and Swan streets.
The next nearest sources of water supply were the town pump in the square and the one in the hotel yard.
Water for washing was often brought from the Middlesex Canal and from the distillery.
On the corner of South and Main streets was the Watts Turner place.
He was the grandfather of the Tufts family who occupied it in 1850. Two sisters, Miss Hannah and Miss Emily Tufts, their brothers, Benjamin, Turner, and Richard, and Benjamin's children comprised the family.
Richard Tufts' wheelwright shop was in the rear.
They afterward lived at the corner of Salem and Fulton streets.
Opposite the Gregg estate, on the east side of Main street, next to the river, was the blacksmith shop of Nathan W. Wait, which, strangely enough, was about the only building in the neighborhood which was not consumed on the memorable night of November 2, 1850. Mr. Wait succeeded his father, Nathan Wait, who started the business on the same spot in 1783.
The property remained in the fa
were to be presented, it would include, besides those we have mentioned, many well-known and highly-esteemed in Medford and in the regions beyond.
Brightly shine the names of Smith, Ells, Stetson, Gardner, Breed, Pierce, Babbitt, Curtis, Porter, Tufts, Cummings, Cushing, Newcomb, Brown, Hooker—these in the early, many more in the later history of the church.
Of those who joined the church previous to 1850, only two are living today: Miss Elizabeth Healy, who joined the church by baptism in s house, blacksmith shop and two stables, totally destroyed.
Mr. Nathan Barker occupied part of the dwelling.
Mr. George Lynne's
Symmes. house, blacksmith shop and stable came next and were also destroyed.
The Misses Tufts' dwelling and Richard Tufts' wheelwright shop on the same side were also laid in ashes.
On the opposite side of Main street the fire commenced at the bridge with the dwelling of Nathan W. Wait, and swept down Daniel Lawrence's store and dwelling house Jas. Hyde's dwe