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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., Ye olde Meting-House of Meadford. (search)
——Willis near the gate by marble brook on a rock on—north side of Oborn Rode. This was on January 17, 169 2/3. Having thus decided to build, the next important thing was to appoint a committee to do so, the choice falling upon Peter Tufts, Caleb Brooks and Thomas Willis, who represented the extreme ends as well as the center of the town. Whether the distance at which he lived made the duty onerous, or whatever his reason, Left Peter Tufts refusing to serve (says the record) made an additia copy made in the town record book by the town clerk. On the former occasion a very important committee was chosen, whose duty it was to place the inhabitants in said meeting-house. This committee was Left. Peter Tufts, John Hall, Senr., Caleb Brooks, Insi. Stephen Francis and Stephen Willis. The duties of no modern mayor or alderman could compare with those of this committee. First, they were themselves seated by the selectmen, for so the sovereign people in town meeting assembled had <
age intentions filed in Medford. His ancestry includes the pioneers of Plymouth County, Mayflower passengers and sturdy men of Kent, who settled Scituate in 1628. We find among his forebears, the names of Brewster, Turner, Briggs, King, Otis, Brooks, and others prominent in the early life of the colony. From them he inherited a strong devotion to principle and a firm belief in the dignity of labor. He was married in 1817 to Mary Rand Turner, daughter of Hon. Charles Turner, Jr., Member oschooners. The first ship was the Rassellas, built in 1820. The same year they built the steam-boat, a stern wheeler, Governor Pinckney for———Sullivan, of Boston. By the name of the boat and the surname of the owner, (no other name is given in Brooks' History) we infer that it was the invention of John L. Sullivan, of Middlesex canal fame, and was put in commission on the Santee River, in South Carolina. The only other steam vessel was built in 1841 and was modelled much like the ferry boa<
ashington's visit, General (not then Governor) Brooks lived in the Jonathan Watson house, adjoining e. The visit of General Washington to General Brooks in 1789, was in the forenoon. He came on Swan remembers hearing of this visit from General Brooks himself. While he was on a visit to Medford, he called on General Brooks, who invited him to go and see his fine bed of Mangel Wurtzels in hifor the occasion Mrs Howe also recollects Governor Brooks telling her that General Washington break Mrs Abner Bartlett says Mrs——told her that Col. Brooks requested Mrs. Brooks to have some Indian CMrs. Brooks to have some Indian Corn cakes at breakfast, as General Washington was fond of them. On page 290, Brooks' History ofBrooks' History of Medford, the author says, We wish it were in our power to name the teachers of our public schools, n's house. When Gen'l Washington visited Col. Brooks. About 1790. Nathaniel Thayer. Settl Weed of Amesbury. Studied medicine with Gen'l Brooks, afterward physician in Portland. Died N[2 more...]<
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Governor Brooks' birthplace. (search)
ite of the fountain beneath the sundial is especially pertinent: Let every man's work be made manifest. On the opposite side of the street stood the home of Caleb Brooks, the subject of this sketch. This was of a different type from those already mentioned, at least in outward appearance. It stood facing the noonday sun, its end near the angle formed by the bend of the road and shaded somewhat by a venerable elm. It is said to have been built in 175, and if so, in the year that Caleb Brooks, the future governor's father, attained his majority. For nearly one hundred and seventy years it stood there in the turn of the road, with an entrance door near n Bar jona (and who is said to have given the name of Aber jona to the stream white men called Symmes' river), with the wigwams of the red men, down through the long line of Symmes and Brooks, with their dwellings, to the modern ones of brick, concrete and stucco that today are arising about the birthplace of the Medford governor.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Instead of the picture Postal. (search)
of Naples. I finish my letter from Herculaneum, where I now am. I have descended sixty feet into the midst of the Theatre, & the rattling of carriages over the pavement above makes this dark tomb resound as with thunder. Feby 21st 1834 Yr Br C. Brooks. Rome March 4, 1834. I have come to the Pantheon or Temple of all the gods, now converted into All Saints Church , & here I am writing in the midst of this vast Rotunda, hoping that these lines may not be less acceptable from being indicted [sic] under such a dome. Here & everywhere I am yrs most sincerely C. Brooks. Rome March 5, 1834 My dear M. Ann, I have carried this letter in my pocket throa the ruins of Pompeii, & throa the Roman Forum, & fearing that you might think I had forgotten my promise, I send it, only because it may have some value with you from the circumstance of having been a traveller with me in each memorial place. I shall write you soon. With warmest wishes for yr best good I am yrs ever Charles
