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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Some Medford farmers who had milk routes in Boston in the Thirties and forties. (search)
e business, or their routes were bought up. I think, with the exception of two, their farms were not paying property after giving up their routes in Boston. Of the men now living who had any active part in the business in the forties are Everett Wellington, H. A. Smith, Jr., and the writer (who was taken out of school for three months as substitute for Octavius Smith, an uncle, who died in February, 1845). These three were about fifteen years old. Up in the morning at 3 A. M., the cows milerable truck went over the road both ways for them; for instance, swill for Miss Lucy's pig. A Mr. Lovering, cattle drover and dealer, used to drive a herd of cows into the country at certain times and return them later. I recollect seeing Everett Wellington driving some of his father's stock through Lexington at one time, probably to pasture. There were many working oxen, and one large slaughter-house and tannery where the Armory now stands. Tolls were paid on the Medford Turnpike and on
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. (search)
e more local part of his work, it may be well to consider the geographical and other conditions. From a population of one thousand five hundred in 1822, in the half century Medford had grown to about four times that number. Instead of the one meetinghouse, seven denominations were represented by eight substantial houses of worship, five located eastward from Medford square. The western village had then (1872) about six hundred inhabitants, and was in prospect of immediate increase. Wellington, Glenwood, South Medford, the Dudley street section and Hillside were thinly settled portions. No public conveyance existed between them. The Unitarian and Protestant Episcopal Churches were the nearest to the western section, the two Congregational were considering union of forces under one roof, and the Methodist and Baptist were to build new churches still farther removed. At intervals a Methodist class meeting had been held at Mrs. Hawley's on Prescott street, beginning in 1864, u