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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 24., Local history in a barber's shop. (search)
isle to either wall. The pulpit, very plain, with perhaps a hinged shelf in front for communion table, was on a low platform, around the sides of which was a rail, at which the communicants knelt, this last an innovation in Medford. It was one of the ten idols the standing order of theocratic New England had been combating for two centuries. Two others were church government by bishops and dedication of churches. Here was Medford invaded by three, the advance guard of the ten. Historian Brooks is careful to state that the house of the Congregationalist was dedicated to Father, Son and Holy Ghost. They seemed to thus have admitted the seventh idol, but the others they had no use for. But the historian makes no mention whatever of this old church building of 1828, and would have the reader think there was no Methodist church in Medford until 1843. Just how long this building was used we cannot say, nor yet with certainty when it was moved to its present site, but let us see wha
therton told the story of Elder Brewster's life in England and Holland, and Mr. Mann read a short paper on the time and causes of the Pilgrim movement. This meeting was of much interest and more largely attended. The annual meeting in January was on one of the coldest evenings of the winter, and there was but a small attendance, but the reports were made, and officers elected for the ensuing year. The February meeting was An Evening with Parson Turell. Mr. Remele read selections from Brooks' History relating to him. Mr. Mann read the will of the old minister, having made copy of the same at the Probate office. At the Item—I give to little Turell Tufts. . . that my shadow may remain the portrait of Ebenezer Turell thus bequeathed was displayed by Mr. Fiske, who had procured it from the First Parish Church for the occasion. At the item, I give to Simon Tufts my watch a silver watch with chain and seal was passed around for inspection. This watch (doubtless similar to Mr. Turel
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 24., Medford Historical Society. (search)
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. Carrie E. Cushing. N. B. Cunningham. Marion C. Conant. Fred P. Carr. Norman R. Catherin.
The old powder house. Among the recent accessions of our Society's library we find a newspaper clipping entitled The Old Wayside Mill. It bears no date and is evidently from some local paper of over thirty years ago. It describes a structure well known to Medford people by sight, but not within our city's bounds. Historian Brooks (in 1855) alluded to it thus:— When the circular stone windmill, now standing on Quarry hill in Somerville, was built, the inhabitants of Medford carried their grain there. Before the Revolution the mill was converted into a powder house and has been used as such to our day. Just what he meant by our day does not appear. Mr. Usher added no information and little mention has ever been made of it in the Register, which now for almost the first time varies from its course of Medford almost exclusively. It is well to remember that until 1754, Medford was a small town lying four miles along but one side of Mystic river. We have always had a c
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., Medford Historical Society. (search)
ett. Albert W. Ellis. Andrew F. Curtin. By-Laws. Joseph C. Miller, Jr. Miss Elizabeth R. Carty. Hall Gleason. Membership list. March, 1926. John Albree, Swampscott. Miss Lily B. Atherton. Life MemberHon. Charles S. Baxter. Frederick N. Beals. Walter H. Belcher. Life MemberEdward T. Bigelow. E. Earl Blakely. Frank B. Blodgett. Life MemberEdward P. Boynton. Reginald Bradlee. Mrs. Louise G. Bradlee. Hon. Clifford M. Brewer. Edmund Bridge. Frederick Brooks. Mrs. Abby D. Brown. Howard D. Brown. Edward B. Brown, Tuckahoe, N. Y. Miss Ella L. Burbank. Charles O. Burbank. Charles B. Buss. Fred P. Carr. Miss Elizabeth R. Carty. George G. Colby. Mrs. Marion C. Conant, Weston. Hon. Richard B. Coolidge. Mrs. Ruth D. Coolidge. Life MemberAndrew F. Curtin. Life MemberWalter F. Cushing. Mrs. Carrie E. Cushing. Charles T. Daly. Miss Mary E. I. Davenport. Mrs. H. Abbie Dearborn. Edward B. Dennison. Miss Jessie M. Dinsmo
gh street, where Elijah, Jr., was born in 1813. Mr. Smith speaks of the territory between the canal and river as the fifty-acre Payson farm, but mentioned no other buildings on its High street frontage. This farm, in the fifties, became known as the Smith estate from its then owner, Thomas P. Smith. He mentions a small house, opposite his father's, of Spencer Bucknam (in other occupancy), which was torn down. Also another at corner of Grove street that was later moved, and in which Mr. Brooks' gardener lived. As his recollection begins with 1820, this is indicative of the development of the Brooks estate. Evidently that house remains (the farmhouse long occupied by Lucien Conant), and last year was remodelled with stucco coating. His next statement is, an eighth of a mile further east lived Miss Rebecca Brooks—Aunt Becky. Robert Caldwell lived in her house and carried on the farm, i.e., what he styled the Payson farm. The Fuller plan of 1854 shows the outline of this hou
U. S. Court. --The term of the U. S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge Halyburton presiding, commenced yesterday. The following Grand Jury was sworn, and adjourned over until to-day: Jno. L. Tate, Foreman; Conway Whittle, B. B. Mosely, A. G. Newton, W. B. Rogers, Robert E. Moran, John R. Ludlow, Herbert M. Nash, Jesse J. Simpkins, W. H. Harker, E. C. Boblison, W. A. Todd, Lewis S. Slaughter, Joseph R. Spratley, Peyton Johnston, Logan Waller, William P. Ragland, R. L. Wiglesworth, C. McCarthy, Henry Exall, E G. Leigh, William J. Cheatham, R. F. Taylor, P. J. Haskins. The following criminal cases are set for trial this term: Wm. A. Northern, for embezzling money from letters. John Gaskins, for a similar offence. The crew of the Storm King, for engaging in the slave trade. Frederick Brooks, a negro, for stealing letters.
Federal Court--Judge Halyburton presiding. --In the U. S. Circuit Court yesterday, the Grand Jury returned true bills against Capt. Lockhart, of the "Storm King." for engaging in the slave trade, and against two foreigners interested in the same enterprise. The crew of the vessel were discharged from further prosecution, but detained in jail as witnesses in the case. A true bill was returned against John Gaskins, for purloining letters, and against Frederick Brooks, a negro, for a similar offence. The Grand Jury will meet again to-day, to consider other cases.
U. S. Circuit Court--Judge Halyburton presiding--The following are the indictments returned by the Grand Jury on Tuesday, to which allusion was made in yesterday's paper. Against John Gaskins, for purloining letters, a true bill, 4 counts. Against Frederick Brooks, a free negro, for stealing letters, a true bill. Against Francisco Padrone Calleros, for being engaged in the slave trade, on board the Storm King, a true bill. Against Joseph Silva, for the same, a true bill. Against Antonio Fernandez, for the same, a true bill.--Against John Lockhart, (Captain of the vessel,) for the same, a true bill. Against the same for a misdemeanor, (connected with the above offence,) a true bill, two counts. The Grand Jury found not true bills in the cases of Henry White, William Warner, James Gillmore and William Spencer alias Cranston, crew of the Storm King. On yesterday, it was ordered that the Clerk of the Court furnish the counsel of Francisco Padrone Calleros and his associa
Convicted --Frederick Brooks, a free negro was tried yesterday in the U. S. Circuit Court, Judge Halyburton presiding, for purloining letters from the mail, and found guilty. He will be sentenced to the penitentiary.
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