May 12, 1794.--A new pew in Medford
meeting-house sold at auction, at twenty-four pounds. In the same year, good oak wood
sold at one pound per cord.
, son of Deacon Samuel Kidder
, strayed from home into the woods back of Pasture till.
He was three years old; and, being weary, he fell asleep under an apple-tree, and there slept till the next day. It was in July, and the weather very clear.
The disappearance of the child created great alarm; and many inhabitants spent the night in traversing the woods, searching the clay-pits, and dredging the river.
During the forenoon, he was found near where he slept, his head filled with dew, and his locks with drops of the night.”
After Sept. 1, 1795, all accounts in Medford
were kept in dollars, cents, and mills.
1797.--Mrs. Benjamin Hall
presented the town with a funeralpall, suitable to be used at the burial of young persons.
1798.--A “deer reeve” chosen in Medford
1800.--About this time, the “Ohio
fever” prevailed; and some from Medford
emigrated to that western land of promise.
They have prospered greatly.
A member of the United States Senate, and a member of the United States
House of Representatives, at the present time, are Ohio
children from the oldest Medford
Several years ago, two Medford
gentlemen were speaking of a young man, who was acting the sorry part of spendthrift and libertine.
One of the gentlemen said, “Oh!
He is sowing his wild oats.”
“Yes,” replied the other; “and the fool don't know they'll all come up again.”
1800.--After this time, “commonable beasts” --i. e., horses, oxen, cows, sheep, and hogs — were not allowed to go at large in the public roads.
The first “clerk of the market” chosen, March 2, 1801.
1804.--During the first part of Rev. Dr. Osgood
's ministry, the number of children baptized, in each year, was about fifteen; which number steadily increased till it reached its maximum, of forty-one, in 1804.
1805.--Health Committee chosen for the first time.
Does this show the healthiness of the town?
1805.--The Medford omnibus
, named “Governor Brooks
,” was said to be the first vehicle of the kind built in New England
It was made by Mr. Osgood Bradley
, of Worcester, Mass.
; and first appeared on its route, Oct. 18, 1836.
It cost $650. Eighteen persons could be seated inside, and six outside.
It was owned and driven by Mr. Joseph Wyman
, of Medford
, who began his new business, Feb. 16, 1805; and, for thirty years, drove daily a public coach between Medford
, without overturning it. The fare was thirty-seven and a half cents for many years; but competition reduced it to twenty-five.