the next Legislature for an act enabling Medford
to take water from Mystic Lower Pond.
I need not mention for those who remember how the tide rushed in to Mystic Pond
twice each day, that this vote simply indicated that there was still some opposition to be met. The vote evidently was pigeon-holed, for the new board did not wait for the development of Mystic Lower Pond, but immediately proceeded to consider an important question.
This was, whether Medford
should go directly to the pond with a separate main, or take its supply through Malden
's main pipe.
Two members favored the former, and one the latter plan.
Naturally desiring unanimity, they sought advice of experts as to the wisest course.
The engineers reported in favor of a separate main, as the growth of the town would require more or larger mains in a few years, and in the meantime Medford
would be getting a poor supply.
Another town meeting was held January 28, 1870, and again authority was voted to the commissioners to contract for the construction of the works.
The board wanted the town to express itself on the important question, that is, the course of the main from the pond.
The report of the special engineers
was read and debated at length.
Still unsettled, the town met again February i. At this meeting Mr. Wilcox
offered an amendment, to the effect that water be taken from the Charlestown
The meeting adjourned to February 9, when the town voted against Mr. Wilcox
's amendment and in favor of the separate main; then again voted authority to the board to contract for the works, and provided means of payment.
It is needless to say that civic interest and excitement ran high during this series of town meetings.
The outcome of the decision to have an independent main resulted in a break in the personnel
of the board, by the resignation of Mr. Wilcox
on April 4, 1870.
A large main was laid from the south shore of the pond