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Our versatile and estimable city clerk being in some doubt as to its best disposition, consulted with the curator of the Historical Society, and after acknowledging its receipt with thanks, sent the same, with his letter of explanation above quoted, to the Society. In the meantime our former secretary, Miss Eliza Gill, wrote to the ladies relative thereto, who reply in part:—

We cannot give you any further information concerning your patriotic townsman. We only know what we have read. We feel with you that some public memorial to his memory should be commemorated by the people of Medford. Such patriotism as he displayed during the Civil War certainly should be known to the present generation and that of the future. We would be pleased to receive any facts about old Medford.

So here is a recognition of the estimable worth of a Medford man by entire strangers in another state, their only knowledge of him acquired perhaps by only casual reading. Yet right here in Medford are people today who ask, ‘Who was George Luther Stearns?’ for few of our younger people know of our local history and perhaps care less.

As shown above, his boyhood was spent in the old town of over a century ago. It was sadly affected by the death of his father, when the boy was but eleven years of age, and after but three years more in school he began work in a Boston store. Arriving at manhood he entered into business. ‘Wealth honorably earned flowed into his hands,’ and he used it for the helping of his fellow men, notably the oppressed and the slave. His beautiful home, later known as ‘The Evergreens,’ was a way-station of the ‘underground railroad,’ and the resort of philanthropists and friends of freedom, one of whom was John Brown.

At first sight, the dainty little picture might be taken for a view of this Stearns home. It shows a stream in the foreground where would be College avenue, a large house (with similar roof) surrounded by trees in autumnal foliage, while in the distance are two lofty hills as is our

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