w all passed on. The question has often been asked, Who were they?
and we have heard the reply, Six sisters, but that was incorrect. On p. 80, Vol.
VIII, Register, may be found the names of four of them, in a list of thirty-six natives of Medford who were living at the time of the anniversary celebration of 1905, and who had then attained the age of seventy-five years. The names of the six were written (upon protecting paper pasted upon the back of the frame), by its donor, the late George W. Stetson, April, 1910; who added, Taken in March, 1871.
They are (left to right):
[Miss] Sarah J. Blanchard,b. Jan. 13, 1829.
[Miss] Emeline A. Sparrell,b. Feb. 7, 1830.
Mrs. Lucy B. Conery, nee Butters,b. Feb. 2, 1829.
Mrs. John F. Sanborn,b. Dec. 1830.
Miss Ellen A. Jaquith,b. Aug. 3, 1829.
Mrs. Mary Peaslee, nee Butters,b. Dec. 14, 1832.
note.—Of the above, the first three and fifth are the four above alluded to.
Examination of the picture revealed the fact that brown paper b
with William E. Smythe as local editor, who was succeeded by George W. Stetson, who thus continued until 1902.
The Mercury's first issue waname, Medford Mercury.
With the merger came the retirement of Mr. Stetson, and on December 17, 1903, he issued the first number of the Mednted by E. B. Thorndike, at corner of Main and Harvard streets.
Mr. Stetson, during his long residence, had made many friends in Medford andl received, and continued for five years. During its latter year Mr. Stetson was prostrated by sickness and for a time the Leader continued to appear under Mrs. Stetson's management, till with the close of its fifth volume publication was suspended for a time in the hope that it might be resumed again.
Mr. Stetson had then been in newspaper work for twenty-five years, and his final editorial told something of his effortMedford Publishing Company, Capt. Henry W. Pitman (who succeeded Mr. Stetson)continuing as editor, with Mrs. Frances French as assistant.