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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., How did Medford get its name? (search)
r. Cradock's farm, the early Medford. The seventeenth of June, 1630, is commonly accepted, and two hundred and seventy-five years after was celebrated, as the time of settlement, and again we may ask why. Because Governor Winthrop wrote, We went up Mistick river about six miles. But Winthrop did not settle in Medford but in Charlestown, on the other side of the river. However, as seen in Deputy Governor Dudley's letter (of March 28, 1631) to the Countess of Lincoln, of those coming from Salem, some found a good place upon Mistick, which we named Meadford. Here then is the earliest authentic account we have of the naming of Medford. Again in our search we ask why Medford and answer our own query, thus—Because the good place upon Mistick was to be Mr. Cradock's farm, and they so called it, from Medford in Staffordshire in the old England they came from, and which old shire Mr. Cradock had represented in Parliament since 1620, the eighteenth year of the reign of James the first.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Medford a century ago—1819. (search)
re but three in 1819. In that year James Monroe was president of the United States and Gen. John Brooks of Medford governor of Massachusetts, having been elected for the fourth time, receiving 215 of his townsmen's votes, out of a total of 240 cast. The outline of Medford's territory was larger then than now; its social, educational and civic center was the meeting-house, its business center the marketplace where the country road from Boston divided north to Woburn and east to Malden and Salem, and were the principal public roads (not given names as yet), though two turnpike roads had been opened fourteen years before and a canal a few years earlier. Does anyone wish to know what the old town looked like in 1819? Let them look carefully at the few old-time dwellings still remaining, the ancient graveyard and distil-house, the pictures of the third meeting-house, brick schoolhouses and the old Tufts residence, substitute a country road for those of today, eliminate all motive p
The clipper Ship Syren. Our artist has sketched for us here a fine maritime scene, representing the clipper ship Syren as she passes Boston (lower) Light. The Syren is owned by Silsbee, Pitman & Silsbee, of Salem, is commanded by Capt. George Silsbee, and intended for the California and East India trade. Her dimensions are as follows: length 180 feet, beam 36 ft depth of hold 22 feet; and altogether her model is of the most perfect and beautiful character in outline, and she can hardly escape being one of the finest bottoms afloat. The Syren was built by Mr. Taylor, at Medford, in the most thorough and substantial manner, and possesses all the modern marine improvements. Our artist has sketched her with everything set that can draw, and right merrily she is bowling over the waters of the outer channel, a perfect picture of nautical neatness and beauty. As a matter of current history we note that at the present time there is being built on the bank of the Mystic in Somervi