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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., History told by names of streets. (search)
proprietors' foresight. The names they gave remain today, save Lowell, which failed to displace the appropriate one of Canal, and there were Canal streets leading to the Middlesex canal in other towns also. Brooks street then extended from Irving to Woburn streets, but since to High and Winthrop. Doubtless it was named for Hon. Edward Brooks, as was the new schoolhouse erected beside it in 1851. Cottage, probably from the type of houses there erected; Mystic, because of its trend from Mystic mount (now Hastings heights), toward the river. Auburn, Allston, Irving and Prescott are sentimental, reflecting the cultivated and literary taste of Rev. John Pierpont and Charles Brooks. Woburn street was, of course, the old Oborne rode of the early days. Warren street extends through the old farm of Amos Warren, and the newer Wyman street through the old Wyman estate. Gleason street adjoins the Gleason school, both named for Hon. Daniel A. Gleason of the school committee. Madison
own, But about one in Arkansas Nothing here is known. In Minnesota and New Jersey, And in Oregon as well, Still we find the name of Medford, Still we find its mystic spell. The famous vintage “Medford” Is known from shore to shore, Carried in our Mystic ships In the good old days of yore. A city eighteen ninety-three, We started it on its way. At the end of a quarter of a century, We are here to celebrate the day. But there's only one real Medford, Which in all ways can surpass All the many other Medfords, Here's a health to Medford, Mass. Alderman Cushing's subject was the Board of 1893 , and the survivors have now no excuse for not making a record, as he presented each with an up-to-date fountain pen. Next Councilman Loomis read Then and now. The passing years no halting know, But onward hold their even way; No protest or regret from man Has any power to make them stay. So we who met in Ninety-Three With problems deep and hard to strive, Look back tonight on by-gone years, And
Why Mystic? THE earliest mention of our river is said to have been made by some of the Plymouth Pilgrims in September, 1621, who said, Within this bay the salvages say there are two rivers: one whereof we saw having a fair entrance but we had no time to discover it. Later comes Johnson, who in his Wonder-Working Palley parkway. Beneath the river cross water-mains and sewers, while on its surface numerous pleasure craft make their way or find moorings. We have heard of no Mystic submarines in the waters, but winged ships of the air have flown up its course and over its tributary, Menotomy. After the Civil War the project was broached oas improved its flow through her territory, making it permanently ornamental, adding much to its attractiveness. And now we come back to our caption query, Why Mystic? and answer, Mystic it is not, except by common usage. Missi-tuk, the Indians called it. The early settlers adopted the Indian name, spelling it various ways, a
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Connecting link in Medford Church history. (search)
all. Mr. David H. Brown (in Vol. XI, p. 24, Register) said, December 1, 1907, was the fortieth anniversary of public religious services in West Medford, named Mystic hall as the place, but did not give the name of the preacher. This makes the date specific—December 1, 1867—agreeing as to the year with Mr. Hooper, but placinghe organization of a church of that order, and steps had been taken in the same direction by the Congregational people, both expecting to begin their services in Mystic hall. It is somewhat significant of existing conditions that at this meeting, after the former committee had been reelected but declined to serve, a new executive committee was chosen for six months. The use of Mystic hall had at first been given the Union, and on change of ownership the same condition continued, the new owners saying, You can have it as long as you wish it. That the land owners, who also owned Mystic hall, made their offer in good faith is shown by the fact that in th