The house of Dea. Ephraim Cutter and Col. Thomas Russell's store to the right, both of which are still standing. In the distance, beyond Dea. Cutter's, is seen John Frost's blacksmith shop. To the left, in the distance beyond the burying-ground, is seen one of the buildings of the card factory. The building on the corner on the left of the picture was Gershom Swan's chair factory.
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1 Previous to this period there was a small hand fire-engine, called the Friendship, kept in a small house erected for it a rod or two west of the house of the late George C. Russell. It was manned by a company of young men, mostly employes of the Whittemore Card Factory. They had meetings on the first Tuesday in every month, except in winter, about an hour before sunset, when they would race with the machine about the Common, and exercise its power in vain attempts to play over the vane of the meeting-house. Its members were thus excused from military duty.In 1816 a small dwelling occupied by Mr. Parker, a shoemaker, just below Tufts's tavern, was burnt. This occasioned the town to procure fire implements, hooks, ladders, &c., some of which were kept in the cellar of Mr. Fiske's church.—J. B. Russell.
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