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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 engineer
s 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 Pr akers, 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 th in 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?
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