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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., The Lawrence Light Guard.—Continued. (search)
and Elizabeth Danforth. He bought first the property afterwards known as the Thatcher Magoun estate, on the banks of the Mystic, and later, selling it, acquired the estate through which Meeting House Brook runs, on which the second meeting-house wasold weaver's clock, can it keep time? the reply is made, it keeps the time of 1700, one understands what is meant. Mystic river above the bridge, 1835-1850. CRADOCK bridge had a wooden draw which divided in the middle, and the two leaves were Some of the very earliest deeds refer to this landing, which was public property before that part of Medford south of Mystic river was set off from the town of Charlestown. Mr. James B. Gregg bought the property formerly occupied by the lumber ya, pastor of the church in Dorchester, a house and farm of two hundred acres in Charlestown, lying on the north side of Mystic river, and between Malden river on the east, and the Cradock farm, or Medford line, on the west. This land is now known as
Historical Society has given two delightful entertainments this winter. On New Year's Eve a colonial ball was held in the Opera House. The hall was decorated in buff and blue in a very artistic manner, the music was of the best, and everyone who attended attested that it was one of the prettiest parties ever given in Medford. The second was the Parada, which for four nights was a constantly growing attraction. The entertainment consisted almost entirely of fancy dances, in which about two hundred of the young people of the city participated, under the supervision of Capt. Charles W. Eddy of Boston. Several very valuable articles have lately been added to the historical treasures of the society, among them a collection of ship builders' tools, donated by men who in their youth worked upon the vessels launched on the Mystic river. The society is the owner of several valuable portraits of citizens of Medford in times gone by. Lifts of this kind are always gratefully received.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., The Baptist Church of Medford. (search)
t work. Whole families were turned out of doors, and made penniless, who, at sunset, were comfortably situated and well-to-do in worldly matters. So fast did the flames spread that it was barely possible to escape with life. We heard of several hair-breadth escapes by women who seized their children and hurried with them into the street in their night clothes. One poor child was burned to death. When the West Cambridge, Malden and Chelsea engines arrived, the bridge spanning the Mystic river was on fire, and they were taken across in scows. The bridge was finally saved by hard labor. The precise amount of property destroyed, we were unable to learn, but all agreed it would not fall far short of $100,000, with little insurance. The loss falls heavily on young mechanics and men of small means—many of whom have lost every dollar they had, and their families homeless. Mr. Daniel Lawrence discovered the fire, saved one horse from the stable, and in attempting to save the s