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ed so as to cover the entire width of the streets. The bridge over Gravelly creek at Riverside avenue was built in 1746, by private parties, for the purpose of making a convenient way to the tide-mill; and by agreement with the owners of the land over which this way was laid the bridge was built of stone. The bridge over Mystic river, at Harvard avenue, was built in 1856; it is situated in the city of Medford and town of Arlington, and by a vote of the town of Medford in 1857 was named Usher's bridge. The bridge at Winthrop street was built in 1857 and named Winthrop bridge. The decree of the County Commissioners required that it should be built with a draw, or with a movable section so as to allow for the passage of vessels. The bridge at Boston avenue was built in 1873; it is situated in the cities of Medford and Somerville, and its abutments and piers are the same that supported the aqueduct of the Middlesex canal, which crossed the river at that point. The bridge a
at he may have the benefit of the improvements thereon. And in the year 1711 John Usher be allowed to hang two gates in the roads within his farm, one on the road frMedford, and one on the road from Charlestown to Cambridge, for this year. Mr. John Usher owned a part of Governor Winthrop's Ten Hills farm, the same estate afterwaace on Medford River. This way is closed at the present day. When Lieutenant-Governor Usher owned the Royall farm a complaint was made to the selectmen of Charleas not in use until after the building of the bridge. In March, 1695, the Hon. John Usher and Mr. David Jeffreys motioned the County Court to alter and remove thers of said farms. . . . The committee report that having heard the Hon. John Usher and Mr. David Jeffreys concerning the changing of the way, which now is,rable further, and the way much worse, both for teams and travellers. The Hon. John Usher having shown us a way between two Bridges, near his Spring: which runs s
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., The Royall House loan exhibition. (search)
eresting part of the exhibition was the house itself, which still remains one of the finest examples of the old-colonial mansions of New England. The exact date of the building of the house is lost in obscurity. Tradition says it was built by John Usher, afterward lieutenant-governor of New Hampshire, but there is evidence that a house stood on the site when Usher bought it of the heirs of Governor Winthrop. In 1737 Isaac Royall, Senior, remodelled and embellished the house, and one year afteUsher bought it of the heirs of Governor Winthrop. In 1737 Isaac Royall, Senior, remodelled and embellished the house, and one year after, his son Isaac brought his bride there and took possession. Henceforth the house became one of the notable social centres of colonial life. Through the massive gateway and into the paved court to the west door rolled the stately carriages of the Vassals and other noted families of Boston and vicinity, and Colonel Royall returned the visits in the only chariot which was owned for miles on the north side of Boston. His slaves lived in the old brick building standing just back of the mansion.
Deacon Samuel Train. [This brief memoir is the substance of a most enjoyable informal talk by Mr. Hall at a Saturday evening gathering in the rooms of the Medford Historical Society.] IT is remarkable that neither Brooks's nor Usher's history makes any mention of Deacon Samuel Train, who was for many years a well-known and highly respected citizen of Medford. He was born at Weston, Mass., on the twenty-first of July, 1781. I am indebted to Mr. Train's daughter Rebecca (Mrs. George H. Lemist, of Sheffield) for much valuable information. I quote from her letter, dated May 23, 1899: He was a man of few words, but he was always interested in all the young men, who enjoyed his quaint and bright chat on different subjects. I wish I could do his character justice, but we never value our parents until they are gone or until we ourselves are nearing the close of life. The memories of those days are sweet and precious. I am hardly the one to write of my father. To me he was