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[p. 22] a monarch indeed, to which the birds of the air still come. The Simpson tavern, with its wide porch and balcony. and another brick building beyond it. Oh! but there was another before coming to the tavern, i.e., the Seccomb house, a little one—what was it, a barber's shop or a reading room? A vacant lot was next Forest street where had been the old Tufts house. On the other side of old High street and leaving the place that has since become Winthrop square the land was much below the street, whose retaining wall and sidewalk was fenced for safety. Large elms were noticeable, and cows were pastured in the enclosure. A big double house that looked substantial stood here, then another field that sloped away to Meeting-house brook and the river. Next was Grace Church, but without the chimes or the chapel extension. It was then but a few years built, as also the Tufts residence that adjoined it. This had then no outer chimney, but there was a massive fence along the sidewalk, painted, as was the house, in colors blue. The next house and that of Thatcher Magoun need no description, except to mention the high fence and gateways with lantern over, and the well-kept grounds, and the statuary. Next a large house with mansard roof, a porch over the front entrance, and the ground below the street sloping to the river and vacant for some distance. A small cottage painted straw-color stood close to the way; next the old Grace Church, in which then or later a Medford school was kept. Then came the house of Dr. Bemis; next the fire engine house, since moved a little, and now the Grand Army hall, and next the ‘Orthodox,’ or ‘Mr. McCollom's Church.’ There was then no clock upon it, but it had a bell which was rung at stated intervals each week day at the town's expense. A small vacant lot lay beyond the church, and next was the four-story brick block then called the ‘Usher Building.’ Next were some low wooden buildings, in one of which was Wyman's market, that in later years
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