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y, as thus related by his auditor, we may well raise the query, What would have been the effect had his regiment fallen back, as his superior officer wished? and admire his good judgment in remaining and holding the ground thus won. What wonder that in the hour of his honorable advancement (nearly forty years later), that the memory of that crucial time should have so visibly affected those two worthy men! A bit of Medford archaeology. IN the summer of 1911 the upper reach of the Mystic River was dredged to a uniform depth, including the portion under Wear Bridge. By means of the gates in the Cradock dam the river was for a time drained to its lowest point, revealing the bottom, never before seen by mortal eyes. As the work progressed some interesting features were noticed, but none more so than the exhuming of a heavy framework of oak timber on the Medford side, about midway between Harvard and Fairfield avenues. It was in a good state of preservation, and though incomplete
nty, And till dark pursue her flight; Was waited for by hundreds And seldom ever slow— That bright, old, sleek ‘Camilla’ Of thirty years ago. The bell upon the depot, Which is never heard today, Would call the many people Who wished to go away; But there would ring a sweeter one As through Park Street she'd go, 'Twas that of dear ‘Camilla’ Of thirty years ago. We'd hear her on the crossing And coming round the curve; She'd always make the ‘fly-switch’ With very steady nerve, And over Mystic River, Where tide would ebb and flow, She'd make the drawbridge quiver, Some thirty years ago. The pride of all the round-house, But especially of John, Whose full name was John Sanborn, A name so now well known. Though not the superintendent, He was without a foe, And ran this old ‘Camilla’ Just thirty years ago. We loved our old ‘Camilla,’ We boys and girls as well; We loved to ride behind her And listen to her bell. That sound was one of welcome Where'er we wished to go,
the several deeds that have from time to time conveyed the title to the mill property on the Mystic river on the Charlestown side and in the westerly portion of this city. These conveyances are not a matter of record, and further, there is not any mention of a mill on the north side of the Mystic river in any recorded deed that I have been able to find. The first mill constructed upon the MyMystic river was built by Thomas Broughton on land purchased of Henry Dunster on Menotomy's side (south side of river). In the year 1656 Mr. Dunster sold to Thomas Broughton all that parcel of land on us Cutter, and the land was described as follows: One acre of marshland, bounded southwest on Mystic river, southeast on James Cutter, northeast on Deacon John Larkin, together with all the mill priviunker's Meadow was on the south side of the river, bounded east on Alewife brook and north on Mystic river. The name of Deacon John Larkin (formerly of Charlestown) puts one in mind of the horse r
nd Mr. Hooper recalls his juvenile experience at the bell-rope, with the only school bell the town of Medford ever bought. Next came two other bells, at about the same time, about which we may not be exact. One was the Old Bughorn. Of the significance of such a title I have failed to learn, but such was the name given to the ship-yard bell that, placed on the building of James O. Curtis, was rung at the hours of labor's commencing and close, in the days when times were busy along the Mystic river. When the ship-building business declined, the bell was disused, and for years remained silent. But, in 1877, the town built a schoolhouse near Malden line, which was called the Curtis school, and Mr. Curtis donated to it the shipyard bell. It hangs in an iron yoke, with a solid wheel of wood for the bell-rope. The tongue of this bell is somewhat peculiar, in that it swings in all directions. This is a small bell, 14 inches high and 19 inches diameter. An ornamental design encircles
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cts will be welcome at the Register office. Strayed or stolen, A Medford streamlet known as Whitmore brook. Its usual course lay between Bear meadow and Mystic river. For the last few years it has had times of disappearance; is said to have been abducted by the market farmers, or stolen by the gypsy moth. Any one restorinout 1880. Also, some facts regarding the Medford Salt Marsh Corporation of 1803, its promoters and purposes. Address the editor. Lost, On the bank of Mystic River, about six years ago, a swimming place known as Second beach. When last seen it was near the railroad embankment. Its restoration would be appreciated by Medford boys. Found, Between Auburn street and the railroad, a stagnant pool of dirty water, said to be the remains of Mystic river. The owner (unknown) will receive the congratulations of the public on proving property and paying the amount needful for filling same and abating the existing nuisance. The same was created by t