sisters,’ but that was incorrect
. On p. 80, Vol.
VIII, Register, may be found the names of four of them, in a list of thirty-six natives of Medford
who were living at the time of the anniversary celebration of 1905, and who had then attained the age of seventy-five years. The names of the six were written (upon protecting paper pasted upon the back of the frame), by its donor, the late George W. Stetson
, April, 1910; who added, ‘Taken in March, 1871.’
They are (left to right):
|[Miss] Sarah J. Blanchard,||b. Jan. 13, 1829.|
|[Miss] Emeline A. Sparrell,||b. Feb. 7, 1830.|
|Mrs. Lucy B. Conery, nee Butters,||b. Feb. 2, 1829.|
|Mrs. John F. Sanborn,||b. Dec. 1830.|
|Miss Ellen A. Jaquith,||b. Aug. 3, 1829.|
|Mrs. Mary Peaslee, nee Butters,||b. Dec. 14, 1832.|
note.—Of the above, the first three and fifth are the four above alluded to.
Examination of the picture revealed the fact that brown paper backing was deteriorating; therefore the above copy is made and hereby transferred to the Regis-Ter's page.
On p. 24, Vol.
XIV, mention was made of the passing away of the first and eldest of the six, who were so nearly of an age. Inquiry fails to show that they were related to each other (except as stated), or that they were officers of some society, but just a group of friends and acquaintances.
It is thought that each had a copy, and that after their going, only the nephew of Miss Blanchard
had the thoughtfulness to provide for the preservation of hers, and to furnish the authentic data above given.
As a matter of interest, we add that in June, 1885, the first dry-goods store in West Medford was opened on Harvard Avenue, and Miss Blanchard
was in charge of it from the first and for several years.
-Hive’ was a lively competitor of a larger one next door, which managed to continue in business only by taking in other lines.
At the anniversary time, Miss Blanchard
contributed to the local press some reminiscences of the old sexton (her father) and others, which are reproduced in this issue.