When the news of the capture of Louisburg
at one o'clock in the morning of July 3, two months afterwards, bells and cannon woke the slumbering people and they celebrated the glad event with fireworks and bonfires, and shouting crowds filled the streets.
Shall we not imagine that some wave of this enthusiasm rolled over Medford
when they heard of the exploit of the soldier boy in King George the Second's army who belonged in their midst and had come home a hero?
In 1907 the Boston Globe
issued a set of one hundred pictures, printing one each day, illustrating events in American history, asking school children to send answers naming the event the picture was drawn to illustrate.
To those entering the contest, sums of money were awarded for correct answers, and I think it greatly to the credit of our city that six girls of Medford
and three boys won prizes.
The description of No. 72 was ‘William Tufts
nailing his red coat to staff as a substitute for British flag, at the attack on Louisburg
, May 3, 1745.’
The life story of the child of Scotch-Irish descent whose birth was May I, 1732, is one full of interest.
With the immigration of the sturdy and worthy Scotch-Irish to New England
, several families came to Medford
, when others of his companions went on to found the town of Londonderry, N. H.
, named for their old world home, settled on the Mystic river
He married four times, had nineteen children and died at the age of ninety.
I do not know how long he remained here, but for some years the McClintock name was on the town records.
The William McClintock
and his wife Jane, who settled here for a few years after their marriage and moved to Boothbay, Me.
, was probably a son of the former.
William the elder was an industrious farmer, laboring quietly, not entering into public life.
His third wife was the mother of Samuel, coming with her husband to New England
The boy's education began in our grammar school and was continued under Master Minot