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& Brothers of Boston, for planting Oysters on the Flats. Soon after this the Flats on the East side were claimed by a person in Malden as being formerly part of the mainland of Malden, and a suit was brought, but it was shown in Court by Dr. Swan to have been an Island on the first settlement of the Country and the suit wholly failed. Now that fifty-five years have passed, a look at White island may be of interest. When the Eastern railroad located its Boston terminus on Causeway street, removing the same from East Boston, its tracks were laid from Chelsea over the Mystic and across White island. The building of the Charlestown Gas Works had ruined the oyster beds. The island was gradually enlarged until similar filling from the Malden (Everett) shore reached it and the place was an island no longer. At the present time it is thickly covered with factories of various kinds, chemical works, and the accessories of railroad work, all in marked contrast to the days of Dr. Swan.
Medford and Bunker Hill. A framed certificate of membership in the Bunker Hill Monument Association issued to Joseph Wyman, Jr., hangs in the library of the Medford Historical Society. It was signed by the president, John Brooks, also by Daniel Webster, Edward Everett, John C. Warren and others. When funds were needed for the completion of Bunker Hill Monument the women gave their help and held a fair in Quincy Hall, Boston, September 8, 1840, that lasted seven days. Twenty cities and towns supplied tables, Boston having quite a number, and on a list of forty tables Medford ranked number seven in the net sum handed in, making a creditable showing of $606. The Medford table was presided over by Mrs. Angier and Mrs. Hall.— E. M. G. On page 23, vol. XIV., the Register gives the names of thirty-seven Medford men who contributed to the monument fund, doubtless in the earlier days of its erection. The table of the Medford women in the fair in Quincy Hall was numbered 11,
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., The old ship-building days. (search)
The old ship-building days. [Excerpts from a talk given before the Medford Historical Society by Elisha B. Curtis, December 18, 1911, on Scenes Along the Mystic in the Early Fifties.] IN 1850 the population of Medford exceeded that of Maiden. Maiden then included both Melrose and Everett, known as North and South Maiden, respectively. Medford's population was then also larger than Somerville's, which now outnumbers us three or four to one. At that time Medford was in her palmiest days, having a great prestige through her ship-building industry following the discovery of gold, in 1849, on the Pacific coast. A few years later, however, it became evident that wooden vessels were passing, and this fact, together with other circumstances (such as the withholding of lands from the market, and our location on a spur track instead of a main line) will account for being outstripped in growth by these neighboring communities. There were three ship-yards on the south side of the r
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Old Medford Schoolboys' letters. (search)
rom your old schoolmate and friend, E. B. Smith. Mr. Fuller began his reply with the words Dear young friend, and named several of his schoolmates who struggled to master the three Rs, Reading, Riting and Rithmetic. Certainly both succeeded in the second, for their penmanship is clear, legible and a credit to both their teachers and themselves. Well would it be if the same could be said of all the scholars of the present Medford. One more quotation from Mr. F.: The mere mention of Old Medfordmakes me smack my lips, for I think a little (only a very little) mixed with a glass of milk and loaf sugar has given zest many a time when wearied nature sought repose. Dr. Everett, the poet of Medford's two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary said, And e're the poet close Shall not one drop of fun be granted him E'en tho the cynic nose turn up in censure grim? What means Old Medford to her exiled sons? In both these letters it appears that Her spirit still is there.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., A first citizen named first-rate town. (search)
rous Boston merchant and resided on the site of present Bowdoin Square Baptist Church, and the street adjoining still bears his name. It was characteristic of Mr. Brooks that in naming the new town he should have modestly deferred the family name and given to succeeding time that of his father's friend, whose parents suffered for conscience sake, and sought liberty on these shores. Unlike the Ohio writer, we do not think he craved perpetual publicity, and deem it fitting to quote from Dr. Everett's anniversary poem— And in the house of prayer Before him seated, mark that presence mild— The merchant's brow, that care With greed or fraud not for one hour defiled; Borne by wealth's fullest breeze, He stopped in manhood's prime; and year to year His books, his friends, his trees, Made to his ever widening heart more dear, List, brothers, list, my grandsire's words, and prize Their homely truth today— No use of money truer satisfies Than giving it away. Doubtless our Medford c<