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nd no reference to the waterworks in the Boston dailies, and have discovered (as yet) no intimation of any ceremonies attendant upon the depositing of the box, which was probably on October 1 or 2 of 1863. The Charlestown Enterprise and Bunker Hill Aurora of next previous date were accompanied by the Enterprise of Saturday, October 4, 1862, containing an interesting column regarding the exercises of breaking ground on the preceding Saturday See register, Vol. XX, p. 30, article by J. H. Hooper.for the reservoir on Walnut hill. By the courtesy of Superintendent Kiliam we are enabled to present the Historical Society with a type-written copy of the same. The pumping station, which since 1900 has been used only for storage and recently in the war work of the Radio company, is to be utilized as a workshop and garage by the Metropolitan Commission. Formerly it was a place of interest to visitors. Mr. Bernard Born, who came from New York to set up the first pumping engines, r
the bridge over the Branch, to have sketched such a view, all of which were plainly visible. As I look at the illustration, the four-horse team is on Mystic avenue, or the Turnpike of those days. Note the wide expanse of land between the road and the river, without any road or building intervening. Without doubt that is the salt marsh, which occupied the entire space between the road and the river. I lived on the turnpike in the year 1843 (not far from where the boy appears to be standing), and I have seen just that view times without number, and I confidently assert that there is no other place where such a view could have been taken except in that vicinity. Of course, when one learns that the illustration is intended to represent Medford, it is not difficult to point out what the author of the article deemed to be the most prominent buildings, but were it not for the word Medford applied to the illustration, I should never suspect it was our good old town. John H. Hooper.
Editorial Comment. Referring to Mr. Hooper's letter, it is clearly evident that Medford in its corporate capacity never availed itself of the legislative permission to build a grist-mill. In usi was not our intention to claim any municipal construction or ownership. By interview we find Mr. Hooper is of the opinion that the very suitable place a little above Mistick bridge was on the presenthe following, which is a copy of the deed of Joseph Prout to Jonathan Dunster referred to by Mr. Hooper. Middlesex Registry, Book 15, page 201. All that his millstead lying and being on Mistiaces Adjacent. We regret that at the time of the unearthing of the remains of that old mill Mr. Hooper was absent from town, and so never saw them. Had he, with his mechanical knowledge he could hnces and the site of the old Broughton mill we refer to our frontispiece and acknowledge the forethought and interest of Mr. Hooper in securing the two views of the mill site just before obliteration.
d more probably prior to 1754, and while the location was a part of old Charlestown. Features still in evidence indicate that it was a part of the final construction made by the younger Colonel Royall. This lookout-room was the interior of a cupola, as the modern term has it, one side of which was formed by the brick wall between the massive chimneys which overshadowed it. It was doubtless as elaborately finished on its exterior as was the house itself. The views we present are those by Mr. Hooper in The Evolution of the Royall House, for the showing of its locality and means of access, and not of architectural detail. From its four windows the lord of the manor could view his extensive domain, or the overseer the numerous slaves under his eye. Through the one in the brick wall, marked c, it is said, Molly Stark looked anxiously on Zzz. the eventful day of Bunker hill. This cupola must have been removed prior to 1870, as on July 13 of that year a writer in the Boston Transcri
ing Wait, in his article on Maps of Medford, Mr. Walter H. Cushing, in The Cradock Farm, both read at Society meetings and published in the Register. Then, Mr. John H. Hooper took up the burden of proof, by a careful search in the Middlesex Registry. The result of his work, read before the Society, preserved on our pages (Vol. 80 (not 1634) at the instance of Peter Tufts (commonly called Captain Peter), a leading citizen of Medford at that time. Both gentlemen before named agree that Mr. Hooper's work fully establishes as a fact what they only made as assertion regarding the house. But the question may be asked, Why do people still continue to call The Register (which of course has a limited circulation) Vol. XVIII, p. 60, on Tufts Family Residences, by the editor, deals with this subject, supplementing Mr. Hooper's work, referring to the same for authoritative statement, and showing the fallacy of some newspaper criticism of his work. Recently the same author has in a
