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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 23.,
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purchase a piece of land on or near the farm of General Derby and build a house suitable for a toll-man. The committee contracted with Buckman and Wait, carpenters, to build the house at a cost of $300.00. Mr. James Kidder was appointed toll-gatherer, his compensation for the year following to be $350.00 and the use of the house. February 22, 1805, a committee was chosen to attend the General Court and oppose the passage of the cut or canal The branch canal. through the turnpike into Mystic river which has been petitioned for by Benjamin Hall and others. June 27, 1805, voted, that in future the affairs of the corporation shall be conducted by five proprietors who shall be annually chosen directors, and who shall choose a president out of their own body. About halfway between the Medford and Charlestown line and the toll house there was a private way leading from the farm of E. H. Derby The Temple estate or Ten-hill farm of Governor Winthrop. to Broadway, now known as Templ
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 23., The mills on the Medford turnpike. (search)
ams respecting the Culvits be referred to the Committee to report their opinion at the next meeting. Also of Friday, October 12, 1804: Voted, That the Standing Committee be authorized to make a contract with Captain Nathan Adams respecting the flow of water at the Culvits. These culvits were the stone bridges built to carry the causey or turnpike road over Two-penny and Winter brooks. Both had their source in Somerville, and flowed through the southern corner of Medford into Mystic river. The latter is now mostly subterranean at Tufts park. The former has lately been before our Board of Aldermen for alleged misconduct. Its source is on the southern slope of College (Walnut Tree) hill, near Broadway, and its course through the Tufts athletic field can easily be traced, but often innocent of water Passing beneath the railroad its course (when it has any, as in recent years) is changed somewhat, See register, Vol. XIX, p. 13, Com. of J. H. Hooper. but returns to the o
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 23., Medford Saltmarsh Corporation. (search)
sment was not paid within sixty days, enough of the delinquent's holding could be sold after three weeks advertising by posting at house of worship. Their petition shows clearly that their marshland was at the extreme corner of the original Cradock farm. Since then Medford has expanded by the annexation of a strip of Malden territory, and, within our memory, of another farther on from Everett, which was also formerly of Malden, both of which form the present Wellington district. At the Mystic river end of that old boundary, be it remembered, was the brick landing place in 1803. The other end must have been where, on Malden line, the marsh and upland joined. Just now a glance at Walling's map of Medford (1855) is interesting. It shows the names of some twenty owners of marsh land below Labor-in-vain, among which are a few of those corporators of fifty years before. A look from the windows of the Fellsway car as it rapidly passes the spot today is equally so, revealing the remain
territory in two parcels. This Rev. William Smith (who until his ordination was Mister William) was the son of Thomas and Abigail (Fowle) Smith. Thomas Smith was styled merchant and had a farm of eighty acres (and house), bounded north by Mystic river, south and southwest by J. Dickson, and east by James Tufts and C. Crosswell. It was situated, as will be thus seen, at the bend of the river and at the end of the old rangeway, now North street. In the division of the estate, nineteen and t place claimed by the town of Charlestown. We have not ascertained the exact bounds, but by way of illustration, suppose a tract nearly twice that of Boston Common laid down in that corner of Medford (and Somerville) between Boston avenue and Mystic river, and there was Parson Smith's farm, with the house and barn near Cotting and North streets. Through it some fifty years later came the Middlesex canal, eighty-five later the Lowell railroad, but it took a hundred and thirty-three years for Au
Sewage in Mystic river. The efforts of the town of Medford to prevent the Pollution of the Mystic river by discharge of sMystic river by discharge of sewage therein. AFTER the introduction of Spot pond water into Medford, the subject of sewerage became uppermost in the mias strongly opposed to the discharge of sewage into the Mystic river. In February, 1874, the board of health reported to th the waters of Alewife brook, one of the tributaries of Mystic river, as a receptacle for a portion of its sewage, and that of the sewage of Charlestown now finds its way into the Mystic river, and that the towns of Malden and Everett may one day umploy counsel and oppose the turning of any sewage into Mystic river within the limits of the town and to favor a system of Boston presented a plan to discharge the sewage into Mystic river at or near Boston avenue bridge, and to erect a dam wits of Medford in regard to the creating of a nuisance in Mystic river. A bill was reported, authorizing the city of Boston t
ne hundred and forty-five pounds, and quotes the owner (Governor Winthrop) as saying, five years later, I will sell her for one hundred and sixty pounds. It would be interesting to follow, were it possible, the career of this early product of Mystic river ship building, and to know if the governor realized his ten plus per cent profit. We trust that he did, but even so we cannot style him a profiteer. Now note the following words of our historian, which preceded the quotations above noted which he evidently made in their support: To this heroic and Christian adventurer belongs the honor of building the first vessel whose keel was laid in this part of the Western World; and that vessel was built on the bank of Mystic River, and probably not far from the governor's house at Ten Hills. There is a tradition that it was built on the north shore of the river, and therefore in the limits of Medford. Just what this part of the Western World means is open to query, but it is a known
ur-masted schooner Tremont, the second vessel ever built in Somerville, took her initial dip into the waters of the Mystic yesterday afternoon at 3.11 from the Mystic River Ship Company yards, near Wellington Bridge. Five thousand people assembled to watch the schooner slide gracefully into the water, where she was met by two ty of the new vessel notes many obstacles placed in the way of completion which threatened at many times to leave nothing but an abandoned hulk on the banks of the Mystic to show for this attempt to again make the Mystic a center for ship-building. The war paved the way for the opening of contracts, which led to the building of the schooner, and the war in turn placed the obstacles in its way, which all but led to the abandonment of the project. . . . In 1917 the Mystic River Ship Company was formed and made plans for the construction of a vessel for the mahogany trade. . . legislation prevented putting the vessel to the use for which it was intended. A
of the sale? And if this is correct, it shows that while in all probability Joseph Prout built the dam, or allowed Jonathan Dunster to build it, Mr. Dunster must have the credit of building a new mill where those remains were found on this land. It is to be noted that Broughton's mill was built before he received a deed of the land from Henry Dunster. In the year 1822, Moses Robbins, a descendant of Jonathan Dunster, deeded to Cyrus Cutter one acre of marsh land, bounded southwest on Mystic river, northeast on Deacon John Larkin, southeast on James Cutter, together with all the mill privileges if there be any belonging to the said parcel of land on the north side of the river. There is no mention of a building in the deed. James Cutter owned the other part of the acre and three-fourths of marsh land that Joseph Prout sold to Jonathan Dunster. Mr. Brooks says, in writing of a mill a short distance below Wear bridge, the place is yet occupied. If we are to be guided by Moses R
ounded by the said Brooks his land be the same more or less. Together with the Dwelling House fences, Trees fruit-trees on said premises with the Banks Damms Streams Wayes wch Mr. Broughton purchased from Mr. Henry Dunster. Mr. Henry Dunster See register, Vol. XII, p. 10. was the first President of Harvard College and father of Jonathan, the grantee named above. Just here the reader will do well to remember that until 1842 Charlestown extended from the Menotomy River along the Mystic River and lakes and farther on to Woburn line on the high land of Turkey hill in present Arlington. Also let the reader note the order in which Prout conveyed the three parcels of land: First, the acre (in present Arlington) that was surrounded on the three landward sides by property of the grantee and on the other by the river. Second, the two parcels in Medford, bounded landward by Ebenezer Brooks and otherwise by the river. Notice the first of these two was meadow (i.e. marsh) land a