[p. 66] escapes by women who seized their children and hurried with them into the street in their night clothes. One poor child was burned to death. When the West Cambridge, Malden and Chelsea engines arrived, the bridge spanning the Mystic river was on fire, and they were taken across in scows. The bridge was finally saved by hard labor. The precise amount of property destroyed, we were unable to learn, but all agreed it would not fall far short of $100,000, with little insurance. The loss falls heavily on young mechanics and men of small means—many of whom have lost every dollar they had, and their families homeless. Mr. Daniel Lawrence discovered the fire, saved one horse from the stable, and in attempting to save the second, was badly burned, and came near losing his life. He escaped through a sheet of flame, and his whiskers and most of his hair was burned from his head. The fire departments deserve great credit for their promptness in rallying to the conflagration. Engine No. 10 from Boston, together with the Charlestown, Chelsea, Malden, Reading, Woburn and Cambridge Cos., were on hand, and signalized themselves by their labors to stay the flames. One out of town fireman had his foot cut open with an axe, but we could not learn his name. We did not learn of any lives lost, except that of the child mentioned above. Below will be found a list of the buildings destroyed, and their occupants, as near as we could collect them, for which we are under obligations to Mr. Daniel Lawrence and other citizens of Medford. The fire was first discovered in the upper story of the Widow Gregg's stable on the west side of Main street, near the bridge. Mrs. Gregg's whole estate was totally destroyed, consisting of three dwellings and one stable. The houses were principally occupied by Irish families. One yoke of oxen, one horse, one cow and several swine were
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The Lawrence Light Guard .—Continued.
The tradition of the old weaver's clock.
Principals of Medford High School , 1835 - 1903 .
Medford Historical Society .
The Baptist Church of Medford .
Strangers in Medford , (continued from vol. 4 , no. 2 ).
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