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Editor's Comment. In a personal interview Mrs. Brigham mentions interesting facts about the Medford of her childhood days; of the Indians that came on the river to Rock hill and up Woburn lane to the Rocks, as the Middlesex Fells used to be called; of the digging for the pirate's treasure near the big rock; and of a family burial-ground in our old town. There are older people than she, long resident here, who ought to be able to add their bit to historic fact relating to Medford, which the Register's pages will preserve. Mrs. Brigham's paper on Mystic Hall Seminary, read before the Historical Society eleven years ago (see Regis-Ter, Vol. XI, p. 49) is the only historical mention extant of a once famous Medford school.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., In another corner of Medford. (search)
dth bordered the Mystic, which was but little used as a waterway, though quite a little fishing was done therein, and enough in its tributary to relegate its Indian name Menotomy to obscurity and substitute the prosaic one of Alewife brook. No road crossed the river between Cradock and Wear bridges until 1857, saving for a few years the Cambridge-Woburn road over the Broughton milldam just above the Menotomy. Save for a little ship-building above Cradock bridge, the view southerly from Rock hill could have differed little from that of aboriginal days, so far as human habitations were to be seen; only a few scattered dwellings. One was that of Rev.——Smith, whose daughter Abagail became the second first lady of the land, the wife of President John Adams. But with the opening of the nineteenth century, somewhat by the influence of Medford men and Medford capital, there came one of those artificial features the amateur artist tried to portray, the old waterway known as the Middlesex