on the Medford side were the last of the alewife fishing industry in Medford.
The Hall house, seen beyond, was removed, but the Medford branch of the parkway begun, remains incomplete.
Facing page 56 is a group of Bridges over Mystic River.
Its central view is that of First bridge, built by Cradock's men. We approach the description of this with caution, but are encouraged by the legend, drawing from records.
II, No. 1, Register, is the able article on Bridges of Medford by J. H. Hooper, which describes its earliest construction and gives the length of the bridge, which was approached by a causeway.
But we have grave doubts of the structure, described as rude and weak in construction, being as smoothly angular and straightly railed as this seems to be. The sedge grass in the foreground is realistic, but the trees on the opposite bank are too luxuriant for their proximity to the salt Mistick, and we also fear the artist exceeded the probabilities in inserting the Unitari
yet have not been thus presented.
As a matter of record, we take occasion here to mention, ere facts are lost sight of, the
West Medford Christian Union.
Mr. Hooper, in his brief History of Medford, is the only author that mentions it as a society under this caption, giving its meeting place, and names of four ministers.
Medford, named Mystic hall as the place, but did not give the name of the preacher.
This makes the date specific—December 1, 1867—agreeing as to the year with Mr. Hooper, but placing it earlier than Mr. Usher, who is correct in his statement that there was no church organization.
As this Christian Union formed a connecting li
Reference has been made to records of the Christian Union.
Could such be found, more accurate statement of its final dissolution might be written.
Till then, Mr. Hooper's statement is fitting:—
This Society retained its organization until 1872, when its leading members took measures to form themselves into separate organiza<