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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)
he road at E. T. Hastings' and Joseph Swan's, delivered some in Medford and Charlestown and the North and West Ends, also in the vicinity of Fort Hill (about fifty gallons). In the afternoon I drove to Woburn to collect more milk. In Boston Peter C. Brooks was a customer, and numbers of other Medford families, including Robert Bacon's, and Miss Lucy Osgood's brother David. Considerable truck went over the road both ways for them; for instance, swill for Miss Lucy's pig. A Mr. Lovering, cattleline, later set off from Medford to Malden. Horatio A. Smith lived on the Le Bosquet farm at Symmes' Corner. He lived to be ninety-five. Marshall Symmes, now ninety-two years old, bought the farm, and with his sons is running it today. Governor Brooks was born in the old house, which has been moved and is standing in the yard and used for storing vegetables. Edmund Symmes lived at Symmes' Corner, where his father lived before him. The place had been in the family since England buncoed
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., A Medford midnight marauder. (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
ow Medford began to grow. In 1855 historian Brooks alluded to several outlays of townships in Meds by Messrs. E. T. Hastings and Samuel Teel. Mr. Brooks placed it in 1845, and styled it a beneficen Two old sheets of paper are reminders of Mr. Brooks' record, and suggest the present writing. Odently this was something new in Medford. Mr. Brooks places the outlay of Wellington as on Novembave become so well but unfavorably known. Mr. Brooks said,Mr. John Bishop has done the same on there built on this tract he called Bellevue. Mr. Brooks described Bellevue as an impenetrable forestbeen made by the Park Commission than either Mr. Brooks or Mr. Swan dreamed of. Sagamore Vale, Mrter mentioned. The second outlay named by Mr. Brooks was in 1852, at the western border of the totitle. The same plan of action mentioned by Mr. Brooks and followed at Wellington was observed. Thp-building began the house and road building Mr. Brooks mentioned and which we have thus reviewed, a
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Governor Brooks' birthplace. (search)
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
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., An early criticism of Medford history. (search)
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
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., A Rill from an ancient spring. (search)
buildings and fed perhaps by a living spring, it has still been allowed to furnish rills to slake human thirst. One of these wells was in an estate owned by Peter C. Brooks. ... Mr. Brooks was known by report at least to some of our citizens . . . His former [city] residence was at 89 Mt. Vernon street and was sold last week. ThMr. Brooks was known by report at least to some of our citizens . . . His former [city] residence was at 89 Mt. Vernon street and was sold last week. The lot contained about a quarter of an acre, and has on it a well which has always been known as Blackstone's well. Its water is uncontaminated and has continued to be used till the present day. The brown stone house just sold, stands on the site of the house which Blackstone occupied over two centuries and a half ago .... There wWinthrop's) bubbled up anew. It is now twenty-six years since the above was written and given to the world in the Chronicle; and recently the country seat of Mr. Brooks, in West Medford, has gone into other hands. That he was the owner of the ancient Blaxton spring is of interest to Medford, and the Register thus notes the sam
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Reminiscences of Governor Brooks. (search)
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 knter, 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