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[p. 93] Mr. Fletcher lived on Simond's Hill, in the house now standing east of Woburn street. His slaughter house was in his yard. Local butchers slaughtered their own meat at that time. Alexander Gregg, at one time teacher in the old brick schoolhouse, lived in the Ship street tenement, over the store. He did a large teaming business, running two large four-horse baggage wagons to and from Boston, the horses driven tandem. His stables and sheds were opposite his dwelling, extending to the river. He was a prominent man in town affairs, serving in many capacities, including representative. Between his stables and the Lawrence premises was the pottery of Thomas Sables. Some of his work is in existence today. At the corner of Ship and Main streets lived Mrs. Jonathan Porter. Her front door was on Main street at the northerly end, and a side door was approached through a gate and yard from Ship street. The rest of the building and the building adjoining were occupied by Mrs. Porter's son, George W. Porter, who was a trader, dealing in dry goods, groceries, hardware, farming tools, liquors, powder, salt, etc. Mr. Porter succeeded his father in the business. A very large willow tree projecting over the street stood directly in the sidewalk near the southerly line of the Porter property. A dock from the river that ran parallel with Main street extended as far as Mr. Porter's premises, and probably in former years Porter's store had trade by water. George W. Porter was the first organist at the First Church (Unitarian). He was town treasurer for many years. The four estates between Porter's and the river extended to this dock. Capt. Clisby, pilot, kept his sloop there. Cargoes of cord wood for the brick yards would occasionally be discharged there. The ruins of the old Bishop distillery were on the east side of the dock. John Bishop (son of John and Mary Holmes) ran a fleet of fishing vessels which
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