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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Early Improvements on the Mystic. (search)
iver street, which connects with Harvard avenue by the Usher bridge. No island is shown at the weare, but two are shown much farther down the stream. Some thirty-five persons acquired rights in this tract and are named on the plan. Charlestown anticipated the modern parkway at that early date by reserving, possibly some along the Mystic, but certainly several rods bordering on Wenotime river. On the other side was the wooded slope of Walnuttree hill (now College hill) where Governor Winthrop, lost in the forest, spent a lonely October night a few years earlier, and sought the friendly shelter of the vacant wigwam of Wonoquahan, the Sagamore. The year before the footway was established, the college at New-towne, the earliest to be established, was begun, and the following year (1640) its first president, the Rev. Henry Dunster assumed its charge, coming hither from Boston, where he had for a short time lived. A few years later he became the owner of about one-half of th
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., The Congregational Church of West Medford. (search)
h of West Medford, organized in June, 1872, developed naturally from a Sabbath-school which had been in existence for seven years. At the time the Sabbath-school was opened there were on High street, between Winthrop square and the West Medford depot, twenty-five houses; on Prescott street, eight; on Cottage street, four; on Canal street, one; on Warren street, four; on Irving street, two; on Brooks street, four; on Allston street, ten; on Mystic street, four; on Woburn and Purchase (now Winthrop) streets, thirteen. These, with three barns, a blacksmith shop (corner High and Warren streets), the schoolhouse (corner Brooks and Irving streets), and the almshouse, make eighty-one buildings east of the railroad and north of Mystic river. West of the railroad and north of High street were two dwellings next the depot, and the buildings of the Brooks' estates. Between High street and Mystic river were eleven buildings—a barn opposite the Brooks' farmhouse; Mystic Hall, at its present
about 1800, complaint was made of flowage of meadows. Suit was brought for damages, resulting (see Sullivan's land titles) in a decision of Supreme Court, October, 1800, establishing rights to flow the land in question by the defendant, Samuel Tufts, as follows: he has had, and now has, prescriptive right to keep up the dam, in the same situation and height, as in his plea he has declared. There are many other suits on record, too numerous to mention. Spot Pond was discovered by Governor Winthrop, as he records in his journal, February 7, 1631, The Governor, Mr. Nowell, Mr. Eliot, and others, went over the Mystic river at Medford, and going north and by east among the rocks about two or three miles, they came to a very great pond having an island and divers small rocks, standing up here and there in it, which they therefore called Spot Pond. They went all about it on the ice. The pond then covered about 150 acres, but by the erection of the first dam in 1642 was raised slig
t was possible without stretching either the whip or story. The location is in a remote corner of the city and comparatively little known to the people of today. Winter Hill slopes steeply down to the river there, and the Middlesex Canal having been successfully cut through, some of its projectors, business men of Medford, built the turnpike beside its narrow pass between Charlestown and Medford, just below Winter Brook. It is an historic spot and a part of the Ten-Hills farm of Governor Winthrop. Somewhere hereabout was built the Blessing of the Bay, perhaps not in that part of old Charlestown now a part of Medford, but possibly farther down stream, as the Somerville people claim. Late in August, 1774, Medford people became uneasy about their powder that was stored in the old powder house, erstwhile Mallet's grist mill on Quarry Hill. They removed it in the nick of time, for on September 1st, General Gage seized what was then there. Two hundred and sixty men embarked at
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., The Society's work-papers and addresses (search)
The Society's work-papers and addresses Fourteenth year, 1909-1910. October 18.—A Vacation in England. Mr. Henry E. Scott. November 15.—A Summer in Scandinavia. Rosewell B. Lawrence, Esq. December 20.—Anne Hutchinson. Rev. James De-Normandie, D. D., of Boston. January 17.—Annual Meeting. February 21.—The Deane Winthrop House, Its Occupants and Its Owners. Mr. David Floyd of Winthrop. March 21.—The Evolution of the American Normal School. Mr. J. Asbury Pitman of the State Normal School, Salem. April 18.—Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Moses W. Mann. May 16.—Producer Gas and Its Commercial Uses. Mr. C. Arthur Platts. A goodly number listened to the interesting address of Mr. Scott, who exhibited souvenirs of his visit to England. Mr. Lawrence illustrated his story by nearly a hundred lantern slides, many of them from his own negatives, thus adding much to his instructive address, which was highly appreciated. The paper upon Trinity C