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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., The ancient name Menotomy and the river of that name. (search)
1634, was at the outlet of Mystic lake, where High street, Medford, crosses Mystic river at what is known as Weir bridge. Cutter says, The Mystic River, of which Mystic River, of which the ancient Menotomy River is a branch, has its source in Mystic Pond, which was shown on Wood's map of Mass., 1633. The names of Mystic and Menotomy rivers are apMystic and Menotomy rivers are apparently aboriginal designations, and like all Indian names probably describe the locality to which they were affixed. Trumbull gives the origin of the name Mystic ht back into the country. The district north of this line, from the line to Mystic river and from Menotomy river westward to near Alewife Meadow Brook, Sucker bro Arlington. This ancient plan shows a highway bordering the Arlington shore of Mystic and Menotomy rivers, where two hundred and fifty years later the Metropolitan Peam was sometimes referred to as the little river, and Little Mystic; as the Mystic river was called the Great river. Little river has remained as the name of the
Alewife Brook, lying between and forming a portion of the boundaries of the cities and town of Cambridge, Somerville and Arlington. That the name Menotomy River be used to designate the new channel now being constructed between Spy Pond and Mystic River, in the proposed Act relocating the boundary lines between the cities of Cambridge and Somerville and the town of Arlington, along the center of the new channel; and that the name of Menotomy River be used on the signboards erected by your comdersigned committee, duly appointed and authorized by vote of their respective societies, respectfully request that the concrete masonry bridge over the new channel of Alewife Brook, proposed to be called Menotomy River, near its junction with Mystic River, be called Dunster Bridge, in honor of Reverend Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard College, who owned adjacent lands in Menotomy Fields prior to 1656. (Signed) Moses W. Mann, Medford Historical Society. Frederick E. Fowle, Arlin
lsehood and injustice of any kind, remained with her through a long life, consecrating her to that gospel which anoints to preach deliverance to the captive and to set at liberty them that are bruised. Thomas Coffin's house in Boston was on the north side of Green street, a little below Chardon street. The garden behind the house sloped down to the fields, beyond which the Causeway crossed to Charlestown. From her window the little girl had an unobstructed view of the Charles and the Mystic rivers, with Bunker Hill beyond, and could hear the sound of travel on the draw-bridges. Green street was then a select, if not a fashionable, neighborhood, soon made more desirable by the erection of a block of dwelling houses on Bowdoin square, which, from their handsome finish, mahogany doors and window seats, became the admiration and talk of that part of the town. Lucretia was often taken by her father to see them while they were being built. He also used to walk with her on First Day a