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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The pump in the market place; and other water supplies of Medford, old and modern. (search)
1877, the board ordered the removal of the pump in front of the Hyde estate on Main street, and the filling up of the well. The action of the town in filling up these three wells shows they were town property, but the date of the digging of them is shrouded not perhaps in mystery, but in obscurity. From the well-known position he takes in regard to the location of the Cradock house, it is natural that John H. Hooper should suggest that the well in the market place was dug and used by Matthew Cradock's agents. For the convenience they were to the public the town may have kept some private pumps and wells in repair, for July 13, 1868, the committee on Pump near Washburn's Store reported the same could be repaired at small expense. Washburn's store was on the northwest corner of Salem and Park streets. It was voted the repairs be made and a cup and chain be procured also, a Bill of sale of same for Town, and it was also voted the care of the pump be in charge of Mr. Washburn.
Mystic river improvements. As we go to press, work is resumed on the Mystic river dam. We record some facts relative thereto, wishing that in 1638 Cradock's men had recorded likewise, also Thomas Broughton, in 1656, when he built his dam up stream. The present is a far cry from the time when Winthrop was the first white man to sail up the Mistick six miles, or Mrs. Dalkin forded the river by a firm grip on her dog's tail. Three years ago some workmen, from a boat, made a series of borings in the river's bed, while some bystanders said it was to let the water run through. These were to ascertain the nature of the ground on which the dam was to be built. The next year contractors began work upon the dam, which with automatic gates is to hold back the incoming tide; the weirs that hold the fresh water of the river at a nearly uniform level; also the boat lock and another span of the bridge. Possibly the test borings did not reveal all there was to know, as the contractor