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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Mr. Stetson's notes on information wanted. (search)
owever. Why did Mr. Peter C. Brooks, in 1820, build his arch over the canal of stone from Concord, N. H.? (15 Register, p. 31.) He covered that arch and all the promenade from his mansion to the lake with Medford red gravel. Why did the Halls, who owned both quarries, build (1786) those steps behind the Dudley Hall house of granite from Tyngsboro? (15 Register, p. 65.) Mr. Magoun built his street wall in front of the Library (A. D. 18—) of Medford dark granite. (15 Register, p. 14, says Mr. Brooks built street walls of dark Medford granite.) Was the supply limited? Query: Was there ever a stone-cutting establishment in Medford? Was the retaining wall built of Medford dark granite? Medford red gravel was very popular. To say nothing of Med ford gardens, I saw it in many a Cambridge garden in 1845. It was on the pathways of Mount Auburn, and years earlier on the walks of Boston Common. It rolled hard and firm, did not tend to mud, had no weed seeds, and its color was fine.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
ion that she was built on the north side of Mystic river, and probably not far from the governor's house at Ten Hills. Brooks. History of Medford. The next year, 1632, Mr. Cradock built a vessel of one hundred tons, on the bank of the Mystic. In 1633, a ship of two hundred tons, and another named Rebecca, tonnage unknown; both built by Mr. Cradock. Brooks says, There is reason to believe that Mr. Cradock's ship-yard was that now occupied by J. T. Foster. May 29, 1644, the General Couhe landing near Rock hill in West Medford. These were called lighters, and were used for the navigation of the river. Brooks. History of Medford. Mr. Rhodes of Boston built a vessel named the Mayflower here. There was a large business in freigten ship yards within a mile's distance, and where one to three vessels could often be seen at one time on the stocks. Brooks. History of Medford. Following Mr. Magoun the next year Calvin Turner of Pembroke and Enos Briggs of the Essex county