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benches, desks, and doors of the schoolhouse, arithmetic cannot compute; but one thing is clear, that, whether the school left its mark on the pupil's mind or not, each pupil felt bound to leave his mark on the house. The town has taken laudable pride, of late years, in building proper schoolhouses. The following table records the facts:-- When Built.location.building-Committee.master-workmen.cost. 1835.Primary, Union Street.Horatio A. Smith, Galen James, and Milton James.Caldwell & Wyatt.$1040.00. 1837.Primary, Park Street.Galen James, James W. Brooks, James O. Curtis, & Saml. Joyce.Oakman Joyce and John Sables.3454.64. 1840.High & Grammar, High Street.Oakman Joyce, D. Lawrence, and James O. Curtis.Charles Caldwell & Wm. B. Thomas.7568.77. 1851.Brooks, Brooks Street.John B. Hatch and James M. Usher.George A. Caldwell.2542.98. 1851.Primary, Salem Street.Geo. T. Goodwin, Henry Taylor, and M. E. Knox.J. J. Beaty and I. H. Bradlee.3375.41. 1852.Everett, Salem Street.Robert
own from track, and buildings injured40 J. M. Usher — Buildings, $442; fruit-trees, $30; fruit; ornamental tree (horse-chestnut), $50522 L. B. Usher — Buildings, $50; fruit-trees and fruit, $58; ornamental trees (elm in road, and horse-chestnut), $100208 Heirs of Leonard Bucknam — Buildings and fences, $450; fruit-trees, $25475 J. M. Sanford — Fence, $10; vegetables, $5; furniture and clothing, $150 ;. carriages, $75$240 H. T. Nutter — Vegetables, $5; furniture and clothing, $400405 Joseph Wyatt — Buildings, $250; fruit-trees, $150; fruit, $10410 Town of Medford — Buildings (school and poorhouse fences, &c.), $410; ornamental trees, $50; fruit-trees, $50510 George E. Harrington — Buildings, $30; fruit-trees, $50; fruit, $888 J. Vreeland — Fruit-trees, $150; fruit, $12162 A. L. Fitzgerald (house slightly damaged).  Samuel Teel, jun.--Buildings, $800; fruit-trees, $200; fruit, vegetables, and hay, $61; wagons, furniture, &c., $1201,181 George Caldwell — House, $
e Middlesex Canal and at the northwest corner of Boston avenue and Arlington street. It was opened and chiefly used as a stopping place for persons employed in navigating the canal. Among its landlords were Messrs. Bowen Crehore, Darius Wait, Joseph Wyatt and Jeremiah Gilson, This house has been removed from its original location, remodeled into tenement houses, and these are now located at the foot of Canal street. There were many persons licensed as innholders from the year 1690 to the yea0, 1801. Usher, Abijah, 1795, 1796, 1797. Usher, Eleazer, 1798, 1799. Usher, Robert, 1792, 1793. Wade, Samuel, 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, 1719, 1722, 1723, 1724. Wait, Darius, 1813, 1814. Walker, Edward, 1778, 1779. Weston, Wyman, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805. Whitmore, Francis, 1759. Willis, Benjamin, 1720, 1721, 1722, 1723, 1724, 1725, 1726, 1727, 1728, 1729, 1730. Willis, Thomas, 1691, 1692, 1693. Woodward, Daniel, 1690. Wyatt, Samuel, 1819, 1820.
