[p. 22] and seems not to have had the fear thereof that the gruesome relics may well be supposed to inspire. At the present time, both the site of the hut and spring are ten feet below the surface of the water of the middle reservoir, from which the ‘hanging rock’ or ledge rises. Doubtless the spring boils up as clear as ever, but at the time the man wrote this reservoir was not complete, and being higher than the south reservoir, the water flowed in that direction, thus making this spring one of the sources of Meetinghouse brook. Along the eastern edge of Turkey swamp was the old Indian trail to the Merrimack; and across the swamp westward, doubtless the way the aged Indian woman went for the last time on that winter day, was another. A causeway of logs made passage through the bog secure; these were with some difficulty removed in preparing the reservoir, which lies between two ranges of hills. But not all of the old swamp where Hannah Shiner roamed and gathered herbs or basket stuff has disappeared. Near where the old trail lay is an island which refused to be submerged, but rose, floating on the waters as they gathered, and is held in position by some unseen connection. Our venerable friend wrote that Mr. Chickering was an able preacher, that as ‘dissatisfaction had sprung up in his society he took the occasion to preach an impressive sermon,’ and added that his informant, there present, said, ‘Not a dry eye could be seen in the audience as he described the sad end of this poor Indian woman.’ Mr. Chickering owned some land through which a brook flowed; one of his parish wished to purchase and use the same as a mill site. He would not sell without security from flowage of his other land. This was declined, and ere long discontent began to be noticed, and so continued was it for several years that the good man's efforts were made void, and a few days after this funeral occasion some action was taken that resulted in his asking his people for dismission. Yet he came to the burial of this poor old Indian
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Quaint old records.
Medford Historical Society .
Officers for the year ending January , 1911
Stage-coach days in Medford .
The Society's work-papers and addresses
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