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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. 1 1 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: April 21, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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Parker and Tothill houses. The latter had a pretty cascade some hundred feet in height in the side yard. We made up for time gained by running 'round the bend by loitering to watch the water-fall. Next was the priest's house; we were a little in awe of it because of the high board fence. The building is now the home of the Sisters. The next house we always called the old place, for in 1832 my grandfather came to Medford from Braintree to live in half of this house, his sister, Mrs. Jonathan Sawyer, being the owner and occupying the other half. She also owned the farm which lay on both sides of the street. My aunt, Mrs. Alfred Odiorne, and family lived in the west half of the house until 1867, and Mr. Francis H. Tay owned and occupied the east half. Mr. Tay's part was removed when the parkway was built. The hill which rose immediately behind the house offered all sorts of pleasures to adventurous young folks. No need of gymnasiums or hiking excursions for these young folks
opened the barns, and stole a small quantity of cotton, some bags, farming utensil, and even the keys in the doors. They then went out and shot a fine yoke of oxen, some other cattle, a number of hogs, and to cap the climate, the Colonel came along, took and carried off all the old gentleman's horses, (four,) riding the best one himself and giving the others to his officers. Two of the horses were splendid animals, worth five hundred dollars. They next went into the house of old Mr. Jonathan Sawyer, where they found his wife and three pretty daughters, Misses Mollie, Kizzie, and Jennie. The greatest damage they did here was to steal all the old gentleman's bacon, some axes, hoes, &c., kitchen furniture, and poultry. Some very amusing scenes took place here. When they went into the house, one of the rascals went up to Miss Mollis and asked her if she was "Union?" "No," said she, "I am a Secessionist." "Have you any brothers in the Confederate Army?" "I have no brothers, but I