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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28.,
Medford Square
in the early days. (search)
be. In April of '5, time of Minot's Light storm, its trial was by water, the tide so high that boats were used in the square. During the ‘60s a horse railroad ran its cars from Winter hill to River street, better known as Dead Man's alley, because it bordered the old graveyard. But in 1874 they ceased to run, and finally the tracks were taken up to await later days and electric power. Now, Dead Man's alley is to be widened, and with it will go another landmark, the house of Constable Richard Sprague, built in 1730. At the apex of the triangle still stands the three-story brick house, recently vacated and soon to disappear. This is the last vestige of the first comers of the square and marks the apex of land valuation. With the exception of its store windows, there has been practically no change in it during the time since I first saw it fifty-five years ago. Howard's store has been heightened a story, the railroad building several times repaired, and the passage through