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em from poverty and vice, and prepare them for the adequate performance of their social and civil duties. 3d. That the successive holders of this property are trustees, bound to the faithful execution of their trust by the most sacred obligations; and that embezzlement and pillage from children have not less of criminality, and more of meanness, than the same offences perpetrated against contemporaries. Although three generations had lived and died and been buried on the banks of the Mystic before the first allusion to the matter of education appears on its records, we may be sure that the children had not been wholly neglected. Domestic instruction by the mother was obliged to take the place of any public schooling, and we may be sure also that women whose hearts were brave enough to follow their husbands to this savage shore were wise enough to see that their babes were not wholly left a prey to ignorance. And so while the husband was fighting Indians and wringing subsisten
ored in 1824 with a visit from the noble Lafayette. On to Lexington through Medford rode gallant Paul Revere. Recalls with pride the patriotic deeds of Sarah Bradlee Fulton. Devoted to the memory of her greatest son, John Brooks. Her history is replete with interest; her record is honorable. Into the Civil War she sent 769 Union soldiers. She has ever been foremost in the cause of education. The Keels of Medford-built ships have ploughed every sea. On the banks of the Mystic shipbuilding flourished seventy years. Responded with her Minute men to the call in 1775. Indian Chief Nanepashemit lived on Rock Hill, 1615. Cradock House built in 1634 still stands in good condition. Admitted to have one of the finest High School Buildings. Lydia Maria Child born in house occupied by Historical Society. Saw her favorite son seven times Governor of Massachusetts. On College Hill stands Tufts College, opened in August, 1855. City charter adopted 1892;
he chairman and clerk of the preliminary meetings, were citizens of Medford. In the first board of directors, three—John Brooks, Ebenezer Hall, and Jonathan Porter—were Medford men. Of the eight hundred shares into which the capital stock was divided, more than one-fifth of the entire issue was taken in Medford; and, though the stockholders never received an adequate return for their investment, the town was enriched by the development of a great shipbuilding industry along the banks of the Mystic. Beginning at Charlestown mill-pond, with which it communicated by a tide-lock, the canal passed under Main street, across the Neck. Dipping under the Medford turnpike, it followed the edge of the marsh, along Mt. Benedict, to the base of Winter Hill, which it closely skirted on the northerly side, through the present Mystic Trotting Park, by the Royal House, to Main street, at which point it sent off a branch canal connecting by two locks with the Mystic. Passing under Main street, it
ally engaged in the service of Mr. Cradock, probably with others, settled on the east side of Mystic river, nearly opposite the Ten Hill Farm, where Governor Winthrop established himself. It may be rradock large grants of lands covering all the territory of Medford lying on the north side of Mystic river. Let us see who these men of Cradock's were, and what was the nature of the work he had laidf building the first vessel whose keel was laid in the colony. It was built on the banks of the Mystic, probably not far from the governor's house, at the Ten Hills. It was a bark of 30 tons, built his trade, and he determined to begin business on his own account. Living then alongside the Mystic river, he did not fail to observe the advantages which its sloping banks and open reaches presentend from that time the sound of the shipwright's hammer was never more heard on the banks of the Mystic. The first gun of the Civil War had sounded the knell of the merchant marine of the United Stat