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College Hill, or Tufts College.

The post-office was established at College Hill, March 6, 1863, and was for many years located in the railroad station. The office was practically under the jurisdiction of Tufts College, and the appointments of postmasters were made upon the recommendation of its president, and for the most part were given to students who were working their way through college.

John A. Whitney was the first postmaster and served until June 1, 1871, when he was succeeded by Benjamin T. White. Mr. White was succeeded by Fred Stark Pearson, September 23, 1881.1 Mr. Pearson is well known as one of the best electrical engineers of the country. He electrified the West End Street Railway in Boston, also the Metropolitan Street Railway in New [p. 38] York, and had charge of installing the electric lighting system in the City of Mexico.

Mr. Pearson was followed by Julian C. Edgerly, a well-known newspaper man of Boston. Mr. Edgerly was in Jamaica during the earthquake. He now resides in Medford.

H. O. Moxon was postmaster following Mr. Edgerly, and he was followed by David T. Montague, the well-known lawyer of Boston. Mr. Montague was succeeded by John Eills, who served until January 1, 1900, when the office became a third-class office.

William H. Coffey, station agent at Tufts College railroad station was appointed postmaster by President McKinley, January 1, 1900, and continued until June 30, 1907, when the office was consolidated with Boston, and he was appointed superintendent of the Tufts College Branch. The post-office was continued at the railroad station up to Mr. Eills' term, when it was removed to a college building near its present location. When Mr. Coffey assumed charge, the office was moved to its present quarters. The name of the post-office was changed from College Hill to Tufts College about 1895.


West Medford.

This post-office was first established November 1, 1852. The first postmaster was James M. Sanford, who was station agent at the old Boston and Lowell station, and the office was located in the station.

August 9, 1853, Mr. Sanford was succeeded by Thaddeus A. Baldwin, who conducted a grocery store in the building now occupied by J. E. Ober and Son. Mr. Baldwin continued postmaster until May 3, 1859.

Franklin Patch was appointed to succeed Mr. Baldwin and held office until September 25, 1866. Mr. Patch was a carpenter, engaged in business in Boston. The office was located in a small building at the junction of Allston and Prescott street.

William C. Frederick was the next postmaster, serving [p. 39] from September 26, 1866, to May 31, 1869. Mr. Frederick moved the office back to Mystic Hall Seminary Building, he having purchased the grocery business from Mr. Baldwin.

E. J. Pitcher succeeded Mr. Frederick, and the office was continued in the former location.

On May 10, 1870, Reuben Willey was appointed to succeed Mr. Pitcher and the office was removed to the Boston and Lowell Railroad station, as Mr. Willey was also station agent.

James P. Richardson was the next postmaster. His appointment dated from October 21, 1881, and the office was moved to the Usher Building, just below the railroad crossing. Mr. Richardson was in the grocery business several years at Medford, in the building now occupied by Yerxa & Yerxa, selling out to Charles Currier.

Mark M. Grimes was appointed to succeed Mr. Richardson by President Cleveland on February 14, 1894. During his term free delivery was established and arrangements were made for the removal of the office to more suitable quarters. During the incumbency of both Mr. Richardson and Mr. Grimes the office had been in the central portion of the wooden building of Mr. Usher, which building had frequently taken fire. Wishing to retain Uncle Sam as his tenant, Mr. Usher had erected the brick building in which the office is now located, and all arrangements had been made for removal by Postmaster Grimes before his successor, Grenville G. Redding, was appointed by President McKinley. Mr. Redding was in the real estate business in Boston for several years. He served as selectman and town auditor. He was also in the war in many active engagements. He began his duties as postmaster on October 23, 1899, and resigned in 1905, when the office became consolidated with the Medford office.

1 His mother, Mrs. Hannah A. Pearson, held the commission from the Department, as Mr. Pearson had not attained his majority at that time.

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