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Medford's first gristmill Without doubt Medford people were served by the Broughton come-mill across the river above Menotomie brooke, but that was not in Medford territory. If the statement of our historian is correct, the Wade mill on Marble brook was the first. He says of it,This was used for grinding grain and sawing timber. But no mention of it as a gristmill is found in the settlement of the Wade estate, which speaks of saw-mill pond and the saw mill. (This in 1689.) Writing in 1855, he also said of another: There was a mill a short distance below Wear bridge, but who built it, or how long it stood, we have not been able to discover. The place is yet occupied. He quoted from Medford records the favorable action of the town about gristmills in two places, and added of the first: This was not successful, nor was the following,. . . We ask, was Mr. Brooks correct in these statements? and reply that he was regarding one just below Wear bridge, and wish he had