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[p. 84] a long life. He touches upon one subject in these words:—
Our railroad was not running then,
     The project was not broached,
And they that chose to ride to town
     Went in J. Wyman's coach.

In every morn, at 8 A. M.,
     'T would stand with open door,
Beneath the willow in the square,
     Justby George Porter's store.

I have been unable to learn when Mr. Wyman gave up his business of stage driving, to which he added the livery business, but it is said he drove daily for thirty-four years without having an accident of a serious nature. The actual time must have been longer than that. His patronage increased, and in 1836 he had an omnibus built expressly for him, which he named very appropriately ‘Gov. Brooks.’ This accommodated eighteen persons inside and six outside, and on the smaller stage, which carried nine inside, the coveted seats were on the top.

The easier way to Boston was over Medford turnpike (Mystic Avenue), but the preferred way was over Winter Hill. This must have been a steep climb (the grade is now easier), but there was more chance of obtaining passengers.

A rival stage line was established, greatly to the annoyance of Mr. Wyman, and he would sit by his fireside, saying to himself, ‘I drive my own coach, I crack my own whip.’

Amos Hemphill, who bought out Mr. Wyman, had driven for him, although Mr. Wyman handled the reins the most of the time. Other drivers were Thomas Gillard, Warren Tileston, Jerry Jordan, George Clapp and Charles Knapp.

Mr. Wyman, as was the old-time custom, often ‘took a drop,’ and a favorite drink of that time was ‘Tom and ’

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