1847. ‘Reservoir at the head of Ship Street
, is in good order, having been made so the past year, with a good supply of water.’
‘Reservoir at the corner of Cross and Washington Streets is thought by your Board will not give a very bountiful supply of water, till something more is done, which had better be left with the Engineers
‘The pump in the square has performed its duty the past year, better than for ten years previous, not getting out of repair but once.
Your Board have caused a new pump to be made expecting as usual
the old one would be out of repair, and when so your Board wish to replace it with a new one, which they hold in readiness.’
1848. ‘Reservoir at the head of Ship Street
is in good order.
do. at junction of Cross, Salem, and Washington streets, it is thought, has been slightly improved the last year by perforating the curb, and putting on strainers.’
‘The pump in the square, remains in the same condition as it did one year ago, without any expense to the Town
1849. ‘The Reservoir at the head of Ship Street
, is in good order.
The Reservoir at the junction of Cross and Salem streets, is in the same condition as last year—not to be depended upon for a great supply of water—although it may be of great service in the first stage of a fire in its vicinity.’
‘The two old pumps in the square have been removed and one new one set in their place.’
These three reports were signed by Benjamin H. Sampson
, chief engineer
It has been the custom in road building when a stream crossed the road to have the grade such that cattle could be watered there and teams driven through.
These natural watering places are frequently seen in the country, and Medford
had a number in her territory.
When we remember that the amount of travel through here for many years was very great, and that large droves of cattle