[p. 26] who in December sold it to J. E. Ober, who in 1871 built his present residence and Mr. Mann his, the latter person being the first resident on that street. In 1870 Simeon S. Leavitt had built, by J. H. Norton, the large mansard roof house (second from St. Raphael's Church), and in ‘71 Charles M. Barrett (then living on Warren street) had erected his house and stable on the adjoining lot. Deacon James Pierce of Medford was the builder, and it was doubtless the best constructed of any hereabout. Only a memory now, as it has just been demolished to make way for a large apartment house. In 1871, C. A. Folsom had erected on Harvard avenue, what was for a time called the ‘New York house,’ a showy structure built by New York men who said ‘We've come to show Massachusetts carpenters how to build.’ It was destroyed by fire two years later and Mr. Folsom moved away. In 1872 the brothers Elijah and Warren Morse had a double house erected on High street. They moved in just after the big Boston fire, and Warren lived out his days there. In the fall of ‘73 Samuel S. Holton, Jr., had his house on Boston avenue built, and occupied it just after his marriage—the first (with the exception of Maxwell in the Canal house) to reside on Boston avenue. Next Gustavus Abbott built three houses opposite, and into the central one Henry B. Nottage moved. The lumber for these houses came up the river from East Boston in scows towed by a steam tug. The objective point was the bridge at Boston avenue. Perhaps this may have been the last time the draw of Cradock bridge was opened. It was said that there was a question of the legality of Auburn street bridge and that the captain had intended to force a passage at Auburn street, which bridge was very low and had just been built. However, the tide was too high and the unloading was there done. In 1872 Trinity (Methodist Episcopal) and the West Medford Congregational Churches were organized, and in ‘73 erected their houses of worship, the latter completed
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