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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., An eighteenth century enterprise. (search)
In the minds of many the infant will expand to a giant form and swallow canals and turnpikes. This was prophetic, but he seems to have recovered somewhat, by his report of the next year, possibly, by the necessity of repairs and the increase of business. At this time much money was expended within the bounds of Medford. The tavern at Landing No. 4 was enlarged to double its original size, a new lock was built, and the aqueduct across the river into what was then Charlestown, but now Somerville, was, with the exception of the abutments of boulders, entirely renewed. In other places such renewal suspended business for some weeks. Mr. Eddy's executive ability is seen in the fact that he had the material all upon the site before the season closed, the granite being boated from Tyngsborough, and the framing done at Billerica in 1827. Eight days sufficed to remove the timbers of the lock and aqueduct with the piling that supported the latter. All the iron was saved, and the wood s
er life. Of those connected with Mrs. Rowson's school, who belonged in Medford, I have obtained the following list: Lydia Bishop. Rebecca Bishop. Fanny Blanchard. Lucy Brooks. Lucia Gray. Sallie Richardson. Ann Rose. Hannah Swan. Peggy Swan. Catherine Thompson. Fanny Tufts. Peggy Tufts. Sarah Wait. Harriet Wait. Mary Warner. Sallie Burgess. There is also given Mary Lane of Ten Hills Farm, Medford; but I am told Ten Hills Farm belongs to Somerville. Of this number the fullest account is of Miss Hannah Swan, as she considerately kept her own name to the end. Miss Hannah Swan and Miss Ann Rose of London were Mrs. Rowson's assistants. The former was the daughter of Major Samuel Swan and Hannah (Frothingham) Lamson, and was born August 13, 1785. She died in Medford, August 8, 1862, aged seventy-six years, eleven months. Mr. Abijah Thompson gives the following account of Miss Swan:— My first remembrance of Miss Swan was in my yout