But in 1917 there came an organized effort to make the occasion worth while and notable in Boston
and the other cities and towns along the historic route.
The first was certainly ‘creditable to Medford
,’ as indeed the later ones have been.
In more recent years a second rider personating William Dawes
has gone over that other route through Brookline
which is ‘8 miles to Boston
’ (see milestone at Harvard Square).
The ‘Old North’ or Christ Church still stands, and at the close of a service on the night of April 1 8, a messenger ascends to the steeple and hangs out two lights.
Captain Isaac Hall
's house in Medford
also still stands, and Mr. Edward Gaffey
, its owner and occupant, is glad to open its doors to welcome the personator of Revere
This year he was welcomed in the street by a lineal descendant of the minute-men's captain, Miss Deborah Hall
We are able to present a view of her greeting (by courtesy of the Mercury
), thanks to the ever present camera, unknown in that old day and for seventy years later.
The hoof beats of his coal-black steed probably rang louder on the modern High street than did those of Deacon Larkin
's mare, but the present Cradock bridge gave not the midnight echo of the ancient one.
The preliminary exercises of the American Legion
and flag-raising near the World War Memorial
, the decoration of the Revolutionary graves in the ancient graveyard by the ‘Daughters,’ the address by Orator York
and the patriotic selection by the Regent were followed by the march to the Captain Hall house
Just a few of the Grand Army
men mark time's inroad upon their ranks.
Various organizations were represented, but the modern Scouts, both boys and girls, were out in numbers, all awaiting the coming of the new Revere
's poem was recited by Henry Hormel
of the High School, and the children's voices swelled out in ‘America the Beautiful
We quote a few words from Mayor Coolidge