This territory was originally known as Harry town or Old Harry Town-. . . Granted by Mason Apr. 17, 1735, to Capt Wm Tyng's Snow-shoe men and hence called Tyngstown Incorporated as Derryfield Sep 3 1751
Medford's town farm.
As already stated, this town farm was procured in the interest of religion and education.
Its development and care seems to have been the subject of town meetings for a period of fourteen years, and the ancient town record is of much interest.
Mr. Morss, in his excellent article on Medford schools, Register, Vol.
III, p. 12, alludes to it, and locates it between the Piscataqua and Merrimac rivers, evidently quoting from Brooks' history.
But his entire article contains carefully made quotations from the town records relative to school matters.
As will be seen from the above, this town farm was two miles westward from the Merrimack and bordered on its small tributary, the Piscataquogg, and not nearly forty miles eastward on the larger Pi
part in the meeting and earnestly urged to attend it. A church in West Medford would be just the thing for that part of the town, and we hope to see its spire and hear its bell before long.
The writer attended the annual meeting thus alluded to, and can witness that the Journal man's report of the same, which followed on March 25, is correct:—
West Medford Christian Union.
The annual meeting of the West Medford Christian Union was held in Mystic Hall last Monday evening. Mr. A. B. Morss was elected Chairman, and S. S. Leavitt served as Secretary.
The report of the Clerk and Treasurer was presented, showing the society to be in a sound condition financially.
The report was unanimously accepted.
Messrs. Farwell, Stevens, McLean, Mann and Ritchie were elected to serve as an Executive Committee for the ensuing year.
It was voted that the thanks of the society be presented to the Pastor, Rev. Mr. Charpiot, for the able and faithful manner in which he has discharged th
d, about a dozen feet have been removed in the widening of old Ship street. At that time the artistic front door, the big chimney and capacious fireplaces of the Porter residence were removed, and the living rooms devoted to business,—drugstore, apothecary-shop, pharmacy—such was the evolution, but of this some other can speak or write with certainty.
On the second floor were offices of various Medford lawyers, and for many years the daguerrean rooms of Wilkinson and later Treadwell.
Amos B. Morss had there his printing office and ventured on the publication of the Chronicle, and there also George W. Stetson of the Leader had his editorial sanctum.
Fraternal organizations have found quarters there, and for a year and a half the Historical Society a temporary dwelling place.
Real estate and intelligence offices, and lastly the modern invention of a vacuum cleaner seems to have been the last word in the long line of uses to which this part of the Porter house has been put. Then af