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Medford journalism.

Journalism in Medford dates back to the winter of 1857—nearly sixty-six years. Not that there were not editors, publishers and printers who had homes in Medford,—there were several of each in earlier days whose journalistic effort was confined to Boston, Cambridge and other places. Among these were Samuel Hall, Elizur Wright and James M. Usher; also Galen James and Rev. Elihu Marvin, whose efforts were with the religious press.

Not until 1857 did there appear a paper printed as of Medford at stated intervals, for the purpose of noting current events, with editorial comment, literary notes and miscellany, local news and advertising matter. This was issued under the title, The Medford Journal, the somewhat ornamental type making an attractive heading. C. C. P. Moody was publisher and George G. W. Morgan, editor. Moody was somewhat of a genius, and was the author of ‘Moody's Proverbs’ and ‘Chronicles of Moody,’ which found their way into various papers.

We have read that one of that name became ‘a pioneer in the Medford journalistic wilderness about 1850’ and that ‘it was a four-page venture.’ We are not prepared to dispute the assertion, but have never been able to find such a one.

But of the Medford Journal of 1857, the Medford Public Library has a complete file and the Historical Society a neatly bound but incomplete one. Its first issue was of Thursday, January 8, 1857. It was of eight pages (ten by twelve inches), three columns each. Its title was followed by the legend, ‘A paper devoted to News, Literature, Science and Art.’ The make — up of its heading closed with the warning, ‘A chiel's amang ye takin notes, and faith he'll print them.’

And he did, for that first paper of long ago compares favorably with those of today. It told of a railroad accident on the B. & L. railroad, of a second murder at


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