[p. 25] spanned the river, and five years before was the subject of a sketch and oil painting by Nathan Brown of Brooks street.1 Rebuilt in 1827 upon three new granite piers, it was an invitation for a new street to ‘Tufts College 3/4 mile’ to cross upon it. In the autumn of 1870, the County Commissioners were petitioned to lay out such a street, sixty feet wide, as Boston avenue. The operations of the ‘land company’ were not too heartily welcomed by a few on the ‘other side the track,’ and some opposition was made to this, but the Commissioners laid out the street. The old woodwork of the aqueduct was removed and a bridge placed upon the solid abutments of boulders built in 1802 and the granite piers of 1827, which served for about thirty years. The land company built two other houses in 1870. Joseph Cheney had moved into the first one when completed, and Edward Adams and Henry B. Nottage into the others. Elisha Pierce (a Medford civil war veteran) built one on Myrtle street, into which his mother and aunt moved in the fall. Alfred E. Ansorge built on High street, coming in February of ‘71, and later sold to George E. Crosby. John J. Peasley (a carpet dealer in Boston) took up five lots on Harvard avenue between Monument and Winthrop streets and on them built the house in which he lived a few years and which after his removal became the home of Grenville Redding. At the Sharon street corner was later the Hall school, taught by Miss Ellen Lane. Joseph E. Ober, Ellis Pitcher and Moses W. Mann bought at the first auction sale lots on Winthrop and Monument streets. Mr. Pitcher was then keeping a little grocery under Mystic Hall and was postmaster. Frank Lincoln was his helper. Mr. Pitcher never built, and only last year sold his land, from which a lot of concrete blocks have been made and on which is just now being erected a dwelling. He very soon sold the store to Sawyer & Parmenter,
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