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Benjamin Willard now of Medford watchmaker,’ advertised a farm of 70 acres in Grafton. After describing the property at length, the advertiser proceeds to say that ‘said Willard has for sale, gold and silver Watches, crystals and mainsprings, some musical and spring clocks with neat Mahogany cases.’

He was a noted clockmaker whose work has long outlived him, and had recently come to Medford, but who can tell where his shop was located?

On Jan. 11, a horse, strayed or stolen from ‘Camp on Winter Hill Dec. 31,’ was advertised by Capt. James Norris, at Mr. Samuel Brooks's in Medford.

On Mar. 14, the following, which we present verbatim,

To be sold
At the shop next to the hatter's

in Medford, A few dozen caulking irons, stock locks, brass knob locks, block tin tea-pots, brass chaise nails, six penny brads, augers plaining irons, hunting whips, large pewter barons, brass cocks, crockery ware viz, plates, butterboats, tea-pots, sugar-bowls and a large tureen dish—— A variety of beaverit and felt hats, steel spring snuffers, fluted candlesticks, large and handsome brass scales, twenty double gross yellow metal buttons, a few rich brocaded and satin shoes, paper hangings with many articles of English piece goods——Also one piece of black hair seating for chair bottoms,—&c &c &c
It will be noticed that no trader's name is given, and we may never know who opened a department store next ‘the hatter’ or what Medford belle purchased the brocaded shoes. The hatter was a manufacturer and probably looked with disfavor on his neighbor's stock. It is a far cry from the snuffers and candlesticks to the modern electrolier, but planing, though done by power, is spelled in the ‘same old way’ on a Medford sign today not far from the site of ‘the shop next to the hatter's.’

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