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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., The ancient name Menotomy and the river of that name. (search)
sh pond to the Mystic was known for nearly two hundred years. Its waters were clear and of considerable depth and at the old weir below Massachusetts avenue it had a width in 1862 of about twenty feet, while above it had a less, and below, a greater width. On May 10, 1775, the Committee of Safety voted,that Mr. Watson be directed and empowered to remove to Cambridge, the boats now in Menotomy River. The year 1818 seems to have been near the time when Menotomy river began to be called Alewife brook, and doubtless because of the abundance of alewives taken from its waters. Webster says, the alewife is a North American fish of the herring family, and that the name is properly aloof the Indian name of a fish. It is also called ellwif, ellwhop and branch herring. He also says that alewife is a woman who keeps an alehouse. The Century Dictionary says, A particular use of alewife, probably in allusion to their corpulent appearance; the form aloof, as recorded in 1678, is said to
unite with it in a request to the Metropolitan Park Commission, to hereafter in their printed reports, and otherwise, use the words Menotomy River, instead of Alewife Brook; and to designate the new bridge just completed over the same as Menotomy Bridge: And this in view of the fact that by so doing the stream will receive its ories, respectfully request that your Honorable Board take such action as will lead to the restoration of the more ancient name of Menotomy River to the so-called 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 td 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 o