ed the way, and bid the cents and fraction over per foot for choice of lots within a given area.
The successful bidder at once made his selection, and the sale went on till five o'clock, when the crowd dispersed.
At the time of this sale James M. Usher was publishing the Nation in Boston, and in it there appeared an editorial notice of this enterprise, or outlay, that is today, no less than then, interesting reading.
The sale was advertised by a folder, whose inner pages were a reprint of Mr. Usher's Nation article.
A few months ago a lady, then resident in Medford, found one among her papers and sent it to the writer.
It is the second paper alluded to, and revives a host of memories of the growth of this section of Medford.
Another sale followed in the autumn, and still another the next spring, with the same accompaniments.
Some bought for investment, others for home sites, and the village began to grow.
Within the limits of Brooklands Medford has two schoolhouses.
the evening of November 6, 1873, came an audience completely filling the house.
Introductory remarks were made by Presiding Elder Sherman.
Rev. E. L. Jaggar, pastor of the West Medford Congregational Church, read the hymn—
Great King of Glory come And with thy favor crown This temple as thy home, This people as thine own.
The invocation was by Rev. A. E. Winship, pastor of the M. E. Church at West Somerville.
Scripture reading by Rev. W. E. Huntington of Roslindale.
Rev. J. M. Usher (Universalist) read the hymn—
The perfect world by Adam trod Was the first temple built by God. His fiat laid the corner-stone, He spake, and lo, the work was done!
Rev. Andrew McKeown, D. D., of Dorchester, preached the sermon from Isa. 28: 16, Behold, I lay in Zion a foundation stone, etc.
Rev. J. A. Richardson of Medford (Baptist) led the responsive reading of the one hundred and twenty-second Psalm.
Brother Wagner made a statement of the business part of the new enter