., in 1832. Mr. Strong writes:
The larger part of my early life before entering Kenyon College, Ohio, in 1847, was spent in Cincinnati.
The three years of my theological training in the Alexandria Seminary, Virginia, in the same class with my friend Phillips Brooks, closed in 1859, and I was ordained in the early summer of that year.
For less than two years after leaving the seminary, I was assistant to Bishop Lee of Delaware, and the Medford parish was my first full charge.
Mr. George Porter and his sister, with the family connections of Mrs. Dudley Hall, children and grandchildren, were the more prominent members of the parish and my constant supporters.
The young ladies of the church, Miss Nellie Wilde, Miss Caroline Train, Miss Mary King, and others, gave me patient and ready help in the Sunday-school under Mr. Gardiner P. Gates, our efficient superintendent.
Those were the early years of the war, anxious years for us all, and for many of the people in Medford, as el
d Historical Society.
Have you looked on the back of the picture for the names of the buildings, etc?
Yours very truly, C. A. Whiting.
This shaded drawing is nine by thirteen inches, and the names on its back (from left to right) are George Porter's storehouse, Gibson's, Coburn's and Hervey's stores, town hall, post-office, Winneck, postmaster, First Orthodox meeting-house, Dr. Swan's carriage, town pump, old Turell house.
The last is incorrect, as the Turell residence was at Winthropter the changes of seventy-two years, the Medford post-office is in the same spot.
The absence of the brick building east of the Seccomb house raises query as to time of its erection.
Note the diminutive structure beyond the town house, and George Porter's storehouse beyond the town house's brick end. We think the artist squeezed the latter on its Main street side but did justice to the orthodox steeple.
We hope to present in a later issue views of present Medford square, which will supple
remains in the memories of the people it served.
Only last week it appeared in print to remind us of days agone.
What a kaleidoscopic view would be presented, could we see a sketch of the first log cabin here erected, the old Tufts house and Porter's Royal Oak Tavern, the Porter House, just demolished, Mrs. Buel's that preceded the town house, the good old town hall and—shall we add, a city hall, or its plaster model— now in storage.
Besides those fires in the town house, Medford square olics and was used for some years by them till the erection of St. Joseph's, farther up the street.
In its remodelled form we can find it the store of Page & Curtin.
Medford post office was in various places in this square,—a century ago in Mr. Porter's store, on Main street, the building just recently demolished.
Then the stage coach was the public conveyance used.
Henry Richardson (one of the 1818 Club) wrote: Our railroad was not running then, The project was not broached, And those <
and four passengers, succeeded in reaching Blasket Island, on the coast of Kerry, after five days tossing on the Atlantic.
The occupants of the boat were in a perfectly exchanged state when they reached the island, and two of her passengers dropped dead shortly after landing.
The names of the survivors are as follows:
Harmer B. Parmalee, master, native of New York; Charles Bowlings, chief mate, do.; Thos. Morton, second mate, Liverpool; James Hanlan, third mate, Boston; Richard Williams, boatswain, New Orleans; Samuel Dean, carpenter, New York, (originally from Kinsale, county Cork;) William Beverland, A. B. Londonderry, Ireland; Daniel Donovan, A. B., New York, (originally from Queenstown;) Alexander O'Hara, A. B. Dublin; John Winn) A. B., Liverpool; and the steward, a Frenchman.
Passengers Saved — George Porter and John Murphy, both of Liverpool.
Passengers Buried on the Blasket Island — Quinn, Killarney, and a Scotch lad.
The ship is insured in Liverpool