e the stone wall ended and a wooden picket fence, painted a dull yellow, enclosed the open space in front of the substantial building that bore across its front this legend,
Mystic Hall Seminary, in gilded iron capitals.
In this building Ellis Pitcher kept a grocery, and also the West Medford post office.
A very ordinary road led southward by the seminary building past the residence of Henry T. Wood and the double-decked cupola, to a bridge and across the river.
This was Harvard avenue day was no sewer, neither water nor gas mains, as now. Today almost the entire length is double-tracked with steel and paved with asphalt or macadam.
No wires or conduits then, only the telegraph needed them, and that was along the railway.
Mr. Pitcher's grocery became Joseph E. Ober's six months later, but instead of being the only store has numerous competitors.
The greenhouses have given place to St. Raphael's Church, the wooden depot to a larger one of stone, and the Usher house, with i