Thomas Blanchard, the emigrant, came from England in 1639, and lived in Braintree, Mass. In February, 1651, he bought of Rev. John Wilson, Jr., pastor of the church in Dorchester, house and a farm of two hundred acres, known now as Wellington, but then belonging to Charlestown.
In 1726 it was annexed to Malden and afterwards to Medford.
Mr. Blanchard died at Wellington in 1654.
The above is not in the history of Medford, but is from the completed records of this branch of the Blanchard family. the English emigrant, two hundred acres of land now known as Wellington.
The present family is the seventh generation directly from him, and his descendants are scattered throughout the states.
The name originally was Blan-card, from a French colony of weavers in France, blanc meaning white, and card, weavers, who made fine linen. . . . Mr. Aaron Blanchard was sexton of the Orthodox church from soon after his marriage until his death.
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, as he tells of that school in part of present Centre schoolhouse, a teaching staff of three, with occasional music teacher.
While Medford's population has increased seven times, the high school teachers are now twenty times and its graduates over thirteen times as many.
Then the two steam railroads gave good service to Boston, but there was no public conveyance within and to adjacent towns.
South Medford was mainly brickyards and trotting park, East Medford sparsely settled, and Wellington only a farm.
A swamp lay beyond Dudley street; the Fellsway unthought of.
No telephone then, no electric light or power, no library building, no parkways or Fells reservation.
But Medford had then two military companies, two brass bands, a big lumber yard, the old tide-mill, famous rum distillery, town hall,—also a low tax rate.
Automobiles, motor boats, movies and radio, heavy taxes—costly luxuries—are of today.
Let our Medford readers finish for themselves our contrasts and <