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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Lieutenant Sprague's long fence. (search)
at the said fence shall be Adjudged worth at the end of the fore mentioned terme of one and twentie yeares: more than it is at this present: is to be payed unto the said Richard Sprague: or his Assignes: The fence at present is Adjudged worth thirtie pounds by muttuel consent. Signed And Delivred In the Presents of Richard Sprague, Solomon Phippes, Edward Burtt. Lieutenant Sprague was one of the three brothers who, with four others, formed the exploring party sent by Endicott from Salem in 1628-29. He was then but twenty-four years of age. They went out into an unknown country, following the Indian trail, and lighted on an uncouth wilderness, full of timber, and adjoining the farm Mr. Cradock's servants had planted. He became a settler in the peninsula we know as Charlestown the next year with Governor Winthrop's company and was a man of note in the town. Governor Winthrop died in 1647 but his farm was still in possession of the family and a fence was required between
Medford Square in 1924 We are presenting a view of Medford square, well worth preserving, as of historic interest. It marks the spot where the settlement of Medford began. Prior to that time it was the haunt of the red man. Salem and High streets have taken the place of the Indian trail, and the fording place of another joined it nearby at the left. At the right was Mr. Cradock's ferme house, and over this trail came the three Sprague brothers from Salem in 1628-29 and found Cradock's men here at work. In 1630 Winthrop's men settled on his Charlestown farm, whose northeast corner (the Mystic parkway) is the foreground of the view. Five or six years later, Cradock's agent built here a bridge, ever since maintained in various forms. The teetering draw gave place to two granite arches, since lengthened and widened to present enduring form. Behind the iron fencing of the parkway is the Cradock dam which holds back the incoming tides; and the four of lower height which hold
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
e names of Medford-built ships are italicized. This trade was started by Salem enterprise almost wholly, and by way of reward Salem became the American, and fSalem became the American, and for a time the world, emporium for pepper. In 1791 the United States exported seven million, five hundred and fifty-nine thousand, two hundred and forty-four pounds-e entire northwest Sumatran crop—and a very large portion of this was landed in Salem. Morison. Maritime History of Massachusetts. Among the Medford-built vessels from Salem engaged in this trade were the ships Australia, Carolina, Propontis, and the brig Lucilla. Journals of their voyages to Sumatra are preserved in Salem. Salem. Besides the Salem vessels in the pepper trade there were quite a number from Boston, among them the brig Palmer. The brig Palmer, two hundred and seventy-seven ts, together with the ship James Monroe of New York and the Governor Endicott of Salem, a boat appeared, which, on being hailed with the question, What boat is that?