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Volume II of Medford records. (search)
The school-house, however, was finally built as recommended on what is now High street, on the southerly side, next easterly of Meeting House Brook. This building supplied the wants of the town for educational purposes for over forty years. By vote of town meeting, in December, 1720, two schools were to be established during the coming winter, one in the easterly and one in the westerly part of the town, and on December 26th the committee appointed to arrange for the same reported that Caleb Brooks had been engaged to keep a writing school in the west end for three months at forty shillings per month, and Henry Davison for the easterly part of the town for three months for four pounds and what he could obtain from the scholars. The vote to establish a school during the winter months became an annual custom, but some peculiarities of different years are noted. In 1722 it was voted that persons who send their children to school shall pay the town three pence per week per scholar, a
llection, Vol. III. IN the year 1816, General Brooks having been declared governor by the two b to breakfast at eight. While at our meal General Brooks saw through the window a tall old gentlemadistinguished themselves on that occasion, General Brooks asked Colonel Bancroft to take a cup of cands. To the remarks of Captain Bancroft, Colonel Brooks replied (they still shaking hands heartilyth as much speed as he came up. There now, Colonel Brooks, said General Learned, I dare say you likopinion of its expediency. In reading Governor Brooks' story, as thus related by his auditor, w artisans of long ago. The History of Medford (Brooks, p. 393) says: There was a mill a short ditill occupied. [1855.] We can but wish that Mr. Brooks had been more explicit in the latter sentencfails to throw any light on the matter. Did Mr. Brooks mean that some remains of a tide-mill still mill's outflow. It is now sixty years since Mr. Brooks wrote his history of Medford and he was then[4 more...]
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 17., Governor Brooks engine company. (search)
Governor Brooks engine company. FROM the formation of the Medford Amicable Fire Society to our motor-driven fire apparatus is a far cry. Midway between, the BroBrooks' History of Medford was written. On page 475 are some sound ideas that, later adopted, make our fire department efficient. By the courtesy of its chief engineers anniversary on June 6, 1850, which was the ninety-eighth of the birth of Governor Brooks, in the following manner, To meet at the Engine House at 10 o'clock Prakers, Mr. Usher proceeded with a review of the life and public service of Governor Brooks, emphasizing his many excellent traits of character and urging the auditor discipline and obedience to authority drawn by Mr. Usher from the life of Governor Brooks, a year had not elapsed when there was a walk out of the company, which thin the Medford Highway Department. It is the four wheels, spire and bottom of the tub, on which is placed a tool box. Is it that of the old Governor Brooks engine?
But we fancy he would take exception to the recent statement of a Boston daily that Jonathan Brooks was the founder of the Brooks family in America, and that Governor Brooks was born, lived and died in this house, as was also stated by the same Journalist who was given the subject to cover. Upon being told, prior to its publicati all, but was a drinking-place for cattle, unique but useful, and an arrangement not often seen. Will some one find for us the boundary lines agreed upon by Caleb Brooks, John Hall, Thomas Willis, Stephen Willis and John Whitmore of Medford, in 1680, or locate the points named? From a great tree in the orchard, to a black oaomas Willis, Stephen Willis and John Whitmore of Medford, in 1680, or locate the points named? From a great tree in the orchard, to a black oak tree * * * to a stake standing up in the land between Brooks and Francis * * * to a little black oak * * * to an old stub in clay land * * * to a little black oak bush near the river.
Medford artillery. ONE organization, of military character, at one time existed that has never found place in Medford annals, though its time fell just previous to the revision of Brooks' history by Mr. Usher. We refer to the Magoun Battery. In the preparation of this sketch the writer has consulted the records of the selectmen, the published annual reports of the town officers, records at the State House, and the files of Medford and Boston papers. He has also conversed with numerous citizens, some of whom were members of the company, but has been unable to find any trace of the records made by its clerk. The existence of the company grew out of no military exigency, but from the old-style noisy celebration of Independence Day, which required a salute fired at morning, noon and night. In 1870 and 1871 this was by George Nichols' old gun (as we are told), each time at an expense of $50. In 1872 (see town report) the payment was to Mr. Nichols, $55.50, 3 salutes, 37 guns e
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