In this, there was but one, the accident of birth, and that not of place, but of time.
And so it came about that ten (and perhaps more) Medford
men formed a social club with the above name.
At the present time, of the coterie born in the year 1818 but one survives,1
and he ‘in age and feebleness extreme.’
Their names, so far as can now be ascertained, were Asa Law, Marshall Symmes
, William B. Thomas
, Henry Richardson
, Alfred Tufts
, Henry Reed
, David S. Hooker
, Mark Durgin
, Samuel F. Woodbridge
and John Frost
How many beside Mr. Symmes
were natives of Medford
Various occupations they had. Mr.
Law, who bore the military title of Colonel
, was in the engraving business, and also at times officiated as an auctioneer.
was a farmer, and resided at Symmes
' Corner in Upper Medford
, in Governor Brooks
' birthplace, and when Winchester
was incorporated was thus arbitrarily moved out of town.
was a carpenter, skilled at his trade, and served the town in various offices.
and Mr. Reed
were ship-carpenters in the days when things were lively on the Mystic
was a Faneuil Hall market-man, and John Frost
was a ‘fish man’ whose white head gained him the sobriquet of ‘Jack Frost
was a wheelwright and Mr. Hooker
The 18-18 Boys, unlike the other social and fraternal societies, were satisfied with one meeting yearly, which they held at the Medford House
and indulged in a spread, called by some a dinner, by others a supper.
On these occasions each member invited a son or nephew, and one (Colonel Law), who had neither, invited a Tufts College boy, who entertained the company by singing or otherwise.
On these occasions the ‘real boys’ wore badges on which the numerals 18-18 were made by boring holes through the same.
) were accustomed to present their contributions to the entertainment in rhyme.
Inquiry fails to establish the date