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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., A pioneer railroad and how it was built. (search)
n to call it Jackson did not meet with favor from the Whig proprietors, as Old Hickory had a more than local reputation, so Patrick it was, as a compromise. It was the custom of those days and is still in some sections to name an engine, as now are the Pullman cars, warships, and merchant vessels. In this nomenclature all sources were drawn upon. The officers and prominent men of the corporation were remembered, and Patrick, Whistler, McNeill, Jesse Bowers, Wm. Sturgis, Daniel Abbott, Higginson and Storrow, shared honors with the Indian chiefs Paugus and Pennichuck. Sentiment found expression in a Factory Girl, Sailor Boy, and Leader. The counties of Suffolk, Essex and Middlesex, all the towns along the line as well as the terminal cities were each represented. The Bible furnished the names of Goliath and Samson and heathen mythology was laid under tribute, furnishing Hector, Ajax, Vulcan, Mercury, Mars, Vesta, Hercules. Count Rumford had a namesake, also the Peruvian hero Rolla