in the old engine house hall, Mr. Bennett
was the only person present; he was chairman, secretary
, speaker, audience, and all hands.
The papers of the next day, however, reported the gathering as a very harmonious and enthusiastic one, and that strong anti-slavery resolutions were passed, without a dissenting voice.
East of Mr. Bennett
's was the residence of Hiram Allen
, rope and twine manufacturer, whose rope walk, run by tide power, was on the south side of Somerville avenue, east of Prospect street, on Miller
Hiram Allen, Jr.
, the leader of Allen
's band, still lives in the old home.
had two other children, Margaret and Lucy.
Beyond Mr. Allen
's was the ‘yellow block,’ still standing, occupied about this time by the family of Mr. Fellows
, and previously by Clark Bennett
Further on was the residence of Ivers Hill, provision dealer; oil portraits of Mr.Hill
and Mrs. Hill
were in the last exhibition of the Historical Society.
East of Mr. Hill
's was the residence of Charles Miller
, clothing dealer in Boston
had the honor of naming Somerville
Some of his descendants still reside in Somerville
He was the great-grandson of James Miller
, the Somerville minuteman killed on Prospect Hill
on April 19, 1775, by the British
; to whose memory a tablet was erected on Washington street, bearing his last words: ‘I am too old to run.’
Beyond Mr. Miller
's came the estate of Mrs. Underwood
; her son, James Underwood
, a cripple, I well remember as a schoolmate.
His sister was the wife of Horace Runey
Near here also lived John Thorning
, an estimable old gentleman, whom I well knew; he was a Universalist, and was the father of Mrs. Nancy
, wife of Edwin Munroe, Jr.
; she was a lady of great literary attainments, and a poet.
Next came the residence of Andrew M. Kidder
, music printer, who had previously resided on Mystic avenue, at the foot of Convent Hill
; two of his sons, Arthur T. and Andrew M. Kidder
, still reside in Somerville
On the west corner of Medford street and south side of Washington street, then or a few year later stood the law office of Francis Tufts
, captain of our military company before the Civil war, and the first justice of a Somerville court; he is still