nal name, Medford Mercury.
With the merger came the retirement of Mr. Stetson, and on December 17, 1903, he issued the first number of the Medford Leader. Its office was on Main street, opposite the City Hall, and the paper was printed by E. B. Thorndike, at corner of Main and Harvard streets.
Mr. Stetson, during his long residence, had made many friends in Medford and his paper was well received, and continued for five years. During its latter year Mr. Stetson was prostrated by sickness anet, occupying the first floor as office and press-room and the entire second as composing and job-printing rooms.
Before the removal, however, another esteemed contemporary appeared on the scene, this time the Medford Messenger, issued by E. B. Thorndike from Harvard street in South Medford.
This was an eight-page paper, eleven by fourteen inches, six columns on a page, and first appeared October o, 1913.
On January 2, 1914, it was enlarged to fifteen by twenty-one inches, and in 1922 i