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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., The Medford library building. (search)
n his carriage driving out across the sidewalk. Two pieces of statuary, and large vases, adorn the ample grounds. An iron fence surmounts the granite wall in front. A. C. Rawson was the delineator, and the print also bears the name of O. R. Wilkinson, Medford's daguerrean artist of that time. But for the eastern chimney being a little out of place, (probably the fault of the delineator) the view is an excellent one, and valuable as evidence of the original building. Thirty years later Usher's history gives a line-cut (p. 303) from a different and nearer point of view, showing the present terrace and portico, with the statuary and vases upon the pedestals of the balustrade. One of the vases and the eastern chimney are hidden by the big elm, and no photographer's name appears, but one Copeland was delineator. In this view the words Public Library appear on the frieze of the portico, which indicates that the view was secured subsequent to 1875. It is a matter of regret that n
ty-eight years of his life [1889], has never used tobacco or tasted spirit, save as a medicine. He used to play the clarinet and with Uncle Sam Rogers, went to singing school in Pembroke. At that time Mr. Rogers was courting a Miss Standish, and Mr. Foster was obliged to wait for him to go to her home and do his courting, as Mr. Rogers had the team and it was a long walk. . . An epitaph current with the [Scituate shipyard] reads as follows. Under this greensward pat, Lies the hulk of old. . . . . . . . . Shepherds rejoice and do not weep, For he is dead who stole your sheep. The deceased was noted for putting other men's sheep in his own flock and marking them with his private mark. We have no proof of the identity of the writer but the lines are not inconsistent with Mr. Foster's jovial disposition. From the same source we find what Mr. Usher failed to mention, that while serving Medford in 1884 Captain Foster was the oldest man in the Legislature—the Dean of the House.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., The Register's twenty-second volume. (search)
tors, and an expense to the society which has but a limited income, and which is itself none too well appreciated by the city at large. Several times the question of discontinuance has been raised; yet the Register has continued to appear, though sometimes belated. On one occasion an annual deficit was prevented by the timely gift of one hundred dollars, by a grandson of a former Medford clergyman. The town in 1855 from its treasury assisted Mr. Brooks in his publication, and in 1886, Mr. Usher more largely in his. For his careful work in 1905, Mr. Hooper received no remuneration whatever, nor has the Historical Society ever (contrary to current impression) received any financial aid in its work from the city of Medford, in either its publication or its building enterprise. The present editor has served nearly eleven years, and must of necessity be relieved ere long. For several years he has performed the duties of publication committee, starting with a deficit of over one hu