Old Medford Schoolboys' letters.
MONG the residents of Medford
who lived to a good old age was Elijah B. Smith
In his boyhood he had a ‘chum,’ who in 1894 resided in Dorchester
, and replied under date of February 9 to a letter from his old friend ‘Lige.’
In it he said:
It is recorded in the good book that J. K. F. was born April 30, 1817.
I suppose it is true, but I cannot realize it as I feel as young as I did fifty years ago. . . .
There were two old characters that come into my mind.
One was old Bucknam, who kept a small grocery just beyond the Train estate.
He refused to sell ten pounds of sugar at a time as he was not a wholesaler. The other was Aunt Polly, who sold pins, needles, tapes and molasses candy; also cigars, the real long nines, one of which I smoked on an election day. The result was, a sicker boy never existed; this was my first and last attempt to become a smoker. . . .
Allusion to the Mystic recalls the narrow escape I had of being overwhelmed in its waters.
I was rescued from drowning by Mr. Darius Wait just as I was sinking for the last time; the sensation remains vivid in my mind.
expressed a hope to be at the dedication of the ‘new meeting-house’ (the present Unitarian Church), and to meet his old friend there.
If the old friends met on that occasion it was probably their last meeting, and what an exchange of old-time reminiscences they must have had!
We reproduce Mr. Smith
's letter in the Register, with the remark that a portion
of it may also be found in an ‘Historical Souvenir
’ of Medford
, issued in 1903 by the Sarah Bradlee Fulton Chapter
, D. A. R.