of that section was very slow, even after Boston avenue was opened in 1873, and which utilized the old abutments and piers built for the canal's crossing.
still used the space beside the railroad, down to the Somerville
line, for pasturage, and erected near his barn a silo, probably the first in Medford
One day the few dwellers at the Hillside (as it had begun to be called) and West Medford, across the river, awoke to the fact that a new industry was to be established in their midst—one of not the most desirable character.
The odors of the vast cesspool which Boston
had created by turning the tannery drainage of Winchester
into the lower Mystic lake
were becoming extremely offensive, and here was likely to be another trouble in the Somerville appendix
. The spur track to the pumping station lay just inside the line, curving away on the old canal bed. Over this, the raw material could come to the unattractive works of the Colonial Chemical Company
, just erected for the manufacture of a ‘depilatory’ used in removing the hair from cattle hides.
The adjoining marshland formed an excellent dumping-ground for its cinders and refuse.
Unlike the human appendix, which is troublesome only to its owner, this caudal appendage of ancient Charlestown
, the tail-end, geographically, of modern Somerville
, bade fair to, and did, become a menace to adjoining Medford
, such as offensive
manufactories usually become.
For years it had a retarding influence upon the growth of the Hillside section of Medford
, as in a few years the plant was enlarged and another building erected, into which a leather working concern came.
This was located cornerwise to the railroad and conformed to the old canal's course.
It was later doubled in size and another story added to the whole.
During the chemical business' stay, a residence was erected for the superintendent, larger and better than the first, thus increasing the Somerville residents to four families.
In the interim between these constructions, at about