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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., An eighteenth century enterprise. (search)
.,June, 1770Oct. 8, 1770   (wife)   JosephChildren   William History told by names of streets. At an adjourned meeting of the Town of Medford, held May 4, 1829, the following report was read:— The Selectmen being appointed a Committee at April meeting for the purpose of naming the Streets report the following—that the road leading from the Town pump west to Charlestown line be called High St. from the Town pump east to Malden line, Salem St. from Town pump South to foot of Winter hill, Main St—from Hotel west to where the road leaves the river, South St & and from there over the Canal to Charlestown line, Spring St. from Main St. to Charlestown line on the road to Lechmere point Court Street from Main St. near Nathan Adams' house to Charlestown line leading to Harvard College, Cambridge St. from Benjamin Tufts corner to Stoneham line Mountain St. from Ship St. to Salem St. by the new burying ground—Cross St. from Furness Corner to Woburn line, Purchase St—
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., Some old Medford houses and estates. (search)
lso by reason of his (Major Wade's) great charges in building, etc., the personal estate was very much reduced. This would seem to indicate that the great charges were incurred in building the brick house. All of these old buildings were no doubt built of wood. Fine brick buildings such as the Wade and Tufts houses were not built in the early days of the settlement; the necessary materials were not at hand for such purposes. In 1631, Governor Winthrop built himself a house of stone on Winter Hill, and owing to the lack of lime to make mortar the workmen were obliged to use clay to lay up the walls, and during an easterly storm the clay was washed out of the joints of the stonework and the walls fell down. It will be remembered that the chimney of the Wilson house was built of brick, laid up with clay. What more fitting location could Mr. Cradock's agent have selected than the one shown on the maps above mentioned, close to the river and the ford, on the direct route from Salem t