Battle of the bees.
[Inserted by some former residents, and found upon page 26 of a History of Medford
' volume was published in 1855.
Another attached paper commented upon the announcement of the same from the Unitarian
Along with the above are several newspaper clippings in relation to pugnacious bees.
was about forty years of age at the time of the battle he described, and his entry is made twenty-five years after the occurrence, in a legible hand, on the old-fashioned blue writing paper, and attached with bits of red wafer to the margin of the leaf.
Doubtless the occurrence made a vivid impression upon the youngsters of the neighborhood, as fifty-eight years afterward Mr. Swan
's nephew took up the story and added more details, and also an incident his uncle omitted from his account thirty-three years before, as seen below.
Bees in a dwelling House.
He also illustrated
his manuscript by an outline drawing of his mother's house.
This, though a little crude, is readily identified as the house next adjoining the Unitarian Church where Washington
was once a guest.
are also shown clustered on the ‘southwest corner,’ and duly labelled ‘Bees.’
This above manuscript is in a clearer and excellent hand and on white paper.
The ‘premises of Roach
’ may be identified today by the old cellar, where was the house which was demolished soon after the death (by accidental burning) of Hannah Roach
, in 1886.
Those of ‘Train,’ as is well known, adjoined the house of Mrs. Swan
, which became a beehive.
The residence of Mr. James Swan
's ‘uncle Joseph’ was then near High street, and was in the early seventies moved backward, enlarged and remodelled to its present shape by the late Alvin D. Puffer
Both the Messrs.
were observers of men and things in Medford
The Battle of the Boys.
[For account of the same see page 492, Brooks
' History, 1808, Snowballing
Sectional differences existed in Medford
a century ago even among the boys, as those living east of the meetinghouse were called ‘maggots
,’ while those at the west were designated as ‘fag-enders
The snow fort of the ‘maggots’ boasted a single piece of artillery, which, however, proved more dangerous to the garrison than [p. 48]
to the besiegers, as one boy was seriously wounded ‘on its discharge.’
See Mr. Swan
's account for details of the fray:—
The boy was David Osgood only son of Revd Dr. Osgood The boys had built a large Fort of Snow behind the meetinghouse—a party appointed to attack it, and another party to defend it. David Osgood was of the inside party.
They had got a large bellows nose, hammered the large end together and so made a Cannon of it, and filled it with powder—but at the first fire it exploded in several pieces—one of which tore his face and neck very badly and came within a hair of the jugular vein.
He bled so profusely [that] Dr Brooks thought his life in imminent danger for more than a week.
Snowballing parties were prohibited after this....
A similar snowball fort was made by the boys of Dr. Stearns' Academy south of the bridge—but the attack was ordered to be given up—it was to have been attacked a day or two after the other.
was chosen governor in 1816, and held the office for seven successive years.
Century old Medford items.
The year 1808 was noted as the time when an assistant
teacher was first employed in the public school.
Also in 1808 were made several diggings for Captain Kidd
's buried treasure.
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Let Mayhew go and other mor spare not thy coyne to spend;
Such trades advance did never chance in all thy trading yet:
Though some deride thy loss, abide her's gaine beyond man's wit.
Wonder Working Providence of Zion's Saviour in New England.
On February 21, 1908, our former president and faithful worker, Mr. David H. Brown
, entered into rest.
He had but recently assumed the editorship of the Register, and to it gave his latest work.
An appreciative memorial is being prepared and will be presented in due time.