ngaged to the service of this land company (as people styled these purchasers) as their superintendent on the ground.
He alighted from the 6.15 A. M. train on the morning of May 27 and begun his duties.
The railway station was a small wooden structure, with widely overhanging roof (a counterpart of that at Winchester), had been in use for fifteen years, and stood closely in the acute angle formed by High street and the tracks.
He recognized the station agent as our old acquaintance, Reuben Willey, formerly at Woburn.
A man with a red flag was on duty at the crossing, Daniel Kelley.
There were then no gates, but in former days there had been, and at first this station was known as Medford Gates, and the next one, appropriately, as Med- ford Steps. Two houses securely fenced in, faced High street, in which these men lived.
Beyond them lay the extensive lands of the Brooks families, extending to Mystic lakes and over the hill and beyond the railroad to Oak Grove cemetery and into
ced on it. This building is the subject of a booklet, A Novel Cabinet, giving a geological list of its stones.
The buildings across High street were moved from Holton street in 1877, enlarged, and made into stores and tenements, one always a pharmacy, the other till recently a market.
Note the cross-over and siding tracks and the old switch target, the freight room and annex of early days.
These were removed across the tracks, made into a store (now and for years a laundry). Into it Mr. Willey moved the post office in July, 1870.
Nahum Wilber succeeded him in both positions and there set up a periodical and notion store in a little room made between the waitingrooms.
A view of that, by artist Hans Schroff, Wilber preserved.
In a few years was needed the Hall schoolhouse on Harvard avenue and Sharon street, an excellent one, built by Dea. James Pierce.
Misses Ellen Lane and Ella Alden were teachers.
One of the best, it was the least time used of any, sold, and taken down.