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A few rods from the Shedd place Mrs. Frost lived. Her house stood near the street. A social-looking pump in front, with dipper attached, invited the thirsty traveler to stop for a cooling draught as he passed by. This house, also, has yielded to the pressure of business, the front of it having been built out for stores.

The substantial looking house now owned and occupied by George Haven, situated near the corner of Washington and Medford streets, has changed very little in its external appearance. My earliest recollections of the place are of a family by the name of Pritchard living there, but they did not remain very long.

The three remaining houses to be spoken of are clearer to my memory than any of the others. The house occupied by David Sanborn, father of David Sanborn who resides on Prospect street, stands near Union square. Adjoining this is the one then occupied by ‘Grandma’ Bonner, sister of the elder Mrs. Sanborn, and mother of William Bonner, who moved his house up the hill.

In the third house, just east of the Prospect Hill schoolhouse, my father, Joseph Clark, lived. These three houses are in possession of the original families, the descendants of two of them (Mrs. Bonner's and my father's) occupying them. Although the years have not passed by without leaving their marks on them, and the lovely, old-fashioned flower gardens belonging to them have long since gone, they wear a natural, old-time look, and stand as landmarks to those who were familiar with Somerville when it was set off from Charlestown.

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