e already stated, many of those who made the reading-room their resort were men of advanced age, and might be considered as links connecting the centuries.
Beside those I have already mentioned were Ebenezer Hall, Joseph Manning, 1st., Dr. Daniel Swan, Dudley Hall, and Joseph Swan.
Their conversation, reverting to incidents which occurred in their youth, opened vistas into a past which now seems very remote to us. Other patrons of the reading-room, belonging to a later generation, were Samuel Lapham, Joseph Manning, 2d., Daniel Lawrence, George L. Stearns, John Sparrell, Jonas Coburn, George Hervey, Dudley C. Hall, Peter C. Hall, George W. Porter, John Clough, Albert H. Butters, and Col. Francis R. Bigelow, and there were doubtless others whose names escape me. Let it be remembered that I am speaking of the reading-room in the early period of its history.
I was not so well acquainted with it afterwards.
When the Tufts House was taken down the quarters of the club were removed to
and is to be credited with twenty-five vessels.
Another contemporary was Samuel Lapham, son of George Bryant Lapham, of Marshfield, Mass., who came here in 1800, arly opposite what is now Maverick street. Here was born, on Nov. 4, 1808, Samuel Lapham (2d), who became apprenticed to Thatcher Magoun, and, after serving his timnd others, for Mr. John E. Lodge, the father of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge.
Mr. Lapham was the first chief engineer of the Medford Fire Department.
He died at his ce from Marshfield; and bought land along the street between Mr. Magoun's and Mr. Lapham's. For his brother Samuel he built the house afterward occupied by Roland Jac large dwelling-house . . . known by the name of the Colleges.
Passing by Lapham's ship-yard, which has been noticed, just beyond on the edge of the river was t in attraction for the children.
In early days matches were unknown, and old Mr. Lapham, the blacksmith, would be seen daily coming up the street from his house with