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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Some
Medford farmers who had milk routes in Boston in the Thirties and forties. (search)
A Medford midnight marauder. In the summer of 1865 Marshall Symmes, Jr., of Winchester, had a field of sweet corn in what was then called the Upper Thompson Lot, the highest land of the Le Bosquet farm, the birthplace of Governor Brooks, at Symmes' Corner, directly adjoining wooded areas which have since become a part of the great Middlesex Fells Reservation. At frequent intervals, about the time the corn was ripening, a wild hog came from the woods and wrought serious damage. Mr. Symmes and his brother Charles determined to catch the marauder and save what was left of the corn. They thought the pig was not very large, and that, with the help of a good dog, they could catch him. One dark night they took a large bull dog and lay in wait at the edge of the field. Covering themselves with horse blankets they fell asleep, but before midnight the growls of the dog brought them to their feet. They heard the pig going through the corn back to the woods. Directly the dog w
Governor Brooks' birthplace. The Medford Governor was born at upper Medford, or Symmes' Corner, set off from Medford by the incorporation of Winchester as a town in 1850. Originally a part of Charlestown, it was joined to Medford in 1754 for the convenience of its residents who had to journey through Medford to reach their meeting-house. Here was the farm of Zachariah Symmes (first minister of Charlestown) of which portions remain in possession of his descendants today. Through the farm lay the publique country road from Medford to Woburn, and at the corner diverged southward the road to Cambridge, the present Grove street. In more recent years there was laid out another to the west, the present Bacon street. On all the angles formed by these dwelt a Symmes, a descendant of Reverend Zachariah. Substantial were the houses they built and that sheltered the generations that have come and gone. One has ends of brick enclosing the chimneys. Another, the residence of Luther
An early criticism of Medford history. Referring to the visit of Lafayette to Medford, August 28, 1824, and his entertainment and dinner at Governor Brooks', the author wrote, of all the persons at that table, the writer of this alone survives. Attached to Mr. Swan's copy is the following in his handwriting: This is a remarkable error of the author, and shows a want of polite attention, to forget that Mrs. Col. Brooks, the Governor's daughter — in law who presided at the collation, is still living in Dedham. Mrs. Brooks says the following gentlemen who were present are also now living: General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who askedMrs. Brooks says the following gentlemen who were present are also now living: General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who asked the blessing, [all] of Boston, Rev. Geo. Burnap of Baltimore, Dr. Swan [and] Mr. Dudley Hall of Medford. George Stuart, Canada, the Governor's grandson is also thought to have been present. (Letter from Mrs. P. Swan, Jan. 5, 1856
Reminiscences of Governor Brooks. written by Caleb Swan (about 1856). In writing to the earliest of Sir Isaac Newton's biographers, Pope expressed a desire to have some memoirs and characters of him as a man. This desire is very general, to kn
ter, disposition and habits of public men. I regret the author [Dr. John Dixwell] has not given us some anecdotes of Governor Brooks, to show the love, regard and esteem that was felt for him by his townsmen and neighbors, as well as their great respect for his patriotism and talent.
Governor Brooks was an elegant and excellent horseman, and next to Washington no one looked better on horseback at a military parade.
Mr. Brimmer, of Boston, said it was a pleasure to see him on Boston Common. d the order that it should be read at the head of every regiment that day at 6 o'clock. The Massachusetts regiment of Major Brooks was camped on Chatham square. He told Benj. L. Swan in New York (about 1815) that he was appointed to read the Declara