ent a labor of love on the part of its editors and contributors, and contain information of Medford found nowhere else. By its exchange list with other societies it is constantly adding their publications to the Society's library, thus making available sources of information. The existence of the Society started the effort for the preservation of the Royall house, and also Medford's two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary celebration, so successfully observed. At that time former President Hooper prepared a brief history of Medford, which was published by the city's committee (composed of members of the Society), together with a full report of the exercises of the week. The questions may be asked, How is the Society's work appreciated by the community it serves, and how is it sustained, either financially or otherwise? We reply, its only revenue is its annual dues of $1.00 from each member. It reached its high-tide of membership in 1902, about two hundred and fifty, and n
May meeting marked the completion of the twenty-fifth year of the Society's corporate existence, and in response to the notice sent by mail to each and every member, we had twenty-five present. Letters were read from several, regretting absence, and of congratulation and good will. Brief addresses were made, after the President's welcome, by former Presidents Wait and Eddy, by Dr. Green, president of the Royall House Association, and Miss Wild, former Editor of the Register. Former Presidents Hooper and Mann were present to enjoy the occasion, which was one of real interest. The adjournment was to meet at the call of the President, and a social half-hour, with refreshments, followed. During the year the Society has been represented at meetings of the Bay State League at Boston, Methuen, Concord and Arlington by President Ackerman and Mr. and Mrs. Mann. The Society regrets that, because of limited means, it has been unable to open its rooms to visitors at regular intervals.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 24., Medford Historical Society. (search)
on B. Fay. Wilson Fiske. George O. Foster. Blanche Foster. Viola D. Fuller. George S. T. Fuller. Ella J. Fuller. Frederick W. Fosdick. Eliza M. Gill. Adeline B. Gill. Frank S. Gilkey. Sidney Gleason. Hall Gleason. J. H. Googins, Mrs. T. P. Gooding, Mrs. Charles M. Green, Dr. J. N. Gunn. Charlotte B. Hallowell. Velma L. Hamlin. Catherine E. Harlow. Life Member. David R. Harvey. Samuel C. L. Haskell. George S. Hatch. Charles M. Hayden. Martha E. Hayes. John H. Hooper. E. V. Hooper. Elizabeth W. Howe. D. Webster Johnson. Philip A. Jerguson. Charles S. Jacobs, Mrs. Frances E. Jackson. George H. Lane. Carolyn R. Lawrence. Life Member. Rosewell B. Lawrence. Life Member. William B. Lawrence. Life Member. William Leavens. Emma D. Leavens. Agnes W. Lincoln. Life Member. Charles H. Loomis. Lewis H. Lovering. Life Member. Frank W. Lovering. Clara C. Lovering. Moses W. Mann. Elizabeth J. C. Mann. Leonard J. Manning. M
ord of early conveyances of land and buildings, carefully copied from the books of the Middlesex Registry by the late John H. Hooper. It comprises one hundred and four pages (eight and one-half by eleven and one-half inches), fifty-three lines on each, as the ruling is but three-sixteenths of an inch apart. It was certainly some job Mr. Hooper did. Any who doubt will be quickly convinced by an examination of the ancient record books, with their quaint spelling and queer chirography, now care were mentioned, and would be pleased to have some expert now locate them after a careful reading of the following from Mr. Hooper's transcript:— It is also agreed that there shall be a common landing place upon Stephen Willis' land, in his secons Canal street, a hundred and ten years before the canal was even thought of. The map of early Medford, also made by Mr. Hooper from the data he thus secured, is invaluable, showing as it does the earliest division of the Cradock farm (which was
ed Lincoln Swan. There were two of the name—cousins. Their grandfather, Samuel Swan, Jr., who lived at Furness' corner named one of his sons for his old Revolutionary commander, Benjamin Lincoln. There were six of them and a daughter, but none other had middle names. He abbreviated them all, saying: There are Sam, Dan——Jo, Han——Lin, Tim, Ca. Sam (uel) and Lin (coln) each had an eldest son, Benjamin Lincoln. One of these must have been the author of the poem, and along with our Mr. Hooper one of the schoolboys he tells of in his writing of the bower on p. 13, Vol. XXII, of the Register. We incline to the thought that he was son of the Benjamin Lincoln Swan who moved to New York. Lines on Revisiting a favorite spot Called the Bower, in the Woods of Medford, after several years' absence Beautiful Bower! my long-loved spot, In boyhood's sunny days, Happy and rare has been thy lot, For finger of change has marr'd thee not, Or spirit of cold decay. Touchingly true t
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