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ere was a small building left on the place on Canal street. It had but one room, where an insane person was kept—Nathaniel Crowell, commonly called Nat Crow. It had one window with iron bars. It would seem in those days insane people were looked on as criminals, and treated worse. The boys secured this building, had a door cut in it large enough to run the engine into, and, it seems, fastened by a staple, as one day we were surprised to see a poster which read— Mystic no. 4. Five dollars Reward. The above sum is offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who entered the above Co's engine house by drawing the staple on the night of the 19th inst. Per order Arthur G. Smith, Clerk. John Hebden, Foreman. I cannot recall any fire they attended, as that was tabooed. I have said it was short-lived. Alas! they could not raise money enough to clear off the debt, and the tub was claimed by the builder, who was also the foreman. Jennie S. Brigham
Editor's Comment. In a personal interview Mrs. Brigham mentions interesting facts about the Medford of her childhood days; of the Indians that came on the river to Rock hill and up Woburn lane to the Rocks, as the Middlesex Fells used to be called; of the digging for the pirate's treasure near the big rock; and of a family burial-ground in our old town. There are older people than she, long resident here, who ought to be able to add their bit to historic fact relating to Medford, which to be called; of the digging for the pirate's treasure near the big rock; and of a family burial-ground in our old town. There are older people than she, long resident here, who ought to be able to add their bit to historic fact relating to Medford, which the Register's pages will preserve. Mrs. Brigham's paper on Mystic Hall Seminary, read before the Historical Society eleven years ago (see Regis-Ter, Vol. XI, p. 49) is the only historical mention extant of a once famous Medford school.
ace for a great settlement is Boston and not Plymouth, and the adventurers were shrewd enough to recognize that fact immediately. For in spite of their prime object of isolation from foreign entanglements, they never had any idea of giving up communication with the home country. That they desired to make as easy as possible, and that meant, of course, a harbor. They missed Boston harbor for various reasons, perhaps chiefly because they had never heard of it; and you will remember Professor Brigham's hint that only a blinding snowstorm hid Barnstable harbor from the adventurers on that memorable expedition from Provincetown which finally found and selected Plymouth. Barnstable as a harbor would appear far more attractive than Plymouth. What if it had not snowed on that boisterous December day? But here again, those of us who stand by providential dispensation will find a text. Plymouth was practically a deserted village site cleared for settlement and in some part made read
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 24., Medford Historical Society. (search)
of Directors which meets at the call of the President. The Society's Honorary members are Walter H. Cushing. George S. Delano. Benjamin P. Hollis. Charles N. Jones. Membership list. Herbert N. Ackerman. Ida M. Ackerman. Amy A. Ackerman. Isabelle Ackerman. John Albree. Lily B. Atherton. Ernest W. Anderson. Abner H. Barker. Charles S. Baxter. Life Member. Frederick N. Beals. E. Earl Blakeley. Edward P. Boynton. Life Member. C. W. M. Blanchard. Jennie S. Brigham. Clifford M. Brewer. Edmund Bridge. Shepherd Brooks. Life Member. Frederick Brooks. Abby D. Brown. Howard D. Brown. Edward B. Brown. William H. Brown, Mrs. Ella L. Burbank. Herman L. Buss. Life Member. Charles B. Buss. J. Herbert Barker. Frank B. Bhlodgett. Elizabeth R. Carty. N. F. Chandler, Dr. Elizabeth A. Chaney. Sarah L. Clark. Mary S. Clark. Charles A. Clark. Albert H. Cowin. Andrew F. Curtin. Life Member. Walter F. Cushing. Life Member.