day. Nearly opposite lived Miss Rebecca's brother Caleb, on the present site of the railroad station. One of the first station agents of the Boston and Lowell railroad at West Medford lived there afterward. He was known as Dontey Green. This house was destroyed by the great tornado. A few rods beyond lived Eleazar Usher, in the house owned by his brother-in-law, Leonard Bucknam. Uncle Leonard was the keeper of the almshouse. Opposite lived Major Gershom Teel and afterward Captain Joseph Wyatt. This house, occupied quite recently by Mr. William J. Cheney, is standing in 1905. Just below the Usher house lived Deacon Amos Warren. Warren street was cut through the deacon's estate and named in his honor. Later Mr. Reed, father of Rebecca Reed, whose story of ill treatment brought about the destruction of the nunnery at Charlestown, lived in the Warren house. Just beyond Whitmore brook, on the north side of the street, lived Captain Samuel Teel. This house is standing (19
ity. The lot was irregular in shape, and so small that the building must have been placed with its side toward the road. Somewhere near by, or on the land, there was a well which John Howe in the following September was paid for cleansing. Within three years from its erection, after much discussion in town meeting, Nathan Adams, Nathan Wait and Noah Johnson attended to its removal to the town's land on Canal lane, near the Medford Almshouse (which was built in 1812), and nearer to Capt. Joseph Wyatt's house on High street. Nearby was the Whitmore Brook, and across High street was a spreading chestnut tree, in whose shade was the village blacksmith shop. Nearby, also, was a lordly elm; while up the lane that crossed the brook, were poplars that are monarchs now. In its new location, with its entrance toward the lane and brook, it stood for twenty years, and was the Hall of Wisdom toward which the youth of the West End turned their steps, until their thirst for knowledge outgre
rn by the tornado of 1850, still stood at the end of Warren street. The old Usher house, decrepit with years, was on the present postoffice site, as was a little one-room building, in which a variety store had once been kept. Beside this was Captain Wyatt's residence, which, enlarged a little, still remains, till recently the residence of his grandson, William Cheney. The Gamage corner had not begun to take on the various additions and alterations, for neither Chinese nor yet Mikado laundry hworthy president. Samuel Teele, Sr., lived in his house on High street. Gilbert Lincoln and J. M. Brock were carpenters by trade as was also J. H. Norton, who employed a number of men. William Cheney and Samuel Teele were of the same trade. Captain Wyatt, one of the master mechanics of the canal, was a familiar figure upon the street, though bowed upon his long staff by the weight of ninety years. Albert Samson lived on Canal street and was bookkeeper for Foster & Co; and Thomas Martin, who s
ed, and its enterprising manager set about their defense. A steamboat line on the inland route would open the Merrimack valley direct to Boston, as locks just constructed made navigation possible to New Hampshire's capital. At that time Lowell and Lawrence were not on the map at all. But how do we know this? Some fifteen years since a Medford man, Wm. J. Cheney. (now an octogenarian) said: My grandfather told me that they used to run steamboats on the canal. As his grandfather, Joseph Wyatt, was a master mechanic on the canal in 1827, the story was the more interesting and credible. For a time persistent inquiry among the aged people long resident along the old canal, failed to throw light on the subject. An allusion in Amory's Life of Governor Sullivan to many judicious inventions by the canal manager (the governor's son), led to further search in Boston Public Library. There we found his printed statements of the same, and also that he had acquired a water power in Me
the railway, was a noble specimen. On the opposite side was first a triangular lot, vacant except for a small one-story brown building, in which had been a little store and the post office, but at this time not in use. Beyond this, where the post office now is, was a dwelling-house that may have been built early in the century. It had evidently seen better days. It was occupied by John C. Hatch, who two years later built and moved to a new house on the hill. Next was the home of Capt. Joseph Wyatt. This was a white cottage, standing with end toward the street, and with three entrance doors, and apple trees in the front yard. This house had been unroofed by the tornado, and in his repair the captain had put a pitched roof over the whole house, instead of over the front with a lean-to, as those old sloping roofs were styled. The captain was a nonagenarian in ‘70, and with his white locks and long staff, that he grasped below its top, was a noticeable figure on the village stree
his brother-in-law, Eleazer Usher; and just below the Usher house lived Deacon Amos Warren. Warren street was cut through his farm and named in his honor. We have been thus explicit in quoting Mr. Smith's words, as they are good history. He began his account with Wear bridge, which in his boyhood was at the Charlestown line the Medford selectmen named as the end of High street. Mr. Smith mentioned no other house across High street till that of Major Gershom Teel, later that of Captain Joseph Wyatt. This was at the corner of Canal lane. An event has recently occurred there which has caused much comment—the moving of a dwelling house from 422 High street to Canal street, causing several days' interruption of street-car and other travel, and curious overlooking by passers-by. The writer was several times queried by such, and not being able to answer all readily and correctly, replied, Oh, I'm not an information pagoda today! and got the reply, We think you know if anybody do
Medford station. The dismantled house on the right was that occupied by Mr. Costello. The next across the road, the dwelling of Mr. Sanford, the depot master, which was moved twenty feet, crushing beneath it his son, a young man of 19 years, who was obliged to suffer amputation of both legs. The two-story house next to it was occupied by Mr. Nye, a carpenter. It was completely unroofed. In the second story Mrs. Nye and newly-born infant, injured by the wreck. In the extreme left is Captain Wyatt's house which was completely riddled. In one house there was pasted on the wall a variety of pictures and portraits. That of (then) President Fillmore was stripped off without fracture or injury and borne by the gale into a garden a half-mile away. Its finder restored it to the owner who replaced it. Of it, Rev. Mr. Brooks remarked, Political prophets may tell us what this foreshadows. But President Fillmore did not succeed himself in the White House. Mrs. Caldwell (of Irving s