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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Medford Historical Society. (search)
Secretary, treasurer. Standing committees. Publication. George S. T. Fuller, Chairman. Miss Helen T. Wild. Miss Annie E. Durgin. Moses W. Mann, Editor. Pres. Henry E. Scott. Membership. Herbert N. Ackerman, Chairman. Mrs. Marion C. Williams. Elisha B. Curtis. Miss Elizabeth W. Howe. Mrs. Ellen M. Gill. Mrs. H. A. C. Scott. Abner H. Barker. Andrew F. Curtin. Papers and addresses. Geo. W. Parsons, Chairman. Mrs. Louise G. Delong. Henry B. Doland. John H. Hooper. Frank W. Lovering. Percy S. Brayton. Miss Alice E. Curtis. Miss Katharine H. Stone. Historic sites. Moses W. Mann, Chairman. Miss Ella L. Burbank. Francis A. Wait. Frederick H. Kidder. Miss Catharine E. Harlow. Charles N. Jones. Genealogy. Mrs. Edith G. Dennis, Chairman. Miss Hetty F. Wait. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Mrs. James E. Cleaves. Miss Florence S. Wheeler. Heraldry. Charles B. Dunham, Chairman. Orrin E. Hodsdon. John Albree. Chas. H. Loomis.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., South Medford one hundred and fifty years ago. (search)
the solid ground, the landing-place of the lighters above referred to. The brook was probably straightened, widened and deepened. There was formerly a wharf on the easterly side of the brook or canal, about half-way between the river and avenue, at which small vessels used to discharge cargoes of firewood for the use of the brick yard on Buzzell's lane. The Middlesex Canal afterwards ran through the farm, and the Southern Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad is located across it. John H. Hooper. Did the Register's space permit, it would be interesting to review in detail the various enterprises and industries that have found place within the limits of the farm advertised a century and a half ago; the South Medford of today. It was once invaded by the British, when they marched from their landing place on the river bank to the old powder house and back again with their plunder, minus the Medford portion, however. A little later the presence of some British horsemen
in the old record book, and the last entry is— Medford January the fifth 1830 Paid to Edward S Staniels forty five cents for services This was according to vote of previous year and the only record we notice of such payment, and follows— Sewell Pierce agrees to keep the snow from the engine house doors till the first of April for ten cents. The old Grasshopper went to Upper Medford (Symmes' Corner) for a time, the people there relieving the town of any expense, and lastly was housed in the hearse house at Salem Street Cemetery and finally (see Mr. Hooper's history) sold for twenty dollars when eighty-five years old. During the writing of this article the motor-driven combination chemical engine of West Medford, returning to its quarters, has passed the writer's open window. It is a far cry from that to the old Grasshopper, which looked like a tub on a hand-cart, but not much farther than from the old hose carriage the engineers furnished West Medford in 1871
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Volume II of Medford records. (search)
a meeting of the Medford Historical Society, held in the spring of 1905, I had the honor of reading a paper, descriptive of the first book of the town records, the same being later published in the Register. In that paper I stated that I was firmly convinced that we have now all the records of the Town of Medford that ever existed (Mr. Brooks and Mr. Usher to the contrary notwithstanding), and gave my reasons for this belief. I find my contention ably seconded in the excellent article of Mr. Hooper, in which he says, The loss of early town records, so often lamented, may be largely due to the fact that they never existed, and this may well apply to the statement so often made relative to our own. Tonight I propose to talk about the second volume of our records, which covers the period from February 12, 1718, to June 23, 1735. This is of different dimensions from the first, being 12 3/4 inches long, 8 3/4 inches wide, and contains 374 pages. The paper is of the quality made two h
The Society's work. The published History of Medford is the work of Rev. Charles Brooks, 1855, reprinted with some omissions and little addition by Mr. Usher in 1885. Twenty years later (in the necessarily limited space of ninety pages allotted him by the publishing committee) Mr. Hooper covered the entire period of Medford's existence in a concise and interesting compilation of historic facts. These he combined with some results of his own research and illustrated it by maps. Ten years before this, however, the Historical Society was formed, one of its objects being to gather such facts relative to Medford history, near and remote, as were likely to be lost or forgotten. It has sought to do this by papers and addresses, many of which have appeared in the Register. During the past season they have been as follows:— October 21.—Distinguished Guests and Residents in Medford. Miss Eliza M. Gill. November 18.— The Roman Catholic Church in Medford. Mrs. Louise F. Hunt.<