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, E. E. Sweeney. Outings were arranged to points of historic and picturesque places and largely attended. Local ground was not neglected by the members, and many photographs of Medford's historical points were made and used for illustrations and lantern slides. Every year the club furnished a set of slides for the New England Lantern Slide Exchange, and for a number of years sent a set of photographs to its various clubs. Two sets of slides furnished by the club made it famous. Paul Revere and his Midnight Ride was given its initial showing in the Medford town hall to an audience that taxed its capacity. By special request it was also given in the high school before the students. It was also given before the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association and many other societies. Another set was the New England Poets, which was a credit to the members in their individual work and to the club itself. Mr. J. Henry Norcross was elected the first honorary member (May 3,
ot on April 19. On its first occurrence after the legislative enactment it was noted by a ride over the route taken by Revere by a Medford man, Robert L. Sise, who came literally over the bridge into Medford town at the midnight hour. Reference this may be found in the Medford Miss Deborah Hall welcomes Paul Revere. Sergt. Harold I. Austin as Paul Revere, greeted by Miss Hall, a descendant of Capt. Isaac Hall of the Medford Minute-Men. Courtesy Medford Mercury. Mercury of that time wPaul Revere, greeted by Miss Hall, a descendant of Capt. Isaac Hall of the Medford Minute-Men. Courtesy Medford Mercury. Mercury of that time with account of the patriotic decorations and displays; also certain rhymes of more or less interest relating to the historic day. But in 1917 there came an organized effort to make the occasion worth while and notable in Boston and the other cit also still stands, and Mr. Edward Gaffey, its owner and occupant, is glad to open its doors to welcome the personator of Revere. This year he was welcomed in the street by a lineal descendant of the minute-men's captain, Miss Deborah Hall. We are
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., William J. Bennett Memorial (search)
times the road to Menotomy. The street behind us, as the colony grew, as early as 1660 became known as a road around the woods. In all the years, through the slow growth of the settlement from the days of the Indian village to those of the colonial town and until the Republic was founded, the citizen soldier here established the tradition of service and sacrifice, to which this soldier of our time was true in his day. By this spot, on the night of the nineteenth of April, 1775, rode Paul Revere. By this corner trooped the Minute Men of Medford on their way to Lexington. Near the old slave wall on Grove street, in the midst of fertile fields and woodlands, stood the house of the Reverend Edward Brooks. He, too, went over to Lexngton on that morning and by this corner in full bottomed wig rode on horseback, his gun on his shoulder. From the garret window of his house his son, Peter, who later set out these trees which shade us, at the age of eight heard the guns of the Britis