dford it is unfortunate that we have so few records of certain memorable periods of our past.
In 1775 there was no historical society existing.
Had there been, we might now read in the records of that day at what hour of the morning the Minute Men marched up the road toward Lexington, how far they advanced, and at what point they joined in the attack upon the British Regulars.
Again we are unable to determine with certainty the builder of the famous Cradock house, or to demonstrate that Washington came to the Royall house.
In later years there are like omissions.
To prevent similar gaps in the future, a historical society may perform a valuable function in recording and collating events as they transpire, and before they merge with dim outline into those of later years.
In years to come it is likely that our present decade will be fixed as that in which Medford passed through a stage of transition from the old order to the new. In that process the recent enlarging and rebuildin
e tended the wounded brought back from Bunker hill.
Sarah Bradlee Fulton was the leading woman patriot of Medford.
She helped disguise her husband and friends as Indians for the Boston teaparty, and tended the wounded after Bunker hill.
When Washington wanted a dispatch sent to Boston she walked by night to Charlestown, rowed herself across the river, delivered her message safely and returned by morning to her home.
In the second play Mrs. Putnam is the wife of Henry Putnam who was killed at, 1776.
Seventy-one years old; called Honorable and Gentleman; served in legislature and on committee of advice.
Sarah Bradlee Fulton.
Aged twenty-three; energetic, patriotic woman; carried despatches to Boston by order of Washington; assisted in disguising husband and brothers for Boston Tea Party.
Dr. Simon Tufts. Forty-eight years old; representative to General Court, 1772-1775; trusted friend and trustee of Isaac Royall; attended wounded soldiers after Bunker Hill.
, 1840 in Mr. Roach's house,
The cellar hole of the Roach house is still (1927) visible, close to High street, near the rectory of Grace Church. age 84.
John and Francis were never sent to school, but Francis learned to read and write, and was well read in the history of England and the United States.
He liked very much to read the works of Henry Kirk White, was very quick at figures, often doing sums in his head.
Now we quote from another page of Mr. Swan:—
The visit of General Washington to Colonel Brooks in 1789 was in the forenoon.
He came on horseback, escorted by several gentlemen from Boston.
They came through Cambridge to old Menotomy across Wear bridge, through High Street to Col. Brooks' residence in the easterly end of the old Watson house [demolished in 1916] next the meetinghouse.
Their horses were taken to the barn of Mr. Isaac Greenleaf (nearly opposite Dr. Osgood's) [present Unitarian parsonage], where Capt. Ward from Salem afterward built his hou
on High street near the residence of Deacon Train, on request of Dudley Hall and others.
We have not consulted the town records relative to these, but as Grace church had just been erected opposite the residence of Deacon Train, also the neighboring residence of J. W. Tufts, a permanent grade was a desirable one to have fixed.
But we see little of sidewalk on Winthrop street now sixty years later, and no houses on either side save one built seven years ago next the Puffer's corner of that day, but note that at last the old wooden bridge is succeeded by the new one just opened, and that the Winthrop street of today extends from Winchester to Somerville lines, crossing the Mystic Valley parkway, unthought of in that old day.
The old Watson house, where President Washington came to visit Colonel Brooks in 1790, the Deacon Train and the Roach houses are gone, and the cellar hole and the vacant land along the permanent grade, under the modern name of Traincroft, await new residents.