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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
n avenue meets High street on the south side, attended the reception, taking a little daughter of five months. The grown — up people present, telling the story of that pleasant afternoon in later years, remembered that strawberries were served, and undoubtedly they were fine if grown on the host's ground, as they probably were; while the baby girl when she grew up had the pretty story to tell that President Monroe took her in his arms and kissed her. Mrs. Smith was the grandmother of Mr. Wait and the Misses Wait, members of our historical society. If the after life of some who had a brief residence with us has been a recital of interest we may pardonably have a stronger feeling, one of pride even, in Medford born sons and daughters who have made themselves useful or famous in the world, after going forth from our midst. In this class we shall notice five. The most picturesque period of our colonial history was the governorship of William Shirley and the most picturesque e
New England; but later came the deluge. James Ewell, who was employed on the highways many years, said that after its removal the stone post was built into a bridge over Gravelly brook, and that the heavy cap-stone lay for a time in the department yard on Swan street. We well remember the old way-mark at the street corner, a portion painted white to receive the black letters. As we recall it, there was a lantern projected cornerwise from it over the sidewalk and lighted with gas. Mr. Wait's letter suggests a study of the view of Medford Square shown in Brooks' history. In that steel engraving (from a daguerreotype by Wilkinson) the tall stone post is clearly shown, surmounted by another (probably of iron) bearing a lantern at its top. The lantern was nearly level with the window-sills in the town hall. This picture is of itself an interesting study, a record of conditions of sixty years ago. The classic town house, that has been styled the Parthenon of Medford, is the cent
The River's death Roll. MEDFORD has paid her toll to Neptune as often as he has relentlessly demanded, and it has meant the sacrifice of the young and the old, the townsman and the stranger, the great and the humble. It happens whenever and wherever the spirit of human curiosity, ambition, or adventure sets itself against the strength of the god of the waters. In the following list, compiled by Francis A. Wait, the deaths were in the Mystic river, unless otherwise noted:— NAMETIMEAGE Asyeil, DavidSept. 13, 184618 Beard, Lewis FoundApr. 9, 184938 Blanchard, SamuelMar. 27, 18198 Boffee—s, Thomas June 4, 178514 Bradbury, Henry Wymond Nov. 8, 1810 6 Brill, William S. G. Mar. 3, 1806 10 Brooks, Samuel (suposs'd to have been lost at Sea) 1800 Butterfield, Isaac W. Apr. 4, 1842 Butters, William H. (by a fall from Mast head on board the ship James L. Shepard) On the second floor of a building setting back from Main street, near Cradock bridge, on the northerly
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Medford Historical Society. (search)
nry E. Scott. Membership. Herbert N. Ackerman, Chairman. Mrs. Marion C. Williams. Elisha B. Curtis. Miss Elizabeth W. Howe. Mrs. Ellen M. Gill. Mrs. H. A. C. Scott. Abner H. Barker. Andrew F. Curtin. Papers and addresses. Geo. W. Parsons, Chairman. Mrs. Louise G. Delong. Henry B. Doland. John H. Hooper. Frank W. Lovering. Percy S. Brayton. Miss Alice E. Curtis. Miss Katharine H. Stone. Historic sites. Moses W. Mann, Chairman. Miss Ella L. Burbank. Francis A. Wait. Frederick H. Kidder. Miss Catharine E. Harlow. Charles N. Jones. Genealogy. Mrs. Edith G. Dennis, Chairman. Miss Hetty F. Wait. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Mrs. James E. Cleaves. Miss Florence S. Wheeler. Heraldry. Charles B. Dunham, Chairman. Orrin E. Hodsdon. John Albree. Chas. H. Loomis. Library and collection. Miss Agnes W. Lincoln, Chairman. Wm. Cushing Wait. Miss Ella A. Leighton. Benjamin F. Fenton. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Henry Brooks. Rosewell B. La