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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Governor Brooks' birthplace. (search)
Governor Brooks' birthplace. The Medford Governor was born at upper Medford, or Symmes' Corner, set off from Medford by the incorporation of Winchester as a town in 1850. Originally a part of Charlestown, it was joined to Medford in 1754 for the convenience of its residents who had to journey through Medford to reach their meeting-house. Here was the farm of Zachariah Symmes (first minister of Charlestown) of which portions remain in possession of his descendants today. Through the farm lay the publique country road from Medford to Woburn, and at the corner diverged southward the road to Cambridge, the present Grove street. In more recent years there was laid out another to the west, the present Bacon street. On all the angles formed by these dwelt a Symmes, a descendant of Reverend Zachariah. Substantial were the houses they built and that sheltered the generations that have come and gone. One has ends of brick enclosing the chimneys. Another, the residence of Luther
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., An early criticism of Medford history. (search)
An early criticism of Medford history. Referring to the visit of Lafayette to Medford, August 28, 1824, and his entertainment and dinner at Governor Brooks', the author wrote, of all the persons at that table, the writer of this alone survives. Attached to Mr. Swan's copy is the following in his handwriting: This is a remarkable error of the author, and shows a want of polite attention, to forget that Mrs. Col. Brooks, the Governor's daughter — in law who presided at the collation, is still living in Dedham. Mrs. Brooks says the following gentlemen who were present are also now living: General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who askedMrs. Brooks says the following gentlemen who were present are also now living: General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who asked the blessing, [all] of Boston, Rev. Geo. Burnap of Baltimore, Dr. Swan [and] Mr. Dudley Hall of Medford. George Stuart, Canada, the Governor's grandson is also thought to have been present. (Letter from Mrs. P. Swan, Jan. 5, 1856
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., A Rill from an ancient spring. (search)
buildings and fed perhaps by a living spring, it has still been allowed to furnish rills to slake human thirst. One of these wells was in an estate owned by Peter C. Brooks. ... Mr. Brooks was known by report at least to some of our citizens . . . His former [city] residence was at 89 Mt. Vernon street and was sold last week. ThMr. Brooks was known by report at least to some of our citizens . . . His former [city] residence was at 89 Mt. Vernon street and was sold last week. The lot contained about a quarter of an acre, and has on it a well which has always been known as Blackstone's well. Its water is uncontaminated and has continued to be used till the present day. The brown stone house just sold, stands on the site of the house which Blackstone occupied over two centuries and a half ago .... There wWinthrop's) bubbled up anew. It is now twenty-six years since the above was written and given to the world in the Chronicle; and recently the country seat of Mr. Brooks, in West Medford, has gone into other hands. That he was the owner of the ancient Blaxton spring is of interest to Medford, and the Register thus notes the sam
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Reminiscences of Governor Brooks. (search)
Reminiscences of Governor Brooks. written by Caleb Swan (about 1856). In writing to the earliest of Sir Isaac Newton's biographers, Pope expressed a desire to have some memoirs and characters of him as a man. This desire is very general, to knter, disposition and habits of public men. I regret the author [Dr. John Dixwell] has not given us some anecdotes of Governor Brooks, to show the love, regard and esteem that was felt for him by his townsmen and neighbors, as well as their great respect for his patriotism and talent. Governor Brooks was an elegant and excellent horseman, and next to Washington no one looked better on horseback at a military parade. Mr. Brimmer, of Boston, said it was a pleasure to see him on Boston Common.d the order that it should be read at the head of every regiment that day at 6 o'clock. The Massachusetts regiment of Major Brooks was camped on Chatham square. He told Benj. L. Swan in New York (about 1815) that he was appointed to read the Declara
e last built by the town; the Unitarian, built in 1839 (on which was the old Paul Revere bell and the clock given by Peter C. Brooks, both in service on the former house and destroyed by the fire); and the present stone edifice of the First Parish. Since Cleopas Johnson's death the house has been unoccupied and falling into decay. It is now to give place to dwellings of modern type and containing such accessories and conveniences as were little dreamed of when Mr. Watson built it or Doctor Brooks entertained America's first President within its walls. The room that was the doctor's office was very unpretentious as compared with those of modern practitioners, but the fireplace where the corn cakes were cooked for Washington's breakfast was a substantial one of generous size, and supported by a massive arch in the cellar. These were in the newer part added by Timothy Fitch. The fireplaces in the original house were much larger, and the one in the west room had the chimney corn
