[p. 51] D—John Johnson's Cobbler shop stood high upon a steep, say a dozen or fifteen feet above the sidewalk; no path from it down to the sidewalk. He went west from it to the lean — to and thence along the house to the sidewalk. Steep behind the shop; coarse bunch grass. E—the Jacob Brooks house was a good-sized, ill-painted, whitish house, two stories, and looked rather neglected. Aunt Polly Blanchard lived in the west part and sold candy—red and white peppermint hearts for a cent apiece, also peppermint cones at the same price. You got more stuff if you bought a cone than a heart. Jacob had sons, John, Charles, Augustus; daughters, Alice and Lucy. He was an industrious man, not very prosperous; went out for day's work, gardening, etc. I think the Register speaks of him as sexton ‘for the old graveyard.’ About and behind this house red gravel was everywhere; an ample back yard; all excavation. Behind this yard it was perpendicular and high, say thirty to forty feet or more; not to be climbed. All red, with outcrops of granite—red also; no grass; no fence at top of the precipice. This place was abreast of the tan-yard. Don't know who owned this place. Built A. D.——. F—the Josselin house was rather small, two stories, illpainted. For a back yard it also enjoyed the great excavation spoken of in E. Family of Josselin lived in it. Built A. D.—— G—Next came a close board fence of five or six rods in line of sidewalk, and a yellowish house, two-story, and in good order. Don't know who owned it, nor anything about the conditions behind fence and house. This house was at and on the obtuse angle of High street. Those who prepared these premises for High School No. 2 will know. Built A. D.——. Query: What land did Henry Fowl's title cover? H—the Richard Hall house was a good house, well kept, with a gambrel roof. Built A. D.——. Don't know conditions in its rear. I—the house of Benjamin Hall, Sr., (Dr. Swan's) was large, white, gambrel; always in good order; ample yard behind. A stable, etc. Red gravel all over this yard. North of it were terraced slopes, with fruit trees, flowers, etc., on the terraces. Steps led up to more land on the crest and northward. Built 17—. Mr. Hall was married 17—. Here had been extensive excavations. The Register says (17 Register, p. 27), it had been called “the Pit” (gravel pit). As Mr. Hall owned more to the east than Dr. Swan did, no doubt this expression ‘Pit’ applied to Lot J, and in some degree to Lots K and L. J—house of Benjamin Hall, Jr. (Dudley Hall). Built A. D. 1786. Excavation here also, but the north steep nicely terraced;
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Views of Medford .
Women of the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony.
Mr. Stetson 's notes on information wanted.
Old ships and ship-building days of Medford .
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