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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Incidents and reminiscences of the Fire Department of Medford. (search)
uckets inscribed as follows: One, John A. Fulton1785. Two, Nathan Wait1810. The following are those in the hook and ladder carriage room: Two, J. Swan1785. Two, Ebenezer Hall1785. Two, Benjamin Fisk1800. One, Daniel Swan1821. Two, Robert Bacon1822. Two, Thomas R. Peck1827. Two, Abnah Bartlettno date. One, E. Hallno date. One, Daniel Lawrence1841. One, Timothy Cottingno date. One, Samuel Chaseno date. Two, Andrew Blanchard, Columbian Eagle Fire Society. One, Nathan Sawyerno date. One, Gov. BrooksNo. 1 One, Gen'l JacksonNo. 2. We have now in the service of the city an organization bearing the name of Washington Hook and Ladder Company which has been in existence for seventy-two years without interruption. From time to time this has been composed of many of our best and most influential citizens, who were imbued with the same sympathetic spirit that characterized the members of the former organization. They were organized under an act of the General
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Medford Historical Society. (search)
ph E. Oldfield, Miss Ada. Page, Mrs. Annie M. Papkee, J. A. Parker, Charles H. Parker, William I. Parker, Mrs. Anne B. Peak, Irvin E. Peak, Mrs. Esther R. Phemister, Edward A. Pike, Chester J. Plummer, Mrs. J. M. G. Deceased.Porter, Miss Helen. Randall, Edward S. Remele, George H. Russell, Miss Cora L. Russell, Harriet J. Sampson, Elisha J. Sampson, George T. Sargent, Miss Mary E. Saville, George W. W. Saville, Mrs. Helen E. Sawyer, Miss Z. Segitz, Myra E. Shultis, Mark. Shultis, Mrs. Kate D. Simpson, James B. Start, Prof. Edwin A. Start, Mrs. Philena C. Stetson, George W. Stickney, Allison M. Stickney, Mrs. Allison M. Stone, Miss Katherine H. Street, John D. Street, Miss Mary B. Sturtevant, James S. Deceased.Swan, Charles H. Swift, Miss Caroline E. Symmes, Amelia M. Symmes, Arthur C. Tay, Mrs. Anna J. Teele, Edward W. Thompson, Abijah. Thompson, Mrs. Sus
was from time to time enlarged until it assumed goodly proportions. The barn was built by Mr. Sprague, at the raising of which many of the neighbors helped. Here he kept the oxen which he used in the ship-yard for hauling timber. Mr. William Sprague and Mr. Isaac Sprague, his sons, still live in Medford. He died Jan. 12, 1852, aged sixty-nine years. A low one-storied house with large chimney and sloping roof, nestling amid lilacs and bright flowers, is remembered as the home of Mr. Nathan Sawyer, just this side of Mr. Sprague's. He came to Medford in 1827 and in 1836 bought this house of a Mrs. Hatch, living here until he died in 1873. He had charge of making all the ironwork used by Sprague & James in the building of their ships, and owned two or three shops, having many men to work for him. Paul Curtis, a name well-known. When serving time as apprentice he was called honest Paul. He was born in South Scituate, Dec. 26, 1800, and came to Medford at the age of eighteen,
thy Cotting,5 Galen James,5 John Angier,5 David Kimball,5 Thatcher Magoun, Jr.,5 Henry Porter,5 Joseph Manning, Jr.,5 George W. Porter,5 George L. Stearns5 Thomas R. Peck,5 S. P. Heywood,5 Dudley Hall,5 B. M. Clark,1 Thomas H. Floyd,3 No. of Shares Thatcher Magoun,10 Nathaniel H. Bishop,10 Andrew Blanchard, Jr.,5 Samuel Kidder,5 Turell Tufts,10 Isaac Sprague,5 Francis R. Bigelow,5 John W. Mulliken,5 Joseph and Milton James,5 Jonathan Porter,5 Waterman & Ewell,2 Nathan Sawyer,2 Isaac and James Wellington,2 Jotham Stetson,3 Isaac H. Haskins,2 James O. Curtis,2 Abner Bartlett,1 Abigail Whitney,5 Under this association, which had for its main purpose the keeping of a temperance house, the building was enlarged. In the upper story of the ell was a large and commodious dance hall. The first landlord under this new arrangement was Mr. Marcus Whitney, and he was succeeded by Messrs. David Carleton and James Bride. The movement for the keeping of a tempe
o the old Canal Tavern, which with three dwellings on Canal street and the seminary building, made up the eighteen houses I have named. A few days later (May 26), as the result of an interview with all the proprietors, the Smith estate came under my superintendence, and soon after, taking up my abode in one of their houses, I became a resident and citizen of Medford. In the seminary building, in what was once known as Everett Hall, Ellis Pitcher kept a grocery; selling out that spring to Sawyer & Parmenter, and they, soon after, to J. E. Ober, who then had a milk route there. No other store of any kind was kept in the West End, but a Mr. Reed, who resided on Allston street (in the house recently burned), sold dry goods from a wagon and supplied such as came to his house for them. The postoffice (established in 1852) was, in ‘69, kept by Mr. Pitcher, who was in June of ‘70 succeeded by Mr. Willey; and for ten years the railroad station housed it. Six houses on Woburn street and
ied here 1851. He lived for a while in the so-called Cradock house. One of our oldest citizens, now living not far from there, thinks the money belonged to Nathan Sawyer, who died in 1873. This is in line with statements by the latter's daughter, now living in the old home on Riverside avenue. Mr. Sawyer was a ship blacksmith,Mr. Sawyer was a ship blacksmith, doing the iron work in Sprague and Foster's yard. Having lost his savings by the failure of a bank, he thereafter kept his money in jars and pitchers in a closet. The daughter remembers seeing these receptacles, and of being sent to Boston to exchange a lot of foreign coins for United States currency. Later, an illness weakened Mr. Sawyer's mind, and his distrust and uneasiness concerning money increased. One day the family found jars and contents missing. He was never able to tell where he had hidden them, though desiring to, and called in a brother to assist in a search that was futile. The fact that he spoke of certain trees, and that the money
g there, including ourselves, for we often made it our roosting-place. The main room, where Mr. Sawyer presided over about sixty pupils divided into four grades, was at the south end of the building, and Miss Sawyer's recitation room was between the hallways on the north side. We sat around three sides of the room on recitation seats about as wide and comfortable as pantry shelves. Mr. Stiy mother to this house a bride in 1843. He hired the east half from Messrs. Galen James and Nathan Sawyer at $17.50 a quarter. The kitchen had no cellar under it, and they found it so uncomfortably hide in our barn or grandpa's, down Allen and Hadley courts, and around the Fountain House in Mr. Sawyer's yard. There were some yards that I never remember of hiding in, but Uncle David Cushing on emed to object, although no children belonged there, and we certainly all belonged to Mr. and Miss Sawyer. Such fun as there was in running in for the swift-footed. When twilight fell Mrs. Howe or