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A local Geography Lesson. On page seven of Brooks' History of Medford is this statement: There was till recently (1855) but one island in the river, and that near the shore in Malden, at Moulton's Point, and is called White island. Two have since been made, one by cutting through Labor in vain, and the other by straightening the passage above the bridge. Mr. Brooks made no mention of the small island just below Wear bridge, though it is shown on contemporary maps and plans and was supposed to be of natural formation. It was usually considered a part of the Smith estate in West Medford, and was alluded to (as also its removal) by Mr. Hooper in his
pond in Arlington or Fresh pond in Cambridge, as Winchester is planning a water park all its own.
Under date of May 2, 1856, Caleb Swan interleaved his copy of Brooks' history with the following:—
White Island is within an eighth of a mile above Malden Bridge.
In very high tides it is covered with water, same as the surrou