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Fast Day had become disregarded when the General Court abolished it and made the anniversary of the first encounters of the Revolution, April 19, a State holiday. It was soon found there was a rivalry between the historic towns of Lexington and Concord, each claiming the naming of the day. Happily, our (then) Governor Greenhalge settled the matter, and wisely, too, by giving the name, Patriot's Day. Locally observed in previous years, Lexington and Concord came into prominence by the observanConcord came into prominence by the observances of 1875, the first of the Centennials, probably for both the greatest ever. Unlike the day a century before, the weather conditions were unfavorable and dependents on the railroad for conveyance were sadly disappointed. No one had any idea of the crowd that would comeā€”but it came. A Medford-born boy, Thomas Meriam Stetson, was chairman of the day. President Grant was present, we remember our long perch on a fence looking over the vast crowd to see him riding in the procession. We als
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., My Revolutionary ancestors: major Job Cushing, Lieutenant Jerome Lincoln, Walter Foster Cushing (search)
was carried through. After a noon hour of social intercourse with refreshments, the afternoon service was held. Now there were living in Cohasset at this time two young men friends. One was Job Cushing; the other was Jerome Lincoln. They went to college together and they were both in the state militia. Job was the youngest son of Samuel, one of eleven children. Jerome was the grandson of the little boy Obidiah Lincoln who has been mentioned before. When the news of the battle of Concord reached Cohasset nearly every man in town, able to bear arms, was ready to spring into battle. The town voted to buy a hundred weight of gun powder and five hundred flints for the old flintlock guns, which had been used by the militia of the town, and also voted to provide a hiding place in the meeting house to store the same. My Revolutionary ancestor, Captain Job Cushing, was getting the militia into shape for marching as fast as it could be done. Among his company was Jerome Lincoln,