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is corner had no dwelling places. A resident of West Medford Mr. Charles C. Stevens. used it in the old time way, i.e., for a cow-pasture. One day in 1865, another Mr. Nathan Brown. came over on the railroad bridge, set up his easel and made the sketch in oil, that well portrays the decaying aqueduct, and which is preserved in the Historical Society's collection. The cows driven homeward by their owner's son are in evidence in the picture, and in the distance is the old house of Henry Dunster and the spire of Menotomy. A few years later (1870) Mr. Stevens moved into the new house he had erected in Medford, but his only neighbors were two families (in Somerville) one of whom came with the advent of the Charlestown water works in 1865. . Only one had located on all the hill-slope, and that on Winthrop street, and for some years the reservoir on the hill-top was needlessly considered a menace. The growth of that section was very slow, even after Boston avenue was opened in
amous caption. The scrap of paper in that case we reproduce in this issue. The Edward Collins named therein was Medford's first land speculator—who purchased the Cradock farm. It is significant that the dwelling was styled Medeford House. Henry Dunster (first president of Harvard College) also mentioned therein and associated with Collins—owned the land and dwelling on the opposite side of the river (now Arlington) See Register, Vol. XIII., p. 9. and in one of his and Increase Nowell's fact that the immediate parties were all dead. Joseph Hills had done absolutely nothing for which he deserved arrest, neither had Edward Collins, who was an early settler of Cambridge and a most useful man in that community and in Medford. Henry Dunster, whose estate they represented, was dead. Deputy Governor, John Humphry, the owner. . . incidentally of Wind-Mill Hill [in Lynn where the leased property was] was also dead; Rev. Jose Glover, the man whose loan of So pounds to John Humphry, <