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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
nce doors were near its corners, and a broad platform with steps descending toward Salem street extended entirely across its front. These were, in 1854, removed, as also the slightly elevated alcove within, between the entries, that contained the singing seats. More seating capacity was thus gained, and an enlargement was made in front for a vestibule, with a gallery above for the choir and the excellent organ then procured. Externally the building then presented the appearance shown in Brooks'History of Medford, and a few other changes were made within, notably the removal of the pew doors. In the year 1847 a society known as the Ladies' Parsonage Furnishing and Stewards' Relief Society was formed. This was the beginning of the organization now known as the Ladies' Aid Society, which has had an uninterrupted existence, though under various names, ever since. At first the Ladies' Society took the form of a sewing circle. The ladies took in sewing, working on it at their wee
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., Wood's dam and the mill beyond the Mystic. (search)
w Arlington), in 1856, the Wood mill was in operation. Mr. George Y. Wellington, who in his boyhood attended Mr. John Angier's school in Medford, walking the entire distance from his home in West Cambridge (save an occasional ride with Mr. Peter C. Brooks, or on the Middlesex canal boat), says that there may have been a mill there previously, but that his first remembrance of the building was in 1840. Mr. Wellington is now over eighty years of age, and actively engaged daily in business. ieved in the matter, and it would seem as if some amicable arrangement might have been made, whereby the boats of the pleasure-seekers might have passed by the obstruction which had at least had the precedent of years of use— years so many that Mr. Brooks, in 1855, was unable to ascertain. The decision of the court was that no structure could be built in tidal water outside of high-water mark. A few years ago the late Dr. Hedenberg furnished the writer a photographic copy (by Wilkinson) of
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., One of Medford's historic houses. (search)
use to Timothy Fitch from Nantucket about 1790. Mrs Angier then removed to the upper part of the town and afterward moved into the country. Mr Fitch never lived in the house. He enlarged it to its present dimension and gave the east half to his youngest son Charles (a bachelor) and the West half to his oldest daughter Abigail, Mrs Tarbett (whose husband Hugh Tarbett a Scotchman went off with the Tories in 1776, and she lived and died a quasi widow). Charles rented the east half to General Brooks who lived there in October, 1789 and entertained General Washington there at breakfast when he visited Boston and Salem that year About 1790, Charles sold his half of the house and the land in front down to the Salt marsh, to Mr Andrew Blanchard, who about 1809 sold the land in front to Tim. Bigelow Esqr for $1000, and often scolded himself that he did not ask more, as he was sure Mr Bigelow would have given it. In the spring of 1813 Mr Blanchard sold his half of the house to Capt. Samu
fts. The estate was filled with trees and shrubbery, which gave it an air of seclusion, and the passer-by caught just glimpse enough to make him long to enter and explore the attractions he knew must lie beyond. Marshall P. Wilder, who contributed the chapter on The Horticulture of Boston and Vicinity for the Memorial History of Boston, describing the fine estates in the towns nearby, says, There were many fine estates in Medford in our own day. Such were those of Timothy Bigelow, Peter C. Brooks, Thatcher Magoun and others, who were interested in horticultural pursuits and had good gardens and greenhouses. Martin Burridge, whose descendants are living here, was the gardener, and his certificate of membership in the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, issued a few years after its formation, has recently been presented to that society, and as it had none of this early issue, this relic of its former history has been very gratefully accepted and will be carefully preserved.
youngsters under the age of seven years, till as late as 1813. In mention of these, historian Brooks said: Our town rejoiced in a Marm Betty ; but of her, nothing more, which seems to have been a sen to her brother-in-law, who added numerous notes of comment and wrote somewhat critically of Mr. Brooks' slight mention of Marm Betty. He was over a dozen years younger than his sister-in-law and ember, 1841, ae. 69. Monday, Mrs. Jonathan Porter, d. October, 1852, ae. 87. Tuesday, Governor Brooks, d. March, 1825, ae. 73. Wednesday, Mrs. Joseph Manning, d. August, 1835. Thursday, Mop, d. February, 1833, ae. 77. Saturday, Mrs. Abner Bartlett, d. April, 1867, ae. 89. Governor Brooks always treated Miss Francis with great kindness and polite attention. Mrs. Samuel Swan sr, Volume 3, Page 96. was a great tea-drinker, and at one time was deeply mortified because Governor Brooks found her drinking from the spout of her teapot. A case of Ephraim joined to his idols; an