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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Lieutenant Sprague's long fence. (search)
Lieutenant Sprague's long fence. We are presenting an extract from the early records of Charlestown, relanted Common of the one partie: And Leffttenant: Richard Sprague: of the other partie: Concerning the fencing thecte men in the behalfe of the propriatores And Richard Sprague for him selfe: his heires Executors And Adminisent. Signed And Delivred In the Presents of Richard Sprague, Solomon Phippes, Edward Burtt. LieutenantLieutenant Sprague was one of the three brothers who, with four others, formed the exploring party sent by Endicott fromn and Harvard streets in Medford.) The fence Richard Sprague built was probably mainly a stone wall, topped Harvard street, near St. Clement's church. Lieutenant Sprague was fifty-seven years old when he contracted ached, beyond which they may not pass. Where Lieutenant Sprague began his fence, the Mystic Valley parkway crbirds, pheasant and quail, find sanctuary. Lieutenant Sprague may have seen such, and perhaps larger game,
Medford Square in 1924 We are presenting a view of Medford square, well worth preserving, as of historic interest. It marks the spot where the settlement of Medford began. Prior to that time it was the haunt of the red man. Salem and High streets have taken the place of the Indian trail, and the fording place of another joined it nearby at the left. At the right was Mr. Cradock's ferme house, and over this trail came the three Sprague brothers from Salem in 1628-29 and found Cradock's men here at work. In 1630 Winthrop's men settled on his Charlestown farm, whose northeast corner (the Mystic parkway) is the foreground of the view. Five or six years later, Cradock's agent built here a bridge, ever since maintained in various forms. The teetering draw gave place to two granite arches, since lengthened and widened to present enduring form. Behind the iron fencing of the parkway is the Cradock dam which holds back the incoming tides; and the four of lower height which hold
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
me History of Massachusetts. Among the Medford-built vessels from Salem engaged in this trade were the ships Australia, Carolina, Propontis, and the brig Lucilla. Journals of their voyages to Sumatra are preserved in Salem. Besides the Salem vessels in the pepper trade there were quite a number from Boston, among them the brig Palmer. The brig Palmer, two hundred and seventy-seven tons, was the seventy-third vessel built in Medford and the last of seven built in 1818. She was built by Sprague & James for Joseph Lee of Boston. She sailed for Sumatra in 1830 and proceeded to take on a cargo of pepper at Muckie on the west coast. Narrative of Capt. Charles Endicott.At one o'clock in the morning of February 8, 1830, while at anchor in the roads, together with the ship James Monroe of New York and the Governor Endicott of Salem, a boat appeared, which, on being hailed with the question, What boat is that? responded, The Friendship of Qualah Battoo, Captain Endicott, with all t