by-laws on this subject see Medford Historical Regis-Ter, Vol.
X, No. 2, page 53.
Three clerks were appointed at a town meeting March 3, 1800, viz.: Nathan Wait, Sr., Joseph P. Hall
and Ebenezer Williams, Sr.
The next year two were appointed, and May I, 1843, we find the selectmen attending to the matter, when Samuel Blanchard
was the appointee.
His successors in office were John T. White
, Nathan W. Wait
, Thomas D. Rice
, Timothy Rich, Stephen H. Bradlee
, Isaac Sprague
, Edward P. Alexander
, Silas F. Wild
, William A. Egery
The clerk also acted as police officer and was elected annually, later for a period of three months at a time, with instructions ‘to enforce the By Laws
and to preserve the peace of the town, and to make return, to the Selectmen
of the time spent by him in said service and his charges for the same, at the expiration of said term.’
A greater number of trees than we have today in the center of our city lent beauty and shade to the place fifty years ago and more.
There was a gigantic willow on the sidewalk at the end of Jonathan Porter's building, great buttonwoods in front of the Turell Tufts house
, corner of High and Forest streets, and fine trees and a garden in front of the Secomb house
During the time of Medford
's great activity in trade the duties of the pump in dispensing its cooling liquid to high and low, rich and poor, man and beast, must have been unremitting as the thirsty and dusty drivers and teamsters stopped at its trough.
It must have lived a strenuous life and have been much worked.
In the 40s the pump in the market place was of peculiar construction.
There were two wooden pump logs.
Water was raised by an iron rocking shaft placed at right angles to and above the pumps.
Attached to the rear end of the shaft was a straight, tapering, heavy iron handle which hung plumb, and being moved sideways like the pendulum of a clock brought a continuous flow of water.
This handle, placed in line with the spout,