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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., History told by names of streets. (search)
. Playstead road is self-evident, as it borders the playground. Chandler road, because of Frank E. Chandler's ownership, and Woods Edge road is on the edge of the wooded hill. Laurel and Vernon are probably fanciful, as also Boylston terrace. Smith's and Hastings' lane and Whittle road were proprietary. Rock hill is also very truly named, and High street reaches its highest point near by. At the West End one looks in vain for Gorham and Lake parks as shown on Walling's map of Medford, lege hill (not now),, as it was from Grove street near by. Mr. Brooks planted a grove in the Delta in 1820; from this may have come the name given the old Cambridge road to Woburn, now Grove street. Bower (not Bowers) street was so called by Thomas P. Smith, land owner, for a Bower street where he had formerly lived, and which similarly got the name from a grove or bower of trees. Harvard avenue was the West Medford way to the college, as was Harvard street before mentioned from South Medford
the proprietors of Brooklands. In the closing of the canal's affairs this strip with a portion beyond the river, was sold to J. M. Usher Of those park names Gorham was a family name (of Brooks), while Lake was appropriate, as a miniature lake or pond was shown therein. Conditions favored the same, as the writer has seen the springy ground there covered with flags and cat-tails. In Plan Book 8, Plan 1, 1855, is the same territory (see Register, Vol. I, p. 126), being the Fuller plan of Smith estate. Here we must good naturedly differ a little with His Honor, who styles it the present laying out. Fuller's plan was made in early '50s, but little or no use was made of it until 1870, when, on June 21, there was a land sale on the premises. In 1865 the conduit of the Charlestown water works was built across this entire tract. The Fuller plan (which omitted the parks and had a somewhat different arrangement of streets) was modified somewhat. Two new plans were later made by Jos
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Connecting link in Medford Church history. (search)
tober, 1872, when the West Medford Congregational Society was ready to do business. (Vol. XIII, p. 28, Register.) That there was some feeling over said action is indicated, as we read, Years have passed away. . . . Any difference or unpleasantness that may have been then are outgrown. (Register, Vol. XIV, p. 33.) A few words concerning the Union's meeting place may be of interest. Mystic hall was also the rallying place of the Lyceum and Library Association, and had been the home of Mrs. Smith's somewhat famous seminary (1854-1858). For public use its furnishings were simple. The platform (two steps high), said to be enclosed by the panel-work of the seminary organ, was laid with a red carpet, and had upon it a haircloth sofa and a chestnut pulpit with walnut mouldings, the work of some village carpenter. There were two large cases of similar construction at the rear of the room, filled with books of the association's library. In the other corner was a cylinder stove of the