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An eighteenth century enterprise. by Moses Whitcher Mann. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, December 15, 1902.] THE new twentieth century is replete with great enter rises, the nineteenth far exceeded its predecessors in inventions of utility, while the closing of the eighteenth marked the establishment of a new national government in whose territory would be found room abundant for new enterprises and ideas. One of the earliest of these, conceded to have originated with James Sullivan, afterward governor of Massachusetts, was the great enterprise of its time, the Middlesex Canal. So comprehensive was the idea of Judge Sullivan, that fully completed, it would have resulted in an inland waterway from Boston to Canada. Its charter was granted by the General Court, June 22, 1793, and immediately received the signature of the governor, John Hancock and the corporators organized by the choice of James Sullivan for President, and Col. Loammi Baldwin of Woburn and Gen
The West End schoolhouse. Moses Whitcher Mann. THE month of April, 1829, was the time when the first West Medford schoolhouse was built—the humble predecessor of the Brooks schoolhouses—of which name there have been three. Frederic Kendall was its builder. In constructing it, he deserved commendation for the despatch with which he performed his work, as did also the committee who had the work in charge and employed him. They were John Angier, Jonathan Brooks, and Noah Johnson, and were authorized by the town in the March meeting of that year. The selectmen were equally prompt in paying Mr. Kendall for his work, as on May 10 they ordered the treasurer so to do. Three hundred and eighty-five dollars paid the bill, and twenty dollars more was received by Mr. Brooks for the land. This was on the southwesterly side of Woburn street, in the corner of the Jonathan Brooks estate, adjoining John Bishop's land, where F. A. Oxnard now resides, and was nearly opposite the Sarah Full
West Medford in 1870. by Moses Whitcher Mann. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, May 16, 1904.] THE old poet with whose writings we struggled in our schooldays, relates that when Aeneas told before Queen Dido of the siege of Troy, he remarked, quaeque ipse miserrima vidi, et quorum pars magna fui. If I may be allowed the old pronunciation I may also be allowed a free translation: All of which I saw and part of which I was, and so with so illustrious an example the speaker may not be deemed egotistical if, in the remarks of the evening, he uses the personal pronoun somewhat. I wish to antedate the time announced on our program, and by the president, by some years, and ask you to take a backward glimpse of the West End, for so was that portion of Medford once called. It is not my intention to take you into ancient history, but to ask you to view the locality, first through a schoolboy's eyes. The schoolboy lived in Woburn, and the big Lippincott's Gazetteer on th
Wood's dam and the mill beyond the Mystic. by Moses W. Mann. In the summer of 1870, the writer, then a new-comer to Medford, first heard mention of the destruction of Wood's dam, which was situated below the island, a few rods down-stream from Wear bridge. His informant was a reputable citizen, evidently in little sympathy with the doings, as he remarked that some young fellows, who hadn't anything to do but row pleasure boats, were the destroyers, and added, there was some poetry (?) in the papers about it. As the incident created considerable excitement at the time, and as public opinion was somewhat divided in relation to it, the present account is written. There had been at that locality a small mill, operated by the receding tide, from a time almost immemorial. Rev. Charles Brooks, in writing the history of Medford, published in 1855, said, There was a mill a short distance below Wear Bridge, but who built it, or how long it stood, we have not been able to disco
A pioneer railroad and how it was built. by Moses Whitcher Mann. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, April 20, 1908.] NEAR the close of the Eighteenth Century a certain English physician (Dr. Darwin), in a burst of fancy, or was it prophecy, wrote:— Soon shall thy arm unconquered steam, afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car; Or on wide waving wing expanded bear The flying chariot through the fields of air,— Fair crews triumphant, leaning from above, Shall wave their fluttering kerchiefs as they move, Or warrior bands alarm the gaping crowd, And armies shrink beneath the shadowy cloud. Several years ago it was my pleasure to read before this society a paper upon an Eighteenth Century Enterprise, and to call therein especial attention to the attempt made to utilize the power of steam in dragging the slow barges along the placid waters of the Middlesex Canal in 1818-19. Before the first steamboat had made its trips in Boston Harbor, a steam canal bo
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. by Moses Whitcher Mann. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, A
ad, a chairman, C. E. Hippisley, and a secretary, M. W. Mann, were chosen, and the situation considered.
A pe ewards was then chosen, with one of their number (M. W. Mann) designated as recording steward.
It may be noti g committee.
M. W. Mann.
Martin M. French.
Charles E. Hippisley.
M. W. Mann.
M. M. French.
E. J. Albee.
W. T. Morse.
M. M. French.
W. B. Foster.
M. W. Mann.
George W. Brintnall.
The Conference adjourned s assisted, an historical sketch was given by Brother M. W. Mann, and the principal speaker was Rev. William N nk E. Rollins.
Moses W. Mann.
Frank U. Warner.
James A. Knight.
Lyman W. P ward.
L. W. Proctor.
Moses W. Mann.
Supt. Of Sunday-school.
F. E. Rollins.