appearance as a military man, and was widely known in Middlesex
and Suffolk counties
He owned a green baize-covered sleigh, with the name Governor Brooks
painted on it, and perhaps this is the vehicle called in the ledger the stage-sleigh.
It is said to have belonged to Governor Brooks
A good story is told of him which shows his attention to business and his determination not to lose a passenger.
A lady belonging to a well-known and prominent family here wishing to return to Medford
, decided to come by the Woburn stage, as it passed her home, and was just entering it when Mr. Blanchard
, perceiving her intention, stepped up, put his arms about her, lifted her bodily into his coach, saying politely, ‘This
is your stage, Miss
One lady remembers, when a pupil at A. K. Hathaway
's private school, of riding alone in the stage from Pleasant street, Medford
, to Harrison avenue, Boston
A procession in honor of Zachary Taylor
of the United States
, who had recently died, was passing in the city, and she particularly recalls the kindness of the driver to the little miss during the frequent stops and changes he was obliged to make.
A lively episode is related as taking place at the Medford House
one Sunday night. Mr. Blanchard
and Mr. Hemphill
, the latter then owning a route, were trying vigorously to get passengers.
The fare was twenty-five cents, and Mr. Hemphill
offered to take passengers for ten cents. This cut Mr. Blanchard
met by the offer to take them for nothing.
's next move was to offer to pay
twenty-five cents to any who would ride with him. How this war of words ended I do not know.
It may have been more in jest than in earnest, but we do
know that rival stage lines made greater concessions than these and offered greater inducements to secure patronage; but times have changed.
The coach is laid aside, and now
A railroad takes its place.