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[p. 25] short sound in all, as a recent comer from Staffordshire pronounces the present Meaford Mefford. The New England town, now a city of 37,000 people, has almost from its earliest days been called Medford and sixteen others in as many states bear the name spelled in the same way and more or less traceable thereto.

We have tried to answer the query on lines of historic truth, citing only credible evidence. Our readers must decide for themselves much as did the children who asked which was the lion and which the baboon, and were told by the accommodating showman, ‘Just which you pleases, little dears, you pays your money and you takes your choice.’

Our choice is, Medford got its name from Medford in Staffordshire, Old England.

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