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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Some errors in Medford's histories. (search)
date (1638). It was afterwards the intention of some to unite Mr. Cradock's, Mr. Winthrop's, Mr. Wilson's and Mr. Nowell's lands in one township and call it Mystic. [Page 2.] There is no evidence of this. Medford's bounds would have run to Malden river had not these four hundred acres intervened. The land granted division of lots. The Squa Sachem, residing in Medford, Aug. 1, 1637, gives lands to Jotham Gibbon. . . [P. 43.] The Squa Sachem lived on the west side of Mystic ponds, and the land given to Jotham Gibbon was on the same side. This deed included the Mystic ponds. Mr. Cradock's boundary was the eastern shore of the lower p In this chapter Mr. Brooks again speaks of Mr. James Noyes as a preacher in Medford in 1634, and in a quotation says, . . . was immediately called to preach at Mistic, which he did for nearly one year. It has already been shown that the word Mistic or Mistick was applied to nearly, if not all, the land on both sides of the riv
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Two Medford buildings of the Fifties. (search)
hool building was for a little time thus used. In 1852 the West Medford Lyceum and Library Association was incorporated, and continued operative until 1871, and may have had its earlier meetings in the school hall, or until the building known as Mystic hall was erected in 1852. This was done by Mr. T. P. Smith, who was alluded to by Mr. Caldwell in his minority report. Mr. Smith had purchased the almshouse just vacated by the town, thus adding the old town farm to his extensive domain, which stretched away to the river and on which was the large house in which he lived. (See Register, Vol. XI, No. 3, frontispiece, for this and Mystic hall.) Upon the completion of this structure it became the social center for such public gatherings as the West End had, with those of the Lyceum Association, and there was the latter's library, until placed in the care of the Village Improvement Society in about 1880. Later this building was the home of the famous Mystic Hall Seminary, which wa
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., The story of the West Medford Baptist Church. (search)
otably with Mr. and Mrs. George E. Crosby, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Stevens, and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Lovering. A committee was selected to examine definitely into the matter of a church site, and among these was the Bishop estate on High street, across from the railroad station, and the large Boston avenue frontage of the Spaulding property. In the meantime, under the guidance of Mr. Abbott, the movement for a church body of Baptists in West Medford took permanent form at an assemblage in Mystic hall on October 20, 1895. This is the first actual date in the life history of the church. The meetings were held on Sabbath afternoons, with growing numbers, until January 1, 1896, when Rev. Mr. Abbott's duties with his home church increased to such an extent that he was compelled to relinquish his work in West Medford, and, following various supplies, Rev. Arthur A. Cambridge was called to the leadership of the new church body, not then incorporated. The initial steps toward organiz
hich we trust the housewarming will be the finish within this year 1916. The greetings of the city were briefly and ably spoken by His Honor, Mayor Haines. Former Presidents Will C. Eddy and Henry Edwards Scott gave expression of their satisfaction that at last the Society was to have an attractive and convenient home. Their remarks were followed by the poem written for the occasion by a member (who modestly wished his name withheld), and read by Miss Alice E. Curtis. Beside the banks of Mystic stream, The scene of Winthrop's toil and dream; And Cradock's pride in power of State, And Royall's house of beauty great; A home of modern day we raise With grateful thought of earlier days. Could Winthrop stand upon this spot Well might he say ‘I know it not,’ And Royall from the stately home, Whose acres broad he loved to roam, Would gaze with a bewildered look, Back to the mansion he forsook. And are we in Old Medford still, Woods, streams and pastures, vale and hill All changed in fo