social center, but certainly both these buildings were and are a credit to their designers and constructors, and the latter bids fair to so remain. Moses Whitcher Mann.