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emain today, save Lowell, which failed to displace the appropriate one of Canal, and there were Canal streets leading to the Middlesex canal in other towns also. Brooks street then extended from Irving to Woburn streets, but since to High and Winthrop. Doubtless it was named for Hon. Edward Brooks, as was the new schoolhouse erected beside it in 1851. Cottage, probably from the type of houses there erected; Mystic, because of its trend from Mystic mount (now Hastings heights), toward the ri. Rock hill is also very truly named, and High street reaches its highest point near by. At the West End one looks in vain for Gorham and Lake parks as shown on Walling's map of Medford, or some streets of old recorded plans. One of these, Winthrop, became Sharon by the town's acceptance. Medford already had a Winthrop street and several names were suggested for this new one, but that of their old home town, suggested by the Morse brothers, whose new home adjoined it, found most favor. M
of record here. The problem has been referred to the President of the Historical Society for solution, and who has replied in a way to the various queries. As Medford's earliest records are of 1674, and the earliest deputy or representative, 1685, it is evident that Medford's chances of being historically connected with the famous stray sowe case in Boston, 1636 toa42, are none whatever. Those who may be curious as to this matter are referred to page 271, Vol. 2, Life and Letters of john Winthrop, where is told the story of the great sowe case of Goody Sherman vs. Captain Keayne in 1642. The office of hogreeve in those early days, at least in the case of founder of the Ancients, incurred much responsibility, as it was taken under consideration by the Church and next by the General Court, and the third party that meddled in the strife found Solomon's proverb true, as the colony records show that George Story undertook for Richard Sherman that if he shal bee cast [assessed] what
le river of Mistick, using the name that Governor Winthrop wrote in his diary under date of June 17tick, which we called Meadford. And again Winthrop tells— The Governor and others went over r myth—or else a mystic mistake. Where did Winthrop's six-mile journey begin? Naturally, we repl There has been a lot said and written about Winthrop being the founder of Medford—well enough in atirely on the opposite side of the river from Winthrop's. It has been written that The first explorase six miles were computed, and doubt whether Winthrop's company reached the farther Medford lines, at Labor-in-vain, and thrice again alongside Winthrop's farm), and his failure to mention the pondsg the river and a mile back in all places. Winthrop's farm was in Charlestown (he was not a Medfolestown was too encircling, so the portion of Winthrop's farm and some more of Charlestown from the e peninsula became the town of Somerville. Winthrop and his companions saw the red man's Missituk<