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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)
pump be in charge of Mr. Washburn. Thus has the old given place to the new order of things, and the memories of the simple past mingle pleasantly with the use of our up-to-date luxuries and conveniences. From plans and descriptions furnished by Francis A. Wait, Fred H. C. Woolley has drawn a picture of the double pump of sixty years ago, which the former has presented to the Medford Historical Society, and so another part of the history of the past is preserved for future generations. Spot Pond. O, beautiful lake of Middlesex Fells, air as thy sister in the north Lake Winnepesaukee., Lesser ‘Smile of the Great Spirit’ art thou Spread o'er the face of Mother Earth. The red man's canoe o'er thy waters blue Was paddled for many a year, Dusky Indian maids and stalwart braves, Alone to thy borders drew near. Then the scene was changed and the white men came, Winter held thee in fetters fast; Winthrop gazed and called thee a fair Spot Pond. Fair may we keep thee to the la
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 contractors