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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., A pioneer railroad and how it was built. (search)
age, was killed on the railroad this afternoon, about 4 miles from this town. The locomotive, Patrick, manufactured [assembled] in this town and just put on the road, with a train of cars, was retu somehow acquired the nickname (from people along the route) of John Bull. The second was named Patrick in honor of the president of the road, Patrick T. Jackson. The proposition to call it Jackson meet with favor from the Whig proprietors, as Old Hickory had a more than local reputation, so Patrick it was, as a compromise. It was the custom of those days and is still in some sections to naources were drawn upon. The officers and prominent men of the corporation were remembered, and Patrick, Whistler, McNeill, Jesse Bowers, Wm. Sturgis, Daniel Abbott, Higginson and Storrow, shared honted rush along by the electric current, each one carrying as many as a whole train drawn by the Patrick in 1835. The site of the landing is covered thickly with dwellings to the north, while south