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
ch times, but as they are found in the histories by Brooks and by Usher, they need no mention. Although the 1806, to August, 1807. He studied medicine with Dr. Brooks, and after settling in Portland, Me., came to Medl type in dignity, graciousness and worth, like Doctors Brooks and Swan, and was greatly beloved and highly resuite in carriages to return a call made him by Governor Brooks, partook of an elegant collation, visited the drhood, and on the Saturday following dined with Governor Brooks returning to Boston at 6 o'clock. The eleganefer to the reception given to the president by Peter C. Brooks at his fine country estate in West Medford, to unced. Edward Everett married a daughter of Peter C. Brooks and lived for a while in the house on High streccupied by the Misses Ayres. Another daughter of Mr. Brooks married Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, in 1829. At that time Mr. Brooks had the reputation of being the wealthiest man in New England. A
Letter to the Editor. West Medford, December 2, 1912. Editor of the Register:— Some six years ago, while searching among the ancient files in Harvard College Library for other information, I came across a map or plan of land near Medford Square that interested me. Procuring a sheet of tracing paper I made a copy of the same. I learned that it was the graduation thesis of a Medford boy, who afterward studied medicine with Dr. Brooks, and who succeeded to the latter's practice when he was elected governor. A little later a friend, Frank V. Smith, artist and book illustrator, reproduced the same for me on Bristol board, and his work is practically a fac-similie of the original. I am turning it over to the Historical Society, as being of interest and a record of the locality of over a century ago. The quaint letters of the long S script made by the young collegian are as accurate as I could trace them. The modern lettering of the title is the hand of the artist, who fo
on the highways many years, said that after its removal the stone post was built into a bridge over Gravelly brook, and that the heavy cap-stone lay for a time in the department yard on Swan street. We well remember the old way-mark at the street corner, a portion painted white to receive the black letters. As we recall it, there was a lantern projected cornerwise from it over the sidewalk and lighted with gas. Mr. Wait's letter suggests a study of the view of Medford Square shown in Brooks' history. In that steel engraving (from a daguerreotype by Wilkinson) the tall stone post is clearly shown, surmounted by another (probably of iron) bearing a lantern at its top. The lantern was nearly level with the window-sills in the town hall. This picture is of itself an interesting study, a record of conditions of sixty years ago. The classic town house, that has been styled the Parthenon of Medford, is the central figure and stands at a higher elevation than now, evidenced by the st
humble. It happens whenever and wherever the spirit of human curiosity, ambition, or adventure sets itself against the strength of the god of the waters. In the following list, compiled by Francis A. Wait, the deaths were in the Mystic river, unless otherwise noted:— NAMETIMEAGE Asyeil, DavidSept. 13, 184618 Beard, Lewis FoundApr. 9, 184938 Blanchard, SamuelMar. 27, 18198 Boffee—s, Thomas June 4, 178514 Bradbury, Henry Wymond Nov. 8, 1810 6 Brill, William S. G. Mar. 3, 1806 10 Brooks, Samuel (suposs'd to have been lost at Sea) 1800 Butterfield, Isaac W. Apr. 4, 1842 Butters, William H. (by a fall from Mast head on board the ship James L. Shepard) On the second floor of a building setting back from Main street, near Cradock bridge, on the northerly corner was a Total Abstinence Club room. On the end of the building, quite near the water, were outside stairs. Butterfield, coming down these stairs, walked into the river. He was a farm hand at Peter C. Hall's, on
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 17., An old Medford school boy's reminiscences. (search)
ded, and the same thing went on till the time for the honey crop arrived and Mr. Brooks then found his honey combs stuffed with rum and molasses. He was furious. Hd a titter rippled along the tables of the banqueters. The last time I saw Mr. Brooks was on High street. Between the parsonage of my father and the tan yard was aped, raised the whip, and we thought trouble was coming. If Tufts had struck Mr. Brooks every boy would have let fly his stone. But the king of the Boston marine ute was twice his size and not half his age. So Tufts muttered some words, and Mr. Brooks resumed his march westward. This very region was a lively place in winter. The pleasantest and most productive of the fishing places was at and near Mr. Brooks' granite arch. I hear the beautiful thing has been destroyed. I am very sorrd along the west bank of the canal to the nearest part of the lake where was Mr. Brooks' grove extending from the canal to the lake, full of similar trees of great s
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