t, with the auditor and collector who have served continuously, was surely a pleasant and notable occasion.
That so many have survived the stress of the years and enjoyed the reunion, is worthy of notice in Medford annals.
They were Aldermen William Cushing Wait, Walter F. Cushing, Lewis H. Lovering and J. R. Teel, with Richard Gibson, E. C. Ellis, George T. Sampson, Herman L. Buss, William H. Casey, Allston H. Evans, N. E. Wilber, E. F. Kakas, Charles H. Loomis and E. I. Langell, of the counas taken of Those who answer not, however we may call.
Auditor Cummings and Collector Hayes were guests of the evening.
After the dinner came the smoke talk with everybody in it and a final word by chairman Loomis to close the First Session.
Judge Wait presided over the Second Session opening court (?) with words of greeting.
Councilman Evans paid tribute to Medford by reading original verses:--
Medford. There's a Medford in Wisconsin, And there's also one in Maine, And in Maryland for M
ap as expressive of publicity or wide-awakeness.
Appropriate in its way, for the town or hamlet not shown on some map must be small indeed.
Our caption, however, must be taken literally.
In the early days of the Medford Historical Society, President Wait prepared and read a valuable paper on Maps of Medford (Register, Vol.
I, p. I 19) in which are reproductions, necessarily small, of six maps showing Medford's area as a whole or in part.
The latest Medford map thus alluded to was that of 18ve been included in the printed city reports.
The latest we notice is that of Engineer Charnock, January I, 1916.
This shows the ward and precinct lines, and such streets in Maiden, Somerville and Arlington as cross or are near boundaries.
Judge Wait alluded to twenty-two plans of various localities in Medford that were recorded in Middlesex (South) Registry between 1827 and 1855. One of these (August, 1850) in Plan Book 5, p. 8, he styles very interesting.
It is called Land of Brooks, at
of the moderator and an early teacher in Medford.
At the town meeting, July 19, 1738, was discussed
The affier of plan of Medford and the land voted to be petitioned for should be left to ye Discretion of the Committe
By this it would appear that a map, or plan, of Medford and its distant farm had been contemplated.
Had the committeemen's (Willis and Hall) judg meet for the Town's interest that such should have been made, it would have antedated the Ephraim Jones plan noted by Judge Wait (Register, Vol.
I, p. 128), the earliest plan of Medford, by sixteen years. But the plan of the distant farm had been made and filed with the province authorities two years before, and perhaps the committee deemed that enough.
An interesting entry in the Medford record is this:—
We the Subscribers being appointed July 14, 1740 a committee to perfect the lines of the farm granted by the Genl Court 1735 which Lyeth on Pescatequogg River according to the Plan of the Same accordingly we