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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., In another corner of Medford. (search)
r to the Medford ship-yards, granite from Chelmsford and Tyngsboro, the great columns of the long market in Boston, with country produce of various kinds, floated quietly onward to their destination on its placid waters, which, like a silver ribbon, glinted in the sunshine as seen from the hill-tops. By this waterway not only the inland Middlesex towns, but those of New Hampshire, went down to the sea in ships from as far north as Concord. In 1812 what is now a part of the busy city of Manchester sent its first boat to Boston, which was hailed with interest all along the line as well as at its arrival. It had a three mile journey overland prior to its launching in the Merrimack at Squog village, with forty yokes of oxen for motive power. It could lazily float down the river's current, and two horses harnessed tandem took it more quickly and were all the power needed on the canal. Those were busy, but quiet days in this other corner of Medford and Charlestown. The shouts of the b
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Abijah Thompson's Gleanings. (search)
c matters, and paid much attention to the preservation of the annals of his native and later home towns. We recall that in the ‘60s he planned for the erection of a residence beside the Aberjona, laying out a miniature park, planting trees and building bridges across the stream. But for some reason he ceased work there and erected a pleasant dwelling-place in the west part of the town and there resided for many years. In the former place he was years in advance of the times; but present Manchester field is the site of his father's factory, and the improved Aberjona, with its island and bridges, is a part of the Metropolitan park system. When the Winchester Historical Society was in operation he was interested in its work. For some years he was mainly instrumental in publishing the Winchester Press. The weekly issues of that paper contained many articles written by him, or secured by him from others, which form a highly interesting narrative and trustworthy basis of a town histor