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n honor of Mrs. Joshua Simonds who with her daughters Nabby and Pamelia kept a dame school for many years in the house on the north side of High street. It used to be sheltered from the street by large lilac bushes which grew on the slope between the sidewalk and the roadway. A face wall has been built and the sidewalk lowered, which adds to the comfort of the pedestrian and detracts from the picturesqueness of the house. Next below was the old Putnam tavern, and beyond, the home of Minot Richardson, whose daughter married Augustus Baker, the proprietor of the Medford House. This house stood on the edge of the roadway, but has been moved back. John Wade owned the house where Mr. George H. Bean the florist lives now. Major Wade's tannery was just east of this house, and family tradition says that he built the last named dwelling and two others opposite for his operatives. Mr. A. D. Puffer's mansion, remodelled and moved back from the street, was the home of Major Samuel Swan