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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 18., The Historical Society's sale and removal. (search)
the fame it acquired, and as each little loaf, because of its peculiar making, split in halves, it got the name, crackers. Mr. Francis faced his house to the sun, with its front door on Salem street, the rear reached by a path, later called Blanchard's lane, now Ashland street. Further back a brick building contained his ovens. After he retired, Timothy Brigden, whose bread was excellent, was baker for a time, but in 1829 Henry Withington used the ovens until his own were built. Capt.Capt. Andrew Blanchard, Jr., had, ere this, purchased the Francis house and the older ones westward. The latter he sold to Withington, reserving certain rights and prohibiting certain acts on part of the land. Exercising those rights he made alterations improving the house, residing there until his death in 1853. For a brief time Alfred A. Pierce was its owner, and next, in 1866, Charles P. Lauriat, the well-known gold-beater, who used the brick oven-building as a workshop. By inheritance it pas
its promoters that we deal, now a timely subject. There have been three Henry Withingtons. The first appears on the Medford tax list first in 1799, and lived in the old brick building called the College, which faced the river on the way to Blanchard's, afterward called Ship street. There the second Henry was born on August 9, 1800, just prior to the beginning of ship building by Thatcher Magoun. The old mill beside the river, and the lighters and molasses-laden vessels to the distillery, xpiration of his lease he had so well established himself that he purchased the houses he occupied (and where his son Henry was born on August 30, 1832), together with the land extending backward and on which the new theatre is being built. Andrew Blanchard was then the owner, as also of the Francis residence, lately the Medford Historical Society's building. Henry Withington subsequently erected in the rear of his purchased home, buildings suitable for his purpose and to house the two new
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 18., The Tufts family residences. (search)
rominence to the old theory of the Cradock house, reporting interviews with several residents of Medford, and quoting literally from Vol. II, p. 54 of the register— The River road (a part of Riverside avenue) was referred to in a deed dated 1657 as The Common Highway leading from the Mansion House (Wellington) unto Charlestown Commons and Meadford House. In the register article, Wellington was supplied by Mr. Hooper to locate the mansion referred to in that deed, which is the old Blanchard-Bradbury-Wellington house still standing. But the writer in the Globe misrepresented the matter by saying— The word Wellington is inserted by Mr. Hooper to show that the old brick house in Wellington was recognized as early as 1657 at least as the Cradock mansion above all others. Today however Mr. Hooper has forsaken the old idea entirely and bows down before the Cushing theory. Possibly it might surprise the Globe writer were he to be told that the Mansion House was not of bric